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OCTOBER 5, 2005

Free massages, salsa and yoga lessons offered at Stress Fair



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By Anna Heffley Special to The Star The Counseling Center is hosting its first Stress Fair and Symposium today and Thursday, where students can not only learn about stress, its effects and causes, but also get a free massage and salsa lesson. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. There will be booths from health, physical education and recreation department for yoga and fitness, the Counseling Center, the Student Health Center, Outdoor Recreation, Triniti Fashions and more. There will also be free massages, a free yoga class and free salsa dance lessons. The fair will offer information on services related to stress and stress management, such as types of stress, effects of stress, symptoms of burnout and stress prevention, said Blanca Sanchez-Navarro, supervising counselor. The Stress Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday in the LBJSC, giving students an opportunity to learn about stress from a variety of perspectives. Some of the presentations include “Stressed Out and Fed Up: How Stress Affects Eating”; “Career Stress, Choosing a Living While Making a Life”; and “Stress and Alcohol: Is It Really “Happy” Hour?” A complete list of presentations, locations and times are available on the Counseling Center Web site available at www.counseling.txstate. edu/intro.html. But fair and symposium are only a part of the services the Counseling Center provides. The Counseling Center has been serving the students of Texas State for more than 45 years by offering a variety of services including individual counseling, group counseling and support groups. “Group therapy and support groups are effective because people in them learn they’re not alone,” said Gregory Snodgrass, director of the Counseling Center. The benefits are similar, but a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous, does not have to have a counselor facilitating the group. People struggling with similar issues help and support each other, Snodgrass said. Group therapy always has a facilitator and they make progress as they would in individual counseling. The counselors believe there are many advantages to group counseling and support groups. “With group therapy, you’re walking into a situation where the people in the group are there for the same reason you are. You won’t have to hope somebody will ‘get’ you,” Sanchez-Navarro said. If a student would like to join a group, he or she can call the Counseling Center. The group facilitator will call them back to set up a short screening at the Counseling Center. New groups begin every semester and remain open for the first two sessions. The groups being offered this semester include The Sexual Assault and Abuse Survivors Group, which will meet from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Mondays. Lynette Eilers of the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center and Melanie Noble will be facilitating. See STRESS, page 3

Spencer Millsap/Star photo Bijan Afkami, a Texas State alumnus, spoke about courage and the importance of diversity Tuesday evening in the Alkek Teaching Theater.

Courage highlights “ultimate minority’s” talk in Alkek Teaching Theater By Suzann Torres News Reporter Bijan Afkami, an Iranian-American Christian, considers himself the ultimate minority and shared his story with Texas State students Tuesday night at the Alkek Teaching Theater as part of the Common Experience lecture series. Seth Worley, university advancement development officer, introduced Afkami to the audience with the story of how they met as Southwest Texas State University students in the 1970s.

“We had a very simple friendship, and Bijan was a very hard worker,” Worley said. Afkami began his lecture with the story of his childhood. He grew up in Iran as the third of five children. He said he used to live “in hell” and didn’t get attention growing up. When he was 16 years old, he, along with five others, was taken from school and arrested by the secret police. His home was searched, his room torn apart, and he didn’t see his parents for three days. After finding out that his crime was reading too many books, the family moved to the United States and settled in San Marcos.

Afkami stressed that “with privilege comes responsibility.” “I want to urge you to appreciate what you have,” Afkami said. He continued with the story of his experience as a student at Southwest Texas State. He worked as a delivery boy for Valentino’s Pizza, which was known as Pizza Plaza at the time. He worked hard, received raises and eventually took full responsibility for the business. In March 1981, he bought Pizza Plaza and quit school for the rest of that year. See COURAGE, page 3

Petition may allow San Marcos residents ACC in-district rates By Andi Beierman Special to The Star San Marcos residents could pay in-district rates at Austin Community College if a district annexing petition makes the county ballot in May 2006. The measure would amount to a student savings of more than $60 per credit hour, which adds up to more than $700 a semester for full-time students. As of the Fall 2004 semester, 633 San Marcos residents were enrolled at ACC campuses, accounting for almost 5 percent of the student popu-

lation. ACC is one of the biggest feeders for transfer students to Texas State and the annexing measure, as seen by some residents, is a positive step for both San Marcos and the university. The annexation would bring more educational opportunities to local students while helping to keep enrollment manageable at Texas State, said Stephen Kinslow, ACC president. “The big thing for the San Marcos community is that it clearly would expand the types of educational courses and programs being of-

fered,” Kinslow said. “As the university approaches maximum capacity it would create more opportunities for freshmen and sophomores.” Before fees, out-of-district students are currently paying $102 per credit hour while in-district students are paying $39 per credit hour. If the annexing measure passes, tuition costs would decrease but property taxes for San Marcos residents would increase by nine cents per $100 in property value — roughly $90 per year for a home valued at $100,000. The revenue from these taxes would help fund ACC programs, services and course offerings.

Higher taxes could make some residents wary, but Texas State President Denise Trauth, believes it is necessary to secure a positive future for the state. “Citizens today are really making a contribution to the future of Texas,” Trauth said. “If we don’t bring these people into higher education it will affect the wealth of the state. It’s a question of pay it now or pay it later.” The annexing petition was originally intended to be on last year’s ballot, but it was held up when serSee ACC, page 3

Dispute rises over temporary discontinuation of tram stop By Kathy Martinez News Reporter Construction on Ranch Road 12 and the safety issues that have arisen as a result have caused the Texas State Tram to discontinue its normal stop in front of The Ridge Apartments. The tram, which ordinarily takes a right turn into a cul-desac into The Ridge, has become a safety hazard for students taking the bus. Brad McAllister, assistant director of Auxiliary Services said the turn requires a wide Monty Marison/Star photo right turn, which has become While waiting to turn left from Ranch Road 12 on Monday, a problematic because of the construction. This change has Texas State bus causes a line of cars to stack up behind it. upset some residents at The Due to construction and safety hazards, buses will not stop Ridge and has been a concern at The Ridge Apartments.

