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Car wreck victim may be Texas State student; autopsy pending

MARCH FOR MORATORIUM By Leah Kirkwood News Reporter


n Saturday, hundreds of death penalty protestors nationwide came together for the Sixth Annual March to Stop Executions. This year’s march was planned to coincide with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s conference that took place last weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The march began at 3 p.m. with an hour-long rally at the Austin City Hall Plaza. The reggae band Diaspora played their politically loaded music with shouts of “Abolish the death penalty!” between songs.

Protestors lined the streets holding signs reading, “Stop All Executions” and “Innocent” with mug shots of several men currently on death row. The crowd cheered every time a passing car honked its horn. The University of Texas chapter of Campaign to End the Death Penalty had a booth set up at the plaza with copies of The New Abolitionist newsletter and information sheets on several death row inmates the group believes were wrongfully convicted. Campaign member and UT doctorate student Bryan McCann said he feels students

By Kirsten Crow News Editor

See MORATORIUM, page 3

Monty Marion/Star photos Protesters march north on Congress Avenue during Saturday’s protest. The group went on to surround the Governor’s Mansion in a call to end all state executions.

San Marcos police believe a Texas State student was one of the victims in a wreck early Saturday morning, which killed two people. According to the press release, the wreck occurred at the intersection of Aquarena Springs Drive and the east access road of Interstate 35 after a 1998 Tahoe, which investigators estimated to be traveling between 75 and 80 miles per hour, clipped a Honda Civic at 12:28 a.m. The press release reported that the Tahoe continued through the intersection after clipping the Honda, went over the center median divider and crossed into the opposite lane before striking a tree head-on. Upon impact, the car was engulfed in flames, according to the release. The driver of the Honda was uninjured, the release stated. The press release further stated that the driver of the Tahoe, Zachary Hoy, 20, of Spring, Texas, was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Hoy was not wearing his safety belt. The passenger, who was identified in the press release as a 22-year-old Texas State fashion merchandising sophomore, was later found still strapped in her seat. Justice of the Peace 1st Precinct, Place 2, Margie Hernandez, said she pronounced the two occupants of the vehicle (Tahoe) dead at 1:37 a.m. She said she ordered autopsies and toxicology reports for both victims but had only received the autopsy of the driver, Hoy, by press time. The autopsy revealed he had died of trauma from the wreck. The passenger, however, has not been positively identified yet, Hernandez said. “We’re waiting on dental work,” she said. “The See WRECK, page 4

ASG hears from athletic department, reads new legislation omorrow night, we have one of our “T biggest volleyball matches of the year against University of Texas.” By Clayton Medford News Reporter

The Associated Student Government heard from the athletic department and read a new piece of legislation at an abbreviated meeting on Monday. On hand from the athletic department were Associate Athletic Director Don Coryell and Director of Marketing Brian Miller. Coryell and Miller discussed with senators the best time to arrive at Bobcat Stadium for tailgating as well as upcoming athletic events. “Tomorrow night, we have one of

— Don Coryell associate athletic director

our biggest home volleyball matches of the year against University of Texas,” Coryell said. “It’s not often we get those guys from Austin to come down here.” Other events include what Miller called a “College GameDay” atmo-

sphere, referring to ESPN’s football preview program, being held on Wednesday afternoon in The Quad. Coryell and Miller told senators about Fandemonium, the Texas State basketball tip-off celebration Thursday

night. The tip-off event will include a performance by the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers and a concert by Django Walker. The legislation read by lead sponsor biochemistry senior Sen. David Terrell concerns the expansion of the membership requirements of the Environmental Service Fee committee to include tenure-track professors. The environmental service fee, which is $1 per student and per long semester, and 50 cents per short semester, goes toward “recycling, landscaping, transportation initiatives like hike-and-bike

trails and other ‘campus greening’ activities,” according to the legislation. The three faculty members of the committee represent the departments of geography, agriculture and biology, respectively. Membership is limited to tenured professors, but author of the legislation Sen. Cat Reed, communication studies senior, felt the requirements were too narrow. “(The legislation) widens the pool of possible qualified faculty members to serve on the Environmental Service Fee committee,” Reed said.

Early voting shows Pam Muñoz Ryan receives Rivera award accepts his award is an increase in students Author award during “T a testament to the community 10-year celebration and the school. It casting their ballots shows what this By Alysha Hernandez News Reporter On Wednesday and Thursday, 962 people showed up for early voting at the LBJ Student Center. The polls were open to Texas State students, faculty, staff and Hays County residents. Joyce Cowan, elections administrator and voter registrar for Hays County, said she felt that a good number of those who voted at the LBJ Student Center were students. Cowan said she was pleased that young adults were exercising their right to vote in their registered county. “Our young people, early- to mid-20s, have the lowest percentage of voter turnout. We used to go up on campus, and we would have maybe 25 people that would vote,” she said. “Now, young people are coming out,

students are voting, and there is an increasing voter turnout.” As of Saturday, Cowan said 2,360 people had voted in early elections. In Hays County, there are more than 78,000 registered voters. Of these 78,000, San Marcos has more than 25,000 registered voters. The San Marcos ballot includes voting on issues in Hays County and the city of San Marcos, as well as nine Texas Constitutional amendments, including one that would define marriage in Texas as between one man and one woman. The ballot includes six bond propositions dealing with the issuance of various bond monies. If approved, the various proposals would allow for the improvement of green space See EARLY, page 4

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A Texas State institution celebrated a decade of honoring authors and illustrators who contribute to the Hispanic community through children’s literature, beginning with an awards ceremony last week. Awarded annually, the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award was presented to Pam Muñoz Ryan on Friday for her book Becoming Naomi León. “When you write a book, you are so far removed from accolades,” Ryan said. “I was thrilled to find out I would be receiving this award in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary. This award is a testament to the community and the school. It shows what this college makes a priority.” Ryan grew up in Bakersfield, Calif. She first became a teacher

college makes a priority.”

— Pam Muñoz Ryan Tomás Rivera award recipient

but returned to school for her master’s degree in order to teach literature at the college level. It was when she was studying for her master’s, she said, that a teacher suggested she try professional writing. Since then she has written over 25 children’s books. About 40 people attended the ceremony on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library including members of the Rivera family and University President Denise Trauth. “I’m so glad our university is the university that gives this award and by giving it supports the development of the popu-

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Monty Marion/Star photo Pam Muñoz Ryan accepts the Tomás Rivera Award from Rosalinda Barrera, education dean, and Perry Moore, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs on Friday, in Alkek Library. Ryan won the award, which recognizes excellence in children’s books for Mexican Americans, for her book Becoming Naomi Leõn. lation of Texas,” Trauth said. “Having something that supports the involvement of Hispanics is very important, and it’s a great book.” Rivera’s brother, Antonio Rivera, spoke on Tomás Ri-



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Tuesday in Brief

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campus happenings On Thursday, members of the Texas State Students In Free Enterprise team, Agustin Barajas and Craig Simonson, taught students at Gary Job Corps about interviewing. The Gary Job Corps Center in San Marcos is the largest job corps center in the United States. Every semester, Texas State SIFE members help the students at Gary Job Corps to prepare for the real world professional workforce. The project titled “path to success” taught the students about interviewing skills, resume building, professionally professional dress

and how to build a solid resume and cover letter. SIFE is a global, nonprofit organization on more than 1,600 university campuses in 40 countries. Texas State SIFE is one of the leading collegiate teams within the United States. Texas State SIFE has placed within the Top 20 at national competitions since 1997 and was the International Champion in 2000. For more information, contact Vicki West at (512) 245-3224 or by e-mail at — Courtesy of SIFE

News Contact — Kirsten Crow,

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Tuesday Hispanic Business Student Association will have their general meeting at 5 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-5.1. Wednesday A Bible Study will be held at 8 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center lounge. Association of Information Technology Professionals presents an alumni panel “From College to Career” at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-3.1. Crosstalk will meet at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater to worship and learn more about God. Lambda of Texas State regular meeting will be held in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. For more information, please contact Lisa Hellmer at (512) 245-3219, or e-mail Lambda_ Thursday “The Rock-Praise & Worship” will take place at 8:15 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship welcomes Ryan Koenig as our special guest 8:30 p.m. in Old Main room 320. Everyone is welcome. Contact (512) 557-7988, or for more information.

(512) 245-2208. Thursday Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For information, call the Counseling Center. Friday The Catholic Student Organization is hosting a talent show at 7 p.m. at the CSC. Saturday The Chi Omega sorority is sponsoring a basketball tournament at 10 a.m. at The Exchange. Proceeds go to the Make A Wish Foundation. Teams of four can sign up in The Quad or can register with any Chi Omega member. Entry fee is $12.50 a person.


Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For information, call the Counseling Center. Tuesday Job Shadowing Registration will take place at the Career Services office, located in the LBJSC, Room 5-7.1. Wednesday

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The CSC will have free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car will hold interviews for a full-time management trainee. For more information, contact LaTonya Croskey.

War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 5-1.10. An All Saints’ Day Mass will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Wednesday ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information, call the Counseling Center at

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

CRIME BL TTER San Marcos Police Department Oct. 27, 10:11 p.m. Assault/4001 S. Interstate 35 A woman reported that she had been assaulted by another woman in a parking lot. Oct. 29, 4:53 p.m. Forgery/ 4015 S. I-35 Subject tried to pass two counterfeit $100 bills. Oct. 30, 12:28 a.m. Traffic Accident-Fatality/ East access road-Aquarena Springs Drive Two subjects were killed in a motor vehicle crash. Oct. 30 1:03 a.m. Violation of City Ordinance/ 915 Sagewood Trail Officers made two arrests following a large party where they were pelted with beer bottles and beer cans.

Abbygail Sunley, 5, throws a beanbag through a pumpkin frame during Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival on Saturday at the City Park Recreation Hall. The carnival featured games, activities, food and a haunted house for San Marcos families.


Benefit Recovery will hold interviews for a full-time management trainee. For more information, contact LaTonya Croskey at (512) 245-2645.

“Attaining Contentment” An Educational Series takes place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1.

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University Police Department Oct. 27, unknown hours False Alarm/LBJ Student Center A police officer was dispatched to the LBJ Student Center for a fire alarm. The pull station had been activated while there was no indication of smoke or fire. This case is under investigation. Oct. 28, unknown hours Theft Under $20,000/ Bobcat Village parking lot A nonstudent reported to a police officer that someone had attempted to steal his property. This case is under investigation. Oct. 29, 3:07 a.m. Regent Rule violation/ Tower Hall Two students reported to a police officer that four students had moved a vending machine and furniture in front of their dorm room. This case was referred to Residence Life.

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

Health Beat Students at high risk for flu should take vaccination soon In a recent national survey of college students, Texas State students ranked the cold/flu as the second-leading cause negatively affecting academic performance. A sudden and severe onset of fever, headache, runny nose, cough, severe body aches and fatigue can all be associated with the influenza virus. A person infected with influenza can take seven to 10 days to recover, impacting work, school and personal life. The best way to avoid getting sick with the flu is to keep yourself healthy. Frequent hand washing, eating a wellbalanced diet, getting proper rest, abstaining from tobacco and other substances should be included in your prevention strategy. Don’t forget basic hygiene either; be sure and cover your nose or mouth if you have to sneeze or cough. Everyone should consider getting a flu shot. Persons in one of the following high-risk categories are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine. • People with a chronic condition, such as asthma, lung/heart/kidney disease, diabetes or anyone who is immunosuppressed • People 65 years of age and older • Health care personnel providing direct patient care • People caring for children younger than six months of age • Pregnant women in their second or third trimester These individuals should strongly consider getting vaccinated early while supplies last. If you get the flu, be sure to drink more fluids, get enough 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 also make you feel worse. For fever, body aches and headaches try taking acetaminophen such as Tylenol, an ibuprofen such as Advil or a naproxen sodium such as Aleve. For nasal congestion try taking a pseudoephedrine (i.e. Sudafed). For a cough take dextromethorphan (i.e. Robitussin DM), with or without guaifenesin, an expectorant. For runny nose symptoms try taking an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (i.e. Benadryl) or chlorpheniramine (i.e. Chlortrimeton).

DEAR READERS: Flu vaccines will be available to all students, faculty and staff while supplies last. The vaccines will be distributed from 12 to 6 p.m Nov. 9 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. The cost is $15 and cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted. For more information on cold and flu, visit www.cdc. gov/flu, or call the Student Health Center at (512) 2452167 with questions. — Courtesy of the Student Health Center

In the Oct. 13 issue of The Star, a review by writer Kyle Carson of the CD Blame it On the Youth by The Sun included the following quote from drummer Sam Brown, taken from The Sun’s Web site without attribution: “Our joke is, it’s a song for everyone and an album for no one.” It is our policy, the policy of Texas State University and, we believe, a key principle of journalistic ethics that any information we use that is gathered by another source should be completely attributed to that source. We apologize to our readers and to The Sun for this error. For the complete Texas State University Honor Code, see University Policies and Procedures 07.10.05.

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New GRE includes longer tests, to be given on specific days t needs to “I be made clear that the By Clayton Medford News Reporter

Students planning on continuing their higher education may want to expedite the process. Beginning in October 2006, Education Testing Service will begin administering a new Graduate Record Examination, which contains substantial changes and a four-hour estimated length. ETS claims that the new GRE boasts “the most significant overhaul … in the test’s 55-year history” and will increase the validity of the test. One of the fundamental changes to the exam required for admission by most graduate schools concerns the overall style of the test. The current GRE is what is known as a “computer-adaptive test,” in which the computer selects the next question based on how the student answered the previous question; the computer adapts to the skills of the student. When a student

answered a question of medium difficulty correctly, then the computer automatically issues a more difficult question. The new test is linear, offering the same set of questions to each test taker. When the student completes the test, the computer issues a raw score, then scales the raw score and issues the standardized score, which is considered for admission into graduate school. The most notable change to the format is the length. The current GRE takes 2.5 hours to complete; the new test will take approximately four hours. This is a result of adding second portions to the verbal reasoning and the quantitative reasoning sections. Also, each of the three sections of the GRE — verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing — will be altered in the new format. Verbal reasoning, the section comparable to the verbal portion of the Standardized Aptitude

GRE is only one indicator; it is a possible predictor of success.”

—Mike Willoughby Graduate College dean

Test, will more than double in length from one 30-minute section to two 40-minute sections. The revamped verbal reasoning section will contain more reading passages and place “greater emphasis on higher cognitive skills and less dependence on vocabulary,” according to ETS. The quantitative reasoning section, the math portion of the GRE, will similarly change from a single 45-minute section to a

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have a special obligation to get involved in governmental reform. “The university lends itself to being engaged with important issues,” McCann said. “We have a lot of resources available to us that others don’t.” Sarah Pilisz, a student at Mount St. Mary’s University in Ford, Md., flew into Austin to speak at the conference and participate in the march. Pilisz’s university chapter of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty had seven students at the conference and the march this weekend. Pilisz said it is important for young people to be involved with the death penalty abolition movement. “This is the future, and we are going to be judged by this. Our grandchildren are going to look back and say, ‘What did you do to make it better?’” Pilisz said. “If we can keep a state secure while keeping a person alive, that is what we should do.” Before the march began, members of several participating organizations spoke to motivate the crowd. Diane Restiney, national director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty spoke first. “Truth crushed to the ground will rise again,” Restiney said. “And the truth is (the death penalty) isn’t fair, it doesn’t heal, and more people are coming to see it, and the death penalty will end.” “We are in the No. 1 killing jurisdiction, not just in the (United States) but in the free world,” said speaker Rick Hepburn, professor at Southern Methodist University and member of Texas Coalition to End the Death Penalty. “You are in the hellhole of human rights.” The state of Texas is responsible for the death of nine women and 400 men, almost 40 percent of the nearly 1,000 executions in the United States. Janine Scott is the wife of Michael Scott, who is currently serving life in prison for his involvement in the Austin yogurt shop murders where four girls were shot and burned at an I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt shop in North Austin. She believes her husband was wrongfully convicted and did not receive the death penalty only because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime. “Every death the state of Texas does, they do in our names and put blood on our hands. I want to wash the blood off,” Scott said. At 4 p.m., the marchers formed a line led by the Journey of Hope from Violence to Peace banner and began to march down Guadalupe Street to Congress Avenue toward the Capitol. Protesters carried picket signs and banners from several different organizations and many from other state groups such as Alaskans Against the Death Penalty and Virginians

for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. The band of activists stretched the length of one city block chanted “They say death row, we say hell no!” and “What do we want? Abolition! When do we want it? Now.” Congress Avenue was full of pedestrians attending The National Book Festival and Dia de los Muertes festivities, and many clapped and cheered as the group passed by. The march turned onto 10th

two 40-minute section format. The section will have less geometry and place a greater emphasis on real-life situations. Also, students will be provided with an on-screen calculator during this portion of the test. The section least changed by the overhaul is the analytical writing section which will be 15 minutes shorter and have more concise questions. The new test will only be offered 30 days each year and will be administered via the internet to ETS’s testing centers nationwide. Liz Wands of the test preparation organization The Princeton Review, disagrees with ETS’s claim that the new GRE is more valid than the current test. “The truth is the current computer-adaptive GRE is expensive to administer, so ETS is changing the format. ETS will claim they’re trying to improve the validity of the GRE, but simply this (is not) true,” Wands said.

