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Fallout from Heggie resignation shifts to county, national organizations By Nick Georgiou The University Star Texas State College Democrats have criticized Hays County Democratic Party Chair Gloria Whitehead for the actions she took leading up to the resignation of College Democrat President Eric Heggie. Officers for the organization asked Joann Smith, vice president of student affairs, and Vincent Morton, associate dean of students, to intervene after Whitehead sent a letter Sept. 22 to Heggie and other Democrats demanding his resignation and repeatedly interrupted the organization’s meetings. In one incident, members said

Whitehead, Sally Caldwell, assistant sociology professor and Daniel Segura, pre-mass communication junior, verbally attacked members of College Democrats during the group’s weekly meeting. “Their instigation at every meeting caused so much stress to the officers and I that it got to the point where I got so angry I started to cry,” said Eileen Galvez, political science sophomore and public relations director for College Democrats. Heggie resigned Oct. 4 under fire for his support of Republican County Judge Jim Powers’ re-election campaign. Heggie defended his actions, saying

local politics should be non-partisan. “I believe that in this country we’re not some one-party state where you have to have blind allegiance even when it’s driving that area off a cliff,” Heggie said. College Democrats and their faculty adviser, Terence McCabe, support Heggie and said Whitehead handled the situation poorly. McCabe’s son, Sam, is one of the founders of McCabe, Anderson and Prather, the political consulting firm that employs Heggie. “She wasn’t very diplomatic in her criticism and shouldn’t have publicly chastised him,” McCabe said. Carol Wilder, San Marcos Area

Democrats party chair, said she would have handled the situation differently. She said Heggie made the wrong decision, but it is important to look at the bigger picture and ask how the College Democrats debacle got as far as it did. “There are many community leaders who also had a point where they could of affected the decision making process and my example of that is Powers,” she said. Wilder had serious concerns about the decision Powers made to hire Heggie for his campaign. “He should have advised Eric that ‘if you’re going to work for me that’s wonderful, but you’re going to need to step down as president,’” Wilder said.

Congressmen announce more money for Texas State

Monty Marion/Star photo RAPID RESPONSE FUNDS: Don Montegue, ALERRT executive director, (center) fields questions from the press about the ALERRT program with U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (left) and Lloyd Doggett (right) at his side.

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By Chris Boehm The University Star U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo and Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, announced Wednesday more than $1.7 million in federal funding for two university programs. The congressmen presented Texas State with two checks at J. C. Kellam. A $1 million check went to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, which specializes in quick police responses to terrorist attacks and other emergency situations, such as school shootings. “Traditionally, the money of this sort has gone to teaching, and it still will with multi-faceted programs such as these,” said Cuellar, who represents District 28, which now encompasses all of Webb County. A check for $714, 762 was awarded to the university’s Post Secondary Education Program from the U. S. Department of Education. The funds are intended to increase the effectiveness of science and math teachers in middle schools. “Lloyd and I are happy when we look at what the university has done with education,” Cuellar said. “I call it ‘work product’ — the students you have coming out. It’s important for the lives of others that you leave this world a better place than when you found it.” Sandra West, associate professor of biology, was grateful for

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the federal funding her program received. “Student performance in middle school is very important today,” West said. “We are proud to be a part of it.” The ALERRT program incorporates rapid-response training and military tactics into the Texas National Guard. ALERRT trains the Texas National Guard for civil-order missions and situations in urban environments. “This is a program that is not about the state, or Central Texas,” said Doggett, who represents District 25, which encompasses all of Hays County. “This is one that can go nationwide.” Don Montague, ALERRT’s executive director, arrived at See CONGRESSMEN, page 4

“It’s very important that we, as leaders, set the moral and ethical parameters.” Heggie also drew attention from the College Democrats of America. Katie Naranjo, national program’s director for the College Democrats of America, made Heggie sign a party affiliation agreement to keep the organization chartered. Heggie said Naranjo told him to deny association with the Powers campaign. Naranjo told The University Star Oct. 3 everything was fine. One day later, Heggie resigned. “Naranjo wants to go higher in the See DEMOCRATS, page 4

Close competitors vie for office of district attorney By A.N. Hernández The University Star Two prosecutors, each with more than 10 years of experience, are going head-to-head in the race for the Hays County District Attorney. One bases his platform on felony and misdemeanor experience in Hays County. The other bases her platform on felony and misdemeanor experience in Travis County. Both are urging structural change in a district attorney’s office that has, for the past two years, lost nearly half the felony cases it took on. “What needs to happen is, the person trying the case needs to be the same person reviewing and negotiating the plea at the beginning,” said Wesley Mau. “Essentially, the problem we have is the initial plea bargainer knows they are not trying the case and doesn’t have the incentive to make sure negotiations are in line. A lot of times, they are just trying to resolve the case and trying to get it off their desk.” Mau, the Republican candidate, said this would alleviate the backlog in cases. He is Hays County chief assistant district attorney and has worked as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office for 12 years. His challenger is Democratic candidate Sherri Tibbe. Tibbe is the chief of Travis County Court No. 4 and has 11 years of experience as a prosecutor working for Travis County and the Texas Attorney General’s Office. As chief assistant, Mau’s main responsibility is prosecuting the felony jury trial cases in District Attorney Mike Wenk’s office. He currently has about 60 cases pending trial. Mau garnered local support from the San Marcos Police Officers’ Association and from sitting District Attorney Wenk who said he “unequivocally supported” Mau. “The mission of this office is to protect the community, and one of the ways to do this is to deal with the worst of the worst that have demonstrated they are a clear and present danger to the community,” Wenk said. “You

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need someone who can successfully prosecute those kinds of people and of the two candidates, only one has the track record. Wes’s dealt with capital murder trials, rape trials, DWI fatality trials and the like.” However, Tibbe thinks her track record is just fine. Her campaign platform rests on the compassion and skill she’s gained while dealing with family violence in the county court and with felony sexual assault cases she worked on in the district attorney’s office. Her supporters contend that the array of cases she’s seen working with the county and district attorneys in Travis County make her a more appealing candidate. “The Hays County district attorney’s office is losing more cases than winning, so the experience they are touting so highly clearly isn’t serving the citizens of Hays County,” Tibbe said. “It’s time for new leadership. My opponent’s been the chief assistant for more than seven years and he’s had his chance to make the changes that need to happen in the district attorney’s office.” She believes her experience as chief of a family violence court where she manages five attorneys and a staff of witness counselors and social work interns shows she is able to take on the position of Hays County District Attorney. As of now, the Travis Court No. 4 where Tibbe works has 2,800 cases pending, and she said she’s no stranger “to running a big docket and busy court.” She also worked as a caseworker with Child Protective Services in Travis County. Tibbe stressed “pre-trial diversion and deferred prosecution” to free up more time for prosecutors to “fully prepare” for tough See ATTORNEY, page 4

SMCISD superintendent to resign, move to larger district By Zandria Avila The University Star During the past four years, Superintendent Sylvester J. Perez has led the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, and although he will resign Nov. 30, Perez is confident a standard has been set. “I am proud to say the district is in a whole better place — better in construc-

tion and financially,” Perez said. Perez said the environment in the school district shows through in the community. “Ultimately, a community is defined by the way it treats its children,” Perez said. “Fortunately, San Marcos Independent School District treats its children in a caring and nurturing, educational environment.” Perez credits the unified partnership

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of the trustee board for the school district’s recent success. “We have a cohesive board of trustees to thank for SMCISD’s new developments,” he said. Perez defines his position as superintendent to be that of a leader. “In the role of superintendent, I provide vision, guidance and resources to improve students’ lives,” he said. “I am also a visionary. I lead others to achieve

the set goals and missions of SMICSD.” Rosina Valle, San Marcos Education Foundation executive director, said she is sad to see Perez resign. “I have cried several times,” Valle said. “We will lose a great leader in our community.” Despite Valle’s heavy heart, she supports Perez in his decision to resign. “Perez is doing what he always encourages us to do, which is being a life-

time learner,” Valle said. Perez said his resignation is a career move. “I am leaving to take a new position to a larger district. There I will have the chance to impact more children,” Perez said. “I believe this is a natural, professional move.” During his tenure, Valle said Perez has

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starsof texas state Richard Dixon, associate professor of geography, is one of two Texas State faculty members and one of eight nationwide to receive the National Council for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award. Dixon’s primary research field is climatology and its relationship with natural hazards. From 2003 to 2005, he was director of Texas State’s James and Marilyn Lovell Center

for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research. Since 2005, he has been the Center’s associate director. The NCGE College/University and K-12 awards recognize outstanding geography teaching nationwide and in Canada. — Courtesy of Public Relations

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

National appearance THURSDAY 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 Catholic Student Center. 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. 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. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 357-2049.

FRIDAY Today is the International Education Fee Scholarship deadline for study abroad programs in 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 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.


The Great Outdoors Garden Center will host its semi-annual “Art Under the Oaks” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the oak trees at The Great Outdoors Garden Center. For more information, visit www.gonursery. com/.

SUNDAY The Great Outdoors Garden Center will once again host its semi-annual “Art Under the Oaks.” It will take place under the majestic oak trees at The Great Outdoors Garden Center. For more information, visit www.

MONDAY The final free GRE workshop session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Hines Academic Center, Room 203. Workshops are open to all Texas State students. Call (512) 245-1490, e-mail Applie or stop by the Agriculture Building, Room 201. Space is limited. Go to and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.

