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By Anita Lee, Don Hammack, Joshua Norman and Margaret Baker Knight Ridder Newspapers BILOXI, Miss. — Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Coast on Monday with a force not seen since Camille 36 years ago, sweeping aside multimillion-dollar casinos, burying the beach highway and killing at least 50 people in Harrison County. “This,” said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway, “is our tsunami.” At least 50 people are confirmed

dead in Gulfport and Biloxi. Katrina raged ashore in Mississippi at dawn and terrorized the Coast until winds subsided after 3 p.m., leaving massive damage in her wake. Monday night, communications were down and transportation systems demolished. Katrina also crippled medical services. Beleaguered emergency personnel awaited reinforcements from the federal government and other states to shore up assistance. “We are still in the search and rescue mode,” Holloway said. It

will be days before the costs of Katrina, in lives and property, are known. Katrina’s tidal surge swept away bridges that had linked the three Coast counties. Along the waterfront, the storm surge obliterated businesses, homes, community landmarks and condominiums. It swept away the concrete Eight Flags display marking the Gulfport-Biloxi boundary on the beach. Countless treasures washed from homes joining streams of debris that settled 5 feet high on


residential streets off the beach. New sets of stairs to nowhere joined those Camille left when she washed away waterfront mansions on Aug. 17, 1969. Katrina will forever be compared to Camille in many ways: Camille cost the Coast 144 lives and more than $6.5 billion in property damage in current dollars. A revitalized and growing Mississippi Coast had even more to lose. In Biloxi, Holloway said at least

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LEFT: Jewel Nelms, the mother of a Houston deathrow inmate, joined Saturday’s protest to continue to preach of her daughter’s innocence and the lack of sufficient evidence. BELOW: Miller X is just one of the many protestors who showed Saturday to voice an opinion on the upcoming execution of Frances Newton.

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Protestors gather to oppose upcoming Newton execution By Clayton Medford News Reporter Dozens of protesters withstood scorching temperatures in Austin on Saturday to oppose the impending execution of convicted murderer Frances Newton of Houston. Newton, who was found guilty of homicide in the death of her husband and two children in April of 1987, is scheduled for lethal injection on Sept. 14, which would make her the third woman and the first black woman to face capital punishment in Texas since the Civil War. The rally began midafternoon on the four corners of the bustling intersection of Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard in Austin. The protesters held signs — some homemade, some professionally printed — emblazoned with slogans such as “She may be innocent: Should we kill her?” and “Income-based death penalty.” The majority of the people in the 45-member rally was bused in from Houston by the Committee to Free

Frances Newton. Members of the committee said they have sent more than 10,000 e-mails and just as many postcards to Gov. Rick Perry proclaiming the innocence of Newton. Participants in the rally handed out more of those postcards in hopes that Perry will heed their call to stay the execution, or ideally, free Newton. Among those from Houston was rally organizer and committee head Gloria Rubac. “Ideally, we’d like the governor to invite us in for iced tea and talk about [the case],” Rubac said. “We hope he will realize there is a lack of evidence against her.” Rubac made her way from one corner to the next, carrying a hip-mounted loudspeaker and leading chants of “Stop the execution, free Frances Newton.” Amid cheers, honks of support and peace signs being thrown from the driver’s side of a new Volvo and jeers such as one driver who yelled, “Kill them all,” and another who yelled, “It’s Texas,” Rubac kept the rally See PROTEST, page 3

ASG looks to the year ahead, plans for amending constitution Sean Wardwell News Reporter The first meeting of Texas State’s Associated Student Government kicked off as newly elected senators were officially sworn in for their term of office. ASG Vice President Cassie Holman issued the oath en masse to the Senate, which swore to, “represent the students of Texas State University to the utmost of their ability and discharge the duties of their office with integrity and honesty.” “This is my 31st student government class,” said Dean of Students John Garrison, addressing ASG as its guest speaker. “When I first came here we were trying to get a shuttle bus on campus. Student government helped get that.” Garrison then talked about the issues that ASG was facing this year including a new statue of LBJ and changes to the ASG constitution. “I’m looking for a banner year from ASG,” Garrison said. ASG President Jordan Anderson then issued his report. “I’m appointing five Senators for a selection committee to review applications for the student regent position,” said Anderson, public administration senior. “We get five nominations that will then be reviewed by the governor.” Anderson spoke about some of the new responsibilities of the senators. A bill passed last year requires senators to take time to read to schoolchildren. Kyle Morris, economics senior, was appointed as the interim student liaison with the San Marcos city council. Anderson will be conducting interviews for a permanent liaison at a later date. Anderson mentioned that he See ASG, page 3

Sean Wardwell News Reporter Texas State students will have a few more options in their wallet thanks to the new BobcatCard issued by the university and Wells Fargo bank. The BobcatCard combines the standard ID card with optional features that include the ability to make off-campus purchases at participating businesses through the Bobcat Bucks program. “The new card can be used to pay for a number of on-campus

services including the Campus Bookstore, the Student Recreation Center, Paws Market, the Student Health Center and all on campus dining locations,” said John Root, director of Auxiliary Services. Off-campus businesses that have also entered into agreements with the university include Domino’s Pizza, Subway and Mochas and Java’s, among others. The card is issued in conjunction with Wells Fargo bank. “We went through the standard state bid process,” Root said.


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“We had talks with three companies and a university committee determined that Wells Fargo was the most robust and best suited for campus.” Students who have accounts with Wells Fargo bank can also use the BobcatCard as their ATM card, although this feature has lead to some confusion regarding if a student needs a Wells Fargo account in order to get their new ID. “There is an idea that because a student does not have a Wells Fargo account they don’t have to

get the new card. The new card is required for all students,” Root said. “You don’t have to bank at Wells Fargo, but it still serves as the primary student ID.” Root also emphasized that Bobcat Bucks are different than the dining dollars that students living in residence halls get as part of their meal plan. Bobcat Bucks allow students to spend money in the form of a debit card at off-campus stores and restaurants that do not accept dining Texas State ID Services was unusually busy this semester thanks to the new, required ID cards. Staff member Kristy Aldape estimated that around 500 students per day went into See CARDS, page 3 the JC Kellam building to receive their new IDs..

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August 30, 2005

starsof texas state Amanda Everingham, a Houston native who graduated from Texas State this year with a B.B.A. in computer information systems and management, has been selected as one of the 10 collegiate development consultants for the national Delta Gamma sorority for the 2005-2006 school year.

She will travel to several college campuses nationwide to assist local chapters in areas of operation including programming, recruitment and finance. The Star congratulates Amanda on her accomplishment and wishes her continued success in her new position.

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Multi-Cultural Student Affairs 13th Annual African American Leadership Conference Sept. 9-11 at the LBJ Student Center. For more information, contact Beverly Woodson at (512) 245-7439

EVENTS MONDAY Phi Alpha Delta Meets at 6 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-11.1. Contact: Ky Jorgenson Men Against Violence Meets 6-8 p.m. in LBJSC Room 3-10. Contact: Judy Row 12 Step Meetings Meets from 12 a.m.-1 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11. Contact: Judy Row WEDNESDAY Pre-Vet Society Meets at 5 p.m. beginning Aug. 31st in Agriculture Room 204. Contact: Christin Conkelton (210) 834-8185

Multi-Cultural Student Affairs 1st Annual All Male Conference Sept. 9 at LBJSC Ballroom. For more information, contact Beverly Woodson at (512) 2457439 CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at, or call 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

SBDC to hold training seminars for prospective business owners The Texas State Small Business Development Center has scheduled all-day tax training for business owners and those who want to start a business. Each seminar will cost $20 and will be held in Austin at One Highland Center, 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. Those interested in participating can register early with the Texas State SBDC by calling (512) 2259888. The schedule is as follows: August 31, 2005 — Basic Small Business Tax, 9 a.m. to noon.