“The new GRE will contain new question types that have never been tested on any standardized exam, take an hour-and-a-half longer to complete, get scored on a new scale and be less convenient for students to take. How is that a more valid test?” Wands said her group is “investing tremendous resources into a new GRE prep course” and that “students who are taking the new GRE should not be afraid of it; it simply requires a different set of test-taking skills.” She believes it is too soon to tell what impact, if any, this new GRE will have on graduate schools nationwide. Texas State Graduate College Dean Mike Willoughby believes the new test will have a positive impact on students as well as the graduate programs at Texas State. “The overall response to the new test has been positive,” Willoughby said. “It tends to focus more on the subject areas the

student will be entering (and) the cognitive skills that we look for in graduate students.” Some concerns had been raised about the new format, but Willoughby claims that ETS handled those concerns. “As ETS was developing the test, not only did they go to representatives from graduate colleges, they went to subject matter experts in their field,” Willoughby said. Willoughby also said that since graduate programs in Texas cannot deny admission based on a single criterion, the new test will remain an accompaniment to the overall academic standing of the student applicant. The array of other factors that are considered for admission include undergraduate grade point average, references and interviews. “It needs to be made clear that (the GRE) is only one indicator; it is a possible predictor of success,” Willoughby said.


the Journey of Hope urged the crowd to yell at Gov. Rick Perry “because the biggest crime in Texas is committed by the government.” The crowd stood around the front gate of the estate after passing around the roll of yellow tape and chanted “Governor Perry, you can’t hide, we charge you with homicide!” Around 5:45 p.m., guests began arriving at the mansion where tents and tables were set up in

his is the future, and we are “T going to be judged by this. Our grandchildren are going to look back and say, ‘What did you do to make it better?’”

— Sarah Pilisz Campaign to End the Death Penalty representative

Street and ended at a parking lot across the street from the Governor’s Mansion for another 30minute rally. Diaspora played another short set and among those speaking was Juan Robert Melendez. Melendez and his T-shirt-wearing dog travel the country, speaking out against the death penalty and working toward its abolition. Melendez said he has an intimate knowledge of life on death row. “I was wrongfully convicted in 1984 and spent 17 years, eight months and one day in a Florida jail,” Melendez said. Melendez was released when a tape-recorded confession by the true killer was found. Another of the speakers at the Governor’s Mansion was Hooman Hedayati, member of Texas Students Against the Death Penalty at UT. Hedayati was deemed Youth Abolitionist of the Year later that night at the NCADP conference award ceremony. He said his group is trying to start a chapter at Texas State and will hopefully be on campus by next year. President of the Texas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Gary Bledsoe shared his expertise from working on several death row cases. He said that one of the flaws of the justice system is that those morally opposed to the death penalty often say so and never make it onto a jury, while those with preconceived notions of guilt sometimes do. “We must preserve, no matter how difficult it may be to do so, that people are generally good and there must be a way we can reach people and convince them the death penalty is wrong,” Bledsoe said. The day ended as the crowd crossed the street to surround the Governor’s Mansion with yellow crime scene tape. Scott Cobb of

the yard for an event. Protesters confronted the governor’s guests, holding up pictures of executed loved ones and questioning their support for the death penalty. Each time the gate was opened to allow visitors in, the crowd grew louder and more fervent in their cries. Jessica Gantenbein, business sophomore at Texas State, participated in the march on Saturday. “I’ve always been against the death penalty ever since I took criminal justice in high school,” Gantenbein said. She had a pen pal on death row that she sympathized with. “You don’t kill people to show that killing is wrong,” Gantenbein said. Not all Texas State students find fault with the death penalty. “I believe there are certain crimes that are such an offense to humanity that it warrants the removal of the person from humanity,” said David Hutchinson, College Republicans vice chair. Nick Fletcher and Stacy Weatherford are senior mass communications majors who agree with the death penalty. “It’s the only thing that has the ability to scare people who commit these really bad crimes like rape and murder,” Fletcher said. “Life in prison has so many loopholes like parole that they can use to their advantage.” Weatherford said she believes in the eye-for-an-eye policy. “If you kill, you deserve to be killed,” she said. “If people knew that the law says that, then chances are better that people won’t kill.” Chris Nevling, marketing senior, agreed with Fletcher and Weatherford. “It deters other criminals from doing the same (crime) when they see it carried out on other, and it also serves justice for the families of those the crimes were committed against,” Nevling

Courtney Addison/Star photo Firefighters roll up water hoses after putting out a small brush fire Sunday afternoon behind College Inn. Authorities suspect the fire was started by a discarded cigarette butt.

Prop 3 would allow construction of new fire department if voters check ‘yes’ By Silver Hogue News Reporter The San Marcos Fire Department is eagerly awaiting the outcome of the election for Proposition 3, which if passed, would grant the department a new fire station. On Nov. 8, the city bond election will allow San Marcos voters to decide whether to sell $12.1 million in tax-supported general obligation bonds to pay for a new fire station, among other city improvements. “Basically, our current station is out of date. It’s almost 35 years old, too small and not located in the proper place within the city,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Mike Baker. Baker said a study by a city inspector backed up the claim that the station was in an inefficient location. “Right now, it takes us a long time to get to the scene of a fire because San Marcos continues to grow property at a rapid pace,” Baker said. “We want to move so we can provide equal service to all San Marcos citizens.” The location of the current fire station is viewed as a problem by other members of the community as well. “I think a new station would be a great thing and the main reason is because the current station is landlocked. We need to make sure the whole city is provided with adequate fire service,” said City Council Place 4 candidate, Chris Jones. The cost of the new station is a concern for San Marcos residents who worry it will increase

taxes. “This would be the most important thing to raise taxes for,” said Bill Taylor, City Council Place 4 incumbent. “It won’t improve residents’ home insurance premiums but it will improve their fire coverage.” Baker said he believes the decision should be left to the taxpayers because they are the ones who will be most affected by the proposition. “It’s not something at the top of the radar and really should be left to the voters,” Taylor said. “I understand the logic, but this was created by the firefighters committee, and they’ll be the ones that have work out the details.” Another potential benefit of the proposition would be a reduction in the cost of insurance. “It would definitely provide cheaper insurance, and from an industrial standpoint, that would be attractive to new businesses that could help the city grow,” Jones said. Some think the old station should remain in the city along with a newly built one. “There have been rumors that (they) might keep the old station and add a new one to it,” said City Council Place 4 candidate Moe Johnson. “They called it pro-acting, and it would keep interest rates low, eventually paying for itself in the long run.” While San Marcos City Manager Dan O’Leary said that no definite location has been decided for the proposed station, the projected location would be further east, on the other

side of the railroad tracks near Luling Road. Baker said the new property is coveted by several other organizations, so they are anxious to get the proposition into action. “We really need this expansion because right now we are just landlocked with absolutely no room to grow,” Baker said. The current station has also stirred up some safety concerns amongst the firefighters currently on duty there. “This station is too old and too small to hold our new apparatus, it isn’t even (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant,” Baker said. “Our apron, or driveway, is very short so when we crank up the trucks, we have to block off the street and this creates traffic congestion problems downtown.” Baker said the most important reason for the new station is to ensure that the fire department can serve the city to the best of its ability. “I know a lot of the firemen, and they would like to be ahead of the game instead of behind it,” said Johnson. Johnson is strongly backing the proposal and thinks it would be a welcome addition to the city. Other general obligation bonds on the city ballot include propositions for street, municipal court, park and sidewalk projects. “This has been a long time coming and it’s a very important issue for the fire department and the city,” said James Frye, president of the San Marcos Firefighter Association.

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the award. Andrea Bredl, education senior, said she came to the ceremony at the suggestion of one of her instructors, curriculum and studies professor Maria De la Colina. De la Colina made the closing remarks of the ceremony. “I wanted to see (De la Colina) and hear about the book,” Bredl said. “I’m glad I came. I got to learn about Tomás Rivera, and his brother’s speech was awesome.” First awarded in 1995 to author Gary Soto and illustrator

land, a new fire station, relocation of the City Municipal Court, improved streets and improved pedestrian and bicycle ways. Elizabeth Peirce, mass communication senior and president of College Democrats, said the College Democrats hope students vote for the green space bond on Proposition 1 and bicycle and pedestrian trails on Proposition 6. “The student vote at Texas State University acts as a sleeping giant. If we can get the students to vote, we will be a powerful force in this community,” Peirce said. Proposition 1 will allow the issuance of $2 million in bonds to purchase and improve land in the Rogers Ridge area in the Spring Lake and Sink Lake watershed. Proposition 6 will increase bicycle and pedestrian access throughout the city. Eliza S. Vielma, biology senior and chairperson for the College Republicans, does not think bicycle lanes are a necessity in a city where most residents drive to work. “While bike lanes within the city of San Marcos seem like a positive idea at this time, such an idea does not serve the best interest of the majority of our city’s population,” Vielma said. “It would not benefit the com-

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Rivera wrote the novel …Y No Se la Trago la Tierra (…And the Earth Did Not Devour Him) that was made into a movie in 1995. Becoming Naomi León is a chapter book for children. It tells the story of a young Latina who travels from Lemon Tree, Calif., to Oaxaca, Mexico in search of her father and her heritage. Events for the decade celebration continued all day Friday and all day Saturday and included appearances by past winners, book signings, musical and dance performances and a conference at the San Marcos Library and San Marcos Community Center.

