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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University Wednesday March 28, 2007 degree in biology. However, a dark side of addiction lurks within Anderson, twisting his college dreams into a nightmare. He is an addict. But not with drugs, alcohol, sex or gambling. His addiction lies in the matrix-like world of the most popular online computer game in history— “World of Warcraft.” “World of Warcraft” (WoW) is a fantasy online game developed by Blizzard Entertainment in early 2003. It is the fourth installment of the “Warcraft” series and retails for $50 with a free month of service. After the time passes, the users must purchase additional playtime with a credit card or a prepaid game card. The game card retails for $30 and includes 60 days of game play. On Nov. 9, 2006, Blizzard announced that the subscriber base for the online role playing game had reached a milestone with a record 7.5 million users worldwide. Two years ago, a friend introduced Anderson to WoW when he was a senior in high school. “I just got hooked,” Anderson said. “Itʼs very addicting and a huge time SUNKYU YOO-NORRIS | THE WICHITAN waster.” As with other online role-playing games like “EverQuest,” “Star Wars Galaxies” and “DDO,” users with stunning graphics and a users control player characters deCHRISTIAN MCPHATE growing addiction. signed by each individual gamer. STAFF REPORTER Sophomore Spencer Anderson, The “heroes” explore a diverse Imagine a game world where Mi- 21, is a typical young college stu- world filled with warlocks, undead, notaurs, ogres, trolls, zombies and dent. He entered MSU, following goblins, orcs, and an assortment of elves reign supreme, amazing the his childhood dreams of obtaining a See WoW page 6 Game fixation can be costly for addicts MSU media garner honors KRYSTLE CAREY MANAGING EDITOR Midwestern State University students won 38 awards, including 12 first-place finishes, at the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference, held March 22-24 in San Antonio. MSU students won 11 secondplace awards, eight third-place awards and seven honorable mentions. The university also won the on-site sweepstakes. The 10 students competed in 26 on-site competitions, covering areas of newspaper, television, radio and public relations. The contests included editorial writing, television anchoring, newspaper design, feature writing, radio announcing, sports action photography and others. Mass Communication Department Chair Dr. Jim Sernoe said the awards reflect the diversity of the curriculum. “Because our degree requirements are so broad, our students are able to excel in several areas. For example, two students whose main interest is broadcasting won awards in advertising. A public relations student won an award for radio newswriting,” he said. Alex Villarreal was awarded with first place in all three of her competitions: Television anchoring, radio commercial copy writing and television newswriting. “TIPA really proved that what we learn in class is not only the right way, but also the best way,” she said. Randall Mobley took first place in television advertising, and Clint Kirby won second place in television sportswriting. Carrie Sullivan took first place in editorial writing. Another newspaper-category award went to Konnie Sewell with second place in copy editing. “I was surprised I won in the copy editing competition,” Sewell said. “But people, like our adviser Randy, are always telling me about what a good job I do at the paper and how many good mistakes I catch. I See TIPA page 6 Theatre troupe takes on Albee KONNIE SEWELL COPY EDITOR INSIDE A man and his wife are having a brutal argument. The wife calls her husband a flop. He angrily smashes a bottle of liquor. “I hope that was an empty bottle, George,” Martha says. “You donʼt want to waste good liquor … not on your salary.” The play is Edward Albeeʼs Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and will be performed by the MSU Theatre March 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and April 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the Bea Wood Studio Theatre of Fain Fine Arts. According to Fain Fine Arts Dean Dr. Ron Fischli, who is directing the play, the department first wanted to put on a performance of the play Doubt, but they were unable to attain the amateur leasing rights. Fischli said Virginia, which is comprised of three acts and has two 10-minute intermissions, would make most peopleʼs list of the top 10 American plays written through the ages. “Itʼs a well-known play, itʼs a landmark play in American theatre,” Fischli said, “and itʼs a difficult play.” The entire play takes place in George and Marthaʼs living room on the campus of a small New England college during the 1960s. Fischli said this performance is going to be fairly traditional, and the department decided to place the play in the ʼ60s for several reasons. “I donʼt think itʼs necessarily that dated of a play,” he said. “Weʼre setting it in the 1960s sort of as a historical point because the play was so provocative for its time. Also, we decided on that decade because it would give our costume department something else to do besides just contemporary stuff.” With recent performances of Angels in America and The Vagina Monologues under their belt, a production of Virginia might give some the wrong impression about MSU Theatre. Part of the departmentʼs mission statement is to challenge students with a variety of work. “People sometimes forget we do more entertaining plays like The Boys Next Door, Snoopy and Much Ado About Nothing because works like Angels in America stay indelibly on their mind,” Fischli said. He said the actors want to do really meaningful pieces that challenge them. “I think weʼve established that reputation,” he said. “We do these plays because theyʼre important and interesting.” He said theatre can do one of two things: It can reflect society or it can shape society. “We do plays that partake of See Woolf page 6 LAUREN MILLER | THE WICHITAN Theatre students from left to right: Matt Griffin (George), Hannah McKinney (Martha), Natalie Young (Honey) and Jonathan Hartman (Nick) practice a scene in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The play will begin on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bea Wood Studio Theatre. More pictures on page 7. ‘Dead Silence’ Cavemen sitcom Cycling through Asia This horror movie leaves audience feeling like dummies. GEICO’s latest character gets ticket to fame. MSU graduate student Stefan Rothe experiences Asia on two wheels and the open road. page 4 page 4 page 8

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