Jan 31, 2007
This movie is sure to please with use of violence and comedy. page 5 page 8 Artists in London Students enjoy London life while learning valuable photography skills. Wednesday Jan. 31, 2007 See Hoffman page 6 See Vegetarian page 6 Gregg Cavet (left) and Corey Smallwood sit outside while studying for thier classes. must pay to eat. Some donʼt agree with the freshness and nutritious values of the See College page 6 M ELISSA DOS P RAZERES -S ILVA F OR THE W ICHITAN ‘Smokin’ Aces’
THE WICHITAN CHRISTIAN MCPHATE STAFF REPORTER John Paul Fletcher, 33, pleaded guilty last week to the kidnapping of Rebecca Hoffman, wife of English professor Thomas Hoffman, last August. Fletcher also pleaded guilty to robbing the couple, assault and burglary of a habitation. After three hours of deliberation, the six-man and six-woman jury sentenced him to 11 years in prison on the kidnapping charge and 10 years probation for the other three offenses. The crimes occurred Aug. 23 after the couple returned home from dinner with their pastor and church friends and were awaiting the opening of their automatic garage door. A masked gunman wearing a tweed jacket and a straw hat approached the Hoffmans at gunpoint. He forced the couple into their home where he demanded a ransom. Later, he took Mrs. Hoffman and her Toyota Avalon and fled the scene. After leading police on a 45minute car chase through Clay and Wichita Counties, law enforcement officers found the Toyota near the bank of the Wichita River. Mrs. Hoffman was in the backseat unharmed. Police apprehended Fletcher shortly afterward. Court testimony revealed that Fletcher had previously rented a home from the Hoffmans and believed they had money because of several rental properties the couple owned. Chief prosecutor Rick Mahler explained that the probation would run concurrently with the prison time. "Fletcher could get out in five and a half years on good behavior," Mahler said. Fletcher had no prior criminal history. "You will be a model prisoner," Senior Judge David Cleveland told Fletcher. The retired Palo Pinto County district judge told Fletcher he should think about the impact his crimes had on the Hoffmans. "While hes been in jail, I have felt safe," Rebecca Hoffman said after the trial. "I will feel safe for five years." Mahler stated that his office "wished he wouldve gotten more time." The Hoffmans released this statement: "The family of Dr. and Mrs. Tom Hoffman would like to publicly express their profound appreciation and gratitude to the Wichita Falls Gang Task Force for rescuing Rebecca Hoffman the night she was kidnapped, on August 23, 2006. We also want to thank the second and third shift patrol officers who apprehended her kidnapper, John Paul Wednesday Jan. 31, 2007 Hoffman kidnapper sentenced to 11 years in prison Fletcher, in the same evening and the Wichita Falls Police detectives and the District Attorneys Office, specifically Dobie Kosub and Vickie Collins for the countless hours they invested in the pursuit of justice. "It was our hope that John Paul Fletcher would receive a sentence long enough for Dr. and Mrs. Hoffman, in their advanced age, to live the remainder of their lives without the fear of Mr. Fletcher having an opportunity to do them further harm, so naturally, we are disap- See Hoffman page 6 Food for thought Students wonder if Mesquite Dining Hall meal plan prices are really worth their buck. MELISSA DOS PRAZERES-SILVA FOR THE WICHITAN The Mesquite Dining Hall is an all you can eat MSU dining service that offers a wide variety of foods to its most popular users, the students who live on campus. However, not all of them believe they are getting their moneys worth. Students who live in the Killingsworth Dorm, Pierce Hall or McCullough-Trigg are required by the schools food service policy to have a meal plan with the Mesquite Dining Hall. Three meal plans are available for the students, living in these residence halls, to choose from: �19 meals per week + $65 declining balance = $1,280 �14 meals per week + $75 declining balance = $1,200 �10 meals per week + $75 declining balance = $1,170 The Mesquite Dining Hall is divided into different sections that provide various kinds of cuisine. There is the pasta section. Another is the hot meals section where the menu varies from day to day. Theres also a hot dog, burgers and fries area and a sandwich section, which allows you to pick and choose what goes in your sandwich. The Mesquite Dining service boasts an extensive salad bar. MSUs Dining Services works in conjunction with Aramark to offer a number of other eateries and food services on campus besides Mesquite, like the Sundance Food Court, Java City and Starbucks. All food items are prepared following Aramark guidelines and recipes. Students opinions on the cafeteria vary. Some like the food b u t not all students with a meal plan a r e happy with what they foods, while others say they have had appalling experiences concerning the hygiene t h a t leave them " a t least ogy major, had a meal plan only because she had no other choice coming in as an international freshman. As part of the schools housing policy, all students must live on campus except if they live with a family member, are married or have a child, have over 45 credit hours, are part-time students or over the age of 21 prior to the first day of classes. "I was in McCullough-Trigg and was stuck with a meal plan," Watson said. "The food really was too greasy most of the time, and there was hardly any taste to it." She also said, as an athlete, she wants to eat a lot better because she works out so much. However, her choices are limited to the salad bar or pasta. "I do get sick of the food sometimes. Its the same stuff over and over, and its greasy," said Heather Primavera, a sophomore mass communication major. "I think it is overpriced, and there is a limited choice." Michael Clifton, director of Dining Services, said that their goal is to try and cater to all their customers. "We have low-fat items, like the sandwich area and the salad bar, and we dont do a lot of seasoning since everyone has different tastes," Clifton said. Keith Lamb, associate vice president of student affairs, said it is normal that students say they are tired of the food and think there is a limited choice available. Veg out LATIA BANKS STAFF REPORTER Its a world where steaks and prime rib are unheard of on the menu, a place where chicken is nonexistent. A vegetarian/vegan would say, KFC who? Amy Cox, 24, is familiar with this territory. The MSU graduate student has been a vegetarian on and off for almost 10 years. She has been vegan for 8 months. "Its a stricter form of vegetarian," she explained. Peta2.com, a vegan Web site, defines veganism as "Compassion in action. It is a philosophy, diet and lifestyle." Cox said she was just looking for a change. "After my father died I was getting sick. I had gotten to a point where I didnt like myself," she said. She said becoming a vegetarian helped her cope with her depression. Later, she decided to be a vegan. "I took the plunge. Once you do it, its quite nice," Cox said, chuckling. A vegan does not eat meat or dairy products. Some vegans dont use anything if there are animal products in it, for example: Soap, shoes and clothing with silk, wool or leather. Cox said she only wears material that is animal friendly. "Ive had the same shoes for 10 years. They will last me for 10 more years," she said. She said she uses olive oil soap and shops at Hot Topic. "You can find a bunny rabbit on the label of a product. Thats how you know its animal friendly and must pay to eat. Some dont agree with the freshness and nutritious values of the SUNKYU YOO-NORRIS | THE WICHITAN $1,000 short for nothing." Michelle Watson, a senior psychol- See Food page 6 See Vegetarian page 6 Non-trads find worth in attending college MELISSA NEWTON FOR THE WICHITAN Midterms, parent-teacher conferences, work, study groups, PTA meetings, housework and thats just on Monday. To some students the college experience is viewed as a lot of partying and bellying up to the bar, with the occasional study group if they feel like it. For the small percentage of parents who have decided to pursue their degree later in life, this scenario would be mind-boggling. Some are returning after working in a field they no longer see a future in. Some are going for the first time to try and better their lives and the lives of their family. Corey Smallwood, a 26-year-old freshman in radiological sciences, has already gotten two bachelors degrees in electronics and teaching while in the Air Force. When he decided not to re-enlist as an avionics instructor last spring he wanted to take advantage of his GI Bill money and get a degree in radiology. "I decided to go back to school after getting out of the Air Force because I wanted to get out of electronics," Smallwood said. "The commercial electronics industry is becoming such a flip-flop field. All of the big companies are contracted for the military and the market goes up and down so much, I couldnt afford taking the chance of getting laid off." Smallwood chose the medical field this time around because he knew that if he ever moves there will always be a job that he is qualified for. Another student who found refuge in the medical field is Greg Cavet, a sophomore in radiological sciences. After four years in the Air Force and eight years working for the postal service, then 29-year-old Cavet decided he wanted to do something better with his life. He chose radiology because he knew he wanted to do something in the medical field, but not be a nurse. He heard that radiology paid well, and it didnt take long to complete the program. Cavet wishes he had gone to college when he first graduated high school so that it would be over with, but feels like it "means more" now that he has to work so hard for it. "Sometimes when I see those kids that dont care about missing class or doing bad on a test, I think, Man I wish I could feel like that and not have any responsibilities," Cavet said. "But then I think about how much it will mean for my family and how the sacrifices I am making now will mean so much more when its over." Balancing a family life, work and a college career is hard. Cavet admits that sometimes he cant do it. "Its tough, especially with little ones," Cavet said. "My son is 2 years old and he doesnt understand why I cant be with him all the time. See College page 6 LAUREN MILLER | THE WICHITAN Gregg Cavet (left) and Corey Smallwood sit outside while studying for thier classes. INSIDE `Smokin' Aces' This movie is sure to please with use of violence and comedy. pages 4 Artists in London Students enjoy London life while learning valuable photography skills. page 5 Two in a row MSU Mustangs buck off two men's basketball opponents in a row. page 8 Sweepstakes Winner 2006 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association VIEWPOINTS THE WICHITAN Finalist 2004 