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Fresh linens Elite pg. 4 MSU housing rates are on the rise – but the extra cost will feel so clean. March 21, 2012 The men’s basketball team beats Arkansas Tech, St. Mary’s and Washburn in NCAA tournament. wichitan ht e Wednesday pg. 8 your campus/ your news MSU ‘vendor’ faces charges on band scams BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR Sushi King An MSU winterguard director was charged March 6 for engaging in organized criminal activity theft of $22,695. Michael Deshun Christian, who has also worked for Bright Ideas Charter School and Rider High School, has not been indicted on the charge yet. Even though Christian is listed on the MSU website as the guard director, Dianne Weakley, director of human resources, said he was never an MSU employee. “We do background checks on all employees, except students,” Weakley said. “(Christian) has been paid though the business office as a vendor.” Five separate theft incidents were reported to the Wichita Falls Police Department. According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, Christian faxed purchase orders to five businesses in the marching or guard industry, stating it was for Hamilton School, an institution that does not exist. Christian listed the contact people for these purchases as Andrea Pearle and Gregory Lucas. Police are still trying to determine if these people actually exist. THEFT pg. 3 Castro’s daughter talks about dictator BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR As a young Cuban girl, Alina Fernandez didn’t know who her father really was. It would be 10 years before she realized that man leading the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, was her estranged father. Fernandez spoke at MSU March 1 about growing up in Cuba under Castro’s rule. During the discussion, she explained what caused her to be estranged from her father. “I was born a little bit before the revolution and then for me everything changed,” Fernandez said. “That is part of the experience I try to explain to students, and a little bit of gossip.” Her mother and Castro were both married to other people when she was born. Until she found out about Castro, Fernandez thought her mother’s husband, a doctor, was her father. It wasn’t until 1989 that she publicly defied her father’s policies. “It is not exactly I am against his be- CASTRO pg. 3 Mass communication major Kyle Egan prepares a hibiscus and caterpillar sushi roll Monday night. Peyton White rides a longboard Tuesday. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN SGA seeks reversal of skateboard policy MSU junior co-owns restaurant RUTH FITZGERALD FOR THE WICHITAN C raving a California roll? According to Kyle Egan, coowner of Sakura Sushi Bar, such a request is a dead giveaway that you’re a “beginner” in the sushi world. At age 23, the MSU junior has spent the better part of a decade honing his sushi skills. Step into his eating establishment and you enter another dimension of exotic cuisine, crafted in the blink of an eye, and so beautiful that one must see to believe. Watching Egan cook while he makes small talk is like watching a bonfire – mesmerizing. But what looks easy can be surprisingly deceptive. “You can’t just start making sushi,” says Egan. “The rice itself takes some chefs a year to learn.” Sushi is defined as cooked, cold rice, which is shaped by hand. Sometimes it is rolled with seaweed, or topped with some sort of raw or cooked fish, vegetable or egg. According to Egan, a common misconception is that all sushi is served raw, which is not the case. A master sushi chef has a plethora of ingredients, techniques, presentations and flavors at his disposal and he uses them all. Egan’s transition into the culinary arts wasn’t an easy one. He initially hated the restaurant business because it consumed so much of his mother’s and his own time. Egan’s mother, Hye Chong, a native Korean, holds a unique status in her own right because someone taught her the art in the first place. “In Korea, it’s very uncommon for women to be taught the art of sushimaking,” says Egan. “In Japan, it’s almost unheard of.” Egan picked up a whirlwind of experience in three different sushi bars across Texas. At Blue Fish in Dallas, he learned to prepare sushi appetizers. He toned up his sushi-rolling abilities at Imperial Café in Corpus Christi and finally perfected his skills under his mom’s guidance. Egan can pretty much SUSHI pg. 3 MOLLIE COLLINS COPY EDITOR Many students at MSU have schedules that take them all over campus. With only 10 minutes to get from one class to the next, it can be difficult to make it there on time. Kelsey Shaffer, exercise physiology junior, wants there to be an easier way for students to commute between their daily classes. “I hate the thought of wasting gas or being late for class because I don’t have enough time to get from one end of campus to another,” said Shaffer. Shaffer wrote a bill that, if passed, would repeal the anti-skateboarding policy on campus. If repealed, students would be allowed to use a skateboard as a mean of transportation on campus. “I feel it would be really enjoyable, especially in the spring, to just hop on your board to get where you need to go,” she said. Over 50 students signed her petition to legalize the use of skateboards on campus. The bill was presented to the Student Government Association at their meeting on Tuesday by Alpha Phi’s Jennifer Rutledge, sponsoring senator for Shaffer’s bill. SKATE pg. 3

March 21, 2012

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