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APRIL 26, 2006

Commissioners discuss program to monitor livestock, track disease



Inspiring dreams

By Kathy Martinez The University Star The Hays County Commissioners Court heard discussion from the Hays County Extension Office concerning agriculture and natural resources Tuesday morning. Rick Machen, representative of the Hays County Extension Office, discussed a program that would facilitate a 24-hour system to trace back various types of foreign animal diseases. Machen asked the court to consider approval of a system that would allow for the tracking of livestock to prevent a potentially catastrophic disease outbreak. Such livestock include cattle, sheep, goats and poultry. Tracking would be conducted either by physically tagging or inserting a microchip on the body of the animal. “Programs such as this are taking place around the world in places like Canada, New Zealand and Great Britain,” Machen said. Commissioner Russ Molenaar, 4th Precinct, expressed concern for how the tracking of animals may adversely affect ranchers and the common constituents owning livestock as a source of food. Machen said that the tracking system does not intend to impede the speed in which commerce occurs. “As long as these animals are on their premise of origin, they are not subject to being tagged,” Machen said. Machen said animals that are subject to co-mingling with other livestock or are entering commerce must be registered for tracking. The plan, which is projected to be implemented by 2009, has three phases, which include an initial voluntary registration of the animal, individual animal identification and tracking and reporting of movement. Following the presentation, the court heard public comments from the audience. Hays County resident Charles Johnson addressed the court in regard to his personal feelings about Commissioner Susie Carter, 2nd Precinct. “It has been evident in many media outlets that Commissioner Carter has made a joke out of the commission,” Johnson said. Johnson cited newspaper articles from the Austin American-Statesmen and the San Marcos Daily Record that he said clearly indicate Carter’s incompetence as a commissioner. See PROGRAM, page 3

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Texas State volunteers, fourth-grade students collaborate to publish children’s book By Nick Georgiou The University Star Margo Singleton is on a mission. In just three years, Singleton, along with other Texas State vol-

unteers, has been able to gain the recognition of First Lady Laura Bush for their small community project, the San Marcos Young Writers Program. Since the fall of 2003, volunteers from the Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society have worked with Travis Elementary fourth-graders on the creative writing process. Each year, the project culminates with the publishing of the students’ work in a single book. A book-signing party is then held in their honor, in which they also read their work to the public. “We go into the school and


e go into the school and work with the children to inspire their dreams.” — Margo Singleton, volunteer

work with the children to inspire their dreams,” Singleton said. Hence the name of this year’s book, I May Yet Dream. Singleton and the volunteers go to Travis Elementary during a designated time, pull the children out of class and work with them for an hour a week.

To keep the environment from being sterile or mechanical, the volunteers try and keep the sessions fresh and stimulating. “It’s all about free expression,” said Cassie Polasek, English and French graduate student, who has See BOOK, page 4

Man arrested for Bishop’s Square clubhouse fire Task force takes first By David Rauf The University Star

David Racino/Star file photo ARSON ARREST: After the Feb. 8 arson of the Bishop’s Square Apartments clubhouse, an investigation brought charges against 29-year-old Lee Ritter, the ex-boyfriend of a former manager at the complex.

A former resident of the Bishop’s Square Apartments has been charged with setting a fire in February that destroyed the clubhouse and office area of the complex. Twenty-nine-year-old Jeremiah Lee Ritter has been taken into custody twice — once on April 7 for the arson and again on April 14 for three counts of credit card abuse, said San Marcos Fire Marshall Ken Bell. He said the fire is related to the financial crime issue. “He was arrested by a warrant issued out of (the judge’s) office,” Bell said. “There was enough (evidence) to facilitate an affidavit of probable cause for arrest.” Ritter matched the description provided by two witnesses who “saw a man inside the building

lighting things on fire.” Bell said the case is still open and could not provide specific details of the ongoing investigation. The next step, he said, will be an indictment by a grand jury and a trial. “We’re still in the middle of an investigation,” he said. We’ve visited with almost 300 people on this fire. Every aspect gets looked into.” Officials with the apartment’s management said they haven’t been provided many details concerning the arrest and subsequent investigation. “There’s been an arrest made, but there hasn’t been a conviction in court,” said Demi Sterling, district manager. “We’re assuming innocent until proven guilty, so we’ll have to wait to see how the authorities proceed.” At the time of the fire, Ritter

step in developing city’s downtown plan By Clayton Medford The University Star The San Marcos Downtown Master Plan Task Force took the first step in developing the plan for improving the city’s downtown. A survey developed by the taskforce with help from the Lower Colorado River Authority seeks residents’ input on developing the area extending from the Hays County Courthouse to Texas State to the north, C.M. Allen Parkway to the east, along Guadalupe Street to Interstate 35 to the south, and Ranch Road 12 and Fredericksburg Road to the west. The survey, which is available to print on the city’s Web site and will soon be available to take online, asks residents what they want to see improved downtown and how those improvements should be funded. Nancy Nusbaum, vice chair of the task force and vice president of Finance and Support Systems at Texas State,

See ARREST, page 3

See DOWNTOWN, page 3

Celebrity Classic golf game to raise green for graduate students By Robert Best The University Star Anthony Anderson, an actor who has appeared in such films as Hustle & Flow and Me, Myself and Irene, will be in San Marcos for a golf game on May 7. The Celebrity Classic, in its 12th year, will be held May 6 through May 8 at locations in San Marcos and Onion Creek. The annual event will feature

celebrities, sponsors and various activities to raise money for Texas State graduate students. This year’s celebrities include musician Jason Boland and Kerry Cash, former professional football player and University of Texas graduate. The Saturday evening dinner will start off the events with a silent auction. Award-winning magician Whit Haydn will provide entertainment with a magic

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and comedy show. The dinner — along with the Monday golf and tennis events — will be attended by sponsors, celebrities and a few special guests. Beginning at 9 a.m., the Sunday golf scramble at Quail Creek Country Club will end with an outdoor concert that is free and open to the public. The golf scramble will allow students to see the celebrities up close and get autographs as well.

Graduate College Dean Mike Willoughby, Celebrity Classic chairman, said more than $500,000 has been raised and 25 graduate students have received scholarships since the Celebrity Classic began. “Our presenting sponsors have helped turn a fun event into a highly successful fundraiser that benefits graduate students at this great university,” Willoughby said.

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Friday Scattered T-storms Temp: 84°/ 67° Precipitation: 30%

Sunday at 7 p.m., eight Texasbased musicians will take the stage at Glade Theatre. Admission is free and there will be unlimited hillside seating. Tickets to limited fixed seating are available at San Marcos and South Austin H-E-B stores. Texas State alumni G.W. Bailey and Eugene Lee are the primary celebrity recruiters. Both men have appeared in films and television and include their



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friends in the recruiting process. Actors, sports figures, musicians, comedians and all-around entertainers will lend their time for the Celebrity Classic. Austin Pastner, management freshman, plays golf often and says he’s excited about attending the event. “I love playing golf, meeting celebrities and raising money,” Pastner said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”

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Wednesday in Brief

April 26, 2006

stars of texas state Members of Texas State’s American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition team, including University Star ad executives Lindsey Randolph and Ana Kulak and former Star staffer Nikki Linzey, will present their campaign for client Postal Vault — a locking mailbox — at the NSAC District 10 competition Thursday in Corpus Christi. The team has been working on the project since the fall semester.

The Texas State NSAC team is the reigning national champion for its Yahoo! campaign in 2005 and has gone to nationals the last four years. If this year’s team wins at district, they will compete at nationals in San Francisco on June 12. The Star wishes the best of luck to Ana, Lindsay, Nikki and the whole NSAC team at district and beyond.

