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Shot: Local man dies at hands of SMPD officer By Alex Hering News Reporter

San Marcos police and Hays County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the death of Timothy Logan Taylor, who was shot multiple times by an SMPD officer Friday afternoon. Taylor, 36, who had an extensive criminal history record, was found fleeing from police at the Kelsea Place Apartments after stabbing an antique dealer at The Silo, an antique store on Ranch Road 12 between San Marcos and Wimberley.

According to a city of San Marcos news release, Taylor, a San Marcos resident, was seen at 4:30 p.m. by Hays County deputies around one of the Kelsea Place apartment buildings and was then seen jumping into his black 2007 Toyota SUV. Officer Tommy Villanueva of SMPD saw Taylor get back into his vehicle. Villanueva identified himself to Taylor and asked the suspect to show his hands. Taylor said he had a gun and leaned down as if to reach for something. Villanueva then shot him several times in the chest, according to the news release. He was transported to Central

Texas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. City of San Marcos spokeswoman Melissa Millecam said a gun was found in Taylor’s possession during the initial investigation. Villanueva, an eight-year veteran of SMPD, has been assigned to administrative duties during the investigation. Millecam said although new information is sparse, what is “important” in the case is still under investigation. Taylor had a history of convictions, starting as early as 1988 when he was arrested for theft in Odessa.

Since his first known arrest in 1988, Taylor was convicted of several felonies and misdemeanors. He had two felony convictions of burglary of habitation in 2001. In January 2007, Taylor was convicted of two counts of theft from a person, credit card abuse and four counts of impersonating a public servant in a oneweek period. Taylor was apprehended after the fourth incidence of impersonation at The Graystone Apartments this year after a two-hour standoff. According to public records obtained by The Star, Taylor was suicidal at the time of the arrest and had been “increasingly

Keynote speaker delivers message of self-empowerment

Trauth announces enrollment numbers at ASG meeting

By Stephanie Kusy-Wilson News Reporter

Jon Clark/ Star photo

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Eboni K. Wilson, keynote AALC conference speaker, discusses how he turned his life around after a troubled childhood and managed to graduate with a doctorate in education Saturday in the LBJ Ballroom.

Eboni K. Wilson had to pump gas as a child to afford dinner every night while his parents spent their money satisfying their cocaine addiction. Wilson, author of Breaking the Cycle: from Special Ed to Ph.D, explained to the audience his resentment toward his parents and the lifestyle he had as a child. Because of his intense anger and destructive behavior, Wilson was placed in special education classes during school. “I was trained to be violent and embrace that lifestyle,” Wilson said. Now an administrator of a St. Louis charter school, Wilson was the keynote speaker at the African American Leadership Conference, which held a luncheon Saturday. Wilson attempted to commit suicide at the age of nine by jumping off his garage and into a grave he made. Wilson said the physical pain of falling did not hurt him as much as the mental and emotional pain that lingered into high school. After getting kicked out of two schools in one year, Wilson started to get his life together in high school. Even though he had a low GPA, he earned a football scholarship to Washington State University where he played on the 1998 Rose Bowl team. Wilson earned his bachelors in psychology and continued school until he graduated at the age of 24 with a doctoral degree in education. He attended school year-round because he did not want to go back home and revisit the haunting memories of his past. Wilson did go back to the inner city, though; not to fall back into his old lifestyle, but instead to help other students break free from the cycle that many often fall into. “We have a lot of struggling kids out there,” Wilson said. “If you can reach out to one, then you save one.” Albert Walker, exercise and sports science junior, enjoyed the speech and found a powerful message beneath the story. “It gave us insight on how to reach out to the younger generation and how everything is not about us,” Walker said. After reciting lines of original poetry at

By Scott Thomas News Reporter University President Denise Trauth spoke about the university’s enrollment, academics, construction and athletics Monday when she made her yearly visit to the chambers of the Associated Student Government “We just crossed the 12th day of class which means our formal enrollment is fixed,” Trauth said. She said the official count is 28,132 students, which is a record for the university. The enrollment has increased by 2.5 percent from last year. Trauth discussed Texas State’s role in a state backed initiative to keep at least a consistent college graduate level in an increasing population called Closing the Gap. “Texas needs the university to grow in order to fill the gap,” Trauth said. “The state wants you to take courses.” The speech focused on the graduate enrollment rates as well as undergraduate. “Graduate enrollment grew faster than undergraduate,” Trauth said. “We’ve added lots of graduate programs so this makes sense.” Texas State recently added its seventh doctoral program, physical therapy, and Trauth said the university would add mathematics and mathematical education in the coming months. “Let me reiterate we will always be predominately undergraduate,” Trauth said. She said Texas State has come closer to becoming an official Hispanic Serving Institution. “In order to become an official (Hispanic Serving Institution) we must have a 25 percent Hispanic graduate rate,” Trauth said. “This year we are at 23 percent.” Trauth discussed campus construction as well. She said the collective cost of building projects on the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses was $240 million. Construction assignments Trauth spoke on was the grey to green project, which will turn Butler Street into a grassy area. “When creating the future master plan one thing we asked the architects was ‘how can we use our land efficiently?’” Trauth said. “In an area that often rains it’s not smart to pave a hill like this one. One idea of the grey to green project was to catch water higher.” Joanne Smith, vice president for student affairs, said the university would compensate for the loss of the street by utilizing unused land near Bobcat Village for more commuter parking. Trauth said the growth of the Round Rock campus would help alleviate traffic. “A building project you can’t see but students are benefiting from is the Wi-Fi project,” Trauth said. “This enables everyone, indoors and out, to be WiFi enabled. Only four to five percent of universities have this technology.” Trauth closed her speech by telling ASG she had appointed four or five people to the athletics board and asked them what the future of Bobcat sports is, especially football. “We know any major changes to athletics will cost money,” Trauth said. “That’s the way the world works.” ASG President Reagan Pugh said he appreciated the university president taking time to address ASG. “It was very well of her to recognize what we do,” Pugh said. ASG Sen. Ryan Clay, at-large, said the external affairs committee is trying to put together a flyer to make student residents at Sagewood Circle aware their rights were being threatened. “They’re trying to enforce more stringent codes,” Clay said. “Ultimately trying to restrict who can rent there.”

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City members look to keep San Marcos peaceful By Kara Bowers Special to The University Star

Cottom Miller/Star Photo Community Concern: Lisa Dvorak, assistant chief of police, talks to community members during a multi-neighborhood meeting Monday night to address concerns regarding Sagewood Circle.

