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Autograph Hound

CARRIE SULLIVAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Kelly Havis collects famous names MELISSA DOS PRAZERES-SILVA FOR THE WICHITAN

To Kelly Havis, a name is everything. He’s got lots of them. They’re called autographs. Havis, 44, is an avid autograph collector. Ever since he got his first famous signature – Natalie Schafer, also known as Mrs. Howell of Gilligan’s Island – he’s been hooked. That was in 1978. His mother had met the TV star in a Houston allergy clinic. Knowing her son was a fan, she got him his first autograph. Since then, the senior art major has greatly expanded his collection to more than 300, which includes actors, musicians, athletes and even major political figures. The compilation encompasses a variety of celebrities, ranging from legends of the 1950s to some of today’s emerging stars. Being a huge music fan, the Houston native has closely followed some of his favorite artists over time.

Angus Young of ACDC, ZZ Top, Bo Diddley, Ringo Starr, Sting, Rob Zombie, Ted Nugent, Tony Bennett, Black Sabbath, Kiss, and 1980s band Cinderella are to name a few of the musicians he has autographs of. “Meeting my favorite rock group of all time, Kiss, after their show in Houston was so special, but having my 62-year-old mother there with me made the experience my most treasured,” Havis said. Havis has uncovered effective ways to hunt down is prey. Havis said he combs through the city’s entertainment guide to find out where to look for famous people. Since security is much tighter at big venues, he ventures out to smaller ones, clubs or hotels and waits at the back door. “Over the years, I figured out how long before a show started groups would do their sound checks, and that worked the easiest for me to get close to them and get autographs,” he said. Of all the celebrities he has met, Bill Cosby stands out to him as the most memorable and fun to meet. Havis was able to get two of

MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN If you have lost your student identification card, damaged it, or donʼt even know what itʼs used for then you are not alone. Many students lose their identification cards for one reason or another. It may fall out of their pocket, they may leave it in the cafeteria or they may even lose it then find it a few months later. The replacement fee for a lost or damaged card is $20. For the 2006 school year 558 cards were reported lost. Through February 378 cards were reported missing. Many issues of damaged cards have arisen as well. Campus Card Services Director Sherry Kingcade said when a student brings his card

Moffett Libraryʼs hold policy on student fines and lost books – one that has resulted in outstanding uncollected debt of nearly $75,000 since 2004 – is the most lenient among state universities. In a survey conducted by The Wichitan, 35 Texas schools said their policies state that any past due amount will prevent a student from registering on time. MSU is the only public school in Texas that does not require that students have a zero balance before they graduate. Midwestern students can register if they owe as much as $249.99 to either the library or police department. MSU President Jessie Rogers fears any reduction in that $250 amount will pose a negative affect on enrollment. In a Jan. 18 email, Juan Sandoval, vice president for Administration and Finance, told Head Librarian Clara Latham that the library would no longer be allowed to put

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Cosby’s books on fatherhood and two pictures signed. Besides actors, Havis has autographs of some of Hollywood’s heavyweights like Clive Barker, Stephen King, John Carpenter and recently, here in Wichita Falls, Wes Craven. “Meeting with Craven was huge for me,” he said. “ I’m a big fan of Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) so meeting the actor and now the

actor’s creator was really special.” Havis also owns a regulation basketball autographed by the 1995 NBA champions, Houston Rockets team. He was able to catch the entire team in the parking lot of their training site, the Houston Baptist University. Havis capitalized on another opportunity when he heard George Foreman was being hon-

starts to add up,” he said. The campus card is a multi-purpose doucment, which revolves around college life. When students lose their cards, they are locked out of certain buildings and some campus computer labs. Students who live on campus need their cards to get into the residence halls and to eat in the cafeteria. When the students lose their cards it makes life more difficult. Sophomore Dorothy Thomas, who has lived in Sunwatcher Village for two years, has experienced how hard it is to go without her student identification card. Residents of Sunwatcher Village have access to a computer lab in the complex, which requires a campus card. “I eventually ended up finding my card, but it was kind of hard

whenever I needed to use the computer lab. I would have to find a friend who lived in Sunwatcher so they could let me in,” she said. The campus card can be used as a debit card that can be set up through Wells Fargo. When the new campus card was first introduced in the 2004 school year, fewer than half of the student body took the Wells Fargo option. With Spirit Days approaching Kingcaid said the option of students wanting to link their cards through Wells Fargo is expected to increase. For future developments the campus card will eventually be able to be used in vending machines around school. The card offers a program called Maroon Money, in which students deposit money onto their card and

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ored at a five-star hotel in Houston. Though it took some fancy footwork to get past the boxer’s entourage, Havis managed to get a pair of regulation boxing gloves signed. His next mission is to get another pair signed by Foreman’s biggest rival, Muhammad Ali. Autographed books of Presi-

SI program lends hand to strugglers HEATHER KUMOR FOR THE WICHITAN

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558 MSU student identification cards lost last year in to report it damaged, the card is evaluated to see how old it is. Some just show normal wear and tear. “Cards are supposed to last for four years,” Kingcade said. However, most cards that are brought in are abused. Many students donʼt take care of the cards and end up having to replace them. Campus Card Services has ways to keep track of how many times students swipe their cards. Since more than 1,000 students live on campus, those studentsʼ cards show the most wear and tear, Kingcade said. If a brand new card is defective then a replacement card is issued without charge. Criminal justice major Maurice Morine lost his campus card, and had to deal with paying the $20 fee. “I hope I donʼt lose my card anymore, because paying $20 each time

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use it around the city. The Maroon Money account must be set up in the student campus card services office. Deposits can be made through Wells Fargo or the business office. There is a $25 minimum deposit to activate the account. Merchants participating in the Maroon Money program are All American Super Carwash, CVS Pharmacy, The College Store, El Volcan, Mazzioʼs, Sweettooth Donuts, Shogun, McAlisterʼs Deli, Starbrite Cleaners and Sikes Sundries convenience store. The campus card can also be used at the campus bookstore, Vinson Health Center, Sundance Food Court, Café at Dillard, Java City, Moffett Library, Mesquite Dining Hall, University Police, Annual Fund and the Testing Services.

Are you having trouble in your classes? Many students are. Enough, in fact, that MSU offers a program dedicated to tutoring students in historically difficult courses, those classes with the highest drop rate. Supplemental Instruction, or SI, allows students to attend up to three weekly one-hour review sessions. The SI leaders, students who have previously taken the class and earned an “A,” and currently attend the class and take notes, use their knowledge of the subjectʼs content and study skills to help guide students through the course. “We help explain difficult concepts and review the course material,” senior Russell Schaffner said. Schaffner is an SI leader for Anatomy and Physiology 1 for Dr. Dana Mills. He began leading an SI session last fall. When Schaffner was taking A&P II, he was asked by SusAnn Key, director of the SI program, to apply for the position. The student must also be recommended by other SI See Program page 6

Smokers fuming over proposed tobacco ban CARLY BURRES FOR THE WICHITAN

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“I will still light up!” This was the cry of freshman Michael Harris after being told about the proposed campus-wide tobacco ban. The MSU Student Affairs Committee floated the proposal at the meeting last week. Harris was not the only student who was against the proposal. After flicking away his cigarette, freshman Tony Mondor said, “I can do what I want. The campus police already said they arenʼt the smoking police, so Iʼm not worried about it.” While some students such as Harris and Mondor are against the

ban, others believe the ban is a great idea. “Iʼm a non-smoker. There are signs outside of the Mass Communications building that say not to smoke within 20 feet, and students have been under there on rainy days, sunny days. They pretty much abused the privilege. So now this is what they get. I hate walking through clouds of smoke,” Mary Payton, sophomore, said. Sophomore Winston Bonnheim, responded to Paytonʼs comment by saying, “People are going to leave campus to smoke which is going to discourage campus involvement. People arenʼt going to quit smoking. You canʼt legislate peopleʼs personal actions.”