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for management as well. Cassandra Cavazos, recreational administration with a therapeutic emphasis junior, said the change has only generated more safety problems for the residents who must now walk over to Dakota Ranch to catch the bus. Last week, Cavazos’s roommate fell down twice walking through the gravel caused by the construction. “The way the walkway is designed makes it difficult to cross over because the grass is too high to walk through and residents must walk through the street to go around the construction blockers,” Cavazos said. “The San Marcos Police Department says that the concern was for the safety of the bus us-

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ers, but I think that complaints from general drivers about the traffic congestion caused by the bus is what influenced them to move the bus stop in the first place,” Cavazos said. McAllister said he notified the Ranch Road 12 bus route drivers of the temporary discontinuation of the stop at The Ridge after being contacted by the San Marcos Police Department of the safety issues involved with the tram stopping in front of The Ridge. McAllister said this type of alteration is a standard procedure whenever a construction project is in progress. “It is nothing out of the ordinary,” McAllister said. He said the Dakota Ranch



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stop was shut down at one point, and residents there had to walk over to The Ridge. “The walk is less than twotenths of a mile and about a minute away. There really is no inconvenience,” McAllister said. McAllister also said the crossover is much safer and allows for a trail that goes straight across to Dakota Ranch without having to walk through the construction. “It makes no sense that we would offer a more dangerous alternative for residents,” McAllister said. For interdisciplinary studies junior Lynette Garcia, catching the bus and getting to class on See ROUTE, page 3

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Wednesday in Brief

October 5, 2005

campus happenings San Marcos Fire Rescue earns achievement award San Marcos Fire Rescue was presented with the Life Safety Achievement Award for 2004 by the Residential Fire Safety Institute. The award was announced by R. L. Marshall, director of the RFSI. For 12 years, the Life Safety Achievement Award has

recognized local fire prevention activities that contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. San Marcos Fire Rescue qualified for this award in 2004 because it recorded no fire deaths in structures during the year. Programs and tours are available to any resident by calling (512) 393-8460 and scheduling a time and place.

News Contact — Kirsten Crow,

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Wednesday The Mitte Honors Club is having its biweekly meeting at 5 p.m. with a special opportunity for students to submit their photos or artwork to be permanently displayed on the walls of the Lampasas Building. Tuesday



The Chorale Collage will perform at 3 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Monday Trombone Recital by Matt Bowers will take place at 8 p.m in the Recital Hall. Free Admission.

The Catholic Student Center will have free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all students.

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2-for-1 Wednesdays Student Green Fees at the Texas State Golf Course.

Wednesday A Stress Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom. Thursday The Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general admision and $1 for students. The Study Abroad Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Academic Services Building breezeway. Stress Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the LBJSC. The Rock- Praise and Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center. Political Science Fall Film Series will be showing The Last Hurrah at 7 p.m. in LBJSC Teaching Theater. This event is sponsored by the department of political science, Discourse in Democracy Grant and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor


Thursday Canoeing Trip on the Upper Guadalupe River pre-trip meeting at the Outdoor Center at 6 p.m. Tai Chi RAC Class will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center, Room 202. Intramural Soccer entries are due by 5 p.m. to the SRC.

CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at, or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

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ASG recruiting for those interested in student regent position Associated Student Government is recruiting students who are knowledgeable of the Texas State University System Board of Regents and are interested in applying for the position of student regent. The student regent is a nonvoting participant on the board of regents representing all of the students in the TSUS. The student regent serves a oneyear term commencing Feb. 1. While not a voting member of the board, a student regent otherwise possesses the same powers and duties as the members of the board with the exception of voting, making or seconding motions and being counted to determine a quorum. To the best of his or her ability, the student represents the interests of the students, university system, university and the state of Texas. The student regent may serve on special commissions, task forces and committees during his or her term and is expected to participate in required regent activities, including orientation sessions conducted by the Office of the Governor and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The student regent will be required to file an annual personal financial statement with the Texas Ethics Commission and abide by the laws of the state of Texas applicable to board service, including the state ethic laws. At the time of application and throughout the term of appointment, a student regent must be enrolled in good standing as an undergraduate or graduate student in the Texas State University System. A student regent is

Courtney Addison/Star photo Now equipped with TV monitors, elliptical machines at the Student Recreation Center are a popular form of exercise. From cycling to cardio dance classes, the SRC offers a variety of exercise options available to faculty and students. For more information, visit not eligible for reappointment. Student regent applicants must have a strong desire to represent all university students within their respective system or institution. Special consideration will be given to candidates who have served in leadership roles and who have strong oral and written communication skills. Applications can be found online at or in the ASG Office in the LBJ Student Center, Room 4-5.1. All applications must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 to the Texas State president’s office at the J.C. Kellam Building, Room 1020.


Do you know someone at Texas State who has recently celebrated a great achievement? Nominate your choice to appear in The Star as a “Star of Texas State.” Write an e-mail to with the subject line “Stars of Texas State,” and include your nominee’s name, his/her relationship to the university, contact information for yourself and your nominee, and a brief description of the achievement. Also include a photo of your nominee if available. Accepted nominees will be featured at the top of Page Two.

UNIVERSITY POLICY PROHIBITING HAZING The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against individual students and/or groups who are involved in hazing activities. Such disciplinary action may be taken independently of state or local prosecutorial actions regardless of the outcome of such prosecutorial actions. Hazing on the part of students, faculty, or staff is strictly forbidden, whether on or off campus. The state law providing penal sanctions in the event of a conviction of hazing is set forth in sections 4.51-4.58, Texas Education Code and provides in part, as it pertains to students, as follows:

A. Hazing Hazing means any intentional, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are, or include students at an educational institution. The term includes but is not limited to: (1) any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity; (2) any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; (3) any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk or harm or which adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; (4) any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subsection; (5) any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the Penal Code or Code of Student Conduct.

B. Personal Hazing Offense A person commits an offense if the person: (1) engages in hazing; (2) solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing; (3) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly permits hazing to occur; or (4) has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report said knowledge in writing to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution.

C. Penalties for Hazing (1) The offense of failing to report is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in county jail for not more than 180 days, or both such fine and confinement; (2) Any other serious offense under this section which does not cause serious bodily injury to another is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000, confinement in county jail for not less than 90 days nor more than 180 days, or both such fine and confinement; (3) Any other offense under this section which causes serious bodily injury to another is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000, confinement in county jail for not less than 180 days nor more than one year, or both such fine and confinement; (4) Any other offense under this section which causes the death of another is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000, confinement in county jail for not less than one year nor more than two years, or both such fine and confinement.

D. Organizing Hazing Offense (1) An organization commits an offense if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing; (2) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000 or if a court finds that the offense caused personal injury, property damage, or other loss, the court may sentence the organization to pay a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than double the amount lost or expenses incurred because of such injury, damage, or loss.

E. Consent Not a Defense It is not a defense to prosecution of an offense under this subchapter that the person against whom the hazing was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity.

F. Immunity from Prosecution Available In the prosecution of an offense under this subchapter, the court may grant immunity from prosecution for the offense to each person who is subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution and who does testify for the prosecution. Any person reporting a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution is immune from civil or criminal liability, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed as a result of the report. Immunity extends to participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from the report. A person reporting in bad faith or with malice is not protected by this section.

Organization(s) Disciplined or Convicted for Hazing in Preceding Three Years (2003-2005) Pi Kappa Alpha (2004) Tau Kappa Epsilon (2005) According to the Texas Educational Code: “…each postsecondary educational institution shall distribute to each student during the first three weeks of each semester a summary of the provisions of Subchapter F, Chapter 37; and a list of organizations that have been disciplined for hazing or convicted for hazing on or off the campus of the institution during the preceding three years….” This posting in The University Star is that distribution. Information regarding this policy or other university policies regarding student organizations may be obtained from the Student Handbook (www.dos., the Dean of Student’s Office (245-2124) or Campus Activities & Student Organizations (2453219).

