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ASG president vetoes legislation opposing controversial Prop. 2 By Clayton Medford News Reporter Invoking a rarely used executive power, Associated Student Government President Jordan Anderson vetoed accounting senior and Sen. Jeff Moody’s legislation opposing the contentious Proposition 2, the proposed marriage definition amendment to the Texas Constitution. Moody’s legislation passed at ASG’s Oct. 24 meeting with 19 senators voting for official opposition to Proposition 2, 10 senators voting against the legislation, one senator abstaining and dozens of guests in attendance supporting the legislation. According to the ASG constitution, Anderson has five class days from the passage of the legislation to veto it and must announce to the senators of such action during a scheduled meeting. Monday’s meeting was the first after Anderson’s veto. During his report to the senate, Anderson explained why he vetoed the legislation. “We have specific responsibilities as ASG, and whether or not we did is up for debate. What we did not do was get the opinion of the entire student body,” Anderson said. Anderson assured the senate that his reason for vetoing had nothing to do with the sensitivity of the issue, but rather the way the legislation was handled. “I don’t feel (debating the legislation) was a waste of time, I feel we went about it the wrong way,” Anderson said. “We don’t appeal to a certain group of people without trying to get the


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opinion of the rest of the student body.” Biochemistry senior and Sen. David Terrell disagreed with Anderson’s reasons. “I don’t really agree that we have to go out and find out (the opinion of the student body). Ideally we should represent our constituents, but you have to take into account the minority which is obviously getting run over on this issue,” Terrell said. Anderson explained further about the mishandling of Moody’s legislation. “Senate resolutions require action; no senator fulfilled their obligation to the legislation. In doing so, I think we weakened all other ASG legislation,” Anderson said. The senate can pass two types of legislation, a “Simple Senate Resolution” and a “Senate Resolution.” The passage of the former merely states that ASG supports something while the passage of the latter requires action by the senate. Anderson believes the burden of following through with legislation rests on the shoulders of the author of the bill and its sponsors, not on ASG administration. He stated that the senators “passed a senate resolution, and I am not the senate.” “Writing legislation is not where something stops,” Anderson said. “Writing legislation gets something moving, not to pass it and be done with it.” The senate can bring up the issue of Anderson’s veto for debate with a two-thirds vote as well as overturn the veto with an additional two-thirds vote. Moody was not present at the meeting and was unavailable for comment.

Armando Sanchez/Star photo Two unidentified members of the Anti-Racist Action organization, along with other members, heckled police officers during the Ku Klux Klan demonstration Saturday afternoon in the streets of downtown Austin. To reduce chances of a conflict, police barricades kept about 3,000 protesters a block away from the Austin City Hall where KKK members voiced support for Proposition 2.

KKK rally for Prop 2 at Austin City Hall draws thousands of protesters By Lindsay Mathews Special to The Star AUSTIN — Under the hot midday sun, more than a dozen members of the American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the Imperial Klans of America rallied in support of a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution at Austin’s City Hall on Saturday. Members from the two groups identified themselves as devout Christians in favor of Proposition 2, an amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.

“We have a right to stand against homosexuality, which is condemned by the Bible,” said an anonymous representative from the Imperial Klans of America. Barricades were erected in a 50-foot radius surrounding City Hall to prevent an estimated 3,000 protesters from confronting the Klan members, reported the Austin-American Statesman. Hundreds of police officers lined the parameter, some wearing riot gear and holding clubs. “The public is not allowed access to City Hall for safety reaSee PROTEST, page 4

Fatality in car accident confirmed as a Texas State student Bike for the Right builds public By Jason Buch News Reporter The Travis County Medical Examiner confirmed last week that a Texas State student was one of the victims in a fatal car wreck over Halloween weekend. Justice of the Peace, 1st Precinct, Place 2, Margie Hernandez said she received confirmation on Thursday that 22-year-old Amy Melnick, fashion merchandising sophomore from Waller, died when the 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe in which she was a passenger caught fire near

the corner of Aquarena Springs Drive and the east access road of Interstate 35. The driver of the Tahoe was Zachary Hoy, 20, of Spring. Hernandez pronounced Hoy and Melnick dead at the scene. Early reports from the City of San Marcos listed Melnick as the passenger of the Tahoe, but police were not immediately able to confirm the reports. Hernandez said San Marcos Police Department Sgt. Dan Misiaszek acquired Melnick’s dental records from her family and turned them over to the Travis County Medical Examiner.

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Misiaszek was unavailable for comment. John Garrison, assistant vice president and dean of students, expressed regret over the tragedy. “It was a very tragic situation, obviously,” Garrison said. “All of us here at the university regret that we lost one of our students at such a young age, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.” Garrison said usually the friends of a deceased student take steps to hold a memorial at the university. Melnick’s family said they do not plan to hold a

Armando Sanchez/Star photo Azhar Rauf, along with about 50 other Muslims, prays during an Eid Al-Fitr celebration on Thursday at Zilker Park in Austin. The three-day festival of fast-breaking ends the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.

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for the Right as “a peaceful ride through town to promote bicycling as a means of alternate On the first Thursday of every transportation.” month, the National AssociaHoffman agreed that students tion of Encould benefit vironmental from riding a Professionals bike instead of sponsors the driving a car. Bike for the “A lot of stuRight ride dents don’t have around San a lot of money, Marcos. Cyso it just makes clists meet sense because at the San the distances Marcos Pubaren’t that great, lic Library and it’s cheap,” parking lot Hoffman said. at 5 p.m. and “It’s also a — Alex Sanders social gathering ride a loop down HopTexas State NAEP in a lot of ways; kins Street vice president there are a lot to C.M. Alof like-minded len Parkway, people here in up Aquarena Springs Drive, to San Marcos,” Sanders said. Thorpe Road and back to the The first ride was held in library. October 2003 and had close to “We put bicycles out on the 60 participants. The numbers street and show that bikes have remained high for the first few the right to the road too,” said months, and at its peak, the Alex Sanders, Texas State NAEP Bike for the Right had 80 riders vice president. involved. The riders strive to bring “It kind of took on a life of its awareness of the presence of bi- own. It just kind of coordinates cycles on San Marcos streets. itself now,” Hoffman said. “From being a cyclist, it seems Sean Welch has participated like a lot of people think that in every Bike for the Right ride bikes shouldn’t be on the roads,” for 19 consecutive months. said Laure Hoffman, co-vice “There was a couple that I did president of Texas State NAEP. it by myself,” Welch said. “There are a significant number The Bike for the Right rides of cyclists in the city that need died out over the summer besafe accommodation.” cause the NAEP had all new Mark Carter, the NAEP facSee BIKE, page 4 ulty sponsor, describes the Bike


t’s also a social gathering in a lot of ways; there are a lot of likeminded people here in San Marcos.”

Hays County Kinky supporters hold campaign strategy session By Kathy Martinez News Reporter

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memorial at Texas State. Hernandez said she has not received toxicology reports for Hoy. Melnick transferred to Texas State this semester from Tomball College near Houston. A funeral was held for her on Saturday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Hempstead. Melnick’s stepfather, Steve Johnston, said the family had not had much time to get involved with the university. Her mother, Janet Johnston, said Melnick worked very hard to get to Texas State and was excited to be here.

Hays County supporters of humorist, best-selling author and gubernatorial candidate Richard “Kinky” Friedman held a planning meeting Monday evening at Cheatham Street Warehouse to discuss strategies for Friedman’s campaign for Texas governor. Hays County coordinator for Friedman’s campaign, Joe Robles, conducted the meeting to rally support in the San Marcos area. Robles, Texas State alumnus,

said the point of the meeting was to inform people to not vote in the primary elections. “We don’t want supporters of Kinky to vote in the primaries because they will not be able to sign the petition to get him on the ballot,” Robles said. Friedman must obtain 45,539 signatures to get his name on the ballot for next year’s gubernatorial election. Robles also opened the floor for attendants own suggestions and input. Political science freshman See KINKY, page 4

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Tuesday in Brief

November 8, 2005

campushappenings City to reconstruct some area houses The City of San Marcos is accepting applications to consider grants for rehabilitating or reconstructing homeowner-occupied houses within the city limits. Houses selected for “reconstruction” will be demolished, the lot will be cleared, and a new home will be built on the same lot. Eligible applicants must own and live in the home to be assisted, have no delinquent property taxes and be income eligible. The household must also have at least one resident with a special need.

