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The Texas State football team dominates Angelo State in its season opener. Check out video footage online at universitystar.com.
Teis expresses no Stadium renovation unveiled alma mater interest after alumni donor dedication
Since Teis became athletic director in March 2004, the Texas State athletic department has Athletic Director Larry Teis won two Southland Confersaid he has no interest in the ence Commissioner’s Cups, TCU athletic director job, dis- seven straight SLC Women’s pelling rumors surrounding All-Sports trophies, and several SLC tournament and regular the vacant position. “Nobody contacted me,” season championships. Teis won the 2005 to 06 Teis said. “I haven’t contacted General Sports TURF Systems anybody. I’m not interested in Athletic Director of the Year anything but Texas State.” Fort Worth native Teis grad- Division 1-AA West Region uated from TCU in 1988. Prior award presented by the Nato accepting a position with tional Association of ColleTexas State, Teis spent four giate Directors of Athletics. He years as the director of ath- was honored by the All-American Football Foundation with letic marketing at TCU. Former TCU Athletic Direc- the General Robert R. Neyland tor Danny Morrison left the Outstanding Athletics Direcuniversity Wednesday to take tor Award in 2007, according a position as team president to his biography on the Texas of the Carolina Panthers. The State athletic Web site. Teis holds a bachelor’s devacancy has yet to be permagree in marketing from TCU, nently filled. Teis said his only concern a master’s in sports adminiswas winning football games tration from St. Thomas Uniand taking Texas State to “new versity of Miami, Fla., and a doctorate in health, physical heights.” Texas State defeated Angelo education and recreation with State, 48-28, Saturday in front an emphasis in sports adminof a record crowd of more than istration from the University 14,000 fans. Teis and adminis- of New Mexico, according to trators hope Texas State can the Texas State athletic Web move from its current posi- site. He resides in San Marcos tion in division, from Football Championship Subdivision with his wife, Jana, and two status to the Football Bowl daughters, Taylor and Shelby. Mark Choen, TCU media reSubdivision. lations director, said possible Jerry and Linda Fields contributed the largest donation candidates for the vacancy will to athletics ever – $6 million not be discussed at this time. “The process has already bebefore the game. The newly gun,” he said. “There’s not anycompleted stadium addition is named after the noted donors. thing more to say.” By Allen Reed News Editor
95°/71° Partly Cloudy Precipitation: 20% Humidity: 55% UV: 10 Very High Wind: SE 9mph
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Thursday Bobby Scheidemann/Star Photo COLOSSAL STADIUM: The Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields West Side Complex, was opened to the public Saturday. Students and Alumni were allowed to tour the new facilities before the game.
By Chase Birthisel Assistant News Editor Jerry and Linda Fields contributed the largest donation to athletics ever – $6 million – making their total contribution to Texas State $9.1 million. The Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields Bobcat Stadium West Side Complex, named after the donors, opened Saturday after a 2 p.m. dedication ceremony. The complex hosts new club and suite levels – a total cost of $17 million.
Dog Beach visitors warned of increased bacteria growth By Clay Thorp News Reporter With warning signs clearly visible, the Labor Day Monday still attracted visitors to the banks of Dog Beach on the San Marcos River. Visitors were seen laying in the sun and the bacteria-infested water. City officials posted signs at “Dog Beach” Friday urging swimmers to avoid the area. According to a press release from the City of San Marcos, bacterial counts of “1600 colonies per 100 milliliters were recorded from tests at the site, which is near a drainage ditch into the San Marcos River.” Residents and students frequently visit Dog Beach, located down the river from Saltgrass Steak House Restaurant.
The signs warn swimmers, kayakers and tubers swimming may be hazardous to their health. They read, “Caution: High bacteria counts in this area.” “I’m just glad the city has some warning signs,” said Candice Berry, general studies senior. “When I used to visit the Frio, the river was so low that people were getting really sick because of the stagnant water. There definitely weren’t any warning signs. When it’s this hot and there isn’t any flow, something bad is bound to grow.” County health officials have been testing the area and other areas on the San Marcos River because of the drought. “The bacteria is fecal coliform (and) we think the rise is because of the drainage ditch and the low river flow
due to the drought,” Chief Sanitation Officer Robert Piper said. “The river area at City Park and other locations are safe to swim and tube in. We are just asking people to avoid this part of the river until the counts come down.” The city is trying to determine where the drainage is coming from, make repairs if necessary and hope for increased river flow. “Really, swimmers should avoid any stagnant or warm water, in any body of water, any time it is hot and dry like this,” said Dianne Wassenich, director of the San Marcos River Foundation. “This is a historic drought, not like anything we’ve ever seen in our lifetime. Let’s hope it will be over soon.” City officials will be retesting the water next week.
Jerry Fields said a special rock is placed in the stadium. “Downstairs, in a little case, there is a piece of the old Evans field,” Fields said. “We put a little piece of it in this stadium as a reminder of what it was before all of this.” Fields said he and a group, involving University President Denise Trauth, toured the new athletic facilities at Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and University of North Texas last September. He said the group then
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Teens confronted by resident, gunfire during break-in
INISDE THISE ISSUE News…..Pages 1-3 Students can soon hold ASG accountable online ‘Proactive rather than reactive’ outlook for rookie court justices Opinions….Page 4 Main Point: Protective Prevention Senator ‘dodges’ Constituents Letter to the Editor: Columns ‘misrepresent’ political organization Trends.......Page 5 Tailgating concert launches new traditions Poetry slam showcases student talent, enthusiasm Naturescapes gives community close ties with art
Sara Strick/Star Photo TEEN SHOOTING: A shooting involving four teens took place around 2 a.m. Friday morning on the 900 block of Chestnut street. Two of the teens are dead, one is seriously inured, and the other has been charged with aggravated robbery.
