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SEPTEMBER 22, 2005



Latino community leader speaks of mistreatment of minorities, farmers

San Marcos in hurricane hurry In preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Rita, a horde of San Marcos residents stocked up on emergency supplies at the H-E-B on East Hopkins Street on Wednesday.

By Jason Buch Special to The Star Latino community leader and long-time farm-worker activist Dolores Huerta visited Texas State on Wednesday, making several appearances around campus. “Last year during Cesar Chavez week, we started talking and decided we just needed to get her to come here,” said Theresa Garza, president of the Association of Mexican American Students. “I’ve known about her since I was a kid. I’m just so impressed by her. She’s such a wonderful, beautiful person.” Huerta, a mother of 11 who turned 75 this April, marked her first-time visit to Texas State with a faculty and staff luncheon, a classroom visit, a dinner with student leaders and as keynote speaker of Hispanic Heritage Month in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Huerta beginning her career as an activist when she started the California chapter of the Community Service Organization in 1955 and the 45th anniversary of her founding the AgriSee LEADER, page 4

City Council discusses potential consequences of Hurricane Rita

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Residents prepare for approaching storm Leah Kirkwood and Emily Messer News Reporters Many San Marcos residents and students have gone to the grocery store in search of supplies because of evacuee family members who will be staying with them to ride out the weather Hurricane Rita is expected to bring. Geraldine Gonzales, Martindale resident, stood in a long checkout line at H-E-B waiting with her son, mother and three shopping carts filled with food. Gonzales said seven to 10 of her family members from Houston will be waiting out the storm at her house. “I’m almost prepared. I’ll come back for more tomorrow,” Gonzales said. Hurricane Rita reached Category 5 strength on Wednesday in the Gulf Coast, with wind speeds of 165 miles per hour. The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on the Texas coastline early Saturday morning and continue into the Central Texas area, leaving many Texas State students and San Marcos residents far from being high and dry.

Christine Demarines, marketing senior, said she has family in Houston that plan evacuation to either Austin or Dallas. “I don’t see why they’d come here,” Demarines said. “I think we will be hit just as bad.” A Hurricane Rita Update link has been posted on the Texas State Web site so students may have access to the latest information from the university. It stated classes may be cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions beginning Friday night. Students are encouraged to check the university Web site frequently, or call (512) 245-2424 to listen to the recorded news bulletin. Campus radio station KTSW FM 89.9 will also be broadcasting emergency information. They have arranged for a call-in program at 4 p.m. on Thursday. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, City Manager Dan O’Leary and Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Bell will be on hand to discuss local response to the hurricane. Listeners can call and ask them questions at (512) 245-3473 or

By Danea Johnson Special to The Star At the onset of Tuesday’s San Marcos City Council meeting, City Manager Dan O’Leary addressed Hurricane Rita’s potential for disaster on the Texas coastline and possible consequences for San Marcos. “The city is well-practiced at responding to disasters,” O’Leary said. “We have a plan and are very good at putting that plan into effect.” O’Leary outlined what he said are the three basic effects of Hurricane Rita hitting the coastline. He said the event should concern Texans. The first effect would be the enormous amount of people evacuating the Gulf Coast, especially Houston. O’Leary pointed out that Houston is almost four times as populous as New Orleans. Houston is the fourth most populous U.S. city with about two million citizens, according to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau, while New Orleans was ranked the 31st most populous U.S. city with 500,000 citizens.

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Faculty Senate evaluates deans, department chair By Clayton Medford News Reporter Faculty Senate released college dean and department chair rankings and evaluations on Wednesday. The evaluations, similar to the evaluations of faculty that students fill out at the end of the semester, were compiled by the senate and include written com-

ments made by full time faculty members. This year’s release was slightly different from past evaluations. For instance, the senate listed next to the chair and dean rankings the percentage of faculty in their department that returned the survey. Also, the Senate edited some comments and attached an explanation of how and why they

were edited. “Names and identifying references to persons other than the author or the relevant administrator have been removed in the interest of protecting third party privacy,” the Senate said in their release. In the course of evaluating a dean, if a professor discussed comments made by another


professor, that discussion was removed from the official release, which is available on the Faculty Senate’s Web site. The numeric evaluations, detailed in the Senate’s report, consisted of 12 hypothetical evaluations to which the faculty responded on a five-point scale See SENATE, page 5

Texas State to host Playwrights Conference this weekend By Deanna Ledezma News Reporter Texas State will initiate the annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference with the staged readings of two new plays, Forty Acres and 69 Portraits of Che, beginning Friday and ending September 25 in the studio theatre room in the

Theatre Building. The handson workshop gives playwrights, students and professional guest directors the opportunity to explore the selected plays over the course of a week in preparation for the weekend’s staged reading. “It’s an opportunity to give new playwrights the chance to see their work live. It’s a work-

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shop so there’s freedom for the exchange of ideas,” said Frederick March, program faculty department of theatre and dance and executive director of the Black and Latino Playwright Conference. “It gives our students a chance to work with professionals, and it’s an opportunity for students and the public to see a work that has never

been performed before.” After nationwide submissions, Artistic Director and actor Eugene Lee and Associate Artistic Director Luis Munoz selected Forty Acres by Robert Alexander, a play which debates whether or not reparations should be paid to the descenSee PLAYWRIGHTS, page 4

Two-day Forecast Friday Partly Cloudy Temp: 95°/ 73° Precipitation: 30%

Saturday ~HURRICANE~ Temp: 85°/ 71° Precipitation: 30%

Jeremy Craig/Star photo Robert Rosas of Aus-Tex Towing watches as the remains of a burned 18-wheeler are pulled onto a tow truck. The accident occurred on South Interstate 35 in Kyle late Wednesday morning after the truck hit a tire in the road, which caused to driver to lose control and flip, officials said. No injuries were reported.



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September 22, 2005

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation annually honors 15 professors in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievement in the teaching profession. Each award includes a certificate designating the recipient as a “Piper Professor” and a $5,000 honorarium. All tenured faculty members who teach at least half time are eligible and are invited to apply and nominate a colleague

for the Piper award. All departments are encouraged to nominate at least one applicant. The deadline to submit completed applications is 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 to the Faculty Senate office, located in the J.C. Kellam Administration Building, Room 880. For more information, please visit or

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Communications Club meets at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room 318. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Everyone is welcome. Contact Dick Herman at (512) 557-7988 for more information. Sunday YoungLife meets at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 313. For more information, call Ron at (830) 481-4014. Monday Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, will hosts its first pledge meeting at 6 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. For more information, contact Ky Jurgensen at Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority, Inc. meets at 7:00 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-13.1

Thursday FREE Writing Center Workshop “Professional Writing” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. It is open to students, staff and faculty. Please contact Bearden Coleman at (512) 245-3018 if you plan to attend. FREE Writing Center Workshop “Developing a Strong Thesis” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. For more information, contact Bearden Coleman at (512) 2453018. Friday Faculty Artist Ian Davidson will play the oboe at 8 p.m. in the recital hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Saturday The Hill Country Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Texas State Golf Course. Sunday

War Support Group: Helping Students Cope meets from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 5-1.10.

Jason Boland and friends are joining together for a benefit concert beginning at 5 p.m. at the River Road Icehouse. 100 percent of ticket and alcohol sales are going toward the Red Cross. There is a minimum donation of $10 at the door.

Activists for Sexual Minorities meets at 5:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-4.1. For more

“Trio Encantada of Eastern New Mexico University” at 3 p.m. Tickets are $2 for general


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Music Lecture Series presents “Music and Courage: The Story of Composer Hanning Schröder (1896-1987)” by Dr. Nico Schüler, music theorist at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Free admission. The School of Music hosts An Evening of Schubert Songs and Chamber Music at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students.

Campus Sports Thursday FREE salsa dance class from 8:10 to 9:10 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Friday Campus Recreation will be hosting a kayaking workshop at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday FREE hip-hop dance class from 9 to 10 p.m. at the SRC.

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Danny Rodriguez/Star photo Russ Garcia, marketing freshman, gains some serious speed longboarding down Roanoke Street by Beretta Hall.


ASG Beat

Sept. 20, 8:52 a.m. Assault with Bodily Injury/301 Foxtail Run Two boys got into an argument in the locker room at Miller Junior High School before football practice. Both students went to the gym and sat in separate locations. Several minutes later, one of the students confronted the other student and hit the other student in the face with his football helmet.

