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Keep insects at bay this summer

Keep insects at bay this summer … B2 Communication, respect key to students’ success in marriage … B2 Saving money today saves hassle later … B3 Alice Martindale anti-speed trap movement … B3 National Endowment for the Humanities honors professor … B4 Study abroad, mini sessions make summer studies memorable … B4 Americans take a shining to whitening products … B5 Body’s natural rhythms reason why danger lies in late-night drives … B5 Sneaky salads: Adding toppings can load on calories … B7 Highs and lows of life inspire Rockus Circus … B8 International fashion industry fights model malnourishment … B8 Gamer pastime turning into virtual world addiction … B9 Summer blockbusters … B10 Austin party helps Eeyore lose his birthday Blues … B11 Calendar … B11 Rix’s Technology Fixes … B12

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By Michael Lee Gardin The University Star Extreme temperature is not the only nuisance Texans face during the summer. During the peak time of year for outdoor activity, swarms of insects, such as mosquitoes, ants, ticks and fleas become an irritating problem. Outdoor stores offer a variety of products, ranging from sprays to clothing. In addition to store-bought products, herbal remedies provide natural protection from insects. Jared Tucker, Coleman Factory Outlet assistant manager, said Coleman carries products that offer protection from insects. “We have head nets,” said Tucker, a Southwest Texas State alumnus. “You have to wear it in conjunction with a hat. The net drapes down and snitches up around your neck. It creates a barrier against bugs.” The other bug repellent products the San Marcos Coleman Facotry Outlet currently carry are mesh shelters and mosquito coils. Tucker said he uses a new sun block product to keep the bugs away when he goes kayak-fishing on the coast. “I have actually found — being as fair-skinned as I am I sunburn easily — that Bullfrog has a new product out called Mosquito Coast,” he said. “It is a spray-on. It is a combination of 36 SPF and a bug repellent and it’s water-resistant. I have never had a problem with mosquitoes or sunburn when I use it.” Tucker said there are ways to keep bugs away from a campsite without applying spray or lotion. “Citronella candles keep bugs away,” he said. “Really any kind

of fire with a good amount of smoke keeps them away. We have mosquito coils that are like incense coils that you can burn. They have citronella in them.” Liz Young, biology senior, said she has studied insects and believes finding methods to repel insects is important because she loves to participate in outdoor activities. “I love to ride my bike and swim and canoe or kayak — basically just get outside and hike,” Young said. “But I definitely don’t like mosquitoes.” Young said she worries about the effects of chemicals used in many popular bug sprays. “I don’t really like OFF because it has DEET and it’s supposed to be pretty nasty stuff for you,” she said. “There are alternative sprays. I have the Burt’s Bees Defender Spray and I think its main ingredient is citrus.” Young has a recipe for an herbal insect repellent, which anyone can make at home. The ingredients needed to make the repellent are salad oil (preferably olive oil), orange or lemon peel and mint, pennyroyal or sage leaves. “What you do is tear up the leaves and the peels and pack them in a sterilized glass jar,” she said. “You heat the oil in pan to 150 degrees and pour it over the herbal mixture in the jar to completely cover it after the oil has been heated. You let it sit in a dark place for at least a week — a month is even better. Then you can just rub that on before you go outside.” Young said citronella oil repels bugs if homemade insect repellent is too time-consuming. “Lots of places that sell essential oils probably have (citronella

Phelan M. Ebenhack/MCT Several dead Culex nigripalpus mosquitos are shown on this fingertip. The Culex nigripalpus is the variety of mosquito that carries the West Nile virus.

oil) like Central Market,” Young said. “One thing to say is, with essential oils you have to get a carrier oil to mix it with like olive oil or sunflower oil. Then you can just rub it into your skin.” Young said there are also natural ways to keep insects from infesting your home and garden. “Growing basil in your windowsill is an insect repellent,” she said. “Lavender leaves, if you put them in your closet, will keep moths away. Pennyroyal helps deter ants from your garden.” Christina DeMarco, interdisciplinary studies sophomore, said she enjoys the outdoors and seems to be a target for most bugs. “My body attracts bugs like crazy,” DeMarco said. “I’ll be outside and no matter who I am around, no one will notice the fact that there are bugs but me, because I will have red welts all

over my body.” DeMarco said when she was young her mother, a Native American, told her about ancient remedies to deter insects. “One of the remedies was ashes,” she said. “If there was a burning fire around, or in the past they used to get burial ashes and rub it on their bodies. As Native Americans they believed that it would keep away anything that will sting you. Also mud — any kind of mud — they would just rub it all over their bodies and that would create a barrier for mosquitoes.” DeMarco said avoiding certain products will attract less insects in any environment. “I would say stay away from lotions,” De Marco said. “Anything with a sweet smell. Most the time it is lotion you have to stay away from because bees and mosquitoes think it’s fruit.”

Communication, respect key to students’ success in marriage By Laura Jamison The University Star Sheili-Yun Glover was sent a string of text messages urging her to come to the door. Her boyfriend sent one more, asking her to marry him. Glover, psychology senior, said yes and has been married for three years. She said married life has been difficult but fun. Part of the difficulty is she is in school and he is not. “School has been holding my family life back. My graduation is the beginning of wanting to have children,” Glover said. Glover said although it is difficult, she is able to take more classes because of his support. “If it were not for him it would be impossible for me to do full time in school,” Glover said. “We also have an understanding that I’m in school so he takes care of stuff when I can’t.” According to a U.S. Census Bureau report issued in 2005,

college graduates are more likely to marry and less likely to separate. Aisha Collier, criminal justice senior, said she was on ‘cloud nine’ when her boyfriend of seven years proposed, but is still waiting until graduation to get married. She encourages other students to get their degrees first too. “Wait until you graduate so you have something to fall back on, because you will need to find a job,” Collier said “ It will definitely be harder once we are married because I will have to support myself, and it will just be me and him on our own income.” Drew Crouch, Spanish junior, has been married for two years and recommends pre-marital counseling and taking a family strengths and diversities class. “Take (Family and Child Development) 3355 before you get married. We have a lot of strengths, but some people are unrealistic with their expectations,” Crouch said.

The Family Relationships class demonstrated to him why his marriage would succeed, Crouch said. “We have positive communication styles, mutual respect and shared goals and values,” he said. According to the Texas State Counseling Center’s Web site, it offers limited services to couples who are both students. However, the time commitment often necessary for couples counseling is generally beyond the scope of their services. Crouch said marriage has been financially beneficial. “A lot of the reason it is better is because we pool loans and our income. It is also cheaper to cohabitate,” Crouch said. According to the Texas State Residence Life Web site, there are housing options catering to married couples’ needs, such as off-campus apartments, which provide more privacy than dorms. Collier said planning a wedding

is stressful while in college, but she cannot get too distracted. Otherwise, she will not graduate or get married. “I am encouraged to do better and I have wanted to stay in my books. We are not going to get married unless I graduate,” Collier said.


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Saving money today saves hassle later By Jeffery D. Hooten The University Star The last thing students might worry about is how they can diversify their portfolio. Many would likely share the sentiments of Ty Reagan, music senior. “I don’t have enough knowledge of investments to risk what money I do have,” Reagan said. However, for the majority of Texas State students it might be advantageous to give future money more consideration. According to Joseph Eblen, finance and economics lecturer, how early an individual begins feeding money into investments largely determines how much of a return he or she sees. Eblen explained economists consider what he referred to as the “Rule of 70.” The Rule of 70 refers to the interest rate divided into seventy gives an estimate of the number of years the investment will take to double. When applying this idea to interest returns as they compound over time, it should quickly become apparent how important it is to start investing early. For college students especially, putting a portion of a limited income into long-term investments might seem out of the question. “We use money to make money,” Eblen said.

