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Texas State group pushes for greener gas By Eloise Martin The University Star
Prompted by the rising consumption of gas, one group is focusing its efforts on convincing the university to use a higher mixture of biodiesel to run campus buses. Group president Bogan Durr, political science junior, said the university’s chapter of Earth First! mainly focuses its efforts on campus projects. Last semester, they completed projects such as picking up cigarette butts in The Quad and piling them for display in an effort to reduce their improper disposal. The group is now hoping to change the fuel used in the campus buses. Durr said members hope to convince the university to begin using a high grade
of biodiesel, a diesel-like fuel containing not only traditional petroleum diesel, but also a percentage of fuel that is created from renewable sources, such as vegetable oils and animal fats. The fuel burns cleaner than traditional petroleum diesel, which could lower pollution levels. The campus organization began working on the campaign for the fuel change last semester and Durr said members researched the topic during the summer. The group collected signatures on campus Sept. 20 in an attempt to show university ofﬁcials that students were in favor of the change. “We thought that we would have to spend a lot of time explaining (biodiesel), but a lot of students already knew about it,” Durr said.
The university buses already use B5, a fuel combination that contains ﬁve percent biodiesel and 95 percent petroleum diesel. Durr said the ultimate goal of the organization is to convince the university to start using B20, which would contain a mixture of 20 percent biodiesel. The group has invited both President George W. Bush and singer Willie Nelson to speak at Texas State to promote the use of biodiesel. Nelson has his own biodiesel company that sells BioWillie, a B20 blend of diesel. Currently, 15 stations in Texas offer BioWillie, including one in Austin, one in Dripping Springs and one in Luling. Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman was on campus to speak to students last week. After his speech, he spoke about issues,
including biodiesel. Friedman said he supports biodiesel and, if elected, would like to make Nelson Texas’ “Energy Czar.” He said that, with Nelson on board, Texans would have no excuse not to use alternative fuels. “Willie Nelson is beloved by hundreds of millions of people in this world. He is our greatest natural resource,” Friedman said. “He is ready to give his time, to get every farmer in Texas on board, every trucker on board, so you will now have no excuse not to use biodiesel.” Friedman said with less people buying petroleum diesel, the price at the pumps would lower through supply and demand. He said he sees Texas eventually using less gas than other states in See FUEL, page 3
Monty Marion/Star photo NATURAL GAS: B20-grade biodiesel is already available at 15 BioWillie stations across the state, including the Majorbrand station at 1723 East Oltorf in South Austin.
College Republicans getting out the vote
Search begins for new Res Life director
Campus organization rallies students to support local candidates By A.N. Hernández The University Star
Jennifer Williams/Star photo GETTING INVOLVED: Joe DeLaCerda, psychology senior, works at the College Republicans booth Tuesday morning outside the LBJ Student Center to support local Republican candidates.
The chairman of the Texas State College Republicans jokes that he was once a Democrat. He admits he even had a pro-Kerry sticker on his white truck. “That was a year of darkness in my life, you know, when I was a Democrat,” said 22-year-old Joe DeLaCerda. But he “saw the light” before it was too late — on Election Day, 2004. “On that day when I was in Austin voting, I just snapped. I asked myself, ‘what the hell have you been doing?’ and I voted for Bush,” he said. While wearing a baseball cap, dark blue Wrangler jeans and red button-down long-sleeved shirt, the psychology senior said he is a “true Texan” at heart. He wears black, unpolished cowboy boots daily and said this style of dress just “makes sense to him.” “I always wear button-down shirts or pearl snaps, even in the summer. People think it’s crazy, but to me it’s comfortable,” DeLaCerda said. DeLaCerda transferred to Texas State from San Antonio College in fall of 2004. And in January 2005, DeLaCerda began attending College Republican meetings. Soon he was the public relations chair on the organization’s ﬁve-person board and now he is chairman. He said the group is working to “repair the image of Republicans,” by showcasing the efforts of “grassroots Republicans.” “I think when people think of College Republicans, they think of the Carlton Banks type of Republican — you know, with the sweaters and the money,” he said. “But we are a very culturally-diverse group, with Asians, blacks, gays, Hispanics. We have people from different social classes, too. We have middle-class, hardworking people with conservative
