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Summer rodent invasion may force Commons to close forever By Amanda Venable Editor in Chief A rodent infestation caused Commons Dining Hall to close Friday — perhaps, for good. Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services, said officials are determining whether the space that holds the dining hall would be “better used as an educational service.” “With the space needs of the university, should we renovate it so that a dining hall goes back in there?” Nance asked. The infestation has forced university officials to speed up renovation plans set to begin next year to Commons Dining Hall. Nance said officials have not hired an architect or an engineer for the renovation project because of the premature closing. He said the Bobby Scheidemann/Star photo administration learned about BARREN DINING HALL: Not a single student can be found in Commons Dining Hall due to a rodent the rodent infestation in late problem which caused school officials to close Commons Friday. June.
Texas State alumnus killed in Afghanistan By Billy Crawford News Reporter Most Texas State graduates become professionals after college, but Darryn Andrews did more. He became a hero, according to family and friends. Alumnus and 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, 34, was killed in action Sept. 4 in Paktika province, Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, there have been 197 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Of those, 20 have been from Texas. Andrews and his unit were performing a routine patrol when the vehicle he and six other soldiers were riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device, said Sondra Andrews, Daryn’s mother. After the soldiers exited the vehicle to assess the damage, they came under small arms fire. A rocket-propelled grenade was launched at the men during the fire-fight. Andrews died pushing three other soldiers out of the way of the blast. “My son had his back turned and wasn’t looking the right way,” said Jenny Zavodny, mother of Staff Sgt. Jay Zavodny, one of the men Andrews saved. “Darryn must have seen the RPG coming, and he yelled ‘look out, Jay’, and then Jay said he pushed him out of the way.” A former member of the Texas State ROTC, Andrews was serving his second tour in the army. Andrews was assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Richardson, Alaska. “As far as his participation
in the ROTC, he was extraordinary,” said Maj. Larry Berkhoff with the Texas State ROTC. “He wasn’t some wet-behind-theears college graduate. He was very mature.” Andrews’ final act of heroism was just one of the many testaments to his character, Sondra Andrews said. Anyone who knew him said he loved life, she said. He was friendly, polite and patriotic. He loved to skydive, and got thrills out of scuba diving in the Caribbean when there were sharks in his midst. He often shared his Christian faith with his fellow servicemen. “Jay called him a real upstanding guy,” Zavodny said. He was just getting to know him, but said (Andrews) was the most selfless man he’d ever met. Andrews maintained friendships and made it a point to try to meet with a group of high school friends each year to float the river and reminisce, Sondra Andrews said. “His signature was that he didn’t give you a handshake,” said Sondra Andrews. “He gave you a bear hug, and if you didn’t like it you had to manup and take it — and they were nice. He just loved life, and he loved his family.” While attending Yoe High School in Cameron, Andrews participated in athletics, One-Act Play and Voice of Democracy, and won a patriotic audio-essay contest three consecutive years, said Sondra Andrews. After graduting, Andrews see ‘ALUMNUS,’ page 3
“We decided to close it and attack the problem over the next coming months,” Nance said. “When you take their food source away they aren’t as prevalent, and we were trapping lots of them. By August we thought we had them under control, but it is obvious we did not.” The $7 million renovation of the dining hall is the last of four phases to restore the Commons Complex, part of the Texas State University System Board of Regents’ Capital Improvement Plan. Nance said the rodents likely gained access to the building through utility ways. There have been no reports of rats in the surrounding dorms. The close shifted some employees working at Commons to other dining halls on campus while others have resigned. “Commons has some of our longest standing employees,” said John Root, director of Aux-
Bobcat Tram riders can expect improvements in shuttle congestion with a new realtime passenger information system set to be available by next fall. Paul Hamilton, Shuttle Services manager, spoke to the ASG Senate Monday following students’ concern of Tram congestion. The system will make any delays available to passengers in real-time online. “The hardware will be in-
stalled this fall,” Hamilton said. “We will be testing it out this winter, and hopefully it will be deployed so everyone has access to the information by late-spring to next fall at the latest.” Hamilton said passengers need to be smart when choosing travel times. “We have to rely on planning,” Hamilton said. “Our bus system is pretty much at its upper tolerance in providing service during peak travel times.” Passengers in waiting will be able to access an approxi-
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David Schmidt/ Star Photo GRAFFITI CLEAN-UP: City officials intend to exterminate all graffiti art painted on buildings in San Marcos.
Public forum brings concerns about the graffiti ordinance By Megan Holt News Reporter City officials are trying to reduce the amount of graffiti with its Keep San Marcos Beautiful campaign, but are being met with opposition. Graffiti artists and local residents went before the San Marcos Recreation Commission Board Monday evening. “I would like to help (the board) in your efforts to understand what’s beautiful,” said Robert Ratliff, graffiti artist and studio art senior. “Creativity is like water. If you don’t give it a vessel to flow into, it will flow all over the city.” A proposed amendment to the city code making posses-
mate arrival time based on average speed at which that bus will travel, when the next three buses are coming, Hamilton said. ASG Senator Francesca Flores, international studies senior, said she was concerned with delays caused by stoplight timings and railroad crossings. Hamilton said the shuttle system has connections within the city and the problem is being examined. “There has been a long-proposed request to TxDOT by the city to put a permanent cross-
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News…....1-3 GPA calculations catch Faculty Senate attention ers and chalk may be subject Veterans pay tribute on Remembrance Day to legal punishment.