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Susan Guevara for their book Chato’s Kitchen, The Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award is given to the creator of “the most distinguished book for children and young adults that authentically reflects the lives and experiences of Mexican Americans in the United States,” according to the official criteria. Tomás Rivera received degrees from Texas State Teacher’s College in 1958 and 1964. He received a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1969. Rivera is the first MexicanAmerican to become a Distinguished Alumnus at Texas State University. He died in 1984.

munity to raise property taxes for bike lanes that will only be utilized by less than five percent of our residents.” Elections for two San Marcos City Council places are also on the ballot. Place 3 incumbent Daniel Guerrero is running unopposed and is therefore reelected. Place 4 incumbent Bill Taylor is running against public administration senior Chris Jones and health, physical education and recreation professor Maurice “Moe” Johnson. Vielma said the College Republicans have preferred to stay neutral and not endorse a specific candidate in the race for Place 4 so that their membership will not feel “obligated to the organization to vote for a particular candidate.” Meanwhile, Peirce said the College Democrats have put in a lot of work to see that Jones wins the race for City Council Place 4. “College Democrats endorse Chris, not as a Democrat, but as a student who will represent the needs and concerns of Texas State as a whole,” Peirce said. Early voting began Wednesday and will continue through Friday at various locations throughout the city. For more information on early voting, go to

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investigators are still investigating, and they’ve gone to the apartment and have not been able to find her, so we have to wait on the (autopsy) report, and dental work is done so we can say for sure.” The toxicology reports have not been returned, Hernandez said, and they typically take seven to 14 days to complete, depending on the caseload of the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. The university has not planned a vigil yet, said Mark Hendricks, assistant director of Media Relations and Publications. “That is something that would usually be done by request of the family,” Hendricks said. He said vigils are typically requested by the family through the Office of the Dean of Students after funeral arrangements have been made. The investigating officer, SMPD Sgt. Dan Misiaszek, was not available for comment.


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Nation’s first offshore wind energy plant represents best of private-public partnership The state that pioneered the domestic U.S. oil industry is now at the forefront of renewable energy development in the United States. On Monday, the Texas General Land Office announced an agreement to allow the nation’s first offshore wind-energy project to be built off the coast of Galveston. Construction of the 150-megawatt plant — a field of about 50 turbines each rising 260 feet above sea level with 55-yard blades — is expected to take about five years. Galveston-Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Wind Energy Systems Technologies, has agreed to put up its own money to gather wind speed data in the area and to pay the state a lease rent of $10,000 a year until production begins. After that, WEST will pay the state royalties over 30 years to be deposited in the Permanent School Fund — and expected windfall of at least $26.5 million. According to the General Land Office, the wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power 40,000 homes, an amount of energy that would require the burning of 20.7 million barrels of oil or 6.5 million tons of coal over the life of the lease. The wind farm will thus prevent the emission of about 8.1 million tons of carbon dioxide, 21,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and almost 10,000 tons of nitrogen oxides over the 30-year lease, and conserve more than six billion gallons of water that would have been used in power-plant cooling systems. The Gulf Coast wind-energy project represents private-public partnership done right. Contrast this effort with the Bush energy plan signed into law in August, which allows the secretary of the interior to exempt gas and oil developers from paying royalties in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Alaska and elsewhere, among $10 billion in subsidies to the oil and gas in the legislation. It is nice to see a government partnership with a private company that is aimed at reducing rather than bolstering our dependence on polluting fossil fuels and that makes industry pay its fair share for the use of public resources. It’s even nicer to see this partnership occur in our own Lone Star State. Unfortunately, all the wind farms in the world will not reduce our consumption of coal or oil by one pound unless consumers take the responsibility on themselves of choosing energy sources that are cleaner and renewable. We tend to think of electricity as a monopoly held by whatever company is predominant in our city or area, and most of these companies do get an overwhelming majority of their energy from coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear fission. But consumers do have a choice to use more renewable sources of energy by signing up with energy aggregators that use primarily renewable sources energy, such as wind, solar and hydroelectric. One such company is Green Mountain Energy. Admittedly, choosing such companies is more expensive for consumers, but as methods for collecting renewable energy improve and become more widely used, and as fossil fuels become scarcer, the relative cost of choosing cleaner energy will decrease. All Texans that applaud the Galveston wind farm initiative should thus take responsibility to be aware not only of the price per kilowatt-hour of the energy they consume but also of where that energy comes from, and they should vote with their pocketbooks for more environmentally sound energy. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.

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Competition is fierce, but knowledge is power How much for a train of thought as ticket to la-la land? we do, and odds It’s a place where are, they want the homework, tests, exact internship bank statements or job. How is and credit card it possible for a bills don’t exist, company to hire and everything in one of us when it KELSEY VOELKEL the candy store is is between us and free. But since we about a thousand Star Columnist live nowhere near other people? la-la land, college What makes us students everywhere are beso different from the other coming more and more men- thousands of people who are tally exhausted from all the going after the same job or wonderful, yet weary events internship that we are? What that take place in the college would make a company hire atmosphere. us instead of them? There is Things would be so much a word for it, and it’s called easier if we knew for a fact competition. that everything was going to Competition is what sepawork out; we wouldn’t be kept rates us from the thousands awake at night worrying how of other people who are after things are going to turn out. the same position we are. Jobs Are the things everyone goes and internships are becoming through even worth it? If we more and more competiknew beforehand that everytive, and as depressing as it thing was going to work out, sounds, there are limited what would we have to look possibilities to remedy it all. forward to? There are a large number of It’s all a line of events: high students at Texas State, and school, college, internship there are a slim number of and then getting a job that internships and jobs available, matches up with our interest and we are being advised to or major. If it were only that obtain an internship or job as simple, right? We are being quickly as we can so that we encouraged to apply and try can have things to put on our to obtain internships that resumé. correlate with our major. The Many will tell you that only trouble with this is that you’re not trying hard other people, thousands of enough, or you’re not lookother people, have the same ing in the right places for the

right job or internship. All of this commotion causes many headaches and makes many go to bed mentally and psychologically exhausted. I cannot count the number of times I found myself in a daze from it all. There are so many who feel powerless and approach the future with that feeling; they go into job and internship interviews with that feeling hovering over them. It’s funny how students can be so strong in one aspect, but then one brick gets punched out from the bottom and the whole wall crashes down. It doesn’t take much for our confidence to crash, isn’t that right? But then again, it doesn’t take much for the world to fall apart either. So what can we do? The competition is getting meaner and crueler by the day for the jobs and internships that are actually available. But sometimes, things can work out just right, and the right job or internship can open up at the right time. I suppose just studying harder and giving 1,000 percent instead of an easy 100 percent will land us the job or internship. But then there are those people who get the much-desired job because they have a great contact as a recommendation listed on their resumé.

What scares me is that all the jobs and internships that are available are going to get even more competitive, that if I were to get that position, someone else will always be behind me, someone who is more desperate and hungrier than I. It’s like you are waiting for them to push you down a flight of stairs so that they will get the job that you once had. Isn’t competition fun? It’s what keeps us on our toes, and you can never expect a normal or usual outcome. It is competition that can get our resume and portfolio thrown in the trash right after I place it on the boss’s desk, or it can get me hired in a heartbeat. We don’t ask to be a part of the competition — we are automatically thrown into the raffle. When it comes to competition for a job or internship for a penniless, desperate college student, our only weapon is knowledge. As corny as it sounds, knowledge is the only card we have to play; knowledge being what we know, or who we know. Competition can be an ugly thing, but it is what makes things exciting, and it is up to us to use the competition to our advantage. Voelkel is a mass communication junior.

