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SEPTEMBER 29, 2005
VOLUME 95, ISSUE 15
Faculty senators, liaisons discuss tenure changes
By Clayton Medford News Reporter The Faculty Senate met with faculty liaisons to discuss their concerns at the senate’s weekly meeting. The liaisons, which represent those departments without a senator representation, listened to presentations given by senators and offered their concerns and suggestions to the senate. Computer science professor and Sen. Donald Hazelwood presented proposed promotion and tenure rule changes to the liaisons. One change in the new policy is the stipulation that a faculty member cannot apply for promotion to associate professor without at the same time applying for tenure. Also, the “tenure clock,” according to the University Policies and Procedures Statement, can be suspended for several reasons such as the birth or adoption of a child and must be approved by the provost. Art and design professor and Sen. Michel Conroy discussed changes in the Faculty Constitution as well as changes made to the Research Enhancement Program. The method of distributing REP grants was changed by the senate, which oversees the allocation of the REP grants with the Ofﬁce of Sponsored Projects, so that each college is awarded grants based
Maya Angelou, a highly recognized poet and novelist, spoke inspirational words about courage on Wednesday to thousands of Texas State students and San Marcos residents outside of the LBJ Student Center. Armando Sanchez/Star photo
Renowned poet, author urges audience to ‘be a rainbow’ By Leah Kirkwood News Reporter Wednesday evening drew a large crowd of students, faculty and members of the community into the paved mall between the Alkek Library and LBJ Student Center to hear the famous poet Maya Angelou speak on the subject of “Courage.”
Brittani Sims, mass communication junior, was eager to see one of her idols in person. “Whenever I was younger and we had to do a report on a famous person I always chose Maya Angelou,” Sims said. “I came here to hear her words instead of just reading them.” Other students, such as John Dermit, were only recently introduced to the author.
“My university seminar class ﬁrst introduced me to her; we watched a video clip of one of her speeches,” said Dermit, business sophomore. “When I saw ﬂiers that she was going to be on campus, I had to come for the experience.” Chenile Clark, fashion merchandising junior, is a fan of Angelou’s work. See POET, page 4
on the amount requested. Senators said this would put more power in the hands of each college’s research committee. Senate Chair and criminal justice professor Bill Stone proposed a change to electronic voting for senator elections. Several liaisons, including theater professor Sheila Hargett, said electronic voting was “a welcome change.” However, some liaisons voiced their concerns about the security and privacy of voting. Computer science professor and former Sen. Ronald Sawey, who designed the system, reassured the liaisons by stating that the “importance of senate elections” is not so great as to solicit the attacks necessary to penetrate “the measures in place.” After a brief discussion of changes to the faculty handbook, the liaisons took turns voicing their concerns to the senators. One such concern was about the requirement of faculty to teach courses at the Round Rock Higher Education Center. Finance and economics liaison Jim Stutzman spoke on behalf of his department. “As we hired new faculty, we told them they may have an obligation to teach at Round Rock. Apparently within the last year this informal policy has changed to where it’s now See TENURE, page 4
Family weekend lays Texas State to debut Going After Cacciato Play inspired by out the welcome mat award-winning Vietnam novel for Bobcat parents By Jacqueline Davis News Reporter Texas State will be holding its sixth annual Family Weekend from Friday through Sunday. The Texas State Parents Association has put together several activities and events geared toward helping parents experience all that Texas State has to offer for their college students and bringing students together campuswide. Events for Friday include the Bobcat volleyball game against Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum. The Student Steel Drum band will be performing at the LBJ Student Center Amphitheater, featuring Caribbean and calypso music. Although the other events draw students and parents, the stargazing party is one of Family Weekend’s best-attended events, said Marion Loep, coordinator for the Parents Association and co-chair in charge of sponsoring Family Weekend. The party allows parents and students to visit the observatory on the fourth ﬂoor of the Supple Science Building, and university ambassadors will be available as guides. Saturday’s events begin at 7:30 a.m. with the annual golf tournament called Morning on the Green. Morning on the Green, sponsored by Campus Recreation and held at the Texas State Golf Course, is a two-person, 18-hole scramble tournament.
The entry fee is $45 per person and includes green fee, golf cart, a Texas State T-shirt and a lunch ticket for Family Round Up barbecue in Sewell Park. Winners of the tournament will be announced at 12:30 p.m. during the Family Round Up. The Family Round Up lunch will be supplied by Fuschak’s Pit Bar-B.Q. from noon to 1:30 p.m. At 11 a.m., several community vendors and campus groups will set up information tables throughout the park, giving parents and families a feel for San Marcos and student life at Texas State. Lifeguards will also be on hand to supervise swimming at Sewell Park, Loep said. Also, games will be available for children. Advance tickets for the barbecue lunch are $8 per person and $10 if purchased at the event. The entertainment at Sewell Park will begin at 11 a.m. with the awardwinning musical group Salsa Del Rio, a salsa band with AfricanCuban inﬂuences. Many Texas State students will also be participating in the day’s entertainment, including performances by Harambee, Orchesis, the Hip Hop Congress, the Texas State cheerleaders and band. Door prizes include gift baskets, CDs, kayak and canoe rentals, $25 gift certiﬁcates to Grin’s Restaurant and two free nights at Red Roof Inn in San Marcos. President Denise Trauth will be giving a welSee WEEKEND, page 4
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By Carl Norberg News Reporter
The Texas State Department of Theater and Dance will host the worldwide debut of Going After Cacciato on Tuesday when director Chuck Ney brings to the stage Romulus Linney’s adaptation of the award-winning novel by Tim O’Brien.
O’Brien, who serves as the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Endowed Chair in Creative Writing for 2005 through 2006, was treated to a preview of the play a week prior to opening night. “It looks terriﬁc. I’m very pleased with the result,” O’Brien said. “I was astonished at what great actors the students are. They’re really talented and committed. It’s a terriﬁc performance across the board. I was really, really impressed.” The play is based on O’Brien’s third novel, Going After Cacciato, which won the National Book Award in 1979, nine years
after he returned from Vietnam. The main character, Paul Berlin, is “loosely based on a number of people I knew and primarily on myself,” O’Brien said. The story follows Berlin and his squad as they pursue Cacciato, a young soldier who left the war, intending to walk some 8,000 miles to Paris for a series of peace talks. Throughout the pursuit, Berlin is haunted by the horriﬁc reality that surrounds him in his own attempt to survive. O’Brien, who teaches a graduate creative writing workshop, said he found himself writing
stories of Vietnam as a means of personal therapy. “I just had to,” he said. “It wasn’t a question of inspiration; it was all these memories. Going through an experience like war is like going through cancer or a bad divorce. It’s a time in your life that, if you’re a writer, you can try and make art or salvage something beautiful out of it. My real goal was to try and reach down inside and salvage a piece of art from all the horror and death and the nightmare that Vietnam was for me.” See CACCIATO, page 4
Texas State reaches record enrollment this fall By Zandria Avila News Reporter Texas State is literally busting at the seams — this fall, enrollment reached its record of 27,171 students. The Fall 2005 freshman class of 3,076 is the second-largest class in Texas State’s history. Based on class rank, SAT scores and course curriculum, the admissions criteria at Texas State is considered one of the most elite in the state of Texas. “Texas State ranks among the top ﬁve public institutions in terms of selectivity in the state of Texas,” said Michael Heintze, associate vice president of Enrollment Management. The newest class for the university has the numbers to back it up, too — not just sheer quantity of new students but in their test scores and class rankings. “Fifty percent of the fresh-
man class ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, and 13 percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their class,” Heintze said. “These numbers show this is a strong incoming class.” Despite administrative pride, some feel Texas State has lost its original luster in the crowds. “I applied to Texas State because it was not a large school, the university appealed to me because I would receive the individual attention I needed,” said Cynthia Smith, biology senior. “Though the administration has attempted to keep the same principles, it will soon fade as the numbers grow.” Jose Laird, associate director of Admissions, stressed that while the university is indeed Adam Clay/Star photo growing rapidly, it is not “growAn increase in trafﬁ c congestion on and off campus may be ing for the sake of growing.” He said the university has a result of Texas State’s increase in student enrollment. This year marks the highest enrollment has ever been at 27,171 See ENROLLMENT, page 3 students.
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Thursday in Brief
September 28, 2005
campus happenings The San Marcos Animal Shelter will hold a lowcost rabies clinic Saturday at the Recreation Hall at City Park from 1 to 5 p.m. Residents are invited to bring dogs and cats for rabies shots at $5 each and to register pets with the city of San Marcos for $5. City ordinance requires pets living in San Marcos to have an annual rabies
vaccination and to be registered with the city of San Marcos. Dr. Jeff Jorgenson, city veterinarian, will administer the rabies shots. For more information, call the Animal Shelter at (512) 393-8340. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos
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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings
sion and $1 for students.
