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Lines drawn at City Council Place 4 candidate’s debate By Jason Buch News Reporter Candidates for San Marcos City Council Place 4 clashed over employment opportunities, a proposed Hopkins Historic District, enforcement of single-family residence zones and the City Council’s decision to build a conference center in the Spring Lake area in a debate at the San Marcos Activity Center on Monday night. Public administration senior Chris Jones, Texas State professor Moe John-

son and incumbent and Texas State alumni Bill Taylor answered questions from the moderator and from members of an audience that numbered about 30 people. The debate was put on by the League of Women Voters and moderated by league member Kaylene Ray. After making one-minute opening statements candidates were given one minute to answer questions. The first candidate to respond to questions from the moderator was given a 30-second rebuttal period. Candidates were not al-

lowed to rebut any questions asked by audience members. Despite two of the candidates’ association with Texas State, not one student could be seen in the audience. Johnson said he wished there were more students taking interest in the election, but Jones was unconcerned. “They’re probably all at home studying,” Jones said. “Chris will be a great politician,” Taylor said. “I just hope his career doesn’t start this year. The last time the student

body decided an election was in 1972. If two thousand students come out and vote this year Chris will be our new councilman.” Jones, Johnson and Taylor all differ significantly in age and vocation, but found it difficult to disagree on many of the questions asked. The first question, about full-time market-rate jobs, sparked some dissent. Johnson and Taylor both said they supported light industry but Johnson was cautious about too much growth.

“You say keep up with Kyle and Buda?” Johnson said. “They’re going to have wastewater and drainage problems in the next few years.” Last to respond was Jones, who came out in favor of promoting the educated workforce San Marcos has to offer thanks to Texas State and Gary Job Corps. He said he was concerned about the challenges San Marcos’ retail industry faces, specifically because of plans to

ASG presents new pieces of legislation

The Fast & The Furious (sorta) (kinda)

By Clayton Medford News Reporter The Associated Student Government read a host of new legislation at their meeting on Monday. Among the legislation was an official denouncement of the proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution banning gay marriage. The legislation, authored by accounting senior and student Sen. Jeff Moody, formally declares the premise of Proposition 2, scheduled for a statewide vote in November, to be discriminatory. Moody invokes the Declaration of Independence, the “due process” clause of the 14th amendment to the Constitution as well as the dictionary definition of discrimination to make his case against the passage of Proposition 2.

Soapbox derby draws hundreds of faculty, students to annual event It was all down hill during the Homecoming soapbox derby on Bobcat Trail Friday afternoon. Sponsored by the Order of Omega greek honors society, the derby brought out a crowd of several hundred people that stretched the length of the track. Some people came to cheer for a favorite team, others came in search of excite-

ment. “I’m just here to see if anybody crashes,” said Kyle Moore, theatre sophomore. Racers were divided into three categories — greek, student organizations and residence halls. At the top of the hill, cars were hoisted two at a time onto a ramp with retractable wooden blocks that kept each vehicle steady until it was time for gravity to take over. Bales of hay lined the bottom of the

slope serving as a barrier to help stop wayward drivers. Clapping, shouting and the occasional cowbell rang out from the sidelines as the soapbox cars streaked down the incline. Most of the races went smoothly, but getting from point A to point B was not a straight line for all the competitors. Haley Baird, agriculture senior, was

By Lindsay Mathews Special to The Star Texans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots in favor of or against Proposition 2, an amendment to the Texas Constitution defining marriage as being between only a man and a woman on Nov. 8. As voting day inches closer, the two opposing state organizations at the forefront of the controversy over the proposed amendment are vying for supporters through grassroots efforts. Last Wednesday, No Nonsense in November, a political action committee, continued their efforts to rally support against the

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State of the City Address highlights San Marcos community wide proactive efforts citizens help By Suzann Torres News Reporter

Mayor Susan Narvaiz delivered the State of the City Address Thursday night to a crowd of about 200 citizens at the San Marcos Activity Center. The night started with an open house at 6 p.m. where a number of city departments, including the police, fire and public services departments had booths set up for citizens to stop and ask questions or pick up information pamphlets. At 7 p.m. the address began. Local Pastor Paul Buntyn offered a blessing for the city and Texas State student Sandra Thornbush sang the National Anthem. City Manager Dan O’Leary introduced Narvaiz, who then thanked and introduced her staff and Kyle Morris, the new Associated Student Government student liaison to City Council.

“Our theme tonight is focused on the future,” Narvaiz said. “And I want to say to our people in 2005, as we start the fiscal year in city government, that the state of the City of San Marcos is strong.” The city is strong financially, economically and as a community Narvaiz said. Narvaiz stated the goals that the city established when beginning the budget process this year, including maintaining sound financial policies, investing in utilities and city staff and supporting social services and new green space acquisitions. For the 2006 budget year, San Marcos has a $101 million balanced budget. Bond ratings remain solid for the city and since October 2001, the property tax rate has been kept at 47 cents, Narvaiz said. “San Marcos is seeing strong evidence of great interest in our community, with John Q. Hammond who will build a $40 million hotel,

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the first of its kind, in Hays County,” Narvaiz said. Hammond will also pay for 30 percent of a $16 million conference center which should bring 200 or more jobs to the city, said Narvaiz. The mayor also stressed the importance of the Nov. 8 bond election where voters will decide on $12.1 million in tax-supported projects, including a new central fire station. After the Gulf Coast hurricanes made cities all over the nation re-evaluate their emergency planning and disaster response, Narvaiz assured the audience that San Marcos’ responders are highly trained and continue to train on a daily basis. “We are improving our ability to inform the community through the media using cable television channels, the Internet and recently, KTSW radio at Texas State UniverSee ADDRESS, page 3

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A crisp fall morning greeted volunteers on Saturday for River Cleanup Day. Sponsored by the city of San Marcos, this annual event is aimed at the preservation and cleanliness of the San Marcos River. The popularity of the river with swimmers, tubers and canoeists makes two cleanings a year necessary. “This is our 17th annual fall cleaning event,” said coordinator Melanie Howard. “We also have cleanings in the spring.” A mixed crowd of college students, children and various club members showed up to help clean the area from San Marcos City Park to Stokes



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amendment by speaking at the monthly Democracy for Texas meeting at Mother Eagan’s Irish Pub in Austin. Glen Maxey, No Nonsense’s director, gave a brief speech, which included attacks on the Texas Marriage Alliance, their biggest opponent in the amendment debate. “We are going to send a message that hate should not be a part of the constitution,” Maxey said. “This is an assault on our civil rights and liberties.” Throughout their campaign, Maxey and his organization have stressed the importance of maintaining the Texas Constitution See AMENDMENT, page 3

Armando Sanchez/Star photo Chris Jones, along with Bill Taylor and Moe Johnson, make their closing statements during a debate for Place 4 on the San Marcos City Council. The debate was held on Monday night at the San Marcos Activity Center.

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By Andrea Gonzalez Special to The Star

Two-day Forecast

The lengthy piece of legislation is sponsored by the American Civil Liberty Union at Texas State, Activists for Sexual Minorities, of which Sen. Moody is a member, College Democrats and six senators, including communication studies senior and Sen. Cat Reed who read the bill to the senate. ASG will conduct polls to determine student opinion Tuesday and Thursday for the next two weeks in the LBJ Student Center. The survey will ask if the student is registered to vote, if they know public administration senior and City Council candidate Chris Jones and how the student feels about each proposition. Reed expects a significant amount of debate when the senate takes up the legislation for discussion and debate.

Campus organizations seek to educate students on proposed amendment

Danny Rodriguez/Star photo Bexar Hall driver Neil Rozell smashes into the back of Butler Hall driver Brandon Simmons’ soapbox, spinning him backwards and sending him through the barricade into the crowd on Friday during the annual Homecoming soapbox derby.

