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Perry, Belo blasted for handling of gubernatorial debate By Jason Buch and David Saleh Rauf The University Star A Texas State lecturer blamed Rick Perry for the inadequacies of Friday night’s gubernatorial debate. Rick Henderson, political science lecturer, said Perry, who raised the most money and who’s leading in the polls, has the most to lose from participating in a debate. Dallas-based Belo Corp. also

drew criticism for only holding one debate, broadcasting it on a Friday night and not allowing a rebroadcast until four days later. “I’m very upset that Belo Broadcasting has all the rights to this and within four days nobody can run clips from it,” Henderson said. Robert Black, spokesman for the Perry campaign, told the Austin American-Statesman a scheduling conflict was the reason the governor chose to attend

the Friday debate rather than one offered Thursday evening by Texas Monthly and a Dallas public television station. Libertarian candidate James Werner spoke to Texas Public Radio after the debate, complaining about the timing and threatening to sue Belo for what he said are ethics violations. “The whole timing is pretty odd,” Werner said. “Most people agree there should have been three or four debates, and they’re holding one. It should have been

at a different time. Instead, they put it on a Friday evening the day before the Texas-OU game.” Mike Devlin, vice president and station manager for Belo’s flagship, WFAA TV in Dallas, has said to various media outlets that stations not competing with Belo had the option to air the debates live or on a tape delay. PBS stations in competing markets had the option to air the debates on tape delay before the four days expired. Henderson invited political

science students to Boko’s Living Room to watch and discuss the debate as part of the political science department’s “Discourse in Democracy” theme. Brandon Bowling, art senior, came into the debate favoring independent Kinky Friedman. Now he’s not so sure. “Actually, I had heard very little about (Democrat) Chris Bell,” Bowling said. “He made a very strong showing, I was impressed.” Michael Van Horn, political

science graduate, said he will vote for Friedman. He agrees with Friedman’s stance on energy, border security and education. Friedman opened the debate by saying, if elected, he would declare a military emergency and send an additional 8,500 troops to the border. “I don’t like Rick Perry because he just seems slimy,” Van Horn said. “I liked Bell, but I See DEBATE, page 4

Don’t mess with San Marcos

Polls inspire mayor’s words University, community participate in Fall River Cleanup during meeting By Brooke Keller Special to The Star

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Volunteers lined up this weekend ready to get wet, muddy and smell like trash. Residents from around the city gathered Saturday morning to participate in the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department’s 18th annual Fall River Cleanup, where volunteers clean up trash along the stretch of the San Marcos River from City Park to Thompson’s Island. “It’s a ritual for some, new for others,” said Melani Howard, SMPR watershed protection manager. “The Girl Scouts, Campfire Boys and Girls, different social groups, businesses, sororities and fraternities all come out. It’s fun.” The fall cleanup is one of two river cleanups held annually. Approximately 70 volunteers participated, donning plastic gloves and toting trash bags. Bank walkers scoured the sides of the river, while unreachable trash was gathered by canoeists. Howard said the canoeists play a vital role in the cleanup efforts. “Canoeing is the most important aspect of the fall cleanup because most of the trash is found in the vegetation, in the floating mats and on the banks,” Howard said. T G Canoes and Kayaks, a family-run business, contributes to the event by providing canoes for volunteers every year. “We had about seven boats out today. We usually have between seven and 15,”said Duane TeGrotenhuis, owner of T G canoes and Kayaks. Student groups and organizations were also among the volunteers. Students from Patrick Boyle’s recreation program development class helped out with the event. “There are about five of us here. Everyone was assigned to do something different, like tacos,” said Sergio Serratos, recreational administration sophomore, behind a table covered in breakfast tacos. Students from the International Geographical National Honor society paddled canoes down to Rio Vista Dam. The students, along with other canoeing volunteers, filled their boats with Styrofoam, glass bottles, beer cans and other

tenhuis said, “The river is happy, and that’s great, but the most important thing is what we did for the environment. Once our natural resources run out, we are going to have to turn to our landfills to pick through and find the individual cans and bottle to recycle, but if we do that now, we won’t have to.” TeGrotenhuis and the volunteers

With election polls opening on campus in less than three weeks, Mayor Susan Narvaiz felt it was important to address the Associated Student Government Monday night. Narvaiz, who has been mayor since May 2004, is running unopposed for reelection this November. Narvaiz said she wants a “strong city” and urged ASG to help unite community and the university. “The outcome we want is the same. We want a strong city and a strong community. We want good-paying jobs. We don’t want to be sitting stuck at stop lights,” she said. “There are a lot of things we do better together and I implore you to help with that mission.” Economic development, transportation concerns and singlefamily zoning were the main issues she mentioned at the meeting. She mentioned the commuter rail from Georgetown to San Antonio that would help get “San Marcos on the map.” She said supporting the commuter rail means supporting moving the freight train out of San Marcos, allowing only local or Amtrak trains to pass through the city. “Trust me, Union Pacific thinks they are God. A long time ago in our city’s history, they were given the rights over any of us for commerce purposes,” she said. “But if you can imagine, back then that was the only way they could move goods across the country. We are battling bureaucracy for that and remember you are 28,000-plus strong.” Narvaiz urged ASG to look at other cities for a “creative approach” to find a solution to the zoning issues for students in San Marcos. However, she admitted that she did not yet have a solution for the problem.

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Monty Marion/Star photos BOTTOM CLEANERS: Audra Embry, education graduate student and Barry Walker, physical geography senior, search for debris under the bridge on Hopkins while alumnus Grant Jacobs surfaces with a water-filled beer can he pulled from the bottom of the San Marcos River. DOWN IN THE DIRT: Amber Francis, athletic training senior, picks up small pieces of trash from a group of trees near the banks of the San Marcos River Saturday afternoon.

items found along the way. “Getting on the river helped me realize how awesome and beautiful the river is, but it also helped me realize how people don’t take care of the river,” said James Thomas, GTU member and geography junior. The canoeists were picked up at the dam by TeGrotenhuis, who helped the volunteers unload the boats and separate the recyclable material from the trash. “What we did today is great,” TeGro-

Mayor, ASG president sound off on zoning debate By Emily Messer The University Star The city’s single-family zoning ordinance was the focus of a San Marcos City Council debate Thursday sponsored by the Council of Neighborhood Associations. Under the city’s land development code, houses in certain districts are designated for “single-family use” and only two people who are not related may occupy the same house. Mayor Susan Narvaiz said the problem with the ordinance was a behavioral issue.

“We have to continue university leadership,” Narvaiz said. “They have to let us in so we can change the behavior of the students.” She said residents would have to pay for an increase of patrol if they wanted the ordinance to be more heavily endorsed. City Council Place 1 candidate Betsy Robertson said the university has been proactive in educating students’ parents. Many parents buy houses for students to live in, she said. “We have to teach students to be good neighbors,” said Robertson, vice chair of the planning

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and zoning commission. City Council Place 5 candidate Pam Couch, who is running unopposed, said the city needs more input and that residents and students need more education. City Council Place 6 candidate Ryan Thomason said this is a long-term issue. Thomason said renters and buyers need to be made more aware of the ordinance. Students want houses but also want to live around students, he said. “I would push for there to be an area where students could go and be away from everyone,”

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Thomason said. “They really don’t want to be in single-family neighborhoods.” John Thomaides, incumbent Place 6 councilman, said the city has multi-family neighborhoods. The ordinance needs to stay intact, he said. Place 1 candidate Ian Skiles did not attend the debate. The seat was left open by the resignation of Ed Mihalkanin, political science professor. Kyle Morris, Associated Student Government president, asked the candidates what they would do to hold landlords accountable if they misinform

renters about homes. Thomason said the city needs to give students some new multi-family neighborhoods. Thomaides said he did not know of existing neighborhoods that would want to give their zone to students. The city has made progress but is not there yet, he said. Robertson said renters need to be made more aware of the ordinance. “We need to put the zone law on the lease,” she said. See ZONING, page 4

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’m really interested in seeing (the ordinance) enforced for all ages. Those are the things that decrease property values.”