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sion of graffiti implements illegal in certain situations has been brought before the City Council. Items such as aerosol paint containers, felt tip mark-
“(This ordinance) makes me think I will get arrested for carrying some of these things with me,” said Jose Morales, pre-communication design senior and graffiti artist. “Some of these supplies, like Sharpies, are things we are asked to have for classes.” Andy Quittner, San Marcos assistant city attorney, said the purpose of the ordinance is to prevent graffiti. “What people don’t undersee ‘GRAFFITI,’ page 3
Real-time passenger information system to aid tram riders Bianca Davis News Reporter
iliary Services. “We have been able to place, I believe, everyone. We have some people who were new this semester and opted to resign. We have some people in Commons who have been there 20-plus years, in the same location.” Root estimates the earliest Commons Dining Hall could open will be the spring semester. Commons served around 7,800 meals weekly — 16 percent of all the dining halls combined. Root said the closed dining hall has made serving lunch challenging. “At lunch, there was a spread between (people eating at) The Den and students going to Jones and The Lair at the LBJ Student Center,” Root said. “Harris saw a little spike
ing above the railroad tracks at Aquarena Springs,” Hamilton said. The real-time passenger information system would make delays caused by train crossings visible via GPS tracking on the Web or cell phone. “If you were watching on the Web, you would literally see dots start stacking up at the railroad tracks on the map,” Hamilton said. The system is intended to give people the information to make their transportation decisions, he said. Hamilton said the final stage
in the installation of the passenger-information system will be a marquee telling passengers of bus arrival times at the stops. Senate pro-tempore Ariana Vargas, interdisciplinary studies senior, said students worry about waiting if they miss the bus. “I feel like sometimes you see people cutting across the bus loops because they’re afraid the busses are going to leave,” Vargas said. “Because see ‘TRAM,’ page 3
Opinions….4 MAIN POINT: Constituent Contests Constitution Letters to the Editor Trends……...6 Buda storeowner enjoys ‘history’ of sellable antiques Bobcat Blend is more than trend Boys, Girls Clubs host ‘Day for Kids’ Classifieds…7 Diversions…7 Sports……….8 Division decision: Horned Frogs squash Bobcats Bobcats celebrate two SMU tournament wins Bobcats overpower Tigers early in Friday game
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Mary Ann Stutts, professor at Texas State, is the 2009 American Advertising Federation Distinguished Advertising Educator. Awarded annually, the Distinguished Advertising Educator Award recognizes the best advertising professors in the country. Dr. Stutts will be honored at the AAF National Conference 2009, which will take place in Arlington, Va. June 4-6. —Courtesy of McCoy College of Business Administration
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Career Services, employers offer students interview, job advice Today is the Career Month Kickoff. Students can stop by the Evan’s foyer for a chance to speak with Career Services peer advisers and career counselors. Speed Interviewing Extravaganza is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the LBJ Ballroom. Career Services explains it as “speeding dating, but with a professional twist.” Students can have multiple quick interviews with professionals and receive instant feedback. Students’ résumés will be critiqued for future job opportunities. Kohl’s will also be co-sponsoring a professional image fashion show. It all leads up to the Fall Job and Internship Fair 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 7 at Strahan Coliseum. The Fall Job and Internship Fair is an opportunity for all students to visit with employers regarding different careers, internships and/or full-time employment following graduation. Employers who attend the Fall Job and Internship Fair will schedule on-campus interviews later in the fall semester. go to Visit the Career Services at www.careerservices.txstate. edu for more information. —Courtesy of Career Services Hannah VanOrstrand/star photo HELPFUL HANDOUTS: Phillip Balke, psychology sophomore, hands out flyers for a free speed-reading seminar for students outside of McCoy College of Business Administration
Freshmen attend play for Common Experience Common Experience presents play for incoming freshman The incoming freshman class at Texas State will have the unique experience of seeing and discussing a play specifically written and performed for them. Performances will take place 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 27, and 7 p.m. Sept. 21, 23, 28 and 30 at the Alkek Teaching Theatre. Attendance is free for students enrolled in University Seminar. With collaboration between the department of theatre and dance and the University Seminar Program, “In the Company of Sinners and Saints” will address the 2009 to 2010 Common Experience
theme “A Whole New Mind.” All incoming freshmen will see the 75-minute production as a part of their University Seminar class. Related assignments and opportunities to post feedback on a specially created Facebook site will give students the opportunity to actively engage in an analysis of the play’s plot and themes. “The students’ feedback will also serve the playwright in her final revision of the script before publication,” said John Fleming, chair in the department of theatre and dance. “This rare collaboration between artist and students is what makes this experience such a unique and powerful component of the students’ first year experience.”
