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By Clayton Medford News Reporter U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, spoke about higher education funding and trade issues at Monday’s Associated Student Government meeting. The audience, which included several guests and Vice President for Student Affairs Joanne Smith, listened and asked the representative questions about his record, his support of students and his upcoming re-election campaign. Cuellar talked about being raised as the oldest of eight children of migrant workers who barely spoke English. He also discussed his first experiences in public life during his 14 years in the Texas House of Representatives. “Back in 1995, before I was chairman of the public and higher education subcommittee, I was chairman of criminal justice – prisons and juvenile facilities. Texas got real good at building prisons,” Cuellar said. “A typical profile of state prisoners has three main characteristics: one, they have a lower education level – about sixth grade, two, most are there because of drugs and alcohol and the third thing is dysfunctional families. I learned one thing from chairing those committees: you either invest your money early or you pay more later.” Communication studies senior and Sen. Cat Reed asked Cuellar his opinion on the education program No Child Left Behind.

Adam Brown/Star photo Struggling to get to the end zone, senior wide receiver Markee White catches a pass en route to 10 catches for 157 yards on the day in the Bobcats’ 50-35 playoff victory Saturday against Georgia Southern. After a two-catch, 16-yard performance against Sam Houston State, White turned it up against the Eagles. For story see SPORTS, page 12.

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Students may see more challenges to financial aid Loved ones gather if College Access and Opportunity Act is passed at memorial for By Candis Fine Special to The Star

A potential $9 billion could be cut from federal financial aid to universities, but the Pell Grant maximum award amount would increase if the College Access and Opportunity Act, H.R. 609, is passed. According to the resolution, Pell Grant recipients would have a possible $6,000 instead of the former $5,800 per semester for their pursuit of higher education. The $200 increase is intended to account for tuition inflation over the next seven years. Stephanie Flores, physical

therapy sophomore, currently gets a Pell Grant for $3,000 per semester as well as a loan and still has to come up with money to pay for school. “I live on campus, and it’s expensive,” Flores said. “I’m trying to get off campus next semester, so maybe it’ll be cheaper, but this cut is still going to affect the amount of aid I have.” The Working Families Network, a network of unions including the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, aims to inform people interested in current issues. According to the information found on the WFN “Stop the Raid on Student Aid”

CHILLIN’ FOR THE CHALLENGE Communication studies sophomore Howard Rowley picks up information about Men Against Violence on Monday in The Quad. The Network and MAV held a Winter Challenge encouraging students to fill out cards pledging not to drink and drive over the holiday season.

Web site, the resolution will cut billions from student loan programs. According to the writing of the resolution, it will “amend and extend” the Higher Education Act of 1965, signed by former president Lyndon Baines Johnson at then-Southwest Texas State College. Democratic Rep. Dale Kildee of Michigan reports in a press release to constituents that the passage of the resolution “…represents the largest cut in federal student financial aid in the 40-year history of the program.” One change that would be implemented by H.R. 609 to

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In speaking of the suddenness and unexpectedness of Crawford’s death, Brown said A solemn crowd of stu- that “we cannot choose the dents, professors, hour of death, but friends and famwe can choose how ily filled Zoeller Fuwe live in the midst neral Home in New of life.” Braunfels on SaturBiology professor day to mourn the Francis Rose spoke loss and celebrate about the loss of his the life of physfriend and colleague. ics chair James R. “The world beCrawford. Crawford came a less-lovely was killed on Nov. place on Nov. 13,” 13 in New Braunfels James Crawford Rose said. “Jim was while riding his moone of humanities torcycle. true assets.” The soft strings of a stuRose told stories of Crawdent quintet greeted guests as ford’s hobbies of bread-makthey entered the chapel. With ing and flying model planes the small chapel full, guests and their trip to Costa Rica. stood into the foyer, hallway He closed his remarks with a and back rooms to listen to reference to an old parable. the hour-long service honor“A little bit of Jim will ripple ing the memory of what Karl through his students for the Brown, who directed the pro- rest of their life, and they’ll be ceedings, referred to as a “gen- better for it,” Rose said. erous, gentle and genuine” Crawford was an avid backman. packer and took many trips to Brown, curriculum and in- Big Bend National Park. Longstruction lecturer, opened the time friend Chuck Manka, ceremony with a prayer, and who accompanied Crawford then told stories that Craw- to Big Bend many times, talked ford’s family had shared with about those trips and the sadhim. These stories included ness of Crawford’s untimely Crawford taking his grandchil- death. dren for ice cream, measuring “It wasn’t supposed to be the heights of his children and this way,” Manka said. “I was grandchildren on a door in his the old one, the geezer as he home and suffering through liked to tell me. This is not the losing Dallas Cowboys’ sea- proper order of things.” sons. Manka told humorous tales “Jim brought light into his about he and Crawford’s time research as well as his relation- spent together while backpackships in life,” Brown said. ing through Big Bend, observCrawford was a friend to ing what they called “the laws everyone he met in life; if of nature as they happened.” they were a “family member, A teary eyed Manka finished a colleague, a student, a biker,” with a quiet goodbye. Crawford was always kind to “Go lightly my friend. I will them, Brown said. miss you.”

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help with the cut includes the establishment of competitive state grants. Texas State is Heath Holt’s fifth university in three states, and he has received a Pell Grant since he started college. Holt had athletic scholarships at other universities; this is his first time to actually use the Pell Grant toward tuition when before, he would use it for books and basic living expenses. “This is the first year that I’ve really struggled just to go to school,” said Holt, exercise and sports science junior. “I owned a house in Memphis, Texas, and

The Associated Student Government’s Code of Laws and a proposal for a new graduate program took precedence at the Graduate House of Representatives meeting on Nov. 18. The meeting was the fifth assembly of the newly established body and one of the last of the fall semester. ASG President Jordan Anderson and Vice President Cassie Holman were absent from the Friday meeting and appointed ASG Executive Assistant Kyle Morris took over their duties. After swearing in three new representatives, Morris opened the discussion regarding amending the Code of Laws to tailor it more to the new governing body’s needs. “This body is in its infant

stages, and I want to establish uniformity,” Morris said. “Let’s establish a document today and ratify it with a majority vote as long as we have quorum.” Morris stressed the urgency of the documents completion because of the structure it would bring to the body. “I just think it is important to establish a structured situation here. For symbolic reasons, we need to have a standing document,” Morris said. Rep. Katherine Welch voiced her concern about the length of the term a representative is allowed to serve according to the Code of Laws. The Code of Laws states that the term of a representative is “one year from their installation” by the president or until their successors are installed. See GRAD, page 5

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Andrew Sansom, executive director of Texas State’s River Systems Institute, received the President’s Award from the Houston Audubon Society on Nov. 17. The award is given to individuals who have exhibited a longstanding contribution to conservation of birds and their habitats. Dr. Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. As executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, he spearheaded the creation

of the Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas, the opening of two state-of-the-art hatcheries, the creation of new urban fish and wildlife programs and the acquisition of more than a half million acres for new State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas. As executive director of the River Systems Institute, he has worked to promote sustainable and equitable management of freshwater resources. The Star congratulates Dr. Sansom and thanks him for his commitment to environmental stewardship.

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Wednesday The American Marketing Association will be having a social at 5:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. Free food and drinks will be provided. Dress is business casual. Thursday The Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity will host the Comedy Clap-off at 9 p.m. at Gordo’s. Sigma Tau Gamma will knock one dollar off the $5 entrance fee for those who bring a children’s book to donate to books for kids. For more information, call or email Scott Stoker at (281)799-8486 or ss1381@txstate.edu.

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Tuesday War Support Group: Helping Students Cope will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 5-1.10. “Attaining Contentment” An Educational Series takes place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. Wednesday ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

Thursday Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center.

