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SEPTEMBER 12, 2006



Sept. 11 ceremony remembers lives lost “W

e have come together today not only to remember the lives that were lost on the infamous day of September 11, 2001, but to celebrate heroism that was given to us on that day by our firemen, policemen, paramedics and all our leaders.”

— Susan Narvaiz mayor

Cotton Miller/Star photo IT STILL HURTS: San Marcos EMTs stand in silence Monday morning outside City Hall in honor of the victims of Sept. 11. Mayor Narvaiz proclaimed Sept. 11 a day of remembrance in San Marcos.

By Kathy Martinez The University Star


he City of San Marcos held a remembrance ceremony in front of City Hall yesterday, honoring the 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001. Five years after the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Mayor Susan Narvaiz proclaimed September 11 a day of remembrance in

San Marcos. “We have come together today not only to remember the lives that were lost on the infamous day of September 11, 2001, but to celebrate heroism that was given to us on that day by our firemen, policemen, paramedics and all our leaders,” Narvaiz said. At 8:45 a.m., the San Marcos Fire Rescue honor guard raised the flag over City Hall and then lowered it to half-staff. At ap-

proximately the same time in 2001, terrorists had crashed the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Narvaiz spoke of coming into work the morning after September 11, remembering the quote that read from her calendar on that day. “I remember turning my calendar to September 12 as I sat at my desk and I read the

quote on my calendar which I tore out and has been hanging in my office ever since,” Narvaiz said. “It read ‘Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn.’ That day marked the rebirth of patriotism in our nation.” The ceremony also included the toll of the fire-bell 15 times, followed by a procession of placing red and white carnations on a Sept. 11 memorial wreath. Narvaiz placed the first flower in the memorial wreath,

followed by firefighters and the public. The wreath was left to stand throughout the day, for the community to come and bring flowers. “Today’s ceremony is about not forgetting the past — and we don’t want to forget it,” Fire Chief Mike Baker said. “We lost 343 of our brothers and sisters and we continue our work to honor them.” City Councilman John Thomaides said San Marcos not only wants to pay tribute to the victims of the attack, but also recognize the everyday efforts of emergency personnel across the nation. “We have a close relationship with our police and firemen who would at any time give their own life for the call of duty,” Thomaides said. “We stand by them today as they commemorate their fellow brothers in New York.”

Immigrant rights marchers return to State Capitol Demonstrators’ numbers dwarfed by April’s turnout By Nick Georgiou The University Star AUSTIN — As 500 demonstrators gathered Thursday evening on the steps of the State Capitol to march for immigrant rights, Mike Murphy greeted the crowd. “It’s good to see the sleeping giant is still awake,” Murphy, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers organizer and business manager, said. While Murphy discussed worker rights, the rally’s focus, however, was on the human aspect of illegal immigration enforcement and security. “Today, we remember the hundreds who have died crossing the Arizona border every year and the tens of thousands locked up in detention centers across the country,” said Silky Shah, an organizer with the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition. “Texas has become the ground zero of this type of enforcement,” she said, “from National Guard troops on the border to a city referendum in Houston requiring police to act as immigration enforcers to the expansion of nearly 10,000 more detention beds in southwest and south Texas.” reports that on any given day, detention centers house approxi-

mately 22,000 illegal immigrants — a number many immigrant rights advocates expect to rise due to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, an act which authorizes no less than 40,000 new immigrant detention beds by 2010. Detainees can spend weeks, months or years in the detention centers, Shah said. Anybody who goes into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on expedited removal automatically gets 22 days and those who go in for criminal proceedings get at least 30 days, but due to a backed-up legal system and other factors, Shah said people are held in detention for extended amounts of time. “A lot of Americans are under the impression that there is a catch and release program, but nobody is ever caught and released,” Shah said. Luisana Santibañez’s family has had first-hand experience with the effects of immigration enforcement. “My mom has been detained in an immigrant detention center now for 15 months,” Santibañez, an immigrant rights advocate, said. “It’s been a horrible hardship for my family and me.” The situation with her mother, she said, is not an isolated incident and hundreds of thousands of immigrant families are expe-

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Nick Georgiou/Star photo STRUGGLING FOR RIGHTS: Demonstrators marched on the Capitol and City Hall buildings in Austin Thursday night to fight for immigrants’ rights. Although the group’s numbers were far fewer than during the April marches, demonstrators vow to continue fighting for fair immigration laws and the release of detainees who many say have done nothing wrong.

riencing the same thing. “They’re being forced to visit their parents or relatives in these detention centers which often times have the worst horrible living conditions and they have denied these immigrants the freedoms that they should deserve,” she said. “They do nothing wrong other than try and prosper their families.” Assisted by an Austin Police

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Department motorcade, Santibañez and the other protestors marched down Congress Avenue chanting slogans like “Si, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”). Moving across the bridge, the march looped back around to City Hall, where a candlelight vigil was held to commemorate the lives of those who have been detained, deported or who have died crossing the border.

Although the attendance at Thursday’s march was noticeably smaller than those at similar marches in April that brought out record numbers, proponents of immigrant rights attribute the disparity to “just different moments in time.” “(In April) it was a particular moment where people were reSee RIGHTS, page 3

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Trauth speaks on ‘careful growth’ at ASG meeting By A.N. Hernández The University Star After a brief moment of silence in memory of Sept.11, President Denise Trauth addressed the Associated Student Government in its second meeting of the 20062007 school year. Trauth announced the 2006 fall enrollment at 27,500 students with the highest freshman enrollment ever: 3,300 students. She praised Texas State’s retention rate, which was one of the highest retention rates in Texas at more than 76 percent, up almost 2 percent from last year. “If students come back for their sophomore year, they are probably going to graduate. If students are going to drop out, most do it at the end of their freshman year,” Trauth said. She said the university is “growing carefully” and that a two percent growth is one the university can handle without throwing the student-faculty ratio “out of kilter.” Trauth mentioned a $47.5 million project to build a “very large” classroom building, which she said would most likely house a branch of the College of Liberal Arts, along with some student services. The project, which has been approved, has not been funded and will be addressed further in the Texas legislative session in January 2007. Trauth also addressed the major construction efforts around campus that began over a year ago. She understood the “many inconveniences caused” by the construction and hoped students could understand the effort to improve what she called an “already-attractive campus.” Later in the meeting, Ronald Brown, dean of University College, explained state-mandated legislation that could potentially reduce the number of credits students need to graduate from 128 hours to 120 hours. Some exceptions to this decrease would be engineering programs and medical degrees. “I think it is necessary that it’s possible for a student to graduate with a major and a minor at a minimum of 120 hours,” Brown said. Brown said by the end of September each department will submit the minimum number of hours required for an undergraduate to graduate. He said a number of departments want 42 general education credits instead of the current 46 credits. Texas State classes that may be cut by this legislation are Communication 1310, University Seminar, mandatory physical fitness and wellness classes, a philosophy course and the additional required hour of a science lab. Toward the end of the meeting, ASG President Kyle V. Morris urged an ASG senator to write legislation banning the San Antonio Express-News from soliciting on campus. Morris cited the paper’s handing out of University of Texas gear after subscriptions were made. “This should not be tolerated and if a Senator would author the legislation, I would take a strong stance behind it,” Morris said.

