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Volleyball winning streak pushed to four after making short work of Lamar, McNeese State

Latino presence month ended with music, food and scholarship presentations





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Officer cleared by grand jury in Gonzales shooting By David Saleh Rauf The University Star The 48 hours before Christopher Jonathan Gonzales’ death were indicative of the man’s troubled life. The Kyle Police Department issued Gonzales a criminal trespass warning Aug. 28 after he slapped his girlfriend in the face and questioned her father about molestation. The following day,

Gonzales was detained and Tasered twice by Hays County deputy constables while in the backseat of a patrol car. Both incidents were precursors to what would happen next. On Aug. 30, San Marcos Police Department Officer Terry Frans shot and killed Gonzales as the 19-year-old attacked his mother, Rosita Pineda, with a fork.

A grand jury cleared officer Frans of any criminal wrongdoing Thursday, deeming the shooting a justifiable homicide. “It’s pretty much what we expected. We had thoroughly investigated that investigation,” said San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams. “The officer had done nothing wrong. The grand jury, having heard the evidence, concurred with that opinion.”

The case was reviewed internally by the SMPD and then by the Hays County Sheriff’s office before being turned over to the Hays County District Attorney’s office and the grand jury. “From my reading of the reports, officer Frans had very little option, I think, under the circumstances,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Wesley Mau. “He was pretty much faced with the choice of shoot-

Back in the saddle

ing Mr. Gonzales and preventing what appeared to him to be death or serious bodily injury to Mrs. Pineda, or not shooting him and just hoping he didn’t do anything that Officer Frans was going to regret letting him do later.” Toxicology reports show there were no illegal substances or medications detected in Gonzales’ body. The Gonzales family would

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Politicians’ speeches heard at ASG By Eloise Martin The University Star Local and state politicians attended the Associated Student Government meeting Monday and fielded questions from senators as elections near. State Representative Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, said he became interested in running for office in 2002 because he saw decisions that affected students being made by a generation no longer in school. “I became frustrated with how little voice our generation had, and still has, in politics,” Rose said. Rose said his goals for the next legislative session are to make tuition more affordable, address the issue of textbook prices, including making them sales tax free, and make the student regent for the Texas State University System Board of Regents a voting position. The student regent serves as a liaison between the Board of Regents and students within the system. Frank Bartley, public administration senior, currently holds the position. Hays County Judge Jim Powers also addressed the Senate. Powers said he is committed to creating a community where students can stay and work after graduation. Powers has been in office for eight years and said there are two main factors in creating a successful government. “What makes government work is its ability to be predictable and reliable,” Powers said. Powers said he feels the Hays County Commissioners Court fulfills those two requirements. Powers said he plans to propose a place for a Texas State representative on Commissioners Court next year. Bill Henry, 428th district court judge, reminded senators of the importance of voting in the upcoming election.

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not comment on the grand jury’s decision. The shooting prompted an Oct. 9 article in The Austin American-Statesman about the lack of mental health facilities in Hays County. Between 1999 and 2002, Gonzales was arrested eight times, including once on Texas State campus. He spent time

“In November, you all are going to make an incredible impact,” Henry said. Henry said because his court only deals with felonies, all the cases he sees involve serious crimes. He spoke about his stand on punishment versus rehabilitation, and said he is in favor of rehabilitation for those who have not committed violent crimes. “We are talking to people on probation who may need some opportunity, a second chance,” Henry said. Rose, Powers and Henry are all up for reelection. In an attempt to move Texas State athletics to Division I-A status cohesively, ASG passed legislation in favor of an Intercollegiate Athletic Service Fee. The fee would include a flat rate of $75 per student per long semester and a decreased Student Service Fee by 35 percent. The fee would provide funds for athletic scholarships. Because the fee requires changing the ASG constitution, it will be put to a student referendum. The senate also passed legislation in favor of preserving Sam Houston State University’s name. The university is considering a name change to Texas State University – Sam Houston. ASG does not support the name change. A bill was introduced for consideration to reform the Senate. The reformation would include increasing the number of Senators from 40 seats to 60, making elections more competitive and giving better representation to the increased student body. The bill did not pass. ASG President Kyle Morris announced a hearing regarding a proposed tuition and fee increase. He encouraged all Senators and students to attend the hearing. “The only way we are going to have a chance at fighting this outrageous proposal is to pack this room on Thursday,” Morris said. The hearing will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1.

Egoism, altruism debated

Freshman quarterback Bradley George hands the ball off to sophomore running back James Aston during the Bobcats’ 27-17 win over McNeese State Saturday. See Sports Page 10

A donation made to ‘last forever’

$1.1 million endowed chair created to bring ethics back into business world By Alex Hering The University Star

Two Texas State alumni have pledged a $1.1 million donation to establish an endowed chair in the McCoy College of Business Administration. Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields donated the endowment to fund a chair that would focus on the study of ethics in the business place and corporate responsibility. Jerry D. Fields, a 1969 business graduate of then-Southwest Texas State, is founder and chief executive officer of JD Fields & Company, Inc., a worldwide supplier of steel product. His wife, Linda Gregg Fields, is a 1966 graduate of then-Southwest Texas State. President Denise Trauth said the endowed chair will give students the opportunity to learn from the best. “The nature of this gift is to bring

in a star to teach students,” Trauth said. “This would be a full professor who has good research background in the field of ethics and responsibility, and the students should benefit enormously from that.” A national search will be conducted to find the Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields Endowed Chair in Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. Denise Smart, dean of the McCoy College of Business Administration, said the title of chair is given to a professor with a high level of experience. “The chair may teach a class, work on independent studies with students or do joint research with students,” she said. The endowment will pay the new chair’s salary and continued research for the 4,500 students in the College of Business. Smart said the university will benefit from the level of experience being brought to the school. “All students will have access to a member of the faculty with strong experience ethics and responsibility,” Smart said. “Usually it is a person who is nationally or internationally recognized.” Leslie Reyes, business management freshman, said an ethics class

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is much needed in a time when business and ethics are not words commonly put together. “Usually you think of business being corrupt, which is why it would be so great to get someone to make better business people out of us.” Reyes said. Debbie Thorne, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said ethics play an important role in business leadership. “In the past years, we have seen the results of businesses that did not conduct themselves in an ethical manner,” Thorne said. “We will better prepare students of the reality of ethical leadership while talking about ethical issues in business.” Eugene Payne, assistant dean of the McCoy College of Business, said the McCoy College of Business Foundation will match the $1.1 million endowment and will allow it to accumulate interest for the next four years. “The gift will be completed in four years or less, and the earnings will then be used for the purpose of the endowment,” Payne said. “The original gift is never expended. The donor wants the gift to last forever, so we hold it so there will be funds for that chair forever.”

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Danny Rodriguez/Star photo MAN OF THE PEOPLE: Robert Krueger, former U.S. Senator and San Marcos native, argued in favor of altruism during the Egoism vs. Altruism philosophical debate held Thursday in the Alkek Teaching Theater.

