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Proposed tuition spike to increase faculty number, raise salaries By Nick Georgiou The University Star More than 200 students packed into a standing-roomonly LBJ Student Center meeting room Thursday to hear the university’s proposal for a 10 percent increase in tuition and fees. The proposed tuition increase would be $14, from $138 per semester hour to $152. Provost Perry Moore said the two most important reasons

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for increasing tuition is to raise salaries for university employees and increase the number of faculty. Moore said the way to increase the quality of education is through higher, more competitive faculty wages and the hiring of more professors based on the merit system, as opposed to tenure. “The legislature used to provide funding for faculty and staff pay raises, but not since 1998 has the legislature funded

pay raises for higher education employees,” Moore said. The average faculty salary at Texas State is $67,053, which ranks last among large universities in the state. The University of Texas at Austin ranks first with $94,480, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. “The majority of the faculty and staff deserve a heck of a lot more,” Moore said. “I’m embarrassed by it.” He estimates the proposed 3

percent increase in faculty and staff salaries will move Texas State one rank above University of Texas at El Paso. Texas State has the highest student-to-faculty ratio in the state, with one teacher per 26.3 students, according to other THECB data. Texas-Brownsville has the lowest ratio, with one teacher per 9.9 students. By adding more faculty, Moore hopes to improve the ratio, but said it is difficult when there is no cap on a stu-

dent population that grows every year. Another separate proposal that will be brought before the Texas State University System Board of Regents next month involves the elimination of course fees, which act as a source of revenue for the school and its departments. Moore predicts the university will be forced to eliminate course fees because of pressure from the Texas legislature. To replace the lost revenue, the

university will have to increase the designated tuition by another $9. If both proposals are approved, the tuition rate for the 2008 fiscal year will be $161 per semester hour. The separate proposal creates some controversy because one student’s major may have lower course fees compared to another, meaning that some may benefit from the elimination of course fees while others See TUITION, page 3

Rally remembers late governor By Katie Reed Special to The Star An estimated 500 people gathered Sunday afternoon in Austin at the South Congress Bridge and marched to the capitol building in honor of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell. Bell explained the purpose of the event, titled “What Would Ann Do?” and its importance to the future of Texas. “A few weeks ago, when we had to say goodbye to Ann Richards, a lot of people woke up and realized that the Texas of not too long ago was a very different one with very different people in the governor’s office, people who really worked hard to make sure that her administration represented the face of Texas,” Bell said. “Today we come together to honor the legacy of Ann Richards because those of us who seek to follow in her footsteps really do need to remember why she blazed the trail like she did.” As the crowd grew larger, the excitement and momentum of the event increased. Hundreds of campaign signs and stickers were passed out among the crowd and music blared out of a stereo as attendees remembered Richard’s impact on Texas government and rallied in favor of their political views. Approximately 12 Texas Democratic candidates running for various offices attended the march to show support for the cause. John Courage, Democratic congressional candidate in District 21, said Texas government

By A.N. Hernández The University Star Democratic candidate for Hays County Judge Liz Sumter hammered incumbent Jim Powers’ record Monday night at the Associated Student Government meeting. “If you knew that 80 percent of his campaign funds came from outside this county, outside this state and that the campaign contributions come just a couple of months before he votes on development interests or tax abatements, would you trust him to manage your growth?” Sumter asked the ASG senators and executives. Dressed in a black suit, she continued her barrage of Powers’ eight years in office, citing his “biggest achievement” in bringing more jobs to the county in the form of Cabela’s, the hunting and fishing retail store in nearby Buda. Sumter said she intends to bring more high-paying jobs to the area because San Marcos and Hays County often “loses the talent and energy” of students once they graduate and move on to find jobs elsewhere. “How many of you have come here to graduate and become clerks at Cabela’s?” she asked. “He’s had eight years to be interested in what’s going on in the university. He’s had eight years to care about the kinds of jobs that he brings to this area to make sure you get employment if you decide to stay, and he hasn’t done it. “ She said San Marcos does not have the “economic package to compete with Austin.” But, Sumter said if cities, including Buda, Kyle, San Marcos and Dripping Springs banded together, they could boost the

needs to begin moving in a completely different direction. “This march is symbolic of what the people of Texas want,” Courage said. “They want change and they want to take our state back and our nation back. That’s what this election is all about in 2006.” Jim Coronado, Democratic candidate for the third court of appeals, urged the crowd to honor Richards as they continue their loyal support throughout the upcoming elections. “The wind of change is at the Democrats’ back,” Coronado said. “The tide is coming in, and all we need and ask from you is to help put up the sail. As we march to the capitol, let’s think of our dear friend Ann Richards and all she has done for us.” After brief speeches by the various candidates in attendance, the crowd congregated behind Bell and a large banner spanning half the width of Congress Avenue that read “The People of Texas are Back.” Participants in the march displayed smaller banners and Democratic campaign signs as they cheered in support of Bell. Many crowd members chanted, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Rick Perry has got to go!” and others waved to onlookers and encouraged them to join in the march. Kenneth Koym, Austin resident, spoke with fellow Bell supporters about the importance of a Democratic gubernatorial victory. “I am for Chris Bell because he represents an ethical position in a time when we have See RALLY, page 3

David Racino/Star photo MEMORIAL BOUND: Supporters of gubernatorial governor candidates Chris Bell walk toward the capitol building during their march to honor former Gov. Ann Richards Sunday afternoon in Austin. The march concluded at the capitol steps where Bell spoke about the upcoming election.

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By A.N. Hernández The University Star Three candidates for the Texas U.S. Senate went toe-to-toe Thursday in the only televised debate of the race. Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Democratic candidate Barbara Ann Radnofsky butted heads over the United States’ continued presence in Iraq. “My opponent has said repeatedly we need to increase troops from the U.S. to Iraq and she has also said we won’t think about leaving until we have stabilized the country,” Radnofsky

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said. “Our presence is destabilizing there.” Radnofsky said it is reprehensible to suggest that we should stay in Iraq so our soldiers become targets and cannon fodder.

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“We must set a time table and we must withdraw,” she said. Hutchison criticized Radnofsky’s suggestion to withdraw from Iraq but said she would not have voted for the U.S. to enter Iraq had she known there were no weapons of mass destruction. “I can’t think of anything worse than America cutting and running because times are tough.

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I think it would hurt our troops who have boots on the ground right now,” Hutchison said. “I have been to Iraq. I have been to Afghanistan. I have met those wonderful people and we need to support them. We must never cut and run that would shred the credibility of America.” Libertarian candidate Scott Jameson said he does not sup-

port immediate withdrawal from Iraq but conceded that he did not have enough information to make a decision. “I think we need to take a measured approach to Iraq,” Jameson said. “I feel that not being a current senator that I don’t have the same level of intelligence information to make a completely informed decision.” The debate, which was cosponsored by the Texas League of Women Voters and KLRNTV, marked the first time in Texas history that two women are representing the major parties in a Senate race. Hutchison, the first woman voted to the

Senate from Texas, is running for her third term. Radnofsky is the first Texas woman to receive a party nomination for the race. She won the Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote. The issue of immigration was broached later in the debate. Just weeks ago, Congress approved a 700-mile fence along the 2,000 mile border between the U.S. and Mexico but has not fully funded it yet. Radnofsky said a fence will not work. She criticized the PenceHutchison proposal, which Hutchison co-sponsored along-

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Tuesday in Brief

October 24, 2006

starsof texas state Christine Granados, Texas State graduate, has been honored with the 2006 Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award and a grant for $11,091 which accompanies the prize. Christine Granados was born and raised in El Paso. She is a stay-at-home mother of two, a freelance journalist and an author. Her collection of short stories, Brides and Sinners in

El Chuco, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2006. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso’s school of communications and the MFA creative writing program at Texas State. Granados lives in Rockdale where she writes a column for The Rockdale Reporter. — Courtesy of Public Relations

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Student involvement TUESDAY The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the CSC. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 357-2049. The Hispanic/Latino(a) Support Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-6. Texas State women’s volleyball will play Texas at 7 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. Contact Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, with questions at The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place in the chapel of the CSC at 7:30 p.m. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail for more information. The Organization of Student Social Workers will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Building, Room 234. Simple Silent Sitting Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Christian Community Center.

On This Day... 1537 — Jane Seymour, the third wife of England’s King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward.

Students interested in becoming involved with the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills should attend the Students in Free Enterprise at 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Room 113.

1632 — Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.

Every Nation Campus Ministries is now meeting at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a message.

1648 — The Holy Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by the Peace of Westphalia that brought an end to the Thirty Years War.

WEDNESDAY Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society) and Phi Sigma Tau (National Philosophy Honor Society) will co-sponsor a panel discussion titled “Tolerance and Polarization in Modern America” at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater. Career Services will hold a Construction Job Fair in the LBJSC Ballroom from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Higher Ground, the LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry will meet at 5:30 p.m. for prayers followed by a free dinner at 6 p.m. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church across from The Tower residence hall. Everyone is welcome. The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. Contact Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, with questions at A student-led rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. in the lounge of the CSC. Go to and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.

1788 — Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born. Hale wrote the poem “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” 1795 — The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia. Jeannie Yamakawa/Star photo Jesse Simmons, sociology graduate student, works to dismantle a tent for the Hays County Democratic Party Monday after a day of campaigning in The Quad.