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Tuesday in Brief

September 12, 2006

starsof texas state James Bell, management professor, has received the Texas State Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence, the College of Business Administration Advisory Council Teaching Excellence Award, the Faculty Senate Teaching Award, the Alumni Association’s Teaching Award of Excellence and a Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. In 2004, he received the

Minnie Stevens Piper Teacher Award. Bell has also designed and presented educational, consulting and development workshops for Motorola, 3M, the United States Air Force, Dell, McNeil Labs, the Travis County Appraisal District, the Texas General Land Office and several CPA firms, banks and credit unions. — Courtesy of Public Relations

News Contact — David Saleh Rauf, Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System

Playing in the rain TUESDAY The Tennis Club will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. If you have any questions, contact the Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, at There will be advocate training at the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dixon at (512) 396-3404. The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the CSC. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the CSC. Last day to drop a class with an automatic “W” assigned. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 357-2049. There will be a Sigma Tau Delta open house from 5 to 7 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room 108. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will have a Hurricane Katrina remembrance in The Quad, which will run from noon to 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY Higher Ground, the LutheranEpiscopal campus ministry, will offer a short service of prayer and reflection at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, across from The Tower residence hall. A free meal will follow at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There will be advocate training at the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dixon at (512) 396-3404. Bible study will be held in the lounge of the CSC at 7 p.m.

On This Day... 1873 — The first practical typewriter was sold to customers.

American Marketing Association presents will present guest speaker Dan Stauffer, VP of Marketing & Real Estate for McCoy’s Building Supply at 5:30 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. All majors are welcome. There will be free food and drinks. More information is available at http://www.

1609 — English explorer Henry Hudson sailed down what is now known as the Hudson River. 1922 — The Episcopal Church removed the word “Obey” from the bride’s section of wedding vows.

A student-led rosary will be recited in the chapel of the CSCat 6:25 p.m.

1940 — The Lascaux paintings were discovered in France. The cave paintings were 17,000 years old and were some of the best examples of art from the Paleolithic period.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host community service week: Delta Academy at the San Marcos Library, 4:13 p.m. to 5:13 p.m. This program is designed to aid young children in their educational development.

1953 — U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

THURSDAY There will be an on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Counseling Center offers the following groups: Facing the Fear (Anxiety Group) which will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Women’s Personal Growth Group which will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For information or to sign up, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. There will be advocate training at the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dixon at (512) 396-3404. San Marcos High School will have a scholarship dinner in the LBJ Multipurpose Room from 7 to 9 p.m. This dinner is will benefit annual San Marcos High School Scholarships. The cost will be $3.00 per plate. Go to www.UniversityStar. com and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.

Monty Marion/Star photo HARD AT WORK: Despite dreary weather Monday afternoon, the Texas State drumline echoed through campus as its members practiced outside the Music Building to perfect timing between the snare, bass and tenor drums.

Sept. 6, 3:41p.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/Spec Lot A student reported to a police officer that their vehicle had been struck. This case is under investigation.

Sept. 6, 11:33 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Tower Hall A police officer was dispatched in reference to a student foaming at the mouth and vomiting. The subject was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for treatment.

Sept. 6, 7:24 p.m. Elevator Rescue/ LBJ Student Center An officer was dispatched in reference to a student stuck in an elevator. The student was rescued from the elevator and did not require medical attention.

Sept. 7, 1:46 a.m. Disorderly Conduct: Noise/Bobcat Village A police officer was dispatched for a report DOC Noise. Upon further investigation, the student was found to have a warrant for his arrest and was transported to Hays County

1983 — Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen. He had emigrated from Austria 14 years earlier. 1984 — Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department

1954 — “Lassie” made its television debut on CBS. The last show aired on September 12, 1971.

Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Sept. 7, 10:56 a.m. Displaying Handicap Placard of Another/Russell Circle An officer observed a student displaying a handicap placard issued to another person. Upon further investigation the placard’s expiration was found to be altered. The student was issued a citation. Sept. 7, 4:49 p.m. Harassment/UPD Lobby A student reported to an officer that they were being harassed on the telephone. This case is under investigation.

Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS

Corrections In Thursday’s issue, the story “City Council OKs ‘public utility agency’ to help with water issues” incorrectly attributed a quote to councilman John Diaz. The quote “Within walkingdistance, within an hour-anda-half time, I walked past 14 houses that had three or more cars. I knew they was Texas State students because of the logo on the back window. Several had five or six cars, so you know about the area I was walking in. I was wondering if the renters, the land owners, the house owners are really taking serious what we are trying to do?” was said by councilman Gaylord Bose.

