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Jan. 22, 2014 | Midwestern State University | | Your Campus. Your News. | Vol. 78 No. 16


Trey Holt, junior in education, and Yani Muskwe, sophomore in computer science, help sort fresh produce at the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Jan. 20. | Charles Frazier, freshman in athletic training, breaks down empty boxes at the Wichita Falls. | Jeremy Saylor, junior in marketing, Donald Hopkins, sophomore in criminal justice, and Esther Mose, senior in nursing, check and sort produce. Hopkins said,”I thought I would be stacking cans not fresh produce. It’s a great thing they are doing with the food.” | Carl Nnabuife, sophomore in nursing, and Tiffany Uke, freshman in biology, wipe off fruit snacks. | Olivia Whitley, senior in international studies, and Shayla Owens, freshman in nursing, fill out volunteer paperwork. | Stachia Jones, freshman in education, places food on a rack.

Day off becomes day of service 20 students volunteer at area food bank on Martin Luther King Jr. Day


3.2 million pounds food distributed

2.7 million meals prepared


year founded

1,305 volunteers

$4.9 million in donations



n the spirit of turning their day off into a day of service, 20 students met at the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to volunteer their time by preparing food items for distribution. Shontesa Jones, multicultural services coordinator, organized the event as the kick off for Human Rights Week. “Martin Luther King Day always falls at the beginning of Human Rights Week, so it gets everybody mentally prepared to deal with humanity issues,” Jones said. “It’s getting everybody prepared to think of not just you, but everyone.” Jones said she started working with the food bank last Martin Luther King Jr. Day because it is one of the most universally beneficial non-profit agencies. “Wichita Falls Food Bank is like a universal station because you’re helping everyone. You’re helping feed thousands of people,” Jones said. “It’s an opportunity to get off

Engineering a fit

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Sheldon Wang says engineering benifits from being at a liberal arts university.

campus and come embrace the community because a lot of people are not from Wichita Falls so they have no idea of the various non-profit agencies.” Tiffany Uke, freshman in biology, said she often tried to volunteer in her hometown of Dallas but was turned down because there were too many volunteers. “We had senior service where you could either sort clothes or food, but it was full or they wouldn’t let you volunteer,” Uke said. “I’ve never been on this side. I’ve donated cans, but never been on the other side.” Carl Nnabuife, sophomore in nursing, said he volunteered because he simply likes to help people, citing volunteerism as the reason he is pursuing nursing. “I volunteered at the hospital back in the summer and I really like helping,” Nnabuife said. “They look so sick and I really wanted to help them.” Upon entering the food bank, Uke and Nnabuife remarked on the size of the Food Bank.

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“I didn’t think it would be so big,” Uke said. Nnabuife said, “I thought it was only for Wichita Falls. That’s awesome.” After signing in, the students filed into the back of the food bank where they split into two groups. One to sort fresh produce and the other to sort non-perishables. “It’ll give them a sense of normalcy to cook food instead of cans,” Uke said as she cleaned packages of fruit snacks along with Nnabuife. Nnabuife said he didn’t expect to be cleaning fruit snacks, but found the work just as fulfilling as volunteering at the hospital. “It’s equally fulfilling. This is for the poor and the poor don’t have food so readily,” Nnabuife said. “Even though we’re just wiping off fruit snacks, we’re making a difference.” Jones said making a difference in the community is what Martin Luther King Jr. Day is

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Basketball teams lose to in-state rival Tarleton State last week.

Discuss and learn about human ­trafficking Wednesday 7-8 p.m. at CSC Shawnee Theatre.

see SERVICE pg. 7

Pottery on display

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Resident artists display and sell their utilitarian artwork at gallery opening last Friday.