Associated Student Government is recruiting interested students who are knowledgeable of the Texas State University System Board of Regents to apply for the position of student regent. The student regent is a nonvoting participant on the board, representing all of the students in the Texas State University System. The student regent serves a one-year term commencing Feb. 1. While not a voting member of the board, a student regent otherwise possesses the same powers and duties as the members of the board of regents, with the exception of voting, making or seconding motions, and being counted to determine a quorum. To the best of his or her ability, the student represents the interests of the students, university system, university and the state of Texas. The student regent may serve on special commissions, task forces and committees during his or her term and is expected to participate in required regent activities, including orientation sessions conducted by the Office of the Governor and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The student regent will be required to file an annual personal financial statement with the Texas Ethics Commission and abide by the laws of the state of Texas applicable to board service, including the state ethic laws. At the time of application and throughout the term of appointment, a student regent must be enrolled in good standing as an undergraduate or graduate student in the Texas State University System. A student regent is not eligible for reappointment. Student regent applicants must have a strong desire to represent all university students within their respective system. Special consideration will be given to candidates who have served in leadership roles and who have strong oral and written communication skills. Applications can be found online at or at the ASG Office in the LBJ Student Center, Room 4-5.1. All applications must be turned in to the university president’s office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the J.C. Kellam Administration Building, Room 1020.

San Marcos Police Department

Sept. 20, 9:03 a.m. Assault Family Violence/ 108 N. Interstate 35 Assault, bodily injury, family violence. A 16-year-old male assaulted his grandfather.

Sept. 20 3:13 p.m. Criminal Mischief/500 W. Hutchinson Street Criminal mischief under $1500. Victim had his vehicle vandalized. Sept. 20, 6:19 p.m. Theft/3939 S. I-35 Theft under $500 shoplifting report.

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Better than hairballs. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In Wednesday’s issue, the cutline for the photo on the bottom of Page Two implied that the photo of Bobcat midfielder Natalie Holder was taken at Sunday’s soccer game against Louisiana Tech. The photo is actually from the Sept. 2 game against UT-El Paso.


Hispanic Heritage Month discusses important issues By DeLea Garcia Special to The Star Hispanic Heritage Month began Sept. 15, a date that commemorates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries, and continues until Oct. 15. Texas State will host a variety of activities until Nov. 2 in celebration of Hispanic culture. Ultimately, the organizers of the Hispanic Heritage Month activities hope that the students will not only learn more about Hispanic culture but also learn to appreciate it. “All Latinos are not the same, each culture has its own flavor,” said Cecilia Gamboa, president of Latinas Unidas. “This is a chance for students to celebrate a culture other than their own and to allow their Hispanic peers to celebrate their culture,” said Stella Silva, assistant director of multicultural student affairs and advisor for Latinas Unidas. Hispanic students are excited that Texas State is celebrating with such a variety of activities, many with no cost to attend. “As a Hispanic male, I value Hispanic Heritage Month as a time to reflect on my culture’s rich history,” said Bryan Salazar, mass communication sophomore. Many students said it is also important for non-Hispanic students to participate in the activities. “I think it is important for people to support what they believe in no matter if you are Hispanic or not,” said Paige Branch, marketing junior. “If you support their cause, then you support them as a whole.” Thuy Nguyen, clinical laboratory science senior, agreed. ““Some people are not aware of other cultures or were not exposed to it growing up,” Nguyen said. “Having such events makes access to information easier and may expose those who normally would go through life without ever learning about other cultures possible.” Among the scheduled activities are two programs sponsored by Latinas Unidas. The first, on Wednesday, is a discussion about the disappearances and murders in Juarez. The second is a discourse about domestic violence in immigrant communities, on Oct. 5. Gamboa, psychology senior, said that these discussions should be very interesting and informative. Silva wants these activities to open the student population’s eyes. “I hope for people to become

more aware of Hispanic culture and be interested in learning more about it,” Silva said. “I hope the students get new awareness and information about the Latino culture and a sense that they can participate in someone else’s culture.” Dolores Huerta, an activist who brought about many changes for farmers, women and minorities since the 1950s, spoke to students Wednesday. Many Hispanics were excited to hear her speak. Silva said that Huerta’s speech will be effective because she is actually someone who has been through real struggles for equality and rights. “She plays such a big role because she made change in a positive way, without violence or name-calling,” Gamboa said. “She is an inspiration.” Ultimately, Hispanic Heritage Month is a vehicle to allow Hispanics to show pride in their culture, not only during the celebration, but all year long. “This is a time to represent Hispanic culture in a positive way and break down stereotypes,” Gamboa said. “These activities are only offered for one month, but we should be proud of our culture all the time, not just during the four weeks between September and October.” The celebration falls at a time when ethnic diversity has been at the center of discussion across campus since the incident at the LBJ Student Center last Sunday morning. “I think we have big issues with diversity on our campus because of what appears to the naked eye to be a lack of representation of minorities,” said Jacey Saucedo, communication studies senior. “The student body, as a whole, is close-minded about cultural diversity acceptance,” Salazar said. Others said they do not think Texas State has issues with diversity. “Everyone is much more patient, understanding and respectful than I remember people being in high school,” said Ashley Coppens, political science junior. Catherine Albritton, art and design senior, agreed. “I don’t know if it is because of higher education, but I think our campus is good about not showing issues with diversity,” Albritton said. Gamboa said that if students have issues with cultural diversity on our campus, they only have themselves to blame. “It is important to be culturally diverse,” Gamboa said. “All of the races seem to be really segregated when you look at The Quad, and we do it to ourselves.”

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Trauth responds to student concerns after AALC By Ashley Richards Assistant News Editor Students met with President Denise Trauth Wednesday afternoon to discuss the controversial incident that occurred between students and police at the African American Leadership Conference after-party in the LBJ Student Center parking garage in the early morning of Sept. 11. In the end, not all students were satisfied with the president’s responses and future plans, but Trauth said the university has numerous tasks to complete in order to resolve the issue, one of which will be the creation of an advisory board for the University Police Department. Students who attended the AALC as well as members of the Black Student Alliance were present to speak with Trauth. Joanne Smith, associated vice president of Student Affairs, Sherri Benn, Multicultural Student Affairs vice president, Terence Parker, Greek Affairs coordinator, Jonni Wilson, Multicultural Student Affairs assistant director, among other faculty members, attended the meeting as well. The meeting was set up to allow the students involved in the controversy, which included three arrests and the use of a Taser on at least one student, to present their questions and concerns to Trauth. Students were also seeking answers as to


lot of our students have pain, and I understand that pain, and it’s not pain that one conversation on a Wednesday afternoon is going to change.”

— Denise Trauth Texas State president

how the university would be handling the situation and any investigations that might take place. “A lot of our students have pain, and I understand that pain, and it’s not pain that one conversation on a Wednesday afternoon is going to change,” Trauth said. Students questioned Trauth as to whether or not the police response was racially motivated, a question she said was difficult to answer. Mo Tangestani, Texas State alumni, attended the meeting after seeing the story at The University Star Web site. He then contacted some of the black student population to get involved because of his disagreement with how the incident was handled. “Rather than addressing the issue specifically and concretely, she just has a list of administrative things that really doesn’t address any of the feelings,” Tangestani said. “For example, not feeling safe on campus— it’s not a purely administrative question.”


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Trauth denied the incident was racially motivated, with which Tangestani said the majority of the students in the meeting seemed to disagree. “I’m not sure that they are satisfied with my response that the fundamental question was is this racially motivated because I don’t think it was but I understand that many people think it was,” Trauth said. Jennifer Minor, theatre senior, said Trauth seemed to remain neutral on all the questions students presented. “I think she’s doing the best she can with what she’s been given,” Minor said. “I do think they need to do an investigation though.” Trauth said the Associated Student Government has a motion to perform an independent investigation. Tangestani criticized Trauth for a statement he said she made to not have the charges dropped against those students who were arrested that night. “For one thing, don’t deny it. Secondly, drop the charges,

make the students feel safe,” Tangestani said. “She didn’t acknowledge the fact that it’s an unsafe environment, especially for the black students.” At least one student expressed partial satisfaction with the meeting in the end when he thanked Trauth for pledging to continue to work on the problem. Trauth said as the university’s response continues, there will definitely need to be more dialogue among all types of students. There will need to be more talks similar to that which took place Wednesday, Trauth said. “I believe that out of this adversity, we will become a greater university,” Trauth said. “We will become a stronger community, and one of the reasons why I think we’ll be a stronger community is because we’ll talk to each other more.” Trauth said the process will continue to try and resolve concerns students have with how the police reaction took place. “There’s a number of things that we’re going to do,” Trauth said. “But I also think we have to think broadly about how we heal but then how do we do things in the future that are ongoing, not just for healing but are ongoing ways of dealing with it.” News Reportre Zandia Avila contributed to this story.