CRIME BL TTER San Marcos Police Department Oct. 3, 7:18 a.m. Burglary of Vehicle/ 409 Roosevelt St. Burglary of vehicle at 400 block of Roosevelt. Oct. 3, 12:04 p.m. Forgery/1015 Highway 80 Theft of more than $50 and forgery of a government document. Oct. 3, 1:01 p.m. Theft/ 215 Capistrano Drive Theft of motor vehicle.

Oct. 4, 12:38 a.m. Public Intoxication/ 1004 Highway 123 Two males were arrested for public intoxication. Oct. 4, 1:37 a.m. Possession of Controlled Substance/1200 Thorpe Lane Possession of a controlled substance less than four grams and driving while license suspended/invalid. Oct. 4, 2:20 a.m. Assault-Family Violence/ 908 N. LBJ Drive Arrest for assault-bodily injury, family violence.

Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS


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COURAGE: Self-made businessman discusses life from Iran to San Marcos CONTINUED from page 1

In December 1981 he had increased sales by 700 percent and made over $1 million. Afkami eventually moved into real estate but ran into obstacles when he lost rental homes and received notice of foreclosure on his own home. “I was totally paralyzed,” Afkami said. After thinking seriously about what he wanted to do next and what steps needed to be taken, Afkami came up with an answer. “I decided I wanted to make a difference,” Afkami said. He started a new business developing leaders. “Leadership is about how we live all aspects of our lives,”

Afkami said. “It’s how we contribute to the community and how we inspire and motivate others.” In 1993, Afkami started his career in executive coaching, corporate training and professional speaking. He now runs Bijan International out of Austin. “I want to be great at developing leaders,” Afkami said. Afkami finished up the lecture by interacting with the audience of 16 students. He asked each person to choose a partner and engage in short conversations. He stressed the importance of stepping out of the box. “I think what limits us is our lack of willingness to step out of our comfort zones,” Afkami said. Lynn Ehlers, applied sociol-

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ogy freshman, was part of the audience. “I came here on accident,” Ehlers said. “It turned out to be more interesting than I thought.” Diego Rivera, management sophomore, thought the smaller audience was a plus. “I liked the small crowd; it was personal,” Rivera said. “I thought (the lecture) was really interesting; I really related to it.” Afkami ended the session with some words of advice for the audience. “If you’re truly serious about realizing your potential, you have to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone,” Afkami said. “Go for your dreams, and do not let anybody or anything stop you.”

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time is more of a concern. “It took sometimes around 45 minutes just to wait for a bus before all this, now I have to allot time to walk over to Dakota Ranch to make sure I catch the bus and get to class on time. This means getting out there an hour and fifteen minutes before my class begins,” Garcia said. Justin Phillips, The Ridge leasing manager and mass communication junior, said the change poses some concern for the apartment complex. “Of course, one of the leasing techniques is that we are on the bus route, and some of our new residents are not happy about this,” Phillips said. Phillips said SMPD came to their office on Friday to notify them of the change and it went into effect on Saturday. “We put up notices all over the complex to let residents know of the new bus stop,” Phillips said. However, Phillips said the later buses that come around 5 or 6 p.m. turn into the complex. He said this is what upsets the

morning tram users. “I have called the Texas State Tram, and they have told me that they are not supposed to be doing that at any time, but they still do,” Phillips said. Regardless, some residents do not feel affected by the change and continue to ride the tram. David Case, international business senior, is a frequent tram user. “Walking over to Dakota Ranch is hardly a disruption in my daily routine. It’s just a few steps over some grass, and you’re there,” Case said. Caitlin Monson, accounting senior, is one resident at The Ridge who lives toward the back of the apartment complex. “It’s just about the same distance of a walk from my apartment to the regular bus stop than it is to Dakota Ranch,” Monson said. For Matthew Hickey, communication design senior, the change in route has affected him differently. “I don’t ride the bus because most of my classes are at night, but I’ve seen the traffic build up when the buses stop in front

of The Ridge on a regular day,” Hickey said. But Hickey said the buses aren’t the only cause of traffic jams. “The congestion would make it difficult just to pull out of the apartment complex when I was leaving in my own vehicle,” Hickey said. McAllister said many of the bus routes have been altered because of safety hazards, including the Clarewood and University Club routes. “If anything, residents at the University Club are the ones inconvenienced because their stop has been cancelled completely,” McAllister said. University Club residents must now walk over to Wonder World Drive in front of The Starplex movie theater to catch the bus. Signs have been posted in Ranch Road 12 trams of the new stop, which is anticipated to extend through January. “It is definitely safer than walking up to a bus in the middle of the street and having to cross over construction,” Case said.

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vice areas for ACC needed to first be redefined by the legislature. With that issue settled, this year’s annexing petition needs the signatures of five percent of registered voters in San Marcos to make the ballot. Students who are interested in signing the petition must be residents of San Marcos and registered to vote. If the proposed district annexation passes next year, cur-

rent ACC students do not need to worry about campuses being overwhelmed with new students. “We’re equipped to handle and influx of students,” said Veronica Obregon, media relations specialist for ACC. With six different ACC locations in Austin and many distance learning programs offered by the college, Obregon said there is enough room for everyone. There has also been talk of

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building an ACC campus in San Marcos if the annexation passes. Obregon said the college is also working on a facilities master plan that will focus on the growth along the Interstate 35 corridor. “As the region grows we need to grow,” Obregon said. Ultimately, the goal for ACC is to be equipped to bring education to as many people as possible. “We’re here to offer affordable access to higher education. We’re

Monty Marison/Star photo Scott Wiser, sound recording junior, plays a soothing tune while practicing his guitar Tuesday in the Music Building.

STRESS: Counseling Center offers more than fair The Adult Children Of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families Group will meet from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Molly Serafin and Anne Crowley will be facilitating. Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Scott Janke will be facilitating. Counselors at the Counseling Center encourage students to look into their services and see if any would be of help to them. “I think groups are one of the most effective forms of therapy that we offer students, (and) they get a great deal of help from other students who understand their situation and they themselves are helped by helping others,” Snodgrass said. There is also a support group

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The Counseling Center is also holding an educational series called “Attaining Contentment.” Students do not need to be screened to attend this series. The series will be held from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18 and Nov. 1, 8 and 15 in the LBJSC. The speaker will be Israel Nájara, supervising counselor. — Gregory Snodgrass “People feel (that) to come Counseling Center to the Counseling Center, there diector has to be a really huge issue like alcoholism or struggles with for people who have friends and things in their family, but a lot loved ones deployed in Iraq. of people come in if they just The War Support Group: Help- feel stressed. It can go from the ing Students Cope meets from littlest extreme to the biggest 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in extreme,” said Lacy Roberts, a the LBJSC, Room 5-1.10. There student worker at the Counselis no screening necessary and ing Center. it is a drop-in support group. For more information, please Greg Snodgrass and Beth Wood contact the Counseling Center will be facilitating. at (512) 245-2208.