Eblen explained Americans on the whole succumb to something he called “luxury fever.” This means people feel compelled to spend more than they have and often save very little, if anything at all. “We’re a country that is consumption driven,” he said. Eblen said to ensure financial stability in the future, it is important to consider investing now, while there is plenty of time for planning.

“The safest investments are long-term investments,” he said. “Planning can ensure given returns — the key is to let it stay.” Shirley Malone, financial adviser for Edward Jones investments in Buda, said it is important to put money into long-term investments. “Trying to jump in and out of things is not the way to go,” Malone said. “If you buy quality (stocks), you’re going to be happy in the long run.”

Malone said it is important to consider how much money will be worth in the future. Because of inflation, among other factors, that value might change considerably over one’s lifetime. “When you’re looking for your future to be comfortable you must consider future value,” she said. “What you put in today grows and compounds along with interest rates, economics and things of that nature.”

In addition to the benefits of compounding interest, Malone said starting early means a person has more time to make up for any money one could potentially lose. “(Being young), you can take higher risks because you have more time for recovery,” she said. Malone said the simplest way to begin the investment process could be broken down into three steps, which she suggested be

done with a financial adviser. The first involves determining how much risk one is comfortable taking. Assessing risk means considering how much money someone is willing to lose, as well as how much one would like to see in returns. The next step is to actually set up an account and start putting money into investments. This could be done through systematic deposits automatically taken from the investor’s checking account, or by making optional deposits at certain intervals. Depending on how much risk a person is comfortable with, this might mean investing in any combination of stocks, bonds or mutual funds through a taxable or tax-deferred account. The important thing is not to stop putting capital into investments, and not to touch the money already invested, Malone said. “Once you start something, you really want to stick with it if you want to be comfortable in retirement years,” she said. The third step is one that must be done repeatedly over time — reviewing investments to make sure they are on the right track. “Start as soon as you can, make it a priority, and stick to your plan,” Malone said.

The Alice Martindale anti-speed trap movement must begin A short 40 years Thoughtful committed ago Arlo Guthrie citizens can overturn saw injustice in the these tragedies. This world, started a is a question of life, movement, a revoluliberty and the pursuit tion. of happiness. Exercise We call his moveyour right not to proment Alice’s Restautest violently, but to CLARA COBB rant. Through this participate willingly in Assistant Trends Editor simple song and a movement. cult classic film, we If you have lived in can learn even the smallest atthe greater San Marcos area for tempts in the toughest battles say, more than a week, then you of overturning injustice can be may already have experienced won. an injustice I like to call HighToday, unfortunately, injusway 80 in Martindale. tice still exists in the world. And so, as Mr. Guthrie did

40 short years ago, I do today. I implore you to embark on a movement with me. For anyone who has ever driven through Martindale, and for most people who have not, it is common knowledge the speed decreases by 10 mph at the city limit sign. Martindale is the third largest speed trap in the country, and the biggest in Texas. I have personally heard encounters of ticketing in Martindale. Some have received citations for not yielding to stop signs, driving, failure to

maintain financial responsibility, having a car, being in a car and of course, breathing — however, speeding is how Martindale keeps moving traffic violations the city’s largest industry. While there is a speed limit sign to alert drivers of this speed change, this speed limit sign is not actually visible if it is raining, icy, foggy, cloudy, generally overcast or if a person is outside. We cannot allow discrimination and oppression to continue. Therefore, Texas State, when you reach that city limit sign,

dare to protest the fact you would otherwise be pulled over for no reason whatsoever … even if you were going the speed limit … even if you didn’t throw trash out the window … dare to protest. Dare to drive 5 mph through Martindale. Like any protest, this will not be easy. It is not easy to take an opinion and make it an action. It is not easy to stand up to adversity. It is not easy to go from 60 to 5 mph. However, this is a movement. A movement inspired by injustice, Arlo Guthrie, and the fact the vast

majority of Texas State students has gotten a ticket or tickets because no one was able to slow down for a speed limit sign you can’t see. Can you imagine 50 people a day? Fifty people a day … driving through, singing a bar of “Alice’s Restaurant” if they so please, and by driving, I mean crawling, along Highway 80 at five mph? Friends, they may think it’s a movement, and that’s what it is: the Alice Martindale anti-speed trap movement … and all you have do to slow down.


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National Endowment for the Humanities honors professor Distinguished teacher will be featured in PBS documentary series By Hayley Kappes The University Star The meaning and importance of art is as unique to each individual as the different types of art that exist. For James Housefield, art and design associate professor, it is a powerful tool bringing people from all walks of life together. “When you think about the things that start the really important conversations in life, a lot are things that divide people in dangerous ways — politics, money, religion,” Housefield said. “For me, art starts a conversation between the artwork and myself, between our time and another historical period and between two people sitting in a room together.” Last summer, Housefield received the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor. It

entails a three-year-long project in an area of study the recipient will research, teach and attempt to engage the community on a broader level. “It’s an active process of rethinking how I present my material in class so I can connect with the students’ own lives more directly and show them how my research comes to a new level in the classroom,” he said. Housefield’s project addresses how modern art merges with everyday life in contemporary society. As a part of the National Endowment for the Humanities project, Housefield has introduced new classes at Texas State. This semester he taught Sonic Visions, an honors course presenting the relationship between visual art and music. Next spring, he is planning on teaching a course that will focus on

the role of artist biographies in art history. He is also being documented in the PBS series State of Tomorrow, which focuses on advancements and research being done in different fields across Texas. The episode featuring Housefield, titled “Creative Capital,” is scheduled to air on the network in early June. The piece will address the trend of artists who move to an area and bring their creative talents with them, making the city a breeding ground for numerous art forms to thrive. Housefield said Austin is a perfect example, and these communities are essential for inspiring others to envision the future state of our world. “We need to make a place for creativity, not only in our personal lives, but in the lives of our cities and our civilization,” he said. Lacey Jennings, digital and

Mershon Illgner/Star photo ACTIVE PROCESS: Liz Tomme, a Boston artist, is seen in sillhouette performing a duet of improvisational music with Chris Cogburn, a percussionist and art curator from Austin, during a presentation during James Housefield’s Sonic Visions class.

photographic imaging junior, said Housefield makes the lecture interactive for students in his History of Modern Art class. “It’s such an active class; you don’t just sit around and take notes,” she said. “He’ll get up, move around the room and pull people down in front of the class to do things. It’s just always fun in there.” She said Housefield is highly involved with his students, and provides coffee for them in his office for the early-morning class. Communication design sopho-

more Josh Higgins said he enjoys Housefield’s energetic antics during the class. “Most history classes are really boring; they just give you names and dates. Dr. Housefield makes it fun so that you actually remember what he is teaching,” Higgins said. “It’s a 9 a.m. class so everybody is usually quiet. He’ll randomly go crazy about something and run around the classroom.” He said Housefield is constantly available in his office to give feedback to students who seek his advice about their artwork. “Everybody should take a

class with him,” he said. Housefield said he believes students in higher education should have the opportunity to interact with the arts. He said this relationship serve as a catalyst for stimulating positive and necessary thought for a brighter tomorrow. “From my perspective as an art historian, we all live surrounded by art and design,” Housefield said. “The more we can be thoughtful of these things in the future ahead, the more we can help to shape what our future will look like.”