David Racino/Star photo Brandon Lucas, Texas State Cycling Team president and accounting junior, prepares his bike in Kyle at New Revolutions Cycles for the Collegiate mountain bike nationals to be held in Angel Fire, N.M. this weekend. The cycling team meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in LBJ Student Center, Room 4-1.9.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Oct. 7, 8:43 p.m. Alcohol: Open Container/ Bobcat Stadium An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a student was in possession of an open container of alcohol. The student was issued a citation. Oct. 7, 9:09 p.m. Duty to Give Information and Render Aid/Bobcat Stadium An officer was dispatched for a hit-and-run report. A non-student was struck in the leg by a vehicle and transported to Central Texas Medical Center for

further evaluation. Oct. 8, 12:26 a.m. Minor in Possession/James and Academy An officer came in contact with three students who were minors in possession of alcohol. The students were issued citations. Oct. 8, 12:49 a.m. Alcohol: Minor in Possession/ Lindsey Street An officer came in contact with two students who were minors in possession of alcohol. The students were issued citations.

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

Library Beat

Library grants available to faculty Faculty members who need materials outside the Alkek Library collection to support their research are invited to submit a proposal for a Library Research Grant. Each year Alkek provides funds to acquire non-curricular materials for this purpose. Most professionally written proposals have been funded in recent years. •$20,000 in funding is available. Proposals more than $3,000 are unlikely to receive full funding. •Materials requested may include books, back issues of journals, electronic resources, AV materials and computer software.

It turns out The University Star owes Stephen F. Austin Interim President Baker Patillo and football coach Robert McFarland an apology. In Wednesday’s “Main Point,” The Star accused SFA players and coaches of mocking the Texas State hand sign. Apparently, the SFA hand sign is very similar to Texas State’s. We apologize.

•Requests should not include current subscriptions, journal articles or multiple copies of materials. •Applicants are asked to provide a brief description of the project, a list of needed materials and the estimated cost. •To submit a proposal, use the form at grant/index.htm. •View an example of a past application that received funding at grant/app-example.pdf. Proposal deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 3. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. For more information, call (512) 245-2133. — Courtesy of Alkek Library


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Cyber Security Awareness Day aims to thwart computer crime By Eloise Martin The University Star The Information Technology Division will host the second-annual Cyber Security Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The event is open to all students and will feature guest speakers from, the FBI and Austin Police Department High Tech Crime Unit. There will be a videoconference with a representative from the Department of Homeland Security. Shawn Pearcy, computer science and sociology sophomore, said the main goal of the event is to educate the public about the importance of prevention.

“We want people to realize that computer crimes happen and there are steps that can be taken to avoid them,” Pearcy said. “You can never stop them completely, but most people who are victims are not up-to-date.” The speakers will each present their experiences, focusing on real-world cases of computer crime and measures victims could have taken to prevent them. The event will end with a panel discussion where audience members can ask specific questions and receive answers from all four speakers and Texas State Information Technology employees. Pearcy said this year’s event will focus more on the speakers providing information and less on vendors presenting their products. “Last year, it seems like the vendors

did not target individuals, but companies,” Pearcy said. “This year, with the speakers, we are hoping it might be a little more crime-oriented. Everyone wants to avoid being involved in a crime.” Door prizes and coffee will be available for participants. Pearcy said students are encouraged to bring their laptops with them for one-on-one assistance with specific problems. The University Police Department and Help Desk will also attend the event to offer information. Ben Rogers, user services consultant for information technology, is a supervisor at the university Help Desk. The hotline is available for students, staff and faculty who need assistance with their computers. Rogers said students will not only


e want people to realize that computer crimes happen and there are steps that can be taken to avoid them. You can never stop them completely, but most people who are victims are not up-todate.”

—Shawn Pearcy computer science and sociology sophomore

learn tips at the event, but will also learn about available on-campus computer help in general. “This will provide good information for people who are worried or want to see how Information Technology security is handled at the university,” Rogers said.

The Help Desk can talk students through problems over the phone, or can “remote” into their computers with the Internet and user permission. The Help Desk is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at (512) 245-4357.

Fast-a-thon spreads awareness of Islam Walkathon for Cystic e ask Fibrosis this weekend “W them to join us for that By David Saleh Rauf The University Star

The Texas State Muslim Student Association will host its second-annual Fast-a-thon Tuesday. The Fast-a-thon is an event where the MSA invites students, faculty and community members to fast for one day in observance of Ramadan, abstaining from food, drink, smoking and sexual intercourse from sunup to sundown. To commence the daylong fast, MSA will host a breakfast that is open to the public at San Jacinto residence hall at 5:50 a.m. Dinner provided by Cedar’s Mediterranean Café and an informative speech about Islam by guest speaker Erik Meek, vice president of the Council on American Islamic Relations, will be at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. “We ask them to join us for that one day to have a feel for what a typical Muslim goes through — still going to work normal hours, still going to classes, still walking through dining halls when others are eating,” said Samer Morad, MSA president. Refraining from common daily activities will give people the opportunity to acquire a first-hand experience of the true purpose of Ramadan, Morad, manufacturing engineering senior, said. “The purpose is to restrain yourself from what is given to you, what is permissible, in order to respect what you take for granted on a daily basis,” he said. “You actually get to respect this food and this meal that you have every day.” Abdullah Syed, MSA secretary, said the event will provide people with a greater understanding of Islam. “I think we’re in a time of Islam-a-phobia; it’s spreading and people are really scared,” Syed, management senior, said. “When they come, they’ll be able to break the stereotypes of Muslims.” Students are recommended to

one day to have a feel for what a typical Muslim goes through— still going to work normal hours, still going to classes, still walking through dining halls when others are eating.”

By Tanya Horowitz Special to The Star

—Samer Morad president, Muslim Student Association

R.S.V.P. for the event on the MSA Web site and are encouraged to bring friends. For every person who attends this year’s Fast-athon, MSA will donate a canned good to a yet-to-be determined area food bank. “We want to see which food bank needs it more,” Syed said. “Ramadan is a month of charity, so we decided that for every person that shows up we’ll be donating a can of food.” The MSA was founded at Texas State in 1992. Since then, the organization has gone through periods of inactive status. “The presence of Muslims and MSA wasn’t that strong on campus. It was on and off depending on how many Muslims tried to take the initiative and put some effort into it,” Morad said. “MSA was there; it was just not active because every year you have to activate.” The MSA was activated again last year and has since opened up a new mosque on the corner of N. Comanche and Lindsey Street. Members also maintain a regular presence in The Quad every Thursday, passing out literature and fielding general

Emily Messer/Star photo RAMADAN REFRESHMENT: John Clark, finance junior, eats at the San Marcos Mosque during the Muslim Student Association’s open house. The organization will host a Fast-a-thon Tuesday to raise awareness of Ramadan.

questions students may have about Islam. “We’re an information source on the true teachings of Islam without any of the media’s portrayal from their view,” said MSA member Abdullah Muhammad. “All of the people who come to the table come with a positive attitude, open-minded. They just want to know.” Last year’s Fast-a-thon drew approximately 115 people. With increased promotion efforts, MSA members are expecting a larger turnout this year and encourage those not interested in

fasting to also attend the dinner and lecture. “Even if you don’t fast, just show up for the dinner. It’s still free food,” Syed said. “This is open to staff, faculty, students, the custodians; it’s open to the general public, the people who live in San Marcos.”

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the Great Strides Hays County Walka-Thon Saturday at the Old Fish Hatchery Park to benefit a disease affecting 30,000 people in the United States. “This is a great way to get involved with a good cause in your community. It’s all about getting the word out about cystic fibrosis so we can get help to find a cure,” said Cristina De Los Santos, special events coordinator for the CFF Central Texas Chapter. Anyone can register to participate in the walk online at Walking teams can also be formed on the same Web site. “Many of the walking teams that are formed are families that have another family member with CF,” De Los Santos said. Breakfast and registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the 5K (3.1-mile) walk will begin at 10 a.m. After the walk there will be activities, food and beverages. According to the CFF’s Web site, people with the disease have a defective gene that causes the body to produce a faulty protein that can permanently damage the pancreas and the liver. Of the 30,000 people affected in the United States, 150 reside in Central Texas. Temple and Cedar Park also host Great Strides WalkA-Thons, with the biggest being held in May, in Austin. Last year, Austin raised approximately $100,000 to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis.


his is a great way to get involved with a good cause in your community. It’s all about getting the word out about cystic fibrosis so we can get help to find a cure.”

—Cristina De Los Santos, special events coordinator for the CFF Central Texas Chapter

“The goal of the (walk) is to raise awareness and money to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis,” De Los Santos said. No one is obligated to donate, she said, but people are encouraged to do so to help find a cure. De Los Santos is expecting around 20 to 30 people at Saturday’s walk. “Last year, $8,000 was raised in San Marcos and we are hoping for roughly the same this year,” De Los Santos said. One member of the Texas State sociology club is helping this cause. Quiya Stewart, sociology junior, is in the process of trying to set up a step show to help raise money. “Getting involved helps strengthen the community, and it’s a good way to get to know people and be helpful at the same time,” Stewart said. “It makes you feel good to help someone else.”


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party structure, so at a certain point, she has to cow to save face for future advancement,” Heggie said. Heggie said Naranjo told him by supporting Powers, College Democrats were violating their charter. Naranjo did not return The Star’s phone calls this week. Jill Simkin, newly appointed College Democrats president, said it appears the organization is not required to support the full Democratic ticket and can abstain from an individual race. She will be meeting with Naran-

jo later on in the week to work out the details to the charter. Simkin said she is sure that College Democrats will never officially endorse a Republican candidate. Simkin said she personally supports Powers. Whitehead said in an Oct. 4 interview the problem is with the students. “This last year or two, (College Democrats) fell out of compliance with the Texas and national college club regulations,” Whitehead said. “They didn’t pay their dues. They didn’t renew their charter and they had

a president who’s actively working for non-Democrats in this campaign.” “As a non-officer, (Heggie) is welcome to do whatever he likes now,” Whitehead said. “And as far as I’m concerned, we have no problems.” Heggie believes Whitehead’s actions may have done more harm than good. He said she has angered freshmen members who will be with the organization four more years. Sumter apologized for the comments she made Aug.22 to College Democrats who were protesting outside the County Courthouse. Heggie claims Sumter verbally as-

here are many community leaders who also had a point where they could of affected the decision making process and my example of that is Powers.”

