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Legislature votes to add student to Board of Regents By Ashley Richards News Reporter After finalizing decisions and closing a late May meeting at Lamar University in Beaumont, the nine members serving on the Texas State University System Board of Regents found out their membership will jump to 10 in 2006 because of a bill passed by the 79th Texas Legislature that will place a nonvoting student representative on all Texas public university system boards of regents. As requested by several University of Texas students, Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, authored and filed Senate Bill 934. The original text of his bill suggested restructuring each board of regents to give one of the nine existing regent positions to a student who would have voting power. Five of the six members on the Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education opposed granting a student a voting position on the boards. After being rewritten to create a 10th position for a nonvoting student, the bill passed the Senate and moved to the House. In the House, Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, filed House Bill 1968, which was identical to the rewritten SB 934. After Rose’s bill was dropped, he sponsored Wentworth’s bill and attached it as an amendment to SB 34, authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, which passed the Senate and House with widespread support. The student regents will be selected by the governor, just as all other regents are. Graduate and undergraduate students can
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begin applying for the position in the fall, and those selected could begin serving their oneyear terms in the Spring 2006 semester. Wentworth served on the TSUS Board of Regents from 1987 to 1988 and said the experience allowed him to have a better perspective on the benefits of having a student regent. “The regents I served with were prominent and successful in their careers, but none of them had been a student in two, three, four decades,” Wentworth said. “I felt we were missing student input.” Since he was a student in the early 1960s at Texas A&M University, Wentworth said he was in favor of a student member on the Board of Regents. He said creating a student regent position has been a nearly 40-year project. In the previous legislative session, tuition was deregulated, giving the boards of regents responsibility for setting tuition rates for the public universities they oversee. Wentworth thinks this control over tuition made the need for student representation all the more urgent. Jeff Miller, English sophomore, and Erin Gray, psychology junior, agree that with the board determining tuition, it is especially important for the regents to hear the students’ point of view. Miller said he thought the student selected to fill the new regent position should be someone who pays for his or her own education. “Hopefully the regents will
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student concerns, passed a bill that establishes a nonvoting position for a student on each public university system board of regents. “That was something we were very supportive of,” said Associated Student Government President Jordan Anderson. “It opens the doors to communication.” “They’ve been trying to get a student regent for almost 50 years,” Anderson said. “It’s definitely a good first step.” Trauth was also enthusiastic about having a student regent. “I think it’s a positive outcome,”
In a four-hour meeting on June 7, the San Marcos City Council established a department to enforce compliance with city codes, including a measure aimed at reducing the number of students living in residential neighborhoods. The council amended the fiscal year 2005 budget to include a Code Enforcement Department. The council agenda described the department as being “tasked with enforcing compliance of city codes and ordinances.” “It emerged out of complaints from citizens over a long period of time, ranging from zoning violations, loud parties, trash and other issues. What we wanted to do was communicate the rules,” said Communications Manager Melissa Millecam. Millecam cited the city’s cleanup efforts in the Sagewood Trail neighborhood as a guide to how the new department would operate. The Sagewood subdivision, which is largely populated by students, was the focus of a task force established by San Marcos in November to inform residents of possible violations of trash ordinances and fine those who failed to comply. “Our efforts in Sagewood were exceptionally effective,” Millecam said. But Associated Student Government President Jordan Anderson has a different perspective. “I guess it’s within their rights, but I’ve had trouble with the R-1 zoning rules because they have never given any justification other than keeping students out of neighborhoods,” Anderson said, referring to the city zoning rules that prevent more than two unrelated people living in the same residence. During the council’s deliberations, City Manager Dan O’Leary said he wanted the Code Enforcement Department in place in time for Texas State’s Fall 2005 semester. The council heard from San Marcos Police Department Chief Howard Williams regarding increased enforcement
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Courtney Addison/Star photo Just in time for summer, the Rio Vista Pool reopened to the public May 28 after a year of renovations. Located off of C.M. Allen Parkway, the pool has many new features, such as a water playground, slides and more.
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Texas Legislature fails to pass university’s bond package By Sean Wardwell News Reporter Texas State’s main legislative goals remained unfulfilled as the 79th regular session of the Texas Legislature came to a close. More than $183 million in bonds for Texas State construction projects failed approval because House and Senate members were unable to reach a consensus. “Our highest priorities for this session were campus construction projects,” Texas State President Denise Trauth said. “We are disappointed that the revenue bonds didn’t pass.” Texas State intended to use the bonds
to build a new undergraduate academic center, add a new building to the Round Rock Higher Education Center, build a new fine arts and communication center and initiate infrastructure repairs and improvements to the campus. The revenue bonds were part of a larger bill to provide Texas universities with more than $1 billion for campus improvement and construction projects. Members of the legislative conference committee were unable to decide on what should be funded under the legislation. Individuals, interests groups and members of his own party, including possible gubernatorial candidate U.S.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, have urged Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session of the Legislature to fix many of the unsolved issues from the regular session. “When I introduced Gov. Perry at an event in San Antonio the other night, he said he will call a special session at the end of June,” said Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio. “My guess is that the special session will cover public school finance and reform,” he said. “I have personally asked the governor to consider these university bonds for the special session, and I am hopeful.” The Legislature, responding to
Students must act fast to avoid loan hike Texas State student’s death under investigation Andre Oupoh, exercise and sports science junior, fills out financial aid forms. Students may soon feel a financial strain due to the increasing interest rates on student loans.
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Procrastinating student loan consolidation could cost students hundreds to thousands of dollars because of a 2-percent hike in interest rates that will take place July 1. Each year, interest rates are reset according to the decisions made by Congress, and for the first time in five years, federal student loan interest rates will increase, reversing the trend of declining interest rates to which borrowers had become accustomed over the past several years. Students and parents have the opportunity to avoid the rising rates by applying for consolidation before July 1. Consolidating student loans allows the borrower to combine all his or her loans, if they come from different lenders, into one payment and locks in a low
The Kyle Police Department is currently investigating the possible suicide of a 20-year-old Texas State student. On June 5, finance sophomore Brandon Michael Dudley was hit by an oncoming 18-wheeler on Interstate 35 after pulling his truck onto the shoulder. Investigations have found the truck to be mechanically sound. Hays County 2nd Precinct Justice of the Peace Beth Smith said many witnesses recall seeing Dudley standing on the side of the highway, looking lost and dejected. “He had pulled over on the side of the road, got out of his truck and stood there, just looking despondent, like he needed help. Then he got back in his car
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and drove a couple more miles to the Yarrington Road exit and did the same thing a g a i n ,” Smith said. Brandon Dudley She said at Yarrington Road, Dudley jumped from the highway shoulder into the traffic lane in front of a car. The car swerved and missed Dudley. The driver of the car immediately dialed 9-1-1. While the driver was on the phone with the emergency operator, Dudley dove in front of the 18wheeler. According to Smith and KPD Lt. Pedro Hernandez, several witnesses called the police de-
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partment throughout the day confirming Dudley’s leap into traffic, often saying “he just didn’t look right.” There are numerous indications that Dudley’s death was a suicide, Smith said. Investigators are taking various measurements to determine whether or not Dudley had any intention of taking his own life before any official statement will be released. At the time of his death, Dudley was living in an apartment in Austin. He lived in Blanco Hall on West Campus until after final exams in May. The police have gone through his living space and found little to no evidence indicating the possible suicide was premeditated. A visitation for Dudley was held June 8 in Dickinson. The funeral was held the next day at the same location.
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Wednesday in Brief
June 15, 2005
campus happenings The 25th annual San Marcos Summerfest is scheduled for July 4 at Sewell Park. Food and activity booths will open at noon. A variety of food and other items will be available, and there will be continuous live musical entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening. The river-float parade is set for 9 p.m., followed by a fireworks exhibition at 9:30 p.m. Admission to all events is absolutely free.
Parking for Summerfest will be available at the Texas State Bobcat Stadium and Strahan Coliseum parking lots. For general information on Summerfest, contact the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department at (512) 393-8400, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at (512) 393-5900 or Pat Murdock at (512) 245-3582. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos
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On This Day... 1215 - King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta.
