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SEPTEMBER 8, 2005
VOLUME 95, ISSUE 6
Faculty work loads, student enrollment on Senate agenda
‘Saint’ Marcos a safe haven Hurricane survivors ﬁnd refuge, community at local inn
RIGHT: Hurricane Katrina evacuee Marlene McSwain, holds her 15-monthold granddaughter, Ruth Taylor, while daughter Sherione Taylor waits to eat dinner in the backyard of the Crystal River Inn. They are only one of many families staying at the inn. BELOW: Children of the Roché family, as well as other evacuee families, are not ﬁnding it difﬁcult to have fun in San Marcos.
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the yard. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t sinking because of the rain,” Kirk said. “At about 7:30 or 8, I was out there and noticed the water rising. The water was about halfway to my knee at ﬁrst. Then the water just started rushing up about two inches every 30 seconds.” “I was like ‘oh man, one of the levees popped’,” Kirk said. Kirk found his neighbors and told them to come up to his family’s apartment on the second level of the complex. “By the time we got them inside with us, the water was already waist deep. That’s how fast the water was coming,” he said. The Rochés brought neighbors from the ﬁrst ﬂoor upstairs to their apartment to keep them safe from the rising water. “We had about 30 people in the house during the storm,” said Ola, the Roché family matriarch. “That’s not counting the people who were coming in and out.”
After the hurricane passed, the four-member Roché family was told by personnel to stay in their home to avoid the situation in the Superdome. They, like several other families currently housed at the Crystal River Inn, had no idea it was the beginning of a story about community in the face of disaster, starting in New Orleans and ending in San Marcos. The Rochés, who decided to ride out the storm despite orders to evacuate Aug. 28, were in their apartment on the second story of a four-family complex in New Orleans Aug. 29 when Hurricane Katrina made landfall. “The power went off at two in the morning,” said Kirk Roché, Ola Roché’s stepson. After surviving the brunt of the storm, the Rochés took stock of the damage to their neighborhood, not knowing the worst was yet to come. On the morning of Aug. 30, due to heavy damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the levees broke. “I got up at about seven because we had a boat in
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The Faculty Senate discussed their priorities for the fall semester at Wednesday’s meetings. Among topics that concerned senators was the dissemination by department chairs of faculty workload audits. The audits show which faculty members are overloaded and which are teaching less than the required load. The problem, senators said, is the lack of distribution of these reports. “This thing has always been a public document, but the chairs never sent it out,” said Bill Stone, criminal justice professor and Senate chair. “We even got a (University Policies and Procedure Statement) that required them to send it out, and most still did not. There is no reason for any chair on campus to not send that out after the 12th class day this semester.” The workload required of faculty differs between colleges, but senators said most require undergraduate instructors to teach four courses in a long semester and three courses in two long semesters for graduate school. Any courses taught over the required load result in an overload. “As a matter of course, we all teach overloads,” said Linda Homeyer, associate professor of educational administration and psychological services. “The problem is that chairs have had these secret arrangements with people that no one knows.” Homeyer said an overload in her graduate level department earns the professor $3,000. It is this reason that department heads “greatly discourage” instructors from teaching more than their required load. Stone believes the problem in teaching overages lies in the lack of uniformity between colleges. “Each college runs almost as a separate university with different policies and different overloads,” Stone See SENATE, page 4
City Council discusses Katrina relief efforts, rezoning issues By Sean Wardwell News Reporter The San Marcos City Council began Tuesday’s meeting with a presentation by the San Marcos Fire Department regarding the relief efforts by the city for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The ﬁre department has been taking donations at various locations throughout the city. “We started taking donations at about 6 a.m.,”
said San Marcos Fire Marshall Ken Bell. “The effort continued until about 6 this evening.” The ﬁre department also collected items, like clothing, to help those who have been affected. “The community has done a wonderful job,” Bell said. “We raised close to $8,000 in one day.” Mayor Susan Narvaiz congratulated the efforts of Fire Chief Mike Baker and his department as well as the efforts of local residents in responding to the tragedy.
African American Leadership Conference to deliver speakers with inspirational messages By Zandria Avila News Reporter For the past 13 years, it has been a standing tradition at Texas State for Bobcats to gather in the fall for the African American Leadership Conference, and from Friday through Sunday, that tradition will continue. “This conference serves to future leaders of this campus as well as African Americans. Workshops will confer on subjects whose goals are to prepare them to be diligent students thus well prepared citizens,” said Jonnie Wilson, assistant director of multicultural student affairs.
On Saturday, world-renowned gospel singer Denise Tichenor will be the keynote speaker delivering a personal message of inspiration and perseverance. “Tichenor’s brother was a victim of gang violence. As an alternative to being bitter she has founded an organization which ministers to gang members,” Wilson said. “She travels to various jails and prisons to minister to the inmates conversing about their lives. It is a great ministry.” Amon Rashidi from Project Just Another Means of Success who will be the keynote speaker See AALC, page 3
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“The council extends its thanks to all the citizens that have come together in our community,” Narvaiz said. City Manager Dan O’Leary then outlined the city’s efforts to assist those affected by the recent tragedy. San Marcos Fire Rescue and Police helped with triage at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The city also set up the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, which will go to the American Red Cross.
Narvaiz created an initiative called “Homes for Hope,” which ﬁnds local homes that could take in one of the affected families. “Fireﬁghters and paramedics told me 75 percent of the people on the planes needed medical attention. This includes diabetics who have not had insulin for days and people with other special needs,” O’Leary said. See COUNCIL, page 4
Prime Outlets expansion adds 16 new stores By Danea Johnson Special to The Star With construction still in progress, the initial phase of the Prime Outlets-San Marcos mall expansion was completed Friday, with 16 of the planned 30 stores open to the public. Lorie Kennedy, Prime OutletSan Marcos marketing manager, said the project was proposed in September 2004 and was well received by the San Marcos community and many retailers in the shopping center. “There were a lot of phone calls when (the retailers) saw the renderings,” Kennedy said. “The entire expansion is great for the outlet mall, giving another reason to come to San Marcos.” The renderings were done by architecture ﬁrm Carter & Burgess, who used Venice, Italy, as
inspiration. The architects will incorporate a bell tower, piazzas, a lagoon, canals, gondolas, statues and gardens. “The architecture is great; the color palette is very pleasing,” said Crystal Brewer, who woke up at 6:15 a.m. to drive from Houston to shop at the expansion’s opening. Brewer was shopping the shoe section with her three friends at Neiman Marcus Last Call, the mall’s largest new retailer, occupying 28,000 square feet of the 150,000-square-foot expansion. Other new retailers include Benetton, Chico’s, Gymboree, Jimmy’Z, Tommy Bahama, Treza and White House/Black Market and range from 2,500 to 6,100 square feet. Promotion materials for the See OUTLETS, page 3
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Tiffany Searcy/Star photo The Prime Outlets-San Marcos completed the initial expansion phase Friday with 16 of the 30 stores open to the public. The completion of the remodeling is scheduled for Nov. 18 through 20.
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September 8, 2005
campushappenings A blog has been created to help our colleagues in the Texas State community who have loved ones in New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi and other areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and who have speciﬁc stories of need to communicate. It allows for a communication exchange whereby those who have speciﬁc needs for loved ones can ask for help and others who can help can contact them directly.
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Whitewater Wednesday, meet at 1 p.m. Register by 12:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Center.
1565 - A Spanish expedition established the ﬁrst permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Fla.
Course. “Grammar and Mechanics Workshop” Writing Center Workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. today in Flowers Hall, Room G9. For more information, contact Bearden Coleman at (512) 2453018
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Higher Ground Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry meets at 6:15 p.m. for a light meal and 7 p.m. for Holy Communion at St. Mark’s Church (across from Tower Hall). All are welcome.
1952 - The Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” was published.