Lindsey and Ana

News Contact — Kirsten Crow,

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STARS OF TEXAS STATE POLICY Do you know someone at Texas State who has recently celebrated a great achievement? Nominate your choice to appear in The Star as a “Star of Texas State.” Write an e-mail to with the subject line “Stars of Texas State,” and include your nominee’s name, his/her relationship to the university, contact information for yourself and your nominee, and a brief description of the achievement. Also include a photo of your nominee if available. Accepted nominees will be featured at the top of Page Two.

EVENTS Events Wednesday Careers Services will have a workshop about applying for jobs with the federal government at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater, Room 416.1. Contact Career Services at (512) 245-2465 for more information. There will be a rosary recital at 7:25 p.m in the Catholic Student Center chapel. Thursday The Rock Praise & Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the CSC. Friday The Graduate Poetry Workshop will sponsor Chap This: Poetry Reading and Book Release party at 7:30 p.m. in the Katherine Ann Porter House, 508 W. Center St. in Kyle. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a Valley Block Party from 3 to 9 pm in front of Falls Hall. Local bands will play music and student organizations will have booths set up selling various items. Tuesday The CSC will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby. A Taize Evening Prayer Service will take place at 9 p.m. at the CSC.

Arts & Entertainment Thursday

There will be a Mo Pair Birthday Celebration at 6 p.m. at Blanco Rose Café. There will be a J. Frank Dobie exhibit from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Southwest Writers Collection in the Alkek Library on the 7th floor.

We All Make Mistakes

Friday There will be a program about St. Francis of Assisi at 7 p.m. in the CSC. Saturday La Feria del Mariachi 2006 Annual Mariachi Festival will begin with at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium with a concert featuring Mariachi Campanas de America and Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generacion. Tickets are $5 for students with an ID — all others can pay $15 for preferred seating or $10 for regular seating. Tickets are available at Los Cucos Mexican Cafe, Taqueria Del Charro and the Texas State Music Office. For more information, contact Michele Peyton at (512) 2458188.

CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

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In the April 25 edition of The University Star, the headline for the article “City in top three Texas tourist destinations” is incorrect. The city was consistently in the top three Texas tourist destinations, but in 2005, the city dropped in ranking. We apologize for the error.

Sociology junior Geoffrey Quick talks on a cell phone while playing hacky sack with pre-mass communication junior Sophia Stenis on Tuesday afternoon in The Quad.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department

electrical box. This case is under investigation.

April 24, 2:19 a.m. Warrant Service/ Aquarena Springs Drive An officer came in contact with an individual who had warrants out for his arrest. He was arrested and transported to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

April 24, 8:57 p.m. Burglary: Habitation/ Elliot Hall An officer was dispatched to Elliot Hall in reference to a burglary of habitation. The residents noticed various items missing and problems with a computer. This case is under investigation.

April 24, 10:37 a.m. Graffiti: Pecuniary — Loss Under $500/ Comanche Hill Apartments An officer was dispatched to Comanche Hill Apartments in reference to a report that electrical cords had been cut and graffiti written on an

San Marcos Police Department April 24, 7:08 p.m. Credit Card Abuse/ 1229 N. LBJ Drive Victim advised that his or her check card was used without permission.

Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS

Library Beat Alumnus to sign, read book at Writers Collection The Southwestern Writers Collection, along with the Southwest Regional Humanities Center and the College of Liberal Arts, will host Texas State alumnus Mark Gimenez, author of The Color of Law, at 3 p.m. today on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library for a reading and book signing. Books will be sold by the University Bookstore and will be available for $19.95 plus tax. Gimenez reads from his wellreceived first book, The Color of Law, which was No. 8 on Amazon’s Top 10 Mystery & Thrillers list for 2005 and selected by Alan Cheuse of NPR’s All Things Considered for his recommended 2005 Holiday Book List. The Color of Law was also nominated for Best First Novel by Mystery Ink as part of the Gumshoe Awards given each year to recognize the best achievements

in the world of crime fiction. The protagonist, A. Scott Fenney, is a Dallas “lawyer to the rich” who finds himself appointed by a federal judge to represent a black prostitute charged with murdering the son of a U.S. senator. The novel takes the reader into the world of the Dallas elite filled with political corruption, family conflict, greed and abuse of power while portraying a tragic miscarriage of justice. This will be the last public reading of the Spring 2006 semester held at the library’s Southwestern Writers Collection. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (512) 245-2313 or click on the Special Collections link from the library homepage, www.library.txstate. edu. Gimenez graduated from Texas State in 1976 with a bachelor’s in political science and later attended law school at Notre Dame. — Courtesy of Alkek Library


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

PROGRAM: Carter sees ARREST: Fire outbursts as unproductive investigation at complex ongoing to governing process

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Commissioner Will Conley, 3rd Precinct, briefly interrupted Johnson and asked him to get to his point. Johnson accused Carter of being a liar, and said she does not have the ability to serve on the commission anymore. “All I have to ask you, Commissioner Carter, before you start ranting like you always do, is to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus do?’” Johnson said. Johnson left the courtroom after he finished speaking. Carter said residents come in all the time with intentions to target a particular commissioner they do not like. “We are all subject to the volatile individuals that come in here with their strong opinions that are often times rather radical in nature,” Carter said. “There are definitely other

t is my job “I to focus on the interest of

the people and represent their concerns, and I will continue to do just that.”

— Susie Carter, commissioner, 2nd Precinct

ways of approaching the issue instead of attacking a commissioner in public.” Carter said such outbursts are unproductive to the running of government. “It is my job to focus on the interest of the people and represent their concerns, and I will continue to do just that,” Carter said. “I’m not going to make everyone happy.”

was the boyfriend of a manager at the complex. The manager has since left the company “out of her own accord,” Sterling said. A replacement manager has been appointed but has not started. The fire broke out late on Feb. 8, spreading quickly from the attic and eventually causing the roof of the structure to collapse. Twenty-five San Marcos firefighters battled the blaze for an hour and a half. No one was injured. Property damage estimates are expected to reach approximately $800,000, Bell said. Despite massive structural damage, the apartment’s management remains optimistic about the future of the clubhouse and office area. “We’re waiting,” Sterling said, “for all of the investigations to come to a close and for the insurance companies and everyone involved to raise the green flag and start rebuilding it.”

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State, addressed one question on the survey about attracting tourist-focused businesses to downtown. “There are lots of different communities that have shopping districts with all kinds of shops geared towards tourists,” Nusbaum said. “The Paper Bear would be a good example of that kind of store.” The survey will also be distributed via e-mail to 2,500 Texas State juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty and staff. Director of Institutional Research Joe Meyer said the survey will be distributed next week, and he expects between 45 to 50 percent of the recipients to respond to the survey within three weeks. Nusbaum estimated a much lower response rate of 25 percent. Nusbaum described the job of

the task force. “Right now, the committee is tasked with identifying ways to gather information from the community and keeping the community informed,” Nusbaum said. “Eventually, an architect will be hired to help develop the plan and will use the information from the survey.” One question asks residents how they feel about “expanding the hours/days businesses remain open.” Task force Chair Amy Kirwin said the question was not specifically about the hours San Marcos bars are allowed to serve alcohol, but said residents may address that issue in the openended section of the survey. “It may (be addressed), and that’s something that the City Council has to adopt and not something that we can put in the plan. The master plan just looks to see what the vision of people — of many people — have for

downtown,” Kirwin said. The survey asks about the “physical connection” between the university and downtown. Kirwin said creating that connection will be a goal of the master plan. “It is the hope of some people, a lot of people, that the consultants that win the contract (to develop the master plan) will be the same as the ones who developed the Texas State master plan,” Kirwin said. “We want to create a continuity between downtown and the university so that there is a flow.” Nusbaum hopes the downtown master plan will revitalize the area. “When communities began … downtown was the core of the city. There was quite a bit of action, whether it was government, commercial or social,” Nusbaum said. “This (plan) can bring some of that back to San Marcos.”

