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Faculty Senate discusses grants, public comments By Clayton Medford News Reporter The Faculty Senate discussed guidelines for awarding internal grants at their meeting Wednesday. The Research Enhancement Program, an internally funded grant competition, receives between 70 and 90 proposals each year. A research committee composed of faculty from the college that submitted the request scrutinizes each proposal. In the ﬁscal year 2005, the program funded 42 of the 89 proposals it received. Senators discussed a proposed change from a merit-based funding system to a proportional funding system. The proportional system would set the funding rate so each college would receive funding for an equal percentage of their submitted proposals. For instance, with a 42 percent funding rate, each college, no matter the number of submitted proposals, would receive funding equal to 42 percent of their proposals. Under this system, some colleges would receive more funding while others stand to receive substantially less. On hand to discuss the proportional funding system was Mike Blanda, chemistry professor and faculty associate with the Ofﬁce of Sponsored Programs, which oversees the Research Enhancement Program. “Money will be allocated to the colleges upfront. Everyone would get 45 percent of the requested money allocated,” Blanda said. “Will the proportional model fund unneeded or unwanted programs? I’d say that’s going on right now.” “In a perfect world, everyone would submit the same number of proposals and receive the same amount of money. The actual amount will vary, but what won’t vary is the percentage of money requested which is received,” Blanda said. Blanda believes the proportional system would give the college research committees much needed autonomy. “I think it gives much more latitude to the committees. I think they could make the calls on how ties could be reconciled,” Blanda said. “Essentially, what we are talking about is, the amount is set, then the college research committee has to decide whether or not to fund one program for $8,000 or two for $4,000.” The senators decided to put the proportional funding model in place for one year to assess its impact on individual colleges in the university. Another issue discussed by senators was the possible publication of comments made by faculty members during chair evaluations. Currently, the senate does make available through their Web site evaluations of chairs, deans and the university president. However, some feel the publication of such evaluations does more harm than good. “The concern I have with making these available through the Web is that if someone is applying for a job, and (the employer) ﬁnds these comments, it’s slanderous,” said Ian Davidson, music professor. “This is not slanderous,” said Bill Stone, criminal justice professor and Senate chair. “There is no legal issue with the mentioning of their names in the comments. The comments sometimes give you hints about what the evaluation means. The Senate has historically taken a non censorship approach to this; we hope the faculty will use this effectively.” The faculty evaluations of the chairs, deans, provost and president consist of a series of questions that are ranked numerically and ten open-ended questions. The senate did not make a decision concerning the publication of comments, but will most likely revisit the issue at next week’s meeting.
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Recent crimes cause police to caution students By Emily Messer News Reporter An alleged aggravated sexual assault attempt ﬁled Friday has left the San Marcos Police Department with a lack of evidence to catch a suspect. At 4:40 a.m. on Friday, the unidentiﬁed woman was walking to her apartment at the Post Road Place complex when she was allegedly attacked from behind. The suspect then tried to remove her belt. The victim began ﬁghting and screaming, which brought people out of their apartments, said Sgt.
Penny Dunn, of the San Marcos Police Department criminal investigation unit. “In this case, the victim did exactly the right thing to do,” Dunn said. “It caused him to stop and ﬂee.” A request for the police report was denied because the investigation is ongoing, Dunn said. A suspect has not been apprehended. According to a press release by the City of San Marcos, the suspect is described as a Hispanic or black male, about 5’ 8” and between 140 and 160 pounds, he was wearing a yellow or light-colored T-shirt,
baggy grey shorts and possibly wearing a baseball cap. He allegedly ﬂed the area in a late model red Ford mustang hardtop. Dunn said people should take extra caution when going to their apartments or townhouses because of the incident. Dunn suggested people travel in groups, walk in well-lit areas, notify management about burned-out lights and report suspicious activity. The incident last week, however, is not the ﬁrst of the sexually-related crimes on Post Road. In recent months, there were two separate incidents of alleged criminal trespassing that occurred in the
neighboring Outpost apartments both in which a suspect entered the apartments without force, and awoke a female sleeping in her bedroom. Dunn said both incidents could have been avoided if the victims had locked their doors. The suspect in both cases was described as a Hispanic with dark skin, around six feet tall with a stout ﬁgure. The Outpost staff would not comment on the two incidents. On July 10 at 5:50 a.m., a female awoke to ﬁnd a man standing in See CRIMES, page 3
A MOTHER’S PROTEST
LEFT: Cindy Sheehan, the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who was killed in combat, leads an antiwar march Tuesday evening down Congress Avenue toward Austin’s City Hall. BELOW: Many Austin police ofﬁcers were on hand during the protest in order to insure the safe movement of the hundreds of marching protesters. Jeremy Craig/ Star photos
By Lindsay Mathews Special to The Star With signs ready to tout, hundreds of anti-war supporters welcomed Cindy Sheehan at the Capitol building in Austin at 5 p.m. yesterday to participate in a peace rally. Sheehan, who since the conception of Camp Casey located in Crawford, has quickly become the face of the antiwar movement in the US. After 26 days in Crawford protesting the war and demanding to speak with President George W. Bush regarding her son’s death while serving in Iraq, Sheehan took Camp
Casey to the streets making Austin the ﬁrst stop on the Freedom and Faith bus tour. She led a peaceful march down Congress Avenue to Austin City Hall where additional supporters waited to hear her speak. The event included poetry readings, musical performances by Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Eliza Gilkyson, and speakers from various anti-war organizations. CodePink is an organization of women against war that has been instrumental in the success of Sheehan’s campaign thus far, was present. Jim Goodnow, a member of Veterans See PROTEST, page 3
Austin’s smoking ban could drift over to San Marcos Ashley Richards Assistant News Editor Smokers must now smother their cigarette butts before walking into Austin bars and restaurants as part of a city ordinance taking effect today, which bans smoking in most buildings so citizens can ﬁll their lungs with clean air while bar-hopping or dining out. After working toward a smoking ban in Austin since 2003, and with the ordinance failing to pass in the City Council, the Onward Austin coalition turned to petitioning for the issue to be Jeremy Craig/Star photo placed in the hands the voters. By collecting more than 10 perManuel Alfau, Austin area chief, lights up while inside Lucky cent of the Austin voting popuLounge, a Fifth Street bar. Starting today, bar patrons will lation’s signatures, the coalition not able to enjoy the luxury of smoking indoors. was able to get the smoking
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ordinance on the May 7 ballot where it passed by 52 percent. According to the ordinance, aside from being permitted to smoke 15 feet from the doorway of any public building, smoking is allowed indoors only at personal residences, designated hotel and motel rooms, tobac-
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co retail shops, private nursing home rooms, bingo facilities and fraternal organizations. “Other communities that have passed ordinances that have been in effect for two years, the citizens are happy with it and the businesses are satisﬁed,” said Rodney Ahart, government relations director for the American Cancer Society in the Austin metro area. Enforcement of the smoking ordinance is under the controlled of the Austin Health and Human Services Department. With the ban now effective, businesses are responsible for keeping their establishment smoke-free and complying with stipulations set forth in the ordinance. “The ordinance will be enforced on a complaint basis,”
he citizens are happy with it and the businesses are satisﬁed.”
