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NOVEMBER 9, 2005
VOLUME 95, ISSUE 32
City Council seat to be determined by runoff Race narrows to Moe Johnson, Chris Jones in Place 4 By Jason Buch, Clayton Medford and Emily Messer News Reporters Ashley Richards Assistant News Editor
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The San Marcos City Council election race for Place 4 slid into a runoff between Maurice “Moe” Johnson, health, physical education and recreation professor, and Chris Jones, public administration senior, on Tuesday night. Preliminary voting results found Johnson at 1,276 votes; Jones at 1,800 votes; and incumbent Bill Taylor at 1,064. Daniel Guerrero, running unopposed for a Place 3, ended the evening with a total of 2,585 votes. Johnson’s campaign staff called the results of Tuesday’s City Council election “making the playoffs” after learning Johnson, who teaches physical education at Texas State, will be in a runoff election against Jones in December. “Now I can take a week off
Arnold Mitchem believes Lyndon Baines Johnson’s goal of placing higher education within reach of all qualiﬁed students has been met with silence by current and past policy-makers. “Johnson’s vision, his values are still valued with the American public but are very dead in Washington (D.C.),” Mitchem said at his lecture during Texas State’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Johnson’s signing of the Higher Education Act. Mitchem’s lecture took a serious tone during Tuesday’s event, which holds special meaning not only from those students who have beneﬁted from it, but for the campus itself. The Act was signed by Johnson, a Southwest Texas State College graduate, near what is now the Music Building. Texas State’s most well-known alumnus and his work were honored by a series of events, which be-
By Andrea Gonzalez Special to The Star
gan with a panel discussion and signing ceremony and ended with a speech by LBJ Distinguished Lecture series speaker Mitchem. Mitchem spoke to an audience in the LBJ Student Center, declaring, “On this campus, on this day, is a landmark,” to about 100 students, faculty and guests in attendance. Although Mitchem noted that the Higher Education Act was an important piece of legislation, he also said some of the meaning may have been lost over time. “Unfortunately, in my view, we have not been faithful to the act’s purpose or Johnson’s initiative,” Mitchem said. Mitchem gave a short history lesson about ﬁnancial aid, socio-economic status and the Higher Education Act’s impact in opening doors for young people that had previously been closed to them. See LBJ, page 4
About 15 faculty members, staff and students met Tuesday afternoon to discuss tuition increases and the budget for the 2006-2007 school year. Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs mediated the meeting, which included Perry Moore, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; Bill Nance, vice president of ﬁnance; and Glen Hanley, director of campus recreation. The main issue addressed at the meeting was the proposed increase of tuition for the fall of 2006. An overall increase of 5.5
Adam Brown/Star photo (From left to right) Raymond Paredes, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner, Texas State President Denise Trauth and Associated Student Government President Jordan Anderson unveil a plaque Tuesday commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Higher Education Act.
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percent will be needed to provide an additional $9.4 million for the university budget. “We compete with ﬁve other schools,” Nance said. “They are raising tuition also.” The new fee will be set at $86.00 per credit hour. This rate leaves tuition competitive with the University of Texas, which will increase course fees from $98.00 to $103.00. According to a presentation by Nance, new fees are needed for a variety of areas, including faculty, staff and adjunct raises of three percent. Raises are also included for graduate assistants and student workers. “(2005) is the third year in a
row we have tried to give raises,” Moore said. “Teachers here are underpaid compared to current salary schedules.” Two major issues will be addressed by this increase, the ﬁrst of which is ﬁnancial aid. State law mandates that 15 percent of the revenue from the increase has to be set aside for this purpose. That translates into $2 million for the students who need aid. Our growing numbers have left us with the need for more faculty, Moore said. “We need 25 new faculty members,” he said. “We have had an increase (of students) of 1.8 percent, most of which are
in our freshman class.” In order to provide quality education, many needs have to be met. Academic advisers are in short supply also, Moore said. “There are many needs for a university of this size,” he said. “We are hoping to add two to three new advisers.” An increase of the advising fee from $40 to $45 dollars will help achieve this goal, as well as providing a raise for current advisors. Also discussed were plans for the new Student Recreation Center. The largest voter turnSee TUITION, page 4
Job shadowing provides Articipation offers alternative networking opportunity after-school program for for Texas State students junior high school students By April Zapata News Reporter
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Tuition, fee increases topic at open hearing
Plaque marks spot where LBJ signed Higher Education Act By Emily Messer News Reporter
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and catch my breath,” Johnson said to The Star. “We’ll plot some strategy and see what happens.” As his staff ﬁled out the door of Grins restaurant, Johnson said they would be back at work on Thursday. Johnson’s friends, family and campaign staff gathered at Grins Restaurant on Tuesday evening to watch the election results. Huddled around a small television, the small, subdued crowd awaited returns from the polls and listened to Johnson’s 13year-old son, Adam, play the blues on guitar. “The runoff is going to be a lot, lot closer,” Johnson said. “It will probably go down to a few votes.” Early voting results put Johnson in third place. “I feel better after the initial shock of early voting,” Johnson said. “We have to keep the team together and keep working.” Johnson said the next step was to get his voters back in the polls
Registration for Career Services’ Job Shadowing program has begun, and hands-on experience, potential internships and jobs are just a few opportunities students can gain by participating in it. The program, which is in its sixth year, allows students to get ﬁrst-hand experience with professionals in jobs that follow their career interests. The program takes place twice a year, once during the winter break and once during Spring Break. It speciﬁcally targets second-semester sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a declared major. This year’s program will offer an array of prospects with more than 130 employers to select from. Karen Julian, assistant director of Career Services, said the program has many beneﬁts,
but most importantly, students can decide if they are on the right career path. “The program helps conﬁrm that they are on the right track,” Julian said. “Some students come back to say, ‘I don’t think I want to do this,’ while others say, ‘I’m so glad I did this.’” The program also helps students get a foot in the door, Julian said. Students who do well during the job shadow are sometimes offered an internship or even a job. Jamie Laughlin, applied sociology senior, has participated in the program twice before and will participate again this winter break. She said the program helps a lot. “As a senior, I’ll beneﬁt more from it,” Laughlin said. “I hope to develop contacts.” She suggested people who
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Texas State faculty member Laura Walsh, who has been teaching courses in advertising and public relations for three years, has used her background in these subjects to create and market a company and art program of her own creation. The program, called Articipation, is an after-school and summer care plan targeted toward children in junior high school. The purpose of Articipation is to give this age group both an appreciation for the arts and an opportunity to take part in their own art projects, Walsh said. The ﬁrst program Walsh offers focuses on the Impressionist artists, which gives the children exposure to the likes of Van Gogh and Monet. Children are also introduced to basic art terminology. “Art introduces (to chil-
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dren) a type of thinking that is so important,” Walsh said. “We emphasize ‘right answer’ thinking so much to children. It’s important to teach them divergent thinking — that there’s not just one right way to do things. Society is so incredibly visual. I believe this program helps kids interpret their world better.” Articipation differs from other art programs in that it involves a video component at the beginning of each lesson topic. The different hands-on projects for the children include working with pastels, learning how to mix colors as an introduction to color theory and creating collages. Children will also be taught pointillism, when an artist paints with dots of color. Walsh ﬁrst got the idea for Articipation four years ago in Indiana when she did some volunteering at Union Central See ARTICIPATION, page 4
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Wednesday in Brief
November 9, 2005
starsof texas state Scott M. Kelly, English senior, recently had his ﬁrst novel, Jimwamba, published in the United Kingdom by Flame Books. The novel uses the premise of a childhood game carried by its participants into adulthood to explore man’s capacity for change. It has become an underground sensation in Europe and has received enthusiastic reviews.