“In the Company of Sinners and Saints,” written by Monica Michell, head of teacher education and certification in the department of theatre and dance, focuses on a group of high school girls and the choices they make in an increasingly technological world. An irreverent saint joins them as they strive to understand and develop the rules and values by which they choose to live. Contact the department of theatre and dance box office at 512-245-2204 for more information. —Courtesy of University News Service
Veterans participate in parade Honoring All Who Served is the theme of the Nov. 7 Veterans Day Parade. The City of San Marcos is sponsoring the parade with the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and local organizations. Veterans groups, military organizations, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, public officials, equestrians, youth teams, classic vehicles and others are invited to join the Veterans Day Parade. A popular free biscuit and gravy breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. on the County Courthouse lawn, then the event will begin at 10 a.m. and wind through downtown San Marcos. Parade organizers are seeking nominations for grand marshal and parade entries. A non-partisan committee will select the veteran(s) chosen for the special parade leadership honor who will be profiled in local media before the Nov. 7 parade. Criteria for grand marshal nominees include being a San Marcos area resident, serving in the U.S. military during a time of military conflict, being honorably discharged from the service and willingness to share his or her military service memories. Nominations for grand marshal may be submitted to Lisa Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off or mailed to the Parks and Recreation office at the Grant Harris Building, 401 E. Hopkins St. The deadline is Oct. 16 for entering the parade. Organizations may register by contacting Parks and Recreation. Application forms and rules are available online at www. sanmarcostx.gov/departments/parks/index.htm. —Courtesy of City of San Marcos
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
BLOTTER Sept. 7, 1:29 a.m. MIP-Alcohol/Lindsey Lot 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. 7, 12:05 p.m. Medical Emergency/Bobcat Village Apartments A student was feeling ill and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for a medical evaluation. Sept. 7, 6:56 p.m. Theft-Under $500/Falls Hall A student reported to a police officer her personal property was taken without her consent. The case is under investigation. Sept. 8, 2:12 p.m. Medical Emergency/Mitte Art Building A student reported to a police officer she was experiencing pain in her abdomen. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for a medical evaluation. Sept. 8, 2:28 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Agriculture Bldg A student injured himself while riding his scooter. The student refused medical transportation. . —Courtesy of University Police Department
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
GPA calculations catch Faculty Senate attention Bianca Davis News Reporter Faculty Senators are discussing a discrepancy in GPA calculation methods. Currently, there is a difference in the procedures for major and minor GPAs and for Texas State. However, both are used to determine graduation requirements. Debra Feakes, chair of Faculty Senate, brought this discrepancy to the attention of the Faculty Senate at Wednesday’s meeting. “The concern expressed by the Faculty Senate is that major and minor GPA calculations, which are also used for graduation requirements, are not calculated in the same manner,” Feakes said in an e-mail. According to academic policies as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog 2008-2010, Texas State GPA calculations replace a failed grade with the grade from second attempt only if the second attempt was taken at Texas State. If the last attempt was at a different institution, then that grade will meet degree requirements but not count towards Texas State GPA. Major and minor GPA is calculated using only the grade from the last attempt for the course, regardless of location and number of final attempt.
“For example, if a student fails a course at Texas State and then repeats the course at their local junior college and earns a B, only the B is calculated in the GPA requirement for the major or minor,” Feakes said. “If the student repeats the course at Texas State, only the most recent attempt is used in the calculation.” Minimum Texas State requirements for graduation are a Texas State GPA of 2.0, major of 2.25 and minor of 2.0. Individual schools or majors can have higher requirements. The Faculty Senate expressed concern that it could be possible for a student to transfer higher grades to replace lower Texas State grades to meet major or minor requirements, whereas if all attempted grades were calculated the student could fall below requirements. This situation would result in graduation of “sub-par” students with Texas State degrees, senators said. Feakes, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said the College of Science conducted a test calculation to determine how vast the difference existed between the two different methods. “We did a random sample of several students and the calculation impacted approximately 40 percent,” Feakes said. “The
grade point average for their major or minor was affected by the difference in the calculation.” The difference reflected in the different calculation methods was as much as changing the GPA from a 2.5 to a 1.57, Feakes said. Faculty Senator Sally Caldwell, associate professor of in the sociology department, said she was concerned a difference in calculation methods is present. “Why the discrepancy?” Caldwell said. The method of GPA calculations changed with the implementation of the degree audit reporting system, or DARS. William Stone, vice-chair of the Faculty Senate, offered a possible reason for the change. “It’s a way of bumping graduation rates,” he said in the meeting, noting this was a conscious change by university officials. The Faculty Senate will present the issue to the senate liaisons at Wednesday’s meeting and is continuing focus on the issue to determine if the concern is high enough. Joey Martin, professor in the School of Music, did not return request for comment. William Stone, professor in the department of criminal justice, was not available for comment.
