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By Clayton Medford News Reporter The upcoming debate for Place Four of the San Marcos City Council was discussed at Associated Student Government’s meeting on Monday. Newly-appointed special assistant to President Jordan Anderson, Sean Wardwell, addressed the senate about the debate. “We will be having a debate on campus on Oct. 25 at 7:30 in the (LBJ) Student Center teaching theatre,” Wardwell said. “We have not agreed on a format or a moderator yet. I have sent letters to the large group speech communication 1310, large group political science and large group mass communication. Frankly, I think we can put this together; I’m just worried about not having students in the seats.” The debate will be between Moe Johnson, health, physical education and recreation professor; Chris Jones, former ASG vice president and public administration senior; and incumbent Bill Taylor. During his report to the senate, Anderson mentioned that four students had approached him to apply for the position of student regent on the Texas State University System Board of Regents. As of the last ASG meeting, no student at Texas State had applied. Anderson expressed concern that with the Friday deadline looming, Texas State may not have a candidate for the nonvoting position on the board. The student selection committee will review the applications and make five recommendations to the chancellor. The chancellor will in turn select three candidates from the nine schools in the Texas State University System and submit them to Gov. Rick Perry for appointment. Senate clerk and economics senior Kyle Morris reported to the senators that San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz has expressed a desire to appoint students to serve on ad hoc committees for the newly formed economic development board. Morris, who was recently made student liaison to the San Marcos City Council, also notified the senators of the State of the City address to be given by Narvaiz on Thursday at the San Marcos Activity Center.

Armando Sanchez/Star photo Governor hopeful Kinky Friedman was inducted as an honorary member to Independent Texas, a political reform organization, by founder Linda Curtis on Saturday at Mojo’s Daily Grind in Austin. After his speech, Friedman took time to talk to the audience and answer their questions.

Independents: ‘Kinky is bringing independent voters onto the stage this election’ By Andi Beierman Special to The Star Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman received an honorary membership to the Independent Texans Saturday morning at Mojo’s Daily Grind in Austin. Nearly 40 people crowded inside the coffeehouse to see Friedman, spilling over the couches and chairs, leaving standing room

UPD cautions students concerning recent spike in car, university thefts By April Zapata News Reporter The University Police Department is cautioning students and faculty after a recent increase in crimes on both the Texas State and Round Rock Higher Education Center campuses. UPD Chief Ralph Meyer confirmed that there have been a number of thefts on the two campuses. At least 10 vehicles

have been vandalized and burglarized on all areas of the Texas State campus. Items stolen include CD players, CDs, a radar detector and stereo equipment. At the RRHEC, classrooms were the main target of theft. In three separate incidents, items stolen included a projector and two Dell computers, totaling $10,000. The increase in crimes has some students concerned. Lau-

ren Heinsohn, political science senior said she uses the commuter parking. “I had my car broken into about two years ago, but I thought it had kind of settled down since I see more police around,” Heinsohn said. Amanda Garibay, criminal justice freshman, lives on campus and uses the residence hall See CRIME, page 3

only. Linda Curtis, founder of the Independent Texans, inducted Friedman into the group with a giant membership card. “Kinky is bringing independent voters onto the stage in this election,” Curtis said. Independent Texans is an organization that has been fighting for electoral reform in Texas for more than two decades. “We exist — 4.2 million independent vot-

ers,” Curtis said. “We deserve an open and fair process; we deserve recognition. Kinky is bringing us into play. We are going to decide who the next governor of the state of Texas is going to be.” The Independent Texans are fighting for changes that would make it easier for independent candidates to be put on Texas elecSee KINKY, page 3

Rewards offered for saving gas in the Commuter Solutions Coalition challenge By Jason Buch News Reporter Residents of Central Texas will be challenged to reduce commuter traffic during the month of October. The Commute Solutions Coalition is hosting a Commuter Challenge for anyone who lives or works in Hays, Travis or Williamson Counties. “Basically, we are encourag-

ing people to try commute solutions in their daily commute,” said Candace Baker, Commute Solutions program manager. “We want to reward people who do use Commute Solutions.” Commute Solutions’ Web site www.commutesolutions. com offers a list of approved commute solutions intended to limit the number of singleoccupant vehicles on Central Texas roads.

Commuters can log on to the site and click on the commuter challenge link to register. From today through Oct. 22, contestants can keep a log of commute solutions they use when they go to work or school, eat lunch or take part in a business meeting. A contestant can log one solution in each of the three categories per day. See COMMUTER, page 3

Rollover accident near campus sends driver to the hospital No fatalities in e heard a evening incident “W customer yell ‘Oh my God,’ By Emily Messer News Reporter

Danny Rodriguez/Star photo Firefighters give medical attention to a woman pulled from an overturned vehicle yesterday evening at the intersection of North LBJ Drive and University Drive.

Today’s Weather

Isolated T-Storms 85˚/ 65˚

Precipitation: 30% Humidity: 72% UV: 6 High Wind: NE 7 mph

An accident that occurred Monday around 6 p.m. at the intersection of North LBJ Drive and University Drive caused one of the cars involved to roll over, and the driver of that car to be sent to the hospital. The injuries of the driver are unknown. According to one witness, the accident occurred when a maroon Mitsubishi Outlander was struck by a maroon Ford Escort LX on the passenger side. When the driver of the Mitsubi-

and everybody turned and saw the car flipped over.”

—Jose Ramirez Subway employee

shi Outlander tried to correct herself, she flipped over, said Meg Guillory, who witnessed the accident. The Outlander was traveling down North LBJ Drive and the Escort was driving down University.

Two-day Forecast Wednesday Partly Cloudy Temp: 86°/ 62° Precipitation: 20%

Thursday Sunny Temp: 86°/ 61° Precipitation: 20%

Guillory, fashion merchandising senior, said she believed the driver of the Outlander was at fault because she may have ran a red light. She also said the accident looked bad because she did not know how fast the cars were traveling. “They put her on a backboard and took her away,” Guillory said about the driver of the Outlander. “They wouldn’t let her move. She was pretty much laying around with her head taped to the backboard. Todd Harrison, the San Marcos Police Department officer in charge of the investigation accompanied the driver of the Outlander to the hospital to complete the report. Harrison could not be reached. The driver of the Ford Escort



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would not comment. The accident was heard or observed by several witnesses around the area. Most saw or heard the tail end of the accident. “We heard a customer yell ‘Oh my God,’ and everybody turned and saw the car flipped over,” said Jose Ramirez, Subway employee. Aaron Fink, an MBA student, said he was at Jack in the Box when he heard the impact and saw the Outlander flip over. Fink said he could not see who was responsible for the accident. “The rollover was relatively gentle as far as rollovers are concerned,” Fink said. “It didn’t look that terrible. She (the driver of the Outlander) was obviously shaken a lot.”

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Tuesday in Brief

October 11, 2005

Andy Sansom, director of the university’s River Systems Institute, has been honored by the Nature Conservancy of Texas with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special award given occasionally by the Nature Conservancy to recognize an individual who has made a remarkable lifelong commitment to protecting our natural heritage. Mr. Sansom has served in leadership positions in conserva-

tion efforts by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Nature Conservancy of Texas and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. As executive director of the River Systems Institute, Mr. Sansom is working to improve water policy using principles of sustainability equitable use. The Star congratulates Mr. Sansom on this well-deserved honor and thanks him for his tireless working protecting our natural resources.

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Crosstalk student ministry meets for praise and worship at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Library Teaching Theater.

The Hispanic Business Student Association will hold its general meetings at 5 p.m. every Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-5.1. War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the LBJSC 5-1.10. For information or to sign up for call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. The Catholic Student Center will have free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Student-led presentation will take place on the history and significance of the rosary on at 6:30 p.m at the Catholic Student Center. Wednesday Higher Ground Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry meets at 5:30 at St. Mark’s Church (across from Tower Hall) for prayers and a free meal. Everyone is welcome. The American Marketing Association will be having their Bi weekly meeting with guest speaker Bruce Guthrie at 5:30PM in the LBJSC, Room 314.1. ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information or to sign up for call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. The Catholic Student Center will be holding a Bible study at 8 p.m. in the CSC. 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! Contact (512) 557-7988 or Sunday Higher Ground Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry meets at 6:15 at St. Mark’s Church (across from the Tower) for a light supper followed by Holy Communion at 7. Everyone is welcome.

Events Tuesday “Attaining Contentment” An Educational Series will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m at the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-6.1.

