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Fast-a-thon brings community together By David Saleh Rauf The University Star After 13 hours of fasting, Victoria Dominguez learned to appreciate some of the little things — such as food and drink — that are taken for granted on a daily basis. “It’s a lot of self-discipline,” Dominguez, nutrition sophomore, said. “Going all day without food, you appreciate it so David Racino/Star photo much more.” POST-FAST FOOD: Students lined up Tuesday night in the LBJ Dominguez, along with apStudent Center Ballroom for food at the second annual Fast-aproximately 30 other students thon hosted by the Muslim Student Association. clad in sleepwear, gathered in

San Jacinto Hall at 5:45 a.m. to eat breakfast and commence a day-long fast as part of the Muslim Student Association’s second-annual Fast-a-thon. The event is held to spread awareness about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. MSA members invited students, faculty and residents to fast for one day to gain first hand appreciation for what Muslims endure during Ramadan, which includes abstaining from food, water, drink, smoking and sexual intercourse from sunup to sundown.

“Now they know what Ramadan is,” said Samer Morad, MSA president. “Once that month comes, they can appreciate what Muslims go through; appreciate what they have for granted, which is food and drink because millions of millions of people are dying of starvation. We’re here throwing away food without even realizing how precious it is.” Morad, manufacturing engineer senior, said the idea for the Fast-a-thon came from other MSAs on college campuses across the country.

“Its something that’s been going on for awhile with other MSAs,” Morad said. “When we became active last year, we decided to go with it.” MSA member Ashraf AlAbiad, manufacturing senior, helped prepare breakfast, which consisted of five dozen scrambled eggs, 35 pancakes, muffins, potatoes and fruit. “I scrambled a lot of eggs today,” Al-Abiad, owner of Cedars Mediterranean Café, said. “We started at the restaurant at 4:30 See FAST-A-THON, page 4

The missing link

Students for Kinky aim to generate buzz, increase student vote

South African dig yields historical finds

By A.N. Hernández The University Star With the Texas gubernatorial elections only 19 days away, a group of students stand tough behind their choice. He’s a Jewish cowboy named Kinky Friedman, who, clad in his trademark cowboy hat and cigar, is no stranger to a bit of controversy. Friedman is one of two independent candidates competing for the governor’s seat. The other independent candidate is State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who is running under the slogan “One Tough Grandma.” If Friedman or Strayhorn were elected as governor, they would be the first independent to serve since Sam Houston. “If you look at him, right off the bat, he is flamboyant, and that’s his style as a musician and comedian,” said Jeremy Kuykendall. “It lets you see that he is a person. He’s a realist and when he speaks, he is presenting the truth, how he really is, and how he would be as a governor.” Kuykendall, history senior, is vice president of the Students for Kinky Chapter at Texas State. The group’s been an official campus organization since August. He is also a member of College Democrats. The Students for Kinky group has around 40 active members and more people on its listserv. This fall, the group conducted voter registration drives, registering almost 1000 staff members, students and teachers. They organize in The Quad every Tuesday and Thursday to distribute brightly colored pamphlets, bumper stickers and buttons that read “Kinky for Governor 2006.” “I think the legacy of our campaign will be that it got young people interested in getting out to vote,” Kuykendall said. “It’s really not relevant to me who young people vote for. It’s just important that they get active and they get involved.” Kuykendall said the group’s biggest achievement was orchestrating Friedman’s Texas State appearance alongside former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura this September. He said everything the group had worked for was just gearing up toward that moment. Kristin Koerner, communication studies junior, is a member of Students for Kinky. She helped generate buzz in the weeks before Friedman’s scheduled visit to Texas State. Koerner said she had flyers with her constantly and helped pass them out and register voters. She said the most important thing Friedman’s campaign is doing is “putting state politics on the radar” for students who don’t usually pay attention. “We can make a difference as students with our vote. Because students are historically the absolutely worst in terms of voter turnout, just the fact that people care about what is going on in this election and care about what Kinky has to say is important,” Koerner said. “When he spoke on campus, there were people who came who didn’t necessarily agree with his view or who weren’t necessarily going to vote for

By Emily Messer The University Star Walking across the dry land of a region in South Africa called Erfkroon, Britt Bousman struck an archeological gold mine, speckled with ancient artifacts and bones that may reveal mysteries surrounding modern man. “At Erfkroon, there’s a ton of animal bone eroding down and on the surface,” said Bousman, associate anthropology professor and director for the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State. “In some places, it’s hard not to walk on it. You have to step between the bone and be careful.” The 165,000-year-old region was the main site of a South African excavation in which Bousman and two graduate students searched for evidence that may explain the evolution of modern man. The group visited three sites in South Africa from July 10 to Aug. 15: Baden-Baden, Erfkroon and Cornelia, all named after nearby farms. Erfkroon, a three-to-four square kilometer site, was surveyed for artifacts and fossils that are from the same time period of the last two migrations of man. The group found early tools and bones of extinct animals, such as buffalo, antelope and wildebeests. “The main thing we’re interested in when looking at all this work is how human behavior changed as people evolved into modern Homo sapiens,” Bousman said, The research conducted was preliminary; archeologists used a recent dating technique called optical stimulated luminescence, in which the glow of sand grains

See KINKY, page 4

Photo courtesy of Britt Bousman RAISING THE DEAD: James Brink of the National Museum in South Africa removes a 45,000-year-old wildebeest skull during a summer excavation in South Africa.

using radioactive decay is directly related to the age of the sediment. But Bousman’s hypothesis supported the theory that all modern people evolved from Africa 200,000 years ago. It was not until recently that different groups emerged, he said. The findings at the site warrant a return trip, Bousman said. “It’s got very good animal bone preservation. It’s got a very clear geological stratigraphy, so you know what you’re digging in

at any one point in time,” Brousman said. About 200,000 years ago, early Homo sapiens appeared in Africa. It was not until about 40,000 to 30,000 years ago that the behavioral changes of the evolution of modern man began to show, Bousman said. “It’s in this 200,000 to 30,000-year range that I’m most interested in because that can have sites that date to that time period. See DIG, page 4

Issues of privacy, security taken on at Cyber Security Awareness Day By Eloise Martin The University Star Approximately 50 people attended the Information Technology Division’s second-annual Cyber Security Awareness Day Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. The event featured presentations by speakers from the University Police Department, Mobile Campus, the Austin Police Department High Tech Crimes Unit and This year’s event was intended to inform students about computer crimes and preventative measures they can take to avoid them. Anjoli Fry, geography re-

source and environmental studies junior, said she decided to attend after she received an e-mail with information about the event. “I am usually interested when student organizations put things on,” Fry said. “Even if I am not involved, I like to attend things and hear about them. You can learn a lot.” Fry said she was mostly interested in obtaining information about preventing computer viruses. “My computer has been messing up a lot, so I browsed and got some information about them,” she said. Shawn Pearcy, computer science and sociology sophomore,

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works for Information Technology and said he felt the presentation was helpful for students, but he had hoped more would attend. “I wish more people would have come,” Pearcy said. “A lot of people have come because they are in computer crime classes, but some people who are here are looking to learn.” The keynote speaker for the event was Chris Kelly, vice president of corporate development and chief privacy officer of Kelly said although is not free of incidents involving personal information being abused, it does not come as a surprise. “There is no city that has 10

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million citizens and no crime,” he said, referring to Facebook. com as a city. Kelly commented on new networks being added to the site, including high schools and businesses, and said there has been a challenge to expand the site while trying to make users feel safe. “The different networks are an important feature for us having expanded, but we still want to make sure we don’t expose information to the outside world,” Kelly said. Kelly also addressed recent concerns about potential employers using profiles for personality background checks. “The default privacy settings

make it more difficult, but not impossible for someone to view your profile,” Kelly said. “You can use your own privacy settings and select who you want to block. You can even block alumni from viewing your profile.” The ultimate protection, he said, comes from being discreet with information posted on the page. “Don’t put something up you would be embarrassed by,” Kelly said. Kelly said includes four levels of protection: authentication by e-mail address, segmented communities, innovative privacy controls and technical protection. Kelly said

members should be responsible when using by adding friends carefully and utilizing privacy settings to reflect comfort level. Although students may display a high amount of personal information, which could potentially be viewed by millions of users, Kelly said the information is not as readily available as it seems. “The average user can only view less than a half of a percent of the total profiles,” Kelly said. is currently the largest photo site, with 550 million photos posted. Approximately 25,000 of the 28,000 students at Texas State have a profile.

