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Former ASG senator makes accusations
By Chase Birthisel Assistant News Editor A former senator accused the Associated Student Government of acting against their founding documents at Monday night’s meeting. Mandy Domaschk, president of College Democrats, said Tommy Luna, ASG vice president, is not following the Constitution by enforcing mandatory senate trainings. She said the Constitution does not give the vice president the
power to mandate trainings. “Make your own agenda, don’t just follow what they have — make sure you know your own rights as senators,” Domaschk said during the meeting’s public forum. Luna held a mandatory senate training Aug. 29, of which he claims there was “little complaint.” “If anybody did not go, there was nothing I could do,” Luna said. “They all showed up, but in the event that they didn’t, I wouldn’t have called on them
until they made it up. That power is granted to me in the Code of Laws.” The complaints were not limited to senate trainings. Domaschk claims ASG President Chris Covo and Luna receive $2 more an hour than what is allotted by the ASG Code of Laws. Covo argues their pay, which is posted on the ASG Web site, is lawful. Covo and Luna are paid $10.70 and $9.70 per hour, respectively. Their pay was increased in July.
Domaschk and Luna have “I will point out that none conflicting interpretations of of that says minimum wage the ASG Codes of raise, it just says Laws. pay raise,” Luna According to the said. Code of Laws, “The Domaschk, who hourly wage rate campaigned for shall increase withthe Covo/Luna out a vote of the ticket last spring, senate in the event urged the senate to of mandated local, read the ASG docustate or federal pay ments. raise. Such an in“I heard Tommy crease will not go Luna was making into effect until the mandatory meetLuna next fiscal year.” ings for the senate,
and I knew that was unconstitutional because we brought it up last year,” Domaschk said. Luna said Domaschk’s accusations are unfounded. “I just saw it as somebody venting or giving their opinSee th ion about what ASG should do,” Luna said. “We got a www. lot of questions afterward about what just happened. The senators that addressed me were very confused about what she said.” see ‘ASG,’ page 4
Transportation tight for tram travelers By Chase Birthisel Assistant News Editor
Students will continue to cram trams as Texas State’s transportation system refuses to grow with the population. Bobcat Tram is locked in a service contract with First Transit until 2013. Paul Hamilton, manager of the shuttle system, said Texas State would not see more than a few trams added to transportation because of the contract. He said the university is bound by the expiration date mainly because of a high cost of ordering more trams in the middle of the service. “Could we ask them to deliver more buses? Absolutely,” Hamilton said. “But we might see our operating cost go from under $70 an hour to $100 an hour, and I’m not sure that is something we want to do.” Hamilton said First Transit currently has 43 buses, but does not allow more than 85 percent to operate at one time. First Transit keeps reserves in case of breakdowns, according to Hamilton. The current number of buses on routes everyday is 32, and Hamilton said he plans for this to increase to 34 next semester. “Our best opportunity is to utilize the capacity we have now as efficiently as possible and then look to try to build a system that’s big Bobby Scheidemann/Star photo enough to handle the growing population in LONG WAIT: Students wait for their bus after class lets out. A shortage of trams causes massive pileups of people at 2013,” Hamilton said. the bus stop, which can have students stranded for extended periods of time. At times students cannot ride a tram because of the capacity limit and have to wait for the next one. Greg Lienhard, finance sophomore, said he is familiar with this experience. “I’m usually stuck (at the university bus stop) and have to wait for at least two buses until I can get on,” Lienhard said. “Then I have to squeeze on.” see ‘BUSES,’ page 4
I’m usually stuck (at the university bus stop) and have to wait for at least two buses until I can get on. Then I have to squeeze on. –Greg Lienhard finance sophomore
Malfunctions cause false responses By Megan Holt News Reporter Emergency call phone are going off on campus without being touched, according to University Police Department officials. The emergency call phones, referred to as stanchions, trigger a flashing blue light when activated. The phones are placed in parking lots and next to campus buildings in case students need immediate UPD assistance. The stanchions have been malfunctioning and causing UPD to respond to false calls. The blue strobe lights placed on top of the stations have been flashing to falsely alert students and police officers of an emergency. “I’ve had several of those phones giving me problems lately,” said Robert Campbell, university police sergeant, in an e-mail. “On several of them, the trigger of the phone or the strobe effect has gone bad. The phone is functional, which is the reason why we haven’t disconnected them.” Campbell said the phones are set to have an open phone line, which means it does not have to dial 9-1-1 to alert a dispatcher when triggered. “The phones can be affected by surges, but Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo they can also be affected by line issues in general,” Campbell said. “We have a number BLUELIGHT EMERGENCY: The blue UPD emergency lights located of issues which involve water related damaround campus like the one in between Sterry, Falls and the Theater age, which causes the malfunction.” building have been malfunctioning.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE News…….....Pages 1-4 Students could acquire hours in virtual reality City residents, officials remember Sept. 11 at ceremony Medical Mannequins: Instructional simulators prepare nursing students Faculty see classroom behavior is more rude Opinions……..Page 5 LBJ ruined higher education funding
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als a UPD dispatcher and triggers the electronic board that controls the light strobe or beacon when a student pushes the button on the stanchion. Students who use the open phone line will see the blue light flashing on the top of the stanchion after the button is activated. Campbell could not confirm the amount of time it takes for the blue lights to stop flashing once they have been reset by a police officer. However, he admitted it takes a “little while.” The Traffic and Parking Regulations map shows 37 emergency stanchions located in various places around campus. According to the GAI-Tronics Corporation, makers of the emergency phones, Texas State has spent more than $63,000 to secure the campus with the call stanchions. Campbell said few calls that come from the emergency phones are emergencies, and other times people use the phones for information and non-emergency reports. “Even if they keep getting false reports, they should still check on the so-called ‘emergency’ because it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Kaley Dierlam, agriculture freshman. “I wouldn’t want to be the one with a real emergency and they don’t respond to it.” see ‘EMERGENCY,’ page 4
Classifieds…..Page 7 Diversions…..Page 7 Sports…………Page 8 Volleyball leaves tournament successful for first week at home Soccer ‘learns lessons’ in pre-conference game Ski club takes year for rebuilding after leader dies
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STARS OF TEXAS STATE Sophomore Alastair Jones started the 2009 season off strong, carding a six-over 219 and tying for 18th-place at the Maryland Intercollegiate Sunday. The Texas State men’s golf team finished tenth, with a three-round score of 895. —Courtesy of Texas State Athletics
Texas State University – San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System
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In the Sept. 8 issue of The University Star, Affma Martin, Texas State graduate student, appeared in a feature photo of the Texas State Cross Country Invitational at Gary Job Corps. — The Star regrets this error.
