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Policy fails River Cleanup nets highest volunteer rating so far after voting discrepancy By Jason Hagerup Special to The University Star

Records were set Saturday at the annual Fall River Cleanup for highest volunteer attendance and most trash bags collected in its 19-year history. Melani Howard, watershed protection manager for San Marcos Parks and Recreation, said the cleanup was the most geographically widespread it has ever been, covering numerous parks and river tributaries in addition to the city’s central river corridor. “It went really well,” Howard said. “The people who came out had a good time, and they collected more trash than we have ever collected.” Thanks to 148 student volunteers and 72 other community members who participated, the cleanup yielded 108 bags of trash, 72 bags of recyclable material, multiple tires and a bicycle frame. Participants were given latex gloves, trash bags and maps and were dispatched in groups from the Lions Club at City Park. Many campus and community organizations aided in the cleanup. As for individual volunteers, they were organized into groups. Stephen Gates, biochemistry sophomore, came to the cleanup after the faculty member teaching Jenny Polson/Star photo university seminar recommended HELPING HANDS: HalleyAnna Finlay, English sophomore, and Chris Copple, management sophomore, dispose of trash found in the San it as a way to accumulate required

By Scott Thomas Assistant News Editor

A mix up during the Associated Student Government meeting Monday night occurred when the resolution “Embracing True Diversity” did not pass a two-thirds majority vote in the senate. However, after ASG Vice President Alexis Dabney reviewed the Code of Laws after the meeting adjourned, it was revealed the resolution required a majority vote, which it met. Dabney said the resolution might be reconsidered next week because of procedural error and taken back up for vote. “If it got the same number of votes (in next weeks meeting as it did) tonight it would pass,” Dabney said. The resolution, authored by ASG Sen. Tyler Ferguson, urged University President Denise Trauth and the Texas State University System Board of Regents to amend Texas State’s non-discrimination policy to include the words “gender identity and expression.” “It’s not an issue for you until you meet someone who’s affected by it,” Ferguson said. “I met someone affected by it and it changed Marcos River during the volunteer-led River Cleanup Saturday. my outlook on the entire issue.” Ferguson said transgender enSee TRASH, page 3 compasses anyone who does not fit traditional gender roles. “Gender identity is how others see you,” he said. ASG Sen. Michelle Malcik questioned the political bias of the resolution, saying it was libBy Allen Reed erally slanted and a religiously News Reporter offensive statement. “As a right wing conservative, Every seat was filled and many were left I don’t approve of this and I don’t standing Sunday at the tribute to the San approve of being called discrimiMarcos River. A diverse group of people natory for something I just simcongregated at the public library to parply don’t believe in,” Malcik said. take in the appreciation of the river. “I don’t want our school to carry “I was pleased with the turnout and something I don’t believe in.” the broad range of people who attended,” Ferguson said no one was callsaid Mayor Susan Narvaiz. “We had everying Malcik, the Republican Party —Susan Narvaiz thing from people in their 80s to young or Christians discriminatory. kids who are just now getting a taste of Malcik further questioned if San Marcos mayor what the river is like.” the resolution was necessary The walls of the library were covered personal stories to a tale in which a car“I don’t see the discrimination with pictures of the river while laptops nival elephant tore across town in pursuit taking place,” Malcik said. with image slideshows complimented the of the San Marcos River. Ferguson said the resoluatmosphere. The Austin Chronicle, the The panel concluded with Ron Coley, tion took no tangible action San Marcos River Rangers and the San director of River of Innocence, speaking on immediately. Marcos Greenbelt Alliance all had tables the importance of the preservation of the “This is going to give the uniset up at the occasion. river. Minimizing waste and protecting versity administrators a toll to inNarvaiz moderated a panel that includ- the natural wildlife and fauna highlighted sure discrimination like this can’t ed Jim Kimmel, author of The San Mar- his speech. happen,” Ferguson said. “One cos: A River’s Story, Jerry Kimmel, the Russell, who wrote and performed the hundred and forty eight other uniphotographer for the book, John Hohn, theme song for Coley’s film, ended the versities have implemented this, author of The Millennium Tuber, Shirley panel discussion with a performance of it’s about time we became one.” Lehman, former aquamaid, Ron Coley, his song, “River of Innocence.” Riley Knight, clinical laboratofilm director and Shake Russell, singer Diann McCabe, assistant director of ry science junior, who identified and songwriter. the Mitte Honors program, said she was himself as transgendered, was Jim Kimmel spoke on the importance pleased with the community’s participagiven the floor to speak during of the river to the San Marcos communi- tion in the event. the debate. ty and stressed the importance of events “It’s what we were hoping for,” McCabe “It affects you in the showers, like this one. said. “There were over 60 people here. I the Student Health Center — it “These stories give life to places we thought it was great and that there was affects you in the classroom,” rarely pay attention to otherwise,” Kim- good participation. The man who sang his Knight said. “Everything for mel said. “Community events like this poem about the river was very articulate someone like myself.” help us recognize the uniqueness and the in how he had come to see the river and The vote was characterized by a value of our community. I’m a geographer problems he sees with it now. It was terhigh number of abstaining votes. and part of what geographers talk about rific.” “I abstained because of my pois the idea of place. Sometime we don’t McCabe touched on the importance of litical and Christian beliefs,” said Greg Richards/ Star Photo realize that we make that place.” having events like this tribute. ASG Sen. Steven De La Cerda. Hohn recanted various stories that fo“We live together in this town and FLOWING FESTIVITIES: Ron Coley, Aquarena Center director, speaks about the San “But I’m still for life, liberty and Marcos River and the effects it had on his life during the “Tribute to the River” celebra- the pursuit of happiness. After I cused more on the river’s recreational tion Sunday at the San Marcos Public Library. aspects. He covered everything from his knew I could have been the decidSee RIVER, page 3 ing vote I thought back about it.”

Community, university combine to stress importance of river e had “W everything from people in their ’80s

to young kids who are just now getting a taste of what the river is like.”

Lecturer will focus on men’s role in societal violence By Alex Hering News Reporter Having dedicated his life to educating men and women about gender violence and its deep-rooted traditions in American society, Jackson Katz is an unconventional anti-sexist activist. According to Women’s E!

News, Katz was not a victim of violence or harassment — being a former all-star football player — but simply became angry about violence against women. “It wasn’t overnight,” Katz said. “It was in my first and second year of college where inside and outside of the classroom I began to learn about how many women had to live with either

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abuse, violence or the daily threat of violence from men and it immediately struck me as terribly unfair and wrong and I knew that I was in a position as a man to do something about it.” Katz, the author, educator, filmmaker and social critic, will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the LBJ Ballroom.

Katz was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was the first male at the school to earn a minor in women’s studies. He said it is important that people not assume it is an “alienated” field of study; rather, it applies to all. “I didn’t do it so I would be the first, I did it because I wanted to and I turned out to

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be the first,” Katz said. “It’s a shame that more people don’t take women’s studies, not for degrees but take classes and be educated at the same level of intensity. It is some of the most cutting edge and important work in the country and it relates to everyone’s life on a daily basis.” Katz is most widely known for

co-founding the Mentors in Violence Prevention program for college and professional athletics. The topics of the lectures he has given at hundreds of college campuses range from the media’s contribution to sexual and domestic violence to representations of presidential mas-


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Retired History Professor Everette Swinney was concerned students at Southwest Texas State Normal College who were killed in World War I had no memorial in the Veterans Memorial Garden. Dan Bates, a Texas State Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, provided

the funding for a memorial after Swinney put together a lobbying delegation. Because of Swinney and Bates, the WWI monument will be placed next to the other war memorials. — Courtesy of the University News Service

News Contact — Nick Georgiou, Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System

Calendar TUESDAY The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby. The CSC will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the St. Jude Chapel from 5:45 to 9 p.m. The men of Lambda Omega Alpha will sponsor Prayer Night in the CSC chapel at 9 p.m. Wondering what you could do with your communications degree? Come listen to a professional panel of speakers discuss their careers and how they put their communications degree to use. Presentation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room 103. Every Nation Campus Ministries will be holding a weekly campus meeting at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a message exploring the person of Jesus. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call Lynn at (512) 357-2049. GLBQ Pride Group meeting will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Facing the Fear — An Anxiety/Panic Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208. Anger Management: Your Plan for Real-Life Coping will be from 5:10 to 6:25 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

WEDNESDAY The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel of the CSC.


