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Election officials to oversee Place 2 recount Thursday By Amanda Venable News Reporter The race for City Council Place 2 is not over. Jude Prather, public administration senior, filed a petition for a recount Thursday after Tuesday’s election results showed a threevote difference between Prather and incumbent Gaylord Bose. The Ballot Board will reconvene Tuesday to review the provisional and overseas ballots. Some are saying the election would have had a different out-

come if everyone who went to the polls was able to vote. Several individuals said they were turned away from the polls during early voting at the LBJ Student Center Oct. 24 to 25 and Election Day. News of residents not being able to vote sent Prather’s campaign out in search of answers. “I believe that there were citizens of San Marcos that were disenfranchised and some of them happened to be students,” said Matthew Golding, Prather’s campaign manager and political

science senior. “Right now we are just investigating to make sure every voice is being heard, and every vote is being counted.” Brian Webb, Prather’s campaign director and political science senior is among the individuals asserting unfair practices took place that kept people from voting is . Webb said he brought his voter registration form to the election office in September. When Webb went to cast his ballot at the LBJ Student Center, he was told he could not vote because his registration was postmarked after the

registration date. “The strange situation is that they told me that (my voter registration form) was in the mail when I know it was never in the mail,” Webb said. “I was not offered a provisional ballot and when I asked for one, the only one they would give me they said would not have any of the City Council members on it.” A provisional ballot is provided to an individual whose name does not appear on the voter registration list, but claims to be a registered voter. According to the

State Secretary’s office, every individual should be offered a provisional ballot and notified whether his or her vote counted. If it was not counted, an explanation must be provided. “A lot of people would not know about a provisional ballot,” Webb said. “A lot of the people that were turned away were not informed of any other options. It was never brought up.” Patrick Kellner, history senior, said he too was turned Monty Marion/Star photo

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ASG approves reserve By Amanda Venable News Reporter

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The Associated Student Government passed a resolution Monday mandating faculty members to keep textbooks on reserve in the library. The resolution, titled “Regarding Length of Textbook Use,” provoked a lengthy debate among senators. The debate centered on whether faculty members should be required or encouraged to put textbooks on E-Reserve or TRACS so students may view the text without having to purchase the book. Those opposing the recommendation said the University Bookstore would lose their main source of funds and see profits decrease. ASG Sen. Kristi Detweiler, resolution sponsor, refused to take the recommendation off of the legislation. While many senators believed the resolution would result in a negative affect for the University Bookstore, the majority saw it as helping the student body spend less on textbooks. “This is a no-brainer,” said ASG Sen. Carlos Granillo. “This is to help the students that cannot afford to buy books.” The legislation passed with a 32-person majority stating faculty members are encouraged to put textbooks on E-Reserve or TRACS. ASG Sen. Tyler Ferguson questioned the relevance of the debate, saying more legislation should be written to help the students. “I encourage all senators that feel they can help the students to write legislation,” Ferguson said. “Do not wuss out because you think it will fail. Take a risk and do something.” In response to Jude Prather’s loss in Tuesday’s City Council Place 2 election, guest speaker Chris Jones, Place 4 councilman, informed the senators that Prather filed for a recount Thursday. The mayor will serve as supervisor over the recount. A board consisting of people who did not participate in either Prather or incumbent Gaylord Bose’s campaigns will do the recount Thursday

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Awareness walk for silent epidemic Food drive competition unites campus for service, good cause By Jackie Baylon News Reporter

Texas State student Tim Leeland is familiar with the sound and impact of an outside force against the head — hard enough to cause the brain to move within the skull. Leeland said he was an innocent bystander trying to break up a fight when he got hit in the head with something. He still doesn’t know what it was. With that severe blow, Leeland became one of the more than 450,000 Texans who are currently living with a disability because of a traumatic brain injury. “I am very blessed to have survived,” said Leeland, pre-mass communication junior. “I was in a coma for six days and in the beginning I could not move the left side of my body nor speak well. I went through a wheel chair, to a cane, to just the brace that I use now. I had a miraculous recovery because I was pretty messed up.” Leeland was one of hundreds of Texans at Bobcat Stadium Saturday for the third annual Walk for Thought fundraiser, an event held to increase awareness and raise money for the Brain Injury Association of

Texas. The Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, a nonprofit coed service group, hosted the event and raised more than $13,800. “The first year, the Brain Injury Association of Texas hosted the event, but last year they asked us to take it over and host it for them,” said Calysta Spence, political science senior and president of Alpha Phi Omega. “So we did it last year, and we are hoping to continue in the future.” Brain injury has been called the “silent epidemic” because most people do not know about it, let alone its consequences or how it affects people, according to the Brain Injury Association of Texas Web site. “What we try to do is promote awareness while getting in as many firms as we can to help those with brain injuries,” said Melissa Finney, political science senior and head of the Walk for Thought committee. “Especially those who are underprivileged and can’t get the Medicare that they really need.” The money raised came from an entrance fee and donations by corporate sponsors

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By Allen Reed News Reporter Texas has the highest food insecurity rate in the nation, and in Central Texas, one in four children and one in five adults suffer from hunger, according to the Capital Food Bank of Texas Web site. Texas State students are combating this problem during the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Friday will conclude the 19-day food drive organized by the Student Volunteer Connection. Food insecurity is defined as “the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to a lack of financial resources,” according to the Hays County Area Food Bank’s Web site. Between 2002 and 2004, more than 16 percent of Texas households were food insecure. In the past, student organizations had sponsored their own food drives, but this will be the first year that groups unite in competition. Ashley Gomez, biochemistry senior and Student Volunteer Connection president, said she is optimistic about

