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LEAPS AND BOUNDS OVER THE COMPETITION
VOLUME 95, ISSUE 34
Texas State professor passes; legacy lives on By Kirsten Crow News Editor
Despite a slow ﬁrst half, senior quarterback Barrick Nealy led the Bobcats on the ground and through the air for a total of 384 yards including an 81yard run with 1:56 left in the game to cap Texas State’s 38-21 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday in Nacogdoches.
James R. Crawford, Texas State physics department chair, was killed on Sunday after a motorcycle accident in his home city, New James Crawford Braunfels. Crawford, who is described by many as a man who loved teaching, was thrown from his motorcycle following a collision at about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Common Street and Loop 337, according to a press release issued by the university. Nial Eugene Strouder, endowed chair of the physics department, worked with Crawford, 63, for seven years and de-
scribed him as a man who was not only an exceptional professor but a remarkable human being, as well. “I think when anyone mentioned Jim Crawford, I think everyone wants to say, ‘He was a good, kind person, and he’s a good teacher, and he loves his students,’” Stouder said. “Students are his numberone priority.” Hector Flores, dean of the College of Science, said that Crawford handled every situation with “a great deal of humanity.” “I can only emphasize how wonderful a human being he was,” Flores said. “He was a person of high integrity.” Stouder noted that Crawford’s passing is a “signiﬁcant loss to the university.” Flores agreed. See LEGACY, page 3
ASG unanimously passes bill to forecast tuition rate fluctuations By Clayton Medford News Reporter Fluctuations in tuition may no longer be a problem for Texas State students if the Associated Student Government’s legislation on Monday is an indicator. The ASG Student Senate unanimously passed a bill at their meeting on Monday that is “designed to protect students from erratic ﬂuctuations in the tuition rates.” ASG President Jordan Anderson said that his tuition has risen 30 percent since he began at Texas State. This bill, Anderson said, will allow students “to see what your tuition is going to be for all four years of college.”
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long road lay ahead of the Bobcats as they traveled to Stephen F. Austin State University to take on the Lumberjacks in a Southland Conference rivalry that dates back to 1923 when the two ﬁrst met on the playing ﬁeld. For the second year in a row, the Bobcats took the win over the Lumberjacks and got their ﬁrst win on the road against SFA since 1991. The victory earned Texas State the number-ﬁve spot in the nation, according to The Sports Network I-AA poll. Senior quarterback Barrick Nealy earned the Aeropostale Offensive Player of the Week honor and Jeremy Castillo earned the defensive award following the 38-21 upset over the Lumberjacks.
Nealy led the team to the victory with an outstanding offensive performance that left him with 151 net yards rushing and 224 yards passing on the day. With his only rushing touchdown coming off an 81-yard streak down the SFA sideline, Nealy found himself with a great deal of running room throughout the game averaging 10.1 yards per carry. Daniel Jolly, Morris Brothers and Nick Session got some work in on the day, while the backﬁeld triumvirate compiled 133 yards and a touchdown for both Jolly and Session. Jolly also added to the score on his only reception of the day with a 22yard completion that he turned into a score. Markee White was the only other player to earn a touchdown through the air. The senior wide receiver See COMPETITION, page 10
The bill details the advantages of guaranteed tuition which include increased student retention and the ability to better manage and budget expenses. A Guaranteed Tuition Plan will also serve as an incentive to graduate in four years, “since the ﬁfth academic year for a student with a four year degree plan would not be assured the same tuition rate under the proposed model,” according to the legislation. Anderson cites the success of a Guaranteed Tuition Plan at 30 universities around the nation, including Baylor University, as evidence of its feasibility. The legislation See ASG, page 3
SMHS student found stabbed to death in home; suspect arrested By Leah Kirkwood News Reporter Fourteen-year-old Rosalia Arias was found dead in her San Marcos home on Thursday, the victim of an apparent stabbing. Rigoberto According to the Cordova-Torres press release, police received a telephone call at 8:06 a.m. on Thursday from a friend of the victim’s
half-brother, Rigoberto Cordova-Torres, 19. The friend said Cordova-Torres had admitted to killing someone at the Allenwood Homes apartments on Thorpe Lane. Police arrived at the scene shortly after and found Arias’ body, the press release stated. Justice of the Peace Margie Hernandez (1st Precinct, Place 2) issued a warrant for Cordova-Torres’ arrest and ordered an autopsy for Arias’ body. Cause of death was determined by the Travis County Medical See ARRESTED, page 3
Veterans Day Memorial holds special meaning for students, residents Texas State takes a moment to remember armed forces past and present in The Quad By Jason Buch News Reporter Clark Aylesworth served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. As a member of the 1st battalion of the 1st Marines, he was part of the initial conventional force of the U.S. military to enter Afghanistan. After leaving the Marines, Aylesworth went to California, earned his massage license and attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. This fall, he transferred to Texas State. During the Reserve Ofﬁcers Training Corps Veterans Day ceremony
on Friday morning Aylesworth towered over those gathered in The Quad as he and the handful of Marines in the crowd came sharply to attention while the Texas State marching band played the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn. “It’s always cool to see this,” Aylesworth said of the honors accorded to him and all who served in the U.S. armed forces at the university’s observance ceremony. “I’m at a loss for words. This is always kind of emotional for me,” Aylesworth said. The ceremony began at See QUAD, page 4
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Hays County, San Marcos honor decades of veterans with Friday morning ceremony By Eloise Martin News Reporter San Marcos citizens were brought to tears Friday morning as Hernandez Middle School student Daniella Rodriguez read a poem recalling the day her father was deployed to war. Rodriguez was one of three middle school students chosen to read their poetry to honor those who have served time in the United States military at the Veterans Day ceremony held at the Hays County Veterans Memorial. The ceremony included roll call of area residents killed in each war, and fam-
ily members were asked to stand as their loved one’s name was read. San Marcos High School cadets gave brief overviews of each war. The cadets also performed a ﬂag ceremony and presented the ﬂag to 20-year-old veteran and Austin Community College student, Jacob Graves. Graves returned from Iraq in December 2004, where he served in the Army. Beverly Owen, a San Marcos resident, has attended Veteran’s Day ceremonies in the past but said this year held special emotions for her. Her hus-
Danny Rodriguez/Star photo San Marcos High School junior ROTC cadet Tony Mendoza rehearses for the Veterans Day ceremony held Friday morning at the Hays County Veterans Memorial on Hopkins Street. The memorial includes 933 names of Hays County veterans from World War I to the present.
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November 15, 2005
Five Texas State advertising students were on winning teams at this year’s Houston Advertising Federation Student Conference from Nov. 3 to 5. Twenty-six members of AdClub of Texas State attended the annual conference, at which students were divided into teams and given one day to develop an “anti-binge drinking” advertising campaign for the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. Rachel Ramirez and Eddie Valdez on were on the ﬁrst-place team,
Victoria Brandon on the secondplace team and Nanci Kelley and Samuel Gutierrez on the third-place team. The Star would like to congratulate the AdClub and these students on their accomplishment. Keep up the good work!