By Megan Holt News Reporter
Clay Thorp/Star photo INFESTED: Fecel Coliform has been found in high concentration around the banks of Dog Beach on the San Marcos River.
decided a new stadium needed to be built. “The key to this was simple,” Jerry Fields said. “You have to have money.” He said for the university to move forward, somebody needed to donate enough to cover one-third of the cost of the facility.
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Two Luling teens are dead and another seriously injured after attempting to break into a San Marcos home around 2 a.m. A fourth teen has been charged with aggravated robbery. Three of the four teens carried weapons, one handgun and two pellet guns that resembled real firearms, as they tried to enter the house on the 900 block of Chestnut Street, according a press release by the San Marcos Police. Police said the resident, whom has not been identified, fired several shots with a 40-caliber Glock handgun. Several people were found shot by the resident when police arrived. One 16-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene,
and the second 16-year-old died at the Central Texas Medical Center. The third 16-year-old was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge with serious injuries. The medical center would not comment on the teen’s current status. Police identified the fourth teen as Frank Castro, 17, of Luling. He is uninjured and currently being held in the Hays County Law Enforcement Center. Justice of the Peace JoAnne Prado has charged Castro with aggravated robbery, a firstdegree felony and set bond at $50,000. See SHOOTING page 3
Diversions…Page 6 Classifieds…Page 6 Sports…….Pages 7-8 Cross country prepares for invite at College Station Bobcat volleyball falls short in weekend tournament Soccer finds right kick Bobcats claw Angelo State Rams in season opener
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STARS OF TEXAS STATE Junior Britney Curry helped the Texas State women’s soccer team out of a three-game drought with a 3-0 victory over Tennessee Tech Sunday at the Samford Bulldog Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. — Courtesy of Texas State Athletics
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Employee of the Year is ‘champion for the little guy’ Lisa G. Vallejo, human resources analyst in the finance and support services division, has been named the Texas State Staff Employee of the Year for 2008 to 2009. Vallejo was chosen from the 12 employees of the month, who represent more than 1,500 staff employees at Texas State. Vallejo’s honor was announced Aug. 13, by president Denise M. Trauth. Vallejo joined the university in Sept. 1992, working first in career services and transferring to human resources in Dec. 2007 as part of the new HR master data center. She is the primary contact for processing all student employment personnel change requests to assure that students are paid and paid on time. Vallejo is described as “a champion for the little guy — the student workers who depend on their monthly paycheck,” exemplified in her positive attitude and strong work ethics. — Courtesy of University News Service
David Schmidt/Star Photo HONOR GUARD: Cadet 2nd Lt. Robert Reese, health and wellness promotion senior, trains UPD officer Rolando Belmares Friday, on the basics of color guarding to prepare him for the Texas Association of College and University Police Administration conference in December.
Organization reveals regional breast cancer statistics The Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will hold a press conference to announce the results of its 2009 Community Profile Report, comprised of breast cancer data and survey information compiled over a two-year period from Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties, Wednesday. The report uncovers regional breast cancer statistics. With more than 900 local women expected to be diagnosed
with breast cancer this year, the report reveals specific populations of Central Texas women are at a much higher risk of dying from the disease. Based on the Community Profile Report findings, the Austin Affiliate will announce an action plan to address three major breast cancer challenges in the region. The organization is working to achieve each goal in the action plan by March 2011. El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission,
a non-profit health care, human and social services provider for Hispanic families, along with Seton’s Mobile Breast Cancer Outreach program will also be offering free mammogram screenings on site through a program funded by the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. — Courtesy of PetersGroup PR
King of the Hill lives on at the library After 13 seasons, prime-time animated series King of the Hill — the second longest running after The Simpsons — airs its final episode on FOX Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. Gone from television, the award-winning show about propane salesman Hank Hill and his friends and family in Arlen, Texas, will live on as part of the Wittliff Collections. Mike Judge wrote a pilot episode centered on Hank in 1995, who was loosely based on a neighbor character in Judge’s hit MTV series, Beavis and Butt-Head. FOX brought in Simpsons writer Greg Daniels to collaborate, and the series debuted Jan. 2, 1997. Since 1999, writer and Executive Producer Jim Dauterive has been instrumental in arranging for every season’s production materials to be donated to the Wittliff Collections. The final boxes arrived Sept. 2. At the heart of the archive are table-read scripts for every episode, from first draft through final version, and animation guidelines documenting the creation of each character, from their hair color to their quirks. Writers’ research notes and idea outlines, photographs and drawings, promotional materials and
inter-office memos are also included. The series was originally slated for cancellation in 2005, and Dauterive wrote what was expected to be the final episode. When the show was renewed, “Lucky’s Wedding Suit” was revised and became the finale for season 11 instead, airing May 20, 2007. This is one part of the writing process that can be seen in the archive’s numerous drafts, notes and storyboards. The King of the Hill collection opened in 2007, and materials are available to students for research. Several pieces will be featured in the Wittliff’s upcoming exhibition, The Lightning Field: Mapping the Creative Process. See archive’s inventory online at thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/swwc/archives/film/koth.htm. For more information about the Wittliff Collections, including their fall exhibition and events calendar, go to www. thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu, call 512-245-2313, or stop by the office on the library’s seventh floor. — Courtesy of Alkek Library
On this Day in History 1900: Galveston was struck by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.
