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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University Wednesday Feb. 14, 2007 Free copies of New York Times now available at MSU MINNA GILLIAM SCHRAEDER FOR THE WICHITAN For the first time, students can pick up daily copies of The New York Times on newsstands around campus. Whatʼs more, theyʼre free. The New York Times Readership Program was launched this spring. It is part of the American Democracy Project Committee, a national project sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and The New York Times. “The American Democracy Project is an action-oriented response to the decline in civic engagement within our society, especially younger generations,” Keith Lamb, associate vice president of student affairs, said.. “As a participating American Democracy Project institution, MSUʼs American Democracy Project committee felt it was important to offer this free resource to students and to encourage faculty to integrate it into their courses,” Lamb said. The New York Times is the only paper offered in the New York Times Readership Program. About 200 papers are distributed on campus five days per week. It is estimated that this program will cost about $2,400 per semester. The newspapers are only available in the Clark Student Center and residence halls. This expense does not come out of student fees. Dr. Millie Gore, professor of counseling and special eduto begin seeing disabilities in cation, said she utilizes many different contexts,” the New York Dr. Gore said. “In class, Times Readerthey learn about disship Program abilities, but they use The New p e r sonalYork Times ly and to extend protheir f e s learnsioning beally. yond the “My classroom students by seeing the use The impact of disNew York ability in real-life contexts.” T i m e s regularly. USA Today introIn my ex- ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN duced the USA Today ceptional Readership Program individuals classes, I want students to MSU in 2001. According to Lamb, it offers a value-added service to MSUʼs residential students. It provides free newspapers in the residence halls and the Sunwatcher Village clubhouse and is sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. “USA Today, among others, noticed a steady decline in the number of young adults participating in reading a daily newspaper; many young people either received their news from the Internet or did not receive news at all,” Lamb said. “In this vein, the newspaper industry, as did we, felt it was important to make the news easily accessible for college students.” USA Today, The Times Record News, and the Dallas Morning News are three papers included in the Color of Controversy Racial inequality a black-and-white matter MELISSA DOS PRAZERES-SILVA FOR THE WICHTAN T HERSHEL SELF | THE WICHITAN Roland Fryer discusses issues of racial inequality during a lecture on Friday as part of the Artist-Lecture Series. he underachievement of blacks in Amercian society remains an ongoing issue today, even after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, a Harvard economist said Friday night. Roland G. Fryer, Jr., speaking as part of the Artist-Lecture Series, said the problem cannot be blamed solely on discrimination. Fryer cited some alarming statistics. “The average 17-year-old black American reads at the level of the average 13-year-old white American,” he explained. Fryer pointed out the average life expectancy for a black American is six years shorter than a white American and one in four black males are incarcerated. He said his goal is to find a framework within which to interpret these facts and determine whether black culture is a cause or a consequence of racial inequality. He said he also seeks to help motivate and encourage young black students. Fryerʼs approach to this mission is, at times, controversial. He has weathered criticism for providing third graders with monetary incentives based on their academic performance. In New York and Dallas, Fryer rewarded black students with cash for reading more books and earning good grades. “People want third graders to do well in school and wait 10 years for their reward,” said Fryer, who attended the University of Texas at Arlington on a football scholarship. “We need incentives narrowly targeted to achievement.” Fryer believes science and community action are the roads to solving issues of racial inequality. According to him, politicians donʼt have the solution, nor should they be expected to. “We wouldnʼt want them to solve our cholesterol problems because they donʼt know anything about that. What makes us think they know anything about racial inequality?” he said. Fryerʼs ideas are so revolutionary that he has attracted the attention of heavy-hitters such as 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama. Obama has invited Fryer to be his educational policy adviser. Fryerʼs work and findings on racial inequality in the fields of economics and African-American studies have attracted the attention of not just academics, but