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said Bob Flocke, spokesman for the health and human services department. Customers at a bar or restaurant should treat a complaint about smoking just as they would with any other complaint about the establishment, he said. “Like you would if you had a ﬂy in your soup; ask them ‘please ask that person to stop smoking,’” Flocke said. Bars and restaurants are required to enforce the ordinance in their establishment by removing any ash trays, posting no smoking signs and asking anyone who is smoking to stop or leave the building. “(They should) do whatever they would do normally if they See BAN, page 3
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starsof texas state Monica Malorgio-McNabb, business administration graduate student, will be presented with a scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation on Nov. 15. Monica is one of 15 graduate students in Texas receiving scholarships of $7,500 from the foundation for their hard work and entrepreneurial sprit.
Monica was nominated for this honor by management professor James Bell after her team won an academic achievement for best business plan in his Studies in Entrepreneurship class. Monica is also a real estate agent with Randall Morris and Associates. The Star congratulates Monica and wishes her continued success in her academic and business pursuits.
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1887 - Emile Berliner ﬁled for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, ﬂat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.
EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Monday Phi Alpha Delta Meets at 6 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-11.1. Contact Ky Jurgensen at email@example.com.
Arts & Entertainment Wednesday Susan Gibson and Moving Parts will play at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Cover is $10. For more information, call (512) 353-3777. Cory Morrow will play at 9 p.m. on Saturday at the River Road Ice House. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information,
Crown. Also performing is Casting Couch and Fluffers Union. For more information, call (512) 396-2236.
1945 - The United States received ofﬁcial word of Japan’s formal surrender, ending World War II. In Japan, it was actually Sept. 2.
Multi-Cultural Student Affairs 13th Annual African American Leadership Conference Sept. 9 to 11 at the LBJSC. For more information, contact Beverly Woodson at (512) 2457439. Multi-Cultural Student Affairs 1st Annual All Male Conference Sept. 9 at LBJSC Ballroom. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration fee is $3. For more information, contact Beverly Woodson at (512) 245-7439. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit 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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1985 - The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition.
Adam Brown/Star photo John Troy Jacobs, mass communication junior, speaks with Wells Fargo employee Nicole Ferguson about his bank account. The WellsFargo.com bus rolled through town on Wednesday and handed out information about online banking services and how to link the new Texas State student ID card to a Wells Fargo account.
CRIME BL TTER
University Police Department
Aug. 28, 3:50 a.m. Burglary of Habitation/ Falls Hall A police ofﬁcer was dispatched to Falls Hall for a suspicious persons phone call. Upon further investigation, the nonstudent was arrested for burglary of habitation. The nonstudent was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center. Aug. 28, 11:52 a.m. Animal Call/Aquarena Center A staff member reported to a police ofﬁcer that a raccoon was stuck in the storage room. San Marcos Animal Control removed the animal. Aug. 29, Unknown hour Theft under $20,000/ Alkek Library Parking Garage A student reported to a police ofﬁcer that his motorcycle was Crime stoppers: UPD 245-7867
stolen. This case is under investigation.
Mayor Issues Call for Funds to Aid Hurricane Victims
Aug. 29, Unknown hour Criminal Mischief under $1500/Harris Dining Hall A non-student reported to a police ofﬁcer that University property had been damaged. This case is under investigation.
San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz has issued a call for San Marcos residents to support hurricane relief efforts in the devastated city of New Orleans and other communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. “I know our citizens share concern and grief for this immense tragedy and the destruction of a great American city and many smaller towns caused by Hurricane Katrina,” Narvaiz said. Narvaiz has initiated the creation of a special city account to accept disaster relief donations from local residents. Checks may be made out to the City of San Marcos with a notation of “Katrina Disaster Relief.” The funds will be sent to the American Red Cross. The city will also accept credit card and cash donations
San Marcos Police Department Aug. 30, 8:39 p.m. Aggravated Assault/ 1200 Aquarena Springs Dr. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon report. Aug. 31, 4:18 a.m. Public Intoxication/ 1101 E .River Ridge Pkwy Male arrested for public intoxication, minor consuming alcohol and possession of another person’s driver’s license. SMPD 353-TIPS
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at both utility payment centers located at 630 E. Hopkins St. and 1040 Seguin Highway. “What disaster organizations need more than anything are cash donations to help the tens of thousands of families whose lives have been completely uprooted by this storm,” Narvaiz said. Albert Sierra, San Marcos housing authority director, said Wednesday that he is preparing three housing units for possible use by storm refugees referred by disaster agencies. Groups interested in providing support may contact Sierra at (512) 353-5058. Ken Bell, ﬁre marshal and the San Marcos emergency management coordinator, said San Marcos and Wimberley water rescue units have been put on standby for possible response to the disaster area. — Courtesy of City of San Marcos
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
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for Peace, has been with Camp Casey since it began on Aug. and is against Bush’s policies and the war. “Desperate men do desperate things, like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld,” Goodnow said. “And now that Bush’s approval rating is at its lowest, I’d watch out for some kind of major diversion.” Voices of opposition could be heard through the constant chanting. Across the street about 20 supporters of President Bush and the war stationed themselves. At one point, Jordan Leu, a government student and a member of College Republicans, crossed the street to engage their opponents in debate. “I think (Sheehan) is cheapening what her son died for … we need to ﬁnish the job in Iraq,” Leu said. However, many supporters believe that because she took a public stand against Bush and the Iraq war, people who agree will speak up as well, possibly bringing the war to an end. “Military families are the best message we can use to end the war,” said Jason Kafoury, a law
student at Tulane University in New Orleans. According to an August Gallup Poll, Bush’s approval rating has dropped to 40 percent, the lowest for his administration. The event culminated when Sheehan took the stage. She expressed her gratitude to the audience for their support. “This has been the most amazing thing I have ever been involved in,” Sheehan said. After her son was killed in Iraq, she sent an open-ended letter to President Bush requesting an answer as to why her son died. “For What Noble Cause” has become a popular slogan for the antiwar campaign and was taken from the letter she wrote to Bush. “We have to hold Bush accountable … don’t give your children to this government when they misuse them,” Sheehan said. The Freedom and Faith bus tour is destined for Washington, D.C. for the annual Peace Walk on Sept. 24. The next stop will be in Houston. More information about Cindy Sheehan and the bus tour can be found at www.meetcindy.com.