Facing the Fear: An Anxiety Group will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Call (512) 245-2208 for more information.
The Hill Country Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Texas State Golf Course.
Higher Ground Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. for a free meal and 7 p.m. for worship at St. Mark’s Church. Everyone is welcome.
Jason Boland and friends are joining together for a beneﬁt concert beginning at 5 p.m. at the River Road Icehouse. All ticket and alcohol sales are going toward the Red Cross. There is a minimum donation of $10 at the door.
Monday Sexual Assault & Abuse Survivors Group held Mondays, 5 to 6:15 p.m. Call (512) 245-2208 for more information. Tuesday An Educational Series will be held from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-6.1. Wednesday Higher Ground LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry meets at 5:30 p.m. for prayers, followed by a free meal at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church. Everyone is welcome.
Events Thursday “The Rock - Praise & Worship” will take place at the Catholic Student Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday Texas State Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general admis-
Tuesday Writing Center Workshop titled “Researching the Web” will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. For more information, contact Bearden Coleman at (512) 2453018. Career Services will hold a Fall Job and Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
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Park and Wildlife officials assess damage in areas hit hardest by Rita Nearly 200 Texas game wardens were on patrol Monday to help maintain order and safety in East Texas, particularly in southeastern counties hit hardest by Hurricane Rita this weekend. Meanwhile, ﬁve Texas state parks near the Louisiana border were heavily damaged by the hurricane, many others sustained moderate damage and some 20 state parks are still closed as teams assess damage. About 100 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens normally stationed in East Texas, worked throughout the weekend responding to calls for assistance and patrolling areas impacted by the storm. Another 50 wardens stationed in the BeaumontPort Arthur region focused on that hardest-hit area. In addition, close to 50 game wardens from across West and North Texas have also been called to East Texas. An additional 50 game wardens were deployed Sunday to four storm-ravaged counties where local ofﬁcials had expressed public safety concerns: Jasper, Newton, Sabine and Tyler. Lt. Col. Craig Hunter, who helped organize TPWD’s efforts from the state emergency center in Austin, said game wardens arrested four people in Jasper on Sunday for looting. On Saturday afternoon, game wardens, sheriff ’s deputies, state troopers and local ﬁre rescue workers evacuated some 1,500 people from housing subdivisions below Lake Livingston dam north of Houston, where Rita’s waters had compelled authorities to release a high volume of water, causing ﬂooding. Fifty state park employees have been deployed to provide security for park resources, as-
Fall Job & Internship Fair
Tues., Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Strahan Coliseum
Some of the Employers in Attendance are:
Allegis Group AMC Professional Civilian Careers British Petroleum Brown, Graham, & Company Bryan Police Department Buxton Canon Business Solutions Carrollton Police Department Centex Homes Checks in the Mail Cintas Corporation City of Seguin Clifton Gunderson, LLP Comsite International, Inc. Consolidated Graphics Cumulus Broadcasting, Inc. Dell, Inc. Deloitte & Touche LLP Department of Veterans Aﬀairs DPT Laboratories Enterprise Financial Group Enterprise Rent A Car Ernst & Young ExxonMobil - Information Systems Fairﬁeld Resorts Farmers Insurance - Austin Fastenal Ferguson Freemon, Shapard and Story Freescale (formerly Motorola) Frost & Sullivan
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
For a tentative list of employers and more details visit our website at www.careerservices.txstate.edu
For Express registration bring your student ID!
Ride the Shutte from Campus to the Coliseum!
Co-sponsored by: ASG, Accounting Club, Beta Alpha Psi, Tau Alpha Chi, AMA, HBSA, and the All Greek Council If you have a disability and need an accomodation in order to participate in this event, please call 512.245.2645 at least 72 hours prior to this event.
sess damage and begin initial cleanup and stabilization. Employees from TPWD’s Infrastructure, State Parks, Wildlife, Coastal and Inland Fisheries divisions began meeting Monday to devise plans to assess damage to various agency sites and begin prioritizing repairs. For the latest information about state park temporary closures and state parks able to host hurricane evacuees, call the TPWD state park Customer Service Center reservations line at (512) 389-8900. — Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
CRIME BL TTER San Marcos Police Department
Burglary of vehicle was reported. Items were recovered.
Sept. 27, 8:51 a.m. Attempted Suicide/705 River Road Subject took too much prescribed medication, which caused her to become nauseated and disoriented.
Sept. 27, 10:03 p.m. Assault with Bodily Injury/706 Barbara Drive Assa ult causing bodily injury, family violence and public intoxication. Sept. 28, 2:53 a.m. Public Intoxication/135 Long St. Two occurrences of public intoxication.
Sept. 27, 8:41 p.m. Vehicle Burglary/1011 Wonder World Drive
Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS
WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES
In Wednesday’s Star, the article “New form of payment for off-campus businesses causes confusion” incorrectly stated that Bobcat Bucks and dining dollars can be purchased at the Registrar’s Ofﬁce in the J.C. Kellam Administrative Building. Actually, they must be purchased at the Cashier’s Ofﬁce.
Jeremy Craig/Star photo Clay McClure, pre-communication design senior with a concentration in printmaking, spoke of his admiration for the process while preparing a color plate to be used in a four-color print.
Personal Training Available Certiﬁed personal training is provided at an affordable rate of only $15.00 per hour. Just sign up at the SRC front desk. We can work around your schedule. campusrecreation.txstate.edu
2nd Annual Ski Trip 5 Days on the Slopes
Ski or Snowboard the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This may be the perfect way to start your holiday off with your friends this winter!
When: December 14-20, 2005 Where: Steamboat Springs, Colorado Deadline: October 10, 2005
Airfare to Denver Bus from airport to Steamboat 5 out of 6 days lift ticket 5 days of sport ski rental 6 nights at Timber Run Condominiums.
Cost: $725 for student $750 faculty and staff $800 for guest To meet us in Steamboat: $400 for students $425 for faculty and staff $450 for guest
$100 deposit holds your spot 20 air seats, 5 ‘meet us there’ spaces first come, first serve basis.
For more information contact Campus Recreation: Glenn Hanley
University Bookstore at bookstore.txstate.edu
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Sociology faculty administers GSP tests to all students By Candis Fine Special to The Star Sociology instructor Barbara Trepagnier said she frequently encounters grumbling after returning an assignment with a lower grade than expected because of grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. “We, as instructors, need leverage or evidence that the student’s writing is bad, and grades are not based on whether we enjoy having the student in class or not,” Trepagnier said. Trepagnier, along with the rest of the sociology faculty, administered the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation test Aug. 24 through Sept. 2 to students enrolled in their classes. Students were required to take the test in every class, no matter how many times they had taken it before. The idea came after the annual review of students’ department portfolios. The results will show which students have sufﬁcient skills for writing assignments and the students that may need help with the writing process where grammar, spelling and punctuation skills are concerned. However, the department has yet to decide where its resources will be allocated. “Some students don’t realize that they can’t write well because they have not received good feedback on their writing,” Trepagnier said. Writing is usually thought of as a basic requirement in English courses, and students are expected to have an understanding of basic writing skills once
they get into their upper-level courses. Frequently, instructors will shift the class focus to other things with the expectation that the students have already learned to write. Psychology senior Leanna Sokolik recalled that grammar skills were not a focus even in her freshman English classes. “The professors really didn’t count off for (grammar, spelling and punctuation) because they preferred us to have an understanding of the literature,” Sokolik said. “I remember learning some of that stuff in middle and high school English classes, and that’s probably the last time I got counted off for it in assignments.” Susan Day, sociology department chair, said a small number of students have difﬁculties. Basic writing skills should be a focus, even if a small one, in every department in the university she said. “It’s not just the English department’s job to educate students on grammar, spelling and punctuation,” Day said. “It is the job of this university to produce educated students, and that includes writing skills.” Students often rely on computers to ﬁx the grammar and spelling mistakes in writing. “I know I’ve pushed the little checkmark at the top of the screen every time I’ve turned in a paper,” said Ralph Chislett, marketing junior. “I’m a pretty decent writer, but it still catches mistakes that I didn’t even realize were grammar rules.” English department development ofﬁcer Patsy Pohl teaches
an advanced writing class that requires students to pass a grammar, punctuation, word usage and sentence structure test before getting credit. “Writers have basic responsibilities to their readers — the content has to be meaningful, the rhetoric effective and the writing correct,” Pohl said. “No one wants to read something that is poorly composed and incomprehensible.” Kate Peirce, mass communication professor, said she has heard faculty from other departments complaining about the level of grammar, spelling and punctuation errors in students’ writing. Mass communication students are required to pass a grammar, spelling and punctuation test to reach full-major status in the department. “I took three versions of the (grammar, spelling and punctuation) test while I was at (the University of Texas),” Peirce said. “I learned how to spell harass and embarrass, as well as a grammar rule that I wasn’t aware of very quickly after I missed it on the test.” Some students have found the test difﬁcult and had to change majors after failing the test three times, which is the maximum number of times a mass communication student may attempt the test. “The test shouldn’t be hard because it’s basic writing, but it is,” said Carol DeYoung communication studies senior. “I was one point short of passing it the third time, and I still had to change my major from mass communication to communication studies.”
