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Confi dent convocation President Trauth delivers uplifting annual speech By Bill Lancaster News Reporter University President Denise Trauth presented an optimistic outlook for the future of Texas State during her 2007 Fall Convocation speech Aug. 21. She said the school is ahead of schedule in meeting the goals laid out in the 2004-2009 University Plan, which will now be extended to 2012. The five goals of the plan include expanding the number of full-time faculty to improve the student-faculty ratio, establishing competitive salaries, expanding the Mitte program to an honors college, adding new doctoral programs and continued recruitment to increase minority students and faculty members. “In many areas we were able to reach intended outcomes sooner than we had anticipated,” Trauth said. “We will keep the goals the same, but we have added intended outcomes to the new plan.” She used this year’s Common Experience theme of “A Water Planet: A River Runs Through Us” as an analogy to discuss the school’s recent accomplishments and future plans. “It’s a good theme, partly because rivers and universities have much in common,” Trauth said. “Rivers feed a variety of plants and animals along their banks. They bring together a diverse system of streams and creeks that flow into a larger system of seas and oceans. They change their environment. Rivers and universities are a source of life and inspiration. And they both


e owe it to our students to provide a diverse learning environment that will prepare them for the world in which they will live and work.”

—Denise Trauth university president

require our stewardship.” William Stone, Faculty Senate chair and criminal justice professor, said the changes and extension of the strategic plan was not anything new or unexpected. “The strategic plan is constantly being modified as we go forward,” Stone said. One of the major focuses of Trauth’s administration has been to improve the student-faculty ratio. Trauth said the number of fulltime faculty has increased from 801 to 950 since she arrived, and since 2002, the university has added $7.2 million for salary increases over four years without additional state money. Part of the 10 percent increase in designated tuition that went into effect this fall was to help raise faculty and staff wages. Stone said Trauth has made it a priority to increase the size of the faculty in order to improve See TRAUTH, page 4

Photo courtesy of University News Service PLANNING AHEAD: University President Denise Trauth gives her fall 2007 Convocation speech Aug. 21 at Strahan Coliseum. She announced the university’s goals for 2009 are well ahead of schedule.

Spring Lake land purchasers desire ‘greener’ San Marcos By Bill Lancaster News reporter Community members and special guests gathered at the Texas Rivers Center Tuesday to celebrate the purchase of 251 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to Spring Lake. Andrew Sansom, director of the River Systems Institute, said the purchase preserves the largest undeveloped tract of land in the central part of the city which will help to ensure the long term flow of springs on campus. “It’s another very concrete example of the partnership that the university has formed with the city and the county to do these kinds of projects,” Sansom said. “This is only the first — there will be many more.” Todd Derkacz, president of San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, said the land will be preserved for greenspace and passive recreation. “What (passive means is that) it’s low impact — that it’s kind of a leaveno-trace recreation,” Derkacz said. “So while there will be trails and benches and things like that, it’s generally designed to experience the place rather than hit a ball around a field.” Attending dignitaries at the celebration included state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-District 25, Hays County Judge Liz Sumter, members of the city council and benefactors Earnest and Sally Cummings and Emmett and Miriam McCoy. A partnership formed by the university, the city of San Marcos and Hays County purchased the land for $5.1 million using a combination of resources. This included a $2 million bond from the city of San Marcos, $700,000 from Hays County and other funds from the Emmett & Miriam McCoy Foundation. During her speech, Mayor Susan Narvaiz said the partnership between the

city and the university has never been stronger and thanked each of the individuals and entities that contributed to the purchase of the land by presenting them with framed photos of the area. “It’s just one of those moments that you know you will be your most proud at the end of the day,” Narvaiz said. “It’s just so significant.” Judith Wilson, resources and environmental studies senior and vicepresident of the National Association of Environment Professionals, said the project was important to their organization, which worked on helping pass the local bond during the recent election. “The significance is the preservation of the river and a lot of people coming together to basically preserve a very important resource in San Marcos,” Wilson said. “We’re very lucky to be here.”

Monty Marion/Star photo NATURE TOUR: Todd Derkacz (left) of the San Marcos Green Belt Alliance talks with Neal Kinlund, a neighbor to the nature preserve, during a hike of the new San Marcos Nature Preserve during ceremonies for the city acquisition of the property.

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University President Denise Trauth said stewardship of water issues is a top priority for Texas State. “(Aquarena Springs) makes us distinctive from other universities in the state,” Trauth said. “The university has a long-standing interest in preserving the adjacent greenspace.” Following the ceremony, Derkacz led approximately 20 people on an hourlong hike to show some of the more significant features of the area. Wilson said they took a couple of different routes, but did not follow any one trail because they had not yet been completed. “We saw these huge grasshoppers, dragonflies and a large garden spider,” Wilson said. “You can tell this place hasn’t been touched much. You don’t expect to see any water and there is this really nice pond that is untouched.”

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City council allows alcohol within 300 feet of schools, churches By Scott Thomas News reporter Restaurants serving alcohol were not allowed to open within 300 feet of a church or school in San Marcos until Tuesday when the city council allowed some room for exceptions. Now those establishments within the 300-foot rule can obtain a letter of consent from the governing board or officer of a school or church if they wish to have an alcohol permit. The variance was approved by the council in a 4-3 vote. Mayor Susan Narvaiz and council members John Thomaides, Daniel Guerrero and Betsy Robertson voted in favor of the variance. They were reassured that once the ordinance was loosened, it was unlikely to regress to what was in place before. Before the council passed the ordinance, an establishment had to go before the city council with their case, and all residents within the area were informed when and where the public hearing would be held. Guerrero was at first doubtful of the plan, saying he was afraid to pass responsibility to others. He was later influenced by his fellow councilors. “In 25 to 35 years, our community is going to look a lot more different that it does now,” Thomaides said. “There is going to be a lot more people, a lot more alcohol establishments and a lot more schools and churches.” Councilman Chris Jones was divided on the issue. Jones said he was nervous about allowing exceptions to the 300-foot rule. “The way the resolution is written is it requires either a single person or a board to write a letter saying they’re okay the establishment selling alcohol,” Jones said. “I don’t feel comfortable with a church putting down on paper that they are okay with someone selling alcohol. The way the

resolution is written is not set up to be a success.” Jones said he would be proposing an amendment to the ordinance at the next meeting which would more accurately portray the current system. Another issue covered during the city council meeting was the proposed property tax increase. A public hearing was held to discuss the item, but it was quickly adjourned because no one spoke. San Marcos residents, however, did express their opinions during the 30-minute citizen comment phase at the beginning of the meeting. “I’m here to talk about the proposed property tax increase versus job availability in the San Marcos area,” said San Marcos resident Nancy Eassary. “There are not very many jobs that pay more than $36,000 a year, and now they want to increase property taxes. We have a real employment issue here.” The meeting had an unscheduled, though brief, discussion about Sagewood Circle after Gail and David Roaten gave respective speeches on the street’s unlawful behavior. Gail Roaten, assistant professor of education administration, expressed her worry about the noise level and said she was afraid to bring her grandchildren to visit after hearing gunshots in the neighborhood. David Roaten, senior lecturer of curriculum and instruction, told the council his car had been burglarized and codes must be put into place and enforced to bring the neighborhood under control. “It’s not a student problem, people keep referring to it as that, but it’s not a student problem — it’s young people,” Robertson said. “They’re not all students.” Jones said the issue of Sagewood Circle could be a turnover issue because different people live there every year.

