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San Marcos’ growing pains highlighted with successes, failures Faculty Senate By Andy Sevilla News Reporter The city government has strong differing opinions and is lacking a shared vision on what is best for San Marcos, said Mayor Susan Narvaiz in the “State of the City” address Wednesday. Despite the city’s accomplishments, Narvaiz said it has had several downfalls. She said she is responsible for some of the projects and policies not successful in San Marcos. “We have the result of a bad beginning,” she said. “We have had some moments of agreement, but are few and far between.” Narvaiz said unemployment is at 3.3 percent compared to last years 3.8 percent, but she wants to decrease that number. She said San Marcos’ per capita income is $25,000, an increase of 22 percent since the 2000 census. But she said it is probably closer to $19,000. Monty Marion/Star photo Meanwhile, housing sales are YEAR IN REVIEW: Mayor Susan Narviaz speaks to the public during down 14 percent, she said. This trend is seen at the national her annual “State of the City” address held Wednesday night at the and state level. But Narvaiz said San Marcos Activity Center.

this issue still needs to be addressed. Numerous vacancies in city government jobs may be a contributing factor to some of these statistics, she said. In her speech, Narvaiz told the audience it makes her nervous to know that the 10 percent of people in San Marcos who vote account for 100 percent of the decisions made. “I recognize all these things, and I still have hope and determination,” Narvaiz said. Moments before Narvaiz began her address, Jimmy McNeal, sound recording technology senior, sang the national anthem. Narvaiz began her address highlighting various accomplishments, including the railroad overpass on Wonder World Drive. She informed the public the second railroad overpass, constructed on Yarrington Road, should be completed in two months. The $72 million Embassy Suites Hotel and city-owned conference center is scheduled to be completed soon and a venue tax will be on the ballot

this November. The venue tax is expected to decrease the city’s debt generated from building the hotel. The tax will take the form of two-cents added to the bill of each hotel patron. Narvaiz said she wants to make San Marcos the small business capital of Texas. A one-stop permit shop has recently been opened in San Marcos, which allows for business and homeowners to get permits in what she called a timely and efficient process. The Economic Development Board is planning incentives to make San Marcos more business friendly and bring economic stimulation to the city’s historic downtown, she said. Narvaiz further discussed the Code Enforcement Department that would maintain neighborhood preservation and address issues like the ones Sagewood Circle is experiencing. Other issues she discussed included the 7,000 square-foot addition to the See CITY, page 5

Taser training shocks new UPD officers

Austin Byrd/Star photo FIRST HAND: Sgt. Jeff Jamison Tasers Officer Alexander Villalobos during training for new officers Wednesday at the University Police Department.

By Alex Hering News Reporter At first it feels like a small pinch. Then it feels like a constant stream of electricity surging to the heart. Leland Stewart, University Police Department officer, has experienced firsthand the shock of a Taser. Stewart is one of five new officers added to the university police force. As part of a new officer 12-week field-training program, Stewart and the others are taken through a two-day Taser program to enhance

their knowledge and first hand experience of the weapon. Stewart said during the two and half seconds he was being shocked, his body was tense and warm as it took in all 50,000 volts of electricity. “I just felt like screaming,” Stewart said. “It felt like I had been screaming for 30 minutes when I finally went down.” He said his body “just gave out” as Sgt. Jeff Jamison, the Taser program instructor, removed the probes from his left leg. After 10 seconds, everything was back to normal except for some tingling,

which he said was evidence of the “indescribable” feeling. He equated the five-second shock to a 30-minute workout. He said Tasers are a safe way to get a suspect to comply with officers without injury. The firsthand knowledge, he said, makes them useful both on the field and in the courtroom. “They feel empathy for the individuals because they know exactly what it feels like,” Jamison said. “The officers will be experts in the courtroom because they know how the individual is going to respond to a Taser shock.”

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Officer Alexander Villalobos, who was shot with the Taser in the upper and lower back, said the training was useful to familiarize himself with every aspect of the weapon. He said the Taser was a good tool to save not only civilian lives, but officers’ lives as well. “The shock heightened my awareness to hearing and hear what people were saying,” Villalobos said. “So I know I could hear each individual conversation and I know firsthand that an individual can hear my commands and what I’m saying.” The field training includes firearm, shotgun and AR-15

“long gun” training. The shotgun is being reinstated and the AR-15 long gun is a new tool available to UPD. “AR-15 is a rifle with a long barrel pinpointed for longer range shooting,” said UPD Capt. Paul Chapa. “These are tools that we need in our job.” Chapa said the firearms and Taser training are necessary for the officers to possess. “I think we all learned something from the Virginia Tech incident,” Chapa said. “If it wasn’t for the rifles some of the officers had on that day, it could have been more critical than it was.”

questions conflict of interest By Scott Thomas Assistant News Editor The Faculty Senate debated potential conflicts of interest arising through marriage among acting administrators Wednesday. Rosalinda Barrera, dean of the College of Education, is married to Cecilio Barrera, the interim director of the Office of Equity and Access. Faculty Sen. David Wiley, health, physical education and recreation professor, asked if the relationship could cause a conflict of interest and if the interim director should recuse himself from inquiries into the education department. The equity and access office handles any kind of complaints from faculty and staff regarding harassment, discrimination and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. Faculty Sen. Chair William Stone, criminal justice professor, said he will inquire if there is any protocol for such an instance. He said he would allow all the Faculty Senators to view his inquiry before sending it to the appropriate channel of the administration. Faculty Sen. Shirley Ogletree, psychology professor, said she was interested in including a clause to the non-discrimination policy to include gender identity and expression. The issue was voted on at Monday’s Associated Student Government meeting. The resolution was originally thought to have failed, however, after further review it was revealed there was an error in the voting process and will most likely be brought up again at the next meeting. Stone said the Faculty Senate partially addressed the issue when including sexual orientation to the policy, but refrained when they saw it opened too many other questions and issues. “If we’re going to go down that path again, it’s best we know the history,” Stone said. The agenda item of appointing a senate representative to the University Research Committee was quickly resolved when Ogletree volunteered for the position. The committee is responsible for allocating and recording funds for research. “Historically speaking, the largest issue is ensuring a level playing field for fine arts and liberal arts,” Stone said. “It’s just so easy for science to get these funds.” At the beginning of the meeting, Stone said Associate Provost Eugene Bourgeois sent the Faculty Senate a message that See CONFLICT, page 5

Domestic disturbances top concern at City Council By Philip Hadley News Reporter Noise and nuisance complaints continued to be the hot-button issue at Tuesday’s city council meeting as members were briefed on the latest developments from the San Marcos Police Department. Lisa Dvorak, assistant police chief, presented the council with what was being done to abate noise and disturbance complaints. She presented the findings of the group assigned to resolve the problem of enforcing violations. “From a historical perspective, the police department has taken a traditional approach to the problem which included writing tickets and arresting people,” Dvorak said. “We are now in the analysis

phase of shifting our approach to problem-oriented policing, with long-term solutions to specific problems.” She said the department’s new focus will be placed on responses preventative in nature and tailor-made to specific areas. “We are currently examining three factors: victim, location and offender,” Dvorak said. “The information we gather during analysis will be used to develop a creative solution focusing on preventing future problems.” Dvorak said the police department does not have a problem with people having a good time, but it should be done in a manner that is not disruptive to neighbors. “We don’t want people to think they can no longer entertain at their homes,” Dvorak said. “The way it is approached

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needs to be changed. Stay indoors, know who is attending your party and be mindful of your surrounding neighbors.” Dvorak said the analysis phase would take two weeks to a month to complete,and would include the development of a system for tracking repeat offenses. “We are currently looking at existing ordinances and looking at what other cities have done,” she said. “The next step involves seeking additional insight from others, and expanding the group to include other stakeholders. We will develop a plan for council consideration.” Scott Swinney, Sagewood-area resident, agreed the area has undergone significant improvements and encouraged it to continue. “I want to thank the council and the police department for their work

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in making the neighborhood a more peaceful place to live,” Swinney said. “Rumors are flying that there will be a huge Halloween party in the area this year. I would hope that the police department would increase enforcement during that time.” Other issues discussed at the meeting included the increase of tax exemptions for the elderly and extending that exemption for disabled citizens. Rosie Vela, director of finance, said the current exemption for citizens 65 years of age and older was only $10,000. Daniel Guerrero, mayor pro tem, recommended the exemption be increased to $20,000. “With the rising cost of medication, healthcare and gasoline, to be able to provide some type of relief will be

appreciated,” Guerrero said. “It is important that we attract people who are looking to retire.” Mayor Susan Narvaiz agreed with the proposal and recommended the amount be increased again at a later date. “I would like to start with the $20,000 and then eventually increase the exemption to $40,000,” Narvaiz said. The council did not take formal action to increase and extend the exemption, but re-tabled the item for the next meeting.

✯ FYI The next City Council meeting will not be held at its regularly assigned time. It will be moved to 1 p.m. Nov. 5.


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Joyce Ekworomadu, Texas State senior, recently returned from Africa where she helped the Nigerian national team in the Olympic Qualifier. Ekworomadu started every game and averaged 10 points per contest during her twoweek trip overseas, and said the time spent

there was like none other. She said she held her own playing against national competition, which she described as being very much a challenge in its own way. Ekworomadu is a guard/forward for Texas State and is the team’s captain and leading scorer.

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There will be a one-hour orientation and training session and learn to use the EmWave PC biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress. Session will be held in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Texas State football will play Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

Women’s Personal Growth Group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The Rock — Praise and Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel of the CSC.

FRIDAY Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.4.

