Two of the top three vote-getters teach in the Alamo Community College District, the third-place finisher being Steve Badrich, assistant professor of English at San Antonio College. However, the second most popular professor, doesn't teach at a college. Like Ornelas, Louis Lubbering of the Lubbering Art Dynasty (see Best Arts) also relies on art in the classroom to reach his students as a professor of Fine Arts at Incarnate Word High School. EB
BEST LOCAL SCANDAL:
An apple, not an orange, is blamed for the ultimate downfall of Adam and Eve. The big love bite got them tossed out of Eden, and that snake in the grass that tempted the world's first lady slithered off into the annals of humankind.
The regulars at the H&R Lounge on Goliad Road on the South East side occasionally bore witness to the amor delicioso between District 3 Councilman Ron Segovia and his paramour, KSAT-TV police reporter Gina Galaviz.
A thrill for the happy-hour crowd, naught but a conflict of interest for Galaviz, who apparently got a little too close to her source. She ultimately proved to be the apple of Segovia's ire when, on a sultry summer night, he allegedly tossed a Biblical fruit in a game of tit for tat in the councilman's bedroom. Gina turned her back; the apple bruised more than its own skin. Nothing left to do but fill out the police report. MC
BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST:
Massage therapy is a great option for relaxation, and wellness. If massage isn't already a permanent fixture in your monthly schedule, how about a massage therapist who comes to you? Heather Nelson, a local therapist who specializes in massage, spa treatments, sea salt, and clay masques, has a portable massage table that allows her to travel to clients. There is no extra charge for travel within San Antonio, and a minimal charge for outlying areas. Prices are $50 hour and $25 a half-hour for a full body massage. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Our readers also mentioned Stephanie Sepaugh, a registered massage therapist since 1998 and a massage therapy instructor since 2003. She believes deep relaxation is a vital part of optimal health, and that it should be enjoyable as well as therapeutic. Sepaugh's massage is a combination of Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, and energy work. A one-hour, full body session is $50, and chair massage is $1 per minute. Sepaugh can be reached at 732-8230. NC
BEST WASTE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY:
San Antonio paid $186 million to build the Alamodome in 1993, and it costs a million-a-year in taxpayer funds to keep it open.
The Alamodome. It stands empty on the city's s East Side, a familiar landmark for people driving from Dallas to the coast. "Hey Marge, there's the Alamodome; we're more than halfway to Rockport."
It's the biggest high school graduation auditorium in the country. It's great for the circus, but not for a Carlos Santana concert. It's a monument to government folly; especially since County Judge Nelson Wolff built the SBC Center in the Freeman Coliseum's parking lot so the Spurs wouldn't pack up and move to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
It's the biggest, best venue for squandering public tax money, and it belongs to San Antonio. It's no wonder some people still call it the Bubbadome. MC
MOST EFFECTIVE ACTIVIST:
Patti Radle, District 5 Council-woman who is leading the pack in her bid for re-election, was selected in second place. She recently donned a Cesar Chavez T-shirt and endorsed the upcoming march in his honor, and a few minutes later demonstrated why she has earned that title as Council considered a rezoning over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone in District 9. "Of course I will speak in opposition to it and will vote against it because I'm not willing to promote development over the aquifer."
With all due respect to the readers, the critic's choice for Most Effective Activist goes to Annalisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance. She has long worked on environmental issues in San Antonio, and recently organized a regional summit on the aquifer that was attended by enviros from Austin, San Antonio and points west, in an effort to bring the varied interests together to jointly plan ways to conserve the region's sole source of drinking water. Peace says her goal is to work hands-on with the different groups. "We try to get them the help they need, and develop a synergy throughout the region; a united voice to protect the Edwards."
It's good work, and a great name. MC
BEST UNIVERSITY SPORTS TEAM:
For the 2004-2005 season, the Roadrunners finished 15-13 overall and 10-6 in the Southland Conference. This year, the season ended in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament with a loss to Lamar. This was the final appearance of a talented senior class, all five being key members in UTSA's run to the 2004 SLC tournament championship appearance and NCAA tournament appearance last year. Head Coach Tim Carter completed his 10th season at UTSA, compiling a career record of 149-135 with the Roadrunners. He is the winningest men's basketball coach in UTSA history and has the longest tenure. The Roadrunners remain tough to beat at home, retaining an all-time record of 219-90 (.719) in the Bird Cage.
Also of note to readers this year was the St. Mary's men's basketball team. The Rattler basketball squad earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament by winning the Heartland Conference Championship. The Rattlers were seeded sixth in the South Central Regional, losing to Pittsburgh State in game one of the tournament. NC
AB: Aaron Block