1935: Sen. Huey P. Long, the “Kingfish” of Louisiana politics, was shot at the state capital building in Baton Rouge. He died two days later. 1941: A 900-day siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II. 1952: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was published. 1966: The TV series Star Trek premiered on NBC.
2000: The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs apologized for the federal agency’s “legacy of racism and inhumanity” that included massacres, forced relocations of tribes and attempts to wipe out Indian cultures.
2003: The Recording Industry Association of America filed 261 copyright lawsuits against Internet users for trading songs online. -Courtesy of New York Times
Aug. 14, 2:22 a.m. Driving While Intoxicated/Pat Garrison Street A police officer made contact with a vehicle for a routine traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. Aug. 14, 4:33 a.m. Criminal Mischief - Under $20,000/Nueces Parking Lot A nonstudent reported to a police officer he observed a student engaging in criminal activity. Upon further investigation, the student was arrested for public intoxication and criminal mischief. The student was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. Aug. 14, 2:19 p.m. Medical Emergency/Commons Hall A nonstudent reported to a police officer he was feeling ill. The nonstudent was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for a medical evaluation. Aug. 14, 5:41 p.m. Medical Emergency/Strahan Coliseum A nonstudent injured herself when entering the location. The nonstudent refused medical transportation. A report was made of the incident. Aug. 15, 8:35 a.m. Public Intoxication/Other A police officer made contact with a nonstudent acting suspiciously. Upon further investigation, the nonstudent was cited, arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. Aug. 16, 12:43 a.m. Medical Emergency/Lantana Hall A staff member reported to a police officer she fell injuring her wrist. The staff member was transported to Central Texas Medical Center by an Access Guard. —Courtesy of University Police Department
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STADIUM “Me and my wife talked about it and said, ‘OK, why not us?’” Jerry Fields said. “You know, we donated before, and it feels good.” The Legends Suite Level has 15 suites. Each suite includes 12 seats, a bar, full kitchenettes with refrigerators and cabinets, a flat-screen, an operable viewing window that opens and closes, season tickets to home games, four VIP parking passes and a suite attendant. The Champions Club Level holds 450 seats and includes covered-outdoor seating and an indoor banquet-style area with flat-screens, tables and bars. “This is a great gift and we are very appreciative of Jerry and Linda Fields,” said Larry Teis, athletic director. “This
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will serve as a stepping stone for our continued expansion of the stadium.” Jerry Fields is the founder and CEO of J.D. Fields and Company, a distributor of steel products based in Houston. He attended Southwest Texas State until he broke his back working on an oil rig. After a few years of recuperation, Jerrry Fields returned to Southwest Texas State, commuting from San Antonio for nightschool, and received a B.A. in January 1969. Linda Fields is a native of San Marcos and graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1966. Charlie Robison, Texas country singer and songwriter, performed for fans before the game.He said he is amazed at the change in the stadium
1 since he played football for Southwest Texas State. “When I was recruited up here, it was just the press box and the scoreboard that they could just put your name on,” Robison said. “I never figured it would look like this.” Robison said he is glad to be performing in San Marcos. “I like playing music for San Marcos,” Robison said. “It’s a lot easier on my knees than football ever was.” Texas State won the opener with a 48 to 28 victory over Angelo State. “At every step, the student body, faculty-staff, our alumni and the larger community have been with us,” Trauth said. “With their continued support, we will reach our goal of taking our football program to the next level.”
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Students can soon hold ASG accountable online Chase Birthisel Assistant News Editor Associated Student Government has become visible online. The ASG Web site now lists information such as senators’ names, contact information and attendance records. ASG President Chris Covo and vice president Tommy Luna stated during their campaign that transparency was a priority. “The morning after our meetings (every Tuesday), all the information gets updated,” Covo said. “That includes absences, the agenda and the budget.” The summer 2009 budget showing all expenditures is online. The budget for this semester has not been posted. Covo said the new budget will be posted before Monday’. New to the Web site is the
meeting minutes, which summarizes meetings and chronicles senators’ actions. “There is going to be a very detailed recording of the minutes,” Luna said. “Every time a senator speaks, every time a senator makes a motion or seconds a motion, it will be in there.” Luna said ASG will also post absences and meeting minutes for the four committee meetings, external affairs, internal affairs, student relations and university relations. “There are going to be a lot of online resources, for transparency and accountability,” Luna said. “It’s to ensure that we are being kept in check.” ASG last year had attendance problems in both record-keeping and enforcement of policy. Luna said attendance will be better organized to ensure problems will not occur. “I’m going to be very strict
Bobby Scheideman /Star photo THE TIME HAS COME: The revamped stadium is now complete and named the Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields Bobcat Stadium West Side Complex.
Police Chief Howard Williams said the Hays County District Attorney’s office does not anticipate filing charges against the resident for shooting the teens. The Self Defense Laws of Texas states, “The use of deadly force is justified to prevent the other’s imminent commission of aggravated kidnapping, murder, rape or robbery.” According to the press release, three residents were in the home when the incident occurred.None were injured. One of the residents is a Texas State student, while the other two are non-students. As of Monday, the residents’ names had not been released.
