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Campus debate cancelled due to scheduling conflicts



Developmental leave a main topic for the Faculty Senate


By Clayton Medford News Reporter

By Ashley Richards Assistant New Editor Three debates have been held showcasing the three candidates in the San Marcos City Council Place 4 election. However, a fourth debate between Maurice “Moe” Johnson, Chris Jones and incumbent Bill Taylor, which had been planned for Tuesday on campus, was cancelled because of various reasons given by each candidate. The motive behind the on-campus debate raised skepticism from Taylor and Johnson, while Jones said he was left frustrated by the other candidates’ lack of availability. The Student Affairs Civic Responsibility Team, the Mitte Honors Program and the LBJ Debate Society were all involved in planning the campus debate. After the Oct. 17 League of Women Voters debate, Jones said Johnson, a health, physical education and recreation professor, and Taylor notified him that they would be unable to attend the Tuesday debate on campus. Ismael Amaya, Associated Student Government faculty adviser and co-leader of the CRT, stated in an e-mail that initially, the Place 4 candidates were not directly contacted about the original date scheduled for the campus debate. Once CRT got involved in the debate, Amaya said, he directly contacted the three candidates. Johnson and Taylor told him they could not commit to the date. Amaya offered to hold the debate anytime between Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, but a date could not be reached when all the candidates could meet. Jones, public administration senior, said that upon hearing about his opponents’ scheduling conflicts, he offered an open schedule as to when he could meet for the fourth debate. “I went to the candidates and told them it is important to talk to students,” Jones said. “That struck no cord with them.” Taylor and Johnson said there were scheduling conflicts at some point for all three candidates. Johnson and Taylor said part of the problem they had with the planned campus debate was the short notice and its seeming involvement with ASG, which had endorsed Jones in its Sept. 19 meeting.

Spencer Millsap/Star photos Early voting began Wednesday for the city bond propositions and City Council positions. Students lined up on Wednesday in the LBJ Student Center to submit their ballots before the Nov. 8 election. Anyone registered in Hays County is eligible for early voting from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center today. For more information on early voting locations, visit

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The Faculty Senate listened to proposals for developmental leave from several faculty members at their meeting on Wednesday. The proposals, which ranged from book writing to world travel, were scrutinized during a quick question and answer session followed by a closed-door discussion among senators. Xiao Chen, computer science professor, made the first presentation, asking for leave to work on a project dealing with “distributed sensor networks,” according to the proposal. Her project focus will be making networks more energy efficient by manipulating the transmission range of the sensors, minimizing the strain on the network’s power source. Craig Hanks, philosophy professor, asked for leave in order to conduct research on the relationship between technology and philosophy. “This is one of the fastestgrowing areas in philosophy,” Hanks said. “This is the area of philosophy that first drew me in.” Professor of biology Joe Koke, who has not sought developmental leave in 27 years, hopes to “improve (his) molecular biology toolkit” during his proposed leave. Koke plans to attend three biotechnology training sessions at the National Institute of Health. Koke claims in his proposal that “the product of this developmental leave will be my retraining” and the “restoration of my research program.” Koke says he never asked See SENATE, page 4

Students With Alternative Transportation prepared for busy Halloween weekend By Emily Messer News Reporter Midnight is one of the peak hours of the night in San Marcos. Floods of young college students, drunks, partiers, clubbers and bands empty The Square and local bars, many in search of the next house party where their next drink awaits them. There’s a rush to the convenience store for more beer before the stores close. It’s a Mardi Gras-style exodus from the streets of The Square

to the choice homes where the night’s parties will carry on into the morning hours. On Halloween weekend, a parade of witches, nurses, gigolos, superheroes, ghosts and every other character students can dream up will take to the bars, streets and homes around the city. For those who have to work on Halloween, seeing the costumes is one of the most interesting aspects of the job. “It’s one of the more memorable times to volunteer,” said Brian Gloor,

Muslim Student Association to promote Fast-A-Thon Group encourages students to learn about Ramadan By Leah Kirkwood News Reporter The Muslim Student Association at Texas State invites all students to take the Fast-AThon challenge in honor of the Ramadan holiday. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims worldwide are required to refrain from eating and drinking between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. while the sun is in the sky. The FastA-Thon is a challenge for stu-

dents of all religions to join the fast today. “(The challenge) is a good way to show others what Muslims go through for a whole month but not just Muslims; homeless people and those with no food or shelter experience this too,” said Samir Mordad, president of the MSA. The MSA will begin the FastA-Thon challenge with a free breakfast at 6 a.m., and the day’s fast will be broken with a free dinner of Middle Eastern cuisine, catered by Caesar restaurant, at 6:45 p.m. in Arnold Hall. The organization invites all students to attend both meals, whether they choose to See FAST-A-THON, page 4

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Students With Alternative Transportation vice president. “You’re given almost a guaranteed laugh.” When the bars begin to close on Friday and Saturday, calls are made to SWAT — closing time is their peak hour as well — at least until 2:30 a.m. The organization provides free transportation from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for students who are intoxicated or cannot drive because of other reasons. They receive 60 to 90 calls on an average night, Gloor said.

“We see some really neat costumes and hear some really neat stories, but we keep it in the vehicle,” Gloor said. Gloor said sometimes the local police give intoxicated students the option of SWAT or jail. When the police do call SWAT, they try to get transportation to the students as soon as possible. “It’s not common, but it does occasionally happen,” Gloor said. Terry Nichols, a police commander with the night shift, made one such call to SWAT several weeks ago. In the

Square, a young, intoxicated couple staggered through the parking lot toward their car. Nichols bargained with them, telling them that if they can find a ride home, they won’t be arrested. “If they kill themselves it’s one thing — they stand a good chance of killing someone else,” Nichols said. “I have no doubt in my mind they’re going to drive away.” SWAT expects increased activity with See SWAT, page 5

Death penalty protestors to gather in Austin By Andi Beierman Special to The Star The Sixth Annual March to Stop Executions will be held in downtown Austin Saturday afternoon. Hosted by the Texas Moratorium Network and the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, the march will end in a rally at the Governor’s Mansion. Anti-death penalty supporters said they hope the demonstration will make Gov. Rick Perry reconsider his stance on capital punishment. Scott Cobb, political director for the Texas Moratorium Network, said the power the governor wields in death penalty issues makes his mansion a good place for the marchers to target their message.

“(Perry) is a big supporter of capital punishment,” Cobb said. “He’s out of touch with public on this issue. A lot of people are skeptical about the status of the death penalty.” With a total of 351 deaths, Texas leads the nation in the number of executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, and more than 100 people have been executed since Perry was sworn in as governor in 2000, according to the Texas department of criminal justice Web site. Marchers are scheduled to gather at Austin City Hall Plaza at 3 p.m., and the procession to the Governor’s Mansion will begin at 4 p.m. The march will conclude with supporters surrounding the mansion in yelSee MARCH, page 4

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Armando Sanchez/Star file photo Rallies, such as this march in August to protest Frances Newton’s execution, are not an uncommon sight in Austin. The Sixth Annual March to Stop Executions will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday at City Hall Plaza, where protestors will march to the Governor’s Mansion.



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communityhappenings John R. Erickson, author of Discovery at Flint Springs and the series of books featuring Hank the Cowdog, will provide a different perspective of archaeology on Friday, when he presents, “Two Guys From Austin Are Digging Up My West Pasture: A Ranchers View of Archeology.” The free public lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at the Airport Hilton in Austin. Erickson’s presentation is being held in conjunction with the Texas Archeological Society’s (TAS) annual meeting.

Erickson is a rancher with a keen interest in the prehistory and archeology of the Texas Panhandle. Archeological investigations on his ranch spurred him to include archeology in his stories. Following the lecture the audience will also have an opportunity to have artifacts identified by attending archeologists. For more information on TAS, go to or call (800) 377-7240. — Courtesy of the Texas Archeological Society

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Thursday Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Everyone is welcome. Contact (512) 557-7988 or for more info. Texas State Baha’i Association will have a mulitifaith devotional at 7:30 p.m. in the Falls Hall 2.5 lounge. The topic will be superstition. Monday

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.


The Catholic Student Center will have free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Attaining Contentment” An Educational Series takes place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the LBJ SC, Room 3-6.1. War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 5-1.10.

A Saxophone Studios recital will take place at 2 p.m. at the Recital Hall.

An All Saints’ Day Mass will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the CSC chapel.

FREE Writing Center Workshop: Quotations, Citations and Plagiarism will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. For more information, contact the Writing Center at (512) 245-3018.

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The American Society of Interior Designers will have a Spaghetti Bonanza and Haunted House Scare from 5 p.m. 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 information, contact LaTonya Croskey at (512) 245-2645. “The Rock-Praise & Worship” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For information or to sign up for groups, call the Counseling Center. Friday Lambda of Texas State will be hosting a Black & White Bobcat Ball beginning at 7:30 p.m. A $1 discount will be given to those attending wearing black and/or white. 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. Free Admission.

1990 — Wayne Gretzky became the first National Hockey League player to reach 2,000 points.




1977 — The experimental space shuttle Enterprise successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

The Balding Baritone & Friends will take place at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students.


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

1949 — U.S. President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.


Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For information or to sign up for groups, call the Counseling Center.

ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information or to sign up for groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208.

1881 — The “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, Ariz. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, with his two brothers, and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.


The Catholic Student Center will have a Vigil Mass for the feast of All Saints’ Day at 7 p.m. in the CSC.

The CSC will hold a Bible study will be held at 8 p.m. in the CSC lounge.

1774 — The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

Wednesday 2-for-1 Wednesdays student green fees at the Texas State Golf Course with a Texas State ID. Intramural Bowling entries due at the Student Recreation Center by 5 p.m. Thursday Moonlight Float at 8 p.m. on the San Marcos River with Campus Recreation. Intramural Tennis singles entries due at the Student Recreation Center by 5 p.m. Friday Fabulous Friday Green Fees. Student green fees for faculty and staff with a Texas State ID.

Miscellaneous Tuesday Job Shadowing Registration will begin and will continue through Nov. 18 in Career Services, located at the LBJSC, Room 5-7.1.

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.

Brynn Leggett/Star photo The National Association of Environmental Professionals hands out plastic bicycle pins with flyers telling students why they should vote for Bond Proposition 6 on Nov. 8. If passed, the bill will make way for more sidewalks and bikeways to be built around San Marcos.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department

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Oct. 16, 1:10 a.m. Information-Disturbance/ Strahan Coliseum Officers came in contact with individuals who were fighting at Strahan Coliseum. The officers were able to maintain order, and a report was made of this incident.

Oct. 25, 9:22 a.m. Investigation/2300 S. Interstate 35 Information received from the Cedar Park Police Department reference possible sexual abuse of a three-year-old female by unknown actor(s).

Oct. 24, 5 p.m. Burglary: Vehicle/ Sterry Parking lot An officer was dispatched to the University Police Department lobby in response to report that a bicycle had been stolen from vehicle. This case is under investigation.

