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the university. Besides the potential rise in the cost of tuition next fall, three student fee increases are proposed by Trauth. The first is a $2 increase in the athletic fee to cover the cost of scholarships for athletes and improve facilities. The second proposal would be $15 more toward advising fees so the school can increase the number of academic advisers. William Nance, vice president for finance and support services, said there is currently one adviser for every 650 students. Nance said the school hopes to change that to one adviser for every 400 students in an effort to keep individuals in school and on the right track. Lastly, the university seeks a $2 fee increase in the ID card fee. As the cost of college increases, many students and their families are left with large financial obligations. As a result, they are forced to take out loans to balance the heavy price tag attributed with higher education. “College is hard to afford already,” said Gabrielle Baffi, undecided freshman. “This year I have out


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Texas State students could see another increase in their tuition bill next fall if University President Denise Trauth’s recommendations are approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents. The president has proposed an increase of $10 per semester credit hour, translating to a 6.25 percent tuition increase, to take effect in the 20082009 school year. The Texas State community can voice their opinion or ask questions about the proposed tuition and fee increase at the 4 p.m. open hearing Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. Texas State students currently pay $160 per semester credit hour, which would rise to $170 if the proposed increase is approved. The tuition a student pays to a public university is broken down into two different parts: statutory and designated tuition. Statutory tuition, which is under the control of the Texas Legislature, has been $50 per semester hour since fall of 2005. The second part, designated tuition, is decided upon by

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At-Home Access By Allen Reed News Reporter

Living in a home that’s only accessible by stairs has made trips to the doctor problematic and often times impossible for Ofelia Longoria, San Marcos resident and lupus victim who is confined to an electric wheelchair. Lydia Sanchez, Longoria’s daughter, said life has been hard and often dangerous for her mother. “She has real bad arthritis and sometimes her knees give out,” Sanchez said. “She has fallen off these steps three or four times already.” But Longoria’s hardships were eased Friday when five students from Safe at Home, a Texas State volunteer program, built her a wheelchair ramp. The students arrived at Longoria’s home 8 a.m. and worked until 5 p.m. They were led by Kirsten Orand, health services graduate student and senior program director. Orand said the goal of Safe at Home is to reduce the risk of injury and death from falls in the homes of the elderly. “We have students that will go out to peoples’ houses in the community and make small repairs in the home such as installing grab bars, changing out light bulbs and taping down rugs,” Orand said. “The intention is to prevent falls, which are a major concern with the elderly population.” The Safe at Home program is run by project director Oren Renick, health administration professor. It is affiliated with the Mutual Adoption Pact, which was cofunded by the Texas Long Term Care Institute in 1997. “This is a benchmark program in the service learning initiative that has been going on at Texas State,” Orand said. “It has served as a great model for students to get involved in the community through their coursework. As far as the community is concerned, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback of just how much it’s contributed to the overall quality of life of the elderly.” Sanchez said groups like Safe at Home play crucial roles in the community. She expressed appreciation and stressed the importance of these events. “It’s very important, especially to low-income families that don’t have the money or resources to do it on Monty Marion/Star photo

WOOD WORK: Greg Kelly, healthcare administration senior, cuts a 2x4 down to the correct length during the Safe at Home program’s wheelchair ramp build Friday on Highway 21.

San Marcos couple found dead on Halloween A 13-year-old girl returned home from trick or treating Wednesday night to find her parents dead in the carport of her home on Hunter Road. Susan Eckford, 53, and her husband, Charles Eckford, 56, died from gunshot wounds. Sgt. Leroy Opiela, Hays County Sheriff’s spokesman, said a preliminary investigation shows it was a homicide-suicide. Sheriff’s officials said a medical examination indicates Charles Eckford fired the gun investigators found at the scene. Joanne Prado, Hays County justice of the peace, ordered autopsies to be completed at the Hays County medical examiner’s office. The Eckfords’ daughter had been trick or treating with a friend when they returned to their home at 4202 Hunter Road. “When they brought her home, the father of the friend she was staying with found them,” Opeila said. — Compiled by Alex Hering/News Reporter

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By Amanda Venable News Reporter More details on the campus surveillance cameras were revealed during Monday night’s Associated Student Government meeting. Guest speaker Jeb Thomas, supervisor for access services, said Texas State plans to install 75 surveillance video cameras throughout campus. Thomas, a former University Police Department detective, noticed the school had cameras, but they were not monitored. In response, Thomas organized a committee to look at different video camera systems to be placed around campus. The cameras will be installed around Texas State in areas of specific interest to the UPD. Some of the monitored areas will include Strahan Coliseum and Bobcat Stadium parking lots. Thomas said they want to cut down on car break-ins and be able to observe crowds congregating for football games. The entrance and parking lot of Blanco Hall, the Stallions in The Quad and the paintings on the 11th floor of JCK are among the locations that will be monitored as well. The movement toward campus surveillance is for property protection, Thomas said. The images will be stored for 30 days unless criminal activity is recorded, which would be used as evidence. ASG Sen. Courtney Strange questioned the use of cameras

near the Stallions, an area representing freedom of speech. Thomas said no one should feel as if his or her rights are being violated. “We want (the cameras) there for our ability to see in the crowd to make sure everyone is behaving themselves and everyone gets a chance to be heard,” Thomas said. “We aren’t going to send police out there. It is a catch 22 — if you want privacy don’t speak in a public place.” After a brief moment of silence for Billy Mac Jones, the former Southwest Texas University president who recently died, ASG President Reagan Pugh announced the legislation “Where’s the Beef,” regarding the increase in athletics fees, would not be presented. Pugh said ASG is not getting what it needs from University President Denise Trauth regarding full adoption to move Texas State to a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision school. “We as a student body are ready to go, but we had to see some results,” Pugh said. “We will not pay for facility improvements if measures are not made to move to a D-1 institution.” One piece of new legislation presented was ASG support of the $2 increase in student ID fees. The legislation states “IDs are a vital part of the efficiency in which Texas State is operated.” Legislation titled “Regarding Length of Textbook Use” was See ASG, page 3

