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TOURNAMENT BOUND Volleyball team to play No. 4 Texas in NCAA tournament SEE TRENDS PAGE 8

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Trauth announces plans for FBS move “It is time. We are symbolically locking arms and saying this is the direction we are going to go in.” By Amanda Venable News Reporter Texas State intends to move to Football Bowl Subdivision within the next five years, announced the university president’s cabinet at Monday night’s Associated Student Government meeting. University President Denise Trauth appointed an Athletic Strategic Planning Committee in May 2007 to work with the department of athletics to develop a plan that would allow for the university’s transition. “This is a historic moment for this university,” Trauth said.

“We have done a lot of things here in the past 10 years that has kicked this university up to the next level. One of the last pieces is moving the football up to FBS status. It is time. We are symbolically locking arms and saying this is the direction we are going to go in.” She said it was the best direction for the university, but it will require hard work to make the transition. Larry Teis, athletics director, said the committee has been working for nine months to find out what changes should be made in the following years.

The eight recommendations the committee has decided upon include the need to gain outside assistance to further support the cause, a unified commitment to winning and the improvement of facilities. ASG Sen. Ugo Eziefule asked Trauth why she had not made a public announcement or issued any press releases regarding the move to FBS. She said her cabinet wanted to first inform the students and faculty to build internal support. Guest speaker Debbie Thorne, chair of NCAA Athletics Certification Steering Commit-

tee and associate vice president of academic affairs, spoke to the senators regarding the two-year initiative to prepare the school for NCAA standards. She said the study is designed to ensure the school is doing well internally in supporting the athletes to guarantee success on the field, on the court and in the classrooms. The report will go to the NCAA by May 2008 to be reviewed further. “This is a very positive process because we will be able to say that we know our house is in order and we are doing everything to help our student ath-

ASG considers allowing handguns on campus College Republicans push for students’ right to bear arms

Greg Richards/ Star Photo ATTENTION TO ARMS: Students protest the law prohibiting concealed handguns on public university property Nov. 19 in The Quad.

By Amanda Venable News Reporter A resolution presented at the Nov. 19 Associated Student Government meeting is calling upon the Texas Legislature to allow students to carry concealed firearms to class. The resolution, titled “Enabling Self-Defense,” sparked

a debate among the senators about whether or not students with a concealed handgun license should be allowed to bring their guns into the classrooms. Traci Adams, resolution sponsor and College Republicans president, said the proposal would allow law-abiding residents to exercise their civil liberties outlined in the Second

Amendment. Adams said Gov. Rick Perry is in support of the resolution and has agreed to bring it to the Texas Legislature as long as it gets support on campus. Texas State could not allow students to carry handguns in academic buildings without the Texas Legislature’s revision of current laws. “The Constitution gives us

the right to protect ourselves,” Adams said. “Who is to say you have the right to deter me from protecting myself? This is not making (campus) less safe. It is a gun free zone now. I would hate to have a shooting at our school and people get hurt because we did not pass this. We are defenseSee HANDGUNS, page 3

letes,” Thorne said. In the President’s Report, ASG President Reagan Pugh said it was a powerful night for Texas State. “I hope you understand the magnitude of what happened here tonight,” Pugh said. “We are literally a piece of the history of this university with the initiative that we are taking. What a great day to be a Bobcat.” In other business, Jim Hull, assistant director client services, said the school plans to have a new server system introduced within the next three years. Hull said the new tools will allow for

exciting advances for the school. Currently, each building is on separate server systems. The technology, called Identity Management, will take the separate systems away and allow all information to be on one server. With this technology will come advances such as allowing prospective students to create an account with the school, Hull said. In addition, students will only have to log into the server once and can keep their e-mail addresses even after they graduate. Hull said this way alumni can stay in touch with one another.

Board of Regents approves increase on tuition, fees By Amanda Venable News Reporter


ystem wide, all of the proposed tuition and increases passed.”

The Texas State University System Board of Regents voted Nov. 15 to increase tuition and fees at Texas State by approximately 6 percent for next fall. Students will now pay an additional $10 for every semester credit hour as well as a combined $19 for the four fee increases University President Denise Trauth proposed. While many students will feel the hiked costs, Gordon Thyberg, Texas State budget director, said it is needed to advance the school as well as to increase the number of faculty members. “The state will not be increasing their appropriation to us next year,” Thyberg said. “It will take about a $7.85 tuition increase to fund the 3 percent raise for employees paid from tuition or appropriations.” The $2.15 that would be left over from the proposed $10 per semester credit hour increase would go toward enhancing the school and funding new programs, Thyberg said. All schools in the Texas State system will experience an increase in tuition and fees as a result of the board’s action. “System-wide, all of the proposed tuition and increases passed,” said William Nance, vice president for finance and support services. “Every school has different increases in fees and tuition. Sam Houston proposed a $20 increase but got a $14 increase.” At the regents’ meeting on

William Nance vice president for finance and support services

the Sam Houston State University campus, the president from each school in the system presented an outline of their proposed increases to the 10 members of the board. Nine of the members on the board were appointed by Gov. Rick Perry. The last spot is left open for a student from one of the schools in the system. This year the student is from Sam Houston. Francis Bartley, former Texas State student, sat on the board last year. “The presentation from each campus on their proposal is the best way for the regents to put a face on the increase,” said Rolland Smith, vice chancellor of finance for the Texas State University System. “It is good for the regents to hear what the campuses are planning and responding to. I thought it was a good, productive meeting.” Prior to the Nov. 15 vote, the finance committee had a two-hour conversation about tuition, fees and legislative appropriations. Nance said it was one of the best discussions in the 23 years he has been working with the school. Dionicio Flores, regent since 1999, said he thought See TUITION, page 3

Tonkawa chief celebrated with statue in city park Student arrested, charged with monitor theft By Sean Batura News Reporter The memory of a people exiled from their homeland and brought to the brink of destruction is returning thanks to the efforts of private and public interests in San Marcos. A monument was erected in San Marcos City Park Nov. 15 to Chief Placido, a Tonkawa ally to many early Texans and friend to such luminaries as General Burleson, Sam Houston, Jack Hays and Stephen F. Austin. Eric Slocombe made the statue of Placido with the help of Don Patterson, a retired tribal elder, who ensured its physical and spiritual authenticity.

“(Patterson) was a big help in technical detail and the emotional aspect,” Slocombe said. “He was very concerned about authenticity and the mood of the piece, to represent the Tonkawa in the right way, and he really helped me pull that off. We talked about the technical things such as the pipe, the earrings and the hairpieces, how much meaning they had, and his emotion in that helped me put that spark of life into this piece, (which is always) crucial.” Gil Bruvel, a professional sculptor, praised Slocombe’s work. “He’s a fabulous artist. He has an incredible understanding of human anatomy and animal

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anatomy,” Bruvel said. “I think the features are incredible. It’s really good work.” Patterson said out of the 500 tribes in America, only three or four of the larger tribes are given much attention in the mainstream media. He hopes the statue will raise awareness of the Tonkawa people. “There are a lot of tribes like ours that are small tribes, not very well-known tribes,” Patterson said. “They are just as much a part of American history as any of the others.” The Tonkawa were not spared the viral pandemic that wiped out most of the people native See STATUE, page 3

By Alex Hering News Reporter The University Police Department arrested Texas State student Branden Roberts Oct. 19 for the burglary of 11 Apple monitors from the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building. Roberts, computer information systems senior, was charged with burglary, a third degree felony with property valued under $20,000. Paul Chapa, UPD captain of operations, said the burglary was reported around 3 p.m. Sept. 22. He said UPD identified Roberts as a suspect because of an anonymous tip. Roberts was held at the Hays County Law Enforcement

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Center with bail set at $2,500. He was released the next day. Chapa said a preliminary investigation ROBERTS revealed Roberts had sold some of the property. Most of the items were retrieved and the search for other suspects is still active. Chapa said the theft of the communication design lab affected the morale of art design students. “Any type of theft that we have,

especially of the labs and technical buildings, are devastating because they disrupt the learning environment,” Chapa said. “When someone comes in and invades that area and victimizes the university, and specifically our students, it causes a problem because classes can’t be held, projects can’t be fulfilled and other arrangements have to be made.” Erin Leeder, a lab monitor, said the members of the art department were contemplating shutting down the lab. “I talked to a lot of the faculty members and they were pretty peeved,” said Leeder, communication design junior. “They said


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Cynthia Rubio, owner of Radiant RFID in Austin and an alumna of Texas State’s Small Business Development Center, has been named a finalist in the Make Mine a Million $ Business program. Rubio is one of five state finalists for the program, sponsored by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence and founding partner, OPEN

from American Express. The idea behind Make Mine a Million $ Business is to provide a combination of money, mentoring, marketing and technology tools which women entrepreneurs need to help grow their business past the million dollar mark. — Courtesy of University News Service

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Nov. 12, 1:30 a.m. Drug: Possession of Marijuana/Drug: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Elliot Hall Two officers were dispatched for a suspicious odor report. Upon further investigation, a student was issued a citation for PODP, arrested for POM and was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

Texas State women’s basketball will play Texas-Pan America 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum. The Catholic Student Center will have the last free student lunch of the semester in the CSC lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. For more information call Lynn at (512) 357-2049.

