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Texas State, SMPD track burglary trends Chase Birthisel Assistant News Editor Students may be more susceptible to bad credit, insomnia and a pizza-based diet. But they may also be more at risk to being victimized by burglary. Data collected from a criminal justice class suggests burglaries in San Marcos primarily affect students. Pete Blair, assistant professor in the criminal justice department, and students
worked through the summer in collaboration with San Marcos police to produce crime statistics for from Jan. 1 through May 31. The data suggests burglars thrive on student apartment complexes. Ninety-five cases of habitation burglaries were reported in the five months. Seventy-seven percent occurred in apartment complexes. The Zone, University Heights, The Heights 2 and The Villagio were marked as hot
spots – combining for a total of 32 of the 73 apartment burglaries. The statistics showed burglary rates for apartments appear to be increasing while rates for homes have stayed stable. Forty-two percent of burglaries occurred between 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. An additional 42 percent occurred between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Police Commander Terry Nichols said he found the percentage of night burglaries to be very uncommon.
“I think San Marcos is way outside of the national trend for nighttime burglaries,” Nichols said. “It is just not a real common occurrence.” Blair said most burglaries happen during daytime hours because it is when criminals can best avoid residents. Seventy-two percent of all burglaries involved an unforced entry. Fourty-four percent of the unforced entries were through the front door and 18 percent were through a window. The Villagio, Cabana
Beach, The Zone and Palazzo apartment complexes had 23 break-ins. All were unforced entries. “It involves the culture and lifestyle of students,” Nichols said. “There are roommates and friends who come and go at all hours of the day and night. It is very conducive for criminals. If there is one point I want to emphasize, it’s lock your door and windows.” see ‘BURGLARY,’ page 5
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Packed buses are raising concerns during the flu season. See page 5 for the full story.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE News……....Pages 1-5 First Transit responds to H1N1 concerns Council officials initiate new program for city beautification Health center offers flu vaccinations Opinions……..Page 6 MAIN POINT: Craft Class Crime
Bobby Scheidemann/Star Photo Illustration ILL RIDERS: With flu season approaching, commuters question how big of a problem H1N1 could become on the trams.
Round Rock nursing school ASG allegations takes ‘the best out there’ may be brought before court By Maurah Ruiz Special to The Star
Calling all nurses. Applications are now available. Texas State’s new School of Nursing located at the Round Rock Higher Education Center is set to open for class fall of 2010. The $36 million, 77,740 gross square foot, three-story building will house approximately 100 students. Students need to have 65 hours of core curricular and pre-requisite courses, a minimum 3.0 GPA, taken and suc-
cessfully passed the Test of Essential Academic Skills or TEAS IV, a personal essay, reference letters and other materials to apply. “We are anticipating as many as 300 student applications to fill the slots,” said Lolly Lockhart, associate professor in the School of Nursing. “We will do everything we can to help our students understand the process of how we will be evaluating the applications.” Faculty will implement technologies including simulation laboratory training, a skills labs where students will have
access to lab materials, a live cast of actors for self-assessment, technological manikins and audio/video taping during simulation for briefing. “It’s a twenty-first century program where we have taken the latest and best evidence about teaching nursing students and integrated it into this state of the art program,” said Marla Erbin-Roesemann, director of the School of Nursing. “That’s really what brought me here”.
By Scott Thomas Web Editor
Student leaders are saying they have broken no rules after an allegation of illegitimate pay and unconstitutional training meetings were brought Monday before the senate. Mandy Domaschk, former ASG senator, addressed student government members Monsee ‘NURSING,’ page 5 day during the public forum. She encouraged senators to be skeptical of the executive board. She said they may have broken rules by accepting pay higher than what is outlined in the Code of Laws and by creating mandatory senate trainings. “I think everyone should follow the (ASG) Constitution,” Domaschk said. ASG President Chris Covo and Vice President Tommy Luna said they broke no rules. Luna said Domaschk’s claims were unfounded and she had failed to properly research the matter. “I would ask that before anyone brings up issues dealing with the constitution and Code of Laws that they do the research behind it,” Luna said. Domaschk supported Covo and Luna during the election and said her address Monday was not intended as an attack, but as a way to encourage senators to be more active and think more independently. Michael Guzman, ASG SuStar File Photo preme Court justice, said the CALLING ALL NURSES: A high tech nursing center will open in fall 2010 at Round Rock Higher issue is likely to be brought beEducation Center. fore the court. “I am familiar with the issue,
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Domaschk said Luna did not have the power to make senate-training meetings mandatory, claiming it went against the Code of Laws. The Code of Laws grant the vice president the power to not call on senators, and Luna said anyone who did not attend the meetings would not be called. “I said they were mandatory,” Luna said. “I didn’t say what would happen if they didn’t show up because honestly I couldn’t kick them out — I couldn’t penalize them. What I could do is embrace the power given to me in the Code of Laws.” According to the Code of Laws, the vice president has the power to call on people “fairly.” “It is not fair to the senate and the students we represent if a senator has not gone through the proper training,” Luna said. Domaschk said she became interested in the matter after she and another senator wanted to make meetings mandatory in a previous semester, but looked into the constitution and “saw that no one has that kind of power.” see ‘ASG,’ page 5
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Mo Middleton recorded a season-high 18 kills and 10 digs to register her second double-double of the season. Texas State had a 3-1 victory over Houston for its fourth win at home this season. —Courtesy of Texas State Athletics
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CRIME ON THIS BLOTTER DAY IN Sept. 5, 12:09 a.m. Burglary of Vehicle/San Jacinto Hall Parking Lot A student reported to a police officer his personal property was taken from his vehicle without consent. The case is under investigation.
Sept. 5, 3:34 a.m. MIP-Alcohol/Lindsey Street A police officer made contact with a student engaging in suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, the student was issued a citation for minor in possession. Sept. 5, 4:56 a.m. MIP-Alcohol/Aquarena Springs Drive A police officer made contact with four students engaging in suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, the students were issued citations for minor in possession. Sept. 5, 2 p.m. Burglary of Vehicle/Bobcat Village Commuter Parking Lot A student reported to a police officer his personal property was taken from his vehicle without his consent. The case is under investigation. Sept. 5, 3:05 p.m. MIP-Alcohol/Bobcat Stadium A police officer made contact with a student engaging in suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, the student was issued a citation for minor in possession.
