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H1N1 reports halt campus social events By Clay Thorp News Reporter Social events have been put on hold because of fear for the possibility of a H1N1 flu outbreak. The student organization fair scheduled for Monday and Tuesday and several greek life events have been postponed. Dr. Emilio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center, said social isolation is the most effective means of combating H1N1. Greek life has been put on a five-day isolation period, which will end Wednesday. Carranco said a sorority, which was not identified, saw a high number of H1N1 infections, which went down significantly after the sorority disbanded social events. “They had a lot of cases in the first week,” Carranco said. “As soon as the implemented that social distancing, it worked. The number of cases went down.” Carranco said social distancing, which calls staying home rather than being in a public setting, is the model in which students infected with the flu need to operate under. Members of the Texas State Emergency Planning Committee are preparing for what could be Jenny Polson/ Star Photo Illustration a dramatic increase in student FLU SEASON: Texas State officials are preparing for a potential H1N1 flu outbreak. Any students exhibiting flu-like symptoms should hospitalizations because of the report to the Student Health Center immediately. H1N1 flu. Commonly know as ‘swine flu,’ H1N1 has made its way back into headlines follow- paring to launch a campus-wide and plans to disperse them to ral immunity to this virus,” Car- immunity, there is going to be a ing a Center for Disease Control campaign to educate students state governments are under- ranco said. “Whenever you have lot of death.” and Prevention report, which and faculty about how to pre- way. Texas State is expected to a brand new strain, there is the Carranco said students showincluded an increase of the es- vent a possible pandemic on the receive a shipment in October. potential for that strain to be ing flu-like symptoms will be intimated number of nation-wide Texas State campus. Vaccines to “The thing that concerns a very deadly. So far H1N1 is not deaths caused by the swine flu. combat the new strain of flu are lot of the medical community proving to be that way, but if the see “ FLU,” page 4 University officials are pre- currently being manufactured is that we don’t have any natu- virus mutates ... with no natural
ASG leaders, senate promote Texas State adds new communication for upcoming doctoral program year, create new positions By Lora Collins News reporter
Bobby Scheidemann/Star photo SPEAKING OUT: ASG held their first meeting of the semester Monday night in the LBJ Teaching Theater. University President Denise Trauth and Emilio Caranco, Student Health Center director, addressed the newly sworn in ASG senators.
By Gabrielle Jarrett and Travis Hord The University Star ASG held their first meeting of the semester in the LBJ Teaching Theater — marking the only of its kind. “It feels great to have a full senate this year,” said Tommy Luna, ASG vice president. “I am really excited that for the first time in some time we have more senate applications than we have senate seats.” Senators sworn in during the meeting came better equipped because of Luna’s Senator Training Camp. “I designed the Senator
Training Camp to be an opportunity for all the new senators and the senate leadership to get together and get engaged in team-building and other constructive activities,” Luna said. “We taught them all they need to know about authoring legislation and the legislative process to really get involved and make their own mark on the ASG.” A new bill that would clarify and increase the role of the senate pro-tempore was introduced and a new position called the athletic liaison was created. “What we envision is creating a connection with the
athletic department and its administrators that will facilitate meaningful communication and cooperation,” Luna said. “We want to get a better feel for what’s going on in our athletics department here at Texas State, and we feel like this connection will strengthen and grow our student athletes.” The vote to create the office of the athletic liaisonwas passed unanimously by the senate. Luna and Covo announced see “ASG,” page 4
The criminal justice department will begin to see advancements in students, faculty and staff because of the addition of a doctoral program in the College of Applied Arts. The board of higher education approved the doctoral program in July. One month later students were enrolled. Mark Stafford, director of the new Ph.D program within the criminal justice department, came to Texas State in June of 2008 from the University of Texas. Stafford emphasized the need for a doctoral program in the middle regions of Texas because of the growing population in the field of criminal justice. “There is only one other criminal justice doctoral program and that is at Sam Houston State,” Stafford said. “While it may serve a need to the Houston area, San Antonio and Austin are not really served at all.” According to Stafford, there are roughly 35 doctoral programs in the country but not enough to serve the number of people working in the criminal justice system. “There are far more jobs than there are programs, and so there is a national need as well as a state need,” Stafford said. The program requires applicants to have a 3.5 GPA with a master’s degree in the criminal justice field or in a related field. “If they have a master’s degree in sociology, political science, economics or even a law
degree, that would suffice,” Stafford said. Applicants are expected to score a preferred minimum of 1,000 on the Graduate Record examination and submit a personal letter explaining why the doctoral program would be beneficial. Stafford said the program will help promote the criminal justice program and draw in better master’s students. Jennifer Carreon, graduate research assistant in the department of criminal justice, was recently admitted to the doctoral criminal justice program. She received her undergraduate degree in criminal justice in 2007 and her master’s degree in August. Carreon said the program has been in development since 2005 and will add to the further academic excellence within the criminal justice department. “It will help Texas State a lot because our main competitors are Sam Houston and through the grapevine, what I have been hearing, is their quality of students they are producing has gone somewhat downhill and our faculty is growing at an immense rate,” Carreon said. “We are hiring one or two professors every semester.” Carreon assists for geospatial analysis Kim Rossmo in the criminal justice department and is taking a full 12 hours of doctoral classes, and teaches a section of forensic evidence. Carreon said students in the new Texas State doctoral program will have advantage over students at other institutions. see “Ph.D.,” page 4
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE News…..Pages 1-4 ASG committee takes charge of Bobcat tailgating tradition Trauth speaks on university advancements Opinions…..Page 5 Main Point: Hazing Academic freedom questioned Legislators need ‘compromise,’ to follow Kennedy’s example Trends….Pages 6-7 Bike Cave sponsors sale for cyclists this week Scooter store thrives in downed economy, doubles as retail shop Bar One41 opens doors to live music Diversions…Page 9 Classifieds…Page 9 Sports….Page 10 Soccer out of sync during California weekend games Two golfers compete in prestigious golf tournaments Volleyball incurs close losses at weekend tournament
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Crime Blotter August 26, 6:25 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Jackson Hall A student reported to a police officer she burnt her foot while walking. The student refused medical transportation. August 27, 3:17 p.m. Medical Emergency/LBJ Student & Visitor Center A nonstudent reported to a police officer she had suffered a seizure. The nonstudent was transported to CTMC for a medical evaluation.
