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SEPTEMBER 28, 2006
VOLUME 96, ISSUE 16
Dean brings ‘moral beacon’ message to Austin By Nick Georgiou The University Star AUSTIN—Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean made a fundraising stop Tuesday a block north of the Capitol to show support for local Democrats running for ofﬁce. “We want to be a moral beacon for the rest of the world again,” Dean said. “We are a great country. We just have bad leadership, and we can change that, and you can change that because remember: you have the power.” The fundraiser, held at Scholz Garden, drew a crowd of about 100. Dean began his speech by paying homage to the late Ann Richards, referring to her time in ofﬁce as the “glory days of Texas.”
“And you know what? I think her hair looked much better than (Governor) Rick Perry’s,” Dean said. “They (both) have that big Texas hair, but the difference is she had a big brain behind that big hair.” Dean touched on several domestic and foreign policy issues that he said needed a change in direction. He said America is in need of a new health care system, and used the example of Costa Rica to illustrate how far behind the U.S. is compared to the rest of the world. He said Costa Rica is able to have health insurance for all citizens and balance its budget at the same time. “The Republicans haven’t been able to do to either one of those,” he said. Dean said changing the health care system is not only the right thing to do, but that it is abso-
New covered bus stop ‘beneﬁcial, necessary’
lutely essential if America wants jobs. He said General Motors and Ford are “hemorrhaging” jobs all over the country because the companies are paying more for health care than they are paying for steel. To further protect and create jobs in the U.S., Dean promoted energy independence, which he said would give rise to a new industry that would supply millions of American jobs and reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil. Dean also advocated a public school system run by local governments. “We have an education system in this country that the president wants to run from Washington, and now I saw in the paper today that the secretary of education thinks that you shouldn’t be able to run the colleges, that
they can do that,” Dean said. During his 15-minute speech, Dean did not address how he plans to make those changes. Instead, his appearance focused more on motivation, urging audience members to go out and knock on as many doors as they can. Dean said the Democratic mindset — “we will win because we are the ones who are right” — has hindered their progress. “It doesn’t work like that,” he said. “We think we’re going to win if we work hard for 10 months out of the four-year cycle, but you have got to work for four years out of that fouryear cycle.” Dean said getting back the Nick Georgiou/Star photo states that democrats have lost BRINGIN IN THE BUCKS: Howard Dean, chairman of the Demofor the past 15 to 20 years is not cratic National Committee, speaks with supporters Wednesday at an overnight process. See DEAN, page 4
Scholz Garden in Austin during a fundraiser to help raise money for local Democrats.
Protesters rally weekly to demonstrate against war By A.N. Hernández The University Star
David Racino/Star photo GETTING BETTER: A new, covered bus stop is in the works for those who live at Bobcat Village. It is slated for completion by mid-October, will comply with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines and will include a sidewalk.
By Georgia Fisher The University Star A covered bus stop will be constructed on Aquarena Springs Drive near Bobcat Village as part of Texas State’s Master Plan. The new bus stop will service students who rode the former Bobcat Village route. It will be built at the curb nearest to the apartment complex’s parking area. Slated to be ﬁnished in midOctober, the stop will also be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accesability Guidelines and will include a sidewalk. A shaded place to sit is essential for the basic comfort and safety of bus riders, said Matt Kelley, communication design senior.
“It’s beneﬁcial and necessary,” Kelley said. “Having no covered structure when you make people sit 30 minutes in the sun, in the heat — that’s wrong.” He said Texas weather is especially important to consider. “Texas is so damn hot; people will dehydrate,” he said. “This can cause heatstroke in someone who had to wait for the bus.” With winter approaching, a covered waiting spot is especially important, said full time driver James Byrd. “Building a stop is ideal if they’re not going to have a Bobcat Village bus ever again,” Byrd said. “And if things go as planned and we keep picking people up at the big tree in front See BUSES, page 3
For James Broadway making antiwar signs is an art. A few pieces of colored poster board, permanent markers, a handful of nails, wooden stakes and some curt phrases are all the Kyle resident needs to fashion his signs. They bear phrases like “Will Work 4 Peace” in chunky lettering. Broadway, 54, said he is proud of his art and he is proud of his cause. “I like to keep my signs simple. You know — one word, two words,” Broadway said. “The whole idea is so while people are sitting here at the light or driving past, it’s like boom, boom, boom. They really don’t have to read anything.” He and his wife, Deborah Broadway, have been protesting every Wednesday evening for more than a year on The Square at the intersection of South LBJ Monty Marion/Star photo Drive and Hopkins Street. TWO OF A KIND: Deborah and James Broadway, both Kyle residents, stand protest the war in Iraq “We’ve only missed one week on The Square. because it was really cold. I think it was last November, during an ice storm, and we although they do not have an them into the air, the protesters by day, said the group of people thought, ‘We’ll just stay in to- ofﬁcial name or any formal “just wing it.” met in front of the courthouse night,’” Deborah Broadway membership, they meet every James Broadway said there in support of Cindy Sheehan’s said. Wednesday evening from 7 to are about a dozen regulars, but ﬁrst trip to Crawford, and their The Broadways are part of 8 p.m. could not give an exact num- weekly meetings are “a continua small, informal group of James Broadway said whom- ber. ation in protest of the war that people who meet to protest ever wants to come out to pro“When people ask us who we Cindy Sheehan started.” the war in Iraq, the prisoners test will come out to protest. are, I say, ‘We’re the people,’” he “It’s an antiwar protest,” held at Guantanamo Bay and After staking their homemade said. See PROTESTORS, page 3 President Bush’s policies. And signs into the ground or lifting James Broadway, a mariachi
Crickets swarm San Marcos By Brooke Keller Special to The Star Fall is here again with all of its familiarities: cooler weather, falling leaves, shorter days — and crickets. “It is a periodic fact of urban living that ﬁeld crickets come out in the fall,” said Mike Quinn, Texas Parks and Wildlife invertebrate biologist. “This is something that happens every fall all over Texas and beyond that as well, but this is a good year where they are locally abundant.” Autumn marks the mating period for ﬁeld crickets, which are typically plentiful after a
summer drought. “There is a population explosion in the fall. They come out in response to rain, similar to the snout butterﬂies,” Quinn said, referring to the butterﬂy masses seen across Texas. The crickets are attracted to areas where there is heavy outdoor lighting. Because of this, some local businesses have found themselves dealing with a cricket infestation problem. “It’s like one of the seven plagues,” said Inez Hernandez, geography junior and Yellow Store employee. Hernandez said the local convenience store has had to close its drive-through on several oc-
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casions because of the crickets. “We can’t even open our drive-through window without them jumping on us,” said Joann Treviño, Yellow Store employee. Treviño said once the sun sets, the crickets gather at the base of the building, and sometimes cover almost one-fourth of the outside of the windows. “When the cars pull up and see the window, they drive off,” Hernandez said. Yellow store employees have dealt with the problem by sweeping them away from the building each night. “We call ourselves the cricket grim reapers,” Treviño said.
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Employees of the Yellow Store said opportunists seeking free pet food for reptiles have frequented the convenience store. “People come by a lot to get crickets to feed their lizards,” Treviño said, “When they try to pay for a cup to collect them, we just say ‘Take them.’” The Yellow Store is not the only local business currently facing a cricket problem. “I went to Subway at 2 a.m. and the door was guarded by crickets,” said Jennifer MarMonty Marion/Star photo tinez, English sophomore. “It COUNTLESS CRICKETS: Outside the Yellow Store, on the corner was covered. You couldn’t even of Hopkins and North Edward Gary streets, hundreds of crickets go in.” are attracted to the location’s lights and bright yellow walls.
