PUSHING MUSICAL LIMITS Performances abound at annual ACL Fest SEE TRENDS PAGE 5
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ASG swears in new senators, considers raising athletic support
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By Clayton Medford News Reporter The Associated Student Government ﬁlled committee rosters and swore in new senators during its meeting on Monday. Senators also nominated economics senior and Senate Clerk Kyle Morris to represent the student body as liaison to the San Marcos City Council. Filling empty senate seats from the College of Applied Arts were animal science sophomore Jonathan Page and business management senior Matt Fleck. In addition, history sophomore Amy Biedermann from the College of Liberal Arts and ﬁnance sophomore Matt Priest from the McCoy College of Business Administration were conﬁrmed; all four new senators gave the oath of ofﬁce before the senate. “I wanted to get involved in the school and do what I can to improve student life,” Priest said. New transfer advisors, biology sophomore Mark Esparza and interdisciplinary studies sophomore Sarah King were also conﬁrmed by ASG. Chris Stacy, director of football operations, See ASG, page 3
RAD program offers self-defense classes for women By Alysha N. Hernandez Special to The Star Tuesday marked the ﬁrst session of a self-defense program for Texas State students, teachers and staff. The course, which is the ﬁrst this semester, has one stipulation — you must be a woman to attend. The three-part session, which ends Wednesday, is part of the Rape Aggression Defense System, known on campus as the RAD program and is hosted by the Texas State University Police Department. Lawrence N. Nadeau, a former United States Marine, founded the program in 1989. The program was designed to enhance defense options for women and children. UPD ofﬁcer and RAD instructor Sue Stewart said the course offered at Texas State is a comprehensive course limited to women to maintain a comfort zone. “I was in the military for years. I had handson ﬁghting and ofﬁcer’s training, and the three days I took to be a RAD instructor were the best three days of defense instruction,” Stewart said. During the session, Stewart mentioned the recent incidences on Post Road that included See RAD, page 3
Adam Brown/Star photo Freshman fullback Blake Burton avoids an airborne tackle attempt by Texas A&M defensive back Marquis Carpenter after senior quarterback Barrick Nealy connected him with an 18-yard pass en route to the Bobcats’ second touchdown of the game. For full story, see SPORTS page 8.
San Marcos provides shelter, services for Rita evacuees By Emily Messer News Reporter While many evacuees have returned to their cities, some are still waiting for the news they can begin to pick up the pieces and rebuild. Sitting in the lobby of the Hampton Inn with national newspapers spread out on the coffee table depicting pictures of his hometown, Port Arthur, Bob Bodin said he’s thankful his family is safe but is feeling stressed from the experience. “I’m at the point in my life where I may want to relocate,” Bodin said. “I’m 60 years old, and I don’t want to go through this again.” Bodin is one of the hundreds of evacuees in San Marcos as a result of Hurricane Rita. He traveled with nine family members and two golden retrievers to stay in San Marcos, where one of his granddaughters attends college. Bodin said he and some of the
other evacuees he has met have been trying to cope with the situation. “It seems like we’re just one big family,” Bodin said about the evacuees at the hotel. “We sit around the pool and laugh and make the best of it — but it’s not a vacation at any means.” The weekend has been stressful for evacuees such as Bodin, who owns a building business, because he knows he will be ﬂooded with work when he returns to Port Arthur. “I hope they take Rita off the hurricane list,” Bodin said. “I want Rita to go away forever.” After Mayor Susan Narvaiz issued a declaration of disaster, several shelters were opened by the city and Hays County Friday for evacuees from coastal cities. The San Marcos Activity Center housed around 227 people Friday night. By Saturday, the shelters were closed, and the evacuees were transferred to Austin shelters.
Workshop to give students tips on landing a new job
THE SUMMER GETS HOTTER
By Andi Beierman Special to The Star
Tiffany Searcy/Star photo The University Police Department and the San Marcos Fire Department responded to a car ﬁre in the parking garage underneath San Jacinto Hall at 2:24 p.m. on Saturday. Students were evacuated until the hall’s sprinkler system was reset. The preliminary investigation revealed an electrical short as the cause of the ﬁre.
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By 11 a.m. on Tuesday, every hotel in San Marcos was booked, said Rebecca Ramirez, director of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. By Wednesday evening, H-E-B and other area stores were out of water and running low on canned goods, bread and other commodities. In addition, San Marcos became a temporary home for pets that were evacuated to animal shelters in the Hill Country area. The San Marcos Animal Shelter received around 110 animals during the weekend, and the Convention Center housed around 32 animals. “We were glad to be able to help these people out in this time of need and give them one less thing to worry about,” said Bert Stratemann, manager of the animal shelter. Stratemann said the public donated around 55 pet carriers and supplies for evacuated pets. John and Kimberly Blanchette of West Columbia took their cats
Students can learn how to master job-hunting techniques at the Interviewing Skills Workshop, which will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater. Hosted by Career Services, the workshop will feature four panelists who will advise students on topics ranging from how to dress appropriately to handling lunch and group interview settings. The speakers will also discuss the different interviewing styles used at each of their companies. The panelists will include
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By Isadora Vail-Castro News Reporter More than 100 greek members piled in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1, and awaited the results of the winners of the Katrina Challenge, a fundraiser spearheaded by the Greek Affairs staff for those who suffered losses during Hurricane Katrina. The Katrina Challenge started Sept. 12 and ended Friday. The challenge was designed for each participating fraternity and sorority to collect as many canned goods as they could. One organization from each of the four councils was selected as a winner. “As a greek community, we
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Phyllis Williams, recruiter for Valero Energy Corporation; Jill Tingle, ﬁeld development manager for Republic Beverage; Will Johnson, corporate audit manager for Freescale; and Steven Jimenez, Human Resources representative for State Farm Insurance. “Students will get a wealth of information from four great presenters,” said Josie Garrott, associate director of Career Services. Students will be able to speak with the panelists in a 30-minute question and answer session after the presentation. Two of the speakers, John-
to the San Marcos Animal Shelter, according to a city of San Marcos press release. “They were getting too hot in the car, even with the air conditioning running, and we can’t check into our hotel for two more hours,” the Blanchettes said in the release. Besides the typical cats, dogs, birds and small pets, some people required larger spaces so that they could evacuate their livestock. During the week, one woman called the shelter needing a space for 11 horses. Stratemann said people with land and barns for the livestock were generous to donate their space. By Thursday afternoon, city ofﬁcials began to assist affected cities and evacuees. “While it appears that San Marcos and Central Texas will be spared the direct impact of the hurricane, we will work closely with state ofﬁcials
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were able to raise over 5,000 canned goods,” said Tim Love, coordinator of greek life and risk management. “The canned goods and monetary donations were donated to the Hays County Food Bank.” Terence Parker, coordinator of Texas State greek affairs said this was probably the largest canned food drive at the university, even though only 16 of the 31 greek organizations participated in the challenge. “We raised about $1,200 and that is (with) just half of the chapters,” Parker said. “The original challenge was to collect canned goods, but some chapters were having problems with See CHALLENGE, page 3
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Tuesday in Brief
September 27, 2005
The Student Affairs Student Success Team will be hosting a Dean’s List Reception on Thursday to honor all the students who made the dean’s list during the Spring 2005 semester. In order to make the dean’s list, a student must be an undergraduate taking at least 12 hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. For the Spring 2005 semester, 3,542 Texas State students received this distinguished honor. Fifty-six of the recipients were student-athletes. In addition, 847 of the students on the Dean’s List had a 4.0. More than 700 students attended the ﬁrst Dean’s List Reception,
which was held in the spring. This large event is a new tradition for Texas State and will be held every fall and spring semester. The event will be held in two sessions, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Light refreshments will be served. The Star congratulates all the Texas State students who have achieved this academic accomplishment and wishes them continued success. For more information about the Dean’s List Reception, please contact Josie Garrott at (512) 245-2645.
