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"Kill Bill" reinvents the definition of cool

Oscar-winning director and writer Tarantino's classic style evident in martial arts genre

October 2003 Volume 13 No. 10



Texas universities share $2.7 million Title V grant

Jesse Blanchard


Documentary raises awareness on racism today

Jesse Blanchard


Over the next five years, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) will be engaging in an opportunistic project with St. Edward's University in Austin to improve each respective institution. With the awarding of the Title V Cooperative Grant, which strives to strengthen Hispanic Serving Institutions, OLLU and St. Edwards will be receiving $2.7 million over the next five years. The program, a joint effort between the two universities to improve student retention and institutional effectiveness, areas both schools have brought up as major priorities. The group will be headed by several university faculty members here at OLLU. The project director is Howard Benoist, Ph.D., Professor of English,with two activity directors appointed under him. English professor, Yvette Benavides, serves as Activity Director of Student Retention, while Fitzpatrick

Anyanwu, Ph.D., Chief Planning Officer, is Activity Director of Institutional Effectiveness. With only a month since the project kicked off (funding began Oct. 1), little has been solidified as the group will remain in its planning, or formative stages, over the course of this semester. However, the group has found lots of promise for this project. "(The project) will help the university dream dreams and reach ideal goals," Anyanwu said. One of the major goals will be to increase student retention from a year to year basis. The retention rates have improved lately, but still hover at only about 40 percent currently, according to Antonio Rigual, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish, who helped write the grant proposal. "The problem is students often come here with the intention of transferring after two years," Rigual said. To do this, several changes will be implemented during the spring semester in the freshman advisor and

Focus program. The advisory staff will be doubled from three, to six advisors, to offer more one-on-one time with the students. There is hope that the advisors will take over teaching the Focus class in order to provide more contact with the students. In addition, each advisor will remain in contact with students all four years, rather than the current two years. "The advisors will be able to offer more time and services to address the students various needs," Rigual said. Project Director, Dr. Benoist, also wants to see this grant offer funds for more tutors to help the incoming students at OLLU. By focusing on keeping our freshmen here on a year to year basis, the grant proposal outline shows room for a two percent boost each year in student retention. "(Two percent) doesn't sound like much, but over five years that adds up to 10 percent, and that is kind of hard to do," Benoist said. The second part of the grant focuses on improving

the overall institutional effectiveness, and is headed by Dr. Anyanwu. This idea of effectiveness means a focus and improvement on how well each department within the university carries out its mission statement and reaches its goals. Each organization will be asked what it is they are trying to do, how they intend to do it, what is expected of it, what their current success rate is, and how they fit into the rest of the university. The grant overview calls for structured programs to plan, assess, and improve the academic, student, and administrative services provided by each partner to its students. The grant hopes to improve planning processes within each department and update the university by training personnel in newly developed procedures.


Racism, the word alone is powerful enough to make even the most opinionated amongst us fidgety and uncomfortable. The subject is one that most people would rather tiptoe around, avoiding discussion whenever possible. Yet, there they were, a room full of students seated in the Library Community Room, being reminded, of and confronting, one of the most horrific examples of racism in recent memory. On Oct. 22, a panel of OLLU faculty previewed "The Two Towns of Jasper", a candid docu-

mentary of the events following the gruesome hate crime that took place in Jasper, Texas in 1998. The five members of the faculty, Tony Fonseca, Ph.D. Instructional Services Librarian, Sr. Margit Nagy, Professor of History and Intercultural Studies, Lamar Odom, Assistant Professor in Leadership Studies, and Antoinette Winstead, Associate Professor in English/Communication Arts, formed a discussion panel that held an open forum for students to voice their opinions. "(Racism) is something we live every day," Odom said.




Stop violence; break the silence

Jennifer Herrera



Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed during the month of October, and in honor of this, the University hosted various events on campus for people to get a better understanding of how real domestic abuse is and how troubling the statistics and stories are. The month long series of events began with a vigil, held in the mall area, honoring the victims and survivors of domestic violence. Mayor Ed Garza, Bexar County Sheriff Ralph Lopez, City Councilwoman Patti Radle, and Patricia Castillo, Executive Director of The P.E.A.C.E Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts) were among some of the speakers in attendance. Speakers addressed the importance of putting an end to domestic violence; by encouraging the attendees to be a voice for people that are subject to this abuse, and to know that there is help out there for victims of violence, the police department and organizations that specialize in domestic violence prevention, that help to aid in the fight to stop the injustice. "We are about getting domestic violence out in the open, we are not ashamed. All of us can speak out on the issue," Castillo said, referring to the main goal of The P.E.A.C.E Initiative. The P.E.A.C.E Initiative is a 52-member coalition of public and private institutions, grassroots organizations, and individ-

uals working collaboratively to end family violence and raise awareness among the community. "Domestic violence is occurring at a high rate in San Antonio, no matter of ethnicity, income level, or age," Garza said. According to the American Institute on Domestic Violence, every nine seconds a woman is beaten in the United States. 85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female with women age 20-24 enduring the highest rates of domestic violence. Not surprising, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women. The statistics alone show how domestic violence is a very real issue that almost everyone deals with in their lives. "Education is the key that opens the door for women," Assistant Professor of Music, Sr. Madlyn Pape said. That is all anyone can do to obtain a better understanding of what is occurring, and by telling anyone who may be affected by this, that it is okay to stop the violence and get help. "We need to educate ourselves in order to prevent domestic violence," Lopez said. During a panel discussion, in the Providence Blue Room, a mother of a domestic violence victim told her compassionate story, of how her daughter died at the hands of her batterer: her husband. She told the crowd of how her daughter was a fighter until the end. She went on to say of how she witnessed her own

"Domestic violence is occurring at a high rate in San Antonio, no matter of ethnicity, income level, or age."

daughters' death, and how things need to change in our culture, and in our society.


OLLU faculty interact with the audience in an open forum held in the Library Community Room, concerning racism in general.

Ed Garza


Open forum helps to voice student concerns

Vanessa Duran




The Student Government Association (SGA) has been concentrating on student's concerns with issues on campus. SGA initiated their first Open Forum on Oct. 1 with discussions regarding issues on dorm conditions, campus security and student alumni organizations. Open forum is designed to give students a chance to understand and clarify certain conditions on campus. A panel of university administrators present to answer students questions were, Sandra Holt Vice President of Enrollment Management, Howard Sanchez, Ph.D., Vice President of Information Services, Jim Eskin Vice President for Institutional Advancement, University Provost, Maria Shelton, Ph.D., University President, Tessa Martinez Pollack, Mary Ellen Smith Vice President and Dean of Student Life, and Allen Klaus, the Vice President of Finance and Facilities. One of the first issues, concerned the prices and conditions of the dorms. The question asked was why all dorm prices are the

same when some dorm facilities are much older and deteriorating faster than the others. James Villarreal, Director of Residence Life responded by saying "The dorms are priced as double, single or triple because all rooms are equipped with the same basic furniture." SGA President Andrew Licon asked a question regarding the figures for the final enrollment budget. "The fall semester enrollment approximately totaled a $677,000 budget exceed, but the weekend college was under budget so the university has a net favorable revenue of about $17,000," responded Klaus who also commented that the budget has been met. Another question referred to security cameras and their installation. "Cameras have been reviewed but are not of good quality because they do not clearly distinguish facial features," said Klaus, adding that they will continue to search for the proper equipment. What has been done to improve alumni relations was another student concern.







University President Tessa Martinez Pollack was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine. Dr. Pollack is one of only eight people from academia to make the list and the only representative from higher education in San Antonio.


Flickerstick; the evolution of a band on the run.


head2toe: How to care for your epidermis.


Sr. Ball resigns; Slocum will serve as interim Dean of OLLU




Kay O'Donnell [email protected]

editor in chief

Cinde Ramirez [email protected]

layout and design

A road less-traveled in spite of recent warnings

It appears that for many people the intense action and the exhilaration of driving beyond warnings and the regulated speed limit brings a euphoric release. It does not take the legendary rocket scientist to figure that Texas has grown, and with the recent growth in population so has road travel. Even though Texas has expanded its highways to accommodate the growing traffic congestion, the highways of San Antonio are frightening to say the least. It is with this careless attitude of no cares, no worries, not thinking about any consequences that might have prompted, Governor Rick Perry to propose a point system "for chronic bad drivers who ring up stops for violations ranging from speeding to driving without a license to drunk driving." According to recent reports, 20 points allotted for all driver's licenses, and with each offense, results in a subtraction. When the points disappear, so does the license. Interestingly, points remain on the driving record for three years. Is this point system fair? Fines will range in the thousands of dollars resulting in annual surcharges, this is ridiculous for some that already are irate with all the high prices of insurance rates and the already inflated gas prices, one has to wonder if the penalty of the point system will detour violators and repeat offenders to curtail their persistent reckless ways of driving. Moreover, it is inconceivable that an "average of 114 people die each day on American roads-one every 13 minutes." Is it naïve to think that drivtesy and personal responsibility. According to Perry, once a driver accumulates six points, there will be additional surcharges placed on the renewal of a driver's license. The purpose of the fees collected which according to recent reports would amount to one billion dollars Perry said the "fees collected would amount to one billion dollars over five years, money that would help fund the state's eleven cash strapped level one trauma units, including University Health System." Which is a good thing, and yet one laments over the new point system and the fact that one will have to dig deeper into their already stretched out pockets. The debate over the pros and cons without a doubt fill the air in cafés and restaurants throughout the city; however, in my opinion I believe that with the new point system is a positive attempt in doing something about the chronic bad drivers in San Antonio. This is not to say that ones opinion is right and the other wrong. The important position is that there should be personal responsibility when one gets behind the wheel of their vehicle. One should always being conscious of the fact that one not only holds their lives in their hands but also the motorist in the other vehicle.




Alfredo Valenzuela [email protected] Chris Burrell [email protected] Melissa Ruiz [email protected]

staff writer

What is one thing missing from your experience here at the university?

Cristina Almendarez [email protected]

staff writer

Jesse Blanchard [email protected]

staff writer

Jasimine Harris


Krystal Corral [email protected]

staff writer

Vanessa Duran [email protected]

staff writer

"The school is missing the division sport teams that we need to compete in the collegiate sports."

Jose A. Garcia [email protected]

staff writer

Melissa Gonzalez [email protected]

staff writer

Jennifer Ann Herrera [email protected]

staff writer

Martha Morales


Leticia Russi [email protected]

staff writer

Belinda Vara [email protected]

contributing writers

"The university is lacking organization skills in all the main offices, such as Student Accounts, Registrars, and Financial Aid."