By Georgia Fisher The University Star The director of the Ayn Rand Institute and a former U.S. Senator debated Thursday over the value of individualism and its role in society. Yaron Brook, director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and former U.S. Senator and Ambassador Robert Krueger squared off in the Alkek Teaching Theater for a philosophical debate entitled “Egoism vs. Altruism.”

The debate pitted two opposing schools of thought against each other. Brook argued in favor of egoism, a teaching that emphasizes individualism and self-interest. Krueger argued in favor of altruism, a philosophy that emphasizes the interest of society before one’s own. Brook, a self-proclaimed atheist, began by explaining the philosophy of Ayn Rand — a renowned and controversial author whose See DEBATE, page 3

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Tuesday in Brief

October 17, 2006

starsof texas state Charles Carpenter, a graduate student in the department of occupational education, has been awarded the Certified Facility Manager Japan designation from the Japanese Facility Management Promotion Association. The CFMJ designation was awarded by a reciprocal agreement between JFMA and the International Facility Management Association and illustrates the global impor-

tance of the facility management profession. Carpenter’s CFMJ was awarded along with his recertification of IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager designation. The CFM credential assures professional expertise and establishes standards of practice for the facility management profession worldwide. — Courtesy of Public Relations

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

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

The Austin Film Festival will host its fourth Annual Film and Food Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. For tickets, visit

Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, at 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 357-2049. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the CSC. Night Prayer will be held in the chapel of the CSC at 9 p.m. From Soldier to Student open counseling group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Hispanic/Latino(a) support group will meet at 3:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. The San Marcos Toastmasters Club meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Café at Prime Outlet Mall (Interstate-35, exit 200 at Centerpoint Rd.). There is an optional dinner at 6:30 p.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Practice your speaking, listening and thinking skills, boost self-confidence and develop leadership skills. For additional information, call Ren Linér at (512) 353-0217, e-mail smtoastmasters@yahoo. com or visit www.sanmarcos. The Muslim Student Association is hosting the second annual Fast-a-thon in the LBJ Ballroom at 7 p.m. Fasting is not required to attend the dinner/talk.

On This Day... 1777 — American troops defeated British forces at Saratoga, N.Y. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War. 1888 — The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was released at newsstands. 1917 — The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed.

The Sigma Tau Delta Booksale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The Quad in front of Flowers Hall.

1933 — News-Week appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to Newsweek.

The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For questions, contact the Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, at Higher Ground (LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry) meets at 5:30 p.m. for prayers, followed by a free dinner at 6 p.m. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church across from The Tower. Everyone is welcome. Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. in the lounge of the CSC. A student-led rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC.

THURSDAY The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For questions, contact the Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, at Go to and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.

1933 — Dr. Albert Einstein moved to Princeton, N.J., after leaving Germany. 1945 — Colonel Juan Peron became the dictator of Argentina after staging a coup in Buenos Aires.

Monty Marion/Star photo Jon Baldridge, agricultural business junior, works Monday afternoon to clear a few trees outside the Agriculture Building. The space will allow for a redesign of the landscape including the addition of a fountain.

Health Beat Golfing, running a part of Homecoming Weekend activities Homecoming is a time to celebrate, reconnect, reminisce and make new memories. This year at Texas State, we have many things to celebrate and exciting ways to do it. Every reunion has different activities planned to make the weekend fun and enjoyable. Campus Recreation is once again hosting a Homecoming 5K Run/Walk Race Saturday at the Tennis Courts on the corner of Sessom and Peques streets. On-site registration/ packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8:45 a.m.

Pre-registrations are being taken at the Student Recreation Center. What better way to continue Texas State tradition than with a run or walk through San Marcos? Although the 5K race is fun in itself, Campus Recreation is hosting it to raise money for scholarship funds. Campus Recreation is also hosting a Homecoming Golf Tournament at the Texas State Golf Course Saturday. This is a two-person scramble tournament conveniently located on one of the top-25 best ninehole golf courses in the state of Texas. The cost is $45 per person.

Not into golf or running? The SRC is open all weekend to our alumni. This is a great opportunity to try out the weight room, walking track, cardio equipment and basketball courts free. Participate in the SRC before it goes under construction for its expansion, scheduled to open Fall 2008. Homecoming Weekend 2006 at Texas State will undoubtedly be a reunion to remember, and with help from Campus Recreation, this should be a successful and fun weekend in more ways than one. — Courtesy of Campus Recreation

1973 — The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil embargo against several countries including the United States and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on Oct. 6, 1973. The embargo lasted until March 1974. 1978 — U.S. President Carter signed a bill that restored U.S. citizenship to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 1979 — Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1987 — First lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. 1989 — An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the San Francisco Bay area in California. The quake caused about 67 deaths, 3,000 injuries and damages up to $7 billion.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Oct. 10, 9:42 a.m. Medical Emergency/ McCoy Hall An officer was dispatched for a report of a medical emergency. A non-student was having a seizure and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for treatment.

Taylor-Murphy History Building An officer was dispatched for a report of a medical emergency. A student injured her ankle and was transported to CTMC for evaluation.

of Another Person/ Russell Circle An officer came in contact with a vehicle that was displaying a placard that belonged to another. The student was issued a citation.

Oct. 10, 12:37 p.m. Theft Under $500/ San Saba Hall An officer was dispatched for a report of theft. A student reported his bicycle had been stolen. This case is under investigation.

Oct. 10, 11:35 p.m. Alcohol: Minor in Possession/ PODP/Smith Hall An officer was dispatched on a report of suspicious odor. Upon further investigation, a student was found to be a minor in possession of alcohol and drug paraphernalia. The student was issued a citation.

Oct. 10, 2:25 p.m. Medical Emergency/

Oct. 11, 3:36 p.m. Displaying Handicap Placard

Oct. 12, 12:15 a.m. POCS/POM/DWLI/ Prohibited Weapon/ Broadway Bank An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, the non-student was found to be in possession of marijuana, controlled substances and prohibited weapons. The non-student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

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

Candidates to appear at local voting organization’s debate The San Marcos Area League of Women Voters will host its Candidates Debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the San Marcos Activity Center. The debate will feature candidates from 11 Hays County contested races on the upcoming November ballot. Kaylene Ray returns as moderator for the event. In order of appearance, candidates and their races include state representative, district 45: Jim Neuhaus, Patrick M. Rose and Tom Gleinser; City Council, Place 1: Ian Skiles and Betsy Robertson; City Council, Place 6: John Thomaides and Ryan Thomason; state senator, district 25: Jeff Wentworth, Kathleen “Kathi” Thomas and James R. (Bob) Thompson; judge, 428th judicial district: Bill Henry and Anna Boling; District Attorney: Wesley H. Mau and Sherri Tibbe; county judge: Jim Powers and Elizabeth “Liz” Sumter; county commissioner, precinct. 2: H. S. “Susie” Carter

and Jeff Barton; county commissioner, precinct. 4: Russ Molenaar and Karen Ford. Other races included are county court at law, Place 1: Peter B. Plotts and Howard Warner and county clerk: Linda C. Fritsche and Margie T. Villalpando. The local League’s Voters Guide, with questions and responses from the Hays County and San Marcos City Council candidates, will be distributed at the event. The guide will include the 16 San Marcos city propositions that will also be on the Nov. 7 ballot. Copies will also be available at the San Marcos Public Library, San Marcos City Hall and other city halls throughout the county, the River House at Texas State, local Chambers of Commerce and other meeting places. The local voters’ guide and The League of Women Voters of Texas voters’ guide, cover-

ing the governor’s and other state races, will be inserted into an upcoming edition of the San Marcos Daily Record. Debate questions, formed by the league’s Voter Service Committee, will be followed by audience questions. Candidates will be on-hand before the event, providing information to voters. Free and open to the public, the debate will also provide an opportunity for folks to join the San Marcos Area League of Voters, which presents annual panel discussions on important local events, candidates’ debates and voters’ guides and other presentations on civic issues. For more information, call Jeannie Lewis, voter service committee member, at (512) 353-2872. — Courtesy of the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters


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GONZALES: Shooting victim had Candidates speak to NAACP about poverty, education issues history of mental health problems By Nick Georgiou The University Star Three gubernatorial candidates addressed the Texas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Thursday and Friday in Austin. Democrat Chris Bell spoke on Friday, saying his campaign is about change. “We have reached a point not just in the black community but in every community throughout Texas where we have to draw a line in the sand and say, ‘Enough is enough,’ and say, ‘We’re not going to stand for this kind of leadership from Washington anymore than we’re going to stand for this kind of leadership coming from our state capital in Austin,” Bell said. Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry addressed the NAACP Thursday, while independent candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn spoke Friday afternoon. Independent candidate Kinky Friedman was not invited because of controversial remarks that have become an issue in the race. The Strayhorn and Perry campaigns were not available for comment. Under Perry’s leadership, Bell said Texas has finished last in the number of high school dropouts, teen pregnancies and children without healthcare insurance. “(Perry) is an absolute miserable failure as governor, and we keep falling further and further behind the rest of the country,” he said. Bell said one of his priorities is to improve public schools in Texas. Much of the frustration expressed with the public school system, Bell said, stems from the high-stakes nature of standardized tests such as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. He said it is absurd for a single test to determine, among other things, a school’s ranking and whether or not a student will move up a grade. “The tail of the TAKS test is now wagging the dog and it has gutted our curriculum,” Bell said. “It has contributed to us having the highest dropout rate in the country.” Teachers should insure accountability, not a test, he said. Bell said he advocates a hike in teacher’s wages that would, at

minimum, put the state up to par with the rest of the country. A link exists, Bell said, between the poor quality of public schools and the overcrowding of the Texas state prison system. Of the inmates currently in prison, Bell said, 80 percent are high school dropouts. “We have literally created a dropout through school-toprison system pipeline,” he said. Bell’s speech also focused on the poor. “The truth of the matter is, we don’t remember the poor here in the state of Texas,” he said. “We’ve gotten to the point where we don’t even do a good job of remembering the middle class.” Bell described Texas as a cashand-carry government, where the rich are able to have their concerns addressed by state legislators through lobbyists, while the interests of ordinary citizens are “swept to the backburner.” In a state as diverse as Texas, he said, the government cannot design policies that repress the minority community. Texas needs to follow the example of other states that are trying to find “innovative” ways to provide low-income individuals with affordable health insurance, he said. Bell acknowledged that his attention to issues such as education, healthcare, stem-cell research and the environment leave some, like Perry, to believe he is too liberal. “I know that sounds a little bit radical to some people, but in the Texas of today, it would require nothing more radical than common sense,” Bell said. Attendees at the convention had a range of opinions and a level of uncertainty regarding which gubernatorial candidate they would vote for. Most, however, favored Bell and Strayhorn. NAACP member Brian Rowland was most impressed with Strayhorn and believed she had the best showing at the conference. “Right now, this system is fractured,” he said. “I think she hit on some issues that people can relate to. Chris Bell also hit on a couple of issues, but I think he was still coming at it as a Democrat instead of coming at it as the better candidate.” Rowland said Bell still did a

good job in his speech. “All of the things he talked about, he gave examples on how he was going to implement those plans and that was good,” Rowland said. “He wasn’t just talking about things that needed to happen. He came with a plan.” During a question-and-answer session that followed each candidate’s speech, Rowland asked all three about the issue of rising tuition costs and was pleased with the responses he got from Bell and Strayhorn. Bell said tuition deregulation has been a disaster and pointed the finger at Perry and Strayhorn for supporting the deregulation. “It makes absolutely no sense that in a time when more and more jobs are requiring a college degree that we would make it so much more difficult on middleclass families to send their kids to college,” Bell said. “I would like to see tuition re-regulated.” Rowland said Perry did not directly answer his questions. He said Perry told him financial aid had increased and that college tuition in Texas was still a bargain compared to other states. Polly Street, an IRS agent, said she does not know who she will vote for, but suggested she was leaning toward Strayhorn. “I like Strayhorn because we need a government that represents all sides instead of factions,” she said. “I like that kind of approach.” Ernest Deckard, president of the Tyler, Texas NAACP branch, was won over by Bell, whom he plans to endorse. Deckard said he is suspicious of Strayhorn. “Strayhorn has held various positions in government for all these years and all of a sudden she thinks she can make a difference,” Deckard said. “She has her own agenda, but are black people in the state of Texas included in that? She said they are, but I’ve heard that time and time again.” Hugh Toms, financer and part-time musician, said he is weary and skeptical of everything the candidates said at the convention. “It’s all talk,” Toms said. “When they run for something, they really want to make those things happen, but when they get inside the political machinery, it’s difficult; they get ground up.”

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works include The Fountainhead and The Virtue of Selfishness. He said objectivism, or “being selfish,” is neither cruel nor illogical and is actually natural to most people. “Most of us act selfish most of the time; it’s how we get things done,” Brook said. “It’s how the wheat farmer grows his wheat.” Brook said most people in college are not seeking an education for the purpose of serving humanity and that the natural inclination for students — or anyone — is to seek the path that provides them the most comfort, pleasure and quality of life. “Very few students go to school and get an education based on how they’ll serve society,” he said. He stressed the importance of thriving and seeking the most out of life and one’s own potential — not compromising or settling for anything that detracts from growth. “Selfishness says your life is its own net value,” he said. “You’re an end in itself, not to someone else’s well-being or welfare or living wage.” Krueger cited his experiences as the U.S. Ambassador to the tiny African country of Burundi from 1994 to 1996. A state repre-

