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Study will determine if county jail is expanded, relocated By Philip Hadley News Reporter Overcrowding at Hays County Law Enforcement Center has officials examining alternative solutions to the growing problem. The county is currently paying $45 a person per day to Guadalupe County to house inmates it cannot accommodate. Lt. Leroy Opiela, Hays County sheriff’s spokesman, said 30 to 35 inmates are sent away from the law enforcement center daily. “We are going to have to double the size of

Panel ponders civic awareness By Jeff Turner News Reporter

Campus event warns of possible perils of Internet

crowding of our courts.” Hays County Judge Liz Sumter said creating a county justice center would allow officials to have a central location and would include more jail space. “The center would combine the jail, the lawyers and the judges all in one location,” Sumter said. “Currently, it is only a proposal and relies on the results of the feasibility study.” Barton said if the new justice center were built, it would have to include careful planning. See JAIL, page 3

Obesity prevention begins at home By Jackie Baylon News Reporter

Jenny Polson/Star Photo TALKING TECHNOLOGY: Christopher Wilkins, criminal justice senior, talks with Apple Account Executive John Starcke about Apple computers in the LBJ as a part of the Cyber Security Awareness Day Tuesday.

By Cassandra Goldsberry News Reporter Students, faculty and staff got a dose of reality when presenters and speakers came together Tuesday to give information and tips on how to be safe on the Internet and use it legally. R e p re s e n t a t i ve s from Apple, Cisco, the Identity Theft Resource Center, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Austin Police Department came to the LBJ Ballroom for the annual Cyber Security Awareness Day. “The purpose of this program is to raise awareness at the university and in the community on information security,” said Lori McElroy, information security officer. “We had two main topics. The first topic was how to protect yourself on the Internet and the second topic was music and file sharing.” Brooke Harvill, public relations senior, said she uses the Internet on a regular basis for e-mail, classes and social networking, but was not aware

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The commissioners want to increase the number of beds at the jail from 362 to between 800 and 1,000. In order to execute this, the county must complete a feasibility study to determine if the expansion can be done at the current site, located at 3807 Uhland Road, or at a new area. Barton said expansion at the original site is possible. “If we expand the current jail, we will most likely build up and add more floors,” Barton said. “We also discussed the creation of a county justice center. This would aid in the overcrowding of our current jail and would also aid in the

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When it comes to local politics, events and pertinent issues, San Marcos currently has just a handful of local news outlets, but a symposium held Tuesday night offered ways citizens can empower their voices. Civic leaders, media professionals and scholars from academia voiced their opinions on how to develop activities that will contribute to enhancing civic engagement, political knowledge and participation in the community and surrounding areas. Dianne Wassenich, League of Women Voters member and director of the San Marcos River Foundation, participated in the first panel. She suggested professors involve students in the process of local elections. “It would be a good lesson for any class or professor that wanted to use it as an example on how to conduct a non-partisan debate,” Wassenich said. She said one of her concerns about civic involvement is the lack of transparency associated with electronic voting machines. “I personally am concerned about not having paper records that can be referred to in case something goes wrong,” Wassenich said. “God knows things go wrong all the time with my computer and I’m sure that they go wrong with everybody else’s too. I’m worried about that. That’s a direction that we’ve gone that I think was a mistake.” Another speaker on the civic leaders panel promoted consumer activism. Rock Boschertt, Arrowhead Asset Management financial adviser and Wimberley resident, railed against what he referred to as “fast money”. “Fast money can come through real estate developers, through toll roads and a bunch of different things,” Boschertt said. “Fast money has no social conscience. Fast money is there just to make a profit.” He further urged citizens to vote with their dollars. “I think boycotts are an overlooked community activist tool in America because people think they’re supposed to consume,” Boschertt said. “Consuming is not our cultural purpose in the United States. Although Wall Street—and I represent Wall Street in some ways—they want you to think your role is to be a consumer. That’s not your role. Your role is to be a responsible citizen.” Lori Bergen, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said the role of media is often misrepresented. “A lot of what passes for journalism is not journalism,” Bergen said. “I think sometimes the credibility of real journalists has been harmed by the fact that there are a lot of people who sort of look like they’re doing journalism, but they’re not really journalists. What we do ... is we prepare students to be responsible public communicators.”


our current jail to accommodate the large population growth in our county,” Opiela said. “On average, the jail is always at its maximum capacity.” Jeff Barton, Precinct 2 commissioner, said the overcrowding could be attributed to several characteristics of the county and San Marcos. “The jail has become overcrowded as San Marcos and the surrounding communities continue to grow,” Barton said. “Hays is one of the fastest growing counties in the state — it is home to a large state university, and is located along the densely populated I-35 Corridor.”

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of anyone on campus illegally sharing music files. “I use iTunes,” Harvill said. “I get iTunes cards; you can buy them anywhere and I get them for presents. It’s like 99 cents a song.” With millions of Internet users, helping them to become more informed about the dangers has become a top priority for the staff of Cyber Security Awareness Day. “I want everybody to get something out of this,” said Kristy Hernandez, administrative assistant. “A lot of people are not aware that some things they do on the computer are not legal. For instance, there are old people learning how to use the computer, who are talking to minors or uploading certain pictures that are not legal. Then, there are some students downloading music illegally. These can get them sent to court or to jail.” As more people begin to join popular social networking Web sites like MySpace and Facebook, the access to personal information and pictures becomes available to anyone that has access to the Internet. Sometimes information can be stolen or used against them, which can come back and hurt them later. Harvill said she uses an antivirus program on her computer and keeps her settings private. See CYBER, page 3

