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TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY SAN MARCOS
JULY 27, 2005
VOLUME 94, ISSUE 85
New signs in place around Spring Lake Dam warn of danger
Developing a future Child Development Center workday produces much play
University officials hope swimmers will heed warnings
By Sean Wardwell News Reporter Children at the Texas State Child Development Center will have a new place to exercise their imaginations thanks to donations by student organizations. Members of the Non-Traditional Students Organization worked with Child Development Center staff Saturday to clear space for a new playground and install new equipment. “In the spring, we fund-raised for infant playground equipment. NTSO said they would like to help coordinate an effort to put the equipment together and finish up the playground,” said Colleen Tracy, director of the Child Development Center. The center provides daycare for children from 2 months to 5 years old and serves as a learning lab for students majoring in psychology, child development, social work, early childhood development, physical therapy and communication disorders. Participants in Texas State’s Bobcat Build on April 2, an annual event during which students engage in various community service projects around San Marcos, had already cleared the land for $1,500 in new playground equipment donated by the Interfraternity Council. Additionally, the student services office donated $3,000 to the effort, the Student Association for Campus Activities $800 and Lambda of
By Kelly Merks News Reporter Shortly after Dave Newman’s arrest following his rescue of Abed Duamni from the violent waters at Spring Lake Dam on July 3, an ad hoc committee was forged between San Marcos and Texas State representatives to raise public awareness about the possible dangers at the site on the San Marcos River. On July 13, the University Police Department and San Marcos Fire and Rescue decided to post new signs along the riverbank to “delineate dangerous areas on the river,” said Mark Hendricks, assistant director of media relations for Texas State and member of the ad hoc committee. Additionally, other signs have been pulled to be reworded. “Signage is our first concern, and if that does the job, great,” Hendricks said. UPD chief and ad hoc com-
See DEVELOPMENT, page 5
Sean Wardwell/Star photos
By Jake Roussel News Reporter An 8-day-old baby presumed to have been abandoned under Texas’ “Baby Moses” law was found in front of the Central Texas Medical Center around 3 p.m. on July 11. Destiny Faith, as caretakers named the baby girl, was located in the bed of a truck outside the hospital by a couple from Nuevo Laredo who had seen a young woman leave her there. The child was found with a note indicating the woman was abandoning her and did not intend to return. San Marcos Police Department Sgt. Penny Dunn said the baby was in good health and showed no signs of neglect or abuse, although she had been left in the parking lot in the
City Council votes down historical district on Hopkins The San Marcos City Council voted 3-2 against the creation of a historic district on Hopkins Street during the July 18 meeting after council members Ed Milhalkanin, Place 1, and John Thomaides, Place 6, abstained from the vote. The city’s ethics review board recommended that Milhalkanin and Thomaides remove themselves from the deliberations because both members own property in the
area proposed for the district, from the 500 block to the 1200 block of Hopkins Street. Citizen comment was spirited as residents sounded off on the possibilities of the resolution. Polly Wright, who was born on Hopkins Street and continues to live there, compared the creation of a new historical district to the making of a sandwich. Hopkins Street is between the Dunbar Historic District and the Belvin Street Historic District. “People see Hopkins but
—Ralph Meyer UPD chief
mittee member Ralph Meyer agreed with Hendricks. “Hopefully the signs will work; otherwise we’ll have to work on further securing the area,” Meyer said. “We want the river open, but we want it to be safe. If the signs don’t work, we may have to barricade the area. But the river is a volatile thing, and you’re subject to danger anytime you’re in it.” Signs posted in recent weeks include English and Spanish warnings intended to specify where danger is greatest. “Part of the reason that we put up the signage is that it somewhat reduces liability,” said Joanne Smith, interim vice president for See DAM, page 6
Infant legally abandoned outside hospital under Texas’ ‘Baby Moses’ law
ABOVE LEFT: Dakota Fernandez, 4, helps put together a new tree playhouse Saturday at Texas State’s Child Development Center playground. ABOVE RIGHT: Volunteers from the Non-Traditional Student Organization, along with families and staff of the Child Development Center, help install the base of the new tree playhouse that was donated by the Interfraternity Council.
By Sean Wardwell News Reporter
he river is a volatile thing, and you’re subject to danger anytime you’re in it.”
not the other two districts,” Wright said. “Make us a good sandwich, and approve the district.” Other Hopkins residents had a different point of view. “Hopkins Street is a commercial highway; I knew it was commercial when I moved in,” said Don Raines, who also lives on Hopkins. “I wish we were in a historical district, but has anyone heard one good reason why we need a historical district on Hopkins?” Residents on both sides of the debate complained that
traffic congestion on Hopkins Street was a problem. Ultimately, the resolution failed because it did not have the support of at least four council members as the city charter requires. In other business, the council approved designated truck lanes on Interstate 35 within the city limits and agreed to begin discussions with Texas State University and Capital Area Rural Transportation Services regarding the creation of a unified public transportation system for San Marcos.
summer heat. “It is important that people do not leave children exposed to the elements, whether it be the cold or the heat,” Dunn said. “Rather, they should just take the child inside the facilities such as hospitals or fire stations with no worry of being arrested.” Destiny Faith appeared to have been abandoned under the Texas Family Code Section 262.302 Subchapter D, otherwise known as the “Baby Moses” law. The law allows parents to legally abandon a child to “safe baby site” personnel if the child is less than 60 days old. Safe baby sites, as defined by the law, include emergency medical stations, hospitals and fire departments. Emergency personnel must accept the child and are See LAW, page 6
Weeding the river
Faculty Senate discusses funding options for master plan By Sean Wardwell News Reporter New buildings and the means to pay for them were the main topic at the only Faculty Senate meeting of the summer held July 13. Texas State Provost Perry Moore addressed the Senate regarding the status of tuition revenue bonds that were slated to pay for new construction projects in San Marcos and at the university’s new facilities in Round Rock. The university planned on
e would welcome a $30 “W million building here with open arms. We might have to reduce our expectations as far as the new undergraduate academic building, though.”
— Perry Moore Texas State provost
having more than $183 million in bonds approved by the 79th Texas Legislature for the construction of a new undergradu-
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ate academic building, a second building for the Round Rock Higher Education Center’s new location on Chandler Road, a
new fine arts and communication center and general repairs to the campus infrastructure. Although the House and Senate both individually approved the bonds during the regular session, they were not able to vote a bill out of the conference committee before the deadline for final passage. Gov. Rick Perry placed the bonds on the list of issues the Legislature is facing in its latest special session, which started Thursday. See SENATE, page 5
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Saturday Isolated T-Storms Temp: 93°/ 69° Precipitation: 30%
Andrew Nenque/Star photo John Olden of Houston digs deep, making sure he pulls out as many plants not native to the San Marcos River as possible. With the shallow waters near the start of the springs, Olden and other volunteers push the debris downstream to be picked up by an aquatic vegetation harvester.
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Texas State will host a National KidsDay celebration, including a three-on-three basketball tournament, free immunizations and free school supplies, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Sewell Park. Boy & Girls Clubs of America and KidsPeace created National KidsDay in 2001 to foster stronger relationships between adults and children by educating them on the importance of spending meaningful time together.
Wednesday in Brief
July 27, 2005
Life imitates art
CRIME BL TTER
Campus Beat Texas State SBDC to hold training for entrepreneurs The Texas State Small Business Development Center has scheduled a variety of training programs to assist small-business operators in everything from starting a business and preparing a business plan to basic bookkeeping and tax training for growing businesses ready to expand. All programs will be held at 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Suite 110, in Austin. The schedule is as follows: Aug. 1 — SBDC Orientation, 6 to 8 p.m. No cost. Aug. 8 — Exploring A New Business, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $35. Aug. 15 — Basic Financial Principles, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $35. Aug. 18 — Small Business Basic Tax, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $20. Aug. 18 — Employment Tax, 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $20. Aug. 18 — Small Business Tax Recordkeeping, 3: 15 to 5:15 p.m. Cost: $20, discount if you take all three tax classes. Aug. 22 and 29 — Business Plan I & II: Financial
Courtney Addison/Star photo Reflected in the water, elephant-ear leaves line the banks of the San Marcos River near Bicentennial Park.
Thousands of Boys & Girls Club members and their parents, joined by representatives from Caldwell, Comal, Hays and Guadalupe counties, will gather for a day of fun activities, games and prizes. For more information, visit the National KidsDay Web site at www.kidsday.net, or call Daphne McDole at (512) 557-3063. — Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas
Components, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $45 for both or $35 each. Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29 — Fast Start Series: A comprehensive, four-night business start-up course for entrepreneurs who have never been in business or have been in business for less than one year and do not have a written business plan. In the first night, you will learn all considerations for deciding to or not to start a small business, pros and cons of each business structure, feasibility study, market research, market analysis and more. Each session is three hours long. Cost: $35 for each class or take all four classes and save $50. For more information on seminars and workshops or to register early for the training programs, visit the SBDC Web site at www.business.txstate.edu/ sbdc, or call Todd Guilbeaux or Anna Steele at (512) 2259888. RSVPs are required to ensure enough handouts will be available. Payment can be made at the door.
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officer. Upon further investigation, the student was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The student was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.
