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Texas State students express mixed reactions to passage of Prop. 2 By Ashley Richards Assistant News Editor Tuesday’s election results have been confirmed, showing that slightly more than 76 percent of Texans voted to support Proposition 2, the ban on gay marriage, which will deny same sex marriages any legal status within the state. In Hays County the margin between those for and against the constitutional amendment was significantly closer than the statewide results, with nearly 42 percent against the amendment in the county, opposed to the nearly 24 percent against it in the state. For Rolando “Rolie” Sanchez, Lambda at Texas State president, the results were not surprising, although he did have some hope that the homosexual community could overcome the passage of the amendment. “I knew it was going to pass. A

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little part of me was that I hope it doesn’t, but it’s Texas; the state itself needs to get off their horses and join the rest of the world,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said he thought the decision made by the entire state and the wide margin by which it passed was frustrating, but he was pleased that Hays County results were closer. “Hays County is a closer margin. I know we can’t tackle on the entire state, but in the county itself, if people voted against it, that’s great,” Sanchez said. “I’ve always felt safe in San Marcos. I’m glad that it was so close here. It goes to show there’s not that (much) ignorance in San Marcos.” Ryan Berry, Campus Christian Community student president and communication design junior, said he was disappointed with the passage of the amendSee REACTIONS, page 3

Faculty Senate discusses graduate courses, hiring employees’ spouses By Clayton Medford News Reporter Issues of graduate leveling courses, the consolidation of power in the Texas State University System Chancellor’s Office and spousal hiring were among the topics discussed at the Faculty Senate’s meeting Wednesday. Texas State President Denise Trauth and Perry Moore, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, joined the senators and responded to their concerns. Graduate leveling courses are required of students who lack the prerequisites of a graduate program. Under the previous system, students fulfilled the requirements they lacked at the undergraduate level. The new system offers courses at the graduate level that meet the requirements, which senators say is a waste of resources. “I think the right thing to do would be to deny the stu-

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Courtney Addison/Star photo Maj. Rusty Keen, Texas State alumnus and recent addition to the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds, autographs 8year-old Garrett Llewellyn’s hat during the Randolph Air Force Base 75th anniversary air show Saturday in San Antonio.

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dent admission to the graduate program until they met the requirements,” said Bill Stone, criminal justice professor and senate chair. Moore discussed his views with the senators. “If you believe there are courses that are artificial, bring them to my attention,” Moore said. “I don’t intend to have courses at the graduate level that are artificial.” Trauth offered her opinion. “What’s going to have to happened is an in-depth look at other universities and how they deal with conditional admission,” Trauth said. “The (Master of Business Administration) was, in fact, created for people without an undergraduate degree in business; it was designed for engineers that wanted to get into business. So there’s nothing wrong with getting a master’s in something other than your undergraduate degree.” See SENATE, page 5

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exas State alumnus Maj. Rusty Keen is serving his first year of a two-year commitment with the Thunderbirds, which has given him the opportunity to tour the world while demonstrating the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 aircrafts. The Thunderbirds, a fighter-jet demonstration team, returned to the San

Antonio Randolph Air Force Base for the 75th anniversary air show. Keen said being back in Central Texas was a sort of homecoming for him. “We fly all over the world showcasing the Air Force,” Keen said. “We go out showing the precision and the pride of the Air Force F-16 aircrafts. We’ve been representing our military, showing how we fight for our country.” Each weekend, 10 months of the year, the Thunderbirds, made up of six Air

Force pilots, perform an hour of demonstrations at shows across the world. The team of Thunderbirds flew in for the Randolph Air Force Base show from Guatemala, and they have also traveled to several other Central American countries as well as areas in Europe and South East Asia. “The schedule is pretty rough,” Keen said. “It’s an opportunity for (my famSee T-BIRD, page 5

Student Volunteer Connection to tackle hunger, homelessness By Kevin Washburn News Reporter From Tuesday through Nov. 18, Texas State student organizations will be attempting to aid the hungry and homeless, one event at a time. The five-day campaign, titled Hunger and Homelessness Week, is part of the larger National Students Against Hunger and Homelessness campaign.

The events, sponsored by the Student Volunteer Connection, aim to both provide sustenance for the underprivileged and to spread awareness for their plight. One myth the events will attempt to disprove is that smaller cities like San Marcos, which do not have high numbers of homeless people living on the streets, do not have people going hungry.

“So many residents spend time in Austin and see people on the street constantly asking for money,” SVC president Cassandra Ragin said. “In San Marcos, they don’t make it seen. The homeless are not on the corners. San Marcos tries to stop that.” Even in a city like Austin, the problem is much farther reaching than people on the street corners asking for change, said

Kerri Qunell, director of communications for Capital Area Food. “Statistics show that one-fifth of all adults and one-fourth of all children are hungry,” Qunell said. “The issue is not what the public thinks it is. It’s not just the person on the corner. It’s the single mother with three children; the working families. See HUNGER, page 3

Artist doesn’t chicken out when it comes to being unique Authors to discuss courage in their writing, personal lives By Courtney Addison News Reporter

Courtney Addison/Star photo Rows of painted chicken heads decorate the fence outside of local artist George Zupp’s house on Hopkins Street. As a barrier against the traffic, Zupp’s front yard has become a piece of art due to the unique creations.

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The Southwestern Writers Collection and Common Experience will host a panel discussion today on “Courage at the Typewriter” with three wellknown Texas writers, Beverly Lowry, Celia Morris and Benjamin Alire Sáenz. The evening will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. on the seventh floor of Alkek Library with hors d’oeuvres catered by Palmer’s Restaurant. The panel discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Steven Davis, Southwestern Writers Collection assistant curator and author. There will be a question and answer session and book signing by all four authors following the discussion.

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While many people envision their American dream house with a white picket fence, a local artist has seemingly revolutionized the traditional territory markers by adorning the tops with painted chicken heads. George Zupp, commonly known as “Chicken George,” a Southwest Texas State alumnus and local artist, took the expression “life imitating art” to a whole new level when he transformed the standard fence surrounding his house on Hopkins Street into its own piece of art. Because of increased traffic, Zupp began decorating the fence in 2000 as a way to intimidate drivers. “I always wanted a psychological barrier between the house and the traffic,” Zupp said. “I wanted it to look like a grid of angry cocks.” Originally consisting of one row, the fence has developed over the years to contain approximately 40 painted chicken heads. Dan Clemts, one of Zupp’s former roommates, spoke of the house’s uniqueness while petting “Honeybee” one of two pet-like chickens roaming the yard. “I’m sure people stare,” Clemts said. “It’s definitely a topic of conversation.”

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“Even if you don’t buy a book, you can get in line and talk to the authors when it’s your turn,” said Michelle Miller, marketing and media relations for Special Collections. “These are some very interesting and prominent writers who are Texas based, and anyone in the audience will have good exposure to regional artists,” Miller said. Davis said the discussion is the Southwestern Writer’s Collection contribution to the university’s Common Experience series. “We’ve noticed at the Southwestern Writers Collection how courageous many writers are,” Davis said. “They tackle very difficult issues that most of us See COURAGE, page 3

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Three members of Texas State’s Students in Free Enterprise team were recently invited to present SIFE-developed educational projects to a statewide conference of social studies teachers. Stephanie Southard, marketing junior, Craig Simonson, finance junior, and Elizabeth Miller, marketing senior, introduced games and strategies for teaching economics, ethics and financial responsibility to the Texas Council for the Social Studies at its state conference in Galveston on Oct. 28. The

students presented each attendee with a CD and copies of SIFE projects for the teachers to incorporate into their lesson plans. Texas State SIFE is one of the leading collegiate teams in the United States, having placed within the top 20 teams at national competitions since 1997 and earned the international championship in 2000. The Star recognizes the three students and the SIFE organization for their work in promoting innovative social studies education in Texas.

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On This Day... 1872 — A fire destroyed about 800 buildings in Boston, MA.

EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Thursday Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will hold “Saved” at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, 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 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 ignyte1405@yahoo.com. Tuesday The men of Lambda Omega Alpha will have night prayer in the Catholic Student Center chapel at 9:30 p.m.

Events 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. Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center. Monday The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Texas is hosting a 2006 Relay For Life Kickoff. At 6:00 p.m. at the SacN-Pac Room in the Endzone Complex the meeting will be held. Contact Christi at (512) 919-1843. The McCoy College of Administration and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the second annual Economic Forecast Conference.

1938 — Nazi troops and sympathizers destroyed and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, burned 267 synagogues, killed 91 Jews, and rounded up over 25,000 Jewish men in an event that became known as Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass.”

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. 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 at (512) 245-2208.

1989 - Communist East Germany opened its borders, allowing its citizens to travel freely to West Germany. 1997 — Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in nine straight seasons. Danny Rodriguez/Star photo Undecided junior Ryan Rich ollies down a set of stairs outside of the LBJ Student Center Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday The CSC will be hosting free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Americredit will hold interviews for account representative, for more information, contact Career Services at (512) 245-2645.

Do you know someone at Texas State who has recently celebrated a great achievement? Nominate your choice to appear in The Star as a “Star of Texas State.” Write an e-mail to starletters@txstate. edu with the subject line “Stars of Texas State,” and include your nominee’s name, his/her relationship to the university, contact information for yourself and your nominee, and a brief description of the achievement. Also include a photo of your nominee if available. Accepted nominees will be featured at the top of Page Two.

Valpak of Dallas will hold interviews for outside advertising sales representative. For more information, contact Career Services.

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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 36.1.