Deborah Ross, sophomore goalie, recorded 10 saves in the women’s soccer game Sunday. The girls managed to stay tied 0-0 until overtime. The game ended when UC-Riverside Highlanders’ Sally Yunker managed a shot, passed Ross and scored the final point. The Bobcats return to the field Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 when they travel to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in the Sanford Bulldog Invitational. — Courtesy of Texas State Athletics
Bridgette Cyr/Star photo GETTING A HEAD START: Yana Kruglikova, a recent graduate with her master’s in health psychology, works on a research paper Monday in Flowers hall. Kruglikova is from Kazakhstan and will soon be applying for her Ph.D.
Regents approve Texas State student information system contracts The Texas State University System Board of Regents has approved the purchase of a new student information software system at Texas State. The Regents authorized Texas State to award contracts to SunGard for the software system upon completed contract review by the System Vice Chancellor and General Counsel. “This is the final phase of our multi-year goal of updating all of the campus’ administrative computing system,” said Van Wyatt, vice president for Information Technology. “Texas State completed upgrading its financial and human resources systems in 2006, and this allows us to make a much-needed upgrade to the student information system.” The new student information software system will replace the current outmoded system, which is 20 years old. A project team of faculty and staff representatives
worked for the past 18 months to identify the university’s needs and evaluate various software platforms, ultimately recommending SunGard as the best value provider for the new system. The contract with SunGard includes licensing and maintenance fees of $4.6 million for the software and implementation costs of $7.5 million. The Texas State University System’s Board of Regents consists of 10 members, including one student. The administration, which is headed by a board-appointed Chancellor, is based in Austin where it provides support to the system components and state government. — Courtesy of University News Service
Grant enables new program in Southeast Asian studies The Center for International Studies at Texas State has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a certificate program in Southeast Asian studies. The grant, for $88,000, will allow the center to add seven new courses to the curriculum — in history, political science, mass communication, adult education and psychological services, criminal justice, family and consumer sciences, and Chinese language — as well as an internship program and a study abroad program. Chinese language courses will be offered beginning fall 2009 and the other courses will be available by fall 2011. The certificate program will enlarge on a relationship that Texas State began with Southeast Asia in 2006, when alumnus Kenneth Wilson and his wife Verena gave the Center for International Studies a substantial gift to conduct student-faculty exchanges with universities and organizations in Southeast Asia. Since then, students and faculty have taught at schools in Southeast Asia and provided information on issues such as public education and public health improvement. In the exchange, Southeast Asian officials — including university faculty and Cambodia’s deputy minister to the United States — have visited Texas State. — Courtesy of the University News Service
Jayne Anne Phillips speaks at Alkek Library, Porter House Author Jayne Anne Phillips will give a reading and book signing Sept. 10 in the Alkek Library. Phillips will also appear the following night at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle. All events are free and open to the public. Phillips has published four novels and another collection of highly regarded stories. Her most recent novel is Lark & Termite, which, according to a New York Times book review, “renders what is realistically impossible with such authority that the reader never questions its truth.” At the age of 26, Phillips published her first book of stories Black Tickets, winning her the prestigious Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Along with this award, Phillips has been featured in Newsweek, when Black Tickets was pronounced “stories unlike any in our literature . . . a crooked beauty” by Raymond Carver. As a classic author in the short story genre, Phillips is currently a professor of English and director of the MFA program at RutgersNewark. The event is co-sponsored by the Therese Kayser Lindsey Reading Series and the Texas State department of English. Contact Michael Noll at 512-268-6637 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. — Courtesy of the University News Service
Correction In the Back to School Issue of The University Star, Cindy Royal is not an expert in social media. — The Star regrets this error
August 28, 2:26 a.m. Medical Emergency/San Jacinto Hall A student reported to a police officer another student was ill because of alcohol. The student was transported to CTMC for a medical evaluation. August 28, 10:06 a.m. Medical Emergency/ Commons Hall A nonstudent injured her back while moving furniture. The nonstudent was transported to CTMC for a medical evaluation. August 28, 11:33 a.m. Medical Emergency/LBJ Student & Visitor Center A student reported to a police officer she injured her ankle while falling down the stairs. The student was transported to CTMC for a medical evaluation. August 28, 5:00 p.m. Burglary/Habitation/Smith Hall 1 A student reported to a police officer his property had been taken without his consent. The case is under investigation. August 28, 7:35 p.m. Public Intoxication /Texas State A police officer made contact with a student engaged in suspicious activity. The student was arrested for public intoxication and transported to HCLEC and is awaiting a court date. August 28, 11:30 p.m. Burglary of Vehicle/Bobcat Village Parking Lot A student reported to a police officer his personal property had been taken from his vehicle without consent. The case is under investigation. August 29, 2:43 a.m. MIP-Alcohol/Lindsey Street A police officer made contact with nonstudents engaging in suspicious activity. Two nonstudents fled the scene. The case is under investigation. August 29, 5:30 p.m. Criminal Trespass Warning/ Saltgrass Steak House A nonstudent student was engaging in suspicious activity and was issued a criminal trespass warning. August 29, 9:20 p.m. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Moore Street A police officer made contact with two students acting suspiciously. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation. — Courtesy of University Police Department
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ASG committee takes charge of Bobcat tailgating tradition Christine Mester News Reporter
Saturday’s football game will not be the only kick off at Texas State. New tailgating traditions will make their debut this weekend in effort to draw more fans to the stands. Texas State tailgating, previously led by SACA, was the subject of much discussion last year because of the move to FBS and the NCAA’s requirement to attract an average of 15,000 people to the stands. A tailgate committee created by ASG will now lead the pre-game festivities. “Student affairs wanted to see tailgating become university wide,” said ASG President Chris Covo. “The Tailgate Committee is student driven and supported by students. It’s a much more inclusive way of running it than it’s ever been.” Covo said one of the main changes to tailgating this year was establishing a first-