Health Beat Students randomly selected for Core Drug and Alcohol Survey On Sept. 13, 2,700 students will be randomly selected by computer to participate in an anonymous online alcohol and drug survey, the Core Drug and Alcohol Survey. If you are one of the students selected, your participation and honest answers are crucial for assessing alcohol and drug issues at Texas State, even if you do not drink or use drugs. This survey is completely voluntary. You may choose not to participate or not to answer any specific questions, or skip any you are not comfortable an-

swering. This survey is anonymous and many of the questions are personal in nature. You can be assured that your responses will never be matched with your name, since IP addresses will be removed when it is submitted. Do not take this survey if you are younger than 18 years of age. However, even if you do not drink or use drugs, your response is critical to the information we are collecting. The online survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Results of this survey will be published on and off campus. However, the data obtained from you will be combined with data from others and

these composite data results will be examined to determine the most effective way for Texas State to utilize resources for prevention education. Remember, the published results will not include any information that could personally identify you. Your time and effort in helping us gather information is greatly appreciated and will ultimately help us in our programming and funding needs. If you have questions, please contact Judy Row, Alcohol and Drug Resource Center director, at (512) 245-3601. — Courtesy of the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bell, Strayhorn speak to ‘religious and community leaders’ in Austin

Monty Marion/Star photo CANDIDATES SPEAK: Democratic candidate Chris Bell spoke to the non-partisan Texas Industrial Areas Foundation Saturday morning in Austin. Independent candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn also spoke this weekend while Kinky Friedman and Gov. Rick Perry declined invitations to address the group.

By David Saleh Rauf The University Star AUSTIN — When 600 religious and community leaders from the Industrial Areas Foundation convened in Austin this weekend for a two-day conference, they were intent on getting answers from gubernatorial candidates about the issues that affect their constituents. The Texas affiliates of IAF call for a “working families agenda” that invests in education, job training, housing and healthcare. The agenda arose from some of the most qualified experts in the state — the voters. “This is a government of the people, so the people provide the agenda. They talk about the oppression, the problems that they’re facing,” said the Rev. John Bowie of the True Light Baptist church in Houston. “We form the agenda and then we have the candidates respond to the agenda.” Texas comptroller and independent gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who spoke on Friday, and Democrat Chris Bell, who spoke on Saturday, responded to the groups non-partisan, socially progressive agenda items and pledged their support to change the state’s focus on standardized testing, reverse cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, increase the state’s minimum wage and provide job training for livable wages. “I think that we all have this vision of Texas that we carry in our hearts and I’m running for governor because the vision of Texas that most of us carry in our hearts is not the Texas that we see around us today,” Bell said. The IAF network, which represents approximately 300,000 voters in 12 Texas communities,

asked all four major gubernatorial candidates to participate in the conference. Two agreed and the others cited scheduling conflicts. “Mr. Friedman’s response to our invitation was to send us a form. A form that asked would he be allowed to sell merchandise,” said the Rev. Davis Price of Lubbock’s Covenant Presbyterian Church. “We are forgiving people and we say to Gov. Perry and Mr. Friedman, we are willing to give make-up exams.” Both candidates who attended the conference endorsed the major parts of IAF’s agenda, said Bowie, leader of the The Metropolitan Organization, one of 12 statewide members in the IAF network. “I think they’re committed to expanding our programs. We want to make sure that we represent our people and we want to make sure that they know that there are people that they will elect who must represent them,” he said. “They have some basis, then besides what the Democrats are offering and what the Republicans are offering and they have a basis that is of the people.” Leaders from the group said the conference provides an opportunity to develop a working relationship with public officials and candidates who might be elected governor. Bell, former congressman from Houston, espoused support for the group’s ideas on comprehensive immigration reform and said he does not want to see the border turn into a militarized zone. “That’s the fear when you keep elevating the number of troops. It needs to be a logical and reasonable debate. It doesn’t just need to be about people trying to pour gasoline on an already hot, burning emotional fire,”

Bell said. “People talk about building a 20-foot wall along the border. All that will do is create a giant market for 21-foot ladders. People talk about deporting 12 million people from the United States when we couldn’t even successfully evacuate New Orleans.” Bell said he would battle the “uninsured crisis that has swept across our country and our state.” “We have the highest number of uninsured people in the entire country living here in the state of Texas,” he said. “There’s no reason that one of the wealthiest states in the entire country cannot find a way to provide health care insurance for every young person growing up here.” Over the course of the weekend, both Bell and Strayhorn voiced concerns about the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test and supported an increase in the state’s minimum wage. “If you move away from what is tied to the TAKS test, then you move away from the high stakes nature and the motivation to make it such an overbearing part of the curriculum,” Bell said. “It’s the high stakes nature of the test that’s driving it.” Rita Wilbur, pastor at San Antonio’s Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ, said she was encouraged that the candidates had some support for their agenda. “The thing that he (Bell) said about budgets are moral documents, I almost wondered if he was quoting us, because I think we really agree with that,” Wilbur, who represents the Communities Organized for Public Service and Metro Alliance in San Antonio, said. Bell, who openly criticized his own party in recent comments to the press, said when politicians begin considering budgets as moral documents and start considering the human costs attached to those financial decisions that are being made that it will change the whole mind set of government. “I think that’s what we desperately need to do here in the state of Texas,” Bell said. “We can talk about being proud of Texas until we’re red in the face, but until we make improving public schools our number one priority, until we get serious about making healthcare more available and more affordable to all citizens, until we get serious about improving the environment and giving the people the tools and the resources they need to lift themselves up, then our budget here in the state of Texas is morally out of balance.”

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ally feeling charged about it and the threat of the immigration laws was very real and very close. So it provoked that response,” said Courtney Morris of the Youth Liberation Network. “Now I think this is where you’re seeing people who are in it for the long haul; who are wanting to commit to the long-term struggle for it.” Hopes for Congress to pass a “just” comprehensive immigration reform bill faded Wednesday as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told reporters at a press

conference it would be “next to impossible” to pass legislation, since Congress would be adjourning in the next couple weeks. Both the House and Senate passed their own versions of the bill, but a compromise could not be reached on the final legislation. With the focus on national security, Frist expects Congress to pass appropriations bills that will increase border security. Despite the stalemate in Congress, Cristina Tzintzun, spokesperson and organizer for the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, sees an accomplishment

through the millions who gathered to march in U.S. cities this year. “I think one success is that we defeated the Sensenbrenner’s bill that sought to criminalize immigrants and their families,” Tzintzun said. “We have mobilized lots of people to come out and also have brought a diverse group of people working together for issues of human dignity, including everyone from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations to the Catholic Church. So that’s a success in itself.”

