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VOLUME 96, ISSUE 35

Getting out the student vote

District attorney election ballots Political consulting firm turns heads with local election victories to be recounted By Eloise Martin The University Star Sam McCabe may not have time to do laundry, but he did have time to help elect five candidates in Hays County. “I had to go out and buy a new pair of clean pants because I haven’t had time to do laundry,” McCabe said. That is how election season in San Marcos and Hays County went for McCabe, mathematics sophomore, and his business associates, Jordan Anderson, Texas State alumnus, and Jude Prather, public administration senior. The three worked together on previous campaigns, such as Chris Jones’ successful bid for city council in 2005. They came together and officially formed their political consulting firm, MAP and Associates, in June. The three said last-minute efforts made the difference in this year’s elections, although MAP has only been working on campaigns since June. “The night before elections, we hit up students as hard as humanly possible,” McCabe said. “We sent out mass text messaging, and the next day I was driving people to their polling locations.” MAP crosses party lines, endorsing both Republicans and Democrats. The requirement, the group said, is the client must represent values beneficial to Texas State students. They represented three candidates for city government: Mayor Susan Narvaiz, who ran uncontested; Betsy Robertson, city council Place 1 candidate; and Place 6 city councilman John Thomaides, and three candidates for county office: Bill Henry, 428th district judge; Sherri Tibbe, Hays County district attorney candidate; and the firm’s only loss, Jim Powers, Hays County judge, in their debut election.

‘I feel good about it. I feel we won the election and that will be reiterated after the recount’ By David Saleh Rauf and A.N. Hernández The University Star

Cotton Miller/Star photo POLITICAL GAMES: (Left to right) Sam McCabe, mathematics sophomore, alumnus Jordan Anderson and Jude Prather, public administration senior, stand in front of signs from local candidates that MAP and Associates supported.

Anderson, former ASG president, said when it comes down to 26 votes separating the candidates in the unofficial report, such as the Tibbe and Wesley Mau race, every vote counts. “At 5 p.m., we were calling people begging them to go vote,” he said. The three said when looking at the numbers, it is evident students had a significant voice in the elections. They cited Precinct 334, which contains 19 residence halls. 721 ballots were cast in the precinct for the Tibbe and Mau race for

district attorney, according to the Nov. 7 unofficial canvass report. Tibbe said she will be named the first woman district attorney for the county, although a recount will take place Wednesday. “We are very confident that we will prevail,” she said. Tibbe said she hired MAP after watching their work on the Jones campaign. “I admired their energy and their knowledge,” she said. Tibbe said they ran a strong campaign on campus and hired MAP for her entire campaign

throughout Hays County. Tibbe said she is pleased with her decision to hire the trio. “They did a great job,” Tibbe said. “They worked very hard. The odds were against us.” Tibbe said she would hire MAP and Associates in the future. MAP clients claimed five of the six spots they sought. The three entrepreneurs think their firm proved to be a success and said they learned a great deal about themselves from the one race they lost. “It’s surreal, the most surreal moment ever,” Prather said.

“It is a great feeling, but very humbling.” Anderson said the experience taught him to listen to his gut. “You hear that there are two ways to run a campaign — unopposed or scared,” he said. Prather agreed. “You have to campaign like you are going to win or like you are going to lose by 100,” he said. Anderson said the amount of dedication they gave to their clients was a driving factor in their accomplishment. See CAMPAIGN, page 4

mtvU campaign deals with Issues of financing, legislation will depression, suicide in college be discussed at water conference By Brooke Keller The University Star Survey results released as part of an mtvU campaign give new meaning to the term silent but deadly. The results of the survey conducted earlier this year by the music network among students nationwide were released in conjunction with a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness and reducing the stigma of suicide and depression on college campuses called “Half of Us.” Stephen Friedman, general manager of mtvU, said the station decided to launch the campaign after research revealed almost 50 percent of all college students said that at some point they had felt so depressed they couldn’t function, the same finding from which the campaign derived its name. The survey revealed that 77 percent of students surveyed would not want others to know they were seeking help for emotional issues. Friedman said these are just a few of the “devastating” statistics. “It was clearly something that needed to be addressed,” Friedman said. mtvU partnered in the cam-

paign with the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by the parents of Jed Satow, a college student who took his life. Joanna Locke, of the Jed Foundation, said they were excited to be working with mtvU, and the results of the survey surprised them. “It shocked us, and this is what we do,” Locke said. The campaign targets campuses nationwide through public service announcements, which will be broadcast on the network’s channel. The PSAs reflect the statistics found in the survey as well as real life situations that students suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts might encounter. The Web site provides students with resources for seeking help and interactive features such as an anonymous screening tool for emotional disorders. “When half of us are affected, it means that all of us are affected,” Friedman said. “When you consider that a majority percentage of all students are too embarrassed to seek help, you really see that stigma kills. The notion of not being able to talk or seek help is killing people.” See mtvU, page 4

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By Alex Hering The University Star A conference focusing on water issues faced in Texas and the development of the 2007 Texas Water Plan entitled “Charting the Course,” will be held Wednesday through Friday at the Capitol Extension in Austin. Sponsored by the Rivers Systems Institute at Texas State, Charting the Course will feature speakers including David Langford from the Texas Wildlife association and Sen. Kip Averitt, Chairman of the Senate committee on Natural Resources. Annette Paulin, conference coordinator, said the agenda includes 33 speakers, some of who will address obstacles in implementing the 2007 Texas Water Plan. “Basically, we are looking at the obstacles of implementing a statewide plan to move further to water recourse management into the future,” Paulin said. “One obstacle is financing, or the money needed to carry out scientific study, the money that’s needed to set up management structures.” Another topic that will be addressed at the conference, Paulin said, is legislative action taken towards water issues. “Part of the conference that is called ‘legislative perspectives’ looks into the upcoming legislative sessions and the activities of the legislature in relation to water issue and proposed water bills,” Paulin said. “We will have people there who will be speaking about the activities of both legislative staff and state agencies. They will also be speak-

