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By Allen Reed Assistant News Editor

City Council task force makes presentation on bar hours

Protesters are walking around campus with empty holsters that may soon be filled. House Bill 1893, which would remove a university’s ability to restrict handguns on campus, is waiting to be voted on. The bill has been regarded as likely to pass from members of College Democrats, Republicans to university of officials. Despite the bill’s popularity, proponents of concealed carry on campus are wearing empty holsters throughout the week to raise awareness of their cause. “It symbolizes how we are left unarmed and defenseless on campus,” said Michael Guzman, economics senior. This year marks the second annual empty holster protest at Texas State. “Since this is a grassroots movement, we want people to ask questions,” Guzman said. “So then that way we can engage people in dialogue and discussion. This isn’t the typical college protest where you have signs and you chant. Those typically evolve into shouting matches.” Guzman, who is the president of the national chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, said most people do not recognize what the holster is. “It brings awareness to an issue,” he said. “You want people to come up and ask, ‘why are you wearing that thing?’” Guzman said around 30 people are participating and the event has sparked recruitment in previous years. “The point is to advocate our feelings of not being able to defend ourselves on campus,” said Melissa Angelo, health administration senior. “The reason I feel so strongly is I’m a full time student, a woman and a victim.” Angelo testified in favor of House Bill 1893 in Austin before the House Public Safety Committee. “If you’re trained to use a handgun, you should be able to carry it across that invisible line onto campus,” Angelo said. “I personally carry mace with me because that’s the only thing I can carry legally on campus.” Angelo said the main point of the protest is to raise awareness. “There are so many people who need to be able to protect themselves,” she said. Ryan Payne, vice president of College Democrats, said there are some places where firearms are not appropriate — a college campus is one of them, he argues. “No one is fighting against the right, it’s the

San Marcos residents looking forward to a 2 a.m. bar extension may get their wish in June. A task force created to examine the impact of the change in San Marcos recommended the extension to the City Council Tuesday night. The task force further proposed periods of review to occur at half and one-year intervals. However, it was clear several details would need fine tuning before the adoption of the ordinance. The task force, comprised of Council members Chris Jones, Place 4, John Thomaides, Place 6, and City Manager Rick Menchaca, was created in early December. Jones presented the majority of the task force’s findings to the council. He admitted the matter of transpor transportation would likely be the biggest issue facing the downtown area. Increased vehicle congestion and a rise in intoxicated drivers led task force members to suggest a downtown transportation system, though how it would be accomplished remains a puzzle. The introduction of cab booths was one suggestion. Information on extending bar hours in similar cities has been hard to come by. New Braunfels tried an extension, but rescinded it within a year. Jones said no data was kept on the effects of the extension. College Station, home to A&M University, has fluctuated between midnight and 2 a.m. bar closings, but again, data on arrests, accidents and effects on local business was not kept. This has left the task force to feel their way through the issue. One concern is local restaurants could be bought out and turned into bars, reducing income gained from the restaurant industry and resulting in a negative effect on tourism. “The dynamic of the downtown could

students sport empty holsters Protest to be held throughout week

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By Theron Brittain Senior News Reporter

David Schmidt/Star photo illustration EMPTY HOLSTER: melissa Angelo, pre-healthcare administration senior, wears an empty handgun holster for the empty Holster protest, which advocates students, staff and faculty the right to carry concealed weapons on campus.

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students love, hate Unhappy Birthday Unborn Baby Bake sale By Allen Reed Assistant News Editor

ASG Sen. Michelle Malcik may be the first Tex Texas State student to receive a death threat because of a bake sale. The event’s concept, though conventional, had an unordinary premise — promoting the anti-abor anti-abortion movement. Malcik, Bobcats for Life founder, and Bethany Mock, Bobcats for Life secretary, spent two and a half hours baking 40 cookies and 50 cupcakes for the Unhappy Birthday Unborn Baby Bake Sale. “The bake sale was mainly an effort to promote the pro-life presence on this campus,” Malcik said. “We have about 70 members in our group, and that comes from Republicans and Democrats. We don’t associate with any political party or religion, just

BAKING FOR BABIES: michelle malcik, political science senior, and robert Dersen, political science sophomore, pass out information to students, like rankin Hardin, english senior, at the unhappy Birthday unborn Baby Bake sale Tuesday afternoon in The Quad.

the right-to-life view.” Brad Schmidt, computer science junior, bought two cupcakes. “They were delicious, angel food and yellow cake,” he said. All of the treats sold. However, not everyone was as receptive as Schmidt. A Texas State student wrote on the bake sale’s Fakebook event page, “I wish I could have aborted all 32 confirmed guests for this event.” Malcik, political science senior, said she received several threats from the same person. “I reported the person to Facebook,” she said. “It wasn’t a direct threat, but he made multiple

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Allies’ guest speaker lectures on race, religion, sexual orientation SLAMMER By Lyanna Fuentes News Reporter

Race, religion and sexual orientation are not often the topic of casual conversations among students. However, that was the focus Tuesday night. Twice a year, the Allies of Texas State invite the students and faculty to become an ally by learning about the realities faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) community through their bi-annual meeting. Tuesday night, Rev. Jamie Washington spoke to students at the LBJ Teaching Theater about how race, religion and sexual orientation intertwine and affect individuals and relationships, in the dialogue entitled, “One More River to Cross.” “Sometimes we have to step somewhere else to see the other perspective,”

Washington said during the interactive lecture. “Then we begin to see there are multiple perspectives to this conversation.” Washington, who resides in the Baltimore area, is active in student affairs at different universities nationwide and is the founder of Washington Consulting Group, a multicultural organizational development firm. Amanda Clay, Allies team intern and counseling and guidance graduate student, said Washington spoke to students, faculty and staff during two separate lectures. One centered on how faculty and staff can promote equality in the classroom. In the second, students were asked to open up and face the issues regarding the acceptance and inclusion of the minorities and members of the LGBTQ community. Washington presented the idea of a cycle of oppression that takes place. He

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said all individuals are born the same but are treated differently based on specific circumstances. “We got born, and then we are and we came into a world with this dynamic,” Washington said. Washington asked students to acknowledge the separation and notice how they keep this dynamic alive. He said once the public accepts discrimination takes place, racism and heterosexism can be battled. “Actually, I haven’t encountered anything like this (at Texas State) personally, but I’m sure they exist,” said Carter Kaough, business marketing sophomore. “This is a good thing, encouraging people to help stop problems like this.” The Allies of Texas State is a program that works to educate others about the LGBTQ and to promote the everyday inclusion of gays in campus life. See ALLIES, page 5

Scott Thomas/Star Photo A driver collided into the parking arm at the bus loop by The Quad at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday. police arrested the driver for Driving While intoxicated.

