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Gubernatorial candidate visits Texas State By Jason Buch The University Star Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell laid out his “Retool our Schools” plan for public education during a speech Friday at Texas State. Bell spoke before a mass media and society class taught by Bob Mann, journalism lecturer. Bell criticized the state’s education system, saying it relies too heavily on standardized testing. He also promised to bring an end to what he described as “Sovietstyle censorship of textbooks.” After the speech, Bell, who served as a U.S. representative for Houston from 2003 to 2005, answered questions from students and members of the media. During the question and answer session, Bell said he intends to take measures to halt the rise in tuition costs. “I would like college tuition re-regulated and recapped,” Bell said. “And along those lines, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Obviously,

the state would have to increase its appropriation to state colleges and universities in order to offset the lost revenue as a result of lowering tuition.” Bell said he would like to fund education through the newly expanded business tax, the profits from which he said have been put toward property tax relief. “I think we have to go backward and fine-tune the expansion of the business tax and look at the overall financial situation and find a way for getting new money into the state,” Bell said. “Also, I continue to be open to casino gambling. People have suggested that could be a tremendous source of revenue for the state.” Bell said he would also take steps to make jobs available for those graduating college through economic development. At the end of class, Mann asked Bell if he would promise to visit Texas State as often as he visits the University of Texas. “(UT) is right down the street,”

Dell, Perry announce 500 engineering jobs By Chris Parrish Special to The Star Gov. Rick Perry and Dell Computer Corporation Chairman Michael Dell announced plans Monday to hire 500 engineers to work in Central Texas. “We are really blessed to have, in this part of the world, a global leader in excellence and innovation,” Perry said of Dell and his company. Dell, the world’s largest seller of personal computers, aims to attract a broad range of educated and experienced engineers, including electrical, mechanical and software engineers, as well as those holding doctorates, to expand the company’s commitment to technological design. “Austin and Central Texas is the largest engineering recruiting site by far,” Dell said, adding that Texas college graduates will compose nearly 10 percent of new recruits. Dell unveiled several advertisements his company plans to use on highway billboards on Interstate35 and across the state. One slogan read, “The Other Folks Are All Pocket Protector and No Cattle.” Perry cited the importance of government to advocate the advantages of innovative technology for a growing economy. “Government should create an environment conducive to growing economic needs,” Perry said. “This is one more sign that the Texas economy is pointing in the right direction.” The development team in Texas is the company’s largest. Last year, Dell hired more than 2,000 new employees nationwide. Over the next two years, the company will open or expand upon 14 new manufacturing and development facilities around the world, includ-

ing sites in China, India, Germany and Brazil. “As we grow globally, Texas’ business landscape continues to serve as a model for competitiveness and economic development,” Dell said. “Governor Perry and the state’s policymakers deserve credit for maintaining a climate in which companies such as Dell can grow and prosper.” Perry said the $200 million budget of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, enacted in 2005, is an example of the government’s commitment to economic growth in Texas. The fund is designed to create new jobs and expedite innovative development in technological fields and corporations. “We are allowing the private sector to do what it does best, to innovate and create,” Perry said. Dell’s new crop of engineers will not only work on improving existing products, but will concentrate on developing new products and software tools such as online health checks. “The additional development expertise we’re announcing today for our Austin Design Center reflects our concept of Dell 2.0, an initiative to revitalize every part of our business, with engineering excellence at its core,” Dell said. New jobs are likely to yield an annual income of $60,000 to $100,000. Austin is home of the grassroots computer company. Dell launched his business in his dorm room while studying at the University of Texas in 1986 and has watched it grow to number 25 on the Fortune 500 list. “By announcing 500 new positions, Dell has showed its faith in Texas’ workforce and economy,” Perry said. “Texas is at the forefront of the technology revolution.”

onlineconnection For an audio feature on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell, go to Bell said. “No, but I certainly will come back. I really enjoy it.” George Hatt, English senior, offered his take on Bell’s address. “He had a few concrete suggestions. He was specific enough to show he had some ideas, but he also deferred enough to the experts to not look like a know-it-all,” Hatt said. Hatt said this was the first time he has had the chance to hear a current gubernatorial candidate’s platform. “I just know the rest by their reputations and infamy,” he said. The Bell campaign has struggled to gain media attention during the race, often overshadowed by colorful independent candidates Kinky Fried-

man and Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Bell and Friedman are currently tied for second place with 23 percent of voters supporting them, according to a recent poll. Gov. Rick Perry led with 35 percent. Strayhorn was polled at 15 percent. Bell said he expects Democrats to begin consolidating toward his camp as November approaches. BELL ON CAMPUS: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell speaks Friday to lecturer Robert Mann’s mass media and society class. Bell detailed his plan to reform the Texas education system.

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Solicitation ban against ExpressNews rescinded

Rap Theater

By A.N. Hernández The University Star

David Racino/Star photo Steve Harmon, theatre junior, performs Gus Edwards’ Yo Frederick! at the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference Sunday afternoon in the Theatre Building. For the full story, see page 4.

Members of Associated Student Government rescinded legislation Monday night that would have called for a ban on the solicitation of the San Antonio Express-News on campus. At last week’s ASG meeting, senators introduced the proposed legislation that originated from the recent distribution of University of Texas gear on campus by solicitors hired by the ExpressNews. Representatives of the ExpressNews and Barden Circulation Inc., the company contracted by the paper to conduct the subscription drives, were present. “On behalf of the Express-News, we apologize. We didn’t want to do anything to dampen this school’s spirit,” said Paul Kutzik, director of circulation and sales at the newspaper. Jim Nelson, Barden Circulation Inc. assistant account director, apologized “from the center of his being” for the distribution of University of Texas gear. He said when his company returns to Texas State subscription drives they will bring Texas State hats, flags and T-shirts. “It never crossed my mind when I came to this university and when I met the student body that we were going to do anything offensive,” Nelson said. For three years, Nelson has worked on the Texas State campus to boost subscriptions for the San Antonio-Express News. During the 10-day subscription drive, See ASG, page 3

Department offers reward for missing handmade quilt By Ashlee McConnell Special to The Star The department of engineering and technology is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of the History of Technology Quilt that hung in the foyer of Roy F. Mitte complex. The quilt, handmade by Cassandrea Tiner Hager, engineering and technology lecturer,

was stolen last weekend from the building’s foyer. Hager presented the quilt to the department in April as part of an annual awards-day ceremony. Hager was inspired to make the quilt after visiting the Mitte complex in 2004 while the building was under construction. “I really wanted to represent the history of the department

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and say thank-you to the faculty who taught me while I was a student here,” Hager said. A fellow faculty member informed Hager of the theft last Monday. “My first thought was that someone was playing a prank on the department and that it would turn up unharmed,” Hager said. Hager remains hopeful that the thieves will return the quilt.