July 22, 4:22 p.m. Information Report/ Woods Street — An officer came in contact with a woman who was in possession of a fictitious driver’s license. The license was confiscated. July 20, 1:20 a.m. Driving While Intoxicated/Sessom Drive — A student was involved in an accident involving a university police
July 19, 2:45 a.m. Public Lewdness/River House — Four students reported to a police officer that while they were floating down the river, they witnessed a nude male performing a lewd act toward them. This case is under investigation.
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Terror attack strikes Egypt A rapid series of car bombs and another blast ripped through a luxury hotel and a coffeeshop in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik on Sunday, killing 83 people. Balkis Press/Abaca Press
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Second special legislative session called National Night Out to by Texas lawmakers to address finance raise crime-prevention awareness for residents Public school nytime they say they are sending officials question “A new money, we take it with a grain of salt because so often it comes reform plan By Ashley Richards Assistant News Editor Efforts by Texas lawmakers to pass a public school finance reform plan failed with the end of the first special session on Thursday, though some public school officials say the plan would have done little to improve schools. During the special session, the House and Senate each passed its own school reform bill. A conference committee to work out the differences between the two bills came to an agreement in the last days of the 30-day session, but a filibuster late on the evening of July 20 by Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston prevented the bill’s approval. Gov. Rick Perry immediately called a second special session to begin the following morning. The Association of Texas Professional Educators was part of the effort to halt the bill, which it views as harmful to public education. “The entire education community has opposed this bill from the beginning,” said Brock Greg, ATPE director of governmental relations. “It does not properly fund schools.” Greg said the proposed re-
with a grain of salt because so often it comes attached with unfunded mandates,” Barajas said. With the second special session in full swing, the ATPE is riding on the confidence that they can influence senators to make changes in the bill through the group’s grassroots efforts. Greg said the most posi— Rene Barajas tive action happened over the weekend when ATPE members San Marcos Consolidated School District were able to contact and influassistant superintendent ence enough senators to stand up against Lt. Gov. David Deform legislation only allocates their salary from the reinstate- whurst’s initial plan to quickly about half as much money ment of a health plan teachers push the school reform and fito schools as the courts have already have. The money from nance bills through without any deemed necessary. the health plan would, under public hearings. Now, Greg said, Rene Barajas, assistant super- the proposed legislation, be the group has time to educate intendent of the San Marcos paid in their salaries, but Greg the legislators on its concerns. Consolidated Independent Sc- said it is not new money. Meanwhile, Barajas said, hool District, said she is more The remaining $1,000 in the SMCISD is watching the legislaconcerned with improving $2,500 pay raise the bill propos- tive actions but is planning the funding for instructional pro- es would be only for some teach- coming school year in compligrams than with increasing ers. Greg said the teachers who ance with current laws because teacher salaries, a focus of the receive the additional pay raise it must outline a budget before proposed reform legislation. would be decided on through August. SMCISD, Barajas said, would an incentive-based system, ac“Right now, we’re thinking like to purchase more science cording to the bill, awarding nothing is going to come out lab equipment and schoolbooks teachers whose students score of this special session, so we’re and receive better funding for higher on tests. This, along with moving ahead with current the education programs it has the added standardized tests in law,” Barajas said. established. the bill, would be detrimental to SMCISD currently receives Greg said the teacher pay students, Greg said. approximately 80 to 85 percent raises touted by supporters of To fund the proposed pay of its funding from local taxpaythe bill are misleading. Law- raises, the school reform legis- ers and the remaining 15 to 20 makers have said the bill would lation would require a pay cut percent from the state. Barajas increase teachers’ salaries by for the approximately 300,000 said about 85 cents from each $2,500. Greg said that accord- other public school employees dollar spent by the district goes ing to the bill, teachers would other than teachers, Greg said. to paying salary and benefits, receive a $500 pay raise and an“Anytime they say they are leaving little additional money other $1,000 would be added to sending new money, we take it for instructional funding.
attached with unfunded mandates. Right now, we’re thinking nothing is going to come out of this special session, so we’re moving ahead with current law.”
By Isadora Vail-Castro News Reporter and Jonathan Jones Special to The Star
San Marcos barbecue grills will fire up Tuesday as neighbors, residents and student participate in the 22nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime. NNO is a program designed to bring communities together to discuss issues and learn community crime-prevention techniques from visiting officers. In past years, San Marcos neighborhoods have participated in the nationwide program by having flashlight walks, parades and anticrime rallies. It is also a way for people to meet one another and take responsibility for their neighborhoods, said Pete Weaver, crime prevention officer for the San Marcos Police Department. “We will have police officers, fire-fighters, city-council members and EMS personnel informing citizens taking part in NNO on ways to keep their neighborhoods safe,” Weaver said. “We want people to lock their doors, turn on the outside lights and come out and meet the people who live near them.” The SMPD has been organizing the local NNO since the early 1990s. While the national event is 22 years old, National
Night Out has continually gained public support in San Marcos, said Melissa Millecam, communications manager for the City of San Marcos. “Last year, I went to about 15 cookouts here in San Marcos, and each were very different,” Millecam said. “I am sure there will be 15 to 25 neighborhoods participating this year.” Weaver encouraged further as a means of establishing community solidarity. “We want to throw back to the days when people in communities got together with one another,” he said. “We want to encourage people to get involved and invest in their neighborhoods.” He urged those neighborhoods that are not organized to take steps to prevent local crime. “We are only as good as the community, and we try to take proactive steps instead of reactive steps to engage the communities,” Weaver said. Law enforcement officers will discuss neighborhood-watch programs, traffic enforcement and the Citizens Police Academy, an SMPD program designed to familiarize residents with the mission and workings of the department, which will conduct a session on Aug. 18. For more information about National Night Out, contact Weaver at 654-2270.
Confrontation looming between Israeli troops, young Jewish activists By Dion Nissenbaum Knight Ridder Newspapers SHIRAT HAYAM, Gaza Strip — Day and night, young activists are filtering into the closed military zone and setting up camp in the Gaza Strip with plans to put their bodies on the line to block Israel from closing the Jewish settlements. In the past six months, as many as 2,000 sympathizers have arrived as reinforcements for the 8,500 settlers who are faced with ejection from their homes by Israeli soldiers next month. While many longtime Gaza Strip residents have accepted government compensation and are leaving without much of a struggle, younger activists are gearing up for a fight. “They’ll have to carry me away,” 16-year-old Yehuda Matar said. “I have my principles, and I’m going to fight for them.” The influx of demonstrators ready to face off against kling_4x6Postcardv2
young Israeli troops could create a volatile flash point and a public-relations nightmare for Israel when it moves ahead with plans to shut down and level all 21 settlements in the occupied Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hopes the move will improve his nation’s security and reduce tensions with Palestinians. Although Sharon’s initiative has held on to narrow support from most Israelis, a recent poll of the nation’s teenagers found that 55 percent oppose it. To the young believers, their nation’s plan to abandon the area is not only a misguided attempt to appease terrorists, it’s also a betrayal of what they see as a Godgiven right of Jews to live in the disputed territory crowded with more than 1.3 million Palestinians. “These outsiders could be more problematic,” Israel Defense Forces Capt. Yael Hartman said. “There are troublemakers, but we know where the troublemakers are.”
While longtime settlers who are organizing protests so far have sought to head off violent clashes, some of the younger activists have taken a more confrontational stand by rushing police lines and dodging checkpoints to get into the Gaza Strip. “Each man will do what he thinks is appropriate,” said Yehuda, who plans to do no more than peacefully resist when the time comes. “But I think it’s very possible there will be violence.” In an effort to choke off the flow of activists, Israel declared the Gaza Strip a closed military zone earlier this month and moved in to roust about 150 demonstrators who were creating a bunker at an abandoned beachfront hotel. But many Israelis who are determined to stop the settlement shutdown have found it easy to evade the restrictions. Some have come as invited
guests of Gaza Strip settlers and simply overstayed their guest passes. Others have folded themselves inside car trunks, caught shuttles with settlers or walked dirt paths that run right by heavily fortified Israeli checkpoints. “It’s easy to get in,” said an 18-year-old activist who gave his name only as Meshar. “It just depends on the soldiers.” That may be about to change. On Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces tightened security yet again by barring anyone but Gaza Strip settlers and their immediate families from coming and going. But the new controls came too late to stop teens such as Meshar, who’s part of a growing group of young Israelis arriving with backpacks and sleeping bags at as many as five tent cities popping up around the Gaza Strip settlements. With the aid of locals who’re providing ev-
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Shuttle Discovery returns to space with slight debris damage By Jeremy Manier Chicago Tribune CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With blinding majesty and a din like a heavenly timpani roll, the shuttle Discovery flamed to life Tuesday and roared into orbit, beginning the first shuttle mission after months of delays and two years of rebuilding at NASA. Late in the day, engineers pored over unprecedented images taken of the shuttle during its ascent, including one that appeared to show a one-inch gouge in an important heatresistant tile near the shuttle’s nose landing gear. The Discovery crew will measure that scratch precisely with new techniques in the coming days, mindful that damage to a heatresistant panel caused the loss of the shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew in February 2003. With the minutes ticking down before liftoff, launch director Mike Leinbach told Cmdr. Eileen Collins that the ship’s systems all had checked out. “OK, Eileen, our long wait may be over,” Leinbach said. “Good luck, Godspeed, and have a little fun up there.”