Scott, 20, has also written a number of short stories and unpublished novels. In addition to working on the sequel to Jimwamba, he has founded a production company for cross-genre art, Kid Truth Productions. The Star congratulates Scott on his ﬁrst published novel and looks forward to his continued artistic success.
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Signing of the times
EVENTS Clubs & Meetings
Catholic Student Center Chapel at 9:30 p.m.
ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For more 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 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-11.1.
Wednesday Wells Fargo Financial will hold interviews for a manager trainee. For more information, contact Career Services at (512) 245-2645. 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.
Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will hold “Saved” at 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-15.1.
Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center.
The Student Volunteer Connection will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3.5-1.
Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will host an Invitation Dinner at 7 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom.
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.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host the seventh annual Women’s Retreat from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at George’s, on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of LBJSC. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday The men of Lambda Omega Alpha will have Night Prayer in the
Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For information or to sign up for other groups
call the Counseling Center. Tuesday Americredit will hold interviews for account representative, for more information, contact Career Services. Valpak of Dallas will hold interviews for outside advertising sales representative, for more information contact Career Services. War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 5-1.10. “Attaining Contentment” An Educational Series takes place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-6.1.
Miscellaneous 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.
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Campus Happenings Students can learn more about NGA through Amazing Maze A day of challenging games, free food and great prizes, called The Amazing Maze, is planned for the Texas State campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 to promote awareness and consideration of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as a viable career option. Students stopping by the event can enjoy free hotdogs, snacks and drinks while learning more about the career opportunities within the NGA. Attendees could end up walking away with prizes such as San Antonio Rampage tickets and numerous other gift certiﬁcates and coupons from local businesses. Visitors will also have a chance to speak with a representative from the NGA Recruitment Center. In addition to The Amazing Maze, there is also an informational dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Aquarena Center in the Fountain View Room, where students will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with an NGA representative. This dinner is by reservation only. The Amazing Maze and informational dinner is the culmina-
tion of a semester-long effort by Ad-Vision, which consists of 16 Texas State students participating in the NGA Collegiate Marketing and Recruiting Program,” said Marie Zank, marketing professor. “The program is a unique industry-education partnership that gives students the opportunity to apply their classroom work in a real-world situation. This class has been a great learning experience for students. They have learned about meeting the needs of a real client.” Zank said the students in the class have learned time management as a critical skill in planning, organizing and executing the event. “This class has been a wonderful learning experience for all involved,” said Kathryn Bingham, Ad-Vision CEO. “We are all very excited about our upcoming events, and we feel that they provide great opportunities for our students to learn about NGA in a fun and memorable way.” Before promotional design could begin, the class conducted extensive research to help determine a direction for their marketing campaign. Research found that 5 percent of students surveyed on the Texas State campus
had ever heard of the NGA. With this in mind, Ad-Vision plans to increase awareness of NGA on campus by at least 10 percent. However, the event is not the end of the road for the students at Texas State. Postevent evaluation research will measure the effects of the event on the target market to determine the success of the campaign. The program participants will present the results of their research, along with an evaluation of their campaign strategy to client representatives within the NGA. This presentation is a unique opportunity for students to develop their public speaking and presentation skills. For more information about the NGA Collegiate Marketing and Recruiting Program, please contact Kathryn Bingham firstname.lastname@example.org. — Courtesy of Ad-Vision ONLINE: www.nga.mil. www.nga.mil/careers, E-MAIL: email@example.com.
CRIME BL TTER San Marcos Police Department Nov. 7, 3:03 p.m. Driving While License Suspended/1301 Wonder World Drive Ofﬁcer was dispatched for a trafﬁc accident, and driver was found to have a suspended license. Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m. Theft/1002 Gravel St. Daughter took victim’s vehicle 11 days ago and has failed to return it. Nov. 7, 6:14 p.m.
Possession of Controlled Substance/1525 Aquarena Springs Drive Two arrests for manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance less than four grams.
Hall A student reported to a police ofﬁcer that his personal property had been stolen from his room. This case is under investigation.
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Nov. 5, 3:46 a.m. Public Intoxication/Wood Street A police ofﬁcer made contact with a nonstudent who appeared intoxicated. Upon further investigation, the nonstudent was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.
Nov. 3, 4:26 p.m. Harassment/UPD lobby A student reported to a police ofﬁcer that she had received harassing phone calls. This case is under investigation. Nov. 4, unknown hours Burglary: Habitation/Tower
Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS
Monty Marion/Star photo On Nov. 8, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson used this desk, which is on display in the Gaillardia Gallery in the LBJ Student Center, to sign the Higher Education Bill. The desk was once used by Johnson during his time working as a student assistant for Texas State Teachers College.
WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In Tuesday’s Distinctive Voices column by Susan Rauch, we mistakenly placed a subheadline in such a way that it might confuse readers. Susan’s son, not her husband, is planning on bringing a “girl ‘friend’” to the next tailgate. We apologize and hope Mr. Rauch can come out of the doghouse now.
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PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS AND BOND ISSUE RESULTS
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS Prop 1: Rail Funds
PASS Prop 3: Economic Debt PASS Prop 4: Bail Denial PASS
Prop 2: Ban Gay Marriage
Prop 5: Interest Rates
Prop 6: Judicial Commission PASS Prop 7: Reverse Mortgage PASS Prop 8: Land Titles PASS Prop 9: Mobility Authority
Results as of 1:46 a.m. with 98.68% of precincts reporting.
CITY BOND ISSUES Prop 1: Greenspace Land Prop 2: Relocate Court
Prop 3: New Fire Station PASS
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and court those who voted for incumbent candidate Bill Taylor. “I hope they vote again,” Johnson said of Taylor’s supporters. “Otherwise, we have a whole lot of work. This is the ﬁrst time I’ve done this. I don’t really know what to do in a runoff.” Across town, the Chris Jones for City Council campaign ofﬁcially ended last night as anxious supporters awaited results at Rogelio’s Mexican Restaurant in San Marcos. A calm but visibly nervous Jones waited beside his parents, his campaign manager and mathematics freshman Sam McCabe and two dozen supporters. The mood remained upbeat as Jones lead in votes over challenger Moe Johnson and incumbent Bill Taylor. The early voting numbers, which reached the Jones camp just after 7 p.m., put Jones more than 500 votes ahead of Taylor and just shy of 600 ahead of Johnson. McCabe had time to reﬂect on the eight-month campaign before the second polling update was posted. “I think we worked real hard,” McCabe said. “We got all the volunteers we needed; we did everything we sought out to do.” McCabe said that once the campaign got going, Jones gained conﬁdence. “I think when we ﬁgured out which precincts to really hit hard, which ones we could win, and when we block-walked, we really got close to the town. That’s what got Chris really conﬁdent,” McCabe said. Jones talked about his reasons for running for San Marcos City Council. “(Students and citizens) have a lot of the same issues. But because we are so divided, because we have such great animosity, we don’t work together to try to solve some of the same problems,” Jones said. Jones’s mother, Diane, expressed pride in her son who, Diane said, has always been involved in politics. “Chris wanted to vote when he was 5 years old,” Diane said.
