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Faculty Senate OKs plan for Honor Council Group would govern disputes about grades By Julie Daffern News Reporter

After three years of discussion, the Faculty Senate passed a proposal for an Honor Council to govern grade disputes at Texas State during Wednesday’s meeting. When implemented, the Honor Council will convene to determine whether a student has violated the Honor Code. The main issue this week was if a professor would have to be cross-examined or questioned by the student or the council members. However, Sen. Audrey McKinney, philosophy professor, helped clarify that faculty testimony would be

recorded in writing. “In this case, the written record would be sent to the Honor Council who reviews it and makes a recommendation to the dean who then makes a decision,” McKinney said. Before the proposal passed, Associated Student Government President Ernie Dominguez interjected that a professor has requested that the name of the council be changed to the “Honor Code Council.” Senators also heard from Michael Supancic, Faculty Governance Committee chair and criminal justice professor, on a proposal to implement a policy dealing with consensual relationships, defined in the proposal as a “mutually acceptable, romantic and/or sexual relationship between a g See SENATE page 4


Courtesy photo Members of Lambda of Texas State recognized Wednesday as a Day of Silence in an attempt to educate people on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. They chose silence to reflect the similar treatment that they have unfairly received.

Mayoral candidates to debate tonight Civil rights leader

By Amelia Jackson News Reporter

The candidates for San Marcos mayor will debate the issues affecting the Texas State community and city residents this evening on campus. HABINGREITHER At 7 p.m. in the Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, a non-partisan debate will take place between San Marcos Mayor Robert Habingreither and Place 3 Council member Susan Clifford-

Narvaiz. The event is a collaborative effort between the College Democrats and the College Republicans. Habingreither, technology chair, is the incumbent. Clifford-Narvaiz, CEO of Sedona NARVAIZ Staffing and Core Strategies, is the challenger. On May 15, the voters will make their decision on who will be mayor for the next two years. Timothy Small, public administration sen-

ior and College Democrats president, developed the initial idea of hosting the debates. “We wanted to let students hear what the mayoral candidates had to say,” Small said. “We want to engage students in community politics in a way to show the community that students will be serious about this city.” Small said he also wanted to organize an event with the College Republicans. Lisa Hanks, College Republicans president and international studies sophomore, said she is excited about the prospect of g See DEBATE, page 5

Exhibit honors civil disobediance icons By Kay Richter News Reporter Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda all shared a common tactic when dealing with conflict — civil disobedience. A portrait of their lives will be displayed as part of an event sponsored by the organization Victory Over Violence. Infor-

mation about their lives, memorable quotations and photographs will be displayed tomorrow at the San Marcos Public Library. The display will be available from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. This exhibit will be divided into s-curved panels that are centered on themes of peace and nonvio-


lence through civil disobedience. “The exhibit is based on three people from different backgrounds that used disobedience to bring humanity to people and promote nonviolence,” said Abhay Ghai, VOV secretary. Gandhi was a Hindu Indian that was credited for his nonviolent leadership. It was his

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Award-winning author David Rice receives honors at his alma mater

By Anna Lisa Moreno News Reporter

Melissa Rothrock, biology senior, chips away piece by piece to sculpt a female torso for Sculpture II class.

hunger strikes and civil disobedience that contributed to win freedom from British rule in India. Although Gandhi was well known for his role in India, his wife Katurbai was also recognized as a major contributor. “I do feel women are not as violent as men, we are stronger

Award winning author David Rice visited his alma mater Monday through Wednesday to speak at events honoring his work. Rice, children’s author and educator, made appearances in San Marcos and at Texas State during three days of events that includRICE ed readings of his works, question and answer sessions and a theatrical adaptation of one of his children’s stories. On Monday, he attended a production of his short story “She Flies” at the University Performing Arts Center. The production was adapted from his award-winning book Crazy Loco by playwright Mike Garcia of Nushank Productions and performed by Texas

State students. The story is about the dream of a Hispanic girl to attend college and her parents’ unwillingness to let her leave. The production She Flies has been performed at 18 high schools in the Rio Grande Valley, as well as Johnston High School and Blackshear Elementary in Austin and St. Edward’s University, according to a press release. The next performance of She Flies will be at the ENLACE National Conference in Alberquerque, N.M. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and Partners in Hispanic Education sponsored this performance along with ones in Washington, D.C., and Miami. On Tuesday, Rice read “Papa Lalo,” an emotionally captivating story from his award-winning collection titled Crazy Loco about his grandfather, and the comical story “Tied to g See RICE, page 5

to speak on campus

Renick suggested Seigenthaler to the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series committee after meeting with him in the summer of 2003. He said Seigenthaler is someone he had wanted to meet By Jennifer Warner after coming across his name 10 Senior Reporter years ago through research he was doing on the Civil Rights A leader in the Civil Rights movement. movement of the 1960s and for“I think he’s a very approprimer assistant to then-Attorney ate person to have present the General Robert LBJ lecture,” Renick Kennedy will be on said. “This is the 40th campus next week to anniversary of the Civil give his presentation Rights Act of 1964, titled “Reflections of which was monumena Son of the Racist tal legislation and was South.” one of the most signifiThe Lyndon Baicant acts to come out of nes Johnson Distinthe Lyndon Johnson guished Lecture Se- SEIGNETHALER Administration.” ries will present jourIn his professional nalist and free speech activist career, Seigenthaler was a jourJohn Seigenthaler at 6:30 p.m. nalist for 43 years for The Tuesday in the Alkek Library Tennessean. In 1982, he became Teaching Theater. founding editorial director of During his presentation, USA Today. Seigenthaler will talk about During the 1960s, Seigensome of the impact the Civil thaler was following the Civil Rights movement had on history Rights movement in the South and his life growing up in the for The Tennessean when his South. work caught Kennedy’s atten“He’ll be describing his tion. He became Kennedy’s experience growing up in the administrative assistant and segregated apartheid South,” worked as chief negotiator with said Oren Renick, health admin- the governor of Alabama, trackistration chair and professor. ing freedom riders throughout “I’m certain he’ll describe some the South. of the impact Civil Rights activSeigenthaler was coordinatity and monumental legislation ing the freedom riders’ trips to had on changing the South and ensure their safety when a bus bringing about change nationalg See LECTURE, page 5 ly.”

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Mayor announces Frances Stovall Day

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San Marcos historian Frances Stovall will have her own day on Saturday as Mayor Bob Habingreither proclaims “Frances Stovall Day” in honor of her four decades of work to preserve local landmarks and history. Assisted by Councilman John Diaz, the mayor will present Stovall with a Jeff Kester drawing of the Charles S. Cock Home — an 1850s San Marcos house that she

helped preserve in the 1970s. The Heritage Association of San Marcos will dedicate the Celebration of Life Garden at Juan Veramendi Plaza in honor of Stovall and in memory of her late husband, Col. Jack Stovall. The City Council also donated a book to the library in the name of the Stovalls.

Thursday, April 22, 2004



Horsemen’s Association hosts its first ever Annual Play Day at 9 a.m. at Freeman Ranch.

Calendar of

EVENTS Thursday

Relationship Concerns meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208.

Deck Support, an electronic music radio show, airs from 8-10 p.m. on 89.9 FM, KTSW.


Victory Over Violence meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-12.1.

Dealing with Dysfunctional Families meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208. Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 8 p.m. in the Bobcat Stadium Endzone Complex.

American S ign Language Club meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1.


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

Catholic Student Center provides a free lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the center.

The Rock meets at 7:30 p.m. at the CSC chapel.

Christians at Texas State meets at noon in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1.

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship meets at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320.

Gamma Theta Epsilon Geography Honors Society meets at 5 p.m. in the Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 311.

Christians on Campus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Center.


Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization meets at 5 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1.

Calendar Submission Policy

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

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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Student Recreation Center Monday - Thursday 6 a.m. - midnight Friday 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday noon - midnight

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SafePlace Walk to raise funds for victims of rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence

This year’s Walk for Safe Families and Safe Streets will be held Saturday beginning with a 10 a.m. sign-in. The 2.2-mile walk begins at noon at Waterloo Park in Austin. The walk, which coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is a critical event that raises funds for the myriad of services SafePlace provides while increasing awareness of the issues of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Participants will walk alongside advocates, survivors and loved ones of those who have been lost to such violence. “What is so great about this event is how it brings people together,” said Susan Shaw, SafePlace chief development officer. “It demonstrates to victims that our community cares about them. Thousands of people walking up Congress Avenue at once sends a very powerful message.” In addition to corporations and organizations, many schools, churches and groups of friends form teams to collect pledges for financial support and to participate in the walk together. Each team has a designated captain who coordinates the recruitment of members and serves as the SafePlace Walk liaison. Prizes are awarded to teams who recruit the greatest number of walkers and collect the most pledges. During the past 17 years, the SafePlace Walk has grown from a small crowd of a couple hundred participants to a major public event with thousands of survivors and supporters showing up to walk through downtown Austin. Teams of coworkers, families, congregations, organizations and individual walkers arrive year after year to take a stand against domestic and sexual violence and to support the work that SafePlace does to end such violence. SafePlace serves tens of thousands of people in Central Texas each year, with thousands more left on waiting lists. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend and participate. For more information about participating or volunteering, visit or call (512) 481-WALK.


Hispanic Business Student Association meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1.

NA Meeting is at noon. For more information, call 245-3601.

Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has named three Texas State students as recipients of the 2004 fellowships for minority students entering the teaching profession. Lydia Rousey, mass communication junior, Prisciliana Delgado, interdisciplinary studies junior, and Gabriel Garza, interdisciplinary studies senior, are the Texas State students earning the Rockefeller Fellowships. Since 1997, 12 Texas State students (including this year’s trio) have received Rockefeller Fellowships including Raul Gonzalez, Nora Perez, Coretta Doss, Maria Tinajero, Lisa Jefferson, Stefanie Sierra, Patrice Resse, Danielle Alvarado and Roxanne Lopez. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund did not award fellowships from 1998-2000. Texas State’s placement rate — 12 of the 15 students nominated have earned fellowships — qualifies as “one of the top placement rates in the nation,” said Miriam Añeses, Fellows Program director. The three students who received the fellowship this year were among 25 students representing 16 institutions to earn the honor. Students designated as Rockefeller Fellows are eligible for scholarship grants, totaling as much as $22,100, beginning their junior year after that Fellow has established a career as a public school classroom teacher. Initially, Rockefeller Fellows receive grants of $2,500 during the summer of their junior years to undertake projects related to teaching. Following graduation, they can receive awards of $12,000 to $16,000 for full-time graduate work in teacher education or related fields. Upon completion of graduate work, Fellows are eligible for loan repayments of $1,200 annually for each of the first three continuous years the Fellow serves as a public school classroom teacher. To be eligible for the Rockefeller awards, students must be enrolled in one of the 28 colleges and universities chosen to participate in the program. Those institutions have shown a record of commitment to the education of minorities and have the stated goal of improving teaching in public schools. Participating universities may nominate up to three students. Rockefeller Fellows are selected based on academic performance, written and oral communication skills and commitment to public service.

SWAT operates from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Higher Ground meets at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church.

Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Three Texas State students named recipients for Rockefeller Fellowship


Cam pus Ch ristian Community meets for free lunch and study at 12:30 p.m. at CCC.

Thursday 7:30 a.m. - midnight


Organization and Service Awards will be at 6:30 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom.

University Police Department

April 18, Unknown hours Criminal mischief under $1500/Falls Hall parking lot — A student reported an unknown individual damaged his vehicle. This case is under investigation. April 19, Unknown hours Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle/Academy Street garage — A student reported an unknown vehicle struck her legally parked vehicle. This case is under investigation. April 19, 11:21 p.m. Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle/Alkek parking garage — A non-student reported an unknown individual struck her illegally parked vehicle. This case is under investigation.

Press releases courtesy of Media Relations,and Sarah Seaton

San Marcos Police Department

April 20, 5:58 p.m. Theft under $500/South I-35 — A female advised her cell phone, CD player and CDs were stolen at school.