‘Proactive rather than reactive’ outlook for rookie court justices By Bianca Davis News Reporter Newly appointed ASG Supreme Court justices were confirmed by the senate recently. The ASG Supreme Court consists of one chief justice and a maximum of four associate justices, which includes three from the undergraduate student body and one graduate student. All four justices nominated by President Chris Covo were confirmed and sworn in during the first ASG meeting of the year. Michael Guzman, economics senior, was chosen as chief justice and confirmed by a unanimous senate vote. “He is such a firecracker,” Covo said. “He is a criminal justice minor and wants to go to law school, so I thought this position would be perfect for him.” Associate justices serving on the ASG Supreme Court are Miyaka Griffith, Trenton Thomas and Robert Fyrst. Griffith, interdisciplinary studies senior, is the only justice without prior experience in student government. However, Griffith said she is qualified to serve on the court because of her involvement in the Texas State and San Marcos communities. “You have to be with the people to understand and make sure the legislation is actually right for the people,” Griffith said. Thomas, finance senior, is a former ASG senator and riTina Phan/Star File Photo valed Covo last spring for the ASG SUPPREME COURT: Michael Guzman, economics senior, is the new chief justice of the ASG presidential slot. Fyrst, political science grad- Associated Student Government Supreme Court. uate student and teaching assistant, was nominated during on the state of the judiciary documents. discrepancies rather than only the spring semester to serve once a semester. Guzman said the Supreme rule on ones brought to their in the ASG Graduate House of According to the ASG Consti- Court has a limited roll. attention. Representatives, but said he tution, the Supreme Court can “The only official power is Fyrst said a proactive rather did not take the oath since he make an official ruling only if to determine if legislation fits than reactive Supreme Court is was sworn in as a Supreme a student petitions legislation. within the scope of the ASG testament to Covo’s desire to Court associate justice. However, this year Covo said governing documents,” Guz- do right by the student body. The ASG Constitution re- the Supreme Court will take a man said. “Covo does not want to let quires the Supreme Court to more proactive roll by reviewIn the past, the Supreme legislation stand even if it hold two public meetings each ing bills passed in the senate Court has not played a major hasn’t been challenged,” Fyrst semester and issue a report to and house to seek out poten- roll. This is the first year an said. “Legislation gets adopted the ASG senate and the gradu- tial inconsistencies between ASG president has asked the but no one knows unless they ate house of representatives legislation and ASG governing Supreme Court to seek out any read the meeting minutes.”
with our attendance policy,” Luna said. “Two absences and you’re gone. We’re going to be keeping very tight attendance books.” Senate Clerk Alison Burke said attendance and voting will be documented in a new way. “In the past, when we vote it was by voice vote, meaning you either say ‘yea’ or ‘nay,’” Burke said. “Now we are going to try to do everything by roll call vote so I can document on the Internet the way that everybody voted.” Burke said ASG leaders want to give the student body more transparency by showing the way senators vote. “If everyone knows the way our senators vote, it will benefit us,” Burke said. “If a student has an issue or disagrees, they can talk to someone. That way the senate can vote for the best interest of the students.”
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Sara Strick/Star Photo POLICE INVESTIGATE: Hillary Stogsdill, public relations junior, stands outside her home as San Marcos Police search her neighbors home after the shootintttttttttttttt
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niversity officials are taking the H1N1 threat seriously. An increase in the estimated number of nationwide deaths caused by H1N1 from a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has brought university officials into quick action. We heard much about the disease last May, causing nationwide panic, but news of the Swine Flu trailed off during summer months and media coverage has seemed to cease. People might think the university putting social interaction on hold is too far overreaching and an unnecessary intrusion on people’s personal lives. However, H1N1 is as much of a threat as it ever was. This is a potentially lethal virus, which has caused 522 deaths nationwide and 7,963 hospitalizations, according to the CDC’s H1N1 vaccine task force. The disease has been proven to disproportionately affect younger people, like college students. It would have been unjust for university officials to not have an equally serious response. Perhaps some thought the Student Health Center was there to treat minor ailments and sicknesses. However, anyone who has been paying attention saw the swift action Dr. Emilio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center, Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life, and other officials took to lessen the cases at our campus. The officials ceased organizations’ social gatherings and went out into the public spotlight to inform students of the current situation at the ASG meeting last week. They made steps toward preventing the spread of H1N1 by putting greek life on a five-day isolation period and shutting down the student organization fair. H1N1 is another danger people must recognize. Getting on the trams and attending classes puts a person at risk for H1N1, but those are risks we must take to continue being a functioning university. The important thing to remember is to not have a cavalier attitude toward safety, while at the same time not becoming a shut-in. The Student Health Center officials have gone to great lengths to help Texas State remain healthy, but it is up to individuals to take the right steps. Stay away from crowds, and if people do not have to take the tram, they should try using other means of transport, like driving, walking or bicycling, to minimize crowded spaces. If there are other ways of getting to classes than through The Quad, take the back roads. Oh, and washing one’s hands never hurts, either. Students and the administration must work together to ensure an efficient and functioning Texas State campus. It is not only for your safety, but also for the safety of those around you. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State UniversitySan Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
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Senator ‘dodges’ constituents By Arnold Williams Special to the Star
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to the editor Columns ‘misrepresent’ political organization The Texas State University College Democrats have come together to correct misrepresentations previously printed by the editorial board of The University Star. The fact that there were two, side-byside articles published in the last paper denouncing the two political parties shows a lack of subjectivity by the university newspaper. Firstly, it is not the job of the partisan groups to organize debates. It is our job to educate the people about Democratic values and we have been very successful at this. Last year (spring 2008), we brought both Barack Obama and the late Edward Kennedy to Texas State, exemplifying our success as a College Democratic group. It is