Oct. 12, 10:34 p.m. Information Report/San Marcos Hall An officer was dispatched for a disorderly conduct report. Upon further investigation two students were issued criminal trespass warnings. Oct 13, 8:27 a.m. BMV/San Marcos Hall An officer was dispatched for a burglary of motor vehicle report. Upon further investigation a student reported property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.

SUNDAY Texas State women’s soccer will play Austin-San Antonio at 1 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

Men Against Violence meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3.10 Sexual Assault and Abuse Survivors Group, a program of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center for Texas State Students will meet from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. TUESDAY

Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomer’s Meeting, River Group, will be 9:15 p.m. at 1700 Ranch Rd. 12, Suite C.

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Hays Caldwell Council will sponsor the Red River Run at San Marcos River Ridge Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; Family 1K Walk/Run begins at 8 a.m.; 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony with winners in each age category. For more information visit www.prc7. org or call (512) 396-7695 or toll free 888-PRC-TEXX.

MONDAY Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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


Jenny Polson/Star photo (From left to right) Adam Clay and Ryan Rode, digital and photographic imaging senior and junior, and senior Hunter Warren, use the Sabinal Building’s mounting room Wednesday.

Library Beat

Residents invited to celebrate historians

October is Archives Month, when many archivists around the country offer public programming as a way to promote the awareness of their job in preserving region, state, or city histories. This year, two Archives Month activities are happening in San Marcos. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The staffs of Texas State University’s Special Collections and the San Marcos Public Library will offer an “archives fair” for the community. The fair will be held at the San Marcos

Public Library and is intended for people who are seeking advice on how to best preserve their personal scrapbooks, photographs, letters, oral histories and other family treasures. In addition to professional advice from archivists and librarians, catalogs, bibliographies and resources for genealogy will be available. At 11 a.m. Kris Toma, Texas State archivist, will present a slideshow about preserving photographs. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, call the Special Collections (Southwestern Writers Collection and Wittliff Gallery) at (512) 2452313, or the San Marcos Public Library at (512) 393-8200. From 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, the Special Collections staff at the Alkek Library is hosting its second-

annual Archives Month reception in its galleries on the 7th floor of the library. This year’s special guest will be state historian and chair of Texas State’s history department, Frank de la Teja. In February 2007, Gov. Rick Perry appointed de la Teja to serve the first-ever two-year term as the state historian of Texas. De la Teja has a close affinity with archives, having worked as an archivist at the Texas General Land Office before teaching. Details of his role as state historian are at rising-stars/frank-de-la-teja.html. The reception is free and open to the public and will include hors d’oeuvres. To R.S.V.P. call (512) 245-2313 or e-mail specialcollectio with the names of attendees. — Courtesy of the Alkek Library

Katherine Anne Porter House hosts reading, book signing Bret Anthony Johnston, author and director of creative writing at Harvard University, will present a reading and book signing 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Texas State University-San Marcos’ Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. The center is located at 508 W. Center St. in Kyle. Directions are available at www.english.txstate. edu/kap/. The event is free and open to the public. Johnston is winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Debut Fiction Award and author of the internationally acclaimed Corpus Christi: Stories. The novel won both The Irish Times and The Independent of London Book of the Year Awards. In 2006, he received a National Book Award for emerging writers,

the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and was named one of the “Next Generation of Literary Lions” by People magazine. Johnston’s work is widely published and anthologized in places such as The Paris Review and Tin House. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. For more information on Johnston, visit The presentation is sponsored by the Katherine Anne Porter House in conjunction with the English department. — Courtesy of the University News Service

Oct. 13, 9:09 a.m. BMV/Bexar Garage An officer was on patrol and observed signs of a possible burglary of a motor vehicle. The owner was advised of the damage and reported nothing was taken. This case is under investigation. Oct. 13, 3:21 p.m. Criminal Mischief under $500/Blanco Parking Lot An officer was dispatched for a criminal mischief report. Upon further investigation a student reported damage to a vehicle. This case is under investigation. Oct. 14, 2:10 a.m. False Alarm/Report/Bobcat Village An officer was dispatched for a fire alarm. Upon further investigation an unknown person activated a pull station. This case is under investigation. Oct. 14, 2:53 a.m. Criminal Mischief over $200,000/Jackson Hall An officer was dispatched for a criminal mischief report. Upon further investigation the building was found to have flooded and the residents were evacuated to LBJ Student Center. This case is under investigation. Oct. 14, 2:46 a.m. Alcohol: Minor in Possession/Bobcat Village An officer was on patrol and observed two students in possession of alcohol. Upon further investigation the students were issued citations for MIP. Oct. 15, 1:59 p.m. Property Lost/Stolen/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a theft report. Upon further investigation a student reported property had been taken without consent from Alkek. This case is under investigation. Oct. 15, 3:44 p.m. Theft under $500/Jackson Hall An officer was dispatched for a theft report. Upon further investigation a student reported property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. —Courtesy of the University Police Department


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Mass communication students get New travel directive met with taste of career life in week of events approval by advocacy groups By Jeff Turner News Reporter

for people in journalism.” Bergen said she thinks Vassileva will serve as role model for Professionals from various students of all backgrounds. fields in the media industry will “I think she also represents, converge at Texas State to speak in a kind of unique way, that to students about their thoughts you don’t have to fall into the and experiences during Mass gender, ethnicity and cultural Communication Week. backgrounds of the majority of The event will be held Tuesday people to be successful at what through Thursday in Old Main. you’re doing,” Bergen said. This year’s theme is “Mass Dara Quackenbush, chair of Comm: Past, Present, Future.” Mass Communication Week, said There will be 40 events students journalism students are helping can attend and more to develop this year’s than 35 industry event, and students experts and notable in her public relaalumni covering tions campaign class topics and trends in proposed the theme mass media. for Mass CommuLori Bergen, pronication Week. She fessor and direcsaid they wrote press tor of the School of releases, worked on Journalism and Mass posters and created Communication, said a page on the social she is excited about networking Web site this year’s headline Facebook. speaker, Ralitsa Quackenbush said Ralitsa Vassileva the theme was dicVassileva, CNN International anchor. tated by the kinds of “Ralitsa Vassileva speakers coming to is very well regarded,” Bergen the event. said. “She’s originally from Bul“We have a little of everygaria, and her work with CNN thing,” she said. “We’ve got throughout the Middle East and alumni, people in the industry Eastern and Western Europe has and people in new media talking really distinguished her as a pre- about the future of media.” mier journalist. I think it’s imporThe Texas State chapter of Sotant that we have students who see ciety of Professional Journalists how there are many opportunities hosts a film festival every year


e’ve got alumni, people in the industry and people in new media talking about the future of media.”

—Dara Quackenbush chair, Mass Communication Week

during Mass Communication Week. This year is no different. “We leave it up to the officers to decide which movies to watch,” said Susan Weill, associate journalism professor. “This year they wanted to watch A Mighty Heart, which is about Daniel Pearl, and Control Room, about how Al-Jazeera is covering Iraq compared to how the western media is covering it.” Mass Communication Week also includes several panels discussing sports journalism, public relations, event planning and many other topics.

✯FYI For a complete schedule of speakers and events, visit

By Carol Eisenberg McClatchy Newspapers

Sikhs in particular worried the policy, which left turban pat-downs to the discretion of screeners, would lead to harassment because head covWASHINGTON — Beginning Oct. 27, air- erings are part of men’s religious observance, port screeners will no longer pat down people and their removal is considered a sacrilege. wearing religious head coverings — if the trav- Since the policy went into effect, the Sikh Coeler agrees to undergo alternative security alition reported receiving 82 complaints from measures. Officials said such alternatives might travelers who underwent pat-downs, Singh said. include walking through a Only a handful of complaints machine that detects explowere filed by men asked to resive chemicals. Or wearers move turbans. could agree to pat down their Still, Singh said he was not own turban, and then have entirely satisfied by the change their hands swabbed with a because the new policy puts cloth that is tested for chemithe onus on the traveler to obcal traces. ject to being patted down, or “It’s a creative solution be asked to remove his turban that meets national security before he is informed of alterinterests without requiring natives. a turban to be touched in an “My guess is that my grandunwelcome way,” said Amardfather or someone traveling —Amardeep Singh eep Singh, executive director from India is not going to know of the New York-based Sikh executive director, Sikh Coalition they have the option of saying Coalition, a national advocacy no,” he said. group. TSA spokesman ChristoThe compromise between advocacy groups pher White called the policy adjustment “a goodrepresenting Sikhs and Muslims and the Trans- faith effort to work with interested communities portation Security Administration, which over- to come to a workable compromise and strike sees the nation’s 43,000 airport screeners, was a balance between security and respect of pasdescribed by all parties Wednesday as mutually sengers’ beliefs.” satisfactory. Muslim groups also expressed relief at the Sikhs and some Muslim groups had balked policy change. at an Aug. 4 TSA directive advising screeners “All security procedures at airports need conto scrutinize anyone wearing a head covering or stant updating and adjustment. We appreciate bulky clothes that might hide explosives — be the fact that the TSA is taking the concerns of it a turban, baseball cap or beret. The direc- the traveling public into account when making tive was prompted by growing concerns about these adjustments,” said Ibrahim Hooper of the improvised explosive devices being smuggled Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washaboard aircraft. ington, D.C.-based advocacy group.

t’s a creative “I solution that meets national

security interests without requiring a turban to be touched in an unwelcome way.”

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Jon Clark/Star photo Kessler George, theatre junior, and Jason Harris, theatre senior, run through the final dress rehearsal for the senior show “Fuddy Meers,” directed by Eleisa Jordan, theatre graduate student..