Smoking is currently permitted outside and not within 20 feet of campus buildings. Many of the students complained that the problem is not the smokers, but that no one enforces the current smoking rules. Senior Chris Shoemake said, “Iʼd probably still smoke anyway. Iʼll start smoking 20 feet away from the building when they move the ashtrays 20 feet away. Right now, most of them are right in front of the doors of the buildings.” Most smokers are in disagreement with the proposal. However, the non-smokers are providing mixed responses. Stephanie Glidewell, junior, is a non-smoker who is against the ban.

“Weʼre not in elementary school. I thought that we were all in college and are considered adults. I think we should make our own decisions about smoking,” she said. While many of the non-smokers are against the ban because of constitutional reasons, many are very supportive of the proposal. “I think it is great. Smoking is nasty and the butts are gross to look at,” junior McKenzie McCrary said. Grad student Micah Cook agreed with McCrary and said, “I donʼt smoke. I like to breathe.” SGA President, Will Morefield, advised that a student poll be taken before any decisions are made.

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Donʼt sound the trumpets Knock off that racket! Loud, obnoxious noises, particularly air-horns, at graduation ceremonies have got to stop. Not only are they completely irritating, theyʼre rude to the people walking the stage. Imagine this scenario: Youʼve just completed a long, grueling four (or more) years of college. Youʼve sat through lectures completely unrelated to your major. Youʼve lost sleep and sanity in order to write 20-page research papers. And youʼve cried tears of bliss when you received a passing C in those few, hellish courses you thought would certainly be the death of you. The day has finally arrived. Youʼve purchased your cap and gown and various decorative ropes denoting the honorary fraternities in which youʼve been involved. Youʼve bought a new dress/suit to wear underneath your gown and then show off at the after-party, where you will make a toast to yourself for now holding the diploma that allows you to go forth into the working world of career-minded people. Youʼve bought a class ring and had professional pictures made. Youʼve sent out numerous invitations to friends and family and have made hotel reservations for them. Some of these people you havenʼt seen in years but theyʼre making a special trip to honor you on this most momentous day. There you are in line, about to walk the stage. You know your family is up in the stands, watching, waiting to hear your name proudly announced, waiting to hear it stream from the speakers and fill the auditorium, representing the worthy person that is you. You step up closer. The person before you is now accepting his diploma. His name comes over the loudspeaker. Youʼre next. You hold your head high and begin to walk as the announcer opens his lips to pronounce your name. But instead of your name, all your family hears is a loud, “BLEEEEEEEEEEE!” Someone has just blown an air-horn to acknowledge the moron in front of you. Nobody even hears your name because the deafening sound has blocked it out. You accept your diploma, wearing a fake smile to hide your irritation, anger and mortification. If you exit this scenario with anything, take with you some common courtesy. Please tell your enthusiastic entourage to leave the air-horn at home. MSU graduates deserve better than that.

Editor reflects on leaving work, family Another transition time has come. A time for completion, a time for g oo d by es , a time for change. S o m e transitions are harder than others. Like this one. I ʼ v e served as E d i t o r- i n - CARRIE SULLIVAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chief for The Wichitan for one year. Itʼs hard work, probably the hardest job on campus. You always have to be alert to what is going on. You have to be one step ahead. The pay has been good and the paper, award-winning. But aside from that, I have been lucky enough to work with a group of people who became my family. And to me, that is infinitely more important than all the rest. If you take with you anything Iʼve ever written for this paper, Iʼm telling you, itʼs not the pay or the product, itʼs the people who truly give your life meaning. Like all families, we at The Wichitan endured some trying times together. For instance, the computer issues. Thereʼs nothing more exasperating than working on a page for hours and then having a computer

glitch lose everything. Then there are the late hours and early mornings. Iʼm talking leaving the news room at 2 a.m. and having to get up at 6 a.m. or taking a burned disc of pages out to Persideaʼs shop in the boonies when the rest of the country is fast asleep. On a number of occasions I have woken up the next day after deadline, so sleep-deprived I honestly didnʼt know what day it was. And then there were the occasions of stories and/or pictures not coming in on time or not at all and the absolute panic we all felt because we were a team—but it was moments like those that made us put our heads together and figure out a solution, which we always did. Aside from the headaches that go into any product with substance, I had some great times, too. Actually, Iʼll go so far as to call them wonderful and certainly, I hope, unforgettable. Being part of The Wichitan enabled me to see parts of the country I hadnʼt seen before. I hope I never forget traveling to the conference in St. Louis at the very same time the Cardinals won The World Series. You do not know what a celebration is until youʼre looking down out of your hotel room, seeing absolutely ecstatic people running in the streets after their home team won, traffic backed up, horns honking in

happiness and fireworks exploding in the night sky. I hope I never forget the nights at the office long after the sun had gone down when we cranked up the Internet radio to sing, dance and relive the music of our childhood in the ʼ90s. Who needs a real strobe light when a quick hand and a light switch work just fine? Thatʼs right—working for this newspaper almost guarantees party time! I will carry with me memories of Halloween, renting a Morticia Addams costume for a party that got cancelled, and wearing it to the office on deadline instead. Iʼll keep the laughter in my memories, the way the staff (especially the men) took turns wearing the wig and snapping pictures. On the professional side, I also hope I never forget how nice it felt to complete a good interview and write a good story. Being on this paperʼs staff has enabled me to get out and meet so many different people on campus, including President Jesse Rogers, with whom Iʼve had several enjoyable chats. The Wichitan has been the gateway to learning. Iʼm proud to say I worked under a seasoned advisor, someone whose opinions Iʼve grown to respect. He taught me that criticism—truth—is a good thing, even if itʼs hard on the ego to take. Iʼll take with me the way we

all chipped in for dinner—usually pizza—and how good it tasted at 8 p.m. when we were still working hard and starving. Iʼll take with me the short (or sometimes long) breaks outside under the sun or stars, just to breathe, talking with one “family member” or another, about life, love and the like. Iʼll take with me the way we were all connected, in that we always knew when one of us was upset, and always cared enough to try and make that person smile or laugh or cry just to let it out. Writing, working—these things brought us together. But is the bond weʼve made strong enough to last when we shape-shift our hobbies and occupations throughout life? If I allowed myself, Iʼd break down at the realization of this most difficult transition. Iʼd be terrified of the unknown, frightened and heartbroken to leave those to whom Iʼve gotten so close. Which beloved friends, which members of my family will remain not just in memory, but in real contact, through the years and the changes? I do not have the answer to that. But as writer Hermann Hesse said, “Since life may summon us at every age, be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor. Be ready bravely and without remorse to find new light that old ties cannot give. In all beginnings dwells a magic force for guarding us and helping us to live.”

It seems like just yesterday my mom and brother were dropping me off at Killingsworth Hall. I was nervous, yet excited at the same time. I remember walking up to the third floor not knowing what to expect. The ADRIAN MCCANDLES PHOTO EDITOR hoard of college students and parents scurrying around the hall was a bit overwhelming, but my nerves were calmed when I opened the door to my dorm room and met my roommate. Before I left for college, everyone told me horror stories of roommates from hell. I didnʼt know what to expect and I was presently surprised. My mother and brother left, and I felt a since of freedom. I was finally on my own. That was five years ago. Now I am about to embark on a new chapter, life after college. I will admit, it is a little frightening when I stop and think about it.

