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The Mustang approach Admissions utilizes Mustang Rally to entice prospects Sarah long op-ed editor
To improve university enrollment woes, admissions prepared a more aggressive recruit with prospective students at Saturday’s Mustang Rally. Photos by SHELBY DAVIS
University enrollment has been declining for several semesters, with a 4.3 percent drop this fall. On Saturday, the admissions office hosted Mustang Rally to gave prospective students and parents an opportunity to preview the university. According to Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, the
university has started a direct marketing campaign. “We have contacted ten thousand high school students who scored on a predicted model and took 77 variables of current MSU students,” Lamb said. Based on a profile the university has created a formula of prospects likely to enroll. “We purchased lists of high school seniors who met that criteria and started contacting them directly,” Lamb said. Based on prospect profiling the admissions department has seen
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University app seeks upgrades MAKAYLA KINNEY Staff Writer
“There’s an app for that,” was popularized by Apple and inspired millions of businesses and universities to create programs to promote themselves. MSU created an app not only for promotional purposes, but as a research opportunity for the computer science program. Tina Johnson, computer science assistant professor, was one faculty member who helped develop the iPhone application. A $5,000 faculty grant was used to fund the application. The grant was used for hardware, a developer’s license, student salaries and the programming language for the iPhone, Objective-C. Johnson said she first saw the importance of having a mobile application during a 2010 iPhone workshop at a computer science conference. Johnson said she believed that developing an app would keep MSU at the forefront of mobile technology. “Most of the work was done in the spring semester, three to four months,” Johnson said. “The fall semester was used for learning the Apple programming environment.” The application has six different features.
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A master calendar is accessible to users with a selector for different sports events allowing reminders to be set for the events. A Google Earth map allows users to utilize their location in proximity to campus to get from one place to another. Buildings are pinned to navigate users around campus in proximity to their location. Parking areas on the map are colorcoded according to parking lot regulations. In the band portion, a YouTube audio clip of the fight song is featured. A photo gallery displays photos of the campus. Another link allows one-touch access to the MSU homepage. In the suggestions portion of the application, users can submit comments and feedback. “The app was created to promote MSU and to give computer science students an opportunity to learn mobile programming,” Johnson said. “It allows students to look at and add athletic events to the calendar and look at a Google map of the campus.” Terry Griffin, assistant computer science professor, and Shawn Seals, a computer science instructor, also assisted in creating the iPhone application. Both said when they began cre-
ating the app, the group looked at existing university applications to get a feel for what they were going to create. “We did a lot of research in looking at other school’s apps. We took what we liked and implemented it into ours,” Seals said. Graduate computer science student Matthew Farmer is a new member to the iMustangs team this semester. His contributions to the application have been through the updates of the existing app. Farmer said the team has gained members each semester. “The team has at least doubled. A lot more students have become involved and are able to do a lot more than we were in the past. As new students come in, it allows them to add their input,” Farmer said. According to Farmer, the team is divided into three sub-groups, team iPhone, team Android and a background and database team. This semester iMustangs have been working on updates for the existing iPhone application. Seals said the team is improving the speed of the app by using a server rather than pulling information from the Internet. “We’re going to try to improve the speed on the app. The Internet access is the slow part. If you
have to access data though the Internet, that’s what causes lagging. The server reduces the lag on the phone and improves the app’s speed,” Seals said. Farmer said one addition to the application will be a media segment. He said the team hopes to add a Wichitan RSS feed, as well as other news sources. In addition to news, the team hope to allow users access to campus organizations through Facebook and OrgSync. “We are trying to find a way to incorporate more social media into the app. We definitely want to get more student organizations involved in the app,” Farmer said. Johnson and Griffin said the team has several ideas to add to the existing application. “We are working on updates and a comparable Android app this academic year,” Johnson said. We would like to add a faculty directory and a trading post. Updates should be available in late spring or early summer.” The staff directory allows users to access faculty and staff e-mails, office hours and office locations. Griffin said this addition will aid students in contacting and
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At Friday’s Board of Regents meeting, the Board is expected to accept a $700K gift of property from donations through the MSU Foundation. The gifted vacant lot south of the Museum of Art at MSU covers 2.29 acres of land. University president Jesse Rogers said more than ever, the university is dependent on donors and grants to operate the university. “We are fortunate that we live in a community with people of means who appreciate the importance of a higher education and who want to develop MSU,” Rogers said. Rogers said in the last year the university has raised more than
$13 million that went into building upgrades, equipment, scholarships, and faculty and student development. The Board members will also be discussing their concerns involving higher education as a whole, including governance, enrollment and funding challenges. Rogers said though all of these elements concern him, enrollment and funding are now essentially the same issue. “As the state has reduced funding over a number of years, universities including MSU have had to pass the cost of a higher education on to the students.” Since students pay about 43 percent of the university’s operat-
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MSU develops student-friendly log-in system MAKAYLA KINNEY Staff Writer
In February, the university will be launching a new website and a new portal system as well. Chief Information Officer Michael Dye is aiding implementing the new portal system. Dye said the total projected cost of the log-in system is estimated around $200,000. “No more multiple user names and passwords to remember,” he said. “It will improve communications between all individuals. It will give students a place to create communities and collaborate with each other. It’s both a social tool and a method to get information out to the population quickly.” The project started in July. Dye said the time schedule to complete the new portal system is aggressive to accomplish the goals of the project. The new system students will be using is called my.mwsu. edu. It allows students to access grades, a messaging system, Desire2Learn, registration and fi-
nancial aid. Technology analyst Robert Steflik said the most important thing for students is a single sign-on. They will have access to grades, classes and financial aid. You won’t have to log in to six different places to get something done. “It’s like a one-stop shop kind of thing.” The interface of the website will vary depending on the student’s year and what they are studying. The website will also have a student directory to locate and contact other students on campus. Steflik said the messaging portion of the site can also let students know if a class has been cancelled. “There will be the ability to send a message from student to student or to a professor,” Steflik said. The website will have a communities portion that allows students to join different groups and
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A screen shot of the new portal system that is designed to make it’s usage easier for students.