—Dianne Wassenich San Marcos River Foundation executive director

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Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields have donated $1.1 million to establish an endowed chair in ethics and corporate responsibility in the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State. Jerry D. Fields, a 1969 business graduate of thenSouthwest Texas State, is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of JD Fields & Company, Inc., a worldwide supplier of steel products.

His wife, Linda Gregg Fields, is a 1966 graduate of then then-Southwest Texas State. The focus of the endowed chair will be the teaching and study of ethical business practices and corporate responsibility to customers, employees, shareholders and the community. — Courtesy of Public Relations

News Contact — David Saleh Rauf, Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System

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A free lunch for all students will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Catholic Student Center.

The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Tennis Club president Chris Harris at with questions.

Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, located at 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 3572049. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the CSC. Night prayer will be held in the chapel of the CSC at 9 p.m. From Soldier to Student open counseling group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Hispanic/Latino(a) support group will meet at 3:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. The San Marcos Toastmasters Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lone Star Café in the Prime Outlet Mall (Interstate35, exit 200 at Centerpoint Road). An optional dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Practice speaking, listening and thinking skills, boost self-confidence and develop leadership skills. For additional information, call Ren Linér at (512) 353-0217, e-mail smtoastmasters@yahoo. com or visit www.sanmarcos.

WEDNESDAY The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Tennis Club president Chris Harris at with questions. Higher Ground, the LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry, will meet at 5:30 p.m. for prayers, followed by a free dinner at 6 p.m. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church, across from The Tower. Everyone is welcome. Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. in the lounge of the CSC. A student-led rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. The American Marketing Association will present guest speaker Tim Hayden, president of GamePlan Marketing & Events, at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. All majors are welcome. Free food and drinks are available at 5:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.

On This Day... 1845 — The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md. 1865 — The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt. 1886 — The tuxedo dinner jacket made its U.S. debut in New York City. 1887 — Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.

An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Counseling Center will offer Facing the Fear (Anxiety Group) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For information or to sign up, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome. Contact (512) 557-7988 or email mail@texasstatechialpha. com. The Organization of Student Social Workers will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Science Center, Room 234. The Simple Silent Sitting Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Christian Community Center. Every Nation Campus Ministries will meet at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02 for free food, fellowship and an inspiring message. The fifth-annual Community and Professional Conference on Family Violence will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gary Job Corps.

FRIDAY Today is the deadline for the International Education Fee Scholarship for study abroad programs in winter 2006 or spring 2007. For more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad Programs, Academic Services Building North, Room 302 at (512) 245-1967.

SATURDAY The ALR Austin Walk With Us To Cure Lupus will be held at 9 a.m. at Akins High School, 10701 South 1st St., in Austin.

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1911 — China’s Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen.

Corrections Monty Marion/Star photo Carlos Flores of C&C Free Form Artists uses flame to quickly dry one of his newly spraypainted surreal landscapes for students in The Quad Monday afternoon.

CRIME BL TTER Health Beat University Police Department Oct. 3, 5:20 a.m. Medical Emergency/Blanco Hall An officer was dispatched for a report of a medical emergency. A student was found to be ill and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation. Oct. 3, 11:59 a.m. Medical Emergency/Talbot Street An officer was dispatched for a report of a medical emergency. A student had fallen and was injured; she was transported to CTMC for further evaluation. Oct. 4, 12:26 a.m. Information Report: Harassment/Sterry Hall

A student reported another student was harassing her. A report was made of this case. Oct. 4, 10:40 a.m. Displaying Handicap Placard of Another/300 Woods St. An officer came in contact with a vehicle that was displaying a placard that belonged to another. The student was issued a citation. Oct. 4, 11:58 a.m. Medical Emergency/Tower Hall An officer was dispatched for a report of a medical emergency. A student had fallen down. EMS was dispatched and the student was transported to CTMC for further evaluation.

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

Early detection best defense against cancer

In 2004, the American Cancer Society estimated that more than one million people will be diagnosed with cancer, with 32 percent of these attributed to breast cancer, and there will be about 8,000 new cases of testicular cancer this year. Early detection is the best defense. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35 years old, but it can strike any male at any time. Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. Caucasian men are at a higher risk for testicular cancer. Unfortunately, the incidence of testicular cancer around the world has doubled in the past 30 to 40 years. In most cases, the men themselves found testicular cancer, either by accident or during a routine exam.

In Thursday’s story “Heggie resigns as president of College Democrats,” the consulting firm McCabe, Anderson and Prather (M.A.P.) was incorrectly identified.

For women, breast cancer is the most common type and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society screening guidelines for breast cancer suggests that clinical breast exams should be part of routine physical exams every three years for women in their 20s and 30s.Women who have an increased risk should consider talking to their physician about advantages and disadvantages of mammograms, additional tests and more frequent exams. Breast and testicular exams should be performed every month, preferably in a warm bath or shower. Women should remember to check all around the breast and the armpit area. Men should know that the testicles should be smooth, ovalshaped and rather firm. — Courtesy of the Health Education Resource Center

City to celebrate completion of plant’s odor-control project The City of San Marcos will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the completion of a project that has many residents breathing sighs of relief — odor control at the River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. The public — and especially neighbors of the plant at 720 River Rd. — are invited to celebrate the $6.2 million investment and tour the plant to see the high-tech solution to what had been an obnoxious problem in the past. “Our goal was to eliminate bad odors from going beyond the plant boundaries,” said City Manager Dan O’Leary. “I am happy to say that we have achieved that goal.” The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the plant’s administration building. Tours of the plant will follow the ribbon cutting. “We are celebrating the commitment by City Councils, past and present, to make a significant investment to solve a difficult problem,” said Mayor

Susan Narvaiz. “Our wastewater treatment plant is a top-notch facility that treats wastewater to the highest standards in Texas. Achieving odor control will assure that this essential facility will be a good neighbor as well.” The city completed a major expansion and upgrade of the plant in 1999. The project established processes to treat community wastewater to be among the highest water quality treatment standards permitted in Texas. The handling of solids produced as by-products of treatment, however, posed problems. The use of special autothermal thermophilic aerobic digestion units to process biosolids — sludge — contributed to the odor problem. Initially, the city spent about $500,000 to cover basins and install a biofilter for odor control. The city also implemented operational procedures to minimize odors. In 2003, the utility implemented use of liquid oxygen treatment

to reduce odors at the headworks and the clarifiers. The more complete solution, however, came with new direction and additional funding approved by the City Council in 2004 and 2005. In a workshop in June 2004, the Council gave direction to move to centrifuging and then landfilling the biosolids rather than continuing or expanding use of the ATAD system. Costing $3.1 million, the option was the least expensive of a number of alternatives for solids treatment. The landfilling proposal meant construction of a solids handling and loading facility and an additional centrifuge to remove water from the solids. The City Council gave the goahead for the construction of the odor control project in April 2005. Specific odor control improvements included covering the headworks and primary clarifier basins with aluminum covers. Blower/ductwork systems were

added to collect the gases and move them through biofilters to treat the odors. Additional pipes and channel capacity were added to deal with future wet weather flows. The solids treatment building was expanded to enclose the area where biosolids are loaded for removal to a landfill. Blowers collect air in the building and treat it through the biofilters. The biofilters, produced by Bioway America Inc., remove 98 to 99 percent of odors. Aeration basins were converted from chemical removal to a more efficient biological and chemical removal of phosphorus. The project was designed by engineering firms CH2M HILL of Austin and Allen Plummer Associates Inc. of Austin and constructed by LEM Construction of Houston. Laurie Anderson, Director of Engineering, oversaw the project for the city. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos


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U.N. Security Council condemns Korea’s nuclear testing By Maggie Farley Los Angeles Times UNITED NATIONS — The Security Council reacted swiftly Monday to North Korea’s nuclear test, condemning the action and starting to consider sanctions. In an unusually swift 30-minute meeting, all 15 ambassadors spoke strongly against North Korea’s test and demanded the country drop its nuclear program and return to negotiations. U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton presented the council with 13 elements for a resolution aimed at punishing North Korea’s violation of a moratorium on nuclear testing. The measures advocated by the United States include a ban on all trade and assets relating to weapons of mass destruction, an arms embargo, a freeze on funds and assets related to North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs or counterfeiting of U.S. dollars and a ban on trade in luxury goods. The U.S. proposal also would authorize international inspection of cargo to and from North Korea to limit proliferation activities. The five permanent members of the Security Council — the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia — plan to meet again later in the day while experts from the whole council work through the resolution. China and Russia, which had been North Korea’s grudging protectors in the council, seemed ready to join in at least some sanctions against Pyongyang. Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin called for “cool heads” in dealing with the crisis, and Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya said his government would support a “firm constructive, but prudent reaction from the council.” He pointedly did not mention sanctions. The sanctions proposed by the United States would put the greatest pressure on China and Russia, which control the borders that most of North Korea’s goods come through, and where refugees would come flooding out if the already dire economic situation there worsens. Bolton said after the meeting that despite China and Russia’s reluctance before the test to use the strongest language in warning North Korea not to proceed, both countries seemed ready to join the rest of the council in sanctioning Pyongyang. “No one defended it. No one even came close to defending it,” Bolton said, referring to the nuclear test. “I was very strongly encouraged by the mood of the council, by the swiftness by which we went through this issue and by the strength of the feelings expressed. Now we’ll see how the negotiations go, but I think we’re off to an important start here,” he said. President Bush, calling North Korea “one of the world’s leading proliferators” of weapons technology, warned that further sales to Iran, Syria or to terrorist groups would pose “a grave threat to the United States.” More testing, he said, would threaten “international peace and security.” Bush conferred Monday morning with leaders in South

Korea, Japan, China and Russia and said all agreed to push for a non-nuclear Korean Peninsula. While stressing his commitment to diplomacy, Bush said he told South Korea and Japan that “the United States will meet the full range of our deterrent and security commitments” in the Asia-Pacific region. The United States has defense agreements with Tokyo and Seoul and thousands of U.S. troops are stationed in both countries. “Once again, North Korea has defied the will of the international community and the international community will respond,” Bush said. “All of us agree that the proclaimed actions taken by North Korea are unacceptable and deserve an immediate response by the United Nations Security Council.” The United States has been urging other countries to join it in voluntary economic

ll of us agree that the proclaimed actions taken “A by North Korea are unacceptable and deserve an immediate response by the United Nations Security Council.” —President George Bush

sanctions imposed last year aimed at shutting down North Korea’s alleged money laundering and counterfeiting of U.S. dollars. In a series of presentations Friday and Monday to the governments represented on the Security Council, U.S. diplomats also have pushed for an expansion of the Proliferation Security Initiative

— an effort to intercept goods related to missiles or nuclear technology on their way in or out of North Korea. The resolution would make these measures internationally mandatory, but would rely on Russia and China, the biggest trade partners of North Korea, to implement them.

Iraq food poisoning outbreak triggers mutinous episode ASG: Legislation for Local southern Iraq officials fear terrorism to blame in food poisoning case uniform schedule passes CONTINUED from page 1

“I think this is a behavioral issue; I have always looked at it like that,” Narvaiz said. “I have students that live across the street from me and behind me and it doesn’t bother me, and I feel that if we address the behavior of the few that make this an issue we will make a lot of headway.” Narvaiz praised the number of students voting in local elections. She said many students will have an increased opportunity to vote, since the council voted to move this year’s city elections from May to November. “Many of my citizens are not happy with me for that. They have a fear that more people might participate and that might change our government, and I just had a desire to have more people participate,” she said. “And when people say this is so students can vote, my response is that students are getting involved and part of that is just what our world is doing right now.” Because of the war in Iraq, Narvaiz said more students are getting politically involved and “engaged in the governing of our state and or our nation.” She was “proud of that.” Later in the evening, Sherri Tibbe, Democratic candidate for Hays County district attorney, addressed ASG. Tibbe said she noticed a “dis-

connect between the district attorney’s office and the university” and that students often feel like they are being “persecuted.” She suggested the creation of a student-liaison post to keep a “constant dialogue” between the district attorney’s office and Texas State. “I have heard all over the county and here on campus that students feel they are victimized, and that the prosecution shows no mercy, no compassion and that the district attorney offers the maximum on every case,” she said. Tibbe stressed the need for a district attorney’s office that explores cases dealing with issues important to students. She said she remembered what it was like to be a student living on a tight budget and said nonviolent cases involving first-time offenses such as writing hot checks, small-scale shoplifting and the possession of small amounts of marijuana should be dealt with differently than violent ones. “These are the types of crimes that I feel that if you don’t have a criminal history and this is the first time you have committed this offense, that we want to work with you in Hays County,” she said. Senators passed legislation supporting the implementation of a uniform class schedule and renaming the Texas State Tram system. ASG will generate five names for students to choose from in the fall referendum.

By Doug Smith and Zeena Kareem Los Angeles Times

BAGHDAD — Several hundred Iraqi police recruits were treated Monday for an outbreak of severe food poisoning that triggered a mutinous episode in southern Iraq, and the capital was shaken by the assassination of the vice president’s brother. Officials in Numaniyah, about 75 miles southeast of Baghdad, said disorder broke out at a military base there Monday, the day after the recruits became ill. Angry recruits stoned the car of their commander. Authorities said they had not yet established that the food poisoning, which broke out Sunday evening, was intentional. However, several people connected with the base dining facility were arrested, including the food supplier, military spokesman Brig. Gen. Khasim Mosawi said in a televised news

conference. Some local officials feared that the poisoning reflected a new and more frightening form of terrorism in an area that has been relatively free of violence. But a security official who requested anonymity said he thought the soldiers were poisoned by meat served after its expiration date. About 350 of the soldiers remained in two local hospitals Monday, officials said. In Baghdad, meanwhile, armed men arriving in a convoy of about 10 vehicles stormed the house of Amer Hashimi, killed him and his guards and kidnapped his son. Hashimi was the eldest brother of Vice President Tariq Hashimi, a top-ranking Sunni Arab politician. Some of the attackers wore uniforms and others were in civilian clothes, a spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry said. Amer Hashimi was the third sibling of the vice president to

be assassinated. Their sister, Maysoon Hashimi, was killed along with her driver in April, two weeks after a brother, Mahmoud Hashimi, was killed while driving with friends. Amer Hashimi was an officer in Saddam Hussein’s army and became the army’s chief of staff from April to September 2004. He and four subordinates were dismissed after the assassination of a high-ranking officer in the Defense Ministry. Sunni political leaders said they held the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki responsible for the killing because it had failed to bring Shiite Muslim militias under control. The militias have been accused of carrying out killings of minority Sunnis. The trial of former dictator Saddam Hussein resumed Monday after a nearly twoweek recess. During testimony, a Kurdish woman accused the deposed government of burying her family alive after destroying her village, rounding

up men, women and children and herding them into camps where they were tortured and left hungry and exposed to the elements. Saddam’s defense attorneys again boycotted the trial, objecting to the court’s decision to remove the first judge in case, who was widely perceived by Shiites and Kurds as too lenient toward the former president and the defense. In addition to four witnesses, the prosecution presented identification cards of Kurdish victims of the 1988 campaign discovered in mass gravesites in southern Iraq. Although Iraqi security forces tried to seize the identification cards during the roundup of suspects, some victims managed to hide them on their person and smuggle them to their graves, giving forensic scientists valuable clues in building up the case. The Los Angeles Times Washington Post News Service


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emptied cans and bottles of mud and muck before placing them in bags, sometimes finding a crawfish that had managed to make a home in the foreign object. “I was amazed to see how much trash we managed to collect within only a few hours,” said David Conger, music senior. “Not only did we greatly improve the quality of our river, but we also regenerated some valuable resources by recycling the trash we found.” Conger also works for the San Marcos Nature Center, a cooperative program between the City of San Marcos and the university that promotes San Marcos Watershed ecosystem awareness and education. Organizers and volunteers said there were multiple hotspots where trash was heavily concentrated. “We had a little more trash than usual this year,” Howard said, “but the area by Clear Springs Apartments was trashed.” The area by Clear Springs Apartments was a concern during the event because of the endangered Texas Wild Rice that grows there.