Saturday Ballet Folklorico Juvenil de Veracruz, a folklorico group out of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, will dance at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door. Contact Christina Banda at (512) 3576341 for more information. Lupus Foundation of America will have a Grand Opening event for the Lupus Foundation of America in the Austin area from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ringers Sports Lounge. For more information, e-mail jt1179@txstate.edu Monday Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. For information, call the Counseling Center. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at starcalendar@txstate.edu, or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

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Monty Marion/Star photo Sarah Ellis, agriculture business and management junior, waters a plot of land Monday outside the Agriculture Building for an organic gardening class.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Nov. 20, 4:28 a.m. Public Intoxication/ Aquarena Springs Drive A police officer made contact with a nonstudent who appeared intoxicated. Upon further investigation, the nonstudent was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Nov. 21, 3:21 p.m. Assist Outside Agency/ Centennial Hall A university police officer assisted a Hays County constable deputy with serving a warrant. The student was arrested and transported to HCLEC to await magistration. Nov. 21, 7:56 p.m. Possession of marijuana/ Concho Street A police officer made contact with a vehicle that was parked in a handicap space and was not displaying a handicap placard. Upon further investigation, the student who owned the vehicle was arrested for possession

of marijuana and transported to the HCLEC to await magistration. San Marcos Police Department Nov. 25, 2:03 a.m. Resisting Arrest/1530 Belvin St. Male subject arrested for assault on public servant, resisting arrest, failure to identify fugitive and warrants. Nov. 26, 12:42 p.m. Forgery/4321 S. Interstate 35 Male subject unwittingly used a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for his bill at Cracker Barrel. Management checked the $100 and realized it was counterfeit. Subject waited for SMPD to arrive to investigate. Nov. 27, 1:15 a.m. Criminal Mischief/1975 Aquarena Springs Drive Offender was stopped for traffic violation and found to have warrants and cocaine. Nov. 27, 1:52 a.m. Sexual Assault/300 block of Mariposa Street Sexual assault.

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DEAR READERS: In the Nov. 1 edition of The Star, we published a correction regarding a music review by Kyle Carson that was published Oct. 13. In that correction, we referred readers to the Texas State University Honor Code. It was not our intent to imply that Mr. Carson violated the Honor Code, as the Honor Code applies only to work submitted for academic credit. Rather, our intent was only to place the standards that we hold for our writers within the context of the academic standards of honesty with which our readers are familiar. Furthermore, the correction referred to the incorrect University Policies and Procedures number for the Honor Code. The correct UPPS is 07.10.01, not 07.10.05. We regret the error.

Health Beat Students pledge a sober season through Winter Challenge It is estimated that every two minutes, the typical person makes 400 observations, 40 decisions and one mistake while driving. This is when the person is sober. If someone is impaired, the number of observations goes down, and a person’s vision and muscles are compromised. Did you know that 90 percent of the information the brain receives comes through the eyes? If your vision is impaired from drinking, you are making decisions on poor and insufficient information. When you are impaired, you can only focus and concentrate on one task at a time, and driving involves doing three to four simultaneous tasks. However, perhaps the most significant impairment caused by drinking

is not physical but mental. The judgment center in the brain is most affected when a person has been drinking. Remember, driving skills can be impaired well before you reach the legal blood alcohol limit. All these reasons make drinking and driving dangerous, so it is very important that you make the commitment not to drink and drive. Students can plan a safe ride home before going out by calling (512) 805-SWAT; take turns being a non-drinking, designated driver; always wear a seatbelt and never ride with a driver who has been drinking. Sign the Winter Challenge pledge card not to drink and drive over the holidays today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Quad or from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third floor of the LBJ Student Center.

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Texas State Alumni Association awards City to conduct flood risk assessment through reserved parking space to student series of public meetings graduate “I next year, and I think it’s By Kathy Martinez News Reporter

The Student Chapter of the Texas State Alumni Association awarded communication studies and forensic psychology senior Erin Breland her own reserved on-campus parking space as part of the chapter’s membership drive this semester. The drawing was held at the Student Chapter social on Oct. 25, where all paying members were entered into a drawing for a reserved parking space in any on-campus location, excluding handicapped and other special reserved parking spots. Breland, who found out she won after receiving a phone call upon waking up in the morning, said she was initially excited. “I have actually only been a member of the Student Chapter for about a month,” Breland said. Breland first heard about the organization at her Alpha Xi Delta sorority meeting where applications were passed out to members interested in joining. Brandon Jones, mass communication senior and intern at the Alumni Relations Office, said the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association had wanted to award a parking spot to a Texas State student for quite some time now. “Most students don’t think about the Alumni Association until after they graduate, and we wanted to go ahead and bridge the gap by introducing students to the benefits the organization brings while promoting university pride,” Jones said. Breland chose to have her

important to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization like this.”

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reserved parking space in the Pleasant Street Parking Garage near Centennial Hall. “All my classes are in Centennial Hall this year, and being able to park so close to campus is just amazing. I don’t have to worry about taking the bus anymore,” Breland said. Chris Jones, public administration senior and Student Chapter president, said the reserved parking spot will not only bring recognition to the newly formed organization, but it was also a chance to recruit current student membership. “The chapter is there for members to create strong bonds with Texas State alumni while still a student. You never know which one of these alumni could possibly be your future employers,” Jones said. “Were working to start new traditions at this university, and the association felt that a great way to connect with students was to provide them with something that they deem valuable and parking is an area that all students can relate to.” Breland also feels that the Student Chapter is a corridor for

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I had to sell it just to pay for school when I came to Texas State.” According to the Federal Student Aid Web site, federal direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, have a repayment interest rate of 5.3 percent and an in school, grace or deferment rate of 4.7 percent. The rates may vary annually but will never exceed 8.25 percent. The resolution would also increase the amount of money students can receive for a loan. According to the bill summary written by John Boehner, House Education & the Workforce Committee chairman, “First-year student limits will increase from $2,625 to $3,500 and second-year student limits will increase from $3,500 to $4,500.” Samantha Scott, pre-music freshman, currently uses loans to pay for school, but the loans only cover part of her tuition. She and her parents are worried about the rate increasing. “My parents pay about $2,000 after my loan is applied to my tuition,” Scott said. “We’re waiting until after I graduate to pay

off my loans, but I’m going to apply for scholarships to pay for it.” If the bill passes, Scott said she would try to avoid getting loans and find a different way to pay for school. Republicans introduced the bill and Republican Rep. Henry Bonilla is the only Texas representative co-sponsoring it. Bonilla’s 23rd district includes parts of western San Antonio up to El Paso. Bonilla’s press secretary, Taryn Fritz-Wapole was contacted regarding the resolution but declined to comment on why Bonilla co-sponsors the resolution. University of Texas students rallied against H.R. 609 on Oct. 14. Both the College Republicans and Young Conservatives of Texas endorsed the rally. Students signed postcards urging Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas’ 10th district to vote against H.R. 609. Students registered to vote in Guadalupe, Hays, Bexar and Wilson counties should send all comments and requests to pass or reject the bill to Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of the 28th district. The San Marcos office is located at 111 E. San Antonio St., Suite 205.

career opportunities. “In this organization, you have a chance to network with alumni in the same field that you are studying and establish future job connections,” Breland said. The Student Chapter of the Texas State Alumni Association is currently in its first charter year on campus. For criminal justice senior Jeremy Roth, the chance to have a reserved parking space seemed like a far-fetched dream until he heard about Breland’s winning. “I’ve heard of the Student Chapter before, but to tell you the truth, I didn’t see any reason to become a member. Having incentives like this to get student involvement is great,” Roth said. “Parking is undoubtedly one of the biggest problems that students have with the university, and creating a program or opportunity that will cater to a student issue such as this will promote membership.” The reserved parking space has a history of more than 15 years in the Alumni Association. The spot, which was originally donated by former university President Jerome Supple was used at the Association’s largest fund-raising events as a silent auction item. Jones said the spot typically raises more than $1,000 for the association. This year, the Alumni Association has donated the parking spot to the Student Chapter to help bring attention to some of the benefits that come along with being a member. Dorothy Evans, Alumni Association executive director, said this is the first time a parking

spot has been awarded to a student through a student organization, but many other benefits come along with being a Student Chapter member. “Members have the opportunity to attend alumni mixers and different events that the Association hosts while networking with alumni,” Evans said. “The association benefits in that many of our students that are involved in other organizations and that are very active on campus make for better alumni. It’s those students who ultimately participate and give back to the university far after they graduate.” The parking spot will continue to be awarded to a Student Chapter member each school year upon a yearly evaluation by the Alumni Association. Public relations senior Marita Wentworth said the association has taken great strides to connect its current students with alumni. “I think that this was a great idea. Finally, students don’t have to wait until they graduate to start connecting with their university on a different basis,” Wentworth said. Wentworth, who is not a current member of the Student Chapter, plans to join. “I graduate next year, and I think it’s important to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization like this. I just wish it had been around sooner,” Wentworth said. ONLINE: www.txstatealumni.org

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The City of San Marcos and Espey Consultants Inc. have launched a new project to study flood risk in the area. Nov. 17 marked the first of a series of public meetings that will discuss the project and allow for residents to voice their concerns and experiences associated with flooding. Brian Reis, project manager and Espey consultant engineer, introduced the project to a handful of residents at the San Marcos Activity Center. Reis stated the project’s purposes are data collection of the city’s watersheds, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, to review and identify flood and drainage problems, flood mitigation alternatives, considerations of environmental constraints and developing a plan of action. “Your input in those public meetings is part of the process as well,” Reis said. Residents are encouraged to complete a property flood survey form that was distributed at Thursday’s meeting. The surveys, which are confidential, ask for property flood history and citizen input on areas of flood concern. Reis cited San Marcos’ location within a flash flood alley and its rapidly growing community as needs for the project. Additionally, he said current Federal Emergency Management Agency maps may not represent present watershed conditions.