Arts & Entertainment Wednesday A Fall Teacher Job Fair will take place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum. For more information, contact Career Services. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at starcalendar@txstate.edu, or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

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WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES Tuesday’s staff editorial concerned a letter to the editor in the Nov. 3 San Marcos Daily Record, written by Chris North. The editorial repeatedly referred to North in using masculine pronouns, but North is actually a woman.

2004 — U.S. First Lady Laura Bush officially reopened Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to pedestrians.

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Nov. 4, 8:36 p.m. Possession of a Controlled Substance/Moore Street A police officer made contact with a vehicle for a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

Nov. 8, 9:46 a.m. Possession of Controlled Substance/ Highway 123 and Wonder World Drive Possession of a controlled substance, warrant and public lewdness.

Nov. 7, 10:55 a.m. Information Report: Medical Emergency/Nueces Building A student reported to a police officer he injured his ankle while walking down some stairs. The student refused medical transportation.

Nov. 8, 11:16 a.m. Other/Southbound Interstate 35 Suspect was victim in a case. She made false statements during the investigation, which will result in the filing of charges for false report to a peace officer. Nov. 8, 8:06 p.m. Indecency with a Child/1000 block of Hazelton Street A sexual assault was reported in the 1000 block of Hazelton Street.

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City Beat SMISD students celebrate Veterans Day with various projects Students of San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District will commemorate Veterans’ Day in a variety of ways on Thursday and Friday. At Hernandez Intermediate School, fifth-grade students have been interviewing veterans as part of an oral history project. They have made posters, which hang in the “Halls of Honor” at their campus. The sixth-grade students have written poems with the theme The Price of Freedom that are also displayed in the hallways. A student group called the “Hernandez Veterans Volunteers” has made crafts to sell with the proceeds that go to the Veterans Memorial Fund. Hernandez has a special program called Adopt a Soldier, where students and faculty send collected items to soldiers in Iraq shortly before Thanksgiving. Hernandez will start with a military tribute at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday in the cafeteria. The San Marcos High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will be on hand to post the colors, demonstrate the flag folding and perform the moving Prisoner of War ceremony. The students’ check to the Veterans Memorial Fund will be presented to a veterans’ representative at the event. An evening patriotic tribute at De Zavala Elementary will be pre-

sented for parents and the public at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the school cafeteria. On Friday, Owen Goodnight Junior High at 8:30 a.m., veterans will be honored in the gymnasium with a variety of events. The Goodnight Dancin’ Stars dance team, and the band will perform. There will be a slide show highlighting GJH family members who are currently serving in the military. Across town at Travis Elementary School, the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Friday. Immediately following the parade will be a celebration a 9 a.m. near the gymnasium with the High School band and Diamond Line dance team performing. Travis students will be wearing red, white and blue and carrying classroom posters, banners and handmade hats. The campus band, Travis Texans, will also perform patriotic vocals and instrumentals. The SMHS JROTC will assist at the Hays County Veterans Memorial ceremonies on at 10 a.m. on Friday, raising the colors, demonstrating the Flag Folding and performing the “Missing Soldier” ceremony. Cadets will serve as escorts for city leaders and guests attending the ceremony. Several SMCISD campuses will have floats and/or bands in the San Marcos Veterans Parade on Saturday. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos

Daily Beat San Marcos Public Library hosts selections from the SWWC During the month of November, the San Marcos Public Library is giving its patrons a glimpse into the literature, music and film archives housed at what is becoming an increasingly visited spot at Texas State, the Southwestern Writers Collection. For the past 20 years, the SWWC has become a steadily growing and distinguished archive specializing in collecting, preserving, exhibiting and providing access to the papers and artifacts of principal writers, filmmakers and musicians of the Southwest. Here students and others can discover how the unique character and conditions of the Southwest shape its people and their cultural arts. Books and original manuscripts form the backbone of the SWWC, many with handwritten notes from the writers

themselves. These are made even more meaningful by diaries, photographs, correspondence, mementos and artifacts that afford insights into the creative processes and personal lives of the region’s artists. The San Marcos Public Library exhibit lays open this cultural treasure chest located just “up the hill.” On display are original items from the archives as well as facsimiles of documents and ephemera too rare or fragile to venture outside of the SWWC’s preservation environment. Modern scanning and printing capabilities allow such materials to “travel” to places like the public library, reaching a broader audience and hopefully enticing them to make their way to the SWWC exhibit in the Alkek Library. This month visitors to the public library will see renowned Texas author and folklorist J. Frank Dobie’s portable Royal typewriter, his Mexican immigration visa, and an entry from

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his “Saltillo Diary,” kept during his journeys through Mexico in 1932 and 1933. It is particularly fitting that these items are included, as it was the Dobie archives gifted by the Wittliffs that first established the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State. A small songbook handmade by Willie Nelson when he was around 11 years old is one of the Collection’s prized items from the musician and a sample page on display shows lyrics to a tune entitled “The Moon Was Your Helper.” Katherine Anne Porter’s recipe for Mole Poblano, sent to her nephew Paul Porter; a page from Joe Nick Patoski’s interview with Tejana musician Laura Canales conducted while he was researching his biography of Selena; Austin City Limits creator Bill Arhos’s initial letter asking public television stations to consider adding the program to their schedule — these are just a few of the

other tidbits that give public library visitors a taste of the collection. No introduction to the SWWC would be complete without representation from its most popular collection, the production archives of the CBS miniseries Lonesome Dove. Among the items making an appearance in the exhibit are the actual boots worn by Robert Urich as Jake Spoon and a page from Bill Wittliff ’s Lonesome Dove screenplay based on the Larry McMurtry novel, showing his hand-written revisions to his first draft. As are all of the SWWC exhibitions, the San Marcos Public Library display was created by Assistant Curator Steve Davis. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30. For exhibit hours at the San Marcos Public Library, contact Robin Wood at (512) 393-8200. —Courtesy of Media Relations

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PET OF THE WEEK This curious and playful female Terrier mix, identification number 29657, is awaiting a name from a loving owner. If you would like to adopt this animal, call the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 393-8340.

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Texas Author Day to feature local writers By Brooke Robinson Special to The Star

said. Johnson was a guest at last year’s Texas Author Day and On Sunday, authors was asked to come from across the state back again this year. will gather at the San He received his bachMarcos Public Library elor’s degree in mass for Texas Author Day, communication an annual event that from Texas State and will showcase the resides in San Marcos works of 34 local writwith his wife and two ers. daughters. He is the From 1 to 4 p.m. the bestselling author of library, located at 625 An American HauntScott Johnson E. Hopkins St., will be ing and Deadlands. hosting the event. The Robin Wood, who afternoon will feature panel organized the gathering, said discussions, readings and book the event, in its second year, is signings by the highlighted au- expected to attract nearly 200 thors. Books will be available for people. purchase at the library through Many authors contact the the University Bookstore and library when their books are the individual authors them- published and arrange to have selves. book signings. Instead of havScott A. Johnson, a media ing multiple guests throughout technician for the English de- the year, Wood decided to start partment, will be one of the fea- Texas Author Day. tured authors. “We said ‘Let’s just pick one “I’ll be reading a bit from my day a year and have all of the newest releases, Deadlands and authors come on the same day’,” The Mayor’s Guide to the Stately Wood said. Ghosts of Augusta, as well as tellShe has found that the overall ing a few ghost stories,” Johnson attendance is much greater than

when individual authors come and the readers enjoy it as well. “Everyone has a good time,” Wood said. One author that Wood discussed is Dripping Spring’s Ben Rehder. “He writes mysteries that are absolutely hilarious. I’m really excited about him being here,” Wood said. Rehder’s first novel Buck Fever was nominated for the Edgar Award for best first novel. The Day the News Went Live: Dallas 1963 is a first-person account written by four reporters who were present at the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The four authors, Bob Huffaker, Wes Wise, Bill Mercer and George Phenix worked at the Dallas CBS affiliate KRLD, one of the most well-equipped and largest news organizations in America. Several of the men will be present at Texas Author Day to discuss their book. Scheduled readings by authors will be held in the library’s large meeting room and quiet study room beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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aren’t able to face up to yet.” Beverly Lowry has been a 10year San Marcos resident. Her books include: Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir on the execution of Carla Faye Tucker, The Track of Real Desires, Breaking Gentle, The Perfect Sonya, Daddy’s Girl, Emma Blue, Come Back, Lolly Ray, Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C. J. Walker and next year’s Harriet Tubman: Scenes in a Life. After the tragic loss of her son, Lowry became a sort of surrogate mother for death row inmate Tucker. Celia Morris is a Texas Institute of Letters Best Nonfiction Book Award recipient. Her memoir Finding Celia’s Place discusses her personal struggle with alcoholism and her struggle to gain independence from her oppressive marriage. She also wrote Storming the Statehouse: Running for Governor with Ann Richards and Di-

anne Feinstein, Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond and Fanny Wright: Rebel in America. Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a former priest who grew up along the Texas-Mexico border. Davis describes him as a “spiritual diagnostician.” Sáenz is the author of Calendar of Dust, Dark and Perfect Angels, Flowers for the Broken, Carry Me Like Water, Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood and newest novel, In Perfect Light. His writing has won many awards, such as the American Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, and Top 10 Young Adult Novels by the American Library Association. Davis penned the critically acclaimed Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond. He is responsible for the two exhibits associated with the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award Tenth Anniversary Celebration on the seventh floor of

Alkek Library. Davis intends to “talk to all three and have a conversation on how they approach their writing.” He plans to extend the theme of courage past the writing process and onto the subjects of many of the authors’ books, such as Madam C. J. Walker and Fanny Wright. The event is free and open to the public, and students are encouraged to attend. Miller said the event would provide an opportunity for students researching in these archives to meet the writers and ask them questions. She said that an additional reason to attend the discussion is, “to discover the Southwestern Writers Collection. I know a lot of students haven’t made it up to the seventh floor yet.” This event is one of the collection’s largest, but the Southwestern Writer’s Collection offers free programming for a wide range of interests all year long.

