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SEPTEMBER 6, 2006
VOLUME 96, ISSUE 6
2006 Offfor Campus Service Man receivesFall eight years felony drug charges David Saleh Rauf The University Star
Khairah, originally from Sugar Land, was suspected of selling a variety of drugs from his Wonder World Drive apartment, including cocaine, marijuana, Diazepam pills and Promethozine, a codeine-laced cough syrup. “He had between six to eight pints of the stuff; it was like 3.14 kilos,” Booher said. “He had over 28 grams of Valium, a little under 28 grams of Xanax, a pound of marijuana, along with photographs of narcotics and about $3700 in cash, along with tally sheets indicating what we felt like were narcotic transactions,” he said.
A former Texas State student was sentenced to eight years in prison Aug. 29 in district court after pleading guilty to ﬁve felony drug counts. Ramjit Singh Khairah was arrested Aug. 12, 2004 during a Hays County Narcotics Taskforce raid on his home in the Palazzo apartments that yielded large quantities of pharmaceuticals and marijuana, Hays Counxas ty Prosecutor James Booher said. te
Khairah pled guilty to a ﬁrst-degree felony, a second-degree felony and three state jail felonies for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. He struck a plea bargain with Hays County prosecutors to avoid a minimum 10-year prison sentence without the option of probation, Booher said. “The sheer quantity that he had made it an aggravated ﬁrst degree felony, which basically meant that if he was convicted, his minimum would be 10 years and if the jury sentenced him to anything more than The Outpost
10 years, then he would not have been eligible for probation,” he said. “I think he was really concerned with the fact that it was a ﬁve-count indictment. They were pushing pretty hard for a plea. They would have taken a probation almost without thinking, but we never offered them probation and so at that point they were trying to work as short a prison term as they could.” Booher said prosecutors settled for the eight-year prison sentence because Khairah
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ST plaints about the bus route and di8:19, Clarewood M thing about it, we will,” said Elia Yeager, induring rush hour trafﬁc,” Revis said. to walk home from campus without To adapt to the changes, Revis rected the students to the proper A 10:27, 10:3 ternational relations junior, as she waved a “By the time the stadium bus reaches using the bus system. has Aaltered her morning behavior to authorities,” Yackel said. TH 11:55, 12:0 E banner. the front of Bobcat Village, there is “There have also been occasions avoid the repercussions of tardiness. Though Yackel said she can empaH Townwood 1:23, “Bridging the Economic Gap Day”1:31, has nowhere to sit nor stand.” when I have walked home from cam- C “This semester I amLNat. the bus stop thize with the students, she said the 3:07, A become an annual event in Austin and3:15, has Though Bobcat Village residents pus and arrived to Bobcat Village be- by 7 a.m. to arriveD to my 8 a.m. on apartment complex is not respon4:59, 5:07, now made its way to San Marcos. During have a bus stop, many opt to walk fore the bus,” Revis said. time,” she said. LIN sible for the bus route. . D the last 12 years, the National Living Wage across the street when returning to Revis also cheated by the bus Margaret Yackel, resident director “We are not responsible for the Sanfeels Marcos R Cuevas Market Campaign has fought and wonTimes more than their homes. route change. of Bobcat Village Apartments, has bus routes. I have been informed R in R Station E 140 ordinances in more than 20 states. “I walk across the street at the end “I moved to Bobcat Village because referred displeased residentsIV to the there are plans to landscape the new R Texas has a current minimum wage ofBU of my day because it is faster. The bus of the convenience of the buses. It Transportation and Parking Com- Bobcat Village bus stop for student’s NIGHT $5.15 an hour, which was last raised Sept. sits at the last stadium stop anywhere was a big promotion for the apart- mittee. comfort,” Yackel said. The night 1, 1997. Since then, the purchasing powerbu from ﬁve to 15 minutes,” Revis said. ment. Now it is not here anymore,” “We have had quite a bit of comPaul Hamilton, Auxiliary Services & 10:35PM M of minimum wage has fallen by 20 percent, senior grant specialist, assures Bobaccording to the Economic Policy Institute. cat Village residents their comfort is service only During the Clinton administration, a concern being addressed and a bus stop. states were given the right to increase the stop is being created. minimum wage as they saw ﬁt; 18 states “We authorized the Physical Plant and Washington, D.C. have raised their to begin landscaping the grounds. They will proceed next week and ﬁ nminimum wages since. Bus Stop ish the following week,” Hamilton Opponents of a living wage increase arVillas at Willow Springs Texas State Campus said. gue that it could eliminate some low-payW Wall, international studies ing to jobs as employers try to meet new wage The Texas State Tram is operatedAdam for students, faculty and staff, and is designed alleviate O senior, has a Cognisa driver on all scheduled increases.class It is also argued that this increase campus parking and traffic congestion. Thebeen system is in fullbus operation ND and final exam dates. NO SERVICE is provided weekends or official university ER for two semesters.on Wall, concerned could stagnate economic growth by depletholidays. Written inquiries aboutfor service policies andcomfort, routes may sent to the ing Transportation his passengers’ hasbeofthe affordable work force. W O & Parking Committee, LBJ Student Forcommuters. comments or suggestions, call 245feredCenter his ear3-2.5. to angry Those involved in the Living Wage MoveRL 2585 or e-mail email@example.com. For additional information on routes, schedules, Austin “None of the passengers I’ve spoke ment see increasing wages as common D commuter or charter service, call Cognisa Inc. at 754-8993, or speak with any driver. DR to are pleased with the changes to the sense. Graystone Park Hill Apts Bobcat Village route,” Wall said. “If you have a good work ethic, you *Routes and schedules are subject to change. Though Wall understands the stuSee ADVOCATES, page 3 dent’s concerns, he advises them to address the correct authorities. Cedars / Palazzo “Bus drivers have received an onslaught of complaints. It isn’t our 35 fault. Not only do passengers complain about the route, but the condition of the bus. We can’t do anything Starplex about that,” Wall said. 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Security of JCK in question after remaining unlocked numerous times By Eloise Martin The University Star The J.C. Kellam building was found unlocked several times after-hours in previous weeks, resulting in vandalism and feelings of insecurity. The University Police Department is asking students and staff to help keep the building and other areas of campus safe. UPD Capt. Rickey Lattie said the doors have remained unlocked after hours because of employees working late and human error. “The doors all have manual locks. Someone is responsible for locking them. They are all closed at night, but then people with master keys come and
unlock the doors to get in and work,” Lattie said. “They are not thinking to relock the doors after them, but they need to remember.” Although there has been some vandalism to the building after regular business hours, Lattie said the main concern is safety. “There are people who work in there all hours,” Lattie said. “They need to know that they are in a secure building.” The Ofﬁce of the Vice President for Student Affairs sent an e-mail to staff members Aug. 25 asking them to be alert for any activity that may seem suspicious and to remember to keep doors locked when the building is closed. Lattie said students should also keep their
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eyes open for activity that does not seem normal. “If you see somebody that looks suspicious, let us know. We don’t mind walking over and asking someone why they are there,” he said. A painting has also been stolen from the building, but the incident occurred during regular hours. UPD Investigator Brandon Hale said the incident occurred Aug. 22 and is still under investigation. The painting was stolen from the ﬁrst ﬂoor and was of Jerome Cates. Cates served as interim president at Texas State from 1973 to 1974 and his painting is valued at $3,400, Hale said. UPD is still looking for any information students and staff may have.