Even some seasoned launch veterans cheered and wept as Discovery lifted into a cloud-dotted morning sky, releasing a wash of emotions for a space agency that has struggled to recover from the Columbia accident. In orbit Tuesday evening, just before the crew went to sleep, Collins paid tribute to “the great ship Columbia and her inspiring crew.” “We miss them, and we are continuing their mission,” Collins said after naming each Columbia astronaut. “God bless them tonight, and God bless their families.” Shuttle engineers began a frameby-frame analysis of high-resolution images taken of the spacecraft during its climb, paying special attention to the tile damage and to a piece of debris that appeared to come loose from the large external tank and fall clear of the orbiter just after separation of the twin solid rocket boosters. A loose piece of external tank foam damaged Columbia during that shuttle’s ascent, causing the spacecraft to burn up during re-entry. NASA officials said they can’t know whether the tile gouge is serious until the crew uses a new laser-scanning mechanical arm to see how deep the
scratch goes. The mission timeline allows for further inspection of that area Friday. Flight directors have said they wanted to be able to spot damage as small as an inch across in the nose landinggear area, where the ship is slightly more vulnerable to hot gases during re-entry. The gouge detected Tuesday is larger than an inch — though flight operations and integration manager John Shannon said the width alone doesn’t tell them much. “It is not that simple that you say, ‘Hey, it’s more than one inch; you gotta get a repair,’” Shannon said. “We’re going to look very closely at this.” The video that spotted the debris on Tuesday came from a new camera on the external tank — one of more than 100 cameras on the ground and in the air that NASA put in place in the wake of Columbia. Officials said they knew the images would show the shuttle in a new way — and possibly reveal new problems. Reminders of the Columbia accident were everywhere Tuesday, including the appearance of many family members and friends of the seven astronauts who perished. NASA
associate administrator Bill Readdy said that crew was on his mind as Discovery’s countdown proceeded with virtually no equipment problems or weather worries. “Today, Mother Nature smiled on us, and also, I think, the Columbia crew smiled on us,” Readdy said. First lady Laura Bush congratulated the workers at launch. “Thank you so much for your hard work and inspiration,” Laura Bush said. “It’s an important day for our country.” There was no further sign of the fuel-sensor failure that had forced cancellation of the previous launch date earlier this month. That glitch affected one of four hydrogen fuel gauges designed to shut off the engines if the tank went dry. NASA technicians rewired the sensor equipment to improve its electrical grounding and in hopes of detecting what went wrong. They were prepared to launch Tuesday with one bad sensor if it failed in a way that they expected. Without evident irony, NASA administrator Michael Griffin said the sensor’s flawless performance was unfortunate because now engineers
U.S. military plans screenings for returning troops By Drew Brown Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON, D.C. — The military plans to screen all troops who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan for post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat-related health problems within three to six months after they return home, the Pentagon’s chief health official said Tuesday. The Pentagon plans to spend nearly $100 million to make sure all returning troops take part in the program and get help if they need it, said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “At some point, we hope to touch everybody who’s deployed
t some point, we hope to touch everybody who’s deployed who hasn’t separated from the service.”
— Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr. assistant secretary of defense for health affairs
who hasn’t separated from the service,” Winkenwerder said in testimony to the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Since at least the beginning of the Iraq war, service members routinely have been asked to complete a questionnaire before they come home that’s designed to identify such problems as post-traumatic stress, depression and substance abuse. This would be the first time a fol-
low-up survey was used to find problems from combat exposure that don’t surface until weeks or months later. The intent of the survey, Winkenwerder said, is to make sure that troops are able to readjust in a healthy way. An Army study made public last week found that at least 10 percent of service members surveyed in Iraq last year reported experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder or other acute
mental problems. A study reported last year in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 16 percent of all troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan experience post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression or anxiety, but most didn’t seek medical care for fear of being stigmatized. Dr. Michael Kussman, the deputy undersecretary for health at the department of Veterans Affairs, said 24,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan had been diagnosed with mental health problems due to their combat experiences. More than 14,000 have sought treatment at VA medical centers for mental disorders or drug and alcohol problems related to their combat experiences, he said.
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Texas State $200. “The IFC discussed it and determined that it was something they wanted to help out with,” said Terrance Parker, coordinator of greek affairs. Tracy said the Child Development Center enrolls about 100 children a semester, a number far exceeded by local demand for daycare. “We’re open to the community and public, but students, staff and faculty have highest priority on our waiting list,” Tracy said. “We have a sixmonth to a two-year waiting list for all age groups.” Amber Maxwell-Kraft, president of NTSO and an international business junior, is also vice president of the Child Development Center Parents Association. She said
the playground project was a great opportunity for NTSO to get involved. “Because I’m president of NTSO and a lot of nontraditional students have children at this center, I figured this is something that NTSO would be interested in working on,” Maxwell-Kraft said. “We’re doing a lot of community service projects this semester, and this is kicking off our efforts.” She was enthusiastic in her praise of the center but said that it needs more support from the university and students. “There’s hundreds of people on the waiting list, but the capacity is 100 students. That does not nearly meet even the student need on campus,” Maxwell-Kraft said. “It was a miracle my daughter was able to get in in such a short time. I know people who have been
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waiting over a year.” CDC staff members were happy with the addition to the center because it provides more chances for children to explore and learn. “The infant playground didn’t have enough room or equipment,” said Jennifer Guerra, a teacher at the center. “You don’t always need equipment; you can entertain the children with a box or with anything. However, having a $2,000 piece of equipment is much nicer.” Guerra said the playground will provide children with more than just a place to play. “They can practice their motor skills by crawling through the tree. They can practice their social skills by gathering around the tree,” she said, referring to the new tree-shaped playhouse.
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“The governor put the bonds back on the table. My guess is that we’ll get a second building in Round Rock and one in San Marcos,” Moore said. Moore said, however, that the university would not be getting everything it wanted. “We would welcome a $30 million building here with open arms,” Moore said. “We might have to reduce our expectations as far as the new undergraduate academic building, though.” Other projects the bonds were supposed to fund have been put on hold. “The performing arts center is out as far as the bonds are concerned,” Moore said. “It will be built; we need it. There is no timetable, though.” Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have made it clear that fixing school finance and passing the state budget are the top priorities for the Legislature, but Moore remained optimistic. “I think there will be tuition revenue bonds, and Texas State is in an excellent position
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to get some of that money,” Moore said. “Plan on those bonds.” Faculty Senate also considered revising the faculty handbook to eliminate references to the faculty Men’s Club and Women’s Club. “The handbook subcommittee is going to check to see if either of these two groups still exist,” said Bill Stone, Faculty Senate chair and criminal justice professor. “We don’t think they do, but they might, and we want to be sure.” The Women’s Club is currently listed in the handbook, but the organization has not been active in many years. The Men’s Club has a current membership, but its only activity is an annual fish fry that is open to both male and female faculty members. “Personally, I haven’t heard a word from the men’s club in about three or four years,” Stone said. A motion was made to eliminate the clubs from the handbook as obsolete. The Senate agreed to discuss the motion at its next meeting on Aug. 24.
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Maxwell-Kraft was disappointed that few students turned out for the event but remained passionate about the need for expanding the Child Development Center’s facilities. “There will definitely be another date when we do this, possibly in August, but we haven’t settled on a specific day,” she said. The CDC staff praised the volunteers who came out on a Saturday morning to help. “We really appreciate all the assistance we received from different student organizations. Every year they come out and help with the upkeep of our playground,” Tracy said. “The university helps us maintain the building, but the playground is an additional cost so it saves the center a significant amount of funds.”
may never know for sure why it failed in the first place. “I’m a little disappointed, I’ll be very honest with you,” Griffin said. NASA sees their mission as a complicated test flight, intended to check out new damage-detection tools such as the laser-scanning boom and some experimental techniques to repair tile damage. On Thursday, Collins will execute an unprecedented backflip of the orbiter so that the crew of the International Space Station can take more pictures of the ship’s underbelly. NASA managers said they should know by the sixth day of the 13-day mission whether Discovery sustained any serious damage. Shannon said it’s far too early to speculate whether the crew would need to try the new and unproven repair techniques to fix the damaged heat-resistant tile. The shuttle program’s long hiatus did not seem to dampen enthusiasm for Tuesday’s launch. More than 150,000 people lined the lakes and marshes around the Kennedy Space Center to watch, many arriving in the predawn hours when the shuttle’s brilliant floodlights shined like a beacon on the horizon.