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award Jan. 31, 2007 Injustice served On the night of Aug. 23, Dr. Tom Hoffman, an MSU English professor, and his wife Rebecca returned home to find a masked gunman in their house. The man kidnapped Mrs. Hoffman for ransom and fled with her in her car. On Jan. 24, the Hoffmans were victims of yet another injustice: A Wichita County jury let the kidnapper off easy. John Paul Fletcher, 33, of Wichita Falls, was sentenced to 11 years for aggravated kidnapping. If he behaves himself in prison, he could be out in five years. The Hoffman family is upset, but everyone who believes in justice should be. When the Hoffmans pulled into their garage on the night of the crime, Fletcher forced them inside the house at gunpoint. The alarm system went off, ultimately alerting authorities, according to an account in the Wichita Falls Times Record News. While Dr. Hoffman was forced to lie on the floor in the house, Fletcher pushed Mrs. Hoffman onto the back floorboard of the car and took off. After a multi-county pursuit, authorities found the vehicle parked on the bank of the Wichita River. The terrified victim was still in the back, her face covered. Fletcher had left the scene but was apprehended a short time later. Fletcher, a former tenant of the Hoffmans, later told the court he was having financial problems and had planned the kidnapping to get ransom money from the couple. He was later charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and burglary of a habitation. He chose to have a jury, rather than a judge, decide his punishment. After three hours of deliberation, six men and six women decided on 11 years for the kidnapping charge. Fletcher got five-year probations for each of the remaining charges. "We were kind of lenient," admitted the presiding juror in an interview with the Times Record News. The juror, who didnt want to be identified, said Fletchers previously clean criminal background was a leading factor. "He never hit her or forced her around or anything," he said. He said the kidnapper "did show some compassion" by finally allowing his arthritic victim to get up on the seat. "We took that in his favor." The juror said that the jury saw Fletcher as "someone caught up in a bind financially." Shockingly, the jury seemed to identify with a kidnapper awash in credit card debt and owing on a vehicle and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. (Bring out the Kleenex.) Fletcher wanted a jury of his peers and he got one. They showed him undue compassion. This isnt the first time for victims of a crime to feel slighted by a judge or a jury. The same thing happened after a similar kidnapping in Florida in 2000. Gerald and Carol Leary of Largo were robbed and kidnapped from their home by a man with an accomplice posing as a saleswoman. He forced them into the trunk of their car, which was later abandoned in a wooded area. The Learys were also upset over the sentence given their abductor. Only in their case, the kidnapper got 20 years, twice as much as Fletcher. According to Law.com, a legal-news Web site, Texas is one of the few states in the nation that allows juries to assess punishment. Texas does not have state sentencing guidelines other than general ranges of punishment for specific offenses. Everyone has a bad day, but does that give you the right to hold someone at gunpoint and demand a ransom for their life over delinquent credit card bills and an overdue car payment? According to the Wichita County justice system, it does. Staff Editorial Promiscuous world trouble for young adults Lately I have been trying to figure out why so many people are promiscuous. I mean, is it really that enjoyable KRYSTLE CAREY being with MANAGING EDITOR more people you can count on one hand, all in one weekend? Has society completely lost the concept of being faithful? Too often I hear about another girl who has her heart broken by a "boyfriend" because he decided to sleep with another woman. The girlfriend is left feeling betrayed, helpless, used and as if the whole relationship was a lie. Basically, she ends up blaming herself for her boyfriends stupidity. This type of mentality really irks me because no woman, or even man, should have to put up with this kind of behavior. If that supposed "boyfriend" or "girlfriend" was so wonderful, do you really think they would have taken your feelings for granted? We hear everyday about celebrity couples splitting because one or the other has been promiscuous. Look at the situation between Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston or the recent Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz break up. Both are examples of one partner being unfaithful. One might say it is because of their lifestyle. However, what can be said about the average American that does the same thing? It saddens me that so many feel the need to sleep around with as many people as they can. It seems that society has become a sex-driven entity that keeps sucking in more victims. With so many promiscuous people today, it is a wonder how marriages even exist any more. How can you trust someone else enough to believe they will stay faithful to you, and only you, for the rest of your life? The TV show "Cheaters" has shown us the bad and ugly of unfaithful relationships, catching cheating partners in the act with undercover help and cameras. Would the fear of being caught by lights, cameras and your significant other make someone more faithful? As the looks of things on the show, it is not likely. Sex sells. This is what the media tells us. Almost every music video you see today has half-naked women doing moves that would disgrace their grandmas. Little girls are dressing more provocatively because that is what they are being shown in television and movies. Is this really the model we want to show our children? Sure, I have watched these shows, movies and music videos. However, I know the difference between watching something and actually behaving in that way. It seems that some people cannot decipher the two. Chris Rock is starring in "I Think I Love My Wife," where he finds himself wanting to be single again, living the "free" life. I, myself, am a Chris Rock fan. Rarely do I watch something with him in it where I am not laughing. However, when I saw the preview for this movie, I was somewhat thrown back by it: A married man, wanting to sleep with every woman he passes. Not my idea of a great movie. I make it a habit not to judge others for their decisions. I think that is the beauty of having your own life. I t s amazing how little free time a college student has once classes begin. Most of us find CARRIE SULLIVAN ourselves too tired EDITOR-IN-CHIEF to think, much less cook. So naturally Ive been eating out quite a bit. In the last couple of weeks, Ive had some pleasant dining-out experiences here in Wichita Falls, but a surprising handful have fallen into a category Id like to call "B.S." I mean, were paying for quality service when we eat out, right? We should be pleased with the outcome, not ready to throw our butter knifes at our servers. So in response to the overwhelming number of bad experiences Ive had of late, I have composed a list of five essential rules that restaurant workers should always follow. Rule number one: Get the f***ing order right. Weve all had this happen. I went to one of the deli places here in town and had a mouth watering de- Fast food annoyances hit close to home sire for a tuna melt. I ordered, quite articulately, that I wanted the "tuna melt." The waitress brought back a basket of food and without checking, I bit into a turkey sandwich. Growling into my bread, I looked, and sure enough, it was not tuna. The waitress was busy playing with her hair behind the counter and I was starved, so I just ate the sandwich. She didnt get a tip. Rule number two: Show some maturity. I went to eat at a fairly new restaurant here in town. As I was standing in front of the counter, searching the menu on the wall, the cashier started whining to another worker. "My feet hurt," she said, contorting her body to lean on the counter. She didnt look a day over 16. "Im tired. My feet are really killing me. I just wanna go home." I know its the end of the day. And Im sorry, sweetheart, but you, too, have to stand on your feet like the umpteen million other Americans that actually deserve a paycheck. Come on. For your own good, grow up. Rule number three: Move, damn it! The reason most of us eat out, especially fast food, is most likely because we dont have time to enjoy a sit-down meal. So naturally we expect speedy service. At yet another deli restaurant, I must have stood in line for 10 minutes, waiting on the staff to build two sandwiches for the girl in front of me. They worked at a pace that would have pissed off snails. Then she put the wrong dressing on one of the sandwiches and emitted an "Oh, crap!" to her coworker before shrugging and continuing the sandwich anyway. (The customer didnt notice.) The only reason I stayed was because my mouth was set on a bread bowl. But luck was not with me that day. When I finally ordered what Id come in to eat, they were out of the item. "Youre kidding," I said. "Nope," said the girl behind the counter. "Sorry." I took a long, long, long, long time to figure out what I wanted instead. Rule number four: Wear your hearing aids. Driving through a chicken restaurant, I ordered my meal and all seemed to be going well. Then the little voice box at the base of the electronic menu said, "Anything else?" "Yes," I said. "Could you please add a roll?" "What was that?" "Id like to add a roll." Then he repeated my order back to me, minus the roll. "Is that it?" he asked. "Could you please add a roll." I stared at the box until a completely different voice repeated my order back to me. Without the roll. "Anything else?" the new voice asked. "Nope," I said, rolling my eyes. "Thatll be it!" Rule number five: Pay attention to what youre cooking. My dad and I went to eat at a restaurant that serves breakfast all day. When the waitress served us our plates, Dad dug into his hashbrowns then stopped. He slowly pulled out a long, wide piece of paper label, probably on the food before it was cooked. He informed the waitress and handed her the greasy trash. Management gave both meals to us for free, and we continued to eat, but the point is that things like that just should not happen. So restaurant goers, be forewarned. Just because a warm body is there taking your order or cooking or serving your food, that doesnt necessarily mean there is a brain to go along with it. Happy dining! But it does not necessarily mean I agree. It is an individuals choice whether to be faithful or not. No one else has any control over that. However, I would hope before a person decides to take down that phone number or follow that female or male to their car, they would make it a point to think about who may be hurt in the process. I have seen too many friends and family hurt by the negligence of their significant other. They end up blaming themselves in some way or feeling that they will never find that someone. I guess I am an in-direct victim to this never-ending cycle because these reoccurring instances keep me from trusting the male gender. How can I when so many friends and family members have their hearts ripped out because that boyfriend or girlfriend did not love them enough to stay faithful? I just hope that maybe someone out there reads this, who may be cheating or is being cheated on, and will make the situation right. Everyone has feelings, whether they want to own up to them or not, and others should take that fact into consideration. 