A Bobcat in Baghdad 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.

Sept. 20, 2005 We all go through periods of stress in our lives. It can often be brought on by an exam or trouble with the person you’re dating. Normally, I consider myself to be a pretty cool, level-headed guy, and I don’t let those feelings bother me. However, since arriving in Baghdad, the times when I become most stressed out are those few minutes before leaving our camp and heading out into the city. We live in relative safety and comfort on our bases aside from the occasional rocket or mortar randomly fired over our wall from the outside. But those are no big deal once you get used to them. It’s when we are off the camp — “outside the wire,” as we call it — that nothing is certain, and you’re in a whole new world. Any time soldiers drive out into Baghdad, we travel in convoys of at least several vehicles and with a group of enough people to provide security. Since the controversy last year about us not receiving armored Humvees, the Department of Defense has been good about making sure just about all of them get the needed added protection. You will never see a soldier go outside a base without a loaded weapon, body armor, a Kevlar helmet and other safety gear. It can be brutal to wear all those things in the summer in 120-degree temperatures, but I suppose it’s neces-

sary with everything that goes on here. So picture me with all of this cumbersome gear on, sitting in an uncomfortable Army Hummer, sweating like crazy before the mission even begins, waiting to drive into the unknown for a few hours. I don’t really admit this to anyone here, but my mind starts to wander a bit, and I get scared. I want to be sitting in class in a few months, not blown up by some jerk with a car bomb. I’m sure my buddies all feel the same way. We all have something to live for, be it a wife, kids, school or whatever else, so I’m sure we all think negative thoughts before heading into danger because we are terrified of the idea of losing what we care about. Once the mission begins, though, it’s all business, and I am much too busy to get caught up with such worthless thoughts. It’s important for everyone always to be scanning and watching the outside in every direction for any potential threats. Of course, things are never as bad as they seem. Most Iraqi citizens mean us no harm at all. They are pretty used to us by now and know to stop or slow down when we are around so we can get where we need to be to do our mission. It’s probably pretty annoying for them, but they still usually smile and wave at us anyway. The things you see looking out the ��������������� � ��������������������������������

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window or walking down the street are so interesting. Many women walk around in the traditional robes with their faces completely covered. Kids who look about years old will be standing on the corner smoking. Brand new BMWs pull up alongside some guy on a donkey at a stoplight. All the while, we stay vigilant and always put safety above everything. When our patrol is done and we arrive back home, I breathe my sigh of relief for another day. At least I know when I am through with Iraq soon, there won’t be an exam or paper that will ever cause me to stress too much again. On a separate note, I’ve received several e-mails from people asking if there is anything I need. I hate to ask for things specifically, but if you are interested in making a soldier’s day by sending a quick letter or care package, check out the Web site You can choose from a few thousand soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who post what they and their friends could use, and it lists their address. It’s a really nice Web site, and people from all over the country have been so nice by sending me mail. It’s a pretty good cause for anyone interested in doing a small gesture to give a soldier here a big boost of morale. To contact Spc. Henretta, e-mail


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New fraternity hopes to gain charter on campus By Jacqueline Davis News Reporter Members of the new fraternity on campus, Sigma Pi, will be taking one of the first steps in establishing an active fraternity today in The Quad by colonizing, announcing their presence at Texas State and seeking to recruit new members. Representatives of Sigma Pi’s expansion department will be with them, giving students the opportunity to speak with officials of the fraternity and ask any questions they may have about joining. Sigma Pi’s president, Dave Villela, said he looks forward to being involved in founding a new chapter of Sigma Pi. Villela’s goal as president is to break the stereotypes that he said some fraternities have es-


e want to bring a gentleman aspect to this fraternity. We want to be known for treating people with respect.”

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tablished. “Sigma Pi is known for having really different chapters. We’re a group of guys that want to set ourselves apart,” said Villela, nutrition senior. “We don’t seek to be exclusive and only allow certain guys into this fraternity. We’re not about looking for guys who are a certain shape or size, and we don’t require huge dues. We are seeking guys with good character.” Marcus Callis, computer in-

formation systems senior, is in charge of organizing the fraternity’s intramural sports. Callis said he was eager to recruit new members who are ready to begin something new and shares Villela’s idea of changing the sometimes negative stereotype of fraternities. “We want to bring a gentleman aspect to this fraternity. We want to be known for treating people with respect,” Callis said. Amid all the excitement of

beginning something new, starting a new fraternity from scratch can be a challenge, said Eddy Gomez, mass communication junior. Gomez oversees the fraternity’s events and all its final decisions. “No one knows you. Students want to know what we’re about. People get confused as to whether or not we’re a real fraternity, and we tell them that ‘yes, we are a recognized part of the (Interfraternity Council).’ Also it’s a challenge to show ourselves as very different from the other fraternities on this campus,” Gomez said. Gomez said plans are in the works for Sigma Pi to help in raising funds for the American Red Cross. He also says they are hoping to get their charSee FRATERNITY, page 5

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dants of African-American slaves, and 69 Portraits of Che by Joe Luis Cedillo, a drama about generations of women in a Hispanic family and the consequences of their choices in love. “This conference, bringing these playwrights together in Texas to work on their scripts, is probably one of the most progressive ideas,” said Stephen Gerald, director of Forty Acres. “It is, in time, going to become a very hot item where people will have a place to come and work on their craft, improve their work and then make their way in the world. I think it’s great that Texas State is supporting the idea.” Throughout the week, students, playwrights and directors rehearse, analyze and rewrite the scripts, essentially going through the process of “finding the play.” The conference marks the production of Joe Luis Cedillo’s first full-

length play, an experience he said he finds humbling and enlightening. “The conference allows us to bring in voices that are still struggling to be honored. I’m very honored to be here and humbled that my play was read and selected. I’m not just here as a playwright, I’m representing other Chicano writers,” Cedillo said. “My particular piece comes from a place of social and political consciousness. It comes from a place that ideally honors my roots, and it allows others people’s consciousness to be expanded.” Inspired by an actual lawsuit when a woman in New York filed for reparations, Forty Acres tells the story of Sonny Bledsoe, a Wall Street attorney who opposes his parents’ decision to file for reparations. Alexander said Sonny suffers from the same “amnesia” as the United States when it comes to the history, the past and the legacy of slavery. “I’m hoping that the audi-

ence relates to the play. Some people are going to be for reparation; some people are going to be against it. The play argues both sides,” Alexander said. “There are different people with different ideas concerning how the issue of reparation should be resolved. I hope the play will provoke questions in the minds of the audience concerning where we are at on the subject of reparation.” One of the 40 students involved in the workshop, Jillian Krametbauer, pre-theatre sophomore, plays Bernadette Hopkins, the attorney representing the Bledsoe’s case in Forty Acres. Along with the experience she has gained from working with professional playwrights and directors, Krametbauer said she believes the staged readings of the two plays will give audiences a new perspective. “I think that if we brought a more culturally diverse audience to these plays, it could

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unite everyone, at least for the night,” Krametbauer said. “I hope a lot of people get involved this year.” In his third year as Artistic Director, Texas State alumnus Eugene Lee hopes the Black and Latino Playwright Conference will be one of many opportunities to expand diversity at Texas State University. “Texas State created this conference as a beacon, as something that might attract students of color to this university,” Lee said. “There should be more opportunities for students of color to act and to get involved, and those opportunities are more available compared to when I came to Texas State 30 years ago. I’m glad to be a part of this pioneering phenomenon.” 69 Portraits of Che, directed by Munoz, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Forty Acres directed by Gerald will be presented at the same times, respectively.