of anyone interested in what it means to be black in America today. Clearly, Fryer has made substantial progress in solving the racial inequality conundrum, but he concedes there remains a long road ahead. “Weʼve failed the last 30 years. We now need a method to figure out solutions,” Fryer said. “Are we scared of the answers?” USA Today Readership Program. Roughly 200 of each of the three papers are distributed on-campus five days per week. The expense of this program is approximately $5,200 per semester. This expense does not come out of student fees. The readership programs are available to students living on-campus at no cost. The New York Times is free to students, faculty and staff. The only time the programs are not available to MSU is when classes are not in session. Audrey Nixon, a sophomore majoring in business management, believes there are many benefits to the readership programs at MSU. “I read certain sections of the See Times page 6 Student bodies wanted KRYSTLE CAREY MANAGING EDITOR For some students, college life can be boring. With a full load of classes, tons of homework and dreary jobs, one can easily be tempted to use the leftover time for just bumming around. But thereʼs a better alternative. Many campus organizations exist to relieve students of their boredom and give them a different kind of college experience. These groups gathered Tuesday in the Clark Student Center Atrium to show students what they have to offer. About a dozen organizations were represented including the Phonathon, University Programming Board, Alpha Phi Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Elena Martinez, a junior bilingual education major and Phonathon representative, stood at one of the tables with candy, information and a smile. “Weʼre looking for people to hire,” she gushed. “Itʼs a good job to have on campus and we work with your schedule.” The Phonathon, which gets donations for the MSU Annual Fund, is currently looking for students to take weekend shift positions. Martinez said about 16 people work a shift. For students who are interested See Fair page 6 Old vice finds fresh face on the Internet INSIDE The world of gambling has slowly been sweeping the nation, but for college students the means of gambling have become a lot more accessible. Internet gambling provides an opportunity to earn an easy dollar from the comfort of your own computer. It also has its downside. The first online gambling site came to be in 1996, and the same year Micro gaming, the most popular developer of online software, came to be. Two years later, the government attempted to pass a bill that prohibited online gambling but failed. By 2001, more than 8 million accounts had been established on gambling sites. Popular online sites like, and are some of the sites receiving the most hits. It is estimated by the year 2009, online poker sites will raise around $17 billion. A 2005 survey by the University of Pennsylvaniaʼs Annenberg Public Policy Center showed 26 percent of male college students gambled “ from the pressure of their indicative studies,” Long Island Press reported. With gambling at our fingertips, the ability to lose money has risen. All it takes is punching in a debit card or credit card number, investing a given amount into the online just as alcohol and tobacco can. People can be successful when gambling, just as senior Kelly Fisher has been. After gambling online for six months, he has come out over $10,000 in positive numbers, although he admits it is easy to get in over your head. “There was a two-day period in which I made $9,000. I started the day with $75, and before I knew it, I had about three grand. After that, I started playing at poker tables with larger blinds, and within 30 minutes I had made $9,000,” he said. Junior Cody Koetter admitted to letting Fisher play with his money because he was confident his friend would make him money. Fisher turned $50 into $350 in a couple hours. He also stated that when he is not busy and has time to possibly make a few extra dollars, he signs on to play poker. Not only have I lost money from my bank account through my debit card, I have also literally gambled away the majority of my semester loan. online at least once a month, and nearly 10 percent of all college students gambled online at some time last year. “In todayʼs digital-enabled age of computers, college students are easily drawn to the world of online gambling as they look for an escape “ RYAN HATCHER FOR THE WICHTIAN site and gambling away. MSU student Donny Brown said, “Not only have I lost money from my bank account through my debit card, I have also literally gambled away the majority of my semester loan.” Gambling can become addictive ‘Hannibal Rising’ DVD Releases This movie isn’t fitting to the Hannibal Lecter mold. Two Academy Award hopefuls released on DVD. page 4 page 5 SUNKYU YOO-NORRIS | THE WICHITAN Angelo State rams Mustangs Lady Mustangs drop from four-way tie to third place in the Lone Star Conference South. page 8

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