April 20, 10:04 a.m. Burglary of a vehicle/Highway 123 — A car was burglarized at the San Marcos High School. April 20, 9:03 a.m. Burglary of a vehicle/North I-35 —Victim said some unknown person broke into his truck and stole several items from the interior.

Campus Crime Stoppers: 245-7867 San Marcos Crime Stoppers: 353-TIPS


In Tuesday’s issue of The University Star, the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity was described as an African-American fraternity in the article with the headline “Reinstated fraternity plans activities for community.” Although the founding members of the fraternity were African-American, it does not exclude those of other races. Also, the name of the sorority that participated in the Walk for Breast Cancer should have read “Delta Sigma Theta.”

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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Debate shares both sides of same-sex marriage issue

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Scientists produce first mammals born without use of sperm

Scientists in Japan have coaxed mouse eggs to grow into apparently healthy mice without being fertilized first by sperm, marking the first creation of mammals from individual egg cells without any contribution from a father. The advance, described in a report being published Thursday, is the latest in a series of reproductive innovations that, in laboratories at least, have begun to make old-fashioned sexual procreation seem practically quaint. Lacking any paternal genes, all the mice born this way were females. But they are not clones, because each is a genetically unique animal made from its own egg. The feat does not suggest that men will soon become irrelevant for human reproduction. The extreme genetic manipulations used by the team are, for now at least, technically and ethically unfeasible in humans. The experiments produced far more dead and defective baby mice than normal ones.

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Tiffany Searcy/Star photo John Corvino argues in favor of the legalization of same-sex marriages during a debate on April 15 in the Alkek Teaching Theater. By Megan Knighton News Reporter

country prides itself upon,” said Matthew Marcelissen, business management sophomore. “The allowance of gays to validate their love through marriage will continue our country’s beliefs.” In opposition, Hicks pointed out marriage has always been a tool to serve families, and allowing gay men and women the right to marry would be tampering with the institution of marriage that has existed for ages. Hicks made reference to a study that showed a large correlation between marriage and human well-being. He claimed that because human well-being relies, in part, on marriage as it is now, it would be too risky for society to challenge the institution without further research of its consequences. “I feel like the line has to be drawn somewhere,” said Keely Rowe, mass communication junior. “I do not want to open the door to something scary for society. It is unknown the consequences of gay marriage and how it will impact our society. Our society is more fragile than we think, and gay marriage may be too risky. More research is necessary.” Although research may need to be conducted to show the results of gay marriage, arguments were made that allowing homosexuals to marry would be

Students campuswide are ready to speak out about the gay marriage debates and the arguments for and against its legalization. A debate on the issue of gay marriage took place April 15 at the Alkek Teaching Theater. Arguing for gay marriage was John Corvino, Wayne State University Philosophy professor, who has been arguing for 10 years on campuses nationwide. Randy Hicks, Family Council president in Georgia, gave the opposing argument. Jeffery Gordon, philosophy professor, moderated the debate. Corvino started by proposing his stand on gay marriage as a good way for gay men and women to settle down in happy, fulfilling relationships. The idea is that these happy, fulfilling relationships will improve their well-being, and since it is good for the individual, it is good for the society. Corvino said that relationships and marriage are an important way to share intimacy and show unity and love for one another. He asked the audience if there is a limited amount of love in the world, why would we want to deny it to anyone? “Equality is something our




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the most useful experiment because society will not be able to understand the consequences unless it experiences them firsthand. Hicks said one of his main worries is the needs of children and the absence of either a mother or father if homosexuals wed. “Same-sex marriage intentionally deprives a child of either a mother or father,” Hicks said. Although this is true, Corvino argued against his statement. “If we are legally protecting marriage because of children and their needs, then why do we allow the elderly to marry or sterile people to marry, knowing both will most likely not have children?” he asked. Students also had opinions. “It is unfair for our government to wave its moral guns at one group when this group only wants to share in the rights,” said Laura Melsinty, anthropology senior. “Mr. Hicks’ argument was ethnocentric and convoluted because he was not arguing against homosexual unions but against divorce. Homosexual marriage takes nothing away from heterosexual marriage.”

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency plans to hire about 7,500 people between now and 2008, one of the biggest recruitment efforts in decades at the high-tech spy agency. About 4,500 of the hires will replace NSA employees who leave, mostly through retirement, and about 3,000 will fill new positions, said John Taflan, the agency’s human resources chief. NSA is seeking job applicants who know foreign languages, especially Arabic and Chinese, and people who are qualified to work in the fields of engineering, mathematics, computer science, procurement and to fill what it calls non-technical jobs. Like many federal agencies, NSA’s workforce is aging, and significant portions will be eligible for retirement in the next 10 years. NSA — which breaks codes, eavesdrops on other nations and helps safeguard classified information in government databases — also needs more people to keep pace with the rapid advances in computers and telecommunication networks. NSA intends to hire about 1,500 people by September, filling some of those jobs with midcareer professionals and the rest through more than 200 outreach efforts at colleges and job fairs nationwide. Some of the new hires will be brought on board through a three-year intern program.

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PHILADELPHIA — It was a major terrorism case with a flaw. Prosecutors strongly suspected that the defendants had been visiting terrorist Web sites, yet they could not prove it. The sites had disappeared from the Internet. But Evan Kohlmann had them, stored on the computer in his studio apartment here. In part because of his testimony, the defendants were all convicted last month in federal court in Virginia on charges of supporting terrorism. Kohlmann, who is 25 and finishing law school, represents an eclectic new breed of terrorism expert that has surfaced since Sept. 11 — young, Internet-savvy and schooled outside the intelligence establishment. He has written articles about everything from regional nesting grounds for terrorists in Europe to the legal and investigative loopholes in cyber-terrorism cases. He is publishing a book this spring that has won praise from, among others, Richard Clarke, the former counterterrorism chief in the Clinton and Bush administrations. Clarke has said that the Bush White House did not pay enough attention to the terrorist threat during its first months in office.

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Prosecutors on Wednesday told a federal judge that indicted former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling broke several terms of his release on $5 million bond by “drinking inordinately,” allegedly attempting to remove a car license plate, and getting into a physical altercation with patrons at a Manhattan bar on April 9. “Bail is an issue of trust between the defendant, the Court and the Court’s Pretrial Services office,” Enron Task Force prosecutors wrote. “Skilling has shown that he is incapable of following the Court’s Order of release and he has dissembled — even after he was sober — regarding his conduct.” Skilling also failed to notify court officials of his contact with the police for several hours, the court papers said. The prosecutors’ motion sought only for the court to hold a hearing on the issue, not for specific changes to the terms of Skilling’ bail. But according to the order under which Skilling was released, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake could choose to revoke bail, order Skilling detained or seek to charge him with contempt of court. Houston lawyers said Lake, who recently sentenced a midlevel former executive at Dynegy Inc. to 24 years in prison for accounting fraud, has a reputation as a no-nonsense jurist.

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university employee with supervisory, teaching, evaluation, or advisory authority and an employee, student, and/or student employee who is directly supervised, taught, evaluated or advised by that employee.” There is no policy dealing with consensual relationships with a person who is in a supervisory position with a subordinate. “You have to take a guarded position of making sure that there is no ill will that other students or other faculty feel toward the relationship,” Supancic said. If implemented, the policy would require that if one of the people in the relationship were in a supervis-

ing, teaching or authoritative role, he would have to report the relationship to his immediate supervisor. The adviser is then required to work out the situation by providing an alternate means of supervision, teaching or advising. “This policy hinges on the voluntary reporting of the relationship to your immediate supervisor,” Supancic said. The main concern of the senators was that if the relationship occurred before the policy was implemented, the couple would not be compelled to report their relationship, the senators said. If the relationship ended badly, the subordinate could suffer unfair consequences. Problems with Senate ballot mail-

to fight war and disorder with love and strength,” said Chastity Saucer, psychology and social work junior. Gandhi believed that personal power resulted from a balance of masculine and feminine forces. Gandhi also believed the foundation for a nonviolent society began with children. King, who was a black Christian minister, based his strategies on Gandhi’s while working for fighting for equal rights. King’s philosophy was to stand up for social justice. “In order to take action for peace, people have to stand up and demand it,” Ghai said.

ings to faculty were also resolved in the meeting. The ballots were sent to part-time faculty who do not get a vote in Senate elections. The Senate’s Constitution requires twothirds approval from 40 percent of the faculty. The dilemma was whether they should nullify the vote, take the 40 percent from the total number of ballots sent or from the 688 voting faculty. “I think that we’re bound by the constitution to take 40 percent of the 688,” said Sen. Michel Conroy, studio art professor. The Senate voted to keep the election, taking the 40 percent from the 688 faculty votes and to let the faculty members know about the mistake when the results are posted.

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Thursday, April 22, 2004

By John M. Moran The Hartford Courant

Hackers are bad, right? They break into business computers and steal credit-card information. They deface Web sites. They plant computer viruses. But that’s not the only definition of a hacker. There’s an older, more honorable tradition that defines a hacker as someone who discovers a simple shortcut or an elegant solution to a technical problem. Say your TV reception is poor. You tape a clothes hangar to the antenna, and it works much better. That’s a hack. Lately, that original meaning of hacker seems to be coming back into style. A host of new books invite you to tinker with the internal workings of personal computers and other electronic gadg-

Ikeda, a Japanese Buddhist, is an acknowledged author, philosopher, educator, humanist and social activist. He has founded two universities dedicated to the theme of peace and the teachings of Gandhi and King. “(Civil disobedience) is a positive way to express certain issues to the government/ authority,” geography junior Mariko Yamato said. Ikeda is most noted for his dedication for global peace. Ghai said Ikeda was trying to promote peace through a Buddhist philosophy. This exhibit is intended to promote world awareness. “One by one, individuals can change society,” Ghai said.


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Keegan’s book covers a ets. It’s an enjoyable way to learn about technology. Call it variety of modifications that can make the TiVo digital video hacking for education and fun. One example is Hardware recorder perform tricks that the Hacking Projects for Geeks by manufacturers never intended. Scott Fullam (O’Reilly; Examples include boosting the size of TiVo’s hard drive, using $29.95). This volume goes well TiVo to display your own phobeyond helping you upgrade tos and videos and, of course, your PC. Instead, it tackles such connecting TiVo to the Internet. O’Reilly, a noted publisher innovative subjects as building an intrusion detection system of computer books, has for your office cubicle, building become so enamored of the your own digital video recorder hacking genre that it has issued and making radio-controlled an entire line of how-to-hack books. All are aimed at concars play laser tag. Fullam’s book even de- veying insider tips on using scribes how to connect your common tools to maximum toaster and coffeemaker to the advantage. Internet. Now that’s a hack. Among them are Google A new volume, titled Home Hacks, eBay Hacks, Amazon Hacking Projects for Geeks is Hacks, Wireless Hacks and due out in June. Online Investing Hacks. Speaking of digital video Starting with a lineup like that, recorders, another entry in the the hacks series could soon be do-it-yourself hacking genre is competing for shelf space with the myriad “Dummies” and Hacking TiVo by Jeff Keegan1/22/04 BIO191-867_5.75x5Logo.qxd 9:00 AM Page 1 (John Wiley & Sons; $29.99). “Idiots” how-to books.

Want more? Check out Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty by Joe Grand (Syngress, $39.95). It offers help on such projects as building a home theater PC, hacking old Atari computers, modifying the PlayStation 2 and replacing the battery in your iPod. Keep in mind, though, that rolling up your sleeves and opening up these devices will not endear you to the manufacturer. With a good hack, you might extend its life or expand its capabilities. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll have gotten a last bit of enjoyment out of the gizmo before tossing it. Who knows? If you get good enough, you might wind up writing a book of your own. From the looks of the computer retail bookshelves these days, there’s a waiting audience.

