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Sweetest Thing Texas bakery cooks up 132 years of memories
By Clara Cobb Trends Editor Autumn Chagla pressed against the glass display window. “Can you smell it?” Autumn said. “Can you smell it?” Autumn, age 4, is among many of the regular customers at Naegelin’s Bakery, where her family stops when visiting New Braunfels. “That looks so good. I want this and this and this and this,” she said. The bakery, located at the corner of Seguin Avenue and San Antonio Street, was established in 1868. It is the oldest continuously operating bakery in Texas. The bakery began when 24-year old Edouard Naegelin arrived in New Braunfels. He came to town with a sack of ﬂour and less than a dollar cash in his pocket, according to the bakery Web site. The Naegelin family operated the bakery until 1980, when the institution was sold to the Granzin family. Todd Granzin, co-owner of the bakery, said business is growing constantly. He said he believes this in part to maintaining tradition at the 132-year old institution. “We try to keep as close to the original recipes as possible,” he said. “Of course, ﬂours (and other ingredients) have changed.” The steady stream of customers keeps employees busy at all times. “I guess they like what we do. They keep
coming back and buying the same things,” he said. “The way New Braunfels is growing, we don’t have slow times like we used to. We stay pretty busy all day long.” Bakery employees consider some San Antonio, Houston and Austin residents “regular customers.” “Even customers who come in once a year, you recognize them,” he said. One popular item at the bakery is Lebkuche, a thick, rectangular brown cookie covered with pink frosting. The bakery is famous for its strudels — a recipe Naegelin perfected years ago, according the Web site. Granzin’s favorite is something he and brother Ross Granzin added to the menu when they acquired the bakery, another is a more traditional good. “If I’m just going to pick something up, just grab it, it’s going to be a sausage meat kolache,” Todd Granzin said. “For something more sweet, I’d grab a bear claw, one of the more popular items.” Bakery employee Becky Miller often works the front counter, which has display cases running from wall to wall. “Most people like to see and smell before they buy,” she said. “There’s no calories in the smell.” The bakery has regular customers who
phone in call-ahead orders for the most in demand items, but Miller’s favorite part of taking orders is getting to know her customers. “The fun part is talking to people,” she said. “We get to hear a little bit of their history and they love hearing about the bakery.” She said one of her favorite stories to share is one about Grandma Naegelin, who would sit in the window folding boxes and require her customers to speak in German to get a cookie. Grandma Naegelin had a bread sales policy too. If the bread ran low, she would ask customers if they were local or tourist. She would adamantly save the last loaves for her local customers. This hasn’t deterred tourists. During Wurstfest, the bakery removes the doors to keep up with the ﬂow of traﬃc. She said the bakery’s charm and products keep customers returning year after year. “Most people say if it’s within 50 miles, it’s on the way,” Miller said. Famous customers include Barbara Mandrel, Nolan Ryan and Jerry Jeﬀ Walker, Granzin said. For the bakery employees, anyone who comes in loyally is a regular, like Autumn, whose favorite item is a pink-iced sprinkle Clara Cobb/Star photo doughnut “This is the yummiest doughnut ever,” SWEET TREATS: Naegelin’s Bakery in New Braunfels is the oldest she said. continuously-operating bakery in the state of Texas at 132 years old.
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Outdoor theater summer performances present new experiences By Elisa Botello Features Reporter For glitz and glamour, take the bright lights of Broadway, but if you want young magic, take the bright stars of Wimberley. The town is home to Shakespeare Under the Stars, a high school theater course that has become a summer tradition for residents of all ages. High school students and children from Wimberley, along with a few from surrounding areas, work hard to bring the town an evening show not to be missed. Shakespeare Under the Stars began in 1990, and has now gone into its tenth season at the outdoor EmilyAnn Theater, which adds beautiful scenery to the performances, according to the program. Each year its participants perform a rendition of a Shakespeare comedy and tragedy. This year’s shows are All’s Well That Ends Well and Twelfth Night. All’s Well That Ends Well director Bobby Byers is a 22 year-old senior at St. Edwards University and an alumnus of the high school program. Byers said starting as an actor and eventually becoming assistant director helped him gain experience for this year. He said working with the town’s children and teenagers gives him a chance to witness the evolution of their creative processes. “It’s amazing to watch as they develop and mold the words into something great,” Byers said. Shakespeare Under the Stars alumnus Zane Gordon, 18, said he agrees the charm of the program comes from the children. “The kids here are fantastic,” Gordon said. “It’s something that is really special in this town.”
