The student voice of Midwestern State University The Wichitan page 4 Living the high life Sundance Court apartments offer students ‘hotel-style’ living on campus. page 10 And goal MSU men’s soccer team picks up wins against Metro State and Regis in home opener WEDNESDAY September 9, 2009 Coping with consequences of drunk driving Jenny Holding For the Wichitan For Sean Carter it was just another night out with the boys. They had it all planned out. They’d hit a couple of local bars and cruise for chicks. The MSU student did not know that it would be a night he would never forget. Before the night was over he’d find himself in a hospital operating room. Twenty-two units of blood would be infused into his body. Eighteen pieces of metal would be implanted. He’d wind up with more than 30 scars. This was a night that he doesn’t remember, but the scars are undeniable. That was four years ago. Tuesday night, he came back to campus to speak about the choices he made that led him into his wheelchair. It was all because he had let a friend that had been drinking drive him into a real-life hell. March 27, 2005, Sean got into a truck with two of his friends who had consumed and alcohol and was intoxicated. Approximately five minutes away from Sean’s home the driver lost control of the car and spun into a tree. The passenger side of the car, where Sean was sitting, hit the tree in full force. He hit his head so hard that his brain rubbed across his skull and damaged the part of his brain that controls his motor skills. His friend sitting in the middle seat of the truck was treated and released from the hospital. The driver walked away with no physical injury, but suffers a lifetime of memorable horror. The driver of the vehicle graduated and wanted to be a coach and a teacher. Those dreams were snatched away because he is now held back by a felony charge. The state of Texas prohibits anyone with a felony on record to teach in schools. Every day, Sean asks, “Why did this happen to me?” This isn’t the first alcohol related accident that he had encountered. He had been previously put on a 180-day probation from wrecking his mother’s car while intoxicated in high school. “You see, I didn’t get the message, nor did I learn,” he said. Once his mind started working again he contemplated suicide. He blamed God and described his life as being trapped in a jail cell of his own body. In 2008 he regained movement in his right side of his body. Last year when he came to MSU he could not produce a full smile. In 2009 he stood in front of students smiling from ear to ear. His healing process is gradually improving. He believes to achieve. He lives his life through God. Although, doctors say he won’t speak again, Sean believes he can. Photo by Julia Raymond Former MSU student Sean Carter speaks to students Tuesday on the dangers of drinking and driving. Carter was injured in a drunk driving accident and can no longer walk or Strange behavior sparks concern Chris Collins Managing Editor An MSU student underwent a mental examination Tuesday after he walked into a classroom, knocked another student’s books on the ground and scrawled, “I am god,” onto the chalkboard. The white male, whose name has not been released because of privacy issues, followed other students into a classroom in the Fain Fine Arts Center about noon, creating a disturbance. The class, Dr. Jim Sernoe’s Introduction to Mass Communication, had not begun yet. Sernoe was not yet in the room. Sernoe said one student later told him the subject then pushed Photo by Julia Raymond Students wait for the ‘walk’ signal at the intersection of Louis J Rodriguez and Midwestern pkwy. The intersection sees more pedestrian traffic this year with the opening of the new wellness center and Sundance Court apartments. SafeR Crossings New speed limit, signals in place to keep students out of danger Brittany Norman Editor in Chief To prevent potential accidents, speed limits near the crosswalk at Midwestern Parkway and Louis J Rodruiguez have been lowered and new signals have been installed. The amount of pedestrian traffic across the intersection increased this semester with the opening of new student housing and the new wellness center, creating a potentially dangerous situation. The city’s Traffic and Engineering department decided to take preventative measures. According to a press release from the city, new L.E.D. pedestrian symbols, warning signs and flashers and audible pedestrian push-buttons were installed. The biggest measure was reducing the speed limit to 30 mph within 300 feet in either direction from the intersection. The signs were installed Sept. 3. a student’s books onto the floor, saying, “Don’t you know we’re soul mates?” He walked out of the class after another student told him to leave. A witness said he was accompanied by a woman. Someone in the class called MSU police. Meanwhile, he and the woman began to argue outside. Police took him into custody at the corner of Nocona Trail and Louis J Rodriguez Drive. Sernoe said no one told him about the incident during class. He received an email from a student detailing the event after class ended. See “STRANGE” on pg.3 MSU’s green efforts now include cardboard Chris Collins Managing Editor The physical plant is trying to keep MSU green and save a little money with a new recycling effort. The plant’s latest environmental endeavor? Cardboard recycling. Cardboard bailers have been installed outside the cafeteria and bookstore, Alan Goldapp, associate vice president for the physical plant, said. These locations were chosen because they use the most cardboard, he said. “This will definitely save money,” Alan Goldapp, associate vice president for the physical plant. The effort has eliminated one dumpster behind the cafeteria, which frees MSU from some of the city’s handling costs and landfill “tipping fees.” About $5,000 can be saved annually. “This has been a real slow process,” Goldapp said. “The attraction of this bailing operation is it gives us an easy way to store and dispose of material.” Paper recycling, which MSU already utilizes, is harder to manage, Goldapp said. One reason is that paper has to be stored inside, while cardboard doesn’t. Paper bailers are also more complicated and therefore harder to maintain. Kain-Dorsey Services, located in Wichita Falls, rent the two refurbished bailers to MSU for a low cost, Goldapp said. The company picks up the cardboard and maintains the bailers for free.