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RICE: Alumnus shares his works DEBATE: Students to learn issues Thursday, April 22, 2004

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Zelda” at the San Marcos Public Library to a crowd of about 30 listeners. “Papa Lalo” is a recollection of his grandfather’s death. While reading the story, he found himself on the verge of tears. “Tied to Zelda” is a comical tale of a three-legged competition in high school. The reading was met with audience laughter. Rice ended his visit Wednesday with the presentation of the films Oral History Process and Personal Narrative for English majors and education majors in Flowers Hall. “I’ve read his Crazy Loco, and what I find most appealing is how he has invested interest in all of his stories,” said Roxane Cuellar, Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Steering Committee member. “When you watch him read his stories, you see the interest he has in it and how meaningful they are to him.” Rice, a native of Edcouch, Texas, divides his time among

writing short stories about growing up and living in the Rio Grande Valley and mentoring and teaching students at Edcouch-Elsa High School, under the administration of the Llano Grande Center for Research and Development, according to a press release. Rice’s interest is mainly with Mexican-American students because of their high drop out rate, which is nearly 50 percent, occurring in middle school. However, it wasn’t until after being challenged by a principal in Edcouch to write books for children that Rice sat down and wrote his award-winning book Crazy Loco. “A lot of people think that kids don’t like to read and that’s not true,” Rice said. “It’s that they don’t like what they’re reading.” Crazy Loco earned the American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Readers” award in 2001, as well as being nominated for the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s

Book Award, the Pura Belpre award and was a Pen Center USA West award finalist. In addition, Crazy Loco is required reading for more than 24 Texas public schools and nine universities nationwide. “I was really surprised (at the response of Crazy Loco), but I was really happy that it was picked up by schools in South Texas,” Rice said. “All awards aside, kids like it, they’re reading it and they’re challenged by it.” Rice’s appearance at Texas State was sponsored by the Public Lecture Series, Multicultural Student Affairs, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, College of Education, department of curriculum and instruction, department of English, department of anthroTexas State pology, Association- Student Program, Central Texas Writing Project, Upward Bound and the Bilingual Education Student Organization.

LECTURE: Speaker to impart history

Both the lecture and the book discussion are free and open to the public. “I think it’s a unique opportunity to hear and was attacked by a mob of Klansmen in Montgomery, Ala. In an attempt to rescue two perhaps meet someone I consider to be a great personage,” Renick said. “He has a remarkable story women from the attacks, he was severely beaten. “He put himself in harm’s way on a moment’s to tell to give us a sense of the Civil Rights movenotice and put his own life at risk to try to get oth- ment, Civil Rights history and some of the necessary culture changes we have gone through and ers out of harm,” Renick said. Seigenthaler also founded the First Amendment continue to go through as a nation.” The LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series was Center at Vanderbilt University. The center is dedicated to the ideas of free speech, free press and founded in 1982 as a way to complete Johnson’s dream of such a series at his alma mater. free spirit. T. Cay Rowe, head of the lecture committee and At 11 a.m., Seigenthaler will also hold a book discussion in the Southwestern Writers Collection University Advancement assistant vice president, on the 7th floor of the Alkek Library. He will also said former lecturers include former congresshold a book signing for his book about President woman Barbara Jordan and former President Gerald Ford. James K. Polk. “We’ve got an incredible list of people who’ve Renick said he is hopeful for a good crowd at both the book discussion and the lecture. He said given this lecture and it doesn’t pay that great,” 3/29/04 4:37 Pagesaid. 1 “I think a lot of people just want to give heBW_BA_leader_11.5x10.5 believes this to be an important opportunity forPM Rowe the LBJ lecture, it just sounds cool (and) it is cool.” students to listen to someone who is so influential. g Cont. from page 1

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educating students and working with the College Democrats. “We are trying to inform and help students. That’s what student organizations are all about,” she said. She said the debate is also an excellent opportunity to show the campus community that the College Democrats and College Republicans are “cohesive.” San Marcos City Council positions are non-partisan, so neither group is endorsing a candidate. Both candidates have sat on City Council for two years. Recently, controversies surrounding the dis-annexation of a south San Marcos neighborhood have divided the City Council, spurring disagreement among council members. Habingreither feels part of his role as an educator is helping students become better citizens. Voting and being informed on community issues is one way to become a better citizen, he said. “I feel it is my moral obligation as a professor to encourage students to be part of the political process,” he said. Clifford-Narvaiz said she hopes students will take the opportunity to listen to candidates and learn about all the issues. “I think it’s important for students to know their voices should be heard,” she said. “Voting should not be taken for granted no matter where you are. This is an opportunity for students who want to be educated to come and be informed.” Clifford-Narvaiz said she wants students to keep an open mind about all the topics in the race instead of focusing on only one or two issues. She said she would like to give debate attendees the opportunity to ask

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questions about important issues and to get to know her as a person better. She also said she wants to avoid pigeonholing students by assuming the only issues of importance are bar hours and parking problems. “I know there are other issues of importance to students,” Clifford-Narvaiz said. Habingreither said he looks forward to questions from the student body and will focus on being truthful about all the questions asked. He said he feels the most important aspect to students of the San Marcos mayor’s job is developing stronger, more unified relations between the university and the city. He feels, in his role as mayor, he has accomplished this task. As an example of his efforts to unite the city and the university, he pointed to the propane re-fueling station that opened Wednesday in San Marcos. Habingreither pushed for the station to be opened as an alternative to emissions tests on vehicles in Hays County. He said the alternative re-fueling station will be good for the environment and will save taxpayers money. Clifford-Narvaiz said she would like to see more students involved with the decision-making process in San Marcos. Some key aspects to her plans, if elected, include implementing an Associated Student Government representative to her ex-officio cabinet and establishing an extensive mentoring program for students who hope to be involved with politics someday. “Having an elected member of the student body sit in on our (City Council) meetings brings a student’s perspective,” she said. The mentoring program

would work to have students sit under elected positions, such as the city manager and the mayor, for three or four months at a time. Clifford-Narvaiz said she feels this would be an excellent boost to a recent graduate’s résumé. Habingreither said he is open to developing a committee of student representatives who would meet with the City Council once a month. He said he would implement the plan only at the request of students because he does not want to force people to become involved. The transitory nature of students can hinder continuity in working with city leaders, he said. He feels volunteer events between the university and the community breed good relations. “Look at Bobcat Build,” Habingreither said. “We had 1,400 students cleaning all aspects of the city. I think that is a wonderful thing to have happen.” Scooter Hendon, managing editor of The University Star and mass communication senior, will moderate the debate. Hendon said he plans to ask candidates questions about their stance on issues affecting both San Marcos residents and Texas State students. University and city relations will be the main focus of his questions. He will also ask questions about job growth and ways to balance the needs of the university and the needs of lowincome residents in San Marcos at the same time. “Debates are a great way to learn about the candidates,” Hendon said. “When candidates have to answer questions on the record they cannot be held accountable to their campaign promises.”



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Reproductive rights rally to raise awareness

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his weekend in Washington, D.C., supporters of women’s reproductive rights will rally on the National Mall in an effort to raise awareness of the rapidly diminishing rights women are facing under the current administration. With more than a million women expected, the “March for Women’s Lives” is being billed by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and the American Civil Liberties Union as the largest gathering in more than a decade. The intention behind the rally is to show the White House and the current

administration that a vocal mobilization of women will not sit quietly by and watch their rights be taken away. As an election year, an effort on this scale to mobilize the pro-choice vote is well timed. States such as Oklahoma are introducing bills that would require women to obtain a “death warrant” before undergoing a termination procedure, and Iowa recently tried to pass a bill that would necessitate a woman of legal age to first obtain permission from a judge. The court must then appoint a guardian for the embryo before both sides take the termination decision to

not too far of a stretch to foresee a nationwide ban on abortion being courted in the near future. Pro-lifers are also making a counter-appearance at the rally, with an estimated 1,000 supporters gathering. Whatever your stance on this issue, 1 million women’s voices are not enough to squelch the apathy this nation has fallen into. As it may be impossible to uproot this weekend to Washington, D.C., it’s easier than ever to make your voice heard by contacting your representatives today and voting your conscious this November.

a mini-trial. President George W. Bush has made his stance on the issue clear, appointing anti-choice judges to lifelong court appointments. According to an article on citing Planned Parenthood, “14 states have introduced 29 bills banning abortion outright.” “Legal rights” for fetuses are being expanded, and last year’s ban on late-term abortion, with no consideration for the mother’s health, are only a couple of examples that have already begun to pave the way for more stringent rules. From here, it’s

Bush working toward an American Empire

HINDSIGHT IS DEMOCRATIC Commission should show respect, not make political ploy Attorney General John Ashcroft is causing an outrage again. This time it’s not his endorsement of the USA PATRIOT Act or covering a naked statue with an expensive piece of cloth. This time it’s about his statement that blamed the Clinton Administration for Brett Bousman the Sept. 11 attacks. Star Columnist Democratic strategist Susan Estrich reacted to the comment, trying to turn on her charm by saying the Bush Administration should not point fingers. Nevermind the fact that this is the reason behind the 9/11 commission in the first place. It exists simply to point fingers at Bush for not doing enough to prevent the attacks. Surely the Democrats are not telling us the president should have taken preemptive action against al-Qaeda. We saw how well the Democrats agreed to that kind of action against Saddam Hussein. (Too bad Clinton wasn’t in office or this whole Iraq thing would have been OK with the Democrats like it was in 1998.) Let’s recall that during the Clinton Administration the nation experienced a budget surplus. This was because Clinton finally agreed to balance the budget after the Congressional Republicans twisted his arm a few times. However, spending cuts in the military was one way they would get

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They say Bush had eight months to do something about Sept. 11, leaving out the fact that Clinton had eight years.

this done. Bush promised to strengthen the military during his 2000 campaign, and the Democrats reacted by saying the military is fine. Let’s assume Bush did have prior knowledge to Sept. 11 during his first eight months in office. I can see the president addressing Congress about a letter he received saying terrorists were on the verge of attacking the United States. The Democrats would react with a simple reply; “Yeah, yeah. This is another Republican ploy to begin spending money on wasteful military programs again.” The only reasons why Democrats were so united with Bush’s attacks after Sept. 11 was because it was after the fact. This is why I call this commission the “Hindsight is 20/20 Commission.” The only problem is that not only do the Democrats see with their butt, but they also think with it as well. Let’s take a look at how Clinton handled bin Laden after the terrorist attacks leading to Sept. 11. Clinton’s advisers rejected raids and offers from other nations to capture bin Laden, though his cronies bombed the World Trade Center in 1993, blew up embassies in 1998 and attacked the USS Cole in

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2000 — just to name a few. Instead, he would take care of other unimportant matters such as Kosovo and let the punk slip away. Bin Laden kept getting stronger and Milosovich continued not to be a threat against the United States. The Democrats did not approve of getting bin Laden after he committed terrorist attacks. What makes people think that they would approve Bush getting bin Laden before he committed another attack? When the people of the Bush Administration say they had no proper intelligence from the previous administration, I believe them. The word “intelligence” is not in Clinton’s vocabulary. They say Bush had eight months to do something about Sept. 11, leaving out the fact that Clinton had eight years. After Sept. 11, Democrats would remain unified with the president until congressional election year 2002 rolled around. This is where they would begin to salivate at this rumor of Bush’s prior knowledge to the attacks. Here we are again in 2004, using Sept. 11 not as a day to pay respect for those who died, but instead using that day for political gains. Let freedom ring. Bousman is a history senior.

