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By Clayton Medford News Reporter Associated Student Government debated legislation that states their opposition to the highly controversial Proposition 2, the proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution that defines marriage as the “union of one man and one woman.” The standing-room only meeting contained an emotional testimony and was heavily punctuated by applause. The legislation, authored by accounting senior and Sen. Jeffery Moody, states that “the passing of this proposition would segregate the homosexual community by not allowing them the same rights given to heterosexuals … thereby exhibiting state sponsored discrimination.” Moody made clear that his legislation focused on discrimination, not just gay rights. “This is not about gay rights; it’s already illegal for gays to be married,” Moody said. “(Proposition 2) says that everyone who has fought and died has done so for everyone, except these people.” Among the nearly 20 guests

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Students gather in The Quad to protest Prop. 2

A self-proclaimed “coalition” of students held a rally in The Quad on Thursday to speak out against Proposition 2, a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution recognizing marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Members from the College Democrats, Lambda of Texas State, American Civil Liberty Union at Texas State and Activists for Sexual Minorities gathered by The Stallions to educate people about the proposed constitutional amendment and to increase awareness about early voting, which began Monday. Dubbed by many as “the gay marriage” amendment, the controversial proposition strictly defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The state already prohibits same-sex marriage, and civil unions and civil marriages from other states are not recognized in Texas. Up for vote on Nov. 8, the issue has created a hotbed of discourse over morality and homosexuality. The purpose of the rally in The Quad was not to debate questions surrounding sexualorienta-

By Alysha Nicole Hernández Special to The Star Around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 26 Laredo high school students boarded a white charter bus and headed to Texas State. During their four-hour bus ride, some snoozed while others sleepily watched movies. Upon arrival, the troop of students trudged up Texas State’s campus to Old Main, ready to learn about university-level journalism. The students and their instructor, Mark Webber, visited the campus as part of Mass Communication Week, hosted annually by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The students’ visit was made possible by a grant obtained on the part of the department of mass communications. The $9,000 grant from the Texas State Office of Equity and Access helped bring the VMT students and various speakers

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Conservation association Family Justice Center to offers job opportunities, provide many services for internships to students San Marcos crime victims Career Services to host fair By Andrea Gonzalez Special to The Star A call to help our struggling environment is coming from the Student Conservation Association, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of conservation service opportunities. Texas State alumnus Alfredo Chavez of the SCA will be presenting information on these internships from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-7.1 for students interested in the diverse opportunities available.

“This is a great opportunity if you are interested in the environment,” said Karen Julian, assistant director of Career Services. The SCA provides a variety of internships that last for different times. Some recent assignments have included surveying fish populations in Alaska, mapping geysers at Yellowstone National Park and protecting the sea turtles at South Padre Island. In exchange for your time and effort, SCA provides housing, a living stipend, academic credit, education awards, insurance and travel to the project site. Summer internships See JOB, page 3

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By Katherine Kennedy Special to The Star The creation of the Family Justice Center, a central location for victims of violent crimes to go for help, is in the works after being approved by the San Marcos City Council in July. The Family Justice Center is slated to be built in The Village, a cooperative project of local nonprofit organizations, businesses, government, religious and civic institutions. “An environment will be provided for victims of crime and their family members to receive services outside normal law enforcement,” said Dan O’Leary, San Marcos city manager. “The

Family Justice Center is designed to allow victims to access social service agencies.” Multiple services will be provided for crime victims at the Family Justice Center, rather than having to seek help at several different locations citywide. “Crime victims have to meet with several people including detectives, counselors and prosecutors at multiple locations in Hays County,” said San Marcos Police Department Sgt. Penny Dunn. “The Family Justice Center will provide a safe place for victims to meet and take care of business related to their case and receive referrals to organizations

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to Mass Communication Week. It is part of the university’s initiative to make Texas State a Hispanic-serving institution. “The whole idea is to get the kids writing and learning the basics of news stories, photography and editorials, so they will have a respect for what it takes to get news and report news,” said Webber, journalism and photojournalism instructor at the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communication and Fine Arts. Throughout the day, Mass Communication Week mentors led the students around Texas State. They toured KTSW, The University Star, residence halls and TxTv, the campus television station that airs “Bobcat Update.” Kristen Hennessey, public relations junior, was a Mass Communication Week mentor. She guided students around KTSW, See MENTOR, page 3

Courtney Addison/Star photo High school students from Laredo visited Texas State on Wednesday and Thursday for Mass Communication Week. The students attended sessions and toured campus media outlets such as Bobcat Update.

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Texas State students mentor aspiring high school journalists

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TOP: Representatives from many organizations gathered with posters in The Quad on Thursday encouraging students to vote against Proposition 2, the “gay marriage” amendment. The group told students they can be opposed to gay marriage and still vote “no” on Nov. 8. ABOVE: Student Sen. Jeff Moody reads an Associated Student Government resolution he authored opposing Proposition 2 during the rally by The Stallions. The legislation passed Monday evening.

on hand to comment on and support the passage of Moody’s legislation was John Bush, undecided sophomore and president of American Civil Liberties Union at Texas State, referred to Proposition 2 as a “step back in the struggle for freedom in America” and said that it “attempts to add blatant discrimination to the bill of rights of our great state.” Also taking advantage of ASG’s open forum to give her support to the legislations was Sabrina Jennings, sociology junior and president of Activists for Sexual Minorities. Jennings shared with the senators and guests her personal account of discrimination in Texas. When Jennings and her common law wife of two years moved to San Marcos, Jennings was forced to live on campus, since her common law union was not officially recognized by the school as an excuse to live off campus. Currently, marriage is a valid reason for exemption from the mandatory on campus living requirement at Texas State. Jennings called it “demeaning to have to prove my relationship

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Tuesday in Brief

October 25, 2005

starsof texas state Texas State President Denise Trauth was presented this weekend with an award from the American Cancer Society, honoring the university for its 2005 Relay for Life, the society’s signature fundraiser. The Texas State event, held in April, earned the university the Per Capita Award for raising the most money per capita of any Relay in Texas. The more than 70 teams that participated in the Texas State 2005 Relay for Life raised $69,122 — 58 cents per-capita — beating Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Tarleton State University, the University of Texas and others in per capita proceeds.

Funds raised through Relay For Life events help support over $33 million in cancer research in Texas at 10 institutions. The American Cancer Society also offers prevention and early detection programs and services for cancer patients such as transportation and support groups. The Star would like to recognize all the volunteers that helped make our Relay for Life such a success. A fall kickoff party for Texas State’s 2006 Relay For Life is scheduled for November. If you are interested in helping to plan for this event or have a team, please call Pamela Nieva at (972) 679-3284.

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Tuesday Hispanic Business Student Association general meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-5.1. Wednesday Lambda of Texas State will hold its regular meeting in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. For more information, please contact Lisa Hellmer at (512) 245-3219, or e-mail Lambda_

Events Tuesday “Attaining Contentment” An Educational Series takes place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the LBJSC, 3-6.1. Southwest Baroque Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Thursday The American Society of Interior Designers will have a Spaghetti Bonanza and Haunted House Scare at 5 to 9 p.m. at the San Marcos Fazoli’s and a Haunted House trip in Kyle after dinner. Everyone is invited. For more information, contact:, or call (512) 867-5309. A Health Careers Job Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the LBJSC Ballroom. For more informaton, contact LaTonya Croskey, (512) 2452645. Friday Lambda of Texas State will be

hosting a Black & White Bobcat Ball beginning at 7:30 p.m. Those wearing black or white get $1 off discount. Music Lecture Series presents “New Means of Establishing Tonal Progression in 20th Century Music” featuring Dr. Paolo Susanni, Music Theorist, at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Admission is free. Saturday Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority, Inc. and Unlimited Praise will be holding a Women’s Conference, “Living a Grace Filled Life.” Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the LBJSC Teaching Theater. Sunday The Balding Baritone & Friends will take place at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 general and $1 for students.

Linda L. Smith/Star photo The Strutters perform their halftime routine at Saturday’s Bobcat football game against Northwestern State University. The Strutters, who are nationally recognized, are currently under the direction of former Strutter Susan Angell.

