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Burglaries plague apartments heavily populated by students By Jacqueline Davis The University Star At least 10 apartment break-ins were reported to the San Marcos Police Department Thursday in what appears to be a string of connected burglaries. Randy Holmes, SMPD day shift supervisor, said the culprits entered through unlocked doors and windows in many instances.

Holmes identified some of the apartments affected as the Ridge Apartments, Zone Apartments, Village on the River, Hill Country Apartments and Bobcat Village. Holmes said there have been reports from other apartment complexes along Aquarena Springs Drive. Holmes said similar strings of burglaries have occurred in the past, and they tend to escalate around Christ-

mas, Thanksgiving and spring break. No suspects have been identified, but the University Police Department released a warning Thursday that said suspects were seen kicking in the front door of an apartment at Bobcat Village. Blake Bartlett, communication sophomore and resident of Bobcat Village, recalled the incident. Bartlett said the break-in occurred at the apartment

of a woman who lives near him. “I was here when it happened,” Bartlett said. “I was on the computer when I heard someone break down the door. It was a loud boom that sounded almost like a gunshot. Then I heard two really loud screams. I ran outside, and I see a black dude running toward the railroad tracks.” Bartlett said the man who ran away was “really tall” and wore a white, bag-

gy T-shirt, basketball shorts and a red do-rag on his head. “I thought it might have been a joke,” Bartlett said. “I didn’t take it seriously at first. But later I saw four or five cop cars right over there,” Bartlett said, gesturing to the parking lot. The UPD warning highlighted three suspects, who were described as black

On the move again

University program brings wheelchair ramp, mobility to local resident By A.N. Hernández The University Star Cyndi Underwood says she’s missed the sun for too long. For two years, she viewed the world through slivers of propped-open doors or kitchen windows. “This is what I usually do,” she said, in between shouts to her goats grazing outside. “People just walk outside; they don’t think as they walk through that door, ‘Hey, I’m going outside.’ But, me, I’m either sitting at the doorway or watching through windows.” This weekend, she did the same, waiting eagerly for a wheelchair ramp to be built and for the concrete to dry so she could venture out onto her 10-acre ranch and into the pen with her 13 boer goats. Texas State’s Safe At Home program built the ramp free of charge, with the aid of Lawhead General Contracting and $7,000 in donated materials from McCoy’s Building Supply. Underwood, 47, has a rare neurological disease called generalized dystonia. She is wheelchair-bound. Because the doorways to her mobile home are several feet off the ground, going outside is nearly impossible. The few times she leaves the house it’s for a doctor’s appointment or family visit. But with her husband’s back and her slow, painful pace, she said leaving is often a 20-minute ordeal. “This will change my life. I am thrilled to death about the ramp,” she said. “Plus, I can get mad at my husband and say, ‘I’m going outside,’” she said, laughing. Wearing light-brown glasses and sitting on her cherry-red motorized scooter, she joked with her husband, John Underwood. “Now when I go outside, she’ll be able to follow me,” he said. Cyndi’s disease was caused by a headon collision in 1978 that left her in a coma for a month. She had no symptoms until she lost her voice for a month in 1999 and a handful of doctors couldn’t figure out what was happening. “Finally one of the doctors told me I had to see a neurologist,” she said. “When I was

diagnosed with this, I had never heard of this disease. I just really want people to be aware that it’s out there and what it is.” Dystonia leaves painful knots in Cyndi’s arms, thighs, chest, legs and feet. If untreated with medication, it would leave her body in continuous, uncontrollable spasms. She also has dysphonia, a form of dystonia that affects her vocal chords, making it painful to talk for extended periods of time. “It has really changed me as a whole. I am not really the same person,” she said. Cyndi and her husband breed boer goats. They were forced to sell more than half their stock when caring for Cyndi and the goats became too much for John. “I never thought of myself as strong. I didn’t think about all the stuff I did, I just did it because it needed to be done,” John said. “It’s a lot of work, but I mean I am learning stuff, like how to cook.” Peggy Akin, regional coordinator for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation’s Texas division and director of the Greater Dallas Dystonia/Dysphonia Support Group, said dystonia can be genetic or situational. “It can be genetic or due to a trauma or prolonged stress, like if you were in a car accident and got whiplash. That’s what makes it so hard for doctors to diagnose it because every situation is different, and every person’s onset on it is different too,” Akin said. “If you have generalized dystonia, a lot of the time it starts in your right foot or right hand, but that’s not always the case.” The wheelchair ramp will make Cyndi’s life easier. The Safe at Home program at Texas State aims to reduce the risk of injuries at home among the elderly and disabled residents of San Marcos and works in conjunction with the College of Health Professions. “We are going to be in careers that help people, so it only makes sense that we’re out here. It feels good to help people in the community,” said Daniella Huber, A.N. Hernández/Star photo healthcare administration senior. IT HAD BEEN A LONG TIME: Cyndi Underwood pets her boer goat Dharma Sue Huber, seven of her peers and Safe at for the first time in two years Saturday after Texas State’s Safe At Home program See RAMP, page 3

built a wheelchair ramp at her home, free of charge.

Mayor’s State of the City Address Nazi Party protests immigration, covers growth, management stirs up controversy in Austin By Paul Rangel The University Star San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz held the second-annual State of the City Address Thursday in the Activity Center to provide residents with information about the city and thank them for their Narvaiz efforts. The event began with various booths open for San Marcos citizens to obtain information about different departments and their role in city government. “This is good for people to see what each department does,” said Rebecca Britain, administrative assistant and public administration graduate student. “We work with the city manager’s office, administration and taking in cit-

izens’ concerns as well as getting them oriented with the city.” Departments attending included water and wastewater, the department of environmental health and animal services. The fire department had two firefighters demonstrate equipment use, and the chamber of commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, city clerk department, public works and several others provided pamphlets, cards and general information to the public. Melissa Millecam, city communications manager, said this was the second-annual State of the City Address. “It’s good for the public to come together and for the mayor to summarize where San Marcos is, and plans for the future,” she said. Pastor Tom Ray of Hill Country Christian Church presented the invocation and blessing of the city. “I am proud to report that the state

