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San Marcos remembers

John Dennis/Star and MCT photo Illustration DEFINING MOMENT: In a 1999 file photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center dominate the New York skyline.

By Jackie Baylon News Reporter Mayor Susan Narvaiz perfectly remembers that sad day. She was in a business associates meeting at a truck stop right between San Marcos and New Braunfels. “We could tell there was something going on since everyone was crowded around the one small television they had there,” Narvaiz said. “As soon as the second plane crashed, we immediately said a prayer. All the truck drivers and people were in a stage of shock and sadness.” From the moment American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:36 a.m. Sept. 11, to the collapse of both towers, a trail of sadness was left throughout all of America on that Tuesday morning. Lisa Alvarado, industrial technology sophomore, remembers back to her eighth grade year, sitting in her English classroom where she and all of her classmates were watching the morning Channel One news. Alvarado said she did not know what was happening until the second plane crashed into the south tower. “The whole situation just caused sadness and confusion,” Alvarado said. “I didn’t realize how bad it really was until it was all over and the buildings were down to the floor.” Since the attacks, people are now more aware of the threat of terrorism and the war in Iraq. “We have a big border security problem,” said Willard Stouffer, political science professor. “I think there are better ways of keeping terrorists off a plane than having every passenger in every airport standing in a long line for someone to look at them, then look at a piece of paper, and then decide to go through their baggage. We need to invest more money in being able to X-ray baggage. And then of course we have all the containers coming into the United States, all of which is just a mess.” Nicole Lopez, public history graduate student, had not felt the effects of the catastrophe until she had to travel by airplane once again. “I traveled three years later from the San Antonio See 9/11, page 3

City council’s reformation of Sagewood underway By Nick Georgiou News Editor City officials will develop a multi-pronged approach aimed at resolving issues relating to noise and parking violations on Sagewood Circle, which is a student dominated area surrounded by family homes. The response from the city came on the heels of last week’s city council meeting that saw approximately 24 San Marcos residents voice their concerns about Sagewood, a street known for its late night parties and weekend traffic. “I think definitely something has to be done,” said Kristin Sheffield, San Marcos resident and mother of three. “It’s disturbing too many people. There’s all kinds of violence and noise and rowdy behavior that needs to be calmed down before somebody gets hurt.” Part of the city’s plan began Thursday with the increased presence of law enforcement along the street. Howard Williams, San Marcos police chief, said every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night for the next several weeks, police will be out there to make arrests and issue tickets. The increased enforcement, he said, will consist of two SMPD patrol cars with assistance from city marshals and the occasional help from university police. “The people there are just very, very tired of all

the noise, the garbage and the disruption in their neighborhoods, and we got our marching orders from the city council to go in there and clean this issue up,” Williams said. Texas State student Kyle Beam, who is one of many students residing in the duplexes on Sagewood Circle, received a noise violation warning Thursday. “(A couple of fire marshals) were just walking up and down the street telling everybody that basically that night was a warning, and then after that, if the noise is at an unreasonable level, then you’re automatically going to get a noise violation,” said Beam, computer information systems senior. Thursday saw more than just warnings issued. Williams said there was one traffic citation, two for minor in possession of alcohol and three for noise violations. But few, including Williams, think handing out tickets will be effective. He said it ultimately comes down to the behavior of Sagewood residents. “Once that selective enforcement goes away, the problem on Sagewood will regenerate unless there is some change in behavior on the part of the people on Sagewood,” he said. That behavioral change is unlikely, Beam said. “As far as the people that live here, I think it’s just going to be the same,” he said. “People are still

Chris Vidrine/Star Photo BURNING BRIDGES: City officials will begin cracking down on noise and parking violations in the well known Sagewood Circle area after San Marcos residents voiced their concerns last week.

going to want to open their garages up and play beer pong or whatever.” Although the primary responsibility may fall on the residents, management companies for the duplexes, the majority of which are out-of-state, are receiving part of the blame as well. Lt. Col. Glenn Moore, associate professor of military science, is in favor of requiring landlords to register for a license with the city, which, if enforced,

would hold the landlord more accountable for the actions of their tenants. “Right now, you have quite a few of those duplexes owned by people out of state,” said Moore, a soon to be father of two who lives on a cul-desac that backs up against Sagewood Circle. “They See SAGEWOOD, page 3

Pugh promises improved alumni relations as part of term By Kristen Williams News Reporter


e want to reach out to ASG alumni and keep positive relations between current and former students.”

The Associated Student Government will address key issues facing students, including the constitution re-write, parking issues and alumni relations. At the Monday night meeting, ASG President Reagan Pugh gave a State of the Student Body address. His speech advised senators to empower themselves and students by giving back to the university. Pugh is currently working with the committee to rewrite the ASG Constitution. “The constitution re-write is something we campaigned on and thankfully we have been able

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to harness the efficiency of the university to aid us in rewriting the constitution,” Pugh said. “We hope it will be completed by the end of this semester.” The group of students working on the committee is diverse in order to fulfill the student body’s needs. “I co-chair the committee with Dr. Luizzi, philosophy chair and ASG adviser,” Pugh said. “The committee is composed of 15 students from all majors and grades to better represent the student body as we redraft their govern-

ing documents.” The re-write will reform ASG’s three governing documents: the constitution, the Code of Laws

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and the Election Code. A Code of Ethics will be added to the constitution as well. “Technology is not slowing down, so it’s our responsibility in forming an election code to accommodate those advances, but in a way that’s ethical and fair,” Pugh said. “The code of ethics will include everything from independent senator ethics, how they are expected to carry out their duties, all the way to how we as a governing body need to be — transparent and ethical in all we do.” ASG is further working with students to amend difficulties with parking. “Parking at Texas State will never be solved to the satisfaction of everyone,” Pugh said. “We, as ASG, are aware of this large issue facing students and are actively involved in conversations regarding new parking and strive to continue to listen and advocate for students so that transportation to and from Texas State is as seamless as possible.”

In addition to an altered constitution and better parking services, ASG hopes to improve the connection with alumni. “We, as a university, are lacking in alumni relations,” Pugh said. “An alumni chapter in ASG is something that we will complete this year. It will put out a call to those who are not only alumni, but were in ASG. We want to reach out to ASG alumni and keep positive relations between current and former students.” Senators took oaths to become volunteer deputy registrars, which enable them to collect student voter registration cards for the county. ASG will be sponsoring a student voter registration drive Sept. 18. Jude Prather, public administrations senior, spoke during public forum about student voter registration. Prather is running for San Marcos City Council Place 2.

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starsof texas state Frances Wittenburg, exercise and sports science freshman, proudly held her freshly caught redfish and smiled for the camera before releasing it back into the coastal waters of Matagorda Bay. Four months later, she received a surprising phone call from a friend who happened to come across that same picture on a glossy magazine cover at a local gas station. Much to her surprise, Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine published the photo of her on the cover of its August edition.