“Almost all of the wild rice is gone,” said city council member John Thomaides, who also came out to volunteer. “80 percent has gone or disappeared near the apartment complex.” Dianne Wassenich, San Marcos River Foundation executive director, said the wild rice is supposed to be protected. “Without the wild rice, we will not have a river,” Wassenich said. The side channel near Rio Vista Falls was also found to be another problem area. “Under the concrete railroad tracks near the falls, there was a ton of trash,” said Kate Yow, geography junior. A radio, a chair, sunglasses and a cane-pole are just a few of the uncommon objects volunteers found in the river. “I had a blast getting down and dirty, digging through the riverbanks searching for obscure artifacts,” Conger said. “My most ironic finding was a wooden sign emphasizing the importance of not littering.” Volunteers gathered at the Lions Club Tube Rental for post-cleanup awards and pizza. The SMPR department handed out awards

for largest Texas State University group, largest community group and the most trash collected. The award for largest Texas State group represented went to students from exercise and sports science and the award for largest community group went to the Campfire Boys and Girls. Austin Junior Girl Scout Troop 617 took home the award for the most trash collected. “There were all sorts of little pieces of trash. Mostly cigarettes and stuff,” fifth-grader Kiana Poorfard said. The group of fifth and sixth grade girls is on its way to earning the Bronze Award, the highest honor Junior Girl Scouts can get. “The biggest reward is getting to help the environment, not our patches,” said sixthgrader Nancy Kinstler. “I’m a tree-hugger.” Before leaving, the volunteers rested and reflected upon their morning work. “We are really fortunate to have a valuable natural resource like the river,” Conger said. “When the job was done, we all left with a great sense of accomplishment and a better appreciation for our natural surroundings.”

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don’t think he has what it takes to be elected as far as charisma goes.” Bowling agreed with Van Horn’s characterization of Perry. “I felt like he was kind of lying a lot,” he said. “I felt like he was just very dishonest.” Bowling said he will change his vote after watching the debate. “I wasn’t familiar with Bell or (independent candidate Carole Keeton) Strayhorn,” he said. “Now I feel I can make a better decision.” Van Horn wasn’t so sure. “It was at least somewhat entertaining because Kinky was part of it,” Van Horn said. “Otherwise, it would have been thoroughly boring.” Henderson said the debate focused on criticism, not voter education, and candidates failed to distinguish their different policies. “I thought some of the questions were quite poor, especially some of those little ‘gotcha’ questions,” he said. “I thought that was very silly. I didn’t really like the debate format.” The debate was divided into six rounds. Candidates addressed questions from Belo affiliated journalists, citizens and each other. Only one of the four journalists on the panel, Wayne Slater of The Dallas Morning News, is a political cor-

respondent. The other three, John McCaa (WFAA), Sarah Lucero (KENS5 San Antonio) and Christine Haas (KVUE Austin) and moderator, Greg Hurst (KHOU-TV Houston), are all broadcasters who rarely cover capitol politics. The candidates tried to stick to their campaign rhetoric. But the rapid-fire pace of the questions forced them to engage the panelists and each other. Friedman and Strayhorn scrambled to fill airtime during a lightning-round session when they couldn’t answer what the average tuition cost at the University of Texas is nor name the president-elect of Mexico. After Bell laid out his plans for Texas public schools in response to a question about his sedate personality, Friedman was given a chance to rebut. “I don’t know what I’m rebutting,” Friedman said. Hurst quickly jumped in. “It’s your time,” he said. “You can use it or lose it.” Friedman chose to use it. “I agree with Chris,” he said. “The TAKS test has got to go.” Unsurprisingly, all four candidates came out as pro-education and antiracism, with Friedman continuing to take flak for comments he has made in books and to the media. “I’m color blind myself,” Fried-

man said. “I’m no racist. I’m a realist. What this does though is it diverts attention away from things that are troubling Texas.” Perry defended his record as governor citing successes in Texas’ higher education. “In the last five years, we had a 20 percent increase in the number of kids going to college,” he said. “We’re preparing the skilled workforce for the future of this state with what we’re doing in public schools.” Perry took heat from Strayhorn, state comptroller, for failing to cut spending and for his support of the Trans Texas Corridor toll road plan. “(The Trans Texas Corridor) has been debated I don’t know how many legislative sessions,” Perry said. “We came back in 2003, we came back in 2005 and made changes to the Trans Texas Corridor language so the farmers and ranchers would know their land and the process of imminent domain was going to be appropriately handled. The bottom line is that the people have voted and sent a clear message.” Strayhorn said if elected she would halt the corridor. “The people have never been allowed to vote on this,” she said. “It’s a $184 billion boondoggle. A secret contract with a foreign company grabbing over half a million acres.”

Monty Marion/Star photo ANOTHER MAN’S TRASH: Cody Chong, health and fitness management junior, pulls an abandoned trash bag from the brush behind the River House during the Fall River Cleanup Saturday morning.


he whole timing is pretty odd, most people agree there should have been three or four debates, and they’re holding one.”

— James Werner Libertarian candidate

Bell was the only candidate to offer The University Star a chance to ask questions after the debate. In a post-debate conference call, Bell clarified an earlier statement, saying he would veto all higher education legislation that didn’t call for tuition re-regulation. “As I said repeatedly, you can’t have your cake and eat it too,” Bell said. “We would have to find more money to go toward higher education. I think that should be a priority.” Henderson said he thinks this election will draw more college-age voters than any in 30 years. The debate might not have been a total loss for Henderson, or the usually impersonal Bell. “I have to admit that I was quite independent thinking and very much in favor of Kinky,” Henderson said. “But I thought that Mr. Bell shined a little more than I expected.”

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Narvaiz said more education about the ordinance and more input from students and residents is necessary. Couch said she does not know how, but people need to be more informed about the ordinance. At the end of the debate, candidates and residents said the single-family zoning ordinance was not an issue between the students and residents of San Marcos. “I’m really interested in seeing (the ordinance) enforced for all ages,” said Dianne Wassenich, San Marcos River Foundation executive director. “Those are the things that decrease property values.” The city has recently seen a spike in the number of grievances filed pertaining to the ordinance. During the last three months, 57 grievances were filed, said City Marshal Kenneth Bell. During the Spring 2006 semester, 27 grievances were filed. Of the 27, two fines were issued, he said. “Our objective is to educate these fine folks so they comply with the ordinance,” Bell said. The San Marcos Municipal Court may issue citations for noncompliance with the ordinance. Fines for these citations are up to $900 plus court costs for the first offense, Bell said. They may be considered a separate offense each day. Today is the last day to register to vote in Texas. Early voting runs from Oct. 23 to Nov. 7.