‘No evidence’ of Staph Wash hands, cover wounds to prevent infections By Lorna Stevens News Reporter It is only visible with a microscope, but lurking on bars of soap, razors, exercising equipment, needles or even a nearby individual could be Staphylococcal aureus bacteria, better known as ‘staph.’ Staph infections, once only notorious in health care patients, have branched out to healthy men and women in the community, posing a threat because individuals are not seeking immediate medical attention.

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“Not all infections are staph,” said Emilio Carranco, Student Health Center director. “You have to assume.” Staphylococcal species live harmlessly on the surface of every individual’s skin and around the mouth and nose. An inflamed infection occurs once the bacterium enters an abrasion or open wound. People can be carriers of staph without any visible infection. Symptoms of staph are usually minor and include redness, See STAPH, page 3

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Mike Forstner of the Texas State biology department, with a team of biologists, uncovered the mystery of the supposed chupacabra found outside the small town of Cuero. Forstner said the strange, hairless, doglike creature was really a Texas Coyote. “This is probably the answer a lot of folks

thought might be the outcome,” Forstner said. “I, myself, really thought it was a domestic dog, but the Cuero chupacabra is a Texas Coyote.” Forstner and his team unraveled the mystery by running simple DNA tests. — Courtesy of University News Service

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Calendar Tuesday Texas State volleyball will play Texas-Pan American 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum. The CSC will have a free lunch for all students 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call Lynn, (512) 357-2049. GLBQ Pride Group meeting will be held noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. “Assertiveness: Say ‘NO’ Like it’s a Good Thing,” part of the College Stress: Taking Back Your Life program, will be held 2 p.m. in LBJSC 3-5.1. UT Law Admissions presentation will be held 5 p.m. in McCoy 224. Everyone welcome. Contact with questions.

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t seems the semester just got underway and now the holidays are coming soon. From now until the end of the year, parties and family functions will be stacked on one another. Many myths surround the weight gain of the holiday season, but it is still a time to exercise caution and good judgment in order to maintain a healthy routine. reports average weight gain is a little over one pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The Web site reports the good news is most people are not gaining five or six pounds during the holidays, but the bad news is weight gained over the winter holidays is not lost during the rest of the year. They go on to say the time spent exercising determines home much weight a person

will lose or gain. The Indiana Daily Student reports a disturbing trend in the loss of holiday weight. Their research showed a tendency to fast after the holidays to take off the holiday pounds. However, X-Rays show a loss of muscle mass being replaced with lighter-weight fat. “If you’re losing muscle mass, you’re losing weight—it’s just not a good way to lose weight and it means the students who are not exercising over the holidays are also not even getting any activity such as walking between classes,” the report states. A person might ask “how does one go about avoiding extra weight gain at the end of each year?” UAB Health System offers the following advice: Eat lightly on the days before and immediately after the day

of festivities, eat a low calorie snack or drink a glass of diet coke, water or milk before a party (this can do a lot to curb one’s appetite), eat in moderation, limit or avoid alcoholic beverages, stick to your regular exercise program during the holidays and walk whenever possible. Exercise will help with weight gain and combat holiday stress. These seem like simple ideas, but sometimes the excitement of the holidays, combined with the stress they often bring, makes it difficult to stay focused on the long-term effects of our actions. Take advantage of the Student Recreation Center and all the programs offered throughout the next few months to ward off unwanted holiday heft. — Courtesy of Campus Recreation


Every Nation Campus Ministries will be holding a weekly campus meeting 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a message exploring the person of Jesus.

Oct. 30, 1:54 a.m. Drug: Possession of Marijuana/Drug: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Wood Street Garage An officer was on patrol and observed an individual walking. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation for PODP, arrested for POM and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Oct. 31, 8:58 a.m. Medical Emergency/Academic Support Building An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student reported feeling lightheaded, was evaluated by EMS, refused transport to Central Texas Medical Center and was transported to the Student Health Center for evaluation. Oct. 31, 10:59 a.m. Criminal Mischief – under $500/Wood Street Garage An officer was dispatched for a criminal mischief report. A student reported a motor vehicle was damaged while it was parked. This case is under investigation. Oct. 31, 12:11 p.m. Elevator Rescue/Alkek Library An officer was dispatched for an elevator rescue. Elevator maintenance arrived on the scene and a student was released without incident. A report was generated for this case.

Wednesday The “Big Questions Worth Asking” series will continue at Jones Dining Complex, north side, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can stay for a few minutes or the whole time in discussion with Higher Ground Campus Ministry chaplain Jaime Bouzard and others. This week’s topic: “What’s the deal with God and sex? — Part 2” Body Talk: Using “Heart Messages” to Reduce Stress will be held 2 to 3 p.m. in LBJSC 311.1.

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Spencer Millsap/Star photo Sara Hedler, studio art senior, works on a painting for her watercolor class next to the San Marcos River Monday.