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“It would really hurt my feelings if it was just tossed somewhere,” she said. The quilt consists of 12 squares, each with a picture of students performing different hands-on lab activities in the department. Bordering the squares is a maroon and gold fabric which Hager picked specifically to represent the university. Sarah Rivas, department of

engineering and technology administrative assistant, posted flyers around the complex to inform students of the theft. “The fact that someone would do this is baffling,” Rivas said. Hager said her students have helped her cope with the situation. “The students have been so supportive,” she said. “It really shows that they care about me the way I care about them.”

Assembly of the quilt began early this year and took Hager a month and a half to complete. She dedicated nine to 11 hours of work to it each day. “It truly was a labor of love for me,” Hager said. University police are investigating the theft. Hager said she does not wish to prosecute anyone involved. “I would just like it returned unharmed,” she said.

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starsof texas state The Rockefeller Brothers Fund named Ashley Weaver, interdisciplinary studies senior, as recipient of the 2006 Fellowship for minority students entering the teaching profession. Weaver was among 25 students representing 16 institutions to earn the honor in April. Students designated as Rockefeller Fellows are eligible for scholarship grants totaling up to $22,100 beginning their junior year and ending after that Fellow has established a career as a public school classroom teacher.

To be eligible for the Rockefeller awards, students must be enrolled in one of the 28 colleges and universities chosen to participate, which have shown a record of commitment to the education of minorities and have the stated goal of improving teaching in public schools. Rockefeller Fellows are selected based on academic performance, written and oral communication skills and commitment to public service. — Courtesy of Public Relations

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Light show TUESDAY The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For questions, contact the Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, at The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the CSC. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the CSC. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information call (512) 357-2049. From Soldier to Student open group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Hispanic/Latino(a) support group will meet at 3:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. Career Services Interviewing Skills Workshop will be help from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LBJSC teaching theater. Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization will hold their weekly meeting at 5 p.m. in McCoy, Room 127. The Texas State Volunteer Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom. It gives students, faculty and staff the chance to learn about volunteer opportunities at local agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools and community events. This allows the Texas State community to network and build lasting partnerships within the San Marcos community. Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization will hold their weekly CEO meeting at 5 p.m. in McCoy, Room 127

WEDNESDAY The counseling center will hold Adult Children Of Alcoholics/ Dysfunctional Families Group from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Call (512) 245-2208 for more information. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the CSC. The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For questions, contact the Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, at

On this day 1960 — The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, Ill.

Higher Ground the LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry will meet at 5:30 p.m. for prayers, followed by a free dinner at 6 p.m. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church across from The Tower. Everyone is welcome.

1962 — “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on CBS-TV. 1964 — “Gilligan’s Island” premiered on CBS-TV. The show aired for the last time on Sept. 4, 1967.

Bible study will be held in the lounge of the CSC on at 7 p.m. A student-led rosary will be prayed in the chapel of the CSC at 6:25 p.m.

1969 — “The Brady Bunch” series premiered on ABC-TV.

Adult Children Of Alcoholics/ Dysfunctional Families Group will meet from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Texas State students need to call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208 to schedule a screening for this group. The American Marketing Association will present guest speaker Bryan Miller, director of Marketing & Promotions for Texas State Intercollegiate Athletics at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. All majors welcome. Free food & drinks available at 5:15 p.m. For more information, check out edu/AMA. Student Association for Campus Activities Membership Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Lilly’s Lounge on the 4th floor of the LBJSC. For questions, call (512) 245-8263. The second half of the special presentation, “Forgiveness & Healing,” will take place at the CSC at 7 p.m. Volleyball will play Texas Southern at 7 pm. at Strahan Coliseum.

THURSDAY The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For questions, contact the Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, at An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, (512) 245-3601. The Counseling Center offers the following groups: Facing the Fear (Anxiety Group) from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and Women’s Personal Growth Group from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For information or to sign up, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Go to and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.

1985 — Shamu was born at Sea World in Orlando, FL. Shamu was the first killer whale to survive being born in captivity. 1986 — The episode of “Dallas” that had Bobby Ewing returning Monty Marion/Star photo from the dead was aired. A line of thunderstorms passed through Central Texas Saturday night. After the storm, lightning strikes were seen southeast of J.C. Kellam.

1986 — William H. Rehnquist became chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court following the retirement of Warren Burger.

CRIME BL TTER Health Beat University Police Department Sept. 20, 8:06 p.m. Arrest/Coliseum Lot An officer made contact with a student for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation, the student was arrested for driving with an invalid license. The student was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Sept. 21, 2:22 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Hines Building An officer was dispatched in reference to a medical emergency where a student reported being ill and passing out. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation. Sept. 21, 5:31 p.m. Failure to Comply/ Striking Unattended Vehicle/Endzone Complex A student reported to a police officer that an unknown individual had hit their vehicle. This

case is under investigation. Sept. 21, 5:37 p.m. Driving while License Suspended/Invalid/ Possession Drug Paraphernalia/Concho & N. LBJ Drive An officer made contact with a student for a routine traffic violation. Upon further investigation, the student was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and arrested for driving while license suspended. The student was transported to HCLEC to await magistration. Sept. 20, 3:33 p.m. Warrant Service/ Owens & Holland An officer made contact with a student for a routine traffic violation. Upon further investigation, the student was arrested for an outstanding warrant and transported to HCLEC to await magistration.