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Adult children of alcoholics dealing with dysfunctional families group will meet from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

Oct. 10, 12:49 p.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a hit and run report. A student reported a motor vehicle was damaged while it was parked in Lot-110, Science D-3. This case is under investigation.

THURSDAY The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The Rock — Praise and Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel of the CSC. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contempoMonty Marion/Star photo rary worship, relevant teaching, Kenneth Pagel, biology senior, studies with Donald Benson, geographic resources and environmental prayer and plenty of fun. Everystudies senior, for an ichthyology exam Monday in the Freeman Aquatic Building. one is welcome to attend.

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Attend a one-hour orientation and training session and learn to use the EmWave PC® biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress on Violence is something prevalent in society today your life. Sessions will be held in LBJSC 3-11.1 from 12:30 to and is portrayed as a quick and easy way to solve a problem. It occurs in all types of relationships, with1:30 p.m. in all races and genders. It is usually thought of as Women’s Personal Growth men committing violent acts, with women being the Group will meet from noon to victims of these actions, but it affects everyone. Al1:30 p.m. For information and though men are more likely to commit the acts, they screening on groups, call the are more likely to be the victims of these actions. Counseling Center at (512) 245- According to the 2002 U.S. Department of Justice statistics, males are both the victims and perpetra2208. tors in 90 percent of homicides. The statistics show male-to-male violence accounted for 65.1 percent FRIDAY of violent crimes in the U.S. It is nice to believe as Alcoholics Anonymous meet- society grows and people seem to become more soing will be held from noon to 1 phisticated, the rate of violent crimes will go down. However, 2006 became the second consecutive year p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.4. violent crimes in the U.S. have increased. There are many theories about why people act Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomer’s Meeting, River Group, violently, but no matter what, it is clearly a problem will be 9:15 p.m. at 1700 Ranch today. It is hard to believe it is something affecting people at the university and is so easy to ignore it, Rd. 12, Suite C.

Fight violence with knowledge

thus continuing the cycle of violence. What can individuals do to help stop violence? At 6 p.m. Tuesday, in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom, Jackson Katz will be presenting “More Than A Few Good Men,” a lecture on American manhood and violence against women. Katz has been working as an anti-sexist male activist for years and is known for his work with men and boys on the prevention of gender violence. He has written books on violence prevention and has helped to co-found prevention and education groups, such as Mentors in Violence Prevention in schools and government agencies throughout the U.S. Katz can offer ideas people can use to help break the cycle of violence. To learn more about Katz, visit his Web site at For more information about his presentation, please e-mail Julie Eckert at or call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. – Courtesy of the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center

Oct. 11, 9:22 a.m. Suspicious - Activity/JCK An officer was dispatched for an information report. A non-student reported receiving a harassing phone message. This case is under investigation. Oct. 11, 9:36 a.m. Information Report/Admissions Building An officer was dispatched for a theft report. A non-student reported property was removed and returned to the building without consent. A report was generated for this case. Oct. 11, 3:44 p.m. Property – Lost/Stolen/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a lost property report. A student reported property was taken from the Student Center without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 11, 6:11 p.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/Falls Hall Parking Lot An officer was dispatched for a hit and run report. A student reported a motor vehicle was damaged while it was parked in the Tower Garage. This case is under investigation. — Courtesy of University Police Department


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Residents invited to attend “State of the City” TRASH: Joint efforts could slowly purify river By Philip Hadley News Reporter Mayor Susan Narvaiz will deliver her annual “State of the City” address Wednesday to offer citizens a chance to voice their concerns or obtain information on their local utilities and services. The address will be held at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 E. Hopkins St. Melissa Millecam, San Marcos communications manager, said the address would be insightful for citizens and encouraged everyone to attend. “Mayor Narvaiz will speak about the conditions of the city economically, as well as offer her views on past and future achievements and projects,” she said. Millecam said several citizens who have made extraordinary contributions to the community would be recognized at the event. Shelley Goodwin, interim city clerk, said some city employees and students would be recognized

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during the address as well. “City employees who have gone above and beyond their duties will be recognized,” Goodwin said. “We will also be recognizing several students who participated in Bobcat Build.” The city will host an information fair from 6 to 7 p.m., which will include various city

departments, directors and staff. Citizens will be able to obtain information regarding the different city departments. Departments that will be present at the fair will include fire, electric, wastewater, the police department and engineers. Goodwin said the city clerk’s office would host a booth at the fair where citizens can obtain information regarding passports for international travel and the city’s new paperless agenda system. The city clerk commission and board will be present to answer questions and listen to concerns. Millecam said several city council members would be present at the fair. “The council members will be present to deliver their outlook for the future of the city,” Millecam said. “This will be an excellent opportunity for citizens to ask questions and voice their concerns.” For more information contact the city of San Marcos at (512) 393-8000.

RIVER: Tribute part of Common Experience

Greg Richards/ Star Photo RIVER REMEMBRANCE: San Marcos residents admire old and new images of the San Marcos River as part of the “Tribute to the River” celebration.

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share the river together,” McCabe said. “Any event that creates this kind of unity is really good. I think the importance of an event like this is to allow people from the university to see how much the towns people love the river and appreciate it. They were here before the university students came and will continue to be here after many of the university students leave.” The tribute was part of the annual Common


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Experience, a Texas State initiative designed to stimulate conversation on campus and in the community. The theme of this year’s Common Experience is “The Water Planet: A River Runs Through Us.” The theme centers on the memoir Goodbye to a River written by Texas author John Graves. The theme will be featured in many events at Texas State and in the community in the upcoming months. For more information on this event and others like it, visit the Common Experience Web site at

Jenny Polson/Star photo RIVER RELIEF: Katie Barnett, health and fitness management junior, helps remove trash from the banks of the San Marcos River during the Saturday River Cleanup, hosted by the Lions Club.

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community service hours. Gates worked with a group of volunteers from various university seminar classes. He said the cleanup is not only about the service hours. “Everybody needs volunteer hours, but it’s more than that,” Gates said. “Most of us are freshmen, and it’s just getting to know not only our university, but getting to know San Marcos. So, it’s kind of nice, and it’s always nice making a difference.” Many of the student organizations at the cleanup expressed similar ideas, emphasizing a desire to give back to the community and better a common resource. David Cook, health and fitness management senior, said he and fellow members of the Omega Delta Phi fraternity were using the cleanup as an opportunity to serve the community. He said his fraternity often devotes a Saturday morning independently of the citywide cleanup to pick up trash along the riverbank. “I guess (there) is just satisfaction knowing that I’m giving back,” Cook said. “If I have time on my hands, I would love to do something. If people before us came and did it, why can’t we do the same? I just feel like it’s a good way to give back.” Even though other volunteers echoed Cook’s desire to serve the community by cleaning the river, some were not sure it would be enough to keep the river free of trash. Scott Mitchell, local artist and river enthusiast, uses his canoe on a regular basis to retrieve


verybody needs volunteer hours, but it’s more than that.”