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quoteof the day

“Thug-like threats by multinational, multibillion dollar businesses against people who cannot afford to speak or even explain their innocence is a much greater wrong. The music industry with all of its assets and all of its talents has the ability to handle the ‘problem’ of downloading much more effectively and much more humanely. Their present tactics cause real harm to real people.” — Attorney Lory Lybeck on the Recording Industry Association of America’s lawsuit against her client Tanya Andersen. Andersen countersued the RIAA using the state of Oregon’s Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) law. (Source:

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Albertsons sends Seventeen down the fallopian tubes Vagina is a four-letter word — at least according to the Albertson’s corporation. The grocery store deemed it necessary to pull the October issues of Seventeen magazine from its 2,500 stores’ shelves in 12 states because of an “explicit” article titled “Vagina 101.” The two-page story contained information that is often not discussed in physical education classes but remain issues that affect young women, such as yeast and urinary tract infections. The article also displays a diagram of female genitalia, with arrows pointing to various parts and explaining their respective purposes. On the opposite page are reportedly two photographs, measuring 1 by 2 inches combined, of real vaginas, with a caption beneath that states, “These are both normal.” The Star staff was unable to attain a copy of this issue, so we can only speculate about these photos that some have condemned as pornographic and others have praised as educational. It somehow seems irrelevant, since it all serves one explicit purpose, which is hardly explicit — sex education. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America seems to agree. “It is nothing short of astounding that Albertsons would censor this basic sexual health information,” said Scott Spear, PPFA National Medical Committee chair. “…In removing the magazine, Albertsons has done a disservice to teens by blocking access to information that serves to keep them healthy. Young women deserve better, and Albertsons should quickly reconsider their decision.” Albertsons’ public relations agent defended the decision as having the right to decide what is on the newspaper stands as well as protecting customers who had complained about the “graphic” content. This all seems further proof that while our modern society often touts the visage of sexual openness and acceptance, health issues exclusive to women are still only being discussed behind gynecologist’s doors. Articles such as these are informative and reassuring for girls who are too self-conscious to ask the questions. Additionally, studies have shown a strong correlation between reduced sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy rates as well as increased healthy sexual behavior with sex education. Is the nation so squeamish about basic health concerns? God forbid teenage girls view photographs of what they can see for themselves with a mirror. Those in an uproar about what is being sold to their children should take a closer look at the magazine’s content, which teaches how to “catch” boys and spend exorbitant amounts of money on trendy clothes — are these subject matters more appropriate or useful for their daughters? As the nation continues diminishing the reproductive rights of women —some states calling for parental consent for birth control, in Texas requiring parental consent for abortions — should the information, as well as the services, be denied? We believe more media should embrace a straightforward approach to sexual health matters, instead of pulling a teen magazine from the shelves over a few prudish complaints. 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. Letters policy: E-mail letters to Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.


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Would you be in favor of a NFL team being based in this area? “Sure, I like football, I like to watch football and it would be easier to watch football if it was closer.” — LAWRENCE DRINKARD pre-mass communication sophomore “Of course. Think of all the revenue it’d bring. It’s a really big national decision but it’d bring a lot to this area.” — MARIO HERRERA criminal justice sophomore “I think so. Maybe it would bring more support for this area and seems how this is a college area I think there’d be a lot of support.” — CHRISTINA BERNAL pre-mass communication sophomore

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Power to the people, not political parties Former (and is how the issue possibly future) is being framed, Republican House nobody wins. Majority Leader Tom When did (the Hammer) Departies become Lay was indicted by a more important Travis County Grand than the possibilJury for engaging in ity that a law was SEAN WARDWELL a criminal conspiracy broken? The issue Star Columnist to elect more Repubis about as serious licans to the Texas as they get. We Legislature. The deserve to have charges were brought by Travis clean campaigns. We deserve County District Attorney Ron- to know who is backing what nie Earle, who also happens to horse. be a Democrat. What do I think? Well I have DeLay’s people have already never liked Tom DeLay. I think let slip the dogs of smear, sayhe might be the most ethically ing this is nothing but a partichallenged public official since san witch hunt. Earle can’t be Caligula. I don’t know if he trusted because he’s a Demodid what Earle believes he did, crat. Democrats say DeLay but if it looks like it, smells like can’t be trusted because he’s a it and makes a squishy noise Republican. Republicans say when you step in it, then it that nothing that comes out probably is. But in this case, of heavily Democratic Travis my opinion really doesn’t County can be trusted. Demo- count. Tom DeLay will get his crats counter that out of the day in court and 12 men and thirteen politicians Earle has women will decide his fate. prosecuted, only three have That’s how it’s supposed to been Republicans. work. I’m just waiting for the two But, as I said before, the sides to square off like in Miframing of the issue is all chael Jackson’s video for “Beat wrong. Republicans are corIt.” Let’s just tie DeLay and rupt. Democrat’s can’t be Earle’s hands together, give trusted. Blah blah blah blah. them some switchblades, put I swear if that sort of debate Eddie Van Halen somewhere were carried on anywhere else, in the background and let it would be a bigotry conventhem go at it, because if this tion. In politics, it’s just every-

day business. I’d like to share a little secret I have learned after nearly a decade of working in politics. Republicans and Democrats are both equally worthless. Think about it. What have either the Republicans or Democrats done for any of you lately? Does the Democratic Party actually build schools or provide health care? Does the Republican Party actually cut taxes or defend the nation? Of course not. You know why? Because they are both nothing more than a grouping of cheerleaders that, in the words of Aaron Sorkin, are only interested in two things: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. Why do we put up with this? I guess we’re used to it. It’s the way it’s always been. It could be because your daddy was a Republican or a Democrat so I guess that makes you the same as him. But I’m willing to bet that deep down inside you — unless you are an unrepentant party hack — there’s a voice that is saying, “This is really messed up, and there has to be a better way.” Thankfully there is. Politics in America can be saved by simply abolishing political parties. I mean it. Eliminate them.

Ban them outright. They serve no useful purpose. It’s time to rediscover what it means to be independent. There will always be liberals and conservatives. I’m totally fine with that. I’m not seeking uniformity of opinion. I am simply advocating that we should tear off the chains that allow us to be duped and kept from rational thought. By taking away the party structure we can begin to focus on ideas instead of partisan distractions. We aren’t supposed to be Republicans or Democrats. We’re supposed to be citizens. We’re supposed to follow the best idea and not the group that bleats the loudest. Don’t give either of these groups any of your time or money. You need that stuff for yourself. Instead look into the issues and make up your own minds. Follow the banner of smart wherever it goes, be it to the right or the left. The most honorable title in the United States, as I have always believed, is simply that of citizen. Citizens run the show around here. Claim that title for yourselves, and leave the parties where they belong in the trash. Wardwell is a pre-mass communication junior.