Today in Brief

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

Calendar TUESDAY The American Sign Language Club will be having a fund-raiser bake sale in The Quad from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be gathering old and used cell phones to send to the U.S. soldiers in Iraq for Cell Phones for Soldiers. National Broadcasting Society will be holding their first meeting of the Fall semester 5 p.m. in Old Main, Room 232. There will be a presentation by the St. Mary’s School of Law Admissions Office at 3:30 p.m. in McCoy, Room 119. Contact for more information.

Congress passes major higher education reform

Manager — Military Sales, North America for Procter & Gamble at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 314.1. Free food and drinks are available starting at 5:15 p.m. All majors welcomed to attend. Business casual dress suggested. The Bobcat Build Student Planning Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 4.1.9 to develop subcommittees and begin planning the largest student-run service day in the history of Texas State. For more information, E-mail The Network Meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.6.

Every Nation Campus Ministries will be holding a weekly campus meeting at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a message exploring the person of Jesus.

Adult children of alcoholics dealing with dysfunctional families group will meet from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information and screening on groups, please call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby.

Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will host Advocate Training — Volunteers Helping Victims of Abuse. For more information call Emily Douglas, (512) 396-3404.

Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call Lynn, (512) 357-2049.

GLBQ Pride Group meeting will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

The women of Mu Epsilon Theta will have informational meetings at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the CSC.

Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will host Advocate Training — Volunteers Helping Victims of Abuse. For more information call Emily Douglas, (512) 396-3404. WEDNESDAY The American Marketing Association presents guest speaker, Dennis Colvin, Retail Operations

poverty line (approximately $15,000 for a single individual). This new program will protect borrowers with low salaries having to make unmanageable payments. As a result, students will be able to make employment and life decisions based on their values rather than the volume of their debt. The act will reduce interest rates on student loans for more than 5 million low and middle-income student borrowers receiving subsidized Stafford loans. Furthermore, the act will finance increased education spending by reducing subsidies to student lenders. Lenders will receive a reduced rate of return for offering federal student loans and a slightly reduced reinsurance rate from the federal government. As a result, the increased grant aid and loan benefits will have no additional cost to taxpayers. — Courtesy of Texas Public Interest Research Group

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome. Women’s Personal Growth Group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208. Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will host Advocate Training — Volunteers Helping Victims of Abuse. For more information call Emily Douglas, (512) 396-3404.

University Police Department Sept. 1, 11:16 a.m. Assist Outside Agency/ Admissions Building An officer was on patrol and responded to a verbal disturbance call. Upon further investigation, two non-students were involved in a physical altercation and were detained until San Marcos Police Department arrived on the scene. A report was generated for this case. Sept. 1, 2:17 p.m. Alcohol: Minor in Possession/Bobcat East Parking Lot An officer was on patrol and observed an individual place a can on the ground. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation for minor in possession. Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m. Alcohol: Minor in Possession/Bobcat Stadium An officer observed an individual consume an alcoholic beverage. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation for minor in possession.

The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The Rock — Praise and Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel of the CSC.

Anger Management: Your Plan for Real-Life Coping will be from 5:10 to 6:25 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

banks and directs them to millions of students and families who are working to pay for college,” Tejada said. “The bipartisan votes for this legislation, and the President’s pledge to sign it into law, are testaments to the broad support for helping students and families pay for college.” The College Cost Reduction and Access Act will increase the maximum Pell Grant award by $490 for each of the next two school years, by $690 for the following two school years and by $1,090 for each following year. The Pell Grant is the nation’s premier college access program, providing grants to 5 million low-income students each year. The maximum Pell Grant is currently $4,310. The act will create an Income Based Repayment program that allows borrowers to repay their loans as percentage of their income. Borrowers would be expected to pay 15 percent of any income above 150 percent of the


Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity, will begin rush for fall semester. Visit for more information.

Facing the Fear — An Anxiety/Panic Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act by votes of 79 to 12 and 292 to 97, respectively Friday. The bill now goes to the President who said he will sign the legislation into law. “The College Cost Reduction and Access Act is the most meaningful higher education reform in more than 15 years,” said Matthew Tejada, public interest advocate for the Texas Public Interest Group. “The legislation addresses the dual financial challenges of access and affordability that face American college students.” The Act, passed Monday, will provide billions of dollars a year in additional grant aid to lowincome students and reforms to help lower student loan debt. The investment in education is paid for by lowering subsidies to private banks, at no new cost to taxpayers. “The bill trims excessive subsidies that benefit a handful of


Sept. 1, 8:22 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Bobcat Stadium An officer was on patrol and responded to a medical emergency. A non-student was stung by a bee and was evaluated and treated by EMS. A report was generated for this case.

Monty Marion/Star photo DERAILED: The railroad crossing barricade on Aquarena Springs Drive across from Bobcat Stadium was wrecked Monday after a driver collided with it.

Health Beat Recovery Month Events Offer Support For Addicts

During Recover Month each September, communities naFRIDAY tionwide join together to help people recognize substance Alcoholics Anonymous meet- use disorders are treatable ing will be held from noon until diseases. Results from a May 1 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.4. 2004 survey released by Faces and Voices of Recovery show as

many as 74 percent of Americans say addiction to alcohol or other drugs has had an impact on them at some point in their lives. This impact occurred when it was personal addiction or addictions of a friend or family member. Treatments for these diseases are as effective as other chronic conditions — yet, nationally, 20.9 million people needed but did not receive treatment in 2005. People who need treatment must have affordable and convenient access to treatment options. Recovery

heals lives, families and communities. To find drug and alcohol information or treatment referrals call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at Texas State at (512) 245-3601. For recovery support, come to one of the 12-step program meetings in the community or on campus. The campus meeting is held at noon every Friday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3.4.1. — Courtesy of Student Health Center

Fraternity, Sorority join forces to run clothing donation drive Sigma Lambda Beta and Chi Upsilon Sigma will be having a clothes drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the LBJ Mall. All of the clothes will go to the San Marcos Housing Authority: C.M. Allen Site. Kids Against Drugs, an after school program for the children of the Housing

Authority will receive the donations. If you want more details or information on the event please contact Caesar Villegas by e-mail at cv1068@txstate. edu or by phone at (210) 4883511. — Courtesy of Rene A. Flores

Sept 1, 9:26 p.m. Criminal Trespass Warning/Expired MVI/Information Report/Bobcat Stadium An officer was dispatched for suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, a student reported a non-student was harassing her and the non-student was issued a CTW and a traffic citation. Sept. 2, 8:24 a.m. Vehicle Theft – Auto, Stolen & Recovered Locally/ Bobcat Village An officer was dispatched for a report from a student that stated his vehicle was stolen, upon further investigation his vehicle was located and parts were removed from the vehicle. This case is under investigation. Sept. 4, 11:06 a.m. Information Report/ Bobcat Village An officer was dispatched for an information report. Upon further investigation, a student reported suspicious activity. This case is under investigation. Sept. 4, 11:51 a.m. Information Report/ Sterry Hall An officer was dispatched for a fire alarm. Upon further investigation, San Marcos Fire Department cleared smoke from the building; maintenance located the source, and fixed an air conditioner motor. A report was generated for this case.