—Stephen Gates biochemistry sophomore

trash from the river. He said more severe litter laws are needed to help keep the river clean. “In my opinion, there needs to be stronger rules and more enforcement,” Mitchell said. “And all bottles and cans, cups and containers of any kind should have a deposit on them. If you have property that backs up to any kind of watershed that leads into this river, you ought to be keeping that clean.” Mitchell and Ron Parker, local backhoe operators, together retrieved tires, scraps of metal, bottles of oil and other trash from the river. They started at City Park and went downstream to Purgatory Creek, returning with enough trash to bring the canoe close to its maximum weight capacity. “The reason I fill up this boat with trash and leave it out here for everybody to see is to make the point that it’s a unique river, but it’s still going to hell just like all the other rivers,” Mitchell Parker said. “I think there needs to be more effort into preserving this river, and I think a boat load of trash makes that clear.” Parker, who has pulled up to 10 tires out of the river in one canoe trip before, said events like the river cleanup help raise awareness of the trash problem. Parker said outside of the or-

ganized cleanup, river and park users could slowly make progress in a positive direction. “If everybody that ever comes to this river on a daily basis just picks up more than they brought, that would be a dent toward doing it,” Parker said. The cleanup was successful, and lessons were learned that will help next year, Howard said. She said one important aspect was learning where trash hot spots are in other parks that were added to the cleanup for the first time this year. A strong point of this cleanup was the partnership with the Texas State Student Volunteer Connection, which co-sponsored the event, Howard said. “We have two teams - the city team and the university team, and they’ve worked super together,” Howard said. Cassandra Ragin, biology senior and Student Volunteer Connection president, said communication was instrumental in working together with the city to coordinate the cleanup. “There was great communication,” Ragin said. In addition to the San Marcos Parks and Recreation and the Student Volunteer Connection, the event was sponsored by the Lions Club, T G Canoes and Kayaks and the San Marcos River Pub and Grill. Help with the river cleanup was not just limited to residents of San Marcos. One Boy Scout troop came all the way from The Woodlands, a suburb outside of Houston, and another group of college students came from Texas A&M, said Andrea Dravigne, manager of the San Marcos nature center.

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culinity. The anti-sexist activist is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the U.S. Marine Corps. Julie Eckert, peer education coordinator for the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, said Katz’s lectures are known for their humor and wit. “He is probably the leading authority in violence prevention and he focuses in particularly on men’s roles and prevention of violence,” Eckert said. “The message he delivers and his level of experience is just great.” Eckert said because Katz is a male makes his message about gender violence even more meaningful. “We typically see women doing vio-

lence prevention, but he is one of the leading authorities on violence prevention and he’s a male so it makes a bigger difference.” Eckert said Katz will be speaking twice Tuesday, once for a professional development program at 2:30 p.m. in the LBJ Ballroom and another at 6 p.m. for students. Eckert said a variety of student organizations are sponsoring the event. Kelsea McLain, president of event sponsor The Network, said she was excited to see Katz at both his lectures. “I hope to get a better understanding of violence issues and how they pertain to men and all of society,” said McLain, psychology senior. “I also want clarification on how to work towards a solution.” Eckert said Katz’s lectures are “phenomenal,” presenting violence in a way that reaches both men and women.

t’s a shame that “I more people don’t take women’s studies, not for degrees but take classes and be educated at the same level of intensity.

—Jackson Katz anti-sexist activist

“The lecture talks about violence on women and men’s influences from media, sports and other influences,” Eckert said. “If you look at violence from a female perspective, one in four women

report rape or attempted rape.” Eckert said the lecture will address violence on males as well. “Ninety-eight percent of all violence is committed by men and they make up 48 percent of our population,” Eckert said. “Men are also likely to be the victim of violence, and if you prevent violence against women you will prevent violence against men.” McLain said she is familiar with the style Katz lectures in. “In The Network we show some of his videos as a supplement to what we are presenting on or training our members on,” McLain said. Katz’s new book, the Macho Paradox, Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, is the latest of a group of education materials for college and high school students.

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he immigration debate is not an easy issue. There are multiple sides involved in trying to establish legislation that would fix the current broken system.

Compromise has been difficult because many organizations and individuals want a voice. The debates about comprehensive immigration reform failed each time, first in April and later in June. In an effort to educate others about immigration, Phi Iota Alpha hosted a forum to discuss the complex subject. It’s great people are discussing immigration and trying to learn more, but the panel failed to provide any expert opinion on the subject. The audience was provided a synopsis of immigration in the U.S. and student representatives of the College Republicans and College Democrats provided their respective stances on the issue. While student opinion is important to include, particularly when a panel takes place on a university campus, experts or politicians who are knowledgeable or taking action on the issue should accompany it. This isn’t to say students know nothing about immigration, but the forum didn’t have someone with credentials to speak on the subject. In an Oct. 10 University Star article, Michael Guzman, College Republicans chapter activist, compared the border fence to the Berlin Wall, saying instead of keeping people in, the barrier would keep people out. The Berlin Wall divided the German city for 28 years and guards were ordered to kill those who attempted to cross. Guzman did not say whether the same security guidelines should be used for a U.S.-Mexico border fence, but the Berlin Wall is associated with political strife and conflict. It wasn’t a good comparison. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, which why we have the First Amendment. However, when a group is attempting to teach others about a complicated issue, and less-informed arguments are presented, it hurts the audience the group is trying to reach. A professor in the political science department would have been more than acceptable to include in the forum. Representatives from pro- and anti-immigration groups would have been a welcome addition, because they are constantly active in the debate. Since the U.S. Senate was unable to reach a consensus, the issue will be one of the hot topics in the 2008 presidential election and until reform is achieved. The U.S. immigration system is broken and needs to be reexamined, but in order to fix it, the public needs to be informed of the reasons immigration is occurring in the first place. There are a lot of arguments for and against creating a border wall, guest-worker program and/or paths to citizenship. In order to choose an effective law, people should be well informed, which means providing opinions and information from experts in public debates.

Poorly run panel does nothing for immigration debate

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Presidential hopefuls take note: Just War theory contradicts action against Iran By Kristopher Floyd Star Columnist John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani have all assured us if they are elected president, they will most likely take a “strong-hand approach” to Iran, a state Obama has called “a threat to all of us.” As our citizenry stands divided on whether or not Iran is a threat to us and if military action against the country is indeed justified or necessary, one wishes a specific formula or calculator existed that could easily and accurately come up with the correct answer. Luckily, there is. This calculator is called jus ad bellum, or just war theory and is an age-old theory that has been praised but largely ignored by belligerents and ambitious states such as modern-day America. The key components of just war theory are just cause, the right of authority, good intentions, reasonable hope, proportionality and last resort. Just cause — Since Iran has offered very little real offense to the United States, there is no just cause in

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bearing arms against that nation. Iran is accused of building weapons of mass destruction, plotting the demise of Israel, supporting terrorism in Iraq and hating America. But when examined more closely, these accusations quickly disintegrate and lose credibility. We have already fought one war based on false accusations of weapons of mass destruction, and even if Iran did make a bomb, I seriously doubt that half a million Persians are going to throw it across the Atlantic. The problem Iran has with Israel is a political one, and it is extremely unlikely that they would attack Israel anywhere else except on the podium. Iranian support for the rebellion in Iraq is unlikely because the vast majority of the insurgency is Sunni, a faction Shia Iran opposes. As for hating America, Iranians love American culture but hate its politics. Can you really blame them? Right of authority — As long as the people of the U.S. and the security council of the United Nations oppose military action against Iran, the right of authority has not been obtained. Good intentions — The outcome of a war with Iran would not increase peace and prosperity. Muslims in

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Tehran, Baghdad, Islamabad, Ankara, Jerusalem, Jakarta and Riyadh would all likely unite in fury against the U.S. Gas prices would skyrocket. World opinion of the U.S. would sink even lower. The world economy would suffer. People would die in retaliatory attacks across the greater Middle East and beyond. Reasonable hope — The combined military capabilities of the U.S. and Israel could easily succeed in destroying the majority of Iranian targets, but Iran has about 12 million citizens on reserve for military duty, making its armed forces the world’s largest in terms of personnel. That’s a lot of people for suicide missions and low-key attacks that could devastate shipping in the gulf and regional military bases. Iran also has a very modernized military. We would win, but not like most people think. Proportionality — The small offenses Iran has done to us warrant a response no larger than economic sanctions and support of their Kurdish minority, both of which we are already doing. Last resort — We are hardly in a position where war with Iran is a last resort to guarantee our safety and survival.