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ment because he does not think those who voted “yes” did so for the right reasons. “The CCC has no official position because we represent so many different churches,” Berry said. “My personal thoughts on it … I’m disappointed in it because it seems that people voted on the basis of homosexuality being right or wrong.” Even if a same sex couple is together by common law marriage, Berry said they should be honored the same rights as other married couples. Berry compared the issue with interracial marriages, which he said were not accepted 20 to 30 years ago but are much more acceptable in society now. Berry said both the Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ that are involved in the CCC started campaigns against Proposition 2. He said the Methodist Church used the slogan “open hearts, open minds, open doors” and the UCC passed a marriage equality resolution, which supported equal rights for same sex couples. “I think everybody should be created equally with equal rights,” Berry said. “People should focus more on the rights.” While the Methodist Church created a slogan to oppose the amendment, Berry said he knew there was division within the church about what side to take on the issue. Dick Herman, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship director, said in an e-mail that he believes “God loves each individual unconditionally, regardless of their life choices,” but he was pleased to see the proposition pass. “The Bible makes God’s disapproval of homosexuality and

therefore gay marriage quite clear,” Herman said. “Our Texas constitution can now reflect that the majority of Texans view the family the way it was originally created and intended.” Herman said that while he did not think the organization had an official stance on the issue, he impressed upon his students the importance of supporting the ban on same sex marriages. “As the director I encouraged my students to do what might be the difficult thing to do and that is to encourage them to be in support of Proposition 2,” Herman said. Geography junior Matt Anderson said he thought the government taking on the issue of banning gay marriage was an unworthy cause when there are other issues that need to be addressed. “There’s more problems in society and in the world than worrying about if a man marries another man,” Anderson said. “It’s entwining religion and government.” Aaron Bolding and Loren Cole, computer science seniors, agreed that the passage of the ban was ridiculous. “I’m kind of pissed off about it,” Cole said. “Prop. 2 isn’t just a constitutional amendment that says same sex marriages are banned, it’s also taking away privileges they already have.” Bolding joked that Travis County should secede from the nation because it was one of the few Texas counties that had a majority vote against the ban on gay marriage. More seriously, Bolding said he thought it was inappropriate for the government to sanction any type of marriage. “On one level it’s unfair and on a second level it is really un-

clear to me that the government should be involved in marriage,” Bolding said. Cole said she thought people should be allowed to decide for themselves who is included in their family. “Our society is advanced enough and focuses enough on individuals that an individual should have the right to decide who their legal family is,” Cole said. Kevin O’Connor, criminal justice junior, and Daniel Melendez, pre-mass communication junior, agreed that it was not surprising the amendment passed by a large margin, but the two did not agree with the ban on same sex marriages. “Marriage is a sacred name for a man and a woman,” O’Connor said. “Life partners would be a better name for that.” Melendez said he strongly disagreed with the ban. “I think it doesn’t matter if it’s a woman and woman or a guy and guy, everyone has that right. That’s part of being an American,” Melendez said. The fight for same sex marriage rights is an issue that Sanchez said will continue. “Right now I’m a college student focusing on my career; marriage isn’t the first thing on my list, but I know by voting now its going to help me in the future,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said he would not want to get married in Texas when the time comes because it is too traditional and he has noticed a cycle where the older generations teach the same mentality to the new generations instead of leaving the ignorance behind. “The gay community makes small steps. It’s taking those little steps to conquer the big things,” Sanchez said.

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The face of hunger is different than people think.” The program will begin Monday with the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, taking place from 4 to 5 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center. The banquet, which the SVC calls its “most popular event,” is a dramatization of the inequitable distribution of food around the world and allows organizations and students to get a better idea of the issue of global hunger. On Tuesday, the Thanksgiving Food Drive will take place. The food drive, sponsored by the Student Organizations Council and the Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Incorporated as well as the SVC, will be in competition. Whichever organization donates the most canned goods will receive $50, while second

place will enjoy a pizza party. The events will take a break from the student center and move outdoors on Wednesday with Baking for Hunger and The Quad Sleep-out. For the bake sale, the SVC is asking students who know their way around the kitchen to donate baked goods for the event, which will then be sold in The Quad. Later in the evening, The Quad Sleep-out will actually involve students camping out in sleeping bags and tents. “We don’t really want them to actually feel homeless,” Ragin said. “Our main goal is to get together as a community to exchange goals and to discuss homelessness. We want to get together with peers and discuss what to do to solve the issues. We’ll also have games and things like that.” Things move back indoors Thursday as volunteers will be

collecting and distributing food at the San Marcos Food Bank from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The SVC is also asking for volunteers to skip a meal on Thursday in remembrance of the millions of poor throughout the world. The hope is that people will donate the money saved by skipping a meal to Oxfam. Friday’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner rounds out the activities for the week. The SVC is once again seeking volunteers to help with the activities, which will last from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. According to the SVC, they expect more than 800 families to be fed at this event. All donations and proceeds will go to the San Marcos Area Food Bank. For more information, visit www.studentaffairs.txstate.edu/ svc.

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A Bobcat in Baghdad My name is Brian Patrick Henretta. I’m a 24-year-old Texas State student from Buffalo, N.Y. I moved to Killeen in 2000, and my home has been San Marcos since early 2003. I’m an Army public affairs specialist, journalist and photographer with the 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Texas National Guard, out of Camp Mabry, currently serving in Baghdad under Operation Iraqi Freedom. I’m a mass communication sophomore, but my major will likely change by the time I return to Texas State.

Many troops find solace, friendship online Nov. 9, 2005 There is a bigger-than-normal-sounding gun battle going on as I write this. Judging by the volume, I would guess it’s about three miles away. One of the most amazing things that has happened to me this year here is how used to that sound I’ve gotten. I usually don’t even notice it any more unless it’s going on somewhere very close to me. Something else that’s amazing to me is how you are able to read about it in The University Star just hours after it happened. The level of communication offered to soldiers during this war is unprecedented when compared to any previous conflict. My grandpa in World War II wrote letters that took months to make it back to the United States. I have daily access to e-mail and can get on the telephone with a calling card pretty much any time I need to. If I want to mail an old-fashioned letter, it makes the 6,000-mile trip to my home in either Texas or New York in less than a week. Some of the dumber soldiers even buy the insanely expensive cell phones to talk with people back home at a rate of about $25 for 15 minutes. Soldiers have taken full advantage of these easy communication channels, though not always in a good way. There have been too many guys who get in big trouble for posting information about future missions on blogs or telling family members classified information on the phone. But for the most part, it’s been a huge blessing for us to be able to talk with our friends and family, as well as handle other affairs so easily. We have the ability to stay in touch with the real world by checking the news and sports online. We can also order some of the comforts of home and get them delivered here, and a few of my friends take online college classes during their spare time.

Married guys here stay close to home by being able to talk to their wives and kids during video teleconferences. The Internet cafés stay packed with all types of soldiers; the married ones chat away with their husbands or wives on instant messengers. Single guys can usually be found talking to women at home to meet upon returning. Myspace.com has become the undisputed Web site of choice for making new friends while away. You can walk into the Internet café and find nine out of 10 people checking their Myspace accounts. Of course, such easy access to life at home has its drawbacks. There is always ol’ “Jody” to worry about for those who are in relationships. Jody is the nickname given to the guy who takes care of your wife while you’re off at war. You can always spot a guy who just learned that Jody’s got his girl. This might sound stupid to you, but in talking with a lot of soldiers here, I’ve found that their friends from the computer mean a lot to them — especially considering the nonexistent social lives we all suffer from in Baghdad. For the Myspace junkies (I can’t deny being one of them), it can be hard to know that the girl you’ve come to care about is going about her life without you. It’s hard to explain. It’s like we don’t expect people to put their lives on hold just because we have, but we still want them to. No matter what, I’m so thankful for all of you who have kept me entertained, laughing, upset and most importantly just in your thoughts while I’m away. I’ve now got less than two months left here, and during that time, I’ll be thinking about you often, waiting for the day I can meet all my new friends. ONLINE: brianiniraq44@yahoo.com

