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Fee, tuition increases placed on agenda By Amanda Venable Editor in Chief A shortage of academic advisers may result in students paying more next year. Administrators are traveling to Beaumont Wednesday to propose an approximately 5-percent tuition and fee increase to the Board of Regents. The proposed increases are multipronged: an increase in the advising fee and a 4.1-percent hike in tuition. The Fee Increase

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Students pay $60 in academic advising fees. Under the proposal, students will pay $73 and $90 during the 2010 and 2011 academic years, respectively — a 2.5 and 3.1 percent increase. The proposal, which will be presented by University President Denise Trauth, gained the support of the Associated Student Government Monday night. ASG members, like the administration, argued the fee increase is needed to hire additional advisers. Texas State has a student-toadviser ratio of 400:1. University officials plan to use the fee increase to hire 23 new advisers — which would translate to a 300:1 student-to-adviser ratio. The advisers will be housed in the freshmen-only

Personalized Academic and Career Exploration Center. The center is part of a larger initiative. Texas State will be undergoing reaccreditation by the Southern Association of College Schools when representatives visit the campus in March. The fee increase is “paramount” to the university’s reaccreditation, said ASG President Chris Covo at Monday night’s meeting. Not all ASG members felt the same. Sen. Jon Riggs voted against supporting the increase, while four senators abstained from voting. Riggs said he was in support of the program, but not the fee increase. “I think as the Associated Student Government, we are representative of the student body,” Riggs said. “I think we should be talking to the students about this because this is affecting all of them not just us.” The center, which would be built by Evans Liberal Arts, could be opened by spring or summer of 2010, according to Bill Nance, vice president of finance and support services. He said the fee increase covers the center’s costs for five years, starting with a reserve fund. “At the end of five years, we see TUITION, page 4

Texas State students’ loyalty called into question By Allen Reed News Editor

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How far should bobcats go to show their pride? Texas State Traitors was founded Nov. 10 by Associated Student Government Sen. Jon Riggs and grew to more than 1,000 members in less than a week. Riggs said the group was designed to foster school spirit by poking-fun of disloyal students. Pictures of indeviduals sporting other schools’ apparel are posted on the group. There, they are labeled as traitors. The photos are posted without the students’ knowledge or consent. Past and present members of the group include ASG President Chris Covo, Vice President Tommy Luna, Chief of Staff Gordon Taylor, Executive Assistant Justin Collard and Chief Justice Michael Guzman. At least 19 of the 57 ASG senators have been members of the group. Covo said the group is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the student government. He said Riggs is

an elected official, but his actions outside the senate are not a representation of the governing body. Riggs said the group is satirical and provocative but has a serious purpose. “I’m the first person in my family to ever go to college, and I got here the hard way,” Riggs said. “Texas State and its professors have opened more doors for me and created more opportunities for me than I could have ever imagined.” Riggs said he created a group after a University of Texas fan made a joke about the Texas State baseball team in a class. “It started out as just a funny thing, but the first day that I did it… I caught seven different people (in 15 minutes),” Riggs said. According to the description of the group, “a picture must be submitted of the person destroying the clothing of ill repute” in order for the photo to be removed. Riggs said no one has destroyed any clothing yet, but a few have said they will stop wearing other

schools’ colors. “Ideally, I would enjoy it if students would wear their Texas State shirts not only here all the time, but to wear their shirts at other schools when they go on to grad school and med school,” Riggs said. Not all students are laughing. “It’s nice for students to be proud about being bobcats, but I don’t think putting these people out there is necessarily right,” said Lyndsey Peebles, pre-communication design sophomore. “You can get people excited about going to school here without making those people look like traitors.” Peebles said she joined the group to be a dissenting voice. Peebles posted on the group’s wall that she would wear whatever she wanted. In response, Riggs wrote, “You ladies are part of a tired act...a thinning breed of laziness. If you feel the school doesn’t do anything for you, then be adults and do something about it. Go somewhere else. There’s see TRAITORS, page 4

ASG vote to implement additional ‘dead day’ for finals By Bianca Davis News Reporter ASG senators will vote next week on a bill that would add another ‘dead day’ to the academic calendar beginning spring 2010. Sen. Coty Morris, music studies junior, authored the bill to include another day for preparation. Morris said other universities have several days or a week to prepare for finals, while others have a fall break.

She said the additional day was necessary to allow for better preparation. Morris said adding one day would allow for more time to study without disrupting the academic calendar. “The dates that we already know for commencement and for the last day of finals would still remain the same,” Morris said. “Throughout the rest of the semester the times would fluctuate but we would still get out at the same time.”

Sen. Colter Ray, public relations junior, said people can have several finals at the beginning of the week, and one or two at the end. The time in between is not used effectively, he said. “The way people schedule their classes, you end up getting clumps of finals,” Ray said. “My experience has been that I’ll have three finals that first day and then one at the very last possible time slot, and the weekend doesn’t do much.”

Ray said university officials refer to the designated time before finals as ‘preparation days.’ “We don’t like the idea of calling it ‘dead day’ because it sounds like we’re a bunch of zombies, and we’re going to sleep all day and not be productive,” Ray said. “Calling it preparation day more directly reflects the purpose of it as it’s supposed to be a time to really gear up for that final push.” Sen. Sarah Wood said fi-

nals time is stressful because there are final projects due at the end of the semester. “Even though I pace myself throughout the semester, I find that I’m scuttling that last day,” Wood said. “I really feel like an extra day will give you a little more room to breathe and a mental break to prepare myself for the next week of finals.” Sen. Mel Ferrari, president of the Resident Hall Association, said she sees how stress affects students living in the dorms.

“There are students who get very stressed out,” Ferrari said. “A lot of people start to get scared, ‘Oh well, I’m starting to get a little sick’ and everybody starts freaking out.” The bill, if passed, would implement an additional preparation day next semester. Ferrari said the possibility of adding additional days is open for the future. “Two is fine for now,” Ferrari said. “Hopefully we can work on more for later.”

