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A day without labor: Texans prepare for a national day off By Nick Georgiou News Editor What was once a time to build working class solidarity is now regarded as the last day of summer, a day much like July 4, with barbecuing, fireworks and for Central Texans, tubing. But for Ralph Merriweather, representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Labor Day is a time to reflect on the people who died for workers rights. “The eight-hour work day, Social Security, (a creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) — all the things that labor brought about (that young people aren’t aware of) came from organized labor over time,” Merriweather said. “All the stuff that protects workers rights came from (the efforts of labor unions), but a lot of people think that was just given to them. They don’t realize a bunch of people died for those rights.” Union members and historians alike agree the meaning of Labor Day has changed over the past 100 years, but they do not attribute it to one single reason. Instead, they say a variety of factors have resulted in the holiday’s loss of meaning. Ed Sills, spokesperson for the American Federation of Labor

and Congress of Industrial Organizations, said the relevance of Labor Day is not the same as it used to be because of the change in the economy. The U.S. used to be a manufacturing and farmingbased economy, but the emphasis has since shifted to the service and technology-based industry. “It’s really hard to organize workers in the service industry because they tend to be kind of a transient workforce, so I’m sure that’s made it more difficult also,” said Rebecca Montgomery, assistant history professor. But there is even more interplay at work here, Sills said. “We’re also seeing heavier emphasis on global business as opposed to local or state business,” Sills said. “There’s no question the economy has changed dramatically since Labor Day began.” These economic changes are uncontrollable forces, he said — forces that have led to a steep decline in union membership. “These larger economic forces are going to govern what happens to unions to some degree,” Sills said. But he said the one thing that will remain constant is the aspirations of workers. He said the ability for middle and lower-class workers to supSee Labor, page 4

Cotton Miller/Star photo TAKE A BREAK: Construction workers continue building the new Speck Street Parking Garage Tuesday near the Student Recreation Center. All workers will have the day off Monday in celebration of Labor Day.

Common Experience theme focuses on rivers, springs By Karen Little News Reporter As the population in Central Texas and along the I-35 corridor continues to boom, use of the region’s most precious resource — water — has become hotly debated. To help students gain a better perspective and understanding of this issue, this year’s Common Experience theme is “The Water Planet: A River Runs Through Us.” It is an idea that has been in the works since the Common Experience committee started in 2005. According to the Common Experience Web site, “The unique, spring-fed San Marcos River that runs through campus is a constant visual reminder of the many dimensions and roles water plays in our lives.” The primary reference for

the theme is John Graves’ book, Goodbye to a River, about a man who takes a canoe trip down the Brazos River while reminiscing about his childhood memories. Graves’ book will be discussed Oct. 9 in Flowers Hall by Mark Busby, faculty program director for the center for the study of the southwest and co-editor of the novel. “John Graves loves the Hill Country and the San Marcos River,” said Ronald Coley, committee member and director of the Aquarena Center. “He is very much aware of what was going on with water and the way people were changing water systems 50 years ago.” Coley described Graves as a “folklorist” and said he is often identified by his text. “This novel seems to have become his trademark,” Coley said. “It’s interesting to hear about all

the changes he witnessed looking back on his childhood.” Common Experience co-chair Pam Wustenberg said water plays a significant role in Texas as well as San Marcos. “The one unlimited resource we have is water, and we all need water to survive,” Wustenberg said. “If they were to dam the San Marcos River, what would our lives be like? (Think of) the recreation, the farmers and the community.” Wustenberg said the river merges with all sorts of environments, and acts as a provision for the land. “The river interacts with every kind of land possible,” Wustenberg said. “It replenishes all of these areas.” Among the events Texas State will host this semester is a lecSee River, page 4

Faculty Senate expresses concern with Disabilities Act compliance By Scott Thomas News Reporter The Faculty Senate is concerned Texas State is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, more than 17 years after the act’s initial passage. “Most departments don’t have the funding to accommodate the (Americans with Disabilities Act),” William Stone, criminal justice professor and Faculty Senate chair, said. “Even to install ramps would be beyond our departments’ budgets.” The university’s current policy is to require departments to

make their buildings compliant with the act. “Making departments responsible would be like saying, ‘if you have a child it’s only your concern and not the community’s at large,’” Stone said. “Obviously the whole community is concerned.” Faculty Sen. Donald Hazlewood, mathematics professor, said some buildings only minimally accommodate the act. Hazlewood gave the example of Derrick Hall, which requires handicapped students and staff to walk around to the back of the building to access a ramp. The Faculty Senate decided to send a message to the administra-

tion asking what the university is doing to make Texas State compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Another item discussed on the Faculty Senate’s agenda was Senate Bill 1231, which was passed in the previous state legislative session. The bill forbids students from dropping more than six classes during their undergraduate career. “The legislature heard rumors of people taking a course and if they are having a little bit of trouble they drop it to keep their GPA up,” Stone said. “They started having the feeling that a lot of students were wasting the state’s

a sale or rental system in place yet,” said Daniel Palomo, public relations junior. “But now, since summer session I, we have a fully operational shop. The Bike Cave provides affordable bicycles — none more than $100, most around $50 — and free maintenance and service. Overhead cost is kept low by building bikes from donated parts. “I’ve never built a bike totally from scratch,” Palomo said. “I’ve

been doing repairs on my bike for a long time and maintaining it myself. You know none of us are master mechanics, just guys who love bikes, and we’re just trying to help other people out.” The process of developing the co-op began a couple of years ago when Matt Akins, nutrition and foods senior, Taylor Powell, international studies senior, and Palomo enlisted the help of Paul Hamilton, manager of the shuttle system for auxiliary services.

The police mean it: drink, drive, go to jail By Christine Mester News Reporter The San Marcos Police Department will be making an extra effort to stop drunken drivers this Labor Day weekend as part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” campaign. The campaign guarantees any person caught driving drunk between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3 will be sent to jail. “The main purpose of the program is to inform people that if they are caught drinking and driving they will go to jail,” TxDOT Program Manager Tracie Mendez said. “We want to offset people’s decision to drive drunk. ” The amount of law enforcement officials and state troopers looking for impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend will be more than doubled as part of the campaign. “There is an increase of traffic Labor Day weekend and part of the routine for the holiday weekend is to consume alcohol,” SMPD Assistant Chief Lisa Dvorak said. “There will be a heightened awareness and focused effort to look for drunk drivers.” TxDOT said it expects a significant spike in the number of motorists on Texas roads and highways during the upcoming

Cotton Miller/Star photo LABOR DAY PATROLS: Austin police patrol Town Lake Saturday during the Red Bull Flugtag. Police will be out in increased numbers Labor Day weekend looking for drunken drivers on both the streets and waterways.

Labor Day weekend. With an increase in overall traffic comes an increase in alcohol-related crashes, injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas leads the nation in alcohol-related traffic fatalities, and alcohol was a factor in nearly half of the fatal crashes in Texas in 2005. “I already know that traffic is really bad during Labor Day weekend,” Jan Tolentino, finance junior, said. “It makes me even

more nervous to drive because I know that there will be drunk drivers on the road.” First-time DWI offenders can spend up to 180 days in jail, pay a fine up to $2,000 and lose their driver’s license for up to a year. Other expenses include car towing, impoundment, bail, insurance increases, legal fees, court appearances and court-ordered classes that can cost Texans $5,000 to $24,000. TxDOT advises drivers to designate a sober driver this Labor Day weekend.

There will be a heightened awareness and focused effort to look for drunk drivers.

