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VOLUME 95, ISSUE 18

City Council inducts Morris as interim student liaison

The after-hour hookah-up

By Danea Johnson News Reporter The San Marcos City Council had a new, unofficial member Tuesday night after officially inducting Kyle Morris, Associated Student Government senate clerk, as the interim student liaison. Morris was officially sworn in as the mayor, council members and fellow ASG members looked on. “He is the perfect person, no one else’s name came to mind,” said Cassie Holman, ASG vice president and fashion merchandising senior, about Morris’ nomination. Morris, economics senior, plans on bringing issues to the table that are relevant to the Texas State community as well as permanent San Marcos residents. He said he plans on staying on as student liaison until next summer. His first order of business was a proposal titled “Meeting Our Transportation Needs for the Future.” The proposal calls for construction of an Austin-San Antonio corridor commuter rail to alleviate problems associated with the congestion of Interstate 35. After the induction ceremony, the floor was opened to citizen comments. First to speak were Texas State students Jarad Davis and Ed Sinclair regarding the confrontation between law enforcement and students on Sept. 11 at the African American Leadership Conference. Davis, communication studies senior and president of Black Men United, read from the same press release that was heard on Sept. 20 in The Quad and at a press conference in the LBJ Student Center. The press release detailed the opinion of “Black student leaders at Texas State University, as well as the Black student population” who were “greatly disturbed over the incidents and misinformation released by law enforcement surrounding the events.” The release stated, “students feel that they have been unfairly portrayed as drunken, out-

Tiffany Searcy/Star photo Michael Kelton will be opening San Marcos’ very first hookah lounge called The Stratosphere on Oct. 13, offering a different social destination for 18-and-up customers.

New lounge an alternative go-to spot for students By Isadora Vail-Castro News Reporter Compared to most college towns, San Marcos’ bars close early — a little too early if you ask Michael Kelton. Kelton is opening San Marcos’ first hookah

lounge called The Stratosphere on Oct. 13 on North LBJ Drive. When thinking of the location for the lounge, Kelton wanted to make sure it would be close to The Square, the hub of the San Marcos night scene. He wanted a place where college students could go after the bars close. “One thing I noticed about this town is that the bars close at midnight,” said Kelton, 20. “That is just way too early.” Kelton is aware of the crowd that might be drawn in after the bars close, many of whom have been drinking. Some concerns have ris-

en about drunk customers or customers who might sneak in marijuana. To avoid problems, he said he plans to speak with the San Marcos Police Department, and let them in on his new shop. “I don’t see (those) as being a big problem,” Kelton said. “With the image hookah bars have, we have to uphold a standard and enforce restrictions.” Kelton managed a hookah lounge in his See LOUNGE, page 3

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Round Rock and teaching incentives highlight of Faculty Senate By Clayton Medford News Reporter The Faculty Senate discussed teaching incentives for the Round Rock Higher Education Center as well as the establishment of a senior lecturer position at Texas State at the senate’s meeting on Wednesday. University President Denise Trauth and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Perry Moore attended. Currently, the university offers fac-

ulty members who split their teaching duties between the RRHEC and the San Marcos campus $1,000 per threehour course. The dean of each faculty member’s respective college distributes the incentive to the department chair, which has final say over the allocation. Senators voiced their concerns to Trauth and Moore, including faculty members not receiving the full incentive as well as whether or not it was voluntary or mandatory to teach at the RRHEC.

Fallen veterans recognized at first state veterans cemetery By Flor Treviño-Zapotechne Special to The Star A solemn ceremony dedicating the first state veterans cemetery opened with the National Anthem on Wednesday. Hundreds of veterans joined distinguished speakers from Gov. Rick Perry to former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III to dedicate the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. “We are dedicating this ground to the men and women who answered our nation’s call,” said Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. After 10 years of planning, construction began in 2003 and

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of students to have a large number of faculty that feel forced into place, no matter if its in San Marcos, San Antonio or Round Rock.” Moore hopes to “properly staff ” the RRHEC but reiterated that the university reserves the right to assign teaching duties. Also, when new faculty members are hired they are informed about the likelihood of being required to teach at the RRHEC. Trauth agreed with Moore’s assessment.

“The state of Texas and central Texas in particular needs this university to step up to the challenge of Round Rock,” Trauth said. “I think what (Moore) is trying to say is this is part of our mission, but we don’t want unhappy faculty walking into a classroom. It’s a delicate issue we have here.” The senators questioned Moore and Trauth on the progress of an initiative, originally presented by Trauth, to esSee RRHEC, page 3

Pet Fest fun for animal lovers everywhere

will be completed later this year. The Texas Veterans Land Board constructed the 174-acre cemetery located on State Highway 195 at Chaparral Road. Officials said the long-awaited project was just the first and they plan to build six more state cemeteries to honor military personnel. “Local, state and federal governments all worked in concert for us to be where we are today,” State Rep. Sid Miller said. With more than 1.7 million veterans in Texas, 600 of which are 65 or older, some said the ceremony was long past due. “It’s about time,” said Nathan Browning, retired Army veteran. “I’ve been waiting for this since See VETERANS, page 3

“I knew eventually we would run into this problem,” Moore said. “I don’t think it would be fair for a faculty member going back and forth all the time, every week (without consent.)” Moore believes the morale of faculty is paramount to any incentives that could be offered. “I always want the faculty, wherever they may be, to feel very much a part of Texas State, no matter where their office is,” Moore said. “I don’t think it’s in the interest of Round Rock or the interest

By Jacqueline Davis News Reporter Pet Prevent a Litter of Central Texas will host San Marcos’ fourth annual Pet Fest to give animal lovers a chance to publicly celebrate their pets and to promote responsible pet ownership. Pet Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at 401 E. Hopkins St. in the Plaza Stage Park, located next to the Chamber of Commerce and across the river from the Lion’s Club Tube Rental. Pet Fest volunteers have organized several interesting groups and activities for the event, including live music from several bands, dancing and dog tricks that will be performed by professional

training groups, an art sale and silent auction, games and activities for children and numerous pet contests, such as the popular weenie dog races. Some of the pet contests include: most unusual pet, owner and pet look-alike, best wag, best trick, best ears, best costume, best vocalist, best pet from a shelter or rescue and, a new contest for this year, the cat photo contest. “Everyone goes nuts,” said Sharri Boyett, PALS executive director. “One lady even had a designer dress made especially for her dog for one of the contests. When the weenie dog races start, everyone just stops what they’re doing and goes to watch, saying, ‘I’ve got See FEST, page 3

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Katie Green/Star file photo San Marcos will host the fourth annual Pet Fest Saturday at 401 E. Hopkins St. in the Plaza Stage Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event gives pet owners a chance to show off their pets and encourages responsible pet ownership.

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October 6, 2005

campushappenings Online payments for tuition and fees are now easier and less expensive. Students can go online via Texas State’s CatsWeb and make payments via e-check. E-checks are similar to paying online with a credit card. Instead of card information, the student supplies his or her bank account and bank routing numbers. Students should have their student ID and password or pin available when they start the payment process on CatsWeb, along with a copy of a check for the

bank account they want to charge. Using e-checks eliminates cycle time for mailing the check and assures payment is received in the Cashier’s Office by the deadline. It is also less expensive than paying online with a credit card. The service charge for using e-checks is one percent of the amount paid. Go to CatsWeb, select Student Services, then registration and installment payments. — Courtesy of Finicial Services

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Thursday Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact (512) 557-7988 or mail@texasstatechialpha.com. Monday Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Tuesday War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 51.10. For more information, call

the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

“Attaining Contentment” An Educational Series will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m at the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. Wednesday ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For more informa-

tion, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

The Catholic Student Center will be holding a Bible study at 8:00 p.m. in the CSC lounge.

Events Thursday 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 LBJSC. The Rock- Praise and Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the CSC. Monday Trombone Recital by Matt Bow-

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ers at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Free Admission.