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the outcome of this year’s drive. “Last year, they had 2,000 pounds of food,” Gomez said. “I want at least over that. If we’re all working together we should be able to exceed that.” One group that has been campaigning with regularity has been the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. On Friday afternoon, they were the only organization collecting donations in The Quad. Their booth will be set up there through Friday. Nick Borrego, pre-theatre sophomore and Phi Kappa Psi member, is excited to be part of the food drive. “It’s actually really cool,” Borrego said. “I’ve worked at a food bank before, and you might think that it’s going to be awkward with poor people coming to get food from you. That’s not the case at all. The people are so nice, friendly and thankful. It feels really good to help those in need.” The drive will be a five-way contest between the residence halls, sports clubs and service, student and Greek organizations. In order to level the playing field, the winner will be decided on a percentage basis rather than sheer volume of donations. Money is being donated — every dollar counting

as two canned items — but the Student Volunteer Connection said canned goods are preferred. Gomez said all students are welcome to donate regardless of their affiliation with any of the aforementioned groups. For those interested in donating, a list of the participating organizations and drop-off locations can be found on the Student Volunteer Connection Web site at The Texas State Sport Club is competing in the drive. Stephanie Thompson, Sport Club director, said she likes how the athletes come together in a competition that works for the greater good. “The drive is a great way for these students to give to those less fortunate,” Thompson said. “It helps put things in perspective because some people struggle to have something as simple as a can of food.” Gomez said the recipients would not be the only ones benefiting from the drive. “The average Texas State student See FOOD DRIVE, page 5


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starsof texas state Angela Ramirez, biology junior and member of the Hispanic Business Students Association, has been recognized as the National Representative of the Year for the Southern Region for her exemplary student leadership and commitment to her chapter and community. The Raymondville native was recently recognized

at the National Hispanic Business Association’s 18th Annual Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill. The annual honor is determined by a competitive year-long process and a final selection is made by the National Board of Directors, and includes a $250 scholarship. — Courtesy of University News Service

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Calendar Tuesday Texas State men’s basketball will play Dallas Baptist 7 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. The Catholic Student Center will have a free lunch for all students 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call Lynn, (512) 357-2049. GLBQ Pride Group meeting will be held noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Every Nation Campus Ministries will be holding a weekly campus meeting 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a message exploring the person of Jesus. The Texas State Sociology Club is holding a food drive for the Hays County Women’s Shelter. The drive will run through Nov. 19 with drop boxes in Derrick Hall. We are looking for non-perishable canned goods as well as gently used clothing or personal hygiene products Wednesday Texas State AKD Sociology Honor Society presents, “Sociology Profs Speak out: The Journey from Undeclared to Ph.D.,” 5 to 6 p.m. in Derrick 226. All majors welcome. The rosary will be prayed in the St. Jude Chapel of the Catholic Student Center at 6 p.m. Student Volunteer Connection will hold it’s weekly meeting 6 p.m. in LBJ Student Center 3-1.5. Higher Ground will hold a contemplative and


peaceful evening prayer service 5:30 p.m. in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (510 N. Guadalupe, directly across from the Tower dorm), followed by supper at 6:15p.m. Students of every religious background are welcome.

Nov. 2, 4:23 p.m. Burglary: Habitation/Blanco Hall Two officers were dispatched for a burglary of a habitation report. Two students reported their property was taken from Blanco Hall without their consent. This case is under investigation. Nov. 3, 4:31 a.m. Drug: Possession of Marijuana/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Admissions Parking Lot Two officers were on patrol and observed three individuals walking. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation, arrested for PODP, transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration and a student was arrested for POM and transported to HCLEC to await magistration.

AITP will have special guest at their chapter meeting, Andre Ileks, CIO of Whole Foods Market in Austin. For more information e-mail Thursday Texas State football will play Sam Houston State 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. Career Services presents, “From Backpack to Briefcase,” 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Flowers Hall, room 230. The Catholic Student Organization will meet 6 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The Rock — Praise & Worship will take place in the St. Jude Chapel of the CSC at 7:30 p.m. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome to attend. Friday Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomer’s Meeting, River Group, will be 9:15 p.m. at 1700 Ranch Rd. 12, Suite C. Saturday 17 Sunday 18 Monday 19 Men Against Violence meeting will be held 5 to 6 p.m. in LBJSC 3.10. Higher Ground Campus Ministry Bible Study will be held in the basement lounge of St. Mark’s Episcopal (510 N. Guadalupe, directly across from the Tower dorm), 6 to 7 p.m.

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Jon Clark/Star photo Shawn Ryan, communication design junior, and Chris Olivas (left), members of The RX Family, perform during a Battle of the Bands at George’s in the LBJ Student Center Thursday night.

Health Beat Holiday stress at school and home

As the end of the semester approaches, students may notice they have trouble sleeping, have been more irritable or have less energy. If they have had any of these symptoms, or are just feeling not like themselves, they may be stressed about everything they have to do in the next few weeks – finals, packing for the holidays, deciding when to go home and purchasing gifts for friends and family members. Experiencing stress about these upcoming events is natural; however, students can alleviate some of the stress they are feeling. In terms of finals, students may be staying up late to study or not sleeping at all. All-nighters do not help; rather, they often inhibit an ability to concentrate and can increase symptoms of irritability and fatigue. If someone wants to do well on their finals, they need to obtain the amount of sleep they need, typically seven to nine hours per night. A student should also continue to eat healthy meals and to exercise. While this means they will have to manage their time better and they will have to commit to maintaining a healthier lifestyle, they will feel better and be better able to concentrate on their finals and other projects. Students going home over the holidays may feel somewhat nervous about seeing their family, especially if this is the first time they will be with them for an extended period of time since coming to school. The most important element to having an enjoyable break is communication. Students should tell parents about preferences for the holidays and share expectations. Students should understand some tensions may arise; people have probably changed during the past few months and so has their family. A returning student may need to discuss the rules their parents used when back in high school. If a student knows they earned lower grades this