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Tuesday in Brief

October 18, 2005

campushappenings Producing Effective Personal Statements, Quotations, Citations and Plagiarism, or Researching the Web. If an instructor has the class working on a paper, the Writing Center counselor can help the students work on their papers during the class time. If instructors require a more personalized workshop for their class, the Writing Center staff will do its best to accommodate them. For additional information, please contact Nancy Wilson or Bearden Coleman at the Writing Center at (512) 245-3018.

The Texas State Writing Center is launching a new program this semester called “Don’t Cancel That Class.” Here’s how it works: if an instructor knows at least a week in advance that he or she will have to cancel a class, he or she can contact the Writing Center and schedule a counselor to come to the class the day of the absence. The counselor can do one of the following in the instructor’s absence: speak about the services the Writing Center offers, explain how Texas State students can best utilize these services or conduct a workshop over one of the following topics: After the Thesis Statement, Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay, Developing a Strong Thesis, Grammar and Mechanics, Preparing for Essay Exams,

— Courtesy of the Writing Center

News Contact — Kirsten Crow,

Calendar of

EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Tuesday

The Catholic Student Center will have free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hispanic Business Student Association will have its meeting at 5 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-5.1.

“Attaining Contentment,” an educational series, takes place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-6.1.


War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 5-1.10.

The American Marketing Association will have its weekly meeting at 5:30 p.m. with speaker Joyce Rogge, senior vice president of Marketing for Southwest Airlines, in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. The Catholic Student Center will hold a Bible study at 8 p.m. in the CSC lounge.

The Mass Communication Graduate Club will hold a silent auction during Mass Communication Week to raise funds for hurricane victims from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Main, 1st floor. Wednesday

Association of Information Technology Professionals presents guest speaker Mary Ruthe Wright from Exxon/Mobil speaking on “Wanted: Future IT Project Managers” at 5 p.m. in LBJSC Room 3-3.1.

Free Writing Center Workshop, Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. For more information, contact the Writing Center at (512) 245-3018.

Phi Alpha Delta, pre-law fraternity, will be selling breakfast tacos from 7:30 to 11 a.m. in The Quad.

Symphonic Winds will perform at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students.

Events Tuesday The Society of Professional Journalists will be having double feature films as part of Mass Communication Week at 5 p.m., featuring the movies Shattered Glass and WMD: Weapons of Mass Destruction in Old Main, Room 320. A panel discussion on samesex marriage will take place at 7 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-8.1.

CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.


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University Police Department Oct. 14, 2:40 a.m. Public Intoxication/ Bobcat Village Apartments parking lot A police officer made contact with a student who appeared intoxicated. Upon further investigation, the student was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

Monty Marion/Star photo Wazzo, a white shepherd-labrador mix, receives a thorough wash Sunday at the Pre-Vet Society’s dog wash fundraiser Sunday at the Tickle-Blagg Animal Hospital, raising money for the organization and the hospital.

Oct. 14, 3:28 a.m. Evading Arrest: Detention/Outside Blanco Hall A police officer attempted to make contact with an individual with alcohol in his possession. The

individual fled and was later identified as a student. This case is under investigation. San Marcos Police Department Oct. 12, 10:54 a.m. Shoplifter in Custody/ 1015 Highway 80 Tampering with government record, failure to identify fugitive and theft under $50. Oct. 13, 5:36 p.m. Theft under $500, Possession of Dangerous Drugs/ 3939 S. I-35 Two females were arrested for shoplifting. One of the females was in possession of a prescription drug which she had not been prescribed.

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

Health Beat Cancer screenings important for prevention In 2004, the American Cancer Society estimated that more than one million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Thirty-two percent of these diagnoses will be breast cancer, and there will be about 8,000 new cases of testicular cancer. Breast cancer is the most publicized form of cancer on campus, but new testicular cancer cases are on the rise. Early detection is the best defense. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35, but it can strike any male at any time. Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. Caucasian men are at higher risk for testicular cancer.

Unfortunately, the incidence of testicular cancer around the world doubled in the past 30 to 40 years. In most cases, testicular cancer was found by the men themselves, either by accident or during a routine exam. For women, breast cancer is the most common type and the second leading cause of cancer death. The American Cancer Society screening guidelines for breast cancer suggest that clinical breast exams should be part of routine physical exams every three years for women in their 20s and 30s. Women who have an increased risk should consider talking to their physician about advantages and disadvantages of mammograms, additional tests and more frequent exams. Breast and testicular exams

should be performed every month, preferably in a warm bath or shower. Women should remember to check all around the breast and the armpit area. Men should know that the testicles should be smooth, ovalshaped and rather firm. Any changes should be reported to your physician promptly. Remember that only physicians can make a positive diagnosis. Talking with your physician about early detection, testing and treatment options will help you make informed decisions. For more information, call the Student Health Center’s Health Education Resource Center at (512) 245-2309.

ONLINE: How to Do a Testicular Self Examination: How to Do a Breast Self Examination: http://www.breastcancer. org/dia_detec_exam_ 5step.html National Cancer Institute: American Cancer Society: docroot/home/index.asp

— Courtesy of the Student Health Center


would like to recognize the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Chi Omega, and Zeta Tau Alpha on making the Dean’s List Spring 2005.

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the amendment would support God’s teachings. as a “fundamental document “We have to stand for Godly meant to grant and expand the values to build a strong socirights of people,” said Nick Law- ety,” Herman said. “These are rie, executive assistant to Maxey. the values that this country was No Nonsense is also concerned founded on.” with the overly broad language Lezlie Shipman, member of used in the proposed amend- Chi Alpha and family and child ment, which reads as follows: development senior, supports “This state may not create or the amendment based on her recognize any legal status identi- understanding of Biblical teachcal or similar to marriage.” ings. They are equally concerned “When God made Adam and with the wordEve that’s how ing of the prohe intended our posal, which relationships to could serve be,” Shipman to discredit said. couples in a Chi Alpha common law is planning to marriage repass out voter ceiving similar guides on camlegal recognipus, which tion and adthey hope will vantages as better inform those in a trastudents about ditional marreligious — Gov. Rick Perry the riage. and spiritual isAc c o r d i n g sues behind the to the Texas amendment. Family Code, marriage between Other students, such as Rosame-sex couples is already il- lando “Roly” Sanchez, president legal but not yet detailed in the of Lambda at Texas State, could Constitution. If the amendment not disagree more with the Chi passes, Texas would become the Alpha’s intentions and motiva17th state with a constitutional tions. amendment addressing the lim“It’s kind of ridiculous that ited rights of gay couples. people still think that way,” SanThe Texas Marriage Alliance chez said. “People are dying in favors the wording of the pro- hurricanes and from poverty, so posed amendment, citing the why are people focusing on gay need to preserve the sanctity of marriage.” marriage in Texas. Lambda at Texas State and The Alliance has received a Activists for Sexual Minorities full endorsement by Gov. Rick serve as social and political foPerry who, in a video on the rums for its gay members and organization’s Web site, encour- work to increase awareness of aged Texans to vote in favor of issues facing gays. the ban on same-sex marriage. After repeatedly talking to “Now we have the opportuni- students about the issue in The ty to confirm that marriage is a Quad, Sabrina Jennings, presisacred union between one man dent of Activists for Sexual Miand one woman,” Perry said. norities, was surprised to find In May 2003, Gov. Perry that the majority of the students signed into law the Defense of didn’t know that this vote is takMarriage Act, which took Texas’ ing place. position on gay marriage one Activists for Sexual Minoristep further, by not recognizing ties along with College Democivil marriages or unions from crats, College Republicans and outside the state. Lambda have joined forces to Several state representatives, ensure high voter turnout in San including Rep. Bill Keffer, R- Marcos. Dallas, have provided their supEliza Vielma, president of Colport of Texas Marriage Alliance’s lege Republicans, said that while initiative. her organization has teamed up “I don’t think there is a more with the anti-amendment orgaimportant issue confronting our nizations, they are maintaining state today,” Keffer said, in re- a neutral position on the issue. gards to the definition of mar- The College Republicans will be riage. stationed in The Quad on Oct. With the vote less than a 26 when early voting begins. month away, political and special To increase voter awareness, interest student organizations at these organizations will also be Texas State are not taking the holding panel discussions and matter lightly. passing out literature on camMembers of Chi Alpha Chris- pus up until voting day. The next tian Fellowship strongly identify panel discussion on same-sex with Texas Marriage Alliance’s marriage and the amendment is mission to preserve the sanctity scheduled today at 7 p.m. in the of marriage. Alkek Library Teaching Theatre. Chi Alpha Campus Director For additional information Dick Herman said that because on both sides of the debate, visit of his strong moral and spiritual www.nononsenseinnovember. convictions, he believes passing com and


ow we have the opportunity to confirm that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman.”