Intelligent design should be left out of the education system Almost half of loophole in separathe nation doesn’t tion of church and believe in the evostate. I don’t underlutionary theory stand why people or believes that it want to join the should not be taught two. It only causes in schools. Even our further isolation in president supports the country. TeachJOE TORRES “intelligent design.” ing this in schools, Star Columnist Intelligent design would be giving an is an idea claiming alternative to fact. that because the universe is so While evolution is not fact, it vast and complex, that only is close enough to it to be supa supreme being could have ported by the scientific comcreated it. munity. This is not a scientific theoBut with almost half the ry, but it is heavily supported. nation believing in intelligent President Bush actually has design, you would have to put the two in the same boat, ask yourself, which side is the supporting for the idea to be right side? taught in schools. The separaThere is never going to be tion between church and state a right or wrong answer, but has been a long-standing aid this question comes up a lot. in such discussions. But what This is somewhat a fearful Bush wants to do is throw the thing. It seems that the nation long-standing crutch out the is growing more faith-based window and have the nation than fact-based. With the hobble along on one strong majority voting an obviously leg of theory and a bum knee faith-oriented individual into of religious dogma. the White House, the nonreSchool is supposed to furligious minority would have ther our education, not force to expect that at one point, we us to make educated guesses would see or hear the views on how we got here. The evoof the president. While, he lutionary theory is the closest refrained from openly saying thing we have to fact, so we that he believes this or that, he run with it. Intelligent design did say that he supports ceris just another way to find a tain aspects of faith and that

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we should consider teaching them in schools. Everyone saw it when Bush said that intelligent design was a good theory in reference to evolution. I’m not surprised that it was all over the news. Now I am sure both Democrats and Republicans have put faith out in the open at one point or another, but is this really the place to do it? One would argue that this nation was founded by people escaping religious oppression. They escaped to do their own thing. Well, what if they wanted to escape religion all together? Chances are they weren’t. You see they all had the same puritan view. God guided them. But now, we have evolved past our puritan’s ancestry into something that suits the many people here. We should be allowed to believe what we want. If you want to say that being religious isn’t oppressive, look at the Salem witch trials. I’m not saying that just because you are religious you are automatically oppressive. What I am saying is that because in the past we have tried to believe the same thing collectively and miserably failed,

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we should explore other options. I feel that teaching intelligent design in school is a big step towards a religious-based society. We already know how it will play out so why try it again? I am all for looking ahead and forgetting the past, but if you take a look around, it is safe to say that we definitely don’t live in a puritan society. We all have different beliefs that get us through the day and whether they support creationism or evolution, I say they should be free to do whatever they want, as long as we find a forum in which we leave it all at the door and coexist in a public environment to further our education. That’s where school comes in. School is a place where you can meet new and interesting people from various backgrounds and also to get an unbiased education. We all are the same despite our differences. There is never a time in school that we are subject to dogma that we are not comfortable with, unless being harassed by a bully. The classroom is a place for facts, not dogma. Torres is a mass communication sophomore. 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 other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 6,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright November 1, 2005. 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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Pat Green & Friends strum to fans By Joe Ruiz Managing Editor

SELMA, Texas — Scores of Texas country music fans piled into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater over the weekend for the Pat Green & Friends concert. Ten bands took two stages for an evening filled with cold beer, bad dancing and hell of a lot of music. Randy Rogers Band One of the first shows of the concert started with many of the event’s attendees dressing up early for Halloween. Many of those attending to see the Randy Rogers Band came to the show dressed up as green seats, but those who either weren’t at the show or tailgating in the parking lot missed out on an entertaining show. Part of the enjoyment of Texas Country music is its relation to those who listen and create. That was easily demonstrated during “They Call It the Hill Country,” a song surprisingly dedicated to Central and South Texas’ rolling hills, green grass and clean air. While the group’s set was short, the act was a standard country music performance in which the show was mildly sacrificed for the music. The music, mainly off the group’s last studio release Rollercoaster, made the dance steps easier to pull off. “I could dance to this music all night,” one concertgoer said. Shooter Jennings While popular across a number of radio stations, this was the least entertaining show of the night. Jennings, the son of country music icon Waylon Jennings, played a show that included music from his album Put The O Back In Country. His new single, “4th Of July,” while gaining spots on the charts, according to Jennings, is a step away from the ex-

Photo courtesy of Pat Green entertained thousands of fans during Saturday’s Pat Green & Friends show held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma. pected country music. The song, rife with electric guitars, feels more like a hard rock song than with its roots in country. “Southern Comfort” was a decent song with lyrics speaking of returning home after living in California. The performance was essentially Jennings and his band, the 357’s, standing around with

very little movement to engage the crowd. Once again, this show was the low-light of the complete lineup and allowed for a beer and nacho break. The Lost Trailers Removing the headliners from

the equation, The Lost Trailers performances were easily the best of the night. Relegated to the side stage and sandwiching Cory Morrow’s show, the band played two half-hour, energetic shows. Both shows were filled with songs from their albums Welcome to the Woods and Trailer Trash, but the assembled crowd in front of the cramped stage sang along loudly to a brief cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” between the group’s own songs, “Averly Jane” and “The Battery” off of Woods. The performance, quite frankly, should have been on the main stage instead of Jennings. This band was so good, I actually plan on purchasing the CD and I plan on seeing them live the next time they come through the area. Cory Morrow

Photo courtesy of Drummer Justin Pollard helped close the day-long show, which featured a variety of artists such as Two Tons of Steel and the Randy Rogers Band.

Another one of the good performances of the night came from Morrow, who played songs off his recently released album Nothing Left To Hide and others. Morrow’s sound is distinctly similar to one of country music greatest performers in Willie Nelson. Morrow’s voice, at least in an amphitheatre setting like the Verizon Wireless in Selma, has a distinct feel. The themes of his songs, especially on “Good Intentions” from Nothing, are great

for sitting back, drinking a malty beverage and relaxing to the beat. They’re also great to learn how to dance, even for those such as this reviewer with two left feet and his girlfriend who is very talented in the two- and three-step. Kevin Fowler In the middle of Morrow’s performance, but especially prior to Fowler’s hour-long set, the seats at the venue started filling but not to levels that would come close to suggesting a sell-out. Fowler’s performance was only a glimpse of what was to come from the show’s headliner, especially in terms of crowd interaction. The largest ovations from the assembled masses came on his band’s rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band’s hit “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” and his own hit single “Don’t Touch My Willie.” For those who are not fans of Fowler, it is and it isn’t what you think. The song revolves around Willie Nelson’s music and his desire that a female companion not change the song — or it could be sexual innuendo. Pat Green The show’s headliner didn’t disappoint, and when those expectations are lofty as it is, that’s

a tall order. Opening with crowd favorite “Carry On” and continuing with all the other hits, Green and his band entertained the estimated 8,000 fans in attendance. What was even nicer of Green and the event’s organizers was allowing fans seated on the lawn to fill in the remaining seats under the ceiling. In terms of crowd interaction, Green got a big laugh from the fans when he asked which song he should play about a third of the way into his nearly two-hour performance. “Should we play ‘College’ or ‘Guy Like Me?’ Green said. After an inaudible response from a fan, Green responded “Damn right we’re going to play ‘Southbound’ (35).” For many parts of the show, it was nearly unnecessary for Green to sing his own songs as the crowd knew nearly each and every word for “Wave on Wave,” “Three Days” and “Don’t Break My Heart Again.” I would heartily recommend catching a Pat Green performance as it’s very entertaining. It was a little shocking to see so many empty seats at the performance especially with the decently low ticket prices for so many artists, but those who did show enjoyed great performances and picturepicture weather.

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Why play just the gay card? Recent movies display not-so-stereotypical gay characters By Jim Beckerman The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) You better not make any remarks about Gay Perry. He’ll kick your butt into next week. He may like your butt — but he’ll still kick it. “You think that’s funny? I’m gonna break your nose now,” said Perry (Val Kilmer) to his bumbling straight buddy Harry (Robert Downey Jr.) in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, a buddybuddy detective movie with a double twist: Not only are the buddies gay and straight, but the gay guy is a two-fisted macho man, while his straight partner is a comic klutz. And if you like gay detectives, how about gay cowboys (Brokeback Mountain, opening Dec. 9)? And if you like gay cowboys, how about gay soccer players (Guys and Balls, opening in May)? And if you like gay soccer players, how about a gay deaf white man and his AfricanAmerican partner who are adopting a child (The Family Stone, opening Nov. 4)? Ready or not, here come the post-gay movies. And audiences do seem to be ready. Ready for movies where the characters are not merely gay — which used to be as much reality as mainstream viewers could take. These new characters are gay-hyphen. Such characters have turned up occasionally in supporting roles in the past (James Gandolfini as a gay gangster in The Mexican, The Rock as a gay bodyguard in Be Cool). Now, they’re center stage. “Having a character be gay in a movie just isn’t shocking anymore,” said Shane Black, writer-director of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, which is in some ways a queer variation on his own buddy-buddy Lethal