Nov. 17, 2:46 a.m. Drug: Possession of Marijuana/Speck Lot An officer was on patrol and observed several individuals sitting in a parked vehicle. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for POM and transported to HCLEC to await magistration.

GLBQ Pride Group meeting will be held noon to 1:30 p.m. For information and screening on groups, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. The CSC will host a free presentation on “The Poverty of St. Francis” 7 p.m. in the St. Jude Chapel.

Nov. 17, 2:53 a.m. Warrant Service/500 Edward Gary An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a non-student was arrested for an outstanding warrant and transported to HCLEC to await magistration.

Every Nation Campus Ministry will be holding a weekly campus meeting 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a message exploring the person of Jesus.

Nov. 17, 9:43 a.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Roadway Fixtures/ Speck Lot An officer was dispatched for a damaged property report. A non-student reported a sign was damaged. A report was generated for this case.

Wednesday Dream for Darfur Olympic Torch Relay will depart 12:15 p.m. from Old Main and proceed through campus to the Texas State Campus Mall. “Stress & Alcohol: Is it Really “Happy” Hour?” seminar will be held 1 p.m. in the LBJSC, 3-5.1. “The Devil Came on Horseback” film screening will be held 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall Teaching Theatre. The rosary will be prayed 6 p.m in the CSC St. Jude Chapel. The CSC will have a pre-Advent penance service 7 p.m. in the CSC chapel. A Darfurian speaker will speak 7:30 p.m. in Lampasas, 407A. Student Volunteer Connection will hold its weekly meeting 6 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, 3-1.5. Higher Ground will hold a contemplative and peaceful Evening Prayer service 5:30 p.m. in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (510 N. Guadalupe, directly across from the Tower dorm), followed by supper at 6:15 p.m. Students of every religious background are welcome. Thursday The Catholic Student Organization will meet 6 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The Rock - Praise & Worship will take place 7:30 p.m in the St. Jude Chapel of the CSC. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome to attend. Friday Alcoholics Anonymous Newcomers’ Meeting, River Group, will be 9:15 p.m. at 1700 Ranch Rd. 12, Suite C. Monday Men Against Violence meeting will be held 5 to 6 p.m. in LBJSC, 3.10. Higher Ground Campus Ministry Bible Study will be held 6 to 7 p.m. in the basement lounge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (510 N. Guadalupe, directly across from the Tower dorm).

Library Beat Hours will once again be extended to offer students increased study time — including several 24-hour blocks — at the Alkek Library Saturday. The following study hall schedule can be accessed anytime from the library homepage. The Saturday before finals begin, the library will be open an extra two hours, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, the library will open at 1 p.m. as usual, and will remain open around the clock for studying until 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Service points, such as the Reference Desk and Computer Lab, will not be staffed during the overnight study hours. Saturday, Dec. 8, library hours will again be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 the library will again be open continuously for study. However, as above, service points will not be staffed. Service points will maintain their regular schedules before and during finals. For operating hours of specific library services,

please visit the library homepage at www. or call (512) 245-3681. While studying in the library, everyone is asked to be considerate of others and help maintain an atmosphere conducive to finals preparation. Note the sixth floor is designated for “quiet study.” Those working in a group should use a group study room or go to another floor. Group study rooms are in high demand and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your group is studying in an open space, keep voices down to minimize disruption to others. Remember, cell phone use is prohibited in all public areas, and food and drinks are not allowed except in the first floor public lounge. Courtesy for patrons is always greatly appreciated but especially so during peak study times. The Alkek librarians and staff wish everyone a successful finish to the Fall 2007 semester. — Courtesy of Alkek Library

Olympic torch will pass through university The Texas State chapter of the student anti-genocide coalition will host the San Marcos leg of the symbolic Dream for Darfur Olympic Torch Relay that is currently traveling to more than 20 cities across the United States. Students will relay the torch Wednesday from Old Main to the Campus Mall, where speakers will emphasize the constructive role China can play in ending the ongoing atrocities in Darfur. Participants should assemble on the steps of Old Main at 12 p.m. and the procession will depart at 12:15 p.m. There will be tables and a Quickscreen set up on the Campus Mall from 9:30 to 4 p.m. where passersby may participate in a number of projects, including a letter writing campaign. The organization will be accepting donations for the International Medical Corp. and Save Darfur Coalition. Brian Steidle’s documentary film, The Devil Came on Horseback, will be shown 6 p.m. in the Centennial Teaching Theater. A reception with group discussion and a question and answer session with a Darfurian speaker will be held in Lampasas 407A. Host cities across the country have chosen symbolic routes for the torch relay — many of which pass by memorials for past genocides and other crimes against humanity or locations that have a significant tie to China. The Dream for Darfur Olympic

Torch Relay, which has also traveled internationally to countries with a history of genocide and mass atrocities, aims to urge China — as Sudan’s chief diplomatic sponsor, major weapons provider and largest foreign investor and trade partner, as well as host of the 2008 Summer Olympics — to use its unique position to lead the world in bringing an end to the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Darfur. The torch relay is a part of a coordinated campaign to shine a light on the role China can and must play to ensure the violence and suffering in Darfur comes to an end. Other stops on the route in the local area include: San Antonio (UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures) on Monday and Austin, which will be hosted by the UT White Rose Society on Dec. 5. For other events, check out To learn more about the torch relay, please visit For more information on the Save Darfur Coalition, please contact Allyn Brooks-LaSure ( or Ashley Roberts ( If you are interested in joining Texas State’s student anti-genocide coalition chapter, contact Annette Walker at — Courtesy of Student Anti-Genocide Coalition

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Nov. 18, 5 a.m. Driving While Intoxicated/Edward Gary An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for DWI and transported to HCLEC to await magistration. Nov. 19, 2:59 a.m. Burglary: Habitation/Tower Hall An officer was dispatched for a burglary report. A student reported property had been damaged and items had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Nov. 19, 11:01 a.m. Alarm – Fire/Centennial Hall An officer was dispatched for a fire alarm. San Marcos Fire Department arrived on the scene, located a burned out motor on a water fountain and maintenance arrived to repair the water fountain. A report was generated for this case. Nov. 19, 2:01 p.m. Medical Emergency/Student Recreation Center An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student reported stepping into an open barrier hole, scraping a shin, was evaluated by EMS and the student refused transport to Central Texas Medical Center Nov. 19, 9:21 p.m. Theft – under $50/UPD Lobby An Officer was dispatched to the lobby for a theft report. A student reported property had been taken from a motor vehicle without consent. This case is under investigation. Nov. 19, 11:19 p.m. Drug: Possession of Marijuana/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/San Saba Hall An officer was dispatched for a report of a suspicious package. Upon further investigation, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was confiscated. This case is under investigation. — Courtesy of University Police Department


