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Career Services extends hours to accommodate students, alumni in need of help By Danea Johnson Special to The Star Beginning today, Career Services has extended its Monday through Thursday ofﬁce hours to 6 p.m. in order to accommodate the hectic schedules of Texas State undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni. “I enjoy working with students and know you all are extremely busy,” said Josie Garrott, Career Services associate director. There is at least one professional staff member, the support staff and student workers on duty during the extended hours. “If a student can’t come during ofﬁce hours and wants to meet with our professional staff, we will stay later,” Garrott said. “A lot of times, I may see a graduate student after 6 p.m.” Career Services provides career counseling, career planning, job search strategies and employer connections. “The hours are a good idea, especially for people who have classes later in the afternoon, to get over (there) and use these services that are available,” said Joshua Ferrado, history sophomore. Although Ferrado has never been to Career Services, he plans on using the services offered when he is closer to graduating, in order to look for internships and job opportunities. Although the extra hours can be useful, some disagree as to when these hours should take place — during the week or on the weekends. “Four hours may be more beneﬁcial on Saturday. I know how important it is to have Saturday hours because I run my own practice,” said Erin Parnell, licensed professional counselor and 2000 Texas State graduate. The extended hours will continue through the spring semester.
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San Marcos and Texas State to aid hurricane victims By Silver Hogue News Reporter
As ﬂooding, hunger, looting and massive death tolls plague New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the City of San Marcos and Texas State are reaching out to the victims of the Hurricane Katrina destruction. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz has initiated the creation of a special city account to accept disaster relief donations from local residents. All
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the Food Bank, United Way and other local organizations will be accepting donations of money and goods to assist people being sheltered in the Central Texas area. Merrill Gardens at San Marcos will hold a Southern style Gumbo Feed on Monday to raise money for the hurricane victims. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. and will include live entertainment. There is a minimum $10 donation for the Gumbo and all
proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief effort. “We invite everyone in the community to come take part, and we’ll be happy to accept larger donations,” said Amy Kelley, Merrill Gardens public relations director. In addition to fundraising efforts by the San Marcos community, the Texas State community is participating in a number of programs and fundraisers for the victims.
President Denise Trauth has authorized the university to accommodate students from the crisis areas who have requested admission to Texas State. Student organizations, such as the Student Volunteer Connection and the Non-Traditional Student Organization, are also rallying to assist the refugees by holding drives on and off campus. The Student Volunteer ConSee AID, page 3
CITY OPENS ITS ARMS A Hurricane Katrina victim picks up donated supplies on Saturday afternoon at the Austin Convention Center.
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proceeds from “Katrina Disaster Relief,” as the checks must be made out to, will be sent to the American Red Cross. “What disaster organizations need more than anything are cash donations to help the tens of thousands of families whose lives have been completely uprooted by this storm,” Narvaiz said in a statement on the city of San Marcos Web site. In addition to Narvaiz’s relief effort, representatives of the city, American Red Cross,
By Ashley Richards Assistant News Editor Once Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, Lucille Thompson and her mother left their ﬂooded home to seek shelter at the New Orleans Convention Center only to be told to move to the Superdome. Upon arrival, after miles of walking, they were rejected access to the shelter. Along with hundreds of other evacuees, Thompson camped out on Interstate 10, waiting for a ride to a safe haven, which was not provided until Saturday, in the form of a helicopter — ﬁve days after Katrina hit. “There (were) false hopes Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday and we got out Saturday,” Thompson said. Thompson and her mother said they ﬁnally had the good fortune of catching a helicopter from I-10 to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport where they continued to wait. After nearly a week of seeking a way out, the Thompson’s arrived at the Austin Convention Center early Sunday morning, where they are currently housed. “We went from hell to heaven,” Thompson said. “The welcome has been overwhelming.” When it was determined that the Austin Convention Center was needed to house hurricane evacuees, Mayor Will Wynn, Austin City Council members and
relief workers have collaborated to turn the Austin Convention Center into an all-around resource center, which is currently housing about 4,000 hurricane evacuees. Now that most evacuation efforts have been completed, Wynn said in a press conference Monday that they are changing the aim of the convention center from incident management to facilities management exercises, a turning point, he said, that will require much help from community members. Evacuees who were being housed at the Toney Burger Center and the Palmer Convention Center See CITY, page 3
Task force visits Sagewood, educates residents on city codes By Emily Messer News Reporter The San Marcos Nuisance and Abatement Task Force knocked on the doors of Sagewood Trail residents on Thursday to remind them of city ordinances, especially when having parties. Those ordinances include not parking in ﬁre lanes and taking trash in and out at the proper times. The Sagewood neighborhood has had a reputation as a party haven over the years, and it is reﬂected in the number of noise complaint calls. City ofﬁcials said they just want residents to use common sense and courtesy during parties so they won’t have to issue tickets. The task force, composed of 35 to 40 city employees split into six groups, said the trip to Sagewood was merely a preventative measure. “We don’t want to write tickets,” said Howard Williams, police chief of the San Marcos Police Department.
“We realize this is their ﬁrst time to be away from home and be on their own.” The group also handed out ﬂiers of the city codes regarding nuisance behaviors to the 142 residents of Sagewood. SMPD Cmdr. Warren Zerr said that as a Southwest Texas State graduate with two daughters attending Texas State, he understands the college student’s perspective and the desire to have parties. “Watch the parties. I mean, have all the parties you want — do it,” Zerr said to several of the residents. “Just use your head.” Vanessa Davila, nutrition junior and Sagewood Trail resident, said it was a good idea for city ofﬁcials to meet residents in person. “I think it’s really cool,” Davila said. “People don’t respect cops around here. For them to go around and say ‘hi,’ it’s a big deal.” Venus Garza, a criminal justice
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junior who also lives on Sagewood, agreed with Davila. “I think it’s great,” Garza said. “It takes off the hard edge for them to go door to door.” The group went door to door asking residents to follow city ordinances at the beginning of the Fall 2004 semester and decided the mission was so successful in curbing city code violations, they went door to door thanking the residents for their cooperation. Zerr warned Sagewood residents that some of their neighbors will not be reluctant to call in noise complaints to the police. “He’ll drink with you one night and call the cops on you the next,” Zerr said. The city hopes to see positive results with the effort so that the neighborhood complaints will be reduced. “Our effort with this is to get the residents of the neighborhood to police themselves,” Williams said.
Courtney Addison/Star photo In order to reduce noise and trash complaints, among others, the San Marcos Nuisance and Abatement Task Force reminded Sagewood Trail residents of city ordinances during a sweep Thursday evening.
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September 6, 2005
starsof texas state Volleyball head coach Karen Chisum became one of only nine active Division I coaches to score 600 career wins. The landmark victory came in the opening match of the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier on Friday, as the Bobcats beat Morgan State, 30-23, 30-19 and 30-19. Chisum, an SWT alumna, is in her 26th season as head coach of the defending Southland Conferencechampion Bobcats. Under her guidance, the team has
won the SLC regular-season title four times and the conference-tournament crown three times. She also serves on both the NCAA and American Volleyball Coaches Association voting committees for regional and national rankings. The Star congratulates Chisum and the Texas State volleyball team for this great achievement and wishes them luck in the season to come.
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Enjoying Labor Day, the Monzingo family plays at Sewell Park on Monday afternoon. Miranda Monzingo helps while her son Austin is pulled into the water by his father Adrian and little brother Mchenzie.
EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Tuesday Intramural ﬂag football ofﬁcial training begins and continues through Friday. Entries are due Thursday.
Thursday Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship meets at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main Room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Call (512) 557-7988 or visit texasstatechialpha.com for more information.
Sunday Higher Ground LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. in St. Mark’s Church, across from Tower Hall, for a light meal and 7 p.m. for Holy Communion. All are welcome.
Monday Phi Alpha Delta prelaw fraternity meets at 6 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, Room 311.1 Contact Ky Jurgensen at email@example.com.
Arts & Entertainment Tuesday The Hector Olvera senior saxophone recital takes place at 6 p.m. at the University Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Horn professor Stephen Hager performs at 8 p.m. in the Texas State Recital Hall. Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for general admission.
Wednesday The U.S. Air Force Band Southwest Woodwind Quintet performs at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Admission is free.
The Hill Country Artists Series presents soprano Indra Thomas, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center in Kyle. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for general admission.
Events Friday The Multi-Cultural Student Affairs 13th Annual African American Leadership Conference begins and continues through Sunday at the LBJSC. For more information, contact Beverly Woodson at (512) 2457439. The Multi-Cultural Student Affairs 1st Annual All Male Conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LBJSC Ballroom. Registration fee is $3. For more information, contact Beverly Woodson at (512) 2457439.
Monday The Music Lecture Series presents “Music Relationships in Arnold Schoenberg’s Op. 6 of 1905” by music theorist Cynthia I. Gonzales at 8 p.m. in the Texas State Recital Hall. Admission is free.
Miscellaneous Wednesday Two-for-one student green fees at the Texas State Golf Course.
Monday Friends Free Group Exercise Week begins at the Student Recreation Center.
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WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In Thursday’s issue, the pull quote in the article “Austin smoking ban could drift over to San Marcos,” was potentially misleading. The quote from Rodney Ahart of the American Cancer Society, saying “The citizens are happy with (the smoking ban) and businesses are satisﬁed,” referred to other cities that have passed smoking bans, not to Austin.
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In the photo cutline that accompanied the article, Austin chef Manuel Alfau was incorrectly referred to as an “Austin area chief.” Also in Thursday’s issue, the pull quote on page 3 incorrectly referred to the speaker, Lindsay Bira, as an attempted assault victim. She was actually the victim of a trespassing incident at her apartment; the perpetrator did not attempt any violence.
CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Aug. 26, 10:10 p.m. Sexual Assault/Bobcat Village Apartments Student reported that she had nonconsensual relations with an acquaintance. Case is under investigation. Aug. 31, 1:30 p.m. Welfare Concern/Flowers Hall A police ofﬁcer and a staff member made contact with a student for a possible welfare concern. The staff member and the student met without incident. A report was made on this matter. Aug. 30, unknown hour Burglary: Vehicle/Pleasant Street Garage A staff member reported to a Crime stoppers: UPD 245-7867
City places ash receptacles around The Square to reduce cigarette littering Smokers who have been legislated out of many restaurants, stores and businesses will be able to reduce outdoor littering with the installation of ash receptacles in downtown San Marcos. The Main Street Advisory Board initiated a project to install ash receptacles downtown earlier this year, said Kelly Franks, Main Street program manager. With the help of retired architect William Hayslip, chair of the board’s design committee, the ash receptacles were devised to ﬁt on existing trashcans around The Square. The design won approval from the board and the Parks and Recreation Department.
police ofﬁcer that his personal property had been stolen. This case is under investigation. San Marcos Police Department Sept. 1, 12:09 a.m. Possession of Controlled Substance/1144 Sycamore St. Subject arrested for possession of a controlled substance, failure to identify and warrants. Aug. 31, 9:03 p.m. Theft/1900 Aquarena Springs Drive Suzuki motorcycle stolen. Aug. 31, 8:16 a.m. Possession of Marijuana/2600 Hunter Road. Driving while license suspended and possession of marijuana under two ounces.
On This Day... 1620 - The Pilgrims left on the Mayﬂower from Plymouth, England, to settle in the New World.
ecuted the following October.
1766 - John Dalton was born. The teacher/physicist formulated the atomic theory.
1941 - Jews in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear the Star of David with the word “Jew” inscribed. The order only applied to Jews who were older than 6 years old.
1819 - Thomas Blanchard patented a machine called the lathe.
1959 - The ﬁrst Barbie Doll was sold by Mattel Toy Corporation.
1901 - U.S. President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded (he died eight days later) by Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz, an American anarchist, was ex-
2001 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was seeking a lesser antitrust penalty and would not attempt to break up Microsoft.
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Hoffman’s Supply manufactured and painted the ash receptacles to match the existing trashcans downtown. Earlier this month, Hayslip and Murray Stuart installed 15 ash receptacles around The Square. Local businesses are assisting in the upkeep. “We are delighted with the results of this project,” said Rick Henderson, chair of the Main Street Advisory Board. “We appreciate the great contributions of Mr. Hayslip, Mr. Stuart and Hoffman’s Supply to help keep our historic Square clean.” Ash receptacles for other areas downtown will require a different design, Henderson said. Hayslip will address a design for the trashcans in those areas. — Courtesy of the City of San Marcos
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president. “We would like to get a bus nection will have cans set full of student volunteers toup around campus to accept gether to go into San Antomonetary donations. The do- nio to assist in the effort,” she nation cans will be distributed said. throughout residence halls, NTSO is also planning a the Student Recreation Center, beneﬁt concert to raise money Alkek Library, the University for the victims of the hurriBookstore, the information cane. desk in the LBJ “The conStudent Cencert would ter and with feature local the cashiers in bands, but the J.C. Kellam we’re open Ad m i n i s t r a to student tion Building. suggestions Local busion entertainnesses, includment as of ing Italian right now,” Garden, SubMaxfield way, Jo on the said. Go and ColloBoth drives quium Books will continue will have dothrough Sept. nation cans 23. For more set up as well. information, — Rachel Ofﬁneer Rachel Ofcall the SVC Student Volunteer at (512) 245ﬁneer, graduConnection 3219 or Raate assistant for the SVC, graduate assistant chel Ofﬁneer said she has at (512) been par245-1687. ticularly pleased with student For more information about feedback about the effort. the Non-Traditional Student “I’ve had people coming by Organization, call (512) 245my ofﬁce, wanting to know 3613. how they can help. Everybody’s To learn more about the on board to do whatever they American Red Cross, call can,” Ofﬁneer said. (800)HELP-NOW, or send an The Non-Traditional Stu- e-mail to email@example.com. dent Organization will be col- org. lecting diapers and baby food The Federal Emergency to help the youngest of the Management Agency issued a refugees. Donations can be list of organizations, includmade at the NTSO ofﬁce on ing “Katrina Disaster Relief,” the fourth ﬂoor of the LBJSC. and phone numbers accepting “There are 25,000 refugees donations and volunteers for in San Antonio right now, and relief efforts. people just keep coming up For further volunteer inforto me on campus wanting to mation, visit National Volunget involved in helping them,” tary Organizations Active in said Amber Maxﬁeld, NTSO Disaster at www.nvoad.org.
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ofﬁce, wanting to know how they can help. Everybody’s on board to do whatever they can.”