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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Tuesday The men of Lambda Omega Alpha will have night prayer in the Catholic Student Center chapel at 9:30 p.m. The Freethought Society of Texas State will be having a meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-4.1. Wednesday Fine Art Student Association will be having a meeting at 5:15 p.m. in the break room on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the Mitte Complex. Lambda of Texas State will hold the last regular meeting of the fall semester at 5:30 p.m. at LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. Thursday Crime Stoppers @ Texas State will have a membership drive meeting at 5 p.m. at the LBJSC, Room 3-7.1. For more information, contact President Michelle Harris at Mh1207@txstate.edu.
information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. The Rock – Praise & Worship will take place in the CSC chapel at 7:30 p.m. Career Services will be hosting the Corporate Etiquette Workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LBJSC Teaching Theater, fourth ﬂoor. USDA Ofﬁce of Inspector General will hold interviews for an auditor. For more information, contact Career Services at (512) 245-2645. The Buckle Inc. will hold interviews for a sales and management internship. For more information, contact Career Services at (512) 2452645. San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Centers Association will host a job fair form 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crossroads Mall Convention Center.
Events Tuesday Hunger and Homelessness Week will hold a Thanksgiving food drive. Drop off items at the LBJSC, Room 4-10.1. For more information, contact email@example.com The French national honor society Pi Delta Phi will have the French artist Christiane Baccou Pettersen give a talk on her life and art at 2 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G02. The Catholic Student Center will be hosting free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 5-1.10. “Attaining Contentment” An Educational Series takes place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. Wednesday Hunger and Homelessness Week will have The Quad SleepOut from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Crosstalk Student Ministries meets at the Alkek Teaching Theater at 8 p.m. for great worship and a message. Inquire about one of our weekly small groups. Thursday Hunger and Homelessness Week will volunteer at San Marcos Area Food Bank from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more
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Friday The Southside Community Center will need volunteers for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the San Marcos Activity Center. Volunteers needed from 5 to 9 p.m. Hunger and Homelessness Week will be at the Thanksgiving dinner at the San Marcos Activity Center for 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact email@example.com. Saturday The Captiva music Group & Texas Ski Ranch will be holding a Blue Country concert beneﬁting Toys for Tots at Texas Ski Ranch. For more information, contact Chris Perez at (512) 558-1898. Monday Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For information, call the Counseling Center.
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Spencer Millsap/Star photo Gilbert H. Gonzales prepares beans Friday night at the second annual Hill Country Cook-Off, which ran through Saturday. The cook-off, which was held at San Marcos Plaza Park, featured live music, barbecue competitions and arts-andcrafts displays.
CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. Theft under $500/Beretta Hall An ofﬁcer was dispatched to Beretta Hall in reference to a student who stated some of her laundry had been stolen. This case is under investigation. Nov. 10, 10:22 a.m. Assist Outside Agency/Coliseum Lot An ofﬁcer responded to an incident at the Strahan Coliseum parking lot. A woman suffered injuries while exiting a bus. She was transported to Brackenridge Hospital to be treated. Nov. 11, 3:14 a.m. Public Intoxication and DUIminor/Hopkins Street at Comanche Street An ofﬁcer came in contact with two students who were under the inﬂuence. One student was arrested for public intoxication while the other was arrested for a driving un-
der the inﬂuence. They were both transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. San Marcos Police Department Nov. 12, 10:38 p.m. Burglary-Motor Vehicle/917 Highway 80 Burglary of motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana of more than two ounces. Nov. 13, 12:55 a.m. Aggravated Assault/101 E. Hopkins St. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily injury and warrant service. Nov. 13, 12:50 p.m. Theft/1180 Thorpe Lane Ofﬁcer dispatched for a shoplifter in custody. Subject did not have any type of picture identiﬁcation and continually lied. He was arrested for theft of less than $50.
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Health Beat Tips for eating healthy over Thanksgiving holiday Thanksgiving is around the corner and Campus Recreation wants to help you stay ﬁt over the holidays. Here are some tips for a healthy holiday: • Sprinkle hot vegetables with dill for ﬂavor instead of butter. • Use canned low-fat cream of mushroom soup in the traditional green bean casserole. • Use all fruit spreads on rolls instead of butter or margarine, or skip the rolls altogether since there are so many other “bread” items, i.e., stufﬁng, sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, etc. • Use the 1-to-10 rating system during Thanksgiving dinner. Rate each food on the table — 1 being not appealing and 10 being your favorite. Eat only the food rated 8, 9 and 10. Pass up the rest. • Don’t skip meals before the big meal that day. You’ll be too hungry and may overeat. Treat it as a regular day with three meals and fruit snacks. • Begin the meal with a salad. You’ll eat less during dinner. • After dinner, go for a long walk; don’t just take a nap. And here’s a scrumptious, lowfat dessert recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients: 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 can (16 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin 2 cups low-fat ricotta cheese 3/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose ﬂour
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 egg white 3/4 cup canned evaporated skim milk 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon vanilla Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9-inch spring form pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add graham cracker crumbs; shake to coat pan evenly. Set aside. Combine pumpkin and ricotta cheese in food processor or blender; process until smooth. Add sugar, ﬂour, milk powder, cinnamon, allspice, egg white, evaporated skim milk, oil, and vanilla; process until smooth. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees; bake 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off oven; leave cheesecake in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely on wire rack. Remove spring form pan side. Cover cheesecake with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least four hours or up to two days. Garnish with fresh fruit, if desired. Nutrition information per serving (1/8 cheesecake): Calories: 121 Protein: 4g Sodium: 56mg Cholesterol: 4mg Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 20g Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch/ Bread; 1/2 Fat Have a happy and lean holiday! — Courtesy of Campus Recreation
WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In the article “New look for ’Cats after preseason win” in Thursday’s sports section, Strahan Coliseum was described as a “nearly packed house” during the ﬁnal minutes of Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game
against Angelo State University. In fact, the ofﬁcial attendance was 721. The phrase “nearly packed house” was not in the original article submitted by sports reporter Adam Schoenky, who at-
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ARRESTED: Stabbing Accomplished writers take part in SWWC panel discussion death first murder in San Marcos since 2003 By Silver Hogue News Reporter
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Examiner. This is the ﬁrst murder in San Marcos since 2003, according to the press release. The police caught wind of Cordova-Torres’ whereabouts when he telephoned home to say he had checked himself in for treatment at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. A police ofﬁcer investigating the crime scene answered the phone and spoke with the suspect directly. Police at the hospital detained Cordova-Torres until San Marcos Police arrived in the early afternoon and arrested him, the press release conﬁrmed. “This is an ongoing investigation,” said Johnny James, assistant police chief, in a prepared statement. “We are still gathering details of the crime and trying to determine a speciﬁc motive.” According to the press release, Cordova-Torres spent the weekend in custody at Brackenridge Hospital to receive treatment for his undisclosed medical condition. He has been charged with ﬁrst-degree murder, and his bond is set at $250,000. If he
is found guilty of the crime, he could serve up to a life sentence in prison. Arias was a freshman at San Marcos High School. Crisis counseling is being offered to students at both the high school and Miller Junior High, which Arias attended last year, said Patty Duhon, San Marcos High School counselor. “On Friday, we opened a care center in the library,” Duhon said. “(A doctor) and one of our counselors went around and talked to students in each of (Arias’) classes.” The high school put together a packet with worksheets on the initial stages of grief. Group counseling sessions were held all day Friday for friends of Arias, and now students are allowed to seek individual counseling at any time. A candlelight vigil took place outside the home-turned-crime scene on Friday night. Arias’ funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church. According to Duhon, many San Marcos High School students were checked out of classes to attend.