sentative and native of San Marcos, Krueger said his desire to bring aid and public awareness to war-torn Burundi led him to a connection with humanity that was anything but selfish. Though he had wealthy beginnings, Krueger said he chose to become an educator, and that his slim teacher’s salary was offset by the reward of helping others. “When I started teaching and my dad was a millionaire, my salary was $6,000 a year,” he said. “But it was my choice.” Krueger said the United States’ reverence for human potential is what drove him to run for office. “There were opportunities for all people in this nation, and I wanted to be a part of that system,” he said. Krueger mentioned God, and feeling “divine presence” when in a dangerous convoy shootout in Burundi. He said, “The survival of an independent ego does not fully explain what we feel as human beings.” However, Krueger said in response to an audience member’s query, he would never promote the mixture of church and state. He said when running for office he was always adamant that his religion not be a factor. “I never talked about my own spiritual life when I was running

for office,” he said. “That would have been a tawdry use of religion and I find that reprehensible.” He described connecting with people all over the world, and said generosity and a general love for humanity is far more natural than the tenets of egotism. In closing, Brooke stressed the importance of nonviolence to Rand’s philosophy, and the practical nature of egotism. “Objectivists are strongly against violence. And lying, deception and stealing are a net loss to your own life,” he said. “I believe morality is fundamentally about solving the question of life; how to live and love successfully.” Audience members found the debate informative and beneficial. “Part of the reason I came here is I’m strongly against altruism,” said Cody Warren, philosophy sophomore. “I came here to learn how to better argue against it.” Kara Sweidel, philosophy senior, said she felt the debate was engaging and well pitted. “Brooks was a little more factual in keeping to the core of is philosophy,” she said. “There was a synthesis between two diametrically opposed points. It was very lively.”

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in various clinics, shelters and juvenile centers. Gonzales was released from the juvenile system in 2005. Reports document numerous physical and verbal outbursts during his years of probation and incarceration. Although police records say Gonzales was never diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, his mother told Hays County Constables Aug. 29 that he was bipolar and schizophrenic. He was diagnosed in 2001 as having a mood and hyperactivity disorder. Two of Gonzales’ brothers also said the day of the shooting he was suffering from mental problems, including hallucinations and hearing voices, according to police reports obtained through an open records request. Clinical impression statements from 2002 say that “Jonathan’s emotional outbursts tend

to take two forms: he either explodes and acts aggressively … or he withdraws emotionally and will not communicate.” The Kyle Police Department responded to the house of Amilia Gomez, Gonzales’ girlfriend, Aug. 28. According to police reports, Gomez told police Gonzales was violent and shouting. Kyle Police gave Gonzales a criminal trespass warning and released him to his mother. On Aug. 29, Gonzales was walking on Old Stagecoach Road near Five Mile Dam when he waved down Deputy Constable Clemente Verastegui and asked for a ride to San Marcos. After attempting to open the door to Verastegui’s vehicle, Gonzales proceeded to pick up a broken beer bottle, which he eventually threw in a wooded area. Upon being detained by constables, Gonzales began kicking the inside of the vehicle door until he was Tasered twice by Chief Deputy Stephen Velas-

quez. According to Verastegui’s report, Velasquez said “maybe a two-second ride would settle him down,” immediately before Tasing Gonzales. Members of Gonzales’ family protested in front of the County Courthouse Sept. 19 alongside the family of Leslie Eugene Whited, who was shot and killed by the Hays County SWAT Team in February. Gonzales’ family claimed Officer Frans failed to render aid after the shooting. “I know the family has said that he didn’t take any recitative measures but immediately after the shooting, I mean within seconds, one of our sergeants drove up, Randy Holmes, and he did attempt CPR,” Williams said. “Our guys were on it. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the officer himself did it, but one of the other officers did.” Prior to the Whited incident, SMPD had not fired a shot since October 2002.

Area residents team up for cystic fibrosis benefit By Tanya Horowitz Special to The Star Amy Nighbert admits that she didn’t know anything about cystic fibrosis until her son was born and diagnosed with the disease. “If you don’t know someone that has cystic fibrosis, you don’t care because it has no effect on you,” Nighbert said. Finding out that her son was suffering from the deadly genetic disease shook her to the core, Nighbert said. It was then that she took it upon herself to learn everything she could about the disease — and in the process educate others as well. Nighbert, San Marcos resident, began by starting a cystic fibrosis walkathon six years ago. Her goal was to get the word out about the disease. “Unlike the Heart Association and other cancer walks, not everyone knows someone that deals with cystic fibrosis,” Nighbert said. “I started this walk as a way to deal with my own frustrations.” Approximately 30 people attended the annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk-A-Thon at the Old Fish Hatchery Park Saturday morning, raising approximately $3,000 to help find a cure for the disease. The event gives families who have members suffering from cystic fibrosis the opportunity to talk with others who deal with the disease on a daily basis. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a mutation in a gene called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. The defective gene 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, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Web site. The 3.1-mile (5K) walk began at 10 a.m. and culminated with pizza and children’s activities after the walk. Residents and Texas State students came out to support the walk. The Weathers family of Seguin has two children with cystic fibrosis: two-year-old David and three-month-old Paige. “A lot of people are not aware how bad cystic fibrosis affects families,” said Branda Weathers, mother of the two. “I personally would have never known about it if my children did not have it.” Weathers was a part of a walking team sponsored by South Texas Chapter of the San Jacinto

Austin Byrd/Star photo HAND-IN-HAND: Dakota Fulcher holds her mother’s hand Saturday morning as they walk through Bicentennial Park to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis.

High Rollers and raised approximately $1,500 for the foundation. She and her husband are volunteer firefighters. Branda Weathers said two-year-old David wants to be a firefighter, but in the future must face the fact that he will never be able to fight fires. Smoke is too harmful for his delicate respiratory system. “These walks are a great thing because it helps get money for a cure that could let my children live a lot longer,” Weathers said. Melissa Ailey, interdisciplin-

ary studies senior, walked for her father who has cystic fibrosis. “I read the article in last week’s paper and really wanted to come out,” Ailey said. “I just wish I would have heard about it sooner so my sorority and other friends could have gotten involved.”

✯FYI For more information about cystic fibrosis, visit www.cff. org.

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Releasesof the week

The Omen (Remake) — (R) Predrag Bjelac, Carlo Sabatini

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The Break-Up — (PG-13) Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston Over the Hedge — (PG) Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling

Press Play — Diddy

Long Trip Alone — Dierks Bentley

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Cien Años By Laura Jamison The University Star Dora Ramirez wore a red dress and a bright smile that quickly spread across the table of scholarship recipients. Her mother, Dominga Wesley, works as a custodian in the residence halls for Texas State. Wesley said she is very proud of her daughter, who was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Hispanic Policy Network. “I am really happy to get (the scholarship). It helped me out a lot this year,” said Ramirez, who plans to major in accounting at Texas State next year. The Fiesta de Cien Años was held Saturday and celebrated 100 years of Latino presence at Texas State. The first Hispanic student to attend Texas

Matthew Blanco/Star photo MAS MUSICA: Mariachi Nueva Generación played Saturday at the celebration of Fiesta de Cien Años. The band provided entertainment most of the night and added flavor to the celebration.

