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SEPTEMBER 28, 2005
VOLUME 95, ISSUE 14
Poet Maya Angelou to speak on Courage at LBJ Student Center
Teaching the Faith Sheik Khalid Sayed, an Austin-based Islamic leader, spoke Tuesday night in Flowers Hall on Islamic traditions and how they relate to the Quran.
By Leah Kirkwood News Reporter
highly published poet and novelist. Angelou is a playwright, Texas State will host one of the screenwriter, dancer, civil rights legendary women of contem- activist, director, actress and porary literature Wednesday. singer. She also worked as an Maya Angelou will speak about editor for newspapers in Cairo, “Courage” at 8 p.m. as part of Egypt and Ghana, where she the Lyndon Baines Johnson Dis- taught at the local universities. tinguished Lecture Series in the Angelou’s skill as a great mall between Alkek Library and communicator has been recthe LBJ Student Cenognized by several ter. U.S. presidents. PresiChristina Keating, dent Jimmy Carter communication studappointed her to the ies junior, plans to atNational Commission tend Maya Angelou’s on the Observance of lecture. International Wom“I’m excited bean’s Year in 1977, and cause she is a great later she was appointﬁgure in literature ed to the American and history,” Keating Revolutionary Bisaid. centennial Advisory Maya Angelou Maya Angelou is Council by President well-known for her Ford. In 1993, at Presi12 best-selling books of person- dent Clinton’s request, Angelou al struggle and poetry, such as I composed a poem entitled “On Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the Pulse of Morning” and reAnd Still I Rise and The Heart of cited it at his inauguration cera Woman. But her accomplishments extend far past that of a See ANGELOU, page 3
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Commissioners Court voices opinions about spring recharge project
Islamic leader addresses students’ questions regarding Muslim piety Jason Buch Special to The Star
mam Khalid Sayed of the Masjid Ibrahim Mosque in South Austin spoke to Texas State students about the Quran and tenets of Islam on Tuesday night. “To be Muslim is to submit, to totally surrender to the will of Allah,” Sayed said, illustrating his main point about
Islam. “The God of Muslims is the God of Jews and Christians. It is God who created the universe. In the Quran he called himself other names, gave himself certain qualities. We may only call him by the names he gave himself. We may only know him by the qualities he gave himself. To believe this is to believe he created this universe, even if you do not believe in the Quran.” Sayed came to speak at the request of
the Muslim Student Association. “We had been wanting to work with another organization to get started,” said Samer Morad of the MSA. “I met (Jay Arnold, president of the Socratic Society), and he wanted a speaker to come because they were going to be talking about Islam. I was going to speak, but I thought I should bring
By Courtney Addison News Reporter
See FAITH, page 3
Hundreds of San Marcos leaders and citizens attended Tuesday’s Hays County Commissioners Court meeting to voice their opinion on the possible commitment of $700,000 to the San Marcos Springs Recharge Area Project. The meeting opened with the recognition of the city’s quick response in providing Hurricane Rita evacuees a safe place to rest and recuperate while waiting to return to their homes. San Marcos housed an estimated 1,000 evacuees in Red Cross and other shelters. After recognizing the city’s efforts, the topic of debate became the possible purchase and development of the San Marcos Springs Recharge Area by the Hays County Parks and Open Space Projects. According to the project’s presentation, the San Marcos
San Marcos CISD welcomes a new principal and former Bobcat By Emily Messer News Reporter When the doors opened for class Friday morning, Miller Junior High School had a new principal. Jon C. Orozco, a Southwest Texas State University graduate, said he is excited about relocating to the Central Texas area. “I’m really excited to be able to come back to where I went to college,” Orozco said. Orozco will be moving from the San Gertrudis Independent School District near Kingsville, where he was the superintendent for about a year. Orozco said he wanted to be closer to
his family in San Antonio. Orozco also said he is looking forward to working with the faculty Jon C. Orozco and staff of Miller Junior High, as well as the San Marcos community. “I’m impressed with (San Marcos Consolidated ISD President) Dr. Perez, the school board and the organization,” Orozco said. Orozco said he is committed
to education and enjoys working with children, as well as the faculty and staff. “(Education) is giving (the children) a foundation to be successful and leaders eventually,” Orozco said. Orozco is currently working on receiving his doctorate in education leadership from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He said he has ﬁnished the necessary coursework and must complete another 90 pages toward his thesis. Orozco received his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from Southwest Texas State University. He received his master’s in adminis-
tration from A&M-Kingsville. Orozco has had prior experience as a principal when he worked in the Judson Independent School District for ﬁve years. While there, he served as principal at Mary Lou Harman Elementary. He was also the assistant principal and then served as principal of Coronado Village Elementary School for three years. Also in Judson ISD, Orozco was the assistant principal of Kirby Middle School. In the Pearsall ISD, Orozco served as the assistant principal of Ted Flores Elementary See PRINCIPAL, page 4
Springs is the second-largest spring group in Texas, releasing an average of 225 million gallons of water per day, providing drinking water for about two million residents. The recharge zone, located in west central Texas, is where Edward’s Aquifer is replenished with water from surrounding bodies, caves and sinkholes. The land was valued between $4.52 and $6.5 million as of August 2005, and the project has potential funding from many organizations, such as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the City of San Marcos. The ﬂoor was opened for public comments and many San Marcos residents expressed their views to the court about the proposed park project. George Boemerman, a San Marcos resident of 24 years, expressed his support of the project. See PROJECT, page 4
Bobcats pause in Ballroom to remember AIDS victims Danea Johnson Special to The Star Some of the victims are symbolized with appliqués, such as the Texas ﬂag, while others are represented through clothing, pictures and rhinestones. One is even represented with a Barbie doll. Each panel is unique, from something as simple as a name painted in red on white fabric to an embellished panel with Texas A&M paraphernalia. The panels each signify one AIDS victim, one personalized piece of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which Texas State is currently displaying in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Students, staff and the San Marcos community are invited to view the 18 blocks of fabric, equivalent to 144 panels of the quilt, located on the Ballroom’s ﬂoor area. “It is an educational opportunity,” said Tina Schultz, director of the Ofﬁce of Dis-
t is very powerful “I when you actually see that people lost their lives in a deadly experience.”