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Hale said although JCK was found unlocked recently, it is not the only building that needs to remain secure. “There is concern for any building with doors that are left unlocked — whether it is JCK, Flowers Hall or Evans Liberal Arts,” he said. Sgt. Adam Rodriguez works with the Community Awareness Resource Team at UPD. The goal of CART is to focus on the educational side of law enforcement, Rodriguez said. “We reach out to faculty, staff and students,” Rodriguez said. “We do security surveys, residency hall presentations, DWI presentations and other programs for prevention.” Rodriguez said the police department works with Facilities Access, a security
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access team that checks entrances on campus buildings to ensure they are locked. The team also enters buildings after hours to secure interior doors. Students are an important part of prevention too, Rodriguez said. “They are our eyes and ears,” he said. “There are a heck of a lot more of them than there is security.”
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Wednesday in Brief
September 6, 2006
starsof texas state Lori Bergen has been named director of the school of journalism and mass communication at Texas State, effective Sept. 1. Bergen comes to Texas State from Kansas State University, where she served as associate professor and associate director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She earned her Ph.D. in mass
communication from Indiana University, her master’s in journalism and mass communications and her bachelor’s in history and political science from Kansas State. Bergen served as the assistant to the press secretary on the Bob Dole for President Committee from1979-80 in Washington, D.C. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations
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On This Day...
Fancy feet WEDNESDAY Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 357-2049. There will be advocate training at the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. For more information contact Elizabeth Dixon at (512) 396-3404. Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity will hold a bake sale fundraiser in The Quad from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Higher Ground, the LutheranEpiscopal campus ministry, offers a short service of prayer and reﬂection at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, across from The Tower residence hall. A free meal follows at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity will hold a bake sale fundraiser in The Quad from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1620 - The Pilgrims left on the Mayﬂower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World.
The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center at 7:30 p.m.
1899 - Carnation processed its ﬁrst can of evaporated milk. 1901 - U.S. President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded (he died eight days later).
FRIDAY Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship and special guest Renay West, missionary to Argentina. Everyone is welcome.
1939 - South Africa declared war on Germany. 1948 - Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was crowned. 1959 - The ﬁrst Barbie Doll was sold by Mattel Toy Corporation.
SATURDAY There will be advocate training at the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. For more information contact Elizabeth Dixon at (512) 396-3404.
A student-led rosary will be recited in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center at 6:25 p.m.
The cross-country team will host the Texas State Invitational at 8 a.m. at Gary Job Corps.
The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Tennis Club president, Chris Harris, at email@example.com.
There will be an on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. There will be a Bobcat Build planning committee interest meeting with special guest, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1
There will be an on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601.
There will be advocate training at the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. For more information contact Elizabeth Dixon at (512) 396-3404.
There will be advocate training at the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. For more information contact Elizabeth Dixon at (512) 396-3404.
The Counseling Center will offer the following groups: Facing the Fear (Anxiety Group), which will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Women’s Personal Growth Group, which will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For information or to sign up, contact the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.
The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the CSC. Go to www.UniversityStar.com and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.
Monty Marion/Star photo Accounting junior Jenna Barnes (left) and interior design senior Shavawn Helmle (right) work the counter at the Flip Flop Shop located on the corner of Sessom and N. LBJ Drive. The Flip Flop Shop sells a variety of the sandals and ﬂip-ﬂops in demand among college students.
CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Aug. 30, Unknown Hours Theft under $500/Child Development Center An ofﬁcer was dispatched to CDC in reference to a report of missing funds. This case is under investigation. Aug. 30, 1:13 p.m. Information Report: Property Lost/Stolen/ UPD Lobby An ofﬁcer was dispatched for a report from a student that stated her wallet had been stolen. This case is under investigation. Aug. 30, 7:54 p.m. Driving With Invalid License/Bobcat Stadium Parking Lot
A police ofﬁcer made contact with a vehicle for a trafﬁc stop. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for driving with invalid license and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center awaiting magistration. Aug. 31, 1:17 a.m. Property Damage/Falls Hall An ofﬁcer was dispatched to for a report of property damage. Upon further investigation, it was discovered the damage had been an accident. Aug. 31, 2:07 p.m. Property Lost/Stolen/UPD Lobby An ofﬁcer was dispatched for a report that a student’s bike was stolen from Tower Hall. This case is under investigation.
Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS
1972 - The Summer Olympics resumed in Munich, West Germany, a day after the deadly hostage crisis that took the lives of 11 Israelis and ﬁve Arab abductors. 1991 - The State Council of the Soviet Union recognized the independence of the Baltic states.
Daily Beat Board of Regents meeting attended by ASG, faculty member resigns The Associated Student Government is the ofﬁcial voice of the students at Texas State University. ASG meetings are held every Monday at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 314.1 and are open to the public. In August, ASG representatives attended a regular Board of Regents meeting in Austin. The Student Advisory Board, a collaborative group representing all student governments across the Texas State University System, took a stance against a new rule that was proposed to the Board. The rule also required that the font size used for system identiﬁcation be no less than 40 percent of the size used to identify the home insti-
tution. The SAB unanimously passed an emergency motion against this proposed rule change. Also at the August SAB meeting, Student Body President Kyle V. Morris was elected to a one-year term as vice chair for the SAB. ASG has been notiﬁed that there is some discussion amongst Texas State University System administrators that course fees could be eliminated in all component institutions and replaced with designated tuition. The ASG leadership has requested more information on this issue from the Texas State University System’s ofﬁce and is skeptical of this plan for two reasons: It could decrease the transparency of these funds and it could force students in classes with low course fees to subsidize students in classes with higher course fees.
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ADVOCATES: Greater than 30 percent of San Marcos below poverty line CONTINUED from page 1
David Racino/Star photo RAIN OR SHINE: Members of the Living Wage Advocates gather at the bridge on Hopkins as part of a national movement to “bridge the economic gap” Tuesday morning in the pouring rain.
should be able to survive and even thrive,” said Jeremy Lovelace, education sophomore and co-founder of Citizens for Social Democracy, at breakfast after the rally. Citizens for Social Democracy recently started in San Marcos as an instrument for social change. “We’re involved because it directly affects us; we’ve all been there,” Lovelace said. Members believe that anyone who works 40 hours a week should be able to afford food, shelter and clothing. A living wage can be calculated from the living cost of a given area. The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides vouchers of fairrent market prices for public housing. Using this voucher, monthly rents can be established. With
these prices and the Housing and Urban Developments principle that only 30 percent of wages should pay for rent, an Austin single-bedroom apartment would cost $667 a month and have a living wage that would be approximately $12.83 an hour. More than 30 percent of San Marcos’ population resides below the poverty level. Citizens for Social Democracy believes San Marcos should stop supplementing businesses that pay poverty-level wages. According to the 2006 budget, San Marcos allocated approximately $720,000 to supplement the outlet stores. Lovelace said the outlet businesses pay an average of $6.50 an hour to their employees. “The city works for the people; that’s the way they’re elected,” Yeager said. “Policy-makers should stand up for their community.”