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her bedroom. She yelled “Get out of here” and he said “I’m sorry,” and left, Dunn said. The victim, Lindsay Bira, a pre-psychology sophomore, said she had returned to her apartment early Sunday morning around 4:30 a.m., and if she had not gone to bed late, she would not have heard the suspect in her bedroom. “I was completely scared out of my mind. He was so quiet, I would have had no idea he was there,” Bira said. Bira said the suspect would easily blend into the San Marcos college crowd. “You would expect him to look dirty or scary, but he blended in with other students,” Bira said. “He wore a polo shirt and cargo shorts.” The incident has prompted Bira to take extra cautions to ensure safety. “You don’t usually think about something like that until after it happens,” Bira said. “Girls are too trusting; that’s a nurturing part of us,” Bira said. “I didn’t realize how vulnerable I was, but there’s crazy people out there.” Bira, who now lives in the
ou don’t usually think about something like that until after it happens.”
— Lindsay Bira attempted assault victim
dorms, said she slept with a hammer after the incident. She now carries mace, locks her doors and plans on taking a self-defense class, Rape Aggression Defense System, offered by the University Police Department free of charge. “Maybe that guy hasn’t done anything yet, but he’s testing his waters,” Bira said. “He’s seeing what he can get away with and people’s reaction.” Three weeks after the incident, Bira asked a friend to walk her to her apartment late in the evening. When they arrived, the same man was leaning against the building, Bira said. Bira and her friend entered the apartment, then returned outside. Bira said the unidentiﬁed man had a story that wasn’t put together. He said he didn’t
live at the apartments and was visiting a friend on the ﬁrst ﬂoor but was smoking a cigarette on the third ﬂoor. “I don’t know why we didn’t call the cops ... I was really shaken up,” Bira said. Bira said a couple of times after the incident she didn’t sleep at her apartment. “You feel like he’s in your room when you’re going off to sleep,” Bira said. The second incident was on July 17 at 4:27 a.m., when a woman awoke to ﬁnd a man standing near her bed. She thought he was someone she knew. When she shouted his name and realized it wasn’t him, she reached for a light, screamed and he left, Dunn said. The police have no vehicle description or a travel direction of the suspect. Dunn said the police do not have enough information to know if the incidents at the
Outpost have any relation to the one at Post Road Place. The two apartment complexes are both on Post Road located a ﬁfth of a mile apart. Dunn said all three crimes occurred on weekend days at around the same time in the early morning hours. “We could have a suspect whose level of crime has escalated,” Dunn said. “If it’s the same suspect, we have a dangerous situation (because) he’s escalating in his crime.” Dunn said the police department has increased patrols in the Post Road area and all of the ofﬁcers have been made aware of the incident. “We don’t want this to happen again,” Dunn said. Dunn said the apartments are not legally obligated to release information to the residents. Both Post Road Place and The Outpost informed residents of the crimes through ﬂiers.
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had someone in their establishment doing something out of order,” Flocke said. If a problem occurs when an establishment is not complying with the smoking ordinance by refusing to stop customers and employees from smoking indoors, individuals can contact the Austin Health and Human Services Department to ﬁle a complaint by listing the business and its address as well as the time, day and description of the violation. Flocke said the complaints will be investigated by the department and typically an establishment will not be issued a citation until the third offense. Exceptions to this policy, Flocke said, would be if an establishment is in gross violation of the smoking ordinance. Once a citation is issued to a business, they are then referred to the municipal court where speciﬁc penalties will be distributed, which could reach a $2,000 ﬁne for each day the establishment is in violation. However, Flocke said he was conﬁdent that in most cases, the violations would not escalate to that extreme. “We don’t think its going to be a problem,” Flocke said. “It’s just as much (the owner’s) duty to
enforce as only serving alcohol to those 21 and up.” Ahart said California and New York City have reported 97 percent compliance with their smoking ordinances. Ahart also said a study done by New York City two years after its smoking ban took effect revealed little to no negative impact on the business. “The only thing that’s changing is you’re removing smoking,” Ahart said. “The venues are still going to be serving alcohol and having live music.” With smoking ordinances in Round Rock and Austin as well as in San Antonio — though some policies are less restrictive than Austin’s — Ahart said it would be progressive to the American Cancer Society’s goal to see a smoking ban in San Marcos as well. “Now we have ordinances in Round Rock and Austin; you would think San Marcos would be next, trying to create a region of smoke-free communities,” Ahart said. During the summer — the owners of the Coffee Pot on The Square decided to make their establishment smoke-free, a move Sandi Watson, co-owner, said was a gutsy one. “It’s been going great, people actually like the cleaner interior atmosphere,” Watson said.
