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SEPTEMBER 5, 2007
war-time bravery Kristen Williams News Reporter
Graduate student Randall D. Watkins had more than just a brush with death while serving in Iraq. Watkins was with his platoon one day when he was suddenly hit with shrapnel all over his body after an attack from a suicide bomber. Several of his fellow Marines were killed. Watkins survived the bombing, but was then shot four times in the chest by an insurgent, and he still survived. To honor Marine Corps Sgt. Watkins, a Sept. 11 memorial luncheon will be held Thursday at the Price Seniors Center. Watkins, a criminal justice graduate student, said being a witness to the Sept. 11 Pentagon attack gave him a reason to ﬁght for America overseas. After his tour of duty, he came back to Texas to start his education, but soon felt called to ﬁght again in Iraq, so he dropped out of school. Watkins said American patriotism is at an all-time low, and he hopes to open the eyes of those who have forgotten about the war. “I’ve been going to school for eight years and one of the biggest things that people forget is that there is still a war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Watkins said. “They decide to turn a blind eye to it. Unless they personally know someone, they don’t really care.” Regardless of whether people support the war or not, Watkins
said people serving the country deserve a lot of respect. “It is our job, not as students, but as Americans to show support for the sacriﬁces people are making,” Watkins said. “It shouldn’t take another terrorist attack to open people’s eyes again. A lot of my buddies died in my arms. These are guys who want to serve and believe they are ﬁghting for a noble cause.” Lisa Adams, public relations coordinator for the Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care, said she wants the event to show students people their age are ﬁghting for the freedom they have everyday. “I would like to encourage students to come so they can hear Sgt. Watkins’ personal story,” Adams said. “He is a true hero. While one student is 18 and walking to class, another 18 year old is holding a gun.” Just like Watkins, Adams said she hopes to show how important it is to stand behind the U.S. military. “This is our way of showing that we care not only about our hospice patients but about our community,” Adams said. “We are in a crisis of war; so, it is important to show we support our troops so that another 9-11 doesn’t happen.” At the event, music department students will perform the National Anthem. The Price Seniors Center is located at 222 W. San Antonio St., near Dunbar Park. The event is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.
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SHALL NOT PASS
Monty Marion/Star photo A padlock restrains a gate to the pool area of the University Heights Apartments, forcing residents to seek another way in. Apartment living can turn sour when living conditions don’t live up to renters’ expectations. For complete story, SEE TRENDS PAGE 6.
Wet summer weather result of global warming By Jeﬀ Turner News Reporter Texas’ wet summer stood in stark contrast to the triple-digit temperatures of the summer of 2006. Scientists are now saying both summers of unusual weather are products of global warming. A report released during the summer by an Austin-based non-proﬁt ecological protection group, Environment Texas, said the warmer-than-normal temperatures of 2006, and this year’s wetter-thannormal weather, indicates global warming. The report found in 2006, Austin experienced 147 days where the temperature hit 90 degrees or more, 38 days more than the historical average. 2006 was the second warmest year on record for the lower 48 states. This year, the southwestern U.S. is experiencing more precipitation and less severe storms than the summer of 2006. The National Hurricane Center listed ﬁve hurricanes and four tropical storms in the Atlantic last year, while 2007 has experienced two hurricanes and three tropical storms. Does this data indicate continued global warming? Pieter Tans, chief scientist of Climate Moni-
vidence of climate change caused by mankind, not as part of natural cycles, is accumulating globally.”
—Pieter Tans, chief scientist of climate monitoring NOAA
toring at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, does not think this is necessarily the case. “One of the expectations is more extreme events,” Tans said. “But I don’t think that extreme events by themselves are the best indicator of global warming.” Tans said the climatic diﬀerences between 2006 and 2007 are not concrete proof global warming is destabilizing weather patterns, but he does consider the warming a major concern. “Evidence of climate change caused by man-
kind, not as part of natural cycles, is accumulating globally,” Tans said. He said much of the documentation of this can be found in the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released earlier this year. The panel found the rate of increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide, a major culprit in global warming, has accelerated. The report states the cause is almost 100 percent the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, which is increasing. The report described strong indications of climate change: global loss of mountain glaciers and shrinkage of outlet glaciers of ice sheets, less Arctic sea ice, more warming in the Arctic than elsewhere, ocean warming, sea level rise and much more. The U.S. Congress will consider global legislation this fall. Two bills that would attempt to reduce pollution to levels scientists say are needed to prevent the negative impacts of global warming are the Safe Climate Act, introduced in the House, and the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, introSee GLOBAL, page 4
CARBON EMISSIONS COUNTRIES
College-aged women unaware of high cholesterol threat By Jackie Baylon Special to The University Star A spoon full of Cheerios is good news for the heart, especially in September, which is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. Cholesterol problems are well known and often discussed in the media, but according to a recent survey, it is neither watched nor well controlled by women who are between their college years and mid-40s. “Heart disease is a serious threat to women, and that the fact that only one in ﬁve women surveyed knew their current cholesterol level shows how much work remains to be done in educating women about cholesterol,” said Phyllis Greenberger, president and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research. “Knowing one’s cholesterol number is the
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ﬁrst step in managing cholesterol, and that number is certainly more important than knowing what one’s body weight was in high school.” Richard Schmits, the society’s directorofcommunication,agrees. “It is very important for women to know that cholesterol is needed for good health, but too much of it in the blood can raise the risk of having a heart attack or stroke,” Schmits said. “The survey’s key point was to remind women, starting at age 20, to get their cholesterol numbers checked at least once every ﬁve years.” The survey showed that 21 percent of respondents were surprised cholesterol can harden the arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke while more than 44 percent did not even know high cholesterol had no symptoms.
For a quick look back at biology 101, cholesterol is a soft, fat-like, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all the body’s cells. Cholesterol is normal and an important part of a healthy body because it is used for producing cell membranes and some hormones, and serves other necessary bodily functions. However, too much cholesterol in the blood is a major risk for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attacks and strokes. Cholesterol cannot dissolve in the blood. It has to be transported to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, is known as “bad” cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is known as “good” cholesterol. These two types of lipids contribute to the total cholesterol count, which can
be determined through a blood test. High cholesterol can be hereditary or linked to a person’s weight or their consumption of fatty foods. “It is very important to have a level of total cholesterol less than 200,” Schmits said. “A desirable level of LDL (bad cholesterol) is less than 100 and essentially for women, an HDL (good cholesterol) of 50 or higher is considered to be in good shape and have a low risk of a cardiovascular disease.” Further demonstrating the lack of cholesterol knowledge, half of the women surveyed incorrectly identiﬁed HDL as “bad” cholesterol. And approximately 35 percent were surprised to learn dangerous cholesterol levels can still aﬀect
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Terry Golding, physics professor, is pursuing two projects from the U.S. Department of Defense that may increase both military capabilities and consumer options. Golding’s current work, investigates how silicon can be used in electronic devices for miliTerry Golding tary applications. His other ongoing research is News Contact — Nick Georgiou, firstname.lastname@example.org Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System
Calendar 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 LBJSC, 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, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208. THURSDAY The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6 p.m. in the library of the Catholic Student Center. The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place 7:30 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel of the Catholic Student Center. “Bobcats for Life” will meet 6:30 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center. The Texas State chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will hold a meeting to elect oﬃcers at 5 p.m. in Old Main, Room 232. Oﬃcer positions available include vice president and treasurer and each must serve a one-year term. Oﬃces are open to mass communication majors. Free pizza will be provided. 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. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome to attend. Women’s Personal Growth Group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208. FRIDAY Texas State women’s volleyball will play Houston at 12 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum. Texas State women’s volleyball will play Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
funded by a $190,000 grant from the U.S. Army’s branch of the Department of Defense. It involves sharpening infrared night vision capabilities through the artiﬁcial structuring of atoms.