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ing about developing a water plan and assembling a water plan in the future.” The conference is split into two categories and the preliminary sessions will focus on obstacles faced in implementing the 2007 Texas Water Plan. “The preliminary sessions address the obstacles and basically the challenges to implementing a water plan into the future,” Paulin said. The parallel sessions focus on water resource management topics in the state. “The concurrent sessions will address the specific water resource topics that are either addressed in the plan or that we face in the state of Texas and need to plan for,” Paulin said. “Those issues are things such as drought preparedness and environmental flow issues.” The registration fee that covers the cost of food and printed materials is $175. Paulin said the public is welcome to sit in on the individual sessions for free. “Anyone is welcome to sit in any of the actual sessions unless they have a particular topic or a particular person they would like to hear,” Paulin said. “If they show up and want to attend the whole conference, eat all the meals and attend the whole conference then we do ask that they pay the registration fee.” Paulin said students who want to learn more about water in the state of Texas and are seeking a career in water planning are encouraged to attend. See WATER, page 4

Two dozen votes won’t get you much in an election — unless you’re running for Hays County district attorney. After coming up 23 votes shy in his bid for district Wesley Mau attorney, Republican Wesley Mau filed a petition for a ballot recount. In the Nov. 7 election, Mau received 14,883 votes to Democrat Sherri Tibbe’s 14,905. “Well, obviously I am hopeful,” Sherri Tibbe Mau, chief deputy district attorney, said. “The margin is so slim.” The Hays County Elections Administrators’ office will recount ballots Wednesday morning to decide a clear winner from last weeks closely contested race. Mau filed the petition recount Monday after all mail-in ballots, including ones allowable under the five-day grace period, were received and counted. “Hopefully, if counted by hand, they can come up with any mistakes that were made,” he said. “We will find out. They’re more likely to come out the same than it is to change, but we just got to know.” Joyce Cowan, Hays County election administrator, said the elections office will recount the ballots at 8 a.m. and should have the results by noon. Cowan said early voting and election day ballots cast on direct-recording electronic voting machines will be recounted electronically and should mirror results reported on the night of the election. About 950 mail-in ballots will be recounted manually, she said. “When you lose by 23 votes, I would recommend a recount,” Cowan said. “If I were Mr. Mau or Ms. Tibbe, I would ask for a recount, either to make sure the count was right or just to have a clear mind about it.” Tibbe said she is confident the original projections will stand. She said the election is over and the ballots have already been counted. “I feel good about it,” Tibbe said. “I feel we won the election and that will be reiterated after the recount.” Cowan said closely contested elections resulting in recounts are not rare. She said her office has done recounts for more closely contested elections than the 23-vote margin that separates Mau and Tibbe. In 1998, incumbent District 46 State Rep. Alec Rhoades received 14,987 votes to his challenger Republican Rick Green’s 14, 967 votes. Recounts in three counties, including Hays, gave Green an additional 56 votes and the victory. “It stands a chance of changing the results,” Cowan said. “That’s why we do it.”

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Tracy Marlowe, then-Southwest Texas State University communications alumna, has been hired by KGBTexas Public Relations/Advertising in San Antonio. With more than ten years of advertising and marketing experience, Marlowe joins the agency as an advertising account supervisor. She oversees account management for Cordillera Ranch, Clarke American, GVTC and

Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. Before her employment at KGBTexas, Marlowe honed her skills through agency work on accounts, including the U.S. Air Force, USAA and Exxon Mobil. Marlowe has a passion for developing dynamic brands and creative platforms that resonate with clients and their target markets. — Courtesy of KGBTexas Public Relations/Advertising

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High energy WEDNESDAY The COMM Club will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room 318. American Sign Language Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 4-1.9. For more information e-mail ASLclub@txstate.edu. The Earth First Organization will meet at 4 p.m. in Evan Liberal Arts, Room 314. For more information e-mail Bogan Durr at bd1132@txstate.edu. The Student Volunteer Connection will host the Quad SleepOut from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in The Quad. The sleep out is an activity for Hunger and Homelessness Week. The American Marketing Association will present guest speaker Bonnie Munroe, vice president of marketing services for Methodist Healthcare Systems, at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-13. All majors are welcome. Free food and drinks will be available at 5:15 p.m. For more information visit www. business.txstate.edu/AMA/. American Sign Language Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 4-1.9. For more information e-mail ASLclub@txstate.edu. 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 Tennis Club President Chris Harris at ch1282@txstate. edu. A student-led rosary will be

prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center.

University Police Department

Nov. 6, 12:15 p.m. Medical Emergency/Hines Academic Center An officer was dispatched for a call of a medical emergency. A student reported feeling ill and fainted. The student was examined by paramedics but refused transport to Central Texas Medical Center.

Bible study will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the lounge of the CSC. The Alcohol and Drug Resource center will hold its weekly “The Network” meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-6.1.

THURSDAY

Nov. 8, 4:10 p.m. BMV/Wood Street Garage An officer was dispatched for a report from a student stating his property had been removed without consent. This case is currently under investigation.

Colleges Against Cancer will host the Relay For Life Team Captain Meeting at 8 p.m. in Evan Liberal Arts, Room 116. For more information e-mail Stacy Whittaker at sw1172@txstate.edu. 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. 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 Tennis Club President Chris Harris at ch1282@txstate. edu.

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Danny Rodriguez/Star photo University of Texas alumnus Doug Hanshaw of Clap! Clap! entertains a packed crowd Saturday night at Lucy’s San Marcos.

Bat found on campus tests positive for rabies

ASG Beat

San Marcos Animal Control personnel were called Sunday to The Tower residence hall to assist with a bat discovered on the sidewalk appearing ill and disoriented. The bat was captured and submitted to the state lab for evaluation. The bat tested positive for rabies. This information is being disseminated to the campus community to ensure anyone who might have come into contact with the bat is aware of the importance of medical evaluation to determine the need for rabies vaccination. Anyone scratched or bitten by a bat is at risk of rabies exposure. Bats serve a very important environmental role. However,

The Associated Student Government is the official voice for students at Texas State. Meetings are open to the public and held at 7 p.m. Monday evenings in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. Anyone wishing to address the Senate is welcome to speak during public forum. Those interested in being a guest speaker should be directed to Amanda Oskey, vice president. ASG executives will be in attendance at the Texas State University System Board of Regents meeting this week in Beaumont. The main agenda items are the proposed 10 percent increase in tuition and the leveling of course fees. The

an estimated 1-2 percent carry rabies, said officials at the Texas Department of State Health Services. With millions of bats inhabiting the Central Texas region, it is likely thousands are infected. Consequently, it is not unusual to find bats testing positive for rabies. It is important to reinforce that bats appearing to be ill or disoriented should not be handled. Call San Marcos Animal Control at (512) 393-8340 for assistance with bat capture and removal. If Animal Control is unavailable, call the University Police Department at (512) 245-2805. — Courtesy of VPSA

Executives meet in Beaumont, discuss tuition, course fees

Nov. 9, 10:39 a.m. Criminal Mischief Under $1500/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a report of criminal mischief. A student reported damaged had been caused to his vehicle. This case is currently under investigation.