In order to improve the level of security provided to students in the login procedure for Blackboard, effective Sunday, the Blackboard login process was modified to include the same login encryption methods used for the campus’ Webmail and CatsWeb applications. Members of the campus community should note, however, that password encryption alone cannot protect users from potential data compromise. Most documented incidents of information security breaches involve systems that fail to maintain updates to their operating systems and virus protection software, or are caused by individuals sharing passwords and/or failing to regularly change passwords used to access the network. While information security is a top priority for the Information Technology division, successful campus information security efforts result by both IT staff and campus end-users being diligent in consistently following sound information security best practices. Examples of these best practices can be found at https://tr.txstate. edu/security. — Courtesy of the Information Technology Division

Campus Sports Tuesday Pre-trip meeting at 6 p.m. at the Outdoor Center for the Moonlight float. Thursday Moonlight Float at 8 p.m. at the San Marcos River. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at, or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

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Oct. 20, 4:03 p.m. Criminal Mischief: Less than $500/Bobcat Village Apartments Parking Lot A police officer made contact with a nonstudent who was engaging in suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, the nonstudent was arrested for criminal mischief and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

Oct. 20, 8:53 a.m. Kidnapping/626 W. MLK Drive Kidnapping. Female pulled into vehicle while walking home.

Oct. 20 unknown hours Theft: Less than $500/ Alkek Library A student reported to a police officer that his personal property was stolen. This case is under investigation.

Oct. 20, 4:21 p.m. Theft under $500/1015 Highway 80 Officer dispatched for a verbal disturbance and upon arrival it was learned that it was a burglary of habitation.

Oct. 20, 10:17 a.m. Aggravated Sexual Assault/2300 S. Interstate 35 Thirteen-year-old male had sexual contact with 7-year-old male.

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Health Beat Students abusing Adderall can experience negative side effects Adderall, a drug designed to control Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has recently gained national attention for its misuse and abuse by high school and college students. Adderall is a stimulant medication that increases the amount of certain chemicals, like dopamine and norepinephrine that people with ADHD lack. The chemicals restored by Adderall control the parts of the brain that help you pay attention and focus on a task. Students without ADHD will use Adderall for its ability to enhance concentration and focus for long periods of time so students can study for exams or write term papers. This makes the drug enticing since students can get their work done quicker or get more of it done in a shorter period of time. But is there a downside? There are legal, social, psychological and physical consequences to using Adderall without a prescription. It is a felony to possess Adderall without a prescription or to give your Adderall prescription to others. Most

students obtain the drug from family, friends or classmates with prescriptions. Adderall is an amphetamine and a Schedule II controlled substance. Other Schedule II controlled substances include opium, morphine and cocaine, therefore, a high potential for abuse and addiction exists. Other health side effects include insomnia, depression, nausea/ vomiting, anxiety, moodiness, mental disturbances, worsening of tics, impotence, tremors, dizziness and high blood pressure. Long-term effects could result in stunted growth, psychotic episodes, heart complications and severe psychological and physical addiction. Unfortunately, students sometimes have a low perception of harm with Adderall use because it is a prescription. However, if it’s not your prescription, it could cause some serious legal problems and health risks. If you would like more information on Adderall, please contact the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-2601 or the Student Health Center at (512) 245-2161. — Courtesy of the Student Health Center

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In Thursday’s edition of The Star, the article “Business dreams become reality for savvy students,” on the bottom of the front page, incorrectly called Vintage Connection, a local novelty clothing store, Vintage Collection. We apologize to Vintage Connection’s owner and to our readers for the error. The first paragraph of Thursday’s staff editorial, “Kinky shouldn’t quit his day job,” stated that gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman is “doing wonders to shake up the November election” — an incomplete statement that may have confused readers. The Texas gubernatorial election will take place in November 2006, not next month.


Do you know someone at Texas State who has recently celebrated a great achievement? Nominate your choice to appear in The Star as a “Star of Texas State.” Write an e-mail to with the subject line “Stars of Texas State,” and include your nominee’s name, his/her relationship to the university, contact information for yourself and your nominee, and a brief description of the achievement. Also include a photo of your nominee if available. Accepted nominees will be featured at the top of Page Two.

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existed.” “(Proposition 2) would hurt gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender students as well as all students,” Jennings said. “Jeff (Moody’s) legislation is not asking you to come out for same sex marriages. What his legislation is saying is that you support the students; you support diversity at Texas State University.” The first senator to speak was Sen. Katherine Kasprzak, interdisciplinary studies sophomore, who said she felt ASG was not the appropriate body to support or oppose state legislation. “I feel that this is the wrong platform because ASG cannot change state policy,” Kasprzak said. “If (Proposition 2) did pass, Texas State would get labeled that it is out of the mainstream. If it’s passed, some people would not want to come here.” Kasprzak also expressed her concern that Gov. Rick Perry as “a supporter of ASG” and that the passage of legislation in direct opposition to him might put a strain on the relationship between Perry and ASG. Moody quickly responded by saying his legislation is meant to protect the students, not oppose any state officials. “It is our position to stand up for the student body and make changes when needed,” Moody said. Applied sociology senior and Sen. Edward Sinclair responded to Kasprzak’s concerns about the relationship between ASG

and Gov. Perry. “If we are worried about passing legislation that would upset a politician, we should just pack up and go home. If we want to stand up and act for our student body, then we should vote,” Sinclair said. Offering a different reason for ASG to not consider Moody’s legislation was Sen. Israel Ruiz, management junior. “We have organizations (listed on the legislation) that are supporting this and I’ve been walking through the quad where Activists for Sexual Minorities have been handing out fliers,” Ruiz said. “I really don’t feel that ASG should say yes or no on this; I feel we should remain neutral. These organizations have their voice, let them speak for this.” After spending considerable time debating whether ASG is in fact the proper forum for Moody’s legislation, senators began discussing changing the language of the bill. Some senators considered Moody’s language to be “harsh” and “opinionated.” Senators voted to remove a section of the bill which contained the phrase “religious sanctity,” which Moody said was a quote from a newspaper article about Proposition Two. Sinclair urged Moody to accept the changes to increase the chance of passage. The senate briefly discussed the possibility of voting on the legislation by secret ballot. Student guests audibly disapproved of this method of voting.

“This is nonsense,” said Stephen Gross, mathematics graduate student. “We deserve to know how you vote.” Many senators agreed with Gross, including Sen. Cat Reed, communication studies senior. “You are the voice of the students,” Reed said. “You shouldn’t be afraid of the repercussions.” Sinclair agreed with Reed, stating that secret ballot voting would “go against everything (ASG) stands for.” The senate voted down the motion to vote by secret ballot, opting instead to use the more traditional method of roll call vote. Moody’s legislation passed and the full room erupted into applause. Moody received a standing ovation and congratulations from senators and guests as he returned to his seat. “I thought it would be close,” Moody said about the chances of the passage of his legislation. This was the first piece of legislation authored by Moody that has passed the senate. Ismael Amaya, ASG faculty advisor and co-leader of Student Affairs Civic Responsibility Team, announced to ASG the cancellation of the planned on-campus debate between San Marcos City Council candidate public administration senior Chris Jones, professor of health, physical education and recreation Moe Johnson, and incumbent Bill Taylor. Amaya did not give a reason for the cancellation, but urged students who had questions for the candidates to contact them directly.