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By Nick Georgiou The University Star AUSTIN — About 20 members of the National Socialist Movement, or America’s Nazi Party, went to the steps of the Capitol Saturday to not only protest illegal immigration, but to test the First Amendment a few hours after the Veterans Day parade ended. “We’re here to test freedom,” said Tim Bishop, storm troop leader. “We’re here to see if freedom does exist, because if we don’t have the freedom to stand up and use whatever symbol of expression we choose, then freedom no longer exists. We’re here to see if freedom and the constitution does, in fact, exist.” The Nazis carried signs that said “Illegal Immigrants Go Home Now,” “Close the Border” and “Support White Troops,” and had Mexican flags, which they trampled, spit on and tore. “The problem is (illegal immigrants)

are costing the American taxpayers billions,” Bishop said. “I believe they will eventually destroy America.” The Nazis were met by an angry, young crowd of about 200 counterprotestors, many of who came from out of town. John Brown, a 24-year-old city worker and student from San Antonio, said the Nazis should be prevented from speaking in public. “I don’t think racists or Nazis have a right to speak,” Brown said. “I think racism has no place in society. I think it has to be fought.” The Nazis did not make any speeches since they were not able to secure a permit. The city provides a PA system and other equipment only when a permit is acquired. They addressed a large crowd, and the entire hour-long event was marked with both sides yelling obscenities, profanities and expletives at See NAZI, page 3

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Scholarship announced at ASG By A.N. Hernández The University Star A new scholarship fund worth more than $29,000 was announced Monday at the Associated Student Government meeting. The University Bookstore provided the scholarship amount, unprecedented in its breadth. “It’s a win-win situation for everybody,” said Sen. Daniel Browning, author of the legislation. “The reason the bookstore is giving us this money is to promote people buying books at the bookstore and to promote the idea that the bookstore is giving back to the community at large.” The scholarship is expected to be ready by the 2007 fall or summer semesters. For the first year, the scholarship will give 10 percent of the fund to San Marcos High School seniors who plan on attending Texas State. Another 30 percent of the money will be given out as bookstore scholarships, only usable at the University Bookstore. Each bookstore scholarship will be worth $250 to $500. “The reason its such a low price is to get as many students involved and able to use the scholarship,” Browning said. The remaining 60 percent of the scholarship money will be awarded to the ASG scholarship fund. Browning has worked on the scholarship with John Root, director of auxiliary services, and Jacqueline Slaughter, manager of the bookstore, since August. He said the amount of money available for the scholarship is expected to grow within the next two or three years as the University Bookstore pays off its debt and has more money left in surplus amounts. Browning could not disclose the amount of the bookstore’s debt, but said he was certain it could be paid off within the next couple of years as more students shop at the bookstore. “This is a good start,” he said. “We already have the money. It’s just in process with the financial aid folks.” During the meeting, a piece of legislation was read that calls for the placement of security cameras in existing and future parking garages. The legislation comes in response to car burglaries on campus. In other business, ASG Vice President Amanda Oskey announced the planned removal of Sen. Matthew Priest and Sen. Eric Heggie for violations of the senatorial attendance policy. Priest had three unexcused absences, including the night of the vote. Heggie had two unexcused absences and moved to separate his situation from Priest’s during voting. The senate voted to remove Priest and to keep Heggie.

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Tuesday in Brief

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Walter Musgrove, technical communication graduate student, is one of five Texas State student athletes named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI University Division Football Team. Musgrove, a repeat first-team selection, enters the week ranked 12th nationally in interceptions with four this season, including two in the Bobcats’ win over McNeese State. The Duncanville native graduated in May with a 3.33

grade point average in English and minor in Spanish. He interned this summer for GSD&M Advertising, assisting in the firm’s American Legacy anti-smoking campaign. Last summer he was named the Intern of the Year for the Texas Comptroller’s Office after working to develop an electronic database of Texas City and county revenue/tax files. — Courtesy of Public Relations

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The real Texas wild-rice TUESDAY The Student Volunteer Connection within the Office of Campus Activities & Student Organizations is set to host the second-annual campaign to fight hunger and homelessness. This year Hunger and Homelessness Week will run Monday through Friday. For questions or to get an organization involved with the National Students Against Hunger and Homelessness 2006 campaign, call (512) 245-1687 or e-mail For more information, stop by the office at LBJSC, Room 4-10.1 or check out the website and updated calendar at: Panel discussion “Protest and Dissent: Immigration” will be held at the Round Rock High Education Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Avery Building Theatre, Room 252. Call (512) 716-4023 with any questions. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place from 5:45 to 9 p.m. in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 7 p.m. in the CSC. SMU Law School Admissions Presentation will be held 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 124. All are welcome and pizza will be served. E-mail Alexis Stockes at with questions. The CSC will have a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the CSC. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call (512) 357-2049.


A picture on the cover of Thursday’s University Star mistakenly identified a plant in the San Marcos River as Texas wildrice. A picture of Texas wild-rice can be found on this page. The Star identified Kyle Bryant as manager of the band Fulton Read. He is actually the manager of Three Leaf.

An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information e-mail the Tennis Club President, Chris Harris, at Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome. For more information call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail The Organization of Student Social Workers will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Building, Room 234. Simple Silent Sitting Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Christian Community Center. Students interested in becoming involved with the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills can attend the Students in Free Enterprise at 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 113. Every Nation Campus Ministries is now meeting at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and an inspiring message. Go to and click on contact to view calendar and Stars of Texas State submission policies.

On this day... 1851 — Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick was first published in the U.S. 1922 — The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began domestic radio service. 1968 — Yale University announced it was going co-educational. Monty Marion/Star photo Texas wild-rice, which only grows in the clear spring water of the upper San Marcos River, can be identified by its long, green leaves and black or brown seeds.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Nov. 6, 12:36 p.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/Bobcat Village Parking Lot A student reported to a police officer that an unknown individual had struck his vehicle. This case is under investigation. Nov. 6, 12:40 p.m. Theft Under $50/Alkek Library An officer was dispatched for a report from a student stating his backpack had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Nov. 6, 5:23 p.m. Theft Under $20,000/Falls Hall

An officer was dispatched for a report from a student stating items had been taken from his room without consent. This case is under investigation. Nov. 7, 9:14 a.m. Theft Under $50/Bobcat Village An officer was dispatched for a report from a student stating that university property had been taken. This case is under investigation. Nov. 7, 12:01 p.m. BMV/Bexar Parking Garage A student reported to a police officer in the UPD Lobby that items had been taken from their vehicle without consent.

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

1969 — Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon from Cape Kennedy. 1972 — Blue Ribbon Sports became Nike.

