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Religious acceptance

Campus ministry votes to publicly welcome GLBT community By Ashley Gwilliam The University Star

Monty Marion/Star photo OPENING DOORS: Tyler Pruessner, pre-communication disorders sophomore, works to help St. Marks Episcopal Church publicly accept gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members.

Tyler Pruessner values his relationship with God above all else. He was raised in the Church of Christ where his father served on the governing board for many years. He has consistently attended church for the majority of his life. But despite the immense amount of happiness he found through his participation in church, there was one thing gnawing at him during his adolescence. He was afraid to embrace what he believed would grant him a one-way ticket to hell. He was afraid to tell his family and friends what he had increasingly come to accept: He is gay. “I was raised that if someone is gay, they are going to hell,” said Pruessner, pre-communication disorders sophomore. “If I was gay, I didn’t want that to happen. I have a strong relationship with God and didn’t want to jeopardize that.” After coming to terms with his internal conflict, Pruessner came out during his junior year of high school. He said he used to think being gay was a sin he had to conquer, but now believes it is how God made him. “One of my purposes is to illustrate that there is a bridge between the Christian and gay communities,” he said. Pruessner is a student-peer minister at the Higher Ground Lutheran-Episcopal campus ministry. Since last fall, he has led members of the ministry in dialogue on becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation, one which publicly affirms the welcoming of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and is listed online by the Lutherans Concerned/North America ministry. Sunday evening the Higher Ground congregation voted in favor of becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation and approved a new welcome statement proclaiming

the acceptance of all individuals, regardless of race, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Lou Flessner, Lutheran chaplain of Higher Ground, said the process has been democratic and everyone was given the opportunity to voice their opinions. Although the church’s old welcome statement advocated the acceptance of all individuals, it wasn’t easily accessible or well known. Pruessner said the new statement will be added to the church bulletin and worship book. The statement is important because it allows GLBT couples to go to church and focus on what matters, said Tyler Wallach, pretheatre freshman and Pruessner’s boyfriend. “I think this issue is an ongoing conversation, and it makes it clear to people in our university community who think that Christians are antagonistic to gays or want them to stop being gay,” Flessner said. According to the Lutherans Concerned/North America Web site, with the addition of Higher Ground to the list, there will be nine Reconciling in Christ congregations in Texas. Higher Ground is not the only Christian organization on campus accepting of the GLBT community. Rev. Mike Miller, consulting director for the Campus Christian Community, said his group accepts people regardless of their sexual orientations, although it does not have an official statement welcoming GLBT people. The ministry is a member of the Texas State Allies program, which promotes awareness and understanding about sexual orientation and gender identity through education and training on campus. Flessner said there are many Christians who are not hostile to gays, but the stereotype exists because of visible church leaders See MINISTRY, page 5

Second bomb threat in five days; Flowers Hall evacuated By Scott Thomas and Bill Lancaster The University Star University police evacuated Flowers Hall Tuesday morning after a threatening message was found written on the wall of a second-floor bathroom, but classes resumed at 3:30 p.m. Police said a student who saw the message reported it to the University Police Department. By noon the building was evacuated. UPD searched the building,

then used bomb-sniffing dogs from the University of Texas at Austin. UPD declared the threat to be a hoax and reopened the building at 3:20 p.m. “We haven’t found anything, so we assume it to be safe to go back in,” UPD Chief Ralph Meyer said. Meyer said he thinks the hoax was connected to a similar incident Friday. “It’s a copycat type thing,” Meyer said. “Somebody who wants attention.” Meyer said the students’ response was very cooperative, and the building was

evacuated within 10 minutes. “This is a terrible inconvenience for the students at this time of the year, this close to finals,” Meyer said. “Students need to take control of the situation and let us know so we can apprehend the person that is causing this trouble.” Meyer said he thinks schools are taking bomb threats more seriously because of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech University. He said if anyone sees anything suspicious it should be reported to the UPD

College Republicans, Democrats face off during Iraq war debate By Zach Halfin The University Star Two U.S. military veterans voiced opposing viewpoints during an on-campus foreign policy debate Tuesday. The College Democrats and College Republicans debated in front of more than 100 Texas State students, faculty and San Marcos residents. The debate was moderated by philosophy professor Jeffrey Gordon and sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha and Student Association for Campus Activities. Gordon began by highlighting the costs of the war. He said more than 3,300 U.S. soldiers have died and

approximately 24,000 have been injured. Gordon said the war will have cost $456 billion by September 2007. The first question was whether or not the nation was misled by the justification behind going to war. Mike Guzman, criminal justice sophomore and U.S. Marine veteran, spoke for the College Republicans in defense of the White House administration’s reasoning behind the war. “There was little whether or not before the Iraq war they had weapons of mass destruction,” Guzman said. “There were very few dissenters in that regard.” Eric Heggie, international stud-

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ies senior and College Democrat, said the Valerie Plame CIA outing in retaliation for Joe Wilson’s protests was an example of how the Bush administration “cherry picked” information that went against the administration’s Iraq stance. “The administration chose to ignore Joe Wilson, they ignored the truth,” Heggie said. “Our president went on TV in the State of the Union Address in 2003 claiming they were trying to get yellow-cake uranium, which was false. They ignored the closest thing to the truth.” Ryan Galloway, communica-

By Bill Lancaster The University Star When Lizet Diaz, criminal justice junior, puts on her Bobcat T-shirt in the morning, she does not consider the possibility the garment may have been manufactured in a sweatshop. When Chris Crummel, sound recording technology junior, pulls on his Bobcat headgear to play intramural ball, he assumes only his sweat has gone into the maroon cap. “Sometimes I am amazed to see where some of the clothing is made,” Diaz said. “It’s very rare that you see something made in the United States.” An informal survey conducted by The University Star of Texas State apparel in the bookstore showed much of the clothing was manufactured in many Asian and South American countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Guatemala and Vietnam. Bangladesh, where the gross domestic product per capita is about $2,200 per year, is the source of Texas State caps manufactured by Top of the World, Titan and Sportsman. One case involved the closure of a Honduran factory used by Gilden, which manufactures T-shirts for Texas State. The way the factory closed was a serious problem from the perspective of labor rights compliance, said Nancy Steffan, assistant director for policy and communication for the Worker Rights Consortium. “Based on the evidence we saw and the research we did, we believe they closed the factory in response to that in an effort to avoid having to recognize a union,” Steffan said. Texas State does not have the resources necessary to find information on vendor backgrounds to prevent purchasing from sweatshops, said Jacqueline Slaughter, University Bookstore manager. Larger American universities are members of the Fair Labor Association and the Worker Rights Consortium, and they screen out vendors and manufacturers that use unfair labor practices. “We just ethically try not to (buy from sweatshops),” Slaughter said. Reagan Pugh, Associated Student Government presidentelect, said he did not believe the student body would be supportive of (sweatshop manufactured See SWEATSHOP, page 5

Public perception of the war in Iraq The survey was conducted by the students of Hassan Tajalli, political science associate professor. There were 1,508 students within the Texas State University System surveyed. A national Gallup poll was used to cite the U.S. percentages. Agree Disagree Don’t Know The U.S. made the right decision U.S. 2003 34.0 59.0 7.0 in using military force against Iraq TXST 2003 27.3 53.8 18.9 TXST 2007 39.3 39.2 21.6 The U.S. military effort is going well in Iraq

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The U.S. should stay in Iraq until a stable government is established there.