— Courtesy of University Police Department
Thursday, September 17, 2009
1862: Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion of Maryland in the Civil War battle of Antietam. With 23,100 killed, wounded or captured, it remains the bloodiest day in U.S. military history. 1787: The U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia. 1920: The American Professional Football Association — a precursor of the National Football League — was formed in Canton, Ohio. 1994: Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf woman to be crowned Miss America. 1999: President Bill Clinton ON THE WHEEL: Kori Athas, photography senior, works on a cylinder for her ceramics class Wednesday. lifted restrictions on trade, travel and banking imposed on North Korea a half-century earlier. 2001: Wall Street trading resumed for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — its longest shutdown since the Depression; the Dow lost 684.81 points, its worst-ever one-day point drop. 2004: San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his 700th career home run, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone. — Courtesy of The New York Times
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University releases plan of action for H1N1 Texas State, like many college campuses across the country, has been dealing with a resurgence of H1N1 influenza. The number of students reporting a flu-like illness has been steadily climbing since the start of classes. Absenteeism due to flu illness is likely to increase in the coming weeks and months. We are aware that students are concerned that absence due to the flu might adversely affect their academic standing. This concern is leading many students to ignore public health recommendations for isolation and contributing to the spread of flu to others. It is important to take steps now to avoid a large outbreak of flu that could result in the cancellation of classes and major events. Students and faculty are provided the following guidance: Students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of the flu must follow public health recommendations to isolate until feverfree for 24 hours (3-5 days usually). Students, faculty and staff with medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart and lung disease, suppressed immune systems or pregnancy who develop symptoms of the flu should contact their doctor or the Student Health Center at 512-2452167 for medical assistance. Professors should not expect students to provide a signed
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medical note as the majority of those with the flu will not require evaluation by a doctor. Professors are expected to adjust absence and grading policies to accommodate a medical absence. Professors should review their absence policy with students and discuss the manner in which they want to be notified of an absence. Students who are sick, are encouraged to notify the Dean of Students at 512-245-2124 or contact Vincent Morton at vm05@ txstate.edu. Students are reminded that falsifying information about a medical absence is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. We need everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of flu. We do not want students attending class when they are ill or potentially infectious. We are faced with the possibility of an unusually long flu season. Taking personal responsibility and following public health recommendations to prevent the spread of infection can help to decrease the negative impact of the flu on our campus. —Courtesy of University News Service
Texas State grows to Texas size
Michael Heintze, associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Texas State, reported that Texas Texas State will host a vendor outreach and economic Librarians hear of students and faculty paying for full-text State’s 12th class day enrollment reached 30,816, an increase opportunity forum for Historically Underutilized Businesses 1 to 5 articles on the Internet. Before paying for articles, contact the of more than 1,700 students compared to the previous record of p.m. Wednesday at the Embassy Suites Conference Center. Alkek Library to determine if we can provide free access. 29,105 set last fall. The vendor outreach will coincide with the fall 2009 National “It has been a remarkable year and we feel fortunate that As more journals are published online, the process of locating Association of Educational Procurement conference for the Texas- Texas State continues to grow in popularity among graduate and articles is becoming more complex. The coverage of journals undergraduate students,” said Heintze. Oklahoma-Arkansas-Louisiana region. indexed in the databases can overlap, but each one is unique. One “This fall’s freshman class of 3,667 is easily the largest and An economic opportunity forum is part of the State of Texas’ database may index a journal for citations only, whereas another may most diverse in Texas State’s history,” Heintze said. provide the full-text. Also, several databases may provide access, but vendor outreach efforts to increase the amount of business done Diversity among entering freshmen reached a record 36 with H.U.B.s—minority- or women-owned business that have to different dates and issues of the same journal. Searching Google percent, with 27 percent of the class being Hispanic students. been certified by the state as meeting the criteria established to Scholar may often link to full-text articles, but usually only when one A record 3,301 transfer students also enrolled. Overall, be recognized as a H.U.B. Part of the state’s assessment that an of the several hundred databases accessible through the library undergraduate enrollment rose 4.8 percent to 26,011. agency of the State of Texas is making a good faith effort to meet provides full-text coverage. The Graduate College also recorded a record enrollment of or exceed their H.U.B. participation goals is through the hosting or 4,198 — an increase of 12.1 percent over 2008. Confused yet? That is why we encourage you to contact a co-sponsoring of a regional or statewide EOF. The Round Rock High Education Center enrolled 1,737 librarian if you are asked to pay for an online article, so we can students, which represented a 14.1 percent increase over the An EOF is a “reverse” vendor show where H.U.B. coordinators help you discover if the library has free access to the article. previous year. One way to determine access is by checking the Periodical List and other procurement personal staff booths so the vendors “The increase in new undergraduate and graduate students, on the library Web site. Search for the title of a journal, magazine may come by to discuss potential business opportunities. It also combined with a record retention rate, helped us achieve this offers educational sessions for H.U.B. vendors on topics such or newspaper to see if we have print or online access. Searching year’s enrollment.” Heintze said. as the state’s mentor-protégé program, financial resources and the online catalog for a journal title will also link you to the online “We are certainly pleased with this year’s record enrollment and alternatives, the benefits of becoming HUB certified and how to do how it supports our state’s Closing the Gaps initiative.” said Perry version if it is available. business with State of Texas agencies and universities. The library does have access to thousands of periodicals, but Moore, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I am The target audience is potential and certified H.U.B. vendors from we do not subscribe to every journal published. If we do not have particularly proud of our deans, department heads and faculty, full-text access in print or online, you can order the article through the surrounding counties between Austin and San Antonio. In addition who provided sufficient classes to accommodate student needs. to state universities, various state agencies and other governmental “I am very pleased that so many outstanding students have Interlibrary Loan. The service is provided free to all students, chosen Texas State to continue their education,” Texas State entities are expected to send personnel to this event as part of their faculty and staff through the link on the library Web page. You President Denise Trauth said. “In the coming year, we will H.U.B. good faith, DBE or MBE/WBE outreach efforts. can order articles, books, dissertations and other material., Call continue to work closely with our students, faculty and staff to Contact Yolanda Strey, Texas State H.U.B. specialist, at 512the Reference Desk at 245-2686 For more information or use address the challenges of a growing enrollment, and ensure that 245-2523 or HUB@txstate.edu for information on securing an the Ask-a-Librarian link on the library Web page at www.library. the academic experience of our students is not only preserved, exhibit booth or for more details regarding the event. txstate.edu. but enhanced.” —Courtesy of Alkek Library
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Council officials initiate new First Transit responds program for city beautification to H1N1 concerns By Dj Nutter News Reporter San Marcos is getting a face-lift. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Rodney Cobb, director of Community Services, said Keep San Marcos Beautiful is a new initiative, which includes a four-pronged strategy. The program areas include collecting city litter, encouraging habitat ts by members and organizations through awards and educating grades kindergarten through 8th grade on environmental stewardship. Keep San Marcos Beautiful is an affiliate of the Keep Texas Beautiful campaign. Campaign officials are working to become an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful by 2011,
Cobb said. City Councilmember John Thomaides, Place 6, said the project was chosen unanimously as one of the council’s five goals. Thomaides said the efforts will determine the future vitality and versatility of the city. “Although the San Marcos Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center attracts many potential investors, the success of Keep San Marcos Beautiful will be in its ability to convince these businessmen to start their businesses in San Marcos,” Thomaides said. Cobb said the number of times city officials will sweep the streets from downtown to the university is increasing from once to twice a week in order to compensate for re-
turning Texas State students and public park attendance. The current state of the economy, Cobb said, is leading more people and their trash to public parks. The Litter and Trash Abatement Program, which excludes litter swept from city streets, has accumulated around 1,650 cubic feet of trash from city parks, Cobb said. Annually, more than 108 hours of the program are spent ridding city infrastructures of graffiti. The city-owned wall by Sessoms’ drainage ditch was recently targeted with graffiti. Cobb said officials are considering designating a portion of the wall specifically for graffiti art.