Study abroad, mini sessions make summer studies memorable By Tug Ledermann The University Star As students plan to take summer courses, their search options may yield fun and interesting alternatives. Summer school students can attain credits for courses in a shorter period than regular fall and spring semesters. Chris Grunska, history junior, said he is happy to complete Spanish courses this summer. “I am taking Spanish two, three and four at Kukulkan in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for 10 credit hours. It’s taking me six weeks, and costs $11,900,” he said. Grunska said he expects to ob-

tain more than just college credits when studying abroad. “I’d like to use this experience down there as a good space-filler on a resume, and being semifluent or fluent in Texas is a big plus for work,” he said. “I’m just excited to be going to a different culture. I think we’re going to the beach at one point and I love heat, so it’s win-win for me.” Grunska said there were just a few things he had to do to prepare for his upcoming trip. “You need a passport, and in the next few weeks I have to take a proficiency test before I ship out,” he said. “Also, I had to plan my flight with the bus routes that go to Cuernavaca.”

Nick Maloukis, resource and environmental studies senior, said a summer course he took in 2001 was the experience of a lifetime. “The course I took substituted for a regional geography elective — it was Doc Augustin’s Yucatan trip,” he said. Studying abroad allows students to learn while in an unfamiliar environment. “Not only did I get to step out of my comfy American shoes and into some sweet Mexican sandals, I got to be immersed in a culture that is not like anything I have seen here in the states,” Maloukis said. He said making connections

is important to consider when studying abroad. “I also came back with 20 lifelong friends as well as a few close friends that I can call on if I am ever in the Yucatan or on Isla Mujeres again,” Maloukis said. Studying abroad is certainly not the only way to enjoy a summer class. Kym Fox, senior lecturer and print sequence coordinator, is teaching a mini session this summer. The session is entitled Seminar in Journalism. “I love the idea of mini sessions for a couple reasons,” she said. “First of all, it is only three weeks long, which sounds really cool because you can get a whole semes-

ter credit for only three weeks, but you really have to work hard in those three weeks.” Fox said the three-week course creates an opportunity to experiment with teaching techniques. “The whole reason for the mini session is so you can try different things and we can consider different approaches that would not be attempted in a long semester,” she said. Fox said Seminar in Journalism allows students to attend the National Workshop in San Antonio, which features several guest speakers and journalists. “Students will get to choose what session and speaker they wish to attend,” she said.

Fox said she expects the course to pass quickly and with ease, especially after the weekend of the National Writers Workshop. “The course begins the week before the National Writers Workshop at San Antonio that the class will attend on the weekend,” she said. “The first week we will research the speakers of the workshop so we will know about all these people when we walk in. “The week after the workshop students will work on their paper because the requirements for the mini session will be accomplished during the workshop and then we will pretty much be finished after we debrief and enjoy everyone’s presentations.”


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Americans take a shining to whitening products By Madeleine Marr McClatchy Newspapers

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MIAMI — Cortadito in the morning. Cabernet at night. A Diet Coke here and there. Whatever the tasty poison, your smile isn’t looking up to snuff these days. It’s safe to say you’re not without options. Spin your cart down the dental-health aisle. The shelves are practically sagging with athome whitening gels, pastes, washes, flosses, even herbs. Apparently, worries over tartar and plaque — the buzzwords of the last few years — have gone the way of silver fillings. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is: Last year alone, Americans spent more than $1 billion on over-the-counter bleaching products. In his book, Smile! The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Smile Beauty, Jonathan B. Levine, founder of the GoSMILE brand, predicts the market for tooth-whitening products and services will reach $15 billion by 2010. “It is by far my most popular procedure, hands down,” said Dr. Gary Kodish, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. dentist. Not just for him; whitening is the No. 1 requested cosmetic service in the United States, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Kodish saw a spike in business shortly after Extreme Makeover began in 2002. “People didn’t realize that you could do these kind of things,” he

alk about putting your money where T your mouth is: Last year alone, Americans spent more than $1 billion on over-the-counter bleaching products. said. “I think before the show they kind of accepted they had unattractive teeth and dealt with it.” Or perhaps they just gave up. We’ve all had a less than stellar experience with the latest get-whiterfaster gadget or goop. TWO OPTIONS Your bathroom sink vs. the dentist chair: What’s the better call? Both techniques employ hydrogen peroxide. However, home stuff contains a fraction (around 6 percent) of H2O2 as opposed to 20 percent or more in the dentist’s procedures. The low peroxide levels mean the solution can stay on your teeth longer. “In-office products get you that immediate ‘wow’ result because they are more concentrated and work in conjunction with light,” Levine said. Want a serious ‘wow’ result? The buzz in the dental community is centered squarely on the Zoom! system, founded by Extreme’s resident dentist, Dr. William Dorfman. It takes just an hour and you can detect a difference in shade after 24 hours. But it’ll cost you. The average price — $600 — is a lot more than a

tube of Ultrabrite. Zoom! is an odd-looking contraption, part trippy floor lamp, part ET. It contains a special UV light that activates the oxygen in peroxide and penetrates the enamel down to the dentin, where stains get zapped. In Kodish’s office, Deborah Merry, a 37-year-old market research analyst from Pembroke Pines, Fla., is ready for her close-up. An unflattering picture taken a few months back prompted the visit. “I was standing between my two kids and my smile looked so gray compared to theirs,” said the longtime coffee drinker. “I tried to tell myself it was the camera, but eventually I faced reality.” A week after the procedure, she wasn’t able to eat or drink anything staining and had to use custom gel trays at home for three days. She has to continue flossing regularly, brushing twice daily, and doing touch-ups after Starbucks binges with Zoom! Weekender or Nite White gel, available only through a dentist. “They look amazing,” she marvels. “My kids joke around, shielding their eyes, saying, ‘You’re blinding me!’”

Body’s natural rhythms reason why danger lies in late-night drives By Barbara Isaacs McClatchy Newspapers LEXINGTON, Ky. — Most Americans pay little attention to their chronic sleep deficits – until there’s a tragedy. Lack of sleep is a safety concern that’s gotten some attention recently, whether it’s airline pilots, truckers, medical residents or even just everyday people driving drowsy. Last week unions representing pilots and air traffic controllers said lack of sleep was probably a factor in the crash of Comair Flight 5191, which took off from the wrong runway in pre-dawn darkness at Lexington, Ky.’s Blue Grass Airport. The captain, co-pilot

and air traffic controller all had an inadequate amount of sleep leading up to the Aug. 27 crash, according to a study commissioned by the Air Line Pilots Association. “It happens on a daily basis,” said Fred Turek, director of the Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology at Northwestern University. “It only makes the news if there’s a major loss of life.” Circadian rhythms govern our body’s natural sleep-wake cycles. It’s why we feel sleepy at night – especially during the hours between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. – and it makes it difficult to sleep during most daylight hours, unless you’re sleep-deprived.

