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Financial aid fair
to be held Feb. 25
ANDREA AMAYA news editor
The second annual South
Texas Financial Aid Fair will
be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 25 at KIII-TV studios,
5002 S. Padre Island Dr.
The event is part of the “College Goal
Sunday” statewide and national initiative.
The initiative hopes to bring more students to the classrooms.
The credit, worth as much as $2,500 a
year for college tuition (worth $10,000 for
four years of college), was a refundable
credit initially created under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009.
Individuals that make less than $80,000 a
year and married couples that make less than
$160,000 a year are eligible for tax credit.
According to an analysis by the United
States Department of the Treasury, more
than 9 million college students are expected to qualify this year. Many of those
students will qualify for the maximum
annual credit of $2,500 per student.
“It is a big opportunity to get some of
the tuition reimburse,” said Joseph Ruiz,
assistant director of the Financial Assistance Office at Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi.
This year, the credit will cover about
80 percent of tuition and fees at the average two-year public institution and about
one-third of tuition and fees at the average four-year public institution.
President Barack Obama set a target for colleges nationwide to graduate
an additional 5 million students by 2020.
This past August, Obama emphasized the
importance of lifting graduation rates,
preparing graduates to succeed in this
economy and make college more affordable and accessible.
Students like Whitney Walton believe
the event is a start in the right direction.
“If we want to make economy better
we need to go to school, graduate and
just do better,” said Walton, an animal
biology senior.
Homecoming heartbreaker
Demons singe past Islanders,
72-66, in Southland contest
program available
features editor
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students have a
new way to become the teacher.
University officials announced the Alternative Certification of Educators, which
will help students with bachelor degrees to
get teaching certification.
The program helps alleviate schools
that deal with short-staffing and help prevent teachers from teaching subjects they
are unfamiliar with.
Students must have a bachelor’s degree
and must pass the Pre-Admission Contest
Continue on CERTIFICATION, 2.
Theatre Dept. to
make audiences
pay, pee with
Sophomore guard Terence Jones, 5, evades a Northwestern State defender during the
Islander men’s homecoming basketball game. The Islanders fell to the Demons, 72-66.
The University Theatre Department will perform Urinetown: The Musical from
Feb. 10-13 and Feb. 17-20 in
the Wilson Theatre in the Center for the
The musical comedy is centralized
around a 20-year drought, which causes
the government to regulate the water supply and enforce everyone to “pay to pee.”
“It is a wakeup call about wasting resources,” director Alison Frost said. “The
play explains this in a funny homage to
many other famous musicals.”
Urinetown: The Musical infuses satire
from several musical productions from
See story and photos in SPORTS, 9.
Continue on URINETOWN, 2.
ZACHARY ZARDER photographer
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Tunnel of Oppression
Exhibit highlights oppressed groups,
continues through Feb. 10.
Left: Junior Lisseth
Garcia writes about
how the Tunnel
of Oppression
affected her. The
exhibit highlighted
various groups of
oppressed people,
including women,
Native Americans
and Jewish people,
among others.
Right: Sophomore
Jack Foster (right)
adds to the banner
of meanest names
people have been
called. Everyone
entering the tunnel
had the opportunity
to write down the
name they had
HILLARY VALLEJO photographer been called.
HILLARY VALLEJO photographer
URINETOWN continued from pg. 1
Test, which is required of all teachers before they are allowed certification.
The program will cost less than $6,000
and takes less than a year to complete.
Scholarships also are available for students
to use toward the cost.
Applications are available, classes begin the first summer sessions, said Linda
Kelly, an assistant clinical professor in the
College of Education.
The summer courses are offered only
at night. A seminar also will be held in
August for students who will be teaching as an intern. Student teaching also is
available for students who don’t have an
internship, Kelly said.
Nursing junior Kristen Treadwell debated
whether she would apply for the program.
“On the [one] hand, if I get a biology
degree in order to teach biology in high
school,” Treadwell said, “I don't want to
also take another 4 years to get my teaching
certificate. Even though I may be very well
educated in biology, can I really teach it to
others? It's one thing to be smart, and it's
another to be able to explain something.”
JEANETTE SCARSDALE editor-in-chief
ROB BOSCAMP managing editor
GERALD JOHNSON advertising manager
ALLEN HOYE advertising assistant
AUBREY DANCER layout editor
ANDREA AMAYA news editor
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MIKE HENNEBERGER entertainment editor
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HILLARY VALLEJO photographer
ZACHARY ZARDER photographer
West Side Story to Les Misérables. The
play is set in the future, but the famine
has caused the town to walk backwards
in time. It mocks capitalism, socialism and
the town’s corrupted politics.
“It is truly a fun play to watch and be a
part of,” Frost said. “The audience should
expect to be a part of the play.”
Audience involvement is a major part
of the musical. The actors interact with
their spectators to better understand the
central theme of conserving resources.
HILLARY VALLEJO photographer
Urinetown cast members practice during Feb. 7’s dress rehearsal. The musical
opens on Feb. 10. in the Wilson Theatre inside the Center for the Arts.