Students are surrounded by temptations at every corner, whether it’s McDonald’s, Chikfil-A, Jack in the Box or Krispy Cream. These fatty foods and a lack of exercise have contributed to the country’s growing obesity epidemic. Two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or clinically obese, according to a recent report from the Trust for America’s Health. Texas is ranked 12th in adult obesity in the U.S., and it is estimated by 2040, if trends continue, 75 percent will be obese. Karen Hunter, spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said obese people run several health risk problems. They can develop heart disease, diabetes, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and cancer of the colon and breast, among others. Jeff Lev, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, said in a report that not enough progress has been made in the past year, and America’s obesity epidemic continues to get worse. According to Trust for America’s Health, an estimated 61 percent of U.S. adults in 1999 were either overweight or obese. Overweight is defined as having a body mass index of 25 or more. In 2000, a total of 38.8 million American adults were obese, which is defined as having a body mass index score of 30 or more. Since 1980, the number of overweight children has doubled and three times as many adolescents are overweight. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children’s physical activity levels have decreased because they are spending more time in front of the television and computer and playing video games. Combined with a lackadaisical lifestyle and fatty food consumption, their body weights have increased. “With respect to children and teens, we know that an overweight child is more likely to become an overweight or obese adult compared to a normal weight child,” Hunter said. She said children who have obese parents are likely to suffer the same problem. But even though obesity can be hereditary, Hunter said children can take proactive measures to help prevent the disease. Obese children face diseases like Type 2 diabetes, which previously only developed in adults. They are also at a greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Hunter said perhaps more devastating to an overweight child than the health problems is the social See OBESITY, page 3

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Bobby Hall, Waterski team president, lead the Bobcats to victory at the Collegiate Water Ski National Championships Oct. 25-27 at Zachary, La. Hall placed first in men’s overall, beating competitors from all over the nation including Texas and A&M. The three events at the competition were slalom, skiing on

one water ski while maneuvering around buoys; trick, performing gymnastic-style tricks; and jump, skiing off ramps and launching into the air for as long as possible. — Courtesy of University News Service

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Calendar Wednesday Career Services and the College of Education present the Fall Teacher Job Fair in Strahan Coliseum. Browsing will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and interviews will be held between 12:30 to 4 p.m. You must attend browsing to be eligible for interviews. Please contact Jonathan Pliego,, with any questions regarding the event. UMADD New Organization Interest Meetings will meet in LBJSC 3.10.1 from 4 to 5 p.m. The rosary will be prayed in the St. Jude Chapel of the Catholic Student Center 6 p.m. Adult children of alcoholics dealing with dysfunctional families group will meet from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. The American Marketing Association presents guest speaker Hal Adams, VP of Marketing for Valero, 5:30 p.m. in McCoy 124. Free food and drinks available starting at 5:15 p.m. Bring a friend — all majors welcome! Business casual suggested. For more information, visit edu/AMA The “Big Questions Worth Asking” series will continue at the north side of the Jones Dining Complex from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. This week’s topic: “What’s the deal with God and sex?”


Higher Ground holds a contemplative and peaceful Evening Prayer service at 5:30 p.m. in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (510 N. Guadalupe, directly across from the Tower dorm), followed by supper at 6:15 p.m. Students of every religious background are welcome.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Oct. 18, 1:05 p.m. Theft – $1500 but less than $20000/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a stolen property report. A student reported property had been taken from the Music Building without consent. This case is under investigation.

Thursday Body Talk: Using “Heart Messages” to Reduce Stress will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the LBJSC 3-11.1. Women’s Personal Growth Group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. There will be an All Saints Day Mass in the St. Jude CSC chapel 5:15 p.m. The Catholic Student Organization will meet 6 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The Rock — Praise and Worship will take place 7:30 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel of the CSC. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome to attend. Texas State women’s soccer will play McNeese State 7 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

CORRECTION: Several quotes in the Oct. 11 river cleanup article were incorrectly attributed to Ron Parker. They should have been attributed to Scott Mitchell.

Austin Byrd/Star photo Taylor Brown, agriculture business sophomore, and Zach Halfin, biology junior, sell pet fish in The Quad Tuesday afternoon for the Texas State Horticulture Club.

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The Associated Student Government had another eventful meeting Monday. To start off the evening, Mayor Susan Narvaiz addressed the audience by introducing her “wand,” referring to the cartoon published in last Wednesday’s issue of The University Star. Narvaiz also spoke of issues facing San Marcos, students and the City Council debate that was held Oct. 16 by ASG. Narvaiz felt that those in attendance at the debate were misled by her colleagues’ ambiguous responses to questions and that the students should not be misinformed on these topics. Also in attendance were basketball coaches Doug Davalos and Suzanne Fox. They addressed the senate on getting the student body excited and out to the basketball games this season. A representative from University Club Apartments was also at Monday’s meeting regarding questions concerning the debatable legislation regarding the Clarewood bus route. James Cole and Peter VanLiew were sworn into office as they filled two open seats on the Senate. Both said they look forward to working for the student body and getting their voices heard. Emergency legislation passed endorsing both Jude Prather and Kim Porterfield for City Council in the upcoming elections. Senator Tyler Ferguson reiterated the commonality that once debates are held and voices are heard, it is ideal that endorsements are granted. This legislation passed

as a Senate Resolution which establishes the voice within the Senate. Other legislation introduced included “Regarding the Length of Textbook Use,” addressing how long text books should be required by professors and “Bobcats are Hungry for More,” calling for renovations and adaptations to the current dining options offered to students. Legislation titled, “Where’s the Beef,” was deemed emergency and passed, calling for University President Denise Trauth or another authorized representative to hold a public event enthusiastically announcing Texas State’s decision to move to NCAA Division I in football. The Senate felt this necessary because of the reluctance by administrators to support this initiative, even after the increase in athletic fees to support this change. Senator Ryan Clay made a friendly amendment to include the entire Senate as sponsors to this legislation and the motion passed without any objections. In old business ASG. Sen. Angel Durr presented proposals to the Clarewood bus route and after much debate and deliberation; the Senate took the legislation up for a successful vote. Senators are now eager to work with Durr on expanding ideas and trying to find a successful bus route that is safe and reliable to residents along this course. All students are encouraged to attend weekly meetings held Mondays in LBJ 3-14.1 —Courtesy of Associated Student Government

