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University employee suspected of recent parking garage burglaries By Alex Hering The University Star The University Police Department arrested an employee of Jones Dining Hall Wednesday in connection with 16 vehicular burglaries in the Wood Street and The Tower parking garages. UPD Captain of Support Services Paul Chapa said Joel David Aguilar, 18, was arrested for evading arrest. Chapa said Aguilar then gave a detailed account of the break-ins.
“That evening, we were able to establish that he and possibly another individual, both non-students, committed the 16 vehicle Aguilar burglaries early that morning during the time span of a couple of hours,” Chapa said. “We are at the pre-
liminary stages of the investigation.” Chapa said UPD has a couple of leads they are working on, but no other suspects have been identiﬁed. “The ofﬁcers got a call at about 4 a.m. for suspicious circumstances in the Wood Parking Garage. When one of the ofﬁcers arrived on the third level of the parking garage, he observed a male subject, who was later identiﬁed as Mr. Aguilar, inside a vehicle,” he said. “As the
ofﬁcer approached, Mr. Aguilar saw him and took off running, and the ofﬁcer gave chase but subsequently lost Mr. Aguilar around a corner.” The ofﬁcer later found a car Aguilar used to collect stolen items, Chapa said. “As the ofﬁcer returned to that immediate area where he ﬁrst saw Mr. Aguilar, there was a vehicle parked behind the vehicle that Mr. Aguilar was in, and that vehicle was loaded down with car stereos, speakers — ev-
erything that you can think of that one would steal from a vehicle.” Aguilar was later found on campus, and ofﬁcers were able to take him into custody that morning. “I will say that the evening that he ran from the ofﬁcers, we later found him on campus and charged him with evading arrest,” Chapa said. Chapa said ofﬁcers were able to identify Aguilar and charged him with evading arrest.
By A.N. Hernández The University Star
“I was petting the dogs that I knew were going to be killed”
Two of the ﬁve bills passed by the Associated Student Government Monday night support the administration’s proposed fee increases. The two pieces of legislation, both written by Sen. Daniel Browning, support the $4 increase in the medical service fee and a $2 increase in the computer service fee. For the legislation in support of the increased medical service fee, Browning wrote that the “status quo is susceptible to students who may chronically utilize the Student Health Center.” So, it hopes to move students toward a pay-per-visit fee after capping the number of non-pay visits per students to about three or four visits per semester. “It is necessary for the $4 increase per student,” Browning said. “Otherwise, if it’s not increased there’s talk about having to cut back staff by one doctor and a couple of nurses.” Browning supported the medical service fee increase because “many students just don’t have another avenue to go down for medical services.” “It’s too late to tell them they can’t have the money because people will just get sick and have nowhere to go,” he said. Browning’s second piece of passing legislation supports a proposed $2 increase in the computer service fee at Texas State, which would be used to implement a campus-wide wireless system. ASG President Kyle Morris said a big beneﬁt for students would be the range of successful wireless laptop connections across campus. “For example, if a student was walking from water tower toward the end of the golf course, we want to make sure they are covered 100 percent by a wireless system here at Texas State,” he said. The bill also urges the university to allow and assist in the creation of an ASG-run, off-campus Web site that would function like a bulletin board, allowing students to exchange information for the trading of textbooks and other student items. In other business, ASG passed a proposal that urges administration to reduce the proposed 10 percent tuition increase by four percent. Another piece of passed legislation holds landlords and leasing agents fully responsible for notifying students of zoning restrictions before a contract is signed. It also suggests that students are given a separate document that explicitly states zoning restrictions for the residence. “It gives students the upper hand,” said Sen. Ashley Krejci, the legislation’s author. The legislation, after being passed, will be forwarded to administrators and the San Marcos City Council. The last piece of legislation is in support of a 120-hour degree plan. It would give students the option of choosing which two one-hour classes they could take. Students could choose from the following options, including two semesters of physical wellness classes, a semester of University Seminar or a semester of science lab. It also supports the integration of the Common Experience theme into core classes like philosophy 1305 and English 1310 and 1320. “It’s good for students because it gives them the option and puts the responsibility in their hands,” Morris said.
By David Saleh Rauf The University Star
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Monty Marion/Star photo THE FINAL WALK: 1,325 animals were euthanized last year in the San Marcos Animal Shelter, a number which will grow next year when the shelter begins accepting animals from Kyle and the rest of Hays County.
Panel addresses natural disasters’ effect on minority groups By A.N. Hernández The University Star Racial divides remain in the United States. This became dreadfully apparent in the wake of natural disasters, a panel of three professors said Friday. The professors presented their research about minorities and natural disasters to a group of approximately 20 people as part of the 2006 international Race Ethnicity & Place Conference III. The panel discussion, titled “Hurricane Impacts on Ethnic Groups,” dealt with the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Charley on minority groups and early 20th-century media representations of these groups after natural disasters. “I began my research with an element of hope and I am going to say now that I believe this was naïve hope. Everybody in New Orleans was saying New Orleans was special and that although it was a highly segregated city, race relations couldn’t be understood simply in terms of segregation
or inequalities you can measure with the census,” said John R. Logan, sociology professor from Brown University. “The idea that people valued the diversity of the city and the contribution of the black community to the city of New Orleans, I thought could come into play in the rebuilding process.” As he set out to begin his research, Logan said he paired his naïveté with the belief that a tremendous amount of federal and state monies would be ready and available to rebuild the city. He sought to study the extent that race and class would play in the reconstruction of a post-Katrina New Orleans. But one year later, Logan said the city is not being rebuilt and the effects on the city’s poor-black community are deplorable. “After Katrina, we had a city that was pretty much like a bomb dropped on it. More than half the population was gone and was not likely to return in the near future,” he said. Logan’s presentation included photos and maps of the city. A photo tak-
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Daniel Scales considers himself an animal lover. While volunteering at the San Marcos Animal Shelter one Saturday in October, he found himself peering into the “soulful eyes” of a 4-month-old shepherd mix named Kandy who was about to be led down the green mile. “I was petting the dogs that I knew were going to be killed,” Scales said. “She (Kandy) knew in the depth of her heart that she was not going to be there much longer. Other dogs had been dragged out of the cage never to return in her presence.” Minutes before learning that Kandy’s charts had been ﬂipped, an action that indicates an animals time at the shelter is up, Scales said a black lab had been led past the metal gates, letting out long drawn out moans and yelps that echoed through the hallway before being euthanized. “The dog knows it’s instinctively going to be killed,” he said. Scales, who ran for Mayor of San Marcos in 1993, said the shelter was killing animals when it had six open kennels and he was prompted to take action to save Kandy’s life. “I started crying in front of the two ofﬁcers and the receptionist,” he said. “They actually stopped the execution. (Kandy) was next in line.” Although Kandy’s life was spared that day, between ﬁve to eight million animals in the United States are put to death each year, according to the American Humane Association. The San Marcos Animal Shelter euthanized 1,325 animals last year. The number will double next year as the shelter recently signed a contract with Hays County and the City of Kyle to begin accepting their animals. The agreement will provide $1.7 million for expansion. Of the thousands of unwanted animals that will be
Alex Johnson, whose vehicle was burglarized that morning, said he had several items taken from his car. “They told me a Jones employee had been arrested for burglarizing cars that night,” Johnson, music freshman, said. “I didn’t ﬁnd out until the next morning when UPD called me. The rear window of my car was smashed out. My subwoofers and a bat they said he used to
A.N. Hernández/Star photo SLANTED REPORTING: Graham Tobin of the University of South Florida speaks about the biased responses of the national media in the days following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
en in the Lower Ninth Ward showed trash, personal belongings and parts of houses strewn along the street four months after Hurricane Katrina. At the time of the hurricane, the Low-
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November 7, 2006
starsof texas state Ashley Molton, Texas State alumna, has joined Taylor West Advertising and Public Relations in San Antonio. Molton, who joins the agency as a senior account executive to oversee the IBC Bank account, comes to Taylor West from Bromley Communications where she led national Hispanic marketing efforts for brands such as Nescafé Clásico, Nesquik RTD, Coffee-Mate, Juicy Juice,
Maggi, Abuelita, La Lechera, Crunch and Wonka. She brings experience in project management and strategic and ﬁnancial planning to Taylor West. She graduated from Texas State with a bachelor of arts in mass communication and Spanish. — Courtesy of Taylor West
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Keeping it real TUESDAY Texas State women’s basketball will play Houston Elite at 5:30 p.m. Strahan Coliseum. Texas State men’s basketball will play Texas Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. Strahan Coliseum. Freethought Society presents student panel discussion “Do Animals Have Rights?” at7 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater. A Vigil Mass for the Feast of All Saints will be offered at 5:15 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. There will be a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the CSC. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call (512) 357-2049. The Hispanic/Latino(a) Support Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-6. An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Tennis Club will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Tennis Club President Chris Harris with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at
Clarification In Wednesday’s article “Conference addresses racism, Jewish leadership, Middle Eastern relations,” The University Star quoted Karina Monreal, microbiology senior and co-chair of the Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference, as saying one of the conference’s panels was named “America versus Muslim, a post-9/11 world.” The name of the panel was “American and Muslim in a post-9/11 world.” Monreal said she misspoke, and has asked to have her statement clariﬁed.