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L2E Letter to the editor

Student concern about local elections imperative

In Wednesday’s edition of The University Star, the Main Point brought a key-issue to light at a very critical point in this election season. My only point of contention is this: The election you chose to focus on is over a year away, but early-voting for the Hays County elections starts in less than two weeks. What is surprisingly ironic about The Main Point is while it is enumerates a problem observed nationally, it could not be more pertinent to the San Marcos City Council elections taking place right under our noses. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, “I’m voting for Jude, he’s a student”, placing such an emphasis on student as to suggest that because we share that coincidental commonality I should too, be voting for Jude Prather. But delve further into the issues with some students and most likely you will find many questions unanswered and basic biographical information unaccounted for. Not only that, but I question how much students know about the incumbents in these elections. Just because they don’t work for or attend Texas State, doesn’t mean we should write them off. Surely, they are incumbents for a reason. Students in San Marcos not only can, but will have an effect on the City Council elections. Sometimes this proves worrisome for me. I have heard some wildly ridiculous rumors circulating regarding some of the incumbents and their behavior or rhetoric at the City Council meetings. In response to that and to those who have started, heard, or passed them on, I would suggest they watch the City Council meetings that are taped each and every time and verify these asinine statements. Although I haven’t heard any spew against the other candidates (something is bound to pop up), the same principle for them holds true. On several occasions I have seen the candidates roaming The Quad attempting to engage the largely apathetic student body. We may not be able to view them on cable access, but we have the unique opportunity to ask them directly. I deem it irresponsible at best, immoral at worst, to circulate “facts” about candidates that are untrue. Just as you stated in The Main Point, I am not here to persuade people to vote for Gaylord Bose or Betsy Robertson, on the contrary, I am here to support a vote that places emphasis on substantiated, investigated opinions rather than weak associations that trump the platforms, rhetoric, experience, et cetera, of the candidates involved. Daniel Palomo mass communication junior

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Find the perfect fit this season does not mean breaking the piggy bank By Amy Grill Special to The Star Everybody needs them; everybody wears them, yet it’s almost impossible to find the perfect fit. With cooler months approaching, it’s time to find a pair of jeans that will flatter any figure with comfort. Celebrity fashion consultant Stacy London is known for her commentary on The Learning Channel’s “What not to Wear.” On the show, she suggests fitting the biggest part of your body first, which is usually the hip, “booty” or thigh. Make sure the crotch area always fits and stick with a slenderizing, more versatile darker-wash jean. While pursuing the perfect pair of jeans, don’t commit to one location. Sharon Welkey, fashion merchandising assistant professor, recommends trying on numerous jeans, ranging in prices, in as many stores as possible. “I think students can find jeans that fit both their bodies and their wallets, but they must be willing to invest the time to really search for the best fit at the best price,” Welkey said. Don’t give up on finding that perfect pair, and when you do, buy two: one to wear with heels and one to wear with flats. Once

Dorothy Schwenke, accounting senior and American Eagle employee, recommends the “AE Artist” jean for tall, full-figured women. For tall, slim-figures, she recommends the “Boyfriend” or “Hipster” jeans. Boot-cut or straight-leg styles are best for tall women, she said. Make sure the jeans just barely brush the floor. For the fuller figure, Lane Bryant offers hand-washed, hand-made Seven7 Jeans, as well as a Secret Slimmer jean with a built-in tummy reducer. “The Secret Slimmer helps cover any bulges and flattens out your tummy,” said Deanda Pine, Lane Bryant sales associate. “The boot-cut and the flare are the most popular and flattering for this figure.” For those who are petite, it can be a challenge to find jeans that don’t drag the floor and become tattered and torn. Fashion experts advise petite women to avoid cuffs and capris, which can create the illusion of shorter Spencer Millsap/Star illustration legs. To elongate the legs, petites should look for straight-leg THE PERFECT FIT: As the weather cools down for the fall season, students are turning to jeans and jeans with solid colors and pair long pants for warmth and style. them with pointed-toe heels. you come to understand your finds jeans at American Eagle in method is easier said than done. To avoid the not so flattering personal jean needs, finding San Marcos. “I’m tall, so the hardest part for “muffin-top,” Welkey advises that sexy pair will become yes“If they don’t have the size me is finding a comfortable bal- jean shoppers to focus on where terday’s denim drama. you need, you can just order it ance with a long length and a good the jeans fall on the hips. Melissa Levings, communica- online,” Levings said. fit in my waist and hips,” said Sara “Medium rise is the most tions studies senior, said she For other women, this shopping Bell, anthropology junior. flattering for a variety of body

types, shapes and sizes,” Welkey said. “Most low-rise jeans are not being shown for next season.” Pocket placement is also important. Back pockets can flatter or draw unwanted attention to certain areas. “One problem I have is with pockets falling way below my rear,” said Dottie McDonald, interdisciplinary studies freshman. To minimize the rear, some designers tilt the pockets in toward the middle of the back seem. Another trick is to purchase pants with a raised pockets height. The higher the pocket, the more flattering the back can be. Sarah Barlow, owner of The Cedar Chest in Wimberley, said flap pockets are not for everyone. One should only wear them if they want to draw attention to the area. Cost is a major factor in finding a good pair of jeans, especially for students on a tight budget. While many of the Outlet stores offer jeans within the $30 to $80 price range, finding a quality pair may be a bit more expensive. “Expect the price to go up with better quality,” Barlow said. “You have to decide how important the fit and the fabric are versus the price. The better the fabric, the softer it will be to wear.”

Nobel Peace Prize winner denies presidential candidacy Graduate student’s documentary nominated for Lone Star Emmy By Charlotte Almazan Senior Features Reporter

Dai Sugano/San Jose Mercury News PRIZE WINNER: Former Vice President Al Gore speaks to the media about being awarded a share of the Nobel Peace Prize, based on his efforts to educate the world about global climate change Friday at The Alliance for Climate Protection in Palo Alto, Calif.

