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Student-run consulting corporation rallies voters By A.N. Hernández The University Star

ment among students. It was the idea that students really can make a difference,” said Three Texas State students McCabe, math sophomore. are using their love of politics “Although we do all aspects to spearhead a handful of local of consulting, our niche is campaigns. They are also trying creating a new ways to apto churn apathetic college stuproach students who might dents into voters. seem as though they are apaEntrepreneurs Sam Mcthetic voters.” McCabe Cabe, 23; Jordan Anderson, 24; They worked together as and Jude Prather, 24, created colleagues on previous camMcCabe, Anderson and Prather, or paigns, including Chris Jones’ highly M.A.P., a political consulting corpora- publicized City Council victory last year tion that represents a who’s-who of city and the three officially formed M.A.P. and county elections, including Mayor in June. Susan Narvaiz and Hays County Judge M.A.P. endorses a bipartisan group Jim Powers. of candidates — not based on each per“Last year, there was talk about move- son’s political alignment, but whether a

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candidate’s ideology works best for students at Texas State. “We want to stay true to ourselves and where we came from,” Prather, public administration senior, said. “We live it and we breathe it. It’s a fulltime job and when someone like the mayor calls, you just have to answer.” Other clients include Democratic candidate for Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and incumbent Place 6 City Councilman John Thomaides, to name a few. “How we balance campaigning for a Democratic candidate may often hurt a Republican candidate and vice versa, and we have to take that into account,” McCabe said. McCabe, a Democrat, said it was a

“hard choice” for him to endorse the Republican candidates such as Powers, but that he eventually “felt he was the right one for the job.” He acknowledged that Powers’ campaign was the “most controversial one right now” because of the fallout of Eric Heggie, former president of College Democrats who resigned amidst controversy last week. Heggie worked for the Powers campaign with M.A.P. and violated the College Democrats of America charter when he sent out an email to Texas State’s College Democrats telling them they could earn $10 an hour by block walking for a candidate, who later turned out to be Powers. “I think Heggie stood up for what he believed in and rather than changing

who he supported,” McCabe said, “he resigned and he stayed with a candidate he believed in.” With Election Day nearing, it is crunch time for M.A.P. Anderson, former student body president and Texas State graduate, said he has been working fulltime directing the corporation’s public relations. “We just want to keep those in office who are really willing to work on the community. It’s a delicate bridge that we have between the university and its students and city officials,” Anderson said. “We want to work together and keep the lines of communication open.”

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It was the idea that students really can make a difference.

Student body strengthened by five new scholarships


Awareness Month

By Katie Reed Special to The Star

Mayor hopes to make free examinations available to uninsured women By Rudy Rico Special to The Star Mayor Susan Narvaiz has declared October “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in San Marcos. To promote the annual Pink Ribbon Campaign, 100 free mammograms will be offered to women without health insurance. “After becoming mayor in 2004, I learned of how a mayor can bring awareness to an issue,” Narvaiz said. “One such issue is the awareness of breast cancer and the need to help uninsured women find a way to be examined for early detection.” The city of San Marcos, in collaboration with the Central Texas Medical Center Community Action Agency, will offer the free mammogram exams. In 2005, approximately 211,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2006, an estimated 213,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, in addition to 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. “Our hope is to bring awareness to this issue by using city media,” Narvaiz said. “In the case of breast cancer, it strikes a part of the body that is very visual and because society has focused on a women’s shape or

Bridgette Cyr/Star photo SHOWING SUPPORT: Zack Maldonado, undecided freshman, pins a pink Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon to his backpack that was given to him by the ZTA sorority during the first week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

physique this can sometimes add the additional emotional burden for a woman.” Michael Wilkerson, Health Education Coordinator at Texas State’s Student Health Center, said the impact is minimal at the university where most students are in their 20s. “While young women could be diagnosed with

Show me the money Quantitative-based majors earn more straight out of school By Bradley Childers Special to The Star The numbers are in and the ones making the big bucks straight out of college are still the math and science majors. The summer 2006 salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows that students graduating with math and science degrees are likely to have a higher starting pay than those graduating with liberal arts degrees. Laura Morsch, career adviser for, a studentfocused extension of, said the difference in the salaries could be $20,000 or more. “The reason that employers like math, science and quantitatively-focused majors is because it’s very easy to put them into

a particular job,” Morsch said. “If you’re an accounting major and have spent the last four years making spreadsheets and that kind of thing, it’s very easy for the employer to sit you down and say ‘I want you to make a spreadsheet of X, Y, Z.’ You’ll be able to do it with a minimal amount of training.” Zhe Zhu, accounting senior, said business majors take a lot of courses with a narrow focus. “In accounting, there’s such a specific focus,” Zhu said. “Liberal arts, on the other hand, tend to be a more broad and general study involving writing many papers and such.” Topping NACE’s list are chemical engineering students, reporting an average starting salary of $56,335 a year. Second are computer science majors at $51,305 a year. Accounting graduates are typically offered about

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$45,656 and economics and finance majors averaged $45,112. Qijun Gu, computer science assistant professor, suggests that the high pay rate for computer science majors is appropriate considering that computer science is still a relatively new industry. “It boomed around 1980, and the whole industry is less than 30 years old,” Gu said. “So, the demand is still more than the supply, but I doubt it will grow in the future because it looks to me like the IT industry is saturated with the current new students coming out.” Despite quantitatively-thinking students’ high starting-pay rates, Morsch said liberal arts majors will eventually catch up in terms of salary. “People who are so narrowly

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Selected Data from NACE’s Summer 2006 Salary Survey NACE National Association of Colleges and Employers Salary Survey: Starting Salary Offers - National Averages Discipline

Current Average

Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Science Information Sciences & Systems Civil Engineering Accounting Economics/Finance Business Administration/Management Marketing/Marketing Mgmt. History Sociology English Psychology

$56,335 $53,651 $53,552 $51,732 $51,305 $48,593 $46,023 $45,656 $45,112 $42,048 $37,851 $32,697 $30,944 $30,906 $30,218

All data are for the bachelor’s degree level. Source: Summer 2006 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers. Reprinted with the permission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. All rights reserved.

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breast cancer, the risk increases after age 40,” Wilkerson said. To promote awareness and provide students with more information on the issue, the Student Health

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Texas State has added five new scholarship opportunities totaling $146,000 for future incoming freshmen who have shown academic excellence. The scholarships will be awarded to students who have earned certain academic honors and those who have achieved high test scores and high school rankings. Christie Kangas, director of undergraduate admissions, said along with the new scholarships comes the hope of strengthening the university and its student body. “First and foremost, these scholarships will give students the funds to pay for their educations,” Kangas said. “But furthermore, they will attract very strong students to the university. We’ve had nice scholarships in the past, but these will definitely extend the base.” Three of the newly offered scholarship programs are categorized as National Scholarships and the other two are classified as Assured Scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship, the National Achievement Scholarship and the National Hispanic Scholarship will be offered through the National Scholarships program. Each is a $40,000 scholarship to be used throughout four years at $10,000 per year. In order to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, applicants must be National Merit finalists, and the National Achievement Scholarship will only be awarded to those who are National Achievement finalists. The National Hispanic Scholarship will be awarded to students who are National Hispanic Scholars. The President’s Honor Scholarship and the Texas State Achievement Scholarship are the two Assured Scholarships that Texas State now offers. They are reserved for students who have specific academic qualifications such as a high class rank and high SAT and ACT scores. The President’s Honor scholarship is a $16,000 four-year scholarship with $4,000 annual awards. Eligibility requirements are minimum scores of 1400 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT. Students must also be in the top 15 percent of their class or have earned an international baccalaureate diploma. The Texas State Achievement Scholarship is a $10,000 program that awards students over a four-year period with $2,500. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must have a See SCHOLARSHIP, page 4