FREE Writing Center Workshop: How to Read a Poem will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact The Writing Center at (512) 245-3018. Thursday Faculty artist Daris Hale will hold a bassoon recital at 8 p.m. in the recital hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 students. FREE Writing Center Workshop: Reading with a Writer’s Eye - What Can You Steal? will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact The Writing Center. Saturday The 17th annual Fall River Clean-Up will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in San Marcos City Park. For more information, please call (512)393-8400. Neely Voice Studio Recital will take place at 3 p.m. in the recital hall. Admission is free. Monday Jazz orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Guitar studio will take place at 6 p.m. in the recital hall. Free admission. Tuesday

Miscellaneous Padgett Strateman, & Co. will hold interviews for entry-level accountants and internships in the LBJSC, Suite 5-7.1. For more information, contact LaTonya Croskey at (512) 245-2645. Glazar’s Distributors will hold interviews for a sales representative in the LBJSC, Suite 5-7.1. For more information, contact LaTonya Croskey. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at, or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.


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

Jeremy Craig/Star photo Communication design junior Ethan Hill tries his hands at the art of metalwork. Hill is constructing a copper cigar box for a metalworking class. Hill said classes such as this one provide students in other art and non-art majors a broader outlook on their own creativity.

CRIME BL TTER San Marcos Police Department Oct. 5, 9:18 a.m. Theft/207 Armstrong St. Theft less than $500, complainant states unknown person(s) stole her son’s weight bench out of the back yard. Oct. 5, 11:36 a.m. Burglary of Vehicle/912 Advance St. Unknown actor(s) threw a rock through the front passenger-side window of the victim’s vehicle while it was parked at her residence. The actor(s) then stole a bag and its contents from the front passenger floorboard. Oct. 7, 2:53 a.m. EVADI/East access road and Aquarena Springs Drive Male arrested for evading with motor vehicle, possession of marijuana under two ounces and traffic instanter. Oct. 8, 8:15 p.m. Suspicious Circumstances/

1019 Highway 90 Public lewdness, two arrests for public intoxication. Oct. 9, 12:39 a.m. Reckless driving/east access road and Posey Road Two subjects were arrested for racing on highway and one for unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon. University Police Department Oct. 6, unknown hours Burglary of Vehicle/Bobcat Stadium parking lot A student reported to a police officer that her personal property had been stolen from her vehicle. This case is under investigation. Oct. 6, unknown hours Criminal Mischief under $500/Academy Street Garage A student reported to a police officer that her vehicle had been vandalized while parked. This case is under investigation.

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

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In Thursday’s Star, the front-page article “City Council inducts Morris as interim student liaison” was incorrect. Kyle Morris, Associated Student Government senate clerk, was sworn in to serve a full term as student liaison to the San Marcos City Council, having already served in that position on an interim basis.


Tom Pennington/KRT photo The streets of Kandahar, Afghanistan, are decorated with colorful lights on August 17. The southern city has seen a high rate of growth since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001.

Health Beat Texas State Homecoming offers activities for students, alumni What exactly is Homecoming anyway? home•com•ing.— n. An annual event held by a college, university or high school for visiting alumni. Almost every high school and university takes part in its own unique Homecoming traditions every year. Texas State is not different and will be hosting a variety of annual Homecoming events the week of Oct. 7 to 16. Campus Recreation is always excited to be a part of the schedule and would like to help you plan a fun-filled weekend by inviting you to participate in some great and exclusive Texas State traditions. Each participant who preregisters for either of its two main events will receive a maroon Texas State wristband. You can start your day with the Homecoming 5K Fun Run/Walk; walk or run it’s up to you. The schedule is as follows: Race Day Registration: 7 to 8:30 a.m. Aerobic Warmup: 8:15 a.m. Race Start Time: 8:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony: 9:45 a.m. Preregistration is going on now,

so stop by the Student Recreation Center and complete your registration form. The cost is $12. Raceday registration will take place at the race starting area for $20. The course is 3.2 miles of rolling hills scenery that starts and ends at the tennis courts on Peques Street. Awards will be presented to the fastest male and female according to age group as well as a best school spirit costume. Strap on your Texas State gear, paint your face and race for the gold! If running isn’t for you, sign up to play on one of the best ninehole golf courses in Texas. The Texas State Golf Course is located off Post Road. The Homecoming Golf Tournament is a two-person scramble beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $45 per person. Register now by contacting Campus Recreation at (512) 245-2392, or visit www.campusrecreation.txstate. edu. All Campus Recreation facilities will be open to returning alumni this weekend. Don’t miss out on the Homecoming fun. Become a part of Texas State tradition today. — Courtesy of the Student Health Center

Mayor to address Rose to receive Lone Star Statesman Award for civil justice law improvements state of the city Texans for Lawsuit Reform many Texans out of work. By on Thursday announced on Friday that introducing reasonable medical Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, is the recipient of the 2005 Lone Star Statesman Award for leading the fight to improve civil justice laws in Texas. TLR President Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. will present the award to Rose during a noon ceremony today at Palmer’s Restaurant, located at 218 Moore St. in San Marcos. Many local business and civic leaders will be joining Trabulsi and Rose for the presentation. “Texans for Lawsuit Reform is singling out Representative Rose in recognition of the courage and leadership he displayed in the Texas Legislature. Representative Rose continues to focus on the needs of his constituents and the people of Texas, and he is dedicated to working in a bipartisan manner to meet those needs,” Trabulsi said. TLR’s Lone Star Statesman Award is presented to the lawmaker who goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve the civil justice system. “I am proud of the critical role our office played in passing asbestos reform legislation. These reforms will fix a failed civil justice system and better compensate sick victims from asbestos exposure. In recent years, frivolous asbestos lawsuits have forced dozens of innocent employers into bankruptcy and put

criteria and extending the statute of limitations, this legislation represents the very best way to help those who are truly suffering, while decreasing lawsuit abuse and protecting our strong business climate,” Rose said. “Representative Rose authored a bill that would add efficiency to our courts, and he was a critical supporter of Senate bill 15, which addresses the abuses in asbestos and silica litigation in Texas. Texas will be a better place to live thanks to Representative Rose’s work in the Texas Legislature,” Trabulsi said. Rose is serving his second term in the Texas House representing District 45, which includes Blanco, Caldwell and Hays counties. He serves as vice chairman of the Civil Practices Committee and is a member of the Calendars and Higher Education committees of the House. TLR, the state’s largest lawsuit reform organization, is a bipartisan, volunteer-led coalition with more than 13,590 supporters residing in more than 705 Texas communities and representing 1,234 different businesses, professions and trades. For more information, visit — Courtesy of Texans For Lawsuit Reform

Mayor Susan Narvaiz will present a formal “State of the City” address at 7 p.m. Thursday at the San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 E. Hopkins St. The public is invited to attend. The event will start with an open house at 6 p.m. with the opportunity for residents to visit with directors of city departments to discuss issues of concern and to learn about current projects. Mayor Narvaiz will then give her address at 7 p.m. “My goal is to report to our citizens where San Marcos stands today in a variety of areas,” she said. “I will cover such issues as city finances, public safety, emergency preparedness, community services and economic development.” The public is encouraged to attend. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos It makes you smarter.


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Students give input on O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato By Carl Norberg News Reporter Student actors endeavored to recreate Tim O’Brien’s version of Vietnam in the world premiere of Going After Cacciato on Thursday. Under the direction of Chuck Ney, students from Texas State brought to life O’Brien’s award-winning book, as adapted by Romulus Linney. Chad Show, psychology junior, attended the play, like many other students, as a requirement for a beginning acting class. “They did a really good job tonight. There’s a lot of interesting stuff, and I really enjoyed it,” Show said. Bridgette Farias, acting senior, attended the play to support her fiancé pre-theatre senior Judd Farris, who played Sgt. Corson. Following Thursday night’s performance, audiences who attended the Texas State Theatre Center were treated to an intimate talkback session with Linney and Ney. Author O’Brien was unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. In his absence, Linney referred to him as “one of our very best novelists, and the best as far as the Vietnam War goes.” The play follows the story of Specialist Fourth Class Paul Berlin, played by theatre senior John Stewart, and his squad after they are deployed to pursue a young soldier, Cacciato, played by pre-theatre junior Alex Meyer, who chose to walk away from the war, heading for Paris on foot. Without an open seat remaining, Thursday’s audiences were immediately thrown into the combat-like scenes set during the Vietnam War. As they

pursue Cacciato, Berlin and his squad are haunted by their fears and dreams of what may come. On their mission their dreams become filled with horrific memories and fantasies of the enemy’s tunnel system, the bravado of their lieutenant, played by pre-theatre freshman Quinn Walton, and his orders that are delivered strictly by-the-book, but overall they are consumed with the fear of death. “I’ll be dreaming about staying alive when I get killed,” Berlin’s character said. Playwright Linney said it was difficult to distinguish some scenes as reality and others as fantasy while adapting the novel. Enlisted in the Army during peacetime between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Linney said he found it easy to identify with the characters O’Brien’s novel. “It’s about what it’s about, but it’s also about a great deal more. Going After Cacciato is about wars past and present, and it’s about war itself; what happens in it, what is madness about it… and most especially in this situation, the beautiful idea, as absurd as it is, of just leaving the war and going to Paris,” Linney said. Linney and O’Brien, who have been friends for a number of years, were originally approached by a theater company in New York to adapt the novel into a play. After financial difficulty held the project back, it was picked up for production by John Fleming, associate professor and chair of the department of theatre and dance at Texas State. “I would never try to do an adaptation of some other person’s work unless I really cared deeply about it,”