Oct. 25, 6:26 p.m. Assault/1301 Wonder World Drive Assault with bodily injury arrest. Oct. 26, 12:33 a.m. Traffic Accident/900 Peques St. Reckless damage and failure to report accident.

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

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In Wednesday’s edition of The Star, the film Good Night and Good Luck, reviewed on Page 9, was incorrectly given a rating of 4 1/2 stars. The editor intended to give the film two stars.

Also, the “Sports Snort” on the top of page 12 referenced “Toronto Maple Leaves captain Mast Sudin.” It should have read, “Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin.”

1998 — A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.

Daily Beat The Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors has voted to increase its electric prices an average of 34 percent, effective Tuesday, in response to rising natural gas prices. LCRA provides wholesale electricity to 42 cities and rural electric cooperatives throughout Central and South Texas, including the City of San Marcos Electric Utility. “San Marcos Electric Utility customers will see a significant increase in their utility bill due to this LCRA increase,” said Dan O’Leary, San Marcos city manager. “Customers can expect to see the LCRA increase on utility bills issued after Dec.15.” LCRA will increase its Fuel & Power Cost Recovery Factor by $0.0164 per kilowatt hour from $0.0478 to $0.0642. The increase will be in effect for the remainder of 2005 and all of 2006. The lingering hot summer and devastating hurricanes in the gulf region have caused a significant increase in natural gas prices since the beginning of 2005. “We are looking at natural gas prices that are twice as high as they were a year ago,” said Dan Juehn, executive manager of LCRA Fuel and Energy Risk Management. “The two major hurricanes, which have damaged fuel production and transportation capabilities, have

affected gas prices for all electric utilities.” LCRA has seven power plants, four of which are fueled by natural gas. The City of San Marcos will begin notifying all customers immediately of the LCRA increase through utility bill inserts. The inserts will include information on ways to conserve energy and how to enroll in the city’s budget billing program, which evens out utility bills throughout the year, easing the burden in peak winter and summer months. Energy conservation measures include upgrading household insulation, using energy-efficient appliances, setting thermostats at energy saving levels and adding weather-stripping to windows, doors and pipe clearances. Based on recent surveys, LCRA is among the lowestpriced power producers in the state. LCRA has diverse energy sources including power from coal, hydroelectric, wind and natural gas sources, which has helped keep its costs lower than most utilities. For more information about energy conservation and energy audits, contact the San Marcos Electric Utility at (512) 3938300. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos

Painted desert Rocks are painted with the insignia of units that have trained for deployment to Iraq in the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin, Calif., in July 2005.

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Law schools nationwide to be represented at UTSA fair By Eloise Martin News Reporter The University of Texas-San Antonio will be hosting a law school fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday. The event will feature 75 nationally accredited law schools and is open to all students free of admission. The event is sponsored by the UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs and the Southwestern Association of Pre-Law Advisors. Anthony Arriaga, ILPA program coordinator and UTSA law adviser, said the event will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students near San Antonio and said he has seen few opportunities he feels are as valuable. “There will be a lot of schools that are from far out of the state,” Arriaga said. “Usually students don’t get the chance to meet with the admissions directors or the advisers, and it is hard to find the information they need to make a quality decision.” Arriaga said this is the first time UTSA has held a law school job fair of this size in many years. Some of the schools that Arriaga said will be in attendance are Notre Dame Law School, New York University School of

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sually students don’t get the chance to meet with the admissions directors or the advisers, and it is hard to find the information they need to make a quality decision.”

— Anthony Arriaga ILPA program coordinator and UTSA law adviser

Law, Columbia Law School and Michigan State University College of Law, among others. Arriaga said students are not required to bring anything, but he recommends writing any questions students have for advisers before arriving. He also said students should bring pen and paper to take notes. Although the event is held at UTSA, Arriaga said the event is not just for the students on campus. “We offer a definite warm welcome to any students who want to drop by,” Arriaga said. Roel Martinez is an academic adviser for the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State. Martinez said if a student is considering law school, it is a good idea to gather as much information about as many different schools as possible.

“Make sure you get enough information to make an informed decision,” Martinez said. Martinez said law schools may have specific areas and specialties, and when a student applies, the school may ask why the student chose that school instead of others. An event such as this, he said, will give students a chance to learn about specific areas of interest. “When a student wants to apply for a program, the school is going to want to know that you have chosen them for a specific reason,” he said. Arriaga said he hopes students come to take advantage of the event. “This is definitely something that is an invitation open for anyone interested in law school.” For more information, call (210) 458-2992.

Anniversary of Hispanic book award accompanies performance of She Flies By Phillip Fuselier Special to The Star Students from the department of theatre and dance will perform a stage adaptation of David Rice’s She Flies at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the San Marcos Activity Center. The staged reading was adapted from a short story in Rice’s award-winning 2001 book, Crazy Loco. A Texas State Distinguished Alumnus, Rice portrays young MexicanAmericans in his stories, which are inspired by his upbringing in the Rio Grande Valley. She Flies centers on Milagros, a young Hispanic girl from the valley who dreams of going to college despite her parents’ objections. With the encouragement of her wise centenarian aunt, Milagros persuades her parents to let her achieve her goals even though it would mean leaving her beloved family. “Are you telling me this Latina from the valley can go to Yale?” said a surprised Milagros, played by Juliana Vera, theatre sophomore. “How many people from the valley go off to college and come back to make a difference in their communities?” Charles Pascoe, department of theatre and dance professor, is the director for She Flies. Despite time limitations, Pascoe


hen the College of Education started the award, there were few children’s books to choose from that were for Mexican-Americans. Now we get dozens of entries.”

— Steve Davis Southwestern Writers Collection assistant curator

said he and the students have been working hard to ensure a great performance. In addition to Vera, cast members include Frankie Mendoza, undecided junior; Jon Clark and Todd Deaver, theatre seniors; Claire Sappington and Audra McHenry, theatre juniors; and Veronica Esparza, theatre senior, as Tía Mana. The performance of She Flies coincides with Texas State’s 10-year anniversary celebration of the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award. The award honors authors and illustrators who extol the values and culture of Mexican-Americans. Rice’s Crazy Loco was nominated for the award in 2001. The 10-year anniversary celebration includes special exhibits at the Southwestern Writers Collection in Alkek Library and a reunion of 14 past award winners. “When the College of Education started the award, there were few children’s books to choose from that were for Mex-

ican-Americans,” said Steve Davis, assistant curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection. “Now we get dozens of entries.” Davis said there has been a significant increase in children’s books written from a Hispanic viewpoint since the award began 10 years ago. “In developing literacy, it’s so important for children to see themselves reflected in the books they read,” Davis said. Located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library, the Southwestern Writers Collection will host the award ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. The performance of She Flies will follow on Saturday at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 Hopkins St. Both events are free and open to the public. Organizers hope to inspire young Hispanics and all other attendants to reach for the stars and never give up on their dreams. In the words of She Flies character Tía Mana, “Fly as far as your wings can take you.”

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Higher tuition rates leave more students reliant on loans, aid By April Zapata News Reporter Though the amount of financial aid has increased only slightly nationwide, tuition has increased as well. This is causing students to be dependent on student loans, according to a recently published report by the College Board. Tuition at four-year public institutions in the United States for the 2005-2006 school year averaged $12,127, a 6 percent increase from last year, but the increase is smaller than it has been in the last two years. The Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Financial Aid reports are based on the 2004-2005 school year at fouryear public institutions. They show that the amount of federal, state and campus-based student aid increased by 17 percent to nearly $129 billion, not including the $14 billion in private education loans. Criss Jass, assistant director of financial assistance, believes the trend might have been caused by the economy and the increase in enrollment.

“Students need more help paying for tuition, especially if their parents were helping them and no longer can,” Jass said. First time freshman borrowers may only take $2,625, and first time sophomores make only take $3,500, which for most students, does not cover tuition. Juniors and seniors are allowed to borrow up to $5,500. Information for the 20052006 school year for Texas State has yet to be released; however, reports from the 2003-2004 and the 2004-2005 school years reveal that tuition, including room and board, decreased from $5,255 to $4,921. The amount borrowed in loans from those same years increased from $74,355,024 to $84,840,248. “We’re doing a good job of counseling students,” Jass said. The Financial Aid office has federal requirements that require first-time borrowers to go through entrance and exit counseling when borrowing loans. Financial Aid has implemented a loan management

system for students who have borrowed $15,000 or more. Students are informed of ways to manage loan debt and are required to take a test and submit it to the Financial Aid office. Jass expects that the trend of relying on loans will continue to rise. She said not all students borrow more than they need to. Some say, “If I don’t need it, I don’t want it,” while others ask, “Where do I sign?” “I usually just take out what I need to pay for tuition,” Stephanie Flanders, English junior, said. Like Flanders, Lauren Benavides, exercise and sports science junior, depends on loans to pay for tuition. “I had to take out two loans to pay for tuition,” Benavides said. “I’m worried about the interest rates, because I’ll be the one to have to pay them back.” For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (512) 245-2315. To view the College Board reports on Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Financial Aid, visit

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My name is Brian Henretta. I was a student at Texas State before being activated by my Texas Army National Guard unit and sent to Iraq. I’m an Army journalist and photographer with the 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment out of Austin. I have been stationed in Baghdad since the beginning of 2005 to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I will be a political science sophomore when I return to Texas State in the spring.