Oct. 31, 7:28 p.m. Elevator Rescue/Supple Science Building Two officers were dispatched for an elevator rescue. San Marcos Fire Department assisted with the release of a student and non-student from an elevator. EMS arrived and treated the individuals and both refused transport to CTMC. Elevator maintenance arrived to perform maintenance on the elevator. A report was generated for this case. Oct. 31, 11:37 p.m. Public Intoxication/500 Guadalupe An officer was on patrol and observed an individual unable to maintain balance. Upon further investigation, a non-student was issued a citation for PI, arrested and transported to HCLEC to await magistration. Nov. 1 1:00 a.m. Assault by Contact/Falls Hall An officer was dispatched for a physical disturbance. Two students reported a non-student had assaulted them. This case is under investigation. Nov. 1, 2:29 a.m. Burglary: Habitation/Blanco Hall An officer was dispatched for a theft report. Three students reported their property was taken from Blanco Hall without consent. This case is under investigation. — Courtesy of University Police Department

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boils, blisters, swelling and impetigo, which is a ruptured sore with a brown crust. The bacterium rarely migrates from the skin to the bloodstream causing more serious, even fatal symptoms such as pneumonia or softtissue wounds. Nick Icossipentarhos, Hays County health department director, said the growing spotlight of staph infections in the media is an effect of fewer antibiotics that will treat the infection. One such resistant antibiotic strain of the staph bacteria is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcal aureus, otherwise known as MRSA (often pronounced as “mersa”). MRSA has become prominent in community areas

such as athletic locker rooms, daycares and dormitories. “MRSA statistically can vary depending on the population you are looking at,” said Rodney Rohde, assistant health professions professor. “For instance, nursing home residences or jail populations may be much different than a ‘common’ population.” Washing hands, not sharing personal items, covering and cleaning wounds immediately and following regular hygienic activities can prevent staph infections. Carranco said using disinfection spray and towels to wipe down exercise equipment serves as a main preventative. “It’s the lifestyle of Americans today,” said Clay DeStefano, director of public relations and marketing for the Central Texas

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Medical Center. “You have the germaphobes who constantly use antibacterial soap, but you also have those that don’t clean or cover their cuts.” Despite the growing concern over staph infections, the Health Center has studied and discovered no large-scale outbreak on campus. “There is no evidence there is a problem of staph on campus,” Carranco said. The Health Center received 28 cases of MRSA in 2006, which has dwindled down to 16 this year. Within a few weeks, the Health Center plans on running an educational campaign to increase awareness and provide students with accurate ways to Monty Marion/Star photo prevent staph infections. MAKING IT FIT: Seth Lawhead of Lawhead General Contracting takes crucial measurements while building a wheelchair ramp.


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close to $16,000 in loans. I feel like excess fees such as scholarships for the athletes shouldn’t be our responsibility to fund — it all just adds up. We pay for a lot more than we need to.” The ability to control designated tuition is a relatively new privilege for pubic colleges in Texas. Prior to the 2003 appropriations cut in the state legislature, public college and university tuition were regulated by the state. Many believed by deregulating tuition and fees, there would be more competition among schools, and as a result, lower the costs to attend college. However, some are critical of the Texas Legislature for deregulating schools, arguing the reverse effect has taken place. “Colleges and universities need to be held accountable for their spending habits, and the way to do that is to hold the legislature accountable for tuition costs,” said Laura Morales, Young Conservatives of Texas spokesperson. “If tuition costs are too high, let’s vote for change and let’s vote to give everyone an opportunity to afford higher education. The current system leaves no one accountable for these skyrocketing tuition costs.” Nance said faculty and staff salaries serve as the largest cost drivers for all schools. He said the proposed tuition hike would fund another 3 percent increase in faculty and staff salaries as well as increase the number of tenure-track faculty in hopes of improving the student to faculty ratio. “Texas State is so large now that just a 3 percent pay raise with benefits is $4.5 million,” Nance said. No decision will be made until the TSUS Board of Regents meet at their Nov. 14 and 15 meeting.

Participants of the 2007 Komen Race For The Cure 5K head toward the Texas Capitol Sunday morning.

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their own,” Sanchez said. “We’re very grateful that there are students who will take time out of their day to come and help the elderly.” Courtney Rieniets, healthcare administration senior and volunteer, said the recipients are not the only ones who benefit from the community service projects. “It’s an awesome experience,” Rieniets said. “You really gain a lot from working with different clients and seeing the different lifestyles they live. You wouldn’t get that same experience from any other circumstance.” The cost of the event was paid by McCoy’s Building Supplies, which also donates all of the materials used.

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passed. It is designed to ensure students are able to sell used textbooks back with some rate of return. The legislation, “Bobcats are Hungry for More,” also passed. It asks for a Starbucks, national hamburger chain and extended space for the sandwich shop Blimpy to operate. The requests aim to accommodate more students. The meeting closed with a reminder about an open student forum on the proposed tuition and fee increase. The hearing will be 4 p.m. Tuesday in LBJSC 3-14.1. All students are encouraged to attend the event.