— Tina Schultz Ofﬁce of Disability Services director
ability Services. “It is very powerful when you actually see that people lost their lives in a deadly experience.” The Health Resource Center, the Student Health Center, the Ofﬁce of Disability Services, the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center and the Student Affairs Diversity Team conceptualized bringing the quilt display to Texas State. “The event was well-received last time with 2,800 visitors,” Schultz said, referring
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to the 12 blocks of the quilt that were displayed in the Ballroom in 2000. Eight panels constitute one block measuring 12 feet by 12 feet. A panel is measured three feet by six feet. Each was created in remembrance of an individual who has died from AIDS. But what is displayed at the Ballroom is only a small piece of the larger quilt — there are 5,683 blocks with more than 82,838 names dispersed around the world. Students Shamika Williams, biology junior, and Ashley Weaver, education junior, were surprised to discover Arthur Ashe’s panel and took time to honor the legendary tennis player’s memory. Weaver had her picture taken with Ashe’s panel. “It is interesting to see people’s lives Jeremy Craig/Star photo through a quilt,” Williams said. “It’s like a gravesite,” Weaver said. “It’s Junior Frank Garcia takes a long look at a particular section neat to see the different things on the quilts of the quilt dedicated to Henry Guerra. Garcia is of no relation to him but said was touched by the personalized notes See AIDS, page 4 from family members and friends of Guerra.
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September 28, 2005
Texas State alumni Grady Roper (B.A. in studio art, 1995) and Lance McMahan (B.A. in studio art, 1999), along with the other members of San Marcos band Attic Ted, will celebrate the release of the band’s fourth album, Hemogoblin, tonight at The Triple Crown. Known for its experimental rockabilly style and crazy stage masks, Attic Ted will perform at 11 p.m. along with popular Austin band The Shim Shams. Besides
Grady on organ and vocals and Lance on samples and effects, Attic Ted includes Wade Driver, Coby Cordosa and Bill Jeffery. Attic Ted’s previous releases are Pecan Crazy, Bastardized Country Carnival and Attic Ted is EPing. The Star congratulates all the members of Attic Ted and wishes them continued success. Look for a review of the show in Thursday’s Star.
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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Wednesday Science Fiction Fantasy Society will have their biweekly meeting from 8 to 9 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1. Thursday Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Call (512) 245-2208 for more information. Monday Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Call (512) 245-2208 for more information. Tuesday An Educational Series begins Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-6.1.
in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Saturday
Thursday “The Rock - Praise & Worship” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center. Friday Texas State Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m.
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The Hill Country Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Texas State Golf Course. Sunday “Trio Encantada of Eastern New Mexico University” at 3 p.m. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Monday
Brynn Leggett/Star photo Agriculture business junior Jacob Johnson and agriculture management senior Steven Catalani buy hot dogs and sodas in The Quad on Tuesday, supporting the Psychology Association’s fundraiser to send people to the Texas Psychology Association Conference in November in Houston.
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.
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Tuesday Career Services will hold a Fall Job and Internship Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
Wednesday Career Services will have an Interviewing Skills Workshop From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LBJSC Teaching Theater.
In the Opinions section of Tuesday’s Star, Nicole Hernandez’s column “U.S. should not allow Minutemen” may have misled the reader to believe that a protest regarding the Minutemen took place in Austin this Saturday. The protest actually took place Sept. 17.
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Sept. 26, 4:40 p.m. Theft/1202 Thorpe Lane A diamond ring was stolen from complainant’s residence.
Sept. 25, unknown hour Burglary: Coin Operated Collection Machine/Jackson Hall A student reported to a police ofﬁcer that Coca-Cola property had been stolen and damaged. This case is under investigation.
Sept. 26, 9:27 p.m. Retaliation/1005 Highway 80 Two males were arrested for public intoxication. One of the males was also charged with retaliation. Sept. 26, 10:14 p.m. Failure to ID/North Bishop Street and Franklin Drive Failure to identify, fugitive intent, gave false information and warrants.
Sept. 26, unknown hour Criminal Mischief: Under $500/Wood Street Garage A student reported to a police ofﬁcer that his vehicle had been damaged while parked. This case is under investigation.
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St. Mary’s Catholic Church to hold fair, blessing for pets, animals On Saturday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Wimberley will hold a St. Francis Blessing of the Animals and Pet Fair. It will be a colorful, heart-warming event set in the picturesque Hill Country. There will be llamas from the 4-H club, a trinity dove release, face painting for kids, ‘dog-bone’ cookies to taste, the outdoor blessing, vet care and many animal rescue groups to discuss issues and provide demos. This is a blessing and fair that combines St. Francis’ love for animals with community services to help ﬁnd homes for pets, as well as help with at-cost vaccination and neutering. The blessing will take place
at 10 a.m., and the Pet Fair will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Both will be held in the parking lot and pavilion of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located at 14711 Ranch Road 12. Twenty-seven animal rescuerefuge groups will attend. In addition to the outside blessing, there will be at-cost spays, neuters and vaccinations, as well as pet adoptions for dogs, cats and horses. There will be two stages with a selection of entertainment, featuring live demos, agility training, obedience classes, music and much more. — Courtesy of St. Mary’s Catholic Church
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New form of payment for off-campus businesses causes confusion By Michael Ellis Special to The Star Problems with the new Bobcat Bucks system have students and businesses complaining about the program. “They have been a nuisance, but I really do not understand why,” said Linda Law, Hill Country Grill manager and owner. “But I understand that it is being clariﬁed so that the students themselves know what they got.” The major problem plaguing the system is deﬁning the difference between Bobcat Bucks and dining dollars. Last week, Auxiliary Services sent an e-mail to students in an attempt to distinguish the difference between Bobcat Bucks and dining dollars. “We have 20 or so people coming in and only about ﬁve or 10 actually have Bobcats Bucks, whereas the rest just have dining dollars,” said Ryan Smith, Zookas manager. “The differences between the two are bigger than the students realize.”
would not say our business has increased due to our acceptance of Bobcat Bucks.” —Linda Law Hill Country Grill manager and owner
Both Bobcat Bucks and dining dollars can be purchased at the Registrar’s Ofﬁce in the J.C. Kellam Administration Building, which may have confused some students who did not purchase a meal plan but purchased dining dollars. The Bobcat Bucks program culminates the efforts of Texas State Auxiliary Services and Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo provides the ﬁnancial backing that allows the off-campus restaurants to receive their payment
from the university and the students themselves. Texas State and Wells Fargo have also joined to provide a program that allows students to tie their Bobcat Card and their Wells Fargo debit card into one card. Some students thought they needed a Wells Fargo account in order to purchase Bobcat Bucks, said Auxiliary Services Director John Root. “Students do not have to have a Wells Fargo account to use Bobcat Bucks, they do need the new ID card, but that is all,” Root said. “It doesn’t matter if they decide to use it as their bank card or not either way they are able to use Bobcat Bucks, they simply need to make a deposit at the Cashier’s (Ofﬁce), ID services or online.” Due to these misunderstandings, businesses have had problems. The participating local establishments are required to have two systems to participate in the program. “We have to ﬁrst run it through our system before
running it through the Bobcat Bucks system. It takes a lot of time voiding the payment after it has already been entered as paid into our system,” Law said. Law said students have tried to buy alcohol with the cards, which is prohibited. Auxiliary Services has placed posters in several locations where Bobcat Bucks are accepted to better inform the students before they make a purchase. A concern Auxiliary Services had when instituting the program was whether the card readers worked and whether the businesses were going to receive their money. The physical system has worked without any major problems, but the confusion remains. Root said he believes businesses should participate in the program because it becomes a place to get their name out to the students. “I am really not sure why a business would not want to be involved in Bobcat Bucks except that they are waiting for the program to grow a little
more and get a little more established,” Root said. “It allows them to show students here that they are involved in the campus and appreciate their business. The students are the life-blood for most of these businesses so anything they can do to entice our students to patronize their businesses the better for them.” Hill Country Grill and Zookas have not experienced an increase of businesses since the beginning of the program, but managers remain optimistic. “It really, as of now, has not been a positive experience and I would not say that our business has increased due to our acceptance of Bobcat Bucks,” Law said. Both Law and Smith believe when students get educated and better understand the program, the system will be a success. Auxiliary Services expects for all the kinks to be worked out by the spring. “I think by next semester as the program becomes more established this will be easier to see as well,” Root said.