Are you in a relationship? Do you know what a healthy relationship is? There are various components to a healthy relationship. The following are essential: •Respect: Both partners feel comfortable in the relationship. One partner does not have more control of activities or decisions. •Trust: Neither partner is extremely jealous or controlling. You are able to maintain friendships and other relationships outside of your romantic relationship. •Honesty: You feel comfortable telling your partner anything even if it might be upsetting. You do not hide things because you are afraid of your partner’s reaction. •Non-threatening behavior: You do not worry about your partner blowing up or being violent. When you have a disagreement, you discuss the problem calmly and partners have a chance to express their

Texas Environmental Excellence Awards spotlights outstanding environmental supporters, programs If you are conserving, protecting or preserving the Texas environment, it is time for you to apply for the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards. Because of applicant requests, the TEEA program is extending the deadline to Nov. 10. Individuals and groups may also nominate others for this prestigious recognition. The online application is free and easy to fill out at The TEEA program offers the following: What: Prestigious public recognition for outstanding environmental service to Texas. Who may apply: Students (K-12, college, graduate school), schools, ranchers, businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and individuals. How: The application is free and may be filled out online (see above Web site address). Who is sponsoring the program: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has sponsored the program since 1993. Winners will receive public recognition at a

hit, slapped, pinched, choked, kicked, pushed or restrained by your partner. Financial abuse consists of your partner withholding money and physical resources such as food, clothes or medication, as punishment or a way to control you. Spiritual abuse includes your partner restricting or ridiculing your spiritual beliefs or using your beliefs as a form of manipulation. Sexual abuse involves your partner forcing any type of sexual behavior that you do not want to engage in or making you feel guilty about wanting to wait. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, contact the Counseling Center located on the fifth floor of the LBJ Student Center or call (512) 245-2208. Additionally, the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center maintains a 24-hour helpline available at 1-800700-HCWC (5292) or (512) 396-HELP (4357).

Wednesday, San Marcos Animal Control personnel were called to Elliott Hall to assist with a bat that was discovered outside the residence hall that appeared ill and disoriented. The bat was captured and submitted to the state lab for evaluation. The bat tested positive for rabies. This information is being disseminated to the campus community to alert everyone to the situation. Anyone who comes into direct contact with a bat that appears ill or disoriented should seek medical evaluation as soon as possible to determine the need for rabies vaccination. Anyone who is scratched or bitten by a bat is at risk for rabies exposure and should seek medical care, including rabies vaccination. The vaccination should be started as soon as possible after the exposure. Persons with concerns or questions may contact the Student Health Center at (512) 245-2167. If the Student Health Center is not available and you are concerned about a possible exposure, you should seek care at an emergency department.

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May 2007 banquet hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Winners will also receive a feature video about their projects and a certificate by an acclaimed artist. The TEEA spotlights the state’s highest achievements in environmental preservation and protection. Recommended by a blue-ribbon committee, the awards recognize outstanding, innovative environmental programs in 10 diverse categories: agriculture, civic/nonprofit, education, government, small business, large business/ non-technical, large business/technical, innovative technology, individual and youth. Presented each spring, the TEEA has honored more than 150 successful environmental projects and efforts since 1993. Contact Dana Macomb with questions at (512) 239-4745 or e-mail — Courtesy of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

opinion. •Healthy sexual relationship: You openly talk about sex including your sexual pasts, when you will have sex with each other, and what each of you wants from a sexual relationship. You do not feel like you are being rushed into something for which you are not ready. If you are in a healthy relationship, you should have fun, be yourself, compromise and able to express your opinion. If you are in an unhealthy relationship, you might feel pressured, restricted, confused, scared, guilty, uncomfortable, humiliated or trapped. There are five types of abuse: emotional/verbal, physical, financial, spiritual and sexual. Be aware of each type and what they consist of. Emotional/Verbal abuse includes having a partner who is extremely jealous and possessive, which can cause isolation from friends and family, or using sarcasm, ridicule and/or manipulation to take control of the relationship. Physical abuse is comprised of being

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CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Oct. 19, 1:07 a.m. Criminal Mischief Under $500/Matthews St. and Russell St. An officer was dispatched for a report of criminal mischief. A guardrail was struck and damaged. This case is under investigation. Oct. 19, 1:14 a.m. Drug: Possession of Marijuana/Blanco Hall An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, the student was found in possession of marijuana, arrested and transported to Hays County

Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Oct. 19, 8:04 a.m. Burglary: Motor Vehicle/ Woods Street Garage An officer was dispatched for a report from a student that items were stolen from her vehicle. This case is under investigation.

Oct. 19, 5:32 p.m. Criminal Mischief Under $1500/Blanco Hall Parking Garage An officer was dispatched for a report from a student that the window to his vehicle was broken. This case is currently under investigation.

Oct. 19, 9:10 a.m. Burglary: Motor Vehicle/ Blanco Hall Parking Garage An officer was dispatched for a report from a student that items were stolen from his vehicle. This case is under investigation.

Oct. 19, 6:45 p.m. Burglary: Habitation/ Blanco Hall An officer was dispatched for a report from a student who had an item stolen from her room. This case is under investigation.

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side Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. and calls for illegal immigrants to self-deport, for its impracticality. “I absolutely oppose my opponent’s absolutely incorrect vote in the Senate, and she’s voted twice for the fence. It will cost us $7 billion at least,” Radnofsky said. “And she criticized Congress a week after voting it. It was an extraordinary criticism

because it was a criticism of the very vote in which she engaged.” Hutchison defended her proposal, even though it never made it to bill form. She said it showed that compromise was possible. “Our proposal was to show the House and Senate, which had such differing views, that we could have a starting place and that we could come together,” Hutchison said. “I think the proposal, which has gotten wide acclaim from editorial boards and

our colleagues, is the good thing to do.” In November 1994, Hutchison said elected officials should come back and live with the laws that they passed. At the time, Hutchison also said she believed in term limitations and would only serve two terms. At the debate, Hutchison acknowledged her remarks and said she was in support of a constitutional amendment for term limitations, even though she’s

running for her third term. “If you have term limits for one state and not the other, it disadvantages your state,” she said. “I have decided to run for a third time because I want to do what I think is best for Texas. I am in a position now where I have been able to help our state. I have the seniority and the experience.” Jameson ignored the prompt about term limitations. He instead endorsed the third-party politics of the Libertarian Party

Ceremony held to induct new honor society members By Alysha Mendez The University Star Select students were inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, a nonprofit academic organization, Sunday afternoon in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. “We invite members after they have achieved 60 hours at Texas State and have a 3.4 GPA,” said Enoch Castleberry, president of Texas State’s Golden Key chapter and psychology senior. The top 15 percent of juniors and seniors are invited to become members, and the one-time $70 fee provides lifetime membership. “We are excited to announce that we will be officially inducting 235 new members this year,” said Lillie Hejl, vice president of the organization. “Although a few more eligible students paid their dues after the deadline and are not being included in that number.” Texas State President Denise Trauth, philosophy professor Jeffrey Gordon and political science professor Ben Arnold were also inducted as honorary members. “Honor societies play a very important role in that they recognize scholars and that’s what we’re really about,” Trauth said. “I’m very pleased to be an honorary member.” Arnold read the oath, “Reading of the Charge,” during which the inductees rose and were congratulated, and Gordon gave the keynote address. “It is a privilege to be inducted as an honorary member of such an amazing organization,” Arnold said. “Golden Key is such a great organization because of the quality of the students involved in it.” Members are eligible for

Karen Wang/Star photo GOLDEN MEMBERS: New members of the Golden Key International Honor Society rise for the induction ceremony and reception on Sunday afternoon at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

scholarships which total more $400,000 awarded annually, community service experiences, career aid and résumé building. “I’m definitely going to look into the scholarship and job opportunities and I’m excited to see what I’ll get,” said inductee and management senior, Brittany Fiedler. There are more than 350 active Golden Key chapters. The society has more than 1.6 million members, including Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. “Golden Key is the largest international honor society in the world,” Castleberry said. “We have chapters in all 50 states and

in seven countries and at Texas State we are currently the largest student organization on campus.” Among their activities, members hold a book drive for used textbooks and send the donations to Africa. “I’ve never been a part of something like this and it’s a really good way to become involved with the school,” said inductee and nutrition and foods junior Alisha Lopez. Next month, Golden Key will begin their Giving Tree Drive, in which students can donate a gift for a child whose family cannot afford to celebrate Christmas.

“We’re also currently mentoring at the Youth Service Bureau,” Castleberry said. “We basically go down there, hang out with them, help them with their homework — just be a buddy to them.” Hejl, international studies senior, said the organization enables new members to realize their potential by connecting individual achievement with service and lifelong opportunity. “Golden Key is an organization that provides the opportunity to build lifelong relationships as well as participate in meaningful activities that give back to our communities and our world,” she said.

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number of jobs and the type of workforce in the area. Sumter said she has visited campus a handful of times and had a petition that circulated last year to get her name on the ballot. She said it had signatures of 40 College Democrats, including Eric Heggie, the organization’s former president. He recently resigned after coming under fire for his support of Powers, a Republican. Candidate for Place 5 City Council Pam Couch, who is making her first entry into politics, also addressed ASG. Couch said she was blessed to be running unopposed and that she didn’t have any big promises to make to students. “I haven’t gone and knocked on a lot of doors, but I do own two businesses and I talk to a lot of people and I will tell you that one thing I hear that really makes me sad is, ‘What’re you going do about these college kids?’” she said. “ I am really sick of hearing that, because without you college students, San Marcos wouldn’t be what it is.”

