Oct 24, 2007
Editor-in-Chief Krystle Carey Managing Editor Brittany Norman Entertainment Editor Konnie Sewell Op-Ed Editor Christian McPhate Sports Editor Josh Mujica Photo Editor Patrick Johnston Sweepstakes Winner 2006 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Copy Editor Haley Cunningham Advertising Manager Rebecca Ferguson Adviser Randy Pruitt Reporters Richard Carter Rachel Tompkins Courtney Foreman R EBECCA F ERGUSON A D M ANAGER Photographers Joel Abeyta Lauren Williams Graphic Artist Robert Redmon
Sweepstakes Winner 2006 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Staff Editorial THE WICHITAN VIEWPOINTS Finalist 2004 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award Oct. 24, 2007 Higher costs increase debts Students are already struggling to pay for college, often graduating with mountains of debt from student loans hanging over their heads. The price of a college education has been on a steady rise, and this year is no exception. On Monday, the College Board reported that tuition and fees at public and private universities have risen at more than double the rate of inﬂation. The cost of public institutions is rising more drastically than at private schools. The rate of fee increases outpaces the rise Parking lot closing causes more problems in prices of other products and services. In the past three years, consumer prices have only increased by about 3 percent annually, while public university fees and tuition have jumped by 6.6 percent. The result? Students and their families are taking out more loans, resulting in more debt to pay off post-graduation. The culprit? State governments. Over the past seven years, state and local support for colleges and universities has faltered, leaving the institutions in a bind. Instead of wasting our tax dollars with petty disputes in the Texas State Legislature, our elected ofﬁcials should be spending their time making sure that higher education stays affordable. The Project on Student Debt, a nonproﬁt organization ﬁnanced in large part by the Pew Charitable Trusts, stated that while there is ﬁnancial aid out there, it doesn’t always go where it’s needed. Student debt is up by an even greater level than tuition, which is disconcerting. The average Pell Grant last year did not increase in response to rising costs. In fact, it declined for the second year in a row. Congress, however, has taken a step in the right direction by promising over $1,000 in increases over the next ﬁve years. That alone isn’t enough. The state needs to take an interest in higher education and make an effort to keep the cost from continuing to rise. 3410 Taft Blvd. Box 14 • Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 News Desk (940) 397-4704 • Advertising Desk (940) 397-4705 Fax (940) 397-4025 • E-mail WICHITAN@mwsu.edu Web site: http://www.mwsu.edu/~wichitan Copyright © 2007. The Wichitan is a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. The Wichitan reserves the right to edit any material submitted for publication. Opinions expressed in The Wichitan do not necessarily reﬂect those of the students, staff, faculty, administration or Board of Regents of Midwestern State University. First copy of the paper is free of charge; additional copies are $1. The Wichitan welcomes letters of opinion from students, faculty and staff submitted by the Friday before intended publication. Letters should be brief and without abusive language or personal attacks. Letters must be typed and signed by the writer and include a telephone number and address for veriﬁcation purposes. The editor retains the right to edit letters. V e r y few students would argue with me if I say that parking is a problem on our campus. SHINICE CURRY So as a remFOR THE WICHITAN edy to this problem, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I come to campus 20 minutes early, park in the parking lot of the Mercantile Building and walk to the Dillard building so I can be on time to class. Most students just circle the parking lot for hours trying to find a closer space and still end up late for class. I’d rather come early and walk. This past Wednesday, I came at 9:40 a.m., bypassed the Dillard Building as I routinely do, and pulled into the Mercantile Building parking lot and to my amaze- ment, there were orange street cones blocking every entrance of the student parking lot. I find out that the bonfire for Homecoming week is being held in the parking lot on Thursday. So I circle the campus one time hoping to find an empty space, but as anyone who has a class at 10 a.m. knows, that is near impossible. Outraged, I park in a reserved spot and start my walk to the Dillard Building. On my walk across campus, I see MSU’s finest circling trying to find cars to ticket, so I flag them down and ask where they would suggest we park. The officer tells me, “Anywhere that is not resident or reserved parking.” I explain that the parking lot is closed and tell him what kind of car I drive and he says he will try not to give me a ticket. I go to my two classes and hur- ry to my car, and sure to his word, my car has no ticket, but I can’t say the same for every other student car parked around me. All of those cars had tickets blowing under the windshield wipers. Outrageous! I began research to find out when the students were notified that the parking lot would be closed for those two days. My first call was to the Student Activities office. The impolite response when I asked if arrangements had been made was that there are never very many cars in the parking lot. So the following Monday, I counted the cars in the parking lot and there were at least 40. That may not be many, but enough to show that closing the parking did affect students. After the person I spoke with in the Students Activities office and received a perfect answer, I called the police station. I was told that to their knowledge, there was no notification that the parking lot would be closed. Parking has been a problem at MSU since I started in the fall of 2004, so closing a parking lot, even for just 2 days, may have not been the best administrative move. But, since they felt the need to close the parking lot, students should have been notified in a proper amount of time and arrangements should have been made with the police department to let them know that there may be some illegal parking for those two days. Students pay over $30 to park in the parking lots on campus, and its our right to know if changes are being made, and it would be nice to know that before we get to campus for class. I sat down to write my column for this issue and never in my life have I REBECCA FERGUSON felt