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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Tuesday Activists for Sexual Minorities meets at 5:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-4.1. For more information, contact Sabrina at email@example.com. Wednesday Higher Ground (LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry) meets for prayers at 5:30 p.m. and a free meal at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church across from The Tower. Everyone is welcome. Thursday The Texas State Baha’i Association has a bimonthly ‘Multi-Faith Devotional’ at 7:30 in Falls Hall, 2.5 lounge. Open to the public. Monday Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Call (512) 245-2208 for more information.
Events Tuesday The Muslim Student Association welcomes guest speaker Shekh Khaled Sayed to discuss “Does the Quran advocate violence?” and “Does the Quran oppress women?” at 7 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room 108. Wednesday Career Services will have the
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Interviewing Skills Workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LBJSC Teaching Theater. Thursday “The Rock - Praise & Worship” will take place at the Catholic Student Center at 7:30 p.m. 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) 245-3018. Tiffany Searcy/Star photo
Saturday The Hill Country Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Texas State Golf Course.
Jenci and Pat Kocsis ﬂoat for the second time this season on the San Marcos River. “We’ve done the Guadalupe and Comal, but this river is just so much more relaxing,” Jenci said.
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Sunday Jason Boland and friends are joining for a beneﬁt concert beginning at 5 p.m. at the River Road Icehouse. All ticket and alcohol sales are going to the Red Cross. There is a minimum donation of $10 at the door. 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 as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.
University Police Department Sept. 22, Unknown hours Burglary: Vehicle/Coliseum Parking Lot A student reported to a police ofﬁcer that her personal property had been stolen from her vehicle. This case is under investigation. Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, Minor in Possession/ Fina Gas Station A police ofﬁcer made contact with three nonstudents for suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, one nonstudent was arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor and was transported
to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. The other two nonstudents were issued citations for minor in possession. San Marcos Police Department Sept. 24, 12:08 a.m. Aggravated Assault/Hopkins and Guadalupe streets Aggravated assault in which three subjects were pushed through a plate glass window at Z Media downtown. Sept. 24, 4:26 a.m. Assault/111 W. McCarty Lane Subject arrested for assault on ofﬁcer, attempted burglary of building and resisting arrest.
Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS
AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
remember, understand, share the lessons, act
LBJ Student Center Ballroom Today 10am - 6pm Wednesday, September 28th 8am - 5pm
For additional information, please call the Health Education Resource Center at (512)245-2309 or, visit www.healthcenter.txstate.edu. Sponsored by: Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, Ofﬁce of Disability Services, Student Health Center, Student Affairs Diversity Team. This event is free and accessible for persons with disabilities.
In the Sept. 20 edition of The Star, the cutline for the photo on page 5 incorrectly identiﬁed the subject as Five Dollar Friend guitarist Matt Bell. The photo actually showed Matthew Tolman of Kallisti Gold. In Thursday’s edition, the story “Trauth responds to student concerns after AALC” on page 3 incorrectly identiﬁed Joanne Smith as associate vice president of Student Affairs and Sherri Benn as vice president of Multicultural Student Affairs. Their titles are actually interim vice president of Student Affairs and director of Multicultural Student Affairs, respectively. Also, news reporter Zandria Avila’s name was misspelled. The story “Hurricane Rita sends Bobcats to Aggieland tonight for early game” incorrectly stated that Sam Houston State University is in Beaumont. It is located in Huntsville.
Electric workers deploy to East Texas A seven-person San Marcos Electric Utility team left for East Texas at 5 a.m. Monday to help the Hemphill community recover from the ravages of Hurricane Rita. Hemphill is in Sabine County near the Louisiana state line about 110 miles north of Beaumont. The community was in the direct path of Hurricane Rita when it struck the region early Saturday. “The request for help came Sunday morning through the Lower Colorado River Authority,” said Bob Higgs, director of the electric utility. “Hemphill City Manager Don Isles said most of their lines were down, and power to about 600 customers was out.” With the go-ahead from San Marcos City Manager Dan O’Leary, the electric utility crew assembled its equipment and
supplies Sunday and headed out at 5 a.m. on Monday. Also responding to the Hemphill community are electric utility crews from Georgetown and New Braunfels. The San Marcos crew includes a foreman, two linemen, two apprentice linemen, a digger/boom truck operator and a helper. They took with them a bucket truck, a digger/boom truck and two one-ton pickup trucks. Kirbyville, located near Jasper, has also requested help from San Marcos. “We are looking into what we may be able to do there,” Higgs said. The San Marcos electric utility workers expected to be in Hemphill at least two days to help restore electric service.
