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DEFENDING THE FIRST AMENDMENT SINCE 1911
NOVEMBER 7, 2007
VOLUME 97, ISSUE 33
Porterfield defeats Robertson, Bose re-elected to city council
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
By Andy Sevilla, Jeﬀ Turner and Scott Thomas The University Star
PROPOSITION 1: Appropriation for facilities at Angelo State University
Whether they gathered in public restaurants or in their private residence, candidates for City Council Place 1 and 2 eagerly watched the television to discover what they would be doing for the next three years of their lives. Kim Porterﬁeld and incumbent Gaylord Bose were elected to City Council Place 1 and 2, respectively, while Jude Prather and Betsy Robertson realized defeat. Bose was ﬁxated on the television while Robertson sat back and engaged with supporters around her at Grins Restaurant. Prather nervously paced between tables at J’s Bistro, while Porterﬁeld cracked jokes and tried to relax in the comfort and privacy of her home. “I might look calm and relaxed on the outside, but I’m really very humbled and grateful that everyone came out and voted,” Bose said. “Everybody supported me.” The mood at Grin’s was bittersweet, with Bose’s victory being greeted with mild applause. Supporters who wanted to congratulate Bose were respectful of Robertson’s loss. “I think I did as much as physically possible, and I got out that vote for all the supporters that I had,” Robertson said. “Kim is a very formidable opponent and I wish her luck on the council.” A teary-eyed Robertson called Porterﬁeld to concede at the end of the night when she knew for sure she had lost the election by 49 votes. Place 2 was just outside of Prather’s grasp, losing the council position by three votes. However, Prather said he will challenge the outcome. “How many students were turned away on campus?” Prather asked. “I know we sent out that press release saying 100, but what we’re in the process of doing right now is ﬁnding ﬁve people who are disenfranchised.” Prather said he is calling out to students who were turned away at the polls, encouraging anyone who might not have been able to vote, but wanted to, to come forward. “There are two things that can call an election: the disenfranchisement by minority vote (and) the disenfranchisement by age according to law,” said Mathew Golding, political science senior and campaign manager for Prather. “And we fall into both (categories).” Across town, the words repeated by Porterﬁeld throughout the night were “cautious optimism.” At her house, surrounded by friends, family and supporters, Porterﬁeld anxiously watched the television as her initial lead in the race shrank, and even disappeared for a time. Then, the results for district 315
YES PROPOSITION 2: Issuance of $500 million in bonds to finance student loans
YES PROPOSITION 3: Limiting appraised value of the residence homestead
YES PROPOSITION 4: Issuance of up to $1 billion in bonds for construction projects
YES PROPOSITION 5: Local election to limit municipal property taxes
YES PROPOSITION 6: Exempt for ad valorem tax one motor vehicle owned by an individual
YES PROPOSITION 7: Allow government entities to sell property acquired by eminent domain
YES PROPOSITION 8: Clarify provisions relating to a home equity loan
YES PROPOSITION 9: Exempt totally disabled veterans from ad valorem taxation
Monty Marion/Star photos JUST SHORT: (Above) Jude Prather, public administration senior, reacts to the City Council Place Two voting returns Tuesday evening at J’s Bistro. CLOSE CALL: (Left) Councilman Gaylord Bose thanks his supporters after winning the City Council Place Two by what was believed to be a four-vote margin at the time.
came in, narrowly voting her into City Council Place 1. “I’m very humbled, very excited (and) very happy,” Porterﬁeld said. “I moved here when I was in college and I never imagined I would be on the San Marcos City Council.” Mayor Susan Narvaiz was among the guests in attendance at Porterﬁeld’s house, frequently giving her updates from the computer, checking for results that might have made it to the Internet before the television. “I think the people have spoken and as always after an election, the city will come together, its leaders will come together and do the work of the people,” Narvaiz said. None of the candidates could let out a sigh of relief or regret until the ﬁnal votes were in. This race, like most elections with a low voter turn out, was extremely close. “I feel like it was a real exciting campaign,” Robertson said. “My opponent is a very honorable person, so politics just doesn’t get better than that.”
Funds added to complete pedestrian bridge over river
PROPOSITION 10: Abolish the office of inspector of hides and animals
YES PROPOSITION 11: To provide for public access on the Internet of Legislative votes
YES PROPOSITION 12: Issuance of bonds not to exceed $5 billion for highway improvement
Tuition increase generates revenue, joined by hikes in athletic, student ID fees
YES PROPOSITION 13: Deny bail to a person who violates certain orders or conditions
YES PROPOSITION 14: Permit a justice or judge to serve the remainder term
YES PROPOSITION 15: Creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
YES PROPOSITION 16: Issuance of bonds for assistance to economically distressed areas
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By Carline Schwartz News Reporter An open hearing for the proposed 2008-2009 tuition increase of 6.25 percent was held Tuesday at the LBJ Student Center. The tuition increase will be presented this month to the Texas State University System Board of Regents, who have the authority to approve or disapprove the proposal. Approximately 30 students, faculty and staﬀ were present, which stood in stark contrast to last year’s open hearing that saw more than 100 students in attendance. During the 2007 Texas legislative session, Texas State’s appropriations were set for this ﬁscal year and next ﬁscal year. But state appropriations for the university were not raised for next year, so any budget increases had to either come from tuition or other auxiliary revenue. The 6.25 percent tuition hike translates to
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At the end of the night, Bose attributed his victory to his experience and ability to speak from the heart, though he said Prather ran a good campaign. “(Prather) reached out, he was a real unknown and he’s challenging an incumbent and you have to give him credit for his eﬀort,” Porterﬁeld said. “I hope he tries again.” Prather said after participating in many campaigns for others and having a lifelong interest in politics, it was a unique experience running his own. “In the sixth grade there was a presidential election, so he came (to school) as a ballot box,” said Prather’s mother, Anne Prather who, along with her husband, donated $3,000 to her son’s campaign. “He went around from class to class. He was a box and he had slits in the front and you could drop a ballot in and vote. At the end of the day the principal added up the votes and announced it over the PA system and he won the election. We knew he was going to go into politics as a young kid.”