Oct. 24, 07:59 a.m. Medical Emergency/ Blanco Hall An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. Upon further investigation, a student was ill and was transported by EMS to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation. Oct. 24, 8:18 a.m. Medical Emergency/ Hines Academic Center An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student reported feeling dizzy, was evaluated by EMS and transported to CTMC for further evaluation. Oct. 24, 10:28 a.m. Assist Outside Agency/ UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby to assist an outside agency. A student was transported to a place of residence and released to an outside agency. A report was generated for this case. Oct. 24, 1:50 a.m. Medical Emergency/ Saltgrass Steakhouse An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A non-student passed out and was transported by EMS to

CTMC for further evaluation. Oct. 25, 1:47 p.m. Information Report/ JCK An officer was dispatched for a grass fire report. Upon further investigation, the fire was extinguished and SMFD sprayed the area with water to ensure no further threat of fire existed. A report was generated for this case. Oct. 25, 6:49 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Intramural Fields An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student reported hurting their back, was evaluated by EMS and transported to CTMC for further evaluation. Oct. 25, 8:25 p.m. Property – Lost/Stolen/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a lost/stolen report. A student reported property had been taken from the Student Center Teaching Theatre without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 25, 8:05 p.m. Theft – under $500/ Jackson Hall Parking Lot An officer was dispatched for a theft report. Upon further investigation, a traffic control sign was taken from the area without consent. This case is under investigation. — Courtesy of University Police Department


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MILITARY TAKEOVER Former Hamas insider sheds critical light on group By Rob Hotakainen McClatchy Newspapers

Bridgette Cyr/Star photo Jeaneta Waithe, psychology graduate student, hangs up the head of a dummy while preparing for the second annual Blanco/San Saba Haunted House. Open to the public with free admission, the haunted house will take place 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of San Saba Hall.

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — For more than 25 years, Ghazi Hamad has been a reliable champion for Hamas and its hardline Islamist ideology, first as a leader of Palestinian street protests, then as an editor of a pro-Hamas newspaper and most recently as the chief spokesman for deposed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Now, however, Hamad has emerged as one of Hamas’ most caustic critics. In an open letter to Hamas leaders, he criticizes the group as an uncompromising movement that has lost its way. In seven blunt pages, he calls the group’s military takeover of Gaza in June unjust and a “strategic mistake that has burdened the movement with more than it can bear.” He accuses Hamas of being too stubborn to admit its mistakes. He chastises it for forgetting that militancy is a tool and not a goal. And he makes an emphatic appeal for Hamas to embrace “tolerance, pardon and reconciliation.” The reaction was somewhat predictable: Hamad, no longer Haniyeh’s spokesman, was sidelined. His letter exposed deep ideological fissures within the Hamas leadership, which appears uncertain how to deal with an Israeli economic campaign that’s costing Hamas popular support and political options. “Hamas has reached a crossroads where it really has to make a decision which way to go, and I think Hamas is deeply confused about what to do,” said Basem Ezbidi, a political science professor at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank. “They basically found themselves cornered, isolated to a great extent and unable to articulate an acceptable, attractive alternative on the ground.” Mahmoud Zahar, a hard-line Hamas leader whose power appears to be rising, dismissed Hamad’s views as the opinion of one man. “The vast majority of people inside and outside Hamas are against his evaluation, and his statement doesn’t represent the movement in general,” Zahar said. Hamad, who’s reserved and contemplative in a movement that’s characterized by fiery, strident leaders, declined to

elaborate on his letter, which became public on a Web site operated by Hamas’ secular rival, Fatah. But there’s no doubt that his criticism reflects frustration with the ideological dominance of hard-liners and militants within the movement. For years, Hamad, a voracious reader who recently has taken to carrying an Arabic copy of Richard Nixon’s hawkish political treatise, “Victory Without War,” has been among moderates who’ve sought to nudge Hamas from extremist militancy toward a more politically accommodating tone. Last year, he encouraged Hamas to take part in landmark legislative elections that surprisingly propelled the movement into control of the Palestinian Authority. Caught offguard by its own success, Hamas struggled to adjust when it took over in March 2006. In his letter, Hamad criticized Hamas for squandering an opportunity to establish itself as a modern model for political Islam. “Hamas lacks political guile and is facing politics with rigid positions and empty slogans,” he wrote. “And many times it prefers to escape from politics toward the ideology of `resistance is our strategic choice’ in spite of the fact that resistance is a tool, not a strategy.” The letter wasn’t his first public jab at Hamas. In the summer of 2006, two months after Hamas militants helped capture Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from a post along the Gaza Strip border, Hamad warned in an opinion piece in a Palestinian newspaper that Palestinians “have lost our sense of direction” and descended into chaos and anarchy. The article, however, stopped short of blaming Hamas. As street clashes between Hamas and Fatah grew worse, Hamad helped broker a deal to create a unity government, established last February that halted the fighting temporarily. But the coalition government lasted only four months and ended with Hamas fighters routing Fatah forces in Gaza. Since then, Israel and the United States have led an international campaign to isolate Gaza and support the pro-Western caretaker government created by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah’s leader. In the wake of the June military takeover, Hamas’ oncesolid popularity in Gaza has dropped off precipitously.

Evangelicals taken to court by family of deceased soldier By Rob Hotakainen McClatchy Newspapers BALTIMORE — Albert Snyder removed his glasses and sobbed Tuesday as he watched a video showing the signs that were displayed at the funeral of his 20-year-old son, Matthew. “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “You’re going to hell,” two of them read. They were the work of members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which routinely pickets military funerals. In a somber courtroom in Baltimore, jurors heard emotional closing arguments Tuesday before beginning to deliberate whether to award Albert Snyder financial damages. The jury will continue deliberating Wednesday morning. Snyder contends that church members invaded his privacy and caused him severe emotional distress. His lawyers said he couldn’t grieve properly and became depressed after protesters showed up at his son’s funeral in Maryland in March 2006. “You can punish them for what they did,” Sean Summers, Snyder’s attorney, told the nine jurors. Snyder is seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages. Summers said the behavior of the Fred

Phelps Sr. family, which founded the fundamentalist evangelical church, is “offensive, shocking, extreme and outrageous in any context, but especially at a funeral.” He described them as a “71-person cult” that terrorized the Snyder family. Jonathan Katz, an attorney for the Phelpses, said the funeral was a public event and reminded jurors that the First Amendment protects unpopular speech and religious groups. “If they’re not permitted to have their views, where’s it stop?” he asked. The Phelpses said they protested at Snyder’s funeral because he was a member of the military, defending a country that they said has institutionalized sodomy. Church members preach an anti-gay message, saying homosexuals will go to hell because they’re not following the word of God. They referred to the Roman Catholic Church, of which the Snyders are members, as a “pedophile machine.” Katz noted that Snyder had given media interviews regarding his son’s death and the funeral procession route included supportive schoolchildren. He said there was a “competition for the cameras,” adding: “This is a media event. This is a very public funeral.”