A recent graduate of Wimberley High School, he began participating in the program as a child because his friends were involved. Gordon said when he was younger, he was not as involved as many of the other actors are. However, Gordon said as he got older and entered high school, he began a genuine love for the art. Last year’s director, Russ Hall, 21, made it out to this year’s performance to support the cast and crew. He was an actor for the program during all four years at Wimberley High School. Hull said the intimate setting of the EmilyAnn Theater is what makes it unique. “There’s nothing quite like it,” Hull said. “When you’re performing, you’re forging a connection with the audience. It’s incredibly fun.” Rehearsal began in July and lasts for four weeks. Hull said the 12-hour a day practice is not easy. “It’s the hardest work I have ever done, but it’s hugely rewarding because of that reason,” Hull said. Hull and Gordon said working with people their own age works well for the collaboration process. Hull said as a director, he relied on their input to make his shows a success. “One of the best things is having alumni come back and direct,” Gordon said. “It brings a certain dynamic. Russ is my favorite director to work with because we have a common sense of humor. You play oﬀ each other’s energy.” Tickets at the EmilyAnn Theater are $10 general admission and $5 for students. For more information, visit the Web site at www.emilyann.org for show times and upcoming events.
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Good hair isn’t just style, it’s a personal statement By Kassidy Lytle Special to The Star Rick Perry, the Fonz, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Elvis all have something in common. They are iconic ﬁgures with great hair. Let’s face it — they could form the Mount Rushmore of great hair. One Texas State student may belong in such elite company. He’s no star athlete, not a budding rocker, not even an aspiring politician. He does, however, have a fan club. He’s Brent Schnier, management sophomore, and, according to some students, has “the most exquisite hair at Texas State.” “Brent Schnier has ridiculously goodlooking hair and everybody thinks so, including Brent himself,” according to his group on the social networking Web site Facebook. Schnier has what students call a “swoop.” He has thick, shiny, dark brown hair that falls across his forehead and brushes his left eyebrow. It is turned out ever so slightly around the neck. And it’s really shiny. “I don’t do much with my hair,” Schnier said. “I just kind of consider myself lucky.” Exquisiteness aside, men’s hair today is all about individuality. Schnier’s hair
o me, good hair is not generic. It has to ﬁt the person.”
—Michael Kirsner advertising senior, employee at Toni & Guy Salon
works for him. After all, it’s his hair and his head. Debbie Krogsgaard, a stylist at Custom Hair Co., said students are going their own way in choosing a good look. “I’ve had guys who brought me pictures of what they want and I tell them it’s not going to work for their hair type. Most of the time guys listen. They listen to stylists more than women do,” Krogsgaard said. Michael Kirsner, advertising senior is an employee at Toni & Guy Salon. He said as far as the structure of the hair is concerned, one needs good texture and something that works with body type. Hair styles should reﬂect lifestyles and compliment the shape of one’s face. “To me, good hair is not generic,” Kirsner said. “It has to ﬁt the person. Your hair color can be kind of bland, so if you spice it up with highlights or with deeper richer color, it can enhance the look.”
Men, like women, may turn to Hollywood for the latest look, though the look may get modiﬁed in the stylist’s chair. “I think it’s good for celebrities to change their hair the way they do,” Kirsner said. “Brad Pitt, for example, has done long hair for Legends of the Fall; the clean cut for Ocean’s 11-13, dark because of Angelina Jolie, blond because of Gwyneth Paltrow and brunette because of Jennifer Aniston. He changes it up all the time. As long as it looks good and he’s experimenting, that’s all that counts.” It all comes back to individuality, he said. Stylists learn at cosmetology school simply copying someone else’s look doesn’t always cut it, said Crystal Abbott, a stylist at San Marcos Hair Co. Stylists can oﬀer sound advice. “Some guys use too much product and that can make the hair look dirty and kind of oily,” she said. “Make sure every time you wash you get all of the product out.” Both stylists advise against cutting corners and encourage paying more attention to grooming. If you’re Brent Schnier, you may come by your hair quite naturally… like Leno, the Fonz, Perry, O’Brienz or Elvis. But if not, a visit to a hairstylist may help.
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CURLED UP: (Above) Award-winning hair stylist Carlos Esparza, of Visible Changes Salon in Plano, curls Angie Goodman’s hair to create the big hair look. STRIKE A POSE: (Right) Brent Schnier, management sophomore, shows off his “most exquisite hair.”