Sylvia Adame Carolyn Ellis-Gonzalez Paula Fleming Ruby Hernandez

writing coach

Andy Morton [email protected]


Tiffanie Perales [email protected]


Jesse Blanchard [email protected]

ers will suddenly start obeying traffic signals, allowing the right of way on the byways and highways? Is it possible that the new and strict laws of the point system will make it easier to revoke licenses from motorists, I am sure motorists

will constantly be looking over their shoulders apprehensive of the impending police officer around the corner. Increasingly, the horror of the new point system will record each violation with its own tenacity as an effort to tailor cour-


Valerie Gutierrez


"The Lake is missing a good location where people would want to live in and not be afraid of."

The opinions published in The Lake Front are not necessarily those of The Lake Front staff or the faculty, staff, administration or student body of Our Lady of the Lake University. The Lake Front publication strives to inform, entertain and communicate with The Lake and its surrounding communities. Advertisement information is available upon request. Submission requirements: The Lake Front accepts letters to the editor for publication on the Opinion page of this newspaper. Letters should have the author's printed name, signature and contact information. Unsigned letters will not be published. Letters can be submitted in person or by mail and become the property of The Lake Front. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for libelous material, grammatical errors, space constraints, and/or offensive language. The Lake Front does not discriminate because of age, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. "Letters of the Editor" is intended to serve as a public forum for issues related to The Lake community. The Lake Front is published monthly during the academic school year. The Lake Front newsroom is located in the University Wellness Center (UWAC) in Room 105. Contact information: The Lake Front Student Publications Our Lady of the Lake University 411 S.W. 24th St. San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 434-6711, Ext. 2445


Due to a reporter's error, in our September issue, the SGA story should have read "Rape Aggression Defense Program (RAD)." In addition, the second column should have read James Villarreal, Director of Residence Life. The charge for a room lockout is $40, not the $45 stated in the SGA article. The staff at The Lake Front student publication apologizes and takes responsibility for any inconvenience these errors may have caused.

Isidro Reyna


ONe day while in the lakefront, a strange little man came forth. Nobody knows where he came from and nobody askED. He is little.. HE is a ruler He.. is.. pan.


"School pride is what's missing and it starts with the individuals. It seems as though students have no pride in their university.

These are his adventures

Episode one:

"Enter the pan"

Monica Fuentes


ONe of the lakefront staff MEMBERS GATHERED ENOUGH COURAGE TO GO AND TRY AND GRAB THE PAN. With fear in his heart, He knew there was no turning back



"I believe we are definitely missing sports. Generally everyone talks about all the college games such as football and all we have here are the student organized teams."

Albert Moreno


"Sports are missing here at the university. Intramurals are great, but it would boost spirit here because the teams could win titles and awards giving the school publicity."




Online courses have their Shapiro puts his family, love of job high on his list benefits, but also drawbacks

Paula Fleming


Within each edition of The Lake Front, we feature a "Profile on People" which is an in-depth view of persons who make up OLLU-Houston. In our October issue, we visit with Adrian Shapiro, Ph.D., Director of OLLU-Houston. If you are a student of OLLU-Houston you have probably heard Shapiro's name before. Shapiro has been a member of the Houston team since the campus doors opened in 1986. Shapiro's strong commitment to OLLUHouston and its students is evident in his ongoing involvement, but you may not know the following: Shapiro on Shapiro: "I'm pretty easy going. I can get along with just about anybody. People say I'm passionate about things and I put 100 percent into them. They also say that I pause to think before I answer a question, or make a comment. I do that because people deserve a thoughtful response and I want to give them one." Shapiro on Education: "I love my job. One of the most rewarding things about working in adult education is seeing an adult who returns to school to get

their degree. I am really committed to helping them finish. If you don't enjoy going to work everyday you're in the wrong field." Shapiro at Home: "My family is high on my list. I have been married for 22 years. My wife, Dianna is an art teacher in the public school system. Our marriage represents a mature commitment on both sides. Dianna would describe me as absentminded and a procrastinator, but, a good husband and father. We have three children, a girl, Eden, who is 12, two boys, Benjamin and Ruben who are 14 and 17. I encourage them to be the best at what they decide to do.

I tell them to try to do the right thing, and to work hard now, so they don't have to work so hard when they are older." Shapiro's Hobbies: "I love art. I also love to barbeque, or grill. I do as little yard work as possible. I don't have a hobby in the conventional since. I love movies "Breaking Away" is one of my favorites. It captures the period when I was in school. I am also addicted to mystery novels. My favorite book is "The Devine Code" by Dale Brown. People of Influence on Shapiro: "The first person who comes to mind is my father. He has never said an unkind word about anyone. He is a real true role model. Howard Benoist at OLLUHouston also influenced me. He is a professor in the English department. He was my mentor. I worked under him for 14 years when Benoist served as Vice President of Academics Affairs in San Antonio's weekend program. I came to know him and his commitment to adult education." Shapiro's Education: B.A. University of Texas at Austin, 1972 M.A. University of Texas at Austin, 1973 Ph.D. American Literature, Indiana University, 1977

Paula Fleming


Students encouraged to speak out against domestic violence



She told the crowd of how her daughter was a fighter until the end. She went on to say of how she witnessed her own daughters' death, and how things need to change in our culture, and in our society. How the police department needs to take domestic violence programs seriously, so that these departments can receive much needed funding to help victims receive the assistance they need. Also discussed was how people view domestic violence as an

issue that most avoid, but that needs to change, people need to support the victims. Innocent lives are lost as the result of this violence; anyone can make a difference just by speaking for a person they know may be a victim of this crime. Speaking up for a victim or being their voice could save a person's life. In celebration of El Dia de los Muertos, The P.E.A.C.E Initiative is honoring the people that lost their lives due to domestic violence in a special exhibit at The Institute of Texan Cultures by dedicating an altar to those

who have survived, been killed or currently live with domestic violence. The altar will be displayed in the Lower Gallery of the museum from Oct. 12 through Nov. 23.

Domestic Violence Awareness month wrapped up Oct. 25 with the Lake-to-Lake run/walk. The Lake community turned out to raise money against domestic violence. "It was a great way to start the morning," Roy Munoz, a senior, said. "To see the turnout this early was amazing. It was a good cause."

Thinking about taking a course online? Well, why not? You might think that it would be a piece of cake, right? Wrong! It can be a lot of work, that is, if you are unprepared. Now OLLUHouston offers four-to-five online courses each trimester. Adrian Shapiro, Ph.D., Director of OLLU-Houston says there are pros and cons to taking online classes. "One benefit is that it is a convenient way to schedule a class, you can work on it as late as 11p.m. if you want, and there is no attendance requirement," Shapiro said. OLLU-Houston, is offering four online classes this trimester, that draws from courses held online at OLLU-Dallas and San Antonio. This approach said Shapiro allows Houston students to enlist in a course they might not be able to take otherwise. OLLUHouston may not have enough students to make up its own section, and the sharing process permits even a small number of students to join online classes with fellow students in Dallas and San Antonio. For some students, Shapiro adds, there are disadvantages to taking an online course. "It is easy for students to get behind, because there is not the same pressure to meet deadlines. Students underestimate the time required to do the work. Students think online classes are less demanding and less time is required because they are not going to class. But, they fail to realize that the amount of hours that is required in a traditional classroom setting is also required for an online course," Shapiro said. On a personal note, I engaged in an online course. I did have preconceived ideas. I just knew it would be easy. However, reality soon set in. I have to admit it is no cakewalk. In fact, I find it more challenging, because I am working everyday

for an hour or more just to keep up. Nevertheless, I love it. I am learning a lot, and I am refining what I already know. According to Shapiro, students have to be much more self directed to be successful in an online course. "Some students think that they will miss out on class discussion. However, that is not true. Many instructors have discussion threads and live chat rooms so that students can give and receive feedback on the course work." OLLU Houston, would like to offer students more online courses, which is why an aggressive training program for OLLU instructors is underway. Still, according to Shapiro, there is a limit as to how many classes will be accessible online. "We never intend to offer a whole undergraduate degree program online," Shapiro said. Why, one might wonder? As Shapiro sees it, online is not what OLLU-Houston is about. "We do want to offer more choices, but we do not want to replace classroom instruction with online courses. Our students come to us looking for more person-centered classroom instruction," Shapiro said. Right now about 10 percent of OLLU-Houston students are taking courses online This number is considered by some to be low in comparison to the increasing number of online courses and degree programs offered at several higher education institutions

nationwide. Shapiro said, "While we do not offer, online, an undergraduate degree program, at the graduate level, a Master of Education degree is available." Odette McGown, Ph.D. teaches Introduction to Psychology online at OLLUHouston. She thinks this is the way to go if you are a parent. "It affords you more time at home rather than being in a classroom," McGown also said, "online is also great for students who find it difficult to communicate face to face. It eliminates the visual barriers, which can hinder some people." This is McGown's first experience teaching online. She admits that she spends more time teaching the online class than she does teaching in a classroom setting. Nevertheless, she said that she loves it and she could do it all day if she had to. Communication is one of the keys to success, "My students and I stay in touch a lot more, more than once every two weeks in class. We communicate just about everyday, and the students do that via e-mail. Taking a course online is almost like getting one on one instruction. Students get a lot of attention from the instructor," McGown said. McGown insists that an online course opens up other areas of creativity, but students must be willing to work four to fifteen hours a week on course work. However, before an eager academic signs up for an online course, he or she must talk with the appropriate advisor. The advisor will help students determine whether the student's lifestyle fits with the course demands. In addition, remember, students must have unlimited access to a computer and the Internet for this type of distance learning. For more information about online courses at OLLU, visit Click onto the search dialog box and type in online courses.


San Antonio Colleges and Universities Placement Association

13th Annual Job Fair

Over 100 Local & National Companies

Attorney General of Texas Child Support Division American Funds Group AmeriCorps AXA Advisors, LLC Beneficial Boy Scouts of America Brooks City-Base City of Irving Police Department Cox Communications Cox Radio Defense Intelligence Agency Dept. of the Navy-Financial Management Intern Program Drug Enforcement Administration Federal Bureau of Prisons-Federal Correctional Institution Firstmark Credit Union HACU National Internship Program H-E-B Grocery Co. JP Morgan Chase KCI Kens-TV KZEP 104.5 Luby's Mass Mutual Financial Group Medifit National Credit Union Administration National Imagery and Mapping Agency National Security Agency Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner Peace Corps Pfizer SAM's Club Sears, Roebuck, and Co. Sherwin-Williams South Texas Regional Medical Center Southwest Research Institute Standard Aero (San Antonio) Inc. Talbots Texas Dept. of Banking Texas Dept. of Protective and Regulatory Services Texas Dept. of Transportation Texas Public Radio The Lynd Company United States Marine Corps United States Navy Officer Program Universal Computer Systems, Inc. (UCS) USAA US Department of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Walgreens Warren Equipment VIA Metropolitan Transit

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James Villareal

Director of Residence Life

16 years working for OLLU

As the Director of Residence Life, what is your job about? "My main goal is to oversee management of the residence halls. I have to make sure that the residence halls are ran well through their programs, discipline, as well as facility wise. Overall, I need to make sure that the residents have a good educational environment to live in."