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When Israel Ruiz learned there was a group on the networking Web site named “A.F.F. — the Anti-Frat Faction,” he was incensed. So incensed that he created his own Facebook group: “Gdi’s are Inferior Club.” “Everybody has pride in their organization,” said Ruiz, management junior. “Whenever you see someone go against things you stand for, when they say all we do is party or buy our friends, you get upset.” “GDI” stands for “Goddamn Independents,” referring to people who are not part of a greek organization, and as far as I can tell, the apostrophe is a typo; it’s not meant to be possessive. Facebook spokesperson Chris Hughes said in an e-mail that the idea for the site came to thenHarvard student Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. “It was a pretty simple concept,” Hughes said. “To create a universal online database for

college students with social-networking functionality. He revamped the idea of the original college Facebooks — the books of bad freshman-year ID photos and boring information — by putting them online and giving students the control over the information they wanted to share with others. At the outset, Facebook was a project by and for Harvard students, but because more than 6,000 Harvard kids signed up within the first three weeks, it seemed crazy not to open it up to a few other schools.” Today, Zuckerberg employs about 100 people. Facebook has more than 7.3 million members from about 2,100 colleges and 22,000 high schools. “The site’s growth has been incredible,” Hughes said. “In the beginning, Mark was just playing around with the idea for Harvard kids, but a few months in, it became clear that we’d created a monster. It’s transformed itself from a See FACEBOOK, page 7


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Going once, going twice, SOLD! eBay auctions get wacky By Katrina Dattolo The University Star “After nearly a year of dating, I was dumped by my girlfriend.” This is how the opening line reads of the description category of an eBay auction entitled “My Ex-girlfriends Boobs For Sale Sexy Gel Mouse Pad.” For the remainder of the de-

scription, a man, known only as Phoonso in the eBay world, gives a lengthy synopsis of his relationship with his ex-girlfriend and the events that led it downhill. After having purchased breast implants for his aspiring actress/model ex-girlfriend, the girl thought it would further her career to have mouse pads made in her image. They would feature

her face and, most importantly, 3-D replicas of her gel-filled breasts used as a comfortable wrist rest for the purpose of the mouse pad, according to Phoonso’s eBay auction. “She wanted them made for publicity,” Phoonso said. Shortly after Phoonso paid for the mouse pads to be made, he was dumped. Fortunately for him, the mouse pads arrived after the breakup, and he had no intention of handing them over to her.

They are for sale for the BuyIt-Now price of $14 plus shipping and handling under eBay’s “Weird Stuff ” category, with proceeds going to Phoonso — not his ex-girlfriend. He intends to get back the money that he put into the mouse pads. “I expect to make about $30 profit when all is said and done,” said Phoonso, who plans on relisting his auction until he sells all 500 mouse pads. “This whole process was rather expensive.”

WEIRD SHOPPING: The “Weird Stuff” section on eBay allows users to bid on items like tattoo advertisements, life stories and human skulls.

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Phoonso’s auction is one of thousands that can be found at any given time under this peculiar eBay category, which is divided into the subcategories “Slightly Unusual,” “Really Weird” and “Totally Bizarre.” Although the boundaries are endless and browsing through the categories can lead to some truly off-the-wall auctions, common items for sale in eBay’s “Weird Stuff ” section include get-rich-quick kits, penis enlargement pills, weight loss systems and people selling space on their bodies for companies to tattoo an advertisement. The tattooing-advertisementson-body-parts trend started roughly a few years back. In August 2005, a woman was paid $18,000 by a casino to shave her head and permanently tattoo an online poker room’s Web site on her head, according to Gerry Lacuarta, an avid eBay internet blogger and publisher of auction promotion Web sites, in his article “How to Cash In on Weird Auctions on eBay.” Seeing the potential to make large amounts of money, many people are following in the footsteps of these body-space eBay sellers. One such man goes by the name Litesntime, who constantly tours the United States participating in major poker tournaments. He is offering the winning bidder 365 days of advertising in the form of removable tattoos placed on his shaven head, as well as his forehead, as he travels through popular casinos meeting people and promoting the winning company. Additionally, he is willing to wear T-shirts and buttons provided by the winner, according to his eBay auction.

Litesntime has set the starting bid for one year of advertisement at $10,000. “I would not do it for less than $10,000. So that’s where the price came from,” said Litesntime, who expects the winning bid to be somewhere between $10,000 and $12,500. “I feel that the advertising I will provide a company over the next year is worth a lot more.” Litesntime includes a detailed description about himself and his travel schedule with his auction for the benefit of potential bidders. Detailed descriptions and stories are something that many auctions in eBay’s “Weird Stuff ” category have in common and what makes a listing so unconventional. An eBay seller known as Gcjeter2, a recent graduate from Eastern Michigan University, has been auctioning off T-shirts, along with his life story. So far, he has auctioned off chapters one and two of what he calls “DP Life Story.” Chapter 1, which he sold his work shirts with, was about his first job where he was fired for punching his manager in the face. Chapter 2, with which he sold another work shirt, was about a job where he worked as a valet and was fired for purposely running a Jaguar automobile into a cement pole. Currently, Chapter 3, about how Gcjeter2 broke up with an ex-girlfriend for getting a bleach spot on his favorite shirt while doing his laundry, is up for auction. Gcjeter2 claims that as long as an item sells for $.99 or $99, he will continue to list his life story See EBAY, page 8

Christian-thriller House invites readers to take look at themselves book review


House Fred Peretti, Ted Dekker WestBow Press

By Jessica Tenery The University Star In the novel House, its subject is a foreboding structure, full of menacing demons, flesh-searing, acidic fog and a monstrous killer with a twisted agenda. The killer’s rules are simple: Give him one dead body, and he will let the rest survive. Let the games begin. The story opens with a bickering, married couple who we find speeding down a spooky, dark road in Alabama. They end up as roadside casualties after they hit a carefully laid out spike-strip.

Much to their relief, a picturesque Victorian Inn lays in wait just around the bend. Soon, they find that things aren’t as they seem when they meet up with an equally miserable couple that seemed to have experienced the same catastrophic car accident. As terrifying events unfold, it becomes abundantly clear that this seemingly lovely Victorian Inn is a virtual portal into a world of nightmares. The owners of the house are a motley crew of belligerent rednecks, and if that’s not bad enough, a madman in a trench coat and tin mask — known as Basidious White — threatens to make mincemeat out of all of them if they don’t play by his “House Rules.” By dawn, the unlucky foursome must decide who has to die so that the rest can live. So begins a story of the ultimate battle between good and evil. White

lures his condemned contestants into the house’s maze-like cellar, where they struggle to salvage their pathetic lives and find their way out. There are elements in this novel reminiscent to the popular horror flick Saw. The characters are self-involved, unlikable and are doomed to resort to drastic measures to stay alive before their time runs out. The book is also saturated in religious symbolism and underlying spiritual messages. Writers Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti are both popular in the Christianthriller market. Dekker’s popular Circle trilogy books have attracted a loyal fan-base, and Peretti is well known for his full-throttle suspense thrillers. If you’re looking for a quick read, and you’re not completely turned off by Christian fiction interlaced with horror, this book is worth picking up. You’ll have fun

piecing together clues and figuring out how the house works. With the novel’s suspenseful plot twists and nonstop action, the character development leaves much to be desired, causing the protagonists to be shallow and one-dimensional. The reader isn’t given a chance to get to know the characters, which makes it hard to really sympathize with them, or to even care about them at all. The writers are creative, but toward the end, their imaginations run a little over the edge. At one point, all elements of reality vanish, and the story transcends from a supernatural thriller to a far-fetched fantasy. Overall, House is unique and unlike any horror novel I’ve ever read. Dekker and Peretti tie up the story with a thought-provoking message that will leave the reader to ponder their own metaphysical thoughts and personal reflections.