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Wednesday in Brief

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

starsof texas state Everette Swinney, a former professor of history at Texas State, was honored Thursday for his extraordinary contributions to the department and university at the official dedication of the Everette Swinney Conference Room in the Taylor-Murphy History Building. Swinney and his wife Donna moved to San Marcos in 1957 when he began teaching U.S. history at thenSouthwest Texas State Teachers College. He specialized

in the Civil War and Reconstruction, historiography and historical quantification. During his 48-year career, Swinney served as the department of history chair from 1967 to 1980. He played a major role in securing Taylor-Murphy as the home of the department of history and in developing one of the first departmental computer labs on campus. — Courtesy of Public Relations

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Staying dry 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 with questions at ch1282@txstate. edu. Higher Ground, the LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry, will meet at 5:30 p.m. for prayers followed by a free dinner at 6 p.m. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church, across from The Tower. Everyone is welcome. A student-led rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. in the lounge of the Catholic Student Center. 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 & Drinks Available at 5:15 p.m. More info at www.

THURSDAY The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Tennis Club President Chris Harris with questions at ch1282@txstate. edu. An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Counseling Center will offer Facing the Fear (Anxiety Group) from 3:30 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, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome. Contact by phone at (512) 557-7988 or by e-mail at The Organization of Student Social Workers will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Building, Room 234. Simple Silent Sitting Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Christian Community Center. Every Nation Campus Ministries will meet in Centennial Hall,

On This Day... 1869 — Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his first invention. The electric machine was used for counting votes for the U.S. Congress, however the Congress did not buy it.

Room G-02. Come and join us at 7 p.m. for free food, fellowship and an inspiring message. The fifth-annual Community and Professional Conference on Family Violence will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gary Job Corps.

1939 — President Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic program rapidly.

Students interested in becoming involved with the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills can attend the Students in Free Enterprise at 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 113.

1968 — Apollo 7 was launched by the United States. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard.

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

SATURDAY The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Central Texas Chapter and local volunteers will hold the Great Strides Hays County Walk-A-Thon at the Old Fish Hatchery Park. It will include a 5K (3.1 miles) walk along the river, culminating in an afternoon with children’s activities, food and beverages. Registration and breakfast begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m. It will wrap up with refreshments and games for the children. Join CFF by forming a walk team online at www.cff. org/greatstrides. The Alliance for Lupus Research’s Austin Walk With Us To Cure Lupus will be held at 9 a.m. in Austin at Akins High School, 10701 South 1st St.

SUNDAY Higher Ground, the LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry, will meet at 6:15 p.m. for a free dinner followed by Holy Communion at 7 p.m. Services are held at St. Mark’s Church across from The Tower. Everyone is welcome.

MONDAY An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. Sexual Abuse Survivors Group will meet from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Texas State students need to call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208 and schedule a screening for this group.

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1975 — Saturday Night Live was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host. Monty Marion/Star photo Students wait Tuesday morning under a ceiling of umbrellas for a bus to arrive at The Quad bus stop after heavy rains passed through the San Marcos area.

1975 — Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham were married in Fayetteville, Ark.

CRIME BL TTER ASG Beat University Police Department Oct. 8, 1:30 a.m. Alcohol: Public Intoxication/ Clear Springs Apartments An officer was dispatched on a report of a suspicious noise. Upon further investigation, a student was intoxicated. The student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

Oct. 8, 7:56 a.m. Alcohol: Public Intoxication/ Subway An officer was dispatched for a report of an intoxicated individual. Upon further investigation, the student was public intoxicated, arrested, and was transported to HCLEC to await ministration. The student was issued a citation.

Oct. 8, 4 a.m. Information Report/ College Inn An resident assistant informed an officer that marijuana was found during a hall check. The marijuana was seized. A report was made of this case.

Oct. 9, 3:53 a.m. Alcohol: Minor in Possession/Consumption by a minor /Carlise Apartments An officer made contact with two students who were minors in possession of alcohol. The students were issued citations.

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

Committee approves liaison to council The Associated Student Government is the official voice of Texas State students. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. Monday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1 and are open to the public. If you would like to address the Senate, feel free to come and speak during the public forum or contact the representatives of your college. The San Marcos/Texas State Liaison committee welcomed the approval of Donovan Knight, pre-mass communication junior, as the liaison to the San Marcos City Council. Knight is heading up an initiative for bus funding. The committee is also working

on the feasibility of having a separate document to be given to students from landlords informing them about the single-family zoning of their residence. Mayor Susan Narvaiz is recommending a class and certification for all landlords and homeowners to hold them accountable for informing students of their necessity to comply with the city ordinance. ASG will also be looking into the athletic service fee and the possibility or need to create a committee similar to that of the student service fee committee. This would increase transparency of the funding athletics will be receiving. — Courtesy of the Associated Student Government

Urban Watersheds project teaches students about environmental issues The Learning Urban Watersheds project is a multifaceted effort that will conclude with an Earth Day event on April 22 at the Aquarena Conference & Visitor’s Center. The project is funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency with additional participation and support from the River Systems Institute’s Texas Watch program, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Lower Colorado River Authority and three city programs. The program combines classroom and outdoor learning activities developed by TPWD’s Project WILD and Texas Amphibian Watch and is focused on addressing watershed concerns in urban areas to inform

students who have limited availability in the field of environmental strain and resources that affect water quality. “The project is to cultivate a sense of water-quality issues in a setting where people don’t usually have a sense of their environment,” said Julie Tuason, an environmental education specialist with Texas Watch. In July, 13 high school science teachers in the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth areas were selected and trained to implement the project in their classrooms during the 2006-2007 school year. Approximately 500 middle and high school students in the Dallas area and 450 in the Houston area are currently participating. A noteworthy feature of the program, one that particularly caught the interest of the EPA

in funding the effort, is the emphasis on different levels of environmental literacy. The most active form the project embraces is through environmental stewardship. The program promotes stewardship by highlighting specific day-to-day activities we all engage in that contain overlooked environmental consequences. Stewards are encouraged to educate themselves and others about consumer practices, activities concerning land development and how individual behavior can influence the environment. This involves a set of guiding principles in the decision-making process when making choices in car and lawn care, the purchase of products, recycling, waste reduction, conservation, preservation and reuse applications.

An educated steward would know to water the yard in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day when evaporation is highest. Committed individuals can carpool, walk, ride a bike or utilize public transportation to reduce pollution. Other participation in the project involves different approaches to teaching and various field activities in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Marcos areas. Lesson plans associated with Texas Watch, Nature Trackers and Project WILD curricula guide the classroom discussion. Instruction is supported and supplemented by project staff and speakers are recruited to visit. — Courtesy of Public Relations


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Internship forum today in LBJ Student Center Ballroom National phone By Eloise Martin The University Star Career Services is hosting “Internships: A Way to Get Your Career in Gear” today from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. The forum includes four topics: “The Art of Résumé Building,” “The Art of Interviewing,” “The Art of Networking” and “The Art of Work Behavior & Professional Ethics.” Karen Julian, assistant director of Career Services, said although speakers may be from a specific field, students from all majors will benefit from the information provided. “The purpose (of the forum) is to provide information for students to get prepared for internship opportu-

nities,” she said. “The topics will not just be for specific majors.” Speakers include Mark Hendricks, who began as an intern with IBM and stayed long-term, Lindsey LeBlanc of GSDM advertising in Austin, Cecil Brown of Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Texas State alumna Claudia McWhorter, communication manager for American Red Cross of Central Texas. The forum will be broken into four 15-minute sessions and students can choose the order they want to hear the topics. One-on-one time will be available after the forum for students who have specific questions for employers. Melissa Norman, marketing intern for Career Services, said students can

use the opportunity to learn what to expect when applying for an internship. “It is important to learn about résumé building, and also how to dress for an interview. Some students don’t know what to expect, and this can better prepare them,” she said. Career Services is hosting the event for the fifth year. Julian said 65 to 100 students have attended in previous years. She said the attendance varies on the day of the week and whether students can find the spare time to attend. It is usually held in October. “We usually try to hold it in October because it seems like a good time to set up internships for spring,” Julian said.