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Exercise keeps students’ bodies, wallets fit You may be headed toward the middle of the semester beset with tests, projects, homesickness and the desire to simply relax. You can find a quick outlet by sleeping in or by relaxing with the remote in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other. But the truth is, this probably doesn’t make the best use of your downtime. With readings, tests and projects, students can reach the point of overload. But instead of numbing yourself with reruns and Madden NFL Football, clear your mind by adding a 30-minute workout into your daily schedule. Play a round of golf at the Texas State Golf Course for $3, swim some laps at the Aqua Sports Center or bring your headphones and watch your favorite show while working out at the Student Recreation Center. You only have one body. Why risk your life, health and financial well-being when you have the opportunity now to get your body toned and tuned? One of the main advantages of using exercise to boost your

mood is its instant stimulation of endorphins. Follow an exercise regimen or have our Fitness & Wellness Program create a workout and diet you can greatly benefit from for a small fee. Feed your soul with new experiences and new heights. Get away from the walls of school and take on a new activity you’ve always wanted to try, or go to a place you’ve never been before. Outdoor Recreation at Texas State provides students with opportunities such as caving and camping West Texas for a weekend, backpacking through Lost Maples and canoeing Big Bend. In order to keep up with a demanding schedule, it is be beneficial to keep your mind, body and soul healthy. To find out more information about the activities mentioned above, pick up a Campus Recreation Activity Guide or visit our Web site at www.campusrecreation. —Courtesy of Campus Recreation


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Campus Christian groups will hold prayer session in The Quad By Danielle Madsen The University Star Students will be celebrating See You at the Pole Wednesday by joining in prayer and worship. See You at the Pole is a nationwide, student-led event that involves meeting at the flagpole to pray for school, friends, teach-

ers, government and the nation. It will be held at 7 a.m. by the flagpole in The Quad near the electronic marquee. On-campus Christian organizations are involved in the event, including Sigma Phi Lambda, Unlimited Praise, Campus Crusade for Christ, Lambda Omega Alpha and Every Nation. This year, SYATP was coor-

Organizations look for student help at Volunteer Fair By Kelsey Voelkel Special to The Star The Texas State Student Volunteer Connection is hosting its annual Volunteer Fair today at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “(Attending the Volunteer Fair) is a great opportunity for students, because they will be able to meet face to face with the different organizations and agencies that are found in and around San Marcos. Students will be able to meet possible permanent volunteers and interact with agencies that do hire and are looking for willing students,” said Rachel Offineer, graduate assistant for the Student Volunteer Connection. The fair will include more than 30 organizations from

San Marcos and Austin seeking students for volunteer work. Offineer said volunteer work offer students the chance to expand their horizons as well as their resumes. “It’s a chance for students to get outside Texas State and to get involved in different things and to see where and what help is needed; a lot of people need help on the outside,” she said. Kimberly Porterfield, director of Community Relations, said attending the fair is “a one-step opportunity for Texas State students to learn about needs in San Marcos.” “Instead of calling around or running around trying to get information, students could stop by and find out the different ways they can contribute,” Porterfield said.

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Nelson said his company obtained more than 200 ExpressNews subscriptions. “Since this happened, we now have a model in place that whatever university we’re at, we meet with the school’s representatives to determine what gear they want and what they don’t want,” Nelson said. In light of the apologies, ASG President Kyle Morris urged Senator Daniel Browning, economics senior, to retract his authorship from the bill. Morris said he was originally “prepared for a dogfight over a moratorium on the San Antonio Express-News subscription sales in The Quad and on campus.” “Instead, I think we’re going to leave this meeting tonight with a sense of understanding and respect and two new friends,” Morris said. The distribution of UT gear on campus also sparked another piece of legislation that passed Monday night. It suggests an additional restriction on the Solicitation Request Form that would ban on-campus solicitors from giving away or selling “collegiate merchandise other than Texas State merchandise.” During the meeting, 32 ASG senators and executives were deputized by Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan, allowing them to conduct voter registration drives. San Marcos City Council Member John Thomaides, Place 6, spoke to ASG regarding the Texas Rail Relocation


nstead, I think we’re going to leave this meeting tonight with a sense of understanding and respect and two new friends.” — Kyle Morris ASG president

and Improvement Fund. ASG passed legislation requesting that $200 million dollars be appropriated annually during the next session of the Texas legislature. Thomaides, member of the Austin-San Antonio Intermunicipal Commuter Rail District Board, said the “first important step” in getting a commuter rail from Georgetown to San Antonio is the legislature’s appropriation of the money. He said monies from the fund could be used to relieve traffic congestion, improve commuter safety and improve the mobility of freight. “The possibility of having thousands and thousands of students, who drive into San Marcos everyday from the north or the south, taking a train everyday is exciting,” Thomaides said.

dinated by Campus Crusade for Christ leader and interdisciplinary studies senior Bobbie Rae Campus. Campus has been participating in SYATP since junior high. “I hope it will be a success,” Campus said. “See You at the Pole is very close to my heart because I’ve done it a lot through my church. I really wanted to

get something going.” Blair Little, interdisciplinary studies junior, is the vice president of Sigma Phi Lambda. She will be the greeter at SYATP. “We’re joining all the Christian organizations together to have an outreach,” Little said. “There are so many Christian organizations that people do not know about and it gets us

together and united for prayer and fellowship.” Josh Bronleewe, sound recording technology senior and Campus Crusade for Christ worship leader, will conduct the SYATP. “I think prayer is a powerful thing, and it’s exciting to see what happens when college student(s) pray on a college

campus,” Bronleewe said. “It’s pretty cool to come together to worship one God.” The event will include breakfast following the worship and prayer. “Its going to be a lot of fellowship and a great time to sing songs, pray and praise God for everything he’s done,” Campus said.

