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Rhythm of theAztec

Blackboard security questioned By Eloise Martin News Reporter

Monty Marion/Star photos LEFT: Enrique Maestas of Houston’s Danza Azteca Tlaloc performs a traditional Aztec dance Wednesday afternoon at the LBJ Student Center Amphitheater. The Association of Mexican American Students hosted the group as part of the opening ceremonies of the Cine Cuahatemoc Pan Americano Film-Video Festival, a Hispanic Heritage Month event. The event continues from noon to 8 p.m. today in Boko’s Living Room Movie Theater in the LBJ Student Center and will conclude at 4 p.m. Friday. ABOVE: Javier Herrera beats out a rhythm for the dancers.

A potential flaw in Texas State University’s login security has at least two Texas State students concerned. The students, who requested anonymity, claim that although the logins to use CatsWeb and Webmail are secure, the login to use Blackboard, which requires the same password, is not. They say lack of security makes it possible for the password to be stolen and then applied to students’ personal accounts, allowing access to class schedules and grades, among other things. The first student, “John,” has worked for another university in Texas as a technical writer. He wrote manuals on computer security that dealt with generally agreed-upon practices. John said computer security is serious, and the information he wants to share with students could potentially have negative effects on the university. “I do not want to be looked at as the initiator,” he said. The second student, “Dan,” is a former Internet service provider employee. He has taken numerous classes about information technology, including a networking class. Dan said he realizes the severity of their findings and requested anonymity because of fear for his academic standing. Both students say there is a lack of security, which opens the threat of “sniffing.” John described sniffing as watching for inscriptions, or access codes, as a person is logging into a Web site. The sniffer reads the password and can then use it for his or her own goals. The login process can be protected by a secure socket layer, or SSL. This can be seen at the bottom right-hand corner during login in the form of a padlock symbol. Both students say they have found that while the login to CatsWeb and Webmail are encrypted, the Blackboard, which uses See BLACKBOARD, page 4

Faculty Senate discusses publication of dean, chair evaluations on Web site By Clayton Medford News Reporter The Faculty Senate reviewed their policy about making public the written comments made during faculty evaluations of department chairs and deans. The discussion primarily concerned the publication of those written comments on the Faculty Senate’s Web site. “Right now, everything on the senate Web page is open to anyone who

can find the senate Web page,” said Bill Stone, criminal justice professor and senate chair. “The question is whether or not we want to put some things behind passwords.” Computer information systems professor and Sen. Vivek Shah told senators he had heard two requests from faculty: to protect the comments by password and allow only faculty and staff to see those comments. Shah added that password protection “doesn’t mean someone can’t download it and

put it on their Web site, but right now (faculty) would like to see password protection.” Anthropology professor and Sen. Richard Warms offered the opposite argument, stating that not publishing the comments may adversely affect the power of the comments. “On the one hand, I understand their concern. On the other hand, the only leverage these surveys have is public knowledge of them,” Warms said. “Maybe (the comments) bring

the pressure for change.” Stone commented, “What we publish are perceptions.” Shah agreed and offered his opinion. “It’s double-sided; if you read the comments over a period of time, you’ll get the right perceptions. But, if you read pieces here and there, then you’ve got a problem,” Shah said. Senators also debated about possible password protection for other faculty information such as salary, merit and equity. There was a practically unani-

mous agreement among them that the hard data is public information. The senators agreed to issue a survey to faculty to assess their opinion as a whole as to whether the publication of dean and chair evaluation comments should remain public, or if they should be limited to faculty and staff. The senators also voted on and approved the new Texas State faculty handbook. The long and arduous See SENATE, page 3

City Council members Business dreams become reality for savvy students hear out advocates of feral, stray cat program By Jacqueline Davis News Reporter

By Danea Johnson News Reporter Animals were the subject of much discussion at the San Marcos City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Citizens addressed the council concerning feral and stray domestic animals and animals’ lack of safety riding in flatbed trucks. In conjunction with Animal Services, the citizens proposed the Trap, Neuter and Release as well as an ordinance compelling owners to harness their animals in truck beds. The council viewed a PowerPoint presentation provided by Animal Services titled “Animal Safety in Moving Vehicles and Trap, Neuter and Release.” Council members were hesitant to adopt an ordinance

right away on the TNR program and asked the staff for more research on the subject. There was also consensus among the council to adopt an ordinance on the harnessing of animals in truck beds with enforcement authority given exclusively to San Marcos Police Department. TNR is a management program used in controlling feral cat population growth. This program traps feral cats in a colony, neuters, vaccinates and then releases them into the area from where they were taken. According to the Texas Health and Safety Code, a releasing agency such as the San Marcos City Animal Shelter may not release a dog or cat for adoption unless the animal has See CITY, page 3

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Will Staney literally jumped for joy when he found out Tuesday that he was at last signing the contract that would name him sole owner of the local novelty clothing store, Vintage Connection. Staney said he had always wanted to own his own business but did not expect to do so until after he graduated. Staney, advertising senior, was at the Coffee Pot down on The Square when he overheard the owners of Vintage Collection talking about wanting to sell the store, located right next to the coffee shop. Staney said he saw an opportunity presenting itself and seized the chance to talk to them about buying it. “I had shopped there before and thought that a lot could be done to improve it. I wanted to gear it for a younger crowd. I wanted to focus on what the student population is wanting,” Staney said. “So I took out a small business loan, and I’ve

had the place since last Saturday.” Staney said he asks his customers what kinds of clothing they would like to see in the store. He said he plans to change some of the inventory and will hand-pick everything from his suppliers to ensure that it is unique and of good quality. Vintage Connection differs from other stores similar to it by not being a resale shop. There were, however, a few challenges involved in gaining ownership of the vintage store. “It’s extremely hard for a 22year-old to get a loan,” Staney said, elaborating that it was even more difficult if a person has bad credit. Staney has had numerous experiences that have boosted him in achieving the ownership status he has today. During his senior year of high school, he was already involved in the vehicle industry as car salesman. He has also managed a restaurant near College Station and helped manage a friend’s bar in Hous-

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Monty Marion/Star photo William Staney, advertising senior, stands among racks of shirts at the Vintage Collection on The Square where he recently became the new owner. ton. Staney said it was his experience with management that helped him finally own a business, but he suggested the Small Business Development Center for those interested in owning a business but have no idea how to go about doing so.

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Thursday in Brief

October 20, 2005

campushappenings The Southwestern Writers Collection is pleased to host San Antonio Express-News Editor Robert Rivard, who will be reading from his recently published book Trail of Feathers at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 3. This true crime/memoir from Public Affairs Books documents the six-year process by which Rivard and others worked to discover what happened to Philip True, the ExpressNews’ Mexico City correspondent who went missing during a 10-day expedition into the canyons of the Sierra Madre. Rivard has served as editor of the Express-News since 1997. He was awarded

the 2002 Maria Moors Cabor Award from Columbia University and the Society of Professional Journalists’ top prize for foreign correspondents in 1982, both in recognition of his work as a journalist in Latin America. Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of the San Antonio ExpressNews. Proceeds from these sales benefit the Philip True Education Trust for the late reporter’s 6-year-old son. For more information about the Southwestern Writers Collection archives, exhibits and events or directions call (512) 2452313 or go to www.swwc.txstate.edu.

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Chaleece Kopecki, mass communication senior, places a bid on a purse at the silent auction being held in Old Main that ends today. The funds collected from the auction go to Hurricane Katrina relief and is being headed by mass communication graduate students.

EVENTS Events

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Thursday

FREE Writing Center Workshop: Developing a Strong Thesis will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. For more information, contact The Writing Center.

Lambda Theta Phi is having a FREE Comedy Show Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at 7 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For information or to sign up for the following groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Monday Free Writing Center Workshop: Preparing for essay exams, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. For more information contact the Writing Center at (512) 2453018. Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For information or to sign up for the following groups, call the Counseling Center. Tuesday Southwest Baroque Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Wednesday ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information or to sign up for the following groups, call the Counseling Center. FREE Writing Center Workshop: Quotations, Citations and Plagiarism will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. For more

Arts & Entertainment Thursday Guest Artist Lora Deahl, piano will take place at 8 p.m. in the recital Hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 students. Friday Opera Workshop will be held from 8 p.m. in the University Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 students.