The Writing Center offers students a chance to have their written work reviewed for mistakes. “We will help starting from the outline, continuing through the ﬁnal copy if a student feels the need for help,” said Shannon Musgrove, writing center counselor. “We see common grammar, spelling and punctuation errors at all levels of students.” Some said the assessment test comes a bit late though. “It would be good for all departments to have the assessment before students enter the university,” said Bill Thompson, Center Manager for Alamo Work Source. Thompson worked for the parks and recreation department of the Irving municipal government for 21 years. He reported to Irving City Council and various boards regarding the department and a level of communication skills was required. “College graduates would come in and ﬁll out an application and the small paragraph regarding skills was poorly composed and it didn’t make sense,” Thompson said. “It was just bad.” Thompson stressed that communication is important and even though it may not be included in the job description, it is something everyone will have to do at every level of employment. “The better your communication, the better you’ll be able to perform in your job and you’ll be able to advance,” Thompson said. “You need to be able to write a note to your boss that is accurate, legible and communicated clearly.”
A Bobcat in Baghdad My name is Brian Patrick Henretta. I’m a 24-year-old Texas State student from Buffalo, N.Y. I moved to Killeen in 2000, and my home has been San Marcos since early 2003. I’m an Army public affairs specialist, journalist and photographer with the 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Texas National Guard, out of Camp Mabry, currently serving in Baghdad under Operation Iraqi Freedom. I’m a mass communication sophomore, but my major will likely change by the time I return to Texas State.
Sept. 28, 2005 I’m not sorry to say that I have nothing to report at all from Iraq this week. That’s because I just returned back to Baghdad an hour ago, and I’ve been gone all week. The Army was kind enough to give me four days of leave from the country to unwind in Doha, Qatar. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know where that is — I had no clue either until recently. Qatar is a very small Islamic republic on a peninsula going into the Persian Gulf, bordering Saudi Arabia. We have several large bases in the country, and their government and population are by far one of the friendliest to America out of all Middle Eastern nations. It was a much-needed and much-deserved break for me, and I loved the chance to actually relax and feel like sort of a normal person again. We had to stay on the base most of the time, but at least I was able to appreciate a few small privileges like wearing my normal clothes instead of a uniform for the ﬁrst time in ages. Civilian clothes are strictly forbidden for soldiers while we’re in Iraq. So is alcohol, which is why I was ecstatic to learn that we were allowed to buy up to three beers each night in the on-base bar there. Oh, and you can rest assured that I didn’t break the three-drink limit every single night. I spent the rest of my time lying at the pool getting a tan, reading, working out and doing other things to unwind. I even got my ﬁrst ever full-body massage. You might be thinking “big deal,” but we sol-
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increased from 4,980 to 5,405 since Fall 2004 and now reprea plan, speciﬁcally to manage sents 20 percent of the student growth, and that the Ofﬁce of body. Admissions’ foremost concern “I believe it is the collective is to diversify the school. goal of Texas State to diversify Since the university an- the university,” Laird said. “Stunounced its goal of becoming dents beneﬁt from diversity of a Hispanic-serving institution, Texas State by the consequenrecruitment has altered its ap- tial socialization they will expeproach to achieve this pursuit. rience. The work-a-day world To successfully become this, environment will include perTexas State must maintain a sons of a different colors, culHispanic enrollment of 25 per- tures and customs.” cent, 50 percent of which must The six-year graduation be ﬁrst-genrate for Texeration college as State has students. also reached “The Ofan all-time ﬁce of Adhigh, placing missions is a Texas State majority miﬁfth among nority ofﬁce, the state’s 30 which assists four-year inin recruitstitutions. ment,” Laird But numsaid. “Half of bers matter the counselto Smith, who ing staff (of also said she the Ofﬁce of doesn’t apAdmissions) preciate feelis Spanish ing like just speaking; this another num— Cynthia Smith has been a treber. biology senior mendous asset “The unito diversifying versity has lost the university.” sight its initial goal, which was One of the new methods to to create a feeling of a second recruit students is translat- home,” Smith said. “Texas State ing promotional material into has become money-oriented — Spanish. Texas State now in- focused on the ‘almighty dollar’ cludes Spanish pages on the — thus the institution has lost Texas State Web site and in sight of its students as indithe viewbook, a book that is viduals. I feel like I am simply mailed to students interested in a number, another statistic the applying. Hispanic enrollment university can beneﬁt from.”
he institution has lost sight of its students as individuals. I feel like I am simply a number, another statistic the university can beneﬁt from.”
diers never get the chance to do that sort of thing in Iraq, so I really appreciated it. There are opportunities to leave the base and go into the city on organized tours, which I did a few times, and that’s what really made the trip memorable for me. I learned so much from seeing Doha and comparing it to Baghdad. It put into perspective how far we would have to go to modernize Iraq. Qatar is a rich country, easily one of the richest in the world. The Qataris have been wealthy for centuries because of their location as a shipping port and because their offshore waters in the Persian Gulf are home to a huge percentage of the world’s pearls. In the last century, however, when they discovered their land is bursting with oil, the people living there became ﬁlthy rich. The wealth can be seen everywhere driving through Doha. I drove past more Lamborghini, Ferrari and Alpha Romero dealers than I had ever seen in my life. Downtown, the skyscrapers and buildings, adorned with marble and beautiful glass, rivaled those of any major U.S. or European city. Construction was booming, the streets were clean, neon lights were everywhere and the commercialism reminded me of Manhattan. I couldn’t help but compare this Islamic nation’s capital to mine. Baghdad is disgusting for many reasons. The streets are lined with garbage, the odor of which is often terrible, and buildings are made with cheap sandstone and look like they could crumble at any time. It is a depress-
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ing sight, ampliﬁed by the horrors brought on by decades of war. The other obvious difference between the two cities is safety. Baghdad is, well, Baghdad. I don’t need to mention that you probably won’t be planning any vacations there soon. In Doha, I walked down the street not in body armor with my M16, but in jeans and a T-shirt. I walked through the mall alone for hours and never once felt worried about extremists, terrorists, jihadists or any other “-ists.” It reafﬁrmed my hope for a peaceful ending to all this chaos going on, to talk to men wearing designer robes and women in expensive veils, none of whom meant me any harm. I’m so thankful I got to see a proud Arabic city because it changed the way I feel about this area. I hate to say it, but when you are here, you begin to assume that everyone in this region lives in similar squalor. But now I see that Iraq is so bad off because Saddam didn’t bother to modernize his country the way some other Arab nations did. I’m not happy to be back in Iraq today, but I can’t complain too much. Now that this trip is over, I’m in what I consider the home stretch. Only three or so months left to go, and with Ramadan and the elections coming next month, I should stay very busy. It will be interesting to be in Baghdad again with my new outlook on the country. To contact Spc. Henretta, e-mail email@example.com.
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O’Brien’s ﬁrst novel, If I Die in a Combat Zone, has also been selected to be a part of the 2005 through 2006 Texas State Common Experience, focusing on the examination of courage. Linney, who adapted the play from O’Brien’s novel, is the author of three novels and more than 40 plays, including The Sorrows of Frederick, Holy Ghosts, Childe Byron and an adaptation of Ernest Gaines’
A Lesson Before Dying. He has twice been the recipient of the OBIE Award, an award for the off-Broadway theatrical movement, as well as two National Theatre Critics Association Awards for Best New American Play produced outside New York and has been named by Time magazine as having one of the Ten Best Plays of 1984 for Laughing Stock. Going After Cacciato will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Theatre Center. Ad-
ditional performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and will continue through Oct. 7. The ﬁnal performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9. A special discussion session will be held after the Oct. 6 performance, featuring Linney and O’Brien. Advance tickets are on sale at the University Box Ofﬁce, located in the Theater Center. Tickets for students with a Texas State ID will be $5 and $10 for the general public.