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T-BIRD: Former AFROTC member set goals sky high CHICKEN: Local calls his CONTINUED from page 1

ily) to see places in the world.” Keen’s wife, 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter are able to travel with him to some of the places the Thunderbirds hold their shows. Keen said the Thunderbirds fly their jets as close as 18 inches wing-tip to wing-tip during the demonstrations and they reach speeds up to nine G-forces. “We fly the world’s most dominant fighter aircrafts. It’s precision flyers at its best,” Keen said. Four of the six Thunderbirds fly in a diamond formation during the demonstrations, with Keen as the No. 2 pilot flying as the left wing of the diamond. The No. 5 and No. 6 pilots are the solo flyers whose duties are to show the capabilities of the pilots and the aircrafts by flying upside down 150 feet above the ground. Before becoming a ThunCourtney Addison/Star photo derbird pilot, Keen was part of F-16s race above thousands of spectators as they watch the Thunderbirds show off their then-Southwest Texas State’s Air Force Reserve Officer Train- flying capabilities during Saturday’s air show. ing Corps, Detachment 840. He completed his bachelor’s position with the precision flyer of extra activities on top of their to get into that service mentality degree in information systems team. He was invited to the re- regular class hours. They must before you go in,” Cayton said. management and in 1994 Keen cruitment finals but was not se- participate in at least two hours “They say we can teach you excompleted his master’s degree in lected. of physical training per week as cellence, but you have to bring industrial engineering technolKeen began logging more well as two hours of leadership service and integrity with you.” ogy. flight hours and reapplied to the laboratory. Cayton said they stay involved While a student at Southwest Thunderbirds and was selected “You’ll see us on the drill field. with the university and commuTexas State, Keen was involved on his second try. The drilling is to teach you how nity in order to keep awareness in numerous organizations and “I knew the Thunderbirds to react under pressure, make of the military’s services. They activities in addition to his ser- were the elite pilots in the Air quick decisions and follow di- will be holding a Veteran’s Day vice in the Air Force Reserve Force,” Keen said. “I knew that rections,” Cayton said. vigil from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Officers Training Corps. He was I wanted to get involved and Because of the additional Hays County Veterans Memoa member of several honor so- travel with the best.” hours Detachment 840 cadets rial on Friday. cieties and also participated in Keen said being a part of the must dedicate, Cayton said “We do what we can in the San football and baseball intramural AFROTC Detachment 840 dur- some find it challenging to have Marcos community so people teams. While attending school, ing school at SWT was beneficial balance, but he said it is part of realize we’re in the community,” Keen worked as a computer to his training and future career. learning time management. Cayton said. technician on campus. After visiting several similar Within the detachment, there Detachment 840 is ranked After completing his graduate programs across the nation, is a command structure and the sixth in the nation for the numdegree, Keen received a commis- Keen said the quality of cadets upperclassmen serve as cadet ber of lieutenants it commissions sion as an officer in the Air Force produced and the commitment officers, each with their own and last year the detachment and went to Shepard Air Force of those involved with Detach- duties, from awards officer to received the High Flight award Base in Wichita Falls for pilot ment 840 sets it above the rest. inspector general or director of for being the top medium size training. After graduating high “I think the Detachment 840 training, among other jobs. detachment in the nation. in his pilot training, Keen was is the best detachment in the The detachment does several Keen said he advised the caable to choose the aircraft he Air Force ROTC in the nation,” service projects as well. Twelve dets currently in Detachment most wanted to fly — the F-16. Keen said. cadets went to Kelly Air Force 840 to reach high when setSince then Keen has flown Cadet Lt. Col. Jordan Cayton, Base in San Antonio to help ting their goals and to strive for in Italy and Germany. He has geography senior, is part of De- with hurricane efforts and they greatness. logged 250 combat hours in tachment 840 and said his expe- provide courtesy services at “Set your goal as high as posBosnia and Iraq and has more rience in the AFROTC has been football and volleyball games. sible, and never accept no as an that 2,000 total logged hours positive. Some cadets in the detachment answer for anything that you do as an Air Force pilot. Keen flew “I love it; I’m a normal college volunteered at Pet Fest and are — whether it be in the military in an operation in Iraq during student. It’s not like going to the involved in an adopt-a-highway or for civilian purposes,” Keen 1998 and 1999 and was flying in Air Force Academy where you project. said. “You can do anything in the Korea in 2000 and 2001. don’t get to be a normal college Detachment 840 also ran 20.5 military that you want to; you Once he logged 1,000 fight- student,” Cayton said. miles in a POW/MIA marathon just have to have the motivation. er-pilot hours, the minimum Cayton said the cadets in the they put on to raise awareness. Never give up; give 100 percent required to join the Thunder- AFROTC are required to partic“We’re going to be doing everyday, and you can live your birds, Keen chose to apply for a ipate in at least five to six hours military service. It’s important dream, like I am now.”

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An artist of more than 17 years, Zupp currently is working toward a master’s degree in sculpture at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Eyes of Texas Gallery, a local framing shop, has featured Zupp’s artwork for the past five years. Owner Annette LeBoeuf, who considers Zupp to be a close friend, expressed her thoughts toward his style as an artist. “He’s a very unafraid artist,” LeBoeuf said. “He’s one of the few artists whose ego doesn’t get trampled on. I can be blunt with him, and he doesn’t get hurt feelings.” Zupp realized he could make money off the intimidating art after people started requesting to buy the chicken heads. Zupp currently sells some of his work on eBay and at The Eyes of Texas Gallery but receives most of the requests from people who stop by the house. Zupp, who described his art as “psychotic whimsical,” said

he chose roosters because they were a less serious natural subject that interested him. Zupp, in turn, began researching roosters and ended up painting them for five years. “San Marcos deserves a gaudy chicken house,” Zupp said. “Some people love it, or they absolutely hate it. It’s like a tourist attraction on Hopkins Street.” With no complaints regarding his creative yard, Zupp has ideas on improving the houses’ façade, such as adding large statues of chicken butchers. LeBoeuf expressed her opinion of the decorated house and how it was representative of Zupp’s personality. “His house is typical of him. I think he considers the house as an art form in itself,” LeBoeuf said. “People do tend to buy the artist than the art; George has become a master at creating a caricature of himself that intrigues people.” For more information or to view samples of Zupp’s work, visit www.chickendeadchicken. com.

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The senators discussed the alleged centralization of power by TSUS Chancellor Charles Matthews with Trauth and Moore. Trauth agreed with the senate’s allegation of a power shift but assured the senators that the shift would produce little but positive change. “The bottom-line answer, I think, for faculty, for colleges, for faculty senates, is no, there is not going to be any change (that would affect faculty),” Trauth said. “There are some things where I think the system will benefit from a more close knit approach, mainly financial issues.” At the center of the hiring discussion is what Trauth called “professional couples” was the recently hired clinical profes-

sor Cecilio Barrera, husband of College of Education Dean Rosalinda Barrera. Trauth assured the senators of the advantages of a spousal hiring practice. “Clearly, there are people you can recruit if you can get both, and people you can’t if you can’t bring in both. You do periodically come to a place where you really need to be activist and try to recruit both people,” Trauth said. The problem with the practice, said senators, is the lack of transparency as well as whether or not a position is created for a spouse or if a spouse is filling an open position. “I understand where they are coming from,” said Sen. Vivek Shah, computer science professor, “I just wish they would be a little more upfront about it.”

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Friday Cheatham Street Warehouse — Walt Wilkins Band Gordo’s — Turbo 350, Meatwood Lucy’s — Ryan Bales Band The Triple Crown — Bill Jerram, Grupo Fantasma Riley’s Tavern — Redd Volkaert

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I should be intimidated. When a writer is called “the greatest living novelist” by his critics, and when his newest novel, I am Charlotte Simmons, is likened to The Great Gatsby, you expect the novel to be at least, well, good. It wasn’t. In fact, it dangled on the precipice of being the worst novel I have ever read. With tired, obnoxious, collegiate stereotypes, under-developed characters and questionable dialogue, I am Charlotte Simmons is nothing more than a failed attempt to understand this generation of college-aged students. Written as an exposé on college life, the story takes place at the Ivy League university Dupont. The plot is divided between an aspiring journalist attempting to break a story about corruption, oral sex, bribery and the governor of California, and the preferential treatment of a winning basketball team’s athletes. Intertwined is Charlotte, the über-virginal genius from the mountains of North Carolina. Transition to college from the sticks is tough — especially when you have to deal with being dirt poor at a wealthy

school, embarrassing blue-collar parents and the stereotypical roommate from hell. Preventing us from bonding (or even liking) the character is the massive chip on her shoulder. Her transition may be tough, but lucky for her, she is incredibly gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that she must remind herself of that fact about 300 times in the course of the novel. Her sanctimonious soliloquies about her unrivaled intelligence grow tiresome within sentences. Also mucking up the plot are more shallow, convoluted characters. Heading up the secondary characters is Jojo Johanssen. Jojo is the spoiled, womanizing, white basketball player. Convinced that he is going to be kicked out of school for plagiarizing a term paper, he decides, with Charlotte’s sage guidance, to focus on academics and turn his life around. Also under the spell of Charlotte is the universally unlikable Adam Gellin. Adam is perpetually angry about being a “poor Jew,” See SIMMONS, page 9

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Chapdelaine covers old songs with new flavor on Grapevine By Stephen Lloyd Entertainment Writer

slightly in the middle. This is also done well on the album’s version of Eric Clapton’s ”Wonderful ToWhen popular music songs night,” reflecting the poignancy are given the clasof that ballad. sical treatment, it The Dobie Gray song can be a hit or a “Drift Away,” with it’s recmiss. But with Miognizable refrain “give me chael Chapdelaine, the beat boys to free my it’s certainly a hit. soul/I wanna get lost in The award-winning, your rock n’ roll and drift New Mexico-based away” gets an enjoyable, guitarist plays all percussive treatment from music over the musical Chapdelaine. His version map on his new cov- review of the Motown hit “Rose ers album Grapein Spanish Harlem” is also ✯✯✯ vine. percussive, Chapdelaine Michael On track one, Chapdelaine augmenting the slight Latin a rendition of the Grapevine feel by tapping the guitar’s Marvin Gaye’s of- independent body like a drum. ten-covered hit release Chapdelaine plays a cou“Heard it Through ple classics of early rock, the Grapevine,” Gerry and The Pacemakers’ Chapdelaine masterfully imitates hit “Ferry ’Cross The Mersey” every nuance of the vocals with and The McCoys’ “Hang on his guitar, though veering off Sloopy,” the later being appeal-