I am used to being a typical college student. I stay up way too late studying, and I wake up way too early to go to school. I never have time for a decent meal and I am heavily addicted to caffeine. Seriously, I have a problem. What I am not used to and I cannot fathom right now is the real world. The real world is a scary place. But when I think about it, every transition I have made in my life has been scary. My first big transition was going to middle school. I remember riding my bike home from elementary school one day and looking at all the “cool” middle school kids hanging out in front of the school. I said to myself, “Wow that will be me next year.” Before I could really start getting into my daydream, smack, I ran strait into the telephone poll. Not just any telephone poll however, it was the one right in front of the school. Naturally, I was nervous, anxious and scared that the eighth graders were going to pick on me. I remember carrying all of my school supplies in a brown paper grocery bag to school and noticing no one else brought their supplies that day.

But you know what, after that first initial day of adjusting, I had a lot of fun. It wasnʼt scary at all and I made a lot of friends. Going from middle school to high school was that same feeling times ten. By this time I was boycrazy and couldnʼt wait to see all of the cool, older guys. Again, I was nervous of being the “fish” in fear of getting made fun of some more, but the same thing happened, after the first day my anxieties melted away. Now I am preparing to start a family. The thought of being a mother is somewhat terrifying. I have so many unanswered questions. Will I drive my husband insane for nine months? Will I know the right way to change a diaper? Will I like being a mother? I think I will love it, but I guess that is one thing you will never know until it happens. I am going to miss the college lifestyle. More importantly I am going to miss The Wichitan staff. I have learned more at my time working at The Wichitan than I could have imagined. With a great advisorʼs help, my photographs have drastically im-

proved. I looked back at some of my earlier work and I can honestly say it stunk. This past year especially I have taken great pride in my work and actually get very upset when a picture is messed up in the printing process. I am going to miss those Tuesdays where I stayed up at school 17 hours straight trying to get work done. I will definitely miss the late nights where delirium has set in and everything is funny. On a good note, those memories will stay with me the rest of my life. Now I can look forward to having one job, not two. I wonʼt have to pull all-nighters writing a paper or studying for a Spanish test. And I will actually get to see my husband- something I really havenʼt done since this semester began. I can look forward to having two decent incomes in my household. I really donʼt think I will know what to do with myself when our budget isnʼt as tight as a nooseʼs knot. I really canʼt say what my life will be like post-graduation. One thing I know for sure is it will be scary at first but after the first initial reaction I will be all right.

MSU graduate gives kudos to transitions

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THE WICHITAN Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Carrie Sullivan Managing Editor Krystle Carey Entertainment Editor Jason Kimbro Sports Editor Josh Mujica Photo Editor Adrian McCandless

Reporters Richard Carter Christian McPhate Melissa dos Prazeres Silva Rachel Tompkins Photographers Hershel Self Lauren Miller Graphic Artist SunKyu Yoo-Norris

Advertising Manager Christian McPhate

Copy Editor Konnie Sewell

Adviser Randy Pruitt

Op-Ed

THE WICHITAN May 2, 2007

Financial aid ruins summer

Iʼm not one to complain, well, thatʼs not exactly true, but I really dislike having things to complain about, unless of course it gives me something to write about in these here JASON KIMBRO columns. ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR A n yway, my point is I have something to complain about. I have a lot of respect for many of the MSU offices over in the Hardin building and they have helped me out a lot. One office in particular that has really been a driving force behind my college career would be the financial aid office. But I must say that in the past couple of years a few things have happened that has really pissed me off. I will start off with something small and move onto something that is particularly large and has affected what is most likely the entire campus. Two years ago I was named MSUʼs senior man of the year. It was quite an honor. My parents were there sitting with me and two of my favorite professors (Labeff and Vandehey) sat with us as well. Emotions were pretty high for them when my name was announced. I went up to the front and took my plaque. From what I knew due to the past experiences of friends who have won similar awards, these plaques come with a check in an envelope taped to the back. Times were tough for me for I had squandered my money on cheese and condoms at the time. I went back to the table and my

tiny piece of cheesecake and proceeded to open my envelope. The contents inside were indeed disappointing. Instead of a check there resided a letter stating that I was unable to receive an award check for my outstanding achievement since I had already reached my maximum financial aid for the year. What a bummer. First of all this was an award for superior achievement, not a financial aid grant or loan. Second of all, it shows a lack of appreciation in certain official settings for those who do strive to achieve. I am proud of my achievement and I truly do thank those in Student Affairs and other offices who voted me as their senior man but the lack of a check was an annoying blow. I had to go weeks without cheese or condoms. Life was hell. I understand creating a cap for such things for each student but things like awards and scholarships based upon academic and extracurricular achievement should not be a part of this restriction. Now I donʼt exactly know the state laws regarding financial assistance for state college students, but I do know that the award I received should have never been considered part of my financial aid package. Now onto my next complaint, one that I am sure has affected many of you out there who planned on attending classes this summer. In case you havenʼt figured it out I am writing about the change where the summer semesters are now considered a trailer at the end of the financial aid year instead of the beginning. My family sort of depends on the monies we receive as part of our financial aid refunds each semester. We are very poor folk so of course we take our maximums each and every year.

Since summer 2007 was added to the end of this financial aid year (making the entire year actually LONGER THAN A YEAR) all who have reached their maximums are unable to receive any funds. I understand that they wanted to conform to the rest of the state, but a little more warning should have been given. We were informed of this change in the middle of this current semester, AFTER we had a chance to accept or deny any amount of financial aid offered to us. If this change would have been announced last summer then things would have been different. We could have made sure that we didnʼt accept our maximum loans thus saving for the future summer semester instead. Now, we are a starving family. We must try to live off the government applying for assistance from the department of human services. If this decision was made this semester then it is this columnistʼs opinion that for the sake of their students they should have waited till next year to make this change so we could all make the necessary adjustments. Furthermore, if youʼre going to add more time to a given abstract year, then perhaps it would be courteous to add more on the other planes of significance as well, i.e., add a little more to the maximum financial aid amounts. I am going to sit here with a bologna sandwich that I really cannot afford, hope that I can somehow find someone to lend me some money so I can take summer classes and graduate on time, and pray that financial aid doesnʼt decide to do something else to screw us over all for the convenience of their paperwork. Sorry Kathy and Sue, ya know I love ya. Adios folks!

Even though my time with mass comm is coming to a close, Iʼm still going to be attending MSU next fall. I ʼ m graduating with my bachelorʼs May 12, but Iʼm (hopefully) going KONNIE SEWELL back for a COPY EDITOR masters in history. So my schooling isnʼt really over, but a significant part of it is. I remember when I first started college. I had all the normal questions: Is this major right for me? Am I going to actually use it when I graduate? Will it pay me well? Thankfully, I never switched majors, but I did have some doubts, especially when I was an underclassman. I didnʼt know anyone and I always felt like the odd man out. Even from the outside, mass comm is a really tight department, and I always wanted to be part of that. I got used to the feeling eventually. But then when I became an upperclassman, something happened. I found out that I actually knew people in my major, and whatʼs more, they knew me! We were hanging out and having fun and people actually knew my name. Now I canʼt walk through the building without seeing someone I know, saying hello, and talking about something that happened the other night or in class yesterday. These people that I used to be intimidated by and, to be honest, a little jealous of – now I was one of them. Weʼve had some great times (TIPA, where a million quotes and in-jokes were born) and some notso-great times (pulling that damn all-nighter just to get our script ready for senior documentaries). I can honestly say Iʼve had some definite “Van Wilder” and “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” moments. Yes, they were awesome. Even our professors are kickass.