ister the vaccines,” GordonSosby said. Flu vaccinations have been given closer to October in previous years because of the season, but this year, H1N1 vaccines will be administered during that time instead. “The H1N1 vaccines are most likely expected in midto-late October,” GordonSosby said. “The government instructed us to give seasonal shots early to make room for this vaccine.” Gordon-Sosby said the demand for seasonal flu shots increased because students are afraid of the H1N1 vaccine. “I think there will be some people who will want the H1N1 vaccine very much and then others who will have a misunderstanding about it, or are afraid because it is new,” Gordon-Sosby said. “I think we will see both reactions, but I think there will be a lot of people who want it, and that is what we are planning for.” Ashley Rodriguez, undecided sophomore, said she wants all students to take advantage of the vaccines. “I think it’s a really good op-
portunity for all the students to get their flu shots,” Rodriguez said. “Especially those who have 300-plus students in a class and are circulating all of these germs should be here.” Vaccinations are not available to faculty and staff through the university because of the high demand from students. Gordon-Sosby said this should not keep anyone from getting the flu shot. “There is not a vaccine shortage this year for seasonal flu. For those students who might be unable to come to our outreach get the shot before we run out, it is widely available at pharmacies, stores and doctors’ offices,” Gordon-Sosby said. A second flu outreach program will take place 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the LBJ Ballroom. Gordon-Sosby said the next outreach will hopefully be as successful as Wednesday’s program. Flu shots cost $10 for students and can be paid through cash, check or any major credit card.
Health center offers flu vaccines By Lora Collins News Reporter
Students acquired more than knowledge Wednesday at the library. More than 1,000 students lined up on the first floor of the Alkek Library for vaccinations as part of the Seasonal Flu Outreach program. Nurses prepared 1,200 flu immunizations offered by the Student Health Center. “The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for all college students,” said Karen GordonSosby, associate director of the Student Health Center. “We have twice as many doses as we ordered last year. It’s fortunate we increased the order, but I think we will run out very shortly because we have a lot of demand.” The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against the H1N1 virus. However, GordonSosby said all students should consider getting the seasonal shot as soon as possible. “Staffing all of these events is a challenge, but we have hired additional staff to come in as needed to help us admin-
continued from page 1 “I heard from senators that states Luna and Covo should Tommy was holding mandatory be getting paid $7.20 an hour. senate trainings this summer,” However, ASG Adviser Kathershe said. “I told him he couldn’t ine Weiser said the pay of the do that and he said not the way ASG president and vice presihe interprets the Constitution dent may be adjusted according … Trying to say that you have to any raises in the minimum power — such as controlling wage. Therefore, if minimum the senators by holding manda- wage is increased by $1, the extory meetings, you just have to ecutives and their advisers may be careful with the powers you raise the pay $1. are given.” However, the ASG Code of Domaschk said the constitu- Laws does not mention minition should be changed before mum wage, as Luna pointed out meetings are made mandatory. after Monday’s meeting. “That’s the job of the senate According to the Code of to clarify the documents,” she Laws, “The hourly wage rate said. “You can put all of this on shall increase without a vote of the executives if you want, but the senate in the event of manat the end of the day you have to dated local, state or federal pay have someone check on this.” raise. Such an increase will not go into effect until the next fisSenate pay cal year.” Weiser said a “minimal” poIn the meeting Monday night tential for abuse of power exDomaschk said Covo and Luna ists because the Code of Laws had been getting paid too much does not state anything about at $10.70 and $9.70 an hour, re- minimum wage. For example, if spectively. the federal government raised She said the constitution a wage $1, the executives could
continued from page 1 Roesemann was formerly has been hired one year prior dean of nursing at the Health to the opening of the school so Sciences College of Clarkson we can iron out any glitches. College in Omaha, Nebraska. The students are already exBarbara Covington, associ- periencing using technology ate professor in the School of (student response systems) to Nursing said the building was participate in class to think in built to be student centric. terms of an individual.” “It has walls, yet is completely Lockhart and Covington virtual with wireless technolo- are teaching an introductory gy all throughout the building,” course in nursing to smooth she said. “I’m sure we’ll have student transition at the glitches. However, the faculty Round Rock center.
use that as an opportunity to increase their pay $5 or $20 an hour without a vote by the senate. She said faculty advisers oversee executive pay and check any potential abuse of power. She said pay increases go through the budget office. “When it comes to wages and student pay we’re very serious at our university about looking at whether this is the best use of our students’ money,” Weiser said. She said the Code of Laws does not state the executives’ pay has to adjust with federal pay, only that it may. According to Weiser, the executives’ pay started at $7 before she came to Texas State two years ago, and it has been adjusted according to minimum wage since then. Luna said he did not know how much he was getting paid until two weeks ago.
Faculty move in is April 2010, roughly five months before students. The gap is to ensure everything is ready for the new student population, according to Lockhart. “We’re trying to use as many innovations in nursing education,” Lockhart said. “Because we’re a brand new school, we can take the best of what we see out there and incorporate that into our program.”