The Bike Cave offers students alternative transportation By Jeff Turner Special to The University Star

The Texas State community now has another convenient, lowcost access to alternative transportation. Texas State’s first bicycle coop, The Bike Cave, will celebrate its grand opening Friday. The co-op has been up and running at a limited capacity since January. “For example, we didn’t have

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Hamilton incorporated The Bike Cave into auxiliary services as its alternative transportation program. “What we do with the Bobcat Tram in transporting passengers to and from campus fits almost perfectly with our mission, which is alleviating congestion and the demand for parking,” Hamilton said. The co-op has a budget of $50,000. “It’s very much a student-run

and volunteer-supported organization,” Hamilton said. Unlike other bicycle shops in San Marcos, The Bike Cave is much like a laboratory. “We want to teach people how to work on their bicycles,” Palomo said. “Not only will we be a shop where we can offer service, but we’ll also offer tools and if you know how to work on your bike, you can come in and do what you need to do.” One of the main goals of the

co-op is encouraging students and members of the community to seek an alternative form of transportation in San Marcos in order to alleviate traffic and pollution. The Bike Cave is located at the intersection of North and Vista streets behind the Supple Science Building. Akins, Powell and Palomo encourage all to come enjoy live iPod music as well as free food and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

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The Texas Health Information Management Association has honored two students from Texas State. Chelsy Lamensky, health information management senior, won a scholarship and Christine Pencak, healthcare human resources

graduate, received the outstanding student award. The awards were presented by Sue Biedermann, president of the association. — Courtesy of University News Service

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


The Catholic Student Organization will have their first meeting of the year at 6 p.m. in the library of the Catholic Student Center. The women of Mu Epsilon Theta will have informational meetings at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Catholic Student Center. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome. Women’s Personal Growth Group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, please call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. FRIDAY Texas State women’s soccer will play Utah State at 7 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, room 3.4. A.A. Newcomer’s Meeting River Group will be held at 9:15 p.m. at 1700 Ranch Rd. 12, Suite C. SATURDAY Texas State football will play Cal Poly at 6 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. MONDAY Labor Day — Classes do not meet.

TUESDAY Texas State women’s volleyball will play Texas A&M at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum Comm Club meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m in the Centennial Hall lobby. Open to all communication studies majors and minors. There will be pizza and door prizes. GLBQ Pride Group meeting will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. Open to students wanting to discuss the impact of their sexual identity on crucial aspects of their lives in a safe and confidential place. For information and screening on groups, please call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Facing the Fear — An Anxiety/ Panic Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For information & screening on groups, please call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. “Anger Management: Your Plan for Real-Life Coping” will be held from 5:10 to 6:25 p.m. For information and screening on groups, please call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. WEDNESDAY Texas State women’s soccer will play Texas Tech at 7 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. The Network Meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3.6. Adult children of alcoholics dealing with dysfunctional families group will meet from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information and screening on groups, please call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.


Lonesome Dove, “King of the Hill” featured at Wittliff Gallery

This semester promises to be an exciting one on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library, with a full line-up of exhibits and events at the Wittliff Gallery and the Southwestern Writers Collection. Now through March 30, the Wittliff Gallery presents Lonesome Dove by Bill Wittliff. The screenwriter and co-executive producer of the miniseries based on Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Wittliff took thousands of shots on the Lonesome Dove set. Beyond mere production stills, his photographs reveal the epic story as seen through an artist’s eye. This exhibit of more than 60 toned silver-gelatin prints coincides with the publication of Wittliff’s third book, the latest in the Gallery’s series with UT Press, A Book

of Photographs from Lonesome Dove. At 7 p.m. Oct.13, the public is invited to the artist’s reception, book signing and the grand opening of the new “Lonesome Dove Room,” which will feature props, costumes, set pieces, scripts and more from the film’s major production archives at the Southwestern Writers Collection. Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP by e-mailing or calling (512) 245-2313. From Sept. 1 through Dec. 14, discover what goes into making the Fox animated TV series “King of the Hill,” in the new exhibition at the Southwestern Writers Collection. Episode drafts, whiteboards, a bird’s-eye illustration of Hank’s neighborhood, interviews with the characters, results from the

writers’ research trips and music from and inspired by the show are among the materials available. These materials reveal the creative team at work, and round out the back story of the Hill family’s life and times. At 7 p.m. Nov. 10, the public is invited to a free reception with special guest Jim Dauterive, writer and \executive producer of the show. RSVP at or call (512) 245-2313. Visiting authors include U.S. poet Laureate Charles Simic, and the current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Nathaniel Mackey, co-hosted by the creative writing program. Exhibit hours and the calendar are online, at — Courtesy of Alkek Library

Missing: UTSA woman goes unseen by family, friends after New Braunfels tubing trip Authorities are searching for a Central Texas woman who disappeared 19 days ago after tubing the Comal River in New Braunfels. Jessica Birge, 25, was last seen Aug. 11 around 10 p.m. at the Gruene Outpost River Lodge. Birge was last seen wearing a pink bikini. She has red hair, brown eyes and a cherry blossom branch tattoo on the

back of her neck. She is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and was driving a 2001 dark green Suzuki Grand Vitara with Texas plates K99RNX. According to www.ksat. com, Birge is a nursing student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. If you have any information about Birge’s whereabouts, contact the Comal County Sheriff’s Department at (830) 620-3400.


On This Day •1862 - The Confederates defeated Union forces at the second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Va.. •1945 - General Douglas MacArthur set up Allied occupation headquarters in Japan. •1968 - The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” was released. •1981 - The Rolling Stones released their “Tattoo You” LP. •1983 - The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space. •1993 - Billy Joel became the first musical guest on CBS-TV’s “The Late Show with David Letterman” when the show debuted. •1999 - The residents of East Timor overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia. The U.N. announced the result on September 4. •2001 - Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic was charged with genocide.

Monty Marion/Star photo SWEET MUSIC: The sounds of classical guitar echo through the music building as Tyler Dunnam, guitar performance sophomore, practices his solo piece on the second floor.

CRIME BLT TER University Police Department Aug. 23, 4:19 p.m. Medical Emergency/Student Health Center An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. Upon further investigation, a student was ill and transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation. Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m. Criminal Trespass Warning/ Bobcat Village An officer was patrolling and observed an unknown individual soliciting. Upon further investigation, a non-student was issued a CTW.

Aug. 27, 12:48 a.m. Retaliation/Obstruction/The Tower An officer was dispatched for a terrorist threat. Upon further investigation, two students had verbally abused a non-student. This case is under investigation.