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CLEANUP: Annual event picks up what tubers left behind CONTINUED from page 1

Park at Thompson Islands. “We’re expecting at most 120 volunteers,” Howard said. “A local church group is expected to bring 50 of their members.” Word of mouth helped spread knowledge of the event, leading to more participants willing to help keep the river they take pride in unpolluted. Bank-walkers and experienced canoe paddlers spent the majority of the day traversing the river, collecting trash and other undesirable items. Many members of groups, including the Texas State Aquatic Biology Club, Lions Club, Texas Rivers Protection Association and Gary Job Corps participated. Students from the outdoor recreation class helped coordinate the many volunteers by assisting with sign-up, breakfast and lunch details. “I’m here for volunteer hours, but I really think (the cleanup) is a good idea,” said Monica Thelen, pre-communication studies junior. “I tube here in the summer too.”

During the hot summer months, the many people who use the river for swimming and tubing leave a lot of things behind. The more popular areas of the river including Sewell Park and the San Marcos City Park areas contain the most trash. “I’m headed over to the dam,” said volunteer Shanon Dickson. “A lot of people like to swim there. That’s where I spent most of my time last year.” Cleaning the river makes a more hospitable environment for all of the fish and wildlife in the area, by providing cleaner water and room for habitation. The volunteers were instructed to leave natural debris like plants and branches. A large amount of garbage was expected to be bagged at this cleanup. City crews were dispatched to pick up full bags left along the banks, so volunteers did not have to bear the burden while cleaning. Volunteers were treated to breakfast and lunch provided by the city. There was also a raffle for half-day passes to the Texas

Danny Rodriguez/Star photo Senior Martin Costas-Chillemi and sophomore Kyle Uran, recreation and administration majors, scour the bottom of the San Marcos River by the Lion’s Club on Saturday morning. For more information on helping during the next semester’s river clean up, contact the city of San Marcos Park and Recreation at (512) 393-8410. Ski Ranch and $25 gift certificates for Conley Car Wash. Recognition was given at the end of the day for the most items collected by a volunteer, including the categories of

most cans, cigarette butts and diapers. The fall cleanup assists San Marcos residents in keeping their favorite landmarks beautiful.

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build outlet malls in Laredo and Round Rock. In his rebuttal, Taylor dismissed these concerns. “You might as well add Mexico City to that list,” Taylor said. “Retail jobs do not pay a living wage. We need to attract the jobs we want.” All three gave lukewarm support of the propoased Austin Community College tax district in San Marcos and all three felt that the best way to deal with the problems San Marcos faces with public transportation would be to combine the municipal tram system and the university bus system. When an audience member asked the candidates to pledge not to deface the other candidates’ property or infringe on their right to free speech all three confused candidates complied. Johnson said several of his campaign signs had been destroyed.

Another member of the audience asked Taylor why he had voted to fund a conference center in the Spring Lake area without offering the citizens of San Marcos a chance to vote on the bond proposal. Taylor explained that the first two bond proposals for the conference center had been scrapped and the city was searching for a third source of funds. Johnson and Jones said they favored more community involvement in such decisions. Taylor responded to an audience question about his vote against a noise ordinance that he would have to research that vote, but if he voted against it he did so because he felt the ordinance went too far. He said the specific problem he had was leaving the decision of whether or not there was a violation to the police officer at the scene. The question was directed specifically at Taylor, and Jones and Johnson had little to say. Johnson said he supported the

newly created Nuisance Abatement Task Force that enforces the ordinance. Again Taylor was asked about his voting record, this time why he voted against creating a Hopkins Historic district. Taylor said he felt that the residents in the neighborhood were not in favor of a historic district and the time to create one was not ripe. Jones and Johnson, who both said they spend time in the Hopkins area, said from their experiences people in the neighborhood favored the proposed historic designation. The Nuisance Abatement Task Force became an issue again when Johnson was asked if he supported an ordinance that prohibits more than two unrelated people to share the same living quarters in certain neighborhoods. Johnson and Taylor both said they supported it. Jones did not endorse the ordinance so warmly. He felt it was enforced inappropriately and suggested other means of

enforcement that Taylor said brought in an “extra layer of government.” “Several students I’ve talked to did not know that they were in an R-1 zoned area,” Jones said after the debate. “It seems like the city could have educated them about that. I think they’re talking to the wrong folks, let’s talk to the property owners instead. I don’t support the nuisance task force and that’s why.” In their closing arguments the candidates stuck to their main themes. Johnson spoke of his long time in San Marcos and his extensive community involvement. Taylor reminded listeners of his three years of experience as a councilman, his service on a number of committees and his part in the San Marcos business community as the owner of an insurance company. Jones spoke again of the need for retail jobs in San Marcos, and the need to come together as a community.

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sity,” Narvaiz said. In the address, the mayor also touched on different projects in development for the city. Reverse 9-1-1 capabilities should be in place within the year, which would allow the city to call residents in specific neighborhoods to warn of impending danger. The surface water plant has been expanded from a six to nine million-gallon capacity, there are plans to build sidewalks on Hopkins Street, Guadalupe Street and Staples Road and the library will soon have wireless Internet. She also

mentioned the traffic light synchronization to begin this week, earning audience applause. The city has begun using Internet technology with online bill-paying, live video streams of city meetings and a citizen request system which allows citizens to make requests concerning public need. “These measures bring a more responsive, proactive government to you,” Narvaiz said. Narvaiz touched on one weakness of the city. The median household income in San Marcos is $25,809, which the mayor said, has implications on the standard of living. “Your city council is commit-

ted to sending the message that San Marcos is open for business,” Narvaiz said. After speaking for about 45 minutes, Narvaiz concluded the address. “I believe that this is San Marcos’ moment in time, our one chance to move forward, to focus on the future, and I’m asking you to do it together with me,” Narvaiz said. After audience applause, O’Leary announced that the Rochés, a family from Louisiana staying in San Marcos after Hurricane Katrina, had something they wanted to present. The family made a 3-foot tall, bright green, beaded Mardi Gras In-

dian suit, which was hand-sewn through 600 hours worth of effort. They presented it to the mayor and Project Starfish, an organization that assisted hurricane victims in San Marcos. “We are going to dedicate this to the city as a token of appreciation, thank you very much,” said the Rochés. After conclusion of the event, the audience stayed and mingled amongst themselves and city leaders. “I thought the address went well,” Morris said. “It’s good for city management to conduct this kind of outreach, and it looks like the City of San Marcos is doing well.”

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Spencer Millsap/Star photo Kyle Dicke, with the city of San Marcos, pumps the billionth gallon of alternative fuels alongside Mayor Susan Narvaiz Friday morning in the Bobcat Stadium parking lot.