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“This is a very sad time for the college,” Flores said. Echoing Stouder and Flores’ sentiments is a message posted on the physics department Web site from the department faculty and staff that reads, “This is a huge loss for our department and for many of us personally. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family.” Veanna Crawford, James Crawford’s wife, said that his great love was teaching. “He loved teaching. He loved his students. It was a fun thing for him,” Veanna said. Additionally, she described Crawford as a man who loved his dog, Abby, bread-making and backpacking at Big Bend. Crawford began his career at then-Southwest Texas State University in 1972 as an assistant professor of physics, but was promoted to an associate professor in 1976. By 1981, he was named the acting chair of the physics department and at the time of his death, had served as the ofﬁcial physics chair for 23 years. Crawford received many research grants and awards at the university, mostly in the area of holography and holographic interferometry, and published numerous journal articles,
book reviews and scholarly papers, according to the press release and his résumé. He was born March 24, 1942 in Ponca City, Okla. As a student, Crawford pursued his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics at Phillips University before moving on to attain his master’s degree in physics at the University of Arkansas. Following his master’s degree, he completed his doctorate in physics at Kansas State University in 1972, before arriving at what would become his 33-year career at Texas State. Crawford is survived by his wife, Veanna, his children, Beverly Guild and her husband, Pete; Clark Crawford and his wife, Mary; and Scott Hartsell and his wife, Ruth; and grandchildren, Martin, Sam, Emily and Shelby; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held for him at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Zoellar Funeral Home Chapel in New Braunfels. According to the funeral home, the family has asked that in lieu of ﬂowers that memorials be made in the way of donation to the 100 Club, which beneﬁts the Comal County Sheriffs Department, or to make a donation to a favorite charity.
A trio of writers shared their wisdom and secrets to success during a panel discussion Thursday evening in the Alkek Library. The title of the Southwestern Writers Collection event was “Courage at the Typewriter.” Held in conjunction with the Texas State Common Experience series, it featured three awardwinning writers: Beverly Lowry, Celia Morris and Benjamin Alire Saenz. After a reception catered by Palmer’s restaurant, guests were seated just outside the Witliff Gallery, facing the panelists. “It’s so pleasing to look over there and see all of my books; that only happens at my house,” Morris said. Steve Davis, assistant curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection and moderator for the evening, began the discussion by introducing each of the three writers. “Tonight, we are going to discuss an entirely different type of courage,” Davis said. “I think there are two different types of writing. The ﬁrst is conforming — or telling people what they want to hear — and the second is courage writing.” The ﬁrst writer introduced was Morris, a noted women’s history scholar and the former wife of two “liberal folk heroes” — editor and writer Willie Morris and Texas Congressman Bob Eckhardt. “I think Celia’s memoir speaks to an entire generation of American women,” Davis said. Morris had the self-proclaimed fairy-tale marriage only to ﬁnd out later that her dream was not reality. Much of Morris’ writing has been about strong women and their journeys toward the independence that subsequently ended their marriages. “I just began to feel the shattering invisibility that I think a lot of women in situations like that experience,” Morris said. “The stronger I got, the worse my marriage became.” Along with her memoir, Morris has also written Storming the Statehouse: Running for Governor with Ann Richards and Diane Feinstein and Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond. She won the Texas Institute of Letters Best Nonﬁction Book Award for her novel about pioneering feminist Fanny Wright. “Fanny was the ﬁrst woman to speak in public against slavery at the beginning of the civil rights movement,” Morris said. “Being called a ‘Fanny Wrightist’ was the same as being called a commu-
nist.” Morris said she was raised in a family full of strong women and never thought of women themselves as inferior. “To think of Fanny as scandalous is really coming to terms with how women have been unfairly treated and viewed in the United States,” she said. Morris explained the role courage plays in her life and where she gets her strength. “I’ve gotten a lot of courage in my own life by just writing about my characters,” Morris said. “The people who endure hard situations in their daily lives — those are the people I feel privileged to write about.” Lowry, an associate professor of English at George Mason University and widely acclaimed novelist and nonﬁction writer, has resided in San Marcos for 10 years. During that time, her son was killed in a car accident just outside of Hays County. Shortly after, Lowry developed an interest in the story of Karla Faye Tucker, the ﬁrst woman to be executed in Texas since the 1800s. Her interest developed into a fascination and eventually the authoring of Tucker’s memoir. “As a way to heal my own life, I sort of let myself become fascinated with Karla,” Lowry said. Lowry recounted the ﬁrst of many meetings she would have with Tucker and her hesitation about going back the second time. “I went to see her for four hours that ﬁrst day. I don’t know why I went; I just went,” Lowry said. “I almost didn’t go back to see her, but I was proud of myself for having done it.” It was at the end of her second meeting with Tucker that their friendship sparked, and Lowry began monthly visits. “You face up to stuff. You do the same with ﬁction. You test your own beliefs, your own emotional realities,” she said. Lowry’s newest book is about Harriet Tubman. She discussed why she chose the historical ﬁgure. “I think it’s important we learn the hard truth about ourselves in another race, another gender,” Lowry said. “I grew up in a town of a different race; their pain has been a big part of my life.” Lowry recalled the skepticism she received after agreeing to take on the job of writing about an ethnicity different from her own. “It seemed stupid and daunting to take on the task of writing about a different race, but when my fascination took hold, what people thought didn’t really af-
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fect me anymore,” she said. Some of the author’s other novels include Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C.J. Walker and The Perfect Sonya. Lowry has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Texas Institute of Letters. The evening’s ﬁnal speaker was Benjamin Saenz, a poet, novelist and former Catholic priest who has written about life in the Texas-Mexico borderlands. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Texas-El Paso. “When interviewers ask Ben why he decided to leave the church, he likes to tell them it was because the robes were too heavy,” Davis said. Davis said that Saenz looks deeply into his characters’ pasts, highlighting the tragedies that have brought them to a troubling present, where courage offers the prospect of renewal. “I write because I’m really drawn to people and their struggles,” Saenz said. “I don’t like people who have all the answers.” Saenz discussed how his characters differed from himself and what he draws upon in creating their identities. “My characters are much more virtuous than I am. They suffer deeply and with grace, and they’re usually a lot better looking than I am,” he said. “I enjoy writing about people’s pain, and I think courage is found in how you overcome that pain.” He emphasized the importance of discipline in writing and how it is essential for a writer to speak the truth in their work. “Writing is about discipline; the characters are about courage,” Saenz said. “If there is anything courageous about me, it’s that I’ve wed my politics to my aesthetic. It’s easy to write a bad love poem but harder to have the discipline to write a good one.” Saenz’s other works include Dark and Perfect Angels, Flowers for the Broken, and Carry Me Like Water. He has received the American Book Award, the Southwest Book Award and honors from the Texas Institute of Letters. At the end of the discussion, the panelists stayed for questions and comments from members of the audience. “I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why I want to be a writer, and to me, courage means changing other people but also not being afraid to change yourself,” said Estella Ramirez, creative writing graduate student, to the panel.
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will be presented to Texas State University President Denise Trauth, Texas State University System Chancellor Charles Matthews and the TSUS Board of Regents for review. Also passed by a unanimous voice vote at Monday’s meeting was the fourth attempt by ASG to get Texas State University to recognize President’s Day. “This is the fourth time ASG has asked the university to recognize President’s Day, and I’m just continuing that tradition,” Anderson said. “One day we will be successful.” Anderson announced during his weekly president’s report that Trauth’s Cabinet has made Dec. 14 the deadline for selecting a company to investigate the incidents surrounding the African American Leadership Conference on Sept. 11. Early Sunday morning during the weekend conference, a run-in between police and students attending the conference ended in one, possibly two students being tased and three students under arrest.