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I think George W. Bush has a clear plan for bringing the situation in Iraq to a successful conclusion.

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immediately. “Considering it was the second one within about a five day period, I didn’t really pay too much attention to it,” said Nathan Wood, health and fitness management junior. There is a fear such hoaxes will have the effect of crying wolf. “I guess people are kind of getting immune to it in a way,” said Jennifer Baker, pre-mass communication junior. “If there was a real danger, everybody’s not really going to care.”

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Boris Yeltsin’s death met with mourning from world leaders RIA Novosti MOSCOW — Leaders worldwide have expressed their condolences following the death of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin, calling him a courageous fighter for democracy who championed reform in the country and promoted rapprochement between East and West. Yeltsin, 76, Russia’s first ever democratically elected leader (1991-1999), died Monday afternoon at a Moscow hospital as a result of a heart failure. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Yeltsin “will be remembered for the critical role he played in advancing political and economic reforms in Russia, as well as in fostering rapprochement between East and West.” President Bush said Yeltsin was a “historic figure who served his country during a period of momentous change.” “He played a key role as the Soviet Union dissolved, helped lay the foundations of freedom in Russia and became the first democratically elected leader in that country’s history,” Bush

said. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the Yeltsin family and to the Russian people.” British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed sadness at Yeltsin’s death. “He was a remarkable man who saw the need for democratic and economic reform and in defending it played a vital role at a crucial time in Russia’s history,” Blair said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Yeltsin as a “courageous fighter for democracy.” “Boris Yeltsin was a great personality in both Russian and international politics, a courageous fighter for democracy and freedom and a true friend of Germany,” Merkel said. “His contribution to the development of our relations between our two nations will never be forgotten.” French President Jacques Chirac said Yeltsin was a personal friend who strived to develop relations between France and Russia “in the spirit of dialogue and trust.” “Yeltsin put all of his energy, all of his generosity, all his desire into the transformation of

Russia in order to construct a modern, democratic state and re-establish human rights and freedom and rebuild the economy,” Chirac wrote in a letter addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The European Union and the NATO alliance praised Yeltsin as a leader who helped breach the Cold War divide by opening up Russia to the rest of Europe. Javier Solana, foreign policy and security chief for the European Union, called Yeltsin a key political figure of the 20th century. “We have lost a very important figure in modern politics,” Solana said. “Boris Yeltsin is a man we will never forget, who personifies a key political figure of the 20th century.” “Mr. Yeltsin was a key reference in the post-Communist transition in Russia. As president he had enormous challenges and difficult mandates but he certainly brought East and West closer together and helped replace confrontation by co-operation,” said José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission. NATO Secretary General Jaap

David C. Turnley/Detroit Free Press file photo KREMLIN LOYALTY: A tank escorts the bus leading Alexander Rutskoi and Ruslan Khasbulatov out of the Russian White House after they surrendered Oct. 4, 1993 in Moscow. Russian troops supporting President Boris Yeltsin captured the parliament building.

de Hoop Scheffer also praised Yeltsin’s political courage. “President Yeltsin will be remembered for his courage in charting a new, democratic course for his country,” De Hoop Scheffer said in his statement. “He was also at the forefront of the effort to overcome the legacy of the Cold War by forging a new relationship between Russia and the North At-

NEWS BRIEF Former student skips court, guilty plea A warrant will be issued for the arrest of a former Texas State student who was indicted by a Hays County grand jury Nov. 8 for the burglary of a residence in San Jacinto Hall. Dalia Ortiz, deputy district

clerk, said Stephen Darnell was supposed to have pled guilty April 12 to second-degree felony burglary of a habitation, but did not appear in court. District 7 Judge Jack Robinson will issue a warrant for the

arrest of Darnell. Darnell and former Texas State student Rene Esquibel were arrested by university police Sept. 15 for burglarizing a dorm in San Jacinto Hall. Several items were stolen, including

laptops, iPods, cash and a digital camera. The two were caught on a surveillance camera leaving San Jacinto Hall with the stolen items. A hearing for Esquibel is set for May 17.

lantic alliance.” Japan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Tuesday with condolences on behalf of the government and the Japanese people. “Yeltsin made enormous efforts at promoting reforms in modern Russia and laid a new foundation for advancing JapanRussia relations, including efforts at resolving a territorial

issue,” the statement said in an apparent reference to the dispute over the Kuril Islands. Russian President Vladimir Putin moved his annual state of the nation address to the upper house of the Russian parliament to Thursday and declared Wednesday a National Day of Mourning in observance of the passing of Boris Yeltsin, the Kremlin press service said Tuesday.

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ASG to hold run-off elections for unfilled Graduate House seats By Philip Hadley The University Star The Associated Student Government election left several positions unfilled in the Graduate House of Representatives. Chris Harris, former house leader and Graduate House representative, said deans from the colleges with unfilled positions would give nominations for representatives to ASG Vice President Amanda Oskey who then forwards the nominations to a selection committee that makes the final decision. “A letter has been sent from the Graduate College to the deans

inviting them to look for appropriate candidates to nominate to those positions,” Harris said. The College of Applied Arts, Health Professions and Business Administration Graduate House races did not attract any candidates. Harris said when someone does not run, the seat becomes open and someone from a different college can vie for that position. “We would like to have two reps from their respective colleges, but if no one shows interest then we’re going to have to expand the search to other colleges with people interested in participating in student government,” Harris said.

He said the selection committee would review the eligibility of the write-in candidates. A minimum of five votes is needed to run as a write-in candidate. Harris said the candidates who received a close number of votes would be reviewed to make sure each meets requirements such as grade point average and desire to run. “Typically students who tie with each other will decide to drop out of the race to avoid conflict, or decide they don’t want to run after all,” Harris said. “Candidates can also be eliminated if they do not meet the required GPA requirements.”

Chris Fiocchi, selection committee member and former Graduate House representative for the College of Education, will determine the specifics of the policy and review how these issues were handled in the past in a Friday meeting. “What we need to do is look at people who ran from other colleges, and we’re going to take into consideration recommendations from the dean,” Fiocchi said. “We will then decide who will be the best people to fill those seats.” Fiocchi said the unfilled seats would turn into an open bid, which means a graduate student from another college could take

the position. “We don’t want to say that these members are representing a college if they’re not a student from that college,” Fiocchi said. “They’re from different colleges but they’re never recognized as representatives of that college.” Fiocchi said in the following weeks if a graduate student from the College of Applied Arts, Health Professions or Business Administration shows interest in running for these seats, their name would be given top priority. Harris said the Graduate House was planning on taking several steps to increase students’ awareness of ASG.

