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Reagan Foster, counselor at the campus Counseling Center explains how to overcome test anxiety. Foster said, “test anxiety is always at the top of the list, along with not being sure about a chosen major, study skills, time management, things like that. Based on students’ information, and what they’re giving us, we feel like it’s important to continually hit on those issues.”


The MSU Counseling Center is conducting a series of four workshops to improve academic skills during the Fall 2013 semester. Approximately, 20 students participated in workshop Nov. 11. Meghan Myracle, sophomore in education said, “When I take exams, I tend to panic or leave feeling like I failed even though I usually get my test grade back to see I made a high A. It was helpful, and I’m hoping getting rid of negative thoughts during exams will help me feel better about them while I take them.”

Workshops improve academics Final session ‘Choosing a Career and Major’ concludes monthlong series, November 18 o promote the services they offer, paid for by student tuition fees, the Counseling Center will host its final workshop on Nov. 18 in the Sundance Court third floor meeting room. “I think the question is, why shouldn’t people take advantage of the Counseling Center?” Reagan Foster, counselor at the campus Counseling Center, said. “We cover a whole range of different things.” With about 15 percent of student tuition fees going toward the Counseling Center, it is to the students’ advantage to capitalize on the countless services and workshops it offers. Of the $2.24 million budget, 336 thousand goes to the Counseling Center. The only other on-campus services receiving more funding are Clark Student Center and Vinson Health Center. The Counseling Center is comprised of 4 counselors who care for the needs of the entire student body. Although they are available all semester, any student who needs counseling should make an appointment as soon as possible to guarantee they will be seen. “We talk to different student organizations and we do a lot

of classroom presentations,” Foster said. With finals coming up in a month, the Counseling Center staff knows that emotions and anxiety among students will soon elevate. The services provided help students deal with their issues and learn how to cope with any problems that may arise later in their college career. “Along with financial aid, we do a survey of freshman and transfer students called MAP-Works,” Foster said. “Test anxiety is always at the top of the list, along with not being sure about choosing a major, study skills, time management, things like that. Based on students’ information, and what they’re giving us, we feel like it’s important to continually hit on those issues.” Meghan Myracle, sophomore in education, attended the test anxiety workshop on Nov. 11 because she had often felt anxiety before and after tests. “When I take exams, I tend to panic or leave feeling like I failed, even though I usually get my test grade back to see I made a high A,” Myracle said. “I can identify with test anxiety and thought it would be good to go [to the workshop] with finals coming up.” Myracle was impressed with the speaker, counselor Reagan

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Local man returns with train exhibit at Museum of Art.

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Counseling Center hosts event to celarbrate World Kindness Day.

Foster, and learned a few helpful tips to help her deal with anxiety around test time. “[She] said something about how the negative thoughts that you think when you come upon a question you don’t know and start to freak out can take up space in your brain and prevent you from doing your best during exams,” Myracle said. “That was helpful and I’m hoping that getting rid of negative thoughts during exams will help me feel better about them when I take them.” There are things students can do to reduce their stress level in their daily lives. Foster said that living a balanced lifestyle is key for students to minimize the effect of anxiety. “It’s all about balance,” Foster said. “Work toward wellness on a social level, an emotional level, an intellectual level and a physical level. And I would even argue on a spiritual level. Sometimes students don’t want to plan out their time. But in order to get everything done – from working out to studying to having fun with friends – you really have to prioritize your time.” The final workshop of the semester will be “Choosing a Career and Major” on Nov. 18. The next events offered by the Counseling Center will begin in February.

Tough Loss

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Football team hopeful a playoff berth is still possible.

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Counseling Center helps students achieve their aspirations L