HISTORY 1857: William Howard Taft, the only person to serve as both U.S. president and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born. Following his death on March 8, 1930, his obituary appeared in The Times.
Sept. 3, 9:37 a.m. Medical Emergency/Strahan Coliseum An officer was dispatched for a report of a student being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. She was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation.
1821: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador became independent from Spain.
Sept. 3, 10:57 a.m. Suspicious Activity/University Police DepartmentLobby An individual reported a suspicious individual in a dark vehicle around the area of Smith Hall. A report was generated for the case.
1963: Four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala., in the deadliest act of the Civil Rights era.
Sept. 3, 7:33 p.m. Assist Outside Agency/Colony Apartments An officer was dispatched to assist an outside agency. An apartment was on fire and one resident was a student. A report was generated for the case.
2001: President George W. Bush identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and told Americans to prepare for a long, difficult war against terrorism.
Sept. 3, 10:02 p.m. Harassment/University Police Department-Lobby A student reported receiving unwanted phone calls from an unknown person. The case is under investigation.
Sept. 4, 1:18 a.m. MIP-Alcohol/Bobcat Village Apartments An officer on patrol observed suspicious individuals outside a residence. Upon further investigation, two minor individuals were found to be in possession of alcohol and 2003: The WUSA, a women’s professional soccer were issued citations for minor in possession. league, shut down after three Sept. 4, 10:39 p.m. seasons. Possession of Marijuana/Blanco Garage 2005: President George W. An officer on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle parked in Bush, addressing the nation location. Upon further investigation, two nonstudents were found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. They were from storm-ravaged New Orleans, acknowledged the issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia as well as Criminal Trespass Warnings for university property. Jake Marx/Star photo government failed to respond Two students were arrested for possession of marijuana adequately to Hurricane REMEMBER THIS DAY: Texas State College Republicans lay flags for Sept. 11 ceremony between Katrina and urged Congress and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Division Alkek Library and the Derrick Hall. and are awaiting a court date. to approve a massive reconstruction program. —Courtesy of University Police Department
Health center recommends, provides flu vaccines
The Student Health Center will be offering seasonal flu vaccines to Texas State students at two outreach programs in September. One opportunity will be 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Alkek Library, room 105/106. The second will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22, at the LBJ Ballroom. The shots are for Texas State students only and are for $10.00 each. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. The Student Health Center will not be able to offer shots for faculty and staff at this time. The Student Health Center has been able to provide shots for faculty and staff in the past. However, because of an increased vaccine demand from students, the Health Center is unable to offer that service this year. Flu shots are widely available in the community at pharmacies and private doctors’ offices, and faculty and staff should have several options to get the vaccine. The Student Health Center has 2,000 doses of the seasonal flu vaccine this year. There has been more interest in getting the seasonal flu vaccine this year. It is expected that both outreach events will be full. Shots will be available as long as supplies last. Please note the seasonal flu shot does not provide protection against the H1N1 virus that is involved in the current worldwide pandemic. A separate vaccine for H1N1 is in development and it is anticipated it will be available in mid to late fall. The Student Health Center has requested the vaccine and will be providing additional outreach events for it later in the semester. It is strongly recommended college students receive both the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines this year. The flu can spread quickly on a college campus because of the close living and classroom settings. College students’ immune systems make be weakened because of stress, poor diet and insufficient sleep. Flu vaccination is recommended for college students, especially those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart and lung disease, pregnancy and suppressed immune systems. Students may contact the Student Health Center at 512-2452167 for questions about the flu or vaccinations programs. — Courtesy of Student Health Center
Students, faculty, staff Five men arrested for arson donate marrow
San Marcos fire investigators have arrested and charged the owner of a local AAMCO Transmission Store. He has been charged with multiple felonies Through volunteers’ efforts in registering bone marrow donors, following a 13-month investigation into a July 2008 fire that Texas State has been selected to earn the 2009 National Marrow destroyed the local business. Donor Program Collegiate Award. Todd Alan Cox of Corpus Christi has been charged with Texas State was awarded in large part for its efforts to register arson, engaging in organized crime, insurance fraud and 3,240 donors, which included faculty and staff, but primarily hindering prosecution. Cox is being held at the Hays County Law consisted of students. It is the largest number of donors ever Enforcement Center. Bond is set at $285,000. registered by a college or university in a two-year period. Cox is the owner of the AAMCO Transmission stores located in Lawrence Estaville, geography professor and Texas State San Marcos, New Braunfels and San Antonio. Cancer Awareness Month and Community Outreach (CAMCO) San Marcos Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire July 25, committee coordinator, gave credit for the award to the efforts of 2008, at 1206 Highway 123 in San Marcos. San Marcos Police university faculty, staff and students. He said enthusiasm to find Officer Joyce Bender initiated the call. She was on patrol when marrow donors is continuing. she saw suspicious activity at the business. “The amazing enthusiasm of Texas State students, staff and Bender saw the fire erupt and arrested three men running faculty in working for the Texas State CAMCO April 2008 and from the scene, including one on fire, Jeremy Garcia. Michael 2009 — months in which the campus marrow donor drives were Rodriguez, Adam Rodriguez and Jeremy Garcia were all taken undertaken — was a critical factor in Texas State gaining this into custody at the scene. honor,” Estaville said. “In fact, with incredible odds, 43 students Further investigation into the cause of the fire led to the arrest have already matched with people who need a marrow transplant of Rodolfo Deluna and San