Specter doubts Congress will finish business before midterms By Barbara Barrett McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON, D.C. — With less than a week before Congress begins its fall recess, Sen. Arlen Specter said he doesn’t expect much action on the terrorism inSpecter terrogation bill that’s attracted so much attention. Or on the bill regarding President Bush’s secret surveillance program. Or on comprehensive immigration reform. Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Commit-

tee, sees a heavy congressional agenda but little hope for completing it this week. Republicans head home to concentrate on retaining control of the Senate and the House of Representatives in the Nov. 7 elections. “We’re unlikely to finish up very much, and we’ve got a lot to do,” Specter said in a speech Monday at the National Press Club. “I’ve never seen so much work left to do.” All three pieces of legislation came through the Judiciary Committee, and each has met with complicated opposition and drawn-out negotiations. On Sunday, Specter came out against the compromise on interrogating suspected terrorists that the White House finally worked out with Sen. John McCain of Arizona. McCain and his fellow Republican senators John Warner

of Virginia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina argued that Bush’s initial plan might run afoul of the Geneva Conventions, which protect prisoners of war against torture. Bush has said that he wants to be able to use tough “alternative interrogation methods” to pry information from possible terrorists. Specter opposed a clause in the compromise that, for some suspects, would remove the protections of habeas corpus, a tradition that predates the Magna Carta of 1215 and affirms that prisoners are entitled to have a court review whether they’re being held legally. “It’s been around a long time … and emblazoned in the Constitution that habeas corpus can be suspended only in the event of rebellion or invasion,” Specter said Monday. “We don’t

have either of these now.” This also is the last week for Congress to consider immigration reform. The House last week passed legislation to build 700 miles of new fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Specter said he supported the fence, but he said he also thinks that the country should devise a guest-worker program and determine how to deal with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already living here, issues dealt with in a bill the Senate passed earlier this year. Specter said the Senate might finish legislation this week that defines the government’s authority to monitor suspected terrorist-related phone calls. “I think it’s important, even in the last week, that we do it right,” Specter said. “If we can’t get it done right, we ought not to do it.”

Bush defends position on terror despite report By Ron Hutcheson McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON, D.C. — A newly disclosed intelligence assessment that contradicts President Bush’s claim that the war in Iraq has made America safer also casts doubt on the Republican campaign strategy for the November elections. Democrats seized on the intelligence findings Sunday to challenge Republican assertions that Bush and his congressional allies offer the best protection against terrorists. The assessment, the consensus opinion of the entire federal intelligence network, concluded that the Iraq war has fueled Islamic extremism and contributed to the spread of terror cells. Sen. Edward Kennedy, DMass., said in a prepared statement that the intelligence analysis “should be the final nail in the coffin for President Bush’s phony argument about the Iraq war.” “Despite what President Bush says,” Kennedy said, “the intelligence community has reported the plain truth: The misguided war in Iraq has metastasized and spread terrorism like cancer around the world.” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the analysis is “further proof that the war in Iraq is making it harder for America to fight and win the war on terror.” She said Bush “should read the intelligence carefully before giving another misleading speech about progress in the war on terrorism.” White House officials declined to discuss the classified intelligence findings, which were disclosed in Sunday editions of The New York Times and The Washington Post newspapers. The assessment came in a report known as a National Intelligence Estimate, which reflects the consensus view of 16 government intelligence services, including the CIA. The newspapers did not offer direct quotations from the report, relying instead on characterizations of the document by unnamed government officials. White House spokesman Peter Watkins said that the newspaper accounts did not provide the full story, but he declined to elaborate because the report remains classified. The classified report was

George Bridges/MCT COUNTER INTELLIGENCE: According to new intelligence findings, contrary to the president’s claims, America is not safer from terrorism because of the war in Iraq.

completed in April, but disclosed just six weeks before congressional elections that are likely to hinge on national security issues. Republican strategists are hoping that voter confidence in Bush’s handling of terrorism will help their party retain control of Congress. “The Bush administration lives or dies, in terms of national security, on the claim that they have indeed made America safer,” said Dennis Goldford, a political science professor at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. “This is at the heart of the Republican rationale for continued control of government.” He called the report “kryptonite for Superman,” referring to the substance that disables the comic book hero. But Goldford said the political impact depends on “how skillful the Democrats are in exploiting” the newly disclosed intelligence findings. “Never underestimate the Republicans’ ability to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and never underestimate the Democrats’ ability to make a

sow’s ear out of a silk purse,” he said. Polls indicate that Bush’s handling of the war on terrorism remains a strong point for Republicans, despite widespread discontent with the war in Iraq. A recent Gallup Poll found that 57 percent of Americans think the war on terrorism is going well. Bush has played up his strength with a series of recent speeches linking Iraq to the broader war on terrorism and defending his national security record. Watkins, the White House spokesman, echoed the president’s previous remarks when asked Sunday to respond

to the intelligence assessment. “Terrorists are determined, and we’re taking the fight to them,” Watkins said. “We’re keeping the pressure on and staying on the offensive, and that’s the best way to win the war on terror.” But even some Republicans acknowledged that the intelligence report undermines Bush’s claims that his decision to invade Iraq has made America safer. Appearing on CNN, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, agreed that the Iraq war has become “a focal point for inspiring more radical Islam fundamentalism.”


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Grupo Fantasma


at Lucy’s San Marcos By Jessica Sinn The University Star Salsa dancers swayed their hips to pulsating Latin beats on a steamy Friday night. The harmonic sounds of percussions, saxophones, trombones and sultry Spanish lyrics had the crowd moving with intense energy. Grupo Fantasma, a self-pro-

claimed Latin-funk orchestra, played Friday night at Lucy’s San Marcos for the release of their third album, Grupo Fantasma Comes Alive. Their new album is a collection of Spanish songs, recorded live at Austin’s popular music venue, Antone’s nightclub. Lead vocalist and percussionist, Jose Galeano, writes most of

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PACKED HOUSE: Groupo Fantasma kept the crowd on its feet with their ‘Latin-funk-orchestra’ sound during Friday’s CD-release party.