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It’s obvious from last In fact, a recent article week’s press conference that claimed just that. Apparently, President George W. Bush has U.S. forces are engaged in a no idea what is going on in “silent war” on the Syrian reality, let alone Iraq. I guess border with Iraqi resistance you don’t need to and Syrian military pay attention personnel. It looks, Aaron Ball when you have from the neo-cons’ those “brilliant” viewpoint, that Machiavellian things are going advisers surroundfine. ing you — worldThe other side of views would tend this madness is the to get a little participants on the warped. Muqtada ground are making Al-Sadr’s uprising these plans a realiStar Columnist in the south has ty. Since the uprisignited protests ing, nearly 100 from Iraqis around the counU.S. soldiers and hundreds of try who are fed up with the Iraqis have been killed. In occupation. U.S. forces are what is quickly becoming a now fighting on three fronts, symbol of the brutality and and, with summer fast cruelty of the war, U.S. forces approaching, it appears the have effectively sealed off situation will further spiral one of the centers of antiout of control. But in occupation forces: Fallujah. Bushland, this is all right. His After several days of neo-conservative cheerleaders revenge bombings, a truce is have openly said this Iraqi still being held — in name adventure is worth it, even if only. Reporting from this area it means losing 30,000 is difficult, but from what American lives. What on some have managed to see, it earth is so important as to appears U.S. forces are conrisk so many of our men and ducting a massacre of women women? and children. There are also In the neo-con’s sick mind, reports that U.S. snipers are the war in Iraq and its subseshooting ambulances as they quent descent into chaos is rush the injured to makeshift keeping with the strategy of hospitals. Bodies are strewn total war. These ideological in the street with onlookers ancestors of the Trotskyite watching helplessly out of movement have taken fear of being the snipers’ next Trotsky’s idea of “permanent victim. Our troops have revolution” and use it now to learned well from their counbring about freedom and terparts in the Israeli Defense democracy, whatever those Forces. terms mean. This has long Unfortunately, these scenes been a goal of these nutcases and reports will continue even in their quest for American if Emperor Bush is kicked global hegemony. With conout. Kerry has said he has no stant, never-ending war, you intention of pulling our troops preclude the rise of any other out and has shown his fealty competing power. Out of this to the terrorists in Israel, the chaos, a new global order can only country that benefits emerge (i.e. an American from this senseless conflict. Empire). The escalation of hostilities in In a brilliant opinion piece Iraq is worrisome not only to in the Asia Times, Pepe those over there, but to Escobar explained how our Americans here as well. actions are contributing to the The calls for bringing back concept of total war. “The the draft are getting louder, more repressive (our actions and if the concept of total war are), the more unpopular, the continues to dominate this more the Shi’ite majority bol- government’s foreign policy sters the ranks of the active, thinking, we may be facing a armed Iraqi resistance … in a situation not seen since logic of total war, this is the Vietnam. next step to the inevitable Ball is a history senior. attack on Syria and Iran … ”

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Thursday, April 22, 2004

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Faith is more than just preaching This letter is in response to Jeff Miller’s column on Wednesday titled “Those crazy Christians.” Jeff, I debated whether I should respond to your article because, according to you, by responding I have now claimed that as a Christian I am “above others.” Instead, I am looking at this response as defending my faith and appreciating these organizations for stirring up debates and the good and bad emotions that come with debate. Whether I agree with these organizations and their methods of preaching, isn’t it great that people can believe wholeheartedly in an issue or religion? Although you may not appreciate these organizations invading our campus, which is a place of study and “peace,” no one has stopped you from promoting your spirituality, your stance on abortion and, ultimately, your disgust for Christians. Mr. Miller, if you haven’t noticed, there are several Christian groups that quietly promote their purpose. Do you think it is OK for a Crosstalk poster to be displayed outside of the Alkek Library, or does that badger you or maybe offend you because they are “pronouncing their greatness”? Once again Mr. Miller, I know I am not above others; I am simply defending my faith. —Wendy Vanatko social work junior

Students not misguided by mock election

I respectfully disagree with Tuesday’s Main Point, “Campus mock election misguided, ill-timed.” The writer made two arguments: students are not informed enough at this time to make an educated decision regarding the presidential candidates, and John Kerry has yet to be officially nominated by the Democratic party. Regarding the first argument, I believe that most students are aware of important issues in the presidential race — the war in Iraq, the economy and the debate surrounding President Bush’s tax cuts and the candidates’ positions on such issues as abortion and gay marriage. The two candidates have

fundamentally different positions on these and other issues that have been well-publicized in ads and throughout the Democratic primaries. It insults students’ intelligence to say that many are not capable of an educated preference at this point. Regarding the second point, Kerry’s nomination may not be strictly official, but it is certainly a foregone conclusion. Kerry is well into the fund-raising cycle and is being treated as the official nominee by the Bush campaign. National polls on the presidential race are being conducted every week with Kerry as the presumed candidate. Pi Sigma Alpha may well decide to hold another mock election in the fall. In the meantime, I believe the students of Texas State have been well-served by the opportunity to express their opinion on what the editorial writer stated “may be one of the most important presidential elections in years.” — Cynthia Opheim political science professor and Pi Sigma Alpha faculty sponsor

University changes student’s outlook

I want to thank Professor A. M. McKinney in the Images of Women course and Professor R. L. Archer in the Psychology of Human Sexuality. If only I had known earlier what they taught, but better late than never! I understand finally. Thank you. Thank you to Professor Claudia Rast’s biology course, 1421 Modern Biology II. This course opened my eyes to the shared truth about life’s existence. In the simplistic yet multi-complicated fact that we (people, animals, plants, environment) co-exist and are intricately intertwined in sharing the bond of life … thank you, Professor Rast. Thank you to Professor F.K. Reilly, who teaches Anthropology on the North American Indian, who awed me with the startling truth about where the Constitution really came from and finding that there is a constant influx of new data concerning the North American Indian. Fascinating. You provided a fresh view on dealing with invisible culture truths and myths. Thank you. My first SWT honors professor, Kalsi, in Life and Work of Genius, offered me an invitation to take an electrifying mental ride in a

research project focused on Marie Sklodowaska Curie. This woman — born before her time —sprang vibrantly alive before me as a modern-day woman. I think of Curie often. Thank you. Let us not forget the financial aid office staff, Alexander Rodriguez and Vicky Williams, for quickly resolving each financial difficulty that arose. I give a heartfelt ‘thank you.’ Thank you to the occupational education department core office staff and Patty Gibbs whose efficiency and expert ability supports the department. Patty was always available with accurate information for each transaction to culminate in a successful resolution. Thank you to Barbara Wilson, my adviser. We did it! Thank you to Tina Schultz in the Office Of Disability Services, the warrior undying spirit, who never lost her faith that I could complete this academic goal, and Gloria Rodriguez and her front desk staff who shared a spare smile whenever an issue necessity dictated a visit to the OSD office. Thank you. What a team! Thank you to the bookstore whiz, Kelli Cowan, who, though covered up with vendor purchase orders hidden behind our towering athletic team and scholarship recipients, always had the exact purchase order ready with a friendly, professional and cheerful look, followed with a, “How are you doing this semester?” Kelly, you are outstanding at what you do. You go, girl. Lastly, I want to thank SWT, which has metamorphosed into Texas State, for allowing me the privilege of entrance and attendance. Before SWT, I had a GED from 1972, supporting a 25-year working history equaling little pay. A new life supported by a crisp, fresh B.A.A.S. and a new vision at 52 years old is amazing! Life is what it is, offering obstacles as hidden opportunities seeded with an invitation for growth. Do your best. Try a uniquely different way, and those things that are unchangeable: let go. It is possible in some way, as long as you believe it is! —Ruthana Churchman non-traditional December 2003 graduate in occupational education department

CAMPUS QUOTES “You don’t have to be registered to vote in mock elections. It wouldn’t be a good indicator because not too many students are registered to vote.” — Rob Cruickshank communication studies senior

“I don’t care for either of the candidates. I think they both just worry about their own self-interest, and don’t have any touch with middle- or lower-class persons.” — Andrew Green psychology senior

Prohibiting gay marriage limits personal freedoms

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ed ramifications are involved, I would like to respond to Joshua Olson’s column titled whereas the other should be rec“Homosexuals have the right ...” ognized at the discretion of indiprinted in Tuesday’s edition of vidual religious institutions (i.e. The University Star. allowing a government-recogIn the column, nized, same-sex Olson said, “Because marriage unauthoTre Miner a man cannot legally rized by a church). marry a man, what Olson: “(The rights have been violegalization of gay lated?” marriage) is an The argument that attempt to legitimize stems from a man deviant behavior. marrying another man When a society is not about the violaattempts to legittion of existing rights Star Columnist imize deviant but the lack of existing behavior, where rights to be violated. Just as the does it stop?” times change, so our Before I even begin to Constitution must evolve with explain the fallacy committed these changes in order to surhere, let me first mention that at vive. one point in time, support for the Olson also said, “The instituabolishment of slavery, women’s tion of marriage is older than the suffrage and labor unions were concept of equal protection.” all signs of “deviant behavior.” The institute of marriage, More importantly though, the though older, is no more imporquestion “where does it stop” tant than the institute of equal implies that because there is no protection. On that premise, I definitive line drawn between would be willing to bet that where society continues its homosexual tendencies and attempts to “legitimize deviant curiosities have existed before behavior” and where it ends, the any legal institutions of marsubject of gay marriage is moot riage. At the risk of becoming and therefore should be left too petty, I’ll simply state that alone. such issues cannot be judged by Olson: “Legally protecting age. and legitimizing deviant behavOlson: “Nobody is being ior … opens the floodgates to denied the right to marry. Any things that are far more destrucconsenting legal-aged man can tive. Polygamy is just the tip (as marry any consenting legal-aged well as) bestiality, incest, woman in this country.” pedophilia …” Such a statement is completeThat slope couldn’t be more ly missing the point. The gender slippery if it were lubricated bias associated with the “right to with Astroglide. Such an marry,” not the right itself, is assumption is absurd and comwhat is in question. What use is pletely irrelevant to the debate the right to marry if you cannot on legalizing gay marriage. consensually marry whomever Similar “floodgate” comments you choose? were made by Joseph McCarthy Olson: “Homosexuality is a in the 1950s when he imprisoned learned socialized behavior” and countless innocent people under is “more a function of environthe assumption their “deviant ment than a function of DNA.” behavior” would lead to a comDoes equal protection need to munist uprising in the United be limited to genetics? Is someStates. one who follows his genetic Olson: “When you throw that instructions more deserving of behavior in my face and attempt equal rights than someone whose to force me to accept that behavinstructions are learned from his ior, then that does concern me.” environment? I have to admit A common knee-jerk reaction that I fail to see the relevance of to laws we don’t agree with is to genetic vs. learned behavior complain that we are being when determining equal protecforced to accept them; we state tion under the Constitution. that such laws (or behaviors in Olson: “Why must society this case) are being “thrown in change a definition that has our faces” and “shoved down existed for about as long as our throats.” These statements, human beings have to simply as well as other benign accusamake a small group of people tions that involve physical rendifeel like its actions are normal?” tions of coercion, are simply Though a pathetic appeal to used to illustrate intolerance. tradition is quite obvious in this Mr. Olson, the fact is that no last statement, the problem lies one is forcing you to accept such in the fact that two forms of behavior as wholesome, moral or marriage exist, marriage recogright. All that is asked is that you nized by religious institutions accept such behavior as “legal” and marriage legally sanctioned and get on with your life. by the government. The latter definition should be redefined Miner is a political science since both equality and tax-relat- sophomore.

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“I don’t think it was a good indicator because it wasn’t even endorsed by the campus democratic organization. Also, living in Texas it is almost a given that Bush will win our state.” — Sarah Tunnell social work senior

“I think it could be similar, but I think many opinions will sway when it is actually time to vote.” — Stewart Moreland undeclared freshman

“I actually voted in the election and it won’t change my vote. I don’t think it was a bad idea, but not a true indicator. There is still some debating. The percentages are so close and opinions can change.” — Dustin Kinney electronic media junior

“I highly doubt it. I think it is similar to the outcome (with Bush rising and Kerry falling.) When your dealing with college students, it’s hard to tell though, because of the issues they are aware of and even if they are registered to vote.” — Melissa Bomar education junior

Do you think the mock election was a good indicator of how the university will vote in November?