One possible outcome of the project is a plan of action to be presented to the San Marcos City Council and possibly FEMA. Laurie Anderson, director of the San Marcos environment and engineering department, would like to see the study lead to aiding flood prevention. “We need more sophisticated tools so people know (whether they) need to get out or not,” Anderson said. The Texas Water Development Board matched the city’s funds for the project and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority also contributed. The project team and advisory committee also includes Hays County, the Edwards Aquifer Authority and the Upper San Marcos Watershed District. The tentative schedule for the upcoming public meetings is April 11, 2006 to discuss hydrology and hydraulics; June 13, 2006 to discuss mitigation alternatives; Oct. 24, 2006 to discuss draft of final product. The meetings will be posted on the City of San Marcos Web site. ONLINE: www.ci.san -marcos.tx.us/news PHONE: Laurie Anderson (512) 393-8130 Stan Hopfe (512) 326-5659

Pi Kappa Phi ‘rises’ to the occasion for Push America By Jacqueline Davis News Reporter Students walking through The Quad between Oct. 31 and Nov. 4 could have easily spotted the three-story scaffold set up by Pi Kappa Phi to raise awareness for the fraternity’s exclusive philanthropy, Push America, an organization that serves people with disabilities. The scaffold was an attention-grabber for a fundraiser called Push Week that the fraternity puts on annually. Brandon Djie, computer science junior and president of Pi Kappa Phi, said the fraternity raised over $1,200 during Push Week, which is the most the fraternity has ever raised since its arrival on campus in 1996. This figure far exceeded the $400 they collected during last year’s Push Week, Djie said. At least one member of Pi Kappa Phi stayed on the tall scaffold at all time, meaning a

few of the members slept out there. To some, sleeping out on a tall scaffold through the night hours might sound uncomfortable, but the members of the fraternity who stayed up there thought the opposite. “It was really enjoyable,” said Brandon Pyle, undecided sophomore. “We all felt really good about it because we knew it was for a good cause.” The members of the fraternity who stayed through the night did some barbecuing to pass the time, and people stopped by to say hello and ask about what they were doing there, said Pyle, who volunteered to stay on the scaffold three out of the four nights of Push Week. “We take a lot of pride in the cause,” Pyle said. “We’re the only fraternity who has its own affiliate philanthropy. It’s something that really sets us apart.” Pyle said that when Push Week was over, he missed going

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out at night to sit on the scaffold and meet up with friends and others in his fraternity. He considered Pi Kappa Phi’s efforts a way of showing their dedication to bringing awareness to the needs of the disabled. Business management freshman Michael Beitler said that Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy was one of the things that attracted him to the fraternity. Beitler also spent a lot of time on the scaffold and helped to set it up at 6 a.m. on Monday on the first day of Push Week. He was impressed with the size of the scaffold, estimating it at about 25 feet tall. Pyle said the scaffold could be seen from the Alkek Library. “It was a lot of fun,” Beitler said, who enjoyed staying up all night playing football and barbecuing during the fundraiser. “Even at three in the morning, we had people coming up to us to give donations and ask what

we were doing.” Beitler said that the thing he liked the most about Push Week was getting students’ attention in The Quad. “It was fun doing crazy stuff like yelling to get people’s attention,” Beitler said. “I mean, no one’s going to come up and ask what you’re doing. We wanted to get their attention in a funny and polite way.” This semester, Pi Kappa Phi has done other fundraisers for Push America, one being “toll roads” said Beitler. Beitler said the fraternity goes to Austin, usually on a Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and asks for donations at a stoplight. The fraternity typically raises between $800 to $900 during these “toll roads.” Djie said the fraternity has raised over $3,500 for Push America during the past year, including these toll roads. For more information about Push America, visit www.pushamerica.org.

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Saddam trial adjourned for defense By Nancy A. Youssef Knight Ridder Newspapers BAGHDAD, Iraq — Monday was supposed to be the day the chief prosecutor finally began presenting evidence against Saddam Hussein as the trial of the former dictator resumed after a six-week adjournment. Instead, Saddam’s defense dominated, so much so that the prosecutor, Jaafar al-Mousawi, complained that he wasn’t getting time to make his case. The events had legal experts, politicians and interested Iraqis alike wondering whether the court was capable of trying Saddam and his former advisers. He and his co-defendants demanded everything from pen and paper to new legal representation. Saddam barked orders at the judge, Rizgar Mohammed Amin. Saddam’s half-brother Barazan Ibrahim revealed that he’d been diagnosed with cancer recently and accused the government of “indirect murder” by denying him proper medical care in jail. At the end of the two-hour session, the judge adjourned

the case for another week so that two of the eight defendants could get new lawyers. The judge, a Kurd, considered nearly all the defendants’ requests, an effort to show that Saddam could get a fair trial in Iraq. That irritated several Shiite Muslim politicians, who said the judge’s efforts were denying Iraqis a fair hearing for their grievances. “The judge is giving too much leeway to Saddam. He should respect the Iraqis and the victims’ feelings,” said Ali Debagh, a Shiite National Assembly member who watched the trial from a VIP section in the courtroom. Saddam and his seven codefendants are charged with the 1982 killings of nearly 150 people, mostly Shiites, in Dujail, a small northern Iraqi city, after an assassination attempt against Saddam. If convicted, Saddam could be executed, even before he faces charges for crimes in other pending cases. The court saw two pieces of evidence Monday: a tape of Saddam shortly after the assas-

sination attempt and a videotaped deposition from his then head of intelligence. On a flat screen in front of the courtroom, al-Mousawi showed a discolored video of Saddam dressed in military gear ordering his henchman to “take away” two residents who’d just pleaded their innocence. The prosecutor then showed the videotaped testimony of a sickly Waddah al-Sheikh sitting in a wheelchair with feeding tubes and heart monitors attached to his body. Al-Sheikh, the former head of intelligence and head of the al-Hakima jail, said he traveled to Dujail shortly after the assassination attempt and inspected the area behind a mud wall where Saddam’s would-be assassins were positioned. He said he thought that as many as 12 people had tried to assassinate Saddam, based on the empty magazines at the site. But Saddam’s security forces arrested 400 people, al-Sheikh said. “I don’t know why this large number of people were arrested,” he said.

