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Planning for the future: Texas water conservation


DANGER David Saleh Rauf The University Star

Editor’s Note: This story is the final part of a series on drought conditions and water conservation in South Central Texas.

It’s been said that water is power and money in Texas — supply is limited and the demand is steadily growing, leaving many to wonder where there primary source of water will be coming from in the future. State planners at the Texas Water Development Board predict that current water supplies will meet only 75 percent of the projected water demand by 2050, resulting in 7.4 million fewer jobs, 13.8 million fewer people and a reduced state income of $238 billion. “The current available supplies would not be sufficient to meet the water demands as a result of the population doubling,” said Comer Tuck, TWDB conservation specialist. “We’re going to double our population in the next 50 years; obviously more water is going to be needed.” With drought conditions persisting for the

past year and water usage increased because of hot weather, municipalities across the state have been forced to invoke mandatory water restrictions, sparking the issue of efficiently managing existing water supplies, and meeting future needs, through statewide and local conservation planning efforts. Water planning first began on a statewide level in the late ’50s as a direct result of the drought on record. Since then, the TWDB has prepared and adopted the State Water Plan as the guide to state water policy to ensure the “orderly development, management and conservation of water resources.” Photo courtesy of Sean W. Claes In 1997, however, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1, which called for local DRIED UP: Summer refuge for families and fishermen, Five Mile water suppliers to develop regional plans Dam, located at Dudley Johnson Park just outside of San Marcos, has had its water level drastically reduced because of the recent drought plaguing Texas.

See WATER, page 4

Development plans move forward on Blanco Riverwalk project City charter Blanco RiverProposed Blanco Riverwalk site walk will offer Theater ‘real’ alternative • 3,200 square feet • 275 parking spaces to San Antonio Riverwalk Medical offices THEATER

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By Eloise Martin The University Star San Antonio may not be the only city in Texas with a riverwalk for residents and tourists to enjoy. Plans for a 239-acre development along the Blanco River in north San Marcos have been put into motion for a riverwalk projected to be open to the public by early 2007. Rezoning for the area, located between Interstate 35, south of Yarrington Road and the Blanco River, was approved unanimously by the San Marcos City Council on June 20. The council approval included rezoning and the allowance to build the proposed project. The proposal overview for the rezoning predicts the Blanco 0 Riverwalk project to be one of unmatched proportion in Hays County that will “introduce the densest combination of commercial and residential uses in the county.” The project is being developed by Arizona-based Blanco River Development Company LLC, headed by Christopher Green and Burt Heimlich. Heimlich said it will cost between $350 million and $400 million and is proposed to include 765 condominiums, retail space, restaurants, a 5,000seat amphitheater and more than

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BLANCO RIVERWALK San Marcos, Texas The partners have not finalized designs for building along the river, but Heimlich said they plan to follow a theme of “Old Texas Architecture” that he compared to the historic district of Gruene. “The Gruene look is unique, but that is the concept we are trying to capture,” Heimlich said. The site purchased by the team covers 2.75 million square feet of mixed-use land. Heim-

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lich said he researched the area and found potential for new development set between the larger cities of San Antonio and Austin. “It is a beautiful piece of property,” Heimlich said. Dan O’Leary, San Marcos city manager, said the city will have to wait to see if the development ever reaches the final stage. “This is a great plan, but in my position, I have seen a lot of plans that never reach de-

1,000 SEATS 275 SPACES

By Clayton Medford The University Star

Three levels of office • 135,000 square feet OF OFFICE 3 LEVELS RETAIL • 600 parking spaces • 76,600 SF • 550 PARKING SPACES

• 135,000 SF • 600 PARKING SPACES

velopment and a lot that have,” O’Leary said. “I don’t know which category this fits in yet.” Land development is scheduled to begin within three months and Heimlich said it could be complete in as few as six months. “It is a very aggressive project and we are going to do quality development,” Heimlich said. More information about the project can be found at

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The San Marcos City Council reviewed possible revisions to the city charter at their meeting on July 17. The council approved most of the charter review commission’s recommendations to become ballot initiatives including one item which proposes increasing the minimum age of a council candidate from 18 to 21. “If people don’t want a 19 -yearold on the council, they won’t vote for a 19-year-old candidate,” said councilman and political science professor Ed Mihalkanin. “People at 18 can enter into contracts, they can get married, they can do any number of things, join the military, without their parents’ consent 4-STORY HOTELS (2) and I think we should keep (the requirement) as it is.” Councilman Chris Jones echoed the comments of his colleague. “My old-school thought is if you are able to go to war and fight for the country, I’m sure you are able to focus on seeing local issues and stand up and be counted and run for local office,” Jones said. Commission chair and physical education and recreation professor Moe Johnson explained the logic behind the commission’s recommendation. “A person who is 18 probably has not been involved in city con-



400 hotel rooms, many of which will overlook the river. A 56-acre area will be dedicated to open space, including walking trails along the river. The Blanco Riverwalk will be comparable to the existing one in San Antonio, Heimlich said, but will offer something unique. “This will be a real riverwalk along a real river,” Heimlich said. “And it will eventually tie into a trail system with the city.”




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Texas State couple’s time cut short in wake of Iraq war tragedy By Eloise Martin The University Star They met in their 8 a.m. accounting class the first day of fall semester, 1997, at then-Southwest Texas State University. Her last name was Garza and his Funkhouser; the professor’s alphabetical seating placed her in the desk to his left. She did not know that in fewer than 10 years, she would fall in love with, marry, create two daughters with and experience the death of the man she met that day. Last Memorial Day, Capt. James Alexander Funkhouser Jr., who went by Alex, was killed while escorting reporters in Baghdad, Iraq. A roadside bomb took his life on May 29, along with two CBS News crew members and an Iraqi interpreter. Funkhouser was 35. For the Funkhousers, fighting in the Iraq war was about responsibility and duty. “15 years ago, my husband signed his name on a dotted line that said he would do what he

was asked to do, no questions asked,” Jennifer Funkhouser, Alex’s wife, said. “I was 100 percent supportive and proud of him for that.” The marriage started as just two classmates sharing notes. Alex and Jennifer used their fall semester getting to know each other; they studied together and he took her to breakfast after class on her 21st birthday, she recalls. They lost track of each other after finals that December, but when Jennifer’s roommate and Alex found themselves in a class together in the spring, he asked her to give his number to Jennifer so they could reconnect. “I called him that evening and we set up a date for the next day. It just went on from there,” Jennifer said. Alex was attending SWT as part of the Green to Gold ROTC program after spending two years at Stephen F. Austin University and six years in the Army. Major Larry Berkenhoff, assistant military science professor, was at SWT the

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retired colonel, Jennifer said. In addition to classes and the military, Alex also worked full time at Kinko’s, often having to travel to an Austin location. After graduating in August 1999 with a degree in business management, he remained at SWT working with the ROTC. The end of the semester marked Jennifer’s graduation and a new beginning for the two. “We were legally married two hours after my last final on December 13, 1999,” Jennifer said. “We knew he was going to be stationed in Germany in May, so we got married early enough to Photo courtesy of Jennifer Funkhouser have time to do the paperwork we needed to go together.” ONE OF OUR OWN: 35-year old Army Captain James Alexander Their wedding ceremony was Funkhouser Jr. was recently killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb while on May 20, 2000, two days before escorting news reporters in the area. Funkhouser, a Texas State they left for Germany. Jennifer alumnus, was involved in Texas State’s Green to Gold ROTC prosaid although their time together gram and also met his wife Jennifer on campus. was cut short, their six years of marriage created a lifetime of memories. same time as Funkhouser. hoff sad. “We were only married for a “I only knew him for a year; Funkhouser planned to make short amount of time, but we he was a good cadet who never the military into his career and did so much,” she said. “We lived caused any problems,” Berken- eventually retire, like his father, a overseas and we traveled all over.

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We got to do a lot more than most people ever get to do.” Jennifer said Alex had a relaxed personality that could produce good times in any situation. “When you were with him you were always going to have fun. He always had a smile on his face,” she said. Jennifer’s last moment with Alex was on Dec. 9, 2005, the day he left for Iraq. While overseas, Alex had a cell phone provided by the Army and the two talked almost daily. They also sent emails and had webcams available during the weekends for face-toface conversations. Although the distance was hard, Jennifer said the difficulty lessened with time. “Separations can be really hard when a loved one is deployed, but it does get easier,” she said. Jennifer and Alex have two daughters, Kaitlyn, 4 and Allison, 2. Having both been only children, Jennifer said that for her and Alex, family was their top priority. See IRAQ, page 4

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July 26, 2006

starsof texas state Zachary A. Moore, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of geography at Texas State, has been selected to serve as the 2006-2007 Grosvenor Scholar. Moore, a native of Allen, will assume his role as Grosvenor Scholar in August, succeeding 2005-2006 Grosvenor Scholar Jamie Zech, a third-year doctoral student in environmental geography. David Rutherford, who

recently graduated with a doctoral degree in geographic education from Texas State, served as the first Grosvenor Scholar in 2004-2005. Moore earned a bachelor of science in geography from Eastern Illinois University, with concentrations in general geography, environmental studies and geographic techniques/spatial studies in 2002.

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J Frank Dobie: Mr. Texas is an ongoing exhibit detailing the life and times of the famous Texas author. The gallery is open daily at the Alkek Library. La Vida Brinca/Life Jumps is an ongoing exhibit displaying the photography of Bill Wittliff. The gallery is open daily at the Alkek Library.



Saturday, July 29 The 2nd Annual 5K Fun Walk and Celebration will be held at Sewell Park. Check-in time is 7 to 7:45 a.m. and the walk begins at 8 a.m. Entrance fee is $5. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

CRIME BL TTER July 21, 10:44 a.m. Medical Emergency/Nueces Building An officer came in contact with a student who hurt her ankle. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further treatment. July 22, 3:38 p.m. Alcohol: DWI/Lindsey Parking Lot An officer came in contact with a student who was driving while intoxicated. The student was arrested and transported to HCLEC to await magistration. July 23, 9:15 p.m. Criminal Mischief under $500/Bobcat Village An officer was dispatched to Bobcat Village in reference to a report that a window had been broken. This case is under investigation.