the lyrics. Galeano said he strives to create meaningful music with a positive vibe. “My ideas come from the moment. Most of the time, I write about women in a very positive way,” Galeano said. “Most of my songs are very happy songs with a positive message. Our music is about things that mean something to us: women, politics, where we live or just being thankful for what we have.” Galeano said that with all types of music genres thrown into the mix, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Grupo Fantasma’s music. “It’s a hybrid of music,” Galeano said. “Grupo Fantasma is a mixture; we’ve got an oldschool sound mixed in with modern hip-hop, salsa and a little bit of Tejano. We reach for every single style in the Latin scope. So eventually, somebody is going to like something.” Grupo Fantasma has received numerous awards and rave reviews from the Austin music circuit and they’re well known for their propulsive stage presence. Trumpet player, Gilbert Elorreaga, is pleased that their album was recorded live be-

cause listeners can experience the intense live-performance energy. “People have been asking us to put out a live album for a long time, which is why we did it. It’s time we put out a CD that shows how we sound on stage,” Elorreaga said. This year, Grupo Fantasma has toured all over the United States and Canada. By performing at folk festivals, rock festivals and nightclubs, the band has accumulated a steady fan base. “It seems that everywhere we go — Canada, the Northeast, the Midwest and the West Coast — packed houses are everywhere, so they’re liking someKaren Wang/Star photo thing,” Elorreaga said. This 11-man band decided to FANTASMA GROOVES: Vocalist Rodolfo Rodriguez and guitarist record their live performance at Adrian M. Quesada of Grupo Fantasma get the crowd moving FriAntone’s to honor their beloved friend and mentor, Clifford An- day at Lucy’s San Marcos during the group’s record release party. tone, who passed away earlier this year. they did. It was a sold-out show exhilarating, the intensity of the “We’ve known that guy for — great crowd — great record- crowd rocked — they were reala long time and he’s always ing systems.” ly feeling it.” Balcom said. “I love been a good friend to us. It’s a Christopher Balcom, an inter- the rhythm of salsa dancing; it’s shame that he had to go. That national studies junior, said that naturally inspiring to move to.” show was definitely for him,” he feels inspired by the crowd’s Grupo Fantasma will play Elorreaga said. “We knew that positive reaction to Grupo Fan- their next show on Oct. 14 in if we were to play at Antone’s, tasma’s performance. Austin at Threadgill’s World everyone would come out, and “I thought their beats were Headquarters.

Black and Latino Playwrights Conference explores themes of war, culture By Julia Riley The University Star Sitting just a few feet away from the actors, playwright Amparo Garcia Crow watched her play, The Faraway Nearby, come to life on a small stage in the theater building. A staged reading of Crow’s play was performed Saturday afternoon as part of the fourth annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, sponsored by the department of theatre and dance. “The conference is an effort to increase black and Latino student presence within the department through new play de-

velopment,” said playwright Joe Luis Cedillo. “It also gives the playwright an environment to develop the play without any commercial pressures.” The conference included a week’s worth of rehearsals and revisions. The playwrights are encouraged to make changes to the script during the conference. “It’s amazing to see how this play has grown and contracted during the conference,” Cedillo said. The Faraway Nearby begins in New Mexico in 1974 and explores the effects of the Vietnam War on the interwoven lives of four characters. “The first act was originally


he conference is an effort to increase black and Latino student presence within the department through new play development.”

— Joe Luis Cedillo playwright

a whole play by itself,” Crow said. “It was inspired by one of Georgia O’Keefe’s last series called ‘A Day with Juan.’” The second act begins more than 30 years later in Thailand and further explores the coincidences that bring the characters together.

“The second part has a Greek element to it,” Crow said. “It is an attempt to understand what happened to the character of Frank.” Cedillo led a short talkback with the audience at the conclusion of the play. Audience members were invited to share the

lines and images that stuck out, both positively and negatively, to them during the play. The play’s overall theme of war was also discussed. “In Buddhist cultures, like in Thailand, individuals do not pursue happiness, which is a contrast to the American culture,” Crow said. The pursuit of happiness effects how the different cultures react to war, as explored in the play. “I was really interested in the victims that aren’t soldiers,” Crow said. Based on responses from the audience, Crow said she would consider separating the two acts into the individual plays she had

intended them to be. “It’s important to me to keep the universes separate but for the stories to remain together,” Crow said. Theatre junior Mark Fowler found the unique set-up of the conference helpful. “The play was abstract,” Fowler said. “It worked, but I was confused while watching it. The talkback at the end helped me form my opinion of the play.” Yo Frederick!, a rap rendition of the early life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, by playwright Gus Edwards, was also performed as part of the conference.


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Symposium held at Music Building to discuss composer By Jeffery D. Hooten Special to the Star In an attempt to better understand the enigmatic personality of Dmitri Shostakovich, a minisymposium discussed what made the Soviet-era composer unique. The symposium was held Monday in the Music Building recital hall. It coincided with the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich’s birth and was a part of the Common Experience initiative. Nico Schüler, associate professor in the school of music, gave the first presentation focusing on how Shostakovich’s music related to the concept of socialist realism, which was encouraged by the Soviet government at the time. “(Shostakovich) was one of those composers that had lots of problems with the (Soviet) government,” Schüler said. Socialist realism is the idea that music and all the arts should be easily understood by all people, so that they can enjoy and appreciate it. Shostakovich’s music was not always considered in compliance with this idea. Whether certain music should be considered a piece of socialist realism is hard to determine, Schüler’s lecture explained and musical examples were played to further this point. Schüler said a teacher once yelled at him when he was a child in East Germany for writing an essay on Shostakovich that did not emphasize the socialistic aspects of the composer. The second lecture, “The Enigmatic Russian,” given by psychology professor Theron Stimmel, discussed the polarized views of Shostakovich’s pieces. “I think ultimately he wanted to be judged by his music,” Stimmel said. Stimmel said there is no way to introduce oneself directly in modern Russian by saying “I am,” and instead a phrase similar to “I represent myself to be”

SU DO KU Complete the grid so that every row, column, and 3-by-3 box contains every digit from one through nine inclusively.