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cultural Workers Association in 1960. Huerta also helped Latino activist Cesar Chavez found the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Huerta is now on the board of countless magazines and activist organizations as well as president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Huerta visited anthropology professor Ana Juarez’s anthropology 3350 gender and sexuality class. “We’ve been trying to get this together for a long time,” Juarez said. “Dolores Huerta has been dealing with issues of immigration, women’s rights and transnationalism. These are all things we’ve been talking about in this class.” Huerta talked with students about problems facing women, minorities, immigrants and farmers as well as the importance of organizations such as MS. Magazine and the Feminist Majority. “It’s very important that we have ethnic balance and gender balance because our Congress needs to look the way we look,” Huerta said. “I think it’s important we get women in some of these offices.” Huerta also addressed the dangers of large corporations holding sway in the United States and especially the dangers of private prisons, an institution, she pointed out, that started in Texas. “Corporations are okay as long as they’re serving the community,” Huerta said. “When

they’re ripping the community off, that’s not right.” Much of what Huerta spoke of addressed the mistreatment of women around the world. “One message we’re trying to get across to the community is women are not servants, women are not sex objects,” Huerta said. “We need to change the meaning of machismo. We know machismo is a Spanish word that means courage and value. A man is really macho if he supports equal opportunities for women.” Hatred directed at the homosexual community was another subject Huerta addressed. “Attacks on gays and lesbians, attacks on women, attacks on immigrants are a distraction, to take people’s minds away from the real issues in America,” Huerta said. During a question and answer session at the end of class, Huerta was asked if she had ever been threatened or felt threatened. “I’ve been beaten up by the police to the point where they almost killed me in San Francisco,” Huerta said. “We were picketing the first President Bush back then. A policeman hit me on the back so hard that my spleen just splattered. They broke some of my ribs. I lost so much blood I almost bled to death by the time they got me to the hospital.” From the beginning to the end of the class Huerta encouraged students to contact their representatives in government and encourage them to oppose the nomination of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We always have to remember that they work for us,” Huerta said. “We pay their salary. We pay George Bush’s salary. He is our employee.”

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use the live chat room at www. Some weather-related changes have already been made by university administration. The Texas State-Texas A&M football game has been moved from its scheduled time of 6 p.m. Saturday to 7:40 p.m. Thursday in College Station. As a result, the game will now be televised on Fox Sports Net. President Denise Trauth is encouraging students to watch the game on television rather than attend because College Station is on the evacuation route and will experience high traffic flow. Citizens of Galveston, lowlying areas of Houston, Corpus Christi, and those who remain in New Orleans are now under Spencer Millsap/Star photo mandatory evacuation orders. President George W. Bush of- With shortages of water and gas, customer lines extended past their usual length at suficially declared a state of emer- permarkets and gas pumps. gency for Texas and Louisiana around 4 p.m. Wednesday. The News 8 Austin weather senior. see where the storm is going to mom to see what she’s going to forecast is predicting a 50 perLynch said her parents are go. If they have to leave, they do, but all of Sprint’s circuits cent chance of thunderstorms coming from Katy because will be headed to Huntsville,” are busy,” Bingham said. for Saturday, with a possibility they are concerned about wind Reid said. Carolyn Gibbs, San Marcos of strong winds, depending on and rain in that area. While at Another student spoke with resident, said five of her famHurricane Rita’s path. There H-E-B, Lynch said she consid- friends in Freeport. ily members from the Houston is a 30 percent chance of rain ered herself fortunate to find “They were busy putting area have received a voluntary predicted for Sunday. It is pos- bottles of water because of the things in plastic bags. All of the evacuation and are going to sible that flooding may occur in large crowd preparing for the wood was sold out at places like stay at her apartment. Gibbs some areas of the hill country. weather. Home Depot,” said Martin Cos- said she went to H-E-B to make Perhaps Rita’s strongest ef“I just grabbed what I could. tas Chillemi, recreational ad- sure she was prepared for the fects will be felt by Texas State I didn’t expect it to be this bad,” ministration senior. His friends extra guests. students with family and friends Lynch said. left last night for San Antonio. “We’re all going to get in a in the coastal areas. Reginald Reid, accounting Marketing senior Kathryn one-bedroom apartment and “I’m concerned about floods. junior, said he had family in the Bingham was concerned about stay,” Gibbs said. “We’ll make I know we’re really prone to Houston area. family in Kingwood, an area it.” flash floods,” said Chelsea “Everyone’s just glued to the north of Houston. Lynch, fashion merchandising television right now, waiting to “I’ve been trying to reach my

SENATE: Written comments provide insight for evaluations ranging from “strongly agree” to “insufficient knowledge.” These responses were then averaged to determine the dean and chair rankings. Overall, 33 percent of full-time faculty responded to the survey. Topping the dean rankings for the third straight year was Dean of Education John Beck. Beck received a 4.2, his highest rating yet, with 34 percent of his department reporting. Down to seventh from third in 2003-2004 was Dean of Applied Arts Jaime Chahin. Chahin received a 2.8, down from 3.3 the past two years, with 44 percent of his department reporting, the second highest percentage overall. In the chair evaluations, three chairs received a 5.0, the highest possible ranking. Chairs Bourgeois and Springer from the de“Luna,” a very personable female Chocolate Lab, is looking for a home, her identification number is 29061. The San Marcos Animal Shelter will soon receive animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. The shelter is in desperate need of pet taxi donations. Call (512) 3938340 for more information.

partments of history, sociology and educational occupation, respectively, shared the top spot on the chair rankings. Bourgeois is currently in the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office, but was history chair at the time the survey was conducted. At the bottom of the list was Dr. Oren Renick, whose time was split between Health Administration and Health Sciences and Research, with a total of six evaluations submitted. Written comments compiled during the survey offer unique insight into the numeric results. Garnering the most written comments were President Denise Trauth and Provost Perry Moore. While some faculty commented they had so little contact with the president and the provost they could not evaluate, others took advantage of this unique opportunity. One faculty member described


Trauth as “very bright” and “capable” and “very good about decision making.” Another felt she “cared nothing about the students at Texas State University.” The overall mood of the comments about Moore was that he is not well-known by faculty members. “The only thing I know about the provost is that his Ph. D. is from a university in Commerce, Texas. I have never been to Commerce, Texas,” read one comment. McCoy College of Business Administration Dean Denise Smart, who ranked third with 39 percent of her department surveyed, garnered the most written comments for a dean. Comments were overwhelmingly negative; some made allegations that the dean had promoted unethical activities. After the release and brief discussion of the evaluations, the

ter this semester, which would require recruiting at least 50 members, scheduling regular events central to Sigma Pi and drafting the fraternity’s constitution. Sigma Pi’s membership is roughly at 25 to 30 students, Villela said. A member of Sigma Pi must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 and possess leadership skills and the desire to take initiative in getting involved in the local community. Students inter-

ested in joining Sigma Pi can contact Eddy Gomez at (512) 913-1627. Sigma Pi is a multi-cultural international fraternity with 113 active chapters, 11 colonies, and more than 82,000 alumni. The fraternity was founded in 1897 by four students in Vincennes University in Indiana and was originally named Tau Phi Delta. It was renamed Sigma Pi in 1907. For more information about Sigma Pi Fraternity International, go to

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senators discussed the delayed process of editing the faculty handbook that, some senators said, has been in process for two years. “We have had nothing but trouble getting this handbook restructured,” said criminal justice professor and Senate Chair Bill Stone. Senators saw the handbook committee as the bottleneck in the restructuring process. “If we send it back to committee, it will take too long,” said computer information systems professor and Sen. Vivek Shah. “The senate needs to take over the handbook and make it as quick as possible. If we set up a new committee, it will be back to square one.” The senate formed a fourmember committee to revise and complete the faculty handbook and set a deadline for completion of Oct. 31.