more traditional pieces like Summer Storm (a gay coming-of-age film) and April’s Shower (about a lesbian relationship), they have also released niche films like Hellbent (a gay slasher film), Eternal (a lesbian vampire flick), Freshman Orientation (a gay Animal House) and the TV drama Tides of War, about a gay submarine captain. While these films are aimed at gay audiences, some have had surprising crossover success. “Fangoria (the horror cinema magazine) did whole pieces on Eternal and Hellbent,” Reinhart said. “They were reviewed in every single mainstream paper in the country. It tells you there is a wide variety of interest in the film-going audience.” TV may have something to do with this phenomenon. Gay issues in the news and the gay characters in sitcoms have made mainstream audiences perceptibly more com-

fortable with homosexuals. Even those who disapprove for religious or other reasons and pursue an antigay agenda are more apt to adopt a “love the sinner” than “kill the monster” line while doing so. And reality shows have introduced TV audiences to gays that don’t fit any stereotypical mold: like Richard Hatch, who out-toughed everyone on the first Survivor, and Karamo, the streetwise hip-hop guy from Real World: Philadelphia. “These representations on reality television have really broadened people’s perceptions of gays and lesbians,” said Damon Romine, entertainment media director for Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Black exploits this new audience savvy about gay life to turn the conventions of the detective story upside-down. “There is a lot of reality ver-

sus fiction in this film,” Black said. “Like in reality, the tough guy is gay. In reality, you try to be the hero, you’re going to get clobbered. So much of this was trying to stand the cliches of the tough guy movie on their head.” Meanwhile, if the chemistry between Kilmer and Downey proves as winning as the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon films, Gay Perry may be back. “Depending on how much you like these guys, you may want to take another trip with them,” Black said. “It’s certainly fun to write about these characters.” But Gay Perry, after all, is not meant to be taken very seriously. The real breakthrough film that gay audiences are pinning their hopes on is Brokeback Mountain, based on an E. Annie Proulx (The Shipping News) short story about

Weapon movies. “Will and Grace and My Best Friend’s Wedding have softened us up with regards to the funny gay character,” Black said. “Well, all right, he’s gay, but they’re so funny, those gays.’ And I thought, that doesn’t really cut it. We still haven’t seen the heroic gay character that, when the chips are down, kicks down the door, shoots everybody and saves your butt.” Whether these post-gay characters are also post-stereotype is open to question. Gay Perry is a tough hombre who can slug his way out of a tight corner, but he’s also got a cell phone that plays “I Will Survive” and a tiny Derringer pistol that he calls “my faggot gun.” And the soccer players in Guys and Balls, a German film that has been described as a kind of queer Full Monty, are a collection of gay “types”: a leather guy and a flamboyant guy, a hunky guy, a nerdy guy. But considered strictly as a barometer of audience attitudes, these films may be a kind of advance. They suggest that mainstream viewers, by and large, no longer find gayness shocking or exotic enough to be of interest on its own. Like the coffee in your local convenience store, it has become humdrum. Hence the need for add-in flavors. “People know gay people now, so it’s not so much used for shock value,” said Mark Reinhart, spokesman for Regent Releasing, which is distributing Guys and Balls. “It’s more like this makes for interesting textures, or layers.” Regent and its sister company here!, a gay TV network, have been pioneering a new market: gay genre films. While some of the movies they make or distribute are Jake Gyllenhal and Heath Ledger star in the gay-cowboy film, Brokeback Mountain.

gay cowboys (Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger) in Wyoming in the early 1960s. This film, which has gotten excellent buzz on the film festival circuit, exploits neither the gay nor the cowboy element of its story as a “twist.” Both things are natural to the story and the characters. “What it really points to is the rural gay experience,” Romine said. “When you look at television and film, it often seems like being gay is a big-city experience. But it’s an international experience, no matter where you live.” As America is becoming increasingly aware, gay cowboys are out there. Just like gay detectives and gay soccer players. Expect to see more of them in the movies, Romine said. “Gays and lesbians have compelling stories to tell,” Romine said. “And I believe the vast majority of people are open to hearing those stories.”

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Queens rule the night at Lambda’s Bobcat Ball By Jolyn Huntzinger Entertainment Writer If you thought you had the best and most elaborate costume this Halloween weekend, you would have been blown out of the water when you walked into Gordo’s Bar and Grill on The Square on Friday night. The stars were out in all their splendor when Lambda of Texas State held its 10th semi-annual Bobcat Ball. The very first ball was held in April 2000 and has been held every semester since. “Each year, the turnout gets even better,” said Lambda President Roland “Rolie” Sanchez. This year, Gordo’s catered to more than 400 enthusiastic guests. It was a huge night for Texas State’s Lambda organization. “It was a great kickoff for the year,” Sanchez said. The night was complete with a professional drag show and DJ Bryan Murdock of Austin’s DJ Madness spinning. Lambda is the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization on campus. It was founded on Feb. 26, 1985 and has continued to support those with alternative lifestyles ever since. This semester’s tagline for the Bobcat Ball was “Black and White and all the colorful people in-between.” Attendees were asked to wear either black or white to promote this year’s theme.

Though Lambda is a gay friend dared him to dress like when an up-and-coming drag organization, it doesn’t dis- a woman. Later, he moved to queen takes the last name of criminate against those who Austin and got a regular job an established drag queen, want to become a member. at a bank. During the day, he who has helped them along The organization’s focus is was a regular Joe in a suit at on their journey, they are conon getting involved in cam- the bank. But, when the moon sidered the established drag pus activities and teaching came out he transformed into queen’s “drag daughter.” “If anyone hasn’t ever expetolerance as well as hosting the beauty queen that Austin, fundraisers such as the Bob- and now San Marcos, know as rienced anything like this, they should definitely attend. You cat Ball. Proceeds from the Miss Kelly Kline. semi-annual ball raise money Kline started the drag show learn a lot you didn’t know. It for local charities and keeps with her breakout number, is something everyone should the organization up and run- “You Oughta Know” by Ala- see at least once during their ning. The Bobcat Ball is Texas’ nis Morissette. She donned college life,” Sanchez said. largest fundraiser sponsored an elaborate Elvira persona Sanchez also said that the by a university’s gay, lesbian, complete with a big black wig Bobcat Ball is something evbisexual and transsexual or- and a slinky black dress. The eryone can enjoy — extrocrowd loved her. For her next verts and introverts alike. ganization. In the past, they have raised number, she performed wear- People can sit back and just money for OUT youth in Aus- ing no more than two care- enjoy the show, or they could tin, the Lesbian/Gay Rights fully placed and glued flower really get involved. This year, Lobby of Texas, Project Tran- pasties and a short skirt. She there was a dance-off comsitions and the AIDS Founda- continued shocking the crowd petition along with the drag into applause throughout the show. Ten girls and 10 guys tion. “We want people to think night. Kline brought an im- cut a rug to an array of songs of our organization as just a pressive entourage with her until only the best two were regular student organization, this Friday. She performed left. In fact, congratulation not just a gay student organi- alongside four other per- is in order for Khoy Le and zation,” Sanchez said. formers named Alysha Grant, Megan McChesney who were The group encourages any- Bianca Brooks, Honey Haynes voted the best dancers of the one who is interested or cu- and Dayrein Kline. night. Dayrein is known as Kelly rious to come to one of its “It is a very exciting atmomeetings, which are held on Kline’s “drag daughter.” sphere,” Sanchez said. “People Wednesdays at the LBJ StuSanchez explained that can be as formal or scandaldent Center. If you don’t want to go to a meeting but would Contact: Jason Tarr rather see what the group is Phone: 512-665-8788 about, going to the Bobcat E-mail: Ball is a great place to start. 1515 Aquarena Springs Drive, Suite 103 This semester’s ball was forSan Marcos, Texas 78666 tunate enough to have AusFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE tin’s Kelly Kline as its emcee for the night. Kline is a trans- COMMUNITY ACTION TEAMS FORM TO AID RELIEF sexual who has been a danc- Community Action hundred dollars in and feel like they are ing drag queen for more than Teams donated $1,000 donations was raised with making a difference.” 10 years now. He grew up in and 12,000 pounds of the help of students and CATS will be an ongoing Brownsville and began his food throughout the faculty. Great Locations effort for students to raise career as a drag queen after a week of Sept. 19 for the agreed to match the money and awareness

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$500, making the total amount donated $1,000. The Hays County Area Food Bank offered to donate 12 pounds of food per dollar which resulted in a total of 12,000 pounds of food. The Texas State students I have spoken with want to participate but don’t feel they have the money or resources to help,” Tarr said. “This is a way to get students involved PAID ADVERTISEMENT

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ous as they want because at the ball, there is no room to judge.” This semester’s ball brought in more than $1,000, and they’re still counting. The proceeds from Friday’s Bobcat Ball are going to the upkeep of the organization. Again, the fundraiser is held every semester. So, if you missed

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Distinctive voices A nontraditional point of view

Doing better on exams Despite putting pen to paper, literally, for close to three hours straight in an essay exam, last week wasn’t all that bad. All my exam scores are improving by ten points each, and I was relieved I could finally breathe after Wednesday on through the weekend.