—Carol Wilder San Marcos Area Democrats party chair

saulted his members and said he had to physically intercede. “Is that any way to treat a member of an organization you’re looking to

get support for?” Heggie said. The College Democrats voted unanimously Wednesday against supporting Sumter’s campaign.

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the conference after attending Tuesday’s School Safety Summit in Washington, D. C. The summit addressed ways to prevent future tragedies in schools and communities and how to help people recover in the wake of such events. Montague described the summit as a roundtable discussion. “We got a lot done in six hours, but also not a lot, if that makes sense,” Montague said. “We were able to accomplish a lot for how long we were out there.” The ALERRT program started in 2002 as a partnership between the City of San Marcos, Hays County and Texas State. The goal of the program is to minimize injuries and casualties during emergency response. “The concept has always been the same,” Montague said. “We want to reduce the loss of life and get the first officers in there as soon as possible.” Law enforcement began training its forces differently in response to school shootings such as the 1999 attack on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. ALERRT was recently credited

with keeping fatalities to a minimum Sept. 27 in Bailey, Colo., where a gunman held six girls hostage at Platte Canyon High School. Duane Morrison took one student’s life before committing suicide as SWAT team members closed in. “They were able to isolate him and save numerous lives,” Montague said. “It’s what we do. With Columbine, we saw that it was protocol that needed to be changed.” The funds allocated to secondary education will go to the “Mix It Up” program, headed by Selina Vasquez-Mireles, associate professor of mathematics, and Sandra West Moody, associate professor of biology. “This is a true merger,” Vasquez-Mireles said. “We look forward to raising teacher effectiveness and increasing student performance.” “Mix It Up” trains future teachers in ways to improve the math and science skills of the nation’s youth. “Math and science are the cornerstones to so Monty Marion/Star photo many majors,” said President Denise Trauth. “We want to open up opportunities to students, CONGRESSIONAL HELLO: District 28 Representative Henry Cuellar (left) acknowledges District 25 not close them off. It’s great that we’ve acknowl- representative Lloyd Doggett (right) while presenting more than $1.7 million in federal funding for the edged there is a problem, and we’re solving it.” Texas State ALERRT and Post Secondary Education Programs.

Interim superintendent will replace Perez in December am leaving to take a new position “Ito a larger district. There I will have the chance to impact more SMCISD:

children. I believe this is a natural, professional move.”

— Sylvester Perez SMCISD superintendent

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been essential in reforming the curriculum. “One of Perez’s greatest accomplishments is putting into action a sound curriculum,” Valle said. “By remaining abreast of education and new teaching techniques, he raises the bar.” Perez’ continued dedication to education has touched Valle personally. As a former teacher of SMCISD for 20 years and presently working administratively, Valle has decided to pursue her

PhD. under Perez’ influence. “Under his watch, he influenced me to go back to school,” Valle said. “He, like my father, encourages me.” As a communicator, Valle feels that Perez is in a field of his own. “He is a dynamic speaker, a good listener and yet empowering,” she said. “It is natural for him to encourage others and to take the role of a mentor without realizing it.” Perez’ influence has lead to record-breaking success with the

SMEF, Valle said. “After 18 months of campaign drives, we raised over $300,000,” she said. “Perez has taken the foundation to new levels.” Perez is content that while some will miss him, the community of San Marcos rests in capable hands. “San Marcos is definitely on the rise,” Perez said. While SMCISD says goodbye to Perez, the search for his replacement is just beginning. Sylvia Garza was named interim superintendent Monday and will serve until a permanent replacement is found, said SMCISD public information officer Iris Campbell. Garza will assume responsibility Dec. 1. Overall Perez said he will miss the school district and the people he has met. “I will miss the relationships I’ve built with our staff, community and students most of all,” he said.

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cases. “These are ways to handle cases outside the court system where a person completes counseling, community service and their case is dismissed and they don’t have a prior criminal history,” she said. “We need to address the issue why a person is committing these offenses and keep them from doing it again. I am saying we should use this for first-time, non-violent offenders, not in assaults or DWI cases, but for arrests for things like shoplifting or possession of small amounts of marijuana.” Both candidates have expressed the desire to soften the image the Hays County District Attorney’s office carries among students. “What I’ve heard from students is that they have not been treated fairly by the DA’s office and I want to keep lines of communication open. I want them to know I would be a fair and just prosecutor,” Tibbe said. She said the first-time nonviolent offenses that students may commit, such as writing hot checks, shoplifting or smallscale marijuana possession, should be approached with the intent to rehabilitate and prevent a reoccurrence and a “permanent blemish” on a student’s record.


he Hays County district attorney’s office is losing more cases than winning, so the experience they are touting so highly clearly isn’t serving the citizens of Hays County.”

— Sherri Tibbe Travis County Court No. 4 chief

However, Mau said the district attorney’s office rarely seeks convictions in these types of cases. “I am very disturbed over my opponent’s utter disregard for facts that are so easily confirmed,” he said in an e-mail. College Republicans Chairman Joe DeLaCerda, psychology senior, said the organization stands behind Mau. “I think Tibbe’s a good candidate, but she’s trying to jump ship into the district attorney’s office,” said DeLaCerda. “Mau has 12 years experience and he knows the nature of the crimes of Hays County.” College Democrats Public Relations Chair Eileen Galvez, political science sophomore, said Tibbe has visited the group several times. “She wants to put more effort on people who’ve done serious crimes,” Galvez said. “She wants to use different efforts for first-time, smaller offenders, to

not over-prosecute them. Even though she hasn’t been in Hays County, she still has experience in Travis County.” Meanwhile, the debate continues in each candidate’s camp. “I think that Hays County would benefit by looking outside, by seeking people with new ideas,” said David Escamilla, Travis County attorney and Tibbe’s boss for five years. “There’s a saying, ‘when you find yourself in a hole, you have to stop digging.’ I have seen the county’s statistics and they show problems.” Detective Kelly Woodard said the Criminal Investigation Department of the Hays County Sheriff ’s Office is in support of Mau. “I have worked with him for years. He is very knowledgeable of his job,” Woodard said. “We can go to him with any question we have regarding a case and he always knows the answer.”

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Cheatham Street Warehouse Cheatham Street Warehouse Micky and the Motorcars Dr. G. and the Mudcats Lucy’s San Marcos Lucy’s San Marcos The Lowdown Family String Band CD release party The Triple Crown The Triple Crown Green Mountain Grass/Raina Rose Enemy of Mankind Trends Contact — Maira Garcia,

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Cheatham Street Warehouse Walt Wilkins Lucy’s San Marcos San Marcos Compilation Showcase The Triple Crown Flash Boys

Lucy’s to hold benefit concert of local musicians Kallisti Gold, Blackwater Gospel among bands to play final San Marcos Compilation Showcase this weekend By Whitey Lewis Special to The Star The last scheduled San Marcos Compilation Showcase concert to benefit the production of a compilation album of local musicians will be on Saturday at Lucy’s on The Square. The compilation album is being assembled so it can ultimately be sold to raise money for the chronic disease fibromyalgia. The series of shows, which alternate locations between Lucy’s and The Triple Crown, started in April and have raised more than $1,000 in its six previous installments, according to the “Official Accounting Blog” on the compilation’s MySpace page. The concerts and album have been organized by Robbie Doyen, frontman of Robbie and the Robots, and will feature songs by popular bands in San Marcos. Previous artists have included local artists such as Grant Ewing, Word Association, The AK-47s and The Hatchets’— formerly known as Molly and the Hatchets — final show. The Showcase will feature performances by Blackwater Gospel, Kallisti Gold and Eleven Fingered Charlie. “We got involved with the compilation through a friendship with Robbie (Doyen),” said Paul Adams, member of Kallisti Gold. Adams said he is excited to perform again with the other bands. Kallisti Gold has shared billing with Eleven Fingered Charlie in recent years and has also opened a show — soon after forming in 2003 — for a previous incarnation of Blackwater Gospel. Eleven Fingered Charlie plans to include its latest single,

“Drag Me Down,” in the compilation. The band was formed in 2001 by Travis Damron, nutrition and foods senior and Chad Manes, political science senior. Currently in the process of recording its next album, the band plans on playing some of the fifteen new tracks on Saturday, Damron said. Damron also said that he is excited about participating in the compilation. “Not enough credit is given to the San Marcos music scene; it’s very diverse,” he said. All three bands have released full-length albums within the past year, which will contribute tracks to the compilation album. “Come out, drink a few beers and be ready to dance,” Adams said. “The show should be a fun, sweaty mess.” The release date of the compilation album has not yet been announced, but more money will be raised towards its production on Saturday. Blackwater Gospel will open the show at 10 p.m. Kallisti Gold, supporting their selftitled album released on Sept. 9 at Lucy’s, will return to the stage at 11 p.m. Closing the show, Eleven-Fingered Charlie, is set to perform at midnight. Admission is $5. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show is scheduled to run until 1 a.m.

Mark Decker/ Star file photo SPREADING THE WORD: Black Water Gospel rocks The Triple Crown during a Jan. 26 show.

Karen Wang/ Star file photo NEW RELEASE: Kallisti Gold performs songs from their self-titled debut album at their Sept. 9 CD-release show at Lucy’s San Marcos.