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THE MAIN POINT SG endorsed two city council candidates at its last meeting,

which President Reagan Pugh and Vice President Alexis Dabney said they would not do as part of their election platform. In an Oct. 30 University Star article, Pugh said he did not have a problem standing behind ASG’s decision to endorse Kim Porterfield and Jude Prather for Place 1 and 2, respectively, because students were not given factual information at the Oct. 23 City Council debate. Pugh said he had a hard time making an endorsement prior to the debate, which is troublesome because he originally stated it wasn’t his job to support political candidates. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz attended the Oct. 30 ASG meeting to clarify statements made by council members Betsy Robertson and Gaylord Bose regarding a Sagewood Circle taskforce and relocation of a proposed hotel. Providing incorrect information to prospective voters is not a good thing and ultimately hurts the candidate running for office. Voters will find out the truth and choose whom to represent them accordingly. However, The Star wonders whether this reason was enough to call for a change in attitude by ASG toward endorsing candidates. Last fall, concerns were raised about conflicts of interest between former ASG President Kyle Morris and the political candidates his administration endorsed. In order to avoid any possible conflicts in the future, Pugh and Dabney said they would refrain from endorsing candidates. It is obvious they have changed their position. ASG Sen. Tyler Ferguson, who authored the resolution endorsing Prather, said it is customary for organizations to endorse a candidate after holding a debate. It is true many organizations endorse candidates, but it is the duty of some organizations solely to provide voters with the information to make educated decisions. Traditionally, debates do not usually call for endorsements unless it is hosted by an interest group with voting members that pay dues. The League of Women Voter’s hosted a debate in early October, but did not make endorsements because they are a nonpartisan group. ASG’s job is to promote the voice of students, listen to their concerns and make decisions in the best interest of all. Student support for candidates such as Prather has been visible on campus, but whether City Council endorsements are even an issue for the majority of students is questionable. If ASG intended to support political candidates, it should have stated those intentions from the beginning.


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Media — wrapped in a shoebox Kayleen Calame Star Columnist

I just finished a project for my mass communication class, where I had to cover a shoebox with magazine cutouts of text and graphics. On the outside, I covered it with things I feel represent ideas largely supported by mainstream media, and also a few trends, which I have been accused of following. So what are some ways the media have affected me and the way I look at myself? Well, right, smack on the top of the box I cut out a girl’s face and replaced it with a mirror. I did it because I think a mirror is something a majority of girls are or have been caught up in at some point in their lives. I must have spent three hours getting ready each day throughout my freshman and sophomore years of high school. I remember my friends and I would actually spend almost our entire lunch period in the locker room, reapplying our make-up. I cut out a phrase from an advertisement reading, “Be prepared for a close encounter with a handsome stranger.” And this is just what we aimed for, at all times. I wouldn’t say I am so vain now, but I can see plenty of teenagers going through the same phases I did, trying to be a “covergirl,” so to speak. Just for kicks, I included photos and text of an article titled, “The attack of the killer handbags,” which I still sport, by the way. I like them because I am a packrat. This article made me laugh because people constantly comment on the size of my bag. “What do you got, a brick in there?” You can call this my boyfriend’s new favorite thing to say. In my defense, the article by Cosmo stated big bags suited me because of my height. God knows I will rest easy in light of this. And how about the huge spotlight on sex? The media, no doubt, encourage us to be sexy, dress seductive, have sex and put more bluntly, be good at sex. Upon opening my box, you’ll find headline after headline along the rail of the box, which keep one reading. Perhaps this is why I read magazines such as these. The headlines promise to offer so much. One that really got me was, “The new virginity code, are you or aren’t you?” I mean, wow. When did Cosmogirl get so much authority as to determine a new meaning for the term virginity? And how about Justin Jackley/Star Illustration this one, “Guys share tons of total original and mind-blowing tips.” Well, who said a 15 or 16year-old girl doesn’t need some good sex tips now and then, too? Not much of the good old mainstream media—I mean after crew. And every election, younger voters all—you snooze you lose. don’t care. It’s the wrong approach, and I guess through my column, I Colbert knows it. Every serious politician running for our play my part in the media, too. nation’s highest office has written a book. It’s just black and white here, but I’m convinced my opinions But honestly, reading Barack Obama would look just as pretty in the or Rudy Guliani’s autobiography seems more like a chore than anything else. The bright colors of Cosmopolitan. books’ authors seem too distant. Nobody Inside the box I displayed a picture of my own make up-less is going to read Hillary Clinton’s autobiography and think, “Ah yes, that anecdote face. I did it because only a few years ago, I discovered it was reminds me of the time that I was the good enough. Maybe not for the first lady.” Politicians writing books is cover of any magazine, but it’s shameless self-promotion disguised as authenticity. Colbert’s recent book, I Am good enough for those people who really count. Cosmo did an America (And So Can You!), is a look at American society disguised as shameless article saying, “What do your skivvies say about you?” The self-promotion. The book, like Colbert’s show, is a satire of the current trends, just answer: Nothing, but that’s not what they’ll tell you. louder. If Colbert were allowed to run in South Carolina, he would have done it like Kayleen Calame is a pre-mass everyone else, just louder. But unlike evcommunication freshman. ery other candidate running, our generation would be listening.

A candidate loud enough for our generation By Paul Metz Daily News (Ball State U.) MUNCIE, Ind. - If you thought the presidential race for the 2008 election couldn’t get any more dull, you’d be wrong. The South Carolina Democratic Party denied television satirist Stephen Colbert, who was campaigning to be placed on the party’s ticket, a spot on the ballot, late last week. Colbert had only sought to win a spot on the primary ballot in South Carolina, his home state, but did not try to get on the Republican ticket, as it would have cost $35,000. He instead opted to try on the Democratic side, where a spot on the ticket only costs $2,500. Obviously, the Democrats think frugality is the key to winning an election. However, they do not think Colbert is the key to winning an election, as they returned his application fee and voted down his application, citing he was not a “viable nationwide candidate,” bringing Colbert’s

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political career to a halt. The South Carolina Democratic Party has publicly said it likes Colbert and his show, but do not think he is taking the matter as seriously as he should be, despite raising the application fee and submitting before the deadline. Granted, it’s not very likely Stephen Colbert is taking the matter very seriously. And it’s even less likely he’d be voted into office. When one thinks of potential presidents, one doesn’t immediately think of the guy who provided the voice of Ace on the “Saturday Night Live” Ambiguously Gay Duo cartoon. But it doesn’t necessarily mean he shouldn’t have been given a chance, even if this story vaguely resembles the plot of the Robin Williams movie released a while ago, which nobody saw. Colbert should have been allowed to run because he would have made it interesting. Modern politics and the current race for the White House certainly have a lot

