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Texas State early-voter count outweighs UT’s, proportionately By A. N. Hernández The University Star During the two-day early voting on campus last Wednesday and Thursday, 898 people cast their ballots in the LBJ Student Center. The number was less than early voter turnout for 2004 and 2005. “In 2004, we had about 1,000 a day in the two-day early voting on campus and it was a presiden-

tial election,” said Joyce Cowan, Hays County elections administrator. “It seems like people tend to vote more in presidential elections,” than gubernatorial ones.” Although the on-campus sites are open to any registered Hays County voters, Cowan said the majority of participating voters were students. She said she is happy students are exercising their right to vote. “I think people need to give

students more credit; they are voting,” she said. “They are like anyone else — when they choose to cast their vote, they will. “I am trying to figure out why some people wouldn’t go to the polls and I think with students, it’s a little hard,” Cowan said. “They are spending a lot of time on studies. They aren’t really studying school boards, city council, etc.” Cowan said students may

think they have to vote on every issue on the ballot, but she said this is not so. “Go and vote. Your vote is going to count,” she said. “You don’t have to vote on everything, just vote.” Sam McCabe, Associated Student Government czar of student registration, said Texas State’s early voter turnout compared well to that of the University of Texas.

“The interesting thing about UT is they have a week of voting and we only have two days. We had around 900 votes on campus and I think this shows Texas State is very willing to participate in the voting process,” he said. Karl-Thomas Musselman, UT government senior, said 2,155 votes were cast within the week of on-campus voting, Oct. 23 though Oct. 29. This number,

Advocates against execution march in Austin By Eloise Martin The University Star AUSTIN — As Walter Reed followed protestors down Congress Avenue, he spoke of his son, Rodney, who was convicted of rape and murder and has been on death row since 1998. “He is innocent. I just keep that on my mind,” Reed said. “We have been fighting since day one.” Reed was one of approximately 300 participants who gathered Saturday for the seventh-annual March to Stop Executions. This year’s march, themed “Innocent People Have Been Executed,” focused on inmates currently on death row and those who have been executed in the past whose families maintain their innocence. The national event highlighted three men who have been executed and who protestors feel with new evidence, could now be found innocent: Cameron Willingham, Ruben Cantu and Carlos De Luna. Willingham was charged in 1992 for the murder of his three children and was executed in 2004. Ruben Cantu was convicted for murder in 1985 and was executed in 1993. Carlos De Luna was convicted for a robbery-slaying in 1983 and was executed in 1989. In his last statement, which can be found at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Web site, Willingham said he was innocent. “The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man, convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for 12 years for something I did not do,” he said. Protestor’s gathered on the steps of the Governor’s Mansion before the march. Stefanie Collins, member of anti-capital punishment group Campaign to End the Death Penalty, addressed the crowd from the steps while wearing a shirt depicting President George W. Bush, which read, “Wanted for murder.” She said the government is in debt to the family members of those executed. “What does the state of Texas owe them for taking these people’s relatives away from them?” she asked.

Monty Marion/Star photos LOUD AND CLEAR: University of Texas graduate student Bryan McCann, member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, marches with fellow protestors down Congress Avenue Saturday in Austin to call to an end to capital punishment. PUT IN WRITING: Protestors holding signs condemning the death penalty crowd the sidewalks surrounding the Governor’s Mansion Saturday afternoon in Austin.

Mary Arredondo, De Luna’s sister, spoke on the steps before the march. She said her brother’s execution was a case of mistaken identity. “Nobody believed him; nobody cared,” Arredondo said. “I want his name to be cleared.” After speaking to the crowd, Arredondo slipped a letter under the governor’s fence, asking him to reopen the investigation that convicted her brother. A letter from Eugenia Willingham, Cameron Willingham’s stepmother, was also slipped under the fence as the crowd chanted, “The whole world is watching” and “Governor Perry you can’t hide. We charge you with homicide.” As the crowd prepared to be-

gin their march down Congress Street, Jeannine Scott, whose husband, Michael, is serving a life sentence, thanked those who attended and encouraged them to continue their efforts. “Our system is broken, and it is not going to fix itself overnight,” she said. “We have to make sure that everybody in this city hears us.” The 10-block march stopped traffic and Austin residents who were attempting to cross the street. Barkley Dominey, Austin resident, said he feels the death penalty is in practice because of society. “The way I see it is, if they stop See MARCH, page 4

By Zandria Avila The University Star As simulated gunfire echoed through the wind, 10 cadets from Texas State’s Army ROTC Squad 3 immediately hit the dirt covered with cacti and rocks. “100 meters,” one cadet whispered, estimating distance from the enemy. Approximately 45 cadets from Texas State Army ROTC’s Bobcat Platoon participated in a field training exercise held Friday and Saturday at Freeman Ranch. After several hours of classroom training, the cadets were prepared to engage in the Deleigh Hermes/Star photo weekend’s exercises. LIKE THE GOOD OLD DAYS: Cadets sit in the tall grass of Free“The cadets were taught the Army 5-Paraman Ranch while studying their maps Friday afternoon for the graph Tactic,” said Maj. Andy Sanchez, military science professor. “This teaches them how to individual Land Navigation exercise. After extensive classroom take a position, analyze it and issue a plan to training, the cadets learned how to navigate without the use of their peers.” modern day electronics.

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Field training teaches ROTC real-life navigation skills


like Texas State’s early voter turnout, is down from the past two years. Musselman, also the tech director for the 2006 Travis County Democratic Coordinated Campaign, said the “convenience” of on-campus voting sites appeals to students. “At a university with a population of 50,000 and more than

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The day began with a briefing on environmental hazards by Cadet Sgt. Maj. Stacy Rader. “OK, listen up. Some of the wildlife you may encounter out here are bobcats and mountain lions,” Rader said. “There is also poisonous vegetation, poison ivy and poison oak. You can identify it by the yellowish-pinkish color on the leaves.” Cadets became familiar with the terrain through Land Navigation exercises Friday night. Land Navigation is a mission that requires cadets to plot points on a map using only a protractor, pencil, map and their wits. It was an individual mission and the cadets were prohibited to speak to their comrades. Jacob Burlinson, Bobcat Platoon senior cadet, supervised the mission. “They are supplied with items needed in a real-life mission on foreign land,” Burlinson, See ROTC, page 4

After a half-hour committee debate, the Associated Student Government decided Monday on five options for the renaming of the Tram system. The five names ASG recommended are the Texas State Tram, TxTram, Bobcat Bus, Bobcat Tram and a fifth no-name option that would have the Texas State logo and other university advertisements. Students will be able to vote for their choice online or in The Quad on Monday and Tuesday as part of this year’s fall referendum. “Last spring the students voted on the referendum for a new fleet of buses and I think this is the ideal time,” said ASG President Kyle Morris. During his presidential report, Morris blasted an article that appeared in Thursday’s The University Star regarding the types of candidates speaking to ASG. The article addressed concerns from candidates who are not clients of the political consulting firm McCabe, Anderson and Prather (M.A.P.), who felt ASG was getting a lopsided view of local races. Morris specifically called out Wesley Mau, Republican candidate for district attorney and current chief assistant district attorney in Hays County. “I have a suggestion for Mr. Mau: Please come speak with us about your concerns before you make comments to the media,” he said. Morris said that would have been the respectable thing to do. Morris said it is the job of a candidate to seek opportunities to call attention to their campaign and that he did not have the time to go out and seek candidates to speak to ASG. “There has not been a single candidate who’s asked to come here who has ever been turned away,” Morris said. Morris said he fully endorsed Sherri Tibbe, the Democratic candidate for Hays County District Attorney. He said The Star’s article, coupled with Tibbe’s desire to create a new channel of communication between Texas State and the district attorney’s office, led him to his public endorsement. Later, ASG heard four pieces of legislation. The first proposal calls for a 4 percent reduction in Texas State’s anticipated 10 percent tuition increase, because it would make the cost of a Texas State education more manageable. The second proposal supports the proposed $4 increase in the medical service fee at the Student Health Center and calls for more flexible payment options when funding increases are necessary in the future. The third proposal supports the university’s $2 increase in the computer-service fee. Finally, the fourth proposal urges the San Marcos City Council to pass an ordinance requiring all leasing agents and landlords to notify potential leasers and renters of zoning restrictions before a contract is finalized.

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Tuesday in Brief

October 31, 2006

Early voting schedule for general and special elections Hays County Elections Administration Office 401-C Broadway St. San Marcos (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Mariposa Apartment Homes Community Room 2600 Hunter Rd. San Marcos (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

San Marcos City Hall 630 E. Hopkins St. San Marcos (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

HCISD Administration Office 21003 Interstate-35 Kyle (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Dripping Springs ISD Office 510 W. Mercer St. Dripping Springs (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Negley Elementary School 5940 McNaughton Kyle (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) — Courtesy of Hays County

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Burn, Baby, Burn TUESDAY A Vigil Mass for the Feast of All Saints will be offered at 5:15 p.m. in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center. There will be a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the CSC. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information call (512) 357-2049. The Hispanic/Latino(a) Support Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. at LBJSC, Room 3-6. An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. Contact Tennis Club President Chris Harris with questions at ch1282@txstate. edu. The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting on at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail mail@texasstatechialpha. com for more information. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the CSC. The Organization of Student Social Workers will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Building, Room 234.