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ingly laid back and the former having a sultry, groovy rhythm. While no digression in skill employed, the renditions of The Eagles’ “Best of My Love” and pop-metal band Extreme’s “More Than Words” are missing the enthusiasm the rest of the album has. And while Chapdelaine’s version of “Danny Boy” is technically quite good, the most powerful part of this traditional song is the lyrics and vocals. And because of that there’s a piece missing in this album’s instrumental version. There are a few actual classical pieces on the album, which happen to be some of the strongest of all the tracks. On “Saudade III,” originally by French guitarist Roland Dyens, Chapdelaine really cuts loose. Amid many See GRAPEVINE, page 10

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LaRue’s The Red Dirt Album creates music people can dig By Tanya Horowitz Entertainment Wrtier Singer/ songwriter Stoney LaRue released his first solo album, The Red Dirt Album, in August 2005. It is a music part of the review growing red ✯✯✯ dirt music Stoney LaRue movement, The Red Dirt which is a Album type of songSmith writing that Entertainment originated in Stillwater, Okla., nearly 25 years ago. Many other bands are also a part of this movement: Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Red Dirt Rangers and Jason Boland and The Stragglers, to name a few. Originally playing with the Organic Boogie Band, LaRue decided to go solo in December 2003. The Red Dirt Album is a showcase of his many talents. From up-beat power ballads, to slow aching songs, LaRue shows that he can do it all. Opening the CD with “Down in Flames,” LaRue is able to highlight his dynamic style. The next song, “Closer to You,” is played at a much slower pace and revolves around personal topics. The pace and emotion LaRue conveys is varied throughout the record. Perhaps making sure he includes a little bit of everything for all of his fans. Helping out is Cross Canadian Ragweed’s own Cody Canada. With so many other successful artists endorsing this album, LaRue, hopefully, will quickly build the recognition he deserves. LaRue is noted for his ability to entertain the audience while having a good time himself. He is a performing artist. On stage, he looks like he is where he is supposed to be. LaRue was born with an impeccable talent for performing. His live show only complements the talents that

the album conveys. LaRue has shared the stage with performers: Willie Nelson, Billy Jo Shaver, Charlie Robinson and, of course, Cross Canadian Ragweed. With an

ever-growing fan base, LaRue is just beginning his career as a solo musician. With a voice that can melt hearts and talent that is present in all the songs, LaRue has now

proved himself as a solo artist. He is imaginative, funky and motivated. From the song lyrics, to the overall feeling of the CD, Stoney LaRue is a red-dirt musician that is worth listening to.

Spin this disc along with your dreidel for Channukkahh (sp?) fun By Tanya Horowitz Entertainment Writer

Matzoh Ball),” the album has a hilarious mix of indie- and pop-rock music. Gardner and Schneider’s lyrics are funky and clever as is their music in general. According to the band’s media bio, Adam Gardner cofounded Guster, an acoustic pop band, 12 years ago. Dave Schneider originally founded The Zambonis, a band that writes only about hockey, 14 years ago. The two bands went on tour together in April 2005, and within eight days, they had written the entire Hanukkah Rocks album. Coincidence? With the two bands’ distinct styles obviously coming together on this album, the sound of The LeeVees is all their own. Already, this band has quite the following. They have a page on Myspace.com and have thousands of followers, one of whom “wants to be Jewish” after listening to this album. Hearing the name of the album might scare away some of the band’s potential fans. What everyone needs to understand is that this isn’t just a Jewish band. The LeeVees are a talented band that makes good music. The mixture of the indie style along with the pop influence of the keyboard comes together for a sound that makes you move. With Hanukkah and Christmas coming upon us, this album is of significant importance. Christmas music dominates the airwaves during December, but it is not the only holiday during that time. The LeeVees are shining light on Hanukkah that has never been given before. If you aren’t Jewish, I still recommend listening to this album. Even if you don’t like it, by the end of Hanukkah Rocks, you will at least be laughing.

C o u l d anyone think of one good Hanukkah song, other than Adam Sandler’s, if they had to? Doubt it. music Christmas review has a pleth✯✯✯✯ ora of songs The LeeVees all its own. Hanukkah Rocks Hanukkah, Reprise Records on the other hand, is lacking in that department. Two guys, Adam Gardner and Dave Schneider, finally gave Hanukkah some of the recognition it deserves. They formed a band, The LeeVees, and just released a CD called Hanukkah Rocks. Every song on Hanukkah Rocks is about Hanukkah and all the great things that come along with the holiday. With titles such as “Latke Clan,” “Applesauce vs. Sour Cream,” “How do you spell Channukkahh?” and “Jewish Girls (at the

Photo courtesy of Reprise Records Adam Gardner and David Schneider’s new band, The LeeVees, adds an indie-rock flavor to the Jewish holiday on Hanukkah Rocks.

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Juliana Theory releases fourth album showing change in style them are good-riddance type of goodbyes.” Deadbeat is the follow up to 2003’s Love, which was the band’s first major label release on Epic Records. (It would also be the last.) Detar and his band recorded Deadbeat on their own — without any stiff studio executives looking over their shoulders. Most of the album was recorded live, with few overdubs, creating an unrefined sound similar

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The Juliana Theory’s fourth album, Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat, is an emphatic wave (if not a disgruntled thumb) goodbye to the traditional studio process. “It’s basically a goodbye album — a farewell record,” said singer Brett Detar in a press release. “They aren’t sappy, sad goodbyes; most of

with the band’s live shows. The Juliana Theory’s first two albums, Understand This Is A Dream (1999) and Emotion is Dead (2000), were released on Tooth and Nail Records, an independent label synonymous with the underground Christian-rock scene. After leaving the major label system behind, the band formed its own company, Paper Fist, which co-released Deadbeat with Abacus Recordings on Sept. 13. After being together for eight years,

the band felt that the “do-ityourself ” method was the next logical step in its career. Co-produced by John Travis (Social Distortion, Kid Rock) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Rancid), Deadbeat is The Juliana Theory’s most aggressive, stripped-down album yet, a stark contrast to the band’s previous glossy, emo-poprock records. The most obvious difference is the deeper, darker vocal work by Detar, who recorded the vocal tracks

himself, away from his band members. “When it came time to do the record, I just realized that I was more relaxed and singing better on my own,” Detar said. Songs like “This is a Lovesong… For the Loveless” and “Shotgun Serenade” showcase the band’s changing style and reiterate the album’s “goodbyes” theme. But the song most representative of that theme is the album’s closing track, “French Kiss

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Stern makes jump to satellite; radio stations jockey for ears By Phil Rosenthal Chicago Tribune (KRT) Regardless of whether Howard Stern is in fact the King of All Media, as he calls himself, he is indisputably a Sultan of SelfPromotion. Every morning lately on his nationally syndicated program, he has devoted considerable time bemoaning all the things he can’t do on regular broadcast radio, how much time remains on his contract and how much better things will be at “the new place.” Each complaint is a virtual commercial for satellite pay radio, the latest medium in his realm. For to hear Stern, who begins on Sirius Satellite Radio in January, it is radio as it ought to be. Stern’s departure at the end of the year might be a crucial body blow to regular old over-the-air radio, already busy fending off poachers of its audience from the Internet radio, iPods and other emerging diversions. Another scenario, however, is that it could be the hard shove needed to shake up the octogenarian broadcast radio industry, which survived the advent of television and cassettes in past decades. Now it is being forced to again draw on its strengths and flex its muscle to show its value to listeners. If satellite radio’s strategy is to take to the skies in a bid to control the continent below, terrestrial radio will have to stake its claim to the ground, literally going back to its roots, one local

market at a time. “What is going to save radio is really the basics of radio from day one,” said Paula Hambrick, president of Paula Hambrick & Associates, a local media buyer. “All radio is local ... The people that listen to radio want something that is about them. They want to be told what is going on in their immediate world (from someone) looking out a window and seeing the same cloud pattern.” Even as broadcast radio may well put a premium on local talk, local sports, weather and traffic, Stern can be excused for looking out his own window and seeing Sirius’ national service as a greener pasture. The shock jock scored a generous five-year, $500 million deal to come aboard. His new home not only gives him a studio specifically designed to satisfy his every whim, including a stripper pole. It promises freedom from the federal broadcast restrictions in which his infamous id so often entangles him. What the “new place” cannot guarantee Stern is a bigger audience. Sirius is one of two competing satellite-delivered services, along with XM, that require listeners to shell out for special receivers as well as a monthly subscription fee. Combined, Sirius and XM are hoping to hit nine million subscribers by year’s end and, at present, Sirius, with 2.2 million subscribers, lags far behind XM, which has five million. That’s why, as he prepares to

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give up an audience of more than six million broadcast listeners, Stern is promoting the nascent technology and Sirius brand so relentlessly. It’s also why the over-the-air radio industry he’s abandoning at the end of the year is working just as hard to make the case for its own survival. “It’s not that a national show can no longer be successful, but radio has always been a local medium,” said Rod Zimmerman, who manages Infinity Broadcasting’s seven Chicago stations, including WCKG-FM 105.9, Stern’s local outlet. With that in mind, Chicago’s WLUP-FM 97.9 has invested millions in bringing back morning man Jonathon Brandmeier, whose meteoric rise in the 1980s was part of what’s recalled as a golden age locally. WCKG, one of several Infinity stations that just began promoting itself as “Free FM,” a shot at Sirius and XM, just signed longtime Chicago radio star Steve Dahl to a contract extension that ensures he will remain an afternoon-drive host in the city through mid-2011. “Satellite can play every Bon Jovi song that we’re going to play,” said Marv Nyren, who runs WLUP and WKQX-FM 101.1 for Emmis Communications. “Satellite can do a lot of the things we can do, but they can’t do Jonathon Brandmeier, they can’t do Mancow, they can’t do Eric and Kathy, they can’t do Steve Dahl. Pick anybody. Going forward, that will be the biggest separator.”