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University tram operators developed a plan of action to prevent further spread of H1N1 this flu season. First Transit, the company that provides the bus services, has introduced new sanitation methods to ensure students a safe and healthy mode of transportation. “We, along with the university, have provided hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes on all of the vehicles for any one who wishes to use them whether they’re getting on or off the bus,” said R.J. Garza, the general manager of First Transit. Tram drivers also utilize wipes to disinfect handrails and other areas inside the bus that students touch with their hands, Garza said. “We do understand this virus is typically airborne and that’s why we try to clean the railings as much as possible,” he said. The company provided replacement wipes and bottles of hand sanitizer at their main base to ensure the drivers have a constant supply, he said. “We have also implemented a disinfecting washing system for inside of the buses since we started this semester,” Garza said. “We are cleaning the buses differently and it’s taking a little more effort, but it’s worth it”
Blair said some burglars wait until late night and walk into apartments when students are sleeping. “They are there for the party,” Blair said. “When it is done and people start to crash out, they go door to door knocking, and if a door is open, they walk in and steal people’s things.” Nichols said burglars rarely steal more than six items to avoid making more than one trip.He said burglaries of more items are performed with a group of criminals. The data showed laptops, game systems and plasma TVs were the items stolen most often. These items are lightweight, expensive, and most often left out in the open, Nichols said, making it easy for criminals to get in and get out. He said a victim having their serial numbers from electronics is key in recovering stolen items. “We could stop a car going down the interstate at 2 a.m. in the morning that has three TV’s and two gaming systems in the back of it,” Nichols said. “We know they’re not supposed to have it, but if we run the serial numbers and it doesn’t come back stolen, they walk away with the property.” There were 178 vehicle burglaries between Jan. and May. A majority of these burglaries happened during April (63) and May (46). Nichols said it is difficult to understand the spike in April, but attributes the burglaries in May to graduation. “At graduation all the motels are packed, and students have things in their cars as they are starting to move out,” Nichols said. “The crooks know this.” Nichols and Blair said criminals look for easy access to the interstate. The most commonly hit vehicles were Honda, Ford and Chevy. Nichols attributes this to the large number of these vehicles on the road. He said the brand doesn’t matter in car burglaries. Both Nichols and Blair agreed both parties have benefited from the partnership
The trams pose a threat to students because of the virus’ ability to remain alive on surfaces for several hours, said Dr. Emilio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center. “One main route of spreading this infection is through touching contaminated surfaces,” he said. “A lot of people will cough and sneeze into their hands, and then they will touch door knobs, keyboards and desks.” Carranco said he recommends students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer immediately after getting off the tram. “The other main route of spreading the infection is through coughing and sneezing,” he said. “The virus can be suspended in the air for a few hours so people who come in and out of that airspace and breathe contaminated air could get infected.” A challenge for the university in preventing a major outbreak of H1N1 is students infected with the virus who continue to go to class, Carranco said. “Something a lot of students don’t understand is a person becomes infectious a day before they even start to show the symptoms, and they can remain infectious for up to 7 days after the illness,” he said. It is important students with the virus become isolated so as not to infect faculty and
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classmates, Carranco said. “What they don’t understand is that while they may feel better, they are still infectious and so it’s very important people really adhere to the public health recommendations that are being put forth,” he said. Bus drivers are being encouraged to heed the advice to stay home when they are ill, Garza said. “We have instructed all of our supervisors to watch for one another, and we have reminded them that if they feel ill not to put anyone else at risk,” he said. Another measure the university has taken to raise awareness is to create informational bulletins, said Paul Hamilton, shuttle service manager. “The extent to which we are involved is that when the health center produces advertising we put it in the buses,” he said. More informational material will be provided in the weeks to notify students of proper procedure during this flu season, Carranco said. “It doesn’t matter what we as university officials do, what we as doctors do, if the individual student is not willing to take responsibility,” Carranco said. “If they don’t do their part to prevent the flu, then there is definitely no way we will be able to prevent an outbreak.”
between SMPD and the university, because police department lacks a crime analyst. “Why we haven’t done this in the past, I don’t know,” Nichols said. “They’re bringing a resource to us that we don’t have.”
Blair said it is a great opportunity for the students because they get to see real cases and data. “This kind of work is what you would ask a tactical analyst to work on,” Blair said.
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rime is rampant in the department of art and design.
Students have begun “stealing” classes by registering for courses they do not need then strategically dropping them. The trend has two sources. The first group responsible is clever students who have figured out a way around the system and the second culprit is the administration, who has created a shortage of classes. As with most kinds of theft, demand has exceeded supply. Stealing classes has resulted from a low supply of classes being offered and a high demand from art students. According to an article in the Sept. 9 issue of The University Star, stealing classes has been going on for some time. Erika Molina, art junior, said a former student would use his early registration time to register for his classes and the ones his girlfriend needed. “This process is really ‘hush hush’ among students because they fear the consequences,” Molina said. The problem is really nothing new. The same issue that makes an open parking space the mirage of the commuter lot and forces students to squeeze through The Quad shoulder-to-shoulder has made its way into the classroom: overcrowding. Student enrollment is growing. Our university has reached the 30,000-student mark and it appears enrollment rates will rapidly continue growing.
These students have chosen Texas State as the place to undertake the pursuit of a college degree. The administration needs to honor that commitment by providing the tools necessary for graduation — specifically classes. It is ridiculous to think some students might need to put graduation on hold because the classes they needed to graduate filled up too fast. Students already have a long list of stress factors in their lives and should not have to add class registration to it. According to the same article in The University Star, Erik Nielsen, School of Art and Design director, said, “The administration has been generous in providing us with more courses for next semester.” The university should be applauded for making the move to add classes. However, this should also serve as a reminder that with a growing student population, adjustments must be made and courses must be added. It would be a sadly ironic sight if in a few semesters, business students could not take economics classes teaching the basics of supply and demand because our own administration was not paying attention to that same dynamic. We are fortunate to attend a university as popular and desirable as Texas State. The shortage of classes is a testament to the popularity of the department and the high quality faculty within it. The administration needs to make sure supply meets demand or the trend of rising enrollment numbers may reverse as students seek their education elsewhere.
Memorial tainted with party politics
By Robert Beckhusen Opinions Columnist Even as a nonbeliever, I break sides with fellow secularists on small matters. School prayer, for instance, (or the more palatable “silent reflection”) does not bother me. A moment of the day to think quietly in peace, without coercion of any kind, letting your troubles go absent, is a moment I could get behind. The lawn between Derrick Hall and the Alkek Library was marked with 2,977 American flags, which put me in awe at the scale of the mass murder by airplanes
in New York and Washington D.C. I’m at risk of sentimentalizing too much with morbid clichés like “it was a somber moment,” “there were dark clouds and it was raining” (it was)... there you have it. Regardless, it was a moment without words. Though I actually encountered two displays, from two distinct categories. I’d place them as the partisan and the loathsome. The partisan display was the aforementioned flag lawn. It was well intentioned to a point, indeed, somber and reflective. A few other students were staring at this awful memory. However, in the center was a large white sign, scripted on it a notice informing me the Texas State chapter of the College Republicans was responsible. Not mentioned: the event, which appears on many campuses, is sponsored by the conservative Young America’s
Foundation, which views the memorials as a counterattack against a liberal “scheme” to “whitewash” the anniversary. One should ask themselves whether this was really necessary. One would hope for a few minutes (I hate to repeat it) to reflect silently. One can’t keep out of politics in such a thing — the memorials are a political act — but there’s no reason for it to be the territory of a single clique. There’s also the underlying desire to prove to the rest of us how patriotic and noble one is, how courageous one is for putting on the effort. But it’s
not about you. The American flags also fail to reflect an important angle of the attacks. One shouldn’t expect the party to track down flags for the more than 90 countries whose citizens were obliterated, like the young Belarusian woman killed in the attack or Pendyala Vamsikrishna, an Indian white-collar worker and project manager killed when his passage on American Airlines Flight 11 smashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. I think the risk in this is thinking of the attacks on a hub
of the global economy as simply an assault on “our” privileges, “our” country and so on, as if the United States was the singular victim or target. Austin-based journalist Lawrence Wright, in a 2002 article for The New Yorker, explained that Al Qaeda’s chief intellectual forebearer, Sayyid Qutb, viewed the modern world as existing in a sort of state of ignorance, contrasted with a yet unrealized Islamic society. Violence is a key means to achieve this. Thus, the war is an international conflict against everyone. The loathsome were the so-called “Truthers” standing
around the Fighting Stallions. These individuals are proponents of a bizarre claim the government of the U.S. staged the attacks. I think, besides the incomprehensible arguments, the sinister thing is how they seem to enjoy it. The anniversary becomes an excuse to run around with cute little signs, have some fun, as if it were a game. We’re incredibly fortunate to live in a country that permits the loathsome. That’s worth a reminder.