By Anna Kim Harvard Crimson (Harvard)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Once a Dunster dormitory resident and baseball-loving undergraduate at Harvard, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, ’69, along with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in spreading awareness of climate change. The Nobel Committee said in a statement on Friday that Gore is “probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.” Earlier this year, Gore’s documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, won two Academy Awards and sparked an international debate. He has since traveled extensively to lecture about climate change. The prize came as a pleasant surprise to one Harvard professor involved in the UN panel since the 1980s. “This Nobel Peace Prize is an interesting statement,” said James L. McCarthy, biological oceanography professor. McCarthy wrote in an e-mail he is one of only three Americans in the IPCC’s leadership. “It is unlike a typical Nobel Peace Prize, which would celebrate the end of a long war or cessation of hostility,” he said. “It is a much more optimistic statement

about choosing a path that can lead to a peaceful world.” The Nobel Committee praised the efforts of Gore and the UN panel for increasing recognition of the threat of global warming and for correlating human activity with climate change. The Nobel Committee said in the statement that in the 1980s, global warming was seen as an “interesting hypothesis,” while in the last few years the consequences of the phenomenon are more apparent and widely accepted. “We face a true planetary emergency,” Gore said in a statement Friday. “The climate crisis is not a political issue; it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.” After switching from English, Gore concentrated in Government at Harvard. He graduated cum laude and wrote his thesis about the impact of television on the presidential campaign. Richard Hyland, ’69, a fellow Dunster House resident who was active in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), told The Crimson in 1999 he remembered Gore as an avid baseball fan. “I remember going down to the Dunster House Grille late at night,” Hyland said. “He’d be there watching the ballgame. I had a sense that he spent the ’60s watching the ball game.” Gore launched his political career in 1976 when he was elected to the U.S.

House of Representatives from Tennessee. He was elected Vice President in 1992 and again in 1996. He lost his bid for the presidency in 2000 to George W. Bush. While Gore’s fan base is large, some have been sharply critical of his work. Justice Barton, a British high court judge, recently ruled An Inconvenient Truth cannot be shown in schools unless accompanied by materials explaining the film’s inaccuracies. “It is easy for people to misrepresent the former Vice President,” McCarthy said. “But people who don’t like his message must remember that climate is full of surprises. We are moving into a warmer world for which we have no historical perspective.” Nobel prizes are meant to be apolitical, but the question of Gore’s presidential candidacy status still looms despite repeated denials. At a news conference Friday in Palo Alto, Calif., Gore ignored reporters’ questions about the possibility of running for president in 2008. “I’m going back to work right now,” he said. McCarthy said inside the White House, Gore might not be as effective in raising awareness. “He is a greater service to humanity now than if he jumped into the presidential race,” McCarthy said.

When the Lone Star Emmy nominations were announced, Whitney Milam, public history graduate student, was not surprised to see his documentary Sniper 66 listed for Best Historical Documentary. After receiving the Telly Award in May, the Emmy nomination is Milam’s second accolade for the revealing documentary about the Charles Whitman murders from the top of the University of Texas Tower. “We are no longer shocked, but at the time, it was the largest mass murder in American history,” Milam said. “The idea that you could walk across a public place and be in danger was incomprehensible.” The one-hour documentary, extended from a television special, compiles live, raw footage, interviews and unseen photos of the 96minute shooting, which was the first mass murder in a public place. “I wanted people to understand what Whitman had done, and place it in a framework of American criminal history,” Milam said. Milam was first inspired to tell the story when he was a freshman at the University of Texas and had a bullet mark shown to him during orientation. “I developed an interest like a lot of UT students,” Milam said. “When I got my job at Fox, I had seen the old footage and was fascinated.” Recognizing the 40th anniversary was approaching, Milam approached his station manager with an idea to use all the archival footage to look at the murders as a beginning of phenomenon. “There were only two stations that transmitted live pictures at the time, KTBC and KLRN. We had all the film footage that no one else had and that had never been aired,” Milam said. When not using archival footage, Milam filmed additional location scenes and received unlimited access to the observation deck, the university campus and the Whitman home. “The recreation of the scenes was all filmed on location, including the scenes of the Whitman home,” Milam said. “Six weeks after the filming, the interior of the house was completely gutted.”

Aware of the sensitive material and the stigma of the shootings, Milam was careful not to glorify Whitman or show disrespect to the university. “I didn’t want to do anything that would embarrass UT. I wanted to help UT exercise that demon,” Milam said. “I used the last image taken after Whitman was killed, because I wanted to show him for what he was.” Thankful for the recognition, Milam acknowledges Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, the history program and Dr. Jeffrey Mauck, director of the public history program, for encouraging him and his work on the documentary. “The reason I encouraged him to do it was that I had viewed his previous documentary on Pearl Harbor,” Mauck said. “I thought he had a lot of promise and he proved he could work with film.” Milam said the public history discipline was tailored for his work on the Whitman project because the program is for people who want to teach history to the public as opposed to a classroom setting. “In the public history program, we want to be unique and prepare students for this profession,” Mauck said. “I allowed Whitney to do an independent study, because the historical documentary is an avenue that is being ignored by public universities.” Milam credits his involvement with Phi Alpha Theta for providing him a platform to show his film and allow him to teach history to the public. “Whitney always had a lot of projects going on. He was a very motivated and bright student who always wanted to do more than his course load,” said Joe Orbock, president of Phi Alpha Theta. Last spring, the members of Phi Alpha Theta showed their support by offering a free screening of the film for its semester event. “We have an excellent program, and we are happy to be a part of Whitney’s success,” Orbock said. “We will keep following Whitney and the nomination throughout the semester.” In addition to the Lone Star nomination, Milam’s documentary has also been submitted to the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Emmy Awards.

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Philosophy professor turned science lecturer visits Texas State By Jaime Kilpatrick Senior Features Reporter Jack Zupko is a philosophy professor — and it was this same field which led him to another area of study. Recently, this Emory University professor has been teaching the hydrologic cycle and flow rates as part of an interdisciplinary course on water. Zupko was invited to Texas State from Atlanta to give a lecture Thursday titled “Teaching an Interdisciplinary Course on Water” as part of this year’s Common Experience theme “The Water Planet: A River Runs Through Us” and the College of Science Seminar Series. He was introduced by Hector Flores, dean of the College of Science, to professors, students and San Marcos community members in the Mitte Complex. Zupko is a member of the Piedmont Project, an interdisciplinary group of Emory faculty focusing on sustainability and how different disciplines think about water across curriculum. Zupko along with musicology and geology colleagues at Emory created this unique interdisciplinary course in the spring 2005 semester. The musicologist had to withdraw for medical reasons, so a geologist and a philosopher taught the original course. “Water: In Science, Philosophy and Literature” is an upperlevel, writing-intensive course now cross-listed in several disciplines at Emory. He said the course is only available to juniors and seniors at Emory because initially Zupko and the geology professor were learning the material right along with the students. He believed underclassmen wouldn’t be comfortable seeing professors struggling with the students in the class. “Water is a complicated enough phenomenon that (the professors) had to get interdis-

ciplinary ourselves. There is an embarrassment of riches on the topic of water,” Zupko said. The course consisted of field trips to local mountains, lakes and a wastewater treatment plant. Students were required to write a major research paper on the theme of water, keep water journals and pass an exam on scientific processes and principles. Zupko used humor and frankness to discuss how the course was created with no real model. “When discussing how philosophers are not expected to engage in field work,” he said, “I periodically send my students out to find truth.” Zupko said he enjoyed being able to wade in water and catch things with a net, something philosophers don’t generally do. “We don’t do it enough,” he said. The original class consisted of 45 students from 11 disciplines, which Zupko said he now realizes was too many. He fielded questions from Texas State faculty members about creating an interdisciplinary course as compared to the Mitte Honors program at Texas State. Zupko spoke Thursday with Jo Ann Carson’s Philosophy Dialogue class as part of the Philosophy Dialogue Series titled “Water and the Element in 12th Century Science.” His dialogue topic was based on a recent translation of A Dialogue on Natural Philosophy by William of Conches. Carson said the dialogue went very well, even though it was a different format than her usual classes. “Usually the students in the class are in charge,” Carson said. She said the dialogues are controlled chaos. Participants get to speak regarding their ideas about the subject, Carson said, and the ideas always leave participants thinking.