Application forms are available in the city planning department on the second floor of the Municipal Building at 630 E. Hopkins until 5 p.m. on Nov 21. Application assistance is available by appointment on Nov. 17. Please call Janis Hendrix at (512) 393-8147 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Funding for this program is provided through a HOME Program grant the city received from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos

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

Wells Fargo Financial will hold interviews for a manager trainee. For more information, contact Career Services at (512) 245-2645.

War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 5-1.10. Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority, Inc. will host When God Writes Your Love Story at 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-15.1. The Hispanic Business Student Association will hold a general meeting at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. Activists for Sexual Minorities will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-4.1. For more information, contact Sabrina at Wednesday ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For information, call the Counseling Center (512) 245-2208. Catholic Student Center will host a Bible study in the CSC lounge at 8 p.m. American Marketing Association is hosting biweekly meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the LBJSC, Room 3-14.1 Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will have Cupcake Cake at noon in The Quad. Lambda of Texas State will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 in the LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. The Student Volunteer Connection will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.5-1. Thursday Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will hold Saved at 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-15.1. Friday Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will host an Invitation Dinner at 7 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom. Saturday Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host the 7th Annual Women’s Retreat from 9 to 4:30 p.m. at George’s, first floor of LBJSC. For more information, contact

Events Tuesday Youth Services Bureau will host a food drive from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help

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Thursday The Rock- Praise & Worship will take place in the CSC chapel at 7:30 p.m. Signature Services Corporation will hold interviews for college interns, postgraduate interns and management trainee. For more information, contact Career Services. AzulCare Physical Therapy will be holding one of its quarterly Health and Wellness Presentations titled, “Arthritis Pain Relief: Advances in Spine and Orthopedic Care” at 5:30 p.m. in the gym area of the facility. Monday Abercrombie & Fitch will hold interviews for management trainee. For more information, contact Career Services. Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center annual meeting will be featuring spoken-word artist Orlando Quiroz at 6:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Public Library. Admission is free and public is invited. Refreshments served. For more information, visit www.hcwc. org, or call (512) 396-3404.

Miscellaneous Tuesday Job Shadowing Registration will take place in the Career Services office, in the LBJSC, Room 5-7.1. Wednesday Benefit Recovery will hold interviews for a full-time management trainee. For more information, contact LaTonya Croskey at (512) 245-2645. Walt Disney World College Program is hosting by Career Services at the 3:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-10.1.

Linda L. Smith/Star photo Alisin Genfan, a Camp Fire USA organizer, paints 2-year-old Matthew Banda’s face during a JC Penney fair held Saturday morning to raise money for The United Way of Hays County.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Nov. 3, 11:49 p.m. Possession of a controlled substance/Tower Hall A police officer was dispatched to Tower Hall for a suspicious circumstance. The room in question was searched with consent, and the officer located a controlled substance. This case is under investigation. Nov. 4, unknown hours Driving while license invalid/Aquarena Springs Drive A police officer made contact with a vehicle for a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a nonstudent was arrested for driving while the license invalid and transported to Hays County Law

Enforcement Center to await magistration. San Marcos Police Department Nov. 11, 8:06 a.m. Assault/104 Tampico St. Assault by threat. Criminal mischief under $500. Nov. 3, 5:12 p.m. Possession of marijuana less than two ounces/1160 Thorpe Lane Four adults were arrested for possession of marijuana less than two ounces. Nov. 3, 6:13 p.m. Burglary of vehicle/201 Short St. A vehicle was burglarized on the 200 block of Short Street.

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

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WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES On the front page of Thursday’s issue, the photo credits for the two photographs accompanying the article “‘I made a difference for that one’” were transposed. Linda L. Smith should have been credited for the photo at the top right, while Jeremy Craig should have been credited for the photo at the bottom left. Also, the woman in the bottom left photo was misidentified. She is Tiffany Romano. Also, the article “Meeting to discuss university tuition, fee increases” gave the incorrect date for the open hearing described; it will take place at 4 p.m. today in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-9.1.

Health Beat Cancer Society encourages smokers to cut tobacco use Every year on the third Thursday of November, smokers across America take part in the Great American Smokeout Event 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. More than 80 percent of smokers reported beginning to smoke before age 18, and 35 percent had become daily smokers by age 18. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer, the most preventable form of cancer, is the leading cause of cancer death in America, and 87 percent of lung cancer deaths are linked to tobacco usage. The idea at the core of this event began in Minnesota in 1974 when Lynn Smith, editor of the Moticello Times, came up with the state’s first Don’t Smoke Day. Her idea was inspired by Arthur P. Mullaney of Massachusettst, who requested for people to give up smoking for a day and contribute the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a scholarship fund. On Nov. 18, 1976, the California American Cancer Society sponsored one million smokers to quit for the day. This remarkable event manifested the first smoke out and drove the

campaign nationwide in 1977. State and local authorities have taken tobacco use into consideration and passed legislation banning tobacco use in restaurants, workplaces and other public facilities. Some cities have raised taxes on tobacco products, restricted product advertising and set initiatives towards discouraging teen usage. A booth will be set up in The Quad for the Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 17. Stop by and pick up some information. According to the Texas State Smoking Policy implemented in April, several areas on campus have been designated as smoke-free, while others do not permit smoking within 20 feet of entrances, open windows and air intake. Please support the student initiative. The Student Health Center provides a smoking cessation program that is available to faculty, staff and students.


— Courtesy of the Student Health Center Phone: (512) 245-2167 Online: www.healthcenter. Telephone quit lines: 1-800-ACS-2345 1-877-YES-QUIT (937-7848) Texas State Smoking Policy: upps/upps-04-05-02.html

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Express-News editor shares his search for truth with Texas State students Robert Rivard reads from his new book, Trail of Feathers: Searching for Philip True, on Friday afternoon at the Southwestern Writers Collection in Alkek Library.

By Phillip Fuselier Special to The Star San Antonio Express-News editor Robert Rivard read from his new book Thursday night for the Southwestern Writers Collection in the Alkek Library. Trail of Feathers: Searching for Philip True recounts Rivard’s experiences while investigating the disappearance of the newspaper’s Mexico City correspondent, Philip True, in the vast, remote canyon lands of the Sierra Madre. “I have come across what I think will make a good story,” wrote True to his editor, proposing a story about the Huichol Indians of western Mexico. After editors turned down the idea several times, True decided to venture into Huichol territory during his vacation in December 1998. According to Rivard’s book, True’s idealized vision of the indigenous world with laughing children and endless colorful characters soon proved much darker. “Death is somewhere along the road, and I will find it someday,” True told a friend before embarking on a similar excursion in 1981. His previous adventures would not prepare him for the level of mistrust the Huichol Indians had for outsiders like himself. To them, he was a trespasser on their land. His murder near the bottom of a desolate canyon at the hands of two Huicholes echoed his prophetic words. Rivard’s reading of excerpts from his book was truly enjoyed by those in the audience, as well as the Writers Collection curator. “We’re honored and delighted to have Robert Rivard read from his true crime memoir,” said Southwestern Writers Collection curator Connie Todd, introducing the author. “The wonderful and haunting book Rivard wrote documents his six-year journey to find out what happened to True.” Rivard was a member of the small search party that found

Danny Rodriguez/ Star photo True’s body in the Mexican wilderness. This initial discovery was only the beginning of a much longer search for truth and justice. “Trail of Feathers took shape slowly as I lost faith in Mexico’s justice system,” Rivard said. “The book I wrote is not the book I intended to write. I found many other stories along the way.” In his quest to uncover the mystery surrounding True’s death, Rivard realized he and True shared striking similarities in life. Both escaped abusive family lives in adolescence. Subsequently, they attempted to resolve their pasts by meandering through adulthood. This wanderlust led both to work extensively in Central America during their journalism careers.