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Wednesday in Brief

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Brock Brown, geography professor, has been selected for the National Council for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award for 2006, which recognizes outstanding contributions to geographic education. He is one of two Texas State professors to receive this award and one of eight total. He will be honored during the 2006 NCGE annual meeting this month. Currently, Brown manages the “Step Up to Geography”

distance-learning program, which serves approximately 15 K-12 teachers and others pursuing graduate course work, and is also directing a program focused on Africa for the DC Geographic Alliance this summer. Brown won the 2006 Foundations of Excellence Teaching Award, an honor bestowed by students. — Courtesy of Public Relations

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

On This Day...

Awareness WEDNESDAY The Austin Film Festival will host its 4th Annual Film and Food Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. For tickets visit www.austinfilmfestival. com. Sigma Tau Delta will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Flowers Hall in The Quad. The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, with questions at ch1282@txstate. edu.

questions at ch1282@txstate. edu.

The Organization of Student Social Workers will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Building, Room 234.

The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, with

1873 — The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities. 1892 — The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York City was opened.

The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC.

Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. in the lounge of the Catholic Student Center.

Sigma Tau Delta will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Flowers Hall in The Quad.

1867 — The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).

The Counseling Center will offer Facing the Fear (Anxiety Group) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Women’s Personal Growth Group from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For information or to sign up, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome. Call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail


1842 — Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.

An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601.

Higher Ground, the LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry, will meet at 5:30 p.m. for prayers followed by a free dinner at 6 p.m. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church across from The Tower residence hall. Everyone is welcome.

A student-led rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC.

1767 — The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Simple Silent Sitting Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Christian Community Center. Every Nation Campus Ministries will meet at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and an inspiring message. Go to and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.

Jennifer Williams/Star photo Kendra Williams, criminal justice sophomore, enters her name into a free drawing while Richard Sanchez with San Marcos CISD informs her of how important it is to stop for school buses loading and unloading. The school district wants to make sure everyone is aware of the law and the consequences faced when breaking it.

The Associated Student Government is the official voice of the students at Texas State. The meetings are open to the public and are held at 7 p.m. every Monday night in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. If you would like to address the Senate, feel free and come prepared to speak during our Public Forum. There will be a tuition and fees hearing at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the LBJ Student

1943 — The first broadcast of Perry Mason was presented on CBS Radio. The show went to TV in 1957.


ASG Beat Meeting to discuss proposed 20 percent spike in tuition

1931 — Inventor Thomas Edison died at the age of 84.

Center, Room 3-14.1. It is essential all available students come to this meeting to discuss the proposed 20 percent spike in tuition and fees at Texas State. Students should be aware of the increases happening in their fees. During the past four years, tuition has gone up close to 40 percent. This is a legislative year and change needs to happen. ASG is dedicated to making sure students are not being priced out of higher education. — Courtesy of the Associated Student Government

University Police Department

Oct. 14, 4:38 a.m. Driving While License Suspended/343 N. LBJ Drive An Officer initiated a traffic stop and upon further investigation, the non-student was driving with a suspended license. The non-student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Oct. 14, 3 p.m. Theft Under $500/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched for a report from a student that stated an item was stolen from the apartment she visiting. This case is under investigation.

Oct. 14, 5:10 p.m. Information Report/Crosswalk at University Drive An officer was dispatched for a report of a suspicious persons. Upon further investigation, the two non-students were issued criminal trespass warnings. Oct. 14, 9:14 p.m. Attempted Suicide/ San Jacinto Hall An officer was dispatched for a report of a student that harmed them self. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation.

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

Shoe retailer turns 70, hosts shopping benefit AUSTIN — Karavel Shoes will host an in-store shopping benefit Nov. 11 to help SafePlace raise awareness in the community about the resources available to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Not only will it invite shoppers to contribute to SafePlace, but Karavel will also donate 5 percent of its gross sales from that day to the agency. In addition, Karavel is leveraging its relationship with Naot, a major shoe vendor out of Israel, to join the effort by contributing a major shoe donation of women’s high-end walking shoes to SafePlace clients later in November. Karavel is the oldest familyowned shoe retailer in Central Texas, and will celebrate its 70th

anniversary in 2007. “SafePlace is one of our favorite local charities and we’re so proud to be working with them on this important project. As Karavel celebrates our 70th anniversary, we think it’s important to give back to the community that has been so good to us over the years,” owner Rick Ravel said. “We also want to thank Naot for donating over $14,000 worth of shoes for this event. They are one of the world’s premier footwear manufacturers and should be commended for making such a generous donation.” About SafePlace: SafePlace exists to end rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. We do this in three primary ways:

1. Safety — We do this through our emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, hospital accompaniment programs and legal services. 2. Healing — We do this with extensive counseling services for children, teens and adults as well as providing transitional housing, advocacy and life skills training to give people the resources and skills to stay safe. 3. Prevention — Our disability services, school-based services and community education work are all focused on preventing violence and promoting safe and healthy relationships. We know that, arm-in-arm with others, we can create a community of peace and safety. — Courtesy of SafePlace

Dirty Laundry denim drive will help rebuild Katrina-devastated school NEW YORK — In September, Cotton Incorporated began the second annual Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour. This college campus tour is an interactive, mobile-marketing event for college students and fuses the social aspects of music, games, style and fashion with the many benefits of cotton. The tour is designed to engage this particular group as they begin to experience life away from their parents and all the freedom and responsibility that it entails. Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour will travel to 14 college campuses across the country over a period of eight weeks to heighten awareness and exposure of cotton among college students. Activities focus around what is relevant to this demographic group — from music and sports to great fall fashions and the ease of laundry care. Building on the success of 2005, this year Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour will hit the road with the “Cotton. From Blue to Green denim drive.” The denim drive is a call to action to donate old denim and give it “new life” by converting it into natural fiber insulation. Once the denim is collected, Bonded Logic, Inc. (www., a leader in natural fiber insulation, will

convert the denim into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation. “Cotton. From Blue to Green” is an important part of this year’s Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour. Each Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour event school is participating in the “Cotton. From Blue to Green” denim drop program and will assist in helping to rebuild a school in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This element of the tour provides a pro-social connection for college students to interact with cotton, generate awareness about its sustainability and ability to be reused, and create a philanthropic aspect to the tour. The UltraTouch donation will be facilitated by Advance Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization established to promote systematic changes in public education that are designed to increase the academic achievement of all students. As an added incentive for students donating to the denim drop, Buckle, Inc. will be providing coupons good for $5 off the purchase of a pair of jeans for every piece of denim donated. Buckle is also contributing the prizes for Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour Shopping Sweepstakes. For more information,

visit The current college generation, known as “millennials,” represents a new, economically powerful demographic that will shape shopping generations for years to come. They are unique, self-aware, technologically savvy and have a spending power of approximately $172 billion annually. “College age consumers are testing and redefining their likes and dislikes, loyalties and values,” said Paula Rosario, vice president, Consumer Marketing - Strategic Alliances, Cotton Incorporated. “This year, we have added a call-to-action to the tour with ‘Cotton. From Blue to Green,’ engaging these students in a worthwhile cause by giving back to the devastated school system of Louisiana.” The program will be promoted via multiple channels, including www.accesscotton. com, the official Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour site. Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour dates, free music downloads, games, sweepstakes, cotton care information, style tips and more for college students. Cotton’s Dirty Laundry Tour will visit Texas State Friday. — Courtesy of Cotton Incorporated


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Response training part of Center for Safe Communities and Schools syllabus By Brook Keller The University Star Where a mother’s watchful eye can’t be present, an organization right here on campus is making sure their children stay safe. The Center for Safe Communities and Schools, located in Canyon Hall on West Campus, is a grant-funded center within the department of criminal justice that helps to protect youth, schools and communities all across the state of Texas. “We do a lot of different things,” said CSCS executive director Dave Williams. “We originally started as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in 1990. We changed out name to the Center for Safe Communities and Schools in 1997 because our mission broadened.” The center is home to several programs that provide training and education for elementary through high school students and staff in preparing and dealing with special situations. One of the programs, the Texas

School Safety Center, works with teachers, administrators, students and law enforcement in response training for school safety issues. “The mission of the Texas School Safety Center is to try to impact the climates in schools, whether it’s bullying or drugs,” Williams said. “We train them in juvenile law and we do training on different things they may see, like gangs. We do drug overviews and updates, search and seizure updates and some of the training topics on how to relate to juveniles.” The center still hosts a variety of programs including D.A.R.E., The Community and Youth Initiatives division and other programs within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. Jan Niemiec, San Marcos High School student counselor, said she tries to send at least two students every year to the Texas Teen Tobacco Summit and Comprehensive Tobacco Prevention Conference, an annual conference hosted by the CSCS Community and Youth Initiatives Division.