✯FYI For more information on the San Marcos Compilation album, the benefit shows and participating artists, visit

Guest speakers to attend Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas Symposium By Jill Jarvis The University Star Students can continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by attending the Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas Symposium Saturday in the LBJ Teaching Theater. The event, which begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., is being hosted by the history department and has been in the works for about a year and a half, said Frank de la Teja, chairman of the history department and the organizer of the symposium. The oneday symposium will consist of 13 guest speakers from across the country and will highlight the role of Tejanos in the history of Texas from 1821 to Texas’ annexation to the United States in 1845. “This event is the first of its kind in the state,” de la Teja said. “We hope that this con-

ference is a success so we can Republic and as mayor of San continue with Antonio, de la it in the fuTeja said. ture.” “I’m really De la Teja looking forsaid the goal ward to the of the symevent, and posium is to we’re hoping introduce the for a sizeable public to a seaudience,” de lect group of la Teja said. Tejanos who “We are enhad a major couraging impact on the students to development attend, even of Texas durif they can’t ing the critical — Frank de la Teja stay the whole years when it history department chair, time. We depassed from a signed the symposium organizer Mexican fronevent so that tier province people can to the 28th state in the union. come and go as they please.” The symposium also recogDe la Teja said that although nizes the 200th anniversary of he isn’t teaching any courses Juan Seguin’s birth. this semester because of his Seguin was the leading Te- administrative position as jano military figure of the chair of the history departTexas Revolution and went on ment, he has been encouraging to serve in the Senate of the other professors to offer extra


his event is the first of its kind in the state. We hope that this conference is a success so we can continue with it in the future.”

credit to students who attend the symposium. Clayton Oden, history junior, said he’s happy to see that the event is bringing guest speakers and is planning on attending the symposium. “It’s cool that the department is getting so many distinguished people from across the nation to come speak at our university,” Oden said. De la Teja said another goal of his is to create a book of all of the essays presented by speakers at the conference and make it available for future history students to use in the classroom.

✯FYI For more information on the symposium and list of schedule of events, visit www.

Alumni return to open the doors of dance in recital By Julia Riley The University Star “Vista Vibrant,” one of eight pieces to be presented this weekend as part of Opening Door Dance Theatre, is Texas State alumna and dance lecturer Kaysie Seitz Brown’s response to the current state of our world. “There’s war and economic distress,” Seitz-Brown said. “I wanted to create a lighthearted, joyful piece to show that there is still joy and hope, even if it’s for only 10 minutes.” Opening Door is the first alumni recital from the department of dance. An alumnus choreographed each of the pieces. The alumni range in age from those who graduated as long as 29 years ago or as soon as last spring. “The choreographers were asked, ‘What do you want to bring?’ and the show was built around that,” said LeAnne Smith Stedman, dance professor and alumna. Although the recital does not

have a cohesive theme, Stedman feels the pieces all flow together. “Part of the reason I chose the group of choreographers I did was that I knew the works would compliment each other,” Stedman said. Seitz-Brown is anxious to see the pieces presented together. “It will be interesting to see how styles have changed since graduation and the different pathways that have developed,” Seitz-Brown said. The choreographers bring their own unique vision to the recital and alumna Katri Shaller stressed the importance of the audience. “Dance is art but not if it isn’t seen,” Shaller said. “It won’t happen again; dance is ephemeral and fleeting. It’s not like an art gallery where you can go back two months later and look at the same painting.” The recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Evans Auditorium. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students.

Alternative Web site gives women chance to be sexy as they see fit By Kathryn White The Lantern (Ohio State U.) (U-WIRE) COLUMBUS, Ohio — SuicideGirls. Even those familiar with the term would be hard-pressed to give a concise definition. It’s a Web site, a community of individuals with a few common denominators: A group of girls who take off their clothes and call it art, a mentality and most recently, a burlesque show that brought its unique blend of satire, dance and strip-tease Monday night to Columbus, Ohio’s own Little Brother’s on High Street. The SuicideGirls Web site was

co-founded by Selena Mooney, better known as Missy Suicide, during the summer of 2001 as an “art project/experiment that (she) could be passionate about,” she states in a Q&A section of the Web site. “It’s a community,” Mooney said in a phone interview. “It’s a place that is for people to really connect based on interests rather than just friend-of-a-friend who’s really a stranger. You can find people that are into just about anything that you could possibly imagine someone being into … and that’s what it’s really about, finding people that share your interests.” The models on the Web site

differ drastically from the more mainstream images of the wellendowed, blond, flawless female beauty. The typical SuicideGirl, if there is such a thing, boasts a range of tattoos, piercings and dyed hair, portraying a more alternative image of beauty and sexuality. Over the years, the Web site has steadily earned the reputation as a women-friendly community: A place where its members can express themselves (both sexually and otherwise) as they see fit, without the pressure of a very male-dominated industry. Originally, the Web site was a place for Mooney and the people she was working with to

host the pinup-style photos of the girls the moniker was given to, but since then it has “grown very organically based on interests of the founders and the girls and the community members,” she said. Since then, many other projects have sprouted of their own accord: two calendars, interviews with major figures in popular and alternative culture, a SuicideGirls book, trading cards, videos, the burlesque show and most recently, a SuicideGirls-focused episode of CSI: New York that aired Oct. 8. A DVD is also due out Oct. 24. “The girls are very involved in what the themes of their photo

sets is (sic),” Money said. “They decide what they wear, what they want to display. How they feel sexiest about themselves is what they want to try to share.” The SuicideGirls Web site has come under a hailstorm of criticism since its inception, mainly from critics who label the Web site as soft-core porn masquerading as high art. Reputation and accusations aside, the burlesque show fit smoothly with the rest of the SuicideGirls persona -- that is, superbly hard to define. Burlesque is an art form that blends humor, satire, strip tease and performance art with an emphasis on the female form.

Audience members near the front got sprayed with everything from beer to Coca-Cola to silly string, not to mention getting close-up views of gyrating half-naked behinds. The crowd, both men and women, responded enthusiastically to the show, clapping and cheering for the performers throughout their routines. The SuicideGirls are more than just pin-up photos and half-naked women, but exactly what they are remains hard to describe. Perhaps the best way to sum up the evening and the Web site was what one showgoer said to his over-enthusiastic friend: “Have some class.”


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Blue October to headline Shiner Bocktoberfest in support of Foiled By Maira Garcia The University Star

their first album, The Answers, in 1998 on Universal Records. Since then, the band experiCalifornia is a long way from enced several lineup changes home for Blue October guitar- and relocated to the San Marcos ist and Texas State alumnus CB area, which led to the addition of Hudson in 2000 after the reHudson. “We miss Texas. I miss San lease of Consent to Treatment. Marcos. I know we’ve been gone The release of their latest alfor about a month now,” Hud- bum, Foiled, earlier this year, son said. Blue October has earned gold The band will make a short status and continuous radio trip home for a headlining show play of their hit single “Hate at the 14th-annual Bocktober- Me.” fest in Shiner before return“We like to work hard and we ing to their U.S. and Canadian like to see progress. But all of a tour. sudden it was just like a cliff — “I’m a big fan of Shiner Bock. it went straight up to national It’s gonna recognibe great,” tion,” HudHudson son said. think that narrows said. The band a band’s perspective went Bockfrom t o b e r f e s t whenever they say ‘I’m playing in f e a t u r e s gonna make a punk small venc o u n t r y, ues across Americana record’ and everything’s Texas to and rock punk. We like to explore performmusic as ing on late part of the every possible avenue and night talk o u t d o o r we don’t hold back and shows. music fes- we don’t try to narrow “Doing tival. Jay Leno, “Shiner it down. We leave the doing Jimand Blue playing field wide open my Kimmel October — (they enjoy a and I think that’s what are) very successful sets us apart.” nerve-rackrelation—CB Hudson ing experiship,” said Blue October guitarist ences. It’s Shiner very strange Bocktodoing those berfest spokesperson Jamie talk shows,” Hudson said. “You Morris. “We’re excited to see sit around all for three minutes them take the stage this Satur- and thirty seconds of perforday in Shiner.” mance. You get all nervous sitBlue October will headline ting there waiting.” along with acts such as GodsCurrently, the single “Into mack, Pat Green, Old 97s and the Ocean” is No. 25 on the Diamond Rio. Billboard Modern Rock chart. “We’ve actually opened for While it took the band several Pat Green four years ago in Mis- years to obtain mainstream souri. Blue October and then success, Hudson attributes it to Pat Green,” Hudson said. “A lot working on albums too quickly. of the cowboys in the crowd “In the past, it seems like it has were looking at us like we were been a really quick process. It’s crazy. We played ‘Razorblade’ like, ‘lets get this song together and everyone’s going ‘what’s go- and lets rehearse a couple of ing on here? This is supposed to time; OK, let’s go the studio and be a country show.’” record it,’” Hudson said. “This Playing with bands of vari- time we took our time with it.” ous genres is much like the apHudson said the slower reproach Blue October’s takes to cording process for Foiled was their own music. The band re- an effort to produce a quality fuses to be pigeonholed. album. He said lead singer and Blue October, which initially founding member Justin Furformed in Houston, released stenfeld moved to Los Angeles


Photo courtesy of Blue October SHINER BOUND: Blue October will play Saturday in Shiner at Bocktoberfest along with Pat Green and Godsmack. The band is currently on a U.S. tour that will finish in November.

for six months just to work on lyrics. “We really wanted to put something out that was a 100 percent of all of us. Instead of trying to get it out in six months, we took our time and it took a year and half,” he said. “I think it shows in just the quality, the musicianship (and) the lyrics.” Blue October stands out in the rock genre because they do not adhere to a single genre, Hudson said. “I think that narrows a band’s perspective whenever they say, ‘I’m gonna make a punk record’ and everything’s punk,” he said.

“We like to explore every possible avenue and we don’t hold back and we don’t try to narrow it down. We leave the playing field wide open and I think that’s what sets us apart.” Hudson said his musical influences stem from all sorts of genres, but jazz in particular at

the moment. He also attributes his musical style to playing in San Marcos. With the popular reaction to Foiled, the band will continue on the road until the end of November. Hudson said he looks forward to coming home and returning to the San Marcos

scene. “You gotta go to Taproom to get your burger on. It’s funny; when I get home, that’s where I’ll go first.”

onlineconnection For an audio feature with Blue October guitarist CB Hudson, log on to Friday.