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sation with my mother. My mom is such a good source for advice — even at my age. She asked me how school was going and if I was enjoying it. Compared to my experiences 25 years ago, this experience has been more likeable although I get frustrated when my grades are not as good as I would SUSAN RAUCH like. She reminded me I am too hard Entertainment Halloween Festivities on myself considering I haven’t been Columnist Friday, the Non-Traditional Stuto school in such a long time, and it dent Organization held a costume would be a gradual adjustment to get Halloween party where I won third into the swing of things. Things are place. I will now finally divulge the secretive settling a bit and fitting in does not seem to be costume — a beach towel. Not as glamorous such a major concern as the beginning of the you would think, but it was the funniest and semester, although I wish I could get a bit more cheapest homemade costume I ever made. The enthusiastic about my first speech presentation party was fun. I did not have to worry about this week. My topic really is interesting, but classes or tests the next day and finally got my considering I am probably close to the age of husband to an event and in costume to boot (a my classmates’ parents, I feel a bit intimidated feat in itself these days). To add to the Hallow- that they will think it is a boring presentation. een spirit, on Sunday my husband, and I caught My rehearsal at the communications lab went the movie Piranha on the Sci-Fi Channel. If over really well, with great feedback; I just hope you all didn’t know, it was filmed eons ago at the confidence carries over to the real thing on Aquarena Springs. Since we just visited a few Thursday. Keeping my fingers crossed on that weeks ago, we only watched it to locate land- one. marks. It was such a badly made movie, you couldn’t help but laugh. We will be following Susan’s first freshman semester in 25 years in next Tuesday’s issue of The Star. Advice from Mom ONLINE: Also, over the weekend, I had a good conver-

Music lovers pine for vinyl at Austin Record Convention By Tanya Horowitz Entertainment Writer What better way is there to begin a beautiful weekend than being completely surrounded by music? For people attending the Austin Record Convention, held Saturday and Sunday, there was nothing better. Under one roof, there were records, posters, tapes, 8-track tapes and many other collectibles. After paying a $4 admission fee, good for both days, attendees were immediately inundated with music from any and every genre all over the world. The convention was held in the new Crockett Event Center in North Austin. Crockett is much bigger than the old location, allowing the convention to invite approximately 300 vendors. The convention has been happening twice a year since 1981, and each year, thousands of peo-

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ple come to Austin for this event. One customer, John Tefteller, flies in from Oregon twice a year for the event. This year marks his 15th year of attending. Tefteller said he attends in hopes of finding “that one occasional very rare record.” “Record shows in Oregon are much smaller, and they don’t usually have what I look for generally. Here, I usually get lucky every single year,” Tefteller said of his reason for attending. Most attendees came for one reason: vinyl. They all have a deep love for vinyl. Vendors of the event also had unique things to say regarding the convention. Most were independents who all share a love of records and were selling their finds as well as looking for new ones. One independent vendor from Houston, Kerry Holiday, has been coming to this event for 25 years. While he had quite

a collection to boast about, he is also “always looking for new old stuff to listen to.” He said he loves this event because “it’s a bunch of people that all have a common interest, getting together and having a good time.” Most of the people at the convention have been attending for at least 10 years. Each vendor at this record convention is accompanied by up to thousands of vinyl records. However, there are also the smaller independent vendors, so there can be up to millions of vinyl records found in one place. From world music to hip-hop and almost anything else imaginable, can all be found at the convention, and can range in price from $1 to hundreds of dollars. The Austin Record Convention happens in the fall and spring of every year. Knowing how musically unique Austin is, it will always be a good time.

Monty Marion/Star photo Music lovers sift through thousands of records Saturday at the Austin Record Convention held at the Crockett Center on North Lamar Boulevard.

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Texas State volleyball wins two at home, looks toward UT By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter McNeese State University volleyball coach Dale Starr watched in frustration, his hands on his head, as he leaned back in his chair. He was at a loss as to how to stop what would eventually turn into a Texas State 10-0 run in game four. “He told me after the game, ‘I didn’t know what else to do,’” said Texas State Coach Karen Chisum of her counterpart. Saturday’s triumph over McNeese State (26-30, 30-18, 31-29, 30-23) concluded a 2-0 weekend home series. On Friday, Texas State defeated Lamar in four games (30-23, 22-30, 30-28, 3038). “McNeese is a good team; this was a tremendous win,” Chisum said. “As always, we were glad to come back home and play in front of these fans. They really Danny Rodriguez/Star photo do make a difference.” Saturday’s win showcased a Brandy St. Francis (left) helped in Saturday night’s 3-1 victhrilling four-point comeback tory over McNeese State University with 17 kills. win in game three, setting up Texas State to fly out of the gates “This season, we’ve had trouble out the third period, McNeese in the finale. starting strong in our games, so gained the upper hand follow“We definitely had momen- that was nice to see.” ing a Marquita Williams kill that tum on our side,” Chisum said. After swapping leads through- gave the Cowgirls a 29-27 game

point. A Liz Nwoke (12 kills) kill and McNeese error knotted the score, with Lawrencia Brown smashing a volley to give her team the lead. On the ensuing serve, Brown registered another score, securing Texas State the required twopoint victory. “I was just thinking at that point I wanted the ball,” Brown said. Including six kills and three aces in game four, Brown finished an already stellar weekend on an even higher note. The freshman posted a career-high 23 kills against Lamar and contributed another 20 Saturday. For the weekend Brown hit .396. “Lawrencia’s showing a lot of confidence right now,” Chisum said. “I think a turning point in our season will be that comefrom-behind win in game three.” Texas State opened shaky against McNeese, dropping the first game when the Cowgirls went on an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead. The Bobcats cut the lead down to as little as one, never leading following an initial 2-0 advantage. In game two Texas State

jumped ahead of McNeese 64. The Cowgirls sleepwalked through most of the period, letting a 10-8 deficit balloon to 12 points by the time it was over. Texas State held McNeese to a match-low .103 attack percentage for the game. “After game two, we told the kids to focus more on defense,” Chisum said. “We did a much better job late at digging McNeese’s attacks.” Saturday the Bobcats hosted the 3-8 Cardinals. Lamar hasn’t won since Oct. 18 but managed to push Texas State to the brink in back-to-back, two-point Bobcat victories in games three and four. The Bobcats opened strong, leading 5-1 in game one and eventually putting together a 7-2 run, including three Brown aces. “We were just coming off the loss to Stephen F. Austin, so we needed these two wins if we wanted to keep pace in conference,” Brown said. Game two saw Lamar leading most of the way, getting ahead 5-2 to start the match before increasing the lead to five at midpoint. The Bobcats answered by

cutting the deficit to 24-22, at which point the Cardinals rallied with six unanswered points to take the game. Brandy St. Francis notched 16 kills and six blocks against Lamar, and registered a 17-5 line the next day versus McNeese. Erin Hickman totaled 116 assists over the weekend, with Amy Ramirez averaging 4.88 digs a game in the two victories. The senior setter’s 4.09 season mark ranks eighth in the Southland Conference. Tuesday (tonight) the Bobcats host the number 14 Texas Longhorns (16-3, 11-2 Big 12). The teams played each other in scrimmages over the spring, but have not met in a meaningful game since the 2004 NCAA tournament. Texas won the first-round match three games to none. “Texas will pack the stands,” Chisum said. “We usually don’t play them this late in the schedule, but they had an opening. We want to play Texas as well as we can; it’ll be a good match.” Following the 7 p.m. match, Bobcat players will be available for autographs inside Strahan Coliseum’s concourse section.

Bobcat football loses first conference game to Nicholls State on the road By Miguel Peña Sports Editor The Bobcats suffered their first conference loss of the season in an overtime heartbreaker to the Colonels of Nicholls State University. Trailing 19 points at the onset of the fourth quarter of play, Texas State mounted an offensive comeback, scoring 22-unanswered points to take a 29-26 lead with 2:18 left in the game. The Colonels answered back with a 23-yard field goal to tie things up at the end of regulation sending the game into overtime. Romero made another appearance in overtime to end the game on a 27-yard field goal that gave the Colonels the 32-29 victory. “We put ourselves in position to win, but we have to finish,” said Coach David Bailiff. “I have to do a better job getting us started fast on the road. I just didn’t get it done.” The Colonels, boasting the most efficient and effective rushing attack in the nation, made a day out of it, finishing with a total of 391 yards on the ground and only 57 yards through the air.