or AIDS. Each panel that makes up the quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS. There have been 15,200,000 visitors to see the quilt, and more than $3,250,000 have been raised from the quilt for direct services for people with AIDS. The quilt is 51.5 miles long, 1,278,675 square feet and weighs more than 54 tons. There are 82,838 names on the quilt, representing 17.5 percent of all United States AIDS deaths. Texas State and the greater San Marcos community have the opportunity to view a portion of the quilt from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. This event is free and accessible for persons with disabilities. Persons who are not members of the Texas State community are welcome to visit the campus and view the quilt. Event sponsors include the Health Education Resource
Center, the Student Health Center, Ofﬁce of Disability Services, the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center and the Student Affairs Diversity Team. The following Web sites provide information about the AIDS Memorial Quilt and HIV/AIDS: The AIDS Memorial Quilt at www.aidsquilt.org, a comprehensive resource on HIV/AIDS information at www. thebody.com, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS at www.unaids.org/EN/ default.asp, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at www.cdc.gov/hiv/dhap. htm and The Texas Department of State Health Services Bureau of HIV and STD Prevention at www.tdh.state.tx.us/hivstd/. For more information about the AIDS Memorial Quilt display at Texas State, call the Health Education Resource Center at (512) 245-2309.
— Courtesy of the City of San Marcos
Health Beat Portion of AIDS Memorial Quilt to be in San Marcos The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a powerful tool used in preventing new HIV infections. It is a reminder of the AIDS pandemic and a memorial honoring lives lost to AIDS. The quilt continues to grow and reach more communities with messages of remembrance, awareness and hope. It has become the largest community arts project in the world. The epidemic continues claiming lives around the world and in the United States. In 2004, 39.4 million people were living with HIV, 4.9 million people were newly infected with HIV, and 3.1 million people died of AIDS. The Texas Department of State Health Services Bureau of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention reported in 2003 that there were 4,103 people living in central Texas with HIV or AIDS and 79 people living in Hays County with HIV
— Courtesy of the City of San Marcos
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CHALLENGE: Greek Affairs recognizes organizations for raising $1,200 for victims CONTINUED from page 1
this, so we let them take donations.” The women of Kappa Delta Chi did not encounter this problem. Kappa Delta Chi received the award for the most canned foods collected within the Multicultural Greek Council. “We went around to an apartment complex, The Avalon, and went door-to-door asking people for donations,” said Marie Gonzales, fashion merchandising sophomore and vice president of Kappa Delta Chi. “They were very generous, and most people gave us huge bags of Ramen noodles.” The other winners were Phi Delta Theta of the Interfraternity Council, Phi Beta Sigma of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Zeta Tau Alpha for the Panhellenic Council. The Katrina Challenge also included Alpha Phi Alpha volunteering at Kelly Air Force
Base in San Antonio, said Bruce Jones, management senior and member of Alpha Phi Alpha. “We helped pass out food at the base in San Antonio,” Jones said. “We gathered a bunch of deodorant and different toiletries for women and men.” Delta Zeta also collected canned goods but additionally, all the women of the sorority decided to donate blood. “Each person in our sorority had to bring ﬁve canned goods and some personal needs like shampoo, diapers and body spray,” said Sarah Imhoff, political science senior and Delta Zeta member. Parker ended the meeting by thanking all the participants of the Katrina Challenge. “I think you all are exceptional, and I want people to know, outside of this meeting, what the greek community is all about,” Parker said. “Thank you all for your efforts, and I know the victims of Katrina would appreciate it.”
KTSW: A DONATION STATION
Danny Rodriguez/Star photo Monty Gomez, a microbiology junior, helped KTSW raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina relief by collecting donations on the corner of North LBJ Drive and Concho Street Thursday afternoon.
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unidentiﬁed males attacking women or women waking to ﬁnd an intruder in their apartments. To counter attacks like these, the RAD program suggests preventative measures like window locks, thick curtains that prevent silhouetting, motion sensors and one-way peepholes. Some students like Megan Deterling, nutrition and foods senior, are happy the program also teaches defense tactics. “I think that the class is a good idea. My only concern is that the girls attending are already aware of the dangers,” Deterling said. “The girls that need to be there — or are not aware of the dangers — are not taking the class. I think once we learn some physical defense tactics, that will be more beneﬁcial for all of the girls that are already cautious.” The program progresses from personal safety habits to hands-on defense training.
y only concern is that the girls attending are already aware of the dangers.” —Megan Deterling nutrition and foods senior
The second and third sessions teach physical defense mechanisms. The third session called “Fight Night” by certiﬁed RAD instructors is not mandatory, but it does allow women to practice defense strategies on instructors dressed in fourinch-thick foam and rubber suits. Women will receive a certiﬁcate upon completion of the course. Otto Glenewinkel, UPD ofﬁcer in the Community Awareness and Resource Team and
RAD instructor, said techniques taught are designed for “maximum potential with maximum surprise.” “We ask you not to show them to anyone … staging, trying to teach, is not the same as the explosion you feel when you are attacked,” Glenewinkel said. The American Association of University Women says about 40 percent of college women who are sexually assaulted tell no one. The AAUW Web site also mentions that approximately one out of every four women will be raped in her college career. At Texas State in 2004, two residential forcible sex offenses were reported to UPD. “Right now, as we are speaking, some woman is getting beaten, some woman is getting raped … some woman is getting killed. All because some man thought that he owned her body,” said Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union and board
member of the Feminist Majority. Students are encouraged to utilize all services, like the Bobcat Bobbies, which are covered by tuition. The Bobcat Bobbies patrol campus at night and provide escort services. For students off campus, traveling in groups is encouraged. The course is one more tool females can use to defend themselves. “When you take your car to the mechanic, you hope they have all the tools to ﬁx your car. Well, your hitting, your kicking, your voice, keep those with you in your toolbox,” Stewart said. “You can add to the list [of tools] if you need to. If one thing doesn’t work, go to the next thing; don’t just freeze.” The last RAD session will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday in the J.C. Kellam Administration Building. For more information on this course or RAD for Men, call the UPD’s Community Awareness and Resource Team at (512) 2458341.