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starsof texas state Physics professor Terry Golding has received a $240,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in collaboration with Marshall University in West Virginia. The Ofﬁce of Naval Research has also provided a $330,000 award to Texas State. The NSF grant was awarded Sept. 13 for a project duration of three years. The funding is for a program geared toward the development of a terahertz cryogenic acous-
tic microscope. “Terahertz radiation allows one to see through materials. This program will develop a microscope that uses terahertz radiation so that one can see not only through materials but with great magniﬁcation. (This is) ideal for biological and medical applications,” Golding said. — Courtesy of Public Relations
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Building, Room 234.
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 email@example.com.
Every Nation Campus Ministries is now meeting in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. Join them at 7 p.m. for free food, fellowship and an inspiring message.
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 at (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. The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center at 7:30 p.m. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting on at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome. Call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Higher Ground Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry offers a free supper at 6:15 p.m., followed by Holy Communion at 7 p.m. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church, across from The Tower. Everyone is welcome. The Organization of Student Social Workers meets at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Professions
The Muslim Student Association is having an open house at the San Marcos Mosque. There are two time slots to choose from: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Complimentary dinner will be served both times. To R.S.V.P. go to: http://TxStateMSA.org. San Marcos Mosque is located on 434 Comanche Street, near the campus, on the corner of Comanche and Lindsey streets. Parking can be found behind the mosque or by the curb on Comanche or Lindsey.
FRIDAY Internship opportunities are available. Check www.careerservices.txstate.edu or Jobs4Cats. Résumé drop ends today for Grant Thornton.
1787 — Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval. 1924 — The ﬁrst around-the-world ﬂight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle. 1955 — The World Series was televised in color for the ﬁrst time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. 1991 — In response to President Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate. 1997 — The ofﬁcial debut of the DVD format was featured at the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society in New York City. Monty Marion/Star photo 2000 — The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
Jesus Varela, undecided sophomore, uses his laptop Wednesday afternoon in The Quad to do schoolwork. Varela said his computer “is more or less interchangeable” with pen and paper when taking notes in classes.
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Internship opportunities are available. Check www.careerservices.txstate.edu or Jobs4Cats. Résumé drop ends today for Tesoro.
Sept. 22, 3:12 p.m. Theft/College of Health Professions A non-student reported to a police ofﬁcer that their check card had been stolen. This case is under investigation.
Higher Ground Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry offers a free supper at 6:15 p.m., followed by Holy Communion at 7 p.m. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church, across from The Tower.
Sept. 23, 1:33 p.m. Burglary of Motor Vehicle/ Wood Street Garage A student reported to a police ofﬁcer that their vehicle had been broken into. This case is under investigation.
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Sept. 23, 5:24 p.m. Criminal Mischief/Bexar Parking Garage
A police ofﬁcer made contact with a student whose vehicle had been vandalized. The student reported no items being stolen from the vehicle. A report of criminal mischief was made. Sept. 24, 2:28 a.m. Alcohol: Public Intoxication/ Failure to Identify/ Wood Street Garage A police ofﬁcer made contact with a student who was discovered to be publicly intoxicated and who falsely identiﬁed himself. The student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.
Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS
Make documenting your sources simpler Need to create a bibliography for your research paper? There is a tool to make that happen in the style required for your project. RefWorks is an online research and citation management tool that simpliﬁes the process of documenting sources in a research paper, dissertation or any project requiring references. It is a Web-based alternative to EndNote, software used to make bibliographies. Learn how to harness RefWorks in free training sessions at Alkek Library. Alkek reference librarians demonstrate how to import references directly from a number of databases and indirectly from saved
ﬁles, how to enter references manually from an online worksheet and how to format a bibliography (works-cited pages) that can be inserted into word processing documents. Styles include MLA, Turabian and Chicago. Remaining RefWorks training sessions this semester will be held in Alkek, Room 101 on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1 to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1 to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 to 6 p.m. All RefWorks sessions are open to walk-ins. For more information, visit http://www.library.txstate.edu/ref/refworks. htm, or call the library reference desk at (512) 245-2686. — Courtesy of Alkek Library
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Deborah Broadway said while swaying side-to-side and shaking her two-sided poster at drivers. “We don’t want people to forget that we’re in a war and that there are people dying. I know it’s kind of easy to forget, to shove it away.” While holding her sign that read “Honk for Peace” on one side and “No More War!” on the other side, she said being a successful protester boils down to having “thick skin” and “a little imagination.” “The majority of people who pass by aren’t either way, but lately those who respond are more positive,” she said, while cars drove by honking. James Broadway jokes that he has “gotten industrial” with his signs, often using 20-pound free weights to keep them from being blown away from gusts of wind, or other “sign difﬁculties” caused by inclement weather. “After I leave here and go home, I just feel really patriotic,” he said. “We’re just giving people a different point of view because, without opposing sides, you can’t have a democracy.” Although negative responses are not as frequent, Broadway said he had to combat perturbed passersby creatively. Using a thin metal chain, he linked a whistle, ﬁve bells and a beer can opener to a tin trashcan lid to make a drum with a sign that reads “Boot the Bums.” “What the sign means is ‘let’s get rid of this administration,’”
he said. “I just bang on this, and it creates a wall of sound for anyone who tries to abuse me verbally. Rather than responding in some negative way or yelling at them, I can blow on my whistle, beat on the bells, hit the lid, rather than verbally.” Psychologist and San Marcos resident Jill Flores joins the protesters whenever she can get away from her Lockhart practice. She said she organizes to “show that there really are people out there against the war.” “It’s a major myth, you know, that we don’t support the troops, but that’s not true,” Flores said. “We don’t support President Bush, but we do support the institution of the presidency.” Joe DeLaCerda, psychology senior, is chairman of the Texas State College Republicans. He said the College Republicans have discussed the protesters in meetings and that they tried to organize a counter-protest last semester. However, it never came to fruition. He said he did not know whether the protesters were organizing downtown “for attention or for a cause.” “What they’re gonna say, they’re gonna say. I just don’t know if they have any expertise about the situation in Iraq, considering the majority of them probably have not been out there,” he said. “They can protest Bush all they want. That’s their freedom of speech. I just think it gets personal when and if they offend the honor of our soldiers.” Leland Harrel, public admin-
istration senior, said he supports the protester’s right to expression. “They are exercising their right to free speech,” Harrel said. “It’s a fundamental free right to voice your opinions.” Mike Dawoud has been owner of Café on the Square for 11 years. He said the protesters do not bother him or his customers and that he has seen no “violent exchange of point of views.” “Some agree with them, some don’t. This is what our constitution calls for; for people to express themselves in a peaceful way,” Dawoud said. Hill Country Humidor Owner Rob Robinson said that, although he believes in the freedom of expression, he thinks the protesters are a nuisance. “They’ve got a honk for peace sign, so they’re kinda noisy,” Robinson said. “That’s a busy street and, I don’t think they should be asking people to honk. I mean, you have a bunch of cars slowing down to honk. It could cause accidents.” Broadway admits the group creates noise. He said while the sounds of protest are “music” to his ears, he understands how some people could get annoyed. “That’s the point. We’re here, and while we’re here everyone knows we’re here and they look out and see the signs,” he said. “If a person doesn’t know you’re there, you’re not very effective in your protest and then no interest is created in your idea.”
Monty Marion/Star photo ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: An efﬁgy of an abused prisoner from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal stands along with other anti-war signs and symbols during a Sept. 6th protest.
Monty Marion/ Star photo BIG LITTLE PROBLEM: Crickets are a common sight this time of year around campus but recent drought conditions have brought them out in mass this fall.