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come address. Other events for Saturday include the Bobcat football game against South Dakota State at Bobcat Stadium at 6 p.m., the Bobcat volleyball game against Nicholls State at 2 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum, several guided tours, including tours of Old Main from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and
the Southwestern Writers Collection and Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography, also from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Loep said ﬂiers have been sent out to the parents of all new students at the university and estimates about 500 people will participate in the Family Round-up and barbecue. “My hope is that parents and
students will see what Texas State is all about,” Loep said. “This is the people of the university choosing to give up their Saturday so that parents and students can see all that this university has to offer.” For more information about Family Weekend, contact the Texas State Parents Association at (512) 245-2396, or visit www. txstate.edu.
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“I read her poem ‘Phenomenal Woman’ on the back of a ﬂier for the Black Women’s Appreciation seminar last year,” Clark said. “That poem symbolizes what black women go through, and (Angelou) tells us to not be down about things in the world; we are still phenomenal women.” President Denise Trauth spoke brieﬂy the event, presenting Angelou as a woman of many accomplishments who travels the world encouraging others to “invest their spirit in elevating the human condition.” As soon as Angelou took the podium, the crowd immediately cheered and began snapping photos. Angelou opened by quoting a few lines from an old spiritual song inspired by the Bible book of Genisis. “When it looked like the sun wasn’t going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds,” she sang. This rainbow metaphor continued throughout her speech, as she repeatedly encouraged her audience to “be a rainbow.” Angelou spoke of a phrase that exists in the American psyche that every person of every race knows: “Yes, I can.” Angelou expressed her pleasure about her invitation to Texas, especially after the recent hurricanes wreaking havoc on
the Gulf Coast. “I’m proud of you, particularly young men and women. You know everyone here has been paid for,” Angelou said. She continued by speaking of Ellis Island and the immigrants worldwide. “When you can internalize that truth, you are liberated. You can say ‘All I really have to do is prepare for myself so I can pay for someone yet to come,’” she said. Angelou combined personal stories, humor and advice she gained from her many experiences in lecture. She said there is no place for modesty in the world. “When a modest person gets slammed against a wall, modesty drops faster than a g-string drops off a stripper,” Angelou quipped as the audience chuckled. She said instead we must have humility, for it is the virtue that makes all others practicable with consistency. Angelou shared personal stories of being raised and educated by her grandmother and Uncle Willy in Stamps, Ark. She demonstrated how her crippled uncle’s life was able to inspire a future mayor of Little Rock. “Now that’s being a rainbow,” Angelou said. She read several of her poems, including one that celebrated her choice to eat meat and smoke cigarettes, although she said she has now quit smok-
ing and warned others to do the same. She recited the “Seven Women’s Blessed Assurance,” a humorous poem about female sexuality in its many forms. Angelou ended by reading the powerful poem she wrote to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations entitled “A Brave and Startling Truth.” The poem contained imagery of ancient civilizations and spoke of a time where all people will live free from fear and say, “I can be a rainbow in the cloud.” Tabitha Roberson, a former Texas State student and Austin resident said hearing Angelou read was a different experience from merely reading her work. “You read the books when you’re young, but when you actually get to hear the author speak, it’s a totally different thing,” Roberson said. Another student appreciated the inclusive nature of the content Angelou presented. “When she spoke about people paying for us, she didn’t leave anyone out,” said Ricardo Zavala, public relations junior. “She mentioned everyone, not just Mexicans or blacks.” Chelsea Winters, criminal justice senior, was one of many students inspired by Maya Angelou’s words. “It makes me want to do something great so I can come inspire a group like this,” Winters said.
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mandatory that you teach there. You aren’t told, you aren’t given the option — you just have to teach there. There appears to be no written policy on this,” Stutzman said. Stone said that the contract with the RRHEC changes every year. “Every year they issue a new contract, and every year those contracts change. The provost doesn’t want faculty up there to be unhappy because then
the students are going to be unhappy which means the politicians will be unhappy and the president will be unhappy,” Stone said. Another concern raised by liaisons was the senate’s publication of written comments made during dean and chair evaluations. Marketing professor Ruth Taylor disagreed with the way the comments are listed. “We are in a small department and it is easy to identify who said what,” Taylor said.
“(The faculty) just thinks the comments should be in the aggregate, not just a list of what was said because it’s pretty easy to identify.” Teaching assignments, as well as tenure and promotion change details and clariﬁcations of senior lecturer positions and the allocation of funds by deans and chairs, will be presented to President Denise Trauth and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Perry Moore when they attend the Faculty Senate meeting next week.
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U.S. freedom struggles deserve commemoration but not at ground zero
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The planned monument to memorialize the events of Sept. 11 at the site of the World Trade Center is being delayed by disagreements over some elements planned for inclusion in the memorial. Plans submitted by designers Tom A. Bernstein and Peter W. Kunhardt call for an International Freedom Center to occupy one quadrant of the memorial. The center would put the tragedy of Sept. 11 in the context of worldwide struggles for justice, equality and tolerance, including exhibits about Stalin’s Soviet Union and apartheid South Africa, but also struggles in the United States like the civil rights movement and the women’s suffrage movement. This focus jives with the Bush administration’s ofﬁcial account of Sept. 11 as an “attack on freedom,” which is not surprising given that Bernstein counts Bush among his friends, according to an article in Sunday’s New York Times. However, the planned center has come under attack by many relatives of Sept. 11 victims, as well as the police and ﬁreﬁghters’ unions in New York. The critics say the freedom museum would detract from the memory of those who died at ground zero — the intended focus of the Sept. 11 memorial. New York Gov. George Pataki, who originally praised the planned center as “part of a lasting tribute to freedom,” in June demanded a guarantee from the developers that any institution at the site “never be used in a way that is going to denigrate America,” according to a Sept. 23 Times article — a warning obviously aimed at the Freedom Center. Sen. Hillary Clinton has likewise voiced her opposition to the center. We add our voice to those who oppose the proposed content of the center. Though the themes of freedom and the struggle to achieve it certainly deserve attention, the place to draw attention to these struggles — whether in Nazi Germany or in Selma, Ala. — is not on the graves of the 3,000. However, the debate over the Sept. 11 memorial does raise a disturbing question: Why isn’t there a federally sponsored memorial or museum in the United States recognizing the civil rights movement or the struggle for women’s rights? We have a national Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., but no federal center of any kind to recognize struggles against oppression that took place in our own country. Sure, there are hundreds of private and even state-recognized monuments, libraries and schools named after Martin Luther King Jr. Atlanta has the MLK National Historic Site, which includes King’s church and his ﬁnal resting place, while in Birmingham, Ala., you can ﬁnd the National Civil Rights Museum, but both are privately funded. The federal government has established no museum or memorial recognizing the struggles that helped make the United States a free nation for all its citizens. Why are events that are so historically signiﬁcant to the shaping of today’s society ignored by the United States government? The place to recognize the struggle for freedom in our own country is not at ground zero, but the time is surely long past due.
Somewhere along the line, we grew up As I woke up worry about the in the morning, same things that brushed my teeth now consume our and straightened minds, and I think my hair, I caught it is those things something in my speciﬁcally that reﬂection that I had separate us from not seen before. It how we were in KELSEY VOELKEL was something I high school. It is Star Columnist did not recognize, the daily stress and but then it hit me. worries that deﬁne It’s not like I have been trying the changed part in us. I know to delay this realization, I just that when I was in high school, couldn’t put it into words be- I didn’t go to bed worrying fore. What I had realized was how I was going to pay my myself but grown up. rent on time. It’s kind of scary I’m an adult. to be called an adult because When did this happen? there is so much you have to When did we become adults? take on, and its things we have Did it just sort of happen over seen people do before, but we night, or is it something that keep thinking we have plenty just happens when you’re in of time before we grow up. your 20s. I don’t know about anyMaybe it was a part of the one else, but when I think of deal when we graduated high adults, I think of the people on school. It would have been television or movies who play nice or even more convenient adults. I see television shows if someone just told us that we and movies that have people are now adults. playing roles of 20-something For me, it was almost as- characters; maybe it’s because sumed ever since I graduated they look like adults, with all high school. What makes us the makeup and touch-ups. I so different from the way we see how they look, and I think were a couple of years ago? We to myself, “I look nothing like might look different and feel them; therefore, I can’t be an different, but are we different? adult yet.” When we were in high I’m about to be 21, and it school, we didn’t have to has just now hit me that I am
an adult. I pay my rent and my bills, and my to-do list includes making sure I have bread and milk in the fridge and to make sure I have enough shampoo. All of these things have a name: responsibility — unwanted, obligating responsibility. It is responsibility that changes us; it plays a major role in the aftermath of the transformation from being a teenager to an adult. The excessive stress we have to deal with each day and the unasked for and the uninvited responsibility is what separates us from how we were in high school. Did we sign something that says we have to do these things? I know I don’t remember signing a contract that guarantees me stress and responsibility. Such a contract makes me pay my rent, pay my electricity bill, schedule dentist appointments and pick up the dry cleaning. Is it a big surprise that all anyone wants to do is be lazy and carry on a careless attitude? Is it more laziness than carelessness or a little of both? Or, could it be mental exhaustion? We continue to drag on, paying bills, doing laundry, cooking dinner and we go
forward with what seems like no motivation. What kind of motivation is in doing things we don’t really want to do? For example, I don’t like getting up early to go to class. To be woken up from an ambulance-like-sound alarm clock and to drink caffeine hoping it’ll kick in before my ﬁrst class — where’s the fun in it? How much fun is in responsibility? The trick in it all is you have to think to yourself that things could always be worse. You may not like paying bills or paying rent, but at least you have a place to live with a roof over your head; paying rent isn’t fun, but neither is living on the street. You might not like to get up early to go to class, but be thankful you’re able to go and afford college. I don’t like bringing my car in to get inspected or to get an oil change and then have to pay for it all, but I thank God that I have a car to get around. Things can always be worse. There are times that might not seem like it, but trust me; someone, somewhere is in a worse situation than you are. Voelkel is a pre-mass communication junior.