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son and Jimenez, are Texas State alumni who will be able to offer advice about job-hunting from the Bobcat perspective. Jimenez said most students are not familiar with how to speak about the work they have done and the results they have achieved. “Most students are successful at completing courses and doing group projects, but they aren’t aware of certain skills it takes to do all that,” Jimenez said. “I think most students aren’t familiar with how to sell them-
selves in any type of interview.” Being able to speak clearly about all aspects of past work, from the task completed to the results achieved, is the key to successful interviewing, Jimenez said. Garrott said the panel was chosen to provide a diverse representation of employers and jobs in order to attract students from all majors and classiﬁcations. “The information shared will beneﬁt everyone, no matter where you are at,” Garrott said. Jacob Villalobos, English junior and student worker at Ca-
reer Services, said the workshop offers many useful skills that are important to all. “Students need to go whether they realize it or not,” Villalobos said. The workshop is scheduled about a week before the Texas State Job Fair, which will be held on Oct. 4, giving students an opportunity to sharpen their skills before meeting potential employers. Garrott said information discussed at the workshop will help students prepare for prescreening and behavior-based interviews conducted by many
employers at the job fair. Students who are looking for additional one-on-one interviewing instruction can make an appointment with Career Services for a mock interview where their skills will be evaluated and critiqued by a counselor. “It’s so important for students to start early doing everything they can to be prepared,” Garrott said. For more information about the Interviewing Skills Workshop or to schedule a mock interview, contact Career Services at (512) 245-2645.
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addressed the senate to ask for their help in drumming up support for Texas State athletics, particularly the football team. “ASG is the most supportive group on campus of Texas State athletics, so I’m kind of preaching to the choir here. I need y’all’s help to get the good
word out about Bobcat athletics,” Stacy said, “and here’s the good word: we’re good this year.” Stacy argued that the reasons students give for not attending games are bogus. “People say that the team isn’t good, but that’s not true this year. They also say that it’s not fun. You get a bunch of people in there, and it’s impos-
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sible not to have fun. You come and tailgate, there’s free food everywhere,” Stacy said. History senior George Restivo took advantage of the senate’s public forum to voice his grievance with the Ofﬁce of Disabilities Services and the Texas State administration as a whole. Restivo, who is deaf, claims he was denied caption writers
to interpret for him during the ASG meeting. He also claims he was forced to drop three classes due to his lack of access to interpreters. “I don’t know what’s up with ODS,” Restivo said in his address. “I had to drop three classes because I didn’t have any captions; I’m not going to graduate in December because of this.”
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to provide the response they need to help with evacuees and the aftermath of this disaster,” said San Marcos City Manager Dan O’Leary in a press release. Millions of people ﬂed from the coastline to Central Texas on Wednesday and Thursday, which contributed to more than 100 stranded motorists along Interstate 10 between Luling and Seguin. City emergency responders such as the San Marcos Fire Department and San Marcos Police Department were requested by the state to keep the trafﬁc moving. The departments helped stranded motorists receive gas, water, food or directions during the two days. “When you try to move three million people at one time, the trafﬁc situation is going to be intense,” said Mike Baker, SMFD chief. Baker said rescue teams were already on standby for water rescues, which were not necessary during the weekend. In contrast, Bodin said his drive from Port Arthur to San
Marcos on Friday took ﬁve hours and that the nearly deserted highway, with sprinkles of motorists out of gas sleeping by the road and lots of litter, had an eerie quality. “I’ve never seen Katy Freeway with no trafﬁc,” Bodin said. “I felt like I was in limbo.” At 5 a.m. on Monday, a seven-person San Marcos Electric Utility team left for East Texas to help people in Hemphill recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Rita according to a press release issued by the city. Bodin said being a close-knit family helps keep everyone together in times of trouble. “Yesterday, we sat in the river. We have to do something. We have to get out of the rooms. You get claustrophobic staying in a hotel room for so many days,” Bodin said. For the meantime, Bodin said he will wait in San Marcos until he receives notice that his family can return to Port Arthur. “I want to go home,” Bodin said.
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quoteof the day “The accused knew what she was doing. She was laughing and joking. ... She is enjoying, she is participating — all for her own sick humor.”
— Military prosecutor Capt. Chris Graveline in the trial of U.S. Army Pfc. Lynndie England, who was convicted Monday by a military jury for her role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. (Source: CNN.com)
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Approximately 450 Bobcats walked through the gates of Kyle Field in College Station on Thursday evening. Texas A&M President Robert M. Gates and Texas State President Denise Trauth urged people outside the city to stay home and watch the game on television so as not to interfere with evacuation efforts preceding Hurricane Rita. Although the trip to College Station along Highway 21 was relatively uneventful, it is understandable that many who had planned to make the Saturday trek were unable to do so on Thursday because of classes the next day. Those who did attend were treated to an exciting game that could have been billed as David versus Goliath. While the outcome wasn’t as favorable as it could be, the Bobcat football team, along with its fans, made quite an impression on the Aggie community in the 44-31 defeat. During the game, The University Star’s traveling band of merry men, Sports Editor Miguel Peña, Assistant Photo Editor Adam Brown, Design Editor Matt Rael and Managing Editor Joe Ruiz, spoke with Aggie fans, personnel and even the “yell leaders,” all of whom praised the efforts of the team as well as its cheering section for making them work much harder than they had the previous week, in which A&M defeated the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, a Division I-A team, by a score of 66-8. The amount of support — ranging from the fans with “TXSTATE” painted on their chests to the Strutters, cheerleaders, band and other fans — was so loud and striking during and following the game that Aggie players, along with head coach Dennis Franchione, were asked about the difference in crowd reaction. “The Texas State fans have a lot to be proud of. Their team fought hard and played well,” said Franchione in his postgame press conference. “They played a good game, they should get some love from their fans like that when they come into our house and play us down to the wire,” said Aggie quarterback Reggie McNeal. Get some love, indeed. This team, as well as those athletes in other sports, deserves the support of the university and the San Marcos community. It’d sure be nice to see the streets of San Marcos lined with Bobcat maroon or gold as well as the San Marcos High School Rattlers’ purple and white. This city doesn’t have to be divided. The university community should continue to make strides to bridge the gap between itself and the city. As students, many of us are focused on our futures and honor the past. We should also extend a hand to those who might become future students, those closest to home and those right across the Interstate. By continuing to show the rabid support we observed at Kyle Field, the stature of the football team can continue to grow as well as the winning percentage. 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.