Marcos store manager Alan Gilley. to stay alive. Three students have completed the careful procedure Gilley remains out on bond pending trial. to move forward with a marrow donation. Another student already Michael Rodriguez, Adam Rodriguez and Deluna were donated marrow stem cells last June to save the life of a two-yearconvicted of arson, engaging in organized crime and burglary and old girl with leukemia.” are serving eight-year sentences. Jeremy Garcia was sentenced Estaville will represent Texas State alongside Angelika Wahl, to 63 years in prison for his role in the crime. chair of the Texas State Staff Council and co-chair of the 2008 Multiple agencies assisted in the 13 month investigation and 2009 Texas State CAMCO. They will accept the award at including the Hays County Fire Marshals Office, San Marcos the National Marrow Donors Program award ceremony Nov. 6 in Police Department, San Antonio Arson Bureau, ATF, Texas Minneapolis, Minn. Department of Insurance - Fraud Unit and New Braunfels Fire Investigation. —Courtesy of University News Service —Courtesy of City of San Marcos
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Students could acquire hours in virtual reality Dj Nutter News Reporter Texas State students could earn credit hours in the nearfuture through a virtual world. Julia Tuason, environmental education coordinator of Texas Stream Team, received a grant proposal for a project in association with Second Life, an internet-based 3-D virtual world. Currently, several Texas State courses include virtual class meetings as part of classroom instruction. Tuason said the grant proposal will fund her initiative for a watershed model, an educational tool that could be used by colleges to explain the process in which water quality is affected by human and environmental variables. Tuason said Second Life’s inclusion of her watershed model, currently only a architectural prototype, will expand educational prospects in the fields of environmental and political science. Her initiative is still in the preproposal stage, however once a part of Second Life, Tuason said she will expand how educators can conduct virtual fieldtrips. The educational tool would allow schools with limited funds and students with disabilities to directly witness a process they otherwise could have only read in a text book,” Tuason said. “Research involving kinesthetic learning has proved the simulated movement experienced through Second Life helps the disabled with learning and retention.” Tuason, who was diagnosed
with bipolar disorder four years ago, said Second Life is a liberating outlet away from the symptoms of depression and social exclusion. She said her personal frustration with inadequate funds given to those with disabilities led her to create the foundation Pixel to Pixel. Members can donate and sponsor those with disabilities through virtual money in Second Life. Users of Second Life can build, buy and sell everything from coffee shops to coral reefs through virtual dollars. The conversion from virtual to U.S. currency fluctuates with real economic highs and lulls, currently 260 lindens corresponds to one U.S. dollar. Tuason said Second Life makes dealing with her disability easier. She said Second Life has not only allowed for a source of income through her virtual photo galleries, but has attracted such local contributors as the creator of Texas State’s virtual campus on Second Life, Emin Saglamer. Saglamer, project lab coordinator of Instructional Technology Support, said after finding out about Tuason’s passion for photography at a workshop on Second Life through ITS, he approached her about incorporating her work into Texas State’s virtual campus. “I’m in the process of completely redoing projection boards, buildings, this including the addition of Julie’s photos,” Saglamer said. Saglamer said he is working on expanding the information available on invasive species found in his replica of the San
Bobby Scheidemann/Star NEW RESOURCES: Julie Tuason, Environmental Education coordinator of Texas Stream Team, uses Second Life as an educational tool.
Marcos River. Members can discover insidious botany through scuba diving. Saglamer, through ITS workshops, teaches professors how to incorporate Second Life into their classes. “Free workshops are held monthly through ITS in hopes that professors and even students will submit their ideas for Second Life as a proposal, in
which we can then make a virtual reality,” Saglamer said. Saglamer said Tuasons’ grant was acquired by registering for a workshop through the ITS Web site. She submitted a proposal for an innovative idea, and had the proposal accepted. The next workshop will be held 1 to 4 p.m Thursday in Alkek Library, room
148. Saglamer said people who come to the workshops’ are indirectly introduced to another aspect of Second Life — social networking. Rob Lombardo, a contributor and supporter of Tuason’s watershed model, said he met Tuason through Second Life at the virtual coffee shop, “Open Latte.”
“After meeting and discovering we attended Berkley near the same time, we soon began to exchange and support one another’s ideas,” Lombardo said. “Julie’s efforts are extraordinary, setting up sponsorships for those with disabilities, such as quadriplegics, giving them a second life of possibility.”
means of sending a fallen firefighter home to their final resting place,” Narvaiz said. “They are returning to quarters for the last time. Their tour has been completed. Today we remember all those whose tour was completed on Sept. 11, 2001.” City officials bought dozens of red carnations for the ceremony. Each person who attended could place a flower on the Sept. 11 sign, which was made from the carnations. An hour later, Texas State College Republicans put on the Never Forget Project, a
program sponsored by Young America’s Foundation since 2003. It was an on-campus remembrance ceremony and took place at the 9-11 memorial between Alkek Library and Derrick Hall, where thousands of miniature flags were placed throughout the grass. “Behinds us are 2,977 American flags, one for every victim lost in Sept. 11,” said Kristopher Infante, political science sophmore and chairman of College Republicans. “Each year we pause to re-
flect on this great tragedy and to remind ourselves we are the custodians of liberty,” Narvaiz said. “We recognize, as each generation must, that freedom has to be one anew through the rededication of our people through the principles that keep us a free nation.” Alex Sharp, pre-mass communication freshman, said she attended the event to remember the tragedy and to show respect for the country. “I feel it is our duty as Americans to commemorate that day year after year and realize we
are a strong nation, and nothing can keep us down,” Sharp said. Sharp, like other Texas State students, remembers Sept.11 distinctly. “I was in my fifth grade math class when I heard the news,” Sharp said. “My mom was a flight attendant and happened to be staying in a hotel just a few blocks from the World Trade Center. In 2001, I was scared. But now as we remember it in 2009, I feel proud because it is ceremonies like this that show America’s resiliency.”