Aug. 27, 1:34 a.m. Alcohol: Minor in Possession/Possession of Fictitious Driver’s License/410 Burleson St. An officer was on patrol when a student requested assistance with the disorderly conduct Aug. 23, 11:59 p.m. of persons in his house. Upon Alcohol: Minor in Possession/ further investigation, a non-stuThe Tower dent was issued a citation. An officer was dispatched for a possible alcohol violation. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation. Aug. 28, 6:46 a.m. Aug. 24, 8:50 a.m. Medical Emergency/Hill Suspicious Activity/Mitte House Complex An officer was dispatched for An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. Upon fura suspicious activity report. ther investigation, student had Upon further investigation, a back pain and was transported by non-student reported an un- EMS to Central Texas Medical known individual had entered Center for further evaluation. his office and used his computer without his consent. This case — Courtesy of University Police is under investigation. Department


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Reason for CHAOS Local peace delegate searches for answers in war-torn region

DIVIDED: During her time spent in Israel and Palestine, San Marcos resident Jill Flores met with locals Israelis and Palestinians separated by the West Bank barrier. Photo Courtesy of Ken Perkins

EASTERN PERSPECTIVE: The Wall in Qalandia separates Jerusalem and Ramallah. Photo Courtesy of InterFaith Peace Builders

By Ashley Gwilliam News Reporter While many San Marcos residents and students may have devoted their summer vacations to typical leisurely pursuits like floating the river or going to the beach, local psychologist Jill Flores voluntarily spent her time navigating her way through a rugged and unfamiliar land, filled with assault rifles and metal detectors. On July 31, Flores traveled to Israel and Palestine as a delegate for Interfaith Peace-Builders, a non-profit organization that sends U.S. citizens to the Middle East to meet with Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists, to experience the situation of Palestinians living under military occupation. Since 2001, the organization has sent 24 small groups to the area in hopes they will return to their communities and share a more cohesive perspective on the West Bank conflict than what is projected by the media. Flores said she went on the trip because she wanted to learn more about Middle East conflict. “It’s a really good example of how religion, politics and culture can collide and create understandings and misunderstandings,” she said. The conflict over land in Palestine has intensified because of the 2001 formation of the Israeli West Bank barrier. The 450-foot barrier is a network of wired fences and concrete walls impeding the access of Palestinians into many parts of the West Bank and Israel. The Israeli government says the wall is necessary for preventing terrorist attacks, claiming the barrier has drastically reduced the number of Palestinian infiltrations and suicide bombings against civilians.


fter he got off our bus, I turned around and saw him, and our soldier running after him with his gun up. It was a violent act in terms of the humiliation it involved with an old man having to ask permission to go from one side of the street to another.”

Jill Flores delegate,Inter-Faith Peace Builders

In 2004, the United Nations issued a non-binding advisory opinion in the International Court of Justice, insisting the wall was illegal, that it be removed and Arab residents be compensated for any damage done. Israel has yet to recognize the international ruling. Austin resident Ken Hayes, Interfaith Peace-Builders delegate, said it was hard to grasp the size of the wall and the degree of intrusiveness it imposes on Palestinians’ lives until he actually stood in front of it. “It was like the United States back in the ‘50s — the way blacks were treated by racists,” he said. “It basically puts the Palestinians in prison. It limits your ability to go anywhere if you are Palestinian.” Flores said traveling Palestinians are stopped at several checkpoints where they must show a hard-to-get permit to an Israeli

officer who may or may not grant them access. The delegates intentionally traveled with Palestinians in order to gain a first-hand experience of what their lives are like. Flores told a story of an elderly Arab man, riding on the same bus as her, trying to get across a checkpoint to visit his daughter a couple of streets away. She said the man was initially rejected access by one soldier, and thus decided to walk over to another soldier, who subsequently approved him. “After he got off our bus, I turned around and saw him, and our soldier running after him with his gun up,” she said. “It was a violent act in terms of the humiliation it involved with an old man having to ask permission to go from one side of the street to another.” Laila Liddy, Interfaith PeaceBuilders delegate, who was born in Palestine, but adopted by a family from Alabama at the age of eight, knows all too well the prejudices that occur. Liddy said the group was frequently pulled over because she is Arabic. “It was really, really sad for me because it seems that things have gotten way worse for people,” she said. “It seems like a lot of Jewish people (in the United States) and in Israel are not aware of what the facts on the grounds are for the Palestinians because they don’t go to those areas. They can bypass roads and never see refugee points. I have a lot of Jewish friends, who until recent years, never questioned anything Israel did because they were taught when they were really young that Palestinians want to kill them.” During their trip, the delegates met with a diverse array of Palestinians and Israelis who shared their observations on the current

situation, the effects of U.S. foreign policy in the region and the possibilities for a just and sustainable peace. One of the group’s delegates met with Combatants For Peace, an organization composed of about 100 Israelis and Palestinians who once warred against each other. “They come together and basically examine the human component of their perceptions,” Flores said. “It is part of their experience to scope out a situation whenever they walk into a room and see who is Israeli and who is Palestinian. They are used to perceiving each other as enemies. They unravel that and begin looking at each other as human beings.” The delegates said the U.S. has often exacerbated the problems in Israel and Palestine by siding with Israel on a number of issues. On Aug. 16, the U.S. offered Israel a $30 billion military aid package. “This administration has not really done anything, and has just taken Israel’s side on everything,” Hayes said. Hayes said he is concerned by U.S. citizens who see the conflict on the news continuously, but

do not really know what they are fighting over. “It’s not a religious issue; it’s a fight over land,” he said. “And this is something that goes back to the origins of the Zionist movement.” Zionism is an international political movement that supports a homeland for Jewish people in the land of Israel. It was started in the late 1800s in response to the anti-Semitism in Europe at the time. The Zionists began raising money and buying land from absentee Arab landowners. As the Jewish presence in the area grew stronger, the Arab population became increasingly fearful of a takeover. Hayes said the problem grew with conflicting promises made by the British in World War I. “They promised the Arab leaders that if they helped by revolting against the Ottoman Empire, who was supporting Germany, they would support an independent Arabic state,” he said. “They also said they would support a Jewish homeland in the same overlapping areas.” Seeing little recourse from the British, the Jewish community in Palestine made a declaration of independence in 1948, thus establishing the state of Israel. In

1967, the Israelis and the Arabs fought in the War for Independence, resulting in the Israeli forces capturing the eastern half of Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Lisa Redner, exercise and sports science junior, said she and her friends could not pinpoint what people in Israel and Palestine were fighting over. She said the news desensitizes people to the violence in the Middle East. “Are they still fighting over religion?” Redner said. Hayes said the media is partly to blame for the confusion and a more balanced presentation of issues is needed. “I think both of these sides have got some good arguments, but we are not going to get anywhere if we just take one side,” he said. Flores and Hayes said the steps for peace are to increase dialogue on the conflict, and to place sanctions boycotting investments. “It will be resolved one way or another,” Flores said. “But will it be in a way that is just?” Delegates said many of the Israelis and Arabs they spoke with on their trip are tired of the fighting, and want normalcy to return to their lives.

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port their families and spend time with them has been a fundamental principle for the American laborer. During one of the earliest Labor Day parades, workers would hold up signs reading, “Eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation and eight hours of sleep.” As a result of these efforts, the nine to five workday was born. For Montgomery, Labor Day started to lose its political meaning during the financial boom after World War II. “Workers were doing so well, they weren’t really concerned about political issues — about getting their agenda before politicians and the public,” she said. Another reason Montgomery attributed for the loss of Labor Day’s political meaning was the suburbanization of America. “There wasn’t really a central place like before where most people worked and lived in the central business district,” she said. “Now they were kind of spread out and there was not a place where they could all unite and I think that’s really when it started to lose most of its political meaning and became just an-

other day.” But Labor Day celebrations in the southern part of the U.S. have never been particularly big, especially in Texas. “Texas has always had a strange relationship with labor unions,” Sills said. “We’re among the states that have the smallest percentages of workers who belong to unions. I’ve heard all sorts of explanations for why that’s the case, but certainly the history of Texas has not been one that has had a pro-union history.” Texas has forever been a state that has placed emphasis on the business industry, and in order to attract businesses, it has been a low wage state, which is something labor unions strongly oppose. Montgomery said yet another possible reason for Labor Day’s loss of meaning has to do with the country’s shift toward a consumer culture after World War II. “Workers shifted their need for fulfillment from production to consumption, so instead of finding their identity in the workplace they just kind of threw it in, packed their bags and decided they would get their fulfillment in life from what they purchased,” she said.