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10:47 a.m. Two Army ROTC cadets carrying riﬂes escorted two Air Force ROTC cadets bearing the U.S. ﬂag and Texas ﬂag across The Quad. The cadets posted the ﬂags in front of The Stallions, the band played the national anthem and the Army ROTC ﬁred a cannon in the center of The Quad. Abe Jaquez of the Texas State Campus Ministerial Alliance led the crowd in a prayer and speakers, including President Denise Trauth, state Rep.
Patrick Rose and Phil Fountain, spokesman from the ofﬁce of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, addressed the crowd. The featured speaker was Gregory Snodgrass, assistant vice president and director of counseling at Texas State. Snodgrass served as a military intelligence ofﬁcer, ﬂying missions during Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster for his service. “We are here on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month as we always do
to honor the men and women of the armed forces for their service to our country,” Snodgrass said to the gathering. He introduced Amber Warren as a representative of U.S. veterans. Snodgrass said Warren’s husband Matt is serving in Iraq and intends to enroll at Texas State when he returns in May. “We pray for his safe return home,” Snodgrass said. Rose, who represents parts of Blanco, Caldwell and Hays counties, spoke of the importance of young people remembering those who served and
are serving to protect them. “Now, more than ever, this is a holiday about our grandparents, our parents and our friends,” Rose said. Fountain spoke last. He said the United States must ensure that the military has the equipment it needs so they will remain “the greatest military force the world has ever known.” “Sen. Cornyn promises to keep working in Washington (D.C.) to ensure that Texas vets get the repayment they need,” Fountain said. “Thank you, and God bless Texas.”
LEFT: Gordon Seabloom and Keith Foley, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3413, listen to speakers on Friday in The Quad during a memorial service to honor the nation’s veterans. RIGHT: Cadet Charles Hoke stands at the ready next to a 75mm Pack Howitzer. The gun was used on Friday in The Quad to honor Veterans Day.
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band, Walter “Pete” Owen, a navy veteran of the Korean War, passed away in October. “He spent four years, three months and 21 days in the Navy,” Owen said. “He said that often.” The two were married after he returned home, and he ﬁnished his advanced degree. He worked at San Marcos Baptist Academy and San Marcos High School as an American history teacher and later as a principal. Owen said the one song that could always bring tears to her husband’s eyes was the national anthem, a song that now does the same for her. “He was always very patriotic,” she said.
Owens purchased a name plaque for her husband, and it is now one of 933 names on the memorial. The SMHS cadets set a table for one at the ceremony to honor and remember those who were prisoners of war. The chair faced away from the table to symbolize the absence of each person and remind citizens that they could not be there to be properly thanked for their dedication. Mayor Susan Narvaiz, who comes from a military family, said in her Veterans Day proclamation that whether it is Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or the Fourth of July, citizens should remember there are certain privileges in America because of the people who have served time in the mili-
tary. Keynote speaker Col. Daryl Hausmann, commander of the Air Force ROTC at Texas State, spoke of this Veterans Day having signiﬁcance because of the men and women that are still continuing to ﬁght overseas. He said Americans should ask themselves why there are people still willing to ﬁght. “They recognize the sacriﬁces of those who came before,” Hausmann said. “They know that freedom is not free.” Hausmann said in his speech he has heard of concern that there’s an absence of heroes in America today. He said the people who believe this are looking in the wrong places for heroes. “My heroes are those we honor today,” he said.
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recreates the days of yore for spectators
By Maira Garcia Entertainment Writer
Thou hast entered the realm of the Renaissance, where thou shalt pay homage to Queen Katherine on her royal highness’ birthday and celebrate with thousands of travelers. The Texas Renaissance Festival, a yearly event that begins in October and runs through the middle of November, brought the 16th century back to life at 9 a.m. on Saturday with shoppes, magicians, elaborately dressed characters and the occasional ﬁre-breathing dragon. Each of the eight weekends of the festival has a theme celebrated throughout the park. This weekend featured Glorias de Espana, a tribute to all things Spanish. The festival, nestled in the quiet, East Texas pinewood forests near Houston, is a 53-acre wonderland taken out of a storybook. Buildings stay true to their era, constructed in the manner of a 16th-century English village, complete with cobblestone paths and high-rise, spiraling towers. Creatures of mythology and folklore seemed to be the most popular costume for people who dressed up for the festival. As visitors walked through various sections of the park representing European countries, sprites, gypsies and satyrs (half man, half goat) were the most abundant of creatures roaming the grounds. Through the throngs of people and creatures, a wedding procession made its way to one of the two chapels, the Roman Basilica and the King’s Chapel, featured on the grounds. The festival offers packages to the public to host an authentic Renaissance-themed wedding on the grounds The procession was led by a priest in full-Renaissance dress with a large, leather-bound Bible, red robe and tall white mitre on his head. Following him was the wedding party with women dressed in long Elizabethan gowns and men in tights and puffy pumpkin breeches. At the end of the train was the bride, dressed in a white silk gown with wide sleeves, and the groom, both in a horse-drawn carriage. Entertainment could be found in a variety of theatres around the theme park with house performers ranging from musicians to selfdefense ﬁghters to jousters. The Castle Theater was home to a father-and-son act of knife throwers who relied on audience participation to do some of their acts. Their question to the audience after each stunt was, “Was that dangerous enough?” The audience would respond with a resounding, “No!” The knife throwers would then turn up the level of danger after each act. What started as teaching a young boy from the audience the trick to balancing a wooden sword on his chin, evolved to juggling pins and a hatchet and ended with them throwing knives around a woman against a wooden wall. One of the most popular acts at the festival was the Joust to the See RENAISSANCE, page 6
Tiffany Searcy/Star photo CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Germany (left) and England break poles in the Joust to the Death competition for King Henry VIII. Spain won the joust by taking out Germany on foot by sword. The 31st season of the Texas Renaissance Festival began in October and features a variety of live performances and handmade crafts. Face-painting veteran Glenda Chadwick draws designs on the face of 13year-old Ashleigh Avard of Clear Lake. Chadwick has been face painting for 25 years. Kaitlin Hibbs (left) and friend Kristen Ueeck play with handcrafted Renaissance bubble wands at a shop located near the jousting arena. As a jousting match escalates, the German knight and Spanish knight duke it out with swords after falling from their steeds. Joyce Lillquist, autoharp player of The Gypsy Guerilla Band, plays selections from its CD, which was sold to Renaissance music connoisseurs. This coming weekend marks the end of this year’s Brynn Leggett/Star photo Renaissance Festival.