Oct. 3, 3:08 a.m. Assault: Causes Bodily Injury/ Blanco Hall A student reported to a police officer that another student assaulted him. This case is under investigation.

Campus Sports Thursday Canoeing Trip on the Upper Guadalupe River pretrip meeting at the Outdoor Center at 6 p.m. Tai Chi RAC Class begins at 6 to 7 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center, Room 202. Intramural Soccer entries are due by 5 p.m. at the SRC. Friday Sport Clubs Adviser Luncheon will take place at the SRC, Room 202 at 11:30 a.m.

Miscellaneous Thursday Fastenal will interview for a sales manager. For more information, contact LaTonya Croskey (512) 245-2645. St. Paul Travelers Insurance Company will interview for an open position. For more information, contact LaTonya Croskey (512) 245-2645. Friday Target Stores will interview for an executive team leader/assests protection position, and two store executive summer intern positions. For more information, contact LaTonya Croskey (512) 245-2645. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at starcalendar@txstate.edu, 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.

Brynn Leggett/Star photo These children take a break during training for the Central Texas Aquatic Club on Wednesday at the San Marcos Activity Center. Their coach, exercise and sports science senior Adam Depmore, got a free trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., last summer to watch two of the oldest members compete in the National Championships.

Daily Beat Ad-Vision takes on NGA campaign challenge The National GeospatialIntelligence Agency is sponsoring a unique hands-on industry-education course in which marketing students from six universities nationwide will participate and create a marketing and branding campaign to increase awareness of NGA and its career opportunities. This semester, 16 marketing students from Texas State are enrolled in this special marketing class at the McCoy College of Business Administration taught by associate professor Gail Zank and professor Mary Ann Stutts, both of whom have received a doctorate degree from Texas A&M University. Students are being given a rare opportunity to put their education to work in the real world with a prestigious client. This student group has chosen the agency name “Ad-Vision” created from the previous semester. Over the next 16 weeks, these students will create a fully functioning marketing agency responsible for researching, implementing and evaluating an integrated marketing campaign for their client, NGA. The students will promote specific career opportunities within NGA, such

as geospatial analyst and imagery analyst positions. Fields of study that students will be focusing on include: cartography, economics, engineering, environmental science, geography, geology, geospatial information systems, history, international relations/law, military science, political science, remote sensing and other related majors. The students have a $2,500 budget to help them bring their campaign to life. This unique partnership is part of an industry-education program sponsored by NGA titled National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Collegiate Marketing and Recruiting Program. “This program is a wonderful opportunity for students because it provides them the chance to implement their ideas. Most class projects don’t require actual implementation. In this class students learn the importance of implementation and the attention to detail that is necessary for successful implementation,” Zank said. The college campus is the ideal environment to teach students, faculty, and academia about NGA and the career opportunities it provides. After the students organize their agency and research their target market, they will spend the first half of the fall

semester formulating marketing strategy recommendations and campaign ideas. They will have the opportunity to design an integrated marketing campaign aimed at increasing awareness for NGA and their recruiting needs. After presenting their concept to NGA, the students will execute their campaign as well as track and analyze the results. The program culminates in a formal, agency-style presentation by the students to Senior Level NGA personnel and representatives of the NGA Recruitment Center. The presentation is a unique opportunity for students to develop public speaking and presentation skills, in addition to building self-confidence. Watch for more information about the NGA Collegiate Marketing and Recruiting Program at Texas State University throughout the fall semester. For questions regarding the Texas State project, contact Kathryn Bingham at kb1117@txstate.edu. For more information about NGA, visit www.nga.mil. For a listing of job openings, visit www.nga.mil/careers. If you have specific questions, send an e-mail to recruitment@nga. mil. — Courtesy of Ad-Vision

Oct. 3, unknown hours Criminal Mischief: Causes Substantial/LBJ Student Center A nonstudent reported to a police officer that university property had been vandalized. This case is under investigation. Oct. 3, unknown hours Theft: Under $500/Outside Centennial Hall A student reported to a police officer that her personal property had been stolen. This case is under investigation. Oct. 3, unknown hours Failure to Comply: Striking Unattended Vehicle/Peques Parking Lot A student reported to a police officer that her vehicle had been damaged by another vehicle while parked. This case is under investigation. San Marcos Police Department Oct. 4, 7:54 p.m. Criminal Mischief under $500/109 Windmill Drive A report was made of criminal mischief to a vehicle. Oct. 4, 8:55 p.m. Fraud/641 E. Hopkins St. A counterfeit bill was turned over to the police department. Oct. 5, 3:35 a.m. Criminal Trespassing/1101 River Ridge Parkway Criminal trespass of habitation and public intoxication. Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In Wednesday’s issue, Star photographer Monty Marion’s name was misspelled in the credits for two of his photographs, in the bottom left corner of page 1 and the top right corner of page 3.

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Cyber Awareness Day strives to link students with safety

A Bobcat in Baghdad My name is Brian Patrick Henretta. I’m a 24-year-old Texas State student from Buffalo, N.Y. I moved to Killeen in 2000, and my home has been San Marcos since early 2003. I’m an Army public affairs specialist, journalist and photographer with the 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Texas National Guard, out of Camp Mabry, currently serving in Baghdad under Operation Iraqi Freedom. I’m a mass communication sophomore, but my major will likely change by the time I return to Texas State.

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viewing pornography unless it is done in a way that disrupts other students. This means Texas State is holding the students who visit such sites first Cyber Security Awareness on a university computer may Day today to inform students be putting those computers at about technological advances risk. The only sites prohibited on computer safety. Students are child pornography sites, will also be informed about which are against university security services they have al- policy and the law. Franklin said Texas State Inready paid for with their stuformation Security hopes to dent fees. The event will be held from inform students that they have 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the LBJ already paid for an anti-virus program in Student Centheir student ter Ballroom. fees. A student Students may may visit www. come for intr.txstate.edu/ formation security/ to rid regarding the security of their computer their comof viruses and puter and prevent new also have the ones from apchance to win pearing. prizes. This is the The event first attempt will feature — Luke McBride to educate the vendors incampus with computer lab monitor i n f o r m a t i o n cluding Wells Fargo, Veabout viruses rizon Wireless, Proofpoint and and also other technological more. The vendors and univer- issues such as identity theft. sity staff will be providing 30“We are just trying to educate minute sessions about various people,” Franklin said. “Don’t topics to inform students of click on things and don’t give ways to be technologically safe. your information out to anyThese sessions will include how one.” to keep your new Wells Fargo In addition to providing Bobcat Card safe, e-mail secu- information, Cyber Security rity, Proofpoint Digest and the Awareness Day will also prouniversity’s free virus scan. vide giveaways such as travel Elliott Franklin, Texas State mice for laptops, pens, mugs information security analyst, and a chance to win an Apple said it is important for stu- iPod or a Dell photo printer. dents to be aware of computer “This is our first shot,” risks because they are more Franklin said. “We hope to susceptible to viruses than an make it an annual event.” average user. Luke McBride, philosophy “They generally use services sophomore, works in the comsuch as Napster and Kazaa puter lab in Flowers Hall. Mcmore often,” Franklin said. Bride said there are a number “Anytime you are sharing files of ways to help aid in your you are putting yourself at computer safety. risk.” “Never, never, never, never Franklin said anyone with give away your social security a high-speed connection is at number,” McBride said. “You risk, but simply opening e-mail can put that at the top of your or visiting a Web site could in- list of security.” fect your computer with a viMcBride said to use numrus or spyware. bers, in addition to letters, in Web sites, such as pornog- all online passwords. Also, reraphy sites, are extremely sus- place the traditional three-inch ceptible to spyware, Franklin floppy disks with new flash said, which captures user in- drives, smaller disks that will formation and then directs hold more information and pop-ups according to the users are not susceptible to magnets. frequently visited sites. Do not open attachments in e“About 70 percent of all mails that you receive from an porn sites are visited between 9 unknown sender and do not a.m. and 5 p.m. according to a click on links within e-mails. national 2005 study,” Franklin Instead, McBride said, type the said. “This means that people address yourself. are looking at it at work and at McBride said it is not enough school.” to install an anti-virus scan. There are no rules against “You need to make sure it is a student using a university self up-dating,” McBride said. computer to look at pornog- “Viruses are coming out all raphy, as it would it would im- the time, you need to make ply censorship. The university sure you have the latest and the may not stop a student from greatest.”