Iʼm going to miss Gorham being Gorham, Sernoe being Sernoe and Randy being Randy. Iʼve never had so much fun learning stuff. And, besides, what other department on campus has a tally going on who got the most drunk calls from students? But now Iʼm going to leave the Fain Fine Arts building for a new building. This is going to take some getting used to. This spring semester Iʼve been cooped up in Fain, and Iʼll miss giving freshmen directions to the A building and Iʼll miss hanging out in The Wichitan office when Iʼve got some free time or need a nap. Seriously, yʼall donʼt know what goes on at The Wichitan every Tuesday night. Most recently, weʼve gotten into the habit of blaring loud music (courtesy of dizzler.com) at ungodly hours just to get us through the night. One night was ʼ90s night. Last week we jammed to “Sonic the Hedgehog,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “Mortal Kombat” and even a little “Final Fantasy.” In addition, itʼs usually just Carrie, Krystle and I before the paper gets finished, so we have lots and lots of girly time. Iʼve worked for The Wichitan on and off since my freshman year and I really think the ʼ06-ʼ07 staff was the best yet. Itʼs just not going to be the same not working with them anymore. Iʼve learned so many things about myself and the people around me this past year. Mostly, Iʼve learned that even if you canʼt solve every problem with a good laugh, you can at least make them less messy. Everyone worth their salt in mass comm has a great sense of humor. And weʼre all really unique, too. Going to TIPA in San Antonio showed me that. TIPA also showed me itʼs OK to just be me. Iʼve always had this fear that everything will get ruined if Iʼm allowed to be myself. But the whole will always survive, even with my dumb ass along for the ride. Iʼve built so many relationships over the past four years. (Seriously,

did I even ever go to high school? It feels like Iʼve been at MSU since forever.) Some of them lasted, some of them didnʼt. The ones that mattered lasted. I donʼt know if theyʼre going to last outside of school – do they have class reunions for alumni? But at least I got to enjoy them while I was here, and thatʼs the important thing, I suppose. Adrian is like my sister, as are Carrie and Krystle. (Carrieʼs the older sister, constantly giving me and Krystle good advice.) Jessicaʼs so much more worldly and outgoing than I am, and I admire her for that. Clint and Ryan, you two have the best sense of humor Iʼve ever seen. I wish I was half as funny and laid back as yʼall. Lauryn and Ambra, you guys crack me up as well. Carly, youʼre a trip, but one thatʼd Iʼd take more than once. Josh Mujica, I love you too. Alex freakinʼ Villarreal, youʼre a star and I love every moment I spend with you. (I wish it could be more.) And thereʼs so many other people Iʼd like to give a shoutout to, to thank, to give a last hug to, but Iʼd be here all day. Youʼre all in my heart. Itʼs cheesy, but itʼs not really about where youʼre going, is it? You sort of forget what youʼre doing while youʼre in the middle of it. But you also forget everything that came before, and you donʼt think about whatʼs going to happen in the future. For even the briefest moment, youʼre there experiencing the middle. And itʼs not sad or lonely or infuriating. It just is, and itʼs perfect. When the end comes youʼre either prepared for it or youʼre terrified by it. I think on May 12 Iʼll be prepared for it. So I know itʼs going to take some getting used to, but as Iʼm getting ready to move on to the history department, I think Iʼm ready. Iʼve had a good ride with mass comm. You better believe Iʼm going to miss it like crazy, but just like everyoneʼs left their mark with me, hopefully Iʼve left something for them to remember my by.

Saying goodbye is hard to do

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Across Campus Graduation Commencement will be Saturday, May 12, in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The two ceremonies will occur at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Come and support the graduating students of MSU.

Foreign Film Continuing Education presents “A Very Long Engagement.” This extraordinary love story, set against the background of World War I, will be showing at 7p.m. May 3 at the Kemp Center for the Arts. Convicted of self-mutilation in order to escape military service during World War I, five soldiers are condemned to face certain death in the no manʼs land between the French and German trench lines. It appears all of them were killed in a subsequent battle, but the fiancee of one of the soldiers refuses to give up hope and begins to uncover clues as to what actually took place on the battlefield. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For more information, call ext. 4756.

Student Art Exhibitions The art department opens the Senior Student Exhibition and the Student All-Media Exhibitions with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 4 in the Fain Fine Arts galleries. In the Foyer Gallery will be the works of seniors Kim Bartel, Katy Blackwood, Johanna Krantz and Jim Thomason. On exhibit in the main gallery will be all-media student artwork. Both run through Aug. 24. For more information, call ext. 4264.

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ʻNextʼ on the list: a huge waste of time JASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Hello, my dear readers. As you can see from the report card, my last film of the year is one corrosive piece of crap that would be quite surprising to me isnʼt considered one of Nicolas Cageʼs worst films. “Next” is another attempt by director Lee Tamahori (“Die Another Day,” “XXX: State of the Union”) to wow his audiences with breakneck action sequences and eye candy worthy of any summer movie. Unfortunately Tamahori seems to be getting worse and worse with each film he makes. When “XXX: State of the Union” was released I was somewhat excited because I kinda-sorta liked the first one with Vin Diesel and I very much enjoyed Tamahoriʼs over-thetop rendition of Bond with “Die Another Day,” but after one screening I felt sick. My expectations were not nearly as high for “Next,” but I must say I felt just as sick after leaving this rotten excuse for an action flick. Hereʼs the gist: Nicolas Cage is a man with a hair problem. No really, his hair is pretty god-awful in this one, but those are the least of his problems. He plays Cris Johnson, a low-key vegas magician with the stage name Frank Cadillac. He is able to pull off some amazing slights of hand and some wondrous predictions. These popcorn achievements come easy to Cris because he is psychic, well, sort of. Cris can only see about two minutes into the future. We are not told why he is able to do this nor are we told why he is able to see further whenever his love interest Liz (Jessica Biel) is involved. Furthermore we are not told how the FBI has come to know about the things that make him special. All these pieces are conveniently thrown at us through a series of silly chases that lack anything new or ex-

citing. What we are told is that the FBI has discovered that a Russian nuke has gone missing and that the likely location is Los Angeles. A top agent named Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) wants to harness the power of one Cris Johnson to find out exactly where the bomb may be. The baddies in control of the nuke consist of your basic crew of Eastern Europeans, Asians, a few bad accents and an unknown mystery man in behind the bankroll and he has somehow discovered Crisʼ powers as well and wants him snuffed. So now we have your basic chase flick with the FBI and a bunch of stereotypical terrorists chasing after poor Cris and his beautiful and apparently blind sex toy Liz. This film had many opportunities to impress the audience with some amazing bits of action and adventure but fails to do so for two main reasons: the special effects were horrid on the parts that were the most original and the rest was just poorly planned. One scene could have been one of the best action sequences in recent years as Cris runs down the side of a canyon as bunch of logs, cars, and a tanker truck come tumbling after him and a group of law enforcement officials. This scene is wasted and will forever look like crap. Performances were meager. Biel comes off as a great second fiddle but again fails to add any sort of leading role quality to her performance. She may be doomed to always play a second tier love interest. Moore had at one time been an illustrious actress with great films under her belt (i.e., “The Hours”) but lately her choice in movies and her apparent lack of care in how well she performs in them keeps pushing her down my list of faves. As for Cage, a slump in ones career can be a bitch to climb out

Nicholas Cage goes to get his eyes burned out with acid after seeing his latest film, “Next.”

of (Travolta, Slater) and he is beginning to tumble down the ditch pretty fast. Poor atmosphere makes for a poor film. Whatever happened to those films that were thick with flavor and vigor where even if there wasnʼt an explosion of flying car the film would have still been a great action flick? You know what I mean. Films like “Die Hard” and earlier Bruckheimer films that always put one in the mood for the type of film they were about to partake. This air of this film was as thin as the waist of an anorexic cheerleader after a day in the toilet. Based on a story called “The Golden Man” by Philip K. Dick (an ingenious sci-fi writer whose stories are butchered by Hollywood far too much) the story is just too plain silly and full of unintentional laughs.