and KTSW 89.9 to keep the city posted on the hurricane. As of Wednesday, Hurricane Houston is the most popu- Rita was classified as a Categolous city of Texas and before ry 5 storm expected to make Katrina hit, New Orleans was landfall late Friday or early Satthe most populous city of Lou- urday near Galveston, accordisiana. ing to the National Hurricane “It will be a challenge on how Center. Galveston and parts of to handle people fleeing the Houston are currently under coastline,” O’Leary said. mandatory evacuation. Texas State students already Relief efforts are still ongoing have to handle Hurricane Rita for the aftermath of Hurricane evacuees. Many students either Katrina. know of someone evacuating The council unanimously or are personagreed to add ally involved $250,000 to in housing the 2004-2005 evacuees. and 2005-2006 “I’m precity budgets to paring my provide temapartment for porary fund—Meredith Turner ing for housing my friends who are evacrelated international relations and uating from for sophomore expenses H o u s t o n ,” Hurricane Kasaid Armando trina evacuees. Garcia, studio The funding art junior. will cover 14 units in a local Rayna Duggan, international apartment complex, utilities, studies senior, will house five furnishings and traveling expeople coming in from south penses. Houston as well as their cats Although the Federal Emerand dogs. gency Management Agency “Don’t even tell me (how has promised to repay these many pets there are),” Dug- expenses, the council incurred gan said. “I’ll see when y’all get the risk up front. here.” The council then focused its Meredith Turner, interna- attention on a PowerPoint pretional relations sophomore, sentation on the subject of anihad not realized how many mal euthanasia. people were affected until hearThe city is considering ing that her best friend’s entire changing the shelter’s euthafamily was in danger in south nasia methods, which are presHouston. ently dominated by the use of “It feels like the world is end- carbon dioxide, by increasing ing,” said Turner. the number of pentobarbital The students all said they injections. would be attending their classAs for now, the council is es despite the sudden changes asking the animal shelter for a in their personal lives. detailed protocol of its recomO’Leary said the second ef- mended methods and gives aufect and biggest threat of nat- tonomy to the staff in deciding ural disasters in San Marcos the best euthanasia methods on could be a tornado. He said he a case-by-case instance. expects high winds at the least. Carbon dioxide and pentoHe said the third effect could barbital injections are acceptbe large amounts of rain pro- able euthanasia methods with ducing flash flooding in the the American Veterinary MediTexas Hill Country. cal Association. “The staff is working hard The slides detailed the use day and night getting prepared of euthanasia at San Marcos’s for (Hurricane Rita),” O’Leary state-certified animal shelsaid. ter and included its methods, San Marcos may see a change cost of services, equipment in community events sched- and staff. Statistics were also uled and city officials will be provided on the shelter’s eucommunicating to citizens via thanized animals from August the San Marcos Daily Record 2004 through August 2005. CONTINUED from page 1

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anticipates increased highway traffic due to Gulf Coast evacuees


quoteof the day “Houses and businesses can be rebuilt. Lives can’t.”

— Gov. Rick Perry during his plea asking for Texas coastal residents to evacuate in preparation for Hurricane Rita’s landfall. (Courtesy: Austin American-Statesman)

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Some of the worst images to come across the television sets in recent history were related to the effects and damage from Hurricane Katrina earlier this month. It’s a little scary to imagine that this just might hit closer to home later this week. Prior to press time, Rita’s strength placed the hurricane among the top three with regards to intensity. Now, the floods of Oct. 1998 might be a distant or even nonexistent memory to most students, but faculty, staff and even editors on the eight-year plan remember it very well. Do you enjoy relaxing at Sewell Park? Well, imagine a flood from the San Marcos River cresting more than halfway up the traffic signal’s pole near the entrance to the park. It’s impossible to say whether or not the city is going to flood due to the remnants of Rita reaching Hays County, but common sense is key to helping ensure you make it through this weekend unscathed. City, state and federal officials will make numerous decisions regarding your safety; it’s imperative that you heed those warnings and proceed as directed to avoid any additional problems down the line. Some people will truly need assistance and emergency officials don’t need to waste time rescuing those people who could have voluntarily evacuated. Last November, two students were rescued after driving past a barricade blocking the Blanco River on Post Road and the driver was subsequently charged with a misdemeanor for deadly conduct after their rescue by helicopter was necessary. Both criminal charges and the expense of a helicopter rescue could have been easily avoided had the driver obeyed the traffic barricade. In the same floods, 24-year-old Kyle resident Laurie Piñeda was swept away by floodwaters. Her body was never recovered, and has since been presumed dead. Those two incidents are related only in the fact that the two events were caused by severe weather and not necessarily in the decisions made. The two are listed here in the hope that you will recognize the dangers that can come from inclement weather. We urge those of you who reside in low-lying areas and places prone to flooding to keep an eye on the weather conditions surrounding you. If it becomes apparent that you should evacuate, do so. Don’t wait until the waters have risen, and you are trapped. This will allow emergency personnel to focus on those that need assistance the most, like the elderly or infirmed. During a crisis, resources are strapped as it is; don’t exacerbate the situation by crossing barricades or chancing a low-water crossing. Chances are, you will find yourself holed in this weekend. Take advantage of the time inside to catch up on schoolwork, get some rest or experiment with some fun ramen noodle recipes, which can be found in the Trends section. 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 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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Bush’s apology still leaves unanswered questions In an address lowing them to price to the nation last gouge the American week, President people. This is one George W. Bush problem he will spoke the most certainly never own telling words of his up to. presidency. These When the presiwords wholly and dent said he was precisely sum up responsible for the RUGH CLINE the major probproblem, was he Star Columnist lems facing our natalking about the tion today and the stagnant economy? way the Bush administration No, that is one apology we are will certainly go down in hisgoing to have to wait a little tory. Last week, the president longer on. As of yet, Bush isn’t finally began to admit what a man enough to take responsifailure his administration has bility for his failed economic. proven to be for this nation. Was the president talking The president stated: “I, as about the skyrocketing cost of president, am responsible for higher education? the problem.” Maybe he was apologizing Bravo Mr. President. It’s for wasting hundreds of bilabout time that you became lions of dollars in Iraq, while man enough to admit when millions of Americans, inyou have totally dropped the cluding myself, cannot afford ball and failed the American medical insurance coverage? people. But, seeing the wide The president has neglected variety of problems Bush is and disregarded educaresponsible for, I’m sure many tion and healthcare, as the people reading this are sitproblems within them have ting and wondering exactly to grown. Sadly, he will probably which problem he is admitnever admit how he failed the ting fault. American people by not adWas the president talking dressing these problems. about the astronomical price Maybe the president was of gas? No. Bush’s main camadmitting responsibility for paign contributors were ennot addressing the escalating ergy companies — the same environmental catastrophe companies that are currently our world faces. Has he realprice-gouging Americans ized how much he harmed at the pump while enjoying generations of humans by record-breaking profits. Bush withdrawing from Kyoto? is serving the interests of his Sorry, but as of yet, he hasn’t campaign contributors, by alapologized for the irreparable

damage he has allowed to be inflicted upon the environment. Was the president talking about the rapidly eroding barrier separating church and state? Far from it, during his address, he actually said he plans to have the government give money to churches to reimburse them for their charitable deeds. Why doesn’t he just go ahead and use our tax dollars to buy new Bibles and pews for the churches. Was the president talking about his administrations failed foreign policies? Has he finally confessed to enflaming anti-American hatred in every corner of the globe? Perhaps he was talking about his continuous and mounting failures regarding Iraq. Was the president talking about how members of his staff have jeopardized national security by divulging the names of undercover CIA agents? Was he apologizing for the countless lies he has told the American people? Again — no. It is impossible to exhaust the list of all the problems facing America for which the Bush Crime Family needs to take responsibility. So which, out of the infinite number of problems neglected or created by his administration, was the president addressing? Well, I guess in a way, he was apologizing for making an unem-

ployed horse judge the head of FEMA. He was apologizing for playing golf instead of addressing the greatest natural disaster in American history. With good reason to do so, he was apologizing for his dismal response to the Katrina disaster. His administration’s complete and total failure to prepare for and respond to the catastrophe created by Katrina raises serious questions about their ability to respond to a major terrorist strike. After all, we were able to see the hurricane coming on radar. But much like with the Sept. 11 attacks, what did the president do as the killer storm Katrina bore down on the gulf coast? Played a little golf, and just took it easy. You know, the things Bush thinks are important for him to do during national emergencies. Could you explain to us why, in the name of your failed economic and foreign policies, you found it necessary to cut funding for the Army Corps of Engineers project to fix the levees in New Orleans? Mr. President, you may have apologized to the American people for a small piece of one of the many disastrous problems created by your administration, but you still have a long way to go. Cline is a political science senior.

Student body feels unsafe in a place called home If the disturbupbringings and are ing incident that all-around different followed the Afpeople. But, isn’t it rican-American supposed to be our Leadership Conferinherent differences ence does nothing that make this crazy else, my hope is that place unique and it gets people thinkgreat? ing. Something I feel that we JONNA KENNIE needs to happen, could go around Guest Columnist to say the least, and around about because these sorts what actually hapof things have no pened and the place on our campus. I think specific logistics of that night. all Texas State students are in I’m not so sure we’ll ever truly agreement. get to the bottom of this. It’s I was shocked at the magpretty apparent both sides, the nitude of this event. Also, I’m students and the University not sure everyone grasps how Police Department, have two great the repercussions of this different points of view of event really could be. what went on that day. But, I want to recognize that it I feel that the arguments at is no surprise that an issue of hand don’t matter as much as racial tension has erupted on people actually recognizing our campus. In fact, I would the need for something to be be more surprised if somedone. I don’t believe that the thing never happened while I Texas State student body and was here at Texas State. This its African-American commucampus is 71 percent white nity can take another such hit. versus being only five percent I feel that the UPD needs to black. People come from all see this event as a great detriaround this state to get their ment to the respect that the education here. students once held for them. We’re all from different Students from all racial backbackgrounds, had different grounds are enraged, and the

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UPD needs to realize this. In Tuesday’s issue of The University Star, I was mystified to read UPD Chief Ralph Meyer’s remarks that he was “having a hard time putting his hands around” what we regard as unsafe. He went further to state that it was not the “Watts Riot” in that no nightsticks were used, cars turned over or rocks thrown. The bottom line needs to be the following points. First, the fact of the matter is that the event was handled in an unfair manner that night. It was unfair in that San Marcos, although it is not a booming metropolis, did have other things going on that night that may have needed the watchful eye of our UPD, San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff officers. There was no need for more than 15 vehicles to respond to an event that was raising money to aid the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Students are angry. In addition, they are hurting and feel unsafe in a place they call home; that is a huge problem that needs to be rectified.