Armando Sanchez/Star photo Romulus Linney, playwright of Going After Cacciato, answers questions from the audience about his life and the play along with director Chuck Ney and mediator John Fleming, theatre department chair, after Friday’s performance. Linney said. Forest Van Dyke, who played one of Berlin’s squad members, Private First Class Johnson, said it was a, “mindblowing experience,” to work with

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tion ballots. “Texas is in the top three most difficult states in the country for independent voters just to get on the ballot,” Curtis said. To make the ballot as an independent candidate, Friedman will have 60 days, beginning March 8, to get approximately 50,000 signatures from registered voters who did not vote in the primary elections. It is requirements such as these that the Independent Texans are trying to change by pushing for initiatives and referendums, which would allow voters to place issues on the ballot and vote on bills proposed by the legislature. The group is also pushing for fair ballot access reform and same day voter registration in an effort to increase turnout at the polls. More than 70 percent of Texas voters did not participate in the 2002 gubernatorial election, Curtis said. Friedman and his campaign represent many of the changes the Independent Texans are hoping to achieve. “He is the political reform in this election,” Curtis said. Wearing a black cowboy hat, jeans and a black knee-length coat, Friedman addressed the crowd waving his trademark cigar. “One goal of mine is to send shivers up the spines of politicians all over the country, which I think this election will do in November ’06,” Friedman said. Friedman believes his bid for the ballot is a refreshing change for those who have not been satisfied with the Republican and Democratic parties. “Democrats and Republicans are the same guy admiring himself in the mirror,” Friedman said. “It doesn’t really matter whether he parts his hair on the left or on the right, it’s still politics as usual. That’s the guy we’re going to get rid of in November.” Clapping and cheers followed Friedman’s promise to “make the Lone Star shine again,” if elected governor.

Alternative energy solutions, immigration and death-penalty reform are several of the issues on Friedman’s platform, but the push for education reform has been his number-one priority. His “No Teacher Left Behind” slogan has become a rallying cry for many concerned Texans. “It’s so much common sense folks,” Friedman said. “It takes a real dumbass not to appreciate the value of an education, and yet we’re dead last; we’re 50th in the country.” Kyle Pierce, 36, a teacher at Austin Community College, is especially interested in Friedman’s ideas about education. Pierce said he has seen a noticeable decline in the number of students who are adequately prepared for college. “Each year, it seems like high school graduates are coming to us with lower prep levels,” Pierce said. Friedman’s stance of increased spending on education is something Pierce supports. “We need to invest in people and education and give them an opportunity to develop, not provide additional resistance,” Pierce said. Friedman has many supporters at this stage of the race, but making the ballot next spring is what will ultimately define the future of his campaign. Dean Barkley, Friedman’s campaign manager, helped Jesse “The Body” Ventura become governor of Minnesota in 1999 with a grassroots approach. He believes fighting voter apathy will be the key to victory for Friedman. “All we got to do is get those people who have given up on politics, who no longer vote, who don’t think their vote matters to know they do have the power to take it back,” Barkley said. Friedman’s campaign is currently focusing on fundraising and the upcoming petition drive. While 50,000 signatures are needed to make the ballot, Barkley plans to have four times that number as a safety measure. “We’re going to have an army

of people hit the streets on March 8 to get not only 50,000 signatures but 200,000 signatures to make sure the secretary of state and other politicians don’t play games and disallow half of our petitions,” Barkley said. While the campaign has been concentrating on increasing voter awareness about Friedman the politician, many know him by a Texas-sized reputation of a different sort. Friedman once led the country band Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys, he is the author of a series of mystery novels and is a former humor columnist for Texas Monthly magazine. Friedman’s funny side caused some to wonder if his bid for the Governor’s mansion was serious. Kelly Pierce, 26, a nurse in Austin was initially unsure about what to make of his campaign. “At first I was kind of like ‘Kinky, is that a real name?’” Pierce said. After following the campaign on the Internet and in news articles, Pierce is now a Friedman supporter. “I like the common sense, everyday-people approach,” Pierce said. “His ideas are logical.” Others have also been skeptical of Friedman and his qualifications. Norman Rupe, 76, a retired University of Texas staff member, was surprised at how well Friedman discussed the issues. “I didn’t think he was that knowledgeable,” Rupe said. “He surprised me.” Friedman followers could show their support by picking up bumper stickers that read “My Governor is a Jewish Cowboy” and “He’s not Kinky, he’s my Governor.” While his quest to become governor is considered a long shot by many, Friedman believes in the ultimate success of his campaign. “This goal of mine, an independent winning in Texas, when that happens, you’ll see bluebonnets springing up all over America,” Friedman said. “It’ll be a very nice garden, I think.”

Linney and O’Brien as they were editing the play even as the actors began rehearsing. The final performance was held Sunday afternoon at the Theater Cen-

ter. Ney said the actors are scheduled to go back into rehearsal for another week before attending the American College Theater Festival in Houston at the end of this month.

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Each solution logged enters the contestant’s name in a random prize drawing. The top prize is a $500 gift certificate to the San Marcos Outlet Mall. The contestant who logs the highest number of commute solutions is the most likely to win. The challenge also offers employer awards. Employers in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties can win prizes in one of three categories: government agency with the highest number of participating employees, business employer with the highest number of participating employees and employer with the highest per-

centage of employees who participate. The winners of the challenge will be announced on Oct. 28 during an awards ceremony in Republic Square Park in Austin. A special award will be offered for the weirdest commute solution. “Everybody’s really eligible to enter and help promote commute solutions to reduce traffic and congestion in central Texas,” Baker said. Last year, approximately 780 people participated in the challenge. By the second day of this year’s challenge, more than 300 people had registered. “We’re definitely going to kill last year’s numbers,” Baker said.

Contestants can register at any time during the two-week challenge and have their names entered into the drawing. The Commute Solutions Coalition is composed of government agencies and nonprofit agencies that attempt to promote commute solutions strategies. It is hosted by and receives most of its funding from the Capital Area Metro Planning Organization. The Commute Solutions’ Web site offers plenty of information about reducing traffic in Central Texas and has a commute cost calculator, allowing people to enter information and figure out how much money they spend on their daily commute.

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parking. She said she received an e-mail about the recent thefts. “I don’t have anything valuable in my car. After I got the e-mail, I cleared out my car,” Garibay said. The crimes have taken place at different times throughout the day and night. Meyer believes that it might be the same group of individuals who are

doing the burglarizing. The thieves are looking into vehicles to see if there is anything valuable. He suggested students and faculty hide everything in their vehicles. CDs on the visors of vehicles are what thieves are looking for first. “Take anything of value and put it in the trunk or where it is not readily in view,” Meyer said. Meyer said that UPD has

taken steps to better secure the areas on campus where the crimes are taking place. UPD is using extra squad cars and unmarked vehicles to better patrol the areas. “Our main thing is relying on students to report anything suspicious, so that we can better help them,” Meyers said. If you see any unusual or suspicious activity or if you have been the victim of theft, contact UPD at (512) 245-2805.

IT’S GOTTA BE PUPPY LOVE Leah Galloway holds her two pugs, Chloe and Hurley, during Saturday’s Pet Fest at Plaza Stage Park. The festival featured a variety of attractions and games for those who attended, even those without pets.

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quoteof the day “It’s costing the state about $180 million for these little holidays, which aren’t doing anything for education. I don’t see that this day off is beneficial at all for our kids.”

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— Lobbyist Tina Bruno of the group Texans for a Traditional School Year about the benefits of eliminating one-day school holidays like Columbus Day in Texas schools. (Source:

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Other countries can learn from the United States in disaster relief The worst earthquake in Pakistan’s history devastated towns and destroyed entire generations of people on Saturday. The 7.2-magnitude quake has already claimed an estimated 20,000 people. Though the devastation was felt in South and Central Asia, no region was hit harder than the war-battled area of Kashmir, the contentious area of land situated between the Himalayan Mountains and more importantly between rivals Pakistan and India. In an unprecedented show of support, Pakistan will be accepting aid from India and all military activities in Kashmir have been suspended. While the show of support has been positive, as many as 2.5 million residents of the disaster area are awaiting aid from the United Nations. Health officials fear that poor sanitation and disease may kill even more. British soldiers who were stationed in the area and hundred of villagers armed with a rudimentary tools began the arduous task of digging out homes in the hopes of finding anyone still alive beneath the ruins. As time drags on, the hope of finding anyone still buried alive is becoming slim. When hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed into the Gulf Coast the prevailing images were of ordinary people and volunteers helping their less fortunate neighbors. While FEMA and the local governments of Louisiana were busing assigning blame, it was left to the locals to do the “heavy-lifting.” Locals were using canoes and rowboats to rescue stranded elderly, and volunteers from hundreds of miles away donated food and medical supplies to assist the effort. If there has been one recurring theme is has been the sense of community among strangers. It seems that in every disaster situation the problems lay in the bureaucracy and not the citizenry. With governments so quick to use disaster and destruction as platforms for punditry, the real burdens fall on the people. In both of these disasters we have seen no shortage of volunteers, just a shortage of leaders. This only heightens frustration when some tasks are being performed redundantly and others being neglected entirely. The governments of neglected areas and most importantly the federal government need to abandon the glory of the blame-game and need to switch in to response mode. People are suffering while you tally your tracking polls. Those not directly affected by the disasters will remember the lack of compassion and timely response from the government. With FEMA in a state of topsy-turvy ruin, entire cities are being passed over or serviced in a less than satisfactory fashion. The temporary housing trailers are being delivered without adequate plumbing and electricity connections. Portable toilets are being delivered, weeks later they remain unemptied and turn into cesspools of raw sewage. The United Nations and the governments of central and south Asia have a rare opportunity to learn from the unabashed failures of the United States. Deliver your aid in a timely fashion and resist blaming and campaigning. Follow the lead of those committed to unearthing your cities and rebuild. You will be doing the right thing.