8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome. Call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail email@example.com for more information. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the CSC. Night Prayer will be held at 9 p.m. in the chapel of the CSC. The Organization of Student Social Workers will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Building, Room 234.
On this day... 1874 — The Republican party of the U.S. was ﬁrst symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly.
Simple Silent Sitting Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Christian Community Center. Students interested in becoming involved in the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills should attend Students in Free Enterprise at 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 113.
Robert Pennon, ﬁnance junior, raps Sunday night at the Resident Assistant talent show. The event served to collect canned foods and gave residents a chance to see another side of their RAs.
1811 — The Shawnee Indians of chief Tecumseh were defeated by William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Wabash (or Tippecanoe).
Every Nation Campus Ministries will meet at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and an inspiring message.
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1929 — The Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened to the public.
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WEDNESDAY American Marketing Association will present guest speaker Paul Madden, director of sales for 3M, at 5:50 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. Free food and drinks will be available at 5:15 p.m. For more information visit www.business.txstate.edu/ AMA/.
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Oct. 31, 11:57 a.m. Medical Emergency/ Alkek Library An ofﬁcer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student was having severe stomach pains and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation. Oct. 31, 2:23 p.m. Medical Emergency/Harris Dining Hall An ofﬁcer was dispatched for a report of a medical emergency. A non-student was having severe chest pains and was transported to CTMC for further evaluation.
Nov. 1, 4:02 a.m. BMV/Wood Street Garage/ San Jacinto Garage/ The Tower Garage An ofﬁcer was dispatched on a report of a BMV in progress. Ofﬁcers saw an individual burglarizing a vehicle. Upon further investigation, the nonstudent was arrested for sixteen other burglaries of motor vehicles and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Nov. 1, 5:22 p.m. Sexual Assault/UPD Lobby An ofﬁcer was dispatched for a report from a student who was sexually assaulted by an ac-
quaintance. This case is under investigation. Nov. 1, 8:33 p.m. Telephone Harassment/ Lantana Hall An ofﬁcer was dispatched on a report of telephone harassment. A student reported she was being harassed. This case is under investigation. Nov. 1, 4:29 p.m. BMV/UPD Lobby An ofﬁcer was dispatched for a report of burglary of a motor vehicle. A student reported that items had been stolen from his vehicle. This case is under investigation.
Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS
1932 — Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was broadcast for the ﬁrst time on CBS Radio. 1944 — President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the ﬁrst person to win a fourth term as president. 1991 — Magic Johnson of the NBA announced that he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, and that he was retiring from basketball. 1991 — Actor Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, pled no contest to charges of indecent exposure. Reubens had been arrested in Sarasota, Fla., for exposing himself in a theater.
Health Beat Great American Smokeout prompts smokers to quit If you are a smoker, you have probably thought about or even tried to stop smoking on more than one occasion. For many, smoking cessation is difﬁcult. In addition to the physical addiction, smokers must also cope with a loss of socialization and stress management; however, the beneﬁts to your health are many. Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your blood pressure, pulse and body temperature return to normal. Within eight hours of your last cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood return to normal and oxygen levels increase to normal. Within two days of quitting, nerve endings start to grow and your ability to smell and taste improve. Within three months, circulation improves, and lung function increases up to 30 percent.
When preparing to quit, know why you are quitting. List the beneﬁts that this change will bring you. Post the list to remind yourself. Also, tell friends who will be supportive, and let them know how they can help. If you have a friend who would also like to quit, ask them to quit at the same time. By supporting each other, your likelihood of quitting the ﬁrst time increases. If you are looking for a day to quit, the Great American Smokeout might be a great time to put down the cigarette. Every year on the third Thursday of November, smokers across America take part in the Great American Smokeout, started by the American Cancer Society. On this day, smokers are encouraged to reduce tobacco use or quit for a day and raise their awareness of quitting options and the effects of tobacco use on the body.