ASG President Kyle Morris shared whom he voted for on the first day of early voting, which was Monday. Among those he gave his “full endorsement” of were Mayor Susan Narvaiz, incumbent Hays County Judge Jim Powers and City Council Place 6 incumbent John Thomaides. He said they were all candidates who were “mindful of college students, particularly those of this university.” After the meeting, Morris defended his vote for councilman Thomaides, who at a council meeting last year proposed to have early voting removed from campus during the December runoff election between Chris Jones, who was a Texas State student at the time, and Moe Johnson, health physical education and recreation professor. Thomaides also initially voted to put a charter amendment on the ballot that would impose an age minimum of 21 years for council members. “I think Thomaides realizes a lot of things now. We’ve had a lot of conversations about that issue before and it was one of those things we disagreed on. I think just because you support a candidate doesn’t mean you

support them every single time,” Morris said. “You have to look at the candidate holistically.” Morris said Thomaides voted for a student liaison and has worked to inform students about the commuter rail. Morris said Thomaides is also very supportive of “our call to hold landlords accountable in issues of single-family zoning violations.” ASG passed two pieces of legislation that create a mutual agreement pact between the Residence Hall and Alumni Associations to work together for the best of the university. Sen. Rebecca Quillin wrote another piece of legislation, passed by ASG. It will be presented to Bob Gratz, co-chair of the Transportation and Parking Committee, during the committee’s monthly meeting on Friday. The proposal suggests the creation of a pro-rated refund policy that gives students, faculty and staff a full refund before the 12th class day of the fall semester for any unused parking permit. It gives a half-refund for any used or unused permit returned before the first class day of the spring semester and no refund after that day.

RALLY: Bell extols Richards’ legacy corruption so wide and so deep that we are in trouble and will lose our country if we don’t turn it around,” Koym said. As the crowd reached the capitol building, the cheering and applause increased and Bell addressed the crowd as he stood beside his wife, Alison Bell, and their two young sons, Atlee and

Connally Bell. He praised the impact that Ann Richards had on Texas during her lifetime and the legacy she left behind. “A few weeks ago, it was painful to say goodbye to Ann Richards,” Bell said. “It was painful for so many because that memorial service served as a reminder of the positive changes she made for Texas not

too long ago. She was a leader who looked out and saw the diverse face of Texas and then worked so hard to create a place at the table for so many who had been denied a place for far too long.” Bell also criticized Gov. Rick Perry and his administration, urging participants in the march to encourage all friends and family to get out and vote in order to

see positive changes in Texas. “I think that we all have a vision of Texas that we carry in our hearts, but I’m running for governor because the Texas that most of us find in our hearts is not the Texas that we see around us today,” Bell said. “It’s time to get the car out of the ditch and start moving forward, and we can do that with new leadership.”

son’s vie for the U.S. Senate with sarcasm. “What this country needs for Texas is leadership that’s new and fresh, and that stands about 5-foot-9 and looks good in purple,” Radnofsky said, referring to the plum-colored blazer she was wearing. “I am a wife and I am a mother and I am a lawyer and I have practiced law for 27 years. I know how to represent people and I know how to fight for people.”

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in Texas, urging viewers to learn more through their voting options. “The good news for Texas voters is you do have another choice. You don’t have to re-elect your existing senator, even if she’s a senior senator. I would do an excellent job,” he said. “With an estimated record-low voter turnout of 40 percent, it’s obvious to me that the majority of voters in Texas feel disenfranchised.” Radnofsky criticized Hutchi-

will be at a loss, Moore said. However, Moore said the difference will be insignificant for the majority of students. In addition to the raise in tuition and the elimination of course fees, the computeruse fee will increase from $13 to $15 per semester hour and the medical service fee will increase by $4. The computer-use fee will provide the entire campus with wireless Internet in addition to computer security improvements and a new student information system. The medical service fee increase will allow the Student Health Center to add medical staff in order to meet the increasing demand for service. To put it into perspective, a student taking 15 hours this year paid $2,826, not including course fees. If the two proposals and the medical and computer service fees are approved by the Board of Regents, a student taking 15 hours in the 2008 fiscal year will pay $3,205, including course fees. Moore said Texas State will continue to be one of the bestvalued colleges in the country. Students can expect a higher tuition bill in the years to come, Moore said, unless the state legislature re-regulates tuition or provides more funds to Texas public universities. William Nance, vice president for finance and support services, said the Texas Legislature cut appropriations to Texas universities by about 12 percent and simultaneously deregulated tuition in 2003. “There was a flat-out pat on the back,” Nance said. “‘We’re cutting you here; you go finance it through student tuition in the future.’ Every university in Texas has been doing that since.” Nance said about 50 percent of the university’s funding came from the state Legislature before tuition was deregulated in 2003. Today it is down to 30 percent, he said. “The legislature has a formula funding system that funds about 80 percent of state appropriations (for the 35 Texas public universities),” Nance said. “The formula doesn’t treat us very well.” Moore traces the university’s lack of funding to politics. Whoever lobbies the most and has the most clout in the legislature will get more funding, he said. Texas public schools had to function differently as a result of the 2003 legislative session. “We realized we had to begin to operate in the deregulated tuition environment where the legislature is not setting it anymore,” Moore said. “We had to operate a lot

like private universities that are totally dependent on tuition.” In response to the 2003 legislation session, Texas State commissioned a group that studied the school’s capacity to raise tuition relative to the Texas higher-education marketplace. The report shows that Texas State needs to put more money toward financial aid “to help offset the detrimental effects” of the tuition and fee pricing comparison. Moore described the school’s efforts to compete and increase the quality of education at Texas State as a constant upward battle. “If you look at the percentage increase across the state, we’re like, fourth or fifth in the state in terms of (tuition) percentage increases over the last two years, but despite that, we’re still down at the bottom,” Moore said. Despite Texas State having one of the lowest student expenditures in the state, Moore is optimistic about the university’s future. “I think we are accomplishing a great deal with the funds we have per student compared with every other university in the state,” he said. Nance and Moore welcomed the significant increase in student turnout at the meeting. “The university believes an educated consumer is a good consumer,” Nance said. Moore and members of the president’s cabinet were berated with questions, causing what was scheduled to be an hour-and-10-minute hearing into a two hour-plus affair. The heated discussion that went back and forth between members of the president’s cabinet and the students drew a range of responses from the crowd. Some questions were met with applause and others were met with skepticism. Although a fair share of students seemed critical, others, like Eric Adams, support the increase in tuition. Adams, finance senior, said students choose a college based upon a number of things, including costs and prestige. “I don’t think anybody goes to Texas A&M or UT because it’s cheap,” he said. “They go there because that degree is going to hold weight in the marketplace, so if increasing tuition means that a degree from Texas State is going to hold more weight in the business world, then I champion it. I say do it.” Philip Ramirez, health and administration graduate student, said professors should be the main motivation for an increase. “The No. 1 way in which to improve your educational experience is with professors,” he said. “That’s the important thing.”

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he installation “T work that Omori will be doing is mainly sculpturing, and what she is presenting has never been shown before anywhere.”

— Mary Mikel Stump gallery director, Joanne Cole Mitte Art Building

Photo courtesy of FINE ART: A sculpture by Japaneseborn artist Mari Omori will be on display in Gallery I of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building, beginning Tuesday.

By Kelsey Voelkel Special to The Star Houston artist Mari Omori will present an installation in Gallery I in the Joanne Cole Mitte Art Building Tuesday. Omori specializes in sculptural installations revolving around the idea of identity, self and cultural memory through many variations of materials. Her work was incorporated in Texas Biennial: Austin 2005 and International Women Artists at the Oregon Schneider

Museum. “The installation work that Omori will be doing is mainly sculpturing, and what she is presenting has never been shown before anywhere. The work is comprised of several parts and is made as a whole,” said gallery director Mary Mikel Stump. Omori, a native of Japan, has taught throughout the United States, including at the University of California at Los Angeles, and has been an art professor at Kingwood College since 2002. “This is an inspiration work; it’s about walking through the space and experiencing the space,” Omori said. Omori’s installation this week is dedicated to the memory of her father, who passed away last year and was the basis for her inspiration. A simple X-ray of her father’s chest, which shows metal particles from World War II wounds, serves as the focus of her installation and main inspiration for the piece. “My father passed on last year when he was 90, and he wanted me to have this X-ray as a notion that war was real, and that he survived with a memory of the war. This is about the memory of my father’s life,” Omori said. Omari will give a lecture on her work at 11 a.m. Tuesday in JCM, Room 2121.

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ocal media outlets have provided an endless stream of coverage for the Aug. 30 shooting of a 19-yearold high school dropout by a San Marcos police officer. This coverage has helped shed much-needed light on the failures of the system that led up to the shooting. A grand jury cleared officer Terry Frans of all wrongdoing in the death of Jonathan Gonzales by a Hays County grand jury Oct. 12. By all accounts, it would seem Frans was doing his best to protect Gonzales’ mother, Rosita Pineda, as her son stabbed her with a fork. While Frans was found not to have committed a crime, it does not change the fact that someone died and something could have been done to prevent it. Documents obtained by The University Star from the Hays County District Attorney’s Office chronicle Gonzales’ life. From being prescribed an attention deficit disorder medication at a young age to extended stints in the Texas Juvenile Justice System to an encounter with Hays County sheriff constables the night before his death and finally a violent end in the street in front of his house, Gonzales’ life shows a series of societal failures. It is a story of someone who was repeatedly let down by the system that was supposed to protect him. The most obvious and disturbing failure of the system took place Aug. 29. Following an encounter with Deputy Constable Clemente Verastegui, Gonzales was handcuffed and placed in the back of Verastegui’s patrol car. While Gonzales was in the back of the car, Deputy Constable Stephen Velasquez used his Taser on the handcuffed man twice. After that incident, Velasquez ordered Verategui to take Gonzales home. It’s unclear which part of “protect and serve” Velasquez was upholding here. Gonzales was acting confused and aggressive and was exhibiting mood swings. Tasing him and then dropping him off at his house could not have been the best available choice. This incident is the most notable because it occurred the day before Gonzales’ death. Between 1999 and 2005, Gonzales was charged with eight offenses, including burglary of a habitation and assault with bodily injury. Gonzales also spent time at Scheib Mental Health Center, Interchange Youth Services in Hondo and in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service’s Youth Connection. During all this, there was never a point when someone was able to help Gonzales — not his family, not his teachers, not his counselors and not state employees. Somewhere in there, something broke down. It’s too late to do anything about Gonzales’ death. There have been many like him in the past, and if we don’t do something there will be more. As students, we have a chance to go out in the world and do our best to keep this type of thing from happening. We leave school ready to make our lives, but we should not just go through the motions. We need to take the knowledge we gain at Texas State to make someone’s life better. If we pay attention to those around us and refuse to turn our backs, we can make some sort of positive impact. By taking an interest in others and making sure the system doesn’t break down, we can ensure that a police officer doesn’t have to choose to take one life in order to save another.