Bill Taylor and supporters look on as election results were announced Tuesday night at J’s Bistro. The ﬁnal count revealed a runoff between Moe Johnson and Chris Jones, leaving Taylor out of the running.
Danny Rodriguez/Star photo “He would go with me and his father to where we vote and look at the ballot and say ‘That’s who you are supposed to vote for, Mom.’ I would ask him why and he would say ‘Well didn’t you see the ad on TV?’” When all precincts reported their tallies, Jones found himself preparing for a runoff with Johnson. “This is not about Chris Jones, this is not about Bill Taylor, this is not about Moe Johnson; this is about you, the community,” Jones said. “The time for half doing this and half doing that is over. It’s time to work.” After the crowd supporting Bill Taylor’s campaign for City Council Place 4 dispersed, the incumbent sat in the back room of J’s Bistro and reﬂected on the election that left him out of the race. Taylor received almost 26 percent of the vote. “Obviously, I’m disappointed,” Taylor said. “If I didn’t think I was the best candidate, I wouldn’t have run.” Taylor said he had made it clear from the beginning of is campaign for re-election that he intended to run for a ﬁnal term. The truth remains, Taylor said, that he has no further political ambitions after this election. “I have a motor home and a boat that need more work,” Taylor said.
Although the election did not result in his favor, Taylor said he was pleased with the nearly 4,000 voters who came to the polls in the City Council election. “I’m not happy with what the city decided, but I’m happy that many people voted,” Taylor said. Taylor said the number of domestic votes he received was disappointing because he had expected to receive more from that demographic. Once the count was in, Taylor said he made a congratulatory calls to both Johnson and Jones. Taylor will serve on the council, attending appointment and board meetings as needed, until the runoff is completed. During the runoff Taylor said he will vote for Jones and remain distant from the election. While Taylor said he thinks Jones is a “mistake for this city” at the time, he believes that between the remaining candidates, Jones will create a better mix with the current council members. “To vote for Mr. Johnson puts three very similar people on the council,” Taylor said. If Johnson wins the runoff Taylor said he would not be displeased, but he would rather have more diversity within the City Council. “That’s too many people that have the same mindset on council,” Taylor said.
City Clerk Janis Womack said a precinct-by-precinct breakdown would be available today. A total of 18.45 percent of San Marcos citizens participated in the Nov. 8 election, in comparison to 11 percent in May’s election. “We had a student on the ballots, which would certainly be of interest to students,” Womack said. “I’m sure there were issues on the ballot they were interested in as well.” Additionally, San Marcos voters approved all the city bond propositions except for Proposition 2, which proposed the City Municipal Court to move to the San Marcos Police Department. Proposition 6, which proposed improvements and additions to bicycle and pedestrian lanes, had the highest turnout of voters of all the local propositions. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said she was pleased with the turnout for the election. “The citizens have shown their support for ﬁve of the six bond issues,” Narvaiz said. “This tells us a lot about voters’ (concerns) and their willingness to invest in our community for the long term.” All votes are unofﬁcial until Nov. 16, when they will be canvassed and veriﬁed. The runoff between Jones and Johnson will be held Dec. 6.
Prop 4: Street Improvements PASS Prop 5: Street Improvements PASS Prop 6: Bicycle Paths PASS For more information regarding amendment and bond issue results refer to:
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Although Mitchem praised the legislation, he also cautioned higher education as an attainable goal for all qualiﬁed students that still has a long way to go. Besides money, Mitchem said the wealthy passed down the expectation to be educated to their children. He recalled that he could see the difference between economic classes while growing up in Colorado. “The lawyers became the lawyers, and the steel workers just kept marching,” Mitchem said. Mitchem said the federally funded TRIO programs balanced the economic status trend by serving lower-income and ﬁrst-generation college students. Following Mitchem’s lecture, the panelists from the morning discussion, along with students, faculty and Texas State President Denise Trauth, attended the ceremony unveiling a Photo courtesy of the LBJ Library plaque near the Music Building President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Higher Education Act 40 years ago, paving the to permanently mark the spot where LBJ famously signed the way for more lower-income student to attend college. act. James Montoya, vice presiresentatives from the Financial dent of the College Board and Aid ofﬁce, faculty and students panelist in the morning discusfor the unveiling ceremony. sion, said to The Star before the Nicole Goettl, undecidlecture that there was a coned freshman who attended nection between Johnson and Mitchem’s lecture, said she Tomás Rivera, both alumni of learned about Johnson’s alumthe university. nus status in one of her ﬁrst Montoya said that although visits to campus at orientation. ﬁnancial aid and grants had a She discovered last week, how— James Montoya ever, that he signed the Higher long way to go, he was pleased vice president of the College Board and panelist Education Act on campus and to be in attendance for the event. credited his work in helping “For any educator coming to higher education remained the policy but immoral,” Montoya her attend the university from this campus on such an impor- single most (important) road said. which he graduated. tant day is just a very special ex- to empowerment, that to deny Montoya was joined by “He helped me go to school,” perience,” Montoya said. any student a high-quality edu- Trauth, other panelists from Goettl said referring to the Pell “They both understood that cation was not just bad public the morning discussion, rep- Grant she received.
hey both understood that higher education remained the single most (important) road to empowerment, that to deny any student a high-quality education was not just a bad public policy but immoral.”
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Elementary where her son attended school. Once a month, Walsh and other parents would organize an art appreciation night to supplement the art class that was already being offered at the school. Walsh has big plans for the art programs, although Articipation has already been picked
up by the Boys and Girls Club of South Austin. The next idea she is formulating will focus on Native American art, culture and religion. Also, Walsh asked to be able to distribute information about Articipation to art education majors. “Art education majors could actually teach the program,” Walsh said. “It would almost be like an internship opportunity.”
Erik Neilsen, ﬁne arts chair, distributed some of the informational brochures to instructors who he thought might have interested students. “It sounds like a good project,” Neilsen said, but he was doubtful of a large student response at this point in the semester. “I think right now students will be focused on ﬁnishing their courses and the rest
of the semester.” Walsh said that Austin Independent School District is looking for after-school programming but that she will probably put in her proposal for Articipation as a summer program there. For more information on participating in Articipation, contact Laura Walsh at (512) 288-2242.