Oct. 26, 2005 You know how when you return to your hometown after a semester, things are different? There might be a new restaurant in town, or the neighbors may have painted their house a new color. These are nothing major — just little things that might make you do a double take for a while and let you know you missed something while you were away. You also may notice how much smaller everything seems after being out in a larger world. I can’t even imagine how different things are going to be when I come home. I think about that pretty often. I know that I’ve changed in many ways. But I’m sure San Marcos, as well as America, has changed in ways I don’t even know about. I just hope it’s not too hard for me to deal with it. It’s been a pretty significant year if you think back. Since I’ve been away from Texas to get ready for the war, we’ve seen a president re-elected, a new pope, a wave kill 100,000 people, a major U.S. city destroyed by a storm, the nation become more divided than it’s been since the late ’60s and the Red Sox win a World Series. Even with all that craziness going on, I know the biggest difference for us returning soldiers will be the cultural shock we experience. Last time I was at school, Green Day was a washed-up punk band that hadn’t done anything significant since the mid-’90s, Mariah Carey was a joke and J. Lo and Ben Affleck were the world’s most popular couple. Since I’ve been away, I don’t even know what I’ve missed out on. I only recently listened to The Game and hear he’s pretty big. I couldn’t tell you what songs, movies or TV shows are hot right now. I’ve experienced this once before, when I was in isolation for four months at Army basic training in the spring of 2000. I emerged to a new world in which I looked like an idiot because I had never heard of the movie Gladiator or Sisqo’s “Thong Song.” I considered myself lucky for that last one, but people still

teased me for being so out of touch, and that was nothing compared with what I’ll experience when I come back this time. If you see me in the bars when I get back wearing some out-of-style shirt and asking who is the person singing the club song that everyone has heard a million times, please take it easy on me. This may not seem like a big deal, but in discussing this topic with the guys here, I’ve found that it really bothers us. It gives many of us the feeling that we’ve had an entire year of our lives stolen from us. A year of our precious youth has gone by without us getting to enjoy it. Who knows how many little things have passed us by that we’ll never find out about? While the issues mentioned above are little things that I hope I can catch up on quickly, I wonder how small the tiny problems of San Marcos will be to me compared with what I’ve seen. I don’t pretend to think I’m anyone special, and I certainly don’t feel that the problems of people at Texas State aren’t genuine. However, I don’t know what I’ll think the first time I hear a girl act like it’s the end of the world when someone down the hall calls her a slut. Or when some guy steps on your foot at the bar and now you want to break his jaw. Those problems seem like nothing compared to the concerns of humans just like you in other parts of the world. I think this new way of thinking will be the biggest difference for me, and I’m glad about that. Regardless, I’m just looking forward to seeing all the new things San Marcos has to offer, hearing all the new music and seeing what movies have been out over the past year. I want to enjoy all the little things. In short, I want more than anything to have a normal life again. That time is coming soon.


for leave because he never believed taking leave would “be sufficiently beneficial” to his research or his department. When the two more graduate students graduate in the spring, Koke will have produced 39 master students, 22 of whom now have a doctorate. Roger Colombik, art and design professor, plans to write a book titled The Shadow of Empire: Culture & Revolution in The Republic of Georgia about the post-Soviet society in eastern Europe and the Caucus Mountains. The book will focus on the oral history of the republic as well as how Georgians are living in the “postSoviet world.” “In the Republic of Georgia, they treasure their history, they treasure their culture. The problem is they have never really understood the practice of oral history,” Colombik said. “Everyone knows Georgia because Bush went there; everyone knows Georgia because of the pipelines that run through it. If the pipelines were removed, Georgia would be off the map.” Colombik’s book will be published in Georgia and will be bilingual — published in both Georgian and English. Colombik also plans to use his developmental leave to develop his “extensive array of research materials (interviews, video and photography) into a new multi-media sculpture exhibition.” John Spellman, mathematics professor, plans to use his developmental leave to pursue research concerning the growth and history of the Standard & Poors 400 Mid-Cap stock index. Spellman believes that the method of “back testing” stocks in order to predict their future


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Revolution in The Republic of Georgia about the post-Soviet society in eastern Europe and the Caucus mountains. growth is an inefficient method since the S&P 400 changes the companies it indexes often. Spellman chose this particular index because “mid caps historically have been the most profitable category of U.S. securities,” according to his written proposal. Debra Monroe, English professor, requested leave approval from senators in order to complete her fifth book, a personal memoir titled In the Outskirts. The work will be based on the last five years of her life and will recount the personal struggles she encountered when she “became a white mother of a black daughter in a nearly all-white Texas town.” “The book takes on issues of universal importance — ideas about gender, ideas about motherhood, ideas about race,” Monroe said. Monroe has completed 10 chapters of her memoir and hopes its publication will “become an advertisement” for the Master of Fine Arts program, which she teaches in. Art and design professor James Housefield seeks to “integrate the history of art with the history of geography in Paris” in the project he pitched to the senators. Housefield said the integration and influence of Parisian geography in the art from the region have brought about “sweeping changes of how we see the geography of Paris.” Housefield hopes to

publish essays on his research and will pursue additional funding to turn his research in to an exhibition for museums. Additionally, course refinement as well as the possible development of a new course could result from Housefield’s project. School of Journalism and Mass Communication Director Bruce Smith plans to step down from his post to rejoin the faculty on a full-time basis at the end of August next year. Smith hopes to use his developmental leave time after his departure from the director position to “revisit an abandoned project of visiting Native American radio stations.” Smith said he passed on an approved sabbatical that included federal grant money to travel into Mexico to visit Native American media outlets in order to come to Texas State. Smith wants to resurrect his project by revisiting stations and assessing the changes. He hopes to integrate his research into existing classes at Texas State. The senators privately discussed the proposals following each faculty member’s presentation. The Faculty Senate will make recommendations to Perry Moore, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, who will in turn pass the recommendations on to the Texas State University System Board of Regents for final approval.

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low crime scene tape. Many groups nationwide are taking part in this event; some are pushing for a temporary suspension in executions during which the current system would be investigated, and others are fighting to have the death penalty abolished. One of the biggest concerns among the anti-death penalty advocates is the possible execution of innocent people. A total of 121 death row inmates have been exonerated since 1973, eight of whom are from Texas, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Cobb said a two-year deferral is needed to determine the likelihood of innocent people being put to death. “We need to restore confidence in the criminal justice system of Texas,” Cobb said. “There are a lot of concerned people — it’s a risky situation.” Anti-death penalty supporters are also concerned with the quality of legal representation defendants receive and the criteria the state uses for judging the mental capacity of inmates. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against executing people with mental retardation saying it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Despite this ruling, many who oppose the death penalty in Texas feel the state-spon-

son, vice chairman of the College Republicans, feel certain crimes are so heinous that those who commit them should no longer be a part of society. “I think with some crimes, you don’t deserve to be among fellow humans because it’s such an affront to humanity,” Hutchison said. Several reforms in capital — David Hutchinson punishment have taken place this year. College Republicans In March, the U.S. Supreme vice chairman Court overturned capital punishment for juvenile offenders, sored IQ tests used to evalu- citing it as cruel and unusual ate inmates are not thorough punishment. enough. In June, Perry signed Senate “It’s still a problem,” said Bill 60, which gives juries in Vicki McCuistion, program co- capital murder cases the option ordinator for the Texas Coali- of sentencing a defendant to tion Against the Death Penalty. life in prison without parole. The IQ tests do not always Regardless of personal views accurately reflect various levels on the death penalty, Cobb feels of mental retardation, McCuis- the march is a way for people to tion said. gain more insight about the isLike McCuistion, many Tex- sue. ans feel the need for reform “I want to encourage people within the death penalty sys- to come out whether or not tem, but not everyone is in fa- they have made up their mind,” vor of seeing it abolished. Cobb said. “They can learn a Gubernatorial candidate lot more about the issue from Kinky Friedman feels safe- people speaking at the rally. guards should be put in place They will be exposed to innoto make sure the right people cent people who were on death are executed, but he supports row and family members who the system overall. have had loved ones executed “Kinky is in favor of the and still speak out against the death penalty as long as we’re death penalty. It’s a great learnexecuting guilty people,” Trevor ing experience.” Rosen, deputy press secretary For more information about for the Friedman campaign, the march, visit the Texas Morsaid. atorium Network’s Web site at Others like David Hutchin-


think with some crimes, you don’t deserve to be among fellow humans because it’s such an affront to humanity.”

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participate in the fast or not. Isa Gallaway, member of the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will give a lecture entitled “What is Ramadan Anyway?” at the dinner. CAIR is an organization that combats discrimination towards Muslim Americans through political and social activism. Gallaway will discuss the importance of the Koran’s arrival in the lower

heaven during the holy month of Ramadan so it could be revealed gradually to the prophet. “We have a small percentage of Muslim students here at Texas State, so this talk will be aimed at students with no basic knowledge of Islam,” Mordad said. Reed Hatley is a communication studies junior who is considering attending the FastA-Thon meal. “I think it is important for

people to experience new things and different cultures,” Reed said. “Experiencing other cultures gives people a new sense for their own.” The MSA requests that students who plan on attending the dinner do so by RSVP by clicking on the Fast-A-Thon link at Additional information on Ramadan the Holy Month of Islam and “Do’s and Don’ts” for those fasting is also available on the Web site.


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Sam McCabe, student senator and Jones’ campaign manager, said a student affiliated with ASG sent out an informative memo notifying people of the time and date of the on-campus debate, but he said the debate was officially sponsored by the three other organizations, not ASG. In contrast with the campus debate, the Council of Neighborhoods Association, the League of Women Voters and the Texas Association of Realtors debates had been scheduled nearly a year in advance, Taylor said. Amaya said he directly contacted the candidates about the campus debate between Oct. 13 and 14, giving them 11 days notice. Johnson and Taylor said their perception that ASG, which endorsed Jones’ candidacy, was involved in the debate and the fact that Jones had served on ASG in the past led them to believe the on-campus debate would only be beneficial for Jones. “The primary thing is it was sprung on us,” Taylor said. “When my campaign looked at it, and it was the day before early voting, I figured it looked like a debate for a Chris pep rally.” After it was established the initial date set for the debate would not suit all of the candidates’ schedules, a Nov. 1 debate was suggested. Taylor said he was unable to attend a debate held then because of a City Council meeting. Johnson said he felt uncomfortable holding a debate without the incumbent present to defend his service on the council. Johnson said he then suggested Nov. 3 or 4, dates he said Taylor was unable to make. Taylor suggested a campus debate for Nov. 7, but Johnson said that date conflicted with Jones’ schedule. Jones said he is disappointed by his opponents’ unwillingness to address the students.

“The students make up a large portion of our workforce revenue,” Jones said. “The (other) candidates don’t have enough time to come talk to them about their issues.” As an SWT alumnus, Taylor said he understands student issues. He also said he is fully aware of the importance of the student population to the businesses in San Marcos. “I’m as pro-student as anybody; I just want everybody to behave themselves, whether it’s community members or students,” Taylor said. “I hope you understand I’m not an enemy of the students.” Jones also expressed concern that Johnson would not address the students though he is a professor at the university. He said he felt like Johnson had turned away from the students. “Shame on you Moe Johnson, shame on you Bill Taylor. The students want to talk to you about their issues and you don’t want to show up,” Jones said. Johnson said the late notice of the debate and the initial plan to hold it the day before early voting on campus began made the debate seem like an ambush on the two non-student candidates. “There were too many red flags for Bill and I to go up there,” Johnson said. “I think if they would have scheduled it and given us enough warning — but the way it was set up was to our disadvantage.” Taylor suggested that if the university is interested in an oncampus City Council debate, it should be something held each year. “I would like to debate on campus, but I’m not sorry it didn’t happen on this date,” Taylor said. Amaya said to his knowledge this was the first time in recent years a City Council campus debate was attempted. “This was very much a learning experience, and I believe that we will have candidates, city or state, on campus in the next 12

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Courtney Addison/Star photo A group of war protestors stand on the corner of North LBJ Drive and Hopkins Street singing songs of peace while picketing passing cars. The group plans on holding a protest every Wednesday evening until the war ends.

to 18 months,” Amaya said. While scheduling issues regarding a campus debate for this election could not be resolved, each of the Place 4 candidates said they are continuing their personalized campaigning until the end. Johnson and Taylor said they will keep walking the neighborhoods and promoting their individual campaigns. “We’re going to keep hammering the experience,” Taylor said. Johnson said the three candidates will gather in the Dunbar neighborhood on Nov. 2 because the residents want an opportunity to get to know each candidate’s position.