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Apolitical posture: Kinky Friedman vows to ‘keep it simple’ By David Saleh Rauf The University Star AUSTIN — Independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman unveiled his campaign platform on immigration, crime, taxes and state spending Friday at a press conference at his South Austin campaign headquarters. Adorned in a leather vest with tassels and a black cowboy hat, Friedman’s stop in Austin comes as part of a four-city tour to promote his K.I.S.P. — “Keep It Simple, Politicians”— plan. “It’s based on the frustration that I think we all feel about the way the candidates across America are running right now — They’re electioneering,” Friedman said. “You look at the last governor’s race here where only 29 percent voted. They spent $100 million bucks driving 71 percent of us away from the poll. Watch what happens November 7, that’s going to be a big turnout. I don’t know if it’s going to be 50 percent more, but it’s going to be huge and the bigger it is the better it gets for us and for Texas.” Friedman said the independent cause is getting more interesting and that former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are watching carefully. He cited recent elections in Connecticut and Alaska where both incumbents lost after a 50 percent increase in voter turnout. “I think the Crips and the Bloods are keeping some of our best people from being nominated,” he said waving his signature cigar in the air. Friedman explained the details of his multi-faceted immigration plan, which calls for 8,500 additional National Guard troops to the border, for a total of 10,000, requiring foreign nationals seeking employment to purchase a taxpayer ID card and fining employers who hire illegal immigrants. “We have been waiting 153 years for the feds in Washington to help us. They haven’t yet and they’re not going to,” Friedman said. “We’ve got 1,500 national guardsmen down there with weapons with no ammo. They can’t even detain an illegal if they see an illegal.” Friedman said he talked to

law enforcement officials at a sheriff’s convention in Lubbock, who told him the current methods being employed on the border are not working. “They tell me things are deteriorating, things are not getting better inside Texas in terms of the border,” he said. “This is not, by the way, an attack on illegals; it’s just the truth. I say, ‘who would Jesus deport?’ I’m talking about taking care of Texas and not doing it for political reasons.” Friedman addressed the recent “spike in crime” in Houston, attributing the 20 percent rise to Katrina evacuees. He plans to allocate $100 million from the state’s budget surplus and give it to local and county law enforcement in Houston and Harris County to increase the number of police on the street. “I’ve observed that the colorful characters and the artists and musicians have all gone back to New Orleans by now, and the thugs and crackheads have decided they like Houston and they want to stay. They’ve got their hustle on and we need to put ours on fast,” Friedman said. “The crackheads and the thugs are a minority, no question, but they are there. They like it there and they ain’t going back to New Orleans and it ain’t pretty but it’s the truth, so we need many more cops there than they have.” Freidman’s K.I.S.P. plan would also call for legislation to lower state spending and property taxes. People are paying so much in property taxes that they are leaving Texas, he said. “Many states like Colorado, they have a much better property tax deal and the budget surplus comes back to the tax payer at the end of the year,” Friedman said. “That doesn’t happen here.” Friedman also questioned the manner in which the state’s budget surplus has been handled and said he would impose a 3 percent cap on state spending, except for natural disasters, population growth and inflation. “We got a huge surplus, probably bigger than anybody knows. It keeps going up. First grandma found $ 4 billion in her purse, then it was $8 billion, now it’s estimated at $11 - 13 billion, who knows what it really is,” he said. “I am betting that the surplus will

David Saleh Rauf/Star photo SEEKING SIMPLICITY: Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman revealed his campaign platform Friday at a press conference in his South Austin campaign headquarters. Friedman’s plan centers around a promise to “keep it simple.”

disappear. It will just disappear. That’s the way of their people — when you have lobbyist and politicians running the system that inevitably happens.” Friedman also vowed to rescind Gov. Rick Perry’s tax on gross business income. He said the business tax shifts the burden to small and medium-sized businesses who have been a bit successful. The lost revenue from the business tax, Friedman said, will be replaced by revenue from legalizing casino gambling. “I’m all about creating new revenue and I’m all about using the money well,” he said. “The casinos are such a common sense thing. Not only is that going to be enough, but also the economic boom that it would provide to places like Corpus and Galveston would be enormous. This stuff is simpler than it seems. That’s why I want to keep it simple.” Friedman said the groups that need the most help — “retired teachers, cops, firefighters and librarians” — have had their programs gutted in recent years and if elected he would restore funding to those areas. “We’re the richest state and with all this money I want to lead the American parade and stop following it,” he said. “That’s basically what K.I.S.P. is about. I want to keep it very simple, not bureaucratic. As you know I’m not a politician, and I don’t want to be one when I grow up.”


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Things heat up at Salsa Night By Maira Garcia The University Star

network Univision. Members of George’s staff were also surprised by the amount of people at Salsa Night. George’s, the bar located in the LBJ Student “It seems like a big audience for this night. We’ve Center, has been hiding a big secret. probably given out three or four hundred tickets,” Sweaty, dancing bodies, women in flowing said accounting junior Seth Johnson, one of the dresses and high heels showed off their moves to doormen at George’s on Friday night. the beats of a live salsa band. Reyna Lopez, a music senior, attends Salsa Night Friday, George’s hosted the first Salsa Night of regularly and also noted an influx of people. the year in conjunction with Student Association “It didn’t start out this crowded,” Lopez said. for Campus Activities. The event featured Salsa del “This is the first Salsa Night and it’s surprising that Rio, a salsa ensemble composed of Texas State stu- this is the turnout. It’s grown.” dents in the music department. George’s was packed from the billiards tables in John Lopez, an associate professor in the music the back to the stage at the front. People danced department and coordinator of Salsa Del Rio, was by themselves, with partners and some even took surprised by the attendance. quick lessons outside. “We were blown away by Geography junior Jennifer it. There was a great crowd,” Groos went to Salsa Night to Lopez said. support a friend in the band. Salsa Night has been a reg“I have a lot of good friends ular event at George’s for the who are Hispanic, so I’ve grown past two years but has seen up around the culture a lot, so I changes in days. enjoy it,” Groos said. “I can’t re“We’ve been wonderally dance all that well, but I ening what the switch would joy the atmosphere. (There are) be like from Wednesday to a lot of friendly people.” Saturday and Saturday to Groos also liked that you don’t —John Lopez have to be a professional salsa Friday and to see if students associate professor of music, dancer to enjoy Salsa Night. would actually stay in San Marcos on a Friday,” Lopez “A lot of people just give it a coordinator Salsa del Rio said. “There were a lot of try and that’s absolutely great,” new people there and it was Groos said. “I get out there when a success.” I can. As long as you give it a try, it’s great.” Salsa del Rio is a class in the music departSalsa Night will be a regular event at George’s ment with three separate sections. The section throughout the year, scheduled to occur the first that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays played Fri- Friday of every month. Salsa del Rio will also have day’s show, while the other two sections will join their CD release party on Oct. 27 at George’s. Loin playing Salsa Night at the end of the year. The pez hopes that as Salsa Nights become more popuKaren Wang/Star photo distinguished group has won the best salsa band lar, a venue change will be in the works. LATIN RYTHMS: Music senior Joseph DeSantis dances with Texas State alumna Sabrina Vega to the award two years in a row at the Premios a La Musi“Maybe we can move to the (LBJ Student Cenca Latina, an award show on the Spanish-language ter) Ballroom, but we’ll see,” Lopez said. music of Salsa del Rio Friday night at George’s in the LBJ Student Center.