H-Town rapper dies at 33 Houston rapper Big Moe, whose real name was Kenneth Moore, has died at the age of 33. The rapper is best know for his album Purple World, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard charts in 2000. His first two albums, including debut release City of Syrup, as well as hit songs “Barre Baby” and “Purple Stuff,” paid homage to codeine-laced cough syrup. Bryan McLeod, a spokesman for the county public hospital system in Houston did not release a cause of death, but numerous hip-hop Web sites said the obese rapper suffered a heart attack. Moore was hospitalized for more than a week prior to his death. Big Moe was a member of the late DJ Screw’s rap collective the Screwed Up Click and one of the first members to obtain national success. DJ Screw died of a heart attack in 2000 after a reported overdose of codeine-laced cough syrup. Moore also released a third album, Moe Life, in 2003. — Compiled from various news reports

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By Mackenzie Steffen Features Reporter October is Texas Wine Month, and with new research showing possible health benefits, more people are popping the cork. Bob Gammage, political science lecturer, has been drinking a glass of red wine every day since his heart attack 11 years ago. “It’s a routine in the evening. I usually drink one glass a night,” he said. “If I’m at a party I may drink a little more. If I have a designated driver.” Gammage has a family history of heart attacks that has been traced back to 1855. Luckily, he suffered no permanent damage to his heart. “The sensation was … imagine a muscle. Somebody ties a knot in it and starts pulling it tight. Then they let up a little bit, not all the way, and then they pull it even tighter. Well that’s your heart pumping, trying to get blood past the blocked area of your arteries,” Gammage said. His doctor later told him exercising and drinking red wine were the only ways known to increase his high-density lipoprotein, or good cholesterol. Gammage had a healthy level of low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol, but was very low in his HDL. At the time, he was already running three miles a day, so he began drinking wine at his doctor’s suggestion. “I was not much of a drinker. I wasn’t a teetotaler by any stretch of the imagination. So I began drinking red wines and then discovered Pinot Noir,” Gammage said. According to the U.S. News and World Report Web site, grapes used to make Pinot Noir contain the highest levels of resveratrol, which is produced naturally by grapes to fight off fungal diseases. “Is it a miracle cure? No. It does have medicinal value. Apple cider vinegar is said to have a lot of the same qualities, but wine is more fun to drink,” Gammage said. According to the American Heart Association’s Web site, drinking red wine may have numerous positive effects on the human heart. There are two main components of red and purple grapes contributing to these effects. The first component is resveratrol, which can reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol, prevent damage to blood vessels during a heart attack and help maintain healthy blood pressure, according to the Web site. The second component is flavonoids, which are known to increase HDL, or good cholesterol, prevent clogging of the arteries and help lower high blood pressure. While this is good news for wine drinkers everywhere, the American Heart Association does warn against binge drinking. Drinking more than the recommended daily amount can actually lead to obesity, diabetes and ultimately heart failure. The association daily recommendations are one to two drinks for men and one for women. One drink is defined as 12 oz. of beer, 4 oz. of wine and 1 to 1.5 oz. of hard liquor. Juan Cabrera, manager of Uptown Piano Bar in New Braunfels, said he sells a lot of wine. “Our two most popular reds are the Alexander Valley Cabernet and the Castle Rock Pinot Noir,” Cabrera said, “Since the movie Sideways came out, there have been a lot more people interested in Pinot Noir.” More and more young people are becoming interested in wine, he said. “The younger crowd of wine drinkers is drawn to trendy names and bottle designs,” Cabrera said. “It gives them a reason to try new wines.”


t’s a routine in the evening. I usually drink one glass a night.”

— Bob Gammage political science lecturer

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Homecoming welcome distraction from stress

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I don’t think I have experienced a she is bound for the path of a speedy more stressful week since my freshman graduation. She is nearly 20 years younger year as I have this past week. than I am but cites age as a factor to move Midterms and deadlines for projects quickly through the rigors of college. She caught up with me after I tried to juggle is married but has no children, so maybe monitoring my children’s studies and that helps a little … but seven courses? carpooling them to and from sports. I She is maintaining her grades fairly well, have never felt as mentally exhausted as and I commend her efforts. I did Thursday evening when my head hit SUSAN RAUCH On the bright side of things, I am the pillow at 8 p.m. I didn’t move until Features Columnist looking forward to Homecoming week, dawn. There is partial relief — midterms although this year I won’t be driving the are over (though I still had a five-page paper to organization soapbox derby car on Friday. The write during the weekend). I do have one relief event is always the perfect end to the week’s from anxiety — no more math. events before the game. I finally finished my degree requirement for I am pretty psyched my husband does not have math, and I will never to cross the path of numto work this year, so he can come out to the tailbered calculations ever again, except for in my gate and see the Bobcats play for the first time checkbook. But I cannot celebrate too soon as since I have been enrolled at Texas State. We plan my math anxiety has now morphed into German to hang out with the alumni crowd now that I am 1410, and that does not end until I graduate after a student chapter member and hopefully cheer on four more semesters. a winning game. Guess I shouldn’t complain. I know another I don’t know what the outcome will be, but nontraditional student who is taking five courses at the school spirit displayed on campus during Texas State while concurrently taking two more at Homecoming week, then continuing into Bobcat Austin Community College. Seven courses in one Stadium for the game, is definitely something not semester — I don’t know how she does it. Evidently to miss. Go Bobcats.

Rocking for a cure Nathan Daniel Band and Keith Davis are playing a benefit concert 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Zeta Tau Alpha, Cheatham Street Warehouse and Starving Artist Entertainment are sponsoring the concert. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fund breast cancer research.

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Bobcat runners show strength heading into championships By Lisa Carter Sports Reporter

seventh on the men’s side, which was with- is confident the Bobcats can slay conferout a key member, but still finished second ence-leader Lamar in two weeks time. overall. “I hope we can win,” Perkins said. “It’s Texas State received a taste of what the “This week the team ran without our No. a hard shot because Lamar is good, but Southland Conference Championships will 1 runner, which did affect the outcome of I think we can win it.” be like Saturday in Seguin. team scoring,” Richards said. “This weekThe women’s cross country team placed end, this was the second weekend in a row second overall behind SLC foe Lamar at that I had a top 10 finish, which is a conthe Texas Lutheran Invitational. Junior fidence booster for the upcoming conferWhitney Perkins led the Texas State wom- ence meet. en with a fourth-place finish, followed by “This meet prepared me mentally for the sophomore Heather Bullin, who placed upcoming conference championships,” he fifth. said. “I hope to run The course was well and help the longer than norteam to a good placmal for the women. ing at conference.” As opposed to the The rest of the usual 5K run, the men hope to taste a women ran a 6K bit of success at the course, which is conference chamthe same distance pionships, too. they will face at “We hope to the SLC cross sharpen our—Whitney Perkins country championselves during junior cross country runner ships Oct. 27. the next two “This is our weeks and last meet before conference and our last hopefully do well at conference,” practice trial,” Perkins said. “I like that it said senior Roel Elizalde. was the actual distance as the conference Bullin said the course was not as meet. It’s great to get a 6K under our belts difficult as other courses she has before the championships.” raced, but it did feel longer. Because the women have now conquered “The course was pretty flat, so a 6K, Bullin plans to use this experience at it wasn’t that challenging,” Bulthe SLC Championships. lin said. “The only thing that “The meet this week helped me realize bothered me about it was the that I need to pace smarter at the begin- fact that you had to run a big ning so that I will have more energy for loop twice, which made it the end,” Bullin said. “A 6K really does seem a lot longer.” feel a lot longer than a 5K, so it’s a bit In the NCAA Division I South more challenging mentally as well. In two Central Regional rankings released Chris Vidrine/Star Photo weeks at conference, I hope to pace smart Oct. 9, the Texas State women were STICKING TOGETHER: Heather Bullin (left), exercise and sport science sophenough to finish strong and fight through ranked 13th. Lamar’s women, chammore, and Whitney Perkins (right), health and fitness management junior, run the whole race.” pions of the Texas Lutheran InvitaFreshman Michael Richards finished tional, were ranked ninth. Perkins together Saturday during the Texas Lutheran Invitational.

like that it was the “I actual distance as the conference meet. It’s great to get a 6K under our belts before the championships.”