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starsof texas state The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced Texas State’s athletics department has been certified as operating its programs in “substantial confor conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.” Athletics certification ensures integrity in programs and assist in improving depart depart-

ments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993. Texas State conducted a “self-study” of its department in advance of the NCAA certifica certification. Debbie Thorne, associate vice president at Texas State, chaired that committee. — Courtesy of Texas State Athletics

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WEDNESDAY There will be an Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. The McCoy College of Business Administration is hosting a Pre-Law Panel Discussion, “How to Get into Law School and Succeed Once There,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in McCoy Hall, room 126. Panelists will include an admissions representative from St. Mary’s School of Law as well as successful Texas State alumni who practice law in Central Texas. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Dr. Alexis Stokes at as44@ for more information. The Ensemble Series presents Texas State Jazz Orchestra Concert, Dr. Keith Winking, Conductor at 8 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. Admission will be $5 for general public and $3 for students and senior citizens. THURSDAY Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome. Contact 512-5577988 or for more information. There will be a meeting of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at 5 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, room 3-14.1. Cost is $25 Learn how to get rid of debt and build wealth by using the principles that Dave discovered after the hardship of bankruptcy that have now turned him into a millionaire. Contact Krista at 512-353-4414 or bsm4jesus@ for more information. There will be a “Simple Silent Sitting” meditation group from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in Psychology Building, room 130B. All are welcome (any religion or no religion). Brief instruction can be arranged before we “sit” by contacting Colby at 512-4084544 or Sheila at 512-847-2159. The Student Recital Series presents Michael Hamilton Graduate Voice Recital at 8 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. The Faculty Artist Series presents Texas State Wind Octet Recital featuring Ms. Daris Hale, Bassoon at 8 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. Admission will be $5 for general public and $3 for students and senior citizens. FRIDAY There will be an AA meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, room 3-6.1 The Guest Artist Series presents Enrico Elisi, Piano at 6 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission will be $5 for general public and $3 for students and senior citizens. The Ensemble Series presents Texas State University Chorale Concert Dr. Joey Martin, Conductor at 8 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. Admission will be $5 for general public and $3 for students and senior citizens. SATURDAY The Student Recital Series presents Brian Boman Senior Recital at 2 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Austin Byrd/Star photo Jon Stringer, Texas State alumnus, will ride his bike from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska this summer. The 4,600-mile journey, sponsored by Texas 4,000 for cancer, raises money for cancer research.

Federal grant will help Correction complete plan for aquifer The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced April 21 that the award of a cost-sharing Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grant for $1,063,125 to the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP). The stakeholders in the program are currently working with the Texas Legislature to obtain the rest of the funding. In 2007, the Texas Legislature mandated the creation of the EARIP and directed the stakeholders to come to consensus regarding a plan for protecting federally listed endangered or threatened species while managing the use of the Edwards Aquifer. The plan must be completed by September 1, 2012. To date, the stakeholders in the Program have provided more than $775,000 towards developing the plan and studying the impacts of aquifer management, flooding, recreation, and other activities on the listed species. “The stakeholders have been working extraordinarily hard to meet goals set by the Legislature. Thus far, they have met and exceeded all the goals set for them,” said Robert Gulley, Program Manager for the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program. “All parties understand that the work ahead will be difficult. This is a truly significant grant that will not only assist the stakeholders in continuing to meet their

goals but also reinforces the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s commitment to our program.” The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance sponsored the grant application. The application received letters of support from U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Representatives Doggett, Gonzalez, Rodriguez and Smith. “This is great news. We gave the stakeholders a difficult task,” said State Sen. Glenn Hegar, one of the sponsors of the Texas legislation creating the EARIP. “This award is further evidence that they are up to that task. Most clearly, it demonstrates that the United States Fish and Wildlife Ser Service recognizes the importance of a positive outcome from this process and shows its confidence that the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program will get the job done.” EARIP stakeholders include water utilities, cities, groundwater conservation districts, agricultural users, industrial users, environmental organizations, individuals, river authorities, downstream and coastal communities and state and federal agencies. The Web site is for additional information. — Courtesy of Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program

Aquarena Center hosts law enforcement diving workshop Aquarena Center at Texas State will host 20 law-enforcement public safety divers April 24 for a three-day Dive Rescue 1 workshop. Dive Rescue 1 training will be conducted at Aquarena Center by Dive Rescue International from Fort Collins, Colo. Jim Andrews, chief of police of University Place, Wash., will head the training. Dive rescue teams from Corpus Christi, Richmond, Flower Mound, Commerce and Travis County are attending the three-day workshop. The public safety divers will work together to develop their skills on evidence recovery, underwater search patterns and

scene management. The Texas State department of criminal justice hosted a highly successful public safety diver program for many years. This Dive Rescue 1 Program brings back that popular and important law enforcement training. Dive Rescue 1 will be taught three times this summer with dive rescue teams attending from all over Texas. Contact Eric Peterson, dive-marketing director of Aquarena Center, at 512-392-0963 for additional information. —Courtesy of University News Service

Texas State SIFE hosts Race for Relief 5K

The Student Recital Series presents Beth Bauman Senior Voice Recital at 4:30 p.m. in the School of Music Recital The Race for Relief 5K is a Texas State Hall. Admission is free. SIFE and IChooseYou Ministries partnership project in an effort to end the suffering in NaSUNDAY matala, a small village in Mbale, Uganda. Here, poverty and despair are rampant. There is an abnormally high level of injusEvery Nation Campus Ministries tices found in the small village of Namatala, invites you to join us Christ Community home to the Karamojong tribe. More than Church, meeting at Travis Elementary 700 men, women and children live in poor (by TXstate golf course). We will have economic conditions with little hope for food, a one-hour service starting at 10 a.m. an education or a future. Join us in our miswith contemporary worship and an sion to create economic opportunity and end encouraging message. the hopelessness. IChooseYou already takes care of providing The Student Recital Series presents the children in the tribe with education, so Ana Hernandez and Hilary Janysek Joint the money raised at the event will benefit the Junior Recital at 6 p.m. in the School of adults. The funds will help the adults in their efforts to become entrepreneurs by support supportMusic Recital Hall. Admission is free. ing a restaurant that will provide a sustainable way of living. We live in a land of abundance. The Student Recital Series presents Our fortunes should inspire us to help others Cristina Flores & Alyssa Bugg Joint help themselves. In the effort to help, we are Voice Recital at 1:30 p.m. in the School providing aid and respite to people who need of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. it, and we are providing them with an oppor oppor-

tunity to better their current situation. Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a global, non-profit organization that is changing the world through highly dedicated student teams on more than 1,600 university campuses in 40 countries. SIFE offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process. Register today to run. Visiting the Web site at Pre-registration fees are $20 and $25 the day of registration. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will start promptly at 8 a.m. on April 25. The race will be at River Ridge Business Park located on the west side of IH – 35, just south of the Blanco River. All participants will receive a short-sleeved T-shirt and free refreshments and snacks will be available. — Courtesy of Texas State University SIFE

The teasers in Tuesday’s issue of The University Star did not belong with the picture. The text should have gone with the Bobcat Ball story running in that issue. The University Star regrets this error


University Police Department April 12, 5:56 p.m. Burglary - Habitation - Falls Hall A student reported to a police officer his personal property was taken without consent. The case is under investigation. April 12, 9:22 p.m. Criminal Trespass: Property, Building, or Aircraft - Russell Circle A police officer made contact with a student engaged in suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for trespass and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. April 12, 10:31 p.m. Burglary - Habitation - Falls Hall A student reported to a police officer his personal property had been taken without his consent. The case is under investigation. April 12, 10:53 p.m. Burglary - Habitation - Falls Hall Two students reported to a police officer their personal property had been taken without their consent. The case is under investigation. April 13, 11:33 a.m. Medical Emergency - Student Health Center A non-student reported to a police officer she was experiencing severe chest pains. The nonstudent was transported to CTMC for a medical evaluation. April 13, 4:03 p.m. Medical Emergency - Aquarena Springs Complex A nonstudent reported to a police officer another nonstudent had an accident while diving. The nonstudent was taken to CTMC for a medical emergency. April 13, 5 p.m. Burglary - Habitation - Falls Hall Two students reported to a police officer their personal property had been taken without their consent. The case is under investigation. April 13, 5:37 p.m. Theft-Under $50 - Comanche Hill Apts A student reported to a police officer her personal property had been taken without her consent. The case is under investigation. —Courtesy of the University Police Department