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Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.4.
— Courtesy of University News Service
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Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomer’s Meeting River Group will be held at 9:15 p.m. at 1700 Ranch Rd. 12, Suite C. SATURDAY Texas State women’s volleyball will play Missouri 12 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum. Texas State football will play Abilene Christian 6 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.
CRIME BL TTER
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will host Advocate Training -Volunteers Helping Victims of Abuse. For more information, contact Emily Douglas at (512) 396-3404.
Every Nation Campus Ministries will be holding a weekly campus meeting at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a message exploring the person of Jesus. Join us as we seek to spark a student movement that touches the world. The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby. Overeaters Anonymous meets at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information, call Lynn at (512) 357-2049. Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity, will begin rush for fall semester. Visit www.texasstateakpsi.com for more information. GLBQ Pride Group meeting will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. Meetings are 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, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Facing the Fear — An Anxiety/ Panic Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For information and screening on groups, please call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.
In an Aug. 28, 2007 Trends article, it was reported Frisbee Dan spent 25 days in a coma after jumping out of a car. Frisbee Dan was in an active coma for 10 days in 1986. He jumped from a moving vehicle during an argument and was angry when he departed. This was not the ﬁrst time he jumped from the vehicle, but it was the ﬁrst time he was injured from it. Frisbee Dan uses his middle ﬁngers, not his thumbs to throw ﬂying discs. The University Star apologizes for these errors.
Monty Marion/Star photo Students wait outside to re-enter Centennial Hall Tuesday afternoon at 5p.m. as smoke alarms echo inside the building.
Trafﬁc signal temporarily changes in lieu of construction
The traﬃc signal at the intersection of Post and Uhland Roads will temporarily be replaced Tuesday with a three-way stop to allow construction crews to widen this section of Post Road. The Post-Uhland intersection will remain as a three-way stop until the traﬃc signal and intersection improvements are completed in approximately 4 months. The signal removal, paving and intersection work will be done by the City’s contractor, Texas Sterling, as part of the ongoing Post Road Paving and Drainage project. The Post Road Paving and Drainage project will widen Post Road from two
to three lanes, replace aging utility lines and add storm-drains. Upon completion, the project will increase capacity, reduce congestion, improve drainage and improve safety along this busy thoroughfare. Motorists should expect intermittent delays in conjunction with the construction. Please use caution when driving near construction areas. For more information on this project please call the Department of Environment and Engineering at (512) 393-8130. — Courtesy of the city of San Marcos
On This Day •1698 - Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards. •1735 – Composer Johann Christian Bach was born. •1793 - In France, the “Reign of Terror” began. The National Convention enacted measures to repress the French Revolutionary activities. •1836 - Sam Houston was elected as the ﬁrst president of the Republic of Texas. •1914 - Babe Ruth hit his ﬁrst home run as a professional player in the International League. •1939 - The U.S. proclaimed its neutrality in World War II. •1940 – Actor Raquel Welch was born.
•1943 – Comedian Steve Miller was born. •1987 - “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark, was canceled after 30 years on television. •1990 - B.B. King received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. •1993 - Dave Navarro, guitarist, joins the Red Hot Chili Peppers. •1997 - Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at the age of 87. •2003 - In London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box and then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19 surviving only on water.
University Police Department Aug. 29, 3:46 p.m. Medical Emergency/LBJ Student Center Garage An oﬃcer was dispatched for a medical emergency report. A student reported running into a door divider and stated he was ﬁne. A report was generated for this case. Aug. 30, 3:13 p.m. Information Report/Smith Hall An oﬃcer was dispatched for a terrorist threat report. Upon further investigation, a student was harassing several students. This case was referred to another department and a report was generated. Aug. 30, 9:21 p.m. Alcohol: Minor in Possession/ Falls Hall An oﬃcer was on patrol and heard loud music. Upon further investigation, two students were found to be in possession of alcohol and were issued citations. Aug. 30, 11:49 p.m. Driving While License Invalid/ Aquarena Springs Road An oﬃcer initiated a traﬃc stop. Upon further investigation, a non-student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Aug. 31, 3:11 a.m. Criminal Mischief: Causes Substantial Inconvenience/Blanco Hall An oﬃcer was dispatched for a ﬁre alarm. Upon further investigation, there was no evidence of smoke or ﬁre and the ﬁre extinguisher had been discharged. This case is under investigation.
Mobile phone owners now able to post classified advertisements IQzone Inc. announced Tuesday the national launch of the world’s ﬁrst service for posting free classiﬁed ads via mobile phone. “IQzone is Craigslist with a dash of YouTube for the mobile generation, and that’s just the beginning. People can share videos, photos — a whole world of mobile user-generated content beyond classiﬁeds and monetize it or simply share it,” said CEO Michael Bates. Video brings classiﬁeds to life. Sellers can demo products and personalize ads by simply shooting a short video with their phone. They can hold a virtual garage sale or give a video tour of their car, home or rental. College students can
empty or ﬁll dorm rooms, buy or sell textbooks and promote local events. It is as easy as snap, send, sell. First, take a video or photo with your phone, and then add your text, price and zip. Then, send to email@example.com. IQzone automatically categorizes the item for sale and broadcasts the ad to the universe of free online classiﬁeds and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds. Ads can be shared with your Facebook friends. IQzone expands text-message abbreviations and turns the ad into plain English, so users don’t have to change the way they “text.” There is nothing to download.
To protect their privacy, users can remain anonymous via voice or text-message, and may delete ads whenever they want. Anonymity is preserved and your mobile number will never be revealed. See the site for simple instructions and try it today. “College students have been instrumental in the development of IQzone. Living on their phones, they send thousands of text messages a month and love to share videos and photos. Now they can use IQzone to make money or broadcast UGC,” added Bates. The AlwaysOn Network named IQzone one of the Top 100 Private Companies of 2007. — Courtesy of Collegiate Presswire
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Alumni return to campus to share career experiences By Stephanie Kusy-Wilson News Reporter
Student Foundation and Career Services have collaborated to host the ﬁrst-ever Career Coaching Friday in the LBJ Ballroom. Eight alumni members from the Student Foundation, an organization of student leaders who serve as ambassadors for the university president, will hold a panel discussion about their background and chosen career paths. They will oﬀer resume and interview tips followed by a session where students will be divided by their interests and can ask more speciﬁc and detailed questions. Curt Schafer, director of Career Services, said he is excited to have successful alumni return and speak about their careers. “It’s more meaningful to listen to people that sat in the same classroom,” Schafer said. The panel members will include Bruce Burner, ﬁnance and banking; Susan Clock, telecommunication sales; Roland Hernandez, public education; Melinda Keller, events marketing; Bill Poston, consulting; Peter Torres, pharmaceutical sales; Corey Wheeler, retail management; Bret Baldwin, international sales management. The alumni members are volunteering their time to meet face-to-face with students who are interested in personal development, said Sheila Bustillos, graduate assistant for the Student Foundation. The panel members graduated as early as the 1980s to as recent as 2005. Many were campus lead-
ers. Each aﬃliate wants to share what their industry is currently looking for in future employees and how to maintain professionalism in the business world. “This is a great opportunity for Texas State students to network with individuals in many different ﬁelds and receive tips from professionals on resume building and interviewing skills,” Bustillos said. The idea for “Career Coaching” came from a previous program known as “Leadership Luncheons,” which allowed Student Foundation members to speak with alumni and discuss their career paths. As it became increasingly popular, the organization decided to expand this seminar to the entire school population. “It is a good opportunity to see what your degree can do for you,” said Matthew Priest, Student Foundation president and ﬁnance senior. This is the ﬁrst year the Student Foundation and Career Services have hosted the event. If successful, they hope the program will continue as an annual tradition. Career Services expects to partner with other colleges to continue supporting job-related events. Students will have the chance to meet with other Student Foundation members about how to become a presidential ambassador and promote the university through various events. Students are advised to bring their Texas State ID cards to the event, which will last from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. Check out career services online for more information and similar upcoming events and activities.