ficials are trying very hard to get under control. According to an article on the News 8 Austin Web site, Jimmy Zuehlke, of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, said, “We take fake IDs serious. There is zero tolerance on the usage of fake IDs.” These cops as well as TABC agents are not playing around. The police once again operated a sting Sept. 9, the first since the City of San Marcos extended its alcohol sales to 2 a.m. A small army of undercover cops including agents and officers from TABC, the San Marcos Police Department, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office,
Hays County District Attorney’s Office, Texas State University Police Department and other law enforcement agencies conducted “Operation Fake Out” and “Cops In Shops.” The different offices and departments came together in order to bust minors holding fake IDs trying to purchase alcohol. Their plan was to try to catch underage drinkers before they even entered the bars. They spread along bars and restaurants on Hopkins Street as well as other locations in down town San Marcos, masquerading as employees, and customers. I think it’s brilliant. Citations were given out dur-
ing Wednesday’s sting. “We want to send a message to these underage people that we have zero tolerance with these fake IDs,” said Sgt. Pete Champion, of the TABC, in an interview in San Marcos with KEYE-TV. “And, if you’re going to use them, you’re going to pay the consequences.” What better place to catch underage drinkers than The Square in a college town surrounded by bars and with the Hays County Courthouse right in the middle. It does not get much more convenient than that. There are issues regarding underage drinking, and whether the legal age should
be lowered or not is not really my concern. The law is the law and until it changes there will be consequences for breaking it. Fake IDs are irresponsible and selfish. Establishments that fail to recognize fake IDs and accept them have the possibility of fines and the employee who sold alcohol can be given a class 1 or class 2 misdemeanor. “I think it’s great just to keep underages not drinking in the bar,” Brian Almaraz, manager of Sean Patrick’s in San Marcos, said to KEYE-TV. “It’s something that we have to deal with and something that
we are concerned about on a day in and day out basis. Every night we have to check IDs.” It is not a smart choice to try and purchase alcoholic substances with a fake ID. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Web site, minors who attempt to purchase alcohol are liable to face: a Class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $500 dollars, alcohol awareness class, eight to 40 hours of community service and/or 30 to 180 days loss or denial of driver’s license. Ouch.
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Police, TABC ‘brilliantly’ catch minors with fake IDs
By Ammie Jimenez Opinions Columnist Eight different agencies cooperated together in January 2008 to perform a sting operation with one purpose: to catch underage people in possession of fake IDs. It is obviously an ongoing problem law enforcement of-
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Facebook offers ultimate purchasing power By Brittany E. Wilson Features Reporter Facebook is a form of procrastination and amusement for students, professors and everyone in between. Users can keep in touch with friends and family, but with popularity comes the inevitable sell-out. In this case, Facebook has become one of the largest platforms for online marketing. Strategically placed ads can be found on the sidebar of your profile. There is an entire ad page devoted to shoes, music and clothing. Another thing Facebook sells is friends. The Web site Usocial.net is selling Facebook friends and fans. USocial.net is an advertising service that works by finding out what industry, niche or target market the user is wanting to get their product or message to and then attaining these friends or fans and adding them to
the profile registered. According to their Web site, Facebook limits regular users to 5,000 friends. For users who are registered with Facebook for the purposes of connecting with friends and family, this limitation usually is not maximized. However, Facebook allows fan pages to have unlimited connections. Usocial.net sells packages of up to 10,000 fans for users with marketing purposes in mind. If a company or band decides they want to advertise their services on Facebook, they simply register on the site. Creating a fan page is free and then the user decides how many targeted friends or fans they need. Usocial.net offers various packages beginning at 1,000 friends or fans for a limited time offer of $177.30. According to USocial.net, “On average and if marketed to correctly, every Facebook fan or friend you have is generally worth $1 to you per
month, which is a figure anyone using this site correctly can back up. This means that even on a purchase of a 1,000 friend pack, you will not only return your investment in the first month, but earn more than five times what you’ve invested.” USocial.net does not limit this service to Facebook. They offer essentially the same services for Twitter as well. The maximum package for Twitter is 100,000 brand new followers in 365 days for an investment of $3,479, a 30 percent discount from the original cost of $4,970. The reaction from Facebook users who are not business-oriented marketers is not in favor of sites like USocial.net. “I personally don’t like it, but maybe one day I’ll be in the position where I need to use a site like that,” said Katie Doyle, biology senior. From a freshman standpoint, sites like USocial.net
Maybe your cat jumped into your suitcase and you just had to share the cute photo with friends online. Or maybe you’re venting about a delayed flight. Then there was that harmless tweet about your neighborhood bake sale last weekend. And the week before you posted photos of your beautiful new porch paint job. Would-be burglars could now know you’re away and where you live. Information is especially accessible on Twitter, which is one of the most open social networks. By default, all information shared on Twitter is accessible to anyone. And the popularity race to get as many followers as possible is opening up users to an increased risk. “The goal of Twitter is to gain many followers,” Israel said. “So a lot of people are accepting followers when they don’t know who they are.” Information can still fall into the wrong hands even if users take care to limit connections to people they know. “It sounds awful, but you don’t even know your friends,” Israel said. Twitter officials announced last month they would start
attaching latitude and longitude information to tweets if users opt in to the feature, which would make tracking even easier for criminals. Security risks aside, the potential for location-aware tweets is significant, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in a blog post. “It’s easy to imagine how this might be interesting at an event like a concert or even something more dramatic like an earthquake,” Stone wrote. Twitter’s search function currently allows anyone to search a word and limit the results to a geographic area.
can be the key to making friends at a large university like Texas State. As long as the freshman can pay the fee, they can essentially buy their friends instead of going out and meeting them. According to USocial.net, “If you already have a Facebook account, and you are happy for us to add your new friends to this, then all you will need to provide us with is the ID of the Facebook account and how you want your targeting, and we will do the rest.” Megan Miller, recent UT graduate, commented on users buying Facebook friends from USocial.net. “I guess it depends on someone’s personality,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t do it, and a lot of people I know at UT make that amount of friends by actually going out and meeting them. There is a stigma against people who don’t actually know their Facebook friends.”