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fielding questions along the way. “By having the opportunity to come and experience a college campus in action, I think it showed them that college is more than a possibility, it’s where they belong,” Hennessy said. “They were just such intelligent kids.” The VMT students also attended a financial aid session and two Mass Communication Week sessions. They also had the opportunity to network with professionals over lunch. Over Papa John’s pizza, Veronica Cruz, 16-year-old junior at VMT and Nixon High School, discussed graphic design and newspaper layout with Matt Rael, communication design senior and design editor for The University Star. “I learned good pointers that can make a high school paper look good and more professional. I got an overview into graphic design; he encouraged me. It was a helping hand,” Cruz said. Unlike many magnet schools, VMT is not adjoined to a particular school campus. Rather, it functions in collaboration with the Laredo Independent School District’s three district high schools: Martin, J.W. Nixon and Cigarroa. Students from the high schools attend VMT in half-day sessions, either in the morning or afternoon. The other half of their day is spent at their designated high school. While at the VMT campus, students have a class from an aca-

demic department, another from a fine arts/communication department and a mini-session on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. Kimberly Evans, 15, is a firstyear student at VMT and a Martin high school sophomore. Evans said she loves writing and was fascinated by the course offerings at the school. “I had friends from VMT, and I wanted to get in. I said ‘Mom, they have writing there, they have something I love,’” she said. VMT’s communication department offers many courses including radio and television broadcasting, newspaper production and photojournalism. Webber facilitates over many communications classes at once. Students from different grades and different communications areas converge in a small area. “Everybody’s kind of doing their own thing. Some are working on stories. You have some over there working on exercises I have given them to help their writing. There are others working on computers for layout or digital imaging,” he said. “In the black and white darkroom others will be working on photo assignments and others will be in their TV/radio classes,” Webber said. Webber said that although it sounds hectic, he finds a “common thread” through every course so the students may work together and learn from each other. During class, students produce the monthly newspaper, The Magnet Tribune, or host the

campus’s radio station, The Magnet Connection. Webber said it was important that students get work done in class because after school many may not have transportation, or many have other after school activities. Some, like Claudia Ambriz, have jobs. Ambriz, a senior at Martin, has attended VMT for four years. She was the editor of the September 2005 edition of The Magnet Tribune. Ambriz said she likes the hands-on approach of her afternoon photography class. “He (Webber) gives us a camera and tells us to take pictures of whatever moves us. Nothing’s bad work — it’s just work,” she said. Fifteen-year-old Adam Martinez has been in the VMT program for two years. He hosts a morning radio show on The Magnet Connection every Wednesday and Friday with two of his friends. Martinez, who has aspirations of being a rapper, said he liked the trip to KTSW because he was able to see what a college station looks like, including the broadcast equipment. Martinez said the trip to Texas State helped him realize the importance of college. Trips, like the one to Texas State, are special to the VMT students, but are sometimes difficult to work into the school year, Webber said. “This is nice because we don’t have much funding and there is so much pressure on the TAKS testing,” Webber said.

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that assist crime victims.” Crime victims will be able to go to the Family Justice Center and meet with a detective and receive counseling and referrals for shelter. “Victims of domestic violence have multiple needs outside of criminal justice,” Dunn said. “They often need shelter, food and transportation. The Family Justice Center will be able to serve all of their needs.” The Family Justice Center will join other organizations at The Village, including Community Action Inc. of Hays,

Caldwell and Blanco Counties, Early Childhood InterventionHomespun, Hays-Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Hays County Area Food Bank and the Christian Federation of Police Officers’ Youth Sports. “Each agency will have their own funding sources, like tenants,” O’Leary said. “Some land has been purchased through the city, and the rest has been donated. Federal grants have been given to help pay for the facility.” Any victim of a violent crime will be able seek help at the Family Justice Center. “Our primary target is vic-

tims of domestic violence, but any violent crime victim will be helped,” Dunn said. “The goal is not to have any repeat customers. We will provide victims with a way to break the cycle and become independent so they can get out of a domestic violence environment.” The Village is now in Phase I, which involves engineering, planning and revising the master plan of the facility. “We are revising the master plan of The Village. Phase II is next; construction of the facility,” Dunn said. “We are trying to raise the funds to build it. Hopefully, construction will begin in 2006.”

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can last between eight and 11 weeks, or longer projects are available, lasting nine months to a year. The internships are open to all majors, but those with specific degrees may see more benefits ahead. “People in many majors would benefit, especially biology and science majors, aquatic biology, geography and (geographic information systems),” Julian said. Other majors that might find an opportunity are education, communication and students with a minor in geology.

Internships can be taken while earning your degree or can be done after graduation. SCA interns gain job experience with partners such as the National Parks Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. “There are many locations available at national parks in the (United States),” Julian said. Assignments for this year include Amistad National Recreation Area in Texas, where interns will assess current archeological sites and assist with curatorial work with museum collections. Another assignment in Florida’s Everglades

consists of organizing and scheduling volunteer project activities and attending local festivals and events to help recruit volunteers. You will also have the opportunity to visit backcountry and wilderness areas to view the abundant wildlife. There are 40 different assignments available in the coming semesters, with locations ranging from the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Florida, to Zion National Park in Utah and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. A full list of possible assignments can be found on the SCA Web site at

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tion but to educate and inform people about civil liberties that could be at stake, said Elizabeth Peirce, public relations senior and president of the College Democrats. Peirce said she is concerned with the unprecedented language the proposed amendment could bring to the Texas Constitution. “This rally and this vote isn’t about the morality of homosexuality, it’s about keeping discriminatory language out of the Texas Constitution. That’s what it’s really about,” Peirce said. “So you can be antigay and still vote no this fall — is basically what we’re trying to tell people.” Peirce and other rally members are concerned with wording in the proposal that reads “This state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.” Critics of the amandment believe if the amendment passes, civil unions and domestic partnerships as well as common law marriages could be in jeopardy of losing legal recognition from the state. Danny Segura, public relations sophomore, worries about the long-term effects the amendment could have on the rights of all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. “If the state of Texas wants to define marriage as a union between one white man and one white woman, that could be a

possibility as well,” Segura said. “If we get in the business of defining marriage that could take us to different levels.” Jeff Moody, Associated Student Government senator and accounting senior, authored legislation against Proposition 2, citing its content as discriminatory and pushing for a “no” endorsement from Texas State. Moody’s legislation was passed by ASG Monday evening. During the rally, Moody read his proposal aloud. “Having our university be among the first to openly oppose any legislation or policy that would exclude any segment of our population could only benefit our reputation for commitment to a safe and open community,” Moody said. Moody feels the amendment is not in spirit of the protection the government is supposed to provide. “Government should never take a right away,” Moody said. “The constitution is there to protect rights. Regulating sexual orientation is the first step toward taking away the liberties of one group or another.” John Bush, president of ACLU at Texas State, also wrote a statement that was read at the rally. “We cannot stand by while the tyranny of the majority oppresses the liberties of American citizens. No matter what reason you have for being against Proposition 2, together we must do all we can to ensure that it does not

Brynn Leggett/Star photo Eileen Galvez and Jill Simkin, political science majors, coordinated with the College Democrats to help inform students about Proposition 2.

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pass on Nov. 8,” Bush said in his statement. About a dozen students from the various organizations passed out literature and held signs that read “Defining Marriage Defines Discrimination,” “Jim Crow = Prop. 2” and “Have the Courage to be Just.” The College Democrats had a table set up where students could sign cards pledging to vote no in the upcoming election. Many students who came to sign the pledge had strong views about the proposition. For Colleen Robinson, geography junior, the issue is about what she considers appropriate language in the state constitution. “I’m for equality,” she said. “I can’t believe it’s even up for a vote. Moral issues don’t have any place in the constitution.” Zach Schurmann, pre-psychology sophomore, feels the proposition is legislating a biased viewpoint. “It’s putting discrimination in the Texas Bill of Rights, and I don’t approve of that kind of discrimination,” Schurmann said. For others, the decision was not so clear. Some, like James Diaz, English senior, came by to learn more about what is at stake in November. “I’m still in the middle,” Diaz said. “I need more information. I’m trying not to think about it emotionally.” Curious passers-by slowed to read the rally member’s signs or listen to the proclamations of Moody or others in the group. Some students called out questions as they flowed in and out of the passing period foot traffic; others took pamphlets or approached rally participants with concerns. The overall reaction from students was peaceful, as those who were not interested in the proposition declined literature or kept a distance. Marisel Saucedo, pre-mass communication junior and a member of the College Democrats, was pleasantly surprised at the response. “There are different opinions, but people seem open-minded,” Saucedo said. Students who are registered to vote in San Marcos can participate in early voting on Wednesday and Thursday on the third floor of LBJ Student Center.

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“There is nothing humorous about steroid abuse. I would think that the California Milk Processor Board and their advertising agency would know better regarding an issue that threatens America’s youth.”