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Texas State Association of Information Technology Professionals won several awards at the chapter’s regional competition held Oct. 22 to 24 in Richardson. Texas State AITP chapter faculty advisers, Randy Cook and Kevin Jetton, accompanied 19 students where they competed in 26 events. The Texas State chapter returned from the 2009 AITP regional student competition with six awards and two finalists. — Courtesy of University News Service

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1800: Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C., in the partially completed Capitol building. 1917: French sculptor Auguste Rodin died at age 77. 1934: Lyndon B. Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as “Lady Bird.” 1968: NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a game to air a TV special, “Heidi,” on schedule. Viewers were deprived of seeing the Oakland Raiders come from behind to beat the New York Jets 43-32. Sara Strick/Star photo 1973: President Nixon FIRE AWAY: Brad Sumrall, agricultural business and management sophomore, works on a compost screener Monday for use by horticul- told an Associated ture students. Press managing editors’ meeting in Orlando, Fla., that “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” Men’s and women’s soccer clubs are both national qualifiers. positive in order to keep the overall team mentality positive.” 1997: Six militants They won the regional tournament and received a bid to compete The team consists of players from Nigeria, Ghana, England, opened fire at the Temple in the championship division at the 2009 National Campus Mexico, Japan, Cameroon and the United States. On top of of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Championship Series national tournament held in Phoenix, Ariz. that, Greg Youbara from Cameroon is deaf. For the team it is a Egypt, killing 62 people, Women’s club soccer has competed in the open division of learning process to be able to effectively communicate on and most of them foreign nationals the past two years, but this year it earned its spot to off the field with him. compete in the championship division. “The interaction through an interpreter and easily understood tourists. The attackers “Winning the entire tournament would speak so much more gestures is as smooth as can be,” Georgulis said. were killed by police. about our team and our capabilities,” said Lindsey Jones, Diversity is what supported the team throughout the season 2000: The Florida president of women’s club soccer. “Nationals are great because and enabled the 2009 men’s soccer club to have one of the Supreme Court froze the you compete with the best teams across the nation and just have most talented groups of players Texas State has had in the last state’s presidential tally, so much fun being in the atmosphere.” 4 or 5 years. forbidding Secretary of Men’s soccer learned to successfully overcome communication “Hopefully the momentum from the regional tournament will State Katherine Harris obstacles to secure a bid to the national tournament. The team carry into the national tournament, Georgulis said, “I have no to certify results of the was chosen at tryouts only 7 days before its first game. doubt we will represent Texas State at the highest level.” marathon vote count “We have great team chemistry even with so many different For more information visit nationalities and personalities,” said Brett Georgulis, president of in the race between men’s soccer. “Our team does a great job of keeping any criticism — Courtesy of Campus Recreation Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. 2001: The Taliban Marci Bowers, M.D., listed among “America’s Best Physicians,” long term health management strategies and challenges for confirmed the death will speak Tuesday at Texas State during the fall 2009 Allies of transgender persons. Dr. Bowers will also provide tools so all Texas State Biannual Meeting. Texas State community members may have a better understanding of Osama bin Laden’s military chief Mohammed Presented by the Office of Disability Services and the Counseling and therefore be able to create inclusive environments from the Center, Dr. Bowers will give the presentation: “Transcending transgender community. Atef in an airstrike three Gender: Aligning Body and Mind” at 2 p.m. in the LBJ Student Dr. Bowers is a member of the World Professional Association days earlier. Center, room 3-14.1 and at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center for Transgender Health. She is one of the nation’s leading gender2003: John Allen Teaching Theater. The event is free and open to the public. related surgeons, specializing in sex reassignment surgeries. She Muhammad was Attendees will learn about the basics and challenges unique has appeared on numerous television programs including Oprah to transgender medicine, the surgical options available and the and Discovery Health. Committed to healthy living, she is interested convicted of two counts in alternative health solutions of capital murder in the to compliment more traditional Washington-area sniper medical techniques. shootings. (He was later This program is made possible by support from Equity sentenced to death.) and Access Committee, Alcohol 2003: Actor Arnold and Drug Resource Center, Schwarzenegger was Health Education Resource sworn in as governor of Center and Alliance LGBTQ California. Faculty and Staff Organization. If you require accommodations 2006: Hall of Fame because of a disability in order to college football coach Bo participate, please contact Office Schembechler died at age of Disability Services at 512-2453451 or at least 77.

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BL TTER Nov. 5, 2:50 a.m. Possession of Marijuana/Speck Parking Lot While on patrol, a police officer observed a student engaging in suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, the student was arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. Nov. 5, 10:10 a.m. Medical Emergency/ Education Building A student reported to a police officer he injured his head. The student refused medical transportation. Nov. 5, 11:14 a.m. Theft-Under $1500.00/ LBJ Student & Visitor Center A student reported to a police officer her property was taken without her consent. The case is under investigation. Nov. 5, 4:33 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Lantana Hall A student reported she has passed out. The student refused medical transportation. Nov. 5, 11:37 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Student Recreation Center A student reported to a police officer he injured his hand while playing soccer. The student refused medical transportation. Nov. 5, 11:48 p.m. Medical Emergency/ State Street A student reported to a police officer he injured his head while skateboarding. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for a medical evaluation. — Courtesy of University Police


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President’s Cabinet to review Cancer Awareness Month proclamation By Lora Collins News reporter Naming April as Cancer Awareness Month is under review, said University President Denise Trauth. Trauth proclaimed April as Cancer Awareness Month in 2008, but now said there needs to be more consideration this year within the President’s Cabinet. Trauth said the time staff put in during Cancer Awareness Month affects Texas Resources. “Last year when I declared it as Cancer Awareness Month, at least some staff at the university whose job ordinarily would not be to work on health education or health outreach, were working on cancer and doing

it within the 40 hours a week they work,” Trauth said. She said the main concern is how staff time is used during Cancer Awareness Month. Angelika Wahl, three-year Cancer Awareness Committee member, said declaring April as Cancer Awareness Month provides more opportunities for outreach. “The thought from the committee is if the university declares April as Cancer Awareness Month it is a way for us to reach out to the community and other universities. We can promote cancer awareness and education in the month of April,” said Wahl, administrative assistant in the geography department. Lawrence Estaville, committee coordinator,

said the program does not force any staff to fulfill duties outside of their job descriptions. “This is fully voluntary and people can help if they want in their own time,” Estaville said. The Cancer Awareness Committee meets once a month and is compiled of 57 members. The committee organizes yearly events such as employee cancer awareness workshops, student health fairs, Relay For Life and the Marrow Donor Drive. Ashlee Dozier, health education coordinator in the Student Health Center, said the committee plans to proceed with Cancer Awareness Month events without the president’s proclamation.