Gonzales case points to larger societal failures

Letter to the Editor Segregation evident in single-family zoning laws I am writing in response to the articles written in Thursday’s University Star about the single-family zoning (“Our way or the highway” and “Good Neighbors program to act as bridge builder”) and The Main Point (“No warm welcome here”). As a student, I am somewhat offended by the single-family ordinance. It is a way to blatantly segregate the city and define students as just renters. At the same time, I can understand the opinion of the permanent resident but their method to combat this “student problem” is ineffective and causing more hostility between students and non-students. The Star said that all candidates for city council are in favor of the ordinance, which is true. What they did not say is that Ryan Thomason, who is running for Place 6 on city council, is the only one advocating another solution. He wants to provide students with other options zoned multifamily besides apartment complexes or run-down duplexes. Thomason’s opponent (Councilman John Thomaides) was quoted as saying currently 75 percent of San Marcos housing is zoned multi-family and only 25 percent is predominantly single family (“Our way or the highway”). That is a misrepresentation as the 75 percent is including all the apartments and condominiums. The neighborhoods are almost all entirely zoned single family. Students living in apartments are not the ones being thrown out or fined; it is the students in residential neighborhoods. As students, we are unable to invest in a home and have roommates, then sell the home for a profit. If we can get our own “student-friendly area” we would not resort to living in the single-family neighborhoods. It is also interesting that Thomason’s opponent is also the same council member that voted to take voting off our campus and increase the age requirement to run for the council in response to Chris Jones’ successful race. He then voted to take it off the ballot this election year because he was scared of the student turnout. I think it is obvious whom he is looking out for, and it’s definitely not us. Lisa L. Hanks is an international relations senior

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Right to speak in court vital to cases of foster children I was nine going on I once stayed with 10 when I was placed a foster parent who in the Texas foster care only viewed me as a system. My mother paycheck and made it abused drugs and alclear that I was ruincohol and wound up ing her social life. I in jail. Growing up, lived with her for one we were so poor that I VERONICA LOCKETT long, miserable year often had to wear the until I was able to perGuest Columnist same clothes to school suade my caseworker three days in a row, and the and the judge to move me to other children would make fun another home. of me. There were times when I was one of the lucky fosI was so hungry that my throat ter children. From age 13 on, burned when I finally got some- I was included in my court thing to eat. proceedings. I went in front of In the nine years I lived in the judge, asked questions and foster care before aging out of talked candidly about everythe system, I lived with at least thing, from my experiences in six families across the state, foster care to how I was doing not to mention a shelter and in school. I also learned about a residential treatment center. opportunities such as tuition Although I lived with a really waivers, which now pay for my supportive foster family during education at Texas State, where my four years of high school, I am a junior majoring in social

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work and minoring in family and child development. Because I was given a say in my future, I was able to make a future for myself. Many of the 22,000 children in Texas’ foster care system are not so lucky. Since I aged out of the foster care system, I have participated in many meetings and focus groups with foster care officials, foster youth and foster care alumni. I have found that far too often, foster youth in Texas and across the nation are excluded from court or are voiceless in their hearings. These hearings are critical for foster children and their families. After all, it’s at these proceedings where judges and lawyers answer questions with lifelong implications for foster children. Can the foster child go home, or are they safer in foster

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care? When and how should they leave the system and where should they go? Should they be allowed to visit their parents or siblings? What education and health care should they receive? Unfortunately, far too many youth, including my own sister, never went to court while in foster care. Others didn’t know they were allowed. These children were deprived of the choice to weigh in on their future. I can’t even imagine how different my experiences would have been if I hadn’t been allowed in court. Although I don’t ever remember meeting the attorney appointed to represent my interests, it was in court before the judge where I learned that I had rights and that I could stand up for myself; it was in court where I learned that I had a say about where I lived and

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what I did with my life. While many child welfare professionals, including judges, lawyers, social workers and the nonpartisan organization Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care believe that youth should have the right to be in court, others think that children’s wishes shouldn’t be considered. I believe that most children who are able to speak for themselves should be talking to the judge. After all, it’s the child’s future that is at stake. Of course, it doesn’t always make sense for foster children to go to court. Some children are emotionally unstable. Others are too young or immature. But in all other cases, I encourage Texas’ child welfare professionals to work to ensure that foster children have a voice. This November, current and

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former foster youth from across Texas will converge in Austin for a two-day leadership summit. At the summit, youth will learn how to use their voices to improve the foster care system and ensure that foster children are given a say in their future. It is hoped that the summit will build momentum for the creation of a nonprofit dedicated to this cause. After all, if you don’t ask foster children what they want, how can you make an informed decision about their lives? Veronica Lockett is a pre-social work junior

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Page 10 - The University Star This content is printed from the League of Women Voters’ voters guide for the 2006 general election. The University Star printed it with permission from The League of Women Voters. All content is taken verbatim from the voters guide.

United States Senator Six-year term. Must be at least 30 years old, a resident of the United States for at least nine years, and a resident of Texas. One of 100 members of the U.S. Senate which has specific powers to advise and consent to presidential appointments and treaties and to try impeachments. Powers the Senate shares with the U.S. House of Representatives include the power to levy taxes, borrow money, regulate interstate commerce, and declare war. Authorized annual salary: $165,200

Question 1

Please describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office. (50 word limit)

Question 2

What measures would you support to deal with both the large number of illegal immigrants already in the United States and immigrants who seek entry to the United States in the future? (75 words)

Question 3

Do you believe that energy independence is a desirable or achievable goal for the United States? If so, what action would you take to bring it about? If not, give your reasons. (75 words)

Question 4

What changes, if any, would you propose in the delivery and financing of health care in the United States? (75 words)

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) Answer 1: My most important qualifica-

tion is I have owned and operated a small business. Also, I am the senior United States Senator from Texas; Vice-Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference; Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee

Governor Four-year term. Must be at least 30 years old, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Texas for the five years immediately preceding the election. Among duties: executes all laws and conducts all business with other states and the federal government; fills appointive offices; fills vacancies in state or district elected offices by appointment; calls special sessions of the legislature and sets their agenda; approves or disapproves every bill passed by the legislature. Annual authorized salary: $115,345

Question 1

Please describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office. (50 words)

Question 2

Does state government have a role in increasing the use of alternative fuels and energy conservation among Texas residents? Explain. (75 words)

Question 3

Will the new state tax policies bring in sufficient money for Texas public schools? If yes, explain. If no, what legislation would you support to ensure adequate funding for education? (75 words)

Question 4

What action would you take to reduce the number of Texans without health insurance since Medicaid and CHIP programs are currently unable to meet this need? (75 words)

Rick Perry (R) Answer 1: I have a record of strong proven leadership. I want to keep Texas on a conservative course where we build stronger schools, secure our border, keep spending under control and taxes low, and we continue to build on the 600,000 jobs we have created in the last three years. Answer 2: Yes, I strongly support the use of alternative fuels and energy conservation. Texas is a national leader in advancing renewable energy sources and the top candidate for the $1 billion FutureGen project, a public/private partnership to reduce harmful pollutants and help lower energy costs. We re-

cently passed California as the national leader in wind energy. It is important to have an environmental policy that continues to produce the best business climate in the country. Answer 3: Texas has raised education funding by $10 billion over the last seven years and lawmakers have provided an additional $1.8 billion to fund teacher pay raises and classroom excellence initiatives. This level of commitment to education demonstrates education is my top priority. Furthermore, the revenues generated by the reformed tax policies represent less than 10 percent of our current budget. Clearly, there is enough revenue available to continue investing in educa-

General Election November 7, 2006 This Voters Guide lists local candidates who appear on the ballot in the November 7, 2006 General Election and includes responses to a questionnaire sent to those candidates in some of the contested races. Candidates were asked to limit responses to each question to 100 words in length. The last sentence(s) of the response may have been omitted or edited for purposes of length. Otherwise, responses are printed as submitted. The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a nonpartisan organization that works to promote political responsibility through informed participation of all citizens in their government. The League does not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. The League does publish and distribute factual information to help prepare citizens to cast an informed vote and does take action on selected governmental issues that it has studied. You may bring this Voters Guide into the voting booth.

on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Science and Space (///) Answer 2: I have co-authored the Hutchison-Pence Border Security Immigration Plan which calls first for an increase in technology, infrastructure and personnel to regain control of our borders. Only after the security measures have been implemented successfully will we be able to put in place a program of legal immigration. Amnesty will not be granted to those who illegally entered the country. Those who seek to enter legally may apply from their home country and a (///). Answer 3: A great degree of energy independence, conservation and diversification is absolutely essential to America’s security. While alternative sources of energy, including renewable sources are developed, we must increase our domestic production. The recent discovery in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrates the potential domestic exploration. America’s independence on unstable foreign sources of energy is not an acceptable option. In order to preserve and strengthen our national security and economy, we must continue to invest and develop (///). Answer 4:

research because this is a way to find treatment and maintenance of disease that is less costly than surgery and long hospital stays. Doctors and their patients-not Washington, DC bureaucrats or insurance company executivesshould make healthcare decisions. (///)


the $800 million in Federal matching funds that disappeared when 170,000 children were eliminated from the program. Additionally, I would encourage funding for preventative medicine and wellness initiatives, as it is cheaper to maintain the healthy than it is to heal the sick. Throughout my governorship, I intend to work closely with the legislature to build a strong, effective funding structure for public health care.