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Hall sentenced to 5 years Ethiopian relief blocked by armed forces
Laura Ashley Hall was sentenced Tuesday in Austin to ﬁve years in state prison for tampering with evidence in association with the death of UT student Jennifer Cave. Hall, 24, was accused of helping dismember Cave’s body after Colton Pitonyak shot and killed her on Aug. 17, 2005. Cave, a legal assistant, was a friend of Pitonyak’s. Hall and Pitonyak, 24, ﬂed to Mexico, leaving Cave’s body behind in the bathtub of Pitonyak’s West Campus condominium. Police extradited them from Mexico on Aug. 23, 2005. Pitonyak, whose trial was in January, was sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Felix kills 3, more than 150 missing Hurricane Felix came ashore near the Nicaragua-Honduras border Tuesday night, forcing thousands to escape the coastal swampland. Its Category 5 wind subsided but its rain did not. Relentless downpours swamped cities and villages tucked into Central America’s mountains and valleys. Two people, one of them an 8-year-old girl, died in Nicaragua and one man was killed in Honduras, according to early, fragmentary reports. Many unconﬁrmed accounts said at least 150 people were missing at sea. The conﬁrmed toll seemed certain to rise as information arrived from remote regions. Search and rescue teams could not reach most areas Tuesday night.
A leading relief agency said Tuesday Ethiopian government forces had blocked relief eﬀorts and food supplies in parts of the rebel Ogaden region, adding the threat of starvation to a rapidly growing humanitarian crisis. Doctors Without Borders said Ethiopian forces, which are trying to crush a long-running separatist movement in the eastern region, repeatedly had denied its team’s access to two of the worst aﬀected areas in recent weeks, citing security operations. Agency staﬀ members who traveled along some main roads in Ogaden in June, July and August saw villages burned and abandoned, severe shortages of even basic medicines and widespread signs of malnutrition. They said that at least 400,000 people urgently needed help. Some doctors said Ethiopian troops were enforcing partial food blockades in certain areas.
Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia? Aid workers say Ethiopian forces are cracking down on separatists and civilians in an area populated by mainly Muslim ethnic Somalis.
Ethiopia’s religious groups ERITREA
Joshua Adam Nuzzo/US Navy News Photo/MCT BRIDGE COLLAPSE: Recovery efforts continue at the I-35W bridge collapse over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis Aug. 14.
Minneapolis residents try to move forward As Minneapolis, Minn. residents continue to mourn the loss of 13 lives in the Aug. 1 Interstate 35 bridge collapse, some in the area are just coming to terms with the long-term realities of daily life without a bridge that was the second busiest in the state. Patience will be further tested this week with the start of fall semester at the nearby University of Minnesota, bringing tens of thousands to the congested area. With portions of the hulking bridge still blocking Mississippi River barge traﬃc, the collapse investigation remains in its infancy. Leading theories are focusing on heat, construction work and corrosion.
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Villages in area reported burned; malnutrition rates rising Note: Figures do not total 100% due to rounding
Report ﬁnds A&M labs dangerous Texas A&M University’s handling of some of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases has been rampant with problems, such as bookkeeping errors and the disappearance of vials, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 21-page report found that A&M administrators and principal researchers showed careless oversight, resulting in dangerous working conditions and security breaches at the federally funded laboratories in College Station. The ﬁndings mean research at the labs will remain on hold until the university addresses the problems. The agency took the unprecedented step of suspending all of A&M’s research on regulated toxins or microbes, known as “select agents,” in July, pending an inspection of the labs. The report, however, does not address whether A&M will face any more penalties, including the loss of funding or ﬁnes of up to $500,000. — Compiled from various news sources
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Illegal immigration not limited to Mexico By Nancy San Martin McClatchy Newspapers LA HACHADURA, El Salvador — The 8-year-old boy with closecropped hair and a missing front tooth stepped oﬀ the yellow bus, looking lost and clutching a coloring book against his chest. A two-hour drive away, at the airport in the capital city of San Salvador, a man with shaggy hair and pursed lips walked oﬀ an unmarked white plane with his hands cuﬀed behind his back. Behind him came another 77 convicts — most returning to their homeland for the ﬁrst time in years. The boy and the convicts had something in common: they were deportees, returned home on separate days in July. The convicts had been booted out of the United States, and 8year-old Marcos Antonio Alvaro was the youngest of a dozen or so children, mostly teenagers, who had failed in their attempts to reach it. Authorities said Marcos Antonio was caught in Mexico traveling with an unidentiﬁed adult who likely was paid to escort him to the U.S. border, to join parents already settled somewhere in the United States. While Washington grapples with the divisive issue of immigration reform, the Salvadoran government faces its own problems: accommodating those returned home on almost daily deportation ﬂights, and watching out for children trying to head on the risky
journey north. The overall number of deportees returned from the United States to El Salvador — both convicts and undocumented migrants — has more than doubled, from 7,239 in 2005 to 14,395 last year. The number includes 711 children during the two-year period. Most of the children are caught traveling without parents or legal guardians. Salvadoran law prohibits minors from leaving the country without a passport and notarized consent of their parents. But many are sent to join relatives in the United States with coyotes — smugglers who escort and help sneak them across the U.S.-Mexico border for fees ranging from $3,500 to $6,500. “When the children are that young, generally they are traveling with a relative or with a good coyote,” said Carlos Isaac Escalon Alvarez, immigration chief in La Hachadura, on El Salvador’s southwestern border with Guatemala. Marcos Antonio had been on the road for two days before authorities in Mexico picked him up and made arrangements to return him home, authorities told The Miami Herald. The other children had been interdicted in Mexico. Marcos’ grandfather, Jose Alberto Alvaro, met the bus to pick up his grandson. He declined to discuss the boy’s travels, other than to say his parents had hoped to have him join them in the United States. Large Salvadoran communities settled in places such as Califor-
nia, Texas, Arizona, Florida and Washington, D.C., beginning with the civil war in the 1980s that left some 75,000 dead. But the overwhelming number of repatriations involve not children but “criminal aliens” who completed their sentence in U.S. jails for oﬀenses that range from drugs to murder, as well as undocumented adult migrants caught in the United States. Improved cooperation between U.S. and Salvadoran authorities is in large part responsible for the hike in deportations, oﬃcials on both sides say. “We have been working with El Salvador to speed up the deportation process so people aren’t languishing in (U.S.) detention centers,” said Rebecca Thompson, a spokeswoman at the U.S. embassy in San Salvador. Salvadoran authorities say some of the deportees could have bright futures, especially in the construction and tourism industries. “My administration is trying to ﬁnd a way for the non-criminals to ﬁnd a job,” said Rafael Alvarez, director of the country’s immigration agency. “They have a lot of skills, experience with construction, painting, restaurants — and they know English, too.” More diﬃcult to assimilate are the convicts who arrive on special ﬂights from the United States at least once a week. Authorities say many are members of U.S.-based street gangs — and blame them for adding to the high number of homicides and other violent crimes here attributed to gangs.
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duced in the Senate. Many high proﬁle politicos like Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and Robert Shapiro, former Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Aﬀairs, support a tax on carbon emissions. Dodd’s Web site suggests a carbon tax will discourage “big corporate polluters” and stimulate innovation in renewable energy. J.J. Karabias, a federal ﬁeld associate for Environment Texas, sees a carbon tax as the ﬁrst step toward taking comprehensive action to slow global warming. “We are in the right place to take steps to
neutralize our carbon foot print,” Karabias said. “Setting goals for corporate polluters has not worked. Congress must set mandates.” Some people are skeptical a tax on big carbon emitting companies would be eﬀective. A carbon tax “would certainly make people more aware,” said Rene DeHon, senior geography lecturer. “But companies can ﬁnd loop holes and credits in order to get around a carbon tax.” Environment Texas’ report ranked Austin fourth in the nation for cities with excessive heat days. However, San Marcos residents can count on the river and their inner tubes as a zero emissions way of battling the hottest and most hellish summer days.