— Tim Brosnan, executive vice president for business for Major League Baseball, about a new ad campaign for the California Milk Processor Board in which a player is suspended for using milk, a “performance-enhancing” supplement.

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Redundant constitutional amendment deserves denial by Texas voters Proposition 4: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant’s release pending trial.” In The University Star’s continuing commentary on the upcoming November elections, we tackle a proposed state constitutional amendment that is redundant, does little to protect those it seeks to safeguard and so vague as to invite abuse. Proposition 4, created from Senate Joint Resolution 17, would allow state district judges to deny bail to criminal defendants if those defendants have had any previous bail revoked for violating the conditions of their release. The supporters of the amendment claim that it is intended to protect crime victims whose safety might be jeopardized by the defendant’s release. For example, if a condition of an assault defendant’s release was that he had to maintain a certain distance from the victim, and the defendant’s bail was revoked because he was found in violation of this condition, the judge would be authorized to deny him reinstatement of bail or new bail. The idea sounds perfectly reasonable, but the actual language of the amendment does not limit itself just to violations that affect the safety of crime victims but also embraces threats to “the safety of the community,” an all-embracing term that could be interpreted by individual judges to include anything from actual violence to failure to pay a fee. When somebody is accused of a crime, the American justice system presumes the defendant’s innocence until he or she is proven guilty. The Texas Constitution in particular holds that bail should be set only to ensure the defendant’s appearance at trial and never as punishment. For those who have committed a crime, any conditions of bail would include the message to refrain from committing more crimes — and Texas law already allows judges to set prohibitively high bails or refuse to set bail under these circumstances. From a practical point of view, a defendant out on bail who still chooses to commit another crime is unlikely to refer from doing so simply because the Texas Constitution supports the judge’s right to deny him or her new bail after the fact. Should any district judges grant bail to any violent offenders or people that will terrorize their victims, the voters have the ability to vote them out and put somebody in their place that will keep criminals off the streets. Furthermore, the attempt to pass amendments like this or Proposition 2’s “gay marriage” ban, which are already covered by Texas law, highlights one of the larger issues with the Texas Constitution. This state has reached a point where the constitution is so convoluted, it’s hard to know what’s a crime and what isn’t. The Federalist Papers warn of a time when the actions of caprice rather than reason will overrun the law. If we allow amendments to be wantonly added to our constitution, we only degrade the intent behind it. At present, the Texas Constitution sits with a hefty 432 amendments. The Constitution of the United States has a paltry 27. Piling on amendments will not change behavior nor does it foster our republican system. In fact, creating a system where laws change from term to term, from day to day, only leads to the confusion of the people and apathy toward the system. In short, voting for this redundant amendment would not only add to the already massive Texas Constitution but would benefit nobody by its presence. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.

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These results are based on telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of 1,012 adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Oct. 13-16, 2005. For results based on this sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum error attributable to sampling and other random effects is ±3 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

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I just wanted to at least four). We send out a heartwouldn’t want our felt thanks to the college-educated editorial board of students tackling The University Star. complex issues After reading your with complex editorial attempting thinking involvto debunk Kinky ing a myriad of Friedman, I felt the JEFF FELDERHOFF possible solutions; warm fuzziness of Guest Columnist that’s just silly. All false-dichotomy hail the false-dipolitics envelop me. chotomy! It was like a frontal lobotomy You chastise Friedman without all the mess. But wait, because he chooses to go by there’s more I have to thank “Kinky.” That is the name you for! by which he is known. Every Thank you for defending thing he has done in the puba terribly failed system that lic eye has been done as Kinky. is Texas politics. Your article I guess it is good enough for made me realize that I should writing books, singing songs ignore a political candidate and saving stray dogs, but who has the potential to be “Kinky” just won’t do for gova catalyst for real positive ernor. I always thought that a change in Texas, simply beperson’s actions determined cause the current system is the gravity of one’s name, not unwelcoming to such progthe other way around. What ress. I suppose it is my duty else should he change? as a business-as-usual Texan Should he put out his cigar, to put faith in the defendcut his hair, shave his face, ers of the status quo to rise slap an American flag on his above two-party stagnation new tailored suit, pick the and change the current sysproper side of the fence to tem in a manner that would park his SUV and trade in his encourage true discourse of Star of David for the more important issues when I know voter-friendly cross? I forgot that the preservation of the that being oneself is not acsaid system is the key to their ceptable in politics. Thanks grasp of power and control. for the reminder. Maybe I We wouldn’t want to rock the should change my name. I boat, now would we; somedon’t know a whole lot of exthing extraordinary might traordinary Jeff ’s. happen, and that isn’t good You attack those who Texas politics, right? choose to “Get Kinky” for the Thank you for encourag“sheer satire of it.” I know of ing mediocrity and stifling a lot of people who slapped the spirit of thought and disBush or Kerry bumper stickcourse. Your articles defend ers on their Expeditions and the fallacious notion that Volvos without so much as a there are only two solutions single neuron firing in their to every problem (most of my one-sided, straight-ticket multiple-choice exams have brains. Your attack is baseless

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The Main Point should be consistent and thoughtless. In Oct. 18’s The Main Point, you stated that “our newspaper defends the high standards of discourse” and that you “failed” in that endeavor when you allowed the submission of that completely inappropriate Rugh Cline column. Yet, two days later, you published an article that effectively stamped out any possibility of discourse. You also criticized Cline’s column for “launching ad hominem attacks on” political opponents “rather than engaging them in substantive argument,” yet you commit the same fallacy. You said the inclusion of Friedman in the general election would be “at the expense of a lot of good candidates.” You also attacked Friedman by stating that he should “let the grownups govern.” An ad hominem attack involves attacking the person rather than his arguments, something that is blatantly and belligerently clear in your article towards Kinky. You do not give a good reason why he is not “good,” and you do not establish the premise by which Kinky should not be considered a “grownup.” Your article embodies the “mean-spirited attacks” that which you stated in your Cline apology would “be a charge that we (Star editorial staff) will endeavor to perform better in the future.” Please let us (Star readers) know when in the future you plan to embrace this value. Many view The Main Point as the point of reference of the editorial section. It usually gives an opinion based on factual data and good

journalistic ethics. Not this time. I know that it is still opinion-based, but as a collective, you guys have a responsibility to present well-thought, fact-based opinions to the student body. You wield a very powerful tool here, and your inconsistent and loose cannon behavior has shattered my confidence in your collective ability to encourage any kind of effective discourse among the student body. In the same article, you accurately assessed that the Cline article “closed-off, rather than encouraged, dialog,” yet your latest article commits the same crime. You attacked every political party but one, and you picked the most superficial and irrelevant issues to do it. “High standards for discourse,” indeed. I guess I cannot expect those who do not think to encourage thought. I felt like I had just read a transcript of The O’Reilly Factor. The University Star’s The Main Point has become inconsistent from issue to issue. Every quote in this column is from the Main Points of last week, and none have been misrepresented or distorted for my own personal benefit. I encourage all readers to peruse the online archives ( and compare the Oct. 18 and Oct. 20 Main Points in order to form their own thoughts about this topic. Don’t take my word for it. Definitely don’t take the editorial staff ’s.

for an independent to get on the ballot (for example, the requirement of 50,000 signatures of voters who didn’t vote in the primaries), but there’s no harm in trying. I’m not trying to tell people how to use their vote. I’m just trying the remind them that the vote is theirs to use however they wish. They shouldn’t be swayed by what opinions are printed in the papers, and they should take the time to see for themselves what each candidate has to offer. Your vote is not wasted if you feel you voted the way you want to. “Always stand for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone”.

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Felderhoff is a communication disorders senior.