San Marcos River Pub & Grill to have second-annual Howl-oween Saturday By Jeffery D. Hooten The University Star The patio of the San Marcos River Pub & Grill will be a flurry of panting and tail wagging Saturday as it hosts the second annual Howl-oween celebration. The event, which is affiliated with the San Marcos Mutt Strut, helps raise money for the San Marcos Animal Shelter and will

include a dog-costume contest and “Bow-Wow Bistro.” “We’ve always done a lot with the Animal Shelter,” said Mache Canchola, event coordinator at the San Marcos River Pub & Grill. “We’re big animal people here.” In exchange for their $20 donation to the San Marcos Animal Shelter, those attending the event with their dog will get the

opportunity to sit down to a meal with their pet consisting of appetizers, a choice of appropriately named entrees, such as “Cujo Burger,” and a soft drink. Prizes will be awarded to the dogs with the best costumes. “There are all kinds of prizes,” Canchola said, “but every mutt is a winner.” Canchola said even though there are many dogs in one

place, the Howl-oween celebration has yet to see any quarrels between the animals. “We’ve never had so much as a snap between the dogs,” Canchola said while knocking on wood. “It’s like the dogs know they’re going out to dinner and you can actually see how some of the dogs look like their owners.” David Watson, undecided

sophomore, says he’s thinking about attending. “It would be a fun way to celebrate a goofy holiday,” Watson said. The event starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. All animals must have current vaccinations and tags and must remain leashed or in a carrier. For more information call (512) 353-3747.


here are all kinds of prizes, but every mutt is a winner.”

— Mache Canchola San Marcos River Pub & Grill event coordinator


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Fiesta de Cien Años raises scholarship money, promotes Latino awareness By Laura Jamison The University Star Paul Hart, history associate professor and Latino Presence Celebration Committee member, is saving his own table for the Fiesta de Cien Años. “I just bought a table ... I teach Mexican-American history, and I am going to raffle (the tickets) off in my class,” Hart said. Fiesta de Cien Años is the culminating event for Latino Presence at Texas State University-San Marcos: Celebrating 100 Years. The event, scheduled

for Saturday, will include a catered dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction. Cynthia Gonzales, chair of Fiesta de Cien Años and assistant professor in the School of Music, said that although it is not a �nightclub event,� she still hopes people wear their party clothes. “It is a celebration. We will have live music ... there will also be dancing and a silent auction to raise money for scholarships,” Gonzales said. The party is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and

Gender Studies and the Hispanic Policy Network. Gonzales encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to attend the event. “We now live in a state where the majority population will be Hispanic, and it is important for every citizen to be educated so that we can participate in our society and our culture. Celebrating 100 years of Latino history at Texas State places value on educating Hispanics,” Gonzales said. Hart said he hopes community members will attend the

fiesta. “We are looking to the future and expanding the Latino presence on campus. It is a way to let people in the community and people who are current students who have friends and siblings know that this is a place they could go, because it is a welcoming environment for Latino students,” Hart said. The silent auction consists of various donations made by community members and businesses. “We have a $50 gift certificate to (Pottery Barn) and there are


The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years

Lecturer: Tara Smith, University of Texas philosophy professor

Philosophy Dialogue: The Virtuous Egoist

This Hispanic Heritage Month exhibition from the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies looks back through the years, starting in 1906, when the first Latinos joined the student body.

Location: Alkek Teaching Theater

The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is located in the Witliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican photography of the 7th floor of the Alkek Library.

Philosophy Dialogue: The Virtuous Egoist

Exhibit hours: Monday/Tuesday/Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday/Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call (512) 245-2313 for more information.

Location: Dialogue Room — Psychology Building, Room 132

Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration The “greatest hits” of the permanent archives, including the 1555 edition of Cabeza de Vaca’s La Relación y Comentarios, a songbook made by an eleven-year-old Willie Nelson, costumes and props from Lonesome Dove and much more.

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Lecturer: Tara Smith, University of Texas philosophy professor Time: 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit Opening Door Dance Theatre This year’s concert features the choreography of distinguished Texas State Alumni Emily Boyd, Carissa Armstrong, Katri Shaller, Kaysie Seitz-Brown and LeAnne Stedman. Contact the dance department’s main office at (512) 245-2949 for more information.

Open dialogue and Q&A

Philosophy Dialogue: Public Lecture & Discussion: More on Selfishness as a Virtue

Lecturer: Yaron Brook, director of the Ayn Rand Institute Location: Dialogue Room — Psychology Building, Room 132

Exhibit hours: Monday/Tuesday/Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday/Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call (512) 245-2313 for more information.

Philosophy Dialogue: Selfishness: Deadly Vice or Saving Virtue?

Gallery hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact (512) 245-2664 for more information.


Time: 7:30 p.m.

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Seattle-area sculptor Drew Daly makes works that fragment, deconstruct and reconstruct everyday materials and objects that allow the viewer to rethink the relationship that one has to the commonplace. The exhibit is located in Gallery I of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building.

in creating community in this large school so people do not feel like a number, but they feel more included,” Hart said. Tory Donato, criminal justice freshman, said students should try to understand various races. “It is important for other races to get involved in things like this so we can break down stereotypes and certain prejudices against Latinos. It will be a good time,” he said. Fiesta de Cien Años will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are $12.

Philosophy Dialogue: Rationality, Virtue, and the State of the World (Sophists and Sages)

The archives are located in the Southwestern Writers Collection on the 7th floor of Alkek.

Drew Daly Exhibit

sunglasses at the value of $55. My hope is that we raise funds for scholarships,” said Gonzales. The Hispanic Policy Network will distribute scholarship funds to Hispanic students at the fiesta. Hart said he wants Hispanic students to feel welcome at Texas State. “A large percentage (of Hispanic students) are first generation, so they are the first ones in their families to go to college. We have 27,000 students, so we are trying to make efforts

The event is free and open to the public. Debaters: Yaron Brook, director of the Ayn Rand Institute and Sen. Robert Krueger of New Braunfels Moderator: Jeff Gordon, philosophy professor Location: Alkek Theater Time: 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Trombone Studio Recital

Tickets: $10 at the door and $5 for students (cash only)

Lecturer: Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute Location: LBJ Teaching Theater Time: 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Opera Scenes Samuel Mungo, assistant professor in the school of music, will direct opera workshop students in performing scenes from Carmen, Orfeo, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, Tender Land, The Marriage of Figaro, The Old Maid and the Thief and Elixir of Love. The event will be held at the University Performing Arts Center. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information. Time: 8 p.m.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Students of Charles Hurt, professor in the school of music, perform at the Music Building recital hall. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information.

Tim Roda Exhibit

Time: 8 p.m.


The event is free and open to the public.

The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years

“Happening” on The Square

Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration

New York photographer Tim Roda’s work casually travels between borders of installation, photography and ceramics. Roda’s photographs are made from sculptural installations (often ceramic props) that are autobiographical. Each vignette is based in the artist’s childhood, family history, memories and emotions and encourages the viewer toward a multi-layered interpretation of meaning, both in implication and inference. The exhibit is located in Gallery II in JCM. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact (512) 245-2664 for more information.

Following the success of the pillow fight in The Quad, the At-Random Theatre Group is sponsoring a second San Marcos “happening.” The “happening” will occur by the equestrian statue of Jack Hays on the courthouse lawn. Bring glow-sticks and get ready to dance or just stop by and watch. Time: 11:40 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Tickets: $5 general admission and $3 for students

Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas A one-day symposium on Tejano leaders during the Texas Revolution will be held in LBJSC Teaching Theater. The event is sponsored by the department of history and Latino Presence Celebration Com-

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Artist uses spray paint to depict Michelangelo’s most famous work By John Biemer Chicago Tribune WATERLOO, Iowa — Paco is down to his last prophet. He stands on a 6-foot scaffold surveying the image of Joel and the few unpainted blotches left on a 2,511-square-foot ceiling. He pulls a paint-spray respirator over his goatee and shakes an aerosol can, the metal ball inside rattling noisily. He leans back and begins to spray brown paint — pfft, pfft, pfft — in quick strokes of his left hand on the plaster ceiling. The details emerge on a pair of cherubs supporting a decorative column beside Joel. They are

the last flourishes of a massive undertaking: a half-scale replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, one of art history’s most remarkable feats. And here it is in downtown Waterloo, a heck of a long way from Rome. The river here is not the Tiber, but the Cedar. The artist is not Michelangelo, but Paco Rosic, 27, a refugee of the Bosnian war. The medium this time is spray paint, but the likeness to the Renaissance original is striking and unmistakable. Rosic began the painting in July in a historic building that his family is converting to a restaurant and gallery. After studying photos of Michelangelo’s work

CONTINUED from page 8 mittee. For more information and the luncheon registration form, visit Time: 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fiesta de Cien Años The culminating event for the Latino Presence Celebration and Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring dinner, entertainment and a silent auction in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Sponsored by Latino Presence Celebration Committee. Contact the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies for details.

so long that it showed up in his dreams, Rosic laid down a foundation of almond-colored spray paint and tried not to think what he was getting himself into. “If you think too much, you’re going to kill your head,” Rosic said. “I just started doing it. Then, very once in a while, I would stop and look and think, ‘Oh wow!’ I would freak out a little. ‘What am I doing?’” All summer, curious onlookers stopped by as Rosic put in 10- to 15-hour days spray painting the ceiling amid the noisy hammers and drills of construction work. “Have you ever seen anything like this?” said Ron Fiacco, man-

ager of an AG Edwards office next door. “It’s tremendous.” At first, Rosic lay on his back to spray the ceiling, but the extra scaffolding scratched the floor, so he switched to standing up and bending backward. He stopped counting after he went through 2,000 cans of Krylon paint and spent more than $6,000 of his savings. And in the next few weeks, he will finish it: nine Genesis stories, seven prophets and five sybils spread over 81 feet by 31 feet — almost the square footage of a tennis court. “This is what I live for,” Rosic said simply. “Just to paint. Nothing else.”

logue students

Lecturer: Andrew Bernstein, visiting philosophy professor from Marist College

Location: Dialogue Room — Psychology Building, Room 132

Teaching Theater

The event is free and open to the public.