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Jennifer Williams/Star photo REMEMBRANCE: Nico Schüler, school of music associate professor, opens a lecture on the legacy of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The lecture took place Monday in the Music Building recital hall.

is used. For Shostakovich, this need to directly identify himself came through his music. The disagreement in how to view Shostakovich’s music was also addressed in the third presentation given by English professor Paul Cohen. “I can’t think of any other composer in musical history where there is so much disagreement over the meaning of his music,” Cohen said. “He was at various times in his life very harshly criticized by the

Soviet state and communist government for writing music that was not supportive of the (communist) revolution and the Soviet state.” Cohen made reference to two books: Europe Central, fiction by William Vollmann, and Testimony by Solomon Volkov, which portray Shostakovich as more of a quiet dissident than the “good communist” many thought him to be. Yet the validity of these two accounts is uncertain.

Hispanic audience main focus of new MTV network © Pappocom

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By Erin Chan Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Lights flash hues of purple, pink, ivy and indigo onto the dance floor of Harem Nightclub in northwest Detroit. Speakers blaze with a hit song by Zion Y Lennox, who chant reggaeton-style lyrics: “Ella hace todo por seducirme/Y yo voy, voy, voy.” (“She does everything to seduce me/And I go, go, go.”) The men and women smile and dance, mouthing the lyrics. They switch from Spanish to English when Nelly Furtado croons, “Promiscuous boy/ You already know/That I’m all yours/What you waiting for?” This is precisely the kind of crowd MTV hopes to capture with MTV Tr3s, launched on Monday, 10 days into Hispanic Heritage Month. The channel will target young, bicultural, bilingual Latinos like the ones at Harem Nightclub. Unlike MTV Español, which, for the past several years, has broadcast Spanish-language music videos with almost no commentary, MTV Tr3s will feature distinct programs and bilingual VJs. Tr3s is pronounced tres, Spanish for three. The channel hopes to lure the segment of young America largely responsible for the emergence of Latino hip-hop and for the cross-cultural popularity of

LATINO GROOVES: Spanish-language artists such as the Kumbia Kings will be featured in MTV’s newest channel, MTV Tr3s, which began airing this week.

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here are special things about Latino youth that most programming wasn’t meeting.”

— Emma Carrasco MTV Tr3s spokeswoman

reggaeton, a musical genre that combines the beats of reggae and dance hall with those of bomba and plena and is sung mostly in Spanish. “Latino kids are telling us they want their hybrid identity to be represented,” said Emma Carrasco, an MTV Tr3s spokeswoman who was born to Mexican immigrant parents. “There’s something seamless about Latino youth in the way they transition between cultures and there’s a very deep dimension to that. There are special things about Latino youth that most programming wasn’t meeting. MTV Tr3s has been an opportunity to go beyond video jukebox programming.” Much of the initial programming on MTV Tr3s has been culled and adapted from successful shows on MTV. Instead of the popular TRL, or Total Request Live, MTV Tr3s will air MiTRL (My TRL). Instead of Pimp My Ride, where viewers’ junky cars are fixed up, there will be Pimpeando, whose hosts expand on the original by

focusing on Latino car culture. Instead of My Super Sweet Sixteen, which follows teens as they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their 16th birthday parties, there will be Quiero Mis Quinces. The show will document the elaborate quinceañera parties that are a coming-out tradition when Hispanic girls turn 15. All video segments on MTV Tr3s will feature a mix of Spanish, English and sometimes Spanglish music, said Lily Neumeyer, MTV Tr3s vice president of programming. The channel, as a whole, is designed for Latinos ages 12 to 34, though MTV Tr3s considers ages 12 to 24 its “sweet spot.” “The target segment is young Latinos caught between two worlds,” said Tr3s General Manager Lucia Ballas-Traynor, who experienced a similar situation when she came from Chile to suburban New York 30 years ago. “These kids are different from immigrant arrivals and they’re different from the mainstream.”


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Kicking the habit The butt stops here By Laura Jamison The University Star It is in The Quad, lurking at campus bus stops and outside residence halls. Nicotine, which according to the American Cancer Society is as addictive as cocaine or heroin, tempts numerous Texas State students in the form of cigarettes. Many students say they can quit cold turkey or say they are simply not addicted. According to Thomas J. Stokes, assistant professor of respiratory care, it is just not that easy. In fact, quitting is hard because your body becomes physically and psychologically dependent on it. “Smokers go through withdrawals, and if they go one or two days without it, their body will actually crave it and they can’t fight that urge. That is when they go ahead and light up again,” Stokes said. Chris Russian, assistant professor of respiratory care, said the first step might be the toughest. “I did a study about six years ago and asked college students if they would be interested in a smoking cessation program. We found that college students really have quite a bit of addiction to cigarette smoking, but they are not really interested in a program to help them quit because they feel like they can quit on their own,” Russian said. Rees Willard, an exercise and sports science junior, quit by setting a plan of exercise and selfdiscipline. “I smoked for four years and I just got through quitting by doing a lot of running, staying away from people who do smoke and working out a lot,” Willard said. Stokes said there are two predominant drugs students can use to handle withdrawal: Nicorette gum and the NicoDerm patch. “Either the patch or other medication is going to help. The

Monty Marion/Star photo illustration BAD HABITS: Smoking cigarettes can cause a strong physiological addiction. With an abundance of available medications and programs designed to help smokers quit, fighting off the urge no longer has to be a losing battle.

key is having those products available for the students to use so they can go ahead and wear it. It is effective, it works and it is FDA approved. The problem with it is the patients have to be 100 percent committed,” Stokes said. According to the ACS, there are several other medications such as nasal spray, inhalers and lozenges that reduce cravings. The ACS recommends the 16hour patch for light-to-average tobacco users and the 24-hour patch for heavy tobacco users. Hypnosis and acupuncture are alternative methods to help smokers quit. Stokes hopes more students will make the decision to quit smoking in November during the Great American Smokeout. The respiratory care department is putting together a grassroots effort to provide students with the information and means to quit. “It does not do any good to just go out there and say smoking is bad … because, No. 1, it is an addiction so we have to treat it that way,” Stokes said.

Tips to quit smoking According to the American Cancer Society there is a four step quitting process: 1. Making the decision to quit 2. Setting a quit date and choosing a quit plan 3. Dealing with withdrawal 4. Staying quit (maintenance) Smokers can call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 to find a local quit-line program.