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Halloween weekend around the corner. With at least two students per each of the three vehicles, and up to six volunteer “ducks” who roam the Square with bright yellow SWAT shirts and free goodies, Gloor said SWAT is prepared. “We want people to drink

responsibly,” Gloor said. “We don’t card. We want people to know they can trust SWAT.” SWAT is a part of the Texas State Alcohol and Drug Resource Center. Ian Halka, political science sophomore, was a volunteer for SWAT and used the services last semester. He encourages other students to take advantage of the program.

Halka said he noticed signs for SWAT around campus and memorized the number (512) 805-SWAT. After frequently dialing the number, Halka said he added the number to his phonebook. “That’s what they’re there for,” Halka said. “So I don’t have to drink and get pulled over or get in a wreck.”


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“I just ate an MRE and crapped in the hallway of the Superdome along with 30,000 other close friends, so I understand her concern about busy restaurants. Maybe tonight I will have time to move my pebbles on the parking garage floor so they don’t stab me in the back while I try to sleep.”

— Marty Bahamonde, FEMA regional director, in a recently released e-mail to FEMA Public Affairs staff on Aug. 31 during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

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Many sides to blame for failure of City Council debate It is very disappointing that the San Marcos City Council Place 4 debate that was scheduled to be held on campus Tuesday did not take place, and it’s even more disappointing that the candidates and the organizers have not been willing to work together to ensure that such a debate takes place sometime before the Nov. 8 election date. The collective ball was dropped repeatedly by those involved, and the real losers are the students. The Civic Responsibility Team should have begun organizing the event much sooner than it did, and the Associated Student Government, having announced its support of public administration senior Chris Jones for the seat, should have completely removed itself from any part of the debate’s organization to quash any hint of impropriety. It is small wonder given ASG’s apparent involvement that Maurice “Moe” Johnson and incumbent Bill Taylor felt that the on-campus debate would be an “ambush.” Nevertheless, these candidates’ unwillingness to work with Jones, CRT and the university to ensure an on-campus debate betrays a total lack of interest in the issues of Texas State students — a significant segment of the City Council’s constituency and a major part of what makes this city great. That two of the candidates refused to debate on campus indicates that they are counting on students not to vote — at least not in great enough numbers to make a difference. And there is plenty of reason for them to hold this stereotype. Students are statistically the most politically apathetic demographic, and least likely to vote, especially in local elections. It need not be this way. Taylor has suggested that the university hold a debate every year for city council candidates, and while that is a good idea, there is no reason that the tradition shouldn’t start this year with this important election. Over the last few days, The University Star has heard a range of excuses for the failure of the debate to take place. Some say it was an ambush waiting to happen, others that it was simply inconvenient. Inconvenient as it may be, targeting students is vital to candidates in this city, and should be a key part of any local campaign. When city elections were moved from May to November, it gave students the ability to participate in local politics where they otherwise might not have had the chance. This election deserves the voice of the students so much that this newspaper is prepared to organize an on-campus debate without ties to any of the student organizations involved in the previous planning. Should the candidates agree to this debate, we will forego our plans to endorse a candidate in our Nov. 2 Election Guide to ensure that we may serve as impartial facilitators of the debate. As for the students, it is up to them to make sure to vote in this election so that no local candidate will again suffer under the illusion that he or she can ignore them. Even if the candidates do not come to us, we must seek them out, find out what their positions are and vote our consciences. At 27,000 strong, the Texas State student body has the power to swing any local election. Locally elected officials affect our day-to-day lives far more than any president or senator could hope to. We must act like we have a stake in who occupies those positions. We leave the door open to all three candidates to allow us to organize an on-campus debate in the next week. 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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Hope should be a reality in political process Hope is a vital Eventually this word. Hope lifts you fear just beats up so you can see our brains down a better world. To into submission. borrow a line from We take what one of my favorite we are given TV shows, The West like good little Wing, “There is such boys and girls, SEAN WARDWELL a thing as false sciand woe betides ence, there is such a the poor little Star Columnist thing as false promelectoral Oliver ises … but there is who stands up no such thing as false hope. and asks for more. We are There is only hope.” defeated. We are docile. As cynical as I am, I try to But why not ask for more? hope, and it hurts me to see Would you go to a restauhope shot down. It hurts even rant that only served two worse to see hope shot down dishes? Would you go to a bar in a cold and caviler manner. that only served two kinds So when I saw that my own of beer? I don’t want to reeditorial board decided to duce the American voter to dismiss Kinky Friedman as something as simplistic as a nothing more than a novelty consumer, but as consumers, act, well that kind of hurt too. we deserve a wide selection This isn’t going to be a of choices. That’s all Kinky is Kinky Friedman column doing. He’s the third variety though. I’ll admit that I am of beer. He’s the new item on voting for him, and I hope the menu. You don’t have to you do as well. Instead, what I take it, but it’s nice to have want to address is a common the option. problem given voice by the People and parties are nevStar on Thursday; the prober ever automatically entitled lem of defeatism and fear in to votes. I don’t care who they politics. are. Even in the infograph at For too long, we as votthe top of the Oct. 20 Opiners have been boxed in by ions page stated that out of fear. We fear the other side. all us Texans in 2002, only We fear what they could do. 10.6 percent actually voted We vote against things more in these ever so important often than we vote for them. primaries. There are two ways

to view that number. The first is just calling it being lazy and apathetic. I would characterize it by using a lyric from an R.E.M. song, “Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy. I don’t want to bite the hand that feeds me, but I just can’t follow the logic of the editorial board. Who decides who is a viable candidate? Is there a meeting that takes place where people are deemed viable and not? Shutting someone out based on a name and not making fundraising calls doesn’t seem a very “grown up” way of doing business. If an endorsement needs to be made, then just go ahead and make it. Otherwise, let the process run its course. I don’t know if Kinky is going to get elected. I do know that he does not owe either party or any other candidate anything. He’s in it to win, which is the only reason to get into it. Screw the other guys. Their elections are their problem and nobody else’s. The people will decide who is right and who gets to write their memoirs. A few years ago, my pastor gave me this great little sign, and I’ve tried to live by its words ever since. It said, “I

have fought many battles and lost, but I have won enough battles to forever believe in the struggle and to not retreat from the fight. I have had many dreams that have never come true. But I have had enough dreams come true to keep believing in dreams, and to keep on dreaming.” That’s America right there. It’s about the dreams and the fights. It’s about despair being lightened by hope. It’s about the third, fourth, or even tenth item on the menu. It’s about choice and all the things we can do with it. Perhaps Kinky doesn’t have a chance of winning. Maybe it is a waste of time and energy. Maybe we should just sit down to eat our electoral gruel and not even think of asking for more. Maybe it is just a dumb idea. At one point, though, things we live by today — and couldn’t conceive of not having — were dumb ideas. People saw through the fear and cynicism and discovered something to believe in. Despite all the naysaying, sometimes it’s worth your time to chase down a few windmills. Who knows what might come out of it? Sean Wardwell is a mass communication junior.

Music, movies, naps make for cheap stress relief alternatives What do you do to relieve stress? “I take a nap to get rid of stress.” — Robert Marroquin biology freshman

“I just go sit outside on my balcony.” — Blair Pipkin undecided health professions freshman

“I don’t get stressed.” — Kirk Covey pre-athletic training freshman

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There have been tually turn into excellent stress semimigraines and nars held on campus stomachaches for the past couple that can eventuof weeks, and I think ally turn into everyone would ulcers. agree that massages With all the and medicines are stress we are KELSEY VOELKEL an excellent way dealing with Star Columnist to rid stress. There now, we will end are some very lucky up in the hospeople who, if unpital with heart der stress, get massages that problems by the time we are cure the unwanted strain, but in our mid-20s. I don’t know what happens when those about everyone else, but I resources are not available? would like to die an old, gray For a student, stress can woman while warm in my originate in many form such bed, not while I am 20 years as exams, jobs, homework old and in the middle of final and relationships. Not evexams. It’s funny how stress eryone can afford luxuries can come so easily, stay so such as a full day at the spa long and affect us so much. or a shopping spree that Wouldn’t it be great if helps you forget that your we could just take a vacaproblems are real. Stress can tion now? There is nothing manifest itself into a physical I would like better than to harm, which should prove skip a week of school, take an that your problems are real. early vacation and just relax. There is only so much I think to myself “just get in stress that you can take until the car, drive to the airport you finally lose it. and get on the earliest flight Stress is damaging and out of Texas, and do it now!” when too much stress gets But since I don’t live in labuilt up, it can lead to mental la land, I have to find other and physical problems. Stress ways to keep myself from gocan cause a lot of harm, such ing crazy with stress. Since I as headaches that can evendon’t have that much money

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or time, I have to deal with everything all at once and try to relieve my stress level when all my homework is done and my checkbook is balanced. This might sound ridiculous, but there is one way to relieve stress when money and time are not available. My old roommate taught me this, and I have to admit when she first told me about it I thought she had gone crazy. Trust me, when things seem dim, and stress is too overwhelming, what else are you going to do? My old roommate recommended that when I finish all my homework and studying, I should lie down and listen to classical music for five or 10 minutes. You just listen to the music and breathe in and out. Don’t think about school, grades, work, relationships or anything else. Just focus on breathing and let your mind take a break. For this to work, you have to want to feel and be relaxed. Feeling and being in a state of relaxation are actually very different to obtain. You have to want to feel relaxed, and as hard as it is to

turn your mind off for a little while, you have to try. After the five or 10 minutes are up, get up and do whatever. Take a hot shower, curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watch a good movie. Call a friend, or go to sleep early. Think of something to do that will calm you and not make you feel tense. I have been feeling stressed out since junior high. I would get very bad headaches, which then turned into mild migraines at the start of my freshman year in college. There were times I would get so stressed out that I wanted to punch a wall; I would feel anything but calmness and peace. I’ve been using the classical music method for three years now, and it really works for me. Whenever I get stressed out I lie down and listen to Mozart for five minutes. I do this in between studying and homework, and I feel at ease. It sounds crazy, but when you take your mind off of everything for a little while, you will feel at ease.

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By Nixon Guerrero and Christopher Benavides Entertainment Writer and Special to The Star

With eclectic intentions, we’ve achieved a wildly aberrant, yet, welcoming series of films for all to take pleasure in. As votaries of the genre, we’ve rung the tocsin of horror and culled the definitive list of horror films.

gento masterfully enters the mind of the viewer and stays there. Suspiria displays some of the most violent scenes ever put to film. Be warned.



Scanners (1981) Dir: David Cronenberg Some filmmakers live by the philosophy that what you don’t see is scarier and more terrifying than what can be shown on the screen. Well, Cronenberg tossed that out along with any directorial inhibitions. All of the effects are awesome and still look great by today’s standards.

Freaks (1932) Dir: Tod Browning Here’s a movie that would have no chance of being made today. The freaks are played by real life, physically deformed people. The real terror isn’t the “freaks.” It’s the normal people that employ the “freaks” in their carnival sideshows.