August 31, 2005 — Small Business Tax: Employment Taxes, 1 to 3 p.m. August 31, 2005 — Small Business Tax Recordkeeping, 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. For more information on seminars and workshops, call Anna Steele or Todd Guilbeaux at (512) 716-4800. R.S.V.P. is required to ensure enough handouts. Payment can be paid at the door. — Courtesy of Media Relations


Aug. 25, 4:31 p.m. Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon/Aquarena Springs Drive Two students reported to a police officer that another student pointed a weapon at them. The officer was unable to locate the student, and a report was made of the incident. Aug. 24, Unknown hour Theft: Under $500/LBJ Student Center A student reported to a police officer that her personal property had been stolen. This

case is under investigation.

Aug. 25, 2:56 a.m. Driving While Intoxicated/ San Marcos Hall Parking Lot A police officer watched a vehicle pull into the parking lot and made contact with a student whose vehicle was parked but still running. Upon further investigation, the student was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting magistration.

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Tiffany Searcy/Star photo Students from Tulane University in New Orleans seek shelter far away from the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. Advised by a close friend in Austin, the students spent the day on the San Marcos river.

Congress approves Wonder World Drive extension project

Texas State students now able to make appointments online

The U.S. Congress has approved a $10 million appropriation in the federal highway bill for the Wonder World Drive extension project in San Marcos. The $284 billion, six-year legislation, passed in the House July 28 by a vote of 417-9. The Senate approved the bill late the next day. “We are extremely happy that this important project was included in the omnibus highway bill,” said Susan Narvaiz, San Marcos mayor. “The city has been working for the Wonder World Drive extension project for many years. This federal funding is a significant amount that will move the project forward.” City officials credited Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and her staff for making sure the project was included in the federal highway bill. “The Wonder World Drive extension project potentially impacts more than three million residents living within a 50-mile radius of San Marcos — one of the fastest growing counties in the state,” Hutchinson said. “The extension will improve regional mobility while protecting the treasured Hill Country environment and preserving the quality of life for historic downtown San Marcos.” City officials met with the Texas Congressional delegation in March to seek support for several transportation projects. Bill LaForge, the city’s lobbyist with the Winstead Consulting Group, organized the visit with federal officials. Narvaiz, Mayor Pro Tem John Thomaides, Councilman Gaylord Bose and City Manager Dan O’Leary met with the staffs of Hutchison, Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “Mr. Thomaides organized the information about the Wonder World project for presentation to our Congressional delegation,” O’Leary said. “Mayor Narvaiz, Mr. Bose and Mr. Thomaides collaborated in expressing their strong support for the project. Senator Hutchison’s staff took lots of notes and

Located at the corner of Sessom Drive and Tomás Rivera Drive, the Student Health Center provides on-campus medical care services. Now the Health Center is making life easier for Texas State students by offering online appointments. Students can make or cancel an appointment 24 hours a day . Most nonemergency appointments can be made online; to make other types of appointments or to speak with a nurse, please call (512) 2452167. All registered students are eligible for services and can see a physician for free. There are charges for medications, lab work, X-rays and some other services, but they are less expensive than at private medical offices. Students do not have to have health insurance coverage to use the Health Center. Howev-

reacted with great interest and enthusiasm. They worked successfully to include our project in the bill.” The Wonder World Drive extension will provide a threemile bypass connecting Ranch Road 12 to Hunter Road, linking the western part of Hays County to Interstate 35 and to Central Texas Medical Center. The bypass will allow more than 19,000 vehicles a day to take a more direct route to I35 from western Hays County, rather than using the current winding two-lane road through neighborhoods and downtown San Marcos. O’Leary said the Wonder World Drive extension will be a divided parkway focused on improving mobility and not on creating secondary development. “By limiting access along the route over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, this road will expand our capacity for regional travel,” O’Leary said. The project has received widespread support from the public. The city has completed the environmental assessment for the project and received a “finding of no significant impact” from the Federal Highway Administration after formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The next steps in the project are to develop engineering plans and acquire right-of-way for the project, elements funded by the City of San Marcos. The Texas Department of Transportation will build the project, which will cost a total of $40 million of local, state and federal funding. The Texas Transportation Commission accepted the Wonder World Drive extension for future construction funding in 2001. If the project design begins in the next year, completion of construction could be as early as 2010. San Marcos voters approved initial funding for the project in the 1998 bond election for project planning and environmental studies. — Courtesy of City of San Marcos

er, an affordable optional student health insurance plan is available to help students who need insurance. More information about student health insurance is available at the Health Center Web site. The Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. If you need medical attention when the Health Center is closed, you can call (512) 245-2167 and be forwarded to the Ask-A-Nurse telephone advice line. Students can also visit the Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos located at 1301 Wonder World Drive. For more information about the Health Center, call (512) 245-2161, or visit the Web site at www.healthcenter.txstate. edu. — Courtesy of Student Health Center

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On This Day... 30 B.C. - Cleopatra, the seventh queen of Egypt, committed suicide. 1645 - American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York. 1780 - General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army. 1965 - Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court. 1984 - The space shuttle Discovery lifted off for the first time. On the voyage, three communications satellites were deployed. 1993 - On CBS-TV, The Late Show with David Letterman premiered. 1999 - The residents of East Timor overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia. The U.N. announced the result on Sept. 4.

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had also purchased 100 tickets to the Texas State – Texas A&M football game and would be selling them at a discounted price to Senate members. Holman, a fashion merchandising senior, then took the podium for her report, which included some new opportunities for students to get out and support the Bobcats this year. “ASG, along with Residence Life, will now sponsor shuttle buses that will run from the dorms to Bobcat Stadium,” Holman said. “We worked hard this summer to get this.” Holman also reminded the Senate of where to find information and what would be requested of them over the year. The Senate then took up the issue of appointing a Chair ProTempore. Holman nominated Senator Sam McCabe but quickly encountered opposition from Senator Catherine Reed. Reed objected to McCabe, an undecided freshman, from being nominated as Senate pro-temp citing him only being on ASG for half a semester last year. “Don’t you think a leader who is experienced would fit the job a little better,” said Reed, communication studies senior. “I think I have plenty of experience,” McCabe said, citing his time at Texas State. When Holman called the question, Reed objected and asked that the matter be referred back to committee or tabled. Senators questioned what exactly a chair pro tempore did and on what the Senate was voting. Holman sent the Senate into a two-minute recess as Reed began to work the room in favor of her position. Upon resuming the meeting a roll call vote was taken on sending the nomination to a committee. The motion failed because of the lack of a two-thirds vote as the ASG constitution requires. The Senate then voted on the nomination of McCabe who was confirmed. “Cassie appointed me. I asked to serve. I accepted,” said McCabe, a 21-year-old San Marcos native whose parents have worked at Texas State for more than 17 years. Reed refused to comment on her objections. The Senate then confirmed Howard (Trey) Smith, criminal justice senior, as Senate parliamentarian and Morris as Senate clerk. Holman then directed the Senate towards unfinished business from last semester as the new Graduate House of Representatives took the first step to be ratified into the ASG constitution. The House was created last year in a campus-wide election and tonight’s reading of the bill was on its first reading. It will be formally ratified at the next meeting. Other bills heard on first reading were legislation reaffirming ASG support for the expansion to the Student Recreation Center and creating an ad hoc committee for reviewing applications for nomination as the student regent for the Texas State University System Board of Regents. “I think the most important thing we did in this meeting was set up the committee to review applications for nomination as the new student regent,” Anderson said. The committee will promote the application process before reviewing candidates. Five names will be chosen to send to President Denise Trauth on Oct. 14. Trauth will forward the names to the chancellor of the Texas State University System. The Chancellor will review the names from all schools in the Texas State University system and present three to Gov. Rick Perry for approval. ASG meets at 7:00 every Monday night in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14, and a portion of the meeting is dedicated to comments from the student body.