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University takes steps to boost enrollment our View At this university, everything goes back to enrollment. On Saturday, the admissions office went above and beyond to attract prospective students to Midwestern in hopes of putting a band-aid over the low-enrollment wound. We are pleased that administration is taking new and fresh steps to bring enrollment up and we tip our hats to university president Jesse Rogers for admitting, repeatedly, that MSU does have a problem. But what is the solution? Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, said communication on a more personal level with prospects is the new recruiting goal. The admissions office is also communicating directly with students by phone to recruit. This personal approach does make MSU more student-friendly, but this is something they should’ve been doing for years. It is no secret that compared to the University of Texas or Texas
Tech, that Midwestern is way behind when it comes to a lot of things, especially recruiting. Enrollment has been a problem for years, yet this is the first year the university has decided to hire a direct-marketing firm. It is obvious the administration is getting desperate, maybe even grasping at straws. Our university budget depends deeply on how many students are enrolled each semester. According to Rogers about 43 percent of the university’s operating cost come from students. The university is obviously taking steps to boost enrollment, but what if they don’t work? It’s not like the president and vice presidents are going to take a pay cut instead of raising tuition or lowering faculty and staff salaries. To put it frankly, if the administration doesn’t find out the root of the enrollment problem, we – the students – are ultimately going to suffer. If enrollment continues to decrease, we are sure tuition will be the first to raise. Sure there are talks of a tuition freeze, but even if this
does happen that doesn’t mean they can’t increase fees. Students complain now about a $50 parking permit. We might have to start paying UNT parking permit prices of $135. Low enrollment also translates to having less money to upgrade building. Unfortunately not every building on campus looks as put together as Dillard College or McCoy. The Christ Academy remodel is supposed to be the new home for Fain Fine Arts, but if low enrollment continues there is no doubt that this project will be pushed back. Another year of outdated software and equipment for mass communication majors. Could lowing faculty salaries be next? Midwestern already has a problem with lack of student involvement on campus. Low enrollment could further damage the lack of diversity on campus and ultimately the college experience. If worse comes to worst, the Texas Higher Education Board might suggest Midwestern State University become University of
Texas – Wichita Falls. These are of course extremes, but students need to be aware that this could happen if the powers at be at MSU don’t find a solution. Due to the amount of anonymous letters received this semester, it is obvious the faculty and staff understand that we have a problem and are continuing to have their voices be heard. The administration needs to be held accountable for their actions and that cannot happen if students aren’t informed. Instead of there being whispers in the Hardin building about a possible baseball team, maybe they should spending more time focusing on enrollment. It is obvious that administrators like Rogers and Lamb are serious about the university’s enrollment problems and are taking action, but is it too little too late? Time will tell if all the money spent on direct mail, social media, new portal system and website, emails and the cost of a directmarketing firm was worth in next fall when beginning freshman come to campus.
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Bad attitude overshadows Thanksgiving By: SARAH LONG OP-ED EDITOR
Normally November is a time people express what they are thankful for. I’m not sure if people are extra rude this month because school stress, poor weather or maybe people are just anxious for December break. Either way people need to take a step back and chill out. I am disappointed in the behavior I’ve seen on and around campus. It is really bothersome when one person’s negative attitude can impact so many people. I hope people will stop being so negative, lazy and rude to people around them. Everyone has something going
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Dear Miss E Relationship tips from a girl who has been in your shoes! By ERIN WRINKLE STAFF WRITER
My boyfriend broke up with me for the second time right before summer. Now he wants to get back together with me again. Should I get back together with him? This just thrills me that you asked me this. My answer is NO! I have been broken up with an ex three times. Like you I am a nice and understanding person and I wanted things to work out. Unfortunately it was only me who wanted to work things out. The relationship wasn’t equal because I was always on egg shells, wondering if I was going to mess up and that he might break up with me...again. This made me worried to express my emotions because every time I would he would just blow me off because he was “always right”. At any rate, I realized that I don’t want someone who is going to have an upper hand in our relationship. I want someone who wants to be with me no matter what and you should want that too. You have got to stop the trend and leave him for good. If he can stand to be without you then he doesn’t deserve to be with you.
Also I don’t know if you are feeling guilty about the breakup or if he blamed you or whatever the case may be but it’s not all your fault. If you got mad at him then he must have given you reason. Don’t take the blame! Guys are good at changing their short comings into the girls’ short comings. You deserve better! Forget him! I gave this girl my number at the bar and she won’t stop texting me. What do I do? Sadly I have a friend who is very guilty of this, giving us girls all a bad name. Sometimes the girl isn’t trying to be craz- okay I will stop sticking up for the girl. You got to be straight up with her. I would say 9 times out of 10 the girl will be so annoyed that you just told her she was being annoying that she will stop texting you. As a girl I can say that if you don’t tell us that we are texting too much and you still respond occasionally to our texts than us girls will make up every excuse of why the guy isn’t texting us. You had no idea the girl was going to be crazy when you met her at the bar, so here is what I think are the top five signs a girl is crazy! 1. She comes with about twenty friends and it isn’t her birthday. This means all of her friends are probably single as well and they are not really ready to settle down but they
like the idea of settling down. 2. You notice that she goes up to a guy (this could be her ex or another guy she met before) and tries talking to him. If the guy isn’t into the conversation then maybe take that into consideration. 3. She makes sure people notice her. For example, you see her laughing and no one else around her is laughing as hard or as loud. This girl is begging for attention and you don’t want that. 4. When you give her your number or she gives you yours she asks when she should text you or when you will text her. This means she’s worried you might not text and she wants to know when you will call or text her. If she is already worried about it before you text her, how do you think she will be once you do text her? 5. She doesn’t blink when you are speaking to her. I don’t really have a good explanation for this one except I’ve seen girls that do this at the bar and it creeps me out. How do I know this you ask? Well like I mentioned earlier, I have seen one of my friends in action and I’ve seen the after math. Good Luck! If you want to share your relationship problems with me and read my response in the next issue email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
on. Some people might even have more going on than you. Everyday I see people post on Facebook things they are thankful for and I am thankful for that each day, but by the end of the school day I feel so beaten down and jaded by other people’s bad energy. Sunday was Veterans Day, a day we all should be thankful for. I would appreciate if the MSU community would take a step back from their own lives and be a little less selfish and compassionate for someone else. Students, faculty and staff have all been busy and it seems it has become socially acceptable to make other people emotional punching bags. Test, projects, presentations and clinicals are overwhelming
students to their brink. So rather than being sucked in to this whirlwind of destruction I would like to say what I am thankful for and my pledge to students to be less callous. I have said some brash remarks this semester and some have been unnecessary to emphasise certain points. My goal is not to create hostility on campus. I will make an effort to be less negative. I am proud to be part of this community. I love this university and wish more people would understand how great we have it here. Last week University Programming Board provided a zip line to students. It might not have been the tallest or most exciting for all you thrill seekers, but for
this chicken it was just right. I am thankful for a university that comes up with fun activities for students. I am thankful for the fact I have made great friends during my time here. Friends I will one day tell my children about when I reflect about the good ol’ times. I will be graduating in December and my hope is that students will take a serious look at what it is they are even complaining about and try to be more positive. MSU has been such an awesome experience for me and will miss it after I graduate. No matter how stressful classes are right now, remember the semester is almost over. And that is something to be thankful for.