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Some students have also found crickets invading their residences. “I had a cricket in my bed when I woke up this morning,” said Oluwatosin Awofeso, Falls Hall resident and music freshman. Joel Sutton, pre-music freshman and resident of Brogdon Hall, said he saw a cricket crawl out of the drain in the bathroom. Tait Norman, evening circulation assistant at Alkek Library and computer science junior, said the crickets have managed
to make it to the top ﬂoor of the building. “I haven’t seen many crickets inside, but there were a few on the seventh ﬂoor,” Norman said. The mating season for ﬁeld crickets typically lasts only a few weeks or until colder weather arrives. If necessary, Quinn said, dimming or turning off outdoor lighting can be a temporary solution to the infestation problems. “They go away on their own and they don’t cause a lot of problems,” he said. “They don’t carry diseases or sting, and they don’t cause any medical harm.”
eople come by a lot to get crickets to feed their lizards. When they try to pay for a cup to collect them we just say ‘Take them.’” —Joann Treviño Yellow Store employee
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of Bobcat Village, it has to be done soon because it’ll become cold and rainy.” However, most stops are relatively small and only partially enclosed, and students should prepare accordingly, Byrd said. “You’ve got to know that you might get stuck in the rain and cold,” he said. “Instead of wearing really good-looking clothing, get a jacket and a raincoat. You have to dress for the weather, because when walking around campus, you’ll encounter it anyway.” Construction plans call for a concrete sidewalk at least ﬁve feet wide, with a new concrete shelter pad eight feet wide and 15 feet in length. Paul Hamilton, auxiliary services manager of shuttle services, said the stop will function more as a visual cue than an actual shield against the elements.
“If you look at any shelter the CARTS system has, or that we have, not any are going to shelter you entirely from rain and wind and sun — but it serves as a way-station,” he said. “When people see that little shelter with a bench next to it, they’ll say ‘I know that’s my stop, and I know when to go.’ It’ll add a sense of comfort and assurance.” Hamilton said the stop’s construction has been planned for a while, but various factors have hindered it. “We’ve all been planning on putting a stop over there, but if
things go really smoothly, it will still take three to four weeks after dealing with construction,” he said. “If you add that to the fact that we just had our ﬁrst real rain, it slows the process down even further.” Hamilton said a handful of people have responded to notices about the stop, and that those aware of its impending construction seem grateful. “We had a few people asking us who lived at Bobcat Village,” he said. “Those who did contact us back about it said ‘we’re glad you’re doing this. We didn’t know you were.’”
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“It requires dedication. It requires hard work. It requires focus, and it requires being everywhere,” he said. Considering Austin is a democratic stronghold, Dean said the bad news for Austinites is that they need to go outside their city. “You get out there and talk to all kinds of folks who didn’t agree with us the last time because they are looking for something different,” he said. Dean said he was referring to people in West Texas, who he said are losing jobs and are in need of health care. The crowd responded enthusiastically to Dean’s speech. Pam Camp said she had been anxiously awaiting his return. “(His speech) was very inspiring,” said Camp, a registered democrat. “It was great to see Dean back in Austin again.”
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Student organization sheds light on sexual assault, violence By Emily Messer The University Star On the fourth ﬂoor of the LBJ Student Center are hundreds of colorful hands sprinkled on the wall, titled “These Hands Won’t Hurt.” The traced hands signify a pledge not to hurt another person in the act of violence and are a part of the Students United Against Violence Everywhere (SUAVE) event sponsored this week by the Texas State Panhellenic Executive Council. “Things like this happen everyday in our backyard,” said Kelly Baker, vice president of programming for the council. The goal was to promote campus awareness of sexual assaults and other forms of violence, to get several student organizations united for a common cause and to offer proactive solutions ideas for protection, Baker, ﬁnance senior, said. “It really has made me more aware,”
Baker said. Monday, Kelly Addington and Rebecca Tieder, who travel nationwide to speak to students on the realities of sexual assault, spoke to council members. In their speech, “Let’s Talk About IT,” the two friends spoke about assault awareness and empowerment. “To hear the snifﬂes in the room and look around, it was a lot closer to every woman than I realized,” said Cassie Holman, Alpha Xi Delta president and fashion merchandising senior. Monday’s event, “These Hands Won’t Hurt,” was a visual campaign asking students to take a pledge never to hurt another person in the act of violence. The organizations passed out pamphlets on signs of unhealthy relationships, ways to improve relationships and agency contact information. Tuesday’s event was titled “When Push Comes to Shove It’s no Longer Love.” The Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAM-
MA) passed out “mocktails,” drinks that warned of the dangers of alcohol in relation to acquaintance rape. The Network and Men Against Violence sponsored “What’s in Your Sack,” in which the groups passed out paper bags with condoms and information on sexually transmitted diseases. Samantha Wester, interior design senior and Chi Omega member, helped her sorority pass out condoms and information in The Quad Tuesday. Wester said SUAVE week, especially the Monday speech, made her more aware of sexual assaults. “A lot of girls were talking after the speech that (we) could be them,” Wester said. “It deﬁnitely made us more aware.” Wednesday’s theme was “Break the Silence.” Organizations passed out ﬂyers with candy to build awareness of an Italian Supreme Court ruling in which the court dismissed charges against a rape suspect because his 18-year-old victim was wearing jeans at the time of the at-
tack. The ruling sparked an international denim day, in which people wore jeans to promote awareness for sexual assault. Several pairs of jeans hung in the organization’s tent in front of The Stallions for the event. Sarah Dillon, history freshman, stopped by the SAUVE tent Wednesday. Dillon said she had not heard of the Italian Supreme Court ruling. “I think it’s good to make people aware of it,” Dillon said. “We’re surrounded by things like that.” Holman said Wednesday’s event was successful. “We’ve gone through nearly 1,000 ﬂyers,” Holman said. Holman said what surprised her was that more men seemed interested in the cause than women. Brandon Lewis, geography senior, stopped by the SUAVE booth to view the information. “I love the cause. I completely agree with what they’re doing and support it,” Lewis said.
Free GRE training available for prospective grad students By Bradley Childers Special to The Star Free Graduate Record Examination workshops will be offered Oct. 2, 9 and 16 for students interested in applying to graduate school. Rebecca Swindal, director and academic advisor at the College of Applied Arts, said each of the three workshops will cover a different aspect of the exam, so interested students should attend all three. “For students who are interested at all in going to grad school, this is a great opportunity, and it’s free,” Swindal said. The workshops, sponsored by the College of Applied Arts and administered by the Princeton Review, will each be two hours in length – a total of six hours. Justin Rogers, course manager at The Princeton Review of Austin, said the normal GRE course offered by the Princeton Review is 23 hours, but this six-hour workshop will present important points. “The reason I really wanted to offer this workshop is not only to prepare the students for the content of the GRE, but to show them techniques for approaching the test,” Rogers said. “One of the techniques we teach is called
‘no more algebra.’ Its purpose is to help students make sense out of the math problems, even if they haven’t had a lot of math courses.” Swindal recommends taking practice exams and using test preparation tools offered by the Student Learning Assistance Center as a supplement to the workshop. Hiromi Hosako, Texas State alumnus, said that studying with textbooks provides a cost-effective alternative to taking a GRE course. “There was a class that a private company offers, but it was really expensive, like $1,000 for a month or two. I decided to go ahead and get several books on the GRE. I used ﬂash cards and studied for about a month before taking the test,” Hosako said. Swindal warns that Educational Testing Service, the developer of various standardized tests including the GRE, will be changing some features of the GRE starting next fall. “If students take the test now, they won’t be subject to the changes,” Swindal said. “GRE scores are good for ﬁve years, so it’s best to take it now so that students can take advantage of all of the preparatory materials that have already been developed for
the current version.” The changes that will take place include increasing the test to four hours from the current two hours and 30 minutes. Additionally, the test will no longer be a computer adaptive test, but will become a computer-based linear exam. Finally, the test will only be offered on ﬁxed dates instead of ongoing dates throughout the year. Chad Cryer, general biology graduate student, said the preparation materials sent to him when he registered for the exam were sufﬁcient. “I basically just took the practice test that they sent me and that gave me a pretty good idea of what the test would be like,” Cryer said. “I didn’t do quite as good as I had hoped, but I passed the test.” The workshops will be held in the Hines Academic Center, Room 203, which can accommodate about 60 students. Swindal said 35 have already signed up. To sign up for the workshops, stop by the Agriculture Building, Room 201, call (512) 245-1490, or e-mail AppliedA rtsAdvising@txstate.edu with a Texas State ID number and phone number.