Letter from the Editor
Dear readers,
After being confronted with hateful words at the beginning of Islander
Cultural Alliance’s Tunnel of Oppression I knew this exhibit would have
shock value. Besides reading the hateful words that have unfortunately
become so common, I was able to experience how much room I would have
had on a slave ship, feel the ice cold water that Jewish people had thrown
on them during the Holocaust and anonymously decide whether I’d
want to receive blood from a homosexual male or a heterosexual male who
had sex with an HIV-positive woman. The Tunnel of Oppression opens
your eyes and forces you to think about the way people are treated. I’d
encourage everyone to visit before it’s taken down.
Jeanette Scarsdale
What: Urinetown the Musical
When: 8 p.m., Feb. 10-12, 1719; 2 p.m. Feb. 13, 20
Where: Wilson Theatre, Center
for the Arts
Cost: $12/adults, $7.50 students, $5/with $andDollar ID
Information: theatre.tamucc.
edu or 825-5800.
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Big Hit
How To Make Valentines
Day Special
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ANDREA AMAYA news editor
Stev’von Voice’s path to
music might have been spelt
out for him.
Along with his last name, Voice, a forensic biomedical science senior, began
writing poems in high school about faith
and situations around him.
The poems eventually turned into lyrics, and he began composing music in
10th grade.
Voice also played saxophone for his
school band at Terrell High School in
northeastern Texas—the same high school
that singer and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx attended.
“He was a big influence for me,” Voice
said. “I realized I also like to entertain, act
and perform comedy.”
Although he enjoyed music, Voice
wasn’t sure he wanted to pursue it as a
That changed when he attended a
freshman orientation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2007, when he
was asked to sing in front of hundreds of
teachers and students.
“I felt very nervous,” Voice said. “But
at the same time [I] felt confident and entertained everybody.”
Voice received recognition from the
student body after that and expanded his
talents to other locations.
Voice has performed at venues like the
South Texas House of Rock, Revolution
and the A&M-Corpus Christi campus. He
also worked with South Texas musical artists DJ Dus and S’vani Quintanilla.
He also was invited to sing at a birthday party, which he later learned was part
of a downtown block party.
On 2010, the Tamu-cc student was ask
to sing on a birthday party” it was the
when he meet DJ. Dus, who will become
on his producer “ he heard me and he ask
if I have record, when I said no, he offer
to record my first single, I was amazed”.
“I was expecting just a party but what
I encountered was a whole micro festival,”
Voice said. “It was a long street full of
people and other musicians.”
Voice also met DJ Dus at the block
party. DJ Dus decided to produce Voice’s
first single track, “Freshness on Full.”
“Freshness on Full” has been on local radio stations like Hot Z-95 and Planet
102.3. The single also can be found on and twitter.
Voice also plans to perform at events
such as Austin’s South by Southwest music and film conference in March, as well
as shows at local clubs.
No matter where he is, Voice said he
always feels the music.
“I feel in a different world,” Voice said.
“I see people but I feel it, just me and the
music… it’s indescribable.”
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February 14 is a day some
either fear or look forward
too. Named after Saint Valentine, Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated for couples to express their love to
each other and be affectionate. Whether
it’s by yourself or with the company of
friends or a loved one, celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be gloomy with
nothing to do.
The holiday has since grown into a tradition that is widely celebrated by millions
across the world. And since the 1300s, the
tradition of sending love notes, flowers
and confections has carried strong.
Valentine’s Day is also getting the digital treatment with greeting cards competing with the likes of Facebook. Sending
an e-Card through e-mail or Facebook is
an easier way to get your message across,
without spending a fortune on Valentines.
Also available is the option to buy flowers, sweets and gifts online to be delivered
anywhere in the country. Retailers that offer this service include Florists’ Transworld
Delivery and TeleFlora.
While toiling with greeting cards and
boxes of chocolates may seem to be the
norm, it does become expected and quite
boring. Spontaneity can sometimes be the
way to enjoy Valentine’s Day.
Going out for dinner is also a nice way
to spend Valentine’s Day without much
risk as well as attending movies and live
music events. One of the benefits of living
by the water is always having a great view
for good walk or picnic.
Singles also don’t have to be left out
on Valentine’s Day. Many singles gather
together for romantic movies, comfortable dinners and quality friend time. Being
single doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate
Valentine’s Day. Gathering with family to
celebrate the holiday isn’t a bad way to
stay in touch and enjoy the holiday at the
same time.
With a list of things to do that could
easily go on forever, being creative is usually the best way to express yourself. According to, more than
110 million roses will be sold on Valentine’s Day alone.
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Photos courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil
Run Away To The Cirque
entertainment editor
“I’ve never seen anything
like this before,” Tim Smith,
artistic director of Cirque du
Soleil’s “Alegria,” says is the reaction from
most people who see a Cirque show for
the first time.
“Every production is completely different in concept,” Smith said. “So you can
see all of them and be just wowed every
single time in a completely different way.”
Corpus Christi will get its chance to be
“wowed” when Cirque du Soleil presents
“Alegria” at American Bank Center Feb.
About 100 million spectators in 300
cities on five continents have seen a
Cirque du Soleil show. In 2010, Cirque du
Soleil presented 21 shows simultaneously
throughout the world. “Alegria” has been
seen by over 10 million people worldwide,
and has received international acclaim
since its premiere in 1994.