Fabulous Friday Green Fees — Faculty & Staff pay student green fees at the Texas State Golf
1921 - Margaret Gorman of Washington, DC, was crowned the ﬁrst Miss America in Atlantic City, NJ.
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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. Contact (512) 557-7988 or texasstatechialpha.com for more information.
1900 - Galveston was hit by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.
Intramural Flag Football entries due between 9 a.m. and 5 p. m. on Thurday to the Intramural Ofﬁce in the SRC.
Nick DiCenzo of MTV was part of a squad of casting agents sent by the network to Central Texas in search of single students living off campus. Kenny Mack, a communication design freshman, ﬁlled out an application Tuesday afternoon.
CRIME BL TTER San Marcos Police Department Sept. 6, 8:16 a.m. 800 N. Bishop Female subject was arrested for outstanding warrant. Sept. 6, 10:50 a.m. Assault Family Violence/2300 S. I-35 Assault, family violence at 1100 block Haynes Street.
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WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES On page 7 of Wednesday’s issue, the review of A Sound of Thunder incorrectly gave the ﬁlm a rating of ﬁve stars. The reviewer actually intended to give the ﬁlm one star. We at the Trends section still reccomend you don’t watch it.
The Arts and Culture Lecture Series at Texas State will host a preview screening for the new season of Art:21, the PBS television series on contemporary art, on Thursday. The preview screening, which is free and open to the public, will be held 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the second ﬂoor of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building, Room 2121. The preview will feature an episode that focuses on memory. Introduced by ﬁlm star Isabella Rossellini, it explores the
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art of Hiroshi Sugimoto, Susan Rothenberg, Josiah McElheney and Mike Kelley. Like all episodes of Art:21 this season, it will include a new video artwork by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler commissioned especially for this series. This event kicks off the annual Texas State Arts and Culture Lecture Series. Other events in this fall’s lecture series include talks and ﬁlm screenings by artists Karen Bernstein, Jeffrey Dell, Heather Johnson and Liz Ward.
1999 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno named former U.S. Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation into the 1993 ﬁre at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.
PBS series Art:21 screening at Mitte Building
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1997 - The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals afﬁrmed the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for his role in the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.
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1974 - U.S. President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former U.S. President Nixon.
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Bailey is a mediumsized male Bedlington terrier. He loves to play and responds extremely well to people. Bailey’s ID number is 28870. If you are interested call the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 3938340.
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.
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expansion describe its brands and stores as “luxury” due to the new and pre-existing designer labels offered as well as connections with Italy, a principal leader in the fashion world. Two stores with connections to Italy include fashion houses Benetton and Salvatore Ferragamo. Benetton is Europe’s largest clothing manufacturer and the world’s largest consumer of wool in the garment sector, according to Made-In-Italy, a
fashion design online Web journal. According to Made-In-Italy, Salvatore Ferragamo, the designer, is known as the “Shoemaker of the Stars” for outﬁtting 1930s Hollywood stars. The Salvatore Ferragamo Company Store was located in the outlet mall prior to the expansion but relocated because of the luxury image, said Tami Guinn, general manager. “We expect a ton of business and to run the same ﬁgures as a store in California,” Guinn said. The San Marcos Chamber of
Commerce and Hispanic Commerce attended Ferragamo’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Other existing store relocations include Ann Taylor Factory Store, BCBG/Max Azria, Yves Delorme, J.Crew, Maternity Works, Sunglass Outlet and Talbots. According to the Prime Retail Web site, Prime Outlets are located in 19 states and Puerto Rico, with a total of 29 stores. Completion of the Prime Outlet-San Marcos “Extreme Makeover” and the grand opening is planned for Nov.18 through 20.
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on Friday and will be joined by other speakers — Kyle S. Clark, Bryant Smith and Jacqueline Cooper, assistant director of admissions and school relations. Former Texas State student Alvin R. Curette, who was named LBJ Outstanding Senior Student in Spring 2005, will be returning to campus to conduct a workshop. “This year’s theme will be ‘Walking in Authority: Reﬂecting on our Legacy to Achieve Our Destiny.’ It is the goal, as well as the tradition, to incor-
porate the featured theme into the focus of workshops of the conference,” said Eboni Chopp, AALC coordinator. Chopp is one of six coordinators for the AALC. Jared Davis, communication studies senior, is the coordinator of the All Male Conference, the ﬁrst conference of its kind to be featured at the AALC. Other organizations participating in the AALC are the African American Alumni Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., which will be hosting a step show and after party.
“The African American Alumni Association has been a tremendous help,” Chopp said. “They have donated funds summing up to $900 and will be in attendance at the organizational fair Friday evening.” The conference will begin at 4 p.m. Friday. Students may register for the AALC until Friday either in person in front of the LBJ Student Center Ballroom until 4 p.m. or by ﬁlling out forms that can be printed online at www. aalc-txstate.org and faxed to Beverly Woodson Day at (512) 245-8100.
I never thought I would be happy to be in Iraq, but this has been such a messed up week back in America, Iraq almost seems a little bit more sane. I’ve been on assignment working with members of the Louisiana National Guard for the past few days. I feel so bad for them because as they get set to leave Iraq after a year here, many don’t have homes to go back to anymore. I can’t imagine what that must feel like for them. These guys are helpless as they watch their hometowns being destroyed from the other side of the world, while all they can do is hope that they still have a house and their families are still alive. It makes me wonder when exactly the National Guard went from “guarding the nation” (hence the name) to ﬁghting in faraway lands. Things in Iraq aren’t going too much better as far as tragedies are concerned. Last week, we had the bridge stampede that killed nearly 1,000 Shiite Iraqis. Aside from how horrible and pointless these deaths were, this story had the misfortune of happening during a very busy news week because of Hurricane Katrina, so I don’t think it received too much attention back home. For us, it was a very big deal. All of the Iraqis I work with were in mourning following the event, but I was most saddened by Leena, an Iraqi woman who has become a good friend of mine, who lost a member of her family in the tragedy. It has been so interesting to work with the Iraqis, and I’ve learned more from them than I could have ever imagined. The United States hires some Iraqis as either contractors or day workers to serve as translators, liaisons, food servers and maintenance workers. I love to be around them. They are so much friendlier than most Americans, and it’s amazing to hear them talk about their lives. Those of them who are our age know nothing in life but war. Any that are walking today are lucky because they have survived three big ones and are so mentally tough now that nothing really scares them. They all have their war stories — many say their ﬁrst few memories as kids are bombs going off during the Iraq-Iran war of the ’80s, ﬂeeing to the countryside during our ﬁrst invasion in 1991 or the massive bombing of
Baghdad at the beginning of this war. These gruesome stories have burned deep into my mind, as has their positive outlook toward the future. No matter how screwed up things seem right now, I have yet to meet an Iraqi who doesn’t at least think that he or she now has a chance to really succeed in life. The best Iraqis to work with are the soldiers in the new Iraqi Army. I love talking to them because they are the true heroes. I mean, these guys have some guts. They know they have the most dangerous jobs in the entire world right now, and they often have to hide their identity from everyone but their closest family so they aren’t murdered. Yet every day, they put on their uniforms and take one small step toward taking their country back. They are trying so hard, and while they aren’t ready to replace us anytime soon, they are doing everything they can to take over securing the streets as quickly as possible. As hard working as they are, they have a lovable, fun side. Many Iraqi men have stopped what they were doing, run up to me, pointed at their best friend and said, “Mister, that is Michael Jackson,” and laughed uncontrollably for getting the better of their buddy. One of the more unusual customs practiced by men here is to walk holding hands; it is seen as a sign of friendship. It’s still hard not to grin when I see it, but this culture is very close and affectionate. Men will often have their arm around their friends, and when they sit, they get much closer together than we Americans do with members of the same sex. There is one other funny thing I’ve noticed about the Iraqis. Call this stereotyping if you want, but all Iraqis love to get their pictures taken. I walk around with a camera, and total strangers come up and ask me to take one of them, knowing I’ll never give them a copy, and then thank me so much for doing it. One of the funniest things I’ve seen was a group of Iraqis standing around as one held a video camera. Their buddy started ﬁlming them, and all they did was stand together and pose, like someone was about to take a still photo. No one moved. They just had huge smiles on and proudly stared at the Handicam. You have to respect these people. They are trying their best to move on with their lives and make something of their future. I never thought I would say this, but I’m going to miss these guys when I leave.