Allowing assocations to offer health care options to small business will result in more insured families, bringing down the cost for the patient and for the community. We need to increase funding for medical/health

Answer 4: I have been one of the loudest voices among the governors on reforming Medicaid and creating incentives to cover more Texans. I continue to support efforts that make it easier for employers to offer insurance and make health coverage more affordable to everyone. By continuing to focus on health education and disease prevention though programs like: child immunization, nutritional education, and personal fitness, Texas saves tax dollars and helps people lead healthier lives.

Chris Bell (D) Answer 1:During my public service on the Houston City Council and in Congress, I have been a leader in the fight for more ethical and more accountable government. As Governor, I will continue this fight to end the culture of corruption in Austin.

Answer 2: Yes, Texas must lead the way in developing alternative and renewable energy technologies to protect our environment and our quality of life. As governor, I would set a firm goal of producing 10% of our energy from renewable sources by 2015. I would also encourage public-private partnerships with our state universities to foster alternative fuel research and make Texas the world’s leader in renewable energy technology. Answer 3: The new state business tax will provide little relief for property owners, and it won’t provide any new money for public schools. We need to work to close the loopholes in the new plan, which will cost the state of Texas a billion and a half dollars every year. We also need to broaden the tax so that more businesses are paying their fair share into the system. Answer 4:I would work to restore funding to CHIP and regain

Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) Answer 1: As a wife, mother of three, teacher, lawyer and mediator, I am a professional problem solver. I know how to fight for people, represent people, and bring people together. I graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, B.A. from University of Houston, and was a National Merit Scholar. Answer 2: Immigration requires a comprehensive solution. We need a trained presence at the border, with the federal government bearing the cost, not Texas taxpayers. Current efforts targeting illegal immigration are ineffective and harm legal trade. U.S. personnel must operate our ports. We must enforce workplace employment rules. We must develop a workable registration system for current residents. Read the issues chart at for more details. Answer 3: Our economic and national security requires energy independence through alternative renewable resource develop-

James Werner (L) Answer 1: I have nearly 20 years of successful business experience in sales, consulting, and management. I have worked for companies ranging from small start-ups, to Fortune 100 firms. Answer 2: The state should not become involved in making basic market decisions. The involvement of the state in this area will result in higher prices, lower quality of fuel alternatives, and poor energy policy decisions. Answer 3: I propose a “Fair Tax for Texas” which will replace all existing taxes with a single, point-of-purchase consumer sales tax on all goods and services. I also propose initial across-the-board state budget cuts of 10%. My school plan involves full-value vouchers for parents to be used at any school of their choice. Over time, we will experiment with further free-market solutions to our education challenges. Answer 4: I will promote affordable health insurance by working to limit state interference in the provision of these services. Coverage mandates must end to allow for a wide range of affordable options to flourish. We must also work toward a genuine interstate market in health insurance in order to promote genuine competition.

U.S. Representative, District 25 (Please Note: Due to recent district boundary changes, this race is a primary as well as a general election. Straight ticket party voting will not apply in this race. This race will appear first in the ballot. After voting in this race, voters have the option of straight ticket voting on the rest of the ballot.)

Question 1

List your experience, education, and training that qualify you for this position.

Question 2

What policies would you support to address the immigration issues in this country?

Question 3

Grant Rostig (R) Education: Junior College: Calculus, Physics, and Computers. University at night while working in computers: Computers, Accounting, Advanced: Medical, Doctor of Chiropractic, Law. Experience: As a child and youth, worked on the relative’s farm, and in factories, and volunteered for the army reserves. Grant took temporary jobs to pay the bills included clerical, insurance sales and construction.

After junior college, worked in computers and as a teacher. Opened a Chiropractic office and Internet business. Good fences make good neighbors. A key constitutional function is to defend the Nation. Especially during a time of wars, I will do what it takes to stop the uncontrolled flow of terrorists and others across the northern and other borders. We cannot reward lawbreakers with another failed amnesty. It is cruel to en-

The public opinion of Congress is at an all-time low. What would you do to improve the credibility and accountability of the U.S. Congress?

courage illegals into the exploitation they receive here in the shadows and in the desert. Employers must be held accountable. Politics are dominated by corporate money funneled through the parties and PACs to be handed out to compliant politicians. Current campaign finance laws only violate free

speech and entrench the parties and incumbents. I say, if you can vote, then you can contribute! Corporations, trusts and unions can’t vote. I support the idea of unregulated PACs, parties, and groups because they allow voters to lobby Congress and educate voters. Free speech is dying, vote Liberty!

ment, planned fossil fuel development, energy conservation including rigorous fuel efficiency standards. I will work to secure our environment and public health by reducing pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions. We must enforce the Clean Air Act’s compliance deadlines. Energy independence is achievable with leadership advocating a national energy policy. Visit for more information. Answer 4:

We need insurance reform so patients don’t have to battle the insurance company while battling cancer, including preventive care, prompt pay for health care providers and a system modeled on Medicare, which will save billions of dollars and millions of lives. The employer based system doesn’t work, and health care reform can respond to disasters, and provide a deterrent to bioterror attacks.

Scott Lanier Jameson (L) Answer 1: I am the only financial conservative on the Texas ballot for U.S. Senate. As a Realtor and entrepreneur, I know there are always opportunities to significantly cut costs while meeting objectives. I hold a MBA and MS in business. A member of NFIB, I understand the needs of small businesses. Answer 2: Everyone entering this country, whether as visa holders or as

Richard “Kinky” Friedman (I) Answer 1: Response does not meet criteria. Answer 2: Texas must stop relying upon fossil fuels for its energy needs. These fuels are poisoning our environment. The State should lead the charge in making Texas the leader in renewable energies such as biodiesel, ethanol, wind power, solar power and bio-mass. Texas is now a net importer of energy. It can become a leader in energy production once again by investing in these new renewable energy sources. Answer 3: It costs money to solve our education problems. I have proposed creating a new, constitutionally dedicated funding source for education by proposing legalized casino gambling. Legalized casino gambling will generate six to eight billion dollars of new revenue that would be used to adequately fund our education system. I propose taking sports funding out of the education budget and have the private sector fund these programs through sponsorship.

Answer 4: Texas should follow the lead of Minnesota, which is now number one in health insurance coverage for its citizens. A one percent health care access fee should be assessed on all medical services and health insurance purchased by Texans. This fee would be placed in a health care access fund that would be used to provide subsidized health care coverage for Texans based upon their ability to pay.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 unannounced visitors, must be identified and issued biometric ID Cards, even if facing deportation. These ID Cards must be presented for access to employment and health care. Instead of building a great wall, technology and people should be used to monitor our borders. I do not support amnesty, nor a mass deportation. Visas should never to arbitrarily given out by methods such as a lottery. Answer 3: Oil energy independence is a worthy goal. It would help minimize U.S. military actions, stabilize trade balances, and encourage the funding of development of alternative fuel sources and technologies. We must end oil subsidies, and demand that our foreign suppliers treat us like the customer is always right. To support diplomacy, encourage goodwill, and minimize tragedies, we must clean up the 300 million unexploded U.S. cluster bombs and landmines in civilian areas across the globe.

Answer 4:

To protect income from government waste and abuse and allow people to be self-supporting, the federal personal income tax must be eliminated. With expanded paychecks and no tax preparation expenses, everyone would be required to have health and disability insurance. Insurance must be affordable by allowing for expanded collective bargaining. Also, interterm legislation should equalize billing rates between those with and those without coverage. Unemployed and indigent citizens would be eligible for county subsidized coverage.

tics. It’s my grandkids. I want to educate all of our children, keep them healthy and protect them. I’ve been a single mom of four sons, a teacher, mayor, school board president, railroad commissioner and comptroller. Learn more at Answer 2: Yes. We need to look to clean-burning natural gas, wind energy, other renewables and energy conservation using the latest technology to meet our electricity needs. I will replace dirty coal plants with clean, efficient plants that will not harm Texans. We will protect children and expectant mothers from exposure to air pollutants that cause asthma and autism. My State Energy Conservation Office is a leader in reducing government energy costs and promoting clean energy technologies. Answer 3: No. The tax plan will cost $43 billion over the next five years and raises only $18 billion, leaving a staggering $25 billion hot check. My longterm “Strayhorn Solutions,” include reinstating cost-saving government efficiency reviews, implementing video lottery terminals at race tracks for more education dollars and property tax cuts, closing the corporate loopholes in the franchise tax and eliminating the taxpayerfunded corporate welfare slush funds and contracts with Washington, D.C. lobbyists.