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Prisoners found tortured, abused by Iraqi authorities By Leila Fadel Knight Ridder Newspapers BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi authorities have been torturing and abusing prisoners in jails across the country, current and former Iraqi officials charged. Deputy Human Rights Minister Aida Ussayran and Gen. Muntadhar Muhi al-Samaraee, a former head of special forces at the Ministry of the Interior, made the allegations two weeks after 169 men who apparently had been tortured were discovered in a south-central Baghdad building run by the Interior Ministry. The men reportedly had been beaten with leather belts and steel rods, crammed into tiny rooms with tens of others and forced to sit in their own excrement. A senior American military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said he suspected that the abuse wasn’t isolated to the jail the U.S. military discovered. Ussayran said abuse was taking place across the country. In five visits to a women’s prison in Baghdad’s Kadhimiya district over more than three months, the Human Rights Ministry found that women were being raped by male guards, Ussayran said. That problem continues. One woman told the Human Rights Ministry that she was raped seven times on the seventh floor of the Interior Ministry, which is notorious to some Iraqi Sunni Muslims and home to intelligence offices. The Human Rights Ministry investigated that, and Ussayran said the problem had been rectified. No one was able to estimate the extent of the abuse, but the Iraqi government expects the results of the investigation into the Baghdad secret prison and into other prisons by the end of the week, Laith Kubba, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, said Saturday. The secret jail was discovered as American officials are training Iraqi forces to take over security as a prelude to withdrawing U.S. troops. But evi-

dence of widespread abuse of prisoners, especially a pattern of Shiite Muslim troops abusing Sunni captives – would raise new questions about whether Iraq’s U.S.-backed government seeks to end the abuses of Saddam Hussein’s regime or to exact revenge for them. Iraq’s insurgents are mainly Sunnis, who ruled the country under Saddam and now are blamed for bombing Shiite mosques, markets and schools. “Things have changed since Abu Ghraib,” Ussayran said, referring to prisoner abuse at a U.S. military-run prison in Iraq two years ago. “Whoever is captured by the Americans is much happier then those who are captured by our forces. We have some people who are very clever who are looking for other secret prisons. I’m sure that there are more.” Interior Minister Bayn Jabr has downplayed the extent of the problem, saying that only seven prisoners out of the 169 who were discovered at the facility in Baghdad’s Jadriyah district had been mistreated. Jabr is a Shiite with close ties to the Badr Organization, an Iranian-backed militia that’s accused of running the jail. The militia is the armed wing of one of Iraq’s most influential Shiite political parties, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Two police officers with knowledge of the jail in Jadriyah said it was run by the Badr Organization, which has been rumored for months to be involved in the torture and deaths of Sunni men who were kidnapped from their homes. Both agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity to prevent retaliation against themselves or their families. Adnan Thabit, the head of the Interior Ministry’s special police commandos, said that while mistakes had been made, perhaps only one detainee out of every 200 had been mistreated. However, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, told the London newspaper The Observer that Shiites are behind the death squads and secret torture centers.

“People are doing the same as Saddam’s time and worse,” he said. “It is an appropriate comparison.” In June, Knight Ridder reported that Badr was suspected of carrying out a campaign of intimidation, torture and killing against Sunni men. In a separate report, Knight Ridder documented numerous cases in which men had been detained by people in police vehicles and later were found dead. In July 2004, a Knight Ridder reporter witnessed prisoners being beaten at the Interior Ministry. “Don’t talk to me about human rights,” said one interrogator who punched several prisoners in front of a reporter. He asked not to be named because he frequently worked undercover. “When security settles down, we’ll talk about human rights. Right now, I need confessions.” Gen. Al-Samaraee, the special forces chief from January 2005 until July, said it was impossible that the interior minister didn’t know that prisoners were being mistreated in Jadriyah. In an interview in Amman, Jordan, he said torture and extrajudicial killings were rampant while he was at the ministry, and were conducted by the Badr Organization. He said he left the country for medical treatment and decided not to return because he’d received two death threats. He denied accusations that he’d left the country after being bailed out of jail for stealing a government car. While he was at the ministry, al-Samaraee said, Sunni men were beaten, tortured and killed, then thrown on the side of the road or into rivers or left at morgues under fake names. He also charged that secret prisons are run by militia groups while the interior minister is left in the dark. “Raids, arrests and torture are always there, and the government can’t do anything to secure the country,” al-Samaraee said. “Iraq used to have a dictator of mass graves, now we have the democracy of mass graves.”


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“There are two things wrong, in my opinion,” Cuellar said. “First of all, we need to put a little more money in No Child Left Behind. Two, there are two levels of accountability; I think there has to be some sort of realignment, where instead of two layers we can make it better.” Cuellar also talked to senators about the war in Iraq. He mentioned what he thought were mistakes made by the Bush administration and also talked about the future of U.S. presence in Iraq. “If you expect the U.S. to pull out of the Middle East, it’s not going to happen,” Cuellar said. “There was a power structure there and we came in and took it out. We have to remain there until we put together a new power structure together, a democracy, before we can leave.” History senior and Sen. Jermaine Jackson asked Rep. Cuellar about how he voted for the passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement when the Hispanic Caucus did not support the bill. Cuellar called his vote a “no-brainer.” “The Central American countries have had a one-way street with us since the 1980s,” Cuellar said. “What the U.S. did was allow them to send their goods to the U.S. duty free. But when we send our Texas cattle, rice and corn, guess what? We were paying up to 120 percent tariffs.” Cuellar assured Jackson where his loyalties are. “I don’t care what the Hispanic caucus said. I’m here to represent my district,” Cuellar said. Throughout his speech, Cuellar mentioned his contributions to Texas State and reiterated his desire to continue the work he did for higher education while in the Texas House in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I certainly want to be your champion, and I certainly want to be your friend in higher education,” Cuellar said. Cuellar presented ASG President Jordan Anderson with an award commending ASG for their “distinguished and outstanding service and dedication.” After Anderson’s report to

hief among the alleged broken C rules was the “lobbying” of senate members to leave before the end of

the meeting, eliminating quorum (the minimum number of senators needed to vote on a bill). the senate, which outlined the future goals of ASG, Sen. Reed made a motion to suspend the rules of the senate and go into a form of meeting called committee as a whole. This motion would require the removal of any audience member that is not a senator so that the senators could privately debate the censuring of ASG Vice President Cassie Holman. This motion was struck down and the senate proceeded to debate the censure of Holman in open meeting. Sen. Reed distributed a document to senators that outlined her reasons foar the censure of Holman. A censure does not result in any specific action, but instead expresses disapproval of the actions in question. Reed, as well as other senators, believe that Holman broke several rules during last week’s meeting that call for censure. Chief among the alleged broken rules was the “lobbying” of senate members to leave before the end of the meeting, eliminating quorum (the minimum number of senators needed to vote on a bill). The author of the bill being discussed when the incident occurred, Senate Clerk Kyle Morris, was not present at last week’s meeting to discuss his bill. When the senate voted against tabling the bill, Reed alleges that Holman nodded to a group of senators who then proceeded to leave the meeting, preventing further action on the bill. Anderson said in a phone interview last week that the senate has a tradition of tabling legislation when the author is not present to discuss it. Reed also alleges that Holman stepped down from the chair during the incident that prevented order from being “sufficiently maintained,” that Holman “took an active role in debating an issue with much feeling” and did not properly perform her duties

as chair of the meeting, Reed said in the document. Reed also assured senators several times that the censure is not a personal issue and that it is focused on the position of chair and whoever occupies it, not Holman. After a short debate, ASG voted to censure the actions of Holman during the meeting on Nov. 21. Holman denied the allegations but remained upbeat about the results of the censure stating that it is justification for running the meetings “as strictly as I wanted to all semester,” Holman said after the meeting. “You know, these rules are meant to empower us, not to limit us,” Holman said. After the censure, Morris took the podium and discussed the bill at the center of the debate on Nov. 21, the creation of the Council of Student Organization Presidents. The new organization, Morris said, would work alongside the Student Organization Council. “If you look at what S.O.C. does, it mainly deals with actual funding issues and leadership training development,” Morris said. “But nowhere in their charter do they discuss policy advocacy, and that’s what C.O.S.O.P. is designed to do.” Morris calls allegations that the bill would threaten S.O.C. “hearsay” and “unwarranted alarmism.” “The intention of this legislation is to create another line of student advocacy, so I say we give it a chance,” Morris said. At the urging of Morris and President Anderson, the senate voted to postpone voting on the legislation until what Morris calls an “appropriate amount of dialogue” occurs between S.O.C. and ASG. The final meeting of ASG next week will be held off campus at the Quail Creek Country Club at 7 p.m.