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of problems, but the main one is it is excruciatingly boring. The politicians and issues seem entirely removed from the common spectrum. The whole political scene just seems so full of itself right now. And this is certainly nothing new, but it is something our generation is currently coming to terms with. Every generation, once they are given the right to vote, spends the next 15 years not voting. And this has a lot to do with apathy, but it also has a lot to do with feeling a sense of removal from the political scene. We’re old enough to vote, but not quite old enough to care. If Colbert were allowed to run, even jokingly, he would provide exactly the sort of tongue-in-cheek inside criticism poking fun at politics and appealing to younger voters. Every election there’s a new plan to try to get younger voters to come out to the polls, but all those plans involve having a politician put on jeans and hang out in Harvard University’s quad with an MTV

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Music legend Miles visits Texas State By Brett Thorne Features Reporter Music enthusiasts gathered to hear a music legend at work. Dillon Hale, wildlife biology freshman, was one of the first people into the room. “I’ve been playing guitar for a while and my teacher told me about it,” Hale said. “Why not hear some cool music?” Buddy Miles was born in Omaha, Neb. and received a utilitarian music education playing in his father’s band the Bebops. Miles was quickly recognized as a prodigious drummer and singer and went on to work with such influential artists as Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, among many others. After being escorted into one of the recital halls, Miles gave a crowd of about 50 students and faculty a lecture recounting his career and his gratitude that a new generation has taken interest in his legacy. “It is a pleasure for me to be in the great state of Texas and it is a pleasure for me to have found people who have taken an interest in something I have done,” Miles said. The promise of hearing Miles speak and perform attracted a diverse audience. A glance around the room and one would see college students, parents of college students, high school students and San Marcos residents. Because of his work with a diverse group of artists, Miles’ appeal does not extend strictly to music majors like Hale, who is a self-proclaimed music fan, studying in the sciences. Miles, who now holds a residence in Austin, owes much of his fame and notoriety to a fruit. More specifically, California Raisins. Miles sang lead vocals on “I

Heard It Through the Grapevine” for a California Raisins commercial, which is considered to be the most successful commercial in television history. Since making the commercial, Miles has collaborated with artists as diverse as funk legend Bootsy Collins to rock guitarist Slash. After talking for 20 minutes, Miles looked up the crowd and said he could tell what they wanted. “I’ve got to hit those skins,” Miles said. “Because if I don’t hit those skins, I’m not Buddy Miles.” The crowd erupted in applause and was soon listening to an icon at work. Miles worked through a couple of jazz numbers, which brought the audience to its feet. After completing a Miles Davis tune, Miles asked the audience if they liked the Beatles. “How would you like to hear a Beatles tune? I’m a funny looking Ringo Starr,” Miles said. A unanimous “yes” murmured through the crowd and the band went into “Yesterday,” a song featured on the Beatles album Help! Miles was on display as he ran through the song with the help of an accompaniment comprised of members of the music department. Throughout the extended jam, the band segued into “Voodoo Chile,” a Hendrix song, then into “Purple Haze,” which had a few people in the crowd playing air guitar. Kevin Smith, music freshman, was one of the fans gathered to hear Miles. He counts the solo album Them Changes as his favorite Miles recording and said he was excited to meet an icon. “I like meeting new music legends,” Smith said. “If someone has something good to play I’ll listen.” HITTING THE CANS: (Top Left) Legendary drummer Buddy Miles performs some of his favorite tracks for a packed recital hall in the Music Building Friday afternoon.

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JAMMING WITH A LEGEND: (Left) Buddy Miles, former collaborater with Jimmy Hendrix, rocks out with members from the music department.

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— Sugar and Spice concert, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Music Building Lobby — Guest artist William Westney, piano, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Recital Hall — Saxophone Studio Recital by Todd Axford, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Recital Hall

Fine arts calendar

— Texas State Horns by Steven Hager, 6 p.m., Thursday, Recital Hall — Texas State Flute Choir by Adah Jones, 8 p.m., Thursday, Recital Hall — Lisa M. Flores Clarinet Senior Recital, 4 p.m., Friday,

University Performing Arts Center

— Solo Artist Series: The Monkey Saddle featuring Michelle Ellsworth, 7:30 p.m., Friday, LBJ Student Center Teaching Theatre — Tiffany’s Senior Recital, 2 p.m., Saturday, Recital Hall — Keith Brown’s Saxophone Senior Recital, 2 p.m.,

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Sunday, Recital Hall — Texas State Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m., Sunday, Evans Auditorium — Southwest BrasWorks, 6 p.m., Sunday, University Performing Arts Center