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

Armando Sanchez/Star photo Scott Yardbrough shows his talent Saturday afternoon at the 5th annual Clogged Caps art festival in San Antonio. Over 70 crews came from all over Texas and the nation to show their talent during the three-day event.

New Braunfels humane society vandalized, donations needed The New Braunfels humane society was vandalized on July 15, resulting in the deaths and injuries of numerous animals and the contamination of approximately 5,000 pounds of food and 1,200 pounds of cat litter. The New Braunfels Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call crime stoppers with tips at (830) 620-8477. The New Brauanfels humane society is now accepting food and supply donations and volunteers to help with the clean-up efforts. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 1920 Kuehler Ave., or at the Herald-Zeitung offices at 707 Landa Street. For more information, contact the director of the Humane Society, Cheryl Kreuger, at 830-620-3411 or visit www.humanesocietynewbraunfels. com.

On This Day... 1775 — Congress establishes U.S. Post Office 1797 — John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Johnson 1847 — Liberian independence proclaimed 1863 — John Hunt Morgan is captured 1878 — Officer Wyatt Earp fatally wounds cowboy

Japanese assets 1942 — Gene Autry sworn into Army Air Corps 1942 — William Faulkner begins a screenwriting stint 1945 — Winston Churchill resigns 1947 — Truman signs the National Security Act

1908 — FBI founded

1956 — Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal

1931 — Grasshoppers bring ruin to Midwest

1972 — South Vietnamese troops raise flag over Quang Tri

1932 — Duesenberg dies after auto accident 1941 — United States freezes

1996 — IBM goes to work for the DOE

In the July 12 issue of The University Star, the article “Education a must for online security” incorrectly identified the 14-year-old girl that was allegedly sexually assaulted as being from Hays County. She is actually from Travis County. The photos for “En’Teis’ing: Athletic director honored among nation’s best” and “Amy Hromadka named Southland Conference Student Athlete of the Year” were incorrectly credited to Chris Boehm. The credits should have read “Monty Marion” and “Star file photo,” respectively. In the story “Southwestern Writers Collection exhibits their greatest artifacts,” we said that the exhibit, “Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 years,” was a part of the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography collection and that it would have a reception on Oct. 28. In actuality, the exhibit is not a part of the collection and is a part of the Center for Gender and Multicultural Studies. The reception for “Latino Presence” will occur on Sept.15, the opening day of the exhibit. In addition, the first name of Katie Salzmann, the lead archivist for the Southwestern Writers Collection, was misspelled.


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Frost moves on after leaving mark Suspects arrested in connection with string at Texas State By Georgia Fisher The University Star For someone with his wealth of titles and accomplishments, Christopher Frost is also remarkably approachable. Students feel sharp and relaxed, welcome and open to conversation in his presence. Frost’s nature is at once cerebral and easygoing and as professor of psychology, director of the Mitte Honors Program, leader of Texas State’s Common Experience and various study abroad programs, he has nurtured and inspired scores of students. Recently named Piper Professor for 2006, Frost’s departure for a dean’s position at San Diego State University this week marked an acute loss for Texas State. “I really believe in Chris and hate to see him leave,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth. Students and colleagues shared Trauth’s sentiment. “It’s just a great loss,” said Ann Harper, psychology senior. “A great loss to the university. He’s a wonderful person.” Harper recalled her initial encounter with Frost during her first semester at Texas State. “I was just blown away,” she said. “To this day, he’s still the best teacher I ever had.” Harper said she considers Frost her mentor. Frost’s own mentors at Boston University were the esteemed Sigmund Koch and Elie Wiesel and his experience with them proved “absolutely critical” in shaping his philosophy. “They loved ideas,” Frost said. “We might spend two to three hours arguing, debating ideas. (And they were) internationally renowned, but treated me as a colleague.” Known for the sincere attention and respect he pays his own students, Frost too prefers to treat everyone as an intellectual equal. “He’s so inclusive,” said Pam Wuestenberg, associate dean of University College. “Everybody gets to come to the table with Chris; no one has any rank … he tries to empower people and when you do get empowered by

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Photo courtesy of Media Relations WESTBOUND – With nearly 20 years of service to Texas State University, professor Christopher Frost will take on a dean’s position at San Diego State University in the fall. Frost, a psychology professor, was also the director of the Mitte Honors program and led numerous study abroad programs.

someone, you’re not only grateful, but you grow. I’m going to miss him a lot.” Wuestenberg and Frost’s involvement in the Common Experience at Texas State has borne witness to the intelligent dialogue he believes is essential — especially in modern culture. “Anti-intellectualism? I don’t understand it. It shows in a lot of decisions we make in society,” Frost said. “We’re so removed.” But the chance to dissect a common theme — such as hatred, courage, or protest and dissent — sparks the intellect and brings communities together. Hence the Common Experience’s presentation of “issues which require depth at a level not just cognitive, but emotional.” To his delight, the program has proved a large-scale triumph. “It grew beyond the bounds of our ideals, with each success leading to another, a dominoeffect of successes,” Frost said. He said the Common Experience has also helped to spread the campus-wide benefits of the Mitte Honors program, which Frost directed and is largely responsible for. Though a 3.25 GPA must be maintained for enrollment in Mitte Honors, its philosophy and atmosphere are open to anyone. “You don’t have to be an honors student to come here,” Frost said. Renamed Mitte Honors be-

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cause of an endowment in 2005, the program has flourished under his campaign and direction. And after overseeing numerous improvements and a complete location overhaul, Frost is pleased to announce the addition of an Honors Minor. “I also felt like we needed a better curriculum. Now a Minor in Honors Studies has been approved,” Frost said. Frost has also directed vareious study abroad programs. Having led many study trips overseas, he said travel allows people to examine their own environment in addition to that of others. “When you’re in your own culture, you’re like a fish swimming in water,” Frost said. “Fish don’t notice their own water until they’ve been removed. But once you’re out, you see it for the first time.” Harper studied abroad with Frost at the University of Oxford last summer and described it as a “life-altering experience.” His efforts have garnered equal respect from colleagues. “He’s taken students on wonderful excursions to places outside the U.S. and given them wonderful experiences,” said Byron “Doc” Augustin, professor of geography. Augustin said Frost’s scholarship is excellent and his teaching is beyond excellent. “He’s challenging; he’s compassionate and he’s fair,” Augustin said. “He is truly a students’ See FROST, page 4

Two suspects believed to be responsible for robbing more than 25 San Marcos businesses were arrested early on Thursday after police responded to a burglary in progress at Grins Restaurant. A Grins employee saw two men attempting to break into a safe, at which time he ran to a convenience store and called 911. Gabriel Vega, 18, was arrested at the restaurant, while the second suspect, Jose Paez, 27, fled on foot. Paez was caught a couple hours later at his residence. Bond has been set at $30,000 for each. “We’re perfectly satisfied that these are two of the people who have been doing the burglaries,” said SMPD Chief Howard Williams. “We have recovered some property from some of the other businesses and we do have some other physical evidence that leads us back to these people,.”. As many as 20 additional charges may be linked to the men, as police continue to conduct their investigation. When it became apparent that the city was dealing with serial robbers, downtown business owners grew increasingly concerned.


“We had a couple of these businesses that were broken into more than once and they were pretty irate over that,” Williams said. “Now, fortunately these guys were hitting very early in the morning, so the odds of them actually confronting anyone was very slim. We don’t believe they were physically a danger to anyone, but nevertheless, we’re talking about breaking into peoples’ businesses and stealing their livelihood.” The robbers targeted a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, tanning salons and a record shop. They are thought to have stolen several thousand dollars worth of cash and items. Local restaurant Alvin Ord’s Sandwich Shop was one of the places that got hit more than once. “We didn’t know if they were ever going to catch them,” said Sue Martin, manager of Alvin Ord’s. Williams and business owners agreed that the criminals could have been caught earlier had businesses taken proper security measures. “We generated a list of all the restaurants that did not have alarm permits,” Williams said. “There are a lot of them.” Many of the businesses the burglars targeted did not have alarms.

Paez “It’s definitely woken us all up,” said Johnny Ferrell, part owner of Grins Restaurant. Martin agreed, saying the situation was quite a shock . “When you’ve been in town this long and you’ve never been robbed you just really don’t think about it,” Martin said. Although Williams said business owners should have known long ago on how to better protect their property, he understands the complacency that can happen in a small city like San Marcos. “You get rather lax, especially in a city like San Marcos, where the crime rate is so incredibly low; things like this are just so very new (for the community),” Williams said. Martin and Ferrell were appreciative of the San Marcos Police Department’s efforts in catching the criminals.. “They were doing anything and everything to catch these guys and they couldn’t get them,” Martin said. A lack of leads and the randomness of the break-ins, however, left police relatively in the dark. Looking for help, the police asked Texas State criminal justice research professor Kim Rossmo See BURGLARIES, page 4

Shooting spree suspects arrested By Kathy Martinez The University Star Three men have been arrested in conjunction with a shooting spree that took place the evening of July 8 in San Marcos, which injured one woman and caused property damage to residential homes and vehicles. Jose Leonel Gonzales III of Kyle and Carlos Joseph Smithwick of San Marcos were arrested July 11 in Guadalupe County for their involvement in the shooting spree that spanned several neighborhoods. Mario Enrique Cadena Jr. of San Marcos turned

himself in to authorities at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center July 12. Cadena’s bond has been set at $150,000. All three men are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and engaging in organized criminal activity. Additional charges may be included pending further investigation. Assistant Police Chief Johnny James said the San Marcos Police Department was able to locate the registered owner of the vehicle that was involved in the shooting from a partial license plate. James said Gonzales and Smithwick were arrested on the 5100 block of Rose Trail, locat-

ed off FM 1978 in Guadalupe County, after San Marcos Police, the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and the San Marcos/Hays County SWAT team arrived to issue arrest warrants. One of the suspects was captured outside the home while the other was found hiding inside. The shootings took place between 10 and 11 p.m. on the east side of San Marcos, along River Road, the C.M. Allen Homes public housing development, Smith Lane, Juarez Street and the Hills of Hays Subdivision. The first shooting, which took See SHOOTINGS, page 4