Beverages will be provided and Julian said she encourages students to stop in with their lunches and come and go as their schedule allows. Job starter-kits including jobsearch manuals, handouts, résumé paper and information on creating portfolios will be provided as additional tools for students who attend.

✯ FYI Career Services will also host a Strategic Career Building Workshop Nov. 9 in the LBJ Teaching Theater. Visit www.careerservices. for more information.

Cultural ethics examined at Freethought Society panel By Emily Newby Special to The Star The Freethought Society of Texas State hosted a faculty panel discussion Thursday to debate the connection between the origin of morality and its link to society and religion. President of the Freethought Society, Kelly Skinner, led the four faculty panelists in discussion and allowed the audience to interject with questions and comments. “Is the Biblical tradition mistaken in thinking of God as providing the ultimate validation of the moral law?” Skinner, studio art senior, said. The event, “Morality Without God? Panel Discussion,” drew a crowd of approximately 100 to the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Skinner said many people believe there is a moral decline of society that they measure against society’s abandonment of God’s will for humankind. Psychology professor Shirley Ogletree agreed with Skinner, saying she chooses morals for herself and they do not necessarily come from an ultimate truth. “There are strange things in the Old Testament,” Ogletree said. “How do we know which moral things to follow?” Philosophy professor Jeffrey Gordon agreed with Ogletree on the topic. To explain his position, he used the philosophical argument of Euthyphro. The argument, which was one of Plato’s early dialogues, questions whether acts are morally good because they are willed by God, or whether they were willed by God because they are morally good. “I find it puzzling that the connection between moral law and God is so strong,” he said. “If we’re think-

ing of morality in terms of law and not in terms of truth, then there must be a lawgiver.” Gordon cited the Ten Commandments as an example of a moral law. “Why did God will them?” Gordon asked. “Was it because they’re good or because God made them good?” English professor Paul Cohen also agreed with the panelists. “I, too, think that the answer is yes, but I’m basing my thoughts on a layman’s observation,” he said. Cohen argued that many people do moral things, but they do not necessarily base them on the Ten Commandments. Human and legal retribution, he said, could be another reason behind an individual’s choice to act morally. “People may behave morally because they have respect for integrity in society,” he said. Philosophy professor Gilbert Fulmer, who said he derives his morals from being a naturalist and humanist, agreed with his colleagues on the topic. He also argued that God drops out of the equation if he simply commands acts because they are good. “You are saying that God is relying on a certain criterion,” Fulmer said. “God could have had no reason to command something.” The debate eventually took a turn toward the aspect of cultural influences on morals. “People exposed to the variety of moral beliefs and practices throughout the world very often come to think of moral convictions in general as nothing more than the products of cultural conditioning,” Skinner said. She said the moral tradition in which someone is raised keeps her or him from knowing if there is an ultimate truth about good and evil.

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focused on a math or science discipline don’t necessarily know how to communicate well,” Morsch said. “It’s the math and science majors that are going to be making the big bucks straight out of college, but it’s the liberal arts majors or people who can communicate very well who are going to be promoted more quickly and promoted to higher positions.” Morsch said good communicators who go into sales could find themselves in the chief sales officer position and be making more than the chief executive officer. Caroline Jones, English assistant professor, said liberal arts students tend to be trained to see more of the bigger picture and make connections among all the things that might not be readily apparent to others. “I think it’s a matter of tak-

ing the skills that you have learned — the critical thinking skills, the communication skills, the connective skills — into the world,” Jones said. “Of course, you have to know the rudiments of the business that you’re in because you have to be able to help your employees understand and connect, but the main thing is taking the information and making sense out of it for yourself and then communicating it in a way that makes sense to other people.” Matthew Perry, English graduate, said business owners will hire business majors to do everyday duties but for problem solving, they want people who are trained to think outside the box. “Typically, non-liberal arts majors are trained to think in very rigid forms,” Perry said. “Accounting majors, finance majors are all kind of put into a box mentally.”


eople exposed to the variety of moral beliefs and practices throughout the world very often come to think of moral convictions in general as nothing more than the products of cultural conditioning.” — Kelly Skinner Freethought Society president

“A religious, moral orientation would not be privileged in this regard,” she said. “It would be, like all the rest, just another set of cultural biases.” Societal values change through time and differ by groups of people, but most cultures follow a common moral code, Cohen said. “There are standards that not all cultures follow, but most do,” Cohen said. “Historically, people have done these things by considering themselves religious people.” Gordon used the example of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to respond to the topic. “I think that when Islamic terror-

ists crashed planes into the World Trade Center that they were doing an evil act,” he said. Gordon said he has had to defend his perspective after many people explained to him that the acts were based on the culture’s religious beliefs. “It’s evil, objectively,” he said. “The person who says ‘I’m not sure that’s evil’ is someone who would say ‘I’m not sure I’m sitting in this chair.’” Ben Crawford, philosophy freshman, attended the debate because he was interested in morality after discussing it in class. He agreed with Ogletree’s point of view. “She said each person has to deal with things,” Crawford said. “Each person makes their own decision whether what they do is good or bad.” He said he bases his morality on his own judgment. “It’s more self-oriented,” he said. “Whatever’s best for me is what I’m doing.” Taylor Tidwell, undecided freshman, wanted to hear the different opinions of the professors on the panel because he derives his own morals from religion. “I’m a Christian, so I believe he set the rules for what’s best for us,” Tidwell said. “Everybody has a basic instinct of what’s right and wrong, and I believe God instilled it in us.”

✯ FYI The Freethought Society of Texas State was started in 2005. It is open to students interested in the value of reason and critical thinking over dogma and closedmindedness.

fees support educational technology By Jacqueline Davis The University Star When the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District received nearly $163,000 in reimbursements from the federal government, school officials regarded it as routine. SMCISD received close to an 80 percent reimbursement for eligible services such as Internet access and telecommunications from a program commonly called E-rate. “This is standard fare — this isn’t a special grant,” said Rene Barajas, assistant superintendent of the school district’s business and support services. “We’ve been receiving Erate reimbursements for at least the last six years.” Barajas said the refund would offset the cost of laptops, iPods and other wireless handheld devices the schools bought for student learning. E-rate is the short name used for the Universal Service Administrative Company’s Schools and Libraries program. The program is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. USAC created the Universal Service Fund, which provides discounts to telecommunications carriers who offer affordable services to customers, including schools and libraries. Iris Campbell, the school district’s public information officer, said the program involves an application that every school district is eligible to fill out to receive a refund for purchasing technology equipment. “It’s kind of like a rebate where you buy something at a store, send in some information and a receipt, and get some money back.” Campbell said. “Once we’ve met all qualifications and filled out all the paperwork, we get reimbursed.” All applicants for E-rate reimbursement must submit an approved technology plan, according to the Texas Education Agency Web site. The plan explains how technology will be used to improve student learning and addresses professional development strategies ensuring staff know how to use the technologies properly. School officials said the source of these reimbursements comes from small telephone charges from people across the nation. “All school districts in the U.S. are eligible,” said Monica Weaver, director of student data services. “On your telephone bill, every person in the United States pays a small fee. They (the federal government) in turn reimburse public administration.” Barajas said the federal program provides funds for the schools. “We recognize the E-rate reimbursement as revenue and we look forward to it every year,” Barajas said. All members of Congress are directly involved in making decisions regarding programs such as the E-rate reimbursement. U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who represents Texas’ 28th district, announced SMCISD’s reimbursement Sept. 29. Cuellar said he will always vote in favor of anything promoting education, said Patty Kirby, Cuellar’s communication director. “Education is one of his top priorities,” Kirby said. “Cuellar has promised to bring in more money to the district. This is one of the ways he’s working to make that happen.”


