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Football Success pg. 8 Mustangs beat Texas A&M Commerce 65 -14 pg. 7 With a new coach, Team Arrow gears up to host collegiate track cycling nationals in Frisco, Texas wichitan ht e Wednesday — September 19, 2012 Spinning It — your campus / your news $30 million planned for Moffett Librar y remodel Technology upgrades, coffee bar goals for upgraded library By ERIN WRINKLE STAFF WRITER Over the next few years, President Jesse Rogers has hopes of giving Moffett Library a more modern look, thanks to a Tuition Revenue Bond from the state of Texas. Rogers submitted a request to pay for the remodeling of the out-of-date library at the August 9 Board of Regents meeting. “The project will cost at least $30 million,” Rogers said. “A project of this size can only be done with a state of Texas appropriation.” Although Rogers knows the funding is unlikely because the state is currently in a large deficit situation, he said the library re- model is a necessity and priority. “The current library was built in 1965 and remodeled and expanded in 1986, a time that we could not imagine the abundance of information available to us over the internet or via the power of today’s very small communication devices,” he said. Andrea Williams, Associate University Librarian of Public Services, said some of the furnishings are reflective of the 80’s era. “Buildings of that era never were expected to handle major Internet access or heavy use of computers for personal computing,” Williams said. Not only is the building being remodeled because of current technology updates but also according to university librarian, Clara Latham, the building isn’t even up to Americans with Disabilities Act code. ADA expects libraries to have ramps, visible signs, braille listing all rooms, and sufficient parking for handicap students. Other problems of the library include not enough power outlets, a limited amount of study areas, and dim lighting. “The language lab needs to be updated to CDs rather than tapes,” Latham said. She said if the funds are granted for a new library, some of the improvements will include updated technology, larger study rooms and even a coffee bar. Latham, who has been university librarian since 2002, also hopes the library update will include the enlarging of all the library’s current labs. Cornty Bates, serial and electronic resourses librarian, said the inside of Moffett needs a facelift. LIBRARY pg. 4 New SGA president goals include parking expansion By stefan atanassov staff writer Student Government Association has a new president and this senior kinesiology major has goals to get students more involved in campus-related events. Anthony Gallina, 22, said his chief priorities are to expand parking. “The main goal of our association is to take the concerns of students and to pass them to the faculty,” Gallina said. “We are also trying to get student input and general attention in Student Government.” Unlike many former SGA presidents, Gallina was never involved with SGA before being elected president. Through his heavy involvement in Greek Life and being a student ambassador, peer counselor and a manager of rec sports, Gallina said he wanted more of a leadership position. “I figured running for SGA president was a perfect challenge to prepare me for life after college,” he said. Gallina, who gets a monthly salary of $500, said he wants students to get more involved, but understands why students don’t participate in campus activities. “It is hard for students to get involved because as a freshman, you can feel overwhelmed with classes and the college social life,” Gallina said. “If a student starts out not being too active as a freshman, there is a good chance they will keep doing what is comfortable to them and not venture out and break free of their comfort zone.” Gallina is also involved in MSU’s plans for a new parking lot where the Biology House is. “Everybody knows parking is one of the hot topics on campus,” he said. “In turn, the decision was made to add additional parking so that more off campus student would be able to park and make it to class on time more easily.” The construction is scheduled to start this semester. Gallina was also on the committee that viewed the academic appeal statements and the student readmission letters. Academic appeal statements are students’ complaints for unfair grades. Gallina worked on three such cases and voted whether the complaint was reasonable or not. Readmission letters are sent by students who have been suspended for low GPA. Gallina helped determine the legibility of about 24 students to reapply to MSU. The Karum-native is also the vice president of his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE). Photo by SHANICE GLOVER Celebrating creativity Art gallery opening shows faculty artistry By ruth fitzgerald-black staff writer The art department faculty and staff displayed their multifaceted talents in various mediums of art Friday evening at the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery. Each display was visually stimulating and unique in its own right, and each had its own special story attached as well. Assistant professor Jennifer Yucus spent three weeks of her summer, teaching a high school art class in Kisoro, Uganda, a city with high levels of poverty and AIDS/HIV cases. Her display showcased the talents of her young students through color drawings they created. Each piece depicted the everyday life of each student. The pictures revealed a plethora of scenes including a visit to grandma’s house, the hopes and dreams of what each desired to become in the future, and even what one child hunted after he completed his studies for the day. Yucus also displayed her own talent for photography and her book blog design. In March, Yucus will co-host a show with her mentor, Jorge Montero, explaining her new body of works based on her experiences in Uganda. GALLERY pg. 3 SGA pg. 4 Photo by KERRI CARTER University addresses parking complaints By cody parish STAFF WRITER Circling the Bolin parking lot 10 minutes before a 9 a.m. class, waiting to swoop into any empty space, or nearly being rear-ended by drivers while backing out are some of the hassles students deal with daily and continue to voice their frustrations. The Wichitan has received many complaints via social media from students claiming the university has more students than parking spots. The complaints have not gone unnoticed by the university. Using private money and Texas Higher Education Assistance Funds (HEAF), the Board of Regents has given the go-ahead to new projects that will pave parking lots in the northwest side of campus, replacing the Old Band Hall, the police station, and the Biology House. If construction goes as planned, the new parking lots will add 186 spaces by the end of spring 2013, at an estimated cost of $890,000, provided through HEAF and private gifts. According to projected estimates by the Board, 51 spaces will be added by demolishing the Old Band Hall and resurfacing the McCoy School of Engineering parking lot. Taking down the Old Band Hall, which is planned for later this semester, will cost an estimated $60,000 through private funds. To create a parking lot at the Old Band Hall and resurface the McCoy lot, it will cost $260,000 through private funds. This project is scheduled to begin spring 2013. One hundred and thirty six spaces will be created through HEAF allocations by tearing down the Police Station and the Biology House. Fifteen thousand dollars of private funds will be spent moving the Police Station to the Alumni House. The Board of Regents’ master plan states that $100,000 will be needed to tear down the Police Station and Biology House. It will cost an additional $470,000 to pave a parking lot in their place. This will also be funded by HEAF allocation. Despite the plans of improvement, Student Development and Orientation released their own analysis of Midwestern’s parking situation. The letter, addressed to students, listed the positive aspects of campus parking. The letter defended change in parking costs, comparing it to larger universities such as Texas Tech University and the University of Texas, who charge students over a hundred dollars a year for parking. However, the enrollment at these universities is at least six times the size of Midwestern. Tarleton State University, which averages close to 10,000 students a year, charges only $25 a year for parking. Adela Martinez said she is not happy with the cost increase. “You want us [students] to pay that much, but I still have to search for a parking spot,” Martinez said. Kristen Ashlock said she wouldn’t mind paying higher cost if MSU had a parking garage. President Jesse Rogers proposed building a parking garage at a Board of Regents meeting last February. The idea was debated by regents who didn’t believe funds could cover the costs. According to Julie Gaynor, director of public information and marketing, there are approximately 3,073 total parking spaces, of which 2,354 are for students. Based of the 2012 spring enrollment numbers those parking spaces only cover 41.2 percent of the student body. In the letter from Student De- velopment and Orientation, the officials outlined the perceived responsibilities of the students when it comes to parking. “Each semester in college is filled with new responsibilities,” the letter stated. “Time management is one of the skills you should develop. Being in class ‘on time’ means that you cannot wait until the last minute to go to class.” The letter advises students to plan ahead and to give themselves around 20 minutes to find a parking spot. “It takes longer for the people that circle the one parking lot and find one there than it is to go to PARKING pg. 3

September 19, 2012

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