“Kids can be fined, issued tickets and lose their driver’s license,” Niemiec said. “Unless they want their mom to drive, they need to know about this stuff.” Tess Rasmussen and Kasey Scroggins, both SMHS sophomores, attended this summer’s conference as representatives of the school’s Teens Educating and Mentoring program. “We went to different classes for two days and we talked about different things,” Rasmussen, 15, said. “We learned a lot and they gave us a lot of really good stuff. It was good to hear. They don’t always give you the straightforward facts.” Scroggins said the experience “was really cool.” “They had an up-and-coming singer who performed and they had skits and stuff,” Scroggins, 15, said. “It was pretty fun.” The center’s programs, however, reach much farther than the San Marcos city limits. “We do an incredible amount of traveling. I actually sat down about a

month and a half ago with my daughters and looked at maps and out of the 254 counties in Texas, we’ve only not been to 25 or 20,” Williams said. “I’ve seen a whole lot more of Texas than I’ve ever wanted to.” Doug Pollard, communication design freshman, said he appreciates the center’s efforts. “It’s always good to inform kids from early stages and plant seeds of knowledge before someone else does,” Pollard said. “It’s good that schools are allocating resources for this.” In addition to helping schools and communities around Texas, the center helps the pocketbook of a few Texas State students. “We have four undergraduates working for us and three graduate students from the criminal justice department,” Williams said. Mark Andrus, CSCS information technology specialist and Webmaster, started working for the center as a student about 6 years ago. “I started here in 2000 as a student

worker and slowly started getting more and more responsibilities,” Andrus said. “I graduated in December 2002 with majors in CIS and management. There were some changes in our organization and I eventually took over the IT side.” In addition to managing various organizational responsibilities and providing technological training and assistance, Andrus also manages the center’s Web site. The CSCS Web site provides information on recent school violence, general school safety tips and lists lessons plans for school drills. Andrus said he is in the process of revamping the site in time for an upcoming conference. The Web site is projected to launch with its new make over in the next five weeks. Andrus said the center has provided a fortunate opportunity for him. “We’ve always been kind of overlooked,” he said. “We have made a lot of changes but we’ve stayed intact. I stayed along and things kept getting progressively better for me.”

Regulated free-speech-zones debated Study finds damaged rest of the university for?” Illsley said a zone is a dangerous idea because people are more likely to have emotional outbursts rather than orderly debates because the zones are the only places freedom of speech is allowed. “People are very dogmatic and will result to shouting. Ladies and gentlemen, shouting solves nothing,” Illsley said. “We’re simply shouting.” If people are simply expressing themselves through pure emotion, then no real exchange of ideas occurs, he said. Morris and Stone said zones are the most logical, beneficial and organized way for people to express themselves. “Free-speech-zones are structured, organized, political forums, which allow people to express themselves in an intellectual manner,” Stone said. He said the real danger is allowing people to interrupt class time to express their views because the classroom is meant as a learning environment. Ilsley disagreed with Stone. Monty Marion/Star photo “Buses are just meant for transportation right?” he said. “Tell that to Rosa Parks.” ARGUING FREE SPEECH: Associated Student Government President Kyle Morris (left) Morris said zones were not meant to push argues for his assigned side of the debate on free-speech-zones to visiting British National people who want to dissent into “little marDebate team members Gavin Illsley and Fraser Campbell (right). ginalized areas,” but to allow people the By Marquita Griffin LBJ Debate Society, were chosen to act as the choice “to hear a voice or avoid a voice.” AlSpecial to The Star proposition. Galvin Illsley and Fraser Camp- lowing people to express themselves at anybell of the British Debate Team were chosen time forces people into a situation he or she Students declared the British National De- as the opposition. may not want to be in, he said. In response bate Team the winners at the “Protest and More than 80 people attended the debate. to a statement made by an audience member Dissent” debate held in the Centennial lecture Opinions flew from each side on whether who recalled an unpleasant experience when hall Tuesday evening. The debate was a part or not free-speech-zones were democratic. an anti-abortion group visited Texas State, of this year’s Common Experience program The British team was opposed to zones. Morris said the zones protect people from theme “Protest and Dissent.” The entire university should be the public those types of aggressive protests or expresMembers of the LBJ Debate Society and sphere of debate, not simply a place to “learn sions. the British National Debate Team debated ideas and regurgitate them,” said Campbell. “If someone is screaming in The Quad, you whether freedom of speech should be regu- He said at Oxford, the classes were focused have the choice to walk through it or avoid it lated by free-speech-zones. on making arguments, not simply learning altogether,” Morris said. A free-speech-zone is a designated public the material. At the conclusion of both side’s arguments, place for individuals to protest, debate or “Universities are about challenging au- the audience voted on the winner of the desimply express themselves, such as The Stal- thority or an established idea,” he said. “Oth- bate. lions in The Quad. erwise the focus is not a marketplace of ideas, The proposition received 12 votes and the Kyle Morris, Associated Student Govern- it’s how to pass the quiz.” opposition received 50 votes. ment president and Troy Stone, mass comCampbell said if freedom of speech can According to students who voted, zoning is munication freshman, both members of the only be expressed in zones, then “what is the not democratic.

gene guilty of leading to breast cancer By Kawanza Newson Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE — Researchers have pinpointed in a new study that a damaged gene doubles the risk of familial breast cancer in a small percentage of women. Experts say the findings won’t change patient care, but may provide comfort to women who develop the disease despite not having the commonly mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. “Unraveling why women get breast cancer is complex,” said Mary Ann Gilligan, an associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin who was not involved in the study. “This study gives us a small piece of the puzzle toward explaining risk, but it’s not the answer,” said Gilligan, who practices at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. About 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancers are caused by inherited mutations in a single gene. Women with mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 have about an 80 percent chance of getting breast cancer in their lifetimes. Other genes — TP53, CHEK2 and ATM — also have been identified, but the combination of all known genes only account for about 25 percent of inherited risk. The new study looked at a gene called BRIP1 in women

with a family history of breast cancer, but who didn’t have either of the BRCA genes. BRIP1 is a DNA repair gene that can lead to uncontrollable cell growth if it’s not functioning properly. Among the 1,212 British women with breast cancer, nine had a truncated, or severely damaged, BRIP1 gene. There were two severe mutations among the 2,081 patients without breast cancer. The researchers concluded that the mutated gene increased risk for breast cancer from 8 percent to 16 percent by age 70, thus only explaining another small piece of risk. The findings are published in the journal Nature Genetics. “There are likely to be several different genes, each with small effects, which will be acting together and with other non-genetic factors to cause familial clustering of cancer,” said Nazneen Rahman, author of the study and a professor of cancer genetics at The Institute of Cancer Research in the United Kingdom. “Moreover mutations in this gene are present in only one in one thousand of the population,” she said. “We will need to find out more about which women with BRIP1 mutations develop cancer, and why, before testing can be offered.” Currently, there’s no way to screen women for the mutation, Gilligan said.