so unAD MANAGER inspired before. None of my usual muses seem to be working. My “fav songs” play list isn’t doing its job. Neither are the people in my life. (And in case you haven’t noticed yet, the people I associate with are normally the subject matter of my random babblings.) There could be just too much going on in my mind right now that I can’t sort it all out. Or maybe I don’t want to take the time to. Actually, you know what? I’ll take the easy way out and blame the weather. I think it’s a pretty reasonable excuse. I rolled out of bed the other day and my excuse for not putting on make-up was that it was way too cold outside. If only I could use that excuse to not study and to not go to class I’d be in business. There are few things in life that I hate, and the cold, and the things that go along with the cold, are some of them. I loathe it; I despise it; I detest it. My ﬁngers and toes won’t be warm again until April. There’s no point in ﬁxing my hair because I’m always wearing a hat. I don’t like getting all bundled up in a coat, hat, gloves, and scarf just to run to the store. I don’t like how everything is dead and brown and crunchy. Overcast and rainy days are just depressing to me. It always seems to be super windy in the winter time, which means I have to basically walk sideways in order to maintain any form of balance. The cold weather just makes me cranky and very anti-social. A word of advice - don’t talk to me until it warms up. Seriously. I can tolerate the cold when I’m curled up in a big blanket, with a good book in my hands, and a cup of cocoa on the coffee table next to me. There is one good thing about the cold though - it means that The Nutcracker is just around the corner. (You’ll hear more about that one come closer to December, don’t worry!) On a completely different note, I think “snow-cold” is an entirely different level of cold. I actually like “snow-cold.” I might even enjoy “snow-cold.” For some reason, I don’t think it’s quite as cold. Maybe because at that point I feel the need to get so bundled up for such a strange phenomenon. In my girly mind, snow is fun. I like reverting back to childhood days where having snowball ﬁghts and making snow angels were the cool things to do. Forget bulky sweaters and jackets – I live for cute sundresses and strappy tank tops. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a summer girl. I love the sun and getting freckles on my nose. I think my love of summer comes from my dad’s line of work. It’s not every day some one prays for temperatures to be in the high 100’s, is it? In some weird way, I’ve grown to love the heat just as much as he does. We covered our pool at the beginning of October and I’m already counting down the days until we uncover it. I miss my lounging days terribly. I’m about to retreat into my hibernation stage. I’ll emerge again when it’s warmer and the sun is warm and shining. As of now, I’m just biding my time until April when I can ﬁnally unearth my cute summer clothes again. Chilly weather freezes out creativity THE WICHITAN Reporters Richard Carter Rachel Tompkins Courtney Foreman Advertising Manager Rebecca Ferguson Managing Editor Brittany Norman Photographers Joel Abeyta Lauren Williams Copy Editor Haley Cunningham Op-Ed Editor Christian McPhate Graphic Artist Robert Redmon Adviser Randy Pruitt Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief Krystle Carey Entertainment Editor Konnie Sewell Sports Editor Josh Mujica Photo Editor Patrick Johnston Op-Ed National ID revelation of fear The Real ID Act of 2005, a law that p u t s terror in terrorism, slowly CHRISTIAN MCPHATE slithers OP-ED EDITOR to its inception upon the lives of the American public in 2009. It is a law that establishes national standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identiﬁcation cards and that requires a cardholder’s name, address, Social Security Number (SSN), ﬁnancial information, driving record and a number of other personal details not deemed newsworthy yet. After the 9/11 attacks, Larry Ellison, head of Oracle Corporation, stated he was going to develop a national identiﬁcation system with digitized thumbprints and cardholder photographs and then donate the technology to help make it happen. And the birth of the Real ID Act spewed forth from the minds of capitalists and Republicans. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, inserted the Real ID Act of 2005 into a military spending bill. It went before the Republican-controlled Congress under the mask of Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief 2005 and passed with overwhelming approval. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will require 240 million Americans to register for the new federally sanctioned ID card by 2013. The implementation of the national ID system will cost states nearly 23 billion to change their databases. Republicans believe that the identiﬁcation cards are a way to enhance national security, unmask terrorists and guard against illegal immigrants. However, on January 25, 2007, Maine passed a resolution that refuses implementation of the Real ID Act and demands that Congress repeals the unconstitutional law. And on February 16, 2007, Utah rebelled and passed a resolution that ignores the hated law. In addition, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington have passed resolutions that points out the unjustness of the Real ID act. Of course, Texas is standing ﬁrm in its support of a national ID for residents of the lone star state. Governor Perry is a ﬁrm believer in tagging his cattle of supporters and constituents for “protection” against illegal immigrants. And yet, Americans have been rejecting the idea of a national ID card since the creation of the Social Security Number (SSN) in 1936. President Jimmy Carter’s administration reiterated that SSN was not an identiﬁer for the American people, and President Ronald Reagan “explicitly opposed” the creation of a national ID card. But after December 31, 2009, the will of the American people will no longer matter as the government brings the national identiﬁcation system online. Your private data will be stored in one of 56 state and territory databases that can access each other, providing ofﬁcials across the nation with your private information, including criminal history, motor vehicle violations, ﬁnancial information, Social Security account number and citizenship status all on a small bar code. DHS sees the implementation of the Real ID cards across the social spectrum from employers to social services like Medicare, Medicaid and student ﬁnancial aid. In addition, the dreaded masterminds at DHS