The show’s baroque and operatic style
features 55 performers from more than 17
countries performing astonishing acts of
athleticism, backed by world music performed live every night.
“Just opulence,” describes Smith. “As
far as a feast for the senses, a style and
branding that Cirque has created in its
costumes, and its make up, and its original music.”
The two-and-a-half hour (with intermission) extravaganza features non-stop
excitement. Forty feet above the stage,
amazing acrobats fly through the air during Synchro Trapeze, and aerialists swing
daringly, during Aerial High Bars.
At ground level, the Mongolian art of
contortion is brought to life along with
artists manipulating flaming knives in the
Fire-Knife Dance. The fast-paced Power
Track displays synchronized choreography
and performers tumbling on a trampoline
In Russian Bars, performers fly through
the air, twisting and flipping and landing
on 4-inch wide bars perched on the shoulders of the catchers. Or, what Smith simply
calls “huge skillsets.”
“Cirque is so unique,” Smith said.
“They’re the only people doing what
they’re doing.”
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PG-13 (Adventure)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald
Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim
In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth
Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young
centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum)
arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and
restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by
his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell) Marcus sets
out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted
highlands of Caledonia to confront its savage
tribes, make peace with his father’s memory,
and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem,
the Eagle of the Ninth.
Just one week after football’s biggest
night, and with two weeks before Hollywood’s biggest night, on Feb. 13, the
music industry celebrates their biggest
night with the 53rd Annual Grammy
Awards airing live on CBS. There are over
a hundred categories and less than 50 will
actually be announced on air. Here are my
calls for some of the bigger awards. If you
want to make your own guesses, you can
use this list, or go to for a complete one.
“Nothin’ On You” – B.o.B. Featuring Bruno Mars
“Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem Featuring Rhianna
“F*** You” – Cee Lo Green
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z Featuring Alicia Keys
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
It would be nice to see Lady Antebellum
take it as the only non-hip-hop act nominated, but I think the race is between Eminem and Jay-Z. I say Jay-Z gets it.
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PG13 (Comedy)
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston,
Brooklyn Decker, Bailee Madison, Nicole Kidman
A plastic surgeon romances a much younger
schoolteacher and enlists his loyal assistant to
pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to
cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire,
the assistant’s kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will
change all their lives.
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“The Suburbs” – Arcade Fire
“Recovery” – Eminem
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
“The Fame Monster” – Lady Gaga
“Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
Recovery was one of my favorite albums
of last year. I hate Lady Gaga, but America seems to love her, and because of that
I think she’ll take it. I’ve always liked Arcade Fire, but I’ve also always thought they
were overrated. I want Eminem to win, but
Gaga’s going to get it.
“Beg Steal Borrow” – written and performed by Ray LaMontagne
“F*** You” – performed by Cee Lo Gree
“The House That Built Me” — performed
by Miranda Lambert
“Love The Way You Lie” – performed by
“Eminem and Rhianna
“Need You Now” – written and performed by Lady Antebellum
I love Eminem’s raw, honest lyrics, and Rhianna’s hook. And I think everyone has been
able to relate to this song at one point. So
I’m rooting for them, but Lady A could take
Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Esperanza Spalding
Jeez, who do you think is going to win this
one? I’m not going to say Bieber doesn’t
deserve it, the kid’s a hard worker and he
is talented. But I’d love to see an obscure,
talented rock act like Mumford or Florence
take the candy from the baby.
“King of Anything” – Sara Bareilles
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A few weeks ago, I heard about a contest
that local hip-hop and R&B station, Z95, was
holding to find a new co-host for their weekday morning show Gino’s Neighborhood.
Contestants had to submit a one-minute
video explaining why they would be the best
person for the job. With my years of experience in entertainment reporting and blogging
for media venues as small as Island Waves to
as big as the Tyra Banks Show, and with years
of experience performing stand-up comedy
in front of crowds of 10 to 400, I thought I
might be a good candidate for the job.
So, I shot my video, parodying Ted Williams, the Golden Voiced Hobo, and stating
my credentials while standing on a street corner in an old army jacket. In the beginning,
my video was just one of 80 submissions. On
Monday, Feb. 7, it was chosen as one of the
20 semi-finalists. You can see all of the semifinalists’ videos, and vote for me at www.
The videos will be voted on until 11:59
p.m. on Feb. 11. Then, 10 finalists will go on
air next week while a second round of online
voting continues on the Web site. Votes and
Z95 staff will choose the winner after interviews and on-air performance. The winner will receive a two-bedroom apartment
at Island Villa Apartments, cell phone and
internet services from Cricket, salon services
from Kosmo Nail and Hair Salon and a gym
membership at All Good Gym downtown
for a whole year. The winner will also receive a salary and benefits package based
on experience.
So, the contest is online. Visit HotZ95.
com, vote, and put me—a representative of
the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Communication Department—on the
air! Make me a morning person.
“Halo (Live)” – Beyonce
“Chasing Pirates” – Norah Jones
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
“Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
I think Sara, Beyonce, or Norah should take
this. Beyonce probably will since she’s more
mainstream. Gaga and Parry are fun pop
music, but there’s not vocal amazement
from either one. I’m pulling for Sara.
