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Elroy Bode photo courtesy of Trinity University Press 06server readers are SMART PROGRESSIVE INVOLVED INFLUENTIAL GOOD LOOKING c$o are 06server advertisers r Get noticed by Texas Observer folks all over the state and nation. Let them know about your bookstore, service, restaurant, non-profit organization, event, political candidate, shoe store, coffee house, boutique, salon, yoga studio, law practice, etc. ADVERTISE IN THE OBSERVER! REASONABLE RATES GREAT EXPOSURE Call 512-477-0746 and ask for Julia Austin or e-mail [email protected] Rey, 06server reciaersr Consider advertising your business or non-profit in the Observer. GOOD FOR YOU GOOD FOR THE OBSERVER always considered ‘the gringo school on the hill,’ the snob school with its fancy golden dome, the school thatso rumor had itdidn’t really like Mexicans. Bode goes on to detail “a grim little war concerning censorship of the student newspaper.” As one student explains, “They say their doors are always open yet every time you go to see them their minds are always closed. You can just see No staring at you before you even open your mouth.” As a result, “the students finally end up believing, what they really, at first, do not want to believe: that the administration doesn’t really care what they are trying to say… doesn’t care about the quality of people’s lives if those lives are led by blacks or browns.” Despite the power of “Requiem” and other more politically charged pieces, what distinguishes In a Special Light from Bode’s previous collections is the omnipresence of Byron. We first find the beloved son in “Byron and I” as NOVEMBER 17, 2006 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 27