“We’re planning on adding a section about ASG to the welcome letter graduate students receive before attending school,” Harris said. “I’m also hoping to get some of our representatives to speak at the graduate orientation to inform students about ASG.” ASG President Kyle Morris said the undergraduate race ties would be decided by a vote from the Senate. The vote will take place in the fall semester. The selection committee will meet formally Friday to discuss these issues and reach a decision on how nominations and election ties will be handled.

Supreme Court decides to recognize ban on partial-birth abortion By Patrick Ygnacio and Molly Berkenhoff The University Star A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold a partial-birth abortion ban has prompted conversation about what new precedents have been set in the debate. This time, anti-abortion advocates are claiming a major victory. Those opposed to the ruling are expressing concerns about how it affects women’s health issues and those rights granted by Roe v. Wade. “It’s a landmark setback for women’s health,” said Laurie Felker Jones, deputy political director at National Abortion

and Reproductive Rights Action League. “For the first time in 35 years almost, we see no protection for women’s health.” On Wednesday, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 2003 as constitutional despite the lack of an exception in cases in which the health of the mother is in question. “It gives the green light for organizations to directly challenge Roe with no exception for women’s health,” Jones said. Though the ban makes an exception when a woman’s life is endangered, it does not exclude

health-risking pregnancies. Jones said the ruling goes against the responsibilities and rights of women in determining what is in their best interests when it comes to pregnancy. Jones said the responsibilities of doctors to act in accordance with what is most beneficial to a woman’s wellbeing are adversely affected by the ruling. Hilary Combs, pre-communication design freshman, supports the ruling. “I’m glad that this step has been taken towards ending abortion,” Combs said. “I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t be excited about this.” Other students were less convinced.

“I’ve had several friends that have had abortions before,” said Jasmine Black, mass communication senior. “It does seem, though, that if that child has already been formed it’s more like murder. But at the same time I don’t like that it’s taking away choice.” Partial-birth is not a medical term but is used most by antiabortion organizations in the legal battle to outlaw the practice. The rare procedure is clinically referred to as “intact dilation and extraction” and is generally performed in the late stages of a pregnancy. “It’s just what it says. It’s partial-birth, the child is alive; it’s taken out of its mother when it

shouldn’t be,” said Katryn Hubert, president of the Texas State student organization Bobcats for Life. The group is against abortion, the death penalty and infanticide. Hubert said the ruling sends out a positive message within the anti-abortion movement and encourages the efforts toward future legal victories. She said the local response and support for the anti-abortion movement is gaining momentum. The ruling comes after a 10-year fight since the issue of partial-birth abortion was first introduced, she said. “It’s a major battle won,” Hubert said. Jones said the U.S. Supreme Court decision raises the need for abortion rights supporters to

recognize the influence they have in a democratic system. “I think that every American, every Texan, needs to be really concerned about where we go from here,” Jones said. “Where we go from here is the 2008 elections (and) electing a pro-choice president who’s going to stand up for our values of freedom and personal responsibility.” Hubert said the legal battle over abortion issues is hardly over. “People are going to fight for what they believe no matter what,” Hubert said. “I don’t think it’s an issue of time. As long as there are people that believe in pro-life issues, it’s going to continue to be fought for.

affiliation, and have a minimum annual fee of $1,000. “The only way we can figure that out is letting the larger stores do the research and legwork,” Slaughter said. “They make sure that the vendors that they go after… do not use sweat shops.” Campus administrators have not discussed policy concerning the purchase of apparel made in substandard conditions, said Jacquelyn Allbright, assistant director of purchasing. No discussions of membership in the Fair Labor Association or Worker Rights Consortium have taken place, but that would be an administrative issue, Slaughter said. “Most countries and factories that are exporting apparel to the U.S. have pretty poor conditions,” said Steffan of the Worker Rights Coalition. “There are numerous labor rights violations occurring in most of these factories and that’s why organizations like the Worker Rights Consortium exist.” Clothing factory workers make about one-third to one-half of what it would take to support a family and are regularly subjected to sexual harassment and forced

overtime, said Zack Knorr, international campaign coordinator for United Students Against Sweatshops. “Pretty much all clothes with varied and minor exceptions are made in what we would call sweatshops,” Knorr said. The Fair Labor Association has been criticized because of its affiliation with manufacturers. Six of group’s 18 board positions are garment manufacturers like Nike, Reebok and Phillips-Van Heusen. Alex Wohl, director of communications and outreach for the Fair Labor Association, said manufacturers, nongovernmental organizations and universities are represented equally. However, their Web site shows some of the nongovernmental positions remain vacant, and one of the university positions was only recently filled. The association increased the number of university board seats from one to three in 1999 and has since added three more spots. Nike holds a position on the Fair Labor Association board but has been in contention with universities over criticism of its labor practices. In 2000, the Chronicle

of Higher Education reported Nike moved to end its contract agreement with Brown University because of the school’s affiliation with the Worker Rights Consortium. The following year they reported the end of the University of Oregon’s disagreement with alumna and Nike co-founder Philip Knight who had withheld donations because the university had chosen to partner with the Worker Rights Consortium. Texas State University Bookstore buys directly from Nike, bookstore manager Slaughter said. Fair Labor Association affiliates use more than 3,700 facto-

ries, Wohl said. The association reported an average of more than 18 violations in each of the 88 factories inspected by them. Workers who try to improve conditions often face severe repercussions, and when they have been successful, brands like Nike and Adidas pull their orders from the factory and it closes, said Knorr, campaign coordinator for United Students Against Sweatshops. “Anytime a factory starts to become a better factory that actually respects workers’ rights, it costs slightly more to produce there,” Knorr said. “Then brands won’t go there anymore so the factories

go out of business really soon.” Students can bring the issue to the administration, Knorr said. They can organize and mobilize on campus. A university wanting to affect the way its clothing is made can start by adopting a code of conduct relating to how it selects its merchandise, Steffan said. “The Worker Rights Consortium is recommending that our affiliates consider the Designated Suppliers Program,” Steffan said. “If we are going to see sustainable, long-term improvements in working conditions at the factories we need to address the purchasing practices.”


clothing). “We would appreciate the opportunity to look at some alternatives even though it may cost a little more,” Pugh said. William Nance, vice president for finance and support services, said if university clothing was made in sweatshops, the school would look at the vendors, the alternatives and what other universities have done. “The right thing to do would be to stop purchasing from these vendors,” Nance said. “We try to stay on top of these things as they become issues and try to stay consistent with what the other major universities in the state are doing.” Thirteen higher-learning institutions are affiliated with the Worker Rights Consortium and have enrollment compared to Texas State’s. The only Texas schools affiliated with either organization are the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Both entities require schools to pay one percent of their revenue from apparel sales for the


tions studies senior, said during the Republican rebuttal Bush hired three independent bipartisan organizations to determine justification of going into Iraq. “All three agreed that we did not enter Iraq, based on the information we had, on improper or incorrect information,” Galloway said. During the College Democrat rebuttal, Brian Henretta, preinternational studies junior and U.S. Army Iraq war veteran, said that the Bush administration misused a position of trust to push a political agenda. “A government that you trust tells you, on TV with Colin Powell, ‘This is what is going down, we have proof’, and are so egregiously wrong — it is a shame,” Henretta said. The teams tried to address views from media critics that the Iraq war is the worst foreign policy mistake of the century. Neither team could agree if the effects of the war could be determined. The debate evolved into how the war could have been handled differently and what the next