What is one thing you would like to improve in the residence halls? "The main thing to improve would be to provide residents with equality within their halls. For example, I want all the dorms to be able to have carpet in their rooms like Providence and I want Ayres and Pacelli to have moveable furniture in their rooms, as well." What is one thing you hope to achieve by the end of this school year? "I hope we would be able to provide residents a positive experience in the residence halls. I know problems will happen once in awhile, but overall I hope it will be a good and positive experience for the students."

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003 10a.m.-3p.m. University of The Incarnate Word Sky Room at The Dr. Burton Grossman International Conference Center 847 E. Hildebrand San Antonio, Texas 78209 (corner of Hwy 281 & Hildebrand)

Today's graduates facing a `better' job market

Vanessa Duran




them apart from other graduates. "The job market is looking better," says, Career Services Office Manager Michelle Sierra. Career services located in the University Wellness and Activity Center (UWAC) offers help with resume writing, interviewing skills and other valuable tools, such as The Myers-Briggs and Strong Inventory personality and consulting tests. Sierra explains that The Myers-Briggs evaluates how someone taking the exam interacts with other people and how they process information. Each student is then classified by certain characteristics, and the results suggest careers the student would be most compatible with. The Strong Inventory test compares the way he or she responds to questions in comparison to other professionals, establishing common ground between the student and professionals who are already in the workforce. "These two tests are new to career services and juniors and seniors should take advantage of them," Sierra said. The Career Services Office offers seniors guidance in career choosing, networking, and attending resourceful job fairs. Some seniors around campus are eagerly preparing for December graduation, some with jobs already lined up and some who are still deciding. Leticia Vela a senior education major was interviewed for a middle school teacher position. "I have always felt that education is important and I look forward to impacting kids lives," Vela said. Abigail Gray-Briggs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication in the School of Business began a Southern Bell Corporation (SBC) mentoring program for the business students. This program teams up business majors with corporate members of SBC to meet and receive guidance. "It's very exciting to have this many employees from SBC corporate headquarters volunteering their time to help mentor young aspiring entrepreneurs," Gray-Briggs said. The SBC mentors meet with their students twice a year and discuss business communication and other related topics. "Having a mentor is something that you can take with you the rest of your life," said accounting major Ginger Owczarak who feels she is prepared for graduation especially because she took advantage of the opportunities offered by Career Services. "Its great experience and fun to see people with motivation like Kristina," SBC Specialist of International Accounting Ana Jordon said. A senior psychology major mentioned that her professors have helped by sharing their life experience and constantly motivate her when making her career choices. "I'm in the process of doing an internship, and I attended the alpha conference where I met with the top one hundred companies in the United States," said Lynda Gamboa a senior accounting major who is highly interested in working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Senior Julian Villalobos plans on opening his own fitness club. "I'll soon be interni n g with Bally Total Fitness so that I can gain some experience," said Villalobos. As advised students should begin taking advantage of campus services and deciding on a career as early as their junior year so as graduat i o n appr o ach e s they are better prepared for the workforce.


Upon graduation, seniors will be preparing for the real world. This is the reality, and not just some popular MTV show, but a launch into the enormous array of professional careers. Career programs offered on campus have assisted senior's in preparation for the job market, by offering mentoring, and utilizing professional skills, that will set

Some last-minute advice for the Mucho, New business enterprise perfect Halloween costumes

Sylvia Adame Ruby Hernandez


Jennifer Herrera


That time of the year has come again, and as always people wonder what to wear for this Halloween season. Here are some ideas and also some of the most popular costumes these days. This year's theme for costumes range from Batman, Spiderman, and The Hulk and also to popular movie characters. "We get a lot of medieval, anything superhero's, frogs, food characters, 20's themed, "The Matrix," and also "Lord of the Rings"," Alice Rendon with Starline Costumes said. With the success of such films as "Lord of the Rings" and "The Matrix," people are flocking costumes stores, to find the right costume that best resembles the character they would want to dress up as for Halloween. At Gibson Costume Shop, the most popular costumes are that of superhero's and also medieval, with one of the most unusual costumes being an Elvis

costume complete with rhinestones. "Our main costumes are the ones that we have made, the high quality costumes," Gibson Costume Shop, owner Annette Younger said. At Party City the most sought after costumes are Princess Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty," Snow White, and Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" and also superhero's with Spiderman being their biggest seller. Favorite costumes for some people can be distinctive or just unusual. "Count Pop, because its real artsy and its different," Alex Alfaro, front end supervisor at Party City, said, referring to his all-time favorite costume which is a pop comic vampire costume. But if you are a bit thrifty, or if you just want to stand out from the crowd, take the homemade approach to Halloween by making your own costume, which will be unique in its own right. Do not think you are creative enough to do it, think again with a few household items you

can make anything you can possibly think of. Take a bed sheet, make two holes in it for eyes, toss it over your head, and you are set, you have just made yourself a ghost costume which cost you nothing to make. Want to follow in the footsteps of a favorite singer or actor, copy their look, right down, to their hair, their style even their attitude and dress as that that person for Halloween. Running short on time, would not be a problem, either, just gather some old vintage clothes together from your closet, get some funky accessories, fix your hair in a style that would match your outfit, and you will be a dressed as a person from a different decade. All of these ideas are fun to do for anyone on a fixed budget or for anyone that wants a look of their own. Enjoy yourself, and be comfortable with whatever you do or wear for Halloween. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Interested in owning your own business? Interested in learning how to market and sell using the internet? Interested in entrepreneurial studies? Interested in courses such as "EBusiness Analysis and Planning ," "Business Implementation," or an E-Business Management Internship? You don't have to look too far to find a place to begin. Our Lady of the Lake University's own School of Business, in partnership with Avance and AcciónTexas, gives students the opportunity to develop and run an on-line retail site, MuchoSanAntonio, while earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in EBusiness and Entrepreneurship (E&E). The new major consists of 30 hours concentrating on EBusiness and Entrepreneurship, 36-hours of business "core courses," and six hours of paid internship running and managing the student-run business or working with members of the community to develop new products. By combining these courses

with actual hands-on experience and responsibility students gain valuable insight into e-commerce business and research, valuable experience in how to develop and maintain an e-commerce site, and learn first-hand if business ownership is for them. The student-run business MuchoSanAntonio is a non-profit business that caters to small family-owned businesses that want to sell and market their arts and crafts on-line. Students manage day-to-day operations, work closely with Avance and AcciónTexas to locate suppliers and set up operations, and develop and refine their business management skills. "I think that this is an excellent opportunity for ecommerce majors who aspire to be entrepreneurs. Giving e-commerce majors more hands on experience. I see this as a way for us as students to become more involved the `real' business world." says Daniel Coronado a junior ECIS major here at OLLU. Not just for ECIS majors, students can choose to concentrate in human resources management, marketing, or finance and accounting as part of the E&E program. According to Dr. Abigail

Gray-Briggs, an Associate Professor of Communication in the School of Business, the trend in student-run businesses provides excellent opportunities for students entering a competitive business market. "People's Market, a student-run business at the University of Massachusetts, has a staff of 27 and does a quarter of a million dollars in sales every year. Student-run video rental shops, travel agencies, snack bars, and laundry services are popping up on campuses all over the US. That OLLU has a student-run business, and a nonprofit at that, speaks to the vision of the School." According to Lois Graff, Dean of the School of Business, "The college campus is a natural business incubator filled with young people, innovative ideas, and business professors who understand the process of running a successful enterprise." Do you want to graduate with the experience of running a business? If so, contact the School of Business at 434-6711, ex. 2281, and get started today!

Moye Building Sept. 16 Lost Property An officer dispatched to the Moye Building to take a lost property report. The officer contacted the staff member who stated that she lost her bracelet on campus. UWAC Sept. 17 Disturbance An officer dispatched to the UWAC to take a report of a verbal altercation. The officer made contact with a housekeeping staff member who stated that a student demanded access to the UWAC weight room before regular scheduled hours. The director of recreational sports was contacted and briefed. Main Building Sept. 17 Found Property An officer dispatched to the main building to recover some found property. The officer made contact with the switchboard operator who stated that another staff member found a copper ring in the Provost's office and was turned into her; the ring was recorded, and placed in a property bag at the St. Ann's police office. Centennial Hall Sept. 18 Investigate Fire Alarm Officers received a call via the phone patch of fire alarm activation at Centennial Hall. Upon arrival, officers checked for smoke or fire the alarm panel indicated that there were no problems or trouble. The officers determined that due to severe weather the alarm dialer malfunctioned. Flores Hall Sept. 17 Lost Property An officer contacted by a student who wanted to report that she lost her watch and a ring in the


unisex bathroom on first floor of Flores Hall. The student stated that she had placed her Timex watch and a silver ring on the sink and departed. She returned 20 minutes later and was not able to locate them. Providence Hall Sept 19 Criminal Mischief An officer dispatched to the lakeside entrance of Providence Hall to take a report of a broke cement ash urn. Maintenance personnel removed the remainder of the urn and its contents. There were no reports of witnesses or suspects. Fine Arts Building Sept. 19 Sick Person An officer dispatched to the Health Services office to take a report of a sick person. The officer made contact with the complainant who stated that she had a shortness of breath and could not stop coughing. After initial treatment assessment by the nurse practitioner, EMS transported the complainant to Santa Rosa hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Parking Lot D Sept. 19 Suspicious Person/Activity An officer dispatched to the area for a report on suspicious persons attempting to sell possibly stolen items. All three subjects were checked through Bexar County Sheriffs Office for warrants and identification. The investigation could not determine if the property that they were attempting to sell was stolen, subjects were issued a criminal trespass warning and were escorted off campus. Providence Hall Sept. 22 Investigate Suspicious Odor Officers received a call via the phone patch from a resident student at Providence Hall that reported an odor of something burning. Officers arrived, also noticed the odor, and evacuated all of the building occupants. Investigation revealed that AC blower motor in a utility room on the first floor had over heated and burned. No damage was sustained and all occupants were allowed to return. Maintenance was contacted to replace the blower fan. Providence Hall Sept. 22 Unlawful Entry An officer dispatched to Providence Hall to take a report from a resident student on an unauthorized entry to his room. The officer made contact with the student, and took photographs of the message left on the student's computer and checked the doors for signs of forced entry. There were no signs of forced entry and the student stated that there was nothing missing. Visitors Lot A Sept. 22 Traffic Accident An officer dispatched to the Main visitor's lot to take a report of a minor vehicle accident with no injuries. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with both parties involved. The officer obtained information on both parties and their vehicles. The vehicles were operation and were driven off by their respective owners.