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Students are already doing their part to raise awareness about the incident. Numerous students were seen wearing black T-shirts that read “There was no fight” on the front and “but the struggle continues” on the back. Around lunchtime, many of the students stood outside the Nueces building, which houses the UPD in an effort to be seen and not heard. I commend the students on this peaceful protest. I think the message was powerful and reached not only the UPD, but faculty, staff and students as well. In addition, all students wore these shirts, not just African-Americans. I think this sends a stronger message to those needing to hear this. One that says this is a huge issue. All students feel unsafe now; all students are angry and hurting because of UPD’s poorly thought-out and rash decisions. This is a message that lets our school know that this issue isn’t going away until it is adequately dealt with. Kennie is an English junior. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 6,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright Sept. 22, 2005. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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Thursday Triple Crown — This Will Destroy You, My Education, Whitman Lucy’s — Vallejo, Animus, Electric Crush Cheatham Street Warehouse — The Danhandlers

Friday Triple Crown— Subject: Defect, Bedlam Lucy’s —Apse Affinity Riley’s Tavern — Gina Lee

Riley’s Tavern — Haybale Gordo’s — Hurricane Katrina Benefit Show Sunday Cheatham Street Warehouse — Slaves of Utopia Riley’s Tavern — Open Mic

Saturday Lucy’s — The Word Association, Fambly

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Oodles and Oodles of Ramen Noodles Christina Gomez Entertainment Editor Ah, Ramen, the staple of every collegian’s diet. The 10-cent meal that is oh-so-tasty. Though there are many brands of ramen, Nissin is credited with making the first brand of instant ramen in 1972. With more than 15 flavors to choose from, it is as varied as it is economical. But, if you are tired of plain-Jane soup, have we got a treat for you. We made and tasted some of the Internet’s most famous ramen recipes. Some of them are odd, and some are downright gross. The only criterion was that the entire recipe could be made within the confines of your dorm room. For a complete list of ramen recipes and to check out the “Official Ramen Homepage” at, or for more ramen recipes, look up Bon Appetite.

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Brandon Rhyder could hit it big with Conviction Brandon Rhyder’s third guitar on the album, album, Conviction, is a adds just the right touch slick, well-produced packto each song. The steel age. He has exceptional guitar is tough to play, vocals in each finely tuned and he makes it seem track, and his accompanyeffortless. He’s arguably ing band performs exceedthe best musician in ingly well. The lyrics aren’t music Rhyder’s band. “Mr. Solexactly groundbreaking, dier,” another excellent review but hey, they sound firstsong, offers an emotionclass. Any country fan will ✯✯✯ al view of our country’s find this to be an album Brandon Rhyder armed forces. This is the that grows on you. most moving song on Conviction Rhyder was born in Independent the album and goes to Carthage. He was on his Release show that Rhyder is no way to becoming a band country bumpkin. With director at the University influences like John of North Texas until he moved to Denver and Elvis Presley, Rhyder Austin to pursue his dream of hav- has a good feel for how a song ing a band. What a lucky break. should sound. He does an impresHis title track “Man of Convic- sive cover of Keith Gattis’ “Califortion” is a solid song with a good nia,” testifying to his diverse music hook and a strong melody. The perspectives. The hidden track at electric guitar adds color to the the end of the album is a dedicated tune while a sweet sounding steel to Rhyder’s wife. It is nice to see guitar slides around in the back- that, while trying to sell CDs and ground. Mike Daly, who plays steel promote his band, Rhyder takes

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the time to get on in there for the love of life, or so he calls her. Conviction will be a popular and respected album in the future. Surprisingly, his music hasn’t hit mainstream yet. Give it some time and Rhyder’s name will pop up all over the place. His attention to sound quality, and his sense of conveying emotion through lyrics will captivate and enthrall any listener. Although some compare him to Pat Green and other Texas Country artists, Rhyder will go on to bigger and better things. — Kyle Carson

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American Eyes Bleeds dry with new album

During the 1980s, Pistols and Motley Crue Hollywood was a hotas its biggest influences. bed for flashy bands However, there is nothwith a modicum of ing in their music that musical ability and a suggests they know who penchant for spending either of these bands more time on their hair are. They may actually and makeup than on be less musically talentmusic actually writing songs. ed than The Sex Pistols Bands like Motley Crue, review (amazing, isn’t it?), and Poison and Cinderella will never do a tenth of No Stars took over the airwaves American Eyes the drugs Motley Crue overnight, writing Never Trust did back in the day. Yet, catchy and simplified Anything That somehow, their new alversions of what had al- Bleeds bum, Never Trust Anyready been going on in SideOneDummy thing That Bleeds will the underground scene Records be released on SideOnfor years, and subseeDummy Records on quently, cashing in on the fad. Oct. 11, and, if there is any jusAmazingly, no one ever stopped tice in the world, will be forgotto think of the correlation be- ten by Oct.12. tween the terrifying amount of This band must either be pullcocaine usage in the decade and ing a joke on everyone or really the popularity of such bands. think it’s God’s gift to rock ‘n’ And then a few years and hun- roll. They have slightly less atdreds of thousands of deviated titude than Chris Carrabba and septums later, glam rock was bru- look like a second-rate Atreyu tally murdered by every band in (so, really, a fourththe Seattle grunge scene — and rate AFI), fully loaded with we’ve never been better since. foundation, blush, eyeliner, $100 So why, after nearly 20 years of haircuts and even finger gloves. being the butt of every joke on Now that’s punk rawk, baby! VH1 specials, would a band go However, their sound is more Photo courtesy of SideOneDummy Records and do it all over again? of a cheesy mix between bad Glam-punk band American Eyes is stuck in the ’80s on its new album Never Trust Anything That Bleeds. American Eyes isn’t a hair dance bands and even worse, metal band. It’s not even really emo wannabe bands. Think a glam rock band. Worse yet, it’s Hot!Hot!Heat! mixed with many ways to say an album is But it’s highly ill-advised. Amer- better off saving gas money and the same day. riding the coat-tales of the glam- Sugarcult. You get the idea. terrible. If you really feel the ican Eyes is playing at Stubb’s just buying the new Coheed and punk atrocity, citing The Sex Ultimately, there’s only so need to, give this album a listen. on Oct. 20, but you’re probably Cambria album that comes out — Brian McSwain

Ashworth album good for easy listening Photo courtesy of Runaway Network, LLC Sam Ashworth’s debut album, Gonna Get It Wrong Before I Get It Right, offers a tranquil style of indie rock.