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“If the dean feels you aren’t representing your department well, he can either replace you or reappoint you,” said Rep. John Muniz. Rep. Tyler Young pointed out the inevitability this brings for a candidate to have to be re-elected. “You’re going to have to run for re-election. It’s either that or fill out a vacancy,” Young said. Morris said limiting a representative’s term to one year makes it easier to keep things in order. “Keeping it at one (year) keeps the process steady because different graduate schools have different amounts of time required for students to spend in a particular school,” Morris said. Another concern was voiced by Rep. Chris Harris concerning the type of interaction the Graduate House of Representatives would have with the undergraduate Student Senate on certain issues. “The vice president or the

chair will decide if it is a graduate or undergraduate issue. If it’s undergraduate, you guys don’t touch it,” Morris said. The next issue up for discussion dealt with the creation of a graduate program in the philosophy department. Although the University of Texas offers a philosophy graduate program, Texas State has yet to create one. “I feel Texas State can fill a void academically as well as for the state of Texas,” Young said. “I think we can usher this along better if we make sure students are aware. The more people know about it, the more it has a chance to pass.” Other representatives were eager to see the proposal pass and had experienced how hard and disappointing it can be when it doesn’t work out. “I’m glad to see something like this going through,” Muniz said. “This can be a really hard process. We’re still trying to get an equestrian class to pass.” Rep. Mark Rockeymoore had experienced a similar

situation with the geography doctorate programs. “UT already had a geography Ph.D. program, and we found that because of that, we couldn’t have one. You might run into trouble because of that as well,” Rockeymoore said. The representatives hesitated to finalize anything on the issue until the president and vice president returned, and the discussion was shelved. The last portion of the meeting involved the selection of a graduate liaison to the undergraduate Student Senate and graduate placeholders for the Advisory Committee Board vacancies that just opened up. Rep. Katherine Welch and Rep. Mark Rockeymoore nominated themselves for the Advisory Committee Board. Welch will be the graduate liaison in the spring. As the meeting adjourned, Rep. Tyler Young asked the members to research communication studies doctorate programs to find out if there would be student interest in such an idea.

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The Edge Magazine CD features Texas rock bands By Nixon Guerrero Entertainment Writer What kind of music do you like? Me, I love it all. But I have to say that heavy metal and rock are my top choices. Well, it’s really not a choice as much as the total inability to resist the insurmountable, bestial drive of that which is metal. How many of you listen to metal and rock to the point of complete veritable aphasia? I know I do. It’s fun. It’s kind of like when you’re a kid, spinning around and around for no reason other than it feels good and you lose control for that little bit. So who would have the ability to round up the best metal and rock Texas has to offer? The Edge Magazine, that’s who. The Edge Magazine is in its soon-to-be eighth year running and is considered by many musicians and readers to be the No. 1 source in the Texas rock scene. So how’d they do this? Well, three years ago, The

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he Edge Magazine is in its soonto-be eighth year running and is considered by many musicians and readers to be the number one source in the Texas rock scene. Edge publisher and owner,Steve Freeman had the idea of putting together this compilation CD featuring some of the best rock bands in Texas. He ended up getting 20 bands from Austin and San Antonio. This year, The Edge had an impressive 35 bands. To demonstrate how devoted The Edge Magazine is to the local music scene, they made not only the two-disc metalalternative/emo compilation, but they also booked different bands at different venues in Austin and San Antonio so that each band had not only a track on the CD but a live performance as well. One of the venues was Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio. That’s where I

went. I had a chance to see four of the 35 bands: Stucture, Deejer, The Calbakes and Scary Manilow. Although they where not as heavy as I wanted (that’s because they where the alternative/emo bands) they, none the less, all gave great pulverizing, powerhouse performances. When asked to make a few comments on the event, leadvocals/bass guitarist, Alan Lozano said, “The Edge has always been great in supporting us and the local scene. They’ve also been really good about blending alternative and heavy metal. I know a lot of people use the magazine as a tool. That’s also how we met out guitarist — through The Edge Magazine.”

Owner of The Edge explains local music scene

Owner and publisher Steve Freeman had some time to spare for a brief interview. Star: So go ahead and explain this whole The-Edge-Sam-Ash gathering. Steve Freeman: Well, the whole reason for this gathering is so bands can mix and mingle together. Usually a band will get a gig in one particular area. This way, if some bands meet each other and have similar sounds, it’ll be easier for those bands to get gigs in places they usually wouldn’t. So, now maybe some of the San Antonio bands can play in Austin or some of the Austin bands can play in San Antonio. So, again, yeah this show is a mix-andmingle opportunity. Star: Where does Sam Ash come into play? Freeman: Well, Sam Ash sponsors about half the bands on our CD. Sam Ash allowed these bands to play the shows. They fully support the local scene. I mean, look, you got the General Manager, Jon Johansen watching the bands and supporting the CD.

so many submissions that we ended up doing 35 bands, and so we broke it into two discs. The first is all heavy bands and the second is more of the alternative-emo, straight-up rock. The reason we did that was because there’s nothing worse than hearing a heavy song or band and then switching to a more sort of melodic-type sound. This way, the bands can listen to one disc of heavy bands and say “Hey, that band sounds cool. We should get a gig with them.” The CDs are a tool. I hope the bands use it as a tool to meet other bands and get to play in different areas. That’s all it’s for. There’s no money being made of it. I’ll tell you that. The whole thing is for the bands. That’s the whole point. Star: Final thoughts? Freeman: Yeah. I wish that we could have more bands collaborating from all over. I miss the days when you could go to a show, and you’d have a Houston band, a San Antonio

band and a Dallas band. I miss that. The reason that it’s not like that anymore is because a lot of the promoters are scared, you know. They’re thinking they won’t get people through the door or at the bar with different bands. And the bands need to realize that cross-promotion can open a door for all of the bands—so they can go to Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. That would make the music scene so much better, if they would just open that door in their local towns and other cities. Right now, all of these places are closed to new bands and they want that money at the door and the bar. They want that “guarantee.” A lot of these bars are afraid to try something new. You know, that’s what we’re trying to open up. We’re trying to open that “door.” If it does, great, and if it doesn’t, well, then we tried. — Interview by Nixon Guerrero

Star: What are some of the disadvantages to some of the cities, like San Antonio or Austin, that are real heavy in the live scene? Freeman: I guess the disadvantages that both cities have is that they don’t know a lot about all these other bands that are out there. A lot of the club owners haven’t heard of these bands playing tonight. You know they get bombarded with all of these different press kits and promo packs that they don’t listen to. At least with The Edge CD, they get a quick sampler and they can quickly graze though and listen to the bands whose press packs they wouldn’t have given the time of day. And that’s the whole point to the CD. See, places like San Antonio have a lot a places to play. It’s just that the promoters are stuck at their venues and don’t get to see other bands play. And that’s one of the main problems.

Nixon Guerrero/Star photo Structure lead guitarist Gilbert Centeno jams on stage at the third annual CD release party for The Edge Magazine on Nov. 17.

Star: Now, this CD is volume three. Do you plan on doing this every year? Freeman: Yeah. The last two years we had 20 bands each; ten from Austin and ten from San Antonio. This year, we had

Nixon Guerrero/Star photo With bass in hand, Philip Capitano of Scary Manilow plays a thunderous groove that shook Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio.

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By Armado Sanchez Star Photographer Away from the hustle and bustle of college life and the stress of studying for exams are the large, jagged cliffs of the Barton Creek greenbelt. Texas State Outdoor Recreation took a small group of students on one of its many Adventure Trips with plans to scale the daunting rocks on Nov. 19. The

greenbelt spans 7.9 miles of calming vegetation and beautiful scenery. During the trip, students had a variety of routes to choose from, ranging from an easy class-5.7 climb to a challenging 5.9. With an early morning start, the group was able to enjoy a less crowded rock wall. Though some were hesitant at first, after a few minutes the group was tranformed into climbers. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Ryan Crawford, recreational administration senior, climbs a class-5.9 cliff at the Barton Creek greenbelt. Recreational administration junior Joey Duckett uses a strong grip to pull himself up to the next phase of the slope. Texas State alumna Skye Dezatra moves around a boulder to reach the summit of “Jiggle Butt,” a class-5.8 slope. Ryan Crawford prepares for a steep climb by tying an extra safety knot on his rope. Elizabeth Gutierrez, an interior design senior, watches carefully and waits for another student to climb the cliff. Armado Sanchez/ Star photo