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someone who cold show more knowledge for such an important matter as this.” Sayed spoke at a meeting of the Socratic Society, an informal discussion group that meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in Flowers Hall, Room 108. Sayed is a Sudanese born Sunni Muslim. He received a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Miskolc in Hungary. He immigrated to the United States in 2000, living in Dallas before moving to Austin four years ago. “My ﬁrst intention was to practice my profession,” Sayed said. “I saw that Imans were needed here, that teachers were needed here.” As an Iman, Sayed is the spiritual leader of the Masjid Ibrahim Mosque. He leads mosque attendees in prayers as well as counseling them outside of prayer sessions. Sayed is also a Sheik, making him an Islamic scholarly authority for the Muslim community. In the discussion, Sayed spoke of the Quran’s teachings about women and violence in an effort to educate attendees about Islam. The Quran is composed of the revelations of the Angel Gabriel as they were related to Islam’s chief prophet, Muham-
n Islam, a command is for men and women. God says ‘all who believe,’ all of mankind. They have the same role, like men.”
—Imam Khalid Sayed Islamic leader and sheik
mad. Islam also accepts Jesus as a prophet born of a miraculous conception, but does not accept him as the son of God. The ﬁrst part of Sayed’s discussion explained the ﬁve pillars of Islam: the belief in one God and the acceptance of Muhammad as his prophet, prayer, giving of prescribed amounts to the needy, fasting and pilgrimage to Mecca. He also spoke of the importance of a belief in predestination, belief in angels as the servants of God, the acceptance of God’s messengers and the acceptance of God’s books. Then Sayed addressed violence in the Quran. “Did I ever speak in these previous moments about ﬁghting? About Jihad?” Sayed said.
“What people call today Jihad, holy war, that is not a pillar of Islam.” Sayed explained that Jihad comes from an Arabic word meaning “effort.” “A Muslim must wake up early in the morning to go to prayer,” Sayed said. “To be a true Muslim you must wake up in the morning. That is jihad.” There are passages in the Quran allowing violence under certain circumstances. “The prophet Muhammad said if you die in a ﬁght and you are protecting yourself, you are a martyr,” Sayed said. “If you die defending your property, wealth, family, your wife, your daughter, you die a martyr doing jihad. If you die defending your religion, you don’t allow anyone to attack you. If you do, you are a coward. If people think everyone on earth should defend themselves but some people should not defend themselves, should turn the other cheek, this will not happen. This is what is happening today.” When asked about a part of the Quran referring to inﬁdels that says “and kill them where you ﬁnd them.” Sayed explained the quote was taken out of context. He said in that passage God is telling Muhammad he may return to his home after years of facing persecution to reclaim his property and de-
stroy those who oppressed him. Muhammad gave those under him speciﬁc commands before exacting his retribution. “He said ‘I forbid killing women, children, old people, Rabbis and Monks that have removed themselves and dhimmi, Christians and Jews who live in Muslim lands,” Sayed said. Sayed brieﬂy spoke about terrorism. “On no basis may you kill yourself, blow yourself up, indiscriminately killing children,” he said. “I don’t know where they come from, they are ignorant. I don’t have a singer verse in the entire Quran saying to kill women and children. I have no word of the prophet saying to do these things.” The rest of the discussion was devoted mostly to the role of women in Islam. “In Islam, a command is for men and women,” Sayed said. “God says ‘all who believe,’ all of mankind. They have the same role, like men.” There are some differences between the roles of men and women in the Quran. Women are excused from prayer and fasting during their menstrual cycle. Women are also expected to take the responsibility of child rearing. Women who work outside of the home are entitled to all their earnings. Men may take on more than one wife, but his ﬁrst wife may
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stipulate in the marriage contract that she will be the only wife. The Quran also addresses clothing. “Be decent when walking outside,” Sayed said. “There is a dress code for men and women. You cannot wear whatever you want — I cannot wear whatever I want.” Sayed explained that Islamic law allows for the repenting of sins, but reiterated his point about belief in God. He made an analogy between the world we have built and the world that existed when we arrived. He told those in attendance that the natural world works much better than the manmade world and that denying God is denying yourself eternal salvation. “It is clear it is from him, the God,” Sayed said. “You should obey.”
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emony. Maya Angelou has been working as a Reynolds Professor of Literature at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., since 1981. She has also received many honorary degrees throughout the years from a number of universities. Christopher Frost, psychology professor and Common Experience director, said once Angelou’s name was on the table as a possible speaker, “it was really just a question of ‘can we get her?’” “Getting a person of this caliber at Texas State is the key point of what Common Experience is all about,” Frost said. Common Experience will host several events this week relating to Angelou’s visit. At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Psychology Building, Room 132, the Philosophy Dialogue Series will hold “On Courage: Aristotle Meets Maya Angelou” and at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, “Combatants and Caged Birds: The Many Faces of Courage” will be presented. Both dialogues will be led by the Sophists and Sages of the philosophy dialogue class. Monya Stubbs of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary will lead “Courage in the Work of Maya Angelou” at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Psychology Building, Room 132. Stubbs will also conduct the Price Lecture “Maya Angelou’s Journey of Faith” at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Campus Christian Community.
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and their messages.” Another celebrity panel on display at the Ballroom is dedicated to Pedro Zamora from MTV’s 1992 series of The Real World: San Francisco. The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was founded in 1987 with the goal of creating a memorial to those who have died of AIDS while helping others understand the disease’s far-reaching impact.