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M.A.P. organizes a group of 100 volunteers, including friends and students. Daily, a group of five or more volunteers block walk for $10 an hour. The volunteers have knocked on the doors of 4,000 houses in Hays County’s Precincts 2, 3 and 4. The men are also using “high-tech” methods to reach students about candidates. “You can’t block walk to get a student’s attention about a candidate, but you can reach them through phone banking and e-mail, through Facebook, text messaging, blogs and setting up in The Quad,” McCabe said, adding that speaking in classes and organizational meetings was another way to garner attention. A week before the election, M.A.P. will be sending out e-mails to promote their clients. “Come election day on

campus, I think we will be doing mass text-messaging on our cell phones,” Prather said. “Keeping with the whole idea of six degrees of separation, I am sure there is a huge group of students we can reach through friends of friends.” McCabe said it is hard work, considering college students are a group you often “have to reach eight to 15 times” that still forgets to vote. “There are quite a few students who aren’t apathetic, they just have not been reached out to or educated enough on issues,” Anderson said. Anderson said this is why M.A.P. made a point to visit students in university seminar classes. He said the increase in student voting is “exciting.” The company still has no headquarters. For phone banking, they often set up a series of phones in McCabe’s apartment. Prather said the grassroots approach keeps with the “young and very hip

vibe” they are trying to infuse into local politics. “They bring an energy and perspective to the campaign that allows me to understand all segments of the community, including university students,” said Bill Henry, incumbent Republican candidate for District Judge, 428th judicial district. Henry, who said he’s visited campus 10 times during his campaign, said M.A.P. organizes block walks for his campaign. Henry said it was “important he get on campus” to show the students that they can have a “fair and impartial judge.” “It’s important that students know their county leaders and particularly those leaders they don’t get to meet,” Henry said. Hays County Election Administrator Joyce Cowan said she believes young people are the potential leaders of the future. She said the earlier they

start voting, the better. “I don’t think students are given enough credit. They are registered and they do vote,” she said. Cowan said she has seen a “definite increase in on-campus voter turnout” in the last two years. In early voting for the presidential election in November 2004, there were about 2,000 ballots cast in two days on campus. And in November 2005, there were about 1,000 ballots cast in the two-day early voting on campus. However, Cowan said not only students but faculty, staff and citizens can vote in these elections and that must be taken into account. “When less than 50 percent of voters are expected to turn out this fall when we have a governor’s race, you have to realize that it’s not just young people who aren’t voting,” Cowan said. “It’s people across the board who aren’t turning out to vote.”

Scientists search for ‘magic bullet’ in algae influxes By Jack Douglas Jr. McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) FORT WORTH — Marine biologists hope a cold front forecast for this week will help dissipate a toxic red tide algae that has affected a 60mile stretch of Texas coastline, killing several thousand fish and irritating the eyes and lungs of anglers and beachgoers. At the same time, other scientists are preparing to test isolated pockets of water on Lake Whitney, 70 miles south of Fort Worth, in the hopes of finding a way to ward off a poisonous golden algae that has killed millions of fish in Texas lakes and rivers and drained an estimated $25 million from the state’s inland fishing industry since its detection in 1985. On the coast, officials are tracking patches of red tide algae, which cause red- or maroon-colored “blooms.” They have been spotted from the outer coast of Matagorda Island to about 10 miles inside the Padre Island Na-

tional Seashore, near Corpus Christi. The red-tide spread has become significant enough to be discussed Monday at a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a federal-state partnership to address critical coastal issues. “Because these blooms contain neurotoxins, they threaten human and ecosystem health and can substantially impact coastal economies,” said Margaret Davidson, coastal services director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in a statement. The blooms, first spotted Sept. 29, have littered beaches with decaying fish, turning off tourists, especially on windy days when surf spray carries irritants from the algae, said Mark Fisher, science director for the coastal fisheries division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Because the red-tide algae thrives during hot days, biologists hope cloudy conditions Monday and a cold front expected Thursday will kill off

the blooms, Fisher said. While there is no concern that the current red-tide spread will ultimately poison seafood, it still can hurt tourism and fishing industries,” said Meridith Byrd, “harmful algae bloom coordinator” for the Parks and Wildlife Department. Since 1986, red-tide algae have killed 50 million fish along the Texas coast, Byrd said. And, in 2000, a threeweek infestation in Galveston Bay cost that area $18 million in tourism, beach cleanup and a halt to harvesting shellfish such as oysters, mussels, clams and whelk, she said. Meanwhile, experts are banking on advanced science to cope with a golden alga, a winter-born poison that has killed “well into the millions” of fish in Texas lakes, rivers and streams, said James Grover, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington who specializes in the biology of inland waters. In recent years, the golden algae has been a particular problem in Possum Kingdom

Lake, Lake Whitney and Lake Granbury, said Grover, who is part of a team of scientists hoping to find a cure for the alga’s ill effects. While not harmful to humans, the toxin has devastated the fish population in the state. “If there is a big fish kill on a lake, it will keep the tourists and fishermen away for a period of time. And that’s a big economic impact,” Grover said. Since the detection of the golden algae in 1985, scientists have tried to find a way to stop, or at least control, golden algae in Texas waters. Most recently, Grover said, “enclosures”— or isolated pockets of water— have been established in Lake Whitney in the hopes of finding some underwater trend that could help combat the algae. The UTA biologist said he was hopeful but not necessarily optimistic that a breakthrough will be found, noting that in 21 years of testing, experts have yet to find the “magic bullet” that can eliminate golden algae.

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minimum score of 1300 on the SAT or a 29 on the ACT. They must also be in the top 15 percent of their class or have been awarded an international baccalaureate diploma. Chris Murr, assistant director of financial aid and scholarships, said the new scholarships will be significant contributions to help make Texas State more competitive with other universities in the nation. Although Murr said as of right now there are no plans to add any more scholarships like these, the university is constantly working to develop new scholarships. “The university events office and the development offices work hard to get additional scholarships from outside sources, various foundations and donors in order to help our students,” Murr said. “The university is always working on a multi-level

foundation to get additional funds for these scholarships.” Kangas said all of the new scholarship programs were approved in the spring and will be awarded for the first time in the fall of 2007 to incoming freshmen. In order to apply for these scholarships, students must submit a general admission application, an official high school transcript and official records of their SAT or ACT scores in addition to having the specified qualifications for each individual scholarship.