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resources. I think that most of us who looked at the issue think the matter was really exaggerated during the discussion.” At the beginning of the meeting, the Faculty Senate talked about Provost Perry Moore’s new policy to encourage all faculty taking developmental leave to request a full year off, as opposed to a single semester. “They believe that it’s good for the faculty, that it allows the faculty to develop more effective

But even though Labor Day may have lost some of its significance, labor unions today continue to push for workers rights. Currently they have their sights set on universal healthcare and increasing the minimum wage. “Ten years is much too long to go without any increase in the minimum wage,” Sills said. “And even when the full amount of the increase takes effect, it will still be inadequate for workers at that wage — it will still leave them deep in poverty.” Universal healthcare is another major issue labor unions are fighting for. “We believe that every working American should have access to healthcare,” Sills said. “The political stars may be coming together to make that a possibility. That’s certainly one of the issues that you’ll hear discussed at Labor Day events this year.” He said the actual implementation of universal healthcare will not come without its hurdles, but it is something the American public wants. “The mechanism for getting there may be complicated, but I think the time has come to say that if you work in the U.S., you should be able to get treatment when you become sick,” he said.

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research agendas,” Stone said. “A lot of times the research projects they want faculty to do are very difficult to do in the middle of a course schedule.” Stone told the Faculty Senate Moore would be strongly encouraging the full year developmental leave to the college deans. It was said Moore would likely try and change the current two cycle leave plan for a new one with only a full year cycle for developmental leave. “We may have to fight for a professor’s right to take just one

semester off,” Stone said. “I took developmental leave once and it nearly drove me nuts — a full year would have me institutionalized.” University President Denise Trauth granted $100,000 to be given to five professors going on developmental leave in packages of $20,000 each. Stone said Trauth was not going to allow the distribution of funds to be based on the proportionate cost of the project. “Right now everything is up in the air,” Stone said. “I promise we’ll hear more on this.”

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ture by famous legal clerk Erin Brockovich-Ellis, who was essential in forming a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1996. She is now president of Brockovich Research and Consulting. “It is through awareness and information that we can protect ourselves, our families and our health,” says Brockovich-Ellis

on her Web site. “It is the absence of knowing information that we become vulnerable and stand defenseless to protect ourselves.” Her beliefs compliment Common Experience’s theme. Wustenberg said without knowledge of the environment, there is no way to protect it. She said being the only school in the na-

tion with a “natural, spring-fed” river flowing through campus is a reason to rejoice. “Students are custodians of the river while they are here,” Wustenberg said. “We want them to care about it after they leave because their memories are important to the river. We are unique and we need to celebrate our uniqueness.”


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ou look out the tiny window in the corner of the cramped and torturously hot factory to see the moon. A loud buzzer sounds and you join the rest of the sweaty, tired and bloody workers as you are herded out the door. You arrive at a company-owned shack, barely big enough for one person, let alone your parents and children (who work 16-hour days as well). These people depend on your weekly pittance — a small fortune of 6 cents. Every penny is given back to the company at their “convenience stores” for groceries and clothing. This grim life would have been a reality for most college students — starting at a much earlier age — if not for a band of American labor protestors in the early 1880s. The treatment of workers as animals by large corporations was rampant and demand for an 8-hour day with decent pay was on the rise. Labor unions began springing up, forcing corporations to meet demands or lose workers. The first Labor Day, unofficially held Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City, was intended to be a day of rest between summer and winter. The celebrations, observed only in large cities, entailed massive parades, festivals, cookouts and social gatherings. The original purpose was to have a large-scale day off for American workers. Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, described the universal essence of the holiday when he said, “Labor Day... is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.” According to the Department of Labor Web site, the day did not become a national holiday until Congress passed an act June 28, 1894, officially making the first Monday in September Labor Day. Currently, Labor Day has become nothing more than the end of the summer, another day to spend mindlessly lounging. Who actually ponders the past exploitation of workers and their subsequent protests for humane treatment while floating the river? The University Star urges students, especially those with jobs, to think about the labor heroes of yesterday. It is safe to assume they didn’t tirelessly fight against injustice so we could have another day at Sewell Park. If you are a waiter, enjoy the day off by eating out. If you are a bartender, have someone make you a drink. Or better yet, don’t spend the day purchasing goods from a company known for international sweatshops and child labor. If Americans keep buying products made in unjust settings, we are affectively dancing on the graves of those responsible for the existence of fair wages and hours.


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LEGAL GUY: New leases could mean new worries

Want a new apartment precarious few things they and all you need to do promised to fix — but never is sign a piece of paper? did — are not on your move-in Think twice before signing and move-out sheet, you might anything without reading be charged for them. it, especially a Texas ApartThe most important thing ment Association lease. to keep in mind — from the Already signed that piece moment you receive your of paper and need some move-in, move-out sheet — is tips on what to do and what if you want to truly cover all of not to do now that you have your legal bases, then every decided to run the gauntcommuniqué between your let and get a place of your landlord and yourself should CARSON GUY own? Read on. Star Columnist be in writing. If you do not Moving in is a precarihave it in writing, chances are ous time, often catching you cannot prove it; and if you new renters off guard. With students cannot prove it then you have nothing. excitedly picking out apartments and Furthermore, if the landlord does have houses to live in, it is easy to gloss over written documents directly contradictproblems because of the fervor. Right ing your version of the story, then you now, those broken blinds or that spotty have less than nothing and are likely to carpet is no problem at all; however, it be in trouble. The importance of havwill catch up with you later. Occasioning as many items as possible in writally, a new landlord might even tell you ing can’t be overstated. to not write down this or that because Another thing many renters never they will get it fixed in the next 24 or consider, or at least seriously consider, 48 hours. Do not believe this. Write is renter’s insurance. Too many people everything down until there is no think the idea of adding one more more room on the page if that is what bill to the stack students already can it takes. If, when you move out, those not pay seems, well — to put it plainly

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— dumb; but as most people who have researched renter’s insurance know it is surprisingly cheap and covers many things that would otherwise be charged to your tab. “Renter’s insurance is not very expensive,” states the Attorney for Students Handbook, and it “covers property loss when something you own is stolen or destroyed by fire, water or other casualty loss.” Seriously considering renter’s insurance is a good idea and it might even save you cash. Besides, now that you do not have to pay to replace your stuff, the good news is the extra cash can now be spent on things more appropriate for a college student — like tubes. New and old renters alike are strongly encouraged to investigate their leases. One of the best ways to get more information regarding your lease is to make an appointment with the Attorney for Students Office in the LBJ Student Center. By making an appointment and bringing a copy of your lease, one of the staff lawyers can help you to understand exactly what you are in for. The best part about meeting with one of the students’ attorneys is

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it is free. Students pay for it as part of their tuition. Some people may not have time to make an appointment for whatever reason, and if that is the case, then I suggest at least picking up a copy of the Attorney for Students Handbook so you do not have to navigate a complicated lease blindly. As many might imagine, the Internet is a good source for information on leases and other legal contracts. However, I strongly urge anyone really interested in learning more about their leases does so from a qualified professional.