Time: 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Philosophy Dialogue: Global Capitalism & Some Reflections on Its Consequences for Children

Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $12.00

Location: Dialogue Room — Psychology Building, Room 132

Opening Door Dance Theatre

Time: 1 p.m.

Opera Scenes

The event is free and open to the public.

The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit

Monday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit Philosophy Dialogue: Global Capitalism: The Cure for World Oppression

as he reached up to the 14-foothigh ceiling. At the end of long days, he walked hunched over. “One night, he couldn’t even lift his fork,” said his girlfriend, Tara Anderson, an acupuncturist. Her needles, he said, revived him after the hardest days. “She fixed me,” Rosic said. That was one advantage Michelangelo did not have as he labored through the four-year original almost five centuries ago. Rosic also was able to cover space quicker than Michelangelo could in fresco, a painting on fresh moist plaster. The spray paint also ends up brighter and less precise along the lines.

& Poverty

Lecturer: Andrew Bernstein, visiting philosophy professor from Marist College


The young artist’s work — and the scale — is impressive, said illustrator Gary Kelley, who lives in nearby Cedar Falls and has been published in The New Yorker, Time and Rolling Stone. “To do it for yourself, just because you had to do it, just because it was something you felt you had to do, says a lot about it,” Kelley said. “… That’s a lot of uncomfortable work. It’s fun to see that kind of passion and commitment to a project.” It did leave Rosic, who is energetic and slim, exhausted and sore. “I was falling apart,” he said. “I suffered in this project.” He would hold his right hand under his left elbow for support

Music Lecture Series Music professor John C. Schmidt will present the lecture “Adolf Fuchs: A German Pioneer Composer in Texas” at the recital hall. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information. Time: 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Drew Daly Exhibit Tim Roda Exhibit Philosophy Dialogue: Self-Awareness in Children and Animals Lecturers: Paul Wilson, senior lecturer in the department of philosophy and Randall Osborn, professor of psychology Location: Dialogue Room — Psychology Building, Room 132 Time: 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Guitar Studio Recital


Students of Mark Cruz, senior lecturer in the school of music, perform at the recital hall. Contact (512) 245-2651 for more information.

The Latino Presence at Texas State: Celebrating 100 Years

Time: 6 p.m.

Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection: A 20th Anniversary Celebration

The event is free and open to the public.

Tim Roda Exhibit

Homecoming Talent Show

Philosophy Dialogue: The Scientist in the Crib: Have We Underestimated Child Intelligence?

Be entertained as talented groups from throughout the university compete for top prizes at Evans Auditorium. The Homecoming Court and Gaillardians will be announced at intermission. Contact the CASO for more information at (512) 245-3219.

Lecturers: Jenny Patel and Anthony Stephenson, philosophy dia-

Time: 7 p.m.

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‘New’ technology hits the radio waves I’d love to tell you about the (purportedly) newest, greatest thing in music – HD Digital Radio. Nothing would thrill me BILL RIX more than to Star Copy Chief accurately communicate the details of the technology to you. That way the layman and the technical-minded person alike could read and comprehend what I am saying so that you may make an informed decision about it. The truth is it’s nigh impossible to get any real information about this technology. I started my quest after hearing an advertisement on an Austin radio station for HD Radio. It’s new to me, so I’ll look into it, right? “Technology” fixes, after all. A few things were obvious from the get-go: “HD” traditionally means “high definition.” So, the signal is probably digital, which means that the content providers will be able to give us lossless sound quality. Additionally, being a digital signal, we’ll probably also get multicasting and metacasting as well. Some

of these things were true, some not so true. First of all, it turns out HD Radio is nothing more than a trademark (hence the constant capitalization). “High definition” evidently means “near CD-quality” according to Crutchfield, a consumer electronic manufacturer. Two things here people: CD technology was cemented more than 20 years ago, and if you own a high-quality pair of headphones — audiophile-grade, circumaural stuff — you can plainly tell the difference between CD-quality and near CD-quality sound. And speaking of CD-quality sound, have you ever compared a compact disc and an LP of the same title? Kind of eerie how the LP destroys the CD in terms of warmth and accurate reproduction, huh? Brass especially — do a listening test with Miles Davis. The signal is indeed digital, which will allow for multicasting and metacasting. This allows data to travel across the signal, such as weather, song title, stocks, but the more of these things there are per station, the worse the quality will be because of bandwidth restrictions.


I only have two real, substantial problems with the concept of HD Radio: First, it’s the LightScribe of the airwaves. It’s tardy technology. HD Radio is trying to do what XM and Sirius Satellite Radio did earlier this decade: Provide listeners with “high-profile” music, talk and sports. The only real benefit is that HD Radio will be free (after you purchase the wildly expensive receiver), but if you’ve ever listened to XM or Sirius, you’d know that it’s well worth the subscription price. And let me tell you as long as it’s free, it ain’t gonna be “high profile.” Kenny Chesney is still going to sound awful regardless of sound quality. Secondly, I’m fearful for my analog signal. None of my audio equipment, except for my speakers, are anywhere near being state-of-the-art — the newest piece of hardware I own is from the mid-70s. I’m almost positive that digital will overcome analog signals at some point, and that my wonderful 1972 Pioneer receiver won’t be receiving a whole lot of radio. Not that I listen to the radio a whole lot, but it’s the principal of the thing.

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he flap surrounding the recent resignation of College Democrats President Eric Heggie for supporting the campaign of Republican County Judge Jim Powers has raised some interesting issues about the role of students in politics.

Members of the Hays County Democratic Party and the College Democrats of America have interfered in the affairs of Texas State students in a way that The University Star finds disconcerting. Certainly the Hays County Democrats have every right to register a complaint with College Democrats. And the College Democrats of America have every right to get involved with the Texas State chapter if it has a charter with the national organization. It’s the way Gloria Whitehead from the Hays County Democrats and Katie Naranjo from the national college organization handled the problem that The Star finds so disappointing. Those two behaved in an immature and unprofessional manner when dealing with Heggie and the Texas State Democrats. Liz Sumpter, Democratic candidate for county judge and long-time friend of Whitehead, reportedly yelled at College Democrats demonstrating at the County Courthouse Aug. 22. Whitehead, Sally Caldwell, assistant sociology professor, and Daniel Segura, pre-mass communication junior, berated members of College Democrats at one of the group’s meetings, causing two of them to cry. Whitehead also sent an e-mail to Heggie that was nothing short of a personal attack, calling him “ethically challenged.” Heggie, said Naranjo, in what appears to be an overzealous attempt to downplay the whole debacle, counseled him to deny all association with the Powers campaign. She also made Heggie sign a party affiliation agreement saying Texas State College Democrats would not endorse a Republican candidate. The Star is not defending Heggie’s actions. The issue is not that he supported a Republican candidate; he has a right to do whatever wants unless he violated the organization’s charter. The conflict of interest, as we see it, is that Heggie was the head of a political organization and was working as a paid contractor for a political consulting firm. Whitehead and Naranjo were right to get involved. They should not have resorted to screaming and scare tactics. It’s no surprise members of College Democrats chose to support a Republican candidate when the Democratic candidate and her supporters behave this way. A candidate for any office loses all credibility when she and her friends bully and insult college students. Powers gets a failing grade on this test, as does Sumpter. He should have seen the potential conflict he was creating by bringing Heggie on board. Students will continue to take a dim view of politics if politicians continue to view us as nothing more than pawns and campaign volunteers to berate and threaten whenever we refuse to lock step.

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I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped to create a wonderful evening with Mr. Edward James Olmos. It takes many people managing many projects to present such a large event as the Common Experience happening on the evening of Oct. 2. It was a true success. Bringing activists such as Edward James Olmos to the Texas State campus would be impossible without the help of organizations such as the Mitte Honors Program, SACA and many others — students, faculty and staff — who have volunteered their time, energy, and yes, great sums of money. The goal of the Common Experience is to connect events and speakers to a common dialogue across the university, to be a central thread uniting the Texas State community. This goal extends to connect academic and administrative departments, uniting faculty and staff from all corners of our campus on one project. When Common Experience events such as Mr. Olmos’s speech, “We are All in the Same Gang,” are so successful, it is easy to recognize that many people had to come together and cooperate to make it happen. I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has shown their support for the Common Experience. It is the united support of students, faculty and staff that designates our university the Rising Star of Texas.

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The fall sealocal or on a larger son has come scale. around, and As a student at once again, Texas State, I feel the biggest I need to be more debates being interested in our put on stulocal government. dents’ minds BRANDON SIMMONS I feel ashamed are who’s about any sort of Star Columnist going to win disinterest since I Flavor of Love, will the am a resident of San MarCowboys beat the Texans cos and a student. I am (they won’t) and who will not alone. win homecoming queen Around campus, not (vote Ashqelynn Ayers). enough students know That seems to be accutheir elected representarate, except none of these tives and their opponents. good people will be runThere were only a few who ning for political office. could tell me anything When it comes to the about the election, other subject of politics, college than it was on Nov. 7. students or young people One of those people within the age range was Mathew Golding, of 18 to 24 are usually political science junior blown off; but it’s not just and College Democrats college-aged students. member, who gave 27,000 People in general tend to reasons why we should be have an apathetic attitude concerned. about politics, whether “Texas State is com-

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monly referred to in politics as the sleeping giant,” Golding said. “There are 27,000 students at Texas State and last year the sleeping giant was awoken when 4,100 students registered to vote successfully voted Chris Jones to City Council.” The University Star reported Sept. 20 that Texas State’s enrollment size has peaked to 27,503 students. This only proves how much power we can have. This proves we can get our voices heard if enough people vote. “ASG has a goal to get 5,000 students to vote,” Golding said. “Then, we would roughly make up 20 percent of the voting population and politicians will soon take notice. We are trying to get students to do early voting on Oct. 25 and 26.”