“I came to know Philip a lot better in death than in life,” Rivard said. “He told his therapist, ‘Walking in the wilderness helps me put back the pieces of my broken soul.’” Trail of Feathers has received nationwide critical acclaim since its release. It has appeared in a variety of publications including Texas Monthly and Parade magazine. “I first heard about the book in Parade,” said Joan Heath, the library assistant vice-president. “I just thought what happened to True is fascinating, and the parallels between Rivard and him interested me also.” Rivard visited several classes on campus before his appearance at Alkek Library. A number of students attended the reading as well. “I found the story very com-

pelling,” said Edna Suarez, public relations senior. “I remember hearing about it a few years ago, and I wanted to find out what really happened to him.” After the reading, Rivard signed copies of his book for attendants. Proceeds from the books sold at the event benefited the Philip True Education Trust, which was created for the late reporter’s six-year-old son. The book’s title came from a trail of feathers made by True’s sleeping bag as it dragged along the rugged terrain near the site of his last known whereabouts. These feathers led Rivard and the search party to True’s body. “The title became a metaphor for searching for Philip, justice, who he was and who I was,” Rivard said. “I held up a mirror and saw myself reflected in Philip’s life. It was remarkable.”

Disaster preparedness is topic of fire chief’s speech By Isadora Vail-Castro News Reporter When it comes to disaster, San Marcos Fire Chief Mike Baker said one word comes to mind — prepare. On Thursday, the San Marcos Council of Neighborhood Associations invited Baker to reveal what to do when disaster strikes. Baker is part of a disaster preparedness program that was started in the 1970s. This was the second time for the program presentation, which was held at the San Marcos Activities Center. The program is made up of several large departments in the county that all train to-

gether, four times a year, to be prepared. Baker, who recently moved to San Marcos from Marshall, is happy with the success of the program. He said there are no egos between the departments, and this helps in times, such as the train derailment that happened off Wonder World Drive in early February and the fire at Ye Ole Colony Apartments that occurred just a day later. Baker said there isn’t a better time for the program to become more vocal about disaster preparedness than now. The program he introduced featured a PowerPoint slide with the number 72. “Tonight’s message is that

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all the able-bodied adults are prepared to provide help,” Baker said. “If you are young and healthy, when the time for a disaster comes, you should be able to take care of yourself for 72 hours. That way, we don’t have another incident like in New Orleans.” When the flood of 1998 hit Central Texas, Baker said it surprised everyone, but that the community learned a valuable lesson from it. “Twenty percent of the population in San Marcos is special needs people,” Baker said. “There were about onefifth that we couldn’t save.” Camille Phillips, the first vice president for CONA was impressed with the presenta-

tion, calling it “empowering.” “After Katrina and Rita, I called and asked the fire department what programs they had,” Phillips said. “This is a very important topic, but it is a topic that no one wants to talk about.” At the end of the PowerPoint presentation, Baker had a “ready kit.” This kit is meant for tornados, hurricanes and floods and has everything from flashlights to granola bars. The most convenient part of it is, the ready kit can fit anywhere in the house. “I haven’t told you anything tonight that you haven’t heard,” Baker said. “We want you to help but we want you to help within the plan.”

By Brent Moore Special to The Star Current and past Texas State faculty members gathered to recall the events surrounding the landmark signing of the Higher Education Act as part of the Philosophy Dialogue Series on Monday. The panel discussion was part of a series of events this week as Texas State celebrates the 40th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson signing the act on the then Southwest Texas State College campus. A special exhibit was on display at the Gaillardia Gallery at the LBJ Student Center as well on Monday. The exhibit featured photographs and other memorabilia from the signing, including the chair and desk where LBJ actually put pen to paper. The exhibit gave a good sense of history, but hearing the first hand accounts present at the Dialogue Series brought history to life. The primary speakers at the event were Pat Murdock, former publicity assistant and current director of development research at Texas State; Al Brieger, retired history professor and former dean of admissions; Jo Ann Carson, student at the time of the signing and current philosophy professor; T. Cay Rowe, interim vice president of university advancement; and Lillian Dees, retired sociology professor. Murdock began the dialogue by setting the stage for the event. She and the others described the look of The Quad as it was prepared for the president’s arrival, the media presence and the abundance of security personnel. “It wasn’t that far away from when Kennedy was killed, and the security was unbelievable. We had people with guns on top of buildings with their guns pointed down,” Dees said “You would be walking around, holding your breath, hoping that you didn’t make the wrong move.” They went on to describe the panic as the weather turned, and they were forced to carry chairs down the slippery hill to what is now the Music Building but at the time was Strahan Gymnasium. Brieger then chimed in with an anecdote. “They carried my chair out of my office, and I never got it back,” Brieger said. That chair, coincidentally, is now sitting in the special exhibit at the student center. “I kept hoping I would get that chair back because — af-

ter all — LBJ sat in it,” Brieger said. “But, in all fairness, they bought us a new chair.” Brieger then offered a reminder of the political situation and atmosphere of the time. “One of the biggest concerns of the day was to be sure to get the red telephone connected under his chair,” Brieger said. “At that particular time, we were very much in the Cold War.” That red telephone, of course, was there for the president to be able to order a nuclear strike should the need suddenly arise. The Cold War was not the only conflict during Johnson’s presidency, a fact that Jo Ann Carson addressed when she spoke about the importance of this event for Johnson’s legacy, which she said has been tainted by the Vietnam War. “The domestic agenda that he was setting forth was so progressive and it was something that we really needed in this country as far as opportunities for education,” Carson said. “It’s good that we are able to go back and reminisce about some of those positive things and not let the negative impact of his foreign policy be the only legacy of his tenure in office.” The dialogue drew a crowd of about 50 students and a few faculty members and proved enlightening to many of the students present who either didn’t know about the Higher Education Act or were not aware of its significance. “That was something that I didn’t even know about. I knew LBJ went to school, and we have the student center named after him but most people don’t really think about what he did here,” said Kelsey Brown, physical therapy sophomore. “It makes me more proud of my university knowing that a president graduated from here and knowing that this campus meant so much to him.” Murdock let LBJ himself sum up the event and its importance by reading a section of the speech the president made at the signing: “So, when we leave here this morning, I want you to go back and say to your children and to your grandchildren, and to those who come after you to follow you, that we have made a promise to them. Tell them that the truth is here for them to seek. And tell them that we have opened the road and we have pulled the gates down and the way is open, and we expect them to travel it.”