Photo courtesy of Brent Schnier
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Local boat tours offer new view of underwater life By Jessica Sinn Assistant Trends Editor With its promise of sweltering, blue-sky days and clear starry nights, summer is the season for taking in the sights and sounds of nature. And there’s no better way to enjoy a lazy summer day than by drifting along a clear springfed lake while watching snapping turtles and schools of ﬁsh swim silently through serene green-tinted water. Every year, thousands of visitors step aboard the Aquarena Center’s glass-bottom boats to discover an array of underwater wonders. Shiloh Lake, a glass-bottom boat tour guide, said visitors can see the bubbling springs and aquatic wildlife without having to bother with scuba and snorkeling gear. “It’s basically like taking your whole family snorkeling without getting wet,” said Lake. “And because the water is so clear, 30 feet looks like 10 feet and you can see straight down to the bottom.” With inner tubes, Frisbees and coolers in tow, many San Marcos residents brave the Texas heat by making a beeline toward the river. Shiloh said many people don’t know the currents carrying their inner tubes downstream are powered by underwater springs. “So many people have no clue as to where it’s coming from, why it’s so clear and why it’s 70 degrees all year round,” Lake said. “This will give people more background on the area and a certain level of appreciation for it.” The interactive tour, which costs $4 for students and $7 for adults, includes a brief history lesson about Spring Lake and facts about its fragile ecosystem. Other attractions, including the Floating Wetlands Boardwalk, Endangered Species Exhibit and Natural Aquarium, are free. “For 30 minutes, you can just hang out and enjoy the ride — you don’t even have to pay attention, but you will learn something,” Lake said. Corina Salmon, a glass-bottom boat tour guide, said visitors have the rare opportunity to see underwater archeological digs, fossils and various ﬁsh species. She hopes visitors will leave with a better appreciation for Spring Lake’s unique natural resources. “Without the boats you can’t really see the springs, and it would be really hard to show
people how cool the lake is,” Salmon said. Michael Abbott, associate director of the River Systems Institute, said he encourages all students to experience a glass-bottom boat tour to learn about the beauty and the science of the San Marcos springs. “It’s pretty neat just to take the boat ride and to see the ﬁsh and animals, and to hear the story about the springs and how they headwater the San Marcos River,” Abbott said. The Aquarena Center has come a long way since its early beginnings as an amusement park with underwater theatre shows, overhead trolleys and various aquatic oddities. Abbott said after Texas State purchased the park in 1994, the park dramatically shifted its focus. “For many years, Aquarena Springs was the tourist destination spot in Texas,” Abbott said. “It rivaled the Alamo and the Capitol. But over the years, more tourists were going to Six Flags and Sea World. When the university acquired the property, one of its decisions was to change the focus from the swimming pigs, mermaids and tourist attractions to environmental education and the importance of the site.” The Aquarena Center and the Rivers System Institute recently received $300,000 for its environmental restoration plans. Abbott said to preserve the park’s natural habitats, noninvasive vegetation will replace old structures and parking lots. “The renovations that are going to take place are focusing on restoring the peninsula to its natural state,” Abbott said. “We’ll be removing buildings and replacing them with native plants.” Environmental education, speciﬁcally concerning water, is the theme for the 2007-2008 Common Experience. Abbott said he expects to see University Seminar classes incorporate activities at the Aquarena Center, where students will have the opportunity to gain a sense of stewardship for the water and all its living things through personal experience. Pam Wuestenberg, assistant dean of the University College, said all students should visit the Aquarena Center to understand the value of the San Marcos River. “I encourage all students to take a glass-bottom boat tour, and to understand what we have. I think we’re the only school in the nation with a spring lake on its campus,” Wuestenberg said. “We are unique, and we should honor that.”
Monty Marion/Star file photo UNDERWATER WORLD: Curious observers watch April 23 as a scuba diver passes under one of the Aquarena Center’s glass bottom boats in Spring Lake.
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Parking Services does more than ticket students By Chris Copple Feature Reporter Remember that time you studied all night for a test, got to class just in time — but could not ﬁnd a parking spot? So instead of missing your test you parked outof-zone — only to ﬁnd a ﬂorescent orange envelope. If this hasn’t happened to you yet, your time is coming soon. Parking troubles at Texas State have been plaguing students for years, and these problems increase with a larger student population and rising ticket ﬁnes. Caleb Moseley, University Police Department guard, is one of the oﬃcers students love to hate. “I’m just doing my job,” he said. “I make sure people are legally parked because if it got out of hand there would be no parking on campus.” According to the Parking Services Web site, in the fall of 2005, parking services became a self-sustaining department of Texas State. Prior to 2005, all funds raised from tickets went to the University, which in turn paid parking services employees to ticket cars. In 2005, tickets were $15. This year, ticket prices begin at $35 and increase with non-payment. Being a self-sustaining department of means all ticketing ﬁnes and permit sales go directly toward funding Parking Services and its operations, which include maintenance and construction of lots. UPD cashier Melissa Stein said her oﬃce helps Monty Marion/Star file photo illustration students much more than it harms them. TICKET TROUBLES: Paying careful attention to the colored parking zones around campus is the best “We oﬀer safe escorts home, jumps, unlocking way to avoid receiving tickets.
e oﬀer safe escorts home, jumps, unlocking cars that have keys locked inside, gas if you run out, traﬃc direction for events and help for most other issues related to car safety.”