Making solid friendships takes bold actions By Jessica Yadegaran Contra Costa Times WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Terra Khachooni has plenty of friends. The 26-year-old real estate consultant can travel to almost any large city and crash with an old buddy. But, at home in San Francisco, she yearned for deeper, closer connections. “You have your high school friends and your college friends, but that next group of friends is the hardest to find,” Khachooni said. After college, like many adults, Khachooni took a job in a city away from home. At work, she struggled to find friends. “The company was all-male and these guys would just hit on me,” Khachooni said. Eventually, Khachooni returned home, hoping to establish roots and reconnect with friends. Once back in the San Francisco Bay area, however, she found that many had relocated for jobs. The ones who were around busied themselves with book clubs, work friends and spouses. “You go where the job is, so the friends you make fade away as quickly as you make them,” Khachooni said. “We’re so mobile these days that it’s hard to cultivate those real friendships.” Khachooni is not alone, according to Duke University researchers. In a recent study, they found Americans have only two close friends — down from three 20 years ago — on whom they can lean.

So how do adults make new friends? Whether you’re in a new city or entering the next phase in life, it can be tough. Sure, you can cram hundreds of friends into your MySpace, but can you really count on them? Khachooni, for one, has taken proactive steps to making more female friends, much like some women pursue men, she said. “We literally say, ‘Let’s go meet some girls,’” Khachooni said. “We might go to a happy hour and try to strike up conversations, maybe starting with a compliment like, ‘Cute shoes.’” She’s also had luck with classes, public parties on Evite and with Gen Art, an arts organization with a loyal following of 21- to 39-year-olds. There, she supports causes and meets like-minded people. When Khachooni met Ally, the girlfriend of a co-worker, she was thrilled. “I told her straight up that I was more excited to get cool girls’ phone numbers than guys,” Khachooni said. “She felt the same way.” These days, Khachooni sends out mass e-mails inviting these new friends to brunch, happy hours and weekend getaways. “You can throw out a big net and maybe only one person will respond, so you get close to her,” she said. “If you want solid friends, you have to be bold. You have to be active in following up. You have to keep calling and inviting people to things.”

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mavs’mauling Volleyball dropped its first Southland Conference match over the weekend, losing at Texas–Arlington Saturday in four games. The Bobcats took the first game 32-30, but lost games three through four 36-34, 30-17 and 30-27. Lawrencia Brown led Texas State in kills with 18. Sophomores Amy Weigle and Emily Jones each added 10. UTA’s Teena Sobczak paced all players offensively with 23 kills. The Bobcats return to action at home Wednesday against Texas Southern. Game time at Strahan Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.

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s upset as we were, we could have done things to win the game. We had a dropped touchdown and two missed field goals.”

—David Bailiff football coach

The Southland Conference officials acknowledged Thursday an officiating error that took six points from the Bobcats in GORDON TAYLOR the first quarter Star Columnist of the Northern Colorado game. The SLC’s admission of officiating errors was the first I heard about the issue other than the usual complaining from fans. Coach David Bailiff and staff handled the issue perfectly. There were no press conferences pleading to the SLC for the game to be stricken from the record, or preaching about how the officials denied the players and coaches the satisfaction of victory. Chances are that Bailiff, his staff and the players realize this error occurred very early in the game and they had many opportunities later in play to pull ahead. They realize the game against Northern Colorado was one they should have won. The referees, although they certainly didn’t help the cause, were not the reason they lost. This officiating error and its acknowledgement occurred following a much more publicized controversy involving Oklahoma and the officiating crew of the Pac-10 over a game at Oregon during the same weekend. The disputed calls concerned an onside kick recovered by the kicking team (Oregon) before it traveled 10 yards and an incorrectly called pass interference penalty. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and university president David Boren handled their loss very poorly, and I would venture as far to say they handled it in the exact opposite fashion as the Bobcats. It was pathetic, seeing grown men holding press conferences begging for the game to be eliminated from their record and for officials to be suspended for the rest of the season. They also wrote letters to the Pac10 threatening to pull out of their scheduled 2008 game at Washington if something isn’t done about the officiating. Sure, the Sooners were on the business end of some bad officiating, but Stoops and company made it seem like the refs intercepted a pass, took it in for the score, spiked the ball, and ripped down the goal posts. Stoops also babbled uncontrollably about how his players and coaches were denied the satisfaction of a win because of the officiating. Yes, you were denied the satisfaction of victory. No, it was not the referee’s fault. As I recall, the game ended when the Ducks blocked a Sooners field goal. Did the refs block it? I think not. Should the game have gotten to that point? Probably not, but a distinguished football university such as Oklahoma has to know that you have to overcome adversity some times, right? Conversely, SLC Commissioner Tom Burnett commended the Texas State administration and coaching staff on their handling of the unfortunate situation. I doubt the same such commendations will be passed down to Stoops and Boren. I suggest a condemnation for being children who need to worry about their own players staying away from car dealerships before they tell another conference how it needs to operate. You’re supposed to put yourself in a spot where the refs, or anyone else, can’t take a victory away. “As upset as we were, we could have done things to win the game,” Bailiff said Thursday after the league’s statement. “We had a dropped touchdown and two missed field goals.” Our coaching staff seems to have a firm grasp on this concept. Does Stoops? Doesn‘t look like it.