Retiring Professor One of our professors will celebrate his approaching retirement with a reception honoring his years of service to MSU. On May 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dr. Al Sutko, Professor in the McCoy School of Engineering, will be honored for his years of service to MSU. Both events will be held in the Kiowa Room of Clark Student Center.

mer. I will be spending mine selling jewelry no one wants to buy and walking and walking and walking around our beautiful Sikes Lake. Itʼs about time I trade in some calories for all that cheese. Adios!

RICHARD CARTER WICHITAN DANCE CRITIC Being the kid of a rock star does not necessarily make one a rock star. In fact, children of jazz musicians and country musicians actually seem to follow their parents better into the headlines. In jazz, for example, thereʼs the talented Brubeck brothers who have played locally. Country wise, Hank Williams has a talented grandson, Hank III, and then thereʼs his son Hank Jr., a guy who despite his limitations has charted a few times. Rock wise, thereʼs a Lennon here and there, and an untalented Osbourne or two. All in all, not an impressive bunch of talent. The release of Charlotte Gainsbourgʼs second album, “5:55,” last week was a little surprising for listeners who enjoy continental pop. The 33-year-old daughter of the now deceased French singer Serge Gainsbourg (the illustrious Beck adores him) and English pop singer and actress Jane Birkin, itʼs her first album in over 20 years. An established actress (most recently “21 Grams” and “The Science of Sleep”), Gainsbourg created “5:55” with amazing help. The noted duo Air wrote the music, and Jarvis Cocker, Neil Hannon and Gainsbourg penned the lyrics. Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich oversaw the mixing and production. Considering that Gainsbourg is over 30, this is her first mature record and sheʼs an actress, “5:55” has all the ingredients for disaster. But “5:55” is surprisingly good. No, not surprisingly good. It really is good. Airʼs music is rich in melody and played on piano, tasteful guitars, a good rhythm section and gorgeous

strings. Itʼs a collection of intelligent and cosmopolitan pop sounds that Air might have considered saving for their most recent album. Gainsbourgʼs vocal delivery is strong, mixing in a breathy English accent flavored with French vowels. Interestingly enough, she sings a lot like what a mix of her father and motherʼs voices might have sounded like together. Finally, the words are lyrical and insightful and sound really intoxicating sung by Gainsbourg. There are at least three songs here that would be perfect singles for FM radio if the contemporary format was not so tone deaf. The songs “5:55,” “AF607105” and “The Songs That We Sing” literally sing with gorgeous strings, melodies and vocals. Of the 14 songs on the American release, only three are what I would call lesser tunes. The rest of the record thrives based on its heady mix of ʼ60s pop music and contemporary electronica influences. For those who know Gainsbourgʼs films, listening to the songs of “5:55” is a little like watching Gainsbourg on the screen. There is something beguiling about watching her characters and her voice. The U.S. release of the disc includes two worthwhile videos. So far, 2007 has been, at best, a pretty erratic year for music. Gainsbourgʼs “5:55” is a pleasing work of pop songs that would be perfect to listen to late at night. Itʼs unlikely that Gainsbourg herself would want to be a rock star, nor did her parents want that for themselves. However, her father and motherʼs work is still memorable, and now their daughter has also created a very fine CD.

Entertainment Value: D Artistic Crap: F Plot/Script: F Performances: D Overall GPA: 0.50 SunKyu Yoo-Norris

Charlotte shows how good music runs in her family

Spring Choir Concert The music department presents a Combined Choirs Concert at 3 p.m. May 6 at First Presbyterian Church on Taft Blvd. The University Singers and Oratorio Chorus will perform music ranging from a Mozart opera chorus to Irving Berlin vocal jazz to an African-American spiritual. For more information call ext. 4267.

Speaking of unintentional laughs, I just cannot get over Cageʼs hair in this movie. It looks like that of a balding Christopher Walken after an overdose on hair gel. Many more problems lie within the script that go far beyond a suspension of disbelief. And you cannot seem to have a film with Cage these days without seeing him shirtless. That same pattern seems to be going along for Biel as well as we are beginning to see a lot of scenes with her in her panties. Of course Iʼm not going to complain too much about that. I hope you have all had a great year and I look forward to the year to come as I continue to be your film critic for at least twelve more months. You all have an awesome sum-

Charlotte Gainsbourg turns her pretty little head away from the blinding light of her world.

The Wichitan would like to wish you all a safe and pleasurable summer! See you all next fall!

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TiVo more intelligent than people MCCLATCHY TRIBUNE My TiVo is smarter than I am. Iʼve long admired the talents of my household appliances, particularly my dishwasherʼs uncanny ability to scrub away the most stubborn spaghetti sauce stains, but my digital recorder is currently my most cherished roommate. Hereʼs why. This season, I vowed to watch every single episode of Foxʼs “24,” a commitment I havenʼt made since the show premiered in 2001. I was doing just fine until two weeks ago, when my TiVo accidentally recorded something else instead. Last Monday, it again ignored my command and selected “Two and a Half Men.” Smart move. Not only did it give me a chance to catch a slumming Judy Greer prop up Charlie Sheen, but it got me off yet another worthless, wasteful addiction to a serialized program thatʼs not worth the time, effort or TiVo space. The success of “24,” “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” two years ago convinced network executives to clog the airwaves with nighttime soaps that force you to catch every single episode or risk complete and utter confusion. I love a good cliffhanger as much as the next guy, but these days Iʼm suffering from a bad case of vertigo. And Iʼm not alone. Almost all the new entries, with the exception of “Heroes” and “Ugly Betty,” have flopped.

Itʼs time that TV executives take a good, hard look at how to keep viewers hooked. Hereʼs a four-step plan: Bring back the miniseries. If “Roots” were being developed today, itʼd probably turn into a weekly series with high hopes for a Chicken George spinoff. It also would never be revered as a landmark event. Networks have all but given up on miniseries, too expensive with too little payoff, but there are ways to fiddle with the formula and still come out ahead. Who says miniseries have to be big, bloated affairs? Think what escapist fun “Prison Break” could have been if it had been presented as a six-episode thriller. Foxʼs latest effort, “Drive,” sounds like a keyedup version of “Cannonball Run,” but even Burt Reynolds knew to put on the brakes after the first sequel. Iʼd love to get behind the new show, but why would I commit to a program without a serious payoff for months, or years, to come? Iʼve been ripped off too many times to get burned again. Show some restraint. BBCʼs “The Office” and HBOʼs “Extras” arenʼt serialized shows per se, but they had the guts to call it quits after 12 episodes, with a bonus movie to wrap things up. God bless you, Ricky Gervais. “Rome” and “Deadwood,” also from the HBO family, were yanked earlier than planned because each cost a gazillion dollars to produce. But their short lives will work in their favor. Instead of lumbering on

too long like Tony Soprano, they left fans panting for more, just the way it should be. “Lost” producers insist that theyʼll wrap up their series before audiences get frustrated. Too late. To accomplish that, this should have been the final season. Instead, the drama is losing viewers faster than itʼs losing castaways, except in this case, thereʼs no mystery as to why theyʼre disappearing. Letʼs say you do stumble across the rarest of serialized concepts that can carry on beyond one or two twists. I could watch “Veronica Mars” solve a mystery every year until sheʼs in graduate school. But stretching each adventure over the span of 22 hours, or even 12, is a crime. Give the sleuth only eight episodes a year to crack the case, and youʼll give the show and the fans a chance to breathe. Have a game plan. Seriously. Most serialized series, from “Alias” to “The X-Files,” promise an exit strategy. It turns out the strategy is to wring every last dollar out of the network before vanishing with a poof instead of a bang. Once the concept runs dry, so does the show. What will “Heroes” do after they save the world? Save Saturn? If they really care about us mortal citizens, theyʼll retire this May and leave the crusading to a fresh crop of writers and freaks. Buy every American a TiVo. We obviously canʼt trust ourselves.