1916 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
1752 - Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court reinforced its position on abortion by striking down state and local restriction on abortions.
It’s ‘geesing’ that it’s food
Campus Beat Texas State AAF team places first at national competition
The Texas State Students in Free Enterprise team placed in the top-20 teams in the United States for the ninth straight year at the 2005 SIFE USA National Exposition. This year, it ranked as first runner-up in the semifinal round. Four teams were in fifth place overall in the competition, including Texas State. More than 180 SIFE teams nationwide competed May 22 to 24 at the 2005 SIFE USA National Exposition after winning in their respective regional competitions. Drury University won first place in the audio-visual presentation, the University of Arizona won second place, followed by ValdoCourtney Addison/Star photo sta State and Flagler College. With the summer already here, the river is more popular than ever before. However, more visitors means more litter. One of the highlights of the competition was the recognition of Denise Smart, dean of the McCoy College of Business as the “Most Supportive Dean in America.” It was indeed a welldeserved honor, and the Texas Councilman speaks to Marcos High School and reMembers of the AND 1 Mix endorsement contract with the State SIFE students, Sam Walgroups about diversity, ceived a BA in public relations Tape Ballers will visit two Texas basketball apparel company. ton, Fellow in Free Enterprise, role in government from Southwest Texas State cities later this month in search The travels and exploits of and Vicki West, were extremely University in 2000. He was of the best streetballers around the AND 1 team is also chronpleased Smart was selected. San Marcos City Council- elected to fill an unexpired term as part of their sixth annual icled and scheduled to begin Fortune 500 executives who sit man Daniel Guerrero has hit in Place 3 on the City Council AND 1 Mix Tape Tour. broadcast on ESPN2 throughon the SIFE national board of the speaker’s circuit recently, in 2004. Visits to Houston and San out the summer. directors made the selection. with two motivational speeches A cancer survivor of 23 years Antonio are scheduled for June Both cities’ Open Runs are In the Individual Topic given at an Idaho college gradu- in remission, Guerrero enjoys 25 and 27 respectively. scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. competition category, which ation and an IBM diversity public and motivational speakEach city will host an open with the games taking place at measures the content of each panel. ing. call for people interested in dis- 7:30 p.m. Houston’s game will university’s program, Texas State Guerrero, 28, addressed He is active in the San Marplaying their basketball abilities take place at the Toyota Center was the top winner. In 2004 and graduates of Lewis and Clark cos community, serving as for a spot on the team in that and the San Antonio stop will 2005, there were five competiState College in Lewiston, Ida- president of League of United night’s game and a possible tip-off at the SBC Center. tions describing the details of ho. Guerrero encouraged the Latin American Citizens #654 each team’s most important graduates to seek community from 2003 to 2004. He was approjects. Texas State was named leadership and service, to keep pointed by the City Council to a finalist earlier in the spring at pursuing education and to act serve on the Arts Commission the regional competition. On as role models for others. from 2000 to 2001. May 22, the top three winners He also participated in an Guerrero is a member of the were announced, and Texas State IBM Corporation panel on Austin Chapter of the Society of University Park. Upon further investiwas the only university to win diversity at the invitation of the Mexican-American Engineers Police Department gation, the nonstudent was both a first-place and secondIBM Diversity Network. and Scientists, the Texas State detained for criminal trespass place award and remained the Representing business and Alumni Association, Omega June 4, 1:59 a.m. and handed over to the Hays top prize winner again this year. community service, Guerrero Delta Phi and Rho Alumni AsPublic Intoxication, Minor County Juvenile Center. The Texas SIFE team won first fielded questions about his role sociation. in Possession/Bobcat Village place for its program, Polsky as a young minority represenHe is the Operations ManagApartments San Marcos Personal Investing to Achieve tative serving in local govern- er for INROADS/Central Texas Police officer made contact Police Department Financial Independence, and ment. He urged IBM employees Inc., an international nonprofit, with a nonstudent who apsecond place for its National to stay involved in community professional development orgapeared intoxicated. Upon June 2, 2:07 p.m. Business Ethics Month. Details development issues and offer nization based in Austin. further investigation, the non202 West Access Road/ of these competitions are availleadership in civic affairs. student was arrested for public Received Information able upon request. A San Marcos native, Guer— Courtesy of intoxication and minor in Received information from Texas State is widely recogrero is a 1995 graduate of San the City of San Marcos possession and transported to a bus driver of a suspicious nized for the depth and detail of Hays County Law Enforcement vehicle that followed the bus its educational outreach projects. Center. from another city. Officers They will be available online at located the vehicle and made a www.sife.org in late June. June 7, 5:11 p.m. felony stop and investigation. In addition to competition, Criminal Trespass: Property, The driver and two occupants Texas State SIFE students had Building, Aircraft/Sewell Park of the vehicle were identified the opportunity to interview Police officer made contact for the information report. for jobs and internships from with a nonstudent at Sewell Fortune 500 companies, with Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS many receiving multiple offers. Texas State students have had a great deal of success at the national career fair, and more than 35 former students are On page B-1 in the Opin- vember on the grounds of the employed nationwide as a result ion section of The Star’s June Texas State Materials Manageof their involvement with the 1 edition, the “Quote of the ment Office at 305 River Ridge organization. Day” from Hays County Com- Parkway in San Marcos. We SIFE is a nonprofit organizamissioner Russ Molenaar was apologize to UPD for the mistion active on more than 1,800 explained as a reference to understanding. college and university campuses outgoing Constable Ron Magill Also in the Opinion section, in 40 countries. SIFE works in resignation because of military the illustrations by Star artists partnership with business and duty. Magill actually resigned to Pat Stark, on page B-1, and Tifhigher education to provide enter the private sector, not for fany Cunningham, on page B-3, students the opportunity to military service. were not properly credited to make a difference and to develop On the same page, the staff the artists. leadership, teamwork and comeditorial incorrectly stated On page C-1 in the Trends munication skills through learnthat the University Police De- section, in the article “Top 5 ing, practicing and teaching the partment auction, at which bands tickle discerning San Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs knocks the ball principles of free enterprise. bicycles seized during UPD’s Marcos ears” by Brian McSwain, bike roundup on campus will the third group, The Word Asfrom Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton during — Courtesy of be sold, is held in Waco. The sociation, was incorrectly introsecond-quarter action on Sunday in Game 2 of the 2005 Media Relations auction is in fact held in No- duced as Electric Mayhem. NBA Finals at the SBC Center in San Antonio.
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The Texas State American Advertising Federation team took overall first place at the AAF 2005 National Student Advertising Competition held June 5 and 6 in Nashville, Tenn. The Texas State AAF team received $3,500 for the first-place finish based on an ad campaign created for Yahoo! Inc. Texas State finished ahead of secondplace University of Virginia and third-place Loyola University of New Orleans. “All the NSAC campaigns were terrific, but we thought the Texas State University-San Marcos campaign was the best combination of integrated marketing and viral marketing,” said Murray Gaylord, vice president of brand marketing for Yahoo! Inc. “It was a big idea that would break through the clutter.” Texas State won the competition with its targeted campaign from its agency “i5Advertising.” The campaign utilized a spokesperson, “Dave,” who spoke directly to the teen market through fun and humorous antics. The viral component of the campaign acted to generate buzz; funny video clips, “Dave Jams Out” concerts, online contests and targeted advertising were also part of the team’s creative advertising solution. The AAF team at Texas State is jointly supported by the College of Fine Arts and Communication and the McCoy College of Business Administration. It involves a wide range of students studying advertising, marketing, public relations and communication design. The AAF team was advised by Jody Gibson from the department of mass communication and Mary Ann Stutts from the department of marketing. “This year’s AAF client, Yahoo!, with its 13- to 17-year-old target market, was a fun client to work on,” Stutts said. “The research showed that teenagers today are very different than teenagers in years past, and the client challenged teams across the country to come up with innovative research, media, creative and promotions to reach teens, including viral marketing.” “This year’s AAF team created a fun, innovative and slightly irreverent campaign that was just a little on the edge,” she said. “The team was not afraid to take a risk with ‘Dave,’ the spokesperson they created. The judges loved Dave and the campaign.” The competition was judged on a hypothetical ad campaign for Yahoo! Inc., including a 20minute presentation and a 32page campaign book outlining strategy, market research and promotional activities. Fifteen district winners and one wild card participated in the national competition. The Texas State AAF team has advanced to nationals 10 out of the last 16 years and has placed in the top six at nationals all 10 times, winning first place in 1990; second place in 2001; third place in 1993, 1999, 2003 and 2004; fourth place in 1997; fifth place in 2000; and sixth place in 1992.