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The hot-button issue of noise violations and disturbances continues to weigh heavily on the minds of San Marcos city officials and members of the community. A multi-neighborhood meeting was held Monday night at the San Marcos Activity Center where 59 San Marcos residents, not including officials from the police department and city council, gathered to discuss concerns about whether or not increased enforcement in those areas will continue. Lisa Dvorak, assistant chief of police, is the head of a task force concentrating on the Sagewood area, but said the noise and disturbance problems are not limited to that neighborhood, but throughout all of San Marcos. Dvorak said the police are using a problemsolving model that involves scanning,

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depressed by use of cocaine.” Texas Rangers are conducting an independent investigation of the incident and the San Marcos Police Department is performing an administrative and criminal investigation. Also, Hays County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation on the stabbing at the antique store. The sheriff’s department did not return The Star’s phone call. The last time a San Marcos resident was shot and killed by an SMPD officer was in August 2006 when SMPD officer Terry Franz shot 19-year-old Christopher Jonathan Gonzalez.

analysis, response and assessment to handle the situation. “We are fact-finders, not policy-makers,” Dvorak said. “At this point in the process you may see diminished confidence in enforcement, but hopefully going through this process we will see progress.” Dvorak said the police, who are regularly 15 strong on a given Saturday night, do not know how long they will continue with the intensified force. Attendees were concerned conditions would return after forces pulled back. Lt. Col. Glenn Moore, a neighborhood representative for Sierra Circle and professor of military science, will be hosting a tour of the area for Mayor Susan Narvaiz, University President Denise Trauth and council members Sept. 26, which will include a view from his See COUNCIL, page 3

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Texas State honor society Kappa Delta Pi will receive the Achieving Chapter of Excellence Award Nov. 1 at the 46th Biennial Convocation in Louisville, Ky. The ACE award, presented by the international education honor society Kappa Delta Pi, recognizes Texas State’s Eta Zeta chapter for

successfully completing its two-year portfolio. Texas State’s Kappa Delta Pi is one of 22 out of 567 chapters to receive the award. Fairchild said the prestigious award is an excellent addition to an educator’s resume. — Courtesy of University News Service

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Calendar TUESDAY

There will be an orientation and training session and to learn how to use the emWave PC biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress on your life. Open to university community. Session will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. Every Nation Campus Ministries will be holding a weekly campus meeting at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a message exploring the person of Jesus. The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby. The Comm Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Centennial, Room 103. A guest speaker will be discussing studying abroad. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call Lynn, (512) 357-2049. Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will host Advocate Training and Volunteers Helping Victims of Abuse. For more information call Emily Douglas, (512) 3963404. GLBQ Pride Group meeting will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208. Facing the Fear — An Anxiety/Panic Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

Anger Management: Your Plan for Real-Life Coping will be from 5:10 to 6:25 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208.


Correction In the Sept. 11 issue of The Star, the photo accompanying the Sagewood Trail reformation story should have been labeled as a Star photo Illustration rather than a Star photo. We apologize for overlooking the error.



There will be an orientation and training session and learn to use the emWave PC biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress on your life. Open to university community. Session will be 1 to 2 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1.

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The Network Meeting will be held 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.6. Adult children of alcoholics dealing with dysfunctional families group will meet from Monty Marion/Star photo 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For informa- Susanna Scott, graduate student, adds insects to her representative mesocosm of the San Marcos tion and screening on groups, River Monday in the Freeman Aquatic Biology Building for her master’s thesis. The experiment tests call the Counseling Center at the effects of prawns and sucker mouth catfishes, in variable controlled environments. (512) 245-2208. Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will host Advocate Training and Volunteers Helping Victims of Abuse. For more information call Emily Douglas, (512) 3963404. THURSDAY Texas State volleyball will play University of Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6 p.m. in the library of the Catholic Student Center. The Rock — Praise and Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel of the CSC. Comm Club will have a fundraiser selling sausage wraps in The Quad from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Health College students urged to Beat receive all immunizations

As people get older, the protection provided by some childhood vaccines can decrease and they become more vulnerable to diseases. If a student is living in a residence hall, their risk of contracting an infection increases even more because of increased exposure to other people. Even if students received all of their childhood vaccinations, they will still need boosters. If they began a vaccination series but did not complete it, they will need to receive boosters. If they are unsure whether they received all of their childhood vaccinations, they should

contact their personal physician. If they are unable to find their medical records, it may be in their best interest to receive any vaccinations they have not had or are unsure they have had. While immunizations are not required at Texas State, they are recommended. The meningococcal vaccination is highly recommended for anyone living in a residence hall or communal living area because of increased risk. Other recommended vaccinations include: tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap or Td), measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis

A, hepatitis B, influenza (available annually in the fall) and human papillomavirus (HPV). If students intend to travel outside the U.S. for study abroad or during a school break, they may need additional vaccinations and should speak with a medical provider about the ones they will need. All of these vaccinations are available at the Student Health Center. For information about prices and availability, please call (512) 245-2167. — Courtesy of the Student Health Center

Sept. 12, 10:14 a.m. Drug: Possession of Marijuana/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Wood Street Garage An officer was on patrol observed an individual in the parking garage. Upon further investigation, the student was arrested for POM, issued a citation for PODP and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Sept. 12, 10:15 p.m. Driving While Intoxicated/ Failure to Stop at Stop Sign/ Hutchinson & North Street An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a non-student was arrested for DWI, issued a citation for running a stop sign and transported to HCLEC to await magistration. Sept. 13, 1:38 a.m. Criminal Mischief: Causes Substantial/Falls Hall An officer was dispatched for a criminal mischief report. Upon further investigation, a fire extinguisher had been discharged. This case is under investigation.


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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist tells story of U.S. plutonium experiments


By Sophia Stenis Special to The University Star

Austin Byrd/Star photo Cadet Aaron Andrews receives the American flag that flew over Bagram, Afganistan from alumnus Major Kelly Broome of Joint Task Force 180 Thursday at the Frio Building.

Wilson urges students to take charge of their lives


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the end of his speech, Wilson was met with a standing ovation from the hundreds of people in attendance. “Hardship is nothing to run from,” Wilson said as one of his final words. “Hardship is something that will make you stronger.” The luncheon was open to the public. For James Williams, San Marcos High School senior, this was his first event at the conference. Williams said he related to the issues Wilson discussed about friendship.

“It made you think about some things,” Williams said. The African American Leadership Conference originated in 1992 to provide networking and learning opportunities for black students. According to the Web site, the group’s mission is to lay a foundation for educational success. The theme of the conference was “H20: Hardships 2 Opportunities ... Are You Thirsty?” Wilson told the audience if they are thirsty for opportunity, then they need to make an effort and stop watching MTV and envying people with success. “It is not too late to break free,” Wilson said. “It is up to you to succeed, so do not quit.”

Journalist Eileen Welsome spoke Thursday to Texas State advanced reporting students about her experience cracking a gut-wrenching story that earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Welsome spent six years in the ‘80s and early ‘90s uncovering evidence about government scientists and doctors who injected 18 people with plutonium without their knowledge or consent. The experiment came on the heels of the growth of the atomic bomb industry in the 1940’s when the governments became curious about the effects of radiation from plutonium on humans. This caused government scientists to begin conducting classified experiments. The key discoveries in Welsome’s investigation were the identities of the subjects, whose ages ranged from five to late 60s. In 1993, her story of the injections was published in The Albuquerque Tribune and sparked a media wildfire. Welsome initially stumbled upon the human experiment story while investigating water contamination in New Mexico. She came across a government document that mentioned radioactive animal corpses in dumps. Welsome knew something was not right, so she kept digging. Welsomewas shocked to read the words, “human experiment,” in a finely printed footnote of a document. “I sat back in my chair in that basement and thought, ‘This is wrong,’” Welsome said. She counts the moment she found the footnote to be the biggest in her career. As Welsome spoke of individual subjects’ horrific stories, her eyes sparkled with passion, sadness and disgust. “They treated them like lab animals, and they treated them as less than human,” she said. Welsome described how one of the 18 subjects had his left leg amputated three days after his calf muscle was injected with plutonium and how others died excruciating deaths and suffered from cancer. Anger, horror, and disbelief swept across the faces of the Texas State students as Welsome told the story. There were hairs standing on end as many leaned forward in their chairs, wide-eyed as they listened intently. “It’s stories like this that make you want to be a journalist,” said Wylder Green, print journalism senior. “I want to be the one that does what she did and cracks the story.” Green said he was most impacted by Welsome’s perseverance and determination to expose this story.