Senate has recently passed legislation requesting a 6 percent, rather than the proposed 10 percent increase. The Senate is strongly opposed to the leveling of course fees, fearing this will place an unwarranted burden on all students by adding nine dollars per credit hour to designated tuition. The Senate is continuing to look at models for a new final exam schedule that would result from the new block class schedule to be implemented next fall. Please stop by and pick up a T-shirt from the ASG office located in LBJSC, Room 4-5.1 The T-shirts are in support of Bobcat Athletics. — Courtesy of the Associated Students Government

Holiday season marks seasonal hiring opportunity Need a little extra spending money for the holidays? According to a recent CareerBuilder. com survey, 23 percent of hiring managers say they are recruiting for holiday positions. Nearly one in four expect to pay their seasonal hires more than last year, with 37 percent offering $10 or more per hour. The CareerBuilder. com survey “Holiday Jobs” was completed in September and included 1,150 hiring managers nationwide. Comparing this year to last, 13 percent of hiring managers plan to add the same amount of seasonal employees while five percent plan to hire more. Another five percent will add employees, but on a smaller scale than 2005. Of those hiring, 86 percent are likely to treat holiday employment as an extended job interview and offer permanent positions to some seasonal employees. Twenty-four percent of hiring managers plan to raise hourly wages for seasonal hires compared to last year, while 70 percent expect no change in pay scales. Six

percent say the seasonal pay will be lower than last year. One-inten hiring managers expect to shell out $16 or more per hour, while 33 percent expect to pay $8 to $9 per hour and 31 percent expect to pay $7 or less per hour. ·Retail — Stores are in need of extra sales clerks and stockers to handle peak shopping periods. ·Hospitality — Hotels and resorts are looking for ski instructors, restaurant servers and hotel clerks to help out in the busy travel season. ·Customer Service — Companies augment their customer service staff to handle increased gift orders and returns. ·Delivery — Package-delivery companies hire more drivers and support staff to handle heavier holiday shipments. ·Office Support — Businesses need temps to help out with end of the year wrap-ups and fill in for vacationing workers. “Workers interested in seasonal positions should act fast,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at Career-

Builder.com. ”The vast majority of hiring managers are already recruiting for seasonal positions and nearly half are filling their open positions in two weeks or less.” Haefner offers the following tips for landing seasonal work: ·Be flexible — Twenty-eight percent of hiring managers surveyed say the biggest turnoff when considering a seasonal job candidate is his/her refusal to work certain hours. ·Be enthusiastic — A lack of holiday spirit can impair your chances of getting hired, according to 26 percent of those surveyed. ·Be serious — Nineteen percent of hiring managers are turned off by individuals who don’t treat the position as a real job and don’t take the responsibilities seriously. ·Be smart — A failure to be knowledgeable about the company or product line is a major pet peeve for 8 percent of hiring managers looking to fill seasonal positions. — Courtesy of CareerBuilder.com


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Texas Recycles Day brings awareness event to campus By Chelsea Juarez The University Star In celebration of Texas Recycles Day, the Environmental Service Committee will host “4 R Future,” an event providing information and giveaways 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in The Quad. The National Association of Environmental Professionals and Earth First! will support the event, promoting reducing, reusing, recycling and rebuying. Texas Recycles Day serves as the designated day for organizations in Texas to reach out to their community and spread the word about recycling. Events take place mid-October to Wednesday. This year’s theme will focus on using less energy, using items to their fullest, recycling and the continuous purchase of recycled items. The event promotes awareness about recycling and highlights simple and inexpensive ways to prevent pollution. “Texas Recycles Day is important to us because we put a lot of time into campus recycling year-round,” said Mary Waters, ESC administrative assistant and resource and environmental studies senior. “This is a chance to publicize our efforts.” The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Keep Texas Beautiful campaign, manages and supplies materials for this and other events

statewide. A mandate from the state legislator requires statewide educational campaigns, said Mary Kelley, TCEQ education coordinator. In previous years, the association has given out T-shirts, pencils, rulers and other items with recycling-related messages. This year’s function will have more information and cohesion with the NAEP and Earthfirst!, said Taylor Powell, NAEP president and international studies senior. “It should make you feel better about yourself to recycle instead of just throwing something away,” Powell said. “It’s practical.” Green, outdoor containers will be given to those passing by in hopes of revealing the practicality of reusing items. According to the KTB Web site, Texans throw out approximately 7.11 pounds of waste per person per day. The Environmental Protection Agency Web site states producing a can from recycled aluminum saves 95 percent of the energy required to make a new one from raw materials, while making recycled paper only takes 40 percent. “There are hundreds of reasons why people should recycle,” Kelley said. Waters said the ESC sees the event as a great opportunity for students to show their interest and perhaps join in the effort.

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CAMPAIGN: MAP and Associates celebrates election victories; not ruling out running for public office CONTINUED from page 1

“Before we started, we made a promise to work harder than our opponents, and we did. That was the key to our success,” he said. Thomaides, incumbent Place 6 city council winner, said he hired MAP to help navigate his way through the university. “They had knowledge of different groups. It was information I didn’t have, and it was very helpful in guiding me,” he said. Thomaides said he found the group to be helpful and professional. “They are a great group of guys, and I think they are in it for the right reasons,” he said. “They should be applauded for the work they are doing.” Robertson, Place 1 city council win-

ner, said she initially felt inexperienced in the area of campaigning and hired MAP to help communicate her message to students. She said she was satisfied with her decision to hire them. “I was very pleased,” she said. “They were very busy people, but I still felt like they were able to give me good service.” The three spent this election season in the background but said it is not out of the question to run for an office of their own one day. “It is not something I am going to choose to do,” Anderson said, “but if the situation comes up, I would look into it.” Prather said he would consider an office position if he felt he could help the community. “I’m looking into it. Public service

has always been a dream of mine,” he said. The three are adjusting to getting back to their routine lives with election season complete. “People in my class are doing double-takes when they see me walk in the classroom,” McCabe said. Anderson said he still receives daily phone calls from Henry. “We need to put all our lives back together now,” Prather said. The three will now be able to enjoy some personal time, but they agreed they would continue to keep MAP as a priority. “We made a commitment to each other in this business,” Anderson said. “The goal is to see this through, to see all of us prosper. This was a good road mark.”