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‘Fan fiction’ indulges spin-offs, imaginations By Cheryl Truman and Heather Chapman McClatchy Newspapers

examine relationship dilemmas and moral quandaries. At its essence, fan fiction nurtures our need to hear stories, especially those in which we think we know the charac-

LEXINGTON, Ky.— If you don’t know what “fan fiction” is, allow us to introduce you to the genre with a quick summary of a story, based extremely loosely on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. An impossibly beautiful, brave, talented young woman who just happens to be named after the story’s author insinuates herself into the life of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. They stage a footrace. The heroine twists her ankle. And then she commits ritual suicide using a fingernail scrap and an eyelash. We didn’t say fan fiction is uniformly pretty — or logical. Simply put, fan fiction is writing in which the author spins off a new storyline based on established characters. Although it has roots that go back decades, it is largely a phenomenon spawned by the Internet and “fanzines,” magazines aimed at fans of a specific cultural phenomenon, such as the original Star Trek. Much of fan fiction — or “fanfic,” or “fic,” as it’s often called — appears to be based on characters from television. But it can be written about anything that accumulates a loyal following, from books to anime, movies to video games, Broadway musicals to professional wrestling. In fact, fans of every pop-culture vehicle from The Matrix to World Wrestling Entertainment endlessly dissect and reimagine story lines: shifted alliances, tortured plot twists, couples of all sexual persuasions and character development that runs the gamut from excellent to nonexistent. Just do a simple Internet search of a favorite fictional character and you’re bound to find at least a couple examples of fan fiction. Consider the fanfic story, found at, of The Lord of the Rings hero Legolas, in which he goes on a romantic Hawaiian vacation with his teenybopper girlfriend. To cap the day, they visit Wal-Mart. Not everything in the fan fiction universe is bad. Despite an unending supply of smutty fantasies with bizarre misspellings, tortured grammar and no character development, there’s well-regarded stuff out there. For instance, some of it uses the Harry Potter novels — by far the most popular subject, with nearly 262,000 stories on the Internet fic-hub — as a jumping-off point to


“Fan fiction means that even when the favorite book, film, TV series or game comes to an end, the story does not necessarily have to stop there,” writes Alison Evans, who wrote her 2006 dissertation at England’s Roehampton University on the largely anonymous field of fanfic, calling it The Global Playground: Fan Fiction in Cyberspace. “There is a hunger to find out more about the characters; to explore the dynamics between them and to discover how they might react given a different situation.” Barbara Walton, a fanfiction writer from Massachusetts, said, “Fan fiction is just a way I naturally interact with stories I read or watch. There are always missing moments, questionable moments, theoretical questions to be asked.” Walton said it was a way for her to continue a story. “I write fan fiction because I love these imaginary worlds and want to spend more time in them than the canon provides for,” Walton said. Fanfic loves those alternative realities. The dominant question in fanfic is “what if?” For example, what if the cast of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace met up with the cast of the musical Cats? Would hilarity ensue, or just really stilted fanfic? (For an answer, go to, and read “Fur Wars” by the writer called Chapeau.) In the fanfic alternative reality, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, the at-each-other’s-throat judges on American Idol, are a cute couple. The guys from Brokeback Mountain are cabaret dancers in Nazi Germany. Elizabeth and Jane from Pride and Prejudice are college freshmen, with Darcy and Bingley as the guys next door and the girls’ parents as resident advisers. “A lot of people, when they like a story of a TV show or something, they would either like it to continue when it’s over or they would like other things to happen,” said Patricia Correll, who works in the science fiction and fantasy section of a bookstore in Lexington, Ky. “So they put their stories out there, usually on the Internet, so that other people can take a look at Illustration courtesy of it and maybe get a thrill out of it.”

George’s to offer weekly Jazz Night By Carmel Rose Special to The Star What started out as an openmic scene at George’s has turned into an explosion of jazz culture. “Jazz Night is a chance for younger musicians to play with some of the older musicians in a relaxed atmosphere,” said Rudy Estrada, jazz studies senior and Jazz Night coordinator. Soon after the open-mic nights, the Texas State jazz studies department became involved. The event’s popularity created a loyal audience and the idea of Jazz Night was born. Jazz Night features a rotating schedule of musicians from the Texas State jazz department as well as locals. Sometimes, Texas State jazz department professors and surprise artists come out to participate in the “jam sessions.”

Traditional jazz and jazz with elements of hip-hop, funk and orchestra will be performed. Vocalists from the Texas State music department sometimes come out and “scat” while the musicians play. “Jazz Night is needed because jazz is the only true American music,” Estrada said. Estrada plays the trumpet and is one of the many musicians who will be performing Tuesday evening. The history of jazz music has been long overlooked, said Adam Booker, jazz studies senior. “Jazz music is appreciated the least,” Booker said. Jazz music is an art form that originated from New Orleans and spread to the East Coast. The rhythm, beats and harmonies of jazz are fused from a variety of cultures and ethnicities including African, French

and Spanish. This eclectic mix of cultures along with the American form of song writing creates a “gumbo” of music. “Jazz is a conversation between musicians and artists. Our lives are on the line with every note we play,” Booker said. Booker has played bass for 15 years and will be performing at Jazz Night. Many expressions in music today come from Jazz music, said Justyn Payne, sound recording technology sophomore. Payne who has been drum-

ming for 17 years, will perform on Tuesday night. The idea of jazz music is about feelings and emotions stemming from old African American spirituals, classical harmonies and folk tales, said Payne. Jazz is about telling a story. “Jazz is the root of every music; you don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been,” Payne said. The first Jazz Night will be at 8 p.m. today. Jazz Night events will lead up to the Hill Country Jazz Festival in February 2007.


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Bloodshot Pyramid inflames crowd Screenwriter’s love with death metal riffs, funk-rock beats of film leads to By Jessica Sinn The University Star Bloodshot Pyramid fueled the stage with death-metal riffs and pounding funk-rock beats Friday night at The Triple Crown. A crowd of hard-rock fans filled The Triple Crown’s tight quarters to sample songs from Bloodshot Pyramid and Ethereal Architects. Bloodshot Pyramid has recently been formed by a cluster of musicians from various local bands and has already attracted a following in the San Marcos music scene. Bloodshot Pyramid’s lead vocalist, Aron Williams, and bassist, Alan Houston, have decided to call it quits for their soon-to-be former band, Rebecca Creek. They plan to make Bloodshot Pyramid their No. 1 priority. Houston, a business administration graduate student, said that leaving Rebecca Creek would allow him to free up more time to focus on practice and recording sessions for Bloodshot Pyramid. “Now I can concentrate on one band and two practices a week instead of four,” Houston said. “It’s only going to get better and the music will be tighter.” Biology sophomore Jordan Pack said he’s been a loyal Rebecca Creek fan for many years and has mixed feelings about seeing them go. “Aron and Alan are both good friends of mine. We went to high school together and I’ve been following Rebecca Creek’s

music for a long time,” Pack said. “It’s sad that it’s over, but the band isn’t gone altogether because I get to see Aron and Alan play together for Bloodshot Pyramid.” Bloodshot Pyramid is currently working on a five-track EP still in the early stages of production. Guitarist Michael McLeod said the twelve-hour sessions at the recording studio can be grueling, but he believes that all the hard work will produce positive results. “It’s going to sound really cool because we’re trying out a lot of new stuff in our recordings to create the best possible sounds, in terms of blaring guitars and harmonies,” McLeod said. Williams derives his ideas for song lyrics from his own life experiences. He doesn’t believe in spelling everything out for the listeners and strives to write music that leaves more to the imagination. “I’ve always enjoyed bands that have very ambiguous lyrics — but you still get the point — and that’s the kind of style I’m taking on,” Williams said. “Instead of saying everything straight up, I try to come up with a more intelligent way of describing things.” McLoud, a Texas State alumnus, has trained in classical music. He said that the classical styles and techniques that he studied enabled him to enhance his skills as a rock guitarist. “We do these cool little guitar interludes that I picked up from learning classical guitar. It’s really influenced a lot of what

I write, but mostly I’m hard rock; that’s what I prefer to play,” McLoud said. This self-proclaimed straight-rock band is ready to expand its fan base by booking more shows at Austin venues. Despite minor bumps in the road, the band is determined to break into Austin’s music circuit. “As of yesterday, we just booked our first shows in Austin,” McLoud said. “It’s our first time playing outside of San Marcos. We have to play pretty poor slots on Monday and Sunday, but we’re getting our foot in the door and that’s what counts.” Bloodshot Pyramid originally started out as a five-piece band. Now that the band has downsized to four members, it believes the kinks have been smoothed out and the music has taken a turn for the better. McLeod said that since they have dropped the fifth member, they have been more able to focus on what they do best: straight hard rock. “His leaving the band really forced us to polish our sound and really tighten up,” McLeod said. “Without him, it’s more riff-driven, and we’ve been sounding a lot heavier.” In the meantime, the band is busy showcasing its new music in San Marcos. Drummer Elliot Mitchell said he enjoys playing for the friendly crowds of college students at local venues. “The crowds are great, lots of people show up; we get a lot of drink tickets and people are cool,” Mitchell said.