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THE WICHITAN Editor-in-Chief Carrie Sullivan Managing Editor Krystle Carey Entertainment Editor Jason Kimbro Sports Editor Josh Mujica Photo Editor Adrian McCandless Editorial Board Reporters Matt Hulme Richard Carter Christian McPhate LaTia Banks Photographers Hershel Self Lauren Miller Graphic Artist SunKyu Yoo-Norris Advertising Manager Christian McPhate Copy Editor Konnie Sewell Cartoonist David Stephenson On Jan. 23, the Chinese government confirmed the successful completion of a new antisatellite CHRISTIAN MCPHATE weapon. The conSTAFF REPORTER firmation came after the yellow star country put to use a medium-range ballistic missile to annihilate a weather satellite rotating 535 miles above the earth 12 days prior. According to most military experts, this was the first triumphant obliteration of a satellite in over 20 years. The other semi-super powers (Japan, Britain, Australia and several other countries) and the main super-power (America) concurred in a agreement of dissatisfaction (basically, a "Hey, were upset over here") with the success of the destruction and the unwillingness of the Communist government to let the watchdog of the world know of the testing. Officials from Japan and America went on to complain to media outlets that the yellow star country had not released information until the conjoining governments made "formal diplomatic inquiries," and then whined that it took the Communists four days for the reply. The State Department stated in a Bush lays claim to final frontier recent article in The New York Times that Christopher R. Hill, assistant secretary of state, reported that the land behind the Great Wall was not using the antisatellite system as a threat against any country. "What needs to be stressed is that China has always advocated the peaceful use of space, opposes the weaponization of space and an arms race in space," Liu Jianchao, Chinas foreign ministry spokesman said in the article. "China has never participated and will never participate in any arms race in outer space." Anyone paying attention to current events knows that the Chinese military has been searching long and hard for an operational antisatellite system since the Reagan era. The military masterminds of the United States rely on the system of floating eyes for guidance in missile attacks, course-plotting and communications. So if the metallic orbs winked out, then the armed forces overseas actions and excursions would be blinded by the development of the technologically advanced eye poker. Experts concluded that China has long lived under the shadow of distrust that America would interfere if a conflict arose between the Communist party and Taiwan. Furthermore, these so-called experts believe the yellow star government developed the antiweapon system to give the overpopulated country the power to attack the Taiwanese OP-ED THE WICHITAN Jan. 31, 2007 3 There are things in life we know for sure (cats beat dogs, e v e r y time). There are also things in KONNIE SEWELL life were COPY EDITOR pretty sure we know, but not for 100 percent (were alone in the universe -- right?). There are also things in life we know for sure we dont know (when the apocalypse will come, but Im sure Paris Hilton will have secret, backward messages on her next CD, so sleep tight). There are also things in life that, despite all we dont know and in spite of everything we do know, make absolutely no sense whatsoever (a human will criticize what makes another obscenely happy). Its this last one thats the most demoralizing. I guess some humans today just cant get a break. Well, not if they dont have credentials. And not just any credentials! As most of my friends can attest, Ive got more nerd credentials than I know what to do with. Maybe I should be a humanitarian and give some away. But Ive spent my whole life accumulating them, and Im hording them all! Nobody wants nerd credentials. I dont see why not, but thats not for me to decide. I actually dont know who decides these kinds of things. It would be awesome if it were like a scene from Dr. Strangelove: "Gentlemen, you cant fight in here! This is the War Room!" Instead of Slim Pickens riding an Hbomb at the end, its a PS3. The funny thing is, weve all got nerd credentials. Weve all got things that make us happy and make other people scratch their heads, then complain. Loudly. Or ridicule. Loudly. In other words, everyone has a "guilty pleasure" they never share. The whole point of these cretins abuse is so that we can hear them and, somehow, were supposed to realize that were part of the Nerd Herd and feel badly, or something. And then change who we are and what we like, what makes us happy at the expense of other peoples haute couture equilibriums. But I say screw that bitch! I say its Geek Chic. I say there are things I like and there are things you like. See? Were all guilty. But it appears to be a dirty sub- Guilty pleasures, TV inspiration ject of sorts. There was never, in the history of humanity, any one undeniably brave soul who risked everything to openly admit to not being cool. Or, at least, not cool enough. Until now. Im taking one for the team. So heres an excerpt from my official list of guilty pleasures -- though I dont really think of them as such because when I really love something, I dont hide it. I dont see any reason to. Why hide it when you really love something, and it makes you happy? But I cant do this alone. Always two there are, a master and an apprentice: I hope this will inspire someone to share his or hers. Gentle reader, you are indeed the chosen one. Only your new powers can save us now. Youre my only hope. And I hope it will inspire some to just shut up already. Dont you understand, darlings? Auf Wiedersehen! Ive been tuning you out my whole life. Youre out and Im the one making it work. Making it work like the bills are due today. And Ill keep making it work. Im going to keep being uncool and tasteless for as long as I can foresee. Because it makes me happy, and that should be enough -- in this life, were either laughin or dyin. Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Simple Plan. Yes, gentle reader, I know. One is the Whore of Babylon; theres archeological evidence the other two are Sodom and Gomorrah. But, Lord? Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Their music is like candy -- it rots your brain but its so sugary and so good. Its designed to be bad for you. Lets be real about this: No ones trying to be the next Puccini here. So why not take the ball theyre throwing and make a homerun with it? Besides, its hard to dance to smart music. The hips dont lie. The Time Travelers Wife. I used to think the saddest novel I ever read was The Scarlet Letter. No, wait -- maybe its The Kite Runner. Or probably Ethan Frome. If only dude had the courage to leave his wife. Or! Could it possibly be Tess of the dUrbervilles? No, I dont think so, after all. Tess is more tragic than sad; theres a subtle difference between the two. Or it could possibly be that I should get on with it, yes? Well, its obvious that I love while swatting off the forces of democracy. And yet, underneath this cloud of warmongering speculation, a few rational-minded individuals believe that the yellow stars initiation of the antisatellite test was "more diplomatic in nature," intending to put ample weight on the scales of democracy to negotiate a treaty to ban space weapons. Former superpower Russia and growing superpower China are pressing for an international treaty that would limit the use of space for military purposes. Sounds like a good idea. The Republican administration did not think so and declined to participate in the talks, adhering to its secretive agenda. The Times article reported that over the summer, President Bush authorized a new space policy that seeks to preserve "freedom of action" in space. This coming from a man who denies the freedom of millions of Americans phone calls, the right of common sense and the Allah-given right for the Sunnis and the Shiites to genocide one another. Furthermore, Bush stated that the United States reserved the right to use capitalistic force or democratic force (as soon as our troops are freed from the chains of conforming Iraq) toward countries that have the balls to poke the eyes out of American satellites. Amen for freedom and democracy, Mr. President. Q:Who do you think will win Super Bowl XLI? "The Bears will win because defense wins championships." Campus Voices � Junior Green, 22, exercise physiology major "The Colts will win. Peyton Manning has never been to a Super Bowl before, and hes the greatest out there. He deserves it." � William Gambill, 21, junior, criminal justice major books. I didnt want to love The Time Travelers Wife, though. I wanted to dislike it. I dont know why. Maybe in part because a friend I really respect hated it. But Ive come to realize hes full of oatmeal and that Audrey Niffeneggers novel is amazing. Its true that its not the best-written novel ever -- the narrative goes back and forth between time-traveling Henry and his artist-wife Clare, though neither has a distinct voice. There are some scenes that dont adhere to the logic of the rest of the novel. But this story has so much heart and emotion, and not that annoying or cutesy fake kind, either. I couldnt help but get sucked in, and I certainly couldnt help bawling at the very end. Clare literally waits for Henry her whole life -- first as a child, when he visits her from the future, and then during the future, when hes away making visits to her past. If its wrong to get lost in the idea of true love for at least a few nights ... well. Whose side are you on, anyway? The complete cultural wasteland that is MTV. To be honest, I dont watch a lot of television, but when I do, it has to make me laugh. I dont do most of what Ive been told are the better series on TV today (Lost, The Sopranos, Heroes). I do watch The Class, though. I love that show because the characters are all so charming. They speak and gesture the way my friends and I often speak and gesture, so yes, I find much humor in their silly banters and ridiculous lack of seriousness. The characters are also all a bit immature for