City residents, officials remember Sept. 11 at ceremony By Heidi Morrison News Reporter
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Residents dedicated a few minutes of their Friday morning honoring victims of Sept. 11 during a traditional remembrance ceremony at the San Marcos City Hall. “Today our nation marks the eighth anniversary of the terrorism of this infamous day,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz in her dedicatory speech. “This anniversary and world events since Sept. 11 give us pause as we reflect on the pain and loss
terrorism brings to the world.” Veteran Jude Prather, who just returned from Iraq, was asked to speak at the ceremony, where he presented the mayor, fire and police chiefs with three flags that were flown over Iraq this summer. “It’s something we should always remember,” Prather said, regarding Sept. 11. “It changed all our lives and marked our generation.” A tolling of the bells ceremony was held at 8:45 a.m. at City Hall. “It is a tradition, and it is a
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Faculty see classroom Medical Mannequins behavior is more rude Instructional simulators prepare By Lisa Black Chicago Tribune Lee Shumow doesn’t want to text her students, or be their friend on Facebook, but to their chagrin prefers an old-fashioned way to communicate: e-mail. The educational psychology professor at Northern Illinois University appreciates when students take the time to reply. It’s an extra treat when they don’t begin their message with, “Hey, Lee.” She and many of her colleagues believe such informality has seeped into the college classroom environment, citing student behavior that’s best described as rude or oblivious. As students begin a new semester this month, instructors bracing for yet another onslaught blame technology for creating a disengaged generation whose attention is constantly diverted by laptops, phones and iPods. Others point to the unruly classroom as a reflection of an increasingly ill-mannered society. Nearly 70 percent of Americans polled in 2005 said they believe people are more rude than they were 20 to 30 years ago. “I literally cannot imagine having addressed any teacher I had in my career as ‘Hey’ and then their first name,’ “ said Shumow, who has a doctoral degree and has taught 15 years at NIU. “I love them. I won an award for undergraduate teaching in 2005. But man, the world has really changed from when I was a student.” To their credit, most students are respectful and more inquisitive than ever, faculty members say. Yet professors also find they must devote space in the syllabus to ask students to refrain from surfing the Web, texting or answering cell phones during a lecture. Some have to remind students that, when making a presentation, they should remove the backward baseball cap and save the bare midriff for a beach party. Others complain that students randomly leave and enter the classroom during class. For their part, students are irked by others who slurp and chew food, doze off or dominate discussion. Some blame high schools for lowering the bar on classroom
conduct, while others say the problems begin at home, when families fail to instill in children basic skills such as how to say “please” or “thank you.” In some cases, parents are more obnoxious than their offspring. One professor reported hearing from an irate father whose child had failed a class. The father insisted he had paid enough tuition for “at least a D.” Yet experts believe there is more to collegiate rudeness than perhaps a feeling of entitlement. The attitude often is: “I don’t need you, I have the Net,” said P.M. Forni, director of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University and a professor of Italian literature. “These are students for whom the computers are the training wheels of their knowledge since early childhood. Many of them will think nothing of starting to text as you convey a commentary on Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy.’” The decline in classroom manners has not been documented in evidence-backed research, Forni said, but the “anecdotal evidence is so massive it becomes rather reliable.” There is a sense, he said, that the relationship between student and teacher is now likened to one between a client and service provider. “The prestige of the teacher and the professors as providers of knowledge and wisdom has decreased as the importance of the information technology has increased,” he said. Professors should set a tone of relaxed formality and define boundaries from day one, Forni said. For instance, he begins his classes by explaining that he grew up in Italy during a different generation, where wearing caps in a classroom was considered rude. He considers it a distraction. “I say, ‘Listen, I cannot enforce this. I am just asking you as a favor not to wear a cap in class for this reason,’” Forni said. “Nobody from that moment on wears his cap in class.” Students usually respond well, teachers say, when they understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from the professor — including respect. Rebecca Lessenberry, 19, of Waukegan, Ill., and a classmate would agree. They were stung
last spring by an instructor’s reprimand when they arrived for a speech class at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. “We smelled like cigarette smoke and our teacher decided to humiliate us and say, ‘Do not smoke before my class and sit next to me,’” Lessenberry said. In response, “We would just smoke even more before class,” said Allyce Doorey, 21, of Lake Villa, Ill. The two recalled how they wet their hair before smoking, to be sure the odor stuck. Students also have little patience for instructors who ramble off topic, talk extensively about their personal lives or espouse political views or religious doctrine. The very nature of some class subjects can provoke discussion — or arguments that offend. “I think it’s all in the way the instructor approaches the particular situation and addresses students,” said Kerry Lane, assistant English professor at Joliet Junior College. She assigns readings on topics such as race and faith that can be delicate. “When we are 18, we may not be aware of how different our views are from others’,” Lane said. “I find it is interesting and worthwhile territory for us to cover, but at times it can be challenging.” John Koepke, an electrical engineering instructor at Joliet Junior College, once had to dismiss a student for tossing wads of paper around the room. The two talked about it before the next class, and Koepke said he learned that the student didn’t feel challenged and was acting out because of that. He encourages students to drop preconceived notions and try to figure out what class material they can apply in their lives. On a positive note, “They feel more comfortable asking questions than in earlier years,” Koepke said. “It used to be almost all dictation.” Ill-mannered students don’t just grate on the teacher, they also irritate classmates. “I always have the one (classmate) who thinks they know everything,” said Natalia Garcia, 21, of Waukegan, a CLC student. “They actually argue with the teacher sometimes. It’s annoying.”
nursing students for clinical setting By Lora Collins News Reporter Nursing students run to the E.R. entrance where they are greeted with a 24-year-old male, who has a head trauma from a collision earlier that morning. Each nurse works swiftly to save the man’s life before it is too late. Once the man is admitted to the E.R., two remaining nurses stand outside. It is then that one looks up and reads a sign saying “simulation is reality,” and each student sigh realizing this is what working in a real clinical setting will be like. Nursing students are able to experience real-life emergency room training at the new School of Nursing in Round Rock. Barbara Covington, associate professor in the School of Nursing, said students will begin practice in August 2010. One type of high fidelity simulator, also known as Sim Man 3G, comes equipped with a computer inside the body, connected to a computer where lab technicians can operate on the patient. The mannequins blink, cry and produce sweat through glands on the body. Covington said the realism helps students because the mannequins react to treatment. “Students learn how to give the injection and they can see what the dangers are if they were to hit a nerve,” Covington said. “You can do the vital signs on him, you can start an IV and you can do the fontanel assessment on the head to see if they are in the appropriate places.” Other types of simulators
being used will include Sim Man. Unlike its counterpart, Sim Man 3G. Sim Man does not come equipped with an internal computer, but can still be programmed to perform different types of medical scenarios. Some simulators come with different body parts that can be attached to fit each scenario, such as Sim Man becoming Sim Woman. Students will use Sim Baby, an advanced infant-patient simulator with realistic anatomy and clinical functions. The infant has a realistic airway, which allows nursing students to be trained on intubation and different mouth conditions such as tongue edema, pharyngeal swelling and breathing patterns. Sim Baby breathes, like most simulators, and allows nurses to insert IVs into arms and legs. Covington said the simulators will react to medication given to them from students. “The students can learn with the children, babies, the adults and even geriatric patients,” Covington said. “We have taken a lot of care to make sure we ordered mannequins with different ethnic characteristics.” Sim mannequins are capable of showing lifelike symptoms, such as coughing, heart attacks and seizures. “That helps us because it really gives the student a chance to practice over and over as many times as they need,” Covington said. “It also gives them a chance to fail and make mistakes so if they mess up, or they clean the wound wrong, it’s in a safe environment.”