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starsof texas state Rodney E. Rohde, Clinical Laboratory Science assistant professor, was awarded the 2007 Scientific Research Award by the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science in San Diego, Calif. Rohde, along with his co-authors, received the award for their work on a project titled “Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a Texas Jail Popula-

tion” that will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Correctional Healthcare. MRSA, along with other microbes, is a growing antibiotic resistance problem in the U.S. and abroad that can cause a variety of medical problems, including death.

— Courtesy of University News Service News Contact — Nick Georgiou, Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System

Bobcat Build 2008 planning begins, program seeks student volunteers San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz will help start Bobcat Build 2008 at the first Student Planning Organization Committee meeting. The meeting is open to all Bobcats and community members, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 3-3.1 of the LBJ Student Center. Bobcat Build is April 5, but planning and organization began last month at the executive committee retreat of Texas State students who run the program. The event is the university’s largest service day event. “Bobcat Build is one of the best outreach programs at Texas State. It’s a wonderful way for our community to get to know the students as they work to make San Marcos a better place for all,” Narvaiz said. “These students provide labor and planning for projects that would take weeks for these organizations and schools to do themselves.” Students fan out across San Marcos to lend a hand at area agencies, schools, non-profit organizations and other locations as a way to say “thank you” to the community. Members of various student organizations, including honor associations, fraternities, Jon Clark/Star file photo sororities and classes, as well as individual students, wash school HELPING HAND: History sophomore Audrey Turner paints a house as part of the H.E.B. Bobcat Build program on buses and clean city green space March 30. Bobcat Build incorporates student volunteers as part of an active project that reaches out to the community. areas. The volunteers work on playgrounds, help with neigh- Marcos community. to give back to the community projects each year. of pride for our students and citiborhood clean-ups, clear lots for Bobcat Build has become a and also learn about the valuable “We invite our fellow Bobcats zens.” Habitat for Humanity, work at tradition at Texas State, attract- social services and other organi- to attend this meeting to learn Free pizza from D’Blazios United Way of Hays County agen- ing approximately 3,000 students zations that serve San Marcos,” how they can become involved in will be provided at the meetcies, check light bulbs for Sights annually. said Erin Jines, Bobcat Build the planning for Bobcat Build,” ing. For more information, and Sounds of Christmas, work at “Many students and student or- Student Planning Organization she said. “Our organization is call (512) 245-1687 or e-mail Playscape, paint and landscape ganizations develop lasting rela- director. “These agencies and confident that Bobcat Build 2008 homes and complete dozens of tionships with their Bobcat Build individuals count on Texas State will be our most successful event — Courtesy of Texas State other projects to benefit the San sites. Bobcat Build is a fun way students to help them with major ever, and an even greater source Community Relations

CRIME BLT TER University Police Department Aug. 21, 8:47 p.m. Driving Under the Influence – Minor/Illegal Use of Horn/ Wood St Parking Garage An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation. Aug. 22, 8:22 a.m. Medical Emergency/Laurel Hall An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. Upon further investigation, a student felt dizzy at the sight of blood from a laceration. The student was escorted to the Student Health Center for further treatment. Aug. 22, 3:26 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Student Health Center An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. Upon further investigation a student reported feeling ill and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for evaluation. Aug. 22, 4:04 p.m. Assault: Causes Bodily Injury/ University Police Department Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for an assault report. Upon further investigation a student reported being the victim of an assault by unknown individuals. This case is under investigation. Aug. 22, 6:25 p.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/San Saba An officer was dispatched for a hit and run report. A student’s vehicle was reportedly damaged while it was parked. This case is under investigation. Aug. 23, 3:02 a.m. Information Report/Edward Gary & Concho An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation an officer confiscated a knife from a nonstudent. A report was generated for this case.

Corrections An article published Aug. 21 incorrectly spelled Jose Balbo’s name. An article published Aug. 21 misidentified Matthew Crook as the brother of Dan Reiter.

Cotton Miller/Star photo TAKE FLIGHT: Spectators gathered Saturday at Auditorium Shores in Austin for the 2007 Red Bull Flugtag. Austin also hosted the 2003 Red Bull Flugtag.


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Pedestrian becomes victim of reckless driver By Philip Hadley Assistant News Editor

A 22-year-old pedestrian was struck by a Volkswagen Jetta at the corner of Chestnut Street and North LBJ Monday. The driver of the Jetta, a 24-year-old male Texas State student and Selma resident, hit the woman after turning left on Chestnut Street at a high rate of speed, said Sgt. Wade Parham of the San Marcos Police Department. The vehicle went over the curb and hit the woman, who suffered a minor head injury and a laceration to her leg. “There were numerous witnesses and the driver was arrested for reckless driving and transported to Hays County jail where he awaits magistration in the morning,” Parham said.

the wrecked vehicle for fire hazards. The woman was transported to Brackenridge Hospital. Several people passing by stopped to watch as the scene was cleared from debris and remaining witnesses turned in their statements to police officers. —Wade Parham “I think this intersection is SMPD Sergeant ridiculous,” said a Texas State student who witnessed the incident and wished to remain Emergency vehicles surrounded the anonymous. “I’ve almost been hit several scene of the accident as five witnesses times when walking to class, and I’ve also wrote down what they saw transpire. The almost clipped the curb with my vehicle. woman was carried away in a stretcher Considering the heavy traffic in this area, by the emergency medical service as the there should be a safe way for people to San Marcos Fire Department inspected cross instead of having to dodge cars.”


here were numerous witnesses and the driver was arrested for reckless driving and transported to Hays County jail where he awaits magistration in the morning.”