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people who exercise and eat a healthy diet, which indicates a low awareness genetics play a signiﬁcant role. Knowing the facts about cholesterol can reduce the risk for a heart attack or stroke, but understanding what cholesterol is and how it aﬀects the health is only the beginning. Debra Heathman, interdisciplinary studies senior, took her ﬁrst cholesterol test at age 23 “just out of curiosity.” Heathman had no idea the results were going to change her nutrition lifestyle.
“When I got to college I didn’t work out as much as I did in high school,” Heathman said. “But I was never worried about what I was eating and I never thought that I would have bad cholesterol even though I knew a little bit about it.” Though heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women, college-aged females believe breast cancer is a more serious threat. According to the survey, 47 percent of respondents of the survey were worried about heart disease while 58 percent worried about breast cancer, a disease that aﬀects far fewer women. Half of the survey’s respondents were surprised to learn heart
attacks kill six times as many women as breast cancer. “After I actually read the test results, I was surprised and I knew I had to do something about it,” Heathman said. “I had to learn to eat celery, raw veggies, and I also found myself a workout partner. I learned that I could still eat the same foods I had always eaten at times, but I did have to change how much I ate and include some healthier nutrition.” When it came to knowing about ways to help control cholesterol, almost all of the young women understood exercise can play a part in ﬁghting high cholesterol, with just about as many knowing
that eating more fruits and vegetables and eating foods low in fat can contribute to a healthier heart. Nearly a quarter of women, however, did not know quitting smoking can help control cholesterol. “Since there are no speciﬁc signs about having bad cholesterol, early detection is recommended along with keeping a healthy balanced diet and exercising,” said James Whitley, a nurse practitioner at the Central Texas Medical Clinic. “A person can be a marathon runner, but if heart disease runs in the family, it is never too early to do something about cholesterol.” Whitley said he did not get too many
patients that went in with intentions of getting a blood test to check on their cholesterol numbers, but he often suggests it to women so they can become aware and take necessary action if needed. “Getting a blood test for cholesterol is something to do even if the person is not overweight,” said Karen GordonSosby, assistant director at the Student Health Center. “Last year, only 50 people came into our labs to check on their cholesterol numbers, which is not a big number considering the large number of students here at Texas State. Knowing your body inside and out is very important.”
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n 1990, President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.
The act is a civil rights law prohibiting the discrimination of U.S. citizens with disabilities. The act covers a wide variety of issues from employment to telecommunications, accommodations to public transportation. Above all else, the act is in place to ensure equality for the disabled. In the Aug. 29 Faculty Senate meeting, ADA compliance on campus, or the lack thereof, was discussed. William Stone, Faculty Senate Chair and criminal justice professor, reported money as the root of the issue. Stone said few departments had the funds to install the necessary ramps to make all buildings accessible. There is no denying money is an important issue for a growing university. Consider this: If lack of funding was allowed to prevent change, some water fountains would still be marked “Whites only” because funding is necessary to remove signs. Lack of funding is a poor excuse, Texas State. According to an Aug. 30 article in The University Star, the Faculty Senate opted to send a message to the administration demanding a response to the university’s lack of ADA compliance. Now is the time for students to follow suit. Day in and day out someone, somewhere on campus, complains about getting to another class late because of a delayed bus. Few, if any, packed buses have the room for a wheelchair, much less a person with crutches. Able-bodied students should feel lucky every day they are able to hop oﬀ a bus ﬁve minutes late only to run to class. Not everyone on campus has that luxury. University President Denise Trauth announced in the Aug. 21 Convocation her plans for a more diverse campus. Her plan included Texas State becoming more available to blacks and becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Trauth claimed diversifying campus would be the most beneﬁcial for students and faculty. What about providing for the students who are currently on campus? It took one student two years and the help of a non-proﬁt disability law ﬁrm to have her rights as a disabled person recognized by the Oﬃce of Disabilities Services. It’s far past time the rights of the disabled are recognized on campus. The Star urges students to take their concern for their disabled peers to those who make the decisions. If money is the issue preventing ADA compliance, maybe it is time to reevaluate money allocations. If Trauth is truly concerned about diversifying campus, ADA compliance ought to be a high priority in the “Master Plan.” This is a time for change for the university as a whole. It is up to the students to follow the lead of the Faculty Senate and make the call for change.
DIVERSITY Texas State wants more diversity, what about accessibility for current students?
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Assembly, action key to rights exercise Staﬀ Editorial The Arbiter (Boise State U.)
BOISE — Americans forgot their right to assemble. It’s amazing what power people actually have. A group can band together and assemble on the steps of an institution and change a course of events that would have otherwise been out of the hands of the individual. It is upon this our basic right of assembly is formed. During the Revolutionary War and in the preceding period, Americans (English colonists) were not allowed to gather in large groups and protest against their government. This desire to demonstrate their angst directly led to the Boston Massacre and then the revolution, which made this country what it is. The right to peaceably assemble was so important to our founding fathers they put it in the ﬁrst amendment to the Constitution. Remember Kent State? How about Tiananmen Square? Remember those who died to speak together. The 1960s showed a time of booming ideology. The era of a select few deciding the way Americans lived was waning, and in place came a new system of true democracy. The people developed a voice, and they used it to stand up against which they found wrong. This voice had power. It fought for civil rights. It stopped a war. It was the voice of the people. But the modern American voice is starting to soften. Sixties-era activists fought for social and political change, and won. What has this generation fought for? Every day new ways to disrupt the harmony of civil liberties are cast upon us, and aside from complaining in the vast blogosphere, little is being done to prevent it. It’s as though our generation forgot about how much power it truly has. We look back to what the activists accomplished with awe and admiration, as though they knew something we don’t, or were capable of something we are not. The truth is, they were ordinary people who saw something vastly wrong with society and set out to change it. So where do we go from here? How can we rebuild the complex dynamic of action? One way to start is by taking personal responsibility. If there is something you don’t believe in or don’t stand for, voice your dissent. Chances are, you are not the only one who thinks that way, and others like you have been too afraid — or perhaps too lazy — to stand up. Exercise your right to a peaceful assembly. Bring back the voice of the masses and use it to be heard. The other element required in a movement is a leader. Every major movement in history had leaders so dynamic they changed the world with their voices. Everyone cannot be a martyr or speak to millions on a stage, but all of us can be leaders. We become leaders by opening our mouths and minds and speaking the truth about the situation of our country, our lives. Even the smallest groups have leaders. Be an individual, a leader and use your voice. This world changes.
Censorship: Fcking up the World Wide Web, one vowel at a time vs. American Civil Liberties Union, granting the highest level of First Amendment protection to the Web. However, in an eﬀort to keep people from using their favorite four-letter words, Web site censors (the same ones that track the words “terrorist,” “bomb”
By Clara Cobb Trends Editor The expression “hi” may seem simple enough, but you won’t ﬁnd it in Yahoo! Chat rooms or on social networking Web sites’ walls anymore — at least not ﬂanked by the letters “s” and “t.” We have entered a new age of Internet censorship. It was just over 10 years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act in Reno
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and “airport” when used together in an e-mail) have found an answer, similarly to that found on Cartoon Network. For example:
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Instead of using the most versatile fbomb, the words are simply replaced with a series of @#$&?!s. Thus, “f**k the f**king f**kers” becomes “pow the banging crashers” Or, “f@#$ the f!?%$@? f#%@!&” “That biology test sucked” becomes “That biology test POW!” And the letters “u,” “c” and “k” become some unreadable, unpronounceable symbol. Censorship by deﬁnition is the removal and/or withholding of information from the public by a controlling group or body. Controlling personal messages and conversations takes it to a whole new level, one Internet users must decide if they will tolerate. Of course, it didn’t take long for a generation of linguistic evolutionists, more commonly known as students, to ﬁnd their way around such absurd practice. This is a world where lol, omg and jk are commonly accepted replacements
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in colloquial conversations. This time — sorry Pat — but no one is buying a vowel. The new answer for “saying hi” is to lose the “i” and just say sht.