“If she gave up on the story, no one would know,” he said. Since the war on terror began, government documents that led Welsome to her discovery are no longer open records because of matters of national security. “The role of the press is important because it keeps people informed and holds the government accountable,” said Gilbert Martinez, assistant journalism professor. Martinez said Welsome’s story is an example of how the media exercise their role as a check on the U.S. government. “This is where the media can expose to the people that the government doesn’t always act in their best interest,” he said. He compared the atrocities of the plutonium experiment to those of Nazi Germany and the oppression of blacks in the U.S. Martinez said it is important for students to hear stories such as Welsome’s because it is crucial the media “let the government know that the people are watching.” Welsome said as a journalist, “you get to change things. That to me is the greatest. One person can affect great change. Journalists are great levelers and champions for the poor and for the oppressed.” In October 1995, former President Bill Clinton issued a televised apology for the treatment of the subjects and soon after impaneled the Committee on Human Radiation Experiments that condemned the project. A smile spread across Welsome’s face as she recalled sitting alone in her living room, listening to Clinton utter the very words she had spoken when she found the footnote. “This is wrong,” Clinton said. “To have the president of the United States echo that very sentiment … It can’t get much better than that,” she said. Although she exposed the plutonium experiment to the public and the government apologized, Welsome still said, “They basically got away with it.” She said the government settled the cases out of court and paid $400,000 in reparations to each family of the deceased subjects, but none of the doctors’ or scientists’ licenses were suspended or revoked. Welsome spent 12 years writing her book, The Plutonium Files: America’s Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War, which gives voices to the victims of the experiment. When asked if he was planning on reading the book, Green said, “I’m definitely going to order it, because I want to know the whole story.”

back porch and possibly a tour of the area. Moore said he has witnessed people of all ages, not just college students, partying in the area, but recently has seen some improvement. “It’s been peaceful the last few weeks,” Moore said. “It looks decent, but you can’t sucker punch a bully on the nose and run off.” The San Marcos Fire Marshal’s Office is hoping to bolster the effort to resolve disturbance complaints by growing in size and breadth. As a way to alleviate pressure on police enforcement, added personnel, funding and responsibility for nuisances such as garbage and noise, along with code enforcement, now fall into the hands of the marshal’s office. Fire Marshal Ken Bell said a rental registration piece, which is slated to be discussed in detail at Tuesday’s city council meeting, could be a comprehensive answer to some problems dealing with property owners and tenants. The existing SF-6 code, allowing two non-related people to live in single-person dwelling, has shortfalls because people are moving before they can be prosecuted. There was debate about how property owners possibly need to be held responsible for the actions of their tenants. “The policy would require owners to provide documents to show zoning,” councilman John

Thomaides said. “They can obtain a permit, but if they lose it, the property owner loses the right to rent that property.” Thomaides said a meeting Sunday night with various leaders and council members from across the nation showed the system works in many places. He said the point-based system would be simpler than the one in place and would take less time to get through courts and enforce. Conley Giles, who rents property to college students in the downtown area, said steps being taken now are not working, but the old noise violation and zoning policies should be reviewed and tweaked before more time and money are spent on completely starting over. “We have something enforceable and powerful, but when 2,000 complaints are filed and there are no fines against property owners, there’s obviously a problem in enforcement,” Giles said. All speakers at the meeting, including many members of the community, voiced the concern that a permanent solution was needed for these ongoing issues. “This needs to be looked at on a policy level, and how we can fix this problem in the long-term,” Thomaides said. “Instead of a silver bullet theory, what we need is a silver buckshot theory.”

U.S. Dept. of Education building dedicated in honor of LBJ COUNCIL: Zoning, noise policy issues raised By Maria Recio McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose only Washington memorial has been a hard-to-find grove on an island in the Potomac River, finally has a monument suitable to his larger-than-life legacy — the Department of Education building. The daughters of the nation’s 36th president, relatives, associates and friends gathered Monday on the steps of the large education headquarters across from the National Air and Space Museum to dedicate former Federal Building 6 in honor of the Texas Democrat — the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, a Texan, presided at the ceremony, which featured Johnson’s daughters Lynda Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, their spouses, children, most of their 11 grandchildren and such notables as Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, former Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and former Johnson aide Joe Califano. “More than 60 education laws were part of the vast number of legislative measures that made up the Great Society,” Robb said. “But Daddy wasn’t as interested in the number of laws he helped enact as he was in the number of lives those laws help enrich.” “It’s a thrilling experience for all of us,” said her

sister, Luci. “It’s a wonderful day of achievement.” She said the day was “a great love feast.” “Nothing meant more to my father than education.” Hutchison, who sponsored the bill honoring LBJ in the Senate, said Johnson as president pledged “to make this the century of the educated man.” “And I know Lady Bird would have added ‘and woman, too,’” said Hutchison as the Johnson daughters nodded their heads and laughed. Lady Bird Johnson died July 11 but was aware of and pleased with the planned dedication. Texas Democrats, with support from some Texas Republicans, agitated for years to get the education building named for Johnson. But a fellow Texan, former House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who disliked Johnson’s “big government” polices, blocked the effort. Congress approved the name change earlier this year when the Democrats won control of both chambers. President Bush, another president from Texas, signed the bill in March. LBJ had a lengthy Washington career as a member of the House of Representatives and Senate, Senate majority leader, vice president and president from 1963-1969. “This is one of the proudest moments of our lives,” Robb said, standing next to her sister. “This would have meant so much to both of our parents.”

Bush’s pick for attorney general garners widespread support By Marisa Taylor McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — President Bush’s nomination Monday of former federal judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general won praise from unlikely quarters and possibly averted a contentious Senate confirmation battle. Leading Democrats, who had vowed to block any nominee who appeared overly partisan, said Mukasey appeared independent enough to be confirmed. “I’m glad President Bush listened to Congress and put aside his plan to replace Alberto Gonzales with another partisan administration insider,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev. “Judge Mukasey has strong professional credentials.” Even so, Senate Democrats cautioned that Mukasey should not expect to coast through the confirmation process and would be questioned closely about his views on controversial issues such as the administration’s wiretapping program. In contrast to other leading candidates to lead the Justice Department, Mukasey is not known for his political ties, but for his rulings in high-profile terrorism cases, including the prosecution of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen accused of attempting to detonate a dirty bomb. Last week, word leaked Bush might choose former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, provoking an outcry from Democrats over Olson’s fierce partisan background. Mukasey, 66, also does not

have close personal ties to Bush — unlike former Attorney General Gonzales. Gonzales, who served as White House counsel, was criticized for lacking the necessary independence and expertise to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Bush described Mukasey, an 18-year veteran of the federal bench, as a “tough, but fair judge” who would be a strong advocate for the administration’s anti-terrorism measures. “Judge Mukasey is clear-eyed about the threat our nation faces,” said Bush during an appearance Monday with Mukasey. Mukasey, a Reagan appointee, presided over the 1995 trial of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, whom he sentenced to life in prison for his role in a plot to blow up New York landmarks. Before his appointment to the bench in the Southern District of New York, he was a federal prosecutor and headed the district’s anti-corruption unit. If confirmed, Mukasey said he recognized that he would have to guard the nation against terrorist attacks, while protecting the “rights and liberties that define us as a nation.” Nan Aron, president of the left-leaning Alliance for Justice, described the nomination as “a step in the right direction,” noting that Mukasey had demonstrated “independence and a willingness to stand up to this administration.” Gonzales’ critics had said that a more moderate replacement was necessary after months of controversy over his handling of