their age. And, well ... has anyone ever seen me and my friends before? Were a bunch of giggling banshees, even the guys. Were goofy and can be quite stupid. It really sucks knowing, however, that life is not an eternal party. Its not an epic poem where the heroes come out unscathed. Whats even worse is that all the suck in our lives is completely unscripted and unchoreographed. So let us have some fun. And let us watch our damn Laguna Beach and our damn My Super Sweet Sixteen, and the cultural cornerstone that is the ridiculous Wild N Out. Let us (or maybe just me) pretend that at least for the next 30 minutes, everything is going to be okay. It all just depends on wholl go home with the floozy on Next and wholl have the better date on Parental Control. Save your inner teenager, save the world. "The Colts, because they have Peyton Manning. My sons named after him. All the Bears have is Rex Grossman, and thats bad. The Colts offense is much more powerful as well." � Chris Chapman, 31, senior, accounting major "The Colts, because they deserve to win. They havent been to a Super Bowl in how many years?" � Brittney Young, 18, freshman, general business major "The Colts. They have a better offense than the Bears. Theyre more organized and overall, the team is more unified." � Rolando Harris, 20, freshman, business major "I hope the Bears will win just because I like where theyre from." � Twanisha Payton, 19, sophomore, nursing major 4 THE WICHITAN Jan. 31, 2007 Across Campus Mandatory Student Organization Meetings Student Development will hold 30-minute sessions for student organization representatives (either a member or an advisor) to register the group for the spring semester. Contact the Student Development Office at ext. 4898 for times and locations on Feb. 1, 2, 5 and 6. Attendance by the representative or advisor at one of these sessions is mandatory for the organization to be recognized. For more information, call 397-4898. Smokin Aces accentuates fun violence JASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Entertainment This is not good since Buddy is meant to be the FBIs top snitch against Sparazza. Messner and Carruthers quickly get the idea to put Buddy into protective custody. Buddy has ideas of his own. He is held up in a penthouse atop a casino in Reno, Nevada. His is surrounded by his own little entourage of toughies and has the whole floor sealed off, with extra protection from hotel security. Word gets out that Sparazza has put a million-dollar bounty out for Buddy, with one stipulation: That the assassin brings Primo the heart of Buddy Israel. Word travels fast as several notorious groups of mercenaries, assassins, and hit women soon begin to execute their plans to destroy the ill-fated Buddy. Among the group are the two lady killers Sharice Waters (Taraji P. Henson) and Georgia Sykes (an ingeniously casted Alicia Keys), crazy kamikazi meth-heads, the Tremor brothers headed up by brother Darwin (curiously played by Chris Pine), super-creepy master of disguise Lazlo Soot (Tommy Flanagan) and supersmooth yet incredibly diabolical Pasquale Acosta (Nestor Carbonell). As you may have already guessed, all hell breaks loose as the crazies go after the same bit of loot and create havoc in the middle of Reno. Other note worthy characters include bail bondsman Jack Dupree (Ben Affleck) and his two ex-cop partners "Pistol" Pete Deeks (Peter Berg) and Hollis Elmore (Martin Henderson) as the three men intended to escort Buddy to the safehouse. Unfortunately. their mission is cut short by the Tremor brothers as all three are gunned downed and assumed dead. Each of the crazies plans are set into motion, and Messner and Carruthers find themselves in the middle of it all trying to protect one of the smarmiest men Hollywood has Entertainment Value: A Artistic Crap: A Plot/Script: C Performances: B Overall GPA: 3.25 SunKyu Yoo-Norris ArtistLecture Artist-Lecture Series presents Dr. Roland Fryer at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in Akin Auditorium. A rising star in the academic world, Fryer is combining the disparate fields of economics and African-American studies to produce groundbreaking work that is attracting the attention of not just academics, but of anyone interested in what it means to be black in America today. Fryer is currently an assistant professor of economics at Harvard University. Tickets are available for faculty and staff at the Clark Student Center Information Desk. American cinema has recently found a lovely little niche in the world of violence, ranging from over-the-top horror flicks like "Hostel" to over-charged, frenetic action flicks like my recent venture into the world of celluloid, "Smokin Aces." Director Joe Carnahan ("Narc") has been on hiatus lately due to his mix-up with Tom Cruise. He was supposed to direct "M:I3," but due to some artistic differences, decided to bow out of such a mainstream project. Five years since his acclaimed "Narc," Joe has delivered us a wonderfully action-packed romp that takes us to edges we never knew even existed. Brilliantly paced yet somewhat contrived in parts, "Smokin Aces" helps those of us who walk a straight path remember why we decided upon the narrow in the first place. With bullets aplenty, heres the gist: Mob boss Primo Sparazza is the last of the mobster king pins and the FBI want to bring him down. Agents Carruthers (Ray Liotta) and Messner (Ryan Reynolds) are staking out his home when they hear about a hit being put out on Buddy "Aces" Israel, a Las Vegas magician (Jeremy Piven). Taraji P. Henson and Alicia Keys consider their latest million-dollar hit in "Smokin' Aces." ever created, but damn it, we love him ever so much. A few twists are thrown in to make the movie somewhat satisfying yet gut-wrenching. Things come to fruition in ways we didnt expect, yet arent too overly shocked to discover. Highly entertaining from start to finish, "Smokin Aces" achieves what it was made to do: feed the violence-hungry population while even making a little capital. Once we get past the opening minutes of character introductions and development - which are vertically viewable - the laughs and the action never seem to cease, even during the intensely dramatic scenes, which director Carnahan has an apparent knack for creating. The pace is fast, very fast. Almost too fast for most, but for the type of audience this movie was made for, it shouldnt be too hard to follow or swallow. The lively characters and the in- ventive cinematography, carefully placed within a gritty wrapper, all help create a lovely atmosphere of violence and comedy that Mother would be embarassed to laugh at and enjoy. Performances were fairly basic, except for the surprisingly good job put forth by leading man Reynolds during the dramatic scenes. He pulls them off better than I thought he would. Piven didnt have to stretch too far to play the immoral title character, as he wallows in the world of typecasting. Keys didnt do so bad either, though I wouldnt expect any award nominations. The rest of the cast over-acted or were too characterized, although Jason Batemans portrayal of a coked-out lawyer is priceless. The story is indeed a fun one, yet a bit contrived in parts due to the seemingly endless amount of side stories invovling almost every character in the film. They cut from one to the other to help keep the pace going but they become undesired from time to time. Some romantic bits are thrown in. They provide some unnecessary escapist fare which did not seem to fit the mold of this film. Violence is indeed an American pastime, which we embrace every week in movie theaters. The grubbers behind their long, empty tables just off the West Coast are taking every advantage they can. At least they can produce something that is somewhat worthy by hiring directors like Carnahan and casting the films with such a lovely group of actors and musicisans. I can only imagine what kind of slop this film would have been if Bret Ratner had hold of the reins and cast it with people like Keanu Reeves or Justin Timberlake. Now Ive disturbed myself. Until next week! Cheesy DVDs released this week include farce about penguins MCCLATCHEY TRIBUNE If youre into cinematic cheese, this week brings a heady combination of campy cheddar and goofy Gruyere. Even our SE&L pick is one of the falls least anticipated films (though we here at the blog dug its ADD-inspired trailer), while the alternate title is one of horrors most repugnant offerings. Inbetween youll find failed jingoism, lame lampooning, sobering science fiction and one of the most misguided action films ever helmed. Its enough to make you save your disposable income for next weeks stellar line up. In any case, here are the selections for this week: "The Marine" Every once in a while, even the most considered film fan needs a cleansing motion picture purgative. A few weeks back, the Jason Statham epic "Crank" was the entertainment ipecac du jour. This time around, Vince McMahon and his WWE-based film division give John Cena his own 80s throwback action film. Presenting the simplest of stories - a former jarhead must save his wife from wisecracking jewel thieves - and lots of explosions (no, make that lots of explosions), first-time filmmaker John Bonito shows great adeptness at creating cinematic fireworks. An extended chase scene along a busy highway crackles with kinetic energy, and the many fight scenes rely heavily on Cenas "boytoy as bruiser" abilities. If you want big, dumb and loud, this is your e-ticket to excess. Other titles of interest: "The Arrangement" Based on his own novel, Elia Kazans story of second chances is one of the directors least remembered efforts. Featuring Kirk Douglas, a very young Faye Dunaway and Deborah Kerr, the tale of a rich man looking for happiness after a near-death experience is a dense, performance-based piece from a man known for eliciting amazing acting turns. "Farce of the Penguins" On paper, it should work. Comic Bob Saget sends up "March of the Penguins," dragging famous "voices" Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Mustangs Rally 2007 Recreational Sports and the Wellness Center present the Frost Your Fanny 5k run or 2-mile walk, followed by many other fitness challenges, starting with registration on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. just inside the coliseums southewest doors by the Wellness Center. Participate in as many of these free challenges as you desire. Receive a longsleeve event T-shirt by completing two of the following events: 5-5:25 p.m. Register for the run or walk on the southwest side of D.L. Ligon by the Wellness Center. 5:30 p.m. Frost Your Fanny 5k Run or 2-mile walk begins. 6:10-6:30 p.m. Abs-Only class in Wellness Center 6:45-7:45 p.m. Kickboxing Turbo Style in Sikes Lake Center. 7:45-8:30 p.m. Men and womens Bench Press Endurance contest in Sikes Lake Center. 8:30-9:30 p.m. Core Conditioning/Muscle Works in Sikes Lake Center. 