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student affairs. “We’re trying to take as much precaution as we can. Right now, it’s pretty much ‘swim at your own risk.’” While the majority of the area around Joe’s Crab Shack is safe, the water is 12 feet deep at the spot where the spring empties into the river and has an unpredictable undertow. “When the water falls, it creates a hydraulic,” said Lt. Erin Anderson of the South Hays Fire Department. “You get sucked under, and the water turns you around like a washing machine and never lets you out.” Swimmers may also soon notice warnings painted on the retaining wall of Joe’s Crab Shack above the falls. “In general, people would rather that area not be closed off,” Smith said. “UPD goes down to that area of the river when they know there are going to be a lot of people and hands out fliers.” Alan Walkowicz, criminal justice sophomore, feels that Spring Lake Dam should be left unobstructed. “The signs aren’t going to stop anybody; I wouldn’t stop. And if you can’t swim, then don’t get in,” Walkowicz said. However, Crystal Dungan, sociology junior, feels the university should have a hand in securing the safety of the area. “The school needs to hire a lifeguard,” Dungan said. “If they
not permitted to pursue or detain the parent, barring signs of abuse or neglect. Personnel are also not obligated to obtain parental identification, barring signs of neglect or abuse of the child, although parents may be asked to fill out medical reports regarding their child’s health. The forms are not intended to trace the parents, who may fill them out anonymously. According to the legislation, officials must first verify the child is not in fact a missing person, as opposed to a legally abandoned child. Dunn said the baby did not match any missing-persons reports in the San Marcos area. The Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were included in the search to exclude the possibility that Destiny Faith was a missing person. Dunn said there will be no further investigation of the incident by SMPD. “Since she appeared to be in good health, we will not be doing any sort of criminal investigation on this case,” Dunn said. Although Child Protective Services reserve the right to search for parents following the conclusion of a police department’s investigation, Chris Van Deusen, the public information officer for Family Protective Services, said CPS will not pur-
Courtney Addison/Star photo Texas State is discussing new options to help reduce the number of rescues near the falls by Joe’s Crab Shack. In the meantime, a wave of new warning signs has increased the number of signs near the falls to eight. can hire a lifeguard to watch our pool, why can’t they hire one trained in outdoor water recreation to watch the area by Joe’s Crab Shack?” The joint committee is examining other steps to ensure the safety of people utilizing the river area next to Joe’s Crab Shack. “One option is to close it off completely, but to a lot of people, that just isn’t a possibility,” Smith said. “Another option is to push water flow another way, but the cost of doing that is a very big concern.” While many San Marcos residents would prefer all parts of the river to be public, there are
some that believe fencing off Spring Lake Dan will permanently solve most problems. “I think they should just shut off that area,” said Stephanie Sanchez, elementary education junior. “It would protect people from getting into the dangerous area and save our police a lot of unnecessary arrests and rescues.” According to a press release, San Marcos Fire Marshall Ken Bell said rescues have been more frequent this summer because of elevated water levels in the Edwards Aquifer. “Hopefully, people will adhere to the signs and the problem will take care of itself,” Meyer said.
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with a youth shelter in San Marcos providing educational orientations for those who wish to become foster parents. “We want people to know that if they cannot care for a child, it is okay to take that step in finding a better home for (her), but they need to be aware of the right way to go about this process,” Guerrero said. Guerrero said that after word of Destiny Faith’s abandonment reached the public, CPS was bombarded with a high volume of phone calls from concerned citizens wondering how they could help. “A friend of mine that is still there (at CPS) notified me that they were swamped with phone calls about Destiny Faith,” Guerrero said. “We figured it would be easier to set up some kinds of workshops and orientations to answer all these questions and concerns from citizens.” Guerrero, who also volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate for Hays County and serves as president of the Hays County Child Protective Services board, said she has directly observed the need for quality foster parents in both Hays and Caldwell counties. “I would hate for anyone to miss this opportunity if they are seeking to help kids,” she wrote in an e-mail. “It is so disturbing to hear stories of children being abused, neglected, and in this case, abandoned. However, it is A World for Children’s mission to ‘change the world one child at a time.’” For further information on A World for Children, visit www.awfc.org.
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sue the mother’s identity. “We may eventually go to court to see if parental rights can be terminated, but as of now, we are just leaving the case open to see if any family members wish to step forward to adopt the child,” Van Deusen said. Destiny Faith has been turned over to a Central Texas family that is considering adopting her, Dunn said. Texas was the first state in the nation to pass the Baby Moses law with the intention of raising awareness among parents who can no longer take care of their infants. The law, which went into effect in September 1999, encourages parents to leave unwanted children with proper caregivers rather than abandoning them in circumstances where the child’s life may be endangered. Forty-four other states have followed Texas’ lead in establishing legal abandonment for unwanted children. Dunn said it is key to increase awareness about what a parent’s options are when giving up a child. “People should take children that they wish to give up to a fire station or hospital and leave them with the proper officials for care,” Dunn said. Lorraine Martinez Guerrero, Central Texas regional director the nonprofit A World for Children Foster Care Agency, said Destiny Faith’s story sparked great public interest. Guerrero, a 1995 Texas State graduate who formerly worked at CPS, said due to overwhelming support from the San Marcos community, the organization has been working jointly
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John Roberts is enigma personified. Having said this, I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you are asking who John Roberts is. Roberts, a United States Court of Appeals judge, is President George W. Bush’s choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Conner. BHARATI NAIK What we don’t know and should Star Columnist know about Roberts is his stance on key issues that will affect citizens for many years to come, as Supreme Court judges are appointed for a lifetime. Hot-button topics like abortion are especially significant to women. It’s important to keep in mind that O’Conner’s retirement and Roberts’ confirmation would leave but one woman among the nine Americans with the power to decide questions regarding women’s reproductive freedom. Even as the president announces Roberts’ “stellar record,” “sound judgment” and “highest integrity,” one is left grappling to connect these words with past actions of the man in question. The media is awash with Roberts’ credentials ranging from the classroom to the courtroom. As the dust slowly settles over presidential aide Karl Rove’s alleged disclosure of the identity of an undercover CIA agent, a new storm seems to be brewing in Washington. Many even believe that Roberts’ early nomination was designed to divert attention from the hullabaloo over Rove’s political blunder. With a convincing life history that includes serving 39 cases before the high court, Roberts’ image appears rather squeaky clean. His past cases indicate that he might be an anti-abortionist and a believer in lowering the wall of separation between church and state. His links to the Republican Party and corporate America raise serious concerns. But the most serious concern of all is his seeming lack of a viewpoint on any controversial matter. Roberts has been particularly careful not to be vocal about abortion, religious freedom, First Amendment rights, capital punishment or medical research, to name a few. Roberts is no doubt a certified conservative, meaning, at best, someone committed to interpreting the law and Constitution as it is but not making or changing any law. At worst, it could mean a partisan zealot more committed to legislating the GOP platform from the bench, complete with bans on abortion and homosexual marriage and support for the death penalty, than doing what is best and fair for the people of the nation. We just don’t know which he is, and we may not know until he is on the bench, if senators are too timid to question Roberts thoroughly and delve deeply into his background. This fall’s Senate confirmation hearings should scrutinize Roberts closely on his core beliefs concerning all areas. A person who tries to play it safe by not expressing his opinion cannot be depended upon to fight for the rights of citizens later on. The Bush administration should be made to provide all the necessary documents concerning Roberts to the Senate inquisitors. With Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s health on the slight, President Bush may very soon have another chance to beef up conservative support and promote political allies to the Supreme Court. The time is ripe to examine why politicians should play a part at all in the judicial system. Nomination and promotion of judges by politicians unduly promotes the beliefs of the political party in power rather than the best legal reasoning. For American democracy, which is considered the largest and most stable in the world, this may have a disastrous effect. If appointed, 50-year-old Roberts is likely to serve on the bench for many years to come. Hence the importance of ensuring that the next Supreme Court justice not only be flexible in approaching different issues on the horizon today but also able to understand issues that might arise in the future without being rigid in outlook. Roberts’ impeccable credentials would make an interesting script for a remake of the movie The Stepford Wives, but it’s uncertain whether or not those credentials will shine as brightly in serving the people of this nation fairly. If we need our rights protected, we have to make sure that the right people occupy the top positions.
I saw a political cartoon that reflects my viewpoint on the Supreme Court nomination of John G. Roberts. The setting was a bar with three barstools. On one barstool sat Roberts. On another barstool sat a female donkey with sexy clothing saying, “I don’t know what to think of him. Maybe he’s BRETT BOUSMAN not that bad.” Near the third barstool Star Columnist was a big, fat elephant carrying a purse with a pro-life bumper sticker kneeling and praying, “Oh God, please let him be the one. Please, oh please God, let him be the one.” This has happened before. A Republican president appoints a justice, and liberal special interest groups like the National Abortion Rights Action League and People for the American Way, along with the Democratic Party, throw a fit over the appointment. Specific nominees include retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and current justices David Souter and John Paul Stevens. Not to mention that he/she was a complete stranger to most of us. Come to find out this new justice is the equivalent of Eisenhower’s appointment of Earl Warren. They step outside their duty of interpreting law to rewrite the Constitution and history while doing Congress’ job of making law. Such examples include outlawing prayer before a football game, ruling that states cannot have a display of the Ten Commandments if it conveys a religious message and ruling based on European law, as in the case of Lawrence v. Texas. Something is different this time around. The Republicans now control the White House and Capitol Hill. But still I’m worried. Through the unsuccessful confirmation process of United Nations ambassador nominee John Bolton and its shrinking back from the nuclear option, the GOP still acts as if it is in the minority. Lord only knows if Roberts is worth the paper on which he took his bar exam. It would not be surprising if his black robe makes him think he is omnipotent like many others before him. Some recommend that President Bush appoint someone that would “unite the country instead of divide it.” I really appreciate Bill Clinton’s similar concern when he appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. They were confirmed, and most Republicans got over it. Rather than place hurdles to the confirmation process, they placed little barf bags by each of their seats as they grudgingly voted “yes” for the losers. Some say another “moderate” should replace a “moderate” like O’Connor. I guess if Ginsburg were to step down, Bush would have to replace an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer with another ACLU lawyer. Five words for the Democratic Party: You lost; get over it. Should Bush have appointed a woman or a Hispanic? How about a Hispanic woman and hit two quotas with one stone? How about Bush appoints the person who is best qualified for the job whoever he or she might be? The best-qualified judge would be one who heeds what our Founding Fathers feared about the Supreme Court. Strict constitutional constructionist Thomas Jefferson wrote, “It has been my opinion … that the germ of dissolution of our Federal Government is in the constitution of the Federal Judiciary … working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped ...” Even loose constitutional constructionist Alexander Hamilton wrote, “In the first place, there is not a syllable in the (Constitution) which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the constitution ...” That does not seem to matter to liberals in Washington, D.C., who have elevated the Supreme Court higher than it was intended to be. They are willing to allow the Supreme Court, and even the United Nations, to unlawfully legislate over us because they know their agenda wouldn’t get past those that “We the People” elect as our proper legislators. That is Congress and the president’s signature, in case you have forgotten. So I am like the big fat elephant on my knees with a pro-life sticker on my luggage saying, “Oh God, please let him be the one. Please, oh please God, let him be the one.”