WATER: Professionals will be in attendance at conference CONTINUED from page 1

“Students should go if they are looking at developing a career in water planning because many of these people have first hand knowledge on what is happening in the state,” Paulin said. “It is a pretty comprehensive conference in many topics so it’s a great way for students to really have a good understanding of what is happening within the state.” Paulin said the conference will be a good way for students to make professional connections.

“There will be a consulting group and people representing private companies there as well so it’s a good way to connect with people who are working professionals in the field,” she said. Andrew Samsom, executive director of the Rivers Systems Institute at Texas State, said the public should be informed about Texas water issues. “Our population is going to double in the next generation and we are already, in many parts of the state, short of water so it’s going to be a principal water resource issue in Texas for the first half of the 21st century,” Samsom said.

Samsom said students should also be informed since the San Marcos River is already being affected by drought. “Every student here loves the river. Today our springs here on the campus are flowing at less than half of their normal rate principally from the lack of rain and tremendous new demands on the aquifer for pumping,” Samsom said. “We literally face the possibility that springs and the San Marcos River could run dry, and I know that students not only here but that have graduated from Texas State in the past would find that tragic.”

mtvU: Resources available on campus for students dealing with mental health issues CONTINUED from page 1

Dr. Emilio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center, said 61 percent of Texas State students surveyed in 2005 indicated they saw things as hopeless at some point during the last school year, a percentage that brings the issue close to home. “College mental health is a major issue right now,” said Gregory Snodgrass, director of the Counseling Center and vice president of Student Affairs. “It’s right up there with diversity and every other thing these days because this has become such a problem.” Snodgrass said while awareness has increased, mental health issues on campus have still not received the recognition they should. “If a student were to come to school and have a life-threatening illness, say a liver ailment or a kidney ailment, it would be in everybody’s mind, including the students and the families. That needs to be the first priority. You have to take care of

that before you go to school identity, career goals and reor deal with anything else,” lationships add to potential Snodgrass said. “It’s not stress. that way with mental health. Snodgrass said studies If you have someone with show stress as the number mental health problems and — Gregory Snodgrass one impairment of students, they don’t have the resourcCounseling Center director and while a typical problem es to take care of it, they just for most, some can be more try to function without taking biochemically or genetically care of it. It doesn’t get put to first-priority status, predisposed to problems like depression and anxiand that’s a problem.” ety. These factors, when mixed with the stresses of Snodgrass said the number of students coming college life, can interfere with their ability to perto the Counseling Center grows and the intensity form successfully. of the problems they see is greater every year. The Counseling Center has been making chang“Stress levels are rising among students, and es to adapt to the higher demand and makes nuthat’s probably for a couple reasons,” Snodgrass merous student outreaches, Snodgrass said. said. “We live a very fast-paced lifestyle — lots of Dr. Carranco said students need to be aware places to be lots of decisions to make. It’s bigger that despite resources listed on the Web site, their and faster. All of those things sort of add to the options are not limited to the Counseling Center. level of stress that students have.” The Student Health Center also works with the He said during this developmental period for Counseling Center in providing services for stutraditional students things such as developing dents. The health center has contracted psychia-

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ollege mental health is a major issue right now.”

trists that are available weekly by appointment, Carranco said. Carranco said a lot of students may experience physical symptoms they don’t know are associated with mental health problems, and doctors in the health center can help accurately identify them. “I think there always ought to be two places they should go: the Counseling Center and the Student Health Center,” Carranco said. “If a lot of students are embarrassed to go to a place where they are immediately identified as having a mental health problem, then when they come to the Health Center they might actually feel safer because they could be here for any number of reasons.” Friedan said the campaign has already received numerous responses, and he encourages students to visit the Web site to share their stories as well as to encourage others to seek help. “When you break your leg, people say, ‘Go to the doctor. Don’t be an idiot. Are you crazy?’ and that’s what needs to happen for mental health issues as well,” Friedman said.


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Texas State to host beat-boxing performer John Pointer at Mall By Jessica Sinn The University Star Remember the catchy Chili’s jingle — the one that’s almost impossible to get out of your head? Admit it, we’ve all found ourselves singing “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back, I want my baby back, baby back, baby back...” John Pointer, the man behind this little ditty, will perform at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Mall. Pointer prepares to deliver a solo performance by beat-boxing and transforming his body into a cluster of musical instruments. Pointer will showcase songs from new album Schitzophonic with a guitar and stomp-box. Pointer plans to deliver a lively performance by interacting with the audience. “The audience to me is just another instrument; I find out who the audience is and feel the vibe,” Pointer said. “If it feels like they want to sing, I’ll get them to sing.” Pointer said weaving the sounds of drums, bass, keyboard and a melody together may seem complex, but it just comes naturally to him. “It seems like multitasking to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing — for me it’s just hearing something and playing it,” Pointer said.

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he turkey is not the real culprit of that fatigued feeling people get after eating Thanksgiving dinner. The urge to nap after the Thanksgiving meal could actually be a result of carbohydrates, not turkey. The connection most people make between turkey and sleepiness is based on the body’s use of the amino acid L-tryptophan found in turkey. Dr. Mark Crouch of the Weight Loss Center in Hamilton said the body uses L-tryptophan to create the Bvitamin, niacin. Niacin, in return, creates serotonin, a neurotransmitter that exerts a calming effect and regulates sleep. But here is the clincher. In order for L-tryptophan to ultimately produce serotonin and make you sleepy, you have to have an empty stomach and no other amino acids or protein in your meal, Crouch said. “And what most people don’t realize is the dosage of tryptophan in turkey is so small that the effect does not occur,” he said. “And not too many people eat just turkey during Thanksgiving. There are too many other foods on the table.” Turkey is kind of worthless without stuffing accompanying it, if you think about it. The real sleep inducers are the carbohydrate-laden extras, said Nydia Aguirre, the Student Health Center dietetic intern. While L-tryptophan can increase serotonin levels, so do carbohydrates. Thanksgiving dinner is never without carbs, pumpkin