Too much emphasis on race can create division In the Sept. 27 of course, but that issue of The Unithere seems to be versity Star, Ceclia too much emphaGamboa, president sis on cultural and of Latinas Unidas, ethnic groups and suggests in her letnot enough emter to the editor that phasis on one large various cultures on STEPHANIE VINSON culture. Shouldn’t Star Columnist campus do not get we celebrate our equal representasimilarities more tion. than our differI agree. ences? In fact, her culture particuDon’t get me wrong; I think larly gets much more recog- heritage is important and nition than others. Take for should be recognized, but I instance Cesar Chavez week, do not think that it should be Hispanic Heritage Month, the so signiﬁcant that it becomes Hispanic Writers Collection in how people deﬁne themselves. Alkek, organizations such as We have created the racial Latinas Unidas, celebrations lines that divide us, both as such as Dia de los Muertos and a culture and on a personal Diez y seis de Septiembre. The level. If only we were to stop list could go on and on, yet thinking of ourselves as part Gamboa still feels her culture of a race so much and think of is not represented enough. ourselves only as people, perSo when is Anglo-Saxon haps the lines would blur until Heritage Month? Where can they disappeared completely. I ﬁnd White Women United? Still, many people today My point is not that white are so sensitive to the color of people need representation, their skin that they think ev-
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eryone judges them ﬁrst and foremost on race. This, as any thinking person should know, is just not the case. However, I see again and again instances of people blaming race for all sorts of inappropriate situations. Some actually blamed the slow start to Hurricane Katrina assistance on the fact that many of the victims were black. Had people of other races been rescued before blacks, there might have been credence to their claim, but people of every color were stranded in the wake of the hurricane. No one was given special treatment. Why then must race even be brought up? When hearing of the African American Leadership Conference incident, I became upset and fearful just like the students involved. It did not even occur to me that I, as a white person, might not be treated the exact same way. Whether
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the event was truly racially inﬂuenced, we will probably never know. The truth, though, is that it is not just a black student concern — it is a student concern. It’s heartbreaking whenever people feel like they belong to a particular culture but not a united community. The university and students alike must consider unity as a goal for the future. We have students of every ethnicity and not one person should ever feel like he or she is set apart from anyone else. Heritage should be celebrated, but it shouldn’t deﬁne us. History should not to be forgotten, but it should not determine our futures. None of us are bound to a certain lifestyle, a certain set of expectations or a certain amount of success. Let’s stop dividing ourselves according to color. Vinson is a communication design junior. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 6,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright September 29, 2005. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.
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happeningsof the weekend san marcos
Thursday Cheatham Street Warehouse – The Gougers Gordo’s – Cory Morrow Lucy’s – Opposite Day, Robbie & The Robots, Holding 1, Enemy of Mankind
Friday Plaza Park – Reckless Kelly Riley’s Tavern – Stretch Williams The Triple Crown – Bill Jerram, Rebecca Creek, Subtle Creeps Saturday Gordo’s – Greatness In Tragedy
Plaza Park – The Derailers, The Eggmen, Darryl Lee Rush The Triple Crown – The Word Association Sunday Gordo’s – Man Alive, The Evan Anthem Plaza Park – Del Castillo, Emilio, Two Tons of Steel
RED CROSS CLUB assists hurricane evacuees in Kyle Trends Contact — Christina Gomez, firstname.lastname@example.org
By Kyle Carson Entertainment Writer The freshly polished wood planks of the gym ﬂoor could hardly be seen beneath row after row of inﬂatable mattresses. Occasionally, the cry of a baby echoed through still, stuffy air. Provisional beds rustled with restless legs of those in a temporary light sleep. The two gymnasiums of Wallace Middle School in Kyle, just one night before, were transformed into the resting place for upwards of 400 evacuees from the Texas and Louisiana coasts, some even from New Orleans. Tired, anxious and unsure of where they would go next, the evacuees still managed to get a little bit of sleep before the main gym lights were turned on. From there they would rummage through the small amount of belongings they managed to grab from home and make their way to the athletic showers down the blinding, ﬂuorescently lit hallway. Word of a hot breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, sausage, a biscuit and coffee, spread quickly among the evacuees and many began to arise with much more gusto. The American Red Cross in conjunction with Community Emergency Response Team organized and managed an emergency hurricane relief shelter Sept. 23 through 24 in Kyle. The Red Cross has established more than 700 relief shelters across 24 states in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Members of the American Red Cross Club of Texas State, led by
the organization’s enthusiastic and tenacious president Rachel Brody, showed up to volunteer at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday to lend a helping hand in Kyle. Eric Sigl, the club’s vice president, provided his much-needed services at the alternate shelter at Kyle Elementary. The volunteer’s work ranged from a variety of different tasks. Some helped monitor the sleeping rooms where exhausted evacuees slept on donated inﬂatable mattresses. At the foot of each mattress lay their belongings, folded neatly and packed in makeshift luggage — black, plastic garbage bags. Other volunteers put together about 500 sack lunches for the evacuees to eat later in the day. However, the most essential duty all the volunteers excelled in was to simply take the time to talk to the nervous and desperate people. “The best part about working at the shelter was deﬁnitely playing with the kids,” Brody said. “Despite the situation that they were in, which for some of them has been shelter hopping since Katrina hit, they were in great spirits, full of energy and extremely appreciative.” The American Red Cross predicts the total cost of this year’s hurricane relief efforts will be around $2 billion. In comparison, the 2004 hurricane season was, until now, the greatest American Red Cross natural disaster response in the organization’s history. That relief response to hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne cost the American Red Cross $130 million, not even close to the estimated price tag for this year.
In fact, the Red Cross deployed 35,000 staff members to help in the aftermath of last year’s hurricanes. They recently sent 150,000 of their staff to respond to hurricane Katrina alone. So far, the American Red Cross has raised around $854 million and spent or committed to spending $700 million just on the Katrina effort alone. Since Hurricane Katrina, 900,000 individuals have required ﬁnancial assistance. Only 73,000 needed ﬁnancial assistance in 2004. The American Red Cross has taken a huge hit and needs all the help they can muster. In a press release on Sept. 23, Joe Becker, senior vice president of preparedness and response with the Red Cross pleaded, “This is the time for Americans to wrap their arms around those in need. It’s a time for neighbors to help neighbors. The American Red Cross always says we need your time, your money and your blood. That time is now.” Although the evacuees and the volunteers planned on staying at the school for another day, a call came from the Austin Red Cross giving speciﬁc instruction to have everyone packed and ready for transportation via school bus. After being checked into Austin, groups of residents of similar locations would be formulated and then bused back to their area, some as far as New Orleans. Once the information reached everyone in the shelter, a collaborated effort to pack, deﬂate and roll each individual air mattress and check out began to get underway. With each family helping the unfamiliar family
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next to them, the speed of the breakdown took place at an unbelievable pace. A long line began to form towards the street where the ﬂeet of yellow school buses would soon come in. Although the atmosphere was frantic and chaotic, a girl stepped out of line to ask one of the volunteers if she could sing a song over the school PA system. In a solid gospel style, the young lady began to radiate the lyrics “I don’t know about tomorrow/I just live from day to day/ and I don’t borrow from its sunshine for its skies may turn to gray/ and I don’t worry about my future” to the ovation of all in line. Tears streamed down the cheek of a nearby mother — indeed a surreal scene. Eventually, the buses pulled up to the school. Roughly 10 of the yellow vessels began to board one family at a time. The sack lunches were quickly handed to the eager individuals before entering the bus. Each passing evacuee expressed the most genuine gratitude. One evacuee at the Kyle Elementary School shelter told Sigl, “I will always hold a place for Kyle, Texas, and the American Red Cross in my heart.” As soon as the buses were loaded, the Kyle Police Department escorted the caravan to Interstate 35 and on to Austin. This is one story out of hundreds that have become tragically common in the past month. Most of the evacuees at the Kyle shelter shared similar stories of running out of gas, food and money, having to leave their vehicles unattended on the highway and board a bus of indeterminate destination.