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ASG begins new year by swearing in new senators Philip Hadley Assistant News Editor

a change at the university. I’ve been involved in many different organizations, and I’m really looking forward to the impact that I can make here.” Thomas Tilton, college of education, said he was ready for the challenges of student government. “Feels pretty cool to be involved in something as big as student government,” Tilton said. “I’m excited about the

The room buzzed with conversation as newly-elected senators chatted with their fellow Associated Student Government members about the new school year. The first ASG meeting of the 2007-2008 session was Monday at the LBJ Student Center. The meeting began with the swearing in of the new senators and was followed by administrative isith only five sues and training. ASG President Reacommittees we gan Pugh addressed can create specialized the senate about the new committee strucpositions for each ture. person as opposed to “It used to be that a committee chair and there were nine committees and now there just four people that are only five,” Pugh they delegate.” said. “This new com—Reagan Pugh mittee structure helps to maximize the effecASG President tiveness of ASG. With only five committees we can create specialized positions for each person new year and the changes that as opposed to a committee we’re going to make at the unichair and just four people that versity.” they delegate.” Senate Clerk Emily ShepThe new committee struc- pard, marketing junior, said ture includes external affairs, she was looking forward to beinternal affairs, student life, ing more involved on campus. student relations and univer“I’m pretty excited about sity relations. being a newly elected senate The meeting was concluded clerk,” Sheppard said. “I’ve with training sessions for the been wanting to get involved. new senators about the legisla- I think this is a great opportutive process. nity and Pugh is a good friend Many of the new senators of mine, and I’m really happy were eager to begin the new to work along side him. I think year. Skyler Varnadore, off- it will be great to be constantly campus senator, said she was updated with what’s happening excited about being a newly around campus.” elected member of ASG. The next ASG meeting will be “I’m thrilled that I am now held Sept. 10, and will include an ASG senator,” Varnadore the swearing in of the remainsaid. “I’m excited to be part ing senators who were absent of this organization and make from Monday’s meeting.


Philip Hadley/Star photo CURBSIDE HAZARDS: An unknown female was hit Monday after a black Volkswagen Jetta, seen above, swerved onto the Chestnut Street curb off of North LBJ.

International students gather, share stories of adjustment to U.S. By Kristen Williams Special to the University Star A meet-and-greet brought international and study abroad students together Friday to share stories of similar interests and experiences. Among the crowd was Safae Marouan, business administration graduate student, who moved from Morocco last semester. “I studied four years of college in my country,” she said. “This is my second and last semester here. I haven’t met anybody from Morocco. I met people from different countries and from America. When I came here and met people from different countries, I became more open-minded.” Since Marouan moved to Texas, she has seen both positive and negative aspects of America. “The thing I didn’t like (about

America) is that in our country, we get to know others,” Marouan said. “At the beginning, I thought that everything (in America) relied on technology and there wasn’t a lot of interaction.” Marouan said she enjoys that America is rooted in democracy. “My country is a monarchy,” Marouan said. “I like that America has the freedom of speech.” Although Marouan went to college in Morocco, her classes were not taught in her country’s native language of Arabic. “College was in English,” Marouan said. “High school was Arabic and French. Now, my English has improved. I have American roommates, so that helps.” Another international student is Noriko Shinya from Japan. She studied solely English in Canada for one year and recently transferred from San An-

tonio College. In order to get a there is corruption in America job, she must apply for Optional also. I think there is corruption Practical Training, which allows everywhere.” temporary employment authoShinya found American cusrization in America. Eventually, toms to be more lenient than in Shinya, a international studies Japan. sophomore, as“My roompires to work in mate taught diplomatic relaa lot y country me tions. and told me is a “At first, I about Ameriwanted to work can rules,” monarchy. I like in the United said. that America has Shinya Nations but it is “Like in Jaso hard,” Shinya pan, we can’t the freedom of said. “I am interreally say no speech.” ested in working if something —Safae Marouan, for the embasis wrong. My business administration sy.” roommate Like Marouan, and I had a graduate student Shinya has recproblem with ognized the difour apartferences between her country’s ment. I learned how to find a government and the U.S.’ lawyer and sue. I learned that “The system of government if something is wrong and there (in Japan) is different than is a problem, I should do somehere,” Shinya said. “There is a thing. That’s the biggest thing I lot of corruption (in Japan). But learned.”


Even with help from her American roommate, Shinya said she does not know if she has found her niche. “I mostly hang out with Asian people because they understand,” Shinya said. “They have the same difficulties as I do. I don’t know if I fit in, but I’m not afraid of adjusting to a new culture. I’ll get used to it.” Industrial engineering freshman Berkcan Uyan moved from Turkey one week ago, and had never been to America before. Uyan’s high school taught classes in English, but he still struggles with conversation.

“There are some special things, like special phrases that I can’t understand, but normal language I can understand,” Uyan said. “There are no parents to help me so I have to solve my problems on my own.”

✯FYI To learn more about study abroad programs, call 800511-8656 or stop by the Academic Services Building, Room 302.


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TRAUTH: Professor reports better, more prepared students CONTINUED from page 1

Photo courtesy of University News Service GRAND VISION: Additional doctorial programs are part of President Trauth’s university plan for the future.

the quality of communication between faculty and students. “This has been a goal of (Trauth’s) literally every year since she came here and one that the Faculty Senate strongly applauds,” Stone said. “Adding faculty is a critical goal and she recognized that literally as soon as she came here.” Another goal of the university has been to increase the diversity of the student body. Using the river analogy and a quote from John Graves’ book Goodbye to a River, Trauth said diversity makes the river what it is, and it is the same with the university. “In the last five years, African American enrollment has increased 7.5 percent to 1,379 last fall,” Trauth said. “In that same time period, Hispanic enrollment has grown by 25 percent to 5,671. As of last fall, African Americans and Hispanics made

up 26 percent of the student body.” Trauth said the faculty has become more diverse at the same time as the student body. In the past three years, ethnic minorities have made up 40 percent of the 171 new tenure-track hires. Audwin Anderson, associate professor of sociology, said the number of minority students in his classes has increased along with the quality of the students. “Students do seem to come more prepared,” Anderson said. “Overall, I’d have to say there has been an increase in the quality.” Black and Hispanic communities have disproportionate levels of educational achievement compared to white counterparts, Trauth said. While over half of Texas citizens are ethnic minorities, 27 percent of whites, 18 percent of blacks and 10 percent of Hispanics have bachelor degrees. “We owe it to our students to pro-

vide a diverse learning environment that will prepare them for the world in which they will live and work,” Trauth said. The final area of the strategic plan Trauth discussed was increasing the number of doctoral programs. “We are continuing to expand our programs, as we have always done, by building on our strengths and meeting the needs of the Texas workforce,” Trauth said. The university has added, or is in the process of adding, seven new doctoral programs including physical therapy, mathematics, mathematics education, criminal justice, material science and engineering, computer science and developmental education. “I’ve been here a long time, and I’ve heard a lot of presidential speeches,” Stone said. “A lot of them are simply speeches, but one of the things the faculty respects about Dr. Trauth is that her speeches are a real reflection of what she intends to do.”