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Maroon and gold should stand bold How about by extension I’m those Bobcats, proud of this huh? school too. I’m not One of the adashamed to vantages of being say that I was an Opinions cola doubter. I umnist is that you thought that gohave a mighty big SEAN WARDWELL ing to play Texas soapbox. So pardon Star Columnist A&M University me gentle readers at Kyle Field was whilst I climb up going to be suion top of mine. cide. We lost, but man did we Why in the name of God make them work for it. We do some of you wear UT or didn’t just beat the spread; we A&M shirts around here? I annihilated it. know the world is a confusI tend to be a pessimist by ing place, but we don’t have a nature. I never had much massive clock or bell tower as use for all that “rah-rah nonfar as I can tell. We don’t have sense” as I called it. I thought any sort of mindless cattle sports were a waste of time at as our mascot, and I never college. But something hapcould figure out just what the pened to me after I watched hell an Aggie is. And while that game on TV. Texas State we’re on the subject of Agstarted to look better with gies, could someone explain each passing day. how exactly a person “gigs” I’m not trying to pick a someone? fight with anyone, but I’ve If some of you are so ennever seen a great deal of amored with either of these school spirit coming out of schools, then perhaps you this place — and I’ve been should go there. But wait a around for a while. We paint second — you’re here. You’re the windows of the LBJ Stuhere, but you wear the merdent Center at Homecoming, chandise of another school. and I seem to recall a parade Hmmmm. Could it be that at some point or another. But you weren’t smart enough to I never felt passion from the get into UT or A&M, and this student body like one would is how you demonstrate your at the University of Texas or bitterness at having to settle A&M. For a while, I thought for Texas State? our motto should be “hoI know a lot of you might hum.” have deep ties to A&M or UT, But once again — how but seriously, look around about those Bobcats? Who and discover where you are. would of thought that by Wearing the merchandise losing a football game we’d of another university from somehow come out ahead? which you did not graduate I’m proud of you guys, and makes you look dumb and


want to see gold and maroon everywhere I look. I like the fact that I see a lot more Texas State shirts around campus than I used to, but we still lack one vital thing — tradition; that’s what links the past to the future.

makes the school seem lifeless. I’ve never liked anything having to do with cheerleading or spirit-based activities. But I’ve realized something: Without pride — without spirit — this place is just a collection of buildings on a hill with no past and a bleak future. Without pride, we might as well just shut the place down and become one of those online colleges where you can get a degree for 20 bucks. Without pride, we are gone and forgotten. I don’t like that idea. I’d rather examine what this place would be like with pride. I want to see gold and maroon everywhere I look. I like the fact that I see a lot more Texas State shirts around campus than I used to, but we still lack one vital thing — tradition; that’s what links the past to the future. The problem is that tradition has to begin with us. The administration has unsuccessfully tried to market slogans and traditions to us in the past, and there’s a reason why they failed. Tradition is a bottom-up process. You can’t foster tradition on someone.

The traditions have to come from us because that’s what gives them a soul. That’s what makes them matter. You can’t pass down marketing through the generations. You can pass down a living tradition. So I call on all of you to begin to create our traditions today. It won’t be quick, and it won’t be easy, but in 50 years when you come back here to see your kids, or even grandkids start or finish school, and you see something that you helped start, well I don’t know about you, but there would be tears in my eyes. Students of Texas State, it is long-past time we gave ourselves a common soul. It’s time that calling oneself a Bobcat became a point of fierce pride and not a punch line. I’m not going to say that you’ll see me at every home game, but I guarantee you that I’ll be walking a little taller from this point on. Why? Because I’m a believer. This is our home. Let’s leave it better than we found it.

tives concerned about her “moderate” past. So whose side of this nomination is really embroiled in politics?

editorial presented a good case

Wardwell is a pre-mass communication junior.

Letters to the Editor Albertsons has right to prevent magazine’s display Good for Albertsons in sticking up for what they believe and keeping magazines with pornographic content out of the grocery aisle. As for reproductive rights being diminished, what right allows for murder of a child? Parents definitely need to know when their daughters are engaging in acts that can hurt themselves as well as babies they may be carrying. Parents are responsible for their children and need to have all information possible to keep them safe. Zachary Royal accounting senior

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show the wrong kind of politics Good for Rachel Ann Fletcher’s Wednesday column, she mourns that “judging has been reduced to politics.” What else is it but an act of politics, when our president nominates someone to the Supreme Court who has absolutely no experience as a judge? Harriet Miers’ apparent qualification is her long-standing devotion to the president, a lifetime appointment on the highest legal body in the country her reward. After FEMA’s Michael Brown fiasco, one would think we would be more on guard for such obvious cronyism. That being said, it is not the “hypocritical” Democrats who are flinging most of the criticism against Miers at the moment but conserva-

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I just wanted to congratulate The Star for its excellent editorial on the subject of the Minutemen. Inflammatory comments such as Lloyd Doggett’s remark that Minutemen were not new to Texas but that “they just used to wear white sheets” does nothing but fan emotions and divert attention from the real problem of illegal immigration. Citizens volunteering to help out their country are not cause for protest. If a nuclear or bio weapon was smuggled across the border there would a great outcry against the government for not guarding the border closely enough.

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Distinctive Voice defender speaks out Robert, dude, take a valium and lighten up lest you become the embodiment of the embittered poet. You know, Shakespeare wrote comedies as well. Haveth thyself a nice day ifeth thou canst.

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By Nixon Guerrero Entertainment Writer

It is two hours before show time upon entering the Paramount Theatre. Instantly, one can feel an anxious and nervous vibe. A handful of people are in the lobby running around trying to finish setting up for the night’s event. You can’t take two steps without bumping into someone carrying cardboard boxes full of Full Moon DVDs or look in any direction without seeing anything that didn’t have the Full Moon label. Producer and director Charles Band is the founder and chairman of Full Moon Pictures — a direct-to-video dynasty that specializes in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres and has been popular nationwide for more than 25 years. With an impressive 250 movies under its belt, Full Moon is more popular than ever and demonstrates no signs of fading. The lobby was full of Full Moon products ranging from DVDs and posters to T-shirts and action figures, and the theatre was packed with merchandise-hungry fans from across Central Texas. It was about half an hour before show time. The show was about to start, and you could hear people whispering, “I hope I win the contest and get to be a victim in his next movie. That would be so cool!” The show began with a clip reel of Band’s more popular movies accompanied by the music of Guns n’ Roses. The clip segued to Band’s entrance and opening monologue in

which he welcomed the crowd to the show and then went on to explain how it’s cool being a director-slash-producer and comically mentioned that it “works well on the ladies.” “Come on, when you think about it there are a lot of not-good-looking guys in the business and have incredibly beautiful women at their side,” Band said. “And it’s because they’re powerful directors or producers. So if you want to hook up with a hot girl, here’s what you do: You get yourself some business cards that say ‘John Doe — Producer,’ and they’ll eat that right up.” Band explained that to have a horror movie in your pocket you need three things: “Blood and guts, freaky monsters and hot chicks. This is the Full Moon approach, and if you could get those, you’re solid.” He then commented that low-budget filmmaking is not as difficult or arduous a task as most people make it out to be. “Yeah, it might be if you’re trying to make an Oscar-winning epic,” he said. “But when you’re making genre movies like horror or sci-fi, it can and should be a lot of fun.” One of the best segments of the show was when Band asked for volunteers from the audience to come on stage and have them act out a short scene under his direction. The parts called for a monster, a “good looking dude” and (wouldn’t you know it) a “hot chick.” The scene entailed the woman being chained to a post and trying to get free, and while doing so, she hears a “monster’s roar.” She screams. Dude comes and tries to

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help but is laid out by the monster with one swift blow to the face. During all this, Band would yell “Action! Cue the monster! Now scream! Scream your head off! Cut! Let’s do it again.” Strangely enough, you could feel what it’d be like to be on a real movie set. After this, Band personally selected two women from the crowd to model his new products. So what kind of product would Band possibly have that would require modeling? And even more so — women models? Well, he designed a little something called the monster bra. Yup, that’s right. Girls will soon be able to buy bras with their choice of lips, bulging eyes, vampire skulls or some other possibly offensive exaggerated anatomical anomalies that probably shouldn’t be mentioned in this article. Another part of the show was the unveiling of se-

cret celebrity guests. One of which was Bill Moseley who played

Otis in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Band’s son, Alex, also made a well-received appearance. As many of you know, Alex is the lead singer for The Calling. Alex Band gave a wonderful solo p e r f o rmance a la

MTV Unplugged, of some of his most popular songs including the hit “Why Don’t You and I.” The evening concluded with a fun auction for some of the original puppets from past Full Moon movies such as Demonic Toys, Blood Dolls and Retro Puppet Master. Among some of the higher bidders was Austin’s movie geek, Harry Knowles. At the end of the auction, Band thanked everyone one for coming out and that he’d stay as late as he needed to autograph anything fans wanted — and he did.