pie, mashed or scalloped potatoes, stuffing, buttered rolls, endless slices of cakes, pies, sweetbreads and grandma’s secretly liquored eggnog. Nevertheless, carbohydrates are a large factor in the urge to nap. Here is how it works: Carbohydrates stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin and as a result some amino acids that compete with tryptophan leave the bloodstream, which leaves a large concentration of tryptophan behind, resulting in a large production of serotonin. Crouch said the very process of producing insulin to bring down sugar levels, which are increased by eating carbohydrates, can make people sleepy. Crouch also said overeating is also a large contributor to people becoming fatigued after eating a Thanksgiving dinner. Anytime your body begins to digest food, blood flows away from other organs and to your gut. Less blood is flowing to the brain, thus creating a fatigued feeling. The more food you eat, the longer the digestion process. “It’s not the turkey making people sleepy. It’s that they’re eating too much,” Crouch said. So remember this Thanksgiving: It’s the pumpkin pie you are eating and the fact that you may be eating too much of it, not the turkey slice that makes you want to slide away from the crowded dinner table, living room or porch to find a nice soft spot take a nap. Or maybe you’ve had too much of Grandma’s eggnog. Michael E. Perez/Star illustration

This multi-instrumentalist grew up learning to play guitar, piano, cello and percussions. He has won numerous Austin music awards and holds a bachelor of arts in cello performance and composition. From his extensive musical training, he learned to communicate instruments in various ways. “When I was a young boy, I started out on cello and was taught the Suzuki method, which is the mother-song approach,” Pointer said. “Instead of learning to play the cello, I learned to speak the language of the cello.” Adam Cervantez, Student Association for Campus Activities coordinator and history senior, was impressed with Pointer’s previous performance at Texas State. Cervantez hopes Pointer’s innovative methods will inspire music majors to explore new styles and instruments. “John shows different angles of music,” Cervantez said. “I’m hoping he will show music majors that they don’t have to work with only one element and that they can combine different musical elements into one.” Cervantez said free hot cocoa will be provided and advised to bundle up for the outdoor show. The concert is free and open to the public.

By Charlotte Almazan The University Star With an idea and a van, two filmmakers, Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen, decided to make a movie about the state of music. Their documentary, Before the Music Dies, the brainchild of then-Southwest Texas alumnus Shapter, takes an introspective view on the state of popular music from a musician’s point of view. The Sociology Club hosted a screening of Before the Music Dies Tuesday in the LBJ Teaching Theatre. About 30 people were in attendance to see the film. “The project formed out of a music photography career where I started to witness the musician. It used to be about the music … then the image became superior, “Shapter, who wrote and directed the film, said. The club’s president, Karen Dewitt, applied sociology senior, was just as excited about presenting a film that celebrated music and originality. “We only had a week to put it all together. I’m such a music fan that it took me 1.5 seconds to agree to the idea,” said Dewitt. The enthusiasm of Dewitt is the reaction the filmmakers were hoping to get when making the film. “I think a lot of young music fans suspect that the music industry is creating a façade. (The film) is a wake-up call for them. They might get excited about music

again and that excites me,” Shapter said. The film explores the changes that have occurred in the music industry, particularly record companies that are now run by corporate businesses. “When we started, we imagined that some people would argue with us. Everywhere we went people would validate us. It was kind of a surprise. Even the record execs said ‘Yeah, we are all kind of stuck here,’” Shapter said. For two years — without any connections — Shapter and Rusmussen traveled the country talking to music fans, and eventually won the support of musicians such as Eric Claption, Dave Matthews and Eryka Badu, who are featured in the film. “I started from square one … like going in through the front door to the receptionist desk. It was the hardest thing. I had to go out of my way to prove myself,” Shapter said. Since the film focuses on hope and defying the urge to sell out, the film is only being screened by independent hosts for its opening week. However, a high response to the film’s purpose has extended the deadline. “ I think that people are passionate about music and that they want a change. Someone came along and tapped into that,” Shapter said. The film will be on sale until Dec. 31 and then will be off the market for independent screenings. It will also be screened at Tantra Coffeehouse on Nov. 29.

Simple sleep solutions make getting a good night’s rest easier f the bedroom is where you do work, “I watch television and the kids hang out, the purpose of the room becomes By Eils Lotozo The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Seventysix percent of Americans have trouble sleeping, according to a poll conducted last year by the National Sleep Foundation. It’s no surprise, then, that Hollandia International, a European luxury-bed company, decided to open its first U.S. showroom last month, at Philadelphia’s Marketplace Design Center. With so many sleep-deprived people out there, the company is betting more than a few will be willing to shell out $10,000 or more for one of its mechanized, massaging “sleep systems.” But it turns out you don’t need

to spend five figures to get a good night’s sleep. What you really need, the experts say, is a properly furnished and decorated bedroom. Light levels, colors, the art on your walls, the pattern on your bedding, what you keep in the room — and what’s not in there — can make all the difference between a wakeful night and a restful one. “Your bedroom is not just important, it’s critical,” said Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and sleep-disorder specialist whose new book, Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, devotes an entire chapter to bedroom makeovers.

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Melanie Lewandowski, a feng shui practitioner based in Maple Shade, Pa. applies ancient Chinese concepts of energy to transform clients’ bedrooms into slumber sanctuaries. “In order to go to sleep at night, we need to let our guard down and relax,” Lewandowski said. “So the quality of what we have around us in our bedroom is crucial.” When people can’t sleep, they can’t believe the problem might be as simple as too much light coming into the bedroom, said Grace Pien, a sleep-medicine physician at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “But so often, the solution is improving the sleeping environ-

ment,” Pien said. How, then, does one turn a bed chamber into a temple of sound sleep? We culled some tips from our panel of experts. Reserve the bedroom for sleep and sex. “If the bedroom is where you do work, watch television and the kids hang out, the purpose of the room becomes diluted,” Pien said. “The brain stops thinking of the bedroom as a place for sleeping.” So move out the exercise equipment and find a new place for that desk and computer. If that’s not possible, string up a curtain to block the area from view, or set up a folding screen. On the issue of television, the

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experts are divided. A definite no, said Lewandowski. But Breus, who oversees sleep labs in Arizona and California, said, “For certain types of people who can’t turn their minds off, a TV can help them rev down.” Banishing your animals is also worth considering.

“Some people are calmed by the presence of a pet,” Pien said. “But if a pet is disruptive … if they want to go in and out of a room and the owner has to get up to let them out, or if it’s a 100pound doberman who takes up a sizable part of the bed, that may not be a good idea.”