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Future teachers recipients of fellowship By Emily Messer News Reporter Two Texas State students with the goal of pursuing a career in education are recipients of a distinguished grant scholarship awarded to minority students entering the teaching profession. Tyrone Sutton, a music education senior, and Stephanie Lopez, an interdisciplinary studies senior, are two of the 25 recipients of the 2005 Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Fellowships for Students of Color Entering the Teaching Profession. Both will receive scholarship grants totaling $22,100, which ends when he or she has established a career as a public school teacher. Lopez said she was ecstatic when she found out, via e-mail, that she had been selected as a minority teaching fellow. “I called my mother at 3 a.m. and said ‘Oh my gosh. I made it,’” said Lopez, who is interested in early-childhood teaching. Sutton said he was excited to ﬁnd out as well. “It was a long process,” he said. “I felt honored and blessed.” Students pursuing a career in the classroom, such as Sutton and Lopez, can break down stereotypes and barriers by showing students different backgrounds of teachers, said Miriam Aneses, director of the fellowship program. According to the fellowship’s Web site, 10 percent of roughly three million teachers in the U.S. are minorities, and among students, almost 40 percent are minorities. “It’s important for (students) to see diversity in the teaching population,” Aneses said. “It shows that there’s not just a homogenous population of teachers.” The number of minority teachers came as a surprise for Lopez. “I was very shocked to ﬁnd out 10 percent of teachers are minorities when we have such a huge minority population — especially in Texas,” Lopez said. “The fellowship shines light on the fact that we need more teachers in public education,” she said. To Sutton, the fellowship provides an opportunity for minority students to have role models in the classroom, which he sees as a noble calling. “When (the students) see someone like them who graduated from college and is doing great it inspires them. That’s what I want to do,” Sutton said. Aneses said Sutton and Lopez were se-
Armando Sanchez/Star photos Stephanie Lopez (right), an interdisciplinary studies senior and Tyrone Sutton, a music education senior, are two of 25 recipients of this year’s Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Fellowships for Students of Color Entering the Teaching Profession. lected from 39 ﬁnalists because of their record of service in working with youth, their commitment to working with youth and their personal interviews. The decision was also based on a written application and a letter of recommendation. “Stephanie is a bright, articulate young woman who is really dedicated to teaching,” Aneses said. Aneses said Sutton was particularly interesting because of a decline in male educators in public schools. “We want to see more male teachers,” Aneses said. “Male role models are crucial anytime.” Sutton said he sees himself as an educator and a performer, which he tries to use to teach students how to overcome their fears. “A lot of that comes from being an example and giving them positive energy,” Sutton said. “The joy comes the day the students get up on stage and do better than they did in rehearsal; it’s a priceless feeling.” Sutton and Lopez received $2,500 in the summer, which they could use to conduct
teaching-related projects, pay bills that will enable them to complete an unpaid internship or volunteer job, or wherever they see the money best ﬁts. Lopez said the scholarship would enable her to continue to graduate school, an opportunity she said she didn’t have before. Now she said she is looking nationwide at the best schools for her interests. “The prestige of this scholarship gives me an opportunity to say I am one of the top 25 teaching (fellows),” Lopez said. Sutton and Lopez also completed summer projects in the teaching ﬁeld. Sutton is involved in teaching music at the Ministry that Matters Performing Arts Academy in Austin. Lopez completed a summer internship at Austin’s Heart House, a nonproﬁt after-school program. There she taught a literacy block to children in grades ﬁrst through seventh. Lopez saw teaching as a learning experience for her studies in education. “It reinforced the things that I studied at Texas State, and it reinforced that I can be a successful classroom teacher,” Lopez said.
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had been moved to the Austin Convention Center so relief efforts in the city could be centralized as refugees trickled in. Red Cross volunteer workers kept their efforts organized so as to reunite as many families as possible and provide appropriate attention to those in need. “We have conﬁrmed at least 150 direct connections with families,” Wynn said. “It’s a moving experience to see that happen.” Hours after Thompson and her mother arrived at the convention center, ﬁve of Lucille’s children arrived; however, she has yet to be reunited with her other two children who are being sheltered in Houston. Thompson and her mother were separated from some of their family while trying to hitch a ride on the highway across the river because they were not allowed by law enforcement to walk through the river. Lola Johnson, New Orleans Ninth Ward resident, arrived in Austin Friday with her daughter and 2-year-old granddaughter, but they are continuing their search for other family members. Johnson said they were rescued from the roof of their house by tugboats and eventually taken to the airport. “We slept on the ﬂoor in the airport, and we never had a hot meal the whole time,” Johnson said. Now in Austin, Johnson and her family are awaiting housing vouchers to be distributed so they can lease a residency until New Orleans is rebuilt. Wynn said the city is anticipating the allocation of federal and state funds for relief efforts, which will provide evacuees with housing and transportation vouchers. The federal government is in the
process of planning to distribute housing vouchers on an incomebased system. The maximum dollar amount for housing vouchers is expected to be as high as $27,000 and a minimum $500. Austin City Manager Toby Futrell said the housing vouchers will be used by evacuees to begin leasing vacant apartments, houses and extended-stay hotels, and they are also expecting the vouchers to be used for transportation. Wynn said there is an online database of vacant housing in the Austin area as well as other cities where evacuees may choose to stay. “As soon as the vouchers are available, then there will be people who can lease these places,” Wynn said. The consensus among evacuees in the Austin Convention Center is divided as to whether or not they will be returning to their homes. Thompson and her family are extremely pleased with the Austin atmosphere and plan to make it their permanent home. “The people here are so good— so friendly. (It) seems like a great town to live in,” Thompson said. On the ﬂipside, Johnson said her family loves New Orleans and will only be staying in Austin temporarily while their homes are rebuilt. “I’ve heard folks desperately wanting to get back to their homes, and I’ve heard people who are very ﬂattering of Austin,” Wynn said. “Austin being as attractive as we are, we will attract some people.” Whether evacuees are in Austin for the short- or long-term, ﬁnding jobs and enrolling children in schools has become a concern as the convention center efforts switch to facilities management.
Resources for the school district have been set up and are beginning to take new enrollment. Plans between evacuees needing to attend school and the Austin school district are continuing to be arranged. Thompson said as soon as the resources are conveniently available, she will enroll her children in Austin schools. Futrell said that in the next few days more resources will be organized to match evacuees with appropriate jobs. The University of Texas, Austin Community College and other community organizations are assisting in the efforts to place the evacuees in employment. The greatest concern with job placement, Futrell said, is to establish a resource that brings together all job opportunities and effectively matches evacuees to the open jobs based on their skills. Several evacuees have already been matched with a job. Futrell said a local hotel was in need of a cook and ﬁlled the position with an experienced Louisiana cook who had evacuated to the convention center. The hotel not only gave him a job but also provided housing for him. Over the course of the next few days, a telephone line will be established to coordinate free transportation for evacuees to return home if needed. Currently, 10 percent of the evacuees initially at the convention center have found alternative housing or transportation home, which Futrell said demonstrates progress in their relief efforts. Betty Dunkerley, Austin City Council member, Place 4, said as the relief efforts continue there are items the convention center is no longer in need of, such as bedding supplies and other items
Austin, along with many other Central Texas cities, begins housing hundreds of victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Armando Sanchez/ Star photo that have surfaced as necessary. A phone line has been set up that citizens can call to ﬁnd out the most up-to-date information on items needing to be donated. “It just seems our Austin community is too generous,” Dunkerley said. For the time being, cash donations to the Red Cross is the primary item requested, however, other needed items include plus-sized men and women’s underwear, pants and shorts, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion in small bottles, tote bags, school bags, hair picks and other African-American hair products. “These are some of the things we need now, but things change daily,” Dunkerley said. Medical facilities, living quarters, showers and kitchen areas were the primary facilities set up for evacuees, but upon frequent requests, the convention center volunteers have established a salon area in the hallway where about 15 stylists are contributing their time. Although the convention center is not free of evacuees with
disease, medical consultants said the problem is not as prevalent as many may have thought. Of the 4,000 evacuees present, 240 were sent to the hospital, most of which had chronic medical problems that had been neglected in the days they were trying to evacuate. Medical ofﬁcials are constantly walking through the center to identify any evacuees looking ill so they may receive proper treatment. Johnson, a former colon cancer patient who is in remission, said she has not felt ill, but her daughter developed a cold over the days. Wynn said there are 28 doctors, 38 nurses and dozens of paramedics working to assist any ill evacuees so as to reduce the spread of any disease. “Folks are getting very professional, high-quality medical attention at this facility,” Wynn said. Anyone trying to make donations to the convention center’s efforts is urged not to do so at the facility because all space possible is needed for living quarters.