come-first-serve tradition. Paid vendor spaces will still be available. Michael Flowers, political science senior, was appointed as the ASG athletic liaison — a new position this year — and created the proposal for the committee alongside Covo. “Our goal is to increase the student, alumni and community experience at tailgating and create an affinity not only for Texas State athletics but for the overall pride and tradition of our university,” Flowers said. Flowers said the new tailgate committee will be student led. Students will manage marketing, sales and the operations of tailgating. Three student-review board members will oversee the Tailgate Committee. “We thought we should really make this a student initiative,” Covo said. “We wanted to make sure students are involved and also establish something the entire univer-
Trauth speaks on university advancements By Travis Hord News Reporter
University President Denise Trauth welcomed students, staff, and faculty Aug. 25 with her annual Faculty Convocation and State of the University address. The event is held at the beginning of each Fall semester to recognize faculty and staff and make announcements about the upcoming school year. Provost Perry Moore, introduced this year’s new faculty with, as he put it, a “great big Texas welcome.” “It’s good to have you all with us today,” Moore said, “We’re glad that you have chosen to become a part of our university community and we’re very happy you’re here.” Moore and Trauth presented awards to distinguished faculty, including awards for those with upwards of 30 years of service to the university. After congratulating Trauth on annual increases in the size of the student body, the development of the new university master plan and the opening of the new campus in Round Rock, Moore passed the microphone and Trauth took the podium. “Pick any day in the last six months, and you can read a story about at least one state making deep financial cuts,” Trauth said. “We are fortunate that, in the midst of this crisis, we have been able to award merit raises, hire new faculty and staff and continue
to increase our footprint in central Texas.” Trauth said last year was good to Texas State. “One reason for optimism in the coming year is we are building on a successful past year,” Trauth said. “Overall, enrollment increased last Fall by three and a half percent to 29,125, and we currently have the largest and most ethnically diverse freshman class ever.” Trauth announced Texas State’s research expenditures have almost doubled in the past year moving closer to an official upgrade of the overall academic status of the university. The figure rose to $19,000 last year from $10,000 the year prior. “We have also increased our research expenditures a figure that is important in helping us advance to the ‘Emerging Research University’ category of universities in Texas,” Trauth said. The president said there would be distinct advancements in the university master plan, including a temporary delay in the Derrick Hall renovation to accommodate the completion of the new campus recital hall. As her address drew to its conclusion, Trauth jokingly evoked former President George W. Bush. “I often find people who ‘misunderestimate’ Texas State University, but our star continues to rise in spite of misunderestimation and in spite of tough times, and we are in an excellent position to rise even further.”
Highlights •Hispanic enrollment increase by 9%. •African American enrollment increase by 10%. •Texas State was 5th most popular university in Texas last year •77% Freshman retention rate. •2% of freshman in top quarter of high school class, 4th highest amongst pub universities in Texas •26 new faculty positions this year, increased full-time faculty by 42% since 2003. •Opened new School of Nursing after much discussion with Higher Ed Coordinating Board and Nursing Board of Texas •Board of Regents limits tuition increases to 5% biannually and fees increases to 2.5% biannually.
sity can get behind and support.” “It is a lot more like quintessential tailgating,” Covo said. “Hopefully, it will create a sense of community within San Marcos and the university.” Flowers said the proposal addressed concerns such as allowing tailgating to continue through games, funding for entertainment, rules and guidelines as well as the physical structure of the set up. This year tailgating must be suspended at the start of the game until the end of the fourth quarter, Covo said. The new tailgating traditions will accompany Saturday’s grand opening of the renovated Bobcat Stadium. “We’re really excited about this,” Covo said. “We think it’s going to become a strong tradition that keeps the entire university involved with the goal to support the athletic department.”
Star file photo TAILGATING: Texas State students Brian Wyman and Jamie Blair grill at a university tailgate.
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ASG several new initiatives ASG will be focusing on this semester. “One of the biggest upcoming events for ASG is the Tailgating Committee that is going to overhaul tailgating at Texas State,” Luna said. “We’re turning tailgating into an expansion of the ASG to really grow the tradition and make it part of the appeal of Texas State.” Covo said there are plans to create a busing system for the downtown area. “ASG will be looking into a safe form of alternate transportation for students downtown,” Covo said. “I want senators to discuss a safe alternate to the Downtown San Marcos area.” ASG will be going paperless this semester. Covo said the ASG scholarships, senate, City Council liaison and intern program applications will be done online. “In the past there have been problems with paper applications being lost and scholarships being given to the wrong people,” Covo said. “This will make our office more efficient,
faster and will make it easier to deal with eligibility.” University President Denise Trauth was a guest speaker at the event and said there was a record number of graduate students, freshmen and research expenditures. “These items are important in becoming a top-tear university,” Trauth said. “We need more doctoral graduates in order to increase our ranking.” The university received the final approval for the new nursing program and it will begin with 100 juniors. Trauth said because of the university’s growth there is an additional $5 million for the budget. “We are looking at the 2011 legislation and we are preparing for a possible even probable budget cut,” Trauth said. “We are very lucky for this growth because we are planning to use part of the $5 million for that year’s budget.” Trauth said because of this year’s reaccreditation the university will be implementing a new program called P.A.C.E, which stands for Personalized
Academic Career Exploration. P.A.C.E. will be focused on freshman career growth. “P.A.C.E. will help lower the adviser-to-student ratio,” Trauth said. “Transfer students and upperclassmen will feel the effect of the new program because more services will be free.” Luna swore in ASG co-chairs Colter Ray, Rebecca Flores, Brandon Guerra and Matthew Posey and Ariana Varges, ASG Pro-Tempore. Covo swore in ASG Parliamentarian Cody DeSalvo, ASG Treasurer Kyle Lamb, Michael Guzman, Student Supreme Court chief justice, and Michael Flowers, the new ASG athletic liaison “This year is going to be really big for the senate,” Luna said. “We are getting involved on a much higher level than in the past. We will be sending senators out every week to different student organizations to really get connected with the student body and improve our relationship with the campus.”