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Smoking? Not in my ‘pot’ of town
Texas State PRSSA takes second place in debut at Bateman Competition By Rob Silva News Reporter
Lindsay Lyle/Star photo Anthony Morley, communication design junior, and other Coffee Pot customers are forced to smoke outside because of the new restrictions by management.
A smoke-free Coffee Pot welcomes new group of customers By Jennifer Warner News Reporter San Marcos staple the Coffee Pot Espresso Bar opened its doors over a decade ago under the premise that it would be “a place where friends meet friends.” But until recently, nonsmokers may have taken one step inside the building before running for the door. The Coffee Pot closed its doors as a smoking facility at the end of the business day on May 21. Two days later, the shop reopened without even the slightest hint of 11 years of tar and nicotine buildup that had made itself at home in the business for so long. Sandi Watson, who owns the business along with husband Ray, said the decision to turn the Coffee Pot into a nonsmoking facility was a scary one, but after only three weeks, she is already seeing new faces. “It’s quite a change, and it’s kind of a gutsy move, but we decided to make the change, and it worked,” Watson said. “People seem to be really reacting well to it. Those who don’t smoke are thrilled. They say things like, ‘Oh, I’ve always wanted to be coming to the Coffee Pot, but I couldn’t stand the smoke.’” Watson, herself a smoker, said other smokers were hesitant at first, but they have not been disappointed by the change. Smoking customers have told her they are pleased about being forced outside so they can take a break from studying in order to smoke, preventing four-hour chain-smoking binges.
t’s quite a change, and it’s kind of a gutsy move, but we decided to make the change, and it worked.”
— Sandi Watson Coffee Pot owner
Five Coffee Pot employees spent 10 hours scrubbing the shop from top to bottom May 22 before reopening as a nonsmoking facility. Watson, who also owns the Vintage Exchange across the hall, even washed 40 laundry loads of merchandise to prevent the smoke smell from creeping back in after they had worked so hard to eradicate it. The Vintage Exchange is a nonsmoking facility, but after so many years of being in close proximity to the Coffee Pot, the clothes had taken on the same smoky odor. Watson said the idea of instituting a smoking ordinance, much like ones already in place in Austin and San Antonio, is something that seems to come up at the San Marcos City Council every few years, but she does not feel businesses should be forced to ban smoking, especially bars. “The decision was (made) primarily because we did feel like imposed governmental control is not what any of us would like,” Watson said. “For each individual business to analyze their own business and make a decision I think is better for the business as well as the community.” Mayor Susan Narvaiz said she also believes the decision is something that should come from the business, not the city government.
“Each individual owner or franchise operator should make that decision themselves,” Narvaiz said. “In some cases, it might increase their patronage, or there might be a loss of business.” Owners of several local bars did not return phone calls requesting comments on the issue of smoking ordinances. Dan Clents, owner of Valentino’s Pizza, a restaurant that allows smoking, said he thinks a smoking ordinance in San Marcos is inevitable, but he feels making that decision on his own would cause him to lose customers. “I don’t smoke, and I would prefer nonsmoking, but I feel like I would lose too much business,” Clents said. “But if everybody in town did it, I would be happy.” For Watson, the opposite is true. She said she has actually noticed an increase in customers, in part because of becoming a nonsmoking business and also because of a new, sideways-hanging sign to catch the eye of passers-by. A petition for a citywide smoking ordinance was brought to City Council in 2002 but died due to a lack of support. Narvaiz said that while the issue has not come up again since then, she would not be surprised if it does come up soon because of a recently passed ordinance making all Austin businesses smoke-free. “Most people’s perception is what happens to Austin will eventually happen in San Marcos,” Narvaiz said. “But there has to be a broad base of support. If the citizens bring it to the council, we will address it.” In June 2004, smoking was banned in all of Austin’s public places, including bars and clubs, unless a permit is purchased and clearly displayed. A San Antonio ordinance requires all smoking sections to be closed off from nonsmoking sections but exempts stand-alone bars.
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of the city ordinance barring excessive noise from motor vehicles. “The code is strictly written that if anyone can hear the music or feel the vibrations more than 30 feet from the vehicle, then that’s a violation,” Williams said. Williams said he has instructed officers to make more stops for excessive vehicle noise, but those stops did not necessarily mean more tickets would be issued. Some students felt the vehicle noise ordinance could be used as justification for vehicle searches. “That’s ridiculous. It’s probably an excuse to search more people,” said Tyler White, business administration sophomore. Brian Black, criminal justice junior, concurred. “It’s just another reason to
pull somebody over,” Black said. Anderson expressed concern as well. “It’s too vague,” Anderson said. “It leaves too much discretion to the police officer.” When asked about student concern regarding the possibility of searches stemming from being pulled over for vehicle noise violations, Williams said, “I suggest students read Wren vs. U.S.,” referring to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established that probable cause for a search exists if an officer sees something suspicious in plain sight or smells or hears something suspicious. “If an officer has probable cause to believe a violation has occurred, then what happens from there happens,” Williams said. There were 80 complaints about excessive vehicle noise in 2004, and 30 citations
the city $854,800 over a five year period. “It would be too much money for too little return,” Williams said. The council also debated extending Ramsey Street to Lamar Avenue. Currently, a tree partially obstructs the entrance to Ramsey, making access by emergency response personnel difficult. “It would be difficult to reach with all our apparatus,” Fire Chief Mike Baker said. City Manager Dan O’Leary cautioned against extending Ramsey, arguing that residents of Lamar do not want to open their street to student traffic. Lamar is currently zoned as a single-family neighborhood. Place 1 City Council member and Texas State professor Ed Mihalkanin called those objections “ridiculous,” and the matter was referred back to the City Planning and Zoning Board.
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were issued. Nineteen of the complaints came from the same person. The most citations came from the Aquarena Springs Drive area. Williams also presented the council with a report on the possibility of establishing a 31-1 system in San Marcos. 3-1-1 is a phone number like 9-1-1 but is used for nonemergency calls like noise complaints and city information requests. It is primarily designed to take the burden off overloaded 9-1-1 dispatchers. According to Williams’ presentation, cities such as Baltimore and Austin have met great success in implementing 3-1-1 systems, but the police chief was skeptical of San Marcos’ need for such a system. “There’s no question there would be some great advantages but not at the cost.” Williams said. Implementing a 3-1-1 system in San Marcos would cost
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Texas State brought home a second-place win at the 32nd annual Public Relations Students Society of America Bateman Competition on May 23 in its first year entering the contest. Two five-member teams of the Texas State Chapter of PRSSA entered the competition with the campaign “Illuminating Integrity.” The team consisted of public relations seniors Rebecca Hind, Amanda Acebedo, Krista Whitaker, Candice Greenwood and Amy Rames. This year’s competition focused on the problem of cheating in colleges and universities. “We decided to take our campaign on the edge by targeting faculty and how they can help bring awareness to the problem,” PRSSA President Rebecca Hind said. The campaign included ethical exercises, posters and pledge cards that gave students discounts at local businesses like Roly Poly and Mochas & Javas. All together, 300 packets were made and distributed throughout 13 departments across campus. “The chemistry and mass communication department were very good on responding,” Hind said.