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Gonzales, Rove latest White House advisers from Texas to leave D.C. By Dave Montgomery McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON, D.C. — They were fiercely loyal, unfailingly disciplined and, as a unit, offered the president a comforting touchstone from his home state. Now, Team Texas is moving ever closer to extinction. The already thinning cadre of advisers who followed George W. Bush from Austin to Washington is unraveling even further, with Alberto Gonzales and Karl Rove heading toward the door. Although Texans are still dotted throughout the administration, most of the influential Lone Star transplants who have worked at Bush’s side since his days as Texas governor either have left town or removed themselves from dayto-day influence at the White House. Gonzales, a steadfast loyalist who served as Bush’s counsel in the gover-

nor’s office, announced his resignation as attorney general Monday after enduring a months-long uproar over his stewardship of the Justice Department. Rove, the architect of Bush’s victorious presidential campaigns, will leave at the end of the week. They join a parade of other departed Bush insiders from Texas, including White House Adviser Dan Bartlett, former Press Secretary Scott McClellan, former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Allbaugh and White House Lawyer Harriet Miers, who Bush briefly nominated to the Supreme Court before a conservative backlash forced him to withdraw the nomination. Karen Hughes, one of Bush’s most trusted advisers in Austin and during the early days at the White House, remains in town but is focused on her current duties as a top State Department official charged with bolstering the U.S.

image abroad. The departures are to be expected toward the end of a second term. For the most part, many of Bush’s original teammates chose to stay on long past the traditional tenure in a city known for burnout and destroyed families. “The only surprise is not that any of the Texans have left but that they stayed so long,” said Mark McKinnon, a former Bush media consultant who’s now the vice chairman of Public Strategies of Austin. The longevity of many Texas transplants — particularly those who remained at Bush’s side into his second term — in many ways reflects the mutual loyalty that bonded the former Texas governor and those who joined him at the outset of his political career in the mid-1990s. Rove, Hughes and Allbaugh, who was Bush’s chief of staff in the state capitol, formed what was known as the “iron

Chuck Kennedy/MCT FINAL DAYS: Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announces his resignation from the Bush administration Tuesday in Washington.

triangle” during the Austin era. Gonzales not only was Bush’s legal adviser but his appointee as Texas secretary of state and a state Supreme Court justice. McClellan, who comes from an Austin political family, was a press aide during

Bush’s first run for president, in 2000. “They’ve been traveling with this guy for a long time,” said Texas journalist Bill Minutaglio, who has authored biographies on Bush and Gonzales. “There’s a strong personal connection.”


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between Austin and San Antonio, one thing immediately noticeable is the rapid development of land and what seems like never-ending urban sprawl. But as this economic expansion along the corridor continues to grow, so do the efforts to preserve and protect the environment. In a region such as Central Texas, this constant push toward environmental protection is no surprise. The area is known for its rivers, abundance of greenery and rolling hills. It’s what attracts tourists and makes the area such a habitable place to live. During the summer, Texas State, with the help of the city and the county, helped to further that cause. In July, the university’s River Systems Institute received a $600,000 grant that will go toward the restoration of the Brazos River. Shortly after, the Texas Rivers Institute received $300,000 in funding, securing major renovations for the university owned and operated Aquarena Center. The center, which used to be a resort and amusement park, was converted into an environmental learning center in 1996. But this project was just to supplement an even larger one — the purchase of 251 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to Spring Lake. Besides the land being home to an abundance of wildlife, the purchase was important because the area is a recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer, which is vital for preserving Spring Lake, San Marcos River and the springs feeding it. Part of the land was actually the projected site for the city’s new hotel and conference center, but thankfully the idea was scrapped when developers and investors realized it was too close in proximity to the Edwards Aquifer and the San Marcos River. The University Star would personally prefer to see a large piece of green space instead of a 10-story Embassy Suites Hotel and conference center. That’s not to detract from the importance of the city expanding economically, but it’s equally, if not more important, for the city to keep its history and identity. The Star was proud to hear Texas State, the city of San Marcos and Hays County all chipped in to purchase the land which will be kept, for the most part, as it was found. The relationship between Texas State students and the rest of the community can be a bit shaky at times, but this cooperation and partnership between the university and the city helps mend those broken ties. The large green space is now something both students and other San Marcos community members can appreciate and call their own.

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MPAA ratings for extreme violence and sexuality skewed, at best Staff Editorial The Daily Vidette

NORMAL, Ill. — Ang Lee, director of the controversial film Brokeback Mountain, recently submitted his new movie Lust, Caution to the Motion Picture Association of America. The film follows a woman in Japanese-occupied Shanghai who seduces a Japanese officer in order to kill him. Because of the film’s pervasive sexuality, the MPAA branded it with an NC-17 rating. Ang Lee was handed the Best Director Oscar for Brokeback Mountain, but not without controversy. Because the film

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portrayed a gay relationship, it was given an R rating, even though during their sex scene, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are fully clothed. It’s not a new phenomenon. Attitudes toward sex in the U.S. have always been particularly puritan. Sexual education programs in many of our schools teach abstinence is the only acceptable method of birth control. Homosexuality is seen as something to be laughed at, such as in the recent film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. The audience identifies with the characters because they’re disgusted by their situation, and

aren’t we all disgusted by sex? What is perhaps more disturbing is the fact that Lust, Caution was given an NC-17 rating while films like Saw and Turistas, which contained incredible levels of violence, were given an R rating. Films like these portray extremely grotesque situations of torture, and are some of the most popular films in the country. We’re disgusted by sexuality, but enthralled by violence. It’s frightening to think something as natural as sex, something everyone on the planet does, is a subject so taboo we feel we cannot depict it in films, but something as unnatural as

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torturing fellow beings is “cool” and “awesome.” We don’t think twice before watching a horror film, and although we may cover our eyes, we still find the extreme violence fascinating. But sex is “gross” and “perverted.” In fact, Lust, Caution’s NC-17 rating was given for its depiction of “unconventional” sexual positions and male-on-female oral sex. The film contains no male full-frontal nudity, the most common reason for an NC-17 rating. This represents the sexist view female nudity is an OK thing while male nudity is not. America’s puritan view of

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sexuality is potentially very damaging. If we continue to close our eyes to sex, we’ll teach the next generation and generations to come sex is something to be feared, not celebrated. And the MPAA’s message sex is far dirtier than extreme violence may contribute to rising levels of violence in schools, the workplace and society. Lust, Caution, with its NC-17 rating, probably won’t see any showings in the area. However, you can check it out on DVD when it’s released. Is it really as bad as the MPAA says? Decide for yourself.