Round Rock campus holds immigration panel Texas State’s Round Rock Higher Education Center will host a panel discussion on the theme of protest and dissent with a focus on immigration, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Avery Building Theatre, Room 252. Five panelists, including community members and professors, will discuss issues in immigration. Community representatives will provide diverse viewpoints while professors will refer to the philosophical influences and economic impact of immigration. The discussion will provide insight into the immigration protests held throughout the country this year, including the city of Austin. El Paso native and former Green Beret Roberto Bailon is vice chairperson of the Brazos River Authority and owner of a private consulting company that has provided coun-

sel to some of the country’s outstanding office holders, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Jeffrey Gordon is a professor of philosophy at Texas State, where he has been a distinguished teaching professor in the humanities. His essays on the meaning of life have appeared in journals throughout the world. Jack Mogab is a professor of economics at Texas State and director of the Center for Latin-American Commerce. Jim Harrington is the director of the Texas Civil Rights Project. Jorge Valadez is a writer and professor of philosophy at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. For more information, call Dawn Bayardo at (512) 7164023 or e-mail db44@txstate. edu. — Courtesy of Public Relations


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males in their early 20s with short hair. One was described as wearing a white shirt with basketball shorts, while another was described as wearing a red shirt with basketball shorts. The third suspect was described as being similarly dressed. “There were multiple instances (of burglaries) that occurred in the city on the same day,” said UPD Capt. Rickey Lattie. “They’re going to apartment complexes in the daytime and taking items. The instance at Bobcat Village — we had a resident in the apartment at the time, and they ran when she screamed.” Lattie said this instance was the only break-in reported on campus that day, but said he believes it could possibly be affiliated with a burglary that occurred at Bobcat Village Nov. 7. Ariana Salazar, applied mathematics senior and Bobcat Village resident, recalled the Nov. 7 incident. “I noticed our door was

slightly opened, and our doorframe was broken,” Salazar said. “Next, I saw my roommate’s door was opened. My computer was gone. All of our stuff he’d gone through.” She said the thefts occurred between noon and 5:15 p.m. “We had a similar method of operation,” Lattie said. “During the day, the door was kicked in a similar manner.” Lattie said other burglary reports were isolated to the 1700 block of Ranch Road 12, Aquarena Springs Drive east of Interstate-35 and the portion of North LBJ adjacent to campus. Zone residents Claire Sappington, theatre senior, and Amanda Gass, theatre graduate student, were away when their apartment was broken in to. “I left at about 8:30 to go to school, and I came back about 1:30 and noticed my door was open,” Sappington said. “They came through my roommate’s window, searched through our stuff and stole a whole bunch of DVDs. Then they kicked open my door and stole my Xbox and


here were multiple instances (of burglaries) that occurred in the city on the same day. They’re going to apartment complexes in the daytime and taking items.” —Rickey Lattie UPD captain

some games and my camera.” Sappington said everything in her apartment was messed up. “The drawers were open in both our rooms,” she said. “My closet door was open and they had gone through all my stuff.” Sappington said the culprits had stolen more than $600 worth of items. Samantha Hebert, leasing consultant at the Zone, said four residents reported break-ins. Hebert said a woman reportedly asked for help around the complex, citing a broken-down car as an excuse to check out residents’ apartments.

✯FYI Call Crime Stoppers UPD at (512) 245-7867 or SMPD at (512) 353-TIPS to report any information regarding the burglaries. David Racino/Star photo UNWELCOME VISITORS: A door to an apartment at Bobcat Village sits cracked and broken after it was kicked in Thursday afternoon during an attempted robbery.

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each other. The Austin Police Department was assisted by the Department of Public Safety to prevent physical confrontations. The DPS officers, wearing riot gear, formed a line along the counterprotestors, keeping a distance of about 100 feet between the two groups. “We understood (the Nazis) were coming here anyway, so our goal was to protect the people,” said Garry Parker, senior police trooper. No arrests or injuries were reported, but a glass bottle filled with a red substance was flung from the crowd of counter-protestors, almost hitting an officer and a media person. Many of the counter-protestors, donning bandanas around their faces, were from a group called Anti-Racist Action. The ARA Web site states they are an “international movement of people dedicated to stopping racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry from harming communities.” One of the main objectives listed is to confront fascists who organize in public. “I think that hate speech needs to be confronted,” said Zach, a member of ARA who did not want to reveal his last name. “These people want to kill me and my entire family.” The Nazis were billed to protest from 3 to 6 p.m., but they slipped back into the capitol after about an hour. The counter-protesters ran around the building trying to find where the Nazis were going to exit but did not encounter them again. Parker said he was not alNick Georgiou/Star photo lowed to tell the whereabouts TESTING FREE SPEECH: Nazis demonstrate Saturday afternoon outside the Capitol with a torn of the Nazis because of security Mexican flag while raising their own. reasons.

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Home director Jana Lee worked in shifts alongside Seth Lawhead of Lawhead General Contracting. Lawhead and his small crew put in 45 hours cutting, measuring and laying out the treated wood they used for the ramp. Lawhead has built ramps with the program before. “You know, I’ve been here for 20 years and when you help someone in need it just makes you feel good,” he said. “I am out here to help the program help people.” Cyndi’s ramp took a bit longer because of the seasonal time change and its dual platforms. But finally, on Sunday, Cyndi Underwood cautiously rolled down the ramp and into her

goats’ pen. Her husband joked that the ramp “made his back feel better just looking at it.” “I have missed everything. But mostly, I’ve missed the sun shining down on me,” said Cyndi, greeting her pet goats Aimee and Dharma Sue. “I’ve been locked up for two years. It’s so much more than just a ramp.” Her husband looked on, smiling, while their small troop of goats and dogs sounded off in a cacophony around them. With the wheelchair ramp, the goat pen that was always visible and just out of reach is accessible. Now Cyndi Underwood wakes in the mornings Monty Marion/Star photo to watch the sunrise, knowing that if she wants, with the help A HELPING HAND: Sarah Vanfleet, health care administration of John, she can head outside on senior, drives a screw into a newly laid piece of Cyndi Underwood’s her red scooter into the sun. wheelchair ramp Friday morning.