Correction In Thursday’s article “Questions arise over candidates addressing ASG,” The University Star printed that the political consulting firm McCabe, Anderson and Prather (M.A.P.) represented City Council Place 6 candidate Betsy Robertson pro bono. Robertson is running in the contested Place 1 race. M.A.P. represented uncontested Place 5 candidate Pam Couch pro bono.

Simple Silent Sitting Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Christian Community Center. Students interested in becoming involved with the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills should attend Students in Free Enterprise at 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 113.

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

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WEDNESDAY A Mass for the Feast of All Saints will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. A student-led rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. Bible study will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the lounge of the CSC. The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center will hold its weekly “The Network” meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. Texas State women’s volleyball will play Sam Houston at 7 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum.

THURSDAY A “Résumé Basics” workshop will be held from 5-6 p.m. in The Writing Center, Flowers Hall, Room G-09. Sukyi Douglas-McMahon, Writing Center résumé specialist, will offer advice free of charge.

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Bridgette Cyr/Star photo Kyle Gordon, geography senior, heats up peppers and onions for dinner at Lost Maples State Natural Area during the weekend while instructing backpacking students about proper usage of cooking fuel.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Oct. 26, 4:44 p.m. Criminal Mischief Under $1500/Wood Street Garage An officer was dispatched for a report from a student stating his car had been damaged. This case is currently under investigation. Oct. 26, 7:38 p.m. Investigation/Lindsey and North Street An officer was flagged down by a student who reported her car window was shattered. A report was made of this case. Oct. 27, 12:58 a.m. Alarm/Report/Bobcat Village An officer was dispatched for a

report of a fire alarm pull station being activated. Upon further investigation, there were no signs of fire and the alarm was reset. Oct. 27, 3:06 a.m. Alcohol: DUI/MIP/Pecos Lot An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, the non-student was found driving under the influence and was a minor in possession of alcohol. The non-student was issued a citation for DUI minor and an MIP. The non-student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

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

Health Beat

Good hygiene, plenty of rest vital to avoiding influenza

In a recent, national survey of college students, Texas State students ranked the cold/flu as the second leading cause negatively affecting their academic performance. A sudden and severe onset of fever, headache, runny nose, cough, body aches and fatigue can all be associated with the influenza virus, the flu. A person infected with influenza can take up to seven to 10 days to recover, which impacts their work, school and personal life. The best way to avoid getting the flu is to stay healthy. Frequent hand washing, eating a well-balanced diet, getting proper rest, abstaining from tobacco and other substances should be included in your prevention strategy. Do not forget basic hygiene;

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cover your nose or mouth if you have to sneeze or cough. If you get the flu, drink fluids, rest and check the medication ingredients to make sure it has what you need. Be careful; “cold and flu” combination medicines may have ingredients that could make you feel worse. Flu vaccines will be available while supplies last to all students, faculty and staff from 12 to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. They are $20. If you have any questions, call the Health Education Resource Center at (512) 245-2309. To schedule an appointment or to speak with a nurse, call (512) 2452167. You can also schedule an online appointment by visiting — Courtesy of the Student Health Center


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Kerry touts fellow Democrat as prime candidate for governor By David Saleh Rauf The University Star AUSTIN — Sen. John Kerry lent his support Friday during a press conference to a fellow Democrat in Texas, urging voters to support Chris Bell in the upcoming election. Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, said two of the most important issues facing Texas families are affordable education and healthcare. He said Bell has a “great sense” of how to raise the quality and lower the cost of healthcare. “Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured (people) in the United States of America,” Kerry said. “Twenty-five percent of its citizens have no healthcare at all. That’s about 5.6 million Texans. That’s just wrong. We’re the only country in the world and this is the only state in our nation that treats that many children and adults that way.” With Election Day approaching, Kerry, who spoke in a downtown office building, said he hopes voters fully recognize Bell’s value as a public servant. “I believe this man comes with the experience, having served in Washington and here at home and having strong credentials of telling the truth to the people Austin Byrd/Star photo and being one of those of kinds of public people who can really THUMBS UP: Senator Kerry makes a quick stop Friday in downtown Austin to show his support for Texas gubernatorial candidate Chris make a difference,” he said. “I Bell. hope Texans over the next 12

days are going to look hard at the real difference, the real choice and what they can do to help us get back the agenda of our country and this state.” Bell, who has lost Democratic support to independents Carole Keeton Staryhorn and Kinky Friedman throughout the campaign, said Kerry’s visit helps send the message that Texans are ready for a change. “I think by Senator Kerry being here, he sends a very loud message to all Democrats throughout Texas that it’s time to come home,” Bell said. “It’s time to get into the Democratic columns, and its time to go out and early vote on or before November 3 or go out on November 7 and start taking our state in a whole new and much more positive direction.” Bell addressed recent radio and television ads launched by the Perry campaign, attacking him as a liberal who is out of touch with Texas. Bell said he has been talking about commonsense issues that resonate with the people of Texas who want to move the state in a more positive direction. “You’ve seen what Rick Perry has been doing in recent days,” Bell said. “There’s a reason that he’s putting millions of dollars behind television and radio advertising attacking me every See KERRY, page 4

Misconceptions about indoor tanning prove harmful By Brooke Keller The University Star Starting this fall, a different kind of light will be shed on indoor tanning. The American Academy of Dermatology’s new anti-indoor tanning campaign will begin Thanksgiving week. The campaign is aimed at females ages 12 to 14 and focuses on emphasizing and informing girls of the risks associated with indoor tanning. “The use of indoor tanning salons begins in these years and escalates dramatically,” said Dr. Arielle Kauvar, featured speaker and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. “In 2001, 7 percent of girls age 14 were using tanning salons, 16 percent at age 15 and 35 percent by age 17.” Approximately half of the states regulate teen indoor tanning use. Texas has an age limit for indoor tanning set at 13 years, and requires those younger than 18 provide both parental and doctor consent before tanning. Parents must also remain with teens during their time

at the salon. Doctor consent is waived at 16. The AAD is working with state legislatures across the country to implement legislation that would ban access to tanning beds for individuals under 18, Kauvar said. “There is a general lack of understanding that indoor tanning is just as dangerous as the tanning from natural sunlight,” Kauvar said. “It is a risk factor for developing skin cancer as well as aging the skin. The increase in indoor-tanning use among teenage girls coupled with the rise in skin cancer rates.” Indoor tanning beds emit UVA and UVB rays, radiation also emitted by the sun, but in higher levels. Exposure to UV rays has been linked to the three most common types of skin cancer: Melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, with melanoma the most common cancer among women ages 25 to 29. Kauvar said some misconceptions about indoor tanning among all age groups are that it is safer than outdoor tanning, that a base tan can protect from

burning and therefore protect from skin cancer and that there is no damage to skin if there is no burn. Megan Dougherty, interior design sophomore, said she has tanned to prepare for special occasions and believes students are aware of the harmful effects of indoor tanning but ignore the consequences. “It’s like, ‘I know this is bad, but right now I’m going to do it because I really don’t care,’” Dougherty said. Tanning access is widely available in San Marcos, with some apartment complexes offering free tanning-bed use to residents. Katherine McDonnell, premass communication sophomore, said she has been tanning for three years and mentally avoids what might be a problem later on. “It looks better because I’m pale in the winter,” McDonnell said. “I try not to think about it. I know it’s bad.” Sun Lite Tan, located on Edward G. Gary Street, offers a safe See TANNING, page 4

Jennifer Williams/ Star photo PROTECT YOURSELF: Emily Fyfe, education junior, lays in the tanning bed Saturday of The Zone at San Marcos apartment complex while trying to bring her summer tan back.


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killing people, we will stop killing people,” he said. Dominey said with advances in DNA testing, he knows some people on death row have been proven innocent. “I guess it shows that sometimes there is a price,” he said. “I would hate for it to be me.” Sherri Clausell traveled from Houston alongside the Covenant with Black America to participate in the march. Clausell said she became involved with anti-death penalty actions in September 2005 after Frances Newton was executed for charges of killing her husband, son and daughter for insurance money. “It was clear that she was innocent, but they still executed her,” she said. Although the potential of

executing an innocent person sparked Clausell’s actions, she is opposed to all executions. “I am against the intentional murder by anyone,” she said. “It is a savage act, whether it is done by common people or the state.” The march ended at Austin City Hall Plaza where a “Rally Against the Death Penalty” was held. Reed’s family is now facing the court of appeals. He said it is a strange concept, doing justice by murdering innocent men. He said the government’s goal should not be convicting people, but convicting the right people. “You have to think: if justice is all we want, then to just let him, the real predator go … we need to dig up the dirt,” he said with a sigh. “They didn’t do us justice, and they didn’t do (the victim’s) family justice. All they wanted was a conviction.”