By Philip Hadley News Reporter
an increase of $10 per semester credit hour for next fall. The designated tuition increase will generate more than $7 million in revenue. Since the Texas Legislature deregulated tuition in 2003, the law requires 20 percent of tuition to be reserved for student ﬁnancial aid. For Texas State, more than $1.4 million will be set aside for ﬁnancial aid and $4.5 million will go to a 3 percent pay increase for faculty and staﬀ. More than $1.1 million will be used to hire additional tenure track faculty and improve the student to faculty ratio. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, total tuition and fees increased from $2,934 in fall 2006 to $3,253 this year. However, during this time period, Texas State had the lowest total tuition and fees among the university’s ﬁve competing institutions: University of Texas, Texas A&M
Pedestrians will soon have a safer way to cross the San Marcos River after city council approved funding at Monday’s meeting to complete a bridge project. “The engineering estimates show the total cost of the entire project at $616,400,” said Richard Mendoza, public works director. Mendoza presented the council with the latest information on bridge construction and design. The bridge will be located 100 feet north of the Hopkins Street Bridge and span 195 feet across the San Marcos River. Mendoza said the council would need to increase the funding of the bridge to include aesthetic lighting and handrail improvements — costing $63,500. A bridge near Hopkins Street already exists, but Mendoza said its location is not convenient to most pedestrians. “Currently, pedestrians are forced to cross the river on the road bridge, which places them in an extremely hazardous setting,” Mendoza said. “The current plan, coupled with the current sidewalk extension phase, will provide a safe pedestrian and bike passage between the downtown area and the activity and library buildings.” The council expressed their concern regarding the safety of the bridge if the lighting and railing was not included. Councilwoman Betsy Robertson said lighting was essential. “I am concerned about slipping and falling as well as crime,” Robertson said. “If we do not include lighting and railing, we will not be meeting statewide safety code. Daniel Guerrero, deputy mayor pro tem, asked why the original project did not include lighting. Mendoza said it was “just an oversight on the original design.” The council directed staﬀ to add the improvements and fund an additional $313,000 to complete the project. The city will use fund balance to make up the shortfall and begin construction. “Fund balance is money the city has saved that equals about 25 percent of a city’s annual expenditures,” Mendoza said.
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Britney Curry ﬁnished out the season as the Bobcat soccer team leader in oﬀense, with 48 shots and nine goals. Curry, sophomore midﬁelder, helped lead the Bobcats to victory Sunday with a 3-0 shut out-victory against Lamar, ending the season on a positive note.
“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. —Courtesy of Athletic Media Relations
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Calendar WEDNESDAY The “Big Questions Worth Asking” series will continue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jones Dining Complex, north side. Participants can stay for a few minutes or the whole time in discussion with Higher Ground Campus Ministry chaplain Jaime Bouzard and others.
the St. Jude Chapel in the CSC chapel. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome to attend. FRIDAY
Body Talk: Using “Heart Messages” to Reduce Stress will be held 2 to 3 p.m. in LBJSC 311.1.
Texas State’s women’s basketball will play Texas A&M International 5:30 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
The rosary will be prayed 6 p.m in the St. Jude Chapel of the Catholic Student Center.
Texas State’s men’s basketball will play Huston-Tillotson 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
Higher Ground will hold a contemplative and peaceful Evening Prayer service 5:30 p.m. in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (510 N. Guadalupe, directly across from the Tower dorm), followed by supper at 6:15p.m. Students of every religious background are welcome.
Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomer’s Meeting, River Group, will be 9:15 p.m. at 1700 Ranch Rd. 12, Suite C.
THURSDAY Career Services presents, “Walt Disney World College Internship Program Presentation” 5:30 p.m in Flowers Hall, 230. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The Christian rock band, Soundwave, will be the guest performers at The Rock -– Praise & Worship at 7:30 p.m in
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SATURDAY The Brain Injury Association of Texas (BIATX) will host the third-annual “Walk for Thought,” a three-mile walk, which aims to celebrate survivors of brain injuries, raise funds and build awareness to beneﬁt Texans living with disabilities caused by traumatic brain injury. On-site registration begin 2 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. For more information regarding the numerous sponsorship opportunities, event registration or additional information concerning the Brain Injury Association of Texas, call 800-392-0040, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.biatx.org.
CRIME BL TTER
University Police Department
Oct. 31, 4:13 p.m. Information Report/LBJ Sessom Booth An oﬃcer was dispatched for a damaged property report. A nonstudent reported damage to a gate arm. This case is under investigation. Nov. 1, 2:10 a.m. Driving While Intoxicated/Alcohol: Minor in Possession/400 Guadalupe An oﬃcer was on patrol and initiated a traﬃc stop. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation for MIP, arrested for DWI and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.
Nov. 1, 3:53 p.m. Medical Emergency/Alkek Teaching Theatre An oﬃcer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student Austin Byrd/Star photo reported having stomach cramps and pain, was evaluated by EMS and transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluJacob Krametbauer, undecided sophomore, of Phi Kappa Psi takes a donation from ation. Tania Motta-Allen, pre-social work junior, Tuesday outside the LBJ Student Center. All proceeds go to help needy San Marcos families during the holiday season.
San Marcos Veterans Day Parade Saturday Honoring Veterans—Past and Present will be the theme of the 2007 Veterans Day Parade 10 a.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by local veterans’ organizations and the City of San Marcos. The public is encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the festivities.
ASG BEAT J
eb Thomas, supervisor for access services, stopped by to release information of 75 new surveillance cameras which will be placed in various spots on campus to better ensure the safety of the student body. These cameras will help prevent theft across campus in major parking lots, help police gather clues to crimes and promote general safety in the campus community. Sen. Carson Guy submitted legislation calling for an increase in the cost of student ID’s in order to keep up with the ever-changing technological advances of identiﬁcation. The bill calls for support of the $2 per-semester raise, all restricted access doors use proxy identiﬁcation instead of actually swiping an ID and the washers and dryers on campus be compatible with the student ID so a student can use their bobcat bucks to pay for on-campus laundry, just to name a few. This bill will be voted on next week. Last week, the honorable Mayor Susan Narvaiz spoke at the Associated Student
The parade will line up on CM Allen Parkway and travel down Hopkins Street to Fredericksburg to Hutchison back to CM Allen Parkway. — Courtesy of City of San Marcos
Nov. 2, 9:35 a.m. Information Report/LBJ Student Center An oﬃcer was dispatched for a public assistance report. A nonstudent reported the disorderly conduct of a non-student. This case is under investigation. Nov. 2, 1:48 p.m. False Alarm/Report/Chemistry Building An oﬃcer was dispatched for a ﬁre alarm report. Upon further investigation, the ﬁre pull station had been activated and was reset by alarm maintenance. A report was generated for this case.