Donations can be dropped off at 3501 Ed Bluestein Road. Those wishing to volunteer must ﬁrst be processed through the Red Cross; no walk-in volunteers are accepted unless they are registered ﬁrst because proper training is needed to keep efforts organized. Red Cross volunteer Marty McKellips said she has put in 18-hour days at the convention center. McKellips said the efforts in Austin have been very successful and organized, which is partially due to Austin learning from other city’s mistakes. Initially, the Red Cross in Austin had 450 volunteers, but they have acquired 2,000 new volunteers since the convention center relief efforts were established. Because many of the weekend volunteers returned to work today, Wynn said the city is in constant need of volunteers to keep efforts progressive. “My catchphrase is endurance,” Wynn said. “We need to pace ourselves and be strategic.” To ﬁnd an up-to-date list of items needed at the convention center, call (512) 974-1110.
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quoteof the day “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” — Rapper Kanye West on NBC’s “A Concert For Hurricane Relief ” telecast Friday.
“Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks. It would be most unfortunate if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person’s opinion.” — An NBC statement following the telecast.
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Center for Texas Music History to host final concert The Center for Texas Music History, a branch of the Texas State history department, is a program aimed at the preservation and study of Texas and Southwestern music history. Unfortunately, at the moment, its “Spirit of Texas Music” concert series’ future is uncertain due to a lack of sponsorship. On Sunday, the center will host the ﬁnal concert in this year’s six-part series with KGSR 107.1 FM. The show, featuring Ruben Ramos and Grupo Fantasma, will broadcast live from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin and includes discussions with the performers about Texas music history, their experiences performing live and their musical inﬂuences. The series is hosted and coproduced by C.J. Antone, owner of the club Antone’s in Austin and an institution in the Texas music community. As of now, the CTMH has no schedule or funding for next year’s concert series, said Gary Hartman, director of the center and associate professor of history at Texas State. Strait Music is currently a contributor to the series funding, but that is not enough to keep the series concert schedule going. Hartman has said a large corporate sponsor like SBC is what the center needs to bring the series back next year. In a place like Austin and Central Texas, where music is not only a tradition but the very lifeblood, it would be a shame if such a program that strives to expand and teach the importance of that tradition were no longer capable of providing live music. Music is meant to be played and heard, not just studied. The “Spirit” series is a crucial part of the center’s mission to educate people about the rich musical heritage of Texas. However, concerts are not cheap or easy to plan. Great programs like “The Spirit of Texas Music” are a way to keep Austin’s live music traditions alive, but it and programs like it will not be possible without the resources to make them happen. The CTMH emphasizes the importance of Texas music to the history and diversity of the state and the Southwest. If Austin is the live music capital of the world, then the CTMH and all of its events deserve credit and support for helping the city maintain that label by educating listeners about the origins of Texas’ rich music. The beneﬁts of this music series, not just for Texas culture but for the state’s music industry, are too great to let these concerts fall by the wayside. Either a large corporate sponsor with a ﬁnancial interest in Texas music or a small conglomerate of local businesses must step up to the plate and allow the music and history fans of central Texas continue to reap the rewards of this outstanding series. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum contact: (512) 936-4649 www.thestoryoftexas.com
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Looking out for number one Unless you acting. They are have lived under a criticizing President rock, you will have Bush for the same already known reason why many about Hurricane others and myself Katrina doing are criticizing the damage to New president. However, Orleans and the we the people have BRETT BOUSMAN surrounding areas room to talk. Where Star Columnist affecting so many were the Democrats people who need in Congress while our help and prayers. Katrina paid a visit? They What comes with this crisis were in their vacation homes, is an array of strong opinions. too, along with the CongresThere is no doubt that we all sional Black Caucus. It’s all need to get out of our comabout Congressional majority. fort zones to help the many The Congressional Black Cauin need. However, we must cus can get bit by mosquitoes remember as our hearts bleed carrying fatal diseases as far as for the people in the “Big Not- I am concerned. Here they are So-Easy,” we must also use playing the race card as they common sense or everything always do. we do will be in vain. This time they are criticizKnowing that a Category ing President Bush for having Four hurricane was headed a delayed reaction to helping to a city below sea level, my the African-Americans in New ﬁrst question is: Where was Orleans. In reality, it was the the president? He was sitting federal government that had a comfortably in his vacation delayed reaction to helping the home in Crawford. Not only people of New Orleans. While does the president deserve to I feel sorry for the people as scrape his leg on rusty metal a whole who were affected by when he visits the Crescent the weather, I do not feel sorry City, members of Congress for those who are threatening deserve a bad case of lockjaw the lives of the very ones who as well. This includes the Reare trying to rescue them. publican Party, the DemocratDomestic and foreign oil ic Party and the Congressional companies deserve to have Black Caucus. Common sense someone piss in their gas would tell them to have the tanks. They are taking advanNational Guard ready to go, tage of a crisis by taking the along with government relief. law of supply and demand to The Democratic Party can extremes. This includes naeat the crap left in the Sutions who we help to this day. perdome by the way they are Saudi Arabia and Mexico are
perfect examples. Other nations are helping in the effort. It’s about freakin’ time. However, it’s only 25 of the 191 United Nations countries that are helping who owe us big time. It’s now America’s turn to piss and moan that these other nations did not give enough and did not react fast enough like they did to the United States concerning the tsunami of 2004. As New Orleans is being cleared out, the people are moving to cities like Houston, Dallas, Shreveport and San Antonio. It was a pleasure to see churches and charities already providing free food and shelter. It’s also a pleasure to see the cities being so generous in opening up their cities and schools to these people. First, martial law needs to be declared over New Orleans. We need to be understanding of those looting stores that contain food, water, and legal medication, however, those who loot in any other place need no mercy. We must keep in mind that New Orleans is a crime-ridden city. Therefore, crime is bound to increase around here. The cities housing the victims need to pass curfews and if they are broken, serious consequences need to result. If you have not locked your car or house doors, now would be a good time. Purchasing a weapon might not be a bad
option as well. Just keep it stored in a safe place, where children cannot get a hold of it. Due to the strong possibility of the sheltered victims getting restless, the federal and local governments need to put the able-bodied people to work. Last but not least, it’s time to look out for number one. If a future crisis happens overseas, the American government needs to offer no assistance. We have our own ﬁsh to fry here. As mentioned before, other nations are doing nothing or little concerning the hurricane. We also need to tell the illegal aliens to go feed off of someone else for a while, not that they ever deserved our assistance anyway. We need to help our own. Border control, by the way, needs to increase its strength. There will be illegal aliens taking advantage of the fact that our public ofﬁcials are spread thin during this time. Personally, I could care less about any criticism I receive from whomever. We should all use common sense in our reaction to a crisis. After we do, we should all give our time and money like never before. Let’s put the tsunami relief effort to shame through our prayers, generosity and common sense. Bousman is a history and mass communication senior.