the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the administration’s terrorist surveillance program. Gonzales stepped down on Friday. Groups on the left and the right urged senators to ask Mukasey about hot-button issues, such as the administration’s aggressive interrogation practices, and his views on partial-birth abortion laws. Many conservatives had lobbied the White House to nominate Olson — relishing the prospect of a confirmation battle with Democrats. When word leaked out that Mukasey might be the administration’s pick, some conservatives grumbled that they didn’t know enough about him. A senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as a matter of policy, said Mukasey met individually with six representatives from conservative organizations on Sunday in an effort to answer their questions. Jon Sale, a former federal prosecutor assigned to the Watergate investigation, compared Mukasey’s nomination to President Ford’s appointment of former University of Chicago President Edward Levi, who was widely credited for repairing the Justice Department’s reputation after Watergate. “He’s perceived as a lawyer’s lawyer — someone who is smart and fair,” said Sale, who worked alongside Mukasey as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York. “People will have to really strain to find anything negative about him.” After retiring from the bench

in 2006, Mukasey wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal in which he called the current

federal court system and federal law “not well-suited” to handling defendants like Padilla and to the government’s efforts to prevent another terrorist attack. “In fact, terrorism prosecutions in this country have unintentionally provided terrorists with a rich source of intelli-

gence,” he wrote. Shayana Kadidal, an attorney who oversees the representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees for the Center for Constitutional Rights, said Mukasey’s views reflected “a lack of understanding” of how law enforcement officials should be pursuing terrorism suspects.


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n an article published in The University Star Sept. 11, Howard Williams said “(the San Marcos police force) got their marching orders.” No, the San Marcos police chief wasn’t referring to a crack house sting or the use of a SWAT team, but rather the patrolling of the infamous Sagewood Circle. Sagewood has long been tagged by San Marcos residents as the less-than-stellar-part of town. Entire San Marcos City Council meetings have been devoted to trying to fix the problems of the student-run street. San Marcos has gone to the extreme of calling the fire marshal to calm the storm of Sagewood. The fire marshal was called out to warn people and notify Sagewood residents’ noise violations would be automatically handed out on the next visit if the street became too loud. Through it all, it seems the issues of Sagewood have affected more than its residents. It is no secret San Marcos residents and Texas State students don’t always see eye-to-eye. Between the zoning restriction wars and endless debate over the city’s alcohol policies, it is clear San Marcos’ relationship with students is a work in progress. Neighborhoods like Sagewood only harm the city’s impression of Texas State students. Not all students spend their nights surrounding beer pong tables and playing the who-canfinish-the-handle-of-Tequila-first game. The Texas State community is unique and diverse and to let Sagewood create the city’s impression of all students is disappointing. It is horribly ironic Sagewood happens to be surrounded by family homes. It is just as unfortunate the sour apple of the bunch happens to be the loudest. Texas State is full of people putting themselves through college, leaving class to attend both their first and second jobs and non-traditional students who play parent after days of school. The only people who may quiet the riot of Sagewood are the ones who live in the neighborhood. The Star wants to remind San Marcos: Not all students fit into the pattern of those on Sagewood. And students, the only way to truly rid ourselves of the bad reputation is to not take part in the Sagewood ways. Texas State, we’re more than garage beatings. We were taught peeing is best done in the privacy of bathrooms, not in front yards. College is supposed to be a time to explore and learn about ourselves, but it is a time of maturing as well. Let’s make Texas State, San Marcos and all of Texas proud. Have your parties, but next time leave the fire marshal and public urination out of it.

Breakups always have a lesson Kayleen Calame Star Columnist

The Break Up — that’s a movie we all have a lot to learn from, whether it ends “happily ever after” or not. Even though it’s past its premiere, I like to bring it up because I think it’s a great reinforcement of reality’s ways. When the movie ended with the couple still broken up, it ruined the film for a lot of people; but for me, it was so very refreshing. I think it is an awesome movie. It’s not so fake, and more real-life. My reasoning is in real life, every single relationship cannot end happily ever after. Although I am completely aware of that fact, I — like a lot of people— still fall into a rut sometimes. We know the recently-single feeling — like we’re all complete failures every time we watch a “good” love story, in which every relationship, every heart break, every lie, is always worked out. Compared to most every other love story ending in ‘happily ever after,’ I am a failure. Compared to this one, though, I break even. I realize I am not the only one whom ever had a relationship with somebody, which kind of went on and off, over and over again. I realize even though we kind of clicked and had a lot of good times, it still doesn’t mean it was the best of love or that it was meant to be forever. The ending of a relationship doesn’t necessarily have to mean it was all just wasted time, though. I think that is one of the hurtful notions we face at the end of a long relationship. We hear ourselves saying “The whole time — it was all just a lie.” But please take a moment to consider this: Perhaps, our past relationships were meant to be. Maybe he or she was going through a particularly hard time and needed our guidance, or maybe we had a lot to learn from them as well, whether we choose to admit it or not. Beyond any excuse we could humanly dream up, maybe God did, in fact, give us hands just to hold this one specific person, but only for a little while. How about that for closure? I love this movie so much because seeing other people go through the same things that we are going through — even in a round-about way — allows us to see our own situation a little bit clearer. It makes it easier to see the situation itself, without bias and without all the “but, and, if” excuses that creep their way into our hearts. Let’s face it: phrases like “He cheats on her, oh but he really does love her” don’t come from the mouths of those who see it clearly. It seems to come from the mouths of many, when it comes to his or her own relationships. I’m convinced, that sometimes in order to make sense of ourselves, it takes feeling like a hypocrite as you rightfully advise a friend or favorably Julie Sheah/Star illustration watch others finally let go of a bad relationship. The Break Up was a good reinforcement of the fact a relationship can end happily ever any sort at any time in the way after even though the relationFacebook works. Facebook is an ship is over. I’m glad someone institution we love, and we want in Hollywood took it into considit to be successful — but not at eration that two people going the expense of the characteristheir own separate ways could tics that define its genius. While be the way it was meant to be, Zuckerberg seems cognizant and and surely this is the case more wary of the implications of this commonly than not. Thank you, power, what he doesn’t seem to Jennifer Aniston. understand is a false sense of online security is one of Facebook’s strongest points; Facebook can only play a brinkmanship game with users privacy for so long — before this dorm-room project becomes yesterday’s news.

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Facebook’s increasing public access takes away from original purpose Staff Editorial Cornell Daily Sun (Cornell U.)

ITHACA, N.Y. — Look out, students: Big Brother is watching. And his name is Mark Zuckerberg. At the beginning of the month, the social networking Web site Facebook announced it will begin publicly listing user’s profiles on mainstream search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN. If that’s not an absolute invasion of privacy — and a betrayal of corporate trust — we’re not sure what is.

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Facebook Corporate Communications claims the change is part of an effort to allow nonregistered users to access profiles so they can find their friends and relatives. But employers are increasingly using Facebook to help judge a job candidate’s “character,” to see if they are exercising “good judgment.” The National Association of Colleges and Employers reported in 2006, 27 percent of employers registered with the organization admitted to searching for job candidates on Google.