past semester and have not told their parents, they should tell them. Parents may be disappointed by the academic performance, but they will not be as upset by honesty. Students should also make sure holiday plans include the family. Students shouldn’t spend all their time with new friends or old high school buddies. While time should be spent with friends, the family will want to see their children and siblings. Hear stories and brag about the student to the extended family. If a student is concerned about purchasing gifts for family and friends, they should share their concerns with parents. They will understand a limited budget and may be able to make suggestions about smaller gifts for siblings, or suggest splitting the cost of a gift with a sibling. Finally, students should make sure to take care of themselves: physically, mentally and emotionally. If they have begun an exercise regimen at school, keep it up at home or find other ways to get the exercise they need. Healthy eating and sleeping habits should be kept up. If a student needs to spend some time by themselves, they should do so. If they can do these things, they and their family will have a happy holiday and they will be well rested for the upcoming semester. For more information, visit the Counseling Center’s Web site at www.counseling. or call (512) 245-2208. Students may also want to visit the Health Education Resource Center’s Web site at or call (512) 245-2309. Contact the Counseling Center by calling (512) 245-2208 or schedule an appointment at the Student Health Center by using the online appointment system at or by calling (512) 245-2167. — Courtesy of Student Health Center

Nov. 5, 1:06 a.m. Criminal Mischief – under $500/Jackson Hall Two officers were dispatched for a fire alarm. A student reported four students were responsible for damaging a smoke detector. San Marcos Fire Department reset the fire alarm. The case will be sent to Residence Life for review. A report was generated for this case. Nov. 5, 3:14 p.m. Information Report/Bobcat Village Two officers were dispatched for a verbal disturbance report. A student reported having a verbal altercation with another student. A report was generated for this case. Nov. 5, 4:24 p.m. Theft – under $500/Flowers Hall An officer was dispatched for a theft report. A non-student reported property was taken from the building without consent. This case is under investigation. Nov. 6, 11:59 a.m. Medical Emergency/LBJ Student Center An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student was having a seizure, was evaluated by EMS and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation. Nov. 6, 1:14 p.m. Property Damage/300 State Drive An officer was dispatched for a property damage report. A student reported a motor vehicle was damaged while it was parked. This case is under investigation. Nov. 6, 7:37 p.m. Information Report/Bobcat Village Two officers were dispatched for a welfare concern to locate a student. The student was not at the student’s place of residence. A report was generated for this case. — Courtesy of University Police Department


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Political science panel discuss religion’s role in public square By Sean Batura News Reporter A panel discussion Tuesday examined the role of religion in the public square in the Middle East, Latin America, India and the United States. The four faculty panelists, each of whom specializes in at least one of the aforementioned regions, answered questions posed by moderator Vicki Brittain, chair of the political science department and professor, and audience members. Political science professor Kenneth Grasso said “religion has been a constant presence in American public life from literally the very beginning,” and referred to the amazement some Americans show when they talk about the rise of the Christian Right as “a sign of historical amnesia.” Nandhini Rangarajan, political science assistant professor, said though the involvement of religion in politics is not new in India, the rise in religious fundamentalism is. “What is worrying in the context of India is the sudden growth of religious fundamentalist groups that are threatening the peaceful image of India, that are threatening the spiritual image that India has been


projecting so far,” Rangarajan said. When asked whether politicians should be allowed to “use religious arguments to create new laws,” Grasso replied, “Well, Martin Luther King was a high level religious actor. He used religious language to advance a cause. If it was legitimate for him to do it, why would it not be for other people?” Grasso had mentioned King earlier, saying “at the end of the day, if I want to be able to say Martin Luther King has the right to use religious language to further his cause, I’d be willing to extend the same freedom to George W. Bush.” Associate professor Arnold Leder, who specializes in Middle East politics, said some find elements in Islamic doctrine and practice that are supportive of democracy. “Let me suggest that there are certain elements in Islamic faith, and historically, that certainly suggest there is much in Islam that is compatible with democracy as we understand it,” Leder said. He expressed concern over the status of the Islamic tradition of religious toleration, which he said prevailed to a greater extent in the Ottoman Empire than it did in Christendom. “In some parts of the Muslim world that

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Greg Richards/Star Photo Deepthi Komathi, computer science graduate student, performs a classical Indian dance at the Diwali celebration held in the LBJ Ballroom on Sunday night.

morning, Jones said. He said anyone who voted under a provisional ballot should call the City Clerk’s office at (512) 393-3000 to ensure his or her vote is counted. Jones further encouraged senators to become active in the voting process and make certain the situation at last week’s election does not take place again. “I want you guys to get informed on voter education,” Jones said. “There were some people that asked for a provisional ballot, but were denied one from my understanding. As senators you should advertise where the polling place is, advertise where to vote, advertise to vote and educate others.” In new business, a resolution titled “Follow Me to a Greener Future: Texas State Recycles Day 2007” was passed proclaiming Thursday as Texas State Recycling Day. In the President’s Report, Reagan Pugh reminded senators the Texas State University System Board of Regents will be meeting Wednesday and Thursday to decide on a potential tuition and fees increase. Pugh said the board of regents would decide on athletic fees, which ASG will support only if Texas State makes a move to Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. In follow-up to last week’s legislation, “Bobcats Are Hungry For More,” Pugh said Chartwells food distributor would be conducting a survey to potentially bring a Starbucks and a national hamburger chain to campus in addition to extending the size of the current Blimpy sandwich shop. In other business, ASG Vice President Alexis Dabney said Texas State would no longer be taxing the purchase of bottled water as they have unrightfully been doing. In addition to announcements, Tommy Luna, Resident Hall Association president, announced the event titled “Take Over” would take place at the LBJ Student Center Saturday 5 to 9 p.m. The event will have various games and activities for students to partake in. All students are invited to come.