“Love The Way You Lie” – Eminiem &
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Nothin On You” – B.o.B. & Bruno Mars
“On To The Next One” – Jay Z & Swizz
Another songwriting award. I think it’ll be
between “Empire…” and “Love The Way
You Lie.” I say Eminem takes it.
“Angry World” – Neil Young
“Little Lion Man” – Mumford & Sons
“Radioactive” – Kings of Leon
“Resistance” – Muse
“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys
This is a songwriting award, not a performance award, so maybe Mumford & Sons
has a chance.
The Adventures of Bobby Ray – B.o.B.
Thank Me Later – Drake
Recovery – Eminem
The Blueprint 3 – Jay Z
How I Got Over – The Roots
I have to root for Eminem. Recovery is a
great record. Eligibility is cut off in September, which could be the only explanation for
the absence of Kudi and Kanye on any of
these lists.
Emotion & Commotion – Jeff Beck
The Resistance – Muse
Backspacer – Pearl Jam
Mojo – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Le Noise – Neil Young
A lot of old vets on this list, anyone could
take it.
The Suburbs – Arcades Fire
Infinite Arms – Band of Horses
Brothers – The Black Keys
Broken Bells – Broken Bells
Contra – Vampire Weekend
I have to pull for Band of Horses, they’re a
great band and they right great southern
influenced rock songs. But Broken Bells was
one of my favorites last year too. I’ll be happy if anyone other than Vampire Weekend
wins. But they just might do it.
Over – Drake
Not Afraid – Eminem
How Low – Ludacris
I’m Back – T.I.
Power – Kanye
Eminem and Kanye had two of my favorite
albums of last year, so I hope one of them
takes it. Luda, and anyone else who uses
chipmunk voices in their songs should be
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z & Alicia
“Free” – Zac Brown Band
“Elizabeth” – Daily & Vincent
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
“Little White Church” – Little Big Town
“Where Rainbows Never Die” – The Steel
Zac Brown Band might be the best band in
country music right now, but I think Lady
Antebellum will take it.
“The Breath You Take” – George Strait
“Free” – Zac Brown Band
“The House That Built Me” – Miranda
“I’d Love To Be Your Last” – Gretchen
“If I Die Young” – The Band Parry
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
Another songwriting award. I’d like to see
Zac Brown band win, but “Need You Now”
was a big hit this year.
Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bently
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown
The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Revolution – Miranda Lambert
Same thing here. I’m always going for Zac
Brown Band, but Lady Antebellum is tough
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Islanders unable
to overcome
Northwestern State
defense in road loss
STAFF REPORTS islander athletics
The Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
women’s basketball team was unable to
overcome the full-court press against
Northwestern State in a 78 to 59 loss in
a Southland Conference game on Feb. 5.
The Islanders fall to 2 to 20 on the season and are now 0 to 9 in league games.
The Lady Demons improved to 10 to 12 on
the season and moved to 5 to 4 in conference play.
Adrienne Scott led the team in both
scoring and rebounding, putting in 21
points and grabbing 13 boards for her
fifth double-double of the season. Ashley
Darley was second on the team in scoring
with 11 points in the contest.
Darley opened the scoring with a
jumper 40 seconds into the game to give
her team an early 2 to 0 lead. After a Lady
Demons three pointer, Darley made a free
throw to knot the score at 3 to 3 less than
two minutes into the contest. NSU scored
six of the next seven points to open a fivepoint lead before another Darley jumper
put the score back within one possession.
Another run by the Lady Demons opened
up a 10-point lead at 17 to 7 just over
the halfway point. The biggest deficit for
A&M–Corpus Christi came when Jessica
McPhail put in a layup to make it 29 to
16 with less than two minutes left. Taryn
Gregory scored five-straight points on a
pair of free throws and a buzzer-beater
shot to move
her team within
eight points at
29 to 21 headed
into the break.
In the second half, the Islanders
scored first on an Anitra Jeffery layup to
pull within six points at 29 to 23. They
were unable to get any closer however, as
Northwestern State used a 16 to 5 run to
push the lead to 48 to 28 with 14:13 left in
the game. The largest deficit came at 59
to 30 with 12:22 on the clock, but A&M–
Corpus Christi kept fighting, outscoring
the Lady Demons 15 to 5 over the final
5:19 to put the final score at 79 to 59.
The Islanders committed 31 turnovers
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against NSU, who made the most of the
opportunities by scoring 35 points off
turnovers. In addition to the Lady Demons
defense the team struggled from the line,
making only 15 of 30 free throws in the
19-point loss.