2 | Jan. 22, 2014 | OPINION |

Engineering benefits from liberal arts university M

SU has an illustrious history of providing excellent engineering education to students in this area thanks to the vision of Jesse Rogers and a group of local engineers and entrepreneurs. As the chair of the McSheldon Coy School of Engineering, I Wang am proud to confirm that our graduates function at a high level of responsibility both individually and in teams. Our engineering graduates also possess the skills and knowledge to pursue advanced studies as well as assume leadership roles along diverse career paths with a strong appreciation for and commitment to ethical, societal, environmental and professional responsibilities. In addition, they typically exhibit excellent oral, written and visual communication skills. Consider the following. • We have more than 250 mechanical engineering majors in our programs. • We just established a petroleum engineering certificate program. • The first Introduction to Petroleum Engineering class was offered in fall 2013 with 24 students and is now being offered again in spring 2014 with around 20 new students. • In 1989, the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology accredited the degree in manufacturing engineering technology. • Many graduates from this program over the past two decades are now moving into engineering managerial positions at various firms. • One of the first graduates of the engineering program, Michael Pepper, is now the president of Alcoa Power and Propulsion and supervises nearly 20 facilities such as Howmet in Wichita Falls. • In 2009, the newly established bachelor’s in mechanical program was accredited. Within a short period of time, we have had graduates from this program pursuing advanced degrees at University of California

— Berkeley, University of North Carolina and numerous other institutions. Our graduates continue to thrive in the Army Corp of Engineers, Alcoa Howmet, Texas Department of Transportation and many other engineering firms in the State of Texas and the nation.

What is the secret of success of this relatively young and small engineering program in a liberal arts oriented university?

First, we do have a group of hard working and caring faculty members. I have been teaching and conducting research for more than 14 years in research oriented institutions in the states before I joined MSU in 2009. I have never seen a group of faculty members working so hard. They even show up on weekends. The dedication and enthusiasm of the faculty sets a good example for the students. Faculty members help each other, learn from each other, and whenever there is a need, they also cover each other’s teaching responsibilities. Engineering students naturally learn from their experience that the engineering profession is a team profession. Faculty members also do not shy away from learning new tools and gadgets. They set a wonderful example for life-long learning attitude and habits. Second, our engineering programs reside at a liberal arts oriented university so our engineering students naturally make friends with students majoring in a variety of other fields. This association helps our engineering students break the traditional model of engineering education at science and technology oriented universities. They pay more attention to the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams and acquire the ability to communicate effectively. Consequently, they appreciate and gradually develop so-called soft skills that are becoming increasingly essential in today’s engineering fields. With the recent development in nano and micro-scale science and engineering as well as quantitative understanding of biological systems and other complex systems, the boundary between science and engineering research is getting blurred. Engineering ed-

ucation is becoming more and more multidisciplinary and dependent on basic sciences and mathematics. Many areas of research are rapidly advancing due to the combined efforts of science and engineering. In some cases, fields of research that were stagnant under the exclusive domain of one discipline have been rejuvenated with new discoveries through collaboration with practitioners from other disciplines. Housing the McCoy School of Engineering within the College of Science and Mathematics might also be a plus for us to pursue this multidisciplinary engineering education model. The close association with faculty members in mathematics and basic sciences does help engineering students to navigate through the strict requirements in these areas. This year we will welcome back another

team of ABET evaluators. They will see an increase of enrollment and retention rate. They will also see a newly expanded McCoy Engineering Hall with up-to-date, first-class equipment. They will also discover the environment conducive for the natural development of soft skills essential for engineers in the 21st century. The engineering programs should continue to provide comparable engineering education with an affordable tuition. Our engineering students nurtured in a liberal arts education environment will work well with others from many disciplines, perform well in teams, and have a distinct advantage in the corporate world.

ENROLLMENT: 198 undergraduates in 2012 | GRADUATES: Fall 2012 —3, Spring 2013 —24 | Program Educational Objectives 1. Display a high level of engineering knowledge and expertise; consequently, will be competitive with their peers in local and global markets; 2. Exhibit critical thinking skills necessary to practice engineering design and analysis in a disciplined process; 3. Function at a high level of responsibility, individually and in teams, while exhibiting excellent oral, written, and visual communication skills; 4. Possess the skills and knowledge to pursue advanced studies and/or assume leadership roles along diverse career paths; and 5. Demonstrate a strong appreciation for and commitment to ethical, societal, environmental, and professional responsibilities. SOURCE: HTTP://MWSU.EDU/ACADEMICS/SCIENCEANDMATH/ENGINEERING/MECHANICAL/INDEX AND HTTP://MWSU.EDU/INSTITUTIONALRESEARCH/

CORRECTION In the Jan. 15 print edition, resident artist Chanda Droske’s name was spelled incorrectly in the article “Resident Artists.” The Wichitan apologizes for the error.