—Melissa Stein UPD Cashier
cars that have keys locked inside, gas if you run out, traﬃc directions for events and help for most other issues related to car safety,” she said. The service employees have students’ best interests in mind — but many would disagree because of ticketing. “Some oﬃcers look much harder than others for illegally parked students,” Moseley said. “We do not get paid on commission but still some seek out cars to ticket more than others.” Plans for new garages are underway. Current students most likely will not see the construction their ﬁnes will fund. According the services Web site’s Master Plan, both tickets and permits are going to increase in cost each school year.
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Si�ty miles closer TRENDS
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Breast Cancer 3-Day walk bold way to ﬁnd cure By Clara Cobb Trends Editor
“I saw the walk on the Lifetime station, so I called her and said, ‘let’s do it,’” Good said. The women complete training walks every weekend beginning in It’s something one in nine will get in a lifetime, and 200,000 will be May to prepare for the 60-mile event. The training walks build to a diagnosed this year. It’s 60 miles in three days. 20-miles per day — the average mileage the women must complete to It’s a journey Charlotte Muniz will continue even after the walk is participate in the event. completed. Good, who has never suﬀered from cancer, said she walks for those “I know you think I’m crazy, but I’m going to do the Breast Cancer who cannot. 3-Day walk,” she said. “It’s hard to describe because it can be very emotional,” she said. According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Web site, ap- “There are cheering stations all along the way. It gives you the most proximately 200,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast uplifting experience. It can bring tears to your eyes how good it can cancer and 40,000 will die from the disease this year. One in nine make you feel.” women suﬀer from breast cancer. This means every three minutes, She said cheering stations, located every few miles along the a woman is diagnosed and every 13 minutes, a course, have volunteers who encourage particiwoman dies. pants and provide water, support or a place to “When I was going through my breast cansit and rest. cer, I met a lady named Dorothy. We have be“It’s not about Susan G. Komen or the breast come friends, and she is ﬁghting cancer again. cancer,” Good said. “It’s about helping those A member of our team is ﬁghting breast cancer who can’t help themselves.” for a second time, and another member just lost Fromm said the event is a unique, life-changher sister to breast cancer. I lost my mother to ing experience. breast cancer 43 years ago,” Muniz said. “I can“It’s a journey that starts months before the not tell you how many people I have met in four walk even happens, since participants need years that have gone through breast cancer, or to train and fundraise,” she said. “During the — Charlotte Muniz someone in their family has.” event, the participants really become a commufour-year breast cancer survivor, Muniz found out she had cancer during a rounity as they walk, eat, shower and sleep togethtine mammogram. er. Friendships are formed over those three Breast Cancer 3-Day participant “If I hadn’t been going, how long would it have days that last a lifetime.” been before I found out?” she said. “The imporThe team will participate in the Dallas/Ft. tant thing is to get your mammogram.” Worth Breast Cancer 3-Day. The event beMuniz, now a four-year survivor, did the walk last year and is cur- gins 7:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Southfork Ranch in Parker and concludes rently fundraising so she may participate in the 3-day walk in Dallas 5:30 p.m. October 28 at Southern Methodist University. Oct. 26 to 28. The walk takes place in 12 cities. Dallas/Ft. Worth is the only loca“I cannot express the feeling you get on the third day walking into tion in Texas. the closing ceremony, knowing what you just did,” she said. “It was At the time of press, Good had reached just over $1,000, or half of worth all the training you through and the pain you put your body her fundraising goal. Muniz was just shy of reaching $1,000, or onethrough.” third of her fundraising goal. The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk to raise funds for breast The primary beneﬁciary of the Breast Cancer 3-Day organization cancer research, education and community outreach programs. The is Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which receives 85 percent of the walk is held in 12 cities nationwide. net proceeds, Fromm said. The National Philanthropic Trust Breast Jenné Fromm is the national spokeswoman for the Breast Cancer Cancer Fund receives the remaining 15 percent. 3-Day. There are many ways to get involved without walking, she said. “This event is the boldest step a person can make in the breast “Donating money to a friend or family member is an easy way to be cancer movement, and is literally the greatest distance you can walk part of their journey,” Fromm said. “We also need volunteers to serve in the ﬁght against breast cancer,” she said. “Our participants are pas- as crew members throughout the weekend.” sionate, and determined to spread the word about breast health issues The walkers raise awareness in addition to money during the event, and become champions for those who have battled the disease.” Fromm said. As thousands of walkers travel 60 miles over three days, In order to participate, Muniz and members on her team, The people in the communities they touch can see how far people are Moleskin Milers, must each raise $2,200. Her personal goal is to literally willing to go to end breast cancer. raise $3,000. The organization will announce cheering stations soon on their She enjoys participating in the event and supporting a cause she Web site. believes in. One of the 3-Day’s slogans is “everyone deserves a lifetime.” “You meet a lot of people and you get to talk to them. You learn why “I guess when I had it, it brought me back to life,” Muniz said. they are there and why they are involved in the walk,” she said. “I will “When you have something like that, it just really wakes you up and walk until pink ribbons are no longer needed for awareness, but are a reminds you what’s important. Material things you can replace, but symbol of a disease that was conquered. Until there’s a cure, I’ll keep you can’t replace a person’s life. walking.” “That’s why I am walking so far,” she said. “To do something bold Muniz became involved in the event through friend Elaine Good. about breast cancer.”
will walk until “I pink ribbons are no longer needed for
awareness, but are a symbol of a disease that was conquered.”