e were blown “W away by it. There was a great crowd. There were a lot of new people there and it was a success.”

‘Funkalicious’ sound draws listeners to Kallisti Gold By Danielle Madsen The University Star With song titles like “Dadi Gedum” and “Squay Dum” on their self-titled debut album, it’s no wonder Kallisti Gold has a unique sound. To commemorate the release of the album, a release party was thrown Saturday night at Lucy’s San Marcos that yielded tons of sweating fans shaking on the dance floor. Music senior Matthew Tolman, who serves as a singer, guitar player and drummer for Kallisti Gold, shared his thoughts on the album that was almost a year in the making. “It’s been a lot of hard work and I’m glad we finally have something to show for it. (The CD release party) was all I hoped for ... a huge turnout and I’m grateful,” Tolman said. “Since we started recording our band has grown and honed our sound. We are a live band and the album is a good representation of that.” Choir education graduate student Adrian Reyes couldn’t get enough of the band’s blended sound. “They’re fantastic and what I like best is they constantly switch

the styles of music,” Reyes said. Kallisti Gold band member and recent Texas State graduate Jimmy Brettell, who plays the keyboard and piano, was also in high spirits about the release. “I’m undoubtedly excited because it feels like I have arrived in a certain spot where I can step back and look at a body of work and hopefully the momentum won’t go to waste,” Brettell said. “My main hope is that the album is somewhat accepted and liked by some people.” The turnout at Lucy’s was an indication of how many fans the band has. “They’re the best band I’ve ever heard in my life, a diamond in the rough,” said pre-communications studies senior Danielle Ruiz. Interdisciplinary studies senior Griselda Ojeda has a special word she uses to describe Kallisti Gold, calling them “funkalicious.” What differentiates Kallisti Gold from others is not only the edge they add to their musical style, but also their personalities that draw in their fans. “They are amazing people and phenomenal musical geniuses. If you listen to what’s

going on musically, it’s intricate and amazing,” said music senior Sarah Griffin. Whether on or off the stage, Kallisti Gold behaves much like

a family themselves, said Tolman. “(In the band) there is good comradery,” Tolman said. “Three of us live together. We started liv-

ing in the dorms together. We’re all best friends.” As Kallisti Gold continues to make its mark on the San Marcos music scene, Tolman made a

promise about the album to his fans. “It sounds like something that’s never been put out here before in San Marcos.”

NEW RELEASE: During their CD release show Saturday night at Lucy’s San Marcos, Kallisti Gold performs songs from their self-titled debut album. Kallisti has garnered a strong following in the San Marcos area.

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All welcome to paint peace-themed mural By Charlotte Almazan The University Star During a weeklong project, the Mr. Fish Art Society will partake in Paint Peace On Earth, an open-invitation event that will result in a football field-sized ground mural. The project’s mission is for people of all ages to publicly come together and express their own meaning of peace, through the art of painting. “This is a time to reflect. I’m trying to have a get-together … and be a part of something that’s never been done before,”

said Judd Rogers, coordinator of the Mr. Fish Society. The project began on the now-historic Sept. 11 and will continue through Sunday. According to Rogers, the mural will be the largest ground mural ever created in honor of peace. “I looked in the Guinness Book of World Records and there is nothing that I saw of this size on the ground,” Rogers said. Located at the Double Rockin’ R campground parking lot in New Braunfels, once complete, the painting will remain on display for a week.

“I’m going to keep it simple, so it can be seen from the air. It’s going to go on for a week and hopefully the momentum might start to show,” Rogers said. Describing how the idea came about, Rogers reflects on the factors that shaped the project’s idea nearly a year ago. “I remember I was working on a billboard when I heard about 9/11,” Rogers said. “This is a time for people to get together and think about something other than war and violence.” See MURAL, page 5


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EXPRESS YOURSELF: The Paint Peace on Earth mural in New Braunfels sits mostly deserted Monday afternoon because of rain. The project will remain open through Sunday to participants who want to illustrate their ideas of peace.

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Those interested in participating should arrive any time between 10 a.m. and dusk. All water-based paints and brushes will be provided. With a volunteer staff of five, Rogers is funding the project himself using inexpensive and recycled materials. “I didn’t want to go out and turn this into a sponsorship deal,” Rogers said. “For the vinyl, we are using the backs of old billboards.” Rogers stresses the fact that he wants people to gather to creatively express themselves,

but discourages people to use the event as protest. “Protests can bring on some stressful things … and an angry situation. I don’t want anybody to think that we are against them,” Rogers said. All ages are strongly suggested, because Rogers feels a need to include children in creative expression. “You and I speak our minds. Kids take all this in. They may not have an opportunity to speak on things. I think that it’s real important to give them this,” Rogers said. Photography senior Rachel Carlson agrees with Rogers’

point that involving children in a project will give them a voice and set an example of positive activism. “It’s encouraging to show kids that they can make a difference and be a part of something big, even though it’s just one person’s thought,” Carlson said. Since this paint project is part of a visionary series, Rogers hopes to continue completing murals throughout the country. “This is one of a series and my … dream is that I end up doing one in Central Park,” Rogers said. “Since this is the first one, I’d be happy if 100 people showed up.”