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of our city is strong,” Narvaiz said. “Your city council and staff have worked hard in the last year and accomplished much.” Narvaiz began the address by focusing on positive achievements, such as the Rio Vista Falls project. The project was to prevent a 100-year-old dam that faced possible collapse and has since been turned into a whitewater park with rapids, creating a “diamond of the jewel known as our San Marcos River,” Narvaiz said. Other mentioned projects were the Craddock Avenue reconstruction, odor containment of the wastewater treatment plant and the Wonder World railroad overpass. “We are helping with the Wonder World overpass and are interested in joining the chamber of commerce,” said Jaime Hagen, development manager of Carma Texas Inc. “It would be good for us to be involved.” Narvaiz also recognized different citizens and organizations in the San Marcos Community. Rudy Mesa, former SMPD officer who lost his life in Iraq, was honored as well as Michael Mercado of the Marines. “It is important that San Marcos sons and daughters know that we stand with them

in the proud tradition of young people in the defense of our country,” Narvaiz said. Texas State’s Bobcat Build was thanked for bringing about 2,000 students out to do community service projects. Gary Job Corps was also recognized for its contribution to the community. “I think that the address is very effective. I like Narvaiz’s plans — she’s a good speaker,” said Ryan Chambers, marketing senior. “I’m part of Bobcat Build and (Narvaiz) is very supportive of the university and community.” Football coaches David Bailiff and Chris Stacey also attended the address along with athletes of Texas State. The coaches and students were congratulated for their commitment to academic excellence as well as the talent and character athletes show on and off the field, Narvaiz said. The Citizen Summit held in January provided city government with the concerns and expectations of the community, Narvaiz said. The summit aims to help the city and community recognize common ground and common goals. The third-annual summit will be held in early 2007. “Please join the city council and me as we create our common goals, find more common ground and commit to a common purpose,” Narvaiz said.


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Traditional Diwali celebration highlights value of diversity e want to be “W a recognized organization and we By Carmel Rose Special to The Star

Luminous lights, candles and striking clothes comprised the Diwali celebration hosted by the Indian Student Association at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Diwali, or Festival of Lights, is one of India’s biggest yearly festivals. Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil and hope for all mankind. It is celebrated for five consecutive days at the end of the Hindu month of Ashwayuja, which usually falls in October or November. “After September 11, it’s been hard to represent Indian culture. India had nothing to do with that. Everyone needs to be friendlier with all the Indian and other international students. We want to be a recognized organization and we want people to get involved with us,” said Shashi Kiran Deshetti, president of Indian Student Association and computer science graduate student. There are about 50 Indian students at Texas State, a number that has doubled since last year. The Indian Student Association reaches out to them and others to make Texas State more diverse, Deshetti said. The on-campus celebration began with some traditional Indian foods such as samosas (stuffed pastries), naan (flatbread) and gulab jaman (a dessert). Songs, poems, dances, speeches and a fashion show accompanied the meal. Berhan Kebede, education graduate student said programs like Diwali are essential to promoting diversity.

want people to get involved with us.”

— Shashi Kiran Deshetti Indian Student Association president

“It was interesting to learn and appreciate the Indian culture — it’s nice to know our friends. Texas State needs more programs like this, especially for the Asian and African cultures,” she said. Kebede also said she enjoyed the food, clothes and dances from Diwali. “The dance was really interesting because of the different types of clothes and that each dance told a story — it made a connection so we could draw a picture in our minds,” Kebede said. Quddus Maus, social work junior, said organizations such as the Indian Student Association are needed. “The organization is a safe haven for Indian Students and for students from abroad,” Maus said. The Diwali celebration was a beautiful thing coming from a small Texas town to celebrate diversity, Maus said. “All programs that help understand diversity on this campus is beneficial because we like to exaggerate our differences, but at the end of the day we are not that different,” Maus said. Deshetti said that he was grateful for

Austin Byrd/Star photo A TIME OF CELEBRATION: The Indian Student Association celebrated Diwali Sunday night in the LBJ Student Center where they performed dances, fashion shows and read poetry.

all the help he had in organizing Diwali. “I am thankful for all the help I had in putting this together. Sometimes we would stay up until 1 or 2 a.m.,”

Deshetti said. The Indian Student Association is important for bringing Indian student together at Texas State and to spread Indian culture, said Deshetti.

Southwestern Writers inspire budding authors the importance of research when it comes to writing books. Crook, who has written several historical novels, said discrepancies in the historical background of a story can taint a book. “It is horrifying to know that you made a mistake. People distrust you as a historian. It’s a shame to make a mistake,” she said. The authors discussed what inspired them to become writers. Crook and Harrigan said they knew it was what they were best at and it was a “course of least resistance.” “There is this idea that you have to study to be a writer. Writers stumble upon it … you have to have a high tolerance for loneliness and frustration,” Harrigan said. Crook said it takes trial and error to make writing better, as can be seen in her numerous manuscripts in the collection. “You have lots of discouragement along the way. There has Mark Decker/Star photo to be a sense of drive that you will keep doing it no matter WRITING TREASURES: Sarah Bird (left), author of The Flamenco what,” Crook said. Academy, visits with The Night Journal author Elizabeth Crook The writing process can be a during the Treasures of the Southwestern Writers Collection recep- difficult endeavor taking lots of work, but Bird said the work is tion Thursday night in Alkek Library. not in vain, and no idea is lost. By Maira Garcia which showcases some of the “Nothing is wasted. They all The University Star collection’s most significant ar- come back into being. It’s like tifacts and archives. Treasures found objects in art. Ideas can The Southwestern Writers opened to the public in Sep- always be recycled,” she said. Collection preserves and exhibits tember. Bill Wittliff, namesake of the artifacts and archives, but its true Collection authors and do- Wittliff Gallery of Mexican and purpose is to inspire others. nors Sarah Bird, Stephen Har- Southwestern Photography and The collection, located on the rigan and Elizabeth Crook took major contributor to the Southseventh floor of Alkek Library, part in a panel to discuss their western Writers Collection, said hosted a reception for the ex- writing careers and latest books the purpose of the collection is hibit Treasures of the Southwest- as part of the reception. to inspire a new generation of ern Writers Collection Thursday, Each of the writers discussed writers. “The collection is always evolving. It’s never stagnant. This is not a museum,” he said. Wittliff said it is important for writers to understand the writing process is not easy and it takes manuscript after manuscript to get a workable story. “Nothing impressed me so much as a writer who didn’t know what they were doing.