Chief Justice Roberts would tighten conservative stranglehold
Chuck Kennedy/KRT A ﬂag outside the Supreme Court ﬂies at half staff Sunday in Washington, D.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who oversaw the high court’s conservative shift and presided over the impeachment trial of President Clinton, died Saturday evening. He was 80 years old and had spent 33 years on the Supreme Court.
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The death of Chief daunting task for Justice William President George Rehnquist doesn’t W. Bush to cope come as a surprise. In with. fact, many thought Roberts, the Rehnquist would yet-to-be-conannounce his retireﬁrmed nomiment after he was nee to replace BHARATI NAIK ﬁrst diagnosed with retiring Justice Guest Columnist thyroid cancer last Sandra Day October. O’Connor, could Rehnquist proved himself be elevated to an even higher stronger than the rumor mills position with his nominaand kept his word to “contion to succeed Rehnquist. tinue to perform (his) duties If Rehnquist had a say in the as chief justice as long as my nomination, he would have health permits.” happily agreed to Bush’s Rehnquist’s conservative choice. After all, Roberts beliefs have been no secret previously served as a clerk or relief to many people. It’s to the late chief justice, and well known that he supported both share strong conservative the death penalty and larger beliefs. Roberts’ nomination ties between church and state will essentially assure that the and ﬁrmly opposed abortion Supreme Court remains tilted and gay rights. On the whole, towards conservative philosoRehnquist has been predictphy, and liberals in this counable in his approach and has try will ﬁnd it harder than served as intended after his ever to pursue their beliefs. nomination in 1986 by PresiUnfortunately, for people dent Ronald Reagan. of America who do not share With the devastating efBush’s principles, Rehnquist’s fects of Hurricane Katrina death has created a rare impending, the soaring price second opening in less than of oil, the unsettled Iraq situfour months to America’s ation and Judge John Roberts’ highest court. Sadly, this yet-to-be-conﬁrmed nomina- means Republicans have a tion to the Supreme Court, greater opportunity to beef Rehnquist’s death might have up conservative support and seemed inopportune and a promote political allies to the
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Supreme Court. The time is ripe to examine why politicians should play a part at all in the judicial system. Nomination and promotion of judges by politicians unduly promotes the beliefs of the political party in power rather than the best legal reasoning. For American democracy, this may have a disastrous effect. Serious thought should be given over a separation of power, taking the appointment of judges out of the hands of government. The judiciary and the conﬁrmation process should be strictly safeguarded from manipulation by political parties and their various ideologies. If appointed, 50-year-old Roberts is likely to serve on the bench for more years than Rehnquist did. The importance of ensuring that the next Supreme Court justice not only be ﬂexible in approaching different issues on the horizon today but also able to understand issues that might arise in the future without being rigid in outlook. With Rehnquist’s death, President Bush has the golden opportunity of nominating a moderate judge who could win support from most people in the nation. In this
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time of turmoil, when Bush’s political philosophy is questioned by Democrats and his own party members, Roberts’ nomination will only serve to isolate the Bush government further. Senate conﬁrmation hearings should move at a faster pace as this important post should not be left vacant for long. At the same time, it’s extremely vital that the right person shoulder the responsibility of representing a fair view in order to do justice to the American citizens. This nomination could be the ultimate test of Bush’s presidency, especially since its effect will help shape American ideology for a long time to come. It’s important to keep in mind that O’Connor’s retirement and Roberts conﬁrmation would leave only one woman among the nine Americans with the power to decide questions regarding women’s reproductive freedom. With so much power in hand, shouldn’t the Supreme Court be able to better represent the people of this nation fairly? Naik is a mass communication graduate student. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 6,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright Sept. 6, 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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On Thursday, women (and men) stood in the near hundred-degree weather to be the ﬁrst patrons inside of the newest addition to the Prime Outlet Center, Neiman Marcus Last Call. Only the ﬁfth of its kind in Texas, Last Call is the outlet store for high-end furniture, jewelry and apparel. As the shoppers waited for the doors to open at noon, they could watch four immaculately clad and freakishly tall models sit on an elaborate display of end tables and plush leather couches. The four, looking as though they were in the middle of a cocktail, sat immersed in conversation just looking cool. No other retail establishment can pull off living art, but Last Call did it with an in-your-face audacity that is to be admired. Feeling slightly smug that I got to bypass the sweltering heat and growing crowd, I was given the grand tour of the gargantuan establishment and noticed the easy-to-navigate layout. Women’s apparel remains the focus of the store and is arranged primarily in the center; ﬂanked by an impressive variety of shoes, and handbags. Men’s and children’s clothes are sequestered into the right corner, and though impressive, serve only as a mere pausing point in the femalecentric store. Evening gowns and furniture lie on the left side and wrap around to the back. All of this serves to highlight the women’s apparel moat. Once I was left to search the store alone, I gravitated to the large collection of designer handbags. Amid the Prada and
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Victor and Royce Dicxan of Austin look through rows of shoes Sunday afternoon at Nieman Marcus Last Call, which opened Thursday.
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ast Call shoppers don’t mess around and nothing, not even the dream MJ bag, is sacred.