A booth will be set up in The Quad for the Great American Smokeout event Nov. 16. Stop by and pick up some information. The Texas State Student Health Center offers a smoking cessation program to faculty, staff and students. For $10 for faculty and $5 for students, you can meet with a nurse who will discuss the various quitting options with you, including cold turkey, slow withdrawal and if necessary, prescription medication. During your clinical visit, the nurse will help you develop a personalized plan to help you quit. After the initial visit, all follow-up appointments with the nurse are free. To learn more about this beneﬁt, call (512) 245-2167 or visit www. healthcenter.txstate.edu. — Courtesy of the Student Health Center
Holiday grief can bring about loneliness, anxiety The holidays are fast approaching. Traditionally, the holidays are a time of great joy, anticipation and celebration. But for some who are grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays bring memories and feelings that can be surprising in intensity. Loneliness, anxiety, numbness, apprehension or feeling out-of-place are just a few of many feelings that may be experienced during the holidays by someone who is grieving. Here are some ways to manage holiday grief:
Plan ahead for the holidays. Decide how much you want to do this holiday season and share your plans with your family. Create new holiday traditions. Take care of yourself. Talk to others about your feelings. Let people know you’re having a difﬁcult or emotional time. Don’t overwhelm or over-commit yourself. Understand that grieving is normal. When feelings come, let the feelings out. Give yourself permission to grieve. Share the memories of your loved one. Be open to help. Ask for help
and support from family and friends. Seek the prayers of your minister and church. Join a grief support group. For more information on grief counseling and support groups, contact Joe Flores, licensed master social worker and chaplain and bereavement coordinator for Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care at (512) 754-6159, toll-free at (866) 754-6159, or e-mail at joe.ﬂores@ahss.org. — Courtesy of Central Texas Medical Center
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Check polling location, registration before attempting to vote By Nick Georgiou The University Star If a voter goes to the polls today and is told they cannot vote, but feel they are eligible, there are several things that can happen. Laura Hernandez, Hays County voter registration deputy, said poll workers will contact the Hays County Elections Ofﬁce, where they will verify any information about the voter in the system. There is a possibility the person is at the wrong poll and not on the polling place’s list, Hernandez said. In that case, the person can contact the Hays County Elections Ofﬁce to see if they are registered and where they need to go to vote. She said the most common reason why people in Hays County are told they cannot vote is because they do not go to the polling place they are registered in. Voters are assigned a speciﬁc polling place when they register to vote. “You have to register 30 days prior to the election, and on Election Day you have to go to the polling place you are registered in,” Hernandez said. “That happens quite a bit, especially with the college kids, because they can’t remember if they registered at their home address or they registered at their Hays County address, and they think just because they are registered they can vote, but you have to go to your polling place.” Tyler Dozier’s case presented a different predicament. Dozier, mass communication junior, said he was not on the list when he went to vote early at the LBJ Student Center. He said he registered to vote on campus, but whoever registered him did
not turn in his form. “(The poll workers) called somebody and had them check something else, and pretty much said I wasn’t on the list,” Dozier said. “They told me I couldn’t vote and that I could register to vote in the next election.” If a poll worker cannot immediately conﬁrm if a voter is properly registered, a provisional ballot may be used. The vote will only count if the voter’s registration eligibility is veriﬁed. If it is not, the vote will be invalid and discarded. “We can give them a provisional ballot, but to be honest, if you did not register 30 days prior to the election, it’s not going to count,” Hernandez said. Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan said she neither promotes nor encourages the use of provisional ballots, but understands mistakes can be made that are out of the voter’s hands. For example, Cowan said if a voter registered through the Department of Public Safety, the registration card may have been lost in the mail system. In that case, Cowan said they can check with the DPS to see if they did attempt to register. If a voter did not properly register, Cowan said the voter is out of luck. “I don’t want to be promoting people to vote if they didn’t take any steps to get registered,” Cowan said. Provisional ballots made headlines during the 2004 United States presidential election, when they were thought to have been a decisive factor in the outcome of the election, particularly in Ohio. Debate has been ignited over the criteria used for determining the eligibility of provisional ballots.
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✯FYI The Hays County Elections Office can be reached at (512) 393-7310.
Freethought Society presents panel on animal rights By Chelsea Juarez The University Star The Freethought Society of Texas State will host an all-student animal rights panel discussion 7 p.m. Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center. The panel discussion will be moderated by Paul Wilson, philosophy senior lecturer, and will explore the question, “Do animals have rights?” Wilson was recommended as the moderator for the panel because of his research and interest in the ﬁeld of animal rights and welfare. The panel will address key topics, including the origin of rights, the intelligence and moral capacity of animals and if the interests of humans outweigh the interests of animals. The animal rights panel, which is the group’s ﬁrst all-student-led discussion, will be composed of two sides, with one side opposing animal rights and the other supporting them. The dialogue is intended to foster an unbiased opinion on
the subject. “We may not be experts on the topic, so we are more open-minded, as opposed to professionals,” said Kelly Skinner, studio art senior and the group’s president. Members of the FSTS said Tuesday night’s discussion is designed to cut through mental barriers of both the opposing and supporting sides of animal rights. “I would like to see people become better informed,” Wilson said. “The typical response to ‘Do animals have rights?’ is seen as radical, extreme or silly, without much defense or support as to why.” This typical reaction, Wilson said, is connected to mainstream and conventional beliefs. Formed last fall, the FSTS is an individual association on campus that has ties to the Secular Student Alliance, which serves as an educational network between secular national organizations and their local afﬁliates. “The Freethought Society is two things,” Skinner said. “One,
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a meeting place for secular students of different stripes, such as agnostic, atheist or other. Two, as a resource for those who value resource above dogma and closedmindedness.” Tim Suto, biology senior, said the FSTS is an “alternate group” at Texas State that values thinking on a rational, skeptical and logical level. He considers it an alternative to the supernatural groups already considerably represented on campus. “Students should always seek out opposition to opposing views to strengthen reasoning and critical thinking skills and to help form better ideas,” Suto said. “These types of skills are necessary to be more successful in the future.” Members of the FSTS hope that the student turnout will be successful and encourage anyone interested in animal rights to attend.
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put to death in San Marcos in the next couple of years, approximately 80 percent will be euthanized by a controversial method that has been in use since World War II — carbon monoxide gas chambers. “When an animal is euthanized through a gas chamber, it’s put in a crate or a box or just in the gas chamber itself,” said Elaine Wood, AHA shelter services mananger. “The door is closed and the gas is turned on. The dog doesn’t understand what’s happening and can be frightened by that experience.” The AHA advocates euthanasia by sodium pentobarbital lethal injection. The process entails using a sedative prior to injecting the animal in a vein or the heart. Many experts in the ﬁeld agree: Lethal injection is the sole acceptable method of euthanasia. “It’s really about the animal,” said Doug Fakkema, euthanasia expert and international training manager with Saving Animals Across Borders. “There’s all kinds of questions about whether or not carbon monoxide delivered in a commercial unit … is humane.” Fakkema said animals should be petted and held during the euthanasia process as opposed to being put inside a “smelly and uncomfortable chamber.” “My perspective as an animal care giver is that we need to treat animals gently and respectfully,” Fakkema said. Ofﬁcials with the city and the San Marcos Animal Shelter disagree, saying the carbon monoxide chamber is a perfectly humane mode of eutha-
nasia, which is approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association. “In my mind, it’s an acceptable method for humane destruction of animals,” said Mark Brinkley, environment health director for the City of San Marcos. “It’s not the cruel, unusual punishment people try to perceive it as being.” Brinkely said the carbon monoxide chambers reduce the amount of stress for employees involved in the process. “With the use of a machine, that person, even though they still have to load the animals up, some of the ones they’ve been taking care of for weeks, they put them in there, hit a button and walk away and the machine does the process,” Brinkley said. Bert Stratemann, San Marcos animal services manager, said the injection process requires the animal to go through a lot of stress. “You have animals that have not had human contact, and you’re trying to hold that animal and give it an injection or stab it with a needle and give it a sedation ﬁrst,” Stratemann said. “I don’t see that as being humane. It’s much better to take that animal that’s already in a cage and place it into the euthanasia chamber.” P.A.W.S., a nonproﬁt, no-kill shelter in Kyle, is dedicated to preventing cruelty to all animals. Ramon Olvera, P.A.W.S. head veterinary technician and Aimme Duffy, P.A.W.S. operations manager, agreed that the gas chamber is not necessarily cruel. Both said they would be incapable of administering death by gassing. “It’s a mental thing that you
have to be able to grasp. I can’t ever imagine working in a situation where you have to use the gas chamber,” Duffey said. Fakkema said society should be concerned with treating animals in shelters as well as their own pets. “I would never put my animal in a carbon monoxide chamber, and I suspect most people working in shelters probably wouldn’t either,” he said. Brinkley and Stratemann have both had to euthanize their own dogs. Neither chose to use a carbon monoxide chamber, opting instead to euthanize by injection. “I haven’t used the gas chamber,” Brinkley said. “I was closer to the vet where I lived so I took him to the vet and the vet euthanized him. I held him and he injected him.” Stratemann and Brinkley said the shelter will move toward euthanasia with injection when funds become available next year. Funding will come from the City of San Marcos, The City of Kyle and Hays County with expansion including 52 additional dog kennels and 42 cat kennels. Additional staff will also be hired. “We don’t have the funding in place for the two people we need to do the actual injections,” Brinkley said. “What that will do is give us two other people that would be primarily dedicated for that type of service.” Stratemann and Brinkley maintained that the carbon monoxide chambers are safer, cause less stress and are more cost effective. Fakkema disagrees, saying none of those arguments are
true. “The safety issues is specious, the emotional issue likewise and the cost issue is simply wrong,” Fakkema said. Currently, 13 states require animal shelters to perform death by euthanasia injection, according to the AHA. The 2000 report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia, which is regarded as the authoritative document and whose guidelines have been written into state and federal law, considers gassing an acceptable method when done properly. Patt Nordyke, Texas Federation of Humane Societies executive director, who fought to have gas chambers removed from P.A.W.S. and the City of San Antonio, said speciﬁc chamber guidelines are not being followed in a lot of places in Texas. “The best thing would be to get the chamber outlawed in the state of Texas,” Nordyke said. “A lot of states have done it. The possibility of that going through is nil. At the present time we have to live with the chamber.” Bonnie Beaver, chair of AVMA Panel on Euthanasia 2000 report and professor in the college of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M, said the decision to condone gas chambers was made relative to humaneness based on the best science available at the time the panel meets. “This is not a strict, end-all science,” Beaver said. “We learn more all the time. As new studies provide new information about what does and does not work, we’re going to see changes in those guidelines over time.”