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During the days after the hurricane, the Roché home served as shelter to a variety of individuals seeking a safe haven until rescue workers could evacuate them. “We had everything from an 80-year-old man to a two-yearold child,” Ola said. “The 80year-old was a neighbor who was left alone. He was taken out by a Medivac. There was another young woman who was very sick and was having seizures.” Other guests in the Roché home during the storm included a heart patient and a diabetic. “All of these people we were able to help during the storm,” Ola said. “Fortunately, they were able to be evacuated.” The Roché family said they had been prepared to meet the storm, collecting the requisite materials to endure its strength: food, water, a generator and a boat. These tools came in handy in the days that followed, for the Rochés and for other stranded members of the community. Kirk took out his boat regularly and often met people marooned in their homes requesting rides to other parts of the city, although he had to limit his trips due to the limited amount of fuel he had for his boat. “I was like, ‘okay, I can’t do that, but I’ll bring you something to eat,’” Kirk said. In the three days following the levees breaking, people taking shelter in the Roché home were moved to higher ground by Kirk. He said they were intercepted by emergency personnel but had no way of knowing exactly where they were being taken. “We saw a couple of dead bodies,” Kirk said. “We tied them to
e have been made to feel so welcome. ‘Saint’ Marcos is awesome.”
extended family members of the Rochés, and other families. Marlene McSwain, her daughter, Sherione Taylor and her granddaughter, Ruth Taylor were being housed at Kelly Air Force Base prior to arriving at the inn. On Wednesday, many of the families sat down outside the inn for traditional Louisiana cuisine of red beans, rice and sausage, including the Taylors and McSwain. McSwain expressed pleasant surprise in discovering Texas had red beans. While the families prepared the food, Roché and Taylor children played basketball with San Marcos children behind the inn. After dinner, San Marcos residents Phyllis Rowell and Linda Bradberry dropped off goods and clothing for the displaced families, which JoAnn Watts looked through in search of clothes. Watts, who arrived at the inn with her pastor after being picked up by the Coast Guard in Louisiana and ﬂown in to San Antonio, was relocated to San Marcos soon after her arrival in the Alamo City. Watts said she does not know where her family is but is praying for their safety and to be in contact with them soon. Despite waiting to hear of her family’s whereabouts, Watts said she was happy to be in San Marcos. “We’re so thankful for being here,” Watts said. Ola said she, too, was thankful to be in the city. “Nobody has given us an unkind glance since arriving,” Ola said. “We have been made to feel so welcome. ‘Saint’ Marcos is awesome.”
—Ola Roché Hurricane survivor
Courtney Addison/Star photo JoAnn Watts, a New Orleans evacuee, sorts through donated clothing Wednesday evening at the Crystal River Inn. Watts is just one of many hurricane survivors currently housed at the inn. trees, posts or mirrors on cars so they wouldn’t drift out into the Gulf when the water receded. By now the bodies have decayed, but their IDs were with them so they could be identiﬁed.” One of the trips involved a difﬁcult decision on Kirk’s part. “There was a guy on one of my last trips who tried to swim under a train trestle,” Kirk said. “He started to drown, and I heard the helicopter going overhead.” Kirk was torn between delivering his family members into the safety of the helicopter or jeopardizing their own evacuation to
save a stranger. “I had to make a quick decision,” Kirk said. “Save this man’s life, or save my family’s life. For a second, I did hesitate.” But Kirk didn’t hesitate long — he began throwing rope to the man. It took about four attempts, but the stranger ﬁnally caught it. Roche continued to take the boat trips to save others, all the while telling his wife, Lisa Roché not to wait on him in the event that an evacuation opportunity arose. “Everything was going so
quick, and when I was leaving I told my wife ‘if you hear the helicopter, just go,’” Kirk said. “It was like a movie. They were shouting for me not to go and I kept telling them to go.” The Roché family said they decided not to go to the Superdome before or after the hurricane hit because they didn’t want to get involved in a situation they believed would encounter difﬁculties — difﬁculties that turned out to be true. “We didn’t want to bother the rescue personnel,” Ola said. “They brought us water and told
us if we didn’t have to leave, then don’t leave. They told us to hang in there as long as we could.” “There was never any talk about going to the Superdome though,” Ola said. “We just couldn’t go into that kind of situation.” The Rochés were evacuated Friday. They were picked up by a helicopter on Interstate 10 shortly after arriving. “We were on I-10 at 8 a.m. Friday, and we were in Austin by 3 p.m.,” Ola said. The Rochés credit their faith in God for getting through the crisis. Until the family was away from the area and could watch the news, there was no way to tell what the storm actually did to their city. Since arriving in San Marcos, the Rochés have been glowing in their praise of the town and its people. Ola, Lisa, Kirk and a family friend, Aaron Brown, had the chance to address the San Marcos City Council and thank Mayor Susan Narvaiz whose “Homes for Hope” initiative helped ﬁnd them housing Tuesday night at the Crystal River Inn. In addition to providing the four immediate members of the Roché family with housing, the inn is also housing several more
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O’Leary showed a series of slides to the council that demonstrated the lengths to which the citizens of San Marcos have gone in order to assist those affected by Katrina. The slides included pictures of San Marcos emergency personnel unloading supplies and tending to the wounded at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Also shown were many boxes of food and clothing, items donated by San Marcos citizens. “We know we’re in this for the long haul. We know from experience this will be a long drawn out effort. We expect to
have to send relief and emergency crews into New Orleans in the next few months. We have been told to expect that,” O’Leary said. City ofﬁcials have already begun to respond individually by going to Houston or New Orleans to help wherever they can. City Communications Manager Melissa Millecam traveled to Houston to assist in recovery and rescue efforts. More staff members are expected to depart in the upcoming days. The council then turned its attention to the new citywide zoning regulations that are being considered for adoption.
The members continued where they left off at the last meeting considering exemptions to individual properties due to be rezoned. The new regulations were approved on second reading but require one ﬁnal public reading. The new zoning rules are expected to be adopted at the council’s next meeting on Sept. 30. The city also approved a memorandum of understanding that would authorize it to participate in a public safety radio program. “Right now, we can’t talk to ﬁreﬁghters in Waco, for example,” O’Leary said, citing the
need for statewide communication in a crisis. According to city documents, the “memorandum of understanding” would “authorize the use of certain state-licensed radio frequencies by emergency response organizations for the purpose of coordination between agencies responding to emergencies.” The council also took the time to wish Texas State political science professor and city council member Ed Milhalkanin a happy birthday. The council celebrated his birthday with a cake presented in the council chambers and the well wishes of the assembled citizens.
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said. Prior to setting their own agenda, the senators set the agenda for their meeting with President Denise Trauth and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Perry Moore. Among the items scheduled for next week’s meeting is the issue of the decline in graduate enrollment at Texas State and the overall decline in enrollment
at the university’s Round Rock campus. As of Monday, graduate enrollment at Texas State was down 6.1 percent from last year to 3,963 while undergraduate enrollment rose 2.9 percent to 23,257. Contributing to the rise in undergraduate enrollment is a 10-percent increase in new freshman this fall. The Round Rock Higher Education Center saw an overall decrease in enrollment. With the undergraduate slipping 6.9 per-
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“Bureaucracy has murdered people in the greater New Orleans area, and bureaucracy needs to stand trial before Congress today. So I’m asking Congress, please investigate this now. Take whatever idiot they have at the top, give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don’t give me the same idiot.”