Eventful month for music department By Leah Kirkwood The University Star The Texas State music department has a full calendar of performances and lectures featuring students and faculty lined up for this fall. There are six more events to attend in September and most of them have free admission. At 8 p.m. on Monday, the Music Lecture Series will present Schumann’s First Violin Sonata, Op. 105: Viewpoints of a Violinist, a Pianist, and a Theorist, in the Music Building recital hall. Assistant Professor of Music Cynthia Gonzales will offer her interpretation of composer Robert Schumann’s Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105. “The fact that it was written so late in his life is significant,” Gonzales said. Schumann wrote the piece in 1851, five years before his death in 1856. Schumann composed many songs, symphonies and pieces of chamber music in the 19th century. “It will be part performance and part commentary on how that music is constructed and how that might affect the way an artist performs it,” Gonzales said. Gonzales described a sonata as three short pieces of music com-

bined to make one long piece. There is a small pause between each piece, but the audience is not supposed to clap. Gonzales said Schumann’s first violin sonata differs from many other sonatas of the time because the piano takes a larger role. “Most sonatas have more of an accompaniment part, whereas this particular sonata the piano is almost treated as an equal instrument with the violin,” Gonzales said. Associate Professor Lynn Ledbetter will play the violin and Senior Lecturer Owen Lovell will accompany her on the piano at the Schumann lecture. This is a free event. At 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Music Building recital hall, music senior Patrick Atkins will play the alto saxophone for his senior recital. “Everyone in the music education department is required to do a recital before the graduate,” Atkins said. Atkins said he has played solos in his music classes before, but never for an open audience. “This is the first one I’ve done by myself for more than five minutes,” Atkins said. Atkins said the recital will last from 45 minutes to an hour and he will play 20th century classical music. Two of the songs in the set

have never before been played on campus. Atkins is also a member or The Inaccurately Named Saxophone Quintet, a saxophone quartet that will open the recital. He will play the soprano saxophone with the quartet. The recital is also a free event. Throughout the month, recitals and concerts will feature other members of the faculty and visiting musicians. Bill Thompson, a visiting composer from the University of Aberdeen, will hold a free lecture recital at 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the Music Building Recital Hall. Cary Michaels, tenor, will sing at 8 p.m. on Friday in the Music Building recital hall. Admission is $2 for the general public and $1 for students. On Sept. 25 the music department will host two events. English Professor Paul Cohen, Associate Music Professor Nico Schüler and Psychology Professor Theron Stimmel will lecture on the Shostakovich Symposium. This lecture is also free and will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Following the lecture, faculty artist and music professor, Timothy Woolsey, will play the piano at 8 p.m. in the same room. Woolsey’s performance costs $2 for the general public and $1 for students.

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In times of war, love of money shouldn’t outweigh compassion

Legitimacy of aid amount lies with numbers, not values



ar profiteering has long been an American tradition. From the “Pay and Take It” policy of the Roosevelt administration prior to our involvement in World War II to northern manufacturers making money off the blood of Union soldiers during the Civil War, death has long been a lucrative source of revenue for U.S. businessmen.

Taressa Stone accounting senior

Policy slams pot users; rapists, murderers OK Kelly Simmons/Star illustration

The media have never hesitated to jump on the opportunity to make a buck off of lives lost, but the Sept. 11 coverage was widely accepted by media watchers as a disgusting display of dollar worship. For months after the event, we were bombarded with images of the World Trade Center’s destruction. Five years later, in an attempt to reclaim ratings they haven’t enjoyed since the attacks, MSNBC replayed several hours of their Sept. 11 coverage as part of their five-year-anniversary coverage and CNN offered the entire day’s coverage for free through their broadband service. Fox News ran a 21-minute highlight reel. Yesterday, we were given the opportunity to relive the death, carnage, hate, pain and terror all over again. We can objectively look at someone’s use of the Sept. 11 tragedy for personal gain and say that is wrong. Portrayal and coverage of Sept. 11 are very tricky issues. We do not want to forget or trivialize such an awful event by ignoring it or not granting it enough attention. But there is a danger in obsessing over the tragedy. Last Tuesday, The University Star published an excellent column by Sean Wardwell reminding Americans not to let their fear control them. Now we need to make sure we don’t allow money to control us. The terrorist attacks of 2001 are still fresh in our minds. Despite the critical acclaim for the multi-part ABC docudrama about the attacks that aired Sunday and Monday night, as well as for the movies United 93 and World Trade Center, the way we expose ourselves to the memory of Sept. 11 must be handled with the utmost care. It’s not just that we risk amplifying the affect Al-Qaida’s terrorism has on us; we risk disrespecting those who died five years ago. Nothing could be more disrespectful than some cable news executive making money off the lives lost in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. It was awful for us to watch those people die on Sept. 11, 2001. As a nation, we sat in front of our televisions and watched our countrymen and countrywomen die. For weeks and months after, we watched them die again and again, not able to help them any more than we were able to help them

I think this article kind of missed the point of FAFSA. Although I agree with the moral standpoint in the article, I don’t think that FAFSA is trying to regulate morality through disbursement of financial aid. The determination of qualification is not based on some morality test after all, but on income. Last I checked people couldn’t make a lot of money selling alcohol. If someone is selling drugs and not reporting that income, is a great injustice to those of us who either qualify for less aid or do not qualify for any because we have a legitimate job. If FAFSA is using that case-by-case determination to determine whether the subject had enough drugs to be a distributor, or only a user, then I think it is a necessary loophole. I do not think someone who was caught with a small amount of marijuana for personal use should lose their funding, but if they are selling, they are taking financial aid from those who don’t have a supplemental income. They are also not reporting this income to the IRS or any programs from which they might be receiving aid. It seems like a numbers question more than a moral question.

as we watched live coverage of the event. Yesterday, we were still helpless. The Star would like to congratulate all those who turned away from some of the most horrible profiteering in our nation’s recent history. We commend you who remembered Sept. 11 with your family and friends. On the day we were attacked, the

television offered no comfort, only pain. Five years later, the story is the same. Five years ago, we turned to our loved ones for support on the day of the attacks and for months after the attacks. Yesterday, today and the next day, nothing will change. We will still need their support to help us through.