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Local artist finds success in By Georgia Fisher The University Star With large brushstrokes and striking planes of color, the artwork of Matt Jobson is as distinct as its creator — but follows fewer rules. Aside from his bold paintings, which grace a number of local homes and venues, Jobson, studio art senior, also imparts down-to-earth business sense and an easygoing, unpretentious nature. A painter for the last three years, Jobson is directly involved in the community. A member of the Dormhouse Fantabulous cooperative and the San Marcos Area Art Council, he said he hopes local artists can foster each other’s creativity, network and share knowledge gleaned outside the classroom. “In the university, they don’t teach you how to be an artist; they teach you how to make stuff. (Expanding from that) is what groups like Dormhouse are about; you learn how to actually work with others,” Jobson said. Nonetheless, he said he is grateful for university instruction and considers the art building his best studio. “I do all my work at school,” he said. “Classrooms provide a lot of space without a lot of distraction. And at school, you don’t have to worry about ruining the carpet.” Linda Kelsey-Jones, art and design lecturer and curator of the Walkers’ Gallery, said a pleasant attitude makes him easy to work with. “Matt seems to relate to people as people,” Kelsey-Jones said. “He has a sweet spirit about him; kind of modest in a way, and doesn’t seem to have a major axe to grind. He has no pretension as a young artist, which
can be unusual.” Establishing oneself in the art scene can be a competitive, rough path, said Jobson. “It’s very highbrow; in certain circles, you feel like if you can’t speak intelligently, you have nothing to say,” he said. “People look down on you — I think a lot of people do. The times have changed.” Francisco Romero, owner of Eros Hair Studio on Hopkins Street, was drawn to a series of impressionistic self-portraits by Jobson and incorporated them into the building’s gallery space. “I liked his style and color; it’s very bold and very exciting. It was moving when I saw it,” he said of Jobson’s work, often based in acrylics and housepaint. Romero said he was taken by the young artist’s drive and attitude. “He took the initiative to approach me and say he was an artist,” Romero said. “I really approve of that; being able to say so without being too egocentric. And he was aware of promoting his business — he was really good at following through.” Furthermore, he said Jobson’s paintings sold like hotcakes. “In the six weeks we had them there, we sold about 14 pieces of Monty Marion/Star photo art. Everyone who made a purJOBSON’S GREAT JOB: Studio art senior Mathew Jobson stands with his painting, “Birch Forest,” which is comprised of two separate chase was very taken with this canvases. Jobson has enjoyed success selling his work locally through working with the Dormhouse Fantabulous cooperative and the guy. The work spoke for itself,” San Marcos Area Art Council. Romero said. With dark backgrounds and varying streaks of color forming a face on each canvas, the self- paintings they saw at Tantra had a showing in a private resi- aback, like ‘… really?’ Anything happiness; one very conducive portraits incorporate a blurry, Coffeehouse. dence before. He said he hadn’t,” we could do to help him out, to creativity. I can be myself and entrancing sort of movement “We wanted them in our Quinonez said. though; It’s a cutthroat world she accepts it,” Jobson said. — not unlike zipping car-lights, home,” Quinonez said of the Quinonez acknowledged the in the art industry,” Quinonez He also credits his progress to or a ﬂash-image taken at night. four they purchased. competitiveness of the art scene said. decent social skills. Other works are less subjectQuinonez said the pieces and said he was happy to give Jobson attributes his success “I do try to be polite and cororiented. would be featured in an open- the painter a leg up. in part to his girlfriend, alumna dial when I approach people, San Marcos residents Edward house show for Jobson in No“We made him an offer for all Carolyn Ramirez, and said she’s which helps me get recomQuinonez and Michelle McMil- vember. four pieces at once, just pulled helped cultivate his talents. mended to others,” Jobson said. lan just “had to have” several “We just sat down and started them right off the wall (at Tan“She’s let me live in an en- “Being polite will get you a long of Jobson’s large-scale, abstract talking, then asked if he’d ever tra). And he was a bit taken vironment of almost childlike way.”
Novelist to read at Alkek, KAP House By Laura Jamison The University Star Charles Baxter, author and creative writing professor at the University of Minnesota, will host a book reading on campus and in Kyle this weekend. Baxter was a ﬁnalist for the National Book Award in 2000 for his novel The Feast of Love, which is being made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman. He has published three other novels, First Light, Shadow Play and Saul and Patsy, and his books have been translated into 10 languages. Charles Baxter, who will read at the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Katherine Anne Porter house, said he is a personal fan of Katherine Anne Porter and feels honored to speak at her childhood home. “I am delighted to have been invited. It is quite an honor and it should not be ironic that American writers should admire (Porter),” Baxter said. Michael Noll, the writer-inresidence at the KAP house, said he is excited to bring someone to Texas State who can both write and teach. “He is a very good writer and he is a fantastic reader. He has quite a presence. He puts his characters in absurd situations and he has a lot of compassion for his characters,” Noll said. Gabriel Davila, English junior, said he has a passion for writing and encouraged students to come out to the reading. “You will be able to meet someone who can evoke emotions out of the stuff that we read and possibly gain more insight into what he is actually trying to say,” Davila said. Baxter refused to choose which book he enjoyed writing the most, likening it to choosing which child he enjoyed raising the most. “They are all different and they create their own pleasures so I will not single one out,”
Cut from a different cloth By Todd Schaff Special to The Star
Modern quilts make stop on campus
The quilts from Gee’s Bend are not your grandmother’s quilts. Critically acclaimed quilters from Gee’s Bend, Ala. will be the subjects of “Art and Life: Celebrating the Quilters and Quilts of Gee’s Bend.” Art critics from all over the country are praising the quilts. They are calling the quilts some of the most aesthetically pleasing pieces of modern art in recent years. The quilts are on display at the Austin Museum of Modern Art. James Houseﬁeld, art and design associate professor, who is also adjunct curator of AMOA, will host the event as the ﬁrst in his program as the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) distinguished teaching professor. Several of the quilters from Gee’s Bend will be on campus to present and discuss some of their quilts. “What distinguishes these is the very strong, abstract, mod— Lindsey Fournier ern approach to communication design design that these quilt makers use,” sophomore Houseﬁeld said. Though quilting is nothing new in Gee’s Bend, the concept of quilts as art is. “They are relative newcomers in the art world and yet the art world has really responded rapidly,” Houseﬁeld said. Communication design not only to get to view them up sophomore Lindsey Fournier close but also to hear the stories said she would be attending the behind them,” Fournier said in presentation of the Gee’s Bend an e-mail. quilts. One of Houseﬁeld’s goals “After seeing a couple of the during his three-year tenure as photos (of the quilts) they seem the NEH distinguished teachto be really unique. I am anxious ing professor is to help students
QUILTED MODERN ART: The quilts of Gee’s Bend, Ala., will make a stop, along with their creators, in a presentation titled “Art & Life: Celebrate the Quilters & Quilts of Gee’s Bend” at 9:30 a.m. today a the Joann Cole Mitte Art building, Room 2121.
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am anxious “I not only to get to view them up close, but also to hear the stories behind them.”
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Baxter said. Baxter hopes to show students a “world of stories.” “I want to take them out to the world of stories and ﬁll their imaginations … something they can take with them when they come here,” Baxter said. Baxter will read and have a book signing 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Southwestern Writers Collection on the seventh ﬂoor of Alkek Library. Baxter will also read at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the KAP house in Kyle.
see that the humanities play an important role in their everyday lives. Fournier said she also understands the importance of such events. “It is a good way to broaden our horizons to all that is out
there in the world that we might miss out on if we just stayed within the scope of our own community,” Fournier said. The event will be held today from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Joann Cole Mitte Art building, Room 2121.