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— Jefferson Parish (La.) President Aaron Broussard on the government’s response time to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. (Source: CBS’ The Early Show)
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Do you think Hays County should implement mandatory emissions checks for automobiles as Travis and Williamson counties are doing? Why? “Yeah, for sure, because our ozone’s already crap anyways.” — STEPHEN HALBROOK public relations senior
“No, I don’t see too many people driving too much. It’s not really a high-trafﬁc city.” — KATIE CORBIN marketing sophomore
“I think it should be a city ordinance. The process behind that makes sense because of pollution; and it’ll tell if your ass needs a new car or not.” — BOBBY TREVINO interdisciplinary studies junior
“I’m all for the environment but I don’t think it should be mandatory.” — ALYSSA MURPHY business sophomore
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Since The University Star began regular publication at the beginning of last week, our readers have been inundated with coverage in various forms of the effects of Hurricane Katrina. There have been so many stories, columns and staff editorials that have brought different opinions and emotions to the forefront of the Texas State community as well as the world. We’ve seen stories of utter devastation and stories of communities coming together for a greater good. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we did not give this story the attention it deserves. That being said, we wonder if the coverage within the campus newspaper might reach oversaturation if we continue to report and comment on the disaster past this issue, barring any breaking and/or newsworthy information. We would like to take this opportunity to give some praise where it is due and chastise those who deserve it. To our fellow Bobcats, the outpouring of support in both volunteer and donation efforts has been amazing and is a true testament to the hearts of those who call Texas State home. To our newest Bobcats, those who have been displaced by the hurricane and subsequent ﬂooding — we welcome you into our community. If there is anything we can do to make your transition easier, simply ask. To the city of San Marcos, we applaud your quick efforts in organizing donation drives among both the residents and the area corporate community. With regard to any failures in the rescue efforts, there has been a sad display of gross incompetence from all levels. In Louisiana, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin failed to use every means available to speed the evacuation and prioritized the liability issues involved with calling for a mandatory evacuation at the cost of human life. Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco failed to use her power as head of the state’s National Guard to activate them as quickly as possible. She also should have requested federal assistance earlier than she did. The Federal Emergency Management Agency failed when it, and speciﬁcally FEMA Director Michael Brown, didn’t even realize that evacuees had descended upon the New Orleans Convention Center until pointed out by the media. And ﬁnally, the last bit of kudos go to the broadcast media — as well as those on blogs, message boards and other forms of non mainstream media — for providing outstanding coverage. Speciﬁcally, it was a breath of fresh air for our colleagues in the electronic media to regain their credibility and fortitude by asking questions and demanding answers from those in charge, especially in situations like this. Please, allow this to become the standard instead of an anomaly.
Bush’s poor choices compromise our government At the risk of beperson to run ing redundant and FEMA, Brown was stating what is ala commissioner ready painfully obviwith the Interous, I must point national Arabian out that members Horse Association. of President Bush’s That is, of course, administration are until the IAHA yet again criminally ﬁred him. What RUGH CLINE incompetent. other job credenStar Columnist The response and tials could a presireaction to the dident possibly want saster on the Gulf Coast only for his head of FEMA? further reinforces what myself Bush thought this horse and many other Americans judge would be best able to have known for years. One save our nation in time of of the main goals of the Bush disaster. But then I haven’t administration seems to be heard of any Arabian horses delegitimizing and dismankilled in this disaster, so maytling government from the be he did his job. top down. What other goals Bush seems to want to could the Bush administradelegitimize and dismantle tion be trying to achieve by government from the top appointing such unqualiﬁed down. He appointed a man people to vital government to FEMA who would make posts? the federal government look Consider for a moment the nearly as incompetent as his head of the Federal Emeradministration. Undoubtedly, gency Management Agency. Bush will use FEMA’s ineffecWas the president’s choice tiveness to justify gutting their to ﬁll this vital government funding next ﬁscal year. The post based on experience and Bush administration has a credentials? Did the appointee pattern of appointing incomhave a career in disaster relief petent unqualiﬁed people to or perhaps a background in institutions in order to render commanding emergency ﬁrst the institution ineffective. Tax responders? cut anyone? Well, the person Bush The United Nations is the picked to ﬁll this position is a only forum for world governman by the name of Michael ment and collective world Brown. Before Bush chose decision-making. For this Brown as the most qualiﬁed reason, the Bush dynasty has
long sought to dismantle and marginalize it. Bush appointed a man by the name of John Bolton to be America’s ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton, a man who is on record as saying “There’s no such thing as the United Nations. If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.” John Bolton is about as qualiﬁed to be our ambassador to the U.N., as a horse judge is to be the head of our federal disaster relief organization. Bush has found a powerful way to destroy institutions he doesn’t care for. He simply infects the institution with a disease and watches them die. Yet another institution that our great leader has decided he doesn’t care for is the judicial branch of our government. The Bush administration, along with the radical right, wants to marginalize our judicial system as much as possible. That is why Bush nominated John Roberts as next chief justice of the United States. Were there no horse judges available? John Roberts has been a judge for less than three years. He has spent his life mainly as an attorney ﬁghting for countless despicable causes.
Undoubtedly, he will spend the next 30 years or so helping strip powers from the judiciary just like bumbling Bush wants him to. But I better not be critical, John Roberts loves his military tribunals. God help us all. The list of unqualiﬁed and corrupt individuals Bush has spread throughout the government is inexhaustible. While the Gulf Coast was destroyed, Bush vacationed in Crawford and Vice President Cheney was in Wyoming. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went to Broadway and took in a Monty Python show. Bush’s entire cabinet went on vacation and left a horse judge to deal with our nation’s greatest natural disaster. The Bush crew stayed on vacation after the storm, and only cared enough to return from vacation because of the PR nightmare that was ensuing. There really is no foreseeable way to stop Bush from using his appointment powers to reshape America into his own twisted little Christian version of the Taliban government. If anything is clear though, we need to start lining up Bush’s incompetent and corrupt appointees and ﬁring them. Cline is a political science senior.
Kanye West’s comments may be key to racial issues in America sion to go ahead On Saturday, I was and shoot us.’ watching NBC’s A It seems this Concert for Hurricane ticked off West Relief not expecting when he admitmuch but the usual ted he was shopcelebrity persuading ping before giving to help out others. donations to the You know the whole people but, as of drill; you call in, you ERIN BURKE that moment, he get to talk to a celebStar Columnist rity and you donate told his business some money for the manager to see victims. what was the biggest amount This also happened for 9/11 he could give. I thought that and the Tsunami relief. was kind of nice, you know, Well, this one was sure to be being a big celebrity and all different. and having oodles of money Many of you may have to spend. Myers continues caught it, but it took me offby talking about the situation guard. Actor Mike Myers and saying spirit may be the most rapper Kanye West were telling tragic loss of all. But then, I us how we could help the vichear something totally rantims of Hurricane Katrina. In dom. my view, Kanye West seemed West, out of the blue, a little nervous. Perhaps it was comes off saying, “George because it was live, or perhaps Bush doesn’t care about black it’s because he was anxious to people!” The look of shock tell us something. Mike Myers from Myers was classic and the went off talking about what quick change to actor Chris was left of Louisiana, and I Tucker, who looked taken guess this upset Kanye because aback as well, made me crack he replied, “I hate the way they up. portray us in the media. You see Now for the record, I’m not a black family, it says, ‘They’re saying I’m racist (because I’m looting.’ You see a white famnot), and I’m not saying anyily, it says, ‘They’re looking for thing bad about George Bush food. They’ve given the permis(even though I didn’t vote for
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him), but was it me or was this whole thing just ludicrous? First off, would you want our president to care for the people who were raping the women during this event? I don’t think so. What I also don’t understand is why put the blame on someone? I know it’s an event of despair and mourning. Believe me, I know. I guess freedom of speech comes into play here, but due to Kanye West’s remarks, the whole country seems to have gone into an uproar. You haven’t seen this much media or controversy since the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake incident during Super Bowl XXXVIII. As for the president not doing anything to help it, well, I do remember hearing and watching the evacuation for the states Hurricane Katrina was going to hit. These citizens were warned and asked to leave as quickly as possible. Now, I know it seems like I’m saying it’s their fault, but I’m not. I know the people of the communities couldn’t leave because they had no money or nowhere to go. I’m sure they tried to brave it out.