The last display of the entire quilt was in October 1996. After it was laid out, it covered the entire National Mall in Washington, D.C. The panels would measure 51.5 miles if all the panels were laid out endto-end. So far, the quilt has raised more than $3 million in funds for Direct Services for People with AIDS. Panels must be submitted to the NAMES Project along with an information form and a
written letter about the person being memorialized. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 38 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS. Texas is the fourth highest recorded state of people living with AIDS in the United States, according to the CDC. The quilt will be on display until 5 p.m. today. For more information about the AIDS Memorial Quilt, visit www.aidsquilt.org.
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“It’s a real gem and jewel that will be an honor for Hays County to participate in,” Boemerman said. Jim Green of San Marcos stood in opposition to the land purchase and said the land will have little beneﬁt in comparison to the cost of purchasing it. “We’re already building one in Wimberley; why do we need another?” Green said. “It’s not a park. It will end up being an open space, only now, that puts us back to rattlesnakes and rapist trails all over the place.” San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz attended the meeting to show her support of the project. While voicing the support of the City of San Marcos, Hays County and Texas State, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to “promote and facilitate planning for an innovative and collaborative effort to provide and environmentally sensitive contiguous green space from spring lake hills along Spring Lake and the San Marcos River to Interstate 35.” “It’s more than the economic value; it’s an opportunity to protect our heritage.” Narvaiz said.
Eric Mendelman, a San Marcos resident, closed the public comment section with his approval of the project. “There’s a cultural value to this river too. It’s a gathering place of all members of this community, young and old, of all ethnic backgrounds,” Mendelman said. “Whether you speak the English language or not, it’s a cultural gathering place.” The court took turns voicing their individual opinion toward the possible action of committing $700,000 from the Hays County Parks Bond Funds. Commissioner Russ Molenaar, 4th Precinct, voiced his support toward the proposed project and reassured citizens that the money put into this project would be beneﬁcial. “I promise you as long as I’m alive it will not be dormant,” Molenaar said. “It will not be an open space. It will be used.” Commissioner Susie Carter, 2nd Precinct, disagreed with the other commissioners and expressed her skepticism and concern of the use taxpayer’s money for an “overpriced” piece of land. “I think it’s good that the citizens will have the opportunity to vote on this,” Carter said. “I
think that is the proper way to spend the taxpayers’ money is to let the people make that decision.” Carter pointed out that a similar piece of land adjacent to the proposed land is currently estimated at $600,000 compared to the $6 million for the area in question. “I think it is the perfect place for a park, however, I am troubled by the price tag at this time,” Carter said. “It should be the people’s park, but they shouldn’t overpay for it.” The court moved the approval of the commitment of $700,000 from the Hays County Parks Bond Funds for the San Marcos Springs Recharge Area Project. Elections regarding the San Marcos Springs Recharge Area Project will take place on Nov. 8. The court concluded Tuesday’s meeting with the approval of other county issues including increasing the speed limit to 20 mph in the Mountain View Estates. For more information on the San Marcos Commissioners Court or to watch the video recorded meeting, visit www. co.hays.tx.us/commissioners/ commissioners.php.
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School and Pearsall Junior High School. Also new to the SMCISD are the 42 students from Louisiana who are attending school in San Marcos as a result of Hurricane Katrina, many of whom came with their families from New Orleans. The students range from 3-year-olds attending Bonham Early Childhood Center to high school seniors. Housing is being provided by private businesses, community centers and local citizens. Pam Gettler, homeless liaison and director of federal pro-
grams for the school district, said SMCISD has made sure homeless students receive free breakfast and lunch at school, school supplies and transportation to and from school. In addition, counselors are available at each of the schools for the students. The counselors have provided information on how to help to the homeless students, Gettler said. “It’s upsetting for students and families to be torn away from their homes,” Gettler said. “The school district tries to establish some sense of normality for the kids.” In addition, the school dis-
trict is coordinating an effort with the Hays County Health Department to ensure they provide the correct information for necessary vaccines for the hurricane victims. Outside of school, Gettler said the community has made a positive effort to help the victims of Katrina now living in San Marcos. “The community on it’s own has provided relief and assistance to evacuees,” Gettler said. Evacuees currently living in San Marcos can visit the SMCISD Web site at www.sanmarcos.isd.tenet.edu for more information.
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Gary W. Lambert and Company, CPAs Glazers Distributors Grant Thornton LLP Guaranty Bank H-E-B Grocery Company Hertz Equipment Rental Corp Hilti, Inc. Hope Lumber Houston Wire & Cable Inﬁnity Broadcasting IRS Irving Police Department J&L Marketing JPMorgan Chase Bank Kohls Department Stores KPXL-TV, Ch. 26 Liberty Mutual Group Linens ‘N Things LiveOak Long Term Living Programs Melton & Melton, LLP Mercury Insurance Molloy Wellness Company National Labor Relations Board New York Life/NYLife Securities Novogradac & Company LLP Oﬃce of the Attorney General Oﬃce of the Comptroller of the Currency Padgett, Stratemann, & Co. Pattillo, Brown, & Hill, LLP
Peace Corps PricewaterhouseCoopers Pulte Homes of Texas L.P. Randalls/Tom Thumb Food Markets Republic Beverage Company Rush Enterprises Ryan & Company San Marcos Treatment Center SBC Communications Inc. Sherwin Williams SicolaMartin State Farm Stock Building Supply Target Stores Tesoro Corp. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Texas Youth Commission The Miner Corporation The Outdoor School The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars Travis County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃce UCS, Inc. USAA Velocity Electronics Vulcan Materials Company Walgreen Company Wells Fargo Financial Zale Corporation
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OPINIONS THE UNIVERSITY STAR
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quoteof the day “What would you like for me to do, Congressman?” “That’s why I’m happy you left, because that kind of, you know, look in the lights like a deer, tells me that you weren’t capable to do the job.”