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Exhibit highlights new form of contemporary photography By Krystal Castaneda Special to The Star The vivid culture-bound, black-and-white photography of Tim Roda is more than just pictures. The exhibit, on display in Gallery I of the Joann Cole Mitte Building, portrays vignettes based on the artist’s upbringing, family history, memories and emotions. “Every scene from this body of work begins as a theatrical and visual concept, which is then played out by my family,” Roda said. “The work is ﬁlled with metaphorical reverberations of my own memories of childhood and family traditions. Hopefully these metaphors are open-ended enough for the viewer to create personal associations with their own history.” Roda, a New York native, graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. He received his master’s degree in 2004 from the University of Washington in Seattle. Since then, Roda has shown more than 12 different exhibits nationwide including Made in Seattle in Washington. Combining group and individual shows, Roda has totaled more than 16 exhibits, his most recent being at Texas State. Gallery monitor Shelley Nottingham, studio art senior, said the exhibit impressed her. “I do especially like Tim Roda’s art. This is surprising because I don’t generally react to photography,” Nottingham said. “Roda came and spoke at the opening and disclosed that he was actually a ceramics major. The fact that the artist is into three-dimensional work made sense because the overall look and design of the art don’t get bogged down.” Roda began using photography not for its
he work is ﬁlled “T with metaphorical reverberations of my own memories of childhood and family traditions.”
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technical aspects, but for his appreciation of its abstract and physical properties. “It is the medium that best allows me to depict metaphors of family history that might ﬁnd a resonance with the viewer,” Roda said. “I strive to produce a sensation that makes people feel both familiar and uneasy about how incongruent our lives can be.” While viewing the display, Mary King, psychology freshman, said the exhibit was exhilarating and brings out a new form of contemporary photography. “I was really able to relate to the photos in a unique way. I attended the gallery because I enjoy art, but this has given me a new appreciation for such individualistic work,” King said. “Photo nine really caught my eye. The child’s innocence and nature of play is not only capturing, but heart wrenching as well.” Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will be open through Oct. 19.
Monty Marion/Star photo BLACK-AND-WHITE MEMORIES: New York native Tim Roda’s black-and-white photographs are on display in Gallery I of the Joann Cole Mitte Art building. The exhibit, which depicts scenes from Roda’s memories and upbringing, will be on display through Oct. 19.
WB, UPN merger CW to target college-age viewers By Shannon Donnelly Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia U.) (U-WIRE) NEW YORK — Last week, hell ofﬁcially froze over — at least within the cutthroat world of television — when longtime rivals UPN and The WB merged into a single network, The CW. This move will allow the network to concentrate advertising efforts on the pool of young viewers. “The college age, 18 to 22, is a critical foundation of the demographic we are
targeting,” said Paul, McGuire, CW senior vice president of communications. “I think The WB was always pretty aggressive in the college arena — we did several tours with actors. The new network needs to keep this demographic in mind.” According to Columbia Information Technology manager George Mintz, there are currently 878 Columbia cable subscribers, and the number normally peaks at around 1000. Jonathon Balcao, third-year Columbia University School of the Arts ﬁlm
student, uses TiVo to keep up with his favorite shows. “I spend all day in the library reading Kant, so if I want to come home and watch One Tree Hill, whatever. After a day of critical theory, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and wonder whether Brooke and Lucas are going to get back together,” Balcao said. Catherine Carnovale, second-year School of the Arts ﬁlm student, lists CW shows Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls among her favorites. “I have a couple of core shows that I
really follow and then everything else depends on my schedule,” Canovale said. McGuire said The CW was doing a few things to speciﬁcally target college audiences. “We have not been doing any collegecampus blitz for the launch, but in top10 markets like New York, our branding campaign has been going forward,” McGuire said. Columbia freshman Katharine Trendacosta said she was concerned about the lack of advertising for The CW around
Columbia’s campus. “There was a ton of marketing being done really early in L.A. There are some posters up here — I’ve seen them in the subways,” Trendacosta said. “But in L.A., there were billboards everywhere on Ventura Boulevard.” Regardless, Carnovale said she thinks that the merger will be successful. “The whole idea of the network is really good, and I think that they are going to be able to capitalize on each other’s audience in a way that The WB and UPN by themselves couldn’t,” Carnovale said.
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Hispanic star-turned-activist to speak on ‘protest and dissent’ for Common Experience By Maira Garcia The University Star
dward James Olmos wants to be known as an activist ﬁrst and an actor second. Olmos, a Hispanic actor known for his roles in ﬁlms such as Zoot Suit, Stand and Deliver and Selena, will visit Texas State Monday to speak on the theme of “protest and dissent” as part of the Common Experience initiative. Pamela Wuestenberg, assistant dean of University College and co-chair of the Common Experience, said Olmos was perfect for the theme of “protest and dissent” and his coming coincides with a number of Hispanic-centered events. “The purpose of the Common Experience is to connect events and speakers to a common dialogue. We’ve had the Latino Presence exhibit and Hispanic Heritage Month,” Wuestenberg Photo courtesy of www.zap2it.com said. The Common Experience committee decided ACTIVISM IN ACTION: The Common Experience will they wanted Olmos to speak because they felt host Edward James Olmos, a prominent Hispanic activ- he was someone students could connect with, ist and actor, at 8 p.m. Monday in the LBJ Mall. Olmos Wuestenberg said. will speak on the theme of “protest and dissent” in his “(Olmos) is regarded as one of the most wellspeech, “We’re all in the Same Gang.” known Hispanic actors. He is very involved in
Thursday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years This Hispanic Heritage Month exhibition from the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies looks back through the years, starting from 1906, when the ﬁrst Latino joined the student body. http://www.txstate.edu/mcgs/latino_presence/index.html. The exhibition is located in the Witliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican photography in Alkek Library, 7th Floor. Exhibit hours: Monday/Tuesday/Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday/Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Contact (512) 245-2313 for more information. Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration The “greatest hits” of the permanent archives, including the 1555 edition of Cabeza de Vaca’s La Relación y Comentarios, a songbook made by an eleven-year-old Willie Nelson, costumes and props from Lonesome Dove and much more. The archives are located in the Southwestern Writers Collection in Alkek Library, 7th Floor. Exhibit hours: Monday/Tuesday/Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday/Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Contact (512) 245-2313 for more information. Drew Daly Exhibit Seattle-area sculptor Drew Daly makes works that fragment, deconstruct and reconstruct everyday materials and objects that allow the viewer to rethink the relationship that one has to the commonplace. The exhibit is located in Gallery I of the Joann Cole Mitte Building. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact (512) 245-2664 for more information. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Tim Roda Exhibit New York photographer Tim Roda’s work casually travels between borders of installation, photography and ceramics. Roda’s photographs are made from sculptural installations (props that are often ceramic) that are autobiographical. Each vignette is based in the artist’s childhood, family history, memories and emotions and encourages the viewer toward a multi-layered interpretation of meaning, both in implication and inference. The exhibit is located in Gallery II of the Joann Cole Mitte Building. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact (512) 245-2664 for more information. The exhibit is free and open to the public. ART & LIFE: Celebrate the Quilters and Quilts of Gee’s Bend An organization of used clothing scraps and quilts show the presence of art in everyday life. Gee’s Bend artists will dis-
his community and involved with activism,” Wuestenberg said. Olmos has received a variety of awards for his acting, including a Tony award for Broadway role in Zoot Suit, several Academy Award nominations and Emmy Awards. While acting might be what he is known for, his biographies say that he wants to be known as an activist ﬁrst and an actor second. According to his ofﬁcial Web site, Olmos’ last major protest was against the use of Vieques Island in Puerto Rico as a practice bombing range for the United States Navy. Olmos, along with activists such as Al Sharpton and Robert Kennedy, Jr., was arrested and served a 20-day prison sentence for the protest. Wuestenberg said the Common Experience wants to continue to bring notable speakers. “It’s important to bring quality speakers so students continue to participate and we can get the funding to bring more,” Wuestenberg said. Common Experience student coordinator Reagan Pugh, an English sophomore, said Olmos encompasses the whole idea of the initiative. “(Olmos) has his own philosophies and the theme of his speech will be ‘We’re all in the Same
cuss their work and the “found object” tradition in AfricanAmerican art. The showing will be located in of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building, Room 2121. Hours: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Music Recital Faculty artist Ian Davidson, oboe, performs with guest artist David Chung, harpsichord. The performance will be held at the Music Building recital hall. Time: 8 p.m. The price is $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Free Square Dance Lessons Wheel’n Deals Square Dance Club is offering free square dance lessons to all Texas State students, employees and faculty. Classes held at the Dunbar Recreation Center. Couples of all ages welcome. Hours: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Contact Jane at (512) 847-7922 or Henry at (512) 971-1220.