Photo by Kyle Carson Communication studies junior and American Red Cross Club President Rachel Brody and Cassandra Ragin, biology junior, provide comfort to a young evacuee at Wallace Middle School in Kyle. “The worst part was knowing that some of these families would continue this lifestyle for weeks to come,” Brody said. Organizations such as the American Red Cross have enabled evacuees to get back on their feet for the time being. These people who are left with little to nothing rely solely on
their fellow man for the necessities of life: water, shelter and food. The American Red Cross seeks volunteers constantly. Thousands of people are in need of assistance right now. ONLINE:
Horror Road Show to slash through Austin By Nixon Guerrero Entertainment Writer What better way to start off the month of October than by going to what has been promised to be an evening full of joyous horror, awesome live music, crazy contests, a sexy (and possibly revealing) fashion show and a chance to meet and hang out with one of the pioneers and brand names of the horror video market—Charles Band. Charles Band has produced and directed over 250 horror ﬁlms. Some of the more noted include The Re-Animator, Dolls, the Puppet Master series, the Ghoulies series, Parasite, Troll, Trancers (aka Future Cop) and the Subspecies series. Band is the founder and chairman of Full Moon Pictures and has helped launch the careers of many high proﬁle celebrities and remarkably revered Hollywood players such as Demi Moore, Stuart Gordon, Lance Henriksen and special effects makeup artist Stan Winston. Full Moon Pictures is such a highly recognized and well-
trusted name that many video stores across the nation have an especially reserved shelf or section just for them. You probably can’t visit your local horror sections and not run into one of Band’s movies. They are everywhere. As a little boy, Band was not a stranger to the world of ﬁlmmaking. In fact, he’s the son of the 1960s producer/writer/director Albert Band, who was well known for his classic, I Bury the Living, and many well-received spaghetti westerns and gladiator movies. Band literally grew up on his father’s movie sets and soon was working on some of his own short ﬁlms. It was not long before his movies were starting to attract and secure positive attention. By the young age of 21, Band produced his ﬁrst ﬁlm, Mansion of Doom. And now, my fellow horror aﬁcionados and enthusiasts, for the lowdown on the event: Charles Band and the Full Moon Horror Road Show will be in Austin at the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The evening will begin with a rare
behind-the-scenes look at past Band movies and a Q&A session hosted by — yeah, you guessed it — Charles Band. Next, there will be a fashion show, featuring beautiful women introducing new products and goodies. Now you might be asking, “What do I get to take home from this whole thing?” Well, how about a chance to be selected for a “dying role” in the next Full Moon movie. Yeah, you could be one of the next victims in a horror ﬂick. Plus, there will be secret celebrity guests from past ﬁlms, enough merchandise to make your head spin and a performance by Band’s son Alex Band, lead singer of the multi-platinum selling band, The Calling. “Austin is a great town, and it is the very ﬁrst stop on our road show,” Band said of the event. “All you crazy Texas State dudes should show up for a completely unique one-time only horrorparty.” TICKETS or INFORMATION: www.fullmoonfeatures.com
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Disturbed’s Fists fail to make a hit
Chicago-based metal ing resembles that of Black Sabbath’s band Disturbed returns Tony Iommi. The rifﬁng in “Stricken” after a three-year abis much more interesting than on sence with Ten Thoumost of the album. Donegan even sand Fists, a thematically adds a couple Zakk Wylde-like trills. provocative collection of “Sons of Plunder” follows a similar songs with an eye-catchformula but has a softer, more meing album cover drawn music lodic section in the middle. by Spawn creator Todd Reminiscent of Pink Floyd, “OverMcFarlane. But this is review burdened” features an echo-ﬁlled, atwhere the album’s over✯✯ mospheric beginning with no guitar all appeal ends, and it Disturbed distortion. The song soon launches shows, more often than Ten Thousand into metal very much akin to one of not, little growth from Fists Metallica’s power ballads. The song previous releases. even has a guitar solo, which just adds Reprise Records The opening track, to its appealing old school vibe. In the “Ten Thousand Fists,” intro to “Forgiven,” Draiman employs begins with a quasi-sitar passage fol- an extra-guttural death metal vocal lowed by guitarist Dan Donegan’s repeti- style. This song has a guitar solo as well, tive rifﬁng and vocalist David Draiman’s better than the one in “Overburdened.” trademark raspy growl. It’s much more energetic and bright, The politically charged “Deify” lyri- like those of former Guns n’ Roses and cally slams a certain person living in current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash. a big white house and those who have These guitar solos reﬂect the main area blind faith in him. This song has a slow- of growth for the band. er tempo than most of the album, prob“Lord of Confusion” is sort of a deably to draw more attention to the lyrics. parture from the rest of the album. It’s The tempo picks up toward the end with much more bouncy and pop infused. In jagged guitar rifﬁng. a sense, it’s more happy sounding. It’s A couple times, Donegan’s guitar play- still very much hard rock but in the vein
of Living Colour as opposed to Black Label Society. However, the song is mired by goofy electronic textures. While the album isn’t bad, standout tracks are few and far between. About half of the album wouldn’t be missed. But while much of the actual music may be repetitive, Draiman’s vocals remain the band’s greatest strength. There is real passion in his delivery, and that is part of what keeps Ten Thousand Fists from being completely mediocre. Most modern metal bands (with the exception of maybe System of a Down) have added a rap element to their sound — Disturbed hasn’t. You have to give them credit for that. — Stephen Lloyd Movie Ratings Key No stars – Must skip ✯ – Bad, fails overall ✯✯ – Mediocre, wait for DVD ✯✯✯ – Good, few ﬂaws ✯✯✯✯ – Outstanding, must see
Photo courtesy of Reprise Records Disturbed’s ﬁrst album in three years, Ten Thousand Fists, lacks the appeal of previous releases.
Daly’s Gone Wrong shows much potential with takes time to be appreciated Exit Where You Belong
Tender Buttons With the release of the psychedelic pop its fourth LP, Tender songs, she can also Buttons, Broadcast has transform her voice stripped down its colinto an ethereal lullage of swirling noise laby. One of the more and rattle in favor of a subdued tracks, more minimalist ver“Tears in the Typsion of its space-age, ing Pool,” is a wistful e l e c t ro n i c a - m e e t s - music ballad simpliﬁed by ’60s sound. Originally review Keenan’s otherworldformed in 1995 as a ly vocals, a guitar and ✯✯✯ an organ. It’s arguably quintet from Birmingham, England, vocal- Broadcaast one of the album’s ist Trish Keenan and Tender Buttons most stunning songs, bassist James Cargill Warp Records and Keenan’s vocals worked as a duo to rework best to convey cord Tender Buttons. the song’s melanWhile their approach choly pensiveness. varies from 2003’s Haha Expressing the song’s yearning, Sound, Keenan and Cargill stay Keenan delicately croons “suctrue to the group’s trademark cumb to the line/the ﬁnishing hypnotic rhythm and melodic time/the long distance runner/ vocals to create a dreamy land- has stopped on the corner/but scape. I won’t give up/although I’ve On the title track, Keen- stopped too/before the end of an’s icy, detached vocals and me and you.” While the heavy humming organ evoke com- beats of drum machines resoparisons to the Velvet Under- nate in “America’s Boy,” “Arc ground and Nico. Although of a Journey” is a softer track Keenan’s monotone style is that retains Broadcast’s hallwell-matched with some of mark sound. The Stereolab-
esque “Michael a Grammar” is an upbeat, undeniably electro-pop song in which Keenan sings, “my feet are dancing so much and I hate that.” Closing with “I Found the End,” similar to the opening track “I Found the F,” a chiming melody bookends Tender Buttons. At ﬁrst listen, the album may appear less accessible to listeners unfamiliar with Broadcast or its most signiﬁcant inﬂuence The United States of America, a ’60s psychedelic group. Its minimalistic arrangements and lyrics require listeners to listen to the album several times before they can fully understand Broadcast’s repetitive distinctive language. Distinguishing the rattling noise from the celestial melodies of Broadcast is part of the process of appreciating Tender Buttons, and with time, you’ll become completely captivated by the album’s abstract lyrics and hypnotic sound. — Deanna Ledezma
Daly’s Gone Wrong’s based instrument work second release, Exit and the singer’s distincWhere You Belong, is tive voice. both a divergence and After two years of continuation of the touring and shows, musical themes and DGW reentered the ideas expressed in the studio and delivered band’s ﬁrst album The music the six-track Exit Where Fourth Wave. You Belong. From the review On The Fourth Wave, opening notes of “It’s ✯✯✯ Not Nice to Set Your the New York City-based band declared its music Daly’s Gone Bandmates on Fire,” to be the fourth wave of Wrong one can detect a shift ska. The opening track Exit Where You in style from the ﬁrst recounts the history of Belong album. The hardcore ska before diving into Independent aspect of the band takes the song. DGW is not release full hold, before dropthe ﬁrst band to throw ping back to a more around the term “fourth wave,” punk-based sound. This then but they might be the only band segues into a ska-based beat. The that actually deserves it. Their second verse takes a reggae tone hook to separate themselves before rising back to the climax from the distinctive ska-punk of the chorus. sound of the third wave is reAll the basic song elements placing the staple ska hornline are present in every track. DGW with hardcore style screaming. uses a wide variety of musical The band uses the screaming to genres over the course of the algreat effect to contrast the punk bum and masterfully makes all