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Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures THE NEW FACE OF BOND: Daniel Craig (left) and Jeffrey Wright (right) star in Columbia Pictures’ Casino Royale.

New Bond made with women in mind By Joe Neumaier New York Daily News Over the course of 44 years and 20 films, James Bond has battled megalomaniacs and madmen, killed with pistols, poisoned darts and spear guns, bedded Pussy Galore and cut a dashing figure whether in a tux or a tank. But it’s a blue swimsuit that may finally make women come on their own to see Bond. Casino Royale, opening Friday, introduces Daniel Craig as cinema’s most popular secret agent on his first mission as 007. Despite being a “reboot” of the action franchise (the movie’s conceit is it takes place before any of the previous ones), it hits all the notes a Bond flick should. And where Internet buzz was once about whether Craig would be a worthy successor to the character Sean Connery first brought to the big screen in 1962’s Dr. No, now you hear heavy breathing from the ladies about a scene in which Craig emerges from the ocean. Do they expect him to talk? As Goldfinger might say, No, Mr. Bond, they expect you to make them sigh. “There’s an intense sexuality about Daniel,” said co-producer Barbara Broccoli. “It was just a scene in the script — Bond is in the water doing surveillance — but when he came out of the sea, I actually gasped. The women on the crew had their mouths open. We all knew Daniel was in great shape, he’d been in training for three months and took it very seriously; he was doing it to have the stamina and energy and flexibility for the fight scenes … but, let me tell you.” Broccoli said the film captivates women in a way it hasn’t before. “And it is about bringing women into the fold, since Bond is a female fantasy, too. We can fantasize about being with someone like him. Men may want to be him, but a lot of women dream about being a Bond girl,” she said. “It’s nice for the girls to be able to have the toys this time.” Craig — who during a recent discussion cut a more respectable figure in a tailored gray suit — said, “I remember there was discussion about

‘What bathing suit should he wear?’ I was like, ‘It can’t be a Speedo. And it can’t be a thong. Then you’re left with a pair of longer shorts.’ It’s somewhere between the two. And believe me, when I came out of the water, I thought, Well they did this with Ursula Andress in Dr. No … Hopefully it makes people smile.” Mission accomplished, from all reports. But there was some worry, when Craig’s name was announced as the new 007 a year ago, that no one would be smiling. (Word quickly spread that he injured himself during filming, and a protest Web site, craignotbond.com, was like a minor henchman in the whole drama.) Shorter, blonder and more rough-hewn than his predecessors (who, besides Connery, include George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan, who publicly said leaving wasn’t his idea), Craig was an actor first and foremost, in films like Sylvia, Road to Perdition, Munich and this year’s Infamous. In fact, when he last spoke with the New York Daily News in spring 2005 about Bond, it was with trepidation. His British gangster film Layer Cake was opening, and his name had just been floated as a possible choice by Broccoli and her half brother, Michael Wilson, who’ve guided the franchise since her father, series co-founder Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, died in 1996. “Since I was a kid on the playground, I’d (imagined) playing Bond,” Craig said then. “I’d have to think about it seriously.” But could he turn it down? “Ah, but I could, mate — I could,” he mused. Flash-forward to the present day, and Craig — who at 38 is six years older than Connery was when he began playing the character — is getting credit for indeed making Bond more serious. Certainly, Craig’s Liverpool-bred accent and gritty manner (despite some time spent at London’s National Youth Theatre) are markedly different from Brosnan’s more patrician portrayal in four films, from 1995’s GoldenEye to 2002’s Die Another Day, the series’ biggest box-office hit. “I just didn’t want to repeat anything that had gone before,” said Craig. “But this was something I thought could be new and fresh. And I think they nailed it.”

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obcat football will come to an end this weekend, and despite the team not being able to repeat last seasons’ successes, this season has been fun.

Seeing fans show up to games and support the team has been such a pleasant change from years past, especially with the teams’ less-than-stellar record. But one particularly great aspect of this season has been tailgating. The University Star sometimes has a hard time getting organized in time to take part in the big tailgate near Spirit Alley, but staff members who attended the games have enjoyed gathering in the big parking lot nearby and wandering through the festivities. When we did get to take part in the big tailgate, we had a blast. Grilling and chilling in the big parking lot closer to campus was fun, but it would have been more fun if more students tailgated there. We saw many people lugging their coolers over to Spirit Alley while we grilled far away from the action. What we would like to see is an expansion of the current tailgating facilities. It can be difficult to get into the Spirit Alley area in time, and there is a massive parking lot nearby that is perfect for a large tailgating crowd. The Star understands the administration probably wants to centralize tailgating to make it easier to control. A giant tailgate spread over several parking lots probably pops up the University Police Department’s nightmares, but that’s the way things are going. If our athletic department wants to have a good football team like other major schools, students are going to have huge tailgate parties like other major schools. A drive through downtown Austin before game time is nearly impossible because of all the tailgate parties that take place in the state-owned parking lots near Royal-Memorial Stadium. It’s a pain to navigate, but it’s also fun to attend. Of course, this will only be necessary if the new tailgating tradition continues, but The Star is confident Bobcats are not fair-weather fans. The Student Association for Campus Activities can begin by expanding to the larger of the two stadium parking lots. If Spirit Alley were held there, tailgating can expand around it filling the entire parking lot. It might also limit the number of people dragging supplies across Aquarena Springs from the Bobcat Village parking lot. Students can also move beyond Spirit Alley to have their own tailgates in the big parking lot. As long as they are under control and respect the rules, the university will have no reason to interfere. Then The University Star won’t find itself tailgating all alone. These are just suggestions. SACA may have its own plans for expanding tailgating. We would like to see this tradition become bigger and better with each year.

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Monty Marion/Star photo THE FINAL WALK: 1,325 animals were euthanized last year in the San Marcos Animal Shelter, a number which will grow next year when the shelter begins accepting animals from Kyle and the rest of Hays County.