Parking Lot H Sept. 22 Injured Person An officer dispatched to Pacelli Hall lounge to take an injured person report. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the complainant who stated that he was walking towards Flores Hall to visit a resident student. The complainant was not paying attention and walked into the paper recycling dumpster, sustained a small cut above the right eye and continued down just missing his eye. The nurse practitioner administered first aid and recommended that the complainant seek further treatment. St. Ann's Building Sept. 23 Sick Person An officer called to the St. Ann's police office to take a report from a work-study student who was stung by a bee. The student stated that when she was about to enter the St. Ann's building entrance facing Thiry an insect believed to a bee stung her left forearm. The source of the bee is believed to come from the wastebasket, which is next to the stairs. Her supervisor treated the student with an antiseptic ointment provided in the department first aid kit and an ice pack. The student sustained pain but was able to continue to work. Main Building Sept. 24 Theft An officer dispatched to Main Building room to take a theft report. The officer made contact with the complainant who stated that she had placed an envelope containing money in her desk overnight. The complainant stated that her desk does not have a locking mechanism and no one had consent to remove the money.

The Police Beat is provided by Campus Police. Events and dates are accurate according to police reports taken by onduty officers.




Experiencing problems logging on?

IS division attempting to eliminate Internet disturbances for university community

Cristina Y. Almendarez LAKE REPORTER

The Internet is the fastest way for people around the university to communicate, so what happens when that means of communication is taken away? Director of Network and Telecommunica-tions Dave Lytle explains the reason some students at The Lake are experiencing difficulties with their Internet connection. "Our main concern is to secure the university's current students' computers. It's difficult for us to provide the service that students want such as being able to access their music server, but at the same time we want to provide students with sources that will help them with research papers and other school work," Lytle said. Residents in the Pacelli Dormitories had currently gone through Internet problems, in which residents could not access the Internet for an approximately two weeks. "Pacelli Hall has one of the oldest switches in the university which is why most of the Internet problems occur in Pacelli," Lytle said. A majority of students are downloading music to their computers, but for those that have tried to download music from any computer on campus have been unsuccessful. The reason why students cannot download is because the university has a bandwidth of six megabytes. Six megabytes are equivalent to six thousand bytes or the amount of memory a four and half floppy disk contains, meaning that the bandwidth is very small. Since the bandwidth is so small there isn't enough room for students to download their music. Three years ago the university was three times less than strict on their firewalls as they are now, the reason being that security has been getting tighter. The campus has put up a Cisco® firewall which protects "hackers" from entering into students' computers as well as the main computers in the university. Firewalls are great to have but they also affect net meetings and Web cams. Web cams slow down the system because they require an enormous amount of open portals. Portals are 'tunnels' in the connection between a person's computer and the Internet. Internet traffic enters through portals and into the person's computer. For those students who use AOL instant messenger may have experienced some problems such as being kicked off. "AOL Instant Messenger is a security issue that is being looked into at the moment by Julian Jimenez, Network Engineer for Network/Telecommunication Department. MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger are both widely used by students on campus and we have yet to receive problems about these messengers," Lytle said. The majority of the campus including St. Ann's dormitories and the patio area outside of the University Wellness and Activities Center (UWAC) is now fully functional for wireless networking. Anyone who has a laptop can use this wireless network by logging on to and downloading the required program. In fact forty-five faculty members have received laptops and is currently using them in their classrooms using the wireless network. A few of weeks ago the Internet was down due to a virus that was going around campus and at San Antonio College (SAC). The virus was infecting computers with Windows XP, which was sending ICMP packets looking for other computers to infect which slows down their speed. "Windows XP is a very sophisticated program that requires a constant update. I recommend anyone that has Windows XP to constantly be look for any updates that may be offered online on the Windows Web site," Lytle said. For more information on networking or any technical information, contact the IS Help Desk at ext. 2236.

Author, educator Palmer stresses `true self '

Jennifer Herrera LAKE REPORTER

Parker J. Palmer a teacher, an author and a renowned speaker, simply loves the job he does; through this deep appreciation he wants people to obtain a better understanding of what will come ahead in their journey through life. Trying to get this message across Palmer said, "Following your calling in life: who you are meant to be and what you are meant to do. These questions of meaning and purpose arise for people of every age," Palmer said. Palmer presented "Let Your Life Speak: Education, Vocation, and the Needs of the World," in Thiry Auditorium. Palmer's lecture was presented by OLLU's La Llamada program, the program offers a variety of opportunities including classes, workshops and retreats to encourage ministry among students, faculty and staff. "Vocation is about who we are called to be; what we are called to do in the world. Another way to put it, it is about living one's life with a sense of purpose and meaning," Palmer said. Palmer had the attention of the audience listening to every insightful word. He went into detail with his own experiences, how he views life, and how he thinks others view life. Palmer shared with the audience the knowledge of "true self," how a child captures this trait, without quite knowing it, how we see truth within our friends, and also what happens to us when we try to live as if we do not have a true self. "I was really glad to hear him speak about the diverse community," Johnnie Spraggins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, said. Palmer acknowledged that he would be taking a sabbatical next year to try to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. A much needed break which gives Palmer time to rest from his extensive work that he has occupied himself with. "It was very inspiring," freshman Diana Quezada said referring to the moving lecture. A point Palmer wishes to get across to people is to think about their lives, their relationships, and their power to make a difference in the world. Having influences in his life ranging from his father, wife, granddaughter, to monk and poet Thomas Merton. Palmer is nothing short of influences or inspiration, which he stated, was largely from within, but was helped by the same people that influenced him. "I thought it was a great experience, it was something different," freshman Angelica Anchondo said, in response to Palmers speech emotional speech. Palmer went on to say how finding a calling is finding out who the educated community most deeply are and who the public was created to be. Stressing to the audience that the people's inner voice really does affect who they are, and how people live their life. And that this inner voice cannot be easily turned off as the voices out there, in society can be. "We are not trained to believe in our inner voice, we are trained to disbelieve in our inner voice," Palmer said. Palmer also went on to say how he has learned more from his failures then from his successes. Speaking of how society rewards success, and punishes failure, which he believes should be the other way around. "I thought it was great to see a nationally renowned speaker here at the university," Freshman Isidro Reyna said. Palmer offered this advice to college students: "Always be on the lookout for the best teachers you can find. Good teachers come in many forms: they may be professors or family members or friends; they may be strangers you come across on your journey; they may be experiences of deep pain and/or joy," Palmer said.

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Point-counter-point; kids in the NFL

NFL not ready to jump on babysitting bandwagon

Jose A. Garcia


Age restrctions stifle today's young athelete

Jesse Blanchard LAKE REPORTER

Maurice Clarett, the Ohio State Buckeyes star, freshman running back from a year ago, is mad. And, as he sues the NFL to tear down a rule prohibiting youngsters from entering the draft, the kid gloves are off, well, sort of. Shortly after Ohio State suspended Clarett for the season for violating NCAA rules, the young halfback, searching for options, took legal action against the NFL for a rule that prohibits players from entering the NFL until three years after his high school class has graduated. Suddenly Clarett has gone from misfit who could not handle the responsibilities of being a student athlete, to being a hero who is challenging a "corrupt" system. "He's a great young talent," NFL all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith said. "Why should he be restricted?" Many would argue that a man ought to have the right to have an opportunity to earn a living, but most careers do not involve grown, 300 pound men who can run a 4.4, 40-yard dash, gunning for your head. The average career the games on the field. In the


ing that requirement. Rules are Rules, right? I think rules are meant to be broken because Clarett has proven to the players and coaches in the NCAA that he is a top quality athlete who can handle himself at the professional level if given the chance. Clarett has the opportunity to make history if only he would be allowed to play in the NFL. I will tell you one thing, I would personally love to see something historic happen for a prestigious organization like the NFL. It is not everyday that something like this happens. In today's world it is not about how old you are to be considered a professional athlete, it is about your level of play. We have basketball players like LeBron James coming straight out of high school ready to sign a 100 million dollar contract just to play something that he loves to do. Clarett has the skill and power to be an awesome professional athlete in the NFL if they would simply give him a shot at playing. So, Clarett has showed the NFL that he means business by suing the league. I think this is a great move

It has gone from good, to bad, to worse for Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett. After winning the 2003 national championship for the Buckeyes, Clarett has been one of the most talked about players in the NCAA for wanting to enter the NFL draft early. Clarett, undergoing an investigation by the NCAA for stealing $10,000 in clothing, CDs, cash, and stereo equipment in April from a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo he borrowed from a local dealership. After this happened, a whirlwind of events began with him being suspended from the Buckeyes team for the 2003 football season, charge with a misdemeanor falsification by the NCAA, and Clarett is now going to trial against the NFL for not letting him enter the NFL draft. Clarett has given his reasons for wanting to play in the NFL. Some of those reasons include a being a top quality athlete and his desire to play the game. So how come the NFL will not let him play? Is this league, which has been home to football greats like Joe Namath, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, too good for just anybody to play in? It is not the fact that the NFL will not let Clarett play just because he has been under investigation by the NCAA. It is the fact that Clarett is too young to play in the NFL, plain and simple. The Buckeyes tailback graduated from Warren Harding High School in 2002 then started freshman class's right after. According to the NFL rules and regulations, NCAA players must wait three years after graduating from high school in order to enter the NFL draft. This would mean that Clarett would fall two years short of the meet-

by Clarett because he has every right to test the rules by the NFL. This historic league, which was founded in 1892, needs to come to the realization that some old rules must die out fast, and believe it or not, this is one of them. I know there is a big difference from collegiate football to professional football, but some young college athletes are ready to take those big steps lying ahead. They are ready to play with players of their caliber. Look at the young football athletes like Vince Young and Kellen Winslow II, star standouts at Texas and Miami, who are just running over anybody they play against. Players like these are ready to play in the NFL, but rules prohibit them from entering the draft early. The National Basketball Association along with other professional organizations have allowed young players to compete in their league because they have changed their rules and looked the other way. Now, we have young professional athletes making the game more exciting for audiences to watch. All the NFL needs to do is turn the other cheek and let Maurice Clarett do what he loves to do. Play football.