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“There are not enough buses for the Bobcat Stadium route and the buses are packed by 7:30 a.m. Other occasions the buses break down on us.” Wall said the problem is a lack of drivers. “We need more drivers. We are down by 10 from last semester,” he said. Wall said paying a one-time bus fee is a better deal for students than paying a daily usage charge. “The average student rides the bus at least twice a day to and from home. If Texas State charged its students a dollar per trip, then it would cost students $10 a week. Multiply that by three months and you have spent $120 for a semester. Compare that to paying a bus fee once and the students truly get the better end of the deal,” Wall said. Wall said students are moving in the right direction when voting for new buses. “Two out of six new buses broke down the ﬁrst or second week of purchase. It was not the fault of Cognisa and we actually received two brand new buses,” Wall said. “Buses break down. It is inescapable.” However, commuter Cynthia Williams, biology senior, is dissatisﬁed with the bus system in its entirety. “I travel in less time from New Braunfels than I do from the stadium to class,” Williams said. In an effort to manage her time, Williams walks to campus. “Now every morning after I park, I just walk to campus and to
class. I make better time than the bus most days,” Williams said. Williams said the solution to packed stadium buses is simple. “I think if the Bobcat Village route were to return, then it would alleviate the packed stadium buses as it would stop at the Coliseum anyway and the commuters who park at Bobcat Village.” Hamilton said the dilemma lies within the lines of communication, not service. “The biggest inaccuracy that I have heard is that Bobcat Village went away. The route went away, not the service. There is more service to Bobcat Village now than before,” Hamilton said. Hamilton said the hard data decides the routes, not personal opinion. “The Campus Master Plan requires we provide equitable service to all the students,” Hamilton said. The decision to discontinue the Bobcat Village route was to the beneﬁt of all students, according to Hamilton. “All students pay a bus fee. Not just those who reside at Bobcat Village. Not just those who live on Ranch Road 12. We want to make sure we have services available to everyone,” Hamilton said. “The Bobcat Village stop has now been added to four other routes, which is better for all who reside on the east side of San Marcos. The service at Bobcat Village served only Bobcat Village residents. Now it serves four others. In the past, it served in a much lesser extent the commuters of Bobcat Stadium. “ Hamilton said residents at
Bobcat Village are more concerned with comfort than the actual service. “I will be the ﬁrst to admit they are getting a different kind of service that may not be as preferred to them this semester. Last semester they had service that picked them up essentially at the doors of their apartment and the bus would go to their campus destination without any stops on the way,” he said. “They were getting great service at the detriment of every other location in town.” Hamilton said another common misconception is the perceived notion of accumulating bus fees. There has not been a raise in the bus fees since August 2004, he said. The new increase in bus fees will not take effect until fall of 2007. Because the referendum did not pass until fees had already been collected for the 2006-07 year, students were not charged the additional cost. “It would be illegal for us to collect a bus fee for a semester that has already received registrations,” Hamilton said. Currently there are ﬁve new buses purchased as a result of the last referendum. New buses will arrive in early spring, 2007. In recent efforts to better serve students, Texas State Tram has collaborated with CARTS to provide transportation for students. A portion of student’s bus fees has been applied toward the CARTS system. “They (the buses) are allowed to come on campus to serve apartments we do not serve,” Hamilton said. “All students need to do is to show their student I.D. when they get on.”
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agreed to waive any right of appeal to pre-trial issues. “It basically resolves the case now and wraps everything up,” Booher said. “I think it was worth it from our standpoint to get resolution and closure on the case. It was worth it to him to avoid potentially really large exposure on the upside for a prison sentence.” The defense was negotiating with Hays County prosecutors for the past two years, attempting to strike a deal, Khairah’s lawyer, Richard Bell, said. “We’ve been negotiating with them for two years now. When we started the trial, the state was offering him 20 years. After day one it went down to 10 years and after the second day of trial it went down to eight,” Bell said. “His range of punishment if he was convicted for the offense was 10 to life. Since they were offering eight, it was something I thought he should entertain. After I conveyed that to him, he agreed to accept it.” Bell said the amount of evidence amassed by the state was a large factor in copping the plea bargain with prosecutors. “We were certainly concerned about the evidence. There was alleged pictures and tally sheets
and a large quantity of drugs, cash and a number of other things,” Bell said. “Any time you assess a case, you’ve got to look at what does the state have, and the state had a lot of stuff.” The state, however, was concerned they might not get some evidence in because of certain rulings the judge made, Bell said. He said if the defense had gone through the trial and lost, they would have ﬁled an appeal based on a conﬁdential informant who the judge did not name. Bell said the judge allowed the conﬁdential informant’s statements to the police to be used against Khairah, even though the defense had no idea who the person was. “I felt like if we would have lost the case, Mr. Khairah would have gotten out on appeal and we would have done the whole case over again. There was a conﬁdential informant, and the judge refused to tell us who that person was,” Bell said. “I think based on the history of the cases prior to this one it’s pretty clear that the judge has to give us the identity of the conﬁdential informant so that we can adequately defend our client.” Khairah is currently waiting to enter a drug treatment facility. “He’s doing ﬁne,” Bell said. “I think he realizes that it was a poor decision and that it’s impacting his life now.”
Chuck Kennedy/MCT LEANING ON SECURITY: U.S. President George W. Bush during a news conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 21, 2006. The Bush administration has touted Homeland Security as the GOP’s number one campaign item this fall.