— Former FEMA director Michael Brown and Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., during Brown’s testimony to a special House panel probing the response to Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. (Source: CNN.com)
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THE MAIN POINT
New Orleans must rebuild efficiently to save itself from future storms After it was massively ﬂooded by Hurricane Katrina, the National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers nearly had New Orleans dry when Hurricane Rita rushed through the Gulf of Mexico, destroying much of the progress made by once again breeching the levees. It has long been a well-known fact that New Orleans is a major coastal city established several feet below sea level. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has predicted for years that New Orleans would be one of the top three disaster areas in the United States if a major hurricane struck. An October 2004 National Geographic magazine article presented a mock disaster situation outlining the events in New Orleans if a major hurricane were to hit. The happenings in the article were surprisingly close to those that actually occurred less than a year after it was published. Now that the city’s situation and its geographical consequences have been realized the hard way, it is time for New Orleans to deal with this vulnerability to avoid future incidents such as the backto-back citywide ﬂoods. It must be built up. We do not wish to be insensitive to those who have made New Orleans their home for generations. But if the city is going to continue to thrive as a home to its millions of residents, remain a tourist attraction and keep some of its historical value, there has to be a long-term ﬁx beyond surrounding the town with a system of levees that have shown they will give in to Mother Nature. Just as Galveston chose to do after the 1900 storm, New Orleans must take the time and money to raise the city, which will allow it to better survive in the long run. Filling the city with dirt to build it above sea level does not mean every building or house must be ﬂattened. Several of the well-known houses in Galveston have been dubbed historical because they survived both the ﬁre of 1885 and the 1900 storm. After the storm, many of the now-historical houses were jacked up, and drudge was pumped under them. New Orleans can do the same, but the city and the nation must not turn their cheek to the problem. The project will prove to be time consuming and costly, but ﬁxing it now will put New Orleans in a much better position for the next storm. The entire renovation of Galveston, including the drudge pumped in and the seawall construction, was not completed until 1962, but the island remained sturdy throughout Rita’s roughness. Now, more than 100 years after Galveston workers began revamping their historical city, New Orleans has even better tools and engineering techniques to do the same so that some of what makes New Orleans historical and unique can be saved from complete destruction by the next — possibly worse — natural disaster. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reﬂect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classiﬁcations and majors.
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Do you think New Orleans should be rebuilt as it was, or should there be more extensive renovations, such as higher elevation? Why? “Environmentally speaking, it would probably be better for them to rebuild safer for future cases. Historically, it’s really sad for those buildings to be gone. Logically, it would be best for them to rebuild to where it would be more sustainable.” — VALERIE VENECIA history senior “I’ve been watching the news, and it said we built so far into the coast that we’re not supposed to be there. They’re not going to do this, but they should let it ﬂood and move somewhere else.” — AMY LAMB pre-mass communication junior
“I deﬁnitely think there is a better design for New Orleans, especially integrating people of all economic statuses into the same neighborhoods where the local economy will be improved. In addition, there are surely engineering improvements that can be made.” — LAUREN BILBE geography senior
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Apathy could be problematic for U.S. We’ve come a argy when it comes long way in this to politics and social country when it causes. pertains to liberty. Self-interest isn’t From the progress a bad thing; it’s just of the free press something that can to the freedom of only be taken so literature and mufar. An interest in JOE TORRES sic, we’ve come a your own affairs is Star Columnist long way in terms OK, but taking it to of what we can say the point of being and do freely. self-absorbed is not. It helps With America’s youth and to stop every now and then college students absorbed in to take a look at your surapathy, the question arises roundings and notice current of how much self-interest a events. These occurrences society can take. With such a can have a direct impact on strong attitude toward apayour life and being indifferthetic behavior, is it possible ent about them won’t help. that we have lost our sense of Not caring about who is gowhat it means to be free? ing to be your next president For example, I was walkor what is happening to your ing to class and overheard neighbor can have a terrible someone mention they were outcome. tired of making choices and With more and more stuwished someone would just dents becoming indifferent, make all their decisions for this leaves a lot of room for them. I am not aware of the one-sided opinions to get context of the conversation out. Although there are many and maybe it was a gross people voicing their opinmisinterpretation. Just the ions, not a lot of people are mere fact that those words listening. The ones that are could come out of someone’s listening are only getting one mouth got me thinking side of the story. If someone about the future. I have nolistens to an opinion, without ticed we all have a tendency creating one of their own, to not care. It is the value of they are subject to hearing self-interest that leads to our only one side of the story and overwhelming sense of lethmay generally accept it as fact,
regardless of the position. Without a proper counter balance of rational opinions and views, a potentially dangerous minority of opinions becomes the majority. It is the variety of views out there that keep things in check. Although it is true that disputes often begin over differences of opinion, it is the amount of them that keep the numbers of supporters within reason. If we have a few large groups of people who share the same opinions, we tend to have a one-sided story being told. The same goes for our government system. We only have two major political parties, meaning every election, half of the country has to compromise for the other’s beliefs. The people who don’t have an opinion either don’t care enough to vote or don’t care for the nominees they can vote for. Alternative parties are available but barely have enough supporters to stay alive, and most of them don’t survive during the elections. There is always going to be some kind of dispute over something. It all depends on how many people support or oppose the view in question. Apathy will get you nowhere.
In order to progress, you must pick a side; a neutral party will get nothing done. There are repercussions to an overpopulated group of people, who believe in one thing. A fascist state is the last thing we need. The fact that we are fortunate enough to have choices about who will be our next president or what we want to say or do should be enough to say that we are proud to be part of this society. The right to make our own decisions is what sets us apart from everyone else. Large amounts of individuals, both indifferent and lethargic, lead to an apathetic society. An apathetic society is open to many kinds of mass propaganda. If we don’t care about the things going on around us, there is always going to be someone with a “simple answer” to all of our problems. If we are too lazy to realize that there is no simple answer, we could end up in the same position we were in over 200 years ago, except this time, we have nowhere to run. Torres is a pre-mass communication sophomore.