Marla Erbin-Roesemann, associate dean in the School of Nursing, said the mannequins allow for new opportunities. “If I take a group of students into a hospital, not everyone of them can take care of a patient with a certain disease,” Erbin-Roesemann said. “Maybe throughout their nursing career they never took care of a patient like this, but on the simulator they can do it. I can’t go into a hospital and say, ‘Do you have any patients that are having a heart attack that we can recesitate today?’” Students are expected to practice in the lab on the mannequins to fix each medical problem. The site will include a homecare unit, equipped with a kitchen, bed and small bath. “They learn how to problem solve and transfer those skills from one setting to another setting, and what we know from education is that helps them with their long term memory,” Covington said. William Hester, nursing sophomore, said he is looking forward to applying to the school. “It’s going to be a learning experience for everyone,” Hester said. “It gives you a better idea of what real life situations are like.” Erbin-Roesemann said the simulators will bring the clinical setting in the class room to the 21st century of medicine. Mathew Frank, nursing senior, agrees. “It’s a complete separation, there is no reaction to what you do, and in the real world there is a reaction to everything you do.” Frank said.
Hamilton said the service has the capacity to carry 2,000 students every 30 min. and provides 18,000 trips on a daily basis. “That is a realistic expectation,” Hamilton said. “The best thing anyone can do is adjust the time they board to outside the peak time.” All students paid a $78 bus fee at registration. According to Hamilton, the additional cost for the trams is covered by Austin routes. Those riding
the Austin route are paying $8 a day in addition to student fees traveling to and from Austin. “It’s a premier service,” Hamilton said. “The Austin service generates enough to cover between 60 percent to 70 percent of our operating cost.” Lienhard said he boards the tram at 7:15 a.m. in the morning to arrive at his 8 a.m. class. “University Heights is the
first stop in the morning,” Lienhard said. “But by the time it gets to Shalamar Apartments (on Aquarena Springs Dr.) it’s already too crowded.” Bus Driver Cecil Meyer said overcrowding of the buses always occurs at the beginning of the school year. “After a while it usually levels off pretty well,” Meyer said. “Students get to know their routes better. “
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Campbell said he would rather have the phones malfunctioning and dialing a dispatcher rather than waiting to find problems on a routine maintenance pass. Pat Fogarty, associate vicepresident of facilities, said the emergency phones are taken into consideration when implementing campus construction.
“When we do new construction, we work with UPD to make sure we meet their demands for safety,” Fogarty said. “UPD always gets a say in new projects, and we make sure we put the emergency phones right where they tell us to.” Fogarty said the university makes sure phones are installed in well-lit areas where people cannot hide. Lights
are installed underneath the emergency equipment. “The phones may sound like a lot of problems to some, but the department would rather deal with malfunction issues and have the phones in the field,” Campbell said. “(If) even one person is saved, (it’s) worth any expenses (that) may occur.”
Domaschk said she told Covo and Luna about the discrepancy a week ago, but claims they did not take her concerns seriously. Domaschk said the senate, currently comprised of 60 members, should be reduced
to 30. She said the senate, once comprised of 40 members, has too many students to be effective. Domaschk served as an ASG senator for three semesters. She said her past experience was members lack
personal responsibility in the subcommittees because “they have too many people.” “There can be some fat trimmed in ASG,” Domaschk said. “I supported Chris and Tommy. I still do support them.”
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point. Proposal ‘tramples’ rights T he students of the University of Texas-Arlington face a grave injustice.
The university’s student congress submitted a bill advocating the daily paper stop printing and go online only. The reasons stated in the bill are for the campus to be more environmentally sound. However, what the representatives may not have realized when authoring the bill is their attempts to “go green” are trampling on the student’s First Amendment rights. Fewer people read the online versions of student publications and they generate less revenue. Therefore, making The Shorthorn online-only will cripple the publication. Having a student voice on a university campus is crucial for the exchange of ideas academia promotes. Not only does a university paper report on the roles various organizations fulfill, but it also keeps student governments and university administrators transparent and honest. Often times the student paper is the only entity to fulfill this role because larger publications more focused on the whole of the community aren’t as niche-focused. Media observers and critics argue all, or a great majority of publications, will move online in the future anyway. However, if this statement is true, then it is better to allow the free market and these publication’s editors to decide when the move will take place. For the student government to attempt to make this decision would be the equivalent of Congress ordering The New York Times to stop its presses. There is a value to going green, but this is the equivalent of shutting down the public library because books
waste paper. According to Monday’s issue of The Shorthorn, student representatives who sponsored the bill said the university will save money by going online only. However, according to the same article the publication generated $11,000 from online ad sales and $438,000 from print ad sales. Revenue is not unique to the student paper either. Advertisers across the country are still willing to pay more for a print ad than for one online. Student publications depend on advertising revenue to survive. Taking away the printed version will severely cripple or possibly even kill a publication. The student representatives who make the argument this will save money clearly did not bother to research the matter. It should be the concern of every American when someone attacks the First Amendment. Intentional or not, this bill is in direct violation of freedom of the press. As mass communication transitions into this new age, it is important young journalists such as those at UTA learn the valuable reporting skills one gains working at a student publication. The UTA student congress should do the right thing and kill the bill immediately. Hopefully, in the future, those who sponsored or supported the bill will realize their actions have consequences. They should not want to be remembered as the ones to place a gag on the student voice. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State UniversitySan Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
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LBJ ruined higher education funding By Nathan Seltzer Opinions Columnist
It seems when we look at the political scum who run our country into the ground, we tend to forget the dishonest and illegal things they did to reach their positions of political power and to gloss over the myriad of mistakes they made once they got there. There is no greater example of political myopia than former president and South-
west Texas State Teacher’s College alumnus, Lyndon Baines Johnson. He’s the guy we honored this past year with statues, placards and signs all over campus like he was Jesus. Just kidding. Statues of Jesus might draw protest. Johnson was a real saint. According to a 1947 article by Jim Mangan, Chief of the Texas bureau of the Associated Press, Johnson ran for the Senate twice before running for president. His first campaign for the Democratic nomination was in 1941 against popular Texas governor Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel. The election was close and marked by fraud on both sides, but Pappy