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Center will be launching a new Web site. Among other topics, the Web site will offer information on how to conduct a proper breast self-examination. “It is a good idea for women to perform a breast self-exam every month,” Wilkerson said. “If they notice a change, they should schedule an appointment with an SHC provider.” The Austin Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation, an organization dedicated to education and research on breast cancer causes, treatment and the search for a cure, is also bringing awareness to the issue with their annual Race for the Cure in Austin Nov. 5. Their goal for the event is to raise $750,000, of which the foundation has already raised $180,000. “We are hoping to have over 22,000 participants,” said Mary Moore Cavanagh, Community

Outreach Coordinator at the Komen Austin Foundation. “It’s a day to celebrate with friends and family and recognize that the money that Komen Austin raises from this event goes back into the five county areas to help women who can’t afford to have breast health, breast cancer treatment.” Locally, up to 75 percent of the money raised remains in Central Texas to fund breast cancer education and screenings in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Williamson and Travis counties. The other 25 percent of the funds go to the national organization’s Komen Foundation Award and Research Grant. “Mayor Narvaiz’s proclamation raises the awareness among the citizens of San Marcos,” said Cavanagh. “More importantly, it gives women a reminder about taking care of themselves by doing self-breast exams, having a clinical exam yearly and a mammogram at an age specified by their doctor.”


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‘Songwriters Church’ brings artists together at local venue By Leah Kirkwood The University Star Texas songwriters have gathered at Cheatham Street Warehouse every Wednesday night since 1975 to share their songs as if they were sitting around a desert campfire. Kent Finlay, owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse, created the Songwriter Circle to give songwriters a place to have their music heard. “Back then, there weren’t any songwriter nights, and there weren’t nearly as many songwriters consequently,” Finlay said. The event spawned from the tradition of meeting at musicians’ homes to play “pass the guitar.” “You’d have a guitar and you’d pass it around and everybody would sit and listen to everybody’s new songs,” Finlay said. The original Songwriter Circle was exactly that — a circle. About six of Finlay’s songwriter friends sat at the back of the room and took turns playing songs. Eventually the event grew, moved to the stage and plugged into the sound system. Jordan Minor, history senior, and San Marcos resident Robert Hedge have performed at the Songwriter Circle for three years. Minor described his songs as combination of Americana, rock, country and folk. “It’s inspiring, going and hearing other people play and being around other songwriters,” Minor said. “It’s helped me write new songs.” The Songwriter Circle has nurtured the talent of successful artists Terri Hendrix, Randy Rogers, James McMurtry, Tish Hinojosa and Todd Schneider. Other songwriters in the group have written songs recorded by George Strait and The Dixie Chicks. The event offers songwriters a rare opportunity to play their songs for an audience who actually listens. “Some people call it ‘Songwriters Church,’ because everybody listens to everybody else,” Finlay said. “Hopefully by listening to everybody else you’re going to go away inspired and you’re going to write better.” Hedge said the audience at Songwriter Circle is not allowed to make noise that interferes with the music. “He’s made a place where listening is important; there are so few places where you can count on other people listening to the words,” Hedge said. “It gives you incentive to make the song as good as it can be.” HalleyAnna Finlay is no stranger to the Cheatham Street Warehouse stage. She began writing songs and participating in the Songwriter Circle at age 11. “It was just expected that I started playing as soon as I could,” HalleyAnna Finlay said. HalleyAnna Finlay is an English sophomore at Texas State. She said the atmosphere at Songwriter Circle is as if she were playing at home with close friends. “Everyone’s aching to hear the song you just wrote, they’re willing to help you out, and they want you to hear theirs” HalleyAnna Finlay said. “It’s just a tradeoff; it’s free because your payment is to play that song.” Songwriters come from all over Texas to play at the Songwriter Circle and the acts are a mix of regulars and first-time performers. “There’s always at least one new face,” Minor

Karen Wang/Star photo PLUGGED IN: English sophomore HalleAnna Finlay, daughter of Cheatham Street Warehouse owner Kent Finlay, hooks her guitar up to the venue’s sound system Tuesday evening to play some music. Finlay is a regular participant in Songwriters Circle.

said. Kent Finlay said there is a common misconception among newcomers that the circle is an openmic night for people who write their own music. Hedge said the Songwriter Circle is very different from open-mic nights. “Kent and the other guys create an atmosphere where the song is what’s important,” Hedge said. The signup sheet goes out at 8 p.m. There are 17 slots for songwriters to play two songs each and the list usually fills up fast. Hedge lived in Austin when he first starting attending the Songwriter Circle. He said there were times he got to the venue late and the list was full. “If at all possible, (Finlay) would try to squeeze me in for at least one song at the end,” Hedge said. “If he knows you’re serious about it and you tried to make it but just got off work late, he’ll help you out.” Minor said Finlay closes every Wednesday night with “They Call it the Hill Country,” a song he wrote that The Randy Rogers Band recorded for their Rollercoaster album. The song celebrates life in the Texas Hill Country. Finlay said the circle gives songwriters a chance to network and collaborate with other musicians. “I met a guy about two years ago and we did

some recording together,” Minor said. Finlay and other experienced writers critique the songs of younger musicians after the show. “It’s given me a place to go try out new songs and to play older songs and get some real feedback,” Hedge said. Finlay said Graham Webber and Grant Ewing are songwriters to watch from the current circle regulars, but he emphasized that all of the participants are treated as equals. “If you’ve got a number-one hit right now or if you’re just getting started, we’re all equal,” Finlay said. “Someone shouldn’t be scared to do the first song they’ve ever wrote.” Hedge said he wants Finlay to keep the Wednesday night tradition alive for as long as possible. “He’s good at what he does, and I hope he continues doing it.” Karen Wang/Star photo CREATING IN COMMON: Gregg Andrews, history professor and Cheatham Street regular, often plays at the Songwriter Circle held at around 9 p.m. every Wednesday night at the Cheatham Street Warehouse.

NYC cultural landmark to close Oct. 31 By Ethan Sacks New York Daily News NEW YORK — For fans of CBGB, “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” is no longer just the title of a tune by the Ramones. A performance by punk pioneer and CBGB alumna Patti Smith next Sunday will be the final show at the legendary lower East Side music club before the doors close for good on Oct. 31. The club is exiting stage left after 32 years, a victim of a rent dispute with the space’s landlord, the Bowery Residents’ Committee, a not-for-profit homeless services agency. And in the club’s waning days, generations of fans are making their final pilgrimages to what some called “the music institution” at 315 Bowery. “It may be small, but it’s a big staple in the city,” said Rob Basso, 20, a sanitation worker from Westchester County, N.Y., before attending his first show at the club. “There’s a lot of history here.” Dori Sarcone, 33, said she has attended “hundreds of shows” at the club, and she lamented that now she will never be able to realize her dream of getting married onstage. Harley Flanagan, 39, the heavily tattooed bassist for the hard-core band Cro-Mags, brought his 4year-old son to CBGB for a recent show so he could experience the vibe. “CBGB’s changed the face of rock in New York City and gave countless bands opportunities they might never have had … to be seen and heard … at the palace of punk,” the legendary rocker Lou Reed said in the New York Daily News. “It will be sorely missed if it does in fact go into the ether of memories.” Since the club’s opening in January 1974, the Ramones, Blondie, Television and the Talking Heads are just a few among the who’s

who of punk and new-wave bands that squeezed through the narrow, dimly lit club on the way to the big time. Not all of that history, however, is being left behind. Owner Hilly Kristal said he’s negotiating to open up a CBGB in Las Vegas, as early as March. For now, he’ll open an office on Bond Street to keep the brand name — CBGB stands for Country, Bluegrass and Blues, the kinds of music Kristal originally intended to offer at the club — going through T-shirt sales. Wherever the next CBGB ends up, Kristal said he’s planning to take everything he can with him: the stage, the bar, the floorboards and assorted memorabilia. The scraps, he said, may be auctioned on eBay. “We’re going to take the urinals,” Kristal said. “Joey (Ramone) went to the bathroom there.” “We can charge admission,” he said, laughing. Kristal hasn’t had much to joke about recently; the 75-year-old learned he had lung cancer in June. “I’ll be around for a few years. As long as I’m around, CBGB will continue in some form,” he said. The rent dispute began last year, when the Bowery Resident’s Committee sent a notice that Kristal owed $91,000 in back rent. Kristal contended the bill stemmed from rent increases he was never told about. He said the terms to renew the lease were double or triple the $19,000 he paid per month. A deal reached shortly after the lease expired on Aug. 31, 2005, allowed Kristal to stay in the club for 14 more months — in exchange for ending the court battle and attempts to turn the space into a historic landmark. Representatives from the Bowery Residents’ Committee did not return calls seeking comment last week. In the meantime, CBGB isn’t

