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FAREWELL, CARELL! ‘The Office’ retires Michael Scott, saying goodbye to the the NBC show that made him a star npage 6 Wednesday n April 27, 2011 PUTTING UP A FIGHT: Mixed martial artist Jared Dopp works hard to overcome challenges, succeed on and off the mat npage 8 thewichitan your university n your voice Speaker offers autism advice Chris Collins Managing Editor “I can easily figure out, for example, that Oct. 15, 1951, was a Friday,” he said. But that’s not the most interTaylor Crowe, a Missouri native, has a couple unique talents. esting thing about Crowe – the For one, he travels all over the 28-year-old California Institute country, teaching children to of the Arts graduate is autistic. He shared his story of overdraw and paint. He also has an impeccable knack for memoriz- coming the behavioral disorder ing dates and people’s birthdays. and finding success in the face For example, he recalled, Dis- of it with audience members at ney’s Cinderella was released Feb. Akin Auditorium April 16. He 15, 1950. It was a Wednesday. was the keynote speaker for the Taylor Swift was born Dec. 13, region’s fourth annual Autism 1989, which was also a Wednes- Conference of Texoma at MSU. Crowe is a high-functioning day. Garth Brooks was born March 5, 1962. That was a Mon- autistic person. This month he spoke at the Texas Educational day. “Ever since I learned about Diagnosticians Conference in calendars and dates as a child, I East Texas. In March, he taught was really fascinated by them,” an art workshop for Eskimo children in Alaska. He was even Crowe said. As a kid, he taught himself hired by the state of Alaska to how to calculate which days in speak at six schools to discuss the 1980s were Sundays by care- how he overcame autism to lead fully studying illustrations in a rewarding life. Garfield cartoons. See CROWE on page 4 fashion statement Adam Henson is an individual – he sports a kilt and practices paganism. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann) Kilt-clad junior treasures his unqiue fashion choice Trevor Hunter For the Wichitan Imagine walking into the men’s restroom and spotting a tall figure with long, golden locks and a skirt. What the – ? No, somebody didn’t get the restrooms mixed up. The skirted figure is actually a man and the skirt is actually a kilt. Wearing it is Adam Henson, 21, an MSU junior. It’s become his trademark at- tire on campus for nearly two years. Henson began wearing a kilt in March 2009, after he journeyed to the Texas Irish Festival in Dallas. There he discovered a Utilikilts vendor at the festival. He found that a kilt was vastly more comfortable than pants because it does not restrict his movement. He ordered his first kilt in April. Since then, he has acquired four more. Some people may think wearing a kilt would cause Henson to be ridiculed, but this is a misconception. “Mostly people are either really curious or they give me a high-five going down the street,” he said “ I guess overall, people appreciate the individuation.” There are also other reasons that Henson wears a kilt. A traditional kilt does not have pockets. Instead, items are carried in a pouch called a sporran. In a Utilikilt, there can See KILT on page 4 MSU grants Make-a-Wish dream Chris Collins Managing Editor Bethany Tarwater felt like a modern-day princess Sunday, April 17. The nine-year-old girl, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009 and leukemia in 2010, was surprised that afternoon when a white Hummer limousine pulled up to the curb at her Wichita Falls home. It would be a busy day for Bethany – she needed to get her hair and nails done and pick out a dress to wear before she could attend a party at MSU. The send-off party, which was held at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU that afternoon, was all about her. The party, hosted in partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation was only part one of Bethany’s present. Part two will be an all-expense paid vacation for Bethany and her family to Disney World. “I was blown away,” said Bethany’s mother Tonia. “This is so much more than I was expecting. More than 150 people, including community members and MSU students showed up to the museum to send Bethany off. The event was open to anyone who wanted to attend. MSU Cheerleaders worked out a cheer routine for Bethany and Omega Delta Phi choreographed a special dance routine for the event. Clowns, face-painting, music and friendship bracelets also helped make the party a hit. Chi Omega played a pivotal role in setting up the party, said sorority adviser Joellen Tritton. Chi Omega’s national philanthropy organization is the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which is a grant-wishing organization for sick children. To apply for the program, a physician must deem that a child is stricken with a life-threatening illness. Bethany’s parents said doctors have told them that Bethany currently has a 90 percent chance of defeating the cancer completely. She is currently in remission. Her mother said that although Bethany has suffered a lot in the past couple years, she tries to lead as normal a life as possible. “She’s still a real normal nine year old,” Tonia said. “Thank God the brain surgery hasn’t affected See WISH on page 3 (Above) Junior Blaire White walks with Bethany Tarwater at her Make-A-Wish party. (Right) Junior Courtney Biard entertained Bethany as a modern-day Cinderella. (Photos by Hannah Hofmann) Job seekers hunt for summer work Brittney Cottingham Features Editor Last Wednesday, 145 students met with 26 local businesses to discuss their possible employment at the Summer Employment Fair presented by the Career Management Center. The current economic climate has caused unemployment and raised prices, which leaves some students and businesses worried about the future. “It is so hard to find a job,” senior Debra Barnett said. “Graduation scares me when I have yet to find a full time job and I believe the economy has a lot to do with it.” WDS Global center opened in May 2010 and Brenda Gibson, from their Human Resources department, said they have been a source of jobs in the Wichita Falls community and continue to provide those jobs as they grow. “The benefit we receive from WDS Global look to hire students at Summer Employment Fair (Photo by Kassie Bruton) students is the schedule,” Gibson said. “Most students need afternoon or evening jobs, which are the peak house for call centers. Graduates that have a great educational resume but lack a working resume can come to WDS to fill that gap and gain valuable experience.” Lowe’s attended the event to increase applicant pool. According to Betty Yoder, See JOB FAIR on page 3

April 27, 2011

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