20,000 students that live on campus or within a half a mile of campus, there’s every reason to make voting easy and accessible with voting spots on campus,” he said. Texas State’s student government tried to reel in as many voters as possible. McCabe and ASG Vice President Amanda Oskey made 190 packets that they distributed to every resident assistant on campus that instructed them on how to register students. More than 1,000 students living on-campus registered to vote in that effort. Thousands more living off-campus registered this election year. “I think the reason Texas State votes heavily is because there are a lot of issues in this area and in this election that effect students,” McCabe said. “I think the turnout could’ve been better, but I think a lot of it had to do with all the rain we got. “ In this election, county voters are choosing from candidates for various city, county, state and federal offices, including the seats for governor and U.S. Senator from Texas. The San Marcos ballot has 16 proposed amendments to the city’s charter. If passed, Proposition 3 would extend the

mayor’s term of office to three years, instead of the two-year term in place now. Proposition 5 moves to begin paying city council members. Each council member would be paid $100 per meeting for up to three meetings a month. Early voting continues through Nov. 7. For voting locations, go to


he interesting thing about UT is they have a week of voting and we only have two days. We had around 900 votes on campus and I think this shows Texas State is very willing to participate in the voting process.”

—Sam McCabe Associated Student Government czar of student registration

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alternative to UV tanning via a booth that covers the body with a sunless tanning spray. “I have definitely seen an increase in people worried about skin diseases,” said Kayla Zickefoose, health and fitness management senior and Sun Lite Tan employee. “That’s one reason we have the spray tan booth to offer for people who are actually worried about it.” Zickefoose has been working in tanning salons since she was 15 and said despite negative effects of indoor tanning, there is also a positive side. “The way I look at it is, you can stay in the sun for 30 minutes and get absolutely fried, or you can come in here for 10 minutes and regulate it,” Zickefoose said. “That’s one of the arguments people use for indoor tanning, that they are able to regulate it better.” Indoor tanning can also provide relief for those suffering from certain skin diseases such as psoriasis, an immune-mediated, genetic disease manifesting in the skin and joints, Zickefoose said.

“It’s good for skin conditions. We have a lot of tanners that come in for that,” said Natalie Kern, public relations junior and Tanco employee. “Those tanners have four-year memberships and come in once a month. They’re not coming for the color. They’re coming for the skin condition.” Zickefoose said she doesn’t believe the campaign will affect business. “The youngest person I’ve ever seen in here was 16,” Zickefoose said. “Different people for years have been trying to shut tanning salons down, but with the laws and everything it’s regulated.” Kauvar said the AAD annually distributes a new public service announcement about the hazards of unprotected exposure to natural and artificial sunlight and said she hopes the new campaign will be successful. “This campaign speaks to young teenage girls in their own language — instant messaging,” Kauvar said. “Hopefully, the message will get across to these girls before they start the habitforming behavior of indoor tanning.”

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chance that he gets. His polls are showing what our polls are showing. We’re closing in and we think we are going to be able to pass him on or before November 7.” A Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday showed Bell with 25 percent of the vote, trailing Perry by 11 points. Strayhorn was polled at 22 percent. Friedman is currently trailing the pack, garnering only 12 percent of the vote. “In the polls I didn’t see the incumbent higher than 34 or 35 percent. For an incumbent governor, that’s a pretty negative statement,” Kerry said. “It seems to me the majority of people want a change. The majority of the people want a different governor, and I believe the real choice is between the Democratic nominee and the incumbent.” Kerry said he has seen very large leads evaporate in the space of days and a lot of races are tightening across the country on both sides of the fence. “I believe that’s going to happen here in Texas too,” Kerry said. Kerry also emphasized the importance of having governors and secretaries of state in office that will uphold the law. “I think it makes a huge difference who’s in the governor’s office. It makes a huge difference who’s in the secretary of state’s office,” he said. “If we’re going to really lift America and open the doors of opportunity for everybody, we need to hold presidents and congresses accountable,” he said. “When you have people in the governor’s office who are willing to stand up and hold those leaders accountable, we do better as a nation.” Kerry, who has been campaigning for Democrats across the nation, refused to address his potential second run for the presidency in 2008, saying he is focused on the midterm elections. “Right now, my eye is city-tocity, state-to-state — what I’m doing for ‘06,” he said. “ ‘06 is what’s important now, not ‘08.”


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Reporter infiltrates ROTC Bobcat Platoon

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criminal justice senior, said. ROTC cadets emphasized the paper-and-pencil method of navigation to help prepare for a worst-case scenario, Burlinson said. “With the advances of technology, most would like to rely on GSP systems but technology fails,” Burlinson said. Ranked highest among his class, Shawn Beatty, criminal justice junior, has a reputation for keeping his cool under pressure. “On his evaluation sheet, he scored excellent in the emotions category,” Burlinson said. “This means he demonstrated control over his emotions when under pressure.” Remaining calm, Beatty said, is just as important as finding plots. “Sometimes you don’t find your plots. It happens, but when you lose control, you can’t function,” Beatty said. During “chow time,” cadets ate Meals Ready to Eat. With an average of 3,000 calories a meal, MREs provide the proper nourishment for soldiers. When the sun went down, the cadets began their night navigation, plotting and finding points on a compass. By 1:45 a.m. the Bobcat Platoon lay down under a blanket of stars in 30-degree weather. The senior cadets began their morning promptly at 4:45, and by 6:00 a.m., Squad 3 was issued its first mission — a squad attack. The ideal squad attack has

not only the element of surprise but also initiation of attack, Sanchez said. The leader chosen for the mission read the assignment aloud while a designated recorder wrote notes of the mission. Several other cadets lay on the ground armed with M16 rifles to set up a security front. Squad 3 executed the mission under the leadership of Cadet Matthew Krivensky. “I learned to be more assertive and not to second-guess myself,” Krivensky, political science sophomore, said. “If I am more self-assured, I gain the confidence of my subordinates.” Krivensky said he was pleased with his performance, even though the squad’s was not perfect. “I did better than I thought I would,” Krivensky said. “I am overall pleased with my performance. Of course, there is room for improvement.” To create a realistic environment, senior cadets played the part of the opposition and portrayed Afghani soldiers. During the mission Cadet Major Shea Keech, criminal justice senior, and Chris Russell, undecided senior, were heard taunting the junior cadets with phrases such as “Americans, I see you!” and “I’m going to kill you Americans; Americans suck at hiding.” “This is an advantage the seniors have,” Sanchez said. “They are able to taunt the juniors.” While these missions were conducted in an hour, Sanchez said in a real-life battle, time

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Deleigh Hermes/Star photo GAME PLAN: Shawn Beatty, criminal justice junior and the recorder for the mission, shows the squad a sand table, which was used to explain the mission. Robert Garza, criminal justice sophomore, standing, reviews the situation.

varies. “A real mission can go from as short as 30 minutes or last as long as 24 hours,” he said. For most cadets engaged in the exercise, this was their first experience with war, simulated or otherwise. However, this was not the case for Cadet Darryn Andrews. “I was in Afghanistan for a year, and have been enlisted for three,” Andrews, educational administration graduate student, said. “I already know how

to take orders, but this exercise teaches me how to distribute orders, planning and initiating battle itself.” As the sun set, the cadets were proud of a job well done. “If I have any criticism, it would be that 50 percent of the cadets did not give as much of an effort when they were not in charge than when they were squad leader,” Sanchez said. “Overall, for their first training event, they did exceptionally well.”

As a child I would play war games, and as I grew into a young adult, I even considered joining the armed forces. Back then, playing solider was just a game. However, this weekend, when I ventured with Texas State’s Army ROTC Bobcat Platoon to Freeman’s Ranch, I was clearly outmatched. I first met Jacob Burlinson, senior cadet, who issued me his personal fatigues and boots. While I was relieved this would assist in me “fitting in,” I learned the clothing was not for appearance: They were a necessity. I suited up and was surprised to be conscious of the weight of my clothing. Cadet Burlinson told me the outfit weighs a total of 8 pounds. Though I never believed I would be as agile as the cadets, I did not want to embarrass myself. I was nervous and convinced the day would not pass without an injury. Now it was time to train like a cadet, which included hiking in fatigues, camping in cold, windy weather and participating in conduct drills. The miles I hiked took a toll on my legs. The weight of the boots did not help, and I slowed my pace to compensate. I had to avoid large rocks, cacti, poison oak and sharp tree branches. My lack of conditioning caught up with me as I tripped, quickly regaining my balance in an awkward manner, which resulted in a pulled muscle. I was determined to continue despite the sharp pain I felt every time I lifted my leg. The occasional

Zandria Avila whimper would muffle the agony, but I am sure the cadets suffer severe injuries on a daily basis. My senses were weak on night missions. I suffer from vision problems that were heightened Friday night. My only aid was a red-lens flashlight. As I ventured through the woods in silence, I began to experience a longing for my home. I missed the lights of the city, even if my other option was staying home and studying for a test. Feeling defeated, I asked Cadet Burlinson if this was a common experience for others. He assured me it was. Despite my lack of confidence, the cadets received and welcomed me to their group during my stay. Being involved in the mission gave me a newfound respect for all military personnel who serve our country — I thank you, and I would also like to thank the Bobcat Platoon for their hospitality and kindness.