Where have all the manners gone? Sitting on the Texas State bringing, confubus, I noticed there were sevsion or just plain eral women standing in the rudeness, there is aisle, while men sat in seats. no excuse for beI couldn’t help but wonder, ing impolite. “Where are all the gentleA recent study men?” reported in You can always find a daily STEPHANIE SILVAS Reader’s Digest Star Columnist magazine found helping of rudeness, but it that 70 percent of seems to be worse in a college adults in the United States said town. Here in San Marcos, you people are ruder now than they can always count on someone were 20 years ago. In those days, being vulgar, bad mannered or courtesy was apparently comdisrespectful. mon. Not anymore. Rarely have I seen a man on Can you imagine your dad this campus give up his seat or grandfather yelling right in for a woman, even if she’s a lot the ear of a woman at a football older. For some reason, a numgame for wearing the opposber of men on this campus are ing team’s colors and afterward clueless. Whether it’s bad up-

calling her something too “ungentlemanly” to repeat in this column, as the San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday regarding the recent University of Texas versus Ohio State University game? Who does that? What kind of man would yell at a woman? You would think their mothers would have taught them better. And it’s not just men who are rude; women are equally responsible for the lack in manners in our society. How many of you have been to a store when a woman would lose her temper with a salesperson for not giving her the 20 percent off a misplaced item on the clear-

The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State UniversitySan Marcos.

Had Chris Lippke (“Financial aid in danger for those with drug convictions,” Sept. 7) been convicted of murder or rape, he’d still be eligible for financial aid in school, creating another facet of the aid policy discrimination that doesn’t get mentioned by government supporters. And Lippke wasn’t even convicted of a felony, it was a misdemeanor; and then he was charged for possessing a Godgiven plant, not a drug. Would he have lost financial aid if caught with alcohol? This provision of the Higher Education Act is bad policy and bad law should be amended or terminated. Stan White Dillon, Colo.

Social graces, etiquette rapidly becoming thing of the past

ance rack? How many drivers of either sex have you seen honking, giving the finger or cutting someone off for not going 20 miles over the speed limit in the fast lane? It is also disturbingly common for women to burp and cuss. What is wrong with our generation? Have we taken feminism too far? Does an independent woman have to be rude too? We could all use some advice from Miss Manners. But for now, there are four things that we should always keep in mind: kindness. Men should pay on the first date, look at a woman’s eyes and not her chest and refrain from

saying or doing anything disgusting. Whistles are also inappropriate when courting a woman. Both sexes should refrain from cussing, spitting and other rude behaviors. Always say please and thank you, never put your elbows on the table and respect your elders, even at football games. If we would all make an effort to be nicer to each other, the world would be a very different place. If people were understanding, there would not be hatred. If people were helpful, there would not be poverty. And if people were kind, there would not be violence. Could you imaging a world without all

these things? Could you imagine a world with less of them? Now, I don’t believe that chivalry is dead. Joey Carver, biology junior, says he gives up his seat for women on the bus, “because it is the polite thing to do.” Some men and women are very considerate. I have seen both men and women holding doors open and some people aren’t so bad on the road. So for those of you who are well-mannered, thank you. You make this world a better place. And for those of you who aren’t, please change. Thank you. Stephanie Silvas is a mass communication senior

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Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Game vs. Kentucky marks loss for Bobcat football By Chris Boehm The University Star A week of questions hit the ground harder than anyone expected. After struggling to beat Division II Tarleton State, fans pondered whether or not the Bobcats could work out the kinks before facing the big boys and in the end, the answer resounded a definitive ‘no.’ Texas State fell on the road to the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. Unable to take advantage of two early turnovers and a possession near the goal line, Texas State dropped to 1-1 on the season with a 41-7 loss. “Unfortunately, we didn’t capitalize on the turnovers the defense gave us,” said quarterback Chase Wasson. “We got stuffed on the goal line and I think from that point on the momentum kind of shifted into (Kentucky’s) favor.” After an eight-play drive led to a Chris MacDonald-punt four minutes into the first quarter, Kentucky turned the ball over on its first possession when Epsilon Williams forced a fumble on second down. Jeremy Castillo picked up the ball at the Kentucky 30, racing 24 yards to set up first-and-goal from the six. But Texas State failed on four consecutive runs to punch the ball in, with Daniel Jolly fumbling on fourth down on the one-yard line. “That definitely changed the complexity of the game at that moment,” said Coach David Bailiff. “Those points were critical for us to prove to ourselves that we could come in here and play with this team.” The Bobcats got the ball right Photo courtesy of David Coyle/Team Coyle photography back nine plays later, when WalHARD LOSS: Sophomore wide receiver Cameron Luke dodges tackles Saturday on his way to score ter Musgrove picked off Andre’ Woodson at the Texas State 25, Texas State’s lone touchdown during the Bobcats’ 41-7 loss to the University of Kentucky Wildcats. ending a 39-yard drive. Texas State would fail to capitalize, “We’re getting out of here as Kentucky built 27-0 at half- for John Ford. though, as Wasson threw an in- healthy,” Bailiff said. “Nothing time. Curtis Pulley relieved Woodterception from the Bobcat 39 but good will come out of this “It was disappointing,” said son in the third quarter, taking on the drive’s second play. loss.” defensive back Epsilon Wil- the Wildcats downfield on a 64“Hopefully we’ll have the The Wildcats scored the liams. “It’s my senior year and yard drive capped by a Maurice same demeanor next week that game’s first touchdown on their going into this game, I knew it Grinter goal-line plunge that Kentucky had this week,” Bailiff ensuing possession, a seven- was my last against a Division I gave Kentucky a 41-0 advansaid. “I don’t think we respond- play, 55-yard drive that ended foe. We just came out and didn’t tage. ed the way we’re capable of re- when Woodson hit Dicky Ly- execute on defense.” “I think you will see a tosponding.” ons for the score on third down Macdonald punted eight tally different Bobcat team Texas State’s only score of the from the Kentucky 10. JJ Hou- times in the game, as the Bobcats next week,” Bailiff said. “We game came early in the fourth sley missed the point after to turned the ball over on downs will come out and play the way quarter when Wasson hit Cam- leave the score at 6-0. seven consecutive possessions. the state of Texas expects us to eron Luke for from four yards Woodson finished 13 of 21 Just before halftime, the Bob- play.” out to finish an 80-yard drive. passing for 197 yards, one inter- cats attempted a fake punt to no Texas State returns to acA 47-yard trick pass from Mor- ception and three touchdowns, avail, with Macdonald’s fourth- tion at home Saturday against ris Crosby to Adrian Thomas at guiding the Wildcat offense to and-one pass from the Wildcat Northern Colorado. Game time midfield highlighted the drive. four straight touchdown drives 33 falling incomplete, intended is 6 p.m.