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Across: 6: Nicknamed “Boogie”; recently suspended for threatening a commentator 8: Led the Lakers with 23 points and 18 rebounds again Sacramento 9: Sixth pick of this year’s draft; leading rookie in scoring 11: Beasts of the East 14: Best in the West 15: This Celtic is dropping dimes left and right with 13.3-assists-per-game 16: This Sun’s big man is inviting everyone to his block party with 3.86 blocks-per-game 17: This injured Maverick should return to action in 4-6 weeks
Down: 1:Young buck leading the league with 3.4 stealsper-game 2: Posted 21 boards and 14 points for Brooklyn against the Magic on Sunday 3: Still no wins for these Motor City Madmen 4: This king of New York leads all players in scoring with 27.3 points-per-game 5: The newest craze to hit Houston since Linsanity 7 Browns’ replacement; Also a Mike 10: Memphis post man that’s dominating the glass with 14.5 rebounds-per-game 12: This year’s number one draft pick out of Kentucky; plays for New Orleans 13: This year’s defending chammpions
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Hurricane Sandy affects the university calendar Madison stanfill staff writer
The effects of Superstorm Sandy are reaching beyond the Northeast coast, even touching the campus community. On Nov. 8, the Speakers and Issues Series featuring Paul Anastas, the director of Yale University’s center for green chemistry and green engineering, was canceled due to the difficult traveling conditions on the East coast. The “Father of Green Chemistry” was supposed to discuss the molecular revolution and how science relates to politics in society. “This was the first cancellation in the 12 years that the Series has been in existence,” said Claudia Montayo, Spanish professor and faculty adviser in charge of the Speakers and Issues Series. Montoya said it was an uncontrollable event. “The university has lost about $93.17 due to the cancellation of this program. That was the cost of flyers that were distributed on campus mail to Faculty and staff,” she said. Montoya also stated the speaker’s plane tickets will be reimbursed by the airline, since
the flight was cancelled due to weather. The speaker’s fee is not paid until after the presentation is delivered, so that cost has not yet been taken from the budget. Although Anastas canceled, Montoya said the cancellation would not impact the Speakers and Issues Series’ budget. “We have a small budget to work with and we try to bring as many speakers as possible with it, so we try to plan things as carefully as possible,” Montoya said. Julie Gaynor, director of public information and marketing, said her department did not lose any money from the advertisements of the two separate series. “In addition to helping coordinate the advertising, my office is responsible for the distribution of public service announcements,” Gaynor said. “That information is distributed electronically to media outlets, so there are no hard costs associated.” Anastas was not the only speaker affected by the foul weather. The Music Series at Akin was forced to cancel the perfor-
mance of award-winning pianist Lucille Chung on Nov. 1. Even though this was the first cancellation for the Speakers and Issues Series, Montoya said she is confident that the cancellation will not negatively impact the series. “Some people may be discouraged to attend future presentations for being afraid of cancellation, but if the public understands that we don’t have control over the weather, everything should be fine,” she said. Gaynor said she also agrees that the cancellations of the two presenters will not be an issue. “It is unfortunate that we had to cancel some of this semester's guest appearances, but no one can control the weather. It just happens that both guests reside on the East Coast,” Gaynor said. Fortunately, Gaynor confirmed the Music Series at Akin has rescheduled Lucille Chung for April 1, 2013. A date has not yet been given for Dr. Anastas’ lecture for the Speakers and Issues Series, but Montoya said the presentation will take place sometime in the spring semester.
communicating with their professors. “If a student can’t remember a professor’s e-mail or office hours, they can look that up through the staff directory,” Griffin said. Seals said the team is creating a data base with all faculty information. He said the data base would improve the speed of the app as well as provide students with information about their professors. “It’s going to scrape existing information from the website and create a data base,” Seals said. The trading post section will allow users to trade books as well as other items on the application. Griffin said this could also be useful for students living on campus. He said if a student wants to sell or trade any article, the item can be posted on the trading post. “If a student wants to trade books with another student this allows them to do so. It gives them the direct contact with other students,” Griffin said. The team is also making the maps more user-friendly. Griffin said the current maps are not clear. The team plans to add another layer to the map in Portable Document Format to make the images easier to view. Another feature the maps will have is a navigation system. Griffin said this will be helpful for new students, as well as new faculty and staff to help them find their way around campus. “We’re going to add a search option to show you the quickest path to get there. It’s like driving directions except on foot,” Griffin said. The event calendar is limited to sporting events. Seals said iMustangs is working on adding all
campus events to the schedule. These events can be integrated into the existing calendar on the smart phone. “We’re trying to add all campus events to the app. Trying to incorporate all the campus calendars is the challenge,” Seals said. The update will require changes to the existing look of the application. Farmer said the entire app will be overhauled. The iMustangs group is working on an application for the Android market this semester. Griffin said creating an application for the Android market is different than creating an app for the iPhone. “It’s not as easy as people think. Apple and Android are two very different programs. The Android app will have the same functionality as the iPhone app,” Griffin said. Even though the programming for the two operating systems varies, Griffin and other team members said the applications for both phones will virtually be the same. “Obviously there will be minor differences. Overall, we’re going to maintain consistency between the two apps,” Seals said. Farmer has worked with the iPhone portion of the application more than the Android segment. He said the two applications have the same goals and the same features. “We want to make them as close to each other. A lot of the goals of the iPhone app are the same goals for the Android app,” Farmer said. Griffin and his team have discussed the app and the direction it will be taking, but he said they
have not received the feedback they anticipated. Farmer said he did not believe the application has received many downloads thus far. “I don’t suspect many apps have been downloaded yet. It’s still in its infancy and we’re still making improvements,” Farmer said. The team used other university applications as a model when creating MWSU2U. Seals said the team downloaded many college apps to find what interested them and to see what they would be creating. The MSU iPhone app has been downloaded a total of 634 times,” Seals said. Many students are unaware the smart phone application even exists. Griffin said he is open to any new ideas and welcomes anyone to give their opinion or suggestions to the team. “We will definitely take every idea into consideration. The more people that use it, the more ideas we will get. The more feedback we receive, the more bugs we can fix. It can only help us,” Griffin said. Seals said advertisement of the application would help students become aware of its existence. He suggested a banner for the MSU home page, advertisements in the school paper along with posters in the student center to make the app more popular.