Photos courtesy of Full Moon Direct Bill Moseley plays a psychotic cyborg in Charles Band’s Crash & Burn.

A few words with the man behind the bloodbath In between yelling, “Don’t forget the monster bras and the hot chicks” to one of his helpers and rehearsing his opening monologue, Charles Band had just enough time on his hands to sit down for a quick interview, in which he disclosed details of his career and the r o a d show. Star: How did you first get acquainted with the horror and sci-fi genre? Band: Well, I grew up in Italy, and my father was a filmmaker working in the spaghetti-western and gladiator genres. But I grew up watching all the great Italian horror movies and some of the American horror movies, as well. I learned that I loved the genre and really enjoyed horror movies. Star: Why do you think people enjoy horror movies and getting scared? Band: The world is pretty crazy and cruel, you know. I think horror movies are a release. People are really into it. Kids especially know that these are fantasy films and that they’ll be alright

at the end of the movie. There’s some comfort in that. Star: I know it’s hard, but what would you list as the topfive films that influenced you and your filmmaking? Band: Wow. Well, I would say first would be The Exorcist. Then The Omen, Aliens, King Kong and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad. Star: Where do think horror movies are going today? Do you think Hollywood horror has become too commercial? Band: Yeah, I do feel they’re getting to be very commercial. A lot of the movies that were being made were a little grittier and more realistic. I think that when Hollywood puts a real slick finish on a horror movie, it starts to look like an MTV video, and the actors are a little too pretty. Then you start to lose a little bit of the reality of it all. Star: Do you plan on releasing a feature film on the big screen sometime in the future? Band: Nah. I like the world that I’m in. I’m in control of it. People like to watch m o v i e s on DVD. I think the world is catching up to premieres on DVD, because

going to theaters isn’t easy and cheap anymore, and a lot of the bigger-budgeted movies aren’t that good either Star: No one can say you haven’t dominated the video market and made quite a name for yourself. Some have even compared you to Roger Corman. How does that feel? Band: It’s great. Roger is the king of B movies. It’s very flattering. He’s been doing this about 20 years longer that me. I guess he’s the only other guy that’s been this prolific, you know. I think he’s great. Roger’s great. Star: Can you tell me a little about future projects? I’ve read about Doll Graveyard. Band: Yeah, that’s right. Doll Graveyard is coming up soon. It’s going to

be released in November. Then after that, there’s Petrified. And there’s another after that called Cutter’s Club, and that’ll star Tony Todd. Star: Candyman? Band: Yes, sir. He’s a wonderful actor. And there’s another movie after that called Dead Man’s Hand and that’s about a haunted casino. So that should be cool. Star: What is the whole idea behind the road show? I don’t think I’ve heard of a production company and its chairman going on tour before. B a n d : (laughs) In my world, it’s hard to market your stuff and get it out there. This is sort of like a rock ’n’ roll band going on the road, doing a “Grass Roots” thing. It’s almost impossible for any kind of pro-

motion. For me and my world of direct-to-video and directto-cable, you really can’t buy TV or any other kind of media. It gets too expensive for these kinds of movies. So I thought, “Well, why not go on the road and go directly to the fans?”

Band: I’m planning on it. For t h i s tour, I’m going to about 50 to 60 cities in 12 months. Star: How many of Full Moon’s new movies do you plan on directing? Band: Well, I’m directing all of them. Star: Really? You’re not just producing? Band: Nope. I’m directing every single one, as well as producing them.

Star: Is this something you would like to do every year?

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Cacciato captures absurdity of war By Kyle Carson Entertainment Writer The Texas State department of theatre and dance is proud to have presented the world premiere of Going After Cacciato, a play by Romulus Linney adapted from Tim O’Brien’s novel about an American soldier struggling through Vietnam. It debuted on Tuesday, and Texas State’s own head of acting, Charles Ney, directed the outstanding play. O’Brien won the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for Going After Cacciato, which the Miami Herald proclaimed, “Simply put, [it’s] the best novel written about the [Vietnam] war. I do not know … any writer, journalist, or novelist who does not concede that position to O’Brien.” Romulus Linney, author of three novels and more than 40 plays and winner of two Obie Awards and National Theatre Critics Association Awards, was suggested by O’Brien to adapt the novel into a production. He changed nearly 20 percent of the play before he felt it was ready for its debut. The tight, cunning and finely tuned script featured convincing dialogue and overall genuine believability. G.I. Paul Berlin, played by John Stewart, accompanied by Sgt. Corson (Judd Farris), “Doc” Peret (Matthew Albrecht) and Pvt. Johnson (Forest Van Dyke) search through Viet-

nam for an AWOL soldier from of human emotions. brutality as well as humanity. a published interview that “You pen, and we just feel so hopeless their company — Pvt. Cacciato Going After Cacciato explores O’Brien and Linney capture the don’t have to be in ’nam to be and out of control.” (Alex Meyer). Cacciato, intent the psychology of the Ameri- authentic nature of man and in ’nam ... You’re there and I’m Going After Cacciato is a strong on walking 8,000 miles to Paris, can soldier in battle. It portrays war in this thought-provoking there when things in the world reminder of where our priorities must be found and taken back the absurdity of war and man’s production. O’Brien explains in happen that ought not to hap- should lie. to the war. Berlin struggles with the war, desertion and mutiny among his fellow soldiers as he contemplates his role in the war. The cast performed exceptionally well and complemented the already remarkable play. Most of the actors have experience with performing in Texas State productions. The theater building was nearly at maximum capacity for Saturday night’s performance. The ovation at the end of the play showed the audience’s appreciation and admiration of the well-written production. Those who attended the production can attest that the set was visually stunning. Michelle Ney, in charge of scene design, put together a striking and memorable set complete with barbwire fences, underground tunnels and similar warlike surroundings. The set design, in combination with Pip Gordon’s notable lighting, really set the tone for the play. Texas State’s ongoing promotion of the Common Experience this year focuses on courage through plays like Going After Cacciato and O’Brien’s novel If I Die in a Combat Zone, which Photo courtesy of Media Relations reiterate and further students’ FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Pvt. Johnson (Forest Van Dyke), Paul Berlin (John Stewart) and “Doc” Peret (Matthew Albrecht) awareness of O’Brien’s concurrent themes of courage, broth- stumble upon North Vietnamese refugee Sarkin Aung Wan (Alyson Laurel), who assists the company in its search for Pvt. erhood, duty and the vast range Cacciato during the premiere at Texas State of the play based on Tim O’Brien’s novel Going After Cacciato.