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Gallup Annual Crime Poll Released: Oct. 13, 2005

Knowing that the typical opinions piece tends to be one-sided, I’d like to offer a different viewpoint than what the opinions writers cooked up about Kinky Friedman. People have the right to use their vote anyway they choose. Perhaps people would vote for Friedman because they actually like his platform, rather than voting simply to jump on to the Kinky bandwagon, as most critics tend to believe. What Friedman represents is a logical approach to the problems facing

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Texas today. And his position on the issues is a strong one; he does not give vague answers to important issues as most candidates tend to do. What Friedman offers is a chance for things to change a little in Texas. What’s so wrong about that? What’s wrong with people wanting change? And another thing, what’s so wrong with an independent trying to get on the ballot? Yes, the American political system does favor two-party competition, but last I checked, there was nothing in the U.S. or Texas Constituitions that states that there can only be a two-party system. Granted, the Texas Constitution does make it difficult

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Thank you for Thursday’s story “Business dreams become reality for savvy students.” I enjoyed the coverage on the student’s successes and start-up ventures; I wish them the best of luck. It is inspiring to see the diversity in talent we have at Texas State and hope you will print more on entrepreneurial efforts around campus. — Jessica Herrington communication studies senior

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releasesof the week music The Concert for Bangladesh – George Harrison Rockin’ the Joint – Aerosmith

#1’s – Destiny’s Child Super Extra Gravity – The Cardigans

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dvd Melinda and Melinda – (PG-13) Radha Mitchell, Will Ferrell Mysterious Skin – (Unrated) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue

House of Wax – (R) Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray Bewitched – (PG-13) Will Ferrell, Nicole Kidman

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Schwartzman gives

musical touch to

Shopgirl character By Kyle Bradshaw Assistant Entertainment Editor © 2005 The University Star

AUSTIN — Jason Schwartzman really likes oatmeal, especially if it’s lightly seasoned with cinnamon. Friday afternoon, the day after the Austin premiere of his new film, Shopgirl, it was almost all he could think about. “This is the best oatmeal I’ve ever had in my life,” Schwartzman said, as he tasted from a freshly delivered bowl, in a plush room at the Four Seasons hotel, where he spent the day talking up his latest acting endeavor. Thursday night, he walked the red carpet at the premiere, which also happened to be the opening of the Austin Film Festival. Just seven blocks up the street from the Four Seasons, at the Paramount Theatre, Schwartzman was flanked by one of his co-stars, Claire Danes, and his director, Anand Tucker (Hilary and Jackie). While helping Danes and Tucker introduce the film, Schwartzman, dressed in a boyish corduroy suit and backed by the red-velvet Paramount stage curtain, was a spitting image of Max Fisher, the character he played in his acting debut, Rushmore. But with a semi-heavy beard and longish black hair, he also looked more ready for a rock show than a premiere.


reatively, there’s two different ways of working. One is like starting with nothing and painting something that wasn’t there. Another process is like being a sculptor and having a big piece of marble and chipping away at it.”

— Jason Schwartzman Shopgirl star

In 1997, Schwartzman was “discovered” by Rushmore casting director Davia Nelson at a party in San Francisco. Nelson suggested he audition for director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic), who had been laboring for more than a year to cast the part of Max Fisher. Schwartzman won the role by showing up at his audition wearing a blue blazer, with an “R” crest he’d sewn onto the front pocket — almost identical to the wardrobe he’d have in the film. His performance in Rushmore,

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which has a rabid cult following and made it hard for him to eventually separate himself from his character, garnered him a nomination for “Most Promising Actor” from the Chicago Film Critics Association. It also led to roles in the gross-out college comedy Slackers and the drug addict epic Spun. But Schwartzman’s rise in the film world began to conflict with his role as the drummer for the pop-rock band Phantom Planet. (You hear their hit “California” before every episode of the The O.C.) He was one of the founding members of the group, which had become known to many as “that band with the Rushmore guy.” But last year, he left the band to commit to acting full-time, a decision that, so far, has led to one cancelled television series (Cracking Up), one lackluster remake of an old TV series (Bewitched) and one successful, charming existential comedy (I Heart Huckabees). However, music is still always on his mind. “I need to play music. I can’t live without it,” Schwartzman said. “I don’t play drums anymore because it’s too loud for my apartment. I don’t think I’m gonna do music professionally. But, I need to buy music and play music. It’s like dreaming, reading or sleeping.” In Shopgirl, which was written by Steve Martin, based on his 2000 novella of the same title, Schwartzman plays Jere-

my, a grubby, ill-mannered font artist and amplifier salesman. He meets Mirabelle (Danes), at a Laundromat by using the rather unconventional pickup line “I’m an OK guy, by the way” just before bumming a few quarters off her to finish drying his laundry. Quiet and sometimes depressed, Mirabelle spends most of her days alone at the gloves counter at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she works to pay off her student loans. After sharing an awkward and sparsely conversed first date, followed by an even more discomfited love-making session, Jeremy and Mirabelle part ways when she begins a relationship with Ray Porter (Martin), a suave millionaire twice her age, and Jeremy goes on Jeremy Craig/Star photo tour with a band to promote his Jason Schwartzman took time to answer a few questions and shake a amps, a character few hands while entering Austin’s Paramount Theatre on Thursday evetrait with which ning for the premiere of Shopgirl. Schwar tzman could easily identify. real relationship.” spontaneity to the film’s come“One thing I could definitely By the end of production, dic scenes. tap into was his affiliation with there were also aspects of Jer“With Jason, it’s not about rock ’n’ roll,” Schwartzman said. emy that Schwartzman wished routine,” Tucker said. “Steve’s “I could also just respond to his he could have for himself. great comedy is all worked out longing-ness to have a connec“There’s a part of Jeremy that very carefully. It’s an act. The tion — and I think we all can — doesn’t overthink anything. He thing about Jason is that he’s and what it’s like to really want only knows what’s in front of absolutely committed to being to meet someone and have a him,” Schwartzman said. “He in the moment and falling over just speaks from his heart and it and falling over it until you his gut, and that is what makes find that (right) moment.” his character.” To Danes, with whom “I wish I had his ability to Schwartzman has been friends not censor himself. He some- for six years, it was her familhow seems untouched by the iarity with Schwartzman that modern world, as far as what made for a smooth production you should and shouldn’t say. process. He just says whatever he wants, “It was easy because we aland I think we could all have a ready had a real history,” Danes little more of that.” said. “It was the first time I’ve With Martin’s script and worked with someone I’m faTucker’s “freeing” direction, miliar with. I have such admiSchwartzman was able to use ration for him as an artist and a his improvisation skills to col- performer.” laborate with the two accom“With Claire, I felt like Jeremy plished filmmakers in creating was the invisible ink inside me,” Jeremy’s complicated, whimsi- Schwartzman said. “And Claire cal state of mind. was the lemon juice that made “One of the great things about him come alive.” the character is that he was kind When he’s done promoting of unformed. Creatively, there’s Shopgirl, Schwartzman will star two different ways of working. in his cousin Sofia Coppella’s One is like starting with noth- third feature film, Marie Antoiing and painting something that nette (due in 2006), for which he wasn’t there. Another process is took lessons in horsemanship like being a sculptor and having and dance. With the film set in a big piece of marble and chip- the 18th century, he’ll also have ping away at it,” Schwartzman to brave high heels and leggings said. for his role as Louis XVI. But “With me and Anand, I feel first, he’ll have to get over that like we had the privilege of un- oatmeal. covering Jeremy in this giant When members of the press piece of marble,” he said. “We asked for a picture with him chiseled him away, and there he and Tucker to conclude his day was.” of interviews, Schwartzman To Tucker, it was on Schwartz- politely replied, “Sure, do you man to help bring a sense of mind if my oatmeal is in it?” Sam Emerson/Hyde Park Entertainment

In Shopgirl, which screened during the opening night of the Austin Film Festival, Jason Schwartzman stars as Jeremy, a lowly font artist and amplifier salesman.