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International Airport to Houston,” Lopez said. “All the security — starting from having to take off my shoes to throwing away my makeup — was horrible. All the security I had to go through just added another layer to bureaucracy and really brought home the reality of the attacks.” Lopez said she feels security was not the worst effect of the terrorist’s attacks. Since the tragedy, the immediate aftermath of the attacks was the Bush Administration declaring a war on terrorism with Afghanistan. “The whole situation is sad, but the saddest part of all is that so many young men that I know got sucked into the whole war mess,” Lopez said. There are different opinions about the war on terrorism. Some believe the international perception of the U.S. has changed, while others think it is the American viewpoint of the

world that has been altered. “I am not sure the country has changed because of 9/11,” Stouffer said. “I think 9/11 has been the excuse to do some things to change the country.” Many U.S. politicians and the American public alike say the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. were a wake-up call and affected everybody in some way. “We are just a small community here in San Marcos, but the unexpected tragedy brought people closer,” Narvaiz said. “Up to this day, the community has become more focused on security. While we go back out to everyday life, there is still that high awareness of public safety behind our heads.” The San Marcos community will have a Sept. 11 ceremony starting at 8:45 a.m. at City Hall. Right before the moment the first tower was hit, the city’s firefighters will ring the fire bell. There will also be moments of silence and a wreath will be available to decorate with flowers.

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backs up against Sagewood Circle. “They aren’t being held responsible for their portion. As a landlord, you’re also responsible for the tenants on your property.” Moore is a block captain and board member of the Council of Neighborhood Associations which spearheaded the recent effort by residents to get the city to address their complaints about Sagewood. Moore said his main motivation is to protect the safety of all San Marcos residents. “I am concerned for the safety of every child in the neighborhood and even those that are living in Sagewood,” Moore said. “It worries me that the numerous drunken drivers going to and from Sagewood area through my neighborhood and others could harm someone.” With several hundred of the neighborhood’s residents being Texas State students, the situation has been perceived as inhibiting the relationship between the university and the San Marcos community.

San Marcos police will issue citations for noise violations

But Moore said he wanted to stress the situation is not an “us in the neighborhoods versus them in Sagewood area” issue. “This is not a student problem — there are non-Texas State students living there,” he said. “It is a San Marcos problem that the community as a whole needs to address and do something about before someone does get hurt. I fully support the students, Texas State and the community and feel strongly for the welfare for all involved on this issue.” Joanne Smith, vice president for student affairs, said the university is trying to do its part to help resolve the Sagewood situation. On the same day San Marcos police received word to increase their enforcement, Texas State students received an e-mail from Smith about being a good neighbor. “Sometimes when you get an apartment, you just kind of think it’s basically a free for all — that you can do whatever you want — not necessarily recognizing that there are the needs of the people around you,” Smith said.

The e-mail was going to be sent this week, but because of recent concerns expressed to Smith, she decided to send the e-mail earlier than planned. “We just wanted to provide resources and really just help people understand that you have to consider not only yourself, but your neighbors as well,” she said. The e-mail provides a link to the Web site:, a resource students can use to learn about the city codes and ordinances. Smith said from the university standpoint, keeping students out of legal trouble is a big motivation. Retaining students and helping them graduate is part of her job description, she said. “We just started school. I don’t want our students getting into legal trouble,” she said. “Now you’re probably talking about fines and possibly jail. And that is not a good start for an academic year. If people are supposed to be in class, if you’re dealing with legal issues, you’re fighting all that, missing class, that just kind of leads to disaster.”

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Mentor program lends a hand to kids with needs

One of the best visits Taylor had with his little brother was watching the bats at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin and then walking to the nearby Whole Foods where they split a smoothie, he said. The whole thing was under $5. “We encourage low-cost, no-cost type things and building a friendship more than anything,” Taylor said. “We believe our model is really based on a social-emotional component versus this hardcore academic thing.” Mayor Susan Narvaiz said because of their economic situation, many families in San Marcos do not have the resources to expose children to some of the activities that a big brother or big sister may. “(The mentor relationship) will bring great changes in kids staying in school, wanting to pursue more Karen Wang/Star photo education or a work skill,” Narvaiz CUT THE RIBBON: Representatives of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central said. “Bringing people together to do that is more powerful than anyTexas, a statewide mentor program, commemorate their Hays County office thing I could do as mayor.” launch Thursday at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. According to a news release, By Bill Lancaster sister on two occasions. the groups “target population is News Reporter “I really am thrilled that we are the 4,236 students who attend first kicking off this relationship between through eighth grades in San MarKenny Taylor earned a social work the university and Big Brothers Big cos CISD. They are 68.8 percent degree and took a position with Big Sisters and the city of San Marcos,” Hispanic, 25.3 percent Caucasian, Brothers Big Sisters not realizing he Trauth said. 5.2 percent African American and would help give others exactly what Joanne Smith, vice president for .08 percent other. Of this populahis uncle had given him years before student affairs and a former big tion, 61.8 percent is classified as — time. sister, said Texas State will be the economically disadvantaged, 51.2 “As soon as I was brought on home base for the new office and percent as at-risk, 7.2 percent as board, the mission just made sense will send out announcements to get Limited English Proficient and 1.9 to me, because I was raised by my university students, faculty and staff percent as students with disciplingrandmother,” said Taylor, now ex- interested in the program. ary placements.” ecutive director of Big Brothers “We have already met with the suAccording to a study quoted on Big Sisters of Central Texas. “I had perintendent of schools here in San the Big Brothers Big Sisters Web somebody that I looked up to; that Marcos,” Smith said. “We are target- site, children involved in a mentor was her brother.” ing Hernandez Middle School, so we relationship are less likely to start Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central are targeting fifth and sixth graders using drugs or alcohol, skip school Texas held a ribbon cutting ceremony to start. (The school district) will or hit another person. They are Thursday at the San Marcos Chamber help refer students to Big Brothers more confident in their schoolwork of Commerce to signify the launch of Big Sisters, and then we will match and get along better with their famitheir Hays County program. the (university) student with the lies. The San Marcos office, housed in child.” The university will play a major the LBJ Student Center, will work The mentor relationship gives the role in the success of Big Brothers in conjunction with the university, child someone they can confide with Big Sisters, not only by acting as a the city of San Marcos and the local in addition to their parents, Smith base, but by providing a volunteerschool district to provide mentor re- said. Smith mentored and eventually rich institution where there is a lationships to hundreds of elemen- became foster mother to her little number of people already involved tary and middle school students, sister in Kansas. in higher education, Taylor said. according to their news release. “Honestly, had I not been in (Val“I didn’t understand it as a child, University President Denise erie’s) life at the point in time that I I just know that I got excited when Trauth said she has been involved became her big sister, she wouldn’t my uncle came over to the house, with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a have finished high school,” Smith and most likely we were going to do board member at her previous po- said. “She was able to see the col- something fun,” Taylor said. “I still sitions in Bowling Green, Ohio and lege (where I worked) and I think it visit with him. He’s 92 years old, Charlotte, N.C. and has been a big really motivated her.” and he still gives me guidance.”