A&M–Corpus Christi hosts Sam Houston State on Saturday, Feb. 12 in the
annual Think Pink game at the American Bank Center. Tipoff for the game is
scheduled for 7 p.m. as the team looks to
get its first win in Southland Conference
February 10, 2011
Track & Field
Howie Ryan All-Comers Meet
Feb. 5
Bill Yeoman Field House
Houston, Texas
Women’s results
Long jump (meters)
1-Kassandrea Son 5.94, 5-Ernestine
Cray 5.55
Triple jump
1-Son 11.8, 2-Cray 11.74
60-meter Dash (time; finals)
3-Son 7.65
200-meter Dash (finals)
4-Son 25.52
800-meter Dash (finals)
5-Danielle Higgins 2:20.13
1-mile Run (finals)
1-Julia Sambu 5:10.93
3,000-meter Run (finals)
1-Julia Sambu 10:12.44, 2-Kristene
Torres 10:18.27, 4-Caitlin Arumbula 10:29.5, 5-Courtney Johnson
10:30.43, 6-Cecelia Gonzalez 10:31.37
Men’s results
High Jump (meters)
6-Roger De La Cruz 1.99
1-mile Run (finals)
3-Patrick Kimeli 4:18.34
3,000-meter Run (finals)
8-Ari Perez 8:47.93
Isles tennis pick
up first season
home win
JOSHUA BROWN islander athletics
The Texas A&M University-Corpus
Christi women’s tennis team picked up
their first season home win Feb. 6 with
a 4-0 shut-out over the University of
Texas-Pan American Lady Broncs.
It was the first home contest of the
year for the Isles.
“Today was a very focused effort,”
Director of Tennis Steve Moore said.
“I thought we showed spirit and had a
good start in singles.”
A&M-Corpus Christi is 2-1, as of
Feb. 6, winning two-straight matches
after dropping the season opener to
nationally-ranked Rice.
Doris Kuselj and Bianca Discordia
quickly won an 8-1 final at No. 2 doubles over Wanda Bequelin and Suncica
Strkic. At the No. 3 doubles position,
LeAnne Mascall and Nadia Filmalter defeated Dana Nazarova and Blanca Garcia
by an 8-3 final. Although the doubles
point was clinched for their team, Mirna
Cicak and Stefania Nicolae continued
to fight, taking an 8-7 final over Malin
Andersen and Reetta Raty to give their
team a clean sweep.
In singles, Kuselj picked up the first
point with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Andersen
to make it 2-0 for the Isles over the Lady
Broncs. Sandra Burges put A&M-Corpus
Christi on the brink of the win following
her 6-1, 6-2 win over Strkic at the No.
5 position. Mia Matuszak clinched the
victory with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Garcia
to finish the dual match at 4-0.
In the unfinished matches, Cicak lost
her first set but was making a comeback
when her match was stopped at 4-6, 4-1
in the No. 1 singles spot. Discordia was
on her way to another individual victory
with scores of 6-1, 2-3 when the No.
3 singles match went unfinished. The
final singles match had Nicolae winning
the first set and ahead in the second
with scores of 7-5, 2-0 when the No. 4
singles match was halted.
The Isles will play again at 2 p.m. Feb.
17 in Houston against Prairie View A&M.
Island Waves 9
Islanders basketball fall Spurs, Celtics
early favorite
in 72-66 conference loss for NBA Finals
Late cold shooting kills team’s lead
JOSHUA BROWN islander athletics
Horace Bond posted his first career
double-double with 11 points and 12
boards for the Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi basketball team, but
Northwestern State used a late 8-0
run to garner a 72-66 win over the Islanders on Feb. 5 . Devon Baker scored
28 points for the Demons in the win.
The loss puts the Islanders at 8-15
for the season and 3-6 in conference
play, as of Feb. 5. The Demons advanced to 14-10 overall and 6-3 in
conference play following the win.
The Islanders held a 63-62 edge
with five minutes to play, but the
home team’s shooting went cold, and
James Hulbin and Baker combined
to score the next eight points of the
game to build a seven-point lead for
the visitors. The Islanders were able to
pull within four with nine seconds to
play, but Northwestern State hit a pair
of late free throws to ice the win.
Four Islanders finished in double
digits, led by Demond Watt’s 18 points.
Justin Reynolds (12) and Terence
Jones (11) each finished in double figures, but the Islanders bench shot just
3 -for- 13 in the game. Watt and Reynolds each missed a double-double by
just one rebound. William Mosley led
all players with 13 rebounds and the
nation’s leading shot blocker swatted
five Islanders attempts in the game.
Reynolds scored six of the Islanders’ first eight points in the game’s
early moments. A&M –Corpus Christi
got significant contributions from
their senior trio of Reynolds, Watt and
Bond in building an 18-12 advantage
at the 12:05 mark. After Northwestern
State called a timeout, the Demons
went on a 7-0 run to gain a one-point
edge at the 10 -minute mark.
From then on, the two teams went
back-and-forth for the remainder of
the half, and the Demons had the ball
and a two-point lead going for the
last shot. But the home squad seized
the momentum, as Jones blocked a
Baker shot, then raced down the court
and threw down a thunderous dunk
just before halftime to send the teams
to the locker rooms deadlocked at 3535 .
Northwestern State gradually built
a modest lead, climaxing at 56-50 with
11:07 to play in regulation. But the Islanders responded with a 6-0 rally of
their own, all six points coming as a
result of going inside, to tie the score
at 56 apiece. The two teams went
blow-for-blow until a Reynolds layup
gave the home team a one-point edge
with just over five minutes remaining,
but the Demons embarked on their
decisive run to close out the game.
ZACHARY ZARDER photographer
Senior forward Demond Watt catches
the ball after he dunks it during the
Feb. 5 Islander men’s basketball game.
The Islanders are 8-15 for the season
and 3-6 in conference play, as of
Feb. 5.