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“Hopefully (the debate) won’t be about religious issues; we are not concerned with that,” Reed said. “What we are concerned with is the legal issue.” Some senators have challenged ASG’s ability to support or oppose this legislation, Reed said, stating the issue may be “out of the domain of influence” of ASG. The senators thanked the members of the greek community through a piece of legislation read on Monday. The legislation authored by ASG Vice President Cassie Holman credited the greek community for their contribution of 5,395 pounds of food and $1,212.81 to replenish the drained supply at the Hays County Area Food Bank after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. ASG also pledged their support for rescheduling the start

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of the fall semester to allow for a weeklong Fall/Winter Break, similar to Spring Break. According to the legislation authored by ASG President Jordan Anderson, “students overwhelmingly support” the extended holiday which would ease the burden of the many students who “celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays by traveling across the state, nation or by traveling abroad.” Economics senior and Senate Clerk Kyle Morris read his legislation concerning the designation of Speech Communication 1310 as a satisfaction of the Multicultural and Gender Studies graduate requirement. The legislation calls the earmarking “an excellent starting point” in ensuring every student meets the MCGS requirement. Morris’s legislation claims the support of several key faculty members and will be forwarded to University Provost and Vice President of

Academic Affairs Perry Moore upon passage. The senators approved a new advisory position in the senate for a representative from the Residence Hall Association. The senate voted unanimously to pass this emergency legislation and immediately swore in the new advisor, English junior Ashley Frith. Senators also offered their congratulations to the 2005 Distinguished Alumni award recipients. The legislative congratulation called the award “the most important award Texas State University can bestow upon its graduates.” Recipients of the award include Richard Garcia, class of 1975; Charles Matthews, class of 1999; Nelwyn Moore, class of 1966; Tricia Tingle, class of 1978; Nina Vaca, class of 1994; and E.W. Bill Wright III, class of 1970.

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behind the wheel of the white Collegiate Future Farmers of America car when it veered off course sending her headlong into a wooden sawhorse barricade. The crowd gasped when her head was knocked backwards as she slid underneath the barrier. Appearing a bit shaken, Baird emerged with minor cuts and bruises on her chin and neck. The crowd applauded her effort as she climbed from her car. The incident was caught on videotape, and although Baird watched a replay of the collision, she remained undeterred. “I’m ready for next year,” Baird said. Another soapbox snag came during a heated race between two residence halls. Bexar Hall’s blue Catch 22, driven by marketing sophomore Neil Rozell, and Butler Hall’s yellow Bloop Wagon, driven by pre-mass communication sophomore Brandon Simmons, got their front wheels entangled during a dash down the hill. A few spectators rushed out to dislodge the cars from one another as they neared the finish, but the scene quickly unfolded into a comedy of errors that ended with Rozell running alongside his car to cross the finish line and Simmons trickling in behind him. “He put a little Ben-Hur move on me right quick,” Simmons said. A rematch between the two cars proved just as lively when Catch 22 and the Bloop Wagon tapped each other causing the Bloop Wagon to be spun around. Sliding backwards down the hill, the wagon swerved off course through the sideline barricades and was brought to a halt by people in the crowd. “It was the funniest thing ever,” Simmons said. “I’m thinking I’m going to win and then I’m like ‘wait a minute, I’m not

going straight anymore and I know there’s some stairs back there somewhere.’” Simmons laughed as he summed up his dizzying adventure. “It was more fun than scary,” Simmons said.

e put in a “H little BenHur move on me right quick.”

— Brandon Simmons soapbox derby driver and pre-mass communication sophomore

Cars from other teams crossed the finish line in a more conventional way. The Pi Kappa Phi car, a large white wooden box made to look like a cake, complete with a candle at each corner, red painted curlicues for icing and “eat me” written in blue script on the side, faired well with victories in the early races. According to Ryan Galloway, political science sophomore, the theme for the fraternity’s car was taken from the movie Animal House. “We worked long and hard — 67 hours until 5 or 5:30 this morning,” Galloway said. He attributed their success to the “aerodynamics of the box shape.” Kappa Alpha Order, who built the launching ramp for the race, also had a theme for their soapbox. An orange wedge-shaped car, their General Lee was inspired by the Dukes of Hazard TV show. According to some of the fraternity’s members, the General Lee has been around for about five years and is considered a classic car. “Whether we win or lose, we

still have the coolest car,” Adam Anderson, management senior, said. Winning became the theme for Chi Beta Delta with Delta Tau Delta as they were the team to beat in the student organization category. They called their black car with pink spots the Lovebug, and it was the first time behind the soapbox wheel for driver Sarah Campbell, interdisciplinary studies senior. “It’s a girl’s car, I thought there should be a girl driving,” Campbell said. Although a novice to the racing scene, Campbell knew what she wanted to avoid. “I don’t want to flip or run into the hay,” she said. Campbell’s first trek down the hill resulted in a win for her team. “My heart was beating so fast; I was shaking when I got out,” Campbell said. The derby ended with first place finishes for Chi Beta Delta with Delta Tau Delta for the student organizations, Kappa Alpha Order for the greeks and Bexar Hall for the residence halls category. Kappa Alpha Order celebrated their win as a group, crowding around the General Lee and chanting the fraternity’s song. “We’re speechless,” said Cody Greaney, public administration junior. “It’s been a long time coming, and the General Lee pulled through.” For Jud Frisby, marketing freshman, victory was a nice birthday present. “Today’s my birthday,” Frisby said. “I’m going to dedicate the win to my 19th birthday.” David Carter-Ruff, political science senior and self-proclaimed “governor” of Kappa Alpha Order, was pleased with the event as a whole. “I think everybody gave 110 percent. The school and everybody did a great job,” CarterRuff said.


quoteof the day “Dear Governor GWB, You are the best Governor ever — deserving of great respect.”

— President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers in a belated birthday card to the then-Texas governor in 1997. (Source: Associated Press)

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On the Opinions page of Thursday’s edition of The University Star, we printed a column, criticizing the national Republican Party, in which the columnist celebrated the death of U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist. The columnist wrote: “Personally, I danced a little jig when I found out he left this world for the fires of hell from whence he came” and called Rehnquist a “scumbag” and “evil.” We at The Star would like to apologize to our readers and to the family of Chief Justice Rehnquist for printing that column. While we absolutely defend our columnists’ right under the First Amendment to speak freely, we on the editorial board of The Star realize that we have a responsibility to make judgments regarding what gets printed in our pages. And while our first instinct as journalists is to give our columnists free reign to speak their minds, it is our job to edit their words not only to avoid libel and other legal violations, but also to ensure that our newspaper maintains the high standards of discourse that we have been charged with bringing to the Texas State community. In this respect we failed last week. In order to maintain a high standard of discourse, there are certain expressions from which we should, and we strive to, keep our Opinions page free. Chief among these would be any celebration of someone’s death, particularly the death of our fellow American citizens and especially the death of a national leader such as the Chief Justice. Another example would be any incitement to physical violence or lawlessness. William Rehnquist was a complicated American figure, and we may not agree with all of his judicial decisions or with all of the statements he made during his public career. We respect the robe he wore and the position in which he served admirably for 19 years. Furthermore, the tone of the column as a whole was one that closed off, rather than encouraged, dialog by treating political opponents as enemies and launching ad hominem attacks on them rather than engaging them in substantive argument. We at The Star encourage a free and lively exchange of ideas — from both liberal and conservative perspectives — on our Opinions page, and the best way to accomplish this result is generally to allow columnists wide latitude to express themselves. However, when their arguments descend into name-calling and mean-spirited attacks that further polarize our society, we have an obligation to raise the bar of discourse. It is a charge that we will endeavor to perform better in the future. Lastly, we would like to address briefly the accusations we have received of reflecting an overwhelmingly liberal viewpoint. Our editorial board, which is responsible for the staff editorial that occupies this space in every issue, comprises a wide range of political viewpoints that we hope are reflected in our editorials. Likewise, we encourage a variety of perspectives in our columns. However, they can only be as diverse as the columnists we have on staff. If any of our readers feel that there is a valuable perspective that is not being reflected on our Opinions page, we encourage them to contribute their own ideas, either by submitting a column to managing editor Joe Ruiz at or by sending a letter to the editor at Please help us raise the level of discourse at Texas State. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.