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Tropical Storm Gabrielle lacks strength forecasters predicted By Tittan Barksdale and Jerry Allegood McClatchy Newspapers RALEIGH, N.C. — Tropical Storm Gabrielle dumped as much as four inches of rain and produced wind gusts of nearly 50 miles per hour during its slow trek along the North Carolina coast Sunday before returning to the Atlantic Ocean. But the storm didn’t appear to pack much punch. No serious flood or wind damage was reported from the storm, which was expected to return to the ocean by 11 p.m. EDT. The rain was mainly confined to coastal communities northward from Beaufort. Carteret and Craven counties were the most affected, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said. Those counties received four to six inches of rain Sunday. The storm put a gray pall over Dare County late Sunday and forced many people indoors, but it didn’t shut down the beaches. Although amusement parks were empty, stores were busy and traffic was steady. A few people ventured onto the beach strand or stood on porches to watch the storm whip up the ocean. Jerry and Lisa Jones of New Bern didn’t

let the storm put a damper on their honeymoon at Nags Head. They fished on the beach a few hours before giving up as gray clouds gathered overhead. Jerry Jones said the storm didn’t bother them and they had no plans to leave early. “It’s a great honeymoon,” Lisa Jones said. Ashley Belvin rode his bicycle to the beach at Nags Head to pass out flyers for the family restaurant, which did a steady business during the day. Gusty headwinds made riding the bike a chore. “It’s easier going back,” Belvin said. There were no signs of boarded up windows. Some homes and businesses left yard furniture and displays outside. Winds whipped flags, no swimming signs and banners and knocked over dozens of garbage cans parked by the highway in Nags Head by departing beachgoers. Others, such as William Sparrow, were just starting their vacations Sunday. He was at the Outer Banks Welcome Center on Roanoke Island. Sparrow, who is from Virginia, decided to come because he said the storm didn’t appear to be serious. “We’ll let it come to us,” Sparrow said. Still, the N.C. Ferry Division officials weren’t taking any chances. Several ferry routes were suspended because of storm conditions.


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veryone remembers exactly where they were when the Twin Towers were hit.

We’ve all replayed that day of loss, pain and anger in our minds. After Sept. 11, the U.S. supported government efforts to prevent a similar tragedy in the future, and the Patriot Act was born. Today, on the sixth anniversary of Sept. 11, Americans see with clearer eyes the Patriot Act is far from patriotic. The Constitution, namely the First Amendment, is one of the U.S.’ greatest prides. This document defines who we are as Americans, bestowing certain inalienable rights no man or institution can take away. Yet we know all too well those rights can, will and have been taken away in the name of “national security.” History has illustrated numerous instances of the government using scare tactics to invoke fear in the American public; convincing them the only way to protect the U.S. is if “we the people” give up our constitutional rights. After Sept. 11, our First Amendment rights were sold in fear of national security, but the Patriot Act is only one of many in a long history of the government playing upon national fear to take away free speech and expression in attempts to gain more power. The University Star doubts it will be the last. Long before the Patriot Act, the national government passed various acts worth noting, which stripped Americans of their First Amendment rights. The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 were created when a war with France seemed imminent. The Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 followed, originally created in preparation for World War I, but were later used as the supporting legislation for McCarthyism during the second red scare. The Alien Registration Act of 1940 was the most extensive and most used legislation throughout the Cold War. Each of these acts made it a federal crime to speak, publish or broadcast a dissenting opinion of the government. Each was passed in a time or threat of war. Americans believed the acts to be just and necessary at the particular times in history; however, the Supreme Court later ruled every act unconstitutional. In times of national crisis, the government has repeatedly suppressed the First Amendment rights of opposing Americans to yield more power, but once the threat disappears, the law stands strong for many years. In the end, the act is always repealed after the public realizes its direct attack on free speech. The Star hopes readers will realize the current erosion of civil liberties is extremely detrimental to the U.S., and they will act to change things for the better.


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A vote for Clinton is a vote for the lesser evil By Chris Walker UWM Post (U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton would not make the best president, at least in my eyes. To me, she is an opportunistic politician who happens to share most of my political beliefs, but panders toward the center (perhaps even toward the right), in order to garner more votes. This is a brilliant political strategy that will undoubtedly get her elected. However, in my view, political victory is not about pandering to the masses by compromising your political ideologies in order to gain power; it’s about supporting just causes and explaining them clearly enough to get the masses to move towards you. I understand some of my political beliefs are a sharp left of mainstream. I believe in many progressive political

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causes, such as protecting civil liberties, that we can do so while keeping America secure, that we should institute a single-payer health care system, that the wealthy could stand to handle a little more of the tax burden and so forth. Sen. Clinton, on the other hand, has supported many right-wing initiatives, and that’s fine; Washington could use a little more cooperation. But I fear Clinton’s motives. She supported the war when it was popular. Now, in the face of mounting opposition to the war, she is against it. While I don’t necessarily require that the candidate I support voted against this war (it’s a big plus if they did, but not necessarily a requisite), Hillary has had little remorse over her vote to authorize force for George W. Bush. John Edwards has publicly stated his

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vote to do so was a bad decision; Barack Obama wasn’t a part of the Senate, but touts his opposition to the war from the start. It would be forgivable if this were the only instance. But Hillary voted for the Patriot Act, and voted to reauthorize it in 2006. This is nearly unforgivable in my view, as the act grants the government tremendous invasive powers without just cause, a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately for yours truly, there isn’t much of a contending force against the populist politician. While Barack Obama and John Edwards both seem like great candidates, their polling numbers compared to Hillary’s are somewhat demoralizing. I haven’t yet decided for whom I will vote in the primaries, but I know it won’t be Clinton.