tradition is being ignored,” Leder said. Rangarajan explained how modern India managed to remain secular. “The reason that it has stayed secular despite this multi-religious presence…is mainly because it has had a power-sharing kind of democracy where each of these religious components have had some kind of voice in the country’s development,” Rangarajan said. Rangarajan said hostility to British rule was a factor in developing a tradition of religious toleration in India. “(Secular government and power sharing) made sure that everybody in India, whether they be Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Jains, Sikhs and so on, that they all shared a unique Indian-ness,” Rangarajan said. “They were all against the British, they were all against a common enemy. They had this shared experience from which they could draw that sustained the secular nature of (their) country.” Political science lecturer Maria Valverde said Catholicism has both hindered and advanced democracy in Latin America. She said the Catholic Church supported brutal military dictatorships in some places. When Argentina was ruled by such a regime, she said the Church saw protestors and guerilla movements as threats to Christianity and civilization, so it became an apologist of and participant in atrocities carried out by the government. However, when Brazil was under military rule, Valverde said, the Church opposed tyranny. “In other places in Latin America, like Brazil, the Catholic Church…demanded that the military return to elections and civilian power,” Valverde said. Valverde mentioned Óscar Romero, a Catholic Archbishop who was murdered in the 80s by the El Salvadoran government while celebrating Mass. Romero, Valverde said, had made a nationallybroadcast sermon the day before he was killed in which he asked members of the military to disobey orders to shoot civilians. The U.S. government had ignored his pleas for it to end military aid to the regime. Romero and several priests, nuns, missionaries and other civilians were murdered over the years by death squads, some of the members of which were graduates of the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Ga. Romero was a proponent of liberation theology. The doctrine, embraced by many people forced into poverty in Central America, holds that Christ is the liberator of the oppressed. “(Liberation theology) can be expressed well and quickly with this phrase: ‘the poor is Christ,’” Valverde said. “In Spanish it makes more sense. Basically what they were saying (was) ‘poor people are Christ.’” Romero opposed the use of force by governments and citizens, instead advocating “courageous self-sacrifice.” “When the church decries revolutionary violence, it cannot forget that institutionalized violence also exists, and that the desperate violence of oppressed persons is not overcome with one-sided laws, with weapons, or with superior force,” Romero wrote.

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Some professors believe students lack worldview Sean Batura News Reporter Some faculty members and students at Texas State believe today’s generation is not prepared for a global society. The university will be joining other educational institutions in celebrating International Education Week to help raise awareness of the world beyond Texas. According to the State Department, the purpose of International Education Week is to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.” Bob Seese, director of the International Office, said this year’s International Education Week will outshine all the previous ones. He attributes this to a new web-based approach and a vigorous grassroots effort. “International Education Week is going to help U.S. students because they’re going to find when they go to the workplace that they are going to be encountering international issues,” Seese said. Nine events are planned, including the International Students Reception and the Diwali Festival, the traditional dates of which were both rescheduled to be in closer proximity to International Education Week. Courtney Steen, English senior, who helps

many international students as a counselor at the Writing Center, said the general curriculum in the U.S. could benefit from a greater focus on the rest of the world. “U.S. history is required to graduate, not world history, which I think just fosters this ethnocentrism and Americentrism,” Courtney said. “I think it’s so important to know the roots of the rest of the world.” Seese, whose office has led efforts to coordinate and promote the initiative since 2002, said 2004 was the biggest year for International Education Week because Tibor Nagy Jr., former ambassador to Ethiopia, was on campus to give a speech. The university began celebrating International Education Week in 2002 with the presentation of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. This year’s awards will be given on Thursday, after a presentation on professional development opportunities offered by the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright grants, offered by the government, afford recent graduates opportunities to plan their own programs and teach at universities in other countries. English professor Nancy Wilson, director of the Writing Center, has taught overseas and hosted Fulbright scholars in her classes in years past. Her husband, English professor Steve Wil-

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and the people participating in the walk-a-thon. Alpha Phi Omega raised more than $18,000 during the event last year. But they still considered it a successful event even though this year’s goal of $30,000 was not met. “I think we could have done a better job in planning it, since we had a little problem with turnover,” Finney said. “What should have been done in nine months, I kind of pulled off in about four months.” Finney said she considered the event to be a success because they had more people this year, and they still cleared their original goal of at least raising $10,000. “The Brain Injury Association of Texas uses that money to donate to local hospitals and brain injury clinics,” Finney said. “They try to help them get updated with equipment and everything they need.” Jaime and Kathleen Garza were visitors from Houston who came to San Marcos to support the organization’s event. “We are very much supporters of an organization like this,” Kathleen Garza said. “The silent epidemic needs to be raised, and the awareness really needs to be brought to the forefront.