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Adjacent to the bridge on Second Street, other demonstrators sons,” said Kevin Buchman, public strained to hear the amplified information speech by the officer for the Klan members. ecause I’m a Austin Police Several men Department. wearing bandanChristain, I as over their faces Steven Edam absolutely against and black shirts wards, Grand reading “AntiDragon of Proposition 2 the Ameri— Lisa Knaggs Racist Action” can White were seen at one Austin resident point instigatKnights, located in San ing fights with Angelo, said they chose to rally in other individuals in the crowd. Austin because it’s the state capi- Some of the individuals that the tal. Anti-Racist Actions supporters “We feel that Proposition 2 will antagonized included two young pass in Texas, not just because the men with shaved heads and swasKlan supports it, but because God tika tattoos. Anti-Racist Action is a nationwide organization whose supports it,” Edwards said. However, the majority of the mission is to fight against racism, people present Saturday stood in sexism and homophobia. Despite one or two inciopposition to the Klan’s agenda, like Austin resident Lisa Knaggs dents, people remained peaceful who was holding a sign that read, throughout the demonstration occasionally chanting, “Racists “Hate is not a family value.” “It is important to stand in pro- Go Home.” test to anyone who uses the name Though opposed to the conof Jesus to cause harm or hate to stitutional ban on gay marriage, any living being,” Knaggs said. Austin resident Selwyn Polit ex“Because I’m a Christian, I am ab- pressed disappointment that he solutely against Proposition 2.” couldn’t hear the Klan member’s Most people gathered on the point of view on the issue because South First Street Bridge because of the number of police officers it was the closest area to City controlling the situation. Hall that protesters could access. The 14 Klan members began People cheered on Glen Maxey of their rally at 1 p.m. and continNo Nonsense in November who ued for 40 minutes. After the Klan Armando Sanchez/Star photo spoke to a peaceful antiamend- members left City Hall, protesters Due to the possible high tension between KKK members and protesters, police escorted Proposition 2 supporters through ment crowd, reported the Austin continued their rally for at least the crowds of demonstrators on their way to Austin City Hall. American-Statesman. two hours.



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officers coming in for the fall semester. The first scheduled ride since Spring 2005 was held in October. Many of the students who come out for the ride are not affiliated with NAEP. “I just come out here because it’s fun, I like to ride bikes,” said Konah Zebert, digital photography and imaging senior who participated in last week’s ride. Jessica Huaman, pre-geography freshman, heard about Bike for the Right from a friend and saw a poster about it on the back of a bike on campus.

“Yeah, I’ll come out every month,” Huaman said. Thursday’s ride had special significance because today voters will decide if San Marcos will implement more bike lanes and sidewalks into the city’s structure. Bond Proposition 6 allows for $1,185,000 to be spent on constructing and improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Hoffman passed out T-shirts and handfuls of flyers to students eager to campaign for the proposition. “I feel really good that it will pass. There seems to be more student turn out than in the past and more positive reaction

to these propositions,” Hoffman said. Nutrition and foods junior Matt Akins dressed in an owl costume on Thursday for the event. “It was cheaper than the gorilla suit,” he joked. Akins also built a contraption on the back of his bike out of two long poles covered in “anticar flags.” An inflatable monkey sat between the poles, which dangled a large globe at their ends. “I’m trying to draw some attention,” Atkins said. “Hopefully, it’ll spread the word and more people will ride bikes.”

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Kyle Devries was the only Texas State student in attendance among the older local residents of San Marcos. Devries volunteered to help get the student vote as well as make aware the changes that need to be made in Texas politics. Devries, who said he has been active in every Central Texas Kinky Friedman event, feels that Texas State is an untapped recourse for the support of Friedman’s election. “There are 28,000 students at this university and even with the support of a quarter of them there would be such an impact,” Devries said. Running on the ballot as an independent candidate, Friedman announced his run for the 2006 governorship of Texas last year. However, Friedman’s first attempt at campaigning for an elected position occurred in the early 1980s. Friedman ran for Justice of the Peace in Kerrville but lost the election. Chris Cooper, a resident of San Marcos and an art and technology teacher at San Marcos High School, was also in attendance. Cooper’s support for Friedman is based on the fact that she is sick of Texas politics. “As a teacher, I’m very dissatisfied with the lack of attention that has gone towards education in this state,” Cooper said. One of Friedman’s platforms focuses on growth in teacher salary as well as concern with

ither way, “E if we can’t give them a good fight, we will definitely give them a good show.”

—Dan Praver Kinky Friedman supporter

high drop out rates and the use of standardized tests. Dan Praver, San Marcos resident, said that this election is a chance to open the political arena to venues outside the two major parties. Praver said that he supports Friedman’s stance on alternatives to fuel as another source of economic stimulus. Another of Friedman’s stances is an innovation in new methods of electricity generation and new fuel such as biodiesel. “Biodiesel is fuel you can grow and if we don’t diversify our economic inputs, then that is when problems will start to rise,” Praver said. Country Music Television plans to air a reality television show titled “Go Kinky” which follows Friedman’s campaign across the state of Texas attending lunches at the Rotary Club, campaign fundraisers and speeches. The show is set to premiere in early 2006; however, the network will be testing

two pilot episodes on Wednesday at 12 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. CST. Also discussed at the meeting was the statewide “House Party” in each Texas county. The party, which will take place on Nov. 16, will serve to rally supporters in each county to get campaign contributions and have the opportunity to hear from Friedman via a phone conversation. “Basically all supporters will simultaneously have a conference call with Friedman where he will talk about the upcoming election and what needs to be done,” Robles said. “I think that what sets Friedman apart from the other candidates is that he serves as a bridging gap between the conservative and liberal parties. Kinky supporters come from all walks of life,” Devries said. Cooper said she does not know if Friedman will win the election. “It’s worth a shot, and getting him on the ballot is going to be a huge success. The last Texas Independent governor was Sam Houston, so anything is possible,” Cooper said. Praver has no doubt in Friedman’s election to the governorship. “I think when it comes down to it, people are not going to vote for the unknown candidate but for the know quality, which is what Kinky stands for,” Praver said. “Either way, if we can’t give them a good fight, we will definitely give them a good show.”

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NEW BRAUNcool as of late, there is FELS — It is that still something that we time of year again, can count on during the when chilly air first week of November, whips through an event that gives some South Texas, and the people chills of exciteleaves begin their ment almost equal to a annual color shift; cold draft — heck, the MATT RAEL when images of chills can come from a Design Editor pumpkins, cornucold draught. I’m speakcopias and the fall ing of Wurstfest, the harvest come to mind. 10-day salute to sausage, beer, Well, that’s the idea at least, polka music, good friends and when autumn blankets our usu- good times — an event where al heat waves with a welcome connoisseurs of the finest tubed change of season and allows us meats this side of the Rhine to enjoy mild temperatures and River can indulge and all things don our long sleeves. German are celebrated. The fesEven though we have experitivities opened on Friday, and enced more warm weather than the opening weekend was up to

par as one of the best ever. Wurstfest, originally called “The Sausage Festival,” began in 1961 to celebrate the foods and traditions of New Braunfels’ German heritage. It was a one-day event that had a turnout of 2,000 visitors. The next few years it was “Wurst Week,” before being officially dubbed “Wurstfest.” The current celebration attracts more than 100,000 fun-loving people to the ten-day event, making it one of the largest annual attractions in the state. Throughout the years, the event has braved several storms, including one the first year that forced the festival to be held

Matt Rael/Star photo Polka dancing and funny-looking hats are common spectacles at New Braunfel’s annual Wurstfest, where crowds gather for food, drinks and fun.

in the National Guard Armory instead of the planned Landa Park location. Again in 2000, thunderstorms and hail forced celebrants into the safety of the armory. The destructive floods of 1998 almost derailed the festival completely, as the recordbreaking flood waters not only damaged the grounds of Landa Park but destroyed many homes on the banks of the Comal river. Wurstfest triumphed against Mother Nature, and the gathering raised $50,000 in donations to aid victims of the floods. The tradition continues for the 2005 event, with mild weather and a large turnout allowing the partygoer to kick back and enjoy the company of friends and strangers alike. All the requisite parts were in the mix for the usual celebratory gathering; more than 40 booths offered everything from souvenier hats to the typical carnival fare, handmade quilts and, of course, beer. This was all well and good, and I was sure to enjoy all of that, but I was on a mission — a hunt for a specific food item that has eluded me and haunted me at night. It was a search for the holy link: weisswurst. It literally means “white sausage,” and since my first taste of it during travel to Munich several years ago, it has been on my gastronomic hit list. It is rarely found at the grocery store and hardly ever appears with its brethren bratwurst, knockwurst and the rest of the usual suspects. Made from veal, bacon, lemon and herbs and spices, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I knew that I must locate this tantalizing tube of goodness at any cost — as