Nov. 2, 6:01 p.m. Burglary: Habitation/Blanco Hall Government meeting to correct things An oﬃcer was dispatched for a burglary report. A student restated during the City Council debate. In ported property was taken from Blanco Hall without consent. This recognition of her speech, legislation was case is under investigation. passed Monday expressing ASG’s thanks for her taking time to make sure the truth was Nov. 3, 3:29 a.m. heard. Burglary: Vehicle/Bexar Garage In other news, several senators were voted An oﬃcer was dispatched for an attempted burglary of a motor in to ﬁll open university committee seats and vehicle report. A student reported damage to a motor vehicle. This the student seat for Faculty Senate. The bill, case is under investigation. “Bobcats are Hungry for More,” which called for Chartwells to make several changes to Nov. 3, 9 a.m. the food service on campus, was passed and Property Damage/Burleson Hall the bill “Regarding Length of Textbook Use” An oﬃcer was dispatched for a damaged property report. A stuwas tabled a week for further discussion. dent reported damage to the building. This case is under investiASG meets Mondays 7 p.m. in Room 3-1.4 gation. at the LBJ Student Center. We would like to see more people there. Nov. 3, 6:28 p.m. Enjoy the cold weather and remember: Sexual Assault/UPD Lobby today is a great day to be a Bobcat. An oﬃcer was dispatched to the lobby for a report of a sexual assault. A student reported they had been sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. This case is under investigation. —Courtesy of Associated Student Government — Courtesy of University Police Department
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Spencer Millsap/Star photo ONE WINNER: Kim Porterﬁeld, director of community relations, celebrates her City Council Place 1 victory among family and friends at her San Marcos home Tuesday.
Hays County election results All city precincts reported. Special Election: Caldwell Hays County Emergency Services District No. 1 PROPOSITION 1: Confirmation of the creation of Caldwell Hays Emergency Services District No. 1 and the levy by the District of a tax not to exceed 10 cents on the $100 of valuation. For: 45/66.18% Against: 23/33.82% Special Election: Wimberley PROPOSITION: The legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only. For: 565/73.28% Against: 206/26.72% Bond Election: Dripping Springs Independent School District PROPOSITION: The issuance of $96,170,000 of school building bonds for the construction, renovation and equipment of school facilities and the purchase of land for school facilities, and levying the tax and payment thereof. For: 1,543/52.22% Against: 1,412/47.78% Bond Election: Wimberley Independent School District PROPOSITION 1: The issuance by Wimberley Independent School District of $27,500,000 of tax bonds for the improvement, renovation and equipment of district buildings, including Scudder Elementary, Bowen Intermediate, Danforth Junior High and Wimberley High School, and the construction and equipment of a new elementary school and the purchase of the necessary site thereof, and related infrastructure and traffic improvements, and levying the tax in payment thereof. For: 2,318/72.30% Against: 888/27.70% PROPOSITION 2: The issuance by Wimberley Independent School District of $6,500,000 of tax bonds for the construction and equipment of P.E. gyms and locker room facilities at Danforth Junior High and Wimberley High School, construction and equipment of an industrial arts/ vocational education facility at the Wimberley High School, and related infrastructure
improvements; and the purchase of school buses and technology infrastructure improvements, and levying the tax in payment thereof. For: 2,197/68.72% Against: 1,000/31.28% General & Special Election: City of San Marcos City Council Member 1: Kim Porterfield: 1,314/50.95% Betsy Robertson: 1,265/49.05% CITY COUNCIL MEMBER 2: Jude Prather: 1,302/49.94% Gaylord Bose: 1,305/50.06% PROPOSITION: Authorizing the City of San Marcos to establish, develop and construct the San Marcos Conference Center Project as a venue project, and to impose a hotel tax at the rate of 2 percent, for a maximum city hotel tax of 9 percent, for the purpose of financing the venue project. For: 1,748/66.82% Against: 868/33.18% Special Election: Buda PROPOSITION: Adoption of the proposed home rule charter. For: 239/77.85% Against: 68/22.15% Election on Adopted Tax Rate: San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District PROPOSITION: Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.50 per $100 valuation in San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District for the current year, a rate that is $0.13 higher per $100 valuation than the school district rollback tax rate. For: 1,474/38.39% Against: 2,366/61.61% Confirmation Bond, Maintenance Tax and Director Election: Headwaters Municipal Utility of Hays County PROPOSITION 1: Confirming creation of the district For: 1/100% Against: 0/0% PROPOSITION 2: An operation and maintenance tax not to exceed $1 per $100 valuation of taxable property. For: 1/100% Against: 0/0% PROPOSITION 3: The issuance of $64,700,000 bonds for system facilities and the levy of taxes in
payment of the bonds. For: 1/100% Against: 0/0%
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“This money is usually used for emergencies. New exemptions oﬀering relief to elderly and disabled San Marcos residents were approved by city council as well. The property tax exemption applies to residents who are 65 years PROPOSITION 4: The issuance of of age and older, or disabled. These citizens will be exempted from the $97,050,000 refunding bonds ﬁrst $20,000 of their property tax. Rosie Vela, San Marcos director of and the levy of taxes in payment ﬁnance, said the exemption would soon be increased. of the bonds. “The council tabled the item until the next meeting where they will For: 1/100% increase the exemption to $25,000,” Vela said. “We forecast that the Against: 0/0% impact is about $30,000 on total tax revenues to make that increase.” City council allowed the San Marcos Police Department to purchase BOARD OF DIRECTORS: a new pursuit sedan and two pickup trucks from Windham Motor ComJohn R. Durrett: 1/20% pany in the estimated amount of $52,171. Councilman Chris Jones Eleanor Harris: 1/20% criticized the purchase for not being environmentally sound. Jeremy Martin: 1/20% “I think the police department should consider purchasing vehicles Clara Oliver: 1/20% that use alternative fuel and are more fuel-eﬃcient,” Jones said. Timothy Shelhamer: 1/20% SMPD Chief Howard Williams said the trucks would be used for the narcotic oﬃcer and parking enforcement. Confirmation, Supervisors “It is necessary for us to have a truck to carry the vehicle-immobiand Sanitary Sewer Power lizing wheel boot and for hauling materials,” Howard said. “The new Election: Hudson Ranch Fresh vehicles will not be compatible with alternative fuel.” Water Supply District No. 1 The meeting concluded with a discussion regarding an explanation PROPOSITION: The confirmation of charges on city utility bills. Mayor Susan Narvaiz said charges on of the creation of Hudson Ranch city electric bills are vague. Fresh Water Supply District No. 1. “It is important we make it clear to residents that we charge for the For: 6/100% cost of electricity and the cost to deliver it to their homes,” Narvaiz Against: 0/0% said. “We need to provide numbers so residents can monitor their utility usage, and try to conserve.” SUPERVISORS: Vela said the city ﬁnance department would review the bills and calDelton Hudson: 6/20% culate the cost of providing printed charge descriptions on the back. Robert C. Alden: 6/20% Vela will present the ﬁndings at the next meeting held Nov. 20. J. Brannin Prideaux: 6/20% Elizabeth P. Edwards: 6/20% Debra G. Eason: 6/20%
