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BLACKOUT disrupts campus By Sophia Stenis Special to The University Star

Karen Wang/Star photo POWER PROBLEMS: Students resume their daily schedules in the LBJ Student Center despite a circuit short out at the Strahan substation that caused power outages on campus Tuesday morning.

Cell phones became flashlights as students tried to navigate their way around the pitch-black halls of Evans Liberal Arts Tuesday morning. A blackout occurred across half the campus at approximately 8 a.m., causing classes to be canceled and leaving students to wander aimlessly about The Quad. Power was lost because of a fault in a major circuit. This caused a short out and all the circuits on one of the campus’ two electrical buses shut down. All but 28 buildings were without power. But it was not just students who were stranded out in The Quad as they tried to figure out what was going on. University Police Department officers were celebrating the swearing in of five officers despite the blackout when a call was received from an elevator in J.C. Kellam through the department’s 911 system. Joanne Smith, vice president for student affairs, and Mark Hendricks, assistant director of the University News Service, were stuck in an elevator between the first and second floors of JCK. “The comforting part is that we do

have the phone system in place, and the police are well trained to do these rescues,” Smith said. She said this was not the first time she had been stuck in an elevator on campus and that she was not panicked or concerned. “Fortunately, I’m used to dealing with crises,” she said. “I knew we would get out, and people would get there quickly.” UPD Capt. Paul Chapa said the department was short-handed for the crisis as the chief and another captain were not available. “When we get this type of call, we get officers out on the street immediately,” Chapa said. “Some people are claustrophobic, so we immediately call fire EMS.” Power in some buildings was quickly restored, but Blanco, San Saba, Canyon and San Marcos Halls were without electricity until after 2 p.m. The campus’ electrical panel gets feed from two sources, Strahan and Hilltop substations. When the power went out on campus, JCK, Nueces and the LBJ Student Center immediately switched to the alternate substation. Pat Fogarty, associate vice president of facilities, said these three buildings

Lecturer explains origin of gender violence

Karen Wang/Star photo TYPICAL TERMINOLOGY: Jackson Katz writes out stereotypical gender word associations during his lecture Tuesday night at the LBJ Ballroom.

By Carline Schwartz News Reporter Jackson Katz witnessed the role gender violence played in the lives of teenage boys when he worked as a counselor at a juvenile detention facility. He said gender violence in the homes of the young men in the facility affected them emotionally in addition to their behavior. Katz described how the teenagers would sob in his office as they talked about witnessing violence in their homes while growing up, and would then turn around and put on a tough guy image when they were in front of their peers. He attributed such behavior to the media’s role

in promoting gender violence in U.S. society. This was all part of a discussion Katz, an antisexist activist, had with Texas State students Tuesday night at the LBJ Ballroom. The focus of the speech was on the pressing issue of men’s violence toward women, which is referred to as gender violence. “Focusing on the girls and women is not prevention; it’s risk reduction,” he said. “If individual girls or women do everything they are supposed to do, even then they might be vulnerable. But if they successfully reduce their risk, then the girl or woman next to them is going to get it.” Katz said macho ideals in sports and entertainment play a role in promoting violent acts

committed by men in American society. He went on to describe how the image of men has changed overtime and how that has affected the way society views men. He gives an overview of this in his film Tough Guise. For example, he said the physical appearance of Batman from the 1960s changed from a slender superhero to the muscular built Batman of the 1990s. In the film, he showed how the masculine physiques of action figures have changed over time. He said while the physical appearances of men in the media are becoming more muscular and larger over the years, the physical appearances of women have become smaller and weaker. After showing clips from his different films, Katz said American culture has become desensitized in regard to how women are portrayed in the media. He further said terminology affects the way issues are viewed by people. “All those issues that are referred to as gender violence issues have historically been considered women’s issues ... I think the act of that is part of the problem,” Katz said. One of the last clips Katz showed from one of his films was the world of professional wrestling. He said the sport publicly abuses women physically and sexually, contributing to the promotion of a culture that disregards women. Christopher Morales, vocal education junior, offered his perspective on this element of Katz’s speech. “I think many people were shocked by the wrestling segment … with all those clips of women being degraded,” Morales said. “In many ways it was awful. It’s more shocking that you take a passive approach to it in everyday life.” He dissected stereotypical words such as “feminazi” and “male-basher” while showing how they affect women and their stance toward the issue of gender violence. He then went on to describe the importance of men taking a stand regarding the issue of gender violence and how becoming apart of the solution can affect the way the issue is viewed. He said people can take a stand on the issue by becoming critical consumers.

are considered highly critical facilities because JCK is the hub for administration, Nueces Hall is where the police department operates and LBJSC is densely populated. “We have flexibility to pick and choose what we’ll power up, and we power up the critical buildings first,” Fogarty said. It took longer than expected to restore power to some buildings because after reenergizing the power and beginning to load circuits, they were tripped again. An additional problem was diagnosed when a loose connection between San Marcos Electric Utility and Texas State’s high voltage power was discovered. Fogarty said the utility company responded quickly to the malfunction, and that workers mobilized immediately to replace the faulty connections and tighten up others. “I was very pleased with the way our (co-generator) staff and electrical shop went about systematically restoring the power, and I’m really happy with SMEU,” Fogarty said. He said that 350 feet of high voltage cable will have to be replaced in the next week.

Students on academic probation have new option By Kristen Williams News Reporter Students on academic probation may receive help from a new voluntary program designed to assist them in problem areas. The program, called Partners for Academic Student Success, will begin in spring 2008. Since its development in the College of Applied Arts and College of Science, the students involved have improved academically. In spring 2007, 82 percent of applied arts students who completed the program showed progress whereas 54 percent of students who did not participate showed academic growth. Students are placed on academic probation when their grade point average falls below 2.0 at the end of a semester. Jennifer Beck, director of retention management for student affairs, said almost half of the students who go on probation drop out. A large number of these are freshman. “When we look at students on probation, a lot of the students are transitioning for the first semester,” Beck said. “There is a big chunk of freshman and the other group is transfer students. A lot of that is attributed to adjusting, knowing where to go for help, being willing to ask for help (and) learning more about independence.” Students in the program will attend one overview seminar and three workshops of their college department’s choice to help raise their GPA. The workshops have individual themes such as career, stress, financial aid, health and leadership. “Academic advising centers will be heavily involved,” Beck said. “They can modify (the program) to complement what they have going on. It gets them involved and connected with resources on campus. All the workshops are open to the general student body. The workshops are promoted through college Web sites, e-mails, flyers and presentations.” Laela Wilson, the program’s coordinator and academic adviser for the College of Applied Arts, said it is a great idea to put the program into practice throughout the university. “With the College of Applied Arts, we see that numbers of students on probation are going down faster than students who do it on their own,” Wilson said. “We get very positive feedback about it. Most students who complete it find it beneficial in some way.” Beck said academic probation is more likely to happen to students who are paying more attention to their jobs than See ACADEMIC, page 3