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less without this.” Many senators oppose the resolution, arguing that more guns on campus would result in more violence. Those senators said the university should hire more police. “I believe people have the right to protect their homes, but the university should be a place of safety and peace,’ said ASG Sen. TJ Hardy. “The likelihood of something not happening is far greater than something happening. As a civil people we voted to have police do that job.” In opposition, Adams said University Police Department officers cannot enter a building until a SWAT team arrives. There is only one SWAT team in Hays County, she said. “We need to be proactive, not reactive,” Adams said. “I don’t know why we would want to wait until later.” ASG Sen. Tyler Ferguson echoed the thoughts of several senators, saying the campus as a whole should be allowed to consider permitting individuals to carry guns in academic build-

ings. He offered an amendment to the resolution that would call for a student referendum. The amendment passed by almost two-thirds of the house. “Something of this magnitude deserves more consideration, especially since it has the potential to change the law,” Ferguson said. “If Governor Perry really is supportive of this bill, I think it is vital that we take advantage of this issue and get the students’ opinions.” In response to the meeting, ASG President Reagan Pugh said if a student referendum had not been added, he would have vetoed it. He discussed the resolution with Sgt. Daniel Benitez of the University Police Department, who said the UPD officers undergo training in order to safely enter buildings in emergency situations. The argument that the police have to wait for a SWAT team is false, Pugh said. “There were inflammatory remarks made in the legislation,” Pugh said. “I would advise you all to educate yourselves on the issue. I would veto it, but I think the students deserve the right to vote.”


that the art department wasn’t insured for this kind of thing and that it comes out of their own money. They were threatening to shut it down. They were like, ‘Well if this is going to happen, then we will just take them away.’” Michael Hodgson, art and design lecturer, said the theft could have affected the cycle of new equipment, such as design software entering the classroom. “As an adjunct teacher, I’m not too intimate with the finances of the department, but I do know that the semester budgets are fairly tight,” Hodgson said. “Top tier equipment is expensive, but there is a commitment to keeping the classrooms as up to date as possible so that old equipment doesn’t impact your education. When something like the monitor robbery happens, it sets back the cycle of upgrades, which affects all the students in the program by limiting the equipment available for them to work on.” Leeder said some faculty members were “abhorred” at the theft of the computers and a teaching projector the week later. She said the monitors keep a close watch on the lab at all times. “I don’t know how any of it happened because lab monitors are in here all the time, and when we leave, we lock the door and set the alarm,” Leeder said. “After the monitors were stolen, a maintenance guy checked the locks and they were fine, so we aren’t sure how that happened.”

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The computer lab houses Apple computers equipped with scanners and the latest software. Leeder said the accessible hours and free printing was convenient for most art and design students. “I have a couple of classmates that use (the computer lab) all the time,” Leeder said. “I see a lot of the same faces. I was surprised that just as many students were outraged as well. It made me happy because they care. A lot of people don’t use Macs. They use PCs, so they have to come in here. Also, a lot of the people can’t afford the programs and if they can’t afford them and they can’t use them in here, what are they going to do?” Reid Munkres, communication design sophomore, said he does not use the computer lab enough to feel the effects of the theft directly, but the lack of new software in upper-level classes would affect him eventually. “It’s terrible that he felt the need to steal from the lab and put others education in jeopardy,” Munkres said. “I don’t use the lab enough, but later on in my upper-level classes I would need the adequate software.” Leeder said the art department responded adequately to the theft. “Everything is much more locked down now,” she said. “A cover over the lock was installed so no one can pick the lock and there are security cameras now. It’s great. I don’t want anyone stealing anything else and I don’t want the lab to get shut down.”

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Trauth did a good job outlining where the university is going to use the money from the tuition and fee increases. “I thought it was a very rich presentation,” Flores said. “All of the presidents did a good job of understanding the needs — specifically to raise salaries and to have a better ratio of professors to students.” The tuition and fee increase will go into effect for the 2008 fall semester. The board of regents will meet again in February to discuss prices for room and board.


Katie Allinson/Star photo illustration THE PRICE TO PAY: The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved the tuition increase Nov. 15. Students will begin paying an additional $10 for every semester hour beginning next fall.

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to the Western Hemisphere, and they were subject to attacks by hostile tribes and the violent seizure of their lands by invading settlers. The Tonkawa went to a reservation near the Brazos River in 1854 with Placido’s consent. In 1859, the U.S. government moved the tribe to a reservation near Fort Cobb where almost half of them, including Placido, were massacred by neighboring Native American tribes. The refugees came back to Texas after the Texas Legislature granted them an area of land near Fort Griffin. After the fort was abandoned, the Tonkawa were relocated to a reservation in Oklahoma, which is where they live today. The creation and placement of the Tonkawa commemorative statue was handled by Leadership San Marcos, a private organization whose stated goal is to “identify, inform, educate and motivate individuals to participate in programs and activities that will improve the San Marcos community.” Rick Bell, who works in the finance department at McCoy Corporation and a member of this year’s Leadership San Marcos workshop, said the class received a generous grant from the San Marcos Arts Commission for the project, half of which, Bell said, was privately funded. The public money used for the project was generated by the hotel and motel tax. Bell said this year’s project was unusual it was quickly recognized for its merit and promptly. The idea for the statue came from class member Rodney van Oudekerke. “Under normal circumstances, I suppose there would be a brainstorming process, but in our case we pretty much had the idea from the start,” Bell said. Van Oudekerke, San Marcos Police Department sergeant, agreed with Slocombe, saying the project seemed blessed from its inception. “This is a project where everything that could go right has gone right, starting off at the very beginning,” van Oudekerke said. Ames Warrior, one of the 30 visiting Tonkawa, brought his family to see the statue’s unveiling. He spoke of how other tribes view the Tonkawa. “All the other tribes around us, they look down on us because we’ve been massacred and we’re just the remnants floating,” Warrior said. “With them, they’ve got the pure blood, thousand strong.” He told van Oudekerke what moved him most about the statue was the medicine bag around Placido’s neck. He said it was a spiritual symbol reminding him of the peyote ceremony. Van Oudekerke, who conducted large amounts of research in the course of the project, expressed pleasure at the Tonkawa’s acceptance of the statue. “To hear actually hear you say that it’s important to you means a whole lot to me,” van Oude-

Monty Marion/Star photo PROUD MEMORY: A statue of Tonkawa Chief Placido, an ally of many early Texans, stands in City Park. It was unveiled Nov. 15.

kerke said. Van Oudekerke, Slocombe and Mayor Susan Narvaiz received ceremonial blankets from the visiting Tonkawa. “It takes a lot to make me speechless, but that did it,” said van Oudekerke, recalling the gift. Van Oudekerke described the genesis of the project. He wanted to do something connected with Texas history, so he did a lot of reading. In the course of his research, Placido’s name would appear on occasion but without much elaboration. Then, van Oudekerke read of Jack Hays, whom Hays County is named after. He said during one of Hays’ few trips to San Marcos he insisted on having dinner with Chief Placido. “Think about what was going on there. He was an Native American fighter, sworn enemy of the Native Americans, but it was important to him to meet with this man,” van Oudekerke said. “So you start reading between the lines, because history is written by the winners and the descendents of the winners. And my feeling on history is, if you want to tell history, tell the entire true story or don’t tell it at all.”

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Student petition created to call for more vegetarian, vegan options By Lorna Stevens News Reporter Texas State student Kathryn Legendre is campaigning for more vegetarian options among cafeteria menus on campus. Legendre said she started an informal petition to benefit all students because she grew tired of the food offered by Chartwells. “The vegan/vegetarian food options will help those who are vegan and vegetarian, but also those with allergies, like lactose intolerance and people who would like to eat something healthy,” said Legendre, advertising sophomore. “It would be good food that could be shared among people with different eating habits.” Legendre has accumulated 56 names on her petition. She has held off gathering additional signatures until she begins a formal petition to be presented to Chartwells and University President Denise Trauth. The campaign focuses on adding vegetarian/vegan friendly food to campus cafeterias. Legendre wants foods to be marked with labels as well to minimize confusion and doubt on how the food is prepared and what is be-

ing offered. For instance, some rice dishes might use animal fat for flavoring and would not be considered a vegetarian/vegan-friendly food. “I think this will be a good idea because it will portray Texas State in a positive light,” Legendre said. “It will provide many people with various eating habits a healthy — and in my case — necessary alternative.” According to the Student Health Center Web site, it is important for vegetarians to pay particular attention to their intake of calcium, protein, iron, vitamins D and B-12 in order to lead a healthy lifestyle promoting lower rates of heart disease and types of cancers. Because vegetarians and vegans do not get their nutrients from meat, they have to focus strongly on their diets to remain healthy. A report by American Dietetic Association said vegetarians should “choose a variety of foods such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, and if desired, dairy products and eggs.” Despite the campaign, some believe Texas State does provide options, though it does not exclusively cater to vegetarians.