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moving. Richard Osbaldiston, a psychology professor at Southwestern University, said he believes in Newton’s innocence and felt obligated to protest. “Justice is a cornerstone of our society. This is clearly a case where justice has not been done,” Osbaldiston said. “We are morally obliged to take action.” Marching alongside Osbaldiston was Emily Northrop, an environmental studies professor at Southwestern. “We make mistakes; the judicial system is a human system and we make mistakes. It’s frightening,” Northrop said. Following 30 minutes of chanting, handing out postcards and waving signs, the rally became a march from the corner of Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard through downtown to Congress Avenue and north to the Governor’s Mansion. There, in an empty parking lot in the shadow of the Capitol, activists made fervent pleas to the governor to free Newton. “The criminal justice system in Texas doesn’t give a damn about you if you are poor, and if you’re black, they don’t give a double damn,” Rubac said. The committee claims that Newton’s court-appointed defense attorney Ron Mock never thoroughly discussed the case with Newton and did not properly investigate the possibility of a second gun recovered from the crime scene. Newton’s supporters believe that the suppression of the second gun by prosecutors was intentional and Mock’s failure to investigate the second gun shows his lack of concern for this case. “The people of Texas need to know they will be executing an innocent person,” said Scott Cobb of advocacy group Texas Moratorium Network. “She wouldn’t be [on death row] if it weren’t for Ron Mock, her attorney, who no longer has a license.” Mock, who is currently suspended from practicing law in

Armando Sanchez/Star photo Protestors gathered at the intersection of Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard to protest the pending lethal injection of Frances Newton, a Houston woman found guilty of multiple homicides 18 years ago. Texas, has spent the majority of his career defending capital murder cases and was the defense attorney for Gary Graham, who also said that Mock did not give his case proper treatment. Graham’s claims garnered attention from the national media in 2000, but he was executed in June of that year. Among the evidence Newton’s supporters believe proves her innocence is a video in which a prosecutor admits the existence of a second gun. While the committee is touting this video as exculpatory, Harris County assistant district attorney Roe Wilson’s admission is a far cry from vindication. “There’s no ‘second gun theory,’” Wilson said in the video.

“The police recovered a gun from the apartment that belonged to the husband. It had not been fired, it was not involved in the offense; it was simply a gun he had there. So, there is no second gun theory.” Last year, Perry issued a 120day reprieve for Newton, who was originally scheduled to face execution on Dec. 1, 2004, in order to conduct ballistics testing on the gun that Newton had hidden in a nearby abandoned house. Bullets fired from this gun, a .25 caliber pistol prosecutors used as evidence in the trial, matched bullets recovered at the crime scene. Dudley Sharp, founder of Justice Matters, a Houston-

based victims advocacy and pro-death penalty group, believes that protests such as the one held for Frances Newton achieve little. “The only thing they’ll accomplish is getting attention. Her release will have more to do with the courts and with the governor than anything they are able to do,” Sharp said. Sharp is a former board member of the victims advocacy group Justice for All and he founded Justice Matters in 2004. Diane Clements, a cofounder of Justice for All, agreed with Sharp’s assessment. “Take this case in its entirety, and there’s not much to say about it. She hid the gun,”

Clements said. “She made her claims, went through all of the appellate process, and she just can’t do anything else.” Newton’s mother, Jewel Nelms, left the march early in order to drive to Gatesville and visit Newton at the Mountain View Unit, which houses all 10 women on death row in Texas. No matter the outcome of this rally, or the visit to Houston’s City Council tomorrow, Nelms vowed to continue to preach the innocence of her daughter. “I always knew my daughter was innocent; I always knew there was a second gun,” Nelms said. “But I’ve learned lots of things from this, and I thank everyone and will support everyone that needs it.”

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dollars. Adding money to a Bobcat Bucks account should become easier thanks to efforts by Auxiliary Services that allow students to add money to their accounts over the Internet. “We are very close to a webbased system on CatsWeb where students can put money into their Bobcat Bucks account from a credit card,” Root said. The new cards have been met with a mixed reception from the student body, and some students are not even aware that a new card is required. “I think the Bobcat Bucks idea is fabulous,” said Lindsay Gattis, psychology junior. “The ability to put money into it over the Web is great for the out of state students.” Heather Robinson, English junior, agreed with Gattis. “I think it’s a great way for younger students to avoid credit card debt,” Robinson said. “Parents can keep track of their kids spending.” Other students expressed frustration with the time it takes to get the cards up and running in all areas of campus. “I think they are a waste of time until I can get in my dorm with it as well,” said Amber Conrad, mass communication junior. “I like that we are expanding Bobcat Bucks though. Other places are open later than the dining halls.” Dusty Ferranese, English junior, said that although she would not necessarily be utilizing the services offered by the

BobcatCard, it is a good idea. “I try not to spend money here. I spent enough on tuition,” said Dusty Ferranese, English junior. “It would be nice for the people who use those services though.” Another student expressed suspicion of the school’s motives in requiring the new card. “I can understand the university wanting to update the cards to go along with the name change,” said Ryan Crumpton, psychology senior. “I don’t plan on using it though. I’m sure the school gets a kickback from all this somewhere.” “It’s more or less the same thing,” he said. “It’s just a hassle for upperclassmen like myself to replace.” The new BobcatCard is being issued to all students, and it is mandatory. The schedule to come in and receive a new ID can be found at the ID Services Web site, available at Root is optimistic that despite the initial confusion, the new program will work out for the best. “It used to be that Bobcat Bucks were limited to the semester when they were purchased with no rollover,” Root said. “Now, once the money is in your account, it stays there.”

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five casinos are out of commission, including Grand Casino Biloxi, which washed across U.S. 90 to the west. Treasure Bay’s pirate ship was beached. Beau Rivage still stood, while Hard Rock Casino, scheduled to open in early September, sustained massive damage. The signature guitar, said to be the world’s largest, still stood. “Highway 90 is destroyed,” Holloway said. “It’s something like I’ve never seen before. I saw a disaster. Water did not get this high for Camille.” In 1969, most of the residents who lost their lives were on Point Cadet, at the southeastern tip of Biloxi’s peninsula. In Gulfport, the storm surge crossed the CSX railroad tracks, a line longtime residents say Camille did not cross. Hancock and Jackson counties didn’t fare any better. Communications were all but severed during Katrina. Before telephone contact was lost Monday morning, Hancock County officials reported that a foot of water swamped their Emergency Operations Center, which sits 30 feet above sea level. The back of the Hancock County courthouse, where the center is located, gave way. “Thirty-five people swam out

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to disintegrate shortly after Katrina raged ashore. The roof was peeling off by 7:30 a.m., forcing officials to evacuate to the courthouse across the street. As soon as the wind subsided, looters struck. They stole cars, radios, liquor, furniture, generators and anything else they could find. A furious Harrison County sheriff, George Payne, was heard on the police scanner — Christopher Cirillo telling his deputies to make Harrison County Emergency room in the jail. In neighborhoods, shellMedical Services director shocked residents burst into tears and embraced, consoling of their Emergency Operations one another over the devastaCenter with life jackets on,” said tion. Christopher Cirillo, Harrison The atmosphere, at times, County’s Emergency Medical was surreal. Services director. Brothers Jesus and David “We haven’t heard from Diaz walked up Biloxi’s St. them. The only person we can Charles Avenue in a daze. raise on the radio is the sheriff “What are you looking for?” in his car.” they were asked. Jackson County’s Emergency One of them said, “Our Operations Center also began house.”


hirty-five people swam out of their Emergency Operations Center with their life jackets on. We haven’t heard from them.”