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Retired Air Force Major William Roberts Jr. displayed a Swastika-embroidered World War II badge in front of guests at the POW/MIA Remembrance ceremony held at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Friday. “The only thing you’ve got to remember is, if we had not won, you people would be wearing these as arm bands,” Roberts said. At the time of his capture on July 7, 1944, Roberts had 203 combat hours to his credit. He spent 11 months imprisoned in Poland during WWII, where he said some days were spent in interrogation and others in solitary confinement. Prior to his liberation by the British in 1945, Roberts spent part of his imprisonment marching out of Poland across northern Germany. Roberts described how he kept his family and his community in mind while being held prisoner. “You have to rely on your own judgment and memories, and if you had a good upbringing, then you remembered that,” Roberts said. “Memories stayed with you.” Roberts said he is thankful whenever he hears a soldier has
been recovered or accounted. “That gives closure to the whole family,” Roberts said. “They know that it’s over with. They don’t go to bed praying every night that (soldiers) will show up. You can’t do that for 40 years without it having a detrimental effect on you. When they get the closure, that makes me feel good.” Members at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3413 in San Marcos honored prisoners of war and those considered missing in action in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Guest speakers included Roberts and City Councilmember Kim Porterfield, Place 1. Every third Friday in September is nationally observed as MIA/POW Recognition day. A black flag commemorating POW and MIA soldiers is flown outside federal buildings, military facilities and other public offices across the country. “On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we pay tribute to the American men and women who have not returned from the battlefield, and we express profound gratitude to those who returned only after facing unimaginable hardship on our behalf,” Porterfield said. Approximately 88,000 American servicemen are listed as missing or unaccounted for since World War II, according
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went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech, Sondra Andrews said. He came back to Cameron to coach high school football. After Sept. 11, Andrews enlisted in the military to serve his country. “It wasn’t a decision he took lightly, but it was something he felt he needed to do,” Sondra Andrews said. “He loved his country and was very patriotic. His grandfather and uncle also served.” Andrews enlisted in the army in 2002 and was deployed to Afghanistan, said Sondra Andrews. He enrolled
in graduate school at Texas State when his tour was over and joined the ROTC, where he was cadet commander for his unit in the fall of 2007. “Lt. Andrews was one of our own,” said Chris Schave, president of the Veterans Alliance and a former Senior Airman in the Air Force. “He was a son, a soldier and a Bobcat, and he will be remembered. I hope the students of this university realize these are not faceless men and women fighting in the Middle East. They are just like us.” Andrews, who lived in New
to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Web site. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars work year round in investigative missions to help identify and account for missing soldiers. Greg Foster, education graduate student, served in Iraq for one year. Both of his grandfathers were prisoners of war during WWII. Foster said he was grateful to attend the ceremony and for the veterans and participants that made the ceremony possible. “I think there are a lot of wounds of war that aren’t physical, that don’t heal by the time you get out of a hospital or by the time you get back from overseas,” Foster said. “I think our only way to really become whole again is by engaging with our communities.” Foster said he is grateful for the support given to veterans, but more attention is needed on the part of the media to educate people on the sacrifices soldiers make. “There are people who are 19, 21, 22 years old and they are putting themselves in incredible danger, and we as citizens have an incredible responsibility to them. That’s a responsibility that we don’t always live up to,” Foster said. “The message I would give people is challenge yourself to live up to that responsibility.”
Braunfels, is survived by his 2-year-old son, Daylan, and wife, Julie, who is expecting to give birth to the couple’s daughter in December. He was interred in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. He is the second Texas State ROTC graduate to be killed in action, the other being Capt. James “Alex” Funkhouser, who was killed in 2006 in Iraq. “There’s a lot of pain there,” said Sondra Andrews. “We’re all heartbroken and sad, but very proud. He transformed into a hero for America.”
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you chase them down and they don’t really stop even though they see you.” Hamilton said it is against First Transit’s safety policy to stop once they have pulled away from the curb. “If you see a bus that’s already put into gear and pulled away from the curb there is no reason to try and chase that bus down,” Hamilton said. “They are not allowed to stop.” Hamilton said pedestrians, bicycles and golf carts create a “flow concern” when they cut
Veterans pay tribute on Remembrance Day Graffiti By Patrick Ygnacio Special to The Star
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across the bus loops, slowing the busses down each time it happens. The results from the 2010 census could aid First Transit in establishing a system to accommodate a larger population. “I think most people have determined, yes, we probably are going to become a city with a population above 50,000,” Hamilton said. “And we will, as a result of that, be able to receive federal funding.” The university’s contract with First Transit expires in
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stand is that graffiti is not art — it’s a crime,” said Warren Zerr, San Marcos Police Department commander. “It is art until you wake up and it’s on the side of your house. The point is graffiti is being placed on property that isn’t yours. Right now, state law only lets us arrest or cite someone who has already (drawn graffiti). That’s the problem. We can’t prevent it.” According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism. About 80 percent of graffiti is “tagger” graffiti, 5 percent is considered large visuals and nationally, 10 percent of graffiti is gang related. “I am one of the many citizens who try and remove graffiti,” said John Hohn, San Marcos lawyer and local business owner. “I feel ashamed of our city. Graffiti is detrimental. It takes 10 times longer to remove (graffiti) than it does for the guy to put it on there.” According to Mark Carter, Recreation Commission Board chair, city employees remove graffiti from ditches, walls and sidewalks with a soda blaster, a tool similar to a waterpower washer. Diane Wassenich, San Marcos resident, said the city is losing the battle against graffiti. “I have spent a lot of money matching the colors of telephone poles and sidewalks in order to cover (graffiti),” Wassenich said. “People come into San Marcos and think we are full of crime because the city is covered in it.” Silas Parker, Texas State alumnus and graffiti artist, said the city should designate areas people can express themselves. “Kids see these blank outlets as a place for art because there is a lack of art (in San Marcos),” Parker said. “Give art walls a try before going through with this ordinance.” Gabriel Hedrick, Texas State alumnus and graffiti artist,
12 students utilize the center on average, and the office scanned approximately 2,600 tests last year. “We don’t anticipate a discontinuity of services — but I cannot promise anything,” Ryser said. Ryser said the testing lab would likely move during a weekend to continue theirnormal operating hours Tuesday through Friday.
2013. First Transit will continue to work with the city following the release of the census results to accommodate a growing need. “We will continue to work with the city so that before the 2013 date comes along we can see how much we have grown, how much we anticipate growing, and what sort of system do we need that works for the whole city to meet that demand over the course of the next contract period,” Hamilton said.
said graffiti is seen as a way to get in with people who do not want to be in gangs or sell drugs. “Graffiti started in the ’70s,” Hedrick said. “It has lasted longer than pointillism or any other art form we have learned in school.” Mayor Susan Narvaiz said
the ordinance is meant to address legal issues. “There’s been a lot of discussion over the years for a place for kids to reach out and do their art,” Narvaiz said. “We recognize that. We have to approach all aspects.”
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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Constituent contests constitution the main
t is ironic the members of ASG hosted a constitution day event last week.