TED AND FRED: Fred Peretti co-wrote the Christian thriller novel House with writer Ted Dekker.

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Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment SILENT BUT DEADLY: Radha Mitchell plays a distraught mother in the film adaptation of the video game Silent Hill.

Silent Hill leads audiences into gory plot twists By Maira Garcia The University Star The secrets of Silent Hill lie just bethe ✯✯ neath surface where Silent Hill a world is Dir.: Christopher burning to Gans enact its reStars: Radha venge. Mitchell, Sean Silent Hill, Bean an adaptation Rated: R of the popular Konami video game, explores the dark history of a little town situated in the West Virginia hills that was evacuated in the 1970s after coal fires scorched the town. Directed by Christophe Gans, of films such as Brotherhood of the Wolf, the film was obviously intended to be a mix of horror, sci-fi and dramatic elements. The film’s plot focuses on Rose DaSilva (Radha Mitchell), a desperate mother trying to find resolution for her young daughter and Sharon (Jodelle Ferland), who sleepwalks and utters the phrase “Silent Hill” in her sleep. In a final attempt to keep her daughter from being institutionalized, Rose takes Sharon to Silent Hill, despite the fact that the town is blocked from public entrance. On her way to Silent Hill, Rose is chased by a police officer who attempts to prevent her entrance into the fenced-up town. Rose speeds ahead but swerves at the sight of a woman crossing

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the road at the entrance of the town. Once Rose awakens from the accident, Sharon has left the car, and the outside world has become an ash-covered, foggy dimension. What lies underneath Silent Hill is more than coal fire; several dimensional realms are present in this ghost town. The film incorporates the surrealist art of the video game through the four different realms that include the foggy ash world and the hell-like darkness that Rose encounters and past and present-day versions of Silent Hill. In these other-worldly dimensions, Rose has to fight a group of religious fanatics who shed judgment on those who they believe to be witches. They attempt to burn Sharon at the stake in order to purify their town, only to be brought down themselves. This is where the film gets really nasty, as in blood and guts being splattered all over the place; perhaps it is a little too gory, but that’s the revenge of the persecuted innocent. Silent Hill is one of the better video-game-to-film adaptations, but the story is a little too twisted and gory for even the average movie-goer. The plot constantly twists and gets confusing when the dimensions or worlds change. The ending has no resolution other than it looks like a setup for a second film. Overall, Silent Hill isn’t really that horrifying. It’s just gross.

small, Harvard project to the seventh-most trafficked site on the Web.” That puts it two spots behind the similar, which The Boston Phoenix reported in the summer of 2005 jumped to the fifthmost trafficked web domain. For readers unfamiliar with Facebook, it’s a bizarre place. Unlike MySpace, which is available to anyone, Facebook is only available to people who have addresses associated with a high school or university. Also unlike MySpace, which is geared significantly toward employment networking — in an October 2005 interview with The Austin Chronicle, John Cale, original member of The Velvet Underground and producer of Iggy and the Stooges first album, said of MySpace: “It’s a dream for the record companies; you don’t have to leave the house,” — Facebook seems geared entirely toward entertainment. Once you create a profile on Facebook, you can search for friends, join groups and “poke” people. “Poking” is a bizarre feature that I felt might compromise my journalistic integrity if I exper imented with it. There is an array of ways to find friends on Facebook, including searching by school, classes and high school graduation date. Hal Denbar, a Texas A&M University alumnus I knew from high school, found me within a few weeks of joining the site. “Every once in a while, I’ll click on the high school graduation year because it shows you who all is on facebook from high school.” Denbar said “It’s interesting to see what everyone is up to these days. Who’s changed, and who’s still the same.” Facebook can get a little raunchy, too. When you add a friend, there are a list of ways you met the person, including “we hooked up.” When creating a profile, the site asks you what you’re looking for. Included in those options is “random play,” all tongue-in-cheek of course. And it doesn’t take long to find pictures of bikini-clad 20-somethings frolicking on the beach or at their apartment’s swimming pool. Don’t worry about your high-school-aged little sister though, you can only view the profiles of people within your social network. “Facebook is the safest network on the Web,” Hughes said. “We have a two-tiered privacycontrol system. In the first, access to users’ profiles is limited only to the other members of the educational community. Unlike other sites like MySpace — where the info is available to more than 20 million people — on Facebook a user’s profile is available at most to a few thousand people who already share in that person’s ‘real-world’ community.” That’s comforting, because Facebook gives you the opportunity to post such information as your cell phone and dorm room numbers. “I was slightly anxious about posting my cell number online, and it seemed risky,” Amber Nicole Roy, psychology junior, said in a Facebook message. “I have yet to have any problems as far as anybody I don’t know calling me, and it’s been helpful in keeping in touch with old friends.”

Roy has 70 friends at Texas State listed on Facebook. She said she knows about 75 percent of them and about 25 percent she knows only through Facebook. She also has nine pictures of herself posted, a fairly reasonable number by Facebook standards. Biology junior Bobby Cast, creator of the group “The Liberal University Star,” has 142 pictures posted. He said it took him about two weeks to post that many pictures. Cast’s group and the group “The University Star is Liberal Crap” are devoted to complaining about the leftwing bias of my employer. As I write this, “The University Star is Liberal Crap” has 163 members. Cast and I are the only members of his group. “I would not say I am disappointed in membership of my group,” Cast said in a Facebook message. “I understand that my views are not those of the mainstream media but so long as one voice is speaking out then I am pleased.” The site also has the nifty feature “pulse.” “Pulse” lets you compare your school’s trends with other trends on Facebook. The 20,057 Facebook users from Texas State share the No. 1 listed music, movie and television show with the rest of Facebook; Jack Johnson, The Notebook and Family Guy respectively. Texas State deviates from the rest of the site at most listed books. According to “pulse, The Bible is the most-read book at Texas State. That makes sense. I’ve noticed a lot of biblical references in — Israel Ruiz Family Guy. Ironically, the No. 1 book management junior of Facebook is Harry Potter. I guess that refers to the whole series. We’re lucky to be in such a holy academic community, since the rest of Facebook is a bunch of wizard- and witch-worshipping heathens. In the summer of 2005, United States Marshals arrested 22-year-old Colton Pitonyak at the U.S.Mexico border and charged him with the murder of 21-year-old UT student Jennifer Cave. The media circus that follows such events led to scrutiny of Pitonyak’s Facebook profile. The Austin American-Statesman reported Pitonyak’s profile quoted Al Capone and listed a screen name as “IloveMoneyandHos.” Similarly bizarre reporting has focused on the MySpace profiles of people involved in other incidents across the country. Even The Star couldn’t resist going to Facebook for coverage of this year’s Associated Student Government elections. On April 5, City Councilman Chris Jones, public administrations senior, wrote a letter to The Star about the “Gdi’s are Inferior Club.” The letter was published on the last day of Ruiz’s bid for ASG vice president. “I would hope the Texas State students would have the mentality to not take that type of thing seriously,” Ruiz said. “But after it was all said and done, it did affect the outcome.” Ruiz received less than 30 percent of the vote. Ruiz said he hid the group during the elections, but intended to make it visible to Facebook users regardless if he won or lost. After the elections, the group’s site re-appeared with the message “Back Back Chris Jones” prominently displayed. Ruiz stressed that Facebook is for entertainment, and should not be taken seriously. “I just don’t think Facebook is relevant in any kind of situation,” Ruiz said. “When it comes to a person’s character, integrity, drive, I don’t think Facebook is the appropriate place to look.”

would hope the Texas State “I students would have the mentality to not take that type of

thing seriously. But after it was all said and done, it did affect the outcome.”