Politics take the floor in judicial appointments On Thursday, John of O’Connor the Roberts was sworn in left is very fearas the 17th Chief Jusful of the Bush tice of the Supreme administration’s Court. However, with opportunity to apa ferocious bipartisan point two judges. battle in the Senate, The left is also his confirmation did fearful because not come easily. This Roberts is only RACHEL ANNE battle was not over 50 years old and FLETCHER his qualifications, as has the possibility Star Columnist Roberts is extremely to serve through well-qualified but in as many as seven turn, a leftist attack presidents. on his conservative politics and Several Democrats in the President Bush, who appointed Senate voted against Roberts him. citing the fact that they didn’t He was originally nomiknow how he would vote on nated to fill retiring Sandra many issues and that he didn’t Day O’Connor’s position, but make his opinions clear durwith the death of Chief Justice ing his confirmation hearings. William Rehnquist, he was This is ludicrous because it is reappointed for the separate the judge’s right to withhold office of chief justice. His polihow they would vote, especially tics are actually very similar to in dealing with cases that will the late Rehnquist. He is fairly probably come before the Sumoderate and believes in a preme Court in the next few very narrow interpretation of years. the Constitution contrary to Every judge who is apthe latest trend of the judges pointed can withhold his or interpreting the Constitution her opinions in the interest of to suit their party’s interests. respecting law and the individRoberts even worked for uality of cases. This excuse by Rehnquist in the past. His apthe Democrats just shows they pointment would not greatly will stoop to any means necesswing the balance of power sary to hinder these appointin the Supreme Court, but ments. The vote in the Senate with the pending retirement was 78-22 in favor of confirm-

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ing Roberts, which is still an overwhelming majority, but the Democrats in the Senate have a history of voting along partisan lines and not based on qualifications. This is incredibly narrow minded as the extremely liberal Ruth Bader Ginsberg received a majority of Republican votes in the Senate because she was well qualified and not because of her politics. On Monday, President Bush appointed Harriet Miers to replace O’Connor and now the real battle begins. As expected Bush appointed a female to fill O’Connor’s shoes. Miers is a very experienced attorney from Texas. She is very moderate like O’Connor and has a stellar legal record with less controversy then Roberts. As I said, she holds primarily mainstream views and follows Rehnquist and Robert’s examples of strict constitutional interpretation rather than the latest trend of judicial activism. She will be highly scrutinized, as O’Connor was often the swing vote on the Supreme Court, and the Democrats will likely attack her views on women’s rights and abortion if they lean to the right. I am scared and feel very sorry for Miers because she will have to brave the

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scrutiny and strikes of a fearful left. The Democrats will more than likely show their true hypocritical side and abandon their post as the defenders of women’s and minority rights and be relentless to protect their interests. We could even see a filibuster on the floor, as many Democrats said they approved Roberts just so they could vote against Bush’s next appointee. They want to keep the Supreme Court in place in a position of judicial activism where instead of interpreting the Constitution, the judges are actually making new liberal legislation on a regular basis. This completely debases the great system of checks and balances our forefathers set up. It saddens me that judging has been reduced to politics. It seems that the Senate is using the Judiciary as another arm for the legislature. Good luck to Miers because she will need it in the ensuing weeks. It seems like the left has not received that memo and will continue the attempt to decide that the Supreme Court serve their partisan interests and not the interests of this nation. Fletcher is a pre-mass communication sophomore. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 6,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright October 5, 2005. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.



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What band would you like to see in concert before they break up?

“Houston Calls; I really dig ‘em.”

“I am a huge Dave Matthews fan. I also saw Rage Against The Machine before they broke up.”

“I would like to see Counting Crows. I love their music.”

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A History of Violence

These are some of the grace. The first introduces us to she kisses her husband, and he for us to see. Also, as a married om Stall (Viggo film more pressing issues two unknown, seemingly normal releases a soft moan, she inno- man himself, Cronenberg knows Mortensen) is a and themes of A Histo- men checking out of seedy hotel. cently whispers, “Shh! My parents that this is what it’s like for “real ry of Violence, a thriller The men will eventually display, are in the next room.” Tom never people” to fool around in an simple man living review in a quiet town. Tom’s that will definitely en- with unflinching eyes, a complete expected this. He and Edie know open, puerile style. ✯✯✯✯ tertain and shock you brutal disregard for human life, that what they’re doing is a kind got it all: a good job, A History of Now without going too deep with an all-too-realis- and show no remorse for their of corny and clichéd, even a silly, into what happens to Tom after great kids and a beautiful Violence tic portrait of a simple actions. The second scene intro- sex game, but they also know that he prevents the would-be massawife, Edie (Maria Bello). Dir.: David man’s life when it’s duces us to Tom and his family, it’s fun. Now this may sound trite, cre, I will say this: Tom becomes a He starts his day with Cronenberg altered in the blink of living a resplendent, American but this is probably one of the media icon and subsequently ata shower, followed by Stars: Viggo breakfast with his fam- Mortensen, Maria an eye after doing what life. In this jocund existence, Tom better more realistic sex scenes tracts the attention of three Philily and then heads off Bello, Ed Harris he felt was right — de- and his family are in no way of ca- (without capturing a NC-17 rat- adelphia mobsters, one of which fending and protecting pable of knowing what lies ahead ing) recently captured on film. is Fogarty (Ed Harris), a scarto work at his diner, af- Rated: R fectionately called Stall’s. his fellow man by any in their lives. Why? It’s because the scene feels faced, intrusive man. We witness means necessary. Tom and Edie have a very real and is not glamorized with Fogarty, after catching wind of Everything is as it should be. Later that same night, a pair The film opens with a beauti- healthy, loving relationship, warm candlelight, accompanied what happened in the little town, of fugitive criminals hiding out ful juxtaposition of two insanely both emotionally and physically. by the usual top-40 song playing showing up at Tom’s diner, spoutin Tom’s small Indiana town are different scenes that delineate There’s an early scene where Edie in the background or full of in- ing claims that Tom’s real name in desperate need of money when and set up the rest of the movie seduces Tom with her old high comprehensive half-second body is Joey and that they knew each with an amazingly disturbing school cheerleading uniform. As shots. In this movie, it’s all there other from Philly. And of course, Stall’s catches their eyes. Upon entering the diner, Tom politely says to the two secretly armed and deviant men that he’s just about to close for the night. Both of the men ignore Tom’s words and demand coffee. In acknowledging their hostility, Tom tries to send home a waitress. As she walks to the exit, one of the men grabs her, holds a gun to her head and with complete, sincere brutality, intends to shoot her. Tom, without hesitation, foils what would have been a relentless, small-town-eatery massacre by killing the two gunmen. Tom is now a hero. But, that’s really the last thing he wanted. It’s been a while since director David Cronenberg has had a feature film on the big screen — six years to be exact, but it has been well worth the wait. Cronenberg brings us his interpretation of violence and its justifications, not just the rural setting depicted in this movie but in the human race. Cronenberg uses this movie to illustrate that we, as humans, are violent and use violence to resolve conflicts, attain land and receive love and respect. When is violence necessary? Are we better or worse once we’ve committed an act of violence? Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema And if we have, can we ever go back to who we were before? In A History of Violence, Viggo Mortensen plays a diner owner with a violent past.