Via Spiga was the Marc Jacobs bag I had been pining over for the last year. Retailing ordinarily at $1,200, Last Call was selling it for a paltry $600. While I viewed this as a steal, my friend accompanying me looked nauseated. It didn’t stop me from holding on to it the entire time we perused the store. When I ﬁnally put it down to call my ﬁancé for permission to purchase it, it was gone. Last Call shoppers don’t mess around and nothing, not even the dream MJ bag, is sacred. Even though Last Call is home to merchandise that most collegiate students couldn’t dream of affording, there are still items that won’t break the bank. There is a huge
Juicy Couture collection, which contains everything from its trademarked velour lounge pants and denim, to military inspired corduroys. In this section, I found tops from $20 and bottoms from $35. If shoes are your thing, the selection at Last Call will be enough to bring a tear to your eye. Housed in the racks were Puma sneakers, Prada boots and enough Manolo Blahniks to satisfy any aspiring Carrie Bradshaw. As for price, let’s just say people were carrying four boxes at a time and calling their friends shouting. My most pleasant surprise came in the form of the denim collection. There was the standard Seven for All Mankind, but to my surprise, Last Call also
featured Blue Cult denim and Citizens of Humanity denim as well. With the Blue Cult jeans running at $48 a pair, it was the best deal I found that day. Unlike a lot of “last-chance” outlet stores, the styles were still current, and the colors and sizes were varied enough for any discriminating shopper. The service at Last Call was stellar, but the helpfulness of the staff can be a bit overwhelming, especially to those of us who are used to shopping at the local Target. Don’t be surprised if they remember your name or randomly pop into the dressing room to see how your skirt ﬁts. — Christina Gomez
Video game neo-classics still remain favorites For most of my childhood, my gaming extent was conﬁned to a 150 Megahertz, 16 MB of RAM, Compaq Presario, which, if you know anything about computers, is cheap, and pretty much terrible. However, that doesn’t mean I couldn’t pass the time by playing some great games. You’ll probably recognize a few games on this list, but some, you won’t. Age of Empires The original one, not the second one, opened me up to the world of PC gaming, and was the game to have back then. With its beautiful graphics, and nearly inﬁnite replay value, this game could hold your attention for an extended period of time. You can get it and its expansion, Rise of Rome, for only ten bucks now. You can’t beat that. Crime Fighter This could very easily be the predecessor to today’s Grand Theft Auto series. Instead of playing as a crime ﬁghter, you begin as a weak nobody in the crime world and must move up by completing tasks like kidnapping kids and selling them for cheap labor, blackmailing the mayor with nudie photos, and causing large train wrecks for money. What makes this game awesome is the absurdity of it all. You may attempt to break into a house, only to ﬁnd that Rambo owns it. You may try and kidnap a kid, but upon nabbing the kid, all the grandma’s in the park pull machine guns out of their purses to attempt to stop you. And you thought Grand Theft Auto was bad. Star Wars Dark Forces II:
Jedi Knights The ﬁrst game was good, but the second is far superior. This game allows you to have Jedi powers and to slash people with your light saber. It also allows you to choose between the light and dark side of the force, each with a separate ending, Bad Mojo I had to include this game, in which you play as a cockroach. This game had some serious graphical muscle and looked surprisingly good with its photorealistic graphics. As for the story, you play as a mad scientist who transformed himself into a cockroach. You must survive the everyday perils of a cockroach, dodging a hot oven, scalding hot chili, and of course, insect traps. What’s also cool is they recently rereleased the game with the name Bad Mojo: Redux, which is pretty much the same game, but it’s only for twenty bucks. You owe it to yourself to give this game a look. Grand Theft Auto I had to put this on here, because a lot of people hadn’t even heard of the series until the third iteration came out. The original was a top-down version of essentially the games you play today, except playing top-down is a bit harder than it is in 3D. Recently, Rockstar Games released this as a classic free game. So, you should deﬁnitely check this game out. Duke Nukem Before the series went 3D, the ﬁrst two Duke games were classic side scrollers, and surprisingly good games. It didn’t have the
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gratuitous violence, but it did have a solid action component that was surprisingly more fun than it probably should’ve been. The second iteration was by far more sophisticated and more fun than the ﬁrst one, so check that one out ﬁrst. Lemonade Stand Everyone of you know that one time or another, you were attempting to set the prices right at your stand, so you could get maximum money without losing customers. While this game has turned into a cheap, quick, online ﬂash game, it was an original DOS game, with simplistic graphics and mostly text. As boring as it sounds, it was highly addicting. Quake The ﬁrst game in the series redeﬁned the First Person Shooter and brought the genre into a new age with its graphics and the real quick reactionary abilities needed. It also had superb level design, and good lighting for a game of its time. It also had the netcode necessary to hold impressive multiplayer battles, which is the primary reason this game became such a huge hit. X-wing Alliance I’m a big space-simulator junkie, joystick and all, and the last really excellent title in that series to come out is X-wing Alliance. A deep, deep story mode, with extra goods depending on how well you do in some of the missions, and some very unforgettable online play made for one hell of a space simulator game. — Doak Gips
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First two weeks provide challenges for an older freshman student
It wasn’t exactly friends to socialize or “Tommy Lee Goes walk to class with beto College” (which, tween classes. I have by the way, is a had some great confunny show), but versations with some we do share a comof my classmates mon bond: being just before or during a ﬁrst-year, older class discussions. SUSAN RAUCH freshman student. I also didn’t take Entertainment Of course, we also the nontraditional Columnist have the common students’ US 1100 bond of being band because of schedulmusicians, but that ing conﬂicts, but I is another story. have an awesome instructor To start, I did endure Paws so I am grateful for that. I am Preview, and I skimmed the oldest in that class, probthrough Rec Jam enough to ably including my instructor hear some great classic rock. and tend to have a lot of inPaws highlights: Diversity put. But I am glad my classcompliments of the Hip Hop mates are all really great with Congress and College Note feedback during discussions. Taking. My other classes are mostly Paws lowlights: Alcohol large, except English, and they 101. I believe it probably was include a “ton” of reading. Did informative for the young- I emphasize ton? er students, but please give The main highlight of my us older freshmen a break, ﬁrst two weeks was “ﬁnally” e.g. a waiver to not attend. meeting another freshman The whole lecture was really student my age, who is also geared to younger college stu- part of the NTSO. I was able dents. Also, please ﬁnd a way to meet many members of to get some of us older non- that group at a luncheon they traditional students together sponsored at their location in at orientation so we don’t feel the LBJ Student Center. They like the odd men out. are planning what sounds like Funniest Paws moment: Be- a lot of fun activities throughing mistaken for staff in my out the year, including tailgate den. I buried my head then parties for the big game. jokingly told everyone to just Talk about diversity; there refer to me as “Yoda.” It broke are students of all ages, ﬁelds the ice a little, at least for me. of study and backgrounds. At the end of Paws, al- They all range from freshmen though I love all kinds of to graduate students. It is also music, by convocation I was a a great place to catch up with little hip-hopped out. I think homework or get some extra probably because it was a very help if I need it. long mentally tiring day and Overall, I am feeling Texas the music seemed to echo a bit State as a good ﬁt. My most louder and more pronounced overwhelming moment did than the earlier diversity pre- not come at school but more sentation. By the way, HHC so after getting home. The is a great group for those to ﬁrst week of school was also get involved with, especially if the ﬁrst week for my kids, your interest lies in that direc- and I had to go it alone as my tion. husband was out of town on So, onto how I did my ﬁrst business. I survived, and so two weeks of college. It was did they. exhilarating, challenging So, as Yoda would say, “may but at times, lonely walking the force be with you” or as through The Quad without a Tommy Lee would say, “Rock bond to a particular group of On” — at least for now.
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Schrödinger’s Cat, a Texasbased band with a unique combination of a cappella, body percussion and stomp performed Saturday at Stubb’s in Austin. For more information, visit www.s-cat. com.
Meows in harmony at Stubb’s
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Armando Sanchez/Star photo Corey Hardman beats on a makeshift drum, which was one of many interesting methods of percussion in Schrödenger’s Cat’s performance.