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According to most is against abordictionaries and just tion anyway, so about every discourse why would we I’ve been to on race, support such racism is undoubtedly reprehensible a form of stereotyping remarks? He also or grouping those difuses Republican ferent from you. Trent Lott’s 2002 Last Thursday, Rugh comments supRACHEL ANNE Cline claimed that porting Strom FLETCHER the Republican Party Thurmond as an Star Columnist is racist. I seriously example of racist doubt that Mr. Cline Republicanism. personally knows Yes, Thurmond every Republican in the counwas a racist in a time when a try and their views on racial majority of politicians were equality, and if he believes he white, rich, racist males. Those does then he missed one. I am were dark days in our nation as fiscally and socially conthat I hope will never repeat. servative as they come, but I But guess who was right am in no way, shape or form a beside Thurmond in his legracist. So obviously, Mr. Cline endary civil rights filibusters: made a false broad generalizaDemocratic Sen. Robert C. tion. Byrd. Not only was he a racWhat is another name for ist Democrat (they are just as that? Oh yes, stereotyping. prevalent if not more rampant In a warped way, he did than Republicans, but just betthe very things he is writing ter at lying about it), he was against. also a member and officer of Cline uses examples such the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s. as William Bennett’s insensiLott was ousted by his own tive remarks about reducing party for his crude remarks the crime rate by aborting after the media had a field day black babies. These remarks denouncing Republicans as were condemned from all racist, but has anybody ever sides of the political spectrum, heard of Sen. Chris Dodd? including the allegedly racist I doubt it. Dodd is a ConRepublican Party and yours necticut Democrat who truly. Republicans especially idolized and defended KKK condemned these remarks member and Democratic Sen. because a majority of the GOP Byrd, saying that he would

have made a great senator at any time in this nation’s history, including the Civil War. What side do you think Democrat Byrd would have been on? I’m sure a KKK member would have advocated freeing the slaves, of course. Unlike the Republican Party, Bennett and Lott, the Democratic Party stood behind Dodd and Byrd. I believe if the tables had been turned and Dodd and Byrd belonged to the Republican Party, they probably would have been mentioned in Mr. Cline’s article, but I guess they just slipped his mind. How about the Democratic Party’s golden girl, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who in January 2004 made racist remarks about Mahatma Gandhi of all people? She joked that one of the great leaders and humanitarians of the 20th century was a gas station attendant in St. Louis, playing off The Simpsons’ stereotype of Indians as gas station attendants. But since she is a Democrat and not a “racist Republican,” her comments have in no way hindered her career. Democratic political cartoonist Garry Trudeau can even get away with calling Condoleezza Rice, the AfricanAmerican and Republicanappointed secretary of state,

“brown sugar.” These Democratic incidents and comments are equally as racist and insensitive as those made by people in the Republican Party. None of these remarks should be tolerated from any side of the spectrum. In addition, Cline’s remarks about the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist and his apparent glee at his death are equally callous. I didn’t see conservatives dancing in the streets when John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated, nor Democrats or Protestants rejoicing when the assassination attempts were made on Ronald Reagan or Pope John Paul II, respectively. It is not only the Republican Party that has these flaring examples of racial discrimination, but all political parties. I too could write volumes about the racism in the Democratic Party, but let us not spend our time condemning and accusing each other. Let’s use our time more effectively by reducing the remnants of racism in this country. Also, anybody who thinks the Confederate flag symbolizes racism needs a history lesson. Fletcher is a pre-mass communication sophomore.

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I am not a Bobcat, but my sister is and unfortunately read Mr. Cline’s column. Radical Republican racism? Since Cline is a fan of historical examples, I think it wise to point out the inherent flaws in his argument. First of all, when Strom Thurmond made his famous filibuster in 1957, he was a Democrat. It would be another seven years until he became a Republican. He was also the first senator to hire a black staffer, and as we all know, he sired and supported a black child. Secondly, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery. The Republican Party was started in 1854 as a way to stop slavery’s expansion. Democrats instituted segregation, and segregation in the government was made official under President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat. Republicans, such as former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, sent federal troops into the states to force integration against defiant Democratic governors. Chief Justice Earl Warren, a Republican, ordered the integration. Even the NAACP was cofounded by a Republican. The first black U.S. senators and

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representatives were Republicans. President Bush has more minorities and women in his Republican cabinet than any administration in history, including a black woman as Secretary of State, the most senior cabinet position. I suggest Mr. Cline check his facts because minorities and women have fared much better under Republicans than Democrats. Racism has never been a Republican ailment. — Jason Fite Texas Federation of College Republicans I suppose normally, I just look the other way after reading opinion articles I disagree with, but there was something utterly crude about Rugh Cline’s column that forced me to respond. First, I must mention that dancing over Chief Justice Rehnquist’s death is truly a disturbing thing. Where did this hate come from? Second, the argument Rehnquist made that caused you to label him a racist was not based on the morality of the issue, which leftists never seem to understand is not the job of the judiciary, but on the legal merits of the case. Third, what Trent Lott said about Strom Thurmond was at his retirement party, and Thur-

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mond was a Democrat. Fourth, William Bennett’s comments were repugnant; I don’t think anyone denies that. But does anyone know that Bennett has spent a small fortune and time on his charity that helps young AfricanAmericans with scholarships? When Louisiana State Rep. Baker said, “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans; we couldn’t do it but God did,” it was probably not the best-put statement in the world, but has anyone ever looked at the merits of a system that forces dependency? Is there anything not racist about the Progressive movement that created the nightmares of the “Great Society,” allowing the soft bigotry of failing schools and dependency in urban ghettos? It is hard for me to understand how we as a society can forget so quickly that the Democratic Party was the party of segregation, or that it was just our grandparents’ generation that were adults in that peculiar time. To conclude, racism is a nice topic for political gain; it’s a nasty little word that causes people to stare. I say shame on those who use it for political gain; I say shame on you, Mr. Cline. America finds itself in a

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culture war both abroad and domestically. Division is all around us. How can we stand when the enemy is in our midst? — Barney Dill history senior In response to Rugh Cline’s column stating that the Republican Party is comprised of racists: I am a Republican and I am not racist. He states that Trent Lott is a racist for his remarks at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party. Has he forgotten that Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd from West Virginia is a former head of the Ku Klux Klan? I guess that kind of information is truly irrelevant because he is a Democrat and it wouldn’t fit the portrayal of only Republicans being racists. Using his formula for identifying a racist, Byrd is still a leader of the KKK. Texas State students need to remember that the Civil Rights Act would not have passed had it not been for those “racist” Republicans. Maybe the country would benefit more if people of differing political views tried to work through problems instead of call others whom they hate racists. — Ronny Ables computer information systems senior The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 6,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright October 18, 2005. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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Trends Contact — Christina Gomez,