Changing face of atheism offers new understanding of beliefs Sean Batura News Reporter Atheism has historically been used in the West as an epithet against those who profess beliefs radically dissimilar from established religions. Though they did not profess to be atheists, and the evidence suggests they were not, Socrates, Democritus and Epicurus were called atheists by their opponents, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia. Even the early Christians were labeled atheists by Roman polytheists. Though truly atheistic religions such as Taoism, Buddhism and Jainism have flourished in the Far East for more than 2,000 years, it has only been in recent

times people in the West have openly asserted Gods do not exist. Last month, U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., publicly admitted his lack of belief in a supreme being, making him the first member of Congress to openly identify as a nontheist. “Coming out” as a nonbeliever may be risky for U.S. politicians, as the results of a Gallup Poll published earlier this year indicated a qualified atheist candidate would get fewer votes than a homosexual, a woman, a person over 72 or a Mormon. According to the poll, 45 percent of respondents said they would vote for an atheist, while 53 percent said they would not. Yet atheism may be on the rise in the

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U.S. if recent bestsellers and polls of religious identification are any indication. According to a report published by the Pew Research Center last year, “One-in-five members of Generation Next say they have no religious affiliation or are atheist or agnostic, nearly double the proportion of young people who said that in the late 1980s.” A 2004 report commissioned by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research found the proportion of Americans who identify with no religion “has grown substantially in the last 10-12 years.” At least five books propounding an atheistic perspective have made the New York Times bestseller list in the last two years. Sometimes referred to

as “the unholy trinity” by their opponents, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens have written popular books highly critical of religious faith. Philosophy professor Jeff Gordon said he thinks the popularity of Harris’ book is indicative of a change in elite circles of opinion. “This was sort of a public intellectual saying, ‘It’s time to stop giving faith a pass,’” Gordon said. “That was really (Harris’) cry, and I think that and I think that Dawkins and D.C. Dennett are doing the same thing. They’re saying, ‘It’s time for the intellectual who has long since given up belief in God to just say so publicly.’ And why? Well,

it’s no accident this is coming out after 9/11. They’re thinking, ‘Religion does positive harm.’” Gilbert Fulmer, philosophy professor, was cited in a recent the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis: how Science Shows that God Does Not Exist, by physicist Victor Stenger. Like Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens, Stenger advances the idea many religious claims, including existence claims involving certain conceptions of God fall under the domain of science, and may therefore be subject to disproof. Other notable atheists, like the See BELIEF, page 3

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David Rasmussen, physical geography senior, lead the Texas State Ranger Challenge team to a fifth place finish. Fifth is the highest place finish for a Texas State all male team. The team placed first in the Patrolling Exam, making it the first time Texas State placed first in

an event. The Ranger Challenge is the varsity sport of ROTC. It consists of eight mentally and physically demanding events that relate to real life ranger challenges. — Courtesy of the Texas State Army ROTC

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Calendar WEDNESDAY The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel of the Catholic Student Center. 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. THURSDAY There will be a one-hour orientation and training session and learn to use the EmWave PC biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress. Session will be held in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Women’s Personal Growth Group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208. 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 contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome to attend. FRIDAY Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.4. Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomer’s Meeting, River Group, will be 9:15 p.m. at 1700 Ranch Rd. 12, Suite C. SATURDAY Texas State football will play Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. Hays Caldwell Council will sponsor the Red River Run at San Marcos River Ridge Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; Family 1K Walk/Run begins at 8 a.m.; 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony with winners in each age category. For more information visit or call (512) 396-7695 or toll free 888-PRCTEXX. SUNDAY Texas State women’s soccer will play Texas-San Antonio at 1

p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.



Sexual Assault and Abuse Survivors Group, a program of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center for Texas State Students will meet from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

University Police Department Oct. 9, 1:07 p.m. Graffiti: Pecuniary – Loss under $500/Flowers Hall An officer was dispatched for a suspicious circumstance report. A non-student reported damage to a wall. This case is under investigation.

TUESDAY The CSC will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby.

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) 2452208. Body Talk: Using “Heart Messages” to Reduce Stress will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. 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) 245-2208. The Student Affairs Diversity Team joins with Hip Hop Congress, Residence Hall Association, First Generation Student Organization, LAMBDA, Phi Iota Alpha, Student Association for Campus Activities, Allies, Latinas Unidas, Student Foundation, and Bobcat Equality Alliance to present the documentary, “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” from 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJSC Teaching Theatre. 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. The CSC will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 5:45 to 9 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel. 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.

In the Oct. 10 article, “Immigration debate heats up on campus,” Michael Guzman’s statement about the Berlin Wall was in reference to the Democrat’s opinion, not his.


Men Against Violence meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3.10.

Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call Lynn, (512) 357-2049.


Karen Wang/Star photo Ashlyn Batot, management sophomore, reads through her notes to prepare for class Tuesday morning in McCoy Hall.

Water quality sampling of record proportion begins Wednesday The Texas River Systems Institute at Texas State will team with Texas Watch on Wednesday and Thursday to conduct the most rigorous water quality sampling survey ever attempted on a Texas river. The focus of the survey will include the San Marcos River and four of its major tributaries. The project is part of the Texas State Common Experience and World Water Monitoring Day. It will enlist the help of dozens of trained volunteers, said Jason Pinchback, senior coordinator and project development specialist for Texas Watch-River Systems Institute. “This project is a major undertaking that will examine bacteria levels that are important statewide and to human health, including anyone who enjoys swimming, fishing and wading in the San Marcos River,” Pinchback said. Volunteers in canoes will take more than 356 water samples beginning at the upper end of Spring Lake and ending above the convergence of the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers. Samples will be taken from locations along the Sink, Purgatory, Sessom and Willow Springs watersheds. The survey will analyze levels of e-coli bacteria as well as dissolved oxygen, pH and conductivity. This information is important for determining

the conditions of both human use and aquatic species’ health. “I would expect low levels of bacteria in the San Marcos River itself,” Pinchback said. “However, we are also sampling four different unmonitored feeder streams. I would anticipate some interesting results from those.” The institute is currently looking for volunteers who can assist on one or both days of the event. “Anyone can volunteer,” Pinchback said. “You must be able to work a minimum of three hours either day to assist with data collection, fieldwork and sample processing, and canoe skills are a plus.” Grant funds from the Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Watch and the River Systems Institute are sponsoring the majority of the event. The city of San Marcos, San Marcos River Foundation and TG’s Canoe Livery will provide local sponsorship. For additional information, or to volunteer, email Jason Pinchback at or call (512) 245-9148. —Courtesy of the University News Service

Oct. 9, 1:18 p.m. Reckless Damage or Dest r u c t i o n / M a i n t e n a n c e Shop An officer was dispatched for a damage report. A non-student reported damage to a vehicle. This case is under investigation. Oct 9, 7:25 p.m. Theft – under $500/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a theft report. A student reported property was taken from the Music Building area without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 9, 8:11 p.m. Burglary: Vehicle/Bexar Garage An officer was dispatched for a burglary of a motor vehicle report. A student reported damage to a vehicle and items had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 10, 11:59 a.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/ UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a hit and run report. A non-student reported a motor vehicle was damaged while it was parked in the R-9 Lot at JC Kellam. This case is under investigation.