Survey will measure levels of harmful agents in river By Bill Lancaster News Reporter

checked for bacteria levels at 11 sites, but this survey would include more than 100 locations and would test more than just bacterial levels. Hundreds of students splash into the San Marcos “This particular sampling event is going to gather River every year with nothing on their minds except pretty much simultaneous information from many the pleasure of swimming or floating under the sun more sites,” Taggart said. “It will be a very intensive and perhaps a hint of that upcoming paper. look at what conditions are.” They do not, however, consider the water could be Most sampling in Texas takes place at a point of pulsing with E. coli or awash with petroleum prod- convenience, such as a bridge crossing, Pinchback ucts, but this week, approximately 20 students will said. In this effort, canoe teams will take samples join Texas Watch and the from Spring Lake to MarRivers Systems Institute tindale. Others will take at Texas State to conduct samples from the Sink the most extensive bacteCreek, Sessoms Creek riological sampling survey and Willow Springs Creek ever done in the state. watersheds. “I think it’s necessary, The tributaries have not considering that in the been routinely sampled. past five or six months, Pinchback said this survey people have been exposed will help establish a baseto flesh-eating bacteria in line for future use. Corpus Christi and GalvesGreg Bryant of the — Greg Bryant ton,” said Kandace Lytle, Texas Commission on EnTexas Commission on Environmental Quality English and philosophy vironmental Quality said graduate student. high levels of bacteria exInformation from the survey will be used by cur- ist in certain areas around the state, but it is not rent water managers to determine health concerns something that would be considered a hazard. associated with the stream, said Jason Pinchback, “Bacteria is a problem anywhere there are congrant specialist with Texas Watch. The survey is part centrations of individuals, animals (and) that sort of both the university’s Common Experience and of thing,” Bryant said. “Wherever you have a lot of World Water Monitoring Day. people living in a confined space, virtually any com“We are trying to determine if this intensive sam- munity in the state of Texas, there’s potential for pling protocol, which is basically about every 150 increased bacteria levels.” meters, can help water-quality managers understand Lytle said the university should make sure the rivthe character of bacteria in the stream,” Pinchback er is safe because so many students use the river. said. “I have friends that go every day, canoeing, rafting Previous testing, done on a regular basis as a co- (and) floating,” Lytle said. “They go between classes. operative effort between the city of San Marcos and They have class at eight in the morning, and they the university, shows the water has been considered have class at four, so they go float for two hours.” to be reflective of conditions suitable for contact recAccording to a news release, the surveyors will reation, Pinchback said. collect data on E. coli, dissolved oxygen, pH, conducTom Taggart, city of San Marcos director of water tivity, temperature and non-point source pollution as and wastewater utilities, said the weekly samples well as make field observations and take photos.

herever you have a “W lot of people living in a confined space, virtually any community in the state of Texas, there’s potential for increased bacteria levels.”

News Briefs Despite blog post, Senator denies re-election bid Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson announced she would not seek re-election when she steps down in two years. Hutchinson said during her 2006 campaign she would not be seeking a fourth term. The renewed interest came from comments made during an interview with Texas Monthly magazine. Only excerpts from the interview were released on a Web blog post written by the magazine’s Editor Evan Smith. The full version will be published in the December issue of the magazine. Hutchinson said a run for Texas governor in 2010 was one of her options open, but she had not made a decision. Hutchinson said she will not talk too much about a possible run because it is three years away, saying anyone who talks politics about something three years away is probably not very experienced in the subject. During the gubernatorial race in 2006, Hutchinson contemplated running against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but backed out saying it was not the right time for Texas or the Republican Party. She told Texas Monthly she sees no reason her running would hurt Texas in the next election

Facebook joins Attorney General to keep site clean The social networking Web site Facebook announced Tuesday it is going to start cracking down on what it calls obscene content and sexual predators using the site. The announcement comes after an agreement with Andrew Cuomo, New York Attorney General. It states complaints of nudity, pornography or other unwanted material will be addressed within 24 hours of being received. Reports detailing Facebook’s response to the complaints will be issued within 72 hours. Under the agreement, the site will have to allow an independent organization approved by Cuomo’s office to monitor its status. Chris Kelly, chief privacy officer for Facebook, said the site receives tens of thousands of complaints a day, and not all of them are about in-

appropriate content. However, under the new agreement, the complaints on obscenities will be bumped to the top of the queue. Cuomo said he hoped other social networking sites would follow Facebook’s lead. He said his office was in discussions with other sites, but he declined to name them.

Travel expenses take toll on pocketbook It’s getting more expensive to travel, a point accentuated by the fact Southwest Airlines raised ticket prices on planes going to and from Dallas Love Field airport. The airline, long noted for its competitive prices, announced the change took place Monday night. It is not uncommon for other airlines to match an increase or decrease in prices. Tim Smith, a spokesman for AMR Corporation’s American Airlines, said the company matched the increase on similar routes from nearby Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Southwest Airlines offered distant cities access to Dallas with one-stop flights for a single year. Previously, cities outside bordering states would have to make a stop in Houston, Austin or other nearby cities.

Latin American woman born with HIV subject of Bush book Jenna Bush was in San Antonio Tuesday for a signing of her new book Ana’s Story, a non-fiction narrative about a woman born with HIV she met in South America. The president’s daughter said she hopes the book will help spread awareness of HIV. Bush met Ana during her work with UNICEF in Latin American countries. Ana is a 17-year-old woman raising a daughter in a South American country. Her daughter has not contracted the HIV virus so far. Bush said she wants to use her time in the spotlight to help people, and HIV is a cause worth speaking to the media about. — Compiled from various news sources


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animal shelter and initiating citywide wireless Internet. Retiring City Manager Dan O’Leary said the mayor did a good job delivering the issues affecting the city. “You never have to guess what (Narvaiz) is thinking — she always tells you what she feels,”

O’Leary said. “Things are good in San Marcos … I have great confidence in the council and in the mayor.” Betsy Robertson, Place 1 city councilwoman, said the mayor laid everything out in a very balanced way. Robertson said the public had the opportunity to see what is new with the city. “There have been some plusses and some minuses,” she said.

“It’s a good chance for us to make some changes with the changing staff.” Robertson said she thinks it is good for the council to have a balance of differing opinions on certain issues because the same holds true in the general public. “That’s what democracy is all about, the majority prevails, and I think that happens on our council,” she said.

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startup fund contracts would be reworded so new faculty would only be paying back a percentage of packages from previous drafts. The package would be paid back through grant money. Faculty Sen. Debra Feakes, chemistry professor, said this would make

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it significantly easier to meet this requirement. “It’s a step,” Feakes said. Stone updated the senators on the upcoming developmental leave period hearings, where faculty wishing to take time off for academic research explain what they will be working on to the Faculty Senate. During this time, it was said Wiley would be

resigning from the senate to pursue academic leave. “I leave with a heavy heart,” Wiley said. “I’ve enjoyed being on the Faculty Senate, I had to think about it for a couple of weeks.” It was decided Steven Furney, health, physical education and recreation professor, would temMonty Marion/Star photo porarily replace Wiley until someone else is voted into the seat. PATRIOTIC PRIDE: The Color Guard of Boy Scout troop 18, den 3, presented the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance for Wednesday’s “State of the City” address.


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Since the start of 2007, two Texas State students died because of drug overdoses. While The University Star believes there are a lot of lessons learned along the path of college experience, we acknowledge the real reason we are here in San Marcos. Students come to college to further their education. College is about achieving goals. Every student should have the goal of graduating, but more importantly, they should have a career goal requiring a degree to achieve. Our goals allow us the privilege to be expanding our minds at an accredited university. While gathering memories and life experiences, goals cannot be forgotten. We are fortunate to attend a university with so many resources for students who need extra assistance or those who are juggling a hectic schedule. The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, the Counseling Center and the Student Learning Assistance Center all exist for our benefit and can help us, as students, battle various demons inside and outside the classroom. Next semester, Texas State will launch a program for students on academic probation, Partners for Academic Student Success. According to a Tuesday article in The Star, the Writing Center in Flowers Hall is an underutilized resource. The Star wonders how many students struggling in mathematics are using the tutoring available in Derrick Hall. Academic advisers, student organizations and professors all provide students with support and community. Faculty training continues throughout the school year better preparing our professors to help students handle the stresses of college life. The challenge is for students to use the resources at Texas State to their fullest advantage and achieve goals. Student service fees are funding these programs, and not using them is a waste of money. While partying may be a mindless release for students, The Star encourages students to party responsibly. In an Oct. 2 story, The Star reported last year the University Police Department issued 356 alcohol-related law violations — almost 26 percent more than in 2004. We believe Students With Alternative Transportation’s leadership issues must be resolved as soon as possible to provide this service again. The Star encourages students to think responsibly about their futures. Would you rather retake a class or skip a party? Sure, going out and partying can be a release. But why do you need a release? Keep your goals in mind. When you’re working for a purpose, the accomplishment is all the high you’ll need.