the job of the student government and other non-partisan groups such as The University Star to organize debates. The reason that one did not happen last year was not to the fault of either of the two major groups on campus. Also, in the last year there has been splintering in the Republican Party on campus mirroring the national party with a lack of strong leadership and direction, which might be another reason the two organizations have not been working together. The College Democrats spent much of the spring semester lobbying during the session for the re-regulation of tuition and fighting concealed carry on campus, both of which were printed last semester in
The University Star. Along with working for Texas State during the legislative session, we registered more than 14,000 new or changed voters for the primary and general elections combined, more than any other college in Texas and one of the top in the country. We reach out to the community. At the end of the semester we put on our annual picnic open to the public with free food and speakers including U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and state Rep. Patrick Rose on the courthouse grounds. This summer we have adopted a family in need and spent two days in July painting their home. Last semester College Democrats were active on campus with intramural teams,
attended baseball games and promoted school spirit. To only say our work amounted to one event is not only false, but also unfortunate. Texas State College Democrats has given many interviews both in person and while driving cross-country to reporters for The University Star. Any allegations that we have not been bringing up the issues important to Texas State is unfounded. If anyone is interested in becoming more involved with the organization, please come by one of the meetings in the LBJ Student Center, room 3-9.1, on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Texas State social work students gathered Aug. 27 at the LBJ Student Center to meet state Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-25). The senator is a Republican and most social workers lean left, but we were nevertheless grateful for the opportunity to hear him address issues that concern us — issues like mental health funding, aid for the poor, job skills training for the underemployed and child and family welfare services. However, the senator spent about 40 of his 50 minutes before taking questions talking about the issue of renaming land-grant colleges. The senator’s political career apparently began, according to his story, when he and another Aggie band member journeyed to Austin to lobby a senator sponsoring a bill to change the name of A&M University to “Texas State.” Fighting the name change appears to be what lit the political fire in the belly of the young Aggie. During the next several years, he was, as he proudly boasted to us social service practitioners, privy to several other university name-change attempts, among them Texas Tech University. This would all have been fine if the senator had been addressing an Alumni Association or some other gathering with a passionate interest in the college-naming process. Such a theme, however, could not be further removed from the interest of social workers. The senator opened the floor for questions, and the first one was if he could explain why Texas ranks 49th in mental health spending. The senator did a political two-step around the question by saying it’s because Texans don’t like to have their taxes raised. Not a profoundly thought-out response by any measure, but a fairly typical political dodge. However, the senator did educate us on a flaw in the way legislative sessions are handled that he says he has spent years trying to correct. Meeting every other year for 140-day sessions, the legislature attempts to pass several thousand bills before session’s end. The governor, however, wields unchecked power in the legislative process, because he or she waits until the legislators have returned home before exercising governor veto rights. The veto almost always stands unchallenged because only the governor can call a special session. Sen. Wentworth, to his credit, sees all of this as an unacceptable flaw in the system and has attempted over several sessions to correct it. However, the governor’s office and its lieutenants have worked just as tirelessly to kill any attempts at chipping away their power. So, senator, thank you for trying to right a systemic political wrong, but shame on you for not knowing your audience and spending more time talking about how you and your colleagues can get around those “don’t-raisemy-taxes” constituents and exhibit leadership in developing ways to increase human services in Texas. The evident high-interest in how land-grant colleges go about changing their names among you and your colleagues is not acceptable to this Texas social worker nor doubtless to any of the others in your audience last Thursday. — Arnold Williams is a social work graduate student
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Tailgating concert launches new traditions By Patrick Berger Special to The Star The air at Bobcat Stadium is thick with grill smoke. The sound of washers clinking comes from all directions, as footballs fly overhead and bassheavy tunes roar from countless sets of speakers. All of this can only mean one thing: it’s tailgating time at Texas State. Students, fans and alumni kicked off the opening game against Angelo State with a rousing tailgate party in the stadium parking lot, capped with a performance by Charlie Robison, Texas country artist and Texas State alumnus. Dressed in a Texas State football jersey, Robison took the stage at 4 p.m. in front of an enthusiastic crowd. “Last time I was here, I was playing football in that stadium right there,” Robison said, a few songs into his set. Robison, with his five-member backing band, played a set of rollicking southern-fried country rock, complete with an encore. The audience sang along, danced and eagerly crowded the front of the stage at Robison’s request for footage
in an upcoming DVD release. Artists are in the process of being booked for future concerts, like Midnight River Choir on Sept. 19, but Kyle Gregory, director of operations for the Texas State Tailgate Committee, said they are organizing it as it comes. “This is a pivotal time for our school. I think the school itself and tailgating are progressing hand-in-hand,” said Gregory, psychology senior. “This is the first one, so it’s a big deal. It went way more smoothly than I thought it would. You can already see a huge improvement over last year.” Gregory and other members of the Texas State Tailgate Committee worked hard to enhance the game-day atmosphere. Gregory said more organization was required for the event to work more efficiently. “We decided to provide the area, organize it and let the students do the rest,” Gregory said. Evidence of that sentiment is apparent after a walk through the area. Rows of tents run by student organizations, fraternities, sororities and local businesses neatly line the parking lot. Despite improved
organization, not all the kinks are worked out, though. Kendall Schmidt, Texas State Tailgate Committee member, said improvements needed for next week include setting up, garbage pick-up and security issues. “We just focused on getting everything to run smoothly, and I think we’ve achieved that this year,” said Schmidt, premass communications sophomore. Texas State tailgating has been difficult because of low turnouts and complaints of over zealous security. However, Officer Lloyd McKinney of the San Marcos Police Department sees the early improvements this year. “It’s definitely more organized than previous years,” McKinney said. “We tried to learn from the past and implement some new ideas to enhance security.” McKinney said the addition of a student-run tailgating committee has been valuable in the organization of the weekly event. “They’re utilizing us in a more effective way,” McKinney said.