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ferences or committees or something to where they can really understand the workings of the city,” Johnson said. “We thought that maybe if they were 21 they would have a little longer time to be involved with city functions and have a better understanding.” The council agreed to separate the age requirement from a revision that included the removal of a home phone requirement for council members. Members decided the two issues were too different to be included together on

the ballot. Other proposed changes to the city charter include the reduction of regular city council meetings from twice a month to once a month, the reinstatement of a $100 per meeting compensation for council members and the extension of the term of office of the mayor from two years to three. San Marcos voters will decide in November on all proposed changes to the city charter. The council discussed its plans to implement a quiet zone at railroad crossings throughout the city. Council

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“When it came to our family, he completely melted,” Jennifer said. The military was also a big part of his life, she said, sometimes seeming equally important to him as his family. “I would not say it was more important than his family, it just depended on what he was doing, and we were OK with that,” she said. “I kept things together on the home front so he could do his job.” Alex also found satisfaction in the simpler things in his life. “Hunting, barbequing and good beer, in that order,” she said, were his favorite pastimes. Alex was scheduled for a two-week leave in August and his unit will be returning early December. Jennifer said although the war took her husband’s life, her support for the military has not been challenged. “No one ever wants to go to war,” she said. “A lot of people criticize President Bush and the war, but that did not matter to us.” Jennifer hopes the media attention surrounding her husband’s death will remind people of what they take for granted. She feels some people have become immune to what soldiers are doing and the freedoms they have provided. “Thank a soldier,” she said. “Always.” For those who still have loved ones fighting in the war, Jennifer said it is important to consider them a priority. “Make time to talk to a soldier. Talk to your soldier,” she said. Having lost her husband, Jennifer said she has come to appreciate those still in her life. “Don’t take anything for granted,” she advises to others. “Always talk to someone like it is your last time.” A soldier was assigned to Jennifer to help guide her through the time following her husband’s death. She said the Army has helped with everything from filing the large amount of paperwork required, to informing her of her benefits, to reminding her to eat. “The support from the Army has been unwavering. I was not expecting everything I have gotten,” she said. “I can contact anyone at any hour and they are there to help.” Even with the help, Jennifer said she is still dealing with the future that she will face with her daughters who no longer have their father. “I am still trying to cope. There are moments when it almost seems easy, but then it comes back and hits me,” she said. “But, we will be able to get though this. I know that tomorrow is another day.”

members heard a presentation given by Kurt Anderson of Benbrook-based Railroad Controls Ltd. that detailed the proposed $1.15 million in improvements at many of the city’s railroad crossings. Anderson offered the council several methods to reduce the need of trains to use the safety horn when approaching a crossing. One method that sparked the interest of the council is the installation of a wayside horn, a recorded train whistle that is focused up the street that crosses the track. This method, Anderson said, greatly reduces the audible radius of a safety horn as well as the av-

erage decibel rating of the sound heard by motorists. “The train horn is required to be a minimum of 96 decibels and a maximum of 110. Since the train horn is trying to sound from basically a quarter of a mile away from the crossing, they’re going to want to be up at the maximum level in order to get the sound out where the drivers need it,” Anderson said. “So the train horn is going to be up near 110 decibels while the wayside horn is going to be around 92.” Improvements at 14 of San Marcos’ railroad crossings would bring the city

into compliance with a federal law designed to require the sounding of a train’s safety horn. However, the Federal Railroad Administration’s policy allows for certain exceptions. It is these exceptions that Anderson and city officials intend to take advantage of. Major improvements to the Riverside Street crossing near St. John’s Catholic Church include the installation of the wayside horn system, gates and a constant warning system to replace the current motion detector system. This $260,000 enhancement is the largest in the city.

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to meet water demands for the next 50 years. The TWDB adopted the measure and implemented a regional water planning process that divided the state into 16 regions, resulting in the 2002 State Water Plan. The 2002 State Water Plan, however, has come under criticism for not fully addressing the idea of water conservation. “There was very, very minimal conservation in that document,” said Norman Johns, National Wildlife Federation water resource scientist. “Water conservation is something that I think needs to be elevated in terms of the emphasis on it. What we see in the state right now, is only the cities that have really had to do water conservation have done so.” Tuck said the 2002 State Water Plan approached water conservation strategies from a purely voluntary position, culminating with only 14 percent of the total volume of state wide shortages being addressed through conservation techniques. Preliminary data from the upcoming 2007 State Water Plan indicates that 23 percent of the total volume of water shortages will be met through water conservation, he said. “This time, the regional plans were required to consider conservation as a management strategy to meet shortages,” Tuck said. “It was still possible to say that we can’t do it, but they had to show it was not economically feasible, or physically feasible. They had to justify to why they couldn’t use conservation to some degree.” Although water conservation strategies vary in implementation and effectiveness from city to city across Texas, Johns said some areas have already made great strides at conserving water. “San Antonio is kind of a model that everybody holds up,” he said. “They’ve done an incredible part on water conservation and they’re planning on doing more.” During 1996, when San Antonio was in the midst of a “crisis situation,” city officials addressed the community’s concern for their water supply by creating a rate structure plan that drives conservation efforts every year, Karen Guz, San Antonio Water Services director of conservation, said “Fortunately, it was not just a kneejerk reaction on the part of the city leadership. They looked at long term and established a rate structure such that in residential a certain amount, a small fraction, of the top water user bills are

dedicated to going to a special fund for conservation,” Guz said. “A couple years after that, some of our commercial customers got together and … collectively asked to have a dedicated meter fee added on to all commercial meters.” Everything that’s not a residential meter has a small fee on every meter that collectively adds up to a couple of million dollars a year for commercial conservation. “That money then gets back to the commercial customers in form of incentive rebates, education programs and workshops that all help those commercial customers save water,” she said. Through various conservation programs, San Antonio has been able to steadily decrease their gallons per capita used daily to 130 GPCD, below the state average of 140 GPCD. Other water utility services have also been able to reduce their water usage by implementing conservation strategies. The Dallas Water Utilities has implemented a comprehensive water conservation public awareness initiative and has been able to lower there GPCD from 268 to around 200 during the past seven years. “I don’t know that anybody in the state has done as good a job as we have in reducing our GPCD,” said Charles Stringer, Dallas Water Utilities assistant director. Simple conservation techniques for residents include taking showers instead of baths; never running the dishwasher without a full load; reusing shower water for plants; adhering to basic irrigation standards, such as not watering your lawn during the day and replacing old shower heads, washing machines and toilets with newer more efficient models that can save millions of gallons of water. San Marcos, which has been under Stage 1 water restrictions since June 20, offers a number of incentive rebates, including irrigation rain sensor rebates, washer rebates and toilet rebate programs. “Since 1995, the toilet rebate program has saved an estimated five million gallons of water a year,” said Jan Klein, San Marcos conservation coordinator. Recycling rainwater is also another commonly applied conservation technique. Brad Lancaster, water harvesting consultant and author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands volume 1, utilizes a technique that dates back thousands of years called rainwater harvesting. “There’s a long prehistoric tradition amongst the Native Americans of water harvesting that exists throughout the Southwest,” Lancaster said.

On his property in Tucson, Ariz., Lancaster is able to harvest nearly 100,000 gallons of rainwater each year. “We’ve greatly reduced our cost of living,” he said. “Since I’ve been doing more and more of this, I now realize that it’s very attainable to make rainwater our domestic source as well.” There are two different strategies for harvesting rainwater. To obtain water for drinking, bathing or for supplemental irrigation use, Lancaster advises a system with tanks, or cisterns. To irrigate perennial landscapes, Lancaster recommends using a passive earthworks harvesting system, which entails creating bowl-like landforms that collect and infiltrate water. Lancaster said a basic rainwater harvesting system will cost around $1000 and with minimal rain can produce longstanding effects: 600 gallon of rainwater can be harvested with 1 inch of rain on a 100-square-foot collection area. Lancaster said 1/3 to half of all potable drinking water consumed in the United States is used on landscape irrigation, especially in the hotter, drier parts of the country. Brad Smith, grounds operations and facilities director at Texas State, said in 1996 the Edwards Aquifer Authority declared that the university shut off all irrigation on campus. “Back in ’96, there was a lot of kneejerk reaction,” Smith Said. “On campus alone in ’96, we lost tens of thousands of dollars worth of plant material because we were trying to follow guidelines that were given to us by people who really didn’t understand how to react to a drought.” The university obtains some of its water supply from wells at the Edwards Aquifer. Last Wednesday, the J-17 index well at Fort Sam Houston measured at 649.5 feet, triggering a Stage 1 declaration of the EAA’s Demand management/ Critical Period Management Plan, which will require municipal and industrial permit holders, including the university, to scale back pumping by 5 percent. “We’re conserving water and trying to minimize our consumption year-round and then we get to a point where they say ‘OK, cut it back 5 percent, cut it back by 10 percent, cut it back by 50 percent,’” Smith said. “We take measure to determine how much we actually need yearround, so when we have to cut back from that arbitrary baseline then we’re cutting into what is actually needed. We don’t talk about or concern ourselves with water conservation when it gets to be hot and dry; we’re always concerned about that. We do this year round.”

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place around 10:12 p.m., occurred at the C.M. Allen Homes off River Road, where 68-year-old Anastacia Carrasco suffered pellet-shot wounds to her left hand. Carrasco was walking through the kitchen of her home when she heard what she described as

a large explosion sound in her living room. “I just froze. I didn’t know if someone had just thrown a rock through my window or if a tire had blown,” Carrasco said. “I started crying and then noticed my hand was bleeding.” Carrasco called the police and was taken to Central Texas

Medical Center where she was treated and released. “It’s frustrating and terrifying that these young men think they can just go around shooting at peoples’ homes with no regard or concern for the destruction they are causing,” Carrasco said. A few minutes later, shotgun rounds shattered Brenda and

Dan Contreras’ front window on Smith Lane. “Out of nowhere, I hear this loud boom and I immediately knew it was the sound of a shotgun,” Brenda Contreras said. “I turned to look towards our living room window and all I saw was the curtain and blinds blown out.”