ANSWER has a lot of brawn but not a lot of brain Why is it that the Defend Civil rhetoric coming Rights. Military out of the antiwar Recruiters out movement these of our schools & days sounds more communities.” and more like an Talk about a irate North Korean group of people diplomat? Could that need to SEAN WARDWELL someone please switch to decaf. Star Columnist explain that to me? I’d be worried if I bring this up beit weren’t for the cause I watched the antiwar fact that ANSWER obviously protests in Washington, D.C. puts more time into ﬁguring over the weekend. out semi-clever acronyms and The Act Now to Stop War slogans than working on real and End Racism coalition solutions. coordinated this event to I have never been a fan of demonstrate against the war the protest culture simply in Iraq — or at least I think because they bring nothing they did. It’s hard to tell beto the table. Politics is thecause they have so much on ater, but it shouldn’t solely their minds. concern itself with theatrics. The demands and slogans When I view a political event of ANSWER include the folit should not be like going to lowing, which are quoted the circus. ANSWER is provverbatim from their Web site. ing to be nothing more than “Fund People’s Needs - Not a clown car, a shoddy vehicle the War Machine. Stop the that does nothing but disWar in Iraq. End Colonial pense innumerable fools. Occupation from Iraq to Contrast ANSWER’s freak Palestine to Haiti. Support show with the solemn dignity the Palestinian People’s Right and total effectiveness of Dr. of Return. Stop the Threats Martin Luther King’s march Against, Venezuela, Cuba, on Washington. King did not Iran & North Korea, U.S. out need people in giant paperof the Philippines. U.S. out mache masks or cheap halfof Puerto Rico. Bring all the baked Maoist rhetoric. He let troops home now. Stop the the force of his arguments racist, anti-immigrant and echo across the country. He antilabor offensive at home. made people listen because he
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made sense. With ANSWER we get hypocrisy thinly disguised as outrage. On ANSWER’s Web page there’s a link to help the victims of New Orleans. When you click on it though all there is, is a list of planned marches, or “actions” as they laughably call them and some slanted commentary. There is no link to donate funds. There’s no link to ﬁnd housing for the displaced. In fact, I have not heard of ANSWER doing anything for these people except using them as propaganda. I guess ANSWER gets better mileage out of perpetual misery than actual help. Contrary to whatever you might think, I’m against the war but not reality. That’s why it makes me so angry that these hucksters are shouting the loudest. But there’s a hard truth that needs to be accepted across the board. We aren’t going anywhere. We are in Iraq for the long haul, and it will be a very long haul. Has anyone honestly thought about what would happen if we left Iraq tomorrow? Anarchy does not even begin to cover it. It would become a nirvana for fundamentalists. It would be a
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disaster. The weapons of mass destruction defense turned out to be an outright lie. The White House changes the reason we are over there more often than most people change shirts. The failures of policy and intelligence have been discussed ad-nausem. All of this has been covered. If we were having this conversation three years ago, it might mean something. This is the present though, and we have to deal with it. We made our bed, and now we have to sleep in it. Nobody’s coming home for a while. Keeping that in mind, and let’s try to do the job right in Iraq. I think we made a mistake going over there, but that just does not matter anymore. Let’s send Iraq into a golden age. Let’s ﬁght to win. It isn’t just our responsibility. It’s our duty. The upcoming years should be considered penance for our presumption. After all, that has transpired we owe the Iraqi people nothing less than total commitment. We need to keep our promises. Like the old saying goes, we don’t have to like it. We just have to do it. Wardwell is a pre-mass communication junior.
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TRENDS THE UNIVERSITY STAR
What’s the worst movie you’ve seen so far this year?
“Monster-in-Law; it was funny but overly cheesy.”
“The Grudge; it’s not realistic enough.”
“The Ring 2; it didn’t make sense to me.”
— Lauren McClendon, mass communication junior
— Garrett Butler, accounting freshman
— Cooper Cherry, mass communication senior
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Compiled by Kyle Bradshaw
Flightplan fails to take off T
hree years ago, through every nook Jodie Foster film and cranny to attempt starred as a single review to ﬁnd Julia. Before mother trying to save her long, Kyle has the en✯ tire ﬂight crew lookdaughter from a bunch of imbecilic burglars in Flightplan ing for her daughter, Panic Room. Directed by Dir.: Robert including Air Marshal David Fincher, the ﬁlm, Schwentke Gene Carson (Peter although weakly plotted, Stars: Jodie Sarsgaard) and Capsucceeded in its thriller Foster, Peter tain Rich (Sean Bean). aspirations because it Sarsgaard The only problem is never took itself too se- Rated: PG-13 that the crew has no riously. The main probrecord of Julie havlem with Flightplan is that it tries ing ever been on the plane. Kyle way too hard to be suspenseful can’t ﬁnd her daughter’s boardand comes off instead as a shal- ing pass, which she claims was in low, throwaway thriller. her pocket, and the crew starts to Directed with a complete lack of think she’s crazy. originality by Robert Schwentke, Just days before the ﬂight, Kyle’s Flightplan is ﬁlled with so many husband was killed when he fell plot holes that, at times, it’s a off the roof of their apartment wonder some of its own char- building. Rich, Gene and everyacters didn’t turn to the camera one else on the plane believe Kyle and ask what exactly they were is delusional because, according supposed to be doing. Writers to a coroner’s report, Julie died Peter A. Dowling and Billy Ray, the same day as her husband. She who wrote and directed the jour- starts interrogating every crew nalism drama Shattered Glass, member and passenger on the deserve most, if not all, of the plane; no one ever saw Julia. But blame for the ﬁlm’s incoherent Kyle still refuses to believe her twists that provide few answers daughter is gone. Sadly, the ﬁlm to the ﬁlm’s many uninteresting doesn’t stop there. It continues questions. If only Foster were al- to ﬂy through many inconceivlowed to have a cell phone, her able turns and never once stops entire dilemma could have been to consider if any of its events acsolved in roughly two minutes, tually make sense — they don’t. and we wouldn’t have to endure Set in a post-9/11 world, Flightall the ﬁlm’s futility. plan aims to play off the fears of Photo courtesy of Touchtone Pictures Once again, Foster plays a sin- many Americans about ﬂying Jodie Foster plays a woman searching for her missing daughter in Flightplan. gle mom whose daughter gets and the possibility of a hijackcaught in a rather unlikely situ- ing. However, many of the ﬁlm’s correctness, Kyle’s actions may inadequately written characters. lowing their characters to fully Movie Ratings Key ation. She is Kyle Pratt, and her references to current events are have seemed believable but not If Flightplan had even the small- develop. six-year-old daughter, Julia too ambiguous to have any rel- when her character, as well as est of brains, it would realize that Flightplan is nothing but a No stars – Must skip (Marlen Lawston), just happens evance to the narrative. At one others on the plane, presents the talents of its cast were, essen- missed opportunity for an en✯ – Bad, fails overall to disappear during their ﬂight point, Kyle tackles an Arab man a contrived representation of tially, being wasted. Schwentke, tertaining suspense ﬁlm. Despite ✯✯ – Mediocre, from Berlin to New York. A for- because he looks like a hijacker. America’s post-9/11 psyche. for one, should have recognized its poor construction, the ﬁlm’s wait for DVD mer aircraft engineer, Kyle starts She may or may not have seen A few decent performances by this and let his actors convey, at Hitchcockian premise could have searching the plane, a state-of- him before, but for some rea- Foster and Sarsgaard help the least, some actual human emo- been something great. Too bad it ✯✯✯ – Good, few ﬂaws the-art jumbo jet that she coinci- son, that’s enough for her to la- ﬁlm through its lowest mo- tion. Instead, he suffocates them never gets off the runway. ✯✯✯✯ – Outstanding, dentally designed herself, which bel him a terrorist. If there was ments. However, both actors with lackluster camera angles must see enables her to frantically crawl at least some attempt at political are very much plagued by their and sluggish pacing, never al— Kyle Bradshaw
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Helped set the tone for Texas State’s performance against Texas A&M with a tackle for loss on the Aggies’ ﬁrst offensive series. Texas A&M had moved inside the Texas State 20 but his tackles for loss moved the Aggies back to the 11 and they would later settle for a ﬁeld goal. Would ﬁnish with three tackles for loss including a quarterback sack among his six total tackles – two solo stops and four assists.