“If She Needs Me,” Nashville native “Children Leap,” Sam Ashworth re“Bridget” and “Anothleased his first album, which represents iner Day” all definitely have a melancholy die rock at its finest. sound that’s good to Acoustic and electric listen to when you’re guitar sounds blend just relaxing at home, with Sam’s soothing music or reminiscing about voice producing melan old friend or flame. low and entrancing review melodies for every ✯✯✯ The lyrics are sentisong on this album. mental, a dead give Sam Ashworth “Look Back” has a Gonna Get It away judging from the rhythmic guitar intro Wrong Before I song titles, but overall leading into a catchy Get It Right the writing is beautichorus that you’ll Runway ful. “If She Needs Me” find yourself singing Network, LLC and “Children Leap” at times of boredom. have prominent acousReflecting on a past love but tic guitar sounds with soft not in a corny way; the rhythm drums in the background and and drums in this song keep the analogies within the lyryour toes tapping. ics remind me of a little Wilco

mixed with Jack Johnson. The electric guitar in the opening of “Chameleon” brings to mind old rock and is a welcomed change to the many slow songs on this album. “Eleanor” is just depressing. It’s like he’s howling at the moon for “Eleanor.” This song brings to mind an image of a blues singer slowly rocking side to side, with his head following along to the slow beat of the drums and pining over a lost love. After that though, “Loved One” will wake you right up. Think of the slower Beatles songs; “Loved One” has a good beat, and a ’60s/’70s rock feel. “Dirty Walk” also has a late ’60s feel, with some elec-

tric guitar riffs that will get your head and toes moving. “All About Me” is yet another slower, schmaltzy song about love and life. The chorus picks up a bit, with a faster beat, and the addition of the cello adds interest. The melancholy, acoustic guitar sounds of this album are very chill. With Sam Ashworth’s love life displayed beautifully throughout this album, I can see this appealing to more sensitive female listeners. This is definitely not a prime choice for a party mix but a great tranquil choice for soaking in the tub and reducing stress. — Andrea Short

Soviet Kitsch combines piano, great vocals Regina Spektor talks Wainwright. While Speto bears. ktor’s refreshingly creOn track seven of ative delivery of vocals Soviet Kitsch her third might spark comparialbum and major resons to Björk, Spektor’s cord label debut, a bear fusion of wit and talent commands the Rusis worthy of a category sian-born singer/song- music of its own. Combined writer to sing the song review with the dexterity of that “goes like Da na na her voice, her stream Da na na.” ✯✯✯✯ of consciousness lyrical Recognizing the Regina Spektor style creates images that bear’s vague descrip- Soviet Kitsch linger in the mind long tion, Spektor agrees Sire Records after the song ends. and starts shouting the Soviet Kitsch’s openlyrics to the album’s ing track “Ode to Dieighth song, “Your Honor.” Bal- vorce” gives listeners a taste of ancing such whimsy and play- Regina Spektor’s unique imfulness with imaginative lyrics agery as she croons “I’m inside and Fiona Apple-esque vocals, your mouth now/Behind your audiences of Soviet Kitsch will tonsils/Peaking over your mofind themselves begging to hear lars/You’re talking to her now/ more of Spektor’s genre-hop- you’ve eaten something minty ping songs. and you’re making that face that Born and raised in Moscow I like and you’re going in for the until she was 9 years old, Spektor kill kill/for the killer kiss kiss.” fuses her classical piano skills As the album explores various with extraordinary vocal range themes, “The Flowers” discusses to create a highly personal col- the subject of heartache. The lection of ballads akin to Rufus intimate song uses dying flow-

ers from an ex-lover as a metaphor for love lost but still kept in her heart. In the same song, Spektor utilizes her piano virtuosity and pays tribute to her Russian-Jewish heritage. One of the albums most outstanding songs, “Us,” tells the story of two people whose love is celebrated with the creation of a statue visited by bubble gum blowing, photo-snapping tourists. Simultaneously funny and poignant, “Ghost of Corporate

Future” stands out as a narrative that advises humankind to remember that “people are just people/people are just people like you/the world is everlasting/ it’s coming and it’s going.” Originally released in September 2004, the rerelease of Soviet Kitsch includes a DVD that features the short film The Survival Guide to Soviet Kitsch, five music videos and the promotional video of “Us,” a video as visually inventive as the song is lyrically.

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Regina Spektor transcends any specific genre. And judging by Soviet Kitsch, Regina Spektor has a rather spectacular career in her future. — Deanna Ledezma

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Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Greatest reatest work by Paul McCartney since The Beatles

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Paul McCartney plays almost all the instruments on his new album, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. So in a sense, this is the most McCartney-ish album of his career and, arguably, his best post-Beatles release. The opening track, “Fire Line,” has a weird false start. But then the song launches into a percussive piano rocker in typical McCartney style, complete with a string quartet in the background. The energetic “Promise To You Girl” follows a similar formula with a rhythm similar to that of “Back in the U.S.S.R.” One of the most Beatles-like songs on the album is “Friends To Go.” Even though McCartney plays all the instruments, it’s

doubtful the song would sound that much different if John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were playing instead. Then there’s “English Tea” in all its British goofiness. Lyrically, McCartney takes a slice-of-life look at British leisure, similar to what he did with “Penny Lane,” invoking such subjects as fairy cakes and croquet. Musically, the song is closer to the stringdominated “Eleanor Rigby.” The song “Jenny Wren” is easily one of the best on the album. It’s very much a sequel to “Blackbird,” lyrically and musically. Layered minor key acoustic guitar and flugelhorn create an evocative bed for subtle lyrical social commentary.

flavored “A Certain Softness,” this album is McCartney at his best, a mix of poignancy and power.

“How Kind of You” is basically just one long intro. It’s one of those songs that should build up but for the most part doesn’t. It has an interesting rhythm, based around a continuous flugelhorn drone under aqueous tinkling piano, but it becomes annoying before the song is over. “Riding to Vanity Fair” employs a similar formula but uses it more effectively. This song could actually be described as an eerie “The Long And Winding Road.” The lyrics deal with the subject of romantic disillusionment, as the rhythm mimics a human heartbeat. Despite some sleepy numbers, notably the sluggish “At The Mercy” and the silly calypso-

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Photo courtesy Lionel Hahn/ABACA Press (KRT) Paul McCartney takes the term “solo album” to new levels by playing almost every instrument on Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.

Antigone feeds audiences Ground Up sounds to satisfy musical tastes The five women of Antigone Rising have much more to offer their audiences than just good music looks. Their review album, From Ground ✯✯✯ The Up, proves Antigone Rising From the Ground these women can satisfy any Up musical appeLava Records tite thrown at them. These women were able to reach the pinnacle of music in this album by performing music suitable for any taste and any mood. Formed by sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson, in Long Island, N.Y., the bands have come a long way from the coffee houses and bars they played in Greenwich Village. Cathy provides listeners with the lead guitar and background vocals, while Kristen plays the rhythm guitar and also provides back-

ground vocals. With the addition of Dena Tauriello on drums, Jen Zielenbach on bass and one hell of a singer, who goes by only one name, Cassidy, the group has a complete sound. They were offered the chance to play at the 1998 Lilith Fair where they played alongside major names like Sarah McLachlan and Natalie Merchant. That same year they released their first album, and soon after, they were put on Monterey Peninsula Artists Booking’s roll, whose clientele includes the famous Dave Matthews Band and Aerosmith. In 2005, they signed with Lava Records and released From The Ground Up. With a smorgasbord of genres, such as those offered on this album, you are sure to find a few tracks listeners can really get into. With Cathy Henderson playing an out-of-this world acoustic guitar and lead singer Cassidy’s unadorned but strong vocals, listeners will find themselves automatically relaxed. Listeners can get up and dance

to the album’s folk-pop tracks, such as “She’s Not Innocent” and “Happy Home,” which are both about women who aren’t sure if they are content with their lives but continue to live them happily. Or, listeners can just sit back and relax while listening to the band’s more soothing songs. A few of their songs contain a Sheryl Crow quality that can send shivers up and down one’s spine. If listeners are looking for a song that will really get them thinking, try “Open Hearts and Doors,” which shares striking similarities to Sheryl Crow’s “I Shall Believe.” It’s about realizing that despite all of your efforts, a relationship is not going to work out. If listeners favor a country flare, “Better” is definitely for them. It carries that strong country beat with it, compliments of drummer Tauriello. With its soothing vocals and edgy mixes, this album is definitely worth checking out.

Photo courtesy of Lava Records From Long Island, N.Y., Antigone Rising resembles the sounds of Sheryl Crow on From the — Jolyn Huntzinger Ground Up.

Texas songwriter brings own sound to country music “THE MOVIE GUESSING, RCONSISTENTLY KEEP IGHT UP TO I S US SATISFYING F TS TWISTY, INISH!” “A CUT ABOV E THE REST!” K yle Smith

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Susan Gibson Outer Space ForTheRecords

Although she remains relatively unheard of, Susan Gibson is one of Texas’ leading female songwriters. When the Dixie Chicks won the Grammy for “Wide Open Spaces,” they had Gibson to

thank for writing the best-selling song in country music history. It’s no surprise that Outer Space, her second solo album, remains true to her knack of strong song writing, thoughtful lyrics and a rustic down home country sound. Susan Gibson’s voice, though slightly rough around the edges carries her satisfying melodies through hits like “Together Strong,” a personal love song accompanied by delicate background vocals and a finely plucked banjo.

