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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University MSU hold policy soft on violators 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 ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN 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 See Library page 6 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 See Autograph page 6 558 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 Wednesday May 2, 2007 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 INSIDE “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. ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN ‘5:55’ ‘Next’ Playing in the dirt Actress goes vocal with a new CD release that may surprise many. Movie goers may not have foreseen that this movie would be a flop. Lady Mustangs play on the newly constructed field with a pair of wins. page 4 page 4 page 9

May 2, 2007

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