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motorcycle on the Web. Earlier this year, he sold his old truck to put the money toward a bike. “I’ve always been pretty good on two wheels, and the first time I rode on a motorcycle, it was awesome,” Krautkremer said. Television shows helped whet his appetite for the biker lifestyle, he said, but in order to make up his mind about what kind of machine he wanted, Krautkremer sat on a lot of bikes and perused the Web sites of just about every bike company on the planet. There was also the matter of learning how to ride a motorcycle. While one needs to get licensed to legally operate a motorcycle, there are other benefits to taking a riding class. “At first I wasn’t planning on getting a motorcycle license, but the class helped me out a lot,”

With Austin bearing the “live music capital of the world” as its motto, it’s no wonder that statewide we enjoy the fruitful sounds of being neighbor to the city. San Marcos reminds many people of Austin in its younger days — when it was so much smaller, yet still just as loud. The surrounding larger cities have built great amphitheaters in recent years to host many of the most fabulous shows that tour the country. Whether going home this summer or sticking around for more school, there will be plenty of live music to be heard near and far statewide. No matter musical taste, it is likely that in the next four months one of your favorite groups will play somewhere close enough to draw you out into the stinging Texas summer heat. The Verizon Wireless Center draws huge crowds to Selma. The arena seats 8,000 with standing/sitting room for about 12,000 people on the grassy hill behind. The summer will commence at Verizon with Blink-182 on May 4, the Ozzfest tour on Aug. 7 and Korn on Aug. 21. This year’s Ozzfest is sure to be as mad and deafening as ever before, including such groups as Judas Priest, Slayer, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Black Label Society and the Super Joint Ritual (one of the bands of the singer in Pantera). Also playing will be Otep, Unearth, Devil Driver and, of course, Osbourne himself. It is highly recommended that all Ozzy fans attend this tour, as there are the ever-present rumors that it may be his last. Shows to look for in San Antonio will include Prince on June 9 and Incubus on Sept. 13, both at the SBC Center; Los Lonely Boys, Switchfoot and Blue October on April 23 at the Sunken Garden Theater; and Robert Earl Keen on July 4 at Wolfe Stadium. Halfway between San Antonio and San Marcos is the beautiful German town of New Braunfels, which will have the Comal Country Music Show on the second Wednesday of each month. The series will include several country music artists, and food and drinks will be sold as well. There is an average attendance of 250,000 and tickets cost $4. For more information, call (830) 6294547. In the more Northern regions, we can look forward to Billy Bob’s Texas every weekend in Fort Worth at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk in Rodeo Plaza. This is also a recurring country music concert with the occasional rock group. Dallas will also see part of Ozzfest on Aug. 5 at the Smirnoff

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BY BRANDON COBB MUSIC REPORTER The Superfriends cartoon of the early ’80s was undoubtedly one of the best concepts for a cartoon ever: Take the best DC comic book heroes around, put them all in one giant Hall of Justice and pit them against a team of super-villains known as the Legion of Doom. The show practically wrote itself. Each of the heroes possessed a unique ability that made him an indispensable member of the Superfriends team and there was at least one moment in every episode where each member’s power was necessary to Andrew Nenque/Star photo vanquish the enemy. The band Kallisti Gold, counter-clockwise from bottom right: Paul Adams, sound recording technology San Marcos’ answer to the Superfriends comes not in the junior; Adam Young, SRT junior; Anthony Carlin, SRT junior; Matt Tolman, music education junior; and form of a cavalcade of masked Cory Johnson, political science senior. The band will be playing at 9 p.m. Friday at the Triple Crown. vigilantes, but in the form of limited to one singular talent in its arsenal. nation of “Crosby Stills and Nash-style five extremely talented musicians who In fact, almost every member of the band harmonies with a rustic, electrically driven have joined forces to form one of the best takes turns swapping instruments to give vibe.” new bands on the scene — Kallisti Gold. each a myriad of sounds, depending on the “You’ve got to add the word ‘soulful’ in With a funky, soulful sound laced with arrangement of musicians. there,” added Corey Jansen singer/guitight, four-part vocal harmonies and One set is likely to feature three differ- tarist/percussionist. packed with a Superman punch of high- ent drummers, each with a unique vibe, Indeed. The band’s effortless blending energy stage presence, Kallisti Gold is fast and everyone, save bassist Anthony Carlin, of rock, roots, funk, soul and reggae is evibecoming one of the premiere bands in the takes a turn on the guitar. The band’s tunes dent in the band’s original composition area. combine a range of sounds that coalesce “All I Need,” a head-bobbing, funky rock Unlike the band’s superhero counter- with the band’s signature sound, described parts, the members of Kallisti Gold are not by lead guitarist Adam Young as a combig See GOLD, page 11

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Different kind of comedy

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Pusifier plays good tunes, vocalist incites laughter

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Courtesy photo Jon Stringer poses in a scene from The Jon Stringer Show.

Jon Stringer Show hopes to repeat its November success BY MATT ISAM TRENDS REPORTER Americans will do anything for a good laugh these days and, with shows such as MTV’s Jackass and NBC’s Saturday Night Live, it’s not hard to see why. This weekend at Texas State, students have the opportunity to witness a special kind of comedy called The Jon Stringer Show. As a Texas State theatre major, the talented Stringer has started a new sketch comedy show where he uses a variety of skits and video clips to bring tons of laughter to all who attend. The production in November brought a full house to every show and was a big success. The creativity of the first show was amazing, and the second show should be even more creative and cause everyone to fall out of the seats with laughter.

Executive producers Matt Albright and Matt Albrecht expect this weekend to be a huge success, especially since the majority of the cast from the first show has returned for the sequel. “We want the audience to walk out of the show with their sides hurting,” Albrecht said. They feel is that this show is along the lines with the new age of comedy such as Jackass and should be highly entertaining. “It’s raw sketch comedy at its finest,” Albright said. The cast has been working hard to put this show together for Texas State students and wants to continue to perform in the future. Stringer has been involved with many other projects here at Texas State. Most students recognize him by his long shaggy hair and his friendly approach.

He won’t physically be there at the show but he is still heavily involved. He’s working for MTV and is touring the nation participating in a new type of reality show called Reality Bar Crawl. He travels to different major cities hooking up with former cast members from MTV’s show The Real World, goes to bars and basically has a good time. Stringer obviously has a great career ahead of him and it all started here at Texas State. Everyone who gets a chance to see his show is up for a treat, and those who don’t see it will be missing out on something great. There are more than 140 seats available for the show and tickets are $2, so there is no excuse not to see the show. The Jon Stringer Show will take place Sunday and Monday in the Theatre Center, Room 209. The tickets will only be available at the door and the doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

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ented, keeping in time with each other and playing jazzy, captivating tunes. But the lead Monday night, for those of singer began some tone-deaf you who know, is dollar beer warbling and would have ruined and burgers at Gil’s the whole show if he Broiler on North LBJ weren’t so damned funny. Drive. The showcase concert Each time the band band on Monday was R E V I E W reached crescendo, the Pusifier, a local group Pusifier singer bore a semthat has played at Gil’s Broiler Lucy’s on The Square April 19, 2004 blance to a hybrid of an epileptic and an outdata few times. I had heard of it before, but hadn’t ed lounge lizard, thrusting his gotten the chance to check out scrawny hips to the crowd and screaming … something. I its sound. Walking into Gil’s, I noticed understood exactly none of his a heavy haze of cigarette smoke lyrics, and probably didn’t want and loud banter, fueled by the to, given the perverse gyrations cheap Ziegenbock bottles for a and pelvic twitches of this guy. dollar. Behind the bawdy laughThe band itself had a good ter and hollering was some sound, and at one point the blues-type music lilting in the drummer let off a solo that blew background. This was Pusifier. my mind. The organist, flutist The tempo was slow and and lead guitarist displayed a melodic at the beginning as the great sense of melody and timlead singer sauntered up to the ing, and not once did I catch any “stage,” which was really just faltering or stutter-stepping that an extension of the floor that often comes with a live local the band was playing on. The band. Pusifier, sans singer, did a singer was a wiry guy in a pale nice job of portraying itself as a blue, pseudo-leisure suit with a capable and well-rehearsed bright orange undershirt be- blues/rock ensemble. neath the vest. As Pusifier Pusifier put on a fine show began to play, he began to and played some good music, gyrate slowly and actually although it might do well to dirty-grind the mic-stand. The search for a new front man. The rest of the band kept it easy for images of the lead that I wita few minutes. nessed will remain etched in Then, out of nowhere, comes memory for quite a while, and some thundering rock music, I’ll give him this much — I loud with an intense rhythm. haven’t laughed like that in a The band itself was fairly tal- good long time.

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MUSIC Local H delivers Sole-ful, headbanging record

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Local H returns this music spring with its fifth studio R E V I E W LP curiously «««« titled WhatLocal H Whatever ever HapHappened to P.J. pened to P.J. Soles Soles. We’ll Studio E Records get to the significance of the title shortly. Whatever the climate in music today, Local H can be sure to deliver a hard-sounding rockish album that would have been more appropriate in 1994 rather than 10 years later in this dismal aftertaste of post-grunge alternative acts. However, Local H has never been one to play under the corporate grasp that has made and broken so many wide-eyed musical acts. Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles is titled after the actress who appeared in such ’70s classics as Halloween and Rock ’n’ Roll High School. Apparently, singer/guitarist Scott Lucas had a certain fixation with the actress who eventually disappeared into obscurity in the decades following, hence the title of the record. There is no shortage of crunchdistorted power chords or shrieking vocals on this album. Local H has obviously taken a break from any sort of growth and opted to focus on a hard, raucous record. Lucas’ ever-present sense of nonregret and anger can be heard in such tracks as “Dick Jones” and “How’s the Weather Down There.” On “California Song,” Lucas addresses his apparent distaste for California-based rock acts. “Here we go again/It’s never gonna end/We’re all so sick of California songs/We know you love L.A./There’s nothing left to say/Please no more California songs,” he blares. “Buffalo Trace” offers listeners a chance to recover from the intense voyage of tracks one through seven for a more subtle stream of audio decadence. The track takes on a life that at times

almost seems perennial in its desperate attempt to pen astute lyrics that often just sound pretentious. Other gems include the strangely erie ode to P.J. Soles, “Mellowed,” and “Halycon Days.” The aforementioned incorporates smartly composed melody and alterna-rock offerings. Local H does well to bring the rock back into the scene. The record is good in that it doesn’t try to accomplish anything. It’s a full-on “bang your head, scream out loud” record. Simply stated. Simply understood. — Jonathan Marin

Five For Fighting loses The Battle

New York City and “all these people who need people.” Ondrasik could use a little less Streisand in his musical diet. The album’s seventh track, “Infidel,” approaches something that smacks of testosterone. The track shows promise as it opens with a catchy, distorted guitar riff, but after a few lines the song transitions into a jingly, poppy chorus that wastes the angst and grittiness of the opening verse. Lyrical clichés abound on this song as well, which is especially disturbing considering the subject matter. The tragedies of Sept. 11 deserve lyrics that dig a little deeper than “La lee be la lee/La lee be lo.” The Battle for Everything doesn’t put up much of a musical fight with its weak songwriting and adult-contemporary appeal. — Brandon Cobb

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Five For Fighting, a music reference to REVIEW the five-minute hockey « penalty for Five For Fighting The Battle scrapping, is for Everything singer/songColombia writer Jon Ondrasik’s musical alias. Unfortunately, this nod to the roughest sport on the planet is the only ballsy thing about the album. Ondrasik should be given a fiveminute penalty for sucking. From the soft, out-of-focus cover art, to the timid, slickly produced instrumentation, The Battle for Everything feels less like a battle and more like a limp-wristed slap fight. Five For Fighting rides the recent trend of urban folk music championed by the likes of Ryan Adams and John Mayer. The opening track, “NYC Weather Report,” is a pensive lament about the love/hate relationship New Yorkers have with their beloved metropolis. This song, however, does no justice to the Big Apple’s complexity and diversity, with hackneyed lyrics like: “Sit back New York City/You’re not cute but you’re oh so pretty.” The Los Angeles native ponders leaving

Lil’ Flip’s latest still needs work Following the release of music the highly successful R E V I E W motion pic«««« ture and soVarious Artists undtrack, Kill Kill Bill: Volume 2 Bill: Volume original soundtrack Maverick 1, Quentin Ta r a n t i n o returns with another brilliantly put together record to coincide with Kill Bill: Volume 2. The release of the Kill Bill: Volume 1 soundtrack was met with spectacular sales as well as a Grammy nomination. Tarantino’s unique yet impeccable taste for music has become a major factor in his films. It’s impossible to ignore this creative blend of cinema photography and music. His desire to insert odd, off-beat classics offers up an entirely alternate movie experience. This, of course, is the Tarantino touch that has captivated a new generation of moviegoers.


