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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University NPR talk show host to speak tonight Caribfest 2007 Some people make a living from their knowledge in certain areas while some make a living from a talent. For Diane Rehm, her voice has carried her through a 25-year radio career. The nationally syndicated talk show host will be visiting MSU as part Rehm of the Artist Lecture Series today at 7 p.m. in the Akin Auditorium. Rehm, a native from Washington D.C., began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer on WAMU’s The LAUREN WILLIAMS | THE WICHITAN From left to right: Carlan Thomas, Jelana Folkes, Camica Humphrey and Deidra Augustin pose for a photo Friday during Caribfest 2007. Island festival marks 10 years See Rehm page 4 MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN New athletic director hired If you were looking for great food, an excellent time and fantastic music then the Caribbean Student Organization’s 10th annual Caribfest is where you wanted to be. The event kicked off with a parade that started at about 5:15 p.m. at Sunwatcher Plaza. A variety of bands were involved in the parade such as, the Jab Jab Band, shortnee’s, sensai’s, flagwavers, pussycat dolls, a group from the Boys and Girls Club, and the alumni had a section as well. The Jab Jab Band stood out from the rest of the parade as they were the ones covered in the black paint. The shortnee’s wore very extravagant costumes with bells on them. The sensai’s gave the parade a different look with their scary masks. The flag-wavers were at the front of the parade. The pussycat dolls wore netted stockings, tails, and hats with ears on them. The Boys and Girls Club were dressed as the Pirates of the Caribbean. BRITTANY NORMAN MANAGING EDITOR When President Dr. Jesse Rogers introduced Charlie Carr as MSU’s new athletic director, he said he’d found what he was looking for in a nationwide search. Experience. Carr has spent the last 12 years as the senior associate athletics director at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He has 30 years experience in sports administration. “We are very pleased that we were able to attract a candidate of Mr. Carr’s experience to MSU,” Rogers said. “He has excellent ideas and is real understanding of Division II and the importance of intercollegiate athletics to our university’s alumni, faculty and students.” Carr will assume duties next week to take over for Ed Harris, who announced his retirement in August. “The alumni section brought back the 60’s look with the big hair,” said senior marketing major and CSO’s Public Relations Officer Nefer McIntyre. The Caribbean students worked very hard to prepare the food that was served at Caribfest. Delicious food such as curried goat, jerk chicken, pineapple chicken and calypso rice were served. “We prepared food for about 1,200 people,” McIntyre said. The food preparation for the event started about a week in advance. The actual preparation of the food started at about 6 p.m. the evening before and didn’t get done until 6 a.m. the next morning. “We still worked on the food up until the actual event started,” McIntyre said. “The food began being served at around 5:20 p.m.,” McIntyre said. The food was served until 6 p.m., but the people who were in the parade didn’t get a chance to eat until the parade was over. The parade ended at 6:15 p.m. back in Sunwatcher plaza where it began. “It was a good experience seeing how different the Caribbean students’ culture is from ours,” said junior art major Jonathon Thompson. The evening ended with the cultural performances. The performances started off with an ensemble by the steel pan group. The CSO choir sang some folk songs from their homeland. The last event of the cultural performances involved the participants in the parade giving a brief history of the costumes they wore. “I enjoyed the food and music. I had a fantastic time,” said kinesiology major Dimaio Goree. CSO sold all of their T-shirts at the event. “I was really impressed that we were able to sell all of our shirts at the event,” McIntyre said. This was a really special Caribfest for the students because it was the 10th anniversary for the event. The day was concluded with a “Glow” after party that took See Caribfest page 4 See Director page 4 Ground broken for new Wellness Center CHRIS COLLINS STAFF REPORTER INSIDE The south part of campus, which used to be home to little more than joggers, indoor cyclists and noisy birds, is now a hot spot of activity – and also a hard hat area. The stretch of land just south of the intersection of Louis J. Rodriguez and Midwestern Parkway has undergone some serious changes in the past two months: ground was broken near Sikes Lake on August 15 of this year, and since then the lake has been a relative beehive of activity for construction workers, project managers, and all sorts of machinery. It’s also been a frequent place of interest for Dr. Joey Greenwood, who is the Director of Recreational Sports and the not-yet-built Student Health and Wellness Center, a $13.4 million project that’s responsible for Mold empties Martin Hall JESSICA WELLS FOR THE WICHITAN KRYSTLE CAREY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF all the hubbub near the lake. “It’s a one-stop shop for fitness, recreation and health,” said Greenwood, who’s been a part of the center since its infancy a year ago. “It’s a more holistic approach to wellness than we have now.” One could certainly call MSU’s current approach to wellness (a term that loosely holds physical and mental wellness as well as physical fitness) a bit fragmented – the health center is on the northwest side of campus, while the wellness center and gymnasium are on opposite sides of D.L. Ligon. A Recreation Center in Clark and an Outdoor Recreation Center past Sikes Lake make things “a bit spread out,” as Greenwood put it. Also, many students hoping to access weight lifting equipment, basketball