Matt Rael/Star photo Martin Allen, who sits on the Wurstfest board of directors, shows off his collections of pins and medals. He has collected them through his various travels and at festivals over the years. long as it wasn’t more than five bucks. My search began not with simply hitting every food booth asking if the sausage was available. No, that would be too easy. I must follow the methodology of any good hunter. I must get to know the surroundings, those at the festival, and maybe have a good time doing it. Operating out of the Wursthalle, which is the central gathering area for music and drunken revelry, I began my quest. While enjoying a few sips from my $13 pitcher of Shiner Bock, I began to take in my surroundings. The large 33,000 square foot interior of the Wursthalle provided an

ideal setting and attained quite a warmth from the crowd despite the size. Colorful streamers hung from the ceiling, and the walls were lined with German family crests. The lively polka echoed across the space and gave those in front of the stage the energy and rhythm to dance. As smiles and laughter abounded around me, I took that as a cue to get to know my neighbors. I met a recently married couple, Billy and Bethany Metzger, who have been attending Wurstfest since 1995. It was the friendly atmosphere that brought them back every year, See WURST, page 6

Jo on the Go provides intimate setting for eclectic indie rock band By Tanya Horowitz Entertainment Writer Energy, charisma and positivity — these things are found in the unique music of 3 Kisses. Saturday night at Jo On The Go coffee shop in San Marcos, 3 Kisses, along with Melissa Mullins, gave the crowd an awesome show. The fun began with Melissa Mullins, of Austin, playing her own style of eclectic folk/indie music. Mullins is a young artist who taught herself how to play the guitar eight years ago. Capturing the audience’s attention, she set the stage for 3 Kisses to Photo courtesy play. Mullins must be recog- Austin-based 3 Kisses is sisters Amanda and Melissa Nunan nized for her energy, spunk and (left and right, respectively) and husband and wife Tony and talent. She can be found every Tuesday night at El Mercado in Trish Meeks. Austin. at the Susan G. Komen Race only about 20 people, but this Located on University Drive for the Cure benefit with thou- is one of the few bands that can near the Colloquium book- sands of people in the audience. pull off both shows with the store, Jo On The Go lends itself It’s hard to believe that just the same amount of energy and to a very intimate setting for 3 night before, they were playing See ROCK, page 6 Kisses. On Sunday, they played in small college-town-U.S.A for

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and being Southwest Texas alumnus, I knew I was in good company. Noting that their last name, “Metzger,” means “butcher” in German, I knew I must be on the right trail. However, my culinary request was answered with blank looks. At a break in the music set, I approached the talented accoridan player of the Litt’l Fisherman Orchestra, the musical entertainment for the evening in the Wursthalle. Victor Caka, a real staple at the Wurstfest, has played the accordian since 1949, and he has lost count of the festivals he has attended over the years. Hailing from Shiner, Caka, pronounced “Chaka,” is of Czech decent and spoke of his roots as a musician and of the Wurstfest. I inquired about the weisswurst, and he directed me to the food booths. I took his advice and started to head off in that direction, but a shiny gleam from pins and medals caught my eye, and being easily distracted by shiny things, my plan was diverted once again. The origin of the sparkle was that of Martin Allen, who sits on the board of directors for Wurstfest and must have been the most decorated one out of the lot. You would be hard pressed to find space for another pin atop his traditional wool hat. He had lost count of the number of tokens from his

travels long ago. A resident of Alice, he has enjoyed the better part of 25 years at the annual celebration, and I was honored to meet one of the people who makes the entire occasion possible. I was now ready to locate the driving force of my evening and eat every last bite of it. I headed for the food vendors. After determining that none of the vendors actually advertised that particular sausage, I just began asking at random. Some knew of what I spoke; others seemed to disregard it as a myth — or maybe they were just not sausage savvy. It was on my fifth attempt that I hit the jackpot — the Wursthaus Edelweiss stand. The friendly gentleman aiding me almost turned me away, telling me that they were out. But then I heard cries of “Wait!” from the back, and one of the cooks held up my Holy Grail — the elusive weisswurst, the end of my trail — and it was the very last one. I shrieked with glee and quickly threw my four Washingtons at them in exchange for my little piece of heaven, injected into a natural casing. Laid ever so delicately into a roll and topped with sauerkraut, the weisswurst was ready to take me on the gastronomic journey of a lifetime. I quickly took my prize back with me to our table and proceeded to savor it followed by washing it down with suds. Life is good. And no, you can’t have any.

excitement. Tony and Tish Meeks, husband and wife, lead the band with their harmonizing vocals while they each play the guitar. Amanda Nunan plays the bass with flawless skill, and her sister, Melissa Nunan, plays the drums with a style and flare that is all her own. Tish Meeks, lead singer and guitarist, is a life-long fan of music, which is apparent during the band’s shows. Meeks’ mother passed away many years ago from breast cancer. That tragedy is the primary influence of Meeks’ music and

agenda. 3 Kisses is an avid contributor to many charities and benefits. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul, The True Blue animal rescue benefit and many of the GoGirls music festivals are only a few of the things in which 3 Kisses participates. Amanda and Melissa Nunan, new additions to the band as of two months ago, fit in and contribute to the overall energy of 3 Kisses perfectly. Looking through the audience, I spotted the married duo’s two children, Tony Meeks’ parents and some of their friends, along with other

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close friends of the band, which created a feeling of family and made for a very intimate and one-of-a-kind show. There are not many shows you can go to and see not only the band but also the members’ families. In a way, you get to learn a little about the band through its audience as well as through their music. There are many reasons this band has such a unique sound. The members are of varying ages, and they have many very different influences. “We (Tony and I) own around 5,000 CD’s ranging from Marilyn Manson to Enya,” Tish said.

With such diverse musical influences, it is hard to believe that 3 Kisses comes together as nicely as it does. Named after a cute habit of their son asking for three kisses every night before bedtime, the band is an eclectic mix of indiealternative-pop music. 3 Kisses is playing Dec. 17 at Jo On the Go Since the band is purposely trying “to get into the college scene,” we should all welcome them to our community and show them that we want them here. They will be playing an electric set in the parking lot of Jo on the Go on Dec. 17. So pack ’em in and show them what San Marcos has to offer.

After about four race luck was out on hours of traffic, we Saturday. Throughout finally made it to the the race, the same five Texas Motor Speedway drivers battled over the in Justin. The Dickies lead. 500 was a three-day According to O’Reilly event, which began Challenge Results stats Friday, when the drivat www.thatsracing. ANDREA SHORT ers competed in a com, lap leaders were Entertainment Newman, in laps 1-18; qualifier race. Saturday was the NASCAR Harvick in laps 19-26; Columnist Busch Series’ O’Reilly Newman in laps 27-32; Challenge, and Sunday Harvick in lap 33; Newwas the big one — the Nextel man in laps 34-88; Sorenson in Cup. laps 89-91; Newman in laps 92Texas Motor Speedway was 134; Kahne in laps 135-164; Biffle bursting with veteran and nov- in laps 165-167; and finally, Harice NASCAR fans, ready to glue vick again in laps 168-200. When themselves to their seats for 200 Biffle ran into some problems laps of speed, noise and excite- during his final pit stop, No. 21, ment. Wandering through the Dale Harvick, took the lead in breezeway to look for our seats, lap 168 and held onto it through my friends and I quickly noticed the final lap. According to www. we were lacking a few acces-, Harvick had sories. Climbing to our seats, I lost his father-in-law to cancer realized exactly what accessory just four days before the O’Reilly we had forgotten: ear plugs. Ev- Challenge. erywhere I looked, I saw men, “It’s been a tough week. This women and children wander- means a lot. This week has been ing around with either colored the hardest week I’ve ever had to rubber sticking out of their ears go through in my life. It couldn’t or with huge headsets on. None be more fitting to have it go this of us could hear anything other way. It’s been tough, but we got than the sound of cars racing by, to keep doing what were doing. so we plopped in our seats and That’s what Johnny would want stared at the track. Now, I admit us to do, and that’s what we’re I know about as much about going to do,” Harvick said to reracing as I do about ice hockey. I porters. know the goal in hockey is to get This is Harvick’s fourth win the puck into the net, and rac- this season and his second win ing, well, the cars speed around a in Texas. The race ended under track and the one in front at the a caution flag, which from what end is the winner. Luckily, my I learned, means a driver has had neighbor was a veteran NASCAR a slight run in with the wall, or fan, complete with headgear, a debris has obstructed the racelineup sheet and receiver play- way, and the drivers must be led ing the race commentator’s voice by a pacer car until the track is into her ear. I was informed that cleared. The O’Reilly Challenge is a 200Overall, the O’Reilly Challenge lap race, the purse or monetary was an exciting, noisy and smelly prize, for those of us not up to (burnt rubber) experience, but par is $6,815,880, and 43 driv- I will definitely attend another ers compete for a portion of the race. This one was too clean for pot. me; I want to see some fire (no Right in front of my seat, a injuries, of course, but a wreck tower displayed what number would add to the excitement)! car stood in what place throughWe stumbled toward the genout the race, and in order to eral direction of our car, pulled know who is driving which car, ourselves inside and collapsed you have to have a lineup sheet. into the plush seats. The sun, The lineup sheet also allows heat and excitement had drained you to keep track of the drivers’ us amateurs, and we were ready spots in line. I was rooting for to go rest before our long drive Dale Earnhart Jr., No. 8, but his back to San Marcos.