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Legal Guy: Vague parking rules every student should know Although the topic dishall permit, the silver apartment cussed today may not be in resident’s permit and the purple legal headlines, it has proven perimeter permit. According to to be a continuous problem the Parking Services code, the for students since — well general guideline in avoiding — since there have been a ticket for parking in a zone cars. The primary problem during a restricted time is to with these cars of ours is we not park in a lot branded for a do not have room to keep all permit other than the one on CARSON GUY your windshield between 7 a.m. and of them on campus. Is that Star Columnist 5 p.m. There are exceptions such as the only problem? Absolutely not. The other major problem with these the Alkek Library parking garage which cars are those pesky rules we keep getdoes not open officially until 6 p.m., as ting reminded of by those bright orange the many people who wait in line for envelopes. How much will that receipt the gate to open already know. When in in the envelope be worth? From some of doubt, there should always be signs with the stories I have heard, perhaps Parkthe posted hours. ing Services would be better off offering The fines for violating Texas State’s gift cards to their most frequent support- parking code range from $10 for imers — but that’s a different column. proper display of the permit to $150 for The focus here is an explanation of the using a stolen permit. Parking Services code in the hopes someThe are five specified parking violaone somewhere can avoid one ticket and tions: improper display of permit, parking stick it to the man. Of course by “stick it in a handicap parking spot, use of a stoto the man,” I mean helping people to not len, altered or fake permit, expired meter get tickets by following the rules. and chronic offender fees. There are 14 As some already know, Texas State violations listed in the parking code. Four offers four basic permits, excluding temof the five with specific costs are covered porary permits. They are the red faculty here as well; however, parking out of and staff permit, the green residence zone, in a loading zone, in a no parking

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zone, in a reserved space, blocking a drive/sidewalk, parallel parking opposite of the flow of traffic, having the vehicle’s wheels being more than 18 inches away from the curb, parking in an angled space with the back of the vehicle towards the curb, failure to park in a marked space and double parking another car are all newcomers. That is a lot to take in, but there are some interesting things to be found in the list. Parking in an unmarked space seems to be a particularly bad problem for students, but the one violation that was jumping off the page is backing into an angled space is against the rules. Rules like the angled space one are the reason I started writing informative columns. The angled-space rule is not the only rule students need to be more aware of than others. For example, students might not know “students, faculty and staff are prohibited from using metered spaces (whether the car is permitted or not) unless otherwise designated by signs.” In that vein, no students, faculty or staff are allowed to use visitor parking spots at Bobcat Village. Another rule of interest that might make the Vespa more stylish is “all motorcycles spaces are considered ‘All-

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Zone’ unless otherwise designated with a sign or pavement marking.” Finally, at the bottom of the Parking Services code online, Parking Services lists some “fast facts.” Among the list are some words of wisdom everyone should heed. For example, “there are no ‘After Hours’ when the parking rules do not apply. Permits are required 24 hours a day, and the rules are enforced at all times.” “Just because you’ve parked there before without getting a ticket doesn’t mean it is a legal space” and “displaying ‘flashers’ (hazard lights) doesn’t make the space a legal one.” Carson Guy is a political science senior. His column tackles legal quandaries. E-mail questions to Guy at The content and opinions contained herein are in no way meant as legal advice. All information is general in nature. Do not rely on information within this article when trying to resolve a specific legal issue. All situations are unique and require specific legal advice from competent counsel.

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Discover source of oppression within ourselves Sabrina Jennings Star Columnist Beverley Tatum, author of Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, identified two groups playing roles in various forms of oppression, such as racism. The first, dominant groups, “set the parameters within which the subordinate groups operate” and are “seen as the norm for humanity.” The second type, subordinate groups, are “the targeted group ... labeled as defective or substandard.” For example, in most cases of racism in Western culture, whites are the dominant group and blacks, Asians, Latinos and other racial minorities are subordinate groups. Most everyone is a member of both dominant and subordinate groups. However, most of us focus on our subordinate group identities and ignore the other. It is difficult for dominantgroup members to accept these terms and recognize the role they play in oppression. While I don’t like to think of myself as an oppressor of the poor or racial minorities, I have had to take the time to analyze the part I play in their oppression because of my dominant-group status — being from a middleclass family and being white. How often do I support the exclusion of the poor by taking part in things that are not available to those with lesser financial means? When do I buy cheap things because of the mistreatment of poor laborers? It is through the process of becoming aware of my role in oppression and the effects my actions have that I can turn things around and begin to untangle the mess. It is easy to get stuck in the subordinate-group mindset, recognizing only the ways in which we are discriminated against or oppressed, and forget about other identities we have in which we are the oppressors. I am a lesbian who has faced much discrimination and hatred because of loving another woman. But I am able-bodied and don’t have to search for an accessible way to get to class, I can just go up the stairs to any entrance. I am a young woman and have had many experiences of not being taken seriously because it is assumed I don’t know what I’m talking about. I am Christian and I can find a place to worship in any town, (even though they may ask me to leave because I’m gay), whereas it might require traveling some distance if I were Muslim. Seeking justice requires going beyond identifying as a minority. You must change the way you think and act as a member of a dominant group. When I began accepting responsibility for my actions as a member of some oppressive groups, I was empowered to change my actions and take back that dominant group identity to turn it into something positive. For example, now I can be proud of being white — I’m not talking about white pride in any KKK sort of way — I’m talking about being proud of who I am, which includes being white, and having pride because I have changed it from being a way that I can oppress others into a way that I can be an ally and an advocate for others. I am constantly learning and maintaining awareness about different forms of oppression and the part I play, so that I don’t make the mistakes I used to, but instead can become a positive force for change. 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright October 16, 2007. 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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Sex columnist leaves much to be desired

Letters to the editor Democrat representative herself compared the two in her speech at the forum. I couldn’t believe she actually used this ridiculous, liberal talking point. I was last to present my speech and had days before written a paragraph in my speech condemning the absurd comparison. Once again, the anonymous editor would have known this had he or she attended the immigration forum. I hereby ask the anonymous editor who demeaned everyone involved in the forum to ensure he or she holds authority before criticizing those who have worked hard to stay informed on the important issues of our time. The editor and I do have one thing in common: we both agree Democrats are wrong to compare a border fence to that of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the countless horrors and atrocities that occurred under Communism.

Can we please re-think the Hedonism 101 column? I think a well-written sexual and relationship advice column is a wonderful idea for our paper, however, I do not think that Anna Tauzin has any good ideas of how relationships should be. For example, take the column dated Oct. 10. Yes, gaming widows are a real problem. I was very excited to see she actually gave the advice to talk to one’s partner (something that is very sorely lacking in other columns.) However, her advice to sell the game console is completely unacceptable. I should hope my partners would not stoop to that low of a level within our relationship. This is not the only transgression Ms. Tauzin has made. From her statements of “shaving is socially required” to “if only to make fun of the pretentious people” to “don’t confront your partner” to (paraphrased) “in casual sex relationships, you can do BDSM because you don’t have to worry about the emotions of your partner,” she has made an egregious error in every single column she has written. Please, can we have a sex and relationship advice column from someone who understands healthy relationships and is sex-positive?

Michael Guzman College Republicans chapter activist

Amanda Pitts alumna

Party representation yields informed political discussion In Tuesday’s edition of The University Star, “The Main Point” lambasted the immigration forum and a member of the College Republicans, myself. The forum and I were grossly misrepresented by this anonymous editor. I would personally like to commend Mark Hernandez, president of Phi Iota Alpha, for a job well done. Everyone involved was well-informed and did an excellent job in their research. It strikes me as odd this anonymous editor kept stating how a person of “authority” should have spoken at the forum, yet the editor didn’t even attend. What authority does this editor have to criticize something he or she chose not to attend? If the editor truly cared enough about the issue to have such strong feelings and opinions, why the absence from the event? When the editor wrote of authority, I believe he or she was referring to prestige. That, in my eyes, is an elitist attitude, spoken like a true liberal. The great thing about today’s mass media is anyone

can become an authority by simply becoming wellread and informed. There is no requirement for someone of prestige to be in attendance when having an intellectual dialogue. I don’t care if you’re white, black, brown, rich, poor, famous or homeless. Well informed is well informed, regardless of a given title. The whole purpose of the forum was to inform students of the Republican and Democratic Parties’ stance on immigration, so one can make an informed decision when it comes time to vote next year. Who else better to inform than representatives of each political party? This is the purpose of having these political parties represented on campus. We inform the campus of our respective party’s platform. This anonymous editor also stated I compared a border fence to the Berlin Wall. I did no such thing. Democrats in Washington, political pundits in the media and various liberal Web loggers have time and again compared the two. In fact, the College

Misrepresentation of student body by senators unacceptable Recently, the Associated Student Government voted on a bill to include the terms “gender identity and expression” in our campus anti-discrimination policy. This bill was introduced by ASG Sen. Tyler Ferguson. I sat in on the meeting, anxiously awaiting the outcome of this legislation. I noticed many people do not understand the meaning of gender identity and expression or how it is an issue on this campus. Gender identity and expression is a way of defining oneself apart from what society constructs as “normal” or “traditional” gender roles. This can include people who identify as transgender, transsexual, drag queens, drag kings, cross-dressers and any or all of the above. It could also be people who don’t appear as “feminine” or “masculine” enough. This affects transgender and transsexual people in many areas non- or cisgendered people never face, and because of such, are completely oblivious to. For example, there are no options on admission forms for transgender students to check “other” or “none of the above” when

asked their sex. They have to check male or female. Transgender and transsexual students do not have equal housing options in regards to dorm and university apartment housing at the current time, because of the same-sex housing policy. Transgender and transsexual students face issues in regard to using restrooms, public shower facilities, the campus pool, as well as with admissions and records when they wish to be referred to as their chosen name, but it has not be legally changed. Also, in certain instances, female-to-male transsexuals face problems in financial aid when they are asked to provide information on why they never registered with selective service for financial aid verification. All these things can essentially “out” a transsexual when they may wish to remain stealth and protect their privacy. These people pay the same tuition and fees as everyone else, yet simply because of who they are, they are not afforded the access to some of the same services or the same quality of service. These students and faculty are here to learn and work. They

should not have to have the added stress that comes with running into walls everywhere they go. Many people do not see not having this policy in place is a problem, because to many students, it doesn’t affect them directly. I was surprised at some of the statements made by our own ASG senators during the debate on this legislation who were ignorant to the realization that discrimination of this sort does exist on this campus, as well as senators who felt that their own personal agenda, political views and religious views were more important that protecting the rights of and speaking for the student body which they were elected to represent. This does not mean some of the student body, it means all. That is their job. I listened as senators said they don’t see the discrimination and questioned why this legislation was even necessary. Even if only one person was being discriminated against because of their gender identity and expression, it’s still one student on this campus, and discrimination is discrimination. It knows no

religion, or political belief. I, for one, am highly disappointed we are being represented by a student organization that doesn’t feel it’s “necessary” to protect the rights of all students on this campus, just because “they don’t see it.” I am disappointed that, when being directly shown that this type of discrimination does exist on this campus, and it’s not just theoretical, stopping discrimination had to be put to a vote. That’s very sad, in my opinion. I’m also disappointed in the many senators who abstained from the vote. You were elected to a position to create change and be the voice of students. How do you plan to do that if you can’t make a decision? We need senators who will speak for the entire student body and are not afraid to do what’s right and can put their own personal agendas, political beliefs and religious affiliations aside. Riley Knight clinical laboratory science junior