Since the switch to a smokefree Coffee Pot, Watson said the business has suffered about four lost regular customers. However, they have gained many more regular customers who have said they always wanted to be at the Coffee Pot but previously did not want to deal with the smoke. “For Austin, I think they’re going to ﬁnd out it’s not a bad thing,” Watson said. The Coffee Pot, Watson said, has plenty of outdoor seating, and going outside to have a cigarette has seemed to not be a problem for most customers. Watson said she felt most San Marcos bars and restaurants would prefer to keep smoking bans a voluntary issue rather than have a mandatory government enforced ordinance. Students have mixed feelings about the possibility of a San Marcos smoking ordinance. Some believe it should be done like Austin’s, while others fully oppose any ban and still others think there could be some middle ground drawn. “I’m not for an overall ban,” said Melissa Finney, political science junior. “I can see smoking in bars but not restaurants.” Although she is a sporadic smoker, Rachel Richter, criminal justice junior, said a smoking ban in Austin or San Marcos would
only bother her if she were to go into a bar for a drink. “I’m not a big smoker, and when I go to a restaurant, I don’t even sit in smoking,” Richter said. As a resident of Austin, Richter said she thought, from her observations of previous smoking restrictions, that the new ordinance would not be a large change to the businesses. Eight establishments in Austin do not have to follow the full smoking ordinance until September 2012, as they obtained restricted smoking permits before Nov. 1, 2004, which allows the businesses to have smoking sections that are fully separated from the remainder of the building. Because the smoking ordinance was passed by the citizens of Austin, it will stay in place for two years, upon which time it will go to the city council again for possible reapproval. Ahart said he thinks the ban will remain in place after the two-year period based on his knowledge of the success and acceptance of a smoking ordinance by citizens and business owners in other states. Austin citizens can make a complaint with the enforcing department by calling (512) 9725600.
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A Bobcat in Baghdad
PET OF THE WEEK
My name is Brian Patrick Henretta. I’m a 24-year-old Texas State student from Buffalo, N.Y. I moved to Killeen in 2000, and my home has been San Marcos since early 2003. I’m an Army public affairs specialist, journalist and photographer with the 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Texas National Guard, out of Camp Mabry, currently serving in Baghdad under Operation Iraqi Freedom. I’m a mass communication sophomore, but my major will likely change by the time I return to Texas State.
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Greetings from a Bobcat in Baghdad. March 25, 2004 started like most other days. I was slightly hung over from the night before and was on my way to take a history 1310 exam, walking from my apartment near Sewell Park across the bridge in front of the JC Kellam Administrative Building. At that moment of trying my best not to forget about the Stamp Act, all was right in my world. I had been out of the full-time Army for more than a year, doing well in school and enjoying everything fun San Marcos has to offer a single guy. There was no way I could have thought my life was about to change forever with one phone call. As the number of my Army National Guard unit came up on my cell phone, I took the call thinking nothing of it. Maybe they needed me to bring in some paperwork for my upcoming drill weekend. As Sgt. Flores started to talk, her words became dreamlike, and my body went numb. “Spc. Henretta, our unit has been alerted that we have been called up to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” she said. Now, at that time, the war had been going on for a year and seemed to be turning into a mess. Like everyone I know, I kept my eyes glued to the news during the initial invasion of Iraq
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in March 2003. My friends and I would watch the greatest military ass-whooping in history while drinking some beers and cheering on the good guys, not even questioning what the future would hold after we beat Iraq’s army. After that, as things slowed down, the war didn’t really seem as important anymore. It seemed more like a TV show, even though I had several friends there dying. I knew I wasn’t going over there. I had only joined the National Guard for the college money, after all. I put in my service with the Army, and I thought it would be smooth sailing. Apparently not. I arrived in the Middle East in January, starting in Kuwait for a few weeks then taking a three-day, white-knuckle drive through Iraq into Baghdad for a year of uncertainty. It’s been more than seven months of living in the shadows of Saddam’s evil regime. I’ve seen so many places and met so many people that I’ll carry with me forever. War really is hell on everyone. Sometimes that hell manifests itself as an explosion, sometimes it’s boredom, and sometimes it’s fear. Over the course of the semester, I want to paint a picture of what life is really like for us normal guys stationed in Iraq. I hope to show that Baghdad is not the savage bloodbath shown on the news, with bombs going off at every turn. Nor is it a place where every soldier is happy to “defend freedom,” or whatever our leaders are saying this week to put words in our mouths. It’s just a place sort of like anywhere else you’ve ever been, only totally different. I hope I can bring the war in Iraq home to you in terms that are easy to understand for my students, some of whom may not care to watch the news but are still curious as to what we eat, what Iraqis are like, how hot it is and what we do for fun. I hope I can describe it in a way to make this war — whether you agree or disagree with it — more important and realistic. I’ll do my best to ﬁll you all in on Iraq, until that glorious day when I step off that plane and I’m safely back home in San Marcos.
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Texas shows its heart in neighbors’ time of need The situation in the Gulf states continues to deteriorate in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Public health fears are rising as authorities worry that diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery may be contaminating the drinking water and food. Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans believes the death toll may now be in the thousands, and President George W. Bush has said the recovery could take years. It’s a wonder how people are ﬁghting to survive through all of this. What’s not a wonder is the amount of support the American people are lending their countrymen. Gov. Rick Perry announced today that not only will the Houston Astrodome serve as a refugee area for people displaced after the new evacuation announcement of the Crescent City, but also that the children and young adults among them will be able to attend classes in Texas public schools. Rice University is allowing Houston-area students enrolled at Tulane University this semester to take classes without paying tuition, and Southern Methodist University will do the same for Tulane students from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In this extraordinary time of need, we ask the administration at Texas State to allow students of Gulf-state universities from South and Central Texas the same opportunities to continue their education. The Hullabaloo, the campus newspaper of Tulane, has suspended production until further notice as its staff also assesses needs in the recovery effort. We look forward to their return and the voice they provide for the Green Wave community. Anheuser-Busch has shipped more than 12,000 cases of drinking water, and closer to home, H-E-B stores in San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Waco, along with stores in the Gulf Coast and Valley regions, are accepting donations for the relief efforts on Friday. As of Wednesday evening, the two local stores were not accepting donations but did offer referral services to those who sought it. Countless other companies, charities, individuals and groups are helping the relief efforts. Clarewood and University Club apartments are taking donations as is the Non-Traditional Student Organization. NTSO is seeking any nonperishable items as well as diapers and formula from today until Sept. 14 at its ofﬁce in the LBJ Student Center, Room 4-3.1. The Texas State athletic department, in conjunction with Sac-NPac, will pass out popcorn buckets during the football game Saturday to solicit donations for the relief effort. The Bobcats’ opponents, the Delta State Statesmen, hail from Cleveland, Miss. While the university was not directly affected by the hurricane, many of the student-athletes, staff and fans were. Saturday’s game is the perfect opportunity to show the true spirit of Texas State. After the gridiron competition is ﬁnished, let’s wish the Statesmen, their extended families and the residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama the best for a quick recovery. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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Would you support a smoking ban for bars and restaurants in San Marcos? “I’d support it because I don’t smoke. I like to enjoy my meal smoke free.” — JAMES VAN DYNE pre-international studies sophomore
“Absolutely not because I feel that it is the right of a business owner to make the decision whether or not they allow smoking in their establishment. It’s not the right of the government to make the decision.” — KYLE DEVRIES public administration freshman “I’d support no smoking anywhere. I hate it when I go into restaurants and there’s smoke. It’s gross when you smell smoke walking across The Quad.” — BRANDON HARWARD pre-psychology freshman “At bars and places like that, you should be able to smoke. If they start banning it in bars and restaurants, then they do it outside next.” — BRANDON OWEN management freshman
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A SMOKE-FREE San Marcos
Smokers are not Nonsmokers will breathe sigh of relief second-class citizens, shouldn’t be shut out if city passes ban As a nonsmoker, you’d think I’d be all Now I can visit all the bars and clubs over the chance to ban cigarette smoking all in Austin without feeling clogged or sufover campus, but you’re wrong. focated. Smokers are people too. They have rights Hurray! just like every other person. And like all Now there will be less littering and a people, they have free will. It is their choice cleaner environment. whether they want to smoke or not. They Hurray again! BHARATI NAIK JOE TORRES are well aware of the risks that are involved When in Austin, I won’t suffer from Star Columnist Star Columnist my life-being-cut-short syndrome. in smoking, yet they do it anyway. Ask Hurrah! Hurrah! anyone who enjoys high-risk sports or acAnd ﬁnally, nonsmokers have a say. a whiff. By now, most tivities; they do it because they can or just of you would have gotten the whiff of what my celebration is for the rush. Smokers smoke for the same reason. Sometimes all about. I heard about the new smoking ban in Austin while they need a quick ﬁx or just a quick drag to relax. Some might working at the American Cancer Society this summer. The argue that yoga or a nap might help, but some people choose employees at ACS were upbeat about the new ban after having smoking. In other words, smokers smoke because they can. relentlessly pursued the smoking referendum to be added to Some complain that smokers infringe on their right to the ballot. The new smoking ban, passed in May with 51.8 perbreathe clean air. The last time I checked, the air wasn’t clean cent of the vote, has been causing much discussion as the ﬁnal to begin with. The people complaining about clean air drive countdown begins for its effect tomorrow. Even cars to get around, so unless they ride bikes or walk everyas protestors threaten to light up on the where, they are part of problem, too. steps of the City Hall tomorrow, nonIn reality, clean air doesn’t even exist. On the cleanest day, smokers can breathe a sigh of relief. you still breathe in microscopic organisms all the time, so The new ban will include restrictechnically, you are protesting for some thing intangible. I untions on smoking in nearly 255 derstand if you are protesting for cleaner air because that establishments and will limit is tangible. If cleaner air is the issue, you smoking areas to fraternal orgacould easily achieve that if you drive nizations or bingo halls. less or carpool. You would get better At this moment, I am results anyway. reminded of the smokLook at it from a business standing ban that was implepoint. In San Antonio, bar owners and mented last semester at restaurants banned smoking but learned The Quad and the Alkek to accommodate their existing patrons Library breezeway here at who smoke. With the impending ban in Texas State. Now as I walk past these areas, Austin, it is just a matter of time before I hardly notice anybody ﬁddling with a ciga ban like that hits San Marcos. Restauarette, lighting on the sly or littered butts rant and bar owners here could lose a lot strewn about. The nonsmoking zones were of business. If you drink but don’t smoke and stomached quite well by the students. don’t like smokers in your bar, who are you to If Austin can do it then San Marcos should say they are doing something wrong? not be far behind. If you drink, it’s a vice, and so is Traditionally, smokers have argued smoking bans are a viosmoking; you have something in lation of their rights. Even in the most liberal societies, rules common. Why ban your fellow vice are initiated to make the quality of life better. Whether the indulgers? Besides, if smokers outargument is about “rights” or “health,” until now, smokers number you, that means you just have had an unfair advantage over nonsmokers by lighting turned a popular place to hang up when and where they please in most places. It’s high out and drink or smoke with your time smokers start taking responsibility for their actions. buddies into a lame hangout. A The argument that secondhand smoke is dangerous lame hangout normally goes belis not unfounded but very real. The American Cancer ly-up in a short amount of time Society claims on their Web site that an estimated 35,000 or dies a slow, agonizing death. to 40,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,000 lung cancer Congratulations, you just lost your deaths are due to secondhand smoke in otherwise healthy bar. nonsmokers. A smoking ban in San Marcos should be easier Restaurant patrons are a different to implement than in Austin. Opponents of the smoking case. Their main concern is that they ban in Austin have ludicrously claimed the ban would afand their food are being exposed to fect Austin’s live music industry. It’s rather trite to assume cigarette smoke. Austin’s live music industry thrives under a smoke screen. Here is an idea; instead of a ban, I have been hearing many smokers say the spirit of Austin a well-ventilated room could suit will not be the same after the ban. If the spirit of the town smokers. The smoke-ﬁlled air will lies in lighting a cigarette, then the ﬁre should be in putting be outside and not inside. The main it out. By giving silly reasons, smokers are essentially trying complaint about smokers from nonto defend their own addiction to nicotine. smokers is that secondhand smoke While Austin may carry the “Live Music Capital of the is unhealthy. The ones who complain World” tag, San Marcos is known for its quieter and cleaner about smoking wouldn’t be exposed environment. A smoking ban in San Marcos would help retain to the smoke because it will be ventiits serenity and unspoiled environment. It would also help lated outside while they are inside. A send a positive message to the many students who throng well-ventilated smokers section