son, is the Fulbright campus representative. He will be giving a presentation at an International Education Week event on Wednesday entitled “Fulbright: A World of Opportunity.” Nancy Wilson said guest scholars have an opportunity to talk with students and dispel misconceptions and stereotypes they might have about life in the visitor’s country of origin. She said she had the same opportunity when she taught overseas. “Because I’m from Texas, they wanted to know if I rode a horse,” Wilson said. “When my oldest son was in Slovenia — he went to school there — one of his textbooks said, ‘everyone in the United States carries a gun, and they only eat fast food.’ So he had to say, ‘no, I don’t have a gun.’ That’s really (what) I think the heart of Fulbright is, that’s how you get rid of (stereotypes), you have a chance to talk and then all those stereotypes fall away.” Magsud Mammadov, international relations senior, came to Texas State five years ago as an exchange student from Azerbaijan, and decided to stay for his degree. He said though he thinks interest is high among students who encounter internationals, he wishes they knew more about other cultures. “In Azerbaijan, at a university, especially (a) state university, everybody speaks different languages, everybody knows about other cultures,”



away. Kellner said he registered to vote two months ago, yet when he went to cast a ballot Tuesday, the records showed he was not registered in Hays County. Kellner was told if he wanted to vote he would have to go back to his hometown. “I believe I have legitimate grounds to contest this election,” Prather said. “We have to walk before we run and run before we sprint. We are going to take it one day at a time.” Golding said they are asking voters who were turned away at the polls to sign an affidavit, which is a sworn document stating the voter was turned away at the polls. Joyce Cowan, Hays County elections administrator, said the words ‘turned away’ are improperly used in this situation, claiming legalities kept individuals from casting their vote. Cowan said it is their job to make sure people who vote in San Marcos are registered and live within the city jurisdiction. Cowan said in the case of Amanda Oskey, former Associated Student Government vice president and current senator, the records did not show she lived in the city of San Marcos. Oskey came back with a map showing her address at the Outpost Apartments on Post Road is within city jurisdiction. She did what an informed, educated voter should do in that type of situation, Cowan said. Some question whether or not other students would have taken the time necessary to fix such a discrepancy in the records, fearing individuals unable to vote would not have been as proactive. Cowan said Oskey’s situation was taken care of immediately and no other individuals have come to her claiming their right to vote was denied. Cowan said she would call the situation a rumor. “I requested that (anyone unable to vote) come to my office, or write me a letter,” Cowan said. “I have received no phone calls or letters from people not able to vote.” Interim City Clerk Shelley Goodwin said the recount is set for 9 a.m. Thursday. Any registered voter in the city of San Marcos that feels his or her right to vote was denied should contact Joyce Cowan at (512) 3937310. “Right now we are going through the recount procedures,” Prather said. “It has been a really tough pill to swallow. It is so easy to become bitter and so easy to divide the town and that was not my goal. I do not want to be elected in through a court; I want to be elected in through the people.”

would be pretty surprised at how many people in San Marcos are poverty stricken and can’t afford food,” Gomez said. “Be thankful for what you have because people around you that you see every day don’t have that. I really enjoy the food drive because it brings that to people’s attention.” The winning organization will be awarded a plaque and a spot on the Texas State homepage. Second place will win $50 and third place wins a pizza party. The combined donations will be delivered to the Hays County Area Food Bank on Nov. 20.

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It has always been considered a silent epidemic because not even through an MRI or advance research, can the brain waves be measured to see if they are working properly.” Garza said people need to know that brain injuries do not only happen because of car accidents and heart attacks, but many are caused by strokes, skateboarding, daredevil and head accidents. She said soldiers coming back from war have many traumatic brain injuries. Garza’s husband, Jaime Garza, was named Brain Injury Survivor of the Year by the Brain Injury Association of Texas. He got his brain injury from a stroke and was in a coma for a month and suffered from amnesia for three. He spent six months trying to recover in the hospital. “War veterans have said he has beaten the bones three times,” Kathleen Garza said. Spence said she had personal interest invested in her organization’s event as well. “My dad has a brain injury, along with somebody in our organization and our adviser’s daughter also has one, so this is a very important event that relates specifically to us,” Spence said. The Texas Medical Association was there to hand out bicycle helmets as part of their Hard Hats for Little Heads program.

Mammadov said. “(U.S. students) discover Azerbaijan through me, which they should have already known (about).” Mammadov, whose father fought in Azerbaijan’s war with Armenia, said his experience in the U.S. has changed his outlook substantially. “...Before I came to the United States, I was ready to join (the) military,” Mammadov said. “Once I came here, when I observed people — there’s so many different people in America — that were happy and coexisting, it changed my mind, and that’s actually why I want to study international relations and conflict resolution, so when I go back I will contribute to (resolving) the conflict (through) peaceful means.” Jo Ann Carson, philosophy professor, said international studies can be helpful in revising one’s own worldview and in helping others to revise theirs. “The whole point of dialogue and listening to different viewpoints is that it’s a way of revising your own belief system,” Carson said. “And…you’re providing a service for (others), too. You’re helping them in this communal, collaborative effort where everybody is trying to adjust their belief systems to make them better and more moral…I think that international studies is a process…that would make it more likely that they would be able to reach that level of maturity.”