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Yet, I am faced with a certain conundrum: Should Clinton win the Democratic Party nomination (as is very likely to happen), can I bring myself to vote for her? The answer is yes, I can. While she doesn’t represent every aspect of my liberal nature, she does do a great job of representing some of it. In a perfect system of electing a president, we’d all be allowed to vote for whomever we felt was best suited for the position without consequence. Unfortunately, our system of party politics creates a duality effect that pits two candidates — deemed the most “electable,” but not always the most qualified — against one another. In this system, voting for a third candidate will not help promote most of my causes, as such a vote would help a candidate I do not support at all. I’d rather feel like a partial winner than a total loser.

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Being alone does not mean being different

Kayleen Calame Opinions Columnist

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo: I doubt many of us still use it; however, I’m sure some of us have seen the recent commercial. I’ll clue you in, just in case you’ve all been too busy studying lately. The ad I’m talking about shows a baby girl sitting with her dad. As the narrator implies several things will make his little girl cry throughout her life, he asserts Johnson’s Baby Shampoo will not be one of them. “She’ll cry when you don’t let her use the car. And she’ll cry when her boyfriend doesn’t call…” the narrator reads. And I was just wondering — Has every girl in the whole world really, at some point in her life, cried over “her boyfriend”? And then I wondered just how many things are out there, like this one, which we will all most likely go through? We’re all trying to be unique, yet there are feelings and experiences that seem to catch up with you and me both, despite ourselves. It’s kind of comforting to know, though, really. We will all, at some point in our lives, feel alone and scared. Yet we are not alone in feeling alone. We will all cry when someone close to us dies, and we all need help sometimes. A professor will do or say something, someday, that will offend us; we’ll learn “how to deal.” All guys will leave the toilet seat up at sometime and all girls will sit on a wet one now and then. We’ll all get into it with our roommates, no matter how considerate we consider ourselves, and if we’re smart we’ll work it out. Despite our different study habits, it’s likely that we’ll all bomb an exam or two. We all have firsts and we tend to remember them. We have our own ideas, and we like to talk about them. In college, we’ll be exposed to many new things and ideas. Some of it will offend us. Those of us living in the dorms will probably get locked out at least once. And we miss having home-cooked meals. Most of us have someone we would do anything for and there will be times when there’s simply nothing we can do for them. Sometimes we’ll be at a loss for words. We all had a first word and will remember somebody else’s last words. We all get lonely. We all smile and sometimes it’ll be hard to stop. Red lights are annoying and that’s something on which we can all agree. We all think we’re right sometimes, when we’re not. We’ll all live with consequences, but we’ll try to get around them first. Those of us who drive will have trouble parking sometimes. We will all inspire somebody, someday and we might not even know it. There are things that never fail to slip our minds and there are some things we can’t ever forget. We will all talk before we think, at least once — no, wait — more than once (now that I think about it). We are all scared of something and we all have someone or something we run to. And I’m sure you’ve seen someone or something in this world that is just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. And they say everybody dreams. Have a good day because they say it’s contagious. Maybe everyone could have a good day, today. The University Star welcomes letters to the editor. No anonymous letters will be printed. The Star reserves the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. The Star reserves the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright September 11, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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Hug a day keeps the pain away By Ashley Gwilliam Senior Features Reporter

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yrd Austin B OPEN ARMS: Undecided freshman Omar Yuri-Bermudez receives a free chicken hug from art history freshman Kate Sears as part of National Free Hugs Day Monday in The Quad.

Many Americans are reflecting upon the lives lost because of the Sept. 11 attacks that occurred six years ago and the war in Iraq. On an otherwise gloomy day, Monday’s Free Hugs may have made the world a little brighter. The international event, which appears to have started on the social networking Web site Facebook, was held to prepare people for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and to remind them love and goodness still exist in an increasingly complex world. The event encouraged participants around the world to offer hugs to loved ones and strangers by wearing free hugs T-shirts and holding free hugs signs in public settings. According to the event’s Web site, there were 820,765 confirmed participants. Greg Snodgrass, director of the Counseling Center, said events like Hug Day are helpful because it allows people to process and share grief with others. “When

As reported by the Australian news in 2004, Mann noticed how sad and socially disconeople derive nected his fellow Sydney citizens appeared to be, and tried to brighten their day by holding heath benefits a white cardboard sign in Sydney’s Pitt Street out of interpersonal Mall reading “Free Hugs” in large, black letters. contact, support, love Subsequently, Mann received international fanfare after a video of his hugging extravaganza and attention because was released on the popular video-posting Web it generates positive site You Tube. Kevin Zaborney, founder of the official Naemotion.” tional Hugging Day holiday, which has taken — Greg Snodgrass place every Jan. 21 since 1986, said he has director, Texas State Counseling Center heard many heart-warming stories from individuals that have benefited from receiving hugs on National Hugging Day. you have a tragedy like that, one of the ways it “Around 1989, one woman from Chicago leaves you feeling is helpless,” Snodgrass said. wrote that she had been lonely for many years “This gives you something you can do to try and had very few close friends,” Zaborney said. and help the memory of those people who have “When she heard of National Hugging Day, she been victimized.” made up some buttons for people to wear that Laci Weeks, health and fitness management said something like ‘Hug Me. It’s National Hugsenior, said memorials should be held so people ging Day.’ As a result, people did respond to can remember those who died and the events her and offer her hugs. She said that if Nationthat took place. The media, though, should al Hugging Day hadn’t been created and she avoid replaying upsetting images that force hadn’t discovered it for herself, she didn’t know people to relive something they need to move here she would be, or if she would be.” past. Zaborney said the day was a good idea, but “As a person who has a lot of family from New it is different from his original vision because York, I don’t think it helps anything seeing it the Sept. 10 event encourages people to hug over and over and over again,” Weeks said. anyone. Although this appears to be the first free “Although I also encourage others to hug hugs event memorializing Sept. 11 victims, the anyone willing to accept the hug, I focus on the concept of spreading love through hugs to unas- relationships most important to an individual, suming strangers is nothing new. The event is such as family and friends,” he said. being modeled after a free hugs campaign startBoth events encourage asking before huged by an Australian who goes by the pseudonym ging. Juan Mann. “The average person would need to open up and let loose of any inhibitions to enjoy the full positive effect of hugging,” Zaborney said. According to the National Hugging Day Web site, Virginia Satir, a Wisconsin marriage and family therapist, said human beings need two hugs a day to survive, four for maintenance and six to grow. Snodgrass said he didn’t know of any studies that support a specific number of hugs needed per day, but he believes physical contact and support is very helpful to people. “People derive health benefits out of interpersonal contact, support, love and attention because it generates positive emotion,” he said. “There is lots of research on the benefits of positive emotion, and I think obviously when people give supphoto portive hugs you generate positive yrd/Star emotion.” Austin B


Relive, remember CNN will honor the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by replaying the network’s coverage of the day’s events. Viewers can watch how events unfolded starting at 8:30 a.m., minutes before the first reports of an airplane hitting the World Trade Center. The broadcast will run in real time, as it was shown six years ago, until midnight. Tuesday the network will make its online video service, CNN Pipeline, available for free. Normally, viewers pay $2.95 per month or $24.95 per year for four separate video feeds. Online, viewers will be able to watch live reports of memorial services through one of the feeds. Viewers may use discretion in selecting footage from 2001. The feed will be covered with a notice instructing users how to avoid more graphic footage. “Our users may choose to view the stream of coverage from Sept. 11, or live coverage of memorial services at Ground Zero, or they may click through the numerous interactive elements on the site,” said David Payne, senior vice president and general manager of in an interview with The Associated Press. “They have the power to determine the best way for them to remember the anniversary.” Monty Marion/Star


OUTREACHING: Keya Howard, water studies junior, offers free hugs to passers-by Monday in The Quad as part of National Free Hugs Day.