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The Russian American Peace Festival invites interested participants to celebrate peace between Russia and America 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday at Threadgills in Austin. Ticket are $12 at the door. For more information, visit or call (512) 472-9304.

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Anything but roadkill: Ambassadors host cook-out for a cause By Colm Keane Copy Desk Chief In a culinary competition testing numerous grill masters’ every skill, one important rule trumps all others: please do not bring road kill. The ninth-annual Kill It and Grill It, an event hosted by the Agriculture Department’s student organization, the Agriculture Ambassadors, will take place Saturday during pre-Homecoming football game tailgating. All food must be turned in by 1:30 p.m. at the Bobcat Stadium parking lot. Kill It and Grill It is a competition open to all students, organizations, faculty, alumni and the general public. The competition represents cooking in its purest form: the combination of meat and fire. While some may unknowingly judge the competition as merely an excuse to throw back a few beers and char some meat, Kristin May, Ag Ambassador president and agriculture senior, begs to differ. “For the Ag Department, it is the biggest event of the year,” she said. “It’s a great way to learn leadership, interact with different groups of peo-

ple and raise money for a scholarship.” Justin Coppedge, Ag Ambassador vice president, agreed with May. “I help organize the event mostly because it strengthens student relationships with each other and with professors,” the agriculture business and management senior said. The Agriculture Ambassadors and a university official would like students and the public to remember the contest is open to everyone. “(Kill It and Grill It) would be much more successful if people realized it is not just for agriculture students,” said Lisa Ramos, agriculture academic adviser. “I would encourage all students to participate, meet new people and do some networking.” Coppedge explained the scholarship the competition funds. “The scholarship goes to an Ag Ambassador, and the amount is typically based on what we earn. It is usually around $500, but is based off of proceeds,” he said. “We make the most money from selling T-shirts.”

The event features six categories for judging. All entries can sign up for three categories for $30, and add additional category entries for $10 each. Coppedge said the six categories include killed it, bought it, baked it, grew it and overall showmanship. The bought it grouping has three subcategories: beef, poultry and exotic (which includes pork). May said there are six judges every year, including San Marcos Police Department Chief Howard Williams and USDA representatives. Entrants are required to bring meat, cook it and present dishes to the judges. Both May and Coppedge stressed the importance of safety throughout the scheduled event by explaining past procedures that will be employed this year. “All meat must be properly handled and sanitized. Judges and (Agriculture Ambassadors) make sure everything is safe,” May said. Food will be judged on aroma, tenderness and appearance, May said. First place gets personalized, engraved beer mugs and second place will

receive shot glasses. Coppedge mentioned the event organizer’s other big concern. “We make sure everything is thoroughly cooked before the judges eat,” he said. While safety is paramount for the club, Coppedge said his favorite part about Kill It and Grill It was the unique entries each year. “I like seeing what kind of creativity people have,” he said. “One guy barbecued a raccoon.” The most unique entry by far Coppedge said, was one from the 2006 Homecoming competition. “Last year, we had one group that brought calf fries, and cooked them at the competition.” Calf fries are the leftover testicles from the castration of steers. Apart from the raccoon and calf fries, most entrants stick to the basics, like whitetail deer, dove, boar, beef and chicken, May said. The ninth-annual Kill It and Grill It will be accepting late entries with no penalty the day of the Homecoming competition.

Soapbox Derby celebrates 40 years of aerodynamics, shaky brakes By Todd Schaaf Senior Features Reporter The sport of racing has seen many greats — Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Speed Racer and now, maybe someone’s resident assistant. Friday marks the 40-year anniversary of the Homecoming Soapbox Derby Race, and this year promises to be just as exciting as years past. The organizer of this year’s derby is Valerie Powell, vice president of programming for Order of Omega. Powell said this year there are 21 teams competing in different classifications.

“There are three different categories — student organizations, Greek and resident life — so there are going to be three different winners,” Powell, mass communication senior, said. One of the student organizations competing in the derby is the Nontraditional Student Organization. Brien Adkins, programming officer of NTSO, said he is confident in his organization’s team. “Our organization has won many of the soapbox derby races — third place in 2003, first place in 1998, third place in 2005, second in 2004,” said Adkins, public administration junior. He said the key to winning is the

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aerodynamics of the car. “The body itself is made to be aerodynamic,” Adkins said. “The person sits right behind the steering column, and they lean back to make it the most aerodynamic possible.” He said there is more to the car than its shape. “The brake itself is kind of interesting too, it’s kind of like a suicide run. When you’re going down that hill, you cannot trust the brake,” Adkins said. “Basically what you have to do is at the last minute, jerk the wheel to the left and go back up the hill, and press on the brake enough so that little rubber pad presses against

Teams take the field, play football for breast cancer awareness

By Brett Thorne Features Reporter There’s nothing like the smell of freshly cut grass on an early Saturday morning. Most college students would agree being surrounded by a group of fanatical women watching football is pretty awesome as well. The fact all the proceeds go to charity is just icing on the cake … or powder on the puff. “The game is for breast cancer awareness,” said Jessica Anger, education senior. “All of the proceeds from the game benefit it. There was a $120 registration fee and we got nine teams, so we’ve raised about $1000.” Zeta Tau Alpha organized the charity powder puff football tournament in which nine teams, including fraternities and random collections of individuals, got together to battle it out on the gridiron. Football isn’t the only fundraiser the sorority is running. “We also organized the Pink-Out campaign last week where we sold shirts in The Quad and made about $8,000,” Anger said. The powder puff teams showed up early for the 10 a.m. start — some of them still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes. Most of the teams had an unwavering confidence, even though only two teams would make it to the finals. Anthony Morrison, marketing freshman and Sigma Tau Gamma team member laughed at the idea of practice. “We don’t practice, we just show up and win. That’s how I roll. 21-0 first game,” Morrison said. “My prediction for the

tournament? Champions. No questions asked.” Rick Spomer, business management junior and member of the Kappa Alpha team, didn’t share Morrison’s confidence. “As far as preparation goes, we all got new haircuts,” Spomer said. “I’ve never played before in my life but at least this loss is for a good cause.” Travis Philleaux, business management sophomore, said he was not quite as spry or awake as Spomer, but he did have as much preparation for the event. “We didn’t practice,” Philleaux said. “We have a flag football team we practice for, but not really for this. I don’t know why we haven’t prepared for this.” The powder puff games are part of Texas State Homecoming week. Football may seem like an unusual way to raise money for a charity, but Anger said the sorority members know what they’re doing. “We wanted to do something all the guys would enjoy. We wanted everyone to be excited for it,” Anger said. Judging by the turnout and passion of the guys playing, Anger was right. The tournament came down to Morrison’s Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon in the finals. Tau Kappa Epsilon fought out a strong victory in the finals and ended up taking home first place. Philip Beavers, president of the fraternity, was proud of the victory but even prouder of supporting a cause like breast cancer awareness. “We won pretty decisively and we take pride in winning these events,” he said. “But also playing for a good cause is great.”

Homecoming Week features talent, step shows showcase By Erica Rodriguez Features Reporter

Stepping, spoken word and soulful solos were just some of the showcases of Wednesday’s homecoming talent show. Student Association for Campus Activities sponsored the annual event. Competition was stiff for those who chose to audition to be in the show. “We had around 50 acts and we cut it down to about 12,” said Kristen LeBlanc, graduate assistant for SACA. “We had a really hard time

narrowing down the acts because they were all just so wonderful.” Auditions qualified the acts to perform at the show. “I was really impressed this year, a lot of people came with a great variety of acts and talent,” said Justyn Payne, music junior, SACA coordinator and talent show director. A panel of faculty, staff and alumni judged the acts, Payne said. The crowd reaction to the acts is part of the judges’ decision. LeBlanc said the show exhibits Texas State’s talent.