At All Cost gets a rowdy welcome home at Gordo’s By Brian McSwain Entertainment Writer With Homecoming weekend on the horizon, alumni from over the years are coming back to remember the place they once called home for at least a few years. Sadly, one of the most exciting and anticipated “homecomings” was all but completely missed by the general public. San Marcos’ own At All Cost came home Thursday for their first show in San Marcos in more than six months. With a fantastic lineup of bands and a bigger turnout than expected, Gordo’s may have unknowingly hosted the craziest Homecoming party this year. Three years ago, the band started when a few young col-

lege students from Austin decided to start a hardcore band in San Marcos playing house shows and garages with the likes of Finer Truth and 28 Cent Solution. At All Cost slowly got stronger, eventually booking tours through the Midwest, recording an EP and even putting out a tour DVD. It wasn’t long until people started noticing them, and last year, At All Cost left San Marcos and released the highly acclaimed EP, Shattered Dreams and Bourgeois Schemes, on Fiddler Records (The Bled, Salem). Since then, they have lost two original members and even an entire album, last year’s crushing The Streets Are Alive, as a casualty of label bidding. But to make a long story short, At All Cost is

back and stronger than ever and, despite setbacks that would have torn a lesser band apart, has just released the critically acclaimed It’s Time To Decide, out on the infamous Combat Records. Thursday night was more than just a record release party; it truly was a homecoming. Most people who remember the house shows of yore hadn’t seen the band in months, due to grueling tour and recording schedules. AAC couldn’t even remember the last time they had been through San Marcos, so naturally, people came out of the woodwork. The live-action train wreck that is Austin’s Triumph of Gnomes started the night off, succeeding in bewildering most people within earshot. After a quick set-up change, the new

gang in town, Houston’s Highwater Waltz, took the stage to a more receptive and attentive audience. Having just moved here from Houston, Highwater Waltz already has a sizeable following due to an almost absurd touring schedule that has taken them to New York and back a few times. The crowd had been building slowly throughout the night, and the inside stage was getting more and more crammed. But it wasn’t until local metal band Oceanus took the stage that the crowd really got into the music. By the second song in their set, there were bodies flying, fists in the air and a lot of hair everywhere. Composed of ex-members of Finer Truth, 28 Cent Solution, A Still Second and Meet at Midnight, the members of Oceanus and At All Cost have shared the stage countless times over the years, and it was a rare treat to see them both at their apexes musically. Oceanus’ devastating mixture of groove and speed, melody and aggression, left an impression on all that were present, and had everyone

wanting more. And more was all anyone would get. After an exhausting set, Oceanus quickly cleared the stage, and At All Cost began setting up. Suddenly, as if by magic, the inside of Gordo’s got even smaller, with people trying to get as close as possible. A few seconds into the Black Sabbath introduction, the heat was already unbearable, and it was impossible to move. The crowd was ready, and if there’s one thing the boys in At All Cost know how to do, its how to give their all in any performance. Playing a mixture of old and new, they proved that they still know how to put on a show. A broken light fixture only fueled the fire in the crowd, leaving the stage in complete blackout in perfect timing with the hardest part of the song. The first highlight of the night came when they dedicated These Next Five Years, the standout track from their unreleased album, to all their old friends from back in the day. This announcement immediately transformed Gordo’s into a scene from The Com-

pound, back where it all started. But, as always, At All Cost saved the best for last, closing the night the same way they’ve closed just about every set, with the epic What Is Left To Inspire?, a tale of oppression, ignorance, and hypocrisy. The song gets better every time they record it, and the crowd gets more and more insane every time they play it. The doormen who had been trying to hold everyone back all night could no longer stop the surge, as bodies came tumbling down into the band and onto each other. All of a sudden, if only for an instant, Gordo’s was a garage somewhere off North LBJ Drive. And what better way to celebrate a homecoming than by remembering your roots? At All Cost is currently on tour with Darkest Hour and Norma Jean (but sadly aren’t coming back to Texas). Oceanus will be playing with Highwater Waltz at Lucy’s on Sunday and with warriors of metal Vex on Halloween night, which will surely be one of the best shows in the history of music.

Danny Rodriguez/Star photo At All Cost lead singer Andrew Collins works the crowd during Friday night’s show at Gordo’s.

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Danny Rodriguez/Star photo At All Cost guitarist Trey Ramirez displays his rock-out abilities during Friday night’s show at Gordo’s. Ramirez expressed gratitude to the crowd for all of their support.


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Chong strikes back from the jailhouse By Mark de la Vina Knight Ridder Newspapers Tommy Chong, the zonkedout half of the ’70s comedy duo Cheech & Chong, has much to look forward to after serving nine months in jail for selling drug paraphernalia on the Internet. The performer has plugged back into the stand-up circuit. He’s just written The I Chong, which chronicles his “wrongful” stint in the pokey, for Simon and Schuster. And AKA Chong, a hit at the Toronto Film Festival, documents his arrest and prison ordeal. Chong, 67, still has had to deal with such post-incarceration problems as legal expenses. He already has spent $1 million and expects to shell out another million in an effort to reverse the conviction. “If there was a lesson to be learned,” Chong said in a phone interview from a friend’s home in Los Angeles, “it’s to never put your face on a bong.” Chong was arrested in 2003 for selling drug paraphernalia to Drug Enforcement Agency agents posing as head-shop owners. Though his son Paris ran the bong business, Chong

said his association with the counterculture made him the target of the DEA. After the sting, agents cut a deal with Chong, telling him that if he took the fall, they would not charge his son and wife, Chong said. “They said that if I cooperated, I wouldn’t go to jail, that maybe I’d get a little house arrest,” he said. “But they lie.” The performer served his time in a low-security facility in Taft, Calif., that he said was “like Martha Stewart’s Camp Cupcake.” Among the inmates who befriended him was Steve, his cellmate who protected him from anyone who brought Chong pot. “I heard there was an offer to reduce the sentence of anyone who could get me to commit a violation,” Chong said. “Steve was my dog; he watched out for me.” His plight was chronicled in AKA Chong, a documentary by director and old friend Josh Gilbert. Chong said they have a deal with THINKFilm but are still negotiating the details. Since his release from jail last year, Chong has worked on the book and his stage show, an “almost vaudeville” set of

music, dancing and sketches including Cheech & Chong’s “Blind Melon Chitlin’” routine. He also has attempted to revive Cheech & Chong, but partner Marin balked, putting further strain on their already estranged relationship. As for the pot smoking, Chong said he no longer “officially” indulges. The Vancouver native is a former R&B guitarist whose band, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, scored a Top 40 hit “Does Your Mama Know About Me” with a Motown subsidiary in 1968. He reinvented himself as the deadpan, more-than-half-baked straight man to Richard “Cheech” Marin’s weed-obsessed, hyperkinetic Chicano in the early ’70s. The pair released numerous hit records with a routine that was developed in a Vancouver comedy scene influenced by such improvisational and sketch-comedy groups as Second City of Chicago and the Committee of San Francisco. What W.C. Fields was to booze, Cheech & Chong were to blunts. The pair parlayed their popularity into a series of movies, starting with Up in Smoke in

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1978. However, as America grew more conservative in the ’80s, their humor fell from vogue. Marin broke out in 1987 with his own film, Born in East L.A. He has since built a career on TV (Nash Bridges) and film (Tin Cup, Desperado) in largely supporting roles. The two reunited at the Aspen Comedy Festival in February 2005 and spoke of working together on a new movie, Cheech & Chong Get Blunt, but “Cheech rejected that thing,” Chong said. “He considers himself an actor — someone above the comedy. He wouldn’t do the characters, and he won’t grow his mustache back.” Marin also has chosen to dis-

tance himself from his former partner, especially after the two engaged in a hissing match in print. Chong, dismayed over Marin’s appearance in a Target store commercial, called his former partner a “professional Mexican” and a “sellout.” Marin, who was in New York City directing the Broadway production of “Latinologues,” responded in the New York Daily News: “Gramps is a little old,” he was quoted as saying. “It’s so sad when stoners get to the AARP age, you know? Who knows what’s on Tommy’s mind! It’s the Alzheimer’s age.” Chong said he has since called Marin a couple of times by phone, “but he won’t re-

turn my calls.” “It’s like with Martin and Lewis,” Chong said. “As soon as Cheech got famous enough and went off by himself to do his one movie, it was so insulting to me. Everything I’ve ever done with Cheech & Chong I would share with him. I don’t need a reunion, but I would do one in a minute if I got the old Cheech back.” It’s not that Chong doesn’t have other options, he said, especially now that he has more fully explored his spiritual side. “I’m going to start a religion,” he said. “It’s based on my belief in procrastination. In other words, I’ll be doing that — but not right away.”

Distinctive voices A nontraditional point of view

Open-sided tram mystery wanted to go to the Campus Outdoor All semester I have really wanted Center on Friday to kayak or to the golf to know: What are those open-sidcourse to take a first-time lesson, but ed trams, and where do they go? I rain halted those plans. have asked many people and sadly not one of them could offer a clue. Too sick for Homecoming? They are usually empty or sparsely This week, I am excited about the upSUSAN RAUCH occupied. Many times, I have tried coming Homecoming events. I would Entertainment to run up and ask the driver, but it like to make plans to attend the soapbox Columnist sped away before I could get to it. derby since one of the members of our I even tried looking for answers unNon-Traditional Students Organizader the Parking Services Web site. It tion is participating, and we have some shows a picture of one of these vehicles without members who are on the Homecoming court. a reference to it, and there is a map for an “elec- I was disappointed I didn’t make the Hometric tram,” but it does not specify anything else. coming talent-show roster, but it is just as well, Hopefully someone will lend some additional since I have come down with a horrific lingerinsight. ing cold on the verge of laryngitis. There were some pre-Homecoming events this past weekSeeing the sights of San Marcos end I also missed out on due to feeling miserLast week, campus life was not as inspiring as able (my kayaking plans will definitely have to the previous week, but it was fun. I had the op- wait also). I have been dousing down Airborne portunity to do some sightseeing on and near Cold Remedy, and it seems to have helped so far, campus. No, I don’t mean “people watching,” but I think I started too late. It is great stuff to although that could be fun just to sit around help stifle the cold at first onset. My main goals and do for a day. I mean going to some sights for this next week? To get healthy just in time around town with my family courtesy of having for Homecoming events including tailgating to complete a university seminar paper. Since I and attending the football game with my kids. commute to school, I really haven’t seen a whole Eat ‘em up ’Cats! lot of San Marcos. With family in-tow, we went to Aquarena Springs and took a glass-bottom We will be following Susan’s first freshman semesboat trip, hiked on some trails and ate at Joe’s ter in 25 years in next Tuesday’s issue of The Star. Crab Shack. Believe it or not my husband still hadn’t visited campus, so I took this opportuONLINE: nity to give him a quick drive-by tour. I really