The team presented a PowerPoint presentation to the regional Public Relations Society of America chapter, which was videotaped and sent to the national headquarters in New York where it was viewed by judges. “We delivered a very engaging and professional presentation, which included input from (Texas State President Denise) Trauth,” Acebedo said. The other teams in the top three were Loyola University in first place and Illinois State University in third. “The 63 teams, which participated in the prestigious Bateman Competition this year, have made a significant contribution to the ethical behavior of fellow students,” said Betsy Plank, former PRSA president and founder of Champions for PRSSA, in a press release. The 63 entries will be viewed by PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards for components that can be used for future educational outreach to colleges and universities. The Texas State chapter of PRSSA has entered its campaign in the Texas Public Relations Association competition, which will be decided later this year. Future events for PRSSA include hosting a movie night for local campers sponsored by Tailor Publishing.
Leadership camp allows students to get ahead after junior high school By Ashley Richards News Reporter The Caminos Pre-College Summer Leadership Camp, managed by the College of Applied Arts, was granted $94,824 from the Greater Texas Foundation to enable the program to begin its third year of preparing selected San Marcos junior high students deemed at risk for dropping out of high school, college and the opportunities available to them. Sixty-five students from Goodnight and Miller junior high schools were selected by their teachers, based on their level of risk, for participation in the six-week camp. Four of the six weeks are conducted at San Marcos High School, and the students spend the final two weeks in Texas State residence halls to expose them to the college environment. Jaime Chahin, dean of applied arts, coordinates the camp and said the student’s risk is assessed by considering his or her academic standing as well as family and income situation. The junior high students selected for the camp participate in three two-hour block courses: Algebra I, freshman English and a technology course. The students have the opportunity to get ahead in school by gaining credit for one or more of the courses. “Its kind of like summer school, but it doesn’t count against them,” said Caminos Camp Director Joey Martinez. “If they get credit then great; if they don’t, then when they take that class next year, they have a head start.” Each morning before their
block classes begin, Martinez said the students also participate in a two-hour leadership course that teaches them social and speaking skills, along with how to behave with respect. Martinez said the students chosen for the program showed potential but were struggling academically. “We’re trying to take kids that are right there on the border, and we give them a little boost and confidence,” Martinez said. Along with a leadership class and three block courses, Caminos Camp schedules field trips for the students on Saturdays. “The field trips are to expose them to educational, vocational and technology opportunities,” Chahin said. Natalie Pierce, international studies junior, said students at that age who struggle to keep up in school should continue their studies and remember the extra success people who finish some type of higher education can achieve. “Find something you’re interested in, and work for it,” Pierce said. Martinez said students’ toughest time in high school is getting past their freshman year, and if they cannot pass or struggle with their freshman year, their chances of dropping out are greater. He said he thinks getting students even just one class ahead with the Caminos Camp will increase their chances of success as a freshman and lower the possibility of them dropping out. “These kids have never been told they have the ability to go to college,” Martinez said. “We try to catch them early so they start thinking about college.”
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LEGISLATURE: 79th session saw REGENTS: Board approves 2006-2015 Campus Master Plan passage of cell phone bill, parental sunshine law education military spouse unemployment insurance
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take into consideration the discussion students bring to the table,” Wentworth said. Tina Wilson, history freshman, said while it is a positive move to have a student on the Board of Regents, she does not see the point of having a nonvoting position. The student regent chosen, Wilson said, will need to put forth a great effort to get the other members on the board to heed his or her opinions. “I think it’s good they’ll have a younger input,” Wilson said. “If they’re making decisions about us, there should be a student there.” TSUS Board of Regents Chairman Alan Dreeben said he has no reservations about having a student serve on the board. The Board of Regents approved Texas State’s 2006-2015 Campus Master Plan in its May meeting, and after seeing the plans, Dreeben said he has an enthusiastic outlook on the future of Texas State. “I’m excited about what’s going on at Texas State,” Dreeben said. “It is and has been an exceptional school.” The Campus Master Plan outlines projects to be completed
’m excited “I about what’s going on at Texas State. It is and has been an exceptional school.”
— Alan Dreeben TSUS Board of Regents chairman
over the next 10 years, including new academic buildings, residence halls, parking garages and landscaping. The plan was developed over several months through meetings with administration, faculty, staff, students and community members. “Texas State has truly developed into one of the premier universities in the state,” Dreeben said. Dreeben said he thinks the Master Plan will add to the overall beauty of the campus. With the last Board of Regents meeting of the academic year over and the legislative session finishing up, Dreeben said his only serious disappointment was the failure of the Legislature to pass tuition revenue bonds, which will inhibit all Texas uni-
versities from receiving money for new buildings. In its May meeting, the Board of Regents also authorized the allocation of money for facility maintenance at the Round Rock Higher Education Center and agreed to add a Master of Science program in population and conservation biology to the biology department. A study abroad program in Belize was also approved. Among other routine decisions, the Board of Regents acknowledged all the gifts of $5,000 or more donated to the university by various alumni, foundations and community businesses during 2004-2005. Changes to the structure of the Board of Regents could occur as early as spring of 2006 if a student member has been selected by then. Wentworth said students applying for the regent position should realize it will be demanding, especially for those serving on larger university system boards. For Wentworth, the student regent position is a large stride in a 40-year project, and he looks forward to seeing how it works out. Dreeben said he hopes the student appointed by the governor will go through proper training and understand what is expected of a regent.
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interest rate. The interest rates for subsidized Federal Stafford Loans will rise from 2.77 percent to 4.7 percent, and the unsubsidized Stafford Loans will go from a 3.37 percent interest rate to 5.3 percent. “I think I owe so much money that it won’t make much of a difference,” said Abby Weinstein, anthropology graduate student. Weinstein said she does not have to take out any future student loans, and she plans to consolidate her subsidized and unsubsidized loans separately to avoid the higher interest rates. While the benefits of consolidation seem to outweigh the detriments, loan advisers strongly suggest that students ask their lender questions specific to the type of loan because the rules for each loan and lender differ. Vicky Williams, member of the Loan Management Team in the financial aid department, said many students would not be interested in consolidating while they remain in school because the interest charged on their loans will be deferred until after leaving school. “Consolidating is probably not going to be for everyone,” Williams said. “I would advise they check out the options because you may be giving up some benefits.” The type of loan and lender a student has will determine
the stipulations and consequences of consolidation, such as possibly losing the six-month grace period to make payments after leaving school. Students will have to compare the pros and cons of consolidating each in their own individual case. “If you put (loans) into consolidation, you want to know you did it for x, y and z reasons,” said Martha Holler, Sallie Mae spokesperson. Both Holler and Williams said it is important for students to be aware of how consolidation will or will not benefit them before making a decision. “Consider loan consolidation, contact your lender, get advice, and make an informed decision,” Holler said. “The last part is the most important.” After the new rates were announced, the financial aid department sent e-mail to students they thought would be most interested in consolidating. “We want our students to know what options they have,” Williams said. J.D. Payne, resource environment management and Spanish senior, said he graduates in August, and while he does not have as much debt from loans as some students do, he was unaware of the interest rate increase. “The problem is nobody knows about it,” Payne said. “I’m graduating; I’m getting out of here, and I have to pay them back, and I didn’t know
about it.” Payne said the higher interest rates would mean having to pay his loans back more quickly to avoid being charged the interest for too long, but now that he knows about consolidation, he said he will get the process started to avoid the increased rates. In the loan counseling section of the financial aid Web site, students can learn more about handling loans through an online loan management seminar. Students may also use an online interest calculator to determine what they will be charged on different loan amounts. Estimates of the salaries for careers students plan to enter after graduation are also available online so students can determine the best plan for taking out loans and paying them back once out of school. All of this, Williams said, is the financial aid department’s way of giving students the information they need to make wise decisions about borrowing. The loan management seminar, interest calculator, salary estimates and other loan information can be found in the loan counseling section at www.finaid.txstate.edu. For information on consolidating student loans, Williams suggests students visit the Web site of TG, a nonprofit corporation that administers federal student loans at www.tgslc.org/ borrowers/consol.cfm, or call (800) 845-6267.