Answer 1: I’m a 67 year old grandma. My future is not poli-

Answer 4: Since 2000, Texas returned $703 million in unspent federal CHIP money while local hospitals spent billions for the uninsured. I will reinstate pre- 2003 CHIP eligibility rules, re-enroll children who lost insurance to the bungled attempt to outsource eligibility and allow working families to buy into CHIP. I would rather spend $105 monthly insuring a child than pay $6,700 for one emergency room visit for that child picked up by skyrocketing local property taxes.

Barbara Cunningham (Lib)

Actually read and consider the proposed legislation prior to voting on it. Stop the profligate spending.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn (I)

Education: I graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas in 1966. I attended El Centro College and North Texas State University (University of North Texas). Experience: I have worked all my adult life and know what it is like to have to struggle to feed, clothe and house my family while paying all the bills. I feel I can relate to the taxpayer struggling to make ends meet. Allowing peaceful people to enter our country appropriately is a benchmark by which we measure how we’re living up to the American ideal. Peaceful immigrants should be allowed to enter the US at conveniently located Customs and Immigration stations, subject only to brief vetting to ensure that they are not terrorists or criminals, and reasonable consideration of the nation’s ability to assimilate them. Level the playing field so that an incumbent is not automatically ensured re-election. Do away with automatic pay raises.

Lloyd Doggett (Dem) Education: B.B.A., with highest honors, University of Texas, 1967 J.D., with honors, University of Texas, 1970. Experience: Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1995Present (Serves on House Committee on Ways and Means) Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1989-1994 Senator, Texas Senate, 1973-1985. Secure our borders, which this Administration should already have accomplished. I voted to add 2,000 Border Agents, but the President funded only 210. We should not grant amnesty, but we should seek comprehensive reform allowing employed, noncriminals, already here searching for a better life, to earn citizenship by paying a substantial fine, any back taxes, and learning English. SpendSee page 11


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has thousands of commuting students and faculty from the cities to our north and south, which could utilize the service. The system would also spur transit-oriented development around the downtown station and would give an economic boost to our downtown business district. Disadvantages include the operating costs to cities that it serves, which is the case with all public transportation systems.

(Unexpired Term) List your experience, education, and training that qualify you for this position. Should the city give preference to contractors who use local workers for jobs such as construction of roads and schools? Please explain. What do you believe the advantages and disadvantages would be of implementing commuter rail transportation in the City of San Marcos?

Ian Skiles I believe that being born and raised in San Marcos has given me a unique view of and appreciation of our wonderful community. Seeing the changes and growth as I attended the public schools, Texas State and moving on to join the work force has shown me many facets of San Marcos. Being a small business owner that still gets his hands dirty, I believe that I represent the community as a whole in spirit. The only way to give preference like that fairly would be to quantify the value of one local worker from San Marcos. Adding or subtracting this value to a multimillion dollar contract to build a school or road would be a mute point. By allowing or forcing a contractor to supply a bid, then a list of employees that live in San Marcos to verify, will only complicate the decision making process for the city. I belive that the utmost concideration should be given to local contractors, however the final decision should be based on experience, cost and quality of work. I have not seen any cost benifit analysis on the commuter rail project. I do not have enough hard evidence to support the building of light rail at this time. My instincts would tell me that not enough people would ride it to warrent the expenditure. I am very open to gaining more information on the subject and if my instincts are wrong then I have no problem with changing my mind.

Betsy Robertson I received a BA degree from University of Michigan. Since moving to San Marcos I have served on 4 boards and commissions: Library Board, Hays Caldwell Women’s Center Board, Construction Board of Adjustments, and I’m currently the vice-chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Working in these groups has taught me the value of teamwork and consensus-building and the importance of well-researched and considered decisions. I have also owned a local small business for 20 years and through that have gained experience in financial management, business skills, and public outreach. The city signs contracts for millions of dollars for infrastructure construction each year and so has a substantial impact on our local economy. In slow economic times it is a good practice to provide incentives to hire local workers. At present, fortunately, our unemployment rate is fairly low and especially in the construction trades it is often difficult to find qualified employees. Using local workers might therefore raise the cost of construction and prevent the city from receiving the best value for its tax dollars. If bids are equal we should offer the opportunity to the bidder using local labor. The Austin-San Antonio Commuter Rail District plan utilizes an existing 110 mile rail line with 14 planned stops from Georgetown to San Antonio and would relocate the existing freight rail east of San Marcos. Texas State University

City Council Member, Place 6 John Thomaides I have served on the City Council for the past 3-½ years and as Mayor ProTem for 18 months. I currently represent San Marcos on the Austin-San Antonio Commuter Rail Board. While on council, I served on the Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Minority Tourism Board, and Main Street Board. I also served as Chair of the Transportation Advisory Board for 2 years. I have owned a water treatment business in San Marcos for 14 years and was named “Small Business Person of the Year” in 2003, by the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. I attended Temple and Bloomsburg Universities. The city always uses the competitive bidding process to make sure the taxpayers are getting the best price for our projects. We also make sure contractors have the necessary qualifications to complete the work based on analysis of their previous history. When these standards are met, I believe that locally based bidders who employ local workers, should be chosen, and I have voted in the past in favor of these firms. The Austin-San Antonio Commuter Rail District plan utilizes an existing 110 mile rail line with 14 planned stops from Georgetown to San Antonio and would relocate the existing freight rail east of San Marcos. Texas State University has thousands of commuting students and faculty from the cities to our north and south, which could utilize the service. The system would also spur transit-oriented development around the downtown station and would give an economic boost to our downtown business district. Disadvantages include the operating costs to cities that it serves, which is the case with all public transportation systems.

Ryan Thomason I have been a resident since 1983; attended and graduated from San Marcos schools; son of small business owners; graduate Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance specialization; currently work in our family business, Thomason Funeral Home and am the small business owner of, “Ryan Thomason Real Estate” and “Wood and Thomason Custom Homes” I believe the city should always make an effort to use local workers/contractors whenever possible. The citizens and businesses that pay taxes in this town should always be the first priority. I do not believe, however, this should cost the taxpayers considerably more money as we have a responsibility to use tax dollars as wisely and efficiently as possible. Local contractors should be competitive with contractors outside the area. The commuter rail system could be a great asset to the community if gas prices continue to rise. The rail system could be very beneficial to San Marcos’ citizens that work in Austin or San Antonio and could help bring tourism into our mall and recreational areas. The part we as a community must evaluate is the cost of the infrastructure and locations of the stations. The project will only be a wise investment if it’s not a burden to the taxpayer and the time necessary to get from the rail to the appointed destination is efficient; otherwise it won’t be used.

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ing tens of billions to deport these people is unrealistic and would harm agriculture and our economy. Improving the credibility and accountability of Congress requires leading by example – the personal standard of public service I have always maintained. We must enact long overdue lobby-reform legislation: extended, near-absolute Republican control has corrupted absolutely. Americans are forced to pay for corruption in a flawed, costly, prescription drug bill written by the pharmaceutical industry, energy gimmicks promoted by Big Oil, and record deficits fueled by tax breaks to the wealthiest few. We can do better.

State Senator, District 25 Question 1

List your experience, education, and training that qualify you for this position.

Question 2

Why are you seeking this office and what do you envision your impact will be on your community?

Question 3

Hays County is experiencing a surge of growth. What is your position regarding giving county governments more authority to manage growth? Please give examples.

Jeff Wentworth (Rep) Education: Graduate, Alamo Heights High School; BA degree, Texas A&M University; JD degree, Texas Tech University School of Law Experience: Three years active duty, US Army counterintelligence officer; three years, assistant to US Congressman from Texas; six years, elected county commissioner, Bexar County; one year, university system regent; five years, elected state representative; 14 years, elected state senator; 35 years, licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and Texas I am seeking re-election as state senator because of my lifelong belief that, outside the clergy and the healing arts, public service is the highest calling in our society. I’m married with two sons and graduated from Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University School of Law. My experience as a US Army counterintelligence officer, city attorney, county commissioner, regent on Texas State University System Board, state representative, and current state senator (I rank 3rd in seniority of 19 Republican senators)and chairman of Senate Jurisprudence Committee position me to serve you and your family effectively in the Texas Senate. I have been fighting for over a

Brian Parrett (Ind) Education: I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Learning and Development majoring in Youth and Community Studies. Experience: Every job I have had, has been in service of others to help them in their time of need. Every place I have been has given me invaluable insight into what makes US great. My youth grants me the vitality to forge ahead, leading US all toward greater prosperity. We must provide the Border Patrol and National Guard every resource and support necessary to keep America safe. Intelligent compromise is necessary to ensure America’s economy flourishes with those willing to

quarter century, first as county commissioner, then state representative, and now state senator, to give county commissioners courts adequate authority to respond effectively to the legitimate needs of Texans who live in unincorporated areas of counties concerning issues of public health and safety. We’ve made slow, steady, but thus far inadequate progress in this area, and I will, if re-elected, continue the fight to plan and prepare for the inevitable growth that will continue to come to Texas.

