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HE WICHITAN T Sophomore sexually assaulted off campus The Student Voice of Midwestern State University Wednesday Oct. 3, 2007 REBECCA FERGUSON & ASHLEY CAMPANA FOR THE WICHITAN An MSU sophomore was beaten and sexually assaulted Sept. 21 at an unknown location, according to MSU police. MSU police chief Michael Hagy said campus police asked to assist with the case because Wichita Falls city police would have taken a longer time to assign the case to somebody. Police, he said, wanted to investigate the victim’s car. Police are also attempting to backtrack the victim’s steps to gather more information but said they have run into problems with student cooperation. “We ask questions and 40 people say, ‘I was in the bathroom,’” Hagy said. “We need to maintain what we know and what we don’t know and separate fact from fiction and truth from hearsay.” Details remain sketchy. Mothers of students have called the police department concerned with what they’ve heard about the case. Some have asked if they should arm their daughters with tasors. “This story has really been bent out of control,” Hagy said. Police said the victim had gone to several locations before arriving at an unregistered Sigma Nu party, where there was hard liquor, drinking games, and minors present. According to Keith Lamb, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, the national organization for Sigma Nu is coming to MSU to investigate what transpired at the party. Police are not certain if the party is directly related to the sexual assault. However Sigma Nu has been put under social suspension until further notice, Lamb said. Although the time of the sexual See Assault page 6 Date Rape Prevention Tips From “Date Rape – A Violent Crime” What to do if you are raped: -Get to a safe place -Don’t shower -Go to a hospital or emergency room -Tell the police or sheriff -Get counseling Know how to help a friend: -Be supportive -Encourage action -Offer shelter -Be reassuring Consumers Digest rates MSU best value MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN LAUREN WILLIAMS | THE WICHITAN David Henne, right, as Vince taunts Bradley, played by Matt Griffin, with his prosthetic leg. Bradley is an amputee who lost his leg from a chainsaw accident. Dramatic Dysfunction ‘Buried Child’ depicts a family torn apart by a dark secret BRITTANY NORMAN MANAGING EDITOR The MSU Theatre department’s fall production will paint a family’s dysfunction and dark secrets across the stage. The play is Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prizewinning play “Buried Child.” It opens on Oct. 11 and runs through Oct. 14. The production is set in a farmhouse occupied by a family whose lives are marred by long-suppressed violence and unshakable misery. Each person portrayed in the script seems to carry his or her own afflictions, and the character Vince, after a long separation from his family, walks back into a home he scarcely recognizes. “Vince walks in expecting it to be like Norman Rockwell, like it was when he was a child,” said Laura Jefferson, director and theatre department chair. “You know, big hugs, family dinner, everyone together. But he walks in and it’s dark and decaying and grandpa’s on the couch drinking, grandma’s off with the preacher who she’s having an affair with, and daddy walks in.” And no one recognizes him. The dynamics of the play created some unique challenges for the cast and crew. “There’s (a character) who comes in that accidentally chopped off his leg with a chainsaw 20 years earlier,” Jefferson said. That character, who also seems to be a sociopath, has a scene where he’s crawling around on the floor without his artificial leg. The actor and director had to devise a way that this would look realistic, but Jefferson isn’t giving away the secret. Also during the play, bottles have to be thrown and broken. “We had to figure out how to do that safely for the actors and for the audience,” Jefferson said. See Dysfunction page 6 MSU has been ranked #1 by the Consumers Digest Magazine as the best value among public universities and it’s not going to be shy about tooting its own horn. The university plans to capitalize on that rating and is shelling out $20,000 to promote itself. The June edition of the magazine listed the Top-50 best values based the schools’ academics factored against the annual cost of tuition and room-and-board. Consumers Digest has been published monthly since 1936 by the non-profit consumer’s union. The magazine features test results for cars, computers, appliance, and other brand-name products, as well as practical advice on health and financial services. MSU was one of two Texas schools that made the Top-50 list. Texas A&M in College Station was listed at #45. Janus Buss, director of public information, said MSU has purchased 10 billboards in the area, as well as in Decatur to promote the rating. The university also bought advertising space in several local high school newspapers. Postcards promoting the rating were sent out to incoming students and alumni earlier this summer. Buss said that copies of the actual page in the magazine displaying the rating, called “slicks,” were copied and sent to area businesses with a letter thanking them for their support. The university obtained the rating by going onto the Web site and gathering the necessary information to compare it to other public universities. “Usually Consumers Digest requests that a survey be filled in order for them to research or obtain any information from a Web site,” Buss said. She said the publication went onto each school’s website without them knowing and obtained the needed information. “It came as a surprise to our university,” Buss said. She feels the rating that MSU received from Consumers Digest will be a plus for alumni, donors, and the Wichita Falls community. “I want alumni to be proud of their Alma Matta,” Buss said. The categories involved in the ratings included academic excellence of first-time freshmen, standardized test scores, high school rank, grade point average of entering freshmen. Other categories were student-to-faculty ratio, the 4- to 6-year graduation rate and the percentage of faculty holding a Ph.D. or other terminal degrees. All of these factors determined each university’s “value-index score.” The rankings were based on information from the 2005-2006 school year. Buss feels that the rating will be a plus for the school’s all-around advancement. “Anytime your school is first in a positive light it is an attention getter,” she said. She feels the rating will help get people’s attention that MSU is offering a quality education for a reasonable price. “MSU wants families to know that their children are going to get the best education for their dollar,” she said. The ranking came out a little late to help recruitment for this fall, she said, but she hopes it will have an effect on the enrollment for next fall. Not only were public colleges rated, but also private universities as well and liberal arts colleges. They chose the top 25 private schools and the top 25 liberal arts colleges. Among some of those private institutions were Notre Dame, SMU, and the University of Tulsa. Some notable liberal arts schools were Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and Dennison University in Ohio. Rounding out the top five colleges behind MSU were Stony Enrollment rate remains relatively stable DEON NEWSOM FOR THE WICHITAN INSIDE MSU’s total enrollment dipped slightly this fall but remained steady at approximately 6,000 students. University officials said 15 fewer students registered for classes compared to last year. Of 6,027 students enrolled, 5,350 were undergraduates. A total of 500 new freshmen enrolled in the campus this year--up six students from last fall. Admissions Director Barbara Merkle said the campus has sought to keep enrollment balanced. “In the grand scheme of things, that’s pretty good,” Merkle said. She said officials want to keep the campus accessible to top students but limit large increases that could compromise educational quality as the campus confronts budget cuts. “We’ve taken some criticism for raising our standards because numbers went down but with the new students we’re attracting, more plan on staying at MSU.” Merkle said MSU begins its recruitment campaign in September visiting high schools, community colleges and fairs nationwide. With MSU being recognized as a Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) member and as the number one best value in the nation among public universities, marketing is easier, she said. “Name recognition is certainly less of a problem,” she said. Enrollment data showed that 72.5 percent of last year’s freshmen returned to the campus and 58 percent of the student popula- tion were women. The number of Hispanic and American Indian students declined slightly. Hispanic students comprise 8.3 percent of the student body, a decrease of 27 students. American Indian students were 0.7 percent of the student population, compared with 1 percent last fall. African Americans were up 0.3 percent from last year at 12.6 percent, and Asian students received the greatest gain with an increase of 26 students. Movie buffs, unite! Banned Books Test your knowledge of quotes from iconic ’80s, ’90s and ’00s movies. Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading some of these controversial novels. page 4 page 5 Lady Mustangs hold down the fort MSU beats College of the Southwest to win fifth game in a row. page 7 See Rating page 6

Oct 3, 2007

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