9:30-10:30 p.m. Pilates and Yoga in Sikes Lake Center. 10:30-12 p.m. Mega Spin in the ORC next to Sikes Lake Center. For more information, call ext 4838. Above, John Cena decides to blow away anyone who hasn't seen his new film, "The Marine." Left, the theatrical poster for "Flyboys." Ahead of its time, this bit of plastic-surgery speculation offers Albert Finney, James Coburn and a terrifying take on the "anything for beauty" ideal. And now for something completely different: "Maniac" Boy, did this movie cause a fright-film firestorm when it was first released. Featuring a sleazy sexploitation vibe, and autopsylike make-up effects by noted terror technician Tom Savini, this seedy addition to the slasher genre found filmmaker William Lustig delivering a dark and disgusting take on the new slice-and-dice fad. About as far removed from "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" as you can get, what we have here is a disturbing story of a man (Joe Spinelli) who kills and mutilates women to compensate for the abuse he experienced as a child. Placing their freshly-shorn scalps on mannequins, he hopes to quell his pain and anger. Considered horribly misogynistic at the time, the decades have not really lessened its grotesque grindhouse impact. TEXOMA'S BEST COLLEGE NIGHTS? THURSDAYS AT Alexander, Lewis Black and Gilbert Gottfried in for the South Pole satire. Unfortunately, nature footage supplemented with silly jokes is just not that funny. Some may find the combination clever. Most will prefer the original doc. "Flyboys" Dean Devlin, famous for stri- dent summer blockbusters like "Independence Day" and "Stargate," lends his producing cred (and rumor has it, own money) to this superficial story about American flyers who volunteered to help the French before America entered World War I. Nothing more than an old-fashioned "why we fight" effort loaded with up-to-date technology. "Gymkata" After his success in international gymnastics, it was hoped that Kurt Thomas could translate his athleticism into the action hero genre. The result was this loony movie, a strange story of a small country, its militarily-strategic land, and a weird competition called the Game. Add in the title talent and youve got an amazingly misguided mess. "Looker" Before he was known for his mega-blockbusters like "Jurassic Park" (and on TV, "ER"), Michael Crichton tried to make serious scifi in the face of the growing "Star War"-ing of the genre. OF COURSE 18 & Up Welcome Present this coupon for half price cover on Thursdays. 2731 Southwest Parkway (at Kemp) � 696-6453 PUB & POOL this coupon worth 1 FREE Hour of Pool $ 2731 Southwest Parkway (at Kemp) Next to StageWest � 696-6453 Value! 6 Features THE WICHITAN Jan. 31, 2007 5 Artists in London RACHEL TOMPKINS FOR THE WICHITAN Self portraits clockwise from top left: Andrea Veresh, Tracy Lowe, Catie Lerew, Julie Stormer, Jori Brewer, Kim Bartel and Casey Cooper. The 2006 British Studies Program in London was another success. Sixty-three students participated in the program. Each student stayed in a private room with a desk, one bed, closet and lavatory. The six-bedroom suites were equipped with a bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen. The 10 students taking the class Photography in Great Britain earned six credit hours and had to maintain a portfolio with 20 images. One of the summers highlights was when the group spent a day and a half at the Wildfire, a photo studio in Greenwich, a suburb of London. There they learned about studio lighting and took self portraits. "That day was the hottest day in 400 years," art professor Gary Goldberg said. He said he was amazed London still had temperature logs from the 1600s. The photography students visited many museums, such as the Tate, the Imperial War Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The class also visited Stonehenge, Salisbury, Laycock Abbey and Bath. They were required to explore each destination and take photos. Some of these photographs, as well as the self portraits, can be viewed in the Fain Fine Arts Gallery. During the summer session the students were given a fiveday "mini-break." During this time the students traveled around England and explored the rest of Western Europe. Goldbergs students traveled to many different places, including Barcelona, Spain; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Paris; and Rome. The summer 2006 program consisted of 11 classes. They were a mixture of lecture, guest lecture, field experience and individual research. Classes typically ran Monday through Thursday. Attendance was required for each class and class-related activity. All students and faculty traveled together from DFW Airport. They departed July 6 and returned August 6. The 2007 British Studies Program in London is scheduled for July 5 through August 5, 2007. Photography in Great Britain will be offered again as well. Important information meetings will be held for those interested in attending Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 7 at noon in Wichita I and II in CSC. For more information about studying abroad, contact Dr. Larry Williams, director and professor for international education, at 397-4038. 6 THE WICHITAN Jan. 31, 2007 News Eating disorders no picnic MELISSA DOS PRAZERESSILVA AND BONNIE BOLIN FOR THE WICHITAN Eating disorders among college students are seen more today than in any past generation. Dr. Pam Midgett, director of the MSU Counseling Center, blames the problem on the increase in increased exposure to attractive yet unhealthy Hollywood stars. "Most everyone wants to look attractive and some of the attractive Hollywood celebrities are very thin. This can lead especially females to believe that all attractive people are ultra thin and even unhealthy," Midgett said. Kathy Wells, coordinator of the Wellness Center at MSU, said approximately 55 percent of college students are obese and growing numbers in students, especially females, suffer from bulimia or anorexia. She also believes the media has a big influence on what young people think is the "perfect body." Anorexia is a disease where people starve themselves. Those suffering with the illness have a very intense fear of gaining weight, so their eating habits revolve around that fear, she said. They refuse to eat most of the time and over-exercise. Laxatives and appetite suppressants are also used to stimulate weight loss. Anorexics have a constant impression of themselves being fat even after becoming very skinny, sometimes even close to fatally thin. Often confused with anorexia, bulimia is also a disease that involves the fear of being overweight. However, bulimics eat large portions of food and then induce vomiting (also known as binge and purging). Some bulimics also resort to extreme methods of weight loss employing measures such as excessive exercising, fasting, enemas, vomiting and also the use of laxatives and diuretics. "The main difference between the two disorders is that bulimics are usually of normal weight, making the diagnosis of bulimia much more difficult to make," Wells explained. Another eating disorder is obesity. Obesity is the state of being unhealthily overweight. It is the second leading cause of unnecessary deaths in the nation, according the American Obesity Association. It has become a huge problem, as nearly a third of the population is either overweight or obese. "Overweight individuals usually struggle with their emotions and self-esteem," Midgett said. "Public perception is that they are lazy and unmotivated, as with anyone with a weight problem." "We overlook obesity to anorexia when it comes to eating disorders but it is a big problem and its getting out of control," Wells said. Midgett explained that eating disorders have several different origins. "Many issues can lead a person to manipulate food intake such as trauma in life � child or adulthood," Midgett said. A sense of a lack of control in a persons life, depression, anxiety, negative self-esteem and family dynamics surrounding eating can also play a role in the development of an eating disorder. "You can hear girls in grade five or six talking about dieting. They hear their mothers and older sisters talking about being thinner. It becomes a way of life," she said. Eating disorders, as its been proven, are learned, not physically inherited like other diseases. "People dont wake up one morning anorexic," Wells said. "It happens over time, and it eventually evolves into disordered eating patterns. Media promotes unhealthy body images and also advertises food all the time. People need to find a happy medium between the two to live a healthy life." Midgett elaborated, stressing the importance of a healthy lifestyle. "The key is to have a healthy eating and exercise plan and to learn to accept yourself rather then obsess about looking like Lindsay Lohan or the Olsen twins," she said. Midgett related the "freshman 15" problem to the ample availability of high-calorie convenience food that college students resort to while adjusting to busy schedules. Some students also begin drinking high-calorie alcoholic drinks when they get to college, she explained. Eating disorders cause numerous other health related issues like gastric problems, malnutrition, hair loss, irregular heart beat, heart attacks, ruptures of the stomach and esophagus and dehydration. People with eating disorders are also at a greater risk of being suicidal. Students who have issues with eating and their weight can make an appointment at the MSU Counseling Center and meet with one of the licensed professional counselors. Here, the counselors help patients with their fears and feelings about issues, as it is usually here where their eating disorders are rooted. For anorexic and bulimics, they help them with their distorted images of themselves with support and encouragement, Midgett said. Counseling services are also free of charge. "The Center offers confidential services. Students who come will experience a feeling of acceptance," Midgett said. "Our sessions are paid by student service fees so the student does not pay." MCCLATCHY TRIBUNE Vegetarian___________________________________continued from page 1 you know its animal friendly and Hot Topic has a good selection of that," she said. When Cox first became a vegan, the transition was not hard because she was pretty much used to life without meat. She said she realized excluding dairy products from her diet would be just as healthy. "Some people would argue that its not healthy because there is not enough protein. Thats not true. Vegans get that and plenty of B12 vitamins," Cox said. The vegan population is fairly low in Wichita Falls. She said she only knows of one other person among friends and family who is vegan. She said its hard when she goes out to eat with friends sometimes because they may eat somewhere that does not cater to vegans. During her eight months of using non-animalbased products, she has found ways to