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4-1, 1-0 4-1, 1-0 2-2, 1-0 2-1, 0-0

Nicholls St. 1-3, 0-1 Sam Houston St. 1-3, 0-1 Southeastern La. 1-3, 0-1 (Standings as of October 9)

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Bobcats beat SLU in conference opener By Miguel Peña Sports Editor Taking to the road for their conference opener, Texas State reeled off a 30-15 victory over the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions. Using the entire arsenal of running backs the Bobcats racked up 177-yards on the ground while maintaining a reasonable passing attack with 216 yards through the air. Senior running back Douglas Sherman lead the charge from the backfield earning 63 yards on 10 carries scoring both of the Bobcats second quarter touchdowns. “(Sherman) got a hip pointer early in the game and we tried to use him when we could but there were a few series when he just felt to sore to get into the game,” said Coach David Bailiff. Fellow running backs Morris Brothers and Nick Session along with junior Daniel Jolly all made up the difference combining for a total of 115 yards between them, however, Jolly garnered the only touchdown out of the trio. His 15-yard run coming late in the third quarter would mark the last time the Lions goal line

would be breeched in the game. “They did a great job, their reps went up and Jolly got his first Bobcat touchdown of his career,” said Bailiff. A strong defensive performance was one of the major factors leading to the Bobcats victory as four different defensemen: senior defensive tackle Fred Evans, sophomore defensive lineman Ramel Borner, sophomore linebacker Nate Langford and junior linebacker Jeremy Castillo earned sacks on the day. The Lions running game was held to a mere 62 yards, forcing them to resort to their passing game with senior wide receiver Hutch Gonzalez and junior wide receiver Robby Scates gaining the most combining for 204 of a total 232-passing yards. Texas State junior defensive back Jamarqus O’Neal managed to keep SLU senior wide receiver, Felton Huggins, under wraps, shutting out the returning AllAmerican for the entire game. “They came out and played extremely well, they were excited and played solid defense all day,” said Bailiff. The Lions were held scoreless in the first half of play as the Bobcats did not allow as much as

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SLU defensive back Charles Pittman brings down Texas State quarterback Barrick Nealy in the first half.

a first down until the sixth drive of the game. The Bobcats received the opening kickoff and found themselves forced into a three and out but a penalty for roughing the kicker gave Texas State another opportunity to move the ball. After a few successful passing plays and some short work on the ground the Bobcats found themselves in the Lions red-zone. This season the red-zone has been a prosperous place for Texas State but a pass from senior quarterback Barrick Nealy was intercepted by senior safety David Daniels but returned for no gain as he was pushed out of bounds. The Lions took over at their own 12-yard line but were forced to punt after a penalty on first down that led to a fourth and long after only 28 seconds dropped off the game clock. The Bobcats again started on their way down the field after a 19-yard pickup by Brothers, but a Nealy fumble, recovered by Daniels, led to a first down for the Lions. SLU was once again unsuccessful moving the ball and Texas State took over after a fumbled punt return by senior wide receiver K.R. Carpenter that was recovered by senior defensive back Melvin Webber. It wasn’t until the second quarter of play, on the Bobcats’ fifth offensive drive of the game, that the score board got some action as Texas State was successful on a 57-yard drive that ended on a 20-yard run by Sherman to put the Bobcats ahead of the Lions 7-0 after the extra-point. The Lions were once again forced to punt on fourth down, and the Bobcats started their second successful drive from their own 36-yard line. This time the Bobcats made up the distance swiftly as Nealy connected with junior wide receiver Ronnie Miller for a 53-yard pass that put Texas State at Lions 6yard line. Sherman was given the hand off and barreled his way to his second touchdown on the day. The extra point was blocked and the score rested at 13-0. Before the end of the first half the Bobcats managed to snub the Lions in their first glimpse

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Texas State defenders David Simmons, Melvin Webber and Walter Musgrove take down SLU running back Sam Savoy in the first half Saturday night in Hammond. of offensive progress when they managed to push the ball deep into Texas State territory, giving the ball up at the 10-yard line after a desperation run by Lions senior quarterback Trey Willie on a fourth down with three yards to go. Freshman defensive end Donovan King and senior defensive tackle Travis Upshaw converged on the play to make the tackle. The Bobcats took over at their own 8-yard line and ran the remaining 14 seconds out. At the start of the second half the Lions opened with their first touchdown of the game hoping to make up the difference on the scoreboard. A 54-yard pass from Willie to Gonzalez gave them a first and goal at the Texas State 2-yard line and two plays later they connected again for the touchdown pass, but the failed extra-point left them trailing 136 with just under 13 minutes left in the third quarter. With a multi-faceted running game, the Bobcats took to the field on the next drive of the

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game moving the ball 65 yards on 11 plays. The highlight of the drive came from on Nealy’s pass to senior wide receiver Markee White for a 39-yard gain giving the Bobcats a first down on the SLU 18-yard line. After a 15-yard pass to junior wide receiver Justin Williams, Nealy found White in the end-zone for the only passing touchdown on the day. With the extra-point, Texas State went ahead 20-6. The Lions moved the ball down the field again into the Texas State red-zone but were stopped short of the goal line this time, settling for a 22-yard field goal. On the Bobcats following drive the goal line was left in the distance as senior punter Cory Elolf was called on for the punt. The ball rolled dead at the Lions 1-yard line after the 67-yard punt that added to Elolf ’s average on the day of 49.5 yards that earned him the Southland Conference player of the week. The Lions were forced to a three and out again after failing

to move the ball from the original line of scrimmage. Texas State took over at the SLU 27-yard line after a short punt sailed out of bounds. Jolly lined up in the backfield for all four of the Bobcats plays on the drive that ended with his first touchdown as a Bobcat. The fifteen-yard run gave Texas State a 27-9 advantage after three quarters of play. The Lions were successful on their following drive, moving the ball down field 70 yards after 10 plays. SLU scored on a 1-yard pass to sophomore linebacker Jeff Guidugli bringing them within 12 points with a score of 27-15. The Bobcats took 7:27 off the clock on their next drive, which resulted in a 42-yard field goal by senior kicker Stan Jones. The score rested at 30-15 with time running out. The ball changed hands as the game wound to an end, and the Bobcats earned their first conference win of the season as well as their first road victory to boot.


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Cross country wins big at Texas State Classic By Adam Schoenky Sports Reporter The Texas State cross country teams returned to action in San Marcos on Saturday after competing on the road in Oklahoma last weekend. The Texas State Classic, which was held at the Gary Job Corps Facility, was the second home meet of the season for the Bobcats. The men’s team made good use of the home field advantage by placing first overall in the 8K race with 24 points. They were led by junior James Ortiz, who finished first with a time of 25 minutes and 41 seconds. Ortiz was the first of five Bobcat men to cross the finish line in the top ten. The Bobcat women placed fourth in the 4,800-meter race. Sophomore Tenley Determan was the top Texas State finisher,

coming in eighth with a time of 18:30. The women finished with 95 points behind Sam Houston State (36), the University of Texas (42) and UT-San Antonio (56). The Bobcats do much of their practicing on the course that was run on Saturday, so they felt very comfortable in the environment. This was taken to the next level by the men’s team, who decided to run the race the same way they run in practice. That is, instead of pacing themselves the way they normally would in a race, they ran in the same structured manner that they do when training: one mile fast, one slow, another fast, etc. The reason for the unorthodox style was the intense schedule the men’s team has endured of late. Coach Grigori Viniar thinks that the relaxed atmosphere of Saturday will help the team in the long run.

Spencer Millsap/Star photo Paulo Sosa competed Saturday in the Texas State Classic at the Gary Job Corps Facility where he finished with a time of 28:39.00. The Texas State men finished first with a total of 24 points.