ideas.” Some of his past achievements for the group include organizing a discussion panel with College Democrats about media issues and organizing the spring Relay for Life dunking booth in The Quad, which raised $400. For Black History Month in February, DeLaCerda said the College Republicans are trying to bring conservative politician and activist Alan Keyes to speak at Texas State. Keyes is fervently pro-life and pro-family and DeLaCerda said it is important that students hear from an array of speakers with differing viewpoints. “Well, we’ve had Spike Lee and Maya Angelou, and that was good, but I just think it’s good to bring somebody with conservative ideals for Black History Month to sort of counter that,” he said. The group endorses all Republican candidates and DeLaCerda said he thinks the organization’s weekly presence in The Quad will make a difference in the upcoming elections. He said the group sets up “eye-catchers” including big, bright signs, which work alongside the smell of beef fajitas to lure students toward the table. “Last week, I couldn’t grill that well because I was bumping into people. It was so crowded with students getting information and it was just so good,” he said. College Republicans are currently rallying student support for Jim Neuhaus, who is campaigning for District 45 against incumbent Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Texas. District 45 covers Blanco, Caldwell and Hays Counties. “Because of the big signs we have in The Quad, I think Jim’s going to win on campus,” he said. “Just because his name is out there in The Quad, he’s got a big advantage.” Neuhaus has known DeLaCerda for 10 months and described
By Ashlee McConnell Special to the Star Jim Settle, director of Residence Life, resigned Friday after three years of overseeing the department. As director, Settle coordinated the overall functioning of the department, which included strategic planning, stafﬁng and administrative direction. Settle said in his letter of resignation that he is very proud of the signiﬁcant changes made in the department over the past three years and he leaves after much thought and reﬂection. He said he knows the department is in great shape, with fantastic people and a bright future. Beginning this month, Settle will be working directly with Joanne Smith, dean of student affairs, as her special assistant. Settle will be helping with projects related to planning, construction and ﬁnancing the new student information system until he leaves the university. Smith said the department is in great shape and knows everyone will continue working hard to keep it that way. Sherri Benn, assistant vice president and director of multicultural student affairs, will be helping with the transition. Benn is taking over as the interim director of residence life until a permanent director is named. John Garrison, associate vice president and dean of students, said in an e-mail that Benn is very familiar with the residence life position, having served as the interim director on a previous occasion. “Dr. Smith and I are very conﬁdent that Dr. Benn will handle the interim position very well,” Garrison said. Settle said in his letter that this is an exciting time for Residence Life. He feels there are wonderful things taking place, such as improvements in services for students and increasing rates of retention and academic success. A national search for a new director of Residence Life will be conducted this semester. Smith hopes to have the position ﬁlled by June 1, 2007. “I have no doubt in the ability of our staff to makes this a smooth transition,” Smith said.
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Financial resources, destination opportunities available for study abroad By Kelsey Voelkel Special to The Star The Ofﬁce of Study Abroad Programs will host the Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Academic Service Building breezeway. The fair is open to anyone interested in traveling to a different country and taking a course for a semester or a full academic year.
“The Study Abroad program would be very beneﬁcial information-wise and students who attend would learn about the different programs there and what these programs have to offer,” said Julie Harborth, administrative assistant for the Study Abroad program. “They can also learn where they can go and what courses they can take. Study Abroad destinations include Spain, Mexico,
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Italy, as well as Germany and England and the different courses include geography, anthropology and foreign languages.” Representatives from different programs will be providing information to those interested in studying, teaching, working and researching abroad. Students interested in exploring the world and discovering different prospects of other pro-
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grams can ﬁnd information in one place. Different programs may be offered during different semesters in the year and they may be for an academic semester or a full year. The Study Abroad Fair will include experts who can answer any questions concerning the ﬁnances of the program, what different locations will be available through the program and what courses are of-
fered. Isis Gomez, Study Abroad coordinator, said the fair will provide students with the resources they need to make a decision about studying in another country. “(Going to this fair) is an opportunity to ﬁnd out information concerning study abroad from the real experts who will be there Thursday and students will have the opportu-
nity to ﬁnd out about ﬁnancial resources and the destinations that will be available,” she said. “To anyone who has thought of studying or working abroad, the fair is absolutely worth going to. Students will be able to gain experience and learn the options that will be given.” The fair is held twice each year, once in the fall and spring.