66 72
Southland Conference
Men’s Basketball
ZACHARY ZARDER photographer
Junior guard Garland Jenkins attempts
a layup during the Islanders’ Feb. 5 loss
to Northwestern State.
NW State
Texas A&M-CC
Texas A&M-CC – Demond Watt 18, Justin
Reynolds 12, Horace Bond 11, Terence Jones
11, Garland Judkins 7, Jawan Nelson 5,
Antonio Topps 2.
NW State – Devon Baker 28, Will Pratt 16,
James Hulbin 8, Gary Stewart 7, William
Mosely 4, Louis Ellis 4, Shamir Davis 3, O. J.
Evans 2.
3-pointers – A&M-CC, Reynolds 1, Jones 1,
Nelson 1; NW State, Baker 4, Pratt 1, Davis 1,
Stewart 1.
Records (as of Feb. 5) – A&M-CC (8-15, 3-6
conference); NW State (14-10, 6-3 conference).
sports editor
The NBA All-Star game is
usually seen as the halfway mark of the grinding
82-game season. It’s also a time when
teams look at one another as potential
match ups in the playoffs. Seven games
might not seem like much but in the
tightly contested Western Conference it
seems impossible to compete against.
It’s also where one team might see their
spot drop two or more places on any
given night.
On the East Coast, it’s really three
teams that have the advantage: the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Miami
Heat. Each of these teams has core of
star players which give them title hopes.
Boston, winning the 2008 championship,
still have three core players in Ray Allen,
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Miami also
has their own trio in Lebron James Chris
Bosh and Dwayne Wade.
Then there’s the Magic. The team
brought over former Wizard guard Gilbert
Arenas former Phoenix Sun Jason Richardson and ex-Magic player Hedo Turkoglu.
I do feel there is another team that can
run with this pack.
The Chicago Bulls, with their All-Star
point guard Derrick Rose and soon-toreturn three-year center Joakim Noah,
should not be taken lightly. Rose is having another great season averaging 25
points per game, eight assists per game
and is a starter in this year’s All-Star
game. Chicago expects the return of the
young 6’11” center Noah, who suffered an
injury in mid-December and played only
24 games. During that time, he averaged
a double-double with 14 points per game
and grabbed 12 rebounds. Newly added
forward Carlos Boozer was hit by the injury bug early this season but averaged 20
points and 10 rebounds in 32 games. This
team, if kept healthy, is capable of challenging the top three East teams.
With the playoffs starting in April,
I’ll pick who I think will represent each
conference in the NBA Finals. Out of the
West, I like the San Antonio Spurs. Yes,
there is that big obstacle in the Los Angeles Lakers, but I feel if the Spurs are
healthy enough—and give veteran Tim
Duncan the rest he needs beforehand—
they’ll take care of business.
Many label the Lakers as a team “made
for the playoffs” but recent news hints at
the team not being in championship form
and possibly needing a trade.
The Spurs, besides having the best record in the NBA, have seen players off the
bench become vital role players. In his
first year, Gary Neal averaged 8 points and
shot nearly 40 percent from behind the
three-point line. Rising player George Hill
has kept up his stellar play from last year,
despite coming off the bench.
As for the East, I have to go with
the Celtics. They seem to be getting better defensively as the season progresses.
The Celtics are forcing opponents to score
only 91 points per game. With help from
point guard Nate Robinson and a possible
return of the injured Delonte West, Boston may have the weapons it needs—not
including the “Big Three” of Pierce, Allen and Garnett. The rise of point guard
Rajon Rondo has the team in unison with
each other to make another push for the
10 Island Waves
ROB BOSCAMP managing editor
Baby strollers, diapers and toys were strewed
across Highway 77 near Mathis.
Traffic had begun to back up as the police
and ambulance lights flashed into the night
At the bottom of a hill lied a crumpled SUV.
I stood and took in what had happened
about a half-hour earlier. At the time, I didn’t
realize that I possibly could have been struck
by a high-speed vehicle and sent down a hill.
My saving grace: God and something as
simple as the opening of a truck toolbox.
But let’s rewind.
This past Sunday, I drove to my parents’
house for a Super Bowl party.
I already was running late on account of
moving boxes into my new home. I had a
few boxes lodged in the toolbox of my truck.
About 5 miles outside of Corpus Christi,
I looked back to see that my toolbox had
I immediately slowed down the truck and
jumped out to close the toolbox.
I was amazed to see nothing had flown
out—which was crazy because I had a lot of
papers in boxes.
I estimated that it took less than a minute
to get the toolbox shut and get back on the
About 20 minutes later, I neared the exit to
get off for my parents’ house. It was about 6
p.m., almost dark.
But that’s when I saw something shocking
about 200 yards from me. The silhouette
of an SUV rolled across the highway
median. Sparks flew as the vehicle skidded
and proceeded to roll down the hill of the
“Oh my gosh, I did not just see that,” I
remembered saying aloud. I just saw a motor
vehicle accident happen in front of me.
As a journalist, I am used to seeing the
aftermath of an accident, never the progress,
so I didn’t know how to react.
I pulled over about 50 feet from the
accident and got out to check the scene.
As I called 911, I heard the cries of a toddler
near the top of the hill. Whether the cries
came from injuries, confusion of what had
happened—or both—I don’t know.