— Compiled from and various news sources

Students react to tragedy seven years later By Aarinisha Brewer Features Reporter Tuesday, people worldwide are taking time to remember the day with their thoughts and memories from the tragedy. College students like Meredith Greenwood, English senior, were sitting in high school or middle school classrooms across the world when the Sept. 11 attacks occurred on a Tuesday morning. “I was a sophomore in high school sitting in computer science class when we heard the principal come over the intercom and told us a plane had crashed into one of the towers,” she said. “We watched the news the whole time during my next class. The day was little to no activity.” Alumnus Jermaine Johnson remembered his experiences similarly. “I remember it was a crazy time,” he said. “I was working at the mall and it was the only day I ever remember the place being so quiet and empty.” Alumnus Clinton Davis said he had not heard

of National Hugs Day. Davis left school to run a record label in honor of his father, a Port Authority officer. Davis said his father died at the World Trade Center attacks as he escorted citizens to safety. “Anything that is acknowledging my father’s heroism and the other officers and firefighters has my full support,” he said. “I thank whoever is responsible for setting (memorial) up.” Davis, a rap musician with the alias Checkmate, dedicated his page on the social networking Web site to his father’s memory in collaboration with his own musical interests. Though memorials and events are helpful, the anniversary still leaves a sad but hopeful impression on the former student. “It brings a lot of pain to my heart and a lot of thoughts to my mind since I never had a chance to tell my father goodbye,” Davis said. “But things like National Hugs Day, gardens, memorials and flags helps me find a way to be happy and honored for my father and his legacy that will live on even when I’m gone.”


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Miss South Carolina’s drivel blamed on stage fright

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Jessica Sinn Senior Features Reporter Like a deer in headlights, Miss Teen USA pageant contestant Lauren Caitlin Upton had a sudden attack of brain freeze when answering a simple question about geography. But if she had to describe her most embarrassing moment, we can rest

assured this blond beauty will nail the answer. Shortly after the mishap, Upton appeared on “The Today Show” and squeamishly watched the humiliating video clip of her fumbling response. She blamed her ramblings about “the Iraq … and everywhere like such as,” on an overpowering case of stage fright. The 18-year-old, who is now infamous on YouTube, told “Today’s” Matt Lauer and Ann Curry that being put on the spot on national television threw her into a state of shock. Janice Paige Bishop, theatre and dance senior lecturer, said she sympathizes with the teen beauty contestant because she obviously suffered from an uncontrollable case of stage fright, which is a normal bodily response. “I would say she had a bad case of stage fright, which is more powerful than performance anxiety because it’s a physical response,” Bishop said. “Many actors say they get that adrenaline rush and suddenly can’t remember their lines, and then the fear just takes over.”

Bishop said she has seen performers forget their lines, flee the stage — even faint when they succumb to stage fright. “At that moment everyone’s looking at you and waiting for you to be brilliant,” Bishop said. “Whether you’re acting in a play or answering a question in a beauty contest, it’s normal to have fear, you just can’t let it take you over.” Just moments before taking the stage, Bishop said a debilitating wave of stage fright caused her to forget her lines, sending her into a state of panic. She said she controlled her fear by reminding herself how much she loved acting. “I said to myself ‘I’m doing this because I want to, and I’ll be darned if I’m not going to enjoy it,’” Bishop said. “When I realized that, I became calm, remembered my first line, went out on stage and was just fine.” Bishop said Upton could have centered herself with positive thoughts and by keeping her eye on the prize. “She wanted to be there,” Bishop said. “She wanted the crown and wanted to win, but at that moment, the adrenaline was rushing and being afraid frightened her.” Bishop said meditation, breathing exercises and vocal tune-ups are all relaxation techniques that can help alleviate stage fright. “People who work with professional actors or speakers, help them deal with stage fright by

teaching them meditation techniques,” Bishop said. “It’s important to know certain exercises that can help warm up the body and vocal cords and relax at the same time.” Perhaps Upton could have controlled her mindnumbing fear by tuning her vocal cords. Caleb Hudgens, English sophomore, said before setting foot on stage, performers should practice sound making exercises called “destructuring.” “A good way to relax before a performance is to warm up with sound,” Hudgens said. “It’s unnerving if you aren’t used to the sound of your own voice before making a performance.” Upton could have saved herself from public scrutiny if she embraced her fear and used it to her advantage, Hudgens said. “You should never fight it, or else you’ll end up screwing up just like she did,” Hudgens said. “Turn the fright around and use that energy for your performance. You just need to train yourself to harness your stage fright in a positive way.” As millions of YouTube viewers continue to gawk at Upton’s train-wreck response, many wonder “is she just a dumb blonde or was that stage fright at its worst?” Jeff Dorman, pre-theatre junior, said he’s willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. “There’s a chance that Miss South Carolina is a smart girl,” Dorman said. “Stage fright can make anyone look less intelligent if it overpowers them.”