ASG Beat New bus route legislation tabled The resolution put forth by Associated Student Government Sen. Tyler Ferguson and others concerning the amending of the non-discrimination policy of Texas State to include Gender Identity was overturned Monday night. But because the voting rules were not followed correctly it is most likely the same bill or similar rhetoric will be introduced in the coming weeks. The bill, “Concerning the Starplex bus stop on the Clairwood Tram Route” which

calls for a recommendation of two new bus routes to serve Cabana Beach and University Springs apartments has been tabled for two weeks so further information can be gathered to allow for well-informed decision-making. In other news, Texas State Homecoming is around the corner and ASG strongly urges all students to participate in the campus wide festivities. Come and see ASG President Reagan Pugh co-host the 2007 Talent

show 7 p.m. Wednesday in Evans Liberal Arts auditorium. Remember the ASG meets at 7 p.m. Monday nights in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1, and all Bobcats are welcome and sincerely encouraged to join us. Good luck on midterms, and remember, today is a great day to be a Bobcat. — Courtesy of the Associated Student Government

Lecture series centers on future of philosophy The fall 2007 Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State will continue until Friday with “Thirty Years of Philosophy at Texas State,” in the Psychology Building, Room 132. At 1:30 p.m. Monday, a memorial service was held for Daniel Reiter, a former Texas State philosophy Sophists and Sages students Jason Baker and Coda Rayo will present “Philosophers of the Future,” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the philosophy students and faculty will present “Applied Philosophy and the Next 30 Years.” At noon Friday, the series will present “Return of the Philosophy Alumni,” presented by Texas

State philosophy alumni. Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series are the American Democracy Project, Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, New York Times, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President Student Affairs and the Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund. For additional information, contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285 or via e-mail at — Courtesy of the University News Service

Geocentric author will speak on campus American environmental literature critic Scott Slovic will deliver a speech 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Southwestern Writers Collection on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. The event is free and open to the public. Slovic grew up in Eugene, Ore., where he spent his youth hiking in the Cascades and training for competition as a long distance runner. Currently, he is a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada in Reno, where he chairs the graduate program. Slovic is author and editor of 12 books and was director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities at the United Nations from 1995 to 2002. His research specialties include American environmental literature, the relation between narrative discourse and environmental values, environmental experience and rhetoric

and autobiographies of environmental writers. His current work focuses on the psychological, philosophical and rhetorical aspects of environmental literature, extending the work of his first book, Seeking Awareness in American Nature Writing. He is preparing two collections of his revised articles from the past decade, as well as a book on Yucca Mountain, the proposed nuclear waste repository in southern Nevada. Slovic and Great Basin National Park Ranger Roberta Moore recently co-edited Wild Nevada: Testimony on Behalf of the Desert. His other works include What’s Nature Worth: Narrative Expressions of Environmental Values and The ISLE Reader: Ecocriticism, 1993-2003. Events are sponsored by the Therese Kayser Lindsey Chair of Literature in conjunction with the English department. — Courtesy of the University News Service


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Jerusalem highlights Israeli-Palestinian conflict War-torn African country falls short of predicted resolution By Dion Nissenbaum McClatchy Newspapers

JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for more than three hours on Monday, the second day of a four-day Middle East sojourn intended to build support for a proposed conference this fall on resolving the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Rice said she was optimistic she could persuade Palestinian leaders to forgo the detailed proposal they want while convincing reluctant Israelis to offer specific concessions in the search for a “serious and substantive” agreement that could lay the foundation for formal peace talks. “A document does not have to be detailed in order to be serious,” Rice said after her meeting with Abbas at his office in Ramallah. “I think everybody understands that if it is going to address the estabCourtesy of MCT lishment of a Palestinian state it DIPLOMATIC DECISIONS: Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State, shakes hands with Deputy-Prime has to address the core issues.” Rice said she and President Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman Monday at the David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem. Bush plan to work hard in the administration’s final year to resolve Islamic groups such as al-Qaida to meet with Egyptian President fat refugee camp, Sawakra, Walaje the conflict. and countering Iran’s growing in- Hosni Mubarak, who could play a and other villages and declare that “I don’t know how much dirti- fluence. However, neither Abbas central role in bringing skeptical these are Jerusalem?” Olmert said er I can get my hands,” Rice said nor Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Arab leaders to the fall meeting. at a public event in the Knesset. “I in response to a question about Olmert is in a strong position po- On Wednesday, Rice will make her must confess that it is possible to how involved she’d be in broker- litically, neither may be inclined to first-ever visit to Bethlehem to see ask legitimate questions.” ing a deal. Any deal would be consider controversial compromis- the spot where Christianity says JeOlmert already has generated presented at a summit that the es and, so far, Bush hasn’t thrown sus Christ was born and to speak to significant resistance from Israeli administration hopes to hold in himself into the push toward a influential Palestinian leaders. opposition leaders, who are adaAnnapolis, Md., in late Novem- settlement, although no previous She’ll then meet again with Ol- mantly opposed to giving up any ber or early December. peace effort has made significant mert and Abbas, then fly to London part of Jerusalem. Rice’s trip is one of her longest progress without persistent White to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah Rice, however, said she beto the region as secretary of state. House involvement. before returning to Washington. lieves both sides want to reach an It features meetings with critical In addition to Abbas, Rice One central issue of the talks agreement. players on both sides in an effort met with Olmert and Avigdor will be the future of Jerusalem, “You have parties that want, I reto arrange the fall summit. Lieberman, Olmert’s conserva- which both sides claim as their ally do believe, want to try to make Generating some progress to- tive minister for strategic affairs. capital. On Monday, Olmert sug- progress here,” Rice said. “They ward an Israeli-Palestinian peace Lieberman is a critical figure be- gested that he’s willing to give up want to move this forward, so it’s agreement is important to the cause he could try to bring down Israel’s claims to at least some not as if I feel that we are pushing administration’s other goals in the Israel’s coalition government if Jerusalem neighborhoods with them to do something they don’t region, including bolstering mod- he feels that Olmert is offering large Arab populations as part of want to do. It is an issue of helperate Sunni Arab governments, too much to the Palestinians. a peace deal. ing them find pathways to achieve blunting the appeal of radical Rice heads to Cairo on Tuesday “Was it necessary to include Shu- what it is they want to achieve.”

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their classes. “Students have a quality of life when they come in and they want to keep it,” Beck said. “Financially, to afford those things you can end up working too much and not going to school enough.” Students that are part of the program will have it added to their TRACS Web site. The program workshop calendar is

posted on TRACS and is used for verification of workshop attendance. The TRACS site further allows for updating workshop changes and adding new ones. Joseph Meyer, director of the �Office of Institutional Research, said since fall 2006, freshmen have comprised about 30 to 40 percent of undergraduate students who go on probation. “There were 2,242 undergraduate students on probation at the end of fall 2006 and 1,502 under-

graduates on probation at the end of spring 2007,” Meyer said. “Graduate students are rarely on probation. Nine-hundred seven freshmen were on probation at the end of fall 2006 and 509 freshmen were on probation at the end of spring 2007.” Beck said students should make use of the on-campus resources to keep their GPA up. She said the underutilized writing center in Flowers Hall helps fine tune writing for any class.