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While most songs bask in the comfort of time tested song writing, Outer Space boasts a few inventive tracks diverging from the familiar country sound. Haunting and cheerless, “Stop the Bleeding” begins with a crisp, fluid-like guitar melody. Quickly leading to the experimental chorus, which sounds like a two-step from hell, the song then returns to the smooth dark verse. “Upon Re-Entry” is another avant-garde track (at least to the world of folk and country). The drifting electric guitar is hypnotic with the hip jazzy accompaniment of the rest of the band. It’s about time a country artist stepped away from the monotony found on popular country radio. However, for those who enjoy a good ol’ sing along, “Sister Hood” makes you want to gather around the campfire and sing “Kumbaya”. Just to make sure everyone still remembers her early work, a live version of “Wide Open Spaces” adequately concludes the album. Her hidden track at the end of Outer Space shimmers with soul

and leaves one to wonder, why not give it some more credit? She sounds a little like Ani DiFranco on the track as the band loosens up and gets funky. Outer Space is a bipolar album of folk, blues, rock, country and a little jazz. At times it seems a bit too scatterbrained. While each song is solid, my overall perception is that Gibson is in transition. She has stumbled upon some ideas that set her apart from other artists within this genre. Gibson’s lyrics are still without a doubt the strongest and most impressive aspect of the music. This album won’t top the charts. In fact, it is doubtful that any of these songs will be played on the radio. That’s definitely not to say the music lacks creativity and talent. Outer Space is an interesting milestone in Susan Gibson’s work. Be assured, the next album will sound much different. Susan Gibson will be performing on Friday at Flipnotics in Austin. — Kyle Carson


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1/1 AVAILABLE ASAP! Great price convenient location very quiet call 353-7274 1/1 AVAILABLE ASAP $475/ month, 625 sqft, at Village Green Apts 512-551-5810. DUPLEXES FOR LEASE off of Sagewood! 3b/3 1/2b/ common living/dining/ kitchen/2 car garage/internet access. $400.00 per room call today! (512) 913-8028. CLEANEST, WHITEST, 2/2 with study, hardwood floors, garden tub, some bills paid. 357-6636. 2BR/ 2BATH MOBILE Home in the country. Clean, quiet and 10 mins from campus. $500 per month plus utilities. Call (210) 685-2441 for info. SICK OF ROOMMATES, trains and commuter parking? 1/1 $460 2/1 $570 FREE Internet, Cable, Phone & Tanning. 512-392-0121.

SAGEWOOD DUPLEXES 3/3.5, w/d, avail now $1100. Call 512-589-8073. NEAR CAMPUS 2B/1B, W/D hookup. Pet ok. $650mo. 206660-7921

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. P/T RECEPTIONIST AT Medical Clinic Must work evenings and some Saturdays fax resumes to 392-8828 Attn: Megan !BARTENDERS WANTED! $300/day potential. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ok. 800-9656520 x 157. GET PAID TO Think! Make $75 taking online surveys. HONG KONG RESTAURANT is hiring for delivery driver and wait staff. Call 392-5665 THE ALLNITER DINER: Now hiring experienced servers & cooks. Mornings & graveyards a plus. Weekends a must. Apply in person weekdays 2-4 p.m. 202 N. LBJ Dr. (on the Square.)

CLEAR SPRINGS CAFE is now hiring Grill cooks, Fry cooks and Line servers for night and weekend shifts. Starting wage from $7.50$10.50/hr. Insurance and vacation pay avail. Apply in person at:1692 Hwy 46 S. (3 miles off IH-35) New Braunfels, TX. INTERNET SUPPORT technician. Telenetwork is looking for qualified technicians to troubleshoot connectivity and e-mail issues for dial up and high speed internet providers. Knowledge of windows is a must. Apply now at telenetwork. com/careers HORSES: LOOKING FOR professional trainers and excellent riders. Apply online at STUDY BREAK MAGAZINE now hiring sales representative. Inherit account list with current advertisers great pay flexible hours. 512-480-0893 ONLINE RESEARCH. $8/ hour, 10-12 hrs/wk, Wimberley area office. Will work around your schedule. Must be familiar with internet research techniques for business data mining. Respond with qualifications to margie@lockgroup. com

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION part time help wanted in San Marcos. No exp. necc. but must be able to show up on time and work. Must have 2-3 full days free per week. $10 per hour to start. 512.392.1577 If no answer, leave message. RESTAURANT SUPERVISOR Johnny Rockets, “The Original Hamburger” is coming to San Marcos this fall! Come join our Prime Outlet mall team to serve fun food with a 50’s flair. FT Supervisors are needed to lead, train, and oversee this new restaurant operation. Food service experience desired but not necessary. Position salary begins at $9/hr, and increases $11/hr after training plus other competitive benefits. Interested applicants should apply online at BOBCATSNEEDJOBS.COM We need Paid Survey Takers in San Marcos. 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.

MILESTONE WEDDING VIDEOS, Affordable, Professional, Experienced. 512618-7919 ONE ROOMMATE. CHARMING 3/1 rock house to share with female. View. Privacy. $395. 1224 Chestnut. 396-9757.

FOR RENT-DUPLEX SAGEWOOD TRAIL DUPLEX available now! Immaculate! 3BR/2.5bath. $1050. Call 402-9800X86 today!

FOR RENT-HOUSES 3/2, 10 MIN. east of town in picturesque Pecan Grove. Hardwood floors, porches. Great writing/working environment. $950/mo 3571235 or 557-8356 2 BEDROOM RANCH house 150 acres with bird hunting $600 per month plus deposit 9 miles south of San Marcos call 512-357-6271

HELP WANTED NATIONAL HISPANIC INSTITUTE has a part-time data entry position available with flexible hours. Contact Lori at 512-357-6137 x212. PLUM CREEK GOLF Course is looking for neat, punctual, honest, hardworking individuals who enjoy working outdoors. Great benefits. Call 262-5555 for more information or to setup an interview.

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MISCELLANEOUS GOT WASHBOARD ABS? Good looks? Hiring male models, ages 18-25, $100 to $250/hr. Call 512-927-2226. ATHLETIC, OUTGOING men for calendars, greeting cards, etc $75-150/hr, no exp. needed, (512)684-8296. CHEAP TANCO MEMBERSHIP. 11 months. Call Lisa (512)569-2624. ALCOHOL AWARENESS Classes for M.I.P - M.I.C D.U.I - P.I. Held at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza with free meal. Next class on October 3 & 4, 2005. To reserve a seat call 1-877-743-1556.

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ROOMMATES HOME TO SHARE 3 miles from campus. Mature female student wanted. Includes your own bedroom and sharing of all common areas. All bills paid, including Roadrunner and cable TV. Washer/Dryer. All appliances. Garage and fenced backyard. $500 a month 210365-9847 ROOMMATE NEEDED. Next to campus, $375 per mo. (512)805-7482. GRADUATE STUDENT needs roommate 3bdrm mobile home rent $250/mth +share utilities Call 214-676-8070. ROOMMATE WANTED, share NEW 1400sqft 3br/2.5ba house with one male student, five minutes from campus in quiet neighborhood. $450/mo, contact Matt (512)585-4293.

FOR SALE FOR SALE TELEVISIONS 1) 31” Mitsubishi and 1) 27” Sony Trinitron both like new. Each with roller cart, VCR, and surge protector. Receipts, manuals, and remotes included. Selling cheap! 512-392-2008, 512-557-2795 GOLF CLUBS. 2 comlete sets with bags. Brunswick bowling ball with case. (512)392-2008, 557-2795.

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




WANTED: USED CARS, trucks, motorcycles. Any condition. Running or not. If you have something to sell please call Willis Mitchell. 512-353-4511.

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Navy Officer Programs offer: Up to $2,780/month during College Medical/Dental Coverage No Uniforms, No Drill, Just College (subject to qualification) Greetings, Designers. We, The University Star, need to replenish our design staff in order to take over the design galaxy. Eligible humans with experience in Adobe InDesign is a must. Those with Photoshop and Illustrator experience are preferred. You are expected to know how to fly your own spaceship – we do not train. We are looking for responsible and creative humans to work as Graphic Designers or Page Designers. Graphic Designers need to be able to work 3-5 hour blocks in between classes. Page Designers need to be able to work in the evenings and at night. If you are interested in becoming part of our fleet come by the Trinity Building, near the Music Building, and fill out an application. Or contact our leaders at for Graphic Designers or for Page Designers.

Navy Active Duty or Navy Reserves Call for more information 1-800-292-5547

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