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on eBay. “I feel my creativity is never ending,” said Gcjeter2. “I enjoy writing, and as long as they entertain at least one person on eBay, I will write more chapters than the Bible.” Some people do not go as far as selling their life story, but many include an interesting or amusing story as to why they are selling an item. Valerier704, a man who enjoys spending time with his cats, is selling a copper dragon statue named Noli that he made. In itself, this does not appear to be an unusual auction. However, the item is listed as “Handmade Copper Dragon Statue — My cat hisses at it, so I’m getting rid of it.” His item description goes to great lengths to explain how he discovered that his cat is terrified of the statue and, even when it is put away in a box and hidden, the

cat always seems to know where it is. Therefore, he is auctioning off the statue for the emotional well-being of his cat. “I always describe the item the best I can,” Valerier704 said. “I buy on eBay a lot, and it’s nice to read as much information on the item as possible. I feel that people should know what they are buying and have a clear description of it. Noli wasn’t just something that could be listed in a couple sentences.” Unusual descriptions are seen in the “Weird Stuff ” category, but this section is also a place for people whose hobby is simply to create strange auctions. Woohoo Mystery Man, who specializes in “annoying” listings, has been creating such auctions for nearly a year. Items featured in his past auctions include a bar of soap, a Ritz cracker and an M&M wrapper that sold for $2,800. His current auction is for a simple wire hanger. In the description section of his auctions, Woohoo Mys-

tery Man creates a page that the potential bidder must scroll through to eventually discover what is actually being sold. He fills the page with graphics, word pictures and the repeated question “annoyed yet?” “I enjoy doing it,” Woohoo Mystery Man said. Perhaps the most astonishing thing about his wire hanger auction is that there have been 30 bids so far, and the current one is at $106. “Once an item reaches a huge dollar amount, the bidder knows that it will be talked about,” Woohoo Mystery Man said. “People, like online casinos, can’t legally advertise in the U.S., but when the word gets out that has just bought a M&M wrapper for $2,800, people go to their computers and type it in.” For fun or for profit, eBay’s “Weird Stuff ” section continues to remain a forum for the unique. Browse it for entertainment or to find a diamond in the rough.

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quote of the day “All I have to ask you, Commissioner Carter — before you start ranting like you always do — is to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus do?’”

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Texas State ends academic year with armfuls of laurels The school year is about over, and here at The University Star we’d like to toot our own horn a bit. We feel comfortable with this sort of navel-gazing because we enjoyed this past year so much. Texas State is a great school with excellent opportunities for its students, and we feel honored we were given the opportunity to write a newspaper for you all. We dropped the ball a few times this year, and for the most part, the people who let us know when we screwed up were polite and constructive in their criticism. Thank you, those of you who took the time to let us know when we weren’t doing our job right. And thank you to those of you who read our paper all year and are reading it today. We enjoyed this year because, for the second year in a row, we won Best in Show, Best Overall Paper and Sweepstakes in our division at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association annual convention. We enjoyed this year because we had the opportunity to write about all the great things Texas State students do. Our football and volleyball teams were phenomenal. Softball tore it up in the spring. Texas State alumni made the news as educators, politicians and businessmen. Beyond athletics, Texas State students won academic competitions at the regional, state and national levels. Organizations from almost every department and school in the university took accolades and made the rest of the student body proud. We feel good about Texas State and San Marcos because when Hurricane Katrina hit, we took in those displaced by the tragedy with open arms. People from across the Gulf region fled to San Marcos, and Texas State students and San Marcos residents did their best to help. When Spike Lee came to speak at Texas State, he mentioned the gratitude residents of New Orleans expressed to him. We will publish five times this summer, and we hope those of you in town will take the time to read each one. We look forward to writing about the exploits of those of you who stay in town, and we look forward to keeping everyone informed about what is happening on campus and in San Marcos. We hope those of you leaving town will keep up with what’s happening here through our Web site. Stay safe this summer, don’t drink too much and come back to school ready to carry on with all the great things Texas State students did this year. When you come back healthy and ready to learn, you’ll also be ready to pick up The Star off the newsstand.

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— Hays County resident Charles Johnson addressing Hays County Commissioner Susie Carter, 2nd Precinct, regarding press coverage that portrayed Carter making “a joke out of the commission.”

New Hollywood flick may help with pain still felt from Sept. 11 SEAN WARDWELL Star Columnist

I can still remember spending Sept. 11 on campus. My mother called me that morning, and with her usual gift for overstatement told me that someone had blown up New York City and the Pentagon. For what was probably the most frightening moment of my life, I thought that some idiot had finally pushed the button, and the missiles were already flying. Then I turned on the TV to discover something much worse. At least in a nuclear way there is a definite end. We are all dead, so there’s really nothing to worry about. Other wars have objectives so nebulous that we can’t ever see an end. We’re in one now. Yet being in The Quad that day was surreal. People kept looking up worried about what the sky might deliver, as if there was anything in San Marcos the terrorists could possibly want. I’d make jokes, but I was one of the people looking up, too. To this day, I remember almost every detail about that day. I remember the televisions set up in the LBJ Student Center with crying students around them. I remember the fear and the anger. I remember my Turkish roommate getting dirty looks. I remember messages scrawled on the doors of Muslim students — not all of them nice. The world literally changed in front of us, and the only certain thing is that tomorrow

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures would be vastly different from yesterday. Here we are almost five years later. Where are we, and what have we done? Are we safer, or are we still screwed? Will a ban on butane lighters really keep me safe on an airplane when someone can just bring matchbooks on board? I think we have had an odd ride since that day, and it has no end. What happened to us — to paraphrase George Orwell — is forever. Since that time, we have engaged in revenge, anger, grief and a myriad of other emotions. I don’t think we ever got what we really needed as a nation though, and that’s catharsis. Our wounds are still open, and they just keep bleeding. Sept. 11 was a big day, and while that might seem like the understatement of the year, it’s the truth. I haven’t seen a bigger one before or since with my own eyes. I hope nothing bigger comes along. An essential element of catharsis is examination though,

and we don’t want to get close to this one. That’s why there is so much controversy over the movie United 93, the story of the fourth plane to be hijacked that crashed in Pennsylvania. People are saying that it’s too soon for such a movie; I disagree. I don’t think it could have come soon enough, and it’s probably the most honest of the upcoming films dealing with that day. For all of the complaining people do about Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general, they usually act as a mirror to the prevailing culture. They give us what they think we want. It isn’t often that we get what we need, and people don’t like that. They want to be entertained. Please find me a way to make an entertaining movie about Sept. 11. It can’t be done. Yet art must explore. Good art is fearless. It holds up an honest mirror instead of a pandering one. No one group can own Sept. 11. It belongs to all of us because in a very real way,

it happened to all of us. We watched people holding hands and jumping off the towers because one death was preferable to another. While there are those who seek to exploit that tragedy for political gain or those who believe our own government did it, intention is irrelevant. People died that day in the most horrifying manner imaginable, and we will eventually have to take a long hard look at that. Film does this but only when it is at it’s best. I have not seen United 93 yet, but I want to. It isn’t too soon. The more we look, the more we heal. When we heal we can move on. We must never forget, but we can at least rebuild. America needs catharsis, and not even catching Osama bin Laden and dragging him through Times Square by his genitals will bring that about. We have to look again and again until we can breathe again as a nation. I hope United 93 will help do this. It just needs to happen.