“Our men’s team had a very hard meet last week in Oklahoma on a very hilly and wet course, and we are going to race again on the hilly course at Rice in a week. So we need some time in between for recovery and processing the load our guys were exposed to,” Viniar said. With the Bobcat men winning the race, it is hard to argue with the strategy. The win holds even more hope for cross country fans, as the second-place finishing team was SHSU (34), a conference opponent. “Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin (University) are sort of the ‘big guns’ of the conference. Sam Houston ran pretty much the same team that they will run at the conference meet, so things are looking good,” Ortiz said. At this late juncture in the season, it seems that the primary goal is gearing up for the conference championship meet, which was moved from Beaumont to Northwestern State University in Louisiana due to complications from the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes. The teams were originally scheduled to participate in a meet in Arkansas this weekend but have decided to compete in a meet at Rice University on Saturday instead. Coach Viniar said that he made the switch because while the Arkansas race is a very long 10 kilometers, the one at Rice is only five miles, which he hopes will not overexert the team before the conference meet. “Besides, it will be on the hilly course, which is close to what we are going to have at the conference , and the trip to Houston is Spencer Millsap/Star photo much shorter than to Arkansas and the team will not have to Kirby West led theTexas State women’s cross country team at Saturday’s race, finishspend a long time in a bus after ing with a time of 19:17.00. The team finished fourth overall. Both the men and women’s very hard race,” Viniar added. teams will compete in the Chile Pepper Invitational this Saturday in Fayetteville Ark.

Bobcats score the winning goal in overtime against Louisiana-Monroe By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter The Texas State soccer team did not disappoint in its first home game in over a month, defeating the University of Louisiana-Monroe Lady Indians in overtime 2-1. The win kept the Bobcats (5-8, 2-1 SLC) in a third-place tie with Sam Houston State University in the Southland Conference standings and kept ULM (7-7, 0-2 SLC) winless in conference play. Sophomore forward Natalie Jackson scored the winning goal for the Bobcats, her third of the season, with less than four minutes to play in the first overtime period. “I wanted to try a header but I’m too short,” said Jackson. “I waited until the ball got to the ground, and I just went for the post and it bounced in.” “The winning goal was due to the Bobcats being more efficient with their shots in the overtime period,” said Coach Kat Conner. “All game, we were preaching that we needed to find each other — pass, possess and attack,” Conner said. “For the last seven minutes of the game, we finally Linda L. Smith/Star photo did that.” Though the score was close, Texas State junior defender Kristy Collison made one shot on goal Sunday versus Louisiana-Monroe. The Bobcats will face Northwestern State in Louisiana on Friday but will come the Bobcats had the advantage statistically, out-shooting ULM home to face McNeese State on Sunday at 1 p.m.


ll game, we were preaching that we needed to find each other — pass, possess and attack. For the last seven minutes of the game, we finally did that.” —Kat Conner Bobcat soccer coach

14-7, including an 8-6 edge in shots on goal. Texas State also had eight corner kicks compared to just two by ULM. Offensively, Jackson led the way for the Bobcats with three shots and two shots on goal to go along with her game winner. Freshman midfielder Reagan McNutt also scored on her only shot of the game and freshman forward Rikki Padia assisted on both Bobcat goals. Goalkeeper Paige Perriraz played the entire game for Texas State, making five saves. The Lady Indians were led by senior defenseman Nicole Nich-

ols and sophomore midfielder Amanda Wing. Nichols scored the lone ULM goal, while Wing had a team-high three shots, two shots on goal and an assist. McNutt broke a 0-0 tie at the 62:06 mark with her fourth goal of the season. It looked like that might be enough to win the game until ULM’s Nichols knocked in a header with a little more than eight minutes left in regulation to tie the game. Despite being the aggressor in the first half, Texas State could not take control of the game. The Bobcats had 10 first-half shots and five corner kicks, compared to four and none for ULM respectively. Conner said that despite attempting all of the shots, Texas State was setting itself up to fail by not getting enough players involved in the action. “We were getting one for two people down near the goal but they (ULM) would have three or four down there,” Conner said. “We needed to have more people up there. The more people you have up there, the better chance you have to score.” Texas State faces two more conference foes this weekend, traveling to first-place Northwestern State University on Friday and coming home to take on McNeese State University on Sunday.

Texas State stands strong on its home court in weekend matchups By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter Texas State made it five straight wins this weekend, taking matches against Southland opponents the University of LouisianaMonroe and Northwestern State University. The Bobcats, 6-1 in conference, sit a half game out of first place, trailing 2004’s tournament runner-up Stephen F. Austin. “I’m extremely happy with these two conference wins at home,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “I told our players we couldn’t lose at home. Northwestern’s a good team, but we made the plays.” Friday night Texas State made short work of ULM, downing the Indians in three games (30-16, 30-23, 30-24). ULM fell to 2-4 over the weekend, still on pace to eclipse last season’s win total. “ULM’s better than they’ve ever been,” Chisum said. “We played well that night, and I mean it. We served exceptionally well, and we won the passing game, too.” The Bobcats rode senior Elizabeth Nwoke and sophomore Brandy St. Francis to a convincing, 14-point game one victory, with each player posting 16 and 15 kills for the match, respectively. Nwoke led an efficient of-

fensive, as Texas State hit .405 for the match. St. Francis had her best match of the season. In addition to her offense, the sophomore notched a season-best 10 blocks. St. Francis followed up Friday’s performance with 11 kills and four blocks in a five-game victory over the Demons on Saturday. “This kid’s come a long way,” Chisum said of St. Francis. “She’s really picked it up and become a vocal leader on this team.” Texas State used a game-one ending 15-7 run to jump ahead 2-0 in the second period. ULM quickly fired back, and the teams proceeded to trade blows to the tune of a 6-5 Bobcat lead. Texas State then went on a 6-1 rally, never looking back on route to a game two win. ULM again put up a fight in game three, rallying from a fivepoint deficit to make it 19-17 Texas State, forcing Chisum to call a timeout. Out of the break, each team grabbed two more points before Texas State finished the Indians off with a 9-6 run. Junior Erin Hickman posted 47 assists, now averaging 13 a game since being inserted into the starting lineup five matches ago. Freshman Brittany Prewit totaled five service aces, giving her 11 on the weekend. The

right-side player notched a season-high six against the Demons, four in game one alone. “Brittany didn’t play as well versus NSU as she had, but she still did a good job for us,” Chisum said. Saturday’s marathon against NSU should have been billed “USA versus Brazil.” At least that is what Chisum would have called it. “They’ve got that international flare; that’s a very emotional team,” Chisum said. “The best way I can describe how they play is scrappy.” The Demon’s roster featured four players from Brazil (and none from Louisiana), and as such proved a tough, defensive opponent in what turned into a five-game marathon. “We knew they would be a challenge defensively,” St. Francis said. “The foreign players are always good defenders. That’s all they do over there — practice defense.” NSU out-dug Texas State 8478 led by sophomore Rachel Ford’s game-high 22. Senior Amy Ramirez paced the Bobcats with 19. On Saturday afternoon, the Demons were consistently able to thwart Texas State’s attacks, with volleyballs conveniently

careening off one NSU player to another’s elbow or knee. “Some of those ball they dug were good, hard attacks,” Chisum said. “I didn’t expect us to have such a hard time scoring.” Game one started with the Bobcats struggling on offense, falling behind 5-8 on a Whitney King kill. Chisum called a timeout out and Texas State promptly went on a 12-2 tear, including nine unanswered points and four Prewit aces. The surge forced NSU’s Leigh Mullins to call a timeout of her own. “We got into a rhythm,”Chisum said. “We didn’t play very well in game one, but Brittany put great topspin on the ball.” Texas State went on to take game on 30-22, setting the stage for a five-game thriller (25-30, 30-26, 23-30, 15-10) that played host to verbal exchanges between each team’s players. “There were a few things said before the match started,” Chisum said. Two exhausting games left the score knotted up at two apiece. Texas State, at this point running on fumes, took the court for game five and killed any momentum the Demons had following their game four win. Texas State gained the upper hand on a kill from freshman

Lawrencia Brown, swapping points with NSU before eventually stringing together four points for an 8-4 lead. The Bobcats received a spark from Ashley Stark in the deciding game. The sophomore middle blocker registered three kills and a block down the stretch, finishing with eight and four, respectively, hitting .800 for the match. “Ashley was a huge difference for us when she came into the fourth game,” Chisum said. The Demons closed the gap to three points (13-10) following a Bobcat blocking error, pushing Chisum to burn a timeout. Out of the break, St. Francis called it a night with back-to-back kills. “We just had to toughen up and get it done at home,” St. Francis said. “We knew (NSU) would be a harder opponent.” Texas State plays tonight at San Antonio for a rematch with UTSA. The Bobcats won the first match at Strahan on Sept. 13. That night, the Roadrunners grabbed game one before dropping the final three by a combined six points. “(Tuesday’s) match will be a good one,” Chisum said. “Come out to it if you can.” First serve is set for 7 p.m. at UTSA’s Convocation Center.

Bobcat Standouts 6’2” Sophomore Middle Blocker 1-letter Deer Park

Brandy St. Francis 5’10” Senior Onside h er 3-letter Houston

Elizabeth Nwoke

5’10” Freshman Onside Hitter


Lawrencia Brown

10 11 2005  
10 11 2005