B CKT BERFEST celebrates marriage of booze and beats By Kyle Carson Entertainment Writer SHINER — The drive was lengthy and the lines for the ripe, blue portable toilets seemed to go on endlessly, but nonetheless, people from all over Texas showed up to party down and hear some decent tunes from a diverse lineup of musicians: Audioslave, Good Charlotte, Seether, Clint Black, SHeDAISY, the Randy Rogers Band and Darryl Lee Rush. The 12th annual Bocktoberfest boasted another year of plentiful ice-cold beer, country music and rock ’n’ roll. At the end of the last performance, fireworks exploded above the fleeing crowd. Those who didn’t stay to watch the dazzling show got to see it anyway as they spent the next hour in the parking lot in a patience-testing traffic jam. The Spoetzl brewery, producer of Shiner Bock beer, first held the festival in 1994, calling it the “Thanks a Million Concert” in honor of the company’s sale of its millionth case of beer. Bocktoberfest has since become a Texas tradition causing thousands of music and beer fans to descend annually upon the sleepy town of Shiner. Audioslave gave an outrageous performance as the last band of the night playing only the best of not just their own songs but also of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden, the two bands out of whose ashes Audioslave was born. Inventive ex-Rage guitarist Tom Morello pushed volume to Spencer Millsap/Star photos new heights with his ingenious Tom Morello of Audioslave wails on his guitar as the band closes Bocktoberfest in front of a crowd of eager fans Saturday night. guitar work and excellent onehanded solos. Chris Cornell, perhaps the most versatile rock one of the most professional after hit off their first, self-titled Hole Sun,” lighters and cell get onstage. to be the main theme of Bocktosinger of our time, stretched his and cohesive rock bands out album. phones were held high in the air Lead singer Joel Madden told berfest, country had its say earvocal chords dangerously close there right now. Yes, they have a In the middle of the set, an and he could hardly be heard the crowd how great Texas and lier in the day. Darryl Lee Rush to rupturing, giving a stellar new album out, but they hard- enormous backdrop lowered over the singing audience. Texans were a nauseating hun- and the Randy Rogers Band set show. ly played any of it. Front man down behind the band with Although Audioslave did not dred times, it seemed. Do they the two-stepping in motion. Audioslave is without a doubt Chris Cornell pumped out hit a rather enormous star in the play an encore, a major no-no kill the crowd with kindness ev- SHeDAISY, who sound like the middle of it. The crowd knew in the rock ’n’ roll constitution, erywhere they play? good ole Dixie Chicks, gave a immediately what was in store they still had an outstanding Most of the songs the band great performance with their as everyone threw their fists performance. played were off their new al- big hit “I Will…But” and other in the air awaiting some clasSomehow, Good Charlotte bum, The Chronicles of Life and feel-good tracks from their old sic Rage Against the Machine was booked to play Bocktober- Death, in which the songs all and new records. songs. fest. They played right before sound the same and the singHowever, the best country Morello ignited the crowd Audioslave. If anyone wanted ing could be replaced with any star there was Clint Black. The with “Bulls on Parade,” “Sleep to get close to the stage for Au- of the vocal tracks from their nostalgia was running high as Now in the Fire” and “Killing dioslave, they had to make a previous album without anyone he played “A Good Run of Bad in the Name Of.” When the fans sacrifice and stand up front for knowing. Good Charlotte end- Luck,” “Killin’ Time,” “Like the finished expelling their built Good Charlotte. The worst part ed the set with the forgettable Rain” and my personal favorite, up testosterone, Cornell, for- about it was that the majority radio hit “The Anthem.” “A Better Man.” merly of Soundagrden, grabbed of the crowd seemed delighted Seether, a band that became Shiner’s Bocktoberfest was his acoustic guitar and began that they were playing. There radio famous in 2002 with the an afternoon and evening of a sing-along with everyone in were the occasional boos and hit “Fine Again,” was promot- music for pretty much anyone. attendance. As he sang “Black pleas for them to let Audioslave ing its new album, Karma and Most of the people there were Effect. Not surprisingly, the new so pleased with Shiner’s prodrecord sounds just like their last uct that any music would have one. Seether, a hard rock band sounded phenomenal. — because they only wear black Anyone who can afford the — entertained the headbangers gas to get there and the someof the crowd with their dis- what highly priced tickets torted ballads and self-obsessed should definitely check it out lyrics. next year. It will be an experiAlthough rock ’n’ roll seemed ence you won’t soon forget. Shaun Morgan of Seether started off the rock segment of Bocktoberfest following an afternoon filled with country music.

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Clear Springs clearly disappoints with hushpuppies, Situated in an restaurant fries, coleslaw or old barn is the rusreview beans, it was the pertic New Braunfels restaurant, Clear fect recipe for cardiac Springs Springs. Deco- Clear arrest. I’m surprised 1692 Highway 46 establishment rated with rusty South, New Braunfels the hasn’t been linked to signs and various Sun.-Thurs.: the death of many of forms of Texana, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. it is a sight to see. its patrons. Fri.-Sat.: Unfortunately, the My friend and I 11 a.m.-10 p.m. ordered the famous ambience is the Price Range: combination dinonly thing going Mod.- Exp. ners. I ordered popfor it. Forks Down corn shrimp and fried Rarely do I agree crawfish tails. He orto eat with plastic silverware, use Styrofoam dered chicken tenders and plates or drink from plastic fried catfish. After scheduling cups. Church picnics, perhaps. an emergency appointment Restaurants? Never. with my personal trainer, I First, the mere notion of was looking forward to bingeating off a disposable place ing on fried goodness. Unforsetting is ridiculously waste- tunately for me, the goodness ful. Plastic and Styrofoam never came. The plastic plate was overtake forever to biodegrade, and capriciously using throw- flowing with heaps of fried away plates and cups is lazy. seafood, sides and hushpupJust wash the dishes. pies. Muddled together, it Besides, drinking out of a looked less than appetizing. plastic cup feels way too remi- Coupled with the fact that I was paying nearly $15 for this niscent of a fraternity party. My other problem with the plate, I was sorely disappointplace setting is just a matter of ed. I poured out the cocktail personal preference. If you are and tartar sauces from handy going to plunk down 30 bucks dispensers (clear ketchup botfor lunch, you should at least tles) and commenced to the artery clogging. be provided decent plates. I think it is nearly impossible The menu, while large, was an ode to the deep fryer. Any- to screw up popcorn shrimp. thing that breathed was liable With that said, it tasted vagueto be battered and dropped ly familiar … oh yeah, like the into boiling grease. Accented Hill Country Fare variety I

buy at H-E-B for $2. Nothing ruins a meal more than knowing that you could have whipped up the same dinner with a few packages of Van de Camps and an oven. To add insult to injury, my hushpuppies were burnt. No doubt, this occurred after they were left in the deep fryer for three weeks. The beans were very nice, but one does not live on beans alone. And it wasn’t enough to resurrect this meal. My friend, a much less high-maintenance soul than I, seemed to enjoy his meal, which, of course, was no consolation to me. It just reinforced my sulking at the table. Our server was very polite and quick to refill our empty glasses. This was no small undertaking considering the small size of the frat-party cups. When it came time to decide on dessert, we foolishly went the route of root beer floats. Arriving in the plastic kegcups, the vanilla ice cream was freezer-burnt and had a crispy texture; this settled poorly with the lukewarm root beer. The best part of the entire experience was the scenic ride up to Clear Springs — $36 well spent.


Clear Springs Restaurant offers a variety of plates including this fried combo platter. Located in the city of Clear Springs, the restaurant is less than 10 miles from New Braunfels on Highway 46. Clear Springs is open seven days a week. For more information, call (830) 6293775.

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— Christina Gomez

Palmer’s offers classy ambience, delicious food My weekly lunch date the restaurant, which restaurant prefaced our weekly appeared to have been review excursion by telling me converted from an old that Palmer’s was “the Palmer’s home. The wait staff nicest place in San Mar- 216 Moore St. promptly greeted us, and we were ushered to cos.” Sun.-Thurs.: He was right. a quiet window table. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Unfortunately for Surrounding us were Fri.-Sat.: me, we went on a day tables full of suits, ties 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Price Range: when I was barely and expensive jewelry. Mod.- Exp. My friend had taken squeaking by with a Forks Up sloppy ponytail and Tithe liberty of dressing to’s Handmade Vodka accordingly, leaving T-shirt. me to stick out like a Hidden behind lush foliage is a sore thumb. gorgeous stone patio leading into The menu was large and cov-

ered a variety of tastes. In fact, the variety of the menu caused me to reconsider about four times while ordering. Our server was patient and suggested her personal favorites to aid us in placing the order. I chose the “Le Cheateau” French Country Dinner. This dish came with a salad, soup and glass of house wine. I chose the field greens salad, tortilla soup and the house chardonnay. My friend ordered the club sandwich and onion rings. The lunch took longer than expected to arrive, but I took ad-

vantage of that time to enjoy my glass of wine. My only complaint was that it was beginning to have a slightly vinegary taste to it and arrived less than chilled. The food was nicely plated, allowing the natural colors of the soup and salad to create a visually aesthetic dish. The club sandwich took up the width of the plate and was served alongside the large, battered onion rings. As we dined, we realized that each of us fancied the other person’s food more than our own. Switching mid-meal, I got to enjoy the club sandwich monstrosity. Too big to shove in my mouth, I resigned to picking it apart with