that is this university every year. For those who work downtown in closed off in a restaurant could be a betthe bars, it would mean a healthier work environment and a ter-suited substitute for an all-out ban. chance to live longer. A smoking ban would deﬁnitely remove Some restaurants have started using the thick haze in clubs and ensure bars that they will attract a these rooms in order to save busiwider variety of people. ness. Other bars and restaurants Just like Austin had the American Cancer Society and could do the same. Lance Armstrong Foundation rooting for the smoking ban, Christina Gomez/Star illustration There are already smoking San Marcos also requires some early proponents to propel restrictions; why continue the opthe need for the ban forward. pression? If you know the designated areas where smokers are A smoking ban would guarantee fair treatment to both allowed to smoke, why would you walk through there with smokers and nonsmokers. Pregnant women, children and nonthe knowledge that people are smoking? If it’s because it’s the smokers would have a larger choice of places to chill out than faster way to class or because the ‘door is right there,’ just use before. another entrance. If you care about clean air that much, you There has been no compelling reason that a smoking ban would avoid smokers all together and take the extra time to would affect business communities adversely. In fact, Austin ﬁnd another entrance would give you more time to enjoy that Mayor Will Wynn has declared September to be Support Ausclean air. tin’s Nightlife Month to attract more people to the places they Did you notice that even after restrictions are put into play, avoided before due to the thick haze of smoke. The American people still smoke? Pushing smokers into a corner isn’t going Cancer Society is organizing a “Breathe-Easy-Tour” visit to to solve your problem. Smokers know that certain people don’t some of the hottest bars and restaurants in Austin to celebrate want them to smoke, and yet they continue to do it. You can the ﬁrst day of smoke free environment Thursday. push something or someone into a corner as much as you like, By attaching too much importance to cigarettes, smokers but the fact remains, that something or someone is still there, are essentially reducing the joy they should be deriving from and as long as there is a corner to put them in, they won’t go enjoying live music and other activities. A smoking ban is likely away. Even if a smoking ban is enforced, they won’t go away. to force business owners to come up with a more creative and Smokers are not second-class citizens. They should not be better entertainment for the customers. made to look like second-class citizens because of a lifestyle With a stringent smoking ban in place, smokers in San Marchoice. cos will have more incentive to give up the haze. At Texas State, Yes, I would consider smoking a lifestyle choice based on the Student Health Center offers a guided smoking cessation the fact that is does alter a lifestyle. The risks are there, and to program. Smoker or non-smoker, it’s time to make a healthier most smokers, that’s ﬁne with them. They choose to take the choice by breaking through the haze. risks. San Marcos needs to kick “butt” now. It is their life. Naik is a mass communication graduate student.
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AT THE BOX OFFICE Fall movie previews offer hits and misses Elizabethtown Dir: Cameron Crowe Stars: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst Paramount Pictures Release date: Oct. 14 After Vanilla Sky in 2001, it’s okay to be weary about Cameron Crowe’s latest semiautobiographical tale Elizabethtown. From the trailer, it appears stock-full of the usual sappy Crowe dialogue and dreamy-eyed characters staring longingly into each other’s eyes. However, Elizabethtown is certain to carry more depth and creativity than Sky, and we can just hope for something as genuine as Almost Famous. In a role oddly similar to Zach Braff ’s in Garden State, Bloom plays Drew Baylor, a suicidal industrial designer who is returning home to Kentucky for his father’s funeral. As his love interest, Dunst is the witty ﬂight attendant Claire, whom he meets on his way home. The plot isn’t very surprising, but Bloom’s performance could turn a few heads. The Weather Man Dir: Gore Verbinski Stars: Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis Paramount Pictures Release date: Oct. 28 Director Gore Verbinski can
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Joaquin Phoenix is the man in black in Walk the Line.
do big budget action (Pirates of the Caribbean) and big budget horror (The Ring), but his past efforts at comedy have been duds (The Mexican, Mousehunt). For The Weather Man, Verbinski turns to Nicolas Cage to do most of the heavy comedic lifting. If you remember Raising Arizona (and you should), you know that Cage is a skilled comedian, but it has been awhile since he’s been in a really good comedy. Cage plays David Spitz, a Chicago weatherman trying to balance his family life and his successful career. The premise is weak, but I think Cage can pull it off. Jarhead Dir: Sam Mendes Stars: Jake Gyllennhal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx Universal Pictures Release date: Nov. 4 Who could resist a ﬁlm with the tagline “Welcome to the suck?” Apparently, director Sam Mendes couldn’t. Mendes has already established himself as a diverse ﬁlmmaker with the overrated American Beauty and the underrated Road to Perdition, and his adaptation of Anthony Swofford’s 2003 novel, Jarhead, looks to be his best. Gyllennhal, who plays Swofford in the ﬁlm, still looks like a dePhoto Courtesy of Paramount Pictures pressed teenager. However, with a bulked-up look and a shaved Nicolas Cage tries to be a weatherman and a family man in The Weather Man. head, he appears passable as a soldier. The ﬁlm portrays nomination for his portrayal Peter Jackson’s computer Swofford’s life as a marine from of Johnny Cash, and Reese wizardry in the Lord of the his enlistment to Operation Witherspoon might garner Rings trilogy gave George Desert Storm. After saving The some attention as well for her Lucas a run for his Star Wars Skeleton Key from complete di- performance in a role that ac- money. Now, King Kong seems saster, Sarsgaard is Swofford’s tually requires her to do some likely to trump them all. Set in best friend, Troy, and Foxx, serious acting as June Carter. the 1930s, Jack Black is Carl who couldn’t save Stealth from The ﬁlm tells the story of Cash’s Denham, an overzealous direcfailure, is their platoon leader, life from his early days on an tor who takes his crew to Skull Sergeant Sykes. Expect all three Arkansas cotton farm to his rise Island to make a ﬁlm about the stars to be mentioned heavily to fame as one of the most in- legend of the island’s giant goduring awards season. ﬂuential ﬁgures in rock ‘n’ roll. rilla. When they ﬁnd that the Director James Mangold has gorilla is actually real, they use Walk the Line plenty of high expectations to the lovely Ann Darrow (Watts) Dir: James Mangold live up to with dedicated Cash to distract it so they can haul Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, fans. Judging from Phoenix’s it back to New York, where Reese Witherspoon performance in the ﬁlm’s trail- loads of destruction will inevitably occur. After portraying 20th Century Fox er, it’s a sure thing. Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Release date: Nov. 18 Andy Serkis is back in his CGI King Kong suit to play the gorilla. I wonFresh off the heels of last Dir: Peter Jackson der if he’ll refer to Watts as his year’s Ray, the fall season boasts Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack precious… yet another musician biopic, Black, Adrien Brody Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Walk the Line. Joaquin Phoenix Universal Pictures With help from computers, Andy Serkis plays the legendary is almost sure to grab an Oscar Release date: Dec. 14 See FALL MOVIES, page 7 gorilla in King Kong.