Though WKQX morning man Mancow Muller syndicates his show to other markets, Nyren, who concedes that Muller’s program “isn’t as local as I would like him to be,” still believes it’s important to Chicago listeners that the show is based there. Zimmerman cited a similar rationale for the move from Cleveland of syndicated host Shane French, who goes by the name of Rover on the air, to work from WCKG’s facilities when he replaces Stern on the station and a handful of other Infinity outlets in January. “It was really a priority to be local and have the show originate from our studios here in Chicago,” Zimmerman said. “(Rover) will be talking about issues and day-to-day lifestyle issues that pertain to any market, not just Chicago. But for us here in Chicago, it’s going to certainly have a local feel ... It’s important to live in the same market and experience (what the audiences does).” Radio executive Mel Karmazin, Stern’s once-and-future boss, first at Infinity and soon at Sirius, where he’s CEO, says Stern “is as hot financially as he has ever been” and “the biggest radio personality of all time.” Sirius’ business plan almost requires Stern to be. The company is spending roughly $149 to snare each new customer. Despite third-quarter revenue growth of 250 percent and a 97 percent gain in net subscriber growth, Sirius managed to rack up a net loss of $180.4 million, down 6.5 percent from the

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underappreciated at his newspaper job and being a 20-year-old virgin. His crusade to uncover the evils of society and (as a bonus) land the Rhodes Scholarship is boring and egotistical. Pulling in the rear of static characters is Hoyt Thorpe. The fatherless fraternity boy spends the entire

same quarter a year earlier. Yet Karmazin continues to project positive cash flow in 2007. “We are anticipating a blowout fourth quarter,” Karmazin told investors last week on a conference call, citing anticipated holiday sales of satellite radios and increased subscriptions driven by Stern’s January launch. “The indications are that Howard Stern is going to significantly contribute toward our picking up market share in the most important months of the year.” While satellite services offer assorted music channels, foreign language channels, sports and other specialized formats, it is also relying on personalities to sell itself. Sirius, for example, is counting on Stern and a Martha Stewart Living channel to bring in customers. It’s not clear how customers will feel when they discover that even as they pay $12.95 per month for Sirius, they still get ads on Stern’s program, albeit far fewer than they now get. For their money, they get a lack of Federal Communications Commission governance, which is being sold as an asset for Stern. Not everyone agrees, obviously. “I think Howard’s fans will find him less funny when he doesn’t have somebody telling him what he can’t do,” Dahl said. “That’s where the comedy comes from.” Rover, whose most daring stunts compare with Stern’s in challenging standards of taste, claims the FCC crackdown of recent years has actually made

him more creative. “In hindsight, it was a blessing,” he said. “At the time, I hated it, though. Now I see that we have to be that much more entertaining for those four hours and you can’t rely on shock.” For the crucial next generation of listeners, though, the answer may not be in either traditional or satellite radio. “What Arbitron is telling us is that the actual (radio) usage, even for young kids, is not decreasing,” Nyren said. “They’re still using it, but they’re using a lot of other things as well, and the biggie really is Internet radio. That’s a killer.” Stern reportedly has been responsible for $100 million, or about 5 percent, of Infinity’s revenue, but the company wants to convince everyone it can absorb the departure. “Howard was a legend,” Infinity head Joel Hollander said. “He did a great job for a lot of radio stations, but this is a new day and we believe that Rover will be successful.” Other markets will get other personalities, such as David Lee Roth in New York and Adam Carolla in Los Angeles, “some of which will work, some of which won’t work,” according to Viacom co-president Leslie Moonves, who oversees Infinity. “I’m not sure I’d pay $12.95 a month for you,” comedian Robert Smigel, in his Triumph the Insult Comic Dog persona, told Stern on a recent show, according to the New York Post. “But I would definitely pay it not to hear David Lee Roth.”

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failures and successes were met with the same indifference. Wolfe’s chief literary device is dialogue. Personally, I found his use of “street slang” to be, at best, uninformed, and, at worst, ridiculously racist. Wolfe characterizes all black characters as unintelligent thugs, bus boys or obsessed with misogynist rap lyrics. They serve primarily to provide a contrast from

the rich elite and to carry their bags at the fraternity formal. It offered no real insight to the development of the characters, and his narratives only served to promote white elite paternalism. If you want an exposé of college life a la Wolfe, watch Saved by the Bell: The College Years. It will save you $15 at Barnes and Noble and only last 30 minutes, if you count commercials.

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IN MY EARS

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By Jeffrey Cole

“Time” — Alan Parsons Project Sarah Keller music education freshman “Down and Out” — Cam’Ron Daniel Oliveira pre-mass communication sophomore

“Beer Song” — Reel Big Fish Eric Unruh international studies senior

We caught up with Texas State students to see what they’re listening to on the spot.

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false starts, he lets out a flurry of notes. Two Bach compositions, “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring” and “Prelude #1 (Well Tempered Clavier, Book I),” appear as well. Both are instantly recognizable and uniquely enjoyable since classical music still isn’t heard on guitar extremely often. The album has a hidden track, an enjoyable version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles.” Chapdelaine even starts to sing halfway through this song. His singing voice is earnest and whispery, stylistically a mix of Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam and former Soundgarden and current Audioslave singer Chris Cornell. His voice is good enough to bring up the question as to why he doesn’t sing on the rest of the album, though the answer is undoubtedly the fact that classical guitar is best strictly instrumental. There’s something to be said for sticking to tradition, but there’s also something to be said for breaking boundaries and pushing envelopes, which is what Chapdelaine does on Grapevine. He mixes the old and the new, creating music that can be enjoyed by those from all walks of life. How We Rate CDs No Stars - as bad as it gets ✯ - poor quality, don’t bother ✯✯ - ask a friend to burn it ✯✯✯ - good quality, few flaws ✯✯✯✯ - great CD, a must-buy

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quoteof the day “If that becomes a trend, the evangelical community becomes the largest political voice not only in the state of Texas, but America. I think that’s a positive thing because evangelical Christians stand for what’s right.”

— Rev. Ryan Rush, senior pastor of Bannockburn Baptist Church in Austin, regarding possible implications of the passage of Texas’ marriage amendment Tuesday. (Source: Associated Press)

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The Newspaper Association of America recently released annual statistics regarding newspaper circulation, and the outlook is not promising. Nearly all of the top-50 domestic print news markets showed a decline in the number of subscribers, ranging from a significant drop of 16.5 percent for The San Francisco Chronicle to smaller declines of around 2 percent for Knight Ridder and others. While these figures might not be alarming by themselves (other than the huge drop of The Chronicle), the slouching rates reflect a growing trend that threatens local and national dailies. Research has found less-than-startling evidence that the main competition to newspapers is Web-based content as well as cable news coverage. These other sources of information do challenge the status of newspapers as the primary source of information on a day-to-day basis, but it is highly unlikely that the hands-on read will be phased out completely. Most likely, it is an opportunity for newspapers to adapt to emerging technologies and become a universal source by converging different types of media such as Web, video and print, and keeping the daily print issue as the cornerstone of information the reader can trust. There are several reasons that print will never die. While these other forms of media do provide constant and immediate transmission of breaking news stories, they mostly offer small bite-size pieces of information. Newspapers, on the other hand, are better-equipped to do in-depth story investigation. They are able to do this as a result of the slower nature of the medium. Breaking stories can still be covered online through a supporting Web site, allowing for deeper news coverage as time allows. Cable news channels, specifically, tend to sensationalize news stories. They must do this to compete not only against other cable news channels but also with network and local news outlets. They are all vying for the viewer’s immediate and constant attention, a focus that encourages shallow coverage concentrating on spectacle and scandal. Newspapers on the other hand only have to compete with other newspapers, and their readership depends primarily on their reputation: who got the most information, the best leads and ultimately, who found the truth in the story. Web news can be a problem as well. With the advent of innumerable blog sites, interest groups and other sources of so-called “news” on the Internet, it can be quite a task to sort out which Web-only sources are telling the truth or if their facts can be verified. With personal opinion, many times being touted as fact on some sites, readers can easily be misled and ill informed, with no oversight to ensure their trust. Technology is a good thing and is needed for our world to advance. Just because print news is as old as news, that doesn’t mean it has to go the way of the dinosaurs. After all, you’re reading this in a newspaper, aren’t you? 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 starletters@txstate.edu. 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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The movies have college all wrong Who out there think “college,” has seen a movie they think wild based on college parties, underage life and thought drinking and frathat things would ternity parties with be that same way sorority girls, and when they got to I think everyone college? has this perception KELSEY VOELKEL National of college when Star Columnist Lampoon’s Animal they are about House, Dead Man to enter it. High on Campus, National Lamschool students have no other poon’s Van Wilder, Slackers source to know what college and American Pie 2 all depict is really like except to watch lifestyles of American college movies based on college life in students. These movies tend America. to stereotype college students They see guys taking adand make them seem like total vantage of freshman girls idiots who are heavily inat parties. They see tons of volved in binge drinking, drug people skipping class in orexperimentation and oneder to get high and students night stands. Do the movies partying until dawn. Underhave it right about us? age drinking and getting laid Society has made it OK for has become a normal thing college students to behave (about as normal as buying like typical American college newspaper or a cup of cofstudents. Would it be to our fee), and high school students advantage or disadvantage to see and hear about this, and have movies stereotype our they think that when they get generation? Are we all just a to college, they will fall into bunch of party freaks who are the same hole. I will admit, going to college on our parI thought college was going ents’ expense? When you tell to be completely crazy, and I people that you’re attending wasn’t really looking forward Texas State, has anyone else to being introduced to all the been stereotyped as a party activities that most American freak? college students are known for This university has been doing. It seems it doesn’t matlabeled “the party school of ter what we do while in colTexas,” but when you think lege because everyone is going about it, what college isn’t a to have their own opinions party school? When people about our college motives.