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Kimberly Beck and Thomas Gray, graduate students in biology, focus on listening Dr. Jennifer Biddle’s presentation. Beck said, “I attended because I am interested in biology and geology, as well as meeting scientists in those fields.” Gray said, “I attended the event because is it an interesting and controversial topic within the Micro World. It was interesting to learn about the wide variety of real world applications.”


Visiting comedian Dan Lornitis signed autographs for his fans after the preformance on Jan. 16.


Jameel Roberts, sophmore in business, participates with the group of 12 volunteers to be hypnotised at the comedian show last Thursday. PHOTO BY AHLA CHO / WICHITAN

Jennifer Biddle, assistant professor at the University of Delaware and Consortium for Ocean Leadership distinguished lecturer, presented Microbial Life in the Subsurface: Letting the Sequences Tell the Story on Thu, January 16 at Bollin Science Hall. Dr. Biddle said, “There is a globally distributed deep biosphere. In it, all domains of life are present and active Microbial activity may occur at different scales. Preservation may occur and needs to be considered.”

Speaker series continues MIRAE DUNCAN REPORTER


ennifer Biddle kicked off the first spring lecture in the Geoscience and Environmental Science Colloquium Series Thursday, Jan. 16th. “My goal in developing the series was to provide our geoscience students with exposure to research being conducted elsewhere,“ Jesse Carlucci, assistant professor of geoscience, said. A total of 51 students went to learn about Microbial Life in the Subsurface and about Biddles’ story. “When I was in college I felt like everything was known in science,“ Biddle said. “But the more we answer questions, the more questions that come up.” Outside of the discussion of microbial life, Biddle also discussed the importance of exploration within our own environment. We know more about the surface of Mars than we know about our own oceans, according to Biddle.

While the lecture seemed only themed toward geoscience, it brought together many areas of science such as chemistry and biology. “Large projects like Dr. Biddles’ [and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership] combine geology, biology and engineering to advance our understanding of the ocean,” Carlucci said. Carlucci encourages science students to attend the series because it enhances their knowledge of the subject outside of the classroom. “Ideally, we want to expose the students to as much variety as possible. Even going beyond the specialties of the faculty at MWSU,” Carlucci said. The next series will be held Thursday, March 13 with speaker Ken Ridgeway, who represents the organization, Earth Scope. “It’s going to be interesting because he is not only talking about plate tectonics, but how to teach science in Native American communities,” Carlucci said.

Comedian entertains about 100 students in Clark way of a 5-year-old child, or milk a cow to win money. Those who awoke during the he only sounds coming from the au- process, were asked to leave the stage, and dience were those of adoration and those who stayed asleep kept going through laughter, as the volunteers on stage the journey. The whole while through, were controlled in a deep sleep during co- Lornitis continued to speak softly, and in hushed tones. The room median Dan Lornitis’ visit was silent, in complete awe Thursday night. As the 12 stuof the works happening dents he hypnotized fell into before their eyes. When it their unconscious state with all came to a close, the stuthe low sounds of “Ma Polidents were woken up, and tique” by the grand marquis as they did so, they looked began to play. He explained around the room with conthe process as a dream in a fusion in their eyes. lively state, much like that of Lornitis was born in a day dream. From then on, he Chicago, and enjoyed could get them to do almost DAN LORNITIS spending his days goofing anything. COMEDIAN around with his friends. “Imagine the relaxation as In high school he became a blanket that wraps around you, tucking you in safely, over your shoul- interested in comedy, and hoped to be faders. Feel the relaxation flowing through mous someday. Later on, the idea of hypthe tops of your shoulders, as if you’re get- notism came up, and he trained with the ting a shoulder massage. You’ll begin to famous mentalist Chris Carter for a year affeel yourself going not once, not twice, but ter college. From that time on, he pursued three times deeper into relaxation,” Lorni- his dream, and became a hypnotist. “My favorite part of this job is getting tis said. As each scene progressed through the to meet new people. I really enjoy bringing course of an hour, the students on stage laughter to peoples lives, and I don’t think were told to many things, such as act in the I’ll ever quit this job,” Lornitis said. MANDI ELROD REPORTER


“I really enjoy bringing laughter to peoples’ lives, and I don’t think I’ll ever quit.”