BLOODSHOT ROCKERS: Bloodshot Pyramid performs a show at Lucy’s San Marcos. The band is a conglomeration of members of other local groups which uses classical influences to accent a hard-rock sound.

big-time success By Karen Koch Daily Targum (Rutgers)

pick up both Crash and Million Dollar Baby, they were turned down. (U-WIRE) NEW BRUNS“There were doubts,” Moresco WICK, N.J. — Though Million said. “We felt that nobody’s ever Dollar Baby and Crash have won going to make this movie, and if a combined total of seven Os- they do make it, nobody’s ever cars, neither was picked up by going to pay us for it, and if they big-time distribution companies do pay us for it and make it, no— both were independent. body’s ever going to go see it.” At the Rutgers University StuWith Million Dollar Baby, dent Center on the College Av- companies saw only a story enue campus Thursday, Robert about a woman boxer who dies, Moresco, co-producer of Million but it’s not just about that, MoDollar Baby and co-writer and resco said. It’s about the evoluproducer of Crash, shared his tion of a champion. He said was experience in making the films. it doesn’t matter what sells. InMoresco, who led the discus- stead, it’s about the passion besion sitting in front of the crowd hind it. on a stool, spoke about his past, However, despite doubts and the film inobstacles, dustry and his Moresco and present sucHaggis success. ceed in creStarting out ating both as an actor, films. PerMoresco conceived as Ostinued to folcar-worthy, low his love of both films film and took received up writing, nominaeventually cretions in two ating his own consecutive studio. years. Mil“Writing a lion Dollar — Robert Moresco film is a war Baby won screenplay writer, producer that you can’t the Oscar for give up on,” Best Picture Moresco said. in 2005 and “You have to really love a piece Crash won for Best Picture in to stick with it, giving up every- 2006. thing just to finish it.” Throughout the program’s With regard to producing question-and-answer session, Crash alongside co-writer and Moresco gave advice to aspiring director Paul Haggis, Moresco directors, including encouraging sold his house and three cars in them to submit to the Sundance order to finish the film. Film Festival and maintain a However, the pair of directors passion for their work. The lecmet opposition from several ture concluded by raffling off film studios. When Moresco and signed copies of Million Dollar Haggis tried to get companies to Baby and Crash.

riting a “W film is a war that you can’t give up on. You have to really love a piece to stick with it, giving up everything just to finish it.”

Photo courtesy of Michael McLeod

Photo courtesy of OSCAR WORTHY WRITING: Robert Moresco, shown with cowriter, producer and director Paul Haggis, won an academy award for co-writing the screenplay for Crash. Haggis spoke at Rutgers University about the obstacles he has confronted in the film industry.


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Zeale32, Gobi wow fans at George’s ✯Star Comics By Todd Schaaf The University Star Zeale32 and Gobi brought the house down at George’s Thursday. Pre-mass communication sophomore Valin Zamarron, also known as Zeale32, opened the show. Sitting atop a barstool, Zamarron wasted no time introducing himself and beginning the show. Zeale32 performed what he calls conscious hip-hop — hip-hop that he says isn’t materialistic. Much of Zamarron’s set was pre-produced tracks, but he still incorporated the occasional freestyle, including his finale — a four-minute audience-inspired freestyle flow. “I like doing shows down here because it gets more of the demographic that you’re trying to hit, at least for me, you know, like college students,” said Zamarron. Reed Newell, a friend of the band Gobi, came to see his friends perform and left impressed by Zeale32. “I had never even really heard of him till I saw him tonight and I think he played an awesome set,” Newell said. Zamarron said he was excited to be performing with Gobi.

like doing shows down here “I because it gets more of the demographic that you’re trying to hit, at least for me, you know, like college students.”

— Valin Zamarron hip-hop emcee

“We’ve been trying to do a show together for a while, so finally we get to be on the same bill,” Zamarron said. Gobi, who mix a variety of musical influences, said they hoped to gain new fans. “It’s a chance for new people to see us and for people who have seen us to just have a good time,” guitarist Justin Dillon said. It was also a chance to get a live performance in. “We haven’t played in like a month, so it’s pretty exciting to play,” said Gobi vocalist Phil Arciniega. “It’s always nice to play at Texas State, too.” Gobi’s performance accompanied by their fog machine and flashing lightshow was hypnotic and it had the entire audience nodding along to their trancelike beats.

“When you look out in the audience and see everyone bobbing their heads, that’s usually a good indication,” Arciniega said. Gobi was pleased with the turnout at George’s and how well the show was received. “The show was great; when all of our friends and family come out, that’s pretty much all you can ask for,” said Arciniega. Mass communication senior Kaci Lanagan said Gobi’s artists were great performers. “Gobi did awesome, as they always do, and they are the best band in America,” said Lanigan. The Student Association for Campus Activities sponsored the event. For information on more upcoming events at George’s, visit SACA at www.

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fter the Texas gubernatorial governor debate Friday, two things were clear. Kinky Friedman should’ve donned a dunce cap in lieu of a cowboy hat and residents need more than one hour of a debate to decide whom to vote for. Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn, fellow independent gubernatorial candidate, tripped over their words so aptly that Gov. Rick Perry couldn’t even acknowledge them as opponents. Friedman said being “morally correct” was crucial for a state leader. But he also caught a lot of flack from his opponents for his recent inappropriate comments about Katrina victims being “crackheads and thugs” and saying “Negro” is a “charming word.” He couldn’t verify that he would set a good example for the children of Texas when grilled on his cigar-chomping habit. If any young voter was watching the debate, this was an opportune time to see Friedman as an incompetent buffoon. He persuaded young Texans to get involved in this election, so maybe he’ll persuade them to vote for a more competent politician. Strayhorn attacked Perry for the Trans-Texas Corridor plan, but she drew a blank on the name of recent president-elect of Mexico, Felipe Calderón. How does she plan to strengthen relations with neighboring countries if she can’t name their leaders? She also couldn’t defend herself as a flip-flopper. The Star gives Strayhorn and Friedman a failing grade on the pop quiz portion of the debate. Bell had the easy question; he remembered the Alamo. He also proved himself more than an animatronic Democrat. Perry had a ballpark for the percentage of loan rates for home mortgages, but his cheesy reply cost him some points. The biggest loser of the debate was its sponsor, the Dallas-based Belo Corporation. The media corporation gave Texans a paltry one-hour debate to view their choices and scheduled it when people were unlikely to be home. The debate revealed the independent candidates as inferior to Bell and Perry, but that isn’t important if no one was home to watch it. Belo also opted for flashy broadcasters as panelists; only one of them was a political reporter. WFAA station manager Mike Devlin delivered a message that flashiness is more important than substance when he said in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that “If you’re going to say that TV anchors are shallow, then put in there that newspaper reporters are poor dressers.” Of all the losers, Libertarian candidate James Werner had it best. He had the opportunity to watch Friday night football.