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by Cecilia de Jesus

Once again, the holiday season is upon awkward, but friendly banter should put us. As students begin to plan trips home that to rest. Talk about your relationship: to visit family, many will wonder if this is a how you met, what you like to do together, good time to bring their boyfriend or girlsome funny stories along the way, etc. It’s friend to meet the parents. not a good time to bring up deep, heartWhile it could be a memorable time to heavy sentiments. Keep things light. do so, plenty could go horribly wrong in If you’re the significant other tagging ANNA TAUZIN the process. So here is your handy guide along, bring a gift for the family. A bottle of Star Columnist to bringing Mr. Right, or Ms. Right Now, wine, flowers or even your own homemade home for the holidays. cookies would make a good present. Talk First, make sure your partner is ready to meet the with your partner to pick out something perfect for family. You two should already have an established their family. relationship (at least six months, but a year together A good way to break the ice and gain brownie would be better). Talk with him or her long before points is to play with the children in the family. Who the trip to make sure they feel comfortable. Pay atdoesn’t think highly of a young man or woman who tention for any signs of hesitation or resistance. The gains the approval of children? Trust me, this should worst thing to do would be to force your significant work every time. other into a situation they don’t want. Offer to help as well. The holidays can be a Second, clear it with your family. Talk up the good stressful time for the host or hostess, and an extra points about your partner and emphasize he or she volunteer to move chairs, wash dishes or set the really wants to meet them. Again, if you sense oppotable is always welcomed. sition, back off. It is your family’s home, after all, and This should go without saying, but please avoid they should be at the top of your priority list. talking about religion or politics around the dinner It would be a good idea to agree upon the table. You want to keep things pleasant, and trying to sleeping arrangements before going home. If your smash the family’s framed picture of President Bush mom really has a problem with the two of you above the mantel will certainly leave a lasting impressharing a bed in her home, then you shouldn’t sion, but probably not the one you want. Smile and push it. Unless you’re married, it’s really not a nod, smile and nod. battle worth fighting. At the end of the trip, thank the family for their Once you arrive, allow time for your family and hospitality. You could drop a thank you note in the partner to get to know each other. Bringing somemail, but remember that the most important thing to one new into the household is going to be a little them is how well you treat their son or daughter.

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Shrek the Third (PG) — Eddie Murphy, Justin Timberlake

As I Am — Alicia Keys

Ocean’s Thirteen (PG-13) — George Clooney, Brad Pitt

Sawdust — The Killers

Amazing Grace (PG) — Nicholas Farrell, Albert Finney

System — Seal

Trends Contact — Clara Cobb,

ACL: “A Chorus Line” kicks it up By Cheryl Jones Features Reporter

The department of theatre and dance is kicking it up this week with its production of “A Chorus Line.” The award-winning Broadway musical conceived by Michael Bennett, “A Chorus Line,” is based on a book centering on 17 dancers as they tell personal life stories, all while competing for eight spots in a Broadway chorus line. Told through monologues and musical numbers, the play is inspired by real Broadway dancers. Considering all the various facets necessary for this particular production, the department called upon the directional talents of Robert Ball, associate professor at University of the Incarnate Word. “My main responsibility is to help integrate different areas of the show (dancing, singing, acting, and design elements such as lights, costume and scenery) into a seamless event that expresses the story and action of the musical from a strong point of view,” he said. “(It) is a tremendously challenging musical because much of (it) takes place with no fewer than 19 performers on stage. It demands that all of these performers be triple threats. “The play is unique in that it has something for everyone, whether one

relates to the singing or acting, or a particular story line, the notion of gaining a new understanding is evident and is bound to attract people of all interests,” he said. “Perhaps it is especially interesting to people who are on the brink of making big choices as to how to spend their lives and what is most important to them,” Ball said. “In the end, ‘A Chorus Line’ reminds us all that we risk rejection and failure in both our personal and professional lives, but we must have the courage to pursue our heart’s desires despite this.” David Gibson, pre-theatre sophomore and stage manger, said the play sheds light on one’s personal life. “This show is all about how hard it is in the world to make a living in what you love,” he said. The play will be performed 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Mainstage Theater.

✯ FYI General public admission is $10 and $7 for students. For more information, call the ticket office at (512) 245-2204.

ACL Awards 2007 Tony Award — Best Revival of a Musical Produced by Vienna Waits Productions — nominee 2007 Tony Award — Best Featured Actress in a Musical Charlotte d’Amboise — nominee

Monty Marion/Star photo NOW PLAYING: The cast of Texas State’s presentation of ”A Chorus Line” practices a dance number during dress rehearsals Monday night. “A Chorus Line” opens 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

ACL “A Chorus Line” songs

“Nothing” — Diana

“I Hope I Get It” — Company

“Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” — Val

“I Can Do That” — Mike

“The Music and the Mirror” — Cassie

“And ... “ — Bobby, Richie, Val and Judy

“One” — Company

“At the Ballet” — Sheila, Bebe and Maggie

“The Tap Combination” — Company

“Sing!” — Kristine and Al

“What I Did For Love” — Diana and Company

“Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” — Company

“One” (Reprise) — Company

Perigee-Syzygy: bigger and brighter By Tug Ledermann Features Reporter Those who took the time to admire the full moon in October probably noticed it appeared to be particularly large and bright. Two factors contributed to the moon looking so big and bright. Don Olson, physics professor, uses the term “perigee-syzygy” to explain these occurrences. “Perigee-Syzygy is what we call it. Perigee is when the moon is at the point in its orbit which is closest to earth, and syzygy is an alignment that is either sun-earth-moon which is a full moon or a new moon alignment of sun-moonearth,” Olson said. Chad Allen, pre-mass communication sophomore, said he noticed the difference in the size of the moon but was unaware of the scientific explanation. “I remember noticing how huge the moon looked on the 25th, but I assumed it was just because there was a full moon,” said Allen. During a perigee, the moon looks about 15 percent bigger and almost 32 percent brighter because it is closer to earth than it usually is, Olson said. “What happened on Oct. 25 and 26 was two things came together, on the same day there was a full moon and within 24 hours of each other there was a lunar perigee, which is when the moon is at a point in it’s orbit that is closest to earth,” he said. A perigee-syzygy makes the moon look big and bright, and greatly affects the tides, said Olson. “I study perigee-syzygys’ and that’s either a full moon syzygy or new moon syzygy and both of them make the tides go crazy,” he said. Though the effects of the perigee-syzygy were not apparent in San Marcos, costal areas most likely had extreme low and high tides during the time of the perigee-syzygy. “Now that I know what was going on, it makes a lot of sense because I don’t ever recall seeing the moon so clearly and the canal behind my house back home in Hitchcock was almost covering our dock that whole weekend,” Allen said. Mark Johnstone, resident of Bayou Vista, a small village on Galveston’s West Bay, said he