squeaked out a win. He ran again for the Democratic nomination in the 1948 Senate election against a popular Texas governor. This time, it was Coke Stevens. No one thought Johnson could win, but he learned a lesson from his 1941 defeat: if you cheat and lose, cheat harder. As the vote tallies came in, Stevens had a tiny lead, but six days after the primary, 202 votes were “discovered” in a ballot box in Alice. These votes were written in the same ink, all were cast in alphabetical order for the same candidate and every one of the voters happened to be dead, according to the article. Either the dead rose to
vote alphabetically for the same candidate while sharing a pen, or there was some funky business going on. Several judges and election monitors defied all standards of common sense and honesty by certifying the results as legitimate, giving rise to my favorite political saying: “One brain-hungry zombie, one vote.” All this was confirmed after when Luis Salas, the election judge in Jim Wells County, admitted he had certified the returns, knowing them to be false in an interview with Jim Mangan. The resulting article was republished all over the country. Johnson, of course, went on
to become president. The university celebrated the 100th anniversary of Johnson’s birth in last year’s Common Experience. The university’s Common Experience Web site lists Johnson’s “contributions” to the country — mostly parts of his Great Society program. Johnson’s Great Society was one of the most devastating blows this country has ever suffered. More so, because it inflicted wounds which many refuse to even recognize. Johnson forever entangled the nation’s universities with the government, creating a bias toward big government in academia that flourishes to this day. Students attend
school on financial aid from programs like this, but fail to recognize money that comes from the government first came from taxpayers. If several generations of the students’ families had not been paying the increased taxes Johnson instituted alongside his Great Society program, it is likely most would not need the aid in the first place, and that private foundations and scholarships (funded by donors who were also taxed less) would pick up most or all of the slack. Free money isn’t free. The university — and the country — would have been better served if it had flunked Lyndon Baines Johnson.
was that Israel carried out the Sept. 11 attacks, as “proved” by the fact Jews didn’t show up for work at the Twin Towers that day (a ludicrous lie). However, I was assured this claim was true by several Saudi graduate students in Riyadh during spring 2002. I was assured by a leading, Pakistani journalist of Islamabad in May that America and India were conspiring to dismember his country. I used to feel a sense of relief when I returned from a trip to those regions and read an American newspaper. But when I see the current healthcare debate de-
railed by false charges about “death panels” — charges that persist no matter how often they’re refuted — I begin to get nervous. When the blogosphere fumes with false claims that President Obama isn’t a citizen, I begin to wonder. Could a conspiracy culture take root here? I understand why Arabs and Pakistanis are susceptible to such fantasies. In societies ruled for decades by autocrats, ordinary people have little control over their fate and no access to solid information. They are anxious for explanations about their economic problems, or their
country’s lack of development progress. Conspiracy theories that blame foreigners or minorities for every ill and are propagated by political or religious leaders fill the vacuum. Government-controlled media promote them, and privately owned media print them because they sell. Brave journalists who try to write truth are risking their livelihood, or their lives. Of course, “the paranoid style” is not unknown to American politics, as Richard Hofstadter wrote in his famous 1964 essay. Rather, it is “an old and recurrent phenomenon” linked with
discontented and suspicious groups at turbulent periods in our history. Among Hofstadter’s examples: the anti-Masonic movement, the anti-Catholic movement, the theories of some populist writers who constructed “a great conspiracy of international bankers,” and — on both sides of the racial divide — the White Citizens’ councils and the Black Muslims. Hofstadter also cites the anticommunist conspiracy theories of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s, who denounced “a conspiracy of infamy” by which “men high in this government are concert-
ing to deliver us to disaster.” In more recent decades one could dismiss American conspiracy theorists as isolated from the mainstream: think small groups operating in Montana or in Deep South enclaves. Or those, including a recently resigned minor White House official, who believed the Bush administration let Sept. 11 happen as a pretext for war. I have seen how a conspiracy culture distorts politics in the Middle East and Pakistan. Believe me, you don’t want that here.
Conspiracies in Middle East seems influenced by U.S. media By Trudy Rubin The Philadelphia Inquirer
The way the debate over healthcare has played out in this country makes me wonder if the United States is coming to resemble the Middle East. In the Middle East, and in Pakistan, the public views the world through a haze of conspiracy theories. No scenario is too outlandish to believe, and many fill the airwaves and the local press. Facts are largely absent, or buried under mountains of fiction. You may recall one of the most outrageous theories
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Patrick Swayze, the three-time Golden Globe nominee actor who is best known for his romantic roles in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, died at the age of 57 Monday. Swayze had been battling with pancreatic cancer for 20 months. After discovering his illness, the actor was outspoken on the need to make a better life for cancer victims, such as urging politicians to vote for maximum funding for the National Institutes of Health to fight cancer as part of the economic stimulus package.
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Showcase results in large turnout, despite weather conditions By Patrick Berger Features Reporter
Four days of rain wore heavy on the minds of some local San Marcos musicians Saturday, but the weather did not stop the musical showcase at Tantra Coffeehouse. “We were very weary of the rain,” said Taylor Wilkins, lead singer and guitarist of The Couch. “We got a bunch of tents over the stage, but we could only hold 50 or 60 people under them, and it looks like there’s more than that in attendance.” The stage, covered by four large, waterproof canopies, remained dry for the duration of the evening. Amy Rosalyn began the evening’s entertainment with a set of gentle acoustic tunes to an attentive audience in lawn chairs. Roger Sellers followed Rosalyn, performing a mini-
malist set of music that came through in movements rather than individual songs. Equipped with a keyboard, small drum set-up and a pair of headphones, Sellers’ atmospheric musical landscapes met the audience’s approval. “I don’t normally pay attention to the crowd because I have headphones on,” Sellers said. “But when I looked out, everyone was paying attention, which is good for my music.” Sellers was also nervous about the weather conditions. “I was worried about the rain because all of my equipment is electronic,” Sellers said.” I wouldn’t have been able to play.” After a quick set changeover, courtesy of the bands and a one-member sound crew, the growing crowd gathered in front of the stage under the canopies as The
Couch began playing. The local three-piece band played its groove-laden blues-rock to a receptive audience for half an hour. “They sound a little different every time I see them,” said Josh Klotz, political science senior. “This set sounded pretty straight forward rock ’n’ roll.” Wilkins normally books shows for his band, but tonight marked his first foray into multi-band booking. “Tonight was probably the first time I’ve ever done something like this,” Wilkins said. “The trick is just to book a bunch of bands that people like for a low price.” Clubs was the last band to play for the evening, ripping through several songs of potent garage rock. “If it rains, we’re OK,” they said to the audience from under the canopies. “It feels like a campout.”