ike many college students, I came to MSU with no clue what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was officially an undecided major, and I was just fine with that. I breezed through my freshman year Aleisha with a few bumps in the road Solorio (turns out college algebra isn’t my thing) and then I decided I didn’t want to be undecided anymore. I thought that since I thought the human body was interesting, I should do something with that. For about 2 days I was a pre-physical therapy major and then when I found out I couldn’t do anything with that degree, and I’d have to move to go to graduate school, I was forced to rethink my major. In the spring of 2010, I began to take athletic training classes. I quit my job that summer, knowing I’d be swamped with homework and exams and covering practices in the fall. I became fully submerged in my new major in July, when I started covering practices and camps. At that point, I was fully convinced I could make athletic training my life once I graduated. When the fall semester began, I was so excited. I was put on the football team’s service, which meant I’d be covering the longest practices and I’d be dealing with the worst injuries of all the sports. I was excited and I thought I was ready. I wasn’t. That semester was hell for me. I got very little sleep, never got to see my friends, and since I’d quit my job, I had no money. I wasn’t surprised when I got my grades in December. To put it mildly, my GPA had taken quite a hit. I felt like a failure. I was faced with the choice of changing majors or picking myself up and staying with athletic training. My parents raised me to not be a quitter. With that in mind, I registered for more athletic training classes the next spring. I remember thinking back to this one quote, and I don’t even recall who said it, but it was something like, “Fall down nine times, get up ten.” I had myself so convinced that I had to stick with this major to make everyone proud of me; I completely ignored the little voice in the back of my head telling me I wasn’t going to be happy doing this for the rest of my life. At the end of the spring 2011 semester, my mom mentioned something about how the

counseling center offers academic counseling and since I was already paying for the services, it wouldn’t hurt to get a little guidance especially since it would be free to me (I still had no job, so that last part was important). In July of 2011, I started getting counseling once a week. Vikki began our sessions by just trying to get to know me. She asked about my family life, my interests, and my college experience thus far. The meetings were very conversational. I found myself looking forward to them every week, because with each meeting I felt a little closer to discovering what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. A couple of meetings in, I started taking tests to begin narrowing the search for my new major. I took the Myers Briggs test and the Strong Indicator test, among other smaller less formal tests and surveys. When I got my results back, I was very surprised. Suddenly, I had hundreds of possible career options in front of me that I had never even considered before. I even had a list of careers that, according to my answers on the tests I had taken, I would not enjoy (the #1 job on that list was math teacher, shocker). There were a few things on the possible career options list that I knew I would enjoy. Newspaper editor was one of them. I didn’t want to make another quick decision again, so I thought hard about my options. I talked with my parents, my boyfriend, my grandma, my best friend and anyone I thought would tell me the truth about what I should do about my future. Once I was sure, I filled out the Change-of-Major form and before I knew it, I had a new advisor, a totally new building to navigate and I was enrolled in my first semester as a mass communication major. Vikki made a booklet for me of all my forms, exam results, and surveys I’d accumulated during our sessions. I like to look through it occasionally and just see how far I’ve come. That was 2 and ½ years ago and today, I’m looking forward to graduating in December with a BA in mass communication and a minor in journalism. After that, I’m going to get a job as a copy editor. If I hadn’t gone to the counseling center, I’m sure I’d still be struggling through school, miserable and clueless. I don’t regret the time I spent in athletic training, but if I’d only gotten counseling sooner, I would have saved myself a lot of money and stress.


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he campus is dirty. Everywhere I walk there is guaranteed to be trash on the ground. This has got to stop. The garbage doesn’t just magically appear on university grounds. Also, it’s 2013, Eddie how about we learn to throw Miller our cigarette butts in the trash while we are at it too? Every now and then there is a guy driving around on a golf cart with a spear, stabbing trash as he drives or using an extendable claw to retrieve it, but his spear fishing skills alone are not enough to clean this campus up. MSU needs to be clean so events like the Mustang Rally leave an excellent impression on future students. Visual appeal can make or break a decision. We have an amazing campus that does not deserve to be tarnished by parking lots filled with McDonald’s bags and Taco Bell cups. Most people see a piece of garbage on the ground and walk past it like it doesn’t exist. I understand germs are bad, but there are plac-

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es to wash your hands after picking it up. I am not too sure of any organizations that do anything to help keep MSU clean other than the facilities management. The men of Kappa Alpha have adopted a highway to clean as part of their philanthropy. “We are trying to show the community that Greek life is different than the stereotypes that have been placed,” Jesse Brown, president of KA, said. They go out twice a semester for about four hours and clean up the highway. Four hours of cleaning up the campus with man power like that would go a long way. “I hope more fraternities and sororities go out and adopt highways or other places they can help clean up so the Greek community can benefit,” Brown said. I couldn’t agree more. Not just singling out Greek life, other MSU organizations could take part in a campus cleanup as well. It is hard to live up to the slogan “It’s my university, make it yours,” when we can’t even take care of our campus.