Terrorism, Homeland Security, GOP’s trump card against House takeover By Thomas M. DeFrank New York Daily News WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Bush and the Republicans expect a stinging defeat in November, but they’re betting the terror card saves them from an electoral debacle. “The security issue trumps everything,” a senior Bush ofﬁcial said last week. “That’s why even though they’re really mad at us, in the end they’re going to give us another two years.” Nevertheless, many other senior Bush loyalists privately believe anti-Iraq and anti-Bush sentiment will cost the Republicans the House nine weeks from today — a doomsday scenario that would cripple Bush for his ﬁnal two years in ofﬁce. “We’ll lose the House,” one of the party’s most prominent ofﬁcials ﬂatly predicted, “and the president will be dead in the water for two years.” Even a perennially optimistic senior Bush strategist conceded, “I’m pretty worried about it; the House is not looking good.” The Democrats need a net gain of six seats in the Senate or 15 in the House to gain control of one chamber. Barring a huge national wave of Bush backlash, the GOP is widely expected to lose seats but hang on to its slim majority in the Senate. The House, which was
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thought to be impregnable until Iraq, immigration and Hurricane Katrina sent Bush’s approval ratings into a tailspin, is “very much in play and very much in ﬂux,” according to a White House number-cruncher. “This cake is baked,” predicted Charlie Cook, editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report newsletter. “You just don’t have a wave of this magnitude and not see 15 seats turn over.” The best-case scenario offered by several White House and Republican Party optimists projects losing three Senate seats and eight to 10 House races. That would diminish Bush’s legislative clout but keep the GOP in control. If the election were held today, a top analyst closely allied with the White House said, the Republicans would lose at least 20 seats, more than enough to make Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California Speaker of the House
and New York’s Charles Rangel chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, which controls billions in government spending. A key Bush ofﬁcial called those prospects “suicidal for the country,” a theme Republicans will trumpet throughout the campaign. Bush’s handlers acknowledge he’s an unpopular president whose leadership credentials have been shattered in the last year, even though his poll approval ratings have ticked back into the low 40s from their lows in the 30s. Americans have “decided the personal characteristics that kept him aﬂoat for a long time aren’t that appealing anymore,” an inﬂuential Bushie told the New York Daily News. “They also think Iraq is a failure.” But Bush political guru Karl Rove believes a massive GOP counteroffensive begun last week re-emphasizing the terror threat and linking the war in Iraq to keeping America safe will carry the day. Bush planners also believe Republicans have a superior “ground game” that will prove more effective in identifying and turning out their vote than the Democrats. “We enjoy a several-fold strategic advantage on the ground,” said a conﬁdent top Bush strategist. “A well-executed mediocre plan will beat a poorly executed brilliant plan every day.”
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Mexican poll results expected to find Calderon president By Colin McMahon Chicago Tribune MEXICO CITY — Though it has yet to release detailed results of a partial recount, Mexico’s highest electoral court said it would announce Tuesday the winner of the nation’s July 2 presidential vote. The ruling is expected to ratify Felipe Calderón of the conservative National Action Party as president-elect. That would end all legal challenges by Calderón’s leftist opponent, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. But the decision is unlikely to end the bitter political conﬂict that has left some Mexicans riveted and others revolted. With both sides slinging mud as well as conﬂicting numbers and with key data from the recount still not tabulated, many Mexicans remain in doubt about who won the closest presidential race in their history. Obrador is not among them. He insists he won, and he has added the Federal Electoral Tribunal to his growing list of Mexican institutions that he says cannot be trusted. Obrador supporters accuse the tribunal of making a political decision rather than a judicial one. They also complain that the court’s seven judges, whose decisions cannot be appealed, have failed to fully report their ﬁndings in a timely and open manner. “This is a lack of transparency because the public does not know the results of the recount,” said Horacio Duarte, an electoral lawyer for Obrador’s coalition, after the tribunal last week released only partial results of its partial recount. The post-electoral legal process has left many Mexicans confused and with good reason. The recount alone is a complex issue. Conducted over ﬁve days in early August, the recount examined vote totals in nearly 10 percent of the precincts across Mexico. After it was over, the tribunal decided to annul tens of thousands of votes that it deemed questionable. Those lost votes cost Calderón more than they cost Obrador. But the difference was not nearly enough to change ofﬁcial results that had given the conservative a slim lead. On its Web site, the Federal Electoral Tribunal has posted its rulings on all the districts where
challenges had been brought. The judges explain why they annulled some votes but not others. What the tribunal has yet to do, however, is detail how the vote totals changed in the precincts that were not annulled. Calderón’s people say such changes are negligible. Human errors cost both candidates equally, say ofﬁcials with Calderón’s National Action Party. And Calderón’s lead of nearly 240,000 votes out of nearly 42 million cast remained safe, they said. Obrador’s aides insist that the recount not only exposed widespread irregularities but also showed the leftist making small but potentially signiﬁcant gains. Because a swing of only two
votes per precinct could change the outcome, they said, a full recount was necessary. The Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington said a study of available ﬁgures from the recount raised enough questions to justify demands for a wider review of the vote. For one thing, according to ﬁgures reviewed in the study, counting errors disproportionately damaged Calderón. Tribunal ofﬁcials said Monday that new ﬁgures from the recount would be reﬂected in the ﬁnal vote count. But a spokesman for the court said he did not know whether the tribunal would release precinct-by-precinct vote totals and how they were changed by the recount.
Heriberto Rodriguez/KRT PHOTO FINISH: Banners are held aloft in Mexico City, July 6. Conservative Felipe Calderón claimed victory over leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador by the smallest margin ever in a Mexican presidential race. But neither captured much more than 35 percent of the electorate, meaning whichever man ultimately becomes president will have the smallest mandate any Mexican president has ever had.
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By Andrea L. Short The University Star Hidden in a rocky parking lot off C M Allen Parkway, Central Texas farmers pile their tables high with farm-fresh goods. Every Tuesday, from 3 to 6 p.m., members of the Farmer’s Market claim a table and set out their items. Everything from seasonal produce, plants, homebaked breads, meats and even aromatherapy items line the tables beneath two long tents. Bradley Ottmers, a farmer from Fredericksburg, brings his produce to San Marcos every week. “We have a lot of repeat customers but a few new every now and then. Usually our busiest part of the season is early summer,” Ottmers said. The Farmer’s Market is a non-proﬁt organization managed and organized by a board of directors. Growers interested in selling their goods at the market must complete an application and await board approval before staking out a spot at the market. “The board reviews every application received and one concern in particular is what the applicant wants to sell. We don’t want to have too much of one thing. The board decides whether the applicant will be a good ﬁt,” said Gale Smith, marketing manager for the San Marcos Farmer’s Market. After applicants are approved, there is a $50 association fee due at the beginning of each year, as well as a $15 stall fee for each market day he/she attends. Prices for products vary but are usually comparable to supermarket prices. The freshness
try to come every week. I may miss a week here and there, but I like to come when I can.”
Lynn Villarreal Farmer’s Market patron
and quality of the produce is high and samples are given with a smile. Other than fruits and vegetables, the Market also sells freshly baked bread from vendors such as Great American Bread Company, with ﬂavors such as peach, pineapple zucchini, potato and chocolate brownie, as well as small plants and aromatherapy lotions, candles and bath products. Lotus McElﬁsh brings her botanical creations for aromatherapy to the market from Spring Branch. Freshly dried lavender bouquets, bath products and lotions in invigorating and calming scents are available. “I just moved to the area and was looking for different markets to make my product available,” McElﬁsh said. There is a little something for everyone at the Market. Many customers visit the Market every Tuesday. Lynn Villarreal and her daughter stopped by many tables and chatted with the sellers casually while they browsed. “I try to come every week. I may miss a week here and there, but I like to come when I can,” Villarreal said.