It let me know that I can keep working,” he said. “Why I like having these things here is for young people to know how hard it is to write. I want them to see how (writers) struggled and that writing’s not something that comes from God’s finger.” Harrigan agreed with Wittliff and said he contributed to the collection to help inspire others. “The thing I like best about the collection is that it is an opportunity for people who might be a writer someday to see, in vivid terms, what it’s like,” Harrigan said. “People can see the process is not as mysterious and that it is just an accumulation of a lot of hard work and false starts. Whatever is magic about writing is in work and not inspiration.” Joan Heath, assistant vice president for Alkek Library, said the special collections at Alkek are relatively young but are seeing continued development. “Between the Wittliffs — who have provided a lot of support — the writers and artists themselves and the university, these collections have had fantastic growth and are continuing to grow,” Heath said. Heath said the collections are important to have not just for historical record but for inspiration and research purposes. “We have ties with a number of departments on campus where the students come over and use the archives for papers,” she said. “We have people from outside of the university — researchers who are working on a dissertation or book — that come to use certain archives.” Crook said she was happy to give her archives because they would serve a better purpose in the library rather than collecting dust in her mother’s home. “It was detritus. I cleaned out my mom’s attic, which had notes starting from my first book. Someone came to pick it up. My mother was so happy because she was trying to get rid of it,” she said.

“We need to spread more Indian traditions to Texas State. When I first came here, I was amazed to see American students who didn’t know where India is,” Deshetti said.

Three Leaf takes the crown at Battle of the Bands By Leah Kirkwood The University Star Five bands spanning a wide range of musical genres rocked George’s Thursday night for the fall semester Battle of the Bands. The Student Association for Campus Activities sponsored the event in the LBJ Student Center. Each band performed a threesong set in random order for a large audience and four judges. SACA member and student judge Teri Van Velkinburgh said she wanted to see original bands and crowd participation. “Whenever the crowd participates, it shows that they’re really into it, and it’s just a good band if they can get the crowd into it,” she said. Nick Kukowski, station manager, and Kristen Hennessey, music director at KTSW, Texas State’s student-run radio station, also judged the competition. They said some of the competing bands get airtime on the Local Yokel Monday evening show. After every band had a chance to perform, SACA member and host Adam Cervantez proclaimed Three Leaf the Battle of the Bands winner. Three Leaf, managed by Texas State alumnus Kyle Bryant, performed its blue grass-inspired folk rock. The heavy beats in each song encouraged the audience to clap along. “That’s our goal, definitely, is crowd interaction. Kent is on top of the crowd interaction,” said drummer Zac Catanzaro, business management junior. Bassist Kent Chandler’s dance moves helped Three Leaf secure the top spot, but he said winning wasn’t a top priority. “It’s not so much about winning,” Chandler said. “It’s good to be playing with a bunch of other bands and in a venue we’ve never played at before.” Fulton Read took second place, a spot that pleased lead singer and keyboardist Anthony Erickson. “I wish we would have had a longer set or something to really

show all our material, but it was a good show,” Erickson, performance freshman, said. The band performed upbeat pop rock to a receptive crowd. Erickson pounded his keyboard and sang with enthusiasm, rubbing the side of his hand between songs. “I sometimes play so hard I bruise my hand occasionally,” Erickson said. Last semester’s winners, Trip 7, came in third for their jazzinfused hip-hop. Their songs voiced concerns about materialistic American culture and the oppression of minorities by white men throughout history. Karl Hebert, one of two emcees for the six-member group, is a communication design senior. Although the group usually performs in Austin, Hebert said he appreciates opportunities to play at Texas State. “I think it sucks that we live 20 minutes south of one of the biggest colleges in the country, so therefore it kind of steals a lot of people,” Hebert said. “I think it’s good to keep the music down in San Marcos and create a scene here.” Adelin and She Writes Manly competed in the battle. Alfredo Ramirez, pre mass-communication design sophomore and lead singer of the rock group Adelin, was not disappointed by the judges’ decision. “We’re just really happy to be here and glad we got some people to listen to our stuff,” he said. Gabriella Rosales, art senior, was unfamiliar with the competing bands, but she looked them up online to get a feel for their music. “Before the show started, I looked them up on MySpace,” she said. “I really wanted to see Adelin, but (Three Leaf) was really cool.” Erickson agreed that a variety of genres is necessary to please the modern music lover. “It’s good to have shows like (this) where you can enjoy a little bit of everything,” Erickson said.


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Java Jive raises funds for Katherine Anne Porter School By Todd Schaaf The University Star


t was an afternoon of coffee, music and friends in the heart of the Hill Country. Java Jive took place Sunday in Wimberley. The event was a fundraiser for the Katherine Anne Porter School located in the town. The afternoon was filled with a wide array of musical acts as well as acts from the school itself, such as its improvisational theatre group. Allison Wilcox, the event’s coordinator, is proud of the festivities of Java Jive. “It’s an absolutely wonderful time, and you hear great music, and you can hear it for a price that you can’t hear great live music anywhere else for. You can buy all sorts of cool things that you need for your dorm room and Photo courtesy of because it’s fun and it raises money for a fabulous cause,” Wilcox said. PLAYING FOR PORTER: Austin guitarist Wilcox, parent of a KAP student, Van Wilks played with Austin Jazz Band, Slim explained what the school is and why Richey’s Dream Band and Eternal Slumber at the fundraiser is important. “It’s a free, charter high school, Java Jive Sunday in Wimberley to help raise which means that instead of being a money for the Katherine Anne Porter School.

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regular public school supported by the state, it receives about half the money a regular high school does, and it’s in its own school district,” Wilcox said. This year’s musical guests included Van Wilks, Texas guitar legend, Austin Jazz Band, Slim Richey’s Dream Band and Eternal Slumber, to name a few. Paul Michels, principal of the KAP School, points out a connection to the university. “It’s fabulous music. Every year except this year, because of a scheduling conflict, we have Salsa Del Rio from Texas State come out,” Michels said. Michels was pleased with this year’s event. “The Katherine Anne Porter School is dedicated to serving a lot of different students, and I think that it’s heartening to see a group of individuals that both work here, and as parents and community members volunteer to come here, come together for something so positive,” Michels said. One event that is successful every year at Java Jive is the silent auction.


he Katherine Anne Porter School is dedicated to serving a lot of different students, and I think that it’s heartening to see a group of individuals that both work here … and volunteer to come here, come together for something so positive.”