RALLY from pg. 1 an increase in involvement. Last year, 197 students preregistered for Mustangs Rally. This year. 277 high school and transfer students pre-registered, a 40.6 percent increase. The final count at Mustangs Rally was 239 prospective students. “We usually get about 60 percent of students who sign up for Mustang Rally who actually attend. We registered just north of 300 students, above a 75 percent return,” Lamb said. The main goal of Mustang Rally is the exposure of prospective students to the campus and its environment, Lamb said. Mustangs Rally is not just designed to inform students, but parents as well. “I want my daughter to attend MSU because it’s close to home and I went here and it was fun,” said Angie Duncan, MSU alumni and parent attending Mustangs Rally. Mustang Rally is an opportunity to showcase the university, Lamb said. “Our daughter is looking around at different nursing programs and we heard Midwestern has a really strong nursing program. We came here really not knowing hardly anything, so everything we heard was really beneficial. Parent orientation was very thorough,” Andrea Douglass, of Keller, Texas explained. The admissions office implemented multiple new techniques this semester to bring students to
MSU by taking a more aggressive recruitment campaign. “Last spring semester we started to cater toward our transfer students, in the past it’s always been during the student orientation session we would include transfer student,” said Valerie Martinez, assistant director of admission. MSU enrolls between 550-800 freshmen. This year the university enrolled 600 beginning students. “We typically enroll just as much in transfer students. A lot of people don’t realize how many transfer students actually come here,” Lamb said. In an effort to entice transfer students, MSU has started to target community colleges including Vernon College, Collin College, Tarrant County College and Dallas County. “Admission counselors are responsible for geographic territories and are responsible for a specific location,” Lamb said. In an effort to humanize the recruiting process each admission councilor personally calls student prospects. “People get really excited because we have done some personal contact with the student to invite them,” Martinez said. “We did a lot more campaigning this year. We actually sent out more postcards and invitations,” Martinez said. The admissions office started the process in September.
“More than 10,000 invitations were sent out informing people of Mustangs Rally,“ Martinez said. The university obtained 50,000 more names based on the projected formula and will be sending out invitations for the Spring Mustangs Rally starting in two weeks to entice new students, according to Lamb. Administrators are talking internally about doing two spring sessions, since spring has been historically larger, Lamb said. “Spring Rally is geared more toward students who have already been accepted, while Fall Rally is important because it is more of a college preview day for students who might be applying to five or six different schools at the time. Campus rally can completely change their mind,” Martinez said. Kristen Duncan, Henrietta High School senior and prospective student, said she attended Mustang Rally due to her acceptance to MSU. “I was accepted into MSU, my first choice is Tech, but MSU is my second option,” Duncan said. Duncan said she learned a lot about the university during the rally, including the different cultures and students attending the campus.
This semester iMustangs have been working on updates for the existing iPhone application. The team is looking to improve the speed of the app by using a server rather than pulling information from the web. Adding a RSS feed of the Wichitan as well as giving users access to campus organizations through Facebook and OrgSync are other upgrades being considered for the app.
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Local junior high girls to learn science and math skills Ruth Fitzgerland-Black Staff Writer
MSU will welcome a swarm of local junior high girls on Nov. 17 for the annual Math, Science & U girls’ Conference – no boys allowed. Twelve years ago, computer science professor Ranette Halverson and Linda Fosnaugh, associate math professor created the conference based on inspiration gathered at a mathematics conference group attended by Fosnaugh. Halverson and Fosnaugh joined forces and decided they would create a girls-only math and science fair with the sole purpose of encouraging young girls to pursue careers in fields that are still dominated by men. “The sciences still tend to be dominated by the guys,” Halverson said. “Those of us [women] who have chosen careers in the sciences want other girls to know it is a wonderful choice. They can have lots of fun as well as choosing a career with many challenges and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world.” This year’s theme will be “Math & Science! It’s a Girl Thing!” and the conference is headed by computer science professor Catherine Stringfellow and associate math professor Michelle Knox. It will include guest speaker, Kandyce Bohannon, who is also an alumnus and software engineer at 3M’s display and graphics research lab in Austin. Professional women in the math and science field will lead the four workshop. In addition, 20 MSU students, graduate students, faculty and staff were recruited to volunteer to be leaders and mentors for the girls. The visiting junior high girls will get first-hand experiences from female scientists at MSU and surrounding areas, and past attendees are always exited to return, Halverson said. In fact, Halverson’s two nieces attended the conference in years
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past. “One recently graduated with a degree in computer science, and the other is majoring in mathematics,” she said. Stringfellow has been the chair of the conference since 2003 and Knox joined her in 2010 as cochair. According to Stringfellow and Knox, many young girls have the preconception that girls aren’t any “good” in the fields of science and mathematics. “It’s simply not true,” Stringfellow explained. “We are normal and we love our jobs.” Knox said many junior high girls are not exposed to careers in the math and science field and so many of them are simply not aware of all the opportunities available for them. “We conduct surveys at the beginning and end of each conference to gauge the interest level of the girls in the math and science field,” Knox said. “Every year, the percentage of interest level greatly increases as the girls get to experience the workshops and he hands-on experiments conducted.” According to Stringfellow and Knox, the girls ‘squeal’ with delight at each of the intriguing workshops provided and they can both attest to the fun had by the girls by the level of hearing loss at the end of the day. The level of excitement can also be measured by the overwhelming number of questions the girls ask to both the workshop leaders and lunchtime presenters. The co-chairs also love to see the conference t-shirts from years past being worn around town by the girls. “The girls go back home or to school and carry on that level of interest and excitement with their peers,” Stringfellow said. Math and science workshop leaders will include professors in physics, chemist, program specialist from the Oklahoma City Museum of Ostelogoy as well as women from United Regional Hospital. “The conference is free to the girls and their teachers which, of
BOARD from pg. 1 ing cost, MSU has become dependent upon healthy enrollment to provide a quality education, Rogers said. On Friday, administrators will also show the Board their plan on balancing the academic year’s budget. This year, the budget suffered due to a decline in enrollment, which cut the budget by about $1.7 million. Rogers said the administrators have a plan that will cover this loss. They will also be discussing a long-term plan regarding the budget. “The outlook for increased funding is not good and rather than just balance the budget from year to year, we need a long-term plan,” Rogers said. “As they say in Austin and Washington, we can’t just kick this can down the road anymore.” Fees will also be up for discussion at the Board of Regents meeting. “We are simply doing a fee switch to get our operating money into the accounts in which we most need funds,” Rogers said. “It should be invisible to students since their cost will not go up.” The testing feed will be recommended to be adjusted. “In regards to the testing fee, we are passing on the cost of the tests themselves,” Rogers said. “We have to do this to cover our costs as the costs of tests increase.”