There is also Student Learning Assistance Center tutoring on the fourth floor of the Alkek Library and math tutoring in Derrick Hall. “Number one: go to class,” Beck said. “Be prepared for class, not after you went to sleep at four in the morning. Number two: ask for help through study groups, SLAC, writing center, math lab and the library. Third: read your textbooks. It’s about the discipline for lifelong learning.”

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late paleontologist and biologist Stephen Jay Gould, have said science and religion occupy nonoverlapping domains. The National Academy of Sciences, in its 1999 publication Science and Creationism, agreed, stating, “science and religion occupy two separate realms of human experience. Demanding that they be combined detracts from the glory of each.” Clay Stevens, English graduate student, said all attempts to prove the existence of God using science are misguided. “I think that trying to find God with science is an exercise in futility,” Stevens said. “It’s looking in the wrong place. In light of that fact, the wise place is to rest, relax, leave the question open and know that you’re not going to find the answer in science. What really demonstrates the honesty of the atheist or the agnostic is they don’t have sufficient reasons to believe, and they’re being honest about that; I think that speaks very well for their character.” Stevens said revelation is the only way to know whether God exists. He said a God who uses revelation would be one who eschews

coercion in matters of belief. “Getting to God is not going to be a matter of human effort,” Stevens said. “Unless God jumps across the chasm and touches you, and does something only God can do, which is convince the human mind that he’s real, then I think agnosticism is the only intellectually honest position. It seems that a God who is only interested in demonstrating his power would not be interested in revelation at all. He wouldn’t be interested in imparting wisdom and knowledge so that another may freely choose.” Senior philosophy lecturer Rebekah Ross-Fountain said the form of agnosticism whose proponents affirm their doubt in the existence of God, rather than maintain the impossibility of knowing whether Gods exist, is tantamount to intellectual cowardice. “It’s possible to say, (‘I don’t know whether there’s a God’), but I think that — and here I don’t mean to sound really judgmental — but that’s a cowardly position,” Ross-Fountain said. “If you say, ‘I don’t know,’ but it’s possibly something that you could know, then what are you doing to figure it out? You don’t have to have the answers right now, but you at least should be directed towards

figuring out the answers. And if for you that means going and sitting on the mountaintop for three months, then go do it.” Ross-Fountain said she personally prefers empirical methods to mysticism. “I think that the scientific method — empirical methods — are the most reliable that we humans have for establishing knowledge, and we ought to go with that,” she said. “Because the problem with mysticism or revelation is this: I have to be able to establish a set of criteria for knowing which sorts of mystical experiences are legitimate. So I would have to be able to establish which sorts of mystical, or visionary, or revelatory experiences were the appropriate ones to follow. And I don’t see that set of criteria.” A common misconception among theists, said Ross-Fountain, is atheists are “immoral hedonists.” “I think the one thing that’s probably most misunderstood is this idea that morality has to have a source in religion,” Ross-Fountain said. “That’s just not the case. Any cursory study of ethics can show people a theoretical foundation for why we ought to be good people. It doesn’t have to start with ‘because God said so,’ or ‘because Zeus said so,’

— or because anyone said so.” Associate philosophy professor Audrey McKinney agreed atheism allows for the possibility of morality. “Well, atheism has at least one ethical implication: One cannot look to a transcendent being as the source of moral truth,” McKinney said in an e-mail. “But, it does not automatically follow that there is therefore no objective morality — Ayn Rand, John Stuart Mill and (Immanuel) Kant, among others, have tried to ground an ethic on ‘reason alone,’ without any appeal to the divine.” Whether they believe in God, believe there are no Gods, or do not know, Ross-Fountain advises students to know themselves. “Own your own voice. Know why you believe what you believe,” she said. “Don’t be a parrot of your family or your community or your nation. It’s fine if your ideas are compatible with theirs, but know why they are, not just, ‘This is what I was raised with, this is what I believe because everyone in my town believes this.’ Have the courage to really try to find answers to these questions. And make it a genuine search, make it be an honest search. Which is hard, I get it, it’s hard. But don’t hide.”

By Shashank Bengali McClatchy Newspapers NAIROBI, Kenya — One of the Bush administration’s key foreign policy successes, brokering an end to a 21-year war between northern and southern Sudan, is coming apart. U.N. and African diplomats are stepping up peace efforts in Sudan’s other crisis, the conflict in the western Darfur region. Signers of the 2005 truce ending Africa’s longest civil war have missed every major deadline, and tensions in the south have increased amid reports of a military build-up by both sides. Last week, former southern rebels took the dramatic step of withdrawing from a national unity government, accusing northern officials of blocking the peace agreement and failing to remove thousands of troops from southern oil fields. As Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met Tuesday with leaders of the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to discuss the crisis, both sides insisted they didn’t want to go back to war. Analysts fear renewed hostilities could trigger a humanitarian disaster even worse than in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people are believed to have died over the past four years. “I don’t think this means an immediate return to war. But it is a serious call for more attention and more robust political support for the process, because war is certainly a possibility,” said Sara Pantuliano, a Sudan expert with the Overseas Development Institute, a London-based think tank. During the two-decade civil war, which pitted the Arabdominated northern government against rebels from the mostly Christian and animist south, some 2 million people died, mostly from hunger and illness. The southerners’ plight won support from American activists, particularly evangelical Christians. U.S. diplomats, including thenSecretary of State Colin Powell and former Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., played a pivotal role in the drafting and signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which prom-

ised southerners large shares of political power and proceeds from the south’s oil fields. At the time, Powell said the north-south accord could serve as a model for resolving the Darfur conflict. But key measures of the agreement, such as a national census, formation of a unified army and demarcation of a north-south border, remain to be implemented. Experts say the central government maintains a stranglehold on oil extraction, while the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement is driven by disputes, largely on ethnic lines. Meanwhile, the inequities that spawned the conflict haven’t changed. The north, including the capital Khartoum, is experiencing an oil-fueled economic boom, while the south remains a vast forest lacking roads, reliable water and power, and even school buildings. As Darfur has degenerated into the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis, with some 2.5 million people forced from their homes, the north-south accord has been neglected. Analysts say that the U.N. mission in Sudan, established primarily to monitor the south, now devotes much of its energies to Darfur. This week, Sharif Harir, leader of a Darfur rebel group known as the Sudan Liberation Army-Unity, threatened to boycott a critical round of Darfur peace talks scheduled for later this month in Libya, saying he wouldn’t negotiate with a government that didn’t include the southern rebels. The absence of his group could critically weaken the talks. Two weeks ago, a splinter faction from his group took credit for staging a devastating raid on an African Union peacekeeping base, killing 10 soldiers and perhaps complicating the deployment of a larger, U.N.-led force that’s been authorized by the U.N. Security Council. Sudanese experts believe that Western diplomats erred in pushing a two-track peace process, one for the south and one for Darfur. “We need to look at peace and security in the whole of the country,” Ateya said. “We are not to say, ‘Let us finish with the south first.’ Let us deal with the global crisis of Sudan.”