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life without parole written consent for vehicle searches proposed amendment banning gay marriage parental consent for minors having abortions passed
Trauth said. “I was very supportive of having a student regent.” “It’s a major milestone,” said Wentworth, who introduced the legislation along with Sen. Gonzalo Barrentios, D-Austin. “I remember as an undergraduate and as a law student hearing students wanting a seat on the board.” The Legislature placed new limits on cell phone usage while driving. The legislation makes it illegal to use a cell phone in a moving vehicle unless the driver has a handsfree kit. “That’s absolutely perfect. I agree 100 percent. Too many times I’ve felt inclined toward road rage because of drivers talking on cell phones,” said Tim Schwartz, biology senior. The Legislature also approved a bill that would require law enforcement officers to obtain written consent from citizens before carrying out a search of a vehicle. “I think this is good for students. I’ve had students come in who have said they did not consent to a search, but the officer carried one out regardless. It boils down to a ‘he said, she said’ situation,” said Texas State Attorney for Students Shannon Fitzpatrick. “It protects the officers as well as the person driving the vehicle,” Fitzpatrick said. Booker Franklin, history and philosophy senior, said requiring written consent may be a good thing. “Going through Louisiana, I was stopped by the cops,” Franklin said. “The cops kept
school finance video gambling lewd cheerleading telecom providing cable private school vouchers ban on gay foster parents failed
wanting to search my car, so I said OK. Eight officers with dogs searched my car, taking out all my seats. They didn’t find anything.” Minors seeking an abortion will now be required to present written consent from their guardians before they can terminate their pregnancy. “I think that’s appropriate,” said Tiffany Gorham, psychology senior. “If they are young enough to get themselves in that situation, then they probably don’t have the maturity to deal with it.” Other Texas State students disagreed. “I’m against abortion, but I don’t like the bill,” said Carla Podgurecki, Spanish senior. “Just because a woman gets an abortion does not mean they are a bad person,” Podgurecki said. “Their parents could use it as justification for punishment or even abuse.” An amendment to the Texas Constitution will be presented to voters in November outlawing gay marriage in Texas and refusing to recognize gay unions from other states. “I think it’s ridiculous,” said James Callender, communication studies graduate student. “It’s against the spirit of individual rights to have someone tell you that you can’t leave
your possessions to their partner. ... I believe there are more important issues.” “I totally agree with it based on a religious and moral standpoint,” said John Morgan, engineering senior. “It shouldn’t be allowed or condoned. If we allow it, it would be like promoting it.” The Legislature enabled juries in capital cases to choose between the death penalty and life without the possibility of parole. Previously, a life sentence in Texas meant a prisoner would serve 40 years behind bars before being considered for parole. “I don’t know about that,” said Brian Sparks, psychology and mass communication junior. “I believe in the death penalty, but life without parole is probably a worse punishment.” Other items addressed by the Legislature include the defeat of a bill allowing companies like SBC Communications to offer cable service, passing a bill that gives unemployment insurance to military spouses who have to leave their jobs because their spouse gets transferred and passage of a bill that requires elected and appointed public officials to undergo opengovernment training.
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On Nov. 30, Travis County District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas’ current “Robin Hood” school finance system is unconstitutional, both because it fails to provide poor school districts funds sufficient to provide an adequate education and because the state’s control of the local property taxes that fund schools amounts to an unconstitutional state property tax. The judge gave the Texas Legislature 10 months to find a way to better and more equitably fund the public schools before operation of the school finance system would be suspended. You’d think that with the education of all Texas children on the line, lawmakers would have entered the 79th legislative session resolved to put all other matters aside until a solution could be found to this pressing problem. After all, these men and women proved their capacity for resolve and determination in 2003 when the Republicans among them sat through three special sessions in order to draw congressional districts to their liking, and the Democrats went so far as to flee the state to try to stop them. Yet with the session drawing to a close, the House and the Senate were unable to resolve their differences over how much to cut local tax rates and how to supplement the cuts. This stalemate follows a 78th regular session and a 2004 special session in which lawmakers failed to deal with the issue. Now lawmakers must hope that Gov. Rick Perry calls a special session to resolve the problem and they are able to reach a compromise, or they will face the embarrassment of having the school finance issue taken out of their hands by the judiciary on Oct. 1. Meanwhile, the Legislature spent time and effort that could have gone into ironing out a solution to school finance to secure a constitutional amendment proposal banning gay marriage, even though it is already banned by a 2003 law. The House managed to pass a bill addressing the pressing educational problem of sexy cheerleading in high schools — a measure ignored by the Senate — while a Senate bill to put children’s body mass indices on their report cards died in committee and a House bill to raise the drinking age from 21 years to 21 years and seven hours similarly died. Not that the session was completely spent on trivialities. The Legislature did overhaul Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services, two woefully underfunded and overloaded agencies declared emergency legislative priorities by Perry early in the session. However, the mere 1,500 additional CPS caseworkers the state will be able to hire are unlikely to make much of a dent in the overtaxed system, and the CPS reform effort was nearly derailed by a House rider aimed at banning gay foster parents. Perry, House Speaker Tom Craddick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have all dubbed the 79th legislative session a success, citing the CPS and APS overhaul, changes to workers’ compensation and a law restricting asbestos lawsuits, according to a June 1 Austin AmericanStatesman article. While these may be small victories, it is a strange definition of success that includes the repeated failure to achieve one’s primary objective and deal with one of the state’s most urgent and chronic problems.
What to do about Kim? It’s the classic postponed finding a case of Goliath solution to the real and David. Only problem at hand. this time it’s no Last week, North folklore, and the Korea was back in outcome is yet the media. There was to be decided. some announcement A nation of apon its return to the BHARATI NAIK proximately 22 stalled six-nation Guest Columnist million people, talks, though no North Korea, particular date was which is smaller set. The six-nation than the state of Mississippi, circle consists of North Korea, is trying hard to get the world South Korea, China, Japan, to dance to its tunes, more Russia and the United States. so the United States than Media reports indicate North any other nation. Every time Korea might be progressing in North Korean officials make its nuclear weapons programs a statement, the media have though there are no particuit immediately covered. Every lar details available. This is a time the statement is about major cause of concern, not nuclear weapons, it makes only because North Korea headlines. North Korean lead- would be able to use these er Kim Jong Il has long been weapons, but also because it playing the cat and mouse might sell its technology to game. Just when there seems other nations. to be some hope of finding However, it seems una solution to North Korea’s likely the United States would dangerous nuclear expansion, carry out a military attack all talks come to a standstill. on North Korea based on Even though the talks these sketchy details. Even have stopped for almost a though the U.S. government year now, there has been no is keen on putting an end to ceasefire in the war of words the proliferation of nuclear exchanged between North technology, it will not take Korean and U.S. officials. any chances after the failed How is this for some feelers: intelligence reports on Iraq’s “axis of evil,” “imperialistic weapons of mass destrucwarmongers,” “imbeciles,” tion. U.S. citizens might be “irresponsible,” “cruel monless forgiving of a second ster and blood-thirsty beast.” round of that tragedy of erSome of these words have me rors. The U.S. military is also rapidly flipping through the stretched out at the moment, pages of the dictionary. This with the War on Terrorism childish rhetoric has only continuing to demand more
troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have even come to believe that North Korea doesn’t have any serious nuclear capabilities. If it did have the required technology to build nuclear weapons, why would it be telling the whole world of how it’s progressing on it? Be it extraction of plutonium or its short-range missile, North Korea wants everyone to know. It’s no secret North Korea’s economy is in shambles, and it needs immediate succor from the international community. “Nuclear bargaining” seems to be the best negotiation Kim can think of at the moment. Unfortunately, the nuclear issue overshadows the adverse situation of the people of North Korea. China is the only nation right now that may hold the key to persuading North Korea to reach an amicable solution. China has not only been an ally of North Korea, but the two nations also share the commonality of being ruled by communist regimes. Even North Korea’s immediate neighbor, South Korea, doesn’t seem to be in as much hurry as the American government to find a solution to the problem. The United Nations has also not voiced much opinion about the issue. All this indicates North Korea’s nuclear capability is much hyped by the
media. It also seems pretentious that the international community, which allows certain nations to attain and even increase their nuclear arsenal, cries foul when other nations want to develop their own nukes for “protection.” Of course, it would be nice if every nation would dump its nuclear program. The world would be a much safer and more peaceful place. There needs to be a breakthrough in the six-nation talks soon. In all probability, if North Korea does have the capability to build nuclear bombs, it will be a much more dangerous nation a few years from now. Nobody wants to witness another Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Too much is at stake for too many people. As it stands now, North Korea is not likely to give up its nukes, and the American administration will not bow down to the North Korean agenda. It is vital both North Korea and the U.S. administration abandon their respective hard-line stances. One step at a time will lead to a more peaceful agreement. Meanwhile, we can look forward to hearing what other exciting words the U.S. and North Korean officials exchange. Naik is a mass communication graduate student.
