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ARTISDEAD The Juanita and Ralph Harvey Art Gallery pays homage to Dia de los Muertos with an exhibit by Amy Cordova and Dan Enger. READ pg. 6 UNDEFEATED The Mustangs winning streak continues against the Greyhounds in a 57-34 win. READ pg. 9 wichitan ht e Wednesday November 2, 2011 your campus/your news Kay Dillard spurs building projects CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF Kay Dillard, a prominent donor who has given millions of dollars to the university, has issued a challenge to MSU administrators. She said she’ll give $2.5 million to pay off half the remaining balance the university owes on the Dillard College of Business Administration – but only if MSU can find a matching donation. Dr. Howard Farrell, vice president of university advancement and public affairs, said administrators have already raised about $1 million to put toward the project. This type of donation “deal” is becoming more commonplace in higher education, he said. “You’re finding a lot of donors these days who are saying, ‘I’ll give you x amount of money if you can come up with x amount of money,’” Farrell said. “That’s pretty standard.” He said it’s part of an effort on the part of donors to force administrators into more active fundraising. With this type of agreement, the university can’t just sit back on its haunches while private donors inundate it with funds. Farrell said the $2.5 million will be raised with “new” donations, meaning it won’t come from donated money the university already has in its reserves. The university has already raised $951,000 from three private donors. Farrell said he anticipated being able to raise the other $1.5 million in three or four months. Currently the university is using Lockdown at Pierce ends after two days HEAF (Higher Education Assistance Funds) to make payments on the Dillard building debt. HEAF can only be used for specific projects, such as constructing an academic building. Once the building is paid off, HEAF can be distributed elsewhere on campus, said President Dr. Jesse Rogers. The state gives MSU about $4 million in HEAF every year. Rogers’ plan: to leverage the $4 million in HEAF and borrow against it. “So if we can pay off that building with private money, we can generate somewhere between $12 and $15 million,” Rogers said. “We can spend this money on campus projects.” He said he has plans for that money already. Some of his ideas are tearing down old buildings on the northwest corner of campus, building a new po- lice station and adding classrooms to Ferguson Hall. The Bolin and McCoy buildings could use a facelift as well, he said. Rogers said one of the university’s top priorities is to renovate the buildings which formerly made up Christ Academy. The structure MSU acquired in 2010 is located on the southwest corner of campus and offers almost 30,000 square feet of space. “Those buildings are made very well,” Rogers said. “We just need to go in there and put a new roof on them and redesign the interior.” Other projects, such as building a new $40 million library, will have to wait until something changes with the economy. “I can’t see us getting to that until the economy improves pretty dramati- cally,” he said. Some of the homes the university owns across Hampstead will also be torn down to make room for a new parking lot, Rogers said. Two of the homes will probably be kept. “They’re not really worth re-doing,” he said. “We’re going to need commuter parking space more than we need those homes. We could put money into them and lease them, but the fact is that we need the land more.” All these projects, however, will be put on the back burner until Dillard is paid off. Farrell said he is optimistic about the situation. Although small donations to the MSU Annual Fund have dropped since the 2009-10 academic year by $48,678, big-dollar donations have not faltered. Hannah Hofmann CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF ELASCHA DAVILA-HICKS FOR THE WICHITAN Pierce Hall residents were placed on lockdown Oct. 24 after some residents were caught sneaking girls into the dorm after hours. They were captured on videotape propping doors open so that the females could bypass the curfew rule. As punishment, housing administrators banned all residents from having guests or visiting Killingsworth and McCullough Halls for two days. The lockdown ended after residents fessed up to the violation. Wayne Schields, housing and residence life assistant director, initiated the lockdown after being told by an RA that girls were being snuck in by residents. He posted a flyer in the dorm informing residents that they were currently banned from having visitors, among other restrictions. In situations like this, Schields said he always waits for the offenders to talk to him after being caught breaking the rules. “When they come and talk to me the lockdown ends,” he said. “I want them to man up. I’ll trust their word if they say they won’t do it again.” If he catches someone in the act of sneaking people into the dorm, Schields talks to both the resident and the visitor. “I tell the girls, ‘Don’t be known as the girl snaking out of the back door at 6 a.m.,’” Schields said. A lockdown usually lasts a maximum of three days. Pierce is right on schedule, too – there’s usually at least one lockdown every year. Some Pierce and Killngsworth residents were upset about the punitive measures, they said. Courtney Evans, a resident in Killngsworth, dates a resident of Pierce Hall. She complained that the lockdown kept her from seeing her boyfriend as often as she would have liked to. “I think the rule of a curfew is fine, but I think how it affects others who didn’t do it isn’t fair,” Evans said. “I get how they are trying to enforce the rules and keep things as safe as possible, but come on.” “It’s a joke!” said a Pierce resident, who wished to remain anonymous. “This is college. What do they expect? And why does it matter if we have girls over? There shouldn’t be a curfew anyway.” Schields said another reason he has zero tolerance for trespassing in the dorm is because he lives there with his family. Someone walking in off the street could put his family at risk. “We are trying to keep everyone safe, build a community and set standards,” he said. CREATURE CRAWL Zombie crawlers help 5K runners stay motivated through the streets of downtown Wichita Falls BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR The Wichita Falls Zombie Crawl and 5K Run was a bloodthirsty success, raising $7,450 over the weekend. More than 1,200 people, from the MSU and Wichita Falls communities, were in attendance. Six hundred undead crawlers chased 371 runners in a 5K run down a city street route, which started at the Farmers Market at Eighth Street. “We were very surprised by the participation,” said Crystal Adler, executive assistant for Downtown Wichita Falls Development. “We had a huge crowd before the event even opened.” This Halloween event is one of the many ways Wichita Falls Downtown Proud, whose mission is to create awareness of downtown Wichita Falls, has tried to encourage students and the community to experience the urban atmosphere. “Some people don’t even realize we have a downtown,” Adler said. “(Downtown Proud) strives to promote revitalization of our down- town through economic growth.” Adler said events like the Zombie Crawl are an effective way to get people downtown and to notice what businesses offer in the area. $250 of the proceeds was donated to the MSU Rugby team, who Adler felt needed the donations after being affected by budget cuts. “The Zombie Crawl was awesome,” said senior Jason Fisher, who was a zombie at the run. “There were great costumes, lots of people, dancing and James Cook played. I’d never been to something like that.”

November 2, 2011

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