in the doctorate program. “I adore research,” Watson said. “I have done my own research and I have been to national and regional academic conferences and presented papers so I’m not sure what I got in and I’m actually grateful I got in because this is an amazing program.” Watson worked with Pablo Martinez, assistant professor in the department of criminal justice, looking at health care costs for elderly in the state of Texas. “In 2004, In Texas, 50 percent of elderly who were coming into the prison system were first time offenders, “Watson said. “We saw that even though they only make up 4 percent of the popula-
tion, they count as 25 percent of the healthcare.” Watson said her work is made easier by the availability of resources within the department. “When you look, for example, at my emphasis, it’s not a popular emphasis,” Watson said. “I have been here for about four years so the professors know me, I know them, and they know what I want to do and they are willing to help me get the resources I need to do it.” Carreon and Watson are two of 14 students accepted to the doctoral. Stafford said the program will continue to grow.
Ph.D. “Their (practitioners) main goal is to publish and talk to your journalists,” Carreon said. “Our main goal is to close that gap between practitioners and researchers in the criminal justice field so that we can actually help the criminal justice field advance and not necessarily stay stagnant and have someone sitting in ivory tower screaming down at a practitioner telling them they are not doing it correctly.” Karly Watson, criminal justice doctoral student, said she decided to pursue her doctorate in the field because of a need to answer the question, “why?” Watson worked within the department focusing on elderly in the criminal world. She said research landed her
structed to isolate themselves at home until 24 hours after their last fever. Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life, said her department is making preparations to isolate sick students from those who live in campus housing. “If we have a student who lives out of the country or out of state, we will work with that student even though we don’t have many spaces to isolate,” Proite said. Jay Butler, director of the CDC’s H1N1 vaccine task force confirmed Aug. 21 the number of nation-wide H1N1 hospitalizations at 7,963 and the number of deaths at 522. The new strain of flu affects populations differently than the common flu. “The novel H1N1 continues to disproportionately affect younger persons, so it behaves very differently from seasonal influenza,” Butler said. Studies in Texas confirm this.
According to a study conducted by the Department of State Health Services entitled “Texas Influenza Surveillance Report,” the total number of flu-related hospital visits since January of 2009 is approximately 20,700. Of those patients, 9,131 were ages 5 to 24. “It is important to keep in mind these numbers radically underestimate the number of cases that actually occur, because many cases go without testing, and in many areas there is not routine testing of people who are not sick enough to require hospitalization,” Butler said in a press release. Carranco emphasizes the need for individual responsibility in preventing illness on campus. “If we are really going to slow the spread of H1N1, we need to educate the community about what the symptoms are and encourage people to immediately isolate themselves if they develop flu-like symptoms,” Car-
ranco said. “This time of year, if you have flu-like symptoms, it’s probably H1N1 and you should act accordingly.” Both Proite and Carranco said if students develop symptoms, they should contact the Student Health Center and follow the directions. “If students follow good hygiene practices ... (like) covering your cough, washing your hands, (not sharing) drinks or food and monitoring your health ... we can prevent the flu from spreading,” Proite said. According to the CDC, the symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus in people are very similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include “fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with novel H1N1 flu virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.”
“The Expo is a great place to meet people and to form exciting new business relationships,” Snodgrass said. “It is a great opportunity for networking and growing your business.” “Mayor Narvaiz was here last night for the Sneak Peek Party,” Snodgrass said. “She welcomed the San Marcos and business community to the expo and really got things started — we were really happy to have her there.” Snodgrass said the size of the expo has been increasing steadily each year. “I have no doubt that we’ll continue to grow in the future,” Snodgrass said. “Each year we add more vendors and more booths set up, and next year is our silver anniversary so we have lots of exciting stuff planned.” The expo hosted a wide range of more than 95 San Marcos area businesses, from Texas Health and Racquet Club to Texas State. “We’re here at the expo to introduce people to Texas State and help them get to know us better,” said Ginger
Gee, advisory assistant to the Graduate College. “We’ve had all kinds of different people coming through today — alums, students, parents of students and people wanting to talk business as well.” The Texas State University Small Business Development Center was also on hand for the expo. “We’re a group that helps startup businesses and existing businesses grow and expand in the right directions,” said Ray Mason, business advisor of the Texas State Small Business Development Center. “We also offer advisory services to students at universities in the area.” Mason, a veteran of the expo, said he is glad to see it growing and is optimistic about its future. “We’re here today to introduce ourselves and help people get to know us,“ Mason said. “But Texas State and the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce have been doing this for a while, and I’m sure we’ll be here again next year as well.”
Conference center hosts annual expo for area businesses By Travis Hord News Reporter
The newly-constructed San Marcos Conference Center was busy Thursday as the 24th annual “Commerce on the Corridor” Business Expo got underway. Hosted by the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, the expo occurs yearly to give San Marcos-area professionals a chance to gather and rub elbows. Previously held at the San Marcos Activity Center, the recently completed Conference Center provided one of its several large ballrooms for the growing expo. “We had estimated about 1,500 attendees, but I think we’ve had much more today, maybe even 2,000,” said Phyllis Snodgrass, president of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Conference Center has been great and we have all the space we need.” The expo was held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offered complimentary snacks and drinks to visitors, a free Internet café and a posh hospitality suite for sponsors and exhibitors.
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The Main Point ncoming freshmen will find it’s not too difficult a task to make friends at Texas State.