Parents, not ESRB, should monitor kids’ gaming Killing hookers isn’t that bad. Neither is stealing a cop car, performing drive-bys on rival gang members or making multimillion-dollar drug deals. In the world of Grand Theft Auto, all these actions “may be suitable for persons age 17 and older,” but introduce digitized, pixilated and badly acted hardcore sex acts and everybody has a fit. In the pursuit of both journalistic ethics and the chance to find something to laugh at, members of The University Star staff and editorial board observed a 1 1/2-minute video clip of the so-called “Hot Coffee” mini-game in which GTA: San Andreas’ main character C.J. and his girlfriend engage in oral sex and multiple positions of intercourse. While we believe the Entertainment Software Ratings Board’s change in rating from “Mature” to “Adults Only” is warranted based on the descriptors of rating content, we also believe that this incident is once again a loud call to the parents of video-game players to finally take personal responsibility in what they purchase instead of relying on and asking the government, video-game publishers and retailers to perform the duties of content police. It is noteworthy that the legal age of consent to actually perform the acts portrayed in the game is in most states younger than what people are arguing should be the legal age to purchase the game. Now, as with every hot-button issue that gets voters crazy, Congress is stepping to the plate to defend those people who absolutely need the government to tell them what to play and read. On Monday, the House of Representatives voted 355-21 for HR 376 to investigate whether or not the publishers of the game intentionally hid the content from the ESRB. Sen. Hillary Clinton, DNew York, is also threatening to ask for a Senate investigation. At this point, politicians are simply grandstanding, and it should be noted that Clinton is a possible presidential candidate in 2008. We don’t deny that Rockstar and Take Two Interactive are the authors of the offending code, and they have admitted as much. Instead of whining about how offended we all should be and how much this is morally bankrupting America, why not let consumers decide if Rockstar/Take Two should suffer any consequences? If enough of the squeaky wheels choose not to spend their money on any products from the company, so be it. While the uproar is a shining example of what’s wrong — and it’s the lack of personal responsibility from parents, not digital fornication in a video game, that we’re talking about — maybe this can serve as the catalyst for parents of underage game players to stop relying on Best Buy, Gamestop and Wal-Mart to slap their children on the hand when they choose a game not meant for their age and maturity level. Hopefully this happens before somebody chastises Electronic Arts, maker of The Sims 2, for possibly showing nipples and pubic hair. Too late. 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. Letters policy: E-mail letters to email@example.com. Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.
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Burton’s Chocolate Factory will satisfy your sweet tooth To begin, if you are film s k e p t i c a l review as to how ✯✯✯✯✯ Charlie and Charlie and the the Chocolate Chocolate Factory will Factory compare to Dir.: Tim Burton 1971’s Willy Stars: Johnny Wonka & the Depp, Freddie C h o c o l a t e Highmore Factory, let Warner Bros. it go. There Rated PG are parts that are very similar to the original, and there are parts that are completely different. Before going into the theater, let go of the original version and watch as if it were the first time you’ve ever seen or heard the story. Then, you will be able to really get a good look into it. The film starts with Charlie Bucket (Highmore), a poor little boy who lives in a small, crooked house with his parents and both sets of grandparents. This remains pretty similar to the original. The difference? The house is so crooked that the door opens diagonally, a delightfully unexpected touch that you can’t help but giggle and thank Burton for bringing to the screen. The best part about Charlie is that, not only are the effects astounding, but the movie goes a little bit deeper into the story than does Willy Wonka. Let’s talk about good ol’ Willy. Depp is fabulous in this part. Since Depp and Burton worked together previously in Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow, it is no surprise that Depp looks so awesome in his purple Wonka suit. Although his face is pasty to accentuate the look of a man who hasn’t stepped out of his factory for decades, Depp is clearly the best person to play this part. When Charlie asks Wonka about his childhood, Depp makes the perfect facial expression to lead into the Wayne’s World-style “diddlydoo” flashback, when we find out why Wonka is so worked up about candy and chocolate. For those who prefer Depp with a little less foundation and a little more eyeliner, I suggest waiting for the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel instead — much more appropriate for anyone going to the movies to see Deppthe-sex-symbol.
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Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. FAR LEFT: In Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, actor Deep Roy is digitally copied and multiplied to make up the legion of dancing and singing Oompa Loompas. ABOVE: An Oompa Loompa from the original movie.
By Kyle Bradshaw Entertainment Writer Gene Wilder vs. Johnny Depp
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Burton couldn’t have done a better job of picking the actor to take the place of the legendary Gene Wilder. Depp’s Wonka is so clean cut and perfect that it’s almost the exact opposite of outrageous Wilder. His performance serves to answer questions that were left ambiguous during the original. Moving on to the children you love to hate, the gluttonous Augustus Gloop (Philip Wiegratz) certainly does eat a lot — not very different from the original. Mrs. Gloop is an unimpressive clone of her 1971 counterpart. Mike Teavee represents the one kid from your childhood who knew so much and talked so much, no one could stand him. This time around, Mike has a boring father who seemed purposely downplayed to allow the child to take center stage. Instead of having a car-salesman daddy, Violet Bouregarde (Annasophia Robb) has an overprotective, competitive mother (Missi Pyle) who is living vicariously through her child. I’m convinced Robb tried out for another part of the movie, as she too closely resembles that quintessential rich kid, Veruca Salt. As Veruca, Julia Winter is amazing. She sounds just like the original spoiled brat, and instead of geese and the golden eggs … well, you’ll see. And now — drum roll, please — to the Oompa Loompas. It takes one word to describe them: disappointing. First of all, one man and one man alone, Deep Roy, plays all the Oompa Loompas and appears to have been digitally multiplied so that Burton and company wouldn’t
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him take a cue from Roy and sport a mohawk to rock out Spinal Tap-style for an Oompa Loompa sing-along. Advantage: Roy Charlie Bucket vs. Peter Pan Bucket
Advantage: Wilder Oompa-Loompas vs. Deep Roy Kenyan actor Deep Roy first worked with Burton for the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes. In 2003, he was Mr. Soggybottom, a circus carnie, in Burton’s big-screen adaptation of the novel Big Fish. In Charlie, Burton goes Roy-crazy, multiplying the 4-foot-4-inch actor, oh, a few hundred times to populate Willy Wonka’s factory with Oompa Loompas. Since the mid-’70s, Roy has appeared in 28 films including The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. (Yep, he was an Ewok and a stunt double for R2D2.) But never before has a film featured him so prominently. To effectively become all the Oompa Loompas, Roy had to do Pilates and take dance lessons in preparation for all those quirky musical numbers. He also spent many hours in front of a green screen because Burton insisted that Roy physically act out each Oompa Loompa instead of digitally recreating one performance. No, he doesn’t wear a giant, green wig or white overalls. But Roy isn’t a far cry from the Oompa Loompas in Willy Wonka, which were played by 10 actors, including Rusty Goffe, another Star Wars extra. Though it’d be cool to see
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For Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder brought to life the zany, spacedout head of a candy factory that specialized in weirdness just as much as it did tasty treats. With comic gentleness, Wilder sang, danced and created a fantastical character that still rings true today. For Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Johnny Depp brings Wonka back to life in a completely altered state. Depp’s Wonka demonstrates an attitude of arrogant superiority over the children he aims to entertain, while at the same time displaying an immaturity equivalent to that of his candycraving admirers. In Depp’s world of pure imagination, Wonka is a dark recluse who comes off as a disturbing mix of Marilyn Manson and Michael Jackson but still retains the intrigue of Wilder’s mysterious nutcase. Depp’s performance combines the pale, outlandish look of Edward Scissorhands with the unrelenting optimism of Ed Wood, another Tim Burton-directed role in which Depp portrays a dim-witted director without a drop of negativity. Wilder is a genius, and Depp doesn’t hold a candle to his comedic skills. But Wilder fit the songa n d -
dance numbers nicely, while Depp would have gone a little too far out there for that kind of role. However, one can only wonder how Depp would sound singing “make a wish, count to three …”
In 1971, Peter Ostrum landed his first and only film role as Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. When Willy Wonka wrapped, Ostrum was offered a five-picture acting contract, but he turned it down, and he hasn’t acted since. Now the chocolate factory is just a distant memory for Ostrum; he has a wife and two children and works as a veterinarian in upstate New York. But his role as wide-eyed Charlie is still just as infectious today as it was then. Now, Ostrum’s role has been taken over by Freddie Highmore, a 13-year-old who hit it big as the inspiration for James Barrie’s Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. In fact, Highmore was so good in Neverland that co-star Depp personally recommended him to Burton for the role of Charlie. Burton wisely agreed, and Highmore went on to add multiple layers to Charlie by making him a sharp, steady presence in an otherwise haywire chocolatey world. Shaggy-haired Ostrum’s performance will always be a welcomed piece of nostalgia for long-time Willy Wonka followers, but Highmore has created a deeper, more complete Charlie, who will surely live on much longer than Ostrum’s acting career. Advantage: Peter Pan
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Gene Wilder (right) brought out the weirdness of reclusive candy maker Willy Wonka with comic gentleness in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, whereas Johnny Depp’s performance in the 2005 version creates a darker, more immaculate Wonka.