“What I believe happens is that many students assume things are not vegetarian, when in fact, they are,” said Becky Tolle, director of Jones Hall. “Perhaps more marketing would be useful to promote which items are vegetarian.” Although tacos are notorious for containing ground beef or chicken, at Maui Taco customers can purchase salads, nachos, quesadillas and tacos without meat. Similar options are available at the many other food establishments located on campus as well. “It depends on how you look at everything,” said Leslie Bulkley, director of operations at Chartwells. “There are a lot of options; it’s how creative we can get.” Vegetable burgers, tofu, stir-fry, fruit, rice and various types of lettuce in the salad bar are some options presented by Chartwells in the cafeterias. However, Legendre believes these selections are not sufficient. “I live on campus and eating pasta, salad or veggie burgers was getting really old,” Legendre said. “I was starving for something substantial – like veggie nuggets – since I couldn’t store them and make them on my own in the dorms.”

Monty Marion/Star Photo VEGAN POWER: With the rise in popularity of the vegan diet, Kathryn Legendre, advertising senior, is pushing a petition that will add more food choices to campus cafeterias.


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t’s 3 a.m. on a Saturday and your roommate stumbles in and wakes you up. He looks at you and says, “I was at a party in Austin when I remembered that I have work at 8 a.m. So I drove home, and let me tell you, I’m glad I was not arrested because I am drunk.” You might have a good laugh about it because no one wants to be that loser friend who gives lots of lectures, but by doing so you aren’t doing your roommate or anyone else any favors. Drunk driving at college campuses has become socially acceptable. Anyone who cares about their own life and the lives of the people around them should stop this. By the time the average student has entered college, they have been hit by a barrage of drunk driving statistics to a point where it becomes irrelevant. A lot of people think they are the exception, it won’t happen to them. The thing most students forget about those statistics is the people who compose them by dying while drinking and driving thought they were the exception too. Here’s the bad news: you aren’t any different than those people who died. You aren’t any more clever, your reaction time isn’t better and you don’t drive better when drunk, as some people devoid of reason like to argue. Everyone who has ever died driving home drunk thought they were going to make it too. Do not let your friends put themselves in that situation. If you do and they don’t make it home, you’re the one that’s going to have to live with the guilt of knowing that you could have stopped them. People who drink and drive are sometimes regarded as rebellious and cool. However, the $1,500 fine for first time offenders, as well as the $1,500 charge a DWI offender must pay to renew their license, is a pretty steep price tag to be cool. Coming up with $3,000 is going to be pretty tough considering the fact that no one wants to hire someone with a DWI on his or her record. Avoiding drinking and driving is ridiculously easy. When drinking at bars have a designated driver if you plan to drive at all. The Square is within walking distance of campus, and if you do not live on campus odds are you know someone who does, hit them up. Furthermore, when at a party and no sober driver is available, just sleep there. Even if it seems there’s no room, improvise. Balconies, bathtubs and cars are perfectly suitable places to sleep. By using your head and being just a little responsible you can have a great holiday season, get smashed and still be safe.


Silly ads undermine, manipulate consumers with lousy products By Brian McMullen Mustang Daily

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Most commercials on television these days are just plain stupid. The trend in these ads is assuming we’re stupid too. Take for instance the commercials where two people are talking on the phone, and the call gets dropped. The conversation is ruined, and an awkward moment ensues. Yeah, the commercials are pretty funny, and dropped calls are really annoying, but who doesn’t look down at their phone and see the call has been dropped when they don’t hear a response on the other end? Who doesn’t just call the person back? What about those “debit cards are faster than cash” commercials? Everybody’s in a cafeteria dancing around with their food trays, paying with a quick swipe of the old plastic, and then along comes the idiot paying with cash, interrupting the whole process and bringing the choreographed dance to an end. This commercial assumes we’re dumb enough to have never used cash before. Anybody who has used cash knows it has obvious speed advantages over cards. How many times has your $5 bill had to be wrapped in a plastic bag and slid through a slot eight times? The most laughable cases are the commercials that go something like, “get the funniest jokes sent straight to your cell phone daily. You’ll be the funniest person in the office. You’ll have everyone peeing their pants.” Who subscribes to these things? These commercials think we’re stupid enough not to realize they’re going to send us knock-knock jokes and spend our $3.25 per message on more commercials. We used to have Miss Cleo ads where she’d tell us, “Call me now.” Now we have the commercial saying, “Are you going to die tomorrow? What will the future bring? Get your own personal psychic revelations sent straight to your phone.” You mean I can’t call and talk to someone with a fake Jamaican accent about my future anymore? They have to type it to me? Are we dumb enough to believe there’s a whole office building somewhere packed with psychics on computers keeping us alive? Movie previews have to be the worst case of this trend. If they had the chance, they’d put us in dunce caps and suspenders. I’m talking about the claims these commercials make. For example, how quotes from newspapers like Arizona Daily Star saying, “Incredible,” “Supreme” and “Brilliant” fly across the screen. Be real with us — what did the actual quote say? “It’s incredible that the director had the supreme audacity to even attempt to make a brilliant movie out of a script this horrible.” Also, how can every movie coming out be the No. 1 movie in every category? Don’t believe what —Julie Sheah/Star Illustration these commercials say.

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Politics aside, be thankful to be an American By Kristopher Floyd Star Columnist With Thanksgiving having just passed, we Americans had a lot to be thankful for. I hope while your families gathered around the dinner table to catch up and share opinions, and you went off on a long-winded speech about patriotism or politics, you stopped for just a second and seriously considered the welfare and condition of our nation. The American experiment has not yet produced definite results, and as everyday goes by, the experiment continues. It is the duty

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of each and every American to set aside politics and examine whether or not the government is actually acting in service to the individual and the ideals of liberty and democracy. So ask yourself, is the current government of the United States acting in the true interests of the democratic American republic? Do the candidates you are favoring for the next presidential election represent you? If you answer no to either of those questions, then patriotism demands you stand up and declare the encroachment of corruption onto the American values, which

so many have fought and died to keep. Politicians running for office should represent you and what you stand for. As an American, you should stand for liberty, limited government and absolute democracy. Search “free speech zones” in and remind yourself of your Constitutional right to peaceably assemble, and petition the government for the redress of grievances. Absolutely no person in this country has the authority under any conditions to rise above the Constitution and defy it. Next, search “signing state-

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ments.” These types of ridiculous incursions should not be tolerated because they are the vilest type of deception. We Americans love to differentiate between the Democratic and Republican Parties, but let me remind you we are all republicans who believe in democracy. We should all stand united for an American federal republic; that is, a republic with separate states relying on a central federal authority to federate them, not to devour and dominate them. Look at the federal government and ask yourself if the integrity of this federation has been preserved.

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Equally important and necessary for the welfare of the republic is the right to keep and bear arms. The right to bear arms is what created the United States. Armed militiamen formed the backbone of forces that drove out the English. The right to bear arms is not about hunters and sportsmen, but about a citizen’s right to defend the Constitution against any threat, whether that threat is foreign or domestic. Think about our operations overseas. Are our tax dollars being well spent? Do Giuliani or Clinton offer a policy that would remedy that problem?