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My spring semester English teacher showed our class the interesting idea of a mix tape. This is a story told only using song titles, followed by the name of the artists. This particular mix tape was a story about a couple who got together, fell in love, broke up, got back together, and then broke up again — you following me? Same old, huh? Well just stay tuned to hear where Akon comes in… The mix tape she showed us, “Love and Other Catastrophes” by Amanda Holzer, published in Story Quarterly, went roughly something like this: “Looking for Love,” Lou Reed. “Let’s Dance,” David Bowie. “Head Over Heals,” The Go-Go’s. “Who’s Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” Shania Twain. “Heart Break Hotel,” Elvis Presley. “All Apologies,” Nirvana. “We’re Better Together,” Jack Johnson. “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore,” Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond. “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” Neil Sedaka. “These Boots Were Made for Walking,” Nancy Sinatra. “All By Myself,” Eric Carmen. For a warm-up exercise, we were asked to write our own mix tapes describing our weekend. As we all started working on our mix tapes — in complete silence — the crazy guy, from the back of the room yells out, “Who sings ‘Smack That?’” “And the Crowd Goes Wild,” Mark Willis. We all just about fell out of our chairs laughing. When it was all said and done, there were quite a few interesting mix tapes among my classmates. Here’s a really sweet one a guy named Sean wrote about him and his girlfriend: (This is a mix tape of Elliot Smith songs). “Coast to Coast.” “Fond Farewell.” “Memory Lane.” “Everything Reminds Me of Her.” “Wouldn’t Momma Be Proud.” What a sweetie…too bad he’s taken. But it was a nice reminder that there are still some good guys out there. But I know what you really want to hear is the mix tape the guy from the back of the room made. So here it is: “Bar light, Bar Bright,” Charlie Robison. “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” Neil McCoy. “I like Big Butts,” Sir Mix-A-Lot. “Let’s Get it On,” Marvin Gaye. “Fantasy,” Ludacris. “Smack That,” Akon. “Don’t Look Back,” Boston. By the way, his name is Matt. Immediately following, an older student yells from across the room, “I wonder what your girlfriend’s parents think about that!” My teacher’s jaw drops wide open because she is so surprised this guy, who is so derogative toward women, actually has a girlfriend. She yells, “So you come in here talking like that everyday…and you have a girlfriend?” Matt, confused, replies, “Yeah, a girlfriend of four years.” And then, everybody is pretty much speechless — but still laughing. Speechless, until one girl stood up to point out to us all, “Well, we can see one boyfriend versus the other boyfriend.” Then we laughed some more. So girls — you should probably have your boyfriend write a mix tape about your last date — just to check up on him. And if he doesn’t pass the test, or let me re-phrase this: If his mix tape is anything like Matt’s — smack him. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright August 28, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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One could say costume design found Sheila Hargett, rather than the other way around. “I needed a job,” Hargett said. “Southwest Texas State was my alma mater and they hired me to do costume designing, which I had never done before.” Hargett is the head of the costume design and technology program at Texas State. She was selected to showcase her work at the prestigious international Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibit in June. The Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibit takes place every four years and showcases the international theater community’s brightest talent in areas such as costume design,

Shakespeare festivals, but the brunt of her work is for Texas State, where she supervises the costume design of five major productions per year. Michelle Ney, theatre and dance professor, has worked with Hargett for the past eight years. “Sheila’s work is amazing,” Ney said. “She brings an exquisite artistry and attention to detail that few costume designers are capable of in this country.” Ney said the theatre department and numerous costume design students have benefited from Hargett’s work and her level of creativity has been a breath of fresh air to the San Marcos community as a whole. “Being selected for exhibition in the PQ is a rare and fantastic honor,” Ney said. “We are truly fortunate to have such an exceptional artist, who is also such a fantastic teacher, here on campus.” Glenda Barnes, theatre senior, has taken several of Hargett’s courses throughout her tenure at Texas State. One thing she appreciates most about Hargett is the high expectations she has for her students. “She never lets you settle for mediocre.” Barnes said. “She insists and expects that I can always do better, which was a little frustrating when I first got to know her, but now it’s always welcome.” One of the most important concepts Barnes said she learned from having Hargett as a professor is there can never be enough research done when designing costumes for a particular play. She learned not to settle for less than what she is capable of. “Anytime you see her designs, you know they belong to Sheila Hargett.” Barnes said. “It’s inspiring just to be able to know someone like that and have them be your teacher, mentor and friend,” she said.

New game show about prejudice features Texas State student Without Prejudice? is an examination of how people think. It consists of five previously-interviewed contestants sitting in an isolated room and five panelists who decide the outcome of the show. The show begins with the panelists watching pre-recorded introductions of each contestant. From these first impressions the panelists must vote one player off the show. This continues as the panelists learn more about the remaining players, until only one is left. The winner of the show receives $25,000. By Todd Schaaf The University Star One Texas State student was recently featured on the Game Show Network’s new show. Heather Cox, English junior, appeared on the fifth episode of Without Prejudice?, a show that forces people to make decisions about others they do not know, while questioning whether they are doing so without prejudice. Cox, a panelist on the show, said she would have been happy to be on the other side of the show, despite the thought of strangers judging her. “I would rather be a contestant because I could have potentially won $25,000,” Cox said. “I wouldn’t have had to put on some kind of act, so I would have been fine with that.” Cox said because the show deals with peoples’ prejudices and sometimes stereotypes, the conversation on the set could sometimes be volatile. She said

one of the more heated moments did not make it to air. “I did have a least favorite panelist, the lawyer. He just attacked me as being a goody-goody type – you know, the young girl,” Cox said. “But we all left on good terms. No guilt, no feelings at the end of the show.” Despite the slippery topics and serious undertones of the show, Cox said she believes she remained true to herself. “A lot of what you don’t see is (the host) asking specific questions that kind of put you on the spot,” Cox said, “I think that my feelings and morals were very reflected in my answers. I’m not unhappy with the way I presented myself.” Gina Greek, Cox’s life-long friend agrees. “I was really impressed because she, instead of being the loud mouth that wants to speak to hear the sound of her own voice, really stepped back

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lighting and set design. “A committee selects who will be exhibited, and this year they chose 100 designers from the U.S.,” Hargett said. “Of those, there were only 27 costume designers, myself included.” It was her second consecutive time to be honored at the exhibit. This time, she was selected for her work in the 2006 children’s play “The Next Amendment.” “There is a lot of prestige about being selected. Most importantly, it was being able to see the work of designers from all over the world. It was inspiring,” Hargett said. “It was great being out there in the community and getting to know other people who are doing what I’m doing.” In the early ‘70s, after approximately six years of working for the department’s costume design and technology program, Hargett said she decided the only way to keep her job was to go back to school to earn a second master’s degree. “I floundered around and read every book I could get,” she said. “There weren’t many books available in those years about costume design, so I was sort of learning in a vacuum.” Hargett received a Master of Fine Arts in costume design from Southern Methodist University and returned to Southwest Texas State in 1971. Being honored for her work is nothing new for Hargett. She helped co-found Design Fest, which is sponsored by the Texas Educational Theatre Association, and presents the best of costume design work across state on the student and professional level. She was the featured designer at the exhibit and her work has been chosen to appear there for the past 20 years. She worked for the Dallas and Austin