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— New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin describing Hurricane Katrina’s eastern turn hours before scheduled landfall of the category five storm.

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Family-oriented areas should close off housing to repeat sex offenders Scrambling to prevent sexual abuse against children, in many cases by previously registered sex offenders, communities nationwide are working to establish or extend perimeters around schools and neighborhoods in which registered sex offenders are not allowed to live. Although sex offenders take no consideration as to the lifelong damage and loss of innocence they cause to their victims, many civil liberties advocates have strongly opposed the idea of isolating convicted sexual predators from prospective victims. At The University Star, we strongly support protecting civil liberties, and we would not be able to fulfi ll our journalistic duties without them; however, there are some criminal acts that so offend humanity that by their very nature they strip the perpetrator of certain civil liberties. We recognize that civil liberties are contingent when we execute murderers or imprison them for life. Sexual abuse against children certainly falls into this category. Few victims of sexual assault are able to return to the life they knew before being violated, and children who fall victim to a sexual offender have later described the experience as a theft of their childhood. To believe a sexual offender can pay his or her debt to the victim and society by serving a minimal prison sentence and then returning to a normal life does nothing to balance the rights between victim and criminal. Thankfully, convicted sex offenders are required to register themselves in the town they choose to live after being released, but those regulations have done little to put a cap on repeat offenses. In recent months, the problem has made itself felt locally as San Marcos police search for sex offenders who have failed to reregister or attend scheduled parole meetings. Of course, there are one-time sex offenders who serve their time and make a strong effort to follow the registration and parole-meeting guidelines so they may lead as normal a life as possible. There are also different degrees of sexual offenses that should be taken into account in determining which ex-convicts should be barred from living in certain areas and which should regain all lost civil liberties upon release from prison. Public urination is not the same as child molestation, and the same measures should not be applied to the one as to the other. However, according to a 1997 Bureau of Justice Statistics report, those who served prison time for a sexual offense were 7.5 times more likely to be rearrested for a similar crime than were any other type of criminal offenders. States have a legitimate public interest in protecting children from sexual predators who are likely to repeat their crimes, and that interest far outweighs the right to privacy that convicted predators have waived by their actions. Restricting those who have been convicted of sexual crimes against children from living within the perimeters of areas where families and children congregate is a legitimate and necessary step to curb these deplorable crimes. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.

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Language best learned abroad I’d like to take time practicing my this opportunity language skills with a to welcome all computer. On the conof our returning trary, most of my class students back for days this summer were the fall semester, spent outside sitting as well as welunderneath the shade come all of our of an avocado tree. new students to Don’t bother walkRUGH CLINE our university. I ing around campus Star Columnist hope everyone is looking for an avoas excited about cado tree, because I this semester as I am. don’t think you will find one. This is my last semester at I completed my foreign lanTexas State. I graduate this guage requirement for Spanfall and move on to the next ish 1420, 2310 and 2320 at a stage in life. I have immensely school called Kukulcan loenjoyed the time I have spent cated in Cuernavaca, Mexico. in San Marcos attending this I have to say, without a doubt, university. that I learned more taking In the years I’ve spent here, eight weeks of courses in CuI’ve learned that this univerernavaca than I would have sity has high points and low taking five years of so-called points. One of the main low “foreign language” courses points of this university in here at Texas State. my opinion is the departIt has been my experiment of modern languages. ence that in foreign language As many of you already know, courses here at Texas State, the and some of you are soon to professors speak almost exclufind out, any student pursusively in English. The courses ing a bachelor’s degree in arts are large, with perhaps 25 is required to take a certain or 30 students a class and number of foreign language almost all learning is done courses. I am delighted to by either watching videos or say that I fulfilled my foreign using computer programs language requirement this and Web sites. There is virtusummer. However, I didn’t ally no chance to practice the spend my days this summer language you are learning suffering in a classroom over unless you count talking to a in Centennial Hall. Nor did computer as practice. In these I spend my outside-of-class huge courses, the teacher ul-

timately ends up teaching to the half-a-dozen students who pick up on the work easily with no problem, leaving the rest of the students helplessly scratching their heads. The courses are about as ineffective as they possibly can be. Finally, I gave up on the courses here at Texas State. I decided I would rather spend my summer learning the language abroad. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Weather-providing, all of my classes were taught outside. None of my classes had more than five students. My professors did not ramble on in English like they do here at Texas State. In fact, most of my professors spoke no English at all. With the small class sizes, they were able to work individually with students to help them with grammar and pronunciation problems. Then, when class got out, I didn’t go to a language lab and sit for hours talking to a computer. Instead, I went back to my host family’s house and ate a nice home cooked meal, as we conversed in Spanish. Then, it was off to the city for shopping, sightseeing and partying, all giving me the ability to practice my Spanish. I have found that chatting with your average taxi driver in Cuernavaca is

much more educational than trying to chat with a computer program. This summer, I went out and partied at packed clubs until the sun came up. I bought silver in Taxco and swam at the beach in Acapulco. I went out with Mexican locals and watched many soccer games. I saw more Indian pyramids all across Mexico than I ever imagined existed. I saw a Mexican wrestling match, complete with midgets. I did and saw so many things that I could never talk about in this column. This was probably the greatest summer of my life. My only regret is that I didn’t decide to study abroad sooner. I wish I had taken Spanish 1410 abroad. So, I have one piece of advice for anyone who hasn’t completed his or her foreign language requirement. Take all the courses abroad. Don’t subject yourself to countless days of having bamboo shoots shoved under your nails over in Centennial Hall. Go abroad, and learn more than you ever will taking tedious, illogical classes at Texas State and going to a lab to talk to a computer. Study abroad, you won’t regret it. Cline is a political science senior.

Pat Robertson’s actions deplorable to Christian faith “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43)

education, free meals for students, subsidized grocery stores, rooting out corruption in government bureaucracies and the courts and land JOHN CULVER reforms to encourage Star Columnist agriculture and other populist programs. Does this sound like the mo“You shall not murder.” dus operandi of a terrific dan(Exodus 20:13) ger to civilization? Robertson’s screed also rePat Robertson did it again. fers to Chavez as a “…strongThe infamous televangelist, arm dictator.” This label whose popular show The 700 doesn’t fit Chavez in several Club affords him a platform to ways. Chavez has held majorispew narrow-minded vitriol ties of 56.2 percent, 59.7 perand right-wing propaganda, cent and 59.2 percent during has now uttered a diatribe that his first two elections and the even Donald Rumsfeld won’t referendum held in 2004; our condone (at least publicly). own president can only dream During the Aug. 22 broadcast of such numbers. Although of his show, Robertson’s musChavez has many enemies ings on Venezuelan President among the rich, typically Hugo Chavez concluded with white — Chavez himself is Robertson advocating the asmestizo — oligarchs in Venesassination of Chavez. zuela, there is, to date, no evi“We have the ability to take dence of Chavez instituting a him out, and I think that the government-sponsored camtime has come that we exerpaign of repression against his cise that ability.” political adversaries. As “The That’s an interesting perNation” columnist Christian spective for Robertson to Parenti notes, even the archihave. The United States is not tects of the 2002 coup attempt at war with Venezuela, and against him have been free although he called President from repression. Bush a pendejo, Chavez has Even if Chavez does have not made any lethal threats autocratic tendencies, Robertagainst any U.S. officials. son still comes off as a craven Robertson justified assassinat- hypocrite. Robertson has ing Chavez by labeling him a supported Charles Taylor in “…terrific danger,” but why? Liberia and Mobutu Sese Seko Chavez’s policies include of Zaire in exchange for gold providing health care to the mining and diamond mining poor, increased funding for rights, respectively.