The campus entertainment lineup won’t end with Wednesday’s show. The National Pan-Hellenic Council, composed of nine historically black fraternities and sororities, will host its 16th annual step show Saturday. The show will take place 8 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum, doors open at 7 p.m. Six teams from universities across Texas will compete for a $2,000 first place cash prize, said Vecente Coatney, communication studies junior and assistant coordinator for the event. “It requires a lot of sacrifice

and a lot of practice,” he said. In addition to the various step acts, the event will feature Houston rapper and Texas State alumna J.J. Buchanan, also know as J Lyric. Coatney compared the show to the film, Stop the Yard. “It’s kinda like that, just a little bit more gritty,” he said. “A lot of it has some of the same elements in it.” Tickets for the step show will be sold for $10 until Friday. Tickets are $15 at the door Saturday. For more information, contact Coatney at (281) 974-7576.

the ground and stops you. So, it’s kind of chaotic.” In a race of this caliber Adkins said other drivers play as big a part in the outcome of the derby as the car. “You’re trying to get down there safely without anyone else’s car crashing into you, and you’re trying to get down there first,” he said. “If you’re lucky you get left alone, and you don’t have to worry about a thing; but if you don’t get left alone, it can be pretty crazy.” Safety is important to the organizers of the race. This year teams are required to upgrade to motorcycle-grade helmets, a sentimental speed bump for the Non-

Traditional Student’s team. “We’ve been using this helmet back since SWT, and it’s been our pride and joy,” Adkins said. “Problem with it is that it’s just a hard hat that we’ve custom painted to work with the car.” Powell said she encourages people to come watch the derby 3 p.m. Friday. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to see what greeks stand for,” Powell said. “People should come and watch it because it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s just going to be a blast.” Adkins agrees with Powell. “It’s going to be an interesting ride,” Adkins said. “It’s a lot of fun.”


Spencer Millsap/Star photo Washington Garcia, assistant professor of piano, performs as part of the Faculty Artist Series Wednesday in the Recital Hall.

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LEAPING LIONESS: Taryn Josey, communication design senior, jumps through the air during her performance of “The Lioness Hunt” Wednesday at the 2007 Homecoming Talent Show at Evans Liberal Arts.


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Womanly figure inspires student’s sculptures Voice of Austin mornings

Hayley Kappes/Star photo FEMININE FEATURE: Plaster cast busts by Jen Andrew, studio art senior, hang on the Mitte Building’s first floor wall.

By Hayley Kappes Assistant Trends Editor Breasts. They have the power to sexualize, embarrass, comfort and uplift women. Jen Andrew, studio art senior, wanted to confront all of these notions and more with an installation piece she created for her sculpture class. “I was given an assignment on the body and I wanted to do something that interacted with the body, instead of just representing it,” Andrew said. Her immediate choice was to do something about breasts. “I chose to do breasts because it’s something that everyone likes,” she said. “I think there is a lot of meaning behind everyone’s thoughts about breasts. There’s an infatuation with them.” The installation consists of plaster casts of the breasts from 50

different women in the Austin and San Marcos area. The installation is located on the first floor of the Joann Cole Mitte Building. Andrew began the project with low expectations of finding women who were willing to go topless and allow a stranger to take a mold of their breasts. “I didn’t expect anyone would want to do this,” she said. “I thought it was touchy, but it turned out to be the complete opposite.” She put up fliers around town asking women to volunteer for her work of art. “Literally within 20 minutes of putting fliers up I started getting phone calls and for the next month my phone didn’t stop ringing. I had to turn down people,” Andrew said. “For a month straight, I had people coming through my house. My kitchen was a wreck and there was plaster everywhere.” Andrew said a wide range of women volunteered for the project. Volunteers ranged from students, graduates and even teachers. “Everyone had their own reason for doing it. A lot of people said that it was empowering,” she said. “They’re all completely different people. With each person I would have a different conversation.” Throughout the process of making a cast of each breast, Andrew said most women opened up and shared personal stories. Some volunteers were completely happy with their breasts while others wanted augmentations or reductions. One woman was doing it to honor her mother who had breast cancer. Accompanying the installation is a stack of cards that includes a phrase each woman wrote to express her thoughts on the meaning of breasts. Each phrase has a corresponding number matching each breast cast. Some of them include “a handful is all you need,” “what mysterious creatures we are,” “my brain is located two feet up” and “my lovely lady lumps.” Amber Ormand, social work junior, was one of the women who answered Andrew’s flier. She saw the opportunity posted in JCM. “I thought it was really empowering for women, that’s why I was interested in doing it,” Ormand said. “The breast is the archetypal representation of a woman, that’s where a mother provides life for a child.” She said it was an extremely liberating experience. She had never done anything like it. “I thought she did a really tasteful job at creating something that could come off as vulgar, I mean it’s a wall full of breasts,” Ormand said. “She did a good job of representing womanhood as opposed to, ‘Hey, come look at these boobs.’” Kara Hedlund is a close friend of Andrew and witnessed the project as it was being worked on. “I feel like it was a way for your average woman to bear her breasts and not worry are they big or small or saggy or uneven,” Hedlund said. “The whole installation itself is, not only are breasts aesthetically pleasing but they are vital to humans.” She said there is a lot of pressure on women in American society to have large breasts, but Andrew’s piece exemplifies and embraces that no two women are the same. “They’re all so different but they all come from some woman who had the courage to get naked in front of a perfect stranger for the purpose of art,” Hedlund said. “We’re all different and we’re all not supposed to fit a certain mold.”

Live music calendar THURSDAY Lonesome Heroes, 6 p.m., Triple Crown Bill Rice, The Doug Moreland Show, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse Cross Canadian Ragweed, 8 p.m., Gruene Hall Fambly, The Egress, Gold Teeth & Gucci, 9 p.m., Triple Crown Opie Hendrix & The Texas Tallboys, 9 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Spank, Kallisti Gold, 9 p.m., Lucy’s San Marcos FRIDAY Doctor G and The Mudcats, 1:30 p.m., Cheatham Street Mark Jungers, 6 p.m., Triple Crown Shad Blair, 6 p.m., Riley’s Kelly Willis, 8 p.m., Gruene Hall Todd Snider, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street Famous Danger Agent, Dog Men Poets, 9 p.m., Friday, Lucy’s Larry Lange and His Texas Tallboys, 9 p.m., Friday, Riley’s Hognose, Backwater Gypsy, 10 p.m., Triple Crown SATURDAY The Belleville Outfit, 1 p.m., Gruene Hall Island Texas, 4 p.m., , Riley’s Chad Thomas & The Crazy Kings, 9 p.m., Riley’s Grupo Fantasma, 9 p.m., Lucy’s Joe Ely, 9 p.m., Gruene Hall Lug, Bangladesh, Scraps of Life, 10 p.m., Triple Crown SUNDAY Scott Nolan, 12:30 p.m., Gruene Hall

Roy Head and The Traits, 1:30 p.m., Cheatham Street Bugs Henderson, 5 p.m., Gruene Hall RX Family, 10 p.m., Lucy’s MONDAY Trio Faze, 6 p.m., Triple Crown Duncan Walters, 9 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Triple Tronica w/ Jon Dishon, 10 p.m., Triple Crown TUESDAY RC Banks, 6 p.m., Triple Crown Jeff Plankenhorn and Michael O’Conner, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Ryan Turner, Ryan James, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street The Dedringers, 9 p.m., Triple Crown The Doc Marshalls, 9 p.m., Riley’s Mira Loma, The River Hymn, 9 p.m., Lucy’s WEDNESDAY Bruce Curtis Band, 6 p.m., Triple Crown Zack Walther and the Cronkites, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Jason Allen, 9 p.m., Riley’s Opposite Day, Hao Chaing Chaing, Mira Look, 9 p.m., Triple Crown This information is compiled from live music venue calendars and e-mails. If your event does not appear, please e-mail Venues are responsible for information provided. The deadline for next week’s calendar is Oct. 22. Music events must be within a 20-mile radius of the San Marcos campus.

will speak on campus By Cheryl Jones Features Reporter Imagine waking up at 3:30 a.m. every weekday, driving through the dead Austin streets. Imagine then chatting yourself and others awake with your charm and wit. The witty part may seem fun, but for those who like their beauty sleep, this routine may seem more of a hassle than a desired job. Morning show host Bobby Bones said the early mornings are worth it. “I wake up really early and go to sleep really early. It’s hard to live normally when you are waking at 3:30 a.m. and going to sleep at 8:30 p.m.” Bones said. “Especially when you are 27 and are still expected to somewhat have a life.” “The Bobby Bones Show” airs weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. on Austin’s 96.7 KISS-FM. The program has been gaining popularity ever since its 2003 debut. The popularity can only be contributed to the easy-going, principled comedy of Bobby Bones himself. Bones will be one of more than 45 guest speakers at Mass Communication Week, which begins 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. His discussion will be held 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in Old Main 320. The busy 27-year-old anchor reaches Austin and the surrounding metropolitan area by radio and television. He co-hosts Austin’s Music and Entertainment Television’s “Airwaves” and hosts “The Almost Late Show.” An Arkansas native, Bones attended Henderson State University, where he had his first radio job. He said he always had an interest in radio. “I listed ‘radio host’ on my kindergarten career survey,” Bones said. Bones said he got his start on radio at 12-years old when he’d call local DJs. At age 17, he had his own radio show, and by 22 he had his own TV show. Bones began his KISS-FM hosting at age 23, which made him the youngest radio morning talk show host

have never met “I anyone that has the same kind of passion that he does when it comes to working.”