Do you think Osama bin Laden is currently planning a terrorist attack on the United States, or not? 76%
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The presence of Because I am of the Minutemen Mexican decent, group in Texas has and because I become a highly have heard of the controversial matchallenges facing ter in and around those trying to South Texas. A cross the United protest in Austin on States’ border with NICOLE HERNANDEZ Saturday became Mexico, I am paStar Columnist the stage for emotently opposed to tional arguments the presence and against the Minutegeneral existence men with Sen. Lloyd Doggett of this group. What Mexicans comparing them to the Ku endure in their effort to ﬁnd Klux Klan. With the current freedom and good fortune tension among students and in America is comparable to administration concernthe conditions suffered by ing somewhat racial issues, African Americans on the Unthe idea of the Minutemen derground Railroad. Mexican in Texas falls into the same people walk hundreds, somebracket of social issues. times thousands, of miles to The Minutemen Civil risk their lives in an attempt Defense Corps has released to cross the river. If they make very little information about it alive, it is with nothing in the numbers concerning their hands, nothing in their the group’s membership in stomachs and practically Texas or any other state. Its nothing to show for their surpurpose is to recruit civilian vival. Often times, men leave volunteers, arm them with their wives and children in lethal weapons and call them Mexico and face this tortura helping hand to Border ous journey alone, with the Patrol. The volunteers would dream of providing for them assist the Border Patrol in a higher quality of life. The identifying and stopping story of the African-American Mexican nationals trying to struggle in this nation is one cross the border. The Minute- with which society is familiar. men currently have volunteers The similar voyages and disstationed in California and criminations apply to those Arizona. people from Mexico trying to
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U.S. should not allow Minutemen earn an honest day’s pay, but groups like the Minutemen are meant only to make these disadvantages against Mexican emigrants more prevalent, and shatter the dreams they nurse for themselves and their families. There has got to be a better way to deal with illegal immigration. The United States cannot continue to let the issue of illegal immigration go unchecked. But, there are jobs to be had. The hardest and most undesired jobs in America pay more than those in Mexico. The most humble living conditions in the United States are better than a good part of those in Mexico. While many Americans refer to this lifestyle as less than the good life, there are people in Mexico that would take it in a heartbeat. Minutemen patrol cannot be the only option to confront the situation we face as the land of opportunity. One of these options is the DREAM legislation put forth in Congress and supported at Saturday’s rally. This piece of legislation would grant citizenship to children brought into the United States before the age of 15 under certain conditions. After the child graduates high school
and completes two years of a junior college education or two years toward a four-year education, the child would be granted United States citizenship. Another way of earning citizenship would be to serve in the military for two years. This kind of legislation allows Mexican people to show their desire and willingness to work for the kind of lives they seek. There is a joke with a punch line that implies Mexicans are only good for working. Like natural-born Americans and African Americans and all other ethnicities, what they work for is the betterment of their children. They work for the future of their families and the ability to provide hope for themselves and their descendants. Let the Border Patrol and Congress deal with immigration. These volunteers should put their energy into something that doesn’t involve the potential harm of Mexican emigrants. They should work for something that does not include the kind of hatred and discrimination that occurred during slavery and would embarrass America just the same.
thoughts about our choice of news coverage, we did run an advance story about the AALC in the Sept. 8 issue of The University Star. News reporter Zandria Avila was covering the three-day event for publication the following week when the incident following the after-party took place. We do not base our coverage within any section on the amount of positive or negative coverage any issue has previously received. If the story is something people are talking about or something that meets the qualities of news, we cover it. Had we neglected to cover the event, we would face accusations of “covering up” for the Texas State administration, when we are, in fact, an independent student newspaper with the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. Also, we are compelled by those freedoms and our ethics to provide as much accurate information as possible and to allow our readers to decide. We invite everybody to do so.