PROPOSITION 2: Granting the district the power to purchase, construct, acquire, own, operate, repair, improve and extend sanitary sewer systems to control wastes within the district. For Sanitary Sewer Powers: 6/100% Against Sanitary Sewer Powers: 0/0% Election To Approve Assignment Of Certain Rights To Water Services And To Authorize The Imposition Of An Annual Tax On All Taxable Property Within The Boundaries Of The District, Unlimited In Rate Or Amount, Sufficient To Make Payments Under Such Assignment: Hays County Water Control And Improvement District No. 2 PROPOSITION: Assignment of certain rights to water services by Hays County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 to Hays County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 and the levy of ad valorem taxes adequate to provide for the payment thereof. For: 6/75% Against: 2/25%
University, University of TexasSan Antonio, Texas Tech University and University of North Texas. The proposed $2 athletic fee increase, which is intended to help move the university toward the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, sparked debate among those in attendance. “Our athletic department as a whole is considered Division I,” said Joanne Smith, vice president of student aﬀairs. “In other words, we compete in Division I in all other sports (except) in football where it is called the Football Championship Subdivision.” A committee deemed many changes are necessary in order for the football program to be moved to a new subdivision. The ﬁrst is athletics needing more funding to improve facilities for all sports. The second is a need for more scholarship money. A part of the funding for such changes involves an increase in ticket sales, donor support and the athletic fee. “I am always for taxes and student fees as long as it’s being used to help the general good,” said Misty Dean, management senior. “If this was a business deal, I would consider it just an unnecessary expense. It’s focusing on the ideals of a minority.” The committee will bring their fee increase proposal before the TSUS Board of Regents, which has to approve the fee. If the board approves the fee increase, it will be sent to a student referendum. “I think that the move in the division is extremely necessary for Texas State to have the spotlight that it deserves,” said Tommy Luna, mathematics sophomore. “Yes we’re doing great in academics, but (with) football coming in, we will have that athletic spotlight that we should have — increasing the retention rate (and) increasing the part we have in the number of fantastic athletic students.” Another proposal is a $2 ID card fee increase. Students currently pay $3 for the ID card fee. The fee increase would be used to improve the Bobcat Bucks system and alleviate the deﬁcit in the dining services budget. “For demographic purposes, (we would be) taking bobcat buck information at athletic events,” said John Root, director of auxiliary services. “You can ﬁnd out for example what students are coming to our games and who we need to target. Are we not getting any freshman to come to the games? We need to target freshmen more — things of that nature.”
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THE MAIN POINT
ig Brother is considered one of the greatest villains that never lived. And now some Texas State students, faculty and staff are concerned Big Brother will be making its way to Texas State because of the proposed installation of a campus-wide video camera surveillance system. According to Tuesday’s University Star article, the university administration plans to install 75 surveillance video cameras around campus or in areas that are of “specific interest” to the University Police Department. Jeb Thomas, supervisor for access services and former UPD investigator, told the ASG Senate Monday that proposed locations include the Bobcat Stadium parking lot and free speech area of The Quad. He said they want to make sure “everyone is behaving themselves and everyone gets a chance to be heard.” Unsurprisingly, the proposal has been met with opposition and skepticism. Both the Faculty Senate and the Associated Student Government have expressed their concerns during the past couple weeks. First, let’s acknowledge we are a nation under surveillance. Most of us are well aware and relatively content with metropolitan cities being laced with surveillance cameras. If the government wants to track our movements, all it has to do is take a peek at our credit card purchases. Things became really weird when Google Earth was announced, which enables anyone anywhere in the world to zoom in on a particular location. Because of recent events like Virginia Tech, it does not come as much of a surprise that the university wants to install the surveillance system. It is understandable for university to want to catch acts of vandalism and it could come in use if there was an instance of campus violence. But to have cameras to make sure people in The Quad are behaving themselves is slightly insulting. We’re adults and our right to privacy is of utmost importance. Besides, do things really ever get out of hand in The Quad? Thomas attempted to alleviate some of the concern when he said they would not have oﬃcers viewing the cameras 24/7, and the videos would be purged after 30 days, unless some criminal act was caught on tape. Faculty Senate Chair William Stone said it best in an Oct. 25 article: “…It’s an issue of balancing the interests of campus security and safety, versus the rights of free speech.” Basically, this is what it comes down to for most people: It’s creepy and unnerving to know we are being watched. Our right to privacy has to be protected and the university has to make sure these cameras are not able to peer into any dorm rooms. That crosses the line and is unacceptable to even consider it. 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.