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Death, held at the Arena, which is much like the Roman Coliseum. There, knights representing their countries engaged in a bloody battle to the death with an audience overﬂowing from the Arena entrances. A nobleman welcomed cheering spectators to the joust and said, “Today knights from the
countries of Spain, England, France and Germany will ﬁght to the death in this joust for the queen!” The crowd cheered or jeered the individual countries as they and their representative knight were announced. Oddly enough, France seemed to get the most boos out of the audience. The knights broke their lances and shields, with all of
them eventually being tossed off their mounts. They fought with long swords, resulting in blood gushing out of necks, bellies and ribs. Finally, the Spanish knight reined victorious, despite having wounds to the neck and side and bellowed with his sword in the air. Outside the Arena, games like Drench-a-Wench, which is exactly what it sounds like, and elephant and camel rides sur-
rounded the area. Some of the games and rides were similar to anything a person would ﬁnd at a carnival or fair, except these were made special with a Renaissance twist, such as the use of more natural materials like wood and rope. The shoppes were the true artistic gem of the festival. Shopkeepers featured handmade jewelry, Renaissance style clothing, wooden carvings and more. The Coat of Arms Shoppe, in use by the Old World Family Names of Austin, even had a beautiful and elaborate embroidered coat of arms of my family’s surname framed at one of the entrances. Jewelry shoppes were the fancy of many women at the fair,
with ﬁne semiprecious jewelry on display in glass cases. As for many of the shoppes at the festival, plenty of cash was needed to walk out with a Renaissance memento. Located at one end of the festival grounds, gardens with varying themes surrounded fountains and eager photographers. The Fons Florida Aeterna Water Garden was one of the most beautiful, featuring Venetian architecture and enclosed in the middle was a tall fountain with water plants sprouting through the surface. There, a brigade of Spanish women and men congregated to relax in the rejuvenating garden. A Spanish knight emerged with a handful of roses to give
to passing women as he sang about their beauty in Spanish. He walked the grounds, accepting bills from a female’s signiﬁcant other, to bend on his knee and proclaim his undying love and devotion to them. The night ended with the clustering of man and creature at the Arena to view the Royal Fireworks, a ﬁtting end to the celebration of the queen’s birthday. However, the ﬁnal weekend looms on Nov. 19 and 20, when a Celtic Christmas will be the theme for the last days of the festival. After that, the gates to the Renaissance will close until next year when the royalty, creatures of myth and the peasants return for visitors to gaze upon.
Brynn Leggett/Star photo Tiffany Searcy/Star photo Cappuccino, a lanner falcon, prepares for a demonstration of how fast she can ﬂy. LanA Renaissance actor explains the rules of “mud slinging” to the crowd for the Mud Show ner falcons are related to peregrine falcons, which have been clocked diving as fast as 273 performance, which featured low comedy and encouraged audience participation. miles per hour.
The Juliana Theory begins new life as independent band By Kyle Bradshaw Assistant Entertainment Editor Upon ﬁrst glance, dressed head to toe in black, with slicked-back, jet-black hair, Brett Detar could be a young Johnny Cash. However, his band, The Juliana Theory, is far from the late music legend. On Thursday evening, Detar’s band showcased songs from its fourth release, Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat, at Emo’s in Austin. Before the show, in the band’s cramped but plush minibus, Detar, The Juliana Theory’s lead singer, discussed a few of things that are important to him: his band’s new album, his new label and his beloved Pittsburgh Penguins. Roughly eight years ago, Detar left the hardcore band Zao to form The Juliana Theory, which released its ﬁrst album, Understand This Is A Dream, in 1999, on Tooth & Nail Records.
Emotion is Dead followed in 2000, and the Pennsylvaniabased, pop-rock band started drawing attention from major labels. The band’s third album, Love, was released in 2003 on Epic Records. However, the major label deal didn’t bode well for the band. One thing that rubbed the group the wrong way was Epic executives’ insistence that the band rerecord “Into the Dark,” from Emotion is Dead, for Love, a decision the members never wanted but to which they reluctantly agreed. The less-than-fruitful relationship with Epic led the band to record Deadbeat completely on its own, without any label. “There was no A&R person. There was nobody paying for it but us. There was nobody telling us what we should do. So, in essence, we were our record label when we made the record,” Detar said.
The guys became so independent, in fact, that they formed their own label, Paper Fist, and co-released Deadbeat on Abacus Recordings in September. “It just seemed like ‘why not actually just make it ofﬁcial?’” Detar said. Deadbeat is a raw, up-front album that Detar and his band affectionately call their “goodbye” record but to what or who exactly, everyone is reluctant to say. “It’s a goodbye to a lot of different people and a lot of different things, situations and relationships in general,” Detar said. “I’m not going to point the ﬁnger at everyone that I’m pointing the ﬁnger at lyrically, but there’s a lot of people and situations getting farewells.” It’s an album that, in the band members’ minds, needed to be complete in its content to be successful.
“We shot to make an album that we thought from start to ﬁnish was all stuff that should be on a record and not stuff that somebody would want to skip over,” Detar said. In order to fully convey the goodbyes, the band decided to record the album live, with each member recording at the same time within the studio. Overdubs were few and far between, and the result was the shedding of the band’s pop sound for a dark, rough album. “We recorded it mostly live, which we hadn’t ever done in the past. We wrote songs consciously thinking about being in a room and playing them together and not laying down 300 extra guitar tracks,” Detar said. Later in the evening, bassist Chad Alan said the decision to record live was due, in part, to the stressful recording sessions
Brett Detar, lead vocalist of The Juliana Theory, sings along with the crowd on Saturday night at Emo’s in Austin.
for Love. “The Love sessions were very grueling and very tedious and more focused on precision. We were sitting in chairs, making sure everything was played perfectly,” Alan said. “(On Deadbeat) we didn’t want to do that. We wanted to capture what it was like when we were just having a good time at a show.” Alan also said the band felt “very scrutinized” by the process of working for a major label. “We were sort of paranoid,” he said. Despite the album’s dark themes, Alan insisted that the band remained positive during the recording sessions. “We weren’t all pissed off or anything. We had fun with it,” Alan said. “The lyrics weren’t in my mind as I was recording the songs. I was more focused on the adrenaline of the
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songs.” The only thing that couldn’t be recorded live during the Deadbeat sessions was Detar’s vocals, which he recorded alone, sitting in front of his computer. (The only exception being “French Kiss Off ” and the bonus track “Your Velvet Voice,” which were recorded with the band.) “Originally, I had planned to sing with the band at the same time, but the studio didn’t have the facilities to isolate me. There wasn’t anywhere that I could go and sing where you wouldn’t hear tons of drums and guitars on the vocal tracks. So, I had to do the vocal tracks after the fact,” Detar said. “It was a bit tedious to record myself. But, I think I got better results than I would have had I been in a room by myself, with an engineer and a producer standing outside of the room, telling me what to do. I didn’t feel that was the right thing to do on this record.” So far, Detar seems content with the record and the current state of his band. “I’m happy with the ﬁve of us and the way that we do what we do and how we’ve grown as a band,” he said. “We want to be able to make a living doing our music. That’s pretty much been our goal since as soon as we made the band fulltime.” His band has gone through trials with labels that many bands have struggled through, and Detar said Deadbeat is about a new life of the band. “We’re on our ﬁfth life. We determined the other day that we’ve died four times, and this is life number ﬁve,” Detar said. Deadbeat, he explained, “talks about at least a couple of the lives.” When our conversation concluded, Detar insisted that he was about to listen to “the game.” The game was between his favorite hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Montreal Canadians. (He even had satellite radio installed in the band’s tour bus so he could listen to every game.) And of course, he didn’t hold back his opinion of his team’s newest star, Sidney Crosby. “He’s gonna be a star for sure,” Detar said. Crosby scored the gamewinning goal in the Penguins’ shootout victory — and Detar was surely happy. Andrew Hernandez contributed to this report.