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ever, never, never, never give away your social security number. You can put that at the top of your list of security.”

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hometown of Austin for three years before deciding to open his own. For sanitary purposes, each customer will get an individually sealed plastic mouthpiece. If customers want more protection, plastic hoses can be purchased. Different types of tobacco bowls and blends will be sold ranging from $8 to $10, depending on the type. A discounted price will be available for refills. Kelton said that each bowl can last between 45 minutes to an hour. Hookahs and hookah accessories will be sold along with soda, tea, coffee and snacks. The hookahs range in price from $40 to $850. The most expensive hookah is crystal and imported from the Middle East. Most of the hookahs that will be used at The Stratosphere were purchased through wholesalers in the Middle East. “Since a lot of places have banned smoking, I think it is a good alternative for smokers,” said Audrey Adkins, interdisciplinary studies junior. Although cigarette smoke will not be permitted in The Stratosphere, 36 flavors of tobacco will be available to smoke through the hookahs. Kelton said that hookah smoke differs from that

of cigarette smoke because it is lighter. “Hookah smoke won’t turn the walls yellow,” Kelton said. “It is different in the sense that it is all natural tobacco with natural ingredients and travels through the pipe, making the smoke smoother.” But not all of Texas State students are excited to have this new shop. “I guess it is good for smokers, but I won’t go,” said Lauren Valaschek, advertising senior. “I think they could do something better with the space.” Todd Schaaf, pre-mass communication sophomore, thinks hookah lounges are cool but are more for people who don’t smoke cigarettes. “I don’t want to sit there for 45 minutes and not get the buzz that I get from cigarettes,” Scaaf said. Kelton is persistent about the originality of his idea, because his lounge will stray from the predominantly Indian-themed lounges and present more of a “club-feel.” “There are about 30 hookah bars in Texas and hundreds around the nation in big cities,” Kelton said. “There are not many in small towns and I wanted to bring something new to San Marcos.”

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Oct. 5, 2005 One of the most common questions I get about life in Iraq isn’t about killing, terrorism or rebuilding the country but about sex. Dating and relationships are an important part of life, so it’s only natural that people at home might wonder if it’s any different in Baghdad. When you sign your name on the line to defend the rights of your fellow citizens, you often unknowingly give up many rights yourself. In my three years in the full-time Army, followed by two more in the National Guard, there have been many times when a commander has ordered that we can’t do one thing or another. You get used to these minor inconveniences. There was, however, no preparing me for the shock and horror I felt when my commander read us the two orders that come above all others while in Iraq. General Order No. 1 one states that soldiers deployed to Iraq may not possess, consume or be near any alcohol (or drugs, pornography or anything else that could be considered offensive to a Muslim). No big deal, I said. A year with no beer will be tough, but at least it will be good for my abs. General Order No. 2, however, in a nutshell says no sex in Iraq. You should have seen the looks on our faces when we heard that; most of us looked like we were going to cry.

That’s not to say it doesn’t happen here, and there is always some kind of drama going around, which is one of the reasons that the Army banned sex. Married couples that deploy to the same camp are allowed to live together. For some single soldiers (and, scandalously, some with spouses at home, too), there is “bunker love,” “Port-A-Potty love,” and a few other filthy types of love that can be made. If you’re good enough and gross enough to talk a female soldier into having sex in an Iraqi portable toilet, you are a better man than I am, I guess. If you are single, forget about spending any quality time with people of the opposite sex. Guys aren’t allowed in women’s rooms — period and vice versa. Not to watch a movie or even talk with the door open. Of course, rules are made to be broken, and we do what we can to avoid these particular ones. The only problem is that there are a lot of haters who go out of their way to report people, and the punishments are harsh, to say the least. If you are caught with a guy or girl, at a minimum, you will lose your rank and a few thousand dollars from your paychecks over the next few months and will have to work daily extra duty for a few months. In more serious cases, soldiers can be sent to jail or dishonorably discharged from the Army for having sex. I learned this all too well a few days ago when I was called in front of an Army investigator who wanted me to make

a sworn statement about my neighbor, who they believed was having sex with a female coworker. As difficult as it sounds not to be able to spend time together with members of the opposite sex, it is surprisingly easy sometimes because of how few females there are here to begin with. About 20 percent of the soldiers in my camp are women, and many camps have fewer than that. This shortage of women has led to some of the most pathetic competition for their affection I’ve ever seen. Many soldiers gladly blow their paychecks on overpriced jewelry and electronics for women just because they know other guys are doing the same. If you are a woman who shamelessly loves attention from guys to the point that it becomes annoying, the Army is the place for you. Most women here, though, are sick of getting hit on almost nonstop, and I don’t blame them. I’ve never seen a female soldier sitting alone at dinner for more then a few minutes before being flanked on all sides by sex-starved guys. Everyone enjoys time to his- or herself every now and then, but that can be sort of difficult for females. It makes people kind of irritable to have no sexual outlet, but it’s one of those things that most of us just have to live with. The year will be over soon, and when it is, get ready to see a lot of pent-up frustrations let loose by all the soldiers. After a year away, anyone waiting for us to come home had better be ready.

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to see this.’” Boyett said more and more people have been participating every year in the Pet Fest, with about 3,000 people involved last year and more expected for this year. “We’ve increased our booths by about 25 percent to 30 percent since last year, even stuff that’s not pet-related. It’s a good place to start some early Christmas shopping,” Boyett said. “The silent auction will be tremendous,” Boyett said. She said more than 100 items would be auctioned off including gift certificates, oil changes, haircuts and manicures. Boyett said the auction is a great way to get good prizes at a possibly low cost and

that the auction also helps raise funds for a good cause. Pet Fest will also have plenty of animals available for adoption. Twelve different shelters and rescues will be participating, with not only common household pets like dogs and cats, but also reptiles and horses. “We want to encourage people to realize that every pet is a commitment for life and people need to consider the requirements for their pet’s health and well-being,” Boyett said. “There are many sites available online so that you can research your pet and learn how to take care of it properly.” PALS also wants to push for pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

“For every animal that is spayed or neutered, there are fewer animals that end up homeless in shelters,” Boyett said, adding the statistic that 70 percent of animals in shelters get put down. According to the PALS Web site, the San Marcos Animal Shelter brought in 3,500 animals over 12 months, and only 612 were adopted. Boyett said 1,326 animals were euthanized from August 2004 to August 2005. Amanda Inglish, education senior, will be volunteering at the booth representing the Austin Siamese Cat Rescue. “The thing that struck me most about the first Pet Fest I went to was when they had a blessing of the pets,” Inglish

said, “A priest comes out and sprinkles them with holy water and blesses all of them.” Thousands of volunteer hours go into Pet Fest, and more than 100 Texas State students have volunteered in past Pet Fests to help make the event possible, Boyett said. “I love to see the looks on the dog’s faces. They’re almost smiling. They know it’s all about them,” Boyett said. “No one ever wants to go home after one of these things. There’s really nothing like it. It’s like Animal Planet has come to San Marcos.” For more information about Pet Fest, call (512) 392-9749 or visit www.preventalitter.com and click on the Pet Fest link. To volunteer for Pet Fest, call (512) 878-2226.

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the day I retired back in 1980.” Land for the site was donated by Fort Hood, the nation’s largest U.S. Army base. It has the capacity for 50,000 burials and will include a visitor’s center with computer access for locating specific graves. A garden for scattering cremated remains, a paved assembly area for special occasions such as Memorial Day and a pond will all be part

of what makes this cemetery one of a kind. “This is the cemetery that love built,” State Rep. Diane White Delisi said. “This is important especially in Central Texas, because our friends and neighbors are standing in harms way, especially right now in Iraq.” The keynote speaker, former Secretary of State and Marine James A. Baker III, set the tone for the entire ceremony. “We have a duty,” Baker said.