Photograph by Adam Di Carlo DAY THE MUSIC DIED: After 32 years of music history, CBGB in New York City will be closing down for good.

going quietly. Lyle Preslar, guitarist for Minor Threat, a seminal hardcore band that first played at CBGB in 1980, paid his respects by attending a show headlined by Fishbone. The 43-year-old said he lament-

ed the loss of a place where people who loved playing music could meet those who loved to listen to it. “I guess it’s like a clubhouse,” Preslar said. “Only it’s much, much louder.”


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Company looks for complete record of TV-watching habits By Lee Margulies Los Angeles Times Moving to assuage critics who say TV ratings don’t reflect the watching people do outside their homes, Nielsen Media Research said Monday it will start measuring the viewing habits of college students next year. It’s the first time the ratings firm will include outof-home viewing in its national sample. But the company was careful not to suggest that it would measure TV viewing in bars, airports, hospitals and other public places, as some TV providers have long sought. What the company will be measuring, Nielsen spokeswoman Laura James said, is “extended-home viewing.” In other words, the college students whose habits will be tracked already will be members of a Nielsen family — that is, from a household in which meters are installed to track which family members are watching what shows. If the students are at home, their viewing is measured there; when they are living at college, meters will be installed to track what they watch in their dorm room or apartment, just as if they were home but had a TV set in their bedroom. “They are household members; we’re just following them to another residence,” James said. Nielsen said the plan, to take effect in time for the February ratings sweeps, would include

not only students at colleges and universities but also those at “trade schools, culinary institutes and other higher-educational facilities.” For years, television executives have been pushing Nielsen to expand its measurement pool, arguing that in-home viewing doesn’t tell the full ratings story. Higher ratings, of course, would allow the networks to charge higher fees for advertising time. Nielsen said the cost of providing such data would be prohibitive. Nevertheless, Monday’s announcement was seen by many as a move in the right direction. “We want full measurement of everyone who is watching television, and this is a significant first step towards achieving that goal,” said Jack Wakshlag, chief research officer for Turner Broadcasting, in a statement released by Nielsen. “College students are an important audience for Turner and many other programmers. We will now have a more complete record of their viewing in Nielsen’s estimates, and I look forward to working with Nielsen to find ways to include viewing across nontraditional television platforms as well.” James said she couldn’t say how many people would be covered by the policy. Whatever the figure, the change is bound to boost ratings for some channels, since whatever the students were previously watching at school went unreported.

Rick E. Martin/San Jose Mercury News SIZING UP: At the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, director of graduate fashion Simon Ungless (left) and student Christine Welcher (center) critique the clothes of model Amy Morrell (right) during a fitting session.

Reality TV inspires students to flock to fashion education By Nerissa Pacio San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — From the Project Runway phenomenon to Hollywood’s designer craze, Americans are obsessed with fashion. One way it’s showing is in the growing number of wannabe designers from coast to coast. “There’s been a major boom in fashion education for at least five years,” said Tim Marshall, dean of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. “Fashion has gotten big, big, big.” Blame the enthusiasm for all things stylish on pop culture’s excessive fascination with fashion. Twice Emmy-nominated Project Runway hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, and Tyra Banks’ America’s Top Model are reality television hits. Everyone from pop stars to B-listers are launching signature clothing lines. Major

cities from San Francisco to Miami claim their own fashion weeks. Proliferating fashion and entertainment media have boosted stylists and high fashion designers to rock star status. Fashion is everywhere, and its accessibility is causing an already-competitive industry to burst at the seams with a crop of interested new talent. “Shows like Project Runway have done a lot of good for the concept of what fashion is,” said Simon Ungless, director of graduate fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, one of the premier fashion institutes on the West Coast. “I think for most people, fashion has been this mystical thing, like, ‘How do you do that?’ It’s made it more accessible to people and shown them there’s a way to get training for a career in the industry.” Many are seeking professional training in fashion

programs across the country, where enrollment continues to soar. Parsons, often regarded as the Harvard of fashion colleges, has seen its undergraduate student body triple — from 83 to 240 students since 2001, Marshall said. The school in Manhattan is famous for graduating such illustrious alums as Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Isaac Mizrahi and James Mischka. Together, the undergraduate and graduate fashion programs at the Academy of Art in San Francisco have also tripled from 400 to 1,200 students in five years, said Ian Mackintosh, spokesman for the academy’s school of fashion. Established labels often hire academy graduates including Nike, Gap, Louis Vuitton and Burberry, he said. For the second year in a row, 14 of the school’s masters graduates were the only students to show their debut collections

at Olympus Fashion Week in New York. Growing interest also has spilled over to local community colleges such as West Valley in Saratoga, Calif. Its two-year fashion design and apparel technology program, which is typically over-enrolled each semester, has almost doubled, from 170 to 325 students in the past decade, says Kaee Min, chair of the department. “The world has gotten trendier and the speed of information has increased people’s fashion awareness,” says Min, who has directed the program for seven years. “People are looking for more individual looks. They don’t all shop at the same place anymore. And there’s more room for specialty companies, especially in California, which is home to surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, skateboarding and other X-games that have their own youth fashion and culture.”


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Fast Internet spells big money for pirates ✯Star Comics By Ajene Farrar The Mace & Crown (Old Dominion U.) (U-WIRE) NORFOLK, Va. — While most college students struggle to balance work and school, one sophomore at Norfolk State University has been racking in money while sitting at his computer. His business: Film and music bootlegging. And he is only one example of the growing trend in pirated music, which is affecting record sales across the country. Music and film pirating has existed since cassette tapes and VHS tapes were invented, but the illegal craft has exploded in recent years because of the expansion of digital media. The young man, who asked to be named “J.R.” for legal concerns, said that pirating music has never been easier for anyone with a fast Internet connection. For this reason, many universities have enabled restrictions on campus computers to prevent students from accessing notorious file-sharing programs such as LimeWire and BearShare. These restrictions have persuaded some to go out and buy their music, but most turn to suppliers like J.R. who know alternative ways to access media illegally. “I don’t know enough about

computers to get around NSU’s Internet restrictions, so I just wait for my friends to burn me a copy of their music,” said Ashley Richardson, Norfolk State junior. Illegally distributing copyrighted albums is now easier than ever. While the majority of those who pirate music do it for personal use, J.R. has turned this art into a formidable business practice. He has made more than $3,000 in the past year by selling burned copies of copyrighted albums and mix tapes to the Norfolk community. He makes more money on the side selling bootlegged copies of DVDs, but there is less of a demand for movies. “People are scared to buy bootlegged movies because they have traditionally been poor replicas of the real thing,” J.R. said. “At least with music, people know that a burned album is the same quality of the one you’d buy at a store.” Once a person knows how to search the Internet for free music effectively, a wealth of digital media becomes available. “Literally any album a person has ever wanted can be found if you know where to look. Not only is music freely available, but movies, TV shows, DVDs, gaming software and even software

applications like Microsoft Office can all be illegally burned and distributed,” J.R. said. Although the Motion Picture Association of America and other recording industry representatives have waged war against illegal file-sharing companies and computer users who obtain copyrighted material illegally, the practice of illegal file sharing continues to grow. “When the first file-sharing programs came out, I wasn’t really interested in them. But after I got my iPod and all my music was coming directly from my computer to it, there wasn’t a reason to buy CDs anymore,” said Lauren Hediger, George Mason University graduate. This trend has many local stores, such as DJ’s Videos in Norfolk, worried. Mark Jamison, who has worked at DJ’s Videos for three years, said that he has noticed a decrease in the number of college students buying albums from its stores. “There are still teenagers and adults that come in to shop for music, but it seems like once people get high-speed Internet, they stop coming to stores like ours,” Jamison said. “College students have constant access to the Internet, which means they can download music while they’re in class or whenever they want.”