They should spend some time taking a closer look at their own. Last week accusations were made that questioned the actions of ASG President Chris Covo and Vice President Tommy Luna. Mandy Domaschk, former ASG senator, said Covo and Luna were receiving too much pay. She also said Luna making senate training mandatory went against the code of laws. Luna said Domaschk did not properly research the matter. He defended the senate training meetings by citing a section in the code of laws that empowers the vice president to call on people fairly. Students may have been scratching their heads wondering who was in the right. Michael Guzman, supreme court justice, said the issue will probably be brought before the court, so there will be further deliberation on the matter. However, after talking to all parties involved and reading the code of laws, The University Star editorial board agrees neither Covo nor Luna broke any laws. Domaschk’s interjection has highlighted several areas of the constitution that need to be clarified because of vague wording and murky guidelines, for example, the matter of pay. The executive’s pay is based on minimum wage, but this is never mentioned in the constitution. Basically, the executive’s pay has been based off
the honor system this whole time. The vague wording raises the possibility that in the future, when the minimum wage goes up by $1, an unethical president could use that as an excuse to give him or herself a $20 raise, if pay goes unchecked. The executive pay should be fixed with minimum wage, by either a dollar amount or percentage. No rule was broken with regard to the senate training meetings. Luna is right that he has the right to call on senators or not. However, the precedent Luna has set is concerning. It is hard to argue for calling on an untrained senator. If the code of laws is not fixed to give a less subjective definition of fair, once again, a future vice president could abuse this power. What if the vice president decided it was “fair” of him or her to only call on senators who were also campaign supporters? What is in the code of laws to stop this? Until a more precise definition of fair is put into solid wording in the code of laws it would be wise for Luna to use this power sparingly, if at all. Finally, Luna was wrong to say Domaschk did not properly research the matter. She had obviously read the code of laws, but simply had a different interpretation of the rules. With these foggy guidelines and loose wording it is easy to see how even Luna was confused as to how his pay was set. She was right to warn the senate against group think and to encourage them to be independent. But it’s difficult for them to do so with documents that are vague and provide room for much interpretation. Revisions to the documents ought to be made. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State UniversitySan Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
‘Political bias’ clouds issue I originally was enthused and relieved to see such a title in the opinion section of The University Star. However, after further reading, it became immediate of the author’s “political bias” and “true goals.” Firstly, I have no problem with anyone telling my younger brother to do well in school and work hard. Personally, I believe work ethic is an attribute our generation may be lacking and applaud any speech pushing for personal responsibility. Secondly, the language used by the author clearly is biased and the information given was convenient to the cause. The examples and topics used were clearly from the far right end of the spectrum and did not properly justify the arguments against the issue. There was no mention of the strict lesson plan that was advocated by the department of education. The lesson plan was the main cause of concerns for liberals and conservatives alike. Lastly, this issue has illustrated what the department of education’s top priorities are. We have a highly competitive global market and countless problems in our future. There must be a better way to address the high dropout rate, rather than a pep talk from our president with a lesson
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plan addressing his speech. On a closing note, I would like to explain why I felt inclined to write to The University Star. The topic being discussed is irrelevant, but the invalid proclamation of neutrality is the sole reason for my letter. I would like to repeat that I personally do not object to the president’s speech and strict lesson plan (even though teachers are already under strict guidelines and standardized plans). I failed to see the progress with the article and simply felt bombarded with the usual partisan rhetoric. Furthermore, the promotion of a “balanced view” when it ultimately is not is very unsettling to me. If you have an opinion label it as such. Writing a biased article and labeling it as a neutral approach to the issues (and scolding those who write objectively) only serves to highlight the problems with our distorted media and proves that “political bias” definitely interferes with our “true goals.” — Gil Avila is a history senior.
Editor’s note: Letter refers to “‘Political bias’ interferes with ‘true goal’” from the Sept. 10 issue by Ammie Jimenez, opinions columnist
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College Republicans question editorial The Texas State University College Republicans would like to address the remarks written by editorial columnist Robert Beckhusen. First, College Republicans’ Sept. 11 Never Forget Project was in no way intended to be, or perceived by students as, a partisan event. The project was meant to honor the innocent lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The item in question was the sign that had the statement, “Sponsored by College Republicans,” printed on it. The article failed to mention the large text above it that read, “Texas State University Will Never Forget Sept. 11, 2001.” That was the point of our memorial. If the writer
would put more research into his article, he would know the reason why we put our name on the sign. The flags presented at the memorial were not donated. Texas State College Republicans paid for the American flags, with member’s personal finances. Our members woke up at 5 a.m. to set up the nearly 3,000 flags that were displayed. The word “sponsored” was only meant to mean that College Republicans were responsible for the event being held. The Texas State College Republicans did not do it because we wanted to be the “patriotic” group. We did it because we felt it was right and honorable. College Republicans would
also like to question The University Star’s purpose in publishing these criticisms of the two political groups on campus. In The University Star’s article, “Politically Absent,” the College Republicans and College Democrats are criticized for doing nothing to promote activism on campus. Then, when the College Republicans put on a moving display for Sept. 11 that has the Mayor of San Marcos speaking at it, the event gets called “partisan.” While the College Republicans are planning and enacting ways to promote activism on campus, the College Democrat’s president is lecturing members of ASG. All the College Democrats have done this year has