Kathleen “Kathi” Thomas (Dem) Education: B.M., 1976, University of Texas at Austin. (First two years at Sam Houston State University.) Public Schools, Woodville, TX., Grades 1-12 Experience: Teacher/band director: public school (grades 6-12), private trade school, community college; owner/operator of small business; active in adoption advocacy; several leadership roles in Central Presbyterian Church, Austin; frequent testimony at Capitol on wide range of issues To make a difference---to reverse the declining commitment of the last decade to our future. It shows in our schools, in too many children without healthcare, in enfeeblement of environmental protections. Consistently, the current Administration demonstrates concern for special interests above individuals and small businesses. My District will have representation for the entire district. It’ll have a Senator willing to listen and learn; a creative, energetic Senator, unafraid of different approaches to making things better. By electing me, my Community will demonstrate that straightforwardness and optimism can triumph. I strongly support: Empowering counties to give tax breaks for 100% rainwater-use homes (with property tax exemption for rainwater equipment.) Permitting locally elected Groundwater Conservation Districts to regulate drilling of private wells, protecting existing groundwater users. Private drilling is used as an end-around GCD oversight by unscrupulous Developers. Empower-

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do an honest day’s work. We can accommodate a reasonable amount of temporary guests and those seeking citizenship,but immigrants must be given incentives to invest in America, to adopt, and contribute to our common culture and mutual prosperity. As your Representative I pledge that I will fight to ensure that Congress lives up to its Constitutional responsibility. I will also work tirelessly to eliminate the pork barrel politics that corrupts Congress with short sighted special interest concerns. For example, I will do everything in my power to involve you in the process and make it easy for you to communicate with me because you will have sent me to Congress to represent you.

ing localities to assess Developers for the increased services--schools, police, fire--their developments generate. Presently, localities can require new subdivisions to give land to the school district, but that’s all. Current residents pay for added services through higher taxes and greater bond indebtedness; that’s not fair.

James R. “Bob” Thompson (Lib) Education: Graduated high school; 2 years college, no degree, as a Science and Math major with minor in foreign language. Vietnam veteran, U.S.A.F. Experience: None in the public sector but what first time candidate has? I am running because I feel my representative no longer listens, or represents me. I am a previous business owner, having attained the highest licensure in my field, and will represent, as opposed to legislate. First and foremost, to give voters a choice in who represents them. I am not a politician, do not aspire to be one, and believe ‘politics’ was never meant to be a profession. I think the Founders had every intention on common citizens representing others like himself, then going home to tend the fields. Unfortunately, it seems like those who want to get into office, merely want to do so to further their own needs. Those without money or influence are at a disadvantage in seeking office, and without media exposure, how would you know what they believe in? County responsibilities include building and maintaining roads, and in some cases, county airports; constructing and operating jails; operating the judicial system; maintaining public records; collecting property taxes; issuing vehicle registration and transfers; and registering voters. Counties also provide law enforcement, conduct elections and provide health and social services to many poor county residents. Thus, counties, unlike cities, are limited in their actions to areas of responsibility specifically spelled out in laws passed by the Legislature. Outside of making sure proposed subdivisions comply with Codes, such as sanitation, and road access, I do not see them responsible for managing growth.

For questions about voting Call the offices of Hays County Elections Administrator/Voter Registrar at 512- 393-7310. Texans who vote early can vote in person or by mail, if they request an application for a ballot. Those who vote in person during early voting will not have to vote in a particular precinct. A voter can cast a ballot at any early voting site that is convenient. A Voters Guide for state-wide races and other helpful information is available online by visiting the League of Women Voters of Texas web site at For more information on voting or elections, call the Hays County Elections Administrator at 512-393-7310, or see

Address for Applications for Early Voting by Mail Hays County Elections Administrator 401 C Broadway St. San Marcos, Texas 78667-7751 Attention: Early Voting Clerk

City Charter amendments PROPOSITION NO. 1 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 1.01 of the City Charter to more clearly explain the nature and functions of the Charter. PROPOSITION NO. 2 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 2.02 of the City Charter to restrict the city’s eminent domain authority related to economic development. PROPOSITION NO. 3 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 3.01 of the City Charter to change the term of office of the mayor from two years to three years. PROPOSITION NO. 4 - FOR/


of the council.

The amendment of Section 3.02 of the City Charter to delete the requirement that a council member use the phone number at the council member’s residence as his or her home phone number.


PROPOSITION NO. 5 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 3.04 of the City Charter to provide $100 per meeting compensation for council members, for up to three meetings per month. PROPOSITION NO. 6 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 3.05 of the City Charter to provide that designation of a deputy mayor pro-tem is at the option

The amendment of Section 3.11 of the City Charter to allow ordinances amending the future land use map to be adopted in the same manner as zoning map amendments, and to allow ordinances to be adopted under procedures expressly authorized by state law. PROPOSITION NO. 8 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 4.01(a) of the City Charter to allow a new city manager to become a resident of the city within 90 days rather than 30 days. PROPOSITION NO. 9 - FOR/ AGAINST

The amendment of Sections 4.03 and 4.04 of the City Charter to require municipal court judges to be licensed attorneys and to require municipal court judges and the city attorney to be residents of the city (for newly-hired officials, within 90 days). PROPOSITION NO. 10 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Sections 5.01 and 5.05 of the City Charter related to change the date for regular elections and to allow flexibility in the date for runoff elections for city council. PROPOSITION NO. 11 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Sections 6.03 through 6.10 of the City Charter related to the verification of pe-

tition signatures, to eliminate conflicts with state law. PROPOSITION NO. 12 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 7.02 of the City Charter regarding the duties and authority of the planning and zoning commission, to clarify the role of the commission and the city council related to conditional use permits. PROPOSITION NO. 13 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 8.02, 8.06, 8.09, and 8.10 of the City Charter to allow more time for the city council to formulate the annual budget policy statement and the annual budget. PROPOSITION NO. 14 - FOR/ AGAINST

The amendment of Section 9.02 of the City Charter to update language related to the bond register. PROPOSITION NO. 15 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 11.08 of the City Charter to require the city council to adopt an ordinance regarding annual reports by public service companies. PROPOSITION NO. 16 - FOR/ AGAINST The amendment of Section 12.02(a) and (b) of the City Charter to add references to ethics regulations established by ordinance, and to require the city council to maintain the code of ethics and the ethics review commission in an ongoing manner.

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TAILGATING: Enthusiasm of fans doesn’t go unnoticed by coach tailgating is that you

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friends together and hang out with them down here, or you can head down here solo or with a buddy and meet new people. Everyone is usually pretty friendly,” said history freshman Kyle Oldham said. Regardless of — Mike Neely whether or not one business management is tailgating with freshman Greek organizations or just there with people’s houses or apart- a group of friends, tailments, but they weren’t gaters all share the ideas like this,” Kathy said of of being with family or the growth of the tail- friends and supporting gating parties at Texas the Bobcats. State. “It’s always a blast The youngest of the to hang out with my Poehls was excited to friends, but I usually end have his parents tailgat- up meeting new people ing with him. every time I come out,” “It’s great. They were Neely said. ‘Cats, and now I am. This The growth of tailgatis my first and probably ing and support for the last extracurricular activ- Bobcat football team ity, and my folks are here does not go unnoticed by with me,” Christopher Coach David Bailiff. said. “I’m proud of these Those who aren’t in a students for sticking with fraternity or sorority or us,” Bailiff said. “It’s fun do not have their families to get off the bus to see all Austin Byrd/Star photo with them for the action these guys having a blast READY TO RUMBLE: Andy Bailey (S), international studies sophomore, Aaron Watter (A), undecided freshman and Chris Werk (T), mathematics are not excluded. and backing the ‘Cats.” junior, hang out and wait for their paint to dry in preparation for the game Saturday at Bobcat Stadium. “The good thing about


t really doesn’t get any more fun than this. There is something here for everyone.”


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Game Notes Third down domination Texas State was 10 of 15 on third-down conversions, compared to 5 of 14 for the Lions. George effectively passed and ran for first downs throughout the game, including a 10-yard rush on third-and-seven late in the second quarter. Two plays later the quarterback found Luke for the wide receiver’s first touchdown, giving the Bobcats a 14-3 lead a minute and a half before intermission. Flag totals falling Texas State’s penalty count decreased for the second game in a row, after three straight contests with over 10 flags. “The drop in penalties is a big reason why we’re 2-1 in conference,” Bailiff said. “This win is a tribute to how hard the team Austin Byrd/Star photo has been working, even during the slump.” STOPPING POWER: Senior linebacker Jeremy Castillo pushed his career tackles total to 292 Saturday, Saturday the Bobcats comranking him 10th all-time in Bobcat history. mitted four penalties, while Southeastern Louisiana was flagged five times.

Ortiz honored Senior James Ortiz, a former Texas State cross-country runner, was the honorary captain for the Bobcats during the pregame coin flip. Oritz was injured this summer while riding his bike down N. LBJ Drive.

Saturday, and hit both of his extra point attempts. The Baylor transfer leads the team with 24 points. Southland update

Linebacker Jeremy Castillo led the Texas State defensive Saturday with 15 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pair of sacks. “That’s Jeremy,” Bailiff said. “He’s an excitable player. He loves to practice; he loves to play. That’s why he’s led the team in tackles the past two years.” The senior now has 292 career tackles as a Bobcat, moving him past Jimmy Nelms for 10thplace all-time at Texas State. Castillo needs 14 tackles to pass Arnold Baker for ninth place.

The Bobcats sit in second place in the Southland Conference at 2-1, vaulting past Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls State, who suffered losses to McNeese State and Northwestern State, respectively. Sam Houston State remains in first, holding a 2-0 record in league play. The Bearkats lost 38-30 Thursday to new division foe Central Arkansas, but remained undefeated in conference. The Bears are in their first year as an SLC member, and are not eligible for the league title or an official standing. “The title race is great,” Bailiff said. “But when you’re young and dumb like we are, you take it week to week.”