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Monday Hill Country Artists Series featuring �The Webster Trio� will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center (Kyle). Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at starcalendar@txstate.edu, or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulletted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

CRIME BL TTER WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES University Police Department Oct. 15, unknown hour Theft: Under $1500/ LBJ Student Center A student reported to a police officer that their personal property had been stolen. This case is under investigation. Oct. 16, 10:22 p.m. Regent Rule Violation/ San Saba Hall A student reported to a police officer that two students were throwing water balloons at moving vehicles. A report was

made of the incident. San Marcos Police Department Oct. 17, 9:45 a.m. Criminal Mischief under $500/301 N. Edward Gary St. Hastings remote metal drop box at Kinko’s was damaged when an unknown vehicle struck it. Oct. 18, 4:01 a.m. Aggravated Assault/ 1433 N. I-35 Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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

In the Oct. 13 edition of The University Star, the article “UPD cautions students concerning recent spike in car, university thefts” incorrectly reported that two Dell computers and a projector had been stolen from the Round Rock Higher Education Center. This report was based on a statement from UPD Chief Ralph Meyer and an e-mail sent to students by UPD. According to sources at the RRHEC, there was no projector stolen, and only one, older Dell computer and two monitors were stolen. In Tuesday’s edition, the story “The (sorta) fast & the (kinda) furious” reported incorrectly that Chi Beta Delta and Delta Tau Delta tied for first place in the Homecoming soapbox

derby Friday in the student organizations category. In fact, Ag Ambassadors won first place among student organizations. Also in Tuesday’s issue, the two photos of the columnist Heloise on the front page for the article “Keeping it clean 101” were attributed to Brynn Leggett; the photo on the left was actually taken by Photo Editor Courtney Addison. On page 3, part of the last paragraph in the article “Panel speaks out against Proposition 2” was cut off. It should have read, “‘Some of the arguments they are making now are the same they made about blacks or Asians,’ (Central Presbyterian Church pastor Craig) Nakagawa said.”

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PET OF THE WEEK Hyde is a German shepherd harrier mix who loves to play with a tennis ball. If you would like to adopt her, or for more information, contact the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 3938340. Don’t forget to mention Hyde’s identification number: 28948.

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been sterilized or the release is made to a new owner who signs an agreement to have the animal sterilized. Presently, the animal shelter does not offer spaying or neutering for animals but does require an agreement to be signed by owners promising animal sterilization. Once owners leave the shelter, there is no guarantee that they will spay or neuter their pet. This has become an issue with several concerned citizens, and they have taken it upon themselves to solve the perceived problem by employing TNR. Ed Davis, a proponent of TNR, believes the program saves the lives of kittens, pup-

pies and other domestic animals. TNR proponents believe overpopulation of feral and stray animals is a major problem and see the program as the only means to stopping it. “Fixing animals is the only thing that does control the population,” said Karen Cowen, Alkek Library assistant and founder of a loosely organized TNRM program on-campus. The “M” for maintenance deals with feeding, watering and monitoring the TNR animals as well as new feral cats. Bert Stratemann, San Marcos animal services manager, believes the program is only successful in controlled environments such as a university that has the resources and a strong student volunteer base to carry out the program.

Many universities like the University of Texas and Texas A&M sponsor TNR programs. Stratemann also pointed out that students and their families should consider the cost of added tuition fees to support the program. “I’d be freaking out if they were letting cats loose,” Stratemann said. One health safety issue is that animals, including cats, must keep current with their vaccinations. Shots are recommended every three years. Stratemann said letting the cats go creates potential for rabies because a released cat may never be seen again. Currently, Cowen, with the help of the Pre-Vet Society, is working on a strictly volunteer basis and receives donations from fundraising.

Sharri Boyett runs a charitable nonprofit volunteer organization, Pet Prevent A Litter of Central Texas that promotes the spaying and neutering of pets by raising awareness and money. Boyett has spoken to the council numerous times on animal issues such as euthanasia and believes campus support will be the best thing to garner community support for the TNR program. Boyett and Cowen spay and neuter animals through the EmanciPet Vet Clinic located in San Marcos and Kyle. Opponents of TNR believe that TNR cats are harmful to wildlife, such as birds and lizards. “The bottom line is that TNR reduces the number of cats,” Cowen said.

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studying for mid-term exams. Staney also described the perks of operating a small business. He can do homework on the job, and he said he has a lot of support from his friends and from his customers. “There is a cool consensus of people who are really happy and excited that this place is student-run,” Staney said. He hopes to sell Vintage Connection to another Texas State student after he graduates and said he wants the store to stay in the student community. Vintage Connection’s grand opening under its new owner will be from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Nov. 3. Staney said the grand opening is his way of introducing himself to the community and showing that the store is now under new ownership. He will also be offering free beer that night for those who come to visit the store. Vintage Connection is one of several student-owned businesses in San Marcos. Dean’s Wearhouse, specializing in surfer and skater-style clothing, is owned by Josh Kloepping, marketing senior. The store is also located on The Square, just a

short walk down the sidewalk from Vintage Connection. Kloepping gained ownership of the store in mid-April. “I’ve always wanted my own business,” Kloepping said. “I was thinking that I really don’t want the nine-to-five job where you’re just sitting in an office all day.” Concerning the challenges of managing a business and classes at the same time, Kloepping said, “Sure it’s hard at times, but you’ve got to believe in it and be behind what you do. It’s got to be a fun thing.” Texas State alumnus Albert Garcia started his business, College Delivery, in September 2002 while he was a business management senior. Formerly known as Bobcat Delivery, the growing business delivers food from nine local restaurants and is modeled after other successful delivery businesses that he spotted in Austin and in California, said Garcia, who initially started the business with another Texas State student. “We did what we could and three years later, here we are,” Garcia said. “You’ve got to be committed and go for it. Do it, and do it right.”

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process of editing resulted in a nearly 200page manual. Pending approval from the office of university Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Perry Moore, the handbook will be published electronically as well as in hard copy. This hard copy edition will be the first since the university officially changed its name to Texas State. The Faculty Senate ended its meeting by agreeing to support censuring the actions of Texas A&M-Kingsville President Rumaldo Juarez. Juarez, a former dean of health administration at Texas State, suspended the faculty senate at Texas A&M-Kingsville following the senate’s vote of no confidence against Juarez. Health administration professor and Sen. Wayne Sorenson was the lone abstention from voting, stating that “we don’t know enough about what happened there and I can’t vote for or against it.”

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Saturday marks Fall 2005’s first session of Bobcat Day. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Bobcat Day is an event aimed at high school juniors, seniors and transfer students who are considering Texas State as their college of choice. Trisha Carter, Bobcat Day coordinator and Texas State admissions counselor, said Saturday’s event is popular with students and parents because it does not interfere with school and work. “It allows for a broader audience from all over the state. Also, many of the events are held on game days, so students and parents are able to enjoy that aspect as well,” Carter said. Bobcat Day has a 10-year history at Texas State. Carter said the event was once known as College Day but has been changed to Bobcat Day to make the “unique” events stand out from other universities. According to Undergraduate Admissions, there is no cap on the attendance and the average number of attendees is 1,500 students and parents per event. The day will begin for attendees with a check-in at the LBJ Student Center from 9 to 10 a.m. where they will register and pick up the day’s agenda. After attending welcome sessions, students will meet in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom for the University Exchange. At the University Exchange, prospective students will be able to meet and greet faculty, students and staff from various departments on campus, as well as representatives from various organizations. “They are able to speak oneon-one with department heads, faculty and students of the major or area in which they have an interest. We don’t limit them to just one or two (areas of interest.) The whole university is in-

volved,” Carter said. Following the University Exchange, students will disperse to concurrent sessions offered by Financial Aid, Multicultural Student Affairs, Residence Life and other organizations. Prospective Texas State students who wish to tour campus may do so. University Ambassadors is the main student organization involved with Bobcat Day. The University Ambassadors host tours and answer questions. Julie Love, public relations junior and public relations coordinator for University Ambassadors, said the most common questions she answers are from parents asking about residence halls. “I really, really love our school. I love being able to take people around to show them the campus,” Love said. “It’s amazing when kids come up to you and say ‘Hey, you were my tour guide when I was thinking about coming here.’ It’s rewarding.” All of the 21 residence halls will be open, as well as LBJ Student Center’s Lair Food Court and the Commons Dining Hall. Entertainment will be provided by some of Texas State’s musical groups, including a jazz ensemble. “We hope they get a positive sense that the campus is friendly, and people are approachable and here to help them, so that while they are at home considering their decision of what university to attend, they will know we have excellent programs, quality faculty and a welcoming place for them to study,” said Denise Smart, dean of the McCoy College of Business Administration. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and a pair of walking shoes. For more information on Bobcat Day, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@txstate.edu or call (512) 245-2364.