So you figure, you clean up your profile page, “un-tag” your questionable photos, or — if you’re really serious — edit your name by a couple of letters. But even this isn’t enough to halt some employers from using backhanded techniques to dig up digital dirt about your personal life. Facebook isn’t secure anymore, and there are ways to get around the privacy settings that we put up to save ourselves from parents, employers and overly solicitous lab partners alike. At an age when most of us are

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just trying to enjoy college, it’s unfortunate we have to be so conscientious about our every move — and that Zuckerberg feels the need to play the role of main cop. It’s the latest in a string of indications Facebook isn’t the plucky upstart of a cultural phenomenon it was three years ago. The “Myspace-ization” of Facebook is clearly a ploy to increase the company’s profits and resale value. The most recent move makes it abundantly clear Zuckerberg and his minions have free reign to make any change of

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Operation Interdependence at Thunder Hill Raceway

By Todd Schaaf Senior Features Reporter The air was thick with the smell of fuel and the sound of finely tuned engines revving at random. Drivers leaning on their cars, telling stories to friends and family — just another Saturday afternoon in Kyle. That was the atmosphere at Thunder Hill Raceway, where the theme of the day was patriotism. In addition to the usual friends, family and fans on hand, there was also Operation Interdependence (OI), a group dedicated to sending support to the troops overseas. OI lets people pack individual quart-sized zipper bags full of personal supplies for troops. The organization then packages 50 bags, called C-Rats, into a box and ships it to a lucky platoon abroad. Dana Nicholson, OI’s co-manager for the Austin area, was enthusiastic about the event. “We enjoy doing events like this where the community can start getting involved,” Nicholson said. “The roll over from what we do out here is going to continue, and people will continue to be involved through out the year.” Nicholson said some people are surprised by what all gets sent to the troops.

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“Everything you can imagine gets shipped in these boxes,” Nicholson said. “Playing cards, crossword puzzles, word-find puzzles, every kind of health and beauty aid you can think of and all kinds of different munchies. They love chocolate, whether its melted or not, they’ll lick it off the wrapper.” Nicholson said in the past six years, the California-based OI has spread nationwide and has taken off here in Texas. “We’ve grown to two shipping centers in Texas, one here in Austin, and the one in Houston ships a lot more than we do, but it’s a bigger city,” Nicholson said. “The Ocean Side ships over a hundred boxes a week, that’s 5,000 individual bags for 5,000 service members. To put that in perspective, if we’ve got 130,000 service members over there, that’s a chunk.” In addition to providing luxury items to the troops, OI also helped one soldier in particular to be a little less home sick. Mike Farish, a former racer at Thunder Hill is currently deployed in Iraq. Thanks to some generous donations, Farish was able to watch the races of the day via a live satellite feed. The races were also recorded and will be made into DVDs for some of the troops. The not-for-profit group sponsored the Texas Super Racing Series (TSRS) “Operation Interdependence 75” race at Thunder Hill. T. Q. Jones, TSRS media and public relations director, explained what makes a TSRS car different from the rest of the cars at Thunder Hill. “TSRS cars are just modified to be like NASCAR stockcars,” Jones said. “These cars were never street cars, they’re built from the ground up as a race car. They just put a body on it that looks like what it’s supposed to.” Jones said many of the drivers are young, like 18year old Kyle Mitchell from Wimberley. “He used to play football for Wimberley, and he quit football to race because he couldn’t do both,” Jones said. “His mother was all worried about Trey getting hurt. Well, two years into it almost everybody he played football with has had some kind of surgery, and Trey hasn’t gotten a scratch.”

Minerals surfacing in new, healthier makeups By Charlotte Almazan Senior Features Reporter

In the world of cosmetics, a revolution is building around mineral makeup brands that offer natural-looking makeup with the added bonus of skin protection. Defined by the use of earth minerals in place of chemicals and dyes, mineral makeup is designed to work with the skin to provide light-weight, longlasting coverage that works with all skin types said Gabriella Rocha, San Antonio Laura Mercier business manager. “Minerals are actually lot lighter. The coverage can be comparable, if you don’t want the heaviness of a liquid,” she said. “The foundation has SPF 15 and antioxidants.” Antioxidants are known to use ingredients, like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and green tea, that naturally react with the skin to avoid irritation. “Minerals are less irritating, and the antioxidants will reduce redness and inflammatory in the skin,” said Traci Reazer, an aesthetician at the Austin Whole Foods Market. According to mineral retailers, most of the mineral makeup users compliment the products for simple and quick application.

“Women are addicts with the brands, because with minerals the look is light and natural, but you still get great coverage,” said Roxie Johnson, beauty consultant at Ulta beauty store in Austin. Some of the more popular sellers in the mineral lines are Bare Escentuals, Pure Minerals and Sheer Coverage. For consumers that want to use drugstore brand products, L’Oreal and Neutrogena offer mineral products in its cosmetic lines. “Bare Escentuals is probably our number one draw into the [Ulta] store,” Johnson said. For starters, many mineral brands offer starter kits, ranging from $35- $100 to help expose consumers to the essential products and tools, such as brushes and foundations. The product vocabulary is a part of every mineral products line, so the makeup can differentiate its use against known products of the past. Some of the product names are: the Mineral Veil, a setting powder, Warmth, made to add flush, and Glee, which acts as a basic blush. “The mineral veil is a finishing powder that adds a little bit of a glow,” said Johnson. “It acts as a setter to keep your make up on all day.” The basic brushes of the product lines include the foundation brush, the concealer brush and the buki brush, which is used for heaver application.

“You can apply the foundation with your fingers, but I’m always going to recommend the tools,” Reazer said. “The right brushes are made to give the right application while making your makeup last longer.” Each product offers a variety of SPF that protects the skin against sunburn, but an additional form of moisturizer or sunblock is still recommended. “It really depends on the coverage you want, but you are still giving yourself some sort of protection,” said Reazer. “If you want a light coverage, you might not even work yourself up to SPF 18.” Mineral brands offer multi-purpose pieces that can double as two makeup products or combine with other brand pieces to complete a desired look. “The foundation can be used as a concealer or the radiances on your eyes,” Johnson said. “You can combine anything with the makeup. You don’t have to stick with one brand’s products.” Cosmetic retailers, such as Nordstrom and Ulta, hold beauty events each month to give its clients a chance to experience the mineral brands by appointment. At Whole Foods Market, participation in a makeover follows the first come, first serve process so interested customers can participate or watch the makeovers at leisure.

Not all mineral products offer 100 percent earth minerals, and the types of minerals used in the products can vary. Many of the consultants advised consumers to carefully review each product’s ingredients and ask questions before purchasing a new product. “You want to look at quality of products and if the product has antioxidants and SPF,” Reazer said. Ashley Dekker, interdisciplinary studies senior, started using mineral makeup out of curiosity. “Every time I would put on full makeup. I would breakout,” Dekker said. “I watched the infomercial so many times that I decided to give it a try.” At first, she was surprised by the amount of coverage accompanied by the lightness of the application. “It takes some getting used to, because the first time you use it in full makeup, it does look like you have a bunch of makeup on.” Dekker said. “You want to put more on, but you don’t need to.” Johnson has been a mineral makeup user for years, she said, because of the natural benefits the mineral products allow her skin and her clients. “It’s very rewarding makeup that keeps your identity while naturally enhancing your beauty,” she said.