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Of the conference schools, which school is MWSU’s biggest rival? “Our biggest rival is Tarleton. I just feel personal about it. That last basketball game was intense.” CECIL FRANCES JUNIOR, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

“Tarleton is our biggest rival. It feels personal every time we play them. They have something we want and they’ve beat us the last two years.” BERNARD GRIFFIN SENIOR, CRIMINAL JUSTICE

“Tarleton based on the football game and the men and women’s basketball game I went to.” HALEY MORRIS FRESHMAN, NURSING

“Tarleton, everytime they come here it’s always a big event.” SEAN SWARHOUT SOPHOMORE, KINESIOLOGY


Derek Kaster, senior in sports and leisure studies, and Nick Powell, undecided freshman, cheer after scoring the tying basket in the game.

“Tarleton. Judging from the amount of people at the football and basketballs games, it was packed.” DANI AYALA FRESHMAN, MASS COMMUNICATION

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Shatoia Gober, junior in sport and leisure studies, looks for an open passing lane at the game Jan. 15 against Tarleton State University. Tarleton defeated MWSU 51-57.

Tarleton State rivalry defines basketball teams LAUREN ROBERTS AND BRENT DEEB REPORTERS


If someone at last week’s basketball games had no affiliation with either school, if they’d never heard the stories or if they hadn’t witnessed last year’s post-season match ups, the rivalry between Tarleton and MWSU would still have been obvious. Fans sat tapping their feet with anticipation, wide-eyed and bobbing their heads trying to get a clear line of sight to the action — like kids on the playground huddling around a crowded fight. And a fight is what they would get. “We were definitely excited,” Nelson Haggerty, men’s head basketball coach, said. “Players and fans get anxious for games like this. This is where we get better.” The rivalry between Midwestern and Tarleton goes back years and crosses several sports. Carly Steadham, freshman in social work, said, “I’ve only seen a couple of games but the rivalry is really obvious from the games we’ve played against them.” Shatoia Gober, junior in kinesiology, said, “It gets me hyped and up for the game and sometimes it affects my nerves because I’m anxious to be out there to help contribute.” The crop of players on the women’s team has experienced the rivalry for the past two years. The women hold the advantage in terms of wins. Lisa Hampton, junior in marketing, said, “The majority of this team has played Tarleton six times in two years before this game and there is still talk that we got lucky in beating them four of the six times.” In the first half of the Tarleton game the women dominated with 26 rebounds, leading 31-24. The lead would change six times in the second half with MSU unable to lead by more than two points. “It’s a game of runs. You want to win every four minutes of a basketball game. In the second half we won maybe one of those four minutes,” Noel Johnson, head women’s basketball coach, said, “It’s a credit to Tarleton.” Dianna Jones scored the last two points for MSU with two minutes remaining in the game. The women’s team lost 51-57. The men also fell to Tarleton 81-83 in the final seconds. Although the crowd would clear and the gym would be swept up, the sting of defeat lingered. Still, one look at the players coming out of the locker room, one look at Williams, one look at Haggerty, and it’s clear this one loss will not define their seasons. “I feel great about the team,” said Haggerty. “We did great things tonight. A couple of possessions here and there, and we get a win.”

Xavier Blackburn, junior in management, drives to the basket Jan. 15 against Tarleton State University. The men lost 81-83 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.


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Resident artists Chandra Droske and Mike Kern stand with Gary Goldberg, professor of art, during the gallery talk at their show opening Jan. 17 in the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery. Goldberg said, “I don’t have huge sweeping changes. We’re going to carry on.” Mark Davis, junior in political science, and Callie Grisham, junior in math, admire the functional ceramic artwork while attending the opening that took place in the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery.