Reliefaid III Reliefaid III will be held May 19th at Hastings parking lot at 10 Am. Texas Roadhouse and Matlocks Grill will be selling food and there will be a car show as well.There will be Vendors and a midway with North Texas Field and Stream having a rainbow trout fishing tank.There will be face painting and a temporary tatoo artist.There will be door prizes with tickets being sold for a dollar.The silent auction will include a 20 minute Helicopter ride from Lifeteam Evac, A parents night out package with 2 tickets to Carmike Cinema, a dinner for 2 at Texas Roadhouse and 1 nights stay at Hampton Inn and a taste of the town exclusive with a dinner for 2 at Los tres Amigos, Johnny Carinos and Cheddars. Door prizes a’plenty,too many to mention so be there and look at the list and you might be very surprised. All this benefits Habitat for Humanity to help them on the citys eastside on their Fuller Acres Project. Please help us out while being entertained! bands playing include: 10 - 10:45 Am Adam Rivera Adam is a piano student at MSU writes own songs 11 - 11:45 Am Good n th clutch Country/Rock from Davidson Okla. 12 - 12:45 Pm Black Cloud Halo Blues/Rock From Okla. 1 - 1:45 Pm Hellenbach Top 40/Classic Rock covers from the Falls 2 - 2:45 Pm Long Ride Home Alternative Rock from Cache Okla. 3 - 3:45 Pm Phaded Ink Original Rock From the Falls 4 - 4:45 Pm Shaved Fish Electronic Rock From the Falls 5 - 5:45 Pm The Advance Punk Rock Hard Rock From the Falls 6 - 6:45 Pm DOWN-STARES Hard Rock From the Falls 7 - 7:45 Pm Foehammer Metal Rock From Archer City 8 - 8:45 Pm Lycergus the falls

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holds on students “because the President and the entire Cabinet are concerned that this is having a negative impact on enrollment.” Latham had written to Sandoval earlier that same day, saying, “If we are unable to prevent students from enrolling or requesting a transcript without returning our materials we will have an even bigger problem than already exits.” MSU Registrar Darla Inglish, a member of the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers, told Sandoval in an email that: “We have been the only institution that allows students to register when they have outstanding financial obligations.” Sandoval, in an email to Inglish, said, “We must ensure financial holds are removed for amounts under $250, as the money collected is small relative to the perceived negative impact on enrollment.” Sandoval boldfaced the words “perceived negative impact” and went on to write: “Frankly, the perception was not mine but was discussed with the executive staff at the Presidentʼs retreat.” In a previous email Sandoval cautioned that “as a state institution, we are not allowed to forgive any debt, no matter how large or small. However, the actions we take in recovery (sic) money owed, weighing those against possible negative ramifications on enrollment, was a sensitive issue to the President and the Cabinet, particularly as we discussed next yearʼs budget and enrollment.” Latham, in an interview with The Wichitan on Monday, said Moffett Library and the administration have come to a compromise. The library is now allowed to place registration holds but only for overdue fines of $250 or more. “Eventually, if they want to do a good job (on research work), theyʼre going to have to pay their fines to have access to the library,” she said. “Weʼre trying to make students accountable. When they get out into

leaders and by the professor of the course. Juliana Lehman was an SI leader for four semesters in HIST 1133 with Dr. Michael Collins, and HIST 1233 with Dr. Harry Hewitt. “I loved having the ability to present material in a way that students could better understand,” Lehman said. “And it was great to hear how much their grades improved.” Lehman became involved in the SI program when she attended sessions while taking HIST 1233. The session leader recommended Lehman after she graduated. SI sessions can run anywhere from three to 60 students in a test review week. To attend a session, a student must be in the section of the subject that offers SI. Currently only HIST 1133 and 1233, and A&P 1 and II with Mills offer SI. According to Schaffner, this is due to a lack of funding. “Right now the SI program at MSU is rather small. We have only six SI leaders that tutor four different subjects. The university will fund building projects and private tutoring for athletic students, but they will not adequately fund the SI program,” Schaffner said. Lehman said more departments need to budget money for the program. “We would love more courses to be able to take advantage of this opportunity,” she said. Do the SI sessions really help? “Absolutely,” according to Lehman and Russell. “The students seem to grasp the information much better if they study a little each week and actually learn the material by completing worksheets, playing games and taking quizzes before tests,” Lehman said. “The students who even came to one SI session ended up with over a letter grade higher than the rest of the class,” Schaffner said. “It really does make a difference, but there

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Act out against violence THE MCCLATCHY TRIBUNE College campuses are usually serene places and most students worry about little more than locking up their bikes outside classrooms and their dorm rooms at night. Yet after the devastating massacre at Virginia Tech, itʼs natural for students, to worry about whether this type of incident could happen to them. School violence of this magnitude is rare. However, in recent years many colleges have begun to re-evaluate their safety needs and procedures in response to the concerns of communities. There is no single reason why students become violent. Some are copying behavior they grew up with, or saw in video games, movies or TV. Sometimes, people who turn violent are victims

of teasing whoʼve hit a limit and feel like they would do anything to make it stop. They may feel isolated and rejected by their peers, or have undergone a breakup with a romantic partner. Someone on the verge of violence usually displays warning signs, which can include playing with weapons of any kind, bragging about acts of violence he or she would like to commit, showing an obsession with violent movies or playing violent games or cruelty to pets or other animals. If you start feeling unsafe, contact campus security or your RA. Many colleges have systems in place that allow students to report the possibility of violence anonymously. If youʼve witnessed or experienced violence of any kind, not talking about it can make feelings build up inside and cause problems, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can develop in someone who has lived through a traumatic event, such as a serious car accident, physical or sexual abuse or a shooting. For more answers and advice from the health experts of Nemours, visit MyStudentHealthZone.com.

meaning that no more money will be charged once the fines reach $10 for one of those items. It is the unreturned equipment such as DVD players and digital cameras, however, whose late fees keep increasing. Latham said even when fines are paid off, the money goes to the General University Fund and not the library. She said she doesnʼt mind so much if the books and items are returned late but has a problem when library property remains lost. “The reality is most (books) are between $50 and $100,” she said. That doesnʼt count the process the library must go through in order to replace a book or any other item, which requires an acquisitions person to locate a copy of the book,

may be only 10 to 20 percent of the class who regularly attend.” According to Kurt Portmann, the executive associate director of athletics, the athletic tutorial budget has been $10,000. However, at the beginning of the spring semester, the tutorial money was transferred to the Academic Support Center and all tutoring for athletics will come through their office. SI director SusAnn Key said, despite what many on campus believe, the funding for athletics and academic tutorials are comparable. SI is allotted $12,000-$15,000 per semester. That includes the cost of tutors, supplies, manuals, worksheets, and all other miscellaneous costs. SI students leaders are paid $10 per hour, and are allowed to work 10 hours per week. “SI is not under funded by design,” Key said. It simply takes a lot of money to run a program. However, it would help if the academic departments would allot money for the SI program, and other Academic Support programs, from their own budgets. “More classes need to be involved in order to hire more SI leaders,” she said. Despite the need for more funds, Key is excited about the SI program. She became the SI director in Fall 2006. So far, she says, the SI student leaders have blown her away. “Their diligence, dedication, and excitement has really impressed me,” Key said. The goal of SI, according to Key, is “to teach students how to learn that subject.” Seven sections are listed for the Fall 2007. To date, four SI leaders have been hired, but a few more are needed. Key said anyone with questions about the program can contact her at the Academic Support Center.