expectancy of a fully developed adult at the running back spot is only about three years. How is a kid straight out of high school, or with only one year of college, going to be able to handle that? The rigors of a 16-game, NFL season, are hard enough for anyone to endure, let alone a child who has not even withstood a complete college season. As far as the NFL is concerned, that is all Clarett is, a child. A child who has not handled himself too well as of late, blowing off meetings with Hall of Fame running backs, being caught with multiple NCAA infractions, and then attacking the integrity of the NFL. The NFL, in its status as the nation's most popular sport, is not ready to baby sit just yet, and it can look to the other major professional sports to see why. A popular trend of drafting kids out of high school has flooded the NBA, which the league has suffered from. The kids come into the league not ready to handle themselves both on and off the court. They come with none of the experiences or lessons learned in college, lessons that teach most people how to handle themselves. Nor do they have the valuable fundamentals learned through college ball. The result is a league full of gifted, young athletes, who have no idea how to play the game. So although a few more highlight dunks may grace ESPN, the watered down talent struggles to reach more than 80 points a game. Is the NFL ready to dilute its game that much? The NFL has reasons for its age limitations, reasons that extend far beyond the quality of

game of football, each member on the field literally trusts his teammates with his life. Any missed assignment or erred play can result in a career or life threatening injury. Is it really safe to place that trust in a child, who although may be physically gifted enough, has little to no schooling on the game? There are exceptions to be sure. Amare Stoudamire came into the NBA last year and was physically and mentally prepared enough to play with the big boys in the NBA. Many who support Clarett would rapidly point this out. But even if Clarett were NFL ready, the ramifications of allowing Clarett into the draft would extend far beyond him. It should be remembered that although there are people like Stoudamire, or perhaps even Clarett, who can excel without college, they are the exception, not the norm. Should the NFL be forced to remove its age barrier, every blue chip recruit out of high school would be forgoing college to enter the NFL. And, at the age of 18, more than 99 percent of them are not quite ready yet. Would Clarett be seen as the hero who brought employment opportunities for hundreds of high school students? Or, as the man who ruined thousands of college opportunities for high school athletes everywhere? Kid Gloves? learn to crawl. Remember, before you can run, you have to

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~ Sueltenfuss DVD Collection ~


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Carolyn Ellis-Gonzalez


A trip to The Sueltenfuss Library brings delight to the senses and stimulation to the intellect. Upon passing through the main entrance, a visitor finds a marbled foyer beneath a vaulted ceiling. A jaunt up the elegantly curved staircase to the second floor brings us closer to Jesse Trevino's brilliant mural, La Historia Chicana, whose images portray the struggles and triumphs of La Raza through time. At the top of the stairs, the visitor finds rows of tables, chairs, and computers to the front, the reference desk to the left and the circulation desk to the right. What can be seen behind the Circulation Desk? A glance takes in helpful staff, book trucks, computers, and shelves filled with mysteries. It is one of those mysteries that this article explores--the mystery of the DVDs! Walking into the Circulation Department from the public area that holds the videos (only library staff is allowed to do this, BTW), takes a visitor past the reserve materials, CD-ROMS, and headsets to the shelves where the library houses its rapidly growing collection of 297 DVDs. Movie titles such as "Heathers," "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Nosferatu," "Sid Caesar Collection," and "Blood In, Blood Out," catch the eye. The sight of this collection could prompt the following questions: What in the world are all of these DVDs doing in a library whose mission is to "support the curricular and information needs of the university community"? Are not DVDs just for entertainment? Yes, these DVDs entertain, but they can and do support the curriculum in a variety of ways. A professor who wants to demonstrate a parody could show the Sid Caesar comedy sketch "Gallipalli," which parodies the opera "II Pagliacci" or the Caesar sketch "Aggravation Boulevard," which parodies the plot behind "Singing in the Rain." The Caesar sketch "What Is Jazz?" parodies a Leonard Bernstein televised special of the same name, while giving an excellent example of stream of conscious poetry as performance art as Sid Caesar delivers, "What is Jazz? Jazz is a pencil sharpener. Jazz is a frying pan. Jazz is a beautiful woman whose older brother is a policeman." The library's six Sid Caesar CD-ROMS brim with examples of both satire and parody.

The DVD "Heathers," starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater is a dark comedy/social satire that raises issues such as teen suicide, teen socialization, and mental illness.Biographies of artist Jackson Pollock, civil rights hero Rosa Parks, writers Yukio Mishima and Reinaldo Arenas, mathematician John Nash, and Indian leader Gandhi can be found in the DVD collection. The horrors of the war in El Salvador during the 1980s come to life in James Woods' "Salvador" and Raul Julia's portrayal of the last years in the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero in "Romero." The DVDs "Akbar the Great and India, from Moguls to Independence" portray India's fascinating history.Islam and its history are explored in the DVDs "Islam," "Empire of Faith," and "Muslims." This collection well represents the genres of horror and science fiction with movie titles like "Spider baby," two versions of "The Haunting," "Signs," "Unbreakable," "The Green Mile," "Others," "Dementia 13," "The Thing from Another World," and "Donnie Darko." Some contemporary social issues facing the Hispanic American community are aptly portrayed in the DVD movie titles "American Me," "Blood In, Blood Out," "Girlfight," and the documentary "Beyond the Border." "Himmel uber Berlin," (Wings of Desire) "Otto e mezzo," (81/2) "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain," (Amelie), "Seven Samurai," Jean-Luc Godard's "A Bout de Souffle," (With End of Breath), "The Bicycle Thief," and Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" are among the foreign films in the DVD Collection. The Library's anime collection includes the Hayao Miyazaki classics "Castle in the Sky," "Spirited Away," and "Kiki's Delivery Service." Each of these DVDs deals with the classic issues of nature vs. technology, good vs. evil, and strength through adversity. They can be viewed in either English or Japanese. These titles only briefly touch upon the wealth of material in The Sueltenfuss Library's DVD collection. To view a complete list of the library's DVDs, go the library's homepage ( and click on the Web Cat hyperlink. Once the search screen is displayed, scroll down until you see the search limit box "Item Type." Click on that box's arrow and select the DVD option. Then click on the "Search Catalog" button. That click will give you a list of the entire library's DVDs. The loan period for all of the library's multimedia materials is three days for students, one week for OLLU staff and two weeks for OLLU faculty. If you have never been a library visitor yourself, do not stay a stranger. You never know what kind of wonderful mysteries are waiting to be discovered at The Sueltenfuss Library.




Sr. Ball resigns as dean

Sister Isabel Ball CDP, Ph.D. resigned as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after 23 years of dedicated service. Professor of drama, Richard Slocum a respected member of Our Lady of the Lake University for the last 34 years will serve as interim dean as appointed by Provost Maria Shelton, Ph.D. Since 1949, Sr. Ball has committed her time working at Our Lady of the Lake University . Sr. Ball will continue at OLLU as the mission effectiveness director with the La Llamada program.

Administration listens to students at open forum




Sr. Ball will continue as a influential leader and role model for The Lake community.

"In the process of repolishing programs like student recruitment and mentoring, we have taken steps towards that," Eskin said. "We have alumni in all fifty states, and in forty eight foreign countries," Eskin said. Students feel that alumni relations are key in improving the school as well as helping to network for student's future careers. President Pollack was also asked why she has not been present in the cafeteria to socialize with students, and what she's been occupied with. "I have been balancing time and responsibility, my responsibilities include developing the board, and taking part in boards such as KLRN and The United Way," Pollack said. "I am also responsible for all legislative contacts, so I have decided to schedule designated time for anyone interested in

seeing me," Pollack said. In reference to the president's appearances or lack there of, another student asked why she did not attend freshman orientation. Pollack expressed that it was a problem with time limitation. Other important questions posed a concern for the representation of students in the president's council. Pollack feels that each person on her council has the student's best interest in mind and students who would like involvement should attend SGA general council meetings. Provost Shelton was asked about her plans for the year. She replied by saying one of her goals is to improve communication between vice president and deans, and become more user friendly with simple things like applying for e-mail accounts online. Shelton also commented that she plans to integrate technology and learning on campus.

Licon continued the forum by asking about the status of enrollment. "Actually we have increased from 3,300 to 4,000 students we have also continued to observe the strategic mix of students and find ways to improve retention," Sandra Holt Vice President of Enrollment Management said. SGA's first Open Forum for this year clarified many questions and concerns of the students, and gave students the chance to applaud organizations on campus for their effort and dedication. SGA has also distributed a survey created by the Marketing Strategies and Policies class. The survey gives student's a chance to rate how they feel about life on campus ranging from academics to dorm conditions and all that is in between. The data will be compiled and presented to administration so they may have a better understanding of student's wants and needs.

Jasper headline for continuation



"People naturally avoid things that make them uncomfortable, but there are values we can add from talking about them." The screening was held to bring recognition to "The Two Towns of Jasper," a video which Fonseca believes a good film for promoting awareness of the racism that exists today. The film follows the tragic murder of James Byrd, who was chained to a truck and dragged three miles in a brutal hate crime, and the reactions from the town that followed. The film is an educational tool, and education is a step towards ending racism. "Racism

is the function of a lack of knowledge," Odom said. Students shook their heads and dropped their jaws, baffled as the events in Jasper unfolded before their very eyes. The room quieted to a hush as citizens of Jasper gave their recollections of the murder on screen. All of this served as a reminder to everyone that there is a good amount of hate left in this world, even as progress has been made. What was expected and what was gained from the video varied from person to person. Shortly after the 30 minute portion of the video that aired the program was open for discussion. With some students, memories of experiences with racism were stirred up and anecdotes were shared.

For Sr. Margit Nagy, a history professor with an interest in the struggles of Asian Americans, racism was introduced to her upon her arrival in the United States. "My first experience with racism was staring out my window at the back of the majestic theater and seeing a sign that read 'colored entrance'," Nagy said. For Dr. Spraggins, the video offered a message of hope. Spraggins described the changes in attitudes and perception among the Jasper townspeople as encouraging signs of change. For others, such as Marilyn Jones-Oliver, a doctorate student in leadership studies, the film served as "an awareness of where we are at as a state."