Monty Marion/Star photo MAKING A POINT: Mike Guzman (right), law enforcement sophomore and College Republicans member, argues during the Iraq War Debate Tuesday in the Alkek Teaching Theater.

step should be. Guzman said he would rather the frontline of terrorism be in Iraq than in “our backyard.” “I want the terrorists in Iraq, I don’t want the terrorists here,” Guzman said. “I don’t know about you, but to pull away and let the front come to our backyard is not allowable, I want to win and leave Iraq, absolutely.” The College Democrats reiterated democracy failed in Iraq and no invading force could promote

that ideal successfully. “We started something that was a horrible idea,” Henretta said. “There can be no spreading democracy at the end of an M-16.” College Republicans said despite the controversy of why and how the war was fought, supporting American troops is the only way to successfully end the conflict. “We need to stand with one voice and say ‘we are going to help Iraqi citizens stabilize their own government and country,” Guzman said.

of the GBLT community resides in how the Bible is interpreted. Should it be read as the inerrant word of God? Or, should it be read as the word of God, while taking into account the pre-scientific age it was written in? While acceptance of homosexuals is growing in some Christian communities, few churches have taken as liberal a stance as the Episcopal Church did during its 2003 General Convention. Delegates confirmed the consecration of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire and recognized local church’s

authority in deciding whether or not to perform blessings for same sex couples. “Being gay is not a choice — if you think it is I encourage you to talk with someone who is gay and research the topic,” Wallach said. Flessner said Higher Ground accepts people as gifts from God, without attempting to change who they are. “When you are in a community of faith, you are going to grow, but you don’t have to be something different from what you are,” he said. “That’s the way a relationship with Jesus is.”


who preach that God hates homosexuality. He said a few culturally specific verses in scripture are sometimes interpreted to say homosexuality is a sin. “Jesus never said that,” Flessner said. “There are some verses in the Old Testament where homosexuality is spoken of, and a handful of verses that really latch onto it. But there are such a huge number that have to do with accepting people who are different than you.” The debate over acceptance


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KTSW celebrates 15-year anniversary at Riverfest By Jessica Sinn The University Star Fifteen years ago, Southwest Texas State University began something it can still call the only one of its kind in San Marcos — a radio station. KTSW 89.9 FM, Texas State’s official radio station, celebrates its 15th anniversary 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Strahan Coliseum. The student-run radio station’s birthday event honors its 15 years of service to students and the San Marcos community. Brian Shelton, KTSW promotions director, said the station serves a large audience in San Marcos, and teams up with various campus organizations to participate in charity events, such as Relay for Life and Bobcat Build. He said the event commemorates years of hard work. “This station is completely run by students, and we’re proud of the work we do — why not showcase it?” said Shelton, electronic media senior. The event, sponsored by the University Bookstore, will feature local musicians Gobi, Three Leaf, Carley Wolf and the Low Down Family String Band. The birthday bash coincides with Riverfest, an end-of-semester music festival sponsored by the Student Association for Campus Activities. “Three Leaf and Gobi are the most prominent on campus because they won Battle of the Bands,” Shelton said. “There’s also a lot of buzz going on about Carley Wolf, who has been in

national bluegrass festivals.” Gypsy-blues singer Carley Wolf said she hopes to see a large, lively crowd at the event. “I play all sorts of gigs, but I do like playing for my peers because there’s a lot of energy in the crowd when there are young people,” said Wolf, music technology senior. Shelton said he hopes the event will help generate publicity for local bands. “The biggest thing I want to come of this is excellent exposure for the bands that are coming out to play for free for the students and San Marcos locals,” Shelton said. Shelton said KTSW couldn’t finance an elaborate birthday party, so it joined forces with SACA to arrange pre-show concerts for Riverfest. “Basically we’re just going to open Riverfest and keep the people who get there a little bit earlier entertained,” Shelton said. “We also want to get our name out, let people know it’s our 15th birthday and that we’re there for the community.” Shelton said this is the station’s first large-scale event coordinated with another campus organization. He said the birthday bash will be the perfect finish for his college career. “It’s the last event I’m coordinating because I’m graduating and finishing up my work with Monty Marion/Star photo KTSW, so it’s a great way to go out,” Shelton said. “I couldn’t FIFTEEN YEARS ON AIR: Ricky Lawson, electronic media junior (bottom), works with Lawrence Goynes, electronic media senior, durbe prouder — it’s going to be a ing the KTSW 89.9 Monday night request block in Old Main. KTSW will celebrate its 15th anniversary of broadcasting during Riverfest lot of fun.” Wednesday in Strahan Coliseum.

Film rating system ambiguous to some, unfair to others By Hayley Kappes The University Star With today’s influx of graphic themes in film, the role of the Motion Picture Association of America has been heavily debated in terms of its ability to correctly assess a proper rating for a movie.

“Sometimes you’ll get a film that’s incredibly violent or shocking in some way but it still has an R rating because they jimmied it around enough to make it acceptable to the ratings board,” said Rebecca BellMetereau, English professor. One of the biggest issues with the rating system is there is not

a clear-cut method for determining the rating any given movie will receive. Bell-Metereau said Hollywood began censoring films with The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930, which forced filmmakers to adhere to very stringent rules. “When self-censorship was

introduced, the movie industry had always wanted to be in control of content, rather than have someone control them from the outside,” she said. “I think they’ve always gone overboard in the direction of being too cautious and too careful.” She said an R rating does not explain exactly the type of con-

tent a film has that may offend viewers, whether it is violence, sexuality, drug use or graphic language. Tyler Newman, geographic information science senior, said movie ratings do not affect his decision on whether or not to buy a ticket, but he can understand why a common industry

standard is important. “MPAA ratings don’t really matter to me since I’m a 23year-old with no children,” Newman said. “Times have change and violence, vulgar language and sex have come to be a little See FILM, page 7


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Start the summer right with Riverfest By Michael Lee Gardin The University Star Riverfest, a free annual festival celebrating the end of the school year, will kick off the summer. The Student Association for Campus Activities, the LBJ Student Center and KTSW 89.9 FM are sponsoring the festivities Wednesday at Strahan Coliseum. Aaron Watson, Bob Schneider and The Eli Young Band will perform on Riverfest’s main stage from 6 to 11 p.m. The Eli Young band will headline this year’s Riverfest. Mike Eli, lead singer, said the band’s red-dirt country style gets the crowd moving. “I’m very much a country melody writer,” Eli said. “I can’t get away from that. Our music ends up being really rocking as well.” Eli said the band loves to play live and has heard Riverfest is an awesome venue. “We are really excited,” he said. “It is getting into festival season and there are some festivals that are not so fun. When we get to do one that has the cool atmosphere that is what we go for.” Eli said the band will play some new material, but wants to focus on songs fans know and love. “We have a new album coming out,” Eli said. “We are almost finished, but it is probably not going to come out until the beginning of next year. We don’t want to overplay the new stuff to where the audience won’t know any songs we are playing.” Aaron Watson, a Texas Country performer, will open the show. Schneider, Austin rock guitarist, will be the second artist performing.