Journalism depends on maintained integrity, honesty (U-WIRE) LOS way or anticipated, DAVID CHANG ANGELES — Two the Supreme Court Daily Trojan events this month found the firm did (USC) Columnist called attention to not deliberately set the high level of out to break the law. public trust we place in proAs a result, corporations are fessionals — namely, accounbreathing a collective sigh of tants and journalists. First, the relief now that consciousness Supreme Court ruled unaniof wrongdoing must be provmously to reverse the Arthur en to convict a firm which Andersen decision, which may have unintentionally defound the firm destroyed stroyed documents related to documents to impede posa future investigation. sible investigation of its now Despite this late victory, defunct client, Enron. Second, Andersen cannot be resurthe secret informant known rected; accounting firms are as Deep Throat, who led resustained by the level of conporters Bob Woodward and fidence they command. With Carl Bernstein to uncover the Enron as their former client Watergate break-in, has finally (Enron’s bankruptcy ranked revealed his identity to the the second largest in Ameripublic. These two events come can history), Andersen lost the at times when their respective credibility needed to provide professions are dealing with financial services. The Enron credibility issues wrought by bankruptcy and WorldCom recent scandals. fraud (among other corporate Before the 2002 convicscandals) led to the Sarbanestion, Arthur Andersen was a Oxley Act, which ensures execmember of the Big Five, the utives are held responsible for name given to the five largest financial statements, enhances accounting firms in the world. the independence of boards The firm was charged under of directors and auditors as the federal witness tamperwell as heightens punishments ing statute. This law prohibits for corporate malfeasance. corrupt influence upon a witDespite great criticism from ness to subvert, undermine the business community, these or impede an investigation. measures have led to increased However, the statute requires scrutiny of publicly held firms, consciousness of wrongdoing especially important since 90 on part of the firm. Andersen’s million Americans (one-third defense argued the document of the population) currently shredding was part of estabinvest in the market and an lished document retention increasing number will invest and destruction policy. Since for their retirement. no investigation was under In journalism, a number of
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It’s just after to clear their minds 7 p.m. on June 8, and from classes, jobs, I’m sprawled out on spouses, bills and the wooden floor of many other sumthe Glade Outdoor mer stressors. Preeti Theatre. With each speaks smoothly and stretch of my tight, softly in a way that stiff muscles, my almost rids my body body moves into poof pain. KYLE BRADSHAW sitions fit more for a “Raise your arms. Entertainment limber gymnast. DeBreathe in. Breathe Writer spite my discomforts, out,” Preeti says reI am told to breathe peatedly. deeply and relax. And graduAfter every few breaths, Preally, the pain fades. eti instructs the class to move There’s a good reason why into a different and someI am here on this creaky floor, times awkward position. For turning myself into a human the past two years, Preeti has pretzel. The reason is Stress been leading workshops for Busters, a weekly-guided med- the Art of Living Foundation, itation and yoga workshop an international organization designed to help Texas State focused on teaching people to students deal with summer live fully and freely through stress. The program, held from skill, intuition, creativity and 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday knowledge. With workshops night this summer, was started being led in 146 countries, by Art of Living at Texas State, the foundation features many a student-run chapter of the programs designed to creArt of Living Foundation led ate a sense of belonging in its by President Chandu Chood, students, restore values and a computer science graduate encourage people from all student. backgrounds, religions and Tonight, Chood and I are in cultural traditions to join the same boat — we are both together in celebration and doing yoga for the first time service. For many of these — and we’re experiencing workshops, most of the attenthe pains and, ultimately, the tion is put on breathing using joys of our newfound form a technique called Sudarshan of relaxation. Before the class, Kriya, a breathing pattern used I told him I had never done to free the mind from anger, anything like yoga before, and anxiety and worry. According I had no idea what it is and to the Art of Living Internawhat it is about. tional Research and Health “Oh, you’ll feel it,” Chood Promotion Center, it has also quietly whispered to me. proven to relieve depression, The most common form reduce cholesterol levels and of yoga, hatha yoga, is a comimprove brain function. bination of exercises and “Like we bathe each day, our stretches meant to relax the minds need to be clean,” Preeti body and clear the mind. says. “We use breathing to reLucky for me, it is not neceslease stress.” sary to be extremely flexible Preeti tells the class that fobecause the class focuses cusing on breathing is helpful mainly on the act of relaxbecause it causes us to think in ation instead of the required the present moment and formovements. The instructor get about our past and current for today’s workshop is Preeti stresses. We become stressed, Bhat, a gentle, quiet leader Preeti says, when breathing is of a small group that ranges an afterthought in our daily from first-timers to experiroutines. enced stretchers, all seeking “Breathing is often a ne-
glected thing,” she says. And to Preeti, this constant focus on breathing, stretching and movement is what brings her happiness and a desire to lead workshops. “When I feel that joy, I can’t help but share it with others,” she told me after the class. Simply stated, meditation is doing nothing. Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not about concentrating — it’s about not concentrating, Chood said. It empowers participants to relax and shut off the brain from the trials and tribulations of daily college life. As night approaches, I’m done stretching and bending myself into odd positions. I’m lying on my back with my eyes closed, trying not to concentrate. Occasionally, my nonconcentration is broken when I peek my eyes open at the setting sun above me or at some Frisbee golfers in the distance. My body starts to ache in reaction to the previous exercises, but, eventually, I drift into a peaceful, tranquil state. After what felt like just a few moments, the hour of physical and mental relaxation ends when Preeti tells the class to sit up and think about their experience. Stress Busters does exactly what it claims to do. It’s like getting a shot at the doctor’s office; it’s slightly painful, and there’s usually a reward afterward. Only here, the reward is peace of mind, not candy. After the class, Chood greets me with a big smile. “I’m getting myself comfortable with my daily environment,” he says of yoga. “I feel good doing it.” The first two sessions of Stress Busters are free. After that, it costs only $10 to join for the rest of the summer — a small price to pay for a clear consciousness. For more information on Stress Busters, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hill Country a haven for ghosts, evil spirits By Maira Garcia Entertainment writer San Marcos and the small towns that surround it have quite the reputation of being home to the supernatural. However, when you have a ZIP code that includes the numbers of evil, 666, it is no surprise that something frightening is going on in San Marcos. San Marcos has the distinction of being in one of the oldest inhabited regions in the North America, with humans having settled here for approximately 12,000 years. Its first known inhabitants were American Indians, specifically the Lipans, who were a subset of the Apache tribe. The Apache population eventually dispersed as Spanish and AngloAmerican explorers settled the San Marcos area. San Marcos’ long history of habitation has contributed to the city and surrounding area a wealth of reports of hauntings and sightings of apparitions. “Devil’s Backbone,” a curvy section of Ranch Road 12 on the hilltops just before Canyon Lake, is one such area. Lipans once populated the land surrounding the road are said to haunt the area. When drivers travel down the winding road at night, apparitions of an American Indian man and a woman with child can been seen walking along the highway. According to LeavingCityLimits.com, several campers have reported being saved from storms by the ghost of an American Indian. Author Bert Wall, who lives in the Devil’s Backbone area, has written several books on the ghosts of the Backbone, some of which have been featured on the television show Unsolved Mysteries. Another area of paranormal activity is the old (and eerie) Belvin Street Hospital at the end of the Belvin Street Historical District. In the 1890s, the building was originally used as a dormitory for the Coronal Institute. After the institute closed at the turn of the century, it served as a hospital, a dormitory once again and finally as a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house.