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he term “university” has long been associated with diverse practices and fields of thought. Texas State has recently decided to choose for its students what fields of thought would be most appropriate. After Texas State’s name was discovered on a list of schools participating in IslamoFascism Awareness Week, university officials spent no time getting to the bottom of the issue by finding whom was responsible. Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is part of the Terrorism Awareness Project associated with the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The project’s principles as outlined in an Oct. 11 article in The University Star include, “the freedom of the individual conscience, the right of all people to live free from violence, intimidation and coercion.” The university was able to identify the person who allegedly signed up for the organization’s festivities. Then, an outside group urged the university president’s office to prevent students from hosting the event, according to a letter sent by Jessica Irwin, the College Republican’s treasurer. Even the suggestion of such a course of action would be ridiculous. After grueling through years of standardized tests and lessons, many students find the open discussion of college life refreshing, to say the least. One of the major tenets of secondary education should be to achieve a more worldly view and widen the perspectives of tomorrow’s leaders. Preventing an event because of controversy will do anything but achieve these goals. The Star in no way condones or advocates any of the principles of IslamoFascism Awareness Week, but instead applauds those who welcome differing opinions to be presented and equally represented. Consider the Democratic Process. If the ideas of two opposing parties could not be presented, how would any citizen be able to choose the one best suited to earn his or her representation? For a university to pick and choose which organizations and perspectives are best for its students is not a far step from banning books and associating rock ‘n’ roll with the devil. We, as a nation, have progressed far past the segregation of ideas based on their popularity. There was a time when Martin Luther King, Jr. was seen as a bad influence on America. To some, the ideas and actions of activist and director Spike Lee were considered far from acceptable, and yet he was invited to speak as part of the 2005-2006 Common Experience theme of courage. Is it likely any of the leaders of the Terrorism Awareness Project will be seen as revolutionary, progressive thinkers? No. Is it possible a student’s values and beliefs will be put into question or subsequently cemented or changed completely after participating in Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week? Yes. At the end of the day, though, that is what it takes to get the most from higher education and become a betterrounded individual. Remember, The Star may not agree with someone’s choice in organizations, speakers or annual celebrations, but it will defend everyone’s right to join and participate in them.

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Horoscopes that suit even the non-superstitious By Kayleen Calame Star Columnist I think — now, I’m not sure — but I think a strange guy who randomly asked my zodiac sign was trying to hit on me. What a pick-up line, huh? — Not. I guess it is fair to say it clearly just wasn’t in the stars for us. For a little good humor, I vowed to write up some horoscopes of my own. I figured I’d just give everyone good, random pieces of advice and add things about how “the stars are aligned” to it, and then people would get good advice for a stupid reason (like reading their horoscopes). It could be fun. But hey, these horoscopes would be good to live by, no matter when you were born … so read all of them if you get the chance. Aries (March 21 — April 19): I feel you might be getting a little rusty at one of your favorite pastimes. Go fishing. Play some sand volleyball. Go sightseeing. Float the river. Beer pong it up. Whatever it is you’re missing … just do it. Do it — before you forget why you love it.

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Taurus (April 20 — May 20): Ah, Taurus. I have this feeling in my gut someone has called upon you, and you should immediately call him or her back. Sometimes returning phone calls is a good idea — especially now — for it’s written in the stars, or something like that. Gemini (May 21 — June 20): Oh Gemini, I have a tingling feeling you are actually planning not to study until the day before your next test. Think again. Study now and drink later. Cancer (June 21 — July 22): Well, the sun’s out, and I know you would really love to get a good tan. But beware. The sun hath shone the light upon my red skin, and sayeth to the horoscope maker, “Wear sunscreen.” Leo (July 23 — Aug. 22): The sun tells me of the likeliness that, at some point in your life, you will go on vacation. And you will pack too many clothes. Learn from this. Pack half as much, but take twice as much money as you think you will need. The calm in the sunsets says, “You can relax knowing you’re prepared.”

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Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22): As you travel through life, Virgo, you might run out of gas. This could be avoided if you’d just take a solemn vow to never let your tank get below the halfway mark. Leaving room for error is not characteristic of humans, but it is a stellar idea. Libra (Sept. 23 — Oct. 22): I have a feeling in my kidney, Libra. It tells me you’ve been drinking too much beer. Alternate beer and water next time you go out to have a good time. Perhaps, sweet Libra, you will feel better in the morning. Scorpio (Oct. 23 — Nov. 21): Soon, you will get into an argument with a loved one. After a few quick strikes, she will say “Don’t worry about it; I got it.” The wind is blowing in such a way it tells me what these words really mean: it means this is something a woman has told you to do several times, but is now doing it herself. And you don’t wanna go there. Don’t make her tell you again. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 — Dec. 21): Dear Sagittarius, a stranger will ask you to dance sometime soon, and you should accept. If

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you don’t know how, learn. You will find it is a lot more fun to dance than to sit out on the side, even if you are bad at it. Capricorn (Dec. 22 — Jan. 19): The whirling wind resembles the way you feel about a decision you will soon have to make. The benefits you could reap may be hard to resist, but consider this: if you will be ashamed to tell your grandmother about what it is you have done, don’t do it. Aquarius (Jan. 20 — Feb. 18): The cold in the winter tells me you’ve been somewhat cynical lately. I know you’ve been burned before, but trusting people is the key to finding those who are trustworthy. This is especially true for your best friends and other close loved ones. If you don’t want them to lie to you, let them know you don’t believe they would. Pisces (Feb. 19 — March 20): Pisces, when going through a hard time in your life, read The Bible. Let the stress and burden, which would drag you down instead rest upon the Lord’s shoulder, because you have faith in Him.

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Interviewing made easy thanks to campus group

Meagan Singletary Star Columnist

This moment was years in the making. High school is long over though it feels like yesterday. College began in a heartbeat, and now you are quickly approaching its inevitable end. All of your hard work, or lack thereof, is coming to an apex. You are straddling the fence between the world of college and one that is “real.” For some of us, this scary plunge is quite literally only months away. As students, it is imperative you have a plan, even if you have just begun your college career. You need to start planning for the future. Unfortunately, nowadays, just having a college degree is no longer sufficient. Your degree will get you through the door to that interview, but what are you going to do once you get there? If you are having serious doubts about how well prepared you are for an interview situation, Students in Free Enterprise may be able to help. The group is a nonprofit, business-based organization on campus comprised of students whose goal is to better society. Students in Free Enterprise accomplishes this goal through community-service projects. Students involved in this organization have the opportunity to teach others the skills they have learned, and hopefully individuals aided in these programs will help their own society and the members of these communities enter the real world. In essence, they want to create a snowball effect of generosity. They want to encourage others to pay it forward. In addition to the many other community aid services the group spearheads, it is currently hosting a project that is particularly helpful to the student body. The organization will host an event called Interview Express. Interview Express is a two-day event that will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 in the McCoy Building, Room 434. The purpose of this event is to prepare students for interview situations by helping them to improve their dress, etiquette and general interviewing skills. Bring your résumés and you will receive help in refining them. If you don’t know how to conduct a sufficient oral interview, they can help you figure it out. Come dressed in what you believe to be appropriate interview attire, and you will be given instant feedback. Don’t know what to wear to an interview? The organization will give you ideas on what to buy and where to buy it from. Students in Free Enterprise can help you out once you are there; however, you must posses the skills to make it into the interview in the first place. After all, this is the reason you are in college. Don’t let years of hard work and countless dollars go to waste. Be prepared. Go into an interview situation with the tools to succeed. If you don’t already posses these tools, get some help in acquiring them. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Texas State Students Against the Occupation are having an anti-war group meeting and rally 8 p.m. Wednesday at Tantra Coffee House. The organizers are hoping to create a student organization. Along with The Univer-

sity of Texas and Austin Community College, it will be the third branch of the Campus Antiwar Movement to End the Occupations (CAMEO), if the group becomes an official Texas State organization.

