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KING’S SPEECH RULES: The Academy sent Colin Firth and company home with top honors at the Oscars npage 5 Wednesday n March 2, 2011 DECISIVE VICTORY: Mustang men’s tennis outplayed Cowley County 7-2 Saturday at the MSU Tennis Center npage 8 thewichitan your university n your voice Cost of decals, parking tickets could increase Chris Collins Managing Editor Students, employees voice their opinions on paying more for parking Vehicle registration and parking ticket fees for the entire campus community are expected to rise for the fall semester. Currently, the vehicle registration fee (a parking decal) is $32. The minimum ticket you may be given by a police officer is $10. MSU Chief of Police Dan Williams is proposing an increase in ticket prices and registration fees. His proposal will go before the Board of Regents in May. If it passes, decals will cost $50 and parking fines will double. “Unfortunately, with the way state and federal governments are starting to Kasi Bailey, sophomore “I guess it’s okay to double (fines). A lot of people write tickets off because they’re only $10. cut funds to universities, the cost gets passed on to the student,” Williams said. He decided to advise the administra- Alex Eseyin, sophomore “Increasing ticket costs won’t actually stop the crime.” tion to raise ticket prices after he met with a handful of parents at MSU Spirit Days. “When we talked about parking rules Donald Bales, custodian “Fifty dollars isn’t that bad (for a parking decal), but I’m not going to pay to come to work.” and talked about getting young adults to comply, a number of the parents suggested raising the parking fines,” Williams said. “They didn’t feel like $10 was Linda Hollabaugh, professor “I would be willing to pay (for a parking decal) if I knew I had an assigned space.” (Photos by Hannah Hofmann) a deterrent to the kids. Most of them are spending mom and dad’s money and $10 is nothing to them. They spend $6 See PARKING on page 3 Lawmakers aim to allow guns on college campuses Brittney Cottingham Features Editor Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow licensed individuals to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. The legislation, which has been co-signed by more than half of the members in the state House of Representatives, has incited debate at MSU. Senior Joshua Ibarra and other MSU students organized a protest rally, which was held today in the Quad. They hope to let their elected officials know that they don’t support concealed carry on campus. “This is an important issue that needs to be brought to the forefront and debated to an end,” Ibarra said. He believes firearms should only be used as a final, extreme option when confronted with life-threatening situations, and fears that allowing guns on campus could turn the university into a “wild west saloon.” “(The university) should be See GUNS on page 3 Speaker discusses impacts of bailout Chris Collins Managing Editor Robert Forrester, MSU alum and president of Four Stars Auto Ranch in Henrietta, never bailed out. The company he works for, however, did. The MSU assistant professor of management spoke to an audience in Dillard Monday about how the General Motors bailout in 2009 affected the company, and how it has recovered since. “That bothered me a great deal and for the last two years I’ve actually avoided discussing it. I had my life’s investment rolled up into a company. And then, all of the sudden, we were waiting on a letter to tell us if we were still in business.” Forrester said Four Stars Auto Ranch actually did very well during the time of the bailout. He, however, was in the minority. For the most part, GM dealers and manufacturers were in hot water. “We made some plans, we took some steps,” he said. “We took care of business.” In November 2010, General Motors accepted $50 billion in taxpayer funds to get its feet back on the ground after declaring bankruptcy. The federal government now owns 61 percent of GM’s stock. “It was actually a joke that GM stood for Government Motors,” he quipped. Forrester cited ‘legacy costs,’ pensions for retired GM workers, as one of the leading factors that dragged the company down to financial failure. Work-study program faces 40 percent cut Chris Collins Managing Editor Robert Forrester (Photo by Chris Collins) “They weren’t able to take the steps to get those costs reduced,” he said. “They didn’t make the tough decisions. They didn’t plan like they needed to.” One of the tough decisions, he said, would have been for GM to borrow a substantial amount of money, along with using its products as leverage to ride out the hard economic times. The company’s monetary downturn hurt its relationship with suppliers, Forrester said. See BAILOUTon page 4 Competitiveness grant and the SMART grant. Currently the work-study proThe national economic down- gram receives $150,000 from the turn could lead to a 40 percent federal government and $45,000 cut in work-studies programs - $50,000 from the state. About 70 MSU students are across the country. The program, which provides employed as part of the propart-time employment to eligi- gram. ble students in order to help with The program allows eligible college expenses, is a mainstay of students to work on campus, labor for MSU and of financial Pennartz said. Students emassistance for needy students. ployed under work-studies are But this program isn’t alone in paid 25 percent of their wages. being slashed by the Feds. The rest counts toward their fi“Overall, the whole financial nancial aid. aid program is being reduced,” “It saves them money, in the said Kathy Pennartz, director of long run, on their budget.” financial aid at MSU. “It’s part of Whether a students is eligible the overall national debt. They’re for the program or not is depenlooking at every level, state and dent on his or her FAFSA apnational.” plication. The federal government has “They have to have the need already eliminated two grant for financial assistance,” she said. programs for the 2011 – 2012 academic year: the Academic See WORK-STUDY on pg 4

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