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are job shadowing for the ﬁrst time to be open, professional and to ask a lot of questions. Unlike Laughlin, Carol DeYoung, communication studies senior, will be participating in the program for the ﬁrst time. She said she sees the program as a good opportunity to see what is out there. “I’m hoping to gain knowledge about actual hands-on experience,” DeYoung said. The program works by allowing students to choose from a list of employers based on their majors. Career Services then matches each student with an employer that best ﬁts them. The employer will then send a conﬁrmation letter to the student with a date, time and in some cases, work attire. Career Services representatives suggested that students contact the employer three days prior to job shadowing to assure plans have remained unchanged. To participate in the pro-
gram students must register at Career Services and submit a resume and a release and indemnity agreement. Students may also want to have their resume reviewed by Career Services at least one day before registration. Julian said every student who registers will receive an employer to shadow. Occasionally, there are a few students who do not exactly ﬁt into any of the jobs with the employers, but it doesn’t happen very frequently, she said. “We try to register everyone who registers,” Julian said. “About 98 percent of the students who register get to shadow an employer. Students who are interested in the Job Shadowing program and would like more information should contact Career Services at (512) 245-2645. Students can also register for the program at Career Services, located at the LBJ Student Center, Room 5-7.1. Registration will continue though Nov. 18.
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out in Texas State history approved a fee increase for the center. Taking effect in Fall 2008, the fee will be boosted to $94.00. “The center will double in size,” Hanley said. “We are going to be adding a pool and rock climbing wall. We hope to start construction in one year.” Despite the inﬂux of money, the projected budget has a shortfall of almost $150,000. “We are going to have to jug-
gle our numbers a bit,” Nance said. “We must come up with a balanced budget for our board of regents.” Overall, the fee increases are for the betterment of the university as a whole and are not done without justiﬁcation. “I would be concerned if the (tuition) increases were unexpected,” said Jordan Anderson, Associated Student Government president. “(However) this budget is just for one year. We need to think more long term.”
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Jarhead offers compelling view of Marine life, sans political agenda By Nixon Guerrero Entertainment Writer
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Peter Sarsgaard plays Troy, a Marine dealing with boredom during the Gulf War, in Jarhead.
days of boot camp to sniper training to being shipped to the Middle East to Sam Mendes directs ﬁght a war. Jake Gyllenhaal and the film We meet Swofford rest of Jarhead’s cast review (Jake Gyllenhal) head on as he’s just in his third ﬁlm. Most ✯✯✯✯ enlisted in the Maof us are fans of Sam Jarhead Mendes’ stunningly Dir.: Sam Mendes rines. Upon his brutal completion of resplendent directo- Stars: Jake Gylboot camp, “Swoff,” rial debut, American lenhaal, Peter Beauty, and his second Sarsgaard, Jaime as he is known the ﬁlm Road to Perdition, Foxx rest of the movie, is shipped to a miliand Mendes has done Rated: R tary base where he it again, directing his meets Troy (Peter third ﬁlm, Jarhead. I’ve got to say, with Jarhead, Sarsgaard). Troy is the leader if anyone were to have wa- of their battalion and soon to gered on the success of this be Swoff ’s friend. British ﬁlmmaker, they’d have When the Marines arrive in a movie trifecta. the Middle East, they are told Jarhead is probably one of to prepare to ﬁght the mother the funnier and less violent of all battles, but ﬁrst, they’ll “war movies” out there. In its have to wait. company are other comical The bulk of the movie takes war movies: Three Kings, The place in the bare, capacious Great Escape and Dr. Strange- and desolate deserts of the love. Middle East. Here is where we The movie is based on the get even more involved in the memoirs of Anthony Swof- Marines way of life, which, as ford, a former Marine. In his it turns out, is not as exciting story, we follow him from the or exhilarating as they had
hoped and expected. In the months of waiting for battle, the Marines engage in many simple, comical ways of entertaining themselves. Some of the highlighted ways include rewiring radios, masturbating, scorpion-ﬁghting, more masturbating, shooting at nothing and yes, more masturbating. There may be a hint of political thought when the Marines are already in the Middle East driving through the desert, and one soldier remarks, “We’re just here to protect the oil. We’re not here to help anyone.” That frame of mind is quickly swatted with Troy’s response, “F--k politics. We’re here, now. All the rest is bulls-t.” All the rest is bull. For whatever reason they’re there, it doesn’t matter. They’re there. Jamie Foxx plays Staff Sgt. Sykes. Sykes is very commanding and hard-bitten, but he also is an extremely affable and compassionate leader. He cares for his men. He trains
them to be killers. But he also knows they, too, may someday die in battle, and it’s his responsibility to prevent that from happening — Foxx is great in this role. Sarsgaard is one of those actors, who, if given the right role, could elicit some best actor nominations — maybe even win. He seamlessly and effortlessly exudes every emotional facet of his character. Although Gyllenhaal has delivered believable and praiseworthy roles in his other ﬁlms, Jarhead is by far his best work as a lead actor. His passionate conviction to the role makes him a stand-alone pillar in acting. Now for the music; I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard a more ironically hilarious utilization of Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Another funny scene entails helicopters, soaring over the troops late at night, blaring from their speakers an old See JARHEAD, page 7
The Squid and the Whale offers elegant humor, sincerity By Kyle Bradshaw Assistant Entertainment Editor
its main characters would pro- teaching at a high school while his most recent novel continclaim, elegant. Sporting a Steve ues to be rejected by publishZissou-like beard, Jeff ers. Laura Linney plays his wife, film Noah Baumbach’s review Daniels, in one of the Joan, also an author whose caThe Squid and the ﬁnest performances reer takes off after one of her ✯✯✯✯ of his career, is Ber- stories gets published in The Whale is a brilliant nard, the patriarch of New Yorker. Their complicated study of human emo- The Squid and tions under the strain the Whale the Berkman family, divorce and its effect on their of family heartache. Dir.: Noah Baum- who lives in Brooklyn two sons, Walter and Frank, is Its characters are raw bach in the mid-’80s. He’s the focus of Baumbach’s bold yet undeniably appeal- Stars: Laura Lin- an accomplished au- dramatic comedy. Q4-TXUniversityStar-BWAd Page(Jesse 1 Eisenberg) is the ing, and its remarkable ney, Jeff Daniels 10/14/05 thor on the tail8:14 end of PM Walter narrative is, as one of Rated: R his career, currently elder son, who tries to be like
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his father, picking up his ﬂaws of insensitivity and overuse of clichéd adjectives in daily conversation — “Kafkaesque” being the most absurd. Frank (Owen Kline) is the younger son, who chooses to rebel against his father by taking after the local tennis pro, Ivan (William Baldwin), who Bernard claims to be a Philistine. (In this case, Philistine means “someone who doesn’t care about books or interesting ﬁlms.”) As Walter
slowly echoes his father’s faults in his relationship with his girlfriend, Sophie, and as Frank starts sneaking beer from the liquor cabinet and cursing at every possible moment, the ﬁlm delves into the deep, sorrowful heart of its subject while still maintaining a commitment to truthful comedy. Baumbach, who co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Wes Anderson, uses his exceptional script to ﬁnd humor in the
most painful of places. His semiautobiographical story creates ﬂawed, real and frustratingly honest characters that are exposed in every way. He is affectionate toward them despite their imperfections, while also allowing them to be laid out completely before us. If Daniels provides the brains of the ﬁlm through his verbose See SQUID, page 9
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Shopgirl puts intelligent spin to romantic comedy genre By Deanna Ledezma Entertainment Writer
