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The student voice of Midwestern State University The Wichitan page 5 Not a scream Alleged horror flick ‘Jennifer’s Body’ is found lacking in fear factor. page 8 Personal best Women’s soccer celebrates the strongest start to a season in program history. WEDNESDAY September 23, 2009 Caribfest seeking community involvement Brittany Norman Editor In Chief Chris Collins Managing Editor It was early September, and Chris Caruvana and Clarke O’Connor were getting food at Taco Bell, about to head to the Grove to chill. A normal evening. A boring evening. The friends, both local musicians and students at MSU, wanted to see a live show. ‘Why are there no bands playing tonight?’ they wondered. Then they had a revelation: why wait for other people to book shows when you can book your own? Between them, they know a ton of musicians. Throwing a show would be fun. “It sounded like it would be pretty easy,” Caruvana said. A couple weeks later, the duo brought their plan to fruition. The Virus series, which showcases a collection of local musicians, debuted Sep. 18 in the Clark Student Center. The concert, which played more like an open mic session than an honest-to-God See VIRUS page 4 Photo and illustration by Brittany Norman Chris Caruvana and Clarke O’Connor are spearheading an arts and music movement at MSU called “The Virus” The maroon and gold campus will be hit with a splash of Caribbean color Oct. 2 with the 12th annual Caribfest celebration. The Caribbean Students Organization (CSO) have chosen the theme “Let Your tTue Caribbean Spirit Shine” for this year’s festivities. On the day of the event, there will be a flash of flair with the costume parade, a traditional staple that demonstrates the colorful spirit of the cultures demonstrated. Attendees can also get a true taste of the islands by dining authentic homemade Caribbean cuisine. While dining, the community A student in costume can take in marches in the parade a Calypso during last year’s Caribc o m p e t i - fest. tion. Calypso is a popular form of Caribbean music. The CSO puts the celebration together every year, and a press release said it is the “highlight of the organization’s event calendar.” “This year we are really trying to expand Caribfest to include other groups on campus and members of the wider Wichita Falls community,” Danielle Thomas, chairperson of the Caribfest committee, said. “We already have a few sororities and fraternities on campus signed up for the parade, and we also made a presentation to Sheppard Air Force Base.” The proceeds from Caribfest, including ticket sales, donations and funds raised from other activities, will be donated to Hospice of Wichita Falls, First Step and WFISD. “It’s something we do every year and we just want folks to come out and enjoy the friendly Caribbean atmosphere,” Thomas said. “Our goal is to showcase our culture, so of course we need an audience.” MSU going green: standing out or blending in? Chris Collins Managing Editor MSU is cooperating with a German university to make campus more eco-friendly, but is going green a necessity for the future or an extremist profiteering scam? German native Francis Soor thinks being eco-conscious could reverse the flow of global warming, the gradual increase of the average temperature of the planet. Soor, 26, is a student at the Environment Campus Birkenfeld, a branch of the University of Applied Sciences. The school is in West Germany, close to Luxemburg and France. Soor has attended the climateconscious university for about two and a half years, but for the last month he has been visiting MSU – and receiving credit from ECB for it. He’s part of the expanding relationship between MSU and ECB, a partnership that started about four years ago. “I just wanted to get closer cooperation between the McCoy school and our department,” Soor said. MSU has been accepting foreign exchange students from ECB through the Dillard college of business. Soor, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in economics or environmental planning, is the first ECB student to travel overseas to join the engineering program. “There is a common program between the Dillard college at ECB concerning economics and business” said Dr. Peter Gutheil, professor of engineering at ECB, said. “Dr. Wiedemann [former provost] asked last year why there were no connections at the McCoy school.” Gutheil said he first visited the campus in October 2008. He said he and administration immediately started discussing the possibility of sending students to MSU for what he called “projects.” Since then, the ECB has implemented two programs in which students may travel to MSU or a local business to receive credit. “We sent Francis abroad and his mission was to explore and research your campus,” Gutheil said. “We found out the main interest of your university at the moment is to have cooperation with environmental things. Your president said the campus should get greener.” Gutheil said ECB’s main interest is in planning to create renewable energy resources. Heat and electricity at the university are created by plants that burn wood pallets and biogas (a fuel produced by the fermentation of organic matter). The campus buildings have zero carbon dioxide emissions, he said. “We have a lot of experience in making concepts for using less energy from outside,” Gutheil said. One way is to save energy could be isolating buildings and being more efficient with electricity. The other, he said, is to produce your own energy “The goal is to have a zeroemission campus,” Gutheil said. This means you energy you use and produce equals zero. He said energy can be produced from the sun, biogas, wind, or water, among other things. He said he believes there See ENERGYpage 3

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