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Sadly, most didn’t and now we have many of the survivors from this natural disaster in Texas and other states. As for West’s remark, NBC states, “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 seems like NBC doesn’t want a part of his opinions and didn’t want to get yelled at by other networks like CBS was for the Super Bowl incident. Luckily for West, the network’s west-coast feed had West’s comment about the president removed before being aired. I’m sure West’s remark was still heard, and while he is being criticized by many and certainly will have to pay a price with lost album sales and less radio play in more conservative markets, he did some Americans a favor by putting the issue of race on the table for national debate. Even though America claims racial issues are no longer a matter, they are still hard to be obsolete today. Burke is an interdisciplinary studies 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 8, 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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omás Rivera is best known for his landmark 1971 novel ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...and the Earth Did Not Part). In 1992, all of his works were collected, along with his essays, in Tomás Rivera: The Complete Works. Rivera began his life as the child of a migrant farm worker family in Crystal City. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from then, Southwest Texas State University, and was
the first Hispanic Distinguished Alumnus of the university. He then went on to become a prominent Chicano writer and educator. Rivera also travelled extensively, reading and promoting Mexican American literature throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. His constant roaming earned him the nick name “Dean of Mexican American Literature,” wherever he went. Now, Rivera’s legacy lives on through the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, established in 1995
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at SWT. Contemporary books about Mexican Americans are rare and have been stereotypical in nature. In fact, the very few books written about Mexican Americans tended to be written with the aim of helping white children sympathize with, empathize with and tolerate Mexican Americans. Mexican American characters mostly displayed traditional Mexican male-female roles and lived in rural or impoverished circumstances. Wanting to help change this, several individuals met with Dean John Beck about the need to encourage more realistic portrayals of Mexican Americans in literature and to explore the possibilities of establishing an award. Dr. Beck encouraged the pursuit of this goal and suggested naming the award in honor of Tomás Rivera. The award is presented annually to authors, illustrators and publishers of books who authentically reﬂect the lives of Mexican American children and young adults in the United States. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. Within ten years, the Tomás Rivera Award has become one of the most soughtafter in the industry, and the list of winners includes Chato’s Kitchen by Gary Soto (1995), In My Family by Carmen L o m a s G a r z a (1996), Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora (1997), The Three Pigs: Nacho, Tito, and Miguel by Bobbi SalinasNorman (1998), My Land Sings:
Stories from the Rio Grande by Rudolfo A n a y a (1999), My Very Own Room by A m a d a Irma Perez (2000), Breaking Through by Fr ancisco Jiménez (2001), A Library for Juana by Pat Mora (2002), and Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales (2003). This year’s award will be presented to Pam Muñoz Ryan at 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the Southwestern Writers Collection in the Alkek Library, for Becoming Naomi León. The book is about a young girl named Naomi and her brother Owen who live happily and alone at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho until their mother arrives. After being gone so long that her children don’t recognize her, Skyla re-enters their lives and lavishes ﬁfth-grader Noami with attention and presents. However, she never seems to include Owen. After several weeks, the truth about her reappearance becomes a p p a r ent. Clive, her new b oy f r i en d , w a n t s Naomi to live with them and become the permanent baby-sitter for his d a u g h t e r. The ensuing custody battle forces Na o m i ,
O w e n and a neighbor couple to make a hasty trip to Mexico to look for Santiago, the children’s biolo g i cal father and a wellknown woodcarver. After a physically and emotionally exhausting search, they ﬁnd him at the annual Christmas festival in their ancestral village. Even though the children will continue to live with their great-grandmother, the reunion with their father gives them the reassurance of their father’s love and support. The tale that Pam Muñoz Ryan has written is one of ﬁnding one’s heritage and of discovering one’s true talent while overcoming the odds of abandonment, anxiety, and disappointment. Before the award ceremony, you can ﬁnd out more about the past nine winners from the exhibit at the Alkek Library until Dec. 11. The Southwestern Writers Collection formed an early partnership with the Tomás Rivera Award and has served as the host site of the award presentation since the award’s inception. This year, the Tomás Rivera Award committee agreed to place its archives at the Southwestern Writers Collection. The materials include corre-
spondence, memorandums, publicity, photographs, posters, programs, author information and other items. They provide a clear record of the development of a major national literary award created from the American Southwest and make valuable additions to the Southwestern Writers Collection. In addition to this year’s award ceremony, the Tomás Rivera Award committee will host a two-day reunion of 14 past author and illustrator winners. The reunion, sponsored by the Texas State College of Education, will be Oct. 28 and 29 in the San Marcos Activity Center and Public Library. The program is made possible in part by grants from Humanities Texas, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The past winners will appear in a joint discussion panel on Oct. 28, followed by a book signing. On Oct. 29, they will participate in a variety of panel discussions, with additional sessions featuring experts on Mexican American literature, culture and history.
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ROLLING STONES continue their legend
The Rolling Stones the bluesiest song the However, they break their own began in 1962 and as Stones have ever writ- mold with “Sweet Neo Con,” a their new album, A ten. The fast-tempo scathing criticism of President Bigger Bang, attests “Look What the Cat Bush and the status quo. The that the band hasn’t Dragged In” features an song brings a new depth to a weathered a bit. Sevodd percussion-driven, band whose lyrics more often eral of the new songs Middle Eastern sound- than not have dealt with drugs would easily ﬁt among ing rhythm and ends and sex. the band’s ’60s and ’70s music with a rip-roaring jam. After a series of lackluster alhits. Track one, “Rough review Lead vocals by Richards bums dating as far back as the Justice,” the ﬁrst U.S. surface again on the mid ’80s, The Rolling Stones rock radio single, af- The✯✯✯ harmonica-heavy “In- have ﬁnally found their stride Rolling ﬁrms this. The song Stones famy,” a more straight- again. A Bigger Bang proves why is full of Keith Rich- A Bigger Bang forward rock song than and how they’ve managed to beards’ distinctive Chuck Virgin Records “This Place is Empty.” come the longest running band Berry-inspired guitar But his vocals on this in rock history. Age obviously riffs, complemented track sound clearer and means nothing to them. Richby Mick Jagger’s hissmore powerful than on ards, Jagger, drummer Charlie ing lyrics beginning and ending “This Place.” Watts, and guitarist Ron Wood with the letter “s”. UnfortunateThe Rolling Stones have nev- are going to rock till they drop. ly, most of the other songs that er really been known as a band follow this formula are fairly that engages in lyrical activism. — Stephen Lloyd run of the mill, except for the classic boogie of “Dangerous Beauty”. The ﬁrst international single, “Streets of Love,” is a semiacoustic ballad. It’s not bad, but it’s no “Angie” or “Wild Horses.” Piano and acoustic guitar driven “This Place is Empty” features lead vocals by Richards. He gives a smoky, ragged, slightly ﬂat delivery. It’s a clear difference from Jagger’s voice but charming in its imperfection. “Laugh, I Nearly Died” is a soul ballad; very funky, hypnotic and slick, reminiscent of Citizen Cope. Another funky song, “Rain Fall Down,” is less than stellar. Here the band sounds like a parody of funk/hip-hop/ reggae hybrid band 311. “Let Me Down Slow” is a hook-ﬁlled radio rocker, with a chorus similar to those of the American band that has often been compared to them, Aerosmith. Overall, the song has a sleepy Tom Petty-like American rock feel. “Back of My Hand” is pure blues; with raw instru- Mick Jagger sings “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” as Keith Richards mentation by little more than harmonica, slide guitar and plays guitar in background during the Rolling Stones voice. This song might just be Concert, Monday, at the MCI Center in Washington.
