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The student voice of Midwestern State University The Wichitan page 7 On-screen scream Halloween movies give fright-night entertainment for those too old to trick-or-treat. page 9 Champs again Mustangs cross country takes LSC championships for second consecutive years. WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2009 Double Vision Twins come as a matched pair, but are individuals at heart Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor When freshman Cassie Hermann moved into her dorm room in August, she unpacked her clothes and organized her belongings. Something, she felt, was missing. She gazed around the room. Her brown eyes scanned her wall of photos until they landed on a familiar picture. A blonde haired, browneyed girl smiled back at her. Cassie realized what she was missing: her twin sister, Corrie. Corrie was not in another dorm room or at MSU at all. Corrie was 200 miles away, settling into her own room at Texas A&M Commerce. These 18-year-old twins have never been separated, until now. They have chosen to take different paths and explore their college adventures without each other by their sides. However, 18-year-old twins Julia and Kelly Raymond, as well as senior twins Susie and Nadia Hassan, have chosen to share another thing in common: their university. See “TWINS” on pg. 4 (From top left) Cassie and Corrie Hermann (photo courtesy), Julia and Kelly Raymond and Susie and Nadia Hassan. (Photos by Brittany Norman) Residence hall horror Chris Collins Managing Editor Photo by Julia Raymond Carrilonneur Jim Quashnock demonstrates the intricacies of MSU’s carrilon, which was renovated in 2002. For whom the bell tolls Chris Collins Managing Editor It’s late Monday afternoon and the autumn wind is blowing hard over Hardin lawn at MSU. Seventy-three-year-old Don Owens pushes against the southbound gust as he crosses the parking lot of the administration building. He stalls for a moment before pushing open the double doors, resisting the gale. His head tilts back slightly. His eyes close almost meditatively for a moment. He’s listening to something. A song, swept through the grey sky like dead brown leaves in the wind, has caught his attention. He affixes his gaze to a structure peeking out from the top of Hardin: the bell tower. It’s where Owens is headed. “That’s where the magic hap- pens,” Owens said, pointing up- listed in the Army. He was first ward. stationed in the U.S., then, Ger The music is coming from the many, then Vietnam, where he carillon bells in the tower, a fix- said he saw a little bit of action. ture of the university since the After he retired from the Army, 1950s. Owens returned to Wichita Falls. He follows the sound up He said he saw it as a chance to winding staircases and ladders practice one of his favorite hoband arrives at his destination five bies: playing music. flights above the ground floor of In the early 1990s he began Hardin, just like he does every playing the bells again. Monday. “I moved back here and was The endpoint of his journey: living within walking distance,” a tiny space tucked in between Owens said, “I got Dr. (Howard) maintenance rooms and control Farrell’s permission and started switches. putting it back together as much It’s where the carillon bells as I could.” are kept and played. The original MSU carillon, Owens started playing the car- which was installed in 1952, was illon bells in the 1950s. A mem- cast by the Royal Petit & Fritsen ber of the MSU graduating class Bell Foundry of Aarle Rixtel, of 1959, he was working to earn The Netherlands. It consisted of a bachelor’s in organ when he 35 tuned bells, ranging in weight learned to play the bells. from 640 pounds to 24, Owens But before he could put his organ talent to use, Owens en- See “CARRILON” on pg. 4 MSU freshman Anastasia Reed wants to scare you. That’s why she, along with the Residence Hall Association and the University Programming Board, are setting up the first haunted house in MSU history. It will be open Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Reed said. Attendees will have to spook up $3 per person, $5 per couple and $7 per family. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, all proceeds will be donated to aid in breast cancer research. The Haunted House will be held in McCullough Hall, but was originally supposed to be in Marchman. Reed said this was a no-go because the Fire Marshall deemed the building unsafe. But that didn’t scare her off, she said. “That did kind of put us behind,” Reed said. “It just gave us less time to decorate, but it’ll be fine.” A team of about 30 people, including RAs and members of the UPB, dedicated their time to transforming the old engineering building into a house of horror. Reed said the idea came from an observation of one staff member that Marchman Hall was creepy. Reed and Anna Brogan, also an RA, masterminded the project. “It’s really cheap because we wanted to aim it towards students,” Reed said. “That way they don’t have to come out and spend a lot of money to go to a haunted house. We want to com- Photos by Julia Raymond The Residence Hall Association and University Programming Board are collaborating to put on a haunted house in McCullough Hall. It will run on Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. pete with other haunted houses in Wichita Falls.” Reed said zombie students, crazed professors and even an amputee are going to be frightening students Thursday. Most of the parts will be played by RAs, she said. The Haunted House will be open for only one day. The reason, Reed said, is so that it doesn’t conflict with Hallo-Bash and other MSU Halloween festivities. “You should come because you’ll have a good time, and it’s a lot of fun for a cheap price,” Reed said.

Oct 28, 2009

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