Caught a career-high six passes for 146 yards including a 6-yard touchdown reception in the Bobcats’ game against Texas A&M. Had a 72-yard reception to set up Texas State’s ﬁrst score of the game. His previous career high was three receptions for 90 yards last year at Cal Poly. He was sidelined by an injury the ﬁrst game of the 2005 season but has now caught eight passes for 173 yards in the ‘Cats last two games.
Strange, but informative.
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Roll Bounce a feel good movie sure to please every viewer
Distinctive voices Struttin’ her stuff in Aggieland
I arrived at a sweltering BobOnce the frantic wardrobe-change cat Stadium precisely at 1:00 p.m., had ended, we sped off for Kyle Field. wearing my red Strutter tank and We arrived on campus, loaded off the with my hair carefully straightened. bus, got in our squad lines and trekked The charter buses had not yet arover to the stadium. As for the game? rived, and there were several StrutAll I can say is that I was so proud of ters waiting in their A/C-pumping our football team! I know we didn’t cars. Currently, the A/C in my little win, but we played so much better ABBY MINICA yellow Tracker is broken so I optthan anyone expected us to! For being Entertainment ed to join the few girls who were one division below A&M, we played Columnist grouped near an entrance to the staone heck of a game — a game we dium. Slowly more and more people could have won even. Our dance went came, but the buses did not. Finally, after the pretty well too. Of course, we noticed certain parking lot was swarming with sweaty Strut- mistakes, but everyone I talked to who watched ters, band members, cheerleaders and basically the performance said it was beautiful. everyone who has a part in the Texas State halfMy friends said they saw us cheering in the time show for a good 15 minutes, our buses stands on TV too! There were many excited rolled up. We packed ourselves onto the buses phone calls on the way back to the buses and with our big maroon Strutter bags, garment so commenced an even more frantic wardbags, pillows and such, and we were off to Col- robe-change back into comfy clothes. They had lege Station. pizza waiting for us on the bus that was gone in After a relatively comfy two-and-a-half hour 10 minutes, and so after driving for about ﬁve drive, we stopped at a mall so everyone could minutes we stopped at a gas station for drinks. chow down and change partly. I saved my That little pit stop lasted for about an hour. stomach and chose not to eat at the food court We drove on into the night, and ﬁnally arrived and headed to the bathroom where there was a back at Bobcat Stadium in the wee hours of the long line of girls waiting to put their tights on. morning. I drove straight home and walked You see, we were told we were going to have to into my apartment at 3:30 a.m. — a late night change on the bus — that’s right, on each bus but totally worth it. 30-some-odd girls layering on that intricate uniform in teeny tiny spaces. I was one of the We will be following Abby as she high kicks as ﬁrst ones back to the bus to change (meaning a Texas State Strutter every Wednesday. I had more space than some) and it was still a challenge. ONLINE: www.txstrutters.com.
skater who, it turns out, X used to know from back in the day. They also ﬁnd out about a group roller skating competition with a grand prize of $500. At ﬁrst, X isn’t convinced that they should compete. Then the quintet of outsiders have a run-in with the goon squad, who waste no time in engaging a “you’re-so-poor” attack on the ﬁve boys, calling them names like “the welfare rollers” and “the food stamp crew.” This gives X all the reasons he needs to compete. The rest of the ﬁlm is loaded with cute and funny moments dealing with X’s family and friends. There’s the occasional insult war between the boys. Of course, there are some touching moments between father and son coping with the recent death of a wife and mother. Neither is really ready to let her go, but each tells the other that they need to.
Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Shad Gregory Moss leads his crew of funky skaters in Roll Bounce. The soundtrack is a sort of movie. But it is movies like this, character itself. Playing like a with such warm and sincere “sounds of the seventies” com- performances from the cast, that pilation, the soul music will you can forgive, even overlook, get you tapping your foot and some of its shortcomings. This nodding your head in rhythmic is a movie you couldn’t hate, agreement. even if you tried. Now, you have to understand that Roll Bounce is not a perfect — Nixon Guerrero
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What do you get when you their time roller cross The Sandlot, Saturday film skating and havNight Fever and Friday? You review ing a good time get Roll Bounce — a funny, in their local ✯✯✯ Palisades skatcute, feel good movie with a positive-attitude that comi- Roll Bounce ing rink; much cally explores the emotional Dir.: Malcolm D. to their displeasurface of being an adoles- Lee sure and disapStars: Shad cent boy in the ’70s. pointment, their Roll Bounce revolves Gregory Moss, plan quickly deliWesley Jonathan, around the summer lives of quesces when Good ﬁve Southside Chicago teen- Meagan they learn the Rated: PG-13 age boys, in particular, Xavier rink will be closed a.k.a. “X” (Shad Gregory indeﬁnitely. Moss; Johnson Family Vacation, Now that their summer is “ruLike Mike). While on their sum- ined” and the boys have been left mer break from school, the with nothing to do, one of them young men plan on spending suggests going to another roller
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“Somebody on this team wants me to get booed to make them feel better. That really bothers me.” — Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling on recent comments by an anonymous teammate in the Boston Globe. (Source: ESPN.com)
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Bobcat fencing offers students competitive edge By Adam Shoenky Sports Reporter
Students looking to get in a pick-up basketball game or run a few laps would be best advised to steer clear after 7 p.m. of the gym in Jowers Center. In fact, anyone entering the gym during this time might want to consider not doing so unarmed. The reason for being on guard is because this particular gym is home to the Texas State Fencing Club. Members of the rapidly expanding club meet there four times a week to talk about and engage in battle through their sport of choice. For most of the population, an explanation of the sport is probably in order. Fencing consists of one-on-one competition employing three different weapons. Most beginners start with the foil, a weapon with a small bell guard to protect the hands. The epee is a wider-bladed weapon with a pistol-style grip. In epee competition, the entire body is a target, as opposed to just the torso. The third weapon, the saber, allows attack with the side of the blade instead of just the tip. According to the Texas State fencing club home page, the history behind the different styles is somewhat dark. The foil, being the older weapon, was designed to kill. Thus the target in foil competition is the area containing the vital organs. The epee was later introduced to settle disputes, with the winner being he who draws ﬁrst blood. Those considering giving fencing a shot should fear not. Despite its violent history, fencing is a very safe sport and is often said to be more like ballet than any other activity. Modern-day fencing involves hightech weapons and equipment and employs an electronic scoring system. In addition to four practices a week, the fencing club com-
petes in frequent tournaments against other Texas colleges. This is how college fencing is done in much of the country. With only a few schools having varsity squads, club competition is where much of the action takes place. On Sept. 17, the club held its own competition, the 2005 Bobcat Open. The tournament drew more than 50 competitors in each event. On Saturday, they will host the Ken Hogan Memorial Open at Jowers. The San Marcos fencing juggernaut also includes a nonproﬁt club for fencers of all ages, the All Texas Athletic Center Fencing Club, as well as several physical ﬁtness and wellness classes offered here at Texas State. John Moreau, who knows a thing or two about the sport, heads both. In 2003, Moreau became the oldest person to win a National Fencing Championship at age 52. Moreau, who started fencing in 1970, is an alumnus of the SWT graduate program in physical education. This year he won a bronze medal at the World Championship in Austria. What’s even more impressive about Moreau is the personal battle he has overcome. After being diagnosed with Stage 3 lymphoma a few years ago, he is now in excellent health, but don’t call him a survivor. “I am not a survivor; I am a conqueror. It is not the end result of things that is important, it is the battle. The act of conquering — of ﬁghting back — that is what is great,” Moreau said. Students interested in joining the fencing club should contact Club President William Cisler.