ACLU critical of new federal legislation concerning interrogation By Ron Hutcheson McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Bush signed legislation Tuesday establishing new rules for interrogating and trying suspected terrorists, but the fight over how to deal with detainees is far from over. The new law is already under attack in court, and no one is likely to be brought to trial under the new rules anytime soon. Even some lawmakers who voted for the legislation questioned its constitutionality. Although the law’s future is uncertain, critics and supporters

agreed that its enactment marks a major shift in the nation’s approach to terrorism and some legal principles. Programs that Bush launched in secret now have the full support of Congress. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 clears the way for the CIA to resume aggressive interrogations in secret prisons and denies suspected terrorists the right to challenge their detentions in civilian courts. It also permits the use of evidence obtained through coercion and lets the president draw the line between acceptable interrogation techniques and impermissible torture. While Bush hailed the legisla-

tion as a potent weapon against terrorists, critics called it a stain on America’s reputation as a champion of human rights and civil liberties. “It is a rare occasion when a president can sign a bill he knows will save American lives,” Bush said at a crowded White House signing ceremony. Shortly after Bush signed the legislation, CIA Director Michael Hayden told agency employees that the law “ensures that we can detain and interrogate key terrorist figures” without fear of prosecution for war crimes. The American Civil Liberties Union called the new law un-

constitutional, un-American and “one of the worst civil liberties measures ever enacted.” Most of the provisions in the law apply only to non-citizens who have been declared “unlawful enemy combatants.” “The president can now, with the approval of Congress, indefinitely hold people without charge, take away protections against horrific abuse, put people on trial based on hearsay evidence, authorize trials that can sentence people to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses and slam shut the courthouse door for habeas petitions (challenging the deten-

tions),” said Anthony Romero, the organization’s executive director. Congress approved the bill last month after intense behindthe-scenes negotiations between the White House and three leading Republican senators: Sens. John McCain of Arizona, John Warner of Virginia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Although the bill was presented to Congress as a compromise, Bush emerged the clear winner. “The president has gotten everything he wants and more,” said Jeffrey Addicott, a former Army lawyer and director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St.

Mary’s University law school in San Antonio. “There can really be no doubt that Congress believes we are in a state of war.” Addicott, who strongly supports the new law, said the shift means that Congress is willing to roll back traditional legal protections in the pursuit of terrorists. “You have to have a lower standard of due process or you’ll never be able to prosecute these war criminals,” he said. But critics said the nation should maintain high legal standards, even in a time of war, to send a message to the rest of the world.


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and finished at 5:30. I went to sleep at 1:30 and woke up and 3:30.” An official MSA Fast-a-thon countdown meter that appeared on a television in the lobby of San Jacinto Hall signaled the time to begin fast. By 6:55 p.m., 5 minutes before the allotted time to break fast, approximately 150 students filed into the LBJ Student Center for a dinner, consisting of traditional Middle Eastern food such as hummus, pita bread and kafta, a Lebanese ground beef-patty mixure. “I hope that this will break the barrier and bring Islam closer to everybody and give a little bit of knowledge about one month that is very respected among Muslims,” Morad said. Sean Hesterly, communication studies freshman, participated in last year’s Fast-a-thon as a way to test his willpower. “The whole not eating, not drinking water all day was hard, but I enjoyed it a lot,” Hesterly

said. “I don’t really drink water too much and that entire day I was craving water. I’d be looking at water fountains and think ‘I want water and I can’t have it.” Hesterly, an atheist who joined MSA members in traditional Muslim prayer Tuesday night, said fasting this year was once again a challenging experience. “I didn’t feel like I could do anything,” he said. “I sat down and thought about nothing but getting food in me. I had to sit back and relax and realize I am doing this for a reason.” For some, however, giving up food and drink was not the hardest part of the daylong fast. Gina Wanless, history freshman, said she was familiar with Ramadan because she had lived in Jerusalem for a number of years. Wanless, a Christian Arab, said she was forced to bite her tongue on a couple of occasion throughout the day. “The most difficult part for me is the swearing,” she said.

Eric Meek, Council on American-Islamic Relations vice president, spoke at the dinner to help the crowd understand some of the basic tenets of Islam. “I’m speaking on behalf of Muslims defining themselves based on their religious teachings,” Meek said. Meek defined Islam as being Arabic for peace and lectured on the five pillars of the religion: Declaration of faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage. He said Islam is a universal religion and message. “Islam is the complete way for all people, all ethnicities throughout the world,” he said. “It is a mega-rainbow of ethnicities.” Erik Tarpley, San Marcos resident, said the lecture helped dispel a lot of myths about Islam. “It cleared up a lot of propaganda that there radicals,” Tarpley said. “I never really thought that, but I always wanted to know. I think it’s more peaceful than most Christians.”

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him, but they still came to hear what he had to say.” Friedman’s campaign is known for using tongue-incheek slogans like “Why the hell not?” He’s also been no stranger to people calling him racist when he referred to some of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees as “crackheads and thugs.” But, supporters of Friedman, whose satirical country songs have names like “Ride ‘Em Jewboy,” feel his words often get misconstrued. “First of all, he is Jewish, and everything he ever said in comedy or in his music is in jest. Some of it is offensive if you take it like that, but in his mind, stereotypes do exist, they are there,” Kuykendall said. “It’s easy to take him out of context and say he is racist, but during the debate he said he was raised by a black woman, so nothing about his life makes him a racist.”

Friedman’s camp, which gathered more than 130,000 signatures so that he could be placed on the election ballot, stands on a platform that is pro-education reform. He wants to raise teacher’s salaries and rid public schools of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. He wants to legalize casino gambling and would use the revenue generated to revamp the educational system in Texas. “Our primary push was to show that his drive on reforming education. He wants to reach out to students and he wants better teacher salaries,” Kuykendall said. “We have a non-competitive market in Texas for teachers, and he sees that we have a lot of people who might have been really good teachers who are just not coming into the field. And those who do just aren’t paid well. It’s not just for the sake of the teachers — it’s very important for the future of Texas.”

Tom McAleer, Friedman campaign volunteer coordinator for Hays County, said much of Friedman’s support comes from college students, musicians and artists. “These are people who don’t generally vote, but if they come out, he has strong chances of winning,” McAleer said. “But, if only 29 percent of eligible voters come out like during the last governor’s race, Rick Perry will be re-elected, so the key to Kinky winning is to get those who don’t normally vote to vote.” Earlier this month, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell tried to get Friedman to withdraw from the race. McAleer said this shows how weak a candidate Bell is. He said Friedman’s campaign forces voters to try and think outside the box. “You don’t cry about someone taking your votes,” McAleer said. “ You have to win your votes.”

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You’re likely to get evidence that reflects the questions you’re going to ask,” Bousman said. “Erfkroon has occupations of that age.” At the site, the group was looking for evidence of behavioral changes in stone tools, said Eric Oksanen, archeology graduate student. Different stone tools are indicative of certain time periods. “We can tell by the size of the flakes and the size of the matter they were working with and the tools they’re trying to make,” Oksanen said. In Baden-Baden, the group also discovered the first South African kill site, in which early hunters trapped and killed herds in masses. Few kill sites sprinkle the African continent, Bousman said, because it has few archeologists, and the ones there tend to focus on habitations or campsites. “If you’re interested in activi-

ties people do to make a living, you eventually don’t go to their homes to watch them do that; you go to their workplace,” Bousman said. “You go to the places that people are likely to have butchered and killed antelope and go to those kinds of sites rather than going into their homes.” The site can potentially paint a picture of the types of animals hunted during that time period, Bousman said. “This evidence suggests that maybe, if we looked in different areas, we might get a more complete picture of what’s going on,” Bousman said. “You can learn a lot about how these people strategize to hunt these animals. It tells us little bits and pieces.” The excavation did not relate to Bousman’s search, though. “The kill site was exciting, but in terms of our main research question, it was a dud,” Bousman said. “I don’t know if we would go back to BadenBaden at all.”