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starsof texas state Lynn Brinckmeyer, assistant professor of music and director of choral music education at Texas State, was inaugurated as the 60th president of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) this summer. Brinckmeyer is focused on the culmination of The National Anthem Project and MENC’s Centennial Celebration, both in 2007. She has chosen the slogan “Touch a Life — Teach Music” as the theme for her presidency.
At Texas State, she teaches choral music education and directs the University Singers. Previously, she taught elementary music and middle school choir in New Mexico, later moving to higher education in the Paciﬁc Northwest. She has conducted, lectured, presented master classes and performed across the United States, Korea, Taiwan, Amsterdam, Italy and the British Isles. — Courtesy of Public Relations
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A little R&R WEDNESDAY Adult Children of Alcoholics/ Dysfunctional Families Group will meet from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Texas State students should call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208 for more information. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center. 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. Contact Tennis Club president Chris Harris with questions at ch1282@txstate. edu. 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. Bible study will be held in the lounge of the CSC at 7 p.m. A student-led rosary will be prayed in the chapel of the CSC at 6:25 p.m. The Latino Students Association will have the ﬁrst-annual Latino Students Social, held from 5 to 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-15.1. All staff, professors and students are welcome. Sociology Club Movie Night will feature Why We Fight at 6:30 p.m. in Evans Liberal Arts, Room 114. Refreshments will be provided. The San Marcos Toastmasters Club will meet from 7 to 8:30
1535 — The ﬁrst complete English translation of the Bible was printed in Zurich, Switzerland.
p.m. at the Lone Star Café in the Prime Outlet Mall (Inerstate-35, exit 200 at Centerpoint Road). Practice speaking, listening and thinking skills, boost self-conﬁdence and develop leadership skills. For additional information, call Ren Linér at (512) 353-0217, e-mail smtoastmasters@yahoo. com or visit http://sanmarcos. freetoasthost.org. Visitors and guests are welcome.
1927 — The ﬁrst actual work of carving began on Mount Rushmore. 1933 — Esquire magazine was published for the ﬁrst time. 1957 — Leave it to Beaver debuted on CBS. 1957 — The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into orbit around the Earth. Sputnik was the ﬁrst man-made satellite to enter space.
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. Contact Tennis Club president Chris Harris with questions at ch1282@txstate. edu. 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 will offer Facing the Fear (Anxiety Group) from 3:30-5 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 CSC at 7:30 p.m. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome. Go to www.UniversityStar.com and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.
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David Racino/Star photo Marketing junior Darcy Giles (left), management junior Megan Casey (center) and accounting sophomore Eric Sheridan (right) relax between classes Tuesday in the McCoy lobby by having a discussion regarding the school’s College Level Examination Program test for which Texas State gives no credit outside of the Occupational Education Program.
CRIME BL TTER ASG Beat University Police Department Sept. 27, 10:08 p.m. Criminal Mischief Under $1500/Smith Hall A police ofﬁcer made contact with a student whose vehicle was vandalized. The student reported no items stolen from the vehicle. This case is under investigation.
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ASG backs Sam Houston State name preservation
The Associated Student Government is the ofﬁcial voice of the students at Texas State. Our meetings are open to the public and take place at 7 p.m. every Monday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. Feel free to come by and address any concern you may have during our Public Forum. The referendum passed last fall to expand the Student Recreation Center is now in the ﬁnal stages before groundbreaking. There is some concern among the Senate on some architecture issues, ﬂoor plans and color schematics. ASG has been looking into the Collegiate Readership Program with USA Today. Our Finance and Fees Committee is looking into possible scholarship opportunities for each paper selected to participate in
1976 — Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner at the anchor desk of the ABC Evening News for the ﬁrst time. 1987 — NFL owners used replacement personnel to play games, despite the player’s strike.
