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FAMILYFUN STOMPED Families flock to the MSU campus Saturday to take part in a university tradition. READ pg. 4 The men’s soccer team ravages Texas-Permian Basin 5-0. READ pg. 7 wichitan ht e Wednesday September 28, 2011 your campus/your news MSU police investigate 3 assault charges CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF MSU police are investigating three sexual assault cases occurring within one week on campus. The first case involves two female students who say they were sexually assaulted in Sundance Apartments Sept. 18. The second case involves another coed who says she was sexually as- saulted in Killingsworth Sept. 24. MSU police were alerted to the assault after WFPD officers took the victim to United Regional Hospital. In the Sept. 18 case, the victims approached campus police about 6 p.m. to report the alleged assault. They were later treated at a hospital. Dan Williams, chief of police, said police currently have a person of interest in the case but no suspects. Students were informed of one of the ongoing investigations Friday af- ternoon in a campus-wide email sent by MSU police. According to the email, the person of interest in the Sept. 18 case may have used Rohypnol, a date rape drug, on the victims. Though police said they haven’t found evidence confirming these drugs were used, one of victims had the usual symptoms, Williams said. “In one case, the victim reported symptoms consistent with the use of these substances: a rapid onset of intoxication out of proportion to what they may have had to drink and reported memory loss,” the email said. Both victims in the Sept. 18 case said the alleged assaults occurred in the same room at the same time. “The phenomenon of drugs being used to facilitate sexual assault has been widely reported across the country,” the email said. “Although no confirmed cases have previously been reported on campus, the MSU Police Department urge the campus community to be alert to the possibility and take steps to pro- Speakers talk on technology Laramie Revisited BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR Theatre department reinvents a story The MSU Theatre department will open its Fall season with The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. It is a revisiting of the original play, The Laramie Project, which MSU produced JAMIE MONROE in March 2003 to sold-out crowds. FOR THE WICHITAN “When we did the first one, that was one of the most satisfying, enlightening, uplifting experiences I’ve had in my 27 years of teaching,” said Professor Laura Jefferson, head of the MSU Theatre Department, who has directed both plays. “That play changed people’s lives.” The Laramie Project is a play created by the Tectonic Theater Project that draws upon hundreds of interviews, news articles and personal journals to chronicle the community reaction in Laramie, Wy. after the brutal murder of Mathew Shepard. Shepard, an openly gay student who attended the University of Wyoming, was lured by two men out into a remote area east of Laramie, tied to a fence, beaten and left to die. He was found by a bicyclist 18 hours later, and died five days afterward. PLAY pg. 4 tect themselves.” Some common date rape drugs are Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine. They often have no color, smell or taste, which can make them dangerous. Some symptoms are dizziness, rapid intoxication and memory loss. “In this condition, anyone can be extremely vulnerable to sexual assault,” police said. In March, a female reported to MSU police that she had been sexually assaulted, but later dropped the charges. Photo courtesy Technology offers students a lot of great opportunities – but those opportunities come with danger. W. Scott Lewis, JD, spoke to students and faculty Wednesday as part of the Student Success Series with the program MyFace, Spacebook and Other Issues of Technology for Students. The event gave students some insight into the pros and cons of technology at a university. Lewis is a partner with the National Center of Higher Risk Management and has 15 years of experience in higher education. Lewis not only told students the harsh reality of technology but displayed how the Internet can be used to their advantage. Students can find a balance by using technology to connect to people and by sharing appropriate information, Lewis said. “Students should try and be mindful of the amount of time they spend on social networking,” Lewis said. “It can be frustrating for a professor, and rightfully so to hear from a student how they didn’t have time to complete assignments, when their Facebook page is full of posts. Especially posts about all the social activities they engaged in.” Even though social networking websites like Facebook are a great way to connect with people who have the same interests and a way to stay in touch with distant friends and family, Lewis said they can also be potential time-eaters. “Sharing information that is inappropriate such as pictures, messages or groups or unsafe content like addresses and phone numbers are major cons,” Lewis said. During the presentation, Lewis surprised students by explaining how and why employers check future employees Myspace, Facebook and Twitter accounts before hiring. “They generally don’t use (this method) as a preclusion for hiring, but it allows pg. 3 them to ask TECH Profs examine wealth gap, declining economy BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR Students are obviously interested in the economy – 100 students attended The Wealth Gap in America presentation Wednesday, hosted by Multicultural Services. Dr. Michael Preda, professor of political science, and Dr. Yoshi Fukasawa, economics chair, covered the political and economical aspects of the wealth gap, respectively. “I enjoyed the opportunity to share my thoughts on an important social issue such as a widening gap in wealth with so many students and community members,” Fukasawa said. “I hope that students saw how the widening wealth gap can be analyzed by two distinct disciplines such as economics and political science and how they are related.” The presentation discussed the national debt issues, how the United States can reduce its debt and the consequences of reducing the national economy. “This is a very important issue, not only for this particular generation but also the future generations to come,” Fukasawa said. The national debt is a cumulative sum of a long-running deficit. Debt comes from the country spending more than it takes in annually. “Problem is, when the economy is growing fast, we should cut back but don’t,” Fukasawa said. “That is why we continue to have a deficit.” Reduce the national debt, a country has two options: cut back on spending or raise taxes. “There is no question that we have a national debt but the question is how undesirable is a debt,” Fukasawa said. “To reduce a debt, you have to create a surplus for the country. Then the question becomes, ‘what should we do?’ Now that depends on political inclination.” Fukasawa then asked, “Should we cut back on the spending when the economy is not doing well? Or should we raise taxes?” “If we were to raise taxes, whose taxes should we raise?” Fukasawa said. “Some would say raise it on the rich while other say middle class should bear the increase in taxes.” War and potential conflict cost money, which has affected the U.S. economy. “If you look at the last 10 years of the deficit, I would say more than 60 percent of it is really a result of our involvement in the war,” Fukasawa said. Along with the economy, the widening wealth gap in the U.S. was another focus of discussion. America is experiencing the biggest wealth gap since the 1920s. Preda defined wealth as the net assets that a family has in the United States. The median wealth among white households declined 16 percent from $134,000 to $113,000. African-American households declined from $12,000 to $5,500, a 53 percent drop. The biggest drop was among Hispanic households with 66 percent, from $18,000 to $6,000. Whites have 20 times more net worth than Hispanics and African Americans. “Declining house values were the principal cause of the erosion of household wealth among all groups,” Preda said. Due to a weakness in the economy and the exportation of jobs to overseas countries, the working middle class has shrunk. Lack of education has also hurt lower-income Americans, Preda said. “Job opportunities for unskilled laborers continue to be fewer each year,” Preda said. “Without proper education and training, some lower-income Americans may not find well-paying jobs in Hannah Hofmann Dr. Yoshi Fukasawa explains the American debt crisis. the future.” Students should be concerned about many economic issues when planning to vote in the next elections, Preda said. According to Preda, the wealth gap affects everyone. Evidence suggests that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. “Due to the nature of the divide in our economy, students can beat the odds and be successful in their career endeavors by graduating from Midwestern,” Preda said. “College graduates are employed at twice the rate than those without a college degree.”

September 28, 2011

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