While the Phelpses have picketed at more than 30,000 events in the last 17 years, the Snyder case marks the first lawsuit involving their activities at a military funeral to go to trial. Summers told jurors that the Phelps family had stolen the dignity and respect of Matthew Snyder’s funeral for “illogical, insane” reasons. “They took their circus to Matt’s funeral,” he said. He said the Phelpses had every right to air their religious views, but he added: “They can keep it in Topeka.” Katz told jurors that Albert Snyder had seen the signs while riding in a limousine to the funeral, but that they were so far away from the church he could not even read them. He said Snyder had complicated his troubles by watching television coverage after the funeral, then searching the Internet for stories about his son. “He was able to turn off the message,” Katz said. Summers said the defendants in the case, Phelps, who founded the church in 1955, and two of his daughters “kicked Al Snyder while he was down.” Snyder will have to live with the memories of the protest for the rest of his life, he said.

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discrimination. She said children who are teased could develop low self-esteem and depression. “There are things that can help keep and maintain a healthy weight,” Hunter said. “Including healthy foods such as vegetables in the diet can help people stay healthy, and exercising can help them stay in good shape. An obesity problem can be helped.” Laura Zamarripa, chemistry senior, said she is unhappy about being overweight. “I don’t like my body weight and I have been struggling with it since I got to college,” Zamarripa said. She said staying in shape has been hard because she feels a lot of school pressure.

“I don’t find time to go to the gym and the food they offer on campus does not help much,” Zamarripa said. “I used to be able to include veggies in my diet, but on campus, the food does not have a very good variety of healthy choices.” Lisa Segal, spokeswoman for Trust for America’s Health, said several efforts have been made to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle. “When it comes to helping kids keep healthy, school districts try to help by adopting a stricter menu plan and limiting the food that is sold in the vending machines and improving physical education,” Segal said. “Around the community, more sidewalks are being made so people can walk around, along with the building of parks and supermarkets where people can go shop for healthy foods.”

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“If we do decide to build a county justice center, the location will have to be chosen carefully,” Barton said. “Anywhere we would decide to put it, it will inevitably affect the area. People do not like living near jails.” Sumter said the county is looking for alternative methods of

reducing jail population, which do not involve expansion. “There are other ways to reduce the number of people who go to jail,” Sumter said. “Things we are considering are rehabilitation programs, possibly a new drug court and maybe some mental illness outreach work.” The next steps for the county are to find a company to conduct the feasibility study

at the jail’s current location. “Right now we are preparing to write a request for proposal to put it out for bid,” Sumter said. “We don’t have anyone to conduct it yet.” She said after the results of the feasibility study are received and reviewed, the county should be able to execute the expansion within three years.

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“I make myself private so that no creepers can look at my stuff,” Harvill said. In July, Miss New Jersey Amy Polumbo was blackmailed when somebody threatened to release pictures from her Facebook profile to the public unless she gave up her crown. Cases like Polumbo’s exemplified how personal information and photos could be accessed by anyone. “I learned more about the Internet and the different ways on how I should protect myself on it,” said Faith Clark, pre-psychology sophomore. “I saw the presentation on child predators. Because a lot of my cousins have MySpace (profiles) that are not set to private, this presentation made me more obligated to warn them about displaying their personal information.” With events such as Cyber Security Awareness Day, the staff hoped the students and community take the information they learned and apply it to the way they surf the Internet and download music.

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his Halloween, when you set about to run amok on the San Marcos community, remember disguise is no excuse to wreak havoc on the little ones.

Yes, at times it feels as though Texas State students practically engulf this town, and as appealing as that idea is, it simply is not the case. Halloween is a holiday for all ages, and accordingly, Halloween activities should be age-appropriate. As much fun as it was going from door to door begging for candy when you were a child— smashing pumpkins in the street and toilet papering your neighbor’s house— partaking in these activities after the age of 17 is just plain sad. Parents accompanying their kids on a trick-or-treat outing would be less than enthused to see a group of 20-something students sauntering down familydominated neighborhood streets. I am sure the children wouldn’t appreciate having to compete with you for candy, either. If you are craving sweets that bad this time of year, then drive to the nearest convenience or grocery store and have at it. A college student’s best bet on All Hallows Eve is to stick to more adult-oriented activities. These include, but are not limited to, getting delightfully intoxicated at costume parties, dressing up in the skimpiest outfit you can legally get away with, dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or curling up to a favorite horror flick. Halloween has a tendency to bring out the inner child in all of us, but don’t let that be an excuse to act like a jerk. Vandalizing property or terrorizing children may sound like a good idea through the haze of alcohol and an outlandish costume, but those activities ruin the spirit of the tradition. If you do choose to be out and about tonight, stay clear of singlefamily residential areas and stick to apartments or neighborhoods that are comprised predominantly of students. Students will take any excuse to party, and Halloween is no exception. In light of the recent troubles residents of Sagewood are facing from families who live in the area, the last thing Texas State needs is more negative notoriety for the imbibed behavior of its students, especially on such a popular holiday. Halloween is a day intended to be celebrated in good fun and is not an excuse to terrorize innocent children. So have fun, be safe and Happy Halloween.