Adventure-seekers can find day or night activities at Outdoor Rec Center By Charlotte Almazan The University Star
be wilderness aid certiﬁed. “All our staff leaders When classes, dorm have extensive experirooms and jobs start ence. The have been cramping in on you, an working within six adventure trip coordimonths to a year’s time. nated with the Outdoor (Leaders) start going on Recreation Center could trips on a volunteer babe your ticket out. sis,” Carlson said. Located at Sewell Park With no experience next to the Jowers Cennecessary, all trips are ter, the Outdoor Recreopen to students, nonation Center coordinates student community adventure trips that acmembers and planned commodate the student groups. Prices for each budget without comprotrip range from $5 to mising the outdoor expe$35, with the weeklong rience. trip having a higher price An adventure trip usutag. ally consists of an out“Even if you are not a door activity such as rock student or from the genclimbing, camping or eral public, you may pay kayaking planned for the a little more but still get select duration of choice. the same supplies as a “It’s a welcomed change student,” Carlson said. Photos courtesy of Campus Recreation from being in the city. It’s For ﬁrst-timers ingood to get out and you AT THE EDGE: Melissa Patterson, alumna, sits terested in sampling meet a lot of people. Pret- looking over the brink of Mooney Falls during the adventure trips, the ty much 90 to 95 percent recreation center recof the people are students Campus Recreation’s Spring Break trip to the ommends trying the on these trips,” said An- Grand Canyon last year. moonlight ﬂoats since drew Carlson, recreation they are the shortest and center student manager and in full by the deadline and the least expensive of the trips. pre-music senior. recreation center routinely con“They are a lot of fun … and Each trip includes all neces- ducts pre-trip meeting to discuss it’s a different experience besary supplies, transportation the agenda. cause we go after dark. We will and gear with students provid“For every trip that we have, paddle through Rio Vista, ending their own food and drinks. except the moonlight ﬂoat, we ing up at Thompson’s Isle. The “All of these trips are beginner have a pre-trip meeting, usu- trip is about two and a half hours level. You do not need any ex- ally at the Recreation Center. long,” Carlson said. perience to get started on these We will talk to you and see what In addition to the Moonlight trips,” said Charlie Lee, geogra- your experience is, go over the Floats, every semester the Outphy senior and recreation center itinerary … and what’s expected door Recreation Center includes employee. on the trip,” Carlson said. rock-climbing daytrips and Interested parties can sign up The Outdoor Recreation Cen- weekends as a standard. and register for the trips as late ter staff members are required “I’d been (to Enchanted Rock) as a few days before the sched- to have ﬁrst aid and CPR experiuled dates. All fees must be paid ence and soon all members will See REC, page 6
Matthew Blanco/Star photos FARMER’S MARKET: Market manager Gail Smith works to sell her homegrown vegetables to customers during the San Marcos Farmer’s Market. The sale is located at 104 S. C M Allen Parkway every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. THE FIELD’S YIELD: A wide variety of farm-fresh produce is available during the 3-hour-a-week market including onions, squash, okra, tomatoes and various types of peppers.
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Art key subject of lecturer’s REC: Weekend trips to Austin, Hill Da Vinci Code presentation Country’s Enchanted Rock planned By Jacqueline Davis The University Star Texas State students and the San Marcos community have a chance to learn more about the controversy surrounding The Da Vinci Code. Alan Pizer, art and design senior lecturer, will give a presentation titled “An Art Historian Searches for Truth in The Da Vinci Code” at 7 p.m. in the San Marcos Activity Center. A question-and-answer session will follow, as well as refreshments. Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code and the resulting ﬁlm created a stir among literary, scholarly and religious groups across the nation. Some hailed it as brilliant; others condemned it as blasphemous. Pizer said he plans to address the underlying themes of the book, such as the formation of the early Christian church and its use of symbol and image in art and architecture. As a long-time Italian Renaissance art enthusiast, Pizer plans to merge visuals into his presentation. Pizer takes issue with the statement in the book’s opening pag-
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es that reads, “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate” and describes some of the author’s creative license as “a kind of academic dishonesty.” “The book weaves in latter-day myth with components derived from fact and components derived from scripture,” Pizer said. However, Pizer said he does not plan to “nit-pick,” but rather plans to keep his focus on art, only brieﬂy touching on aspects of religious belief. “What I’m going to try to do is say a few words about high renaissance art, art from the time of da Vinci, about their attitudes toward scripture and how they took a ﬁgurative approach to scripture and didn’t spell things out in a deﬁnitive way,” Pizer said. Pizer will also address the concept of the “sacred feminine,” which he describes as “the idea that there was a kind of equilibrium in pre-Christian times between masculine and feminine and that early Christianity wrote women out of the Bible.” Pizer said he did not believe this idea was fully spelled out in the book.
“Historically and religiously, it pushes a lot of buttons,” said CC Liedecke, director of religious education at San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Liedecke helped in getting Pizer to lecture and said she hopes the presentation will increase awareness of the local community of Unitarian Universalists. Jeannie Lewis, chair of the public relations committee at SMUUF, agrees. “One of our main reasons for doing this is to … let people know we really believe in the open and free search for religious truth and that is what this is all about,” Lewis said. Pizer made it clear that he does not want to conﬁrm or erode any particular religious belief, but said he hopes he can tie historical images into a larger dialogue. “I hope I can provide genuine insight and that by establishing the relationship between Pagan and Christian art, we can see why the church chose to develop certain thought that prevails today,” Pizer said.
a few times on my own, but the (recreation) trip is different … because they have a lot of gear and you meet new people who like outdoor stuff,” said Allen Delgadillo, biology senior. This semester, the day trips include half-day visits to the Austin Greenbelt and Reimer’s Ranch and a weekend camping trip to Enchanted Rock. “Typically there is a lot of comradery. People make friends really easy. With stuff like rock climbing, there is a sense of ac-
complishment once you do it and conquer your fears,” Carlson said. The fall 2006 trip agenda has extended the activities to include a caving trip where the group will visit two caves not open to the general public. Owned by the Texas Cave Management Association and located west of Sonora, the cave expeditions lead the students through a natural cave exploration down a 30-foot descent. “The trips change up. This is the ﬁrst time (we’re going) caving. Big Bend and the caving
is new. Enchanted Rock is the standard,” said Carlson. Reserved for mainly intermediate paddlers only, the Big Bend National Park trip will involve eight days of paddling while exploring the lower Canyon section of the Rio Grande. “In the past, we’ve done ski trips. We wanted to make (this year’s trip) a get-away wilderness experience,” said graduate assistant Lisa Carter. “ Big Bend is the least-visited of all the national parks.” Activity schedule available at www.UniversityStar.com
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Main Point ‘slap in the face’ to Bobcats In regards to the article “Lame Crowd”, I have the following to say: You obviously are as surprised and excited as I was at the turnout. It has never been like that in my 4 years at Texas State except for the playoff run last year. But, to say that our crowd basically sucked is a slap in the face to all Bobcat fans. We cheered, roared and supported our Bobcats. Did you not hear the “Texas … State” chant only previously heard at the playoffs? The fans did that and it felt good being a part of it. School spirit is the highest it has ever been, especially for a regular season game. Maybe you’re too busy talking to your newspaper buddies on how you’re going to write another story that bashes someone instead of paying attention to the game. Go Bobcats!