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Letters to the Editor County out of line in calling for Heggie resignation Today, we always hear the sermon of activism in democracy and how vital the benefit of free will is to our voting behavior. What happened to Eric Heggie and the College Democrats is ridiculous. Eric has been a dear friend of mine for the past few years and I am personally appalled that the county party demanded Eric step down from his position because he would not cow tow to their will. He is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen and he has sacrificed his time, effort and even sleep to the Democrat party and to their mission. While he and I support different candidates here and there, the real issue is not who our organizations do or don’t support; it’s about the right to vote. Eric and his members have the right to choose who they want to work for and the county party has no right to make that choice for them. The whole point of a student organization is to actively engage in the political discourse, build leadership on each other and practice making informed personal decisions. Eric is a good leader and an even better friend and I hope the county party gives him the apology he and his organization deserve. Eric, I’m with you, buddy. Joe DeLaCerda chairman of Texas State College Republicans psychology senior

Sex ed about more than physiology I’d like to thank Sean Wardwell for his thoughtful commentary on the dimensions of sexuality education (Sept. 26, “Sex ed should address abuse, healthy relationships”). Mr. Wardwell is absolutely right: Sexuality education is about so much more than physiology, or any other singular sex-related topic. It is about healthy relationships; it is about thoughtful decisionmaking; it is about developing into sexually healthy adults. Bill Taverner co-editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education

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Last-minute registration a poor idea for Texas elections Besides providIf allowing college stuing overwhelming dents to swing elections evidence that Richard with heat-of-the-moment “Kinky” Friedman decisions isn’t enough and Carole Keeton reason to deny the proStrayhorn are inposal, I don’t know what competent, Friday’s is. The fiasco in Minnegubernatorial debate STEPHANIE SILVAS sota should be a lesson to addressed an issue learn from, not a mistake Star Columnist that, if implemented, to repeat. will exploit college students. College students in MinnesoFriedman wants Texas to ta weren’t responsible enough to adopt the Election Day regregister in time to take an active istration that his friend Jesse part of the governor’s debate Ventura, the former Minnesota or research candidates. Instead, governor, was able to cash in they were fooled into lining up on. Ventura won the guberat the polls at the last minute, natorial election in Minnesota disregarding the fact that Venmostly because of last-minute tura was obviously not capable registration and votes from colof controlling his own mouth, lege students who had become much less an entire state. The starstruck by the former wresformer actor and wrestler did tler. such a bad job during his term

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that his poll numbers reflected his loss of support, according to Minnesota Public Radio, and the former wrestler did not seek re-election. Not only does Election Day registration allow people to make rash decisions at the last minute, but it also creates problems for voters. Although the New York Public Interest Research Group does not find any correlation between Election Day registration and voter fraud, the requirements to register on Election Day raise a few questions. A Minnesota resident registering to vote on Election Day must provide government proof of identification, but not all government-issued identification will be accepted without

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additional documentation, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State Web site. Students may register with their schoolissued IDs and other residents may bring someone living within their precinct to “vouch” for them, the Web site states. What if you have a friend lie for you? What if you have a fake student ID? What if you don’t have the required documentation? If you are denied registration in Texas, you have 10 days to fight the clerical error, said Joyce Cowan, Hays County election administrator and voter registrar. Although there are usually not many problems with voter registration, the early deadline allows leniency, Cowan said.

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Registering to vote in Texas allows voters to ensure they are eligible to vote. Even without a government-issued drivers license, personal identification card or social security number, residents in Texas are able to send in registration applications with obligations to prove their identity. The secretary of state and county voter registrars make it very simple to register to vote by the deadline. Applications can be picked up at the post office, Department of Motor Vehicles office, county facilities, libraries and city halls, Cowan said. The application does not require postage and only needs to be postmarked or received by the voter registrar today, according to the Texas Secretary of State

Web site. Once you are registered to vote, a new card will be sent to you when the original is expired, the Web site states. “The easiest way to register is to come by our office, fill out the form and turn it in,” Cowan said. The Hays County Voter Registrar is located at the Elections Administrations Office, at 401-C Broadway St. Be responsible. Register to vote today. This is your last chance. It really isn’t that big of a deal. Do it once and you won’t ever have to do it again. With an early deadline to register, we will have serious voters who will take an active role in the political process.

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onlineconnection Stephen F. Austin quarterback Danny Southall was the hero in Saturday night’s 24-13 Southland Conference opener, sprinting 59 yards in the fourth quarter for the go-ahead score. Nate Brooks caught up with the pre-season all-conference selection after the game. Visit to get Southall’s take on what transpired, as well a recap of women’s tennis action in Nacogdoches. Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Bobcats let victory slip away in final minutes By Chris Boehm The University Star Texas State’s new season ended the same way the first began: A loss coupled with a slew of penalties. The Bobcats, 1-4, dropped a 24-13 decision to Stephen F. Austin Saturday after touting their first Southland Conference game as the start of something new. Texas State was hampered by 15 penalties for 140 yards. “That’s my fault. I haven’t done a good job this year. This one’s on me,” said Coach David Bailiff. “I’ve got to do a better job getting these young guys ready and disciplined. We’ll go through the penalties we find on film. I don’t know what to do about the ones we can’t find.” The Lumberjacks, 1-5, managed to turn the game around with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, after Texas State had led almost the entire way. “This was pretty much a heartbreaker. That’s all I can say,” quarterback Bradley George said after the game. “We can’t do anything about it now.” SFA scored twice and forced two turnovers in a span of two minutes during the fourth quarter to sap the life from 13,482 fans present at Bobcat Stadium. “I know I’ve said this before,” Bailiff said, “but we’re not going to give up and we will come up with the best game plan we ever have for McNeese (next week).” With Texas State up 13-10, SFA quarterback Danny Southall dropped back to pass, then sprinted 59 yards up the middle of the field to score the go-ahead touchdown with two minutes and 34 seconds left in the game. The sophomore finished with 100 yards on seven carries, completing 13 of 24 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. “We let them hang around and

(Southall) beat us with his feet,” Bailiff said. Morris Crosby returned the ensuing kickoff for Texas State but fumbled on his 28-yard line, recovered by the Lumberjacks’ Bug Aymond. SFA took just two plays to slam the door shut on Texas State, as Louie Runnels scored from 29 yards out on a run. The sight was vastly different from the first half, when the Bobcats held SFA to just 75 yards of total offense on their way to a 10-0 lead. The effort also included a defensive stand four yards from the end zone late in the second quarter. Texas State stopped Runnels inches from the goal line on fourth down to preserve the lead. “I’m not sure what was different (in the defensive performance),” Bailiff said. “I thought we started the game crisp. We were flying around defensively. I told the team at halftime to just show the same passion; we’ve got to start finishing games.” Texas State’s next drive after the Runnels score ended when George threw his second interception of the night, to Freddie Parish, with 35 seconds left in Cotton Miller/Star photo the game. George threw for 253 yards, finding 11 different receiv- TOUGH LOSS: Junior wide receiver Chase Wasson, who caught nine passes for 104 yards, sizes up Stephen F. Austin defenders Steers. Chase Wasson led the group phon Rhea (2) and Freddie Parish IV (23) during the Bobcats’ 24-13 loss to the Lumberjacks Saturday night. with 104 yards receiving on nine catches. their heads,” Bailiff said. “We’re every practice scrimmage we do. opened conference play with “We were starting to get into going to practice and prepare It’s not like we’re not working on wins over Southeastern LouiDubious mark a rhythm,” George said. “We Monday like we’re a 5-0 team.” it.” siana and Northwestern State, had some plays where, if we saw respectively. The Cowboys are Texas State’s losing streak ex(SFA) in a Tampa Bay defense, I New duds coming off a 30-27 win over tended to four games, its longest Game Notes was going to try to find Chase or Southern Utah, the same team since 2003, when the Bobcats Morris over the middle.” Flags flying wild Texas State broke out new that defeated the Bobcats 30-21 dropped six straight. Texas State Texas State scored its lone black jerseys for its league opener on Sept. 23. finished the year 4-8 in Manny touchdown, in the second quarSaturday’s game marked the against SFA. It was the first time The Bearkats’ 30-20 win puts Matsakis’ lone season as head ter, on a 40-yard run from Stan third straight that Texas State has in school history. them atop the league with a 3- coach. Zwinggi. The sophomore took gone over 100 yards in penalties. 2 overall record. The Demons a sweep right, then cut up field The Bobcats totaled 111 and 126 Southland update lost despite out-gaining SHSU On tap before juking a final defender on yards in losses to Northern Colo549 yards to 392. Bearkat quarhis way to the end zone. Zwinggi rado and Southern Utah, respecAlong with the Lumberjacks, terback Brett Hicks threw three Texas State next hits the road finished with 121 yards on 10 tively. McNeese State, Nicholls State touchdowns, as NSU lost its to face McNeese State, now 2-3 carries. “We work hard on penalties,” and Sam Houston also won Sat- league opener for just the fifth on the season. Game time is set “I told these guys not to hang Bailiff said. “We hire officials for urday. Nicholls State and SHSU time in 20 seasons in the SLC. for 7 p.m.