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With Volume 2, Tarantino chose to compile 15 tracks which also includes dialogue snippets from Uma Thurman and David Carradine that come from the film. Tarantino has opted to select a more melancholic and emotional vibe. This is probably because Volume 2 is a more conventionally character-driven film than Volume 1. With less action and anger comes introspection and feeling. The CD showcases tracks featuring Shivaree, Johnny Cash and Malcolm McLaren. The latter offers a trippy, atmospheric vibe to a classic Zombies song titled “She’s Not There,” which is curiously labeled “About Her” on the soundtrack. The rest of the record brings together several instrumentals by Luis Bacolov, Alan Reeves and Ennio Morricone, which showcase some Latin and spaghetti western compositions. The Kill Bill: Volume 2 soundtrack serves as an excellent representation of Tarantino’s latest offering as well as an introduction to several underrated musical artists. — Jonathan Marin

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A f t e r years of tear- music ing the underground hip- R E V I E W hop scene a«««« part with endLil’ Flip U Gotta Feel Me less freestyles and complex Sucka Free Records word play, Houston’s own Lil’ Flip is finally beginning to truly reach the East and West coasts. Hot off the success of his critically acclaimed appearance on David Banner’s “Like A Pimp,” Lil’ Flip is reaping the benefits of commercial success with his current chart topping single “Game Over (Flip).”

“Game Over (Flip)” is a song that utilizes samples from old video games and an obvious sample from Pac-Man over a thick bass line and heavy drums, and its success has even spawned a remix version with Young Buck of GUnit and Bun B of UGK. Lil’ Flip’s latest, U Gotta Feel Me, is a double album that outshines his major label debut almost twice over. Lil Flip’s sound and rhymes have become much more developed and professional, and Lil’ Flip has used his new found fame to feature big named artists such as Three-Six-Mafia, Killer Mike, The Diplomats and Disturbing the Peace. One of the most surprising and better songs from U Gotta Feel Me is “Sun Don’t Shine,” a song discussing the downside of success and the results of coming from the ghetto. The topic is a welcome changeup from the otherwise lackluster subjects Lil’ Flip tends to stick to. A certain thing I thought was unusually odd was the strange inclusion of a couple of tracks that have a heavy reggae feel to them, such as “The Ghetto” and “Check (Let’s Ride).” Having songs with different influence isn’t necessarily bad, but just about everything Lil’ Flip does as a rapper clashes with how he sounds over this style of music. The main aspect of this release that holds Lil’ Flip back from really creating thorough nationwide success is his lack of variety. While the LP provides a barrage of tracks and artists, in the end, Lil’ Flip fails to really step beyond the boundaries of bitches, clothes, cars and drugs that often limits the success of Texas artists. In the end, U Gotta Feel Me is a promising look into the world of Lil’ Flip and ensures any downsouth fan will be fulfilled, but the lack of diversity and absolute standout songs almost guarantees Lil’Flip still has some steps to take before he can become a household name. — Paul Lopez

Killers’ new EP shows Brightside

If you pride yourself on keeping two fingers tight to the pulse of the music industry, stalking the movements of every potential “next big thing” while maintaining some sort

of affinity for originality, music then you will The R E V I E W love Killers’ four««««« song EP, Mr. The Killers Brightside. Mr. Brightside Lizard King A fiery quartet of Las Vegas natives formed in 2001, The Killers is nothing like its lounge singing predecessors and has never once incorporated a showgirl in its act. In fact, The Killers betrays every contemporary trend that neogarage began, drawing from obvious (and sporadic) influences such as David Bowie, T-Rex, The Psychedelic Furs and The Cure but, ultimately, making a sound for itself that compels anyone listening to “schwing” with hyper-enthusiasm. The self-titled first track on Mr. Brightside is an ode to the jealousies of a relationship crumbling while the musicality proves to be a dancey wail of Duran Duran-esque synth interludes. “Smile Like You Mean It,” the EP’s second track, maintains the same momentum that “Mr. Brightside” created but digresses from the initial pop precedent and settles into a bleaker, macabre dance tone. The next track, “On Top,” raises the bar of excellence to levels of epic proportions, signaling the best track on Mr. Brightside, conjuring the spirits of glam rock in a methodical trance of dance beats and innately antigarage sentiments. However, the core of The Killers isn’t found in dancing but, fairly, lies in the baritone wail of vocalist Brandon Flowers. With an intonation that could turn even the coldest heart to mush, Flowers’ voice is the focal point of Mr. Brightside. Sure, the arbitrary luck of having a great band to back him doesn’t hurt, but, rather, makes the listening all the more exciting. Music hasn’t had a dose of anything close to what The Killers is serving in a very, very long time. — Shannon McGarvey

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GOLD: Local band looks to finish album, start touring

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tune that segues into a reggae feel with a facile precision that feels natural and sincere. This type of musical “gumbo” in the hands of lesser musicians often comes off as forced and uncomfortable, but Kallisti Gold makes it all seem easy. From the beginning, this band has always striven to combine the different musical influences of each member into a single, powerful motif. The band, which began performing regularly this semester around San Marcos, is the product of a unique living arrangement and a chance meeting. “The band sort of happened by accident,” Paul Adams said. “Four of us — myself, Adam, Matt and Anthony — live together.” These four founding members, students at Texas State’s School of Music, met the fifth member of the group, Corey, during a choir rehearsal. Regular jamming in their living room led to the formation of Kallisti Gold. The band’s tenacious practice regimen has given it the kind of musical cohesion that often takes other musicians years to achieve. On stage, the band projects a solid wall of groove that is seamless and held together by the type of vocal harmonies that endeared the Beatles to a generation of music lovers in the ’60s. At a recent show at Lucy’s on The Square, with other local favorites Captain Clyde and Spoke Sin Wheel, Kallisti Gold played what the band recalls as its best show to date. An hour-long set of funky rock and soul brought the crowd to its feet and kept them dancing the entire time, a sure sign that people were under the spell of the band. This is what Kallisti Gold does best — work a crowd. Another gig in San Antonio at Club Rive began with the same level of intensity, but unfortunately was plagued by technical difficulties. “We had that crowd in the palm of our hand,” Carlin said with frustration, “but we had some problems with our bass pedal among other things. It took us about 10 minutes to get things back together, but we’d already lost some momentum by that point. We got them back into it towards the end, though.” Taking this sort of frenetic sound into the recording studio is no small task for a live band. Playing to an audience means the energy and intensity are amplified and returned to the band. It is this constant conduit of energy that makes Kallisti Gold’s live performances so enter-

taining. “We’re trying to emulate our live feel,” Adams said of the recording process. “Playing live is what we do naturally … studio work is a different animal.” “When you play live, your attention is focused on the crowd,” Carlin said. “In the studio, you’re always wondering if you’re keeping up with the click track or if you are getting the right tone on every note. It can be very frustrating at times.” To recreate the live experience, the band has been experimenting with different techniques to preserve its organic feel. “We’ll record some bass and drum tracks together to get that ‘live feel’,” Young said. “With three sound recording technology majors in the band, we can collaborate and bounce ideas off of each other.” The band is also adding some instrumentation into the mix with keys and cello. The recording process is a difficult one for any band, but coupled with the pressures of school it becomes a downright impossibility. Kallisti Gold is focused on the summer, though, looking to finish its album and begin touring. Next year promises to be a powerful one for the band, filled with regular performances in San Marcos and the surrounding area to promote the new album. “I like the way the new wave of jam bands are making a living by performing — bringing back the art of putting on a live show — not just putting out single after single to make a living,” Adams said of this current trend in music. And while Kallisti Gold is much tighter and more purposeful than your average jam band, it is a perfect fit for the jam band crowd with its concrete sound and infectious energy. The band is confident in its ability to win over crowds with its sound and stage presence; establishing a grassroots following is something the band places a high priority on, and if the band’s last few shows are any indication, it is well on its way to accomplishing this. Kallisti Gold plays at 9 p.m. Friday at the Triple Crown with Spokes Sin Wheel and has shows lined up for April 29 at Lucy’s and the following day in Dallas at the Across The Street Bar. On May 1, the band plays Java Motion in Lockhart. The band is Corey Jansen (guitar/percussion/vocals), Adam Young (lead guitar), Anthony Carlin Adams (bass/vocals), Paul (guitar/drums/vocals) and Matt Tolman (guitar/drums/vocals).


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just about everything someone who is tired of the industry standard could ask for. This album is a must for any listener. — Paul Lopez

Brit-punk copycats easy on the eyes, hard on the ears Former Goodie Mob standout and music now sophomore REVIEW soloist, Cee-Lo has returned to the ««««« Cee-Lo music scene with a Cee-Lo Green Is second installment of his heavily funk The Soul Machine Arista and soul influenced brand of hip-hop. Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine takes a departure from the synthesized flanges and canned drums common to today’s rap sounds and takes a thoroughly successful stab at reinventing the soul sound for the hip-hop era. The album remains stellar in every aspect today’s artists have to offer. From beats to lyrics to delivery to the message, Cee-Lo has raised the bar for the majority of artists out there. The production credits are as nearly as diverse as the album itself. Among several others, Cee-Lo enlists help from such heavy hitters as Timbaland, Jazze Pha, an unusually different DJ Premiere and even the Neptunes with its rarely heard live instrumentation production. Along with an army of producers, The Soul Machine also features several notable cameos including verses from two of the hottest emcees from the south at the moment, T.I. and Ludacris, and hook spots from Pharrell Williams and Jazze Pha. One of my favorite songs is “Die Trying,” a song that invites the listener to do best at whatever he does. The indubitably blended soulful horns and hip-hop claps thoroughly portray the overall sound and message of this album. Comparably, Cee-Lo’s latest is almost eye to eye with Andre 3000 of Outkast’s The Love Below from 2003. While Cee-Lo does more rapping on his opus than Andre 3000, the incredibly un-hip-hop sound that is created here, similar to The Love Below, makes you wonder why there aren’t more artists out now with the same sound. Overall, Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine is promised to be one of the best hip-hop albums of the year with

Start Something, the latest release music from nü-metal pretty-boy members of R E V I E W Lostprophets, is the « auditory equivalent Lostprophets Star Something of soap in your ureVisible Noise thra: It’s more painRecords ful than you can imagine, and even after the initial shock there is still some lingering discomfort. Take six blokes from the south of Wales, add a few bleach-streaked hipster haircuts, prop them up in the latest alt-metal fashions and you’ll have the best that Lostprophets has to offer — something to look at. Start Something treads a flat musical terrain, already well-worn by contemporaries such as Hoobastank and Good Charlotte, managing to supplant creativity with a weak blend of poppy, nü-metal blaze with whiny, emo-vocal pleadings and synthetic harmonies. The result is a noxious blend of overcompressed, guitar white noise coupled with lyrics that rival Jewel for trite banality. The disc opens with “We Still Kill the Old Way,” and incoherent fusion of metal and pop that bounces in between contrasting sections of vocal harmonies, ala Incubus, squeaked out over sophomoric guitar licks and mechanical, monotonous drumming. Watkins’ screaming at the end of the song is almost laughable as it fades immediately back into his thin, nasally vocals. The rest of the disc continues with the same sort of predictable copycat antics. The fact that this UK band chooses to emulate the worst American popular music has to offer proves that even another “British invasion” can’t save rock. Lostprophets is certainly that — lost. I only pray it never finds the trail back. — Brandon Cobb