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Sax gets sexed up with Eleven Fingered Charlie Eleven Fingered Charlie rocked the stage and the crowd Friday night at Lucy’s on the Square. The group, Travis Damron, (vocals and guitar), Chad Manes (bass), Dustin Hall (drums) and Rodney Howell (saxophone) have been playing together for approximately a year and a half, and Brandon Hodges of Axis Artist Agency of San Marcos books most of their shows. Group members agree that the newest member of the group, Rodney, was initially added for his sex appeal, but he certainly proved his saxophone skills could bring great diversity to the group’s sound as well. EFC met through mutual friends a little more than a year ago while attending Texas State and have been producing music ever since. Friday night’s set list included several songs from their recent selftitled album and a few older songs as well. With music reminiscent of Sublime, they kept everyone singing, which was a refreshing sound against the usual top-40 hits. With Hall’s heavy drumming, Manes’ smooth bass, Damron’s unique, rough voice and Howell’s sexy sax, EFC stands out among local talent

and is successfully encompassing the local bar scenes. The group works well together writing lyrics and jamming with their own individual styles to come up with songs that fans can definitely relate to while jamming. The band’s main goals are to entertain the crowd and go as far as they can independently with

their music. Music is EFC’s passion, and sharing it with fans is exciting and rewarding. It was easy to see this passion unfold during their show Friday night. As more and more fans crowded the stage, the energy from EFC continued to grow. Once again, the show was a success. With merchandise sold and fans and EFC on an adrena-

line high, the band’s hard work clearly paid off. As far as advice for aspiring groups, the band gives this piece of advice, “have patience, passion and be realistic. Working on your own talent is also important, and will only help the group progress.” — Andrea Short

Katie Green/Star file photos Eleven Fingered Charlie singer Travis Damron, shown here in a concert last year, entertained music goers Friday evening at Lucy’s. The reggae-style band will be performing next at Rick’s on the Square in Tyler.


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One Day Only Wed. October 26th 10 am - 10 pm Seven for all Mankind True Religion Bebe Yellow Box Free People Circle E Scented Candles

‘drives’ judges wild ABOVE: Brent Gattis, agriculture junior, of the “Farm Boys” team rushed to prepare ribs for judging during the agriculture department’s Kill It & Grill It competition in the Bobcat Stadium parking lot before Saturday’s football game. The “Farm Boys” team won two first-place finishes, in the “Grew It” category for their potatoes and “Bought It” for their pork ribs. RIGHT: Judge Alton Gardner tastes a rib during the judging of Kill It & Grill It.

presents author

Scott Johnson

Mr. Johnson, a Texas State author, will be reading from his book “An American Haunting”. In addition to “An American Haunting,” he has written “Deadlands” and “The Mayor’s Guide to the Stately Ghosts of Augusta.” He also writes a column, “Cold Spot” for the Horror Channel. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing.

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By Jeffrey Cole

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Distinctive voices A nontraditional point of view

Random Acts of Violence

Erin Leeder

Three Tests in a Row, Taking times I got to witness them actually Advantage of ODS offering to do manual labor without Last week was the calm before asking numerous times. I was really the storm — the storm meaning proud of them for that. three major exams in a row. I had a really good meeting with two of Preparing for Halloween my professors, which lessened my This weekend, the NTSO is havSUSAN RAUCH anxiety, and I did earn my first A on ing a Halloween party. I have an offEntertainment an English paper (only after going the-wall costume idea that I won’t Columnist through eight drafts). My upcomdivulge until next week. My husband ing exams are going to be rough is also being kept in the dark unagain, but I am getting extra time til closer to the party because I am through the Office of Disability Services. I am afraid he will back out accompanying me for hoping it helps for history (where I have to fear of embarrassment. No, it is not that bad! I write a lengthy essay). Commuting to school tend to veer from the norm, and there is a posleaves me with little time to attend organized sibility I might not be able to pull it together study groups so I rely on my own limited anyway. If that happens, my plan is to get my study time at home amid my kids’ homework son’s makeup kit wig and take his sixth-grade and my part-time job. history costume of Sir Isaac Newton only adding an apple on top of my head. I told you, I Tailgating for the ’Cats just can’t seem to do things quite toward the I did make time to attend the tailgate party norm. So, the goal this week is really to just get on Saturday. I missed checking out the Kill It through exams, and let loose on the weekend. and Grill It, as we were having too much fun Happy Halloween, and y’all be safe. socializing at our Non-Traditional Student Organization tent. I am sad the home-game We will be following Susan’s first freshman semesseason is coming to a close, but we still have ter in 25 years in next Tuesday’s issue of The Star. a couple more to go. My kids again enjoyed ONLINE: themselves, and thankfully, it is one of the few

Talking Heads’ new DualDisc leaves little good to talk about By Ben Wener The Orange County Register

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The new Talking Heads box — or “brick,” as it’s referred to — is something I once thought might take decades more to appear. After all, the wait for a remastering of the band’s catalog had lasted two decades already, and the ideal promotional window, when the Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years ago, passed without much ado in terms of product. So what difference would another 10 years make? Fans would grumble, but they’d never be heard over the din of kids clamoring for more Simple Plan records. Yet there they are: superbly refinished copies of the group’s entire studio output, from the startling Talking Heads: 77 to the groundbreaking Remain in Light to the commercial breakthrough Speaking in Tongues and finally to the oftoverlooked global potpourri Naked, all with bonus cuts. I immediately gave my earlier editions away. But now I have a new gripe, and it isn’t that these fresh versions come in such stark plastic fashion that the only way to know which track you’re on is to pull out the booklet. Like any good Heads head, I know the rundown; I appreciate the inaccessible but interesting pop-art packaging (maintaining an aesthetic that coursed through everything the band did), and if I really want individually sold, proper simulations, I can buy them in spring. No, my gripe is that these things are DualDiscs. And like ECDs (or enhanced compact discs) before them, I’m finding very little use for DualDiscs. By now, a year after the format was launched, I bet most of us have seen one of these things, if only while browsing at Best Buy. But just in case: DualDiscs are what they boast — a CD side like any other with a DVD side on the flip, offering the same album in a 5.1 surround-sound mix, plus videos, photo galleries and sometimes mini-documentaries and exclusive in-studio footage. Sounds swell, doesn’t it? Only, most DualDiscs don’t feature all of that. In fact, most pack a fraction of that. Take these Talking Heads discs; they offer nothing but the 5.1 mix, a smattering of arty pictures and lyric sheets and two video items per disc. Seems stingy to me. I mean, I’m grateful for the German television clips included on Fear of Music and Remain in Light, which capture the expanded, Adrian Belew-enhanced lineup in its infancy. But why not add the famous “Once in a Lifetime” video as well? For Little Creatures, why tack on clips for “And She Was” and “Road to Nowhere” but not the ones for “Stay Up

Late” and “The Lady Don’t Mind”? So that people will still seek out that other Rhino box that has all the videos? And why not have the lyrics onscreen while the disc spins? This isn’t just a Talking Heads thing. I plopped in a handful of others I’ve been sent recently – Carly Simon’s Moonlight Serenade, Jennifer Lopez’s Rebirth, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet... really cream-of-the-crop stuff. None offered lyrics-pluspics the way DVD-Audio titles do. Granted, not that I want to know what J. Lo is harping on about. But shouldn’t that be a standard feature even for the most inane pop releases? I’m not entirely against the format, mind you, and there have been a few artists who have used it to its fullest extent. Like Bruce Springsteen, whose Devils & Dust features lengthy intros and evocative footage of him alone on guitar. Bowie’s Reality is fine, with a bit in which the chameleon interviews himself. AC/DC’s Back in Black is a treat for fans, given its interview segments. And Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, capped by a 25-minute piece about the making of that jazz landmark, is a must. But such gems are few and far between. The main attraction for these trumpeted to-

tems, it seems, is the 5.1 mix – and who really needs that? How many people are really purchasing DualDiscs to hear their new faves in surround sound? How many are actually being suckered in by the same promise DVD extras hold out? I admit that when I do take the time to sit with a crankedup 5.1 mix, it can be quite impressive. Yet I do that maybe once a season; I imagine only audiophiles do it more; and is it worth the cash ($1-$3 more for what reportedly costs 70 cents more than a CD to manufacture) an enlarged disc can bring? Or the trouble? That’s the catch: DualDiscs are slightly wider than regular ones. Thus, they get finicky about ripping tunes and won’t function on every player. Seems like a lot of potential hassle just to create a format that staves off piracy and entices fans to keep buying CDs. If labels really want to hang on to buyers by giving them their money’s worth, they should separate the two: Offer more two-disc titles that keep the CD intact, and provide mixes and far more extras on a DVD. Too bad that isn’t likely to happen now that most labels are onboard with DualDisc.