Autograph_________________________________________________________________continued from page 1 dent Carter and Colin Powell are worth a lot to Havis. When he met Powell, the former secretary of state was surrounded by the full color guard and the four branches of military. A bagpipe was playing armed forces theme songs. “It gives me goose bumps thinking of it,” he said. Not all of Havis’ autographs collecting experiences were pleasant, though. His boss at the time, an avid autograph collector as well, had a baseball signed by Presidents Carter, Reagan, Ford and Nixon. He sent Havis on a mission to add President George H.W. Bush’s name to the cowhide. When Havis attempted to approach “Papa Bush” at a hotel, Secret Service agents brusquely stopped him and escorted him away. “I felt my life endangered at that point,” he said. “I didn’t think it was worth my life but unfortunately my job suffered for months.” Despite the possibility of being rebuffed or snubbed by celebrities or their security, Havis thrives on the thrill of chasing after autographs. “I’ve always thought of my au-

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tograph collecting as a safari hunt, like going after some big game,” he said. Not much stands in the way of Havis getting his autographs. Certainly not distance or time. He has traveled hours and waited patiently for bands to pull in. Politeness is Havis’ key tactic to approaching celebrities. According to him, it works 99 percent of the time. Showing appreciation and gratitude smoothes the way for the next autograph seeker, or makes up for the last rude one, he said. To Havis, his autographs are his most prized possessions and the level of the celebrity’s popularity determines the weight of the trophy. In times of need, when Havis is hard up for cash, he puts autographs he is less attached to up for bid on eBay. He sees his collection as a source that will help pay off school loans and bills in the near future. “I will never lose my interest in autograph collecting. I will do it till I die. It’s a total investment,” Havis said.

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the real world, theyʼll have to understand accountability.” She said she believes the $250 limit is fairly reasonable for students. What gets difficult, she said, is when some students check out dozens of books at once. “Weʼve had grad students that have had 30 to 40 books out at a time,” she said. If students donʼt return the books, the library does not permit them to continue hogging its material. Until the items are returned, students may not check out any more. “We do prevent them absolutely from using the library,” she said. She said that books and movies have a $10 limit in being overdue,

another person to place the order, catalogers, people to put new a new bar code on the book, etc. Sometimes students buy an exact copy of the book they lost. Latham said the library accepts that and removes the $15 processing fee charged to the student who lost the item. But more often than not, the library has to use its own money to substitute the missing materials. It usually takes two months to replace each item. “We wait at least a month to see if (the lost item) shows up,” she said. The library doesnʼt replace every lost book, though. She said about 25 percent never gets placed back on the shelves because so many books, like math books from the 60s, are out of date. One area of books that has particularly suffered due to non-returns is the social sciences. “Most of the books that are lost are books that are heavily used,” Latham said, “books on marijuana, books on abortion or Satanism.” She said she thinks the reason why many students do not return their books on time is because there hasnʼt been an easy way for the library to remind them. They donʼt send paper noticed out anymore and up until recently, sent e-mail notices to studentsʼ MSU mail. Many students never check their school email accounts, she noted. Latham said starting in the summer, Information Systems will provide a way for students to forward their MSU mail to their personal email, which, she believes, will help the students remember to return their items. “If theyʼre notified, theyʼre more likely not to be caught off guard,” she said. “Hopefully weʼll have better luck getting their attention.” Debbie Barrow, executive assistant to the president, said no student has ever received a diploma or a copy of his transcript while still owing money to the university.

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Senior Exhibits

Dimensions exist outside our plane KIMBERLY BARTEL As a human race we have invented measurements and equations to attempt to answer insoluble questions. According to Albert Einsteinʼs theory of special relativity, there are dimensions that define space and time. These four dimensions of the known universe are length, width, height and time. It is quite possible that more dimensions exist. My black and white images are surrealistic in flavor. Size, scale and proportion are manipulated with the goal of making the familiar unfamiliar. Images of represen-

tational objects are placed in imaginary spaces. “The Game“ is an image of clouds which engulf the sunʼs rays that stretch far out across the landscape. In the center foreground a huge chessboard dominates while two players are in the middle of a game. Standing in passivity, they ponder what the others next move will be. The large scale of the chessboard against the men challenges reality. “The Room” depicts an image of the earth inside a single room with one window. The window acts as a source of light for the room as well as the planet. The room gives a feeling of confinement to a space that is recognized to be infinitely wide-open.

The Senior B.F.A. art exhibition, “Pathways,” will be opening Friday in the Foyer Gallery. The opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition will continue to be in the gallery until June 10. Graduates exhibiting works in the show are Kimberly Bartel, Katy Blackwood, Johnna Krantz and Jimmy Thomason.

These pieces are digital collages which combine photography and graphic design. Digital images taken with a Canon Rebel XT are transferred into a computer program called Adobe Photoshop. With this program, I manipulate the images with tools that alter color, cut and crop, resize, and distort. The line that defines our waking life from our dream life can become fuzzy. Objects are made clear through what our eyes reveal, but the ability of what can be created with the mind is infinite. In dreams, a mind can create any type of world or alternate reality. These images experiment with those possibilities.

Personality’s expression JIM THOMASON It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think this is especially true in portraiture. So much can be construed through interpretation of human expression. To begin the creative process, I start with a single digital portrait. Once the pictures are taken, the files are transferred into a computer program where I manipulate it. In addition to the original portrait, other texture-based photographs are added in order to create a photo-collage image. Placed in front of, behind, and within the figure, the textures are used to suggest how circumstances and surroundings envelop and change every individualʼs life and personality. The black contour lines around and within the figure are then placed over the subject in order to prevent it from becoming lost in the noise of the setting. Once the collage elements are complete, color is enhanced and altered. While the people maintain a fairly natural color, the backgrounds of the photographs are changed in order to convey psychological moods and themes. My inspiration for this series is the work of two artists: photographer Richard Avedon and painter Chuck Close. Once I have completed each piece, I title it by writing a haiku about how I perceive the character and situation. With this final element, the entire narrative is complete.

Emotion’s representation Weaving of myth and art JOHNNA KRANTZ I am a storyteller by nature and as a result, my work is highly narrative. The stories told through my imagery are drawn from both mythological and religious subject matter. When I was young, I had a hard time understanding the difference between the two. To me they were all stories that happened long ago to someone else. It confused me how a subscriber of one religion could look at the stories of another and call it “mythology” while they called their own set of stories “theology.” What is the difference? My metal work is composed of copper, aluminum, silver, and brass. I have also integrated other materials with the metal. For example, in turtle shell series, the belly of each turtle is fashioned from plexiglass. I have also integrated shells, beads and small ceramic pieces. In addition to forming and cutting sheets of metal, I often employ metal wire such as

in the series “Forgotten Goddesses.” I chose wire because the woven texture reinforces the femininity of the figure. The identical cast bronze faces lend anonymity to the figures of Lakshmi, White Buffalo Woman and Brigid who, like most pagan goddess figures, have been almost entirely forgotten by todayʼs society. To create my ceramic work, the main body of each piece is thrown on a potterʼs wheel and then altered by carving and attaching delicately sculpted human figures to the top and sides of the pot. Although at first glance, these pots are riddled with abstractly shaped holes, they are still functional in that they are capable of containing or pouring liquid. This is because they are thrown with a double wall, the interior of which is completely intact. Running, leaping or even dancing, the figures carry out their own mysterious narratives around the outer wall. For me, they bring to mind ancient dra-

mas depicted on Greek urns, the full stories of which always eluded me as a child. Each of the teapots is crowned by a scene or object relating to the worldview of a major religion. For example, “Under the Bo Tree” depicts the Buddha at the moment of his enlightenment. The other vessels are dominated by one male and one female figure each engaged in various yogic positions. Yoga is a personal journey, as is every search for the divine, and as such there are many different paths which can be followed to achieve the same end. I would apply this same rule to any and all religions as they are also, at their core, searches for the divine. Like all good fables and myth, a story is told to give the listener an insight into human nature and to explain the ways of the world. In this sense, mythology as well as religion can be a valid road to discovering the truth about our world, why we are here, and who we really are.