Crap – a = crp To wit: Since the reading eye is trained on a visual recognition level, the consumer of the messages still reads the intended inappropriate word. What happens in the chat rooms is not edited for a squeaky-cleanness like that which can be found on the High School Musical series. As a generation, we have edited our language around the censorship editing in order to keep it interesting. What happens outside these chat rooms is even more interesting. When
individuals manipulate language, we change the way words, look, sound and are even used. When this happens on a worldwide portal, such as the Internet, it accelerates the process of spreading the change. When a group of people are limited by their government, a political system, a tyrant, “the man,” this is what they must do. They must advocate social change. Language is a dynamic tool. I cannot help but think it is exciting a renegade group of foul-mouthed young people are the ones pioneering such change. While I may not personally condone or encourage the diction — that is, the usage, of such crass vocabulary, I will defend to the end the right to use it. Fck you, Internet censorship. The world, and our language is changing and will continue to change so long as people may always say whatever the fck they want.
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TRENDS THE UNIVERSITY STAR
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Looking for a club that ﬁres up Bobcat fans? The Loud Crowd is the organization to check out. It is the only student organization advised by the athletic department. Membership perks include reserved seating at Bobcat Stadium and Strahan Coliseum, car decals and a discount card for local businesses. Members participate in community service as well as social activities. “One of our huge goals this year is to share the Bobcat love to all of our sports,” said Mike Strunk, vice president and exercise and sports science senior. The Loud Crowd deﬁnitely makes a statement, especially with its slogan, “This is our house!”
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By Clara Cobb Trends Editor Now that the signing parties, incentives and freebies are over, college apartment living may not seem so sweet. Riverside Ranch’s renovation and construction projects were supposed to be complete by August. Delays found residents in unlivable situations the ﬁrst week of school. University Heights, formerly The Exchange, replaced carpet after notifying residents it would be shampooing the carpet. The replacement left the apartments unlivable and damaged. Pool rule enforcement at some complexes has management padlocking access. This restricted access blocks student residents from parking lots and other amenities. At University Springs, Holly Keal, exercise and sports science junior, didn’t even have a door until she got home Tuesday. “There’s a lot of things wrong with our apartment,” she said. “It’s ridiculous.” Keal said when she moved in, she didn’t have a door and her roommate’s door had been kicked in. “I almost burst into tears it was so bad,” she said. “All the furniture was disgusting. There was dried throw-up on the furniture and cigarette butts on the ﬂoor. It was so gross. It wasn’t anything like the one they showed us.” “My room was the only room that came with a box springs and a frame. It had mold all over it,” Keal said. The condition of her apartment left her panicked, she said. Although she now has a door, the door is missing a knob and doesn’t ﬁt in the frame, which prevents it from shutting correctly. “I feel like they’re not scared of us,” she said. “They don’t take us seriously because we’re college students, we’re young.” The worst of her move-in day problems included maintenance oﬃcials ﬂushing wire down the toilet and using it afterwards, which caused the toilet to back up into the bathtub. Alumna Tamara Barton said in an e-mailed statement her apartment problems didn’t end on moveout day. “About a year ago, with his best interests at heart, I set out on an apartment search for my boyfriend who at that time was in the process of moving to San Marcos,” she said. “I used the usual resources, including local apartment locating companies and the popular rental listing .coms.” Only later did she discover the apartment’s management would be called “the slumlords of San Marcos” on www.apartmentratings.com. While Barton’s boyfriend paid a $400 deposit, he was returned $100. Barton said the list of fees included painting 80 percent of the walls, professional carpet cleaning for which he had already paid the same company. “I did admit to my boyfriend that it was somewhat his fault for not doing a walk-through with management before moving out,” she said.
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However, his apartment management told him it was not necessary and he believed them. When he called to complain and argue about the extensive list of charges, the management agreed to refund him some of his money. After six weeks went by without receiving a check, Barton and her boyfriend gave up on any refund money. The legal nature of leasing agreements outlines the rights students do or don’t have, said Daisy Gonzalez, Bobcat Realty agent and marketing junior. “If there was a dispute, it would be taken back into the contract between the apartment and the renter,” she said. If someone was looking to break a lease, Gonzalez said the procedure and fees would be outlined in the lease. Bobcat Realty, she said, can put a student into an apartment anywhere between Austin and San
Antonio. Her advice for apartment ﬁnding — or for apartment disputes — is to collect the facts. “Go to the oﬃce or a locator to ﬁnd out everything you can about a property,” she said. “In the leasing oﬃce, they’ll have all the rules listed. If not, everything is outlined in the lease.” Gonzalez said maintenance was not a reason for lease termination. The management legally determines the necessity of maintenance requests. Keal said despite her attempts to correct the problems with her apartment management, she believes her attempts fell on deaf ears. “I call and I say, ‘This is Holly,’ and they know exactly who I am,” she said. “I was told to go to the Better Business Bureau, but I don’t even know how to go about that.” In an automated message, the Better Business Bureau suggests when there is conﬂict between a company and a consumer, the consumer should create a personal ﬁle for the complaint. The ﬁle should include a copy of the lease, an outline regarding the nature of the dispute, contact information for the consumer and the business and a paragraph describing the problems. The ﬁle should include any necessary documentation. Erin Jones, vice president of communication at the Austin branch of the bureau, said the organization can settle disputes, but cannot advise on contracts or contact termination. Complaints regarding apartment complexes should not be directed to the Better Business Bureau, but rather to the Texas Real Estate Commission, she said. Complaints may be ﬁled on its Web site www. trec.state.tx.us. Julie Walsh, oﬃce manager at Great Locations, said the company provides free rental locating service. “In our opinion, the most important thing is knowing all the options before selecting a property,” she said. “We like to give them all the options so they make the most informed decision.” For renters in a bad situation, the company offers a sub-letting service. “We keep an updated sublease list,” Walsh said. “We would like to be the one knowledge base for someone looking for a short-term lease or a sublease.” People interested subletting can add themselves to the waiting list. Since apartment-locating services are free to residents, Walsh said most, including Great Locations, are paid by the apartment’s market expense budget. “We’re a service to apartments as well as students,” she said. Several apartment complexes declined to
comment on resident conditions. Barton said in an e-mailed statement students have to work together to share the most accurate apartment information. “It is my opinion that we, the ever-replenishing cycle of college students that move across city, county and often state lines in the decision to reside in this small university town, are the main source of San Marcos’ ﬂourishing economic success,” she said. “After all, it is the thousands of college students that pump hard-earned paychecks, loan money and high-interest credit not only into the university, but into local restaurants, businesses and of course the city itself.” She said she believes using apartment rating Web sites is imperative in making the best living choices. “This sharing of information, knowledge and experiences can only help each student to make decisions that aﬀect his or her best interests,” she said. Keal agrees. “This is the worst horror story I’ve ever had,” she said. “I just feel hopeless.”