Last House on the Left (1972) Dir: Wes Craven Note: Graphic Violence. If this movie were made today, it probably wouldn’t make it to the big screen, on account of the sheer terror it brings to the audience. Craven was an angry young man when he made this film. He was tired of people who ignored the grizzly nature of the Vietnam War and felt it wasn’t something that could happen in the U.S. Craven proved them wrong and brought the terror home.

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Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987) Dir: Sam Raimi This is a very low-budget movie that used every simple camera trick in the book and even invented some new ones along the way. The violence plays with cartoonish quality and the scene where Bruce Campbell battles his possessed severed hand — priceless.



Dawn of the Dead (1978) Dir: George Romero This movie set the standard in make-up effects. The man behind the make-up was living legend Tom Savini. Romero called Savini one day before production and told him, “Start thinking of ways to kill people.” The film is ultimately a social commentary on ’70s consumerism.

Alien (1979) Dir: Ridley Scott This is one of the most atmospheric films in history and was one of the first to have a strong female lead role, played by Sigourney Weaver. The original chest-bursting scene was a surprise to the cast. They had no idea just how much blood was going to be sprayed. When you watch the film, just remember, during that scene, no one’s acting.

Re-Animator (1985) Dir: Stuart Gordon This movie is infamous for its “head” scene. It’s not too terrifying or scary but is definitely worth checking out for the shock factor alone.

Eraserhead (1997) Dir: David Lynch With only a 20-page script, David Lynch created one of the most daring, experimental and bizarre pieces of film. Eraserhead is about Henry Spencer, a regular guy with a sex addiction who lives in an industrial town which inhabits giant machines. Henry meets a girl named Mary X, who gives birth to his mutant child, and the nightmare ensues. Full of sexual imagery, the film invites the viewer to scratch the surface of the perverse in hopes of exposing the beauty.

The Wolf Man (1941) Dir: George Waggner Still an iconic image in many minds, the Wolf Man was one of the first movies to use dissolves to give the impression of a lycanthropic metamorphosis. Unlike many of the hollow, ersatz films to follow, Lon Chaney Jr. brings a sad, morose dimension to the character.

Suspiria (1977) Dir: Dario Argento Upon initial viewing, this movie is oddly out of place, with bright sets and modern music (at the time). But, Ar-


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Frankenstein (1931) Dir: James Whale Classics are the greatest. Boris Karloff, in the monster make-up, is a horrific and simultaneously endearing image that has stared time in the face with unflinching eyes and said, “I’m here to stay.” Jaws (1975) Dir: Stephen Spielberg Okay, now this movie is why some people don’t swim in the ocean at night. The opening scene is one of the most disturbing two minutes anyone is to encounter. Originally, the great white shark was to have three times the screen time. But since it malfunctioned more that half the time, Spielberg was forced to shoot from the shark’s point of view and created an unparalleled filming technique.


Horror Movies of all time

Photo courtesy of Image Entertainment Max Schreck played the vampire in F.W. Murnau’s 1922 film Nosferatu. though the film takes place in the Overlook Hotel and can initially give a “claustrophobic feel,” each wing and, even more so, each room feels like its own world. Night of the Living Dead (1968) Dir: George Romero Romero doesn’t just use his living dead characters to wreak havoc on the minds of the audience. Instead, he uses them as a paintbrush in rendering an image of the society he lived in at the time. With biting commentary on racism, Romero cast a black man in the lead role — something that had never really been done before.


The Shining (1980) Dir: Stanley Kubrick The Shining is the ultimate haunted house movie. Even


Halloween (1978) Dir: John Carpenter Carpenter has been blamed for single handedly ending the sexual revolution of the 70s. “I didn’t plan on that,” said Carpenter, “but I am deeply sorry.” In Halloween, the killer, Michael Myers, has his sights set on teens that drink, smoke and engage in premarital sex.


Nosferatu (1922) Dir: F.W. Murnau. Originally titled Dracula, a judge ordered the film to be destroyed for having infringed copyrighted material of Bram Stoker’s original novel. The film was destroyed, but luckily, copies of the film turned up in other countries, and F.M. Murnau renamed the movie and the main character played by Max Schreck. Schreck indeed is the definitive vampire — straight out of a nightmare with rat fangs and long, bony fingers. Some of the effects will never be outdated. Nosferatu set the standard in horror, effects and storytelling and is definitely, without a doubt, the most influential horror movie of all time.

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The Exorcist (1973) Dir: William Friedkin This is one of the most horrific movies in history. Yes, the effects are out of this world and seem convincingly real, but that isn’t what’s scary about it. What makes this movie scary and hit so close to home (besides it being based on a true story) is how even the innocent child isn’t safe from the Devil. Truly, in this movie, evil can actually win.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Dir: Tobe Hooper Contrary to popular belief, this movie is not based on true events. But, it is based on a real person who really did kill and eat people. His name was Ed Gein, and he was actually from Wisconsin. Hooper, as a young child, heard of these stories and used them as the basis of the film. Imagery plays a huge role in this movie. Many have gone and called this one of the bloodiest movies ever, but there is really only one bloody scene, and it’s at the end and has fairly little screen time.

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Psycho (1960) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock From the master of suspense, Psycho is Hitchcock’s most frightening contribution to the world of film. He showed that what you don’t see is actually scarier than anything he could put on the big screen.

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Horror flicksSCREAM that will make you By Nixon Guerrero and Christopher Benavides Entertainment Writer and Special to The Star “I’ve always considered horror movies to be the boot camp for the psyche.” —Wes Craven Given the torrent of half-wit, hapless horror movies of recent years, young audiences are likely to think this is what horror movies are all about; they are shallow, formulaic and often illaudable a genre. Well that’s not true. In fact, up until the early ’80s, horror movies were held in high regard and often had an element of class. It wasn’t easy to scare people and more so — horrify. But since the mid’90s there have been a myriad of movies that, with the exception of some, never really duplicated or exceeded their antecedents’ magic and wonder. So with this in mind, we decided to compile a list of more than a hundred movies. A list of all lists, that’ll be sure to help satisfy everyone — from the classics’ campaigner to the blood and guts devotee. With this list, we’ve provided some of the greatest horror movies of all time. It has been divided into several sublists that should make it a little easier to choose from.

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ed house movie. These are some of the best out there. They’ve got it all — demonic possession, scary ghost-children, evil clown dolls, fan blade decapitations and furniture-rearranging spirits. 1) House of Wax (1953) 2) The Legend of Hell House (1973) 3) Ghost House (1988) 4) The Amityville Horror (1979) 5) Poltergeist (1982)

From Across the Seas:

The Japanese have been considered to be the only ones making real horror movies these days. I have to agree. Why else would the U.S. be remaking them? 1) Ichi the Killer (2002) 2) Audition (1991) 3) Versus (2000) 4) Battle Royale (2000) 5) Ringu (1998)

We’re No Angels:

For the fans of the unholy devil and demon sub-genre, here are a couple of unholy testaments for the devil in all of us. 1) Faust (1926) 2) Demons (1986) 3) The Sentinel (1977) 4) Night of the Demons (1988) 5) Ghoulies (1985)

“Religious People Scare Me”:

The following films are of the occult and religioso world. Each demonstrates, on some level, organized religion and cults’ effects on the individual, as well as the world. 1) Rosemary’s Baby (1968) 2) The Omen (1976) 3) Children of the Corn (1984) 4) The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) 5) The Prophecy (1995)

It’s All In Your Head:

These films are of the psychological and philosophical areas. They’ll really make you think. 1) The Wicker Man (1975) 2) The Seventh Seal (1957) 3) Jacob’s Ladder (1990) 4) Begotten (1991) 5) The Dead Zone (1983)

It Can Happen to You:

Now truth is usually scarier than fiction. These horrific movies are based on true events and people. 1) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990) 2) The Manson Family (2003) 3) Heavenly Creatures (1994) 4) The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976) 5) The Entity (1981)

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Do Not Feed the Animals:

These are the ultimate man vs. nature flicks from all time periods — movies that would have the Humane Society rethink its philosophy. You’ve got life-ending felines, intrusive airborne devils, mutant ants and skyscraper-scaling great apes. 1) King Kong (1933) 2) The Birds (1963) 3) Them! (1954) 4) Black Cat (1934) 5) Cujo (1983)

Creepy Creatures:

Here’s a mixture of laughs and mayhem; everything from pistolshooting vermin to oversized vegetation. 1) Gremlins (1984) 2) The Nest (1988) 3) Critters (1986) 4) Night of the Creeps (1986) 5) Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)

Blood Baths and Gore Galore:

For the fans of the macabre and realistic, inyour-face effects, here are some of the bloodiest and most disgusting movies available. Enjoy! 1) Dead Alive (1992) 2) Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 3) Day of the Dead (1985) 4) The Beyond (1981) 5) Hellraiser (1987)

Horrific Humor:

Who says violence can’t be funny? Not these flicks — that’s for certain. Up until the early ’80s, there really weren’t horror-comedies. Now there are too many. But these have reigned supreme. 1) An American Werewolf in London (1981) 2) Shaun of the Dead (2004) 3) Return of the Living Dead (1985) 4) Dead and Breakfast (2004) 5) Feast (2005)

“Is that your knife in my belly?”:

All of us are fans of the slasher genre, whether we know it or not. Chances are high that you’ve seen a couple of them. Here are some of the more top ranking in the biz. 1) Peeping Tom (1960) 2) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 3) Friday the 13th (1980) 4) Madman (1982) 5) Scream (1996)

Evil Experimentation:

Sci-Fi horror movies are some of our personal favorites. What makes them so scary for me is how rational, scientific explanation doesn’t make a bit of difference in whether you’ll live or not. 1) The Thing (1982) 2) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 3) The Fly (1986) 4) The Blob (1958) 5) Cube (1997)

The Walking Dead:

Ah, zombies — a word with which we are deeply familiar. And whether they’re eating your brain or, uh, your dog, we just can’t get enough of the zombie action. 1) Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling, 1966) 2) The Walking Dead (1936) 3) Carnival of Souls (1971) 4) Zombie (1980) 5) Phantasm (1988)

“You’re So Hairy”:

For those who have an inner beast that just can’t be tamed and a predilection towards the lycanthropic, here are some of the best of the best in werewolf movies for you to howl to. 1) The Howling (1981) 2) I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) 3) Dog Soldiers (2002) 4) Silver Bullet (1985) 5) Bad Moon (1996)

Hemoglobin Feeders From Hell:

We all love vampires. There’s something about living forever young that appeals to us all. Enjoy the following vampiric stories. 1) Dracula (1931) 2) Vampyr (1931) 3) Vampyres (1974) 4) Near Dark (1987) 5) Fright Night (1985)


These movies have withstood the test of time and have not lost their magic and wonder. Some of them may not seem so scary now, but they truly are gems of cinematic history. 1) The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) 2) Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 3) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) 4) The Mummy (1932) 5) Cat and the Canary (1927)