At Baden-Baden, the group uncovered about 300 flakes, Oksanen said. The group also spent one day in Cornelia using paleomagnetic dating to help determine a more accurate date of the site. Paleomagnetic dating is based on the fact that the magnetic pole is not stable and has reversed to the southern hemisphere. The National Geophysical Data Center reports that the last time the magnetic field reversed was about 750,000 to 780,000 years ago and that reversals occur on time scales of about 200,000 years. “Based on the kinds of animals he’s found at this site, they’ve been able to suggest that it’s probably about a million years old. That’s because it links in with the animals that have been studied at the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania,” Bousman said. “We think it’s around a million years old, and the reversal’s right at that time period.” Oksanen said he also encoun-

tered some surprises. Because Southern Africa is located beow the equator, it was cold during their six-week stay. Their huts were like little hotel rooms — a lot better and less rugged than east Texas, Oksanen said. “We weren’t particularly in a rugged area,” Oksanen said. “Half an hour away, you could get a cappuccino.” The excavation was funded through a Texas State research enhancement grant for $8,000. The group worked with James Brink, a paleontologist and archeologist from the Natural Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and a crew of archeologists. Bousman said he is currently in the process of applying for a grant to return to South Africa next summer. So far, the group has done little work, Bousman said. “We’ve done a testing project,” Bousman said. “Not by a long shot, every test was positive. We got a lot of empty units that produced nothing.”

Photo courtesy of Britt Bousman HAND TOOL: One of the many artifacts recovered during an African excavation was this middle-stone age tool made 35,000 years ago.

For Oksanen, searching the site gave him a real appreciation of time. “Anything you find is pretty exciting,” Oksanen said. “You actually do get a sense of age.” The digs were a new experience for archeology graduate student Holly Meier because

she had not previously been to sites as old as the ones in South Africa. “It’s just completely different digging because everything is much older in Africa than the New World,” Meier said. “That makes every day an exciting dig day.”

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1. Evanescence The Open Door

1. Evanescence The Open Door

1. George Strait It Just Comes Natural

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of gaming By Danielle Elisabeth Madsen The University Star “Drafting,” “co-op,” “esports” and “ping” are just a few terms that would make a non-gamer do a double take. However, a whole lot more than lingo bonds what gamers call their community. Gaming has become more than entertainment, gaining the status of an electronic sport, or “e-sport,” as it has become more competitive. Computer information systems senior Kyle Daughtry is president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, which held a Halo 2 tournament Friday. “The Halo tournament was a good way to bring in funds, have fun and let people know we are an organization on campus and that they are welcome to join us,” Daughtry said. Halo 2 is a first-person shooter video game that revolves around genetically enhanced super-soldiers fighting to save the world from destruction. It drew around 60 competitors and was divided into two sections, single competitors and two-member team competitors. The two-member teams got to show off their skills on two large monitors for all the spectators of the event to join in the action.

Exercise sports science junior Elliott Babcock won second place in the Halo 2 competition with his partner Logan Field, undecided sophomore. “I don’t even own an Xbox, so winning second is pretty impressive,” Babcock said. However, video games are not the only thing Babcock plays. He also is part of the Texas State baseball team. “Video games are fun, but you can get distracted by them pretty easily as a college student. You have to pick and choose your time to study and do other stuff you need to do. I am a student and baseball player first and I play video games on my spare time,” Babcock said. Although gaming is considered to be male-dominated, the number of female gamers is increasing. “I like Halo 2 because it has pretty sweet game graphics and everyone plays it so it’s the best multiplayer game out there,” said Megan Foreman, communication design sophomore. “A lot of guys are surprised when I know what I’m doing, like one time I used the word “frag,” which means a kill.” As gamers grow in number, so do the demands concerning the video games themselves. “Video games are pushing the limits of technology to new levels. Gamers have high

Monty Marion/Star photo GAME FACE: Nathan Rowell, business management freshman (left) and Bobby Marlow, pre-psychology freshman, of Plasma Junkies put all their attention on their 2-on-2 team deathmatch game during the Association of Information Technology Professionals’ Halo 2 tournament Friday evening.

standards and they need more power for applications. There is always a demand for bigger and better,” said Justin Ploof, computer information system senior and AITP Vice President of Operations. Unlike Halo 2 where players use consoles or game systems

such as Xbox, Ben Nepveux, history and political science junior, is a personal-computer gamer, with a specialty in the game World of Warcraft. “World of Warcraft requires a lot of time and sometimes receives a lot of criticism in the gaming community,” said

Nepveux World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role playing game that allows thousands of players to come together and battle against the world and each other while undertaking quests in a different land of adventure.

“We are generally discriminated against and people perceive us as not socializing, but we are not always in a dark corner playing, we get out and do stuff. E-sports just take practice and time just like any other skill See E-SPORTS, page 8

Couple donates home, discuss new literary works at library reading series By Leah Kirkwood The University Star Husband and wife authors L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark write novels, short stories and nonfiction works that rely heavily on Texas themes and landscapes. The Clarks visited the Southwestern Writers Collection on

the seventh floor of the Alkek Library on Tuesday to read passages from their upcoming works and sign copies of their books. Mark Busby, director of the Southwest Regional Humanities Center, introduced the authors before the readings began. “We’re delighted to have two

writers with us today,” Busby said. “These are two people who have long, extensive and distinguished careers.” The Clarks were both professors at the University of Arizona. L.D.’s literary career began as a critic and D.H. Lawrence expert. LaVerne was the founding director of the university’s poetry center. L.D. began by reading an excerpt from his latest novel, The Plains Beyond. He said the story’s main character was inspired by a story of a slave who rescued his wife from Native American captivity. “I thought, ‘Here’s a brave and resourceful man, how did he get his wife back from the Indians?’ I said, ‘Someday I’ll Monty Marion/Star photo write a novel about that,’” L.D. BOOK READING: LaVerne Harrell Clark listens as her husband, J.D. Clark, reads excerpts from his said. L.D. also read from his book book The Plains Beyond Tuesday afternoon at the Southwestern Writers Collection on the seventh The Pilgrim’s Progress Redux, floor of the Alkek Library. which is scheduled for release in January. Hopeful in heaven, but there’s to do it all over again,” L.D. ciful God who doesn’t want to The novel is based on John an unexpected twist. said. send most of humanity to hell, Bunyan’s epic dream vision. “They are rejected as illegal L.D. read part of a dialogue which God calls “the ultimate L.D.’s story picks up where Bu- aliens, and they were deported between God and Christian See COLLECTION, page 7 nyan left off with Christian and — not to hell, but back to earth that paints a picture of a mer-


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By Kathy Manweiler McClatchy Newspapers It’s not easy to escape cravings when you’re trying to lose weight. For many people, those temptations are wide-awake when night falls, and Becky Hand knows what it’s like to fight the munchies after dinner. “Those kids get to bed, and there’s downtime, and that’s when I want to eat,” said Hand, a registered dietitian at, a diet and fitness Web site. “It is not hunger at all — it is strictly a stress reliever.” Many people tell Hand that they can stick with a healthy eating plan all day, but at night they’re ravenous. “Some people save calories earlier in the day because they’re afraid of what nighttime might bring,” Hand said. Hand said that’s not the best approach. It’s important to spread calories throughout the day so you never get incredibly hungry. She recommended dividing the day’s calories into three meals and a couple of snacks. “If you eat too many calories at night, plan that evening snack,” she said. Hand takes her own advice, and that planning paid off for her. “I know if I said I wasn’t going to eat after 6 (p.m.), that would be terribly difficult for me,” Hand said. “It would feel like a punishment. So I have a list on my refrigerator of snacks that have about 150 calories — some nutritious, some not so nutritious.” Hand’s list includes snacks in several categories like salty, sweet or crunchy, so she can have some of whatever she’s craving that night. “I didn’t deprive myself, but I didn’t sit down and eat the whole bag of chips,” she said.

Need some 150-calorie snack ideas?