✯ FYI Most students will ﬁnd the only way out of a bad apartment situation is to sublet. 1. List facts about the apartment. include selling points. and basic information 2. Write the ad. 3. Make a list of places to post the sublet ad. Visit apartment- ﬁnding agencies to post the apartment on agency waiting lists. Post the ad on the Web using sites such as www.craigslist.org, www.facebook.com and www.sublet.com. Also post the ad in the newspaper and on bulletin boards in local restaurants and the residential oﬃce at the university. 4. Take photographs of your apartment. Clean the apartment to make it nicer and look bigger. Make the bed and vacuum the ﬂoor. It’s best to take the photographs during the day with the curtains drawn, to show the amount of light received. 5. Draw up a contract
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Throw back style:
Redesigning can make that old T-shirt new again
By Mari Pesek Daily Nebraskan (U. Nebraska) LINCOLN, Neb. — Old Tshirts often carry sentiments and memories in their seams. Odds are, insignias from a 1992 state basketball tournament, sandwich shops no longer in existence or boy bands that broke up before the millennium are stamped across many of the shirts hidden in the back of your closet. Unfortunately, over time these mementos may slip out of style or stretch to ill-ﬁtting lengths before you are ready to part with them. Don’t fret quite yet, though. There is an alternative to tossing them in the charity bin. Despite worn seams and
stretched necklines, many options exist for revamping an old tee and possibly reviving a forgotten section of your wardrobe. By rounding up a few key tools — sharp scissors, buttons, brooches and a needle and thread — renovations can be done quickly and aﬀordably. Referred to as “T-shirt surgeries,” people are starting to take the hems, sleeves and necklines of their tops into their own hands. The fad of turning shirts into dresses, tunics, halter tops and even swimsuits has become an easy alternative to shelling out cash for a new outﬁt. Lately T-shirt surgeries haven’t been popular just among ﬁnancially challenged teenagers and college students. Chain stores are catching on to the
unique style that T-shirt surgeries create. Abercrombie & Fitch and Urban Outﬁtters carry lines of renovated garments that both showcase tees altered to serve as dresses and sweaters with a vintage, worn appeal. According to the www.treehugger.com article by Jasmin Malik Chau, “Urban Renewal by Mari Santos,” Urban Outﬁtters’ new clothing line, Urban Renewal, has recruited more than 20 designers to bring different ideas for alterations into the new style. Ericka Flanders, owner of Lincoln, Neb., vintage shop, Rialto Extra, does a few alterations on the clothing in her store. Although she hems dresses and blouses most of the time,
she sells some unique Rialto tees that have undergone a few changes. “We usually print our T-shirts on larger sizes, then cut them apart and re-sew the seams,” Flanders said, adding another way to spice up a white tee is to use diﬀerent colored thread, like a bright yellow. Jessica Heerten, textiles, clothing and design sophomore at the University of NebraskaLincoln, has her own way of changing up an old T-shirt. “I like to use brooches and buttons to change the neckline or the hemline,” Heerten said. “I usually pin up the fabric or pull the neckline down towards the armpit.” If brooches and buttons or resizing the T-shirt isn’t enough
revamping for your taste, consider a few of the following options that usually just require a pair of scissors to do: On longer tees, keep the length for creating a tunic or dress, but cut the neckline for a new look. If you want to lose some length, cut the bottom end at an angle or tie the side to make the garment more ﬁtted. Cutting oﬀ the sleeves and entire neckline of a shirt creates a tube top, but if straps are needed, just use a bit of the extra fabric to add some. To change up the look of the sleeves, simply cut one inch oﬀ each sleeve and cut a slit running along the top of the sleeve to create “butterﬂy sleeves.” You can cut the hemline of a sleeve at an angle, making the top lon-
ger and the bottom shorter, to create a cap sleeve. To add a scoop neck, lay the shirt ﬂat and cut a half moon shape on the front side only. To add a V-neck, cut an upsidedown triangle on the front of the shirt. The wider the triangle or half moon, the more dramatic the look.
✯FYI For more ideas on T-shirt renovations, check out the books Generation T: 108 Ways to transform a T-shirt by Megan Nicolay or 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-shirt into Something Special by Faith Blakeney.
Questions linger over legal excavation of missing sculptures By Laura Hoﬀman and Thomas Madrecki Cavalier Daily (U. Virginia) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Two prized ancient Greek sculptures currently on display at the University of Virginia Art Museum are at the center of an international art scandal. The artifacts in question, which date from the sixth century B.C., are known as acroliths. They currently consist of two marble heads, three separate hands and three separate feet. Originally, the acroliths may have featured a wooden trunk, but this trunk has since been lost. Evidence suggests the sculptures were looted from Morgantina, an ancient Greek settlement near Aidone, in Sicily. Carla Antonaccio, co-director of the ongoing U.S. archaeological program in Aidone and chair and professor of archaeology and classical studies at Duke University, said the acroliths are exceptional examples of a rare type of sculpture found in the ancient world. Since the late 1980s, Italian investigators and authorities have claimed the acroliths were illegally excavated. Antonaccio said she did not know who completed the excavation of the University’s acroliths or how they arrived in their possession. However, she said the acroliths were not found during professional excavations. “They were not excavated in a normal fashion,” Antonaccio said. According to a recent The New York Times article, Giuseppe Mascara, a former tomb robber and antiquities dealer, testiﬁed in a 1988 deposition the acro-
liths had been oﬀered for sale as early as 1979. An investigation, conducted some years after 1979 by Italian prosecutor Silvio Raﬃotta, determined the acroliths to have later been in the possession of London antiquities dealer Robin Symes, having reached England by way of Switzerland. The article states Symes, who is currently being investigated by the Italian government for art theft, then sold the acroliths to Maurice Tempelsman for a reported $1 million in 1980. Tempelsman, a Belgian-American diamond merchant — more commonly known as the long-time companion of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — is a noted collector of art and other archaeological artifacts, as well as the last recorded owner of the acroliths. In 1988, according to the article, the acroliths were brieﬂy on display at Los Angeles’ J. Paul Getty Museum thanks to an anonymous donor until allegations of illegal acquisition caused the museum to return the acroliths to the donor. For the past ﬁve years, the sculptures have been on display in the University’s museum. University Associate General Counsel Richard Kast said the artifacts were given to the University by an anonymous donor. Kast said the University entered into an agreement with the donor to neither publicize the acroliths nor reveal the identity of the donor. “Under the agreement that is in place, the University is not supposed to openly publicize the fact that they have the acroliths,” Kast said. Kast said the University is “obviously” in the possession of
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Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram SUSPICIOUS SCULPTURES: Greek and Roman sculptures at the Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas campus. Similar sculptures located at the University of Virginia are in question.
the marbles. “There is an agreement, and the agreement has been in place for a while,” Kast said. Several Italian news outlets have reported the acroliths will be returned to the Aidone region in 2008. The New York Times ar-
ticle quoted Beatrice Basile, the art superintendent for the Italian province of Enna, as saying “We’re happy they’re coming back.” Malcolm Bell III, University professor of art history and director of ongoing University
excavations in Morgantina, said the museum will display the artifacts until the end of this calendar year. Bell said he is “eager to see them returned” and “optimistic” about the possibility of the sculptures returning to Italy. Bell said
The Times article was accurate. Kast declined to comment on the possibility of ongoing inquiries from the Italian government to the University in reference to the acroliths. “All I can say is they are aware of what’s going on,” Kast said.