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I actually had a nice Thanksgivficult as my subject this time had to ing holiday. Granted, the two days do with my youngest son, who has leading up to my departure out of Tourette’s syndrome, and the public state were a bit overwhelming with school system. Having to advocate and having an English paper due, preeducate the school system on his behalf senting a persuasive speech and an for most of his life, we had a run-in the in-class essay all due before Tuesday week prior regarding the very issues I SUSAN RAUCH morning, along with helping my 12was speaking about in my speech. Entertainment year-old with a speech presentation It was painful, but I got through it Columnist of his own that same morning. going over my time a little bit. I will say the prior week was a bit Having an extra week to refocus more enlightening, as we had our would have been better although I am Non-Traditional Student Organization Wine thankful it is all over. and Cheese Social at Palmer’s Restaurant. It Regrouping over the holiday, while driving was somewhat chilly for wearing a dress as the back from our trip Saturday, I was disappointsocial ended up being outside, but many people ed we could not get any radio updates on the showed up having a great time. Texas State football game. It was exciting to get As I left the social, I must have been a site back and read that our Bobcats did so well, and changing into flip-flops, sweats and a fleece hopefully we can attend on Saturday — if there jacket over my dress because it was so cold. are any tickets available. That same week, besides squeaking by on my Here’s hoping for the best ever winning seabiology exam, again missing that next grade son for our football team and hoping a little bit this time by one point, attending the tailgat- of that luck will rub off on me for my upcoming ing party was a nice way to wrap up the week’s final exam; sure could use a little bit of that! events, but nothing compared to the following Monday and Tuesday. ONLINE: www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/ntso Unfortunately, I was first to go again for my speech Tuesday, and it was exceptionally dif-

Nightline revamped following Koppel’s departure By Mike Duffy Detroit Free Press Welcome to Nightline 2005 A.K. That’s After Koppel, an era that started this week with the newly revamped late-night news show’s debut at 11:35 p.m. EST Monday on ABC. Three anchors, multiple stories, new studios, same name. And the serious journalistic legacy of Ted Koppel and the single-topic Nightline he anchored so memorably for more than 25 years? Despite the outward changes, the inner substance and tradition will remain, promises James Goldston, who takes over as the show’s executive producer. To replace the 65-year-old Koppel, who departed Night-

line and ABC News after his farewell telecast last week, Goldston chose a trio of younger ABC News personalities: But the retooled Nightline is sure to make its first impression with style. “Presentationally, the show will look very different,” notes Goldston in a phone chat from New York. Along with the new studios, three co-anchors and going live every night, there are new Nightline music and graphics to lend some “energy and excitement.” “Viewers will see a profound change in the look of the show. But in terms of the types of stories we do, that won’t change,” said Goldston. “We’ll still have a commitment to international news.”

For example, new anchor Terry Moran is reporting all week from Iraq. If events dictate, whether it’s a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina or congressional hearings on a new Supreme Court nominee, Nightline can still focus on a single story. “It’s a very flexible format,” said Goldston. “On days when there is not one big story, we can pack a little more into the show. “It will be a slightly pacier show than it has been recently. But the essence of Nightline won’t change. We’ll always speak truth to power. We’ll offer a look behind the headlines, giving stories some context and perspective.” Now it’s time for viewers to decide.

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The Open House Our Holiday Open House will be on Thursday, December 1, 2005. You may take advantage of specials and prizes throughout the day during our regular store hours which are currently 7:45am-6:00pm. •Some of the treats in store for you include: •Department specials •Door prizes •Refreshments •Make it yourself Christmas ornament craft event with supply department staff •Texas State authors featured throughout the day in General Books department (schedule TBA) We would like to continue our holiday food and toy drive for local organizations. Last year, we collected enough food for distribution to several groups including Meals on Wheels and San Marcos community center. Toys went to DPS Brown Santa program. This year when you bring in your donation, you will get to spin the prize-wheel for additional discounts that can be used through the end of this semester.

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The Contest We invite you to enter your house in our annual contest. The rules are simple. All parts of the house must be edible. You may drop off your houses from Monday, November 28 thru Tuesday, December 6 at noon. Judging will be held at 4pm on Tuesday, December 6.

Make it a family event this year with our new category. A winner will be chosen in each group: •Texas State Students •Texas State Faculty/Staff ($75 gift card for winner of adult catergories) •Children of Texas State students or faculty/staff ($25 gift card for winner of children’s catergory) Drop off your house at the Service Center, where you will fill out an entry form and receive a “thank you” gift for entering. If you would like your house displayed during our Holiday Open House, please bring on or before Thursday, December 1.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - Page 10

“(I) wanted to alert townspeople that a large number of students were voting, and they needed to be aware of that.”

— San Marcos City Council candidate Maurice “Moe” Johnson on hundreds of cards his campaign mailed to voters before the Nov. 8 general election, regarding the high early voting turnout among Texas State students. Johnson’s opponent in the Dec. 6 runoff is Chris Jones, a student. (Source: San Marcos Daily Record)

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THE MAIN POINT

Administration must take steps to keep up football success

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During the outright bedlam that erupted following the Bobcats’ 50-35 comeback victory over perennial powerhouse Georgia Southern on Saturday, there was a striking moment near midfield. As is normal for any sports broadcast, ESPN’s sideline commentator attempted to get a few words from head coach David Bailiff. The only problem was that the celebration was already in full force. The praise was so loud and so forceful that ESPN was unable to conduct the interview prior to the end of the broadcast, but during those moments, Bailiff did his best to calm the crowd down enough to attempt the interview — and, albeit briefly, the crowd stopped at his request. Now, just imagine the respect he has earned from those in his locker room. Less than two years ago, the football program was in disarray following the failures and blatant violations of former head coach Manny Matsakis and former Athletic Director Greg LaFleur. Now, this program is two victories away from the national championship game. Not since the times of the late Jim Wacker has the football program gained this much national recognition and respect. The recognition and respect can only help increase the prestige of this university to those not lucky enough to be here on a daily basis. Texas State will be talked about for its athletic successes, and in turn, will be looked at for its academics as well. With the current success, the like of which has not graced Bobcat Stadium since the early 1980s, it is vital that the university hold onto the catalyst for that accomplishment. The administration of Texas State must keep Bailiff in San Marcos. As of yet, Bailiff has not signed the contract extension offered to him by the administration at the beginning of the season. And with the number of well-paying job openings every year in college football, there’s plenty of reason to be a little nervous. President Denise Trauth has said that Bailiff is the highestpaid coach in the Southland Conference as well as the university system. That’s a start. While some at the university may believe athletics to be a distraction from the university’s primary, academic mission, they must recognize that successful athletics programs such as the Southland Conference champion football and volleyball teams place the university in a great light — a light in which all that is great about Texas State can shine. The administration needs to keep football and all athletics as important pieces of the university’s strategy for success, and to do that, it needs to pay Bailiff and his assistant coaches enough to make sure there is no reason for them to consider anywhere besides San Marcos as their home. Bailiff has become the architect of a program the likes of which have not been seen since Wacker, and issues like money or a possible move to Division I-A should not be contentious enough to stop the momentum of this program’s recent success. We can’t just shuffle in people and expect it to work. There’s a successful person in place, and the university needs to do what it takes to keep him here. All students, faculty, staff and especially alumni need to make their voices heard so that the electricity seen by a national television audience on Saturday is no longer the exception, but the rule.