The Normans show a not-so-emo side to independent rock

Dreams of Autocrashes, the debut CD from India Records darling The

Normans, proves indie rock doesn’t music have to be a onedimensional diatribe R E V I E W of misery. Brent ««« Baldwin crafts deepThe Normans Dreams of ly layered songs of Autocrashes quiet intensity that India Records incorporate gentle, Brian Wilson-like harmonies over intricately-woven guitar melodies. The title track opens the CD with a long, meandering introduction of bright guitars, mellow organ tones and the ghostly wail of a musical saw played by Baldwin himself. His transparent, ethereal vocals conjure the spirit of Elliot Smith briefly. Despite being longer than three minutes, this track seems to end abruptly, leaving the listener craving more as the second track begins. This is the genius of Baldwin’s songwriting; he is able to craft interesting musical ideas but doesn’t have to beat you over the head with them. Baldwin is maddeningly patient and allows plenty of room to develop his ideas — a sort of musical foreplay. The first three tracks on the CD follow this pattern and make for a promising start, but somewhere around the middle of the disc, the spell is broken and the songwriting begins to feel formulaic and lacking. “Time In/Time Out,” a Ben Folds-esque tearjerker, offers captivating music, but the lyrics and vocal delivery seem out of place and don’t quite gel with their beautiful backdrop. “Heavens To Betsy” gets a little dirty halfway through the CD, but even its gritty guitar riffs and mounting intensity don’t last long enough to balance out the weepier tracks. The lyrics to “Try To Try” just try too hard to be melancholy and cheapen an otherwise bittersweet lament about lost love. And that is the truly frustrating thing about Dreams of Autocrashes: You really want to like this CD, but at times it feels sterile and devoid of anything to hold on to. The weighty 16-track CD could benefit greatly by lightening its load and focusing on the handful of gems buried among the mediocre rubble. — Brandon Cobb

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Krautkremer said. “It helped me realize that you can’t ride motorcycles like bicycles. A motorcycle is a lot heavier, so it doesn’t handle like a bicycle; it’s not as agile. You have to think about speed, gears and road conditions, not just pedal and stop.” Shop around for a class, though. Krautkremer located one in Austin that charges $300 for the training, while Total Rider Improvement Courses (, although operating its classes out of Hutto (25 miles from downtown Austin), only charges $155 for its weekend course. Once he learned what to do on a bike, Krautkremer had to find one of his own. He long considered buying used and studied the auto classifieds while checking out bikes for sale around campus. Just as with any kind of used vehicle, he said, one has to know the true value of a bike, and Krautkremer became an expert in makes, styles and prices while planning his purchase. Finally, Krautkremer, not exactly in biker fashion, was forced to buy a new motorcycle. For what reason? His mother made him. “My mom didn’t want me to get a used bike, for safety reasons,” he said. “I thought it was fine, but she wanted me to a get a new one so it wouldn’t have any problems. The only problem was that it cost me three times as much.”

For most college students, money is going to be the most important issue after safety (which, in being good college students, is, in fact, an issue). Krautkremer knew he would have to take out a loan in order to get a quality bike, but he was very wary about the whole process. “Loans are scary because now I’m in debt for a long time,” he said. Krautkremer bought his bike at Woods Fun Center in Austin, located on the northeast corner of the Braker Lane and I-35 intersection, next to Central Texas Harley Davidson. Woods Fun Center has its own financers, one of which Krautkremer used to get a loan. Although he has good credit, Krautkremer found that he just didn’t have enough credit, and he had to have his mother cosign his loan. “I don’t think it mattered if I had a job or not,” he said. “A lot of college-age kids may have good credit, but just not enough.” Especially if one is going for a big-time hog. “To get a loan at the Harley Davidson dealer, you need to have three strands of credit, and one of them has to be a loan of at least $10,000.” Krautkremer said it was also important to save a little of his own money, just in case something happens. He is realistic about the potential dangers of riding a motorcycle. “Keep in mind that you can get into an accident, and if you

spent all your money on the bike, you won’t have any left for repairs or doctor bills,” he said. Aside from the rigors of rider training, getting a loan and choosing the perfect helmet, there’s still a lot to love about having a motorcycle at college. “It beats the hell out of walking, and there is easy parking everywhere,” he said. Al at Al’s Freewheelin Cycles (230 N. LBJ Drive) remembers when there were hundreds of motorcycles around campus in the ’70s and ’80s, and comments that there is more motorcycle parking than bicycle parking at Texas State. Today, his store predominantly sells bicycles, but he also stocks a few motorcycles from Kymco, a veteran manufacturer rather new in the United States. He also does repairs on the models he sells. Al’s Freewheelin Cycles is San Marcos’ destination for rider gear and accessories. Being fair and balanced, Krautkremer admits that there are a couple of disadvantages to having a motorcycle as opposed to a car. “I can’t ride in the rain or attach my laundry hamper to it when I go home,” he said. “Other than that, the only problem I seem to have is that whenever I go out to ride my bike, fine girls in bikinis are always watching it.” Despite these terrible setbacks, Krautkremer sees a silver lining in the clouds. “I can finally get the tattoo across my back that says ‘Born to be Wild,’” he said.

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Music Center. In Austin, we find a sundry array of shows to choose from in venues large and small. Cowboy Mouth will play at La Zona Rosa on April 23, followed by the Robert Cray Band on May 1. Also, on April 23, Jibe and Vallejo will play downtown at Antone’s. The ’80s princess Cyndi Lauper will grace the stages of the Austin Music Hall on April 26 and 29. The Backyard is a very popular and rather large outdoor venue in the Hill Country of West Austin and will see such names as David Bowie on April 27 and Seal on May 5. Etta James will be at Hogg Memorial on April 29, Taj Mahal will be at the elegant One World Theatre on April 30 and Edge City will play near the University of Texas campus at The

Hole in the Wall on Guadelupe Street on May 2. The Pier on Lake Austin is always a vivacious good time with pool tables, video games, great fried foods and plenty of room for dancing. There are bars indoors and out, and the lawn is spread with picnic tables and sand volleyball. The best part is that people can come by land or water. Large crowds of boats often tie up to the docks to see and hear the shows. There is no age requirement to hang there and it tends to have about four or five shows a week with all types of music. Monty Montgomery will play at The Pier on May 30. The Travis County Expo Center will have Hank Williams Jr. on June 5, Ambulance LTD. will play Emo’s on May 7 and Riders in the Sky will be at the Palmer

Event Center on May 28. Stubb’s will have such shows as Dashboard Confessional on June 10 and Los Lonely Boys on July 9. Finally, we come home to the little city on the river to our smaller, intimate venues scattered about. Monty Montgomery will play at Cheatham Street Warehouse on May 1 and River Train will be there on April 30. Shelley King will play on the banks of the San Marcos River at San Marcos River Pub on May 23. Vallejo and Animus will play at Lucy’s on The Square on April 30. More information and additional concert listings can be found on local Web sites such as and, as well as major search sites such as where one can look up entertainment by artist, city, venue or date.

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and allowing four runs on five hits and bringing her record to 13-12 on the season. Freshman infielder Dee Jay Nelson hit .500 during the three-game series against SFA, and freshman Lauren Hebert pitched a complete game, giving up only four hits and one unearned run. This season, the Mavs have been led by their young promising talent in both batting and pitching with the emergence of Garro and sophomore outfielder Beverly Rowan. Rowan leads the team in batting with a .311 average and Garro leads the team in pitching with a 1.66 ERA. For the Bobcats, junior catcher Rachael Bonetti has had a hot bat the last five games, hitting .438 with a home run, four RBIs, three doubles and two runs scored. Zaleski continues her remarkable season, leading both her team and the SLC in with a .436 batting average, which is 55 points higher than her own single season school mark, 75 hits, 26 walks, 14 doubles. She also has 31 stolen bases out of 32 attempts. The Bobcat pitching staff has been solid all season, leading the SLC in wins with 26, fewest runs allowed with 119 and fewest walks allowed with 62. Senior Nicole Neuerburg leads the team with a 1.66 ERA and 24 wins. All the pressure will be on the ’Cats as they head into the season’s end with a one game cushion over the University of Texas-San Antonio for first place. UTSA has come on strong and will try to dethrone the Bobcats for the No. 1 seed going into the SLC tournament. UTSA plays McNeese State University this weekend and the SLC regular season champion could be determined by Saturday, with UTSA holding the tiebreaker between the two teams. The series between Texas State and UTA will begin with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday and the final game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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strong at home, and needs to take both games with some momentum if they want any chance in Game 5 in Sacramento. Chris Webber dominated Game 2 and was one assist short of attaining a triple double in the first half. He ended the game with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. The Kings seemed to be better off without Webber coming into the playoffs, but he has shown his worth and ability to play strong in the playoffs. Doug Christie has also shown strong hustle on defense and offense and has definitely been the biggest surprise in the playoffs thus far. Dirk Nowitzki has been dominant as always by leading all scorers in both games, but the Mavericks need more support from Steve Nash and Michael Finley if they really want to win. Antoine Walker has been an extreme disappointment, with rookie Marquis Daniels stepping up into the wild card void filled by Nick Van Exel last year. Series prediction: Kings win in six games. Minnesota Timberwolves (1) vs. Denver Nuggets (8) The top-seeded Timberwolves have had no problem so far with the Denver Nuggets by winning the first game, 106-92, and they will continue to dominate with Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell running the show and one of the deepest supporting casts in the NBA cleaning up the rest. Latrell Sprewell, Trenton Hassell and Ervin Johnson are starting, but the T’Wolves’ bench is what makes them so strong. With Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi and Mark Madsen coming off the bench, the T’Wolves are almost guaranteed a spot in the next round and look likely to take whichever defensevoid team wins out of the Mavs vs. Kings series. Series Prediction: T’Wolves in five games.