Organizations seek volunteers for good cause Editor’s note: This story is second in a series about volunteer opportunities. By Cristal Martinez Features Reporter If helping women is your forte, there are organizations that are always looking for volunteers. The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center provides assistance for victims of domestic abuse. Emily Douglas, volunteer and public education coordinator, welcomes volunteers that can help directly with the shelter and other programs. “We have shelter volunteers, HELPline, HEARTeam, we also have volunteers that help with special events,” she said. HELPline is a 24-hour crisis line that helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Volunteers are there to provide assistance if the victim needs help, or someone Spencer Millsap/Star Illustration to talk to. HEARTeam, the Hospital Emergency Advocate APPEALING APPAREL: The Dress for Success program helps women prepare Response Team, offers 24-hour support for those victims who have ended up in the hospital from domestic for a business professional-oriented or sexual abuse. Volunteers are there to listen to the work environment.

victim, provide information to the family or to offer silent support. Volunteers are well trained to provide assistance to the victims, Douglas said. “Everyone requires 30 hours of training,” she said. “(Training) is held in our office three times a year.” Those three sessions are held each semester of school. The next training session will be held in the spring semester. “The next event is going to be National RAINN day.” Douglas said. “It’s a national day of recognition for sexual assault.” The Rape, Abuse, Incest and National Network (RAINN) campaign acknowledges students are susceptible to sexual assault. Volunteers would help bring this awareness to their fellow classmates. The event will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in The Quad. If this type of volunteer work is not suitable, there are other ways to help. The organization Dress for Success provides women the attire they need to enter the workforce. Leslie Fender, volunteer coordinator, needs volunteers that can provide several services. One way volunteers can help is by working directly

with the women. “Our volunteers are called personal shoppers, they find them suits, blouses, shoes and other attire for a job interview,” said Fender. Volunteers give tips on how to control nerves, how to give a firm handshake and making good eye contact — anything that will help them conduct a successful interview. When volunteers are not dressing a client for an interview, they may go to the boutique and sort through donations, choosing items that best fit the organization’s purpose. If school and work do not leave time to contribute to Dress for Success, the organization will gladly take any donations that the women can use. “We would like any school organization to help with cosmetics and suit drives,” Fender said. “If they don’t have time, this is a way they can help.” Once the women get the interview and the job, they can count on Dress for Success for support. “When they get their jobs we keep it going by suiting them up all over again,” Fender said. “It’s all about giving them a fresh start and making them independent.”

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2007 Emmy awards hit high, low notes “Sopranos” make offer judges cannot refuse, take home numerous honors By Mark Washburn McClatchy Newspapers For their final felony, Tony Soprano’s gang stole the show Sunday at the Prime Time Emmy Awards. HBO’s “The Sopranos” was honored as TV’s best drama and its large, stage-filling cast given two standing ovations. Considered by many to be the best television drama in history, “The Sopranos” took home statues for directing, by Alan Taylor, and for writing, by creator David Chase. In accepting, Chase gave credit to the talents of his cast. “It really is all about them,” he said. Best lead actor in a drama went to James Spader of ABC’s “Boston Legal,” who beat out the favorite, James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos.” “I feel like I stole a pile of money from the mob,” Spader said. NBC’s freshman show, “30 Rock,” was named best comedy, although it was challenged in the ratings. Creator Tina Fey, in accepting the Emmy, thanked the show’s “dozens and dozens of viewers.” Celebrating its 59th year, the awards show had some quirks. Ryan Seacrest, the affable front man for “American Idol” and television’s all-around go-to host nowadays, appeared to underwhelm the judges — Hollywood’s television elite — as he tried stand-up comedy. Sunday’s audience of 6,000 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium — seated in the hall for the first time in an Emmy broadcast — rewarded Seacrest with restrained laughter and tepid applause. He made a joke at the expense of “Idol” judge Paula Abdul, who sometimes appears out of step with the talent show, while discussing the Showtime series “Weeds,” about a soccermom marijuana dealer. “‘Weeds’ — a great show, an amazing after-party,” said Seacrest, pausing to absorb the laugh. Then he added as the camera caught her: “Isn’t that right, Paula?” Ray Romano, the former “Everybody Loves Raymond” star, caused a brief blackout in the show while delivering a mini-monologue. He was joking about Patricia Heaton, who played his wife on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” sharing a bed with her new comedy partner Kelsey Grammer on Fox’s “Back to You.” He chose a stronger expression, though. Fox producers, having the luxury of a delayed broadcast, wiped out the vulgarity with about five seconds of awkward, dead air. Sally Field did the same when she was named best dramatic actress for her mother role in ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters.” She gave a rambling speech that congratulated her co-stars, talked about mothers waiting for the children to return from war, and then uttered something about a better world, which was likewise sanitized by dead air. Ricky Gervais of HBO’s “Extras” and America Ferrera of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” were named best actors in a comedy. Getting the Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy was Jeremy Piven, a two-time winner for his portrayal of a fiendishlydriven Hollywood agent in HBO’s “Entourage.” “I want to thank our entire crew,” Piven said, echoing the standard acceptance speech, then adding: “I don’t know any of their names.” ABC’s hit “Grey’s Anatomy” had three actresses in the category of best supporting actress. Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson looked on as Katherine Heigl collected the award for her portrayal of Izzie Stevens, a conflicted hospital intern. “My own mother told me I didn’t have a shot in hell at winning tonight,” said Heigl, apologizing for not preparing a speech. Named best reality show was “The Amazing Race” on CBS. “Broken Trail,” a little-known AMC mini-series using the rare Western theme, earned awards for lead actor Robert Duvall, his first Emmy win; for Thomas Haden Church as best supporting actor in a mini-series; and for best mini-series. —Photos


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Austin City Limits in review Rolling Stone reported despite the heat — temperatures soared into the mid-90s —there weren’t many musicians sacrificing fashion for potential heat stroke. Billboard reported two people were critically injured and two others hurt after a propane fire broke out Friday during the festival. Pete Yorn was playing on a nearby stage when the fire broke out. Officials allowed his performance to resume after his set was temporarily suspended. Rolling Stone called this year’s festival “the one that got away.” Three days before show time, the magazine reported Meg White’s “acute anxiety” forced The White Stripes to cancel their Saturday headlining gig. Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela cited “exhaustion” for canceling all September shows, according to The Houston Chronicle. The paper said British breakout Amy Winehouse was getting help for highly publicized drug abuse instead of playing the festival. According to the festival Web site, 65,000 people were in attendance each day of the festival. Organizers put a cap on attendance.


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Earth-friendly Web site reported one couldn’t miss the “green” presence at this festival as the stench of composting greeted festival goers and recycling guidelines sounded out over the entrance loudspeaker. The festival’s Web site reported the event was 100 percent carbon neutral, making a bold statement against global warming. Festival organizers offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions created by the festival’s electricity usage, gas generators, staff travel and office-based emissions in a partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company, according to Bob Dylan, introduced as “the poet laureate of rock,” and his sixty-six-year-old voice found a cadence it liked during the performance of his classics, according to Rolling Stone reports. Fans who lined up at his stage all day nabbed a close-up look at the legend outfitted in a black suit with a broad white hat.

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Juggling student life presents challenges This week presents co-Chicagoan neighbor a twist to the non-train The Quad again. His ditional balancing act. family is coming down I have been selected to for Parents’ Day, and I present an undergraduhope to have a chance ate paper at a medieval to meet with them and studies conference at talk Chicago-shop. I the University of Virginstill think it is interestSUSAN RAUCH ia’s College at Wise. I ing to find a student am still working on the Features Columnist from such a close proxpaper. I look forward to imity to my hometown. giving an update about how this As for the academic path, older undergrad student matchthese past weeks I have also es up to the younger undergrads been struggling the most with at the conference. German 1410 — guess it is My mom is meeting me in hard to teach the old girl new Nashville, and we are going to tricks. Most of the students in drive together to Virginia. I used class have had lots of German to live in Nashville — it seems at one time or another in high eons ago — during my profession- school, and I just can’t keep up. al singing days, so it will be nice Although I am trying and am to take the scenic drive toward determined to succeed with the the Smoky Mountains again. class by taking advantage of tuBack on campus, I ran into my tors and practice with my son

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— who is also taking German in high school this year — I am still anxious the course might kick my GPA down a notch. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t. Having to carpool my boys to and from school clubs and tennis while staying involved myself in campus organization activities makes keeping up with schoolwork and homework challenging. But, juggling all that comes with the territory of being a full-time mom and a full-time student. I just have to remember I made it over the two-year hurdle, and am in the home stretch. I am thinking about graduate school, and with two teenagers who will be on the college fast track — as long as I’m juggling life and school — it seems like the college cycle will never end.