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Lie starts out strong, weakens toward end 30 Seconds The songs become steadily what I found at the end. The to Mars has quieter as the album pro- one powerhouse song near the gresses. The energy of “The end is “R-Evolve,” which woke put together a great effort Story” and “A Modern Myth” me up long enough to realize for their secis much lower than the ear- the album was over. ond album, A lier, just as mellow tracks like 30STM made an album inBeautiful Lie, “Was It a Dream” and “The tended on being simple, and which results music Fantasy.” I don’t know if the they were successful. They just in a consis- review song order was intention- didn’t diversify their sound tent blast of ally made this way, but as a enough to keep me wanting ✯✯✯ listener, I preferred the high more. sound that makes for 30 Seconds to level of enthusiasm found at — Nick Gilmore great listen- Mars the start of the album than A Beautiful Lie ing. The album Virgin Records starts strong with the songs “Attack” and “A Beautiful Lie.” Both have a great sound coming from their instruments and choruses that will make you nod along. Some songs like “From Yesterday” start slow but build quickly into a carefully orchestrated rockout. A big strength to A Beautiful Lie is when 30STM chooses to amply rock as loud as possible. When the guitars are in full throttle, joined by a full bass and pounding drums, the sound really attacks the listener. Lead singer Jared Leto sounds far better yelling his lyrics during the louder points of songs than when he is whispering with quieter instruments in the background. The problem with this album comes as you listen through it. The sound of all the songs is rather similar. Each song is different in its own way, but the differences seem minor when comparing the album as a whole. By the end of the album, there seems to be nothing distinguishing one song from the next. I got the feeling that I had just heard the same guitar rhythm or drums on the previous Tim Mosenfeld/ABACA Press track. The music isn’t all bad on this album. However, it Matt Wachter of 30 Seconds to Mars performs at Lollafeels like there is a lack of new palooza 2003 on August 19, 2003 in Mountain View, Calif. musical ideas throughout.
The Terms should come to ‘terms’ with woman troubles
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heartbreakers, robotic Bluesy rock with a arms and digital ﬂowers, hint of emotional ballads among other unique imand acoustic guitars are what characterize The agery. The Terms scream Terms of Baton Rouge. Southern Louisiana with their overall sound and The band, all students at Labat’s deep and driving Louisiana State Univervocals. sity, includes Scott LasThe album incorposeigne on drums, Clyde music rates congas and electric Hargrove on guitar, Ben review Labat on lead vocals and beats, such as in the title ✯✯ track and also “Ransome guitar, Blake Oliver on The Terms Groove” and “Gulf of percussion and Greg Small Town Tonkin.” Songs that have Chiartano on bass. Computer Crash more pop appeal include The Terms started as Maple Jam their singles “Neutron an acoustic trio, consist- Records Bomb” and “Outlier,” ing of Labat, Hargrove and Oliver, who played at local which are strangely reminiscent college bars and gained populari- of Dave Matthews Band. “Big ty. Soon the trio evolved into a full City Concrete Wildﬂowers” disband with the addition of Lassei- plays the band’s talent for mixgne and Chiartano. Although the ing acoustic and electric elements band is no longer an all-acoustic in this teary eyed ballad. One of outﬁt, they incorporate acous- the band’s best woe-ﬁlled songs, tic sounds intermittently in their “Langlonglen (Fairy Tale Life),” features their best lyrics and dismusic. The band’s ﬁrst album, Small plays Lasseigne and Hargrove in Town Computer Crash on Maple complete unison. Although The Terms have a Jam Records is a two-disc set: one disc is a full-length CD and the unique sound and very unique other a DVD, with footage of the lyrics, their constant crying about band in the studio and the video the women in their lives gets old for their single “Neutron Bomb.” really fast. The band’s lyrics are Greg Ladanyi produced the al- their biggest hurdle because they bum. Ladanyi is best known for sound about as bad as the recent his work with Fleetwood Mac, emo movement spewing out of Jackson Browne, and Don Hen- the music industry. Labat doesn’t display his best as far as his vocals ley. On Small Town Computer are concerned. The Terms have Crash, The Terms mix thick bass plenty of time to continue to delines, emotional lyrics and mod- velop their sound, especially their Courtesy of TermsMusic.com ern rock guitar melodies. The al- lyrics. Despite their talent, they fail bum grooves steadily as the band to portray how good they can be. Small Town Computer Crash is the ﬁrst album from Ben relies heavily on their blues/jazz Labat and his band, The Terms. inﬂuences. The lyrics speak of — Maira Garcia
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Moonlight Towers proclaims lost love Moonlight pect throughout the rest of the Towers has album. Sometimes the songs captured a become a little too slow and strong, mel- laid back, like “Born to Die.” low feel on The song’s slow pace almost their newest lulls the listener to sleep. Nevrelease, Like ertheless, the upbeat tempo is You Were Nev- far more potent throughout the music er There. entirety of the album. Even if review E v o k i n g the lyrics would have you think ✯✯✯ thoughts of otherwise, the songs help listeners feel okay with being lonely. Moonlight Towers Tom Petty and early RadioMoonlight Towers maLike You Were head, Moon- nipulates its instruments into Never There Spinster Records light Towers’ pleasant constructions that chords sound complement each other nicely. simple but The band sounds professional place a sense of direction into the music. The lyrics create a strong sense of being lost without anyone to love. “Think Twice” has progressive, steady instruments, but the colliding lyrics give a feel for losing a love and being regretful for making the decision to split. “Hung Up” is another song where the lyrics tell us we “should have known better than to get hung up on you,” but the music brings the hope needed when leaving Courtesy of Moonlighttowers.com someone. “Never the Same Again” is James Stevens croons on the opening track and creates a Moonlight Towers’ Like You high but mellow energy to ex- Were Never There.
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without feeling too studio-affected, proving it has put much time and effort into its sound. There is steady percussion throughout the entire album, holding the band together, reminding them to stay with the music. There aren’t excessive, drawn-out solos, which might risk losing listeners. “If We Make It to the Light” gives us the longest guitar solo, but the same riff resounds throughout the entire song for a cohesive effect. The band doesn’t intrude the listener’s ears, nor is there a sense that it wants the audience to hang on every note. Moonlight Towers creates a steady rhythm that is easy to nod along to. “Sparks Will Fly” sounds like a steady jam session that the listener is privileged to be hearing. The entire album is crafted well, but there is nothing fantastically original. Like You Were Never There provides easy listening without having a cluttered sound, which is the major strength throughout the album.