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All the King’s Men Dir: Steven Zaillian Stars: Sean Penn, Jude Law Columbia Pictures Release date: Dec. 16 In 1949, All the King’s Men won the Academy Award for Best Picture. So, why must there be a remake? I’d bet it’s for the chance of another Oscar for Penn or a ﬁrst one for Law. The plot, which is centered on the life of a populist southerner, Willie Stark (Penn), is also an opportunity for left-wing Hollywood to take another jab at our country’s politicians. Although, the ﬁlm’s producers would probably tell you that’s not the case, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Munich Dir: Steven Spielberg Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig Dreamworks Release date: Dec. 23 Steven Spielberg’s untitled 1972 Olympics project ﬁnally has a title, Munich, and some of the best early buzz he’s had since Saving Private Ryan. In the ﬁlm, Eric Bana (The Hulk, Troy)
plays an agent hunting down the Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes during the ’72 Games. Few other details are known about the project — it’s still ﬁlming — but look for it to challenge Jarhead for a Best Picture Oscar. Match Point Dir: Woody Allen Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Matthew Goode Dreamworks Release date: Dec. 25 It seems that Woody Allen has ﬁnally found a new muse, Scarlett Johansson, albeit a slightly disturbing one — he turns 70 this year, and she’s 20. I don’t think Johansson is quite to Diane Keaton’s level yet, but she must be getting close since Allen is already shooting his next movie with her. In Match Point, Johansson plays Nola, an American living in London, who gets caught in a love triangle with tennis pro Chris (Rhys-Meyers) and his nemesis, Tom (Goode). Shot entirely in London, the ﬁlm marks the ﬁrst time Allen has worked outside New York. From its early positive buzz at the Cannes Film Festival, I hope it’s not the last.
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Jude Law and Sean Penn hope Oscar takes notice of their roles in All the King’s Men.
We caught up with Texas State students to see what they’re listening to on the spot
Also on the Radar: Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan Release date: Nov. 11 Ice Harvest Stars: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thorton, Connie Nielsen Release date: Nov. 23
“Anything But Ordinary” Avril Lavigne Ashlee Wells history and English sophomore
Memoirs of a Geisha Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh Release date: Dec. 9 — Kyle Bradshaw
“Astroman” Jimi Hendrix Matt Spell psychology junior
“To the End” My Chemical Romance Carole Brogden interior design freshman
Photo courtesy of Dreamworks Scarlett Johansson is Woody Allen’s latest muse in Match Point.
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By Jim Farber New York Daily News Madonna will try to rebound from the ﬁrst CD bomb of her career with a striking return to dance music. The 60-somethingyear-old Rolling Stones will try to prove they can make new music that rocks as hard as their classics. And Ashlee Simpson will explicitly address the scandal over whether she can actually sing — in the lyrics of a new song. Those are just a few of the plot lines and promises lurking beby Jeffrey Cole hind the coming season’s most anticipated albums. As always, this fall hosts the music industry’s densest downfall of releases. Hundreds of fresh CDs are poised to clog record store bins (the few that are left) and cram downloading sites (the many that keep expanding). Lots of acts that broke huge with their debuts will face the dreaded sophomore curse this season, including The Darkness, Jet, Sean Paul, Scissor Sisters, Gretchen Wilson and Franz Ferdinand. Do they have the goods to establish real careers? Or will some end up going the platinum-topoof route of Joan Osborne and Paula Cole? Other stars are risking working in a new medium, with a different genre, or in rejiggered conﬁgurations. Jamie Foxx, who impersonated Ray Charles with such eerie ease in Ray, will release the ﬁrst work in his own voice. Titled “Three
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Letter Word” (hint: it’s not “toy”), the disk is described as “a very, very sexual record.” Think: R. Kelly at his freaky-deakiest. Pink Floyd’s main writer, Roger Waters, will put off a possible studio reunion with his classic band to promote something far less commercially sound: a doubleCD opera inspired by, get this, the French Revolution. Another major British brand name, Queen, will return to the record bins for the ﬁrst time since the death of icon Freddie Mercury in 1991 with a live album from a recent tour. Bassist John Deacon didn’t deign to tag along. But that didn’t stop guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor from hiring a stand-in, or from recruiting as their vocalist the very unMercury-like Paul Rodgers (of Free and Bad Company fame). Am I the only one who gets no image when trying to picture
mucho-macho Rodgers squealing through “Bohemian Rhapsody”? On the high end of the age scale, B.B. King plans to put out an album toasting his 80th birthday — titled “80,” in case you miss the point. King opted for the Sinatra/Santana m.o., piling on a round of all-too-familiar big names for duets, like U2, Sting, Elton John and Van Morrison. Couldn’t he have gone with younger over-exposed stars? Like, say, Kanye West? At the lower end of the life cycle stands (or more likely, falls) ex-Libertine singer Pete Doherty. The perpetually recovering heroin addict will release the debut work from his own band, Babyshambles. Doherty’s story line has to be this fall’s most nervous-making. While other stars are merely putting their careers on the line, Doherty always seems to be putting his very life there.
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FALL SEMESTER WORK $12 Base/appt. Flex schedules around classes, sales/service. No exp. nec, scholarships possible. All ages 17+, conditions apply. Work in San Marcos, apply in Austin. Call NOW (512)458-9093. www. workforstudents.com POOL AND SPA company now hiring. Part time $300$500 a week. No experience necessary. 512-754-0662. MOTHER’S HELPER needed for infant twin boys. Flexible hours, part-time, must be resposnsible collge student. Contact Dana @ 449-8870. INTERESTED IN MOWING our lawn for extra monies? If so, call (512) 754-6184 and leave your message. NOW HIRING ACCOUNT representative at mobiltel wireless. Please call (830)4918897 or submit resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. TEXASARABIANHORSES. com needs: experienced trainers; good groomers; computer savy research and marketing secretary; web developer/designer. Apply online.