BCS ranking system continues controversial tradition By Randall Mell South Florida Sun-Sentinel South Florida’s mascot ought to be outfitted in a gray beard and a flowing robe with a long wooden staff in one hand. Moses would be a fitting sideline companion for these Bulls. College football’s great sea keeps parting in miraculous ways in South Florida’s improbable march to college football’s promised land. No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 South Florida. If the Bowl Championship Series National Championship were played next weekend, that would be the matchup. The Buckeyes (7-0) and Bulls (6-0) were atop Sunday’s release of the first BCS standings with Boston College (7-0) at No. 3. Wow, or better yet, Holy Moses. That pretty much sums up the remarkable debut of the 2007 BCS standings. After yet another weekend of stunning upsets, the Buckeyes and Bulls lead the journey on what’s proving to be a crazy, twisting road to the New Orleans Superdome and the Jan. 7 national title game. All 10 of the teams in the preseason Associated Press Top 10 rankings have already lost this season. South Florida wasn’t even ranked by AP or USA Today when the season started. The upstart Bulls, just 10 years and 27 days removed from their first football game, may be amid the most remarkable Cinderella season in college football history. Their eight-game winning streak equals Boston College and Hawaii as the longest active streaks among major colleges. South Florida has never played in a BCS bowl game but has its sights set on the biggest of them all. If you’re wondering if this is some weird aberration, if South Florida has a legitimate chance to play for the national championship by winning out, the answer is a resounding yes. “Sure they have a chance,” said BCS analyst Jerry Palm, who runs “They are an undefeated team in a major college conference. Since the BCS started (in 1998), no undefeated team in a major college conference, except Auburn (2004), has been left out of the championship game.” The Buckeyes, after getting whipped by Florida in

last year’s national title game, find themselves in an unlikely front-running spot as well. They began the season No. 11 in the AP poll with a revamped lineup featuring only nine returning starters. With previous No. 1 LSU and No. 2 California both losing Saturday night, the USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive Polls underwent another major shake up. Those are the two human poll components used in the BCS standings. Six computers make up the third component in the BCS formula. Boston College is No. 3 in the BCS standings, LSU No. 4, Oklahoma No. 5, South Carolina No. 6, Kentucky No. 7 and Arizona State No. 8. Florida is No. 15. Though Boston College was No. 2 and South Florida No. 3 in both the USA Today and Harris Polls, the BCS computers love South Florida because of quality victories at Auburn and against West Virginia. The computers gave the Bulls enough points to vault over the Eagles in the BCS standings. The Bulls were No. 1 in five of the six BCS computers. BCS critics have some more ammunition with the release of the newest poll. Ohio State, such a lopsided loser in last year’s national title game, is No. 1 again despite having no victories against teams currently ranked among the BCS Top 25. Plus, the Buckeyes have just one remaining opponent left to play that’s currently ranked — No. 25 Michigan. It’s conceivable the Buckeyes could return to the national title game without beating a Top 25 team. Boston College has no victories against teams currently among the BCS Top 25 and only one game remaining against a Top 25 team — No. 11 Virginia Tech. South Florida has two victories against Top 25 foes (No. 9 West Virginia and No. 17 Auburn). The Bulls have one Top 25 foe remaining (No. 23 Cincinnati). LSU has three victories against Top 25 teams (No. 6 South Carolina, No. 11 Virginia Tech and No. 15 Florida) and possibly two Top 25 foes remaining (No. 17 Auburn

and the SEC East champ in a possible conference title game). “If I were voting this week, I’d still vote LSU No. 1, even though they just lost,” Palm said. “I still think they’re the most accomplished team and the best team.” Palm was asked if he thought a one-loss team could finish ahead of an undefeated team at year’s end. “We haven’t had that happen yet, but it’s about the only form of chaos the BCS has avoided,” he said. In this crazy year, chaos may be preordained.

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The time for Saturday’s Homecoming game against Stephen F. Austin has been moved up to accommodate a television schedule. The game was moved to 3:30 p.m. rather than the traditional 6 p.m. start time. The Bobcats (1-5, 0-2) will look for their first conference victory of the season against the winless Lumberjacks (0-6, 0-2). The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Southwest.

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Bobcat football falls to bottom of SLC standings By Scott Strickman Sports Editor Central Arkansas almost seemed like it was playing two games with the Bobcats Thursday night. The Bears hit blackjack the first three quarters, scoring 21 points in each of the frames, and the Bobcats finally reached that mark by game’s end in a humbling 63-21 loss at Estes Stadium in Conway, Ark. “We’ve got to put it behind us,” said sophomore quarterback Bradley George. “Flat out, we were on TV and got embarrassed.” Central Arkansas’ Nathan Brown threw a school-record seven touchdowns, nearly half of his 16 completions, in the Bears’ first official Southland Conference home game. Central Arkansas tied a SLC record as well when backup quarterback Robbie Park threw the team’s eighth touchdown pass of the game in the fourth quarter. After the Bobcats came out strong, scoring on their opening drive for the first time all season, Central Arkansas scored on their first five possessions. Brown threw touchdowns on all five of those drives, none of which lasted more than two minutes, 18 seconds. “He’s a very talented young man and he did a great job,” Coach Brad Wright said of the Bears’ starting quarterback. “He got the ball where he needed to get it and we didn’t make plays when we needed to. With that combination, he had a very good night, obviously.” Bears’ tight end Marquez Branson scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, three on the night, and now leads the conference with six on the season. Running back Brent Grimes caught two touchdowns in the second quarter and wide receiver Willie Landers scored two touchdowns as well, the last of which made the score 4914, ending what could have been an even bigger night for Brown early in the third quarter. The Bears’ offensive explosion forced the ’Cats to stray from their original game plan. “We got out of our game plan a little bit,” George said.

“When you get down, pretty much you have to scratch whatever game plan you had and start throwing it. That makes things harder on everybody.” The Bobcat defense, which the team expected to be a huge force, has been plagued by the big play all season. As a result, the team has had to fight from behind nearly every game. “It’s funny, we went through spring football and thought ‘Holy smokes, we’re going to be good on defense,’” Wright said. “We went through two-a-days and we thought we were going to be pretty good on defense. You take out that one receiver (All-American Ramses Barden) against Cal Poly, and we thought we were going to be pretty good on defense. All of a sudden, the wheels kind of fell off a little bit and we’ve made some personnel changes.” Wright’s young players aren’t the only ones learning on the go. “Anytime you fall behind pretty quick you kind of lose your senses there a little bit,” Wright said. “That’s something we’ve got to do a better job (of), as coaches, is trying to keep the game plan in place.” George was replaced early in the third quarter by junior Clint Toon, but the move was premeditated as the ’Cats came into the game with the idea of using both players. “Going into (that game) we knew that they were going to let Clint get about every third or fourth series so he could get some reps,” George said. “We had planned on making sure Clint got some quality reps with the (first team) offensive line,” Wright said, “because he’s a quality quarterback.” The loss places the Bobcats (1-5, 0-2) tied at the bottom of the SLC standings, but that has yet to destroy the team’s spirits. “We’re in a hole now. It’s going to be tough to win conference,” George said. “Pretty much we’ve got to win out to even have a chance at it. We’re just trying to salvage it. We’ve got pride. Even if we are 1-5, I want to win. I plan on winning the rest of the games from here on out.”