“We take care of those who take care of us. This tranquil resting place for our soldiers represents more. Freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy and hope are the true ideals of the soldiers for whom the bells toll.” The ceremony echoed with patriotism. Miniature American flags waved silently and proudly throughout the crowd as the dedication came to a close. The low hum of the WWII warbirds’ engines signaled the

ceremony’s conclusion. With all eyes on the sky, one plane rose out of formation to represent those who left family and friends behind and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. “This memorial and monument is here to remind us of the enduring price of our individual freedom and our nation’s security,” U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards said. “They will speak to us and to the generations to come.”

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tablish a senior lecturer position. The lecturer position is a non-promotable, non-tenured position that is based on a yearlong contract. According to senators, the lecturers who teach at Texas State for an extended period of time deserve the recognition of the senior lecturer position. In addition, the senior lecturer position would be based on a renewable three-year contract and subject to annual review. “These lecturers bring a blend of traditional and

practical experience than students find beneficial,” said Bill Stone, criminal justice professor and senate chair. “This position would be kind of a way to show appreciation.” Trauth said the heavy workload academic affairs is currently experiencing has prevented the creation of the senior lecturer position. “I think this is something that we are still very interested in doing,” Trauth said. “I think it’s just been a workload issue in academic affairs; we have a lot going on and we just need to get something on paper.”

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investigation somewhat and said he will wait for the official report of the police investigation before presenting a brief to the council concerning the incident. Mayor Susan Narvaiz took time to thank the city and council for their preparation of potential disaster regarding Hurricane Rita. Narvaiz also thanked Texas State for the use of its radio station, KTSW 89.9. “(The station) is very talented, and I was impressed; even though the city doesn’t officially have a radio station, maybe we do,” Narvaiz said.

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OPINIONS THE UNIVERSITY STAR

quoteof the day “And one of the most interesting ideas I heard was, ‘Why don’t you pick somebody who hasn’t been a judge? Why don’t you reach outside the’ — I think one senator said — ‘the judicial monastery?’”

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— President George W. Bush commenting at a press conference Tuesday on the suggestions he received before nominating Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court.

Opinions Contact — Joe Ruiz, staropinion@txstate.edu

THE MAIN POINT

It’s very distracting for people to attend seminars, lectures and the like when they really don’t want to be there. Speakers such as Maya Angelou and Tim O’Brien, lectures about particular subjects or even an everyday class are all subject to having people who are somewhat forced to attend, whether attendance is required or simply to receive extra credit. Obviously, class attendance cannot be made voluntary just because some students would prefer to stay in bed. However, there should be a different standard for out-of-class events that are supposed to enrich the education of students who are interested in the speaker or subject. How distracting is it for a student sitting in the front row of a class to shuffle around as he places his books in his bag, stands up and opens the door to leave, all during a class in which the lecture notes count for half the grade? Guess what — it’s just as distracting for people to send text messages from their phones or ask others where a party is that weekend during a speech or seminar. There are students on this campus who are able to separate their social life from their education and know at which times to perform both duties, but there are others who show up to events just for the grade and can’t recognize that what’s being said might turn out to be interesting if they would just turn off their music players and cell phones to listen. The blame doesn’t lie solely at the feet of those who attend the events but would rather be somewhere else. Part of the blame comes from professors and instructors who make attendance of plays, lectures and the like mandatory for grading purposes. Students who decided to listen to Maya Angelou speak last week did so on their own, without being forced to decide between attending or sleeping in bed. When people are forced to attend events like this, they become distractions to those who wish to be educated and gain new insight. Professors and instructors need to find alternative ways to grade students rather than mandatory attendance at an event. If the only reason people are attending is to bump their grades up, worrying about the bump isn’t the problem on which they need to focus. This problem is only a small part of a larger issue — a drop in respect for peers. For exaample, if you know you are going to leave early from a class, don’t sit on the opposite side of the room and cause unnecessary distractions. In the meantime, maybe this is one of the areas in which instructors can weed out those students who are here only for the social aspects of their lives. 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 starletters@txstate.edu. 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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caHow do you feel about professors requiring students to attend speaking events or lectures outside of class? “I don’t have a teacher that does that, but I think it’s good because it gives you different opinions of things and lets you see things you wouldn’t if you just stayed in class.” — NATALIE JACKSON biology freshman

“It’s OK only for extra points, not for part of the grade.” — ADAM DURKE undecided junior

“The classes I’m in, it’s strictly for extra credit, and I went to the Tim O’Brien one. I enjoy doing extra credit. I might go to them anyways if they’re not extra credit.” — ASHLEY MANNING communication design freshman “It’s really cool because usually its stuff I want to go see, so I get to see it and get extra credit too.” — CHRISTI CHAPMAN interdisciplinary studies freshman

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Supreme Court should follow Constitution President Bush’s the states. Below are recent pick for examples. Supreme Court The Supreme justice is annoying Court has rewritten both conservatives the meaning of the and liberals alike. First Amendment Many conservaby adding the words tives complain “separation of church BRETT BOUSMAN that Harriet Miers, and state.” The First Star Columnist the current White Amendment and House Counsel, even the term were has been a long time Democrat supposed to keep the governwho recently turned Repubment from prohibiting relilican, and actually gave to gious activity; that is what the former Vice President Al Gore’s federal courts have done over campaign. the past 40 years. Though a legitimate conThe courts have taken the cern, she is from Texas and she word “unreasonable” out of the might have been one of those Fourth Amendment thus creatTexans in denial. Until the ing this false over encompass1970s, almost every Texan was a ing right to privacy. This is why Democrat, well, a conservative innocent unborn children conDemocrat for the most part. tinue to die while likely terrorLiberals complain that ist suspects cannot be checked though Miers has experience in at the airport. However, when the legal field, she lacks experithere are legitimate grounds to ence in the court. That can be use the Fourth Amendment, a bad thing, but it can also be they dismiss the case as in Kelo a good thing. Maybe we need v. New London (2005). They someone who doesn’t think said that a private business they become God when they get providing a better tax base a certain amount of experience for the city is a good enough in the courtrooms. The black reason to force someone out robe tends to make one think he of their private property thus or she is a member of the Legdisrespecting that person’s islative Branch. If not careful, Fourth Amendment true right it can make one think they are to privacy. higher than the Constitution. What is even more frightenThe Supreme Court has ing is that the Supreme Court been responsible for holdhas a world vision over our ing the Constitution hostage Constitution. The court gave forcing it to live, breathe and in to the yellow journalism change with the times without about the POW prison abuse two-thirds majority of Conscandals in 2004. The Supreme gress and three-quarters of Court ruled that POW’s, who

are not American citizens and are our enemies, could have access to U.S. courts. No wonder the terrorists didn’t attack the Supreme Court on Sept. 11. Why would they want to attack their allies? It gets worse. Some of our “justices” believe that the Constitution is not sufficient to use when making a ruling. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “America’s ‘island’ or ‘lone ranger’ mentality is beginning to change. Our justices are becoming more open to comparative and international law perspectives.” Stephen Breyer said, “For years people all over the world have cited the U.S. Supreme Court; why don’t we cite them occasionally? This is what I call opening your eyes to things that are going on elsewhere. What is at issue is the extent to which you might learn from other places.” Not if it means rewriting the Constitution. Some called Sandra Day O’Connor a moderate pragmatist. After reading this next quote, I hope many will begin to call her a radical. She said, “Conclusions reached by other countries, although not formally binding upon our decisions, and by the international community should at times constitute persuasive authority in American courts. I suspect that with time, we will rely increasingly on international and foreign law in resolving what

now appears to be domestic issues.” In 2003, the court put their words to action when they struck down an anti-sodomy law in the Texas case of Lawrence v. Texas. The high court and I would have been on the same page if they based their ruling on the Constitution. However, they based their ruling upon European law. This is why we need more justices like Antonin Scalia who said, “I do not regard the Constitution as being the instrument of change by letting judges read Canadian cases…That is not the way we do things in a democracy. After having read the foreign law, I’m afraid that societies don’t always ‘mature.’ Sometimes they rot.” Though the Supreme Court was never supposed to be the final decision maker over the Constitution, many have bought into the lie regardless. They gave themselves that power in Marbury v. Madison (1803). Members of Congress and President Jefferson were outraged so much they ignored the ruling. If a court believes that they can give themselves more power than granted in the Constitution, then we live in an oligarchy. We are only fooling ourselves to believe that we live in a democratic-republic. It’s time for a facelift. Bousman is a history and mass communication senior.