The good, the bad and the inexplicable: A season of promise By Maureen Ryan and Sid Smith Chicago Tribune
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The Good Best villains: Donald Sutherland is a charismatic and vindictive politician on Commander in Chief, and the evercreepy William Fichtner gives a dramatic boost to the aliens are among us drama Invasion. Most promising leads: Everybody Hates Chris is bound to launch the career of Chris Rock alter-ego Tyler Williams into the stratosphere, and Jason Lee makes a striking impression as naughty good ol’ boy Earl in the offbeat NBC comedy My Name Is Earl. Most unexpected development: Did you notice that we just used the words offbeat and promising in relation to an NBC comedy? Will wonders never cease? Most lovable loony: Adam Goldberg, who had a memorable role a few years back as Chandler’s annoying roommate Eddie on Friends, does a terriﬁc turn as a twitchy lawyer with anger-management problems on Head Cases. Most intriguing stunts: Will & Grace is planning a live premiere episode (let’s hope they plan some funny jokes as well), and The West Wing is mulling a live debate for its presidential candidates during November sweeps. Why not a live episode of The O.C., complete with a spontaneous, ﬁsts-of-fury party fracas? Best comeback: Don Johnson completely inhabits his role as a grizzled, hard-drinking lawyer in Just Legal. Most promising comedy ensemble: Predictions and early assessments often come back to bite us on the behind. Still, although we’ve seen only one episode, we’re willing to say that the gang on How I Met Your Mother, which is anchored by a deft Alyson Hannigan (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and a razor-sharp Neil Patrick Harris (wildly different here from his Doogie Howser persona), is already one of the most appealing casts on prime-time network television. Most promising drama ensemble: Threshold boasts not
only stylish thrills, a potentially cool story and the always wonderful Carla Gugino, but it’s also got a rogue’s gallery of great character actors. We’d watch this killer ensemble read the telephone book, but happily, they’ve got meatier stuff to work with here. Best trend: We love reality TV, the so bad it’s good kind and the just plain good kind. But after a long summer of uneven unscripted fare (Rock Star, Beauty and the Geek, Dancing With the Stars and Kathy Grifﬁn’s Bravo show were the welcome, top-notch entries), we’re glad that this fall — unlike last fall — isn’t overstuffed with giant helpings of reality fare. And, miracle of miracles, there’s almost no reality on Fox this season. Thank you, Peter Liguori! Most likely to be on the cover of Entertainment Weekly before the year is out: Wentworth Miller of Prison Break. Most hoped-for resolution for the season: The Lost survivors ﬁnally ﬁnd out what’s in the hatch: a sled named Rosebud. The Bad Worst trend: Several new crime dramas (Close to Home, Killer Instinct, Criminal Minds) are chock-full of gut-churning violence against women, a trend that’s already far too prevalent on network drama (see also Fox’s grisly The Inside). Sorry, TV types, but having a plucky female detective or lawyer lock up the bad guy does not excuse the overworked dramatic cliche of women in jeopardy. And why is it mostly women who are brutalized? And often attractive, scantily clad women, at that? Most frightening move: The beloved drama Everwood moves to Thursdays this fall. (Alias does, too, but because the show is probably ending its run after this season, we’re not so upset about that.) The WB stuck by Gilmore Girls when it went through a slump; let’s hope the network shows the same patience when the plucky, worthy Everwood tries its best against behemoths such as CSI and The Apprentice. Most frightening presences: We see dead people. Lots of
them. With The Ghost Whisperer, Supernatural and Medium, spirits and poltergeists from beyond the grave are almost getting more screen time than the living. Most enjoyable guilty pleasure: Any soap opera that busts out the teen-pregnancy scare story line within the ﬁrst 10 minutes should not, by rights, be a show that we get sucked in to. The exception is Reunion, a show set among six high school friends over the course of 20 years. There are more than a few slices of cheese in this drama, but, to be honest, we kind of can’t wait to see the next installment. Most appealing actors stuck in bad shows: David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones, Eric Balfour in Sex, Love and Secrets, Dennis Hopper in E-Ring. Most missed shows: We’re still mourning the cancellations of Joan of Arcadia and Judging Amy, and the loss of those shows is all the more galling once you see the rather more pedestrian shows that replace them on CBS’ schedule: Close to Home and the superﬁcial Ghost Whisperer. Worst monster: We’re supposed to be scared by the critter in Surface, but we don’t get to see it much in the premiere. Maybe it’ll grow on us ... like a fungus. People we feel the most sorry for: The CBS public relations employees who are hand-addressing a series of tiny envelopes that are being sent to TV writers and critics. Each one contains part of a puzzle hyping Threshold. Hey, we already like the show. Stop giving yourselves hand cramps! The Inexplicable Biggest upset: Hot on the heels of the last season’s muchpraised Veronica Mars and the respected (but canceled) Kevin Hill, UPN has raised its scrappy proﬁle even more with Everybody Hates Chris, clearly the sitcom all of the bigger networks wish they had bagged. Strangest decision: NBC has decided to bring back Joey with a full-hour episode. But we can’t really stomach it for 30 minutes at a time.
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Southland Conference Scoreboard
Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - Page 8
Texas State 32 Delta State 25 Stephen F. Austin 49 Henderson State 38
Sam Houston State 77 Bacone College 7 Northwestern State 27 Louisiana-Monroe 23
**SLC Schools in bold
(McNeese State/Nicholls State/Southeastern Louisiana — all games cancelled or postponed due to Hurricane Katrina)
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Bobcats ﬁnish 1-2 in tourney By Chris Boehm Sports Reporter The volleyball season is well under way, with Texas State going 1-2 over the weekend in the CenturyTel/Classic Honda Premier. The Bobcats dropped matches to Cal-Berkeley, No. 19 in the country, and the University of Albany, both of which were played Sunday at Strahan Coliseum. The Golden Bears won in three games to take the tournament crown. After a quick start against Morgan State in a game that earned Coach Karen Chisum her 600th career win, Texas State played unevenly over the ﬁnal two matches, bowing out of the home tournament they won a season ago. “Our seniors are not getting the job done,” Chisum said. “I’ll tell you that — I just told them that.” Friday morning, the Bobcats defeated Morgan State in three games (30-23, 30-19, 30-19), as Chisum joined eight other active volleyball coaches with as many wins. “We’ve got a long way to go. I’m just excited that we got our ﬁrst win of the season,” Chisum said. “A win’s a win, and now that the hoopla’s over, we can focus on getting better and learning the offense (the Bobcats ran a 6-2 with setters Jessica Grisham and Christina Melvin).” Texas State scored early and often against the Bears from Baltimore, trailing just once in three games. The Bobcats jumped out to a 14-9 lead after outside hitter Liz Nwoke scored her third kill in as many tries. The senior led the team with nine kills. “We played with a lot of consistency,” Nwoke said. “Every other ball, we were getting a kill.” The lead remained at ﬁve until a Morgan State attacking error made it 23-17. Texas State proceeded to double its lead with