Jake Marx/Star photo MAKING MUSIC: Roger Sellers, general studies junior, plays a set at the Saturday Showcase at Tantra Coffeehouse.
Junk, scraps transforms into ‘Metal Arts’ Step show contest includes community, culture Colleen Gaddis Features Reporter
Kayla Hartzog/star photo Observing Art: Attendees the Texas Metal Arts Festival watch as artists display their work.
A variety of metals and methods from more than 30 artists from all the state were displayed this weekend at the Texas Metal Arts Festival held in Gruene. Jeannette Ormond, owner and artist of Nettie’s Crafts, has been showing and selling her work for two of the six years the festival has been running. Ormond’s pieces range from small metal ornaments to large pieces made from air tanks. “I think about what people like to collect,” Ormond said. “People bring me junk and scraps asking me if I can do anything with it.” Ormond said her art does not come automatically. “The right idea has got to hit me,” Ormond said. “The back of my shop looks like a junkyard.” Ormond demonstrated her techniques during the festival, along with more than 20 other artists showing the process of their work. Stacy Parten and her husband, Dale Jenssen, own and operate Cosmic Construction, where among home maintenance, cabinetry and remodeling, they create custom lighting and furniture resembling out-of-this-world objects from leftover construction supplies. Like Parten and Jenssen, artists at the festival create art by recycling materials salvaged from junk yards, dumps and extra items from around their homes. “One day I put two hubcaps together, put some lights inside and it was a spaceship,” Jenssen said. The Texas Metal Arts Festival remains the only one of its kind in the Hill Country, where art fairs and festivals happen approximately once a month. “The artists here are more innovative than at other festivals and very whimsical,” said Alli Rogers, studio art junior. “This show makes it abundantly clear how flexible metal work can be..”
By Miranda Serene Features Reporter The attendees at the Golden Dynasty Step Show on Saturday were dressed to impress, supporting teams and greeks, looking to have a good time. Texas State kicked off the 12th annual step show of the year, supported by the university and hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha. “This isn’t class,” said Sean Will, host of the show. “Don’t be afraid to dance.” The event started almost an hour late but seemed to leave no discouragement among audience members. DJ Energizer was bumping music throughout the auditorium with beats that kept the crowd dancing throughout the show. Each year Alpha Phi Alpha collaborates with the African American Leadership Conference, AALC, to put on the Golden Dynasty Step Show. The panel of judges sit in reserved seats near the stage. The winner takes home cash. James Cole, marketing senior, said the money is usually used to organize the next show.
“It is cool that dollars made in San Marcos are redistributed to other places to help out those like us,” Cole said. Cole said the point of the show was for people to have a good time. “There is a long past of stepping culture,” Cole said. “It is historically important and a good form of entertainment.” Cole said the show brings a specific form of entertainment to Texas State so people who would otherwise never be exposed can enjoy it. “We are reaching out to not just the black community, but to the community as a whole,” said Bobby Carbajal, criminal justice senior. Carbajal said a lot of time goes toward promoting the step show, and they are constantly handing out fliers and traveling to invite teams. “Acts come from all over Texas, and sometimes even further,” Carbajal said. Texas State’s women’s step team, Harambee, were the first to take the stage. They built elaborate rhythms with their footsteps, claps and voices and got the crowd involved.
Other performances were from Baylor, Houston, Fort Worth and Mississippi. In between sets, Will excited the crowd by encouraging the audience to “rep” their hometowns, evoking rambunctious enthusiasm throughout the auditorium. Will invited dancers on stage, and audience members urged their friends to perform and encouraged them while on stage. Following the competition was an after show, which allowed anyone with a Golden Dynasty ticket to get in free until 11 p.m. The party was located at The Hanger in the San Marcos airport. DJ Energizer was there, along with the host Sean Will and inDmix.com, a promotional photography company. Carbajal said the coordinators want to include everyone in the annual step show event. “We want to target not just sororities and fraternities with step shows, but everyone,” Carbajal said.
Lindsey Goldstein/star photo STEP IT UP: Texas State’s Harambee dance team performs for the Golden Dynasty Step Show hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha and the African American Leadership Council Saturday at Evans Auditorium.
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OPENING OUTCOME The Texas State women’s golf team finished eighth at the two-round, weather-delayed “Mo”Morial tournament Friday to Saturday. Texas State shot a 322 and Gabby DeReuck, undecided sophomore, led the team with a score of 79 and a 26th-place finish. The Bobcats will play the University of Kentucky Invitational Sept. 25 to Sept. 27.