On Nov. 17 the computer science and math departments host the annual Math, Science & U girls’ conference. Photos are from the 2011 conference. Photo courtesy of CATHERINE STRINGFELLOW
course, demonstrates our commitment not only to MSU, but to the Wichita Falls area,” Halverson said. It also displays to the girls that the idea of “college” is not so foreign or out-of-reach. The girls get to mingle with students, graduate students, professors and professionals throughout the day, and make the idea of college life much more relaxed and attainable, Stringfellow said. “For many of the girls, this is the first time they have ever visited a college campus,” Stringfel-
low said. Lunch will be provided and will include UV bead-making during that time for the girls to form into bracelets, Knox said. The president’s office fundes the conference along with the office of University Advancement. In years past, Stringfellow said, the conference has received donations from local businesses as well. “In addition, the various College of Math and Science Departments provide small amounts of funding or purchase some of the
necessary items,” she said. “We also receive donations of MSU items from offices all over campus (caps, tshirts, mugs, etc.) to use as door prizes for girls and teachers.” Stringfellow and Knox also want the community to be aware that MSU offers a vast array of departments that will cater to the girls should they choose to pursue a career in the math and science fields. “We really hope that the girls will realize their potential to become great scientists,” Knox
continued. “We also hope that when they do make a decision, they will choose MSU as their university.” The Math, Science & U girls conference will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:45 a.m to 2:30 p.m. in Bolin Hall, with the exception of lunch, which will be held in Comanche Suites.
LOG-IN from pg. 1 send a message from student bers are going away. A lot of made much simpler once the to student or to a professor,” links you used to use are going portal is up and running,” GalSteflik said. away,” Steflik said. lina said. “This program will The website will have a There will be a smart phone benefit students in the fact that communities portion that al- application available for down- once you do the initial login, lows students to join different load next semester. you will not have to login any groups and organizations they The application is free for time after that. Everything from are involved with on campus. both iPhone and Android us- Facebook, to D2L to email will Steflik said this allows the ers. be made more readily available administrator to send out mesAlong with the phone appli- on the home screen after the sages to the group and commu- cation, there will be a mobile initial login to the portal.” nicate to students in a specific site available. Gallina said he has not heard targeted audience. SGA president Anthony Gal- many responses from students, The portal system will have lina, said the new portal system but he said he believes there a sidebar that allows students excited him. will be an overall positive reto incorporate social media Gallina said the simplicity sponse from the student body. into the portal. and ability to access multiple “I imagine at first there will “You can actually go in and websites from one single log- be a little bit of skepticism beget to incorporate Facebook in will be more beneficial for cause student will have to get into the portal. It does have in- students. used to another program,” he tegrations with Facebook and “From the demonstration said. “Over time, I believe Twitter,” Steflik said. I’ve seen so far, everything that there will be an overall With this new program, old we do daily can and should be positive response.” links will become unavailable and are being replaced. The only element that cannot be accessed in this point in time is registration. “The only thing you can’t do on it right now is register for classes. A lot of those gas engines • diesel engines • tractors Jimmy other places where you put in ‘M’ num- reasonable rates • no job is too big or small 940.781.3184
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Associate vice president of student affairs, Matthew Park, said he believes it is important for technology students interact with to be user friendly and up-to-date. Due to the heavy reliance on technology, Park said it is important to remain at the forefront of technology to sustain the activities of the student body, faculty and staff. “We live in a digitally integrated, ever-changing and fastpaced world where we rely on technology for our interaction and to access information, records, services and resources,” he said. “Our ability to offer a quality and transformative
education experience while remaining globally competitive in the twenty-first century necessitates the existence of a reliable and functional technological infrastructure to support the activities of the students, faculty and staff,” Park said. Making daily tasks quicker, more efficient and easier for students is one element Dye said is an important component of the new system. “If Midwestern State University can do this for the student population, it helps everyone involved,” Dye said. “It makes the student experience more enjoyable and events like registration easier to manage.”
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First Greek tragedy challenges theatre dep. Show pushes students to new creative limits Cody Parish Staff Writer
Performing a Greek tragedy for the first time, theatre students will be performing The Bacchae Nov. 15-18, centered around Dionysys, the god of wine, who challenges King Pentheus of Thebes because King Pentheus refuses to worship Dionysus. Although producing a play in ten weeks time is normal for student actors and designers, the novelty of The Bacchae has led cast members to take new approaches to how they prepare for performances. Senior theatre major Anna Spivey The Bacchae sound designer and chorus member describes the play as stepping into unknown territory. “I had the hardest time memorizing my lines,” Spivey admitted. “It’s easy to remember lines when they have direct meaning, but in this play they are poetic without rhyme, which makes the process difficult.” According to Spivey, Greek tragedies follow a single form and contain a unique poetic language, similar to Shakespearean plays, but without rhyme or meter. Generally, the rhyme and meter aid in the memorization process for actors, but The Bacchae
script provides no such help. Despite the script’s difficulty, Spivey reassured this translation of the play should be easy for the audience to understand. One common element of Greek tragedies is the chorus. In The Bacchae, the chorus is a group of 11 women that follow Dionysus. This group of women acts as a collective unit and must speak in unison. For the first time, student actors, including Spivey, had to hold meetings to develop their characters. “We have never had to collectively meet as a group to figure out character work,” Spivey said. “We had to figure out collectively as a group why we were saying this particular line, and what was the impact of the line on the other characters.” The stage design for the play also incorporates features unique to Greek tragedies. Covered in shrubs, vines and trees, and varying levels of green landscape for actors to transverse, the stage is reminiscent of a lush forest, with the middle of the stage seemingly paved in stone. A circular portion of the stone center is raised to become the thymele, a common set piece in Greek tragedies. “The thymele acts as an altar to the gods where worship takes
The chorus watches the play unfold stage side. Photo courtesy of THEATRE DEPARTMENT
place,” Spivey said. “Anytime we [the chorus] are around the thymele, we’re calling to the gods.” Behind the thymele lies a gate that consists of two enormous wooden doors. The gate is a focal point on the stage and reaches nearly twenty feet in height. On either side of the doors are what appear to be stone walls and trees, but are actually painted drapes. In addition to an exotic set, audiences can expect some new special effects in the show. “The script calls for a severed
head,” Spivey said, “The makeup designers created a cast of the actor’s head using silicon and made it look exactly like him. It’s really, really awesome.” Spivey said although the play is violent, it is Greek tradition to have most of the violence take place off stage. However, the fight sequences on stage will entertain the audience. Senior theatre major Kristi Mills designed the majority of the props in the show, including the weapons for the fight scenes. Mills also acts as the King’s moth-
er, Agave. She said she has spent much of the past five weeks designing spears for the actors in the play. “I carved 7-foot spears out of wood for the guards,” Mills said. “Right now I’m doing last-minute touches on them.” For Mills, the biggest challenge for designing the props was doing the proper historical research. “We did Bandersnatch last year, and the props were designed for a made up world,” Mills said. “This world is purely Greek, so we had to do a lot more research to make our props historically accurate.” Historical accuracy was also important in the costume design. Spivey said the play is inspired by Greek tradition and most of the costumes are Greek, but there are elements of different civilizations in each of the costumes, such as barbarians and Romans. Not only have the department and drama students had to adjust to their first Greek tragedy, but The Bacchae is also the first play directed by new associate theatre professor John Dement. In response to his directing style, actors like Spivey and Mills said they were encouraged to take a more independent approach to their roles than in the past. “Some directors may hold your hand more through the process, but we had to practice starting
out the process on our own,” Spivey said. “It was more like professional theatre in that way.” For all the challenges the show has presented, Spivey said the cast and crew feel that the show has come together well. “The whole time there’ve been nerves about the show,” said Spivey, “but I think collectively we’ve worked really well on this project.” Spivey and Mills expressed excitement for the play’s opening this Thursday. Mills said the play will be bittersweet. “This is my last show here, so I’m nostalgic and sad,” she said. “This is my last goodbye.”