have not ruled out the possibility of implementing mandatory radio frequency identiﬁcation tags within the cards that will help keep track of people… just in case of a kidnapping or a terrorist attack. And if Americans decide to stand up to “Big Brother” and refuse to register under the Real ID act, then the American government will strike back, and citizens of this once free country will not be able to enjoy air travel, open a bank account or use or receive federal services. Citizens will have to use a passport for federal purposes, which is similar to the national ID system. In 2002, the Federal Food and Drug Administration decided to allow companies to manufacture computer ID chips that embed under a person’s skin and into their lives. Radio-frequency (RFID) tags are the next step in protection against terrorists and criminals of all classiﬁcations. And it is the Republicans’ way of ensuring the arrival of their Christ with the implementation of “security” measures straight out of the Revelation prophecies that is beginning to leave Americans feeling not-so safe. RFID tags are little devices with a small chip attached to a tiny antenna but with a very large identiﬁcation number carried within the tracker. It is the size of a grain of ground pepper. When a special radio signal strikes the antenna, the RFID broadcasts back its identiﬁcation number. It is kind of like a “bar code on steroids.” However, RFID tags are not just for the infestation of humans; it is also for the infestation of society. It is the technology behind cashfree highway tolls, the military uses the devices as tracking devices in Iraq, casinos are installing the tracking devices in their gambling chips; retail monster Wal-Mart is using the RFID tags for inventory management and embedding the chips in the tires of their forklifts, and libraries, credit card companies and many more facets of our society are using the tracking and identiﬁcation system. And as of Jan. 1, 2007, every U.S. passport carries an RFID tag. The thought of a tracking system where the eyes of the government can follow you no matter where you go has freaked out some major politicians. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger banned forced implantation of RFID tags for citizens of his state. And yet, the government has been watching us long before the creation of credit cards, driver’s licenses and social numbers. So as we prepare to celebrate the unholy of unholy holidays, let us give thanks to the Republicans for initiating the mark of their beast and blind-siding us by self-fulﬁlling their Armageddon prophecy. Now, we just need to prepare a welcoming party for their antiChrist. J u s t over a year ago I was pulled over on K e m p for “road r a g e ” driving. N o worries, I didn’t get time during the night. There went 100 bucks out of my pocket. So I’m driving through Ft. Worth around one in the afternoon and there isn’t too much trafﬁc because it’s after the lunch hour on a Monday. Apparently, this almighty ass wipe wanted over into my lane and I wasn’t paying enough attention to let him over before I passed him. As I’m reaching his car I ﬁnally see his blinker. Why did I suddenly notice his blinker? Because he was waving his hand out of his window like a moron signaling that he had his blinker on and that meant that I had to let him over. I looked at him as I passed, raised my arms in the air, put on my best “I don’t care about your stupid blinker” look and shrugged at him. Then I continued driving. I look back and the guy switches lanes right behind me and then passes the car that was in front of him and then switches right back over. Then I said aloud (yes, I was speaking aloud to myself…don’t mock me. Everyone does it when they get pissed off and are driving), “Just because your stupid blinker is on, doesn’t mean you are getting over.” Really now? Where was this man going that it was so important that he have an arm temper-tantrum out his window while going at least 75 mph on I35? I’m sorry, but get over it sir. And then a little while back I was sitting at a red light by the hospital. There is a car coming and they stop in the middle of the road when their light turned red and they just sat there. My light was green and I had no way to get around them. They just decided to stop in the middle of the intersection. So I did what any rational person would do and I laid on my horn and gave them the “what the hell!! Move!!!” yell and gesture. Then of course them stopping right in the middle of the intersection is my fault, so they ﬂip me off and start cussing at me. What kind of crazy crack were they smoking? I want someone to take all of these stupid drivers back to driversed and teach them that it is not alright to use your violent waving as a blinker (mainly because you look like an angry fool). In no conceivable way is it okay for a driver to stop in the middle of the intersection only to get mad at the people they are blocking. And (this one is for the grandma’s and grandpa’s of Wichita Falls) it is perfectly ﬁne and safe for you to go faster than 2 mph while taking a turn. I am sure that when I am weaving in and out of trafﬁc someone is complaining just as much about my driving as I am about other people’s. And when I don’t look as well as I should before switching lanes and I cut someone off, I know they are wishing death upon me. And yes, I am even the rude driver who rolls down my windows, opens my sunroof and plays my music like the whole world was meant to hear it. But I guarantee you that I have never stopped in the middle of an intersection as though I had stopped behind the appropriate white line and just sat there. Thank you village idiots for providing me with something else to rant about. Road rage leads to irate ranting CARLY BURRES FOR THE WICHITAN a ticket. Of course that is only because he had a more important call, but still. I didn’t get a ticket. When I got pulled over my response was “It wasn’t my fault, it was that ass over there.” That got me a look that I don’t want to see again. So I managed to escape from what probably would have been a very big ticket for speeding, road rage, not using my blinker and whatever else he could manage to hit me with. However, I’m not denying my rage one bit. I learned how to drive in Denton and Dallas. Everyone knows that Dallas drivers are very aggressive drivers and I just so happened to pick up that trait. I love to drive and I have no problem in driving just about anywhere. I used to drive in rush hour on I35 after school to relax. Nothing like bumper-to-bumper trafﬁc to really calm someone down after a hard day in the classroom. But there are some things that other road rage drivers do that I think are absolutely ridiculous. For instance, a couple of weeks ago I was driving back from my brothers down in San Marcos. I was in a bad mood to begin with because I woke up and discovered that my car had been towed some- THE WICHITAN Oct. 24, 2007 3 Christian’s Horrorscopes Today’s birthday (10-24-07): Give in to temptation. Buy everything you see. You will enjoy the downward ﬁnancial spiral of Republican-like spending. Aries (March 21-April 19): You are ﬁnally excited this week. Lose control. Tell your boss or your professor what you really think. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Enjoy losing your mind to research. Ignore help from your friends. Their lives are a chaotic mess. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Friends pester you for help. Give them the number to the Dr. Phil show. Cancer (June 22-July 22): A controversy looms on your horizon. Enjoy the chaos of gossip. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): You are ﬁnally beginning to get mind full of new ideas. Ignore them. Change sucks. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Money sharks are after your money. Prepare the harpoon and enjoy the ﬁllet. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It is time to speak your mind... literally. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It is time to turn off World of Warcraft and get back to work. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It is time to heed the romantic advise of your single friends. Break up with your loved one. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It is almost time to start your night of terror. Take your coveralls to the cleaners, sharpen your axe and bleach your mask. It is going to be a hellish night Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It will be easier to achieve your goals if you take the mask off when you go to job interviews. If it is not a mask, then try plastic surgery. It worked for Paris Hilton. Pices (Feb. 19-March 20): You are getting a raise. It is time to kiss your boss’s ass for another year. Enjoy. Dear Editor: Letters to the editor I applaud your interest in promoting recycling on campus. It’s an issue that the entire university can get behind. At a recent Faculty Senate meeting, President Rogers stated that he would like to make recycling a higher priority. The Faculty Senate passed a motion at its last meeting to encourage more recycling on campus. Everyone should take advantage of the recycling possibilities that already exist on campus and in the community. First, all white paper can be recycled in the computer labs. Secondly, all of the United supermarkets have newspaper and glass recycling in their parking lots. Thank you, Stuart McClintock Associate Professor of French Hello, I read the newspaper the other day and I was shocked to read what Nichol Phillips had to say about the MSU cheerleaders. I know for a fact that the cheerleaders practice 4 times a week, cheer at all home soccer games and all football games, plus all of the extracurricular activities going on during the weeks (spirit booths, organization fairs, decorating locker rooms, making appearances, all school picnics, bonﬁre, buffalo wild wings every Wednesday night, mustang rally, clinics.. just to name a few). I’m sure the cheerleaders are trying their hardest to get the fans invovled at sporting events, but they can’t help the fact that the fans would rather talk to each other than cheer for their team. Maybe Nichol could write an article about the fans, and not blame the lack of school spirit on the cheerleaders. Sincerely, A disappointed student A Circle of Men New knights at a Round Table Would you like to improve your friendships or important relationships? Do you want more from your marriage? Do you ﬁnd people often misunderstand from where you are coming? I invite you to take part in a free men’s group designed to help you get closer to other people. This group of men will meet during a 6 week period as a part of a Master’s research project. Your participation will remain anonymous. The group will be limited to 8 men. Members will be selected without regard to race, marital status, age, economic status, or gender preference. Please contact Frank Patin, graduate student in counseling at Midwestern State University for more information (940)733-5816. 6 THE WICHITAN Oct. 24, 2007 Across Campus News Crime____________________________________________continued from page 1 residences. The newest ﬁgures represent an increase of 49 percent when compared to 2004 when 43 in-room alcohol violations were recorded. When alcohol is discovered on campus, it is usually found within the housing facilities. Alcohol violators are reported to the housing ofﬁce. Wayne Shields, assistant director of housing in charge of judicial affairs, said he assesses the situations on an individual basis. While the punishment for each violator varies, all alcohol violators are placed on probation and required to attend a judicial hearing and alcohol education. Based on his ﬁndings, Shields decides the level of punishment. Arrests for alcohol violations dropped from four in 2005 to two in 2006. “The crime report is based on actual violations of law, so in most cases, the charge is minor in possession,” Police Chief Michael Hagy said. Arrests for drug violations on campus property totaled four, the same number in 2005. Twenty-three referrals were made for drug violations last year compared with 29 in 2005. One referral was made for weapons violation in 2006. No arrest was made in that case. According to Hagy, none of these violations can be directly associated with a speciﬁc group at MSU. Student Success Series The Student Success Series is proud to bring Dr. Andrew O. Fort to campus this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Clark Student Center’s Comanche Suites to present a thought provoking and interactive seminar on World Religions. Dr. Fort received his PhD in Religious Studies from Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and has been teaching at TCU ever since. His courses and areas of expertise include Understanding the World’s Religions, Hinduism, Buddhist and East Asian religious perspectives, Indian texts and traditions, Mysticism, Islam, Sanskrit and the Nature of Values. All MSU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend what should be a wonderful and enlightening program. For more information, please contact Matthew Park in the ofﬁce of Student Activities and Orientation at 397-4500. Imagine Graduation December graduation candidates will have the opportunity to