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In 2003, Robertson even chastised President Bush for asking Taylor to step down as president of Liberia. Robertson took issue with Bush asking a “…duly elected president of another country” to step down (refer back to Chavez’s election victory margins above). Robertson even has the temerity to accuse Chavez of using Venezuela as a launching pad for “…communist infiltration” within our hemisphere while Robertson himself has business interests in, you guessed it, communist China. On a side note, has Robertson ever reconciled his opposition to voluntary abortions in the U.S. with his acceptance of forced abortions in China? Robertson also asserted that Chavez has “…destroyed the Venezuelan economy,” the facts — as usual — contradict Robertson’s assessment. Mark Weisbrot — co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research — analyzed the economic conditions before and after Chavez’s rise to presidency. From 1970 to 1998, the Venezuelan per capita income fell by 35 percent. Since Chavez came into office, that figure has remained virtually flat. Weisbrot notes that were it not for the oil strike of 2002-2003 — which cost the Venezuelan economy over $7 billion — and other destabilizing factors such as the coup against Chavez, the Venezuelan economy would

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likely have already produced an increase in the per capita income. A hopeful sign, considering the GDP last year was 17 percent following two years of contractions. The worst aspect of Robertson’s call to assassinate Chavez lies with the perception of Robertson as a man of God. Anytime the corporate media wants to present the conservative-Christian point of view for a particular argument, Robertson is on the short list of guests. However, time and time again, Robertson presents views that are the antithesis of the views espoused by Jesus. Can there be any other view that is more contrary to what Jesus preached than the assassination of anyone for reasons that don’t have the slightest thing to do with immediate self-preservation? Could you imagine Pat Robertson’s call to assassinate Chavez coming out of Jesus’ mouth? If any good comes out of this, perhaps Robertson will finally be recognized for what he is — a shameless huckster with neo-liberal economic tendencies who will willingly subvert his “faith” in order to line his own pockets. Pat Robertson’s reputation as a “Christian,” and what little dignity he had, are going to be the only victims that result from his call to assassinate Chavez. Culver is a politial science graduate student. 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 other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright August 30, 2005. 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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releasesof the week music Plans – Death Cab for Cutie Different Kind of Pain – Cold Healthy in Paranoid Times – Our Lady Peace


Facing New York – Facing New York Back Home – Eric Clapton Invisible Invasion – The Coral

Sahara – (PG-13) Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz Austin City Limits: Live from Austin 2004 – (Not Rated)

The Blues Brothers (25th Anniversary Edition) – (R) John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd Dead Silence – (R) James Garner

VMA show ... not so special Trends Contact — Christina Gomez,

Faced with natural disaster and gunshot wounds, MTV’s Video Music Award show went off without any major hitches. Hosted by the moniker-challenged Sean “Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy” Combs, the award show lived up to its predecessors with wild on stage antics, an indoor waterfall and even Jamaican steel drums. Promising that “anything [was] possible,” Combs gifted a lucky audience member with a diamond-encrusted watch and boasted an impressive three wardrobe changes in the first half-hour alone. Combs went so far as to “conduct” a string orchestra’s tribute to late rapper Notorious B.I.G.

drop “Misdemeanor” from her name. Gwen Stefani earned a Best Art Direction award, beating out heavily-favored Green Day. She also took home top choreography honors. There was a fair deal of speculation that Stefani would be boycotting the awards show because she wasn’t scheduled a performance slot. She arrived on the white carpet (Combs’ idea) without her trademark Harijuku girls; instead she looked fantastic in a leopard print dress layered over a white halter-top. American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson clad in figure hugging gold silk, also got to bring two statues home for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video.

The Big Winner Green Day, still in the midst of their American Idiot tour, arrived to the show in a 1968 Mercury Monterey and opened the show with their chart-topper “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” in full rockstar regalia and pyrotechnics. They didn’t have much time to mingle and enjoy the show after their performance as they returned to the stage to collect seven of the coveted Moonmen including Viewer’s Choice and Video of the Year awards. A win this large hasn’t happened since 1996 when Smashing Pumpkins took home seven awards for “Tonight, Tonight.”

Highlight or Low Point? In a somewhat choppy transition, Combs introduced the king of has-beens, MC Hammer, who performed “U Can’t Touch This.” More offbeat, and inexplicable was the obviously lip-synched performance of alleged child-pornographer R. Kelly who acted out the final installment of his “Trapped in a Closet” saga. Kelly’s case, which has yet to go to trial, hasn’t put the damper on his recording career, he has released four albums that have sold more than a million copies each and charted several hits. To close out the show, Kelly Clarkson decided to keep with the water-theme and performed her winner, “Since U Been Gone,” soaking wet.

Also taking home top honors Missy Elliot and Ciara took home Best Hip-Hop and Best Dance Video for their song “Lose Control.” In the wake of the Lil’ Kim-goes-to-jail fiasco, pal Missy has opted to

Drama Abounds Seemingly glossed over was the shooting of Marion “Suge” Knight who sustained a gun-

shot wound to the leg at a party held by Kanye West. Details are murky at best as to the identity of a shooter. Many claim that the gun actually belonged to Knight and was discharged accidentally. This would be in direct violation of the conditions of his parole. Another artist in trouble with the law is Lil’ Kim, who is facing a year in the pokey for perjury, told fans to “write to her” while she serves her time. In the tried and true tradition of the VMAs, a rapper feud was in full effect. This time rappers Fat Joe and 50 Cent took turns taking jibes at each other from the stage. So much so that MTV cut from the end of 50 Cent’s and GUnit’s performance to air commercials.

And the winners are... Video of the Year Green Day

Best Male Video Kanye West

Best Female Video Kelly Clarkson

Best Group Video Green Day

Best Rap Video Ludacris

Best R&B Video Alicia Keys

Best Hip-Hop

Missy Elliot f/ Ciara and Fat Man Scoop

Best Dance Video

Missy Elliot f/ Ciara and Fat Man Scoop

Best Rock Video Green Day

Best Pop Video

The Bottom Line All in all, there was not one moment at this year’s VMAs that stood out as extremely controversial or wickedly entertaining a la the Britney-Madonna kiss. MTV’s effort to continually outdo itself has produced award shows that are as choreographed and scripted as they are innovative and Photo courtesy of MTV envelope pushing. Here’s Alicia Keys beat out Mariah hoping next year’s will be Carey and Kanye West to take better. home Best R&B Video for her — Christina Gomez hit, “Karma.”

Kelly Clarkson

Best New Artist The Killers

MTV2 Award Fall Out Boy

Viewer’s Choice Green Day

Breakthrough Artist Gorillaz

Best Direction Green Day

Best Choreography Gwen Stefani

Best Art Direction Gwen Stefani

Best Editing Green Day

Best Cinematography Green Day

Best Video Game Soundtrack

Dance Dance Revolution Extreme Green Day took home a record seven Moonmen at the VMAs, including Viewer’s Choice and Best Video. They arrived in style to the show in the same Mercury used in their “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” video. Photo courtesy of MTV Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday in Miami. Combs stole the show by gifting an audience member with a diamond-encrusted watch.