“They are such a part of everyday life that we take it for granted,” said Turek of sleepwake cycles. “What people don’t recognize are the consequences. All it takes is for you to close your eyes for a microsecond.” Turek said most people realize they are alert at certain times of the day, sleepy at others. The Comair crash brought sleep deprivation to the front page, but past research has frequently found safety issues when pilots’ sleep is limited. A 2003 article in the Journal of Safety Research included a Federal Aviation Administration analysis that found an increased probability of airline accidents as duty time increased for pi-

lots. The article, by FAA economist Jeffrey Goode, said most scientists think pilots need eight hours of sleep in a rest period and current regulations don’t ensure this. According to federal rules, pilots can fly for only eight out of every 24 hours, but that doesn’t include “duty” time, which includes standby and for pre-flight preparation time. Turek said while the major airlines have built in enough rest hours for pilots, they can’t enforce how pilots use them. “There’s 12 hours between flights, but they may only spend a few of them on sleeping,” he said. And it’s not just airline pilots who are sometimes sleepy be-

hind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than 100,000 vehicle crashes each year are because of drowsy drivers, and studies have found that people who are sleep-deprived are as dangerous behind the wheel as those legally drunk. About 1,550 people each year die in car crashes related to drowsy driving. Research has found that circadian biology also affects vehicle crashes; wrecks linked to drowsiness are common late at night or in the early morning hours. There’s also another circadian dip in the mid-afternoon, with a spike in related accidents. In 2003, New Jersey became the first state to enact a tough law

against drowsy driving; sleepdeprived people who cause fatal accidents can be jailed for up to 10 years. Turek said he never drives between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. He’s worried not only that he might fall asleep at the wheel, but that other drivers on the road could as well. Kathryn Hansen, director of the Sleep Wellness Center at St. Joseph Hospital, said most people don’t value sleep as much as they should. “Sleep has often been underrated in our society,” she said, adding many Americans are so chronically sleep-deprived they don’t have any idea what normal functioning and rest patterns feel like.


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Sneaky salads: Adding toppings can load on calories By Ashley Guistolisi The Miami Hurricane CORAL GABLES, Fla. — We’ve all been there before — eating at a restaurant when suddenly the ‘healthy’ angel appears and opts for the salad instead of the enormous burger. Scanning the menu for a healthy salad allows temptation to order a Cobb or Chef’s Salad or better yet, the Mexican Fiesta Cheesy Taco Seven-Layer Surprise Salad. Feel better now? No? Feel healthier? No? Maybe it’s because the food just consumed contains the same, or more, calories and fat than the not-sohealthy entree that was avoided. The dark side of salads America has taken salads to the excess and caused them to lose their nutritional value, and many people make the mistake of ordering one simply because they think it’s good for them. But in reality, most salads (res-

FAST FOOD SALADS: Consumers are advised to hold the dressing and toppings when they order salads at fast food restaurants. The condiments add unwanted fat, carbs and proteins.

taurant, fast-food or homemade) are usually similar nutritionwise to the food we deny ourselves everyday for the sake of eating ‘right.’ “People think that they are being healthy because they don’t know better. They don’t understand that just because lettuce is perceived as the ‘free food’ that everything else you put on top isn’t just ‘protein’ or ‘healthy fats,’ but can potentially make a salad more unhealthy than a cheeseburger,” said Stephanie Mast, personal trainer at the University of Miami Wellness Center certified with the American Council on Exercise. Every food has something known as calorie or energy density. The calorie density refers to the measurement of the average calories per weight (gram or ounce) of that food. Some foods have a lower calorie density than others —like fruits and vegetables — because of their high water content. Therefore, things such as

carrots and apples would be a much better choice of toppings for a salad than cheddar cheese and bacon bits. Another typical downfall of salads is the dressing. We like it, we want lots of it and we probably wouldn’t eat a salad without it. There is a tendency to saturate salads with dressings, and even the healthiest salad can quickly spiral downward. “Dressing is a big deal breaker; most dressings have over a hundred calories in a serving and most places will give you a number of servings to use on your salad,” Mast said. For example, Kraft ranch dressing has 148 calories and 15.6g of fat in just two tablespoons, while the fat free version has 48 calories and just 0.4g of fat in the same amount. However, lower fat dressings are often high in salt and sugar. Even something such as Newman’s Own balsamic vinaigrette dressing has 90 calories and 9g of fat per every two tablespoons,

and the ‘Lighten Up’ version, while it has 45 calories and 4g of fat, is considerably higher in sodium. Douglas Kalman, nutritionist at the Miami Nutrition and Weight Loss Center, said the salad dressing is the biggest pitfall. “When most people load on the dressing, they don’t think about the calorie or fat content,” he said. “If it’s a pure salad dressing, then its almost pure fat.”

rin Chicken Salad has just 170 calories, 2g of fat, 18g of carbohydrates and 23g of protein. Provided it’s ordered without the almonds, crispy noodles or dressing. If not, it will contain more like 550 calories and 26g of fat. At that point, it’s no better than eating the Classic Single with Cheese, which amounts to 490 calories and 29g of fat.

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So what makes a salad healthy? For starters, always go for a salad of mixed greens. Look for things with spinach or romaine lettuce — the deeper the color, the better. Next, fruits and vegetables are great salad fillers because they are very low in calorie density. Anything such as tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, grapes or apples will do. Try to keep the dried fruits like cranberries and raisins to a minimum. For the dressing, use one

However, if dining out is a must, there are some healthy choices. In fact, fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s now offer healthy salads as an alternative to their infamous burger counterparts. McDonald’s Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken has 300 calories, 10g of fat, 23g of carbohydrates and 32g of protein. That is, assuming zero salad dressing is used. Meanwhile, Wendy’s Manda-

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or two tablespoons of a low-fat variety or top the salad with a healthy salsa. Olive oil and vinegar is another healthy alternative to dressing. A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found higher consumption of oil and vinegar salad dressings was associated with a lower risk of coronary artery disease. To bulk up the salad, whole grain toppings such as brown rice can add a surprising crunch. Even small amounts of croutons, toasted nuts or sunflower seeds are a healthy choice. Lastly, to make the salad a balanced meal, top it off with a little protein such as lean meats, including tuna, shrimp, cottage cheese or even garbanzo beans. “Everything you do now, starting when you’re a child, really affects your health in the future,” Kalman said. “If we can get people to eat a little bit less, move a little bit more and think about how their actions today effect tomorrow, we’d be a healthier nation.”


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Highs and lows of life inspire Rockus Circus By Jessica Sinn The University Star Pirates growl and performers will entice the crowd to get up and dance

at a Triple Crown CD release party. Independent rock band Rockus Circus will showcase songs from debut album, Welcome to the Circus at midnight Saturday.

Photo courtesy of http://www.myspace.com/rockuscircus CIRCUS CD: Rockus Circus will hold their CD release party at the Triple Crown for their new album Welcome to the Circus April 28.

Andrew Howard, lead vocalist and guitarist, said the album reflects musical influences from a diverse mix of genres. Howard, mass communication senior, said while some songs are humorous, he strives to create sounds reminiscent of classic rock artists such as The Beatles, Van Morrison, The Police and Queen. “We like to joke around a lot, we cut up on stage, and we’re not afraid to do songs about pirates,” Howard said. “And at the same time, we aren’t afraid to write songs with beautiful, wilting melodies and really soft sounds like a lot of our influences.” Junior Scott, bassist and vocalist, said performing the song “Pirate” is a surefire way to pump the crowd with energy and laughter. “Even on a dead night, you can tell people really like that song because after the applause dies down, you’ll hear people go ‘arrr,’” Scott said. Howard said the band latched on to the circus idea because it reflects its fusion of diverse sounds and upbeat stage-show. “When you think of a circus, you think of a show and variety, so we liked the idea of using the word circus,” Howard said. Scott said he wants to inspire the audience to dance.