Texas State tram system needs to keep riders in the know THE MAIN POINT
f you see groups of unhappy students, staff and faculty loitering around Texas State Tram stops while waiting to be picked up, they have every right to be upset. They have the right to be irate, disappointed and confused. Buses are being stretched thin, leaving many people unable to board full buses by the time they reach the ﬁnal stop prior to returning to campus. Overcrowded buses could mean a real danger to passengers squeezed into seats, walkways and stairs. This sight has become increasingly common, as people hold onto any available railing to prevent them from falling over as buses make stops and wide turns. As people are forced to wait for a bus allowing enough room for them to board, they risk running late to class or work — despite showing up early. In addition to the problem of overcrowding, various route changes have left bus riders in the dark. Many people may not know that bus schedules can be found on the university’s Web site, so Cognisa should make an effort to advertise any changes made in routes and stops, be it through e-mail or ﬂyers. After all, we are their customers. With the parking situation worsening because of an increasing campus population and construction planned for the future, the dependence on buses has increased as well. The university has outlined in the Campus Master Plan that one of their goals is to see greater use of this transportation resource. But when there aren’t enough buses or routes to transport students effectively, this idea becomes nothing more than an ideal. Although the university has made attempts at alleviating the problem, it also needs to do its part in informing the student body how money is being allocated for more buses and when new buses will become available. Toward the end of the Spring 2006 semester, Associated Student Government approved to renew Cognisa’s contract for bus services. Although ASG approved a raise in bus service fees along with the contract renewal, no indication was made as to when the fees would be increased and how much the increase would be. The university also failed to advertise that the Capital Area Rural Transportation System buses are now at the disposal of students. A portion of the bus service fee now goes toward CARTS, allowing students to simply ﬂash their I.D. and get on for free. The bus service has various routes around San Marcos, including the police station and several grocery stores — which anyone who lives on campus without a car would ﬁnd beneﬁcial. But once again, students are left with a lack of information. There is a lot of information that passes through the university, and while it may not be pertinent for students to know some things immediately, other information, such as changes involving buses, is extremely important for anyone who relies on bus service. The university and Cognisa needs to keep bus users updated with any changes because it affects 17, 000 people. That’s more than half the school. People have to adjust the time they leave their homes according to their transportation needs. No one can afford to be late to anything these days, and neither can the university or Cognisa when relating information about bus changes. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reﬂect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
Daniel Acuna criminal justice senior
Alumnus proud of Bobcat crowd I believe that Tuesday’s Main Point opinion regarding crowd lethargy at the Tarleton State University game was way off target. It seems unfair to criticize our recordbreaking crowd for being quiet at a point when their nationally ranked team was not playing well against a lesser opponent. Of course we were quieted; a team that we were supposed to slaughter actually gave us a run for our money before we ﬁnally pulled out the win. Instead of criticizing our fans for mid-game nervousness and aggressive postgame celebrations, I’d like to think that The University Star would be celebrating the fact that our football program is supported like never before. A capacity crowd at Bobcat Stadium on a holiday weekend is an amazing thing, especially for those of us who went to Texas State back when we were lucky to draw half that many people to a game. As one of those alumni, I can deﬁnitely say the sight of 15,388 rowdy fans that just took a while to get revved up was much better than the alternative. Eat ‘em up, ’Cats! Johnathan Winston alumnus
Developers ruining our land, water
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Businessmen rocking the boat with unfair wages John F. Kennedy’s stateConsider how gas prices ment, “A rising tide lifts have been adjusted in the last all boats,” sounds like pre10 years, or utilities, or mediRonald Reagan trickle-down cal costs. economics: What’s good for Adjusted for inﬂation, the business is good for the workminimum wage is at its lowingman. est level in half a century FRED AFFLERBACH — $5.15. The highest in the But what if some of those Star Columnist proverbial boats have a leak? last 50 years was $7.21 in And what if you don’t even 1968. With our pro-business own a boat? What good is a rising tide Congress, slipping snugly under the then? sheets with Washington lobbyists, the These supposed benevolent busiminimum wage earner’s best chance nessmen whose success can raise the for a raise is probably time travel ﬁnancial tide so high that even the — going back to 1968 seems more poor, dry-docked workers beneﬁt likely than this Congress raising the from their ﬁnancial success have minimum wage. historically put the American worker Before returning to college, I owned last in line. Congress has had to enact a small business that employed about labor laws that oversee the safety of six workers. The economics were women and children workers as well simple: After all the bills and taxes as seeing all workers are fairly paid were paid, and the payroll checks had because businesses were exploiting cleared, anything left was mine. That them. didn’t make it right to cinch on emHowever, the minimum wage law, ployees wages so I could keep a bigger ﬁrst enacted in 1933 under President slice of the pie any more than it’s OK Roosevelt, isn’t a one-time law; it for a parent to serve his kids bologna needs maintenance. And it has been and water so he can dine on ﬁlet miespecially neglected for 10 years. gnon and Bordeaux wine.
Some business owners may argue that paying their employees more will put them out of business. That, too, is bologna. If a business is on such tenuous ﬁnancial footing that they have to pay employees minimum wage to survive then they probably shouldn’t be open in the ﬁrst place. Those business owners should close their doors and go get a minimum wage job. Another bologna sandwich disguised as a reason not to raise the minimum wage is that minimum wage jobs are entry-level positions and part time jobs typically held by teenagers, thus unworthy of higher pay. According to the Economic Policy Institute, 80 percent of the workers who would be affected by a minimum wage increase to $7.25 an hour are older than 20 years old and 54 percent of those workers are full time. In addition, because of low job growth and job outsourcing, more and more Americans have had to rely on these low-paying jobs for extended periods. Not all beneﬁts to a higher mini-
mum wage can be quantiﬁed. Paying people more for what they do just makes sense. Higher wages mean more productive employees. Ask someone how they felt about their job the day before they received a raise and then ask the same question the day after they received a raise. The U.S. Congress needs to follow California’s lead and raise the minimum wage, but make it nationwide. It can be adjusted locally, according to the cost of living of different regions. The minimum wage in San Antonio certainly wouldn’t have to equal that of San Francisco, where the cost of living is much higher. Before the next high tide comes lapping up to the American shore, and our politicians, and captains of business and industry sail away in their yachts, they should respect with a fair wage those who built those boats and continue to row them. Without an able crew, even the ﬁnest skiff remains moored in harbor. Fred Afﬂerbach is a mass communication senior
Sean Wardwell’s column on Aug. 30 wonders at the “hating on” of developers, asking why are developers “suddenly” the bad guys. It is not sudden, read about Austin’s city council struggles in the 1970s to see we could tell developers were the spawn of Satan even back then (in the prehistory, before y’all were born). Do you like drinking water? A developer is destroying the ability of the hills to produce drinking water as you read this. It is not just a couple of bad apples engaging in underhanded tactics; it is the wholesale destruction of the web that supports life by men (it usually is men) who seek proﬁts at any cost to you and the Earth that supports all life. The idea that someone should be able to do as they like with property is absurd. All water and land is interconnected so that impacting one piece of land impacts all land connected to it in any way. Just look at Austin’s Barton Springs. It used to be much cleaner, clearer but upstream development has been allowed so the degradation is visible to the eye. There is no natural right to destroy the lifesupport ability of a piece of land for a proﬁt. Wardwell’s “paradise that never existed” describes the state humans lived in for most of our 12,000 years or so; hunter-gatherers. People like Wardwell obviously have not experienced enough of this world to see how the reality doesn’t ﬁt in the neat ideological equations — private good, public bad — of the right. Tax dollars to bash developers? Whatever it takes to rid the world of such scum.