Since the shooting, sleeping at night has been difficult for the Contreras household. “Every little noise that I hear outside now startles me and makes me turn my head,” Brenda Contreras said. “It’s getting better as time goes by, but the fear is still there and that’s the hardest part.”

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professor.” Frost insists professors and universities should place greater emphasis on scholarship and actual education and less on research and the acquisition of Ph.D.s. “So much is based on the amount of grants you get, on publication,” Frost said. “What I do that affects students is what I need to be evaluated by. I really value scholarship highly; for me it’s always teaching first.” Trauth said Frost’s work has been exceptional. “Chris stimulates people’s intellectual growth — exposes them to things they wouldn’t want to be exposed to,” she said. Trauth said a great college professor must possess a wellsteeped undertranding of material in their respective discipline and must have great immersion in the body of knowledge they are teaching. “Chris mastered both of these; mastered the knowledge foundation and the social interaction,” she said.

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to aid in their investigation. Over the past 15 years, Rossmo has gained attention for his reserach in the field of geographic profiling. “He can take information on crime patterns and, using that information, he can predict what a person will hit,” Williams said. The basic idea of geographic profiling, Rossmo said, is taking a connected series of crimes and fitting them into a computer program called Rigel, which produces a map showing the most likely area of where the offender may work or live. “Even at the best, you can’t solve a crime with a profile; you need a witness, the physical evidence or a confession to do that,” Rossmo said. “It’s the SMPD that solved this crime. We just played a small supporting role.”


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August 4 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby — starring Will

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Texas State’s own Glamour girl By Leah Kirkwood The University Star When Glamour magazine’s “Style Squad” visited an Austin Wal-Mart in search of real women with original style, they found Texas State student Lauren Miller. Miller was one of 120 women who attended a May 6 casting call scouting new faces for the “Snapshots of American Style” section of the magazine. She was chosen as one of five Austin-area women featured in a four-page spread in the August issue of Glamour. Miller’s quote, “I never thought this country girl from south Texas would be in a fashion magazine!” appears next to her photo in the spread. Dana Aristone, Glamour fashion merchandising director, is spearheading the “Snapshots of American Style” campaign. She said Austin was one of the first cities chosen for the four-city casting call tour. “There’s a genuine ‘anything goes’ attitude (in Austin) that inspires individuality and originality, which also resonates with the all-American style of the Glamour readers,” Aristone said. Miller, a fashion merchandising senior, saw a billboard announcing the casting call while she was on Sixth Street in Austin. “I thought, ‘Hey, that’s cool. I’ll go give it a shot and see what happens,’” Miller said. Miller said she wanted to wear something stylish, colorful and bright to catch the eyes of Glamour stylists at the casting call. She chose a halter dress with big, multi-colored polka dots from the boutique Duo, where she is a manager. “I thought, OK, that’s going to grab anyone’s attention because anytime I wear it, it always does,” Miller said. “I wore it, and they really liked it a lot.” At the casting call, photographers took two pictures of Miller and sent her to the style trailer to try on the outfit she wore in the

here’s a genuine ‘anything goes’ “T attitude (in Austin) that inspires individuality and originality, which also resonates with the all-American style of the Glamour readers.”

Dana Aristone Glamour magazine fashion merchandising director

Glamour spread. “We loved Lauren because she has this great smile; it’s so warm and inviting,” Aristone said. “She’s a real Glamour girl because she’s confident and outgoing.” Aristone said the “Style Squad” was looking for girls with a unique and individual sense of style. Miller described her own style as eclectic. “Every day I try to do something different, whether it be (prairie style) or a funky, rocky kind of thing, but I always do try to stay with the trends,” Miller said. Miller said she remained talkative and bubbly throughout the experience and just tried to be herself. She received a phone call later that evening telling her to report to the photo shoot the next day. Although Miller began modeling two years ago in her hometown, she said the Glamour photo shoot was like none of the work she did in the Rio Grande Valley. “It was so different. I’d never experienced it before with all the photo shoots I’ve gone to,” Miller said. “There were about 20 people in the entire crew.” The day began at 8 a.m. and the models spent two hours in hair and makeup before the shoot got started. Photographer Rob Mandolene snapped photos of the girls on Sixth Street and at The Broken Spoke and Antone’s Records. “The photographer was outstanding. He realized that all of us were pretty much amateurs and he made us feel really comfortable with all the photos,”

Miller said. Aristone said Miller was very confident in front of the camera. “She was such a natural,” Aristone said. “She really had fun, and I think it comes across in the pictures. Her smile says it all.” The “Snapshots of American Style” section of Glamour shows all five girls in clothing from Wal-Mart’s new fashion lines. Each girl is shown in an individual photo with some biographical information and twice more in group shots. “One of Wal-Mart’s big objectives in moving forward is that they’re increasing their fashion lines,” Aristone said. Miller said she liked most of the clothes she saw from the new Wal-Mart lines. “They are very trendy, very fashion forward. They’re coming out with some great things,” Miller said. “I really like their new shoes they are coming out with.” Aristone said the spread features real women instead of professional models to relate to Glamour readers. “Glamour is all about … real women and they are the real stars of our magazine,” Aristone said. “When you go to these hometowns and you look at the fashion-forward girls, they’re the ones who are setting the trends across the country.” Miller said she would love to do more modeling in the future, but school is her top priority. “Right now I’m focusing more on my degree rather than modeling,” Miller said. “If anything big happened with modeling, sure, I’d take it, because not that many people get that chance.”

Spencer Millsap and Armando Sanchez/Star feature photo SITTIN’ PRETTY: Fashion merchandising senior Lauren Miller, seen at the San Marcos Hair Co. on North LBJ, was recently featured in a “Snapshots of American Style” segment in the August issue of Glamour magazine.


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Kevin Smith offers Q & A at Paramount Theater in Austin By Andrea Short and Nixon Guerrero The University Star Appearing from behind the tinted windows of his black sport utility vehicle, director, writer and actor Kevin Smith was immediately bombarded by questions from reporters, screaming fans and flashes from cameras all around as he walked onto the red carpet. “Do you mind if I smoke a cigarette while we do this?” Smith said.

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Actor, filmmaker Kevin Smith premiered the sequel to his cult classic Clerks at a special showing in Austin on July 13.

Twelve years and seven films after his low-budget debut, Smith returns to his roots, this time with more than credit cards to fund the production of Clerks II. The Austin Film Society hosted the regional premier of Clerks II at the Paramount Theatre in Austin on July 13 with Smith, who followed with a question-and-answer session. “Some will and others won’t pick up on the deeper meaning behind the humor in this film. But I would be satisfied if people just managed to enjoy it,” Smith said. “If you can catch what I’m alluding to in some of the jokes, than that’s great, but if not, I hope you just find it

funny.” Clerks II received plenty of funds for production, unlike the original, which was funded on Smith’s numerous credit cards. This allowed for plenty of rehearsal time and the luxury to check out as many hotel rooms, on top of individual trailers, as Smith wanted. With the crew getting plenty of rest and personal bathroom space, it was pretty easy to fly through the scenes, without distractions or too much laughter. After the brief interviews with reporters who pushed for a space on the velvet ropes, Smith ducked inside — away from screaming fans and flashing lights. Once inside, Smith made

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his way through the theatre aisle as the crowd stood on their feet with their claps resonating throughout the building. “Shut the f**k up. We got s**t to do!” Smith said. “Thanks for coming to the regional premiere of Clerks II. This is the third time I’ve been invited by the Austin Film Society and it’s great to be back. Let’s check out the movie,” Smith said. The film follows the lives of Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) who, ten years later, have now graduated from the convenience and video stores to yet another minimum wage job, a burger joint called

Mooby’s. Similar frustrations in their personal lives and difficult dealings with customers continue to plague the two friends. Now in his thirties and making no progress, Dante realizes it’s time to grow up and do something with his life. Throughout the movie, whole lines of dialogue were lost in the waves of laughter from the audience. After the credits rolled, a questionand-answer session, which was more like comedic standup, began. It turns out Silent Bob is not so silent. One audience member asked if Smith planned to See SMITH, page 7

The Derailers to play last Summer Concert Series show

Photo Courtesy of Mark Decker/Star photo The former Allniter Diner, located off North LBJ near The Square, has recently undergone numerous changes. The Diner, which will now close at midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends, has added numerous pool and foosball tables to compliment the already cozy environment it provides for its customers.

Breakfast menu casualty of Allniter changes By Jessica Tenery The University Star With a huge outdoor patio nestled on the corner of the historic San Marcos Courthouse Square, the recognizable Allniter Diner has recently made some major changes. On Thursday, several changes at Allniter Diner went in to effect. The restaurant will no longer stay open 24 hours, which has resulted in a name change to The Diner. The menu has also been given a makeover and new pool tables and games have been added. Currently, The Diner opens its doors daily at 11 a.m. and stays open until midnight, except for Saturdays when it is open until 1 a.m. The Diner has been serving American fare for less than two years, so they’re still undergoing

the process of trial and error. Restaurant owner Kim Barnes said that staying open 24 hours a day was just an experiment and it didn’t work out. “Summer’s a good time to do a transition, population in this town is at its lowest and so by making the change right now, we can work out the kinks. If we were packed that would have been fine; often the staff far out numbers the customers,” Barnes said. Another change that may disappoint some early risers is that they will no longer be serving breakfast. “I used to love coming here for the all-you-can-eat pancake special. Their pancakes were really good,” said Jessica Burkhart, elementary education junior. Now that the breakfast menu is gone, early birds might just have to satisfy their pancake


ummer’s a good time to do a transition, population in this town is at its lowest and so by making the change right now, we can work out the kinks. If we were packed that would have been fine; often the staff far out numbers the customers.”