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Tour de Gruene shows off Texas Hill Country, vintage bikes By Cristal Martinez Features Reporter

performed during the day. In the evening, fans purchased tickets to see Texas country singer Cory Morrow. Sunday was the competitive race. Participants came in pairs and The 24th annual Tour de Gruene Bicycle Classic, which was were categorized by the sum of their ages. named November’s “Cool Ride of the Month” by Bicycling MagWill Rotzler, Southwest Texas State alumnus, helped out azine, helped kickoff Wurstfest Saturday and Sunday. with promotions and set up. Riders came from different areas of Texas. Cyclists Jerry Ro“Today there were over 700 participants,” Rotzler said. bison and Chris Garcia visited from Dallas to partake in the “Tomorrow we will have more than 400 racing against the recreational tour. clock.” “This ride is definitely mellower than others,” Robison There were three race groups. Leichtestengruppe was said. “It’s a lot more scenic” the easiest group to compete in. The midlevel group was Both Robison and Garcia have been on several bicycle Mittelgruppe. Blitzgruppe, the most competitive group, tours around Texas. is called the “lightning group” and is equivalent to U.S. “For me it’s a hobby,” Garcia said. “It helps me Cycling Professional Levels 1 and 2. balance out my beer drinking.” The event’s main objective was to raise money The Tour de Gruene is an event dedicated to for the volunteer organization Friends for people who enjoy riding the trails of Central Rivers. This group helps to maintain the Texas. Saturday was the recreational part of quality of the Guadalupe and Comal Rivthe event. Cyclists could ride either a 32- or ers, Rotzler said. 42-mile long scenic ride through the Texas “This brings awareness and funding Hill Country. for environmental issues that the river After the tour, a bicycle show was on dishas because of overuse and pollution,” he play. The show featured vintage bikes with said. styles emerging from the ’60s and ’70s, which The Tour de Gruene has gained attention Jenny Polson/ Star Photo were presented by collector J. R. Hix. with professional cyclists such as Lance Arm“We basically show off bikes for people to reminisce strong participating. The Tour de Gruene was the first about what they used to own,” Hix said. ride Armstrong participated in after he was diagnosed in 1996 with While the bike display was for viewing, most owners still ride cancer. The tour reserves the 9:01 spot in honor of Armstrong. them. This year Armstrong did not attend, but his presence was still “We don’t make any money off of showing the bikes,” Hix said. felt. “It’s more for the love of it.” “People supporting proposition 15 were out here to get people to After the bike show, Gruene Hall had free live music. Brian Keane support public funding for cancer research,” Rotzler said. CLASSIC WHEELS:(Inset) Bike enthusiast Sam Lingo shows off his 1952 Claud Butler bike at Gruene Hall Saturday. RAPID RACE: (Right) Several bicyclists ride through New Braunfels during the 2007 Tour de Gruene Bike race Saturday.

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Farmers’ Market supplies fresh food By Mackenzie Steffen Features Reporter

by the board. Once approved merchants must follow the Association’s rules, which cover product Proper nutrition has always quality, and sales conduct. been important, even more so “Applicants have to be apnow with pesticides, hormones proved by the members of the and antibiotics showing up in board. If they want to sell fresh food products. The San Marcos produce, we inspect their place. Farmer’s Market, however, offers We make sure they are capable of a wide variety of fresh, locally producing what they say they’re grown produce and baked goods, going to bring to market, otherfree of menacing additives. wise you get peddlers,” Caskey Located on said. “The TexEdward Gary, as Department the farmer’s of Agriculture market is open helped us get year round, started by findevery Tuesday ing local growfrom 3 to 6 p.m. ers. But these Local farmers days local farmand bakers sell ers pretty much goods like goat find us.” cheese, bread, Bradley Ottjam, honey, mers sells home—Cliff Caskey, president San cookies, salsa, grown produce Marcos/New Braunfels Farmer’s fruits and vegat farmer’s maretables. Cliff kets throughout Market Association Caskey, presithe Hill Coundent of the San try. Marcos/New Braunfels Farmer’s “I started coming here with my Market Association said the chap- older brother 10 years ago, when ter has been in operation since I was 15. Then my parents got inthe early 1980s. volved, so now it’s a family busi“We started here, in San Mar- ness,” he said, “We participate in cos, on the court house square, the Bee Cave, Austin, Wimberley, and then moved to Rio Vista Park. New Braunfels and San Marcos After that, we were located where farmer’s markets. It’s a full-time the Veterans Memorial is now,” job, and the only source of inCaskey said. “Obviously, we had come for my parents. to move once construction be“I enjoy this line of work began. Now we lease this property cause it’s always different, the on Edward Gary from the Union people are great, they really love Pacific Railroad and we’ve been our tomatoes and you get to be here for almost five years. outside all day,” he said. “Farmer’s markets were a big The Web site www.localhardeal in the 1940s and 1950s, but is a quick and easy popularity faded with the modern tool to locate farmer’s markets, grocery store. These days people small farms and bakeries anyare looking for better quality where in the country. Searches fresh foods, like my persimmons. can be done by zip code or by I picked them this morning. Ev- product type. The Web site also erything here is fresh; usually it offers a monthly newsletter and was picked the day before,” Cas- event updates. The Local Harkey said. “Coming to the farmer’s vest online store includes 5034 market is like eating out of a gar- products from participating den in your own backyard.” small farmers through a mail To participate as a merchant at order service. Its selection inthe market, an application must cludes farm crafts, wool, seeds be submitted and is then reviewed and pet products.

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Projects piling up ✯ Hallelujah — I made it through the Halexams coming up toward the end of loween festivities and costume dilemma. the semester. I ended up throwing together my I don’t know what is in store for youngest son’s costume with stuff my children, but I am sure they around the house. It came out pretty will have final exams around the well considering he was a samurai. same time. This semester I am My eldest son dressed up as a werefeeling the pressure of not being SUSAN RAUCH wolf. He scared pretty much everyone able to help them as much with who walked up to the door, while a slid- Trends Columnist homework, except my eldest son’s ing mechanism with a ghoul attached fell German — when he actually tells in trick-or-treaters’ path. me he has an exam. We went to a friend’s pseudo-haunted house The week has already begun with a bit of where I hung out, but stayed inside to review stress. As I write this, I am already juggling for a German quiz with my friend’s mom, who missing classes and work while my son sits is from Germany. It was very productive, exwith the orthodontist due to a broken bracket cept for studying under a red glowing light and and wire. strobe light flashing out the front window. This will only be the second day in three I recorded “Ghost Hunters Live” on TIVO years I have missed a day of classes, and the and my children and I are attempting to get first was an academic excuse. through the entire six hours. I think that is quite a feat considering the Time is flying way too fast. Christmas comhectic schedule I live by. Too bad college mercials have already made first appearances doesn’t give out merits for perfect attendance and I am feeling the pressure of projects and like high school.