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First, let me oﬀer my congratulations to the University Star for providing much needed distribution of information to the entire San Marcos community. Our community is hungry for more media alternatives and with your circulation numbers surpassing the local paper, the University Star is no longer only a voice for Texas State University students, but for the entire city of San Marcos. I am writing today to address the nice illustration of me with an editorial about my State of the City address and problems with roads. I was really pleased that I was portrayed like Glenda the Good Witch, but perplexed that I was dinged for being a “bad road fairy” and for envisioning San Marcos as the “Small Business Capital of Texas.” You see, I have been leading the charge to save the millions of dollars of state money for the ﬁrst leg of the San Marcos Loop, or FM 110 project, since the failed county bond election last May. During my council tenure, roads have been paramount. We voted to fund the long overdue Post Road project, and I played a leading role in securing millions of dollars of federal and state funds for the Wonder World extension. Sure, construction on roadways is inconvenient sometimes, but we need the improvements. I was more disappointed that the real message, my honest conversation with the citizens during my State of the City address, was not further reported. I was never called for an interview on the topic of roads or asked to meet with the editorial staﬀ before this editorial ran. I do extend that opportunity to the editorial team now. Susan Narvaiz San Marcos Mayor
What is ASG doing? I am wondering what ASG is actually doing for the students. It seems all they have done is skip out on meetings, throw out a senator or two to show they aren’t the lame organization everyone thinks they are, argue over a piece of legislation that aﬀects too few students to even be an issue or have an article in the paper, and spend excess tuition and fee money for everyone in ASG, completely forgetting about the students that paid the money. Last I checked, is there even enough students around campus that needed to feel safe and secure about their “gender identity?” It doesn’t seem strange to me that so many senators abstained; it seems strange that the legislation passed and even made it to a vote. How about ASG actually do work, pass legislation or whatever it is that ASG does at those meetings for the majority of students that actually attend the University and voted for you. Last I checked, isn’t the university having a meeting on Tuesday to raise our tuition and fees again? Thanks ASG for taking care of the students. Jakob Grothe geographic information science senior Julie Sheah/Star illustration
Use your brain, don’t cheat To cheat or not to cheat— While this is hardly the most this is a question many coladult thing to do when one lege students, and people is hurt, it is often the most in general, have to ask fun. Revenge cheating can themselves when a relationbe caused by a number of ship gets rocky. When you factors. Maybe your partner suddenly realize things just feels neglected. It is imporMeagan Singletary tant to realize physical proxaren’t the same anymore. STAR COLUMNIST What do you do? imity doesn’t always cure this. The smart thing to do is talk about In order for a relationship to thrive, it. Let your signiﬁcant other know there has to be a strong underlyhow you are feeling. Unfortunately, ing, emotional connection. When brains are usually the last organs this connection is not as strong as turned to for guidance when a relait was initially, it is substituted with tionship is headed south. Often, peoa physical connection to someone ple ﬁnd themselves turning to other else. So be available for one another organs down south and well you emotionally, as well as physically. I know what happens next. Bad decisuspect when the emotional aspect of sions get made and something that a relationship is in order, the physiotherwise could have been wondercal aspect will be as well. Remember, ful, if only the time had been taken to if you cheat ﬁrst, you should expect work through it, becomes ruined. your partner to follow suit. There are a number of situations Another reason some may ﬁnd in which some believe cheating to be themselves turning to someone justiﬁable. One of these is revenge. else is simply anger. If you piss Editor In Chief.................................Maira Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org Letters.....................................................................email@example.com News Editor...................................Nick Georgiou, firstname.lastname@example.org Trends Editor.......................Clara Cobb, email@example.com Opinions Editor..................Meagan Singletary, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo Editor...............................Spencer Millsap, email@example.com
someone off enough, they will do the one thing likely to burn you the most. It is times like these one should remember the golden rule. If your mama never taught it to you, then listen closely. What goes around comes around. If you treat others badly, they will in turn do the same to you. If you treat others the way you wish to be treated, then you are on your way to a happy and healthy relationship, unless of course you enjoy being treated like dirt. In that case, have fun reaping all you have sown. There are many reasons, some may argue are valid, to cheat; however, being “too drunk” is never an excuse for inﬁdelity. Here are some pearls of wisdom for all of those who have been the victim of this. If a partner tells you, “Baby, it wasn’t my fault, I was just so wasted I didn’t know what I was doing,” you should tell them the following: kick
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rocks. If someone ever tries to get you to swallow this pitiful excuse, then realize not only are they a liar, they are openly admitting they have no self control. Personal responsibility is exactly what it makes out to be. It’s personal and if you can’t get yourself in order, then you have little hope of ever being in a successful relationship. Moral of this story: relationships are not easy. If you aren’t willing to be an adult and talk through things in a mature fashion, well then maybe you aren’t ready for a grown-up relationship. Cheating should never be used as a means of expressing issues to your partner. Try to work through problems in a respectful and mature manner and if things still don’t work out, then it’s probably time to move on.
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TRENDS THE UNIVERSITY STAR
oﬀthe air Members of the Writers Guild of America have gone on strike, aﬀecting many television shows. Many popular series have prepared for the strike. NBC’s “Heroes” taped episode 11 of this season as if it were the season ﬁnale in case the strike does not end in time for more episodes. Late night talk shows have been hit the hardest. Daily-written programs like “The Tonight Show,” “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and others will show reruns in place of the regular programming. Reality TV and animated series like “Family Guy” are often completed a year before airing and will be the least aﬀected. Most movies will not be aﬀected for at least one year. The last strike was in 1988 and lasted 22 weeks. For more information, visit www.wga.org.
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Zack Walther and the Cronkites create their own brand of Texas music By Todd Schaaf Senior Features Reporters Americana, Texas country, red dirt: out of the haze of this indeﬁnable corner of the music world comes a band that doesn’t need a deﬁnition, just an audience willing to listen. Zack Walther, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Zack Walther and the Cronkites, said his band is classiﬁed as Americana, but not even he knows what it means. “I don’t even know what qualiﬁes as Americana other than being something that doesn’t ﬁt in the conﬁnes of your country music and your rock and roll. It’s kind of an in-between. It’s things that you wouldn’t hear typically on your top 40 country radio stations,” Walther said. “But it’s OK, I think my music can be there, I mean it is, as far as people playing it.” Walther said he learned about Americana from KNBT-FM, a radio station in New Braunfels. “Its weird though, you know? I really didn’t know what Americana was until I got to college and started listening to it,” Walther said. “This radio station here has attributed a lot to my style now.” Walther, Texas State alum-
nus, said though Americana and mainstream genres are currently considered diﬀerent, he hopes one day to change the music climate. “I think the ultimate goal for me is to eventually become mainstream, to change the mainstream,” Walther said. “Make it to where my music is very socially accepted, which I think it’s very catchy, and I write songs that I think can be sold on the national level.” Walther said he has a good idea as to what makes bands a success. “Be it my song writing, or the way that my band plays, shows we’ve put on, you always want to do something diﬀerent and do something that makes people go, ‘yeah man, they did it right,’” Walther said. I think the goal is to be diﬀerent but not too diﬀerent, there’s a ﬁne line between them.” John Stark, political science senior and Americana music fan, said he remembers hearing Zack Walther and the Cronkites for the ﬁrst time. “Well, I ﬁrst heard of them on 92.1, the radio station in New Braunfels,” Stark said. “I really like a lot of their music, so I made a mental note of their name, and I guess it stuck eas-
ily because it’s a catchy, funny name.” Stark said he is a fan of the genre because he feels mainstream music is too commercial. “I see a lot of other national genres that are full of artists that don’t write songs anymore and song writers that don’t sing anymore,” Stark said. “And the industry of that genre controls it all for proﬁt and notoriety and then the songs become impersonal.” Walther said in the end, one thing has been a huge factor in the success of Texas music. “The fans of this music are the reason for its success. It’s because people are very proud of Texas, I mean we are a spectacular breed of the human race,” Walther said. “From day one that we were a state, we’ve been very proud and independent. That’s what’s great about Texas music in general. There’s a connection fans feel above any other music as far as connecting with songs. Robert Earl Keen singing about Corpus Christi Bay, people can say, ‘hey, I’ve been there,’ and things like that.” Zack Walther and the Cronkites perform every Wednesday at Gruene Hall. For more information, visit the band Web site www.zackwalther.com.