“Events can still happen, but obviously we would like support from the administration,” Dozier said. Dozier said the community is supportive of awareness events, but students need to receive better health and cancer prevention education. She said cancer is one of the leading killers in our country, which should trigger more efforts in its prevention. Estaville said the committee does not depend on the proclamation to organize events for the month of April. “A proclamation is nice, but a proclamation is not a deal breaker,” Estaville said. Each dollar that comes to the university becomes state money, said Trauth. She said this is a concern because

the money coming into the university was not organized throughout the month of April. “We have to be very careful that money is raised for something and is used for the purpose for which it was raised,” Trauth said. “And I’m not saying it was misused, but we didn’t have a very good monitoring system last year.” Provost Perry Moore suggested the funds go straight into a private bank for the organization account so it does not become state money. Wahl said the committee agreed unanimously that the money needs to be monitored more closely. “Last year the committee did not expect the community response we received,” Wahl said. “The

staff that are participating in Cancer Awareness Month and Community Outreach understand it is volunteer time and not state time that needs to be used.” Trauth pointed out there are other important diseases that deserve support on campus. “As important as cancer is there are other health issues that are equally as important,” Trauth said. Estaville acknowledged the existence of multiple diseases on campus. He said Cancer Awareness Month is one effort to save lives. He said it would surprise both he and the committee if President Trauth did not declare April 2010 Cancer Awareness Month.

Officials have ‘21st century’ plans for doctoral programs “I think the developmental education doctorate could be a national draw.” — Mike Willoughby, dean of the Graduate College By Amanda Givens News Reporter Texas State will develop a new doctoral program within the next year, according to Rosalinda Barrera, dean of the College of Education. “While we have hit a couple of snags in the process, we still aim for the developmental education doctorate to be available next fall,” Barrera said. Barrera said the program would be the second developmental education doctorate program in the United States. She said Texas State has the only developmental education master’s program in Texas. “The field needs more research and more quality,” Barrera said. “Texas State hopes to offer a program so compelling we can transform the developmental education field in our competitive world.” Mike Willoughby, dean of the Graduate College, said 351 doctorate students are enrolled this fall. “When planning to propose a new doctoral program, we

look if there’s a critical need in the state,” Willoughby said. “I think the developmental education doctorate could be a national draw.” Willoughby said he thinks Texas State is doing well with enrollment in the doctorate program, but other states can seem more appealing because of their ability to waive tuition. “One of my goals is to increase scholarships and assistantships,” Willoughby said. “Texas at the moment cannot waive tuition.” Perry Moore, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, said there are proposals in place for a new doctorate in materials science, engineering and commercialization. Moore said the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) will review the proposal and decide if it can be offered at Texas State. Moore said Texas State could see those programs within two years if approved by the coordinating board. Moore said other programs interested in obtaining doctorate programs include anthropology, public

administration, biology, computer science and math. Doctorates in these programs are at least four years away. “The primary reasons for Texas State seeking additional doctoral programs are a clear need for graduates of these programs,” Moore said. “There is a documented capacity of Texas State faculty to offer these programs.” Moore said additional doctoral programs will help in Texas State’s drive to become an emerging research institution, but it is not the main reason for seeking the programs. “Texas State seeks to offer a limited number of doctoral programs where there is a clear and sustained need for graduates of the programs,” Moore said. Willoughby said Texas State has seen a 12 percent growth in graduate education this year. “We’ve been able to carry forward an excellent reputation of mentoring students,” Willoughby said. “Texas State’s faculty gives personal attention which is hard to come by.” Barrera said Texas State has

hired two faculty members for the developmental education program, and officials are working on a third member for the program. She said

Texas State has began recruiting students nationally for the program. “Texas State is nestled in such a wonderful spot near San Antonio and Austin, and we have room to grow,” Barrera said. “I have high aspirations for the program and plan on bringing a 21st century approach to it.”

Barrera said Texas State officials plan to become an emergent research institution, but does not plan to become a tier-one institution as of yet. The three tier-one institutions in Texas currently include University of Texas, Texas A&M and Rice University.


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Delta Tau fundraiser brings comfort, joy during holidays By Amanda Givens News Reporter Delta Tau Delta fraternity members believe the holidays are a better time to give than receive. The fraternity is working with the Hays County Child Protective Board to earn donations to help purchase Christmas presents for children in protective custody. “The holidays really bring out the best in us and our philanthropic efforts,” said Derek Nelson, Interfraternity Council president. “While we do community service events year-round, there are simply more opportunities around the holidays.” The fraternity is conducting its last fundraising raffle from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in The Quad. The Hays County Child Protective Board helps children by providing for needs that go un-

met without additional help. Funds the Hays County Child Protective Board have raised in the past has gone to medical needs not covered by the state, clothing and school supplies. The children benefiting from the raffle have been victims of abuse and neglect. The Delta Tau Delta fraternity is raffling off an iPod Touch as well as two $25 pizza gift certificates. The fraternity is selling turkey sandwiches and provides information about Child Protective Services. Anna Farr, vice chair of the Hays County Child Protective Board, said members are grateful for the help Delta Tau Delta has provided. “The fraternity has taken all of the responsibility. We are so appreciative,” Farr said. Cesar Limones, Delta Tau Delta member, said the fraternity expects a large turnout Tuesday.