A sure shot

Whitney Milam, public history graduate student, received a Lone Star Emmy for his film, Sniper ’66, Oct 27. The film received the award for the “best historical documentary” category. The Lone Star chapter of the Emmys is a regional division of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and serves 19 television markets, or all the television markets in Texas. Previously, the film was honored with a 2006 Telly Award for “outstanding historical television documentary.” The documentary examines the Aug. 1, 1966 Charles Whitman murders from atop the University of Texas clock tower. — Courtesy of University News Service

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FOOTBALL: Quarterback returns from injury

Photo courtesy of Katie Brantley WINNING ON WATER: The Texas State water ski team recently won the division two title during the 2007 National Collegiate Water Ski Championships in Baton Rouge, La.

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Easy or not, Shimek said the strongest event was the men’s and women’s jump team. “It’s the most exciting event. Most of the time when we get the people to come out, that’s what they think of first,” he said. Because of the team’s performance in the jump event, Shimek said they were able to put themselves ahead of competitors. The team took advantage of analyzing the scores from other school’s competitors. “We looked at what we needed to do to have the best shot at winning the nationals, and we just got everybody fired up and went

out there, did our best and it paid Cotton Miller/Star photo off,” he said. BREAK ON THROUGH: Freshman running back Karrington Bush charges through the Shimek said the keys to victory Southeastern Louisiana’s defense during Saturday’s win at Bobcat Stadium. were motivation, determination, practice and patience. the Lions. Luke caught five receptions for 110 CONTINUED from page 10 “If skiing was easy, everybody yards and one touchdown on the night. How(would be) setting world records ever, the Lions drove down the field on eight day in and day out,” Shimek said. and first score as a Bobcat. Zwinggi, who has plays and watched their kicker, sophomore Jeff With so many hours of train- been dealing with a foot injury all season, car- Turner, nail a 43-yard field goal to retake the ing and classes to attend, Shimek ried the ball eight times for 77 yards and two lead 22-21 at halftime. Turner’s six field goals in said team members still manage touchdowns. the game broke the previous conference record to fit their day inside and outside “It feels good to be back,” Zwinggi said. “The of five. of the water with the university’s foot has bothered me, but it feels good to be Bobcats’ junior kicker Andrew Ireland gave support. back and get some points on the board.” Texas State a 31-28 lead early in the fourth “We talked to our teachers, Sophomore quarterback Bradley George quarter after he hit his career long 52-yard field got it rearranged, let them know completed 12 of his 24 passes for 186 yards goal. The kick also tied the school record, which what was going on and our teach- and two touchdowns to receivers junior Cam- was first set by Jason Howe in 1989. ers (supported us),” Shimek said. eron Luke and sophomore Alvin Canady. With “I noticed the defense didn’t rush at all. Usu“It made it really easy when you 2:31 left before halftime, George connected to ally you hear the pads hitting and hear them the have the teacher’s support Luke on a sharp pass in the right corner of the coming, but I didn’t hear that at all,” Ireland (and) the school’s support.” end zone to give the Bobcats a 21-19 edge over said. “It was just kind of a free range thing. I

think they were looking for a fake. I saw the ball go right down the hash and curve inside the upright corner.” Ireland’s kick only had fans buzzing for two minutes as Turner was able to post his career long 47-yard field goal on the Lions next drive to knot the game at 31. George’s second touchdown pass of the night went to Canady with 7:58 left in the third quarter. On second and goal, Canady snagged George’s pass in the right corner of the end zone to cap a nine-play, 72-yard drive to put the Bobcats back on top 28-25. Canady made two receptions in the game for 16 yards and one touchdown. Texas State came into the ball game going 10-of-20 on fourth down conversions and went 2-of-3 during the match. On fourth and two with nine minutes left in the second quarter, Zwinggi rushed the ball up the middle for a gain of five yards that set up his first touchdown run of the night. On the next play, he broke a tackle on the left side of the line and sprinted for a 14yard touchdown run to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game 14-10. Southeastern Louisiana received 134 rushing yards, 57 receiving yards and two touchdowns from their running back Lucas, while sophomore quarterback Brian Babin went 23-of-37 in passing for 292 yards and one interception. Bobcats’ senior defensive back Daniel Varvel was credited with the pick in the final minutes of the game as the Lions were attempting to cross the goal line one more time. The Lions turned over the ball twice in the game. “Our defense is getting better,” Wright said. “We knew they were going to be a good offensive team with Lucas. We are definitely a better team than we were three weeks ago.” The Bobcats will look to extend their winning streak against Nicholls State for their last away game of the season on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

SOCCER: Despite win, team does not advance to tournament CONTINUED from page 10

minute. Curry found the back of the net earlier in the half to extend her team’s lead to 2-0. Curry ended the regular season as the team leader with 48 shots and nine goals. “It feels really good (to lead the team in offense), but I’m really thankful because the ball has to go through everybody on the team before it gets to me,” Curry said. “I have been the lucky one to be there to put it in.” Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Byrd played the entire match, recording two saves and her third shut out of the year. Texas State outscored Lamar 28-4, while taking the corner kick advantage 10-1. Curry led the team with nine shots, followed by freshman defender Anna Fagan and Tippit, who scored five goals each. Senior forwards Angela Chrissy and Jerelyn Lemmie, senior defender Laura Burden and senior midfielder Erin Mursch were honored after the game in front of the home crowd for their contributions to the team. “They are a great class and have done a lot for us to help build this


Cotton Miller/Star photo ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE: Sophomore forward Lindsay Tippit makes a dash for the goal, contributing to the Bobcats’ 3-0 win against Lamar at the Soccer Complex Sunday.