been to be absent on Sept. 11, sell food in The Quad and lose members of their executive board. They are not promoting activism in any way, but they have time to plan their “Party like a Rockstar” event. Why isn’t The University Star questioning the College Democrats for being, as the editorial staff put it, “politically absent”? The Texas State College Republicans will continue to work hard in promoting activism at Texas State and helping educate students on Republican candidates and ideologies. — Kristopher Infante, president of Texas State University College Republicans
I was saddened to read Nathan Seltzer’s piece on Lyndon Johnson published Sept. 15 in The University Star. Mr. Seltzer’s sophomoric “analysis” is error-ridden, badly reasoned and libelous. Let’s deal with his errors. Seltzer asserts that in the Senate race between Johnson and Gov. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel, the election was “marked by fraud by both sides.” People who have studied that 1941 election and were not motivated by a hatred of Johnson agree that he legitimately won that election and it was stolen by people who wanted O’Daniel out of the Governor’s office. Then, Seltzer tells us Johnson ran for the Senate in 1948 against Texas Governor “Coke Stevens.” The governor’s name was Coke Stevenson. Seltzer goes into some detail about the allegations of voter fraud on Johnson’s behalf but ignores the
rampant election fraud committed by Stevenson’s supporters. Seltzer’s anti-Johnson prejudice leads him to cherry pick information from the historical record. Many people who have studied that election have concluded that it is difficult, if not impossible, to know who truly won the election because of the substantial election fraud committed by supporters of both candidates. Another issue I have with Seltzer’s diatribe is his overly broad assertions that he may have learned from the Ann Coulter School of Political Commentary. He says, “Johnson’s Great Society was one of the most devastating blows this country has ever suffered.” Wow. Johnson’s Great Society is up there with the Civil War, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Pearl Harbor, World War II and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. What is Seltzer’s evidence for
his claim: the “entanglement” of our country’s universities with the federal government because of federal aid awarded to students. The Great Society included Civil Rights laws. The law of 1964 prohibited racial, gender and religious discrimination by employers in schools, and in places such as motels, restaurants, theatres and public transportation. This Civil Rights law ended the American Apartheid of the South that had made life for millions of African-American citizens a mixture of hardship and humiliation on a daily basis. Further, Seltzer ignores the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that finally ensured the right to vote for African-Americans that had been systematically denied in the South. Seltzer’s world seems to be the late Strom Thurmond’s world — a world of bigotry, discrimination and hostility toward
the basic principles on which our country was founded. Finally, Seltzer refers to “the political scum who run our country.” So, Seltzer believes George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Lloyd Doggett and Patrick Rose are scum. It must be great to live in Seltzer’s castle of purity. This isn’t analysis. This is unsubstantiated dribble. If you’d like to learn some things about the only U.S. president to have graduated from a Texas university, please visit the LBJ Museum of San Marcos located at 131 North Guadalupe St. on The Square. If you want to wallow in misinformation, ignorance and twisted logic, stick with Seltzer.
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The soundtrack for New Moon, the second movie from the Twilight vampire series, was released Monday. The list was posted on the author of the series’ Web site. Artists include Grizzly Bear, The Killers, Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie and Muse.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Bobcat Blend is more than trend Buda storeowner enjoys ‘history’ of sellable antiques By Colleen Gaddis Features Reporter
As an undergraduate horticulture major, Jason Sanders discovered the value of composting. He wanted to develop a post-consumer cafeteria composting project on campus that would also educate students on the importance of making Texas State a greener campus. Sanders, along with Tina Marie Cade, associate professor in the department of agriculture, wrote and received a grant from the Environmental Service Committee for Bobcat Blend. Bobcat Blend volunteers take the food and spoiled paper waste from recycling bins located in the dining areas of the LBJ Student Center to the full scale composting sight on Texas State’s Muller Farm. Once enough compost has been produced, it will be reapplied onto campus grounds, including the football field and golf course. Sanders, now an agricultural education graduate student, has elaborate plans to get the program rolling.
“We are going to be referees in the cafeteria,” Sanders said. “’We are going to be dressed up as referees and we are going to blow the whistle on students who place trash in the compost bins. We are also going to reward the students who placed the right items in the bins with candy.” Every day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sanders and his volunteers will be in the LBJ Lair talking to students about the program. They will be on News 8 Austin Saturday for a “Going Green” report. Student volunteers are always needed to act as referees or work at the compost sight, Sanders said. “It’s up to the students to make this sustainable,” Sanders said. “Students can get involved with Bobcat Blend by either contacting me or Dr. Cade.” Bobcat Blend is not all about action, but also education. The recycling bins have signs over them explaining what goes where, but the message may not be clear enough. The bins at times overflow with trash because of improper use.
Xavier Garcia, music sophomore, eats at the student center about twice a week. “The signs need to be bigger, and there needs to be as many recycling bins as there are trash cans in all the dining halls,” Garcia said. “Students are putting trash in the recycling bins because the trash cans fill up so quickly.” One student believes the program needs to educate students so they can see how it affects their lives. “A lot of students aren’t aware and don’t care because they can’t see how it affects them personally.” said Hylary Ahrendt, pre-international studies sophomore. “Information needs to be sent to the residence halls, and more signs need to be put up explaining everything.” Programs like Bobcat Blend and Texas State’s recycling effort help establish Texas State as a “greener” campus. “Being ‘green’ may be a trend, but luckily this time it’s also something useful,” Ahrendt said. Anyone can propose a green idea to the ESC by submitting a letter online at www.txstate.edu/esc/.