ing her that he’s, “an OK guy, by the way.” From honking his horn as a cue for her to come outside, down to his hesitance to Since his days of ¡Three go into the movie theater Amigos! and The Jerk, (going Dutch, and could Steve Martin has taken film he borrow a few dollars?), off his “arrow in the review and Mirabelle’s head” prop and picked ✯✯ Jeremy date together ignites only up a pen to write ﬁction. a dim spark. The only Marketed as a roman- Shopgirl proof of the event sugtic comedy revolving Dir.: Anand around a love triangle, Tucker gests Jeremy’s nonskilled Anand Tucker’s ﬁlm Stars: Steve Mar- wooing technique. tin, Claire Danes, adaptation of Martin’s Jason SchwartzWealthy and 35 years older than Mirabelle, 2000 novella, Shopgirl, man Ray Porter (Steve Maris less about two men Rated: R vying for one woman’s tin) knows exactly what he desires in a relationaffection as it is about the relationship-bred choices ulti- ship. The pair meets at her sales counter, where he purchases a mately affecting their lives. Mirabelle Buttersﬁeld (Claire pair of elegant black gloves; later, Danes), an aspiring artist, moves she ﬁnds them neatly wrapped on from Vermont to Los Angeles in her doorstep with a note asking hopes of ﬁnding meaning and her to dinner. This gift, it would purpose to her life. A sales clerk at seem, signals both emotional and Saks Fifth Avenue’s glove depart- material futures for the two. Ray ment, Mirabelle spends her days will dress her in clothes she cannot slouched over the glass counter, afford. He will take her to restauwaiting for her life to ﬁnally be- rants where she will dine on food and wine deemed luxurious based gin. While washing clothes at a laun- on her pithy sales clerk salary. dromat, Mirabelle meets a scruffy Their relationship becomes one font designer named Jeremy (Ja- of a young woman searching for son Schwartzman), who attempts meaning, with an older man offerto awkwardly woo her by promis- ing her only conditional, outlined
and obtuse love. It’s one that, as it becomes clear, holds no intentions of marriage or even long-term commitment. In Ray’s words, he “wanted part of her but not all of her”. Charmingly offbeat yet romantically challenged, Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, I Heart Huckabees) provides the ﬁlm’s much-needed comic relief. Shortly after his ﬁrst date with Mirabelle, Jeremy leaves Los Angeles to tour with a rock band and, in the process, learns valuable lessons about love from self-help tapes and solitary road life. Dressed in a tailored white suit, Jeremy returns as Mirabelle’s “age-appropriate” suitor who, in spite of all his imperfections, offers Mirabelle what Ray cannot: unconditional love. All of these events are pompously announced by composer Barrington Pheloung’s melodramatic, orchestral score over Martin’s tiresome voiceover narrations, managing to destroy any genuine emotion a scene might have otherwise conveyed in complete silence. Not without its ﬂaws, Shopgirl attempts to break the conventions of a typical Hollywood romanticcomedy and offers an intelligent story about love and heartbreak.
Photo courtesy of Hyde Park Entertainment Steve Martin plays a businessman who begins a complicated relationship with Mirabelle, a glove department clerk played by Claire Danes, in Shopgirl.
Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises Inc. Runt of the Litter (Steve Zahn) and Chicken Little (Zach Braff) must battle alien invaders in Chicken Little.
Chicken Little proves to be a genuine children’s movie By Jolyn Huntzinger Entertainment Writer
over the tops of their kids’ heads. Instead, its attention is on children. The The sky deﬁtheme, language and nitely isn’t falling film slapstick humor are on Disney’s ﬁrst review all focused on makcomputer-animating the kiddies laugh ✯✯✯ and have a good ed ﬁlm since the Chicken Little company’s break time. Characters, usDir.: Mark Dindal with Pixar. ing phrases like “Oh, Bound to be Stars: Zach Braff, snap,” along with the best, animated Joan Cusack Chicken Little losing feature this fall, Rated: G his pants in front of Chicken Little is a a bunch of cheerleadrefreshingly unique children’s ers, sent the kids into a frenzy ﬁlm. It isn’t what you would of laughs and claps. This isn’t expect of today’s cartoons. to say this ﬁlm doesn’t have The story is much like what anything adults would enjoy. you would think a children’s Chicken Little (Zach Braff) cartoon should be. It is sweet is very cute, and his reactions and wholesome, with an em- are so well-animated, you phasis on the moral of the can’t help but love him. Also, story rather than how many Chicken Little’s not-so-little laughs it gets. It is refreshing- friend, Runt of the Litter ly different from ﬁlms such (Steve Zahn), keeps everyas Shrek or Monsters, Inc. In- one laughing with his love stead of focusing its attention of classic female performers. toward both the child and Director Mark Dindal (The adult audience, it is geared Emperor’s New Groove) with directly toward younger in- writers Ron Friedman and tellects. Robert Baird (Brother Bear) Chicken Little isn’t as funny put an interesting spin on the as anticipated, but that is ex- story of Chicken Little, which actly what makes it enjoyable. we all grew up reading. It wasn’t made to keep the The movie begins with parents interested by sending Chicken Little ringing the out innuendoes that ﬂy right school bell to warn everyone
that the sky is falling and that the end is near. After the havoc is over, and the sky obviously hasn’t fallen, the town is disgusted with him, and his father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), is mortiﬁed. The rest of the movie focuses on Chicken Little’s attempt to make the entire town forget about his mistake and make his ex-baseball-star father proud of him. All attempts fail until he ﬁnally gets to impress everyone at a little league baseball game. For a few hours, all is well — that is, until Chicken Little is again hit by a piece of fallen sky. He discovers that the sky isn’t falling after all. Instead, space aliens are out to destroy the Earth. Throughout the ﬁlm, Chicken Little relies on his best friends, Abby Mallard (Joan Cusack) and Runt of the Litter to get him through his embarrassment and family troubles. The theme of family and friends’ unshakeable support paired with the idea of believing in oneself hits home with the audience and makes for a delightfully different movie from that to which we have become accustomed.
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Doors’ song, indicative and identiﬁable of the Vietnam War, and one of the young men frustratingly calls out, “Can’t we get our own f-king music!” The cinematography is at its best. Mendes proves that you don’t need an elaborate sound stage or scenery to accomplish breathtaking shots. He uses the desert for all its worth. There are some beautifully orchestrated shots. When the oil pits have been set ablaze and geysers of ﬂame shoot hundreds of feet in the air, cutting through the dark night, symbolizing the young men’s’ internal inferno of frustration, it really is a sight. There’s an undeniably thought-provoking scene where Swoff and Troy have been summoned to pick off Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures some Iraqi ofﬁcials. Since Jake Gyllenhaal narrates Jarhead as Anthony Swofford, the real-life Marine on whom the ﬁlm is based. the two have not tasted battle, the deadly sniper
duo anxiously head out to their post — an abandoned watchtower. Swoff and Troy arrive at the watchtower and begin to observe the target area. It seems to be uninhabited. Troy then spots the target and begins to give the distance and wind speed to Swoff, the riﬂe holder. Swoff acknowledges and adjusts his scope. Troy begins his portending, even-paced death countdown, “Fire…Fire…” And then, something happens; I won’t say what it is, but know this — they don’t get their shot. Needless to say, they are disappointed — Troy in particular. Now why is Troy so upset? Is it because he’s some sort of death-seeking Marine whose only function is to carry out his orders in a blindly, perfunctory fashion? Is he just trying to “get something” out of his time invested in the war, a sort of morbid trophy? Maybe he’ll feel incomplete and inadequate as
a Marine if he doesn’t walk away with this kill under his belt. Well, the answer is entirely and subjectively up to the viewer. Your own feeling on the matter will provide all you ever need to know of the scene. Jarhead is not an antiwar movie, and it’s not a prowar movie either. This movie is everything in between. This ﬁlm was beautifully constructed and meticulously executed and made sure to not have any political agenda of which to speak of, unless you wanted it to. And if you leave the theater talking only about Gyllenhaal’s bare-bottom scenes, then I feel sorry for you. People might leave the theater divided. Some will no doubt say that this movie supports war and some will, of course, say that it doesn’t. One thing is certain — Jarhead never trivializes war nor does it celebrate it. Way to go, Mendes.