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All that I’m asking you is to consider what an amazing opportunity we Americans have been given. Consider everything America could and should be, and ask yourself if the leaders of this nation are fulfilling the responsibilities our generation demands. Because this is our generation, if you feel like there is something wrong, next time you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, remind your family what is important and American. Maybe they need to hear it from you. Kristopher Floyd is an English sophomore The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright November 27, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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Shopping Wimberley’s Market Days Weather: Unique, affordable goods can be found only minutes from San Marcos By Mackenzie Steffen Features Reporter Finding the perfect gift for everyone on a long holiday list can be stressful and expensive. The Wimberley Market Days are a one-stop shopping experience like no other. Dana Bennett has attended the event multiple times a year since she was in high school. “My favorite thing about Market Days is that there is so much to choose from. Everyone can find something they love with all of the options available,” Bennett said. “You can find anything from furniture, clothes, jewelry, antiques and just about everything is priced really well. Sometimes if you wait long enough for an item, the price will be reduced. But sometimes if you wait, it will be gone the next time you go. Or you can always try haggling.” Annette Harrington, publicity manager for Market Days, said the event was established in 1964 when local vendors sold their items from the tailgates of their trucks. “They brought and sold everything, including pigs, rugs and homemade tamales; most items sold for $10 or less,” Harrington said. “Through the years the Wimberley Lions Club, along with the growing ranks of Market Days vendors, have worked together to improve the field making Market Days the shopper’s paradise that it has become.” Jesse Huertas said he believes men can enjoy the experience as well — as long as they know what to expect. “My advice, especially to guys going with their girlfriends, is be prepared to be there for a while. Drink lots of water and know where the bathrooms are from the start. This is definitely endurance shopping,” Huertas said. “They have great food there, like carnival food. It’s like walking around the mall while eating funnel cake and turkey legs, but it’s very normal, everybody does it. Where else can you do that?” The Market Days offer over 450 booths of one-of-

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a-kind merchandise, live entertainment and concessions, Harrington said. The next event is Dec. 1 and 2 and is hosted by Lions Club volunteers. Gates open 7 a.m. and close 3 p.m. Bennett offered advice for serious shoppers and browsers. “Wear comfortable shoes. Bring a canvas tote that is comfortable to carry on your shoulder, to hold all of your purchases. Be sure to check the weather and definitely get a map from the Lions Club booth in the pavilion. The maps are only a dollar and you can use it every time you go. It can get confusing on those little, winding paths,” she said. “If you buy something large, like furniture, the Lions Club will pick up your purchase in a golf cart and deliver it to your car for a donation. It’s really helpful that you don’t have to carry it around for the rest of the day.” Most vendors accept payment with checks and major credit cards, but cash is always accepted and good to have on hand. Admission is free and the proceeds from booth rentals, food sales and parking go to local charities. Last year, Market Days donated over $170,000 to charities. “Parking is available right across the street from the market,” Harrington said. “All of the parking lots are run by local organizations like the high school band and choir and area churches. It costs $3 to $5 to park but it all goes to a good cause. But be sure to bring cash for parking.” The Market Days are not a flea market; all vendor

products must be inspected and approved by the Lions Club management to ensure high quality merchandise. “It’s hard to say what my best purchase has been. I would have to say that every single item I have bought there has been well worth it. I love them all. I did find an awesome pair of vintage turquoise cowboy boots, a cute white purse, and tons of Fiesta ware in the collectors’ colors that are hard to find,” Bennett said, “I have bought a Christmas present for every member of my family at the Market Days.” Scott Brown, treasurer of the Wimberley Lions Club, is partial to plant vendors and rock shops. He said there is something for everyone that comes to Market Days. “You might find anything from photographers’ prints, to glass sculptures, to handmade wood and stone art as well as things that defy description,” Brown said. “The vendors are much the same — some local, some from far away and some day renters come rarely or perhaps only once.” Reese Williams thinks December is the best month to go. “It’s a great place to do your holiday shopping. You can find something for everyone there,” Williams said. Bennett said it is a good place to with family and people of all ages would enjoy it, “It is a lot of walking which can be tough on little kids or anyone with difficulties walking. There are a few areas with benches, which are great when you need to take a break. They’re usually located near a food vendor which is convenient too,” Bennett said. “Everyone is really nice and friendly. It’s a much slower pace than the typical mall where everyone is rushing around. Overall, it’s a great atmosphere and probably my favorite thing to do.” Visit for vendor information, a map of Wimberley, photos of the event and parking information. Features reporter Cristal Martinez contributed to this report.

Cowboy Christmas Ball two-steps to Texas State Murphey, Hudiburg performance provides western holiday spirit By Jessica Sinn Senior Features Reporter Back in 1885, the owner of a West Texas hotel held a Cowboys’ Christmas Ball to honor the patronage between ranchers and cowboys. Shortly after the event, a New York Times reporter decided to spread the word about the frontier dance by writing a poem entitled “A Cowboys’ Christmas Ball.” A century later, acclaimed singer and songwriter Michael Martin Murphey decided to revive the old-fashioned holiday tradition by creating the “Cowboy Christmas Ball” touring show. The tradition continues this holiday season as Murphey returns to Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum for his annual “Cowboy Christmas Ball” concert 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. Murphey will be joined by the Texas State Symphony Orchestra as he performs cowboy Christmas classics and new music from his latest album, “Heartland Cowboy: Cowboy Songs, Vol. 5.” Howard Hudiburg, music associate professor and Texas State Symphony Orchestra director, said he formed a connection with Murphey after their first performance together, which led him to write the musical score for the “Cowboy Christmas Ball.” Hudiburg and the Texas State Symphony Orchestra recorded the orchestral tracks at Texas State’s Fire Station Studios. Hudiburg said the Texas State University Arts Committee is planning to make the event an annual tradition for students and the community because it’s a fun holiday celebration the whole family can enjoy. He said the audience is encouraged to don their finest west-

ern duds and twirl their partners on the Texas sized dance floor. “It’s like an old historic western dance, similar to a dance after a rodeo roundup,” Hudiburg said. “We’re trying to get people to capture that type of simplicity and to enjoy a fun concert where people can just dance and have a good time.” Richard Cheatham, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said as a rancher and lifelong outdoorsman, Murphey genuinely believes in preserving the American cowboy heritage. He said he commends Murphey for his strong commitment to issues involving ranchers, small farmers, veterans and Native Americans. “I think what makes him different from a lot of performers is that what you’re seeing on stage is really a man who lives the life that he sings about,” Cheatham said. “He has the poetry of a true cowboy, and when he makes a statement about the American Indians, the farmers or the veterans, it’s coming from his heart and not just from his head.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the Michael Martin Murphey and Howard Hudiburg Orchestral Scholarship Fund, which provides grants to students who participate in the Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Ticket prices are $25 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission. Photo courtesy of Class Act Entertainment BOOT SCOOTIN’ BALL: Michael Martin Murphey returns to Strahan Coliseum Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. for the Central Texas Cowboy Christmas Ball accompanied by the Texas State Orchestra.

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Can’t change it, adapt or move By Cheryl Jones Trends Columnist

It is interesting how drastic weather can be. One day I’m outside picking up pecans in a short sleeve shirt sweating profusely and the next I’m sitting on a couch bundled in two sweaters and a blanket. I originally started this article discussing the unusually hot weather for the season, but after this past week I’ve scrapped it. It’s frustrating, yes, but that’s weather and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Two weeks ago The Weather Channel Web site noted the coming change. Here in San Marcos we were sweating it up in our flip-flops and summer clothes. Until last week, it seemed we were in for a warm season, like most winters here in Texas. But, there was hope, at least for me, when the cold front came. Now that it has lasted about a week, I can actually foresee a “normal” holiday season. Sitting by the fire, wrapped in thick blankets, drinking hot cocoa with tiny marshmallows actually seems attainable. In contrast, last year my family went to chop down our Christmas tree soon after Thanksgiving. I had planned for cooler weather at the time, but was sadly disappointed. Driving there we had our air conditioner blasting and all six of us were wearing short sleeves. We might as well have gone out in our swimsuits. Winter is my favorite season, and my closet, I’m sure, illustrates it. I’m quite embarrassed to admit just how many jackets I own. I’ve lived up north, way up north, and when it comes to cold weather, I feel I’ve got a good grasp on it. For the rest of the month, the weather Web site forecasts an average of about 60 degrees. I wish it were lower, but I do live in Texas so what am I complaining about? I should be glad for any type of cooler weather — the kind that makes me breakout my wide assortment of winter covers. We live in the south, close to Mexico, near the equator; it’s bound to be hot. I guess what I’m trying to say is since we don’t have the power to change the unchangeable, just be happy we live somewhere where we have the awesome capability of wearing flip-flops most days while people up north are struggling to stay warm. If you want somewhere consistently cold, why are you living in the middle of Texas? Move up north if the weather so frustrates you. Or, if you are itching for a break from the unpredictability that is Texas, take a vacation this winter break. Orbitz and Priceline offer great deals not just for students, but also for families or groups. Take a ski trip, or play in the snow in Colorado. Just make sure you get a good deal. It’s no fun when you get back and you’re broke. As far as weather is concerned, there is no way to fully calculate what is to be expected. Wherever you are and whatever you do this holiday break, just remember: it’s not important where you are as long as you are with friends and family who care. Anywhere can be fun as long as you have someone there with you to enjoy the weather.