Give these a try: •1/2 cup sugar-free and fat-free hot chocolate and four vanilla wafers •A medium blueberry muffin (2 ounces) and 1 cup of green tea •1 Fudgesicle •One ounce of pretzels and 8 ounces of vegetable juice •One ounce of reduced-fat Pringles potato chips •1/2 cup low-fat granola cereal with 1 cup of fat-free, artificially sweetened yogurt •1/2 of a small bagel with 2 tablespoons of fat-free cream cheese and chopped vegetables of your choice •1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with 1/2 cup canned peaches Sources: registered dietitian Becky Hand and veteran dieter Kathy Manweiler

Study findsThe Daily Show as substantive as traditional news By Steven R. Neuman Oregon Daily Emerald (U. Oregon) EUGENE, Ore. —With flashy graphics, an over-excitable anchor and searing political satire, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has kept audiences laughing for years, but the “fake news” comedy show is not just a joke. A recent study by Julia R. Fox, assistant professor of telecommunications at Indiana University, has found The Daily Show, which airs weeknights on Comedy Central, to be just as substantive as network coverage. The interpretation from the blogosphere and the mainstream media has mostly fallen into two categories of response. Fox said the study validates the quality of The Daily Show as a legitimate news source; it also underscores the dismal state of network newscasts. “I think the answer is probably two,” she said. “I think what’s gotten people excited is one. My only gripe is that people aren’t doubting the equal substance. If anything, they’re saying (The Daily Show) is more substantive.” Scott Maier, associate professor at the journalism school, said the study addresses the current state of the media. In the time a viewer might spend watching an entire news broadcast, a newspaper reader might get through a single story, Maier said. “I think it’s a sad state of television news where network and local news have focused more on sideline issues,” he said, “which is not to say that television does things poorly. It’s great for breaking news.” Fox’s study No Joke: A Comparison of Substance in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Broadcast Network Television Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election Campaign, which will be published in a scholarly journal next summer, is the first effort to systematically examine how the comedy program compares to traditional television news as sources of political information. The Daily Show has provoked scholarly research in the past. The National Annenberg Elec-

tion Survey found that “Daily Show viewers (knew) more about election issues than people who regularly read newspapers or watch television news,” and polls of the younger demographics have repeatedly found the show listed among other comedy shows as a top news source. Fox said she wondered how the increasingly influential comedy news content on The Daily Show stacked up against traditional network news broadcasts. Her solution was to quantify second-by-second coverage during the 2004 Democratic and Republican national conventions and presidential debates as “hype,” “humor” and “substance.” Half-hour broadcasts were broken down into separate audio and video channels and analyzed. “Hype” included references to polls, political endorsements and photo opportunities, while “humor” included laughter, jokes and applause, Fox said. Because the broadcast network news stories were significantly shorter, on average, than The Daily Show stories, the analysis was run again using the half-hour program, rather than the story, as the unit of analysis. The proportion of stories per half-hour program devoted to the election campaign was greater in The Daily Show, and Fox found no significant differences in substance. “The networks were more hype than substance, and The Daily Show was more humor than substance, but they were equally substantive,” she said. “It’s certainly no worse than the source people have relied on for decades.” That said, Fox said she doesn’t see her work as an endorsement of The Daily Show, but rather an indictment of network news. Stewart is upfront about his role as a comedian, not as a journalist, Fox said, but she said major networks have previously been considered the gold standard for broadcast news. “We’ve been wringing our hands for decades that the networks aren’t doing enough substance in the political coverage, so is it any real surprise that it’s just as substantive?”

cosmic concentration camp.” LaVerne grew up in Smithville and expressed her happiness to be living in her hometown once again. “Since I moved back here to Texas — my native state — and particularly, I’m living in my birthplace of Smithville, more and more I find that my fiction is caught up with the problems of urbanization in towns like Smithville,” LaVerne said. LaVerne read from her novel tentatively titled The Restoration. The book is a sequel to Keepers of the Earth and follows some of the same characters. LaVerne said that although the town Colorado Banks resembles Smithville, the book is not based on actual events. “I create the incidents and I create the characters of a story, but I try to keep the speech as authentic as possible,” LaVerne said. The passage she read, called “Their Eyes Were on the Chickadee,” referred to several Central Texas landmarks and laws passed by the Texas Legislature.

Busby also announced the Clarks’ plan to leave their home in Smithville to the university and establish a writer’s residency “when they go on to their next reading engagement in the sky.” Busby said the residency would be similar to the University of Texas’s Paisano Fellowship Project. A committee of judges will select a writer from submissions to a nationwide competition. The resident writer will receive a cash prize and a four to six months stay at the Clarks’ home. Busby said the resident writers would frequently come to Texas State to present their work. “It is an important relationship between L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark that will last for a number of years,” Busby said.

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By Ashley Gwilliam Special to The Star Have you ever wondered if there is a future Grammy winner among your fellow students, or perhaps the next Dane Cook? If so, your chance to find out has finally arrived. The 2006 annual Homecoming Talent Show will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tara Wilkinson, vice president of Student Association for Campus Activities, said students should attend the show to see their fellow students. “(The event) is showcasing some of the best talent Texas State has to offer,” Wilkinson said. This year the show features 10 acts. The acts are divided into three categories: solo music, small group music and miscellaneous/variety. The miscellaneous/variety category includes anything nonmusical such as prose, comedy or dance. Returning to the show are English sophomore Reagan Pugh and communication design senior


ast year it was very entertaining.” -Kelly Goodsheller biology junior

Karl Hebert, who will host the event the second year in a row. “Last year it was very entertaining,” said Kelly Goodsheller, biology junior. The judges are a surprise element to the show, and are usually composed of Texas State faculty. A $500 prize will be given to the best act. Furthermore, the duke, duchess and Gaillardian winners will be announced at the show. The nominations for Homecoming king and queen will be announced, but the winners will not be revealed until halftime of the Homecoming football game Saturday. Admission to the event is free.

E-SPORTS: AITP looks to gaming tournaments for fundraising efforts


ne summer I went on a road trip with friends competing in tournaments and we won around $8,000 that was divided between us.” -Ben Nepveux history and political science junior

Wal-Mart. According to the Interactive Digital Software Association and NPD Funworld, the industry’s data clearinghouse, Wal-Mart sells 25 percent of the computer and video games purchased annually in the United States, a share worth $1.58 billion in 2001. Trevoy Lenear, undecided junior, previously played football for Texas State and enjoys playing football in video games as well. “There is a stereotype that if you play RPG games, you are a nerd, and if you play sports Monty Marion/Star photo games you are not, but I play both,” Lenear said. LONE GUNMAN: Logan Field, undecided sophomore, competes With the popularity of video in the 1-on-1 competition of the Halo 2 tournament held Friday in games on the rise, AITP hopes the LBJ Student Center. to meet that demand with tournaments that will also provide a CONTINUED from page 6 between us,” Nepveux said. beneficial and interesting fundThe CPL has given out more raising strategy. or hobby,” Nepveux said. than $3 million in prize money “We are a group of businessNepveux is a professional since 2006. related people … that provide a gamer and member of the CyThere are also professional e- community that works together berathlete Professional League, sports teams such as the Amer- with professionals in informawhich means that he travels to ican team CompLexity that tion technology to grow in our compete for money in gam- compete nationally in games success,” Daughtry said. ing tournaments. The CPL has such as Counter Strike. AITP meetings are held weekbeen a driving force in the ad“I play with my good friend ly at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in aptation of video game com- who is on team CompLexity. McCoy Hall, Room 127. petitions into a professional He has been to tournaments in “The Halo 2 tournament was sport. Paris, Brazil and China,” said such a success that we would “One summer I went on a Nepveux. like to hold one like this on a road trip with friends competMany retailers have prof- monthly basis, maybe not Halo, ing in tournaments and we won ited from the growing popu- but Madden 2007 or Guitar around $8,000 that was divided larity of video games, such as Hero,” Ploof said.

SU DO KU Tuesday’s Solution: Complete the grid so that every row, column, and 3-by-3 box contains every digit from one through nine inclusively.