Thank you for the article “The Green Mile” published Nov. 9. Cats and dogs who end up in animal shelters have suffered so much: Abandonment, neglect, abuse, separation from their human companions, illness, injury or a struggle to survive on the streets. If no good home can be found for them and the best we can offer them is death, then the least we owe them is a kind exit in loving arms, without pain or fear. Until the day when everyone spays or neuters their animals and stops supporting pet stores and breeders, euthanasia will remain a tragic necessity. But it doesn’t have to be a terrifying one for the animals who have already been through enough. For more information on simple steps we can all make to help animals, check out www.peta2.com. Pulin Modi college campaign coordinator for www.peta2.com

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The times they are a changing, maybe the GOP will too Given my libever happened. Yes, the eral reputation, many Democratic gains were might think I’m doing monumental and a stingcartwheels over the ing rebuke to Bush’s Democratic takeover policies. An added bonus of Congress, and on was the resignation of many levels, I am. former Secretary of DeSEAN WARDWELL I’m happy there will fense Donald “Skeletor” finally be some checks Star Columnist Rumsfeld. This was a and balances on President Bush, big moment. Let’s not kid ourwhose tenure in the White selves, though; the Democrats House can only be described didn’t win because they had the as catastrophic. On a cultural better plan. They won because level I’m proud a woman will the Republican Party had signed hold the third-highest office in a suicide pact with the Bush the land. Even if you don’t like Administration and the reaches Nancy Pelosi, the progress is of it were stunning. self-evident. Hopefully we will My family lives in Kansas, come to discover a sane Iraq and a lot of my ancestors policy and finally probe the encome from there. I consider it ergy task force headed by Vice a second home state (because President Cheney. I’m looking nothing could possibly come forward to seeing how this Con- before Texas). Kansas voters gress will assert itself. overwhelmingly voted demoHowever, I’m not a Democratic, and that’s supposed to crat so I’m not going to paint be the reddest of the red states. this as the best thing that has Montana also voted democratic.

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I wish I could say this was because of political genius by the Democrats but it isn’t. What you are seeing right now is hopefully the death rattle of the Republican Party as we know it. It needs to die so it can be saved. I’ve noticed a welcome trend lately in conservative circles. It’s the rise of the so-called South Park Republican. As I understand the term, it’s being conservative while embracing a socially libertarian philosophy and rejecting puritanism. Another welcome sign is the resurgence of interest in the late senator Barry Goldwater. He was conservative to the bone but saw the danger of allying the GOP with the religious right. So in the spirit of these observations, I’d like to offer some advice to the GOP. This advice comes from many election nights, staring at the

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returns, and mumbling “how?” into your third shot of bourbon. First off, a loss is not a good reason to redouble your efforts the next time around. An old definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. You have two years to figure out what people want, and I guarantee you it isn’t the same person screaming the same thing from the last election, only this time twice as loud. Find a new message. If the old one worked you’d be picking out a new desk instead of “contemplating your next move.” The second thing the GOP needs to realize is it doesn’t need the religious right. In fact, it’s better off without it. I’m not advising Republicans to ignore values voters, but let’s be real; they didn’t come through this time. Do you really

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want to slave your party over to people who think something from Leviticus trumps the Constitution? Be conservative. Conservative is good. However, religious faux-conservatives will only hurt your party. It’s a political organization, not a cult. Don’t let the religious right turn the GOP into a cult. The GOP must change with the times. That does not mean sacrificing what they stand for, but it never hurts to strip away the fluff and go back to the basics. I’ve always defined republican basics as being fiscally responsible and advocating for less government. Who does not like those two things? Even a so-called liberal like me loves the idea of a smaller and more fiscally responsible government. We need that. Try using that message again and I think you’ll like where it takes you. In the meantime the GOP

has a hangover to deal with and that’s a good thing. We aren’t supposed to have prolonged one-party rule. The GOP was humbled and they did it to themselves. As I said before, the Democrats lucked into this victory. Now the burden is on them, and if they can’t pull off something big in the next two years then they will be done as an effective political organization. Above all other things, both sides need to work together to get us out of Iraq and back into sane domestic and foreign policies. I went with a friend to vote last week. She spent almost 30 minutes in line and was annoyed. I wasn’t. Why? Because that really is what democracy looks like. I love seeing lines at the polling place.

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SPORTS THE UNIVERSITY STAR

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Wednesday, November 15, 2005 - Page 10

Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said Tuesday that basketball coach Bobby Knight was not out of line when dealing with Red Raider player Michael Prince. Myers said Knight “quickly lifted” the forward’s chin to get his attention during a timeout in Texas Tech’s 86-74 win over GardnerWebb Monday night. Prince’s parents also defended the coach; his mother, Suzette Prince, said she did not think Knight should be reprimanded. The issue is the latest for Knight, known for his various outbursts during his coaching career. — The Associated Press

Sports Contact — Chris Boehm, starsports@txstate.edu

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Have school pride — but for Texas State

MOJO Yearly meeting brings martial artists, wrestlers together

By Richard Lopez The University Star

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wo cultures were exposed to one another Thursday as wrestling and martial arts met at an annual collaboration at the San Marcos Dojo. Several wrestlers, grapplers, full-contact fighters and traditional martial artists were in attendance for the event. Jason Hernandez, Texas State’s Martial Arts Club president, Vice President Melinda Medrano and Danny Passmore, president of the Texas State Wrestling Team, began talking about having an event where collegiate-style wrestlers and submission-style grapplers could unite in an in-house tournament. The two styles could share and exchange techniques, ideas and friendship. Martial arts can mean arts developed for combat or selfdefense, but for others can be seen as something to better oneself through exercise, selfdiscipline and respect. Texas State offers two martial systems that are noncompetitive. The traditional, combative arts are divided into four major areas of martial arts: percussion, which consists of kicking and punching; projection, which consists of body, joint-lock and unbalance throwing; immobilization, which emphasizes pinning techniques, grappling, hand trapping and weapon disarming; and weaponry. Passmore, a management senior, started the wrestling club his freshman year and has

known Chuck Greer, a coach with the Martial Arts Club for three years and respects what he does with martial arts. “I always have fun rolling around with those guys. The guys from the dojo have a different style to what they do and mixing it up with them always is exciting and different,” Greer said. “The dojo experience is a lot different than just our two open mats at Jowers. Although from looking from the outside you wouldn’t expect it, once you walk into the dojo, you realize the history and tradition behind what these guys do. The martial art members have very precise movements and do everything with an exact timing and sequence.” Many of the students of the Texas State Wrestling Team said they had been wrestling for years, even as far back as their freshman year in high school. Others said they are new to the sport. Students such like freshman Brent Phillips and several others said wrestling has been a very important part of their life, and witnessed first-hand how martial-arts grappling is very different from the wrestling they were familiar with. “My dad was a two-time district wrestling champ and I alMonty Marion/Star photo ways thought it would be fun. UP AND OVER: Texas State alumnus Chris Hamill throws fellow alumnus Gus Rodriguez during a I Just started this semester, but it was interesting to show off short demonstration Thursday evening at the Texas State Martial Arts Club dojo. our abilities in throwing and pinning, and equally as fun of similarities, including moves to learn how to get our oppo- such as throws, holds, submisnents into submissions,” said sions and grabs. It is fun and Interested in the martial arts club? Visit their Web site at Phillips. “While the two sports definitely worth trying out if www.txstatemartialarts.com. Passmore can be e-mailed at may seem very different, they you like being allowed to take dp1096@txstate.edu for information on the wrestling team. actually have a large number down an opponent.”