a 5-0 run, highlighted by four Bear errors, forcing head Coach Ramona Riley-Bozier to call a timeout. The Bobcats came out of the break to ﬁnish a sevenpoint victory. “We showed a lot of potential and gave a good effort,” Chisum said. “Lawrencia Brown is going to be a good player.” Chisum referred to Brown when the freshman was called on to play following an injury late in the second game. With Texas State up 25-19, freshman Stephanie Bruggeman (team-high nine digs) remained on the ﬂoor following a Bears error. She limped off the court with a right-ankle injury and missed the rest of the tournament. Brown stepped in, and the Bobcats hardly skipped a beat, scoring ﬁve consecutive points to win the second game. Brown, who was used little through the ﬁrst two games, stepped up in the wake of her fallen teammate. The Austin native tallied seven kills in game three, including two of the last ﬁve points. “I have a job to do to help this team,” Brown said. “I just wanted to come in and provide energy for my teammates.” Friday evening, the Bobcats lost three straight to nationally ranked California, by the scores 30-19, 30-28 and 30-17. On the other end of a onesided match after dominating the Bears, Texas State never led in the ﬁrst game, getting behind 6-0 before California stretched the lead to 17-6. The Bobcats played game two much tighter, taking the ﬁrst point and holding a late, 25-24 lead. Cal, led by tournament MVP Jillian Davis (13 digs versus Texas State) and Ellen Orchard (13 kills, .765 hitting percentage) took ﬁve of the next nine points to earn a slim victory. Game three was more or less a repeat of the ﬁrst in the match, with Cal jumping ahead 15-9. The Golden Bears never trailed
in the ﬁnal game. Grisham paced the club with 15 assists, with Amy Ramirez notching 14 digs in the losing effort. “Right now, we still haven’t learned how to win,” Ramirez said. “We were trying new lineups and feeling some things out.” On Saturday, Texas State exited the tournament following three closely-fought battles with Albany. Despite getting swept, only ten points separated the teams following the match’s conclusion. Texas State took a 5-3 lead early in the opening game, with the score tied as late as 20 apiece following a Nwoke kill. An Emily Jones kill made it 28-29, but Albany put the Bobcats away with an attack from Ashley Hunter, who Texas State had no answer for all afternoon (match-high 19 kills). Each team played an errorﬁlled match, with Albany taking a dubious “advantage” in the category, 38-35. The Bobcats were hurt by their service play, when they allowed six Great Dane aces. Texas State committed six service errors as well, led by Nwoke’s three. “Albany is a good team, but it should not have been 3-0,” Chisum said. “They have good leadership from the upperclassmen. Last year, we were 0-2 before our seniors decided it was their last season, and they weren’t going to let this happen.” Through the disappointment, Chisum praised her freshman class. “Our freshmen and sophomores are getting it done, but they’re inexperienced,” Chisum said. “Amy Weigle (six blocks versus Albany) is doing a great job at the right side.” Texas State plays next at 7 p.m. in Waco in a match against BayLinda L. Smith/Star photo lor University on Wednesday. “We’ve got a big game in Waco,” Chisum said. “These se- Bobcats Ashley Stark and Elizabeth Nwoke battle with Ashley Crenshaw from the University niors have got to step up and of Albany for the ball during Saturday’s game, which the Bobcats lost 3-0. The Bobcats play Wednesday evening in Waco against Baylor University. take a bigger leadership role.”
Football season gets started on the right paw By Miguel Peña Sports Editor
Linda L. Smith/Star photo Sophomore wide receiver Tyrone Scott made an excellent showing for the Bobcats during their ﬁrst game this season, with two touchdowns, three receptions and 54 yards on the day. The Bobcats defeated Delta State University, 32-25, on Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
In Wednesday’s issue
A recap of the Bobcat Soccer team’s weekend games against the UT-El Paso Miners and the Rice Owls.
Look Ahead @ Bobcat Athletics
Volleyball Wednesday vs. Baylor 7 p.m. @ Waco Friday vs. Arizona State 7 p.m. @ Tempe, AZ.
Saturday vs. Auburn 10 a.m. @ Tempe, AZ. Saturday vs. N. Arizona 5 p.m. @ Tempe Ariz.
Texas State successfully completed their inaugural game of the 2005 season with a slim victory by defeating the Delta State Statesmen 32-25 at Bobcat Stadium. The inclement weather conditions were not enough to deter a crowd of 10,014 from attending the contest. Quarterback Barrick Nealy completed a 26-yard pass to Tyrone Scott, climaxing Texas State’s 82-yard opening drive. Scott caught the ball at the Delta State 11 before turning up ﬁeld, giving the Bobcats a 6-0 lead after the extra point was missed. Nealy ﬁnished the game completing 12 of 21 passes for 160 yards and three for two touchdowns. When Nealy’s arm was not active, his feet were. He rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries including a touchdown. Meanwhile, Scott was on the receiving end of both touchdown tosses. His second touchdown covered 16 yards. “I was hoping Scott would be able to get between the safeties and the cornerbacks and that is exactly what he did,” Nealy said. “If we were one second late, it could have been an interception.” Texas State’s defense contributed to expanding the lead by forcing Delta State to punt on its ﬁrst offensive series. A bad snap sailed over punter Spencer Strickland’s head and rolled out of the end zone for a safety. The Bobcats relied on the ground game for their second touchdown of the opening quarter following the safety. Texas State began the scoring drive from its own 34-yard line. Run-
ning back Douglas Sherman, the game’s leading rusher with 72 yards on 16 carries, and Nealy accounted for 42 yards on the drive with alternate runs. Nealy moved the ball into scoring position with a 12-yard pass to tailback Luke Bomar. Sherman then scored on a 12-yard dash into the end zone. Kicker Stan Jones added to the ﬁrst-half scoring with a 30-yard ﬁeld goal with 1:24 remaining giving the Bobcats an eight-point ﬁrst-half advantage. “They are Division II, but the way we approached this team was that they were able to compete with us on the ﬁeld,” Nealy said. Delta State (1-1) entered the game ranked sixth nationally in the Division II polls, gained its composure in the second quarter. The Statesmen narrowed the deﬁcit to 18-10 when Bryan Walker connected on a 39-yard ﬁeld goal and quarterback Scott Eyster completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Davis. “We had some bad penalties,” said Coach David Balliff. “I don’t mind them being aggressive. I do mind when they make bad plays.” Eyster completed 19 of 31 passes for 223 yards including two touchdowns. Davis caught six of those passes for 125 yards. The second half began by both teams trading turnovers. On fourth down from the Delta State 28-yard line, a Texas State fake ﬁeld goal attempt resulted in a turnover when backup quarterback Chase Wasson’s pass was intercepted at the Delta State 24-yard line. The Statesmen returned the favor as running back Radale Pearson fumbled. Texas State nose tackle Fred Evans’s
tackle knocked the ball loose and teammate Jamarcus O’Neal recovered it at the Delta State 28. Nealy took advantage of the turnover with a six-play drive as Scott caught his second touchdown pass of the game, extending Texas State’s lead to 25-10. “It’s all about timing and being prepared to respond when your number is called,” Scott said. Delta State rallied in the remainder of the third quarter to tie the game. The Statesmen scored two touchdowns on 66 yard and 31 yard drives respectively. Eyster connected on a 15yard pass to Robert Davis, while running back A.J. Davis scored on a one-yard run during the rally. The Statesmen tied the game when Jeremy Ricks caught a two-point conversion pass from Eyster following the second touchdown. “We didn’t lay down once adversity hit us,” Nealy said. “We stepped up, but you haven’t seen the best of the Bobcats that’s for sure.” Evidence of Texas State responding to adversity came in the fourth quarter when the Bobcats mounted a nine-play, 57-yard drive. Facing third down and 21, Nealy completed a 36-yard pass to Damian Williams, keeping the drive alive at the Delta State 34yard line. A Sherman ﬁve-yard run and a pass interference penalty advanced the ball to the Statesmen 19. Nealy’s completed pass to wide receiver Stan Zwiniggi placed the football just outside the Delta State end zone. Nealy scored on a one-yard run. Texas State will return to action Saturday when they host the University of Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
Friday vs. Centenary Univ. 7 p.m. @ Shreveport La. Sunday vs. West Texas A&M 1 p.m. @ Prarie View
Saturday Texas A&M Invitational 9 a.m. @ College Station
Saturday vs. Southern Utah 6 p.m. @ Bobcat Stadium