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and listened to all the arguments and then put in her two cents,” said Greek, an exercise and sports science senior. “Which I think is very wise, considering she was the youngest person on the show.” Cox said since the show aired she’s been a celebrity in her hometown. “I’m from a small town so I’ve grown up with all the same people my whole life and I got some publicity back home. I was on the front page of the newspaper and everybody at church saw my show,” Cox said, “In a way I can’t wait to get back home because there’s nothing like being from a small when something like this happens.” To see Heather Cox on Without Prejudice? watch the Labor Day marathon on GSN. Greek said students should take advantage of the opportunity. “It’s a pretty interesting game show,” Greek said, “Everybody should watch the show.”

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Jon Clark/Star file photo SACA SLAM: Faylita Hicks, English junior, expresses herself through poetry Feb. 26 in the LBJ Amphitheater.

By Cristal Martinez Features Reporter It’s time to throw down and compete using words, rhythm and rhyme at a poetry slam. Student Association for Campus Activities is hosting a slam Tuesday at George’s. There will be an open mic session at 7 p.m. and the slam starts at 7:30. A poetry slam is a competition between poets using their words. “It’s the next generation of poetry performed on stage in a competitive way,” Faylita Hicks said. Hicks, English junior, began competing in poetry slams after she graduated high school. She was interested in poetry and during personal research ran across poetry slam. “I looked up poetry slam and then went to a reading and started to perform,” she said. At Texas State, SACA poetry slamming began in 2005, according to SACA member Eileen Galvez, political science junior. Since then, the event has offered a way for poets to express their ideas. “A poetry slam is an event that welcomes everybody,” she said. This slam is different, Galvez said, as Hicks and SACA work together for a different event style. “The collaboration of SACA and Faylita Hicks will give it more of a natural feel, “ Galvez said. Hicks said she offered her knowledge on the inner workings of poetry slam to SACA. “I wanted to help them take it to the next level,” she said. To prepare for a slam, Hicks does some reading exercises and runs over poems she might use for the night. She then goes to the slam and listens to her competitors’ poems.

“Depending on the other poems they read I will pick and choose what I will use for the competition,” Hicks said. She said a poet can focus their attention on any subject and poems can be of a serious nature or comedic. Hicks said she prefers the more serious side of a poetry slam. “I like to talk about the trials of women and young people and wanting to be a leader,” she said. “I also like spirituality.” SACA member Justin Payne, economics freshman, is excited to see the new slam style. “We had a couple of students asking for it,” he said. “We investigated what type of poetry deal we could get together.” He said everybody is welcome to express themselves through the poetry slam. Participants can sign up at the event or by contacting Hicks. The poet must have one or two poems available to use in the competition. “The poems do not have to be memorized, whether they are from first grade or the most recent poems,” Hicks said. The participants will be on stage for two to three minutes and can speak on whatever subject they want. Poets can either compete alone or compete with group. Contestants will be judged on a scale of one to10, Payne said. “The crowd judges. They pick random judges out of the crowd,” he said. There can be a series of elimination rounds. At the end, the poet with the highest score is named the winner. This competition allows for participants to express their ideas through poetry and eloquence. “Poetry slam is an art exhibit as well as a competition,” Payne said. “It will be a show that exhibits the creativity of the human language.”

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TRENDS Tuesday, August 28, 2007 San Marcos Icons: Sewell Park’s reigning Frisbee champ By Chris Copple Features Reporter

Editor’s Note: This story is the first in a series on iconic San Marcos figures. It’s hard to miss him in his gardening hat, mirror-lens glasses, year-round tan and short shorts. “He is a San Marcos legend,” said Emily Kelliher, philosophy senior. “I heard about him the first day I went to orientation. I find him to be hilarious — I don’t know if he is supposed to be, but he is.” Students and locals enjoy the personality Frisbee Dan brings to the river, but most people do not know from where this San Marcos legend came. Rumors circulate about where he is from and what he does. Some students believe he is paid by the university to entertain students at Sewell, others believe he is an undercover cop paid by the city to watch for students drinking at the river. One of the Frisbee Monty Marion/Star photo Dan rumors is that he is a Frisbee pro by day and a drug dealer by night. FLYING HIGH: San Marcos Icon Frisbee Dan throws a disc at Sewell Park. Dan tries to spend Lydia Perez, undecided sophomore, as much time as possible socializing and throwing said she has heard these rumors. discs at the park.

“He is a pretty cool guy, his short shorts are cool,” Perez said. “I heard that he came from heaven with his glorious arm made for throwing Frisbee.” Dan said he was born and raised in Ohio, where he lived until 1986. He moved to San Marcos for treatment for head injury that put him into a coma. “One morning I smoked eight joints before 8 a.m. and I thought it would be funny to jump out of a moving car,” Dan said. “It was going 25 miles an hour and I was in a coma for 25 days.” From 1986 to 1990 Dan underwent treatment and landscape training classes at Tangram Rehabilitation Treatment Center (now ResCare). Dan graduated from the center in four years. He said most patients took more time to complete the program. “Don’t do drugs if you want to get better,” Dan said. After graduating, Dan was offered a job by Tangram to help recovering patients with head injuries. Dan worked at the treatment center for eight years.

In 1998, he began his own landscaping business in San Marcos, which he continues to operate. “Since 1998, I have been at Sewell every day I can be,” Dan said. “I work in the mornings and come here in the afternoon ... except in the winter, because that is peak planting season, and no one is at the river then anyways.” Dan has become a staple at Sewell Park, always busy throwing a flying disc, giving lessons or relaxing in his lawn chair and playing music for everyone on the hill. Kelliher said Sewell would not be the same without Frisbee Dan. “He is quite a character,” she said. “He has some nice short shorts. He listens to really bad radio music. He tells good jokes, like the wambulance joke.” For those who believe Dan’s obsession with Frisbee is a little over the top, he invites them to go play with him or sit and talk with him. He said the flying disc is just the tool he uses to help put people Sewell Park in a good mood. Dan lost peripheral vision out of

his right eye in his accident, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a San Marcos Icon. He said all the long distance catches and spinning catches he does are done with timing. “Once the Frisbee leaves my front sight, I know when and where it will land without seeing it,” Dan said. In addition to throwing flying discs, Dan can do many tricks. He has made duct tape thumb covers so he can catch disc by bouncing into the air off of his thumbs and then juggle the disc between his thumbs and the tips of his shoes. “I started throwing the Frisbee at (age) 11 in Ohio, and I used to play all the time before my injury,” Dan said. All the time throwing Frisbees has taught Dan a thing or two about the sport. He only throws his discs because of the custom duct tape seal he puts on top to balance the disc. Dan has become a Frisbee-throwing expert over the course of his lifetime, but he doesn’t keep any secrets. “If anyone wants to learn to throw the Frisbee I’d be glad to help them,” Dan said.