Friday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit
Saturday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit Romantic Song Cycles Performed by the voice students of Bert Neely Time: 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Allstate Texas Thunder and Lightning Racefest A NASCAR Grand National Race combined with the ﬁrst USAC Midget Series Race to visit Texas in almost 40 years. The event features live music, games and a ﬁreworks show. The event will be located at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. The price is $30 for adults and $12 for children. Gospel Music Fest Gospel bands, food, drinks and craft booths will be presented by Live Oak Ministries. The event will be located off River
Gang,’” he said. “He focuses on making use of your time to change the world and says if he can do it, so can you.” Pugh said he has noted the increased student interest in Common Experience. “I remember talking to some people who went to see (Luis) Valdez out of their own volition, and not because they were in University Seminar, and said, ‘we can’t believe you guys got Valdez and Olmos to come,’” Pugh said. Pugh said they will be allowing people to ask Olmos questions when he is ﬁnished with his speech. “We want to make it more intimate, but also allow everyone to get a question answered,” Pugh said. Changes, such as better public announcement systems, are being made to enhance the event in comparison past events, according to Wuestenberg. “Visually, we have a very great presentation set up and audibly there is a much better improvement,” Wuestenberg said. Olmos will speak at 8 p.m. at the The Mall, the area between the LBJ Student Center and Alkek Library. A half-hour question-and-answer session will follow at 9 p.m.
Road at 1851 Ponderosa Dr. The time will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (830) 964-5540 for more information. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit
Monday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit Common Experience: Edward James Olmos Award-winning Hispanic actor, producer, director and civil activist will speak in the LBJ Student Center Mall on the Common Experience theme of “protest and dissent.” Time: 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Tim Roda Exhibit Drew Daly Exhibit
Wednesday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit
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Ditch the radio and look for music on the Web It’s almost a univerInternet connection to sally accepted notion host an Internet radio stathat radio music is tion free of charge. As of lame. Unless you have Sunday, there are approxiXM or Sirius, you’ll mately 14,600 radio staprobably have to deal tions, spanning any genre with Austin’s BOB FM you can think of — comeBILL RIX or KTSW, the student- Star Columnist dy, indie, rap, video-game run radio station, and soundtracks, you name it. hope that something you like SHOUTcast’s site has a search will be on. KTSW is as close as engine that allows listeners to I’ve ever gotten to an acceptable ﬁnd stations based on station radio format; that is, playing name, song or genre. The only music in genre blocks. Unfor- downside to SHOUTcast — a tunately, I can’t listen at just downside that is inherent in all any time, lest I run the risk of Internet radio stations — is that hearing emo ballads or strange there is a queue. Radio stations electric noise. can become full, not letting anyI don’t own a television, so one else listen in once the queue that’s one less way for me to is full, and even when it’s near pass the already-little time I the cap, there can be buffering have to myself. Except for the issues. AM frequency, I don’t get terriFor those of you listening bly good radio reception inside with iTunes, Apple has gramy apartment; so unless I want ciously provided a handful of to be thoroughly creeped out by radio links for your listening Art Bell, I have to turn to the In- pleasure. The “Radio” button ternet for music. on the left pane of iTunes presI started listening to Inter- ents the user with several links net radio back in the late ’90s to Apple-run radio. with Nullsoft’s SHOUTcast While not being radio in the service (www.shoutcast.com). strictest sense, Pandora (www. SHOUTcast, which is now pandora.com) allows users to owned by AOL, allows anyone make personal stations and with music and a fast enough streams music based on user in-
put. A large database of music is then suggested to the listener who can then say whether or not they like the tune. Depending on your decisions, it streams different music styles. The ﬁrst time you go to Pandora, it will ask you to enter an artist or song. When I entered “People Under the Stairs,” it asked if I, indeed, wanted to listen to music that featured acidjazz roots, poetic-rap delivery and jazzy hooks. It then played a sample song to see if I liked it, and based on my decision, it soon started playing songs from Camp Lo, Sound Providers and Giant Panda. Every now and then, it will throw in an oddball track — after about half an hour of listening, a Ludacris track was queued up. Pandora likes to try to explore styles, and sometimes it gets a bit carried away, but it’s no trouble to set it straight. Unless you are going for a ride, Internet radio makes traditional radio old hat. Services like Pandora make it easy to tailor a station to your own music styles, and full-ﬂedged Internet radio makes it easy to experiment with styles and genres.
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n response to The University Star’s decision to cover the “Guess Who’s Gay” panel discussion last week, we received a letter so disturbing and bigoted we decided not to run it.
Letter to the Editor Students don’t have to defend choices Re: Bill Rix’s “Let the Past Go, Don’t Put it in Mylar” It is nice to see that all the stereotypical hallmarks of a classic college editorial can still be found in the pages of The University Star. Begin with a quotation, list examples of something that annoys the author, sprinkle lightly with a few large words, add mocked-up quotes to belittle your classmates’ opinions and sum it all up in a few irrational deductions about the foolish thinking of your fellow students. Apparently for Mr. Rix, it is completely logical to assume that the trend in referencing classic console gaming on apparel is due to a late afﬁnity for games that a new generation has since discovered. His next leap in reasoning would then lead us to believe that since the youth of today did not experience these games in their own childhood, their appreciation for them is therefore “fabricated and phony.” T-shirts emblazoned with gaming references annoy Mr. Rix as much as Che Guevara shirts annoy history majors familiar with the brutal violence of insurgent communist movements. Does he suggest, then, that his distaste for the fashion is a matter of his own personal vexation? No. Instead, he purports the idea that no person has a right to enjoy art or games that were not being sold during their own lifetime. I do hope that he will extend this logic into other areas of his life and quickly sell any Beatles or Rolling Stones records he may own and disavow any claimed “fabricated and phony” affection he may have held for any music or art from before his lifetime. The United States is a vast menagerie of cultures. This has the beneﬁt of exposing people to a wide diversity of aesthetic values and can lead to a personal identity that may be culled from places and times that they may not have had the opportunity to live through ﬁrsthand. It does not make their appreciation any less valid; requiring people to defend the tastes they acquired through choice, rather than fate, is ignorant and elitist.