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Katrina’s rage still evident two years later By Ben Sigmundik The Battalion (Texas A&M) The thought never struck me the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina was approaching when our late-night flight landed in New Orleans Thursday. I barely even caught a glimpse of the city as we drove an hour north, through the dark, to Slidell, La., seeking nothing but sleep in anticipation of the next day’s work. We arrived at Immanuel Baptist Church long after sun down and no one even blinked when the sleeping arrangements turned out to be plywood bunk beads with paper-thin egg crate mattresses, but at least we had a roof, air conditioning and running water. Katrina, a category 3 storm, rammed the coast of Mississippi and most of Louisiana sacking New Orleans the morning of Aug. 29, 2005. The storm displacing hundreds of thousands of people, some of them permanently. Not including the more than 1,800 people killed by the storm. The damage was indiscriminate. What the storm did not crush with its mighty winds, it attempted to wash away, sometimes successfully, on a massive storm surge that turned the city into a lake of misery. “Before Hurricane Katrina hit, we were a growing congregation which was very culturally diverse,” said Rev. Mike Rasberry, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church. “We averaged about 130 per week in two Sunday-morning services.” Now the church only sees about 20 faces each Sunday, while some churches in the city are not even able to hold services because of building damage. Immanuel Baptist Church lost three buildings during the storm, but was able to throw together replacements in time for them to become a base of operations for several thousand people coming from as far away as California and Canada. “There has been so much emphasis upon ministering to others that the Immanuel Baptist Church facilities have not been completed,” Rasberry said. This is where our group came in. “It was a great opportunity to help this church that has been helping out all these other people,” said Rev. James Heffington of West Oaks Baptist Church in Bryan. We had come to help out a group that has been helping others since the storm hit in 2005. Over two and a half days, our group ministered to that congregation by simply doing repairs and clearing trash and debris from around the area. The sun was hot and our neighbors, Federal Emergency Management workers, were staying on the church grounds forged through formidable working conditions. Sunday afternoon Rasberry took our group on a tour of the area to really let us see the scope of the destruction. The thing a lot of people do not realize is the destruction did not just affect the city. Houses in the Tammany Parish area were still stripped to the studs inside waiting for someone to renovate them. New houses have to be built on stilts so tall they remind me of the disembodied second stories of normal houses floating in the trees. Then came New Orleans. The closer to the city the more we could see just how bad things were, and how far from “normal” things will be for a long time to come. On the outskirts of town a row of stilt houses bordering a swamp were now just a row of stilts. A lone blue house was the only survivor in the neighborhood. FEMA supplied campers to displaced residents. Most neighborhoods look like R.V. parks, but for whatever reason people still have not been able to get the resources together to rebuild their houses so they come “home” to a camper most people would only venture a weekend in anywhere else. The new levee around the Lower 9th Ward looks out of place as streets are lined with either empty slabs or dilapidated houses with pleas of “do not bulldoze,” spray painted to boarded-up front doors. Then other things begin to sink in, too: a dump truck washed into somebody’s yard or speedboats without a trailer lying in the road. “It’s surprising, going to New Orleans, how much there is left to do after two years,” Heffington said. “It’s really surprising in a sense. Not that you didn’t expect it, but to see it is different.” And it is heartbreaking to witness so many things and people still broken so long after the storm.

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Experience the history of San Marcos in the Living History Trolley Tour Saturday. Take in local scenery and historic sites in a pilgrimage guided by the spirits of some of the town’s founders, General and Mrs. Edward Burleson. Tours depart promptly at 2 p.m. from the Crystal River Inn Bed and Breakfast located at 326 W. Hopkins St. The tour’s finale showcases the Millie Seaton Collection of Dolls and Toys located in the Augusta Hofheinz House. This Recorded Texas Historical Landmark is a turn-of-the century home featuring more than 8,000 dolls and toys from all over the world. The tour cost is $5. For information and reservations call (512) 396-3739.

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s e i l p p u s l o Scho reflect students’ personalities By Clara Cobb Trends Editor






It’s “back to cool” at Texas State, and students have found a new way to express their personalities in style. Colorful notebooks and graphic designs show student interests and identifications. Monica DeLeon is a buyer and sales assistant for the University Bookstore. She said she has observed this expression and adapted to respond to it. “I try to target as many different styles as possible,” she said. “We do a variety of stuff.” She said the current trend for women is to buy pink or green. DeLeon tries to select dark blues, greens and black for men. “Guys really don’t care as long as it doesn’t have pink or flowers or as long as it’s not too girly,” she said. Students do, however, express themselves through color, DeLeon said. She has observed color choices and archetypes and stereotypes all reflecting in the students’ personalities. For example, she said more cheerful students choose brighter colors while more serious ones choose darker colors. David Ferguson, founder and director of San Francisco’s Institute for Unpopular Culture, said he believes school supplies can be a form of individualism. “We say you should express yourself and trends be damned,” he said. Another way to further this display of individuality is to “tat” up a notebook, or create a unique look to a plain one by doodling and drawing on it. “If you put your personal expression on a commercial item, manufactured by others, that’s a very healthy development,” Ferguson said. “When someone takes something and

gives it individual expression, it becomes an expression of themselves.” He believes anytime personality can be expressed, it is a positive thing for the individual. “Art should be a personal expression,” he said. “Rather than learning about art, or rather how to imitate art, when you do art you are making a personal expression.” Which, he said, includes carrying personality-descriptive school supplies. Candace Voight, forensic anthropology senior, has observed this personality first hand. “My sister carries Hello Kitty (notebooks) in college, and I think that expresses her personality,” she said. “She’s just goofy. Every page is outlined in marker — that’s what she does in class.” She said she understands why people would want to express themselves through their supplies. “It would depend on what mood I’m in when I buy my school supplies,” she said. “If I’m in a good mood and I have the money, I’ll buy the cute little ones,” she said. Brooke Hewitt, undecided sophomore, agrees with Voight — students use their school supplies to express themselves. “It beings out people’s personality,” Hewitt said. “You can tell who they are from their notebooks, just like you can from the clothes they wear.” She admitted she likes to purchase more “fun” class materials. “I have little polka-dot folders and Tinkerbell notebooks,” Hewitt said. “I’m a colorful person. It’s just me.” She said the supplies don’t only function as a form of expression. “Seeing my colors and dots when I’m in a boring class keeps my mood up,” she said.

Outside the ‘boom’box Hip hop lyrics powered by funky tunes sets band from other acts By Bill Rix Senior Features Reporter Hip-hop heads in Central Texas don’t make it to too many clubs. When they do, they can mostly expect effete DJs spinning an overabundance of old wax and R&B tunes. Not that there are too many clubs catering to heads, anyway — this is Texas, after all, and Texas Country rules the roost. But quietly tucked away in the state’s capital is true-blue underground hip-hop act Boombox ATX. A cursory listen to its music — only found on the social networking Web site MySpace at the moment, but a CD is on its way — reveals shades of influence from The Roots, Slug and other alternative hip-hop groups and bands. But this would be too much: As evidenced in an interview found on, MC Overlord, one of the two MCs in the group, refuses to be put into a niche. “It’s kind of like Earth, Wind & Fire meets hip-hop,” Overlord said “… it’s something that’s never really been done before on any type of level. We take it to that next step. You can’t pigeonhole us.” While listed as hip-hop on its MySpace page, even a passing listen of Boombox’s music reveals a menagerie of styles, thanks in no small part to the brass in the Grooveline Horns. The Groovline Horns is a group threepiece brass section complete with saxophones, trumpets and trombones. Carlos


his time, it’s more of what I want to do and it’s nice to actually get some recognition for it.”