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program even more,” said Coach Kat Conner. “They really helped everyone on the team come together and develop a good chemistry.” McNeese State (10-4-4, 6-1-1) came into San Marcos Friday night with a two-game winning streak. The Bobcats attempted to score nine times in the first half. Junior defender Marty Wright kicked a corner pass to junior forward Rikki Padia, whose shot went high. Later in the half, Curry had a golden opportunity to tie the game when she went one-on-one with the Cowgirls’ junior goalkeeper Shelby Money. Curry’s shot was deflected away from the goal, as were the other eight shots in the half. “It was a tough loss because I thought we were in it. McNeese counter attacked us twice in the first half and got a goal out of it,” Conner said. “They had two shots and got a goal and we had six with no goals so it was tough on our girls. After the game I told the team that we’ve got to move on and get ready for Lamar because we need a win to get into the tournament.” The Cowgirls out shot the Bobcats 18-15 while Money and Cowgirls’ junior goalkeeper Labrie Pritzen combined for seven saves compared to Byrd’s four saves.

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offensiveplayer of the week Red-shirt freshman Karrington Bush was named the Southland Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Bobcats’ 45-31 win over Southeastern Louisiana. He rushed for 179 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. He tied the game early with an 80-yard touchdown run. — Courtesy of Athletic Media Relations

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Soccer team wins final game Fight

Lions not king of the jungle By Carl Harper Senior Sports Reporter

By Carl Harper Senior Sports Reporter

When two of the top three rushers in the Southland Conference face off on the football field, there’s a chance you’re going to see a substantial amount of yardage. Bobcats’ Karrington Bush and Lions’ Jay Lucas combined for 313 yards to take part in a game featuring 927 total yards of offense, as Texas State defeated Southeastern Louisiana 45-31. “Our guys have been playing well, practicing hard and it has been showing on Saturday nights,” said Coach Brad Wright. “It has been a lot of fun to see them come out and play hard. We challenged them at halftime (to determine) who wanted it most. They came out in the second half, got the win, and it was a lot of fun to see them do that.” The Bobcats have never lost to the Lions in 11 meetings. Bush, freshman running back, moved the ball 20 times for 179 yards and one touchdown. Bush had a career long 80-yard dash to tie the game at 7-7 on the Bobcats second drive of the game. Junior running back Stan Zwinggi had a break out performance as well. His 48-yard touchdown run with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter put the team ahead to make it 38-31 prior to junior fullback Blake Burton’s performance. Burton cushBREAK ON THROUGH: ioned the Bobcats’ Junior running back Stan lead with a five-yard Zwinggi scored a touchtouchdown run under down Saturday. two minutes. Burton’s scoring run was his second career run

The Texas State soccer team closed out their 2007 season with a 3-0 shutout against Lamar on Sunday after suffering a 3-0 defeat to McNeese State Friday night. Because of Sam Houston State’s 1-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday, the Bobcats did not qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament and finished eighth in the standings. Sunday’s match against Lamar (0-18) featured the Bobcats’ (4-12-2, 3-4-2) fourth shut out win of the season and third shut out in conference. All three of Texas State’s conference wins resulted in shut outs. Despite a scoreless first half, the Bobcats controlled the ball for the majority of the time and experienced several missed opportunities to score. Sophomore forward Lindsay Tippit watched two of her shots deflect off the right post of the goal. It wasn’t until the 49th minute that Tippit headed in her third goal of the season after receiving direct pass from teammate sophomore midfielder Andrea Grifo. “It was a little frustrating to miss all those goals at first, but I kept trying and eventually one went in,” Tippit said. “Grifo saw I was open in front of the net and took advantage of it.” Tippit kept herself involved in the scoring process later in the game when she assisted freshman forward Britney Curry with her second goal in the 79th

See FOOTBALL, page 9

Austin Byrd/Star photo illustration

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Water ski team wins national championship By César G. Rodriguez Sports Reporter The Texas State water ski team brought home the division two title from the 29th National Collegiate Water Ski Championships in Baton Rouge, La. Bobby Hall, water ski team president, said the championship would put Texas State on the map. He said the championship win was possible with daily practice and significant contribution from women on the team. “Women were a huge factor in putting

(the team) points ahead,” said Hall, undecided sophomore. Hall said the women and men would train regularly at sunrise in Utopia River Ranch to improve their skills. Kevin Shimek, team captain, said they trained at least three to six hours a day. Shimek credited the women for obtaining championship as well. “You have to give it to the girls,” said Shimek, criminal justice sophomore. “They really stepped up to the challenge.” He said the blend of experienced team

members and newcomers, who joined the team last semester, was helpful. Katy Brantley, water ski team coordinator, said with the mix of experienced and young team members, the team had potential to perform well. She said water ski tournaments are unpredictable. “You have one chance at every event, and it’s easy for someone not perform as well, especially at the national level,” said Brantley, pre-mass communication senior. See SKI TEAM, page 9

11 06 2007  
11 06 2007