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Saturday Night Wrist — Deftones

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Trends Contact — Maira Garcia,

Immortal Graciela Iturdibe artist

finds solace in ‘Death,’ photography By Maira Garcia The University Star

Jennifer Williams/Star photo SCULPTED SQUASH: Carved pumpkins sit on display Monday afternoon in the University Bookstore in the LBJ Student Center. The winners, decided by employees and customers, will receive bookstore gift cards after voting ends 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Bookstore offers prizes for pumpkin-decorating contest By Todd Schaaf The University Star

and I’ve actually never carved a pumpkin before. My mom always did it for me, so I went onIt’s pumpkin-carving season line and found some patterns again. and did it at home last weekUniversity Bookstore held a end,” Cunningham said. pumpkin decorating contest The pumpkin that CunningMonday, which started at 8 a.m. ham entered depicts a bobcat, and ended Tuesday at 8 a.m. featuring paw prints on the rePumpkins will be voted on by verse side. University Bookstore employ“Texas State is the bobcat, ees, as well as customers of the and I was just looking through bookstore, until 2 p.m., when some patterns to see if I liked the winner will be announced anything, and I happened to Tuesday. find that and thought that it Lauren Williams, bookstore was a perfect suiting to enter assistant manthe contest,” Cunager, said the ningham said. contest will Anne Bolick, encompass biology gradumore than just ate student, also carving. entered a pump“For the kin in the contest. past two years, Bolick’s carving they’ve been was of a cat. doing this “I usually carve pumpkin carva couple of pumping contest, kins every year and I thought, anyway,” Bolick ‘People do said. so many cool In addition to things with the contest, Wilpaint and stuff liams offers anothlike that … let’s er reason to come do decoratto the bookstore. ing as well.’ So “It is good to get we decided to students into the make it a carvbookstore because, . ing and deco— Lauren Williams for one thing, it’s rating contest. way up on the University Bookstore We thought hill, and you have assistant manager to walk way over it would be a fun way to celhere, but we have ebrate Hallowso much cool stuff een, decorate the store (and) get in the store. Once they get here, everybody involved,” Williams it’s not just textbooks,” Wilsaid. liams said. The top three winners of Williams said that there is the contest win more than just something for everyone at the bragging rights. bookstore. “First prize winner gets a $75 “Once the students come gift card, second prize winner in here through a contest or gets a $50 gift card and third something, they can see how prize winner gets a $25 gift card much apparel we have, and we to the bookstore,” Williams have tons of great apparel and said. computer supplies and software Kaitlyn Cunningham, biol- and stuff like that. So it’s a good ogy freshman, entered a pump- marketing tool for us as well as kin into the competition. being fun for everybody,” Wil“I’m a very creative person, liams said.


e decided to make it a carving and decorating contest. We thought it would be a fun way to celebrate Halloween, decorate the store (and) get everybody involved ”

Life and death are central to the works of Graciela Iturbide, whether or not she consciously acknowledges it. Graciela Iturbide is a famous Mexican photographer known for her shots of the indigenous peoples of Mexico and her selfportraits. She was the honored guest at a reception Saturday for the opening of the exhibit Ojos Para Volar Eyes to Fly With: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide at the Wittliff Gallery, on the seventh floor of Alkek Library, and her new book Eyes to Fly With: Portraits, Self-Portraits, and Other Photographs. The book, which is ninth in the volume of books produced by the Wittliff Gallery, features a foreword by Alejandro Castellanos, the director of the Centro de Imagen, the leadKaren Wang/Star photo ing photography institute of Mexico. The text of the book EYES TO FLY WITH: Frances Herrera, who drove from San Antonio, smiles as her book is signed by consists of an interview Fabienne Bradu, a literary critic and Graciela Iturbide at the reception and book signing with the photographer Saturday evening at the writer, had with Iturbide about Wittliff Gallery, located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library. her work as a photographer. Both Castellanos and Bradu were also in attendance at the “It is not by accident that work. Wittliff said when he saw treasures in her work. It was reception. there are so many photographs Bradu’s interview with Itur- a real challenge to pick a cerMuch of Iturbide’s work related to death in the work of bide, he knew the text would tain number. It was the art of concentrates on the women of Graciela Iturbide. The uncon- be a perfect fit to the photog- omission,” Wittliff said. “Of Juchitan, a small indigenous scious obsession that we pho- raphy. all the pictures that you can village in Oaxaca, Mexico. tographers carry within helps “I did not know about (‘La use, which ones don’t you use? Iturbide said she was fascinat- us find the theme that we have Muerte en el Cementerio/Death Her work is so rich and our coled by the matriarchal society of inside, she tells Fabienne Bra- in the Cemetery’),” Wittliff lection is so rich in having so the village. du,” Castellanos said. said. “In the interview, Graciela many choices.” “I was invited by Francisco While one part of Iturbide’s talks about what a transformaIn regards to the strength of Toledo, an artist who was born work captures the traditions of tive moment that was in her life her work, Wittliff said Iturbide in Juchitán, to take photos and Mexico, the other part is relat- and in her career. That by itself is a powerful force in the world we later made a book out of it,” ed to an inner struggle she was is significant enough to make a of photography. she said. “It was a marvelous able to overcome through “La book.” “Graciela is, in my view, experience for me because the Muerte en el Cementerio/Death Connie Todd, who translated one of the immortals. Her woman (in Juchitán) play an in the Cemetery,” according to the text of the book, said she work, though it is largely set in integral part in Juchitán’s so- Castellanos. felt it was time to make a book Mexico, in terms of its content, ciety. She maintains the econo“On the other part, (Iturbide’s on Iturbide when she saw Bra- it speaks to the human condimy, she is very politicized and work) demonstrates the pain du’s interview. tion and the human heart. That I loved it.” produced by the death of her “We saw the wonderful in- knows no geographic, ethnic, Featured in the exhibit open- daughter, Claudia, that resulted teview that (Bradu) did and time or space boundaries.” ing and the new book was the in a painful drive to make some it just suggested a book. You Iturbide is humble about her never-before-seen photo “La sense of her disappearance by couldn’t read the interview work and said its evolution Muerte en el Cementerio/Death photographing ‘angelitos’ (dead without realizing it should be a had much to do with her everin the Cemetery.” Iturbide said children), until Death appeared book because she talks specifi- changing destiny. she kept the photo to herself for so directly in the cadaver at the cally about so many images,” “It has changed a lot. I used so many years because it held cemetery of Dolores, Hidalgo, Todd said. to take photos in indigenous arvery personal meaning. that it resulted in the end of her The Wittliff Gallery current- eas and then, by circumstances “It was a photo that I didn’t pain,” he said. ly holds an archive of about of destiny, I took photos of want to bring to light. It was Bill Wittliff, namesake of the 200 photos by Iturbide, making landscapes in the United States, something very personal and I gallery and editor of Itrubide’s it one of the largest collections then in India. It has changed was afraid to show. But now, book, said he has always want- in the U.S. little by little in accordance to there it is,” Iturbide said. ed to make a book of Itrubide’s “There’s an abundance of my circumstances.” The black-and-white photo depicts a twisted body lying at the entrance of a cemetery. The skull is picked clean. Castellanos elaborated on To hear an audio feature with Graciela Iturbide, Alejandro Castellanos Iturbide’s fascination with death in a speech at the reception. and Bill Wittliff, visit


Karen Wang/Star photo BEHIND GLASS: Attendees crowd around display cases showing Graciela Iturbide’s work Saturday evening on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library.

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Austin Record Convention brings world’s music lovers together By Leah Kirkwood The University Star The Austin Record Convention offered music lovers access to the largest collection of music under one roof in the United States. Avid music collectors came to the Crockett Event Center on Saturday and Sunday seeking new or rare items to sell or add to their personal libraries. Doug Hanners began the convention in 1979 and has organized it every year since. He sells booths to music vendors and individuals selling parts of their collections. “It’s a mixture of professional and amateur sellers, and the buyers are the same way,” Hanners said. “They come from all over the world; we probably have 20 countries represented here.” When the convention began 27 years ago, vinyl was the only medium available. To accommodate technological advances in music, vendors are no longer limited to vinyl albums; CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and other rare memorabilia are also sold at the Jeannie Yamakawa/Star photo convention. “I remember when someone MUSIC MANIA: Hundreds of vendors gathered this weekend to present the largest selection of got a table to demonstrate the first CD player and everybody had to recorded music in America. Texas State alumna Nicole Makowski and her father, Jim, organize their come see what it was,” Hanners booth Sunday at the Austin Record Convention.