Common Experience will premiere film focusing on Barton Springs By Jessica Sinn Senior Features Reporter Before filmmaker Laura Dunn embarked on a four-year journey documenting the rapid onslaught of urban sprawl and its catastrophic effects on Barton Spring’s most precious natural resource, she only had a vague understanding of how an aquifer works. “I was well aware of Barton Springs as a political symbol and how it has been the catalyst for a lot of community debate over environmental issues versus economic growth, but I really didn’t know what an aquifer was,” Dunn said. When Executive Producer Terrence Malick asked her to film the documentary The Unforeseen, she said it was an opportunity and a learning experience she couldn’t refuse. In an effort to spread awareness about the deteriorating water systems in Central Texas, Dunn will present a screening of her first feature film The Unforeseen 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sewell Park. The screening, hosted by the Common Experience, is free and open to the public. Dunn said she hopes the film will provide viewers with an indepth understanding of the Edwards Aquifer, which seems to be a subject many people overlook. “It’s pretty wild because it’s so basic, and yet it’s really not something that’s taught in school, and it’s not something the general public has contributed to,” Dunn said. “It’s just really bizarre. Once you understand it, you wonder ‘why isn’t this part of our society’s common consciousness?’” Dunn said by making this film, she intends to create a space for viewers to connect to environmental issues. She said she can only

hope the film will inspire them to take action and make different life choices. “I’m just a filmmaker — and I think some people take too much credit for making films,” Dunn said. “There’s so many people out there working hard on these issues and living these issues, and I’m just trying to contribute to the dialogue. I’m definitely not coming in with my guns blazing on some self-righteous soap box because I don’t think that really helps people gain an understanding about these issues.” Austin developer Gary Bradley, known by many environmentalists as the “arch nemesis of the environmental movement,” is a main character in the film. Dunn said to expand the reach of the film, she gave Bradley the opportunity to explain his actions and share his opposing point of view. “One of the key characters is a developer who is sort of vilified in the Austin community,” Dunn said. “So I went to great lengths to really try to get behind his eyes and understand how he sees the world, and to do so in a way that’s sympathetic and compassionate toward him. I think the truth speaks for itself and I don’t think you need to hammer it into people.” Common Experience Co-Chair Pam Wuestenberg said Dunn’s objective documentary will inspire viewers to raise questions about the ongoing conflict between land development and environmental protection. “It’s a thought -provoking film,” Wuestenberg said. “There are some questions that you’ll have to ask yourself afterwards like ‘what would I do if the decision was mine to build here or not build here?’ Both sides have their story, and she portrays them in a very equitable way.”

—courtesy of Common Experience


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Non-traditional mom champions worthy causes Yes ma’am. No ma’am. If only my kids were of conversation this past week, but last year as polite as the students on campus who have the issue first arose when a Non-Traditional said this to me. Well, I do admit … it is sort of Student Organization member’s dad came to a an eye-opener for me as a student to receive game and was unable to walk up the ramp into such a response. the stadium. This polite formality brought me back to Her father was so disappointed at the earth, thinking, “OK, I am a Yoda thought of not attending the game. It among the young Jedi apprentices, get took some persistence on my part, but used to the idea,” but I had to grin at I did finally get him an escort in a golf such good mannerisms. cart to seating. Another incident that put a grin on Additional complaints I commonly my face was meeting a student from hear are from students with physical my hometown near Chicago. Although disabilities — how disabled people can’t I am old enough to be his mother, sit on the bottom rows because of difwe gabbed as though the years didn’t ficulty walking up and down the levels, matter. He lived in a very small town but when they sit in the back first level SUSAN RAUCH next door to my hometown, and to top they can’t sit and watch the game due Features Columnist to everyone standing in front of them. it off, we went to rival high schools. Catching up with him on hometown The upper levels are great, but you favorites made me a little homesick for the have to walk up stairs to get to them, except eclectic food of Chicago as we talked about on the reserved seating side. our favorite pizza establishments. Chicago has Just because you cannot see a disability such diverse ethnic cultures — I think it could doesn’t mean it is not there, and as this experireally give San Antonio a run for its money in ence has proven, there is more than one way restaurants. to be an under-represented student. Speaking of home, chalk one up for another That aside, I squeezed in one more grin for non-traditional student in my family — my the week — I was thrilled to find out about anmother. She is taking some college classes this other non-traditional student who not only is semester just for the learning experience. She much older than me, but she is beginning her is taking a course geared toward retired men sophomore year. She came back to school last and women to experience intellectual growth. year as a freshman after being away 40 years. Go Mom. I am hoping to meet up with her and share This past week revealed a challenge for an with the readers some of her experiences as older, disabled student and friend who strugan undergraduate. She is also following her gled with having some disability rights violated son’s Bobcat legacy (he is an alumnus of Texas during our first football game. State). I think it’s well worth me saying it I know these rights have been a hot topic again: Go Mom.

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The Texas State women’s golf team ended the first day of play at the Chip-N Club Invitational at the top of the leaderboard Monday in Lincoln, Neb. Four of the Bobcats’ five group members finished the day in the top 15 of the field. Texas State, which trailed by five strokes heading into the second 18 holes of the day, finished at 30-over-par, and head into tomorrow one stroke better than second-place Kansas State’s 31-over-par.

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Wildcats pounce on Bobcats in second game of season By Scott Strickman Sports Editor

The Bobcat football team suffered a letdown following its thrilling season-opening victory against Cal Poly, as old Lone Star Conference rival and Division II foe Abilene Christian came to town Saturday night. Abilene Christian built a 28-0 halftime lead and beat Texas State (1-1), 45-27. The win evened Abilene Christian’s record at 1-1. “We didn’t come out ready to play,” Coach Brad Wright said. “This is my fault this time. I didn’t push the right buttons, but it won’t be my fault again.”

Wright felt the team may have been too satisfied with its victory against Cal Poly. “We were in slow motion all over the field,” Wright said. “It was the classic signs of a team that really felt like we beat Cal Poly last week, which obviously doesn’t matter this week. “I know I was still getting patted on the back as I walked into this place today about what a great game last week was. I’m sure we were thinking we were pretty good.” Sophomore quarterback Bradley George threw an interception to give the Wildcats the ball in great position, on the Texas State 23. The interception was the first of four

turnovers the Bobcats would commit. “You can’t expect to win having four turnovers,” George said. On the first play after the turnover, ACU quarterback Billy Malone found wide receiver Johnny Knox for a 23-yard touchdown pass, the first of two for the duo on the night. Texas State kicker Andrew Ireland, junior, missed a 46-yard field goal attempt on the Bobcats next possession. The Wildcats took advantage, as running back Bernard Scott capped off an 11 play, 71yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to put ACU on top 14-0. Things would go from bad to worse for Texas State in the second quarter. Junior wide receiver Morris Crosby fumbled, and it was picked up by ACU at the Texas State 49-yard line. Scott broke off a 33-yard run for his second rushing touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 21-0 lead. Following a 16-yard punt by senior Chris MacDonald on the ’Cats’ next drive, ACU began a drive at the Bobcat 33. Malone would connect with Scott on third and goal for Scott’s third score of the night. The ’Cats played better in the second half. Junior running back Stan Zwinggi ran for a 5-yard touchdown to finally get Texas State on the board. Texas State scored again on a touchdown pass from Crosby to junior wide receiver Cameron Luke, cutting the lead to 31-14. The ’Cats used a little trickery as Crosby ran left and then stopped to throw to a wide open Luke for the score. Malone and the Wildcats would answer, as he hooked up with Knox for the second time in the game on a perfectly