Weekly awards

On tap

Castillo and Ireland were awarded honorable mention by the league Monday, while George was named the offensive player of the week. Ireland was two-for-two on field goals

Texas State travels to Natchitoches, La. to face the Northwestern State Demons, 1-2 in the SLC, after their win over the Cowboys. Game time is set for 2 p.m Saturday.

Jumping Jeremy


mavericksvisiting Volleyball dropped two road matches over the weekend, falling to 5-4 in the Southland Conference. Texas State lost to Central Arkansas 3-0 Thursday and 3-2 Sunday against Northwestern State. The Bobcats return home Tuesday for a date with Texas-Arlington. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Check for a story on the weekend contests.

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Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Happy Homecoming Bobcats declaw Lions, 38-17 By Chris Boehm The University Star Homecoming came and went at Texas State, leaving one message: The ‘Cats are back. Texas State took control Saturday in the second quarter and never looked back, putting together its most complete game of the season in beating Southeastern Louisiana 38-17. “We got that spark back,” said defensive end Nate Langford. “I’m tired of people saying last year was a fluke. We’ve been talking about how good we were, but now we’re coming together and showing people what we can do.” Southeastern Louisiana’s Jeff Turner kicked a 25-yard field goal with 11 minutes left in the first half to give his team a 3-0 advantage, which would turn out to be the only lead of the game for the Lions. Texas State responded with 28 unanswered points, on three touchdown passes from Bradley George and a one-yard run by Alvin Canady. George finished with 236 yards and two interceptions on 17-of-30 passing. “It feels good,” George, quarterback, said. “I know that I’m an old freshman, but there’s still room to grow. I’m feeling pretty comfortable with the offense right now, but I’m still learning the defensive tendencies.” Two of George’s touchdown tosses, of 28 and 29 yards, went

to wide receiver Cameron Luke, on his only catches of the night. “Bradley threw me good balls,” Luke said. “On the first touchdown, I just got inside and went up and got it.” Luke’s second touchdown grab gave the Bobcats a commanding 28-3 lead with a quarter to play. The Houston native jumped straight up on the play, grabbing the ball over a Lions’ defender and falling just inside the pylon at the front of the end zone. “It’s awesome when you can throw it up to your receivers and they can just go up and catch it,” George said. “Cameron’s got great hands, and it’s good to see we can spread the ball around, whether one game it’s Chase (Wasson), Mo (Crosby), or Cam.” The Bobcats added an Andrew Ireland field goal with 7 minutes and 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter to make the score 31-10, following a Southeastern Louisiana touchdown catch by Jamarr Garrett. The Bobcats’ scoring drive took 6:44 off the clock, highlighted by eight hard-nosed runs from Daniel Jolly. The senior picked up 52 of his 100 yards on the drive, and would score the Bobcats’ last touchdown of the night. “If there is one guy I’m most proud of it’s Daniel Jolly,” said coach David Bailiff. “He’s had his ups and downs, but this is a wonderful time for him to

Austin Byrd/Star photo AGAINST THE GRAIN: Sophomore wide receiver Morris Crosby returns the opening kickoff of the second quarter during the Bobcats’ 38-17 victory Saturday night over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

get refocused and re-energized after getting through some injury problems. That was the first time we’ve been able to run the ball and burn the clock when we needed to.” Jolly gave the Bobcats a 38-10 lead with 2:36 left in the game, plunging into the end zone on third-and-goal from the two-

yard line. “Daniel played the way we needed him to,” Bailiff said. “He was so excited after the game, because he was able to deliver the game he felt he was capable of.” Southeastern Louisiana’s backup quarterback Seth Babin relieved starter Bradd Schlosser

on the Lions’ next drive, hitting Krishna Muhammad 18 yards from the goal line for the night’s final touchdown. Schlosser threw for 250 yards before being pulled, getting his only touchdown on a one-play drive when he found Jamarr Garrett for a 64-yard pass. “We understood what we had

to do defensively, with no one pressing or trying to do other people’s jobs,” Bailiff said. “We had to be disciplined against their offense, and you saw the one play where we weren’t.”

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Football fans pack the parking Demons suffer shutout at lot with tailgating equipment hands of soccer team By Carl Harper The University Star

Austin Byrd/Star photo MUSIC TO PARTY TO: Roger Creager plays to tailgaters before the Texas State Homecoming game Saturday afternoon outside Bobcat Stadium.

By Gordon Taylor The University Star Each autumn, gladiators of the gridiron duke it out on the field in front of thousands of fans. Before each football game, many of these fans gather in the parking lot and partake in festivities that build camaraderie amongst one another. The festivities are better known as tailgating, an activity that has gained significant momentum over the past season and a half at Texas State. Televisions and radios blare Texas’ football game play-by-play while people yell and scream, either at the game on television and radio or at games of beer pong and washers. “It’s gotten crazy,” exercise and sports science senior Clinton Beck said of the growing number of tailgaters. “When I first started tailgating here, there was hardly anyone out, but last season more and more people came out, and it was like it went a row further each week.” Upon arrival at the tailgate party, one immediately smells the different kinds of food cooking in the different tents. The food ranges anywhere from a tailgater’s favorite barbeque to one student who prepares a homemade pizza and cooks it in his barbeque pit. “We cook all sorts of stuff,” Beck said. “Boudin is a must; we cook burgers, ribs and sausage as well.” However, there is more to tailgating than just

food, and the styles of tailgating are as diverse as the cuisine. It’s a party atmosphere in the parking lot despite the Texas heat or cold that creeps in later in the schedule. Down what is known as “fraternity row” are intricately decorated beer pong tables, assembled washer boards and usually a crowd cheering their friends on. There is almost always a football being thrown, and fans talk and meet new people. “It really doesn’t get any more fun than this,” said business management freshman Mike Neely. “Take a look around. It is impossible to be bored around all this; there is something here for everyone.” Tailgating is no longer just for the Greeks. People bring out their families and make a day of coming to a Texas State football game. Texas State alumnus Joe Molina brought his family, along with the other essentials, such as a television and barbecue pit. “We come out here and bond as a family; we barbeque, and it gives us all a chance to catch up with one another,” Molina said. Texas State alumni Kathy and Michael Poehl, who come to many of the games from Austin, were tailgating along with their son Christopher, agriculture-business and management senior. “Back when we came to school here, there weren’t tailgating parties. We had parties at See TAILGATING, page 13

was a good squad that we beat today.” Two yellow cards Texas State clinched were handed down its seventh Southland during the match, one Conference playoff received by Spivey. berth in as many years The senior was inSunday, before a Senior volved in an interferDay crowd of 631. ence call after getting Kim Phillips scored tangled up with goalthe lone goal of the keeper Krystle Dongame to beat Northaldson of the Demons. western State 1-0 in Spivey attempted a overtime. The Bobheader shot but made cats tacked on three contact with Donaldmore points to their son inside the goal standing in the SLC line. and now hold a 3-2-2 Senior forward league mark. The Lady Natalie Holder led Demons dropped to 3the offensive attack, 3-1. claiming five of the 20 The SLC tournament shot attempts for Texstarts Nov. 2 at the as State. Holder’s first Bobcat Soccer Comshot of the day came plex, and will conclude in the fourth minute three days later. when it ricocheted off Senior Delayna the crossbar. Spivey drove the ball “It was a huge win down the field to the for us,” Holder said. 18-yard box two min“We came out strong utes into overtime, and Austin Byrd/Star photo and knew that we had her pass deflected could win it with all off a defender into the HEADS UP PLAY: Despite having Delayna Spivey’s our fans behind us. presence of Phillips. (5) header waved by officials for interfering with the I think every single The Fort Worth native Northwestern State goalie, the Bobcats pulled out an player came out and then punched it into overtime win with a score from senior Kim Phillips. fought hard to help us the bottom left corgrab that spot in the ner of the net for her SLC tournament.” team-leading seventh goal of the riraz. Saturday’s contest was the season. Phillip’s goal went unas“Now that I’m healthy, I feel senior class’ last regular season sisted. great and feel that I can win,” game at the Bobcat Soccer Com“I had to run into it after I saw Perriraz said. “The defense was plex. the opportunity,” Phillips said. amazing today. Coach (Kat Con“This win has to mean a lot “I just kept running because I ner) made some changes with more just because the actual team knew we had to score and ended some subs while moving people put so much effort into winning up putting it into the corner for around, and they never missed a it for the seniors,” Spivey said. “It the goal. It was very exciting.” beat.” felt good that every single person Spivey recorded two shots for The senior goalkeeper picked gave 110 percent.” the day, giving her 31 on the sea- up her first win for the season Overall the Bobcats dominated son. and now has eight saves in just the Demons for 92 minutes and “I was driving up the field and 227 minutes of playing time. fulfilled Conner’s expectations saw three of our forwards,” SpivThe game proved to be an in- by keeping the pressure on. ey said. “I was going to pass it to tense contest between the two ri“This was a great win,” Conner Jeri (Lemmie) but it went off the vals, as there were 49 fouls, 29 of said. “We stuck to our game plan defender to Kim for a perfect fin- them coming from Northwest- and played a team that likes to be ish.” ern State. very direct. We have learned to Paige Perriraz got the start at “I knew both teams were go- be patient, disciplined, and the goalkeeper and played her lon- ing to be very physical because fact that we won in overtime gest outing of the season at 92 it’s that brand of soccer,” Con- makes this win very sweet.” minutes. The stingy Bobcat de- ner said. “Both teams have been Conner’s team visits Stephen fense gave one of its best efforts to the NCAA tournament and F. Austin for its final regular seaof the season, allowing just six know that it’s going to be hard son match. Game time in Nacogshots. Two were saved by Per- when you get to that level. This doches is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

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