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Documentary sheds light on day-to-day struggles of Katrina survivors Ms. Pearl never imagined her house would be one so many would call home. Kamp Katrina, a documentary screened Monday as a part of the Common Experience program, is the story of a group of Hurricane Katrina survivors who take refuge in a ninth Ward “tent city.” The backyard of a woman known as Ms. Pearl, a New Orleans resident, and her husband, David, became the survivors’ home in the aftermath of the storm. “The people that were in the film — I just have the utmost respect,” Ashley Sabin said. “They really opened up and let us film every aspect of their lives during that six months.” For a period of six months, directors David Redmon and Sabin depicted every interaction of the Pearls and the tent residents as they struggled to rebuild their lives. The story portrays the transient lives of the Katrina survivors in a tent community. “We left Mexico and went to New Orleans three weeks after the storm and we started shooting,” said Sabin. “It wasn’t until Ms. Pearl opened up her backyard that it really developed in what Kamp Katrina really was

— a backyard where people could live, you know basically a little community.” Post-Katrina New Orleans was a familiar scene on television screens, but according to Sabin, the personal day-to-day experiences of rebuilding lives wasn’t something the media covered. The story opens with the scene of a volunteer campsite in Washington Square in New Orleans where Ms. Pearl, who did not lose her home in the storm, offers her backyard as a campsite for those left desolate by the storm. She and her husband provide construction jobs, food, tents and running water for those who chose to stay at the campsite. The conditions were dismal; residents cooked, washed and slept in a muddied clutter of mangled brush and debris, but the campsite provided a grim haven for residents who had no other place to go. There was a notable difference when Kamp Katrina was really functioning and working and when things started to unravel, Sabin said. “There were alcohol and drugs involved that really sort of affected everyone that was in the camp,” she said. “In a skinny little tent you don’t have that much privacy.” With little known about the idea behind

Tracking Tr e n d s TONZ ‘O’ GUNZ to take her to her arRapper T.I. was arrestraignment and prosed Saturday four hours ecutors warned that before the start of the if she failed to appear BET Hip-Hop Awards, in court a third time, where the Grammy-winshe would be placed in ning artist was set to handcuffs and forced perform. Federal offionto the bus. Someone Jessica Jacobs cials posing as weapons please tell this woman dealers set up a sting Trends Columnist that pinstripes are notoperation in a parking so-Foxy attire. lot where a representative of the “Rubber Band Man” went DIDDY DO IT? to purchase machine guns and Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs silencers. T.I., whose real name could be on the brink of an aris Clifford Harris, was charged rest himself. Puff Daddy … err with possession of unregistered … P. Diddy … sigh … Diddy (or machine guns and silencers whatever he goes by these days) and possession of a firearm by is accused of punching a man Sata convicted felon, which is, like, urday night outside of a Manhat“Totally illegal.” Several more tan hotspot. The two were seen weapons were found in the rap- arguing over a woman, and furper’s home. ther details of the event are still According to various news under investigation. In a news reports, T.I. was convicted fol- release, Combs’ lawyer stated, lowing a Nov. 1997 arrest for the “We are hopeful that this matdistribution of cocaine, manu- ter will be resolved without the facturing and distribution of a filing of any criminal charges as controlled substance and giving this was a disagreement among a false name to authorities. He acquaintences, not a criminal asserved prison time and was re- sault.” leased early on probation. The A punch in the face gives a rapper has served several stints whole new meaning to the word in jail for violating his probation “acquaintance.” with offenses ranging from firearm and marijuana possession. TAKE A SHOT Such offenses should be expectVH1 continues to wow viewers ed from someone who claims to with the start of a new program be as “wild as the Taliban.” on Sunday nights. “America’s Most Smartest Model” features SHE’S A TWO-WAY FREAK up-and-coming models who must Fellow rapper Foxy Brown is show brain power to win a cash in some legal woes of her own. prize of $100,000. The show’s Brown’s attorney entered a not- third episode will air 8 p.m. guilty plea on behalf of the rapper Sunday. “I Love New York 2,” anfor charges of assault, attempted other VH1 concoction, promises assault and menacing posses- big laughs and intense drama sion of a weapon — a cell phone this season as well, and airs on — Tuesday. The charges stem Monday nights. MTV is stepfrom a July incident where the fe- ping up its reality game with a male rapper allegedly threw her new show starring Tila Tequila, phone at a neighbor who com- a model and MySpace wonder. plained about the volume of her “A Shot at Love with Tila Tecar radio. The rapper is current- quila” airs Tuesday and features ly in jail for violating the terms of individuals from both sexes who her probation by skipping anger compete for the love of bisexumanagement and traveling out- al Tila. Both parties were not side of New York City. Her pro- aware until the end of the first bation is a result of a fight three episode that they would have to years ago. From prison, Brown compete with the other gender refused twice to get on the bus for a “shot of Tequila.”

the film, the two directors temporarily abandoned the set of another production to set up in New Orleans. The film took an entire year to shoot, a total of 200 hours of film edited down to 74 minutes and self-distribute, Sabin said. “We didn’t go there with the intention of making the film,” Redmon said during the Qand-A session after the film. But the effects of producing the film proved to be just as profound as the experiences of the Katrina survivors. “It wore me out mentally and physically,” Redmon said. “We are barely starting to recover again.” The film, produced by Carnivalesque Films, a film company established by Sabin and Redmond. The two screened their first film, Mardi Gras: Made in China, at Texas State last year. The film is an award-winning documentary portraying the effects of globalization through the lives of factory workers. “What I hope is whoever we’re filming or whatever our story’s about we’ll directly connect to the viewers so people can feel personally connected to a story,” Sabin said. “If you’re watching it and seeing it unravel through the eyes of the person experiencing it, it’s as if you’re almost there.”