I have been following the controversy over the UPD acquiring AR-15 rifles, and about how these tools are necessary to prevent another event like Virginia Tech. I have noticed that the issue is bigger than the guns themselves. The issue here is really personal freedom. I have the freedom and the responsibility to run my life and to protect it, but believe it or not, the police are not bound by law to protect you or me. If you doubt me, please read the U.S. Supreme Court case Castle Rock v. Gonzales. The summary is that a woman who had a restraining order on her ex-husband could not sue the police department because they failed to prevent him from coming to her home, kidnapping her children, shooting them and then engaging in a shootout with police, killing him in a suicide-by-cop scenario. With this one court ruling, that the police are not required to protect me, I have to re-examine my rights as per the U.S. Constitution. When I get to the Second Amendment, and read that I have a right to keep and bear arms and that it cannot be infringed, I’m struck with an epiphany. I have the right to carry a gun to protect myself, because I am the only one who can always be on duty to protect me. At least when the government followed the U.S. Constitution, I did. Unfortunately, even with a Texas Concealed Handgun License, which infringes on my Second Amendment right, I still cannot legally carry a gun to protect my life, and the police are not legally obligated to use theirs to protect mine. What happened to “shall not be infringed?” I am left with my pocketknife, and my grandpa already gave me advice on that: “Never bring a knife to a gunfight!” I guess I just have to pray to a higher power when a smoking gun is pointing at my face and I’m waiting on my turn to die. If we don’t start understanding how our rights have been taken from us over the years, we may not have any rights to leave our children. Even more ominous, they may never know what it is like to be independent and self-reliant, because their parents are too busy worshipping big-brother government.

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Love your feet, lose the heels climbing on campus When I first saw her as I was waiting for the bus, my heart automatically felt for her. She was walking toward the bus Meagan Singletary stop down one of STAR COLUMNIST the many steep hills here on our beloved campus and her face was full of misery. With every step she took, it looked as if she were about to cry. My guess was as soon as she got home and off the bus she was planning to throw herself onto bed and wet her pillow with salty tears. My capacity for empathy made me wonder what exactly had happened to this poor girl to make her seem so upset. Had it been a failed test she studied really

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hard for? We all know exactly how it feels. Or a fight with a close friend or boyfriend? Any number of things could have ruined this girl’s day. As I continued pondering hypothetical situations in my mind, she arrived at the bus stop and I clearly saw the reason for her pain. She was wearing five-inch wedges. My empathy quickly turned to laughter as I though to myself, “idiot.” I don’t know why some girls do it. Who in their right mind wears wedges or heels on a campus like this one? I mean, honestly, are you daft? You know no matter where you travel at Texas State, you will most likely have a treacherous hill to mount. Take off the heels morons. No one is going to be impressed with your broken ankles. I guarantee it. Do

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you look nice in those fancy shoes? Yes, very. Are you pretty? Sure, but the thing is no one really cares how you look at 9 a.m. If you are attending school to impress people by how well you dress, then you should probably get a life. Maybe I just don’t understand this sort of thing because I am the type of girl who will grab something off the floor 15 minutes before class starts and hope to God it is clean. What I do understand is college is for learning. You are here to receive an education, not participate in a fashion show. If you feel the need to wake up two hours early for class so you can pick out the perfect outfit, with hooker heels to go with it of course, and blow dry and straighten your hair and paint your face with Sports Copy Desk Design Editor....................................Clara Cobb, Systems Administrator................................., Advertising Coordinator......................Jodie Claes, Advertising Sales Manager...........Jackie Pardue,

more colors than are contained in the rainbow, then go ahead. Just make sure you are going through all of this trouble for yourself and yourself alone. If looking good makes you feel good, then more power to you. To the girl who inspired this rant, whomever you are, try not to take too much offense. All you other ladies out there reading this while clomping down a hill in dangerously high shoes, don’t take offense either. This was written out of pure jest. While I will probably laugh if you fall on your face in your ridiculous shoes, I will probably stop to help you up, too. Meagan Singletary is a mass communication senior

I am writing this in response to “The Main Point” mocking the University Police Department for having AR-15 assault rifles in their arsenal. The article claims all the UPD does is break up parties, chase jokesters that pull fire alarms, direct traffic when lights are out and issue parking tickets. In the last paragraph of the “Point,” the board tries to remedy the fun they’ve made at the expense of the department by changing their position. I’m not sure if the board is aware of some of the UPD’s efforts in this area. In the 11 days after the incident at Virginia Tech, our community at Texas State had four bomb threats and an active shooter alert phoned into the Health Center, the Student Center and the UPD. Should this not be taken seriously in the wake of 33 dead and 29 injured at a campus that is almost our exact replica in size and enrollment? In addition, on May 5, the department was contacted by a female about a former male student that was acting increasingly paranoid and talking about harming himself and others days before spring commencement. She also reported that he had recently bought guns. Further investigation by the department revealed that the individual had been institutionalized and released, but had refused to follow-up on his treatment. He had also lied about his institutionalization at the pawnshop where he’d purchased weapons. Upon coordinating with the San Marcos Police Department, the former student was pulled over in a traffic stop. He was in possession of an SKS assault rifle and a .45-caliber long revolver. A judge placed the individual under a 30-day order of protective custody so he could receive psychiatric evaluations and help could be provided. Things like Virginia Tech don’t just happen in other places. They can happen here. I don’t think students with concealed guns are the solution because college campuses can be emotional places with people breaking up, failing classes and drinking alcohol. But if something does happen here, I want our department to have all the tools they need to get the situation neutralized as soon as possible.

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spooktacular PKWproduction is hosting a screening of The Exorcist with spooky music performed live by chamber musicians 8 p.m. at Alamo South Lamar. Tickets are $10.50. Music will include three pieces by two-time Pulitzer Nominee P.Kellach Waddle — all of which discuss graves, crypts, dark angels and various other Halloween subject matter. The intermission concert features a string rendition the most famous “scary” classical piece — Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.”