Plenty of people have different methods for meeting others. One that has worked for millions of people across the nation is becoming a member of greek life. Joining a fraternity or sorority can open options and be a positive experience that lasts for one’s entire collegiate career and beyond. Not to mention, greek organizations do countless hours of charitable work for communities. However, looming over too many initiations into greek life is the process of hazing. Texas State officials have barred hazing. The definition under Texas laws, according to said officials, can be found at the Dean of Students section of the Texas State Web site. “Hazing” includes “any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity.” It also mentions the forced consumption of alcoholic beverages, forced confinement and anything that exposes a student to “extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation,” among a whole list of other things. Every student interested in joining greek life should look into these rules (it’s the first item when a search for “hazing policy” is typed into the Texas State search). More importantly, if any student knows someone in a greek organization who is trying to break these rules, he or she should report the fraternity or sorority to the Dean of Students office immediately. Some pledges and students might feel apprehensive about being called a snoop, but anyone with the common sense to not get physically beat just to gain entrance into an organization probably does not care much about the labels assigned by those who would commit such offenses. Hazing is a backward tradition for entrance into organizations and athletics and has more grounding in Neanderthal logic than clear, rational thought. Anyone who would take advantage of nervous freshmen who are merely looking for a place to fit in deserves whatever punishment is coming their way. These rules are in place not only to protect those who might wish to join greek life, but the image and community perception of the organizations themselves. Too often the term “frat boy” is used with a negative connotation. It implies someone is more interested in Jagermeister than receiving a master’s degree. Members of greek life have been working to shed this reputation through their aforementioned charitable works, but it still persists. Making hazing a thing of the past will go a long way to improve the image of greek organizations. Texas legislators have done their part by officially outlawing the practice, and now it’s up to the fraternities and sororities to abide by the rules. 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 UniversitySan Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
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Legislators need ‘compromise,’ to follow Kennedy’s example By Brett Thorne Opinions Editor The world lost numerous public figures and celebrities during the summer. The timing was often eerie (Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett both dying on June 25) and the details were often unclear (David Carradine and Michael Jackson both being the possible victims of homicide), but America will be most affected by the death of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, despite what the amount of news coverage surrounding each death might lead you to believe. Ted Kennedy began his career as a politician in 1962 when he took a senate seat formerly held by his brother, John. In spite of detractors who said he only got elected because of his surname, Kennedy proved himself to be a capable politi-
cian and skilled legislator. He went on to become the thirdlongest-serving senator in United States’ history and became known as the “Lion of the Senate.” The most remarkable thing about Kennedy’s life and career was not his tenure or his oratorical skills or the impressive nicknames he earned for himself — although “Lion of the Senate” ranks high with any name DC Comics has ever given to Batman. Here was a senator who was vehemently liberal yet worked with both sides of the political debate to get things accomplished. Kennedy and his staff helped enact into law more than 300 bills. U.S. Sen. John McCain said he and Kennedy butted heads on issues, but as soon as the debate was over, Kennedy “returned to the gregarious
and friendly individual that he was.” The outpouring of praise for the senator after his death came from Republicans and Democrats alike. Nancy Reagan, widow of former President Ronald Reagan, said she was saddened at the news of Kennedy’s death. “Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family,” she said. “But Ronnie and Ted could always find common ground and they had great respect for one another. In recent years, Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend.” Kennedy dedicated much of his career to the actualization of universal health care. In a recent letter to the Pope, Kennedy de-
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If I were a betting man, I’d wager that most faculty members believe in two propositions. First, we have a right of academic freedom that gives us wide latitude in structuring and teaching our classes and in conducting research without fear of internal or external censorship or discipline. Second, the First Amendment to the Constitution protects us when we speak out on matters of concern to the university community. Happily, I can say in my 24 years here, I have seen little evidence of faculty suffering recriminations because of what they wrote or said. We also have a good track record in the area of academic freedom. But one never knows what the future may hold. I write today because I thought my colleagues might like to know about recent court decisions that raise doubts about the status of academic freedom. They also establish that faculty cannot claim First Amendment protection if we talk or write about job-related issues and are penalized by being terminated, denied a merit raise, and the like. In Urofsky v. Gilmore (2000), a federal appeals court disputed the notion that faculty enjoy a right of academic freedom. Insofar as there is any constitutional right of academic freedom, the court ruled, it belongs to the institution. In another case, an appeals court judge went further, questioning whether there is any constitutional right of academic freedom at all. The Supreme Court discussed the issue of when the First Amendment protects speech by public employees in Garcetti v. Ceballos (2006). Insofar as the decision is relevant here, the Garcetti Court suggested its holding that the First Amendment does not protect speech made in connection with one’s professional duties, would not necessarily apply in a case involving speech related to scholarship or teaching. There is an argument, the Court said, that such expression “implicates additional constitutional interests that are not fully accounted for by customary employee-speech jurisprudence.” In the end, however, the Court declined to resolve that issue. Post-Garcetti, two federal appeals court cases, Renkin v. Gregory (2008) and Gorum v. Sessoms (2009) have questioned its effect on academic freedom. They gave lip service to the notion that Garcetti may apply differently in a case involving teaching or scholarship, but they too punted on the issue. Of course, if Urofsky is correct, the viability of academic freedom, at least from the faculty’s perspective, is a moot point. That courts have held that academic freedom is an institutional right does not mean an institution must take that position. Institutions are free to regard academic freedom as a faculty right, as this university has done. My point in writing is simply to note there are now decisions on the books — not yet binding in Texas — that raise serious questions about the legal assumptions regarding this issue that most faculty likely have.
clared the issue was the “political cause of my life.” It is sadly ironic he passed away during the height of the debate on the issue. McCain said he would model his attitude on the issue after his long-time friend and colleague. “I feel a personal obligation to try to conduct myself in many respects the way Ted Kennedy did on a broad variety of issues, and that is to be willing to sit down and work with the other side of the aisle to try to come up with agreement and compromise.” “Compromise” is the keyword in McCain’s statement. If an agreement is ever going to be reached on this and all the other controversial issues that affect the lives of Americans and — Dr. Jon Bible is a professor people all over the world, our of business law at Texas State. senators and representatives will need to follow the lead of one of the greatest U.S. senators who ever lived.