’Tis the season to vilify At this suppostiny, to be enhanced edly festive time of by the actions of the year, there are some Christian Educators people for whom the Association Internaholiday’s thematic tional’s 8,000 public message of “peace school teachers. on Earth, good will I would like to toward men” falls on JAMES A. BAKER take this opportudeaf ears. nity to remind these Star Columnist Motivated by a modern Pharisees desire to turn the posing as Christians United States into the Christian that “Christmas,” as it is pracversion of Iran, these religious ticed in the United States, has fascists would like nothing not been exclusively Christian more than to replace the good for a very long time. Retail and message of the (admittedly department stores have taken highly commercialized) season advantage of the huge profit with their own vitriolic mes- potential in all the jostling and sage of “hate anyone who isn’t a shouting to buy presents for conservative Christian.” loved ones and have used it to The conservative Alliance push crass consumerism on Defense Fund has mobilized John Q. Public. its 800-plus lawyers in a bid to Just look at how Christmaschallenge the absence of nativ- themed ads have been starting ity scenes from American soil. earlier and earlier as the years FOX “News” commenta- go by — this year, they seemed tor John Gibson has devoted a to start even before Halloween. whole book-length screed to the This operation is so slick that idea that somehow, Christmas they’ve even got buzzwords to is under siege by evil, spawn- denote the rush of brick-andof-Satan liberals. Additionally, mortar shopping the day after the Liberty Council, with sup- Thanksgiving (“Black Friday”) port from Jerry Falwell, has be- and online shopping the folgun a “Friend or Foe Christmas lowing Monday (“Cyber MonCampaign,” complete with pul- day”). The concept has even pit advocacy plans that I’m sure been immortalized in a song will once again evade IRS scru- by Australian artist Eric Bogle

called “Santa Bloody Claus.” But even if there weren’t that aspect to it, there are bigger constitutional issues at work here. The First Amendment protects people against the establishment of a state-sanctioned religion to which all must submit. If pagans or Muslims somehow managed to pass a constitutional amendment making their religion the official state religion, you could imagine the howls of protests from the religious right, yet when it’s the conservative interpretation of Christianity being proposed as the state religion, they are silent. The First Amendment also protects freedom to practice one’s religion — which is why churches can get away with hiring practices that would be unacceptable if used by private enterprise. And speaking of pagans and Muslims, when we as Americans began accepting immigrants from non-Christian parts of the world, the First Amendment’s protections became even more important. For as James Madison put it, “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked

the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” The Founding Fathers even recognized the value of religious diversity. Thomas Jefferson noted that “If we did a good act merely from the love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? It is idle to say, as some do, that no such being exists ... Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.” Jefferson also took pains to point out that “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” In other words, it does me no harm merely for someone else to be a Buddhist, Muslim, Jew, Hindu or atheist. But to the religious right, merely the idea that there are other religions is offensive, and must be snuffed out by judicial or legislative fiat. And that, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is the most injurious notion of all. Baker is a computer science graduate student.

Shoppers should remember their manners on Black Friday

Adam Brown/Star photo Coach David Bailiff speaks at a press conference after Saturday’s win against Georgia Southern University, the Bobcats’ first ever NCAA-IAA divisional playoff win. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to starletters@txstate.edu. Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.

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Like Hallmark its allegiance to the JILL KLOSTERMAN almighty dollar. In set the trend by The Daily Cardinal fact, Black Friday creating a comU-Wire mercialized holirose to existence day in February, through creation, mass retailers evolution and a little followed suit by selling Deintelligent design by retailing cember between the pages of behemoths. glossy catalogues. Millions of Basically, the creation of shoppers awoke at dawn (or Black Friday as the recognized earlier) last Friday to deck one “biggest shopping day of the another while decking the halls year” occurred when Wal-Mart with merchandise purchased and other retail giants estabat low, low prices. However, for lished gargantuan shopping most retail chains, the process Edens. One could theorize that of decking the halls began the “lords” of retail conspired long ago. As a result, winter to fertilize their gardens with holidays receive virtually no buses of consumers armed recognition for their religious with credit cards. To capture roots. stingy citizens, they offered Despite the volatile market, up the forbidden fruits at preliminary estimates indicate discounted prices to stimulate that consumers raised the bar that warm giving and receivlast weekend in terms of net ing (or just over-consuming) spending. Retailers dubbed the feeling. first day of power shopping Historically speaking, Black “Black Friday” as the day when Friday originally referred to retailers turn a profit, or move September 24, 1869. On this from “red” to “black.” gray day, financial panic swept Unlike Ash Wednesday or the nation when two speculaGood Friday, Black Friday tors, in cahoots with President claims no religious affiliation, Ulysses S. Grant, attempted to unless one takes into account corner the gold market. How-

ever, over time the retail industry usurped the term. By 2004, door-buster deals elevated Black Friday to the shopping day grossing the highest sales volume annually. Despite the evolving context of the term from 1869 to today, Black Friday still remains rooted in greed and consumer frenzy-characteristics hardly reflective of holiday values. Evidently, big businesses intelligently designed the day after Thanksgiving to evolve into the pinnacle day for profit. For retailers, this creation proved a deft business move. Consumers literally and figuratively buy into it, and make the cliché mistake of forgetting the reason for the season. Although some accurately argue that shopping fosters the sentiment of giving, many Americans lose sight of the fact that they simply have enough. In competitive retail fashion, the Walgreen’s on State Street decked its halls with holiday paraphernalia before Halloween concluded. Still, a Salvation Army bell ringer stationed

outside the store balanced this rush into the holiday season. The change dropped into the red buckets will assist the less fortunate to move into the black. While Americans indulged in gluttony on Thanksgiving, millions around the globe and many within this nation starved. On Black Friday, while Americans splurged on luxuries, millions more perished for lack of basic necessities. In a nation with so much excess, willful ignorance of this destitution at home and abroad undermines the meaning of the holiday season. Regardless of affiliation, the basic tenets of all religions include justice and love, and the same goes for holidays. As shoppers enter and emerge from retail stores this season, they should remember these principles, restrict consumption and share excess with the needy. This column appeared in the Nov. 28 edition of The Daily Cardinal.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - Page 12