—Chelsea Witherington mass communication senior

in the country, according to the ME-TV Web site. For three years running he has received the “Austin Radio Personality Of The Year,” which is given out at the Austin Music Awards. “I’ve always wanted to do radio and TV,” Bones said. “Now I do both.” The show, which features Bones along with Amy Moffett and Dan Chappell, “Lunchbox,” is a comedic outlook of everyday Austin life with featured segments, games, contests and more. Chelsea Witherington, mass communication senior, is a seven-month intern at “The Bobby Bones Show.” “Bobby is the type of person that works extremely hard every single day, and it really shows because his ratings are so high,” she said. “I have never met anyone that has the same kind of passion that he does when it comes to working.” Bones contributes his likeability to his honesty. He plans to continue his busy, oddhoured mornings and long days for as long as possible. “The goal is to stay in radio (and) TV, be really rich and be really famous,” he said. It’s not just listeners who enjoy Bones, Witherington said. His co-workers are just as fond of his personality. “Bobby’s co-hosts love him, and everyone on the show really are best friends with each other,” she said. “When I go into work, I can pretty much expect an ab workout because I am laughing the entire time.”


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✯ Game console may be Wii bit boring Famitsu has a bit of a bombshell for Metal Slug Anthology — I have a Nintedo fans. deep, abiding love of SNK and According to the head of the magazine, Neo Geo games — and Super MonHirozaku Hamamura, about two-thirds of key Ball, a gift from my roommate, the Wiis sitting at home are doing just which actually turned out to be that: sitting. Collecting dust. Drive bay pretty good. I’ve played both of a-glow with system updates. the games to completion, but I BILL RIX Hamamura points to the software sestill haven’t touched the console Trends Columnist lection as the culprit, explaining the Wii in months. Part of the reason is hasn’t had a breakaway, must-buy game my job, which keeps me in the since Wii Sports, which is a bit of a blow considnewsroom till after midnight most of the ering the game comes free with the console. time, and if I’m not at home, I am in Austin, To make matters worse, there doesn’t seem or God knows where. In the precious moto be a hit on the horizon. There will be niche ments I get away from work-related pursuits, games such as Nights: Journey of Dreams and I try to hit up game stores to see the new No More Heroes but these titles will likely titles. It’s depressing. Even when I have monundersell and be viewed more as collector’s ey, I can’t even find a game I’d like to play. items than anything else. This isn’t just the case for the Wii, though; Given, games like Super Smash Brothers PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 leave me equally Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy will sell well, bored. This is I becoming estranged. but is it enough to save the seemingly flagging The Wii has to be one of the strangest conconsole? Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Ninsoles in the history of gaming. For the life of tendo of America, has put it on the record the me, I cannot peg the average Wii owner. I hear Wii won’t make it into every home this Christold people play it. I understand it’s popular with mas — he’s gone as far as implying it will be teenagers and children alike. With two-thirds of as hard to locate as it was this time last year. the systems sitting around, however, there must Given Hamamura’s analysis on the Wii, its be a high rate of buyer’s remorse. Do I feel it? curious shoppers will want to purchase a $249 Yes and no. People get a kick from playing it, paperweight. Who knows, though, Nintendo or and it’s enjoyable to create Miis, but I’ve all but a third-party developer could come out of left given up on any engaging titles being published field with a must-have in time for the holidays. any time soon. I don’t have a good reason to sell This is doubtful, but not impossible. it, but I don’t really need it around. Truthfully, the only Wii games I own are I guess I’m not the only one who feels this way.

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Bobcat tennis Lubbock-bound By Travis Atkins Sports Reporter Texas State tennis Coach Tory Plunkett has a busy weekend ahead of her. Plunkett is the chair of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and will be hosting the regional tournament Friday through Tuesday in Lubbock. Additionally, Plunkett’s Bobcats will be there competing. The tournament will feature Division I schools from all over Texas and Louisiana. TCU, Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech and LSU will all be represented, along with fellow Southland Conference schools TexasArlington, Sam Houston State and Texas-San Antonio.

“This will be the biggest tournament the players will play in all season,” Plunkett said. Texas State will have six players competing in singles, along with three doubles teams. In singles, a qualifying tournament of 64 will be held, with the top eight advancing to the main draw. There are 56 women who have already secured byes into the main draw, including Texas State sophomore Andrea Giraldo. “I want to keep playing the way I’ve been playing and win as many matches as I can,” Giraldo said. “To do that, I have to be aggressive with my shots and consistent with my serve.”

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RACKETS AT THE READY: Sophomore Mackenzie Farmer returns the ball during a match against St. Edward’s Feb. 13. The Bobcats will be playing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament held Friday through Tuesday in Lubbock.

Giraldo thinks she is playing better now than when she came to Texas State last year, but knows the competition will be tough. “I made it to the main draw and all the players in the main draw are very good,” Giraldo said. “I’m playing with a lot of confidence right now and I just have to believe in myself and do my best to win.” The draw features the No. 1-ranked singles player in the nation, Megan Falcon of LSU, and the No. 1 doubles team in the country, Ana Cetnik and Anna Sydorska of TCU. Texas State will have five other competitors looking to make it out of the qualifying draw and into the main draw, including sophomore Rabea Hartmann, junior Lainy Chafitz and senior Ali Gulida. “All three of them have a good chance to make it to the quarterfinals and get in,” Plunkett said. Hartmann will be competing in both singles and doubles play and is unfazed by the talent level she will be facing. “I see it just the same as any other match I play,” Hartmann said. “Every opponent is equal to me and everybody has to be beaten.” The tournament will mark the end of the fall season. Afterward, the team will be allowed very limited practice time. “The NCAA allows 144 dates to play and practice,” Plunkett said. “The 144th day will be the last day of the tournament. After that, we are allowed six hours of conditioning and two hours of practice per week.” Last year, the team achieved their goal of making the conference tournament. This year, Plunkett is looking forward to bigger and better things. “This year, we have experience and depth,” she said. “Everyone is back from last year and is one year older, and we’ve added one more player for depth. Southeastern Louisiana will be favored because they were the best last year and have five seniors this year, but, as of now, on paper, we are top three in the conference for sure.”


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Soccer prepares for I-35 rivalry, looks for revenge By Carl Harper Senior Sports Reporter

Last season, the Bobcats and Roadrunners faced off in a double overtime 2-2 thriller in San Antonio. This year, Coach Kat Conner’s team will look to take care of business at home. Both teams are knotted up in the conference standings at fifth place with a 2-1-1 record. The last match for Texas-San Antonio resulted in a 3-0 shutout win against Sam Houston State. Roadrunners’ freshman forward Alli Dillon netted two goals and assisted on the third score. The Roadrunners have posted shutouts in their last two outings — Stephen F. Austin and SHSU — thanks to freshman goalkeeper Allison McCabe. She was selected as the SLC Goalkeeper of the Week Tuesday, her first career honor. McCabe has not allowed a goal in 211 minutes. The Bobcats will need to keep an eye out for sophomore forward Veronica Najera, who has started every game and leads the team with six goals, 13 points — two for each goal, one for assists — and 32 shots. Dillon has 13 points as well and is second on the team with 25

shots as well and five goals. UTSA is a team that often attacks well on offense, as they


n our heads, we are still in the run for the conference championship.”

—Kat Conner soccer coach

are leading the conference with 72 shots, nine assists, 25 points and are currently in a three-way tie with Texas State and Northwestern State at eight goals. “UTSA is a hard, scrappy team that will give us a run for our money,” Conner said. “If we don’t finish early, they will be a problem that sticks around. It will be a tough battle.” The Bobcats have performed well since conference play began. After an 0-8 start, they are now 3-9-1, very much alive in the Southland. “In our heads, we are still in the run for the conference championship,” Conner said. “We didn’t take care of business against SFA over the weekend and we know it. We need to get back on a winning track.”

The team is coming off a 21 double overtime loss to the Ladyjacks on Sunday after shutting out SHSU 3-0 on Friday. Forward Britney Curry, defender Anna Fagan and midfielder Audra Randell, all freshmen, each picked up goals in the game to lead the Bobcats’ surge toward their second conference win. “I knew that’s where the offense was going to come from (freshman class) this season,” Conner said. “To see them understand the runs and the pace of the game is exciting and each one of them gaining a goal is only going to help them be more confident.” Curry currently leads the team with five goals, four of those coming in conference play. She is ranked second in the conference with four goals and nine points. Sophomores Andrea Seledee, midfielder, and Lindsay Tippit, forward, each have two goals while captain Jerelyn Lemmie, senior forward, has posted two as well. Conner has split playing time between her two goalkeepers, freshman Amanda Byrd and sophomore Mandi Mawyer. Byrd has a slight edge in playing time at this point, with 630

Chris Vidrine/Star photo LONG SHOT: Freshman midfielder Audra Randell kicks the ball from the corner during the Bobcats’ 2-1 overtime loss to Stephen F. Austin Sunday. Texas State will play Texas-San Antonio at 1 p.m. Sunday in San Marcos.

minutes to Mawyer’s 585. Byrd holds a 3-3-1 record and has recorded two Bobcat shutouts on her own this season, while combining with Mawyer on

two others. Mawyer has collected 42 saves compared to Byrd’s 37. Texas State will look to close out their three-game

homestand with a win against UTSA at 1 p.m. Sunday before taking to the road against Northwestern State and Central Arkansas.