KATY BLACKWOOD For this exhibit, my subject matter is based on autobiographical pieces of artwork. My imagery is representational, representing emotions and expressions from family members and close friends. The reason I have chosen to use close friends and family as the subjects is because they are the most important people in my life. I have taken digital photographs of these subjects that reflect some kind of emotion or expression, such as a silly face, a grumpy face, a serious face or just a smile. In the background of each photograph I have placed a solid color, in order to bring out the unique facial expression being made by the subject. After taking these photographs, I utilized Photoshop to incorporate the background into the portrait of each person. I then made the print look flawed to achieve a more unrealistic appearance. This project is about facial expression and human emotion taken from the faces of those most precious to me. I have always found it amusing and interesting how right before people have their picture taken, all of a sudden make a face. Sometimes, if they are feeling glum, you can tell if they fake a smile. So, I have decided to capture these moments in these people and making their backgrounds a solid color. The overall theme is “Expressions,” so these unrealistic portraits will all portray a certain style and expression, giving off a sort of amusing pattern to my prints.

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Volleyball signs four JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR The MSU volleyball team added four players to the 2007 roster yesterday. The Lady Mustangs welcome 6-1 outside hitter Karolina Damjanovic from Serbia, 5-1 outside hitter Lauren Hubbard from Webster Groves, Mo., 5-9 defensive specialist Becki Smith of Ranger Junior College and 5-7 defensive specialist Liz Mowrey of Rider High School of Wichita

Falls. Hubbard served as Team Captain and was All-District and All-Conference for Webster Groves last season. Smith was Honorable Mention All-Conference for the North Texas junior College Athletic Conference and Mowrey was named Second Team All-State Libero by the Texas Sportswriters Association. She was also first team All-District in district 5-4A and was titled Defensive Specialist of the Year.

Golf team makes tourney JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR The MSU golf team has earned a trip to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament after just one season after being reborn. The Mustangs were chosen last Friday by the NCAA as one of eight teams to represent the South Central Region at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals, Ala. May 7-9. MSU finished its season seventh in the region. The top eight teams in the South Central Region were chosen to

compete in the tournament including foes St. Edwardʼs, Central Oklahoma, Abilene Christian, Northeastern State, Cameron, St. Maryʼs and Texas A&M-Commerce. The Mustangs have been led this season by the outstanding play of freshman sensation Logan Scarlett who was second team All-Lone Star Conference. He has the teamʼs best scoring average with 74.84 strokes per round. Other team leaders include junior Hunter Linscombe of Katy averages 75.25 strokes per round and junior Gordon Quebodeaux of Houston/North Shore posting 75.27 per round.

Anderson signs with MSU JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR

The menʼs basketball team added a key addition for the 2007-2008 season yesterday as they inked Jacksonville Collegeʼs Marcus Anderson to a National Letter of Intent. Anderson will join the defending Lone Star Conference champions who finished with a 24-7 record last season. The Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Region semifinals and were ranked 19th in the nation according to the final NABC Division II Poll.

The 6-5, 205 pound forward hails from Houston/Klein Forest was third team All-NJCAA Region XIV in 2007 for Jacksonville. He averaged 11.9 points a game and finished second on the team in rebounding with 5.4 per outing. Anderson shot 45.1 percent from the floor as a sophomore and was 41.5 percent from the three-point line making 44 out of 106 tries. He posted a 74.8 free-throw percentage. “Heʼs a hard worker and talented,” MSU head coach Jeff Ray said. “Marcus is a versatile athlete who can play three positions for us.”

Mustangs gallop to regionals JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR Both the menʼs and womenʼs tennis teams will be in competing in the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament on Thursday. The men will be in action in the Central 1 Regional against Incarnate Word in the opening round at the South Austin Tennis Center in Austin at 10 a.m. The No. 29 Mustangs are 10-9 on the season including a 5-4 loss to fourth-seeded Incarnate Word on April 14. If the Mustangs win they will play host to top-seeded St. Edwardʼs on Friday at 10 a.m. Both MSU and SEU advanced to the Elite Eight last season. The womenʼs team will be in action in Abilene.

The Lady Mustangs have been matched up in the Central 2 Regional against St. Edwardʼs University in the first round scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Abilene Christianʼs Eager Tennis Pavilion. No. 26 Midwestern is 14-9 on the season and will carry the number six seed in the tournament. St. Edwardʼs is third-seeded and 17th ranked with a 11-4 record. Midwestern lost to SEU on April 14, 5-1. MSU has competed in the NCAA Tournament 10 seasons in a row and if they win tomorrow they will face the winner of No. 6 Abilene Christian and Cameron on Friday at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Mustangs have beat Cameron, 5-4, but lost to Abilene Christian, 9-0, earlier in the season.

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | The Wichitan Top: MSU third baseman Kristin Stonecipher, 5, puts her glove down to scoop up a ball as a SWOSU player slides for safe in Saturday’s doubleheader played at the newly constructed Mustangs Park on campus. Midwestern won both games in front of a crowd of over 300 fans. Below: MSU President Jesse Rogers throws out the first pitch in Saturday’s doubleheader at Mustangs Park.

MSU conquers North JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR The Lady Mustangs softball team opened its newly constructed home on campus with a pair of wins and came away with its third Lone Star Conference North Division crown as they took care of Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon. MSU will be the number one seed in the LSC Softball Conference Tournament for the third time in its four-year existence. Playing in front of a crowd of over 300 people the No. 15 Lady Mustangs handled SWOSU 3-0 in game one and 2-0 in game two. MSU was placed into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 las Friday. It was the first time all season that the Lady Mustangs were recognized in this poll after spending the 2006 ranked No. 6 nationally. MSU showed how good they are and why they belong in the top 25 on Sat. In game one, Midwesternʼs Lindsey Voigt scored the first run in Mustangs Park off a single by Lauren Craig in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tabitha Yanetti added another score in the fifth off of an RBI single by Cheyanne Paschal. MSUʼs final run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kelli Shaw scored Kristen Stonecipher with an RBI double. Shaw was 2-for-2 at the plate.

Katie Peterson stuck out five in a five hit shutout. She moves to 22-11 on the season. In game two, the Lady Mustangs scored first in the bottom of the second with an RBI single which scored Shaw. MSU added another run in the sixth with Amanda Hill scoring Shaw again with an RBI single. Ashley Kuchenski allowed just fie hits and stuck out six with a complete game shutout. She improves to 17-3 on the season. The Lady Mustangs are 39-14 and will face Texas Womenʼs University in the first round of the LSC championship tournament. Game one is scheduled for Thursday at Southwest Park in Irving at 7 p.m. Also this week, MSU had eight players named to the All-LSC North Team. Peterson, Voigt and Paschal were named to the first team and Peterson was announced as Freshman of the Year. Stonecipher, Jessica Rodriguez and Miranda Bishop earned second team as Shaw and Amanda Hill were Honorable Mention. Peterson earned Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season for her play this past week and Stonecipher earned LSC North Hitter of the Week. Peterson posted a 1.05 ERA and 20 strikeouts last week and Stoneciper hit .385 with five hits and three RBIs posting a .692 slugging percentage.

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