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Student health fair offers Gardasil vaccine, cancer tests can be shielded against the remaining three strands the shot protects against. Hargraves said women who get the vaccine should get annual screenings and be aware of changes they notice in their bodies. “It’s very important to keep getting your pap smears every year,” Hargraves said. “The best case scenario is to get Gardasil, get annual pap tests and pay attention to your body.” Rebecca Herring, a nurse at the Hays County Health Department, said Gardasil vaccines will likely be made available for men, who have the capacity to carry the disease and pass it to women. “(Men) are half the problem,” Herring said. “They are hopefully going to be in the next round.” This year’s fair took on a cancer theme in conjunction with Cancer Awareness Month. Dozier, who organized the event, said besides providing cancer awareness and screenings, there were nutritional and fitness booths that “will help students stay healthy long-term.” More than 30 booths were set up in the ballroom for the fair, Bridgette Cyr/Star photo she said. Services made available to stuSWEET SOUNDS: Lorenzo Escamilla, pre-clinical laboratory science freshman, takes part in a sound activity provided by the Counseling dents included voice screenings Center Tuesday at the Health Fair in the LBJ Ballroom. to detect laryngeal disorders, By Rachel Nelson to 128 women who attended this man Papilloma Virus, or HPV, rate of $25 per injection. oral cancer screenings and lung News Reporter year’s Student Health Fair. that can lead to genital warts Priscilla Hargraves, di- function tests. “The Gardasil vaccines and cervical cancer in women. rector of the Hays County Amanda Martinez, health Women assembled Tues- were very well utilized,” Those who got the first in- Health Department, said all professions senior, gave lung day in the LBJ Ballroom to said Ashlee Dozier, health jection at the fair qualify to ob- women are encouraged to get function tests to students and receive the first round of the education coordinator. tain the two remaining rounds the Gardasil vaccination encouraged smokers to quit. Gardasil vaccine. The vaccine protects against of the vaccine at the Student because regardless if a person She said because students are The free injections were given four strands of the common Hu- Health Center at a discounted has one strand of HPV, she young, they often do not worry

about the long-term damage they are doing to their lungs by smoking. “You get one set of lungs and that’s it,” Martinez said. “Once you ruin it, that’s it. You can’t live without breathing, so that’s pretty much the bottom line.” Thomas Naveja, radiation therapy senior, gave out information about lung cancer at the fair and said he thinks it is a good idea for students to be informed about the different forms of cancer. “It’s pretty important for people to know about cancer and know ways to prevent it so they don’t end up in that type of situation,” Naveja said. Colon, breast, prostate, skin and other types of cancers were addressed at the fair. Women were encouraged to give themselves regular breast self-exams and students were reminded to protect their skin against sun damage and tanning. Remaining Cancer Awareness Month events can be found by visiting cancerawareness.


Female students who did not attend the fair can still get in on the savings by going to Embassy Suites at 1001 McCarty Lane 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday or they can visit the Hays County Health Department early next week. Those inquiring about the vaccine must present their Texas State ID card.

Returning residents choose on-campus life By Sajen Claxton-Hernandez News Reporter

Some students are opting to live on campus next semester, despite a temporary housing policy adjustment granting them the option to move off. Sophomores older than 20 who have acquired at least 42 semester credit hours will have the option to live off campus next semester because of the policy adjustment. The policy, which required students to be more than 21 years of age with 52 semester

credit hours to live off campus, was adjusted to accommodate an increase of incoming freshmen. Rosanne Proite, director in the Department of Housing and Residential Life, said the policy adjustment will give sophomores who prefer to live off campus the opportunity to do so, freeing beds for incoming freshmen and returning student residents. Returning residents have already begun signing contracts to live on campus for the next school year. As of April 17, 2,157 students have signed a contract to live on campus. Proite said

the number of non-required students opting to live on campus another year has increased. “We still have a lot of students who say, ‘I don’t want to move off campus. It’s too much hassle,’” Proite said. Proite said the number of signed contracts changes often. “It changes everyday,” Proite said. “We’re still having students who need to sign up.” The Department of Housing and Residential Life makes predictions about the number of students who will sign a contract to live on campus based on

freshmen enrollment figures. “Of that group, we predict what percentage of them are going to want to live on campus, and that’s where our first obligation starts,” Proite said. There are approximately 6,000 beds available throughout the residential halls at Texas State, and around 3,400 of those are reserved for incoming freshmen. The remaining 2,600 are set aside for returning student residents. Proite said approximating the number of returning residents is difficult with the new policy.

“It’s a little bit like looking in a crystal ball,” Proite said. “We don’t know how many of them will actually return.” Proite said there is no specific date contracts must be turned in. “If you’re required, you’re required,” she said. “If you are enrolled in school, you have to come in.” Toyah Bolton, exercise and sports science freshman, said there are advantages to living on campus. “Being closer to classes and no trains (are advantages),”

Bolton said. “I haven’t decided yet, but I’d probably move off campus to have more room and my own bathroom.” Juan Montalvo, interdisciplinary studies sophomore, has the option to live off campus next semester. “I plan to move out,” Montalvo said. “I turn 20 in June.” He said there are sophomores who want to move off campus. “From what my friends say, they just want to get out of the dorms,” Montalvo said. “They are too confined (and they) just want to have their own room.”

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Spring exacerbates allergies ALLIES for San Marcos residents Amanda Sena Special to The Star Emily Dickinson wrote that “a light exists in spring not present on the year at any other period” — but so do some allergens. Spring brings discomfort for people with allergies, especially if they live in San Marcos. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, San Marcos placed sixth among 100 of the most challenging places to live with spring allergies in 2004. Researchers based the study on pollen scores, the number of allergy medications used per patient and how specialists are in the area. Sonya Bussey, photography junior, said her allergies have been worse this spring. “My allergies usually really bother me right before or right after it rains,” Bussey said. “I start sneezing, getting a sore throat and sometimes even a headache.” Ashlee Dozier, health education coordinator at the Student Health Center, said tree and grass pollens commonly cause springtime allergies. Incidentally, according to

The Weather Channel Web site, San Marcos’ tree pollen count is consistently in the high to very high range. The grass pollen level in the area is normally medium to high. Allergy symptoms are similar to that of a cold. However, there are a few differences, Dozier said. “When someone has a cold, they are more likely to have a cough and some aches, whereas allergies typically do not have these symptoms,” Dozier said. “Also, if the mucus in a runny nose is clear, there is usually no infection, and allergies are often the culprit. However, if the mucus is yellow, it is characteristically a sign of an infection, such as a cold virus.” Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants are offered at most drug stores to assist those who are without prescriptions and/or injections for their allergies. According to the AAFA Web site, antihistamines help relieve sneezing and a runny nose. Decongestant pills, sprays and nose drops reduce stuffiness by shrinking swollen membranes in the nose.