Eli said he is excited to appear with Watson and Schneider. “With Aaron Watson, we have seen him build his following and build his music career,” Eli said. “We have watched his career blossom at the same time as ours has (and) Bob Schneider is such a respected artist and writer. It is going to be really cool to have him there.” Kelly Goodsheller, SACA special events coordinator, said refreshments will be available at the concert. “There is going to be some free food,” said Goodsheller, biology junior. “There are going to be vendors selling stuff, but there is going to be free cotton candy and free snow cones for sure.” Activities will include a homemade kite contest from 2 to 4 p.m. Goodsheller said prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. “Kites can be made at home or we are going to have materials there,” Goodsheller said. “It has to be homemade but they don’t have to fly, they just have to be completely handmade.” Largest, smallest and most unusual kites will be awarded prizes. Other pre-show activities include dunking booths and pie-throwing contests, weather pending. Goodsheller said she encourages students to attend, enjoy music and participate. “It is an opportunity to relax,” Goodsheller said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to have a good time. There is no reason not to come.” Riverfest is free and open to the public. Visitors are not allowed to bring food or beverage items except sealed bottles of water. Riverfest has been moved to Strahan Coliseum.


more acceptable in society, so I definitely think they are out of date.” He said certain ratings could harm a film’s grossing at the box office and people’s interest in paying money to go see it. Jordan Larrimore, criminal justice senior, disagrees with the notion the MPAA has been unfair to certain movies that have received R ratings. “I support the MPAA, and if something needs to be toned down, then it does for a reason,” Larrimore said. “If filmmakers really want to keep graphic scenes, then the success or failure of the film all falls on themselves, regardless of what the rating is.” He said there are ways around making a film excessively violent and filmmakers are able to accomplish this by the way they shoot their scenes. Bell-Metereau said a better way for the MPAA to rate films is to use the same categories television implements, in which programs are broken down and labeled accordingly if they contain violence, adult content, sexual themes or other offensive content. Some films do include this break down with their ratings’, however it is not required. Judy Oskam, associate professor in the School of Journalism, feels as though the current rating system leaves much for the average moviegoer to surmise. “Don’t rely on the ratings themselves. It is de-


f filmmakers really want to keep graphic scenes, then the success or failure of the film all falls on themselves, regardless of what the rating is.”

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termined by someone else somewhere else,” Oskam said. A mother of two young girls, Oskam said even if a movie is rated G, it does not give enough information about the content and themes presented in the film. She said there are numerous sources on the Internet allowing patrons to find out about a movie before they go see it. The Internet Movie Database,, is one of the most popular movie sites, containing thorough information on thousands of films, new and old releases. “All media consumers need to become more media literate,” Oskam said. “You spend your time and your money consuming media and you better know what it is and who’s behind the message.”

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In the 1994 movie issue; learning to Threesome, someone hold back is. When said, “Sex is like pizza. masturbating, stop in Even if it’s bad it’s the middle and count pretty good.” to fifty. Begin again But in the real and before you reach world, oh enlightened orgasm, stop. Count ANNA TAUZIN hedonists, we know to twenty-five. Start Star Columnist pizzas can come with again, and slowly build premium ingredients. up to your orgasm. A little forethought is all you Practicing this form of orgasm need to improve your orgasms denial can help prevent premaand intensify your sexual enture ejaculation. counters. Practicing and performing Women — I cannot encourKegel exercises is a great way to age you enough to practice to improve your orgasms. Squeeze achieve better orgasms. This and hold the muscles you use to means getting to know your cease urination, also called the nether regions very well. To get pubococcygeus muscles. Hold it in the mood, take a warm bath for 10 seconds, three times in a and allow plenty of time for play. row, three to five times per day. Pay attention to what turns you In women, this will strengthon and what doesn’t. Then, com- en the contraction of her vaginal municate that to your partner. walls when she comes, increasAlthough every woman is ing pleasure for both herself and different, according to sexual her partner. All genders can use expert Dr. June Machover ReinKegel exercises to decrease the isch, 50 to 70 percent of women chance of coming too soon. are unable to have a vaginal Lubrication can instantly enorgasm, so don’t feel bad if you hance any sexual situation. Use cannot. If it takes clitoral stimuwater-based lubricants, such as lation to get you off, make sure Astroglide or KY Jelly because your partner is aware. petroleum-based products can Men — practice is not your dissolve a latex condom. Don’t

just rub it on your genitals, but on your abdomens, too. The slippery fun will certainly liven the mood. Anus — don’t be afraid of the word or the body part, for it can hold the key to livening up your sex life. The anus has tons of little nerve receptors just waiting for your touch. Dampen your fingertip and rub lightly on the puckered skin when you sense your partner’s orgasm coming. The reaction may be shocking, so make sure the roommates are out of the house for this one. A quickie may be fun, but taking time to include foreplay is more than just a polite consideration. A woman often takes longer to reach complete arousal, and foreplay can help her get to that point. Foreplay can include anything from kissing and biting to petting and oral sex. Ultimately, slow down, take your time, and make the neighbors green with envy. Anna Tauzin is a mass communication junior. Send your sex and relationship questions to © Pappocom

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tudent government elections were last week, and voters told candidates Texas State will not tolerate the same obnoxious and sleazy campaign tactics politicians higher levels use.

Students voted overwhelmingly in favor of Reagan Pugh, Associated Student Government president-elect, and Alexis Dabney, ASG vice president-elect. Pugh and Dabney ran a clean, respectable campaign and were awarded for doing so. Students made this decision not because they were uninformed, as Dabney’s opponent Rebecca Quillin said. Students made the decision because they are fed up with the misdirection and disrespect shown to voters by campaign tactics at all levels of government. The University Star was inundated with letters to the editor complaining about the campaign tactics used by Quillin and her running mate, Chris Anderson. The strategy drawing the most ire from students was a pre-recorded audio message sent to students’ cell phones. Letter writers expressed frustration with being contacted during class via cell phone, something that was distracting and cost them money. Students had the same complaint about receiving text messages from Anderson and Quillin’s campaign. It’s hard to expect someone to vote for you when viewing your campaign slogan just made them unwillingly spend 10 cents. As for money, The Star was unable to get the candidates’ financial information, so how much the Anderson and Quillin campaign spent on making those calls was unavailable at the time of this writing. Similar information for county, state and national elections is available online. Pugh and Dabney apparently got a pass on their annoying text messages, perhaps because those messages weren’t coupled with equally annoying phone calls and e-mails. The most ridiculous aspect of the campaign was a series of attacks on Pugh. A Facebook group was created by Eric Heggie, a former ASG Senator and member of this year’s executive cabinet. A similar e-mail sent to some students and faculty attacking Pugh for quitting the ASG Senate brought up a legitimate campaign issue. But this was an issue Anderson brought up at debates and in interviews. Interested students were aware of the issue. Texas State students showed they are sick and tired of negative campaigning and voted against Anderson and Quillin. Anderson told The Star his campaign had nothing to do with the attack ads, but it’s hard to believe someone would care so much about ASG elections he or she would put in that sort of time and energy without being attached to a particular campaign. With all the complaining about the state of politics today, it’s nice to see someone taking action. Perhaps Texas State students were drawn to the polls simply by the annoyance of receiving unsolicited phone calls and text messages, but even that is heartening. The Star hopes this is indicative of young voters’ attitudes. If this intolerance for ridiculous campaign tactics continues after we leave college, perhaps there is still hope for politics in the U.S.