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Monkey see, monkey doodle Foxx, Biel’s star Central Texas artists sell work to save primates By Ebony Porter Entertainment Writer South of San Marcos lies Primarily Primates, a nonprofit sanctuary dedicated to the rehabilitation and retirement of primates. The organization, which specializes in monkeys and apes, hosts over 600 primates, many of which belong to either threatened or endangered species. A majority of the inhabitants of Primarily Primates were previously used in medical research, military experiments or the entertainment industry, and as a result, have suffered severe psychological and physical abuse, according to the facility’s Web site. In the fall of 2004, owner Wallace Swett opened the facility, usually off limits to the public, to Austin filmmaker Andy Cockrum and artist Heyd Fontenot. Together, the two led a group of artists from the Austin area into a rare opportunity to observe and sketch the animals. The artists then translated their impressions into original works of art. What resulted is the Texas Monkey Project, an art show and sale that opened Saturday at Progress Coffee, a comfy Austin café on Fifth Street, two blocks east of Interstate Highway 35. The show was what you’d expect from an Austin art event hosted at a coffee shop. While there was good art to be bought and admired, there wasn’t enough of it, and most folks were there for the scene. One thing is certain about Austinites though; they come out in droves for a good cause, and Saturday was an example of this sort of scenester generosity. Melissa Grimes contributed a mixed-media portrait titled “The Monkey King” depicting a baboon with a stern gaze dressed in traditional Elizabethan garb amid a royal purple background encapsulated by a thick gold-leaf frame. The work, inspired by the Chinese legend of the same name, is reminiscent of the beautiful illustrations one might find in old children’s books, but could
Photo courtesy of Melissa Grimes ABOVE: “The Monkey King,” by Melissa Grimes RIGHT: “Untitled,” by Michael Sieben
hat resulted is the Texas Monkey Project, an art show and sale that opened Saturday at Progress Coffee, a comfy Austin café on Fifth Street, two blocks east of Interstate Highway 35.
bold character rendering, using strong lines that cut into areas of solid color. The simplicity of his designs and use of vibrant colors make his work a perennial favorite on skateboards, album covers and logos.
also hang quite comfortably on a living room wall. An untitled illustration by Michael Sieben, known for painting animals both familiar and bizarre, is featured in the show and has also become the spokesmonkey for the event, with his dopey eyes and cute face plastered across Tshirts and other event materials. The rose-colored monkey, a digital drawing printed on paper, is a cross between Gizmo the Mogwai and Curious George — cute, but you’re not sure if you trust those teeth and that cheeky smile. Sieben’s work engages in
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Sculptor Edmund Martinez has contributed a hanging clay tile of two monkeys sitting down facing each other. The glazes take on a matte finish, with the exception of the glossy red heart that levitates above their heads. Filling the space around them are vines and flowers, and beneath them are the words “Monkey Love”, the theme and the title of the work. The sculpture follows Martinez’s pattern embedding messages with lyrical themes and a tongue-in-cheek sentimentality into his works. “Monkeys are lovers too, you know,” Martinez said. Karen Sorenson’s “Historias de Fantasma,” which means “ghost stories” in Portuguese, is a commentary upon the demise of the rainforests in Brazil, a place where the subject of her work, the common marmoset, would be found in his natural habitat. The painting is the largest of the works in the show, and stands out among the foam green walls and bodies swarming throughout the café. “I chose to keep my image floating in this void, thus creating a symbol of the displaced lives,” Sorenson said. The art will remain installed at Progress Coffee until Aug. 20. For more information about Swett and Primarily Primates, visit www.texasmoneyproject.com.
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A decade later, it’s a hard Pill to swallow for Alanis listeners The acoustic standout triumph of version of Alanis her creative work to Morissette’s Jagged date, but they remain Little Pill, released to only shells of their coincide with the 10former selves, never year anniversary of grabbing the attenthe original album’s tion of the listener. debut, has left a Most fans looked somewhat sour taste music the other way when in this reviewer’s review Morissette’s second mouth. album, Supposed ForThe liner notes mer Infatuation Jun✯✯ alone, filled with pre- Alanis Morissette kie, came out, comtentious overtones Jagged Little Pill: plete with atrocious of “growing into Acoustic songs of self-indulwomanhood,” im- Maverick Regent nonsense a la mediately rattled the cords “Thank U.” We are senses as what was all pleased that rich hoped to be a gentle musicians can travel reminder of the original to India, find themselves, work turned into an intense and then preach to everyone disappointment. Do not about how materialism is misunderstand; the original wrong (while still raking in album was (and remains) millions of dollars in royalan outstanding collection ties). But this time hands have of songs without which no to be raised and consumers music collection is complete. say “no.” Perhaps the greatest But this rerelease, stripped of criticism to be level led at this any context or soul, smacks of work is that it undermines the cynical commercialism from a original by its very existence. hitherto well-respected artist. If you have the original, do The songs themselves are rela- not buy this; If you don’t, do tively enjoyable, and there is yourself a favor and buy it no doubt that Morissette can instead of the rerelease. sing, acoustic or otherwise. The lyrics are still by far the — Michael Findlater
Fall Out Boy shows talent but no originality on new release I came into this revocals and serve. ally wanting to hate Why change the this album. I can’t bring formula? It works for myself to write that most bands on MTV. review because, well, it It keeps a band in play isn’t that bad, really. I’ve with the album-oriheard a lot worse. entated radio format That having been that is killing Amerimusic said, I’ve heard better. can music by allowFall Out Boy formed review ing no diversity on in 2001 in the Chicago mainstream FM radio. ✯✯✯ suburb of Wilmette. Fall Out Boy The formula is great They describe their From Under the for making money. It sound as “softcore,” Cork Tree sucks when you want whatever that means, Island Records something outside the and From Under the popular and mundane. Cork Tree, released in Fall Out Boy just May, is their second LP and their does not stand out. If you heard debut on their new label, Island them on a mix CD or in the car, Records. you probably would not be able The members of Fall Out Boy to pick them out from the other know how to play their instru- AOR fodder on the radio. There ments, but where’s the variety? is talent, but little distinction. Most of the songs follow the So what’s good? The album same formula: Take one guitar, is loaded with passion. You can and keep it on the same fuzzy tell that the members of Fall setting, add percussion that Out Boy like what they do, and does not change from song to within their own limited realm, song, mix in an unimaginative they are good at it. They didn’t bass line that does little more just phone this album in, and than keep time, toss in some that says a lot. I could see myself
First he said he wanted his MTV, now he couldn’t care less. That’s the sign of an artist. Knopfler rose to rock stardom as the frontman for the seminal ’70s and ’80s band Dire Straits. Now, having left all that behind, he has stripped down his sound for the EP One Take Radio Sessions, a collection of songs from his 2004 album Shangri-La performed live at Shangri-La studios in Malibu, Calif.