— Paul Michels KAP School principal

This year, it featured auction items and gift certificates from companies such as Sunset Canyon Pottery, Whole Earth Provision Company and Cabela’s. “We have music and children’s events and artwork and a huge silent auction,” Wilcox said. The event has been running annually either the first or second Sunday of November for seven years and continues to grow in popularity. Michels is proud of the school’s

event and looks forward to the next one. “We host the Texas Writers Roundup, which is writers around Texas showcasing their works, and that will be in the spring,” Michels said. Wilcox reminds people why they should attend next year’s Java Jive. “It’s a wonderful event, and it’s a lot of fun, and it raises money for a school that a lot of Texas State students have graduated from,” Wilcox said.

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Copper Child rocks local venue, raises cancer awareness By Laura Jamison The University Star Daniel Poenish was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 23 and it was then that he decided to pick up his guitar and fight the battle on stage. A self-described cynic and lead guitarist for Copper Child, Poenish is in his fourth month of remission. The “Feel Your Balls” benefit tour played at Lucy’s San Marcos on Thursday to raise money and awareness about cancer. Copper Child donated the proceeds to The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit organization that promotes fund-raising and cancer awareness. “April 2005 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I went to the doctor, I went to chemotherapy and it matured me a lot. It made me want to do something for people who had to go through stuff like that,” Poenish said. Cole Harrison, lead singer of Cotton Miller/Star photo Copper Child, encouraged people to perform self check-ups, in order to prevent the spread CANCER FIGHTERS: Copper Child plays Lucy’s San Marcos at the “Feel Your Balls” benefit Thursof cancer. day night to help raise cancer awareness.

“(Daniel) knew about it but he was scared to approach it. He did not do anything after he found a lump. Keep in check with yourself, be aware of your intake,” Harrison said. Poenish reflected on his experience with cancer. “Smoking cigarettes is not worth it, having a needle in your arm is not worth it. I sat there for seven to eight hours a day and drugs were being injected into my arm. I never really talk about it, so when I think about it, it pulls at my heart,” Poenish said. The band has become closer over the course of Daniel’s battle with cancer and with the tour. “It has definitely brought me closer to them, and they respect me more. It takes a strong person to go through that,” Poenish said. Harrison said they were “shoved together,” because they were forced to ride in the back of a crammed truck without showers during the tour. Poenish came up with the “Feel your Balls” slogan for the benefit tour, and the other band

members helped organize it. “After he beat this thing we knew we had to do something … the tour is a celebration of his new-found life,” Harrison said. Poenish credits drummer Marshall Davidson for being able to put the tour together. “Marshall did a lot of it … he e-mailed, he got it all together and he acted upon it,” Poenish said. Although Copper Child’s primary mission is to spread cancer awareness, they also hope to share their music. A crossbreed between alternative rock and heavy metal, Harrison said their music focuses on a variety of emotions. “Our music is like a roller coaster ride through the darkest and lightest parts of the average person’s soul,” Harrison said. Nathan Maness, drummer for Velvet Brick, said the band has a contemporary sound. “They are fresh and modern — almost kind of late 90s — but in a good way,” Maness said. The band will play next in Houston at Forgetaboutit #1 on Friday.


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or two years in a row, Texas State students have shown they are willing to take an active role in the San Marcos community. More opportunities for community involvement are available as the city tries to fill open spaces on boards and commissions for 2007. Mayor Susan Narvaiz has actively sought students to fill some of these positions. This sort of proactive behavior on the part of the city shows San Marcos very much wants to integrate students into the community. In the past, we have stepped up to be a part of the city. We can do that again next year. Students joining city government is not a new phenomenon. We have sat on various boards and commissions in the past. We all know the story of then-Texas State student Chris Jones’ election to city council last year, and the Associated Student Government’s student liaison to city council has been an excellent bridge-builder. Our contributions to San Marcos have not gone unnoticed. When recently reelected Councilman John Thomaides met with The University Star editorial board, he joked he had “found religion” after Jones’ election. He explained students electing one of their own to city council coupled with other programs showed we care about San Marcos. It proves we’re not just here for a few years to party and move on. This city means something to us, and we care about its well-being. Proving we are interested in this town will make members of the city government and of the community more willing to address our concerns. The administration has taken its own action to reach out to San Marcos, and that’s helping, as well. We sometimes forget it was the city of San Marcos that donated Chautauqua Hill to the state of Texas in 1899, creating what we now know as Texas State. Without San Marcos, there would be no Texas State, and without Texas State, San Marcos would be a shadow of what it is today. The city and the school need to keep this in mind at all times. That’s why it is important for the administration and the students to work with the city. Insensitive comments in the press and broken promises by university officials do more to harm relations with the city than any number of wild parties. This is something everyone needs to work on. The Star sincerely believes students need to apply for the open board and commission positions. As Narvaiz said in Thursday’s paper, it is a learning experience, and we are here to learn. It is also a chance not only to prove that students care, but that we have a voice in the decisions the city makes.

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Mill Street bus route will relieve traffic, noise, pollution In the article “Tram changes fueling tension between residents, university,” a few members of the San Marcos community voiced their opposition to the university trams inclusion of Mill Street into their route. They have cited various unsubstantiated arguments such as pollution, noise and traffic violations. I find it odd they use three arguments against mass transit I would use in favor of. The residents of San Marcos need to understand that Texas State’s student population is soaring; subsequently, San Marcos’ will as well. Mass transit, such as the university’s tram, is a way of alleviating traffic, noise and pollution in areas that experience massive population growth. Would residents rather have every student on the Post Road route drive their own car to school? The amount of cars driven to school to offset the elimination of a Post Road bus route would produce more traffic problems, noise and pollution than they currently have to deal with. I’m sure the buses do go a hair over 30 mph every once in a while; they are driven by people, not robots. Also, traffic congestion and speeding cars pose more of a danger to one’s health than buses. A speeding car can seemingly come out of nowhere, two-plus tons of rumbling steel surprising anyone … unlikely. Although the bus’ engines are certainly loud, so are most cars and large trucks. I can understand why the residents of Mill Street would be distressed. In San Antonio, I lived on a very busy street that saw traffic all throughout the day, much of it speeding. I knew the population growth in my area of San Antonio was the culprit, not the commuters themselves. To the residents of Mill Street, I apologize that Texas State has turned this lil’ ol’ town into well, a city, but it is vital that we focus on solving the problems rather than fighting the solutions. Daniel Palomo public relations junior