Kim Barnes owner of The Diner

cravings elsewhere. “If they go to IHOP, that’s OK, but I would rather they go to local business’ instead of chains,” Barnes said. Although the breakfast menu is gone, for some, the time change is no big deal. “The hour change doesn’t bother me … the only negative is that there won’t be breakfast

anymore,” said junior construction technology major Cody Smith. You can still get a glimpse back into the history of San Marcos, despite the recent changes. The owners continue to pay tribute to A.B. Roger, the founder of Wonder World Caves and Aquarena Springs and whom the building is named after.

RIGHT ON TRACK: Austin natives The Derailers will be performing their blend of Texas-Country and Americana during the Summer in Park Concert Series at Sewell Park on August 10 in support of their album Soldiers of Love.

By Charlotte Almazan The University Star Although The Derailers are veterans of the San Marcos Summer Concert Music Series, the final show on August 10 will introduce the band and their retro-style sound to many Texas State students. After more than a decade of recording, touring and tackling roots music, the Derailers remain a popular band under the radar of mainstream music. “I think our live show is where we shine. We’ve never been on the radio in a huge way,” said lead vocalist Brian Hofeldt. “I think through (touring) we honed our sound and the ability to entertain.” An introduction to the Derailers’ music is more of an initiation into the supreme Texas music scene. “In our world of more traditional country, people call us alternative country. Alternative country is generally edgier,” Hofeldt said. “Texas music is what I would call it more than country.”

The event organizer, the San Marcos Parks and Recreations Department, chose the Derailers to close out the free concert series based on the band’s previous success with attracting a local audience. “With bands like the Derailers, we can expect up to 2000 people,” said Lisa Morris, the department’s recreation manager. “It’s a great band with a large fan base that folks in San Marcos really enjoy.” Based out of Austin, the Derailers’ insurgent sound celebrates the classic honky-tonk styles of Buck Owens and Carl Perkins while channeling the likes of Roy Orbison and the Beatles. “A lot of people tell us, ‘I don’t like country, but I like you guys’ … I think (country’s) origin is white-man blues. We try to carry on that tradition,” Hofeldt said. Not only is its brand of music well-crafted, but Derailers fans are eager to describe the band’s reputation as live perSee DERAILERS, page 7


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make a Clerks trilogy. “See, when I first approached Harvey Weinstein, (the president of Weinstein Co.) about making the sequel he really didn’t care because it’s all about money,” Smith said. “If you can film something dirt cheap and turn a profit, then everything’s cool.” Smith said Clerks II is tempered with the right balance of sentiment and humor. He said a majority of people wouldn’t realize that the film was about making life-altering decisions as an adult. It was the reason he felt compelled to make a sequel, since the first film dealt with being a 20-year-old and the second being in your 30s. “I’m sort of a grown-up now,” Smith said. “ … So if I’m still alive and things somehow change in my life and I feel I have something to say then … there might be a third, but I doubt it.” A woman in the audience asked if it was hard to get Ben Affleck to shoot a cameo. Smith has been credited with jump-starting Affleck’s career and the two have been friends for several years. Initially, Affleck wasn’t interested in shooting a cameo. “He was telling me how he’s trying not to act too much and wants to more behind the camera,” Smith said. “I guess Jersey Girl was worse than I thought.” Smith was able to convince Affleck to cameo in the film since he had already appeared in six of Smith’s seven movies. “Ben’s so easy to puppet,” Smith said. In what was the epilogue of the night, Smith auctioned a prop used in the filming of Clerks II — Elias’ Mooby apron modeled by Smith’s assistant for the night. “Come on, you guys. This is for a great cause. Plus, the winner gets the apron and the hot girl in it,” Smith said, referring to the model. The crowd gasped and the bidding war commenced. Bids started at two hundred dollars and climbed to the final bid of $750. Proceeds from the set piece benefited the Austin Film Society’s grant recipients, who work to provide access and education about film to youth. The audience saw a lot about Smith’s wit and personality throughout the evening. It was only expected that Smith would make one last joke before exiting. “Why would you pay that to see this s***ty movie? Really, though, thanks for coming out and supporting the Austin Film Society,” Smith said. “Go home.”

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Television show ‘Views’ San Marcos as one of best to stop and shop By Andrea L. Short The University Star One of the nation’s most popular morning talk shows, The View, presented a segment on the “Best Places to Shop” on Thursday, July13. Going along with the topic of summer shopping, The View set out to find the best places around the world to score huge deals on everything from clothes to home furnishings. Landing in third place were the San Marcos Tanger Oulet Center and Prime Outlets. The malls were selected by television producer Barbara Corcoran as one of the best places to shop in the world. Tons of shoppers come from all over the country, but many are from cities located close to San Marcos. Two shoppers, Christiana Earle, a University of Texas graduate, and Robyn Kowalik, a senior at Texas A&M, usually try to stop by on their way home to San Antonio for a little shopping. “The shops are a great one-stop shopping adventure,” Kowalik said. “We didn’t see The View’s segment, but I’m really not surprised it made the list.” During the show, Barbara Corcoran, who searched the world for hip shopping spots, joined the co-hosts

to reveal her top five best shopping destinations. The list in its entirety included Dubai, a small nation in the Persian Gulf, as the top choice, followed by Brooklyn, San Marcos, Harvard Square, Massachusetts and Long Beach. “I’m shocked that there are even more stores being added. I like that they’re adding more, but the place is so big we already have to drive from one end to the other to get to the different stores we want to visit,” Earle said. In a press release, Lorie Kennedy, Prime Outlets marketing manager, said, “We are very pleased to be included in a nationally televised program on the best shopping destinations in the country. With our stellar lineup of retailers, it’s not surprising that we would be selected, but it is still very exciting.” The “Best Places to Shop” segment also featured area attractions in and around each shopping destination, including San Marcos. Contributors to the entire general footage included the City of San Marcos, Texas State University, Tanger Outlet Center, Prime Outlets, Lions Club Tube Rental, Olympic Outdoor Center, Best Western-San Marcos and the San Marcos River Pub and Grill.

Aaron Smith/Star photo SPOTLIGHTED: The San Marcos Outlet Mall was recently named the third best place to shop in the world during a segment on the popular television show The View. The San Marcos Prime and Tanger Outlets landed just behind Dubai, a nation in the Middle East, and Brooklyn, New York.

Tantra Coffeehouse weaves a blend of styles, tastes By Sam Ladach-Bark The University Star

and ashtrays. There is also a side yard used for live music, open mic night and movie night. A young man The menu is quite exrestaurant lounges in a ’70stensive and takes up two review style pastel patio walls behind the front chair with a cup ✯✯✯✯ counter. A cup of coffee of organic Suma- Tantra will set you back $1.60, tra coffee in one 217 W. Hopkins with many different brews hand and a book Sun.-Fri.: to choose from. Select doin the other. A mestic beers are $2 with a 7a.m.-12 a.m. gray-haired man Sat. wide selection of imports 7 a.m.- 1 a.m. sits to his right for $3. The food menu is watching the cars Moderately priced entirely vegetarian, a fresh go by while puffhandmade veggie wrap ing casually on with chips and salsa runs a tobacco pipe. Life doesn’t get you about $5. any better than this at Tantra “The beer selection is very deCoffeehouse, San Marcos’ new- cent and I love that they specialest hangout. ize in vegan and vegetarian food. “We have been open for three It can be hard for people to find weeks and so far business is very that in San Marcos,” social work good. Evenings are very hap- graduate student Jennifer Tinpening,” co-owner Jamie Todd kham said. said. “It is still definitely a work The décor is bright and in progress, but our goal was to unique; every stick of furniture create a really cool community looks like it came from grandcenter.” ma’s house or goodwill. Each Featuring coffee, beer, food, gifts room is a different, dazzling coland much more, this quaint cof- or with quirky wall adornments feehouse, located on Hopkins St. and window accessories. Very across from the smaller H-E-B, has interesting modern and mixed something for everyone. There are media art is displayed for sale. comfy couches and tables inside, “The artwork is from a local perfect for a casual conversation or artist co-op called Dormouse late night studying. Fantabulous Artist Co-op. They Outside is a wrap-around will be providing everything front porch with tables, chairs you see through next month,”


lot of people tell us, ‘I don’t like country, but I like you guys’ … I think (country’s) origin is whiteman blues. We try to carry on that tradition.”

Brian Hofeldt Derailers lead vocalist

Deleigh Hermes/Star photos TANTRALIZING: The Tantra Coffeehouse, located on Hopkins Street across from the smaller H-E-B, offers customers a relaxed environment with plush chairs and modern art while also providing live music on the weekends.

Todd said. The chilled-out daytime atmosphere changes for the nightlife of Tantra. Wednesday night is movie-in-the-yard night, where you can cozy up on a soft blanket to enjoy cult classics. Thursday is open-mic night and live music is played on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Open-mic night is very busy. People do everything from reading poetry to jamming out on drums. We open a bar outside for nighttime events,” Todd said. Aside from the extensive menu, relaxing atmosphere and evening events, it is the little things that make Tantra special,

things like its community bulletin board, a lighter tied to ashtrays outside, the charming gift shop in the back and the budding herb garden out front. “Tantra translates to an awakening of consciousness. That’s what we tried to establish here. A place to spread ideas, thoughts and images,” Todd said.

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formers. “The Derailers are a nice, fun country-Americana band with a huge Texas following. Their live shows are very energetic. Brian is a really good lead singer and guitarist,” said Nancy Barnard, co-manager

of the Sundance music store. “He’s a good showman.” The Derailers’ latest album, Soldier of Love, produced by Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Buzz Cason, is named after a Beatles song of the same name. “It was part of their early repertoire,” Hofeldt said. “They were really into Ameri-

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can roots music”. While students search for interesting sounds to add to their music library, the City of San Marcos can be trusted to bring genuine live music to the community. “I am normally not a big fan of country music, but I really like the music that San Marcos brings here,” said sophomore

education major Erin Crowe. Catching the end of the summer concert series also means students can reap the benefits of live music in a community atmosphere. “It feels more personal sometimes. In San Marcos, the (live shows) are more downto-earth,” said pre-social work junior Elaine Schulz.


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Play it again: Are games losing their replay value?