State, Maria Elena Zamora O’ Shea, was enrolled in 1906. Scholarships were distributed at the event, which also helped raise money for more scholarships. A fajita dinner was served and Salsa del Rio and Mariachi Nueva Generació performed. There were approximately 350 people at the party including community members, students, staff and professors. President Denise Trauth, who was in attendance, said increasing diversity at Texas State is a “top priority.” Trauth said she hopes to “make (Texas State) a Hispanic-serving institution in the next five years.” Roberto Galván, the first Latino professor at Texas State, attended the celebration and is proud of the university’s Latino growth. “I want to congratulate the President for her in-

sight and her sense of Texas State … I think this is an opportunity for my Latino affiliates to really prove what they can do and improve their lot,” Galván said. Galván served as coordinator of the Spanish department for 11 years, and served as interim chair of the department of modern languages three times. Elliot Bazan, San Marcos resident, decided to bring his family to the fiesta and show support for Latinos at Texas State. “Historically, (Texas State) did not have that many Hispanic students coming in the years past or the decades past. Now we are getting more students involved, which is very important,” Bazan said. Steven Romero, president of the Hispanic Business Students Association, who also attended the fiesta, said it was important to remember the history

of Hispanics at Texas State. “We are here to celebrate our Latino presence at Texas State … I think we are starting to recognize our history,” Romero said. Frank de la Teja, chair of the history department, who hosted Saturday’s symposium on Mexican and Revolutionary Texas, came to the fiesta to celebrate diversity. “It is important to support the diversity that we have on campus, and this event celebrates that diversity. It’s a way of recognizing that the university is doing it’s best to be a welcoming environment to everybody,” de la Teja said. Mayor Susan Narvaiz wished the crowd a “feliz cien años,” and said she is hopeful about the next century. “We have a chance to make the next 100 years great with scholarships,” Narvaiz said.

Area bands play last San Marcos Compilation album at Lucy’s San Marcos By Whitey Lewis Special to the Star By the time Eleven Fingered Charlie finished it’s set Saturday night, Lucy’s San Marcos’ dance floor was packed. Lucy’s hosted the final edition of benefit concerts for the production of the San Marcos Compilation album. The concerts and the Compilation have been organized by Robbie Doyen, front man of Robbie and the Robots. He said that the album has been narrowed down to twenty bands which will each contribute one

track to the compilation. “I feel like San Marcos has a really great, diverse music scene that’s not really appreciated. I figured I’d make a compilation album to show everybody what we’ve got,” Doyen said. Proceeds from album sales will go towards research for fibromyalgia, a neuromuscular disorder that causes chronic pain. Doyen said that it has affected many Gulf War veterans, as well as his father, which is why he chose to benefit research for the disease. The benefit concerts raised a total of $1779.08, according to Doyen. He said that the album

Cotton Miller/Star photo FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Eleven Fingered Charlie plays Lucy’s San Marcos Saturday night as part of the San Marcos Compilation which will help contribute to research for the neuromuscular disorder fibromyalgia.

will be ready for sale in a few months, and will be available at Sundance Records, Hastings and through the participating bands. Black Water Gospel kicked off the concert at 10 p.m. Singer and guitarist Juan Gutierrez, communication studies senior, said that the band constructed the condensed set list from a 45minute show the night before. The band also introduced a few new songs. Lead guitar player, Jesse Duke, said that they are currently recording a new album with producer Brad Rice that is planned for release in December. Duke said that “Walk on Stilts” will most likely be the song that Black Water Gospel contributes to the compilation. Duke and Gutierrez were also excited to play with Eleven Fingered Charlie and Kallisti Gold. “I didn’t know we were playing this show until last week. When I heard who we were playing with, I said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready,’” Duke said. Kallisti Gold followed Black Water Gospel at 11 p.m. The six-piece band included bongos, keyboards, drums, saxophone,

bass and guitar. The members rotated instruments throughout the set and featured four different lead vocalists. The band appropriately started the performance with Cory Johnson singing “Hello, how’re you doin’?/Where have you been?” while beating on his bongos. Paul Adams, sound recording technology senior, introduced “Lentamente,” the song Kallisti Gold will be contributing to the compilation. Kallisti Gold continually showed appreciation throughout the show for the compilation and fellow performers. “I love these guys,” Adams said of Black Water Gospel. “They’re one of the best bands you could see in San Marcos.” The crowd, which contained about 40 people at 10 p.m., had reached over 100 by the end of Kallisti Gold’s performance. Lucy’s estimated the final capacity to be around 150 at the end of the night. Eleven Fingered Charlie started playing soon after midnight. “Is everybody a fan of Kallisti Gold?” said guitar player Travis Damron, nutrition and foods senior, continuing each band’s

acknowledgment of mutual admiration. The four-piece band included guitar, bass, saxophone and drums, but Eleven Fingered Charlie welcomed many guest musicians to the stage. “It’s all about music and creating good music. We don’t have egos; we like to bring in new musicians,” Damron said. Alan Houston, business administration graduate student and bass player for Bloodshot Pyramid, said that he didn’t know that the concert was one of the benefits for the San Mar-

cos Compilation album before he got to Lucy’s on Saturday. “I’m a big fan of Black Water Gospel, Eleven Fingered Charlie and Kallisti Gold,” he said. Victoria Perez, biology senior, said she was there to see Rodney Howell play the saxophone for Eleven Fingered Charlie after having been invited by some of the members earlier in the night. “Rodney was really awesome,” she said. Perez was unaware of the compilation, but said that she would buy it when it comes out.

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exas State replaced the school seal in the Alkek Library breezeway Oct. 4 at an estimated cost of between $10,000 and $12,000. Seal obsession becomes impracticality This came in conjunction with a university-wide logo change and enforcement of a longstanding requirement by The Texas State University System Board of Regents to print a system statement on all university published materials. That amount of money is small potatoes to a university this size, but over the last 10 years, this school has seen enough logo changes to make heads spin. First the “Southwest” in Southwest Texas was made smaller to emphasize the “Texas State” part of the logo. That was before the state legislature approved the name change. The university spent an estimated $350,000 to replace signs, repaint the water tower and cover other one-time expenses. Most of this was paid for through private gifts. The university used the same policy for stationary with the name change that it used for this logo change: All printed materials bearing the old logo will be used before the new materials enter circulation. It would appear Texas State has handled its money wisely when dealing with the logo changes, but it seems like maybe the school should be focusing a little more on academics than marketing. The University Star understands Texas State must market itself to make money. Marketing the school increases funds not only through expanding enrollment. Getting Texas State’s name out there brings in grants and donations as well. There needs to be a system in place, but that system needs to work better than the existing one. If you go to the university’s marketing Web page, you’ll find a list of acceptable logos, a list of unacceptable logos and a university policy statement about logo usage. Unfortunately the policy statement tells you to use logos that are on the unacceptable logo list. There are no logos available that include “Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of The Texas State University System,” as required by the board of regents for system identification. It is almost impossible for someone trying to put the appropriate logos on university materials to actually find the logo he or she is supposed to be using. We need to choose a logo that represents the school and ties all departments together. That means not changing the logo every 18 months and forgetting to tell everyone. It also means not making exceptions for certain departments, or letting certain departments dictate the logo and the school color. The Star might be a little biased in that last statement because the new official school color, metallic gold, cannot be printed on newsprint.