Volleyball looks to corral Cardinals, Cowgirls By Travis Atkins Sports Reporter

After two sweeps in a row to start its road trip, the Texas State volleyball team will travel to Beaumont Friday to play Lamar, which has won its last 12 matches. “We’ve talked for four or five days just about Lamar and how they have improved since last year,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “(Lamar) was a good team last year, but they are playing with much more confidence and their upperclassmen are stepping up.” The Bobcats have been balanced offensively as of late, with five Bobcats having at least six kills in their last match. Chisum has been encouraged by the emergence of freshman middle blocker Melinda Cave. “She’s the hot hitter right now,” Chisum said of Cave. “She’s doing a very, very good job and we’ve got to get the ball to her more.” Making things easier for Cave is fellow

freshman, setter Shelbi Irvin. Irvin leads the team with 498 assists, more than half of the team’s total. “Some hitters like faster sets or slower sets and some like higher than others. You just have to know who you’re setting for and you can’t set everyone the same ball,” Irvin said. The team is in the middle of the season, about the time when freshmen are known to get tired and hit a “wall.” “I haven’t gotten there yet,” Irvin said. “I’m a little stressed out with school and stuff, but who isn’t?” Chisum noticed a letdown with some of her players following midterm exams. “A lot of these girls who were A and B students in high school, don’t have those same grades and it’s really affected them,” Chisum said. “We definitely saw them hit a wall about two weeks ago. This has been a real eye-opener for some of them, lots of tears.” Chisum said the team has jumped over the

wall and is ready for the stretch run. She and the players, including junior middle blocker Amy Weigle, have all their attention on beating Lamar. “I know they are on a winning streak and hopefully we will step up and kick them off that streak,” Weigle said. Although the Lady Cardinals have won 12 in a row, Chisum thinks they are beatable and is not impressed with the competition they have faced. “(Lamar) hasn’t played the schedule we have,” Chisum said. “They have played all East Division opponents, who don’t measure up to the West Division.” Lamar is led in assists by sophomore setter Adrianne Meengs with 810. Senior middle blocker Molli Abel has 240 kills to lead the Lady Cards. “(Meengs) is very active and she keeps you on your toes,” Chisum said. “They have three kids that are hitting pretty well, but they don’t

have the power we have and I don’t think they match up to us very well.” The Bobcats are 5-1 on the road this season. Like other road trips, there will be a lot of down time waiting in the hotel. “The hardest thing is going to be having all day Friday off,” Chisum said. “But we’re not going to just sit around. We’ve got study hall, I might be taking my Wii there and we’ll have a Wii tournament. I don’t like to lay around in the hotel and sleep all day.” Texas State, 12-7 overall and 5-2 in the Southland Conference, will turn around and play McNeese State at 3 p.m. Saturday in Lake Charles, La. Chisum has yet to spend any time preparing for McNeese State, but thinks this could be a trap game and is interested to see how her team responds on such a quick turnaround. “They’re a decent team, not one of the top five in conference, but that’s the kind you have to watch out for. They’ll bite you in the rear end,” Chisum said.


wrappingthings up The women’s golf team finished strong Wednesday in New Mexico. After starting the day outside of the top 10 in team competition, the women finished in a tie for ninth place. Four members of the team shot in the 70s for the first time all week, giving Texas State the fourthbest team score of the final round. Freshman Linn Gustaffson finished in eighth place, her third top 10 finish this season.

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Lumberjacks come swinging for ’Cats during Homecoming By Carl Harper Senior Sports Reporter The Bobcats (1-5, 0-2) will battle the Lumberjacks (0-6, 0-2) at Homecoming this year in their second consecutive televised game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports Net Southwest. Stephen F. Austin came into San Marcos last season and ended Texas State’s two-game winning streak with a 24-13 victory. This year’s winless Lumberjacks will look to repeat their performance from a year ago. “They have had a tough schedule, and their record is really deceiving,” said Coach Brad Wright. “They have a very good defense, and it will be a tough game for us.” The Bobcats are coming off their second Southland Conference loss, this time to Central Arkansas, 63-21. With five conference games remaining, Wright continues to encourage his players. “We are just trying to get better everyday and get some consistency,” Wright said. “We still have a chance to win the conference, we just have to show up in practice, get our focus and put it to practice on Saturday. The main thing we are telling our guys is to be consistent.” The Bobcats lead the overall series with the Lumberjacks 51-29-1 but are 4-6 against them since 1997. The Lumberjacks will attempt to redeem themselves after being defeated 17-16 by No. 14 Nicholls State last week. True freshman quarterback Jeremy Moses went 29-45 on passing completions for 319 yards in his first career start. “They have been trying to find themselves on offense but may have found a quarterback in (the) freshman Moses after last week’s game,” Wright said. Danny Southall leads the team in rushing attempts

and net yardage, with 69 and 195 respectively, while throwing for 731 yards and three touchdowns at quarterback. Dominique Edison and Aaron Rhea lead the team in receiving yards with 323 and 227, respectively, each with a touchdown reception. Coach J.C. Harper is in his first year with the Lumberjacks and is in charge of a young squad. Twentynine players are either freshmen or sophomores. After receiving two first place votes in the SLC Head Coaches preseason poll and being picked to finish No. 2 overall, Harper’s team is not having the type of year they anticipated. SFA has been outscored by nearly 100 points this season — 172-75 — and have been shutdown in the second half of games, 83-20. The Bobcats have not proved to be much better than the Lumberjacks but can say they have been in the win column with a 38-35 victory over then No. 15 Cal Poly to kick off the season. “SFA is pretty much in the same boat we are. We’ve got one win; they’ve got no wins. We both want a win really bad,” said sophomore quarterback Bradley George. “They know it’s our Homecoming, they know we’re 1-5, and it’s kind of a rivalry. It’s going to be a tough week, but we can beat them if we play our game.” George has started every game, completing 112 of 203 passes with four interceptions and six touchdowns. He has recently split playing time with junior Clint Toon, who has made four appearances and is 24-43 with two interceptions and two touchdowns. Junior running back Stan Zwinggi began the season in great fashion, picking up five touchdowns and 226 overall yards. Recently he has been sidelined with an injury and has watched freshman Karrington Bush take over the running duties. Zwinggi’s status is questionable for Saturday’s game. Bush has appeared in every game thus far with 59 rushes for 430 yards

Austin Byrd/Star photo A BETTER TOMORROW: Sophomore running back Alvin Canady and the Bobcats look to bounce back from a bitter defeat at Central Arkansas when they take on the winless Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.

and one touchdown. “Bush is a good running back, and we knew he was talented,” Wright said. “He’s been getting bigger and stronger and has been doing a great job for us.” Junior wide receiver Cameron Luke has made a difference in the passing game as he leads the team with 29 receptions, 500 yards and four touchdowns. Behind him are teammates junior Adrian Thomas and sophomore Alvin Canady with 236 and 148 yards, respectively. Canady has one

touchdown reception. Sophomore linebacker Travis Houston and freshman linebacker Marcus Clark lead the defense with 41 and 33 total tackles, while Clark leads the team with two interceptions. Wright said he is looking forward to seeing his team perform at Homecoming and the opportunity of seeing some old friends. “It’s exciting. I went to school here, so it will be good to see some of the alumni from my days,” he said.

Losing leg does little to break spirit of local athlete By Charlotte Almazan Sports Reporter A Former Texas State student is preparing for his first triathlon, the San Diego Triathlon Challenge, by reminding himself how lucky he is to be an athlete at all. Ty Wilson, who lost his lower right leg in 2006, said he was always athletic before his motorcycle accident but never as strong an athlete until after the incident. “Before the accident, I had given up on running because I was slow,” Wilson said. “I wish I had tried something before my accident, so I would have a time to compare to.” The triathlon, secheduled for Oct. 28, is a half-Ironman competition that will test Wilson’s

endurance with 1.2-mile swim in the Pacific Ocean, an open-course 56-mile bike ride and finish with a 13.1-mile run. “I’m hoping that the bike ride will be my strongest part, but I’m scared of not being able to finish the distance. It’s not like you can run these distances every day,” Wilson said. For his training schedule, Wilson has used techniques learned from years serving in the military to improve his run time. He heads to the San Marcos River to work on his swimming skills as well. “I’m already a strong cyclist, so I’ve just been working on the run with a six-mile run,” Wilson said. “With the swim, I’m assuming the ocean water will be like the river. I try to swim against the current to

pace myself.” Wilson is so intent on bettering his time, he cycles between San Marcos and San Antonio. He is still surprised spectators stop to offer him encouragement. “I can’t look down at my shadow or silhouette. I still have a hard time looking at the shadow of my leg, because it almost throws my rhythm off,” Wilson said. When he is not training, Wilson works as a spokesperson and peer counselor for the same company he received his first prosthetic leg from, giving him a second chance to run. “Over the first month, I would Courtesy of Specialty Prosthetics

run with him to see how the leg was doing, but now I can’t keep up with him,” said Edward Khu, owner of Specialty Prosthetics and Orthotics of Texas. Wilson had just begun riding a motorcycle when he was involved in an accident. He took to bicycle riding as a way of adjusting to his new leg and motivating others, namely James Ortiz, Texas State senior. Ortiz was seriously injured after being hit by a waste truck while riding his bike in San

Marcos during June of 2006. “I would ride up there, and I met this guy James Ortiz. He was important to me because he was such a good runner for Texas State,” Wilson said. “He was down about not being able to run, so I talked to him and showed him how the leg works.” Of the 120 challenged athletes in the triathlon, Wilson is one of an estimated 20 that will attempt to complete the entire course. “Most will be doing the event as part of a relay team,” said Roy Perkins, director of development for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. “It’s a very difficult event. We will provide each challenged athlete with a guide that follows them.” Even with a guide, Wilson still

harbors some concerns about his first major event of the year. He will arrive at the site a day in advance to get a feel for the course. “It’s mainly about your body and how it will respond. I’m worried about getting hyperventilated, and I want to see the bike source,” Wilson said. “I’m doing a 10K this weekend to get a realistic goal for the run.” In setting goals for the triathlon and his training, Wilson recognizes that none of his success would be possible without the mentality life does not end with an accident. “I’m at the point in my life where athletics is fun. I wish people would recognize that, no matter what position they are in,” Wilson said.

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