Author W.E.B. Dubois once stated that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line," and that is a problem students conceded we still struggle with today. "Even though we think of ourselves as a melting pot, we are still very segregated," Winstead said. "Walk through any high school cafeteria and you'll see a major example of self-segregation." Though forms of prejudice are slowly disappearing, many forms of racism are simply evolving. Whereas signs use to lawfully segregate people in the past, today we need to simply see the social patterns taught from previous generations currently in place at schools, as children separate

themselves at the cafeteria tables accordingly. The discussion panel referred to games such as "Ghetto-opoly", a version of Monopoly that makes light of ghetto neighborhoods, as a discreet form of racism, desensitizing people by making fun of very serious realities. Jones-Oliver grew up in Arkansas and has seen two eras of racism. She recalls prejudice as being much more obvious during her time as a child. Jones-Oliver remembers being confronted and verbally abused openly in a supermarket by other small children. Today she points out that racism is much less obvious. "Racism has graduated from blatant to subtle," Jones-Oliver

said. Again, many feel that education is the best weapon against racism. "It goes back to what you teach your children," graduate student, Joshua Anderson said. "By using 'they', or other words to separate people by race, you're still causing segregation." For further education, students are encouraged to check out the new video, "The Two Towns of Jasper" at the university library. "This is not something we can sweep under the rug," said Jones-Oliver. "We need to be aware of each others differences and accept each other for what they are."

Frightful makeovers not uncommon

Belinda Vara


We have all been there, you know getting ready for that big event, prom night, your wedding day or that special date, so you decide to pamper yourself and it turns

out to be a disaster. We have instead of mahogany or you all heard a scary salon story, really want to make an you know you make an "I went to a new hairdresser and appointment to he cut my hair shorter than I asked get your hair for and he gave me two different colored and it turns orange shades of highlights."

impression and bare your soft hibernate for three days. We luminating skin so you go get have either experienced our a facial peel and guess what? own bad incidents or know You break out in a rash and "I went in for a perm and I came have to out looking like I got electrocut-

someone who has. Some of the students have been brave enough to share their frightful experiences with us.

Priscilla Perez, Junior

ed." Marie Hoyt, Junior

"My sister-in-law got me a gift certificate for a facial and when I got there the lady took everything out of these really old looking boxes and it was very painful." Marilee Miller, Senior

"My mom dyed my hair orange." Emma Aveytia, Junior

"I hadn't had a hair cut in four years and when I decide it was time, I couldn't see my cousin who normally does my hair. So I went to someone else and she cut my hair crooked." Elisa Ramos, Freshman

"I went to get a pedicure for prom and the nail technician not only used the razor to scrape off the dead skin on my heels, she also used it on top of my foot." Shatoya Roston, Sophomore

"I went to get a hair cut at a nearby salon and I asked her for a trim and she gave me five sets of layers." Bianca Estrada, Senior.

"A couple of months ago I went to get a French Manicure and I came out with hardly any nails left." Naxhiely Martinez, Senior

As you can see students of The Lake community have had their share of frightful mistakes.

So, some tips to keep in mind next time you decide to get a hair cut, highlights or a pedicure is do a little research about the establishment or maybe ask for a list of long time customers you can call

about the service. It's better to spend a little time on the phone or on the Internet than having to hide your frightful mistake.






skin from looking patchy. An added benefit for women when exfoliating is that it helps your makeup from looking blotchy or disappearing throughout the day. Another step sometimes forgotten in skincare is sunscreen. One of the misconceptions is that because the sun is not always shining in the winter that sunscreen is not important. However, ultraviolet rays are present even during overcast days so continue to apply your sunscreen. Many moisturizers currently in the market contain sunscreen. This combination of moisturizer and sunscreen provides both the convenience for users as well as protection from UV, UVB, and UVA rays. According to http://www.sachacosmetics.c om, "UV rays cause sunburn, skin diseases, and premature aging. UVB rays also cause sunburn while UVA rays are responsible for premature aging." Yet, another factor that is ignored by many is drinking water. Water keeps the body hydrated, which in turn keeps your skin replenished. According to, "water is essential in lubricating and flushing wastes and toxins from all cells. It cleanses the internal organs and it helps eliminate toxins from the bloodline." Therefore, detoxifying your body internally is key to having soft healthy looking skin. Now let us concentrate on the body. One thing to remember is that the skin on your body is different from facial skin. The skin on the body has more layers and is therefore thicker. Unlike the face the body can tolerate more abrasive scrubbing. However, remember the

Belinda Vara


Dry, patchy, itchy, dull, sound familiar? In winter these words describe the facial appearance and body texture for many people. The cold dry winter air can be very damaging to skin because it strips the skin of its natural oils. Dryness is the most frequent problem that occurs in the winter and according to m, the most common mistakes that people make in contributing to their dry skin are: -- Bathing or showering in hot water -- Using harsh soaps -- Not exfoliating and -- Not moisturizing skin regularly. First, let us concentrate on facial skin and the steps that men and women tend to skip. Since facial skin is nor-

mally thinner and more vulnerable to dry, cold air it is important to keep skin protected and moisturized. Many mistreat their facial skin by vigorously washing their face like they would their body. Although cleansing and exfoliating are important steps to having great skin, remember: be gentle it is the only face you have. When it comes to combating dry skin, exfoliating and moisturizers become vital. In an effort to keep skin moisturized, most people forget to exfoliate. This is an important step because the moisturizer will not be absorbed into your skin if you have not exfoliated to remove dead skin cells. Also, keep in mind that some exfoliating scrubs maybe too harsh for your skin type so it is important to do some research to see which works best. Removing dead skin cells will help your skin look smoother and will help

more you scrub and cleanse the more natural oils you strip away. In the winter, take warm showers and use soaps or body washes that have moisturizers in them that will help skin from over drying. In cold weather locking in natural body oils is difficult. A useful tip to try is to pat dry after the shower and immediately apply a moisturizing body lotion this is effective because when the body is damp it will absorb the moisturizer better then when the skin is completely dry. Although most people wash their bodies every day many forget to also exfoliate. Removing that upper layer of dead skin cells will give the body a softer smoother appearance. It will also help fade the discoloration of the skin caused by the sun. Another important factor to great skin is keeping skin frequently moisturized. Moisturizing body skin also

requires the same attention as facial skin. When applying moisturizer to the body the application is important. Using a circular massaging motion will not only increase the penetration of the lotion it will also improve circulation. Dry skin is not only painful and embarrassing it can also lead to skin disorders such as eczema if it is not treated. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, eczema, which is becoming more common in children and adults, is defined as dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. While you are caring thoroughly for your facial skin, remember that body skin is also subjective to drying. Moisturizing, exfoliating and sunscreen are important aspects in keeping skin soft, smooth, and looking younger longer.


The most common areas for drying on the face are the nose, the cheeks, and the chin areas. Depending on your skin type, you may suffer dryness on your forehead and on your eye lids.

Elbow Area

Elbows tend to become rough and scaly in the winter.


Your knees, just like your elbows, are the most vulnerable for drying. The knee area becomes ashy and dry in cold weather.

Hand Area

The hands are the most common area for cracking, chapping, and over drying especially around the cutical* and knuckle area.

Feet Area

Heels are the most susceptible area for cracking and drying.



ing the songs for the band, audiences may be curious as to what these guys have gone through with song titles such as "Sorry Wrong Trajectory," "Execution by X-mas Lights," and "Chloroform the One You Love." When asked what the song "Chloroform the One You Love," was in reference to, B. Lea said, "It's just a fairy tale about a sadistic person. It's a fictional; account." After hearing the band on a "Billboard" compilation CD, VH1 producers approached Flickerstick to audition for a new show called "Bands-On-theRun." The show would feature four unsigned bands hoping to score a record deal. Eventually working their way on to the show, Flickerstick, Harlow, the Josh Dodes Band, and Soulcracker toured relentlessly around the nation. In an attempt to win over the audience at each of their destinations, each band would have to prove themselves musically. In addition to gaining a larger following, the band took home $50,000 in cash and $100,000 worth of equipment from Guitar Center. VH1 even flipped the bill for Flickerstick's first music video for the song "Smile." "Bands-On-the-Run" helped to get Flickerstick's music out to the masses and placed the band in the public eye. Back in the recording studio and more ready than ever, Flickerstick is scheduled to release a new album by Spring of 2004. However, for those fans who cannot wait that long, the band has something new in store. "We're coming to town with a new EP/DVD, which is in limited release and will only be available at the shows and on the Internet," B. Lea said. "to Madagascar and back," is 60 minutes of the usual backstage antics, behind-the-scenes footage and six songs performed live plus a teaser for the new album. "The title comes from the lyrics of the song 'Blue,' which is on the EP. I just thought that it summed up the energy of the music and we thought it would be a really cool title to add to the DVD," B. Lea said. Although unable to follow through with their scheduled local performance at the White Rabbit, Flickerstick promised to make it up to the San Antonio fans. For more information on the band, visit their official Web site at



Alfredo Valenzuela


With radio friendly hits like "Beautiful," and "Smile," Texas quintet, Flickerstick, is ready to take on the world again. While at home in the city of Fort Worth, the guys of Flickerstick await the start of their fall tour which runs through the middle of November. Formed back in 1997, Flickerstick has kept its founding members; Brandin Lea, lead vocals/guitar; Cory Kreig on guitar/keyboards /vocals; Fletcher Lea on bass; Rex James Ewing on guitar/vocals; and Dominic Weir on drums. With such a unique band name, one may wonder if there is any hidden meaning behind it. In a phone interview on October 1, Brandin Lea jokingly said, "There really is no meaning behind the name. We wrote a bunch of names down when we were starting out, for some reason that one just stuck with us." Inspired by The Cure, The Velvet Underground, and The Rolling Stones, Flickerstick woos the audience with its softer, emotional music. Although their gentle, more melodious tone may turn off some audiences, Flickerstick maintains a large following from across their home state of Texas as well as the nation. With Krieg and B. Lea writ-

On the brink of a new release


Rex James Ewing (from Left), Dominic Weir, Fletcher Lea; Cory Kreig, and Brandin Lea enjoy some time in the limelight.


`Galore,' a classic collection of classics

Leticia Russi


Science gave birth to Prozac, Andy Warhol died, and a little band called The Cure started their hits collection. In the Cures 1997 release "Galore," the band came up with a collection of all of their hits in the past ten years. Most bands who last more then 15 years try to release at least one greatest hits album and, if they are lucky to last even longer, they release two. This defines them as a classic with mainstream audiences and their die hard fans. This collection is eighteen songs from eighteen different albums and they are in chronological order from when they were released. Four of the songs have enjoyed mainstream success and put the band in a more international notoriety. "Just Like Heaven," "Lovesong," "Pictures of You," and "Friday I'm in Love" are the songs that the band is most known for, and are all included on this CD. It is the rest of the collection that makes

it a classic. The album is a great show of all the experimentation that they are so good at. You could be listening to the dance pop beats of "Close to Me" or the trumpet laden "The 13th." The Cure even carries it to a rock level with "Never Enough." One would never think that Robert Smith could be so angrily passionate about his lyrics but the result is a truly epic rock song without all of the heavy guitar and high flying percussion. "Wrong Number" is the most mixed song in that it includes not only great vocals but more synthesized electronic beats. The whole CD is full of diversity from a band that is known for it. They keep producing hits even today and have made their mark in music.