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Distinctive Voices Drill Team Day
The morning started off well, ﬁeld together) it went really well, and even though it was quite an early we only had to do the whole routine morning. We had to be at the staabout three times. I could hear some dium at 7:30 a.m. since the high of the high school girls “oo-ing” and school and middle school drill ahh-ing” when we were told to demteams were told to arrive at 8:15 onstrate a transition. It’s a good feela.m. Usually, we just get to roll out ing when you know someone looks ABBY MINICA of bed and show up at morning up to you, and I was excited for the Entertainment practice, but we had to look pregame as I left morning practice. Columnist sentable for Drill Team Day. We We had less time to get ready than all wore the same practice clothes, normal since it was an afternoon some makeup, and our hair was game, but I had a very relaxed mornat least brushed. The ﬁrst- and second-year ing getting my “sister gift” together and putStrutters were assigned “hostess duty,” where ting my uniform on before the game. As I we were given a speciﬁc team to take care of. walked into the stands with my Strutter bag Our duties consisted of showing the team and “sister gift” in hand, someone noticed where to stretch, mingling with the girls, ask- that I didn’t have my scarf on. Yikes! I had left ing the director if she needs anything and just it at my apartment, but it was the ﬁrst thing I answering any questions they might have in had forgotten all semester, so I rushed back to general. my place and made it back on time — I was The director of the team I was assigned to very proud of myself! was a former Strutter, as were most of the directors there, so we chit-chatted about Strut- We will be following Abby as she high kicks as a ters while her team ran through the dance. The Texas State Strutter every Wednesday. actual practice with all the teams went rather ONLINE: www.txstrutters.com. smoothly. Considering we had over 500 girls on the ﬁeld (that had never danced on the
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SQUID: Film presents touching, honest plot CONTINUED from page 5
Bernard, then Eisenberg is the soul through his Walter, a conﬂicted but bright teenager, who is probably better off avoiding the disjointed guidance of his parents. Linney is subdued and strong in a ﬁnely written role, and newcomer Kline, though only 14 years old, is admirable in a role that only a smart, mature actor could handle. Baumbach has created a truly humanistic and touching story based on a personal experience that is common to many, Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films yet at the same time, is unique in every situation. It’s hard to Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels know exactly how to react to a make up the feuding Berkman family in The Squid and the ﬁlm like this. Its honesty is, at Whale. times, uncomfortable and, in other moments, whimsical and gentle but slightly rough ﬁlm willingness to bare his soul charming, while also wholly that can be taken in many dif- through his characters in a funny and sweet. ferent ways. I like it because of way that is both saddening and The Squid and the Whale is a its sincerity and its director’s amusing.
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Anderson veto should not have been limited to gay marriage bill Associated Student Government President Jordan Anderson was right to veto the Oct. 24 ASG bill opposing Proposition 2. The legislation did not encode any policy to further the interests of students at Texas State nor was it a resolution advocating on behalf of student interests to the university administration, the Texas Legislature or any other government body. All it did was presume to declare, on behalf of the whole student body, our sentiments — or rather how we should vote — on an extremely controversial proposed constitutional amendment. Furthermore, this proposition has absolutely no direct bearing on obtaining “a meaningful learning experience” for Texas State students, ASG’s reason for being according to the preamble of its constitution. As the state-sponsored representative body of Texas State students, the Student Senate has no business declaring a position on any election, except perhaps where that election would directly affect the educational opportunities of students. The bill was analogous to the Texas Legislature endorsing a president for candidate. It deserved a veto. However, if Anderson’s action was intended to maintain ASG’s independence from electoral politics, his rejection of this particular bill raises some interesting questions. In Tuesday’s Star, Anderson said the veto was not a response to the controversy surrounding the gay marriage amendment, but because “We don’t appeal to a certain group of people without trying to get the opinion of the rest of the student body.” However, twice this semester, the Student Senate has approved — and Anderson has allowed to pass his desk — bills that took positions on election issues: endorsing former ASG Vice President Chris Jones for San Marcos City Council and supporting Proposition 6, the bond issue to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths in the city. In neither case did he or the senate poll students ﬁrst. These issues were substantively no different from the resolution on Proposition 2. They both concerned election items that had no direct bearing on students’ educational opportunities. The only difference was that neither Jones’ candidacy nor the bicycle bond issue has drawn ﬁerce protest. If Anderson’s veto had nothing to do with the controversy over the gay marriage amendment, why did he not veto these other two ASG forays into electoral politics? This question is especially relevant because the Jones endorsement played a large part in the other candidates’ refusal to debate on campus, which robbed students of a chance to become more informed voters. The problem with ASG’s Prop. 2 bill is the same as the problem with the Chris Jones and Bond Prop. 6 endorsements. The only reason the former was the only one to get vetoed is that nobody was mad enough about the others to demand 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. Letters policy: E-mail letters to email@example.com. 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.
Do you think ASG President Jordan Anderson was right to veto the legislation opposing Proposition 2? “I disagree with the veto. I don’t necessarily believe that marriage should be left up to the government. I don’t think he’s telling the truth about why he really vetoed it.” — Kelly Lezon English senior “I would say no. Just to veto because thinking people would oppose it is abusing power. They could redo it.” — Rachel Barlow wildlife ecology graduate “I would say that he shouldn’t have used his power in that situation. They represent the student body, and he’s only one person. It defeats the purpose if it’s just going to get overridden.” — Barron Bright applied sociology senior Compiled by Ashley Richards
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Vaccine opposers play God with others’ lives Writing columns strains of HPV. about the antediYay science! luvian antics of the Well, maybe religious right has not. become boring even Already to me. There’s no some groups challenge anymore. are perching There’s no sport in like buzzards, SEAN WARDWELL it. How many times looking at what Star Columnist can you call dumb, appears to be a dumb? nearly fresh kill. Before I continue, Why? Because allow me to offer the obligayou can’t have good science tory disclaimer. I don’t mean without bad religion, and I to disparage anyone. This is only wish I were talking about a wonderful multicultural the punk band. world where we all have the According to an Oct. 31 freedom to — Washington Post article on the Oh screw it. Anyone who vaccine, many religious-right believes in this is an idiot. groups, which are frequently There, I said it. neither religious nor right, Human Papilloma Virus is a oppose making this vaccinaviral infection that is respontion mandatory along with sible for 80 percent of all sexthe other ones school-aged ually transmitted diseases. It kids get. They believe it sends is the most common STD out a message to young girls that there. Some strains can lead to promiscuous sex is OK. warts while other strains can I felt nauseous when I read lead to cervical cancer. that. I mean, wow! Are these According to the National people actually saying that it Cancer Institute, HPV causes is totally permissible to keep a changes to the cervical cells life-saving vaccine away from that could lead to cancer if kids on the grounds that they left unchecked. Nearly 10,000 might do something later on women a year develop cervical that the religious right disapcancer, and 4,800 of those die proves of, that children should from it. die as a result of failing to adThese are sobering statistics, here to their moral standards? but there is good news. There If that’s the case, you have to is a new vaccine that is ready follow that logic to the end of to be put in the ﬁeld early the line. Obviously, the thounext year. Tests have shown sands of women who will die it to be virtually 100 percent each year from cervical cancer effective against the two most after this vaccination becomes common cancer-causing available deserve it.