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure is accepting teams in Austin
✯ FYI — For more information on how to help Muniz and her team, visit www.the3day.org/dallas07/cmuniz. — For more information on the event, visit www.the3day.org. — To create a mammogram reminder, visit www.acsremindme. com/hma/modify_subscription.php?CID=288. — For instructions on how to make a lapel ribbon or to view a photo slide show of last year’s walk, visit www.UniversityStar.com.
Race registration is now open so participants may start a 2007 team. A team is created when someone registers as a team captain. Then, a captain may invite friends and family to join a team. This is the 24th year for the race, which takes place nationwide. The event is a fundraiser
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for breast cancer research, education and support. A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from each domestic Aﬃliate Race supports the Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs, which fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientiﬁc conferences
around the world. Up to 75 percent of the net income from each domestic Aﬃliate Race stays in the community to fund breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects. The registration deadline is midnight of Nov. 2. The 5K, or 3.1 mile, event will occur rain or shine. Cancellation
will occur only due to extreme circumstances. If cancelled, there will be no refunds and payments will be used as a donation to the Komen Austin Race for the Cure. The Austin race is Nov. 4. at Auditorium Shores. — Courtesy of The Austin Afﬁliate of The Susan G. Komen
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Luling farmers’ markets provide locally grown, fresh produce By Clara Cobb Trends Editor Bradley Allen, like most Luling residents, knows how to pick a melon. “You’ve got to hit them,” he said. “Thump them — like the Watermelon Thump.” Luling, 23 miles east of San Marcos, is known for its produce. The city hosts an annual festival, The Watermelon Thump, every spring. Allen, one of city’s farmers’ market venders, demonstrated his thump technique using the ﬂattened palm of his hand on the roundest part of the melon. “You don’t want a ﬂat sound,” he said. “There’s a bunch of tricks, but that’s the best way.” Watermelons are among many of the products available at Luling’s farmers’ markets. Tomatoes, which recently came into season, are abundant at the market. “It’s all fresh produce when you come to a farmers’ market,” Allen said. “That’s all you get. Everything’s
home-grown.” Botsy Watts, a native of Luling and a market vender, knows growing home-grown fruits and vegetables is hard work. “It’s tough, I’ll tell you. It rained so much this year,” he said. “Sixteen inches in a couple weeks really knocked us out. We’re ﬁxing to be through. We just had a plum bad year.” Because of the storms, Watts will soon move his stand to Fredericksburg, which was hit harder by summer storms and currently has a higher produce demand. But the weather doesn’t get him down. Some years are good years and some are bad, he said. “If it gets in your blood, it’s just there. Daddy was a farmer,” he said. “Anything you put out there — even if it’s just ﬂowers in your garden — you have to take care of it. If you take care of it, it’ll grow.” This is a philosophy he shares with his family, including his granddaughter, an education major at
Texas State. Margaret Bairrington enjoys college company as well. As a vender, she enjoys assisting customers in their produce selection. “I like for the college kids to come from San Marcos,” she said. “A few do come out here and they are real nice. All our customers are so nice.” Her favorite produce item is multicolored bell peppers. As an avid cook, she likes using all fresh ingredients. “I guess maybe the younger generation doesn’t cook like we cook,” she said. “But I guess it’s how you’re raised, too. My mother was a very good cook and my daddy was a Baptist minister, so I learned how to cook and all that.” Her advice for picking the best produce for cooking is to take up a vender on their oﬀer to help. “Some people let you help them,” she said with a smile. “Just a few don’t want help. They are the ones who don’t know how to pick their own — I know because they always pick the biggest.”
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WATERMELON SALSA INGREDIENTS: 2 cups diced watermelon, seeds removed 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed 2 jalapenos or 3 chilies, stem and seeds removed, chopped fine 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt PREPARATION: Place the watermelon, corn, and chilies in a medium bowl. Mix together the lime juice, brown sugar and salt until the sugar dissolves. Pour over the watermelon mixture. Gently toss until everything is coated with the liquid. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the flavors to meld. Serve with corn chips or as a condiment.