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Imagine hanging letting his heart get inout with a guy or girl volved, so don’t assume you find attractive and a late night quickie is fascinating. You spend more than what it is. time with, laugh with, The key to a successdrink and cajole with ful friends-with-benefits them. You have amazarrangement is coming sex with them. The munication. From the ANNA TAUZIN catch is, the two of you very beginning, you Star Columnist will never commit to both have to be upfront each other. You’re not and honest about what dating or looking for a long-term you’re looking for. The same relationship. The annoyances is true in all relationships, but that happen between boyfriends your casual sex buddy can turn and girlfriends simply don’t exist googly-eyed in a heartbeat if “the between the two of you. conversation” hasn’t happened. Being “sex buddies” sounds Try to time the talk to occur like the perfect situation for before you actually have sex. many. When you’re between rela- Mention that you are not looking tionships, rebounding or simply for a relationship or anything craving sex, a friends-with-benserious. If he or she agrees or efits arrangement can be just states that they have the same what the doctor ordered. mentality, all systems are go. But often those pesky emoHowever, if they do not retions can entangle themselves spond directly or ignore the and send what you thought was hint, be careful. Asking, “what a simple understanding between would you think about keeping friends spiraling out of control. this casual?” is a good way to Let me state this very clearly phrase what you’re looking for. for you hetero XY-chromosome Casual indicates sexual, but with readers: Women are completely no commitment. capable of having sex without Once involved in a friendsemotion. Sometimes a woman with-benefits arrangement, keep just gets an itch and she needs things light. Don’t spend every you to scratch it. night with them, don’t mention Likewise, ladies, a man can any labels, and certainly don’t enjoy sexual pleasure without date them. Enjoy each other and

the relationship for what it is. Take advantage of the informal situation and feel free to try new sexual activities with them. Want to play around with bondage or attempt a newfound position worthy of a gymnast’s talents? Go right ahead; there’s less inhibition and reticence when commitment is out of the picture. Should one person involved decide they want something more than casual, it’s imperative they mention it right away. Undisclosed feelings can quickly get burned when strong emotions start swirling. If the other person feels the same, that is great. If not, the friends-with-benefits fun has to come to a screeching halt. These arrangements are, by nature, not going to last very long. They shouldn’t. One has to expect some level of emotional attachment to come out of a long-term relationship, no matter what it starts out as. Satisfying your lust without commitment can be an exhilarating experience, especially between two adults mature enough to talk about the boundaries of the arrangement. But please remember: if you can’t play by the rules, stay out of the game.

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Now & Then 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Mitte Complex Gallery II

Movie Night 8 p.m. Tuesday Tantra Coffeehouse

And Introducing … 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Mitte Complex Gallery I Lonesome Dove Revisited 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday Southwest Writers Collection Lonesome Dove: Photographs by Bill Wittliff 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography

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Lunar Eclipse* 5 to 7 a.m. Tuesday Introduction to the Library Walking Tour* 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday Alkek Library Student Organizations Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday LBJ Student Center Mall

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Fight Club

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The University Star - Page 11

Bobcat women’s soccer falls Vick pleads guilty to conspiracy, unlawful activities to St. Mary’s in scrimmage

Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT SPEECHLESS: Suspended Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Michael Vick makes an apology for his actions Monday in Richmond, Va. following his plea hearing.

By Veronica Gorley Chufo Daily Press RICHMOND, Va. — Michael Vick formally entered his guilty plea before a judge in a U.S. District Court in Richmond Monday, making official the plea agreement the NFL quarterback signed last week. Ushered into the courtroom with family members just before 10:30 a.m., Vick told District Judge Henry E. Hudson he was guilty of conspiring to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal-fighting venture. “Is what the United States said in your case in fact what happened?” Hudson asked Vick. “Yes sir,” Vick responded. In total, the hearing took about 20 minutes. Vick is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10. In a press conference at the Omni Hotel in Richmond following the hearing, Vick spoke about the allegations for the first time since he was indicted in July. He apologized to his coach, the Atlanta Falcons and all others who had been affected by his actions. Vick said he was “not honest and forthright” when he had previously discussed the allegations with his team, and called dogfighting a “terrible thing.” He said he had a lot to think about in the next year and added that he was more disappointed in himself “because of all the young kids ... who look at Mike Vick as a role model.” “I will redeem myself,” he said. “I have to.” Vick did not take questions and left the room right after making his statement. His plea agreement with prosecutors indicates he could spend a year to a year and a half behind bars. However, Hudson is not bound to any plea agreement between Vick and prosecutors, and could sentence the football player to jail up to five years. “You’re taking your chances here,” Hudson said. “You’re going to have to live with whatever decision I make.” In a short statement behind the courthouse after the hearing, one of Vick’s lawyers, Billy Martin, said

his legal team would be working to show the judge that Vick was a good person at heart. “We hope that Judge Hudson sees the real Mike Vick,” Martin said. The guilty plea comes days after Vick told his version in court documents of what happened between 2001 and April 2007, when he and his three co-defendants were running the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting operation. On the same day, the NFL announced it was suspending Vick indefinitely without pay. In court documents filed with his plea agreement Friday, Vick admitted he had a role in killing six to eight dogs that didn’t perform well in test fights by various methods, including hanging and drowning them. But he tried to play down the gambling allegations, saying that while he may have bankrolled the Bad Newz Kennels operation, run out of the 1915 Moonlight Rd. property in Surry County, Va., he did not participate in any side bets, or receive any of the proceeds from wagers placed on the fights. Vick denied the dogfighting allegations since they first surfaced in April, when police conducting a drug investigation of Vick’s cousin searched the Moonlight Road property and found dozens of dogs, as well as equipment commonly used to train and breed fighting dogs. Vick agreed to plead guilty last week, after his three co-defendants — Quanis Phillips of Atlanta, Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach and Tony Taylor of Hampton — had all entered guilty pleas and agreed to testify against him. In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia declared Vick’s plea a victory for the government. “These cases are ... no different than most cases in the federal system: confronted with compelling inculpatory evidence, each defendant admitted his criminal conduct under oath in open court, and entered a binding written plea agreement with the United States,” the statement said. “That is a decidedly efficient and just resolution of these cases.”