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DON’T GET TOO COMFY WITH YOUR ROOMIE
According to Plato, with few exceptions. If Platonic love was the it was a serious relationhighest form of love ship, don’t even conone could achieve. sider living with them. Friends in this category Too many problems are supposed to have could arise and it will transcended the sexual basically be like reliving attraction that would the break-up every day. ANNA TAUZIN normally be felt. If it was a brief ﬂing, Star Columnist However, gay or however, you could straight, occasionally probably manage the people will cross that boundary, arrangement, so long as enough even in the most logically “oﬀtime has passed. That gives both limits” relationship: roommates. parties involved time to have I recently met two gentlerecovered from whatever breakmen who were lovers until they up drama occurred. decided to share an apartment. The other way to mess up the They agreed to cut the romantic Platonic friendship is to sleep relationship oﬀ in order to have with your current roommate. a successful roommate situation. I’ve heard plenty of excuses: As you can imagine, this arrange- “He was there for me when I ment hasn’t exactly worked out. needed someone,” or “It won’t The moment one of them change anything,” and the old brought over a new boyfriend, adage, “Well, I was drunk.” the other one stopped speaking Honestly, if liquor lends a to him. As far as I know, they hand in destroying a good roomcommunicate through hand gesmate situation, perhaps one tures and by notes slipped under should put down the bottle and the door whenever rent is due. reevaluate things. The middle I’m sure this is hardly what they excuse is absolutely laughable. had in mind when coming up Not change anything? Really? with this brilliant pact. What happens when your roomie It is never a good idea to take brings home a guy or girl and, a former lover in as a roommate, you hear nothing but giggles
coming from their room? No one is bold enough to claim they wouldn’t feel even the slightest pang of jealousy. Jealousy leads to resentment, which leads to anger and hurt feelings. If you want the drama llama to leave you alone, don’t leave food for it outside your door. A roommate is supposed to be someone you can cohabitate with. The perfect Platonic friend, they will usually listen to you bitch and moan about whatever, provide a little advice, and then remind you that it’s your turn to take the trash out. Use the boundaries of a lease agreement to keep your pants on. If you feel you can honestly handle living with a member of the sex you’d normally be attracted to, feel free to sign that lease together; but if you know in the back of your mind that you’d be tempted or if you’ve already slept with him or her, proceed with extreme caution. The University Star does not claim Anna Tauzin is a sexpert. Tauzin and The Star do not condone, support or endorse unhealthy or unsafe sexual behavior.
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Pop star John Mayer is still single. Gossip Web site www.tmz.com reports while Mayer is dating actress Cameron Diaz, the couple is “deﬁnitely not” exclusive. Mayer told the site he takes non-famous women to dinner at low-key spots all the time. Illusionist Criss Angel is still on the market as well. He told Parade Magazine, “I just live my life.” The “Mindfreak” has been romantically linked to Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz and most recently, Britney Spears. Britney Spears will debut her new single at the MTV Video Music Awards. In addition to “Gimme More,” she is expected to sing the as-yet-unreleased song “Cry,” USA Today reports. Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams have split after three years together, a source conﬁrmed to People Magazine. The source said the split was amicable. The couple has a 23-month old daughter.
Nicole Kidman reveals in October’s Vanity Fair magazine that, at age 23, she suffered a miscarriage with then-husband Tom Cruise. Cruise and Kidman adopted daughter Isabella two years later, followed by son Connor in 1995. 9/04 solutions:
Brad and Angelina are proud parents of four children — but they may go for ﬁve. When asked by Italian state TV Pitt said, “Yeah, we’re ready.” Scott Baio is 45 … and expecting with ﬁancée, actress and former Playboy Playmate Renee Sloane. E! Online reports the couple will welcome a baby girl in December. Less than a week after his suicide attempt, Owen Wilson is back at home — and being watched around the clock. Wilson was hospitalized Aug. 26 after what a police log called an “attempted suicide,” according to People Magazine. He spent the next several days at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with constant visits from brothers Andrew and Luke Wilson, his parents and such friends as Wes Anderson and Woody Harrelson. — Compiled by Clara Cobb/Trends Editor
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On Sept. 5, 1972, the Munich Olympic Games were marred by violence when eight members of Fatah, a faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, ambushed the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli team and kidnapping nine others. The Palestinian terrorists demanded the release of 234 Arab prisoners and two German terrorist masterminds, holding the Israeli hostages as ransom. The next night, West German authorities transported the Palestinians and their hostages to the airport for a plane to take the terrorists to Cairo, Egypt, per the group’s demands. At the airport, German sharpshooters opened ﬁre in a desperate rescue attempt that backﬁred. The Palestinians responded by killing ﬁve Israeli athletes, placing a grenade in a helicopter, and shooting the remaining four, who were blindfolded in another helicopter. Five of the Palestinians and one German were killed in the blaze of bullets. After a day of mourning, the Munich Games resumed. —Compiled from various news sources
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On a warm sunny afternoon there’s nothing quite like getting out on the course to play 18 holes with some friends. But this isn’t quite what you would normally expect from a weekend foursome out hitting the fairways. This is disc golf. One part golf, one part Frisbee, and all the competitive spirit its participants are willing to take onto the course. Although not quite as popular as its traditional counterpart or some other recreational activities available, for many Texas State students it’s as mainstream as it gets. “I’ve been playing for years,” said Taylor Hess, the public relations senior at the forefront of the ﬁrst Cabana Beach Bobcat Open Disc Golf tournament. “In high school my buddies and I would mess around but never really took it too seriously. Next thing you know, me and my friend Daniel are traveling all over Texas playing in tournaments.” Many people have never played or even heard about the game, despite its being around for more than 30 years and Texas State having a course on campus. That is something Hess and fellow tournament organizer Daniel Pineda are trying to change with this tournament. “We’re trying to put more people into the competition side of disc golf,” Pineda said. “We want to get people out there to try it and see if they like it.” For Hess and Pineda, this tournament is all about having fun and getting people to try something new. “There’s a ton of people playing around campus,” Hess said. “But there’s not that much attention given to it so I really just wanted to let people know about it.” The game is played in a similar fashion to traditional golf, with 18 holes, or baskets rather; the object is to reach the target in the fewest attempts possible. But it’s not always as easy as it seems, as distances range from 250 to 800 feet. With each Andrew Nenque/Star file photo hole being a par 3, it takes skill to be successful, as with anything else. ON TARGET: Alumus Justin McKeller throws his disc at the Texas State course. The Cabana Beach “People who play usually throw the disc farther Bobcat Open Disc Golf tournament will be held Sept. 15 at the Texas State disc golf course and the than the length of a football ﬁeld.” Pineda said. “It Steeplechase Park course in Kyle.
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takes skill and becomes a game of strategy.” For Hess and Pineda, the undertaking of the tournament carried two challenges. They wanted to organize a tournament for a sport that they love and spread the word about all it encompasses, while at the same time testing their abilities as businessmen. “We wanted to get out there and test the waters and see what we could do with what we learned in college,” said Pineda, who recently graduated from Texas State. “We wrote letters and put together some advertising packages and found that (businesses) wanted sponsorships. Now that we have that part done it’s all coming together perfectly.” The duo has succeeded in putting together a legitimate tournament, which is to be held Sept. 15 at the Texas State disc golf course and the Steeplechase Park course in Kyle. They’ve secured local sponsorships as well as sponsorships with organizations as far away as West Virginia and even Costa Rica. But for Hess and Pineda it will be all business on the course come the 15th. They both play in the advanced amateur division, which is just below professional level competition. While they are going at it with other upper level players, the tournament has room for all skill levels, including the people who’ve never even played. There will be six divisions ranging in skill level, all of which will be competing for cash and prizes. “I’m really trying to target those people who have never played in a tournament before,” Hess said. “We put together great player packages and each division has cash payouts, so there’s something for everyone.” All in all they expect at least 100 to 150 players to register for the tournament. With a cooperative forecast, that number could lure enthusiastic disc golfers from all over the area. “There’s a good, tight knit disc golf community in the Austin-San Antonio area,” Hess said. At the end of the day, that community may have a few more members on its roster. Footnote: Students interested in registering for the tournament should contact Taylor Hess at email@example.com for more information. Registration is $25 for all divisions.