Texas grows approximately 40,000 acres of Watermelons each year, producing approximately 640,000,000 pounds. — Courtesy of Texas Watermelon Association
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Voting by the books ‘Going green’ saves students’ greenbacks Environmentally-friendly living possible on a college budget By Cristal Martinez Features Reporter Some people may believe going green costs a lot of green, but being environmentally friendly can save money. “There is a misconception that is rampant out there and it is not true,” said Elizabeth Frisch. “Everyone thinks you have to buy a hybrid or install solar panels.” Frisch is the program manager for A Nurtured World, a non-proﬁt organization. Solar panels and hybrid cars are one way to help the environment but these products may not be feasible for college students. With loans, debt and rent, college students may ﬁnd it hard to go green. Going green doesn’t mean having to buy expensive products. It is a way to reduce the amount of impact you have on the earth by using less of its’ natural resources. “Ultimately, to ‘go green’ means that you save money and help the environment,” Frisch said. A student can go green just by changing some everyday habits. These will help the environment as well as save you money. Sarah Gorham, nutrition and foods senior, practices some green habits. “I reuse containers to store food, turn oﬀ the water while I brush my teeth and keep my air conditioner high,” said Gorham. Frisch said a way to save gas money is by slowing down on the highway. For every 5 mph over the 60 mph a car goes, it wastes 10 cents per gallon. By following the speed limit, drivers can save up to $250 a year. She said walking to nearby destinations will surely save gas money and reduce carbon dioxide in the air. Another way to go green, she said, is to buy local produce. Buying local produce decreases the gas used to transport products
and the pesticides used to preserve them. Utility bills can decrease by simply unplugging items not being used like computers, stereos and phone chargers. Many household appliances and products use energy even when not being used, Frisch said. Turning up the air conditioning by one degree and replacing light bulbs with compact ﬂuorescent bulbs can save money. Frisch, who holds classes on how to go green, said one student who attended her classes realized he was spending $1,000 on bottled water per year. The student went out and bought a reusable water —Elizabeth Frisch bottle and is now savprogram manager, ing money rather than A Nurtured World spending it. “It is a huge environmental footprint reduction because the bottled water came from a long way away it had to be pumped out of the ground, disinfected, bottled in plastic bottles, packaging and if he didn’t recycle … it used up landﬁll space,” Frisch said. New developments at Texas State show the school is going green, said Nancy Nusbaum, associate vice president for ﬁnance and support services. “Three buildings will be looking to get the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certiﬁcation, which considers them a green facility,” she said. “For certiﬁcation we will be doing things like letting in more natural light, planting native ﬂowers and reusing materials that are from buildings that have been torn down.” Frisch said these actions reduce the ecological footprint, or the area of land it takes for a human to produce the resources it has used. “You reduce your ecological footprint in a way that you spend your money on things that bring you fulﬁllment and minimize spending your money on things that are waste,” she said.
ltimately, to ‘go green’ means that you save money and help the environment.”
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By Matt Stearns McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON, D.C. — Barack Obama may have The Audacity of Hope, a daring assault on the powerful anti-hope lobby, but Dennis Kucinich will have The Courage to Believe. With the 2008 presidential campaign comes yet another trove of books by presidential candidates. Such books follow a nearly universal pattern: A memoircum-policy-laundry-list. An “inspirational” cliche of a title with a windy subtitle. Whitewashed prose — frequently by a ghostwriter — purporting to show that the policy proposals aren’t merely politically motivated and focus group-tested but spring from wisdom accumulated over a lifetime — or, even better, wisdom passed down through generations. Joe Biden has Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics. Sam Brownback has gone From Power to Purpose: A Remarkable Journey of Faith and Compassion. That’s a bit highfalutin for Mike Huckabee, who prescribes a national 12-step program in From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 Stops to Restoring America’s Greatness. Here’s a ﬁrst step: Stop writing like this, from Brownback: “Dad was a hardworking man. He worked every day, even most Sundays. ... That was a great way of teaching us the importance of work.” Some candidates cannot stop at one: Besides the 12-step book, Huckabee has Character Makes a Diﬀerence: Where I’m From, Where I’ve Been and What I Believe. The cover photo shows Huckabee semi-reclined, shirt collar open, jauntily propped-up knee giving