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aturday was an embarrassing day. Bobcat football lost again. Fans behaved poorly again. But the worst behavior in Bobcat Stadium came from the Stephen F. Austin coaches and players. SFA players began taunting Texas State fans early in the game, walking up to the stands and mocking fairly innocuous cheers. Linebacker Damian Perkins stood on a bench taunting the crowd even after he had his chin busted open on the field. Texas State fans responded with their own inappropriate behavior. The difference is that there is not a coaching staff on hand to keep fans in line. The SFA football coaches should have reined their players in. Athletic teams act as ambassadors for their schools, and the SFA football team did not make a good impression on Texas State. There was a time when coaches demanded their players exercise restraint. Tom Landry was famous for the discipline he instilled in his players. Behavior like that exhibited by the SFA football team would not be tolerated by even the lax coaching standards of today, and it was doubly embarrassing losing to such a childish group of athletes. By the second half of the game, it became clear why the SFA players lacked discipline. When the athletes began mocking the sign Texas State fans make with their left hands symbolizing the state, SFA coaches and support staff joined in. It was disgusting to watch employees of a university travel to another school and mock that school’s traditions. The University Star hopes Texas State’s administration would never tolerate that sort of behavior from any representatives of the university. The response of Texas State fans to this behavior was in no way acceptable. It was mean-spirited and full of foul language. It’s never OK to scream obscenities, although it happens very often at sporting events. It’s even less acceptable during family weekend for reasons The Star doesn’t need to explain. The SFA administration owes Texas State an apology for the behavior of their coaches and players. The player behavior was bad enough. If a coach cannot control his or her team, then that person is not fit to hold such a position of authority. If a coach actively engages in mocking the opposition’s fans, The Star cannot fathom what the appropriate repercussions for that should be. We eagerly await SFA Coach Robert McFarland and Interim President Baker Patillo’s profuse apologies. Coach David Bailiff may not be able to repeat the winning season he gave us last year, but at least he’s able to instill in his players restraint, responsibility and decency.



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Letter to the Editor Main Point about discriminatory people, not aimed at Christians I loved reading the Letter to the Editor, “Not all Christians are hate mongers.” I very much agree with this title because it is definitely true and it would be completely ludicrous to believe otherwise. But the thing that really caught my attention most about this letter was Annette Walker’s statements. “The Star has deemed an entire religion of people ‘hatemongers’” and “The Star is endorsing homosexuals at the expense of Christians.” When did the Sept. 28 Main Point, “Basic Respect,” become all about labeling Christians bad people? Or better yet, what in that article had to do with anything about Christians in general? In case you forgot or misread, the article was about The Star not endorsing hate or bigotry. The Main Point was meant for all discriminatory people — not all Christians. In fact, Christians were not even mentioned in the Main Point. Just because The Star happened to not release a letter that had to do with homosexuals this definitely does not mean that The Star is endorsing homosexuality whatsoever. And even if they were, how is this at the expense of Christians? Trust me; John and Jane Doe did not become homosexuals just to piss off Christians, Muslims, Jews or any other religion or organization. And personally, I don’t think people should involve themselves with other people’s lifestyles; it makes life complicated and it provokes a lot of ridiculous hatred. And after reading Walker’s letter, I believe she added a little to this provocation by turning the Main Point into an article about Christians being hate mongers when, in fact, this is far from the truth. Just go back and read the actual Sept. 28 Main Point, and you will see that not one group in general had the finger pointed at them. Nina Sharp history senior

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going to expect clear answers on this anytime soon. No, what gets to me are the kids involved. When this all ends the kids, those congressional pages who just wanted to see how our nation worked, are going to be a footnote at best. Nobody cares about the kids, and why should they? They’re just more raw material for the political machine at this point. Can you imagine what will happen when their names get out (and they will)? Forget the Democrats. Those kids are the best thing that’s happened to them in years. They want to keep the outrage and trauma fresh; and if they can’t cry on cue for the cameras, then somebody’s going to find an onion for them.

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Forget the Republicans, too. Many of their propagandists have already either dug up old scandals to fling at the Democrats or tried to blame the kids. Does the entire national GOP leadership have some medical condition that prevents them from taking responsibility for anything? Those of us in the “reality-based community” would really like to know. The media, however, is the worst of all. Those kids are just raw meat to be used for ratings. The media’s sense of social responsibility can be found safely tucked away in Edward R. Murrow’s grave. We don’t care what you watch as long as you simply keep watching, and please don’t skip over the commercials. We have to pay the

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bills, too. God, those poor kids. They are the only ones who are worthy of any sympathy and they just hit the big leagues. They are standing in front a machine that could care less about them. One faction wants to use them for votes. Another faction wants to discredit them so they can maintain their grip on power. Finally, the last faction just wants get as much ratings mileage out of them as possible before molestation becomes passé in Washington, D.C. Those kids (and they are kids, whether now or at the time Foley got to them) are about to get a first-class ticket on the exploitation train and we, as a public are too busy preparing the popcorn to care.

So what can be done? Not much at this point. It is a broken system. The original blueprints are all there. The tools are still good. However, the engineers are morons. And don’t even get me started on the people who hire them. I’ve often believed that in a democracy people will inevitably end up with the government they deserve, one way or another. So in the spirit of that statement, how you doing, America? No answers here, folks. Grass is green, the sky is blue and the world is an awfully cold and brutal place sometimes. See you at the next preventable tragedy.

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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner called Joe Torre Tuesday to tell his manager that he would keep his job for 2007, ending three days of speculation on the subject. Steinbrenner had expressed disappointment with his team’s ability to reach the World Series for the third season in a row; the Yankees have not won a world championship since 2000. Torre is 1,079-699 as New York’s manager, having won the American League East title in 10 of 11 seasons. — Associated Press

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Sports Contact —Chris Boehm,

Red Raiders shoot down Bobcats, 3-0 By Carl Harper The University Star

Golf tournament cut short, Texas State takes last place By William Ward The University Star The Texas State Bobcats men’s golf team competed at the Bill Hill - Crown Classic Sunday and Monday, hosted in Lufkin by Stephen F. Austin at Crown Colony Country Club. Fifteen teams from schools across Texas and the southern United States participated. Several Southland Conference schools sent their teams, including Sam Houston State, Texas-San Antonio, McNeese State, Nicholls State and the host Lumberjacks. The event was originally planned as a three-day tournament, but Tuesday’s final showing was cancelled because of rain. Official results were based on the two rounds completed Monday. Baylor finished two under par as a team and also had the best shooting individual in Bill Allcorn who won a playoff with Oral Roberts University’s Mauricio Tamez. Texas State was awarded last place in the 15-team tournament, having been the only squad that failed to complete

e’ve got a lot of older guys on the “W team that should be able to shoot a lot better than we did.”