Photo courtesy of MTV

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Brothers Grimm rehashes classic fairytales Over the past few decades, Hollywood has ✯ had a tendency to terribly misThe Brothers represent the Grimm lives of some Dir.: Terry Gilliam Stars: Heath Led- of the world’s ger, Matt Damon, greatest literPeter Stormare ary figures. Rated PG-13 Whether intentionally or, hopefully, just out of sheer ignorance, directors have succeeded in erasing rich histories and turning them into cheap and marketable screenplays that, with any luck, only hint at the truth hidden in the celluloid. The newest (as well as one of the most offensive in recent memory) example of this is Terry Gilliam’s cinematic smorgasbord of German folklore, The Brothers Grimm. Even though many people don’t realize it, the real Brothers Grimm have had more of an influence on people’s lives than this movie would have you believe. Together, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm introduced the world to Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and countless other childhood favorites. It is here that

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Photo courtesy of Dimesion Films Heath Ledger and Matt Damon star in the Brothers Grimm as con artists in over their heads when their fabricated folktales become real.

the film stops making any sense. According to Gilliam (or whoever deserves the blame), Jake (Ledger) and Will (Damon) Grimm, along with two dimwitted sidekicks, are naturally cunning live-action entertainers who have figured out an ingenious way to swindle money from superstitious townsfolk. That’s a far cry from the truth, and it’s really a miracle they were even allowed to use the name Grimm in the movie. Here, the four stage cinematic hoaxes such as slaying witches and exorcising demons, charge exorbitant fees to their potential victims and then take some women with them afterward as an extra reward. Think of The Three Amigos, except without charm, good writing, and you know, that whole “comedic” element. After the opening “witch slaying,” the French government finds out about the brothers’ schemes and takes them prisoner, letting them live only if they promise to work for the government and eradicate a rival group of Snake Oilers. However, once the brothers arrive at a small town for their assignment, they realize that the town’s forest is in fact haunted, and the troupe

members soon finds themselves in way over their heads. A lot of confusing action sequences follow, as well as multiple allusions to the real Grimm tales. Including everything from a quite disturbing creation of the “Gingerbread Man” to “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Cinderella,” the list goes on. Although entertaining, these episodes ultimately have nothing to do with the plot and just end up confusing the viewer. Such a film from the director of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 12 Monkeys and the mind-blowing Brazil is simply offensive. Although visually stimulating, the movie drags on through the nearly two hours at a mind-numbing pace, and leaves the viewer feeling like they just died a little inside. What could have been an interesting character study of the scholarly Jake and the more showman-like Will becomes a sad attempt at a quirky, Wagnerinfluenced “buddy film.” And yet, the film grossed $15,092,932 in just its first weekend in theaters. Congratulations, Dimension Films. You’ve done it again. Just don’t keep up the good work. — Brian McSwain

Aristocrats highlights censorship in a not-so-amusing way The Aris- film finds its humor in how its tocrats is a great storytellers describe the documentary history of the joke, how it has ✯✯✯ that tells the evolved and how the ramparts story of the of censorship hinder their proThe Aristocrats most horrifi- fession. In turn, The Aristocrats Dir.: Paul cally sicken- becomes more than its secondProvenza ing joke ever rate punches. It’s an audacious Stars: George Carlin, Steven told. While statement about the politics of Wright, Bob Saget no standard comedy and the limitations of Rated: Not Rated telling exists human nature. (other than For decades, comedians have that its punch- warred against the definition of line is “the Aristocrats!”), the what is considered obscene. The joke is told over and over in the Aristocrats is comedy’s definifilm in many different ways by tive battle cry. It’s the malevosome of comedy’s biggest hit- lent thumb toward religious ters (Carlin, Wright) and, to rules and advocates of limiting borrow from the stand-up lin- free speech. The film says exgo, lowliest hacks (Carrot Top, actly what it wants to say in a Howie Mandel). However, no forum populated by those who matter how it’s told, the joke re- know exactly what they want to P56687A_EB_V4-5.45x10.5 8/10/05 6:33 PM Page 1 ally isn’t that funny. Instead, the hear, which is everything crass

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and shameless. Directed by first-timer Provenza, The Aristocrats’ structure is simple. It’s a bunch of comedians sharing folklore about the most notorious joke in their field and telling their own versions of it. While doing so, they also reveal much about the underbelly of stand-up comedy. Such as how no one tells jokes on stage anymore. Instead, they tell amusing anecdotes and observations. In fact, those who tell jokes with simple punch lines (like the Aristocrats joke) are generally considered hacks. Carlin is featured most prominently as he shares his wisdom on the world of stand-up and tells why he writes so-called obscene material. He and his peers dissect the joke into all the tid-

bits and quirks that make each of their versions unique. The most disgusting of which belongs to the unexpectedly devious Bob Saget. Once known as the nicest father on television on Full House, Saget’s rendition takes the joke to truly vile heights. Although she’s not a comedian, Carrie Fisher also drops in to ruin (or expand, depending on your taste) her Princess Leia image with her version. Some use the joke to take a jab at politicians. Others turn it toward Hollywood and show business. With each twist, it becomes more repugnant and despicable than before. As for the joke, I don’t get it. I don’t understand it, and I don’t find it funny. Even the film’s

tamest version of the joke isn’t subdued enough to tell here entirely without censoring. (I’d probably mess it up anyway.) So, any attempt at explanation would surely be lost in translation. Yet, watching gifted storytellers like Carlin discuss the evolution of stand-up and the art of comedy is every bit as captivating as the joke is appalling. As the film and its comedians dictate, nothing is shocking anymore when it comes to comedy. We may find ourselves surprised by what is said in The Aristocrats, but we’re not as shocked as the film intends us to be. We know what’s coming and brace ourselves accordingly. The comedians keep trying nonetheless, not to make us laugh, but to make us cringe or

simply walk out. Despite its subject’s pitfalls, The Aristocrats works because it holds true to its stance, while also exploring the limited realm of good taste. There are some comedians who don’t like the joke, don’t tell it and even question the validity of the film, creating a bizarre tension that exists underneath the film’s constant flow of filth. The Aristocrats is an aggressive avowal about the walls of censoring, and it tries earnestly (and disgustingly) to tear them down. It says comedy is about storytelling, connecting with people and dragging them outside their comfort zones. At least, I understand that. — Kyle Bradshaw

A nontraditional orientation experience DAY ONE:

freshmen, I haven’t had a chance to meet Attending freshwith them yet. I just man orientation was had to laugh when an enlightening exthe Orientation perience. It’s been 25 Leaders mistook me years since I last atfor a parent and then tended college. I have after many apologies a family, a part-time praised me for my job and I’m a com- SUSAN RAUCH courage to return to muter. Being a non- Entertainment school. Most of my Columnist traditional student, conversations were it’s a little awkward with parents, I think introducing myself to the newly the younger students thought graduated high school students. I was one. (Our name tags did I also had to contend with con- not specify). I will say that afstant explanations throughout ter the campus walking tour I the two-day orientation that will need a good pair of walkI was a student and not a par- ing shoes in the fall, thus meetent. For the most part, I think I ing my need for a good aerobics was more worried that I might work out walking up and down make the younger kids uncom- the hills on campus. fortable rather than the other After dinner, I ended up in way around. It would have been a tag-like game of rock/paper/ nice to meet some of the other scissors and skinned my knee older students, but we weren’t in the process. Most were surgrouped together. I want to be prised that I participated in any involved with the Non-Tradi- of the activities versus going tional Student Organization home. Hey, I’m a freshman too, (NTSO), but since most older and I was determined not to let students are transfers and not age be a factor in participation!

DAY TWO: The only thing I can say is that I was feeling overwhelmed during class scheduling. I think I was the last person left in the room trying to find classes that didn’t clash. This was the same problem I had 25 years ago, the reason I was adamant about attending the freshmen orientation this time. I still had problems with class days and times. My credits weren’t enough to save me from University Seminar, but I believe will survive. I am just hoping I blend in well with the other students. Overall, orientation was a good experience. It is then onto my first semester of college — a whole new chapter of my life yet to be written. We will be following Susan’s first freshman semester in 25 years in next Tuesday’s issue of The Star. For more information on the Non-Traditional Student’s Organization, see

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✯Star Comics Random Acts of Violence

by Erin Leeder

Local bands rock San Marcos

Brynn Leggett/Star photo Started by two former Texas State students, lead singer Travis Damron and bass player Chad Manes, Eleven Fingered Charlie played at Lucy’s Friday night. EFC is now working on their second CD, which is expected to release in the spring of 2006.