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Anime, video game music materializes on college radio

By Patrizha Cuyhong Daily Titan (Cal State-Fullerton)

FULLERTON, Calif. — For all the California State University at Fullerton anime fans, AM Anime is here. On Sept. 28, Aaron Eastwood, a Titan Radio disc jockey in his senior year, introduced his new radio show, “AM Anime with Aaron.” Eastwood, a 23-year-old double major in radio-TV-film and music composition, is the general manager of Titan Radio and has taken on the DJ role to dedicate a show to any sort of music related to anime and video games. A basic interest in Japanese popular music and the growing popularity of anime movie and television soundtracks inspired Eastwood to create and host a radio show based on anime and video game music. Eastwood ensures the listeners of his show that he will not focus only on one genre of anime or video game music. “I’m not a purist,” Eastwood said. “Anime and video game music from both sides of the Pacific is in my show, as long as it’s connected to anime, it will be in the show.” The long-awaited break anime music has received from Western record companies contributed to Eastwood’s decision to pursue an anime-related radio

show. “Record companies are just starting to release this type of music, whereas before you have to order it from Japan,” Eastwood said. With the selection of music Eastwood has chosen to air on the station, “AM Anime with Aaron” fits right in. “We want to do things that people do not normally hear,” Eastwood said. “You have to have a topic of interest. People don’t want a bunch of stuff that’s the same, they want a variety.” From Japanese pop to jazz, Eastwood plays it all. He stresses not only is it the types of anime music that are important but rather the opportunity for cultural diversity. “Playing anime music will be a really unique show and promotes cultural diversity and awareness,” Eastwood said. Eastwood’s radio show features many famous Japanese musicians or artists, responsible for the musical composition of many anime films, television shows and video games, on the air. Of the various Japanese composers for anime, Eastwood has included the works of Nobuo Uematsu, the musical composer for the Final Fantasy video games, and Joe Hisaishi, mostly known for making the soundtracks to animated movies such as Spirited Away by the Japanese anima-

tor Hayao Miyazaki. Anime music does more than just provide a soundtrack to a movie, television show or video game. For those who are not very familiar with anime music, its importance in a movie is amplifying emotion and strengthening the visual and audio effect of an animated story. “If you watch a Miyazaki movie, the music enhances the situation, and makes it more lively,” said Ryan Meily, the president of the Japanese Anime Club. “It’s kind of like Star Wars music.” The success of his show, like many radio shows relies on its audience. “It targets a specific audience. It will make it easier for that radio station (to know what to provide the listeners with) and, it’s a good thing because it’s a growing industry,” said senior Andrew Do, an entertainment studies major. However, Meily wishes “AM Anime with Aaron” encourages those who are not anime fans to expand their musical interests by discovering a different sound. “It will help bring more people to anime music, which is a great medium to explore Japanese music,” Meily said. Eastwood said he does his best to keep the anime fans satisfied and other curious listeners interested.

Faculty member plays recital “AM Anime with Aaron”has airsa Washington Garcia atfaculty 10 a.m.recital Fridays8 on www.titanp.m. day at the Recital Hall. Garcia performed in recitals and taught classes in San Francisco, Mexico City and New Jersey. He taught at the Austin Chamber Festival during the summer, and is heading to perform in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In November, he will represent Texas State in Hong Kong. Garcia invites students and the San Marcos community to attend the recital Wednesday.

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“No, honey, I’m just know you say you’re going out with the going to visit the guys, guys.” and I would really like You hear the words, to trust you, but your you see his lips movbehavior has made me ing, and yet you can’t suspicious.” Ask your shake the chills creeppartner if they’re sleeping up your spine. ing or seeing someone ANNA TAUZIN That all-too-familiar else. Being direct about Star Columnist lump has moved into issues can save a lot of your throat, preventing you time and energy. from swallowing or breathing. Do not — absolutely do not The agonizing question — start getting sneaky yourself. comes to mind: is he cheating? Reading text messages or eThough it’s the most unmails, checking social networkcomfortable feeling anyone in ing Web sites’ (MySpace or a relationship can experience, Facebook) profiles for any new you or someone you know will friends or messages is simply likely have to deal with it at not cool. Plus, what if you got some point. caught looking, and he wasn’t There is no way to be abreally cheating? You would feel solutely sure your partner is terrible. cheating, unless you actually While listening to your catch them in the act; however, partner, pay attention to the little clues can help you figure response. Check for body out the truth. First, trust your language indicating that he or instincts. Intuition is a powershe is lying, such as indirect ful thing; don’t ignore it. If his eye contact or fidgety moveor her story doesn’t always add ments. When people lie, they up, and you get that sickening sometimes try to cover their feeling in your stomach, chancmouths, so be aware if their es are you should confront your hands touch their faces, includpartner. ing nose, throat or mouth. When you talk to him or Listen out for inconsistenher, be sincere. Try saying, “I cies in what they tell you, such

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as mixing up time frames, mistakes in details or story alterations. A liar may also speak more than normal, adding in extra details to try and convince you of their innocence. Another trick is to change the subject quickly. Find something distracting and point it out. A liar will be grateful for the altered focus, relax, and go along with your new conversation. An honest person is more likely to go back and talk about the previous subject. Ultimately, you have to decide whether or not you believe your significant other. You run the risk of getting it wrong and breaking up with an innocent person, sure; but if you can’t trust them, then there’s no use being together anyway. No one deserves to live with uncertainty, so it’s best to talk and get it over with. There are plenty less stinky fish in the sea, my dears. The University Star does not claim Anna Tauzin is a sexpert. Tauzin and The Star do not condone or support unhealthy or unsafe sexual behavior.

Fine Arts Calendar Faculty Artist Series — Washington Garcia, piano, Time TBD, Wednesday, Recital Hall Music Vignettes: Ellis Island Immigrant Stories by Cheryl Parrish, voice studio recital, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Recital Hall “Fuddy Meers,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, Monday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre Center

Mu Phi Epsilon recital, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Recital Hall

Choral Collage, 3 p.m., Sunday, Evans Auditorium

Supple Folk Music Series — Wailin’ on Water, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Evans Auditorium

Mu Alpha Sinfonia Probationary Members recital, 8 p.m., Sunday, University Performing Arts Center

Tim O’Brien reading and book signing, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center

Erik Steighner saxophone recital, 8 p.m., Sunday, Recital Hall

Voice Studio recital, 2 p.m., Saturday, Recital Hall

Sigma Alpha Iota recital, 8 p.m., Monday, Recital Hall

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steadyapproach The Texas State women’s golf team sits in 11th place after the second round of the Price’s Give Em Five Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M. Two Bobcats were in the top 20 after day two of the tournament, hosted by New Mexico State University. Freshman Linn Gustaffson is tied for 13th with a two round score of 150 while junior Christine Brijalba is tied for 16th with a score of 151. The women conclude action Wednesday.

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Conditioning, hard work Lone Star state has best of the West prepare women’s lacrosse for first tournament By Lora Collins Sports Reporter Conditioning won’t be a problem for the women’s lacrosse sport club squad this season. In preparation of the first tournament at Texas A&M this weekend, the women have mentally and physically challenged themselves in practice to make sure they come out on top. Because the tournament determines each team’s rank for the year, Texas State hopes to break A&M’s winning streak. “Last year we took third, so we were ranked third for the whole year; and we ended up finishing in third, so it’s a pretty good prediction of how the year is going to go,” said Bailey Brown, low defense junior. “We look really strong this year, and we don’t think we are going to take home anything less than first, even though A&M hasn’t lost their tournament in the last four years.” Coach Justin Bridges believes the women’s lacrosse club is the best-conditioned team in their league. “The game is going to be better for us because I condition my team harder than any other team out there,” Bridges said. “I’m always pushing them a little bit harder, and because of that we are going to be able to outrun every team. Last year, we were almost able to outrun every team. With 14 (women) this year, there is nobody who is going to be able to keep up with us.” Even though the women condition at a high level daily, Bailey said the work will pay off during the season. “Practices are intense,” Bailey said. “We have been prac-

ticing since the first week of September. On Mondays, we have conditioning days; we do everything from straight sprints all practice to river workouts. This week is going to be intense because of the tournament coming up. We are the most conditioned team in the league. Coach says we might not win every game, but we will outrun every team.” However, there is work to be done. Bailey believes the team needs to work on transitions and playing together. Because the team has recruited many freshmen, some of which have never played a game of lacrosse, they have not had a chance to all play together yet. “Transitioning the ball from pass to pass is the most important thing people focus on because you can throw the ball faster than you can run it down the field, and just having that accuracy is probably the best thing,” Bailey said. Lindsay Duckworth, midfield/defense freshman, has played lacrosse for nine years. Duckworth said practice is difficult for the new members because the fields are not lined for a lacrosse game. “There are still so many things they can’t see without a lined field,” Duckworth said. “It’s important to get our brand new girls who have never even seen a game to actually see a lined field, because right now we practice on a field that is lined for football and soccer.” In his first year coaching women’s lacrosse at Texas State, Bridges believes his experience coaching men’s teams helps him move the women above other teams. “Getting the opportunity to coach was a big step for me