make any meal vegan. "For Thanksgiving I bought a tofurkey (a vegan turkey) with stuffing in the middle. Instead of eggs for the stuffing, I used an egg replacer with different kinds of flours for its ingredients," Cox said. She said she got the meal from a vegan industry called Turtle Mountain Company. Cox said being vegan can be expensive, but there are restaurants and places in town with good vegan food, for a good price. "You can get a multitude of things pre-cooked. Wal-Mart is even organic," Cox said. Because many of her friends are not vegetarians or vegan she does get tempted occasionally. "When I get lazy, Im tempted. Then I think about how it helps me. It makes me feel better," Cox said. She said thinking about the thousands of cows and chickens being killed each year keeps her mind off the Double Whopper. Despite the low numbers of vegans in Wichita Falls there is a wide variety across the United States. According to a vegan Web site, one-half million vegans live in the United Kingdom. Some of these vegans are in the spotlight. Music artist Prince is a vegetarian/vegan. Actress Natalie Portman is also a vegetarian/vegan. Whoever it is, they practice a lifestyle that to Cox is more earth-friendly. Cox said she would recommend being vegan to others. She said she will be vegan for the rest of her life and plans to raise her children that way. "I will tell them why and how it is for their benefit. I will tell them different options for vegans," Cox said. A vegan Web site said that research has shown a rich diet of fruits and vegetables decreases risk of heart problems. "People say you limit yourself to things being a vegan. Youre not. Its definitely a healthier lifestyle. And I will probably live longer for that," Cox said. Food_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________continued from page 1 "Day after day students eat in the cafeteria and by the end of the semester theyre going to have a burn out," he said. Lamb addressed some students opinions of meal plans being overpriced by saying, "They see a bill of $1,100 but it actually works out to less than $5 per meal." Chamuquin Prince, a junior kinesiology major, said the food is not always fresh. He said sometimes the cake is too hard or the salad leaves are brown. Roya Shariati, a pre-med junior, was displeased with the hygiene in the cafeteria. "I found a bug in my food twice, once in my strawberries and then in my salad," she said. Shariati did not wish to eat in the cafeteria after the second time and so she talked to Lamb about the incidents. She was able to get her meal plan cancelled. Lamb said he remembers a couple students talking to him about their complaints on the cafeteria but doesnt recall this specific incident. Watson explained a bad experience in the cafeteria when one of the staff sneezed in her hand and then continued to make the sandwich. Both Lamb and Clifton commented on the high hygiene standards MSUs Dining Services complies with. "All employees undergo sanitary training," Clifton said. "We are inspected every six weeks by the Wichita County Health Department and routinely receive 95 out of 100 on the checks. We have one of the cleanest kitchens in Wichita Falls." Not everyone agrees with the negative critiques. Many students like the cafeteria and find it very reliable and convenient. "I like the cafeteria, they have good stuff," said freshman Berkley Peeples. Ms. Janets line seems to be very popular with the students. Both Prince and Primavera agree their favorite is her line. All comments and opinions can be expressed in the survey that posted on the MSU Dining Services Web site. All names of those who complete the survey are entered into a drawing to win a prize, which was an i-Pod this year. College________________continued from page 1 why I cant be with him all the time. My wife is also pregnant so that makes things harder." Smallwood has two daughters, one 9-years-old, the other 4-yearsold. He has found that as they get older things, seem to get more complicated. "Its hard to balance everyones schedules," Smallwood said. "Tyler has two cheerleading squads, tumbling and church. For now Kayla just has soccer, but as she gets older I know she will become more involved." A typical day in the Smallwood household goes something like this: He gets the girls up and ready for school, his wife Haley, goes to work while Smallwood takes them to school and then goes to school himself. After class he runs a few errands and then picks the girls up from school. He spends a few hours with them and then Haley gets home from work 30 minutes before Smallwood goes to work in the emergency room at Kell West. By the time he gets home, everyone is in bed and he has a little time to get his homework done. "Our schedule leaves a lot of the household burdens on Haley," Smallwood said. "Any night I am at work, if the girls have something to do she is the one who has to take them." She graduated in spring of 2006 with an associate degree in radiological sciences, so it is like the roles have been reversed. When she was going to school he was the one left with all the household burdens. "I know what she is going through," Smallwood said. "I was the one doing it for the past two years while she was going to school. She understands how I feel too, so it helps." Spouses can be a major influence on partners going to school later in life. Cavet admits that his wife has been a great influence on him deciding to go to school, and a great motivation during the difficult times. "She always tells me that this could have all been over if I had started when I was young," Cavet said. "She is a great motivator though. She has a masters in nutrition and has really encouraged me to do better and become a better person." Dancing with Groupo People who attended Groupo Fantasma's concert Thursday were encouraged to get up and dance. LAUREN MILLER The Wichitan | Hoffman_______________continued from page 1 pointed that he will be eligible for parole in five years. However, we understand that the jury had a difficult job to do in deciding his sentencing and we thank them for their service in this trial. "Mr. Fletchers crimes devastated not only our family, but his own family, as well, and we extend our sympathies and prayers to each of his family members. "It is our belief that Rebecca Hoffman is alive today because of the speed in which the gang tasks force mobilized and the bravery of the responding patrol officers. They are truly Wichita Falls fines and they have our deepest gratitude." Reporters Needed! Call The Wichitan 397-4704 New Jerusalem Baptist Church Rev. Angus Thompson, Pastor 1400 Borton Lane Wichita Falls, TX 76305 58613 Lively music and down home Sunday School 9:30 A.M. preaching and Morning Worship 10:45 A.M. Bible Study Wednesday Evening 7:00 P.M. teachings. We Welcome Our New Neighbors "The Church That Reminds You of Home" Caution: Colts may be too offensive for Bears PHOTO EDITOR I love every aspect about football, but there is nothing like the Super Bowl. The Bears and the Colts proved themselves worthy for the top honor of playing in Super Bowl XLI this Sunday in Miami. I suspect both sides will keep us in suspense until the final whistle blows. Here is the million-dollar question: Who is going to win the Super Bowl? I like both the Bears and the Colts. Because of fantasy football, I like individual players instead of an entire team. Payton Manning is one of my favorite quarterbacks in the league but I also admire the coaching style of Lovie Smith and the defensive skills of middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison continue to impress me but at the same time, it amazes me to watch Cedric Benson and Sports THE WICHITAN Jan. 31, 2007 7 ADRIAN MCCANDLESS Thomas Jones run the ball. Honestly, I am torn. Between the two quarterbacks, Manning is much better and leads the league in postseason with 787 yards. Rex Grossman only mustered up nearly half that with 426 yards. Not only does Manning have the numbers to back him up but he also has the experience and judging from the game against the Patriots, Manning also has a newfound confidence. Manning also has a 62 percent completion rate whereas Grossman only has a 50 percent completion rate. On he other hand, the Bears defense is insane. I wouldnt want to run into any of them in a dark alley, especially Urlacher. Not only is he huge but he is also freakishly fast. I am anticipating Manning being sacked at the very least three times during the game. Urlacher is crucial to the Bears defense but not their only ammunition. Chicagos defense is notorious for stripping the ball. However, sometimes they are too consumed in trying to strip the ball that they dont focus on tackling the player. If their defense makes tackling its first priority and stripping the ball secondary, they will be tough to beat. At the same time, if any team can combat the Bears defense, it is the Colts. There is no denying they are lethal. For the Colts to win, Manning needs to connect with wide receivers Wayne and Harrison from the first minutes in the first quarter to the last minutes in the fourth. Waynes 15 carries for the postseason play have totaled 155 yards and Harrison has 10 carries for 134 yards. No question about it, this is going to be a close game, folks. Chicago corner backs Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman are going to be aggressive on balls thrown in front of them so the Colts need to protect the ball. Manning needs to keep his passes tight, or else Chicago will pick him off repeatedly. Dont let the stats fool you. Even though Vasher only has one interception during the playoffs, the Super Bowl is do or die. Vasher, like the rest of Chicagos defense, is going to step up his game. However, Vasher and Tillman are vulnerable to the Colts doublemove routes, a weapon that is frequently utilized and expertly executed by the Colts wideouts. This is Vashers and Tillmans kryptonite and the Colts need to use it to their advantage. Even though the Colts offense is strongly influenced by Manning, Wayne and Harrison, other team members played key roles in the victory over the Patriots. Backup tight end Bryan Fletcher had a 32yard catch on the winning drive two Sundays ago and Manning has effectively used rookie tailback Joseph Addai and MSU alum Dominic Rhodes to the Colts advantage. Addia has carried 57 times with a total of 217 yards and Rhodes has 193 yards rushing with only 41 carries. Rhodes is averaging almost 5 yards per carry and will be effective on Sunday. Colts tight end Dallas Clark has also become a massive asset in the playoffs leading in postseason with 28 yards. Defensively, Indianapolis needs to continuously put the Bears in a third-and-long situation. Putting Bears quarterback, Rex Grossman, in this dilemma two or three times will be too much for him to handle and I think he will crack under pressure. In order for Chicago to win, the Bears need return specialist Devin