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harles Bousman, anthropology professor, recently conducted an excavation in South Africa, with the help of two graduate students. Their work covered three sites that may explain early modern man’s migration from Africa to Europe and Asia. Among the artifacts found is an extinct buffalo’s leg bone dating back 165,000 years. Projects such as these show where Texas State stands in the collegiate world. It may be easy for some, Texas State students included, to erroneously dismiss the university as a “party school”(it’s been a long time since Texas State really was a party school). It may be easy to forget what this university has accomplished when it sits in the shadows of a school with an enrollment of approximately 50,000 students (In case you’re wondering, The Princeton Review ranked the University of Texas as the No. 1 party school in the United States). Is there any other university on the planet that can claim as its alumni a country music star, U.S. President and three-time champion of World Wrestling Entertainment? But aside from George Straight, Lyndon Baines Johnson and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, the Texas State family should relish in what the university is doing today. Instead of letting outsiders have their way with jabs about not becoming a Longhorn, students can take pride in the fact that Texas State is the thirdlargest public university in the state. Just this August, U.S. News & World Report magazine branded Texas State a top-tier school in its 15-team Western Region for master’s universities, and one can see why after hearing of Bousman’s ventures. The university’s Common Experience only further puts Texas State in the nation’s elite, hosting the likes of Edward James Olmos, Luis Valez and former Olympic sprinter and social activist John Carlos. Past years’ events have welcomed poet Maya Angelou and acclaimed director Spike Lee. It was only a season ago when Bobcat football reached the NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals. Quarterback Barrick Nealy was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year. It may have been just one season, and the team has struggled out of the gates this year, but sports fans can’t forget that volleyball has reached the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons. The school has also seen success in various other sports, including cheerleading and dance. Soccer, which started here on campus in 1999, won the Southland Conference tournament two out its first three years in the league. One look at the parking lots on campus and in surrounding apartment complexes can show how some students feel about Texas State. It’s not new knowledge to say that many who go here are looking to get away as soon as Friday comes around — or even Thursday. Those might be the same people walking around campus wearing Texas, Miami or Notre Dame T-shirts. It’s easy to ridicule the university and joke about its failings when one doesn’t take the time to find out about the wonderful and commendable achievements of those that have decided to make it worth their while to attend Texas State. Those are the ones making it mean something to be a Bobcat.

Letter to the Editor A little humor can go a long way Reading Thursday’s Star Comics section, I thought it was not only refreshing but also about time we expressed ourselves when talking about a controversial issue such as immigration. As a Mexican-American who was born in the U.S. but lived in Mexico City for the first three years of my life, I applaud Ashley Cass for her “Class Pride” cartoon. In this day and age of political correctness, it is rare that we are able to so openly express ourselves. Some people might be offended by this cartoon. The only reason I would have been offended is if it wasn’t funny. We need to stop taking ourselves so seriously. We should realize that sometimes the best way to start dealing with a major problem is by cracking a good joke. To those Mexican-Americans who were offended by this joke, I offer you these words of comfort: Even if they close the borders today and absolutely no more immigrants of any nation are able to get in at all, we have already won. They started the battle way too late. We’ve already won; there’s too many of us. As a matter of fact, there are so many of us that Latinos who have been here a while have even started hiring new immigrants. Thank you to The University Star and especially to Ashley Cass for reminding us that sometimes we just have to sit back and enjoy a good comic.

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Freedom of speech shouldn’t silence those who disagree Freedom of speech to speak at Columbia is the single most saUniversity about imcred of our liberties. migration. Before he All other freedoms could get a sentence flow from the right out, student protestors to say what’s on your rushed the stage and mind without fear of took over the auditoSEAN WARDWELL rium. Later, the student reprisal. However, sometimes many think Star Columnist leaders of the riot (let’s the first amendment call it what it is) tried only applies to the government to defend their actions, saytelling you what you can and ing that Gilchrist was bringing cannot say. hate speech onto campus. There is a whole army of All they did was demonstrate orthodox little ants, though, not only their ignorance of the that will do everything in their principals of free speech but power to shut you down if they their utter contempt for them disagree with you. Nowhere is well. They say it was hate in this country will you find speech. I say, so what? Big deal that attitude more prevalent if it was. They’re just words than the radical left. Sorry to and as individuals we decide point fingers, but it really is how they affect us. the truth. It’s a culture of exThe phase “hate speech” is tremes. abhorrent to free speech in my For example, on Oct. 4, the opinion. There is no such thing head of the Minutemen Projas hate speech. There is only ect, Jim Gilchrist, was invited speech. The moment we try to

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say that words can’t be uttered because someone might find them offensive is the day we should have a flag barbecue. We will be done on that day. Yet, the students at Columbia honestly thought they were doing something noble. If this were China during the Cultural Revolution, they might have a point. However, in present day America, they’re just ignorant and sad. We don’t have to like what people like Gilchrist have to say. I know I don’t. I tend to be very uncomfortable with a brigade of Barney Fife wannabes guarding our borders. However, not only is it their right to advocate for their beliefs, it is their duty as well. As Americans, we have yet to grasp the concept that our right to say what we believe in is only as good as the right of the people we hate to say what

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they believe in. What the students at Columbia did was patently un-American. If they had a problem with Gilchrist, there were plenty of other ways to express it without turning into the thought police. Since this is the kind of “direct action” many on the radical left prefer though, I just have to wonder who is next and where it will happen. Maybe next week they won’t like Christians and try to shout down prayers. Perhaps after that it will be books that don’t toe their party line. Maybe they’ll have a bonfire. There might come a point where they won’t like you and God help you on that day. There’s really nothing more terrifying than a “tolerant liberal” with an agenda sometimes. And yes, the slope really is that slippery. That’s why groups like the American Civil

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Liberties Union exist. Sure, they’re an easy target. But who else would defend the right of the Ku Klux Klan or American Nazis to march? They have the right to advocate for their beliefs, too. They are easy to despise for some people but they have the same rights we do. What does it say about our culture and our higher education system when the deliberate denial of free speech is seen as an “action” rather than a crime? How can they be in college, which ideally is a place for free discourse, and not know those things? I’m sure many will see the actions of those students will be seen as heroic. To me they are thugs and cowards. Anyone can rush a stage and make fools of themselves. It takes a stronger person to sit, listen and make up their own mind. That’s why we have free speech

and that’s why even so-called hate speech must be protected at all costs. People are smart. They know how to filter out bad information and intentions. Arbitrarily shutting the unpopular opinion down, with force as was seen at Columbia, insults all of our intelligence. President Kennedy put it best when he said, “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is afraid of its people.” That’s just common sense. It looks like the students at Columbia could use a refresher in it, along with a mandatory course on the first amendment.

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weekendwinners Forward Kim Phillips was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday after soccer routed Nicholls State 6-1 Sunday. Phillips scored three goals in the contest, doubling her season total. The senior is joined this week by two other honorees, Walter Musgrove and Tenley Determan. Musgrove was named the league’s top defender after collecting two of the football team’s six interceptions in a win over McNeese State. Determan is the league’s top cross country athlete of the week following the women’s victory in the Texas Invitational. Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Basketball hires assistant coach Omar Lowery replaces Manny Flores By Nate Brooks The University Star

Austin Byrd/Star photo DRIVING THE COURT: Jesse Honl of the Texas Stampede rushes the ball toward the Pasadena Texans’ goal during the health, physical education and recreation department’s weekend wheelchair rugby tournament.