Stephanie Sinclair/Chicago Tribune David Byrne is best known for his years with the group Talking Heads, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

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THE WIN: Texas State gets second SLC win

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Setting up for third down following another Texas State timeout, Nealy called for the ball and ducked and dived his way around several Demon defenders in a whirling durbish of on-field execution as he threw complete to Williams at the 38yard line with 1:23 left in the half. Following an incomplete pass, Sherman received a pitchout from Nealy who was taking a huge hit on the play, Sherman barreled ahead for a gain of four on the play but the Bobcats were again forced to punt following an incomplete pass that went in and out of the hands of White. The punt sailed for 38 yards, Adam Brown/Star photo but a hit from the Bobcats punt team forced a fumble recovered Senior quarterback Barrick Nealy evades Demon defenders by Jusin Boren. The Demons en route to a touchdown Saturday in Texas State’s 31-16 then returned the favor as Russ win over Northwestern State University. Washington picked off the Nealy pass at their own 5-yard throwing 7-26 in the game, had line. CONTINUED from page 12 to be helped off the field as the The Demons chose to take a pass was tipped by junior line- knee and first down and ran out they were forced to punt after a backer Jeremy Castillo and set the clock. The two teams took series of incomplete passes and up the 32-yard field goal on to the locker room with the Defalse start penalty. a drive that gave NSU its first mons cutting down the lead to Texas State recovered the score of the game. 11 points after they trailed by punt on their own 41-yard line The Bobcats took over the 21 in the game. and started to work their way ball at their own 31 followThe second half started much down the field. Nealy started ing the 30-yard kick return by like the first as both teams with a completion to Crosby for Williams with 5:24 to go in the punted on fourth down. The a gain of six yards. Daniel Jolly half. Bobcats got things going with got the nod in the back field The Demons defense worked senior running back Nick Sesand bowled ahead for the first the patience of Texas State by sion in the backfield who took down on a 5-yard run. forcing a punt on fourth down the majority of the snaps on the The Demons got in the Bob- following a short gain, an in- drive compiling 36 yards on five cat backfield quickly and earned complete pass and a strong pass carries, but it was a 29-yard pass a sack on the following play set- rush that forced Nealy out the from Nealy to Crosby that got ting Texas State up for a second pocket on a long third down. Texas State in Demon territory. and 17. Jolly got the ball again The punt was blocked as it Nealy scored the touchdown for another gain on the play left the foot of Elolf by Keadrin with a 5-yard run to the NSU but left the Bobcats needing Seastruck and gave NSU a short sideline. With the extra point 12 yards on third down when field to work with as they set up Texas state went ahead 28-10 Nealy connected with Scott for for first down at the Bobcats over the Demons with 7:06 left an 18-yard gain giving Texas 15-yard line. in the third. State a first down from the DeThe Demons picked up the That would be the last time mons 32-yard line. first down after two hard runs the ’Cats made their way past After a penalty on the De- by Sampson as they posted up the goal line as their only other mons and a 5-yard gain from on the 4-yard line before run- score would come on a 49-yard Jolly, Texas State took to the ning it in for the score. field goal from Jones in the air on a first down as Williams Following the extra point, fourth quarter. scored on the play with a 22- the score rested at 21-10, BobNSU managed another score yard reception giving the Bob- cats advantage as the Bobcats in the opening minute of the cats the 21-0 advantage. set up for the kick return with fourth quarter after starting After the third touchdown, Williams in the back field along with a short field from the the opposition mounted an side Jamiell Turner. Texas State 28. Vinson got the offensive assault, as Sampson Williams returned the ball to touchdown on a 24-yard run highlighted the drive with a 39- their own 21 as they set up for that brought the Demons withyard rush marking the longest their next drive of the game. in two scores of tying things rushing gain against the Bobcats Following a loss of three on up with 10:36 left in the game the entirety of the 2005 season. first down, Nealy and Sherman but the Bobcat defense put But the effort was for naught as bobbled a handoff but man- that hope to rest holding them the passing game proved to be aged to recover the fumble with scoreless for the remainder of the Demons downfall. Vinson, a loss of two yards on the play. the game.

Houston Astros reliever Brad Lidge walks off the field as Chicago White Sox players celebrate Scott Posednik’s game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Sox go up 2-0 after controversial call By Kevin Baxter Knight Ridder Newspapers HOUSTON — The game turned on a strike that wasn’t called one. Just as the previous series turned on an out that wasn’t called one. But that’s not all the Chicago White Sox’s victory in Game 2 of the World Series had in common with their victory in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The important thing in either game wasn’t how the White Sox found themselves in position to win. It’s what they did once they got there. “Anytime you can put the win in the books, you’ve got to win,” said first baseman Paul Konerko, whose seventh-inning grand slam Sunday came a pitch after plate umpire Jeff Nelson ruled Chicago’s Jermaine Dye had been hit by a pitch that, replays clearly showed, hit Dye’s bat. That two-pitch sequence erased a two-run deficit and gave Chicago a 6-4 lead. And after giving two runs back, the White Sox came back one more time to win on Scott Podsednik’s ninth-inning, walkoff homer off Houston’s Brad Lidge, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead heading into Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the best-of-7 series at Minute Maid Park. “We have a guy that got hit by a pitch,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Then they get the

big home run.” “Did it change the game? I don’t think so,” Houston manager Phil Garner said diplomatically of Nelson’s call, which certainly seemed to change the game. If Nelson had correctly ruled the pitch a foul, Dye would have had to face at least another pitch from Dan Wheeler with two on and the Astros trailing by two. But when he was sent to first, Garner went to the bullpen for Chad Qualls, who gave up Konerko’s home run. “We might have thrown a pitch against them that went out of the ballpark. We may strike him out, he may hit a ground ball,”Garner said. “You just don’t know. We had opportunities in the game we didn’t take advantage of.” “I prefer to go ahead and leave it as it is. I might change my mind on that after a while. But the call didn’t go our way last night.” Another thing that hasn’t gone Houston’s way in the Series is the performance of its vaunted bullpen. The Astros’ deep corps of relievers was supposed to dominate the series; instead it has given up seven runs in 8-1/3 innings. Chicago’s bullpen, meanwhile, was an unknown commodity after taking the ALCS off. Yet Neal Cotts, Bobby Jenks and Cliff Politte have a win and a save — and seven strikeouts — after four

innings. “I don’t think we made a statement,” Cotts said. “We felt ready and we’re prepared for whatever they need us for.” But for Guillen the most impressive part of Sunday’s win wasn’t that the White Sox pulled it off, but how. An out away from victory, Jenks gave up a two-run single — partly because left fielder Podsednik was late with his throw home and Pierzynski failed to block the plate. Then they came right back to get their pitcher off the hook, with Cotts coming out of the bullpen to end the threat and, in the bottom of the inning, Podsednik homering to end the game. “We keep fighting, making the big pitch,” Guillen said. “When somebody fails, somebody picks them up. This team has a lot of unity. Nobody points fingers at anybody.” Podsednik, whose game-winning homer was his second in the postseason after he went homerless in 507 regular-season at-bats, agreed. “That’s been the characteristic of this ballclub from Day One,” he said. “We have 25 guys pulling on the same rope. You can’t get to where we are with just a couple of guys performing.” And where they are, of course, is two wins away from Chicago’s first World Series title in 89 years. Which, in Podsednik’s view, is nowhere.