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Letters to the Editor Hays County urged to vote on parks bond It is a busy time of year, so we hope staff and students will remember the May 12 election date, and express their opinion on the Hays County parks bond. Early voting on campus will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and May 8 in the LBJ Student Center (Early voting is a very good idea since Election Day is on Mother’s Day weekend, when many people are traveling out of town.) We believe purchasing parkland and natural areas in our rapidly growing county will help protect the water quality of our aquifer, rivers and creeks. Parkland and natural areas also allow space for recreation to keep the quality of life high for Hays County residents. The parks bond is urgent, since land values are rising sharply in this county while more and more of the county is developed into homes and businesses. The last county parks bond, approved by voters in 2001, was multiplied many times with grants and other donations toward parkland purchases. The county will be working toward this same kind of collaboration with this parks bond money if it is approved by voters, and the County is using the Hays County Parks Master Plan to guide purchases, along with much more public input. The San Marcos River Foundation board supports the County Parks Bond. Clean water and green natural areas are important to preserve for future generations, and for current residents too. See Tom Goynes Board president Dianne Wassenich Executive director San Marcos River Foundation

Column speaks truths of gun control issue Thank you to Ms. Cobb for ‘getting it’ about gun control. The Virginia Tech killings are a testament to the need for less gun control, not more. One has to wonder how many lives could have been saved that day if just one student had a legally concealed handgun that day. Virginia Tech’s gun-free zone only served to ensure that Cho’s victims would be unarmed and unable to fight back. This would have been one instance of self defense I’d be happy to see relegated to the back pages of the newspaper if it meant that a murderous rampage had been averted. Zachary Royal accounting senior

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Without core curriculum, university’s value would diminish On April 4, Provost than the core, for the Perry Moore, the core is what distinguishes highest academic ofa university education ficer at Texas State, from mere vocational announced to the preparation. The national Faculty Senate there trend in higher education would be no cuts in the past three decades, in the immediate responding to increasing Jeffrey Gordon future to the core demands from credentialGuest Columnist curriculum. The aning agencies and soaring nouncement marked college costs, has been the end of a little-reported to try to assure students that a though immensely significant meal ticket will reward their inbattle that had begun a year vestment. The trend has been to ago, when Moore instructed reduce a university education to the faculty committee that over- job training. sees the core to recommend And the pressures in this to him which four hours of the direction have been so great 48 required for every Texas that faculty emerging from State student should be cut. graduate programs marked by The battle was slow to develop, this ethos have not themselves but steadily gained momentum, ever considered any alternative until even now it threatens to to it. But a very distinct alternapit administrators against factive is still cherished by faculty ulty and to divide faculty among graduated by more traditional themselves. institutions. The alternative is In a critical sense, there is the model of a university less nothing more important in any concerned to train its students university’s course offerings than it is to enlighten them,

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less concerned with preparing people to make a living than it is with preparing them to make a life. As a consequence of the uneasy co-existence of these quite disparate conceptions on each campus, university education in America is undergoing an identity crisis. What exactly should it mean to have a college education? How should that education differ from vocational training? The recent battle over the core curriculum has brought this crisis to a head on our campus. In 2005, the Texas Legislature passed a bill mandating state colleges and universities to reduce the number of hours required for graduation to 120. Ours is 128. For more than a year, no administrators took this mandate seriously, convinced as they were the Legislature would come to its senses and repeal this myopic interference with higher education. But the law was not repealed.

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Moore’s response was to insist four of the eight hours Texas State would remove be cut from the core, and the remaining four, from individual programs in the major. In addition, he “strongly recommend[ed]” university seminar and speech communication be exempt from cuts, thereby assuring the cuts would come from philosophy and English literature. In defiance of the provost’s directive, the recommendation of the General Education Council was that no cuts be made to the core. Three additional faculty bodies took the matter up in the weeks that followed: the 120 Hour Committee, the University Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Senate. In one body after another, this judgment was repeated: No cuts from the core. And to the provost’s credit, he honored this clear choice of the faculty. For the time being, he said, there will be no cuts. But the core

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would be subjected to close reevaluation, he simultaneously announced, with the clear implication cuts may yet be made. One of the predictions Karl Marx made about capitalist cultures seems to me especially forceful and relevant here. He said societies dominated by capitalism would come to define everything in life in economic terms, that all institutions, all cultural products, all relationships would be coarsened to fit the model of material exchange. The doctor would become a technician; the professor would become a trainer; and a person’s most intimate passionate love would be confined to those persons who offer the best prospect of advancing one’s economic status. The rules of economic exchange would dominate every aspect of society until even the church’s chimes would clang in our ears like cash registers. We may yet cut the core. This

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war is not over. And if we do, it may well be the courses with no ostensible cash value that we decide are expendable, the philosophies and literatures, exactly the courses that had been singled out for cuts by the provost. If this is done, university marketers and other functionaries will say the purpose of the move was to allow these classes to be smaller, truly writing intensive, etc. But make no mistake about the real significance of such a move: It would be another clear step in the descent of the university from its once exalted place as leader and critic of the culture to chief procurer of cogs for the machine. It would mark another step in the transformation of the university into a pimp for corporate America. Jeffrey Gordon is a philosophy professor and National Endowment for the Humanities distinguished teaching professor. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright April 25, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.

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Pistons can teach, for now, but East’s young guns will catch up By Drew Sharp Detroit Free Press

Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel DENIED: The Detroit Pistons’ Chris Webber (left) blocks a shot by the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard during game two action in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Pistons defeated the Magic, 9890, at the Palace in Auburn Hills in Michigan Monday.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — You could pull an oblique muscle with all the Western Conference genuflection. Singing its praises is a tired melody. It’s no secret there’s more depth of quality experienced star power there than in the Eastern Conference. Eighth and seventh playoff seeds have won opening-series games. They possess the capacity of making the favorites not only break a sweat but rattle more than a few nerves with their competitiveness. The Eastern Conference is the junior varsity. But, for a change, that’s not expressed in derision. The Pistons will experience this transition in a conference playoff run that will be more challenging than most imagine. The marriage of experience and expertise still rules the day in the NBA playoffs, but nobody contains the hunger and impatience of youth indefinitely. The Pistons will better understand that when they inevitably rid themselves of the annoyance otherwise referred to as the Orlando Magic. They should sweep the Magic, although I know that’s inconsistent with Palace

Sports and Entertainment corporate policy, which mandates a game three-road loss regardless of the blatant disparity in talent and preparation. They toyed with the Magic on Monday night, reviving that standard early NBA playoff ritual of only stepping on the accelerator when absolutely necessary to pull away from the competition. They placed game two on a string, teasingly laying it on the ground to attract the Magic’s attention. And when Orlando made a lustful grab for it, the Pistons laughingly pulled it away at the last second. The Magic thought it had an important defensive stop in the final three minutes with a sevenpoint deficit. But Rasheed Wallace launched another prayer just prior to the shot-clock buzzer – this time only 27 feet away – banking it off the glass for a three-point dagger to the heart. “I told him (afterward) that next time, make sure your eyes are open,” said Grant Hill, a former Piston. If you can’t laugh, you’ll cry. Hill can’t admit it, but he knows the Magic is powerless. This series is merely an educational process for the players, an irreplaceable baptism that might spawn a heightened awareness later.