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of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty to clear up this issue. Kym Fox, senior lecturer and print sequence coordinator, said public perception of “off the record” tends to be based on movies. I’ve noticed this in my own experiences as a reporter for The Star and The Free Press in Kyle. Going off the record is not something journalists — especially student journalists — should do lightly. “Journalists allow sources to go off the record as a lazy way to gather the information without holding our sources accountable,” Fox said. “It’s bad journalism.” That’s why student journalists are taught not to go off the record. But there is room for confusion as well. If, during an interview, information is

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FOOTBALL: Bobcats prepare Texas down in new BCS standings for Sam Houston State contest By Brian Davis The Dallas Morning News

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drive capped by Wasson’s second rushing touchdown. Following a Texas Southern punt, the Bobcats extended their lead to 27-7 lead on Andrew Ireland’s second field goal of the night. Two possessions later, a third Ireland field goal put Texas State up 347, its largest lead of the game. “We’ve been talking a lot this season about maturing as a team and learning how to handle a lead,” Bailiff said. “It’s crazy that we’re still getting better after the 10th game, and we scored on the first possession of the third quarter and then got a stop. That was just what we needed.” Texas Southern finally responded late in the third period, moving the ball 88 yards in less than three minutes on its way to the end zone. Following three William Suydam runs. Texas Southern’s Tino Edgecombe threw a pair of incomplete passes to set up threeand-10 from the Tigers’ own 41. Edgecombe found William Osborne for a 59-yard strike, and an extra point after made the

score 34-14 at the end of three quarters. Texas Southern relieved Edgecombe with 6 minutes and 48 seconds left in the game, replacing him with Cornelius Harmon. Still down by 20, Harmon drove the Tigers 72 yards to the Bobcat 11, but on second down was picked by Walter Musgrove in the corner of the end zone. The senior defensive back had been beaten earlier in the drive, when Harmon hit James Hollingsworth for 36-yarder that put the Tigers on the Texas State 20. “If you play cornerback, you’ve got to have a short memory,” Musgrove said. “Their guy made a play. He earned his scholarship, and I didn’t want that to be my last opportunity to make a play. But things worked out. At 5 feet 9 (inches), you know you’re going to see a lot of fade (routes).” The joy was short-lived, however, as backup quarterback David Ramirez and running back Stan Zwinggi botched a handoff at the Bobcat 24. Stacey Thomas picked up the loose ball, taking


e hit me in stride. It was one of the prettiest balls I’ve ever been thrown.”

— Chase Wasson quarterback

it in for a Tiger touchdown. Texas State scored once more before the night was over, when Zwinggi took a run to the right and cut back through the middle of the defense for a 30-yard score. The former wide receiver led an effective Bobcat rushing attack, gaining 172 yards on 21 carries. Wasson contributed 127 yards, as Texas State out-gained the Tigers 315 to 197 on the ground. “That was us determined to be more physical,” Bailiff said. The Bobcats return to action in their last game of the year Saturday at Sam Houston. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Huntsville.

Cotton Miller/Star photo SAYING GOODBYES: Senior linebacker Jeff Gotte greets children outside the endzone complex before the Bobcats’ final home game of the season.

Southern Cal and Rutgers moved up, Texas dropped way down and others were sliding all around the updated Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday. All the comings and goings changed the entire BCS picture. With Louisville, Texas, Auburn and California all losing last week, USC jumped four spots to No. 3. That’s good news for the Trojans, but it probably shocked coach Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators. “This will be controversial,” Fox’s Joe Buck said Sunday night when the standings were unveiled. Florida was ranked fourth in the BCS last week and beat South Carolina, 17-16 on Saturday. But instead of moving up, the Gators didn’t budge. USC is third and Florida fourth in the Harris Interactive poll. The teams are reversed in the USA Today coaches poll. The Trojans have a slightly better computer ranking (No. 4) than the Gators (No. 6), so Pete Carroll’s club had a .0204point overall edge. BCS analyst Jerry Palm said USC’s computer ranking will get stronger in the coming weeks because the Trojans still have to play California, Notre Dame and UCLA. Florida has games remaining against Division I-AA Western Carolina (2-8) and Florida State (5-5) before the Southeastern Conference title game. Notre Dame also jumped four sports, from ninth to fifth. The Fighting Irish must finish in the top eight to automatically qualify for the BCS.

It also puts Notre Dame is now in the national championship discussion. If USC or Florida lose, coach Charlie Weis’ club could move up to become the title game opponent of Saturday’s winner between No.1 Ohio State or No.2 Michigan. Undefeated Rutgers made the biggest BCS jump of the week to No. 6. The Scarlet Knights were 13th last week. Thursday’s win over Louisville helped the program earn its first top-10 ranking. Rutgers is seventh in the Harris poll and eighth in the coaches poll. “Anytime you do something for the first time in history, it is significant,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Sunday. “In-season rankings are more for the fans than they are for us. Anytime they judge you, it is at the end of the year.” Another team that made a notable jump was Boise State of the Western Athletic Conference, which moved up two spots to 12th. Any Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt or WAC champion will automatically qualify for a BCS bowl if that team finishes 12th or higher in the BCS standings. Texas plummeted eight spots to 13th after losing to Kansas State on Saturday night. The Longhorns would still reach the BCS if they win the Big 12 title, but their chances of playing in the national championship game are all but gone. Oklahoma’s chances at a BCS at-large spot don’t look good. The Sooners, who need help to win the Big 12, are on a five-game winning streak but find themselves stuck at No. 17 in the standings.


bobcatbrains Five Bobcat football players were named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District VI University Division earlier this month. Walter Musgrove, Chase Wasson, Blake Burton, Buck Koalenz and Nate Langford accounted for the highest number of athletes selected for a single school, beating Harvard (District I University Division) and Ohio State (District IV University Division First-Team), who each had four students recognized.