—Carlos Sosa Texas State alumnus saxophone player, Boombox ATX

Sosa, Texas State alumnus, formed the Grooveline Horns during his time in college. The Grooveline Horns have come up since their formative y ears, traveling extensively and playing alongside several successful acts ranging in styles and audiences. “Our résumé’s pretty big. We’ve played last summer with Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz,” Sosa said. “We played with The Eagles, Don Henley, ZZ Top, a lot of people.” This fame, however, hasn’t been just another notch for Sosa. “It’s really good to actually do some stuff that gets recognized on my own,” he said. “(Playing with larger acts,) we’ve always been side guys… This time, it’s more of what I want to do and it’s nice to actually get some recognition for it.” While the Grooveline Horns are used to stage time in coliseums in front of soldout audiences of thousands, the group can

be found — alongside the rest of Boombox ATX —playing every Tuesday at Lucky Lounge in Austin to a packed room. Small fame as it may be, Boombox ATX has recently gained attention of Billboard. Touting both the unique talent of Boombox itself and that of the Horns, the Billboard news release hypes up the upcoming album — two years in the making — and record release party Sept. 7 at the Parish on Austin’s 6th Street. Billed as an “underground hip hop phenomenon,” the show is sure to sell out: Fans have been aching for something of to spin ever since Boombox started blowing up the set years ago. Joining Boombox ATX at the release party will be a pop band out of Houston, The Handsomes and funk ensemble Pilaseca from San Miguel, Mexico. CDs will be available at the party and in a studio interview for radio station KROX-FM in Austin, Overlord said CDs can be purchased at Waterloo Records & Video. As for future plans, Boombox plans to keep it moving. “Now that our record’s out, we are planning on definitely hitting the road,” Sosa said. “We’ll see if we can get that going and start touring.”

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Cotton Miller/Star photo BOOMBOX ATX: Texas State alumnus Carlos Sosa plays the saxophone for Austin-based Boombox ATX during a March 2007 show at Lucy’s San Marcos.


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ME Television launches search for next big

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By Elisa Botello Features Reporter Before seven whiney strangers took over your television, there was the music video veejay. As the music video began to air less, the veejay slowly disappeared. Music and Entertainment

Television in Austin brings music videos out of hiding, and the channel is now giving viewers a chance to become the next onair personality, said Jacqueline Renee, vice president of ME Television. Videos and performances by regional and commercial artists are featured on ME Television, a 24-hour network. Renee said it covers local hangouts, events and has conducted exclusive interviews with celebrities such as Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey. According to the ME Television Web site, Oct. 1 will be the channel’s two-year anniversary. The station will start its third year with open-call auditions offering a chance to become a ME Television veejay, according to the site. The auditions will be part of a reality series, “The Next Veejay”

Thursday, August 30, 2007 premiering Oct 1. Auditions are 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday at Midnight Rodeo in Austin. Renee said she encourages everyone to come out to the auditions, experienced or not. “So many people that we have hired have had no experience,” Renee said. “You can really find diamonds in the rough. Many have never been on TV before and really blossomed.” The first audition will consist of a 60-second prescreen and a performance of a 15 to 30-second sample of an on-air segment. “I’m sure we’ll get some crazy people, which is fantastic,” Renee said. “The more the merrier.” Audition call backs are Sept. 27 for the top 20 candidates. The top five will be asked to attend call backs Oct. 18. “The Next Veejay” series will introduce the top five on-air Oct. 22.

There will be two finalists, and audience members will have a chance to vote for one of the winners based on the auditions. Renee said in addition to requests regarding videos and bands, the veejay vote gives viewers a voice about what they see on ME Television. The winners will be announced Oct. 25 at Midnight Rodeo, and the announcement will be broadcasted Oct. 29. Viewers can watch ME Television on Channel 15 and Digital Channel 577 on Time Warner Cable. Renee said she encourages those who do not receive the channel to contact their cable provider to request the station.

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The Web site next door Salsa Del Rio takes home Down Beat award

Playboy launches social networking online

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Playboy magazine, most known for being tucked under the mattress, shoved in the back of a closet or hidden under the bed, is introducing a new online community, Playboy U, to college and university students. Playboy U is a social networking site allowing students to express themselves through art, entertainment and journalism. “It gives students a new place to celebrate the social side of college life,” said Chip Ross, Playboy U director. The new site offers college and university students a safe, student-only environment which is reassured through the tagline “no high schoolers, old dudes or creepshows allowed.” By creating the “invite only” way of joining, the Playboy U staff can make sure those joining are currently enrolled in a college or university. “No one will get over the name Playboy,” said Eric Raschid, a junior history major. Sharing the same view, student Lindsey Grier believes Playboy U “is not a good idea.” Even with the Playboy name, Playboy U representatives believe the site has a long way to go. Ross said he believes it has a great chance. He hopes students will understand Playboy U “encourages expression and the showcasing of ideas.” After receiving an invite to

join the site, students can set up profile pages. Students have the opportunity to post non-nude pictures and blogs as well as submit articles that can be featured on the site’s homepage. The nonnude policy enforced is designed so females as well as males feel safe being on the site. Unlike the popular online community Facebook, Ross said, this site combines “a cool mix of journalism, dialogue and student voices.” On the homepage of the site, various links are provided to user photos, video and an upcoming radio show. Playboy U is not only an online community. It has become represented on 225 colleges and university campuses and is in constant contact with various campuses through volunteer representatives. These volunteers are responsible for hosting onand off-campus events as well as reporting the trends specific to each campus. Through an active feedback section on each page, students have the opportunity to become part of the growing site by providing feedback to site managers and directors. Ross said he hopes to allow students to see the lifestyle side of Playboy as well as provide students with “new experiences” through the new Playboy U. Courtesy of MCT

By Andrea Woods The Collegiate Times (Virginia Tech)

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Rodriguez said. Waterhouse explained the experiences gained from Salsa Del Rio along with the achievements of the group create opportunities that will be beneficial in his career. “Being a music education major it means a lot to be a part of Salsa Del Rio and all the success that the group has accomplished,” he said. “It will definitely make a difference when I am applying for a job that I was part of an awardwinning salsa band.” Salsa Del Rio was invited to the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival in February. The festival is the most prestigious in the country. In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, organizers decided to choose the top acts at the festival in the past 50 years to perform at the upcoming event. “We played there twice, in 2003 and 2004, and they loved our performance so much that we are one of the acts that got Karen Wang/Star file photo asked back to perform at their SPICING IT UP: Students dance to the Latin rhythms of Salsa Del Rio in September at George’s in the 50th anniversary,” Lopez said. Despite its success, the memLBJ Student Center. The band will be playing Sept. 7 at George’s during Salsa Night. bers of Salsa Del Rio are not in By Tug Ledermann “The award from Down Beat the group for awards. Rodriguez magazine is a big deal because said he looks forward to the perFeatures Reporter it’s a national recognition and a formances on campus as much as real prestigious award, it’s like the competitions. Salsa Del Rio is being recogthe Grammy’s for schools,” said “The music brings a lot of ennized as the best recording in Lopez. ergy,” he said. “A lot of people blues pop and rock for 2006 by Leo Rodriguez, music junior think Ricky Martin (style music) Down Beat magazine which is a and vocalist, admitted he was is salsa, but it isn’t.” testament to the progression of not familiar with the Down Beat Salsa Del Rio will begin perthe group John Lopez, associate John Lopez magazine award. forming Sept. 7 for Salsa Night at music professor, formed 12 years associate music professor “At first I didn’t know much George’s. For more Salsa Del Rio ago. about the Down Beat award until shows, watch The University Star “At the beginning of the semester in fall of 1995 I was begging The only requirements to be in John told us about it,” he said. live music calendar. The group people to be in the group (Salsa Salsa Del Rio are to be a student “Now, I realize it is a big thing if will appear in two additional Del Rio), nobody knew what the at Texas State and to have a musi- not the biggest award a college George’s shows this semester. group could win.” Salsa Night at George’s will potential of it was at that time,” cal talent. Salsa Del Rio has a history of also include Lopez’s second Lopez said. “You can be a political science Zol Waterhouse, music educa- major that plays the drums, or achievement, he said. The group group, Questa Del Rio, every tion senior and trombone player any salsa related instrument, and has been recognized as the best third Friday in September, Nofor Salsa Del Rio, explained the all you have to do is try out for salsa group in past competitions. vember and December. “We won the best salsa band of “Each semester more people type of music the group per- the group,” Waterhouse said. forms. This is not the first award for the year three years in a row at show up for the salsa nights,” “We are a salsa ensemble that Salsa Del Rio, but the recognition Univision which is the “Premios Rodriguez said. “Bringing the plays the traditional salsa music by Down Beat magazine brings a la Musica Latina” out of San music to school and seeing the originating in Puerto Rico and national recognition, and Lopez Antonio, it’s more of a regional students enjoy themselves is the Southern United States thing,” best part for me.” Cuba,” he said. said he is very proud.