Letter to the Editor The Star failed to report all sides of College Dems fiasco In Thursday’s issue of The University Star, it was reported that I participated in a verbal assault incident against members of the College Democrats. I feel like I should be allowed the opportunity to respond to this charge. To be frank, I am not aware of the incident reported in The Star by Nick Georgiou. The revelation of my involvement came as a shock to me. I think it is unfortunate that this paper has resorted to this kind of tabloid reporting. The Star should be embarrassed at the kind of shoddy reporting it has allowed for print. The public deserves to know that I was never contacted about this alleged incident. The incident described in Thursday’s issue is a complete fabrication and misrepresentation of truth. The conversation that members of the Hays County Democratic Party and I had with the officers of College Democrats did not take place during a meeting that was in progress nor did it involve any verbal attacking of any sort. The conversation that I was part of was calm and respectful of the feelings and concerns of the officers. As well, the officers listened to our concerns that Eric Heggie’s employment with Republican campaigns while president of College Democrats was a conflict of interest. Mr. Heggie’s unethical decision to sell College Democrats to the highest bidder put the chapter’s charter with the National College Democrats of America in jeopardy. The refusal of College Democrats’ officers to intervene and ask for Mr. Heggie’s resignation, in essence condoning his behavior, also placed its charter in jeopardy. I was under the impression that it was this realization that caused Eileen Galvez to cry. Daniel Segura mass communication junior Editor’s reply: The Star was remiss in not contacting Daniel Segura for the Oct. 12 article “Fallout from Heggie resignation shifts to county, national organizations.”

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Death toll, statistical facts denied by Bush administration Nerds in lab coats According to the JHSPS are not the type of News Center Web site, the people who can study estimates as many convince President as 643,965 more Iraqis Bush that the nummay have died because of ber of Iraqi deaths the invasion than would exceeds his estimate have without our interferof around 30,000. STEPHANIE SILVAS ence. The Web site states, Instead, the Bush “Eighty-four percent of the Star Columnist administration and violent deaths were reportsome Republicans want us to ed to be caused by the actions of believe that a group of research- Coalition forces and 95 percent ers out of Johns Hopkins Uniof those deaths were due to air versity got together with some strikes and artillery.” left-wing nuts and decided to But Bush does not need some try to pull the wool over the four-eyed geek telling him how eyes of Americans. many Iraqis have died. He is A recent study by Johns the “Decider” and he will deHopkins Bloomberg School termine how many people have of Public Health indicates that died. And when he does decide Iraqi civilian deaths have inhow many people have died, creased since the U.S. invasion. he won’t tell the liberal media.

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They are just going to find some way to negatively spin Iraqi death tolls. And Bush doesn’t want to talk about death tolls in Iraq. Come on guys, who wants to talk about death? Of course there are casualties, and that makes our president very sad, but lets not talk about it. Lets talk about the chirping birds and flowers and babies with pink cheeks. Why does everything have to be so depressing? This number is yet another ploy by the liberal media to disgrace the wonderful things that the Bush Administration has done. Remember, our economy is great. The richest people in our country are getting the biggest tax breaks in history and

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during a war. And the money they are saving will trickle down eventually. I know we haven’t seen it yet, but we will. Trust them. Trust them because they say so. Not because they have actual facts or statistics that prove their arguments. Trust them because they are the good guys and the Democrats are evil. God is on their side. If you’re not on the side of the Bush Administration, then you are just as bad as Hitler or Osama bin Laden. The numbers released by JHSPH are filled with nothing but fancy-schmancy, sophisticated words. Bush is a straight shooter. He’s the type of guy you would want to invite to your keg party. He is the guy you

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see in all those public relations stunts — kissing babies, wearing a cowboy hat and shoveling brush all at the same time. He is a down-to-earth type of guy. He’s on your side. He doesn’t need to listen to polls or death tolls. He listens to his heart. And when has your heart ever steered you wrong? The release of this study is just doom and gloom. That’s what Democrats are about, after all. All they ever want to talk about is all the negative things going on in the world. Never mind the fact that the Iraqi mission was accomplished three years ago. We cannot forget that there has not been a terrorist attack in the U.S. since 2001. Ignore all the daily attacks on

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our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan that have killed thousands of our soldiers. I guess those don’t count since they weren’t on U.S. soil. Try to keep your eye on the ball. This war may go down in history as the greatest accomplishment the U.S. has ever made. Then again, it more than likely won’t. Bush wants us all to just shut our mouths for the next two years. The “grownups” are in charge now. They’ll handle it. We’ve been perfectly fine living in denial for the past six years; do not start trusting so-called “experts” now. Stephanie Silvas is a mass communication senior

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speedingahead Cross country followed the wining ways of Texas State football, volleyball and soccer over the weekend. The Bobcat women ran past the field Saturday in Austin at the Texas Invitational. The women finished first overall with 34 points, ahead of Texas-San Antonio, North Texas and Houston. The men’s team placed fourth overall for the day. Check Wednesday’s issue of The University Star for the full story.

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Cowboys can’t wrangle ’Cats

Football ends losing streak in televised game By Chris Boehm The University Star When Texas State was flagged for an illegal block on the opening kickoff Saturday, fans might have thought they were in for the same tired story. But they would have been wrong. Texas State was penalized just six times on its way to defeating McNeese State 27-17 in Lake Charles, La. The game was televised on Fox Sports Net Southwest. “(Being on television) didn’t have anything to do with it,” said Coach David Bailiff. “These guys are excited to play every Saturday. I thought the officials did a better job this week. Every Monday, we send in a tape to the supervisor of officials. And the conference has sent back letters (this season) saying they’ve disagreed with the calls, such as the two holds against us last week.” The Bobcats marched 95 yards for a quick 7-0 lead against the Cowboys. Bradley George found Stan Zwinngi early in the possession on third down to keep the drive alive. Morris Crosby made a 47yard catch to move into Cowboy territory, and then George hit Chase Wasson later in the drive to take the lead just five minutes into the game. The touchdown was one of two for Wasson, while George threw for 201 yards and three scores. “I thought this was Bradley’s best game yet,” Bailiff said. “He may be 24, but he’s still a redshirt freshman, and he continues to get better.” Texas State led the entire way, forcing six turnovers that repeatedly left the Cowboys emptyhanded after driving into Bobcat territory. “When you get that many picks (five), it shows that the guys are doing a great job recognizing routes,” Bailiff said. The biggest turnovers came