You’ve planned a wonderful road trip away for the weekend. You’ve timed the lights to deceive would-be burglars. You’ve stopped the newspaper so they don’t pile up on the porch. A friend is moving your car every once in a while to make it look like you’re home. But have you tweeted lately? Doing so might just put you at risk of burglary. Security experts are warning social media users against sharing vacation plans on popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. A recent survey by Protection One, Inc. found 73 percent of social network users say they’ve posted status updates about when they’ll be away from home. Protection One spokeswoman Brenna Israel said that telegraphing vacation plans can make homes vulnerable. “A lot of people say what they’re going to be doing and when they’re going to be doing it,” Israel said. Most users are probably smart enough not to tweet entire vacation itineraries, but small slipsof-the-thumb can add up.
Thursday Bart Crow, 9:30, Cheatham Street Warehouse Megan Tubb Band, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Josh Peek Band, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern The Couch, The Olivia Street Band, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Cody Bones, 6 p.m., Rooster Suicide, Chief Fuzzer, 10 p.m., Triple Crown
Friday Bruce Robison, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse Stewart Mann & The Statesboro Revue (CD Release). 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Joel Hofmann Band, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Firewater Sermon, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Zydeco Blanco, 6 p.m., Scott Biram, 10 p.m., Triple Crown
Saturday Houston Marchman, 9:30 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse The Sarah Pierce Band w/ Eric Hanke, 1 p.m., Clay McClinton & Rob Roy Parnell, 8p.m., Gruene Hall The Lost Immigrants, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern To see a list of Detroiters talk- Carlton Pride & Zion, 10 ing about vacation right now, click here. A good rule of thumb is to not share information online that you’re not comfortable with followers with nefarious intentions knowing to keep your home safe. Also, keeping the time frame vague could help thwart any burglary attempts. Israel advised users not to broadcast departure times or clue others in on your timetable for return, which would allow would-be thieves to arrange a plan. Doing so might just keep your stuff where it belongs.
Tweeting may increase burglary risk By Mark W. Smith Detroit Free Press
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p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Raditude, Enemy of Mankind, 1836, 10 p.m., Triple Crown
Sunday The Ruby Jane Show, 12:30 p.m., John Arthur Martinez, 5 p.m., Gruene Hall Open Mic w/ Glen Allan, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Island Time Karaoke, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Monday Bret Graham, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Free Jukebox, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Matt Begley Song Swap, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Ike Eichenberg, 6 p.m., Triple Tronica, 9 p.m., Triple Crown
Tuesday Midnight River Choir, 9:30 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse Tuesday Night Songwriter Series w/ The McKay Brothers, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Bruce Smith, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Sasquatch Holler, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Peacefield, 6 p.m., Funkotron, 10 p.m., Triple Crown
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Five Things Every Bobcat Should Know
• Strolls through Purgatory — Prospect Park and Lower Purgatory Creek Park: The two-mile trail joins the parks that sit on a section of the Edwards Aquifer. It’s a greenspace with Juniper groves and fleeting wetlands, with an entrance at 1414 Prospect.
• Canyon bluffs and beyond — Upper Purgatory Creek Park: The portion has a trail connecting Upper Purgatory to the creek from Lower Purgatory. Hikers will encounter upland meadows and canyon bluffs of 40-plus feet. The park is located on Franklin Street.
• Biking past history — Ringtail Ridge Greenspace: The natural area is a half-mile accessible trail with a two-mile unmarked loop trail. It was designed for mountain biking, but hikers are welcome. The area is by an old animal slaughter plant, which still gives light to old artifacts and foundations. The space can be found by turning right onto the dirt road on Ranch Road 12 between Dakota Ranch Apartments and Crestwood Center.
• Birding Business — Schulle Canyon Greenspace: With a half mile of six-foot wide gravel trails and a mile of natural surface trails, the area, part of the Texas Birding Trail Guide, welcomes hikers and birdwatchers alike. The trail extends to Sierra Circle and the back of Highcrest Apartments and can be found at 100 Ridgewood.
• Bare Blanco — Blanco Shoals: an area just West of the river below Interstate-35. It is undeveloped, and future trails are expected to be built. For now, there is room for a wander along the Blanco, but stay away from the private property. The park is located by River Ridge Parkway and Interstate-35.
Bobby Scheidemann/Star File Photo BIKE TRAILS: San Marcos residents can take advantage of the local trails to spend time outdoors.
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Tarantino’s Basterds Annual KTSW music weaves web of style festival set to deliver By Brent Vickers Trends Columnist Two and a half hours of Nazi beating, vengeance plotting and Jew hunting madness is a perfect definition of Quentin Tarantino’s new World War II epic Inglourious Basterds. Misspellings aside, this film is indeed satisfying, interweaving two separate revenge stories during World War II, and letting the audience view how most wish the war would have ended. Some might think the Second World War motif may be old and tired, but Tarantino has decided to revamp the theme with one of the more violent and historically inaccurate portrayals known in recent cinema. However, according to Brian Newcomb, sophomore at Blinn College, the film could have been “a bit more violent.” Inglourious Basterds is not a movie you want to watch to learn anything about World War II. No, it is just the opposite. It is merely a film to be enjoyed. The more advertised of the
film’s plots follows Lt. Aldo Raine, played by Brad Pitt, and his renegade troop of Jewish American soldiers known as the Basterds. Their job is to be dropped into German occupied France dressed as civilians, and the eight of them must collect 100 Nazi scalps. Each. Some of the other Basterds include a semi-annoying portrayal of Eli Roth, The Office’s B.J. Novak and Til Schweiger as Hugo Stiglitz. The second plot follows the revenge scheme of Shoshanna Dreyfus, a French Jew whose family was killed by the Jew Hunter, played by Christopher Waltz — possibly the best two acting jobs in the film, the latter being absolutely magnificent. Tarantino did a truly masterful job of weaving these two plot lines together, while at the same time robs the audience of comfort and creates a feeling of discontent in a style only he can accomplish. Inglourious Basterds, in my opinion, is his greatest film since Jackie Brown, and any fan of Tarantino who hasn’t seen this yet should hurry to the closest cinema they can find. This film is very much in Tarantino fashion, so those not too fond of his style should be wary before venturing out for a viewing.
‘energy’ next year Kassie Kitchen Trends Columnist
Texas State’s radio station, KTSW, has organized and conducted its own free promotional music festival for the past two years. The festival has been dubbed the name “MR.Fest,” which stands for My Radio Fest. MR.Fest debuted in April 2008 at Lucy’s, now Bar One-41. Alternative rock group Sputnik Monroe came all the way from Los Angeles to headline the act, but before their set, the audience at Lucy’s eagerly witnessed music by Petals, Funkotron, Spank and Three Leaf. The festival proved to be a success, which persuaded KTSW to try to make this an annual event. The second MR.Fest took place in May, but this time the station decided to stretch the festival out and make it an all-day event. Different music genres filled San Marcos from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. with sets at The Coffee Pot, Texas Skate, Classic Tattoo and Triple Crown. Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears closed the festival with a soulful finale at Bar One-41. Emily Geoca, pre-psychology sophomore, has attended both of the festivals, and said she is eager to make an appearance in 2010. “I really enjoyed all of the bands that played, and the atmosphere and energy were fabulous,” said Geoca. According to KTSW station manager Adam Swank, electronic media senior, next year’s MR.Fest might even be extended to a two-day long event, but plans have yet to be finalized. Attendance at the festival increased from last year to this year. Also, the more word that is spread about MR.Fest, the more likely the town will see bigger named bands in the lineup.