Tom denies this, saying that the man must be mistaken and that his name is Tom. As for the cast, it could not have been more perfect. Mortensen delivers an emotionally dichotomized portrayal of Tom with a poignant, halcyon and equally disturbing demeanor. Bello plays the loving wife, who also is just as much “the man of the house” as Tom is. Harris is chilling as Fogarty. With that scar on his face, cold look in his eyes and timbre to his voice, he brings his character to a haunting realization. Now, there is William Hurt. At this point, I can’t disclose Hurt’s role without leaking too much information about the movie. But keep this in mind: You’ll see Hurt for maybe five to eight minutes in the movie, but you’ll also have been privy to an incredible performance, unlike anything he’s ever done. For fans of Cronenberg and his “flesh fright” movies, the first 10 to 15 minutes of the film might seem devoid of the gore auteur’s usual style. But, believe me, this movie will not leave you unsatisfied. Yes, this is a violent movie loaded with blood and graphic demonstrations of unhinged brutality, but it doesn’t celebrate or glorify violence or that way of life. In fact, it does the exact opposite. It simply asks that you watch and ask yourself: Why is it that some acts of violence are OK and not others? — Nixon Guerrero Movie Ratings Key No stars – Must skip ✯ – Bad, fails overall ✯✯ – Mediocre, wait for DVD ✯✯✯ – Good, few flaws ✯✯✯✯ – Outstanding, must see

Into the Blue turns out to be hidden treasure more recent and disMoney is the root of all evil. It sounds like a quote film turbing wreck. This discovery splits the quartet from an English litera- review ture class but is actually back into couples. Sam ✯✯✯ and Jared want nothsymbolized in this movie Into the Blue much more visually than Dir.: John ing to do with the secin the Canterbury Tales. ond discovery, while Stockwell Hunky Paul Walker Stars: Jessica Bryce and Amanda and sexy Jessica Alba play Alba, Paul Walker, see only the enormous the main characters, Jar- Scott Caan profit shining in their eyes. The pair heads ed and Sam, lovers who Rated: PG-13 out under the veil of spend their time in the Bahamas and dreaming night with club owner of striking it rich in the waters off Primo (Tyson Beckford) as their New Providence. Their luck isn’t connection. Bryce and Amanda very great, until one of Jared’s old quickly find themselves in a lifebuddies, Bryce (Scott Caan), and threatening predicament: Primo his new girlfriend, Amanda (Ash- has decided he wants all of the ley Scott), arrive. On Bryce’s newly goods for himself. When Sam and inherited yacht, the two couples Jared discover what has happened, go diving and discover an ancient they turn to friends for help, thus shipwreck with enough gold to set thickening the plot. What began them up for life. The four decide as a salvagers’ dream come true to free dive for relics and attempt quickly turns into a deadly battle. Director John Stockwell, writer to claim the ship as their own. On a later dive, they uncover an even Matt Johnson and the actors all

worked hard to create and develop each character. It is clear that Stockwell wanted the film to be genuine in respect to the knowledge and expertise of the divers. Many of the scenes take place under water, and he does an excellent job of making sure the audience can see clearly through the eyes of the actors, who also

appear to have the knowledge that professional divers need in case of an emergency, which comes in handy when one of the characters has a mishap that could have cost him his life if the others hadn’t responded efficiently. Although this movie is categorized as an “action film,” it doesn’t quite flow like a typical one. In

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Oliver Twist need to know about There are a few rea- film stealing, despite hardly sons to like Roman review being able to stand up Polanski’s version of ✯✯ straight himself. While Oliver Twist. It’s beauFagin does provide him tifully photographed, Oliver Twist with a mild amount of for one, and its on- Dir.: Roman stability, Oliver escapes camera participants Polanski again, this time to Mr. boast intriguing per- Stars: Ben formances. However, Kingsley, Barney Brownlow, a wealthy man who aims to civiin spite of its suc- Clark cesses, there’s no life Rated: PG-13 lize him. underneath the film’s As anyone who has glossless face for it to hold any ever taken seventh-grade Engweight, causing it to sag be- lish knows, the story grows low its heavy heart. Based on increasingly tragic, if not Charles Dickens’ classic novel, downright depressing. But the it struggles to find a constant real tragedy of Oliver Twist is pace and, eventually, brakes its dastardly treatment by such down under its own briskness. a fine filmmaker. It’s clear that Unlike Polanski’s previous film, a great amount of effort was The Pianist, Oliver wallows so put into the look of the film, much in its sadness that it’s a and Polanski and his makeup strain to feel any connection and design teams should be to the film’s well-known char- commended. But the problem acters. with turning such a drawnYoung Barney Clark plays out novel into a two-hour film the innocent-looking, 9-year- is that events must be sped up old Oliver, an orphaned child or condensed, causing it to forced to live in a workhouse become static and unfocused where he is considered devi- — such are the results here. His ant when he asks for some direction itself seems childlike, more food for supper. Though never explaining anything and malnourished and undoubt- always in a rush to get moving edly unstable mentally, Oliver along. The only saving grace escapes to London and gets Polanski holds is the work of involved with a gang of pick- Kingsley and Clark, who both pockets. The gang is led enthu- have moments that seem to siastically by the old and slightly bring the film off its knees, psychotic Fagin (Ben Kings- only to be let down again when ley), who has apparently taught they’re pushed forward by Pothe young lads everything they lanski’s eagerness.

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fails to capture the hearts of the audience

Barney Clark plays a little boy considered deviant for asking for more food in Oliver Twist.

Oliver Twist should have been one of Polanski’s finest films. It should have been a

touching, inventive retelling of a much-loved tale. Instead, it’s an episodic lesson in medioc-

rity that very much resembles its orphaned subject: underappreciated, underdeveloped and

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too needy to be cherished. — Kyle Bradshaw

Disney puts heart into The Greatest Game Ever Played 1913 U.S. Open, in The Greatest Game which amateur Francis Ever Played is the lat- film Ouimet, a 20-year-old est in a line of heart- review caddie from Massachuwarming Disney films ✯✯✯ setts, defied the odds like Remember the The Greatest Titans, The Rookie Game Ever Played and forced a playoff with two of the game’s and Miracle that de- Dir.: Bill Paxton pict real-life sporting Stars: Shia greatest English playevents that on film, LeBeouf, Stephen ers, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. seem almost too good Dillane Now, the results of to be true. Based on Rated: PG the match can be found the book by Mark in any sports almanac, Frost, this story, unfortunately, is about golf, a and even toward the end, it’s subject that has never trans- not hard to see where the film is lated well onto the big screen. headed. However, director Bill Specifically, it deals with the Paxton (mostly known for his

acting roles in films like Apollo 13 and Tombstone), through a large amount of fancy CGI work, is able to make a rather boring game suspenseful. He replaces long silences before a golfer’s shot with a low, rumbling bass and whippy camera moves, causing a tedious motion to come alive with an unexpected energy. While some of his techniques grow tired after repetition, Paxton remains focused on the game’s gracefulness but never hesitates to fast forward through its sleepy moments.