ﬁnalize everything related to graduation in one outing today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Clark Student Center Atrium. Representatives from the registrar’s ofﬁce, bookstore, president’s ofﬁce, admissions ofﬁce, business ofﬁce, ﬁnancial aid, career management center, public information and marketing, alumni relations, Wai-Kun, annual fund ofﬁce, credit union and Moffett Library will be on hand to help students with any last minute plans so that the last semester will be less stressful. Guest Voice Recital Former student of MSU professor Dr. Don Maxwell will return to her alma mater for a performance Thursday in the Akin Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Shaunette Hildabrand graduated in 1985 and has since continued her studies in New York City. She is currently active in the classical and jazz scenes in Europe and the United States. PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN The ghostly couple costumes are displayed in the Pansy’s costume store. Pansy’s______________continued from page 1 Hirschi rent costumes for UIL competitions. The Midwestern State University Theatre department purchases make-up, wigs and other accessories from them. “My husband is an excellent make-up artist,” said Brown. Her husband will usually put a scar or make some blood drops on the customers face to go along with their costume. If a customer wants to do it themselves, he will show them right there in the store. They do not charge the customers extra for the make-up. Pansy’s not only rents and sales Halloween costumes, but they also rent and sale tuxedos for weddings and proms. They also have wedding dresses and brides maid dresses as well. Pansy’s also rents out costumes for other holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. “We rent out all sorts of costumes,” said Brown. During Thanksgiving Holiday they also rent out Pilgrim costumes as well as Indian and turkey costumes. The Christmas season is a very busy time for Pansy’s. Many churches in the city will rent Santa Claus costumes, snowmen, elves and Biblical costumes for their plays. Other costumes available during Christmas time also include Angel Wings and Halos, which are very popular during the holiday season. Pansy’s normal business hours are usually from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the Halloween season this week they have extended their store hours, which are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. They will also be open this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in 2006. “The crime report provides information to the general public so that individuals can make a choice, based on crime statistics, if they would like to attend the university,” Hagy said. “These statistics are based on actual reported crimes to the police.” All of the crimes reported on campus are not conducted solely by MSU students, Hagy said. Visitors are also responsible for some of the crime reported on campus, he noted. According to Hagy, there isn’t a national ranking system for universities regarding the safest campuses, but the U.S. Department of Education provides a Web site to use as a resource for crime information on the Ofﬁce of Postsecondary Education webpage, which is www.ope. ed.gov/security/search.asp. “Crime is usually higher at the beginning and the ending of a semester,” Hagy explained. The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 certiﬁes that MSU has established a campus security policy and has complied with the disclosure requirements of section 485(f) of the act. The police department receives complaints and reports of crime 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The most common complaint received by the police department is in regards to parking on campus. The MSU police department employs nine ofﬁcers. Hire______________________________________________continued from page 1 Olson__________________continued from page 1 MSU granted Olson developmental leave and in late February 2007, he began his 12-week expedition with an Omani ﬁlm production crew. Olson and his four-man band developed a great working relationship, he said. Khalfan Al Barwani represents Oman’s Ministry of Information and is the collaboratorinterpreter for the project. Cameraman Mohammed Khalfan Saif Al Hadhrami, lighting technician Assam Abdullah Salmeen Al Kharousi and sound technician Juma Ahmed Rajab are all from Oman TV. Olson’s past experiences working in radio and television proved handy. Together, they traveled across all nine of the administrative regions of the country, interviewing people from each. In total, they talked to 18 Omanis, 10 men and eight women, from a range of economic status and from the “right” age groups. “Our only criterion was to interview somebody from the right age group who would be able to talk on the transformation since its beginning, and had experienced pre- and post-renaissance Oman. We also interviewed those who were born just after the transformations began to allow a different perspective,” Olson explained. Olson and Al Barwani composed a list of topics for the interviewees to elaborate on which they modiﬁed depending on each person’s economic standing. These topics “Arrests are made by the police and this means that somebody went to jail or got a ticket,” Hagy said. “Referrals mentioned in the report include arrests, but not all of the referrals were arrested.” According to Hagy, the police department is not contacted for each alcohol and drug violation. Police are contacted only if the offender is in no shape to handle himself or herself appropriately. If police are contacted, that person is issued a citation, he said. “If the police department is the one who ﬁnds an alcohol violation, we handle it with a citation and we make a referral,” Hagy said. “If housing or someone else discovers an alcohol violation, they usually handle it through Student Life and report a referral to the dean of students.” According to the report, one forcible sexual offense occurred during 2006 and it was related to residence housing. One forcible sexual offense was also recorded in 2005 in residence housing. None was reported in 2004. “The most serious crime ever reported on campus is sexual assault,” Hagy said. Overall, on-campus burglaries have increased. On-campus burglaries in 2006 totaled eight compared with ﬁve the previous year and 14 in 2004. Burglaries in residence housing increased from ﬁve in 2005 to seven included childhood experiences, memorable people of their time, historical events and other personal topics. The Oman Oral History Project consists of three phases. The ﬁrst, which is currently