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FOR RENT LANGTRY APARTMENT SUB-LEASE, 2BD/2BA. Move in ASAP, no deposit, ﬂexible rent $640. Call Mason at (979) 245-9593 or email masonﬁelds@hotmail.com URGENT!!!!!! Looking for someone to sublease a 1BD/1BA, 670 sq. ft. apartment by the end of September. Rent is $420. Located at the Veranda Apts. off of I-35N. (830) 422-1513. 239 CRADDOCK. 2BD/1BA with W/D included. $565 per month. On shuttle route. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy Real Estate, (512) 665-0350. 811 BRACEWOOD. 2BD/1BA with w/d included for $525 per month. Great deck with a view. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy Real Estate, (512) 665-0350. 1/1.5 LOFT. 700 sq. ft. 2BD/1.5BA, has backyards, includes W/D. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. $0 DEP., $345, MOST BILLS PAID. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. BIG 2 BEDROOM 900 SQ. FT. $585! Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. BIG DOGS OK! 1/1 - $450 & 2/2 $450, pay partial water, free cable. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. $199 TOTAL MOVE-IN! 1 bedroom, $460. 2 bedroom, $525. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. CALL THE ROOMMATES! 3 master suites, plus 1/2 bath. All appliances, including microwave and W/D. Rent $1,025. 916 or 918 Sagewood Trail. (512) 342-9567 or (512) 826-6208 (Austin). Prime Properties. APTS. OR HOUSE next to campus, roommate matching, wooden ﬂoors, good condition, free internet and cable, $250-$350 per person. Call (512) 757-1943. 707 BRACEWOOD has 2/1’s beginning at $475 per month. W/D connections. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy Real Estate, (512) 665-0350. 1108 A COLUMBIA AVE. 2/1 with large backyard. Newly remodeled. $775 + $500 deposit. Pets OK. (512) 799-4738. TOWNHOME 4-2.5, All bills paid, W/D included. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. 0 DEPOSIT, 0 APP. FEE. 1 month FREE! Cable, internet, water, trash paid. W/D included. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. DUPLEXES FOR RENT. First month free with this ad. (512) 422-0903. SINGLE ROOM LEASES IN 3/3 1/2/2 DUPLEX. $300/mo. First month rent free. Pets OK. (512) 587-2660 or (210) 324-0285. $1-1 $375. 500 sq. ft.! Some bills paid. Cheapest in town. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. $149 TOTAL MOVE IN! 1 bedroom, $420. 2 bedroom, $525. On TXState shuttle. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123.
$785, 2BD/2BA WINDMILL APARTMENTS. 3 blocks from TxState. Move-in today! Free HBO, Road Runner, full-size W/D. www.windmilltownhomes.com for ﬂoor plans & prices. (512) 396-4181. FREE RENT. Take over my individual lease at The Ridge. First and last months rent free. No deposit, $390/mo. Includes cable, phone, and internet. Call (512) 644-3398.
FOR RENT-DUPLEX 2 UNITS AT 903 & 905 HILYER ST. Each unit has 3BD/2BA, ﬁreplace, dishwasher, microwave, W/D & refgr. Nice wooded setting with large backyard. $1,030 per mo., discounted to $990 with long term lease. Call (559) 568-1015, or (559) 723-1676 ask for Teri or Don. 500 CREST CIRCLE. Country living. 2BD/2BAwith w/d connections. 1 car garage and fenced yard. REDUCED to $800 per month. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy, (512) 665-3321. 612 MILL STREET. 2BD/2BA available in October. W/D included. On the shuttle. $650 per month. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy Real Estate, (512) 665-3321. TWO STORY DUPLEX, 3BD/2.5BA, 2 car garage. Near university area in Hughson Heights. Freshly painted and ready for tenant, $895/mo. 1/2 month free. Call (512) 829-2015 for quick move-in. $765, 2BD/2BA WINDMILL DUPLEX. 3 blocks from TxState. Movein today! Free HBO, Road Runner, full-size W/D. www.windmilltownhomes.com for ﬂoor plans & prices. (512) 396-4181. DUPLEX. 2BD/1BA. Fenced yard. $585/mo. Contact Carmen at (512) 878-2995. DUPLEXES FOR LEASE OFF OF SAGEWOOD! 3BD/3.5BA; two-car garage/Internet access. Call today! (512) 913-8028. 900 HAZELTON. 3BD/2BA/1 carport for a REDUCED $925. W/D connections. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy, (512) 665-3321. 1BD/1BA, ceiling fans , hardwood ﬂoors, W/D, pets OK, $600/mo 557-0961. NICE 2BD/1BA, ﬁreplace, fenced yard, pets OK. $650/mo. (512) 392-2443.
FOR RENT-HOUSES 2 ROOMMATES NEEDED. 2,600 sq. ft. house, 1 mile from university. $450+ utilities. Call (210) 422-0577.
2010 NEVADA. 4BD/2BA. Newly painted. $1,000 per month. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy Real Estate, (512) 558-2651. BRAND NEW 3BD/3BA HOUSE ON 2 ACRES, large deck and shade trees, $1,500/mo. Call (512) 557-1831. FOR RENT-3/2 HOUSE W/ LARGE DECK. 1.5 miles from TxState campus. $1,050/mo. $800 deposit. 2020 Ramona Circle. Call Nik at (512) 964-6251. 118 QUAIL RUN, 3BD/2BA, 2 car garage, ﬁreplace, CH/CA, ceiling fans, patio, $950/mo. (512) 353-2684. HOUSE FOR RENT. 3BD/2BA, 1 car garage. Rent $900 plus utilities. All appliances. Deposit $300. (830) 481-4048. 2904 PHILO FOR LEASE. 3/2/2 for $1,250 per month. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy Real Estate, (512) 665-3321.