Priorities of Bush administration should focus on war’s end, not immigration “How do you prepare for finals?” “I look at the stipulations the professor lays out for the finals, and if I don’t think I can pass it, I’ll study.” — Angel Szymura english freshman

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Al-Jazeera broadthat al-Qaida casted an audiotape would make anthat according to other attack. Bush the White House, has constantly is believed by the diverted, whether intelligence comintentional or not, munity to be the his attention away voice of Osama from bringing jusbin Laden Sunday tice to all the vicSTEPHANIE SILVAS morning. I have to tims of the Sept. Guest Columnist say it really upsets 11 attacks. me that this guy is But even with still around. He is a constant all my disapproval of Presireminder of the failure that dent Bush, bin Laden thinking the “War on Terror” has bethat we’ll make a truce with come. him is more ridiculous than According to CBS News, voting Bush into a second spokesman for the White term. Obviously, the majority House, “Scott McClellan says of our country disapproves of (the audio tape) suggests the the Bush administration, but terror leader is under pressure that doesn’t mean that we’re and ‘on the run.’” Obviously willing to stand alongside the bin Laden is “on the run.” But, likes of Osama bin Laden. for McClellan to suggest that Does he really think we are we are putting pressure on that easily manipulated? He him is ridiculous. He’s laughattacked our country, and ing in our faces. His freedom no apology or truce will ever is a slap in the face to all of make up for that. I want him us who supported the war on captured. the basis that it would bring In Reuters’ transcript of justice to our country. bin Laden’s audio, bin Laden We never hear much from says “You have learned about the Bush administration our response to their opinabout the hunt for bin Laden. ion polls in their countries In 2002, Bush said that he through our offer of a truce didn’t care where bin Laden after they pull out their was, that it wasn’t that imarmies and stop harming us portant and that it wasn’t a and they rejected all that.” I priority. And, Bush hasn’t said hate that he gets to use our much about him since. In disapproval ratings against us. January, we were threatened The fact that our president

doesn’t “pay attention to the polls” makes our country look weak. Once the polls began to slip, the Bush administration should have made changes. But, Bush doesn’t care what we want; he’s the “decider,” remember? How arrogant can he be to believe that he gets to decide what’s good for all 300 million U.S. citizens. We decide what’s good for us, and we tell our president how we feel in the polls. We elect officials who will do what’s best for our country based on what we believe is best for our country. What’s best for our country is to not be attacked again. Bin Laden is still alive plotting an attack. And I can pretty much predict what Bush will say if he ever does say anything about the audio: “We cannot waiver in our effort against these terrorists.” He’s going to try to manipulate us again just like he did right before the 2004 election. He’s going to try to scare us into trusting him. This tape couldn’t have come at a better time for him. Now he gets to use his comments about our polls to claim that we need a united front. He gets to declare that the “War on Terror” is somehow a larger issue that involves freeing Iraq. How? Who knows? We’re supposed

to take his word for it. We have spent more than $150 billion on the war in Iraq. Can you imagine if we would put just the slightest percentage of that into finding Bin Laden? Yes, we have found some of the al-Qaida operatives, but it’s not enough. It’s not a success until we get this guy off of our airwaves. It’s important that we constantly remind this administration that bin Laden’s capture is important. Forget about the illegal Mexican immigrants for now; they’re not jumping on our planes running them through buildings. They’re here to work and become the American Dream. The Mexican border is definitely a concern, but we should be more concerned with whether or not the Bush administration is going to try to sell some more of our ports. Yes, we need to deal with illegal immigration, but we need to prioritize. Osama bin Laden and his followers should be the people we’re trying to keep out of our country — not our allies in Mexico. Visit for letters to the editor and a guest column from Jessica Tenery on cell phone culture.

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FOR RENT-DUPLEX FOR RENT DUPLEX 3br/3.5ba 101 Cedergrove (on bus route). Fenced backyard/pets ok. $1050 per month. 512-557-2557. LARGE 1B/1B, NEWLY-REMODELED DUPLEX in country surroundings, near outlet mall. Free parking next to campus. Available August. Free internet, cable, water & garbage. $605 per mo. 757-0399 DUPLEX NEXT TO TEXAS STATE. Modern, excellent condition. 4/2.5, large kitchen, 2 living areas, sauna, w/backyard, pets OK, $1650. 757-0399 DUPLEXES FOR LEASE off of Sagewood! 3b/3 1/2b/ common living/dining/kitchen/2 car garage/internet access. $400.00 per room call today! (512) 913-8028. FOR LEASE 2/2 DUPLEX at 909 Allen St. Carport, fenced yard, pets allowed. $775 per mo. available June 1st. Call Steve, day 830-379-0300, night 830-372-5512. SAGEWOOD TRAIL DUPLEX. 3b/3.5b. Available 8/01. Pets Allowed. $1100. (512) 857-2660 or (210) 324-0285. 519 HUTCHISON has 2 duplex units for immediate move-in. 3bd/3b includes full size W/D for $1050 per month. $900 security deposit. Also, available 2bd/2b for $650/month. Pets are negotiable. So close to campus you can walk. Visit and call Legacy Real Estate 665-0350.


DUPLEX FOR LEASE for immediate move-in. 2/1 at 1107 Marlton for $625 per month. Easy terms. Call Legacy Real Estate at 665-0350, and visit $765 2/2 WINDMILL DUPLEX. 3 blks from TXState. Preleasing for 5/20 and 8/20. Free HBO, Road Runner, full-size W/D. for floor plans & prices. 396-4181.

FOR RENT-HOUSES HUGE 3/2, W/D, ETC. 1600 sq ft. $890 per mo. 713-774-5953. 1/1 HOUSE W/STUDY, fenced backyard, pets welcomed, 560SF, W/D inc. $575/mo. onebdrmhousesanmarcos@ HOME FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY. 3/2 w/2 car garage. $995/ mo. Call Legacy Real Estate 665-3321.

FOR SALE 93 FORD EXPLORER, V6, cold A/C, Power windows and doors, CD player, good tires, 149K miles, $2800 OBO, 512-738-2048. BUYING, SELLING, LEASING OR INVESTING; prompt, honest assistance provided. Call 512-699-0583, Marie Ransleben, Realtor, Century21 Ripley Realty.