Bobcats suffer ‘tough loss’ to Thunderbirds, 30-21 By Chris Boehm The University Star Texas State’s offense registered its highest point total in three weeks, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 30-21 loss at Southern Utah, Saturday. “I am disappointed we lost,” said coach David Bailiff. “We just have to make a decision as an entire football team that we are not going to take it anymore, that we’re going to draw a line in the sand and continue to improve.” Texas State fell behind early for the second week in a row, trailing 21-7 at halftime. The Bobcats scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the game, but a scoring run from Wes Marshall sealed the win for Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds’ quarterback drove down the field in four plays, scoring on a 38-yard sprint with a minute left in the third quarter. “We had a pretty slow first half,” quarterback Bradley George said. “Obviously, we made too many mistakes throughout the game that cost us. We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot.” George threw for 266 on 17-for-34 passing and three touchdowns in his first start, but also tossed two interceptions and was sacked for a safety late in the game. The play gave Southern Utah two last points with eight minutes left in the game. “I thought I did a good enough job preparing myself over the week, but apparently I didn’t,” George said. “It’s a tough loss. I’m going to take most of the blame for this loss with the turnovers and stuff. But I promise you, I’m going to bust my tail twice as hard next week and the week after to get this team ready.” The Bobcats committed 10 penalties for 126 yards, after 11 flags contributed to last week’s loss versus Northern Colorado. The yardage was a seasonhigh. “I’ve got to do a better job getting these kids to execute what needs to be executed,” Bailiff said. “We have to be assignment-sound.” Southern Utah went 83 yards on the third possession of the game to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Johnny Sanchez ran 74 yards to the end zone, making it three games in a row that Texas State has fallen behind early. The Bobcats gave up 280 yards on the ground, led by Sanchez’ 145. Alvin Canady responded for Texas State on the next drive, scoring on an 83-yard pass from George. Canady, a San Marcos native, led the Bobcats with 183 yards from scrimmage and

Photo Courtesy of Ben Draper/University Journal BRING HIM DOWN: The Texas State defense mobs Southern Utah tight end Brett Johansen during the Bobcats’ 21-30 loss in Cedar City, Utah.

two touchdown receptions. Canady carried the ball eight times for 40 yards, as the Bobcats totaled 106 rushing yards as a team. “That kid is one special player,” George said of Canady. “We have to get the ball in his hands any way we can so he can make things happen.” The Thunderbirds retook the lead and increased it to 21-7 on two scoring grabs by Joey Hew Len. Texas State would begin its comeback following the intermission. “I thought the defense came out really focused (in the third quarter),” Bailiff said. “We had some tough calls that changed the outcome of the game. Once again, if we just execute like we’re supposed to, those calls are not going to affect us.” George completed four of six passes on the third quarter’s opening drive, finding fullback Blake Burton for a three-yard touchdown pass. The quarterback connected with Canady later in the period for a second scoring hookup, tying the game at 21.

Game Notes

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A year later

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Burton’s touchdown catch was his first in a year and a day. The sophomore’s last came Sept. 22, 2005 at Texas A&M.

Sophomore kicker Andrew Ireland went three for three on extra points Saturday, relieving Kyle Bronson after the former missed two field goals in last week’s one-point loss to Northern Colorado. Ireland transferred this off season from Baylor, where as a redshirt freshman he handled two kickoffs.

Not so Jolly Senior running back Daniel Jolly was suspended by the coaching staff for Saturday’s game and did not travel with the team to Cedar City. Jolly is fourth on the team with 53 yards on the ground, averaging 2.5 per carry. Jolly entered the season as the team’s top returning running back, totaling 515 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago. Wasson the wide out Chase Wasson played his first game at wide receiver this season, after George was selected over the junior to start under center. Wasson finished with one

Goodbye Texas State gets the week off following its 1-2 start and prepares to open Southland Conference play at home Oct. 7 against Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks sit at 0-4 after a 37-35 loss to Central Arkansas. Game time is set for 7 p.m. “We have a new season coming up,” Canady said. “Conference play begins and that’s more important for us. We know that’s when it all counts.”

Owls, Cougars best ’Cats in weekend soccer action By Jacob Mustafa The University Star A controversial 82nd-minute whistle in the box led to a penalty shot and goal for Rice Friday night, giving the Owls a 1-0 win over Texas State. Two days later the Bobcats fell 4-1 at Houston, their sixth-straight loss. Texas State left the field Friday night hungry but not entirely disappointed. “It’s the best performance I’ve seen from us all season,” said Coach Kat Conner. “It was even better than our win against Centenary earlier this year.” After a rough start for goalkeeper Samantha Fraser, when she allowed 10 goals in two games, the freshman collected four saves and kept the game scoreless until the last penalty kick. “I don’t think I was having too many problems in the other games,” Fraser said. “I thought I did play my best game today, though.” The Bobcats may have left with a loss, but the defeat came at the hands of Conference USA’s top team. Rice, 8-0-1, found ways to get control of the ball constantly in Friday’s match, using speed to find steals and challenge the Bobcats’ defenders. The attack eventually led to the late penalty shot by Samantha Conn. Rice forwards Clory Martin and Katelyn Ostendorf’s constant pressure on the overworked Texas State defenders helped quell any chances of a Bobcat offensive attack. “Obviously, our offense isn’t where it needs to be,” said Conner. Texas State’s offense did put more Monty Marion/Star photo strain on Rice’s coverage in the second SIDELINE SAVE: Senior forward Natalie Holder runs to save a pass from rolling out period, increasing from three shots to of bounds during the Bobcats’ Friday night loss to Rice at home. A goal off a pen10 by the end of the game. The shot differential was still 20-10 in favor of alty kick in the 82nd minute gave the Owls the1-0 lead they held onto for the win.

the Owls when it was over. The Bobcats have scored eight goals all season, the primary reason for their 1-8 record. Coupled with the loss, Texas State lost senior midfielder Amy Benton to a late first-period injury. Conner said the injury might force Benton to miss a couple of games. This was Texas State’s first home game in three weeks, as 841 fans gave the Bobcats support they had not heard on road trips to Flagstaff, Ariz. and El Paso. Sunday, Conner and company were unable to carry any momentum from Friday night’s game in losing by three. The Cougars had big contributions from Courtney Gaines and Sophia Mundy, who each scored two goals in their third straight victory. “I’m hoping it’s not a step back, but I’m not proud of how we played Sunday,” said Conner. “We came out very flat in Houston.” The Bobcats gave up another penalty kick in the 16th minute of the afternoon match, allowing Gaines to score her eighth goal this season. “We have to know if we’re goal side on the defender,” said Conner. “We don’t need to panic.” Texas State’s midfielder Elyse Ehlinger scored her first goal of the season in the 85th minute to help the Bobcats avoid a second consecutive shutout. The Houston game was the Bobcats’ last non-conference match of the season; they will be entering Southland Conference play Wednesday at Texas–San Antonio. The Roadrunners’ program is in its first year of varsity women’s soccer. Game time is set for 7 coach.

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09 26 2006