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been popular legends of the Hill Country and the subject of tales that entertain and give people the adrenaline rush of fear. Visitors report hearing screams and slamming doors, and ghost hunters have claimed to have picked up an electronic voice phenomenon recording saying, “Speak to me.” In addition, compasses supposedly react erratically once inside the building. Some other popular legends of the San Marcos area include that of the Confederate ghost that walks the lines of an old railroad track over a San Marcos bridge, the ghost of Riley’s Tavern and La Llorona — Spanish for “The Weeping Woman.” Legend says that the Confederate ghost was a soldier who vowed to return home dead or alive. As for La Llorona, she is a 16th-century phantom that stalks the south side of San Marcos, usually around the river or creeks, in dark alleyways. She mourns her two children whom she drowned in the river and apparently wails during heavy night storms. Riley’s Tavern is a small bar outside San Marcos with a ghost that appears in the mirror of the women’s restroom. Ghosts and paranormal activity have long been popular legends of the Hill Country and the subject of tales that entertain and give people the adrenaline rush of fear. San Marcos has its fair share of legends and haunted places that, whether or not you believe in the paranormal, are fun to visit and talk about for pure excitement.
Courtney Addison/Star photo illustration Filled with legends of ghosts and haunted houses, San Marcos claims a long history of supernatural encounters.
New DMB album Stand Up should take a seat
The imm e n s e l y popular Dave Matthews Band has returned with its first album in three years, Stand Up. Un- music for tunate ly, review this album ✯✯✯ was not at Dave Matthews all worth the Band wait. Stand Up “ D r e a m - RCA Records girl,” the first track of the album, leads with interesting African-style vocal harmonies but soon transitions into mediocrity. This is a problem that DMB has had with many of its past songs — in attempting to sound mellow and melodic, the song ends up sounding dull. “Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)” suffers similarly but this time with flatsounding hip-hop-style drumming, which is also prevalent on the jazz-hop of “Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd.” The band redeems itself for a moment with “American Baby,” which contains every element of the best Dave Matthews Band songs. These strengths are exemplified by an urgent, driving tempo spearheaded by drummer Carter Beauford’s tight playing and pizzicato plucking from violinist Boyd Tinsley. The song reaches its peak toward the end when the band launches into a jazzy jam, something that’s unfortunately missing from most of its more recent albums. “Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives)” features a lengthy, layered and sweeping violin intro by Tinsley. His talent is squandered all too often but certainly not here. After a few consecutive good tracks, the album begins to slip again. A couple of these songs aren’t bad in and of themselves but do seem insincere. “Hello Again” is a poor attempt at a delta blues or zydeco style that comes across as parody. The album closer, “Hunger for the Light,” contains an intro that’s melodic and ethereal but transitions into a harder rock style, proving that some bands should just stick to what they know. Every time the Dave Matthews Band tries to experiment and expand its sound, it seems to backfire. Matthews used electric guitars on the band’s 2001 release, Everyday, and many fans were disappointed. The band returned to form with its excellent 2002 album Busted Stuff. And now we have Stand Up. It appears that DMB is original and interesting enough in its “regular” sound and presence. The Dave Matthews Band is one of the few racially integrated bands that have both a violin and a saxophone player — a combination that hadn’t really been heard in the rock world before its inception. Overall, Stand Up’s appeal will most likely be relegated to only hardcore DMB fans, converting no one. — Stephen Lloyd
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Stripes’ stylistic innovation on Get Behind Me Satan highlights duo’s talent The strangely titled memories reminiscent Get Behind Me Satan of Black Sabbath’s is to Detroit duo The bluesy “Changes.” Over White Stripes what all, though, the piano III is to Led Zeppelin adds a certain depth — an album that exnot heard in The emplifies their softer Stripes’ music before. side. On Satan, Jack music Most of the songs White lays down his review that do feature guitar vintage Montgomery are acoustic, something ✯✯✯✯ rarely heard on The Ward Airline guitar for other, more sensitive The White White Stripes previous Stripes sounds. albums. “Take, Take, “Blue Orchid,” the Get Behind Me Take,” a song about an first single and open- Satan awkward meeting with ing cut on the album, is V2 Records classic film star Rita misleading. Over guitar Hayworth, features a fuzz that resembles great mix of acoustic keyboards, Jack sings in a Robert guitar and piano. “As Ugly as I Plant falsetto, accompanied by Seem” is a beautifully mellow Meg White’s familiar metro- folk song, complete with bongo nome drumming style. Despite drumming by Meg and soft, the processed guitar sound skillful riffing from Jack. “Little on “Blue Orchid,” The White Ghost” is a great, quick-tempo Stripes still maintain the sound bluegrass song — obviously infans know and love. After the al- fluenced by the time Jack spent bum’s second track, a departure working on the soundtrack to from the normal White Stripes the 2003 film Cold Mountain. sound is definitely evident. Get Behind Me Satan will At some point, Jack discov- most likely turn off some fans ered the marimba, and he uses because it is largely absent of it unsparingly on “The Nurse” the elements that made The — a disjointed song reminiscent White Stripes famous. But that of the 1940s and ’50s tropical doesn’t mean they’ve “sold out” camp. The tempo and feel of the — after all, they still use ancient marimba on “Forever for Her (Is analog equipment to record. Over for Me)” is more like The But even The White Stripes Stripes of the recent past. While can’t keep doing the same thing using a marimba is an interest- over and over again. The fact ing choice, it doesn’t serve the that they can expand and grow songs on the album very well. within their minimalist strucIn place of guitar, Jack plays ture proves just how talented piano on several tracks. On they really are. So despite one “My Doorbell” and “The De- or two snooze-worthy piano nial Twist,” it sounds percussive, ballads and the marimba, Get reminiscent of Jack’s guitar style. Behind Me Satan is a great alAs a result, the guitar’s absence bum, though not their best, and is barely noticeable. Departing definitely worth the seemingly slightly more, the naked piano endless wait. ballad “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)” conjures audio — Stephen Lloyd
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Longest Yard remake lacks original’s edge Burt Reynolds has aged into a skinny, owlish geezer with beady bug-eyes poking out from under his latest toupee. But even at 69, he still looks like more of a football player than Adam Sandler. They’ve gone and remade one of Burt’s best, the surly two-fisted The Longest Yard, with the once and future Waterboy as its star. George Lucas can brag about his Star Wars effects, but he didn’t have to animate the perfect spirals Sandler plainly isn’t throwing in this still agreeable goof on the game. Sandler stars as Paul Crewe, the drunken, disgraced Florida State alum and ex-NFL MVP whose joyride in his girlfriend’s Bentley lands him in a Texas federal prison. And in Texas, his warden (James Cromwell) tells him, they take two things seriously. “Prison. And football.” Crewe is billy-club beaten into leading an inmate team up against the steroid-addled guards. Crewe, with the aid of the fast-talking “Caretaker” (Chris Rock) and grizzled ex-Heisman winner and current con Nate Scarborough (Reynolds) rounds up inmate players, convincing some through tests of manhood, and preps for “the big game” that eats up the last third of the film. Sandler’s current favorite director, Peter Segal (50 First Dates), limits the prison scenes to the broadest of clichés, probably a smart move. Then he
lets Sandler do what Sandler has been doing in recent years — which is not much. The actor who made slow burns and tantrum-tossing a trademark does none of that here. He lands a few one-liners. But that’s why Rock is here. He’s all “You white boys” jokes and “Can you give a brother a little hustle?” A brother could build a pretty lucrative standup career out of such observations. Tracy Morgan throws himself into leading the gay prison cheerleading squad. Segal reduces women to the sum total of their breasts. Once or twice, he leaves out faces altogether when shooting bit players. Hooters should sue. Courtney Cox Arquette’s brief appearance is memorable for her alarming cleavage. Oscarwinner Cloris Leachman was added for some comic cheesecake. And the big game? Savage as ever. The “rules” are that there are no rules — body slams, high kicks and head-butts. Brian Bosworth, who failed at football and the movies, and Michael Irvin, Bill Romanowski and pro wrestlers Steve Austin and Bill Goldberg are the most prominent athletes you’ll recognize. Singer Nelly convincingly plays a running back. ESPN signed on, which means that every overexposed sportscaster and sportswriter in the country prostituted himself for the chance to “act” in an Adam Sandler movie.