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Today's music; how its influencing the air waves

Letticia Russi


Artist: Nickelback Album Title: The Long Road Label: Road Runner Records Release Date: September 23, 2003 The Lowdown: Nickelback hit the charts in 2001 with "Silver Side Up" which went gold in ten different countries and now they are back with their newest project "The Long Road." The lyrics are traditional of lead singer Chad Kroeger where he deals with everything from bad break ups to negligent teen pregnancy. The difference is in the music. The band is harder, edgier, and even a bit dirtier. The Highs: The highs come in songs like "Figured You Out," where the band shows they are not afraid to expand into the realms of dirty lyrics and sharp metal guitar choruses. "Throw Yourself Away" is reminiscent of their previous album "Silver Side Up" because it leaves the listener with a power packed almost gruesome story of a girl who gave birth and then left the baby for dead while returning back to her high school prom. "Someday" is the first single released from this album and has saturated airways for at least a month now. It is very reminiscent of their previous hit "How You Remind Me." Kroeger just uses new techniques to bring the sound up to date. The result is a fresh new harder composition for the band. The Lows: Because of their semigrunge sound Nickelback has been labeled as a pop group and one could not disagree more. Their music is heard more on Top

40 stations then rock and in the releasing of such a tame song like "Someday" it is to be expected. All of the radio play that it has been getting has resulted in it becoming a huge hit on mainstream rock stations. The band seems to be comfortable with this label. In an interview with Chuck Taylor for Billboard Magazine, Chad Kroeger supports the stereotype and is comfortable with it. "Somewhere along the line, people turned pop ­ as in popular ­ into a dirty word," said Kroeger. If it's good enough for Nickelback then it should be good enough for listeners. Overall Rating:

"Red Light-Green Light." "Red Light-Green Light" is a great duet between Durst and Snoop Doggy Dog. The lyrics are fun and the beat is chill which excuses the lack of signature guitar solos. The Lows: The result is more harmony then fist pumping hard rock. Limp Bizkit fans of the metal rap mix may be a little disappointed with the slow down of the beats but will be satisfied with the lyrics that show Durst growing up in front their own eyes. Ballads like "Down Another Day" and "Build A Bridge" drag the mood down, the lyric composition keeps it afloat. Durst is capable of somewhat satisfactory vocals but is not known for it, which may surprise some listeners. The missing Wes Borland is evident. The songs lack the sweet combination of Durst's animated vocals and Borland's smoothed out guitar solos. The two went together like rum and coke. Without Borland, the band lacks bite. Overall Rating:

Artist: Limp Bizkit Album Title: Results May Vary Label: Flip/Interscope Records Release Date: September 23, 2003 The Lowdown: Limp Bizkit returns after a long hiatus out of the mainstream eye to present their latest release appropriately named "Results May Vary." Fred Durst is back with all new beasty lyrics and even a new member to his band. Mike Smith comes into the band to replace former guitarist Wes Borland. One can only presume that because of the loss of the black eyed Borland, Limp Bizkit wanted to create a new sound in order to introduce them as a new band. The Highs: This is a triumphant return for Durst in more ways then one. Throughout the CD the lyrics are laced with implications of rebirth, trial, and tribulation for the lead singer. The band hits the mark on songs like "Eat You Alive" and

"Something Like Human" and will their fans be accepting of their newest effort? The Highs: Their two singles released from this album h a v e been not only commercials successes but composition successes as well. "Falls On Me" is a perfect combination of lyrics and guitar that is not overdone with heavy percussion rhythm. This song appeals more to those who started being fans of Fuel when "Hemorrhage" debuted on mainstream radio stations. Instead of talking about losing love he is talking about the inspiration that he gets from being in love. The second single "Won't Back Down" is from the "Daredevil" soundtrack but is also included on this CD. The deal with this song is that it is suppose to be a heavier mix then the original version. The mix is better then the original and acts as a catalyst to try to set off the rest of the album. The Lows: It is too much! There is too much overlapping of sound effects, guitars, and even lead singer Brett Scallions vocals are too much to handle. It is like listening to a car wreck with parts strewn about the area with no hope of reassembling. The two guitars in all the songs sound like they are battling it out to see who sounds the loudest. One lead guitar will do it guys. Overall Rating:

Artist: JET Album Title: Get Born Label: Elektra Release Date: October 7, 2003 The Lowdown: A new Australian punk band with original aspirations of getting chicks has just released their first debut album "Get Born." In a time when the trend is London Invasion bands, Jet stands out with vocals mirroring The Hives and a beat reminiscent of The Kinks. The Highs: The vocals by lead singer Nic Cester are fresh and articulate. You could easily mistake his voice for Liam Gallagher of Oasis but with fewer accents. The music is clean cut with no crazy guitar high jinx. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl," "Get What You Need," and "Take It Or Leave It" are the best on the CD. All three have a highly addictive "British Invasion" beat to them that are enough to get you moving. "Look What You've Done," is a beautiful ballad that stretches not only the vocal ability but also piano melody for a perfect collaboration of the two. The Lows: The music is one sided and not very experimental. While the idea of the punk rock band is a creative one it is easy to get lost in the "The" bands like "The Hives," "The Vine," and "The Sounds." They make enough of a mark to distinguish among the sea of other bands and in the end they are worth a listen. Overall Rating:

Album Title: Chicken and Beer Label: Def Jam South Release Date: October 7, 2003 The Lowdown: Ludacris has established himself as a first rate rapper to take seriously not only in the music field but also now in the field of acting with his debut in "2 Fast 2Furious." After coming back from Hollywood he has released his second CD "Chicken and Beer." The title of the album is an obvious reflection of Ludacris' favorite things despite the fact that on his album cover he is chomping down on a woman's leg rather then chicken. The CD has already produced one single "Stand Up." The Highs: "Stand Up" is a great song with great beats making it dance floor worthy. Ludacris does a lot of experimentation with different beats including slower sensual songs like "Splash Waterfalls." The Lows: The lyrics are filled with stereotypical references to sex, money, cars, and "the good life." There is no redeeming value in the lyrics only in the rhythm. If you can get past that you'll enjoy it. Overall Rating: 3


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Artist: Fuel Album Title: Natural Selection Label: Epic Release Date: September 23, 2003 The Lowdown: Fuel is still coming off the high from their previous album "Something Like Human." It captured a new audience for the band and a spot on mainstream radio. The question on fans minds are, can the band return with the same success that they found in

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San Antonio after dark: Night life offers the right solution no matter what your taste

Leticia Russi


It seems that people go to the same places all the time and do the same thing every weekend. Taking a look around San Antonio one would not imagine how many places there are to see live bands and diverse music. There is something for everyone. Here are a few places that stick out in the San Antonio scene that are worth a quick look or an evening of live show fun. The Spanish Armada, not to be confused with the fleet launched by Phillip II in 1588, is a small locale bar located at 1010 N. Main Ave. The little slice of rural rock history is a great spot to hear live rock and blues bands. One of the bands that draw the college crowd is Sexto Sol. Their sound is rock, blues, and jazz all combined into one. The Spanish Armada is open Tuesdays to Sunday and is for ages 21 and up. Continuing with the rock bands is the next locale, Sam's Burger Joint at 330 Grayson. This place is as eclectic as they get. The restaurant/bar offers music of all kinds and welcomes all ages. They feature classic rock, punk rock, rockabilly, and even heavy metal. The clubs general manager, affectionately called Mo,

describes their musical guests as a "hodge podge cornucopia." The biggest venue for college students is Agents of the Sun. Eighty percent of their musical acts come from out of town for an opportunity to play at this laid back venue. Sam's is also going to start featuring Wednesday night as their college night within the next couple of weeks which will feature specials for college students. For the more sedate or romantic crowd, a good jazz club is recommended. One of the oldest and best would have to be the Landing at 123 Losoya. It is located at the bottom of the Hilton Hotel downtown across from The Alamo. They opened in 1963 and were the first night club on the river walk. Their top venues are Small World who play outside on Sundays and the World Famous Jim Cullum Band regularly Monday thru Saturday. There is no age limit. The view is incredible with the music on one side and the serene river and happening night life on the other. For appropriate ages, a nice night of jazz and wine would make for the perfect sultry evening outdoors. If one's feet demand a little more motion then just watching the action happen, walk them over to 3830 Parkdale for a little

to house rave. The club also features movie screenings of cult favorites like "Weird Science" and, for Halloween, "Texas C h a i n s a w Massacre." One of the most unlikely

salsa dancing at Planeta Del Barrio. Formerly Planeta Mexico, the club features live acts on a scheduled basis and college night on Thursdays and Fridays. The dress is a little more formal which makes the scene a little more of a social mixer then club. It is the one place to hear live salsa music but the quality cannot be beat. For the nocturnal, try Sin 13 at 1902 McCullough to fulfill your lurid gothic dreams. The painted walls have every assortment of cartoon craziness including black cats, dark territories, and even characters from Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas." This small underground lair hosts not only Goth rock venues but also features a 1980s night on Friday nights for the more colorful prone people. The live acts can range from Goth rock to punk

places one could think of is a piano bar. Yes, San Antonio has a piano bar and this does not mean an over-gelled man sitting behind a piano while a woman sits atop singing. In fact, at this place, if you are unlucky, you might be the one singing on the piano. Nestled in between Fat Tuesdays and Hard Rock Café at 111 Crocket Street, Howl at the Moon is a laugh out loud comedy act that changes every weekend. It features two men sitting at adjoining pianos playing popular songs as sing

along and cracking crude jokes. As for previously mentioned, audience participation is completely up to your discretion. For a small monetary donation, customers write dedication on a napkin and have the waitress place it on the piano for one of the performers to read. But watch out, these guys are notorious for X-rated humiliation. They can make your birthday truly memorable or your bachelorette party the last exciting night of your life by having one perform a "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" with a sexual touch. Howl at the Moon is 21 and older and it is highly encouraged for a night of laughs and music. The simplest form of college fun is always a good old fashioned club. Unbelievably, nightclubs can be central places to catch some live DJ action. DJs are much neglected as musicians but they do learn a certain amount of music theory that even the most talented composer cannot understand. One of the best places to go is the most obvious, Polly Esther's at 212 College Street. This club features multi level dance floors but only one floor, Club Expo, has a DJ on demand every night of the week. On Fridays and Saturdays local radio stations 105.3 and

96.1 broadcast live from the club and bring DJs from all around Texas. Polly Esther's is open every night of the week and will be featuring no cover for college students every Friday during the month of October. Last but certainly not least, for the superstar in us all, there is karaoke night. Whether you sing in the shower or in the car, Crabby Jacks wants you! Go to 16804 San Pedro Avenue to watch people humiliate themselves or do a little humiliating of your own. Karaoke is Sunday and Tuesdays starting at 10 p.m. Go early and grab yourself some top notch crab legs. These places are just a few of the numerous places to be seen and heard in a city with five universities and four local colleges'. So why not head out for an evening of fun and leisure because there is plenty to be had.