RIGHT: Damron performs without shirt or shoes at Lucy’s Friday night, which only seemed to get the females in the tightlypacked crowd even more hyped for the main attraction. Brynn Leggett/ Star photo

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has a 800 sq. ft. 2 bedroom 1 bath for $495 per month. Includes washer/dryer. Visit and call Legacy Real Estate 665-0350.


Bishop’s Corner at 1409 Bishop has 1Bdr. for $395. Small, quite complex. Water/waste water and trash paid. Have our Best roommate ever!! YOU! Visit and call Legacy Real Estate 665-0350.

Move in today. 3 blk from TX State, free HBO, Roadrunner, full W/D. For floor plans & prices or 396-4181



2/2 on the shuttle. $650 with W/D. New carpet and vinyl. Visit and call Legacy Real Estate 665-0350

SAGEWOOD DUPLEXES 3/3.5, w/d, avail now $1100. Call 512-589-8073.

GREAT DEAL! 707 Bracewood 4--lex has 2/1 for $450 per month. Washer/dryer connections and approximately 800 sq. ft. Easy terms and deposits. Visit and call Legacy Real Estate 665-0350.

FOR RENT-HOUSES HACKBERRY DUPLEXES 2/1 on bus route, ca/ch, quiet st, fncd/shady yds, carports w/storage, sm pets OK. $530 inc/water & garbage. Also 1/1’s $480. Other duplexes located in Kyle and San Marcos. 268-5032.

3BD/2BA DOUBLE WIDE on 1 acre for sale or rent. 10 minutes from campus. $800 per month. Call 512-847-8029.

COUNTRY HOME ON 5 acres, 2bdr/2ba, ch/ca, 6 mi from San Marcos, $750 per mo plus deposit, 830-3799682 or 512-357-6271.


DRIVERS APPLY TODAY AT: San Marcos Area Pizza Hut location 403-A Guadalupe San Marcos, TX 392-5900 WAIT STAFF & COOKS APPLY TODAY AT: 720 E. Hopkins San Marcos, TX 396-3696 EOE M/F/D/V


$300/day potential. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ ok. 800-965-6520 x 157.

child development center in Kyle. PT 2:30-6:30 M-F Immediate openings. FT Lead teacher 12-18 mos. Bilingual & experience a plus. 405-3700, 405-3701 fax,

POOL AND SPA company now hiring. Part time $300-$500 a week. No experience necessary. 512-754-0662.

WORK FROM YOUR computer online during your time. $20-$75/hr PT/FT. www.serendipitous.

INTERESTED IN MOWING our lawn for extra monies? If so, call (512) 754-6184 and leave your message.

NOW HIRING ACCOUNT representative at mobiltel wireless. Please call (830)491-8897 or submit resume to

TEKA MARKETING IS now expanding and looking to fill several full & part time positions. Very flexible hours. Casual work environment. For more information call 512-805-0020

NANNY POSITION NEEDED for 3 small children Tuesdays, Thursdays and occasional weekends. Must have references and own transportation. If interested, call 512-858-0275.


HELP WANTED WANTED: ELECTRICIANS needed for finish out work/ Some part time until school starts/ Call Ted Breihan Electric 512-396-3300 or come by 118 S Edward Gary-San Marcos.

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FALL SEMESTER WORK $12 Base/appt. Flex schedules around classes, sales/service. No exp. nec, scholarships possible. All ages 17+, conditions apply. Work in San Marcos, apply in Austin. Call NOW (512)4589093. 1.833

technician. Telenetwork is looking for qualified technicians to troubleshoot connectivity and e-mail issues for dial up and high speed internet providers. Knowledge of windows is a must. Many position to be filled. Apply now at

PART-TIME Entry-level position invoicing & light accounting. Proficient in QuickBooks. At small direct mail company Must be detailed-oriented, creative. Conscientious, and a self-starter. Must be available 11:00am-4:00pm daily. To apply-call 512-393-5454

RETAIL SALES-a national woman’s and children’s sportswear company is seeking part-time Sales Associates for our brand new Prime Outlet location. Contact Heather 407-230-0780 or email BOBCATSNEEDJOBS.COM We need Paid Survey Takers in San Marcos. 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.

D&D FARM & RANCH Full-Time Positions: Trailer Dept: Scheduling Services, Selling Truck Accessories & Parts Trailer Technician: Hardware Dept: Purchasing, Selling, & Stocking Outside Sales: Scheduling & Coordinating Deliveries Outside Loaders: Customer Service Apply in Person at: 516 IH 10 E., Seguin

AVERAGE $1000 PER day.

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MISCELLANEOUS GOT WASHBOARD ABS? Good looks? Hiring male models, ages 18-25, $100 to $250/hr. Call 512-927-2226.

ATHLETIC, OUTGOING men for calendars, greeting cards, etc $75-150/hr, no exp. needed, (512)6848296.

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begin on Sept 6 and will meet for appr 9 wks. The small group is designed to help women who have been affected by abortion move forward with their lives. For hope and healing contact Central Texas Life Care at 396-3020 and ask for Blain or Phyllis. Space is limited so call now for time, location, and other details. All calls are completely confidential.

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roommates to share 3/2 house. 512-805-0299 Share home Plum Creek Kyle 15 min. to campus non-smoker $475 includes all Mark 233-9775

MALE ROOMMATE WANTED Hillside Ranch Apts. 2 bdr $440 plus utilities/month Cable and Internet FREE $99 deposit Call Ryan 936-443-7236

ROOMMATE NEEDED, 2/1, $235 mo plus half utilities, Verandah Apts, on bus route. Call 979-229-3241.

FOR SALE TWIN BEDS, NIGHT STAND, desk, for sale cheap.


deliver. 512-847-704

MINI-FRIDGE $35, microwave $20, Century-Tel DSL modem $30, 512-644-1233.

FOR SALE TELEVISIONS 1) 31” Mitsubishi and 1) 27” Sony Trinitron both like new. Each with roller cart, VCR, and surge protector. Receipts, manuals, and remotes included. Selling cheap! 512-392-2008, 512-557-2795 16’X48” 4 YR old round above ground pool. New 1.5 hp sand pump. Zodiac automatic pool cleaner. Solar cover. $600. 830-627-6838.

HOUSE NEAR CAMPUS (N. LBJ) for sale. Beautiful tile & wood floors, excellent shape, about 2800 sq ft., perfect for faculty or graduate students, $174,000. Call owner 512-757-1943.

SUBLEASE PLEASE SUBLEASE MY APT!! 1/1, 625 sq ft available ASAP. Close to Campus! Only $475/month! 512-557-5810

TRAVEL SPRING BREAK 2006 with Student Travel Services to Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas and Florida. Are you connected? Sell Trips, Earn Cash & Travel Free! Call for group discounts. Info/Reservations 800-648-4849 www.

WANTED WANTED: USED CARS, trucks, motorcycles. Any condition. Running or not. If you have something to sell please call Willis Mitchell. 512-353-4511.