noticed an unusual high tide for a longer duration than normal in the area. “The tide ran about two feet higher than normal, and stayed that way for much longer than usual,” Johnstone said. “It affected me personally, as our lower fishing dock was underwater for a week or more.” The effects of a perigee-syzygy are apparent in occurrences many people are familiar with, yet some people are not aware a perigee-syzygy was part of the explanation. “We wrote an article about a perigee-syzygy that occurred during the Boston Tea Party. What happened was right during the tea party the water all went out of the harbor and the ships actually settled in the mud, and the cause of it was a perigee-syzygy except this one was during the new moon,” Olson said. Historical depictions of colonial citizens tossing tea into the waters never occurred, he said. In reality, people had to stomp the tea into the mud because the tide was so low. “The lunar perigee makes the moon look it’s biggest and also exerts the greatest influence on the ocean tides,” Olson said. Configurations such as the perigee cause the ocean tides to have its greatest range — which means it has the highest highs and the lowest lows, he said. “I don’t recall ever noticing the effects of a perigee-syzygy, but I will certainly be on the lookout for it in the future,” Johnstone said. “It seems like a perigee-syzygy is something you would never know about until you actually have to deal with the effects it causes,” Allen said. But this is nothing out of the ordinary, Olson explained. “It’s important to understand that a perigee and syzygy both occur on a regular basis, it is when they both occur at the same time that drastic changes in high and low tide occur,” he said.

✯ FYI For more information on the moon and its effects, visit

Stacie Andrews/Star photo

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Many thanks to veterans ✯ Ever have a headache from just studyseverely from post-traumatic stress ing for an exam and then the anxiety disorder, and had nightmares. My brothbuilding up to the exam? ers and I were never allowed to ask him Thursday was my day. The migraine about the war, though being the defiant came from studying for my foreign lanchildren we were, we did which resulted guage exam. with my mother’s scolding us. On top of that, I had to translate a After the service in The Quad, there SUSAN RAUCH poem from Old English into Modern Engwere two Veterans’ Memorial plaques lish over the weekend, and mysteriously Trends Columnist dedicated in front of Flowers Hall. The the headache returned. The old cliché, Alumni Association dedicated one of “it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks,” really them, so I took some pictures for the Alumni applies in these cases. Web site. My son seems to absorb his German better than Afterward, the Alumni Association held a I do – I only wish he could absorb some math. luncheon. Being a Student Chapter member, The scary thing about the language course is I was invited. I think I found my next favorite I have to take it for three more semesters. I am restaurant. The food was amazing — enough to really hoping by next semester it all will sort of “almost” forget about my progressing migraine. I just click in. was thankful the stress of the morning exam was Aside from the migraine phenomena, the alleviated by the afternoon’s events. Veteran’s Day Memorial Service in The Quad was I want to thank all of our students who are veta highlight. When the military planes flew over erans of our U.S. military for serving this great twice, I felt a bit of pride and sadness. country. That thanks extends to my husband, who The day reminded me of my grandfather, to is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and served whom I was very close. He lost some fingers as one of a few radiomen saving lives during the during one of the battles on D-Day and suffered Cuban Mariel Boatlift.

Fine Arts Calendar

Mu Phi Epsilon Founder’s Day Recital, 7 p.m., Tuesday, University Performing Arts Center “A Chorus Line,” 7:30 p.m., Tuesday- Saturday, 2 p.m., Sunday, Main Stage Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Evans Auditorium Saxophone Studio Recital, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Recital Hall Guest Recitalist Christopher Michell, 7 p.m., Thursday, UPAC Choreographers Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, 2 and 7:30

p.m., Friday, Jowers Studio UnNuitd’etoiles- Senior Voice Recital Christin Toerner, 7 p.m., Friday, Recital Hall Wind Ensemble, 8 p.m., Friday, Evans Auditorium Orchestra del Rio, 9 p.m., Friday, George’s Senior Voice Recital Guadalupe Castro, 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Recital Hall A Soprano State of MindJoint Senior Recital by Paige Patrick and Robin Turman, 6 p.m., Saturday, Recital Hall VocaLibre, 8 p.m., Saturday, Recital Hall

Clarinet Studio Recital by David Pino, 3 p.m., Sunday, Recital Hall Mens and Womens Chorus, 3 p.m., Sunday, Evans Auditorium University Singers, 6 p.m., Sunday, Evans Auditorium String Jury Recital by Paul Bird, 7 p.m., Sunday, Recital Hall Guitar Ensemble Recital, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Recital Hall Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m., Monday, Evans Auditorium Senior Violin Recital Angela M. Garcia, 8:30 p.m., Monday, Recital Hall

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T-Association to celebrate Pac-10 to review Washington, 2007 Hall of Honor inductees Oregon State player collision

he T-Association will induct its T 2007 Hall of Honor class next week in conjunction with the Bobcats’ Thursday night game against intrastate rival Sam Houston State. The four Hall of Honor inductees will be introduced at halftime of Texas State’s football game against Sam Houston State next Thursday. On Friday the class will be officially inducted into the Hall during the annual Hall of Honor Induction Dinner in the Sac-NPac Room of Bobcat Stadium’s End Zone Complex.