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I was quoted in Thursday’s issue of The Star in the article about Hispanic Heritage Month. First, I want to say that the article was very well written. I am concerned, however, that the last two lines might be misinterpreted. It stated that in my opinion, the students were responsible for the lack of diversity on campus. While I do feel we have to do our part as students to educate ourselves about other cultures, I do not feel that it is completely our responsibility to make Texas State a diverse community. It is time for university administrators to step up and take responsibility for their lack of sensitivity to different cultures, as well. Speaking as a Chicana, I can say that I do not feel that my culture is represented equally here. Why do we have to wait for Hispanic Heritage Month to cel-
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ACL Fest hotter than Hill Country heat By Kyle Bradshaw Assistant Entertainment Editor and Stephen Lloyd Entertainment Writer There’s nothing quite like the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Fans of all genres can ﬁnd something they like. This year was no exception. Despite the threat of rain on Saturday and the intense heat on Sunday, the festival, held at Zilker Park, went on as scheduled. The projected rain from Hurricane Rita never came, and the temperatures rose all weekend long, but that didn’t detract from some amazing performances over the weekend. Coldplay The biggest band in the world (at the moment) closed out this year’s ACL with the biggest, loudest show of the festival. Coldplay doesn’t really ﬁt the “weird” Austin mold, and its over-thetop light show felt a little out of place but was far too entertaining to dislike. Chris Martin is a born frontman and his Bonolike moves and swooning vocals tended to outshine the talents of the rest of his band for most of the show. This was true until the band performed the acoustic track “’Til Kingdom Come” and a cover of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. The two songs were pleasantly reminiscent of the days when Coldplay was just another small band from England, and its live show wasn’t completely dominated by fancy lights and giant video screens. However, the band quickly returned to its hugeness for “Speed of Sound” and “Fix You,” which both sounded far better than the version from the band’s slightly disappointing album, X & Y. It might have not been the most ﬁtting way to end the festival, but Coldplay knows how to put on a show, and that’s enough for me. — K.B. Buddy Guy With a shaved head, distinctive jehri curls gone, Chicago-based
blues legend Buddy Guy began his set at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The show time seemed early for someone of his stature in the music world. But this was probably because of the fact that his current popularity isn’t as great as the scheduled headliners. Instead of his usual polka-dotted Fender Stratocaster, Guy wore a polka-dotted shirt. A polka-dotted guitar would disappear within the shirt so he played a yellow Telecaster for much of his set. The set included Buddy’s hit “Damn Right I Got The Blues” as well as several blues classics by the likes of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Guy also played a song from his new album Bring ‘Em In. Guy’s performance proved why he’s considered a legend and it brings up the question of who will inherit the blues after him. While the youngest of the old guard, Guy won’t be around forever, and as it stands, there are few truly phenomenal young blues players around. But the blues has survived all musical climates, and it will undoubtedly continue to survive. — S.L. Wilco Jeff Tweedy is a truly great American songwriter, and the ever-changing lineup of his band, Wilco, has ﬁnely found its perfect form. With the latest additions of guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, Wilco was ﬂawless during songs like “At Least That’s What You Said” and “Handshake Drugs” from its Grammy-winning album, A Ghost is Born. The band also ran through brilliant tracks like “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “War on War” from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Longtime Wilco fans should have appreciated the return to old songs like “Shot in the Arm” from Summerteeth and “Kingpin” from Being There. Tweedy, a known introvert, shed his shell somewhat during the set often beckoning the crowd for a little
Spencer Millsap/Star photo Coldplay closed the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd of 65,000 fans. more audience participation. Tweedy and his band weren’t exactly showmen, but the greatness of Tweedy’s songs greatly overshadowed the band’s attempts at putting on an eyepleasing show. — K.B. Robert Randolph & The Family Band Robert Randolph & The Family Band, who had been in Austin for a few days already, recording part of their new album, gave a great performance of their amped-up gospel-blues. Their set was much more freeform than in past ACL Festival performances. The set began with an unexpected instrumen-
tal version of Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean,” with Randolph substituting pedal-steel guitar lines for vocals. Their biggest hit, “I Need More Love,” was sandwiched between extended jams that were similar to Stevie Wonder’s“Superstition.”During one, Blues Traveler harmonicawizard John Popper joined the band, adding his unique playing to the mix. Randolph even launched into Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” during one of the jams. Before Randolph hit the scene, the steel guitar was known for tamer music, country and western along with oldstyle Hawaiian pop. As he has in all of his previous performances at the festival, Randolph rocked his steel like Jimi Hendrix rocked his Stratocaster. — S.L.
Spencer Millsap/Star photo Yellow balloons ﬁlled with confetti were released into the crowd during Coldplay’s performance of “Yellow.”
Roky Erickson & The Explosives The highlight of Saturday came at 7:45 p.m. with Roky Erickson & The Explosives. The show started off with an introduction by musician, writer, gubernatorial candidate and all-around comical personality Kinky Friedman. Austin legend Erickson formed the psychedelic band The 13th Floor Elevators in 1965 and is credited as being the ﬁrst person to use the word “psychedelic” in reference to music. In the late ’60s, pleading insanity in a case involving possession of marijuana, Erickson endured brutal shock therapy in a mental institution which arguably caused more damage to him than using drugs ever did. After having been out of it musically and mentally ever since, his ACL appearance marked Erickson’s ﬁrst live performance in two decades, and it was an unexpectedly jaw-dropping one. Even before
Wilco feeds off audience energy to give stellar performance By Andrea Short Entertainment Writer Wilco played to a sold-out crowd at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, with some fans paying more than $100 for one ticket. Singer Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche, keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen, guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, rocked the stage for a full two hours. Wilco has released ﬁve albums since the late 1990s. Their sound has been tweaked a bit since the early years but only for the better. In 2002, after being dropped by their Warner record label, the band decided to make Yankee Hotel Foxtrot available to fans online. This was followed by a 30-city, sold-out tour, as well as a new contract with Nonesuch Records, which reportedly paid them three times the initial value for rights to the album.