Masters of Horror:

The following names are synonymous with horror and terror. These people have become legends within the genre as well as the medium that is movies. 1) Alfred Hitchcock 2) Dario Argento 3) George Romero 4) John Carpenter 5) Wes Craven 6) David Cronenberg 7) James Whale 8) Roger Corman 9) Sam Raimi 10) Joe Dante

“Tell Me Another”:

Some of us need more than one story in a single sitting. The following are campy anthologies featuring mummies, reincarnation, smitten gargoyles and breath-stealing elves. 1) Tales from the Crypt (1972) 2) Creepshow (1982) 3) Body Bags (1993) 4) Cat’s Eye (1985) 5) Tales from the Dark Side (1990)


Outbreaks, disease, epidemics — given the recent chicken-flu anxiety, these movies should put you at ease because they can’t happen to you. Can they? 1) Shivers (1975) 2) 28 Days Later (2002) 3) Rabid (1975) 4) The Stand (1994) 5) Cabin Fever (2002)

Chick Flicks:

No, not Just Like Heaven (although that movie scared the crap out of me). These movies have women center stage taking things in their own hands. 1) Carrie (1976) 2) Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 3) Sleepaway Camp (1983) 4) Basic Instinct (1992) 5) I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

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Why the world is into Greg Behrendt By Jessica Yadegaran Knight Ridder Newspapers SAN FRANCISCO – How can you tell if you’ve arrived’? Autograph requests, usually, or scoring the best table at the Sushi Bar of the Week in Los Angeles. Comedian-mega-author Greg Behrendt has got all that – and his own ring tones. Legions of the relationship guru’s mostly female fans have downloaded his encouraging words to their cellies as they weather the post-breakup storm. Instead of a traditional chirp or a John Mayer song, the heartbroken women say “Hello” to this: “Hey, Super Fox, drop that pint of ice cream and stop your sobbing. It’s time to move on.” It’s yet another place you can find Behrendt these days. The Marin, Calif., native is permeating every avenue of show biz, from writing and TV to standup and film. For starters, he just released It’s Called a Breakup Because it’s Broken, the follow-up to last year’s best-seller He’s Just Not That Into You, which sold 2 million copies. If the first one taught you to drop the dud, the new book helps you get over him – and move on. “Figuring out relationships is fun for us,” says Behrendt, who wrote the book with his wife, Amiira. “You know, like doing math problems.” Last year, following the popularity of He’s Just Not That Into You, Behrendt’s Web site, www., was flooded with e-mails from lonely devotees asking, “Well, now what?” The couple answered with a smart girl’s guide to breakups. “We thought if we could chronicle the breakup, we could reframe it as a turning point in their lives,” says Amiira, lounging at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel with her husband. “In other words, the breakup is the best thing that ever happened to them.” Meanwhile, everything is going right for Behrendt. He just completed the screenplay for He’s Just Not That Into You, which is in the hands of New Line Cinema and set to star Drew Barrymore (you heard it here first).

And if that’s not enough, he’s in talks with several networks to host a talk show or a reality dating show. It’s success all right, but an entirely different kind than this once-aspiring rocker ever expected. Comedy fans know Behrendt’s goal isn’t to conquer Dr. Phil’s world, or even the literary one. Behrendt, 42, is best known for his self-reflective “everyday dude” stand-up routines, where he dissects the idiosyncrasies of the evolving male psyche, from succumbing to the man bag to preserving coolness into the 40s – and beyond. His new DVD, Uncool, will be released by Warner Bros. on Nov. 8. Chilling with Amiira over cappuccinos, Behrendt appears to be the very picture of cool: Spiky blond hair, hoop earrings, tattoos, Converse. But the father of two says it’s all a facade: “I went to see Weezer the other night, and the security guard says, ‘I’m going to have to take your chain wallet.’ So I say, ‘Why, because of the recent terrorism and upgrades in security?’ ‘No,’ the guy says, ‘Because you’re 42.” His comedy centers around the idea that despite leaving the rocker lifestyle and settling down in the suburbs of Los Angeles, he’s still got more in common with the neighbor’s kid than he does with the neighbor. “I go over there and he wants to talk about power drills,” Behrendt says. “And I’m like, ‘I was just coming over to see if your kid wants to carpool to Coachella.’” Behrendt performed his first stand-up sets in the mid-’80s, as a side gig to his fruitless pursuit of a rock ‘n’ roll career. He finally realized what his friends and family always knew – that he was more comical than musical. “Let’s put it this way,” he explains. “I was always really funny at band practice.” At the time, comedy clubs were booking hot rising acts including Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld, leaving few live stage opportunities for burgeoning comedians. Young comics such as Behrendt and his buddies, Janeane Garofalo (whom he dated) and Jack Black, sought unconventional venues, including

Laundromats and coffeehouses, to perform their subversive sets. “I still remember Ben Stiller calling us and asking us to show up at some storefront because he was performing,” Behrendt says. By 1996, Behrendt had moved to Los Angeles and was rooming with six women, including Margaret Cho. He always had a large constituency of female friends, Behrendt says, but living with women gave him added insights. Those insights came in handy when another member of the alt-comedy clan, Michael Patrick, landed a gig as executive producer of Sex and the City, and was looking for a story consultant who could bring the male perspective. The experiences in that boardroom and the now-famous He’s Just Not That Into You episode spawned the book of the same name. “That was the best gig ever,” Behrendt recalls. “I’d be sitting in a room with all these women and I’d be like, ‘Naw, the guy would never react that way.’ They loved it.” Soon after, Behrendt quit his last alternative band – “after they fired me” – and pursued comedy full-time. Within a year, he had filmed his first HBO special, Mantastic, a look at gender stereotypes, and made his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2001, Behrendt made Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” and since, his phone hasn’t stopped ringing. He makes frequent appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. It sounds pretty darn cool from here. But Uncool, Behrendt’s latest material, brings to the surface all the fears that no-longer-relevant Gen-Xers grapple with: Why does having a family mean you have to be a different person? Am I that creepy Dean Coppola/Contra Costa Times old guy at rock concerts? When do I take out the earrings? Greg Behrendt’s success with his previous book He’s Just Not That Into You has led to a “I can tell you one thing, the screen play and movie deal. hoops are getting smaller,” says Behrendt, pointing to his small much a part of Behrendt’s life. the band name Black Rattle. His “But ‘Thumbkin,’ it’s their ‘Free but shiny silver earrings. “But “Bring the Rock,” his monthly 3-year-old, True, is a big fan of Bird,’ man.” I don’t want to think about the gig in Los Angeles, is like a VH1 “Where is Thumbkin,” crashing Appealing to toddlers, heartday I take them out.” Storytellers plus comedians. And guitars and all. broken women and Gen-X dads? He may not have made it he’s planning an album of chil“Babies do not enjoy Black Now that’s arrival. in rock, but music is still very dren’s songs set to metal, under Sabbath jams,” Behrendt notes.

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Masters of Horror stir up gorey delights in series’ cauldron By Glenn Garvin Knight Ridder Newspapers LOS ANGELES — So this serial killer who murders hitchhikers is driving along a deserted highway and he picks up a guy, but what he doesn’t know is that the hitchhiker is a serial killer who murders drivers. If you’re the kind of viewer who, seeing that on television one night, would hardly be able to wait for work the next day to tell everybody about it, then you’re the target audience for Masters of Horror. “We’re the kids of Twilight Zone and Thriller and those kind of programs — what you would now call ‘water cooler programs,’’’ says Joe Dante, one of 13 genre veterans to direct an episode of the new anthology series, which debuts Friday on Showtime. “Go to school, and what did everybody talk about on Monday? They talked about what was on The Twilight Zone on Friday. On Tuesday, they talked about what was on Thriller on Monday. There were a couple of other shows: Outer Limits ... One Step Beyond ... that were all shows people would talk about.” That’s the kind of show Dante and the others are going for with Masters of Horror, something like the horror and sci-fi anthologies that electrified them when they were young kids in the early 1960s and Rod Serling and Boris Karloff hosted weekly shows dedicated to scaring the daylights out of everybody. In an episode directed by John Carpenter (Halloween), a film historian searches for an old movie called Le Fin du Monde that was only screened once — and drove its audience into a murderous frenzy. Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) made one centered on a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors of a nuclear holocaust stage dances with the corpses of their loved ones. And Larry Cohen (It’s Alive) contributed the tale of the two serial killers unknowingly stalking one another. Some directors went for gore, some for atmospherics, and others used humor to set up the shocks. There were no rules. “The only thing we asked for was smart and scary,” said Mick Garris, who made Stephen King’s book The Stand into a TV miniseries and is the executive producer of Masters of Horror. Garris is one of the regulars at twice-a-month Hollywood dinners where the horror genre’s most bloodthirsty directors gather to discuss spectacular ways to puncture eyeballs and

other trade secrets. The more they chatted, the more the directors realized that they were nostalgic, not just for the creepy TV shows of their youth, but for a time before their pictures carried the weight of jillion-dollar budgets and the resulting studio expectations and meddling. Nobody will talk about the budget for an episode of Masters of Horror, but given the shooting schedule – each one must be completed in 10 days — it’s safe to say that it wouldn’t cover the cost of the pea soup used in The Exorcist. That suits the directors just fine. “A lot of us started out making very quick movies for not much money, where you have to think on your feet and you really have to improvise if things go wrong,” said Dante (The Howling), whose episode of Masters of Horror concerns zombie voters who sway a presidential election. “And believe it or not, it’s actually more exciting than making a big expensive picture with a lot of effects that take forever where you go to work every day and you look down a tunnel and you don’t see the end. “With this stuff, it’s done, it’s quick, it’s in the can, and it’s topical, which is also something you don’t get to do with features.” Shoestring budgets also free the directors to take more risks, said John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), who directed an episode that mixes American Indian mythology with a series of bizarre murders and a healthy dollop of sex. When a movie’s marketing budget alone is $45 million, he notes, studios don’t want any surprises from directors, not in the horror genre or any other. “It’s a whole new economic model ... It’s corporate, it’s based on fear,” Landis argued. “They try to do what they think is safe. I would say half the movies I’ve made I could not make now with a major studio. They would not let me ... I watched Chinatown the other day. What studio do you think would make that movie now with that plot and that ending?” Though Masters of Horror was inspired by Twilight Zone and other 1960s anthology shows, the directors are quick to say it will be vastly different than those series. It’s not a series at all, Landis says, but “13 one-hour little movies” rather than a unified TV show with the artistic vision of a single executive producer. “It was Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone,” he said. “No matter that Richard Matheson and other gifted writers worked for it and

there were some good directors. It was Rod Serling’s vision.” Another important difference: Expect to see more blood and gore than you did on Twilight Zone. A lot more. “We’re telling horrific stories,” said Garris, whose Masters of Horror episode features a corporate whiz kid whose brain is hijacked into that of a young woman with a fearful secret. “And over the years, there has indeed been a trend toward more sensational, more graphic depictions of horror. “If you watch The Twilight Zone or One Step Beyond today, it will be entertaining, but it will not necessarily scare an audience that has been brought up on things that have been more graphically presented. I don’t think any of us are doing gore for the sake of gore, but we’re also not avoiding it.” Twilight Zone, which lasted from 1959 to 1965 in its original incarnation, was for many years the holy grail of TV horror. In recent times some revisionist critics have dismissed it as formulaic and inferior to the Karloff-hosted Thriller (1960-62) and the ghostly One Step Beyond (1959-61). One prominent Twilight Zone detractor: author Stephen King, who cracked that the show’s predictable plots were based on the dictum that “a little irony is good for your blood.” The Masters of Horror crowd is having none of that. “Pound for pound, the first two seasons of Twilight Zone is maybe the best TV series that’s ever been on the air,” Dante insisted. Thriller, by contrast, was barely even a horror show, he says, even though it had episodes about swamp zombies, an immortal Jack the Ripper and

other supernatural themes. “Those are the ones that everybody talked about in school, but that was a relatively small section of the Thriller episodes,” Dante said. “It was hosted by Karloff, so everybody thinks of it as a horror show. But in fact, it was mostly mysteries.” Landis remains a Twilight Zone fan, but concedes it might not be quite as good as we recall. “There’s a great deal of nostalgia about old television that’s not true,” he said. “A lot of old television was bleepy, but everyone remembers it was better then because some of it was better then. “But you know, the vast majority of TV, just like movies, is mediocre.”