HELP WANTED WONDERLAND SCHOOL/DAYCARE NOW HIRING. Please call 512-392-9404 or 512-396-7074 LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT for busy apartment locating office. Apartments To Go. 512-353-3733/512-787-6789 LIVE ON THE GUADALUPE, free housing with a stipend, light cleaning and pet care required. Call 830-624-5833 TEACHERS NEEDED: Part time teacher positions. Bilingual or life guard certified a plus. Quality Child Development Center in Kyle. 512-405-3700 or fax 512-405-3701. SEEKING MOTIVATED AND MULTI-TASK ORIENTED INDIVIDUAL FOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR POSITION: Qualifications: •Bachelors Degree in Business •5+ years in office setting and 3+ years in a Managerial position •Accounting experience a plus •Experience can be compensated with advanced education •Excellent writing and communication skills •High level of initiative and ability to operate with little or no direct supervision •Microsoft Office and QuickBooks experience a must Responsibilities: •Administrative oversight on all programs •Manage all aspects of general ledger accounting including A/P, A/R and collections, Payroll, Banking, and financial reporting •Maintain productive relationships with other agencies and governmental entities •Formulate and effectively communicate expectations for each program to Project Manager and staff on site. •Analyze monthly and quarterly P&L and Balance Sheet accounts and financial data information for presentation to Board of Directors •Identify and assist with development and implementation of new processes and systems as needed •Grant writing experience a plus. Salary based on experience and includes benefits Fax resume to (512) 396-2062. EXTREMELY GIFTED is taking applications for precise, honest people to assemble/wrap gifts. Call Shannon 512-396-4438 $800 WEEKLY GUARANTEED. Stuffing envelopes. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Scarab Marketing 28 E. Jackson, 10th floor, Suite 938, Chicago, Ill. 60604. SALES ASSOCIATE FOR HEAD 2 TOE BEAUTY OUTLET AT PRIME OUTLETS. Flexible shifts. Employee discounts. Apply in person. Next to Pottery Barn. (512)805-8989. DO YOU LOVE MAKEUP AND SPA PRODUCTS? Work PT while you finish school and start your own Spa business for only $99! Flexible hours and you determine your own income. Call Jill at 251-9927. For more information. http://www.beautipage. com/jillgoodwin. BOBCATSNEEDJOBS.COM WE NEED Paid Survey Takers in San Marcos. 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.


D&D FARM & RANCH has full-time openings for enthusiastic, friendly & hard working individuals. Cashiers, Tack Dept. Sales Associate, Clothing Dept. Sales Associate. Apply in person at 516 IH 10, Seguin. FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST NEEDED. Should be able to work weekdays and weekends. Apply in person at Comfort Inn, 1611 IH 35 N. 396-5665. CAN YOU WALK, CHEW GUM AND HAVE FUN ALL AT THE SAME TIME? Do you want to truly make a difference in lives of special children? Are you looking for rewarding, challenging and fun Summer Camp counselor experience? Join us this summer at Star Ranch, a Christian Summer Camp for children with Learning Disabilities. We are looking for a few good balancing acts! Salary, room, board, and laundry provided. Near Kerrville, call Cody, 830-367-4868 x 205. WANT TO MAKE MONEY working in an upbeat environment? Apply in person for waitstaff at the best place to eat in Gruene. Gruene River Grill, 1259 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels 830-624-2300. NEEDED IMMEDIATELY-trained musician w/capabilities crossing music genres. MUST BE RELIABLE. Call 512-472-2280. BARTENDER. GRUENE HALL. Responsible energetic bartender needed to serve beer & wine at fast paced live music venue. Must be 21. Weekdays, weekends, & holidays a must. Apply Mon-Thurs 6-8 PM only at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road New Braunfels, TX. Hill Country bar LOOKING FOR WAITRESS/BARTENDER. Same distance and money as working in Austin. Texas Iron Horse Saloon, Blanco, Tx. (512)659-7991. No calls before noon. MANAGED SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE -teleNetwork is currently seeking applicants for positions in the dynamic and fast paced field of Managed Application Services Support. Full and Part Time positions are available with flexible scheduling at our Austin and San Marcos call center locations. Apply on-line today at IRONSMITH: THE FITNESS DOCTORS, award winning facility, mayor’s fitness council member, looking for personal training assistants. To work set schedule, 20 hrs weekly, $7hr to start, in exchange for professional on the job training with clients who have health, fitness, sports conditioning, post surgical, and medical exercise needs. Ideally suited for kiniesology physiology major looking to develop into a full time professional fitness trainer upon graduation. E-mail resume to and call 512-560-6761. DAYTIME HOST AND WAITSTAFF NEEDED. Apply in person at Rose Garden Chinese Bistro, 700 N. LBJ. Dr, Suite 114; 805-0880 HAVE FUN AND MAKE MONEY ON THE GUADALUPE RIVER!!! WhiteWaterSports is now hiring for summer seasonal help. For more information, see our ad below!!! COTTON EYED JOE’S PART-TIME SUMMER POSITIONS AVAILABLE. Must be able to work days, evenings, and holidays. Apply in person 1608 Hunter Rd., Gruene. TECHNICAL SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVE - teleNetwork is currently seeking TSRs to provide technical support for dialup and DSL customers. Full or Part Time positions available with flexible scheduling at our Austin and San Marcos call center locations. More information and online application available at FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST NEEDED. Should be able to work weekdays and weekends. Apply in person at LaQuinta Inn, 6075 IH 10 E, San Antonio. (210) 661-4545. FOOD PREP & COUNTER HELP WANTED. Apply in person Mesquite Pit Bar-B-Que, 1050 S. Seguin, New Braunfels, 830-625-1611, Start @ $7/hr MARBRIDGE SUMMER CAMP IS SEEKING 5 DAYTIME COUNSELORS (7 am - 3 pm/3 pm - 11 pm) and 1 overnight counselor (11 pm - 7 am) to work with young adults with cognitive challenges, in a residential camp setting. For more information contact Lori at (512) 282-1144, ext. 278,, or www. SUMMER WORK for ambitious and hard working student. Earn 3 hrs college credit and $700 per week. GPA 2.5. Call Joe at 512-557-4383. !BARTENDING! Up to $300/day. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ ok. 800-965-6520 x 157.


$4,000 COMPENSATION, EGG DONORS WANTED. If you are between the ages of 20-32, non-smoking and in good health, please call us for more information on how you can help infertile couples become families. 1-888-MY DONOR. LIGHT AND SPACIOUS 2/1, 1000 SF apt., built in 2002, with fireplace, large kitchen, balcony, sunset hill country views, free health club membership on property, available 6/21. Ideally suited for professor, married couple or grad student who appreciate beautiful quiet serene surroundings. Quick easy access to Austin and San Marcos, located in Wimberley near RR12 on RR3237. $850 /mo. Call 512-560-6761. WANTED: ELECTRICIANS for 30-90 days temporary employment to finish out intermediate school in Dripping Springs and project in San Marcos. May lead to permanent employment or just summer work. Call our office 512-396-3300. SUMMER HELP FOR WATCHING 2 CHILDREN during the day in my home starting May 30. Must be dependable, with child care background, and own transportation. Call Lisa at 210-602-1095. TOP BOYS SPORTS CAMP IN MAINE! PLAY & COACH SPORTS*HAVE FUN*MAKE $$$. All team & individual sports, All watersports, hiking/climbing, A&C. TOP SALARIES, Free Room/Board/Travel. Apply online: Call: 800-473-6104. GRUENE RIVER COMPANY, tube and boat rental, is looking for responsible cashiers and drivers. Call 830-625-2800

MISCELLANEOUS WE PAY UP TO $75 per online survey. ATHLETIC, OUTGOING MEN for calendars, greeting cards, etc $75-200/ hr, no exp. needed, (512)684-8296.

ROOMMATES 2 ROOMMATES, $400/mo, all bills pd. Call Joaquim Sorta (512)618-9589. FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED AT BOBCAT VILLAGE. Very clean, 2/2 private bed and bath. $520/mo. all bills pd. Call Haylee 979-236-4078.