Hester to have an explosive game. The Colts special-teams unit has been a little rocky in playoffs and Hester needs to use that fact to give the Bears good field advantage. They must also continue to utilize the deadly combination of Benson and Jones. This pair is vital to the Bears running game and I expect both will give the Colts a run for their money. Benson has carried the ball 36 times for 105 yards and Jones has carried the ball 40 times for 189 yards during postseason. Between the two, they have accounted for five touchdowns during the playoffs. The phrase "If it aint broke, dont fix it," comes to mind Defensively, they need to put the pressure on Manning early. The Bears need to focus on keeping Manning out of rhythm because when he is in the zone he is damn near unstoppable. Blitz Manning from the inside and he will flee from the pocket, keeping him from staying in sync. Chicago has a combined total of six sacks during postseason. They will need to continue this streak in order to keep Manning from making his big plays. Right outside linebacker Lance Briggs leads Chicagos defense with 16 tackles in the playoffs and left defensive tackle Chris Harris comes in second with 15 tackles. Chicago also needs to take advantage of Urlachers ability to destroy opponents in deep coverage zones. Grossman needs to be mentally tough this Sunday. He has a strong arm and is accurate when his offensive line gives him time but if he is rushed it is almost too painful watching him unravel. Both teams have their strengths and both most definitly have their weaknesses, so who will claim the victory on Sunday? Im putting my money on Manning and the Colts. I think they are finally going to win the big one. For one, I think Manning is going to take a slow and steady approach on Sunday. If they get behind, I dont think it will rattle him as much as it would Grossman. After all, the Colts were behind the Patriots the entire game and Payton still came out on top. Secondly, Grossman is going to get flustered and make mistakes, that is all there is to it. I also dont think the Bears defense alone can win the game for them. I am aware the Bears played one less game than the Colts during post season, so Indianapolis should the higher statistics. Regardless, the Colts are the better team in this match up. There are always flukes. I guess this will be a true test to see if a defense really does win championships. I actually could be totally off base on this one. But I doubt it! Go Indy! Pressures of big game sometimes too hard to handle for players MCCLACHY TRIBUNE When the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts step on the Dolphin Stadium field Sunday, they can expect to be swept up in a whirlwind of emotions, a combustible cocktail of anxiety and anticipation unlike anything most athletes ever experience. And they will exit Super Bowl XLI with memories that will endure forever, ones that, years later, will instantly elicit either a smile or a grimace, ones that will be broached by strangers in supermarket aisles and restaurants long after the players have hung up their jerseys. So whats it like preparing for a Super Bowl or college football championship game, playing in it and dealing with the consequences? Those who have lived it say nothing in life compares. "You cant even explain it," said former University of Miami running back Melvin Bratton, who played in two college games with a national title at stake (winning one) and started in a Super Bowl loss as a member of the Denver Broncos. "Your whole body is numb. You hear no crowd noise. You can hear yourself breathe. Thats how intense the feeling is. Its a natural high." Former All-Pro quarterback Joe Theismann, who played in two Super Bowls, took "100 trips to the bathroom" in the 10 minutes before taking the field. "Guys get sick," he said. "I saw teammates hyperventilating, throwing up, linebackers banging their heads against the locker-room wall." Theismann managed only three hours sleep. The key, Theismann said, "is dont do anything stupid in the beginning of the game." Eventually, though, the anxiety dissipates. "After three or four times of getting up off your butt, you forget about the nervousness," said former Dolphins All-Pro guard Bob Kuechenberg. "Then you go back to doing what youre trained to do." Some teams employ sports psychologists to help numb players nerves before big games. "It can devastate a team if the proper approach is not taken," said Palm Beach-based John F. Murray, whom Tennis Magazine called the Roger Federer of sports psychologists. "The media attention and the hoopla needs extreme management." Bratton said he cracked jokes before championship games and spewed wisecracks in the huddle to Friends make history as first African Amerian coaches in Super Bowl CARLY BURRES STAFF REPORTER Two head coaches, Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy, are making headlines for being two good friends who happen to be the first and the second black coaches to make it to the Super Bowl. For 41 years the black community has been able to boast about having some of the best football players to grace the Super Bowl field as well as having excellent assistant coaches standing on the sidelines. Now they can add a little something to their bragging list. On January 15, 2004, Lovie Smith was named the 13th head coach for the Chicago Bears. In 2005, this Texas native was named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year, which was probably because of his 11 victories, eight-game win streak and division title win. From 1976 until 1979, he played at Tulsa where he started out as a linebacker but eventually moved to strong safety. It was during this time that he earned two-time All-American and three-time All-Missouri Conference defensive back honors. Beginning in 1983, Smith began coaching on the collegiate level at Tulsa. From there he went on to coach at Wisconsin, Arizona State, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio State. From 1996 until 2000 he graced the Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebackers with his presence. From 2001 to 2003 Smith served as the defensive coordinator for St. Louis where he helped the Rams return to the Super Bowl. Not only has Smith proven to be a great football coach but also the teams he has coached have proven themselves to be worthy. In 2004 the Bears were the youngest team in the NFL and they posted a 5-11 record. For the first two seasons Smith was head coach, Chicago was ranked second in the NFL. Now the Bears are making it possible for the world to truly understand his abilities first hand as he was named the first black head coach to make it to the Super Bowl. This history making moment was made even more historic as Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Patriots four hours later and Dungy became the second black head coach to ever make it to the Super Bowl. Smith and Dungy first crossed paths in 1996 when Smith became one of Dungys assistants for Tampa. Dungy first began to shine in the world of football in 1973 as a quarterback for the University of Minnesota. By the time he graduated he was the all-time leader in attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and was two-time most valuable player. In 1977, Dungy played safety for two seasons with Pittsburgh as a free agent. During his playing time he helped with the Super Bowl XIII victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He was then traded to San Francisco in 1979. In 1981, Dungy, then 25, became the NFLs youngest assistant coach when he took a position with Pittsburgh. In 1982, he was promoted from the defensive assistant to the defensive coach. At the age of 28, he became the leagues youngest defensive coordinator. Moving on from Pittsburgh in 1989, he then became the defensive backs coach at Kansas City and then the defensive coordinator at Minnesota in 1992. From 1996 through 2001, Dungy held a 54-42 record as head coach with Tampa Bay, where his team qualified for the playoffs four out of six seasons. January 22, 2002, he was named ease the tension: "Thats how I survived it." Murray, who has counseled tennis Vince Spadea and others before big matches, said he suggests players competing in championship games go "through daily imagery sessions where they get so comfortable with this game that by the time it begins its been dealt with many times before, and the players could focus on what they do best." Well all be watching on Sunday to see which team handles the pressure the best. Cartoonist, Columnists and Sports Writers Needed!! Call The Wichitan at 397-4704 and leave a message. the head coach of the Colts, where he has remained for the past five seasons. In 2005 he led the Colts to a franchise-record 14 wins and a third consecutive divisional title. Dungy also currently stands as the only NFL head coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams. Both men have an outstanding record along with an incredibly close friendship, which is going to make this Super Bowl game an interesting one. When Dungy first started coaching in Tampa, the only two other black coaches were Smith and Herman Edwards. Both learned a great deal from Dungy who acted as their mentor and their friend. Dungy recently stated his excitement for Smith in an interview with ESPN Sports, saying, "Im so happy Lovie got there because he does things the right way. Hes going to get there with a lot of class, no profanity, no intimidation, just helping his guys play the best that they can. Thats the way I try to do it." This Super Bowl is going to be a game that goes against all odds. Many are in speculation not only about the headline-making coaches but also about the two teams quarterbacks that ESPN Sports calls "the biggest quarterback mismatch in a long time." The Colts Peyton Manning has worked hard for nine years to make it to the Super Bowl and he is said to be the games top quarterback. On the other end is the Bears Rex Grossman, who is not always on the top of the list as far as quarterbacks are concerned and is usually a step away from being benched and replaced with Brian Griese. The Super Bowl hardly ever fails to entertain but Super Bowl XLI is going to go down in history for being a monumental time for black history as well as an interesting game because of the coaches close ties to each other. And if the game fails to entertain then, there will still be Prince to spice things up during the Pepsi sponsored halftime show. Mustangs ride into sunset with two wins FOR THE 8 THE WICHITAN Jan. 31, 2007 Sports WICHITAN The Midwestern State University Mustangs never trailed in the game, but needed 12-3 to break a tie and held on to beat West Texas A&M 90-81 in Lone Star Conference South action Saturday night at Gerald Stockton Court in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. MSU allowed a 20-point firsthalf lead to totally evaporate, but never allowed the Buffaloes (10-8, 2-2) to hold