HELP NEEDED FOR a Specialty Tree Care Company. Candidates should be detailoriented and appreciate demanding outdoor work. Job Location-Wimberley. OAK WILT SPECIALISTS OF TEXAS 512-894-4193. TEKA MARKETING IS now expanding and looking to ﬁll several full & part time positions. Very ﬂexible hours. Casual work environment. For more information call 512-8050020 NANNY POSITION needed for 3 small children Tuesdays, Thursdays and occasional weekends. Must have references and own transportation. If interested, call 512-858-0275. PART-TIME ENTRYlevel position invoicing & light accounting. Proﬁcient in QuickBooks. At small direct mail company Must be detailed-oriented, creative. Conscientious, and a selfstarter. Must be available 11:00am-4:00pm daily. To apply-call 512-393-5454 TEACHERS NEEDED: Quality child development center in Kyle. PT 2:30-6:30 M-F Immediate openings. FT Lead teacher 12-18 mos. Bilingual & experience a plus. 405-3700, 405-3701 fax, www. rockinghorseacademy.com RETAIL SALES-a national woman’s and children’s sportswear company is seeking part-time Sales Associates for our brand new Prime Outlet location. Contact Heather 407230-0780 or email jobs@freshp roducesportswear.com BOBCATSNEEDJOBS.COM We need Paid Survey Takers in San Marcos. 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys. THE UNIVERSITY STAR IS NOW HIRING FOR FALL 2005. CALL 245-3487 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR 1.833 COME BY TRINITY.
TUTOR/NANNY POSITION available in San Marcos for two girls ages 7 and 10 from August 29th until May 19, 2006. Pick up children from school. Assist with homework and monitor progress for an accelerated Christian based academic program. Occassionally transport children to/from extracurricular activities. Position is approximately 15hrs/week (2:45pm to 5:45pm). Flexibility with schedule occassionally necessary. Prefer Interdisplinary Studies/Education Generalist 4-8 major with GPA of 3.0 or greater. Must demonstrate and encourage academic excellence, be punctual/dependable, active, hands-on with kids and enjoy teaching. Non-Smokers only. $7+/hr. depending on experience. Bonus oppurtunities available. Full-time also available for Summer 2006. Call 512-787-7609 for an application. More info on Job4Cats #5123. Interviewing now. D&D FARM & RANCH Full-Time Positions: Trailer Dept: Scheduling Services, Selling Truck Accessories & Parts Trailer Technician Hardware Dept Purchasing, Selling, & Stocking Outside Sales: Scheduling & Coordinating Deliveries Outside Loaders: Customer Service Apply in Person at: 516 IH 10 E., Seguin
POST ABORTION SUPPORT/Recovery Group is set to begin on Sept 6 and will meet for appr 9 wks. The small group is designed to help women who have been affected by abortion move forward with their lives. For hope and healing contact Central Texas Life Care at 396-3020 and ask for Blain or Phyllis. Space is limited so call now for time, location, and other details. All calls are completely conﬁdential.
FOR RENTCONDO/TOWNHOME $785, 2/2.5 TOWNHOUSE Move in today. 3 blk from TX State, free HBO, Roadrunner, full W/D. For ﬂoor plans & prices www.windmilltownhomes.com or 396-4181
FOR RENT-HOUSES 3BD/2BA DOUBLE WIDE on 1 acre for sale or rent. 10 minutes from campus. $800 per month. Call 512-847-8029. COUNTRY HOME ON 5 acres, 2bdr/2ba, ch/ca, 6 mi from San Marcos, $750 per mo plus deposit, 830-379-9682 or 512-357-6271.
HELP WANTED WANTED: ELECTRICIANS needed for ﬁnish out work/ Some parttime until school starts/ Call Ted Breihan Electric 512-396-3300 or come by118 S Edward Gary-San Marcos. !BARTENDERS WANTED! $300/day potential. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ ok. 800-9656520 x 157.
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FOR SALE MINI-FRIDGE $35, microwave $20, Century-Tel DSL modem $30, 512-6441233. 16’X48” 4 YR old round above ground pool. New 1.5 hp sand pump. Zodiac automatic pool cleaner. Solar cover. $600. 830-627-6838.
SUBLEASE PLEASE SUBLEASE MY APT!! 1/1, 625 sq ft available ASAP. Close to Campus! Only $475/month! 512-557-5810
TRAVEL SPRING BREAK 2006 with Student Travel Services to Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas and Florida. Are you connected? Sell Trips, Earn Cash & Travel Free! Call for group discounts. Info/Reservations 800-6484849 www.ststravel.com
Volunteer Training Session Dates: • Sat., Aug. 27 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm • Mon., Aug. 29 from 6:30-8:30 pm • Tues., Aug. 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm • Thurs., Sept. 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm • Wed., Sept. 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm • Sat., Sept. 10 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers to work with horses and special people. No experience necessary.
ONE ROOMMATE. CHARMING 3/1 rock house to share with female. View. Privacy. $490. 1224 Chestnut. 396-9757. TWO STUDIOUS FEMALE roommates to share 3/2 house 512-805-0299 Share home Plum Creek Kyle 15 min. to campus non-smoker $475 includes all Mark 2339775. MALE ROOMMATEWANTED Hillside Ranch Apts. 2 bdr $440 plus utilities/month Cable and Internet FREE $99 deposit Call Ryan 936-443-7236 ROOMMATE NEEDED, 2/1, $235 mo plus half utilities, Verandah Apts, on bus route. Call 979-229-3241.
WANTED: USED CARS, trucks, motorcycles. Any condition. Running or not. If you have something to sell please call Willis Mitchell. 512353-4511.
A.W.A.R.E. Always Wanted A Riding Experience
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1708 Centerpoint Rd. San Marcos East on Centerpoint Rd. 1/2 mile past Outlet Malls
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830.609.3337 Do you strive for perfection in customer service? We’d love to hear from YOU! NOW HIRING DELIVERY DRIVERS, WAIT STAFF & COOKS Full or Part Time FLEXIBLE HOURS • DRIVERS - WITH TIPS YOU COULD EARN $10 - $15 PER HOUR COMPETITIVE WAGES • EDUCATION ASSISTANCE (FULL AND PART TIME) 401K EMPLOYER MATCH • MEDICAL/DENTAL INSURANCE • VACATION MEAL PLAN • ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
DRIVERS APPLY TODAY AT: San Marcos Area Pizza Hut location 403-A Guadalupe San Marcos, TX 392-5900 WAIT STAFF & COOKS APPLY TODAY AT: 720 E. Hopkins San Marcos, TX 396-3696 EOE M/F/D/V