It’s incredibly lame, but there are bright spots. The most interesting guy on or off the field is maniacally played by Lobo Sebastian as a chain-smoking defensive back. That’s the outlaw feel that the original film had that the new one lacks. But it’s a movie worth r e m a k ing simply Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures because this spoof of “the big game” reduces football to pads instead of shot-putting the genetic freak show it has and hammer-throwing. become. In football, he said, the whisThe great Olympian Brian tle blows “and it’s just a fight. I Oldfield, a mountain of muscle win fights.” in his day, still gave the best football put-down ever, when — Roger Moore, asked why he didn’t put on the The Orlando Sentinel (KRT)
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sports snortsquotes from the sports world “Even though a lot of people have been talking about us, saying that we were going to get here or win the championship, we usually didn’t get much credit since I’m here. So we know who we are, we know how we play — and how good we are. So we’ve just got to stay humble. If people don’t give us credit, we just don’t care. We have to keep working really hard.” Manu Ginobili — in post-game interview following San Antonio’s 97-76 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. (Source: NBA.com)
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By Miguel Peña Sports Reporter
By Miguel Peña Sports Reporter
At the end of day two of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 8, three Bobcats had been called up to join the ranks of the Minor League Baseball system. Third baseman Kyle Anson was drafted in the 10th round by the New York Yankees and will be making his way to Staten Island after a quick mini-camp in Tampa Bay, Fla. Anson will be joining up with the Staten Island Yankees in the short season starting Friday. Dominic Ramos, a senior from Pflugerville, will be heading off to play shortstop for the Lowell, Mass., Spinners, fitting in for the short season under the Boston Red Sox organization. Ramos was drafted in the 17th round and got the call while he and his family were sitting around the computer, keeping tabs on the draft progress online. “I got a call from the Marlins telling me they were interested in taking me in the next round, but a half-hour later, the Red Sox announced my name as their next pick,” Ramos said. Chris Jean was selected in the 38th round of the draft on the second day of the selection process. Jean pitched 91 1/3 innings for the Bobcats his senior year, putting in the second most innings on the entire pitching staff and leading the team in strikeouts with 75. He finished the season with a 4.24 ERA and a 7-5 win record for the team. Jean will be reporting to the Milwaukee Brewers’ short-season squad. “Having three different playKatie Green/Star photo ers drafted is a mark of achievement and success not just for Third baseman Kyle Anson (front) and shortstop Dominic Ramos were drafted last week in the players but the team and Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. Anson was drafted in the 10th round by the New the school,” said Coach Ty Har- York Yankees, and Ramos was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th round. rington. “This is also an indication on the work they have put got the call from Yankees scout with the Spinners. The season “The fans show a lot of support, in and the development we pro- Steve Orell. will only last through the end and there is always good attenvide. We strive for quality both “I was very excited. I was nev- of the summer. They will play dance at the games.” on and off the field.” er really a Yankee fan when I was approximately 60 games, after One of the biggest obstacles As the 319th pick in the draft, a kid. I always liked the Detroit which the new recruits will get for a young player to overcome Anson is aware of the amount Tigers, but now that’s changed,” ready for the spring when they is the adjustment from colof work in which he is going to Anson said. will make the move up to the legiate to professional sports have to put. The recent Texas State gradu- Low-A division of the Minor — whether it be the rigors of “I am going to work as hard as ate will be trading in his tiger League system. the road or the never-ending I can and take things one day at stripes for a set of navy-blue “This has been my lifelong season or the adjustment to liva time,” he said. pinstripes. dream, and now here it is. I just ing on your own halfway across Anson said he was on his way Ramos is currently in Low- want to go out there, try my best the country. to the batting cages after playing ell, where he is practicing for and have fun with it,” Ramos “For me, the hardest thing catch with his brother when he the upcoming short season said. to deal with was the traveling,” Ramos graduated from Texas Suarez said. “We would wake up State this year with a bachelor’s at 7 a.m., be on the bus by 8 — if degree in finance and plans to we were lucky we would get to go into business after his time the town we were playing at an on the field is done. hour or two before game time ���������������������������������� Texas State alumnus Ignacio and get right out on the field to Suarez made the move to the play some ball.” Red Sox organization after the Harrington agreed that the ���������������� 2003 season of Bobcat baseball. move to pro ball can be a tough Like Ramos, Suarez was put in transition for student-athletes. “There are different things ����������������������������������������������������������� with the Spinners as a shortstop for the short season before mov- guys have to adjust to,” Har��������������������������������������������������� ing up to the Low-A team. rington said. “It’s the ones who “It is a great environment for make the proper adjustments ��������������� young ballplayers,” Suarez said. that move on to succeed.”
Bobcat track and field continued its march through the toils of NCAA tournaments with three strong representatives, Brian Veal, Katya Kostetskya and Caroline Wolf, all competing in the NCAA Nationals in Sacramento, Calif. All three placed eighth or higher in their respective competitions, giving them all points through the four-day event, which marks the official conclusion of the 2005 NCAA track and field season. Veal took sixth place in the long jump with a mark of 24 feet 11.75 inches and the triple jump with a mark of 53 feet 1 inch. The performance was not quite his best, as Veal positioned himself for the finals with a jump of 25 feet 9 inches at the Midwest Regionals in May, equal to his best jump all season, which he set at the Texas Relays this April in Austin. “I gave it a good effort, and all in all, I am pleased with my performance,” Veal said. “I scratched on all my jumps in the final round, but my marks in the preliminaries were good enough to place me in sixth overall. I still earned two AllAmerican honors, and I have one more chance to represent Texas State.” He is currently preparing for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships set for June 23 to 26 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA Outdoors is one of the deepest competitions for national track and field competitors. Not traditionally dominated by collegiate athletes, this competition will
see only the most elite college competitors as well as several professional track and field stars. “I know I got big jumps left in me, and I am really going to get back to work ’cause I am far from finished,” Veal said. In total, Veal has earned six All-American honors during his time at Texas State, and he plans to compete on the professional circuit before settling down. Wolf, a sophomore from Hewitt, managed a fifth-place finish overall in the women’s high jump with a height of 6 feet even. The mark tied two other competitors — Debra Vento, a sophomore from Duke University, who reached on her first attempt, and Deirdre Mullen, a senior from Connecticut, who reached on her second attempt. Wolf finished her 2005 campaign with All-American honors for her strong performance and plans on a swift return to Texas State in the fall and another charge at the national finals next season. Kostetskya, the lone freshman in the finals for the 400meter hurdles, finished eighth overall with a time of 57.01 seconds. Her time was nearly a second behind Christine Spence, a senior from University of Nevada-Las Vegas who finished in seventh and just over three seconds behind Shauna Smith, a senior from the University of Wyoming, who finished in first place with a time of 54.32 seconds. Kostetskya is currently on her way to compete in the Russian National Finals and enjoy a short visit with some of her family members while in her hometown of St. Petersburg. Senior Brian Veal capped off his Texas State track career by finishing sixth at the NCAA Division I Track Championship. Veal’s first jump of the competition was his longest at 7.61 meters. Veal is now preparing for the USA Outdoor Championships, which are scheduled to take place later this month.
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