courts and other campus equipment currently have a hard time doing so because of kinesiol- ogy classes and organized athletic workouts. “There will be no for-credit classes or organized athletic workouts in the new center,” said Greenwood when asked about the purpose of the new center. He draws a distinction, though: “People have misquoted me when I say there will be no athletic workouts in the center. If athletes want to work out here, they’re paying for it, and they should take advantage of that. But a coach can’t bring his team down here to do a workout.” The center, which is being built to relatively large dimensions, will be two stories tall and 55 to 58,000 sq. feet, not including the parking lot. It’ll include an indoor elevated walking track, basketball courts, an outdoor pool, state-of-the-art weight lifting and cardio equipment, Spinning indoor bicycles, and multi-purpose rooms for kick- Martin Hall will soon be evacuated and undergo a renovation to remove mold and asbestos. Mold invaded Martin Hall, which houses the Social Work and Pre-Law departments, in late May due to the extensive flooding that overran parts of North Texas. These rains caused the humidity levels in Martin Hall to rise, which in turn caused the old air-conditioning pipes to sweat. The water then saturated many ceiling tiles. One area of the ceiling was wet enough to soak through the ceiling tiles onto the carpet. The high humidity caused some of the edges of desktops in one classroom to peel and curl up. According to The California Department of Health, when furniture or building materials are damp it can take only 48 hours for mold to develop, which is exactly what happened in the Martin Hall. Martin Hall, which was originally the Martin Library, was built in 1946 and is the second oldest building on campus. No visible mold was found, except on some professors’ leather and clothbound books, according to Allen Goldapp, Physical Plant Director. Although a putrid smell has permeated the entire building, Goldapp describes the mold situation as minor. Goldapp said he and his staff have been working all summer to contain and resolve the problem. Twenty dehumidifiers were placed in Martin Hall at a cost of $30,000. The labor expense to begin the evacuation process by the custodial staff ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 according to Goldapp. Current tests can only identify allergies to less than 10 of the hundreds of mold that have the ability to grow indoors, according to The California Department of Health, so there is no need to identify the type of mold that has invaded the building. Although the type of mold is unidentified, precautions are already being taken. Martin Hall is having a full evacuation of the building. Students and faculty have already begun the move into the Dillard Building. Since the beginning of the fall semester, students have not had classes in the building, but the faculty offices have remained. Goldapp hopes to have to building fully evacuated in by mid-October. A complete removal of the all carpet in the building is scheduled which will not only help expel Martin Hall of mold, but will also help rid the building of the lingering smell, Goldapp said. Goldapp also plans to rid the building of asbestos in the glue that fixes the carpet to the floor. Goldapp, who has 30 years of experience in environmental sanitation, stressed that the asbestos in the glue is not of high concern because it is not friable, meaning that is cannot be easily reduced to tiny particles which can be inhaled. “If you are going to fix a problem, you may as well fix all the problems all at once,” he said. The cost of replacing the carpet has yet to be deter- mined. Bid for the projects will be taking place soon. Martin Hall will undergo a thorough inspection to determine exactly the extensiveness of the mold. Holes will be drilled in the walls to make sure that the mold has not infiltrated the walls. The building will undergo a full sanitation, including faculty books and processions that may have been contaminated by the mold. These books and processions will be stored until the faculty is settled. Paneling in one office is to be completely removed. The walls are to be scoured with a 10-to-1 bleach solution to kill the mold and prevent it from spreading. A professional sanitation will also take place. New ceiling tiles are to be installed. Goldapp said he is fairly confident that the building will be completely sanitized and back in working condition by the spring semester. Estimations for upgrading boxing, yoga, pilates, etc. Presented two years ago by the Student Government Association, the idea to consolidate MSU’s many wellness and fitness attractions into one building was voted on through MSU’s website. The vote garnered an 82 percent favorable result. “I think it’ll be really nice when it’s done,” said Christina Schutte, sophomore, an international student from Venezuela. “Also, it’ll bring more jobs to international students. Students like Schutte, who can’t work in Wichita Falls or in the surrounding area for lack of a social security card, depend on their jobs at MSU to make money. MSU currently staffs 15 student workers throughout its campus. “We’re hoping to double that with the new wellness center,” said Dr. Greenwood. An extended-hour (or possibly See Mold page 4 PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN Construction of the new MSU Student Health & Wellness Center has begun at the intersection of Louis J. Rodriguez and Midwestern Parkway. The $13.4 million project is set to open in the fall of 2008. See Wellness page 4 Victorian romance Caribfest First loss of season “Emma” is a beautifully drawn manga and anime with wonderful characters. The Caribbean Student Organization celebrates its 10-year anniversary of the annual festival. page 6 The Mustangs’ perfect season is trampled by the Buffs. page 4 Wednesday Oct. 10, 2007 page 7

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