Songs from the bands latest albums A Ghost Is Born (2004) and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002) dominated the set; however, the band did play some older stuff and even surprised the crowd with a new song. “At Least That’s What You Said,” “Handshake Drugs,” “Hummingbird” and “The Late Greats” are just some of the songs Wilco played Saturday. The crowd was full of fans from varying age groups, but all seemed to have had a great time. Wilco played off the crowd’s energy and gave an amazing, dynamic performance almost effortlessly. Concertgoers sang (or screamed) along to almost every song. Although the heat was melting everyone, most were too consumed by the heavy drums and boisterous guitar sounds to care about a little sweat. After a little more than an hour of playing, the band took a brief rest, until they were enticed back to the
stage by the screaming crowd. Wilco came back with “I’m always In Love” and “I’m a Wheel.” Then, once again, the band disappeared from the stage, but the crowd wasn’t ready to give up on the band just yet. Not one audience member turned their back to the stage, giving in to the notion that the show could be over. Fans began chanting for the band to grace the stage one last time — and so they did. The second encore
was about four songs long, and the fans knew some of the best had been saved for last. Wilco got the audience jumping with “Monday” and “Out of Sight,” and calmed the mood with “She’s a Jar.” Wilco also paid tribute to Bob Dylan with a cover of “I Shall be Released.” And if that wasn’t enough, people were able to get another Wilco ﬁx by seeing them the next day at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
the ﬁrst song of his psychedelic blues set ended, it was clear that Erickson was back in ﬁne form. Though physically frail looking, his singing was as coherent and raspy as ever, and his guitar playing was heavy and rhythmic. He and the band played the Elevators’ hit “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” among others, and ended with a song where the only lyric was “I walked with a zombie/I walked with a zombie/I walked with a zombie last night.” He might have walked with zombies, but it was clear that his popularity with the living crowd never waned. — S.L. Rilo Kiley Jenny Lewis is the best front woman in music today. Her raw, laid-back energy is just as infectious as the songs she writes. (It also helps that she has a fashion sense that makes Gwen Stefani look like a chump.) Rilo Kiley’s latest album, More Adventurous, is full of pleasant, Californiaindie-rock songs that are magniﬁed and brought to life with mellow energy on stage. Songs like “It’s a Hit” and “Does He Love You?” sounded crisper and fuller than their album versions. Blake Sennett is a ﬁne lead guitarist and co-writer to Lewis. Throughout the show, he led the band with great intensity, while Lewis was front and center, providing the grace. Rilo seemed to have the most fun out of any band at the festival, even during its hottest day. They rocked the heat, instead of letting it rattle them, as it did with other bands. — K.B. Eisley The members of Eisley are equally pleasant as they are charming. Composed of sisters
Chauntelle, Stacy and Sherri DuPree: their brother Weston and cousin Garron, this family band knows how to write songs that appeal to their budding talents. Eisley’s live show showcases Stacy’s and Sherri’s dreamy vocals and child-like lyrics, while also displaying the band’s innocent playfulness. “Marvelous Things” and “Telescope Eyes” from the album Room Noises were just as thick and bright as their album versions. On Sunday, the band sounded fresh and loose, despite having been on a break from touring for the past month. The DuPree’s inexperience seems to be ﬁnally wearing off, evident in great new songs like “Vintage People” and “Escaping Song.” — K.B. Oasis In case you didn’t know, Oasis is still around, and apparently, the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, can actually tolerate each other enough to record a new album, Don’t Believe the Truth, and get through an entire show. Rumor has it that they were ﬂown in by helicopter not long before the show — and it showed. The band was sloppy and actually looked like they couldn’t care less about their performance. Liam is still an arrogant snob, and the way he careens around the stage, shaking that dumb tambourine is just annoying. However, the band did play “Wonderwall,” its best song, and for the moment, the Gallaghers were tolerable. Oasis still plays like it’s the biggest band in the world, like its members don’t know a certain other English band passed them by a long time ago. — K.B.
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Worrying About the Hurricane: Needless to say, I just bowed out of Thursday was a day of uncerthese debates and listened, as I prefer tainty — uncertainty of how I did to remain neutral. on exams and uncertainty among At Home: students on campus about the I have had a lot on my plate recently landfall of Rita. Everywhere I went, with exams and having my nerves on be it in class or on the bus, everyend because one of my children reSUSAN RAUCH one was talking about what was ceived a not-so-good progress report Entertainment going to happen to the Houston from school. I did end up going to the Columnist area. Conversations could be heard Comal County Fair and parade Friday while students were on their cell and Sunday. The weather ended up phones asking where their family good but horribly hot. We had a nice was at that moment. Many of my classmates, shady spot on the bridge over the Comal River, it seems, are from the Houston area and either and it was a great way to unwind after the many had family who stayed or were in touch with events of the preceding week. family en route stuck in trafﬁc along Interstate Back At School: 10. When I went home to New Braunfels for From here on out, I think things can only the weekend, the effects of heavy trafﬁc were look up as of now since I know what to expect evident, especially on Friday. with future exams. I ﬁnally exhaled over the Everyone’s Got an Opinion: weekend and am ready for the next few weeks. On Thursday morning, a student who got I am looking forward to our Non-Traditional on the wrong bus argued loudly with the driv- Student Organization sausage sales again in er because he wouldn’t let her off at an illegal The Quad on Wednesday, so stop by and say stop. It made all of us riding uncomfortable hello while you grab a quick bite to eat. and needless to say stressed me out before one of my exams. Today, I have also heard opinions We will be following Susan’s ﬁrst freshman semesabout what some of the ladies were wearing ter in 25 years in next Tuesday’s issue of The Star. on campus (length of skirts, etc.) and a “dress ONLINE: www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/ntso code.” There were other debates with political opinions about campus and world events.
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southlandconference standings Stephen F. Austin 3-1 Texas State 2-1 Nicholls State 1-1 Southeastern La. 1-1