One of Texas State’s own part of wheelchair rugby tournament at SRC


By Richard Lopez The University Star

unique tournament took place at the Student Recreation Center this weekend. Together with the therapeutic recreation program and the health, physical education and recreation department, the SRC hosted a tournament featuring the sport of wheelchair rugby. Although the players call different parts of Texas home, including San Antonio, Austin and Houston, one of Texas State’s own was participating in the tournament. Devon Saul, recreation administration senior, plays for the Texas Stampede, based out of Austin. The team travels all over the world. Saul believes wheelchair rugby is as much a sport as any other and that no matter the level of dedication, as a quadriplegic, it is worth playing. “A sport is a sport regardless of how it’s played. Every sport requires skill and dedication,” Saul said. “Players have all different levels of commitment. There are some who strive to play for the U.S. Paralympics team. Others just like the camaraderie and recreation of the sport. Either way the quality of life of those who participate is drastically improved.” Saul is categorized as a 2.0 classification. In the sport there are seven classes, which range from 0.5 to 3.5 and increase in half-point increments. In general the 0.5 class includes athletes at the highest functional level. The 3.5 class includes athletes at the least functional level. In international competition, the total number of points allowed on court at any time is eight. A team may play with a lineup that totals less than 8.0 points, but not more. As with any sport, practice and hard work are obviously a must, and the players on the Texas Stampede are very disciplined in their practice schedule. “We practice three to four times a week, four hours a day, so anywhere from 12 to 16 hours a week — most of which is on weekends,” Saul said. One of the problems with wheelchair rugby is the cost, which Saul said adds up quickly.

he sport is designed “T around contact. It’s rough and has its fair share

of injuries. But just because we are already disabled doesn’t mean we are more fragile. If anything, rugby actually makes you tougher.”

— Devon Saul wheelchair rugby player

“The only difficulty of the sport is money,” Saul said. “Unfortunately, specialized wheelchairs, traveling cost and tournament fees make it hard for teams to compete. We do a lot of fundraising and sponsorship seeking, but until we can get wheelchair rugby into the spotlight, money is tight.” Saul acknowledged that wheelchair rugby, which is documented in the film Murderball, is not a sport for the weak. “The sport is designed around contact,” Saul said. “It’s rough and has its fair share of injuries. But just because we are already disabled doesn’t mean we are more fragile. If anything, rugby actually makes you tougher. I enjoy the reaction I get from people when I tell them (that I play the sport); its a reminder about how they have no idea of what I am capable of.” The players who participate in this sport are quadriplegics, but Saul said that does not mean they are less athletic, even though they are often viewed as such. “What I’ve noticed when I talk about wheelchair rugby is that I get a common response: ‘oh that’s cool,’ or ‘I bet that’s rough,’” Saul said. “Then when that person actually experiences it firsthand, their whole world gets turned upside down. They usually leave with an ‘I had no idea’ type of feeling. Many people get addicted to the sport and become heavily involved. This sport is as competitive as any other, and just as intense. Anyone who experiences it will tell you that their view or opinion about people with disabilities has been completely shattered. We are elite athletes. We can’t walk, but I guarantee we

Monty Marion/Star photo BATTLE CHARIOT: The chairs used in wheelchair rugby are usually so heavily modified to withstand the hard impacts of the sport that they no longer resemble traditional wheelchairs.

work just as hard to play at an elite level.” The tournament this weekend was a tune-up for the regular season, which Saul said he is eagerly awaiting. “We are just out here having fun and getting in shape before the real season kicks into play,” Saul said. “When the real season kicks in, it will be hardcore. These guys are still our friends off the court, but when we are on the court, we are trying to kill each other. There is no mercy until you’re off the court, of course.”

Texas State basketball coach Doug Davalos added the final piece to his coaching staff last week with the hiring of Omar Lowery. Lowery joins the Bobcats after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at Eastern New Mexico University. It was in his time coaching with the Greyhounds when he met Davalos, then coaching at Sul Ross State, and forged a relationship that led him to San Marcos. “I initially met coach Lowery when he was at Eastern New Mexico,” Davalos said. “We would scrimmage him when I was at Sul Ross, and I fortunately had the chance to meet him.” Davalos came away impressed by Lowery, who, in addition to coaching, was teaching within the physical education department while earning a master’s degree at ENMU. “It’s nice to get to talk to someone and get to know them outside of an interview,” Davalos said. “He has a good basketball background and love for the game. He’s a real up-and-comer in this profession, and we’re happy to have him.” The job came open for Lowery to join Davalos at Texas State after former assistant coach Manny Flores, who was expected to be part of Davalos’ staff this season, left for a job opening closer to home in El Paso. “Coach Flores took a job as an assistant coach at a high school with the chance at becoming a head coach in the near future,” Davalos said. “It was a great opportunity for him professionally, and I’d be a hypocrite if I was upset with Manny for a taking another opportunity that was best for him.” Flores, a former player at Texas State, was the only member left from last season’s staff. His departure left the door open for Lowery, who jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Bobcat’s rebuilding process. “It’s a great opportunity,” Lowery said. “I feel I add to the passion and intensity that the rest of the staff already has.” Davalos cited his passion and attitude toward the game as a big reason why he brought him aboard. “He’s extremely enthusiastic and passionate about basketball,” Davalos said. “I always appreciate guys that are genuine, straight forward and have a passion and love for the game when they know they aren’t being interviewed.” Lowery will bring that enthusiasm and passion to several duties he will perform as part of the new coaching staff. Lowery will be part of everything in the day-to-day operations of the program, including academic monitoring and recruiting, as well as onthe-floor coaching. Lowery will also bring help to the program as an out-of-state recruiter, specifically in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas where he spent time as an all-conference player at Concordia University in nearby Mequon, Wis. Lowery also got to know the area working as an assistant coach in the Milwaukee Public Schools system after graduating from Concordia in 2002. Most importantly, Lowery shares a common goal with the rest of the Texas State staff. “Everybody seems hungry to get back to the top,” Lowery said. “I wanted to be a part of it.”

Women’s cross country tramples competition at Texas Invitational By Gabe Ramirez The University Star The Texas State women’s cross country team ran past the field Saturday to take first at the Texas Invitational, held in Austin. The University of Texas hosted the distance running competition for the first time in recent years at the Hancock Golf Course. The Bobcats were originally scheduled to compete at the Texas Lutheran University Invitational in Seguin, but chose to take on the more challenging competition at the Texas Invitational after receiving an invitation to compete with some of the top programs in the region. The Bobcat women finished the overall team event with 34 points, according to official reFile photo courtesy of Shawn Price/TAMU athletics sults. They placed ahead of conference rival Texas-San Antonio ’CATS IN THE LEAD: The Texas State women’s cross country (59), North Texas (63) and the team finished first with an overall score of 34 points in the Texas Houston (67). Invitational Saturday in Austin. The women were led by Ten-

ley Determan, who completed the 5,000 meter course first overall, clocking a time of 18 minutes and 51 seconds. Close behind her in second place was teammate Whitney Perkins with a time of 18:54. Determan, who was named the Southland Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week, finished ahead of all UTSA competitors for the first time in competition. Her finish pleased Coach Grigori Viniar, who said he was happy with both the men and women who ran. “Generally speaking, I’m satisfied,” Viniar said. ‘Everyone seemed to improve individually, and all of them improved their positions against our usual competitors.” The men’s team placed fourth overall for the day with 115 points. They finished behind the host Longhorns, who tallied 15 points for a convincing victory. The Houston Cougars finished

a distant second with 90 points, while UTSA took third place. The 23rd-ranked Longhorn men swept the top five scoring positions, with All-American Joe Thorne leading the way. Thorne paced the four-mile race with a time of 19:08. The top spot for the Texas State men went to Alex Escontrias, finishing at 20:04, with teammate Andrew McCartin just one second behind. The team’s ability to group has particularly impressed coach Viniar. “On Saturday the guys packed together pretty good,” Viniar said. “The top five finishers were all bunched to within about a minute.” The Bobcats have wrapped up the regular cross country season, and must now prepare themselves for the upcoming Southland Conference Championships, which will take place Oct. 27 in Nacogdoches. The Bobcats have prior experience

in Nacogdoches going into the league finale, having begun the season with the Lumberjack Opener in September. The meet in Austin was a good preparation for what Texas State can expect to see at the SLC finals. “The course last Saturday in Austin was very similar to the Lumberjack course,” Viniar said. “The Lumberjack course has a little bit higher hills and is a little bit more difficult, but still very similar.” Two of the top men’s teams in the conference, Lamar and Sam Houston State, finished their regular seasons with impressive showings at the Chili Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. on Saturday, with the Cardinals finishing fifth and Sam Houston placing 12th against some stiff national competition. Despite being up against some quality programs, Coach Viniar said his team will be ready to go in nine days in Nacogdoches.

10 18 2006  
10 18 2006