By Javier González Sports Reporter It’s a new season, with new players, a new team and well, almost everything is new. The Bobcat women’s soccer team lost to St. Mary’s 2-1 Aug. 22 in what proved to be a strong test for both their experienced returning players and the fresh faces. Whether or not the newcomers may be ready for what awaits them, Kat Conner, women’s soccer coach, knows they will need to be up to the task, hopefully sooner than later. “Mental strength is where they need the most adjustment,” Conner said. “Making decisions is going to have to happen quicker.” As for her players new to the college level, particularly the level played in the Southland Conference, Conner noted confidence as a player is the key. “Newcomers need that confidence,” Conner said. “They can

t’s always the “I goal to win the Conference Championship.”

—Kat Conner women’s soccer coach

be a little nervous being freshmen, but this is a very young squad.” The St. Mary’s scrimmage was fair enough, as Conner mentioned if their opponent were to be in the Southland, they would be ranked in the Top 5 of the SLC. That didn’t stop the Bobcats from scoring, as senior forward Angela Crissy netted the equalizer in the 22nd minute. Granted it was only an exhibition match, Conner still has many expectations for the upcoming campaign. “It’s always the goal to win

the Conference Championship,” Conner said. “We’re looking to play better defense, start to build up our own attack and have better accuracy and power in our shooting in the final third.” Conner is looking to build up from last season’s squad, which made it to the finals of the SLC Tournament before narrowly missing out on a trip to the NCAA tournament (coming within two shots of qualifying), particularly with the help and support of the Bobcats’ loyal fans. “Last season, we ranked number 29 nationally in attendance,” Conner said. “My hope is to be in the Top 20 this time and to make the stadium like the 12th Man feeling, a very intimidating one.”

✯FYI The Bobcat women’s soccer team kicks off the regular season 7 p.m. Friday at home against Utah State.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Page 12

startingover The Houston Astros terminated the contracts of manager Phil Garner and general manager Tim Purpura Monday, in response to the team’s lackluster performance this season. “I felt this was the time for a change,” owner Drayton McLane said. “I just think we needed a fresh start.” Bench coach Cecil Cooper has been named the interim manager and team president Tal Smith was given the interim general manager tag. Garner and Purpura helped lead the Astros to the franchise’s first World Series appearance in 2005. — Compiled from various news sources

Garner Sports Contact — Scott Strickman,

Former, current Bobcats meet on the court for volleyball alumnae match By Travis Atkins Sports Reporter Youth clashed with experience Saturday at Strahan Coliseum in the Annual Texas State volleyball alumnae match. The current team, featuring 10 freshmen and sophomores out of 14 players, overmatched the alumnae 30-17, 30-23 and 30-24. The match served two purposes according to Coach Karen Chisum, now in her 28th season at Texas State. “We want to have fun, but it is also valuable game experience before the season opener,” Chisum said before the match. The teamwork and commuMonty Marion/Star photo nication was much crisper for GRUDGE MATCH: Sophomores Jessica Weynand (9) and Kacey Wimpy (6) set up the ball during the Texas State, who wore their Bobcats’ Aug. 25 annual Texas State volleyball alumnae match at Strahan Coliseum. game jerseys while the alumnae wore Southwest Texas uniforms. Although the alumnae had some standout moments, they were able to make a competitive match out of it.

Football team scrimmages in preparation for Cal Poly By Lisa Carter Sports Reporter

The Bobcat football team held a situational scrimmage Saturday in preparation for the upcoming season. After a pre-game warmup and quick huddle, players rehearsed a series of possible game plays and scenarios compiled by the coaches. According to Coach Brad Wright, everything was scripted, from fake fumbles to field goals. Despite a few slips and tumbles during the drills, Wright said he was pleased with the outcome of the scrimmage and is hopeful about the upcoming season. “We’re a better football team

(this year),” Wright said. “We’re in better condition and in better shape.” According to Wright, the scrimmage marked the end of fall camp. The team has been practicing since the beginning of August, polishing their skills and preparing for the season with a new head coach. Wright has implemented changes to the team this year, including a new flex defense under the guidance of Co-defensive Coordinators Casey Horny and Kyle Tietz, and a newly structured offensive line run by Co-offensive Coordinators Travis Bush and Ben Norton. Improvements to both the offensive and defensive lines may

prove successful come the season opener against Cal Poly Saturday. “Our offense has improved their running game,” said Ramel Borner, senior defensive lineman. “We have a good receiver corps and a good running back corps.” New players joined 44 returning lettermen in the scrimmage. Of the 44 returning players, only 14 are seniors. Wright said he tries to instill improvement in his players every day. “My main thing is for us to get better every day,” he said. “Better as a group, better position group, better offense, better defense.”

The current Bobcats seemed to have a serious demeanor on the court, while the former Bobcats were laughing and enjoying the occasion. Shalanda Byers, a 1996 graduate, who now lives in Manor and works for Austin ISD, played in her third alumnae match since graduating. “It felt awesome being back out here,” Byers said. “Our attitude on the court was a mixture of having fun and being competitive.” Fun and competition seemed to be the theme of the day. In between points, trivia questions about the former Bobcats were asked, and a correct response by an audience member won them a t-shirt. Between the second and third games, a serving contest was held, where fans and alumni got to keep whichever prize they hit. Prizes included Texas State souvenirs, such as T-shirts, sweatshirts and volleyballs.

On the serious side, Chisum was pleased with the play of her team. “I think we accomplished what we wanted to,” Chisum said. “I was very pleased with our alums because a lot of times these matches aren’t very competitive, but it gave us something to work on. Overall, I don’t think we were as sharp as we could be, but it’s very, very early and it was, nonetheless, a very good tune up for Baylor.” The Bobcats will travel to Waco to play the Bears for the season opener 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. With so many young players, Chisum expects a learning curve at the beginning of the season. “This is a learning time,” Chisum said. “We’re learning to get better every match.” The steepness of the learning curve will be put to the test Sept. 4 against Texas A&M in the Bobcats’ home opener.

Freshman wide receiver dismissed from team after shoplifting arrest Alex Darley, Texas State wide receiver, was arrested last week on shoplifting charges. According to the police report, Darley was arrested Aug. 20 at H-E-B grocery store located at 641 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos, for shoplifting merchandise valued at $473.80. Head Coach Brad Wright dismissed Darley from the team last week for violating team rules.

The dismissal comes as a major blow to the Bobcats. Darley, a 6-foot-3 freshman, was expected to be a key figure in the team’s passing game this season. Darley’s removal will allow for fellow freshman wide-out Corey Scott, who had been practicing at defensive back, to fill in. — Compiled from various news reports

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