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A nontraditional point of view
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“Musically, this song has some importance,” Chapdelaine said. “It starts out with a lot of dissonance and then a Brazilian rhythm, but you can put anything under it. I put covers from my childhood.” He emphasized that you don’t have to take it to seriously. “It’s just music. People who don’t play music don’t care about perfection,” he said. Chapdelaine said he began playing classical guitar in 1975 at school, after playing rock guitar for seven years. It had been his intention to become a professional rock guitarist, but that changed. Chapdelaine then played the ﬁrst original piece he wrote, after having done nothing but play the classical compositions of others for years. The song, inspired by Chapdelaine’s home of New Mexico, started out slow with lots of space between each note, but the timing was spot on. It then moved into a bluesy rhythm. “When I ﬁnished childhood and became a classical guitarist, I still really liked the blues tradition in rock,” he said. “One of the ﬁrst songs I wrote was called ‘Blue Chili.’ That was the time that tapping and the shredder world began. I borrowed some of those techniques.” Chapdelaine then played the song. It wasn’t as bluesy as one might have thought, but that element was certainly there. Chapdelaine called for requests and one audience member yelled out “Rain Dance.” Chapdelaine then explained the song. “It’s about coming over a mesa in New Mexico, coming down to a village, and there are Indians doing a rain dance. They play,
sing and dance this one theme. It doesn’t work, so they try a new one in B ﬂat, but it becomes the same old E-minor stuff they’ve done for centuries. The young people do a rock ‘n’ roll rain dance. They do it again and again, and it starts to rain. Then they call the old ones back to do the original to make it stop,” he said. Chapdelaine then played the complex and mesmerizing song that mimics rain falling in increasing and decreasing intensities. “That’s the hardest tune I’ve ever played,” Chapdelaine said after ﬁnishing. He then put down his steelstring and picked up his nylon-string classical guitar and proceeded to play a song by Manuel Ponce. This song was another that had long spaces between each note, but that only emphasized the notes that were played. As the song progressed, the intensity of the tempo did as well. Chapdelaine then called for more requests and nobody responded. “Good,” he said. “Rain Dance almost broke my hand. It’s so hard that I’ve often got scared. I’ve only played it in public ﬁve times.” He then ﬁnished the set with a classical piece that had an intensely Spanish ﬂavor. Of everything he played, this song was the most straightforwardly classical sounding. That’s not to say that it wasn’t interesting, though. Chapdelaine refuted the stereotypes of classical guitar and classical guitarists with his performance and gave informative insight on how a musician develops their craft.
Award-winning ﬁnger-style and classical guitarist Michael Chapdelaine, professor of music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico, played an amazing set to an intimate audience at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the University Performing Arts Center. This event also served as a master-class workshop for guitarists to get tips from and play with him. As some of the audience was still ﬁling in, Chapdelaine tuned his guitar and checked the sound, emphasizing the tedious but necessary parts to being a musician. Chapdelaine, now barefoot, played a percussive opening number on his light-colored acoustic steel-string, picking the bass notes and the melody at the same time. Every move of his ﬁngers could be heard, which was appealing. Having ﬁnished this, Chapdelaine began to relate his life and his work to the audience. “I’m sort of like you, fast-forward 30 years,” he said. “(After playing strictly classical for years) one day I decided I wasn’t having fun anymore. I wanted to play pop music and compose, but I had no training or talent for that. And the thing about pop music is that it has to have some sort of rhythm, some sort of background.” Chapdelaine proceeded to demonstrate how many classical guitarists approach pop music, emphasizing how boring such an approach sounds. “Trying to play pop music has been the death of us and the death of me for awhile too,” Chapdelaine said. He said that pop music has so many parts that “the key is ﬁnding what to leave in and what to leave out.” Chapdelaine then launched into an interesting, multifaceted version of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” plucking the bass notes with his thumb and the rhythm with the rest of his ﬁngers, augmenting this with hammer-ons and pull-offs on the guitar neck and tapping the guitar’s body for percussion. “I expected people to say ‘That’s really lame. Why don’t you get a band?’ but they didn’t,” Chapdelaine said. Chapdelaine then explained the technique behind his rendition of the song. “What you do is just fake it. You’re constantly directing (the audience’s) attention where you want it to be. It’s very much like what a magician does,” he said. He also explained how his steel-string guitar helps here, playing a few notes to show how long the sound sustained. “With the steel-string it’s still ringing. Days ago, the (nylon-string) classical would have stopped,” he said. The next song he played, a Photo courtesy of www.michaelchapdelaine.com piece by the French classical guitarist Roland Dyens, turned into Michael Chapdelaine, the National Fingerstyle Guitar Chaman improvised, extended jam, pion, performed Sunday afternoon at the University Performincorporating several children’s ing Arts Center. songs.
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Let’s face facts. The reason public schools have a two-week break in December and January is not because it’s winter. Many school districts, including most in Texas, don’t experience a season that can reasonably be called “winter,” and for those who do, the season often doesn’t get harsh until much later. Public schools are out of session at the end of December because that’s when most American families either gather together at home or travel to see relative, and the reason they do this is Christmas. Nevertheless, WOAI news in San Antonio reported Monday that almost all San Antonio school districts have eliminated the word “Christmas” from ofﬁcial communications and schedules regarding the break, referring instead to “winter break,” “holiday break” or other nonspeciﬁc terms. This represents a growing trend throughout the nation, even though school districts invariably give speciﬁc holiday designations to breaks for Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day and even Easter. One reason given for the choice of a neutral name for the break is that many families with children in the school systems do not celebrate Christmas. While this is true, many also do not celebrate Easter or Thanksgiving, yet our schools recognize these holidays as occasions for cessation of classes. Meanwhile, many Americans who do not associate themselves with any particular religion nevertheless celebrate Christmas as an opportunity to gather with family. If we’re to call the break a “holiday break” or “winter holiday,” what holiday are we referring to? Hanukkah often doesn’t even fall within the two-week break, since Judaism’s lunar character causes the holiday to ﬂoat around December and January. Even if it did, it is only a minor holiday. Most Jews would much rather have time off in the fall to visit family for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur or in the spring for Passover. They certainly entertain no illusions that the winter break is designed to accommodate them. Nor does eliminating the word “Christmas” serve the separation of church and state. As stated above, the schools recognize other Christian holidays and holidays with strong Christian roots (Thanksgiving). And that’s OK. Closing schools for a religious holiday the vast majority of American school children celebrate does not represent state endorsement of an establishment of religion. All it does is pragmatically recognize a social reality and prevent a majority of students from having to miss classes. Neither Hanukkah nor Kwanzaa require students to miss school. Christmas often would, if schools were in session on Dec. 25. We all know why we close schools in December. Why not call it what it is? The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reﬂect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to email@example.com. Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classiﬁcations and majors.
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vexed by the veto The following columns address the aftermath of the Associated Student Government’s passage of Sen. Jeff Moody’s legislation calling for a vote of “no” on Texas’ Proposition 2, which passed by a large margin in statewide voting on Nov. 8. The legislation passed in the Student Senate and was subsequently vetoed by ASG President Jordan Anderson. On Wednesday, The University Star received Sen. Moody’s letter of resignation, which he said was largely because of Anderson’s veto. Anderson was offered an opportunity to respond to both Moody’s resignation and The Star’s staff editorial on the veto, which ran on Wednesday. The editorial called for a more consistent use of Anderson’s veto power with regard to similar legislation during his administration, speciﬁcally ASG’s endorsement of City Council, Place 4, candidate Chris Jones and San Marcos Bond Proposition 6. Moody and Anderson’s columns were not made available to the other prior to publication.