Kayla Hartzog/star photo COFFEE TIME: Rachel Clark, pre-communication design freshman, takes a study break Wednesday morning at Mochas & Javas.
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Female athletes not receiving credit they deserve
By Cameron Irvine Sports Columnist Since the dawn of time, men have been made out to be better, faster and stronger (as Kanye West would say). I think Taylor Swift would have to disagree. But some — even most — males believe men are better
athletes by far than women. They make a valid point, but I’m not saying that women can’t play sports and they’re not just as talented as the men. I’m saying they are. To put in perspective how different the men and women get paid, let’s look at basketball. The WNBA’s entire salary for the team is $750,000. The lowest any one player can get paid in the NBA is $750,000. That just about says it all. If anyone has ever been to a WNBA game, the largest and most successful of a women’s team sports league in America, you know by now you’re probably not going to see a dunk. Instead, you’re
going to see terrible referees and lower scores because they play only 40 minutes — not 48 like their men’s counterparts plays. (Why they don’t play 48 minutes still confuses me.) But I do notice actual plays on the court in the women’s game. Isn’t that amazing? They actually set up plays and it doesn’t appear to be an individual sport like the NBA. Basketball actually being executed on both ends of the court is a beautiful thing. Women’s professional soccer was supposed to take off after Mia Hamm took off her shirt at the 1999 World Cup, but it didn’t. The USA women’s soccer league folded in 2003, and
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Women’s soccer looks forward to third game The Texas State women’s soccer team hopes to secure its third win of the season Friday against the Grambling State Tigers in San Marcos. Grambling State (1-4) got its only victory earlier this season, defeating Central Arkansas 1-0 on a neutral field in Jonesboro, Ark. Texas State (2-4) is 0-4 on the road but is 1-0 on its home turf and 1-0 in neutral territory. The Bobcats so far this year have shown they can start games off well, but have not produced results in the form of victories. Texas State has outscored its opponents 5-2 in the first half thus far, including
two goals in its victory over Tennessee Tech 3-0. However, the Bobcats have lost two games in overtime this season and have scored two goals in the final 45 minutes of work. Texas State has not played at home since the season opener against St. Mary’s where 473 fans packed the stands and saw a 2-0 Bobcat victory. But Texas State was unable to score in the second half of that game. Britney Curry, junior forward, leads the Bobcat offense. She has scored five of the team’s seven goals this season, averaging almost one goal per contest. Curry has the most
shots on goal with eight. The Bobcats have four assists on seven goals this year, all coming from a different member of the team. Deborah Ross, sophomore goalkeeper, has saved 31 of 37 shots this season. Texas State was only two overtime games away from being 4-2, so the record does not establish how good the team may be. The Bobcats have the rest of the month to correct any problems before they get to the meat of their schedule, the Southland Conference games in early October. -Staff report compiled by Cameron Irvine
for eight years, there wasn’t a league to be found. It finally came back in 2009, in the form of Women’s Professional Soccer. New teams were formed to the soccer front while bringing back two former teams — the Boston Breakers and the Washington Freedom — to make a seven-team league in their first season, which many people believe was successful. The league will have nine teams in 2010. However, the problem is that it wasn’t successful and here is why: the Major League Soccer averaged 15,000-plus fans in 2009. The WPS averaged 4,500-plus fans. Sad but true. The basic concept is people in the United States would
rather watch men play a sport than women. Did you know there is a league called the Independent Women’s Football League? I bet you didn’t. They have been around since 2002 and you’ve never heard a thing about it. Imagine: Women playing football. Let the catfights begin. What also might get your attention is there are 48 teams of professional women’s football in the IWFL. Successful teams come from big cities like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Houston and Kansas City. The IWFL is even looking at San Antonio for a 2010 franchise. So why have you never
heard of women playing football? To put it bluntly: because nobody cares. No one wants to watch “Girls pull hair.” People want to see “Men break bones.” Just recently the WNBA franchise, the Atlanta Dream, had to move its first ever playoff appearance out of Phillips Arena because Sesame Street Live was already booked. So it looks like more people would rather see Sesame Street Live than the WNBA playoff game on any given day in 2009. So women, I say to you: you are good athletes, but most will never be talked about and most will never prosper. And for that, I am truly sorry.
Bobcats face Mustangs in weekend tournament By Eric Harper Sports Reporter The Bobcat volleyball team will visit Dallas Friday and Saturday to compete in the SMU Tournament. The Bobcats will take on Southern Methodist 1:30 p.m. Friday. SMU is 7-4 overall with a four-match win streak and a first-place finish at the Montana Invite. SMU has recorded 590 kills this season to its opponents’ 586 on average. However, the Mustangs have committed 237 errors on the attack while forcing their opponents into 289 errors. The Bobcats will face William & Mary 5 p.m. Friday. The Tribe enters the weekend with a 7-3 record. The Tribe holds its opponents to an average attack efficiency of .106 while hitting .213. The Bobcats will end the tournament against Syracuse 1 p.m. Saturday. The Orange start the tournament with an 8-2 record and a four-match win streak.
Syracuse enters the week hitting .262. The Orange have two players with 100 kills on the season and average .8 errors per set. The three matches are the last for the Bobcats before Southland Conference play begins Sept. 24. Texas State started off 1-7 but has won three of its last four matches at home for its 4-8 overall record. The Bobcats are 4-1 at home, but have yet to win a road match. Coach Karen Chisum knows SLC play begins soon, but is not looking past the last three matches of preconference play. “We still have three tough games coming up,” Chisum said. The Bobcats’ match against Houston was the first this season for Texas State with three players having doubledigit kills. Mo Middleton, junior outside hitter, has a career-high 18 kills against Houston and a season total of 124. Caleigh McCorquodale, freshman setter, tallied 18 assists in the Houston match to
bring her season total to 120. Chisum said continued execution of the offense will allow the Bobcats to remain consistent. “We have to pass well,” Chisum said.“We have three options. That’s why I like running the 6-2 offense.” The Bobcats have spent parts of the season adjusting to members playing out of position and trying to establish a rhythm on offense. AJ Watlington, junior right side hitter, said the Bobcats can build off of the offensive performance from the Houston match heading into the SMU Tournament. “We have to keep connecting on offense,” Watlington said. “We have to keep getting good (at) setting.” Chisum said the Bobcats are riding some confidence after the recent home victories she hopes they will carry to the road games. “We (have) confidence. We’re 4-1 at home,” Chisum said. “I think they are feeling pretty good about themselves.”