“Many of our customers use over-the-counter medications for their allergies,” said Mary Walker, pharmacist at the Walgreens in San Marcos. “Zyrtec and Claritin are among the most popular brands that are purchased.” Walker said she recommends either brand of medication for springtime allergies. If the pills are not enough, she said using nose sprays or drops would help. According to the Texas State SHC Web site, simple ways to prevent allergies, besides taking medication, include keeping air conditioning on and room and car windows closed. Also, avoid prolonged, outdoor exposure on windy, dry days when pollen levels are the highest. Bussey is not the only one suffering from springtime allergies in San Marcos. Dr. Albert H. Cobb Jr. of Allergy and Family Medicine in San Marcos said his office has seen an increase in the number of patients suffering from allergies since February. “On average, we treat about 15 to 20 patients daily for springtime allergies alone,” Cobb said.


appropriateness,” said Payne, history and political science senior. “I’ve got a right to yell fire in a crowded theater, but I have to pay for the consequences.” Payne said Texans are going to pay the consequences if HB 1893 is passed. “No one has asked where the need is,” he said. “Where is the overwhelming call to have a gun in the class room? I don’t hear students at Texas State saying it.” Payne said the concealed carry movement is not about rights. He said the movement is activism for the sake of activism. “A gun only allows you to have a gun at the back of your mind constantly,” Payne said. “If you’ve got a big five-pound metal thing hanging off your hip you’re

going to keep thinking about guns.” Payne said students are worried about “bigger issues” than handgun rights. “Forgive me for not taking it serious, but I keep seeing these activist marches of empty holster, tea parties, unhappy baby birthday bake sales — these issues, with all of the things we have going on right now, economy, world trade, China, Cuba, green technologies, the affordability of education, food programs in public schools in Texas,” he said. Payne said he is disappointed with Guzman. “Michael Guzman is one of the greatest political minds of his generation and instead of choosing to put food in Texas children’s’ stomachs, lower tuition for his peers and constituents, fight for tax free textbooks, help people in San Marcos keep

their jobs, he’s walking around with an empty holster asking for guns on campus,” Payne said. “There are too many serious issues we have facing us in this state and on this campus. It bewilders me — it’s like he has a 20 gauge mind in a semiautomatic world.” Payne said he spoke with HB 1893 co-author Rep. Jim Keffer (R-60) at the Texas College Democrats Lobby Day. “After raising the issues that students here at Texas State have raised for months, he (Keffer) looks at me and says, ‘I’m on the fence with this and don’t know how I’m going to vote,’” Payne said. “If the co-author doesn’t know where he’s going to vote, why are we saying this is good enough to pass?” Guzman said HB 1893 is in the calendars committee waiting to go to the floor of the House.


comments about starting a prochoice group and one about playing a video game about killing babies.” Malcik called the threats “facetious.” “I was thinking about it one day and thought the best way to catch people’s attention would be a bake sale — people get hungry in The Quad,” Malcik said. “When you buy my cupcakes or cookies you are going to have to think about life for a while.” Malcik said she raised $50 and

15 new members joined Bobcats for Life. “We had a lot of people coming up to me and saying, ‘Thank you,’” she said. “It was refreshing to hear the support the prolife movement has on campus. It was very peaceful. We’re the kind of campus where we embrace diversity, opinions and views from all sides.” Malcik said the money raised will be used to protest the Freedom of Choice Act, fund Bobcats for Life future endeavors, or finance an end of the year banquet.


change,” Jones said. “I think the council needs to determine whether we want to have more restaurants downtown or if we want to extend and have more bars downtown.” Mayor Susan Narvaiz asked if the task force had reviewed what effect an extension would have on “adult entertainmentoriented business” coming to

San Marcos. Jones said they had not looked at the issue specifically, but pointed out the council already possesses the right to regulate those types of businesses. Despite a re-adjustment of police shift schedules, there seems to be little to no opposition to the change from city services. Jones said EMS, Central Texas Medical Center and Police Chief Howard Williams do not expect a measurable change

“The Freedom of Choice Act is the most important thing our group is focusing on because it would allow for partial-birth abortions and would mandate every hospital, including Catholic hospitals, to perform abortions on demand,” Malcik said. She said abortion is about human rights, not politics. “We know we’re a controversial group, but we needed to have a controversial event to get people talking about it because apathy is what consumes our society and it’s important to know the facts,” Malcik said.

in service calls. Texas Alcohol and Beverage Committee informed the City Council they will provide a 30 to 60 day application acceptance period and approve the permits simultaneously, Menchaca said. Citizens voted in November on a non-binding referendum by 71 percent to extend bar hours. The first reading of the ordinance will take place the first week of May.

Bill would grant citizenship to undocumented youths By Ben Meyerson Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A prominent group of more than 5,000 colleges and universities is supporting a bill that would offer some undocumented youths a path to citizenship through college or the military. The College Board, best known for the SAT and advanced placement tests it administers, is stepping into the contentious issue for the first time just as President Barack Obama is signaling he may encourage lawmakers to overhaul immigration laws later in the year. The bill the College Board is supporting, known as the Dream Act, would allow students who illegally entered the United States when they were 15 or younger to apply for conditional

legal status if they have lived in the country for five or more years and graduated from high school or earned a GED. If they then attended college or served in the military for two or more years, they could be granted full citizenship. Conditional legal status could make the immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition, depending on local laws, and would allow them to compete for some forms of federal financial assistance. A 2007 UCLA report estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools every year. The College Board’s trustees have voted unanimously to support the Dream Act, said James Montoya, a vice president of the College Board. “These are students who have gone through our K-12 system and have achieved in a very high

manner,” Montoya said. But Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the Dream Act allows illegal immigrants to take scholarship opportunities away from native U.S. residents. It is unfair to reward those who violated the law to get here, he said. “If you ask any illegal alien why they came to America, the answer, invariably is ‘Well, I wanted to do better for my family,’ and this gives them precisely what they broke the law to achieve,” Mehlman said. The Senate voted on the Dream Act in 2007, winning a majority but lacking the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster. The measure was then folded into more comprehensive immigration legislation, which died. It was reintroduced in the House and Senate last month.

Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo TEXAS STATE ALLIES: Rev. Jaime Washington spoke at the LBJ Teaching Theater Tuesday about the impact of homophobia and racism on youth.

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“We mostly educate heterosexual individuals of this community so they can be straight allies,” said Heather Aidala, co-chair for the Allies Program Team. Aidala said the Allies of Texas State hold events for members of the LGBTQ community like Welcome to the Family, an event for new students at the university, and the Lavender Graduation, which serves as a safe spot for LBGTQ graduates to celebrate their accomplishments. The Allies Team is made up of faculty, staff and student organization leaders, which include one representative from Lambda and Bobcat Equality Alliance. The group offers training and workshops for

individuals on the university or in the San Marcos communities who want to learn more about the LBGTQ community. Anyone interested in becoming an ally must attend at least one training session and sign a contract, pledging to be a supportive member. The group offered four workshops to interested allies this semester, which offered information on how to improve the treatment of members of gay community. Clay said she hopes students will walk away from the lecture with more information about the LBGTQ community. “Maybe they weren’t aware of this community before,” Clay said. “Maybe they can just take away some information on how to be more sensitive.”

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The Main PoinT othing in life is free — especially not an education.