Students, faculty and staff will receive free admission if they present their MSU IDs at the box office. Senior citizens, precollege students and military personnel can receive a discount ticket for $7. For all other guests in attendance, tickets will be $8. The box office is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Artists look to win big at the 40th AMAs A few predictions on what to expect this Sunday
category, as well as a few predictions of what may go down on Sunday.
Orlando Flores, Jr. A&E Editor
Who should win: Drake Take Care will most likely go down as Drake’s masterpiece. It made him an even bigger star than he already was, while not compromising his artistic integrity. He ventured out on his first headlining tour, curated his own music festival in his hometown and also let the world in on the diamond in the rough that is The Weeknd. This was Drake’s year - hands down. Who will win: Justin Bieber The above prediction is not meant to take anything away from Bieber. Any pop star of boy band-level status will get the Timberlakecomparison. While his transition to an adult musician may not be as highly praised, the Biebs did elevate his game on Believe and he did craft
On Nov. 18, ABC’s telecast of the American Music Awards. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the award show, originally created by Dick Clark in 1972 as competition for the Grammy Awards. This year’s performances will be a star-studded event, featuring appearances by Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, Nicki Minaj, No Doubt, P!nk, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Usher and The Wanted. The major difference between the AMAs and the Grammys is the AMAs are decided based on a combination of album sales, airplay and for the sixth year in-arow, viewer votes. Nicki Minaj and Rihanna each lead all artists with four nominations each. Here is a rundown of each
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a pretty good pop album. Is he more deserving than Drake or anyone else on this list? That’s debatable. But when it comes down to the album sales, air play and online votes, it’s a no-brainer that Bieber Fever will continue to dominate.
Favorite Male Artist
Who should win: Usher Usher has become somewhat of a renaissance with his last few years. With the popularity of EDM in the R&B genre, Usher seamlessly transitioned his smooth voice and spectacular dance moves to once again prove how great of an entertainer he is. Who will most likely win: Justin Bieber Not much can be said here that hasn’t already been said. I full expect Bieber to win any category that has him as a nominee.
Favorite Female Artist
Who should win: Katy Perry Touring behind a great album, a public marriage and divorce and that big, 3D concert film capped off one helluva year for Ms. Perry. She’s at the top of her game and should be the odds on favorite to win, but stranger things have happened in the past.
Christina Aguilera was announced as one of the major acts for the AMAs. Photo courtesy
Who will win: Nicki Minaj Despite all the criticism, Nicki also had a great year, as well, and looks to continue to ride the momentum to more platinum plaques when she re-releases Roman Reloaded later this month with new tracks.
Favorite Country Male Artist
Who should win: No one I’m not a fan of any of these guys. I don’t think any of them truly represents country music well. Surely there were much better
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choices - where is Blake Shelton in all of this? The fact that none of them released an album within the Dec. 1 to Sept. 1 consideration deadline makes the choices even more confusing. If I had to pick one person who “should” win, it’d be Eric Church because he annoys me the least. Who will probably win: Jason Aldean He just released an album last month, so maybe that’ll be fresh on voters’ and buyers’ minds. Also, he annoys me the most, and that’s usually who wins awards I could care less for.
Favorite Country Female Artist
Who should win: Miranda Lambert Ms. Blake Shelton is one of the last true female country singers on the market today. Add in the fact that she not only released her fourth studio album this past year, but also fronted an all-girl group that gained national attention, and it would seem this award would be another trophy on her mantle. Who will probably win: Taylor Swift Let’s face it, if there’s an award show where Taylor Swift is nominated for an award and her fans are allowed to vote, it’ll most likely go to her. Once again, another slap in the face of country music.
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist:
Who will win: YMCMB No matter who wins, the true winner is the label of all three nominated artists (Drake, Nicki Minaj & Tyga), Young Money/ Cash Money. The label was clearly on a role the past year with these three artists releases (as well as Lil Wayne and Tha Carter IV) and there seems to be no signs of the label slowing down.
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist
Who should win: Trey Songz Out of the three of these guys, Trey Songz may be the last remaining true R&B singer of the group. By default he should win, but he won’t. Who will win: Chris Brown Apparently making danceable hits is enough to get everyone past your former problems, because Chris Brown had a great year.
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Who should (and will) win: Beyonce 4 was outstanding, and truly solidified Beyonce as not just a great pop star, but a great singer and entertainer.
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Making the most of no-shave November November used as educational tool at Pierce Hall Makayla Kinney Staff Writer
Pierce Hall is conducting an election in honor of no-shave November. Drew Hill, junior biology and exercise physiology major and assistant hall director, has organized the election and is running for hall president. The dorm was declared a country and each hall in the dorm was declared a state. Each resident assistant is the governor of his hall and they are competing against one another for presidency. The winner is determined by the amount of facial hair grown, the personality of the contender and the candidate’s campaign. Hill said some candidates kept
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their existing facial hair while others shaved Nov. 1. Shaving is not permitted throughout the month of November, however. “You can’t shave, but you can groom your facial hair,” Hill said. Candidates running in the election will participate in a formal debate as well. A luncheon will be held to meet the candidates on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in Pierce Hall. Each meal will cost five dollars and the proceeds of the luncheon will be given to aid the fight against testicular cancer. The winner of the election will have his room claimed as the capital of Pierce Hall. Junior mass communication major Edward Grisham is a RA running for Pierce Hall president. “I like to think that I’m more civilized by shaving,” he said. “Now, I feel more barbaric.”
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Hill said he has a different opinion when it comes to not shaving facial hair. “It monetarily saves money on razors,” Hill said. “You’re like a beautified grizzly bear hunting a salmon, but it’s accepted in society.” Junior kinesiology major Joshua Talley started the election with facial hair. “You’re just majestic,” Talley said. “You just have an heir about you when you don’t shave.” The election staff has a Facebook page, Pierce No Shave Elections, as well as conservative and liberal media news groups. The housing program funds the election as a part of the civil engagement program. “They support us 100 percent,” Grisham said. “It’s for our civil engagement program.” The election will be held Dec. 1-3, and results will be posted the night of the third.