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Another week gone by appointed I missed the tailgate party My informative speech for my comand game. My son was in a state tennis munication class went over pretty tournament and actually did very well. well, and the class gave me some great He was anxious to come to the tailgate compliments after I was done. I spoke party, which worried me that he would about haunted activity on the old lose concentration with his matches Queen Mary ship docked in Califorand get done early just to make it back nia. It was a coincidence Halloween to San Marcos. Fortunately, the tailgate SUSAN RAUCH was the same week, but the topic was and his first two match times coincided, Entertainment interesting and something I knew a lot so he resolved he wouldn’t get to go. Columnist about since I recently was a hotel guest Husband gets the grand tour aboard the ship. After the calming of We will be here for the last game. I my nerves, the next wave came with think he wants to bring a girl “friend.” my receiving that ever-dreaded history exam That should prove an interesting first-time scegrade. I actually got a better grade this time, so nario. After the weekend, I was ecstatic. I finally my outlook is good as I am hopeful it will only got my husband onto campus for a mini-tour get better. and breakfast. He was so enamored by the LBJ Missing a tailgate Student Center and how the campus layout was The rest of the week was a bit quiet on cam- set up. The last thing he said was, “I think I will pus. No real challenges came my way. Hang- meet you here every week for breakfast and just ing out between classes at the Non-Traditional hang out,” a well-received compliment to the Student Organizatioin was fun and interesting. university I am attending. Sometimes we have some pretty interesting topics of discussion that lighten up the serious study ONLINE: mood. When the weekend rolled in, I was dis-

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Fenix TX reunites for farewell tour, rocks Austin audience By John Overton Entertainment Writer Fenix TX is a Houston-based, pop-punk band. Originally, the band was called Riverfenix until the family of the late River Phoenix threatened legal action. The band’s place in pop culture is its song “All My Fault,” which was used as the main theme in MTV’s first TV movie, Jailbait. The band went on to play a few tours with Blink 182 and disbanded in 2002. In September 2005, Fenix TX announced a farewell/reunion tour and live CD. On Thursday night at The Parish in Austin, Fenix TX and four other bands played to a small crowd that was much older than when they had first heard the band. Most of them had probably never had the chance to see the band when it was at its peak. The other bands at the show were merely a bonus, each band playing its own brand of poppunk. Houston Calls is a five-piece band with keyboard and synthesizers. Its members are not, however, from Houston but from New Jersey, the pop-punk capital of the world. The band has the goal of creating the perfect pop-punk song. Each song they write gets closer and closer to this goal. While remaining structurally the same, the lyrics are becoming increasingly better, the musicianship steadily harder and more refined. In continuing the trend of bands named after cities they aren’t from, Denver Harbor was the next in the lineup. Denver Harbor features both guitarists of Fenix TX: Chris Lewis and Will Salazar. Formed after Fenix TX’s breakup in 2002, Denver

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Harbor plays music reflective of Fenix’s LeChuza album. Though the band members of Allister and Day at the Fair look remarkably different, the former resembling hardcore rockers while the latter a couple of guys from Jersey, the bands play remarkably similar pop-punk. The themes of breakups, broken hearts and the horrors of growing up are present in both bands’ songs. After enduring some heckling from someone in the crowd about them playing “emo crap,” Day at the Fairs’s guitarist stopped the band to tell the guy, “Dude we are just singing about some guy who broke up with his girlfriend, not some dying girl in Peru. Get over it.” For that band, at least, lyrics don’t matter. The songs sounded all the same though — loud and fast — with verse, chorus, verse, chorus, breakdown, rise, chorus to end. The heckler’s complaints were misplaced, as you could hardly hear the vocals over the delightfully generic punk guitar. Allister was a bit better, showing more complicated guitar work, but the band was still nothing special to see. When Fenix TX took the stage, the scattered groups of people in the venue made a collective movement towards the stage. They opened with “Something Bad is Going to Happen,” showing that its years apart were not ill spent. The follow up to the metal guitar-heavy song was the first song off of LeChuza, “Phoebe Cates.” The song describes the singer’s infatuation with said actress. With lyrics such as, “All I really need is someone like Phoebe, someone to excite my fantasies,” the song suits the source of the song well. Not con-

tent to just play its own songs, Fenix TX also played a cover of Journey’s “Anyway You Want It,” which was received with enthusiasm by the crowd. Two songs later, Fenix TX played the first of three songs off the band’s self-titled album, including “Minimum Wage.” The song’s lyrical content is obvious from the title. Other songs played from the self-titled were the first track “Flight 601,” which, outside of the lyrics, has become entirely different from the studio track. The live version contained a guitar solo and completely different main rhythm. The final song, “All My Fault,” gave a great cap to the night as Fenix TX saved its hardest song for last. With the final notes, Fenix TX gave another thank you, of which there were previously many, for the people being present after the band’s three year absence. Special note should be given to Fenix TX’s drummer for the night, Ilan Rubin. Fenix TX’s current drummer was not present for undisclosed for reasons, but Rubin did a great job. Proclaimed as “Best Undiscovered Drummer Under 18” in Modern Drummer when he was 12, he is amazing with a pair of sticks. Available at the show was Fenix TX’s live album, recorded in Tempe, Ariz. on Aug. 19. According to, the album, Purple Reign in Blood, has come under fire recently after musician Prince hit the band with a cease and desist over the album’s cover art. The cover features Prince’s longtime symbol and one time name combined with the mildly satanic cover art of Slayer’s Reign in Blood. The CD is scheduled for release on Nov. 8 and for what it’s worth seems to have become a collector’s item.

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quoteof the day “We’re in Washington with our hands out asking for $2 billion plus, and rather than holding on to the money to see what the needs are, they’re spending it on local projects, financing goat shows and lawnmower races.”