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Major milestone in music Alumni produce play on and off the stage

By Brett Thorne Features Reporter The day of Oct. 10, 2007 may not be seen as a very important date in the broad scope of music history, but time may say otherwise. Oct. 10 was the day Radiohead released its seventh studio album to the public, and though this may seem like a normal occurrence in the music industry, the details surrounding the release were anything but ordinary. The band released In Rainbows as a digital download available only through the band’s official Web site. The kicker is customers could choose to pay whatever they wanted for the album. Even more shocking is the system actually worked. Early estimates of first week record sales were in the 1.2 to 1.6 millionrange and the average price consumers paid was around $8. In an interview with, Radiohead’s manager, Chris Hufford, said the band is not trying to popularize a new way of moving music, but just wants bands and labels to think outside the box. “It’s just another way of doing things and hopefully it will initiate artists and labels to think about things a lot more and not just accept the status quo,” Hufford said. Apparently, Radiohead reached its goal. In the weeks since In Rainbows was released, numerous artists have announced unique new record release ideas that could shake the foundations of the industry. In addition to Nine Inch Nails, Saul Williams and Radiohead, Madonna announced plans for the future of her career. Evidently there is no record label in her future. LiveNation, the largest concert promoter in the world, will release Madonna’s next three albums and will be the exclusive promoter of Madonna’s upcoming tours. These recent decisions made by some of the biggest performers in the world are sure to shake up an already unstable industry. John Stinson, founder of the Recording Conservatory of Austin, works with bands on local and national levels and is well aware of the change occurring in his industry. “It certainly is changing and no one knows exactly what it’s going to look like,” Stinson said. “Looking at Radiohead might be a good example of what’s going to happen, but that won’t be the be all end all.” Stinson said Radiohead isn’t the only band coming up with novel ideas for the industry. “Local bands need to be able to sell CDs out of the trunk of their cars so to speak,” Stinson said. “We’re trying to set up distribution ideas for these local bands where people in the audience could text something to a number and the

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song could be downloaded to their phones or iTunes. Having that point of sale for local artists is really important.” With the recent success of Radiohead’s independent release, the necessity of a record label gets called into question. The answer to the question isn’t clear and very different answers are given depending on who’s being asked. Katie Taylor, a publicist with Crossroad Media, believes a big part of In Rainbows success as an independent release is owed to Radiohead’s old label Parlophone. “Radiohead is one of those acts that has a huge fan base. Yes, Radiohead is an awesome group, but their label played a major role in getting them to where they are today,” Taylor said. “I personally don’t feel as though a smaller or lesser known act, that hasn’t had a label, would experience the same success as Radiohead.” Greg Sieme, director of new media for Equal Vision records, believes labels need to adapt to the changing business of buying and selling music, but doesn’t think labels will ever be completely phased out. “We’re doing our best to change with the times and adapt,” Sieme said. “Fans have become used

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to getting their music for free, so we need to find a happy medium where fans put some sort of value on music and want to support the artists by buying their albums.” While labels and others within the industry may not know exactly how to find the “happy medium,” Sieme mentioned bands and record companies are sure to keep adapting and the delicate balance between technology and the music business is sure to even out sometime in the future. “Some people might say ‘this is what we’re doing and this is what it’s going to be like from now on,’” Stinson said, “but the truth is that no one really knows the answer.”

Texas State University alumni invite students and faculty to the performance of “Valparaiso,” opening in Austin this weekend at the Hideout Theatre. Jeremy Torres, Texas State alumnus, is directing the show, which features several alumni on and off stage. Torres said directing this production is very meaningful since he did his graduate thesis on Don DeLillo, the author of the play. “It is a dream to be able to direct this show,” he said. Torres’ directing résumé includes a production done with a theater company in New York City, where he was able to direct a premier performance of “Penetrator.” “I loved the experience. It was life changing,” he said. Torres said after returning, he wanted to bring the ideas and experiences from his work in New York to Austin. “I saw what they did in New York and thought there was no reason why I couldn’t do the same thing in Austin,” Torres said. Torres, along with Adam Smith, another alumnus, and Teresa Mikulastik, a University of North Texas alumna, started the theater company “the search party.” The company’s Web site, www.thesearchparty. org, describes one of its purposes as “emphasizing the value of artistic collaboration.” Torres said there is a huge amount of artistic ability in the Austin area and he feels theater can combine them all. “It’s the only art form that all art can be used in,” he said.

“Valparaiso” will feature five Texas State alumni out of the seven actors. One of the actors, Michael Mason, is returning to Texas for the production from New York City, where he is an assistant producer for a theater company called “Working Man’s Clothes Productions.” Mason said he is excited to be a part of this production. “It’s an honor, and it’s good to be back in Texas,” he said. Along with Mason in the performance are Levi Packer, Mason Stewart, Alyson Laurel and Breanna Stogner, Austin Critics Table’s Best Actor of 2007. All graduated from Texas State with acting degrees. Torres said they have outstanding qualities making them excellent to work with. “Texas State actors are very well-trained, prepared and professional,” Torres said. Torres said the other two cast members, Amelia PaceBorah and Philip Cole, are excellent actors as well. There is equal involvement on and off stage from the alumni. Judd Farris, stage manager and assistant director, is an alumnus as is Brian McKnight, who is the lighting director for the show. Adam Smith, “the search party” cofounder and alumnus, is producing the original score for the performance. Michelle Ney, theatre professor, is designing the set. “Valparaiso” is described as a show that “looks at how the media has affected modern mankind.” Torres said the show’s complexity was one of the reasons he chose it. “It incorporates film,” he said. “It’s a challenge.”