GARAGE SALE GARAGE SALE!! 1110 Girard St. by the Old Crockett Elementary School. College clothing (like new), baskets, playstation 2, dishes (kitchen ware), and lots more. Friday, 9/8; Saturday, 9/9; Sunday, 9/10. Starting at 10 am.
HELP WANTED TEACHERS NEEDED : Quality child-development center in Kyle needs teachers for our preschool & afterschool programs. Hiring young men and women. Must be fun & energetic. Must be able to work M–F, 2:30–6:30. www.rockinghorseacademy.com; (512) 405-3700 or fax( 512) 405-3701. CHILDCARE NEEDED FOR TWO SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN (Kindergarten and 3rd). Fall and Spring Semesters, Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Education or Early Childhood Development major preferred. Call (512) 353-3707. TEKA MARKETING INC. is now expanding and looking to ﬁll several FT/PT positions, very ﬂexible hours and casual work environment. For more information call (512) 805-0020. ATTENTION STUDENTS! POSITIONS AVAILABLE •$13 Base Appointment •Flexible Schedules •Customer Sales/Service •No Experience Needed, will train •All Ages 17+ •Conditions Apply Call today (512) 392-7377 www.workforstudents.com RAILROAD SEAFOOD STATION. Now hiring top bartenders, servers, managers. (210) 361-3944, ask for Alex.
ATHLETIC, OUTGOING MEN for calendars, greeting cards, etc. $75-200/ hr. No exp. needed, (512) 684-8296. POSITIONS AVAILABLE-chef, cooks, prep cooks, and waitstaff, both shifts. Apply in person. Juan Henry’s Restaurant, 500 River Road, Wimberley. EQUESTRIAN AND PHOTO MODELING OPPORTUNITIES. Apply on-line @ www.texasarabianhorses.com SPANISH 1420 TUTOR NEEDED for a correspondence class. Must know the grammar well. Will pay good! (512) 350-4192. U.B. SKI IS LOOKING FOR SALES REPS to post College Ski Week Flyers. Earn free trips and extra cash. Call 1-800-SKI-WILD. BABY SITTER NEEDED. MON. AND WED. 10am-5pm. Please contact (830) 203-0144 or (512)757-8740. BOBCATSNEEDJOBS.COM. We need Paid Survey Takers in San Marcos. 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys. ATHLETIC MALE MODELS WANTED for physique photography in Austin. $200-$1000 per session. Call Wu at (512) 927-2448. ENJOY WORKING WITH CHILDREN? J&R Gymnastics is looking for energetic gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading instructors. Schedule: 4-30 hrs. per week. Pay commensurate with experience. Experience preferred. Call (830) 606-0375. COTTON EYED JOE’S part-time position available. Must be able to work ﬂexible hours including evenings, weekends and holidays. Apply in person. 1680 Hunter Rd., Historic Gruene District. ATTENTION BUSINESS MAJORS, store manager needed immediately in Buda, P/T, ﬂexible hours, phone skills, people person. E-mail resume as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Barbara Botkin, 150 Paintbrush Path, New Braunfels, TX, 78132, (512) 415-7433. GRUENE ANTIQUE COMPANY part-time positions available. Must be able to work ﬂexible hours including evenings, weekends and holidays. Apply in person. 1608 Hunter Rd., Historic Gruene District. !BARTENDING! Up to $300/day. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ OK. (800) 965-6520 x 157.
PART-TIME TEACHER NEEDED for a small in-home preschool. Great experience for future teachers. Must be available to work between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday. More hours possible. Pay rate of $7-8.50/hr. E-mail work history to email@example.com. Web site: www.dragonﬂyacademy.net TECHNICAL SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVE - teleNetwork is currently seeking TSRs to provide technical support for dialup and DSL customers. Full or Part Time positions available with ﬂexible scheduling at our Austin and San Marcos call center locations. More information and online application available at http://www. telenetwork.com/careers POOL AND SPA COMPANY NOW HIRING. PT, no experience necessary, (512) 754-0662. PT DELIVERY DRIVER FOR J-CO JANITORIAL SUPPLY CO. Flexible hours 12-5 preferred. Must have own full sized truck, pleasant personality, good driving record. $7.25 per hr. plus 45¢ per mile. Contact phone (512) 392-7765, fax (512) 395-8895, email firstname.lastname@example.org NANNY/BABYSITTER NEEDED. Afternoons only, will pay well to pick up 3 daughters from school and take home, (512) 757-3833. Evenings(512) 353-5912. PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR is seeking friendly, outgoing cocktail waitresses with big smiles and hardworking doorman. We are open and accepting applications Tue.-Sat. 6:30-8:30 at 421 E. 6th St., Austin, Texas. NEED SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO CLEAN. 2 days, 4 hours per day (days & time ﬂexible). Home 5 miles off Aquarena Springs. (512) 393-2159. WANTED: VOLUNTEER COACHES FOR SAN MARCOS YOUTH SOCCER. Training available. Fun community service opportunity for soccer players. Contact Michael Colca, email@example.com, (512) 847-5238. COLLOQUIUM BOOKSTORE. Accepting applications for a FT shipping & receiving clerk. Visit bobcatbooks.com for more details.
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ROOMMATES ROOMMATE NEEDED, Christian, non-smoker, female, $450/mo. plus cable and electric bill. Call (830)377-7508. ROOMMATE WANTED: MALE STUDENT TO BE A CARETAKER FOR A DISABLED MALE. Free housing possible, 20 miles from San Marcos in Luling. Ideal for someone wanting to cut routine drive from San Antonio or Austin. Would take care of yard and some housework in nice home. CALL BILL AT (830) 875-6933. NEED FEMALE ROMMATE to share 2BD/2.5BA townhome, 2 blocks from campus, w/d, includes cable and internet, $395/mo. Call (214) 726-6998. FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED, 2BD/2.5BA townhome, $392 per mo., plus 1/2 water and electric, close walk to campus. (281) 793-3083
SUBLEASE LOOKING FOR FEMALE, TO TAKE OVER LEASE. 4BD/4BA townhome at University Club. Includes,master suite and master bath, internet,cable, and phone. ONLY $345/ mo. plus 1/4 of utilities. If interested, please call (979) 421-3171.
WANTED HEALTH CLUB-OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK. Part-time positions, front desk, must be working on a related degree, $5.50 per hour. Ideally suited for kiniesology/physiology major looking to develop into a full time professional ﬁtness trainer upon graduation. E-mail resume to ﬁtnessdoctors@AOL.com and call (512) 560-6761. COME WORK FOR THE STAR! Are you interested in learning how a newspaper is made? Do you have a writing talent none of your friends appreciate? Would you like to see your name in print? Download an application at www.UniversityStar.com. USED CARS, TRUCKS, VANS. Any condition, running or not. If you have something to sell please call Willis Mitchell. (512) 353-4511. BIKINI MODELS WANTED. (512) 754-7665.