But hey, it’s just another witch on the pyre, right? Same twisted philosophy, new pair of shoes. It’s the woman’s fault and/or God’s judgment. That’s the acorn that grew into this spiritually dead and twisted tree. This isn’t about being a Christian or being a Republican. People are dying, yet drug companies like Merck must sit with representatives of groups like the Family Research Council to assuage their concerns about promiscuity. Why? I’m all for hearing someone out, but when the conversation turns to keeping a life-saving drug from people because they might do the nasty later on, that’s when a door should be slammed in their face. We inoculate kids because that’s how you stop disease. There are times when the public good outweighs a personal belief. These times are few and far between. Eradicating disease is absolutely one of those times. To assert that protecting a particular group’s morality is more important than saving lives is simply absurd, and because it’s dealing with the lives of women, it’s sexist too. If there were a penile cancer vaccine, I’d bet you’d see pleas for support on The 700 Club. Seriously, I’m a Christian and this hurts. I’m tired of my faith looking like this. I mean, Jesus healed people! That
is one of the things he was known for, right? How many folks did he turn away? Do you people think you know better than Jesus? You take his name but reject his philosophy of “heal the sick?” Quick, someone get me a deﬁbrillator because it looks like irony is ﬂatlining. Clear! I know that this column does not match my usual diplomatic tone. I make no apologies. I’m honestly outraged. I trust that people who have an IQ higher than a macadamia nut realize that I’m not ridiculing the belief that sex should wait until marriage. It’s OK to believe that. However, if you believe that a life-saving vaccine should be withheld because you ran something through your biblical decoder ring, well, you’re a pretty messed-up person. Dying for your faith is usually OK. It’s a personal choice, a decision of conscience, and that is to be respected and in some cases admired. However, making someone else die for your faith is wrong. There are millions upon millions of corpses, some likely never to be found, that can attest to that. Living your beliefs is good. Forcing others to live them is unjust, especially when lives are on the line. This needs to be a mandatory vaccine.
been angry if I’d been told the truth about why.
to the theory of evolution it must meet the requirements of science, one of which is that it must provide us with measurable, testable hypotheses of naturally occurring variables. ID cannot do this as its main premise is that a supernatural being created the universe. A “theory” that relies on belief in a nonmeasurable being is not scientiﬁcally testable and is therefore outside the realm of scientiﬁc exploration. Problem 2: ID is just one of many creation stories. There is not just one religious alternative to the scientiﬁc theory of evolution but many. If we start teaching all of the alternative creation stories in science classes (as would be fair and just in a pluralistic society) when will our teachers actually have the time to teach science? If one insists on teaching ID in schools then it belongs in theology or comparative religion classes, not science classes.
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Letters to the Editor Students deserve to know the truth on ASG veto Associated Student Government President Jordan Anderson needs to come clean about his true reasons for his veto of Jeff Moody’s resolution opposing Proposition 2. If he opposes it on personal grounds, he needs to say so; the excuses he presents are laughable. Somehow, he claims that the dozens of my fellow Bobcats who packed the ASG meeting are representative of an unnamed group and not the student body. I know people from every college, from every race, of every gender and, most importantly, of every sexuality who were there in support of the resolution. This was not just the gays and lesbians of Texas State, and Mr. Anderson should have the courage to admit that they are the “certain group” he referred to.
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Second, the student body elects senators to represent us, and a majority of those senators voted in favor of the resolution. Are we supposed to believe that this group stopped representing us on one vote? And if the students who gave up their Monday evenings to come and make their voices heard don’t represent the student body, and the senators elected to do the right thing in our place don’t represent us, then who does? Only Jordan Anderson himself? If not getting input from the student body is enough to veto a resolution, why weren’t any of the other nine resolutions passed by the student senate this year vetoed? Neither myself nor anybody I asked today had been asked about any of the nine other resolutions the student senate passed this year. Texas State should hold itself to the highest standards of equality and fairness, and I would have been disappointed in the veto no matter what the reason. I would not have
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An intramural season comes to an end Flag football competition ends with big wins and hard losses
Julia Barrajas, pre-international studies sophomore of the Blazers, tries to outrun a Bandit defender during the women’s championship game. The Bandits won 12-7.
By Marc Cleverley Sports Reporter Questionable calls, dubious brawls and game-saving play calls have all been elements of one of the most exciting Texas State intramural football seasons to date. There was no shortage of these components as the playoffs concluded last week. The Bandits opened the round of championship games in the women’s division with a 12-7 win over the Blazers, capping a perfect season. “We’ve had practice and everything all season long; we were ready for this,” said Tiffany Watkins, Bandits team member. The champions started the game slow as they trailed 6-7 at the half, but a little animosity between the two teams and a late touchdown would prove to be crucial as the Bandits claimed the trophy. “The Blazers coach used to be our coach, but he left because he wanted to start what he thought would be a better team, so that just made the game all the more intense,” Watkins said. The residence hall league championship was no less exciting as the Wreck N’ Crew beat the Flying Unicorns 13-0 for the title. The game was much closer than the score suggests as the second touchdown came with less than a minute to play in the game, a statement of sorts from the Wreck N’ Crew. Mark Shaw was on the receiving end of both touchdowns while “Big” Mike
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Alegbeleye made a statement of his own as he intercepted the Unicorns’ quarterback on the ﬁrst play from scrimmage. “We came in second last year
and knew we could get ﬁrst this time around,” said Noble Smith, team captain. The fraternity championship found Sigma Nu squaring off against ODPhi in a battle of heavyweights. With the score tied 14-14 late in the game, Sigma Nu crossed the goal line to jump ahead and never looked back. “Toying with them all game was fun and everything; it made the comeback in the ﬁnal seconds all the more gratifying,” said Steven Kochran, Sigma Nu team member. The game was sealed after the late touchdown when Kochran intercepted the ODPhi quarterback. The men’s A league championship was no less interesting as Team Rec took down the defending champion Stallions
with a ﬁnal score of 20-13. In the co-rec division the time-proven Heat took on Zeta Tau Alpha in a battle of the undefeated. The Heat, defending champions, easily disposed of Zeta Tau Alpha in a lopsided 20-0 victory. While the book is shut on another exciting season of ﬂag football, the teams without awards can all but wonder what they did wrong while the champions will hold their heads high for the rest of the year. — Steven Kochran While the ﬂag football season Sigma Nu team member in itself is an exciting draw for freshman and seasoned college 25-24 in a drawn out overtime students alike, there is more to battle. come in the form of intramuThe men’s B league found the rals. Raquetball, soccer, basketLone Stars facing the TX State ball, and dodge ball are a few of Hard Hitters in a close game, the main draws sure to provide the Lone Stars would prevail, exciting seasons of their own as putting away the Hard Hitters they swing into action.
oying with “T them all game was fun and everything; it made the comeback in the ﬁnal seconds all the more gratifying.”