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block foundation, and he urged audience members to look at the patterns of those neighborhoods hit the hardest. “As it turned out, the high ground remained predominantly white as the city developed,” he said, citing the French Quarter. Logan said 80 percent of the population of New Orleans, more than 350,000 people, lived in areas that were damaged. Of this number, more than 265,000 are black. Moreover, there was a high race pattern of blacks being displaced beyond the borders of Louisiana and not returning to the city, which Logan thought may be partly attributed to the average income of blacks who lived in the city. “This helps to understand why they are still displaced and why they are displaced so far away,” he said. “It’s because they didn’t get there on their own resources. They were bussed out to Houston, and some were ﬂown to Cape Cod and they were told when they arrived, ‘This is Cape Cod, and this is where we’re taking you.’ They were put up in housing and that’s their situation.” Logan spoke alongside geography professors Wei Li from Arizona State University and Graham Tobin from the University of South Florida. In light of unanswered questions from Hurricane Katrina, Li used data to talk about Katrina’s effect on the Vietnamese-American and black communities of New Orleans. She said these populations often include the most economically and linguistically marginalized people. She said a large number of the Vietnamese refugees who reside in New Orleans came after the fall of Saigon in 1975. “What are the impacts of relocation on their communities, on their jobs and on their employment patterns?” she asked. “For older generations especially, this is the second forced evacuation from their homeland. The ﬁrst time was during the Vietnam War and this time is because of Katrina.” Her research team used a survey of 93 Vietnamese-Americans and 52 blacks, as well as ﬁve focus groups and ﬁve key interviews. She said the city has the largest density of Vietnamese-Americans. Using 2000 Census data, she showed the large percentages of Vietnamese-Americans and blacks who fell below the poverty level. “Most Americans never heard there was a large Vietnamese community in New Orleans until after Katrina,” she said. Tobin’s energetic presentation broached the idea of “social ampliﬁcation of risk” through the media. His PowerPoint presentation showed photos, advertisements and snippets of articles that ran in newspapers and magazines in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He spoke about media-framing of disasters, and negative stereotypes about minority groups that proliferated in the media decades before the civil rights movement. “What are the representations of different groups in the past and what are some things we can learn from this?” he asked. “What is the responsibility of those in disasters and those reporting disasters?”
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break the other windows were taken.” Chapa said the targeted items were electronics, like speaker boxes, ampliﬁers and CD players. Former co-worker Stephanie Rodriguez, 22, said Aguilar worked at Jones for three months. “He is real helpful. He has
done his work,” Rodriguez said. “He has never been messed up or anything. Whenever they needed Joel, he was always there helping. He was always funny and outgoing.” Chapa said these types of burglaries are not unusual. “Burglary of vehicles on a university campus are one of the property crimes that do happen within our type of environment because we do have
a large number of parking garages,” Chapa said. Not including the 16 cars that were broken into on Wednesday, 37 other car burglaries have occurred since the beginning of the semester, totaling $14,000 in stolen property, Chapa said. “With Mr. Aguilar being identiﬁed as a strong suspect in these burglaries, we are hoping to tie him in to some of the other burglaries that happened earlier in
the year,” Chapa said. Chapa said students, faculty and staff who park on campus should observe basic crime prevention. “Lock your doors and roll up your windows and hide your valuables and stick them under your seat, or put them in the trunk of your vehicle,” Chapa said. “Keep them out of sight.” Students, faculty and staff, Chapa said, have been asked to
take certain measures if a vehicle is found burglarized. “What we ask, that if someone ﬁnds their vehicle burglarized that they call us immediately to get us out there. We ask that they don’t go into the vehicle and touch anything or try to remove anything because there could be an opportunity to take some ﬁngerprints possibly,” Chapa said. “In some cases, there could be blood that may
have come from the burglar if they cut themselves on the window.” Chapa said UPD is currently collecting evidence. “We do want to make sure that we have all the areas covered so that when we do submit the case to the district attorney’s ofﬁce, it will be prosecutable,” Chapa said. “There are 16 vehicles burglarized, which means there are 16 victims.”
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Angels, devils and drags raise funds at
BOBCAT BALL By Carmel Rose Special to the Star From glittery angel wings to lit devil horns made of plastic male genitalia, Gordo’s was transformed from a bar to heaven and hell for Texas State Lambda’s Bobcat Ball. Heaven and Hell for Sinners and Saints was the theme for this year’s Bobcat Ball, which was a beneﬁt for Out Youth Austin, an organization dedicated to supporting and providing services to gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and questioning youth ages 12-19. Lambda is a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization that strives to spread awareness about the gay community at Texas State. “The beneﬁt ball is usually in spring, but the charity really needs the help now,” said Martin Esqueda, communications design senior and secretary of Texas State’s Lambda organization. Saturday’s show drew a crowd of nearly 300 to Gordo’s and Lambda raised $1,500 for Out Youth Austin from a percentage of the event’s proﬁts. “Bobcat Ball is an event where people can experience an aspect of gay life,” Esqueda said. He said the theme for Bobcat Ball came out of the blue. “It came from random ideas from members of the organization,” he said. Four drag queens and a drag king came from San Antonio and Austin to perform at Bobcat Ball. Brian Emanuel, communication studies senior, was one of the performers who walked the stage Saturday night. Accompanying Emanuel onstage were Irishon Victoria, Amadeus, Eva Divine, Goldie Haynes and Kelly Kline. Emanuel said he enjoys performing drag because of the connection he makes with the crowd.