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Holiday diet tips that allow desserts By Mackenzie Steffen Features Reporter The holidays are here and so are the parties, hors devours and the traditional hot toddy. This time of year can be hard on one’s diet, but campus recreation has gathered helpful hints to make this season a healthy one. Raquel Cruz, assistant director of campus recreation, and Michelle Sansone, fitness and wellness graduate assistant, led an informational seminar at the University Bookstore Nov. 15 to provide students with the tools they need to stay fit through this time of excess. “Most holiday parties have a buffet with appetizers and desserts. It’s never a good idea to go on an empty stomach; you may end up eating anything and everything. If you eat a snack before you go, you won’t be so ravenous once you arrive,” Cruz said. Alcohol can add a lot of calories to your daily intake as well, she said. “Drink in moderation; choose wine and light beers over eggnog and mixers like soda or fruit punch,” Cruz said. Big family meals can be tough as well, navigating through the smorgasbord of side dishes and desserts. “Always trim off the visible fat on meat, this will reduce your calorie intake,” Cruz said. “If you want to eat some of the higher fat sauces and gravy, put it off to the side and dip you food instead of pouring it all over your plate.” Cruz herself has a self-diagnosed sweet tooth. “Don’t skip dessert. If you deprive yourself, you’ll probably end up over indulging later. Serve yourself a small portion of your favorite dessert

and savor each bite,” Cruz said. Exercise and family activities like holiday decorating or shopping can keep extra inches at bay. According to the Web site, an hour of hoisting lights and garlands can burn up to 250 calories. One hour of raking leaves will burn 200 calories and two hours of briskly walking the mall in search of the perfect gift can burn 500 to 800 calories. “I like to go walking with my mom after our big holiday meals instead of just lying around on the couch. A little bit of exercise feels good after eating so much,” Sansone said. Rebecca Contreras, bookstore supervisor, attended the event and was encouraged by the holiday diet tips. “The most encouraging thing I learned was to always have dessert,” she said. Another attendee was also glad to hear this advice. “Sweet potato pie is definitely my holiday weakness,” said Trevon Walker, assistant director of campus recreation. “The most important thing to remember during the couple of months is to maintain a healthy balance and to enjoy every moment of it,” Cruz said. Cruz said if you eat a lot one day, eating less the next day can help. “It’s all about balance,” she said, “Thanksgiving is only one day, if you have a little bit of everything with controlled portion sizes, it’s not going to ruin your entire holiday season. If you want to change up your recipes, make them a little healthier, there are always alternatives.” Healthy holiday recipes can be found on the Web sites and

Cowboy pageant part of subculture By Alison Satake The Oakland Tribune OAKLAND, Calif. — Backstage in the dressing room, the nervous energy was high as each cowboy primped before a vanity mirror. For some, like “Antonio Rios,” the nerves came from more than a little stage fright. “‘Antonio Rios’ is 24,” said the worker from the avocado orchards of Michoacan, Mexico, who is 21. He assumes this persona when he goes to gay clubs. “I don’t like using my name because my family and straight friends don’t know I’m gay. And people might come looking for me at work.” Despite his timidness, Rios is not shy about his quest for the title of Mr. Gay Vaquero 2007. The gay vaquero, or Mexican cowboy, pageant is a monthlong talent and beauty contest, which began Oct. 29 and culminated with the crowning of the winner Nov.

19 at downtown Oakland gay club The Bench and Bar. It is the only gay Mexican cowboy pageant in the San Francisco Bay area, and Alex Loera, owner of The Bench and Bar, said, “(It) helps them (the contestants) be who they want to be.” A Stetson hat, cowboy boots and an elusive, brooding attitude comprise the quintessential vaquero. “I look good as a cowboy. I like it when people look at me,” said Rios with a dimpled smile. “And, many people ask me to dance.” Rios refers to banda, the energetic Mexican country-western two-step dance, which is integral to the vaquero subculture as well as the rodeo. “I love the rodeo,” said Roberto Muñoz pageant founder. “I love the energy, the people dancing and the music.” Muñoz frequents the summer rodeos held by the Oakland Coliseum, and used to drive down to West Hollywood’s Tempo, the orig-

inal gay banda club party, every weekend. He started the Mr. Gay Vaquero pageant in Oakland, Calif., seven years ago. On the first Monday, 200 people came to watch the nine contestants strut their stuff in the first round of competition. Most of the contestants are immigrants like Rios, who came to this country four years ago when he was 17. “It’s like what Washington is for apples,” said Rios, describing his rural hometown Tancitaro, which produces the most aguacates, or Hass avocados, in Mexico. Muñoz admits there is homophobia in the heterosexual vaquero community, but says it reflects the homophobia in the hetero-normative society. He says he believes most heterosexual vaqueros don’t mind the gay vaqueros. “When I go for the pageant at straight cowboy clubs, I’ve had no problems so far,” Muñoz said.

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Projects pile up as finals approach ✯ The end of semester has arrived and cooperative with their own homework, let major projects are looming over my alone mine. I am trying to keep my focus head. Where has the semester gone? I on what I have to do and what they need need more time, but doesn’t everyone? with their final exams approaching as well. My finals actually start this week, My biggest concern is my foreign lanand I am presenting two projects and guage class. My first oral exam is this papers at the Texas State Undergraduweek. Can you say panic? ate Research Conference Thursday and SUSAN RAUCH My assigned partner and I are able to Friday, sponsored by the Mitte Honors Trends Columnist write our own script, thank goodness, but Department. I am excited to present the professor will have an adlib oral with the paper I wrote for the Medieval Conference at each of us. That is very scary. I just want to mainUniversity of Virginia. tain a decent GPA this semester, and I worry GerMy poster presentation is based on my phoman I will be my demise. tojournalism final I did last year about a single Ah, the trials and tribulations of a nontraditionfather. My husband is going out of town all this al student attending college full time while caring week, which will make my preparation and study for a family. I cannot complain — I am doing it. My time difficult — especially for a final exam I have husband and children support my education the to take on Wednesday. best they can. The week will be a success only with the coWhile life is good so far, but will be much better operation of my children, who have not been so when finals are over.

Fine Arts Calendar Mariachi Nueva Generation and Mariachi Infantil, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Evans Auditorium Jeffrey Powers, Horn, Guest Artist Series, 8 p.m., Tuesday, University Performing Arts Center Christine Troctschel Senior Clarinet Recital, 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Recital Hall Thesis Exhibition I, TuesdaySaturday, Mitte Gallery I and II Guitar Studio Recital, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, University Performing Arts Center Piano Studio Recital, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Recital Hall

Jazz Lab, 8 p.m., Wednesday, Evans Auditorium Piano Studio Recital, 6 p.m., Thursday, Recital Hall Symphonic Band Concert, 8 p.m., Thursday, Evans Auditorium Sing Christmas Carols, 12 p.m., Friday, Music Building Lobby Double Reed Jury Recital, 6 p.m., Friday, Recital Hall Chorale Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Music Building Lobby Cowboy Christmas Ball, 8 p.m., Friday, Strahan Coliseum Flute Studio Recital by Adah

Jones, 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Recital Hall Amahl and the Night Visitors, 4 and 7 p.m., Saturday, UPAC Senior Joint Recital with Tony Ruiz and Robert Garza, 3 p.m., Sunday, University Performing Arts Center Sugar and Spice Concert, 7 p.m., Sunday, Music Building Lobby Jazz Ensemble Christmas Concert, 8 p.m., Monday, Evans Auditorium Salsa del Rio and Orchestra del Rio, 8 p.m., Monday, George’s