“I think rock and roll should be fun, there should be sad moments for sure because life has sad moments, but if it’s all about the sadness, it seems like two hours of the wrong kind of energy you want to have at a show,” Scott said. Scott said he draws his inspiration from artists who are able to create dark lyrics with positive undertones. “It seems like there’s a positive thread that runs through all the Beatles’ songs, even if they’re singing ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,’ somehow there’s this underlying positive feel. I’m hoping we can do that with our music.” Scott said the band needed more instrumentation and movement, so it added Adam Peterson on keyboard and guitar. Scott said Peterson, biochemistry graduate student, has a background in soundtrack work and has a knack for creating a theatrical atmosphere. “Each guy brings something different to the band, and he’s really our instrumental virtuoso,” Scott said. “That guy can tear it up on piano and guitar.” Scott said drummer C.J. Gore attempts to share his energy with the crowd. Gore’s alter ego comes to life midshow. “The single young women will just have to meet Johnny Ballistic — he’s

a very charming but dangerous guy,” Scott said. “He brings the fire — if you want to describe him by using psychology terms, he’s the id unleashed.” Opening rock bands People Skills and Robbie and the Robots are slated to perform 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Howard said people should come early to see Robbie and the Robots. “Their show is going to be great. It’s totally super-fun music, great melodies and debauched lyrics,” Howard said. “You’ll feel really dirty after listening to the lyrics, but I promise you — it’s worth it.” Robbie Doyen, Robbie and the Robots’ lead vocalist and guitarist, said people should come experience his band’s energetic and interactive stage show. “The songs are tragic comedies, funny stuff about bad things that happen in my life, so I just try to make the best of it by turning it into music,” Doyen said.

✯FYI Triple Crown is now 18 and up. Rockus Circus CDs can be purchased at Hastings, Sundance and at the event.

Brain building: Exercises can sharpen students’ worn-out brains By Tiara Etheridge Oklahoma Daily NORMAN, Okla. — College students, exhausted from hours of studying, regurgitating course material and working low-paying jobs, often don’t have the time or stamina to pursue greater intelligence if it’s not required by a class. The Daily evaluated different techniques and methods time-pressed students can use to increase the brain’s productivity in school and beyond. Kristen Bender, OU junior, said students should engage in strenuous activity at least four days a week to enhance metabolism and blood flow throughout the body — and brain. Although some stu-

dents approach exercise begrudgingly to lose weight, physical activity can also increase brainpower, according to a study released in March by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Time spent on the treadmill can translate into increased test scores by building new cells in a brain region linked with memory. The aerobic activity generates oxygen and blood flow to key parts of the brain, which aids brain activity, according to the report. Bender said people should incorporate exercise into their daily lives. “This is not to say that one has to exercise strenuously every day, but at least get some cardio in, even if it is just a walk or a bike ride,”

Bender said. If a more sedentary method is preferred, playing Sudoku, a puzzle involving strategically placed numbers in a nine-by-nine box grid, will sharpen the brain and improve focus, in addition to lowering blood pressure and relieving stress, according to a February Newsweek article. Meredith Brockman, OU law student, is a Sudoku fan and said the game improves logic skills. Because the game does not require knowledge, critical thinking is stimulated. “To learn to play and improve, you have to be patient,” Brockman said.

“After a while, you will begin to recognize patterns, and the puzzles become easier.” Brockman pointed out Sudoku games are not math puzzles, so people should not let the numbers scare them away. Breanna Fabrizio, OU freshman, said she did not become a Sudoku fan until she came to the university. “It just wasn’t that big of a deal in high school,” Fabrizio said. “I figured it was better to fill my free time with something that would work my brain than to just sit around lazily staring at the TV.” Students who want to improve their brainpower with a more ambitious endeavor should consider learning to play an instrument or speak

Mandarin, according to a March study out of Northwestern University. “Music study stimulates both sides of the brain as opposed to one,” said Steven Curtis, OU School of Music director. Curtis said music study helps develop t h e often-underdeveloped right side of the brain. Mandarin is a tonal language where a single word has several different meanings depending on tone, which is thought to “engage higher level functions in the cortex,” according to the journal Nature Neuroscience. That part of the brain controls characteristics of higher thought, which actually tune the brain stem. “Musical ability — or aptitude — is very much like I.Q.,” Curtis said. “Everyone has musical ability.”


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International fashion industry fights model malnourishment By Jackie White McClatchy Newspapers KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Joni Harbeck left Kansas City, Mo., to pursue a modeling career in New York she was 18 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 145 pounds. She quickly got a strong message: Lose weight. Once she was down 20 pounds, she was mainstreamed into the usual budding model routine. She was sent to Milan to build up her photo book before returning to New York and living in an East Village apartment with other models. There she saw signs of a disturbing reality of the modeling industry. She found evidence two models suffered bulimia, an eating disorder in which people binge on food and purge. “There were bags of vomit everywhere,” said Harbeck, who now does New York fashion runway and photography work. Harbeck’s experience points to a tragic side of a glamorous profession. Catwalk models are thin. Some, of course, are naturally small because they are young, 15 or 16 years old, and not yet developed. But they are all under a mandate to hold down their weight. Some diet to the extreme. A few go too far. “There is so much pressure from the other girls as well. You see how thin they are,” said Harbeck, who at first found the modeling environment “so harsh” she returned to Lawrence, Kan., for a time to attend college. It reflects a common experience for young Kansas City women who move up to fashion capitals such as Chicago and New York. This city fosters a commercially oriented environment, modeling agencies report. The demand tends to be higher for shapely, curvier silhouettes than for those seen on high-fashion runways. Jennifer Mangan, president of Exposure modeling agency in Overland Park, Kan., said clients often request a size 6 or 8 instead of a size 2. Harbeck said she is often considered too thin for work in Kansas City. Pamela Swann, booking director at Hoffman International Agency in Overland Park, Kan., agrees models can be too thin. When skinny women sign with the agency, she advises them to find a gym and develop muscle tone. “We want them to look healthy, to have a glow,” she said. But the story shifts when young women move to a larger market. Because their clients want models to fit sample sizes, most agencies consider a lean 34inch hip as acceptable criteria. A tall woman, 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11, which many successful models are, with 34-inch hips, may have a skeletal build, Mangan said. The young women have to choose between long and lean or toned and curvaceous. For months the skinny issue has caused tremors in the international fashion industry. Having simmered below the surface for years, it has risen to a global controversy among fashion capitals with advocates for and against regulation. Last fall two young South American models died of complications from anorexia and malnourishment. September in Madrid, designer show organizers required young women to produce proof of body mass index of 18 and above. (Below 18.5 is considered underweight.) Body mass index

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Gamer pastime turning into virtual world addiction By Rangebar Merani Sidelines (Middle Tennessee State U.)