Don’t worry about the people staring at your slowly changing appearance - they are just jealous. As strange as it sounds, invest in some beard oil - no one likes a messy mane.
The Tellyfile Hannah Hofmann editor-in-chief
Due to the amazing developments in technology over the past few years, viewers aren’t required to simply watch TV
shows that stream in their own country. Netflix as well as Hulu have both adapted to the diverse taste of those sitting behind the screen by adding additional hits from overseas. Just as watching foreign movies, watching foreign television series allows the
audience to learn about different cultures while engaging in a fun activity. Not only will it broaden one’s horizon, but when viewed in it’s original tone, a TV show can become a language lesson as well.
Misfits Hulu Misfits has become one of the most watched shows on Hulu, drawing the viewer to the screen with its British humor. Currently in its fourth season, the audience follows a group of younger offenders during their time in community service, when all of them obtain super natural powers through a storm hitting the community center. The misfits go through different adventures, always sharing a laugh and most of all developing their true sense of community. Sherlock Netflix Have you ever wondered how Sherlock Holmes would’ve lived in today’s world?! This British adaptation of the original Sherlock Holmes tales tells the viewer just that. So far six episodes in two seasons have aired, each episode almost representing a movie in itself with its 90 minute running time. The show is clever, never dull and always draws the full attention of its audience.
Prisoners of War Hulu This gripping Israeli drama is the original basis for America’s Homeland. Available in original language with English subtitles, Prisoners of War became Hulu’s first foreign language series. The show tells the story of three Israeli Defence Force reservists that had been held in Lebanese captivity for 17 years, the struggles they have to overcome not only during their time behind enemy lines, but also after their return to their home country. The first season has 10 episodes. Season two is currently airing in Israel. Hulu has not announced yet if season two will also be streamed through their service. Photo Courtesy
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Hide your razor - it is easy to get tempted to shave when the racer is easy to reach.
The best from overseas available on Hulu and Netflix
Peace, Love & Lipgloss Old Hollywood glamour comes out for an encore Rachel Bingham print advertising manager
Marilyn Monroe. Film-noir. sultry starlets. Winged-tip black eyeliner and bold red lips have reappeared as the hottest look of the season. The classic look has always been sported on Halloween along with flowing white dresses and blonde, curly wigs, but it has made its debut back into the everyday world making all girls feel like old Hollywood stars.
Your lids need to sparkle for this look to seem complete, but it’s the first step to the process. Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour ($24 at www.sephora.com) comes in four glimmering shades. They work perfectly alone to give you just enough glamour, but they can also be paired with other shades to give more dimension. Bobbi Brown Metallic LongWear Cream Eye Shadow - Goldstone or Mercury ($24 each at www.sephora.com) are fantastic for a long day. They give the perfect amount of shimmer for a light sweep or you can layer them to build a more glittery eye look. If those are out of your price range, try Maybelline Color Tattoo 24-Hour Eyeshadow - Bold Gold ($4.99 at Target) for a warm tone or Revlon Luxurious Color Diamond Lust Eyeshadow - Celestial Silver ($4.49 at Target) for a cool tone.
The perfect winged eyeliner is essential to creating the old Hollywood look. There are many different products out there, but a liquid or gel will work best. A felt-tip liquid eyeliner, such as Sephora Collection Long Lasting 12HR Wear Eyeliner -01 Black ($11 at www.sephora. com) works great for any level of liquid eyeliner experience. The brush is easy to handle, and the product delivers a clean, sharp line. Gel eyeliners are also becoming very popular with the Hollywood glamour trend. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner - Black Ink ($22 at www.sephora.com) is one of the best options out there. It lasts all day, and the product is smooth and easy to apply with an eyeliner brush. Mary Kay just rolled out a new collection that includes Gel Eyeliner with Expandable Brush - Jet Black ($16 at www. marykay.com). The eyeliner goes on very well, and the brush is a cute, compact size that fits in your purse! The last eyeliner option is a cake eyeliner. Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner - Black Ebony ($22 at www.sephora. com) is applied with a wet eyeliner brush. It glides on smoothly and stays through the day! TIP: Use eye drops instead of water.
A good mascara always adds the perfect touch of glamour. Fresh Supernova Mascara ($25 at www.sephora.com) conditions your lashes while making
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The lips are the most prominent feature to this look. They must be bold, pouty and shiny! Mary Kay Bold Shine Lip Color - Radiant Red ($15 at www. marykay.com) delivers the perfect long-lasting, creamy red lip color. It goes on with a wand like a lipgloss, but it has the staying power of a good lipstick. Other options include: • L’Oreal Infallible Gloss Red Fatale ($8.49 at Target) • L’Oreal Infallible Rouge Target Red ($8.99 at Target) • Rimmel Lasting Finish 8 HR Kate Collection - 01 ($4.64 at Target) • Rimmel Stay Glossy Lipgloss - Timeless Allure ($3.99 at Target) • Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor -Red Revival ($5.49 at Target)
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Keith Spellman made 17 points and three rebounds against LSU-Shreveport.
Chris Buttermore put eight points on the scoreboard Friday night.
File photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
File photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
Men’s basketball shines at road games DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
The men’s basketball team kicked off its regular season with a 94-65 win over Louisiana StateShreveport Friday night. “I feel good about where we are at right now,” head basketball coach Nelson Haggerty. “They did a good job and executed well.” Thomas Corbin and Keith Spellman led the Mustangs scoring with 17 points apiece coupled with seven and three rebounds
respectively. The newly recruited pair has been producing a wellneeded force in Mustangs’ attack from the pre-season games. “Corbin had a great game,” Haggerty said. “I thought he played very well.” Kevin Grayer made a great impact with 14 points and three rebounds, which is a massive improvement from the previous season where he averaged four points per game. Derek Kaster also contributed immensely to
the victory, scoring 13 points while rebounding six. Monzaigo Williams was able to make nine points as well as six assists to define the quality of an outstanding guard. “Monzaigo is scoring well and making good plays,” Haggerty said. “ Chris Buttermore put eight points through as a decent contribution the guests’ total. Other scorers for Midwestern State included Cam Adderley
with six points, Matt Gallagher with four and Derrell Gibbs, Eddie D’Haiti and Conner Geiser with two points each. After facing LSU-Shreveport, the Mustangs traveled to Southwestern Oklahoma Saturday night, where they experienced a hard-fought 73-60 victory. MSU might have won by a reasonable margin at the end but the win didn’t come easy. After trailing by six points at half-time and up to eight in the
second half, the team was able to build up enough thrust to make a comeback at the end. Thomas brought out quite a similar performance to the previous game’s as he scored 17 points and made nine rebounds. Though Williams was not the highest scorer with 14 points, he was the most consistent playmaker on the court with eight assists. Grayer got 13 points on the board as Spellman scored eight for an impressive display of of-
fense while Gibbs, D’Haiti and Buttermore scored six each to help bolster the Mustangs scoring force. The Mustangs’ next action is Oklahoma Christian this Friday and then Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday. Tipoff is 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.
