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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University SUNKYU YOO-NORRIS | THE WICHITAN Regaliaʼs rhymes and reasons LAUREN BERGER FOR THE WICHITAN T o better understand why students are required to wear a cap and gown for graduation, itʼs important to understand the history and the meaning of each part of the ceremonial dress. Although students and faculty alike donʼt prefer this attire there is a certain honor and regard to a cap and gown. Itʼs important for us to uphold this tradition in order to preserve the traditions of our ancestors. “I feel proud to wear the cap and gown because it means that I have earned the credits, completed 16 years of school, and have accomplished a dream of mine,” said Radiology major Paige Hansen. The cap and gown tradition started many years ago in some of the earliest Universities in Europe. In as early as the 12th century, it had become a staple of Western Civilization graduations. They were originally designed to uniform the students and to get away from excess in apparel that was not appropriate for such a prestigious ceremony. The long gowns were worn for warmth as were the caps, in the cool and unheated buildings in Europe. American Universities adopted this style in the Wednesday Dec. 6, 2006 Etiquette key to success 19th century and continue to follow it. Caps should only be made of cotton, poplin, broadcloth, rayon or silk, to match the gown with which they are to be used. Velvet may only be used for a doctorʼs degree. The style of the sleeve of the gown represents the level of the studentʼs completion. The pointed sleeves and no hood indicate a bachelorʼs degree graduate. Masterʼs degree graduate has long closed sleeves with arm slits and a narrow hood. And a doctorʼs degree has bell-shaped sleeves and a drape with a wide hood. The color of the hood indicates the college where the degree was given. For example, Harvard is crimson, Temple is cherry and white and Cornell is purple and white. Other than the lining the hood must be black. (www. Midwestern State University uses a few different colors for their hoods, although the primary color is maroon. It wasnʼt until the late 1800ʼs that colors were assigned to signify certain areas of study for schools in the United States. Today, tassel colors traditionally indicate what college students are graduating from. The colors are as follows: White-College of Arts and Science, Brown-School of Fine Arts, Drab-College of Business and Public Administration and Accounting, Light BlueCollege of Education, Orange-College of Engineering, Green and Gold-College of Nursing and Crimson-School of Journalism. Although this sometimes varies from school to school, it is the basic rule of thumb for graduation. Tassels are worn accordingly depending on the type of graduation. For example, in a basic college graduation and most high school graduations, the tassels are worn on the right and then they are flipped to the left upon receiving the degree. Normally the “flip” occurs after the handshake and the degree is handed over. However, as always, there is an exception to the rule. In the case of a Masterʼs degree, the tassel starts on the left and is flipped to the right upon receiving the degree. One of the more exciting aspects of the graduation is the tossing of the caps. After the completion of the ceremony, caps are tossed into the air in celebration of an accomplishment. Sadly, some schools are starting to move away from this tradition, and most area high schools have already banned the act from taking place. Just as a part of other ceremonies it is important for us to keep these different traditions alive. Also traditions uphold the seriousness and importance of the different occasions. So the next time you earn the right to be in a cap and gown or around those who are, remember the hard work and long hours it took to earn that standing. CHRISTIAN MCPHATE OPINIONS EDITOR You walk into your first job interiview. Your resume is in shambles. Your attire is sloppy. Your interviewer thanks you for coming, but does not conduct the interview. Suddenly the realization sinks in. Youʼve done something wrong. This was no real fault of yours. You simply were not prepared for the job market before receiving your college diploma. This is where Sally Perkins, adjunct instructor of general business, steps in. She enlightens college students on the proper dos and donʼts of the business world. “Usually within the first two or three minutes, interviewers will know if they are going to hire you or not,” Perkins explained. “First impressions make that much difference. How you look, your posture and pose may offset anything you might have to say because they See Etiquette page 8 Vehicle works as billboard LAUREN BERGER FOR THE WICHITAN A local business wants to dress its fleet in MSU colors. City Concrete is off to a good start. The firm has made a rolling, spinning billboard on the side of one of its cement mixers. The company wants MSU to know it supports the college. Paul Foley, owner City Concrete, and his two sons Tim and Jim run the family company. Tim attended MSU from 1992-1995 and Jim graduated from MSU in 1998. Tim said he really enjoyed attending MSU especially because of the atmosphere around the campus. But he also wanted the community to know that he cared about the local athletics teams and he wanted to show some pride in his alma mater. The family has always been a Texas A&M fan and when they were in College Station they noticed the support the entire town gave that school. From the faces of the fans See Concrete page 8 Lots learned from day of begging LOIS MARSHALL FOR THE WICHITAN INSIDE The scorching August sun pounded down on the skinny beggar girl on the corner. Perspiration soaked her ragged, bleach-stained red sweatshirt. She sat on the sidewalk, wearing a strange smile. Her rolled up, muddied jeans were her only means of air conditioning. Her nappy copper curls glistened as she nodded to passersby. Within 30 minutes, strangers dropped over $150 in crumpled bills, coins and other pocket refuse into her white shopping bag. This college freshman had found an easy summer job. This college girl was me. Guilt never ventured into my thoughts during those minutes. I was scorned, pitied and rewarded. It was beautiful. It was wrong. I scammed innocent strangers. It was summer 2002. I was visiting an aunt in Brooklyn. I was stuffed in her $1,300-a-month matchbox of a studio. There was no cable, no internet, and no nonChristian books or movies, except for that one Cosmo accidentally delivered to her, resting in the trash. Bored, I looked out the window. I saw a little boy walking by, examining the ground near the bus stop. I figured he was looking for money. Then it struck me—why don’t I pretend to be a beggar? People always picture New York, especially places like Brooklyn, as dangerous and tough. It’s a place where people bump into each other without saying “sorry,” or simple things as “hi.” It never dawned on me that this venture would have funded a splurge at the Gucci and Gap stores in Manhattan the following day. I found that the Bible pounders gave the least, and the disgruntled businessmen gave the most. Kids were darling, whereas teenagers and the over-worked were mean. One man in a navy blue pinstriped suit charged by. Without even looking he chucked a $10 bill into my bag. I tried to say thanks, but he glared and continued on his march. Another overloaded with Starbucks, folders and a briefcase, dished out a stick of wrinkled Winter Fresh gum and a whole $20. I tried not to do a victory dance, but I was amazed. I did not have a jingle or a cheaply decorated piece of water-stained cardboard. My line was “change please.” It was simple yet suffi- See Beggar page 7 Fantasy of Lights Classic holiday films Annual Christmas display continues to bring joy to locals’ faces. A number of movies help to capture the spirit of the season. pages 4 page 6 ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN A Storm blows in MSU Mustangs are defeated by Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm 92-70. page 10

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