Chinese culture emerges in university studies By Hayley Kappes Assistant Trends Editor Chinese Savvy, a Web-based organization in Beijing, is helping to bridge the gap between China and the West. Rachel Sussman, director of global communications for www. chinesesavvy.com, said the Web site’s services cater to native English speakers who desire to grasp a better understanding of Chinese language and culture. “The highest hurdle is most certainly the language barrier. The roots of English and Chinese are so disparate that people who have learned both languages well and are also capable of using this linguistic skill to create meaningful dialogue are still relatively few,” Sussman said. She said beside the language barrier, the cultural gap between the West and China has the ability to strain foreign relations. In order to reach out to a western audience, Chinese Savvy employs Chinese nationals and foreigners to contribute to the site. “People of a given background are only familiar with that which their media and education system has provided them,” she said. “As a result, there is considerable misunderstanding and anxiety regarding communication with foreign strangers.” Chinese Savvy’s services include interactive comment boards, an online Chinese and English dictionary, language study advice columns, language-learning reference tools and other resources to assist anyone interested in improving their knowledge of Chinese language and culture. “It is our hope that providing many options to achieve the same goal will allow us to reach a larger audience,” Sussman said. “Chinese Savvy also provides articles, videos and podcasts about Chinese culture that are primarily for user entertainment.” Sussman, an American who studied economics and international relations at John Hopkins University, said she became involved with the site initially as a freelance writer. Now she contributes to the English-language content and acts as a liaison with foreign users and organizations. “I think the importance of studying Chinese culture emerges from the changing landscape of global
interaction,” she said. “What happens in any given country, especially one with a signiﬁcant population and position in global aﬀairs, will aﬀect every other.” Lijun Yuan, philosophy assistant professor, is contributing to the start of Mandarin courses offered in the department of modern languages for the upcoming fall semester. “Interest in learning Mandarin Chinese is on the incline recently in the Western world,” she said. “In the mid 1990s, there were very few students who studied Chinese in the Western world.” Yuan said in the future, it will be necessary for executives and professionals to be ﬂuent in English and Chinese. “I ﬁrmly believe that courses in Mandarin and Asian philosophy will attract more students to Texas State and beneﬁt greatly the university, its diversity and prosperity,” she said. Wen-Hua Teng, senior lecturer in department of Asian studies at the UT, said she has noticed an immense increase in the number of students who take Chinese language courses since she began teaching in 1986. “When I started teaching at UT, we had perhaps 30 students. The number has been increasing steadily over the past 21 years and now we have 10 times more,” Teng said. She said the reasons students choose to take Chinese vary among Chinese-Americans who want to learn more about their heritage, students who are drawn to the business opportunities China oﬀers and those who are simply curious about the culture. “I strongly believe that all American students should study a foreign language of their own choice,” she said. “Once a student becomes interested in a foreign language and its culture, he or she would be introduced to a brand new world. It can be a stimulating and very enriching experience.” Avron Boretz, assistant professor in the department of Asian studies at UT, said he has noticed an increase in the amount of students who choose to pursue Chinese language and cultural courses. “China is hot these days. Many students are looking at career possibilities, especially in business, and they know that having some
knowledge of China and some proﬁciency in Chinese might count as a desirable skill when they enter the job market,” he said. Boretz said now there is a need for American students to study foreign languages and in recent years, this has not been the case. “The lack of competent speakers of all strategic foreign languages, not just Chinese, has been a chronic problem in the U.S. for decades. There has never been a serious eﬀort, until recently, to make foreign languages and cultures a basic part of the American educational experience,” he said.
Tre n d s
Still adjusting to the chilling autumn air (it may not be here quite yet, but it’s coming), blinding sunlight creeping into your bedroom window in the early morning hours and eating dinner after the sun has already set? Sure, you gained an hour of sleep Saturday night, but Daylight Savings Time clock winding still takes a bit of adjusting to get used to it. Hang in there, my cold-blooded friends. Summer is just around the corner.
What’s the absolute worst part about winter? The answer is without a doubt — Eskimo boots, also known as UGG boots. Reality check: they weren’t that cool in 2005, and they deﬁnitely are not cool now. The boots are especially ugly with shorts or mini skirts. In fact, rumors are spreading that Santa will put your name on the naughty list if you wear them. Do us all a favor and just say no to Eskimo boots — go slouchy instead.
GETTING WHAT A GIRL WANTS
Christina Aguilera has already made her New Year’s Eve plans. “That’s about the time I enter into mommyhood, so I’m hoping to have started a beautiful family with my husband,” said the singer. According to Yahoo Entertainment News, the pop princess is pregnant with her ﬁrst baby, conﬁrming rumors circulating for the past few months. Aguilera’s husband Jordan Bratman must really know “What a Girl Wants.” Aguilera told Glamour’s UK edition “He’s so supportive and amazing through everything. He came with me on the last leg of the tour, and he was my support system ... I’m a lucky girl.” The two have been married since 2005.
Heard of Jenkem, a hallucinogen gaining popularity among American teenagers? According to www.wikipedia.com, Jenkem is an inhaled gas made from fermented sewage — yes, you read that correctly — sewage. The hallucinogen consists of urine and fecal matter. It originated in African and Asian third-world countries as a glue-high substitute. The drug leaves a sewage taste in the huﬀer’s mouth that can last for days. Street names for Jenkem include “Butthash” and “Fruit from Crack Pipe.” This is one of many reasons why drug free is the way to be.
According to The New York Times, Stephen Colbert ended his White House bid after the South Carolina Democratic Executive Council voted 13-3 to keep the comedian’s name oﬀ the ballot. Colbert consoles supporters saying, “Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history — only 10 votes — I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal. I’m going oﬀ the air until I can talk about this without weeping.” Most speculate the real reason for his talk show hiatus is the writer’s strike. If you really need your dose of Colbert, check out his best-selling book I Am America (And So Can You!).