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Aquila Theatre Company brings new life to timeless plays Remember when your high school drama club put on that play that no one had ever heard of? Or when they stumbled through a modern rendition of The Tempest? Anyone who has ever been involved in any way with the stage knows that it takes serious commitment for even a simple production. So just try to imagine the preparation done by the Aquila Theatre Company this year in order to tour the country performing a more accessible version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Now consider the fact that they also perform an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde the next night. This grueling tour schedule will have them on the road until the spring, hitting 15 states and more than 200 stages. But herein lies the problem: How does one go about modernizing one of the most timeless and famous plays in the history of literature? And, even

harder still, how can it be made into a mobile show, without a huge, Broadway-style budget and crew? This was a daunting task, no doubt, but one that was not to be shied away from. Under the leadership of founder Peter Meineck and associate director Robert Richmond, The Aquila Company brought its unique approach to classical theater to Evans Auditorium this weekend, performing Hamlet on Friday night and Louis Butelli’s adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde on Saturday. Both nights saw a fairly large, eclectic crowd of students and professors, with the lower section quickly selling out, and a well-deserved standing ovation after the performances. It’s a given that any company putting on a play of Hamlet and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’s caliber knows what it’s doing. But what sets the Aquila productions apart their ingenious use of blocking onstage. Eas-

ily the most interesting part of the productions was the simple construction of the stage and props. With such a rigorous travel schedule, there is no way to set up a massive, very elaborate stage; it’s simply too huge a task to set up and take down every night and move from city to city, not to mention the cost of it all. A few modest thrones, some doors and a translucent screen were all they needed. With such a simple stage, the focus could be nowhere else but on the actors. This was ideal, since the Aquila Company showcases some of the best actors from New York and London. Andrew Schwartz shone as Hamlet, highlighting the underlying comedy that permeated all of Shakespeare’s plays but, sadly, is hardly ever shown in modern productions. But what is even more impressive is the fact that the next night, he played three characters in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as if Hamlet had never happened. Also notable were the

performances of Andrew Price (Polonius and Osric in Hamlet and Jekyll/Hyde in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) and the loveable pair Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who were perfectly portrayed as two oblivious frat boys by Daniel Marmion and Laine D’Souza (who also played Ophelia), respectively. All in all, the plays were quite a delightful surprise. Everyone knows the stories, and chances are you’ve seen both of these plays at some time. So seeing them performed so basically yet so well, with a rare focus on the subtext of each play, was very refreshing. Everyone in attendance this weekend experienced a rare treat in drama. Just the fact that the crowd burst into laughter on numerous occasions during one of the most tragic and telling plays of all time should be a sign that the Aquila Company is one of the most exciting and innovative troupes around. — Brian McSwain

Courtney Addison/Star photo Andrew Schwartz as Hamlet and Natasha Piletich as Queen Gertrude entertain a Texas State audience during Friday evening’s performance of Hamlet by the Aquila Theatre Company. The weekend’s plays were a part of the Encore Series 2005 put on by University Performing Arts.

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✯Star Comics It’s Fox’s best comedy, but further Development is unknown THE CAT BIRD SEAT By Tom Maurstad The Dallas Morning News Here’s a prediction: When Arrested Development is canceled midway through its third season as viewers continue to stay away in droves, the production will be scooped up by some cable network — HBO or maybe FX — where it will find its audience and flourish. And you know what will change about the show? Nothing. That’s how good Fox’s funniest sitcom is. (Roll over Homer Simpson and tell the Family Guy the news.) You could move it to the ratingsfree realm of Deadwood and Weeds and you wouldn’t have to change a thing. You shouldn’t, in fact, because it’s perfect just the way it is. The show’s actors and writers are so smart and in sync with each other, they have found a way to use the restrictions of working on network television to make the show even sharper and funnier. Language is an inevitable stumbling block for network television seeking to

seem natural and authentic (not to mention, funny). Arrested Development is full of characters who you just know would be inclined to curse a blue streak. The show doesn’t shy away from this; the characters go ahead and curse — the show just bleeps them. The effect is far funnier than if, a la The Sopranos, the f-bombs flew. Bleeping out the profanities not only fits but enhances the show’s comic edge, all about a family driven crazy by everybody’s need to hide their desperation and misery behind a happy-healthy facade. (That’s why the family lives in a model home that looks great but is actually falling apart.) When you learn (at least I did anyway) on one of the commentaries of the three-disc Season 2 collection that the show is also prohibited from showing the actors’ mouths at those moments, the scenes become even funnier as you watch the ridiculous ways they come up with for hiding their cursing mouths. Once you know what they’re


doing and why, a whole new level of clever and subversive hilarity is revealed. Of course, it’s no surprise that the blooper reel captures the actors tossing out strings of non-sequitur profanities when they flub lines; everyone needs a little release now and then. Be sure to listen to audio commentaries accompanying an episode on each disc. They are the exception to the don’t-bother rule of DVDs. The back-and-forth banter among cast and writers makes for irresistible eavesdropping. Everybody should Random Acts of Violence have so much fun at work. This is a television show that was made for DVD viewing. You want to watch scenes and episodes over and over, to laugh at this line again, to marvel at this actor’s expression. The writing, the performances, the depth of talent, it’s all there. Here’s a question to keep you blogging for a few months: Who’s funnier and why, David Cross or Will Arnett? All are so consistently superior, you can’t help but wonder: How did this show ever get on television?

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Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox Television Will Arnett, left, and Jason Bateman play brothers on the Fox show Arrested Development.

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What a great week. Next year I will At the game, my nearly 15-yearhave to pull my kids out of school old son sat next to a bunch of girls. I to attend the Soapbox Derby. The don’t think he minded so much as he Non-Traditional Students Orgagladly shared his M&Ms with all of nization did not fair too well, but them. Hmmm … is this a portent of it was neck and neck all the way to the future? He is not as big a football the finish line. I don’t know which fan as my 12-year-old, so I was glad he was funnier, watching the car decoenjoyed himself without much comSUSAN RAUCH rated like a cake roll down the hill or plaint. Later on, reality hit me as I reEntertainment watching it actually win the majoralized he was only a few years younger Columnist ity of its races. The whole event was than some of the girls in the stands. quite amusing. We only stayed into the third quarMy health held up at least enough ter and unfortunately missed the postto attend the race and, of course, the game Sat- game show. It was enjoyable to share my school urday. On the issue of health, I will say this: The experience over the weekend not only as a parStudent Health Center is the best deal around. ent but also as a student, intertwining the two With a scheduled appointment, I was in and roles together. out of there in less than half an hour, and the So then it was back to Monday, back to the visit was free. For me, at least, that is unheard real world of classes, studying, family and work. of in the real world of health care. Finding out I Even though I have one huge exam this week, have lost five pounds didn’t hurt my ego either I do feel a better sense of motivation to get — I told you those walks up and down the hills through it. I think I will try and relish that feelwould help. ing for as long as I can … at least into the next Saturday, I took my kids with me to the NTSO week. tailgate party and the game. We all had a blast. My eldest son loves the old classic rock, so it was We will be following Susan’s first freshman semester fun listening to LC Rocks play. He knew every in 25 years in next Tuesday’s issue of The Star. song! It was an incredibly festive afternoon of food and music. Unfortunately, I probably reONLINE: gained every one of those five pounds.