Texas State football players PROGRESS facing alcohol charges

“There’s no getting around learning,” said Lindsey Hunter. “It has to happen. The more playoff games you play, the more you mature. We’ve been around long enough to know what time it is. And when you have that experience, you’ve got to finish them. You can’t mess around when you get into the postseason.” But Hunter added a revealing codicil. “You let a young team start feeling good,” he added, “and you create all sorts of problems.” The Eastern Conference is growing up and the Pistons should enjoy their reign of experience while they can because the vast majority of the game’s young stars are roosting in the East. The top 10 25-and-younger players in the league right now are LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Gilbert Arenas, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng and Zach Randolph. Seven of them hail from the Eastern Conference. The odds are pretty good that Boston will draft either first or second in June’s draft, meaning the Celtics have an excellent chance at landing Ohio State man-child Greg Oden with the first overall choice or settling for Texas freshman Kevin Durant with the second selection. These things are cyclical. Fif-

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Three Texas State football players were arrested for alcohol charges early Thursday morning. Tight end Galen Dunk and wide receivers Clellan Cook and Micah Miksch were pulled over Thursday at 1636 Aquarena Springs Drive. San Marcos Police Department officers Dave Waugh, Daniel Castillo and Jeremy Sembera reported the incident at 12:02 a.m. Dunk was charged with driving under the influence as a minor. Cook and Miksch were arrested and charged with public intoxication. Dunk, 20, started at tight end last season, playing in all 11 of the Bobcats’ games. The undecided sophomore registered 18 receptions, third on the team, for 138 yards. “We had a young man make a mistake,” said Coach Brad Wright in a

statement from Ron Mears, director of sports information. “During this football off-season, we are going to handle this internally and we will let the judicial system run its course.” Cook, 21, played in six games in 2006. The exercise and sports science junior recorded one reception. Miksch, 19, did not see regular season action last season, having spent 2006 on the practice squad. The undecided sophomore was on the roster for the football team’s annual Maroon and Gold game, held April 14. “Again, we will let the judicial system run its course, but at the same time, we will address this internally,” Wright said when asked to comment on Cook and Miksch. — Compiled from other news sources

the money,” Teis said. “We have to instill that sense of pride when people are here, where it is just common sense to give back to your university. When students leave here they need to give back.” That raises the obvious question. What does it take to get students to have that pride in the university when they leave? What can the university do to ensure graduates want to come back and see the Bobcats after they’ve moved on — and more importantly, what can it do to make them want to give back? It comes down to a projected display of progress that

ey and their university are going in the right direction. Athletics matter, especially when it comes to convincing people to donate money. It’s been said a university’s athletic program is the front porch of any school. It’s what everyone first notices and it’s what is going to sell. At Texas State, there needs to be a bigger presence beyond campus in support of sports. That means promotions. Currently, Texas State only uses a little more than one percent of its athletic budget on marketing and promotions, according to the school’s operating budget for 2007. That translates into just over $100,000 of an athletic budget that sits at

teen years ago, the American Football Conference was the NFL’s living punch line, but it procured the top young quarterbacks and playmakers through the draft and, almost overnight, it seemed the NFC turned into the laughingstock. The Eastern Conference will significantly close the gap with the Western Conference in another year. Give it two years and the East may just reign supreme in terms of overall depth. That reality only further validates the Pistons’ strategy of squeezing as much championship contention from this core as quickly as possible. As long as you’re contending, it’s nice having experience. But that has a quick way of becoming old when the young dogs constantly on your trail finally pick up the scent. “The East doesn’t get the credit it should from having a wealth of great young players like Dwight and Bosh and the others,” said Hill. “It takes time, but the more playoff experience you get against a very good team like Detroit, the more it’s going to help you down the road.” It’ll take time, but the young guns of the East are learning the tough, but necessary, lessons of maturity at the Pistons’ knee. It’s just a question of time before they’re big enough to take the Pistons over their knee.

over $10 million. “There has to be some drive and determination,” said Rick Koch, alumnus and owner of BobcatFans LLC magazine. “With only one percent of our budget going towards promotion and marketing, what does that tell you? It tells you that they’re not out there to get people.” The fundraising effort on the part of the administration has also lacked vision and imagination over the years. Many supporters feel the university is content with the level of fundraising it is receiving. The numbers indicate donations to the school have decreased over the last decade at an alarming rate. According to the Associated Student Government,

in 2001 there were $996,746 in donations to the athletic program. In 2005, that number was down to $438,488, and the projection for 2007 is $370,312, with $185,156 having been documented through Feb. 26. “I know from a fundraising effort this school goes to the same well over and over again,” Koch said. “They’re wearing out the people who support them the most. We sit in a prime location between Austin and San Antonio; the possibilities are limitless.” Regardless of the administration’s vision or lack thereof, the sentiment is Texas State just doesn’t care about athletics. And it is this image which holds the university back.


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Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Perception and Progress: Pride after graduation breeds donors By Nate Brooks and Gabe Mendoza The University Star Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on the Texas State athletic department. Building an athletic program into a consistent winner is challenging no doubt, but it is something well within the reach of a university such as Texas State. What makes a top-tier athletic program is a two-fold commitment. From one end there’s the unconditional support from the students, alumni and community. This provides a great deal of tradition, attendance and revenue, from ticket and merchandise sales

as well as booster donations. On the other end of the spectrum is the commitment from the university administration. Funding to the athletic program comes from the top, as does the decision on new facilities, hiring and budget allocations. Unfortunately for Texas State, neither is set in stone. For the most part the fund-raising effort at Texas State has not changed much in recent years, and most of the contributions coming into the program have been from the same places. “We ask the same people for money,” said football coach Brad Wright. “In my opinion, there is a process you go through to increase your budget, not just

one-time gifts where you go out and ask people once. I think we need to stop funding on a onetime mind state.” The budgetary concerns are at the forefront of the issue for Bobcat athletics. The bottom line is it takes money to reach the next level of prestige in college sports — money the Bobcats don’t have right now. “This university in general doesn’t have a good donor base, and that’s not just athletics — that’s everybody,” said Larry Teis, athletic director. “This town unfortunately is a lot of mom-and-pop stores. There are no major corporations in San Marcos. There’s a few, but that’s what is hard about getting

revenue out of San Marcos.” Another issue is alumni donations. Most top-end programs have a ceaseless flow of donation revenue from graduates to aid school projects. This is especially important for athletic programs, as those are some of the most visible components of a school’s recognition. Texas State graduates have generally not given much back to the school after they leave, if anything at all. However, many graduates don’t see the point of pumping money into a program that seems to be headed nowhere fast. “I love our athletics but I haven’t given back to them because I’m not comfortable in

how it is going to be used,” said Mike Kickirillo, Texas State alumnus and current director of broadcasting for the San Antonio Spurs. “I don’t trust that is going to go to good use. People want to give money to something they know is going to be used wisely.” Texas State does not have the following or reputation of bigger schools, which certainly hinders the ability of officials to recruit donors. As a result, the money Texas State gets has to come from Bobcats themselves. “We don’t have the luxury of Texas or Texas A&M where they don’t even have to ask for See PROGRESS, page 13