When it comes to video of replay value. games, reviewers are wont to The biggest thing a gamer rate a game based on recan do is to bump up play value— the quality the difficulty level of that makes you want to the game. If you set keep playing after comthe difficulty level to pleting the game’s main “hard,” or whatever objective. the equivalent is — Games like New Su“Nightmare,” “Hell” per Mario Brothers for — then you won’t the Nintendo DS offer know the difference BILL RIX the challenge of colfrom the default difStar Columnist lecting all three stars ficulty, and you’ll play in each level, whereas a all the harder anyway. game like Doom has myriad hid- Afterwards, if you lower the bar, den rooms and areas to explore. you’ll be amazed at how easy the These two games highlight a spe- game gets. Playing Quake on cial notion of replay value: Of- hard is a test at first, as Shamfering the player something they blers get a bit more accurate and can access or acquire throughout fiends can somehow jump 40 feet the course of normal play, such from a standing position, but it as a bonus or Easter egg, but not will pay off when you bump the something required to complete difficulty level down and find a level. out you can frag an ogre with a Gamers cannot get good re- single grenade. play all of the time. Some game Games like Blood don’t pull it companies don’t offer much off so well. Blood, when set to a in the way of extras or hidden higher difficulty level, can essenitems. Fortunately, there are a tially make the game impossible few things players can do to at to play. Unless you feel like hotleast enhance their gaming ex- saving and hotloading every few perience, if not add whole levels minutes for an hour to get past a


stage or so, then don’t bother. Aside from bumping up the difficulty levels, players can also play with self-induced limitations, such as avoiding powerups or not using certain weapons. It’s a drag that it’s coming to this, as most new games aren’t terribly focused on replay value, but it will be worth it if you want to get the most out of your games. Then again, the problem might be that it might not be worth the designing time it would take to make games with better replay value. Most games are Internetbased these days anyway, so the idea of replay is usually not on the top of developers’ priority lists, as the social aspect of online gaming is the main draw. While maintaining replay value might be slightly old hat, it’s still a necessary inclusion for some games. The solo adventure might still be on the way out and though the single-player game will probably never totally leave altogether, the standards of replay value by which it is judged might beat it to the parking lot.

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onlineconnection What do you think about the proposed amendment to the city charter to increase the minimum age for serving on the city council from 18 to 21? To vote in our online poll, please visit Results will be published in the next issue of The University Star. *This is not a scientific poll.

Opinions Contact — Emily Messer,

Duel for the ‘ages’ Councilman Moe Johnson brings problems for young political hopefuls THE MAIN POINT


he results from last November’s elections must have sent shivers down the spines of some local politicians who thought Texas State students were not worth investing their campaign dollars in.

If arbitrary age requirements are being brought to the council, the Star has one of our own — an age limit of 65 for city council members.

Young voters turned out in droves — 962 early votes were cast at the LBJ Student Center — and in a Dec. 6 runoff, elected a student to the city council for the first time in 35 years. This November, students will once again have a cause to rally around and flex their political muscle. During last week’s city council meeting, members approved placing on the November ballot 18 amendments to the city charter recommended by the San Marcos Charter Review Commission, including a change that would increase the minimum age for serving on the city council from 18 to 21. The proposed minimum age requirement amendment will come to voters just one year after Charter Review Commission Chair Moe Johnson lost a run-off election for city council to Texas State public administration senior Chris Jones. Johsnon has denied that the

amendment was devised as political retribution, targeting the growing interest and participation among students in local politics, citing experience, or the lack thereof, as the crux of his argument. In 2002, an 18-year-old San Marcos High School student named Mark Cortez won a seat on the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees, setting a precedent for young San Marcos residents to serve their community. In a guest column published in The San Marcos Daily Record on Friday, Johnson attacked statements by Jones and Councilman Ed Mihalkanin that 18year-olds who can enlist in the army should also have the opportunity to serve their city. “I suggest you take the advise (sic) of Councilmen Mihalkanin and Jones and tell that recruiter that you will only enlist if you can be a full colonel or general and lead the troops into battle,” Johnson wrote in his column. “That way you will not have to do the battle, but only lead the battle.” There is an elected official who is called The Commander in Chief. That elected official is supposed to act like a general and lead the battle. There are lesser-elected officials in our country, some of whom are called city council members, who serve their communities at a lower level and take part in the battle rather than lead it. If arbitrary age requirements are being brought to the council, The University Star has one of its own — an age limit of 65 for city council members. The notion of an age limit for council members is just as ridiculous, arbitrary and useless as the notion of a minimum age requirement. Students should be able to see through the political masquerade being propagated by local officials with distaste for the university and vote this amendment down on Nov. 7. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State UniversitySan Marcos.

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Letters to the Editor Wardwell on target with Austin art teacher case It’s too bad about Sean Wardwell’s piece on Tamara Hoover (“Austin school board case shows society still fears human form,” June 28). He wrote about the high school art teacher in Austin who may be fired because photos of her with exposed breasts appeared on the Web. Why “too bad?” I regret that his piece won’t appear in the Austin American-Statesman. Or the Washington Post or The New York Times. Mr. Wardwell has it exactly right. What he says needs to be known far and wide. Then the country might stop stigmatizing women’s breasts, stop pretending that the state owns them for the benefit of everyone but their rightful owners and stop obsessing over sex generally. The pretense that women’s breasts are weapons of mamm destruction feeds the macho media that make a lot of money from playing hide-and-peek with them. It feeds body image disgust, eating disorders and the horrible humiliation women face just trying to breastfeed. It feeds that associated industry of fixing things that aren’t broken, namely cosmetic surgery, in the name of women’s continued imperfection and subordination. It may be tough to pin all that on the case of Tamara Hoover. But, as Mr. Wardwell points out, it’s hardly her fault. Like him, I’m waiting for damage to any school kid caused by seeing pictures of Ms. Hoover’s breasts. The entire school board that wants to fire her should be shipped off to Africa, where the people they undoubtedly think are savages have this matter right. Dr. Paul Rapoport Professor Emeritus School of the Arts McMaster University, Canada

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Friends, Bobcats, San Marcos residents, lend me your ears. Brutus is an honorable man, just as San SEAN WARDWELL Star Columnist Marcos is an honorable city. San Marcos has been kind enough to host Texas State for more than 100 years. San Marcos has only our best interests in mind. The city council, the planning commission and the police are just looking out for us. After a great many years, they graciously moved Election Day to a time when students are actually in the city. We’ve managed to elect exactly two students to the city council in 30 years. Why should we complain? Why don’t we just be good little boys and girls, spend our money, float the river and not get involved? Let’s just be content with the scraps of citizenship we have been thrown. Let’s enjoy the lip service. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. San Marcos is considering changing the age

to run for city office from 18 to 21. They cite a need for maturity in public office. It isn’t often when one is absolutely positive they are being made into a second-class citizen. This is one of those times. Since we got Chris Jones elected, some folks apparently think we’ve been getting a little too uppity and need to be shown our place. Personally, I believe that if it were not for Texas State, San Marcos wouldn’t really be anything. As students, we are the town. We fuel it. We provide the money that keeps the retailers in business. Our human resources provide the labor that sacks groceries, operates cash machines, serves food and any other job a front-porch political quarterback wouldn’t deign to touch. Some would make the point that our fines from questionable public intoxication and drunken driving citations provide the local courts with the money they need to operate. God knows the towing companies would go bankrupt without us. In ways, both fortunate and unfortunate, we are San Marcos. So it has come down to a

ohnson ran for city council last year and lost to Jones. Now he wants to make sure no other longtime-resident of San Marcos suffers the same fate of losing to a student by putting the fix in early — by disenfranchising the student body of representation.

question of maturity, then. If this debate is to focus on maturity, then the actions of Moe Johnson should take center stage. Johnson is the chair of the committee who thought this amendment up and a rapidly receding speed bump in Chris Jones’s political career. Johnson ran for city council last year and lost to Jones. Now he wants to make sure no other longtime-resident of San Marcos suffers the same fate of losing to a student by putting the fix in early — by disenfranchising the student body of representation. Does the phrase “Sore Loserman” ring a bell? Yet this is supposed to be a debate about maturity? It isn’t mature to pick up your toys, or rather steal your toys, and go running home when you don’t get your way. When is it going to get through

to this city that we are residents too? When is it finally going to register that we vote not just with a ballot but with our dollars as well? I’d like anyone who isn’t a student reading this to imagine a day without a student spending money here. Now imagine a week, a month or a year. Imagine what would happen to the housing market or your schools and courts. If you folks aren’t careful, we might start thinking along those lines. Boycotts have been known to happen for less. I think that would be a great barometer for seeing who is on our side as citizens, voters and consumers, and who isn’t. It is you, out there in the community, who has taken us to this place. We just want to live here and participate as is our right. It is you, out there

beyond the campus, who keep the “party school” image alive by mentioning it at every opportunity. Obviously you want friction and distrust by shoving our rights aside and treating us like children. Well, we’re adults under the law. Perhaps sometimes the actions of a few prove otherwise, yet we will not surrender our fundamental rights as citizens. We can work together for a better San Marcos, for students and residents, or we can have at each other over ironic maturity and the ideas of a sore loser. And why? Simply because Brutus says we are ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man. So are they all, all honorable men. Sean Wardwell is a communications study junior.

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FOR RENT-DUPLEXES 3/3.5 DUPLEXES (512) 878-2233. TWO-STORY TOWNHOMES. 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available. Spacious, includes washers and dryers, some bills paid. Agt. (512) 644-1070. 336 CRADDOCK DUPLEX for lease. 2 bedrooms 1 1/2 baths for $875 per month. On the shuttle. Visit and call Legacy at 665-0350. 3/3.5 DUPLEXES, one available now and the others in August. On the shuttle route. $1100 per mo., $200 signing bonus. (512) 587-2660. 500 CREST CIRCLE. Country Living. 2 bedrooms 2 baths with W/D connections. 1 car garage and fenced yard. $825 per month. Visit, and call Legacy Real Estate (512) 665-3321. 2X2.5 TOWNHOMES that are a stone’s throw away from campus. 785 free cable & internet pre-lease. Agt. (512) 970-0670. NEW 1 BD/1 BA DUPLEX, IN COUNTRY. 12 minutes to Texas State, free parking next to campus, hiking trails, deer, free internet, cable, water, garbage, etc. 6 month lease. $525/mo. (512) 392-2700. 1/1 CLOSE TO CAMPUS. Only $425 (512) 878-2233. 519 HUTCHISON. 3/3 duplex so close to campus you can walk. W/D included for $1000 per month. Visit and call Legacy Real Estate 665-0350.