our readership program. The integration between the San Marcos and Texas State bus system is making progress. The ﬁnal result will be an effective way to move students from different locations in the city to campus. The Environmental, Transportation and Facilities Committees are also discussing campus transportation solutions. The Student Government Association at Sam Houston State approved a resolution protecting their name from possible change. There has been talk of changing the name of Sam Houston to Texas State University—Sam Houston. The ASG is concerned with this and will stand behind Sam Houston State in the protection of their name. Look for this legislation in weeks to come. — Courtesy of the Associated Student Government
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Foley’s attorney attributes misconduct to alcohol, mental illness By Charles Babington and Jonathan Weisman The Washington Post WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FBI acknowledged Monday that it did not begin an investigation in late July after receiving copies of e-mails sent in 2005 by thenRep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., to a Louisiana teenager — messages that troubled the boy’s parents. Key House Republicans
learned of the e-mails in 2005 and chose to deal with Foley privately, warning him to cease contact with the 16-year-old former House page. Top aides to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., did not inform him about the incident, Hastert said Monday, and he defended their actions in a Capitol Hill news conference. But the GOP’ s handling of the Foley matter has rocked the party since it was revealed last
week that Foley had sent far more sexually explicit electronic messages to teenage former pages in 2003 and 2004. Many Democrats and some Republicans sharply criticized the decision by key House GOP members to handle the matter of the Louisiana e-mails so quietly that only one of the three lawmakers who oversee the page program knew anything about it. The other two — one Dem-
ocrat, one Republican — expressed anger Monday that they had been kept in the dark. Also Monday, ABC News posted on its Web site instant messages — reportedly between Foley and another former House page — in which the lawmaker repeatedly tried to set up a dinner date and indicated that the boy had spent time with him in San Diego. Previously disclosed messages had not indicated that
Foley was trying to make personal contact with the boys, who had served as runners and helpers for a year in Washington. Foley abruptly resigned Friday, and his attorney David Roth said Monday that the six-term lawmaker is now at an alcohol treatment center in Florida. In a statement faxed to news outlets Sunday night — Foley’ s only public comments since his resignation — he said: “I
deeply regret and accept full responsibility for the harm I have caused.” Roth, interviewed Monday night on CNN, said that Foley is “absolutely, positively not a pedophile” and “has never, ever had an inappropriate sexual contact with a minor in his life.” He said Foley wrote the e-mails “under the inﬂuence of alcohol” and was “suffering from mental illness.”
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the country. “We will lead the American parade in something good for a change,” Friedman said. Durr said a speaker such as Nelson could both inform students as well as motivate them to push for B20 in all of the campus buses. “He could give us information we might not know,” she said, “and he would make everybody pay attention.” Durr said she met with Paul Hamilton, director of auxiliary services, on Sept. 21 to discuss their request. She said she was told it is not a matter of if the university will raise the mixture content, but if they can. “I found out that it is the engine manufacturer that won’t allow the buses to run on anything higher than B5,” she said. “This is bigger than we thought.” Hamilton said Cummins Inc., the manufacturer of the engines
for the buses, does not cover damages caused by anything higher than B5 in their warranties. “There are no industry standards (for biodiesel), so diversity is the concern,” Hamilton said. Hamilton said there has not been enough long-term testing of biodiesel for a national standard to be set, meaning fuel from one station could be made in a different fashion than the same grade fuel from another station. Cummins Inc. would not provide new engines if B20 biodiesel caused harm to the engines, and the university would be left to cover the costs. “We are not comfortable without the warranty. If we wanted to take the risk, it would be a heck of a risk,” Hamilton said. “Our priority is to get people from point A to point B.” He said it is an issue for biodiesel and engine manufacturers, not the university or Auxiliary Services.
“We are not trying to stop the use of B20, but unless the manufacturers tell us (that we can use it), we are stuck,” Hamilton said. Seth Erdman, director of Distributor Original Equipment Manufacturer for Cummins Inc. Southern Plains corporate headquarters in Arlington, said the engine manufacturing company is not against the use of B20. “Our position is that we do not approve or disapprove,” Erdman said. Erdman said if the university chooses to use B20 to fuel the buses, the warranty would not be voided, but any damages found to be caused from the fuel use would not be covered and the university would have to pay for any damages. Hamilton said that, although the buses cannot change to B20 at this time, the university will be switching to a new fuel type by early 2007 when they purchase a new ﬂeet of buses. The new, ultra-low sulfur diesel is still the
result of extracting oil from the ground and is therefore not considered renewable, but Hamilton said it is a cleaner burning fuel and will cut down on emissions and pollution. “It is a sulfur diesel, so it is made from the same process as oil, but because it has a reduced sulfur content and reduced emissions, it will reduce smog,” Hamilton said. The engines in the new buses will require the use of ULSD, which is covered in the current warranty if levels of biodiesel do not exceed B5. Hamilton said the buses at Texas State consume approximately 150,000 gallons of fuel each year. The number is expected to increase to 165,000 gallons by 2013, the year the current contract with Cognisa ends. Hamilton said Auxiliary Services is also working with Cognisa to purchase a larger fuel storage tank, which could lower the price of fuel purchased.