We should give original thought a try for once If you look back at jority of writers all the trends we’ve were inspired by had, you will notice someone from the that it is all stuff from past. Depending on the past. We dress as how you look at it, if we are in the ’70s or a non-retrospective ’80s. Even our slang look could give you is retro. Retro is what two scenarios. If JOE TORRES seems to be in. What you are an optimist, Star Columnist would happen if we you can see that if didn’t look at age or we have no past to trends in retrospective? look back on, that will give us What if, instead of looking a clean slate to work with. We at the past for trends or manno longer have the mistakes of nerisms, we pretend it never the past looming overhead. It’s happened? What if we decide like we get a second chance. to stay in the present and no By simply not acknowledglonger look to the past, or to ing the past mistakes, we can take that one step further, fopretend they never happened. cus on the future? This could open new windows I’m not saying we should of creativity. Without the past deny the past ever happened. to look back on, we are forced I’m saying maybe we should into coming up with original try and look to the future. Alideas. though, one could argue that But with this, we are faced without the past there is no with another question. future. That is only true if you Are we intelligent enough to take the denial of the past in a come up with original ideas? literal sense. I’m saying maybe Have we grown so accustomed we should take it in a metato looking to the past for anphorical sense and while we swers, that we are no longer still know that the past hapable to come up with them pened, we just no longer look on our own? Our founding to the past for answers. fathers had to come up with I also understand the maoriginal ideas to start this

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country; now we just “hire” new staff every four to eight years to follow the guidelines. Without the past to guide us, we are free to start over again. Now, the other scenario is quite different. It is the scenario for those who think the past is filled with inspiration and sages that should be remembered forever. While it is true that a lot of our current beliefs and all traditions come from the past, we still have a lot of negatives that we could erase. Again, another question is raised. Would it be right to give up our wisest sage and our most brilliant person for a new slate and a new chance? Also, are we smart enough now that we can forge ahead without them? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered in this, but if the option is there, I’d say we should take it. We could either sink or swim. That was the same risk our forefathers took. I’d say if we can start over in life, we should take the opportunity. I think there are more windows opening than doors closing in this one. While some might

say that we as a people are too dumb or self-centered to create a world for ourselves that we can all co-exist in; I say that is partially true. But in this case, I say that should be a chance we should all be willing to take. Humans have been known to reach their full potential in times of great need. We have had many reality checks in the past ten years. We have undergone major changes politically, socially and economically. But nothing has happened that we couldn’t look to the past and learn from. Everything has happened to us at one time or another. I am not saying that something absolutely needs to happen. I am saying that it would be interesting — and very terrifying — to see if America could face a problem that it has never faced before. Something so new that no one has an answer for. Only then could we let go of the past and begin to focus on the future, because at that point, it is all we can do.

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happeningsof the weekend san marcos

Thursday Gordo’s — At All Cost, Oceanus, Highwaterwaltz Lucy’s — Dan Dyer, Deep Ella The Triple Crown — Fambly, Park Nast, Double U ILL

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Friday Cheatham Street Warehouse — Brandon Rhyder Band Lucy’s — Trifecta Riley’s Tavern — Dave Jorgenson Saturday Gordo’s — Omada, Allus Lucy’s — Chris Vicious’ Punk Rock Party

Riley’s Tavern — Fender & The Skirtchasers The Triple Crown — Animus, Apse Affinity, Sunday Cheatham Street Warehouse — The Ash Family Lucy’s — Guild, Hollow Riley’s Tavern — Open Mic with Sterling Finaly

Trends Contact — Christina Gomez, starentertainment@txstate.edu

FALL CONCERT SEASON KICKS OFF Music lineup for fall across Texas sounds great By Christina Gomez and Kyle Bradshaw Entertainment Editors Now that fall is more or less upon us and 100-degree days are almost a thing of the past, bands are returning back to Central Texas to kick off the fall concert season. Living in San Marcos means we have prime access to some incredible bands by way of Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Cooler weather means you can also partake in more outdoor venues without the embarrassment of smelling funny and pesky heatstrokes. Some of the best concerts coming through Texas are already sold-out but with a little creativity, or some strategic eBay purchasing, the tickets can be had.

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Bocktoberfest Oct.16 Tickets: $43 Location: One mile west of the brewery in Shiner Nestled between San Antonio and Houston is the brewing town of Shiner. Famous for its incredible amber beer, the town of Shiner opens its doors

to an annual outdoor concert. The concert features seven bands, with the rock band Audioslave headlining along with pop-punksters Good Charlotte, as well as country stars Clint Black and SHeDAISY. A plus for the show is the availability of campsites for those who imbibe a little too much Shiner Bock.

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U2 Oct. 28 Tickets: SOLD OUT

Location: Toyota Center in Houston

Normally I wouldn’t mention a show that is totally sold out. In fact, it was sold out a mere minutes after going on sale. But, arguably, U2 is the greatest rock band on the planet, and I would be doing a disservice to my readers if I did attempt to get you to

go. While tickets may be scarce for the tour supporting the Grammy winning album, Vertigo, a three second search of eBay or craigslist nets more than enough tickets to be purchased. While tickets start at about $150, you might have to drop more in order to get some good seats. Some people might not think it’s worth it. Others, like myself, understand the necessity of paying homage to Bono and the Edge.

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Broken Social Scene Tickets: $17 Date: Nov. 3 Location: Stubb’s BBQ Broken Social Scene will be at Stubb’s in November in support of its new self-titled album, produced by David Newfeld and just released on Art&Crafts Records. Since 1999, the band, which

formed out of a friendship between K.C. Accidental’s Kevin Drew and Brenden Canning, has grown to an 11-member miniorchestra. BSS is a popular staple in the indie rock scene, and the band’s day-dreamy tracks are never short of surprising moments. They will certainly be one of the most original acts to stop in Austin this fall.

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Wireless Amphitheater. Even though Green probably tours the Austin-San Antonio corridor about 600 times a year, his shows are usually a blast. If you haven’t seen Green in concert, it is a real treat. Just imagine fraternity and sorority members drinking beer and singing off key. Yeah, you get the gist.

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GEN GENERA ERALLAD ADMIS MISSIO SIONN under their belt, this band is a must see. Period. How long is Keith Richards going to last? How long will a band of this caliber continue to tour? How long until these tickets are sold out? Don’t wait. Make the pilgrimage up to Dallas, see the sights and enjoy some of the best music ever made.