“I think we raised more than $400 today,” said Limones, industrial engineering junior. “It actually ended early because we ran out of turkey.” June Hankins, member of Hays County Child Protective Board, said it has been wonderful to have the fraternity organizing the awareness on campus. “People would be shocked if they realized how many children every year enter the child protective system,” Hankins said. “We need all the help we can get so we can meet all of our needs.” Hankins said information on how to get involved in efforts to protect children through Child Protective Services can be found at the fundraising tables. Ryan Sheffield, Delta Tau Delta president, did not return calls for comment.


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might need another fee increase to add more advisers,” Nance said. Provost Perry Moore told ASG senators the university will likely see a 2 to 3 percent enrollment increase in the following years, which he said is necessary growth. “We need to show our legislature and our regents that we are, and other institutions need to be, educating more students,” Moore said. “It is our civic obligation.” The Tuition Increase

The law sanctions 20 percent of the tuition increase go toward financial aid, if passed.



The rest of the tuition increase will go to a 3 percent pay raise for faculty and staff. Texas State officials say faculty members’ pay is low compared to that of their peers’ working for nearby universities. Texas State is one of the 10 largest institutions in the state. Nance said Texas State employees are paid less than those working for the other nine. Charles Mathews, chancellor of the Texas State University System, agreed with Nance. “Dr. Trauth made a promise to the faculty when she came (to the university) that she would try to raise those salaries to where they are compa-

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nothing stopping you, aside from your own lameness….” Riggs then suggested Peebles “stop crying” and “move on.” In a response to a different student he wrote, “Some people just don’t understand

rable in size,” Matthews said. “I and the faculty there are appreciative of the efforts. To attract high-quality faculty and staff, you have to pay for that.” The university is ranked 34 out of the 36 Texas public institutions in state appropriations. Nance has said in previous interviews if the university does not receive its funds from the legislature, it will seek it from the student body. Nine members sit on the Board of Regents. Clay Patterson, pre-international studies junior, is the tenth seat and a non-voting member. The Board of Regents will vote on the increases at their meeting this week.


how infuriating apathy and indifference are. You can make what you consider to be reasonable objections regarding sappy crap about how people should have the freedom to wear whatever they want, but that’s merely disloyal defensive posturing masquerading as thoughtful the end it’s garbage….” While the group has the support of student government officials, one former member has spoke out in opposition. “Jonny Riggs! I joined this group only to say how ridiculous and overboard this is!,” wrote Sloane Cormier, former ASG clerk. “These people are not Texas State traitors! … I don’t think that bobcats are supposed to be so judgmental or discourteous to their fellow students! You should think about that!” Someone who has spent time thinking about how students feel is Ty Shepis, assistant professor of psychology. “There is the possibility, and I don’t know that it is that strong of a possibility at all, it’s probably not, that this could really hurt somebody,” he said. “The more likely possibility though to me is that it’s counterproductive. I don’t really think you’re going to put pictures up of people and they’re going to go, ‘oh gosh, I won’t wear the shirt.’” He said Texas State Traitors could have the opposite effect

intended. Students could wear other universities’ colors in an act of defiance. “In that case, have you really solved the problem?” he asked. “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar, and this is vinegar.” Shepis’s colleague Rick Archer, psychology professor, said the absence of students’ personal information on the site makes it not dangerous. “Humiliation and sarcasm are always risky strategies for humor,” Archer said. “It’s one thing to make jokes about something in principle or the abstract, but when you start making a joke of some particular individual that’s a pretty unkind act.” Shepis said his main concern is not the Web site but the pictures. “When you show individual people you are singling them out, and you don’t know how they are going to react when they see themselves on there,” he said. Shepis said problems could arise if students, who are already alienated or feel like they do not fit in, are highlighted on the site. “It most certainly is satirical, but a lot of people are not going to see that,” Shepis said. “Satire is a lot of fun, but it’s also really subtle and people miss it. The problem with written satire is there is so much possibility for misunderstanding. I can see people misunderstanding this.”

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associate member, said all funds raised go to projects such as building new handicap ramps and playgrounds for children with disabilities. David Sellers, Pi Kappa Phi new member educator, said he has seen a growth in the number of people in The Quad at night. The number of people increases throughout the week, but Sellers said there are approximately 15 to 20 members on a given night. “Seeing how many guys come out and play now is great,” Sellers said. “It really builds our brotherhood. We take this very seriously.” Morris, exercise and sports science freshman, said there is a lot of work that goes into hosting the event. “It’s all business when it comes to our philanthropy,” Morris said. “But we like to have fun out here too.” Sellers said people play kickball, have races and participate in other fun events each night. Daniel Morales, Pi Kappa Phi treasurer, said more than $1,500 totaled the amount of money raised during PUSH week.

Phi Kappa chapters unite for a cause Pi Kappa Phi members camped in The Quad last week to raise money for their philanthropy, PUSH America. For 178 continuous hours, a member of the fraternity was present in The Quad. Chapters across the nation host events to raise money for PUSH America. Texas State’s Pi Kappa Phi tradition is remaining visible in The Quad with a tent and scaffold, raising money and awareness for people with disabilities. Members readied their site Monday morning and were present until noon Friday. “We are out here all day and night,” said Luke McBroom, electronic media junior. “We vow to have three people on the scaffold for 24 hours for four days. We are showing our oath our dedication for out philanthropy.” McBroom said Pi Kappa Phi is the only fraternity to create, own and operate its own philanthropy. It is involved with PUSH America for this reason, he said. Bryan Morris, Pi Kappa Phi