Sports Contact — Miguel Peña, starsports@txstate.edu

Bobcats still fighting after miracle comeback By Miguel Peña Sports Editor

first possession as Nealy found some running room on the first play of the game gaining The Texas State football team 76-yards up field putting the mounted a 34-point turnaround Bobcats in scoring position at to keep their playoff hopes alive the Eagles 4-yard line. It was as they won their inaugural Nealy who had to put the cap NCAA Division I-AA playoff on the drive, after Nick Session appearance over the visiting bowled ahead to the 1-yard line. Eagles from Georgia Southern The senior jumped forward for University. a 7-0 lead over the Eagles with “It was so nice because we’ve less than two minutes removed been telling these guys we want from the clock. to be the hardest-working, That score would mark the smartest team in the conference; only lead for the Bobcats until now we can work on being the midway throughout the fourth hardest-working, smartest team quarter as Georgia Southern put in the nation,” Coach David together its first three scores by Bailiff said. the hands of sophomore quarA hard-nosed defensive terback Jayson Foster and senior stance kept the Eagles scoreless fullback Jermaine Austin. Fosfor the final 21 minutes of Sat- ter completed two touchdown urdays’ ball game allowing Bar- passes for a total of 95 yards in rick Nealy to lead the team on their first quarter of play. five unanswered offensive posThe first was a fourth down sessions for the 50-35 victory. attempt that wound up in the “It comes down to being as- hands of Teddy Craft tying up signment sound, but it really the ball game. means a lot especially for the Austin got his first scorfifth year guys. We started at the ing run on the second Georgia bottom and worked our way up Southern possession with a sixto the top,” said David Simmons, yard touchdown capping a 78Bobcat outside linebacker. yard drive with 2:06 left in the Nealy threw for 400 yards first. and four touchdowns while he Craft made good for the Eaturned to his running game for gles late in the first quarter with an additional 126 yards rushing his second touchdown of the with one touchdown. Midway game on a 57-yard pass from Adam Brown/Star photo through the third quarter of Foster that accounted for the play, Nealy went down on tack- entire drive giving the Eagles a Senior quarterback Barrick Nealy scored the lone Bobcat touchdown in a disappointing first half but turned things around le from behind that left him a 21-7 lead at the end of the first to score 40 points in the second half to defeat Georgia Southern 50-35. On Monday, Nealy finished fifth in the voting for the little stunned, but his resilience quarter of play. Walter Payton Award, which is given to the I-AA offensive player of the year. allowed him to continue after a Markee White led the Bobshort timeout. cats with a total of 157 yards reFollowing a Stan Jones field ing possession that was spurned the senior quarterback, who ac- at the 5-yard line. Going for a “I think I was more stunned ceiving on 12 catches, but it was goal at the 6:09 mark of the sec- ahead by a tightrope catch by cumulated 400 passing yards on most sportsmanlike ending to than anything else. I remember Dameon Williams whose efforts ond quarter the Bobcats trailed White inches away from the the day. the game, Texas State chose to telling my teammates to pick accounted for three of the four 21-10 at the onset of the second side line on a fourth down call The Bobcats’ defense was re- take a knee on consecutive plays me up, just pick me up because Nealy touchdown passes on the half. that kept the drive alive. lentless on the following drive running out the clock with a there was no way I was coming day earned a total of 68 yards Nealy found Dameon WilA pass to Tyrone Scott on as the Eagles were stifled yet 50-35 victory. out of this game,” Nealy said. on three catches. Justin Wil- liams in the end zone on a 31- third-and-10 brought the Bob- again. Deciding to go for it on The team ended the day with The game started like any liams earned a career-high 106 yard pass, but the extra-point cats to the Eagles 26-yard line. fourth down and three, Foster the crowd rushing the field as other home game this season, yards on three catches to help in attempt was no good, and the The drive made Nealy the all was sacked for a loss on the play the final seconds of the clock with a scoring drive on their the Bobcats passing assault. score rested at 21-16. time passing leader for Texas as the Bobcats took over at the were still running out. The Eagles were determined State with 6,705 total career 28-yard line. “We’ve got 28 seniors; there is to keep their distance from a yards, before Nealy found D. Sherman was given the ball no tomorrow for us. We have to close game when they scored Williams for the score. on first down, which he turned step up to the plate, be leaders two more touchdowns in the The defense had to get back into another first down on the and keep it going,” said Fred Evquarter both by way of Foster to work as the following kickoff 25-yard carry. ans, senior defensive tackle. who put his feet to work. Fos- flew out of bounds giving GeorOn the third down, Daniel ter’s first rushing touchdown gia Southern the first down at Jolly who didn’t see a great deal capped an 87-yard drive with a the 35-yard line. The Eagles of playing time was given the 2005 NCAA Division 29-yard dash up the middle of were held to six yards on the hand off and carried it ahead the field. The second came on a drive before they were forced to for the touchdown as Texas I-AA football 31-yard run capping a 93-yard punt on fourth down. State took a 44-35 lead over postseason brackets drive. The Eagles led 35-16 with Morris Crosby called for the Georgia Southern with 3:33 left 4:20 left in the third quarter. fair catch at the 11-yard line. on the clock. Quarterfinals The miracle finish for the On first down, Nealy scramThe Eagles tried to get tricky Dec. 3 Bobcats started with a touch- bled out of the pocket for a on the following kickoff as the down catch by back up quarter forward gain but was brought kick returner attempted a laterNew Hampshire back Chase Wasson who was all down from behind. The senior al to a fellow Eagle, but that was alone in the end-zone as Nealy quarterback fell hard on the play intercepted by Daniel Varvel as completed the five yard toss but headed back into the game he carried the ball back to the Northern Iowa cutting the lead to 12 points as after a timeout was called. Eagles 9-yard line. the Bobcats still trailed 35-23. Following a short gain by After the final Georgia SouthThe Texas State defense got Sherman, Nealy found White ern timeout, Nealy handed off Cal Poly to work on the following Eagle for a 56-yard pass to the Eagles to Sherman Douglas who found possession forcing the punt- 22-yard line. Nealy followed a gaping hole to the end zone TEXAS STATE ing team to take the field after that with an 8-yard carry to the on the left side brushing off a a three and out. The punt fell 14-yard line. Georgia Southern defender on dead at the Bobcats 22-yard line Sherman was called upon for his way to the end zone. The Richmond as they set up for the drive. the second and short as he put Bobcats lead 50-35 after the “The bottom line is we live for his head down and moved the missed extra-point with 3:08 each other, we got down early chains with a three-yard gain left in the game. Furman in the game then we fought our to the Eagles 11-yard line. The The defense came through way back,” Nealy said. scoring drive was capped off again late in the game forcing a The Bobcats cut the lead to by a touchdown pass to D. Wil- turnover on downs after pushAdam Brown/Star photo Southern Ill. five with 10:29 to go in the game liams to go ahead 38-35 with ing the Georgia Southern team Late in the game against Georgia Southern, senior running as Nealy found D. Williams for a 6:17 left in the game. The drive back on four consecutive plays back Douglas Sherman scors a touchdown after the Bob26-yard pass after a gut wrench- marked another milestone for giving Texas State the first down Appalachian St. cats recovered a failed lateral by the Eagles after a kickoff.

Jeremy Craig/Star file photo

Texas State women’s basketball off to a 4-0 start in 2005 By Steve Wilson Texas State Media Relations

Leading the Bobcats in points, Joyce Ekworomadu looks to pass the ball during a game against Everyone’s Internet on Nov. 10. Ekworomandu made the all-tournament team for her efforts in the CenturyTel Bobcat Classic.

Joyce Ekworomadu scored 17 points and Texas State used a 51-17 second half advantage to beat Prairie View A&M 78-46 Friday at Strahan Coliseum. Texas State (3-0) held Prairie View (1-1) to 3-of-27 shooting (19.2 percent) in the second half, and Tamara Thompson scored all ten of her points in a four-minute span to open the frame, leading Texas State to the 32-point win. The Bobcats opened the game with an 8-3 lead and capped a 13-0 run by going up 14-3 with 15:22 to play on a Jenna Hoffman three-point goal. Prairie View stormed back, scoring the next 12 to take a 1514 lead, but a quick jumper by Ally Kelly enabled the Bobcats to regain the lead at 16-15. Texas State used the bucket to spark an 11-5 run that made the score 25-21, but four straight Panther points erased the lead and tied the game at 25-25 with 3:47 to play in the opening half. Erika Puttnam dropped in a ten-foot jump shot with 3:10 to go, but the Panthers closed the half on a 4-0 run to take a 29-

27 advantage into the halftime locker room. Prairie View posted the second half ’s first basket, but Texas State used a 13-0 run over the next 5:44 to go up by nine with 13:57 to play. An Ashley Leffingwell threepoint basket with 1:35 put Texas State up 72-46 and the `Cats scored the final six points in the game to secure the 78-46 win. Ekworomadu’s 17 points led the Bobcats for the third straight game, and the sophomoare was joined in double figures by Jenna Hoffmans’14 points and Thompson’s 10 in the winning effort. Texas State posted 12 blocks as a team, paced by Thompson’s four stuffs, while Putnam and Jenna Hoffman led the `Cats in steals, each taking away three of the team’s eight swipes on the night. Jenna Hoffman led the Bobcats on the glass, pulling down a career-best nine boards, including eight on the offensive end. Prairie View was led on the offensive end by Ciara Sanders’ 15 points and Twila Stokes’ 12 rebounds, but 30 Panther miscues led to 11 Bobcat points off turnovers.

On Saturday night, Tamara Thompson posted a doubledouble with 21 points and 12 rebounds, helping Texas State to an 85-51 rout of Mississippi Valley State Saturday at Strahan Coliseum. The win moved Texas State to 4-0 on the year, marking the best start for a Bobcat squad since the 1992-93 season. The Bobcats will go for their best start in school history Wednesday, when Huston-Tillotson visits Strahan Coliseum. The loss was Mississippi Valley State’s first on the season, earning a split for the Devilettes in the CenturyTel Bobcat Classic and dropping the squad to 2-1 on the year. Mississippi Valley State took its only lead of the game on a Portia Wilson jumper to open the first half, but Texas State took control with an 8-3 run that put the ‘Cats on top 8-5 with 14:03 to play in the first. Over the half ’s next 8:43, Texas State outscored Mississippi Valley 22-4, taking a 309 lead on a Thompson lay-up with 5:17 to play in the half. In the nearly nine-minute spurt, Thompson scored 11 of the ’Cats 22 points, and the Dev-

ilettes were forced into 1-of-9 shooting and five turnovers. A 6-2 Mississippi Valley run enabled the Devilettes to get back within 17 at 32-15, but Texas State closed the half on an 8-3 clip that included backto-back baskets in the last five seconds, sending Texas State to the halftime locker room up 4018. Texas State continued to apply the pressure in the second half, scoring the first six points and opening on an 18-9 clip to lead 58-27 with 11:24 to play in the game. Texas State went on top by 38 with just more than four minutes left in the game, and Ally Kelly knocked down a threepoint goal with seven seconds to play to put Texas State on top 85-51 at the final buzzer. Thompson and Ekworomadu led the ’Cats with 21 points each and the duo was joined in doubles by Ashley Leffingwell 12 points. Thompson also led the ’Cats in rebounds with 12, marking the first Bobcat double-double of the season. Texas State overpowered Mississippi Valley 53-32, including a 39-20 edge on the defensive glass.

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