Ouimet came from a lowerclass, French-Canadian family that lived just across the street from The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., the golf course where the Open was held. His father (Elias Koteas) thought his dream of playing golf was foolish and insisted he learn an “honest” trade. His mother (Marnie McPhail) was encouraging and accepting of his goals. The film plays off this predicament to mostly melodramatic results made tolerable by the fine work of former Disney sitcom regular

Shia LeBeouf, who portrays Ouimet with a shy boyishness that rarely wears thin. He’s an exceptional young actor who has no trouble holding up a feature film. Paxton shifts back and forth between Ouimet’s story and that of Vardon’s (Stephen Dillane), a talented player struggling to live up to the expectations of his country. The duel structure provides the film with a needed depth to combat its moments of dramatic overkill. If Greatest Game were any less sentimental, it would feel

too cheap, and its unbelievable story might crumple in the minds of cynics. But it stays true to its subject, even when its factual narrative disregards all logic. The day before the playoff round, British sports writer Bernard Darwin wrote that the “David versus two Goliaths” matchup was likely to be “the greatest game ever played.” The film does its best to encapsulate Darwin’s immortal words and finishes just under par for the course. — Kyle Bradshaw


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Setting the Record Straight I read the letter about my column and was a little upset. Once I calmed down though, I realized “opinions are like bellybuttons — everyone’s got one.” There are many things I could say to justify my column, but the Strutter tradition is steeped in etiquette and good manners, so I will take the high road and leave each to his own.

got back to San Marcos around 3 p.m. Needless to say, the few hours left of my weekend were devoted to studying like crazy. All is well though, my test was at 2 p.m. Monday, and I think I pretty much aced it.

Pride in What You Do ABBY MINICA Performing at this event was an amazEntertainment ing opportunity for our line since the Columnist Strutters had not performed at an NFL game since the 1970s. Dancing is what Balancing Act we love to do, and being able to do it in It’s back to the busy life of a Strutter. This past front of thousands of people is so very gratifying. weekend is a perfect example of the balancing act Having pride in our finished product is why we being a Strutter entails. You see, this weekend was work so hard during the week. We work to make slightly busier than usual due to our last-minute what we do look easy. invitation to perform at the New Orleans Saints game at the Alamodome in San Antonio! Our Practicing For Homecoming standard game-day includes an 8:30 a.m. pracToday at practice we learned a huge chunk tice and 4:50 p.m. call time. This means we are at of our prop dance for the Homecoming footthe stadium for a good five hours Saturday night. ball game that’s in a couple of weeks, and let’s To perform in San Antonio on the next day, we just say it requires us all to be a bit “gymnastic” had to be back at the stadium, in uniform, Sun- — it’s definitely a performance you won’t want day morning at 7:45 a.m. While this alone could to miss. be stressful for some, let me remind you that all of us are also full-time students (some taking up We will be following Abby as she high kicks as a to 18 hours and nearly all with very high GPAs) Texas State Strutter every Wednesday. and since I had a test on Monday, yours truly had all of her Biology II notes in-tow for the bus ONLINE: ride. We left after our halftime performance and

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Texas State soccer goes 1-1 in weekend play By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter The Texas State soccer team was able to earn a split over the weekend despite facing two-goal deficits in each game, defeating Sam Houston State University 3-2 on Sunday after dropping a 2-1 decision to Stephen F. Austin State University on Friday. It was an opportune time for the Bobcats to pick up their first comeback win of the season as they were facing a possible 0-2 start in Southland Conference play after giving up two goals in the first 11 minutes of play against SFA. The game at SFA culminated in dramatic fashion when, with less than two minutes remaining in the game, Delayna Spivey put a header into the net to give the Bobcats a 3-2 lead and the win over Stephen F. Austin. “It looked like it was in slow motion,” said Coach Kat Conner. “We had two corner kicks in a row and that one hit the back post and she just comes in and nails it. She’s been doing that a lot, getting her head on the ball. She was excited not only about getting the winning goal but to get one in the net finally.” Conner knew that the win was big for the confidence of her young Texas State team after losing a tough game at SFA. “Friday the girls played really well,” said Conner. “It was a heartbreaker. We had two letdowns and gave up goals in the first half and we hit the panic button. One thing we talked about after Friday’s game was keeping our composure, and it paid off Sunday.” After giving up the two early goals, the Bobcats got on the board in the first period when sophomore forward Natalie Jackson scored an unassisted goal at the 30:20 mark, cutting the SFA lead to 2-1.

Sam Houston took its lead into halftime, but less than two minutes into the second period Texas State tied up the game with a Reagan McNutt goal. The freshman midfielder scored the goal with an assist from junior forward Natalie Holder. Holder leads the team with five assists on the season. Freshman forward Rikki Padia also had an assist, with hers coming on the Spivey header. Statistically, the two teams were nearly even. The Bobcats finished the game with 20 shots, three of which were on goal. Sam Houston had 19 and two, respectively. Texas State had a four-to-two advantage on corner kicks. Texas State had several players with multiple shot attempts, led by Spivey and Holder’s three apiece. Sam Houston’s early goals came from senior forward Kim Brown, who also led the team with eight shots, and freshman midfielder Charity Lett. Defensively, Texas State used two goalkeepers. Junior Paige Perriraz started the game, giving up both goals and making three saves in the first period. Junior Brittany Beltramini, in her first game back from an ankle injury, played the entire second period, giving up no goals and garnering four saves. According to Conner, with the return of Beltramini, the incumbent starter who has missed the last five games, Texas State once again has a sort of goalkeeper controversy. “It depends on who’s going to work the hardest and be the most consistent back there,” said Conner. “It’s just up to who goes back there and bring their Agame.” Unlike its comeback win over Sam Houston, Texas State was unable to overcome a two-goal deficit on Friday in its confer-