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the same password, is not. Although Blackboard contains no personal information, such as addresses, class schedules, e-mail and the ability to add and drop courses, it uses the same password required to enter sites that do allow those privileges. Blackboard, CatsWeb and the university’s Webmail system all require the same password for login from each student. If a sniffer can acquire the password during a login to Blackboard, the information can be applied to other parts of a student’s account. To demonstrate, one student hacked into The University Star reporter’s Blackboard account with her permission, allowing her to view the process. The student was successful in hacking her account. If a malicious hacker is able to capture a user’s Blackboard login password, he or she can then login to the student’s CatsWeb account and gain personal information or change information. The hacker would have the ability to read private e-mail after gaining access to the student’s Webmail account. Dan said he has attempted to sniff logins to Blackboard and has succeeded. He said he was not able to sniff the other two services. “It is inexcusable to have Blackboard unencrypted,” Dan said. The students compared an encrypted login to an envelope. If a letter is handed to a postal worker, who in turn sends it through the mail system, it is sealed and the carriers are not able to read what is being delivered. If an unauthorized person takes the letter, they cannot just look at the letter and read it. An unencrypted login, however, is similar to a post card. It is sent out into the system with no protective covering, open for anyone to see. Dan said he informed administrators about “a hole in the system” two years ago. He said the administration did not seem concerned. Dan said he has since sniffed numerous accounts in an attempt to prove it is a concern. Sniffing, he said, is not illegal. It is, he said, a valuable tool to find faults in a program and the software necessary to sniff come standard on many computers. It becomes illegal, however, when a sniffer uses the information obtained in a malicious fashion. “Any legitimate tools should not be illegal but shouldn’t be used to break in,” John said. “Compare it to finding a key that isn’t yours but then actually using it negatively.” Milton Nielsen, assistant vice president of instructional technologies support, has worked with the Blackboard system for four years. His position helps provide technical support to faculty and the Blackboard system. Nielsen admitted information on the Blackboard site is unencrypted but said it is because the information on the site does not contain personal information like CatsWeb or in an individual’s Webmail. Nielsen said the actual login to all three have the same level of protection. In addition, he said the login is more

protected from breaches of security than a student’s car or apartment. “Without a doubt,” Nielsen said. “How often do you change the locks on your doors? Did you change them after you moved in? Do you shut and lock all of your windows?” Nielsen said the only reports his department has received of unauthorized access could not be proven to be a result of sniffing. “The only reports we have had were ones when someone had given away their password, had written down their password or had not changed it recently,” Nielsen said. Nielsen said it is possible for someone to sniff a login to Blackboard, but compared it to being struck by lightning. He said if a person can sniff a login to Blackboard, that person can just as easily sniff the login to CatsWeb or Webmail. Both students agreed that encrypting the page and encrypting the login are two separate issues. Although they say encrypting the login to Blackboard while still leaving the page insecure would be a positive step, the second student believes it would still leave people vulnerable. “If something requires a password to access it, I think the information should be secure too,” Dan said. Still, the two do not agree that

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should be able to log into Blackboard from anywhere and not worry about my password getting sniffed. That login should be encrypted.”

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the three logins are equally secure. “The administrator is wrong,” John said. “Have anyone who knows what a sniffer is go into the dorms and attempt that this can be demonstrated, that it is indeed possible.” He added, however, that he does not want to accuse Nielsen of hiding any flaws in the Blackboard system. “Maybe he just doesn’t know,” John said. Elliott Franklin, Texas State information security analyst, agreed there is a difference between encrypting the information on the page and encrypting the login. He said one can be encrypted without the other. Franklin’s department works with both CatsWeb and Webmail. He said although the menu page for CatsWeb is not encrypted, both the login and the information on the page after login is completed is encrypted. The same is true for Webmail. Franklin said the password and network identifications for all three systems are stored in the same server with an equal level of encryption and security. This

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A Bobcat in Baghdad My name is Brian Patrick Henretta. I’m a 24-year-old Texas State student from Buffalo, N.Y. I moved to Killeen in 2000, and my home has been San Marcos since early 2003. I’m an Army public affairs specialist, journalist and photographer with the 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Texas National Guard, out of Camp Mabry, currently serving in Baghdad under Operation Iraqi Freedom. I’m a mass communication sophomore, but my major will likely change by the time I return to Texas State.

Oct. 19, 2005 A year is a long time to be away from your home and loved ones. I try to make the time pass quickly by staying busy and having a good attitude about my situation. There honestly isn’t too much to be happy about while you’re in a scorching hot, Third World war zone. However, that outlook isn’t going to fix anything, so I try not to think negatively. I can’t lie though; there are times when you just can’t pretend to be happy. Any of you history majors reading this can testify that wars are often won and lost based on the morale of the soldiers. If we are kept happy, we feel like there is something to fight for. Lately, I haven’t been able to get myself into good moods as often. It’s probably because I know the end of this deployment is coming soon but not soon enough. There have been some recent rule changes for us. They may not seem like a big deal, but when we live in a place where we don’t have much relative freedom to begin with, it hurts when the people in charge add more regulations to your life. It’s like things had been going fine, so it gets frustrating when there are unnecessary changes. For example, we now must take our rifles with us to the showers. No one did that for the first 10 months of the deployment, but apparently, we needed a rule change. Those of you who know anything about guns probably realize

means that when the password is stored it is safe from sniffers. Franklin said the place in the system where there might be a difference in security level is when the password is in transaction, such as during a login. He has not personally tried to sniff the three logins, and thus he is unsure if the availability for a sniffer to acquire a password during login is equally difficult for each of the three. Franklin said with the current technology, there is no guarantee for safety, but applying SSL to the logins in CatsWeb and Webmail is an extra precaution. “SSL does not make sniffing impossible, it is just another layer,” Franklin said. Franklin was asked, if he had to choose, whether he would prefer to have the login encrypted or the information on the page encrypted. “I would just as soon do both to be safe,” he said. There are some businesses, such as banks, Franklin said, that only encrypt logins. He said the application of SSL must be weighed because although it may have the potential to prevent sniffing, it comes at a cost and slows the information process. Franklin said he has not worked with Blackboard and was unable to be positive whether it, outside of the time when it is stored in the server, is encrypted. Nielsen said the university is in the process of changing programs from Blackboard to Sakai. The program will lower the cost of the student support site from $65,000 a year to $10,000. The students looked at the new program and support the change. However, it could still pose the same threat to students

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that it is a bad idea to take one into a steamy, wet room when there is constantly sand blowing outside, but that must be a mystery to the person who thought of the new order. Another new bit of fun for us is that we are not allowed to walk around after dark alone. This may sound like a safe idea, but it doesn’t allow one to do much when it gets dark around 5:30 p.m. I like to go to the gym or run after work to get away from everyone, but I can’t anymore. I think part of my problem with things like this is that they force us to be with the same people every second of the day. Sorry, but humans need a little time alone every now and then — at least I do. We have been together for a year or so, and we are already beyond tired of each other. Relationships between members of my unit are pretty different from the ones back home where you can see people whenever you feel like it. But I’m sure that if you had to be with your best friend in the world all day at work, all night when you’re off and had to sit with him or her during every meal, every day of they year, with no weekends off, you would grow sick of each other. That’s the point at which we are, and attempts by the people above us to make our unit closer end up doing the opposite. I never used to feel this way in my old unit when I was doing reconnaissance missions in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle (it’s pretty much like a tank). In my time in the military, I’ve noticed that the des-

that the current system has. “The login does not come encrypted,” Dan said. “The university would still have to pay for the license to have it protected.” Nielsen said a personal computer off campus is more susceptible to danger versus a computer that logs in from campus, such as those in the dorms. He said computers used on campus are required to have security, which would make it hard to acquire viruses making the computer susceptible to sniffing. Nielsen said if a computer does acquire one of these viruses, the portal is turned off and a student may no longer have Internet access until it has been cleaned. Dan, however, said this is not the case. He has sniffed Blackboard logins from a dorm room. He admitted it was more difficult, but the university’s policies against viruses did not prevent sniffing from occurring. In addition, Dan said the location and the piece of equipment used to login to Blackboard should not have any bearing on the safety of the login. “I should be able to log into Blackboard from anywhere in the world and not worry about my password being sniffed,” he said. “That login should be encrypted.” When presented with the question of the levels of security for a second time, Nielsen again said the level of security of all three logins is the same. He said the way a student should increase protection is to be sure to have updated security on a personal computer to prevent viruses that can capture personal information. Nielsen added that one way to promote computer safety is to