just a hint of dashingly faded blue jean. (Move over, Bill Clinton.) Americans can get a double dose of Bill Richardson, too: There’s Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life and the forthcoming Leading by Example: How We Can Inspire an Energy and Security Revolution. Judging from polls, most voters aren’t all that interested in even single doses of long shots Huckabee or Richardson. Which begs the question: Sure, there are exceptions, the occasional candidate-authored well-written bestseller (Obama’s and John McCain’s memoirs). But do we really need most of these? For publishers, putting them out is a dose of public service with virtually no risk. Advance fees tend to be small: Brownback got $15,000. Chris Dodd got $30,000 for the coming Letters From Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice. And if a candidate catches ﬁre, the publisher gets a low-cost hit. Candidates love the “very clear vehicle for message” they get without having to pay for ads, said Peter Osnos, the founder of Public Aﬀairs Books, which has published a few. Take Biden, whose book was recently released. He’s appeared on morning TV shows, cable talk fests and national radio shows, gaining the most attention yet for his struggling bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. “I never thought there was anything I could say that was worthwhile enough for anyone to want to read,” Biden conceded. So what’s his book about? “Who I am and what I believe.” And that is? “I believe the future of this country is very, very
bright if we keep our promises.” Other candidates use old books to tell their stories. Mitt Romney’s Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership and the Olympic Games just came out in paperback, featuring a “new preface on leadership.” Rudy Giuliani’s Leadership and Hillary Clinton’s Living History are still in print. McCain is about memoired out, so his forthcoming Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them is a modern echo of Proﬁles in Courage. That one set the standard for the campaign book by winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for its up-and-coming author, Sen. John F. Kennedy. Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt were also proliﬁc — and excellent — writers whose wide-ranging books helped catapult them to political fortune. Woodrow Wilson was a political scientist whose works were considered classics of their era. The bar has been lowered. Considerably. Churchill labored for years on his four-volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. One of John Edwards’ recent oﬀerings is Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives, a coﬀee table book celebrating the childhood homes of average and marginally famous people. Then there’s A Martian Poet in Siberia, by Duncan Hunter. A metaphor for the illegal immigration problem, which candidate Hunter rails against? A call for intergalactic literary exchanges? Turns out it’s a sci-ﬁ novel. Written, alas, by a Duncan Hunter who isn’t the California Republican congressman who’s running for president. Now, THAT would be audacious.
New rules affect Austin late-night club scene By Amanda DeBard Daily Texan AUSTIN — A nightclub owner came Aug. 9 to Austin City Hall, seeking equality in his workplace. City Council members responded to the needs of some club and bar owners, but an approved ordinance could put others out of a job. By a unanimous vote, council members approved an ordinance requiring “bring your own beverage” businesses to obtain a permit to operate, to hire their own security and to notify police of illegal activity on their premises. New hours-ofoperation rules prohibit new patrons from entering BYOB businesses after 2 a.m. and require the cessation of alcohol consumption after 2:15 a.m. and the vacation of the premises by 2:30 a.m. Because of ongoing disputes, Darren Wydermyer, who owns Chester’s nightclub in the McKinley Heights neighborhood, approached the
City Council for help in moving his business to another location. Since the June 3 shooting death of Kevin Brown by Austin Police Sgt. Michael Olsen near Chester’s, Wydermyer and his club have come under scrutiny. The new ordinance will directly affect Wydermyer’s business, known for after-hours partying and dancing. “We’re trying to talk to the City Council about giving us money for relocation,” he said. “I don’t mind moving, except for the money invested.” The City Council did not decide whether it would aid Chester’s. Wydermyer said the decision made on the BYOB ordinance took eﬀect at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 11. “Chester’s is done for,” Wydermyer said. “We’re not going to open anymore.” — Additional reporting by Philip Jankowski.
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Videogames perpetuate race, gender stereotypes I have a love-hate software programrelationship with mers, development video games. teams are going to go I practically grew with what’s familiar up in an arcade, sendto them, or else try ing untold numbers and break the mold of quarters down a but end up developing BILL RIX narrow slot for a good something so out of Star Columnist 10 or 20 minutes of touch and borderline virtual fun. No doubt, racist as Grand Theft this has shaped my perception Auto or True Crime: New York of life in the mid-90s and what City (blacks like to shoot guns it means to be fully dedicated and steal, right?) to an art form — regardless of An extreme lack of diversity what Roger Ebert may insist in positions of creative genesis upon — and I can say with a means a perpetuation of the high degree of accuracy I “get” stereotypical game icons; i.e. the gestalt of gaming. buxom, inadequately clothed From attending video game women and their posturing, conventions and conferences epicene male counterparts to LAN parties and tourna— leitmotifs embraced heartily ments, it’s clear games are an by outlets like Square Enix, eclectic group, reaching beNamco and others for at least yond boundaries of color and the last decade. sex. Unfortunately, however, Of the top character-based those who grew up in dark, games listed on www.gamesloud arcades