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Stephen F. Austin 4-3 (1-2) Sam Houston State 2-4 (1-2) Southeastern La. 2-4 (1-2) All standings as of 10-24

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After four years, Bobcats get the win over NSU By Miguel Peña Sports Editor As the battle of the Southland Conference unbeatens commenced, the Bobcats were set to exorcise the Demons of the past, looking at a four-year losing streak to the visiting Demons of Northwestern State University. And that is just what they did as they came away with a 31-16 victory. “It means we beat (NSU), who was picked to win our conference, and we were picked second. They dominated us the last four years, and at some point, this program is going to catch so much momentum that no one’s going to be able to stop it. And every time we come over one of these obstacles, we’ll keep raising the bar, and it’s going to take off,” Coach David Bailiff said. Coming off a gangbuster 31-10 win against Southeastern Louisiana University, the Demons came into the game boasting a 2-0 record in the SLC. Chosen in preseason polls as the SLC frontrunner ahead of Texas State, NSU was looking to stay ahead of the game as the sole leader in the conference. The Bobcats, however, were committed to a similar goal, but with much more on their plate. “Last year, we weren’t as strong as we are now. We got to where they are now over the summer. Last year, they were all over us and this year it was who wanted it more. Tonight that was us,” senior offensive lineman Thomas Keresztory said. Senior quarterback Barrick Nealy led the Bobcats with 73yards rushing and 167 through the air on 11 completions. Nealy earned another SLC Offensive Player of the Week honor for his performance while senior place kicker Stan Jones was awarded the SLC Special Teams Player of the Week. “To go out on a winning note against those guys makes it better. It was kind of like the (Texas A&M University) game — we knew they’d beat us in the past, but we were going to show up and see how good we can be. We played hard on both sides of the ball,” Nealy said. The ground game was also Adam Brown/Star photo split up between Nick Session, Junior running back Morris Brothers celebrates after Saturday night’s 31-16 win over North- Morris Brothers and Daniel western State University. Jolly, who all ran for a combined total of 99 yards while Douglas

Sherman only managed eight yards on 11 attempts as he is still struggling with injuries. The leading receiver in the game was Dameon Williams who caught three of Nealy’s 11 completions for a total of 83yards and one touchdown. The senior backed that up with his special teams gaining 99 yards on four kick returns. The Demons found their biggest obstacle to be the Bobcats’ pass defense, as they went without a passing completion the entire first half of the game as senior quarterback Davon Vinson could not get things going though the air. The Bobcats managed one interception and one sack on the day against the Demons. “It’s the team first, but last year, they beat us bad. Last year, it was my birthday, and it was horrible. I refused to let it be like that again. They’re a vocal team and we pride ourselves on composure,” said senior Fred Evans, defensive lineman. Vinson’s running efforts made up for his throwing game as he accumulated 96 rushing yards against the Bobcats. Shelton Sampson, the Demons senior running back put his work in as well totaling 75 yards on 12 touches with one touchdown. Texas State put fourth a concerted effort on their second drive of the game after both teams went scoreless on their opening possessions. Nealy started the drive with a 26-yard run putting the Bobcats at the NSU 21-yard line. After a first down gain three plays later, Nealy and the Bobcats found themselves in scoring position and got a little help from the Demons defensive holding penalty that left Texas State three yards out. Nealy capped off the drive with a three-yard pass to Tyrone Scott, who made the web gem catch after the Demons managed to get a finger on the ball. With Jones’ extra point, the ’Cats led in the game 7-0 with 7:52 left in the first quarter of play. Following the Demons touchback, they started working their way down the field moving up to their own 38 before a sevenyard loss on second down. They followed that up with an incomplete pass intended for Demons senior wide receiver Toby

Ziegler. With the punt on fourth down the Bobcats opened their third drive of the game from their own 40-yard line. Texas State was forced to punt on their third drive of the game and field position became a necessary factor in the game. Cory Elolf sent the ball sailing 49 yards down field when Melvin Webber caught and tossed the ball back into play from the end zone as the Bobcats downed the ball at the Demons two. NSU was stopped shy of the first down after an eight-yard gain from Demons senior running back Shelton Sampson and were forced to punt once again. The Bobcats set up on the following drive from just inside Demons territory. Two runs later, the ’Cats found themselves with a third and nine from the 43-yard line. Nealy then looked for the pass downfield, but was forced to scramble out of the pocket to avoid a sack on the play and was unable to get past the line of scrimmage and the Bobcats were forced to punt on fourth down. The Demons took over at their own 9-yard line but came up short once again as Vinson, the Demons quarterback, was rushed on third down and threw up the ball before he was hit behind the line of scrimmage. The hurried pass was called as intentional grounding and NSU was forced to punt on fourth down from deep inside their own territory to Crosby who returned the kick for a 10-yard gain as the first quarter came to an end. The Bobcats started off the second quarter with a 15-yard pick up through the air as Nealy found Markee White for the first down. After a couple of botched run efforts, Nealy connected with Williams for a 38-yard gain that gave the Bobcats a first down at the Demons 11-yard line. On the following play, Nealy called his own number and ran the ball in on a diving gain to score the second Texas State touchdown of the game, giving the Bobcats a 14-0 lead over the Demons with 13:47 left in the half. The Demons were unable to get any offense started on their sixth possession of the game as See THE WIN, page 11

Throngs of Texas State fans pack Bobcat Stadium on Saturday after Texas State’s ranking improved to No. 7 in The Sports Network poll. Following the victory, the Bobcats jumped one spot to No. 6 in the TSN poll. Texas State’s improvements on the turf have also earned them firstplace votes in other polls.

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Texas State volleyball takes the hard-hitting Mavericks in four sets By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter Texas State won its third straight road match, defeating the University of Texas-Arlington Saturday in four games (30-25, 20-30, 30-20, 30-23). With the match tied at one game apiece, the Bobcats took control following a second-period loss. Texas State cruised from that point on, closing games three and four with 9-4 and 8-4 runs, respectively. “That’s the best we’ve played in a long time,” Chisum said. “We saw that UTA had just upset (UT-San Antonio), so our kids were ready. We know not to overlook anybody.” The Mavericks, in the midst of a disappointing campaign, could not take advantage of 475 UTA fans in attendance at Texas Hall. UTA was selected third in the Southland Conference’s preseason polls, but fell to 2-8 in league play after Saturday’s loss. “This was a huge (win) on the road, not just because we won but

how we won,” Chisum said. “I know UTA’s down, but they’re not a bad team.” Liz Nwoke rebounded from last weekend’s performance to post her fourth double-double of the season. The senior hitter led the team with 18 kills to go with 15 digs, an ace and a block. “Lizzie needed that for herself as much as for us,” Chisum said. “She corrected some things, and I know she felt good about how she played.” Texas State showed marked improvement over its last outing, a close victory over winless conference rival Nicholls State University. Aside from a game two lapse, the Bobcats’ offense resembled a well-oiled machine, committing errors in its three wins. For the match, Texas State hit .258 (.400 in game four), up 39 points from its season average. “We won the digging and passing games, and as a result, we were able to get our middles going,” Chisum said.

The coach was referring to the performances of Erin Hickman and Amy Ramirez. Hickman, posted 65 assists as the setter, her highest total of the season. Ramirez led a club that out-dug the Mavs 67-60 by notching a match-high 21. The mark was the senior libero’s highest since Sept. 17, also against UTA. Middle blockers Brandy St. Francis and Karry Griffen also figured heavily into the win. St. Francis trailed Nwoke with 16 kills, while Griffen recorded 14 on a blistering .400 hitting percentage. “We had eight kids do an excellent job for us,” Chisum said. “Kelly Fletcher (six kills on nine attacks) and Emily Jones (seven kills, three blocks) both made a big difference off the bench.” The Bobcats, third in the SLC standings, now head to Nacogdoches for a rematch with last season’s conference tourney runner-up, Stephen F. Austin. The Ladyjacks come into tonight’s contest undefeated in league play, looking for revenge

against the Bobcats. A 3-1 SLC championship loss in 2004 denied SFA a birth to the NCAA tournament. “I have no doubt they’ve got revenge on their minds,” Chisum said. “Last year, we won that match by playing near-perfect volleyball, and we’re going to need the same thing (tonight).” A week after claiming J.J. Jones of SFA as the league’s best setter, Chisum spoke similarly of Stephanie Figgers. The Ladyjack’s veteran libero leads the conference in digs at 5.44 per game and has already garnered five defensive-player-of-theweek nods. “She’s the best in the league,” Chisum said. “Their team’s a lot like ours; they’ve got two good hitters, solid middle blockers and a strong right side. We have to just keep getting better. We had eight players doing well for us Saturday; Tuesday (tonight) we’re going to need nine.” Game time at 7 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum.

Jeremy Craig/Star file photo Karry Griffin, seen here in the Bobcats’ Sept. 2 game against Morgan State University, racked up 14 kills in Saturday’s win against UT-Arlington.

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