Hatemongering has no place in society
As proponents of the First Amendment, it is difﬁcult for us to not run a letter. But we feel that anti-homosexual feelings are just as awful as racism and sexism, and there is no place for them in our society, or our newspaper. The letter chastised The Star for publishing a story about homosexuals because such a small percentage of Texas State students are homosexual. The logic behind this is unfathomable. Is The Star supposed to begin ignoring people with minority viewpoints as well? What about ethnic minorities? The percentage argument is one we regularly see in the anti-homosexual letters we receive. The letter dragged up another old, tired argument bigots try to foist on us. It asked why we are writing about homosexuals when Texans voted for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. There are two big problems with this argument. The biggest one — banning gay marriage was wrong. It was a decision made almost entirely based on religious belief. Those who have read the Constitution know it prohibits the government from imposing religious beliefs on its citizens. The other problem with that argument is that it’s not the duty of a free press to espouse the views of the majority. It is the duty of a free press to provide equal opportunity for all views to be expressed. It is also the duty of a free press to stand up for what is right — no matter what the majority believes. Discrimination on someone based on any factor is wrong, and The Star will always oppose it. It can be argued that The Star should then print this letter to give anti-homosexuals a chance to voice their opinion. Those people have many outlets to spread their views and The Star will not be a mouthpiece for hatemongers. There are other arguments for why anti-homosexual sentiments are so unacceptable. We could take issue with passages in the Bible that are interpreted as antihomosexual. We could point out that the anti-homosexual agenda is just a ploy of the religious right to distract voters from any number of real issues and to bring single-issue voters to the polls. Taking that road isn’t necessary. As U.S. citizens, we have a duty to be respectful and accepting of our fellow man. Whether or not we disagree with another’s views or lifestyle, we have no choice but to respect that person. We all take pride in our country. We cannot be proud of this nation if we continue to persecute and marginalize certain citizens.
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Plastic surgery is evolving. Adults are running into their doctor’s ofﬁce with any little imperfection. Having an Acup doesn’t qualify as a problem that needs to be ﬁxed with a life-threatening procedure. More and more people are getting plastic surgery every year. From 1997 to 2005, there has been a 444 percent increase in cosmetic procedures, according to American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Women are receiving breast implants and tummy tucks as graduation gifts. There are new procedures that enable women to reduce the size of their vaginas. This is crazy. And it’s not just women. Men are getting procedures, from calf implants to pinning back their ears. We live in a society of extremists. Men and women are obsessed with not only perfec-
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tion but with being more perfect than anyone else. And the ﬁxation on ﬂawlessness comes with a high price. The average cost of breast augmentation is over $4,000 and will put you out of work for up to two weeks, according to ASAPS. More than 10 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States last year, according to ASAPS. Don’t catch yourself falling into the hype of perfection. You are never going to be perfect. No one is. Even models on magazine covers are touched up. Learn to love yourself as much as you hope someone else will. Don’t get plastic surgery. Teach your children and the children around you that beauty is not skin deep. Stephanie Silvas is a mass communications senior
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GOLF: New women’s coach Akers joins Bobcats
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“I think I played well, but there are always shots left out on the course,” Thompson said. “I’m ready to get out there again in these next two tournaments and do better.” Texas State’s newest addition to the women’s program, coach Mike Akers, did not travel with the team to Louisiana but will meet with his new squad today. The women are back in action next Monday and Tuesday at the Oral Roberts Shootout, where coach Akers will make his debut. “We’re a little nervous but excited to have him,” said sophomore Jennifer Crawford. “He’ll bring a lot of knowledge about the game to this program.” Crawford posted a threeround score of 237 to ﬁnish second on the team, tying for 16th in the tournament. “I could’ve played a lot better,” Crawford said. “The greens were small so my putting was good and it saved me. But my long-game wasn’t too great.” San Antonio native Sarah Glass ﬁnished with a score of 240, while sophomore Christine Brijalba registerd a 243.
SOCCER: Still winless on road
“I know I’m kind of in a slump right now but all I can do is keep grinding it out,” Brijalba said. “The course was nice but the greens were small and fast so it was hard to keep the ball in play.” The McNeese State women echoed the men’s team by claiming the tournament ﬁve strokes ahead of Louisiana-Monroe at 916. Texas State ﬁnished ﬁfth at 947, 14 strokes behind fourth-place ﬁnisher Samford University.
The Roadrunners ended up outshooting the Bobcats 21-18 as the offense attack continued to struggle. Conner’s squad has been shut out in 10 games. “We played in an indirect style tonight,” Conner said. “It was a frustrating game for us, but we’ve got to keep being patient and keep working ourselves to press the other team. It was a good night. We had to battle back hard for the tie and that shows the character of the team to never say die.” The Bobcats are still digging for the ﬁrst road win of the season and Aaron Smith/Star photo will look to ﬁnd it against division PUTTING SOME LEG INTO IT: Senior midﬁelder Delayna Spivey (5) gets ready to pound the ball rival Sam Houston State at 1 p.m. on toward the UTSA side of the ﬁeld during the Bobcats’ 2-2 tie with the Roadrunners Wednesday.
e want to see gradual improvement and that’s what we’re seeing. They are a talented bunch that is going to be really good. We still have a few months before conference starts.” - Bill Woodley golf coach
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only twice more before the Cats secured the 30-11. The Bobcats led 12-10 before going on a 6-2 in game two. Chisum ﬁnished with a 14-6 run, highlighted by three Weigle kills to take the game 30-18. The two teams fought almost point for point early in game three, but the Bobcats managed a slim 9-7 advantage. Two separate runs brought the lead
to 25-10. The Tigers rallied late for ﬁve points, but Texas State secured a 30-15 win to sweep the match. Texas State now holds a 7-0 advantage all-time versus the Tigers. “It was a good conﬁdence builder,” said middle blocker Karry Grifﬁn. “It makes us think we can turn the season around.” Freshman libero Kacey Wimpy agreed. “It feels good to ﬁnally get a
win,” Wimpy said. “It’s a good boost of conﬁdence.” A slew of injuries and the losing streak have forced upperclassmen to step up and provide the squad with leadership. “The seniors do a great job in leading us,” Wimpy said. “They pick us up when we’re down and tell us everything is going to get better.” Texas State will continue Southland Conference play over the weekend, taking on Stephen
F. Austin and Sam Houston State on the road before returning to Strahan Coliseum Oct. 5 for a four-game home stand. The Bobcats will host Texas-San Antonio, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Lamar and McNeese State. Chisum hopes the win against Texas Southern will carry momentum into the upcoming matches against SLC opponents.
With conference looming, time is now for Bobcats to right ship
WILLIAM WARD Star Columnist The only way I know for sure the Bobcats aren’t going to lose again this weekend is that they have a bye. The Bobcats are 1-3 with losses to Kentucky, Northern Colorado and Southern Utah. They are still very much in the Southland Conference championship hunt, but another loss may ﬁnd them on the outside looking in come
playoff time. The Bobcats need to start playing like their backs are against the wall, or else they can kiss any trophy hopes they had goodbye. The team that averaged 228.4 yards rushing a game only one season ago is averaging 123.5 yards rushing four games into this season. Daniel Jolly hasn’t been effective as a goal line or short-yardage back since the Tarleton game and didn’t even play against Southern Utah after being suspended by the coaching staff. The most effective rushers on the team, Stan Zwinggi and San Marcos’ own Alvin Canady, have been held to zero rushing touchdowns. Division I-A transfer James Aston from Ohio State has a grand total of two rushes this
season. There doesn’t seem to be as much of a commitment to the running game as there was last season. It can’t be all because Barrick Nealy is gone, either. Chase Wasson and Bradley George have both been able to emulate what Nealy could do on the ground, although neither seems as comfortable within the system as Nealy was. The only explanation is that the team is playing from behind so often they have to score quickly to catch up. The good news, however, is the coaching staff ﬁnally made George the starter at quarterback and moved Wasson back to receiver. To me, this seems like the logical choice, as it gets the most talent on the ﬁeld. The
playbook should open up a little more as well, as many of you recall the trickery that Wasson and Nealy were often involved in when they would swap positions on the ﬁeld. I’m sure we’ll see more than one end around to Wasson where he has the choice to run or throw it. George has been the better passer this season, and should have no problem keeping the job from here on out. He’s recorded a 129.42 passer rating (not the same as an NFL quarterback rating) compared to Wasson’s 90.65. Wasson has shown he’s slightly more accurate, but George has put the ball in the end zone through the air more often. If George can get help from his receivers, he should have
quite the productive season. It’s telling that a grand total of one receiver on the team has been able to ﬁnd the end zone. Cameron Luke’s touchdown catch versus Kentucky came in garbage time, long after the game had been decided. For the team to ﬁnd success, a few things need to happen. First, the offensive line needs to keep protecting the quarterback as well as it’s done so far. Second, the coaches need to ﬁnd ways to get the playmakers the ball. Canady and Morris Crosby are the studs on offense, and of them, only Canady has caught a touchdown pass. George and Wasson need to develop chemistry so that there’s one more weapon out there for the defense to worry
about, rather than letting the opponent ignore the quarterback/receiver. On the defensive side of the ball, the team needs to step up and start shutting down the pass. Last year, the team only gave up 177.6 yards a game through the air and 17 passing touchdowns on the season. This year they’re allowing 230.5 yards and have already given up eight touchdowns in just four games. It doesn’t matter that they’re stopping the run: They’re getting ﬂat-out burned through the air. The Bobcats have already matched 2005’s loss total and they’ve only played four games. The situation is dire and the team needs to play like it.