freshmen to seniors in the crowd tonight,” Hicks said. Neo Soul, an Austin-based poetry team, kicked off the competition with two performances. Hicks also performed before starting the competition. Students entered the slam, last minute, hoping to wow the crowd. “We had a lot of neat talent that we didn’t know existed,” Hicks said. Hicks kept the audience entertained by handing out prizes to the “most enthusiastic poet.” The prizes were Hicks’ personal belongings, which included a pack of pencils, a scantron, a cereal
bar, a half-eaten pizza and a five-hour energy drink. The judges — three selected at random from the audience — were booed if they gave a score anything lower than 9 out of 10. Andrew Latham, English senior, was booed for a different reason. Latham’s poem, “Mexican Girls are Easy,” received the lowest score. Latham could not get through his performance before the microphone was turned off. “Apparently, I broke the First Amendment. There were poems about war, famine, rape, pillaging and incest, but I tell a joke and get
David Schmidt/ Star photo TAILGATING TUNES: Charlie Robison and his band mates entertain the tailgaters outside of Bobcat Stadium a few hours before the first Bobcat football game on Saturday.
Poetry slam showcases student talent, enthusiasm By Jovonna Owen Features Reporter
Eight students took the stage at George’s Wednesday night to compete in a poetry slam. The eight poets were cut down to four finalists who competed in two rounds for cash prizes. Wednesday’s event, sponsored by SACA, made for a packed George’s, and additional chairs had to be brought in for students. Faylita Hicks, English senior and event host, was surprised by the large turn out. “We had a good mix of
kicked off,” Latham said. Allison Unger, pre-mass communication freshman, did not like Latham’s poem. “It was very inappropriate,” Unger said. “It did not fly with me at all. Besides that, everyone else (had) been very impressive.” Other students recited words and rhythms that included rap and theater, as well as traditional poetry. Jomar Valentin, member of Neo Soul, received a perfect score and took home the first-place prize of $100. “It was a really great show, and I had to work hard for that score,” Valentin said.
Elisa Cisneros, marketing sophomore, was a random judge picked from the crowd. “I judged based on originality, stage presence and if they memorized it,” Cisneros said. She was impressed by Valentin’s final poem, in which he performed on top of a booth. “He saved the best for last. He was very confident and could pull off anything,” Cisneros said. It was Cisneros’s first time attending a poetry slam. “It was so great,” Cisneros said. “I’ve never been to one, and for the first time going, I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait
for the next one.” Brian Francis, Neo Soul coach, was amazed by Valentin’s final performance. “I’m so proud of him,” Francis said. “When he got up on the seats, he took over the place, and really made a connection.” web said he would use Valentin extra his prize money to buy a new pair of shoes for his birthday. See the Video Online at
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Malachi Muncy Special to The Star Winners of the fifth annual Naturescapes photo contest, co-sponsored by the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and the Hill Country Photography Club, were announced at a ceremony on Friday at the San Marcos Activity Center. “Your images will help our community keep in touch with nature,” said Todd Derkacs, Greenbelt Alliance president, before presenting awards to contestants. A $200 prize was awarded to Herb Smith, Hill Country Photography Club event coordinator, for his photo Blue Winter Morning, which won Best in Show. Paul Keese won Jake Marx/Star photo Best in San Marcos Area and a CHECK THIS OUT: San Marcos residents speculate about photographs at the Naturescapes Award $150 award for the photo Roses for Mother. Four $100 prizCeremony Friday at the San Marcos Activity Center.
es and Awards of Excellence were presented to Kenneth Jones, Shannon Brotherton, Larry Alford and Winifred Simon. “The contest has steadily improved in quality as more and more pieces are submitted each year,” Smith said. “It has been interesting to see how some of the photographers have developed their skills over the years.” Greg Lasely, author of Greg Lasely’s Texas Wildlife Portraits, judged the contest, but was unable to attend the ceremony. Lasely’s photographic credits exceed 2,000 published images in more than 100 different books and periodicals. A silent auction was conducted at the awards ceremony this year and featured books, photos, gift certificates,
T-shirts and plants, making it the first year the contest has been part of a fundraising effort. The Crystal Creek Boys performed music for the event. The Hill Country bluegrassfolk-punk band is comprised of San Marcos-based musicians, who can be found performing at local venues. The 66 photographs accepted for the Naturescapes exhibition will be on display in the Walkers Gallery in the activity center through Oct. 31. The public is invited to view the exhibit sponsored by the San Marcos Art Council and the City of San Marcos. “Bringing art to the public is important, and every year the gallery becomes more popular,” said Linda Kelsey-Jones, Walker Gallery curator.