As many times as the vehicle flipped, I was
surprised to see the child alive.
At the bottom of the hill, the other child
lied a few feet from the vehicle, injured but
alive. The driver was stuck inside the SUV
with cuts and some road rash, but they were
going to be OK.
Other drivers at the scene attempted to
take care of the driver and children while
paramedics and HALO Flight arrived.
One of the drivers had me watch her son,
who was still in the car.
About an hour later, I was back on the
road to finish the trip to my parents’ house
to catch the second half of the Super Bowl.
It was while I was watching that I had a
I was about tell my dad about my toolbox
opening on the way over that the questions
came to me: what would have happened had
my toolbox not opened?
It took me at least 30 seconds to a minute
to hop out of my truck and shut my toolbox.
Would that have been enough time to
place me in the path of a rolling vehicle?
Could I possibly had ended up in the
accident had my toolbox not opened?
Would I be even here writing this column?
I believe that God was in the details of
what happened that night.
I later learned the accident happened at
high speed, so I believe He kept the people
in the vehicle safe. One of the drivers in front
of me was nearly hit by the rolling vehicle, so
I believe He was watching out for them, too.
I also believe He was watching over me,
too, that much I’m sure of.
Until next week, ramble on, readers.
February 10­, 2011
Students voice
about cold
HILLARY VALLEJO photographer
This [weather] situation was ridiculous.
The university always waits to the last
minute to cancel any classes, which is why
classes are never canceled. It’s like they
are counting on nothing happening at
all, and who knows, maybe nothing bad
will happen, but it might. If they cancel
classes, it’s after ice has covered roads or
enough sleet has fallen.
After that, it’s dangerous to leave the
school. For those of us with night classes,
this is especially dangerous as much of
the bad weather was expected to occur
later in the day. For many people it isn’t a
big deal driving with sleet or possible icy
roads up north, but when you come this
far south to a coastal city, many people
have not even seen snow or at least much
of it. Their experience driving in it might
be bad.
There is quite a bit of anger and confusion
about the University’s lack of response to
student’s demand to close classes due to
the weather. People are scared, and for
those who never drive in ice, they have a
right to be. It’s easy to have the students
look like the bad guys. Just looking at
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s
Facebook page, people were making
fools out of themselves threatening riots,
boycotts, etc.
The administration, however, should
also learn from this experience as well.
They have an obligation to make their
student population feel safe, and that
includes from severe weather. Their lack
of response is discouraging. A simple,
“They have an obligation to make their student
population feel safe, and
that includes from severe
-Tony Byrnes
It’s absolutely outrageous that school
was not canceled on Thursday, Feb. 3.
It was 16 degrees Fahrenheit with winds
blowing at 19 miles per hour at 9:30
a.m. There was projected to be ice all
afternoon and evening through Friday
On the Texas A&M University-Corpus
Christi Facebook page, there was even
a picture posted of the fountain near
the residence halls with all of the water
completely frozen. Students down
here are not acclimated to this kind of
weather both being and driving in it.
It’s just dangerous. Even the Corpus
Christi Police Department had issued a
statement to the Caller-Times advising
everyone to try to stay home due to
unsafe road conditions.
However the A&M-Corpus Christi
students that university officials were
“considering” the weather situation.
They stated that their decision would
be based on the condition of roads “in
and around campus.” They completely
discounted students that travel from
farther away than apartments of
Ennis Joslin, some even from Calallen,
Rockport, Ingleside and other cities with
long commutes.
They tell us to use our judgment
and stay home if we feel unsafe, yet our
teachers are still counting attendance
and having exams. I myself had two
on that day that I was terrified to fail.
The school also discounted the students
who are parents of children, since every
school district was closed, so all the kids
were out of school, but the parents were
All in all, it’s really just absolute
insanity that they care about our safety
as little as they do. There is an accident
almost every day at least, because of
traffic due to the lack of parking on
campus, I can’t even imagine how many
accidents that would get up to with ice
on the roads. Way to go A&M-Corpus
“It’s like they are
counting on nothing
happening at all.”
-Mitchell Deane
-Ashley White
This is highly irresponsible of the
school. I recall that they didn’t cancel
classes for flooding last semester, which
nearly totaled my car from driving that
day and they never cancel classes for
There was one in the summer that hit
Mexico, but for a while, it was on a direct
path for Corpus Christi. There was a lot of
“waiting and monitoring” but what if it
did hit, and they only gave us a half day’s
warning? Everyone would be scrambling
at the same time to get out of town, and
a lot of people wouldn’t make it.
-Mitchell Deane
“We are monitoring” type message does
not do anything to satisfy the student
Bottom line is they needed to act
quicker. Hundreds of students drive
from out of town, have no babysitters
or might be just too sick to get out in
this weather. The university must make
deciding issues such as this a top priority,
and communicate that immediately.
Unfortunately, this might leave
a lasting impression on many of the
students, which is unfortunate, because
A&M-Corpus Christi is a great school to
achieve your educational goals.
-Tony Byrnes
HILLARY VALLEJO photographer
The university closed at 4 p.m. on Thursday,
Feb. 3 due to weather conditions.