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him as “hard-working” and “honest.” Neuhaus said he appreciates the support of the College Republicans. “I think he represents the future and I believe he is going to be involved in politics somewhere in the future because it is a passion of his,” Neuhaus said. DeLaCerda said local elections are important because they make a difference in people’s lives. “Students should understand that the future changes with your vote,” he said. “That’s what motivates me a lot. I just think this is really what our life is about — you know, our county judge races, district attorney elections — these things are important to us. We should want to vote for the person who is going to get the job done.”
Jessica Irwin, public administration junior, has been friends with DeLaCerda for more than a year. They met ﬁrst through College Republicans and became friends through the campaign for Hays County Judge Jim Powers. She describes DeLaCerda as a “great leader.” “He has really opened our eyes to various volunteer events,” she said. “He is really trying to get us involved in supporting local events and candidates for ofﬁce. He’s shown it’s important to give back to the community as college students.” But more than anything, she said he is “passionate as a leader and reliable.” She said DeLaCerda represents College Republicans as much as possible at various local events. “If nobody else is there, or not many can make it,” she said, “Joe’s there.”
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ocal politicians are ﬁnally showing a little respect for the student vote. Last year, students swung the city council race in favor of Chris Jones, and this year, at least a few candidates seem to have learned from that. Gubernatorial candidates have graced Texas State with their presence, but local candidates have been sadly lacking from campus. There are, of course, notable exceptions to this. At pre-game tailgates, you can sometimes ﬁnd politicians making the meet-and-greet rounds, looking almost as ﬂustered as their student handlers while they press ﬂesh with drunken Bobcat fans. The most notable on-campus appearances have been by Jim Neuhaus, Republican candidate for District 45 representative. Neuhaus has appeared on campus to barbecue with College Republicans on a weekly basis for several months. Neuhaus’ opponent, Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, keeps a San Marcos ofﬁce and regularly makes appearances on campus and invites students to his local ofﬁce. His last appearance was at the unveiling of President Lyndon Johnson’s statue in September. Even City Councilman John Thomaides, who was an early supporter of the failed resolution to put on the November ballot an initiative to increase the minimum age of council members to 21 but later changed his vote, made an appearance at an Associated Student Government meeting recently. Not that this garnered much attention in the greater student body. Ofﬁce seekers are being forced to give students the time of day because we can make or break their candidacies. They have made attempts to marginalize us in the past and they will try to do so again in the future. An issue The University Star will return to closer to Election Day is the council’s decision to squash the ageincrease ballot initiative. They did this because they feared what the student vote might do to their chances of being elected. By taking that issue off the ballot, they were trying to make us stay home. Today, Neuhaus will be on campus with College Republicans again. He will be joined by County Judge Jim Powers, 48th District Court Judge Bill Henry, candidate for County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Peter Plotts, as well as city council candidates Ian Skiles & Ryan Thomason. It’s refreshing to see some candidates taking an interest in courting the student vote. These candidates will be in The Quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students should take the opportunity to meet them and hear what the candidates’ views are. The Star
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THE MAIN POINT
would like to commend these men for taking the time to come visit Texas State, but their mere presence isn’t enough. We’d like to hear about what they intend to do to help students. Some candidates are making the effort, but we’d like to see more of them down here. City council candidates
should be making an extra effort, as students have already shown what they can do in a council election. The Star would hate to write another Main Point, as we did during the primaries, encouraging students to hit the polls only to vote against candidates who ignore us.