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Bobcat soccer sitting at third in SLC after weekend split By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter The Texas State soccer team earned a split over the weekend, defeating the McNeese State University Cowgirls 2-1 two days after falling to Northwestern State University’s Lady Demons, 4-2. The 1-1 weekend, coupled with a loss by Sam Houston State University, left the Bobcats in sole possession of third place in the Southland Conference. “We’re a little out of sync,” said Coach Kat Conner. “I think we’re tired. We have a break this week, and I think it will be good for everybody. We’re just out of sync, and we’re going to give them some time off to rejuvenate and then come back and start working on clicking together again.” Though some of the Texas State players might be tired as the season winds down, forward Jerelyn Lemmie seemed to be playing on fresh legs all weekend. The sophomore from Sugarland scored three of the four Bobcat goals over the weekend and repeatedly beat players

downfield. “She’s really come along, and that’s great,” Conner said. “She was a big-time player at Northwestern even though we lost.” Contributing to that fatigue may have been the sheer physicality of the game, with players being knocked to the ground on several occasions. “There’s no love lost between McNeese and Texas State,” Conner said. “It’s a good battle. It’s a good grudge match. So of course there’s always going to be some tough hits in there.” Lemmie was even big against McNeese State, leading an aggressive Texas State attack which outshot the Cowgirls 26-10. The Bobcats also had a 14-5 advantage in shots on goal and 11-2 in corner kicks. Lemmie scored both Texas State goals on three shots on goal, with assists from junior midfielders Amy Benton and Delayna Spivey. The two goals give Lemmie eight on the season. Junior goalkeeper Paige Perriraz played the entire game for Texas State, notching four saves. McNeese State sophomore goal-

keeper Aubrey Ross made 12 saves in the losing effort. The lone McNeese State goal was scored by sophomore midfielder/forward Cynthia Torres, with an assist from sophomore midfielder Renee Landers. Despite the advantages statistically, the Bobcats found themselves in a 1-1 tie with less than nine minutes remaining. Then, just as it began to look like the game was headed for overtime, Spivey found herself with the ball at midfield. She led Lemmie with a perfect pass for a breakaway shot attempt. Ross moved up in an attempt to stop Lemmie, but that just made it easier for Lemmie to score the winning goal at the 81:28 mark. At Northwestern State on Friday, the Bobcats could not overcome three goals given up in the first 31 minutes of play and dropped their second conference game of the season. All told, Northwestern State attempted 21 shots to just 9 by Texas State, and the Lady Demons had the only three corner kicks of the game. Four Bobcat players attempted two shots apiece, with Lem-

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Nealy to put the Bobcats back to their own 41yard line. Nealy followed that up with a short run up the visiting sideline before he found Dameon Williams, open for a 24-yard gain on a pass to the post. Nealy then went directly to Scott on two consecutive downs, scoring the first of 10 touchdowns on the day. The Aggies were only able to answer back once as they scored a touchdown on a 61-yard drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter on a 1-yard rush from senior running back David Daniels, who finished the day with 35 yards on 15 carries. Following the victory, the Bobcats now sit at the No. 7 position in the Sports Network Division I-AA polls behind Eastern Washington — the highest NCAA ranking Texas State has had since it first moved up from Division II in 1984. The Bobcats also moved up to the number eight position in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The seventh-largest crowd in Bobcat history — 13,787 — was in attendance for the landslide

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victory and the athletic department hopes to have them all back to Strahan Coliseum as the Bobcats return to the field Saturday. “The crowd was great. They were loud and they made a difference,” Bailiff said. “You’re going to see us on campus this week trying to get more people in the stands. “We need this university and community to come out in groves. We need five to 10 thousand more next week, but that’s not taking anything away from this crowd this week. It was great. We’re putting a product on the field that people want to see. People need to get out here and watch these Bobcats.” Texas State will continue its conference schedule against Northwestern State in what has been called the “Battle of the Southland Conference Unbeatens.” According to SLC standings, the Bobcats are now at the top of the hill as Stephen F. Austin State fell to McNeese State, which is at the No. 2 spot following this weekend’s matchup. The game will convene at 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

Adam Brown/Star photo Boko the Bobcat found time between riding a unicycle and a motorized skateboard to crowd surf during Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

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mie and freshman midfielder Reagan McNutt scoring goals. Forwards Rikkie Padia, freshman, and Natalie Jackson, sophomore, each had an assist. Defensively, Perriraz made seven saves for Texas State while Lady Demon goalkeeper Johnna Klohoker needed only three to get the win. Northwestern State was led by junior forward Julie Zavala’s two goals. Fellow forward Erin Hebert and midfielder Hannah Casey also chipped in with goals. Despite going down 3-0 in the first half, Texas State fought back and made it interesting. Lemmie got the Bobcats on the board at the 38:30 mark, scoring off Padia’s team-high sixth assist. Then, just over 12 minutes into the second half, Texas State cut the lead to 3-2 with McNutt’s goal. “It was a beautiful goal,” Conner said. “It was exactly the type of style we play. She just nailed it. No one had a chance at it at all.” The Bobcats could not muster any more offensive fireworks, though, and a late Northwestern State goal rounded out the scoring. Texas State has next weekend Monty Marion/Star photo off before playing its final games of the season in San Marcos Sophomore Jerelyn Lemmie focuses on the ball Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana against McNeese State. Lemmie went on to score two goals University and Nicholls State. and led the Bobcats to a 2-1 victory against the Cowgirls.

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southlandconference standings Texas State 5-1 (1-0) McNeese St. 3-1 (1-0) Northwestern St. 3-2 (2-0) Stephen F. Austin 4-2 (1-1)

Nicholls St. 2-3 (1-1) Sam Houston State 1-4 (0-2) Southeastern La. 1-4 (0-2) standings as of Oct. 17

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Manhandled State

By Miguel Peña Sports Editor

The Bobcats took charge early in their Homecoming matchup with the visiting Aggies from Oklahoma Panhandle State University by scoring early with a touchdown pass from Barrick Nealy to Tyronne Scott after only 2:21 minutes of play. The Scott touchdown was the only passing touchdown of the game, but that wasn’t a problem for Texas State as its running game proved again to be highly successful. Four Bobcat players combined for six rushing touchdowns on the day. Nick Session remained the short-yardage workhorse as he ran the ball 19 yards on four carries to finish the day with two touchdowns, while Nealy ran one in for the score on the second Bobcat possession of the game. Freshmen running backs Ryan Odell and Stan Zwinggi combined for 205 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in the second half of play. Odell, who was listed as a linebacker at the beginning of the season and came into the day as a fullback, quickly assumed the role of tailback as he ran for 118 yards on 30 carries. “I was very pleased. I thought we played like the ninth-ranked team in the country,” said Coach David Bailiff. “Odell’s a fullback but we had to play him at tailback, because we didn’t want our tailbacks hurt. We tried to control the clock and that’s what we did tonight. We also got a bunch of offensive linemen playing experience.” After three consecutive touchdowns on as many drives, Nealy took to the sideline for the remainder of the game, giving sophomore Chase Wasson the chance to run the offense. However, it was the effort on all parts that led to such a dramatic pouncing of Panhandle State. Junior Dallas Coleman made Armando Sanchez/Star photo a first-quarter interception on a rushed pass from Panhandle Freshman fullback Ryan Odell evades OPSU defenders on his way to rushing for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Odell’s State quarterback Brandon twelve points helped elevate the Bobcats to a 75-7 romp over Panhandle State on Saturday in San Marcos. Warner to gave the Bobcats a

Texas State remains undefeated in SLC after 75-7 victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State University


first down at the Panhandle State 24-yard line. The pick led to the first of Nick Session’s two touchdown runs, both of which came in the first quarter. Panhandle State was held to only one first down on any of its offensive possessions in the first half of play, but that drive ended on a sour note as senior Melvin Webber sprang into action in the second quarter, recovering a blocked punt at the Aggies’ 15-yard line and returning it for a touchdown. Webber made another big play on the following drive as he returned an interception for a touchdown, giving the Bobcats a 35-point lead with 14:13 left in the first half of the game. “With the punt, we blitzed all the time tonight, and that was my first time blitzing because usually I’m a jammer,” Webber said. “Coach always tells us to run through the play because you never know when you can scoop and score, and I was just in the right place at the right time.” The defensive back from Jacksonville, Fla., wasn’t the only one to make a difference on the defensive side of the ball; freshman Daniel Carrillo made another interception for a touchdown in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The defense as a whole stood strong on its home field, holding the Aggies to a dismal 95 yards of total offense and only one drive past midfield. In addition, Texas State had three sacks on the day, one coming from defensive lineman Troy Ebensberger and another from Carrillo, while Cameron Dunk and Raul Reyna combined for a sack later in the game. Panhandle State received the ball to start things off but moved the ball only 5 yards on its opening drive before punting away on fourth down to junior Walter Musgrove, who returned the ball only 3 yards to the Texas State 49-yard line. Defensively, the Aggies started out strong with a sack on See STATE, page 11

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