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too much pretension went into the naming process. What’s even better is that the song titles have nothing to do with the songs themselves. Lead singer Patrick Stump can sing well enough, but lyricist/bassist Pete Wentz seems to subscribe to the “place words on Lego blocks, then randomly slap them together” method of songwriting. For example, on “Our Lawyer,” Stump sings,“It’s just past 8 and I’m feeling young and reckless/The ribbon on my wrist says, ‘Do not open before Christmas.’/We’re only liars, but we’re the best (we’re the best)/ We’re only good for the latest trend.” I’m inclined to believe that last line. But bad writing is not the real cause for concern. There’s a good band somewhere in there if they can get past the pop-culture nonsense. I hope they do. But seriously, guys, don’t try to be clever. It’s not your strong suit. Just try to rock. OK? — Sean Wardwell
Once again, this approach proves that less is more. These days, simple musicianship is all too often being left by the wayside in favor of grinding guitar lines and percussion that sounds like it was provided by a jackhammer. The sounds may be loud, but there is no sense of intimacy. Knopfler instead walks softly and carries a big stick. He lets the space between the notes
speak rather than filling it all up with jarring chords. The second track, “Back to Tupelo,” carries over the soft rich picking of notes that made Dire Straits’ “Brothers in Arms” so memorable but infuses it with an originality at which other artists found on the FM dial these days could only point and weep. There is some real heart in this work — the kind of quality that you can’t put your finger on, but you know it’s there nonetheless. The blues influence is undeniable, and it works. “Song for Sonny Liston” churns with the
Chicago Electric Blues sound, yet again Knopfler finds a way to make it all his own. Not one song on the album sounds like another. That’s not to say that nothing ties Sessions together. Knopfler’s rich voice and skill with the guitar clearly mark the CD as his own. The sound ranges from rock to blues to jazz and even some folk. Knopfler has been around for quite some time, and the sound of this collection shows that he’s not stopping anytime soon. Thank God. — Sean Wardwell
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having a good time while From Under the Cork Tree is on. I could also imagine most of the album featured prominently on the soundtrack of another Breakfast Club-wannabe Freddie Prinze Jr. movie; so take that for what you will. I’d love to address specifics, but not one of these songs stands apart from the others. They stick to the formula. “Our Lawyer” sounds no different from “Sugar We’re Going Down.” If I had to pick a standout, I’d say “A Little Less Sixteen Candles and a Little More Touch Me” rises above the rest, but not by much. One thing that got on my nerves is the song titles. When it came time to name Cork Tree’s tracks, Fall Out Boy tried way too hard to be clever. With unwieldy titles like “Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued” and “I’ve Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song),” you can tell that either way too much pot or way
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Wilson, Vaughn lend much-needed comic energy to Wedding Crashers Since his debut as film b u m b l i n g review thief Dignan ✯✯✯ in Bottle Wedding Crashers Rocket in Dir.: David Dobkin 1995, Owen Stars: Owen Wilson has Wilson, Vince found his Vaughn niche in Rated R Hollywood through typical buddy comedies. While his finest work has come with director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic), Wilson’s other performances have ranged from slightly funny with Ben Stiller (Starsky & Hutch, Zoolander) to downright boring with Eddie Murphy and Jackie Chan (I Spy, Shanghai Noon). It seems that Wilson has finally met his match with the incomparable Vince Vaughn, who can dish it out like a witty usedcar salesman, in the surprisingly hilarious Wedding Crashers. Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema In a desperate attempt to meet women, John Beckwith (Wilson) Owen Wilson (left) and Vince Vaughn star in the New Line comedy Wedding Crashers. and Jeremy Grey (Vaughn), two divorce attorneys with an daughter of local politician to their characters’ childish mo- weirdness that is a trademark of uninhibited lust for tipsy brides- Secretary Cleary (Christopher tives. Director David Dobkin his performance. maids, take to crashing wed- Walken), John and Jeremy does well by giving both of his At its core, Wedding Crashers dings during what they deem find themselves smitten with stars plenty of room to do their is just another shallow slacker “wedding season.” Kind of like Cleary’s other daughters. quick-tongued shtick, while comedy. The story is paper thin, hunting season, only the prey is a While the plot is a cheap also letting the pleasant Rachel and it drags on a little long for drunken maid of honor. The two farce, Wilson and Vaughn inject McAdams (The Notebook, Mean its jabbering intentions. Howhustlers rely on cheesy one-liners the hapless story with enough Girls) provide a much-needed ever, if taken strictly at surface and fake tears to attract women jabs to keep it from feeling tire- dose of stability in the under- level, it’s a worthy showcase of who would usually see through some. Both actors have their in- written role of Cleary’s daugh- two of the finest comedic actors their juvenile schemes. When dividual styles of wisecracking ter Claire. However, Walken is in film today. they crash the lavish “Kentucky humor, but they still manage to poorly cast in a role that doesn’t Derby of weddings” for the fit together nicely and stay true supply him with enough of the — Kyle Bradshaw
NCAA Football 2006 builds on EA’s solid creds was the increase in stat overlays as your game progresses. Star player comparisons, season and game stats and even rankings have always been there, but there seems to be an increase in the amount of usage those overlays receive in this year’s game. Another addition this season is the use of impact players. At the beginning of the season and throughout, your team can be blessed with players able and willing to make the big play when the chips are down. A small white halo pulses when your player is ready to make a big play, whether your quarterback can break a tackle and save a sack, your running back jukes the linebacker or breaks a tackle for a big gain, or your linebacker breaks his block and tackles the ball carrier for a loss. The in-season recruiting option in the legacy mode allows you to target certain players throughout the season. While this option allows you to see what works in recruiting and even schedule campus visits, I did find it somewhat unrealistic.
In my legacy mode — where I placed Texas State in Conference USA — I was able to recruit two highly touted players by devoting all my resources to them and defeating a Top 25 team at Bobcat Stadium during the recruits’ campus visits. What I had a problem with (in terms of realism) was the fact that I was able to out-recruit perennial Top 10 schools by my choices in recruiting efforts. It’s not a game breaker, but it can make the legacy track a bit easier by recruiting and signing players for whom you might not normally contend. Overall, the game is a winner; the game modes, the relative ease of controls and the increase of realism using them as well as the strength of the in-game presentation make this a definite pick-up for die-hard college football fans. If you own last year’s edition and you’re a casual fan, I’d consider renting it first to make sure the additions are worth your money. — Joe Ruiz
As a fan of Carlos — playing up the steMencia, I really had reotype of the immihigh expectations grant who tends to the for his new Comedy review lawns of others — and Central show Mind them if they have ✯✯✯ asks of Mencia. What ever had an affair with worried me, though, Mind of Mencia their employers. Central was his ability to Comedy Sure, you could see 9:30 p.m. transfer his style of Wednesdays the jokes coming miles comedy to the limits away, but the skit was of television. still funny in satirizing In addition, the cable the primetime soap opera. channel’s attempts to catch In his first episode, Mencia lightning in a bottle after the parodies commercials of decidsuccess of Chappelle’s Show edly American businesses in seemed to set up Dave’s succes- Iraq. Again, you’ve heard these sors for failure. before if you’ve seen his act. For those unfamiliar with The funniest bits on the Mencia, his abrasive, racially show seem to come from his charged comedy can be of- “man on the street”-style skits, fensive to some and hilarious except for the third show’s to others. Along with that style “Last White Man In the Barof comedy comes a common- rio”; it just wasn’t funny. The sense approach to real life. skit focused on a white, 40Mencia’s show begins with something stoner and his wife’s a monologue, which may be choice to stay in a predomifunny to those who are new nately Hispanic neighborhood. to the 37-year-old’s comedy. If The jokes felt forced and didn’t you’ve watched a DVD or seen allow the natural humor of an his act live, though, chances are incident like that to develop. you’ve heard the jokes before, What’s hurting the show is and without the heavy editing that Mencia is forced to tone they’re subjected to on Com- down his humor to meet cable edy Central. television standards, and that The show — scheduled for struggle comes through the 10 episodes over the summer television to his dedicated au— offers glimmers of hope in dience. its skits. One sequence in the For those people who wish show’s second episode titled to hear Mencia’s uncensored “Desperate Gardeners” spoofs comedy — and aren’t easABC’s hit show Desperate ily offended — you would Housewives, in which a teen- be better served by visiting aged gardener is romantically CarlosMencia.com or picking involved with his employer’s up one of his multiple DVDs. wife. Predictably, Mencia talks with several real gardeners — Joe Ruiz
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This year’s edition video would. I opted to throw of EA Sports’ NCAA game more often instead of usFootball 2006, along ing my rushing game in with the company’s review an effort to pad stats and choice of 1991 Heis- ✯✯✯✯✯ run up the score. man trophy winner NCAA Football The only justice came Desmond Howard for 2006 as my created player lost the box cover, is fo- EA Sports the Heisman his freshcused on a new mode Rated E man year by less than titled “Race For the 100 votes to University Heisman.” The premof Southern California ise of the new mode is an addi- senior quarterback Matt Leinart. tion of sorts to the stellar legacy As far as gameplay goes, the mode that has been in the game passing game has improved over for the past few seasons. that of the past two years in that When you start the game for a highly rated wide receiver can the first time, you are dropped actually catch passes in a crowd into a practice for college teams. if the defenders are not rated as After choosing your position — I highly. played my first four-year run as a You will still see wide-open quarterback — you immediately receivers drop a pass more often begin a drill that, after comple- than you’d like. That part of the tion, allows you to sign with spe- game seems to be in place to keep cific teams or walk on at others. pass-completion percentages beWhile the mode is very similar low 75. to the legacy, you do not have The control (playing on an control of the team as a coach. Xbox with the larger controlThroughout the season, the hype ler) was a little tough, especially for your Heisman campaign when attempting to hype the rises or falls based on your team’s crowd and then immediately performance as well as your own play defense when the ball was — which leads to the one prob- snapped. Otherwise, the new lem with the mode. ability to use the right analog In my first run, I signed with stick to either spin or swim the University of Oklahoma. around your blocker, or to juke Any college football fan knows or stutter-step on offense, gives of Sooners sophomore running the player a better feeling of back Adrian Peterson’s highly accomplishing the move than lauded abilities. Well, in my simply pressing a button for the chase for a Heisman trophy, I action. did not use the strengths of my One element of the game I team as a normal football coach found to be a happy change