The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reﬂect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
As the president of Activists for Sexual Minorities, I want to thank The University Star for sticking up for us when someone was harshly criticizing who we are and what we do. I do want to however, also apologize to whoever wrote the letter prompting the Sept. 28 Main Point “Basic Respect.” It is not right to have labeled that person as a “hatemonger” and “bigot.” Their life is not deﬁned by a few words they wrote. Labeling the letter writer and those who share his or her views only continues the namecalling and ﬂames their anger. Being “anti-homosexual” is not something people are born with. It is something we learn from family, friends and experiences. How can we expect people who grow up thinking a certain way, because of their experiences, to change their mindset if they cannot even speak about it? Now, I’m not by any means saying it is OK for people to act out in anger and hate. What I am saying is that we need to create a safe atmosphere where people can talk about the issues that are so deeply ingrained in their minds and give them an opportunity to be heard. Simply changing behaviors will not solve the problem. We have to change attitudes. Lastly, we need to learn to see one another not as enemies, but as humans, with goodness and faults. The people who believe my life is wrong are my mother and my neighbors. They are not some abstract “religious fundamentalist bigot” who has become somewhat of an evil being in our minds. Let’s tear down the labels and learn to have honest, respectful conversation. Sabrina Jennings Applied sociology senior Think you have something to say? Log on to www.universitystar.com and click on the letters link to read old letters and submit new ones.
Lessons for life: Olmos teaches pride, humanity, change Edward James This story was one of Olmos rememmany the activist, actor bered his greatand director recalled in his grandfather speech that was a part of explaining what the Common Experience a stop sign was in theme “Protest and Dissent: his speech MonListening to the Voices of day night. Olmos America.” STEPHANIE SILVAS said his greatNot only did Olmos keep Star Columnist grandfather told the audience entertained him to stop and with his animation and look for the trees, Spanish anecdotes, stulook for the birds and look for dents, teachers and faculty left the ﬂowers. the LBJ Mall enlightened. With all the hustle and He stressed that we put too bustle in the world around us, much emphasis on race. Olmos emphasized that we to “There’s only one race, and stop every once in a while and it’s the human race,” Olmos try to understand ourselves said. Inside the human race better. He talked about the there are many cultures, he importance of knowing where said. Olmos said his roots are you come from in order to African, Asian, Indigenous know where you are going. American Indian and Euro-
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pean. His story is our story. Most people can trace their cultures back to several different continents and we will only continue to diversify. The color of your skin is only one gene. It is about as signiﬁcant as the size of your feet. Olmos reminded us of the best of humanity: Jesus, Mother Theresa and Caesar Chavez. And even though we all appreciate what these idols have done for us, Olmos said, “We don’t know how to use peace.” We’re in a war that we will be in for generations to come, there is a genocide that not many people know about, and we use our hatred as excuses. Olmos is right: We need peace and we need to learn
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our futures and become actively involved. Even though society may push inequalities on us, it is important for us to make a decision to make a difference. We have improved slightly in the past few decades, but it is not enough. Stand up to disparity and ﬁght for equality. I believe that our generation will be the generation to make signiﬁcant changes. We see beyond color and great things are going to happen once we get involved. My dad always tells me that no one can make me do anything. My life is in my hands and so is yours. So make the most of what comes your way. Richard Carlson’s self-help book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff
has a chapter about appreciating your trials and tribulations. It talks about how much better a person you will become after having problems. If you never had anything go wrong in your life, you wouldn’t appreciate what you have and who you are now. Olmos was a prime example of what the book says. He is humbled and appreciative of what he has and the inﬂuence he provides. If you’re looking for a role model, look to Olmos. He will teach you how to stop and look at the beauty around you so that you will appreciate it and want more of it.
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LOOKING FOR A QUIET PLACE WITH A HUGE BACKYARD TO HAVE A BBQ? 1322 Marlton is a where you need to BE! Ceramic tile ﬂoors, full size washer & dryer, pets welcomed, and a large fenced-in backyard! This 3BD/2 BA is at its lowest rate ever! CALL TODAY! VJE, 353-3002. APTS. OR HOUSE next to campus, roommate matching, wooden ﬂoors, good condition, free internet and cable, $250-$350 per person. Call (512) 757-1943. IT’S ALMOST HOT TUBBING SEASON! Langtry Apartments are steaming hot with it’s new look! We offer 2BD/2BA and 1BD/1BA spaces, located on the TXState shuttle route. Call for all the juicy details! Stacey, (512) 396-2673. TOWNHOME 4-2.5, All bills paid, W/D included. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. DUPLEXES FOR LEASE OFF OF SAGEWOOD! 3BD/3.5BA; two-car garage/Internet access. Call today! (512) 913-8028. 0 DEPOSIT, 0 APP. FEE. 1 month FREE! Cable, internet, water, trash paid. W/D included. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123.