Cycling team ends its season with a victor y ERIN WRINKLE STAFF WRITER
The weekend of Nov. 4, the cycling team wrapped up its mountain bike season successfully. Tony Baca, a cycling team member, received first place in the Men’s A Mountain Bike Conference Championship. Baca said he is also focused on winning the Collegiate Nationals. “I also want to help new members on the team grow as cyclists, such as my beautiful girlfriend,” Baca said. According to the cycling team’s president, Caden Burross the team will start their road season in January. Robert Clark, vice president of administration and institutional effectiveness, said he is very proud of the team and its accomplishments. Clark recalls when MSU hosted its first collegiate race on March 23, 1990. Since then, the team has earned many awards. “We are leading the confer-
ence right now and we’ve won four years in a row,” Clark said. The team was ranked No. 2 in the nation in September. Cycling director Charlie Zamastil said he is looking forward to strengthening and motivating his team. Zamastil said he wants to strengthen his players by having them race against each other during practices. “You get better by racing good competition and we are our best competition,” Zamastil said. Zamastil said he also looks forward to getting out there and riding with his team. “It’s always fun to beat your coach,” he said. As of this semester MSU has the first official cycling minor in the country. Clark said he is hoping that it will develop into a cycling major. Also new to MSU this fall is the cycling facility. According to Clark, MSU was also the first college to provide scholarships to cyclists. One of the donors of scholar-
ships is the Hotter ‘N Hell organization. “We also have a grant from Hotter N Hell that is matched by Midwestern to start the MSU/ Hotter N Hell Cycling Performance Center,” Clark said. Cyclists at MSU also receive scholarships from other sources. Junior cyclist Ashley Weaver received the Megan Baab Memorial scholarship this year. The scholarship is placed in memory of Baab, whose life was cut short when a truck driver hit her when she was riding her bike. “I had to write an essay about what riding my bike means to me and how it has changed my life,” Weaver said. MSU’s cycling team continues to keep growing Clark said about the 25-member team. Both Clark and Zamastil said the cycling team is always looking for new members, experienced or not.
Tony Baca dropping into the first descent in the Men’s XC race. Photo by CADEN BURROSS
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Kiedrick Jackson makes runs down field. Photo by KERRI CARTER
President Jesse Rogers recognizes military personnel at halftime.
Photo by KERRI CARTER
Photo by KERRI CARTER
Mustangs thrash West Georgia 35-17 ERIN WRINKLE STAFF WRITER
In the spirit of Military Appreciation Day, fans went wild after a 35-17 win over West Georgia as the Mustangs ended their regular season on Nov. 10 at Memorial Stadium. Current military and veterans were honored before the game started, as well as the senior players. The win over West Georgia gives MSU a 9-1 regular season record and a chance at winning
the national championship. “We want to get to the national championship of course,” said cornerback Ricardo Riascos. “We just need to stay together and stay humble”. The Mustangs gained 470 rushing yards off of 44 carries. Leading the Mustangs offensively was Chauncey Harris, scored two touchdowns off of 232 yards. Kiedrick Jackson capped off a successful regular season by putting his name at the top of the
Mustangs’ record book. Jackson is now tied with Daniel Polk for the most rushing touchdowns in a season with 19 after his 1-yard touchdown rush. Jackson is also tied with Polk for career touchdowns with 44. He is likely to break both of these records in the playoffs to be the sole owner of the number one spot. Jackson also maintains a slight lead over Dominic Rhodes for rushing yards-per-game with 126.3, barely edging out Rhodes’
record of 126.1. Quarterback Brandon Kelsey completed 4-of-11 passes and scored one touchdown. MSU kept West Georgia scoreless in the first quarter and held them only to three points in the first half. Kicker Davis Brackett of UWG scored a 24-yard field-goal in the second quarter. MSU scored three touchdowns in the first half, starting with a 21-yard touchdown run from Harris with 03:27 left in the first quarter.
In a last ditch effort, West Georgia tried to come back in the second half. Two rushing touchdowns scored by Seth Hinsley and Austin Trainor in the third and fourth quarters brought West Georgia closer to the Mustangs’ lead at 28-17 before Harris scored his second rushing touchdown to finish the game. Mustangs freshman safety Marqui Christian said having a strong second half is something the team needs to improve on, especially
during the post season. Looking towards the post-season goal for the national championships junior Neiko Conway believes the Mustangs need to take it one game at a time. “As a team we just have to have each other’s back and just keep motivating each other,” Riascos said. The Mustangs will play the University of Indianapolis in the first round of the NCAA D-II playoffs Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at Key Stadium.
Women’s basketball win big in season debut DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
Shatoia Gober goes up for a rebound against a McMurray defender. Photo by HANWOOL LEE
The women’s basketball team kicked off its regular season by defeating McMurry University 79 -58 at the D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Andrea Carter stood out amongst her teammates scoring 20 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. Head women’s basketball coach Noel Johnson sent praises Carter’s way. “Andrea had a fantastic game,” she said. “She created a lot of opportunities and made great plays.” Carter exhibited her flexibility at both ends of the court with 10 defensive and 10 offensive rebounds. Kirsti Degelia made 13 points, four rebounds and three assists to make a promising start to the season. “Kirsti had a great second half,” Johnson said. “She created some opportunities for her teammates.” The junior guard had an outstanding previous season – hence her performance against McMurry was anticipated. Shatoia Gober also put in 13 points and complemented her scoring with nine rebounds.
“Gober is so fast and quick and makes great shots,” complimented Johnson. “She didn’t hit as many shots as she usually did.” Skyler Warrick played a great game as she found a way to put in 10 points and make two rebounds. “Skyler did great coming of the bench,” Johnson said. “She took good quality shots despite the fact that she is coming off injury.” Lisa Hampton and Diana Jones scored five points each. Other scorers for Midwestern State were Taylor Dowd and Ashley Rush with four a piece, Katie Brown with three, and Jennifer Sissel with two points. In general, Johnson said the team’s depth and overall performance pleased her. “I was very proud of them,” she said. “We played very hard including every one off the bench.” The Lady Mustangs will play Colorado Mines this Friday at 7 p.m. and Fort Lewis 24 hours after at the D.L Ligon Coliseum. “We have to defend better this weekend,” Johnson said. “The teams we’re playing are very disciplined and shoot well.”
Taylor Dowd scored four points Friday night. Photo by HANWOOL LEE