Texas State kept to its game plan with a balanced attack, compiling 140 yards rushing and 227 yards through the air, most of which came in the fourth quarter of play. Daniel Jolly led the team with 75 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown on 16 carries. Morris Brothers rushed for the second most on the team with 33 yards on seven carries while Barrick Nealy was held to a season low of 28 yards on 10 attempts. Nealy made up for it by finding a series of open receivers throughout the game. With 227 yards on 17 completions, Nealy found Markee White for a total of 93 yards and one touchdown on six catches. Dameon Williams earned 51 yards and one touchdown on three catches. Tyronne Scott, Blake Burton and Randy Moshier all made themselves available for a total of 81 yards on six catches between them. Broderick Cole led the Colonels with 137 yards on 14 carries starting with a 76-yard run on their first possession of the game and his first carry of the game. Cole’s performance earned him the Aeropostale Offensive Player

of the Week award while teammate Cory Vavala earned the Defensive Player of the Week award and kicker Alex Romero earned the Special Teams Player of the Week for his late game heroics that gave Nicholls State the win. But it was key from all assets as Nicholls State had seven running backs with positive yardage, including Anthony Harris with 65 and quarterback Yale Vanoy with 64. The Bobcats were held scoreless for the first and third quarters of the game, punting on their first possession and having a Stan Jones field goal attempt blocked on their second possession. Cory Elolf got back to work early in the second quarter punting at the end of the third drive that was stopped after several failed rushing attempts. Texas State’s first successful drive came on their fourth possession with 1:15 left in the second quarter. The drive started with complete pass from Nealy to Scott for a 20yard gain and a 37-yard completion to White after false start on first down that gave the Bobcats a first and fifteen from mid-field.

The pass gave Texas State a first and ten from the Nicholls State 13-yard line. The distance was cut in half after a defensive holding penalty charged against the Colonels. After two failed attempts the Bobcats lined up for a third down with only seven yards separating them from first score of the game. Nealy lined up under center and called for the hike then proceeded to scramble in the backfield before he found White in the end-zone for a completion that cut the deficit to seven following the Jones extra point. Texas State was unable to get the ball past the goal line again until the fourth quarter of play when they were trailing in the game 26-7. Texas State started their comeback with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Williams on an eight-play drive covering 69 yards in 1:37. Nick Session cut the difference to five points two possessions later capping a 34-yard drive with a five-yard rushing touchdown bringing the score to 21-26. The Bobcat defense forced a turnover on downs as the Colonels attempted a fourth down

rushing play that was stifled by Gary Harris at the line of scrimmage. Taking over at the Nicholls 32yardline, Nealy called his own number and ran ahead for a gain of nine following an incomplete pass intended for Williams, giving the Bobcats a third and one from the Nicholls 23-yard line. Jolly got the call and took the hand off from Nealy careening his way toward the end-zone giving Texas State a one-point lead with 2:18 left in regulation. Understanding the big play ability of the Nicholls State offense, Bailiff called for the twopoint conversion, which the Bobcats made good on to extend the lead to three as Nealy found White in the end zone. Nicholls State made short work on the following possession moving the ball from their own 37-yard lie to the Texas State 5-yard line on 11 consecutive plays. The Bobcats did not allow the touchdown but the Colonels were well in range for the field goal with time running out. Romero lined up for the kick and sent one through the uprights to send the game to overtime.

Things looked good for Texas State as they started overtime at the Nicholls 25-yard line. The salvation came as the Colonels were called for a defensive pass interference penalty that gave the �Cats the first down at the Nicholls State 10-yard line. A twist of fate left the Bobcats in a precarious position as Jolly fumbled the ball on the first down attempt giving the Colonels sole possession and a chance to put the game away. As NCAA rules allow Nicholls set up from the Texas State 25yard line and kept the ball on the ground as they had the entirety of the game. It was all Vanoy, Harris and Cole moving the ball down to the Texas State 10-yard line before calling for Romero to try his foot at the uprights again. Romero lined up and kicked it through to end the game with a final score of 32-29 as the Bobcats were sent packing. Texas State returns home on Saturday to take on McNeese State University, as the visiting Cowboys will be facing off with the Bobcats in the first day game at Bobcat Stadium this season. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.

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southlandconference standings TEXAS STATE 6-2 (2-1) McNeese State 4-2 (2-1 Northwestern State 4-3 (2-1) Nicholls State 3-3 (2-1)


Southeastern La. 3-4 (2-2) Stephen F. Austin 4-4 (1-3) Sam Houston State 2-5 (1-3) All standings as of Oct. 31

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Bobcats get back-to-back wins at home By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter The Texas State soccer team was having a lackluster final weekend of the regular season when the first period of its game versus the Nicholls State University Lady Colonels ended on Sunday. After an animated halftime speech by Coach Kat Conner, though, the Bobcats — down 2-1 to winless Nicholls State two days after squeaking out an overtime victory over seventh-place Southeastern Louisiana University — turned up the intensity. “She just said, ‘We’re not playing as a team; we’re all playing individually,’” Delayna Spivey, junior midfielder, said. “She told us to regain our strength and stuff, and we went back out there and showed them what we’ve got.” The Texas State players took the message to heart, scoring almost at will in the second half en route to a 6-2 victory. The five goals scored in the second half were more than the Bobcats had scored in an entire game during conference play. “We played more as a team, and we looked for the open player,” Jerelyn Lemmie, sophomore forward, said. “Instead of trying to dribble it up the center, we looked outside and used our width.” Texas State’s domination was evident on the stat sheet. The Bobcats enjoyed a 32-6 shot advantage — including a 23-0 edge in the second half — and 16 shots on goal compared to only four by Nicholls State. “The second half, where we dominated, I think that’s very important for them to see — that when they come with their focus and their intensity, they can rack up some goals,” Conner said. Individually, a different Bobcat

scored all six goals. Spivey and fellow junior midfielder Amy Benton led the way for Texas State, each contributing a goal and an assist. Other goal scorers were Lemmie, junior forward Natalie Holder, sophomore forward Angela Crissy and sophomore forward Natalie Jackson. Lemmie’s score pushed her team-high to nine, while Crissy’s moved her to second on the team with six, despite coming off of the bench for all but one game this season. Defensively, Bobcat junior goalkeeper Paige Perriraz played all 90 minutes. She made two saves in the first period but was not forced to do much in the second as the ball spent most of its time on the other side of the field being kicked at the Nicholls State goal. The matchup with Nicholls State was also defender Kristina Troxel’s final home game of her career. The senior was in the starting line-up for the second time this season and earned Conner’s praise with her toughness throughout her career. Danny Rodriguez/Star photo Against SLU on Friday, the Junior midfielder Amy Benton saves a ball from going out of bounds during Sunday afternoon’s 6-2 Bobcat victory over the Bobcats once again did not play visiting Lady Colonels from Nicholls State University. well for 90 minutes but used a good start and a strong finish to grab a 2-1 overtime win. much pulls the rest of the team It’s not really planned or not had more shots (17-10), shots (seed) is even more important Texas State used a barrage of over and allows Delayna or Rea- planned, just part of the game.” on goal (9-7) and corner kicks than three,” Conner said. “We corner kicks in the late second gan (McNutt) to get their head Despite controlling the first (9-2). didn’t get it this year, but that period and early overtime to seal on the ball. When we started do- half of play, the Bobcats could The weekend wins over Nich- means we’re going to have three SLU’s fate. All told, the Bobcats ing that, I knew that we would never pull away from SLU and olls State and SLU kept the Bob- games to play this year instead attempted five in less than 10 get one.” went into halftime with a 1-0 cats in third place to finish the of two. Third is definitely better minutes before Spivey was fiTexas State’s other goal came lead. season. By earning the number than going in fourth or fifth.” nally able to end the game with a from junior defender Kim PhilThe second half was the op- three seed in the tournament, The 2005 Southland Conferheader into the net. The goal was lips with an assist by McNutt, a posite, with SLU spending much Texas State will play the lowest ence Tournament will be begin her third of the season, a career freshman midfielder. Phillips, of its time on the Texas State side seeded SLC team to make the on Thursday at Northwestern high. known for her good defensive of the field but unable to grab field, sixth-place McNeese State. State University’s campus in “I didn’t think we did so well play, was aggressive offensively, the lead. The Lady Lions tied the Conner said having a high seed Natchitoches, La.. Texas State positioning ourselves (on the tying a team-high with four shot game when junior defender Kari in the tournament is important, will start its defense of the tourcorner kicks) during regulation,” attempts, two of which were Yost scored her first career goal at as is going into the tournament nament title at 2 p.m. If the Conner said. “Before overtime, shots on goal. the 74:59 mark. with the momentum of Texas Bobcats advance to the second I actually talked to the forwards “I like to get into the attack Despite the close game, Texas State’s current three-game win- round, they will face second seed and reminded them how we shift mode,” said Phillips. “I just try State finished with a distinct ad- ning streak. NSU, which has a bye in the first through it. It’s a shift that pretty to get in there wherever I can. vantage statistically. The Bobcats “First of all, a one and two round.

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