Bobcat football not ready for Division I-A A great philosopher once posed the question, “Are you ready for some football?” WILLIAM WARD For the past Star Columnist two years, the calls for Bobcat football to elevate to Division I-A have been loud. Texas State is not ready for some Division I-A football, nor should we want to be. Last year’s Southland Conference champion squad was a damn good one, yes. However, in a loss to Texas A&M that season, we put up a hell of a fight before ultimately being put down by a superior Aggie squad 44-31. The Aggies were taken by surprise, that’s all. We don’t get credit for almost winning. Barrick Nealy didn’t get any favors on draft day because he looked better than A&M’s Reggie McNeal, who ended up being drafted by the Bengals. The fact is, our Bobcats played their absolute best that day and an injury-riddled A&M played their absolute worst. And they still won. This was the same A&M team that had to beat Baylor in overtime and actually lost to mighty Iowa State. Saturday, Texas State football traveled to the hallowed grounds of the Southeastern Conference, college football’s Holy Land, and they were embarrassed 41-7 by a Kentucky team that went 3-8 last season. Our top 25-ranked Division IAA team faced off against arguably the worst team in the SEC and Division I-A’s most storied conference showed it’s might. We are a great SLC team. Why mess with it by joining what would no doubt be Conference USA, Sun Belt, or the Mountain West? Kentucky is one of the worst Division I-A teams out there and they outplayed our Bobcats in every facet of the game. Outside of one interception, they torched us on offense and they stuffed us on defense. But hey, they did miss a field goal and an extra point. That has to count for something, right? Right? Division I-A football programs are allowed to have 85 players on scholarship. To put that in perspective, Division IAA is allowed only 65, which are not required to be full scholarships. The depth of 85 scholarships is unbelievable when one considers the fact that a team has only 22 starters, along with a punter and kicker. The odds

of finding stars are heavily in their favor, along with great backups. This would be a good thing for Texas State, right? To go Division I-A in football would add 20 new scholarship athletes. Thanks to Title IX, which enforces equality of the sexes for college athletic programs, that would likely eliminate a men’s team from another sport to even things out. I know some of you would be quick to nominate the men’s basketball team, but even as bad as they were last season, they still deserve scholarships over 20 reserve football players riding the pine all fall. Are you starting to understand that the extra ‘A’ makes a big difference? Another big reason to stay in the comfort of the Southland is recruiting. Pretend you’re being recruited by Texas State. Would you rather go to a program that dominates its conference year in and year out or the team that regularly gets spanked by CUSA or Mountain West teams? Tough choice, I know. We have a great team right now that wins games. How many years of losing in Division I-A would our tailgating, party-hard fans take? Because I get the feeling the rabid maroon and gold fans are going to drink somewhere on a Saturday morning, but our team is currently good enough that they might as well do it at Bobcat Stadium. One of the biggest flaws in Division I-A football is the lack of a playoff system. The Bowl Championship Series is maligned and vilified every fall by football punditry across the nation. I have a news flash: Division I-AA got it right. Playoffs are the ideal way to end a season. Why are we so ready to trade thrilling win-or-go home playoff games for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl? So the next time you and your friends are reveling in a Bobcat pounding of Steven F. Austin or Sam Houston State and one of your pals shouts, “We should go D1,” feel free to tell him to put the brew down and think long and hard about it. It would be a major mistake for this school to push the football team into a move that would only lead to massive failure. At best, we would wander around the middle of the pack in C-USA, Mountain West, or Sun Belt conferences. At worst, we would get embarrassed every weekend. Fans would lose interest and the school would get an athletic black eye.

Rain can’t stop the Bobcat runners at Texas State Invitational By Gabe Mendoza The University Star The annual Texas State Invitational took place Saturday morning at the Gary Job Corps facility and by all accounts was a great success. Not even a little rain could stop runners from taking their marks, as more than 1,100 participants at the college, high school and junior high levels ran the race. The event served as a tune-up for the Bobcat distance runners, who will now prepare for the upcoming Texas A&M Invitational, set to take place next weekend in College Station. “I asked them to take it easy today to make sure they are ready for next week’s meet at A&M,” Coach Grigori Viniar said.

Even so, the Bobcats did well in what was the first race of the season using the official scoring format. Overall finishes are given to individuals and the top five times are tallied to form a team score. “Last week’s event was very specific,” Viniar said. “This was the first race of the real format and I wanted to put our newcomers in.” Overall, Angelo State won the men’s five-mile competition with a score of 36.5 points, while the Bobcats’ 63 landed them in fourth. The top time for the Bobcat men was 27 minutes and five seconds from Alex Escontrias, good for third place overall. Eric Sheppard also finished in the top 10. On the women’s side, Texas

State finished first for the second straight year with 30 points. The Texas Longhorns grabbed five top-12 times to claim first in the event. Angelo State finished a distant third with 76 points overall. Texas State newcomer Casey Dewitt, a transfer student who is not yet eligible to officially run for the team, ran unattached and finished first with a time of 17:47. Although her time did not count towards Texas State’s team score, Dewitt will be running both indoor and outdoor events for the Bobcat track and field team in the spring. This year’s co-op event marked its fourth year at the Gary Job Corps facility and is the biggest fundraiser for the Texas State track and field program.

“Overall, we’re just trying to get a good partnership with the university and strengthen our bond academically with the school,” said Vic Andrade, project coordinator for the event. “We’re working together to strengthen the relationship for the students and staff.” The students at Gary Job Corps coordinate much of the event, handling security, concessions, crowd control and traffic control. It is a large undertaking with more than 1,000 people flooding the facility for the event. “Our students staff this event and it’s a testament to them how smooth this all runs,” Andrade said. “Every year it gets more efficient and everyone knows what to do and where to be.”

Austin Byrd/ Star photo ALONE AT THE FRONT: Texas State graduate student Casey DeWitt, running unattached, posted a time of 17:47 to win the women’s threemile run during the Texas State Invitational, held Saturday morning at the Gary Job Corps Center.

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