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Cross country prepares for invite at College Station By Blake Barington Sports Reporter There was no rest for the weary this Labor Day weekend as the Texas State men’s and women’s cross country teams hit the trail Saturday at the Gary Job Corps. Texas State rested its top runners so they would be ready for the next invitational Sept. 12 in College Station. Coach Grigori Viniar said Texas State must complete six meets during the cross country season. “As long as we put (in) our back-up teams, including some short distance runners, we are fine with the performance last weekend,” Viniar said. “They’ve got some experience and made this meet count.” The Bobcats ran first Saturday. Will Stewart, nutrition and foods junior, came in first for Texas State with a time of 31:15 for the five-mile course. The next four runners were close behind. William Taudien, pre-communication de-
sign freshman, ran a 31:44, followed by Hugo Corral, preinternational studies sophomore, Matt Novak, exercise and sports science junior, and Michael Morris, biology sophomore, who all crossed the finish line in 31:55. Other runners from Texas State were Victor Santiesteban, Spanish senior, and Jack Peterson, sophomore, who ran as individuals. Peterson had the fastest time for the Bobcats, running a 30:29. The Bobcat men placed sixth with 173 points behind Texas, which was two points away from a perfect score. Incarnate Word finished with 41 points. Amy Keefauver, exercise and sports science sophomore, was the first to cross the finish line for the women’s team. Keefauver placed 15th overall with a time of 19:44. Dana Dolejsi, pre-healthcare administration freshman, finished 17th overall with a time of 19:48. Rounding out the top five runners for the women were
Heather Martinez, exercise and sports science senior, Lindsey Maxwell, exercise and sports science junior, and Natoria Edwards, undecided sophomore, who ran 20:03, 21:14 and 21:53, respectively. Other Bobcat runners included Affma Martin, elementary education graduate, Karissa Reiter, biology junior, and April Howell, biology freshman, who ran as an individual. Texas took first in the women’s division finishing with 16 points, followed by Incarnate Word with 71 and Angelo State with 89. Texas State came in fourth with 107 points. The Bobcats will travel to College Station Sept. 12 to compete in the Texas A&M Invitational. Viniar said he is putting all his faith in his top runners this week to prepare for the meet. “Our major teams will compete next weekend at College Station (A&M Invite),” Viniar said. “It is totally about what they have to be ready for.”
Bobcat volleyball falls short in weekend tournament By Eric Harper Sports Reporter The Bobcat volleyball team tallied three losses at the Marquette University Invitational Friday and Saturday in Wisconsin for the season’s second tournament. Texas State fought Marquette for five sets over nearly two and a half hours. In the end, the Bobcats fell to Marquette 3-2. Sets one to four were each decided by two points with the Bobcats taking the first and final sets. Marquette was able to close out the Bobcats with a 15-10 match-clinching victory in the fifth set. Jessica Weynand, senior outside hitter, led Texas State with 28 kills. Three other Bobcats joined Weynand with double-doubles. Melinda Cave, junior middle blocker, had 15 digs and 10 kills. Caleigh McCorquodale, freshman setter, finished with 17 assists and 10 digs and Brittany Collins, senior setter, had 35 assists and 12 digs. Overall, Texas State had 31 errors to Marquette’s 22. Austin Peay defeated Texas State 3-2 in the second match
Saturday. The Bobcats took the second and fourth sets by two and four points, but were defeated in the first and third sets by 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Bobcats pulled to a tie four times in the final set, but Austin Peay eventually came out of the set with a score of 15-10 to take the match. Cave led the Bobcats in kills with 13 as part of her second straight double-double. Shelbi Irvin, junior setter, led Texas State in assists with 18. The Bobcats were outhit .242 to .084, outhit on kills 6049 and had 34 errors to Austin Peay’s 20 in the match Texas State came up short to Butler 3-0 in the final match of the tournament. The Bobcats lost by scores of 26-24, 25-21 and 25-19. No Bobcats finished in double digits in kills and the team finished the match with a .108 attack percentage. Irvin recorded her first doubledouble of the season with 13 assists and 10 digs. Weynand led the Bobcats in kills for the weekend with 44. Collins led the team in assists with 51. Coach Karen Chisum said the team’s high-error tendency is something the women
will need to improve going forward. “We are still a high-error team,” Chisum said. “We need to find ways to terminate the ball and reduce our errors.” Chisum said the first match of the tournament set the tone for the Bobcats and if they had won that first match, the tournament would have yielded different results. “The first match against Marquette was a good match. They’re a good team,” Chisum said. “We battled for two and a half hours and I think if we had come up with that match, we would have gone on to win the tournament. But we didn’t and we ended up just running out of gas.” Texas State’s record now stands at 1-6. The Bobcats will host the CenturyTel Premier Friday where they will take on Texas Southern, Hofstra and Texas A&M. Chisum believes the Bobcats have work to do, but things will improve going forward. “We need to find our confidence,” Chisum said. “We’re going to keep working and we’ll get better.”
Jake Marx/Star photo ALMOST THERE: Natoria Edwards, undecided sophomore, finishes at the Texas State Invitational at Gary Job Corps Saturday.