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ATHLETIC, OUTGOING MEN FOR CALENDARS, GREETING CARDS, ETC. $75-200/hr. No exp. needed, (512)684-8296. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------CRI IS SEEKING INDIVIDUALS TO WORK AS TELEPHONE INTERVIEWERS. Flexible Schedule, Paid Training, No Experience Necessary. Within walking distance of TxState. $7-$12/hr. Call (512) 353- 3627x209 today! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------MAKE UP TO $75 EACH TAKING ONLINE SURVEYS ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------MOVIE EXTRAS. New opportunities for upcoming productions. All looks needed no experience required for cast calls. Call 877-218-6224. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------NON-SMOKING NANNY WITH TRANSPORTATION NEEDED in January for Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30am to 6:30pm for faculty member’s active 3 year old twins. Prefer to hire 2 individuals to split morning/afternoon shifts. Must be responsible, enthusiastic, and willing to engage our energetic preschoolers. San Marcos side of Wimberley. Will do background check. Interviewing now. (512) 426-2831, leave message. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------NOW HIRING HOSTESSES AT ROSE GARDEN CHINESE BISTRO. Apply with-in. 700 N. LBJ Ste. 114. (512) 805-0880. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------PART-TIME COMPUTER WORK. Need 6-8 proficient computer persons to work part-time auditing data and/or product support work. Must be experienced in Excel and Access databases. Flexible hours. Starting $11/hour. Call John (512) 796-9588 before 8pm. Alianza Solutions, LLP, 400 W. Hopkins, Suite 102, San Marcos, TX. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------PART-TIME NANNY IN NEW BRAUNFELS FOR 4 & 6 YR. OLD BOYS. Early childhood education majors preferred. Email resume to ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------PT TEACHERS NEEDED. Accredited preschool in Kyle. Mon.- Fri., 2:30pm-6:30pm preferred. Experience & Education majors preferred, but not required. Positions available immediately. More hours during holidays. Get paid to play. (512) 405-3700 or fax (512) 405-3701. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------SUBWAY AT TANGER IS NOW HIRING. Nights, weekends, and holidays are a must. Apply in person. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------WIMBERLEY ATHLETIC CLUB FRONT DESK POSITION. To work set schedule, 20+ hrs. weekly, working Saturday or Sunday is required. $6 hr. to start, in exchange for professional OJT with clients who have health, fitness, and sports conditioning needs. Ideally suited for kiniesology, physiology major looking to develop into a professional fitness trainer upon graduation. E-mail resume to and call (512) 560- 6761. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------EARN $800-$3,200 A MONTH to drive brand new cars with ads placed on them. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------PET CARE TECHNICIANS NEEDED IN BUDA. Full and Part Time positions available. Email resume at, fax to (512) 295-8065, or call (512) 312-0595. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------UNDERCOVER SHOPPERS. Earn up to $150 per day. Under cover Shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Exp. Not RE. Call 800- 722-4791.

FOR RENT 208 UHLAND. 2BD/1BA four-plex, $550/month, water/ww paid. Visit or call (512) 665- 3321 for showing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------707 BRACEWOOD CIRCLE. 2BD/1BA four-plex, $525/month. Visit or call (512) 665-3321 for showing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------813 BRACEWOOD CIRCLE. 2BD/1BA four-plex, $545/month. Visit or call (512) 665- 3321 for showing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------COUNTRY LIVING-2BD/2BA MOBILE HOME ON 1 ACRE OF LAND. 15 miles south of San Marcos; 3 miles SW of Fentress. $500/mo., $500 deposit. Call (512) 357-6271 or (830) 660-0701. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEDDIE’S BEAUTY SALON. Booth Rental Available. $30 Package Deal Sale – By Delia. (512) 353-2317 or (512) 216-0896. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------APLUSAPTS.NET. Pictures, prices, floorplans, deposit info. It’s free! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------SPRING BREAK - SOUTH PADRE CONDO FOR RENT. 3/8/08 thru 3/15/08. 2BD, sleeps 6. or (713) 775-4467. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------WALK TO SCHOOL FROM 2BD/ 1BA. W/D available. $650, call (208) 720-9667.

FOR RENT-APTS 2BD/2BA, HARDWOOD FLOORS AND NEW APPLIANCES. Graduate student leaving, needs someone to take over lease for Spring semester. Call Kaylin, (210) 213-1957. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------AFFORDABLE APARTMENT FOR RENT. $285+ cozy studio apt./ detached back house. Large shared yard. Tiny but cute. Near Wonder World Dr., minutes to campus. Michelle, (978) 993-4383. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2BD/1BA, INTERNET, ON BUS ROUTE, $650. (512) 396-TXST.

FOR RENT-CONDOS/ TOWNHOMES $790 MOVE-IN TODAY! 2BD/2.5BA townhouse, 3 blks from TXState. Free HBO, W/D, for floor plans or (512) 396-4181.

FOR RENT-DUPLEX 1029 HAYNES. 2BD/1BA, $535 month. Visit or call (512) 665-3321 for showing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------902 HAZELTON. 2BD/1BA, 1 car garage, $690/month. Visit or call (512) 665- 3321 for showing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------939 SAGEWOOD. 3BD/2.5BA, 2 car garage, $1,075/month, W/D included. Visit or call (512) 665-3321 for showing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------941 SAGEWOOD. 3BD/2.5BA, 2 car garage, $1,075/month, W/D included. Visit or call (512) 665-3321 for showing.

FOR RENT-HOUSES 422 BLANCO. 2BD/1BA, $525/ month. Visit or call (512) 665-3321 for showing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------GREAT 3BD/2BA HOME with 2 car garage, small yard, 2 covered porches in Plum Creek in Kyle. Available Jan. N/S, no pets, $1,000. Call Tiffany, (512) 417-0164. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEWLY RENOVATED 4BD/2. 5BA HOUSE 5 MINUTES FROM CAMPUS! $325/month per person plus utilities. Available Jan ‘08. Great backyard with plenty of parking. No smoking/no pets. Email or call Blake (832) 368-2727.

FOR SALE ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE, NEW, NEVER OPENED. White flocked, 7.5 ft. tall, 5.25 ft. diameter. Prelit w/700 clear LED mini-lights. $120, OBO. (512) 392-2008 or (512) 245-7983. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------DRAFTING TABLE: $200 (42”WX32”H). Pictures available. or (210) 860-9483. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------MOVING SALE: LEATHER COUCH, 2 CHAIRS, OTTOMAN-$250. Call (210) 325- 8143.

HELP WANTED HOLIDAY SEMESTER WORK •$15 base/appointment •Flexible schedules around classes •Customer Sales/Service •No experience necessary •Scholarship possible •Conditions apply •Call to apply (512) 392-7377 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------WEB DESIGNER/MARKETING GURU NEEDED IMMEDIATELY FOR WEB PROJECTS. Can work from home and paid hourly. Send resume with samples of work to No rookies please. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------DESIGNER FRAGRANCES TANGER MALL. Part-time Sales Position. Must be able to work weekends & holidays. Contact (512) 392-7086 for more information. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------!BARTENDING! Up to $300/day. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ OK. (800) 965-6520 ext. 157. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------EAGER STUDENTS NEED TEACHERS IN RURAL AND URBAN CLASSROOMS WORLDWIDE. Peace Corps positions available year round. Learn about the jobs online on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. Register at ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------WAREHOUSE/INK APPRENTICE NEEDED FOR AUSTIN/CENTRAL TEXAS area distributor of graphic arts supplies. Highly motivated person with desire to learn, will train. Established company with good benefits. Monday thru Friday, 8-5. Call Oscar at (512) 458-9237.

LOST & FOUND REWARD–EARRING WITH GREAT SENTIMENTAL VALUE LOST FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26. Daisy earring set in 14 carat gold with navy blue sapphire petals and diamond center. Please contact 757-4595.

MISCELLANEOUS MARKETING REP. Next generation online/offline marketing. proven industry. Serious calls only. (214) 226- 6473. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------BOBCATSNEEDJOBS.COM. Paid survey takers needed in San Marcos. 100% FREE to join. Click on surveys.