Aggies defeat Bobcats in close match Women’s soccer falls short By Alan Wiederhold Sports Reporter The Texas State volleyball team gave visiting Texas A&M their toughest test of the season Tuesday, but in the end the Aggies prevailed in a four-game match (30-22, 27-30, 30-24, 30-14) in the Bobcats’ home opener. By winning game two, the Bobcats (2-3) became the ﬁrst team on the Aggies’ schedule to force a fourth game. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Aggies (7-0) had won six consecutive 3-0 matches. Despite the loss, Coach Karen Chisum saw many positive things in her team’s performance against the Aggies. “I saw some very, very good things tonight,” Chisum said. “Our middles and Shelbi are doing a great job. There was some very, very good volleyball played by Texas State tonight.” Junior middle blockers Emily Jones and Amy Weigle led the Bobcats by combining for 35 kills and .483 hitting percentage. Jones’ game-leading 19 kills eclipsed her previous career high of 14 kills, which she accomplished twice this season. Jones, however, seemed less concerned about her personal mark and was focused on the ﬁnal score. “With the loss, it didn’t really feel like 19 kills,” Jones said. “But I was glad to keep them in there. Even though we were down, it’s good that we were able to help the team out as much as possible.” Weigle’s 16 kills in 26 chances were blemished by only two errors, good for a .538-hitting percentage. It was the ﬁrst time in 2007 that a Bobcat player with over 10 attacking attempts in a game recorded a .500 hitting percentage. “(We learned) that one of the
other teams that A&M has played when we were scouting them, their middles killed them, so we went up there and were fearless,” Weigle said of her and Jones’ performance. The play of Weigle and Jones was counterbalanced by the relatively poor showing of the Bobcats’ outside hitters. Jessica Weynand and Lawrencia Brown each posted negative hitting percentages in the game. “We’ve got to get our outside hitters in the game. There is no doubt about that,” Chisum said. Freshman setter Shelbi Irvin came oﬀ the bench to post her third double-double of the season, recording team-highs of 34 assists and 15 digs. Starting setter Brittany Collins, who has been hampered by a foot injury suﬀered prior to the season, added 17 assists. Brown dug out 13 Aggie attacks in the game to go along with eight kills. Kacey Wimpy added 11 digs. Texas State literally matched the Aggies point-for-point throughout the start of the ﬁrst game, as neither team could accumulate more than a one-point lead over the ﬁrst 31 points. Trailing 15-14, the Aggies used a ﬁve-point run to give them some breathing room and a four-point lead. The Bobcats could not come closer than two points as the visitors took the ﬁrst game. Unfazed by the loss, the Bobcats responded by jumping out to a 9-3 lead in the second game. Weigle and Brown each had two kills during the run. But just as it appeared Texas State had gotten comfortable, the Aggies reeled oﬀ the next ﬁve points to cut the lead to one. The teams matched points throughout the second portion of the game until the Bobcats broke
a 19-19 tie with a four-point run. After the Aggies tied the game at 26, a 4-1 Bobcat run gave Texas State the game, with Jones sealing the win with a service ace. The third game proved to be just as close as the ﬁrst two in the early stages. Trailing 15-14, the Aggies used a 10-4 run to take control of the game and won 3024. The Aggies wasted no time reclaiming their stronghold on the match when the teams switched sides for the fourth game. Texas A&M scored the game’s ﬁrst seven points, before Texas State called timeout. The ’Cats scored their ﬁrst point after A&M scored eight, and were unable to stay within 10 points after the Aggies took a 16-5 lead in the match’s ﬁnal game.
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LOOKING AHEAD The Bobcats return to action Friday when they host the Houston Cougars in the second game of the annual CenturyTel Premier tournament. Texas State will face Houston, Cal State-Fullerton and Missouri during the two-day event. The Cougars (1-3) opened the season with a win over Southland Conference contender UT-Arlington, but have since dropped their past three contests. Houston lost consecutive 3-0 matches to Big 12 opponents Kansas State and Texas, and lost 3-1 to New Mexico State Sunday. Saturday’s contest against Missouri will be the Bobcats’ third against a Big 12 member school this season. The Tigers opened the 2007 season ranked 20th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I poll, but losses to Ole Miss and Florida International have knocked Missouri from the list.
Monty Marion/Star photo MAKING A SAVE: Freshman Ally Buitron digs a Texas A&M spike just above the ﬂoor during the Bobcats’ 3-1 loss to the Aggies Tuesday at Strahan Coliseum.
Cotton Miller/Star photo ROUGH START: Sophomore goalkeeper Mandi Mawyer gets one of her three saves during the Bobcats’ 1-0 loss to Utah State Friday at the Soccer Complex.
By Carl Harper Senior Sports Reporter The Bobcats are two games deep into the regular season and have yet to score a goal. After losing their ﬁrst-ever match against Utah State Friday night 1-0 to kick oﬀ the season, Coach Kat Conner’s squad didn’t improve any against Baylor in a 4-0 loss Sunday in Waco. “It’s a marathon to start oﬀ 0-2, but our players are making improvements and growing as a team,” Conner said. The only goal of Friday’s game came in the 28th minute when Aggie midﬁelder Dana Peart found the right side of the net after being assisted by teammate Lindsey Smart. The Bobcats were outshot in the game 14-4 to go along with the Aggies having the corner kick advantage at 5-1. “They (Utah State) had a different formation that gave us some trouble,” Conner said. “But the girls adapted to it at halftime and made corrections. The second half was more balanced.” Sophomore goalkeeper Mandi Mawyer played the entire game, posting three saves while freshmen Jessica Elting, Audra Randell, and juniors Reagan McNutt and Rikki Padia took all four shots for the Bobcats. Shannon Ross led the Aggies with three shots in the game. “Mandi was looking good in practice during the week so we went with her against Utah State,” Conner said. “The only goal they scored wasn’t even her fault.” The Bobcats’ away game didn’t
and freshman Amanda Byrd each played a half and recorded three saves apiece. “Mandi gave up a rebound in the ﬁrst half and seemed to be a step oﬀ her game, so we gave some time to Amanda,” Conner said. “I think Amanda did an outstanding job and was impressed with the way she played.” Texas State will look to rebound from a rough start to the campaign, as they take on Texas Tech 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. —Kat Conner The Red Raiders will be looking Women’s soccer coach for their ﬁrst win of the year as they suﬀered two defeats, to Georgia and Vanderbilt, over seem to respond well oﬀensively the weekend at the Georgia against their ﬁrst Big 12 oppo- Nike Invitational. nent of the year as they were The Raiders hope to gain outshot 25-2. Sophomore Chris- their ﬁrst win for new head tina Racanelli and freshman Brit- coach Tom Stone, who is in his ney Curry took the only shots for ﬁrst season with the team comTexas State and were denied by ing from Clemson. He spent one goalkeepers Ashley Noah and Gi- season as an assistant coach anna Quintana. with the Tigers’ soccer proThe Bears drew blood ﬁrst in gram. Stone’s club only got on the match when Betsy Kyle assist- the board once during the trip ed Amanda McGrath for her ﬁrst to the East coast as freshman goal of the season in the fourth Priscilla Esquivel scored an unminute of play. McGrath, who led assisted goal against Georgia. the Bears with ﬁve shots in the The Raiders lost 4-1 to Georgia game, found herself involved 34 prior to being shutout 1-0 by minutes later when she linked Vanderbilt. up with Lindsey Johnson for a 2-0 “There is a good rivalry belead at the break. tween us and Texas Tech beBaylor struck again twice in the cause several of our players are second half with Jessica Hutton’s friends with their players,” Congoal in the 78th minute and Lotto ner said. “I think if we can pull Smith’s score just 29 seconds the fans out again, then hopefullater. ly that extra fan boost will help “We need to work on our mid- us get the win. Our team needs ﬁeld defending,” Conner said. to keep their attention on the “Baylor raised the level after half- long term goal (of winning contime while our midﬁeld did not.” ference), but a win against Tech Bobcat goalkeepers Mawyer would build our conﬁdence.”
here is a good rivalry between us and Texas Tech ... I think if we can pull the fans out again, then hopefully that extra fan boost will help us get the win.”