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Bike Cave sponsors sale for cyclists this week By Ashley Dickinson Trends Editor The Bike Cave is buzzing with energy as cyclists zoom in the spacious room tucked away on the edge of campus filled with repair stations and rows of used bicycles. Recycled bikes are being sold this week for a student special with a Texas State I.D. Faculty and staff can participate in the special on Wednesday through Thursday, and the general public can buy bikes on Friday. Prices range from around $25 to $100. David Matuschak, geography senior and Bike Cave employee, said most of the items come from the University Police Department. “People get their bikes locked up and then they are never claimed,” Matuschak said. “If no one ever claims them, they eventually come to us. People also outright give us bikes and parts. They can use donations as credit toward a recycled bike.”
Judith Wilson, geography senior and Bike Cave employee, said the sale is thanks to a surplus. “Because it has been a month of us not selling, we are promoting a big sale,” Wilson said. The Bike Cave works with both employees and volunteers, who assist in installing bike racks around campus and educating on basic repairs. Employees are involved in the development of bikeways, bicycle parking and campus bike amenities. Matuschak said their mission is not to act as a bike shop. “We just want to put people on bikes and teach them how to work on their own,” he said. “We provide low-cost bike repair, and we have most tools, including basic stuff like new tubes and used parts.” Markovan Nash, international studies senior, said he visits the Bike Cave at least two times a week. “I come here for tools, ad-
vice, recycled parts, social networking and fashion tips on my bike,” Nash said. “I recommend everyone visit, not only for cheap parts, but also for assistance and for knowledge. They don’t do it for you, they teach you how to fix your bike yourself.” The location changed February 2009 to the Pecos Building, and since then, the employees have made changes in the process of repairs. “We no longer just have people drop their bikes off,” Matuschak said. “We actually have visitors come work themselves. We like to teach, not to do it for them.” Matuschak said the Bike Cave has received rider-ready bikes, and others require a day or more of work before they go to the sale racks. However, he said the most important aspect of working at the Bike Cave is to fix transportation isBobby Scheidemann/Star Photo sues. BIKE SALE: Paul Hamelton, manager of the shuttle system, helps a student purchase a bicycle at “We want to get as many cars off the road as possible, “ the Bike Cave sale. Matuschak said.
Scooter store thrives in downed economy, doubles as retail shop By Jovonna Owen Features Reporter William Barowski sits behind the counter of Backstage Motors and, with arms crossed, proudly watches students zip by on the scooters he has sold them. Backstage Motors, with its bright yellow building and checkered flags waving, looks more like a pit stop than a scooter store. It has only been open for a couple of months, and so far the owner said business had been “OK.” “With Cash for Clunkers, the focus went to people buying vehicles,” said Barowski, owner of the store. Barowski said he is prepared to wait it out during the downed economy. “We’ve been thriving, while they’ve been dying,” said Barowski about the car companies. Backstage Motors is licensed to sell and repair Schwinn Motor scooters — which Barowski said can get 125 miles to the Kayla Hartzog/Star photo gallon — Lance Powersports scooters, SunL ATVs, go-carts FAST FUN: Backstage Motors, located off Guadalupe St., sells and repairs scooters, ATVs, go-carts, scooters, dirt bikes and Razor dirt bikes and more. scooters.
Barowski said his license to sell and repair the motors he sells sets him apart from other scooter shops in town that are not licensed by the state of Texas. The shop also sells licensed band T-shirts, including mostly metal bands such as Slayer and Megadeth. “Years ago, we had a little store in the outlet mall that sold T-shirts,” Barowski said. The owner traces back the history of his retail career to his father-in-law’s store in Spanish Harlem, New York that once advertised a concert poster for a then unknown Buddy Holly. Barowski said it was the second rock concert in history and also what got him and his wife involved in retail. The Barowski’s both served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Jenny Garibay, wildlife biology freshman, recently purchased a scooter from Backstage Motors and bonded with Barowski during the process. “We made a connection because my brother is in the Marine Corps,” said Garibay, who already owns a car, but decided
to buy a scooter to drive around campus and to work. “I want to trade it in because I want a faster one.” Barowski showed Garibay how to drive the scooter. They practiced in the parking lot for about 15 minutes, Barowski said. “I said to her when she bought it, ‘Watch, in a couple of weeks time, you’re going to want one with more power,” Barowski said. Garibay said the best thing about the scooter is all the gas money she saves. “I only put about $2 in and that usually lasts me three weeks,” Garibay said. Barowski said he understands students are crunched for money, so he offers a layaway plan with no interest or financing required. “That’s the way it was done years ago before credit card companies came in and messed it all up,” Barowski said. He said his affordable layaway plan and cheap repair service is what keeps students coming back. The shop is located at 325 S. Guadalupe St. in San Marcos.
but they face obstacles like dwindling fund sources. Students are invited to participate by submitting angels to the gallery. “There’s no better way to get your name out there,” Crawford said. Students who are interested in submitting art must first send in an image of the work on a CD, e-mail or a hard copy for the jury to review. The size limit for 2-D work is 30 inches by 24 inches and must not weigh more than 20 lbs. 3-D work
must fit through the door and require no more than two people to carry it. Oct. 1 is the postmark deadline for submission of work. Betz will be judging the work and awarding a “Best in Show” award, which will be the logo for the following years exhibition. People interested in viewing the gallery can attend the opening reception with live music and refreshments on Oct. 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information visit www.betzgalery.com.
Houston art exhibit features angels for justice By Lindsey Leverett Features Reporter A Houston gallery owner and artist, Lori Betz, is combining art with charity in an upcoming exhibition. Her gallery, located on West Gray Street in Houston, made an international artist request for participation in the project called “The Angel Store.” The purpose of this exhibition is to raise funds for a Houston advocacy organization called Justice for Children.