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Experience wait staff needed. Salary plus tips. Burger Barn, Wimberly. 512847-9276. Apply in person (7/27) *** Experience grill cook needed. Burger Barn, Wimberly. 512-847-9276. Apply in person. (7/27) *** Earn great income just by sending people to a website. I’ve done it you can too. Please watch the presentation. www.movie.ws/halstead. (7/27) *** Office Assistant/Receptionist for medical office, part-time, fax resume. 353-7607. (7/29) *** Get paid to think. Make $75 taking online surveys. www.cashtospend.com. *** Study Break Magazine Now Hiring Sales Representative. Inherit account list with current advertisers, great pay, flexible hours. 512-480-0893. (7/27) *** Part time sales associate wanted for outdoor sunglass cart at Prime Outlet in San Marcos call 512-773-5693 or 512217-9318. (7/27) *** Wanted Experienced horse riders, trainers, & attractive models. Apply online at www.texasarabianhorses.com Close to campus, flexible hours, decent pay. 353-3477. (7/27) *** Professional Photographer is looking for athletic models. Need spontaneous and artistic souls. Style counts as a plus. Apply online at www.NabilCronfulPhot ography,com 210-367-7842. (7/27) *** Athletic outgoing students for calenders, greeting cards, etc. $75$150hr no exp. needed 512-684-8296. *** Bartender Wanted $250/day potential. No experience necessary, training provided. 800-965-6520. (7/27)
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help wanted Decorative Concrete Installation Company seeking creative & meticulous crew members. Transportation a must, paid by the job, the more you work the more you make. Please call 830-630-0825 or 830-6090412. *** AUSTIN COTTON--SINCE 1988*** Why work scheduled hours at minimum wage doing tasks below your abilities? EARN more $$$$$ networking & selling TSHIRTS & A WHOLE LOT MORE (screen printing & embroidery). Call or email us today to learn how YOU can have fun & earn a great income! 800-487-8337 or kris@ austincotton.com *** Clarewood Apartments has a position open for a leasing agent and part-time porter. Please fax your resume to 512392-1887 or stop by 1400 Clarewood Dr. to fill out an application. (7/27) *** Now hiring- Salesperson. Bring resume by 1520 South IH-35 or call 512-392-2886 (7/27) *** TUTOR/NANNY position available in San Marcos for two girls ages 7 and 10 from August 29th until May 19, 2006. Pick up children from school. Assist with homework and monitor progress for an accelerated Christian based academic program. Occassionally transport children to/from extracurricular activities. Position is approximately 15hrs/week (2:45pm to 5:45pm). Flexibility with schedule occassionally necessary. Prefer Interdisplinary Studies/Education Generalist 4-8 major with GPA of 3.0 or greater. Must demonstrate and encourage academic excellence, be punctual/dependable, active, hands-on with kids and enjoy teaching. Nonsmokers only. $7+/hr. depending on experience. Bonus oppurtunities available. Full-time also available for Summer 2006. Call 512-787-7609 for an application. More info on Job4Cats #5123. Interviewing now. (7/27) *** Love working with children. Alistair Learning Academy is seeking part-time teachers to care for children ages 6wks13yrs old. 512-392-3181. (7/27)
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Female Roommate needed clean, responsible, to share large 2b/1b apt. 1/2 bills, water paid, w/d included, close to campus. $350/mo. Move in 8/17 Call 210884-8655 (7/27) *** Male Roommate needed. Brand New house of Post Road. $425/mo + 1/3 bills. Move in August. Call Sonny or Kristin. 512-644-5968. (7/27) *** Roommate wanted. 3b/2b. 1 1/2 miles from campus. 713-992-0263. (7/27) *** Female Roommate needed for Fall Semester private bedroom and bath 10min from campus $300mth + 1/2 electricity and cable available in July 281639-8048 or 281-380-1268. (7/27) *** Female Christian looking to share w/same nice sized 2b/2b 2nd floor apartment w/ balcony, w/d, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, quite and pretty. Two on-site pools and jacuzzis. Walking distance to west campus, and on bus route. Move in end of July, $349.50 plus 1/2 electricity & high speed internet, $150 deposit. Must be mature, responsible and serious student. 512-878-0464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bobcat duo recognized as All-Americans By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter Two Texas State football players recently earned spots on I-AA.org’s preseason AllAmerica team. On July 14, defensive tackle Fred Evans was selected to the first team, while teammate and punter Cory Elolf notched the second-squad nomination. “This is a great honor,” Evans said. “I know this year people are expecting me to do great things and make a lot of plays.” This recognition comes shortly after Evans made The Sports Network’s Division I-AA All-America team. As a junior last season, he led the Southland Conference in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (17.5), earning NewAndrew Nenque/Star File Photo comer of the Year honors after transferring from the After leading the Southland Conference in sacks and tackles last seaCollege of DuPage. “You always want to do son, senior defensive tackle Fred Evans recently earned a spot on the better than last season,” EvI-AA.org preseason All-America team. ans said. “This year, we don’t
want to leave thinking we could have done something.” After spending his entire football career on the defensive line, Evans played offensive tackle during his final season at DuPage. When he signed to play with Texas State in 2004, he planned on continuing in that position before finding his way back to defense. “I’ve played defensive line all my life,” Evans said. “It was nothing I wasn’t used to.” With the individual honors he’s racked up over the past year, Evans knows the focus will center on him as opposing teams strategize to contain the All-American. “There’s not really any more pressure, just more focus,” Evans said. “When you’re recognized like that, more people are going to pay attention and try to take you out of the game.” Elolf, a junior, is coming off a season in which he averaged 41.9 yards per
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“Guys were saying he looked like a little homeless guy. It was all in fun.” — Larry Chester, Miami Dolphins defensive lineman, on Ricky Williams’ return to the Dolphins training camp. (Source: Associated Press) Williams
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Double Bobcat ballplayers help take SMI Offseason Play: Steelers to NBC World Series
By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter Usually, summertime baseball in a small town means the local Babe Ruth league starts up with carefree children of all ages looking to accomplish the ultimate goal of leading their team to the Little League World Series. In Seguin, though, the baseball field is occupied by an older group of players who have to balance team goals — winning games and going to the World Series — with individual aspirations, such as playing well enough individually to impress pro scouts. They are the SMI Steelers, and, with a lineup that includes current and former Bobcat baseball players Nolan Mast, Cassidy Dresch, Scott Moore,
Jarod Garza, Tyler Bryant, Miguel Mercado and Jose Rodriguez, they dominated the Zaragoza League this season. The Zaragoza League is one of 20 in the National Baseball Congress. Despite this seemingly difficult juggling of agendas, the Steelers have persevered and bonded as a team, winning the Zaragosa League title with a 35-2 record that includes a current 32-game winning streak. Next up for the Steelers is a trip to Wichita, Kan., for the NBC World Series, and the players like their chances. “This year, (Coach David Hamilton) thinks this is the best team SMI has had since ’92 when they placed seventh in the World Series,” Dresch said. “This year, we’ve got a lot more
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Division I players, where previously, we were mainly D-II with no kind of big-game experience. When playing at Texas State, you’re playing UT and Nebraska; you know what biggame experience is all about.” Playing in Wichita is a great individual opportunity for the players, especially players like Nolan Mast. Mast graduated after the last Texas State baseball season and went undrafted. For him, this may be his best opportunity to impress a scout and get an invitation to join a team, which he admits was a main motivation for joining SMI. “(The Steelers) were looking for another infielder, and I knew they go to Wichita for the NBC World Series,” Mast said. “I figured if I didn’t get drafted, that would be a good alternative — to keep playing and have a chance to get noticed by some scouts and hopefully get picked up.” Also helping players such as Mast and Dresch try to get their foot in the major league door is their head coach, Hamilton. Hamilton, who still has connections in the pros from his days as a player in the Reds organization, has contacted scouts for the players and even had some come to Seguin.
The summer league also prepares players for the hectic schedule that awaits them if they do make it to the pros. Although the summer league is admittedly more laid back than a college baseball regular season, the rigorous schedule of games gives the players a much better glimpse of what life in the major league would be like than college play does. “(The summer league) is more of a dayin, day-out pro atmosphere,” Mast said. “(Professionals) play almost every day for six months or so. You learn how to conserve energy and basically prepare yourself a little more. That’s probably the biggest thing. If you get in a funk in the (college) regular season you usually have a couple days in between to straighten things out. In summer ball, you’re playing so often that you’ve got to really be mentally tough and work out your problems in a hurry, or your stats will really suffer bad.” Dresch said that with virtually no time for practice, the hectic schedule also forces players to learn to practice on their own. “We averaged four to five games a week,” Dresch said. “All of the guys from Texas State, we’d go and on our own and (have batting practice). We’d kind of take it on our own, work off on the side. Obviously that’s kind of how it’d be in pro ball — you play just about every day, so you have to do your work on your own.”
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Courtney Addison/Star Photos Shortstop Jose Rodriguez (left) and pitcher Scott Moore of the SMI Steelers are two of seven Bobcats headed to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.
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