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No W: Women’s soccer without win after weekend games By Carl Harper Senior Sports Reporter The Bobcat soccer team remains winless in the regular season after dropping games Friday and Sunday to North Texas and Texas-El Paso. An 0-7 record, plus being shutout in six of the games, might sound demoralizing to most coaches, but Coach Kat Conner is still optimistic about her team after Sunday’s loss to UTEP. “You know, it’s frustrating when you really want to put a win on the board, and you miss wide open shots on goal,” Conner said. “But I’m glad they are finding themselves there (in front of the net). It’s what we have been working on, and I think it will come. If we keep believing, it will come.” Texas State was outshot 20-9 during their 2Cotton Miller/Star photo 0 loss to the Miners Sunday with three of their shots clearing the crossbar. Sophomore midDOGGED DEFENSE: Junior forward Rikki Padia goes after sophomore midfielder Anoop Josan in fielder Andrea Seledee led the team with three Sunday’s loss against UTEP. This loss brings the Bobcats to a record of 0-7. shots while senior forward Jerelyn Lemmie shot twice, one of them clearing the goal wide right. Forward Tameka Sumter came away with both goals for UTEP early in the second half. Defender/forward Cortney Casey found Sumter on the left side of the net on a corner kick in the 48th minute that resulted in a goal-scorBy Michelle Kaufman field with blood pouring from the modesty that is often missing from ing header. Three minutes later, Sumter McClatchy Newspapers back of her head and receiving 11 our sports heroes. received a cross pass from Jami Tullius in stitches, she insisted on returning Lilly insisted Wambach take some the box and doubled the lead past a divAbby Wambach should be a na- to the game. credit. “As I got the ball wide, I knew ing Mandi Mawyer, sophomore. tional sports hero this week. They A few days later, the stitches still she was going to make that run and Goalkeeper Jessica Salvi of the Miners should be gushing over her on in her head, and nursing a big toe in- served her. It was a good ball in, but played the entire game collecting three sports-talk radio, showing clip after jury that required a pain-killing injec- what she did with it to bring it down saves as the Bobcats’ Mawyer tallied six clip on ESPN “SportsCenter,” and tion, Wambach scored both goals for and get the volley off was world saves. splashing her name on the front of Team USA in a critical match against class.” “The second half we came together newspaper sports sections all over Sweden — her 79th and 80th goals in Because of Wambach’s goals, the more as a unit and anticipated things America. 98 games with the national team. U.S. can breathe easier heading into together,” Conner said. “We found ourBut, she’s a woman. She plays The second goal, in particular, Tuesday’s final Group B game against selves in front of the net and thought we soccer in baggy shorts, not tennis in was a world-class volley Ronaldinho Nigeria. With four points from two had to do more instead of just smacking in skimpy outfits. And, her heroics took would have been proud of. She set- games, the Americans are almost a good shot on goal. I think the team was place halfway around the world in tled a long pass from Kristine Lilly certainly in the quarterfinals. a little surprised they found themselves China when most American sports with her chest, dropped it to her left Team USA is undefeated in 48 in front of the net. We either shank the fans were fast asleep. leg, and cranked it to the corner of games under coach Greg Ryan. shot or don’t shoot because (we) think Sadly, Wambach’s courageous the net. “We knew that this was potentially they have to do more. We did the same performance at the Women’s World Wambach credited Lilly for the an elimination match with Sweden, thing against North Texas.” Cup will go largely under-reported goal, shrugging off her perfect shot. and we discussed what would be the Conner’s squad closed out their three and unnoticed. My 7-year-old daugh“It’s one of those goals as a for- difference in the game, and I think game road trip Friday night in Denton ter and her soccer teammates will ward that you say, ‘Yeah, I meant big players win championships,” after being buried by North Texas 5-0. have little way of knowing there is to do that, to put it exactly where it Ryan said. “You saw what Abby did The Mean Green, ranked No. 14 in the a wonderful role model out there so went,’ but you know, in this situation, tonight. She played great.” Soccer Buzz Central Region poll, scored dedicated to her team and country I just hit it as hard as I could and it Actually, Coach, most of us didn’t their first goal just 37 seconds into the that 10 minutes after leaving the went in,” Wambach said, displaying see. And that’s a crying shame. game by forward Janaye Woods and never


looked back. Woods scored her second goal of the night 36 minutes later from 10 yards out prior to forward Christie Stewart extending the lead to 3-0 before halftime with a header shot. Mawyer had a busy night, adding 10 saves to her total, while watching her team get outshot 26-4. Freshman forward Britney Curry picked up the only shot on goal. Texas State has two games against Rice and Houston before they start conference play Oct. 5 when they battle Southeastern Louisiana. Conner has high expectations for these two games and will look to see her team step up their intensity on the field. “I’m really proud of the whole team up to this point,” Con—Kat Conner ner said. “I challenged women’s soccer coach Seledee to step it up today and bring it up a level because we heard that UTEP’s midfield was good. “I thought she did a great job of pushing through a game of playing 90 minutes and being tired. Rikki Padia is playing a new role this season that she is learning and she keeps bringing more and more to the table. As the games go along she will do a great job with it.” The Bobcats will take the week to regroup before playing Rice 7 p.m. Friday in Houston.

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Team Notes •Sophomore midfielder Andrea Grifo, who suffered a Jones fracture to her right foot before the season, will meet with doctors Tuesday to evaluate her recovery. It is anticipated she will be cleared to play this week and will be back in action by Oct. 5. •Sophomore forward Lindsay Tippit missed the start Sunday after feeling discomfort in her right knee. She underwent scope surgery prior to the season. Tippit is also expected to play by Oct. 5. •Senior Jami Batchelor is out with a torn quadricep. Juniors Marty Wright and Reagan McNutt are playing with pulled quadriceps. Also, freshman Anna Fagan has a pulled hamstring.

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Through first round action in the Texas Cup, the Bobcat men’s golf team sits in fifth place, seven strokes behind leader Texas-Arlington. Texas State freshman Andrew Bryant leads the men’s team with a three-over-par 74, putting him in 10th place entering day two play. Teammates Philip Krebsbach and Michael Carnes are in a nine-way tie for 13th place with an opening round of 75.