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Depeche Mode’s newest album retains style, sure to please fans Having secured a album, although they devout fan base and a are by no means the sound all their own, Debest ones. “John the peche Mode has been Revelator” has a more through the real world edgy, rock theme with pleasure and pain that Gahan’s voice roaring their music so eloquentout of the gates at the ly describes. With epic beginning. Interestingly success through the ’80s music enough, there is some and into the ’90s, they mix of the religious refhave been the definitive review erences found on many European export for a ✯✯✯ of the group’s past genre that transcends Depeche Mode songs, such as Violator’s electronic and rock Playing the Angel “Personal Jesus,” but it music alone. After the Warner Music is more akin to those widely publicized drug Group on their last release, Exproblems and suicide citer. Some gospel vocal attempt of lead singer elements support this David Gahan, losing member reference and add some aural Alan Wilder and nearly break- texture. ing up, the remaining trio of Ga“Precious,” one of the best han, Martin Gore and Andrew songs on the CD, has a drivFletcher has had three albums to ing melodic quality that is acrecoup in Wilder’s absence and centuated by Gahan’s signature continue its signature sound. smooth voice. It is here that DM Coming off of the mixed sales fans will find themselves at home performance of Exciter, the synth with pulsing beats, distorted pop supergroup returns with guitar and lost love-themed lyrtheir new album, Playing the An- ics. This bittersweet ballad has a gel. It is 12 tracks of everything hook that does not get old and an you would expect from Depeche overall beauty that should satisfy Mode: brooding lyrics, loose, any discerning palate. airy guitar riffs, lots of synth and Other selections do not fair so drum machine accompaniment. well. “Macro” attempts to showBut true to form, the music is so case Gahan’s vocal talent a little much more than the pieces by too much; listening to him put themselves. too much soul and range into The title tracks, “John the Rev- his performance, along with the elator” and “Precious,” round poorly written refrain “See the out a good mix of songs on the Microcosm/In macro vision/Our

bodies moving/with pure precision” seems a little contrived and is a deadly mix. Several tracks lack the energy of older favorites and are more downtempo, which perhaps displays the maturity (or age) of the group. It is refreshing to hear Gore’s backup vocals spring out however, as being the writer of nearly all of the tracks, he can add some true emotion as a compliment to Gahan’s style. “Oh Lilian” is one that is successful because of well-composed music and a mix of voices — a track that highlights the talent of the group as a whole instead of showcasing any one individual. Overall, Playing the Angel is a well-rounded offering that will meet the expectations of nearly anyone who enjoys Depeche Mode and is assuredly one that will grow on the listener. While it does not try to recreate the glory of their early works, it is nice to hear that this familiar favorite has not lost its style or sound over the years and is still going strong. — Matt Rael How We Rate CDs No Stars - as bad as it gets ✯ - poor quality, don’t bother ✯✯ - ask a friend to burn it ✯✯✯ - good quality, few flaws ✯✯✯✯ - great CD, a must-buy

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The music world apall bands. pears to be under an“Roxy” is quite simiother British invasion lar to The Verve’s “Bitwith bands like Coldtersweet Symphony” in play, Bloc Party and its prominent use of Franz Ferdinand at the an uplifting orchestral peak of popularity. But section, coupled with Supergrass, still going warbling psychedelic strong after more than music guitar. The song ef10 years, proves that the review fortlessly transitions old guard can be just the traditional ✯✯✯ from as vital and interesting ve r s e - c h o r u s - ve r s e and often more so than Supergrass structure to an instruRoad To Rouen the young guns. mental passage that The first track off Capitol Records has the feel of a swingRoad To Rouen, “Tales ing ’60s action movie. of Endurance (Parts The goofy, largely in4, 5 & 6),” begins with strumental interlude an atmospheric, extended in- “Coffee in the Pot” feels like a strumental jam reminiscent of ’60s movie as well, though with the acoustic side of Led Zep- a more tropical theme. pelin. Horns, similar to those The title track employs a Zepof The Beatles, bridge the gap pelin-like riff and guitarist and between this and the vocal sec- singer Gaz Coombes’ vocal detion. Around three-fourths livery is reminiscent of the laid of the way through, the song back approach of The Strokes’ abruptly launches into an en- Julian Casablancas. ergetic, electric-guitar-driven “Kick in the Teeth” has a section, reminiscent of Austin- catchy Rolling Stones-like based Latin rockers Vallejo, of opening riff. The instrumenta-

tion on the song is the tightest and most straightforward on the album, making this track the most radio-friendly. But that’s not to say it isn’t a good song. The piano and acoustic guitar driven “Low C” sounds uncannily like John Lennon, especially with Coombe’s vocals. The band’s keyboardist, Coombes’ brother Robert, is heard most prominetly here. Unfortunately, the album doesn’t end well. “Fin,” featuring Lennon-esque vocals, has a sluggish rhythm caused mainly by flat, ill-placed drum machine beats. Road to Rouen is a perfect example of an album that takes great musical elements from other bands and throws them back in an original and entertaining way. If Supergrass continues to put out music like this, there’s a good chance they’ll be around for another 10 years or maybe even more. — Stephen Lloyd

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‘Battle for the Paddle’ 2005 By Nathan Brooks Sports Reporter

lent football team,” Colonels head coach Jay Thomas told The Texas State Bobcats head This year’s battle pits the two into Thibodaux, La., this week- top rushing offenses in the conend in sole possession of the ference. Nicholls State leads the Southland Conference lead with conference and the entire naa 3-0 conference record, and tion in rushing offense with 370 bolster a top-five national rank- yards rushing per contest. Their ing in the ESPN/USA Today’s triple option offense has given Coaches Poll. The Nicholls State opponents fits defensively this Colonels come into their first season as the Colonels average game in two weeks with a 2-3 over 31 points per game. The mark overall and a 1-1 record option offense relies on a vain the Southland Conference. riety of ball carriers and it has Last year, the Bobcats snapped seen four different backs receive a three-year losing streak to the significant touches. Leading the Colonels with a 35-12 victory way is the 2004 Southland Conat Bobcat Stadium and earned ference Freshman of the Year, the rights back to the ceremo- sophomore fullback Broderick nial paddle that signifies this Cole who leads the team with interstate rivalry. The “Battle 80 carries, 383 yards and six for the Paddle” started back in touchdowns. 1998 between the two schools Junior running back Joseph when the game at Texas State Tobias is second on the team was postponed due to the se- with 44 carries for 321 yards vere flooding in the Central and four touchdowns. Tobias Texas area. Since then, a paddle is averaging 7.3 yards per carry painted with the school’s colors and is second on the squad beon opposite sides has become a hind freshman running back means of bragging rights, with Zach Morgan, who is averaging each universities’ wins painted an electric 9.8 yards per carry. on their respective sides. Morgan has rushed for 303 Photo courtesy of Media Relations This year’s contest also serves yards on the season and three as the Colonels’ Homecoming touchdowns, with 101 yards Running back Nick Session holds the famed paddle during and the Nicholls State team has and one touchdown coming in last year’s game against Nicholls State University, where the had two weeks to prepare after their Oct. 15 victory over SHSU Bobcats won 35-12. having last week off. on only nine carries. “The guys are excited because Quarterback Yale Vannoy is tempted 39 passes, completing tackles and is tied for the team it’s homecoming; it’s a night also coming off an impressive 19 of them for 151 yards for no lead with Michael Young for game, and we are finally seeing game against the Bearkats that touchdowns and two intercep- sacks, with two. signs of good football weather. saw him rush the ball 18 times tions. The Colonel’s have the This game features the top We now need to carry the mo- for 139 yards and one score. nation’s worst passing offense, two defensive units in the conmentum from Sam Houston On the season Vannoy has 54 averaging 30.2 passing yards ference and two of the best in State (University) into Saturday carries for 268 yards and one per game. the country. Nicholls State is night’s game against an excel- touchdown. He has only atDefensively, Nicholls State only second in the SLC in rushis second in the conference in ing defense, total defense and rushing defense, total defense, scoring defense to Texas State. and scoring defense. The ColoThe Bobcats give up an avernel defense has allowed only age of 266.3 yards per game in 266.6 yards of total offense per total defense, only .3 yards less game, with 103 yards coming on than Nicholls State. Nationthe ground. They have also only ally, the Bobcats are 10th in the allowed an average of 21 points country in total defense while per game against this season. the Colonels are 11th. Texas The defense is led by junior State surrenders only 96.9 yards linebacker Cory Vavala who a game on the ground, which is leads the team with 42 tackles not only the best in the SLC but and is second in the Southland also ninth best in the country. Conference with an average of The Bobcats’ have allowed only 8.4 tackles per game. Vavala has 17 points per game on average also recorded 3 tackles for a loss, which is four points better than one sack, one interception, and the Nicholls State defense and has forced one fumble. ranks them 14th in nation. Fellow linebacker Levon BaiNicholls State leads the allLinda L. Smith/Star photo ley is second on the squad with time series versus the Bobcats Center Ryne Miller prepares to hike the ball during Sat24 tackles and has tallied two 12-11 and are 7-4 at home in tackles for a loss. Strong safety Thibodaux, La. urday’s game against Northwestern State University. The Toney Edison is third on the Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Bobcats play Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m on Saturday in Nicholls State defense with 23 Saturday at Guidry Stadium. Thibodaux, La.