in the fourth quarter, on interceptions by Shola Obafemi and Daniel Varvel. Obafemi’s came on McNeese’s first possession of the period, after the Cowboys had driven to the Bobcat eightyard line, trailing 24-10. McNeese State faced a thirdand-goal following a Bobcat timeout. When play resumed Obafemi picked off Derrick Fourroux’s pass at the goal line, returning the ball 85 yards to the McNeese 15. The play resulted in an Andrew Ireland field goal, giving Texas State a 17-point lead with 13 minutes left in the game. “I was thinking that I wished he had gone 15 more yards,” Bailiff said. “He made a great jump on that route.” Varvel’s pick, his second of the night, came with less than six minutes to play. McNeese State trailed 27-17 following a Wesley Mangan touchdown reception, and had marched to the Bobcat 25 after starting a drive at midfield. But on second down, Fourroux’s pass was tipped by Jeremy Castillo, enabling Varvel to come up with the ball and send the fat Rod Anderson/McNeese State lady home. Texas State led 24-3 at one THE WALL: Junior offensive lineman Adrian Dayse fends off McNeese State’s Kirby Joseph (94) to give Texas State freshman quarterpoint late in the third quarter, following Ireland’s first field goal back Bradley George (9) enough time to make one of the Bobcats’ 12 completions during their Saturday victory over McNeese State. of the game and a 20-yard pass to Crosby. Fourroux was able to George puts up goose egg has five career interceptions after and Fox College Sports. touchdown that came against get his team back in contention recording none in 2005. MusKentucky in week two. with scoring tosses to Quinten George finished Saturday’s grove was named the Southland Chase of all trades Lawrence and Mangan. The game with no interceptions, the Conference Defensive Player of Homecoming marathon Bobcats avoided a repeat of last first time in four games for the the Week for his efforts. Wasson has five touchdowns week, when Stephen F. Austin freshman. George tossed a pick in The Bobcats reached six as a after Saturday’s game, leading Saturday’s contest was the first stole a victory in the game’s final relief of Wasson against North- team in 1982 versus Lamar, and a the team in both rushing and of three Homecoming games for minutes despite trailing almost ern Colorado, and followed with year later against Abilene Chris- receiving scores with a pair each. Texas State. The Bobcats host the entire way. a pair of two-interception games tian. The senior is tied with Daniel Southeastern Louisiana this week “I thought we played hard for against Southern Utah and SFA. Jolly and Alvin Canady in their in their Homecoming game, and 60 minutes, where last week we Conversely, the Texas State deBroadcasting the Bobcats respective categories. then travel to Northwestern State played hard for about 57,” Bailiff fense fell one pick short of the “Chase has been absolutely for the Demons’ festivities. said. “The guys finished strong team’s all-time record of six. In Texas State’s win over Mc- amazing,” Bailiff said. “He caught “We’re expecting the same and didn’t panic.” addition to Varvel, Walter Mus- Neese State was one of two Bob- nine passes last week, and had a Bobcat atmosphere that we’ve grove also had two interceptions. cat games slated for television. reverse touchdown called back had the past two years,” Bailiff The first came on a wide receiver The Bobcats’ home game against this week. He’s turning into our said of his team’s Homecoming Game notes pass at the Texas State goal line to Nicholls State Nov. 2 is scheduled go-to guy.” game. “We always have a great start the second half. Musgrove for broadcast on FSN Southwest Wasson also has a passing home field advantage.”

Soccer slams Nicholls State 6-1 Volleyball perfect over weekend

Austin Byrd/Star Photo GIVING HER ALL: Junior forward Jerelyn Lemmie tangles with Nicholls State’s Billie Potter in Sunday’s victory.

By Carl Harper The University Star Kim Phillips is making the Bobcats’ scoring woes a thing of the past. The senior forward notched three goals to lead Texas State soccer to a 6-1 defeat over Nicholls State Sunday at the Texas State Soccer Complex. “The big thing we did well today was control the mental battle,” said Coach Kat Conner. “We really had to make sure that we stick to our game and keep

our focus and mentality and I think the team did that.” Texas State, 4-10-2, holds a 2-11 Southland Conference record, good for sixth place. Nicholls State fell to 1-4-0 in conference and will need to win out to have any shot at placing high enough to reach the league playoffs. The Colonels scored their first goal of October Sunday, as they had been shutout in each of the last three games. Phillips recorded her first of three goals 34 seconds into the game, followed by a score from Colonels’ junior

Jessica Schwartz at the 12-minute mark. But less than a minute later, Phillips answered with goal number two, on a double assist from Andrea Seledee and Lindsay Tippit. “I was trying to keep myself calm and composed so I could push it inside and that’s what I did,” Phillips said. A header from Delayna Spivey, after a free kick from Elyse Ehlinger, gave the Bobcats a 3-1 lead just before the break. Spivey went on to collect another goal in the second half, a header assisted by a corner kick from Rikki Padia. “Both of those passes were perfect to my head,” Spivey said. “Those were definitely the best I could ask for.” In the second half, Texas State added two points in the game’s final 15 minutes on goals from Whitney Bible and Phillips. “In the second half, we started finding our rhythm together, “ Conner said. “Everything just got better as time went on.” Padia passed the ball inside to Bible, who started a one-onone duel with goalkeeper Jenice Geare. Bible was able to place the ball over Geare’s head for her second goal of the season. “Padia kept crossing the ball in to me and we weren’t finishing,” Bible said. “So she kept crossing to me until I was finally there while everybody was making different runs and I put it in.” Phillips concluded her offensive day by picking up her sixth goal of the season on a penalty kick. “I think Kim is rising to the occasion,” Conner said. “She knows she wants to go out (of her career) on top. She could have stopped because it was a physical game but she didn’t. She kept working and working and was rewarded with three goals. We need a leader like that who will step up and do the hard work for us so we can all say, ‘Yes, we can do this.’” Texas State continued to attack with a three-front drive that pushed the Colonels up and down the field for 90 minutes.

Cotton Miller/Star photo EASE ON OVER: Junior middle blocker Brandy St. Francis tips the ball over the net Saturday during the Bobcats’ 3-0 victory over McNeese State at Strahan Coliseum.

By Chris Boehm The University Star Quite a bit has changed in the last month for Erin Hickman. And for that matter, the Bobcats as well. On Sept. 15, the volleyball team’s 2005 starting setter returned to her club in a 3-0 loss at the Houston. Hickman had spent all summer recovering from a knee surgery. The loss was the team’s seventh straight, and the winless streak would eventually grow to nine. Fast forward to Saturday night, and Hickman has just piloted her team to a two-match home sweep, following a 3-0 win over McNeese State. The Bobcats hit .314 as a team. “Our passing was the difference tonight,” Coach Karen Chisum said after the game. “Erin Hickman did a great job. We’ve been hitting .183 or whatever on offense, and we had some great numbers tonight. It starts with passing, having a senior leader to quarterback the offense.” Texas State, 9-12, defeated Lamar in five games Friday. The wins are the Bobcats fifth and

sixth in their last seven games and put the squad at 5-2 in Southland Conference play. Hickman started both matches over the weekend, registering 55 and 44 assists in each. “It feels excellent (to return to the starting lineup),” Hickman said. “I did a lot of hard work over the summer and it’s good to see that it was worth it.” The wins came against the top two teams in the SLC’s East division, a new incorporation after the league added Central Arkansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We have to take care of business in the East,” Chisum said. “We’ve said that the West is going to be dominant. It’s a new mentality (with two divisions).” Saturday, the Bobcats made short work of the Cowgirls, who were previously undefeated in five conference contests. Texas State got 12 kills apiece from Lawrencia Brown and Amy Weigle. “Erin and I connected really well tonight,” Weigle said. “We’ve just practiced hard and are coming together. We’re learning how to play with each other as a team.”