from the game. He wasn’t ever going to class, no matter how much I tried to tell him he should. I was starting to hear MURFREESBORO, Tenn. ‘Fire in the hole!’ in my sleep.” Frey continued to play SO— With games such as Halo 2, Madden and World of Warcraft, COM 2 and didn’t pay much atvideo games have become a tention to school. He managed big part of college campuses all to survive his first semester, over the nation, and an addic- but he wasn’t as lucky his section for students. ond. Imagine a 19-year-old fresh“I was still hooked to that man male walkgame and I really ing into class didn’t care about looking dishevFrey said. y mom class,” eled, lacking per“I knew what I sonal hygiene, was doing, but I gave with red eyes didn’t care. I was me another and an increasin a really good chance and I clan and we all ingly scrawny frame. The stuall night, threw it away played dent avoids any and then I slept again. I was eye contact, when I was supseems uncomstaying up all posed to go to fortable, angry night playing class.” and anxious to Frey ended Halo 2, trying up on academic leave class. His academic report probation that to increase shows he is fresemester my rank. This didn’t return andto quently absent, falls asleep in school until fall time I didn’t class and his asJust when even make it 2005. signments are he thought he through half late or nonexiscould get his stuff tent. The student together, Frey the semester.” has few friends, got hooked on an—Wesley Frey other game, this procrastinates, former college student time Halo 2. isolates himself “I did it again,” in his room, eats irregularly, sleeps two hours Frey said. “My mom gave me each night, has migraines and another chance and I threw it away again. I was staying up all backaches. These could easily be the night playing Halo 2, trying to symptoms of drug abuse or a increase my rank. This time I didn’t even make it through half serious illness. Instead, these are some of the semester.” Frey hasn’t been back to the symptoms of gamer addiction. school since, but is now back on According to Maressa Hecht his feet, without video games. Orzack, a Harvard University “Right now I’m working in psychologist and founder of Nashville and I’m staying at Computer Addiction Services, my dad’s place. I’m just trygamer addiction is an obsession ing to make some money and, with video game playing that hopefully, get back into school,” usually begins in elementary Frey said. “I don’t have a video and middle school. By college, game console right now, so I the individual progresses from don’t think video games will be simple to elaborate games and a problem.” Even his friends can see the the student is hooked. An activity becomes an addic- positive change Frey has untion when it is used to change dergone since giving up video an individual’s mood and the ac- games. tivity becomes an abuse when “I’m glad Wesley is startit interferes with “one’s work ing to calm down on the video or school, or disrupts personal games,” Hemyari said. “He’s or family relationships, and be- making some money now and comes increasingly necessary hopefully I’ll see him at MTSU to feel good,” Orzack said. again soon.” Former Middle Tennessee According to the EntertainState University student Wes- ment Software Association, ley Frey had his days of play- U.S. computer and video game ing video games all night and software sales grew 6 percent skipping class in the morning. in 2006 to $7.4 billion — almost A freshman in 2003, Frey was tripling industry software sales lucky enough to get his tuition since 1996. paid for by his father’s boss, The Entertainment Software but he didn’t take advantage of Association reports the averthe opportunity that was given age gamer is 33 years old and has been playing an average of to him. “I was going to school and 12 years. The association reit was being paid for by some- ports 69 percent of American one else. I didn’t have to spend heads of households play video a dime. But I screwed it up, of games. course,” Frey said. “I got really With the video game indusinto a video game called SO- try growing stronger, and new, COM 2. I was playing all night innovative games being develand early into the morning and oped, it doesn’t look like the craze is going to end anytime I skipped class. A lot.” Adel Hemyari, a senior po- soon. litical science major, was Frey’s College students all over roommate during their fresh- the nation play video games man year. more than they should, but still “Every night I would hear manage to get through school. him playing PS2 while I was There are a few, though, that trying to sleep,” Hemyari said. become “game-hooked” and “I would wake up to go to class the symptoms of gamer addicand I could still here gunshots tion begin.

“M

Photo courtesy of Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/MCT TOO THIN: Joni Harbeck of Kansas City, Mo. left modeling for a time because she was disturbed by other models’ eating disorders.

is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. City officials in Milan, the home base of many major designers, introduced a code discouraging excessively skinny models. And in New York, leading up to Fall Fashion Week in February, the Council of Fashion Designers of America introduced a “health initiative” issuing guidelines to casting agents and designers. Working with representatives from medical, exercise and nutrition fields, the Council of Fashion Designers of America suggested serving healthy snacks backstage, helping models with apparent eating disorders and avoiding hiring models younger than 16. The group vowed to hold workshops. In short, the organization is hoping to raise the volume of discussion while avoiding mandates. “Everybody is in agreement,” said Nian Fish, a senior vice president with KCD Public Relations, which produces many designer shows in New York and Europe and is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America committee. “We want to spread the word about it. We don’t want to be responsible for causing any eating disorders.”

The issues go well beyond the health of the models. What messages do the media barrage of waif like images send to vulnerable young people? Could they encourage eating disorders? Or perhaps more likely, how much do they contribute to negative self-images among women in a culture of thin? Can the aesthetic be shifted? The fashion industry’s thin aesthetic cannot be blamed for anorexia and bulimia, said Susan Ice, a vice president and medical director of the Philadelphiabased Renfrew Center, a facility that treats eating disorders. “It is genetic-based, triggered usually by things going on in the family,” said Ice, who serves on the Council of Fashion Designers of America committee. One to 2 percent of women have bulimia, and 1 to 3 percent have anorexia. “It is a rare disease but lethal. Twenty percent die, usually by suicide,” Ice said. Lynn Grefe, CEO of the National Eating Disorder Association, says as many as 10 million women have eating disorders. The modeling industry is not responsible, she says, but the Council of Fashion Designers of

America could do more. “It’s going to take a real partnership,” she said, involving the designers, media and agents. Some psychologists think the media’s focus on thinness influences how people feel about themselves. A recent study at the University of Missouri-Columbia indicated women of all sizes suffered lower body esteem after seeing images of thin models. Laurie Mintz, the study’s coauthor and associate professor of education and counseling psychology, said the research involved 81 European and American women who were shown pictures of both neutral and skinny models. “Heavier and thin women were equally affected,” Mintz said. “This is what we’re supposed to live up to.” Kirsten Oelklaus, a licensed clinical social worker at Kansas City’s Center Point Counseling and Recovery, said women are confused by the mixed messages. Nicole Richie, whose stickthin frame has become a symbol of the unhealthy celebrity, is a cover girl one week and chided for being too thin the next. For people who don’t look like her, “the message is ‘I’m not OK.’”


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SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS

Beat the heat indoors with summer flicks By Todd Schaaf The University Star

The Ex May 18

Summertime isn’t officially here, but May begins the boxoffice rollout of warm weather hits. Trilogies and series continuations are the order of the summer.

The Ex, starring Zach Braff, Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman, promises to be one of the funniest films of the summer. Tom Reilly (Braff) goes to work for his father-in-law when his wife (Peet) gets pregnant. His first day on the job, Reilly crosses wheelchairbound Chip Sanders (Bateman), who happens to be his wife’s ex-boyfriend. Reilly’s competitiveness and awkwardness get the best of him time and again, landing him in embarrassing situations. This is the first big directing gig for Jesse Peretz, former bassist for The Lemonheads. This movie will not disappoint fans of Meet the Parents or the American Pie franchise.

Spiderman 3 May 4 The long-awaited third installment in Marvel’s SpiderMan franchise is upon us. Spider-Man 3 will feature veterans of the franchise as well as several newcomers. Thomas Haden Church will fill the role of Flint Marko, also known as Sandman, a villain who uses sand as a weapon. Probably the most anticipated aspect of this movie to diehard fan boys and girls is Topher G r a c e ’ s character Eddie Brock, who becomes the symbiotic villain, Venom. Expect the movie to be a little darker than SpiderMan films of the past both cinematically and in terms of subject matter. If it does well enough, expect a Spider-Man 4 in the future.

Shrek the Third May 18 The film is another third installment, this time from the people at DreamWorks. Shrek the Third follows Shrek, Prin-

cess Fiona, Donkey and Puss in Boots taking part in more zany adventures. This time around King Harold, voiced by John Cleese, is removed from his duties due to illness. Shrek, the rightful heir, does not want the job and tries to persuade Artie, voiced by Justin Timberlake to take the position. Princess Fiona and her team of classic fairytale damsels, including Rapunzel and Cinderella, fight off an attempt by Prince Charming to overthrow the royal family. With Shrek 4 already announced, the franchise needs to wow audiences to keep the characters from getting stale, so look forward to big things from this movie. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End May 25 It has been less than a year since the release of Dead Man’s Chest, and At World’s End couldn’t get here soon enough. Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp and company are back to out do last summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean flick, which is one of top-five g ro s s i n g movies of all time. T h i s installm e n t brings our heroes around the world to the seas of the Far East to rescue their despicable yet charming leader, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp). This year’s Pirates brings back — quite possibly from the dead — Captain Barbossa, along with two new cast members, Chow Yun-Fat and as Sparrow’s father (and Depp’s inspiration for the character), Keith Richards. Evan Almighty June 22 In this sequel to Bruce Almighty, Evan Baxter, played by Steve Carell, is chosen to save the world two animals at a time. God, played again by Morgan Freeman, visits Baxter and tells him a flood is coming and he must build an ark to save the world. Baxter, who begins to physically resemble Noah, starts attracting pairs of wild animals, loses his job and reluctantly decides to