ignated combat units, such as infantry and tankers, have a much closer bond with one another than other units. I would say the reason for this is because the guys are out every day watching one another’s backs to survive. If a petty argument came between two people and they stop caring about each other, someone could easily die. Units that mostly work in offices or don’t go out into the war don’t have quite as much of a bond because people love to start drama when they are in a more sheltered environment. I hope my bosses aren’t too upset when they see this, but I can’t help the way I feel right now. I would be letting you down if I didn’t tell you about some of the low times. Of course, we all go through periods in Iraq when we are very unhappy, and many members of my group, myself included, are experiencing that right now. The good thing is that even though we grow to loathe each other sometimes, good friends always make up and stick together. Without the support of my close friends here, I don’t know what I would do. Anytime another silly rule or regulation is laid on us, all we can do is complain among ourselves, make fun of whoever is trying to hold us down, adapt and move on with our lives. It’s what any person does, but soldiers do it best. ONLINE: brianiniraq44@yahoo.com

avoid using the “save login” tool presented after a first login. “That information is then saved on your machine. If someone can then find that information, they can keep it and use it,” Nielsen said. “That is stored information and anything that is stored has the potential to be stolen.” While the two students still hold their position that Blackboard is insecure and has the potential to have the same level of security as CatsWeb and Webmail, Nielsen said the issue of security is not simple and is not something that can be easily discussed or solved.

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THE MAIN POINT

It’s time that Kinky faces the facts. He is an accomplished musician, writer and politico. He is friends with both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is a true individual and is doing wonders to shake up the November election — but — Kinky will not win. He doesn’t have a chance, and he knows it. Richard “Kinky” Friedman was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1948. A University of Texas alumnus, he went to serve in the Peace Corps in Borneo, Indonesia, before returning to Austin. He has released numerous albums and novels and has found a sort of cult following among the Austin hipster crowd. In 2004, he launched his campaign to be included on the ballot for governor of Texas. What followed was a massive undertaking of collecting signatures on a petition. The caveat? Those who signed agreed to abstain from voting in the March primaries. This raises a lot of concerns. The biggest of which concerns primaries. Because of congressional redistricting there are a many races that will be decided exclusively in the primaries. The congressional race over District 28 is a perfect example. This district includes San Marcos, South San Antonio and parts of Laredo. The district is virtually impossible for a Republican to win. So the victor in the primaries is usually guaranteed a win in the general election. In 2004, incumbent Ciro Rodriguez, after serving eight years in the House of Representatives, was defeated in the primaries by Henry Cuellar. This defeat only occurred after having a “questionable” recount involving ballots stored in a bank vault in Cuellar’s hometown. All of this took place in the primaries. The general election was a wash with Cuellar receiving 59 percent of the vote. If you abstain from voting in the primaries because of feeble hopes to help Kinky, you are missing out on deciding on your congressman. Secondly, his campaign has been one of novelty rather than substance. People are clamoring to own “Get Kinky” merchandise for the sheer satire of it. If he were running using his given name, Richard, would we be paying attention? If he isn’t even taking his own campaign seriously why should anyone else? When a candidate spends the multitude of his time campaigning in bars, one can’t help but wonder if he is in this race for all Texans. According to political consultant Anthony Gutierrez of DC9 Communications, Kinky refuses to make fundraising calls. While no candidate has been over the moon about cold-calling potential voters, they do it because, according to Gutierrez, “donors don’t give money for the privilege of talking to a staffer.” If he does get into the general election, it will be at the expense of a lot of good candidates who have been ignored in the primaries. Once on the ballot in the general election, he’ll take away just enough votes to ensure no Democrat can win. Thanks Kinky; now we are stuck with Gov. Good Hair for another four years. Maybe next time you can let the grownups govern. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to starletters@txstate.edu. Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.

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is a worthy enough gubernatorial candidate to give up your vote in the primaries to get him on the 2007 ballot? “Absolutely because I think that there should be a chance for an independent voice in Texas politics. I don’t think it should be such a trial for a third party to have access.” — Katie Crosswhite international studies senior

“Yeah, because the elected officials who are in power are do-nothing, rich snobs.” — Steven Gonzalez political science junior

“I think he is. I like his views on education.” — Janelle Martin music freshman

“I like Kinky Friedman, but I don’t necessarily think he’d be the greatest governor. I enjoy reading his stuff and all, but no.” — Travis Sellers management senior

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Unlocking the keys to stockbroking Did you ever wish possible return.’ that you knew how Nor did I say ‘get to invest money the lowest posmore wisely than sible risk.’ There’s do stockbrokers? always a tradeoff You could learn, between the two, but how much time and buying indiand effort would be vidual stocks gives required? Years? No. you a rotten comRICK BORGHESI Months? No. Not bination. Guest Columnist even hours. How This is where a about one short senserious problem tence? Here it is: arises. Most peoBuy low-fee no-load muple buy stocks through brotual funds. kers, but stockbrokers have I have spent tens of thoulittle training and even less sands of dollars and many incentive to help you propyears earning two graduate erly manage your risk/return degrees in finance. The result, tradeoff. Instead, the comironically, is that only now do pensation structure under I realize that the best investwhich brokers work creates ment strategy for the vast a situation where the only majority of people is one that tradeoff concerning them is a fifth-grader could underthe exchange of money from stand. So, pay attention beyour savings account into cause I’m about to spare you their wallets. If you were a that time, effort and money, broker, you might behave the yet make you a better investor same way since you would than 99.99 percent of experiearn a nice juicy bonus every enced brokers. time you convinced a client The bottom line is that the to buy or sell a stock. So, put value of any financial investdown your University Star ment is measured by two and fire your broker, then components: risk and return. come back and finish reading The idea is to get the highest this column. possible return for the lowThere. That wasn’t so bad. est possible risk. Note that Now, forget everything that I didn’t say ‘get the highest your stockbroker ever told

you, and follow this simple strategy instead: buy mutual funds. One caveat — you will need to pick from the right category of mutual funds. By ‘the right category,’ I mean low-cost, no-load mutual funds. All mutual funds charge fees (known as expense ratios). Such fees are necessary because mutual fund companies incur operating expenses (it’s not free for fund managers to buy and administer the assets in their funds), but some funds have far lower fees than do others. You can easily buy no-load funds with expense ratios below 1 percent per year and should generally stick to those having expense ratios around 0.5 percent per year. However, many mutual funds charge significantly higher fees because they are run by highly paid managers who try to beat the market by spending their time and your money picking undervalued assets. But history has repeatedly and convincingly demonstrated that this high-cost approach simply doesn’t pay off. Well, not for you anyway. Not unless your broker lets you borrow his sailboat on

weekends or spend your vacations at his timeshare. The fact is that the unbeatable risk/return tradeoff associated with low-cost noload mutual funds is achieved precisely by avoiding wasteful management expenses. Best of all, you don’t even need the ‘help’ of an investment professional to invest. In fact, you will be much better off investing on your own because brokers have an incentive to push high-fee mutual funds. The easiest place to buy mutual funds is the Internet. To avoid the appearance of having an agenda, I won’t mention any specific investment sites. Instead, I suggest that you Google ‘low-fee noload mutual funds’ and pick a site on your own. But stockbrokers are people, too. If you feel charitable and forgiving, forward a copy of this article to your old broker so he can learn to invest as wisely as you do. If you are forgiving but not feeling charitable, forward the article and attach an invoice charging him a juicy commission for your assistance.

in the country. If you don’t believe me and want proof, just attend a local high school graduation for the evidence. We are limited in our ability to alter our biology and therefore should be working with it, not against it. If it is indeed the responsibility of parents to educate their daughters then Albertson’s should stand aside and let them do it. If parents have done their job in raising their daughters, the information in Seventeen magazine would be nothing new. If not, then her parents have failed her, and the information in that article is exactly what she needs to avoid standing out as she receives her diploma.

and tiny shirts are much more provocative. Many women who visit the health clinic where I (Kara) work do not know very much about their bodies, and some of them are college-aged, sexually active women. There is no harm in knowing about your own body, no matter what age you are. If parents don’t want to have their children finding out about their vaginas through a magazine, then they should censor the information, but it is not the job of a grocery store to do so for them. If people would stop being so afraid to have honest dialog about sex and would distribute more information about it, there might not be such a high incidence of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Honestly Zach, if you think a vagina is merely for sex, we have an even bigger problem on our hands. To quote Mark Twain, “Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.”