PERSONALS LOST YOUR PET? If your pet is lost anywhere in Hays County, please check the San Marcos Animal Shelter (512) 393-8340 which is located at 750 River Road off of east Hwy 80. All strays from the Kyle, Wimberley, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Uhland and some of Buda (non-city) areas are taken to San Marcos. Hours: Mon. and Fri. 11:30 to 5:30; Tues., Wed., Thurs. 11:30 to 4:30; Sat. 11:30 to 4:30. Please go in person rather than call, you are the only one who can identify and reclaim your beloved pet! Remember, an ID tag is a ticket home! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------$5,000 PAID. EGG DONORS. +Exps. N/Smokers, ages 19-29, SAT>1100/ACT>24/GPA>3.0 Reply to:


SUBLEASE $335/MO. ROOM IN CO-ED 4BD/ 4BA AT UNIVERSITY CLUB. Pet friendly, W/D. (979) 203-0204. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------WILL PAY DEPOSIT & $200 BONUS for female sublease thru May at The Meadows. Nice apartment, close to campus. Friendly, studious roommate. $300/month & partial utilities. Call Stella (210) 241-6430.


The Star is seeking applications for editorial board positions. Application packets can be picked up at Trinity Building. All materials are due Friday, November 30. For more information call (512) 245-3487. News Editor: The News section is composed of coverage of hard news, breaking news, advances and news features. Knowledge of city and university politics, developments and current events is required. An editor would be required to compile story ideas each week, manage writers and edit stories. Must be proficient in AP style. Trends Editor: The Trends section includes features, coverage and advances on arts, music

HELP WANTED and entertainment in San Marcos and surrounding areas. The editor will be required to compile story ideas each week, manage writers and edit stories. Must be proficient in AP style. Sports Editor: The Sports section provides coverage, advances and features of Texas State and local sports. Content includes news developments of and affecting Texas State athletics. The editor will be required to compile story ideas each week, manage writers and edit stories. Must be proficient in AP style. Copy Desk Chief: The copy desk chief will act as head of the copy desk, which reads all stories prior to publication for factual and grammatical errors. Copy desk chief will manage copy editors and be the liaison for the local stylebook. Must have proficient knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation and AP style. ALSO ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR: Graphic Designers: Graphic designers are responsible for creating ads, special issue covers, promotional material, and editorial graphics. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and typography skills are a must. Those graduating in Spring 2008 need not apply. News Reporters: Must be able to report on university and local news, gather information, conduct interviews and come into the newsroom to have stories edited. Opinions Columnists: Must be able to write thought provoking columns on university, local and state events and come into the newsroom for editing. Copy Editors: Will assist in the editing of stories through fact checking, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Must have working knowledge of Associated Press style and available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings/nights. Comic Artists: Must be able to create a comic strip three days a week. Copy Editors: Will assist in the editing processes of stories, including grammar, spelling, punctuation and fact checking. Must have working knowledge of Associated Press style and work well with deadlines. Training will be provided. Entertainment Writers: Must be able to report on arts and entertainment events on campus and in Central Texas, conduct interviews and come into newsroom to have stories edited. Feature Writers: Must be able to report on culture and social events on campus and in Central Texas, conduct interviews and come into the newsroom to have stories edited. Illustrators: Must be able to work with the editorial staff to create editorial cartoons and story illustrations as well as bring original ideas to the table. News Reporters: Must be able to gather information, conduct interviews and come into the newsroom to have stories edited. Opinions Columnists: Must be able to write well-organized and thought-provoking columns about on-campus and local happenings. Sports Columnists: Must be able to write interesting and entertaining columns about Bobcat Sports. Sports Writers: Must be able to attend games, interview coaches and players and come into newsroom to have stories edited.


Basketballover the break The women Bobcats had two wins over Thanksgiving break against Concordia and Southeast Missouri State and two loses against Louisiana-Monroe and New Mexico State. The men’s team beat Jacksonville State at Kennesaw Nov. 17 and Texas-Pan American Wednesday. They suffered one loss to Colgate at Kennesaw Nov. 16.

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Volleyball team to play NCAA tournament By Lora Collins Sports Reporter

Austin Byrd/Star file photo THROUGH THE NET: Emily Jones, junior middle blocker, puts the ball past two Central Arkansas blockers on Oct. 25. The Bobcats are scheduled to play nationally ranked No. 4 UT in Austin Friday.

The women’s volleyball team dominated the court at the SLC Conference Tournament Nov. 16 to18 at Texas-San Antonio. The Bobcats defeated McNeese State 3-0 (30-26, 30-14, 30-25) Friday, leading the team into the second round against Lamar. “I was ecstatic after beating McNeese. We knew they were a team that we could beat, we just happened to fall apart last time,” said freshman Melinda Cave. “This time we stayed together as a team and worked our tails off to beat them.” Beating Lamar 3-1, (30-27, 30-27, 28-30, 30-23) the team advanced to the championship match against Stephen F. Austin. SFA, the eighth seed in the tournament, was a team the Bobcats had been looking forward to playing. The Bobcats beat SFA 3-2 (14-30, 30-25, 3026, 18-30, 15-11), which made them Southland Conference champions. The women feel beating Lamar gave the team a leg up going into the championship conference match against SFA. “I think our confidence as a

team just got better and better and when it came to the championship after that match we were ready to win,” said junior middle blocker Amy Weigle. Coach Karen Chisum said Texas State wanted the win more than any of the teams at the conference tournament. “It was a win, we played well,” she said. “McNeese was just a first minor match. Lamar was the number one seed, and it was still a battle. The finals against Stephen F. Austin, that’s always a grudge match, they beat us twice during the season but we wanted it more than Stephen F. Austin that night.” Junior outside hitter, Lawrencia Brown said beating SFA was a big deal for the team. “The whole weekend I knew I was not going home the same way we did last year getting knocked out by SFA in the second round,” Brown said. “Going into the conference tournament I knew we were going to win. Winning was great after being called the ‘under cats’ and proving to our conference that we are more than just that fifth seed team that you thought wouldn’t fight, but we did, we went in there and fought for every point.”

Women’s basketball team begins promising season with three wins By Lisa Carter Sports Reporter The women’s basketball have jump-started their season with a 3-2 record. Last year, the team qualified for second in the conference with a 12-4 record and an 18-12 season overall, which marked the most wins Coach Suzanne Fox has experienced during her career at Texas State. Fox, who is entering her 11th season as the women’s basketball coach, hopes her team will repeat their previously successful season. “I hope to qualify for the conference tournament,” Fox said. “I would love to win the championship and I would love to advance further in the league.” So far this season many of the women have made career highs in scoring. Sophomore Victoria Davis and senior Marie Moser both had 11 points in the first game against A&M –International Nov. 9. Davis broke her career-high two weeks later, scoring 13 points in the game against New Mexico State on Nov. 24. Senior Joyce Ekworomadu scored 18 points in the game against Concordia on Nov. 20 and in the game against New Mexico State, both game-high records. Other women have made impressive moves as well. In the game against Concordia, junior Ashley Cole contributed 16 points and junior Brittany Wilson scored 10 points, leading the Bobcats to an 84-55 win. In an 80-47 win over Southeast Missouri State on November 23, junior Kim Cessna scored 10 points within 10 minutes. Of the 14 women on the team, six are returning players. Fox said the core group of returning players who really understand the league are meshing well with the newcomers. “I love the excitement of watching a new team develop,” Fox said. “It will be exciting to see how far (the women) progress between November and March.” The women practice and work out about 20 hours a week, which is like a job for the team, Fox said. They have prepared for the season with intense training, which began the second week of school, as the women began to work out on their own and lift weights. “Our success (this season) will be measured by our by-product,” Fox said. “That includes our improvement, getting better every day in practice. Most things people identify with is success.”

Of the 29 games the women will play this season, Fox sees them all as significant contributors to the team’s success. “It’s hard to pinpoint which games are the most significant,” Fox said. “All of them are significant, especially the home games because we will try to protect our home court. The preseason games are a big factor in preparing us for conference play.” The Bobcats will play Texas-Pan American 7 p.m. today in Strahan Coliseum.

Spencer Millsap/Star file photo OPEN NET: Brittany Wilson, junior forward, lets a jump shot go during the Bobcats’ 77-52 win against Texas A&M. The Bobcat women’s team is currently 3-2 as it takes on Texas-Pan American at Strahan Coliseum tonight.

Women’s Basketball Schedule Dec. 1

at Missouri

Dec. 3


Dec. 12

vs. Southwestern Assemblies of God

Dec. 16

at Kansas State

Dec. 18

at Wichita State

Dec. 29

vs. HustonTillotson

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