Children are taught at a young age to save their earnings. And as a result, piggy banks are filled with shiny quar quarters and pinched pennies. But somewhere between childhood and adulthood, the ability to save gets harder, and with the cost of education today, it can seem nearly impossible. Tuition costs on college and university campuses nationwide are skyrocketing. Thanks to the Texas Legislature’s decision to deregulate tuition in 2003, there is no guarantee the costs will not continue growing. Institutions argue they need funds to grow, and because state appropriations are not keeping up with demands, students’ wallets are shrinking. The idea behind deregulation was not bad. In fact, the principle behind it makes sense: Allow public institutions to set their own rates, and competition among the schools will keep tuition and fees affordable. However, the catch was the state has failed to fund institutions properly. William Nance, vice president of finance and support ser services, has said in numerous interviews with The University Star that the university will get its funding from one of two places: the state or the students — and it is not coming from the state. It is imperative something be done to ensure tuition rates do not continue growing exponentially. Bills have been filed in the legislature this session addressing the need for tuition reform. One gaining attention comes from Texas Rep. Patrick Rose (D-45), who represents San Marcos and outlying areas. Rose is the author of House Bill 2637, which proposes a limit of 6 percent on the annual amount a public university’s board of regents can increase its tuition rates, according to Thursday’s issue of The University Star. Texas State students testified last week at the capitol in favor of the bill and ASG passed legislation at its Monday meeting supporting Rose’s bill. The University Star and Texas State’s student government do not always agree, but here lies common ground: Rose’s bill provides the most satisfactory medium to remedy rising tuition costs, while not stifling Texas institutions’ ability to grow. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinat Coordinating Board’s Closing the Gaps initiative, the state’s goal is to educate an additional 630,000 students by 2015. It is a lofty goal, but one that needs to be met. The state needs to ensure higher education is affordable for families with lower incomes to meet this goal. A more educated state would lead to a more competitive, efficient Texas. This should be a concern for all residents of the state, not just those who are having to attend class Monday through Friday.


The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.

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Campaign for prayer, peace in schools

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People in our society need to stop campaigning for guns in public schools for teachers and on university campuses. Individuals should be fighting for something less violent and more meaningful such as put putting prayer back in schools. This generation of students needs to

know more about God. Schools need prayer, not guns. Our world already has seen enough bloodshed. If individuals want to protest it should be for something that can help others, not kill them. It’s beyond me how the government is spending so much time focusing on allowing violence in schools over peace and religion. Children and young teens are being raised with a marginal moral foundation and little respect for God. The educational system has to endure disruptive students who feel its okay to bring guns, knives, inappropriate behavior and a foul mouth to school when parents neglect teaching about God. Putting prayer back in schools would

assuage the unstable structure of schools today. The school system at all levels is dangerous and students need hope. states Madalyn O’Hair became America’s most hated woman in 1963 when her lawsuit protesting school prayer reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The Website reports O’Hair delighted in insulting Christians and Christianity, and she said “there is no God. There’s no heaven. There’s no hell. There are no angels.” According to AllAboutHistory. org, the Supreme Court ruled eight to one in favor of abolishing school prayer and Bible reading in the public schools. Justice Tom Clark wrote, “Reli-

gious freedom, it has long been recognized that government must be neutral and, while protecting all, must prefer none and disparage none.” Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s belief of prayer having a negative impact on young students has caused the educational system to become perilous. Students don’t respect teachers, and educators aren’t able to instruct because they’re having to chastise individuals. Schools should realize initiating a moment of silence is a dressed-up way of trying to implement prayer. Individuals present the arguments of not everyone practicing the same religion or not believing in God. Conversely,

how is this different than individuals fighting for guns in schools? Not everyone believes violence in the educational system is acceptable. So why would the government consider handguns over prayer? It’s unjust. Prayer should be allowed in public schools and individuals should be advocating for the safe and consequential practice. Prayer would only benefit students at an early age and help them have respect for God and the educational system. The decision to prohibit prayer in schools should be over overturned. Our society should be more willing to embrace peace with prayer in school instead of violence with guns.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hoping for immigration reform

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She grew up listening to pop music, cheerleading and playing with Barbie dolls. Culturally, she is an American girl who graduated in the top 25 percent of her high school class andlooks just like any other Texan. But legally the student, we’ll call her Esperanza, knows nothing of the country listed on her birth certificate. Esperanza (meaning hope in English) came to the United States with her family at the age of three, seeking, like most immigrants, a better way of life. Nineteen years later, her mother works as a custodian and her father a groundskeeper. She hopes to be a cheerleading coach and Spanish teacher after she graduates from Texas State but, like the Obamamantra, can only hope for change. “I feel like this is my country because this is the only country I’ve known,” she said. “I don’t know Mexico. If I was to get sent back there, I don’t know anything over there. I would just be lost. I’m just really hoping that Obama can do something about this and be able to have a reform.” Esperanza can only at attend school because of a 2001 Texas House bill that allows undocumented Texas high school graduates to pay in-state tuition. Esper Esperanza, however, has no claim to financial aid or scholar scholarship. She pays for school from her taxed earnings at a restaurant in her hometown two hours away, where she was never asked for identification. She has never falsified documents, and her entire family pays taxes. President Obama vowed last year to make immigra immigration reform a top priority. But addressing the issue of thousands of immigrants crossing our borders every year, and the estimated 12 million undocumented who are already here, is risky business. The debate has sparked a laundry list of solutions, everything from amnesty and paying fines to deporting undocumented workers, along with their U.S.-born children. The issue is the political hot potato of our decade. Legislation ended the immigration discussion in a stalemate in 2007, and politics continue to remain divided across party lines. Unlike lawmakers, Esper Esperanza knows what she wants. “If we have to pay a fine, we will do it,” she said. “On my part, I will pay anything just so I can be able to become a U.S. citizen.” According to an analysis from the Perryman Group, a Texas-based economic research group, it would cost our economy $1.8 trillion in annual consumer spending to remove undocument undocumented workers like Esperanza from our economy. The solution is to bring Esperanza out of hiding, not to send her to a place she doesn’t know. We need potential teachers and skilled workers like Esperanza and her family. We need the tax dollars they spend. Our country can reap all the benefits of having future American citizens like Esperanza to join our country. But living life in fear of deportation, Esperanza is left to wait — and hope.



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The Mars Volta is scheduled to release its 5th album on June 23rd making it available in time to add to budding summer playlists. The album, titled Octahedron, is only eight tracks and is 49 minutes long. This is a break from the band members’ earlier work considering a song from their second album clocks in at more than 30 minutes long. After being named “Best Prog-Rock” by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2008, the band went on to win its first Grammy award in 2009. Known for its elaborate stage shows, the ensemble has already been scheduled to play at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands.