Borghesi is an associate professor of finance.

Letters to the Editor Students lack independant thinking Few things are more depressing than the uninspired thought of the incurious mind. This past week on The University Star Opinions page, no less than five authors responded to a narrow-minded, hate-driven rant filled with cherry-picked half-facts by submitting their own hypocritical narrow-minded, hate-driven rants filled with cherry-picked half-facts in direct contradiction to the tenets of an official statement from a nameless and apparently out-to-lunch editor. I am sure they all worked very hard to sort through the talking points of their selected political parties, but the unfortunate result was a demonstration that they are all stuck on a hamster wheel of unoriginal ideas. It is a lack of general skepticism and critical thinking that leads one to believe that a political party could be right all the time or that as 53 percent of respondents in the poll on that same Opinions page believe, that “God created man exactly as Bible describes.” Rather than

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following politics and religion in blind faith, we should treat everything these money-hungry parasitic organizations say with the same suspicion that we treat junk e-mails for penis enlargement, credit card debt reduction and free iPods. Stand up for control of your own minds people and don’t let Texas State be known for producing suckers. — Tim Suto biology senior

In response to Albertson’s censorship of Seventeen Zachary Royal believes it’s not only possible, but it’s a good idea to hide women’s vaginas from them. Believe it or not, vaginas are not dangerous, vile or sinful and can actually be quite pleasant. Attempts to keep people ignorant of sexuality and reproduction are harmful to society and contrary to the purposes of the university setting. These attempts in Bible Belt states have resulted in the highest teen pregnancy rates

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— Tim Suto biology senior In response to the Albertson’s debate, we want to present a more logical perspective than that of Zachary Royal. The article in Seventeen magazine was written with the intent to inform teenage girls about a part of their anatomy that they might be too embarrassed — due to social conventions — to find out about otherwise. To call a mere picture of a vulva “pornographic” is very shortsighted. If you want our opinion, the depictions of girls in short skirts

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On behalf of the Texas State Feminist Majority, — Kara Sweidel philosophy senior, Sarah Davis anthropology senior The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright October 20, 2005. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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happeningsof the weekend san marcos

Thursday Cheatham Street Warehouse – The Gougers, Matt Williams Lucy’s – Alligator Dave The Triple Crown – Aaron Franz, Rebecca Creek, Cracker Mojo

Friday Cheatham Street Warehouse – The Hudsons Gordo’s – Fambly, Fulton Read, Ballistica, DJ Squince The Triple Crown – Clap Clap!, This Will Destroy You, The Intrest Kills

Saturday Cheatham Street Warehouse – Texas Renegade Lucy’s – A Year In Exile Riley’s Tavern – The Dukes of Haphazzard The Triple Crown – Opposite Day, Woodbelly, Meatwood

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SOUTH AUSTIN JUG BAND Why join a band if you can’t enjoy it? By Kyle Carson Entertainment Writer There are a great number of bands around Austin, but perhaps none have as much fun on stage than the South Austin Jug Band. The release of its enthralling sophomore album Dark and Weary World reflects the lessons learned on the road while touring the United States, England, France and the Netherlands. James Hyland, lead singer and rhythm guitar player recalls, “I’ve learned that you end your tour in Amsterdam; you don’t start with it. (Laughs) Europe is something else. You learn how young America re-

ally is; it’s weird. I waited until I was 29 to go to Europe. My advice to younger people is don’t wait; go now.” Critics have described the Jug Band’s music as “neo-bluegrass,” “Americana” and “lone star beatnik country.” Hyland responds, “I like rock ‘n’ roll like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. We really draw from everything. I don’t really know how to describe it. We actually play more swing than bluegrass.” The distinctive quintet came together in 2000 when Hyland put together a group of musicians for a one-time gig at Austin’s Broken Spoke. What sticks out most in his mind about that

night is, “It wasn’t that it was a great gig; it’s that everyone had such a good time together. The chemistry about these guys is something else. That’s been the magic of us. We don’t really rehearse; we all just play great together. It’s a band of brothers. Everyone gets along so well and nothing with these guys ever gets out of hand. It’s a real laid back atmosphere.” The South Austin Jug Band sparks new energy into swing and bluegrass. They take pride in their rowdy live performances and love to make their fans come together. With such a killPhoto courtesy of Blue Moon Records er group of musicians, it only a matter of time before they leave The South Austin Jug Band will be playing a free show at Glade Amphitheatre on Tuesday us for bigger and better things. and release a second album Dark and Weary World.

To make things happen ... you have to act Star: What influenced you to start playing music? Hyland: Chicks, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll…no, just kidding. I started playing guitar when I was 19. I kinda got a late start. I was in Austin going to school, working a shitty job. I decided I wanted to play guitar so I spent a weeks pay on a cheap little guitar and a Willie Nelson chord book. Then I just started teaching myself. Star: Describe the first band you played in. Hyland: Oh man, it was a sloppy country rock band. I met this three-piece punk band, and we got together and started playing. It was called One Trick Pony. A couple of the guy from the band, Warren Hood, Willie Pipkin and I decided to put together the Jug Band. Willie still plays in the band and Warren is doing his own thing in Austin.

Star: Dark and Weary World is your first album to be released on Blue Corn Music, how did the SAJB approach writing the new CD? Did the label influence your music at all? Hyland: We made the CD on our own. Most of these songs we’ve been playing for the last two years. We paid for the recording. They [Blue Corn Music] came on to help with publicity, promotion, that kind of thing. Star: How has the music evolved since your self-titled album in 2003? Hyland: We’re more comfortable with our instruments. The songs are slowly getting better, which is a great thing. You’re always picking up shit left and right that you use in the music. The cool thing about playing big venues is that you’re around other great musicians like Alison Krauss. You learn a lot about your

music that way. We’ve gotten better with age and experience. You know, you don’t want to be stale. Now we’re able to draw from our talents. We are better at executing music together now. Star: You are one of the main songwriters of the band. Musically, what do you bring to a particular tune in the song-writing process? Hyland: The biggest strength I have is an eye for lyrics that are good or bad. I can tell if it’s lousy art or if it’s phony. If you’re going to use lyrics then they need to be worth a shit in 20 years — no, 50 years. The other guys in the band really are the eggheads behind the band. They see music like we see colors. They’ll hear a car horn and tell you that the note is a F. All of us have at least ten years of playing under our belts. Star: It has been said that your greatest following is hippies and

rednecks, who would you like to see more of at your shows? Hyland: Everybody else I guess. The strange thing about our music is that it draws such different crowds. You get Bible beaters, hippies, rednecks — everyone. I’m always interested to see who shows up to our shows. People will hear our music on CD and think it’s a bunch of old guys up there. They need to see us live. It’s different than listening to the CD. The live show has so much more energy; we have a blast. I want to work on capturing the live feel in the studio. Star: Who is your favorite guilty pleasure band? Hyland: The Weary Boys. They’re from Austin. Star: Have you ever had to pay a noise violation? Hyland: No, but the people who complain about the noise

are the ones moving to Sixth Street. Come on, you’re on sixth street! Star: What is the best piece of advice your mama ever gave you? Hyland: My mom sent me a card that I have up at home. It says that to make things happen you have to act. I think it’s one thing to have a goal and one thing to act on it. If you don’t reach your goal, the important thing is that you were trying. If you’ve got the balls to dream it then you gotta have the balls to go for it. Star: Dead or alive, if you could choose three bands to play at your next birthday, who would they be? Hyland: Elvis, Todd Snider and Jimi Hendrix. You have to have Jimi. Star: What’s your drink of choice? Hyland: I’ll have to go with

a White Russian. (Laughs) The dude abides. Star: Fans are always excited to see the energy of SAJB’s live performances, what is the best show you have ever seen? Hyland: Dolly Parton at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. That woman puts the show in show business. Another one is Steve Earle with the Del McCoury Band. He’s what you think of when you think bluegrass. When you get that level of musicianship and songwriting it’s kinda spooky being there to see it. Star: What do you think would surprise a SAJB fan the most about you? Hyland: They wouldn’t be surprised by much. I do wake up very early. I don’t sleep much, which is weird because I am very lazy. — Interview by Kyle Carson