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A brief, seemingly innocuous comment by Dan Hamermesh at the end of a story published in The Daily Texan sparked an online storm Wednesday at Texas State. The comment read, “We are not Austin Community College or Texas State University. We should be training the leaders of tomorrow to think.” For Texas State students, that comment felt like an unnecessary kick in the gut. It was almost as if the professor concluded his remarks by saying, “Oh, and by the way, forget you Boko.” Texas State students did not take this statement lying down. The story took in 74 comments on to date, as well as generating discussion on Twitter and inspiring a Facebook event, which accumulated 193 students, saying they would write the professor. The number of individuals who actually wrote in is unknown, but it is safe to assume Hamermesh’s inbox was quite active. The Hamermesh incident highlights one interesting aspect of our time — we are living in a more viral, transparent and open society than ever before. In previous years the only Texas State students who might have heard about the incident were those who had friends at UT. Now, because of social media, it caused a brief firestorm among

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faculty, staff, students, alumni and those who know Texas State is a quality institution. It is not only politicians and celebrities who need to be careful of what they say, but anyone who is going to put their voice out into the public arena. And make no mistake, talking to a reporter puts voices into the public arena and makes you open to criticism. Hamermesh, a well-respected economist routinely published in The New York Times and recipient of numerous accolades, never made a public response to the criticisms as far as The University Star editorial board knows. He has, however, responded to several e-mails, and The University Star has obtained some of those responses. In one, he stated “I said at the start of my interview colleges should educate people­­-not train them ... Near the end of my interview I said UT cannot be viewed like Texas State or ACC. Texas State is a regional school; it is not nor should it be research-oriented; ACC makes up for inadequate high schools and should be vocationally-oriented.” Hamermesh’s comments were more of “You are what you are. Trying to become a research institution will mess things up for the rest of us.” The idea raises curiosity because the article never mentions research or “top-tier” institutions. Hamermesh was right when he said UT is a research institution and Texas State is not. UT receives specific funds for the purpose of furthering academic research across a variety of fields. Any research performed at Texas State is done through the university’s own funds or grants the researchers obtained themselves. Hamermesh’s comment was not an out-ofnowhere insult as it was originally interpreted.

It was, however, still wrong. Education is not a zero-sum game. Having more research institutions in Texas would be good for the state as a whole and for the individual universities that received the honor. It would not have an effect on the quality of the universities that are already top tier. It is the quality of the faculty and staff and eagerness of students that determine a university’s true value. Not how many dollars it receives for research. Hamermesh was wrong to say what he said, in any context. Perhaps the saddest part was he never apologized, something the Texas State community would have gladly accepted and probably would have helped resolve the situation. Texas State is not a research institution, but it is a great place for students to learn and make connections with their educators. You do not need research funding for that. Maybe one day Texas State will be a research institution. But until that happens, it will always be home to bright, eager young minds who will have a significant role in shaping the future. It is a great day to be a Bobcat. —To see Hamermesh’s full response visit 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.

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Country music artist George Strait will star in “A Pure Country Gift,” a followup film to his 1992 movie, “Pure Country.” Strait and his son co-wrote the screenplay, marking their first film collaboration. The movie is filming in Nashville.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mystic Music gives hopeful artists chance to be discovered

JAMMIN’ OUT: Bands such as You’re Done For came to play Friday for Texas State students at the Glade Theatre.

By Colleen Gaddis Features Reporter The sounds of local Texas music filled the Glade Theater Friday night. Phi Mu Alpha chapter held its second annual Mystic Music Festival, which provides local San Marcos musicians another approach to promote themselves. Chris Hansen, music education and composition graduate student, helped organize the event. Hansen has a busy schedule, but said he would always have time for the festival. “We’re trying to create an event that is important for the city and the school — something they can go to every year, not only ACL or SXSW,” Hansen said. The musical styles varied throughout the night. The lineup included duets, ska bands and

musicians in blue jeans and button downs, with Jack Daniels logos painted on their amps. Some bands had a familiar country sound while others were reminiscents of ‘90s alternative rock. Phi Mu Alpha members sold refreshments, worked the stage or sound equipment, while others acted as audience members. Coty Raven Morris, music studies junior, DJ’ed the event between sets. “The bands overall were great and very diverse,” Morris said. “The opening duet was amazing, but my two favorite bands were JKO and The Ocho. JKO is based out of San Antonio. The lead singer is only 15, but his voice sounds like he’s 20. The Ocho is a cool new ska band comprised of music students here at Texas State with ironically nine members.” Audience members huddled close together on the cold stone of the theater. Attendees grew

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sparser as the night rolled on, but those who remained had smiles on their faces. Phi Mu Alpha members speculated approximately 100 people in attendance with about 50 to 60 coming and going throughout the event, which lasted from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Members extended the set time this year, allowing each of the nine bands one hour to play. Raymund De Leon, Phi Mu Alpha president, said this year’s festival was successful. “The idea of the Mystic Music Festival being as big as ACL or SXSW would be awesome,” De Leon said. “I’m sure with more work and growth, the festival can be what it was meant to be, and that is to help local bands put their name out and maybe be discovered. Every festival has to start somewhere.”

“The idea of the Mystic Music Festival being as big as ACL or SXSW would be an awesome thing.” ­­— Raymond De Leon

Diwali gives students insight to traditional cusine, celebration

Brittany Bemis Assistant Trends Editor

Diwali, the festival of lights, gave the Alkek Teaching Theatre an illuminating look Saturday. Students, teachers and families congregated to enjoy the free food and performances. Some dressed for the event in traditional, brightly colored saris and dhotis. Bollywood dancers amused the crowd while a slideshow gave a brief description of Diwali. The holiday is a celebration of light, riding the world of evil and bringing prosperity to everyone. The theatre invited guests with exotic aromas of traditional food dishes. The Indian Student Association of Texas State donated the food, featuring chicken biryani, paneer butter masala, vegetable pakora and naan. Kathleen Seal, geography graduate student, said a friend invited her. “A fellow student of mine is Nepalese and he invited me,” Seal said. “I kind of knew about Diwali already, but I have never been to a festival. It is exciting to be able to have this avenue to learn, instead of having to read about it in a book.”