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Volleyball leaves tournament successful for first week at home and Saturday to host the CenturyTel Premier after being on the road the past four games. Texas State defeated Texas Southern and Hofstra Friday
while hitting at a .500 clip, their highest of the season, and held the Tigers to a -.048 atThe Bobcat volleyball team tack percentage with 13 kills. returned to San Marcos Friday Shelbi Irvin, junior setter, led the Bobcats in assists with 17. Jessica Weynand, senior outside hitter, had eight kills in her contribution to the Bobcat offense. The win snapped a three-match losing streak for Texas State. Texas State defeated Hofstra 3-1 in its second match Friday. Texas State took the first set 25-19 before Hofstra battled back to snatch the second 2521. The third set was never close, as the Bobcats jumped to 7-0 and 17-1 leads, eventually winning 25-6. The Bobcats held on in the fourth set for a 25-20 match-clinching victory. Irvin and Caleigh McCorquodale, freshman setter, led the Bobcats with 22 and 16 assists, respectively. Mo Middleton, junior outside hitter, had 14 kills as the Bobcats recorded their second straight victory and advanced to the championship match against Texas A&M. The Bobcats fell 3-0 to the Aggies Saturday. The Aggies jumped out to an early 11-6 lead in the first set and the Bobcats were not able to mount a comeback, losing 25-17. Texas State fell by 25-17 again in the second set to give Texas A&M a 2-0 lead. The Bobcats battled to a tie at 19 in the third set before the Aggies won 25-20, clinching the match and the championship. Jake Marx/Star photo The Bobcats were outhit STOP RIGHT THERE: Amber Calhoun, undecided sophomore, and Melinda Cave, junior right side hitter, take a leap to stop Texas Southern on .299 to .133 by the Aggies in the match. Middleton led the Friday at Strahan Colliseum. By Eric Harper Sports Reporter
STANDINGS F O OT B A L L
McNeese State Southeastern Louisiana Texas State Nicholls State Sam Houston State Stephen F. Austin Central Arkansas Northwestern State
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THIS WEEK’S RESULTS Southeastern Louisiana 69, Union College 20 Nicholls State 14, Duquense 7 McNeese State 40, Appalachian State 35 Sam Houston State 48, North Dakota State 45 Stephen F. Austin 92, Texas College 0 Grambling 38, Northwestern State 17
before losing to Texas A&M Saturday. The Bobcats took down the Texas Southern Tigers 3-0 in the first match. Texas State
made quick work of Texas Southern, winning all three sets by 13, 15 and 15 points, respectively. The Bobcats tallied 45 kills for the match
Bobcats in kills with 12 while Irvin recorded a double-double with 13 assists and 11 digs. Irvin and Middleton received all-tournament honors. Irvin said the Bobcats experienced different results in their first two matches of the tournament compared to their final one Saturday. “We were not in control from the start of the match today,” Irvin said. “The Aggies jumped out on us quick.” Irvin said communication on the floor has been an issue at times for the Bobcats. The team had a different rhythm early in the tournament compared to the final. “I think we had some nerves playing in the championship game,” Irvin said. “We needed to relax.” Irvin said the team showed improvement at the CenturyTel tournament from its previous matches. Irvin said Texas A&M was a tough opponent. “The Aggies are a very good team,” Irvin said. “When we have games 18-18, 19-19, we have to learn how to close those out, but overall, it’s a good learning experience for us.” The Bobcats produced mixed results in their most recent matches. However, Irvin believes the team can have winning performances like those from Friday if it remembers one simple idea. “We just need to relax,” Irvin said. “We can’t forget why we are here. We are all here playing volleyball because that’s what we have always done and it’s what we love to do.”
Soccer ‘learns lessons’ in pre-conference game By Cameron Irvine Sports Reporter It seemed as if Texas State was going to beat possible Conference-USA rival, Houston, until the 81st minute of its soccer game Friday. The Texas State women’s soccer team led 1-0 down the stretch. It appeared that the Bobcats would get a third win, their first as the visiting team. However, the Cougars defeated the Bobcats 2-1 in overtime. Britney Curry, junior forward, had the Cougars seeing black and white as the ball shot past them for the Bobcats’ first and only goal of the day. Texas State took a 1-0 lead over Houston at halftime. However, the Cougars’ Melanie Adleman took the pass across the field in the 81st minute and scored the net to tie the game. The goal forced the overtime. “Houston came out in the second half playing more direct and trying to force us into errors, changing their style of play to just effective soccer,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We did not keep our composure by sticking to our style of play, indirect and
playing through the thirds, and they stretched us defensively. We just have to be more disciplined to play our style and not get caught up into countering all the time because then we don’t possess the ball and control the game.” Houston smacked the ball through the posts for the 2-1 victory in the 100th minute (10 minutes into overtime), for its first win of the season. The Bobcats fell to 2-4 overall. “(The) first feeling was disappointment,” Curry said. “I started thinking about the little things I should have done different, the chances we had and didn’t capitalize on, but you can’t go back. We fought to hold our lead nearly the entire game and lost in the last moments of a lengthy match. Houston proved the game isn’t over until the clock hits zero when they scored the golden goal with less than 30 seconds to spare in the first overtime period.” Conner said luckily for the Bobcats, Friday marked a pre-conference game and there is room for mistakes and improvements. “I’m sure (the loss) will help us,” Conner said. “It is hard to take this loss, but I
would rather have the team learn this lesson now, not in conference.” Texas State’s game slated against Centenary College
Sept. 13 was canceled because of rain. The next game for Texas State will be 7 p.m. Sept. 18 against Grambling State.
gers in the vehicle, but the only one who did not survive the accident. He was riding in the front seat and was not wearing a seat belt. Police believe alcohol may have been a factor. “I still can’t believe it. It’s a tragedy,” said Taylor Newton, team president. “It’s such a huge hit to our whole team.” Shimek was in Louisiana finetuning his craft at Bennett’s Ski
School in Zachary, La., displaying his work ethic that got him the title of team captain. “(Shimek) was definitely one of the best,” said Newton, management junior. “I think most of our teammates would agree with that.” After finishing third last season, the ski team hoped to return to their 2008 form and bring home another national championship
in 2010. Newton said Shimek’s death has emotionally and physically crushed the team’s spirit, making it difficult to find inspiration after such a tragedy. “I would like to say (this will inspire us), but in reality, this is going to be more like a rebuilding year for us because that was a huge blow to us,” Newton said. “Not even just on an emotional level, but skill-wise, he was al-
ways the guy that brought in a big score for us. It’s going to be pretty difficult for us to win nationals this year, but hopefully we will.” With Bobby Hall as the new team captain and more tournaments before the season is over, the Texas State Ski team can do nothing more but look ahead and remember Shimek’s work ethic and commitment.
Austin Byrd/Star file photo STEP AHEAD: Britney Curry, junior forward, steals the ball during the Bobcats game against Southeastern Louisiana Friday, August 13, 2008.
Ski club takes year for rebuilding after leader dies By Keff Ciardello Sports Reporter Kevin Shimek had it all. Shimek attended college in his hometown after graduating from San Marcos High School in 2005. At the age of 22, he was the captain of the 2008 Texas State Water Ski Club team that took third place in the national competition.
Shimek’s hard work was about to pay off with his graduation set to take place this December after spending four years working to obtain a degree in criminal justice. It was all taken away one early Louisiana summer morning. A car exiting the highway at a high rate struck a tree and rolled over at about 2:30 a.m. July 12. Shimek was one of four passen-
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