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because last year was my first year coaching (women’s) lacrosse. But I bring a different mentality to the game because I’m so used to the (men’s) part of the game, and so we have a different style of playing that comes across on the field,” Bridges said. The team will scrimmage Texas this week to engage in friendly competition before the A&M tournament. Even though the teams are rivals in play, Bailey pointed out there is some unison between the two adversaries this season. “It’s always going to be fun to play UT. We always have nail biters with them, so that’s always exciting,” Bailey said. “But we really are working with UT this year and helping each other out because everyone just wants to try and take down A&M.”

Bobcat returns from Nigeria after Olympic qualifiers

Cotton Miller/Star photo BALLIN’ ABROAD: Senior guard/forward Joyce Ekworomadu returns to Texas State after spending the last two weeks in Africa competing with the Nigerian national team.

By George Kiel Sports Reporter As the Bobcats prepare for the 2007-2008 women’s basketball season, an example of experience and leadership has returned to the team in the form of a well-respected player. Senior guard/forward Joyce Ekworomadu, the Bobcats captain and last season’s leading scorer, has been in Africa the past two weeks helping the Nigerian national team in the Olympic Qualifier. Now that she is back in San Marcos, Ekworomadu believes her time overseas was like none other. “Being over there, I had so much fun,” Ekworomadu said. “I realized that I really want to do that after I’m finished with school.” Ekworomadu played a huge role in helping her Nigerian team, starting every game and averaging 10 points per contest. Her team placed fifth in the qualifier, and eventually lost to Mozambique in the quarterfinals. While she admits Southland Conference basketball is very competitive, she said playing against national competition is very much a challenge in its own way. “It is a very high level of play,” Ekworomadu said. “Basketball over there is very intense and aggressive, and everybody’s talented.” Although playing with a talented crop of players, Ekworomadu thought she was able to hold her own. She credits her success with the national team to her Nigerian teammates. She said the help of her teammates made the transition to a new position, that of point guard, very easy. “My teammates helped me grow as a player, especially in learning a

new position,” Ekworomadu said. “They helped improve my basketball IQ and taught me how to be more vocal on the court.” The teammates she speaks of have played or are playing basketball all over the world. Her teammates come from many different schools, including DePaul, Baylor, Stanford and West Virginia. Ekworomadu said her teammates are very experienced and had much advice to offer. Though her teammates played a huge part in her success, she believes her coach for the qualifier facilitated her transition, as well. The coach Ekworomadu speaks very highly of is Kevin Cook, an assistant coach for the WNBA’s Houston Comets. Cook is a great teacher and has a proven track record that grabbed Ekworomadu’s respect. “Coach Cook has coached stars like Sheryl Swoopes and Cynthia Cooper,” Ekworomadu said. “He really helped me by teaching me some of the skills they use when he coached them.” Despite being busy with basketball during the qualifier, Ekworomadu said the team had a chance to visit historical islands, shop and interact with different cultures. As she switches gears back to Texas State basketball, Ekworomadu feels very confident in this year’s team and found her coaches and players missed her. “I feel it was a great experience for her,” said Coach Suzanne Fox. “She loves to play and compete, and I think it really helped her leadership qualities.” Sophomore guard Victoria Davis welcomed the return of her teammate as well. “This is what we need,” Davis said. “She is the spark on

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago I was sitting here writing an NBA Finals column, and all of a sudden here we are: Mid-October and preseason camps are in full swing across the league. Every season around this time, people who think they know something about basketball come up with all sorts of predictions on what’s going to happen in the league, only to be proven wrong year after year. Well guess what, I’m no different. So here we go. I love the preseason of all sports because most teams have a renewed sense of optimism, as do each of their respective fan bases. It’s no different here in Texas. Spurs, Rockets and Mavericks fans all have reason to be hopeful this coming season, and each with good reason. The Spurs are, well, the Spurs. Every season there’s always one or two teams that seem to play over their heads and get all the coverage and glory until around April, when all of a sudden San Antonio is in the Finals and everyone is like, “where did they come from?” The secret about the Spurs is there really is no secret. They do it each and every year just about the same way. They have good coaching with Greg Popovich, a legit star in Tim Duncan, top-end role players in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and a deep bench. That’s a formula for sustained success. And until someone actually knocks off the Spurs when it counts, I’m not prepared to go against this equation when June rolls around. I’m sure Mavs fans were still reeling after Dallas was bounced by Golden State in the first round of the playoffs until the opening kickoff of the Cowboys season. It’s true, the Mavs are second-class in D-town and even Dirk Nowitzki, the face of the franchise, is only the 54th most popular athlete in Dallas, behind the 53 players on the Cowboys roster. But all kidding aside, the Mavs should be a force in the Western Conference again because much like the Spurs, little has changed, and that’s a good thing. Their central core is returning and should be just as good as last year but with a determination to eradicate the embarrassment of their 2006 playoff disaster. The other Texas team is truly the wild card out West, and the Rockets are going to be really interesting. At this time next year, they could be either defending champions or a team that is completely different from what it is now. They certainly have the talent to be considered among the best, it’s just a matter of if it all comes together for them. Can Yao and McGrady stay on the court together for a whole season? Probably not. Between T-Mac’s back and Yao’s propensity for freak accidents someone will go down at some point. It’s just a matter of how much time they miss and how the team plays without one, or both, players. They’ve made some moves fans should be excited about, like bringing back former guards Steve Francis and Mike James, and traded for Luis Scola, who could make a huge impact, just as fellow countryman Ginobili has for the Spurs. Plus, Rick Adelman’s up-tempo offense should help a team that was often stagnant under former coach Jeff Van Gundy. The big question for Houston will be can they go deep into the playoffs? Can this team, deep and loaded with talent, bring it all together and be healthy come playoff time? If not, and the Rockets don’t make it out of the first round, yet again, will fans and management decide to bail on T-Mac and go another way? Yeah, this is certainly going to be an interesting season across the league. But I honestly think the top three teams in the West this year, which by default are the best in the NBA, are right here in Texas. The Texas Triangle road trip is going to be deadly for visitors this year. It’s good to be a basketball fan in Texas right now, but we’ll just see how that works out next spring…

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