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eople in general tend to have an apathetic attitude about politics, whether local or on a larger scale. How early can we see local politicians reach out to the giant? The beanstalk is not that far. Some students feel the same way as communication design senior Monique Duplechain — local politicians do not reach out to them. “Politicians are only visible when trying to get our votes,” Duplechain said. This is true because the only time I remember seeing Susan Narvaiz was at my freshman convocation, and this is my third year. Do the local politicians feel threatened

by the popularity of candidates on larger scales, such as the governor’s race? As a result, most students can name the gubernatorial governor candidates but not their local elected officials. Politicians only carry this attitude because they feel we do not know what we want and we are only voting to get a T-shirt. When P. Diddy, Puffy or Diddy, whatever he signs a check with, came out with the Vote or Die campaign, voting was made cool, but nobody was educated on how to vote or could see what was really

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going on. It was an obvious attempt to get Bush out of the White House, but the new voters obviously did not research the candidates thoroughly. We have to speak up when these leaders make a mistake. Not only do they work for the people, but they were hired by the people, whether you voted for them or not. They still have to come in and serve us and make sure we have been served right. What happens if they fail to complete that part of their job? We have the power to put them out of office. Then they can watch a lot more Cowboys games and Flavor of Love than they planned. Brandon Simmons is a pre-mass communication sophomore

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Ex-NFL running back’s conviction latest in long list of legal troubles By J. Michael Kennedy Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday for driving a car into a group of boys and young men, striking three of them, after a pickup football game last year near Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The conviction was the latest in a long string of legal troubles for the former University of Nebraska star, whose police record dates back more than a decade for arrests and convictions involving violent behavior and traffic violations. Those brushes include at least five arrests on suspicion of as-

saulting women, including one in which he remains accused of choking his girlfriend into unconsciousness in August 2005 in San Diego. He is still awaiting legal proceedings in that case. In the verdict Tuesday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deliberated for about an hour before finding Phillips guilty of seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He was convicted of driving a 2003 black Honda Accord onto a field near the coliseum on Aug. 21, 2005, striking two boys, ages 14 and 15, and a 19-year-old man. According to testimony at the trial, he narrowly missed hitting four others standing nearby. After being on the losing team

in the football game, he accused the boys he was playing with of stealing his equipment and stormed off the field, only to return driving the speeding Honda, prosecutors said. Phillips’ lawyer, Leslie Ringold, contended that police were intent on arresting Phillips because of his high profile and assumed that he was guilty before investigating. She said there was a “woeful” lack of evidence that an assault was committed. Phillips has been in jail since his arrest. As a player at the University of Nebraska, Phillips was a standout talent who helped the Cornhuskers win two national championships in the 1990s. But his apparent difficulty in

controlling his temper shortened Phillips’ once-promising football career. Several NFL and Canadian football league teams cut him for infractions that included insubordination, clashing with coaches and other disciplinary problems. The incident at the pickup game occurred three days after San Diego police announced a $1,000 reward for information as to his whereabouts in connection with assaults on his girlfriend. Phillips spent his teenage years in a West Covina, Calif., group home. Phillips could face more than 13 years in prison in the Los Angeles assault case and an additional 15 years on the San Diego charges.

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SOCCER: Phillips aims to score goals, stay injury-free CONTINUED from page 16

top six to enter the SLC tournament. The tournament will be held in San Marcos this season for the first time since 2001. “I’m confident we will make the tournament,” Phillips said. “I’m just excited it’s going to be in our backyard. Our fans, friends and family will be there, and it will be a big advantage for us to have a huge crowd.” Phillips said her expectations for the remainder of the season are to keep scoring goals for the team and make it through the end of the campaign injuryfree.

In the spring semester, she plans to take one class and start an internship at a hospital. Phillips said she would love to apply to nursing school and become a practitioner after graduating in May.

✯ FYI Texas State has four SLC games remaining before playoffs begin. Phillips and the Bobcats return to action at home Sunday against Nicholls State. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Weather may impact pace of cross country tournament By Gabe Mendoza The University Star The Bobcat distance runners get ready to take on the field for a final regular season race Saturday in Seguin. With the Southland Conference tournament fast approaching, the last opportunity for the Texas State cross country team to tune up will be this weekend at the Texas Lutheran Invitational. The Bobcats have had the last two weeks to rest and prepare since their last race at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla., where the men’s team posted a 16th place finish. The women turned in a 10th place finish. The race will be held at the

Texas Lutheran campus course, which is primarily comprised of grass, with a few gentle hills. It is generally considered a fast course, but the weather over the next few days may impact the pace of the race. Coach Grigori Viniar said the team has performed relatively well this season on the men’s and women’s side. Viniar has been particularly impressed by the women’s top three runners: Whitney Perkins, Tenley Determan and Heather Bullin. He said he would still like to see more consistency from the women running behind them. “We’re looking for a better package of all the girls on the team. The second part of the team needs to catch up to the

first team,” Viniar said. While this week’s event will not feature the level of competition that the Cowboy Jamboree displayed, it will get the team ready for a conference tournament that has some of the best talent it has seen in quite some time. Viniar said he has an idea why the competition has increased so much within the conference. “Many of the schools have brought in runners from other countries, such as Kenya, to run for their teams,” Viniar said. “It definitely makes things more interesting. On the men’s side, there is some very high competition among the first seven teams.” Much of the team’s success,

at least on the men’s side, will depend on the health of one of its key team members, Roel Elizalde. The coaching staff has given Elizalde a 50 percent chance of being ready for the conference tournament due to a previously sustained leg injury. His impact on the race could be significant. “The difference with (Elizalde) could be up to 40 or 50 points,” Viniar said. “That could mean moving up a place.” The coaching staff has higher expectations for next year. Coach Viniar said his relatively young team will have more experience next season and be that much more prepared to take on the top teams within the conference.

Deleigh Hermes/Star photo STANDING STRONG: Fifth-year soccer player Kim Phillips has been a centerpiece of the Texas State soccer team since 2002 despite suffering multiple injuries during her career.


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‘Rough-and-tough’ sport hits SRC this weekend By Richard Lopez The University Star This weekend the Student Recreation Center will host the Texas Wheelchair RoundUp featuring the sport seen in the documentary Muderball. In the early stages of wheelchair rugby, there were few rules so body contact and falling out of chairs was typical. As the game evolved, new rules regarding contact and time restrictions standardized play. It is now the fastestgrowing wheelchair sport in the world and is a full-medal sport at the Paralympics. “Wheelchair rugby is a place to see that there really are no limits in life,” said Cassandra Cavazos, recreational administration junior. “Murderball live — it is just like the movie and you get to experience first-hand. No pads, no protection — just hardcore rugby in wheelchairs.” This weekend, three teams will be competing in the Texas Wheelchair RoundUp, held at the SRC Saturday and Sunday. The teams hail from Austin, San Antonio and Houston, with the individual players ranging in age from 18 to late 20s. The tournament will last from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 or $1 with a student ID. Wheelchair rugby is a sport for paraplegics. A paraplegic is defined as anyone with paralysis of both lower limbs because of spinal injury or disease. Although it is a game that many may not be familiar with, wheelchair rugby is a very simple game to grasp.

The concept is the same as regular rugby, but with wheelchairs. The only difference between the two is that each wheelchair rugby player has an individual ranking. The game is played on a regulation-size basketball court with a goal area marked


heelchair rugby is place to see that there really are no limits in life.” - Cassandra Cavazos recreational administration junior

out at each end, measuring eight meters long by 1.7 meters wide. Each team has four players on the court at any given time. The basics of the game are to progress the ball up the court by carrying or passing the ball safely and to ultimately score by crossing over the goal line with possession. A major part of the game is that full-chair contact is allowed, making for a rough-and-tough game. The tournament would not be possible without the help of people such as Cavazos, who will be helping with the fieldwork. Cavazos encourages anyone who is interested in checking out the tournament to stop by this weekend. “The only thing I can really say about the sport is that this is an experience of a lifetime. It is awesome and so thrilling,” Cavazos said.

Cotton Miller/Star file photo THE MORE THE MERRIER: The Texas State defense mobs Stephen F. Austin running back Jerome Brooks Saturday versus Stephen F. Austin. The Bobcats hope to break a four-game losing streak Saturday against McNeese State.