-Bobby Hutcherson golfer

two rounds Monday. The Bobcats shot a 311 in the round they did finish. The Bobcat men were eliminated from contention after Tyler BarnesWolf fell ill, and Colin Merit was disqualified after his putter’s head moved. Merit was disqualified because of a rule against altering a club. This left the team with only three complete scores, one short of the required number. “We’ve been working really hard and have been disappointed that we haven’t really come through yet,” said Bobby Hutcherson, exercise and sports science junior. “We just haven’t been able take what we’re doing in practice to the tournaments.” The Bearkats finished in second

place at 10 over par. UTSA finished in sixth at 18 over par, while the Lumberjacks ended up in eighth, shooting 24 over par in their tournament. Nicholls State and McNeese finished in 12th and 13th, respectively. Hutcherson shot a 161 in his two rounds, while teammate Carson Gibson finished with a 159. Andrew Bryant led Texas State with a 28th-place finish, carding a 76 and 74 in two rounds. Hutcherson said he felt the results from the tournament were not indicative of the team’s talent. “Not at all, really,” Hutcherson said. “We’ve got a lot of older guys on the team that should be able to shoot a lot better than we did.”


Photo Courtesy of Kat Hilsabeck/The Toreador BOBCATS RAIDED: Jami Batchelor, sophomore defender, winds up to clear the ball from the Texas State side of the field during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss in Lubbock against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

On a cool and clear night in Lubbock, the Bobcats failed to find a way to score in their second consecutive game, as Texas Tech pulled out a 3-0 win. “It was a frustrating loss,” Coach Kat Conner said. “The best thing that came from this is last Sunday we played slow and tonight Tech woke us up and got our pace back up and going.” Texas State was searching for points after a scoreless double-overtime game on Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana. Lindsay Tippit, Andrea Seledee, Ana Viscariello and Rikki Padia all supplied an attack on offense but came up short of production. The game remained scoreless until 34th minute. Texas Tech midfielder Zhaleh Rezaie scored her first goal of the season from the left side of the field, placing it over goalkeeper Brittany Beltramini’s head for a 1-0 lead. The assist came from teammate Sarabeth Clopton. Texas Tech went on to score two additional goals in the second half as Brittney Harrison picked up her ninth

goal off a header and Lauren Martell broke away from the defense unassisted. Beltramini played the first half, recording five saves before Paige Perriraz entered in the second half and saved three shots. “The first goal by Tech was a nice shot that knuckled under Beltramini,” Conner said. “The other two goals were defensive mistakes and miscommunication. We’ve got to regroup and work on defense.” Perriraz now has six saves in just 135 minutes this season. “Getting on the field I was so nervous at first, but then I got one save to get it in my head (that) I could do this,” Perriraz said. Tuesday league officials announced that Lindsay Tippit, Marty Wright and Beltramini earned Southland Conference Player of the Week honors for their individual efforts during the team’s 20-1 performance last week. “I’m totally excited for our three players because they well deserved it,” Conner said. Tippit was named Offensive Player of the Week for the first time as a col-

legian. She tallied three goals and one assist during the week. “I’m really very excited,” Tippit said. “I’m glad the team is stepping up, working together and proving that we really are a good team.” Wright earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors, sharing the award with Southeastern Louisiana’s Kari Yost. Wright scored an unassisted goal Friday night against Central Arkansas, this being her first goal at Texas State. “I am surprised with this honor and it’s very flattering,” Wright said. “It was a nice surprise and it felt great to get two shutouts in a row.” Beltramini earned her first Goalkeeper of the Week award, making nine saves over the three-game span and not allowing a goal in 245 minutes of play. “It feels awesome to get mentioned,” Beltramini said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all but the defense has been connecting really well this week.” Beltramini shut down Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana, the two highest scoring teams in the league. Texas State is set to kick back into conference action Sunday at home against Nicholls State.

Bridgette Cyr/Star photo LEAP OF FAITH: Mario Escobar, history freshman, jumps to the rescue against the Lamar Ultimate team Saturday at the LBJ Huckfest Tournament.

Bonding with the birdies: Golf not so boring afterall On Friday, I found I’ll admit I had myself doing something never played any disgusting, awful and toform of golf other tally out of my comfort than putt-putt bezone — I was playing fore Friday. It’s golf. I’m still too angry so much easier to to write a rational, statcriticize something driven column blasting that you haven’t our vastly underachievtried, and I’ve never WILLIAM WARD wanted to ruin that. ing football team. So, instead, I’m going to Star Columnist Plus, while I don’t write about golf. exactly come from I have been making a poor background, fun of golf since I was a child. I the son of a machinist doesn’t get have very fond memories of fall- too many opportunities to play ing asleep on my couch to golf on golf growing up. television. I think there should be So I was just as surprised as serious studies done on insomni- anyone who knows me would acs using golf as a cure. It’s held be when I jumped at the chance strong at the top of my list of to play with a few sports writmost boring sports to watch on ers from The University Star at television — with the National a tournament at San Marcos’ Association for Stock Car Racing Quail Creek Country Club. The a close number two. First University Star Scholar-

ship Golf Tournament, which The Hombres won, was held to raise money to provide scholarship opportunities for aspiring young journalists at Texas State. We would be playing on a team and would take the best shot out of the entire group to play with. It’s called a Florida Scramble. I didn’t own any golf clubs, but sports reporter, columnist and teammate Gordon Taylor was generous enough to volunteer his roommate’s clubs for me to use and likely break. So I found my only clean polo shirt, some khaki pants and my Texas State baseball cap and got ready for some golf. I’ll admit to being a nerd and actually looking up how to swing a club on the Internet before I left. I was fairly confident in my putting skills — although I wasn’t sure

how I would react to the absence of a windmill or gigantic clown mouth. Turns out none of that mattered. I have news for anyone that used to think like me: Swinging a golf club is damn hard. I can swing a baseball bat pretty well along with as many other activities that require hand-eye coordination. But my golf swing was just embarrassingly bad. It turns out golf isn’t one of those games you can just pick up. I felt like a pretty big fool, but luckily I had the calming reassurance of my teammates and fellow writers to boost my confidence. And by boost my confidence, I mean laugh at me hysterically as I took gigantic gashes out of the course or failed to make contact with the ball completely. We looked like real golfers, but there were

definitely a few moments that would have made Happy Gilmore proud. After my first attempt to drive the ball, I knew it was going to be a long day. I was right. We teed off at 1 p.m., and didn’t get into the closing ceremonies until sometime after 4 p.m. I embarrassed myself for 18 holes, which normally would drive me crazy. I’m a pretty competitive guy, especially when it comes to sports, and I’m a notoriously bad loser. However, even through all the wild ball hunts, the sunburn, the almosttipped-over golf carts, the club that I may or may not have left at a previous hole that was returned by another golfer and scorching heat, I had a great time. I actually had fun. I was shocked. Golf was supposed to be fun for old white guys in lame clothes, but there I

was, having a blast. I think we ended up using a grand total of two shots of mine out of 18 holes, and they all came once we were almost on the green. I hit a great chip to get us right next to the hole on the 18th that we ended up using. I was giddy; I would get to putt it in to end the day. I had putted many times before despite my lack of real golf experience, so this was going to be easy. I couldn’t have been three feet away from the hole, so I lined up my shot with careful consideration and proceeded to miss badly. Maybe I’ll fare better next time, and there will be a next time. Golf definitely won me over that day, despite my preconceptions. I still refuse to watch it on television, but I’ll have loads more respect for it.

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