The Austin Fireﬁghters will release its 2008 calendar Thursday. Calendars are available at www. austinﬁreﬁghterscalendar.com. If that’s too hot, don’t worry — The Men on a Mission 2008 calendar is also still available at www.mormonsexposed.com.
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AFFAIR WITH A PROFESSOR MAY PROVE A DANGEROUS LIASON
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Despite having a history class at 8 a.m., discourages consensual relationships you’ve never been late. His smoldering between supervisors and subordinates, glances and whip-smart commentary leave teachers and students, and advisors and you longing for the next class you have students. Should such a relationship together. But it’s not that fellow classmate develop, the teacher, supervisor, or keeping you coming back for more. advisor has the obligation to disclose its No, this time, it’s the professor who existence to an immediate supervisor ANNA TAUZIN has your interest. and cooperate in making alternative arStar Columnist Power is sexy, and some of the most rangements for the supervision, evaluauthoritative people college students ation, teaching, grading, or advising of interact with are professors. Having a ﬂing with the employee, student, or student employee.” an older teacher can be deliciously educational. The policy goes on to state should the affair However, power can also be deceiving and hurtful, continue without proper reporting and elimiand I would caution my lovely readers to use good nation of the conflict of interest, the profesjudgment before beginning this type of aﬀair. sor is subject to disciplinary action, up to and Above all else, do not fall in love — or at least hold including termination. oﬀ until commencement. Professors should be respected and adSeveral problems can arise from jumping from mired at a place of learning. They are up on a the dorm room to a professor’s study. For exampedestal whether they want it or not. But with ple, what if your prof-of-choice is married? What if great power comes great responsibility, or so he or she has children? Do you really want to be said Spiderman. Though a student could instithe “other” woman or man, potentially igniting a gate the affair, it is the responsibility of the divorce and ugly custody battle? Yes, it’s a stretch, professor to decide whether to continue the but stranger things have happened. situation or not. Second, issues arise about student/professor Regardless of your opinion on the issue, college relations when grading procedures are in place. students are not children and do not need to be proWhat if you deserve an “A” in your class, but betected from their professors. This isn’t pedophilia cause he doesn’t want to show favoritism, your we’re dealing with; it’s the gap that comes from age lover gives you a “B?” Or vice versa: you know and experience. One can learn a heck of a lot from you don’t deserve to pass the class, but you do, age and experience; just make sure most of your and with a better grade than most. Your professor education comes from class time, not bedtime. would be violating some serious ethical guidelines, and could be ﬁred. The University Star does not claim Anna Tauzin Texas State UPPS 04.04.39 discusses consensu- is a sexpert. The Star and Tauzin encourage healthy al relationships. It states, “the University strongly relationships and sexual practices.
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Sports Briefs —Compiled from various sources
Golf The men’s golf team placed fourth at the inaugural Challenge at Wolfdancer in Bastrop hosted by the ’Cats, while the women tied for seventh. Michael Carnes, major sophomore, won ﬁrst place at the tournament through a scorecard playoﬀ. His teammate Andrew Bryant ﬁnished strong as well, placing fourth in the tournament. Linn Gustafsson led the Bobcats with a total score of 228 and tied for eighth place. Sehee Kim scored 235 to ﬁnish 20th.
Volleyball Bobcat volleyball wrapped up its last home game with a 3-0 sweep against Texas-Pan American. Texas State (17-10) evened its non-conference home record to 3-3 with the win, and broke the Lady Broncs (11-17) two-game win streak. The team will ﬁnish the regular against Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin this weekend.
Cotton Miller/Star photo CLEAN SWEEP: Junior middleblocker Amy Weigle spikes the ball past a Texas-Pan American defender during the Bobcats’ 3-0 victory at Strahan Coliseum Tuesday.
Basketball Men’s basketball won its exhibition game against Concordia 131-96. Junior Brandon Bush scored 24 points to lead six Bobcat players in double ﬁgures. He was 9-of-17 from the ﬁeld, had ﬁve assists and four rebounds in 21 minutes of play. The men will open the season 7:30 p.m. Friday against Huston-Tillotson at Strahan Coliseum, while the women will tip oﬀ 5:30 p.m. versus Texas A&M International. Fandemonium will be the theme of the night as the Spurs Silver Dancers, Coyote, Strutters and many others are featured to tip-oﬀ the season. Fans will have a chance to win prizes such as gift cards, pizza and $10,000 cash.
Cotton Miller/Star photo FANDEMONIUM: The Bobcat basketball teams will tip off their seasons Friday at Strahan Coliseum.
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College-coaching carousel starting to spin By Dave Curtis The Orlando Sentinel Two weeks remain until Thanksgiving, and already the annual college football coaching-change circus has begun. Southern Methodist Athletic Director Steve Orsini canned his coach, Phil Bennett, nine days ago. Several media outlets reported Monday Texas A&M officials continue to discuss a buyout with Coach Dennis Franchione. By the time the calendar turns again, the firings and forced resignations will no doubt spread beyond Texas’ borders. Vocal fans at Nebraska and Syracuse would love to see replacements for Bill Callahan and Greg Robinson. Schools big (UCLA) and small (Louisiana-Lafayette) figure to consider a change when the season ends. But such a switch these days is more than a pink slip and a news conference. Given the prominence of college football in most communities, and an athletic department’s dependence on a thriving football program, picking a new coach is the most important move an athletic director makes and ranks among the most pivotal across the entire university. “I’ve said it many times,” said Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi in a telephone interview. “Hiring a new football and men’s basketball coach are the signature decisions of my time here.” Florida and South Carolina each changed coaches three seasons ago, bring on Urban Meyer and Steve Spurrier, respectively, to boost their program. The teams, which meet Saturday night in Columbia, have benefited from the new hires. Meyer won a national title in 2006, and Spurrier’s cache lifted the Gamecocks into the national scene. Most other recent changes have worked this season. Firstyear guys Jeff Jagodzinski (Boston College) and Brian Kelly (Cincinnati) have their teams in position for major bowls. Some look great but end up lousy. Franchione seemed ideal for the Aggies when he came aboard from Alabama five seasons back. Maturi’s choice of Tim Brewster falls into a third category questioned all the time. Brewster, who last worked as tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos, proved a strong recruiter as an assistant at North Carolina and Texas. But he hadn’t worked in college since 2001, and his last stint as a head coach came 19 years ago at Central Catholic High in Lafayette, Ind. A 1-9 start to his career at Minnesota has jacked up the volume on the athletic director’s critics. But Maturi, who said he figured Minnesota’s
Brad Loper/Dallas Morning News CANNED COACH: Phil Bennett, former head football coach at Southern Methodist University, was recently ﬁred. Thanksgiving is the time several football staffs see turnaround.