Halloween spawns nightmares By Jackie Loohauis Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

with a novel-full of vampire-like visitations upon sleeping victims. “The worst nightmares are alMILWAUKEE — Halloween ways the ones that sneak up on us. and nightmares go together. The man that you are certain is, Like orange and black. Like well, God’s gift to you, turns out Frankenstein and Dracula. to have a dark and deadly side,” “Nightmares are the way we said Elaine Bergstrom, author of dream our biggest fears and, of Mina and other such vampirecourse, on Halloween we love based novels. to scare ourArt imitates selves,” said phantasm, Lauri Quinn giving us more Loewenberg , of the imagery dream analyst of Halloween. and author of John Henry the book So, Fuseli capWhat Did You tured his own Dream Last worst nightNight? mares and The Interturned them national Asinto paintsociation for ings of demon the Study of horses and inDreams’ Nightcubi attacking mare Response dreamers in a helpline gets its we l l - k n ow n greatest numseries of 18thber of calls durcentury paint— Deirdre Barrett ing the week of ings. Trauma and Dreams author Halloween. Halloween “We see ghosts and more witches and skeletons as ghouls can spawn nightmares eswe walk through this time of year pecially in children, according to — scary daytime imagery. Fear Alan Siegel, assistant clinical prodoes tend to make nightmares fessor of psychology at the Unilikelier for those prone to them,” versity of California Berkeley and said Deirdre Barrett, Harvard author of the book Dream WisMedical School faculty member dom and related Web site www. and author of the book Trauma Even seemand Dreams. ingly kid-friendly figures like Indeed, without nightmares the Sesame Street cast can easily we wouldn’t have much of Hal- transmogrify into nightmarish loween’s most important iconog- beasts. Siegel remembers a party raphy. Like the vision that lurked for his 2-year-old daughter where under Mary Shelley’s lids as she his wife dressed up as Cookie lay in the grip of bad dreams in Monster. Geneva, Switzerland, one night Some kids “were so terrified, in 1816. she had to take the costume “I saw the dull yellow eye of the off,” said Siegel. “Kids can’t tell creature open; it breathed hard, the difference between dream and a convulsive motion agitated and reality very well until 8 or 9. its limbs … I beheld the wretch When they see a scary costume or — the miserable monster whom setup, ghosts or phantoms, they I had created. He held up the may not be able to separate that curtain of the bed; and his eyes, from what’s real or a decoration. if eyes they may be called, were As a result, the experiences can fixed on me. His jaws opened, become traumatic, frighten the and he muttered some inarticu- child and a lot of time younger late sounds, while a grin wrinkled children can’t articulate what’s his cheeks. He might have spoken, scaring them. ‘Mom, I was frightbut I did not hear; one hand was ened by that ghost costume, can stretched out … Oh! no mortal you give me a hug?’” could support the horror of that Horrific images in literature, countenance. A mummy again films and art may go primetime endued with animation could during Halloween slumbers, not be so hideous as that wretch but nightmares don’t just haunt …” folks on seasonal visits to “Elm The passage comes from Street.” Almost everyone sufShelley’s novel Frankenstein or fers from them at some point. The Modern Prometheus, but it Among young adults, 85 perwas originally spawned by one cent had a nightmare within the of the most famous nightmares last year and 2 to 6 percent have of all time. Shelley’s midnight nightmares at least once a week, phantasm came during the un- according to IASD figures. Nightremitting cold of Europe’s “year mare frequency may decrease without summer,” soon after the with age, but nightmares seldom death of her baby. Her daytime vanish completely. shivers turned to nighttime terTheir cause? Any number of rors, resulting in the story line for things, experts say. Sickness can Frankenstein. bring on fever dreams. Sleep “To understand Frankenstein apnea can give nightmares a you must appreciate the intense toehold in your rapid eye moveanxiety about birth and death ment. Some medications, includMary Shelley felt,” said Diane ing types of blood-pressure pills Hoeveler, professor of English at and cold remedies, may twist our Marquette University. brain chemistry with nightmarOther Halloween-style mon- ish results. sters have crawled from the Other kinds of consumption depths of nightmares into the can also prompt bad dreams. written page, Hoeveler adds. “Indigestion can trigger it. “Dracula, several Edgar Allan Poe Don’t snack close to bedtime. short stories including ‘The Black Stay away from nicotine and cafCat’ and ‘The Telltale Heart,’ and feine too close to bed,” said Rose E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Sandman Franco of the sleep medicine proare derived from nightmares.” gram at the Medical College of Dracula especially seems to Wisconsin. Spicy or sugary snacks have risen from the crypt of dark- can also be triggers, so beware the est dreams. Dracula author Bram nightmares hiding at the bottom Stoker writes of “dreamy fears,” of your trick-or-treat bag.


e see more witches and skeletons as we walk through this time of year — scary daytime imagery. Fear does tend to make nightmares likelier for those prone to them.”

said. “We’ve gone through the vinyl era into the digital era, and who knows what’s next as far as music goes?” Jim Makowski and his daughter, Nicole, had a booth of vinyl and framed album art. “I deal in all types of music; I carry all genres of music,” Makowski said. His collection included everything from the Beatles to Prince and sports on record. Nicole is a Southwest Texas State alumna from the class of 1988. Her passion for 80s dance albums began while she was a student in San Marcos and frequented a bar called L.A.’s. “I think it’s a hardware store now, but it was this great, newwave alternative bar, and I’d go up and ask the DJs what they were playing,” Nicole said. “They mostly played the 12-inch vinyl, so that’s what I started to collect. The covers were just so artful (and) decorative.” Ken Barker travels to Austin for the convention from St. Petersburg, Fla. His booth included a wide variety of Beatles T-shirts and memorabilia. “I’m sort of known for having a lot of weird Beatles stuff; stuff that you can’t find anywhere else,” Barker said. Barker previously owned a

record store in Florida but now runs a mail-order music business. Barker travels overseas to find rare albums for his clients. “They don’t just want it for the music; some of these guys have the same tracks 200 or 300 times,” Barker said. “It’s not so much the songs, but they want the variations and different covers and different numbers.” Jeremy Schroer has collected vinyl for 10 years and attended the convention on Sunday. “I like a lot of soul and funk and jazz, and I really love salsa,” Schroer said. “I was hoping to find some Zombies (albums), but I’m out of money now.” Traditionally, the Austin Record Convention has been held two times each year. Hanners cancelled the spring 2007 sale because the Crockett Event Center will be undergoing renovation, but the show will return in October. Hanners said vinyl has stood the test of time and will always be collectable. “It just has a unique sound,” Hanners said. “I think vinyl has its place still, in the world of music. A lot of the companies have started making more vinyl; not that it’s going to make a comeback, but it’s not going to go away.”

Unique medium reflects Common Experience theme By Danielle Elisabeth Madsen The University Star The art that hangs in Lampasas Building is more than just art; it conveys a message pertinent to the idea of social struggle. Owner and founder of Serie Project, Inc., Sam Coronado, spoke at the Mitte Honors Forum Thursday about his art organization, which consists of serigraph prints by various artists detailing Latinos and issues that affect them. The Serie Project is part of the Common Experience theme, Protest and Dissent. The prints shown had the theme of racial prejudice from a Hispanic perspective. “It is important that the art convey Latino spirit that is prevalent in the pieces, or just spirit, because not everyone in the project is Latino. The idea is a cooperative manner of producing art and bringing it out of the art studio and interacting with other people,” Coronado said. Monty Marion/Star photo When it comes to art, Coronado said it is important to be SCREEN PRINTS: Sam Coronado, owner and founder of Serie Project, Inc., speaks to students Thursreceptive to different types. day afternoon in the Mitte Honors Forum located in Lampasas Building about his organization’s projects. “Have an open mind and heart to whatever is presented. “I really liked a lot of the Program. ways. Toribio “Buddy” Gomez, Don’t let the opportunity to see work because it spoke to a lot Anthropology senior Jodi international studies senior, new things go astray. Do work of stuff I’d already been think- Flores said she helped put the said he enjoyed the prints bein art or art appreciation. There ing as a Mexican-American and pictures up and assisted with cause they didn’t entirely conis a world of wealth in collec- feeling that my culture isn’t the promotional stuff. cern race. tions of art because it talks valued as much. The art kind “I liked how he showed vid“It is not really all about Chiabout who you are. Whether of called for dignity,” said Jaime eos and gave a background on cano art. It is about art from it’s from Wal-Mart or from a Flores, psychology senior. the prints we have here,” Flores different people from different museum, you Trey Brant, said. backgrounds with a message can tell a lot philosophy The Serie Project has affect- to convey about humanity, peabout a perand psychol- ed many students in different riod,” he said. son from the ogy graduate art on their student, said wall,” he said. the lecture Common clarified the Experience message beStudent Cohind the art. ordinator “It was a and English perfect desophomore scription of Reagan Pugh what could said he behave been —Diann McCabe lieves the some very assistant director, Mitte Serie Projcontroversial Honors Program ect ties perart in terms fectly into of racial relathe theme of tions and borProtest and Dissent. der conflicts,” Brant said. “I’ve never been exposed to Many students and faculty screen prints in this form of members were involved with art. Each picture has a different the preparation for the Serie story,” he said. Project gallery. Coronado spoke about each “I think it is great to have piece of art displayed, the artist art as a way to reflect protest who created it and background and dissent, especially art from history. He also spoke about voices we do not often see,” different struggles the Hispanic said Diann McCabe, assistant culture faces today. director of the Mitte Honors

think it is “I great to have art as a way to

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Company makes mouths water with new flavors of candy corn By Karen Herzog Milwaukee Journal Sentinel When candy corn first appeared in the 1880s, farmers loved it because of its agrarian look. The rest of America embraced it too, because the tri-color design – yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle and white at the tip – was revolutionary, according to the National Confectioners Association. Fast-forward more than a century. More than 35 million pounds of candy corn is produced each year, which the association says equates nearly 9 billion pieces — enough to circle the moon nearly four times if laid end-toend. The candy still has the familiar shape and coloring, with a creamy vanilla flavor (or chocolate, in the case of what’s known as Indian corn), and it’s still a Halloween favorite. But a new generation of candy corn entered the market this year. It’s fruity with stripes of other colors, designed to appeal to adults who want something new. Gourmet Candy Corn was developed by Galerie, a company in Hebron, Ky., specializing in “innovative confectionary gifts.” So far it comes in three flavors, but the company president said more are on the way for the coming year. The recipe is similar to the original, except the new gourmet corn does not contain honey. The green apple flavor is lime green on the bottom, yellow in the middle and orange at the tip; cherry is red, pink and yellow, respectively; and tangerine

is orange, yellow and purple, respectively. “Some of our customers were challenging us that nothing special was going on with candy corn,” said Galerie president Richard Ross. “Two years ago, we set out to bring new life to candy corn. We found most people who eat candy corn are adults.” Adults eat less candy, but they seek better quality “or more intrigue,” Ross said. Other candy makers have experimented with varying the colors in candy corn, but the recipe remained the same, Ross said. Candy makers now make Reindeer Corn for Christmas (green, red and white), Cupid Corn for Valentine’s Day (pink, red and white) and Bunny Corn for Easter (pastels). For production of their gourmet candy corn, Galerie contracts with another company that has a candy corn machine. Yes, it takes a special machine. In 1900, workers produced candy corn only eight months out of the year, according to the Confectioners Association. Sugar, corn syrup and other ingredients were cooked into slurry in large kettles. Fondant and marshmallow were added for a smooth texture and bite. The hot candy then was poured into buckets called runners. Men dubbed “stringers” walked backward, pouring the candy into cornstarch-coated trays imprinted with the kernel shape. It took three passes to make the white, yellow and orange colors. The candy was invented by George Renninger, an employee of Wunderlee Candy Company, who first produced candy corn.