“I’m an entertainer. I do it for the people, “ Emanuel said. Emanuel said dressing up in drag feeds into his alter ego; that he’s representing something different. “Everybody wants to change something about themselves,” he said. The drag show portrayed attitude and a message. Esqueda said many might view the drag show as a stereotyped event, but he isn’t worried about it. “Every culture has a stereotype. This is one of them, but it’s a fun one,” Esqueda said. Other than entertainment, Bobcat Ball’s purpose was to expose people to an environment they may not be used to or comfortable with. “People should be out of their comfort zone sometimes — it makes them a better overall person,” Emanuel said. Esqueda agreed. “San Marcos is pretty diverse, but it needs a push,” he said.
Bettina Ramon, English senior, said Lambda did a good job supporting a good cause. “I liked that Lambda chose to beneﬁt Out Youth Austin; it’s pretty noble of them,” Ramon said. Lisa Michalsky, accounting sophomore, enjoyed Bobcat Ball and said she thought it was a positive look for Lambda. “It’s different from what you ﬁnd in San Marcos. It’s also a good representation of a group that doesn’t have many social activities,” Michalsky said. While the ball was considered a success, after the drag show, a decorative wall fell on Megan McChesney, communication studies junior and president of Lambda. An ambulance was called and McChesney said she suffered a “grade-3 sprain” and might need surgery. “I’m feeling alright now, but Texas State isn’t very handicap accessible,” McChesney said.
Monty Marion/Star photo HEAVEN AND HELL: Trician performs onstage during the drag show of Texas State Lambda’s Bobcat Ball, held Saturday night at Gordo’s.
Monty Marion/Star photo FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Megan McChesney, communication studies junior and president of Lambda’s Texas State chapter, speaks to a packed crowd at Gordo’s regarding Out Youth Austin, the organization beneﬁting from Bobcat Ball.
Beat icon emphasizes vision, intellectualism By Leah Kirkwood The University Star
go about your business agreeing and dis- 2001” were inspired by world events, such agreeing,” Jones said. as the genocide in Darfur and the attack Jones said the preﬁx “dis-” means “hav- on the World Trade Center. Hettie Jones, a founding member of ing a reversive force,” and she asked audiJones also read a short story entitled the Beat movement, read her works relat- ence members to employ three terms to “Enough of This,” about her colorful ing to “Protest and Dissent” for a packed their lives: discover, New York lifestyle in the house at the Mitte Honors Coffeehouse dissent and dissuade. ‘60s. Thursday. She said critical inAfter the readings, The author visited Texas State to speak tellectuals voice their Jones answered quesin Steve Wilson’s Beat Generation honors dissent and recomtions from the audience. class and to advance this year’s Common mend alternatives Wilson asked Jones Experience theme. to what they feel is to explain the staying Wilson read an excerpt from Jones’ wrong. power of the years she poem “Hard Drive,” introducing her as “This country reand her contemporaries “woman enough to be moved to tears/ ally, really needs wrote about. — Hettie Jones and man enough/to drive my car in any youthful, visionary “That life of trying Writer, poet, founding direction.” voices,” Jones said. things out, of being member of Beat movement Jones explained the topic of “Protest Reading from unsettled, is still very and Dissent” by referring to a Chinese Drive, All Told and appealing to young peoman named Wong who prefers the term her manuscript that ple,” Jones said. “critical intellectual” to “dissident” when will be published Jones encouraged asquoted for a newspaper article. in January, Jones explained that dissent piring poets and authors to take chances Jones said her generation didn’t have takes many forms. Some of her poems in their writing and to not give up on the luxury of using Wong’s term in the experiment with poetic structure as a their work. 1950s and ‘60s. form of dissent. “If you don’t risk something, then what “There didn’t seem to be an option to The poems “Caught: A Prayer for Peace” is life about?” Jones said. call yourself a critical intellectual and just and “Dust: A Survival Kit, 9/11-10/11, Trey Moody, creative writing graduate student with a poetry emphasis, was unfamiliar with Jones’ work before Thursday’s event. He said he came to hear her read because he is interested in Beat writers. “I was impressed,” he said. “I’d heard (Jones’) name tossed around. Anyone associated with that movement would be of interest to me.” Heather Robinson, English senior and Mitte Honor student, attended the reading Thursday. She has read Jones’ poetry and her memoir. “I read her poetry before I read her memoir, and after I read it I really realized then I wanted to know more about her,” Robinson said. Robinson said she prefers Jones’ work to that of other poets from the Beat Generation. “I read some of Jack Kerouac’s work, and I didn’t understand it very much; I couldn’t relate to some of things he was writing about,” Robinson said. “Hearing her perspective on the culture (and) some other themes of coming into her own Alysha Hernández/Star photo and understanding herself as a woman — even though times are different now, KEEPING BEAT: Hettie Jones reads her poems related to Common Experience I felt I could relate.”
f you “I don’t risk something,
then what is life about?”
theme “Protest and Dissent” Thursday in the Lampasas Building.
Lack of correct permit results in postponement of Thunderpalooza By Danielle Elisabeth Madsen The University Star Thunderpalooza promoters don’t even need the threat of thunder to force the two-day music festival to be postponed. The music event was scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Kyle and would have included headline acts such as The Beach Boys. The City of Kyle teamed up with Human Spirit, a nonproﬁt charitable corporation, to provide a Central Texas music showcase, but also to increase breast cancer awareness and provide medical services to many uninsured children in the Austin area. The postponement of the event, which initially was to be held at Thunder Hill Raceway and then the Travis County Exposition Center, has to do with the lack of a largeevent permit. It is unknown who is responsible — the City of Kyle or Rocky DeMarco, the promoter and Human Spirit founder and director — for failing to obtain or notify the proper authorities about the need for this permit. “We invested $40,000 to make this event happen. We used to think this was going to be an event for a really great cause until we learned last week that there was a failure to attain the permit they needed. The legal requirements are the responsibility of the promoter and we don’t feel he fulﬁlled that or lived up to the obligation invested in this concert,” said Jerry Hendrix, City of Kyle Director of Communications. Dan Ekakiadis, Kyle City Council member, District Four, said he wasn’t sure who would be held liable. “I don’t know if we have been hoodwinked or not, the jury is still out on that one. I think Rocky and the City of Kyle tried in good faith to ﬁx the problem. Mistakes were made and I’m not sure who’s at fault,” Ekakiadis said. The sudden changes in the event left many in the dark about the complications involved. There were many sponsors of Thunderpalooza, including corporations such as Time Warner and Sprint, as well as local businesses such as KLBJ radio, Independence Brewing Co. and Morris
Glass. “Some musicians are already on their way here. I’m not sure what’s going to happen,” Ekakiadis said when the event was postponed. The money Kyle used to pay Human Spirit came from the hotel tax in connection with the Kyle-area Best Western. “The money from the hotel tax would put ‘heads in beds.’ If the event is not held here, there’s going to be repercussions,” said Ekakiadis. Some Kyle City Council members feel the event should have never been scheduled in the ﬁrst place. “I voted against it because it would put too much mass trafﬁc on the people of Kyle. We don’t even have trafﬁc authority. We don’t have the services to service the people like restaurants — there’s nothing to beneﬁt Kyle,” said Linda Tenorio, City Council member, District One. Many suggestions have been made about improvements in the future for large event planning such as Thunderpalooza. “We needed better plan assumption, something that would allow some time for planning and working with everybody in the community, not just Kyle, but all Hays County, so everybody has a say,” Tenorio said. “Working together with all that and planning with plenty of time would allow a better outcome of this.” Ticket buyers waiting to hear the various scheduled artists such as Eddie Money, Jesse Colin Young and Mark Farner, formerly from Grand Funk Railroad, will have to wait at least a little longer. Meanwhile, fans of the Beach Boys are also left hanging. “I like the Beach Boys. They’re important and still here, even today on (103.5 BOB FM). They have deﬁnitely made an impact,” said Stephanie Hardee, early childhood education freshman. Many people hope Thunderpalooza will still take place and serve the cause it was intended to, including providing free mammograms and giving children the medical care they need. “I just want the event to happen to beneﬁt the people and the city,” Ekakiadis said.