Photo courtesy of Katie Butler/Central Arkansas The Echo BEAR ATTACKED: Junior wide receiver Morris Crosby runs the ball during the Bobcats’ 63-21 loss to the Central Arkansas Bears Thursday in Conway, Ark.

Bobcats clawing through conference By Javier González Sports Reporter

Austin 2-1 in a double overtime showdown. Against the Bearkats, freshman midfielder Audra Randell grabbed both the team’s first goal Bobcat fans were treated to joy and sorrow as of the night as well as her first career goal only the soccer team continued its journey through three minutes into the game, while freshman Southland Conference play during the weekend. defender Anna Fagan added the team’s second In beating Sam Houston State Friday night, score at about the 14-minute mark. Freshman 3-0, three freshmen took the glory in a match forward Britney Curry scored her second goal that extended the team’s shutout streak to four in two games later during the half, which would games. Two days later, and after about 105 min- prove to be more than enough for the Bobcats utes of play, the Bobcats lost to rival Stephen F. to secure the win. With the loss, the Bearkats are now 2-7-2 overall with a conference record of 0-3-0. As for Curry, Coach Kat Conner said she is doing just what is expected of her. “She’s coming along just fine,” Conner said. “We’re expecting a goal a game from her ... but it may not happen.” On the other side of the ball, the Bobcat defense was led by last week’s SLC Player of the Week, junior defender Marty Wright, and goalkeepers sophomore Mandi Mawyer and freshman Amanda Byrd. Both Mawyer and Byrd had equal time against Sam Houston, as they each played one half. Mawyer recorded two saves on the night while Byrd had one. The Bobcats were able to outshoot their opponents 18 to 14, with 10 Texas State shots coming on goal. Wright said winning or losing isn’t really dependent on one player’s performance; rather it’s Chris Vidrine/Star Photo that the entire defense plays together. WORKING HARD: Freshman midfielder Audra Randell slides to keep the ball in play during the “It’s nice to be recognized,” Wright said. “But Bobcats’ Sunday game against Stephen F. Austin. Texas State lost in the second overtime, 2-1. when we go out there, it’s us four. We all respect each other.”

The Bobcats hosted the Ladyjacks of SFA Sunday, putting up a long and intense match in windy conditions, which ultimately resulted in the Bobcats’ first home loss since Sept. 16. In the 22nd minute of Sunday’s match, sophomore midfielder Kelli Wilson of the Ladyjacks claimed the first goal of the game after she headed in a cross from junior midfielder Lauren Fricks that went in off the left post. The ’Cats didn’t respond until the 85th minute of play, when Curry took a pass from sophomore midfielder Andrea Seledee and shot just inside the right post from about 10 yards out to level the score at 1-1. The game remained tied and was sent into overtime, but the first extra period could not bring about a game-winning goal. The game was decided at the 105-minute mark when Ladyjacks junior defender Jessica Cotton rose above the Bobcat defense and headed in a corner kick that won the game 2–1. When asked if the goals were a matter of team play or just luck with the wind playing a role, Conner said the wind played a factor the whole game. “The wind was a factor, and it helps a little bit,” she said. “It did something for each team. You create your own luck.” With the loss, the Bobcats are now 3-9-1 overall with a conference record of 2-1-1. After beginning the season 0-8-0, the ’Cats seem to have turned things around at the right time, going 3-1-1 as action begins to spill over into conference play. The Bobcats return to the field at 1 p.m. Sunday against Texas–San Antonio at Bobcat Soccer Complex.

Volleyball breaks out brooms, sweeps two By Alan Wiederhold Sports Reporter The Texas State Bobcats kicked off their Southland Conference road schedule with a bang, sweeping the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders and the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners. “We had so much fun on the court. I can’t remember a time where everybody was on the court,” said junior outside hitter Lawrencia Brown after the Bobcats’ win in Corpus Christi. “Everybody got on the court from the bench and just had fun and yelled and screamed. I can’t remember a game we’ve had like that … It’s probably the best game (we’ve had since) TCU.” The Bobcats (12-7, 5-2 SLC) made quick work of the Islanders Saturday, winning by scores of 30-21, 30-18 and 30-18. “We just came out and executed like we were supposed to,” said freshman setter Shelbi Irvin. “We were very focused and had our mindset from the beginning. We knew what we needed to do and what we wanted to do, and so we just went out and executed.” Junior middle blocker Amy Weigle knocked down eight kills and posted a staggering .636 hitting percentage to lead the ’Cats. Junior middle blocker Emily Jones added seven kills and was error-free on offense, turning in a hitting percentage of .538. Collectively, the Bobcats committed only nine attacking errors and outhit the Isles .349 to .068. Texas State hitters were able to take advantage of one of the SLC’s weakest blocking teams. “We wanted all three hitters (on the court) involved in the game quickly,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We didn’t want to run a slow offense; we wanted to run a faster offense because

Chisum said UTSA gave out over 600 orange they’re one of the weaker blocking teams in the (nine kills apiece) helped silence the UTSA Blue Crew cheering section as the Bobcats picked up shirts with the message “Beat Texas State” to conference.” The Islanders (4-16, 1-6) were unable to key in another point in the IBC Bank I-35 Maroon vs. Roadrunner fans, but their noise level was nearly matched by the small group of Loud Crowd memon just one or two Bobcats. Brown tallied seven Orange Rivalry Series with the Roadrunners. Collins led the ’Cats with 21 assists, followed by bers and other Bobcats supporters. kills in the match, and sophomore outside hitter “The environment over at UTSA the other night Jessica Weynand and freshman middle blocker Irvin, who doled out 17. Wimpy dug out 16 RoadMelinda Cave added six kills apiece. Senior mid- runner attacks, and Weynand added 13 digs to the was awesome. That’s the largest crowd I’ve seen for a volleyball match over there,” Chisum said. dle blocker Brandy St. Francis added three kills stat sheet. as she continues to reintegrate herself into the lineup after a preseason injury. Setters Irvin (19 assists) and Brittany Collins, sophomore, (13 assists) had little trouble distributing the ball to their teammates, as the Bobcats controlled Islander attacks very efficiently. “We talked so much about first contact, and by that I mean, whether it’s the pass on the first bump, whether it’s the serve, or whether it’s the block,” Chisum said, “And our first contact today was pretty good. We passed the ball well, we blocked extremely well, and we served well.” Sophomore libero Kacey Wimpy led the Bobcats with eight digs, while Brown, Collins and Weynand dug out six Islander attacks. In all, 13 different players saw action for Texas State, including freshman libero Ally Buitron, sophomore outside hitter Ashley Emanuel (two digs each) and freshman libero Cree Moses (two service reception digs). “I was very glad that I almost got to unload my bench,” Chisum said. “I didn’t quite get everybody in, but we had opportunities to see other kids.” The “usual suspects” Jones, Weigle and Brown led the Bobcats to a three-game sweep over the Travis Atkins/Star file photo UTSA Roadrunners (9-15, 1-6) Thursday night in front of a raucous crowd in San Antonio at the HOT STREAK: Sophomore setter Brittany Collins pushes the ball up for Amy Weigle, junior middle blocker, during the Bobcats’ 3-1 Oct. 6 loss to Stephen F. Austin. The Bobcats went on to earn 3-0 Convocation Center. Jones (10 kills, 3.5 blocks), Weigle and Brown victories against both UTSA and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road last week.

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