are far removed pot.com, including God of War from those in charge of games’ II, Resident Evil 4 and Ninja creation. Gaiden Sigma, none of the For the most part, those lead, secondary or even tertiasitting behind desks and easels ry characters are of color. And all day, working tirelessly to even when the characters are bring us the latest in polygonal of somewhat neutral identity, pastimes, share a common such as Halo’s Master Chief, thread: They are mostly white the experience is all but demales. Ostensibly, it’s these stroyed if one takes the game white, college-educated and online: Really, how many times somewhat well to do men who can you be called something are in charge of what gets creobscene by an anonymous 14 ated and put on the shelves. year old before you unplug the The truth, of course, runs Ethernet cable? Thank god for deeper. private servers. The real answer lies in the Japanese developers aren’t development houses, those exempt from this crime groups of software designers, against culture, but they are engineers, writers and artists allowed a bit of amnesty in whose job it is to create the the matter as Japan has a visual aspects and the code long history of being a highly that underpins the games. homogeneous society. Not From the interns who answer exempt, though, are US-based phones, to the highest tiers of developers who constantly management of massive comeschew making their heroes panies like Midway and Atari, or notable characters black all levels of the workforce are — or for that matter, any other at fault for failing to correctly color than white. With the analyze and include the entire time and eﬀort developers put strata of the gaming populainto maximizing the realness tion. When colleges and uniin their games, it’s troubling to versities routinely churn out note little is being done in the the run-of-the-mill white male way of creating gaming icons
of color. The only characters of note I can think of are the relatively feckless Eli Vance and his daughter Alyx from Half-Life 2. It’s not a poor business model to go after your demographic, but producers are simultaneously losing large parts of the population because of poor design choices. Women, along with blacks, have historically been left out of the gaming pool. Samus Aran, of the Metroid series, is the only decent example of a ﬂeshed-out female character in a gaming series, yet even in her ﬁrst appearance designers chose to have hear appear in a bikini (if players managed to beat the game in under a certain amount of time), an action repeated practically every game. Finding a decent female role model who manages to remain clothed and conﬁdent throughout is about as hard as ﬁnding a well-written gay character, something the typical 15- to 18-year-old gaming base knows equally little about. Because designers have been sleeping on realistic, responsible and fresh characters, the video game playing youth are being reinforced with centuries-old notions of blacks and women. A disservice is being done to the world as a whole when young men and women are growing up with clearly false and outdated notions of peoples’ places in society. It’s 2007 and this design choice, conscious or not, is played out. Hell, it was played out in 1967. Why are blacks and women still left out of the design-side of gaming when they are both representative of massive portions of the world? The world of video games has been in a pseudopatriarchal vise since it’s inception, and it’s high time for it to be taken down and rebuilt in a realistic and demographically-correct manner.
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TUESDAY AUG. 21 Ricky Stein Triple Crown, 6 p.m. Shawn Line Riley’s Tavern, 9 p.m Low Down Family String Band, Steve Johnson Triple Crown, 10 p.m. WEDNESDAY AUG. 22 Phil Stevens Triple Crown, 6 p.m Phil Stevens Triple Crown, 6 p.m. Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle Cheatham Street Warehouse, 8:30 p.m. Cory Johnson Riley’s, 9 p.m. Subtle Creeps, Mind Divided Triple Crown, 10 p.m. THURSDAY AUG. 23 Bill Jerram Triple Crown, 6 p.m. Rodney Hayden Gruene Hall, 7:30 p.m. Stewart Mann Riley’s, 9 p.m.
Bloodshot Pyramid, Opposite Day Triple Crown 10 p.m. FRIDAY AUG. 24 Buck Jones and the Haggards Triple Crown, 6 p.m. James McMurtry, The Dedringers Gruene Hall, 8 p.m. Ryan Turner Cheatham Street, 8:30 p.m. Heart of Texas Productions Lucy’s San Marcos, 9 p.m. Three Leaf, Happy Tingles, Frontier Brothers Triple Crown, 9 p.m. Shelley King Riley’s Tavern, 9 p.m. SATURDAY AUG. 25 Gary Claxton Gruene Hall, 1 p.m. Keith Davis* Cheatham Street, 8:30 p.m. Hotrod Hillbillies Riley’s, 9 p.m. Two Tons of Steel Gruene Hall, 9 p.m.
The Raspas Lucy’s San Marcos, 10 p.m. Duel Exhaust, Crown Dregs, Johnny Gobbs Triple Crown, 10 p.m. Shark Attack Lucy’s, 11 p.m.
TUESDAY AUG. 28 Cody Bones Triple Crown, 6 p.m. Nathan Daniel Band Cheatham Street, 8:30 p.m. Band of Thieves Riley’s, 9 p.m. The Dedringers, John Evans Tripe Crown, 10 p.m.
SUNDAY AUG. 26 Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash Gruene Hall, 1 p.m. Luckenbach Cultural Exchange Cheatham Street, 3:30 p.m. Rodney Crowell, Cody Canada, Stoney LaRue, Randy Rogers Gruene Hall, 8 p.m. The Derailers San Marcos River Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. Open Mic Riley’s, 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY AUG. 29 Erickson Triple Crown, 6 p.m. Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle Cheatham Street, 8:30 p.m. Ethereal Architect, Freebleeder, Maho Triple Crown, 9 p.m. Eric Hisaw Riley’s, 9 p.m.
MONDAY AUG. 27 Gerry’s Kids Triple Crown, 6 p.m. Big John Mills Cheatham Street, 8:00 p.m. Scott Wood Riley’s, 9 p.m.
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