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Students pay taxes, deserve to have say in local elections In an ill-informed letter to the editor published in Thursday’s San Marcos Daily Record, resident Chris North stated, “I don’t trust the majority of student voters to have the town’s best interests at heart.” The reason? Because students aren’t homeowners. These sentiments aren’t the ravings of a lone nutjob; many local homeowners feel that their property taxes pay the bills for the City of San Marcos, and as such, their opinions on the proper direction for the city to take are more deserving than those of residents who don’t pay property taxes. Last time we checked, property qualifications went out with Jim Crow. In fact, property qualifications for voters haven’t been around since 1850, when Virginia finally repealed theirs. A 10-second Google search can tell you that. North’s arguments can be boiled down to two words: sour grapes. He is obviously unhappy with candidate Chris Jones’ appeal with students and attempts to manifest his new policy platform in a last-ditch effort to support Moe Johnson. Jones may be new at politics, but there have been a number of opportunities to hear what he and the other candidates have to say. Johnson’s campaign may be less than thrilled that a voter is tossing “Moe Johnson” and property qualifications in the same statement. The students of Texas State are a significant percentage of the San Marcos population. If we are to believe North and his ilk, students can’t be trusted to vote properly (in other words, for your candidate), but we can be trusted to hold our jobs here, to pay our sales taxes here, to spend our money here. With the student population exceeding 27,000, we can contribute to the economy, but cannot contribute toward an electoral process? North talks about his home being the only investment he possesses. If student dollars were removed from the San Marcos economy, his investment would be worthless. No matter how you slice it, the students are the driving force of San Marcos’ economy. Exclude them, and you are only hurting your investment. Of course, North also fails to realize the large number of nonstudent residents who would be left out by his qualifications: namely, those who can’t afford a home. Should all residents who rent be left out, too? Perhaps what is needed is a litmus test to determine who is worthy of the franchise. After that, we should work on resurrecting the poll tax, a reading test and (just for good measure) let’s work on that grandfather clause. That way we can make sure to have a pool of only qualified, propertied, white voters. Hooray! It’ll be just like the good ole colonial days. That was fun. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.

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Arguments against same-sex marriage are invalid The Freethought Marriage is for Society of Texas procreation. If State strongly opthis is the case, all poses the proposed couples that do not marriage amendprocreate should ment to the Texas be barred. This Constitution. includes those who Proposition 2 is choose not to prorooted in religious create, can’t proTIM SUTO belief and a sepacreate and a repeal Guest Columnist ration of church of marriages once and state must be the woman goes maintained. through menopause. Given It is fine to hold a religious that no one is working to end belief, and if your religious the marriages of grandmothbeliefs do not include sameers this argument is insincere. sex marriage then you are The amendment discrimifree to hold them. You don’t nates against homosexuals have to have a same-sex mar- specifically and not to other riage, attend one, perform couples that don’t reproduce. one in your church or even No benefit. express the courtesy to RSVP Same-sex marriage will if invited. hurt traditional marriages. Your loss, they’re fabulous. Personal accountability suWhat you cannot do is put persedes this statement. A into law a religious idea that bad example does not cause has no civil benefit. That is an the mimic. If other people establishment of religion in at the party are drinking, I law, and that is a violation of don’t have to drink. To the the First Amendment. contrary, having the positive Does a ban on same-sex example does not lead to a marriage have a civil benefit? successful personal choice. Let’s look at some of the Bible Belt states, which claim less ridiculous arguments and to have the most traditional if they lead us to conclude values, sport the highest dithat the proposed amendvorce rates in the nation in ment would benefit all of us. addition to the highest rates

of teen pregnancy, murder, obesity and illiteracy. No benefit. Same-sex couples will be able to adopt and not raise children successfully. The two factors most important in the successful raising of a child are the genetics of that child and the economic welfare of the parents. The genetics of the children adopted is predetermined and a fixed variable that is not at issue. However, gays and lesbians are among the most economically successful demographics. The average household income of a gay couple is 76,000, nearly twice the national average of 42,000. This would suggest that on average, homosexuals would be more successful at raising children. No benefit. The slippery slope of same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy and bestiality. The slippery slope in philosophy is a fallacy and invalid argument. Anything can be argued as a slippery slope. All of us who drive are potential terrorists using our cars as bombs. Any woman on campus who wears a thong is a threat to tie me up with it

and do things to me against my will. The supporters of this amendment are not pointing out even reasonable slippery slopes such as that guns will lead to accidental deaths or that fundamentalist Christianity leads to domestic violence. Polygamy and bestiality are not dependent on homosexuality. There is no evidence that polygamist Brigham Young was gay. He actually was opposed to testicles and performed many castrations. Also, many a straight man has led a lamb to the edge of cliff without a homosexual thought in mind. He was just lonely. No benefit. Ideas for good government can come from all sources and on occasion religion can be that source. Each idea must be judged on its civic benefit. Proposition 2 has no civic benefit and therefore only serves to foist religious bigotry on others for the purpose of establishing a theocratic principal. No American should stand for being bullied by another’s faith when reason will serve us better.

fanning these flames, I ask you: Is this really what you think Jesus would do?

scientific community support intelligent design as being just as credible. And it is, for example, intelligent design that actually falls inside the bounds of the second law of thermodynamics. That is a well-established scientific law. Since neither is pure fact but both are possibilities then both should be allowed to be taught in public schools. As for intelligent design being another way to find a loophole in separation of church and state, it is not because there is no constitutional separation. The Supreme Court does not set the laws, they look at the constitution and do their best to interpret what the constitution says about the situation. Why do we try to deny people freedom to protect the exact same freedom for other people? All credible theories deserve the same amount of time in the class room. It will not harm anyone to ask questions and discuss different theories. It causes students to think which I am sure everyone will agree is good.

Suto is a biology senior.

Letters to the Editor Violence toward homosexuals is deplorable I was thoroughly disgusted when I read your account of the young gay man who was assaulted and called a “faggot” on The Square last week. Regardless of your religious belief or personal view, there is no excuse for treating another human being that way. I’m so tired of all the violence and hatred involving homosexuals. The Bible does NOT say or imply in any way that good Christians should persecute others who choose different lifestyles than their own. It says, “Love thy neighbor,” not “Love thy neighbor, unless he kisses boys.” I’ve known many gay people in my life; some were great people, some were jerks. They are people first — just like you, me, President Bush or anyone else. If you can’t shed your hatred enough to give them that much credit and dignity, you do not deserve that treatment yourself.

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For all the people who claim that allowing gays to marry and giving them the same rights as heterosexuals under the law would destroy the sanctity of marriage, consider this: If you want to protect the sanctity of marriage, outlaw divorce. If you truly want to protect the sanctity of marriage, do it using your own life and your own actions. Have a marriage that is whatever you think is right. There is no need to campaign against protecting the rights of others. I read in the Austin-American Statesman that in campaigning against Proposition 2, Glen Maxey, a former member of the Texas House of Representatives and leader of No Nonsense In November, an anti-Proposition 2 group, has received deplorable hate letters, including one from a Keller woman where she says, “Stop spreading AIDS, you idiots! Drop dead and spare a few.” I am absolutely sickened to know I live in a country alongside people who are so ignorant and hateful. For the so-called “Christians” who spend their time

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Intelligent design should be taught in addition to evolution Joe Torres’ column about intelligent design being left out of the education system is sadly intolerant and seeks to keep a credible theory from being taught and limiting students to only one of many possibilities about our origins. The Supreme Court ruled that evolution could be taught in schools. All credible theories of our origins should be taught. Intelligent design is just as credible as evolution. Torres writes about teaching fact to students. He then writes that evolution is not fact but close enough to it that the scientific community supports it. Scientists in the

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TEXAS STATE 7-2 (3-1) Nicholls St. 4-3 (3-1) McNeese St. 4-3 (2-2) Northwestern St. 4-4 (2-2)

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Sam Houston State 3-5 (2-3) Southeastern La. 3-5 (2-3) Stephen F. Austin 5-4 (1-3) All standings as of 11-07