placed 42-yard bomb to push the lead to 38-14 by the close of the third quarter. The Bobcats converted another fourth down attempt when George hit Luke for a 32-yard touchdown pass with 14:53 remaining in the game. The two would later connect again, this time a 9-yard scoring play to trim the lead to 38-27 with 9:47 to go. Luke had six receptions for 124 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs, to lead the offensive assault, particularly in the second half. ACU sealed the win on Scott’s third rushing touchdown of the night, capping off a 45-27 victory for the Wildcats. The Texas State defense was unable to contain the Wildcats, surrendering 458 total yards to the ACU offense, 70 more yards than they gave up against Cal Poly. Scott led an ACU rushing attack that accumulated 231 yards. He had 135 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns, three on the ground and one receiving. Malone threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns, on 15-23 passing. His favorite target was Knox, who caught eight passes for 164 yards and two scores. George, who went 23-43 for 242 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns, looked frazzled by the constant pressure ACU’s blitzing defense applied. “It might have thrown off my timing with the receivers,” George said. “I’ve still got to escape and make those plays on the run.” Texas State’s last loss to a Division II team was a 40-12 decision against Texas A&M-Kingsville Sept. 14, 1995. The Bobcats had won 12 straight against teams who play football below the Division I level.


Austin Byrd/Star photo SACKED: QB Bradley George throws the ball away during the Bobcats loss to Abilene Christian, 45-27, Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.

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Stars of the Night

Bernard Scott, RB ACU

Scott caught Texas State offguard with his big rushing night. The Bobcats were expecting most of ACU’s offense to rest on the arm of quarterback Billy Malone. Scott enabled the Wildcats to achieve balance on the offensive end, rushing for 135 yards and scoring four touchdowns in all.

Travis Houston, LB TX ST

The defense did give up 45 points, but ACU had the benefit of stellar field position all night long, starting on the Texas State side of the field on four different drives. That said, the ’Cats still had a chance late, and Houston was a big reason why. Houston recorded 15 tackles and two sacks to lead the Bobcats defense.

Next Week Bobcats

•Senior defensive back Daniel Varvel and junior defensive tackle Wellington Deshield, both starters, did not play Saturday against ACU. •All-America punter MacDonald ran for 23 yards on a fake punt in the second quarter. MacDonald’s run registered as the longest running play of the night for Texas State. On the next drive, he had a punt of 16 yards. •George led Texas State with 48 yards rushing. •The last time a Division II team upended a nationally-ranked Division I Football Championship Subdivision program was 1995. Texas State entered the game No. 19 in The Sports Network Weekly Top 25. •Morris Crosby, a former high school quarterback, threw a 52-yard touchdown pass. It was the second scoring toss of his career. •Texas State honored its 1981 and 1982 NCAA Division II Championship teams at halftime.




When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Floyd Casey Stadium Bobcats L 45-27 vs. ACU

Last Week Baylor W 42-17 vs. Rice

Despite losing tourney, volleyball competed with top-tier teams By Alan Wiederhold Sports Reporter The Texas State volleyball team competed in the CenturyTel Premier this weekend, winning one match out of three against a very formidable field that featured Missouri, Houston and Cal State-Fullerton. “I think at this time of the season, we’re extremely pleased with where we are. We’re tons better than what we were two weeks ago,” Coach Karen Chisum said after the tournament. “We feel pretty confident leaving this weekend.” Though the Bobcats (3-5) lost the final two games of the tournament, the team seemed pleased with their performance against strong competition. “I think this weekend we really came together as a team, and our outside hitters did an amazing job of stepping up and really doing their roles,” sophomore libero Kacey Wimpy said. “Playing the harder teams definitely gets us prepared for teams in our conference.” Saturday, the Bobcats concluded the tournament against Missouri, their third Big 12 opponent in a twoweek span. Though the ’Cats gave

their opponents all they could handle, Missouri ended up taking the match in four games by scores of 30-23, 2530, 30-24 and 30-27. “That was a very competitive Division I volleyball match,” Chisum said. “Missouri is very good, no doubt about it.” Junior outside hitter Lawrencia Brown posted her third double-double of the tournament with 14 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore hitter Jessica Weynand led the ’Cats with 15 kills. Weynand and Brown each stepped up their game this weekend by posting five double-doubles between them. They appeared to show no signs of a slump after their lackluster performances earlier in the week against Texas A&M. “I tell you what —Karen Chisum we’re proud of this coach, volleyball weekend — the thing we worked on all week long — was our outside hitting game,” Chisum said. “Jessica Weynand and Lawrencia both stepped up a lot.” Middle blockers Amy Weigle and Emily Jones, both juniors, displayed their blocking prowess in the game. Weigle recorded five blocks, and Jones totaled four.

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Division I volleyball match. Missouri is very good, no doubt about it.”

Setters Shelbi Irvin, freshman, and Brittany Collins, sophomore, split time running the Bobcat offense against Missouri. Irvin doled out 23 assists while Collins added 22 assists. Collins, the incumbent starter before the season, is recovering from a foot injury and is still in a boot while not on the volleyball court. The Bobcats opened the tournament with a decisive 3-1 victory (30-25, 3027, 21-30, 30-23) over the Houston Cougars. Four Texas State players tallied double-digit kills in the win over Houston. Weigle and Jones continued their week of dominating the center of the net, with Weigle posting 15 kills and Jones adding 12 kills. Weynand totaled 11 kills and 12 digs against Houston, while Brown recorded 10 kills and 10 digs. Irvin recorded a double-double, handing out 48 assists while digging out 10 Cougar attacks. Wimpy led Texas State with 24 digs, and freshman Ally Buitron added 11 digs in the game. The Bobcats returned to the court Friday against Cal State-Fullerton, losing a four-game match (30-24, 25-30, 30-24, 30-28) to the Titans. Weynand and Brown led the way for the ’Cats in the loss, as each player posted their second double-double of the day. Weynand dug out 10 Cal StateFullerton attacks, to go along with a team-high 16 kills, while Brown tallied

13 kills and 11 digs. Jones added 10 kills and freshman hitter Melinda Cave tallied seven additional kills against the Titans. Collins resumed the starting setter position and dished out 30 assists on top of 11 digs. At the conclusion of the classic, Weynand and Wimpy were named to

the all-tournament team. “I know on Tuesday, I was in a big slump,” Weynand said. “We (Brown and I) couldn’t hit for sure, but I’m glad I got to finally start hitting the ball and got the all-tournament award.” The Bobcats return to action this weekend when they travel to Kingston, R.I. for the Rhode Island Invitational.

Austin Byrd/Star photo HOMETOWN DISADVANTAGE: Junior middle blocker Emily Jones puts the ball past two Missouri players during the Bobcat’s 3-1 loss Saturday at Strahan Coliseum.

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09 11 2007