The Justice for Children Web site lists the mission as “raising the consciousness of society about the failure of governmental agencies to protect victims of child abuse, providing legal advocacy for abused children and developing and implementing collaborative solutions to enhance the quality of life for the abused children.” “We feel like they’re guardian angels,” Betz said about the nonprofit organization. “This is about the children.” The exhibition will be a
collection of various displays of angels, including twodimensional wall pieces to sculptures and Christmas ornaments. The displayed angels will be on sale, and the proceeds will go to Justice for Children. “Houston has a big heart,” Betz said. “I know they’re going to turn out in droves.” The gallery will be open Oct. 17 through Jan. 6. Betz believes the holidays will work in favor of the gallery because people will buy angels for Christmas presents.
Larry Crawford, a local Houston artist, is working alongside Betz on this project. “It makes you feel good to know you’re helping children who don’t have a voice,” Crawford said. “I know kids who have been sent through the system and were put back into homes they didn’t need to be in.” According to their Web site, Justice for Children attempts to prevent children from falling into the cracks of large government agencies,
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Fine Arts Calender Sept. 2 to7
Tuesday A Closer Look: Jeff Dell, 5-7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I Introducing Rose Newton, Claudia Roeschmann and Jason Reed, all day, Mitte Wednesday A Closer Look: Jeff Dell, 5-7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I Introducing Rose Newton, Claudia Roeschmann and Jason Reed, all day, Mitte Thursday A Closer Look: Jeff Dell, 5-7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I Introducing Rose Newton, Claudia Roeschmann and Jason Reed, all day, Mitte Friday A Closer Look: Jeff Dell, 5-7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I Introducing Rose Newton, Claudia Roeschmann and Jason Reed, all day, Mitte Saturday A Closer Look: Jeff Dell, 5-7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I Introducing Rose Newton, Claudia Roeschmann and Jason Reed, all day, Mitte Sunday A Closer Look: Jeff Dell, 5-7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I Introducing Rose Newton, Claudia Roeschmann and Jason Reed, all day, Mitte Monday A Closer Look: Jeff Dell, 5-7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I Introducing Rose Newton, Claudia Roeschmann and Jason Reed, all day, Mitte
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Bar One41 opens doors to live music By Lindsey Leverett Features Reporter
Former venue Lucy’s was transformed into the nightclub Bar One41 in the beginning of 2009, closing opportunities for musicians to perform in the building. Recently, the bar has opened its doors again to local and touring bands. “I think it’s great,” said Anthony Erickson, mass communication senior and singer-songwriter for Fulton Read. Erickson’s band is playing a show Oct. 10 at the bar. “When we booked it, we had to come to them with a big event that is worth their time,” Erickson said. The band will be performing a 3-D live show with projected visuals, requiring special glasses they will be handing out. “One41 is about the atmosphere,” said Judd Johnson, applied sociology senior and drummer for The Couch. “The sound is better. They really upgraded the place.” The logo was not the only change to the bar. Shiny red booths, different wall décor and new lights are some of the ways the bar was revamped. Johnson refers to the change in appearance as “the sheik factor.” “Their angle was more of a club,” Erickson said. “Now they’re playing live shows.” Taylor Wilkins, singer for The Couch and applied sociology senior, said more people attended for Bar One41 than for Lucy’s. Wilkins’ band played Saturday, and they performed several times when it was Lucy’s. “No one used to go because Lucy’s was overdone, but now there is a larger scene,” Wilkins said. The rejuvenated bar is not the only recent change in the San Marcos night scene. Johnson thinks the increased flow of people in San Marcos bars will help the music scene grow. “The night life is pushing us forward,” Erikson said. “It’s definitely growing.” The other venue keeping its doors open to live music is Triple Crown, but Erikson said they do not have the space. Bar One41 will now provide local bands with the ability to
Lindsey Leverett/Star photo THE COUCH: Taylor Wilkins, applied sociology senior, played with his band The Couch Saturday at Bar One41.
have more attendants, while also providing San Marcos residents with larger scale performances. “If an Austin band comes and plays here with a local
band, then they may invite them to play with them in Austin,” Johnson said. Bar One41 will be hosting Grupo Fantasma Sept. 5, This Will Destroy You and Soldier
Thread on Sept. 11 and Texas State student bands Fulton Read and Zlam Dunk on Oct. 10. For more information on Bar One41 visit www.myspace. com/bar141.
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The Texas State football team is nationally ranked at No. 21 in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches preseason poll released Aug. 25. The Sports Network ranks the Bobcats at No. 20 nationally in its poll released Aug. 26. The team will play its first home game 6 p.m. Saturday at Bobcat Stadium against Angelo State.
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Soccer out of sync during California weekend games By Jessie Spielvogel Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s soccer team came home with two losses this weekend in California against the University of California-Irvine and the University of CaliforniaRiverside. The team lost 2-1 to UCIrvine Friday at Anteater Stadium. Britney Curry, junior forward, scored for Texas State during the second half after a pass from Lauren Lewis, junior forward. Coach Kat Conner said the team seemed out of sync throughout the game. “At halftime, we had a chance to regroup. We also threw a couple freshmen in there,” Conner said. “We gained a little more of the ball in a counter attack with them in the second half. It went back and forth, but California took us down and we kept having to play catch up.” Conner said the Bobcats were without a crucial player in the first 10 minutes of the game. “We lost our center defender, Anna Fagan (junior),” Conner said. “It was a big loss.” Team members assume Fagan injured her ACL. “If it is her ACL, she will probably be out for the entire season,” Conner said. “We should know something later this week.” Alyssa Scott, freshman defender, replaced Fagan for the remainder of the game. “She had some big shoes to fill in the game on Sunday and I think she did a brilliant job,” Conner said. The Bobcats lost to UC-Riverside 1-0 Sunday in overtime at UCR Soccer Stadium. Texas State and UC-Riverside had a combined total of 29 fouls and five yellow cards throughout the game. UC-Riverside scored the game-winning goal after one minute into the first overtime period. Conner said UC-Riverside was more aggressive than Austin Byrd/Star file photo UC-Irvine. “Both teams were competiROCKY START: Andrea Grifo, senior midfielder, goes for the ball against Centenary College Sept. 20, 2008. The Texas State women’s soctive, but Riverside had a difcer team returned home from matches against the University of California-Irvine and the University of California-Riverside with two losses.