SERVICES GREAT JOB! Dependable, responsible, attentive female to care for handicapped boy. Every other Sat. and Sun. 9am-8pm, $8.00/hr with bonuses. Call Jenny 392-9737. Leave message. WWW.STUDENTATTORNEY.COM

SUBLEASE MAY THRU JULY SUBLEASE AT THE VILLAGIO. $489 a month. Call 281-236-5750. EX 2 TO SUBLEASE FOR THE SUMMER. Cost $399/month. Any questions call Jasmin @ 956-324-8407. TAKE OVER MY LEASE-Female wanted to take over lease starting May 12; $409, personal bathroom, w/d, furnished, tanning bed, fitness center. Call for more details, (210)685-8493. 1/1 APT. FOR SUMMER. Water and wireless internet included. $434/mo. available 5/15. Call (210)844-6516. FIRST MONTH FREE. Sublease apt, $450/mo, The Ridge Apt. Available May 9th. Call 512-805-1148 TAKE MY ROOM THIS SUMMER. Own bed/bathroom. Ex2. $299/ month. May Free! Contact Eddy at (512)913-1627 or

WANTED BUYING both civil war or early TEXAS NEWSPAPERS, swords, guns, letters, documents, clothes, pictures, etc. 512-557-7224. WANTED: USED CARS, TRUCKS, VANS. Any condition. Running or not. If you have something to sell please call Willis Mitchell. 512-353-4511.

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sports snortsquotes from the sports world “I’m disappointed with the decision but I respect it. I’m proud of my association with the National Football League and look forward to returning to the Dolphins in 2007.” — Suspended Dolphins running back on the NFL review committee’s decision to turn down his appeal after violating the leagues substance abuse policy again. (Source: ESPN) Sports Contact — Miguel Peña,

Owls swoop over Bobcats for 10-2 victory Texas State holds close with No.1 Rice through first five innings By Miguel Peña The University Star The Bobcats baseball team took a trip up to Houston for the third meeting of the season against the Rice Owls at Reckling Park. A season sweep was all she wrote for the traveling contingency from Texas State as they took a 10-2 loss after nine innings of play. The Owls got started in the first inning as Tyler Henley scored on a single by Josh Rodriguez. The Bobcats infield cut the run short as Pat Crumpton and Cody Merrell connected on a double play. Luke Cannon scored the tying run in the top of the fourth inning as Heath Keel knocked a double into left field. Keel advanced to third on a wild pitch by Will McDaniel but was left stranded after Crumpton grounded out to first base. The Owls answered with backto-back doubles in the bottom of the fourth inning. The first came from Rodriguez, who hit a home run down the left field line, followed by Savery, who earned an RBI with a shot to left center field. Bennett struck out to straight Monty Marion/Star file photo with Savery on second base beSLIDING TO SECOND: Junior Pat Crumpton dives into second base during the March 29 game fore Chad Lembeck nailed a triple down the right field line, against Rice. The Bobcats lost their 3rd straight game to Rice last night with a score of 10-2.

scoring Savery in the process. The Owls ended out the inning with a two-run lead after Henley struck out swinging. The Bobcats started the fifth inning with Lance Schramm striking out on a full count, but Thomas Field quickly made his to scoring position with a triple to deep center field. Field reached home on a single by Kyle Jones and tried to pull the Bobcats even after stealing second, but was left stranded as Cannon struck out looking on a full count. Brian Friday got the Owls started in the bottom of the fifth with a single to center field and then stole second and scored off a single to right center, giving the Owls a 4-2 advantage. The Bobcats went three up, three down to start the sixth and seventh inning, giving Rice another opportunity to extend the lead with two-and-a-half innings left in the game. Rodriguez led off with a triple to right center field and got a trailer as B.J. Boening walked Savery on the 3-1 pitch. Jordan Dodson was called into pinch hit for Aaron Luna and was walked on a full count, effectively loading the bases with Kenny Ford making his way to the batter’s box. Ford flew out to right field, but Rodriguez was fast enough

to beat the throw to home and put another run on the board for the Owls. Head coach Ty Harrington made his fifth pitching change of the night, calling in Kyle Gembler from the bullpen to stop the bleeding. Lembeck struck out swinging on a 2-2 count, but Danny Lehmann doubled down the left field line, scoring Savery and advancing Dodson to third. Henley followed that with a 2-RBI single while advancing to second base on the throw to home. Greg Buchanan knocked a triple to right center field, scoring Henley. Frustration set in for Gembler, who was eventually pulled after beaning on Friday. Steven Siers was called in to take over before Rodriguez hit a soft ground ball to Field, but Friday was thrown out at second base after the Owls scored five runs to go up 9-2 after seven innings. The Bobcats went scoreless in the eighth inning with Aaron Garza getting the only hit of the inning when he was called in to pinch hit for David Wood. Garza allowed only one run in the eighth inning as Dodson went yard over the right field wall, giving the Owls a 10-2 advantage that carried to the end of the game.

‘New NHL’ standards putting lax referees on ice After a painout and penalty crack- Flames don’t seem to have the division crown from New York, biggest off-season pickup, Dany Flyers. However, right now, no ful lockout and a down — was how the firepower to make another Cup this team is peaking at just the Heatley, needs to continue his team is out of it in the East and downright thrillnew salary cap leveled final. At this point, both could right time. A Jagr-less Rangers consistent scoring and goalie even Carolina, which is down 2ing regular season, the playing field. At the easily be first-round casualties. team doesn’t stand a chance to Ray Emery must stay solid in 0 to Montreal, could come back playoff hockey has moment, two sevenIn the East, there is no doubt dig out of their 2-0 hole. Ottawa, place of Dominick Hasek for the to make a run at the conference finally returned, and seeds, Colorado and New Jersey is playing the best if they can get past the feisty Senators to get very far. And we crown. the main question Montreal, have a 2-0 hockey in the league right now. Tampa Bay Lightning, may final- still can’t forget about Buffalo, At this point, it’s still anybody’s coming into this advantage in their se- After winning 11 straight to end ly be able to bust out of its trend which is simply shutting down game — and that’s just the way it NHL postseason was KYLE BRADSHAW ries. While Colorado the regular season and steal the of mediocre postseason play. Its the disappointing Philadelphia should be. “How will the referand Montreal are both ees call it?” To keep Sports Columnist shells of their former the integrity of the powerhouse teams, game and the “New NHL,” it was they were still able to maintain essential for the men in stripes to enough talent to make some keep calling the games the same noise this postseason. Now they way they have all season and do both have number-two seeds so consistently throughout the Dallas and Carolina on the verge playoffs. of elimination. Other teams like In the past, the refs were known San Jose, Anaheim and Buffalo for putting their whistles in their are improved teams as well, each pockets come playoff time, but with a legitimate shot at moving commissioner Gary Bettman has on to the second round. made sure that won’t be happenNow that the talent has been ing by announcing that any ref- spread out among the league, the eree who puts away his whistle rest of these playoffs are almost during the playoffs will be fired. impossible to predict. While Bettman is obviously In the West, Detroit and Dalnervous about the game fall- las entered as clear frontrunners ing back in the clutch-and-grab to reach the Western Conference lawlessness that ruined it prior finals, but both have struggled so to the lockout, this announce- far against inferior teams in Edment looked like a panic move monton and Colorado. Detroit that came way too early. How- needed double overtime to get its ever, with each series having now only win so far in its series, and gone at least two games, it seems Dallas vastly underperformed in to be working. its first two games. However, the The amount of power plays advantage these two teams have is being called so far has stayed as that they are the best road teams consistent as it was in the regular in the league and a couple of upseason. On Monday night, both coming away games could be the Carolina and Dallas rallied from jumpstart they need. San Jose three goals down to force over- and Anaheim have both worked time. Despite the fact that both to ties in their series, but neither teams lost in extra time, a come- seems equipped to move further back from that kind of deficit than the second round to make is something that simply didn’t a Stanley Cup run. Calgary and happen in the playoffs before the Nashville both have something Ralph Lauer/Fort Worth Star-Telegram rule changes. to prove this postseason. But the DOWN LOW: Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco makes a save in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines CenAnother success this season Predators are without goalie star — besides the glorious shoot- goalie Tomas Vokoun and the ter in Dallas on Monday.

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