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LARGE HOUSE NEAR CAMPUS FOR SALE. In family neighborhood, not OK for group of students. Call (512) 757-0399. 2003 FLEETWOOD. Assume my loan of $33,400 and I will pay $4,000 towards down payment. 3BD/2BA, approx. 1,120 sq. ft. with w/d. Located in Kyle, 10 mins. from campus. Lot rent $315/mo. Approximate house payment $425 including insurance and taxes. Available anytime. Call Liz (512) 921-4073. OWNER SELLING ‘95, 3BD/ 2BA 16’x76’ mobile home. In town near TSU, w/ shuttle stop. This is a nice home for the same payments as an apartment. Please contact Jeremy Jacob at (512) 665-3118. 1996 REDMAN MOBILE HOME. Ready for move-in. 3/2 with appliances. Located in park with amenities. $17,900 or best offer. (512) 644-9079. 3/2 MOBILE HOME FOR SALE. Fenced yard, on the bus route, has pool access. Call (979) 589-2670 or (979) 219-0132. DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME on 1/2 acre shaded lot in Kyle, just 15 minutes from Texas State campus; ideal for new professor or graduate student. http://www.wesellsarmarcos. com/bin/web/real_esta te?ZKEY=&acnt=AR9 6755&action=HOME_ SEARCH&inwindow=&hs_ action=VIEW_ DETAIL&listing_id=REAGAD3 6866868&start=25&grp=ALL

!BARTENDING! Up to $300/ day. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ ok. 800-965-6520 x 157. DESIGNER FRAGRANCESTANGER OUTLET MALL. Now hiring part-time sales associates for nights and weekends. Call 392-7086 for more information. TEACHERS NEEDED: A progressive liberal church seeks open-minded, patient, and kind individuals to nurture and teach children at San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. $9/hr. and up. Contact CC at (512) 754-3949. ENJOY WORKING WITH CHILDREN? J&R Gymnastics is looking for energetic; gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading instructors. Schedule: 4-30 hrs per week. Pay: commensurate with experience. Experience preferred. Call (830) 606-0375. RESEARCH TECHS/ PHLEBOTOMISTS PPD, a leading global provider of discovery and development resources for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, has openings for per diem Research Techs/Phlebotomists. Must have experience in phlebotomy or willingness to learn. Requires 24-hour availability. Performs blood collections and other technical procedures such as ECG’s and vital signs under extreme time constraints.

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Bobcats find All-American punter in the Grand Canyon State By Carl Harper The University Star A Division I All-American punter at Arizona State his freshman year, junior Chris Macdonald has made his way to Texas State looking to have the same success he experienced in 2004. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play here at this school,” Macdonald said. “To be a part of this, overall, is a good deal.” Standing at 6-feet-4-inches and weighing 222 pounds, Macdonald put on a compelling performance his first year playing college ball, as he was third in the Pac-10 conference in punting and received All-American honors. However, after punt formation changes during his first off-season and the loss of the Sun Devils’ starting

deep snapper, things began to take a turn for the worse a year later. Arizona State decided to change the classic tight punt formation to the spread set where players are spaced out along the line rather than staying within a few yards of the ball. Macdonald never felt secure behind his blockers, resulting in two blocked punts. Macdonald was soon benched and replaced by team place kicker Jesse Ainsworth, who also struggled with the new formation. The coaching staff eventually changed back to the tight formation but Macdonald remained on the bench. “The second year started off good and then about six or seven games into the season it just wasn’t working out,” Macdonald said. “Things were changing and I knew I had to take control of

my career by transferring.” Macdonald is looking for a fresh start where he can leave behind the demoralizing affects of a sophomore season that went as wrong as his freshman campaign went right. “The confidence at Arizona State was shaky and the personnel didn’t believe in the spread formation even though I was comfortable with it.” Macdonald said. Through a phone call to former teammate Mark Washington, who transferred to Texas State, and the fact that some of Macdonald’s relatives are Bobcat alumni, the punter made the decision to come to San Marcos. He knew that Washington had nothing but good things to say about the program at Texas State and soon thereafter informed Bobcat coach Da-


Elevator addition Bobcat Stadium is getting a facelift this fall, with the addition of a new elevator on the west side. The elevator will service the press box and suite levels of the stadium and its design allows usage in case of any future stadium expansion or renovation. The familiar signage, “Home of the Bobcats,” will be removed with a fresh coat of paint and will be replaced with a backlit official school logo on the elevator shaft. The elevator was funded by an anonymous donor and is just one step in the athletic department’s ongoing renovation campaign.

Bobcats No. 15 in latest pre-season poll Texas State is ranked No.15 nationally in Dan Hansen’s Football Gazette Division1-AA pre-season poll. The Bobcats are coming off their best season in Texas State history as a I-AA school, but must replace 28 lettermen from last year’s squad. Texas State went widely unnoticed heading into last season, but after a run into the national semifinals, the Bobcats are gaining wide recognition. The Bobcats have been ranked as high as No. 5 nationally by Lindy’s Sports Annuals pre-season poll.

Texas State fencers return from Atlanta Five Texas State fencers competed in the Summer Nationals, held June 30 through July 9 in Atlanta. Psychology senior Will Cisler’s 16th place

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Deleigh Hermes/Star photo NEW ADDITION: With the final touches nearly done, the newly installed elevator at Bobcat Stadium will provide easy access to the press box and suite levels.

out of 181 Division II Men’s Epee fencers paced the group, with Damaris Dotson, Daniel Bayarena, Jared Kline and Michael Beavers competing in a myriad of epee, sabre and foil events. Dotson, a 2002 graduate who has returned to study health research and epidemiology, finished 27th and 13th in I and IA Women’s sabre, respectively. “I won a medal last year, so I was a little disappointed this time,” Dotson said. “But we still had a good experience.”

Cowboys give Witten extension Dallas tight end Jason Witten agreed to a seven-year, $29 million extension with the Cowboys Saturday. Witten, who was entering the final year of his original four-year deal signed in 2003, received a $6 million signing bonus and will receive a guaranteed $6 million option bonus next March. All of this is in addition to his $500,000 base salary for the 2006 season. The new deal is among the richest for tight ends in NFL history and will lock up the two-time Pro Bowler until 2012. Witten, 24, was the Cowboys’ third-round choice in 2003 and has already established himself as one of the league’s elite pass-catching tight ends. Compiled from other sources

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game jerseys, baseballs autographed by Roger Clemens and a Malcolm Farley original painting of Bailiff, Nealy and Evans. Farley’s one-ofa-kind painting raised more than $4,000 alone. “The auction is community-driven,” Bailiff said. “We had a lot of people bringing in items, wanting to help anyway they could.” A sold-out golf tournament at the Onion Creek Country Club in Austin capped the twoday event. “I’m the worst golfer in America,” Bailiff said, laughing. “If you’re a head football coach and you’re good at golf, you’ve neglected your players.”

two collegiate seasons. Bailiff shared his thoughts on the young punter and what he hopes to get from his athletic abilities. “We are really excited about him. If you look at his great credentials from Arizona State you will see that he is capable of playing other positions,” Bailiff said. “The unique thing about him coming to Texas State is that his mother graduated from here. So that helped in his decision to transfer here.” At Texas State, the punt formation is set up in the spread set which Macdonald dealt with as a Sun Devil. But he is well aware of that fact and has told the coaches he feels ready for it. “He knows what is going on here in this program,” Bailiff said. “We will be running the spread set as we did last year and he is comfortable with it.”

GLOVES: San Marcos fighter rushed to hospital

Conner dismisses three from ’05 squad Soccer coach Kat Conner announced the removal of three players from last year’s club: juniors Natalie Jackson and Danielle Holloway and sophomore Karin Henrichsen. The three were dismissed for separate, non-academic incidences. Holloway missed most of last season with an ACL tear, a year after winning both Southland Conference Player and Newcomer of the Year in 2004. Conner will move on with a veteran team that includes 11 seniors returning from a loss in the conference tournament’s semi-final a year ago. “The recruiting class coming in is outstanding,” said senior midfielder Delayna Spivey. “We really haven’t lost anyone. I think we should be pretty good.”

vid Bailiff of his interest in joining the team. “There is definitely encouragement from my mom and two uncles to come here to Texas State,” Macdonald said. “I also really like the coaches’ philosophy.” The Bobcat coaching staff has revealed strong excitement for Macdonald as they have come to realize that he is not only a punter. At Red Mountain High School in Arizona, he started at wide receiver, defensive back, punter and kicker, as well as taking up other special teams duties. He earned firstteam all-state honors and was selected as the team MVP in 2002. The marketing major from El Paso has a career punting average of 42.82 yards and has dropped 26 punts inside the opponent’s’ 20-yard line in

While Coach Bailiff planned on hitting the links, Coach Harrington opted to sit this one out. “I’m going to ride around and watch,” Harrington said the day before the tournament.“It’s a great opportunity to thank the people for their support. However, my golf game is much better than Bailiff ’s. We’ll have to get a one-on-one match one day because he’s been spreading rumors that he can beat me.” The event served the department’s desire to take Texas State athletics to new heights. “It’s great to see (the community) take tremendous ownership in this university,” Bailiff said. “You can see our commitment to the university is for life.”