Soccer picks up win, tie during Volleyball 3-2 in SLC after weekend as league play begins A&M-Corpus Christi win game and her second shutout of the season. “We played really good as a unit tonight and were very verbal,” Beltramini said. “It feels great to be back in there and feels great to make some saves for the team.” Sunday, Texas State battled out a scoreless game for 110 minutes against Southeastern Louisiana. “Defensively, we shut down a very good team,” Conner said. “We’re starting to do better at knowing where people are at on the field. I am proud of the shutout. It’s good for Brittany because she deserved it and has been playing very well.” The Lions came into the game ranked second in points, assists and goals per game in conference, but the Bobcat defense proved up to the challenge. “We had a solid defense today; we just needed a little spark to get us going,” Collison said. “We were going though our motions and putting together passes but we just couldn’t finish and put it away on offense.” Texas State had numerous opportunities to score in the game, the first coming during the 36th minute when Kinard shot the ball at diving Southeaster Louisiana goalkeeper Crista Deleigh Hermes/Star photo Wood. The shot deflected wide right ANOTHER SHOT: Freshman forward Lindsay Tippit winds up to attempt one of the goal. Wood finished with six of the Bobcats’ six shots on the Southeastern Louisiana goal. Sunday’s game saves on the day. finished tied after two overtime periods. A key moment came in the 72nd minute, when Bobcat freshman AnBy Carl Harper second goal of the season off a header drea Grifo spotted Tippit inside off a The University Star in the second minute of play. Senior corner kick. Wood was again able to defense player Kristy Collison had muster a save. Texas State soccer hosted its first set up on the left side of the field for Beltramini posted a clutch save in Southland Conference games this a free kick, looping the ball over the the first overtime with a feet-first slide weekend, earning a shutout victory Bears’ defenders for the score. to defend a shot from Lions’ midfieldover Central Arkansas and a 0-0 tie 18 minutes later, sophomore Marty er Danielle Shank. Shank leads her with Southeastern Louisiana in dou- Wright drove down the center of the team in goals, shots, assists and points ble overtime. field and spotted up for her first ca- but was shut down Sunday. The Bobcats have not allowed a goal reer goal, from 20 yards out. Beltramini notched four saves durin the last 290 minutes and now stand “The goalkeeper had an unlucky ing the match and has 48 for the seaat 3-9-2 overall. touch,” Wright said. “I just put my son. Texas State played Friday in front of head up and saw the shot, so I took it. “We were dominating in the first its second-largest home crowd ever, Just the fact that we know that we can half and getting good shots but their at 936. It was the first-ever meeting score boosts our confidence.” keeper had some great saves,” Beltrabetween the Bobcats and Central ArThe Bobcats kept up the defensive mini said. “During overtime, it was kansas. This is the Bears’ first season pressure in the second half, while the just hard to get the energy up to keep in the SLC. offense followed up with two more on playing. We weren’t doing anything “The ladies came out ready to play goals, by freshmen Lindsay Tippit and bad offensively or defensively, but we and knew they had a great chance Nikki Kinard. need to be completely in it.” to take this conference with a lot of Tippit was driving down the right Texas State travels to Lubbock today home games,” said Coach Kat Conner. side of the field when a Bears defend- to face off with Texas Tech at 7 p.m. “The offense is working really hard. er tripped her up. Tippit was able to “They will be hard,” Beltramini It’s not as crisp as we want it to be but score her team-leading fifth goal of said. “I’ve got to hold onto the ball we are finding our secondary ball that the season off a penalty kick. and we have to be strong on defense breaks down the defense.” Senior goalkeeper Brittany Beltra- and make sure we come out offenSenior Delayna Spivey scored her mini recorded four saves during the sively ready to go.”

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whittled away at the Bobcat lead, making the score 26-23, but Texas state took the game on a Brown kill. Bobcat volleyball moved past the .500 Texas State could not secure the sweep, mark in Southland Conference play for as A&M-Corpus Christi took a 30-16 the first time this season with a 3-1 win game three victory. The Islanders used a Saturday over the Texas A&M-Corpus 7-0 run to take a 19-7 advantage before Christi Islanders. completing the win on a Bobcat error. Lawrencia Brown had 22 kills and “I was disappointed in losing our Karry Griffin hit above .400 for the sec- intensity with Corpus Christi in ond straight match to lead Texas State to game three. It was an ugly game,” said the win at Strahan Coliseum. Chisum. Both GrifTexas State fin and Kacopened up game ey Wimpy four by taking anchored the four of the first defense with 12 five points bedigs each and fore seizing a 16Amy Weigle had 10 advantage on six blocks. a Griffin kill. The “LawrenIslanders would cia had a great rally back on a game for us,” 5-0 run to tie the said Coach Kargame at 21-all, en Chisum. “We but the Bobcats need this kind took the lead of performance for good with from her every a 4-0 run. With night.” the score 25-21, The Bobcats Texas State outtook control of scored the opgame one early position 5-4 over by taking a 4the final serves 1 lead, scoring to take the game on four of the 30-25 and the first five serves match 3-1. before Weigle “Fortunately, put Texas State we were able to up 7-2 with an regroup and take Danny Rodriguez/Star photo game four pretty ace. The Islanders then fought BIG SAVE: Outside hitter Kelly Fletcher handily,” Chisum back with a 5-1 digs a spike during Texas State’s 3-1 victosaid. run, narrowAfter a Sepry over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday ing the Bobcats’ tember that inlead to one. The afternoon at Strahan Coliseum. cluded only two Bobcats anhome games, the swered back, firing off a 6-0 run capped team has taken full advantage of playing by a Brown kill to put the Bobcats up at home, going two-for-two so far in Oc19-12. tober at home. Two plays later, a Griffin kill made the “Being at home in Strahan Coliseum score 22-14 before the Islanders fired off is a great advantage for us,” said Chisum. another rally, getting to 23-19. Griffin “It’s tough on the road no matter where secured the game victory for Texas State you play, but the inspiration we get from with a kill and a block over the final two the fight song, the crowd, the men’s and serves to take a 1-0 lead in the match. women’s basketball, soccer and softball “Karry Griffin has really stepped up athletes who are in the crowd yelling for her play,” Chisum said. “This is our us is just all great.” expectation of her as a senior and as a The Bobcats return to action at Straleader. I’m very proud of her.” han Coliseum, hosting Lamar at 7 p.m. In game two, the Bobcats went on a 5- Friday and McNeese State at 4 p.m. Sat2 run to tie the score at seven. The game urday before hitting the road to take on tied and switched leads several more Central Arkansas. times before a 9-2 rally gave Texas State “We will continue to work on getting a 23-16 advantage that it held for the better and working on our consistency,” remainder of the game. The Islanders Chisum said.

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