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Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Senior Day


Wasson scores four in home finale By Chris Boehm The University Star With 15 seniors honored before the start of Saturday’s game, it took a record-tying performance for a junior to get his share of the spotlight. Quarterback Chase Wasson scored four touchdowns on Senior Day in a 4121 win over Texas Southern, including a 50-yard pass from Morris Crosby. The 24 points the quarterback recorded tied a school single-game record. “There are very few people in the world that can do the things he does, and that’s just because he’s an athlete,” Coach David Bailiff said. “We could probably put him in at free safety and he’d influence the team. There’s just no room for second place in Chase’s life.” Saturday marked the last home game at Bobcat Stadium for the senior class, who ran onto the field one by one before kickoff. “It felt good to go out like that,” said senior Dallas Coleman, who recorded an interception in the game. “You can’t expect much more.” Wasson returned to quarterback this

week when it was decided after practice Thursday that starter Bradley George would not be available against the Tigers. Bailiff said George had a deep bruise on his throwing arm. The coaching staff decided early in the season that Wasson would remain listed second on the quarterback depth chart, despite his increased role at wide receiver. “It felt great (to return to quarterback),” Wasson said. “It’s always better when you can touch the ball every play.” Wasson gave his team an early 14-0 lead, on a first-quarter scoring run of 42 yards that preceded the pass from Crosby. Wasson handed off to the sophomore in the second quarter, then streaked down the right sideline before catching Crosby’s pass. “There’s no critique (on the pass),” Wasson said. “He hit me in stride. It was one of the prettiest balls I’ve ever been thrown.” Texas State carried a 17-7 lead into the third quarter, jumping quickly on the Tigers with an eight-play, 64-yard See FOOTBALL, page 9

Cotton Miller/Star photo ON A ROLL: Junior quarterback Chase Wasson runs past the Texas Southern defense to score one of his four touchdowns Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.

Bobcat basketball narrowly outpaces Patriots Volleyball ends season By Nathan Brooks The University Star

throws. The win puts Texas State light-years ahead of last season’s pace, when it failed to record its first win of the season until Dec.15, starting the schedule 0-7, but Davalos is not entirely happy with the 1-0 start beginning the new era of Bobcat basketball. “The expectations have changed here,” Davalos said. “We’re not just excited with the product of getting a win. The process has to be right.”

The officiating stole the show in Texas State’s 106-93 win over Dallas Baptist Friday, on a night when the regular-season debut of Coach Doug Davalos’ uptempo system was supposed to be the main attraction. The 81 total fouls called were just three shy of the NCAA record set by Arizona and Northern Arizona on Jan. 26, 1953. The whistlefest changed the pace of the game in the second half, allowing the Dallas Baptist team to close the gap on the 57-34 lead the Bobcats built at halftime. “This was a tale of two Game Notes halves,” Davalos said. “I’d be out here doing back flips after Special night for the way we played in the first Davalos family half. I thought we were in attack mode, and I didn’t think Davalos was able to they were getting anything on share his first career Dius half-court wise.” vision I victory with his Texas State used a swarming father and Texas State defensive effort and turned 19 alumna Rudy Davalos first-half turnovers by the PatriFriday night. ots into 32 points. The Bobcats Rudy Davalos was honused a hot start from sophoored at halftime for his more guard Brandon Bush to part in the 1960 NAIA Naignite an early 11-0 run, giving tional Championship but Texas State the lead after falling was even more proud to behind 5-0 at the start of the see his son coaching at his game. old stomping grounds. “My teammates helped me “This is special to see get involved,” Bush said. “They your son coaching at your did a great job getting me alma mater,” Rudy said. open.” Austin Byrd/Star photo “I couldn’t come to the Bush finished with a career press conference when he high of 27 points on 10-of-15 HIGH HOPES: Sophomore guard Brandon Bush (3) slams two of his was hired, but when he shooting, including a four-for- career-high 27 points in the opening minutes of Friday night’s game at called and told me that seven effort from three-point Strahan Coliseum. he got the job, it kind of range. However, Bush was not brought to tears to my completely content with his ef- Davalos said, “and we didn’t do hits the road for two games this eyes because he was coming fort after fouling out and not something about it.” week. back here.” recording a single rebound in The 50 combined fouls called “We have to be able to fin28 minutes of action. in the second half brought the ish games better than we did,” On tap “I’m still not satisfied, because tempo of the game to a grind- Davalos said. “I felt that our I want to produce more on the ing halt, and the Patriots took energy and intensity lessened Up next for the Bobcats is defensive end,” Bush said. full advantage from the free- in the second half, and then we a two-game road trip, beginTexas State was dissatisfied throw line by connecting on 24 weren’t smart enough to turn ning Tuesday in Shreveport, with its effort in the second of 33 attempts. the pace back in our favor.” La., against Centenary College. half, allowing Dallas Baptist Dallas Baptist cut a 31-point The Bobcats look to improve Texas State finishes up Saturday and the officials to take control Bobcat lead early in the second on-ball security and free-throw night at Texas-Pan American of the game. half down to 13 by game’s end, shooting after committing 34 before returning home Nov. 22 “We let the tone of the game which left Davalos wanting turnovers and connecting on to play host to Arkansas-Little be decided by the officials,” more from his team when it just 64.7 percent of their free Rock.

fourth in conference

Austin Byrd/Star file photo SLAMMING PAST: Middle blocker Karry Griffin spikes the ball during the Bobcats’ Oct. 27 game against Nicholls State. The Bobcats split their final two regular-season games over the weekend.

By Robyn Wolf The University Star Texas State volleyball solidified a fourth-place finish in the West division of the Southland Conference, closing out the 2006 with a weekend split versus Texas-San Antonio and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Bobcats came away with a 10-6 final mark in SLC play, dropping a game behind the Roadrunners with Thursday’s 32 loss. Saturday Texas State came away with a 3-1 win over the Islanders. Senior Kelly Fletcher posted 51 kills on the weekend, garnering the senior SLC Offensive Player of the Week honors. She has now led the team in kills in three consecutive matches. UTSA took an 18-10 lead at the mid-point of game one in San Antonio, withstanding a late Bobcat rally to win the opening game 30-20. Texas State held a slim twopoint advantage at the midpoint of game two before going up 22-18. Several UTSA errors

and a Fletcher kill completed a 30-25 game two victory. The Roadrunners came from behind in game three to 30-25, then closed the night by taking a closely contested fourth period to send the Bobcats home with a loss. Saturday against the Islanders the Bobcats ripped game one wide open with an 11-2 run, ultimately winning 30-19 to take a 1-0 match lead. The Islanders tied the match 1-1 after taking a 30-22 victory in game two. With the game tied 15-15, A&M-Corpus Christi wrapped up the game with a 157 run to take the win. The Bobcats regained the lead 2-1 with a 30-28 victory in game three, then took the 31 win with a 31-19 game four win. Lawrencia Brown put up a kill and a service ace to give the Bobcats the final two points of the match. The Bobcats continue play Friday in the opening round of the SLC tournament, taking on the host Roadrunners at the UTSA Convocation Center.

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