over a check to Bates, who had arrived on short notice from Elkhart, Ind. after Wiggins took his name off the card on claims of bruised ribs. Bates was eventually paid for his troubles, but stormed around the ring following the fight, barking his case lividly as the commission mulled over what call to make. “I came; I fought,” Bates said. “I fought the whole fight. You saw it; the ref saw it.” Bunting, who trains under Tough Enough manager Manny Sepeda, felt Bates earned his cash, praising the referee’s decision to end the fight on a knockout. “I hit that guy with a clean shot. What do they want him to do, go to sleep in there?” Bunting said. “I respect what the ref did, because if he had gotten up hurt and I had known that, I would have become very vicious, being the warrior that I am.” In the night’s opener, Austin’s Gilbert Vera made short work of David Gallardo, knocking him down twice and attacking him in the corner to earn a technical knockout just 81 seconds into the first round. “I sort of knew it was over (after the first fall),” Vera said. “I wanted to jump on him. That was our game plan.” Following a 45-second win for Miguel “Thunder” Ortiz, Tough Enough fighter and San Marcos resident Kyle “The Kid” Warren entered the ring to a large ovation from the crowd. Warren entered the night 1-0 after turning pro on April 29, but lost by unanimous decision to Houston’s Jerome Adams, making his professional debut. The loss was the least of troubles for Sepeda’s fighter, who it was later revealed suffered a fractured left eye socket. “I could tell something was wrong after the first round but I couldn’t put my finger on it,” Sepeda said. “I took it personally because you never want to put these guys in harm’s way. He was feeling sick and (the injury) threw his equilibrium off.” Warren was rushed to the Central Texas Medical Center two fights later, then to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, where he had surgery on July 18. “I stayed with him that whole night,” Sepeda said. “I’ve had dinner with him and spoken to him since then and he’s been in good spirits.” Warren appeared OK following the fight, staying behind to sign autographs and receive words of encouragement from

friends and family in attendance. “Having them in the stands was nerve racking. I was overanxious,” Warren said. “But I don’t have any excuses. (Adams) was a good fighter for his pro debut. I just have to start over at step one.” The San Marcos fighter said things went south in the second round, following the critical blow from Adams to his left eye. “He got me good with a overhand right on my eye,” Warren said. “My eye started to swell up and my vision got really blurry. That’s all I could think about. I couldn’t see.” Warren’s parents were called to the front in the fifth fight, showcasing James “Quick Draw” Dubois from San Antonio. The 25-year old improved to 4-1 professionally with a decision over Natalio Ponce. The two super featherweights combined for the fastest and most entertaining fights of the night. “I was just trying to be elusive as possible; the game is hit and don’t get hit,” Dubois said of his penchant for dodging shots. “I was just having fun, using my jabs and sticking the right hand.” Dubois got the crowd going in the second round, dancing in front of Ponce after a misfire and quick recovery squelched any chance of an easy opening for the Laredo fighter. “I just tried to give the fans what they wanted to see, boxing with a little bit of showmanship,” Dubois said. “I feed off their excitement. Boxing is a serious sport, but you have to remember to have fun.”

In the last fight before the main event, 39-year old fanfavorite Ray “Boom-Boom” Trejo picked up a third-round TKO over Jose Rodriguez. Trejo, whose younger brother Mike made a name for himself in the area as a main event boxer, said he got a boost from the hometown support. “It helped me when they started chanting ‘Trejo,’ or ‘BoomBoom,’” Trejo said. “When I heard that I thought, ‘man, I’ve got to start hitting his body.’” Age and experience proved the difference, as the younger Rodriguez flailed uncontrollably at times, while Trejo put together a paced, focused body attack. The veteran said he was still feeling fresh and ready for more at fight’s conclusion. “I wanted to go 12 (rounds),” Trejo said. “If I could have gone 12, I would have. I wasn’t even tired in the third round.” In the main event, the younger Bunting dominated Bates, throwing one hammer after another in red gloves that for a short time caught the suspicion of the department. Boxers were supposed to come out wearing Ringside brand gloves that inspectors had supplied. “After the Trejo fight we went to the locker room and they had still not brought out Lafarrell’s gloves. There were just two right-handed ones,” Sepeda said. “But there are inspectors in every locker room; you can’t get away with anything, so it wasn’t a big deal.” The dispute was dropped minutes later, as the legitimacy of Bates’ fall took center stage instead.


Bornto Run Texas State’s Jowers Center is the starting line of the second annual 5k Fun Run to be held at 8 a.m on Saturday. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the day of the run; cost for entry is $5. The event aims to raise funds for the “A Tu Salud!” program, organized in 2004 by the U.S. Health and Human Services to provide opportunities for San Marcos Hispanic women of lower socioeconomic status. The day’s festivities also include raffles and a health fair, providing such services as grip tests and blood pressure monitoring.

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Pigskin season picks up strong momentum with NCAA Football 2007

Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,


Pro boxing returns to San Marcos with injuries, controversy

Photo Courtesy of GameSpot HEAD TO HEAD: NCAA Football 2007, released on July 18, adds new game modes, plays and animations to the mix. The game, which features both Division I-A and I-AA schools, lets gamers take on other division teams as a Bobcat.

By Matthew Nowacki Special to the Star From year to year, the NCAA Football series has remained consistently strong and this year’s version proves to be no different. Never one to take a break, developer EA Sports, with the NCAA-exclusive license, has once again made changes to the series. They made some big improvements in last year’s version and while 2007’s features are not as impacting as those were, they nonetheless add to the experience. The biggest new addition is the “Turn the Tide” feature. The effects of making a big play on offense or defense are now depicted by a momentum meter that runs across the top of the screen. Block a punt, return a kickoff for a touchdown, successfully execute a trick play, etc. and you will swing momentum in your favor, along with a corresponding stat boost to your entire team. This feature could have made the game incredibly frustrating. Fortunately, the stat boost is small enough to prevent the first team that takes the momentum from completely steam rolling the opponent, but it’s enough for them to get in an extra touchdown before the other team takes it back — think of it like tug-of-war. EA Sports has also expanded the playbook selection by 30 percent, as well as giving each team a unique cache of plays to choose from. This includes several all-new trick plays, which can be a big gamble, but a lot of fun when executed successfully. Last year’s Race for the Heis-

man has been replaced by the Campus Legend mode, which is similar but a bit deeper. You start by creating your own player, signing on to a university and picking your major. To become a Campus Legend and be inducted in to your school’s Hall of Fame before you graduate, you’ll have to successfully manage your time between three areas: campus popularity, your classes and on-the-field training. I found this feature to be a casual alternative to the simulation-heavy Dynasty mode and there definitely was a strategy when deciding if my player should take some time to study for his upcoming mid-term, go to a social event, or practice a few more reps on the field. It’s not as difficult as it may sound though. The available majors in the game do include somewhat harder ones that reward with bigger stat boosts, but most are football related. Overall, the game does look a bit better than last year’s version and plays smoother as well. The number of animations in the game has been increased and some of the tackles look absolutely painful. The amazingly robust Dynasty mode is the same as 2006’s, except there is a spring game in the off-season. In addition, the kicking mechanics have been overhauled for a bit more realism and now are performed by swinging the right analog stick back to build up power and then forward in the direction you want to aim the kick, a la Golden Tee. Overall, NCAA Football 2007 is as enjoyable as it’s ever been and continues the series’ longstanding tradition of greatness.

Mark Decker/Star photo JUGGERNAUGHTS: Osvaldo “Psycho Monster” Martinez (right) takes to the ring for the heavyweight competition against San Antonio native Jose Escamilla during the San Marcos Showdown at the Hays County Civic Center.

By Chris Boehm The University Star Pro boxing made its return to San Marcos July 15, well-received but not without its fair share of hiccups along the way — questioned knockouts, a dispute over gloves and an injury to one of the city’s own. Lafarrell Bunting of San Marcos’ Tough Enough Boxing won the IBA Lightweight Americas Championship with a first-

round knockout of Carlos Bates, leaping on top of the ring’s turnbuckle immediately following the decision. “You can’t come in here doubting anyone,” Bunting said of his replacement opponent. “(Bates) has a lot of fights under his belt.” Bates, who had already replaced main event fighter Donnell Wiggins, was accused of “laying down” in the night’s finale at the Hays County Civic Center, hitting the mat for the second time in the

first round following what one administrator called a “glancing blow.” “Based on (Bates’) history, we knew we had to keep an eye on him,” said Combat Sports Administrator Greg Alvarez of the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration. “He’s been known to get stopped in the first round, and for him to stay down for the whole 10-count on a glancing blow was suspicious.” At first, the department refused to hand See GLOVES, page 13

Ty and Dave’s Summer Bash benefits football, baseball programs By Nathan Brooks The University Star

Armando Sanchez/Star photo IN FULL SWING: Kyle Cracknell, Brad Fulks and Matt Barber enjoy the weather at the athletic department fundraiser held at the Onion Creek Country Club in Austin on Friday. Seventy foursomes came out to play the 27-hole course.

While passing antelope and zebras on the drive to the Texas Disposal System Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion Thursday evening, it was hard to believe how far Ty and Dave’s Summer Bash has come in just three years. “Year one, we put this thing together in just two months,” said head football coach, David Bailiff. “It’s now our third year and it just continues to improve each time. It really shows the momentum of the university.” Baseball coach Ty Harrington

was also present for the all-youcan-eat fish fry and following auctions, impressed by the wide range of people in attendance. “The first time was basically calling a bunch of friends together for a party,” Harrington said on Thursday, the night of the festivities. “It’s a great crowd tonight and very exciting to see the community wants to help.” The community came out in droves for the two-day fundraising event, which concluded the following day with a golf tournament. The money raised will go toward the Texas State football and baseball programs. “We are hoping to gross over

$80,000,” Bailiff said. “In years past, we have put the money towards travel suits for the teams and digital film equipment, which we sorely needed.” The crowd was littered with familiar faces in the Bobcat community, including former Texas State football standouts and current NFL rookies Barrick Nealy and Fred Evans. “I wanted to come and show my support for two great guys,” Nealy said of Harrington and Bailiff. “Coach Bailiff has been there for me and has been a real father figure. San Marcos is a great community. I’m getting married and this is where I

want to raise my kids.” Fred Evans, a seventh-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in April, expressed similar gratitude to the people who saw Texas State reach the playoffs a season ago, falling one game short of the Division I-AA championship game. “You have to support the community that supported us so great,” Evans said. “If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have had the success we did.” The silent and live auctions contained unique sports memorabilia, such as used Bobcats See BENEFIT, page 13

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