Weigle, a sophomore, tallied 26 kills over the weekend, to go with 11 blocks. The Bobcats had seven weekend performances of 10 or more kills, a vast difference from early in the season, when Chisum was looking for a second player to compliment Brown on offense. “You see that we have five hitters now,” Chisum said. “Emily Jones (11 kills, .500 attack percentage) was great for us against Lamar.” Friday, the Cardinals took game one 30-26, as the two teams traded blows to force a game five. Texas State jumped ahead 3-0 in the finale, leading most of the way until Lamar tied things up at 14 on an attack error from Texas State’s Karry Griffin. The Bobcats won 17-15 following a Molli Abel attack error. “Friday’s win was a big momentum builder for us,” Chisum said. “And it was just the opposite for McNeese; they came in losing in five to UTA.” Texas State took the momentum into Saturday, grabbing a game one that featured nine lead changes. Following a 9-7 McNeese State advantage, neither team led by more than one point before the Bobcats went up 24-22, on Marquita Williams’ second straight attack error. Texas State won game one 3025, then won the next two 30-20 and 30-23. Weigle posted seven kills in game two alone, as Texas State pulled away late on the strength of three straight aces from libero Kacey Wimpy. The Bobcats notched seven aces to the Cowgirls’ three. “It was important to get these two wins at home,” Hickman said. “They’ll definitely help out in conference standings later on.” Texas State hits the road Thursday for a match at Central Arkansas. The Bobcats face off at Northwestern State on Friday before returning home Oct. 24 against Texas-Arlington.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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Alumnae welcomed back, dance the night away

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By Julia Riley The University Star

Texas State alumna Lacreacia Sanders created an original sound collage for her piece, “HelpSelf.” The collage used music and text by Tom Evans Auditorium was dark Saturday night as Johnson, Douglas Fairbanks and Ellen DeGeneres the audience prepared to experience Opening to create a unique and humorous mood. Door Dance Theatre’s Inaugural Alumnae Gala. The dancers performing in the concert were Although alumna Katri Shaller calls modern mostly upper-level dance majors. dance “the underdog of the arts,” the audience “We also had three faculty members and three was more than receptive out-of-town alumnae perto the eight pieces, each form,” said LeAnne Smith choreographed by a Texas Stedman, Texas State alumna State alumna. and professor in the depart“I think there are a lot ment of dance. of misconceptions about Stedman said she hoped the what modern dance is all concert would help the audiabout,” Shaller said. ence to consider dance in anThe concert combined other way. art, music, light and color “One thing Opening Door — ranging from the deepDance Theatre has always est blue to the brightest striven to do is open the door red and most vibrant orfor people to see dance not ange — for a full sensory — LeAnne Smith Stedman just as art, but also as enterexperience. alumna, professor in the department tainment. It’s not one or the “Vista Vibrant,” choother,” Stedman said. of dance reographed by Texas State Stedman said she hopes to alumna and dance instruchave more alumnae concerts. tor Kaysie Seitz Brown, included a large sculp“It’s such a delightful experience have the ture. alumnae come back to the program,” Stedman “The piece was designed by my husband. It was said. “After all, I had most of them as students. his response to the music as well as It’s wonderful to see them grow and change as parts of the choreography,” Brown said. artists.”

ne thing “O Opening Door Dance Theatre has

always striven to do is open the door for people to see dance not just as art, but also as entertainment.”

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Monty Marion/Star photo MODERN DANCE: The Opening Door Dance Theatre, organized and choreographed by Texas State alumnae, perform the first of eight pieces Friday night at the Evans Auditorium.

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Tejano presence in Texas Revolution honored at leadership symposium By Jill Jarvis The University Star

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The Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas Symposium was held Saturday at the LBJ Student Center in honor of Juan Seguin’s 200th birthday. The event, hosted by the history department and the Latino Presence Committee, brought professors, historians and Texas State alumni from around the country to speak about the role Texan Hispanics, or “Tejanos,” played during the time of the Texas Revolution. Each of the 13 guest speakers presented papers on prominent Tejano leaders from this time. Stephen Hardin, history professor at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas and alumnus of then-Southwest Texas State, presented a paper on the Tejano military figure Placido Benavides. “I think Dr. de la Teja asked me to speak at this conference because I am not only a professor but a military historian and I wrote a book about the military history of the Texas Revolution,” Hardin said. Hardin said this conference created awareness that Tejanos have played and continue to play a role in the history of Texas. Alumna Debra Vanleeuwen drove in from San Antonio with her niece not only to attend the conference but also to show her niece around the Texas State campus. “My mother and I both graduated from Southwest Texas, and now my niece is thinking about coming to college here,” Vanleeuwen said. “As MexicanAmericans, we hope events like this one bring awareness about the Hispanic presence here at


hese (Tejano) leaders not only are unknown to the majority of Texans, but many of their efforts have been intentionally erased by the Anglo leaders. The Anglo leaders of this time have literally been canonized.”

— Andrés Tijerina Austin Community College history professor

Texas State.” Vanleeuwen said that the symposium’s speakers reaffirmed what she already knew about Hispanic culture; it is family-oriented and traditional. She said the fact that her niece will be the third generation in her family to attend Texas State is an example of that aspect of Hispanic culture. Andrés Tijerina, history professor at Austin Community College, also spoke at the conference. Tijerina, a historian, said attendees came away with a better understanding of the integral role Tejanos played in the development of Texas’ culture. He said Tejano presence in the history of Texas is what makes it different from other states in the nation. “These (Tejano) leaders not only are unknown to the majority of Texans, but many of their efforts have been intentionally erased by the Anglo leaders. The Anglo leaders of this time have literally been canonized. The mere mention of names like Crockett and Travis create an emotion in many Texans,” Tijerina said. “The Tejano leaders are the people that made Texas unique.” Tijerina, who presented a paper on prominent rancher and public official Rafael Manchola,

said Tejano history is still a developing field. But conferences like Saturday’s show that there is progress being made, he said. The conference not only brought professors and historians, but many descendants of the leaders being spoken about were present as well. Roland Vela Musquiz is a descendant of the Tejano leader Ramon Musquiz, who was the topic of a presentation at the conference. Musquiz said his ancestor was the representative of the federal government from Mexico in Texas during the battle of the Alamo. “This conference was very well done,” Musquiz said. “Up until recently, the Tejanos and Texans have been separate groups, but I feel these two groups should be more united.” Musquiz said Tejanos who attended this event left with a better understanding and more knowledge about their roots. Graduate student Roque Planas attended the conference because he is studying Tejano leadership in San Antonio with de la Teja. Planas said that until now, there has been more of a focus on Tejano social and cultural history rather than on political history, and that this conference is helping to change that.

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