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So you and your For those of age, a nice new bed warmer have ale or hefeweizen is moved on to the most an option, as is a good homebody and revealbottle of wine. A warm, ing of dates — the flirty buzz is what you’re movie night. going for, not all-out No, not a movie drunken stupor. night out, where proUnless you’re planANNA TAUZIN ducers and advertisning on cooking dinStar Columnist ers dictate what you ner, you don’t need to see, but an at-home do a full spread for the movie viewing, complete with date. Stay away from peanuts couch-snuggling. But what do and anything with garlic if you you wear? What do you drink? plan on getting close at all — opt Do you eat? And what the hell for cheeses and fruit instead. are you going to watch? Strawberries and grapes practiFirst off, consider some gen- cally beg to be handfed to your eral rules. Whoever plans on lover. Popcorn is classic, but I hosting the viewing is not ob- hate getting kernels trapped in ligated to pick out the movie. my teeth. Gross. Instead, he or she is in charge By the way, your local wine of drinks and munchies, should guy should be able to help you they choose to provide those. choose wines and snacks if you For dress, be comfortable, need some advice. Don’t have a but effortlessly comfortable. trusty wine guy? Go find one. In Jeans are fine, going barefoot is the Austin area, Whole Foods, practically expected (wait until GrapeVine Market, and Spec’s it’s offered, of course), but wear are good breeding grounds for a cute top. A little sparkle of concierge advice. jewelry is good, too. It’s still a As for the movies themselves, date, after all. Keep the make- be careful about what you pick. up natural ladies, and guys — go Your date night movies could easy on the cologne. make or break your date’s good Unless the two of you are opinion of you. The Olsen twins bourbon connoisseurs, leave or anything with Meg Ryan? the liquor alone on movie night. Bad move. Mad Max or any-

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thing Quentin Tarantino? Good stuff. True Romance, though a bit violent, can be perfect for a night in. Anything upbeat with a romantic undertone is a safe bet. If you know the both of you enjoy foreign films, it’s OK to go with something subtitled. Otherwise, you risk looking like a pretentious scenester. Sorry, but it’s true. Do not, I repeat, do not watch The Notebook or Titanic or anything along those lines. You will not get laid. Gentlemen, leave the Steven Seagal flicks at home, preferably in a rubbish bin. Always bring a second option along on movie nights, just in case your first pick gets shot down. I wouldn’t advise bringing more than two movies, though; any more than that and you look over-eager or indecisive. So there you have it, ladies and gents. If you end up moving to the bedroom before the credits roll, so much the better. Happy viewing. The University Star does not claim Anna Tauzin is a sexpert. Tauzin and The Star do not condone or support unhealthy or unsafe sexual behavior.

by Sophia Stenis

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Golfers Michael Carnes and Tyler Barnes-Wolf both shot subpar rounds Tuesday to finish in the Top 20 as the Bobcats tied for fifth at the UTSA Invitational played at Comanche Trace Golf Club. Carnes finished in a tie for 12th place, while Barnes-Wolf finished in a tie for 15th along with teammate Corey Roberson. —Courtesy of Athletic Media Relations

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Cross country teams place in fourth, Bobcats battle Demons and Bears eighth at conference championship By Lisa Carter Sports Reporter The men and women cross country teams placed fourth and eighth, respectively, in the Southland Conference Championships held Saturday in Corpus Christi. Senior Katya Kostetskaya led the women’s team with 20th place. Among the other top runners for the women’s team include: sophomore Heather Bullin with 21st place, junior Samantha Evola with 22nd place and junior Whitney Perkins with 25th place. Although many of the women were hoping to place among the top 10 runners, Bullin said she is content with her effort and the team’s as well. “I know that a few of the girls and I had planned on finishing in the top 10 at conference, but the competition was really big this season,” Bullin said. “I am just glad that I can walk away pleased with the race because I know that I tried my hardest and that is what I aimed to do in the first place.” Evola believes the outcome of the conference meet shows the team’s potential and prepares them for the upcoming regional meet on Nov. 10. “(The meet) shows that we are definitely a threat to the other top schools,” Evola said. “We finished only 10 points behind the third place team (Stephen F. Austin) and we are hoping to catch them at the regional meet.” The men’s team placed eighth overall and were led by freshman Michael Richards, who had a 30th place finish. Richards said he is satisfied with his performance this weekend, but despite the outcome for the men, said the team put in a satisfactory effort. “The team gave a great effort on Saturday,” Richards said. “Some things did not go our way, but it happens and we have just keep working. Personally, I think it was a good start for my first conference ever.” Junior Roel Elizalde, though unsatisfied with the team’s result, said he is happy for Richards’ finish in his first conference meet. “We as a team are not happy,” Elizalde said. “The only person who is probably happy is Michael. He did well on Saturday when it mattered. He has a lot to grow as a runner, which is a good thing.” Elizalde views the team’s result as a chance to change some components of the program next year.

“This (result) was not what anyone of us wanted,” Elizalde said. “I just foresee big changes. Our sport has gone to the slums of the conference and I see that things around here won’t be the same next year.” Both teams had a chance to experience the course at the Islander Relays earlier this season. Richards believes running the course previously helped him prepare for the conference meet. “I knew this course wasn’t easy, so I used that to my advantage to break down other runners,” Richards said. Bullin said the previous experience of the course is very different compared to this past weekend’s experience. “We ran the course for the very first meet of the year, but it was a fun relay race just so we could get to know the course,” Bullin said. “I can’t really compare that race with this one because it was a completely different race.” Perkins, along with the other women, are focusing on the regional meet and are hoping to incorporate their conference experiences into their preparation for the regional championships. “Our team had a huge accomplishment, even though we came in fourth,” Perkins said. “We all pulled together and came in as a pack (finishing close to one another). Now we just have to focus on moving the pack up.”

Chris Vidrine/Star photo LEADING THE PACK: Senior cross country runner Katya Kostetskaya finished 20th overall to give the Bobcat women’s team a fourth place victory at the Southland Conference Championship in Corpus Christi Saturday.