build the ark. Do not expect too much from this movie. With any other actor, this probably would have never made it to the big screen, but Carell can do no wrong in the eyes of Hollywood, so on with the show. Transformers July 4 It’s the classic tale. Two factions of space robots crash on Earth and do battle with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. Quite possibly the most talked about movie of the summer is Michael Bay’s Transformers. Unfortunately with such hype, it will not be hard for the movie to be a let down. Other than Autobots and Decepticons shooting at each other, no real story line is discernable. Transformers raises many questions, one being: How does a robot from space know how to transform into a Ford Mustang? Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix July 13 Harry Potter is back with its fifth — yes, fifth inst allment — with two more in the works. This one appears to be another typical Harry Potter movie. Living at Hogwarts, gaining the admiration of Dumbledore, fearing Voldemort and dealing with quite possibly the longest bout with puberty in recorded history, are just some of the issues Harry has to deal with this time. This Potter movie claims to be the darkest and most intense yet. As usual, fans of the previous books and movies will love this one, those who are not fans will again be listening to their friends tell them about it anyway. The Simpsons Movie July 27 People have been asking for it for years, and now it is here. The Simpsons Movie, which follows America’s favorite yellow family through some crazy misadventures, was announced April 1 last year, in what most people believed to be a cruel April fool’s joke. Rumors have speculated the plot is based around a nuclear crisis in Springfield, which

may spell the end of the series. People lucky enough to have seen test screenings earlier this year have nothing but good things to say about the film. Expect this movie to jump the shark.

employers, trying to find out exactly who he is. Expect to once again be blown away by Paul Greengrass’ vision of the Robert Ludlum spy novels.

Bourne Ultimatum August 3

Look out for two movies this summer that may not be blockbusters, but worthy of time and attention. The first movie is Knocked Up, directed by Judd Apatow, who also directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Starring Seth Rogen as a guy who impregnates a one-night stand, this will either be huge or the sleeper comedy of the summer. The other under-hyped film is an import from New Zealand called Black Sheep. When a genetic experiment goes awry, herds of sheep become mutated and deadly. Also watch out for weresheep. This movie will be a hit or miss; think Shaun of the Dead, except with sheep.

Identity, Supremacy and lastly Ultimatum … Bourne can do no wrong. Fans of high speed, high intensity spy thrillers rejoice. Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne, recovering amnesiac and spy extraordinaire. The first movie of the trilogy caught audiences by surprise, reminding them spy movies can still be mind-blowing thrillers. The Bourne Supremacy lived up to its predecessor, but kept audiences wanting more. Here it is. Possibly the last movie in the franchise, the Bourne Ultimatum picks up right where the last one left off: Bourne hunting down his former

Movies flying under the radar


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Austin party helps Eeyore lose his birthday blues By Jeffery D. Hooten The University Star There is hope for the student who prefers life’s simple pleasures such as drum circles, egg tosses and dressing up in strange costumes. Eeyore’s Birthday Party — a tradition in Austin for more than 40 years — will be held Saturday in Pease Park. Every year people from Austin and the surrounding area don their craziest costumes and head to Pease Park for a day of festivities. The party is held to honor the birthday of the chronically depressed donkey from A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. “It’s grown quite a bit,” said Scott Sexton, president of Friends of the Forest Foundation, which is organizing the event. Sexton said the first Eeyore’s occurred in the early ’60s and was simply a

THURSDAY APRIL 26 Lonesome Dove Revisited The exhibit is located in the Southwestern Writers Collection on the seventh floor of Alkek Library. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (512) 245-2313. LITTLE HEROES This exhibition features children as subjects and reflects the breadth and depth of the Wittliff Gallery’s permanent collection, including its world-class holdings of contemporary Mexican photography. The exhibit is in the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography on the seventh floor of Alkek Library. Exhibits are free and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

way for a group of English majors at the University of Texas to enjoy the spring weather. Needing an excuse to celebrate, the students decided to throw a party for the children’s book character, Eeyore. One story depicts his depression because he thought no one remembered his birthday. “Back in its heyday, it was just a bunch of kids that showed up,” Sexton said. “Someone would drop beer off the back of a truck and everyone would hang out around the kegs.” Eeyore’s Birthday Party took place in Eastwoods Park until the ’70s, when it moved to Pease Park. The Eastwoods Park Neighborhood Association dedicated a statue of Eeyore April 1 to honor the celebration’s roots. Sexton said now the celebration has grown into a fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations.

perform 6 p.m. in the University Performing Arts Center. Free. Concert Band Concert Student conductors perform 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Free. Mysterium for Modern Music Composition students perform their works 8 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free. 17th Annual Image Awards The awards, sponsored by the Black Student Alliance, highlight the true essence of leadership. The awards are 6 to 10:30 p.m. in the Theater building.

FRIDAY APRIL 27 Lonesome Dove Revisited LITTLE HEROES Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Thesis Exhibition II

Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature The exhibit is located in the Southwestern Writers Collection on the seventh floor of Alkek Library. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (512) 245-2313.

Duck Jam Texas State Ducks Unlimited presents Rich O’Toole and Kyle Park in concert 9 p.m. at Gordo’s. Tickets are $10 during pre-sale and $12 at the door.

Thesis Exhibition II Gallery I & II will feature an exhibition of work by studio art students. The opening reception will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Galleries I and II are located on the second floor of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature

Guitar Studio Recital Guitar students of Mark A. Cruz

Honors Thesis Forum The forum will discuss how slang in

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Thesis Exhibition II Symphonic Winds The band performs under the direction of Rod Schueller 8 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general public and $1 for students.

“Any of the funds we generate at the event we turn around and donate to local nonprofit groups,” Sexton said. “Nobody in the park is making any money (for themselves).” Sexton said activities such as costume contests, games and live music will take place throughout the day. The following day, a park cleanup is organized by the Friends of the Forest Foundation to minimize the event’s impact on the local environment. “I’ve been told by various people that the day after, the park is cleaner than it was before,” Sexton said. Among the bands playing during this year’s Eeyore’s Birthday Party is Austinbased Tribal Nation. “I’ve been to about ten or twelve of them,” said Mike Franklin, keyboard player for Tribal Nation. “Everyone comes from all ages — bankers, blues players and hippies.”

the film of Pedro Almodóvar reflects the social changes in Spanish Youth in Post-Franc. The forum is 11:20 to 11:40 a.m. Duck Race and Raffle Drawing Delta Gamma sponsors the event benefiting the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired 3 to 5 p.m. in Sewell Park. Book Signing Bewlah T. Zew will sign his book 360˚ 2 p.m. at Hastings.

SATURDAY APRIL 28 Lonesome Dove Revisited LITTLE HEROES Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Thesis Exhibition II Senior Tuba/Euphonium Recital Jeffrey Keyes, student of Raul Rodriguez performs 2 p.m. in the University Performing Arts Center. Free. Art walk The Dormouse Fantabulous will be hosting an art walk from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. around The Square. Free. This Will Destroy You CD, Clap!Clap! CD release with Oceanus and Crocodile perform 12 a.m. 11, 10 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for 21 and up and $8 for minors.