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Café offers rare alternative to San Marcos dining Hailing from is similar to restaurant tata Austin, I rarely a quiche without get a chance to the crust. The sample the loplates arrived Root Cellar Café promptly, and the cal food around 215 N. LBJ plate presentacampus. Invited Hours of Operation: by a friend to 7am-4pm Tues.-Sun. tion was impresbreakfast last Price range: Inexpensive sive. The fruit Thursday, I was accompany ing Rating: Forks Up expecting colthe entrée was legiate staples of artistically arbreakfast tacos and lukewarm ranged, with the apples being coffee. Luckily for me, I was sliced decoratively around the impressed and pleasantly sur- cup. The plate was also decoprised at the quality of food rated with squiggles of sauces and atmosphere at Root Cellar to compliment the sausage Café. Situated on North LBJ and cheese in the dish. The egg Drive, across from the Paper sandwich was tall and heavBear, the Root Cellar appears ily ﬁlled with ham and cheese, on the outside to resemble any along with a heaping fried egg. other café. Inside, the décor is rustic, and the framed art compliments the ambience perfectly without becoming kitschy or overdone. Since we were the only people in the restaurant at the time of arrival, the server was able to engage us in conversation and was exceedingly patient when my friend fumbled his way through ordering decaf latte with soymilk. The menu is small, and the food was surprisingly exotic. My friend and I ordered the Frittata entrée and egg sandwich entree to share. A Frit-
The English mufﬁn was fresh and soft, with just the right amount of butter as to not overwhelm the other tastes. With the dishes split between the two of us, there was more than enough to go around and a fair amount left over. As we dined, the restaurant began to slowly pick up, but our server, Will, still remained friendly and attentive. Overall, the ambience, the food and the service merit many return visits to Root Cellar Café. I recommend it to anyone looking for a classy but still affordable alternative to campus dining.
— Christina Gomez
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Lindsay Matthews/Star photo The Root Cellar, located on North LBJ Drive, offers a quiet atmosphere and an exquisite plate presentation.
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Running is what the Bobcats are good at Adam Schoenkey Sports Rporter
Adam Brown/Star ﬁle photo Paul Archer will be leading the charge as the Bobcats kick off their 2005 season at A&M invitational in College Station on Saturday.
The Bobcat Cross Country teams will kick off their regular season this weekend at the Texas A&M Invitational meet in College Station. With a slew of exceptional freshmen and transfers making their Texas State debuts, Bobcat fans have a hopeful eye towards the future. Both the men’s and women’s teams got a warm-up last Friday with a partial squad practice meet hosted by UTSA at Trinity University. The meet was conducted in a two-person relay format. The Bobcats had three men’s and three women’s teams competing. Despite ﬁnishing behind Texas A&M Corpus Christi and UTSA in overall points, the men’s relay teams actually ran their ﬁnal miles faster than A&M-CC and UTSA ran their ﬁrst. Coach Grigori Viniar said that he was pleased with the effort. “Winning the meet was not important to us,” Viniar said. “The athletes did a marvelous job and most of them had negative splits each mile, so they did exactly what I wanted them to do.” The men’s team will try to build on the success of last season, when they ﬁnished fourth
SRC building a stronger student body Marc Cleverley Sports Reporter Face it; college isn’t the easy task it was made out to be. Students tend to stress out over minute details, making it a tough chore. One way for students to relieve stress is to head down to the Student Recreation Center located on the corner of Sessom Drive and Academy Street. The SRC offers many options for the avid exerciser as well as the beginner. Many classes are offered for exercise purposes such as Cats Crunch, a class offered every day of the week that focuses on the core muscles of the body and performs routines to strengthen them. Students can also attend a gathering of runners at 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the west campus athletic ﬁelds to train for the future homecoming 5K run. Many other programs such as weightlifting for upper and lower body, salsa dancing, water aerobics and cycling cover a variety of exercise options. One of the main highlights of the SRC is its state of the art 6,000 square foot weight training room located on the bottom level right of the front desk. “The weight room is really nice, I go in and do my work and leave, although it can be a little crowded sometimes,“ Kristina
Shu said, communication studies senior. The weight room contains Cybex weight machines and Hammer Strength machines as well as free weights. The weight room also contains cardiovascular machines to help get the blood pumping before a strenuous routine. “Its really just like any other gym that you go to, its got all the machines you need so you can get on with your business,” saidDavis Baker, mass communication sophomore. The SRC offers a variety of activities, including basketball on one of the four hardwood ﬂoors, volleyball, jogging on the elevated 1/8-mile track or a game of racquetball on one of the three courts. The racquetball courts also offer viewing sections on the second level next to the jogging track, and for those less experienced, racquetball is also offered as a PFW class. A main characteristic of the SRC is noticeable as soon as students walk in. The cardio corridor is straight ahead, housing close to 40 cardiovascular training machines almost always guaranteeing an open spot. While using the machines guests can watch one of the three televisions or direct their attention to the action occurring on the basketball courts. The locker
room is located after the racquetball courts in the corner of the SRC. Showers and lockers are available to cool down patrons after an exhausting workout. A healthy treat can be obtained at the snack bar prior to workout or after to replenish diminished vitamins. After the workout and a snack, the cyber café is available for use by all doing homework or those just wanting to do a quick check of the e-mail before heading out. The café contains six new Dell PC workstations loaded with all the necessary software as well as a black and white printer. “We really do have adequate facilities here, and we are continuing to improve every semester,” SRC employee Patrice Clark said. Students enrolled at Texas State for one semester are automatically members of campus recreation and receive full beneﬁts by presenting their ID upon entering. The SRC is open from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to midnight on Sunday. Parking for the SRC is located next to Sessoms Drive opposite the entrance. More information Courtney Addison/Star ﬁle photo about the SRC is located on the Jill Jarvis, a mass communication junior, participated in web at www.campusrecreation. Cycle Fit last spring. Cycle Fit is one of the many classes oftxstate.edu. fered daily at the Student Rec Center.
Phillies blow lead in ninth, lose to Astros By Todd Zolecki Knight Ridder Newspapers (KRT) PHILADELPHIA — Was this the moment when the Phillies lost their chance at the 2005 postseason? Time will tell, but the Phillies’ clubhouse certainly had a funeral-parlor feel after they blew a one-run lead in incredible fashion in the ninth inning of an 8-6 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. “First of all, we’re going to stop using “devastating because it’s not devastating,” said closer Billy Wagner, who blew his ﬁrst save since May 24 when Craig Biggio smacked a three-run homer to left ﬁeld. “New Orleans is devastating. Who do we have coming in? We have Florida. It’s not the end of the world. I’ll be out there. This team will be out there. And we’ll play hard like we did tonight,” Wagner said. Houston swept the Phillies at home as the Phillies fell two games behind in the National League wild-card race. The Phillies, who led the wild-card race on Sunday, have lost ﬁve straight
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games, and eight of their last 11. They have lost 12 straight to Houston dating from 2003. But this latest loss seemed to shell-shock the team, and the crowd. The clubhouse was its quietest after a loss this season. “I kind of don’t know where to start,” manager Charlie Manuel said afterward. The Phillies had scored three runs in the eighth thanks to Bobby Abreu’s two-run homer to center and Shane Victorino’s two-out, bases-loaded single to right when Wagner entered in the ninth. He had converted 23 consecutive save opportunities and had dominated for most of the season, but this inning started strangely. First, instead of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” being played in the park as he left the bullpen, a video clip of the movie “Armageddon misplayed to almost no sound. For at least 30 seconds, there was total silence as Wagner trotted onto the ﬁeld. After Wagner recorded two outs, third baseman David Bell booted a ball as Jose Vizcaino reached on an error. Willy Taveras, a Rookie-of-the-Year can-
didate who kills teams with his speed, followed and reached on an inﬁeld single to shortstop Jimmy Rollins. “I would have liked to have made the play,” Bell said. “If I make the play, the game is over. It’s that simple.” If anybody other than Taveras is running, the game is over. But it wasn’t. And that’s when Biggio, a good friend of Wagner’s, crushed a 1-1 fastball to left ﬁeld for the three-run homer. “What’s worse is that he just signed a jersey for my son,” Wagner said. “Here, son, here’s a jersey signed by the guy who just hit a homer off your dad.’ “ And so in the biggest series of the season, the Phillies came up extraordinarily short and no game was decided by more than two runs. “It’s tough,” Wagner said. “We’ve really played three great ball games, and to come up on the losing end three times is how it is right now. If we dwell on that, and wait for things to happen when we play Florida, we’ll ﬁnd ourselves really out of this. Houston isn’t going to win every game. We’ll have to pick up games when they lose. We’re still
in this. Our team believes in itself.” But it hurts the Phillies to know that they have one of the toughest remaining schedules of any wild-card hopeful. They have 22 games to play. They play 10 at home, 12 on the road, and just three against teams currently under .500 (the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 23-25 in Cincinnati). If the Phillies could have salvaged a victory Wednesday night, they would have entered tomorrow night’s three-game series against the Marlins just a half-game behind the Astros and Marlins. It could have been a psychological lift. Instead, they must try to ﬁnd a way to overcome it. But how? “It’s really difﬁcult, but you have to do it,” Bell said. “We’ve got to get our act together and start winning games again,” Manuel said. “We’ve lost ﬁve in a row. We’re in a tough situation. We’ve got to come out Friday and go at it even harder. Look, we’re not out of this. They know what’s at stake. They know. If they don’t, then we’re in trouble.”