Could Texas State have any more impact players on the field? OK, I’ll admit it. considered to be the I never thought the front-runners for Texas State football the Walter Payton team would be conAward, which goes sidered a top team to the top I-AA playat the Division I-AA er in the nation. level during my colNealy is not the lege career. lone Bobcat going It’s not that I to the Hula Bowl, KEVIN WASHBURN lacked faith in either. Senior defenSports Columnist Coach David Bailiff sive lineman Fred when he was hired; Evans also accepted I just did not expect Texas an invite to make the trip to State’s ascension from doormat Hawaii. Evans, a 6-foot-5to dominant to transpire so inches, 307-pound terror in the quickly. trenches for Texas State, leads In just two seasons, though, the team with nine tackles for a that transition seems to have loss and is tied for second with happened. This year’s seniortwo sacks. Evans also grabbed a laden football squad is now Southland Conference Defenranked sixth in the Sports sive Player of the Week HonorNetwork Poll, receiving three able Mention after the Bobcat first-place votes, and fifth in effort against Texas A&M the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Though not gaining the naPoll. That’s right, some sports tional attention of Evans and gurus think Texas State is not Nealy, several other Texas State just good, but the best I-AA players have been recognized team in the country. in the SLC. Punter and kickoff Perhaps the most telling sign specialist Cory Elolf has been of how far the football program named SLC Special Teams has come was in a defeat at the Player of the Week twice this hands of Texas A&M Universeason. The senior is averaging sity. Playing a game in which 41.2 yards per punt this seano one gave them a chance, the son and has also forced eight Bobcats battled the Aggies all touchbacks on kickoffs. game, racking up 493 yards in Kicker Stan Jones was also a 44-31 defeat. While the Bobawarded the special team player cats’ team play has led to a high of the week honor after hitting ranking, great individual play a 50-yard field goal against has garnered some Texas State Northwestern State University. players Southland Conference He also had one punt, which awards and even national recwas marked dead at the NSU ognition. 3-yard line. Leading the way for the BobDefensively, senior linebacker cats is senior quarterback BarDavid Simmons, second on the rick Nealy, a true dual threat. team with 36 tackles, grabbed Nealy has been a force both Player of the Week honors after passing and running the ball. making nine tackles and inThrough six games this season, tercepting a pass in a win over he has put up with 1,346 yards South Dakota State University. and nine touchdowns through Other Bobcats to merit SLC the air and 437 yards and eight honors are senior defensive touchdowns on the ground. lineman Travis Upshaw, deHis gaudy numbers have fensive honorable mention; earned him three Southland junior defensive back Walter Conference Offensive Player of Musgrove, defensive honorable the Week honors. mention; senior wide receiver In addition to his SLC accoK.R. Carpenter, offensive honlades, Nealy accepted an invita- orable mention; and junior tion to the Hula Bowl and had linebacker Jeremy Castillo, dehis name added to the Payton fensive honorable mention. Watch list. The Hula Bowl, held If the individual accolades Jan. 21 at Aloha Stadium in continue to pour in, Texas State Honolulu, is a sort of college is certain to keep moving up all-star game packed with NFL the polls. So keep exceeding scouts and personnel. The Pay- my expectations, Bobcats, and ton Watch list is a list of players make this a year to remember.

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Soccer standouts leading run for the title By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter When asked which players on her team are leaders, two players jump to the top of the list for Texas State soccer coach Kat Conner. Neither player has gaudy statistics; the contributions of Kim Phillips and Delayna Spivey are more intangibles than numbers. “They are just two players that, as a player and a coach, I wouldn’t want to go against,” Conner said. “They’re just two strong, dominant players who I think are probably the pulse of this team.” The pair of juniors brings a competitive fire and toughness, which can be essential to the success of the team. “Against Northwestern (State University), against McNeese (State University), it’s very physical, and those two (Phillips and Spivey) can definitely be very physical,” Conner said. “I think they help us on that part. They are the physical part of our side.” According to Conner, Spivey also has an advantage, which could allow her to be physical without drawing as much attention from the referees as other players. “She’s a small, blonde, cute little girl. Honestly, I think that’s why she gets a lot of calls,” Conner said with a laugh. “I don’t think the referees think she does anything wrong so she gets a lot of calls, although she can definitely deal it out.” When she recruited Spivey, a four-time All-District selection from Judson High School in San Antonio, Conner was surprised to see such toughness out of the four-year high school cheerleader. “Delayna, to tell you the truth, we just thought it was kind of crazy that there was such a competitive, scrappy soccer player out there who was a cheerleader,” Conner said. “We couldn’t believe that. So we just had to see for ourselves, and to be honest with you, I still can’t see a cheerleader out of her, but she’s a great soccer player.” When Conner recruited Phillips, a 2002 All-District and All-

Area selection at Mansfield High School in Arlington, a different attribute stood out: her personality. “That was one of the first recruits, honestly, that would just make me laugh on the phone. I just laughed the whole time I was talking to her. She’s a fun personality, and I think the team enjoys her.” Despite both currently being juniors, Phillips actually came to Texas State in 2002, one year earlier than Spivey. Though she did manage to appear in 16 games, including one start, much of the year was spent watching from the sidelines. “I think it was kind of an eye opener because I was used to starting, and then I came in, and the whole defensive team was seniors,” said Phillips. “So I was pretty much a practice player.” Due to the glut of defenders ahead of her, Phillips was temporarily moved to the forward position. After the season, she was moved back to defender, where she has played ever since. The next season was Spivey’s turn as a freshman Bobcat. She earned significant playing time, starting three games and playing in a total of 20. Like Phillips in her freshman year, Spivey was shuffled between two positions. She started the year at forward before being moved to her natural position, midfielder. While Spivey was learning the ropes, Phillips was having a breakout season. She started 17 games for the Bobcats and earned All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention for her play. She was just beginning to tap the potential Conner saw in her. “Kim is just a dominant force,” said Conner. “When she’s on, I don’t think there’s anybody better in our conference.” The 2004 season was a rewarding experience for both Phillips and Spivey but for very different reasons. That season, Spivey started 21 out of a possible 23 games for Texas State, while also notching career highs in goals (two) and assists (two). The Bobcats finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, good for a tie with NSU for second place in the

before the season started, Phillips tore her ACL and was lost for the season. “It was a big blow to her, because she had really come in shape,” Conner said. “She was ready to come in and just be a leader then. So it was kind of hard to see her go down. It took her a while to kind of grasp being hurt and getting back into it. After that, she really stepped back into the team.” Phillips believes the lost season actually helped her. “That was a learning experience for me,” Phillips said. “That taught me a little bit about myself as far as, you know, being a cheerleader and learning how to cheer for your teammates. I was like, ‘hey if I need to be on the bench for us to win, whatever.’” Since Phillips never played during the season, she was able to redshirt and maintain her status as a junior this season. This season, with only one senior on the team, juniors like Spivey and Phillips have been looked to for leadership, which the Bobcats needed after a rough start to the season. Texas State opened the season playing 11 of its first 12 games on the road and was 0-6 to start the season. Spivey insists the road trip only brought the team closer together. “I don’t mind going on the road,” Spivey said. “These are my best friends on the team, so I just gain more and more respect for everybody. The bonds of this team, they’ll never break.” Despite fielding a relatively young team this season, the Bobcats currently sit in third place in the SLC with a 3-2 record. According to Spivey and Phillips, who was voted to the preseason All-Conference second Adam Brown/Star photo illustration team, the goal is still to win the conference tournament and Midfielder Delayna Spivey (left) and defender Kim Phillips will bring their leadership to the make it to the NCAA tournafield Friday night against Southeastern Louisiana University at 7 p.m. in San Marcos. ment. Whether the team makes it to SLC. University, which knocked Tex- Spivey said. “It makes you want the NCAA or not, Conner’s two With victories over NSU and as State out of the tournament to strive up to be at that level leaders will play the same game the University of Louisiana- in the first round. Still, Spivey eventually.” every way: determined, tough Monroe in the SLC champion- thought the trip was a good exUnfortunately for Phillips, and all-out.“I think everybody ship game, Texas State grabbed perience. she did not get to experience the in our conference would love to an automatic bid to the NCAA “It was a learning experience emotions of winning the SLC have either one of them on their Tournament. for sure — learning what level Tournament and playing in a team,” Conner said. “Those two Once there, the Bobcats were (of competition) there is out NCAA Tournament game. One have come a long way and I’m overmatched by Texas A&M there. It was pretty cool to see,” day before two-a-day practices really proud of them.”

Intramural flag football headed to final week of competition By Marc Cleverley Sports Reporter Another recreational season of flag football is coming to a close as playoffs have begun among the chilly weather that most always accompanies playoff football. This week and next week will decide the winners of the fraternity, men’s A, men’s B, women’s, co-recreational and residence hall leagues. The men’s A league, largest of all leagues, has two 4-0 teams in TKENIT and the Massive Attack dueling it out on the road to the championship game. This week has the two teams on opposite ends of the playoff bracket with the only possibility of playing each other in the championship game. The men’s B league is filled to the

brim with undefeated teams such as TDB, the Scorgasms, the Brewers and Lit ‘N Loaded. The All Saints team comes in with a 4-1 record but isn’t a team to be counted out as they hold the record for the largest margin of victory this season, a 52-0 shellacking of the Keystoners on opening day. After a possible first round win, the All Saints would be matched up against division rivals Lit ‘N Loaded, the only team they were beat by during regular season. The Scorgasms are matched up against The Junks in the first round and could be in for a second round contest with the 4-1 Slapaho Warriors, to whom they gave their only loss. The Brewers aren’t to be outdone in the day and age of run and gun football as they outscored their opponents 85-0 in a two game stretch in the middle of the season.

In the Co-Rec league the 4-1 Texas Hustlers will face the undefeated Hot Dogs and Buns, the only team to which they lost. The Heat, another undefeated team, has been given a bye in the first round due to their stellar performance over the regular season where they compiled 151 points to their opponents zero. In the evenly matched residence hall league the 3-2 Flying Unicorns will face off against the 3-2 Arnold/ Smith team, a battle of proximity. “I think we can go deep; it just depends on how many mistakes we make. It’s like a regular football game,” said Flying Unicorns team member Marcus Mackey. Mackey knows his football; before transferring to San Marcos, he played high school and Division-II football in Kansas. The other teams playing


in the first round of the residence hall league are the 4-1 Reck-N-Crew and the 4-1 San Marcos hall. “We are a good team that has a great chance to go deep as long as people come out to support us, we want to win it all,” said Reck-N-Crew team member Femi Alabi. The women’s league will have the undefeated Blazers facing the 2-2 Texas State Cheerleaders in the first round of competition. Also the undefeated Bandits, who haven’t allowed a score all season, will have a tougher challenge against the 4-1 Turf Raiders whose only loss came to the Blazers. In the fraternity league, undefeatBrynn Leggett/Star file photo ed O.D. Phi will battle 2-3 Pi Kappa Phi in the first round for the chance Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity members do to play the winner of the Sigma Nu push-ups in preparation for a flag football vs. Delta Tau Delta match up. scrimmage last year.

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