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Webcomics move humor online, leave print in the cold By John Overton Entertainment Writer As we reach the 10th anniversary of the retirement of Bill Waterston and his comic Calvin and Hobbes, it’s easy to look at the funny pages and realize they are not what they used to be. The age of our youth with Far Side and the like have been replaced with Garfield still being fat and hating Mondays, while Dilbert’s boss is still stupid. Each comic always has very obvious punchlines given their setups. The Internet has given a new venue for comic authors and artists to flourish. They no longer have to appeal to any standards or censorship present in print. This sort of setup, however, allows those with an Internet connection and money for a monthly server a chance to show their work. The obvious downside to such a thing is that there are a lot of very poor Webcomics out there. The upside is that there are some absolutely fantastic ones that are easily read while discarding the rest. Daily Dinosaur Comics www.qwantz.com It has an interesting format, as the visual setup of each comic from one day to the next has been the same since its first comic two years ago. Each day, T-Rex will stomp on a house, come into contact with Dromiceiomimus, stomp on a woman before being interrupted by Utahraptor and have him making an exclamation at the end. Its comic themes often

range from losing a baby during a babysitting job to giving incites into philosophical topics. Penny Arcade www.penny-arcade.com It’s a videogame-centric comic in which the main characters, Gabe and Tycho (personas of the artist and author, respectively), talk or interact with current issues in the video game community. This makes a lot of the archive comics feel outdated, as they deal with issues that were, at the time, funny, but the context is now lost. Each day, outside of the comic itself, there is a news post by Tycho, further elaborating on the themes expressed in the comic. Bob and George’s www.bobandgeorge.com Thanks to creator, Dave, the Internet is overflowing with sprite comics, where the art of the comic is composed of characters taken directly from old videogames against backgrounds drawn in MS Paint. The result is usually a visual mess, with an extra dose of middle-school-level humor. 8-bit Theater www.nuklearpower.com It sidesteps most of the problems with sprite comics with a well-written, organized and visually appealing comic that goes from being clever to dumb at times. However, it’s always entertaining.

but conservative Christian. The comic is almost a more perverse, raunchier version of The Far Side. Sex and irony are the most prominent themes in the comic. White Ninja Comics www.whiteninjacomics.com It has absolutely nothing to do with ninjas outside of the main character being a white ninja. It has an absurdist, bizarre sense of humor. The drawing almost always looks like it was quickly sketched. Though each comic features white ninja, there is no cohesive narrative to follow through multiple comics. So, any comic can stand on its own. Goats www.goats.com This is one of the longest-running Webcomics, going back to the late 1990s. Goats follows the (loose) plot with John, Phillip and a cast of animals, celebrities, space aliens and evil villains. Although each story arc technically has a plot, the sheer random nature of these plots tends to obscure that fact at times. It helped establish a lot of the principles that many webcomics now go by in regards to payments. It offers two versions of each comic, one in black and white, the other in full color. Subscribers are also given discounts on the books and shirts available on the site.

Photo courtesy of Penny-Arcade.com www.cheston.com/pbf/archive.html Gabe and Tycho are the stars The name may be mislead- of the videogame-like comic ing as the comic is anything Penny Arcade. The Perry Bible Fellowship’s

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Shakespeare it is not. But Mark Gimenez’s debut novel, The Color of Law, has its qualities. Namely, it kept me entertained enough to spend two hours in a parked car outside of a Long John Silver’s to finish it. Gimenez follows the wellworn path of legal dramatist John Grisham to create a courtroom drama about race, socioeconomics and politics. The novel begins with Clark McCall, the son of a senior senator from Texas, high, drunk and trolling in his father’s Mercedes for a prostitute in

downtown Dallas. Then next we learn, the “political liability” of a son is found murdered with a black, heroin-addicted prostitute named Shawanda Jones as the sole suspect. Enter wealthy lawyer A. Scott Fenney, the stereotypical selfobsessed, filthy rich attorney for Dallas’ elite. Assigned to be Jones’ lawyer pro bono, Fenney teeters on the precipice of losing everything to defend an “innocent” woman. Pressured by Sen. McCall, a presidential hopeful, to tread lightly only fuels his desire to seek justice. Perhaps this is an imitation of real life? Gimenez credits Lee with inspiring him to practice law. A Southwest Texas State alumnus and former partner at a major law firm in Dallas, he left to pursue a private practice and work on his writing. His accounts of the Dallas social scene and references to Highland Park are

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holds Atticus Finch up to the highest standard. In fact, coincidentally, naming his main character Atticus Scott Finch. Some of the doting parent scenes seem a little forced, if not cliché, and the courtroom dialogue kept with the standard Law and Order formula, but that can be worked on as Gimenez progresses as a writer. This is not to say that the novel was predictable, up until the last 50 pages the reader is left playing a guessing game. This would be a great novel to take on a plane ride or a road trip. The language is simple, and the pace is more than fast enough to keep one inter-

ested. Liken it to a warm bath, you just sink in and let the author do the work. No complex sentences to diagram, no iambic pentameter, just prime time worthy legal drama and an impressive freshman attempt. — Christina Gomez

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Rent soundtrack proves it’s set for the younger crowd Currently awaiting ality, the transgendered, drug addiction and HIV. a release on Nov. 23 Heavy topics for the peby Sony Pictures, the Rent soundtrack will culiarly light-hearted be an adaptation of musical. However, the weighty subject matter the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning doesn’t save it. musical. This reviewA chief complaint is the tired and clichéd lyrer has not seen Rent music performed on stage; review ics. For example, singing, therefore, the review every street its trick ✯✯ “On was made without vi- Rent: The and treat/and tonight it’s trick,” and “How we sual context and relies Motion Picture gonna pay last year’s solely on the audio ex- Soundtrack rent,” got tiring as did perience. Warner Bros repeating the choruses With a quick look Records up of a synopsis of the way too many times. The Rent soundtrack throws plot of the musical and film, the songs do allow one to out obscenities like a rebellious follow the plot through the mu- 12-year-old. It is startling not for sic decently. The story deals with the severity of the language but drug addicts, HIV victims and a the sudden change in tone. There is one point of note building about to be condemned that houses both parties. Rent is among the inane music backed set apart for the sheer fact that it by typical rock. Rosario Dawaddresses themes like homosexu- son, featured on the track “Out

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The (International) Noise Conspiracy gives listeners something to dance to

Tonight,” is absurdly talented. Her voice is incredibly well-controlled and toned from lower notes to operatic high notes. Despite actually tackling the serious issues, the whole thing is way too silly for its own good. By subtly rebelling against traditional musical conventions, it bring things alluded to in older musicals (read: sex and lots of it) to the forefront. Unfortunately, it gains nothing. It just flusters older fans of musicals and leaves younger fans clambering its brilliance. — John Overton

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Photo courtesy of Reprise Records Swedish band The (International) Noise Conspiracy blends pop-punk with dance music on its up-tempo album, Armed Love.

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures The cast members of the film version of the musical Rent lend their voices to the film’s soundtrack.

eclectic producer Rick With a polished sound, Rubin, who has worked courtesy of a major label with the likes of Johnny and an ultra exclusive proCash, the Red Hot Chili ducer, The (International) Peppers and the Beastie Noise Conspiracy has set Boys, producing landthe stage with yet another up-tempo and politimark albums with each. Rubin seems to want to cally charged album titled music Armed Love. take a different musiThe album was original- review cal angle by producing ly released in Europe last ✯✯✯ Armed Love and sucyear and finally reached the The (International) ceeds in some respects. The liner note on the United States this October. Noise Company For the wait, it comes with Armed Love first page lays the premtwo bonus tracks, “A Voice Burning Heart/ ise for the entire album. It is a simple quote of Our Own” and “Guns Epitaph/ American For Everyone.” from Patrick Daly sayThe Swedish band keeps Recordings ing, “O bailan todos, o to its formula of pop-punk no baila nadie!” meangarage rock with organs and ing, “Either everyone harmonicas in Armed Love. How- dances, or no one dances.” The ever, with the departure of organ- note goes on to explain that they ist Sara Almgren, the band relies on are words written on the walls of guest appearances from Benmont an upper-class, Uruguay night club Tench, keyboardist for Tom Petty 30 years ago by a group of revoluand the Heartbreakers, and legend- tionaries called the Tupamaros. ary organist Billy Preston. Daly describes it as “the slogan of The album was produced by revolution that failed because not enough people had the courage to live it.” He basically reminds us that to talk the talk and walk the walk you have to want it and feel it; so goes the album. Armed Love begins with a catchy tune, “Black Mask.” The song is all garage rock with singer Dennis

Lyxzen putting on his best Mick Jagger impersonation. The title track starts off with a repeating crunching guitar, courtesy of Lars Stromberg and heavy organ notes from Preston. The song keeps a dance beat while infusing political lyrics, “To turn it up and turn it loose tonight/to have rhythm and revolution/seems like an easy solution.” And Lyxzen works his harmonica, giving the song a jazz-inspired feel. “A Small Demand” begins with a funky ’70s organ that continues to play as the main beat throughout the track. Lyxzen shows his punkrock side with highly charged vocals. The final track, “Communist Moon,” keeps simple instrumentals and lets the vocals take center stage. The lyrics have a positive outlook stating, “From desperate times comes radical minds living armed love/we find hope in our hands.” The (International) Noise Conspiracy sticks with its determined beliefs backed by a catchy beat. Although the band’s sound has lost some of its grainy, unpolished qualities, Armed Love is nevertheless an album worth giving a listen to — or dance to.