Seal said she was a fan of traditional Indian cuisine. “I love Indian food, but I usually have to go to Austin to enjoy it at the Clay Pit,” Seal said. “Unfortunately, there are no Indian restaurants in San Marcos.” Seal said she was impressed with the Bollywood dances. “The Bollywood dancing is really exciting (live), because I watch that on film,” Seal said. “Bollywood is really becoming popular — mainstream popular. It is nice to see it here.” Michelle Johnson, exercise and sport sciences senior, said the Bollywood dancing is what brought her out. “It looked really difficult, but it was nice,” Johnson said. “I love dancing, in all forms, and to see this live was really great.” Students came for free food and extra credit, but discovered parallels between cultures. Tommy Aguilar, exercise and sports science senior, said his experience with Indian food reminded him of his own culture. “This is my first time trying it and it is something different, but I have to say it has almost the same qualities of Mexican food,” Aguilar said. “I wanted

Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Alkek Teaching Theatre was filled Saturday with lights, Bollywood dancers and traditional food.

to come check it out. It is always good to broaden your horizons.” Aguilar said he was glad Indian food was served because it gave him a taste of the culture. Raquel Juarez, biology sophomore, said she was attracted by the culture. “It is a really rich, beautiful culture that I don’t know a lot about, but I wanted to experience it with the food and the dance,” Juarez said. “I

think Diwali is a big, festive celebration that encompasses all these cultural aspects.” Johnson said for those who do not have opportunities to travel to India, the festival brought the country to Texas State. “I am glad we have the opportunity to experience this,” Juarez said. “I am glad (The Indian Student Association) chose to share this with us.”


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Campus in action: Taking their best shot

Cancer Awareness Month, Community Outreach Student Organization direct dunking booth to raise money By Jovonna Owen Features Reporter A soaking wet Chris Covo was perched above a sparkling pool — the infamous dunking booth — Thursday afternoon in The Quad. With a one bullet-straight pitch, students could turn the tables on the ASG president, unhinging the seat to plunge him into the cool water. Cancer Awareness Month and Community Outreach Student Organization held the event to help raise money for Daniel Vasquez, associate director of Campus Recreation and his family. Vasquez’s wife, Rhonda Vasquez, is in need of a kidney transplant and rising medical bills have strained the family’s finances. “Even though we’re about cancer, this is something we really want to do because it’s one of our families,” said Belinda Nettleton, CAMCOSO adviser. “Part of the proceeds will go to them to help with her transplant, and the other part of the funds — since we’re a new organization and we have no money at all — will stay to cover our expenses for future events to raise awareness.” Nettleton, administrative assistant in the LBJ Student Center, said the big draws for the event were Glen Hanley, director of Campus Recreation, and

Pete Isaac, coordinator of greek affairs. “I’ve had phone calls and people walking by asking when Pete was going to be here,” Nettleton said. “UPD was wonderful too. They were standing out there and saying ‘Hey if you’ve ever had a parking ticket, now’s your chance to dunk UPD.’”

Covo, political science junior, said the water felt great and he did not mind getting soaked for a great cause. “I think it’s wonderful, and I am so happy to help,” Covo said. “I think we should do things like this more, especially when you have a have a Bobcat that needs help.”

Covo said he was trying to anticipate when the balls would hit the target. “You start to get a phobia of falling, so even when the ball surges you start to automatically lift yourself up,” Covo said. City Council member Chris Jones Place 4 and Terence Parker, vice president of Student Affairs, participated in the event. Nettleton said CAMCOSO’s next event would be coffee and pencils during finals week in December to raise awareness about cancer screening. “One of our CAMCO members met a young man, 20 years old, who was diagnosed with a certain kind of cancer,” Nettleton said. “His mom and dad had cancer, so he thought he was a goner. He looked for the treatment but it was way too expensive. He couldn’t afford it.” Nettleton said the CAMCOSO student helped put him in touch with people who could help him. “If he had not known his family history, he wouldn’t have known the symptoms he was having could be cancer or something serious,” Nettleton said. Nettleton said students need to talk to their parents about family history and cancer screenings. “Talk to your family while you’re Fabian Juarez/Star photo Dunking for Dollars: Students throw pitches to dunk university officials while raising home for Christmas break and find out your history,” Nettleton said. money for a cause.

Acclaimed author gives reading from short story collection By Alejandro Martinez Features Reporter A crowd gathered in the Katherine Ann Porter House to hear author ZZ Packer read from her short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Friday. Excitement rippled through the audience as she began by reading the opening story, “Brownies.” Publishers Weekly referred to Packer’s voice as “a wave born in mid-ocean, gathering strength, obeying the moon’s pull, churning toward land … when you finally do turn the first page and read the first paragraph (of “Brownies”), her strong, full, confident voice crashes over you.”

Packer’s stories have been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts and her non-fiction has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The American Prospect, Believer and O. Drinking Coffee, consisting of eight short stories, was selected by the late John Updike for the Today Show Book Club and as a Pen/Faulkner finalist and New York Times Notable Book. Packer, named one of America’s Best Young Novelists by Granta Magazine, recently relocated her family to Austin and will join the Texas State English Department in spring 2010. Packer will teach a Graduate MFA class in creative writing, re-envisioning history and self through

American Literature. Melanie Moore, English senior, said she saw Packer at the 2009 Texas Book Festival where she read from Drinking Coffee. “Texas State has a strong (writing) program,” Moore said. “I think Packer will be a good addition.” Packer comments on the bigger issues of race amidst the plot in “Brownies.” “Especially in America, where so often that issue in all its myriad forms becomes subterranean,” Packer reads. Packer enjoys taking breaks from fiction to comment on social and political figures. She has non-fiction work that includes a political agenda consisting of interviews with former presidential candidate John

Kerry. The agenda discussed his policies and, “to discern what his presidency (would) mean for black America.” Packer is working on her first novel about buffalo soldiers or all-black military units. After being emancipated, the Buffalo Soldiers were stationed in the West after the Civil War to combat Native Americans, according to an interview with Packer said it was up to young writers to decide how they can affect social change through the written word. “The only way is for the writing to be as good as possible — then the thoughts in the work get noticed,” Packer said. “The intellect shines through the writing.”