There are a lot of people who don’t believe another person when they say they didn’t come to college to party the whole time. Why is it that people are more understanding when a college student gets arrested for underage drinking or possession of marijuana, but when they claim they are interested in going to college in order to get a degree and not fool around, they are not taken seriously? People think it is some kind of cover-up. To say no to drugs and yes to an education, is that so hard to believe now days? There are a lot who give a face when they find out that you’re going to Texas State; it’s the face of “they don’t take anything seriously … Texas State is such a party school, so therefore, all they do is party.” I am not taken seriously when I tell people I go to Texas State; I came here to get a degree, not get caught up in the party-scene. I’m not taking out a loan to pay for tuition so that I can blow off class and get caught up in things that are just going to distract me from getting out of here as quick as I can. I think if my parents were paying for me to be here, I probably would blow off class and go party every night, but since I am paying for it, I think differ-

ently toward it all. I don’t think I have ever seen a movie about college life that has it all correct. I have never met someone who placed a horse in the dean of students’ office, and I have never met someone who tried to murder their roommate and pass it off like it was suicide so that they will receive straight As at the end of the semester. You have to admit, movies do have some kind of influence on us. When we were about to graduate high school and were ready to move to college, we had some kind of perception of what college would be like. We wouldn’t be living with our parents anymore. We could stay out as long as we wanted, and we could do whatever we wanted without suffering the consequences. If we came in late, we would have to worry about waking up the roommate, not waking up the parents and suffering through the agonizing lectures. Did anyone else base their perception of college off movies based on college life? Maybe this isn’t a bad thing; if we go to college having a feeling how things are going to be, we will at least be prepared for the worst, won’t we? Voelkel is a pre-mass communication junior.

World must recognize French riots as Islamic extremism What were the best and worst outcomes in Tuesday’s election? “In Texas, they approved the ban on gay marriage. I think people should be able to do whatever they want so I would consider that the worst. The sidewalks proposition passed; I love sidewalks.” — James Bowden management freshman “I was really disappointed in Prop. 2. It feels like straight people shouldn’t have special rights because the wording sounds like they’re going to take away marriage. For the best, I was going to say Chris Jones, but I guess the bike lanes and sidewalks passing.” — Christine Vaughn philosophy junior “The worst outcome was, of course, Prop. 2. I can’t believe we had hope. The best, for the city, is the bike lanes, Prop. 6.” — Ioana Lowe French senior

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The Muslim its opposition to the riots in Paris are Iraq war was not a not confirmation noble stand against that France and its imperialist America doctrine of unasbut to protect its own similated multiculinsidious oil-for-food turalism resulted alliance with Saddam in outbreaks of Hussein. CARL MORGAN Islamist terrorism. In effect, the ChiGuest Columnist In fact, France is rac administration at times enviably starved Iraqi children adept at fighting terrorism. to fill its own decadent mouth French and U.S. officials have with illicit funds. America developed an allusive counter- has always had alliances with terrorism organization called countries that do not rouAlliance Base, which is retinely share our own interests, sponsible for the transnational and France is no exception. tracking and apprehension And while we have, and will of terrorists. France allows presumably continue to have, the fewest civil rights for susmore conflicts with France, we pected terrorists by permitting should not glory in their curinterrogation without a lawyer, rent societal breakdown. lengthy pretrial incarcerations We see that modern culand evidence acquired under tural revolutions will not be questionable circumstances to coordinated with propaganda be used in trials. from demagogic Communist The French government leaders like Mao, but through recently outlawed the Muslim loosely organized groups comheadscarf to be worn in pubmunicating through e-mail lic educational institutions. and text messages. Our own If that happened here, many media refuse to describe the Democrats would be using groups as Muslim and says it as proof of our fall off the that the cause of the rioting is democratic precipice and into poverty, rather than an underthe dimmed burrows of faslying radical Islamic ideology. cism. Now, it is almost useless Of course, France has done to explain that in the home its best to propound its diplocountries of the rioters, such matic gaffes by showing that lawlessness would have been

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stopped by public beheadings, stoning, rapes and the killing of entire families. And to be sure, not an eye would bat at the United Nations, especially since many of those countries are members. Instead, we are being lectured that it is the fault of France for not allowing the opportunity of integration for those patriotic dissidents. In fact, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said exactly that Friday. He said that France must “dissolve the ghettos and integrate all Africans asking to be integrated.” But the most misguided statement came from our own State Department. “Certainly, as anybody would, we mourn the loss of life in these kinds of situations. But, again, these are issues for the French people and the French government to address,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said when asked to comment on the situation. This would be accurate if the rioters’ ideology did not involve worldwide ascendancy of radical Islamic rule. That our own State Department cannot recognize the importance and corollary implications of Muslim riots in

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France is in itself troubling. Yes, the unassimilated multiculturalist’s milieu is playing a role, but I wonder where that ends and radical Islamic ideology begins. What lies beneath is the same ideology that psyches up suicide bombers from Iraq to the long-forgotten Lodi, Cali., al-Qaeda ring. The fault lies more in the belief that radical Islamic dominance is ensured through force and chaos than whether or not France has done its part in assisting Muslim immigrants with assimilation. Perhaps the problem is a combination of ennui and acrimony from the French government toward the immigrants. Just as until after Sept. 11, our country did not recognize, and in some respects still does not, the threat of terrorism and its radical Islamic intentions. One thing is certain: When another liberal democracy is under internal attack from a threat that ultimately has external goals, our response must be cogent foresight, not indeterminate direction and political fencesitting. Morgan is a mass communication sophomore. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright November 10, 2005. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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The University Star - Page 13

Brijalba takes honors at Bronc Classic in Edinburg By Marc Cleverley Sports Reporter

Adam Brown/Star photo Senior running back Morris Brothers carries the ball to his first of two touchdowns during Saturday’s game against McNeese State University. The Bobcats will travel to Nacogdoches this weekend to face the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks before returning home Nov. 19 for the final regular-season game versus Sam Houston State University.

Texas State heads to Nacogdoches in hopes of another SLC victory By Nathan Brooks Sports Reporter Texas State hits the road this weekend to take on rival Stephen F. Austin State University in an important Southland Conference game for the Bobcats. The ’Cats head into the matchup 7-2 overall and 3-1 in conference, while the Lumberjacks come into the game 5-4 overall on the year and 1-3 in the SLC. Both squads are coming off of wins last week with SFA beating UC Davis 27-17, at home in nonconference action. The Jacks were trailing 17-7 at halftime last week but went to score 20 unanswered points in the second half to upset the 21st ranked Aggies from UC Davis. The Lumberjacks come into the game with one of the most high-powered offenses in the conference averaging 427 yards of total offense per game, with 292.1 of those yards coming through the air, leading the league in both. They also average 31.3 points per game, which is second only to Texas State in the SLC. Leading the way through the air is senior quarterback Zeke Dixon who has thrown for 1,918 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. However, Dixon has struggled with his accuracy as he is completing only 46.2 percent of his passes this season, and had been supplanted as starting quarterback by sophomore Danny Southall the past two games. South-

all went down with an injury early in the game against UC Davis and Dixon came in to go 23 of 53, for 296 yards and one touchdown. If healthy, Southall should see time at quarterback along with Dixon. Stephen F. Austin’s receiving core has been the most productive in the Southland Conference placing four receivers in the league’s top 10 in receptions. Leading the way is sophomore Chance Dennis who leads not only the Jacks but also the entire conference with 54 receptions for 691 yards. Alongside Dennis is Dominque Edison, Tyrell Williams and Carl Price who have all caught 29 passes this season. The Lumberjack running attack is led by sophomore running back Louie Runnels who has rushed for 563 yards on 117 carries, scoring six touchdowns. The former all-state defensive end in at Bellville High School leads SFA in all three major rushing categories. As impressive as the Stephen F. Austin offense has been, the defense has been equally unimpressive. The Lumberjacks are last in the league in scoring defense, surrendering 33.4 points per game and rank 5th out of seven in total defense yielding 400.1 yards of total offense per game. However, they have forced 26 turnovers this season, recorded 62 tackles for a loss and have sacked the quarterback 19 times. The heart and soul of the de-

fense is senior defensive back/ linebacker Ryan Luedecke who leads the Jacks and the SLC with 91 tackles. The former walk-on has also recorded 10 ½ tackles for a loss and has been a terror around the line of scrimmage this season. The Lumberjacks have another conference defensive leader in defensive back Keldric Holman who has intercepted four passes to go along with his 61 tackles and five tackles for a loss. Last week defensive back Darrell Bennett tallied 12 tackles to lead the team against UC Davis, and has totaled 53 tackles on the season to place him third on the team. Stephen F. Austin head coach Robert McFarland knows how important this game is not only to his team but also to the visiting Bobcats. “Texas State has steadily climbed the top 25 poll this season and is currently ranked 7th in the nation,” said McFarland. “The Bobcats come here needing to win out to guarantee themselves a share of the conference title.” The Bobcats snapped a threeyear losing streak to the Lumberjacks last season with a 17-14 win at Bobcat Stadium. However, SFA has won eight out of the last twelve against Texas State and is 13-7 versus the Bobcats in Nacogdoches, TX dating back to 1965. Kickoff is set for 1 P.M. in Nacogdoches and can be seen on television on Fox Sports Southwest.