Looking for a way to win in 2006 CONTINUED from page 12
Conner said. “I think you’ll see a totally different mentality out of this team. It shouldn’t take for you to get to your senior year, but when you’re looking at your last year, you just always want to go out on top. I think this group of seniors will deﬁnitely drive this team.” Included in the list of seniors is All-SLC selection defender Kim Phillips, a player Conner refers to as a “dominant force.” After experimenting with Phillips at forward, a position she played as a freshman at Texas State, during the season-ending loss to McNeese State, Conner said she could see more time. Perhaps the biggest return will be a player who hardly played this season: sophomore forward Danielle Holloway. Holloway, who earned both SLC Freshman of the Year and SLC Player of the Year honors last season, played in only seven games this season due to injury. In Holloway’s absence, sophomore forward Jerelyn Lemmie stepped up as the most potent Bobcat offensive weapon. “Danny being hurt, we were wondering who was going to step up, and Jerelyn did that,” Conner said. “She put the team on her shoulders, especially at crucial times, and really started scoring and leading up front.” Another sophomore forward who was an offensive force this season is Angela Crissy, despite coming off of the bench for all but one game. “She’ll always be one of those players that are crunch time,” said Conner. “She’s always the ﬁrst name in my head when we need a goal. She’s another person that’s just determined to score, and she thrives on that success and competition.” With players such as Phillips, Holloway, Lemmie and Crissy, using a more aggressive offensive style might be an option next season, according to Conner. “Formation-wise, for the last part (of the game) against Northwestern we tried some new things and got some success out of it,” she said. “So as a coach that lets me see the pace we need to play at. Maybe we change the formation and have a little more attacking.”
Armando Sanchez/Star photo Mindy Jarrard, fashion merchandising senior of the Bandits, runs from a Blazer during the ﬁrst game of the Texas State intramural football championships on Nov. 2.
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“I ﬁght for what I think is right. In doing so, I alienated a lot of my fans and my teammates. It really hurts me not to be a part of this team anymore.” —Terrell Owens on Tuesday morning, expressing his hope of getting his roster spot back with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Source: ESPN.com)
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Bobcat soccer looks toward the future By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter
The Texas State soccer team lost its bid to repeat as Southland Conference tournament champions on Friday, dropping a 3-1 decision to Northwestern State University’s Lady Demons. The loss, coupled with a win in the ﬁrst round of the tournament gave the Bobcats a ﬁnal record of 9-10, including 6-3 in the SLC. The Lady Demons used a direct and physical approach against Texas State, evidenced by 22 NSU fouls compared to seven for the Bobcats. “I think our players were a little bit on our heels,” Coach Kat Conner said. “They were scared by the direct style of Northwestern a little bit.” In addition to ending the game with the lead in fouls, NSU had an advantage over the Bobcats in other statistical categories. The Lady Demons had 18 shots, 15 of which were shots on goal, compared to 11 and seven by Texas State, respectively. Bobcat defender Kim Phillips, a junior, was moved to forward for part of the game and led the team with four shots and three shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Paige Perriraz led
Texas State with 11 saves but was forced to leave the game early in the second half after sustaining a pinched nerve. Former starter Brittany Beltramini, also a junior, replaced her, notching one save in a little more than 23 minutes of action. NSU was led by a pair of forwards: sophomore Erin Hebert and junior Julie Zavala. Hebert had four shots, all on goal, with a goal and an assist. Zavala also had four shots, three of which were on goal, and an assist. As has been the case in many of its losses this season, Texas State faced a large deﬁcit early in the game as NSU scored all three of its goals in the ﬁrst 17:12 of the game. After the early scoring spurt, the Bobcats shored up their defense, shutting out NSU for the rest of the game. NSU’s defense was just as stiﬂing, holding Texas State scoreless until the 87:04 mark when sophomore midﬁelder Kayla Thornton scored Texas State’s lone goal with an assist from sophomore forward Natalie Jackson. “We never really got good chances until the last 20 minutes of the game, and then I think we just did not have the legs,” Conner said. The Bobcats had several chances during that period to put more goals on the
Team Leaders Jerelyn Lemmie Points: (18) Goals: (9)
Kim Phillips 1st team All-SLC/ Defender
Rikki Padia Assists: (8)
Jerelyn Lemmie 2nd team All-SLC/ Forward
Paige Perriraz Saves: (87) Wins: (6)
Kristy Collison 2nd team All-SLC/ Defender
Angela Crissy Shot %: (.429)
Delayna Spivey All-Tournament team/Midfield
board, Conner said, but could not capitalize. Unlike the game against NSU, Texas State was the quick-starter in its match up against McNeese State University. Junior midﬁelder Delayna Spivey, an All-Tournament selection, scored the game’s ﬁrst goal 14 seconds into the game, putting the Bobcats on top for good en route to a 3-1 win. With her early goal against McNeese State, Spivey scored one goal, three games in a row, giving her a career-high
he just has that “S nose for the goal. If you give her
the opportunity to be in front of the goal, she puts them away. That’s her mentality; it’s determination to be a winner.” — Kat Conner Head soccer coach
ﬁve scores on the season. “Delayna’s a natural attacker,” Conner said. “She just has that nose for the goal. If you give her the opportunity to be in front of the goal, she puts them away. That’s her mentality; it’s determination to be a winner.” Despite a relatively easy win, McNeese State and Texas State were evenly matched statistically. Each team had eight shots on goal and McNeese State attempted one more shot than Texas State, although the Bobcats did enjoy a 3-0 corner-kick advantage. In addition to Spivey’s goal, Texas State got a pair of second-half scores from junior midﬁelder Amy Benton and junior forward Natalie Holder. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Perriraz played almost the entire game, making all seven Bobcat saves. Despite not reaching the ultimate goal of winning the SLC tournament and advancing to the NCAA tournament, Texas State has high hopes for the future. A relatively young team will return
Gary Hardaman/Photo courtesy of Northwestern State University Junior midﬁelder Delayna Spivey prepares to kick a ball during Friday’s Southland Conference tournament game against Northwestern State University, where the Bobcats lost 3-1. The Bobcats placed third in the conference overall. next season with a great deal of experience. The Bobcats are losing only one senior from this year’s squad, defender Kristina Troxel, whereas next season Texas State will boast a team featuring 10 seniors.
“I’d venture to say they (the seniors) will turn this team around and start going out with the mentality that ‘this is my last game, and we’re going to win,’” See SOCCER, page 11
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Hey Larry... what‛s with the stupid outfit?
shhh... i‛m incognito.
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