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Annual spring concert hosts Colorado students jointly support marijuana legalization ‘different genre of music’ By Chloe Wittry Rocky Mountain Collegian

At the same time that 10,000 people lit joints Monday in the center of campus at University of Colorado-Boulder, two Colorado State University police officers saw eight people sitting in a circle on the CSU Oval smoking pot and approached them. People watched as the officers referred the four students in the group to the student conduct office, which will decide how to deal with the students’ offense. The other four smokers, who were not students, were let go with a warning. Joe Houtz, construction management junior, was relaxing on the grass in the Oval when the students were busted. “They were having a little powwow circle, smoking, talking and having a good time,” he said. Meanwhile UC-Boulder police were standing by as the massive crowd there celebrated the day, which serves as a national event to promote legalization of marijuana. A Boulder police official said they were only there to handle major problems with the holiday. “No structures, no cars, nothing weird,” said a UC-Boulder Police Department officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because of department restrictions for

talking to the media. CSU police said they are obligated to at least report any illegal activity. “Any type of offense that occurs on campus we have to refer to student conduct,” Interim Police Chief Frank Johnson said. Some were getting in trouble for their practices in Fort Collins on 4/20, but others were celebrating at events and taking advantage of the generous deals offered by head shops and food joints around town. A popular head shop on College Avenue called Kind Creations had 60 students and community members lined up at their back door at 9 a.m. waiting to get their hands on the deals the shop was offering, which included cups of free beer for those who were of age. “April 20 is always the biggest day of the year,” said Brandon Finke, shop-owner. Rock ‘N’ Robin’s was another one of the popular head shops offering deals to customers on Monday, which included 10 percent off anything in the store. “It’s been a circus,” said Josh Bait, shop employee . “We’ve gotten anyone from 12-year-old kids buying posters to white-haired grandmas buying water pipes today.” Cheba Hut took part in the celebrations by blocking off their section of Laurel Street and hosting local bands, as well as entertaining stunt shows.

Hundreds of students and community members were lined up outside of Cheba Hut all day to take advantage of the special sandwich deals and enjoy the music. “I was at Cheba Hut this afternoon, and I saw some people on street bikes doing tricks and people on BMX bikes jumping off ramps,” said Brenden Masters, sophomore education . “I think this unofficial holiday is cool,” he said. “I’ve never been to Boulder for it. I feel like it’s more relaxed here, which is what I like.” Activist organizations such as Front Range National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, who fight to legalize the use of marijuana, were taking advantage of the crowds and celebrations outside of Cheba Hut by talking to people and handing out fliers. “The fact that marijuana is illegal has given rise to crime in this country,” said Bo Shaffer, the treasurer of the group. “Marijuana is looked at from the point of law enforcement, but we need to be looking at it as a medicine. Events like this help get people together to make a statement.” Johnson said the CSU Police Department did not have any big trouble on Monday. The officers on duty went on with the day’s normal practices.

Stacie Andrews/Star file photo RIVER BEATS: Students dance and enjoy live music at Texas State’s 2008 Riverfest. This year’s Riverfest will feature Eleven Fingered Charlie and The Expendables, and will take place April 23 at Sewell Park.

Mayra Mejia Features Reporter Riverfest will give students a chance to relax before finals begin. Texas State’s annual spring concert includes free performances, giveaways and inflatable games. Riverfest has been a tradition for the concert to be held every year at Sewell Park. The festival is mainly aimed at Texas State students. “(It is) Texas State’s largest annual spring concert,” said Jill Brownfield, SACA coordinator. Brownfield said this year’s Riverfest concert will be different from past years. Riverfest is known for the live music, which in the past has included country, rap and alternative artists. “We are bringing in a different genre of music, which has never been done before,” Brownfield said. The concert will include performances from the bands 46, Eleven Fingered Charlie and The Expendables. The night will begin at 6 p.m. with the Battle of the Bands’ winner 46 going on stage first. Local Eleven Fingered Charlie will follow at 7 p.m. The Expendables, who are headlining the event, will begin playing around 9 p.m. The Battle of the Bands’ winner, 46, is a local band formed in a music theory class. The band consists of guitarist Steven Marcus, bassist Matt Franke and drummer Jonathan Carter. The band won a spot to open the annual spring concert this year. “This will be our biggest concert that we have played in San Marcos,“ said Franke, jazz studies sophomore. Franke said he was excited about the concert. “(People can) expect great music and a great time,” Franke said. There will also be a sand volleyball tournament with teams of six people competing for prizes. The tournament will begin at 4 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m. The Army will also be at Riverfest, and will provide a rock wall. SACA will be selling food from vendors, including Rosie’s Pizza, Rukus Boardshop, Coca-Cola and El Torro’s Taco Stand. The Riverfest concert will be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 23rd at Sewell Park. If it is raining, the concert and games will continue during the same time at Strahan.Jill Brownfield can be reached for information at

Photo courtesy of Jason Wambsgams/Chicago Tribune/MCT LIGHTING UP: People around the world see April 20th as a day to lobby for the legalization of marijuana.


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‘Daily Show’ guest criticizes Stewart’s etiquette on, off-screen By Dan McKeever The Lantern Jim Cramer’s path to Ohio State included a controversial stop on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The colorful host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” who will tape his show at the Drake Union on April 22, said he took the high road during the confrontation. He said Jon Stewart, the popular comedian who revolutionized “fake news,” pulled a fast one on him during the March 12 interview on “The Daily Show.” “It was a complete and utter ambush,” Cramer said in an interview with The Lantern. “He told my staff that it was going to be fun, convivial, no clips, but (it) doesn’t matter, he’s a comedian, he can do whatever he wants.” Stewart rolled clips from, Cramer’s financial Web site, during the interview. The clips showed Cramer, a former hedge fund manager, discussing the advantages of short selling, which allows the seller of a financial instrument to profit from a decline in the value of the instrument. “Was it a fair fight? No, it wasn’t even a fight. I came on with the idea of taking a high road approach and discussing the issues, obviously (Stewart) came on strictly to try to humiliate me,” Cramer said. “It was brutal. Was he standup? Absolutely not. Did he comport himself as a gentleman? Hardly. It was a deposition; he wants to be a prosecutor.” Cramer was also critical of Stewart’s conduct off-camera. “He had an animus toward me. At the conclusion of the interview, not on the mic, he said, ‘I picked the wrong guy, I’m sorry,’ but that’s not gonna get out there,” Cramer said. “He just said it to me as just a throwaway. His goal was just to humiliate and destroy me and probably get me fired, and last I looked, I still have a show.”

Cramer said Stewart used selective editing to work toward that goal. “I think people who watch (“Mad Money”) know the show I do is very different from the show the critics say it is,” he said. “I think Jon Stewart has never seen my show, ever.” Cramer said while “you can pick any single clip to make people fib,” Stewart could have also shown clips of some of Cramer’s correct predictions. “Those are the calls that I care about, but they’re not gonna mention those calls — that would make me look good. It’s nobody’s interest to make me look good,” he said. The selective editing extended to the cuttingroom floor, Cramer said. “It was a 20 minute interview, he picked the worst eight minutes to make me look as horrible as possible. It’s his show, he can do whatever he wants. If he comes on my show, it’ll be a fair discussion, but he’s not gonna come on my show, because he’s all about his (ratings) numbers,” he said. Cramer said although the interview was “allegedly disastrous” for his own career, “my (ratings) have never been better.” “I’ve got more people watching me than ever before, and I handled myself like a gentleman, and I took the high road,” Cramer said. “I only know that road.” Cramer said he was not given a fair chance in the interview, and was consequently “eviscerated.” He compared the experience to playing in a football game in which there were no referees and he was never allowed to have the ball. “I left the field with tire tracks on my back, but (Ohio State has) a lot of good people who play sports, not just academics, and you understand that when your team is going to suffer a beat-down that is unfair, you shake the guy’s hand, you walk with your head high, and you leave,” he said. Cramer also questioned Stewart’s credibility. “I am a highly controversial figure (on “Mad Mon-