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Los Angeles Lakers (2) vs. Houston Rockets (7) The Lakers have been an enigma all year. Plagued by injuries at midseason, the Lakers’ future was questionable at best. Could Phil Jackson really bring together a team of superstars to play as a team instead of a collection of “me” players who always demand the ball? It seems they have molded into a team that wants the championship, and they are in a prime spot to advance by beating the Rockets 72-21 and 98-84 thus far. The series heads back to Houston Friday and the Rockets need to amend their ways and learn to immobilize Kobe Bryant on the wing and do their best to slow down Shaquille O’Neal’s dominant post play. While Shaq was a dominant force in the first game of the series, Bryant was unstoppable, getting 36 points in Monday’s rout. Yao Ming struggled in Game 2, with only four rebounds and one block. The only way the Rockets can hope to salvage the series is by having Yao step up and grapple with Shaq like he did during the regular season. Series prediction: Lakers win in five games. Overall, the Western Conference includes matchups that look already decided after the first two games, but don’t count out the one Cinderella team that may pop up. Western Conference Finals prediction: T’Wolves beat Spurs in seven games.

injury in Game 1 and Allan Houston’s nagging knee injuries. Series prediction: Nets win in four games. Miami Heat (4) vs. New Orleans Hornets (5) In what should be the tightest matchup in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets are two teams that compare evenly. The Heat have been relying on rookie star Dwayne Wade and forward Lamar Odom for leadership and despite being a young team, the Heat have thrived in the second half of the season under Stan Van Gundy. Wade lifted the Heat in the closing seconds of Game 1 with a runner in the lane and capped off the most exciting game so far in the playoffs. The Heat also slammed the Hornets in game 2 and look to continue their successfor the rest of the series. It’s too bad no one cares about this series since whoever wins it gets the opportunity to be stomped by the Pacers in the second round. Series prediction: Heat wins in seven games. Indiana Pacers (1) vs. Boston Celtics (8) The top-seeded Pacers carried the best record in the NBA coming into the playoffs, and their reputation is in no danger of being tarnished. The Boston Celtics limped into the playoffs lying down and probably should have stayed prone. The Pacers have dominated both games so far by 104-88 and 103-90 margins and don’t look to be letting up. With Defensive Player of the Year Ron Artest returning in Game 3, Jermaine O’Neal stepping up strong and Texas State’s own Jeff Foster pulling cleanup duty in the post occasionally, the Pacers are hot and will stay that way. Series prediction: Pacers win in four games. Detroit Pistons (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) Despite all the talk about the weak Eastern Conference, the

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New Jersey Nets (2) vs. New York Knicks (7) The Nets have looked strong so far, with the leadership of coach Lawrence Frank. The Nets’ big four — Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles and Richard Jefferson — have put forth an incredibly balanced scoring effort and look to be flourishing in a major way under Frank’s leadership. The Knicks honestly have no chance of advancing, with Tim Thomas going down with a back

Detroit Pistons seem like the only team that could actually contend with the Western Conference champion in the Finals. With the addition of Rasheed Wallace and Mike James at the trade deadline, the Pistons have been virtually unstoppable. By far the best defensive team in the country, the Pistons bring Rasheed and Ben Wallace in the frontcourt, and that is a force to be reckoned with. With Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince supporting on the wing and Corliss Williamson, Mehmet Okur and Mike James coming off the bench, the Pistons are deep and play the kind of game required to win playoff games. Despite splitting the first two games, the Pistons still look strong and will follow through in the end. The Bucks were a surprise this year, but lack the depth to get past the Pistons. Michael Redd, Desmond Mason and Keith Van Horn are likely to be standouts, and the Bucks should be even better next year. Series prediction: Pistons win in six games. It is almost a guarantee that the Eastern Conference championship will be between the Pistons and Pacers, but the Nets could pull some surprises. Overall, defense wins playoff games, and when crunch time approaches, the Pistons will turn it up and shut down anyone in the Eastern Conference — including the Nets and the Pacers. Eastern Conference Finals prediction: Pistons beat Pacers in six games. Despite the dominance of the Western Conference, this year’s Finals is still sure to be good. However, as much as NBA Commissioner David Stern may want a Lakers vs. Pacers matchup, it’s unlikely that Detroit, New Jersey, Minnesota and San Antonio won’t be putting their best feet forward in the coming months. Get ready for 70-69 defensive bouts in the Finals, because they’re coming.

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Coach Tory Plunkett gives sophomores Margaret Potyrala and Leja Sirola strategy tips on how to beat the University of North Texas on Feb. 7. The Bobcats will be playing in the Southland Conference Tournament this weekend in Lake Charles, La. Ashley A. Horton/ Star photo By Jason Orts Sports Editor Texas State will be in a familiar spot when it travels to Lake Charles, La., this weekend for the Southland Conference tournament. For the third straight season, the Bobcats are the No. 5 seed. The Bobcats finished 6-4 in the conference this season and 10-9 overall, falling to each of the teams that finished ahead of them and beating everyone behind them. The University of TexasArlington will be the top seed in the tournament after sweeping

through the SLC with a 10-0 mark and will have a bye in the first round of the six-team event. The Mavericks also dominated the all-SLC teams, placing four singles players and all three doubles teams. All of them were first-team selections. Daniela Novakova, SLC Freshman of the Year, heads the Mavericks picked to the team, while Christian Wassmer walked away with the Coach of the Year honor. The ability to win the doubles point is a big advantage in tennis because it puts the other team in a hole. UTA sweeping

the doubles all-SLC selections shows it has been able to get that point, giving it more of a margin for error in the singles matches. UTA will face the winner of the match between Texas State and fourth-seeded University of Texas-San Antonio in the semifinals. The Roadrunners, led by sophomore Paula Erausquin, SLC Player of the Year, and junior Massiel Martinez, SLC Newcomer of the Year, finished 7-3 in the conference this season. The Bobcats and Roadrunners faced off March 9 in

Baker, who went 4-for-4 on the night, hit the game-winning single, a chopper over the infield to cap off a three-run ninth inning for the Mavericks. Dominating senior closer Mike Snapp, who is second in the SLC with eight saves this season, picked up the win for the Mavs. UTA is a dangerous team offensively this season and is currently ranked second in the SLC in both batting, with a .311 team average, and pitching, with a

team ERA of 3.78. The Mavericks atop in the league in almost every offensive category, including hits, runs scored, slugging and on-base percentages and total bases. Junior outfielder Pence Hunter has a remarkable season for the Mavs, leading the league with a .438 batting average and a .648 slugging percentage. Their pitching staff is also having success and is at the top in wins, walks allowed and saves. Sophomore Michael Gardner, who has earned the last two

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SLC SOFTBALL Standings Teams


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

W 19 15 12 11 11 8 9 9 4 2

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W 36 28 22 20 27 19 20 19 15 12

L 13 15 21 21 23 22 22 24 33 41

T 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

PCT .735 .651 .512 .488 .540 .463 .476 .442 .312 .226

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April San Antonio, with UTSA claiming a 5-2 win. In the match, sophomore Leja Sirola and freshman Gillian Derksen claimed wins at the No. 2 and No. 5 flights, respectively. Three other singles matches either finished in three sets or in a super tie-breaker after the players split the first two sets. UTSA took the doubles point by sweeping the three matches, although all of them were close with 8-5 being the largest margin of victory. The other two matches finished as 8-6 decisions for the Roadrunners. The second-seeded Northwestern State University

Demons finished 9-1 in the SLC this season and will be the No. 2 seed. The Demons await the winner of the match between the third-seeded McNeese State University Cowgirls, the host team for the tournament, and the sixth-seeded Southeastern Louisiana University Lions. The Cowgirls dominated the earlier meeting with SLU this season, claiming a 6-1 win on their home court. The winner of the SLC tournament will receive the SLC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, which will begin May 14.

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SLC Pitcher of the Week honors, is leading the league with nine wins and a 1.70 ERA, and is keeping opponents batting average to .195. Gardner has not allowed an earned run in 17 straight innings. This series should be tough for the ’Cats, who are one game ahead of UTA for third place in the SLC, considering the momentum the Mavs have coming off of their huge win against the Aggies. The probable starters for the Mavericks are Gardner, Blake Pierson

and junior Jake Baxter. Senior ace Tom Robbins along with fellow senior Paul Schappert will be the probable starters for the ’Cats. Freshman Patrick Colgan is likely to take the third spot, but Hurley or freshman Joey Gonzalez could also grab that positoin. The games will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and finishing with a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday at Bobcat Field. Saturday’s game can be heard on KTSW 89.9 FM and on

24 at UT-Arlington (2).....1 & 3 p.m. 25 at UT-Arlington..................1 p.m. 30 Conference Tourn................TBA slc baseball Standings Teams


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

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

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L 13 10 14 18 18 20 21 19 19 22

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

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23 Host UT-Arlington.......6:30 p.m. 24 Host UT-Arlington.............3 p.m. 25 Host UT-Arlington.............1 p.m. 27 at Texas A&M....................7 p.m. 30 at Nicholls St.............. 6:30 p.m. May

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Looking to clinch

sophomore Katie Trahan who went 1-for-4. However, that wouldn’t hold up when the Bears came back in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Melissa Maler, which was good By Matt Isam enough for the win. Sports Reporter Baylor’s Christen Vitek came in for relief and When Texas State got the victory, improvsoftball travels to take on the Softball visits ing her record to 23-6. Despite the loss, University of TexasKatie Ann Trahan went Arlington this weekseven complete innings end, it will have two seven strikeouts main objectives — Mavericks with and six hits, and Zaleski holding on to first 2 and 4 p.m. had a great game and is place to claim the Saturday now only two hits away Southland Conference title and putting 1 p.m. Sunday from breaking her own school single-season the brakes on a sevenrecord of 77, which she game losing streak. The ’Cats fell out of the set in 2003. After sweeping a doublenational rankings this week because of the losing streak, header on Saturday, UTA falling to the No. 20 Baylor dropped to fourth place in the University Bears Tuesday night, SLC when it fell to Stephen F. 2-1. It was a hard-fought game Austin State University Sunday with the ’Cats taking a 1-0 lead by the score of 4-3. Maverick in the third inning when senior sophomore Jill Garro received center fielder Kristen Zaleski the loss, throwing five innings (4-for-4) got on base with a bunt g See SOFTBALL, page 14 single and scored on a double by

No surprises. The NBA playoffs so far have included nothing but top seeds winning with most games taken in authoritative fashion. Included below are some thoughts about Scooter Hendon the future of the NBA playoffs, who’s going to make a run for it and who didn’t really deserve to make it in the first place. Managing Editor

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UT’s starting pitcher, Kyle McCulloch, picked up win No. 6 as junior pitcher Brian Hurley got the loss for the ’Cats after allowing five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Hurley only allowed three hits, but his three walks helped the Longhorn cause. UTA improved to 4-0 at home against the Big 12 this season with a huge 5-4 win against the 17th-ranked Aggies of Texas A&M University Tuesday. The game brought in a record crowd of 1,388 fans at UTA’s Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. Senior shortstop Kasey

San Antonio Spurs (3) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (6) The Spurs have played strongly as usual with a strong defensive scheme by beating the Grizzlies 98-74 and 8770. The Grizzlies looked as if they would provide the Spurs with strong contention coming off the franchise’s first-ever 50-win season. However, with dominant play from Tim Duncan and strong play from Tony Parker and Robert Horry, the Spurs look tough to beat and may be vying for their second consecutive championship. The Grizzlies have kept a balanced attack as coach Hubie Brown has pushed for all year, and their youthful energy had their fans hopeful coming into the series, which moves to Memphis today. The Grizzlies will need continued leadership from Pau Gasol and support from Jason Williams and Bonzi Wells on the wing if they want any kind of a chance against the Spurs, who have now extended their winning streak to 13. Series prediction: Spurs win in five games. Sacramento Kings (4) vs. Dallas Mavericks (5) This was expected to be the most exciting series coming into the playoffs, and so far the spectacle has been a joy to watch. Game 2 was an exception, with the Kings winning 83-79, but expect another scoring fest with the Mavericks returning home to the American Airlines Center Saturday. The Mavericks needed at least one win in Sacramento, and got none with a 116-105 loss in Game 1. Dallas is

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Andrew Nenque/Star photo Stealing second, freshman outfielder Amy Krueger was picked off as she slides beneath the University of Texas-San Antonio shortstop. The Bobcats take on a doubleheader Saturday at the University of Texas-Arlington.

Three-game weekend pits ’Cats against Mavericks By Matt Isam Sports Reporter

ing, but the four errors they committed put them too far in the hole Southland Conferand weren’t able to ence action continues at rally against a superb home this weekend as Baseball hosts performance by the the Texas State baseball Longhorn defense. team (22-18, 9-5 SLC) Junior left fielder hosts the University of Matt Miller went 3Texas-Arlington (24Mavericks for-4 with 2 RBIs and 17, 9-6 SLC) for a junior shortstop Dom6:30 p.m. Friday inic Ramos was 2-forthree-game stand. The Bobcats are 3 p.m. Saturday 4. Junior third basecoming off a 9-3 loss to 1 p.m. Sunday man Kyle Anson and the top-ranked Unisenior center fielder versity of Texas LongEvan Tierce both went horns Tuesday night at Disch- 2-for-5, while senior first baseFaulk Field in Austin. The ’Cats man Mark Cooper had a double pounded out 13 hits on the night in the sixth inning to extend his with several players contribut- hitting streak to 11 games.

Kyle Anson, junior third baseman, throws to first base for an out against the University of Texas Tuesday. The Bobcats fell to the Longhorns, 9-3.


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