ence opener versus SFA. “Honestly, we had a few chances where we should’ve put them away. We have to get prepared mentally and think that we’re going to score first.” Despite the loss the Bobcats continued to get good play from Angela Crissy. The sophomore forward came off of the bench to score the lone Texas State goal, her only shot of the game, giving her a team-best 12 points on the season. “Angela Crissy is a clutch, tough performer,” said Conner. “She listens. We tell her how to get behind the other team and she listens and does it. It’s really exactly what you’d want from a player.” SFA had a slight edge in the offensive statistics, leading to its slight edge on the scoreboard. They out-shot Texas State 20-16, including a 14-11 advantage in shots on goal. The Bobcats did attempt eight corner kicks compared to only three by SFA. Offensively, the most aggressive Bobcats were junior defenseman Kim Phillips, junior forward Holder and freshman midfielder McNutt, attempting three shots apiece. Perriraz made the start for the Bobcats, playing the entire game and picking up 12 saves. Texas State’s fate was sealed early in the second period when SFA put in two goals in less than six minutes, when sophomore Stephanie Prentice and Amanda Alders scored consecutive goals at the 51:34 and 57:05 marks respectively. Crissy was able to get behind the SFA defense and cut the lead in half with a goal at the 67:37 mark, but Texas State could pull no closer. Linda L. Smith/Star photo Next up for the Bobcats is the Junior forward Natalie Holder, shown here in a game against UT-El Paso, totaled three shot University of Louisiana-Mon- attempts and an assist during Sunday’s game against Sam Houston State University. The roe on Saturday in San Marcos. Bobcats scored in the final minutes to win the game 3-2.

NHL back after break In case you failed and two-line passes to notice, the NHL will be done away will resume regular with. The threat of season play tomorlong passes should row after taking a open up the game and year off to argue allow for more odd over a new collecman rushes. tive agreement. Shootouts will now The new Collecend games still tied KYLE BRADSHAW tive Bargaining after the five-minute Asst. Trends Editor overtime. The winning Agreement implemented a slew of team, after a shootout, rule changes and a gets two points in new salary cap that sent many the standings, while the loser free agents scrambling to find receives one. The penalty shot new teams this summer. Howis one of hockey’s most excitever, it’s unclear at this point ing moments, and shootouats whether or not this new lookshould stop fans from whining ing NHL will catch on with about ties. disgruntled fans. “The changes that we made Before the lockout, hockey we did because we were lishad been slowed down by an tening to what the fans were abundance of obstruction telling us and we wanted to be hooking that hindered the responsive,” said NHL Comleague’s top players and trap missioner Gary Bettman in a defenses that lowered scoring. July 28 interview with Slam! Goalies had pads the size of Sports. “As with most sport iscouch cushions, and fighting sues, you can always find peowas ruining the game’s already ple to debate either side of the brutal image. issue, but we think that all the Now, the league has stepped changes that we’re putting in in with rule changes that are intended to emphasize skill should help the game’s starvand speed and flow and exciteing offensive flow. Referees ment and entertainment.” have promised to crack down While rule changes were imon obstruction. However, over plemented to fix the game, the the preseason, games were new salary cap has evened the slowed by an absurd amount league’s once lop-sized playing of penalty calls. While the infield that favored large-market creased number of power plays teams with giant wallets. Big should help the scoring probname players like Peter Forslem, it probably won’t help berg, Darien Hatcher (both much to improve the speed of now with the Philadelphia Flythe game. ers) and Jeremy Roenick (Los What may increase the speed Angeles Kings) all found new of the game is the elimination teams. Once dead-end teams of the center red line, which like the Pittsburg Penguins, won’t technically be removed who picked up free agent John but will simply be “ignored,” LeClair and top draft pick

Sydney Crosby, and the Atlanta Thrashers, who signed Peter Bondra and Bobby Holik, all have a shot to make the playoffs. “I think it could be a good thing that things are more balanced,” Dallas Stars winger Bill Guerin said in an Oct. 4 article by Mike Heika in the Dallas Morning News. “I’ll tell you this, you’re not going to see teams win five or six or nine division championships [in a row]. Instead, we start this year with everyone having a chance. I’m excited about that.”

Photo courtesy of KRT Direct Dallas’ Bill Guerin skates past Colorado’s Steve Konowalchuk in the first period of their NHL playoff game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Bobcats heating things up all over In the spirit of one of the hottest fall seasons on record, we are going to highlight the MARC CLEVERLY four playSports Columnist ers who have kept their game and standards just as hot. These four players have not just altered their positions in their respective sports, but they have set higher standards for everyone paying attention. Not enough can be said about Barrick Nealy. The 6 foot 5 inches, 230-pound frame Nealy supports is a hazard for the opposition in the pocket and also on the run. Nealy has been selected as the Southland Conference (SLC) offensive player of the week the last two weeks the Bobcats have played and has earned the honor to be selected to the weekly all star team as selected by Nealy completed 26-of-34 passes for 378 yards and three passing touchdowns to go along with a rushing touchdown. Now, minus the fact that the game was played at Kyle stadium, that is a gritty performance. Factor in the location of the game, the surroundings and of course a historically sound football team, the Aggies. That was a heck of a performance by Nealy. This isn’t just speculation, Nealy has completed 62 out of 93 attempted passes with only two interceptions all season. Not only has he thrown less picks than the Aggies’ Reggie McNeal, but he

has also rushed for more touchdowns and completed a higher percentage of passes than McNeal. Also Nealy has scored as many touchdowns as the Aggies leading rusher. Nealy is a leader on and off the field and has led the ’Cats to a distinctive 3-1 record with only a tiny blemish on his record with the loss to McNeal and the Aggies. Juniors Danielle Mask and Aneesa Thompson have both been leading the women’s golf team through the season, and apparently it’s nothing new to them. Mask, a marketing major, finished in the top 10 individually eight times last year, leading the team with the lowest scoring average through the fall and spring tournaments. Mask and Thompson recently tied for fifth place at the Lamar Cardinal Invitational with a three-day total of 230 individually. The Houston native has been leading the ’Cats along with Mask after her transfer from South Alabama halfway through her sophomore year. Thompson, a Spanish major, finished third on the team with a stroke average of 83.79 last spring. Finally the struggling women’s soccer team has been highlighted by the tremendous play of undecided sophomore Angela

Barrick Nealy

Crissy. Crissy, a walk-on her freshman year, leads the team with 12 points and has scored five goals in the 11 games she has played. The point system is based on giving two points to a player that scores a goal and one point for an assist. The points are accumulated throughout the season and are totaled at the end. Ten of the points have come from Crissy’s scores, while two are from assists. The San Antonio native is also one for one on penalty kicks but has only started one game all season. She was also selected to the SLC’s All-Tournament team last year. Crissy was voted most improved player by her own teammates and is currently living up to the title. These players have stayed hot for a while and I don’t expect them to slow down. Nealy will continue to lead the team to more victories as will Mask, Thompson and Crissy. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that all four players will be voted to the All-SLC team at the end of the year along with the many other unmentioned Bobcats. As long as the Texas heat lingers, as it always and forever will, there will be players on a streak, and I’ll be here to bring them to everyone’s attention.

Angela Crissy

Danielle Mask

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