“Texas State has a strong (writing) program. I think Packer will be a good addition.” —Melanie Moore, English senior

Founders’ Day recital ‘beautiful and moving’ By Brittany E. Wilson Features Reporter Cameras flashed and reflected off two black grand pianos as 19 classical performers of Mu Phi Epsilon sang their creed. Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional co-educational fraternity for musicians, held its Founders’ Day recital Friday in the Music Building. Mu Phi Epsilon was founded in 1903 by Winthrop S. Sterling and Elizabeth Mathias Fuquo at the Metropolitan College of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its purpose is to advance music throughout the world on the principles of friendship, music and harmony. “Basically what we’re all about is getting people together who view music in its highest art form as our profession,” said Christian De La Cruz, president of the Texas State chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. “Our No. 1 goal is to really share our love for this art and let everybody see life can be well through music.” All Mu Phi Epsilon members performed one piece for the recital. The music ranged from classical vocal performances composed by Brahms and Copland to violin and piano pieces by Bach and Grieg. De La Cruz said Mu Phi Epsilon is like a family to members who live far from home. “These are my brothers and sisters, and I call on them anytime I’m in need,” De La Cruz said. The emotion of the pieces were evident on the performers’ faces. Singers continued to hold their composure until the music faded, even though cameras flashed in the intimate concert hall. Christina Labbe performed a compelling piece different from her classical fraternity brothers and sisters. Labbe, music education senior, played the piano and sang the song “Almost Lover” by the band A Fine Frenzy. “It’s actually something I never heard before until I found the sheet music,” Labbe said. “It’s a different experience playing something you haven’t heard before, but over the past six months, I’ve gotten really familiar with the song in my own style.” Labbe said she is more of a jazz singer than a classical vocalist. Mu Phi Epsilon members have the liberty to pick which style they want to perform for the recital. Megan Schooler, music studies sophomore, said it took her an hour a day for a month to get her Aaron Copland piece, “Why do they shut me out of Heaven?” ready for the recital. “I was hoping the audience was going to get the humor in my piece,” Schooler said. “I heard a few chuckles.” Robert Hair, attendee, said the recital was beautiful. “It moved me emotionally, physically and mentally,” Hair said. “My heart was pounding.”


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Saturday’s attendance: 13,013 Home game attendance to date: 51,886 (10,377 average)

In order for Texas State to move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, there must be an average of 15,000 fans in attendance at each home game.

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BOBcats Fall 3 points short By Joseph O. Garcia Sports Reporter

Ben Rondeau /Star photo TACKLE THE COWBOY: Ron Jackson, junior defensive lineman, Marcus Clark, junior linebacker, and Brian Lilly, freshman linebacker, try to tackle McNeese State tailback Toddrick Pendland during Saturday’s football game.

Texas State’s Bradley George, senior quarterback, had a chance for the second consecutive week to lead the Bobcats to a comefrom-behind victory. George had not thrown an interception in 210 passing attempts. However, his final pass Saturday was caught by McNeese State safety Malcolm Bronson at the Cowboys’ 10-yard line with 22 seconds remaining. “I stepped up in the pocket and just tried to make a play,” George said. The Bobcats were down by three with 1:30 minutes left in the game when Texas State took over on offense. “We were just trying to get into field-goal range to give us a shot,” George said. “We just didn’t make a play like last week against UCA.” Texas State lost the game 3027 in front of 13,013 fans at Bobcat Stadium. “We went out there and played as hard as we could,” said Mishak Rivas, sophomore wide receiver. “At the end of the game, whether you win or lose, if you play hard, there is nothing to be mad about.”

The team is ready to move forward. “As far as everything else is concerned, we are already looking forward to Sam Houston State,” Rivas said. The defense allowed Toddrick Pendland, McNeese State running back, to rush for 187 yards and three touchdowns. However, Texas State held the Cowboys to a field goal attempt in the final minutes to give George and the offense a chance to tie or win. “I thought we had some pretty good play calling,” said Joe Bell, senior linebacker. “We were in the right defense and we did hold them to a field goal.” Coach Brad Wright told the players after the game they would watch film and see missed opportunities on offense, defense and special teams. “They (McNeese State) made a couple more plays than we did and they won the football game,” Wright said. Wright referred to the contest as “a typical Southland game.” “I’m proud of our team,” Wright said. “They played hard for four quarters and that’s all we could ask them to do.”

Cowboys final drive ends Bobcats’ playoff hopes By The Numbers

28— distance of winning field goal


Pendland’s rushing yards

892—Combined total offensive yards for both teams

By Keff Ciardello Sports Reporter The Texas State Bobcats had their four-game win streak snapped with a 30-27 loss to the McNeese Cowboys. “It was just another Southland Conference game for us,” said Coach Brad Wright. “It went the distance. It took four quarters, but this time it didn’t work out for us.” The Bobcats’ 6-4 record mathematically eliminates Texas State from playoff contention. Playoff teams have to beat at least seven Division I teams in the FCS during the season. Even if Texas State wins next week, the Bobcats would have only beaten six. After a firework-filled introduction, the Bobcat offense took the field and orchestrated an 80-yard drive that ended with a touchdown. Mishak Rivas,

sophomore wide receiver, opened the Bobcats’ scoring with his fourth touchdown of the season, a 17-yard pass by Bradley George, senior quarterback. Rivas finished the game with four catches for 50 yards. McNeese State answered, countering with an 82-yard drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown run by running back Toddrick Pendland. The Bobcat offense took possession of the ball and drove downfield, this time orchestrating a 79-yard drive with the teams tied at 7. Alvin Canady, senior running back, received an option-pitch from George around the right side and took it in for a fiveyard score. Ryan Batchelor, junior kicker, missed the ensuing extra-point, giving the Bobcats a 13-7 lead. The McNeese State offense regained