By Thea Setterbo Special to the Star The Buda community is home to Jeanette Chelf’s unique warehouse, where one can find almost any bead, bauble or vintage odd-andend imaginable. An article in the November 1974 edition of Texas Monthly, published near the time when the store opened, mentioned the 1898 Store as a “junk store.” Quite a bit of junk is housed in the expansive stone building on Buda’s Main Street, but the store is home to countless more treasures than trash. Named for the year it was built, the store is packed wallto-wall with antiques, memorabilia and little walking room. Once past the clutter, customers can find anything from a box of foreign matches to a pair of ancient mannequin legs. “I buy whatever I see for the store,” Chelf said. “I like the history.” Chelf’s late husband, Carl Chelf, University of Texas graduate, purchased the store’s building in the early 1970s. He accumulated minerals and unique objects throughout his life while studying geology and archaeology. He used the building’s space for storage of his possessions. “Carl was one of those people who never threw anything out,” Chelf said. “It was difficult convincing him to throw out old bills.” A few of the cases lining the walls and crowding the floor space in the shop are original to the era in which the building was erected. Chelf ’s husband purchased
the rest of the cases decades ago, during an auction of UT’s unused furniture. Most items in the store are available for purchasing, but some are not for sale. These items include vintage business signs displayed in the largest room, and the oldest item in the store, a mannequin of a girl standing in Chelf’s view from the cash register. “If (I) sell those, then (I) can’t have them anymore,” Chelf said. “I like to look at them myself.” Other than the 1898 Store,
Chelf and her business partner, Mary Ogden, own other buildings in the downtown Buda area, including a building on Austin’s Sixth Street. “Ms. Chelf is a very nice lady,” said Richard Skanse, a tenant and owner of Buda Costumes. “She only opens her store when the weather is nice.” The 1898 Store is located at 114 N. Main St. in Buda and is open Saturdays, Sundays and before holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., nice weather permitting.
Bobby Scheidemann/Star Photo STORE OF THE PAST: Jeanette Chelf, owner of the 1898 store in Buda, runs the store on the weekends and greets customers with a friendly smile and a variety of memorabilia from the past.
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Sweat was dripping from two boys’ brows as they scrutinize each other. The ref said “go” and the two boys charged at each other. The boy in the red sumo wrestler’s suit fell onto his back with an audible thud from the force of the one in blue’s hit. He lay on the ground, looked up at his competitor and began giggling. Blue waddled over to help the opponent to his feet. They dusted each other off and left the suits for the next kids to have a turn. Sewell Park turned into a kid’s playground Saturday, thanks to The Boys & Girls Club of South Central Texas “Day for Kids.” Inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses took over the green space. The “Jiggle Bug Express” was toting parents and children around the park. Games 2U provided an inflatable hamster ball that proved to be a crowd favorite. Home Depot provided message center kits that are half corkboard and half dry erase
board, which the children assembled themselves. Kids had painted faces, egg walks and hot dogs. The DJ was playing family-friendly music and caused a stir when he played Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em’s “Crank That” and eight kids ran down to the basketball court and started dancing. Soon adults were attempting to learn the dance as well. Tables offered children a chance to win a prize while giving guardians the opportunity to learn about assorted medical and general programs. Rachel Verastegui was invited by Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas to promote Superior Health Plan, a program providing services for Medicaid members. “We are giving out information about how to prevent the flu and immunizations the state requires for children of a certain age,” Verastegui said. “They have to get these shots before starting school now, starting this year.” Verastegui said she had never attended a “Day for Kids” event before, but was surprised with the turnout.
“People are coming and going, but there have been many people showing up,” Verastegui said. “I think it’s great, giving kid’s a day for themselves.” Doug Lake, San Marcos resident, said he was involved with The Boys & Girls Club program as a child. “This is my children’s first time at this event,” Lake said. “My cousin told me about (Day for Kids) and I think it is great. I will bring them back.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas mission statement, according to their Web site, is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas offers different types of programs for children five through 17 years old. They offer an After School Academic and Enrichment program, Career Launch program, Keystone Club of South Central Texas, Project learn and Texas Preparatory School.
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The Bobcat volleyball team recorded its first two road wins of the season Friday and Saturday at the SMU tournament in Dallas. Texas State finished the tournament with a 2-1 record. The Bobcats jumped ahead in the first set Friday, winning by five points. However, Southern Methodist rebounded and defeated Texas State in the next three sets, taking the match 3-1. Two Bobcats had doubledigit kills in the second set. Jessica Weynand, senior outside hitter, led the way with 18 kills, followed by Mo Middleton, junior outside hitter, who recorded 12. Amber Calhoun, sophomore middle blocker, chipped in with a career-high 10 kills. Texas State took the first set and narrowly lost the third and fourth. Coach Karen Chisum said the Bobcats could have won the match. “In the SMU match, we were in complete control,” Chisum said. “We let it get away.” Texas State found better for-
Cecil Cooper, Houston Astros manager, was fired Monday after the Astros failed to make any run to the postseason, according to the Associated Press. Dave Clark, third base coach, has been named interim manager and would be considered a candidate for the vacant position, according to Ed Wade, Astros general manager. The Astros went 171-170 under Cooper.