Lightning mercifully ends Bobcats’ 13-4 loss to Baylor By Jacob Mustafa The University Star By the time the storm came, it was too late. Baylor bested Texas State baseball once again, despite a torrid start for the Bobcats, in a seven-inning 13-4 loss that was called due to lightning. The Bobcats hit two home runs within the first three innings, but couldn’t contain a Baylor offense that averaged 6.38 runs per game prior to Tuesday. Two Bobcat position players pitched Tuesday night, a move in line with Coach Ty Harrington’s choice to use players who haven’t seen the mound in a while. Senior Jared Bunn was the prime example Tuesday. The usual left fielder saw the mound for the first time since playing at Kansas State and undergoing ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, better known as Tommy John surgery. Bunn said he was rusty, but he felt as though his one-third inning of work was a positive experience. “I just wanted to get an opportunity to throw,” Bunn said. “Even if it was for one out due to this rain delay, I guess it was just one of those goals you get to accomplish.” Senior David Wood, Texas State’s leader in batting average,

home runs and RBIs, had his first opportunity to pitch after surgery on his labrum during the offseason. The lefty hit his ninth home run of the year before getting his chance on top of the rubber in the sixth inning. Wood pitched with a sidearm motion, a delivery he did not utilize prior to surgery, allowing four earned runs in his inning of work. “It’s a different angle, since I’ve never pitched submarine,” Wood said. “I have some stuff to work on, but I feel like it can be worked out.” Tuesday’s game was the second consecutive Bobcat match in which the pitching staff allowed 10 runs or more. Baylor hit three pitches over the wall, but one was ruled an RBI single rather than a homer after the Bears’ Ben Booker ran ahead of the lead runner on a blast past the center field wall. Starting senior B.J. Boening Cotton Miller/Star photo gave up Booker’s hit, but only allowed two hits and one run in BEAT BY THE BEARS: Thomas Field, sophomore shortstop, falls backward as he tries to tag out his four innings pitched. Boen- Baylor’s Raynor Campbell at second base during the Bobcats’ 13-4 loss Tuesday against the Bears. ing said he was not disappointed about being pulled while pitch- didn’t work out for us tonight.” “I thought we were a little some trouble getting through a ing solid baseball, even with the Harrington said the team’s lethargic because of the trip,” difficult time for the team. game’s turnout. late arrival in town Monday after Harrington said. “It’s an excuse, “We have to get better, be“We have confidence in every its series with Central Arkansas but it has some validity to it.” cause we’ve pitched well up to one of the guys who went out may have contributed to the With an injury to starting soph- this point,” Harrington said. there in that they can throw up team’s performance in an eight- omore Mike Hart, Harrington “Some guys just have to step zeroes,” Boening said. “It just run sixth inning by the Bears. said the pitching staff is having up.”

Softball prepares for last Former running back dead at 22 Big XII game of season By Chris Boehm The University Star

By Carl Harper The University Star Texas State will host its last Big XII opponent of the season Wednesday, going against No. 7 Baylor with two weeks left in the regular season. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The Bobcats, 25-21, are 2-4 against Big XII schools this year; the pair of wins came against Texas Tech and Texas. Texas State is coming off a three-game series in Huntsville against Sam Houston State, having dropped two of the contests. The Bobcats are 7-3 in their last 10 games. “With the caliber of team that Baylor is and the softball they are playing right now, its going to be a tough game Wednesday night,” Coach Ricci Woodard said. “We are in a good spot, as we have been all year. Sunday’s (3-0) loss to Sam Houston could have gone either way. We couldn’t get runs across when we needed them, but everything else we did was right on the money.” Texas State has six Southland Conference games remaining on the schedule after Tuesday. The Baylor contest is the beginning of a four-game home stand. “It’s great coming off that win

against Texas last week,” senior right fielder Amy Krueger said. “Anytime we play a Big XII school we know we have to step it up. It will be good to start off this home stand against another good Big XII team.” Woodard’s club knocked off the nationally-ranked Texas Longhorns last week in Austin 3-0, with home runs from two sophomores, left fielder Jetta Weinheimer and second baseman Ryan Kos. Pitcher Ragan Blake picked up her 19th victory of the season that night after throwing a complete game, onehit shutout. Texas leadoff hitter Megan Willis broke up the no-hit bid with an infield single, holding Blake to her third one-hitter of the season. Krueger has only missed five starts this year and is batting .290 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. She leads the team with 53 total bases and a .427 slugging percentage. Baylor has had success lately, going 15-2 since a March 22 home date against Oklahoma Baptist. The Bears are currently on a two-game winning streak, as they swept Iowa State in a doubleheader Saturday. They had a 13-game winning streak snapped Wednesday in losing a doubleheader against Oklahoma.

A wake and funeral services will be held later this week in honor of a former Texas State football player and Arlington resident who was killed Thursday evening. Andre Booker, 22, died after his motorcycle struck another vehicle at 6:17 p.m. Thursday on 7800 S. Cooper St. in Arlington. A Fort Worth Star-Telegram article said Booker was pronounced dead at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center less than an hour later. A wake is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Schertz Funeral Home. The funeral and

celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Resurrection Baptist Church in Schertz. Booker’s father, Roger Booker, Jr., said all were welcome. “If you had known Andre he would have touched you,” Booker said. “He loved everybody.” Andre Booker played for the Bobcats in 2003 at running back, seeing action in three games. “He was just one of those guys that was able to contribute right away,” said former Bobcat Barrick Nealy, a teammate of Booker’s in 2003. “He always had a smile on his face.” Roger Booker said the Texas State athletic community has been supportive, even handing over Andre’s No. 34 jersey.

“We were glad to do it,” Athletic Director Larry Teis said. “Obviously this is tragic, and we wanted do anything we could, no matter how small.” Booker asked for the jersey for his son’s funeral. He said picking it up was one of the hardest things he’s ever done. “That jersey is like a part of him,” Booker said. “It just brings back so many memories.” Andre Booker was set to go to school in Dallas over the summer, his father said, to study design. “He was in Arlington, ready to start a new life,” Booker said. “He had decided to go back to school and wanted to work for a company like Nike or Oakley.”

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