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troubled t.o. Terrell Owens’ personal trainer, Buddy Primm, said Wednesday that a “perfect storm” of events was the reason behind the Cowboy wide receiver’s trip to the emergency room Tuesday. Owens was hospitalized after he had an allergic reaction to pain medication he was taking for a
broken hand. Primm pointed to two events that may have contributed to the incident: missing his son’s seventh birthday and the break-up between him and his ﬁancée of three years. —The Dallas Morning News
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Losing streak ends at home By Robyn Wolf The University Star Texas State volleyball concluded non-conference play Wednesday night at Strahan Coliseum against Texas Southern, snapping its nine-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep. The Bobcats improved their record to 4-11 with the win and stopped a losing skid that dated back to Sept. 2, matching the team’s longest in club history. The Bobcats were welcomed home warmly by the 441 fans in attendance after ﬁnishing a seven-match road trip. “It’s so good to play at Strahan,” Coach Karen Chisum said after the game. “It’s been a long time since we’ve heard that ﬁght song.” Chisum played a slightly different starting lineup, as starter and team kills leader Lawrencia Brown saw action in just one game. “We needed to make a statement,” Chisum said. “This is why we have 14 players on the team. When someone isn’t producing, we’re going to put someone else in there.” The new lineup totaled 10 aces, four belonging to freshman Jessica Weynand. Weynand also had 15 kills and 9 digs. Amy Weigle recorded a personal best of 15 kills and a .737 attack percentage, while Ashley Stark added nine. Erin Hickman paced Texas State at the net in her ﬁrst home game of the season after spring knee surgery, posting 30 assists. Texas State held Texas Southern to a .090 hitting percentage, with only 24 kills in 89 attempts. The Bobcats used a 10-0 rally in game one to take a14-2 adCotton Miller/Star photo vantage. Later in the match, SPIKE THIS: Sophmore middle blocker Amy Weigle slams the ball in Wednesday’s match against Texas State took a six-point run with a 3-0 win to lead 28-8. The Tigers scored Texas Southern University. The Bobcats broke their seven-game losing streak against the Tigers.
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Bobcats, Roadrunners meet for the first time in tied soccer match By Carl Harper The University Star SAN ANTONIO — In the ﬁrst-ever meeting between Texas-San Antonio and Texas State, an epic double-overtime game ended in a 2-2 tie. UTSA is in its rookie season of women’s varsity soccer and now stands at 3-7-1 on the season, while Texas State is 1-8-1. “It was a battle of the wills for our team tonight,” said Coach Kat Conner. In the second half, with Texas State up 1-0, Roadrunner forward Chelsea Pack hit in an unassisted header to even the score in the 75th minute. With a controversial call on the ﬁeld against the Bobcats for a foul in the left side of the box, Kari Weiland gave the Roadrunners a 2-1 lead in the 83rd minute off a penalty kick. The tough defensive battle continued to the bitter end when Texas State forward Whitney Bible kicked in the game-tying goal in the 87th minute, assisted by Elyse Ehlinger. Bible’s ﬁrst goal of the season put the game into overtime. “The ball came to my feet, and my ﬁrst thought was to shoot,” Bible said. “I don’t take a lot of shots; I just shot it because we were losing at the moment. It felt very good.” Conner said she felt the score came from the will to win. “Whitney’s goal was just pure out of desire to put the ball in the net and even the game up,” Conner said. The defensive game showed up in a big way in the Bobcats, as they had two team saves, the ﬁrst by Marty Wright late in the
t was a battle of the wills for our team tonight. ” —Kat Conner soccer coach
second half and the second by Kristy Collison in the ﬁrst overtime. Goalkeeper Samantha Fraser started for the Bobcats and allowed two goals but saved seven. “Our defense played much better tonight and didn’t give up easy shots,” Fraser said. “I warmed up very conﬁdently and that helped out a lot.” Texas State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Lindsay Tippit scored in the ﬁfth minute of play, assisted by Delayna Spivey and Andrea Seledee. After driving the ball past the 18yard box, Tippit knocked the ball into the upper-left corner of the net for her second score of the season. “The goal came out of us working hard together and our heart and desire,” Tippit said. Conner was excited to see her player become the ﬁrst to register multiple goals this season, crediting the goal to the team’s new focus in practice. “Tippit had the perfect run that we had been working on, so it was nice to see that happen,” Conner said. At the half, Texas State maintained its slim lead, while the Roadrunners were out-shooting the Bobcats nine to eight. See SOCCER, page 11
Louisiana tournament yields fifth-place standing for men’s, women’s golf By Carl Harper The University Star
The Texas State men’s and women’s golf teams teed off in Louisiana this week, with both ﬁnishing ﬁfth in separate tournaments. Freshman Carson Gibson of San Antonio carded a 69 in the third round on Tuesday after posting 81-77 in the ﬁrst two rounds Monday. Gibson tied for 15th at the Moe O’Brien Intercollegiate tournament in Lake Charles, La. to pace Bobcats. Texas State ﬁnished ﬁfth with a ﬁnal score of 227. “Carson has a lot of ﬁrepower and is doing well for us,” said coach Bill Woodley. Sophomores Tyler BarnesWolf, who led Texas State in last week’s tournament, and David Drake also ﬁnished in the top 20 during the tournament with scores of 228 and 230 for 18th and 20th, respectively. “We want to see gradual
improvement and that’s what we’re seeing,” Woodley said. “They are a talented bunch that is going to be really good. We still have a few months before conference starts.” Junior Bobby Hutcherson shot a 77 in the ﬁrst round and proceeded to the second round after stepping awkwardly in a hole on the course that later put him in the local hospital for treatment. Woodley joked about his player’s misfortune. “Bobby pulled a muscle in his foot after stepping into a hole,” Woodley said. “If I had known it was serious, I would have taken him out during the ﬁrst round. I told him not to walk and chew gum at the same time.” Hutcherson said he was OK and would not miss any time due to the injury. Host McNeese State won the tournament with a three-round score of 880 to top second-place Stephen F. Austin by 11 strokes and Nicholls State by 12. The
University of New Orleans came in fourth at 893, as the Bobcats followed up in ﬁfth at 913. The men will return to action at the Bill Hill – Crown Classic, hosted by SFA beginning on Oct. 8 in Lufkin. “This course in Lufkin is a tree-line golf course,” Woodley said. “We will have to drive the ball well and ﬁgure out how to keep the ball in play.” After ﬁnishing third out of seven teams last week at the North Texas Women’s Classic, the Bobcats found themselves frustrated this week at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational in Monroe, La., held Monday and Tuesday. Senior Anessa Thompson totaled a 79 during Tuesday’s ﬁnal round to lead the Bobcats with a score of 231, good for ninth place. See GOLF, page 11