standings. Sunday’s game against Central Arkansas had the Texas State team coming up just short of gaining more conference points. The lone goal of the match came in the 57th minute on a corner kick assist from Sugar Bears’ defender Amanda Bishop to midfielder Lauren Carter. “It was a good game, but the field was soggy and wet, and it kept us away from our style of play,” Conner said. “But Central Arkansas had to deal with it too. Central Arkansas got a chance to score that we didn’t clear off the corner and it went in.” The Bobcats doubled the Sugar Bears shot attempt 20-10, but each shot was either denied or Cotton Miller/Star file photo missed resulting in 1-0 loss. “Things just weren’t falling for CLOSE COMPETITION: The women’s soccer team tied Northus,” Conner said. western State 3-3 and narrowly lost to Central Arkansas 1-0 while Curry led the team with six of on the road last week. The Bobcats will be playing McNeese State the 20 shots and three of them at West Campus Soccer Field Friday. coming on goal, while Reagan By Carl Harper the season to tie the game up at McNutt, junior forward, posted Senior Sports Reporter one. Minutes later, Schultz and three shots. Byrd concluded the Hebert struck again as Schultz weekend with 200 minutes added Bobcat soccer added a tie, 3-3, tallied her ninth goal of the sea- to her career total after playing with Northwestern State, and a son. Rose Lawrence, freshman the full match on Sunday. loss, 1-0, to Central Arkansas. forward, was able to punch in the “It was a hard loss, especially Britney Curry, freshman for- third goal for Northwestern to after the tie to Northwestern,” ward, came up in the last seven ensure a lead 3-1. Conner said. “I’m hoping they minutes of regulation by knock“Northwestern came out on learn from both games that they ing in her sixth and seventh fire, more than what we saw on need to be ready as soon as the goals of the season to tie the tape,” Conner said. “Their first whistle blows.” Northwestern game at three. goal caught us off guard because Texas State (3-11-2, 2-3-2) now Her first goal came when she they did something different. In ranks at seventh place in the had a clear shot at the net. Audra the second half we had some Southland Conference standings Randell, freshman midfielder, as- fouls in front of the net that costs behind sixth place Northwestern sisted Curry in the 88th minute us a couple of goals.” State and has two games left in game-tying goal. Amanda Byrd, Bobcat fresh- the regular season. The Bobcats “Britney is a fantastic player man goalkeeper, played the en- will head home for both games who can score at any time,” said tire 110 minutes allowing three to take on defending SLC TourCoach Kat Conner. “She took goals and collected 10 saves. nament Champions McNeese the team on her back.” Johnna Klohoker, Demons’ goal- State and Lamar on Friday and The Bobcats and Demons bat- keeper, allowed three goals and Sunday, respectively. McNeese tled their way through a score- made eight saves. Curry ended State stands at second place at less double overtime. Kayce the game with four shots and 4-0-1 in conference behind leader Schultz, Northwestern sopho- two goals while Lindsay Tip- Stephen F. Austin while Lamar is more forward, scored the first pit, sophomore forward, led the winless. goal of the match on a cross pass Bobcats with six shots. Lemmie “Hopefully the team will be from Erin Hebert, Northwest- contributed three shots, with ready to go against McNeese ern senior forward, in the ninth one of them finding the back of State and be a spoiler to them and minute. It wasn’t until the 63rd the net. Northwestern out-shot get into the tournament,” Conner minute that Jerelyn Lemmie, Texas State 24-19 and commit- said. “I think they will come back Bobcats’ senior captain and for- ted 18 fouls. The tie gave each out this week and work hard for ward, kicked in her third goal of team one point in the conference McNeese and Lamar.”

Volleyball make progress after losing streak By Alan Wiederhold Sports Reporter The Bobcat volleyball team beat Northwestern State and Central Arkansas in their return home to Strahan Coliseum this weekend after a five-game road trip. The wins snapped a weeklong, three-game losing streak for the Bobcats, (14-10, 7-5 Southland Conference) who remain in third place in the SLC’s Western Division. “We needed the wins badly,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We’re still not playing in a great rhythm. We had kind of a slow start today, but I was glad to get the win. It was major that we got these two wins. We’re battling now; we want a third- or fourth-place finish and be in the top half of the bracket.” Jessica Weynand recorded her tenth double-double of the season to lead the Bobcats to a 3-1 match victory (30-21, 30-22, 2630, 30-28) over Northwestern State Saturday afternoon. Weynand, a sophomore outside hitter, knocked down 14 kills and recorded 12 digs against the Demons. “This definitely gives everybody 100 percent more confidence,” Weynand said. “We had a disastrous road trip. But now we’re back at home, we’re back in rhythm and everything is working and hopefully it will carry over into next week.” Junior Emily Jones was equally effective from the middle blocker

position, tallying 10 kills and only two errors in 16 attempts, good for a .500-hitting percentage. Jones recorded 2.5 blocks in the game as well (one solo, three assisted). Freshman middle-back Melinda Cave tallied nine kills against the Lady Demons, two games after recording a career-high 23 kills at UT-Arlington. It was the only the first time in five games that an opponent had successfully held the California native to single-digit totals in kills. Junior Amy Weigle tallied eight kills and three blocks (one solo, four assisted), and junior Lawrencia Brown added six kills and 10 digs. Texas State has effectively rotated two setters into the lineup throughout the season. Saturday was no different, as freshman Shelbi Irvin handed out 29 assists, while Brittany Collins, sophomore setter, totaled 20 assists. The dual billing technique spilled over into the libero position. Sophomore Kacey Wimpy recorded 13 digs in the alternate jersey during the first two games against Northwestern State. When the teams returned from halftime, freshman Ally Bultron took over the libero duties, and also tallied 13 digs, a career-high total to date. The Bobcats jumped out to 5-0 lead in the opening game, spurred on by two of Irvin’s four aces in the match. After scoring eight of the first 10 points, the

Bobcats never led by fewer than five points, cruising to a 30-21 victory. In game two, Texas State used a 12-4 run to break open a 7-7 tie, and eventually obtained an eightpoint victory. Chisum opted to rest her starters for most of the third game with the ‘Cats up 2-0, allowing all 14 players on the roster to get into the match for the first time this season. Ashley Emanuel recorded three of her four kills during the third game, but that was overshadowed by 20-11 Demon run that gave Northwestern State its first victory. “I think (giving the reserves court time in game three) was huge,” Chisum said. “That’s why we left some of them in there in game three. I really wanted to see them finish it…but they got some experience. We need those kids down the line.” In the fourth game, it was the Bobcats making a furious run in the later stages. Trailing 2520, Texas State used 10-3 run, sparked by two kills from Brown and a flurry of Demon errors, to take the match. “I think that we knew we were better than them from the first two games,” Jones said. “We just weren’t going to go to game five. It was just going to be ridiculous, so I think we all decided at the last minute, ‘We’ve got to do something or else this is going to go downhill.’”

10 31 2007  
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