ferent edge,” Conner said. According to Conner, the weekend was a good experience for the team. Conner said the women had trouble getting in sync at the beginning, but now they know what needs improvement for upcoming practices. “I think we need to recognize that in the upper level it’s more physical,” Conner said. “We need to change up some practices. We need to get physical and get into tackles.” Conner said the team was playing in unfamiliar conditions. The Bobcats played on turf while they are used to playing on grass and the temperature was more than 100 degrees. Conner is prepared to work with the team by helping the women become more aggressive both offensively and defensively. “Now it is back to the drawing board at practices. We need to show people we are legit and that we can win,” Conner said. “This weekend was a wakeup call. No one is going to sit back and tell them they did a good job. We need to make a name for ourselves by bringing in some wins.” Conner said this weekend showed the women they need to be more focused and showed them that it will not be easy. “I think the pace of the physicality that we saw in California is definitely what we need,” Conner said. The Bobcats will travel to Birmingham, Ala. Sept. 4 to Sept. 6 to compete in the Samford Bulldog Invitational.
The women’s soccer team will face Samford 7 p.m. Friday and Tennessee Tech 11 a.m. Sunday in the Samford Bulldog Invitational. Samford is 2-0-1 and Tennessee Tech is 0-3.
Two golfers compete in prestigious golf tournaments By Lisa Carter Sports Editor
Carson Gibson, business junior, and Alastair Jones, undecided sophomore, ended their summers in a fashion different from most students at Texas State. They both competed in internationally known golf tournaments. Gibson competed in the U.S. Amateur Open Aug. 24 to Aug. 30 at the Southern Hill Country Club in Tulsa,
Okla. The U.S. Amateur Open is the oldest golf tournament in the country. Past winners of the tournament include current professional golfers such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, among others. Gibson finished the tournament with a 275th place finish with a 21-over-par score on the 70-par golf course in the second round. Jones represented his home country of Wales in the
Men’s Home International Matches Aug. 26 to Aug. 28 at the Hillside Golf Club in England. The Wales International Team competed against England, Ireland and Scotland and placed third overall on the 72-par course. Coach Shane Howell said both men competing in such high-level tournaments is beneficial to them and the team as a whole. “It is a huge individual accomplishment by both of
them,” Howell said. “I’m super happy for them and a lot of guys had great summers (practicing), so I’m super happy for the whole team.” Howell said experience in these tournaments shows the men’s golf team’s potential. “It’s great for the program because it means we can compete at this high level,” Howell said. “Those are the kind of players we want to recruit at Texas State, the
kind who can play at such a high level.” Howell said Gibson probably will not see a course like the U.S. Amateur Open’s unless the men’s golf team qualifies for the NCAA National Championship. According to Howell, Jones said the course at the International Home Matches was one of the most difficult he has ever played. Howell said the men’s participation in these events exemplifies how they
can still make mistakes even though they are competing in such highly regarded tournaments. “I hope people see that (Gibson and Jones) are not super human,” Howell said. “They’re playing on very difficult golf courses that will help them compete this season.” The men’s golf team opens competition Sept. 12 at the Maryland Intercollegiate in Cambridge, Md.
junior right-side hitter, and Matti Schumacher, freshman outside hitter, had eight kills each. Texas State lost to Missouri 3-0 in the second match, taking each set with a score of 25-22. Collins led the Bobcats with 19 assists and Jessica Weynard, senior outside hitter, had 11 kills. Texas State closed out the tournament with a 3-0 loss to BYU. The Bobcats recorded six ties in the first set but never gained the lead, losing 25-17. The second set featured nine ties and four lead changes
with the Bobcats tied at 19 before losing the set 25-22. Collins had double digit assists in each of the matches including a season-high 20 points against BYU to go along with Weynard’s season-high record of 18 kills. Coach Karen Chisum said early season adjustments made against strong opponents led to the results of the tournament. “It’s early in the season,” Chisum said. “We have players playing out of position and we are running a new type of
offense and it’s going to take some time and I can tell you we played three quality teams.” Weynard led the Bobcats in kills for the tournament with 34 and Collins led the team in assists with 56. Chisum said several players have been making progressive strides. “I saw an improvement from match one to match three,” Chisum said. “Jessica Weynand was our ‘terminator.’ Ally Buitron (junior libero) had a good consistent weekend and freshman Caleigh McCorquodale (setter),
was a sparkplug for us. Overall, I think we played good defense.” Chisum said her team will need more players to be active and translate improvement into success on the court. “I told them we are getting better every time. We just need more players to step up,” Chisum said. “Jessica (Weynand) can’t be our only point scorer.” The Bobcats hit .083 to their opponents’ .233 in the tournament. They had 12 service aces to 21 service errors on
average with 21 aces and 71 errors overall. Chisum believes working on serves is the first area in which the team can improve. “We need to reduce our errors,” Chisum said. “We’re a high error team and we need to stay mentally focused.” The Bobcats will play their first home match of the season against Texas Tech 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Strahan Colisseum before going on the road this weekend to compete in the Marquette University Invitational.
Volleyball incurs close losses at weekend tournament By Eric Harper Sports Reporter The Texas State volleyball team competed in the University of Missouri Classic in Columbia, Mo. this weekend. The Bobcats posted losses to Ole Miss, Missouri and Brigham Young. The Bobcats fell 3-0 to Ole Miss in the first match. Texas State incurred seven service errors and were outhit on kills 42-30. Brittany Collins, senior setter, recorded 17 assists while AJ Watlington,