“We (have) confidence. We’re 4-1 at home. I think they are feeling pretty good about themselves.” -Coach Karen Chisum
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The men’s basketball team will hold walk-on tryouts Oct. 12. According to the Texas State Athletics Web site, tryouts are open to any current Texas State student with proof of a physical taken within the last six months and meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Students interested in tryouts must fill out a participation packet and return it to the men’s basketball offices in Strahan Coliseum by Oct. 5. Participants are encouraged to contact Christopher Judge, director of basketball operations, at email@example.com for more information.
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BCS vs FCS
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Two ranked teams face off Saturday in division challenge By Keff Ciardello Sports Reporter The Texas State Bobcat football team will visit Fort Worth Saturday to face the No. 15-ranked Texas Christian Horned Frogs. The Bobcats have never faced a team among the top 25 in the BCS rankings. Some people may say this is the biggest challenge in the team’s history. Brian Lilly, on the other hand, does not see the game that way. “I don’t even think it’s the most important game of the season,” said Lilly, redshirt freshman linebacker. “Sure, it’s an important game because of the magnitude of who we’re playing, but it’s non-conference.” Lilly and the other players have found ways to inspire the team for a possible victory against the Horned Frogs. TCU is the alma mater of Kevin Brown, wide receiver coach, and Larry Teis, athletic director, which is one incentive the team has to win, Lilly said. Another incentive is attempting to recreate the upset displayed by fellow FCS team Appalachian State. Appalachian State defeated Michigan 34-32 in 2007 after blocking a potential gamewinning field goal in the last seconds of the fourth quarter.
“That game has been on a lot of our minds. It definitely inspires us,” Lilly said. “I mean, if (Appalachian State) can do it, why can’t we?” TCU is coming off a 30-14 victory over Virginia. TCU led 30-0 until the last five minutes of the game when Virginia scored twice against the Horned Frogs’ second-team defense. Quarterback Andy Dalton was injured after being sacked in the fourth quarter and missed the remainder of that game. However, he is still expected to make the start against Texas State. Dalton had the starting quarterback position for the Horned Frogs the past two seasons and has led them to a bowl game both years. The Bobcats come into the game ranked 19th in the FCS Coaches’ poll, two spots up from the prior ranking, thanks in part to their 48-28 win over Angelo State. Bradley George, senior quarterback, threw 328 yards and three touchdowns in that game, marking the fifth time he has thrown for 300-plus yards, but the first time he has done so in the season opener. George advanced to second all-time in career-passing yards for a Bobcat with 6,793. “We know who we’re up against and we know everybody doesn’t think it can happen,” Lilly said. “But we do.
At least the majority of us do. We’ve been watching film and busting it on the practice field all week. We’ve had the longest practices this week that we’ve had so far this season. I feel we are more than ready to go out there and get us an upset.” Saturday will be the firstever meeting between TCU and Texas State. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KTSW 89.9.
INFORMATION Texas Christian has won seven straight home openers under Coach Gary Patterson and have allowed 13 points or less in five of those games. TCU has the six-best home record in the nation (31-4) in the last six seasons. TCU has outscored its opponents 548-125 in its last 15 home games. Patterson could receive his 75th win as TCU’s head coach. Chad Glasgow, TCU safeties coach, was the safeties coach for Texas State from 1998 to 2000.
Bridgette Cyr/Star file photo FRESH START: Bradley George, senior quarterback, ran onto the field Sept. 8 as the Bobcats took on Angelo State. Texas State will face Texas Christian 6 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth.
Take it to the paper Texas State, Texas Christian sports editors debate Saturday’s outcome
By Lisa Carter Sports Editor Despite what most people might predict, Texas State will defeat Texas Christian Saturday. Why? For one simple reason: The Bobcats have nothing to lose while the Horned Frogs are risking everything. The Horned Frogs have their No. 15 BCS ranking and 50 wins at home in their past 56 games. The Bobcats are ranked 19th in the FCS Coaches’ Poll and have only won 15 of their last 46 games on the road. Both teams are going into Saturday’s game with season-opening victories at home. TCU came into its season with a 13-0 record from 2008 which included an impressive 17-16 win over Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl. Texas State went 8-5 last year, securing its place as Southland Conference Champion, but lost 31-13 to Montana in the first round of the FCS playoffs. Despite their loss to the Montana Grizzlies, the Bobcats were happy with their first outright conference title since 1982. Having just that distinction was a victory in itself for Texas State. Saturday will be an easy win for the Bobcats. Texas State will come into the game relaxed and with people’s expectations for TCU to destroy the little SLC team. Therefore, Texas State will pull off a win, knowing nothing can be lost. The Horned Frogs, on the other hand, will come into the game aware of all the pressure being put on their shoulders to win this game. This pressure will shake the Horned Frogs, causing them to make various mistakes in the game which will, in turn, result in not only a loss, but a huge drop in the BCS rankings. But like Texas State’s satisfaction in claiming the Southland Conference title, the Bobcats will be satisfied whatever the outcome. If Texas State wins, the Bobcats can tack on one victory for the season while the Horned Frogs lose virtually everything expected of them. However, Texas State will see the game as a victory if it comes within as much as 10 points of TCU. Either way, the Bobcats will be the winners in their minds.
By Travis L. Brown TCU Sports Editor There is no doubt the Texas Christian Horned Frogs will come up victorious Saturday against the Texas State Bobcats. The real game will be the Frogs challenging themselves to beat the Bobcats by a larger margin than they beat Stephen F. Austin, a fellow Southland Conference member, last year. TCU is the Bobcats’ big game of the season, but the Horned Frogs’ head coach Gary Patterson emphasizes the “one game at a time” mentality to his team to the point that he almost never discusses future opponents to the media. All-American defensive end Jerry Hughes should have a field day on Bobcat quarterback Bradley George, giving George his first taste of turf this season. Linebackers Daryl Washington and Tank Carder should have a great home opener, shutting down an offense that gained 436 yards against Angelo State last weekend. The Bobcats can move the ball, but they have not faced a defense as stout as the Frogs. After putting away Virginia last weekend, Andy Dalton should be thankful to face the Texas State defense this week to get his timing and chemistry with his receivers set. Dalton should have all the time in the world behind an offensive line that pushed back the Virginia Cavalier defense and allowed Dalton enough times to drop back, check his reads, read the sports section of the Skiff and deliver a bullet to a streaking Jimmy Young. The other group that will be showcased Saturday is TCU’s young running back corps. With holes the size of San Marcos, the Frogs’ Ed Wesley and the crew should be able to develop the vision necessary to slice through less porous defenses like Clemson or Brigham Young later in the season. The only thing left for Frog fans to worry about in this matchup is not ruining their statistics on one or two big plays so they can contend for top defense in the nation again in 2009. When the final horn sounds, the Frogs will have put the Bobcats away by a 35-point spread.