eeing the the students enjoy themselves is the best part for me.”


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✯ THURSDAY August 30 RC Banks Triple Crown Live, 6 p.m. Owen Temple Gruene Hall, 7:30 p.m. Dub Kids Lucy’s, 9 p.m. Paula Nelson Riley’s Tavern, 9 p.m. Clay Nightingale, Silver Pines and Sloppy Kisses Triple Crown Live, 9 p.m. Mr. Brown Lucy’s, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY Aug 31 Highly Likely Triple Crown Live, 6 p.m. Brandon Rhyder Gruene Hall, 8 p.m. Phil Pritchett Cheatham Street Warehouse, 9 p.m. Gold Cure Lucy’s, 9 p.m. Joel Hoffman Band Riley’s Tavern, 9 p.m. Bernie Calcote Band CD release Lucy’s, 10 p.m. Kallisti Gold Triple Crown Live, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY Sept 1 Zach Walther & the Cronkites Gruene Hall, 1 p.m.

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Murder Triple Crown Live, 10 p.m. The Always Already CD release Lucy’s, 11 p.m. Clap! Clap! Lucy’s, 12 p.m. Roger Creager and Band of Heathens Whitewater on the Horseshoe

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American Bernard Lagat won the world championship in the men’s 1500-meters Wednesday in Osaka Japan, ending nearly a century-long gold medal dry spell for U.S. competitors in the event. “This is a dream come true,” the 32-year-old runner said. “I’m a champion for the United States of America.” The Kenyan-born Lagat, who became an American citizen in 2004, is the first U.S. runner to win gold in the event since Mel Sheppard in 1908. Lagat, who didn’t become eligible to compete for the U.S. in world events until Saturday, will compete in the 5000-meter event Thursday.

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Weekly words with Wright Fans can catch up with Bobcat football every week. Every Monday at 10:30 p.m., News 8 Austin will air The Brad Wright Show: Inside Bobcat Football, featuring highlights, interviews and analysis with Wright. The show will re-air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. KGNB-AM 1420 will host the The Brad Wright Show, from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays live from Johnny Carino’s Italian Grill.

By Lisa Carter Sports Reporter The 2007 Bobcat football season kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bobcat Stadium against nationally-ranked Cal Poly of the Great West Conference. The Mustangs are currently ranked No. 15 in the nation in The Sports Network Preseason Football Championship Subdivision Poll, and No. 14 according to the Preseason Football Championship Series Coaches’ Poll. For the Bobcats, who finished fourth in the Southland Conference last year and have hosted a Division-II opponent in the season opener the past three years, the game can be viewed as quite a challenge. “They are a very good football team,” Coach Brad Wright said. “It will be one heck of a test.” Wright will make his Texas State head coaching debut this weekend, and said he is proud to coach the team he played for. “Because it’s my alma mater, that’s the best part,” Wright said. For senior nose guard Ramel Borner, the Cal Poly game is one to look forward to. “I’m ready to beat them,” Borner said. “If we win, we’ll know the sky’s the limit. We’ll start with a certain swagger that younger players haven’t experienced. It will be a great day for Texas State.” Cal Poly is home to three consecutive Buck Buchanan award winners, an honor handed out to the nation’s top defender in the FCS. They have won 32 games in the last four years, including three shutouts last year alone, finishing with a 7-4 record. This year marks the fourth straight season in which they place in the national top-20 preseason rankings. “I’m glad they’re ranked because it adds so much to the game,” Borner said. “It makes us work harder.” Borner warns fans not to underestimate the Bobcats. “I want people to know, don’t look at the preseason (rankings),” he said. “We come to win.” The last meeting between Cal Poly and Texas State was in the quarterfinal round

of the Division I-AA playoffs in 2005. The Bobcats defeated Cal Poly 14-7 in San Marcos. Former Bobcat Douglas Sherman rushed for a career-high 125 yards and one touchdown to help lead Texas State to victory. The ’Cats also held Cal Poly to 263 yards of total offense in the game, which was one of three Bobcat playoff games televised nationally from San Marcos on ESPN that postseason. Saturday marks the third meeting between Texas State and Cal Poly, with the series tied 1-1. It is the fourth straight year Texas State will open the season at home, winning the previous three. Texas State has won its last eight season openers held at Bobcat Stadium, with an overall record of 53-37-2 in season openers. Wright feels fortunate the game will be played at home. “The good news is they get to play here,” he said. Cal Poly lost many of their defensive starters from last year’s team, including former linebacker and 2006 Buck Buchanan award winner Kyle Shotwell, undrafted free agent of the Oakland Raiders ,and former cornerback Courtney Brown, a seventh-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. Texas State has several returning defensive players, including senior defensive linemen Nick Clark and Nate Langford. Returning offensive players include sophomore quarterback Bradley George, who begins the season with 1,676 career passing yards, No. 11 in Texas State school history. Junior running back Stan Zwinggi and sophomore running back Alvin Canady will also play key roles this season. Texas State linebacker coach Terrol Dillon, new to the coaching staff this spring, was a member of the Cal Poly staff in the same capacity last season. Southland Conference coaches have predicted Texas State to finish fifth in the conference this season. In addition to nationally-ranked Cal Poly, Texas State will host Abilene Christian the following weekend. Abilene Christian is ranked 11th in the AFCA preseason Division II poll.

Cotton Miller/Star file photo ON THE RIGHT FOOT: Sophomore running back Alvin Canaday runs drills during the football team’s Nov. 2 practice. The Bobcats start off their 2007 season at 6 p.m. on Saturday against former playoff rivals Cal Poly at Bobcat Stadium.