Resident artists premiere functional pottery ETHAN METCALF EDITOR


esident artists Chanda Droske and Mike Kern premiered the functional pottery that they produced during their residency at MSU in the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery on Jan. 17. Kern and Droske said their first residencies have gone well, but the first-show jitters were evident in their body language until the two Wisconsin artists started answering questions about and selling their pottery. "It took a bit to get comfortable and situated," Kern said. "Moving anywhere new will make that happen, but I think we've really picked up in productivity in the last two months." Droske said seeing all of her and Kern's work set up in the gallery served as a visual payoff after all the hard work that went into creating the pottery for the show. "It's great to see all the work displayed like this because usually you unload it from the kiln and it kind of just goes on a shelf," Droske said. "Once PHOTO BY ETHAN METCALF / WICHITAN

Chandra Droske, resident artist, talks to an attendee while at her gallery opening Jan. 17 for herself and fellow resident artist Mike Kern. The opening took place in the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery.

in a while you send stuff to shows or galleries, but most of the time you don't get to see it in a setting like this." The gallery talk was a special occasion as Catherine Prose, associate art professor and former gallery director, passed the on the gallery director torch to Gary Goldberg, professor of art. "I don't have huge sweeping changes," Goldberg said in the gallery talk. "We're just going to carry on." Jim Sernoe, interim dean of fine arts, also participated in a first for the gallery — he fulfilled his duties as the interim dean of the Fain Fine Arts college. "I don't know a thing about art as a mass comm. professor," Sernoe told the crowd of about 35 people, "but they truly brought something for everyone." While Droske and Kern's work remains similar in its function, Droske's pieces exhibit softer characteristics inspired by nature while Kern's take a fundamentally different approach to aesthetic in-

spiration. "He has a real attraction to designs," Droske said of Kern. "Originally I was looking at patterns in nature, specifically butterfly wings or floral type patterns. Now the designs are abstracted so I guess that's where it comes from." Kern said his pieces find their inspiration in mathematics and geometry, a diametrical approach to Droske's nature-inspired work. "This work is kind of loosely based off graphs as a starting point for the design to come about," Kern said. "I've always had an interest in mathematics because my work is just geometry really. I'm not trying to make graphs, I'm just using that as a starting point." Droske said her and Kern take different approaches to design, but the time they spend together in the studio allows the artists to discuss the techniques used in their work. "We don't collaborate but we're pretty much in the studio every day talking about our work and firing the wood kiln together," Droske said.


Simon Martinez, junior in Spanish, fills out his gallery survey art students are required to turn in to the department while attending the gallery opening Jan. 17 for resident artists Mike Kern and Chandra Droske. The opening took place in the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery.

|Jan 22, 2014 | 7 EVENTS Trafficking presentation tonight As part of Human Rights Week, four university organizations and the Wichita Falls Food Bank will be hosting a human trafficking presentation. The showcase will be held in the Shawnee room of CSC from 7-9 p.m. tonight.



Olivia Whitley, senior in international studies, marks out the barcode on fruit snacks so they cannot be resold while at the food bank Jan. 20.

Housing Director reported to MSU Campus Police of a possible sexual assault.

Tyera Breeze, freshman in dental hygiene, and Kayla Owens, freshman in early childhood education, check the paperwork to the ingredients on the grocery products before sorting them into the correct boxes.

In the morning housing staff reported repeated damage to the exterior walls at MSU Sundance Court Apartments. The damage first appeared on Nov. 15, 2013 and was repaired before the 2013 Christmas break. The same damage occurred again on Jan. 13, 2014. The damage appears to be intentional.

Jan. 15

Pastel class tomorrow at Sikes

Jan. 14

MSU grounds caretaker reported that between 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 7 a.m. Jan. 15 unknown person(s) broke out six window panes at the Carriage House.

The Center for Continuing Education will host a pastel drawing class tomorrow from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Sikes Lake Center. The cost is $40. Supplies are included.

Jan. 14

Student reported that while working out his MSU ID card was stolen from a shelf at the Wellness Center.

Free film for students tomorrow The film “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” will be shown in the Shawnee room of the CSC from 8-10 p.m. tomorrow, as part of Human Rights Week.

Comedian to perform Friday Comedian Bill Santiago will be performing Friday, Jan. 24 in the Comanche room of CSC from 8-9 p.m. Admission is free.

Pinterest party Monday Monday, the Center for Continuing Education will be hosting a Pinterest party at the Sikes Lake Center from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is $40 and all supplies are provided.