the lead. MSU used a 20-4 run midway through the first half to build a 20point 36-16 lead, only to see the Buffs chip away at the advantage and cut it to six at 48-42 heading into the locker room at the half. The Mustangs built a 10-point lead to start the second half when the Buffs Damien Lolar buried a three to start a 10-0 run that ended with a Lolar dunk with 15:37 to play and tied the score at 53-all. After a Midwestern time out, senior Chad Rickett answered with a three-pointer to start a 9-1 run for the Mustangs, giving MSU some breathing room. Lolar pulled West Texas within three with a layup with 7:40 to go, but a Chris Francois dunk, followed by a fast-break layup by Eric Dawson retained the MSU lead and killed off the last serious challenge by the Buffs. Rickett led all scorers with a season-high 30 points, his second 30-point effort of his career earning him LSC South Player of the Week. Dawson added 19 points with 10 rebounds and two blocks, while Drew Coffman collected 15 points with five assists. Lolar, the leading scorer in the LSC, chalked up 27 points with six rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead WT. Tyler Cooper came off the bench with 20 points and seven rebounds, with Chris Hinz adding 11 points and Kevin Green 10. MSU was outshot by West Texas 51.9 percent to 50.0 percent, but the Mustangs were fouled more often and connected on 32 of 40 free throws. WT nailed 17 of 28 charity tosses. The Mustangs outrebounded the Buffs 32-31. On Monday, the Mustangs depended on Chad Rickett to snap Tarleton State Universitys 33-game home-court winning streak with a 72-59 victory at Wisdom Gym. Rickett led the Mustangs with 23 points and four assists as MSU raised its record to 14-4 overall and now stands alone at the top of the LSC South with a 3-1 record. Tarleton lost at home for the first time since Jan. 22, 2005, when Central Oklahoma beat TSU 59-46. The Texans dropped to 12-6 overall, 1-2 in the LSC South. Midwestern State jumped out to an early 10-point lead at 12-2 and 15-5 before the Texans answered with an 8-0 run to get close. Tarleton overcame the early MSU advantage on a John Davis three-pointer, the first of three consecutive tries for the Texans in the midst of a 12-4 run that closed the half to give TSU a 36-33 lead. TSU held a 42-40 lead with 16:11 remaining when the Mustangs took control of the half. Eric Dawson got a layup to tie the game at 42-all, then Rickett buried a three with 14:20 to play to take a lead it would not relinquish as MSU stunned the Tarleton faithful with a 13-0 run to take an 11-point lead. With an 11-point advantage with 8:07 to go, Tarleton made its final run at the Mustangs. A John Davis layup started a quick 6-0 run that pulled TSU within five after a Tanner Morgan layup with 5:43 to play. But the Mustangs responded. After getting his fourth foul Dawson proceeded to take three charges that killed Texan possession, with the offense answering each time. The knife in the heart of the Texans came on consecutive possessions with under four minutes to play. Rickett got a fast-break layup after a Dawson rebound, then another Dawson board off a missed TSU shot led to a Chris Davis three with 3:07 to play that put MSU up by a dozen. The Mustangs rode out the final time with a Coffman three and a Dawson layup providing exclamation points on the win. In addition to Ricketts 23 points, Dawson tallied 18 points and led MSU with seven boards, a block and three steals. Coffman collected 15 points for MSU with four assists as well. Rickett hit 9-of-10 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the foul line to continue his red hot shooting. John Davis was the only Tarleton player in double figures scoring, with 24 points and seven rebounds. Robert Hartfield added nine points for the Texans. Not only did the win snap a 33game home-court winning streak for TSU, it also ended the Texans four-game win streak over Midwestern State. The last time MSU beat TSU was on Dec. 3, 2003, when MSU claimed 75-74 win to snap a Texan 24-game regular season win streak. The Mustangs are in action again on Thursday when they travel to Abilene Christian. Tipoff of the contest will be at 8 p.m. at ACUs Moody Coliseum. ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN MSU's Roderick Jacobs, 33, hooks a shot over an Eastern New Mexico defender Thursday night in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The Mustangs beat Tarleton State 72-59, on Monday night to snap its 33-game home court winning streak. MSU ladies lose at home FOR THE Training to be a NBA pro JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR Basketball is my ambition. Okay, it might not seem like it by the look of my untoned pear-shaped physique, but working my way into the NBA is my dream. My love for the league streams from watching Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the 90s Chicago Bulls win six championships. Growing up I used to walk to the elementary schoolyard across the street from my house to work on my game. I would practice Jordans infamous fade away with my tongue sticking out, Kareem Abdul-Jabbars hook shot on one leg and Tim Duncans bank shot off the backboard. I dont know how many times I busted my tailbone trying to dunk like Shawn Kemp, Shaquille ONeal and Vince Carter. No matter how hard I tried I could never reach the rim. Gravity always denied me. I never let this stop me though. I contined to think I was destined to be a pro. Watching these giants play on TV made them my heroes. I wanted to be an NBA superstar. Watching the movie "Space Jam" made me believe I could fly and dunking over my little cousins on their plastic Playskool basketball goal gave me confidence that I WICHITAN The Midwestern State University Lady Mustangs let an 18-point second half lead slip away, then had to battle through two overtimes before claiming an 81-75 victory over Eastern New Mexico in Lone Star Conference South play Thursday night at Gerald Stockton Court in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. A three by Heather Brown began a 21-4 run for the Zias who closed the gap to 56-55 with 4:321 to play. Midwestern appeared to have the upper hand when Brittni Burks buried a jumper with 2:48 remaining to go up by three at 62-59, but Roni Gomez tied the game for the Zias with a three with 1:39 to go in regulation. Both teams missed shots in the last 90 seconds, but when Gomez stole the ball with 41 seconds to play it looked bad for MSU. They got a missed jumper from Brown, but got the offensive board. As the clock ran down Brown went in for a layup with 0.9 to play only to run over MSUs Andi Richardson and was called for her fifth foul. In the first overtime MSU came back from a three-point deficit to tie the game at 67 with 30 seconds left, and got the ball back on a Gomez turnover with three seconds remaining. In the second extra frame, MSU got a three-point play from Stacey Staten and a layup from Richardson to build a quick five-point lead then never let go. Freshman Andrea Buben led the Lady Mustangs with 24 points to go with seven rebounds, while Burks tallied 17 points with seven boards and two blocks and senior Sonya Calhoun-Courtney tallied 15 points. Staten just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine assists. Richardson led the squad with 14 rebounds. On Saturday night, the Lady Mustangs grabbed an early lead on No. 13 West Texas A&M University on Gerald Stockton Court in D.L. Ligon Coliseum, but the Lady Buffs answered with a 13-1 run and never looked back on the way to an 81-61 Lone Star Conference South victory. MSU (9-9, 2-4) jumped out to the 6-2 lead, only to see the balanced WT (17-3, 6-0) squad rebound with its first run of the game for a lead it would not relinquish. WT led 40-29 at intermission, then pulled away to start the second half, as MSU never got closer than 10 during the second frame. Midwestern State was paced by the play of Burks who collected 15 points, while Buben posted 14 points and Staten 13 points with five rebounds. The Lady Buffs got 22 points, six assists and four blocked shots from the LSCs leading scorer Emily Brister. Natalie Wheeler tallied 13 points and Mariah Willis 10. Kara Pridey just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds with four steals. The MSU women visit Abilene Christian in LSC South play. The game is set for 6 p.m. at Moody Coliseum in Abilene. The Lady Mustangs would like everyones support in their upcoming LSC match-ups. ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN MSU's Andrea Buben, 30, flicks her wrist as she shoots over an Eastern New Mexico defender Saturday night. could one day become a NBA legend if I worked hard enough. Then reality struck in the seventh grade. I went out for the school team. My 5-foot, 7-inch, 210-pound stature made my coach think that I would make a great center. Boy, was he wrong! After four games I was benched. I had a tendency to commit fouls that I never knew existed. Like standing in the paint for 3 seconds. What the hell is that? Besides that it was fact that I looked like an uncoordinated Lurch who shot like a girl. Not that there is anything wrong with shooting like a girl. I like girls. My coach decided he would move me from center to a new position: Waterboy/StatKeeper. That mother f-er! I hated it but felt like part of the team. My duties included recording stats for my former teammates and giving them water when I saw them dehydrated. I felt all that practice I did in my youth was a waste. My dream quikly faded. Maybe God didnt intend on me becoming an all-star in the NBA with a cool nickname like Josh "Money Shot" Mujica. I was so tramatized by this demotion that I never again went out for a basketball team. I stuck to football and track in high school because I was so scared my skills would be rejected like in junior high. I regret it so much. Since then I have become an avid San Antonio Spurs fan. Ive let bygones be bygones and now Im at peace with being just "Average Josh." I rely on my brain now to get what I want as opposed to using my non-existing basketball ability. Ive edited my dream a little, but it still involves the NBA. I want to work in community relations for the Spurs after Im done with school. Everytime I go to a game I get more hyped about graduating and making my dream become reality. Even today I joke with my old roommates about being on the Spurs staff and shooting around with the players. Then one day, Coach Greg Popovich would walk out and see my shot and sign me to a 10-day contract eventually leading to a regular contract. I tell him that a league MVP and championship would soon follow. First I hear crickets and then we all bust into laughter. But you never know what surprises life may bring. The key is to be patient and optimstic. My dream seems like a long shot from half court but with my drive and confidence I have faith I can turn it into an easy lay-up. I know the Mavs are good but go, Spurs, go!