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JOHNNY ROCKETS “THE ORIGINAL HAMBURGER” LOCATED AT PRIME OUTLET MALL is now hiring for all positions! Have fun at work and be apart of the team that serves fun food with a 50’s ﬂare. Food service experience desired, but not necessary. Please apply in person Monday-Thursday, 3p.m. - 8p.m. !BARTENDING! Up to $300/day. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ OK. (800) 965-6520 x 157. WE ARE LOOKING TO FILL SEVERAL FT/PT POSITIONS in a fast pace and casual environment. With ﬂexible hours. For more information call (512) 805-0068 ONE-DAY PROMOTION ON CAMPUS! “Cotton Dirty Laundry Tour” October 20, 2006, 9am-4pm, $14.00 hr. Serious workers only! Call Michelle ASAP @ (512) 392-2152 or (830) 876-8083 after 5pm. DIRECT CARE: BROWN-KARHAN Healthcare in Dripping Springs is looking for motivated individuals who would like a unique employment experience in the healthcare ﬁeld. Our direct care positions offer opportunities to work with either brain-injured or psychiatric clients. Looking to ﬁll weekend, and overnight shifts. Candidate must be 21 yrs. of age and have satisfactory driving record. Back ground check & drug screening is required. Pay begins at $8.50, but commensurate with experience and education. Beneﬁts may include health insurance, dental, vision, monthly gas allowance, PTO and 401(k). If eligible these is a sign on bonus of $150. Please contact Kerri (512) 894-0701 ext. 219 or fax resume (512) 858-5104 or email email@example.com. Please visit our website at www.brown-karhan.com.
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ROOMMATES FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED ASAP for nice 3/2 house close to campus. W/D, garage, hot tub, wireless internet. $330, plus 1/3 bills. (979) 541-7840. ROOMMATES WANTED: MALE STUDENT FOR 3BD/2BA NICE HOME IN LULING. 20 miles from San Marcos. Ideal for someone wanting to cut routine drive from San Antonio or Austin. Call Bill at (830) 875-6933.
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Texas State women’s golf placed 10th out of 14 teams in the ORU Shootout, hosted Monday and Tuesday by Oral Roberts University. Missouri State won the event, led by Sally Hinton’s second-place ﬁnish. Anessa Thompson’s two-day score of 233, good for 18th, led the Bobcats. Four other Southland Conference teams took part in the event: McNeese State, Louisiana-Monroe, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. All four ﬁnished ahead of Texas State.
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Soccer builds rhythm with 8-0 win over Panthers By Carl Harper The University Star Texas State had three players with multiple goals Tuesday night, as the Bobcats completed an 8-0 rout of Texas A&M-Prairie View. 11 seconds into the game at the Texas State Soccer Complex, senior Kim Phillips picked up her second goal of the season, on what played out to be a preview of an offensive explosion for the Bobcats. “It was exciting. I was kind of shocked,” Phillips said. “The team is feeling conﬁdent right now, so we’ll see what happens this weekend with Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana.” David Racino/Star photo Phillips, Nicole Kinard and Lindsay Tippit combined for six BOUNCING BACK: Freshman forward Nicole Kinard ﬁghts for goals, each scoring twice. control of the ball with Texas A&M-Prairie View midﬁelder Olivia Kinard grabbed her ﬁrst two Washington. Kinard scored two goals in the Bobcats’ 8-0 win career goals as a Bobcat on asTuesday night against the Panthers. sists from Tippit and senior Amy
Benton. Kinard’s ﬁrst half goal came in the 37th minute, when she kicked a line drive that was deﬂected by Prairie View goalkeeper Mercedes Gutierrez before rolling into the net. “The ﬁrst goal, I was out wide as my coach told me to be and then Lindsay just passed it through for me to score, and the second goal, I just placed it,” Kinard said. “I needed these goals tonight. They felt good.” Phillips’ second goal came in the 17th minute of play when teammate Ashley Brown passed the ball down ﬁeld to set up a 2-0 lead. Tippit collected her third and fourth goals of the season and now leads the Bobcats in that category. “Lindsay is a hard worker and she’s learning her runs with such great pace,” coach Kat Conner said. “She can really get herself in behind defenses and when her
shot is clicking, she is dynamite.” Freshman Andrea Grifo also picked up her ﬁrst career goal when she crossed a defender outside the 18-yard box and scored from 30 yards out to increase the lead to 7-0. “It felt great; it’s a good start for me this season,” Grifo said. Goalkeeper Brittany Beltramini recorded the only save for the Bobcats in the ﬁrst half, as Paige Perriraz came in and took over after intermission. It was her ﬁrst appearance since Aug. 25 against Oklahoma State when she re-aggravated her thumb. Perriraz did not see much action, as the Bobcats kept the ball on the offensive side for the majority of the second half and continued to attack with the three-front drive. “The rhythm they built with each other was what I wanted out of this game,” Conner said. “They started clicking and ﬁnding each other and knew the patterns they