Candy corn Quick facts • Candy corn has 3.57 calories per kernel • Halloween accounts for 75 percent of the annual candy corn production • Candy corn isn’t just for Halloween, there is also: • Reindeer corn for Christmas (red, green and white) • Indian corn (it’s chocolate and vanilla flavored) • Cupid corn for Valentine’s Day (red, pink and white) • Bunny corn for Easter (pastel-colored) history/candycorn.shtml The Goelitz Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing candy corn in 1900 and still does so today, as do other companies, like Brach’s Confections, Inc. Manufacturers use a method called the cornstarch molding process, much like the original method, only mechanized. A tray containing depressions is coated with cornstarch. Candy corn is made from the bottom to the top and in three-color passes. What goes into candy corn? The ingredients in Brach’s candy corn, one of the major brands on the market, are sugar, corn syrup, salt, honey, soy protein, gelatin, confectioner’s glaze, dextrose, artificial flavor, titanium dioxide color, artificial colors (yellow 6, yellow 5, red 3, blue 1).


onlineconnection What do you think of the Associated Student Government not contacting candidates from both sides of a race to speak at their meetings? Go to to vote in our online poll. Results will be published in Thursday’s issue of The University Star.

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n Thursday’s paper, The University Star ran a letter from Associated Student Government President Kyle Morris asking us to change our stance on how candidates treat the student vote. This is not something The Star will do any time soon. We will continue to take politicians to task for not respecting the student vote until we see evidence that this new phenomenon is here to stay and isn’t a passing fad. We applaud those candidates who have addressed ASG, or tried to, and who take the time to come speak to classes and campaign in The Quad. However, singing a different tune during the weeks before Election Day neither convinces nor impresses us. To the candidates who do campaign on campus: Slouching under an awning in The Quad and playing on your PDA is not a way to win the student vote. Neither is hiring someone to come dance in The Quad who usually stands on street corners advertising tax agencies and Little Caesars Pizza. The fact that a candidate Morris endorsed chose to campaign in such an embarrassing and disrespectful way on the day we published Morris’ letter would have been deliciously ironic if it weren’t so depressing. The fact that on-campus early voting returns are so low this year, lower than both 2004 and 2005, shows how ineffective these on-campus shenanigans are. We have called for more candidates to be involved with oncampus campaigns, but we meant in a fair, respectful manner. This circus campaigning mixed with the obvious favoritism the ostensibly unbiased ASG is showing for certain candidates is most likely driving students away from the polls rather than encouraging them to vote. To candidates like Rep. Patrick Rose, DDripping Springs, who have long made Texas State students part of their platform, we say thank you. To those of you who are running in Hays County for the first time and have taken the opportunity to come speak to students, we say that’s a good start. To incumbents who have taken an interest in students in the wake of Chris Jones’ victory in the city council race last year, we hope you’re being sincere. But, as always, we can call candidates to task all we want and it won’t make an ounce of difference if students don’t make their voices heard. As voters, you have the opportunity to choose the candidates. All The Star can do is write about it. Take the time to speak with candidates who are on campus. Be aware of the issues and where these politicians stand on them. So few people voted on campus that there are still a lot of students out there who can make their voices heard Nov. 7. Make sure you go to into the voting booth informed and aware of who respects you and who is paying lip service.


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Proposed initiatives will bring alternative transportation, economic changes for San Marcos I would like to proState could either be pose three issues that the university’s bus systhe city government tem or a modern streetand students at Texas car system along LBJ State could partner on Drive and Guadalupe to make a tremendous Street, running from difference in the qualcampus to the station. ity of life and future This would allow stuJOHN THOMAIDES prosperity of San Mar- City Council Place 6 dents and faculty to get cos. on and off at numerous Candidate First is the proposed points along that route Austin-San Antonio Comand have access to our downmuter Rail project. The protown business, shops and resposal calls for a 110-mile rail taurants. This would provide a to extend from Georgetown much-needed economic boost to San Antonio utilizing the for the city’s central business existing Union Pacific freight district and would help to pay rail lines. There would be 14 for the system. stops along the line, including The second initiative we a stop in downtown San Marcould achieve together would cos at the site of the current be making San Marcos the Amtrak platform. This location most pedestrian and bikewas picked to provide the best friendly city in Texas. This combination of service to the would give students a safe city and university, while bealternative to using a car for ing in an area that is currently every trip from home. It also underdeveloped and capable adds value to all of the propof significant increases in taxerty in our city when children able value to the surrounding and adults have a network of property. trails, bike paths and dual-use There would be ample free sidewalks connected throughparking at each stop and in out the city center and around the case of San Marcos, shuttle its perimeter. You can view my service to the outlet malls and Web site,, connection to the San Marcos to see some of the top bike bus station. While still undeand pedestrian plans as well as cided, the connection to Texas for trail

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Make a difference this election year and vote. Our government has made it easy for people to be heard on Election Day, especially college STEPHANIE SILVAS students. Star Columnist Students can request a ballot to be mailed to them if they live outside the county they vote in, but Tuesday is the last day to request a ballot be mailed to you. The application must be received by your County Clerk’s office today. It is fairly easy to request the ballot. The form can be printed from the Texas Secretary of State’s Web site. The application is listed under Elections Forms on the Elections & Voter Information tab. A link to the form is also on the homepage. The application can be faxed in and the contact information for every County Clerk in Texas is listed on the Web site under Voter Information on the Elections and Voter Information tab. Voting is one of the most important tasks someone can do. Our elected officials affect every aspect of our lives. Are you discouraged about college tuition? Are you worried about the high interest on your debt? Are you concerned about the job market when you graduate? Find the candidates who want to help you and vote them into office. Make sure that you won’t regret whom you voted for in a couple years. Our generation has the power to make a huge difference. Our generation has the numbers behind us and we are the ones who will change our nation. We are tired of political corruption. We are tired of the mudslinging. We are tired of political favors. We want a fair election, a balanced government and an equal opportunity for all of our citizens. Don’t fall prey to the thought that your vote doesn’t matter. Every vote counts. Know your rights. You do not need your registration card to vote; a government-issued identification card will suffice, according to the Secretary of State’s Web site. If your voting eligibility is in question, you can vote by provisional ballot, according to the Web site. Early Voting has already begun. If you cannot request a ballot in time or if you are registered to vote in San Marcos, you can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday or on any day of the week. Be sure to make a difference this year. Stephanie Silvas is a mass communication senior For an early voting schedule in Hays County, visit To request an application for a ballot by mail, go to elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml.

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My family and I enhance every resident’s information. moved to San Marlife here in San Marcos. Third, but not least, I look cos in 1983 when My vision as a city forward to combining efforts I was five years old council member is to with Texas State’s Associated and starting kinbring career opportuniStudent Government to hold dergarten. In 1996, ties and higher paying unscrupulous landlords and I graduated from jobs into San Marcos, property managers accountable San Marcos High RYAN THOMASON create student-oriented for misinforming student tenSchool while attend- City Council Place 6 neighborhoods to provide ants of zoning classifications ing then-Southwest the students with the opCandidate on rental property. A tenant Texas State. While atportunity to live in homes notification document, which tending Texas A&M University, and protect the quality of life would be signed with every I received my real estate license and culture of San Marcos. lease agreement, is one opand worked for two property Hays County is one of the fasttion. We should management est growing counties in Texas. also build a Web companies as San Marcos should be attractsite where any ada leasing agent ing professional careers to our The University Star’s dress in the city to help pay area, thereby providing Texas editorial board invited could be entered for my educaState students the opportunity all contested city council and the zoning tion. In 2000, I to stay in San Marcos or start candidates to write a rules would apgraduated with their career while still in colguest column. pear. Finally, The a bachelor’s delege. University Star gree in business Statistically, most Texas State and the city should join forces administration with a focus on graduates will stay on the Into educate students on this and finance. terstate 35 corridor. And since other important issues. Having lived in San Marcos Austin is a hot spot for technolI ask you to join me in these most of my life and attended ogy, the council should recruit positive plans for the future. the university, I understand the high tech companies to San We have a choice to be two septown, the students and how we Marcos. The Austin Americanarate voices or to join together can work together to improve Statesman reported in an Oct. and make profound changes our quality of life. Living in 20 article that Response Service for our future. These initiatives College Station for four years Innovation Inc., a technolare a good way to begin our and working for a property ogy company, agreed to open important work as partners. management company gives a branch in Kyle that would me a fresh perspective with new initially hire 70 employees and John Thomaides is the ideas on housing solutions for a may expand to 200 employees. San Marcos City Council Place college town. I plan on working Companies similar to RSI Inc. 6 incumbent and candidate. for both sides of the fence to offer a diversity of career op-

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portunities and want an educated population surrounding them. Another priority is to offer subdivisions that are zoned multifamily but not built out with apartment complexes. We need more houses and duplexes in which students can purchase or rent without worrying about the single-family zoning ordinance, which prohibits more than two non-related persons per dwelling. These are areas where we need to grow while protecting the small-town appeal of San Marcos. I ask you to vote for the candidate with a bold vision for the future of San Marcos. Believe in the candidate with a strong background in real estate and finance, the biggest issues haunting San Marcos today. Moreover, vote for the candidate who believes in San Marcos’s culture and believes all residents, new and old, working together will provide San Marcos with a bright future for generations to come. Together, we can accomplish great things and I would be honored to have your vote. Ryan Thomason is a San Marcos City Council Place 6 candidate. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright October 31, 2006. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.