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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Happy Tree Friends

spill animated blood, guts for laughs

box-set Overkill, Ever since the Incartoon the Happy Tree ternet revolution, it review Friends have sohas been increasingly easy for anyone with their place ✯✯ lidified an understanding of Overkill: Happy in the vacuous computer animation Tree Friends wasteland that has and editing tech- Creators: Kenn become television. The show revolves niques to produce Navarro and around the lives professional qual- Rhode Montijo of a bunch of cute ity short films and fuzzy bunnies, animated shorts at almost no cost. As a result, chipmunks, bears, raccoons there has been an explosion and a blue moose. Actually, of absolutely ridiculous and each cartoon really revolves off-the-wall shows over the around the deaths of each of past few years that have be- these characters. You’ll laugh come some of the most pop- for a while as Cuddles and ular entertainment websites Giggles get disemboweled on the internet, gaining their by the shell-shocked veteran creators international ac- Flippy. You may even conclaim. Web sites like Home- tinue to laugh when Toothy star Runner and Exploding gets minced by a kite that Dog are building a media flies away. But after hearing and merchandising empire the theme song six times in based on whit and humor. five minutes, you’ll probably But, as with all things, there just want to turn off the teleare those that rely on easy vision and go read a book. laughs high in gore but short It’s not that Happy Tree on substance to make a name Friends won’t make you for themselves. laugh. It works in the same That brings us to the newest way that Itchy & Scratchy mass-produced and market- work in The Simpsons: ed Internet cartoon, Happy short, violent cartoons about Tree Friends, which can now animals killing each other. be seen on G4, the new all- It’s a proven formula. Howgaming cable channel. With ever, unlike Itchy & Scratchy, the release of their new DVD Happy Tree Friends offers

absolutely no whit, no plot and ultimately, no real humor. Sure, Itchy and Scratchy hated each other. And sure, Itchy always ended up killing Scratchy. But they were charming. They tricked each other. America fell in love with them. It’s really easy to laugh when a raccoon’s eye gets wrapped around a tree limb, and she has to climb up the tree using her optic nerve as a rope. But with each episode being an average of just over a minute, watching the DVDs becomes burdensome, not to mention incredibly irrelevant. If blood and guts is your thing, then go to happytreefriends.com and watch every episode for free, because $35 is an awful lot of money to spend on a cartoon bunny being ripped to shreds over and over and over, and the fact that you can buy all the Happy Tree Friends merchandise, including dolls, hoodies, T-shirts and posters at your local Hot Topic should be a sign to anyone who has seen every quarterly-fad to go the same way. — Brian McSwain

Photo courtesy of Mondo Mini Shows Happy Tree Friends, a morbidly sarcastic cartoon show, released its Christmas special DVD, Snow Time Like the Present.

Randy Rogers Band brings ‘country rock with a fiddle’ to San Marcos By Andrea Short Entertainment Writer Cheatham Street Warehouse booked the Randy Rogers Band for its first gig five years ago, and Monday night the band played again for an excited crowd. RRB already has several Radney Foster-produced albums, Live at Cheatham Street Warehouse, Like it Used to Be and RollerCoaster, and it’s been a part of one compilation album, Live & Loud at Billy Bobs. After their recent signing with

Mercury Records, they are sure to have many more albums to come. Randy Rogers’ country voice and the rock sounds of each band member’s distinct musical flavor, produce what the band says is “country rock with a fiddle.” Reminiscent of other grass-roots icons like Robert Earl Keen, the RRB is unique and carving its own way to the top. The band’s first single. “Tonight’s Not the Night,” has successfully made its way into major radio play and snagged spots on the Bill-

board R & R, Americana and Texas Music Charts. In January, RRB was honored at the Gruene With Envy Awards, walking away with Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. It’s inspiring to see a band that started out as a group of Texas State students make it so far in the music business. Around 9:30 p.m., RRB’s loyal followers started to pack in, which made me wonder what I’d been missing out on. At first I thought, Cheatham Street

Warehouse was just a little hidden, laid-back spot to grab a few beers and relax, but when RRB hit the stage the whole bar was shaking. Lead singer Randy Rogers, guitarist Geoffrey Hill, bassist Jon Richardson, fiddle player Brad Black and drummer Les Lawless kicked the concert off with “This Time Around” and the rocking and screaming didn’t let up all night. RRB also played many songs from its most recent albums, including “Somebody Take Me Home,” “Down and Out” and “Lay It All

on You.” Of course, RRB threw in a few older songs and got personal with the crowd, making mention of the recent Texas A&M and Texas State game and how that was just a warm up for the rest of the season. Cheatham Street Warehouse hosts live music everyday of the week except for Wednesdays, and the stage is always filled with unique Texas Music sounds. It’s no wonder why RRB is so proud to have called Cheatham Street Warehouse and San Marcos home. RRB

started its career here and will continue coming back home no matter how successful they become. There was a real sense of love and pride in the audience on Monday as everyone relished in the music and celebrated the first-rate band’s rise to the top with their new record deal. If you missed RRB on Monday, the tour continues through December, with several stops all over Texas, including New Braunfels, Austin and Dallas, as well as some shows in Kansas.

University Bookstore presents

open mic nite Thursday, October 13th 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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TECH NEWSOF THE WEEK10/06 By Doak Gips Entertainment Writer The 100-pound Game Boy What’s the point of the having a game boy if it’s big? To satisfy every American’s needs of bigger and better stuff of course. So not only did this guy make the biggest game boy you’ve ever seen, he also made it playable. Yeah, it’s weird, but it’s the American way. Windows Vista to boot up in two to three seconds Mark this under the: “I’ll believe it when I see it category.” Straight from the Windows Vista website, “A Windows Vista computer starts and shuts down as quickly and as reliably as a television, usually within two to three seconds.” A Windows computer reliable? Who’s Microsoft trying to fool? As soon as Vista hits, so will the spyware, and that startup and shutdown time will go straight up.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Hermann Art student Jeff Hermann designed the “Gameman,” originally intended to be more than 7 feet tall but sized down due to a lack of funds. The completed enlarged Nintendo Game Boy lookalike is approximately 3 feet tall and costs $500 to build the entire system from scratch.

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tion of Motorola’s ultra sleek phone line includes two cameras, both at two mega pixels each. In case you’re wondering, one’s for taking pictures, the other one is for movies. It also has 512 MB of internal memory for pictures, and for music files. The phone holds support for MP3s, and AAC format, which is the format Apple uses for its iTunes files. I just don’t want to see the price tag on this thing. Xbox 360 Wired Controller shows up on eBay Marketing ploy by Microsoft? Illegal sale by random person? You decide, but ultimately some poor fool paid more than 100 dollars total for a controller that doesn’t have a console for it yet. It doesn’t make much sense to me, although the controller can be plugged into a USB port to be used as a PC controller. iPod Nano users bothered by easily scratched screen And so would I if I paid

over 200 bucks for an MP3 player, and then the screen scratched so easily that photo’s and name’s on the screen were unreadable. Users have compiled a 188-post thread on Apple’s message boards on how easy it is to scratch the screen. It should be noted that most Apple stores have been generous with the returns and if you return the whole thing, in the box with the manuals, they’ll trade it out for free for you. Scientists running out of names for Mars Scientists are quickly running out of scientific names for everything they’re finding on Mars with their seriously overproducing robotic rovers. After running out of old Mayan city names, they have since moved onto 1970s pop bands names including, but definitely not limited to, ABBA, the Bee Gees and much more. After that, some of the scientists attended a conference in the holiday season, so therefore started naming rocks after the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” which is limited to Pear Tree, Turtle Doves, and the others. Who knows what’s coming next?

Chute Nine gets lost in a sea of Texas country artists Unless you like roKevin Fowler and Cory deos and cheesy counMorrow. try breakup songs, Love and Hate begins Chute Nine’s newest with a song of heartbreak release Love and Hate called “Do You Still Do It.” will likely only appeal It is your typical country to those who find inballad about a woman terest in any of the leaving her guy and taking above. The band mixes music everything with her. The eclectic influences review second track, “The Night from country, rock, Boys Went Out,” talks ✯ the jazz and blues to proabout a man’s jealousy duce a sound that is all Chute Nine over none other than his too familiar. The band Love and Hate woman. is clearly Texas country Audio Grind Things get a little Records and nothing more. corny half way through Chute Nine evolved the album with the song from various rock and country “Hound Dog.” Kadrmas portrays acts to its current lineup — vocal- the woman in his song as, “She’s ist and guitarist Jamey Kadrmas, a fast actin’ heat packin’ tracker keyboardist Mark Pavlica, lead that gets her man/she’s got a little guitarist Glenn Esparza, drum- hound dog in her.” mer MacKenzie Kerr and bassChute Nine display their inist Stingray. They have toured terest in various genres with around the country and opened their cover of The Police’s “Every for artists such as Keith Urban, Breath You Take.” It’s accompa-

nied by a piano that sounds as if it is coming from an old West saloon and country-heavy violins. The guitars add a rock vibe. “Can You Feel That,” a tribute to soldiers serving in armed forces, has depressing yet hopeful lyrics. A line in the song asserts no bias by saying, “Right now I’m not talking about the right and the wrong/I’m just saying there’s a someone for everyone that’s gone.” It pulls the talents of the band members together to create one of their better songs on Love and Hate.

