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The student voice of Midwestern State University The Wichitan page 9 Emotional paths BFA graduates display their portfolios during senior exhibitions. page 10 Perfection! Men’s basketball kicks off season with a flawless 7-0 record. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 Library keeping it legal Donace Wilkinson For the Wichitan Theatre department goes beyond tinsel and lights for production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ Emily Arnold For the Wichitan The MSU theatre department is gearing for its production of “A Christmas Carol” to run Thursday through Sunday. Cast and crew are putting in late nights, countless hours of rehearsal, and polishing British accents. That is what has been consuming most of the cast. Late nights at the theatre and lots of hours studying lines on top of school make for some tired people. MSU freshman Parker Arnold, who plays Marvel, an inventor, and the Ghost of Christmas Future, explained that the play takes the audience through the entire Christmas story people have come to know and love. The main character, Scrooge, played by sophomore Adam Granbury, doesn’t understand Christmas just as he doesn’t understand life. He seeks only the riches of the world and is unable to cherish a moment in itself or respect life. Scrooge clings to harshness and stubbornness while those around him try to convince him to enjoy the day. But when that fails, he’s visited by a series of spirits. The first is the ghost of his dead colleague, Marley (Matt Griffin) See CAROL page 6 Moffett Library permanently bans students who use MSU’s laptops to look up pornographic Web sites and cheat sites. According to Christopher Henderson, electronic access media librarian, Moffett is guided by Texas law. “It’s actually against Texas law to visit porn sites,” Henderson said. “Most people don’t know, but they’re actually using Texas property to break Texas law.” According to circulation department manager Jason BrSee LIBRARY page 5 Classroom drama gets political Chris Collins Managing Editor An MSU freshman was blacklisted from a political science class after she gave a controversial presentation last month. Jennifer Craig, 26, did her current events presentation for her American Government class on the outbursts of comedian Michael Richards during a stand-up routine in 2006. During the comedy special, Richards blew up at a group of black audience members who were heckling him. Richards, known best for his character Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld, repeatedly shouted, ‘He’s a nigSee CRAIG page 5 Photo Courtesy MSU Theatre’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a challenging show for the actors and the techies, who have had to create elaborate sets and effects for the production which opens Thursday at 7:30. Dropping like flies Cutting courses has consequences Abbie Hunt For the Wichitan Wreck sends cyclist crashing into kindess of strangers Brady Tyler For the Wichitan It was midnight, Dec. 7, 2008, when Jeff Waldmuller’s life was forever changed.  The 25-year-old Holliday native was driving home on his Triumph Daytona 375 motorcycle when he entered a construction zone at Kell Boulevard and FM 369. Waldmuller slowed to the posted speed of 30 mph. In front of him an 18-wheeler was plodding along at about 20 mph. As Waldmuller merged into the left lane to pass the semi, the wheels of his motorcycle suddenly lost traction on loose gravel that covered the road. Waldmuller lost control, sideswiping the guardrail and tumbling off his bike. Had he not been next to the big truck, he would have walked away with maybe a scar on left shin and some nasty bruises. Instead, he looked up to see the truck’s trailer swing over him. The massive wheels crushed his right leg and elbow. At that moment, Waldmuller thought it might be the end. He survived, though, but not without paying a price. In the process, he would come to discover the kindness and generosity of strangers. Back to that cold, miserable night. Lying in the road, Waldmuller attempted to survey the damage to his body. Pain told him the injuries to his leg and his arm were severe. Fortunately, a friend had been following behind him in a car and was able to call 911 and notify his parents. A nurse who had just finished a shift at the hospital also pulled over to help. She tried to keep him calm and alert. First Responders arrived about 10 minutes later. Even with all the people there, Waldmuller said he had never felt so alone. “People would come up to me and say help was coming and then walk away,” he said.  At United Regional, doctors went to work trying to find a way to fix the severed tendons in his arm and leg. Most of the surgeries they performed were experimental, Waldmuller said. And because the pain medication was not working, he had to endure hours of intense suffering.  Waldmuller spent the next six days in the Intensive Care Unit. Once he was moved to the Recovery Room, he began to get to know the people who cared for him. By the time he was released on Dec. 23, he was on a first-name basis with everyone who looked out for him. To his surprise, the See WRECK page 6 The Registrar’s office had processed 682 drop slips for the fall semester as of November 13. The figures from Marilyn Deese, a research analyst in Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment are students who have not withdrawn compeletely for the fall 2009 semester, but are just dropping a class or two. This semester, 84 students have withdrawn from the university (dropped all classes).  Dottie Westbrook with the Registrar’s Office said she did not have access to any information on the percentage of students who dropped courses according to classification, explaining that See DROP page 4

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