Island Waves 11
February 10­, 2011
HILLARY VALLEJO photographer
“What is the meanest name
you’ve ever been called?”
*This question was asked after participants walked through Islander
Cultural Alliance’s Tunnel of Oppression.
University Police Activity Log
• On Jan. 27 at 8:55 a.m. an officer responded to a Class C theft
of less than $50 in Surf Hall. The case is still active.
• On Jan. 27 at 3:28 p.m. an officer responded to a Class B theft
ranging from $50 to $500 in the Dugan Wellness Center. The case
is still active.
• On Jan. 28 at 1:43 a.m. an officer responded to a Class C theft
of less than $50 in Surf Hall. The case is still active.
LILY VILLA communication
“Prom night dumpster baby.”
• On Jan. 28 at 2:52 a.m. an officer responded to the burglary of
a building/ state jail felony at the Antonio Garcia Art Center. The
case is still active.
BRANDON OLIVER criminal justice
• On Jan. 29 at 10:10 a.m. an officer responded to Class B criminal
mischief ranging from $50 to $500 in Camden Miramar Lot 4. The
case is still active.
“White trash.”
• On Jan. 29 at 8:25 p.m. an officer responded to a criminal trespass
warning in the 900 building of Camden Miramar. The case is still
• On Jan. 30 at 10:45 p.m. an officer responded to a Class C minor
in possession of alcohol in Jetty Hall. The case has been cleared.
TAMUCC Students can now have 15-word ads published for FREE (noncommerical listings only). You must include your name and TAMUCC e-mail
address (for verification purposes only; will not appear in your ad).
• Write your ad on the lines provided and drop this form off at
UC 204G, located on the second floor of the University Center.
• You must present this form in person with a TAMUCC ID.
• We reserve the right to edit or reject any ad.
TAMUCC E-mail:
Banana, why you talk so much?
STEPHANIE PUEBLA criminal justice
“I’ve been told
that I let myself
go and have been
called a fat Mexican.”
MATT GRESSLER business mgmt.
Need a Date?
Need a Roommate?
Selling your Car?
Have an Opinion?
Someone’s Birthday?
Selling Your Soul?
Have a Message?
“I would say ‘dumbfuck’
because I ask a lot of
questions in class that
many people get frustrated with because they
are ‘obvious’ questions.”
12 Island Waves
February 10, 2011
Homecomings and goings
Students, alumni ride the wave home with week of events
STAFF REPORTS island waves
Spirit competition
About 10 student organizations
homecoming spirit competition.
Winners include:
1st place:
Island Waves Newspaper
2nd place:
Resident Advisors and Alpha
Gamma Delta (tie)
Lawn board decorating contest:
1st place:
Resident Advisors
2nd place:
Island Waves Newspaper
3rd place:
Zeta Tau Alpha
Basketball decorating contest:
1st place:
Resident Advisors
2nd place:
Island Waves Newspaper
3rd place:
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Homecoming parade awards:
ZACHARY ZARDER photographer
Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity have fun while getting their float ready for the homecoming parade Feb. 5.
STAFF REPORTS island waves
HILLARY VALLEJO photographer
Members of Sigma Lambda Gamma
peform during the Multicultural Greek
Council’s Step and Stroll Showcase
event Feb. 1.
The Islander spirit during the
2011 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi homecoming week.
About 10 student organizations participated in the
annual spirit competition,
event coordinator Stephanie
Box said.
Events included decoration
contests, a talent showcase
between Greek organizations
and a downtown parade.
Events scheduled for Feb.
3 and 4 were canceled due to
icy weather.
Festivities concluded Feb. 5
with the Islander men’s basketball game and the announcement of homecoming winners.
Overall float:
Gamma Phi Beta
Most spirited:
College of Nursing and Health
Best theme:
Gamma Phi Beta
Sidewalk chalk competition:
1st place:
Zeta Tau Alpha
2nd place:
Honors Student Association
3rd place:
Alpha Gamma Delta
Banner decorating contest:
ZACHARY ZARDER photographer
Ashley Gorden (left) and Nicholas Rojas
were announced as the 2011 Texas A&M
University-Corpus Christi Homecoming
King and Queen.
Homecoming court
Twelve nominees campaigned
for students’ votes and royal
bragging rights as part of
the 2011 homecoming court
competition. This year’s was
named during the Feb. 5
homecoming basketball game:
1st place:
Island Waves Newspaper
2nd place:
Alpha Gamma Delta
3rd place:
Omega Phi Alpha
Door decorating contest awards:
Best school spirit demonstration:
Resident Advisors and Student
Organization Center (tie)
Excellent use of blue and green
colors: Island Waves Newspaper
Best interpretation of “Ride the
Wave Home” theme:
Career Services
Excellent demonstration of
Islanders vs. Demons rivalry:
Honors Student Association
Ashley Gorden, Gamma Phi Beta
Nicholas Rojas, Alpha Epsilon Delta
Rachel Durst, Alpha Epsilon Delta
Jacob Sapaugh, Resident Advisors
ZACHARY ZARDER photographer
HILLARY VALLEJO photographer
College of Nursing and Health Sciences students and faculty march during the Students enjoy free food during the
kick-off picnic Jan. 31.
homecoming parade Feb. 5.

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