Student senator responds ASG president explains to veto, resigns from senate his decision to veto On Nov. 7, President Jordan Anderson vetoed ASG legislation opposing Proposition 2. His statement that we did not ﬁnd out what the student body wanted is erroneous. We did! Senators had plenty of time to talk to their constituents, and the meeting and agenda were widely publicized. People who did participate should not be punished because some students did not voice their opinions. Senators’ duties include representing their JEFF MOODY constituents by voting rather than every stuGuest Columnist dent voting on every issue. It is interesting that senators can vote to spend thousands of university dollars erecting a statue of Lyndon Baines Johnson in The Quad without asking every student. In such cases, it is ﬁne to let the senators vote as they see ﬁt. Yet, when an issue like standing up against discrimination arises, why must we conduct surveys, have opinion polls, etc.? Think about it Mr. President. Would there be more controversy in deciding how tuition dollars are spent or in taking a stand against discrimination? I believe that more students would rather have input into the use of their tuition dollars; I know of no one who is in favor of discrimination. Besides, Anderson assured me that he would conduct a survey to determine students’ opinions. He even advertised it in this paper. He did have a survey conducted, but by his own admission, it was unscientiﬁc and was of no use in decision making. If we wish to examine who failed in determining the opinions of the student body, perhaps we should look at Anderson himself. After all, if senators cannot trust their president to exhibit integrity and do what he says (for example, determine the opinions of the student body), what good is he as a student leader? After all, honesty and integrity are parts of our University Honor Code. Regardless of his honesty and integrity, Anderson’s veto of the legislation is null and void. According to the ASG Code of Laws, the president has ﬁve days from the date legislation is passed to veto it. He must then notify the senate of the veto at the next regularly scheduled meeting. This legislation was passed on Oct. 24. Five days from that date would have been Oct. 29. Since Anderson did not notify the Senate at the Oct. 31 meeting, we must assume that he had not vetoed it at that point. Even if he did veto it prior to that meeting, then he was negligent in his duties by not notifying the Senate in the time speciﬁed. Regardless of which was the case, he fouled up. He acted outside the Code of Laws. If Anderson was concerned with making sure the ASG’s image was upheld and legislation was followed up on, perhaps as President he should have taken the leadership role and appointed someone to follow up. If he was concerned with the inactivity of the Senate, he should have made inquiries. Whether Anderson admits it or not, the student body did speak out. I hope that ASG and the student body realize that Anderson’s actions have undermined the faith and trust of the student body. I do realize this; therefore, I can no longer serve on the senate. Serving under Anderson’s administration would be to associate myself with a questionable administration. Therefore, I am ofﬁcially resigning my senate seat. However, I will remain active on campus through other groups and as an individual student. Trust me, I will be showing up at random times to the ASG meetings. I for one am not afraid to tell the truth. For example, the ASG Code of Conduct states that “If members are found to have violated the trust of the voters and violated the rules, then actions will be taken to remove them from ofﬁce.” I guess as voters, we can all wait and see what, if anything, happens next.
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I made the decision to veto S.S.F. 2005-2006/14 “Vote No to Discrimination,” based on speciﬁc content from the legislation and from responses from many students who felt that they were misrepresented. A veto is an executive privilege that I deemed necessary to use as chief ofﬁcer of the Associated Student GovernJORDAN ANDERSON ment. The senate has the ability Guest Columnist to override the president’s veto by a two-thirds majority vote of all Senators present and in good standing. I did not receive the author’s amendments to the legislation and the vice president’s signature of ofﬁcial notice until Oct. 28. I vetoed the legislation on the night of Oct. 31 and notiﬁed the senate at the next regular ASG meeting. As to the legitimacy of my decision, the ASG Constitution reads as follows: “The President shall approve or veto bills and resolutions enacted by the Senate and House of Graduate Representatives within ﬁve class days after ofﬁcial notice of their adoption. If the President vetoes a bill, he/she must notify the senate at the next regularly scheduled meeting. If the President does not act within the time prescribed, the legislation will become effective as passed.” I would also like to take this time to ask Sen. Jeff Moody to reconsider his resignation. I have asked Vice President Cassie Holman to hold on to his letter of resignation in the hopes that we do not lose a vital and enthuastic voice in the senate. Indeed we will suffer without it. This is a contentious issue, and it is for that reason I chose to exercise the authority granted to me in the ASG Constitution. Simple senate resolutions, like the ones used to endorse Chris Jones and Proposition 6, only express the preferences of the members of the senate itself and not the student body. However, a full senate resolution uses the authority granted to us by the student body to speak on their behalf. ASG has and should take stands on state and nationwide issues. ASG has passed legislation dealing with ﬁnancial aid, tuition and fee increases, and various other issues that happen on the state and national level. ASG has also passed legislation dealing with local city issues like a student on the city council, supporting Proposition 6, and in fact, ASG was the driving force to get a polling place on campus. These items, while not dealing speciﬁcally with campus issues, deal with items important to the student body and directly impact the students. I invite all interested parties to continue to work with us so the will of the students can be accurately represented and to ensure all sides have a fair chance to be heard. However, I do stand by my veto, and if offered the same set of circumstances, I would do the same. I am asking that Moody withdraw his resignation and help me to continue the work of this ASG and to further the works of previous student governments. There is plenty of work left to be done, and Moody can help advance the agenda of Texas State to help it become one of the ﬁnest institutions of higher learning in the State of Texas.
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led the team in receiving yards with 97 on seven receptions. The defense kept the Lumberjacks in check for the majority of the game as David Simmons led the way with four solo tackles and two assisted. Fred Evans got the only sack on the day as he put Zeke Dixon down for a loss of nine yards on the play. Evans also earned three solo tackles to go along with three tackles for a loss of yardage. Teddy Jones took advantage of a low ﬂying pass from Zeke Dixon as he wrangled the throw and came up with the interception at the line of scrimmage. The senior defensive end earned his ﬁrst career interception on the play and was in on three tackles. Castillo and Daniel Varvel combined for 16 total tackles while Castillo had one tackle for a loss. The secondary kept themselves busy as Gary Shepard was in on six different tackles and earned another interception on the day. Melvin Webber also had an instrumental role to play in the game; while he had no solo tackles, he was in on the stops six different times. The Bobcats’ ﬁrst scoring drive was 35 yards. Morris Crosby put Texas State in scoring position by returning a punt 16 yards. Session climaxed the drive on a three-yard run. It was his 10th touchdown this season and the ﬁrst during an opening drive on the road. The Lumberjacks answered with an 85-yard drive, using the passing game as their primary option. As the ﬁrst quarter came to a close, the score was tied 7-7, with the Lumberjacks retaining possession of the ball.
SFA took its ﬁrst and only lead of the game with 9:54 remaining in the ﬁrst half. Quarterback Zeke Dixon completed a 58-yard pass to wide receiver Carl Price to give SFA a 14-7. Texas State tied the score before halftime with an eight-play, 64-yard drive. Jolly climaxed the drive on a three-yard run. The Bobcats took the lead for good, driving 73 yards on nine plays using 4:19 seconds of the clock. Nealy found wide receiver Justin Williams for a 26-yard completion before Jolly scored on a 22-yard completion, his only catch of the game giving Texas 21-14 advantage. The Bobcats defensive contributed to the next scoring effort when defensive end Teddy Jones intercepted a pass giving Texas State a ﬁrst down at its own 22yard line. It only took ﬁve plays to climax the 78-yard offensive effort when White caught a 35yard touchdown pass extending the lead to 14 points. The Lumberjacks got good ﬁeld position on the following kickoff as kick returner Ron Middleton was brought down near midﬁeld after a 30-yard gain. Louie Reynolds, SFA running back, earned his second consecutive 100-yard running game on the drive as he was given the ball ﬁve times, including the touchdown run capping the 53-yard drive narrowing the gap to 28-21. The Bobcats’ offense then got a break when a ﬁve-yard offsides penalty was added to a 42-yard kickoff return. Williams kept the drive alive catching a six-yard pass on a third down play moving Texas State into SFA territory at the 42 yard line. The 12-play drive came to an end when Stan Jones kicked a 27-yard ﬁeld goal expanding Texas State’s lead to 31-21.