SUNDAY APRIL 29 La Feria del Mariachi This annual Mariachi competition culminates in a grand finale concert 4 p.m. in the Strahan Coliseum. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-15. Flute Studio Recital Students of Adah Toland Jones perform 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Franklin said the most important thing to remember when attending Eeyore’s is it’s OK to look or act strange. “It’s one of those things where you have to let yourself go,” Franklin said. “It’s OK to look silly.” Franklin said he once saw a group of lawyers dressed in diapers taking part in the festivities. “It was pretty funny,” Franklin said. Vocalist Dianne Whitehair, known as Madame Scorpio, said those who attend are generally “pretty free-spirited people.” Whitehair, whose band Scorpio Rising will play at the party, said she has been attending the celebration for years and it has a distinct family atmosphere. “There’ll be topless women and kids running around as well, so it’s kind of a strange mix,” Whitehair said. “Everybody shows their colors.” This year will be Katie Livingston’s

Bravo ‘07! This gala event honors music students 7 p.m. in the Reed Parr Room on the 11th floor of JCK. Tickets: $15 each.

MONDAY APRIL 30 Lonesome Dove Revisited LITTLE HEROES Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Thesis Exhibition III Gallery I & II will feature an exhibition of work by studio art students. The opening reception will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Galleries I and II are located on the second floor of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Graduate Violin Recital Amy Cavazos, student of Lynn Ledbetter performs 6 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free. Salsa Night The dance night is 9 p.m. at George’s.

TUESDAY MAY 1 Lonesome Dove Revisited LITTLE HEROES Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Thesis Exhibition III

WEDNESDAY MAY 2 Lonesome Dove Revisited LITTLE HEROES Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Thesis Exhibition III

first Eeyore’s Birthday. “(My parents) have been telling me about it for a long time, but since I lived in Katy I was never able to go,” said Livingston, English freshman. Livingston said the most important part of the celebration will be the opportunity to spend time with her friends. “Just being together with everyone is always a good time,” she said.

✯FYI Pease Park is located on Lamar Boulevard near 15th Street. Free shuttles will be available on the 1600 block of Colorado Street and Congress Avenue.

THURSDAY MAY 3 Lonesome Dove Revisited LITTLE HEROES Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Thesis Exhibition III VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration Join the City of San Marcos to celebrate spring. Call (512) 353-8482 for more information.

FRIDAY MAY 4 Lonesome Dove Revisited LITTLE HEROES Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature

LITTLE HEROES Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Thesis Exhibition III The Hearts of Texas Chorus- Spring show The spring show is 3 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. Call (866) 801-4238 or visit tickets@hotchorus.org for ticket information. Heritage Home Tours of Distinction

MONDAY MAY 7FRIDAY MAY 11 Lonesome Dove Revisited

Thesis Exhibition III LITTLE HEROES VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration

SATURDAY MAY 5 Lonesome Dove Revisited LITTLE HEROES

Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Thesis Exhibition III

SATURDAY MAY 12

Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature

Lonesome Dove Revisited

Thesis Exhibition III

LITTLE HEROES

VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature

The Hearts of Texas Chorus The spring show is 7:30 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. Call (866) 801-4238 or visit tickets@hotchorus.org or ticket information. Heritage Home Tours of Distinction The Heritage Association tours San Marcos. Contact the San Marcos Area Chamber at (512) 393-5900 for more information.

SUNDAY MAY 6 Lonesome Dove Revisited

Mother Earth Kid’s Fun Night Activities include a mother’s day craft, games, a movie and a glass-bottom boat ride 5 to 8 p.m. for children in grades 1-6 at the Aquarena Center. Reservations are encouraged, but not required and the event is $9 per child. Call 245-7540 for reservations. Mother’s Day Taste of the Town This dessert buffet and gift selection event is at the Aquarena Center. For information call 245-7513.


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Video games unjustly blamed for violence It took less than 24 violent, murder-simulahours for the blame tors and any time somegame to begin. thing goes awry the Dr. Phil was one of game, the killer who the first to jump on happens to play it, and the anti-video game the industry behind it is bandwagon only hours at fault. Case closed. BILL RIX after the shooting at The problem with Star Columnist Virginia Tech, pointall of this is two-fold: ing out Cho SeungFor one, it should be Hui was a gamer, and hinted it evident video games do not might have had something to make people kill. Scientists do with the killings. It turned and psychologists have proved out to be untrue, as www.gayit, so why are we still using gamer.net’s Mike Thompson video games as a catch-all for pointed out Wednesday, after violent behavior if it’s wrong? search warrants showed Cho It keeps getting brought up had no gaming-related items in because there is a cycle in his dorm room. Whoops. But so place, promoting this problem. what if he was — would it even The cycle involves several be that big of a deal? It would, facets of the mainstream and evidently, as Dr. Phil had this pop media — mostly shows like mouthful to say on CNN: Oprah, Dr. Phil, sensationalist “We’re going to have to programming such as Hannity start addressing those issues & Colmes and their ilk. Because and recognizing that the mass these television celebrities talk murders of tomorrow are the about video games with such children of today that are being force and malevolence, their programmed with this massive audience — namely the Starviolence overdose.” bucks-drinking, Escalade-drivThis “violence overdose” ing, white upper-middle class comes packaged in the form portion of America — take it as of video games such as Halo, bond and in turn give the netDoom and everyone’s favorite works reason to spit the same whipping boy, Grand Theft Auto. rhetoric back whenever a shootIt’s nice to see one of the ing occurs. least expected personalities Second of all, if it’s so obvihas come out in opposition of ously untrue, why do we still let blaming games for such violent this poor behavior continue? acts. Conservative radio host With the exception of video Rush Limbaugh, in what www. game journalists such as mykotaku.com’s Michael McWher- self, and prolific Web logs like tor keenly labeled “unusually www.joystiq.com and www.korefreshing logic,” railed against taku.com, no one is saying too those who would be so swift to much on the issue. Those with place so much blame on video the skills needed to reach a games, pointing out in a riposte mass market — writing, critical to a call-in, “If you start blaming thinking and publishing skills the video games, you may as — are something all but a handwell demand video game conful of video game journalists trol because it’s the same thing has. This is one of the chief when you start trying to blame reasons video game journalism guns for this...” has been mired in a puerile I’ve been writing this column state for so long. Most of those for over a year now and I’ve who have the requisite abilities heard the same thing said in re- get jobs at www.1up.com and gard to video games: They are www.gamespot.com, where they

mainly write reviews instead of working at www.gamedaily. com’s BIZ division, an industry Web site or The Entertainment Consumers Association. It’s unfortunate, but to put it bluntly (and ironically), video game journalism just plain sucks. It’s not just video game journalists, though. All journalists are in the wrong for not trying to rectify such a stunningly incorrect, yet popular, opinion. Because of the foot-dragging on the part of the press, everyone has to deal with people like Jack Thompson, the famous attorney who just can’t seem to shut up about Grand Theft Auto, and the aforementioned Dr. Phil, who I’m sure has managed to further poison mainstream America against video games for the next year or so. We have to realize as long as journalists from all media neglect their duties and allow this misinformation to be spread, video games will continue to get an unfair rap. Still, more blame falls on gaming culture and the gamers themselves. As long as the face of gaming continues to be fat, lily-white shut-ins, the media will have an almost inexhaustible source from which to draw inspiration from. Additionally, gripes on message boards are likely to end up in the hands of the wrong people. If you’ve ever read the forums at www. ign.com or www.gamespot. com, you’ll know how often well-meaning threads focusing on video game ethics and media bias are reduced to petty complaining and name-calling. There is much progress to be made in the way of video game journalism. Short of taking an interest in gaming, the old order, those in control of the media outlets, need to take responsibility and refute these false claims made by television and radio personalities.

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