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Ceramic sale to raise funds for art conference Writers, fans gather for Texas Author Day By Jessica Sinn The University Star
Is your cupboard bare? Do you ﬁnd yourself alternating between two coffee mugs or reusing the same bowl over and over again because it’s the only
one you have? Perhaps it’s time to stock up on some new kitchenware. The Ceramics Arts Student Association will be sponsoring a ceramics sale in The Quad Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the LBJ Mall Wednesday from 9
Karen Wang/Star photo FRAGILE PIECES: The Ceramic Art Student Association sells ceramics made by students along with pieces donated by professors at the LBJ Student Center Mall Monday.
a.m. to 4 p.m. Elizabeth Kibling, CASA president and studio arts senior, said CASA members will be selling a wide variety of functional and decorative items. “We’ll have cups, bowls, different sculptural pieces and ornaments,” Kibling said. “Sign-up sheets will be available for students who are interested in buying our T-shirts.” Kibling said that the prices will be low in order to accommodate tight student budgets. Prices range from $3 to $20. In addition to ceramics, these student artists will sell CASA logo T-shirts for $13. All the proceeds will be used to ﬁnance the group’s trip to an annual art conference, The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Kibling said that CASA artists must meet certain requirements to participate in the ceramics sale and to attend NCECA. “CASA members must make a minimum of 10 pieces for the ceramic sale and are required to make a minimum of 15 pieces to attend the conference,” Kibling said. NCECA is held in different states all over the nation. This year, the conference will be held in Louisville, Ky. and CASA members are working to raise enough money to fund their trip. Kibling said that attending NCECA will allow her to network and to learn more about ceramics from professional potters. “It’s a great opportunity for us to meet potters from all over the world and speak with representatives from different universities about graduate schools and internships,” Kibling said. Elena Velasco, CASA vice president and ceramics senior, attended last year’s conference in Portland, Ore. She said that she’s excited to attend NCECA
because it’s an important learning experience and she enjoys meeting other ceramic artists. “It was a wonderful experience — so many people in the community of ceramics were there,” Velasco said. “The artists were very welcoming and willing to share their knowledge.” Velasco said that working with ceramics is exciting because she is free to raise the bar and challenge herself to be more creative. “There’s something special about the push-and-pull feeling I have when I work with ceramics,” Velasco said. “The art of crafting ceramics has no limits and I don’t have complete control over it.” Velasco said that she feels a great deal of satisfaction when she sells pieces such as utensils bowls and cups, because she feels a personal connection with the buyers. “It’s always really great to sell functional hand-made items because it really increases the communication between the artist and the people who use the utensil,” Velasco said. CASA consists of only six members, most of who will be graduating soon. Kibling said that because there are so few group members, CASA is in danger of dying out. She encourages students who are currently enrolled in, or have completed a ceramics class at Texas State, to join CASA. According to Kibling, CASA offers many beneﬁts to aspiring artists including stress relief, friendship, networking opportunities and above all else — fun. “We’re very laid back and we have a lot of fun,” Kibling said. “Ceramics is an excellent hobby, especially if you need an outlet for relieving stress, or if you’re looking for a way to be creative.”
More and more artists going independent By Phyllis Furman New York Daily News
NEW YORK — Hall & Oates are set to appear within the next few weeks on the Today show and Extra to promote their ﬁrst Christmas album. But the duo hasn’t had a record deal in years. Rather than partner with a major label, Hall & Oates has released Home for Christmas on their own three-year-old label called U-Watch. “We’re putting out records to our fan base,” Hall & Oates’ Daryl Hall told the NewYork Daily News. Artists are singing a different tune as they increasingly bypass the major record companies to make CDs — solo. The age-old model of an act being shackled to a record label is growing colder than Michael Jackson’s last album. Everyone from one-time teenybopper heartthrobs Hanson, to quirky pop act Barenaked Ladies, to hard rockers Motley
his is the future.”
— Terry McBride music manager
Crüe are on their own. Singer Sarah McLachlan plans to go indie after ﬁnishing up her current contract with Sony BMG, her manager said. Even little known rock acts like the Format are trying to get launched outside of the major label system. Jimmy Buffett, a pioneer of do-it-yourself labels, has a top-20 release this week. And two of the biggest acts of all time answer to no music major. The Eagles, no longer signed to Warner Music Group, just struck a deal with Wal-Mart that will put their next releases exclusively in WalMart stores. Garth Brooks took a similar route after parting ways with his longtime
Photo courtesy of www.totalmedia.com GOING INDIE: Artists such as Hall & Oates joined the indie label bandwagon in an effort to provide more music to their fan base. More musicians are starting their own labels, which gives them more ﬂexibility with their music and provides them with more earnings.
label Capitol Records. “This is the future,” said rock manager Terry McBride, whose clients include McLachlan and Barenaked Ladies. McBride expects nearly all of his acts to part with their record companies over the next few years. The vast majority of recording artists are still signed to major record labels. But the indie trend is growing louder, thanks to changing forces in the music biz, said prominent music attorney Fred Davis. Some artists have been been forced to go solo because their sales have peaked and the majors no longer want them. “The major labels are going for the quick sell,” said Roy Trakin, senior editor of Hits magazine. The rise of digital music sales has made it easier for artists to cut out the middleman. Almost any artist can sell songs on iTunes. The Internet is also shifting the power away from the majors. While once artists depended on their record companies to promote their songs to radio stations and MTV, now social networking sites like MySpace.com are the place to break records. If done successfully, going the independent route can be more lucrative than a record deal. Artists get to keep the rights to their master recordings and potentially capture a much bigger share of their record sales — $5 to $6 per album vs. the standard $1 to $2. Hanson’s most recent album, put out on the act’s own label 3CG, sold a modest 150,000 units in the U.S. and 600,000 worldwide. But because the band did it on their own, they pocketed $2.4 million, said the band’s manager Allen Kovac. There are big disadvantages to trying to sell records without the deep pockets and marketing muscle of the majors. “You have to realize you will never have a No. 1 record,” Hall said. Hall and partner John Oates work hard to keep costs down. “I don’t spend a million dollars on a record,” Hall said. Without a record company backing them, the duo had to be creative about getting their latest CD into stores. Because they lack the budgets to pay retailers for prime shelf space, they struck an exclusive deal with music retailing giant Trans World, which controls chains like Sam Goody and F.Y.E. The deal assures them prominent display in Trans World stores. “You have to be ﬂexible,” Hall said. “If you’ve been around a long time, you can do things differently.”