Photo courtesy of Dahl/ Stockxchng DAILY SHOWDOWN: Jim Cramer, of “Mad Money,” was a recent guest on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” but felt victimized by the host.

ey”). I was not a controversial figure when it came to making money,” he said. “And I can tell that guy, when he’s made his first 100 million in the market, I

will respect his judgment about the market.” Calls to Comedy Central seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Search, rescue details dangers of glissading By R. Scott Rappold The Gazette COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Plodding down Mount Shavano last fall, his legs weary from having hiked to the top of the 14,229-foot peak in the Sawatch Mountains, Igor Kulish saw an angel. The Angel of Shavano is a snowfield on the peak near Salida, Colo. Under the right conditions it resembles a heavenly figure with arms stretched upwards. “I wanted to save time and energy. I was tired,” said Kulish, 28, a relative newcomer to Colorado, who was climbing his 13th fourteener. “I thought, ‘Hey, a river of snow. It will take me 1,000 feet lower than I am now.’” That he is alive today is a miracle, he says, thanks to the

angels of Chaffee County, Colo., Search and Rescue. He lacked the right gear or experience for glissading on snow that was much too hard and icy. Glissading is a mountaineering technique in which climbers slide down snow, sitting or crouching, using an ice ax to control speed and direction. He sat in the snow and slid, and lost control halfway down the field, slamming against several rocks before a large pile knocked him unconscious. He sprained his shoulder, wrist and left foot, bruised his tailbone and had severe punctures to his elbow and right shin. Rescue crews carried him off the mountain in the freezing dark. “I really did think I was going to die when I was falling,” he said. If done right, under proper

snow conditions, glissading can be a thrilling way to descend in 10 minutes a peak you spent five hours climbing, without the burden of carrying skis. All you need is the ax, maybe some snow pants or sturdy rain pants and a soft, wet spring snow, but still firm enough to dig an ax into. If it’s a powder day, grab some skis instead. But Kulish’s story shows what can happen when it is done wrong. Several people have been killed in recent years in Colorado’s mountains. “At least with skiing or snowboarding, your body is not your slide surface. When it’s just your body, you’re taking all the impact,” said Joe Slivka, a mission coordinator with Summit County Search and Rescue. The Search and Rescue responded

last May to the death of Breckenridge, Colo., teenager Michael Henthorne, who was snow-sliding without an ice ax at Mohawk Lake and went over a cliff. In the spring of 2007, experienced mountain climber David Worthington died after a fall on Humboldt Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Denver Post reported he was glissading and tried to control his descent with a trekking pole. In March 2004, Kyle Fitzpatrick was killed in an avalanche on La Plata Peak in the Sawatch Mountains in Colorado. A report by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center indicated he and two friends were glissading, with adequate gear, which triggered the slide that buried him. Experts say evaluating snow conditions is the most impor-

tant part of safe glissading. “It’s kind of good corn snow, that stuff that freezes overnight. You climb it when it’s hard and you glissade down when it softens up. The key is to get off steep slopes before they get too soft,” said Spencer Logan, an Avalanche Information Center forecaster. Spring avalanches tend not to be as large as those in winter, but they can be heavy like concrete and “beat you up and push you around.” “If you sink your ice ax in and you can’t hold yourself there off the ax, it slides too much, you probably shouldn’t try to glissade off it,” Slivka said. Climbers should evaluate their abilities. Slivka suggests, before trying a 2,000-foot high glissade on a fourteener, people hone their

skills at lower elevations, with long run-outs in case they lose control. Climbers can also learn self-arresting techniques, controlling yourself on a slide, in mountaineering courses offered by groups such as the Colorado Mountain Club. Kulish admits he didn’t know what he was doing when he decided to glissade. After three weeks in a wheelchair and months of recovery, he still has weakness in his left foot, which did not stop him from summiting Mount Sherman recently. He still plans to climb all the fourteeners — he just may walk down. “I think a lot of people don’t realize falling down an icy slope is the same as falling straight down,” he said. “My advice is just to stay away from the snow if you don’t know anything about it.”


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Lewis

ACROSS 1 Aquanaut’s workplace 7 Arabic for “son of” 10 Software prototype 14 “1984” author 15 Teachers’ org. 16 Campground arrival, briefly 17 Pleasure dome site of verse 18 Most energetic 20 Cornucopia 22 Baba of fiction 25 Via 26 Hermit 29 Poivre partner 30 Let go 34 Supplement that some claim eases arthritis 38 “Bali __” 39 Italian cheese 40 Tender poultry 42 Stereotypical pirate leg 43 Texas governor before George W. Bush 47 Ont. or Que. 49 Feedbag morsel 50 Former big name on “The View” 51 Snob 55 Mag. employees 56 1973 Erica Jong novel 61 Crooner Julio 62 What pupils do in the dark 66 Action hero’s garb, and what each first word in this puzzle’s four longest answers is 67 Lunes, por ejemplo 68 Squirrel’s stash 69 Prolific auth.? 70 Morsel 71 Grand Prix site

Complete the grid so that every row, column, and 3-by-3 box contains every digit from one through nine inclusively.

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4 Sister of Rachel 5 Actor __ Ray of “Battle Cry” 6 Book jacket promo 7 Running the country 8 Hybrid meat 9 Dover diaper 10 Boxers’ alternatives 11 Like 2 or 4, e.g. 12 Sample 13 Pseudosophisticated 19 Gp. once headed by Arafat 21 Org. at 11 Wall St. 22 Daisy Mae’s creator 23 Not as tight 24 Spectrum color 27 She, in Lisbon 28 Latvian capital 31 First words of the “Mr. Ed” theme 32 “__ Camera” 33 Bite-sized Hershey products 35 From, in German names

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36 Former transp. regulator 37 Cowardly Lion portrayer 41 Kung __ chicken 44 “You cheated!” 45 Lays into 46 __-bitsy 48 “Pippin” Tony winner Ben 52 __ Angeles 53 “Don’t mind __”


54 Kind of wave or pool 56 Pay stub abbr. 57 Alaska’s first gov. 58 Brand for Fido 59 Pleasant 60 Get hold of, with “onto” 63 Altar in the sky 64 Former Opry network 65 Alpine curve

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The Texas State tennis team will play Northwestern State in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament Friday in Corpus Christi. The Bobcats are seeded No. 5 with a 7-4 SLC record. The Demons have an 8-3 record. Match time is set for 2:30 p.m.

10 - Wendesday, April 22, 2009

Sports Contact — Lisa Carter,

Track, field team members Bobcats overpower Demons qualify for NCAA Regional By Jessie Spielvogel Sports Reporter The Texas State track and field team competed at the University of Texas Twilight meet Saturday in Austin. The Bobcats brought home five NCAA Regional qualifying standards. Kevin Aje, economics sophomore, Aaron Jones, accounting junior, Stefon Hargrove, undecided freshman, and Brandon Thomas, prepsychology freshman, qualified with a time of 40.55 in the men’s 4-by-100 meter relay placing them third in the event. Ikenna Obonna, finance sophomore, placed second in the women’s triple jump event, meeting the qualifying standard with a leap of 15.10 meters. Katy Hanie, exercise and sports science senior, qualified by placing third in the women’s discus event with a throw of 48.14. Valerie Hancock, applied sociology junior, and Asiya Iskakova, marketing junior, qualified in the women’s high jump event with a height of 1.75 meters. Hancock said she had already hit the qualifying mark earlier in the season. “I have hit 1.73 two or three times this season,” Hancock said.