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minutes left in the period, when George hit Tyrone Scott for a 21-yard touchdown. Texas State’s mistakes included a fumbled punt, missed field goal, dropped passes and three interceptions by George. “We had opportunities but didn’t take advantage of those chances,” Bailiff said. “We dropped a touchdown and a pass that would have put on their 10-yard line. We also dropped three balls on third down.” George finished 15 of 38 for 158 yards to go with the interceptions. “I just told him to learn from it,” Bailiff said. “(Northwestern State) plays an aggressive man coverage, and as long as he’s learning a lesson it’s going to be okay. I told him to keep his head up.” The teams traded field goals in the first half, with Texas State making the score 10-

Game Notes 10 at the 49 mark on a 46-yard boot from Andrew Ireland. Mistake mania Photo courtesy of Gary Hardamon GOING AIRBORN: Sophomore quarterback Bradley George throws downfield Saturday against the Northwestern State Demons. George completed 15 passes for 158 yards with one touchdown.

Saturday’s game featured three interceptions, four fumbles and two missed field goals. Two George interceptions led to the Demons’ 10 first-half points. “A play here and a play there and the out-

come of this game is entirely different,” Bailiff said. Scott’s score Scott’s touchdown reception was his first of the season after leading all wide receivers in scores last year with five. Scott is third on the team with 14 receptions, good for 159 yards. Southland update Three teams are tied for first place in the SLC after the weekend’s games. McNeese State, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin all sit at 2-1 in league play. The Cowboys picked up their second conference win by defeating the Bearkats 31-18. Louie Runnels ran for a career-high 205 yards and a score to help SFA defeat the Lions 35-10 at Hammond, La. Texas State is tied with the Demons in fourth place. On tap The Bobcats host Nicholls State Thursday in the “Battle for the Paddle.” The Colonels are coming off a 44-0 win over Assumption College in non-conference action. The game is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on FSN Southwest/Fox College Sports.

Women’s tennis competes in last invitational of fall season By Gordon Taylor The University Star The Texas State women’s tennis team wrapped up its fall schedule by competing at the Texas-San Antonio Invitational this weekend. The tournament was a two-day event in which the Bobcats played in single and doubles matches against four different schools. The team took on Texas-Pan American in singles competition on day one of the tournament. The Bobcats had a rough match, finishing with only two wins out of six matches. Sophomore Ashley Ellis defeated her opponent 1-6, 7-5, 7-6, and Ali Gulida had a straight set victory (6-1, 6-2) over her opponent for the only Bobcat victories against UTPA. Coach Tory Plunkett was not pleased with the outcome of the UTPA match up. “I was not happy. We’ve done well this fall, but we did not have a strong showing at this tournament,” Plunkett said. “Hopefully it’s an eye opener and shows that we need to treat each opponent the same. We need to compete as hard against UTPA as we would

against UT.” The Bobcats also had a rough showing in their match against the Roadrunners, again finishing with two victories. Freshmen Andrea Giraldo and Rabea Hartmann scored straight set victories, with the latter doing so in her first singles match of the fall season. “It was a good feeling to play. I was nervous, but I think I handled it pretty well and it was successful,” Hartmann said. Plunkett cited a lack of focus for the disappointing result in Saturday’s single play. “I don’t think we were totally focused (and) mentally prepared,” Plunkett said. “However, we didn’t have our full lineup in, but then again, UTSA didn’t have theirs in either. We still should have done better than we did, but we’re not discouraged because of those facts. We’re still very confident we’ll do exceptionally well in spring against our Southland (Conference) opponents.” In doubles competition, the Bobcats competed against North Central Texas College. The Bobcats swept all three matches, with the teams of sopho-

more Lainy Chafitz and Giraldo, Ellis and Hartmann and freshman Mackenzie Farmer and Gulida all scoring victories for the Texas State. The Bobcats then faced St. Edwards in second-day doubles action. Texas State finished with two victories and one defeat. The duos of Chafitz and Giraldo and Ellis and Hartmann each scored victories. “We scrimmaged against St. Edwards earlier in the fall, and St. Edwards competed very well,” Plunkett said. “But when it counted our girls did very well; we won two of three. I think they came out trying to prove a point and it worked out well.” Plunkett was very pleased about the showing the doubles team had throughout the tournament. “We got a good look at how we’re going to look in doubles in the spring. I was pleased about winning five of our six matches,” Plunkett said. “We’re going to be very strong in the spring for doubles.” Plunkett was happy about the experience the tournament gave younger players heading into the spring schedule. “What we got out of the tourna-

ment was Rabea getting a shot to play; we got to see her ability. We had an opportunity to gain some experience for those who didn’t have much playing in upper positions,” Plunkett said. “This tournament showed us we need to give 100 percent no matter who the opponent is. On any given day any team can beat anyone.” The Texas State women’s tennis team will not see action until Jan. 28 when they begin their spring schedule by traveling to Rice to take on the Owls. “My first goal is to win. I want to play my tennis,” Hartmann said. “I need to play without thinking and hit the ball well; when you start to think you don’t do as well, but when you don’t think and use your instincts you play better. It’s like that in every sport.” Plunkett shared Hartmann’s excitement about the next semester. “It’s going to be exciting to see our squad, and seeing how we’re going to compete,” Plunkett said. “There’s been some coaching changes throughout the conference, and this team has an excellent chance of doing exceptionally well in conference as long as everyone can stay healthy.”

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A&M-Corpus Christi, who tied for fourth with 122 points each. A&M-Corpus Christi’s Shadrack Songok took home the top time of 24:20, while Lamar’s Samuel Kosgei, who placed second, came in just four seconds behind. Teammate Francis Kasagule finished 10 seconds off the pace for third place, with Frank Bwambale and Danny Shaw, also from Lamar, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. Sophomore Andrew McCartin brought in the top finish for Texas State, completing the eight-kilometer course in 26:16, good for 18th-place overall. Alex Escontrias placed 27th for Texas State, while Chris Vidrine finished 31st and Frankie Flores 36th. Brett Sheppard and Jacob Wells rounded out the race’s top50, and Jonathan Hernandez placed 57th. “The thing that makes me really satisfied is that all around our guys, without exception, improved their times and made progress,” Viniar said. The SLC race concluded the cross country season for Texas State, as they will now prepare for the spring track and field season that kicks off Jan. 19 in Houston. Viniar had previously elected not to take part in the NCAA regional competition in Waco. “Everyone has improved a lot throughout the season and our returning runners have improved dramatically from last year,” McCartin said. “We are all looking forward to next year because all but one guy will be returning. We have some very talented runners and I think that we are going to surprise a lot of people this upcoming track season and next cross country season.”

Photo courtesy of Grigori Viniar HARD-EARNED HONORS: (From left to right) Freshman Heather Bullin, sophomore Whitney Perkins, Coach Grigori Viniar and sophomore Tenley Determan pose with their awards after the Bobcat women’s fourthplace finish at the Southland Conference Championships Friday in Nacogdoches.