in progress, is to collect and edit data. All interviews were conducted in Arabic. All tapes must undergo a translation process. As of now, Olson possesses twelve of the translations, while the other six are still being worked on. The second phase involves putting the information collected into a manuscript form. Olson already has peaked publishers interest and expects to have a typewritten draft approximately a year and a half after receiving the remaining six translations. Despite being overwhelmed with the work required for the second phase, Olson has plans to use the materials for a 50-minute video presentation. Olson has a multi-year project on his hands and is hopeful his book publication will ﬁnancially support and promote the video. Olson said MSU has been providing him and his project with immense support since he began his quest to preserve Omani history. “For Omanis, it’s a documentation of the evolution and expansion of their country, but for us here, I think this is one of the best things a university can do to make people know about other cultures,” Olson said. “It’s a proverbial feather in the cap for MSU.” the MustangsHIRE website, and students can search the database based on their job interests. Students can also post their resumes on the site and allow those same companies to search for students based on career plans, majors, and resumes. The system will also give students feedback on the appropriateness and professionalism of their submitted resumes. As mentioned, MustangsHIRE is replacing CareerTRAK, the online job database that was offered by MSU through Monster.com. The old system was free to MSU, since employers had to pay a surcharge to post their jobs online through Mon- ster. The new system allows all businesses to post jobs free of charge, but turns the cost of the system over to MSU and the Career Management Center. However, students will not be charged for the services. Sophomore Jeannie Pase thinks “the idea is great.” Pase, who is employed by MSU in the student center says, “I have a lot of students come by asking about jobs on and off campus.” The new system should also be beneﬁcial to international students. These students are at a monetary disadvantage due to the fact that many businesses in the community won’t hire students from other countries for reasons of legal complication. “There are handful of companies that have already said they will support and sponsor international students,” Sealock maintained. CareerTRAK had 436 students active on its website, and MustangsHIRE is hoping to have even more. “This is tailored just to us,” Sealock ﬁnished. To create a new username on MustangsHIRE, visit www.mwsu. edu/career and click the icon on the left toolbar. If you have questions, contact the Career Management Center at 397-HIRE. Experience______________________________________continued from page 1 MSU isn’t the ﬁrst university to attempt a project like this, though; Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Keith Lamb described MSU as “the last on board to do something like this in Texas.” In fact, though Experience MSU is particular to MSU, other institutions across Texas, including Texas Tech, Texas A & M and Stephen F. Austin have been attempting similar partnership programs. At the onset of the program in fall of 2008, university ofﬁcials expect no more than 30 Vernon College students to participate, though some administrators expect “closer to 10.” Housing may be set aside for students who wish to participate in the program, also, though students who are worried about Vernon College students taking up valuable housing space should be reminded that con- current students are students too. To alleviate these concerns, MSU personnel have requested proposal from the MSU Board of Regents to construct an additional housing building on campus containing approximately 300 beds, which should be far more than enough to facilitate the admittance of new concurrent students. Also, current students should note that their concurrently enrolled peers aren’t using the Experience MSU program as a “backdoor” to MSU. “I do not think that it’ll infringe on the on the academic integrity of this university,” stated Vice President Howard Farrell. 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After touring for half a year locally, theAudition gained exposure and caught the ear of Victory Records. The band was signed shortly after forming in 2003. The band began work on their debut album “Controversy Loves Company” and released it in 2005. TheAudition instantly began to expand their fan base and become a band to look out for. I had the opportunity to personally speak with Danny Stevens, vocalist for theAudition, and asked him a few things that make theAudition a band worth listening to. The band is on tour now with Boys Like Girls, All Time Low and We The Kings. “The tour’s been great, ton of kids every show,” Stevens said. “Really no complaints.” Playing over 300 shows last year, Stevens said he has probably met and seen more people than 95 percent of people have in their entire lives. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and I think I’m better for it and I’m really happy that I’m doing this,” he said about his journey touring with theAudition, with whom he’s been with since he was 19 years old. The new record is expected to be released in January. “For the most part it’s just us going down to the basement jamming and putting stuff together,” Stevens said. TheAudition wrote and completed their latest album in less time than it took for their ﬁrst record. The band recorded the new album in about 10 weeks, which is an accomplishment of its own because it can take bands on the road sometimes two years to complete an entire album. “Sometimes it’s better that way because you don’t second guess yourself,” Stevens said. “Usually when you’re writing things it’s always your gut instinct that is always the better of whatever choice you have.” “Controversy Loves Company,” released almost three years ago, is a mix of power-pop sounds and dance-rhythm that anyone can get into. Stevens said fans can expect maturity and a different sound when picking up the new album. “We’re not trying to write the same record twice, you know?” he said. “This record is very different but it is also still theAudition.” For the band’s inspiration, Stevens believes R&B singers are the most talented singers of any genre and also likes to listens to country music. “Country music is just unbelievable song writing,” he said, explaining that there is a reason why country music is the best selling music – because the songs are so well written. “Whoever’s