Jones said the qualifying mark for the men’s 4-by-100 relay is 40.66. “In order to go to the national championship, you have to qualify and then get top five in the regional championships,” Jones said. The rest of the team members still have time to qualify in their respective events. Hancock said few team members have made the mark so far. “The qualifying standards are hard to beat,” Hancock said. The Bobcats’ next meet, the Sooner Invite, will take place Saturday in Norman, Okla. “I am going for the school record this week,” Jones said with confidence. “Overall, the team is getting progressively better and better.” Hancock said her biggest competition at the upcoming meet is with herself. “I don’t view competition in other people, I compete against myself. I feel like when you compete against someone else, you don’t focus on your own abilities and you won’t perform as well,” Hancock said. The competition will be held April 29 to 30 and is in the same location as the NCAA Regional Championships.


Jessica Canty, marketing freshman, Maria Gustafsson, exercise and sports science freshman, Renee Shepard, exercise and sports science sophomore, and Iris Darrington, interdisciplinary studies junior, placed fourth in the 4-by-100-meter relay. Lindsey Maxwell, exercise and sports science sophomore, placed fifth in the women’s 800meter run. Ryann Bradford, marketing senior, placed sixth in the 800-meter run. Mary O’Connor, communication studies senior, finished second in the women’s 400meter hurdles. Sara Olayiwola, finance senior, placed second in the triple jump event.

MEN’S RESULTS Aje took fifth in the men’s 100-meter run, Jones came in sixth and Hargrove placed seventh. Clay Holland, exercise and sports science senior, took third in the 110-meter hurdles. He also placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles. Eric Sheppard, finance senior, placed fifth in the 1,500-meter run. Goldstein Okafor, exercise and sports science sophomore, placed third in the triple jump. Daniel Schmidt, management junior, placed second in the hammer throw event. David Hernandez, construction technology senior, placed third in the hammer throw. Andy Ysebaert, exercise and sports science senior, placed third in discus.

Lindsey Goldstein/Star file photo DOUBLE WIN: Chandler Hall, freshman pitcher, throws the ball at the March 25 game against Texas-El Paso at Bobcat Field. The Bobcats won 8-0, 3-0 and 9-0 to Northwestern State Sunday and Monday in Natchitoches, La.

By Blake Barington Sports Reporter The Texas State softball team began its three-game series against the Northwestern State Demons after a one-day rain delay. The delay did not hamper the Bobcats as they put up 20 runs in the series while shutting out the Demons, thanks to Chandler Hall, freshman pitcher, and Katie Garnett, senior pitcher. Alex Newton, senior shortstop, was a contributor against the Demons, hitting three home runs. Taylor Hall, senior outfielder, had the first hit of the series when she singled to right centerfield in the first inning. T. Hall then scored off an error from Northwestern State’s catcher. The Bobcats began their run in the second inning when McKenzie Baack, sophomore designated hitter, and Ryan Kos, senior second baseman, singled to left field. Newton recorded her first home run of the series with two outs to put the score at 4-0 in favor of the Bobcats. Jenna Emery, sophomore utility, C. Hall and Newton scored the other four runs for the Bobcats resulting in an 8-0 victory. C. Hall took the win on the mound. The team continued its hitting in game two, scoring Newton and T. Hall in the first inning off C. Hall’s double to left center. Newton scored the Bobcats’ final run of the game in the third inning on an error by Leslie Johnson, Northwestern State catcher. Garnett earned the win on the mound for the game, pitching all seven innings and allowing

three hits. The third game of the series was no different for the Bobcats as they continued their offensive spark into the last game against the Demons. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Baack scored off Kos’ single to left field. Kristina Tello, junior utility, scored the second run of the game when C. Hall doubled to left center, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. Newton brought in three of the four Bobcat runs in the sixth inning, hitting her third homer of the series. Tamara Keller, senior utility, scored off of Megan Parten’s, freshman catcher, double to left center, increasing the Bobcat lead to 3-0. Newton then homered to left field scoring Tello and Parten. The Bobcats had a 6-0 lead going into the final inning. “We played very well at NSU,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “I felt we did a good job of attacking good pitches in the zone. The Bobcats would hold on for the victory, winning 9-0 and sweeping the Demons. The Bobcats improved to 32-14 on the season and 19-5 in conference play. The Demons fell to 5-38 overall and 3-23, respectively. Texas State will play a doubleheader against Stephen F. Austin 1 p.m. Saturday at Bobcat Field. The Lumberjacks are currently No. 2 in the Southland Conference standings behind the Bobcats. “We need to make sure we stay focused and put our best effort out there for every pitch of every ballgame we have left to play,” Woodard said.

Club prepares for Aquarena Sprint Triathlon By César G. Rodriguez Sports Reporter The Texas State triathlon club survived and placed 42nd in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship. The women’s team did not receive a final ranking because three members completed the course and only the four fastest times were recorded. John Soltau, communication studies graduate student, said competitors showed character and pride in representing Texas State. “The team’s strong character and mental toughness was shown by each of its members in the way everyone attacked a course in some of the roughest conditions I have personally seen,” Soltau said. Soltau said the triathletes wore swimsuits, but the low water temperature pushed them to the limits. “The cold water was an extremely hard obstacle to overcome and did keep us from performing at our overall best. No one on the team met any of the personal goals for times they had set, but as we all said afterwards, just completing the course became the goal once we got in the water.” Soltau said. The club improved more than 20 positions from last year when it finished second to last as an overall team. Mark Foster, psychology senior, said the team learned to battle “hilly” bike routes and “windy” weather conditions. He said the water temperature was expected in the mid 60s, instead of 53 degrees. “Watching the sprint distance race come out of the water before we went was the worst. There were people coming out of the water crying and other people being pulled out of the water and rushed to the medical tent,” Foster said. Soltau said its placement in the competition is a good accomplishment for the club, when considering the funding, coaching and support other schools receive. “It is really a ‘David and Goliath’ type (of) situation

often times, but we gave it all we could and showed how the hours of daily training and hundreds of miles we swam, biked and ran over the past year was not in vain,” Soltau said. Foster is grateful he completed the race. “A positive outcome is that we survived and completed one of the toughest courses I have ever experienced,” Foster said. The race was tough enough that some triathletes withdrew, Foster said. “One of our team members was pulled out of the water and carried into the medical tent and treated for severe hypothermia,” Foster said. Foster said the club bonded and cheered for one another during the course and throughout the challenging aspects of the race. Foster said he appreciates competing against local universities. He said the club does not get opportunities to compete with other schools since triathlon is not a NCAA sanctioned sport. Soltau said Texas State competed well at the national level because of the hours of training from each individual. He said some triathletes take the race as a personal challenge to compete against the best and others participate to be healthy and live an active lifestyle. “In the end, though, we come together as a team, even though it is a very individual sport, to support and encourage one another,” Soltau said. “At the end of the day, our times might get ranked against everyone else’s and that might matter to some more than others, but at the heart of it we are competing against ourselves, seeing how far and how hard we can push.” The club is preparing to host its annual Aquarena Sprint Triathlon April 26. The sprint distances include a 500-meter swim, a 14-mile bike route and a 5K run. “(It’s a) great way to do your first triathlon and get into the sport,” Soltau said. “It is also a great opportunity to volunteer during race day and meet some of the club members.”

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