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Chicago Cubs St. Louis
Colorado San Diego
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Texas A&M Invitational @ College Station 09/17
Texas State Invitational @Bobcat Stadium 09/24
Whataburger/UTSA Invitational San Antonio 10/01
OSU Cowboy Jamboree Stillwater Ok. 10/08
Texas State Classic @Bobcat Stadium 10/15
Chile Pepper Invitational Fayettville, Ak 10/24
UTSA Short Course San Antonio 10/31
SLC Championships Beaumont 11/12
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overall in the Southland Conference Championships, after ﬁnishing eighth the year before. They will enlist the services of several new teammates in order to accomplish similar success. The team includes 2005 high school state ﬁnalists Alex Escontrias, Bret Shepard, Francisco Avelar, Roel Elizade and Sam Houston transfer Frankie Flores. Veterans Paulo Sosa, Javier Prado and Paul Archer will complete the squad. The women’s team is also running with the youth movement idea to try to improve on last year’s seventh place ﬁnish at the SLC Championship. Sophomores Kirby West, Tenley Determan, Stephanie Flores, Claudia Vera, Brittany Rosen and Marina Andruzzi will be joined by freshmen Kristina Viniar at the A&M Invitational. It will be the ﬁrst race for each this season. Coaches Viniar and Greg Zarate are looking forward to the meet as a yardstick to measure where the team stands in comparison to other Division I-A runners. “We are excited about this weekend and will use it as our ﬁrst test of where we are right now,” Zarate said. “The athletes are very excited to race and show us what they have.”
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sports snortsquotes from the sports world “Sometimes, when it seems like we’ve had the most changes, those have turned out to be some of the better years.” — Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, on expectations of 2005 season after loss of several key players (Source ESPN.com) Sports Contact — Miguel Peña, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bobcats look to improve for Thunderbirds Nathan Brooks Sports Reporter The Bobcats survived a scare in the season opener against Division II opponent Delta State, but this week may provide some relief as they face a rebuilding Southern Utah team. This will be Texas State’s ﬁrst game against a fellow Division I-AA opponent this season, as the Bobcats look to start the season 2-0 for the ﬁrst time in nine years. Texas State was led by Barrick Nealy last week, who moved up to second on Texas State’s All Time Passing chart with 4,491 career passing yards. Two of his top receivers, K.R. Carpenter and Markee White, were out last week resting due to injuries. “It’s tough for quarterbacks to look for different receivers, and it shows well for Barrick,” said Coach David Bailiff of Nealy’s performance without Carpenter and White. Nick Sessions showed a spark in the running game last week with 44 yards on ﬁve carries. The ﬁfth-year senior made the move from linebacker to running back this season and impressed the coaching staff with his performance. “It’s great to see a young man get a chance like that after ﬁve years. I bet you’re going to see him more out there,” Bailiff said. Douglas Sherman will carry the bulk of the load, and Colorado transfer Daniel Jolly will see some carries alongside Sessions. Southern Utah is coming off Linda L. Smith/Star photo a 38-13 loss to Idaho State last week, in a game that saw the Texas State senior quarterback Barrick Nealy threw for two touchdowns on Saturday Thunderbirds get off to a 28-7 against Delta State, one of which broke a 25-all tie in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats dedeﬁcit in the ﬁrst half. Thanks feated the Statesmen 32-25. to poor special teams play and
penalties, the Thunderbirds were unable to get themselves out of an early hole. “We had way too many mistakes early in the game,” said Thunderbirds Coach Wes Meier. on the Southern Utah University Web site. “We had some penalties that basically took us out of drives. We had a couple of penalties that helped them prolong drives, and we just couldn’t get any momentum going. We had a hard time protecting the quarterback, and sometimes Zac [Connors] was able to get free and make something happen, but there were a lot of plays where he didn’t have much chance.” The Thunderbirds offense is led by senior quarterback Zac Connors who made his ﬁrst start last week against the Idaho State Bengals. Connors completed 16 of 30 passes for 232 yards and threw for two touchdowns but was intercepted twice. Connors is trying to replace the leading passer and rusher from last year’s team in quarterback Casey Rehrer. Rehrer threw for 2,846 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 593 yards and seven touchdowns in 2004. The Thunderbirds big playmaker on offense is Pre-Season 1st team All Great West Conference receiver Jerome Eason. Eason caught 59 passes last season for 806 yards and seven scores. In week one, Eason was quiet with only three catches for 23 yards, but University of Hawaii transfer Joey Hew Len was impressive with three catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. The Thunderbird offense is similar to the one the Bobcats saw last week as Southern Utah had 38 passing attempts to just 18 rushing attempts in week one. Last season, Southern Utah’s defense was one of Division IAA’s best as they allowed 296 yards a game including only 101.5 yards on the ground. However, they lost their three leading tacklers and sack leader
to graduation including two AllAmericans in Nick DiPadova and Marques Harris. The entire starting linebacker core is gone and, to help ease the burden of having three brand new starters, former safety Steve Smith made the transition to linebacker this off-season. Smith was an AllConference performer last season at safety and recorded eight tackles in week one. Also returning to a depleted defense is safety Brandon Perkins, who had three tackles in the season opener, and defensive end Levi Erickson, who had four tackles and one sack last week. The Southern Utah defense gave up 407 yards of total offense in the season opening loss, which included 210 passing yards and 197 rushing yards. The Bobcats had 14 penalties last week for 147 yards that extended Delta State drives and killed some of their own. Texas State mistakes kept the Statesmen close in a game that saw the Bobcats up by 15 points twice. “I am excited about the win, but we needed a big learning curve this week, and we won’t get that against Southern Utah,” Bailiff said. If they repeat their mistakes in week two, Southern Utah could prove to be a problem. However, the Bobcats have the edge in experience with the Thunderbirds losing 35 players from their 2004 team including seven starters on offense and six starters on defense. This will be the seventh meeting between the two schools with the series tied at 3-3. All of Texas State’s wins against the Thunderbirds have come at Bobcat Stadium. This game is the second of three road games to start off the season for Southern Utah and their ﬁrst of three games against Southland Conference opponents. The Bobcats will play their second home game to start off the season before traveling to Texas A&M on Sept. 24.
Linda L. Smith/Star photo Senior fullback Luke Bomar received a 12-yard pass for the Bobcats on Saturday that helped set up a touchdown in the ﬁrst quarter. Texas State will face Southern Utah on Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
Southland Conference Matchups Thursday: Alcorn State @ Southeastern Louisiana (ESPNU) — Hammond, La. 6:30
Saturday: Stephen F. Austin @ Montana State — Bozeman, Mont. 1:05 Nicholls State @ Indiana — Bloomington, Ind. 3:00 McNeese State @ Georgia Southern —Statesboro, Ga. 5:00 North Dakota State @ Northwestern State — Natchitoches, La. 6:00 Southern Utah @ Texas State — San Marcos, Texas (Bobcat Stadium) 6:00 Sam Houston State @ University of Houston — Houston, Texas **SLC teams in bold
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