Bobcat soccer ends its nonconference season with loss to Oklahoma By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter
Brynn Leggett/Star photo Health, physical education and recreation professor John Moreau (right) gives his son Sean, fencing assistant coach, a lesson in the gymnasium of the Jowers Center, where the club meets ﬁve times a week. The elder Moreau, who is head coach of the club, has been fencing for more than 35 years. He has been to the Olympics twice and recently won third place in the Veterans World Championship.
Types of fencing weapons
Foil — 90 cm Épée — 90 cm Sabre — 88 cm
The Texas State soccer team wrapped up its nonconference schedule on Friday, falling 3-0 to the University of Oklahoma. The loss marked the end of a tough schedule that Coach Kat Conner hopes has prepared the Bobcats (3-7) to make a bid to repeat as Southland Conference champs. Texas State played several top teams, including Oklahoma State University (8-0-2) and the University of Texas at El Paso (11-0), along with Oklahoma (8-1). “I always try to play a tough nonconference schedule. That’s always my plan,” Conner said. “The players played at a high level. Hopefully, we can carry that over to SLC competition.” Despite being shut out for the ﬁfth time this season, Conner saw some good things from her team. “I thought we played very well,” Conner said. “Defensively, we played at their level; we just couldn’t ﬁnd the back of the net. They were too fast, and you can only defend on your half so long.” Though the Bobcats might have played well defensively, offensively they were stiﬂed by Oklahoma. The only offensive attack Texas State could muster was from sophomore forward Natalie Jackson, who had all three Bobcat shot attempts. None of the three were shots on goal. “She deﬁnitely played very well,” Conner said. “She stripped the ball defensively a few times and got behind them, but she rushed the shots.” Conner chalked the rushed shots up to youth, something of which the Bobcats have plenty. The Bobcats have only one senior on their roster this season. Texas State’s three shots were its second lowest total of the season. Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s 25 shots and 13 shots on goal were its second highest totals of the season. The Sooners were led by forward/midﬁelders Lauren MacIver and Savannah Scott. MacIver, a senior, was the most aggressive
Linda L. Smith/Star ﬁle photo Sophomore forward Natalie Jackson, seen here on Sept. 2 against UT-El Paso, was the only Bobcat to muster any offensive attempts against OU and ﬁnished with three shots on goal. Oklahoma player despite not scoring a goal, attempting nine shots, three of which were on goal. Scott, a junior, came off the bench to attempt just two shots, but scored on both. Texas State goalkeeper Paige Perriraz had a busy day trying to deal with the aggressive Sooners. The junior played all 90 minutes, notching 10 saves. Perriraz has played so well in place of injured starter Brittany Beltramini over the past three games, Conner said, that she might be the full-time starter even when Beltramini comes back. “She has turned out to do a great job,” Conner said. “I was impressed with her against Oklahoma. There were several corner kicks she saved. All of the goals scored against her were not easy.” The Bobcats will start up their SLC schedule this weekend with games on Friday at Stephen F. Austin State University and on Sunday at Sam Houston State University. The two games over the weekend will wrap up an eight-game road trip for Texas State, by far the longest of the season.
Rugby quickly gaining popularity at Texas State By Marc Cleverley Sports Reporter Whether it is a line out or a scrum, it’s blatantly obvious: Rugby is a violent game. Enjoyed by many people of various ages and ethnicities in more than100 countries, the sport is gaining popularity all over the world, including here at Texas State. The rugby club at the university was established in 1983 to join the ranks of sport clubs on campus. Rugby is played with 15 players on each team with no separate defensive or offensive unit; the ball must be kicked forward since no forward passes are allowed. The Texas State rugby club has been perfecting its technique for 22 years and has only gotten better. “I’ve seen a lot of good things so far at our practices, and I think we have a chance to be really great,” said John Hinson, undecided sophomore and rugby player. The club practices between 6 and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Jowers athletic ﬁelds. The club also practices from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays at
the West Campus athletic ﬁelds. “We have friends that come out and support us for the practices and games, but anyone that would like to come out and watch is welcome,” Hinson said. One group that takes Hinson’s invitation to heart is the Renegade Roses, a group of female students that supports the rugby club at home games as well as a few away games. Standing out with their creative shirts supporting the rugby club, they are hard to miss at the competitions. “We really just go out to the games and support the team. We hang out with them after and things like that,” said Rachel Fletcher, pre-mass communication sophomore and president of the Roses. Fletcher hopes to gain recognition from the university soon and encourages anyone interested in joining the Roses to come to the games to meet the members. The rugby club currently has between 25 and 30 players coming out for practices and games. “We have a bunch of new guys coming out and actually staying on the team, enough so that we actually have two teams,” Hinson said.
Both teams will compete against the Division I and Division II teams from other universities, giving plenty of experience to the club. Currently there are three players on the Texas State club that are playing on select teams elsewhere, a highly regarded honor among their peers. The club’s next matches will be at a tournament in Fort Worth this weekend followed by its ﬁrst home game Oct. 15. “We really have a good time out there. This is the best experience of my life playing out there next to these guys,” Hinson said. The rugby club’s main priority is to gain a spot in the Western Conference Tournament. “Hopefully we can make it to the Western Tournament this time,” Hinson said. More information on the rugby club and the many other club sports offered on campus can be found by browsing the Campus Recreation home page. ONLINE: www.campusrecreation.txstate.edu
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Wednesday, October 5
Texas State Fall Job and Internship Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stahan Coliseum
Information table 10 AM- 2 PM Second floor of the LBJ Student Center
General Information Meeting 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. LBJ Student Center Dining Room #1
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Texas State rugby players run lateral passing drills Sept. 20 at the Jowers Sports Complex Field in preparation for upcoming games. On Saturday, the team will play in the Cowtown Tournament in Fort Worth.
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