Another Nick Session run would close out the third quarter of play with SFA still trailing by seven. Nealy took two back-to-back carries, the ﬁrst for a ﬁrst down as he ran to the left sideline for a gain of 17 yards and the second up the middle for a gain of ﬁve. Jolly followed that up with a short gain that brought up another third down from three yards out. Nealy dropped back to pass and found Scott running a cross pattern through the middle for a gain of 12 and a ﬁrst down from the 4-yard line. Jolly got the carry, but the ’Jacks popped the ball out of his hands. Nealy, keeping a watchful eye, jumped on it and recovered but not without a loss on the carry. Nealy called his own number on second down carrying the ball to within the 10-yard line. On the third down play, Nealy tried to thread one between the linebackers and the secondary but the cornerback played it tight and caused the incomplete pass. On fourth down, Stan Jones was called upon to put one through the uprights as the Bobcats went ahead 31-21 with 12:12 to go in the game. After the touchback, the Bobcat defense took the ﬁeld with greater intensity than they had exhibited in the game. Derwin Straughter started off by coming within a ﬁngers length of an interception while Fred Evans jumped the SFA backﬁeld on second down bringing down the ’Jacks running back ﬁeld for a loss on the play. After a short pass on third down, the ’Jacks got the ﬁrst down, but they were unable to repeat on the drive as they chose to play it safe and punt away on the fourth and one with 9:31 left in the game.
Adam Brown/Star photo Junior running back Daniel Jolly runs into the end zone after pushing through SFA defenders during the second quarter of the Bobcats’ game against the Lumberjacks on Saturday. On the following drive the Bobcats found themselves in a tight spot as Nealy released the ball early dropping the ball behind him. Session recovered the ball for a loss on the play but couldn’t make up the difference on third down and Cory Elolf took to the ﬁeld for the punt. The Bobcat defense came through once again holding off the SFA offensive attack. The interception by Shepard at the 1-yard line gave the Bobcats another chance. The circus catch was made by Shepard who got his hand under the ball right before it touched the grass while he
tumbled forward. Making the drive a ﬁght for time the Bobcats kept the ball on the ground taking valuable time off the clock, running the ball with ﬁve consecutive running plays before Nealy took the snap and caught some daylight running the ball up ﬁeld 81 yards for the touchdown. The longest run of the game and the season for Nealy gave the Bobcats a 38-21 lead on the Lumberjacks with 1:56 left on the play. The reaction from Nealy after the play gave fans an opportunity to see the humble camaraderie between the quar-
terback and the offensive line who has allowed the team to run the ball for 2239 rushing yards on the year. With their backs against the wall the Bobcats go ahead on the Lumberjacks but still looking ahead to their regular season ﬁnal against Sam Houston State University needing the win to stay in the rankings for a possible at large bid assuming Nicholls State the other team in the conference with only one loss wins out. See Game Footage at: www.UniversityStar.com
Volleyball takes the fourth seed at end of regular season By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter
Danny Rodriguez/Star photo Brittany Prewit tips a ball over defenders during the Nov. 8 game against the University of Houston. The Bobcats ﬁnished the regular season with a 12-6 record in SLC play and will be playing McNeese State on Friday in Arlington.
Time has run out for the Bobcats to correct their mistakes, as the Southland Conference tournament looms on the horizon. Texas State has dropped its last four matches, including three of the ﬁnal nine. Coach Karen Chisum’s group is coming off two, ﬁve-game losses over the weekend, to the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State University. Saturday, the Demons’ win clinched the sixth spot in the SLC tournament. The Bobcats, 12-6 in conference, enter post-season play as the fourth seed, scheduled for a 5 p.m. Friday start against McNeese State University in the opening round. Texas State defeated the Cowgirls at home in its only meeting with McNeese, the other lost due to Hurricane Rita. “I’m not even worried about McNeese right now,” Chisum said. “Of all the playoff teams, we know the least about them and Lamar, having only played each just once. Right now, my concern is what we’re doing. As a staff, we have to get this team’s conﬁdence back up.” The Bobcats suffered from mistakes at crucial points in the weekend’s matches, losing despite out-hitting both opponents. Against the Lions, Texas State ﬁnished with an advantage in kills, digs, assists and aces. “Across the board, we had the upper hand everywhere except the score,” Chisum said. “It’s tough to win on the road in Louisiana, but I was still very disappointed with the way we ﬁnished the weekend.” One other glaring area the Bobcats “led” was
service errors, with 13. “It’s the same problem we’ve had: a service error at the wrong time, a net violation at a crucial point in the game,” Chisum said. “After the loss to ULM, I wasn’t worried. I was conﬁdent we’d be all right and take care of business Saturday, but that didn’t happen.” Texas State jumped ahead in games one and two, ultimately losing both. The Bobcats then turned the match around with back-to-back wins to force a game ﬁve. “We played atrociously in games one and two,” Chisum said. “We got it together and did very well in three and four. ULM is the most improved team in the conference, and they’ve got as good a chance as anybody at winning this tournament.” In the decisive period, the Bobcats appeared to have the game in hand, staring at a 14-11 match point. But a 6-1 Lions run handed Texas State the loss, the game decided on three straight ULM kills. “I can’t question the heart we showed, but no one has stepped up and said, ‘give me the ball,’” Chisum said. “We’ve got to ﬁgure out how to close out games on match point.” On Saturday, the Demons exacted revenge following an emotional, early-season loss at Strahan Coliseum. Texas State won the opener in extra play, followed by back-to-back Demon victories. A 30-21 Bobcat victory forced game ﬁve, which NSU won 15-11. Texas State fell behind 11-3 before rallying on a Kelly Fletcher kill, igniting the Bobcats to ﬁve straight points. The two teams traded jabs up to match point, with NSU earning its ﬁrst-ever win over Texas State on a Juliana Abreu kill. The Bobcats had won all 31 previous
meetings. “Our staff has to solve this conﬁdence problem,” Chisum said. “I think we lost some after the Stephen F. Austin (University) match and have yet to get it back.” The match Chisum referred to, against the topseeded Ladyjacks, went to SFA in heartbreaking fashion, as Texas State fell in ﬁve games. Holding a late lead in the ﬁnal period, a questionable call ignited SFA to victory, erasing all evidence of a wellplayed match on the Bobcats’ part. It was the ﬁrst of Texas State’s losses to close out the schedule. The league tournament runs through Sunday, with the championship round slated for a 4 p.m. ﬁrst serve. If Texas State defeats the Cowgirls, the Bobcats will most likely face SFA in round two. The Ladyjacks open the tournament against eighth-ranked Lamar, whose 6-10 mark would not usually get it to the post-season. Two additional teams were added this year following the cancellation of league matches following the summer storms. Seniors Liz Nwoke and Amy Ramirez will lead their team in battle, as Texas State goes for its second conference championship in as many tries. On offense the Bobcats rely on Nwoke and freshman Lawrencia Brown. Nwoke paced the team in kills for the third year in a row, averaging 3.66 a game (seventh in SLC). Brown ﬁnished 11th in the conference (3.38 kpg) and second among ﬁrst-year players. Texas State has also leaned heavily on its two middle blockers, Brandy St. Francis and Karry Griffen. The two combined for 194 blocks on the season, with the sophomore St. Francis placing fourth in the league (1.12 bpg).
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