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`Scarface'; nothing exceeds like excess

Alfredo Valenzuela


When betrayal, dabbling in drugs, and an insatiable thirst for power come together, only one thing comes to mind; "Scarface." Brian De Palma's 1983 remake of the 1932 original film truly left its mark by using the infamous f-word a record 194 times. When the production on "Scarface" was complete, De Palma along with the motion picture production company, Universal Pictures, sent their masterpiece to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to receive its rating. Unsatisfied with how the reality of the drug underworld was depicted in "Scarface," the MPAA gave it an X rating. Leaving Universal Pictures displeased with such a scandalous rating, De Palma edited the film and resubmitted it to the MPAA. Receiving a rating of X two more times, filmmakers had Miami Police officers watch the film to get their feedback and reaction. Miami officers agreed that the film captured the true essence of the drug underworld. With the officers behind them, filmmakers submitted "Scarface" one more time to the MPAA, and it finally received a rating of R. Though, going through several edits as well as cutting explicit material out several times, what you will see is the original, unedited version. In pursuit of the American Dream, "Scarface" captures the rise and fall of the Cuban political refugee we all know as Tony Montana, played by famed actor Al Pacino; Steven Bauer as his sidekick Manuel `Manny' Ray; and of course that blonde bombshell we all love, Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock.

Frank Lopez, played by Robert Loggia, hires Manny and Tony to take out a hit on Emilio Rebenga who is played by Roberto Contreras. Doing so, Lopez furnishes Manny and Tony, who are illegal aliens, with Green Cards. As part of 125,000 people, 25,000 of them had criminal records, which left Cuba during the summer of 1980 because of political indifferences. Montana dreamt of having it all, one of the famous lines from the movie says, "the world is yours." Building a strong criminal force in Miami throughout the early '80s, Montana picks up where Lopez left off and expands his empire nationally to other cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Eventually taking control of the drug ring in Northern Miami as well as across the country, Montana gets greedy and when he least expects it, the world as he knows it crumbles.

fan, "Say hello to my little friend." This is a reference to a fully automatic machine gun with a built in grenade launcher, Montana holds his own, but is ultimately shot down in his lavish Miami estate. Ending the movie this way is remarkably refreshing. Most movies end with the protagonist coming out on top, but this movie fortunately does not end that way. "Scarface" is a must see for all. "Scarface" is one of those classic movies that everyone has seen just like "Gone With the Wind," "Casablanca," and the infamous, "The Godfather."


Columbian drug lord Alejandro Sosa, played by Paul Shenar sends his henchmen to Montana's Miami estate to put an end to his drug ring. The end of the movie is the most memorable part, including the all time favorite line of any true movie

`Italian Job,'makes a clean getaway

Mini Cooper reinvented, helicopter chase brought to ground level and the biggest gold heist goes down.

Melissa Gonzalez


From popular director, F. Gary Gray "Set It Off" and "Friday" comes the explosive action packed film "The Italian Job" where an organized group of specialized thieves work together to pull off the biggest gold heist in history. In Venice, Italy veteran safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) has passed down the torch to a young but reliable `entrepre-

neur' Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) that can execute heists just as smoothly as the renowned thief, Bridger. The plan was running just like clockwork, the decoys were set, the safe cracked easily, the loot carefully transported, and everyone was in the clear, or so they thought. Unfortunately, the inside man, Steve (Edward Norton) has other plans in mind. As the gold shimmered off the pupils of the deceitful partner, the bullets entered the gang's getaway vans by

masked goons. As shots echoed off the Italian Alps, Bridger the legendary thief was forever silenced. Narrowly escaping death, the group will reunite one year later to avenge Bridger's death by conducting the greatest heist of them all; stealing what's already been stolen. Computer genius Lyle (Seth Green), get away driver Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), explosives expert Left Ear (Mos Def), newbie safecracker Stella (Charlize Theron) are all armed and


Still photographs of "The Italian Job", Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg (I), Jason Statham

ready for action. Wahlberg portrays himself as once again the strong, suave, leading man in this film. The diverse group of young actors sculpts an unlikely group of heroes in "The Italian Job" Green stars once again as the form of comic relief that surely fits his acting persona. Theron's sex appeal and gutsy attitude

pull action film enthusiasts in along with her personal vendetta against Norton. "The Italian Job" contained many key elements that create a great action movie; numerous explosions, excessive use of weapons, computer hacking, and high speed pursuits on both land and sea. Although Gray is widely known for his suc-

cessful urban 90's films, he proves he can be a great action film director as well. If you enjoyed such films as "Jackie Brown" or "Thief" you should check out "The Italian Job". Rating:

Bijou a new style for a classic movie experiences

Melissa Gonzalez


The Bijou Movie Theatre is one of the newest restaurant/ theatres that are springing up in San Antonio. This infectious movie trend is fairly new to the city, but has already won movie-goers over. Theatres have not seen this much enthusiasm since the switch to high rise seating. Could this be a possible replacement for our current theatres?

The Bijou, a Santikos owned theatre in Crossroads Mall on the city's North West side, is attracting more than just the usual movie enthusiasts. The theatre houses an exquisite art gallery displaying local talent monthly, a fully operational café, and an extensive independent movie list. Since opening its doors this summer, the Bijou has welcomed over 70 different films from across the globe. The Bijou specializes in foreign, independent, classic, and

specialty films as well as a limited number of popular mainstream flicks currently hitting theatres. The Bijou Art Gallery displays several works of art ranging from iron sculptures to abstract murals. The gallery's walls are decorated with local artist's work and changed monthly. "The Bijou prefers to be diverse in it's art," Bijou General Manager Naomi Leissner, said. October's artist of the month was James Hetherington who specialized in wood and metal sculptures

as well as mixed media paintings. November's artist being displayed is Rick Valadez, who's expertise is black and white airbrush paintings of classic Hollywood actors and actresses. The Bijou Café is definitely an attention getter for hungry movie going audiences, serving numerous lunch and dinner specialties; including deli-style sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. Traditional concessional popcorn and soft drinks are also served, but a vast array of beers and fine wines might be

what attracts these contemporary movie buffs. The Bijou prefers to cater to a mature audience; children under the age of 18 are not permitted and age restrictions are fully enforced. Many independent or foreign films do not have MPAA ratings, so the Bijou protects minors from violating legal regulations. The Bijou offers affordable ticket prices depending on afternoon or evening show times. Before 6 p.m. customers pay $6, while after 6 p.m. customers pay $8. Senior

citizens are always $6 afternoon or evenings. The Bijou is located on the lower level of the Crossroads Mall and can be easily accessed from the upstairs parking level elevators. For show times please refer to the local newspaper movie listings or call 7370291. The Bijou brings a unique presence to all San Antonio movie goers with their impressive cinema landscape and fine services offered.


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Tarantino's fourth film is a must-see

Melissa Gonzalez


Quentin Tarantino has done it again! The infamous independent director responsible for such demented films as "Pulp Fiction", "Reservoir Dogs" and "Jackie Brown" has definitely out done himself in this fast paced, action packed gore-fest. "Kill Bill: Volume One" yet another maniacal two-part creation will leave audiences speechless. In a dusty, secluded church in El Paso, Texas, lie the bodies of a beautiful bride, her unborn child, and her wedding guests. A massacre committed by none other than a battalion of beauties armed with loaded guns to match their looks to kill. The head of this sexy barrage called the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad or DiVAS is "Bill", the master of this horrific mass murder. As the group hovers over their handy work, life is still running through the Bride's veins. Four years later she awakes from her coma screaming with a metal plate in her head and vengeance in her eyes. Not killing her was the biggest mistake her ex-group of femme fatales could have ever done. Now she must even the score one by one with Bill, her ex-lover as enemy #1. Uma Thurman stars as "Kill Bill: Volume One" leading lady, The Bride, head assassin with a serpent codename of Black Mamba. She electrifies audiences with her "Matrix-like" stunts and Kung Fu high flying kicks. Thurman delights audiences with her savagely sexy martial arts moves and her quick witted responses. Vivica A. Fox, the sultry assassin

turned homemaker is first to be fought on Thurman's personal hit list. Fox dazzles audiences with her impressive street fighting techniques and her bad attitude and idolizing herself as a true vixen. Lucy Liu stars as the trained killer, "Cottonmouth" who patiently stalks her prey much like her serpent codename. Building up an impressive reputation for creation of an underground empire consisting of a Japanese mafia she proves to be the easiest to find but the hardest to slay. Daryl Hannah plays the sexy one-eyed assassin, "California Mountain Snake" who gets little on-screen time in this volume, but will definitely make a splash in "Kill Bill: Volume Two" as she continues to attempt to accomplish her mission of killing The Bride. David Carradine who stars as "Bill" plays a small, but the most important role in this film. Carradine will definitely get more screen time when he battles Thurman head on in "Kill Bill: Volume Two". "Kill Bill: Volume One" is beyond some of the most graphic content one can witness. Limbs being severed, sword fighting, and marital arts moves infest every violent moment of this film. Intense blood spill and tearing flesh is just scratching the surface. One of the high points of the film was when Tarantino used a Japanese animation sequence to depict Liu's childhood and reason for turning into a cold blooded killer. The sequence terrified viewers but intrigued animation lovers of all kinds. Vivid electric colors enhance the film's settings. The various fighting environments are reflective to the film's rising or falling action. Tarantino uses black and white shots to sizzle emotion into the audience's corneas with every exciting twist and turn. "Kill Bill: Volume One" delivers more than what the previews offer. Tarantino has gone out of his way to make this yet another sensational film to add to his quadruplet movie vault. Tarantino refused to shorten "Kill Bill" by editing out vital scenes, so he opted to turn it into a two series set to keep together the film's integrity. Although "Kill Bill: Volume One" is just one of a two part series, audiences will tolerate the typical let down of a cliffhanger, just this once. If you enjoyed other Tarantino films of the past your love will be rekindled when watching "Kill Bill: Volume One" and anticipate the release of "Kill Bill: Volume Two" in February of 2004 where more stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino will make cameos. "Kill Bill: Volume One" will leave you with a sense of satisfaction or maybe nausea from all of the graphic fight scenes. This fast paced movie will send audiences in numbers to theatres like Thurman sent her ex-accomplices to the hospital and the grave. Rating:


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