Sports Contact — Miguel Peña,

Bobcats get blowout win over Southland rival Cowboys By Miguel Peña Sports Editor It was a good day for Southland Conference football as two of the four SLC teams tied for the top spot took the field determined to get another mark in the win column, as the all important playoffs loom in the coming weeks. Since the preseason, the words “live for each other” have been the mantra in the Bobcats locker room; living, fighting and surviving deep into the season with a reason to play. With a game-by-game attitude, the Bobcats took to the field needing to bounce back from a heartbreaking road loss to 2-1 Nichols State. A team effort was the name of the game as efforts on defense and offense were both key to the near shutout as the Bobcats sailed to a 49-7 win over the visiting Cowboys from McNeese State University. “In my two seasons here, this has been our overall best effort and execution other than in the last six minutes when we tried to get some guys who don’t play much some snaps. It turned into a disaster,” Coach David Bailiff said. Texas State kept the mistakes to a minimum through the use of a balanced offensive attack and a relentless defense that held their opponents to 129 total yards on the day. Jeremy Castillo and John Gilley led the defense with 10 tackles and a pass rush that only allowed five completions on 23 total attempts from Mark Fontenot and Chris Jones. Two Cowboy passes were intercepted on the day, the first from Gary Shepard and the second by back up linebacker Jeff Brown. Brown also made his way to the Cowboy backfield collecting a sack to go along with another sack by big man Fred Evans. The team had six players with four or more tackles and six more players who had three tackles themselves. “It was really important for us as a team. We got knocked down last week. We really wanted to see what kind of men we have on this football team,” senior Barrick Nealy said. With Sherman Douglas sitting out for the third straight

game, all eyes were on Morris Brothers and Daniel Jolly. The two tailbacks have been patiently waiting for their turn to take the handoffs in the Bobcat backfield and made a statement announcing their presence in the SLC. But true to form, the Bobcats started things off with two touchdowns on the ground the first from Nealy, who set the tone for the outing with a daring fourth and goal run that found him scrambling to the right, then finding a little daylight to the left side behind left tackle Thomas Keresztury and guard Ryne Miller. An injury to starting center Buck Koalenz caused a shift on the line by moving Miller to center and Justin Boren stepping in at the left guard position. “Coach showed that he had confidence and we responded well. I think that was huge and it set the tone for the game,” Nealy said. The Bobcats started a trend on that drive, as a risky play would turn out to be a good call from the Texas State sideline. Jolly, the transfer from Colorado, came into the game with 198 rushing yards on the year took the lead moving the ball for a total of 85 rushing yards and 21 yards through the air for one touchdown. Brothers ended the game with 48 yards and two touchdowns, scoring his first on a 26yard run to the left side again by finding a wide open path to the end zone, gave the Bobcats a 140 advantage with plenty of time left in the game. Tyrone Scott did not get a lot of catches in the ball game, but the sophomore wide receiver made himself available when it counted, catching his only ball Adam Brown/Star photo of the day for a touchdown on the Bobcats third possession of Senior quarterback Barrick Nealy high steps his way into the end zone on one of his two touchdown runs in the Bobcats’ the contest. 49-7 win against the visiting Cowboys from McNeese State University on Saturday. The Bobcats made the most of their Nealy and Brothers decided rushing game with four different players, scoring a total of six touchdowns on the ground. to repeat on their first quarter performances and scored back- 26-yard run capping the final sion dribbling the football on a The play marked the only like to accomplish something to-back touchdowns on their scoring drive of the game. fumble that he recovered on the down point of the game as significant,” said Bailiff. feet giving them a 35-0 advanThrough his efforts, place bounce as he ran out-of-bounds hopes were extinguished on the That being said, a total game tage at half time over the waver- kicker Stan Jones put together for an entertaining turnover on possible shutout over a major is what the Bobcats are showing Cowboys. seven extra points as he did his downs. SLC rival. ing on the field as they segue Nick Session got his chance in part to add to the success of the The Cowboys did manage to The Cowboys made quick into the postseason with a stop the second half of the ball game team. score through the help of a mis- work of the short field as they at Stephen F. Austin University scoring one touchdown on his Cory Elolf took advantage of handled punt midway through scored on their second attempt on Saturday and a final regular way to a 60-yard game. a fourth and long attempt as a the fourth quarter as Shepard with a pass from Chris Jones to season home game against Sam Jolly got his only score of the botched kick sent him running lost his handle on the return Kyle Link who found some sep- Houston State University team day early in the fourth quarter out of the backfield as he did his and coughed one up at the Tex- aration on a flare to the flat. slated to start at 3 p.m. on Satas he took it to the house on a Harlem Globetrotter impres- as State 7-yard line. “This is a team that would urday Nov. 19.

Texas State goes one up,one down in weekend matchups at Strahan By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter Texas State is banking its hopes on the old saying, “the third time’s a charm.” The Bobcats enter this week with a bitter taste left in their mouths after a collapse against Stephen F. Austin State University, 16-0 in league play. The Southland Conference front-runners won in five games (24-30, 30-27, 30-26, 28-30, 2018) to sweep the season series 2-0. If the teams are to face each other again this year, it will be in the conference tournament. “We’re still in line for the second seed, and no team can beat us three times in a season,” setter Erin Hickman said.

A day after dominating Sam Houston State University, Texas State, 12-4 in conference, allowed a game five call in the SFA match to derail a potential upset. “It was huge,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “Whether or not it was the right call doesn’t matter now. We’ll just see (SFA in the playoffs). This was a great match.” Ahead 13-10 in the game, the Bobcats were awarded a point on a service error from the Ladyjacks’ Stephanie Figgers. The officials then convened for several minutes before the ensuing serve, ultimately calling Texas State for a rotation error. The verdict awarded SFA a point while subtracting one from the

Bobcats’ total. “The call obviously affected us, but we shouldn’t have let it,” Hickman said. “Any call in a game can do that, but you have to stay mentally tough, and we feel we’re that kind of team.” With renewed confidence after staring at a loss, the Ladyjacks took a 15-14 lead on a Traci Rhode kill. With a twopoint win required, the teams played on, with Texas State taking a 17-16 and 18-17 lead on kills from Liz Nwoke (18) and Brandy St. Francis (13), respectively. Each time, however, a Bobcat miscue evened the score, the last coming on a service error forcing an 18-18 tie. The Bobcats committed 15 service errors on

the night. “The serving game made a big difference,” Chisum said. “We gave away half a game on service errors. You can’t have that in a close match.” SFA took advantage of the mistake by scoring twice to win and take the air out of Strahan Coliseum. The Ladyjacks won on a Laura Cramer (19 kills) attack that was successfully dug but fell to the floor when no Bobcat could get to it in time. “I don’t really know what happened on the last play,” Hickman said. “There had to be communication problems.” Lawrencia Brown led the team with 19 kills, with the Bobcats also getting productive outings from Brittany Prewit

(16 kills, 19 digs) and Hickman, who totaled 77 assists. Senior libero Amy Ramirez notched a career-high 33 digs. Texas State currently shares second with the weekend’s other opponent, SHSU. The Bobcats defeated the Bearkats in four games Friday night to even the season series at a game apiece. “I think the team takes confidence away from this weekend,” Chisum said. “This was a team builder.” Chisum said the team played well following a 30-21, first-period loss, taking three straight to pull even as the regular season winds to a close. Tonight, Texas State is slated for a 7 p.m. match against the University of Houston before ending its SLC schedule on the

road against the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State University. Due to the summer storm cancellations early this year, the postseason tournament will include the top-eight teams instead of the usual six. Texas State beat SHSU 30-22, 30-26 and 30-25 over the final three games, with three players (Brown, Nwoke and Prewit) notching at least 11 kills. Brown and Prewit each recorded double-doubles (kills and digs). Games three and four played out as tight contests. The Bobcats held 20-19 leads in both periods, winning the third on four unanswered points. Texas State went on a 7-2 run late in the decisive game, triumphing on a Kelly Fletcher kill.

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Tiffany Searcy/Star file photo Kelly Fletcher (center) and Ashley Stark (right) block the ball during the Nov. 1 game against the University of Texas. This weekend, the Bobcats won 3-1 against Sam Houston State University and lost 3-2 against Stephen F. Austin State University.

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