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tunes in the second match, defeating William & Mary 3-0. The Bobcats held the Tribe to a .067 hitting percentage while hitting .223 themselves. Texas State had 38 kills for the match, including 10 by Weynand. Brittany Collins, senior setter, had half of the Bobcats day in the final match of the tournament. The Bobcats took the first set 25-14, outhitting the Orange .441 to .088. Texas State held off Syracuse in the second set 2523 to grab a two-set lead. The Bobcats had 55 kills to Syracuse’s 43 for the match. Weynand led the Bobcat offense with 19 kills and 15 digs. Texas State limited Syracuse to a .102 attack efficiency. Weynand and Calhoun were awarded all-tournament honors after the match. Weynand finished the weekend with 47 kills followed by 21 from Calhoun. Chisum was impressed with her team’s ability to rebound and win the next two matches after losing the first to SMU. “I was extremely proud of (the players). We played very solid in our last two matches,”
Chisum said. “We got better all weekend, which was a result of blocking and defense.” Chisum gave credit to Weynand and Calhoun after their all-tournament performances. She was impressed with the play of Jillian Wolpman, sophomore middle blocker, as well. Chisum said she felt Syracuse would be the toughest opponent going into the tournament, but was impressed with her team in the end. “Before the weekend, I thought Syracuse was the toughest team to beat,” Chisum said. “But Saturday, I think we played better.” Chisum said the tournament was good for her team to build off of going into conference matches. “This weekend did a good job preparing us for conference play,” Chisum said. “It also gave us confidence.” The Bobcats are now 6-9 overall. Texas State will return home to open the SLC portion of its schedule 6:30 p.m. Thursday against Texas A&MCorpus Christi.
Bobcats overpower Tigers early in Friday game By Cameron Irvine Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s soccer team raised the cloth of the Southland Conference Championship and SLC Tournament Championship banners before its game Friday. The Bobcats cruised from the opening kick behind player smiles and 582 fans. The Bobcats were aggressive
in the first minute of the game against Grambling State. Erica Michaud, sophomore forward, had two chances for goals, but failed on both attempts. Texas State kept the ball on its side of the field throughout the first 10 minutes. Michaud scored the first goal in the eighth minute to put the Bobcats up 1-0 early on Grambling State. Michaud got into the assist category with a cross-goal
Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo KICK OFF: Jaime Leake, freshman midfielder, wrestles the ball away from a Grambling State Tigers player Friday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.
pass to Britney Curry, junior forward, giving Texas State the 2-0 lead. Texas State outshot Grambling State 11-0, 22 minutes into the game. “We always want to start out strong and become a threat,” Michaud said. Michaud’s successful night continued in the 22nd minute when she scored again on a put back in the goalie box. The Bobcats sealed the victory in the 44th minute just before halftime on Kendell Webber’s, sophomore midfielder, goal from 10 yards out. The Bobcats outshot the Tigers 18-0 total in the first half and 29-5 for the entire game. The Bobcat defense never allowed a goal, despite resting all of its starters for most of the second half. Texas State had two potential goals of its own, leaving the final score at 4-0. Coach Kat Conner seemed happy with her team’s performance once the final whistle blew. “We’ve made a change to get back to our style,” Conner said. “(The players) did it and they did a great job. I think you saw a team that was just glad to be back home.” A season-best record of 616 fans watched Texas State fall to Texas-El Paso 4-2 Sunday, despite that Serena Hines, freshman forward, scored her first career goal. The Bobcats were down 3-1 going into halftime. Michaud said the players’ confidence Friday could not have been higher, despite the team’s loss Sunday. “Being home with all our fans, we all felt confident in our play as a team and we just came together and actually performed how we’ve been practicing in the last week,” Michaud said.
Ben Rondeau/Star photo TAKEN DOWN: Tim Hawkins, freshman quarterback, is tackled by the Texas Christian defense in the final quarter of the game Saturday in Fort Worth.
Horned Frogs squash Bobcats By Keff Ciardello Sports Reporter The Texas State Bobcats came into Fort Worth hoping to upset No. 15 Texas Christian. However, they left feeling disappointed, losing 56-21 to the highest-ranked opponent in Bobcat football history. “There is a reason they are ranked where they are,” said Coach Brad Wright. “We played tough, but we had a lot of opportunities, especially on the offensive side of the ball, that we came up short on.” Bradley George, senior quarterback, completed 16 of his 37 pass attempts for 199 yards and one touchdown. The statistic brings George to within 248 yards of Barrick Nealy’s record for most passing yards all-time at Texas State. George has 6,962 passing yards, but 7,210 is the record. The Bobcats kept the game competitive early on, answering the Horned Frogs’ first touchdown with their own
score off a one-yard run by Frank Reddic, freshman running back. The touchdown tied the score at 7, the closest Texas State came to TCU in the entire game. TCU then rattled off two more touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead. The first came off a six-play drive, which ended with a six-yard run up the middle by running back Joseph Turner. TCU’s wide receiver Jimmy Young scored the second touchdown when he caught a 36-yard pass from quarterback Andy Dalton. The Bobcats garnered some momentum off a 62-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Alvin Canady, junior running back, to cut the lead in half. The Horned Frogs quickly dashed the Bobcats’ high spirits when Turner reached the end zone for the second time to give TCU a 28-14 lead at halftime. The Horned Frogs continued extending their lead with another rushing touchdown, their fourth of the day, on the
ensuing drive following the half. Tim Hawkins, freshman quarterback, led the Bobcats on their next scoring drive, ending with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Daren Dillard, sophomore wide receiver. It was Hawkins’ first touchdown pass as a Bobcat and Texas State’s last score of the game. TCU scored three more times in the fourth quarter, one of which was another touchdown run by Turner, giving him three on the day. “They have a very good team, but so do we,” Wright said. “We just need to learn from our mistakes and work on correcting them for the next game.” Texas State drops to 1-1, marking the fourth straight season the Bobcats have gone 1-1 since going 2-0 in 2005. Three of those four losses have come against NCAA FBS schools. The Bobcats return home to face Texas Southern 6 p.m. Saturday.
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