Successful Openers

possession and appeared prepared to answer the Bobcats’ score with one of its own, gaining 57 yards in three plays. It was the fourth play of the drive when Marcus Clark, senior linebacker, returned an interception 25 yards to give the Bobcats possession on the 34-yard line. The Bobcats found the end zone again off the same option-pitch around the right end to Canady for 12 yards seven minutes into the second quarter. The score gave the Bobcats a 20-7 lead. The Cowboys countered with two unanswered touchdowns, including a 33yard run by Pendland. McNeese State missed the extra-point attempt on its second touchdown to tie the game at 20 going into halftime. Pendland found the end zone for the third time in the third quarter off a five-yard run up the middle to give the

Cowboys a 27-20 lead. Da’Marcus Griggs, junior wide receiver, caught a 10-yard slant he turned into a 31-yard gain. Canady then took a hand-off around the left end and found the end zone for his third touchdown. The score tied the game at 27. McNeese State would drive the ball inside the Bobcats’ red zone and prepare for the game-winning 28-yard field goal. The Cowboys regained the lead 30-27. The Bobcats regained possession with a little more than one minute left. However, George threw an interception to secure a Cowboy victory. It was George’s first interception thrown in 210 attempts. George finished the game with 285 yards passing and a touchdown. Canady rushed for 60 yards off 18 carries for three touchdowns.

Men’s team routes Howard Payne

By Anthony Medina Sports Reporter The Texas State men’s basketball team began the 2009 to 2010 season with a rout of Howard Payne in a 35-point victory. The Yellow Jackets seemingly could not miss in the first half. Howard Payne shot more than 58 percent from the field, including 5-for-5 shooting from behind the arc. The Bobcats were ahead 5143 at the half because of the play from three returning lettermen starters. Cameron Johnson, junior forward, and John Rybak, senior forward, combined for 19 points and 10 rebounds on 7-for-11 shooting in the first half. Jonathan Sloan, junior forward, chipped in with six points in the first half on 60 percent shooting. “When I read (Howard Payne’s) stats (at halftime), they were all shaking their heads,” said Coach

Doug Davalos. “We weren’t defending the three line. We weren’t defending anywhere and then we made some adjustments.” Texas State increased the pressure defensively in the second half to hold Howard Payne to 24 points as the Bobcats cruised to a 102-67 victory. The Yellow Jackets turned the ball over 20 times and failed to continue the hot shooting from the field in the first half that kept them in the game. Texas State’s length over a smaller Howard Payne team helped it dominate the boards throughout the game, outrebounding the Yellow Jackets 48-34. Of those 48 boards, 21 came on the offensive glass, leading to 26 second-chance points for the Bobcats. Newcomer Uriel Segura, junior forward, led the Bobcats in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting in his first game as a Bobcat. “I’m really comfortable with

this new team and this style of game,” said Segura, referring to Texas State’s up-tempo method. The Bobcats scored 10 fastbreak points in the game, despite the fast paced Texas State offense. Davalos attributed the low amount of fast-break points to good transitional defense from Howard Payne. The Yellow Jackets forced the Bobcats to become a jumpshooting team by clogging the paint with five guys on defense. The Bobcats shot 35-of-72 for the game, including 12-of-30 from 3-point range. The shooting from the free throw line for the Bobcats was a problem throughout the night. Texas State shot 20-for36 at the line. “You could tell it was a first game,” Davalos said. “The good thing about the first game is it’s over with. You take a 30-plus point win and try to get better for your next opponent.”

‘I’m really comfortable with this new team and this style of game.’

—Guard Uriel Segura

Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo TWO POINTS: Chika Ofoegbu (15), and Cameron Johnson (23), both junior forwards, score a basket Friday night during their respective home openers.

Women’s team sees triple digits in season opener By Lisa Carter Sports Editor Season-opening butterflies were not an issue for the Texas State women’s basketball team as it opened its season with a victory Friday over Texas College. The Bobcats defeated the Steers 100-42 in a game that featured scores from all but two Texas State players. “It was all about teamwork tonight,” said Kelsey Krupa, sophomore guard. “It wasn’t an individual effort at all.”

Krupa led all Bobcats in scoring with 16 points. Aimee Hilburn, senior forward, recorded 19 points while Tamarra Evans-Sluga, senior guard, Anna Brzozowski and Chika Ofoegbu, junior forwards, each had 12. Evans-Sluga said precision was a factor in the game. “I think the key to things was not overthinking,” EvansSluga said. Only one Texas College player, guard British Thomas, scored double digits for the Steers with 13 points. The Bob-

cats did not allow the Steers to lead at all in the game. Coach Suzanne Fox said teamwork was a vital part to the Bobcats’ first victory. “To win championships and be competitive with the people we’re going to play with, you can’t only count on one or two people,” Fox said. “There are one or two things we could have changed, but it’s a blessing if we can continue with this (way we’re playing).” Evans-Sluga said the win gave the Bobcats confidence

for the season. “The win feels really good,” Evans-Sluga said. “It’s great to have that exclamation point to start the season. We’re coming back from a year that wasn’t up to our standards and (the victory) gives us confidence going into our next game.” Texas State finished the game with 49 rebounds. Fox said rebounding is an area in which she wants the team to improve. “We didn’t really block out,” Fox said. “We really want to be good on rebounding.”

Texas State made 14-of-26 three-pointers, tying the record for most made in a single game. The Bobcats were 39for-77 (50.6 percent) shooting from the field and 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from behind the arc. Texas College went 15for-61 (24.6 percent) shooting from the field and 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) from behind the arc. Texas State will look to continue its success Tuesday against Louisiana-Monroe. The game tips off at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.

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