writing them knows how to write songs and I listen to that and I try to learn from it,” he said. With the rising popularity of the music industry today, it is hard for some bands to break out of the “bubble” and gravitate forward towards something greater. As the interview concluded, I asked where he sees theAudition in ﬁve years. Stevens remains conﬁdent. “Hopefully, [we’ll be] able to have a career,” he said. “This is what every musician dreams of, being able to support yourself and support a family one day and, you know, not have to do it 300 someodd days of the year.” Stevens hopes the band “can be successful and get through to people with our music and have fun. Always have fun.” “Controversy Loves Company” is in stores everywhere and be sure to check out their new album, set for release in January. Halloween deaths: Cosimo de’ Medici * Harry Houdini * Federico Fellini * River Phoenix How are we doing? We want to hear fromYOU! Enter the drawing to win prizes such as $5oo textbook voucher card, Aramark campus dining gift card, Marsa’s hair salon gift certiﬁcates for men and women, or a Thai Orchid gift certiﬁcate. Go to http://library.mwsu.edu/libqual for the Moﬀett Library survey which ends on November 16th. Call ext. 4698 for details. 8 THE WICHITAN Oct. 24, 2007 MSU TIMEOUT Sports Name: Heather Primavera Sport: Soccer Position: Goalie Number: 1 Classiﬁcation: Junior Major: Mass Communications Hometown: Mansﬁeld, Texas 1. Do you have any nicknames? “Primo. It’s a family nickname my dad had ﬁrst when he played baseball and soccer at Arlington High and again when he played soccer at UNT. It comes from my last name. ” 2. If you could play another sport in college, what would it be? “Volleyball, because I used to play it in high school and I miss it.” 3. What is your toughest class this semester? “Spanish III, enough said.” 4. Who is your favorite athlete? Why? “Derek Jeter, because my family is from New Jersey and are huge Yankee fans. I’d be disowned if I didn’t like him. He’s cute and I would have his babies.” 5. What is a non-athletic talent you have? “I can whistle?” 6. Who is your favorite singer or band? “U2 and Radiohead rock!” 7. Why did you choose MSU? “It has a great soccer program and it’s 2 hours away from home.” 8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? “Married with 2 kids and a great job. Maybe I’ll be playing some co-ed soccer.” 9. What is your favorite movie of all time? “I can quote all of Dumb and Dumber!” 10. What is the best thing about MSU Women’s Soccer? “The girls. We all have fun and have a great relationship. It’s nice to have a group like that.” PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU sophomore receiver, Eric Russell, 83, jumps on a dropped punt return by Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The Mustangs stomped the Javelinas, 73-6 and Russell led all receivers with 57 yards on three receptions. Mustangs lower the boom on Javelinas, 73-6 BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER There was a certain buzz around the MSU campus and Memorial Stadium for almost the entire week. After all, it was Homecoming week at MSU. Following two heart-breaking losses, the Mustangs were looking forward to coming home and getting their team back into the win column. No one could have expected Saturday’s onslaught as MSU manhandled the Javelinas, 73-6. Almost from the opening play of the game last Saturday night, you expected something special was going to happen. As the Mustangs won the coin toss and chose to differ until the second half, their defensive unit came out onto the ﬁeld looking to get the game started off on the right hoof. The Javelinas of Texas A&MKingsville came out looking to spark some offense themselves, opening with some trickery. Sophomore defensive end, Austin Shields, wasn’t fooled though. He never bit on the reverse play, and made the solid tackle to stop the play in its tracks. Seemingly stemming from that very moment, the Mustangs put the pedal to the metal on both sides of the ball and never looked back. The Mustangs dominated on the offensive side of the ball, decisively scoring on all but four possessions in the entire ball-game. MSU took the game over on the ground, attacking from all different positions and accounted for 426 total rushing yards from scrimmage. Midwestern’s rushing attack was led by senior quarterback, Daniel Polk, who ﬁnished with his eleventh 100-yard rushing day in his recordsetting career. Polk ﬁnished with 113 rushing yards on nine carries, highlighted by a 57-yard scamper to the end zone on the opening drive of the second half. Also attributing to the massive day on the ground were six different rushers, who amassed 313 rushing yards and the other six rushing touchdowns for the Mustangs. Leading all other rushers were both running backs fashioning the same last name. Freshman, Marcus Mathis, accounted for 99 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 total carries. Junior, B.J. Mathis, ran for 71 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries. Steven Harper also ran for two scores, accompanied by Adrion Butler, who ran for a touchdown of his own. Polk also completed 11 of 20 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He completed at least one pass to six different receivers, with sopho- The No. 8 Midwestern State Mustangs Men’s soccer team dominated the play on both sides of the ﬁeld last Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field, coming away with a lop-sided 4-0 win over St. Mary’s (Texas). The Mustangs were led to victory by the play of sophomore forward Kyle Kmiec, who added three assists in the game, giving him eight MSU remained at No. 23 in the polls this week after dealing Texas A&M-Kingsville their worst loss in their storied, seventy-plus years of football history. The Mustangs’ 73 points were more than anyone has ever scored against the Javelinas. It was only enough points to equal the third-highest scoring output in MSU history, matching the 73 points they put up at Northeastern State on Sep. 15, 2006. The Mustangs will take their show on the road on Saturday for their ﬁnal crossover matchup of the season. MSU will travel north to Durant, Okla. to face off against the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm. The game will serve as SEOSU’s Homecoming, Senior Day, and Parent’s week rolled into one.Kick-off is set for 2:30 p.m. Lady Mustangs continue to dominate, await West Texas BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER The MSU Mustangs volleyball team has ofﬁcially hit its stride. The team is looking unstoppable on both the offensive and defensive sides of