Last week the NBA passed regulation to curb the behavior of owners present at games. The rules are, in part, a response to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is known to sit courtside, stand in during team huddles and express disagreement with officials’ calls. Cuban, who has been fined more than $1.6 million as owner of the Mavericks, said the new rules are a way for owners to make an example of him. — news services

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Texas State soccer loses final game of regular season By Carl Harper The University Star The Bobcats clawed their way back in the soccer game’s second half after a 3-0 deficit at halftime Saturday, only to lose 4-2 against Stephen F. Austin. Texas State, 5-12-2, finished the regular season with a Southland Conference record of 3-3-2 to place fifth going into the SLC tournament. SFA finished 5-2-1 in league competition to grab the third spot for post-season play. The Lumberjacks will play McNeese State in the first round Thursday. Texas State and SFA were originally set to play Friday night, but the match was moved back a day because of rain. “Because of the push back with the rain, it extended our focus,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We had to refocus the team.” SFA drew blood twice in the first 10 minutes of action, with goals coming from Lauren Fricks and Amanda Alders. Alder’s goal was her 11th of the season, which now leads the SLC. Fricks added her second goal of the afternoon in the 31st minute to give her team a demanding lead at halftime. “SFA came out on their Senior Day and was flying around everywhere,” Conner said. “We made some corrections at halftime and began to fight back in the second half by scoring two goals.” Texas State sophomores Reagan McNutt and Rikki Padia netted their first goals of the season in the 73rd and 82nd minutes of play, respectively, only to be answered by Andrea Ramirez in the final 60 seconds to seal the win for SFA. “Sometimes our little mistakes can cost us some games,” senior goalkeeper Paige Perriraz said. “We had a minor breakdown that turned into them getting a goal in the end.” The Lumberjacks maintained control of the ball for most of the game by outshooting the Bobcats 27-10, with six corner kicks to two. “I’m glad we were able to come back and get two goals because a 4-0 loss would have looked bad going into the tournament,” Perriraz said. Freshman Samantha Fraser started the game for the Bobcats and gave up three goals to five saves. The freshman ended the regular season with 42 saves. Perriraz played the entire second half, recording three saves and allowing one goal. Fraser took the loss for Texas State. The Bobcats return home this week to prepare for the SLC tournament, which begins Thursday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. “Our game plan is what we have been building all year,” Conner said. “The players know what is expected of them and have got to be ready for Northwestern State.” Conner’s squad will play at 4 p.m. against Northwestern State. Texas State edged the Lady Demons 1-0 on Senior Day at home last week. “I think mentally, everybody is trying to get ready to play Northwestern State, because they are the big team we have to knock off,” Perriraz said. “They will be a different team and make some changes this time. We’ve got to come out and play with confidence because we know we can beat them.”


he players know what is expected of them and have got to be ready for Northwestern State.”

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Volleyball sweeps opposition in pair of weekend contests

By Robyn Wolf The University Star Bobcat volleyball completed two sweeps Friday and Saturday with wins over Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana. Friday’s 3-0 win was the first for Texas State since Oct. 14 versus McNeese State. Coming down to the final weeks of Southland Conference play, these wins have been crucial for the Bobcats. “These next three weeks are really important,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We lost several matches in the past, but we have that intensity and passion.” Friday night’s match versus the Colonels saw an early game-one lead by Nicholls State. Several service errors put the Colonels on top 12-8, but Texas State rallied back, tying the game and taking a one-point 15-14 advantage. Nicholls State regained the lead at 19-17, but the Bobcats went on a 6-3 run, capped by a Karry Griffin kill, to put Texas State up 25-20. The ‘Cats went 52 through the final frames, and a Kelly Fletcher kill gave the Bobcats the 30-23 victory and the match point. Game two saw an early 6-1 Texas State lead that turned into a 17-9 advantage by the midpoint. The Colonels got within four points at 20-16 but the Bobcats went on to grab a 30-25 victory. Nicholls State led by four in game three, but the Bobcats came back to grab a 12-11 lead on six straight Colonel errors. A Fletcher kill sparked a 7-0 Texas State run to make the score 1913. Several errors foiled a Colonel comeback, and the Bobcats completed the sweep with a 3025 win. Texas State held the Southeastern Louisiana Lions to just .160 in hitting Saturday in a convincing 3-0 sweep. “These two teams are bottom of the barrel,” Chisum said. “They’re struggling, so it was important for us to beat them in three.”

Game one opened up 5-4 in favor of Southeastern Louisiana, but that lead would be the only one of the game for the Lions. The Bobcats used a 6-0 run to take a 10-5 advantage, but the Lions rallied to get within one at 12-11. A 17-all tie was broken with a Weigle kill, but Southeastern Louisiana went on to close the gap and again fought to get within one at 25-24. The Bobcats fired off the next five points with kills from Weigle, Lawrencia Brown and Jessica Weynand to

take the 30-24 game one win. The Lions never held a lead in game two, as Texas State took the 30-14 win. With the score 15-10 at the midpoint, the Bobcats went on a 10-1 run to increase its lead to 25-11. Texas State outscored the Lions 5-3 over the final serves to earn the 2-0 match lead. Weynand and Brown led the Bobcats in game three with six and seven kills, respectively, in the game. The Lions never owned a lead, as they were shut down 3019 by Texas State.

Texas State held a convincing 26-12 lead before allowing a 4-0 Southeastern Louisiana run that cut the lead to 26-18. The game concluded with back-to-back kills from Brown to complete the 3-0 sweep. Players feel the team’s recent success simply comes down to hard work. “We have just worked really hard in practice,” Fletcher said. The weekend differs from earlier in the season, when Texas State was losing in three games

rather than coming away with victories. “The defense has really stepped it up, and we’re just showing how hard we’ve worked,” Griffin said. The Bobcats season will continue Wednesday, when the team will play the first of its two final home matches of the season. “It’s just fun to play at home,” Griffin said. “It’s nice to come out in front of your home crowd.” Texas State will host Sam Houston State at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Strahan Coliseum.

Austin Byrd/Star photo DOWN THE MIDDLE: Freshman outside hitter Jessica Weynand (9) spikes the ball past Atina Porter (21) and Aly’ce Peters (6) of Nicholls State during the Bobcats’ Friday night victory over the Colonels at Strahan Coliseum.

Bobcats lose SLC game to Demons By Chris Boehm The University Star Two words Coach David Bailiff used to describe Saturday’s game loom large over the Bobcats’ season: missed opportunities. Texas State lost its second Southland Conference game of the season Saturday, a 19-10 decision in Natchitoches, La. versus Northwestern State. “It was all about missed opportunities,” Bailiff said. “I thought both teams played with great effort, but they made the plays and we didn’t.” The Bobcats held the Demons to just 94 yards of total offense through three quarters, with the clubs tied at 10 points apiece. Northwestern State held the Bobcats to a five-play, 18-yard possession to start the fourth quarter, then went on its longest drive of the game to go ahead 17-10. The Demons, who previously had not moved more than 35 yards downfield, capped a 72yard drive when Greg Skidmore took a handoff from the Bobcat 37 to the end zone. The score came with three minutes off the clock. Photo courtesy of Gary Hardamon “That was on a counter that we STAY AWAY: Senior running back Greg Gold, who rushed for 11 yards, runs to avoid the Northwestern over-pursued,” Bailiff said. “(But) I thought that was the best game State defense during the Bobcats’ 19-10 loss Saturday afternoon. we’ve played, defensively.”

Northwestern State ran the ball on all five plays of its go-ahead drive; with quarterback Germayn Edmond rushing for gains of 11 and 20 yards to move the chains. Edmond did not start but entered the game in the fourth quarter, completing two passes for 30 yards. The freshman also rushed for 45 yards, as the Demons outgained Texas State 169-75 on the ground. “We were playing assignment sound but in the fourth quarter I think we were fatigued,” Bailiff said. “I don’t think it was the (change) in quarterback. Our defense was just out on the field so long.” The Bobcats could not get going on the ensuing drive, punting on their first set of downs. Northwestern State’s C. L. Grogan Jr. muffed Chris Macdonald’s punt, but Darrel Kitchen recovered for the Demons. Northwestern State scored its final points on a safety awarded after quarterback Bradley George was called for intentional grounding with under three minutes left in the game. Demons starting quarterback Roch Charpentier helped his team get on the board first, finding Ben Bailey for 29-yard score late in the first quarter. Texas State tied the game at seven with nine See FOOTBALL, page 11

Cross country season concludes with SLC Championship By Gabe Mendoza The University Star The Texas State cross country team ran its way to a solid finish at the Southland Conference Championships Friday in Nacogdoches, with the squad’s top women bringing home individual conference honors. The team put together solid times from its runners, finishing just behind the conference’s top competition. The Bobcat women tabbed three top-10 times on

their way to fourth place, with overall winner Lamar University the only other school to place three women in the top ten. The Lady Cardinal’s first-place total of 46 points gave them the win over host school Stephen F. Austin who scored a 73. Lamar took first and second individually, with junior Clerc Koenck completing the six-kilometer course in a field-best 21 minutes and 35 seconds. Teammate Renee Graham finished just six seconds behind.

The Bobcats’ big three of Tenley Determan, Whitney Perkins and Heather Bullin were rewarded for their hard work all season by being named to the 10-member All-Southland Conference Women’s Cross Country Team. Bullin was named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. “It was a great accomplishment for Heather,” Coach Grigori Viniar said. “At the awards ceremony after the race, all the recipients were international (athletes) except for her. She was the only do-

mestic up there.” 106 points placed them just at Determan’s time of 22:49 was the heels of third place Texas-Arthe top finish for the Bobcat lington, which finished with 99 women and good for sixth place points. overall. Not far behind was PerLamar and SFA also dominated kins in ninth place, with a time of the men’s competition. The Car23:09, and Bullin in tenth with a dinals clocked four of the top-six 23:16 finish. Also finishing among times en route to a 37-point top the top 50 overall were Brittany finish. SFA finished second with Rosen in 43rd place, April Mur- 50 points and Sam Houston third phy 46th and Marina Andruzzi with 87. The Bobcat men placed in 49th. Freshman Jennifer White sixth with 156 points, just 34 berounded out the women’s team hind Texas-Arlington and Texas with a 61st-place finish. The squad’s overall total of See CHAMPIONSHIP, page 11

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