Brandi Carlile’s rebellious image not suitable for lame album pumped Henry Rollins, Brandi Carlile’s new but don’t let this fool self-titled album should you. They would ﬁnd come with this warning: it difﬁcult to stomp a CAUTION: Do not listen cockroach in the kitchen to this CD while driving, after crawling from unoperating heavy machinery or performing surder their refrigerator. gery. Her acoustic-driven The band is anything but hard. singsong ballads induce music the onset of heavy eye- review The band hails from Washington. I am not lids and eventual deep ✯ exactly sure how their slumber. Unless you desmusic wound up in Texperately battle with in- Brandi Carlile somnia, stay away from Brandi Carlile as, but they at least could this record. The apparent Red Ink/Columbia have brought some rain rebellious cover art shows with them. a somber Carlile sporting Carlile has 10 songs an untucked Boy Scout on the album. Her muuniform. Her band looks tougher sic can best be described as soft than a testosterone-ﬁlled, steroid- rock with a folk ﬂare. Each song
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sounds roughly the same. As far as sound quality goes, the record is solid. It was professionally recorded and all the instruments, as well as Carlile’s voice, sound clear. She strums campﬁre chords while the bass player locks in with a lackluster drummer. The best thing about the band is Brandi Carlile’s voice. She has a decent vocal range although she does little to showcase it whatsoever. She remains in a comfortable, sometimes monotone state for the entirety of the CD. The band does offer appropriate and stout back-
up vocals, which goes to show that they do have experience playing music. Hopefully, they will someday ﬁnd some originality. Without a unique sound, they remain a generic, uninspired band. A good band captivates the listener, leaving that person with a sense of wanting more. After listening to Carlile’s self-titled record, I was left wondering where the last 45 minutes of my life had disappeared to — and I can never get those minutes back. — Kyle Carson
the elements ﬁt together. This is both a testament to the band’s songwriting ability and knowledge of how to use music to convey a speciﬁc effect or emotion. For those unable to translate hardcore vocals to English, the lyric sheet provides ill relief. The text is in a small pale purple upon a white background, leaving the words almost illegible. This is a shame, particularly on “Die Die Die and Then Some.” The lyrics are closer to abstract poetry then a cohesive narrative. Halfway through the song, the singer screams “If I ever get out of Korea I’ll never be cold” before giving calls of “How beautiful is that?” Exit Where You Belong gives the listener a wonderful display of genres and styles masterfully sewn together into a tight sound, with high hopes for the future of Daly’s Gone Wrong. — John Overton
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IN MY EARS
Thursday, September 29, 2005
✯Star Comics THE CAT BIRD SEAT
BY JEFF COLE
Compiled by Kyle Bradshaw
“Mexico” — Incubus Esteban Meza marketing freshman “Sick Sad Little World” — Incubus Dalton Hamilton pre-theatre freshman
“Good Times” — Tommy Lee Carly Kavanagh public relations sophomore
We caught up with Texas State students to see what they’re listening to on the spot. Erin Leeder
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Persephone’s Bees’ formula for sweet success stings the ears The most sureﬁre the drummer either; ask way to be claimed him to play that beat he brilliant in the mulearned down at the guisic industry is to copy tar shop that afternoon. Radiohead. When you The above describes ﬁnd your band’s talent the formula used by lacking in that departPersephone’s Bees in ment, you can always their upcoming album copy the music your music Notes From the Underparents listened to. You review world, which features can’t just copy any of a form of particularly ✯ poor psychedelic rock it though. You have to Persephone’s grab the dustiest rethat, besides not being cord (if you can ﬁnd Bees good, isn’t even interNotes From the an eight-track, that’s esting. even better) that was Underworld The three-piece Columbia Records hidden with their high band sports one memschool yearbook. Take ber providing both the the musical themes expressed guitar and bass work, which in that album, and with a total in almost any situation should disregard for music theory, slap shoot up red ﬂags immediately. them together with ever-popu- The female vocalist remains in lar psychedelic guitar rifts per- tune but isn’t at all good. She fected by bands absurdly more also provides keyboard work talented than yours. Don’t mind that a regular 8-year-old could
outclass. The drummer fails to validate his existence as almost all the drumbeats could have been easily pulled from a drum machine. The one almost-decent song on the album is sung in Russian, allowing the listener to feign ignorance on the lyrics and hope they are making up for the soulless music presented. Absolutely nothing heard on this record gives the listener the impression that this band cares about the music they play. It’s poor, lazy, studio-created and certainly not worth the words this review has devoted to it. There is better music of the same genre that one can listen too. You should certainly pass it up in favor of music that has some heart and talent to it.
— John Overton
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Credibility on the court: Brown shows potential By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter Lawrencia Brown is an undecided freshman. She has yet to figure out the career path her life shall take. On the court, however, things are a bit different. “Confidence and focus are key to any athlete, and you have to take that to each game,” Brown said. “You can ask any athlete; those two things are what make you successful.” As an outside hitter for Texas State’s volleyball team, Brown has shown confidence and maturity beyond her years, much to the satisfaction of Coach Karen Chisum. “I knew I’d be going to some of the underclassman this year, but we try not to talk about classification,” Chisum said. “When the kids get here, we tell them we’re going to put the best six on the court. Of course, there’s a difference when you’ve played three years of Division I ball versus that first season, but Lawrencia’s a very mature young lady and has tons of natural ability.” The cool and calm focus Brown shows on the hardwood has been such that Chisum said that at times, she cannot tell what the freshman is thinking. “She doesn’t show a lot of expression, but we’re working on Danny Rodriquez/Star photo that,” Chisum said. “She’s not Freshman Lawrencia Brown has proven to be a vital addition to the volleyball team so far going to show frustration, but she doesn’t show her excite- this season. ment either. She has begun to show some emotion, and that’s calmly stepped in and notched “We knew coming in she All the Austin local has done definitely a good thing.” seven kills on 10 attacks en was somebody with God-giv- since the Morgan State match While Chisum was aware she route to a 3-0 victory in round en athletic skills. She touch- is place second in kills among would depend on younger, in- one of the CentruyTel/Honda es 10-foot-1,” Chisum said. freshmen, recording 3.06 a experienced talent, how quick- Classic Premiere. “There are times when we get game. The figure also ranks ly Brown would be thrown to “When Stephanie got hurt, I frustrated because she makes second on the team, behind sethe fire may have stunned the knew I had to step up for my things look so effortless; it nior Liz Nwoke’s 3.68 average. veteran coach. team,” Brown said. “There re- doesn’t look like she’s work- The freshman is contributing During game two of the ally wasn’t anything to be ner- ing. It’s similar to watching a on the defensive end, averagBobcats’ season opener against vous about.” deer make a jump; she’s very ing 2.28 digs, good for third on Morgan State, fellow freshman Chisum said Brown’s quick smooth. We just have to refine the team. Stephanie Bruggeman went contributions come as no sur- her skills, train her and help “I think my hard work traindown with a leg injury. Brown prise. her mentally.” ing is paying off,” Brown said.
“My teammates have also helped me get going early. I wouldn’t be putting up these numbers if it wasn’t for them.” Brown has been instrumental to the team’s quick start in Southland Conference play, helping the Bobcats to a 2-1 record, with tough wins over UT-San Antonio and UT-Arlington. In the Sept. 13 league opener against the Roadrunners, Brown had perhaps her best game yet, recording 13 kills, six digs and two blocks in a 3-1 win. Other highlights include a season-best 21 kills in a loss to Northern Arizona on Sept. 9. “We knew we would have a lot of offense this year, and I was expecting some of the freshman to battle the returnees,” Chisum said. “It hasn’t surprised me that she stepped right into the starting lineup.” Brown, born in Port Arthur, went to Akins High School in Austin, where she was a threeyear letterman and her team’s Most Valuable Player from 2002 to 2004. She was named a 2nd Team All-District member as a sophomore and junior and made the 1st Team her final year at Akins. “She’s just got to continue to train hard and improve everyday,” Chisum said. “We know she has a lot of potential. She is a such a great young lady to work with.” All the accolades garnered Brown much attention around the Midwest; Chisum said she heard Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas State were interested in the 5-foot-10 attacker, and some coaches were encouraging her to look to the big-name schools. “Some of her club coaches were underestimating us. Other people were telling her, ‘you need to go Big 12,’ but that’s not what she wanted,” Chisum said. “She wanted to be at Texas State. She loves the program.