Bears defeat Bobcats in season opener By Alan Wiederhold Sports Reporter WACO — The Texas State volleyball team opened the 2007 season with an exciting, though ultimately disappointing start, succumbing to the Baylor Bears three games to one (26-30, 3129, 30-17, 30-28) Tuesday at the Ferrell Center in Waco. “We’re never satisfied if we don’t win the match,” Coach Karen Chisum after the game. “But…what I saw that I was extremely pleased with was the heart, the gut (and) the competitiveness.” Sophomore hitter Jessica Weynand recorded the third doubledouble of her career, tallying 10 kills and digging out 13 Baylor attacks for the Bobcats. Junior hitter Lawrencia Brown led the ‘Cats with 15 kills and six assisted blocks. Junior blocker Emily Jones added eight kills and five assisted blocks. Sophomore Kacey Wimpy, Texas State’s incumbent defensive specialist, led the Bobcats with a match-high 24 digs. Brittany Collins appeared to show no ill effects from missing fall training camp due to a foot injury. The sophomore setter played the whole game in the absence of freshman setter Shelbi Irvin, who had to sit one match for an undisclosed, minor NCAA infraction. Collins rose to the challenge, as she registered 37 Bobcat assists, and was not whistled for a single ball-handling error. She added four kills and seven digs in the game. “We did not have Shelbi available for the match last night,” Chisum said. “Brittany went as our starting setter the whole match and really showed some true grit. She was hurting but she went in and did a decent job.” “I went in and played and it

didn’t hurt the whole game,” Collins said. “I’m coming along faster than I had hoped or expected.” Not having Irvin available to relieve her of court time compelled Collins to take a different mental approach. “I had to think differently about it and go out there and perform,” Collins said. “Instead of thinking about the injury, I had to think about the game more.” In spite of the loss, the Bobcats took several positives from their competitive showing against an opponent from a premier conference, the Big 12. “I think we did a very good job for having played our first game,” Weynand said. “I think we did an excellent job coming out. We had lots of energy. I think that will be a key thing for this year — our energy and our chemistry.” Three freshmen Bobcats got their first taste of collegiate action Tuesday. A.J. Watlington played all four games of the match, recording seven kills and seven digs. Baylor’s Katie Sanders, sophomore, led all players with 20 kills, and Anna Breyfogle, a sophomore blocker, added 11 kills for the Bears. The Bobcats caught fire at the midway point in game one. With the score knotted at 15, the Bobcats went on a 10-3 run to establish a 25-18 lead, with Weynand putting away three kills during the run. The Bears closed the gap to as few as three points, but two kills by Watlington down the stretch and a game-ending kill by Collins gave Texas State the game one victory. The Bears appeared to have game two secured nicely at its midway point after racing to a 1912 lead until the ’Cats embarked on a 12-2 run to give themselves a 24-21 lead. Weynand recorded two service aces, and junior Amy Weigle added one of three kills

during the stretch. The Bears, however, responded with a 7-2 run to take a 28-26 lead. The Bobcats then tied the game on a Baylor attacking error and a kill from Brown. Baylor then called timeout, and when play resumed, scored three of the last four points to secure the victory in game two. Chisum said the determination and poise the team showed during the second game differed from last year. “In the second game we were down three or four points. Last year, we probably would have quit and lost by ten or 11 points,” Chisum said. “This is what I saw with this group: We’re more competitive, I think we’re scrappier, just better all around, but I really like the attitude and the competitiveness.” Texas State’s hitting percentage played a role in keeping the Bobcats out of the winner’s circle. After recording a hitting percentage of .300 in the first game, the Bobcats failed to hit more than .100 per game the rest of the way, including a .025 percentage in game three, a 3017 Bears victory. For the match, Baylor out-hit Texas State .239-.124. In the fourth game, the Bobcats led by as many as five points at 20-15, but were unable to hold that lead as the Bears strung together a 7-1 run. After the Bears reclaimed the lead, the Bobcats, led by Brown, Weynand, Collins and Wimpy, kept pace with Baylor, but were unable to stave off defeat as the Bears claimed a 3028 victory.

Looking Ahead

This weekend, the Bobcats travel to Denton to participate in the North Texas Invitational. Texas State will compete against Georgia State and Missouri-Kansas City, in addition to UNT, who defeated the Bobcats at home in the 2006 season.

“In our mind, we ought to win this tournament,” Chisum said. “None of these teams are bad teams, but none of them are top 60 teams, so this will be a really good opportunity for us to get on a winning streak and build some confidence and play well together.” When asked whether her team would be seeking to avenge their previous loss to the Mean Green last year when they meet 7 p.m. Friday, Chisum was clear and emphatic. “Are we ever? That was probably one of our biggest disappointments last fall, losing to North Texas,” she exclaimed. While the loss to North Texas may have been disappointing, the Mean Green victory foreshadowed bigger things to come in Denton. The Mean Green went 23-13 in 2006, their highest victory total in over decade, and captured the Sun Belt Conference’s Western Division championship. The 2007 Mean Green return five seniors and three juniors from last year’s squad, including senior Katy Prokof, who accumulated 398 kills last season, averaging more than three a game. The Bobcats open up with the Georgia State Panthers 10:30 a.m. Friday. Georgia State finished 2006 with a record of 1019, and was picked to finish ninth out of ten teams in the Colonial Athletic Association this season. Texas State’s Saturday opponent, Missouri-Kansas City finished the 2006 campaign with an overall mark of 7-23. The Kangaroos are picked to finish seventh in the nine-team Summit League, which changed its name from the Mid-Continent Conference this summer. The Bobcats will resume nontournament play 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Texas A&M in their first home game at Strahan Coliseum this season.

Labor intensive: Women’s soccer plays twice this weekend By Carl Harper Senior Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s soccer team will kick off the 2007 season at 7 p.m. Friday against the Aggies of Utah State at Bobcat Soccer Complex. In the eight years of Bobcat soccer, the program has never faced the Aggies, but plans on holding nothing back in this first match. “In this game we will be working on keeping possession of the ball in the midfield and penetrating into the final third,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We showed how young we are with a couple of young mistakes during the two exhibition games that our opponents capitalized on, including giving up a hand ball to St. Mary’s. We need to stay more composed.” The Bobcats went 1-1 during the exhibition season beating Angelo State and losing to St. Mary’s while Utah State tied their only match against Dixie State in double overtime. The Aggies will open up their season on the road in Texas, as they will face the Bobcats and then head to Fort Worth to play TCU on Sunday. Utah State returns nine starters this season including captains Dana Peart and Shannon Ross. Both players started in all 20 games last season. The team went 10-8-2 overall in 2006 but came on strong late with a 50-2 conference record, eventually falling to Nevada in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The Aggies are picked to finished third in the WAC this season. After the Bobcats open the season at home, they will take to the road, playing at 1 p.m. Sunday in Waco against their first Big 12 opponent of the year, Baylor. The Bears beat Houston 5-1 in their lone exhibition game and will begin their season Friday at home against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bears could be offensively challenging for the Bobcats, as five different players scored in the exhibition game. Along with

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Baylor’s powerful offense, comes one of the toughest goalkeepers in the nation, senior Ashley Holder. Now known as Ashley Noah, after getting married during the summer, she enters the season just 65 saves shy of the Big 12 Conference career saves mark. She led the conference with 125 saves last season and recorded two shutouts. The Bears went 6-12-1 last season, with a conference record of 3-7-0. “Baylor has a great goalkeeper who we will have to get into the final third of the field to shoot at,” Conner said. “If we shoot from the outside she will stop it.” Departed seniors Anna Schuch and Missy McConnell led Baylor in goals last year with five and four, respectively, and made an appearance in nearly every game. Sophomore Katie White scored twice in 2006 and started in every game. “Baylor has a couple of dynamic players up front that we will have to be ready for,” Conner said. “They have a high power attack offense and we will have to attack back with numbers to stay in the game with them.” The Bobcats will return home to continue their swing with the Big 12 by facing Texas Tech Wednesday before taking their game on the road again for multiple matches. “This team is very young, passionate and loves to play,” Conner said. “They are looking forward to traveling this weekend.”

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