football tradition wouldn’t draw a big name like new basketball Coach Tubby Smith, said Brewster’s low profile and strong recruiting skills worked best for the Gophers. That’s the other trick about hiring coaches — there’s no science to finding the right guy. Athletic Director Dick Baddour said North Carolina needed to broadcast its commitment to a winning football program when it replaced coach John Bunting last winter. Hiring Brewster wouldn’t do that. Hiring Butch Davis, the ex-Cleveland Browns head coach who won a Sugar Bowl at Miami, would. “We looked and just thought he would be the perfect fit,” said Baddour in a telephone interview. “And he’s been the perfect fit.” Baddour said he hired Davis to transform the Tar Heels, and despite a 3-6 record, the players and coach rave about an optimistic future. But not every program that loses a coach needs an overhaul. Jagodzinski inherited a BC program that went to eight
consecutive bowls with Tom O’Brien, who took over at struggling North Carolina State. And even though Kelly and his spread offense left Central Michigan for Cincinnati, the Chippewas are healthy under Coach Butch Jones and can clinch the Mid-American Conference West Division title with a win tonight at Western Michigan. UCLA Coach Karl Dorrell’s team shook last year’s national-championship chase by upsetting Southern Cal on the regular-season’s final day. Inconsistency would lead to his downfall, a 44-6 loss to Utah has tarnished the 2007 season but the next coach inherits a team with decent talent. Still, most programs choose to change coaches, which kickstarts the hunt for a savior. Each school’s template varies, though history shows most successful new coaches in BCS leagues have won championships in previous head coaching stops, mesh well with donors and administrators, and hire staffs full of ace recruiters. But other trends have
emerged of late. Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson, who hired Bob Toledo to replace Chris Scelfo this winter, said he included two NFL coordinators among his final list of six candidates. More colleges, he predicts, may look to the pros for their next headman. “You may see more of that,” he said in a telephone interview. “The thing is if they’ve been in that academic environment and can they recruit. There’s a lot more to it than just driving to the football complex and doing football.” There is a lot more to it, as Orsini, Texas A&M’s Bill Byrne and others will discover in the next few weeks. The future of their football programs hang more with their choice as any other factor. A good hire means more money, better publicity and maybe a few trophies. A bad one stains legacies, and may prompt the school to hire a new athletic director. “There are so many financial implications, and there’s so much attention,” Dickson said. “You have to get it right.”
Henin prepares for increased visibility in U.S. By Charles Bricker South Florida Sun-Sentinel She has been No. 1 in women’s tennis for 90 weeks, overcoming her slight stature with impeccable technique and ﬁghting through severe illness and a succession of injuries with an unﬂinching will to achieve greatness. Yet after seven Grand Slam triumphs, nine titles this year and 38 over the course of an eightyear career, Justine Henin remains the least well known of any woman who ever spent signiﬁcant time at the top of the game. The great Steﬃ Graf, for all her reclusiveness, had a well-known face and name, even to those who had never watched her play. Henin, however, remains a mystery to most outside tennis, which is surprising because she has a great story to tell, and only now is she beginning to realize she can be a lot less of a phantom champion to the American sports public. “I think Justine is looking to be respected for what she’s accomplished and to be more visible in the U.S.,” said Ken Meyerson of SFX, her American agent. “Now, how do we get her to transcend outside of tennis?” “If she was Maria Sharapova,
6-foot-2 and blonde ... Look. She’s smart, warm, funny and an unbelievably talented athlete with a great understanding of the English language.” Part of Henin’s publicity problem is of her own making. Part of it is American television’s penchant for extolling U.S. players to the exclusion of even the most talented and interesting foreign athletes. A 10-month ﬁght against cytomegalovirus, which attacks the body’s immune system, seemed to send Henin deeper into a shell of privacy in 2004, but she has slowly become more outgoing this year, following the breakup of her marriage. “If you’re not feeling happy, it’s tough to share yourself with others,” she said. In an age in which top-10 women players are either very tall, physically strong or both, Henin, at 5-5 and barely 130 pounds, has toppled them all, including 6-1 Ana Ivanovic in the ﬁnal of the French Open and 160-pound slugger Svetlana Kuznetsova in the ﬁnal of the U.S. Open. Today, at 25 and in prime physical condition after her most successful season, she has won 20 consecutive matches and, in the course of winning 36 of her last
37, is 10-0 against top-10s. When the year-ending WTA Championships begin Tuesday in Madrid, the little Belgian will be the heavy favorite, carrying her 58-4 record into this $3 million, eight-woman tournament. The remainder of the ﬁeld is bigger, stronger and more physically imposing, but none can match Henin’s quickness, variety of strokes or, most importantly, technique. “Technique,” she said, as she considered the most important single element of her game. “Technique is very important to me. I’m not so tall and without it I wouldn’t be the player I am, that’s for sure. It’s tough for me. I have to be in the perfect timing all the time.” Perfect timing? Yes, but also perfect balance, perfect racket preparation and perfect followthrough, oﬀ both sides. Taken together, they might not allow her to crash the ball as hard as Serena Williams, but when the racket does most of the work because the contact with the ball is so precise, it allows her to hit with more than enough power and with lethal accuracy. Eleven years ago, when she began working with Argentine coach Carlos Rodriguez, she was,
in her words, “a disaster, technically. We spent six months just to change my grip on my forehand. I didn’t play a tournament for six months. And my serve, also, was all wrong.” “Today,” she said, “I can serve 116, 117 mph. I know where I came from when I look at my serve now.” When she defeated Kuznetsova at the U.S. Open, CBS registered the lowest ratings for a women’s ﬁnal since the USTA began putting the championship match on in prime time on Saturday night. Still, it was a sort of publicity coming-out party for Henin. “I felt a great diﬀerence this year,” she said. “People weren’t scared of bothering me when they came up to me. They’ve changed their opinion of me. “You know, I live very normally. I can be really funny and crazy. If I wanted to do something, I go and do it, and for the ﬁrst time, in New York, I felt closer to the fans.” Henin is never going to be doing the kinds of commercials reserved for Sharapova, but if she’s turned over a new publicity leaf for 2008, she’ll be doing a lot more talking than Sharapova, and she’ll have a much more compelling story to tell.
Louis Lanzano/MCT QUIET CHAMP: Justine Henin, currently the No. 1 female tennis player, is a low-key ﬁgure, despite her winning status.