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Heartbreaker in College Station By Miguel Peña Sports Editor COLLEGE STATION — A 13point difference is all that separated a small contingen from San Marcos from a victory against Texas A&M at Kyle Field. The home of the Aggies stood at an estimated 40,000 for the opening kickoff in what was expected to be a railroading in favor of the home team. With a ﬁnal score of 44-31, the loss was a struggle of different sorts, as the Aggies made short work in the ﬁrst quarter of the game, running up a 13-0 advantage on the Division 1-AA 14thranked Bobcats. Although the lead would ﬂuctuate, the Bobcats never allowed themselves to give up, showing strong efforts on both sides of the ball. For his efforts, Barrick Nealy was awarded the Southland Conference Aeropostale Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after posting 378 yards passing for two touchdowns. The senior rushed ﬁve times for a total of 36 yards on the evening with one touchdown. In the SLC, Nealy is currently leading the pack in rushing yards with 228 followed closely by Douglas Sherman who has 227. Nealy is No. 3 in passing yardage with 713 yards, No. 2 in scoring with four and seventh in all-purpose yards with 941. Markee White caught six passes for a total of 146 yards and one touchdown as he became the ﬁrst Texas State receiver to gain more than 100 yards in a game since the 2003 season. “We just wanted to come out and play hard. No one gave us a chance to win except for ourselves,” Nealy said. The East Texas juggernaut was coming off a four-day rest following their victory over Southern Methodist University, in shich quarterback Reggie McNeal set a standard by putting up 449 all-purpose yards against a lesser Division I team. The loss put Texas State (21) at No. 16 in The Sports Network’s NCAA I-AA rankings and left the team in second place in the SLC behind Stephen F. Austin (3-1). “No matter how we started, I am proud of the effort, the passion and the intensity the team played with,” said Coach David Bailiff. “I don’t care if we are playing the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t like to lose.” Following two ﬁeld goals and a touchdown by wide reciever/ holder Chad Schroeder on a fake ﬁeld goal, the Bobcats orchestrated a successful scoring drive. A 60-yard pass from Nealy found senior tight end Justin Marcellus, who managed to get some breathing room between himself and the defender on the play. Marcellus streaked down the left ﬁeld sideline but was tackled within an arm’s length of the end zone. After a 5-yard penalty, Nealy made good on the drive ﬁnding White in the end zone to pull within a touchdown. The Aggies were quick to re-
spond as McNeal completed a 71-yard pass to Jason Carter that increased the Aggie lead to 13 with 12:55 to go in the half. Texas State was quick to answer back, pulling again within a touchdown after an 80-yard drive that included 30 yards given up by the Aggies on two consecutive defensive pass interference penalties to set up the Bobcats at the 27-yard line. Sherman ran the ball for a 9yard gain followed by a stop at the line of scrimmage bringing up third and 1 at the Aggies’ 18yard line. Nealy lined up and called for the ball as he took a three-step drop and found freshman fullback Blake Burton in the end zone for his ﬁrst touchdown reception of the season to pull the Bobcats within six points after the extra point conversion, making the score 20-14 with 9:56 remaining in the half. A&M was on the verge of mounting another successful offensive drive on a second down play. Kerry Franks was tackled for an 11-yard loss on the play but fumbled the ball. Bobcats sophomore defensive lineman Ramel Borner recovered and headed toward the Aggie end zone but was taken down near midﬁeld after a 31-yard return. Texas State continued with a ﬁrst and 10 from the A&M 47yard line. After a near interception, the Bobcats took a step back and Nealy found a hole up the left side, getting the ﬁrst down at the A&M 33-yard line. After a time out, Nealy found White at the 23-yard line for another ﬁrst down followed by a couple of short-yardage plays along with a rushed throw on third down. The Bobcats were successful on a 32-yard ﬁeld goal by senior Stan Jones to bring Texas State within 3 and their closest margin of the game. With 4:04 to go in the half, the score wound up at 20-17 in the Aggies favor. On the ﬁrst play of the following Aggie drive, Lewis broke for a big gain up the right side but to no avail as the run was called back on a holding penalty. Determined to make a difference, Lewis followed that with a 17-yard rush to give the Aggies the ﬁrst down. Carter made a catch on the following play for a 20-yard gain to put the Aggies in Texas State territory. After a Walter Musgrove sack on McNeal, Schroeder got himself wide open for an 11-yard completion and 33 yards after the catch that left him with his second TD of the game. The extra point put A&M ahead 27-17 with 1:56 to go in the half. With the score, Schroeder improved his scoring efforts on the season to ﬁve touchdowns on ﬁve touches. The Bobcats refused to give up and proved successful on two ﬁrst-down completions before the clock wound down to end the ﬁrst half of play. The Aggies started the second half with a fast, efﬁcient drive that covered 80 yards over eight plays in 1:49 giving A&M a 3417 advantage.
Adam Brown/ Star photos Senior quarterback Barrick Nealy escapes Texas A&M defenders on his way to passing for 378 yards, more than doubling his season passing to date. In the loss, Nealy threw for three touchdowns, completing 76.5 percent of his passes. After K.R. Carpenter returned to the 22-yard line, Nealy opened up the drive with a 14-yard pass to White. On the third down, Nealy completed a 16-yard pass pass to Scott for a ﬁrst down, but was followed by a holding penalty on ﬁrst down to give the Bobcats a ﬁrst and 20 from their own 44. A pass to junior wide reciever Ronnie Miller made up 9-yards of the penalty but a two-yard gain to follow left the Bobcats with a third and 9. An incomplete pass to Miller left the Bobcats in ﬁeld goal position from 32 yards out that ﬂoated wide right, turning the ball over to the Aggies at the 25yard line with 8:17 to go in the third quarter. The Aggies worked the ball down the ﬁeld on the back of running back Courtney Lewis. The junior made up the last 25 yards of the drive in ﬁve consecutive plays, putting the Aggies ahead 41-17 with 3:14 left in the third quarter. The Aggies’ lead wouldn’t last long as the Bobcats moved the ball downﬁeld, setting themselves up for the early score as Nealy found sophomore wideout Tyrone Scott for the 17-yard TD reception. The extra point gave Texas State a score of 24 to A&M’s 41. The Aggies would only make good on one more offensive drive as Todd Pegram put up his third ﬁeld goal of the game, putting them ahead 44-24. Two short runs from senior halfback Nick Session helped even out the drive as Nealy found
senior wide reciever Dameon Williams for a 34-yard gain. A 38-yard rush for Nealy down the left ﬁeld line pulled the Bobcats back into the game as the difference was once again cut to 13 points with the score standing at 44-31. “Those guys put pressure on me, and I was just fortunate enough to get outside and put something together,” Nealy said. The excitement came to climax as a second fumble by Franks wound up in the hands of junior defensive back Jamarqus Texas A&M senior wide receiver Jason Carter tries to pull O’Neal, who returned the ball away from Texas State defenders, who had 58 tackles and to the A&M 12-yard line, giving two sacks by the end of the game. the Bobcats another scoring opportunity. Texas State was held off by a defense that denied the pass, combined with an offensive pass interference call that pushed the Bobcats to the A&M 18-yard line. The Aggies took over after a fourth-down incomplete pass intended for White. A&M worked the clock and allowed the Bobcats one ﬁnal possession before the end of the game. One of the key factors in the game is the same thing that has been hurting the Bobcats all season: penalties. “We are upset about the loss; it was mostly mental mistakes, and that’s what hurt us,” White said in reference to the 123 penalty yards called against the Bobcats. Coach Bailiff intends to make this a major point of improvement for the team as they prepare Matt Rael/Star photo for conference play in two weeks, These Bobcat fans, seen heckling the Aggie “yell leaders,” when they are slated to take on combined their efforts with the Bobcat band, Strutters and Southeastern Louisiana State. cheerleaders to support their team.
Matt Rael/Star photo FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Senior running back Daniel Jolly, junior wide reciever Justin Williams and senior defensive lineman Teddy Jones show their Bobcat pride before the beginning of Thursday’s game.