wanted to play.” Texas State’s 90-minute attack wore down the Panthers on the way to their ﬁrst win since Sept. 1, a 2-0 shutout of Centenary College in front of a record home crowd. The Bobcats took a series of unsuccessful shots in the ﬁrst three minutes of the second half, all saved by Gutierrez. The Panthers’ goalkeeper had six on the night. The Bobcats, 2-9-1, out-shot A&M-Prairie View 31-2 and set up seven corner kicks in the game. A&M-Prairie View dropped its eighth strait loss and is still winless in 2006. “The team felt good about their play,” Conner said. “I thought they did it very well.” Texas State will now gear up for division rivals Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana on Friday and Sunday, set for 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Women’s ﬂag football: Blazing through the competition By Jacob Mustafa The University Star After an undefeated season of ﬂag football, the Blazers could not quite ﬁnish the job. A loss in the championship game forced coach Fernando Labra to try something different. Labra entered the team in competitions outside of the university to see what the team was made of. “Oh, when we went to the San Antonio tournaments, we got killed at ﬁrst,” said Labra. “By going to these tournaments, we saw that there were a lot of things we could get better at.” The women’s team is 2-0 this season, in only their second year of existence. Games have featured outlandish scores such as a 61-0 victory over the Sterry Stunnas and 40-0 destruction of the Dubs. The team credits its turnaround to several reasons, including an increased number of practices and an expanded playbook. “We tend to practice what some people would say is way too much,” said senior Brittani Sims, a wide receiver and cornerback on the team. The squad played in tournaments with ﬂag football teams that consisted of young and older women, including some clubs that had been together for at least ﬁve years. Labra, who played in high school, under-
stands that while his and the team’s level of competition are not entirely similar, ﬂag football is already tapping into the fan base of the widely-known sport. “Women’s ﬂag football is getting really, really big,” said Labra. “I think it’s faster (speed) and focus on offense helps it get new people.” The Blazers can take some credit for the popularity boost, as the team takes the game very seriously. Instead of taking the summer off, the girls played pick-up games with fraternity members. “Fernando has built us up all summer,” said senior and starting quarterback Monica Garcia. “Playing against those kinds of teams can just show us that we can get better at everything.” The off-season work has paid off so far after a quick start. Last season’s crew was compromised mostly of athletes who had never played organized football, but this year came in ready to improve after losing the last game of 2005. “I think just the fact that we’re all friends now and we’ve played together for more than a year made us better,” said graduate student Celina Fuentes. Labra coached ﬂag football for two years prior to accepting his new position, a situation he did not anticipate taking part in. “My friend had a team and said this team needed a coach and, I just said I’d do it, sort
of as a joke,” said Labra. “Since then, it’s worked out pretty well.” The Blazers needed someone who had previous experience with the sport. In Labra, they found a man who was not only a former player, but someone also familiar with ﬂag football. “Sometimes we kind of go to guys to help us out,” said Fuentes. “I just think Fernando has us ready because we work harder so that we would be prepared no matter what.” Labra said he felt it might have helped the team in the long run to lose last season’s championship, as the group has refocused itself with even higher goals for this year. Aside from their ﬁrst Texas State championship, the Blazers are looking to compete in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Flag Football National Championships Jan. 4 through 7 at TexasDallas. “I hope we’re ready,” said Labra. “I learn a lot from the girls everyday and I hope they’ve learned a lot from me.”
The Blazers play at 9 p.m. Thursdays. This week the team faces the Sterry Stunnas on Field Two, across from Strahan Coliseum.
Austin Byrd/Star Photo BLAZING NEW TRAILS: Monica Garcia, biology senior (left), and Gena McCutcheon, psychology senior (right), of the Blazers practice Sunday afternoon to perfect their newly expanded playbook.