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sports snortsquotes from the sports world


“Maybe he read the article where I said that’s never happened to me before. I mean, I’ve had some that were questionable — but, come on. I’m sitting on the bench all day, the guy throws a slider at you and it hits you in the middle of the batter’s box. That was only my second ejection. I guess I’m a big troublemaker.” — Remarks from Craig Baggio after his ejection from the Aug. 28 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in regards to the questionable call at the plate.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - Page 9

Sports Contact — Miguel Peña,

Bobcats on the prowl for first win By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s soccer team failed to start off the season on the right foot, dropping a pair of games in Oklahoma over the weekend. The trip started off in Stillwater, where Oklahoma State University (1-0) blanked the Bobcats 3-0 on Friday, and ended in Tulsa, where Oral Roberts University (1-0) held off Texas State 3-2. Texas State Coach Kat Conner placed part of the blame on a new formation that is becoming popular and was used by both opponents over the weekend. The formation uses four defenseman, three midfielders and three forwards, as opposed to the 4-4-2 line-up the Bobcats use. The University of Notre Dame won a national championship using the same formation. “[In the 4-3-3 formation] the midfielders play in a triangle in the middle of the field,” Conner said. “We’re running a 4-4-2, so [some of our midfielders] don’t have anyone to guard. It really screwed [us] up. If they don’t have anyone to guard, they don’t really know what to do. Even though we practiced against it, it was still kind of a shock to [us].” Despite losing both games, Conner was impressed with the improvement her team made by the end of the Oral Roberts game on Sunday. “Offensively, they’re starting to feel their way through it,” said Conner. “At the end of the game against Oral Roberts, they were starting to do some amazing things with their runs. They were being very creative. Even the officials and coaches were commenting on it, so that’s good for our young offensive players.” Despite that improvement, Oral Roberts was able to jump on top of Texas State early as senior midfielder Heather Hall scored the game’s first goal, with assists from Jessica Kellog and Amy Gharibvand, at the 16:43 mark in the first period. The Bobcats were able to tie the game up briefly when sophomore forward Jerelyn Lemmie knocked in Texas State’s first goal of the regular season at the 41:15 mark.

Andy Ellis/Star file photo Jerelyn Lemmie, fights for the ball during a game against Sam Houston State last fall. The Bobcats lost 3-2 Friday evening against Oral Roberts and plays the University of North Texas Wednesday in Denton.

Statistics by Period Goals.................. Shots.................. Corner Kicks...... Saves................. Fouls..................

1 0 0 0 3 5

2 0 1 2 2 6

— Kat Conner Bobcat soccer coach

Less than four minutes later and just nine seconds before halftime, Oral Roberts grabbed the lead for good as Hall scored, and Kellog assisted, once again. Kellog’s two assists made her the career points leader in the Mid-Continent Conference. Gharibvand scored Oral Roberts’ final goal early in the second period, pushing the lead to 3-1. A goal by Texas State sophomore midfielder Kayla Thornton narrowed the lead back to one, but the 3-2 deficit would be how the game ended. Unfortunately for Texas State, the earlier game against OSU on Friday was not nearly as exciting as the Bobcats were blanked 3-0. In fact, Texas State had only one shoton-goal the entire game, this was done by sophomore forward Danielle Holloway. OSU scored what amounted to the winning goal at the 32:30 mark in the first period as senior defenseman Lauren Colwell scored the first goal of her career to put OSU up 1-0. Junior forward Jesyca Rosholt scored just before the first period ended to give OSU a 2-0 lead at the half. A Bettina Grossmann goal midway through the second period rounded out the scoring. Bobcat soccer finish their final game on the road against the University of North Texas Lady Eagles at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Goal Keeper Jeane Ranknin (45:00) / Breanna Truelove (45:00)

Goal Keeper Brittany Beltramini

Statistics by Period Goals.................. Shots.................. Corner Kicks...... Saves................. Fouls..................

Statistics by Period Goals.................. Shots.................. Corner Kicks...... Saves................. Fouls..................

1 2 12 5 0 6

Oral Roberts

Texas State

Oklahoma State

Texas State

were starting to do some amazing things with their runs. They were being very creative ... that’s good for our young defensive players..”

Texas State 2, Oral Roberts 3 Aug. 28, Tulsa, OK

Texas State 0, Oral Roberts 3 Aug. 26, Stillwater, OK

Goal Keeper Brittany Beltramini

t the end of the “A game against Oral Roberts, they

2 1 14 2 1 3

Goal Keeper Stef Guley

1 1 3 2 6 4

2 1 10 5 1 2

Statistics by Period Goals.................. Shots.................. Corner Kicks...... Saves................. Fouls..................

1 2 17 4 1 5

2 1 5 1 7 2

Alumnae and Bobcats enjoy a little competition in volleyball game By Nathan Brooks Sports Reporter Texas State hosted the annual Alumni Volleyball Match on Saturday at Strahan Coliseum. The 2005 squad took the court against former Bobcat volleyball players in a friendly exhibition that served as not only a season warm-up but also a chance for former players to come back and reminisce on some of their memories. For current players this was an opportunity to not only get ready for the 2005 season opener scheduled for Friday, but also to honor former Bobcats. For the alumni Saturday was also a chance to relive the past and to give back to the Bobcat volleyball program. “You have no idea [how much I miss the competition]. This was really fun, and I was glad I could come back and help this year’s team get ready for the new season,” said Krystal Kolkhort, class of 2005. “I miss the girls. The thing about volleyball is that the team is a family,” said Kristy Jones, Kolkhort’s former teammate and also class of 2005. This is also a special event to Coach Karen Chisum. “This is a tribute to Bobcat volley-

ball. For the former players to be able to give back to the program is very special,” Chisum said. For seniors, this Alumni game is the last they will participate in on the varsity side, as next year they have the opportunity to do as Kolkhart, Jones and five others did and play as alums (six other alums were in attendance but did not play). “This experience was kind of surreal seeing and playing against my old teammates,” senior Amy Ramirez said. “It was fun but sad [being my last experience]. It was also fun playing with my new teammates as we get ready for the new season.” Stephanie Bruggeman started things off strong four the Bobcats with four service aces while Christina Melvin had 13 assists in a 30-19 win over the Alum. In game two, the Bobcats continued their strong play with a contribution from Karry Griffin who racked up 5 attacks and five kills in a 30-12 victory. Kills were the name of the game in the third as Erin Hickman earned four kills while Kelly Fletcher, Britany Prewitt and Bruggeman each tallied 3 kills in a 30-15 victory. At the end of the day, the alumni

Soccer Wednesday Bobcats @ University of North Texas (Denton) 7 p.m. Friday Bobcats vs. UTEP Soccer Complex 5:30 p.m. Sunday Bobcats @ Rice (Houston) 1 p.m.

looked haggered but took to the court for one more game craving a victory. The Bobcats managed to keep the win streak complete but barely as the alumni gave them a run for their money in a heartbreaker of a game finishing 31-29. Grisham and Bruggeman both stood out from the rest with 14 assists and eight digs respectively. The four game-match saw the 2005 Bobcats win all four games over the Alumni squad. Freshman Stephanie Bruggeman stole the show with a very strong performance of 13 kills and 11 digs. Bruggeman also had four service aces in the first game while senior Elizabeth Nwoke added 10 kills on the day. Defensively, Amy Ramirez, the senior from Sugarland racked up eight digs to keep the Bobcats ahead. The Bobcats season begins at 11 a.m. on Friday with a match against Morgan State in the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier Tournament slated as the home game opener for the Bobcats at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats also play again at 7 p.m. against the University of CaliforniaBerkeley as Chisum is going for her 600th career win, which would make her only one of nine active coaches to achieve such a mark.

Andy Ellis/Star file photo Elizabeth Nwoke, shown here in a game last fall against Southeastern Louisiana, played on Saturday in the Annual Alumni game and totaled 10 digs overall.

Women’s Volleyball CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premiere Tounament Friday Bobcats vs. Morgan State 11 a.m. Bobcats vs. Cal 5:30 p.m. Saturday Bobcats vs. Albany 3 p.m. *All Games played at Strahan Coliseum*

Football Saturday Bobcats vs. Delta State Bobcat Stadium 6 p.m. **Tailgate begins at 3 p.m. with live music food and drinks provided by Cavanders and SACA.**

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