The album wraps up with “Music America.” The track displays the band’s passion for making music for the average American. Texas country has had a boost of popularity with artists like Cross Canadian Ragweed and Pat Green, but there is one underlying truth among them — they seem to have no real distinction among themselves. Like these artists, they mix rock and country, calling it something unique when it is not. Country music had its glory years in the distant past with revered artists like Hank

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Public library to host Thies exhibit ✯Star Comics By Deanna Ledezma Entertainment Writer Whether or not they realize it, almost every person who eats or shops in San Marcos is familiar with the artwork of Ryan Thies. While sifting through racks of vintage clothing, walking the streets of The Square or sharing a pizza with friends, Thies’ bold colors, distorted shapes and provocative images capture the attention of anyone who happens to glance at a wall or look through a store window. Since his first public exhibit at the Coffee Pot in November of 2002, the 24-year-old artist and studio art freshman has consistently displayed his artwork in shops and galleries of Austin, San Marcos and Kyle. On Saturday, the San Marcos Public Library will host a solo exhibit of his artwork, providing another opportunity for people to see Thies’ intricate drawings. “I like to perplex the viewer with my art,” Thies said. “With realism, I could never figure out what I wanted to draw; I felt it had to be based on reality, and I couldn’t come up with compositions that I con-

sidered fresh. With psychedelic art and cartoony art, it doesn’t have to be something represented in real life; it comes from my imagination, and it’s much more entertaining than realism.” Inspired by the works of Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, Theodor Geisel (more widely known as Dr. Seuss) and such cartoons as The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy and Beavis and Butthead, Thies’ influences result in a genre that Thies, himself, best defines. “I use the term ‘cartoonism’ to describe my artistic style because my use of bold colors and black lines are reminiscent of cartoon art,” Thies said. Thies’ cartoonism is characterized by several elements frequently seen in his work. In his works, Thies uses checkerboards to create a sense of depth and chooses teeth, fingers and tongues because they’re “fun to draw.” Pen and ink remain his medium of choice to create these designs. “Because I can execute a high level of detail with pen and ink, I prefer it to any other medium. I’ve tried painting before, but I couldn’t control a paintbrush as easy as a pen,”

Thies said. “I am an extreme perfectionist when it comes to my drawings, so much that many people assume my works are computer-generated.” His perfectionism does not end once he finishes a drawing. The process of selecting a title for each work is done in the same manner as creating an artwork. Often, the titles stimulate as much thought as the piece itself (“The Depressive Suppression of Reciprocal Happiness,” “Seeing Subjective Time Objectively”) or reflect the personality and wit of Random Acts of Violence Thies (“Thought Dog,” the title for a finger-shaped hotdog inside a thought bubble). The last step in the creative process, choosing the perfect signature, proved a challenge for Thies. “I first started signing my artwork with Ryan Thies, but I didn’t feel like this was a distinguishing signature. So I tried out Ryan T briefly, and then RT, but none of these seemed very catchy or exceptional to me,” Thies said. “Then one day, I had an epiphany. Since my last name is pronounced like teace, I could sign my artwork with R. Thies, which sounds like artiste. It was perfect. Why did I not think of it sooner?”

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“I’m finally happy to say I’m a pro starting today. The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew I’d do it for the rest of my life. Some 12 years later, I’m finally turning pro, and I’m so excited.” — 15-year-old Michelle Wie, LPGA newcomer, on her decision to go pro. (Source: Associated Presss) Sports Contact — Miguel Peña, starsports@txstate.edu

Bobcats set for Southeastern Louisiana

Texas State hits the road for first conference matchup of the season By Nathan Brooks Sports Reporter

yards against Tulane but has yet to score a touchdown this season. The Lions’ second-leading Conference play kicks off this receiver is senior Felton Hugweekend for the Bobcats who go gins who has 16 catches for 165 on the road to play the South- yards and two scores. Both of eastern Louisiana University Li- his touchdowns came last week ons. versus Tulane. Huggins, voted As conference games begin, an All-American in 2004 after Texas State looks to the early setting single-season school refavorite for the Southland title cords with 84 catches for 1,313 as they come into the opener 3- yards and 13 touchdowns, is off 1 on the year and ranked 14th to a slow start this season. nationally in the ESPN/Coaches The Lions’ offense averages Division 1-AA Poll. only 120 yards a game on the The Lions come into their ground and a meager 3.5 yards first-ever Southland Conference per carry. Starting running back game 1-2 on the season, coming Jerald Watson has seen just 26 off back-to-back losses to the carries this season for 96 yards University of Northern Colo- and rushed just three times last rado and Tulane University. Last week against Tulane. week, SLU fought tough against SLU’s defense has been solid Division 1-A Tulane, losing 28- this season, allowing 295.7 yards 21 in Louisiana State’s Tiger Sta- of total offense per game, rankdium. ing 20th in the nation. They have Quarterback Trey Willie had been very good against the pass good success against Division 1- this year, allowing 187 passing A’s top-ranked overall and pass yards. The Lions rank 18th in defense, throwing for 268 yards the country in pass-efficiency and three touchdowns. His ef- defense, with a 100.37 rating. fort earned him the Southland The Lions’ defense is led by Conference Offensive Player of senior defensive end Derrick the Week for the second time Mincey who has made plays all this season. He threw a career- over the field this season. He’s high 54 pass attempts, complet- fourth on the team with 14 1/2 ing 38 of them for a 70 percent tackles and leads the team with completion rate. three sacks, four tackles for a loss Linda L. Smith/Star photo The strength of SLU’s offense and two forced fumbles. Last is the passing game led by senior week, Mincey recorded 4 1/2 Bobcats defensive back Dallas Coleman wraps up South Dakota State University sophomore quarterback Trey Willie. The tackles, one forced fumble, one running back Cory Koening during Satruday’s game. The Bobcats hit the road this weekend in Lions come into the weekend sack, and blocked a kick versus Hammond, La., where the ‘Cats will play Southeastern Louisiana University. with the 24th-ranked passing of- Tulane. fense in the country at 266 yards Cornerback Romalis Mayo son rush for 100 yards or more week had only thrown one inter- We’ve had trouble going on a game through the air. Willie leads the team with 17 1/2 against them. Texas State could ception in the first three games. the road winning, and I expect leads the way with 790 pass- tackles, recording six last week. cause problems for their defense They have also surrendered 196.5 that we’ll have the best practice ing yards, completing 87 of 137 Junior linebacker Demoris Har- with the explosive combo of yards a game against the pass but this week that we’ve had since passes for seven touchdowns and diman led the team along with quarterback Barrick Nealy and that stat is skewed playing South I’ve been here. I’ll be extremely five interceptions. The senior linebacker Damien Huren with running back Douglas Sherman, Dakota State team last week that disappointed if we don’t,” said also leads the team in rushing 7 1/2 tackles last week. Huren is who combine for over 168 rush- attempted only 20 passes. Coach David Bailiff. with 141 yards on 42 attempts. coming off a terrific 2004 season ing yards a game. As a team, the The Bobcat defense gave up Starting quarterback Barrick In all, Willie accounts for 310.3 that saw him record 59 tackles, 18 Bobcats average 228 yards rush- 221 passing yards a game be- Nealy echoed those sentiments yards of the team’s 386 yards of of them for a loss and recorded a ing at an astounding rate of 5 1/2 fore last week’s contest and their saying, “These are the games total offense per game. team high 12 sacks. Huren has yards per carry. corners will be put to the test (Southland Conference) that Willie’s targets include wide been off to a slow start recording However, the Bobcats have against a very tall and athletic re- count. Everything counts now, receiver Josh Taylor who leads only 16 tackles with two of them struggled so far this season ceiving corp from SLU. Receivers and these past couple of games the team with 25 receptions for a loss. against the pass. They rank 41st Josh Taylor and Felton Huggins are really warm ups. We play in a and 251 yards. The 6-foot-3 seSLU’s defense has already in the nation in pass efficiency at are 6-foot-3-inches and 6-foot- tough conference, and you’ll get nior caught eight passes for 63 seen two running backs this sea- a rating of 114.67, and until last 4-inches respectively. beat if you don’t show up one Texas State has been one of the week.” nation’s most penalized teams in Texas State heads into Hamtheir fi rst three games racking mond, La., this weekend, leadSki or Snowboard the Cost: up 408 yards in penalties. Last ing the all-time series against the $725 for student Rocky Mountains of week, the Bobcats were only pe- Lions 8-0. The last meeting was $750 faculty and staff nalized twice for 20 yards, a key a classic 31-28 double-overtime Colorado. This may be the $800 for guest improvement heading into con- victory for Texas State at Bobcat perfect way to start your To meet us in Steamboat: ference play. Stadium last year. 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Volleyball keeps winning streak alive against UTPA By Chris Boem Sports Reporter