When she committed to us verbally, we had a lot of coaches across the country telling us, ‘you got a good one.’” By ignoring the detractors, Brown showed the focus she now brings to the floor at Strahan Coliseum on a nightly basis. “I didn’t want to be away from home when I went off to school,” Brown said. “And as soon as I walked on campus, this felt like home — like a family. Chisum and the other coaches opened their arms to me, and the other girls are like my sisters.” With Brown’s mindset, Chisum said it was relatively easy to bring her on board. However, a decision to go to a Division I-AA program has not lowered any expectations for the 18-year-old. “I can tell you right now, she should be the Most Valuable Player of this conference when it’s all said and done,” Chisum said. “She’s also looking at Freshman of the Year, and I would love to see her make 1st Team All-District, three or four years. Those are honest, realistic goals for this kid.” Brown said she indeed wishes to be crowned the top freshman and also confirmed it was coaches and peers encouragouraging a commitment elsewhere but said her family supported her decision. “Even when I was younger, we would come down here, and I knew I wanted to go to (at the time) Southwest Texas,” Brown said. “I was aware the team was losing four seniors, and Chisum said she needed people to step in and fill those roles and wanted to do that. I wanted to come in and be a part of a winning program.” Sounds like a student who has made a firm decision on the next four years of her life, regardless of what the transcript says.
Bobcats hope for weekend win against South Dakota State By Nathan Brooks Sports Reporter The Texas State football team is coming off an impressive showing in the Sept. 22 loss to Texas A&M, but the Bobcats are looking to get back on the winning track in their ﬁrst-ever meeting with South Dakota State this weekend. The Jackrabbits are coming off back-to-back losses against fourth-ranked Montana and 10th-ranked Cal Poly, after starting their season 2-0. However, only 15 points separated the Jackrabbits from their opponents in both games combined. Texas State is the third ranked opponent South Dakota State is playing in as many weeks as it embarks on its second season at the Division I-AA level. South Dakota State averages nearly 32 points and 377 yards of total offense per game. The Jacks rely heavily on their running game, averaging 218 yards a game with two running backs sharing duties. Junior Anthony Watson leads the team with 384 yards rushing and ﬁve touchdowns. Sophomore Cory Koening leads the team with 53 carries for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Last week, Koening got the start against Cal Poly and carried the ball 24 times for 126 yards and one touchdown, while Watson carried the ball 13 times for a mere 33 yards. Watson has struggled in the last two ball
games, gaining just 87 yards on 29 carries and no touchdowns. Koening should get the start and get the majority of the carries, but Watson should see action as well despite his recent struggles. First-year starter Andy Kardoes leads the passing game. The junior has struggled so far this season, completing just 47.3 percent of his passes for 470 yards with only two touchdowns and two interceptions. Four different players have thrown touchdown passes for SDSU this season, including two backup quarterbacks and wide receiver Josh Davis, who completed his only attempt for a 76-yard score against Valparaiso. Kardoes completed just 14 of 32 passes for 174 yards against Cal Poly last week with no touchdowns. The Jackrabbits go-to receiver is senior Josh Davis, who is the school’s all-time receptions leader with 194 catches. Davis caught eight passes for 115 yards last week and has 18 receptions for 233 yards on the season. Jaron Harris leads all receivers with two touchdowns on only three receptions for 80 yards. Harris maybe the Jacks’ best all-around athlete, as he serves as both receiver and kickoff return man averaging 30 yards per return. The strength of the South Dakota State squad is its excellent defense, which is giving up a meager 12.5 points and 285 yards of total offense per game. They have only given up 31 points
Adam Brown/Star photo Despite last week’s losing effort against Texas A&M, senior quarterback Barrick Nealy will lead the Bobcats against South Dakota State at 6 p.m. on Saturday in San Marcos.
in the past two weeks and just a lone touchdown on the road against the Grizzlies of Montana on Sept. 17. They gave up 24 points last week against Cal Poly but allowed only 11 ﬁrst downs and intercepted two passes. They also held the Mustangs to two out of 10 third-down conversions and allowed only 47 plays from scrimmage to their 79 offensive plays. Senior cornerback Hank McCall, who was selected to the Great West Football Conference 2nd Team Defense in 2004, captains the defense and leads the team with 26 tackles. Seven of the 11 starters on defense last week were seniors, but the two leading tacklers behind McCall didn’t start last week, as defensive tackle Mitch Pontrelli and linebacker Marty Kranz have both recorded 21 tackles on the year. Freshman defensive ends Jason Nobiling and Hank Goff lead the team with two sacks apiece and have combined for 29 tackles and 6 1/2 tackles for a loss. The Jackrabbit defense has been very good against the run this season, allowing only 92.5 yards per game on the ground at a sparse 2.8 yards per carry. This could prove difﬁcult for the Bobcats, who average 201 rushing yards a game, but last week South Dakota State gave up 63 yards and three touchdowns rushing to Cal Poly quarterback Anthony Garrett. Bobcat quarterback Barrick Nealy averages 76 yards on the ground per contest and has rushed for four touchdowns so far this season. Texas State has struggled defensively against the pass, surrendering 221 yards a game including 317 yards last week against the Aggies. Luckily for the ’Cats, South Dakota State is averaging a meek 158.8 passing yards per game. The Bobcats have also been penalized 44 times for 408 yards in their ﬁrst three games, averaging 136 penalty yards a game. Penalties could be the difference in a close game, and South Dakota State has been a tough opponent for two top-10 ranked teams over the last two weeks. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
Spencer Millsap/Star photo Kyrsten Howerton, a Bobcat Fanatic, decorates The Quad Wednesday night in preparation for the upcoming home game against South Dakota State University.
Full Throttle ready for the roadway By Miguel Peña Sports Editor NASCAR is coming to Central Texas with the ﬁrst Allstate Texas Thunder 200 scheduled for Saturday at the Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle just north of San Marcos. The event is planned to be family friendly as plans for the all day event include three live, musical acts: Patricia Vonne, Valejo and Little Texas. The day’s events also include a visit from the Austin Wranglers, the arena football team and a set up by the Radio Disney Fun Zone. Gates for the function open at 11 a.m. It will offer a variety of special privileges for fans, such as special pit passes for autograph sessions with select race-day drivers and food vendors. Owner of Full Throttle Productions, LP, Aryn White is responsible for attracting and negotiating NASCAR’s arrival in Central Texas going as far back as March of 2004. The Texas-based sports and special event production company provides event project management, event over-
sight, stafﬁng and volunteer services, venue planning and logistic support. “Full Throttle absolutely plans for this to be an annual event,” according to Kateri Gemperle KGR Group. The race is expected to draw attendees from Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos and the surrounding area. The track itself is what is considered a short-track race set for 200 miles starting in at 7:55 p.m. followed by a ﬁre works display after the race. The race is held under the ﬂag of the Grand National Division of cars and are nearly identical to those used in the NASCAR Nextel cup series (110-inch wheelbase) and in the NASCAR Busch Series (105-inch wheelbase). It is the only division that allows the teams to choose from either of the two cars depending on the track. According to the NASCAR Grand National Web site, the cars are powered by a 350 to 358 cubic-inch V8 engines with a maximum compression ratio of 12:1, with a minimum weight of 3,300 pounds without the driver.
This event is a points race where drivers compete for a chance to progress in the Grand National Series, which is a touring series in the United States. One of the Texas drivers is Austin native Tavo Hellmund who will be driving car 39. For drivers like him, this is a different experience. “Racing in my own backyard has long been a dream of mine as a driver. NASCAR fans and sports enthusiasts of all kinds will really enjoy the thrill of a short track race event. Plus the Texas thunder 200 is a great ﬁrst-time NASCAR experience for the entire family,” Hellmund said. Allstate is teaming up with a variety of other corporate sponsors including but not limited to Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, General Motors, Time Warner, Central Texas Chevy Dealers, Main Street Homes, Suzuki Motorcycles & ATVs and Verizon Communications. As the ﬁrst NASCAR event in Central Texas the sponsor Allstate insurance considers the future of Texas NASCAR “In good hands.”