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IN MY EARS

Compiled by Kyle Bradshaw

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✯Star Comics Erin Leeder

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“Southern Can Is Mine” — The White Stripes Paul Johnson sociology senior “Lose Control” — Missy Elliott Ralph Chislett marketing junior

“Glow” — Unkle Andy Treviño philosophy sophomore

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Cuba concert gives Cornell of Audioslave new outlook on band’s identity By Jim Abbott The Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — Audioslave made history in May when it became the first American rock band to play a concert in Cuba, but the milestone wasn’t much fun for the group’s Orlando fans. Audioslave postponed a show in Orlando at the last minute to do the gig in Cuba, a performance that finally happened on Wednesday for a sold-out crowd. Live in Cuba, a two-disc DVD of the historic concert, hit stores last week. “It’s like a tour diary on video that goes a bunch of places where Americans don’t get to go,” said Cornell, the ex-Soundgarden singer who teamed with three members of Rage Against the Machine (guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk) to release Audioslave’s 2002 selftitled debut. The Cuba trip was an eyeopener for Cornell, who says the band had been advised by state department officials to be wary of surveillance and other actions by the Cuban government. None of it happened. “When we got off the plane, they didn’t look at anything. They didn’t even look inside our suitcases. I remember just out of fascination looking for a place in the hotel room where they could put a camera (for spying purposes),” Cornell said.

What the band did see was an audience thirsty for the powerful experience of a rock concert. “There were people dancing wildly to what we did; there were a lot of people just watching in amazement, trying to drink in what was going on and to understand it. It’s impossible for me to put myself in the shoes of someone in the audience. It was like we were from another planet. “You kind of take that away when you leave Cuba. It’s 90 miles away, yet it is so completely different because the cultures are so isolated. At the end of the day, my hope is that what we did will create less isolation between the two countries or the two cultures regardless of politics,” he said. Back in the states, Audioslave is approaching its current concert tour with a new sense of its own identity. Its sophomore album, Out of Exile, has pushed the band beyond the perception of a short-term supergroup. Although some critics found room for improvement in the album, Spin likened the slashing “Man or Animal” to the best stuff on Led Zeppelin II. As the band settles into its permanent identity, it has been dipping back into the Rage and Soundgarden archives more frequently. An acoustic version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” has become a concert staple. Cornell, 41, said the band always felt that its future

would be a long one. “We just couldn’t respond to the media about it,” he said. “First, it shows desperation, and it’s also kind of futile. Once you put the records out, the music would speak for itself. We knew from day one that as time goes on, it will distance us from the subject. It’s just like every time Soundgarden put an album out, we got further away from people writing about the fact that geographically we were from the same place as Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Those stories kind of went away.” Also gone were the rocky times that marked the band’s early days, an atmosphere fueled by Cornell’s pending divorce and addiction problems. Out of Exile is a reference to his new state of mind: happily married, off drugs and expecting to soon become a father for the second time. Cornell says the completion of the band’s second album “was a little more efficient.” “My head was much more in it. We were able to write very quickly, all four of us in the room, and to do that, you have to be very present and very open-minded,” Cornell said. That feeling has extended into the band’s tour, where the members are continuing to compose songs for a third album. “We want to have the next record filled up with songs that were performed for people before they were done in studio,” Cornell says.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

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Texas State looks to exorcise the Demons

Junior Danielle Mask has been leading the women’s golf team all season, scoring consistently low games in each of the past five tournaments dating back to the Spring of 2005.

By Nathan Brooks Sports Reporter Texas State takes on conference rival Northwestern State University on Saturday in a game that pits the Southland Conference’s top two teams against one another. The Bobcats come into the game with a 5-1 record overall and a 1-0 mark in conference play. Texas State also come in ranked seventh in The Sports Network’s Division 1-AA poll, their highest ranking ever at the Division 1-AA level. The NSU Demons come into Bobcat Stadium ranked 22nd in the country and have already chalked up a 2-0 record in conference play and are 3-2 overall on the season. The Demons lead the all-time series with the Bobcats 14-8 and have won the last four meetings, including last year’s 44-7 blowout victory in Natchitoches, La. NSU is the defending Southland Conference Co-Champions and Coach David Bailiff knows how important this game is to the Bobcats success in conference play this season. “Northwestern (State) is tough every year, and we’ve got to be like Northwestern. If we want to be considered top in this conference, we have to be like them,” Bailiff said. The Demons are coming off a 31-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana University last week in a game that saw them gain 330 yards of total offense, with 221 yards coming on the ground. Northwestern State’s ground attack was led by sophomore running back Anthony Holmes who had 131 yards on 18 carries for one touchdown, which earned him Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Senior quarterback Davon Vinson who came into the season as preseason first-team All-Conference leads NSU’s offense. Vinson leads the team in passing with 715 yards, completing 59 of 107 attempts for a completion rating of 55.1 percent and seven touchdowns. He also leads the Demons in rushing with 310 yards on 63 carries for two touchdowns. Vinson’s go-to target is wide receiver Toby Zeigler who has caught 11 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown. Zeigler leads the team in all-purpose yards with 120.8 yards per game and has returned seven punts for 127 yards and eight kickoffs for 192 yards. The all-around threat averages 15.9 yards every time he touches the ball.

Armando Sanchez/Star photo Armando Sanchez/Star photo The offensive line has been the driving force for the Bobcats ground game this semster, with a average of 223 yards per game. The Bobcats play Northwestern State University at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Bobcat Stadium. Behind Vinson in the backfield is a pair of sophomore running backs — Anthony Holmes and A.J. Franklin. Holmes is coming off his best game as a Demon last week versus SLU and has 167 yards on 39 carries for three touchdowns this year. Franklin is third on the team in rushing with 153 yards and also has eight receptions for 68 yards. However, Vinson has struggled with turnovers this season, throwing seven interceptions, and the Demons as a team haven’t been any better turning the ball more than 16 times thus far ranking them last in turnover margin in the SLC. So far this season the NSU offense has struggled averaging only 20.6 points per game, ranking them last in the conference. They also rank next to last in total offense with 334.4 yards a game and passing offense with 163 yards per game. Demon Coach Scott Stoker told nsudemons.com, “Stat wise in the conference rankings, they’re at the top and we’re near the bottom in most categories,” Stoker said. “They’ve got 19 starters back from last year, and they’re playing like a veteran team. They’ve clearly been the class of our conference so far this year. We have to make a lot of progress, especially offensively, to win this game.” The Demon defense hasn’t been much better this season giving up 356.4 yards of total offense per game with 234.2 yards coming through the air, which is worst in the conference. However, the Demons have done a great job of stopping plays behind the line of scrimmage with 42 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks. Senior linebacker Marvin Byrdsong leads the