the net, rarely even losing a game of a match over the past month. Trying to solidify their standing at the top of the Lone Star Conference, they took their seven-game winning streak on the road this past week to take on two conference foes, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tarleton State. Allison Schreiber, the junior setter out of Windthorst, TX, led the attack, while recording her ﬁrst triple-double of her collegiate career. She has come painfully close to accomplishing this before, but last Thursday it all fell into place, ﬁnishing with: 15 digs, 51 assists, and her new career-high of 10 kills. Even without one of the Mustangs key offensive players, Krissa Johnson, because of an illness, MSU cruised to victory over the TAMKU Javelinas: 30-23, 30-17, 28-30, 30-21. Whitney Maxwell and Alysha Sutton posts best time for MSU The MSU cross country team traveled to Commerce on Saturday to compete in the Lone Star Conference Championships. Sophomore Hassie Sutton ﬁnished 26th in the 6K running course with a time of 25:02.11, but the Mustangs were limited to four runners due to injuries. Sophomore Andrea Borgman clocked a 25:38.55 and came in 42nd place. Mindy Briones and Chloe Lander earned 60th and 78th, respectively. The Mustangs will now sprint and battle in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional on Nov. 3 in Joplin, Mo. at Missouri Southern State University. on the season. The ﬁrst of his helpers was a sweet, post-to-post crossing pass to the team’s scoring leader, senior Daniel Brown, giving MSU the lead for good in the 27th minute. The next goal wasn’t scored until later in the second half when Brian Martinez hooked up with Rob Humphrey on a long cross pass, giving Humphrey his third goal of the season in the 60th minute. Kmiec found mid-ﬁelder Estavio Alexandre, later on in the half, cutting at the top of the box in the 83rd minute to go up 3-0. Then, a mere 38 seconds later, Kmiec hit mid-ﬁelder Scott Magliaro for his ﬁrst goal of the season, setting the ﬁnal score of the game at 4-0. MSU improved its record to 13-2 on the season, as they head into the ﬁnal games left on their Southwest Soccer Conference schedule. They will be facing Missouri Southern on Friday at 7 p.m. and Northeastern State on Sunday at noon, before returning home for their ﬁnal two matches. JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR Pritt both combined to have 14 kills in the match, while junior, Shay Velasquez, came up huge for the Mustangs on defense, recording a team-high 20 digs. Middle blocker, Sesley Graves, also helped pick-up the slack in the absence of Johnson, hitting for a .500 attack percentage and recording 15 kills. Next came a road-trip to Stephenville, TX to take on the Tarleton State Texans. The Mustangs, once again, rode the hot hand of Schreiber to yet another victory, making it 21 of their last 22 matches. Pritt provided an early spark for MSU, recording two aces on her ﬁrst two services of the match. Then the domination was on, as the Mustangs went on to win the match: 30-17, 30-23, 30-22. Maxwell came up big again, leading the team in kills with 13. Pritt and Jessica Ransom also chipped in by contributing nine kills apiece. Monday, when it came time to announce the weekly awards, Schreiber was honored with LSC Setter of the Week honors for the ﬁfth time this season. Along with her triple-double Please Recycle! game on Thursday, Schreiber recorded 36 assists and eight digs in their match at TSU. The Mustangs will host a giant match-up this Thursday against No. 15 West Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. The Mustangs will look to keep both their 10-match home and 9match current win streaks going, while also looking to get into a tie for ﬁrst in the LSC standings. “We have a lot of conﬁdence and enthusiasm coming off a win like this,” MSU Coach Venera FloresStafford said after the TSU game. “I couldn’t think of a better way to go into Thursday’s match.” MSU shoots down RiverHawks CARLY BURRES FOR THE WICHITAN Mustangs stand up to St. Mary’s, 4-0 BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER more wide-receiver, Eric Russell, leading all receivers with 57 yards on three grabs. DelJuan Lee and Cody Thompson were the receivers targeted by Polk for scores, each contributing for one touchdown through the air. Despite the impressiveness of the highly potent Mustang offense, the defensive unit played lights-out football. They held the Javelinas to only one score, and even on that one touchdown, the Mustangs managed to block the PAT. The Lone Star Conference announced their weekly awards last Sunday, naming Ryan Craven, a true-freshman free-safety, the LSC South Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Craven played stellar ball-hawking defense: recording ﬁve tackles, deﬂecting two passes, forcing and recovering a fumble, and blocking the PAT, after the only score of the Homecoming night. Emotions were running high for Midwestern State as they fought through the high winds and the emotions of Senior Day. But nevertheless, the Mustang Ladies came out on top with a 2-1 win against the Northeastern State RiverHawks. Ashli Smith helped the team take advantage with a put away goal in the 58th minute leading the team to the Lone Star Conference win. Coach Jeff Trimble praised the performance of seniors Brittany Burney, Tory Broadhurst, Melissa Brown and Cassidy Guice. “The seniors really played well,” Trimble, said, “I was really proud of the way they came out and kept the intensity.” Broadhurst helped in the 58th minute by working her way up the right wing from her defenders position taking a serve from Kendra Clemons striking a cross to the far post. After receiving the cross, Smith headed into the crossbar. The ball came down past the goal line to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. The change of wind early in the second half of the game helped Northeastern in their ﬁght for a comeback. MSU’s Dani Watson claimed a misclear that was held up by the stiff breeze in the MSU box and converted it for her sixth goal of the season to narrow the deﬁcit to 2-1 with 12 minutes to play. Brittany Subia helped Midwestern out by giving them an early lead after recovering a ball midﬁeld. She worked it down the left wing before beating Nardy to the far post in the 23rd minute. The win wraps up a ﬁve-game homestand for the Mustangs, who went 4-1 during the stretch, leaving MSU 10-3-2 on the season and 6-2 in conference. The Mustangs will close the regular season next weekend with a couple of road matches facing West Texas A&M on Friday and Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.