By Julia Riley The University Star Authors from around the state gathered at the San Marcos Public Library Sunday afternoon for the third-annual Texas Author Day. A total of 25 authors participated in the event by giving talks and reading from their works, as well as signing books and interacting with fans. True crime author and New Braunfels resident Diane Fanning gave a lecture on the importance of persistence in pursuing a literary career. “Setting goals for yourself is so important,” Fanning said. “Now, most people will say you should set realistic goals. I say, ‘who cares if it’s realistic?’ The only thing that matters is, does it propel you forward?” Fanning also emphasized the importance of reading and learning from other authors. “You can learn from every genre, even if it’s not something that interests you,” Fanning said. “When you read a successful paragraph, ﬁgure out what makes it work.” Fanning also advised keeping three types of books around. “‘How-To’ books, such as how to write a query letter, are useful when you’re up against a brick wall,” Fanning said. “Inspirational books and quotes can revitalize you and give you a new sense of purpose.” Fanning also said books on the craft of writing can be useful as well. “Books like Anne Lamont’s Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s On Writing are good to have around when you are feeling defeated,” Fanning said. Fanning said taking advantage of events such as Texas Authors Day is a must for as-
piring writers. “Talk to writers at book signings,” Fanning said. “Most of them are more than happy to give advice and pump people up.” When it comes time to submit manuscripts for publication, Fanning stresses not giving up. “Success never comes as quickly as you want it to. Prepare to feel bad and suffer loss of dignity,” Fanning said. “Every time you get rejected it’s like a kick in the shin. Cherish rejection letters that offer something speciﬁc. Repackage your product and try again.” Fanning also had advice speciﬁc to college students contemplating a literary career. “Don’t feel like you have to major in English. Major in what you love,” said Fanning, who studied chemistry in college. Also speaking at the event were geography professor Jim Kimmel and his wife, Jerry Touchstone Kimmel. The couple spoke about their book The San Marcos: A River’s Story. “Rivers have been our passion for the past 40 years,” Jim said. “While writing the book, we spent a lot of time in our kayak, going up and down the river and talking to people.” Jim said he felt the text and photographs, taken by Jerry, are well coordinated and help readers understand the special character of the river. “It’s a whole lot more than just a little river,” Jim said. Jerry said she fell in love with the river while photographing it for the book. “The light and the water is really incredible,” Jerry said. “I want to let the photographs speak for themselves.” The couple is currently working on books about three more Texas rivers.
Karen Wang/Star photo AUTHORS GALORE: One of 20 authors featured, Sandy Clark displays her ﬁrst children’s book, Pookus and Buckie, Sunday at San Marcos Public Library for Texas Author Day.
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Theatre department presents strange world of The Rocky Horror Show By Jeffery Hooten The University Star With an acute awareness of the sheer oddity of performing a musical about transvestite aliens, the theatre department will open their production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show Tuesday at the Theatre Center’s Mainstage. The cult classic — the basis for the 1975 ﬁlm The Rocky Horror Picture Show — is the story of the recently engaged Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who are on the way to announce the good news to the man who introduced them, Dr. Everett Scott. Along the way, the couple experiences car trouble and makes their way to a nearby castle in search of a telephone. Upon arriving at the castle, they are greeted by a group of aliens from the planet Transsexual in the Transylvania galaxy. Tyler Wallach, theatre freshman who plays Brad Majors, said this is one of the plays many actors and actresses dream of
art of college life is being open to new ideas, even if you don’t agree with them.”
— Asha Ramkumar psychology freshman
doing. “They’ve been trying to do this play for a long time, and we’re worried about what people (in the community) might think,” Wallach said, concerning the highly sexual content of the play. “I think it’s what this university needs.” Wallach also said the theatre department’s production is somewhat of a contrast to the movie. “It’s a whole different world,” Wallach said. Theatre senior Laura Marshall is the stage manager for the play. “It’s really a multimedia pro-
duction,” Marshall said. Marshall explained the play as much more theatrical than the ﬁlm and will include a small projection screen as part of the stage, sound effects and a live band. Those who are more familiar with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is based on the play, may be aware that during screenings of the movie, it is common for the audience to yell at the screen. Wallach said the theatre department has anticipated this as a potential problem at its production, and in hopes of keeping crowd interaction controlled, audience members will be given a sheet of things to say at the appropriate times. “If (the crowd) throws one of us off, it could throw off the person doing lighting, and then it’s a real mess,” Wallach said. Psychology freshman Asha Ramkumar plans to attend the musical. “It’s a classic, and I’m really exited to see how the university
puts their spin on it,” Ramkumar said. Ramkumar also said she is somewhat upset people might react harshly to the subject matter of the play. “Part of college life is being open to new ideas, even if you don’t agree with them,” Ramkumar said. The Rocky Horror Show runs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and again from Nov. 14 through 18. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students with a valid Texas State ID.
✯FYI For reservations call the Texas State Box Office at (512) 245-2204, and for more information call (512) 245-2147. The theatre department lists the musical as suitable for mature audiences only.
Photo courtesy of Kelsey King CULT CLASSICS: Forest VanDyke and Micah Sudduth, theatre seniors, will perform as Eddie and Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Theatre Center.
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THE MAIN POINT The University Star invited all four contested San Marcos city council candidates to visit with our editorial board so we could offer Election Day endorsements. All four candidates accepted the invitation. Here is what we concluded.
PLACE 1 Ian Skiles, 28, came across as likable and comfortable dealing with The Star’s all-student editorial board. Skiles said he would try to bring in light industrial jobs similar to CFAN that will provide well-paying, entry-level jobs for Texas State alumni who wish to stay in San Marcos. He showed an enlightened view on student issues, especially in how to handle the single-family zoning laws. Skiles pointed out if the problems between students and San Marcos residents are behavioral, as his opponent maintains, then dealing with those problems is a job of the police, not a zoning ordinance. Another point Skiles made is that as students call for landlords to be held accountable for renters violating the single-family zoning ordinance, the revenue landlords lose by having their tenants evicted would encourage them to be upfront when renting. Unfortunately, he displayed a lack of knowledge of city government. His campaign was also lackluster. He was attending a wedding during the Council of Neighborhood Associations debate and was hunting during the League of Women Voters debate. His face has also been noticeably absent from campus. Skiles’ opponent, 57-year-old Betsy Robertson, is a small-business owner and member of the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission. Robertson made fresh suggestions, including the appointment of a city government liaison to the Associated Student Government to complement the ASG liaison to city council. She said she backs suggestions to merge the Texas State Tram system with the city-run CARTS bus system and said she would be amenable to putting city dollars into such a merger. Robertson is a proponent of increasing public transportation, something anyone who has to battle on-campus parking can appreciate. She also wants to make San Marcos more bike and pedestrian friendly. While she says the responsibility for knowing about single-family zoning ordinances rests on students’ shoulders, she wants the city to work with the university’s Good Neighbor Program to educate students about the ordinance. Robertson’s time on the Planning and Zoning Commission shows her commitment to city government is not a new thing. The Star thinks she will be most able to work within the council to pass initiatives good for students and good for the city.
ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS The Star offers suggestions for city council races
You get a receipt when you buy a Slurpee. Why not when you vote for your representatives? Bob Thompson Residence Life maintenance crew supervisor
No pride As a recent alumna, I am very proud of the fact that I graduated from Texas State. I was there during the name change and have since seen school pride skyrocket. Then, a graduate student friend of mine showed me a cartoon printed Nov. 2 in The University Star depicting a University of Texas student mocking a Texas State student, saying that the school is changing the name to “I couldn’t get into UT, so here I am” University. What is the point of having this in The University Star? It is not funny by any means, unless you’re a Longhorn. And if you are a Longhorn, you would not be reading the newspaper for Texas State. Texas State is one of the most competitive universities to get into in Texas. Maybe at one point in time (like the ’80s), this cartoon would have been true. It is not true any longer. I feel that as the editor, you should have had better judgment when selecting this cartoon. It is very disappointing to see this in our newspaper and very disappointing that a Bobcat wrote it. As students and alumni, we are supposed to build up our school, not shoot it down. Megan Campbell Texas State alumna Editor’s reply: Ashley Cass’ cartoon was meant to poke fun at those who treat Texas State as their second choice.
More bikes, fewer roads
PLACE 6 Ryan Thomason, 28, appeared to be the most student-friendly candidate for City Council Place 6 when he met with The Star’s editorial board. Thomason, a homebuilder and real estate broker, applied his experience in both realms to propose solutions for the city. Thomason attempted to provide solutions to the single-family zoning ordinances. He said the city should designate more multi-family zones. Thomason rightfully questioned the necessity of the city’s Code Enforcement Task Force. Thomason wants to bring more jobs to San Marcos, something necessary for growth. He wants to offer tax incentives for pre-existing companies if they agree to have a certain number of their employees become San Marcos residents. He included that San Marcos should not depend on the outlet malls for the majority of its tax revenue and should create more businesses for revenue. John Thomaides, 40, is a longtime San Marcos resident and Place 6 City Council incumbent. He has helped execute decisions that will be good for San Marcos and Texas State students in the long run. Recently, he has made more attempts to reach the student body.
Justin Jackley/Star illustration Thomaides currently sits on a board for the Austin-San Antonio Commuter Rail project and is a big supporter of the proposal, which would alleviate trafﬁc problems on Interstate-35. Thomaides has also worked on the Wonder World Drive railroad overpass and Wonder World extension. The overpass is almost complete. Like his opponent, Thomaides also wants to make the city more pedestrian and bike friendly. Thomaides said he wants to build more positive communication with the university and the student body. While The Star has disagreed with his ways of campaigning on campus, we hope he will continue to make more sincere efforts to listen to students. Thomaides also expressed an interest in bringing more professional jobs to San Marcos without harming the infrastructure or overlooking the residents. Thomaides brought up a good point: Why offer tax incentives to major corporations when residents,
speciﬁcally low-income residents, would be the ones to receive tax breaks? Thomaides also defended the city’s Land Development Code because it ensures businesses will build within city requirements. Thomaides proved to have the knowledge of the functions of a city government. We would like to see Thomason run for city council again, next time with more experience and a competent campaign coordinator. Because of his experience and ability to implement change in San Marcos, The Star thinks Thomaides is the most qualified candidate for Place 6. 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.
The story “City borrows money to fund road expansion” that ran Oct. 19 detailed the incompetence of the San Marcos City Council. I have only been here for less than one semester, but it is readily apparent San Marcos possesses a trafﬁc problem. I agree that the council needs to address the issue. What has me dumbfounded is the solutions the council takes to rectify the situation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Marcos constitutes only 18.2 square miles. 18.2 square miles, and we need more roads? What we need is more and better public transportation and more importantly, more sidewalks and bike lanes. Bike lanes are virtually nonexistent here. Many people don’t understand how amazingly efﬁcient this simple machine is. The bus typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes from the time I leave my apartment until I get to class. On my bike, I’ve made the entire trip in 12 minutes. I don’t understand why San Marcos doesn’t encourage alternative transportation in a city of this size. I know that wouldn’t completely eradicate the problem, but could you imagine how much trafﬁc would be alleviated if more people used alternative transportation? Daniel Palomo Public Relations Junior Think you have something to say? Log on to www.UniversityStar.com and click on the letters link to read old letters and submit new ones.
Most charter amendments will benefit San Marcos, if passed The highly contested main to ‘acquire propgovernor’s race is not erty for transfer, or for the only election on the lease in substantial part, ballot. This year’s ballot to a private third party will list several local offor the purpose of ecoﬁcials and propositions nomic development.’” that directly affect Texas Eminent domain is a seState students. rious problem because STEPHANIE SILVAS The University Star it is not OK under any Star Columnist published excerpts circumstances for the from the League of Women government to take property Voters guide on Oct. 24. The that belongs to private citizens. guide outlined 16 propositions Proposition 3 “changes the to amend the San Marcos City term of ofﬁce for mayor from Charter on Tuesday’s ballot. two to three years, the same Propositions 7 and 14 are the for city council members. The only amendments that should change would take effect with not be passed. the mayor elected in November The ones you should vote 2008.” Elected ofﬁcials need “yes” on: more than two years to make a Proposition 2 “prohibits the difference in their ofﬁce. Uncity from using eminent dofortunately, campaigning takes
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up at least a year, so the amendment change will be good in order to make any accomplishments. Proposition 9 “requires the municipal judge to be an attorney.” The county judge who presides over my home county is not an attorney and does an amazing job. However, judges at any level should be trained extensively in an upper-educational level to properly interpret the law. Proposition 16 “updates references to council members’ ethics to reference the recently strengthened code of ethics.” Any provision that will further ethical standards is a good idea. The ones you should vote ‘no’ on:
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Proposition 7 “adds a provision allowing the city council to amend the future land use map with one majority vote. Previously, passing such changes required three consecutive votes.” Revisions to broaden the restriction on the city council are never a good idea. If the city can pass the future land use map with one majority vote, then they should be able to do it with three votes. Proposition 14 “adjusts a provision that requires the city to keep a register of all bonds, certiﬁcates of obligation and other debt. The city will not be required to update the list each time a payment is made.” There is no reason that the city cannot update lists. Public records need
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to be updated, and taxpayers have the right to know where their money is going. The propositions left unmentioned are acceptable and will be beneﬁcial to the city. For other races, make sure to research your candidates. If an incumbent is doing a good job, keep them in ofﬁce. If you think someone could do a better job, vote for his or her opponent. The worst mistake you can make is voting for someone who seems like a good guy. A good politician is your best friend during election years. Find the most qualiﬁed candidates who propose changes that are not only attainable, but legitimate. Know the political process.
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We have two major parties for a reason: Most unafﬁliated parties or independent candidates do not get elected. Neither Strayhorn nor Friedman will make it into the governor’s ofﬁce next year. If you want a new governor, vote for Bell. If not, the two independents, the Libertarian and the write-in will keep Perry in ofﬁce. Stephanie Silvas is a mass communication senior
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