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Football Notebook Cowboys move on with new head coach McNeese State fired coach Tommy Tate on Oct. 4 after nearly 27 years with the program, including six and a half as head coach. Offensive coordinator Matt Viator was selected to serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Tate won three straight Southland Conference championships between 2001 and 2003 and played for a national championship in 2002, finish-

ing the season 13-2. During his head-coaching career with the Cowboys, Tate was named the Southland Conference coach of the year, the NCAA District V coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association and The Eddie Robinson Award, given to the top coach Division 1-AA national coach for a given season. “I thought Coach Tate was a quality man,” Bailiff said. “He won about every award a coach can win. He did a great job keeping it all together last year during the hurricane, but you hate when anyone in this profession loses their job.” Viator has been on the Cowboys staff since 1999 and has served as offensive coordinator since 2000. His offensives have

led the league in scoring three times and have ranked among the national leaders in offense for five of the past seven years. Black jerseys could become a new tradition Last week, the Bobcats broke out black jerseys for the first time in school history to signify the importance of the conference opener and the beginning of a new season. “That was something we did when I was at TCU,” Bailiff said. “We had a black jersey game when it was really important. We were trying to reinforce in their minds it was a new season, a fresh start.” Bailiff said the team would wait before wearing the black jerseys again, after SFA stole a

victory in the closing minutes of last week’s loss. “We might wear them again,” Bailiff said. “But it won’t be this year.”


e are still working on having a thirddown-and-one mentality. We had that last year, but we’ve got to get that mentality this year.” - David Bailiff football coach


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Lidle dead Pitcher Cory Lidle died Wednesday when a small plane registered to the New York Yankee crashed into a 50-story condominium on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. At least one other person was killed in the crash. A law enforcement official in Washington said a distress call was issued from the plane before the crash. The Yankees acquired Lidle from Philadelphia on July 30. Lidle was 34 years old, having just completed his 11th season in the MLB. — news services

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Kim Phillips’ athleticism, character bring energy to Bobcat soccer By Carl Harper The University Star Kim Phillips has been the face of the Texas State soccer program since 2002. Her ability to move around on the field and play every position is just one of many contributions the fifth-year player has brought to the team. “I think Kim is an amazing athlete,” said Paige Perriraz, senior goalkeeper. “She understands the game and can play anywhere on the field.” Coach Kat Conner has admired Phillip’s effort as an athlete, having battled back from multiple injuries. “She has stepped up by being a leader on the field and has put the team on her back,” Conner said. “Kim is a fun person to be around, but when its time to play, she will work her hardest for the team.” Her athleticism, character and determined, play-hard spirit are what bring energy to the Texas State Soccer Complex every home game. “It has been a tremendous experience playing here at Texas State,” Phillips said. “Personally, I didn’t think I was going to play college soccer because I didn’t really get recruited coming out of high school, but the coaches, players and playing experience have been great.” Phillips, born in Fort Worth, graduated from Mansfield High School in Arlington in 2001, where she lettered all four years and helped her team become the 5A District Cham-

pions her junior and senior year. She became a Bobcat the following year and was part of a defensive unit that recorded a Southland Conference-best seven shutouts. Phillip’s success continued as a sophomore, when she was awarded All-Southland Conference, starting in 17 of 19 games. However, in 2004, on the last day of preseason practice and the same day as her parents’ 30th wedding anniversary, Phillips tore her ACL and meniscus. “At first, I hyper-extended it and didn’t want to sit out because it didn’t hurt that bad,” Phillips said, “but on the next play I planted on it and it totally went out on me.” Phillips said she learned to deal with the frustrations of sitting out that season, but realized it was beneficial for her in the long run. “It was devastating, but everything happens for a reason,” Phillips said. “It was really a mental thing for me because we won the conference championship that year. I learned a lot about myself because I did a lot of cheerleading. It was just an eye-opening experience for me to understand other people’s roles better.” Phillips was not used to sitting on the bench. She started in all but two games the season before and had expectations of starting every game. “It was good to be on the bench and cheer for the team and back them up,” Phillips

said. Phillips was able to battle back strong for the 2005 season by making an appearance in every game. As a defender, she took 23 shots and scored once. Her lone goal came in a 2-1 overtime thriller against Southeastern Louisiana. The team is more than halfway through this year’s schedule, with a 3-10-2 record, and Phillips is posting the best offensive stats of her career. She has moved from defender to forward, giving her more scoring opportunities. Phillips has started in 13 of 15 games and is second on the team, with 31 shots and 3 goals. She hasn’t had Austin Byrd/Star file photo the best of luck this season, as the BIG HITTER: Kim Phillips, senior forward, attempts a shot during the Bobcats’ Sept. 1 victory over Centenary Colcrossbar and goal- lege. posts have robbed her of numerous goal opportunities. Phillips said. “I like the attacking de- proud to see her on the offen- from defender to forward and said she and teammates joke fense, too, but my stats are a sive side of the field this year. is doing well at it.” about the near misses, taking it little better because I’m a for“She was encouraging durThe Bobcats are ranked sixth all in stride. ward now.” ing her ACL injury and really in the conference with a record “It’s disappointing because Senior forward Natalie Hold- helped us along the way with of 1-1-2 and must finish in the the crossbar and the poles have er said she has enjoyed call- a good attitude,” Holder said. not been my friends,” Phillips ing Phillips a teammate and is “She has made the transition See SOCCER, page 14

Hope relies heavily on weekend’s game against McNeese By Nate Brooks The University Star

Danny Rodriguez/Star file photo UP AND OVER: Amy Weigle, sophomore middle blocker, attempts to sneak an attack past two Islander blockers during Texas State’s victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Oct 7. The Bobcats will look to improve their 3-2 Southland Conference record against Lamar at 7 p.m. Friday at Strahan Coliseum.

Weekend games heat up home volleyball action By Robyn Wolf The University Star Texas State volleyball will round out its four-match home stand Friday and Saturday at Strahan Coliseum, taking on Southland Conference opponents Lamar and McNeese State. “McNeese and Lamar are both always competitive and are teams you certainly cannot overlook,” said Coach Karen Chisum. The Lamar Cardinals own an 8-12 overall record and are riding a two-match winning streak with victories over Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana. “Our biggest concern going into every match is what happens on our side of the court,” Chisum said. Last year, Lamar came in fourth in the SLC and made it

to the first round of the league championship. The Cardinals have already faced off against the Bobcats’ Saturday opponent, McNeese State, twice so far this year. Both outings have resulted in losses for the Cardinals — a 3-1 loss in August and a 3-0 sweep in September. Lamar’s offense is led by Buchi Okoh, who has 248 kills on the year and averages 3.82 kills per game. Molli Abel and Kaci Brewer also add to Cardinal offense, putting up 3.14 and 2.14 kills per game, respectively. “Buchi is a great athlete and Lamar’s top player,” said Chisum. “She will certainly get her 3.8 kills, but there are five others on the court who have to match up with her for them to beat us.” Defensively, Okoh, who was also recruited by Texas State, leads the team in blocks with 83

on the year, 14 of those being solo stops. Alex Brink anchors the defense with 251 digs this season. Andrea Hamilton also has 187 digs, and Meagan Adams has 123. The McNeese State Cowgirls are currently atop the SLC standings with an undefeated 50 record. In 2005, the Cowgirls placed fifth in the SLC with a 10-6 record. “McNeese is a viable opponent, leading the East with a 5-0 record,” Chisum said. “All of their stats are coming from those matches, (which have been against) weaker opponents.” The Cowgirl offense is led by Tiffany Baker and Chanel Tyler, who are averaging 2.60 and 3.00 kills per game, respectively. Middle blocker Lindsey Petzold has staked 24 aces this season to lead McNeese State. Jessica Strama and Baker have dug the ball 271 and 129 times

respectively so far this year to lead the Cowgirls. Petzold leads McNeese State in blocks, having stopped 65 attacks this season. Marquita Williams leads the team in solo blocks, with five so far on the year. Texas State will go into Friday’s match after having won its last two games. “We have to do what we do best to beat both of these opponents,” said Chisum. The Bobcats will play Lamar at 7 p.m. Friday and McNeese State at 5 p.m. Saturday to close out the home stand. Texas State will hit the road Oct. 20 and 21 to continue conference play at Central Arkansas and Northwestern State. “The home-court advantage here at Texas State is tremendous,” Chisum said. “I want to thank all our fans and students for being out at Strahan Coliseum to support the Bobcats.”

The Bobcats hit the road Saturday to take on McNeese State in a must-win conference showdown, with their backs against the wall and the season possibly riding on the line. Texas State enters the contest on its first four-game losing streak of the David Bailiff era, but the coach is encouraged by the team’s effort this week in practice. “They’re practicing like they’re 5-0,” Bailiff said. “It’s a tribute to these young men how hard they’re coming out here and working. We’re continuing to improve as a football team despite the loss to Stephen F. Austin.” Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on FSN Southwest. Last week’s 24-13 heartbreaker to the Lumberjacks was a great opportunity for the Bobcats to change the momentum of the season, but costly penalties and the inability to put the ball in the end zone came back to hurt them once again. “On offense, we have to start scoring touchdowns instead of kicking field goals,” Bailiff said. “We also have to cut the penalties out.” The coaching staff has reinforced those points in practice this week by working on developing a tougher mentality. “We are still working on having a third-down-andone mentality,” Bailiff said. “We have to get those tough yards. We had that last year, but we’ve got to get that mentality this year.” The Bobcat defense showed up for the first half last week, but a long quarterback scramble from SFA’s Danny Southall burned them late in the fourth quarter. “For 57 minutes, our de-

fense was great,” Bailiff said. “We have to finish what we start.” The Bobcats are looking to bring it all together against a talented McNeese State team that was the preseason pick to win the Southland Conference. The Cowboys come in at 23 under interim head coach Matt Viator, who won his coaching debut last week 3027 against Southern Utah. Despite the losing record, the Bobcats know that McNeese State is a dangerous football team. “They’re probably the most talented athletes (we’ve faced) since Kentucky,” Bailiff said. “They’re big and fast.” Redshirt freshman quarterback Derrick Fourrox leads the offense with 740 yards of total offense, proving dangerous with both his arm and his feet. Fourroux has thrown for 550 yards and three touchdowns but has completed only 45.2 percent of his passes. He is second on the team with 190 yards on the ground, including four scores. The Cowboys will get additional offense from all-conference wide receivers Stevie Whitehead and Quinten Lawrence. Whitehead has been a special teams threat in addition to his team — leading 17 receptions, pacing the conference in punt returns at 20.9 yards per return. On defense, the Bobcats will have to look out for junior defensive end Bryan Smith, who leads the conference with six sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. Smith was added to the list of Buchanan award candidates, an honor sponsored by The Sports Network that goes to the top defensive player in See FOOTBALL, page 15

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