Jan. 13 SERVICE pg. 1 all about. “It’s about giving back to the community, and that’s one thing that Martin Luther King Jr. was stressing when he was alive,” Jones said. “The way that you show love for your fellow man is doing service for them. So it’s not just a day off, it’s a day of service and showing that love for your fellow man.” Jones said volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr. day also embodies the spirit of crossing racial boundaries as King famously advocated for. “Everyone here is from a different culture,” Jones said. “Even though Martin Luther King Jr. was African-American he wasn’t just targeted towards African-Americans. He was targeted towards every human being.” Jones said the students always end up having fun when they volunteer together. “It’s fun to see people work together. Some people are seriously stone faced and some people just come in and have a good time and conversation,” Jones said. Students also have an opportunity to network when they volunteer, as Jones said

many different groups show up to volunteer. “You get to learn something about your fellow students and you’re also establishing a network with your fellow students,” Jones said. “Yes, they volunteered today but they can help you maybe with a job tomorrow or they might be part of an organization that you want to join.” Members of NAACP came to volunteer wearing matching shirts, and the organization also provided free lunch for the volunteers once they returned to campus. Jordan Branch, junior in social work and student government senator for NAACP, said the civil rights organization wanted to give back to the students who volunteered on Monday. “Just as we help those in need, we wanted to help those that give their time as well,” Branch said. Branch said being a social work major helped him learn from the experience. “Being a social work major, it’s great to see the ground work that goes on,” Branch said. “You have to be humble. You have to see those things so you can appreciate everything you get.”

Student reported that her MSU 13/14 decal that she purchased on the day had been lost or stolen.


Jan. 22

Human Trafficking Presentation 7–8 p.m. CSC Shawnee

Jan. 25

58th Annual Pancake Festival 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. MPEC Bridwell Agricultural Centre

Jan. 25

Basketball versus Texas A&MKingsville Women – 4 p.m. Men – 6 p.m. D.L. Ligon Coliseum

8 | Jan. 22, 2014 | SPORTS | CYCLING

Female cyclists kick off season Five travel to Copperas Cove to compete; three place out of 30 in 54-mile race AUSTIN QUITNERO REPORTER


ive members of the women’s cycling team took on the first race of the season Saturday at the annual Megan Baab Memorial Road Race in Copperas Cove, Texas. Angela Streadwick finished 15th overall, Madeleine Steele 16th and Ashley Weaver 23rd. The 54-mile race is the first on the Texas Bicycle Racing Association calendar, distinguished by its hilly terrain and a tricky 8-mile stretch of gravel road. The field of 277 people, including 30 women, was a women’s open, pitting less-experienced bikers against some of the top women in the state. “It was a hilly race with a lot of attacks from the more experienced riders right from the get-go,” Steele said. “After 15 miles or so the pace slowed, but the attacks started again through another hilly section.” Just after the start of the race Claire Fisher, junior in nursing, was put out early with a flat. However, Weaver, senior in exercise physiology, and Steele, sophomore in art, did well to keep with the pace for a while but were eventually dropped by the leading group. About 30 miles in, right before a gravel rode portion

of the race, there was an attack by professional cyclist Lauren Stephen who shattered the field. Weaver was well in the chase group for close to six miles, but was dropped around the same time as Stephen’s attack. Fisher and Coetzer were unable to finish the race. “I felt pretty disappointed about the race considering I got a flat tire and didn’t finish it,” Fisher said. “However, it did feel good to support my fellow lady cyclists that did compete in the race for MSU.” While Fisher was unable to finish due to a flat tire, this was Coetzer’s first race, entering purely to gain experience. As a former member of the soccer team, Coetzer started training on a bike just a few short weeks before her first race. “My first race was a blast!” Coetzer said. “I really surprised myself for not training at all and riding with people who have been riding a lot longer. I’m really looking forward to training with the team.” With their first race behind them, the next event the team will train for nationals to be held in Richmond, Va. To make up for the lack of hills for the team to train on, the cycling team has made use of Mt. Scott, 75 miles away.


Ashley Weaver, junior in exercise Physiology, and Nicole Coetzer, freshman in nursing, get ready to drive to Mt. Scott to cycle Tuesday. “The past two years nationals had a huge mountain to climb, so to get ready for it we had to go to Mt. Scott,” Weaver said, noting that for the past two years the national race

had been held in Salt Lake City. “This year we’re not really sure what to expect since it’s a new place, so by going to Mt. Scott we can be ready for whatever nationals throws at us.”


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