Bobcats. The short comeback was all UTPA could muster, collapsing over the final stretch by committing three errors to close out the game and give Texas State a 30-26 victory. The deciding game four resembled the first, with each team battling back and forth. Sophomore Brittany Prewit and junior Kelly Fletcher combined to register three early aces and a kill to jump ahead 4-0. The Broncos clawed back, taking a 17-16 lead before Texas State roared back and claimed the match with a six point victory. Texas State now prepares for a Friday night home contest with the University of Louisiana-Monroe, who are 6-8 on the season, which matches last year’s entire win total. At 2-3 in the Southland Conference, the Lady Indians already have their highest win total in league play since 2002. ULM is coming off a landmark victory over UT-Arlington, defeating the disappointing Mavericks Friday for the first time in 37 tries. UTA was picked in both preseason polls as the league’s third-best team. As for the Bobcats, they’ve lost to ULM just once in the past six years. Texas State will try to contain junior hitter Megan Gloor, the team’s offensive leader at 3.69 kills per game. Gloor has stepped up in absence of the team’s top terminator for 2004, senior hitter Lindsey Ehlert. Ehlert has only appeared in six games due to injury and will be inactive for Friday’s contest. The Lady Indians are led by their veteran setter, junior Darci Mika. Mika has paced the team in assists since stepping on the court as a freshman in 2002, and this year ranks third in the conference, averaging 10.86 per game. Defensively ULM has relied on newcomer Sei Hee Hwan. A senior transfer from Wayne State (Detroit), Hwan is second in the league with a 4.92 dig average from the libero position. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at ULM.

The Bobcats pushed their winning streak to the three games Tuesday night, defeating University of Texas-Pan American 3-1 in a non-conference road game. Texas State (6-7, 4-1) sits in third place in the Southland Conference, a quarter of the way through the league schedule. Tuesday the Bobcats jumped out in front by winning game one 30-26. The Broncos proved to be a tough opponent, as the teams traded blows in the opening game before Texas State grabbed the advantage. Down 23-22, Texas State closed the deal with an 8-4 run. Liz Nwoke and Lawrencia Brown returned to form after sub-par outings against Nicholls State University. Nwoke hit .383 over four games to register a match-high 24 kills. Brown followed suit, killing 14 points .233 hitting. “We’re usually agoing to have the advantage on offense,” Chisum said. “We just need to play good defense as well.” The defense did its job Tuesday. Although the Broncos out-dug Texas State 72-64, the Bobcats did have three players in double-figure digs, led by libero Amy Ramirez. Setter Erin Hickman notched 12 along with 44 assists. Tuesday marked the third straight game Hickman has started since nursing a leg injury. The junior transfer has brought stability to her position. Sophomore Brandy St. Francis led the way up front, scoring nine points on blocks alone. St. Francis has picked up right where she left off during her 2004 campaign, currently ranked fourth in the league at 1.09 blocks a game. UTPA rebounded to take game two 30-21. The Broncos opened the game with a 10-4 advantage, and took the newfound momentum into game three following intermission. Texas State fell behind to start game three but eventually took a 17-11 lead. A Bronco rally made the score 23-22 in favor of the

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Ski team makes a splash Sport offers an alternative for Texas State spectators By Brent Moore Special to The Star When most people think of university sports, they think of the major players like football, basketball and baseball. However, lurking in the shadows are the university sports clubs. The clubs, which anyone can create by applying with the Student Recreation Center, include such diverse sports as cycling and fencing. The oldest and largest club is the Texas State water ski team. “We’re kind of the top dogs as far as sports clubs go, but we still get no respect,” said Jason Thomas, a physics senior and vice president of the ski team. The team may not get the recognition of the major university sports, but being small has its advantages. “We’re self-coached, which is awesome. It’s like being your own boss. It allows us to relax a little bit. We’re probably the most laid-back competitive sports team on campus,” said William Huff, a communication design senior and ski team president. While not a varsity sport, the ski team still competes with other schools’ club teams in the South Central Conference, which includes Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. “We are guaranteed three tournaments a semester, but we can have up to four. All sanctioned tournaments are put on by the National Collegiate Water Ski Association which is affiliated with USA Water Ski,” Thomas said. The fall tournaments begin in August and continue through October, when nationals are held. The tournaments consist of three events: slalom, trick and jump. The points from these events are compiled to determine the winner. The Texas State team has become quite a competitor in the last few years. They consistently place in the top five but can never break the top two. “It’s kind of unfair because the top two teams are always (the University of) Louisiana-Lafayette and (the University of) Louisiana-Monroe. These schools have scholarship programs for water skiers, so they are basically pros,” Huff said. The Texas State team has not always been

Photo courtesy of the Texas State water ski team Michael Rahn, finance junior, joined the Texas State water ski team last semester and has already earned his slalom personal best of four buoys at 34 mph.

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e’re kind of the top dogs as far as sports clubs go, but we still get no respect.”

— Jason Thomas Texas State water ski team vice president

a contender. Up until recently they were actually downright bad. “We used to suck. Like we would get 12th at the tournaments, and there are only 13 teams in our conference,” Thomas said. The team’s large improvement is due in large part to the new lake the team uses for practice. “We owe it all to Lake Utopia. It’s a tournament lake in Martindale owned by Sonny and Eileen Berry. It’s got everything we need to practice. It’s helped us out immensely,” Thomas said. This semester, the team was able to

showcase its skills at home. Texas State hosted the regional tournament this year, which is a good thing for the team since they got to keep all proceeds from home tournaments. Texas State finished fifth overall at the regional competition but still considers the event a big success. “We had a lot of people come out, so that was great. We didn’t win but we really didn’t expect to,” Thomas said, “We came within a couple hundred points of (the University of Texas) and (Texas) A&M, which is really close. Monroe and Lafayette took the top two spots, which was no surprise.” Thomas had a particularly good showing and placed third overall in the competition. “We are going in as a division two team so I think we have a pretty good chance. It’ll either be us or A&M,” Thomas said. The final tournament of the season, nationals, will be held Oct. 22 to 24 in Paducah, Ky., and the team is optimistic about its chances.

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Freshman outside hitter Lawrencia Brown, shown here in a game against Southeastern Louisiana University, had 14 kills during Texas State’s victory over UT-Pan American Tuesday night. Brown and the Bobcats will face Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Strahan Coliseum.

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