team with 34 tackles and has recorded two tackles for a loss, one sack and has one interception. Byrdsong is a transfer from Mississippi State where he entered the Bulldog program as a Parade High School AllAmerican, but when faced with a change to defense he decided to transfer to NSU and has been a huge addition to the defense. Also leading the charge on defense is junior defensive tackle Tory Collins who is second on the squad with 33 tackles, and is tied for the team lead with eight tackles for a loss. Joining Collins upfront is defensive end Carlos Stephens who is tied with Collins for the team in lead in tackles for with eight. Stephens recorded four tackles for a loss last week against SLU, and has 29 tackles on the year and leads the team with three sacks and five quarterback hits. Last week, the Demon defense allowed only 228 yards of total offense and 10 points to the Lions from SLU. A repeat performance will be key against the conference’s leading scoring offense at 40.7 points per game, and second ranked offense in total yards at 424.3 yards per game. This game is the a key matchup in conference play as only three teams are left undefeated in the conference and the winner could take sole possession of the lead with a victory. The game also features two of the conference’s three ranked teams, with McNeese State University being the other. Texas State has lost not only its last four against the Demons but eight of its last nine, giving even more meaning to the already crucial match-up for the Bobcats. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Mask, Hutcherson help lead Bobcat golf teams By Marc Cleverley Sports Reporter Junior Danielle Mask’s best play couldn’t have come at a better time. Mask, a leader on the charging women’s golf team has put on a show for spectators the last few tournaments scorching courses in and around Texas with consistently low numbers. In the last five tournaments, Mask has played in dating back to last spring, she hasn’t finished outside of the top 10 individually. Even that amazing feat doesn’t mean much to a team player like Mask. “She is a really wise team player, she has drive, determination, and she’s always practicing,” head women’s golf coach Dacia Mackey said. Coach Mackey has known Mask for all three years she has played on the team and even recruited Mask herself. “Every time I gave her a call, she would be at the golf course practicing long after the rest of her team had left, on top of that she is a phenomenal student in class, her professors have nothing but the best to say about her, that’s exactly what you want in

a student athlete,” Mackey said. Mask, originally one of the more quiet players on the team, broke out of her shell after getting to know the other players. “Now she can be one of the more talkative players, but she knows when enough is enough,” Mackey said. This season Mask hasn’t had much reason to say anything; she lets her numbers speak for themselves. In the three tournaments played this fall she hasn’t posted a score above 79 and leads the team with a 76.5 stroke average, a full shot better than the next player. That isn’t enough for Mask though. “She gets it done, but she is always thinking of way to improve and win some tournaments,” Mackey said. Mask will have her shot at the next Bobcat tournament slated for Nov. 7 and 8 in Edinburgh. Bobby Hutcherson continues to light up the golf courses with his own amazing play much like Mask. Hutcherson currently holds a 74.88 stroke average, first place on the team by a little under a shot. Hutcherson has kept his scores out of the 80s and has dropped down to card a 69 in the second round of the Baylor

Invitational, an amazing feat for such a complex golf course. “Right now he isn’t even playing his best, none of the guys on the team are, we want to peak right at the Southland Conference tournament in the spring, Bobby is working on a few things that will make him much better,” head men’s golf coach Bill Woodley said. Hutcherson, a transfer from Midland Community College, is known to many as the middle of nowhere. “We tease him sometimes cause of where he’s from, the panhandle, calling him Bobby Labonte (in reference to the NASCAR driver), it’s funny but the thing is he really likes NASCAR,” Woodley said. When Hutcherson steps onto the course though it’s a one-car race. “He’s a solid guy, he’s getting better and always battles for the team,” Woodley said. Hutcherson will step into battle Nov. 7 and 9 in Many, La., at the appropriately named Battle of the Bend. Look for Mask and Hutcherson to continue their torrid tear of golf in the weeks and months to come, it’s almost guaranteed.


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sports snortsquotes from the sports world “I think it’s a load of crap. I understand what they’re trying to do with the hats and do-rags and jerseys and stuff. … I think it’s basically retarded. I don’t like the direction they’re going, but who am I?” — San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan on the recent dress code changes for the NBA players. (Source: San Antonio Express-News) Sports Contact — Miguel Peña, starsports@txstate.edu

Bobcats look for win vs. UT-Arlington By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter The volleyball team did something new for a change: it won a Southland Conference match on the road. Texas State, previously 1-6 away from Strahan Coliseum, earned road victories over the weekend by defeating Southeastern Louisiana University and Nicholls State. “That felt great,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “Anytime you hit the road in the conference it’s a battle. I was really pleased with our effort, teamwork and desire this weekend. We showed guts.” The Bobcats swept the season series against the Lions and Colonels, who are both enduring disappointing seasons. SLU sits at 2-7 in conference, 5-12 overall, while Northwestern State has yet to win a single game this season with a 0-10. “Nicholls did a nice job,” Chisum said. “They played us well in games three and four, and if they played as well as they are capable of against other teams, they would not be 0-8 (in the SLC). We’re still the better team, and because of that I think we were confident enough to make the plays when we had to.” Texas State, third in the SLC, enters the last three weeks of the regular season out of chances to test itself against the stronger teams. Of the ten matches remaining on the schedule, one of which includes a home date with Texas, the Bobcats play conference-leader Stephen F. Austin twice. The Ladyjacks have yet to lose a league match, standing at 9-0 and poised to take the top seed in the tournament for the second consecutive year. In 2004, SFA lost the championship round to Texas State in four games. “SFA’s just a good solid team, and with (sophomore) J.J. Jones they’ve got one of the best setters in the conference,” Chisum said. “Right now, we have not looked

Chisum said. “I’m extremely pleased with Brandy, and Ashley has accepted her role as the third middle blocker. She may not be starting but every time we’ve called on her to go in a make a difference she’s done it.” One area of concern, aside from how close the hapless Colonels played Texas State, is the presence of the team’s go-to hitter, or more fittingly, the lack thereof. The senior Elizabeth Nwoke, fifth in the Southland at 3.67 kills a game, finished a miserable weekend by registering just 12 points on .065 hitting. “Her timing’s off right now, and she’ll tell you herself,” Chisum said. “She’s early, she’s late, but she knows that. She’s in a slump right now, but we need Lizzie Nwoke to be playing well. She’s going to be instrumental down the road.” With no match yesterday and none scheduled for Friday, the Bobcats have ample time to prepare for their next opponent, the University of TexasArlington. The Mavericks are in the midst of an uncontrollable downward spiral, 1-8 over the past five weeks. After missing out on the conference finals by losing one game to Texas State and being picked third in the Danny Rodriguez/Star photo preseason polls, UTA is just 1-7 in conference and 3-14 overall Senior Amy Ramirez bumps a ball during a Texas State victory last month against the University of Texas-Arlington, who the this season. Bobcats play again on Saturday in Arlington. In the first meeting of the season against these teams, Texas at any tapes, but we know the ion; Chisum’s squad dominated performance Saturday. Brown encore performance, contrib- State won a thriller at home, personnel and the players they the offensively challenged Lions currently ranks second among uting 11 points on Saturday at coming back from being down recruited.” in three games, yet struggled in freshman at 3.07 kills a game. Nicholls. Along with teammate two games to none. Texas State’s previously post- come-from-behind wins against SFA’s Lauren Railey tops the list Karry Griffen, St. Francis sits at “We don’t want to overlook poned road matches, against cellar-dweller NSU. with a 3.22 average. fourth in the league with 1.13 UTA. I was telling the team we’ll Lamar University and McNeese “We’re still a bit inconsistent “She’s a freshman, and right blocks a game. worry about SFA Saturday night State will not be rescheduled, on the outside,” Chisum said. now she’s overwhelmed,” Brittany Prewit notched 19 or Sunday,” Chisum said. “UTA “We’ll play 18 conference “I’ve been saying this all sea- Chisum said. “There’s a lot go- kills over the weekend, and is may be struggling, but we’re matches. No one (in the SLC) son, but we’re still making way ing on, and we just have to help fifth on the team in the category playing on their home court. will be making up any games,” too many errors, and that’s a big her through it.” at two a game. Ashley Stark put They are going to win some ball Chisum said. “When it comes concern. It’s going to be tough Chisum’s young players, spe- up 16 kills and six blocks, scor- games, but we just hope it’s not down to it, the winner will be beat Sam Houston (State) and cifically the sophomores, left ing a team-high three in each against us. I think we do have based on winning percentage SFA doing what we are.” their marks all over the week- match. the mental edge, but it’s going to (rather than total league victoOutside hitter Lawrencia end’s victories. “They didn’t play a lot last be a tough contest.” ries.)” Brown registered a team-high Brandy St. Francis continued year because of the kids we Game time is slated for 7 The Bobcats’ weekend victo- 22 kills over the weekend but to follow up a successful fresh- had, but I’m not surprised at p.m. on Saturday at UTA’s Texas ries came in polar-opposite fash- suffered through a .077 hitting man campaign with this year’s what they’ve done this season,” Hall.

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