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Tuesday 18 Thursday 20 Friday Men’s Golf at UT Golf Club All day — Austin

Volleyball vs. UTSA 7 p.m. — San Marcos

21 Saturday 22 Sunday

Soccer at Rice 7 p.m. — Houston Tennis at Red Raider Shootout All day — Lubbock Cross country at UTSA Romano Invitational TBA — San Antonio

Football at South Dakota State 7 p.m. — Brookings, S.D. Volleyball vs. Texas A&MCorpus Christi 4 p.m. — San Marcos Tennis at Red Raider Shootout All day — Lubbock

Soccer vs. Houston 1 p.m. — San Marcos

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Baylor Bears claw out win against Bobcats By Gabe Mendoza Senior Sports Reporter The Bobcats gave all they had and were in it for 59 minutes Saturday, but in the end Baylor proved to be too much in a 3427 loss in Waco. Texas State fell to the Bears in their first road game of the season dropping their record to 1-2. In a contest which was every bit as close as the score indicated, the final tally came down to a decisive onside kick with just over a minute to play. After a 26-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Bradley George to junior wide receiver Corey Hickerson on a fourthand-two play, the ’Cats were within seven points. Texas State lined up for an onside kick that was recovered by Baylor. “We knew we were prepared all week, and the kids — they felt like they were going to be able to come out and play with them,” Coach Brad Wright said. “I didn’t think it was ever out of control and felt like we were just a play or two away from making things happen.” The Baylor offense got off to a

quick start, jumping out to a 14-0 first quarter lead. Sophomore quarterback Blake Szymanski, who threw for 411 yards and five touchdowns, threw two in early to put the Bobcats on their heels. Texas State responded in the second quarter, sparked by a Marcus Clark interception that was returned 31 yards to the Baylor 14-yard line, the first career pick for the freshman. Two plays later, George found junior wide receiver Cameron Luke in the end zone to get the Bobcats on the board. “(In the second quarter) the stuff that we had put in this last week really started working for us,” Wright said. “Once we adjusted to (Baylor’s offense) the coverage looked better and that gave our defensive line time.” Texas State and Baylor would exchange scoring trips before the break to go into the half with the score 21-14. For the second week in a row Texas State called for a fake punt on fourth down, and again it was successful to keep a drive alive, leading to the ’Cats second score. The third quarter was all defense, as both teams had trouble moving the ball. The only scoring in the quarter came off a Texas State 46-yard field goal, which matched a career long for junior place kicker Andrew Ireland. Baylor extended their lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when Szymanski connected with Jay Finley for 24 yards, but the Bobcats would not quit. The offense, led by George, moved the ball effectively through the air. The Bobcats passing game picked up 158 yards and a touchdown in the final quarter.

George finished the game completing 30 of 55 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Despite having his best game of the season, the sophomore quarterback was still disappointed with the result. “I guess we can take away that we hung in with a Big 12 team, but it’s not good enough,” George said. “We’re in a tough conference in the Southland Conference and any one of those teams could have come in and competed like we did.” Down 28-20 with under four minutes to play, the Bobcats needed a scoring drive and went for it on fourth and one from their own 24-yard line, but George could not connect with his receiver and Texas State turned it over on downs, setting up an easy Baylor score. “The bottom line is we lost,” George said. The only play I remember now is that fourth down, the one that I overthrew to the wide receiver, so it’s kind of a bitter taste in my mouth.” Despite the quick score Texas State still had one more chance, but after the special teams failed to recover the onside kick, Baylor was able to run out the clock. “I wish we could have come out with the win, but this shows that we can come out and be a good team this year,” said senior defensive end Nick Clark. “We know how good we are, and we know how good we can play so we have to come back, have

another good week of practice and show up against South Dakota State.” Next week the Bobcats will travel to South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. to take on the Jackrabbits. SDSU is coming off a 31-17 home loss to The Sports Network’s No. 4 team, Northern Iowa, and will be looking to pick up their first win of the season.

Volleyball Rhode trip successful Texas State may have to start selling lobsters and clams in the Strahan Coliseum concession stands. The Texas State Bobcat volleyball team made themselves right at home in New England last weekend as they captured firstplace honors at the Rhode Island Invitational, going 3-0 against a tournament field that included Rhode Island, Dartmouth and Maine. The three-match sweep of their New England opponents provided Texas State (6-5) with an ideal momentum-builder as the Bobcats begin Southland Conference play Thursday against Texas-San Antonio. “I thought it was a very successful tournament. We played

well, and we played good enough to win it,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “That was the whole goal of it all — let’s finish (non-conference play) strong, let’s believe in ourselves and let’s have fun doing it.” The Bobcats didn’t just win — they dominated. In their three matches, Texas State played only one more than the required nine games as the ’Cats swept Rhode Island and Maine on Thursday and Saturday, with a 3-1 match victory over Dartmouth Friday. “The competition wasn’t as strong as what we had hoped or had been playing,” Chisum said. “But it was definitely a confidence-builder.” Texas State’s dominance also showed at the awards ceremony. Junior middle blocker Amy Weigle was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and two

other Bobcats — junior outside hitter Lawrencia Brown and sophomore libero Kacey Wimpy — were named to the all-tournament team. “Throughout the three tournaments, we’ve had five or six players named to the all-tournament teams and except for Kacey, it’s been different players each time,” Chisum said, alluding to Wimpy’s all-tournament team selection at the CenturyTel Classic the previous weekend. Weigle posted 44 kills over the weekend, including an above average 21-kill performance against Dartmouth. She recorded doubledigit kills in each of the Bobcats’ three matches. “It was kind of surreal. I was not expecting to win it,” Weigle said. “But I definitely couldn’t do it myself. It was a team effort.” Fellow all-tournament selection

Brown was equally devastating to the Bobcats’ Ivy League opponent Friday. While Weigle was terrorizing the middle of the Dartmouth attack, Brown was just as difficult for the Big Green to stop, recording 19 kills in the match en route to a 36-kill weekend. On the Bobcats’ back row, Wimpy shored up her all-tournament résumé with three doubledigit performances in the digs category. She dug out 21 attacks against Rhode Island in the tournament opener, and then followed up that performance with 19 digs against Dartmouth. All told, the weekend provided plenty of highlights for the Bobcats. Sophomore hitter Jessica Weynand recorded 20 kills over the course of the Rhode Island and Dartmouth matches. Freshmen hitters A.J. Watlington and Melinda Cave also saw significant

Marcus Clark, TX ST LB

Clark had the first interception of his career Saturday, one that shifted momentum and placed the ’Cats inside Baylor’s red zone for the first time in the game after his 31-yard return. Clark, a true freshman, combined with his older brother, senior defensive end Nick, on a sack, had six tackles and forced two quarterback hurries.


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By Alan Wiederhold Sports Reporter

George kept Texas State in the game. After falling behind 14-0 early, he passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns while committing no turnovers. He completed 30 passing attempts on the night, a new school record, against a very speedy Baylor defense and also had a team-leading 42 rushing yards.

•Szymanski threw 30 completions in the game, and his 411 passing yards was the most Texas State has allowed since the semifinals of the 2005 Division I playoffs against Northern Iowa •Ireland originally walked on to the Baylor football team, transferring to Texas State after being red-shirted his freshman season. •Freshman wide receiver Corey Scott caught a career high seven passes for 57 yards •Senior punter Chris Macdonald ran for a first down on a fake punt for the second straight game. He registered three punts inside the Bears’ 20, in the game, entering the game with zero punts inside an opponents’ 20-yard line so far this season. •Cameron Luke set a career high in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight week, catching eight passes for 135 yards.

playing time. Cave had 19 kills over the weekend, and Watlington added nine kills. Freshman setter Shelbi Irvin continued an exciting start to her freshman career, averaging 28 assists per match during the weekend, including 45 in the Dartmouth match. Brittany Collins shared time at the setter position, recording 40 assists during the three matches. Having both setters on the Texas State at South Dakota court allowed Chisum to run a (1-2) (0-3) two-setter offense, a strategy she hoped to employ at the start of When: 7 p.m. Saturday the season. With Collins and Ir- Where: Coughlin-Alumni Stadium vin sharing the assists, Chisum said they might not get the recognition they each deserve, but are very valuable to the team’s success. L 34-27 L 31-17 Weigle agreed with Chisum’s vs. vs. assessment, adding, “We can’t hit Baylor #4 Northern Iowa without good sets.”

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