Soccer finds right kick Team wins first away game for 2009 season By Jessie Spielvogel Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s soccer team (2-3) redeemed itself this weekend from a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 win against Tennessee Tech (1-4). The women traveled to Birmingham, Ala. to participate in the Samford Bulldog Invitational Sunday in hopes of working out the kinks from the previous weekend’s games. Last week the women lost Anna Fagan, junior defender, to a knee injury, so the team had to work with different players during practice. “The team played brilliantly,” Coach Kat Conner said. “They did exactly what we taught in
practice, and that is to read what the other team is doing and make the in-game adjustments to beat them. They performed brilliantly out there.” The team scored two goals in the first period of the game to take the lead 2-0. Britney Curry, junior forward, made the first goal with an assist by Maddie Piranio, sophomore midfielder. Taylor Kelley, freshman midfielder, scored the second goal unassisted. “(Britney Curry) created a lot of chances throughout the game,” Conner said. “She played some balls to her teammates and even made some holes for herself and connected on a ball right at the start of the game.”
Taylor Person, freshman defender, scored the third and final goal of the game on a penalty kick. Conner said the team had some issues to work through, but luckily came out on top. “Playing with five defenders really created some problems for us,” Conner said. “Thankfully we adjusted with the help of Curry and (Jessica) Elting and walked away with a victory. Those two played phenomenal and really led us through the game.” Tennessee acquired 10 fouls throughout the game and the Bobcats accumulated seven. The Bobcats will take on the Houston Cougars 7 p.m. Friday in Houston.
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BOBCAT BOUT The Texas State volleyball team will take on Baylor 7 p.m. Tuesday in Waco. The Bobcats (1-6) will face the Bears (7-0) for their 33rd time. Texas State leads the series 21-10-2.
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‘Let the games begin’ SOUTHLAND STANDINGS 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8)
McNeese State (W vs. Henderson State, 27-24) 1-0, 0-0 SLC Southeastern Louisiana (W vs. Texas A&M Commerce, 41-7) 1-0, 0-0 SLC Texas State (W vs. Angelo State, 48-28) 1-0, 0-0 SLC Central Arkansas (L @Hawai’I, 25-20) 0-1, 0-0 SC Nicholls State (L @ Air Force, 72-0) 0-1, 0-0 SLC Northwestern State (L @ Houston, 55-7) 0-1, 0-0 SLC Sam Houston State (L vs. Western Illinois, 35-28) 0-1, 0-0 SLC Stephen F. Austin (L @ Southern Methodist, 31-23) 0-1, 0-0 SLC
Total attendance for Saturday’s game: 14,116 Total attendance to date: 14,116 In order for Texas State to move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, there must be an average of 15,000 fans in attendance at each home game.
Bobcats claw Angelo State Rams in season opener By Lisa Carter Sports Editor The reigning Southland Conference Champion Bobcat football team opened its season with a win over the Angelo State Rams Saturday. The Bobcats dominated the Rams, 48-28. Bradley George, senior quarterback, led the team with 328 yards and three touchdowns throughout the night. Da’Marcus Griggs, junior wide receiver, scored the opening touchdown on Texas State’s first possession of the game. Justin Garelick, freshman place-kicker, made the extra point, putting the Bobcats up 7-0 with 10:19 left in the first quarter. However, Angelo State answered when Garrett Tidwell returned the kickoff for a 96yard touchdown to tie the score at 7. The Bobcats scored two more touchdowns in the first quarter. Cedric Alexander, sophomore wide receiver, had a 10-yard touchdown run minutes later to put the Bobcats up 14-7. Trey Hampton, senior fullback, scored the final touchdown of the quarter. George hit Alexander for a 48-yard touchdown pass with 3:58 in the first half. Garelick missed the extra point, putting the Bobcats at 27-7 going into halftime. Neither team scored again until less than five minutes left in the third quarter in which Frank Reddic, freshman running back, made his first touch-
down of his collegiate career, giving the Bobcats a 34-7 lead. Angelo State answered with touchdowns by Dwight Pete and Josh Neiswander, putting the Rams to within 13 points with just 10:30 left to play in the game. Daren Dillard, sophomore wide receiver, returned the onside kick for 38 yards to put Texas State up 41-21. Bradan Ritchey scored the Rams’ final points with a 14-yard touchdown. Kyle Anderson, senior tight end, closed scoring for the game with a oneyard touchdown. Coach Brad Wright said his speech at halftime in addition to Dillard’s play, led to the Bobcats’ force in the fourth quarter. “I saw a lot of mistakes that can and will be fixed. I told them (the players) at halftime that we needed to stop Angelo State and score, and we did,” Wright said. “The special teams play by Darren Dillard in the fourth quarter ignited a fire under us. We picked it up from there and finished strong.” George said the team still has improvements to make and can do so with Mishak Rivas, sophomore wide receiver. “We still have a ways to go,” George said. “It’s our first game. It’s the third year of our offense, but we’ll watch the film tomorrow, and we have a lot of work to do. We are 4-5-6 deep at the receiver position ,and we didn’t have Mishak today, so I think we will be okay.” Texas State will face Texas Christian Sept. 19 in Fort Worth.
Bridgette Cyr/Star photo TOUCHDOWN: Da’ Marcus Griggs, junior wide receiver, celebrates with his teammate Saturday after scoring the game’s first touchdown.
I told them at halftime that we needed to stop Angelo State and score, and we did,” —Coach Brad Wright
EAT ‘EM UP: Bobcat fans cheer for maroon and gold at Saturday’s game.
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(left) FREE RUN: Cedric Alexander, Sophomore wide receiver, has a straight shot towards a touchdown during the game Saturday against Angelo State. Bridgette Cyr/Star photo
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