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Mike Wynn earned four letters as a member of the SWT football team from 1979 to 1982. Wynn played an integral part in the Bobcats’ back-toback Division II National Championships in 1981 and 1982. Wynn played in 50 straight games, setting an NCAA record, while starting in 44 of those contests. He served as team captain for the 1982 team that went 14-0 under coach Jim Wacker. After graduation, Wynn finished medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, completing his residency in anesthesiology. He is currently president of Northwest Anesthesiology, P.A., in San Antonio.

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Walter “Tommy” Cox (1969-71) Tommy Cox earned three letters as a member of the Southwest Texas State football team. He started three years at linebacker, earning First-Team All-Lone Star Conference honors in 1971. He was a team captain on the 1971 Lone Star Conference Championship team under coach Bill Miller. Cox started his career as a teacher and coach at South San High School in 1972. He earned his master of education degree from SWT in 1976. He was the head football coach at Travis High School in Austin for eight years, where he led the Rebels to two district championships and four state playoff appearances. In 1987 Cox became the first head football coach and athletic coordinator at Austin Bowie High School. His teams made eight trips to the state playoffs in his 14 year tenure. He had over 100 victories in his 22 years as a head football coach.

Paul Phillips III earned four letters as a member of the SWT football team from 1973 to 1977 under coach Bill Miller. Phillips was named Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year in 1973, and was twice named Honorable Mention All-Conference. He also earned Academic All-American honors in 1974 and 1975. In 1976, he was named J.C. Kellam Outstanding Senior Football Player of the Year. After his senior season as captain of the football team, Phillips was invited as a free agent to attend the Baltimore Colts summer training camp in the summer of 1977. Phillips played one season in the National Football League with the Colts before moving onto a successful medical career as a physician and orthopedic/hand surgeon. UStar

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Ken Huewitt (1980-83) Ken Huewitt earned four letters as a member of the SWT football team from 1980 to 1983. Huewitt was a starter on the Bobcat’s back-to-back Division II National Championships in 1981 and 1982 and was named a Lone Star Conference defensive player of the week in 1981. After a brief stint with the Seattle Seahawks, Huewitt returned to San Marcos, graduated from SWT with a B.B.A. in accounting, and began a long and successful career in the audit and financial industry. —Courtesy of Athletic Media Relations

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By Bob Condotta The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Flat on his back in Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Ore., the only thing Husky quarterback Jake Locker wanted to know was whether he could play in Washington’s game this Saturday against California. “We weren’t there one minute and it was out of his mouth — I’ll be ready to play next week, right Dad?’” Locker’s father, Scott, said. Whether he can is still in doubt, though Locker escaped suffering any significant injury when he was hit in a helmet-to-helmet collision with Oregon State safety Al Afalava with 6:18 to go in the second quarter of an eventual 29-23 loss to the Beavers. A Washington statement released Sunday night said Locker suffered a stinger and a strain of the trapezius muscle. In the statement, UW coach Tyrone Willingham was quoted, “We will not rush Jake’s return to the field. The extent to which Jake will be out of action will be in large part determined by his ability to recover from the injury.” Jake Locker was put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, but released after a short stay and returned to the field in time to see the end of the game. Scott Locker said his son was “in good spirits” on Sunday and focused mostly on wanting to play this week. “He expects to,” Scott Locker said. “If he’s fully healthy, there’s no way I don’t see him not playing.” If Locker can’t play, the Huskies will go with fifth-year senior Carl Bonnell, who went the rest of the way Saturday and helped get UW close with two long touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Willingham said after the game he thought a penalty should have been called on the play

CRASH COURSE: Washington’s Jake Locker is chased by Oregon’s Will Tukuafu Oct. 20 in Seattle, Washington. Locker recieved a head injury in the Oregon State game Saturday.

for helmet-to-helmet contact. “It is very clear if you see the hit that it was helmet-to-helmet contact,” Willingham said. “There is not any question about that. The difficult part is that the officials, from the angles they had, they could not see that and that’s very difficult. Those are the things you put the rules in place to eliminate.” The Pac-10 is expected to review the play and possibly announce a finding Monday. Afalava said after the game he didn’t think his hit was illegal and he wasn’t trying to hurt Locker, saying he prayed for him during the 15 minutes Locker was being attended to on the turf. Oregon State coach Mike Riley defended the play on Sunday. “They didn’t call a penalty, I know that,” Riley said. “I think that when you look at that play, I’m really glad Jake is OK, but he lowered his head and shoulders into the sidelines and I don’t know, I’m trying to figure out how Al was going to tackle the guy if he didn’t go down to meet him.” Scott Locker said the incident was disconcerting for his family, but it won’t affect the way Jake plays the game. “He’s chosen this path, and he’s got a belief that this is kind of his calling, to be a player, and I trust in that and I trust in him and I trust the coaching staff to put him in the right positions that maybe these kinds of things can be eliminated,” Scott Locker said. “But when you play the way he plays, that’s what people love about him. If he didn’t play as aggressively as he does, then he wouldn’t be the player that he is.” The Huskies fell to 3-7 and are eliminated from a winning season or a bowl game. It will be UW’s fourth consecutive losing season, which has never happened at Washington, and the third straight under Willingham. Riley said he had no idea why the fumble by Yvenson Bernard late in the game was not reviewed by replay.

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