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Bobcats return home 1-2 after tourney in Austin Ekworomadu scores 26 in win over Maryland-Eastern Shore By Gabe Mendoza The University Star It was one step forward and two steps back for the women’s basketball, going 1-2 in threegame tournament in Austin. The Bobcats wrapped up the 2006 Basketball Traveler’s Classic at Texas with a 74-55 loss to the 25th-ranked Texas Longhorns Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Texas State got on the board first with an Erica Putnam layup early on, but the Longhorns struck back, going on a 9-0 run to take a lead that they would not give up the rest of the contest. The Bobcats hung around in the first half, thanks to solid defensive play that forced 11 turnovers, including nine steals by the break. The team trailed 3527 at the midway point. “I think it showed how good our team is,” said guard Brooke DeGrate. “We hung in there for a long time against a team of their caliber, and that says something.” Both teams started out slow in the second half before Texas turned to their star, Tiffany Jackson, late in the game. The all-American senior and National Player of the Year candidate scored 16 of her game-high

23 points in the second half to help the Longhorns pull away for good. The Bobcats knew it would be a challenge to guard the two-time All-Big 12 firstteam member, but the coaching staff was pleased with the way the defense stepped up. “Tiffany is a great player and she’s going to get her points, but we did a good job tonight of making her work to get her points,” said Coach Suzanne Fox. Guard Joyce Ekworomadu led Texas State in scoring with 17 points to go with five rebounds, and was named to the six-member all-tournament team. After an impressive showing through two games, Ekworomadu elevated her game against the Horns. Ekworomadu said she welcomes the challenges this team will face this season. “We had to fight through the pressure, and have to get through the adversity we go up against,” Ekworomadu said. “It’s going to help us going through the season.” It was a difficult task for the Bobcats to start the season with three games in three nights, and with several new faces on the squad, the team could have certainly used some prep time in between games, Fox said.

Austin Byrd/Star photo BOBCAT WALL: Junior center Marie Moser (54) sets a pick on Texas’ Erneisha Bailey (20), letting Ashley Leffingwell (11) make a drive on the basket during the Bobcats’ 74-55 loss Tuesday night against the Longhorns at the Frank Erwin Center.

“It was challenging, that’s the word I’ve been using lately,” Fox said. “Especially for our group, since we have eight new players and everyone’s still trying to get together with the offense; so three games in three days was challenging.” In the first game of the regular season Sunday night, the Bobcats shot a lowly 22.2 percent from the field on their way to a 59-39 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette, but picked it up for the second of three games in the tournament

the next night. Texas State defeated the Hawks of Maryland-Eastern Shore 51-33 Monday for their first victory of the season. Ekworomadu finished with 26 points and 11 boards to help the Bobcat women even their season mark at 1-1. Texas State trailed at the half of that game, but outscored Maryland-Eastern Shore 34-13 in the second half thanks to a strong defensive showing that held the Hawks to just two points over

an 11-minute span. Putnam contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. The Bobcats return to action when they face Texas Tech Sunday in Lubbock.

✯ FYI Texas State plays its next home game versus TexasPan American 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Strahan Coliseum.

What is it about this school that attracts selfhating fans from all over Texas? Texas State has long out- WILLIAM WARD grown Plan Star Columnist B status for Texas and Texas A&M kids, yet every year the number of people walking around in burnt orange and A&M shirts stays the same. Do these people still think they’re going to go to these schools and Texas State is just a step along the way? Are they still in denial? Or do they actually hate this school, which seems like the most likely reason? I suppose it would be naïve to think maybe they just lost a bet and had to wear another school’s colors for a day. Imagine yourself back in high school for a moment: less beer, less facial hair and mandatory attendance. Now imagine showing up to school one day wearing another school’s shirt and colors on the day before Homecoming. Not only would you beat up, you’d be ridiculed for weeks and months thereafter. Yet for some reason here at Texas State it’s OK. We tolerate people who wear other schools’ colors and merchandise; not just on game-day, but everyday. I’m not suggesting we beat these people up, but some ridicule would be nice. Maybe the next time you see a fellow student with a Longhorn on their shirt you should ask them if they’re just visiting. Maybe they actually graduated from Texas and are just doing grad work here. Ask them. Ask them why they love the University of Texas yet choose not to actually attend that fine educational institution. Perhaps next time someone passes by with an A&M shirt, you can stop and ask them why they aren’t at College Station right now, not walking on the grass. Maybe they want to go to a school that produces more than soldiers, farmers and engineers, but because of “tradition” are still loyal to a school they’ve never been to. The self-hating must end. These posers are out of control and some self-policing is in order. Recently our women’s soccer team played in the Southland Conference championship game. It was a great accomplishment for the team, even if they failed to win. During that game a heckler verbally abused one of our players, Andrea Seledee. It’s terrible that someone from the opposing team’s fans would do that. Except it wasn’t. It was a man in Texas State gear. One of our own fans heckled a player for one of our teams in a championship game. Just embarrassing. I can only guess why that guy hated this school so much he felt the need to discourage one of our players in a crucial game like that, but it wouldn’t have been shocking to see him throwing up a “hook ‘em” in the parking lot. I’m not suggesting it’s wrong to be critical of our sports teams; that’d make me a hypocrite. I love our teams, which is why I hate to see them not performing at the levels they are capable of. But to go to the game and actually disrespect an individual player, regardless of why, is embarrassing and classless. It’s embarrassing and classless, but it reflects a very real attitude that exists within our student population. When you wear Longhorn and Aggie merchandise, you embarrass me. You embarrass this university. You embarrass yourself. All I can recommend is that you stop dreaming, live in the now and embrace this great school while you’re still here.

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