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The accomplishments keep piling up for the women’s golf team. Freshman Christine Brijalba added to that list as she claimed her first collegiate victory with an impressive show of golf. Brijalba carded three consecutive rounds of 73 to claim the medalist honors at the Bronc Classic held in Edinburg on Monday and Tuesday. The Bobcats finished in a tie for second individually, along with Oklahoma City University, nine shots off the pace set by the University of North Texas. The Bobcats’ Danielle Mask tied for 12th with a three round total of 232, her first finish out of the top 10 individually in her last six tournaments. Anessa Thompson also tied for 12th while freshman Jennifer Crawford finished tied for 21st with a total of 236. The Bobcats’ season is over until the spring when they will open up play at the Islander Spring Classic in late February. The men’s golf team wrapped up tournament play for the fall season with a disappointing ninth place finish. The 13-team tournament that the Bobcats attended, dubbed the Battle of the Bend, was held at Cypress Bend Golf Resort on the shores of Toledo Bend Reservoir, which borders Texas and Louisiana. The match was held exclusively for teams from the two states on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The ’Cats were led, yet again, by Tyler Barnes’ 22nd-place finish individually after carding rounds of 75, 76 and 74 for a three-day total of 225. The ’Cats opened the first round with a team total 301, putting them in eighth place for the night. Jamie Luna had the top score the first day with a 74, although he would fade to a tie for 44th individually by the time the tournament concluded. The New Orleans Privateers took an early lead that they would not relinquish after day one by posting an impressive 284 team total. Sam Houston State University’s Robert Gwin shot a 68 to grab the clubhouse lead overnight. The next day would find the Bobcat men struggling their way

Photo courtesy of University of Texas-Pan American Freshman Christine Brijalba proved her value to the Bobcats during this week’s Bronc Classic hosted by UT-Pan American. Brijalba shot three consecutive rounds of 73, helping the Bobcats tie for second place overall. around the course to eventually post a 310 team total; the highest total of all attending teams throughout the three days except for Centenary College, which, coincidentally, came in a prominent last place as they trailed Texas Pan American by 35 shots. All the Bobcat men added strokes to their scores Tuesday knocking the Bobcats far out of contention. Wednesday brought the ’Cats new light and a new team as they scorched their way around the course for a 298 team total,

two more than their best round all season. Tyler Barnes finished the tournament tied for 22nd thanks to a final round 74. Chris Figueroa was right behind him tied for 27th with a total of 227, his best tournament all season. The Privateers won the tournament with a three-day total of 860, nine shots ahead of second place Southeastern Louisiana University. Parker LaBarge of Rice would take medalist honors with a three round total of 211, two shots ahead of the University of New Orleans’ Anthony Cantu.

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“Everybody wants the so-called ‘right thing’ to be done, and that’s as it should be, but the right thing isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish. There are a lot of things to be considered here.” — New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Wayne Gandy on the current struggle over moving the team to another city. (Source: ESPN.com)

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New look for ’Cats after preseason win Texas State starts off with an exhibition win over Angelo State By Adam Schoenky Sports Reporter Charles Dotson lead the Bobcats basketball team to a 74-71 victory over the visiting Rams from Angelo State University last night. The exhibition was the first time since March of 2005 that the Bobcats stepped onto the court as a team for competitive purposes. The nearly packed house stood with hands clenched as the final minutes of the game ticked away. Angelo State guard Quinn Barfield sank both of his free throws with 49 seconds left on the clock to bring the Rams within a point. The Bobcats then turned the ball over as guard Ontario McKee came up with a steal with only 15 seconds left to play. With Texas State leading by only a point, Angelo State needed only a field goal to take the lead. On the crucial final play, Texas State newcomer JuShay Rockett made his presence felt by jumping in the passing lane and intercepting a McKee pass. Rockett then stalled as the final seconds ticked off the clock, before

Spencer Millsap/Star photos TOP: C.J. Webster goes up for a dunk during last night’s exhibition game against Angelo State University. Webster made three assists, three blocks, four rebounds and totaled eight points. ABOVE: During yesterday’s game, Jeremy Johnson went two for two from the three-point line, raking in nine points overall.

putting the final exclamation point on the game with a monstrous breakaway dunk. “I looked at the clock and I knew there were only nine seconds on the clock. I just tried to lock my man up and make sure I left it all out there on the court,” Rockett said. Rockett, the junior transfer from Western Arizona, recorded nine points, two assists and three blocks in his debut as a Bobcat. Trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half of the game, the Rams battled back to take the lead over the Bobcats but that wouldn’t last as Texas State headed to the locker room at halftime with a 41-37 lead. Things got more competitive in the second half as Angelo State battled back, and even took the lead with 3:30 left in the game. The game remained close from that point on, as the Bobcats got a test in their first game of the year. Coach Dennis Nutt thinks that the toughness shown by Angelo State will help the Bobcats win tough games as the season progresses. “I think it’s probably the best thing that could’ve happened to us,” Nutt said. “Lots of times, you blow a team out by 20 or 30 points, but what do you learn about your team?” Junior guard Antwoine Blanchard said that the Bobcats learned plenty from last night’s game. Blanchard said that in playing what he described as a good team, the team was able to detect the flaws they need to work on. “It helps us that they are an aggressive, tough, physical team. We learned what we need to fix, so now we can work on the details, like rebounding, and fix our weaknesses,” Blanchard said. Blanchard scored only one point on the evening, but the veteran point guard helped out his team with 11 assists and three steals. Several of the team’s newcomers also stepped up in their first game as Bobcats. Junior forward Dotson, who transferred to Texas State this year from Navarro Junior College, made quite an impression in his debut. Dotson recorded 16 points in addition to three blocks and 75 percent free throw shooting. After missing one important free throw with 3:30 left in the game, the new Bobcat was able to keep his composure as he knocked down his final five in a row. “I was confident taking those shots because I knew I had to make them. I took it as a challenge,” Dotson said. “I had my teammates encouraging me, telling me I was going to make them. It helped me gain confidence and I guess it rubbed off on them.” The Bobcats will begin their regular season schedule on the road when they travel to the University of Utah on November 18 to take on the Utes before returning home.

Bobcat women’s basketball set for All-Internet exhibition By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter A group of former collegians and WNBA players will be getting together with the Texas State women’s basketball team this evening at Strahan Coliseum. The players will not be here to offer advice on how to handle being a studentathlete or how to make it to the pros, though. They make up a team called Everyone’s Internet and will be looking to school the Bobcats on the court instead. Everyone’s Internet has already played several Texas and Louisiana colleges during the exhibition season, defeating ranked teams such as the University of Texas and Texas Tech University along the way. According to Coach Suzanne Fox, the match up against Everyone’s Internet could be a useful tool to gauge what the coaching staff needs to work on when playing bigger, more athletic teams like Oklahoma State University, where Texas State where travel on Nov. 19. Fox said, the game will not only be a learning tool and a fun experience but a welcome break from practices as well. “More than anything, it’s just an opportunity to play someone different than ourselves,” Fox said. “We’ve been going against each other now for about 20 practices, so it’s nice to play someone with another color jersey on.” According to Fox, the possible regular season rotation has become a little clearer through practices, but she will still be watching carefully to how players react during the exhibition. She will be especially attentive to the post positions, where junior forward Erica Putnam seems to have an early lead in the bid to start next to senior forward Tamara Thompson, a Preseason All-Southland Conference selection. “Erica Putnam has been

playing pretty consistent for us as far as her work ethic and the things she’s doing inside,” Fox said. “We’ve got some other kids that have been sort of up-and-down consistency-wise, and those are the ones we’ve got to start to finding who’s going to be in that rotation.” Despite not having settled on the starters in the backcourt either, Fox said she feels comfortable with all of her perimeter players. “A majority of those guys are returners,” she said. “All those guys are going to be solid for us and the two freshmen, I think you’ll see them playing also.” Fox will not only be watching how players react individually but also what players work best on the court together. “There are a couple of groups that I don’t like playing together, but the majority of our kids can read off of each other reasonably well.” Fox cited a combination of Thompson and sophomore guard/forward Joyce Ekworomadu as particularly athletic and offensive-minded. When those two are on the floor together, Fox said, it allows the team to push the tempo. In addition to getting a look at the players, the coaching staff will also be evaluating how well the team has picked up basic offensive and defensive schemes. “I think we’re at that stage, where you just want to throw it out there and sink or swim a little bit,” Fox said. “It gives you some tools to then come back and, when we get back to practice, to identify and clean up some things we haven’t covered appropriately enough or long enough.” A former Bobcat, Mercy Okurie, is a member of Everyone’s Internet and could make the trip back to San Marcos to play against her old coach. Okurie was a senior on the 2002-2003 Texas State team that went to the NCAA Tournament.

LACLASSIC LACROSSE J.R. Harig of the Texas State club lacrosse team is seen here in their game against Baylor University, which they won 10-5. Texas State went on to beat the University of Texas in the semifinals, 5-4, but lost in the championship game to Texas Tech University, 7-5. The team finished second out of the eight that participated in the Aggieland Classic at Texas A&M University on Saturday and Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Harrison Gay, Texas State sophomore

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