Copyright © 2013. The Wichitan is a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and the Associated Collegiate Press. The Wichitan reserves the right to edit any material submitted for publication. Opinions expressed in The Wichitan do not necessarily reflect those of the students, staff, faculty, administration or Board of Regents of Midwestern State University. The Wichitan welcomes letters of opinion from students, faculty and staff submitted by the Friday before intended publication. Letters should be brief (250 words or fewer) and without abusive language or personal attacks. Letters must be typed and signed by the writer and include a telephone number and address. The editor retains the right to edit letters.

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One man’s treasure Moffett Library special collection tour exhibits rare artifacts, books AUSTIN QUINTERO REPORTER


Houston Pokorny, sophomore in theatre, participates in rehearsal for the theatre department’s production of Wiley and the Hairy Man.

The show must go on despite setbacks PADEN LEMONS REPORTER


espite lighting booth issues and a lead with a broken toe, the theatre department’s production of Wiley and the Hairy Man must go on. “The show is going very well. It’s progressing nicely,” associate professor of theatre John Dement said. “We have had some setbacks. The actor originally cast as Wiley broke his toe, but he was not actually eliminated from the show.” Rehearsals started Oct. 14, and three weeks in, lead actor Zac Binx broke his toe. Dement said Houston Pokorny is going to co-play Wiley, since Binx’s toe is still not

completely healed. When the show starts Thursday, Pokorny will play Wiley in the matinée and Binx will play Wiley in the evening show. Then they will switch for Friday’s performances, and for the remaining shows, the two will alternate. The actors have to coordinate rehearsal time. Pokorny rehearses for the first two hours of a three-hour rehearsal while Binx watches, and then Binx steps in and runs through with the notes he gathered from watching Pokorny. “It was very nerve-wracking because [Dement] told me we had two and a half weeks until the show and everyone else has been

see SETBACKS pg. 7


tour of Midwestern’s Rare Books and Artifacts Collection is being held in the Special Collections Room 215 of the Library at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13. “This One Man’s Treasure tour isn’t like our normal series we hold here at the library,” Reference Librarian Allison Breen said. “This is more of just a fun thing for classes and students to come check out.” The tour will take students through the rare book room and introduce students to the various artifacts held there. “We will be showing some fairly unique items up there,” Breen said. “We have copies of early stone tablets, rare books like ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ early maps where the Pacific Ocean hasn’t even been discovered and more.” Breen said most libraries have a rare book selection, but they often go unnoticed by students. Midwestern has had its rare book collection since

before the ‘60s, but it was drastically improved when the family of Nolan Moore donated their collection in the early ‘90s. While the selection of rare books in the library is an interesting visit for students, Breen said the door remains locked most of the time. There’s not enough staff to have it open at all times, so anyone who wants to visit has to call in and schedule an individual tour. “Usually we have classes schedule tours, even calsses from over at Vernon,” Breen said. “This tour we’ve invited a lot of people off camALLISON BREEN REFERENCE LIBRARIAN pus so we’re hoping for a large turn out.” The tours will start at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday on the second floor of the library across from the men’s restroom.

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EURECA Undergraduate and Creative Activity Forum 3:30 p.m. CSC Shawnee Theatre Pastel Drawing Night 6-8:30 p.m. Sikes Lake Center International Education Week: Study Abroad Scholarships 2 p.m. Dillard 101 UPB Bowling 11 p.m.- 2 a.m. Village Bowl

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Holiday Tradition Rolls into Museum of Art ETHAN METCALF EDITOR


amilies gathered to celebrate Christmas a little bit early in the newly-renovated front room of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art last Friday as Jim Hughes finished setting up his Art Express Miniature Train Show. The tradition first started in 1941 when Hughes and his brother received an electric train from their parents for Christmas. “We got such a kick out of it, and along with our kids too, so we wanted to share it with the community,” Hughes said. “So this is our way of sharing our Christmas gift with the community.” Hughes said his collection began with a single engine and then slowly grew each year. “From there on, we might add a boxcar at the next Christmas, or a house, and it just kept growing and growing,” Hughes said. “I always think about electric trains at Christmas.” The exhibit is populated by a variety of characters from Superman to Shrek, whom Hughes said come from a variety of places. “Anytime we see something that we think the kids would enjoy we try to add it,” Hughes said. “We’re kids at heart. We know that if we enjoy it, they’ll enjoy it.” Hughes said the space for his exhibit is the smallest he has ever had to work with, adding a dimension of difficulty to the set up. “We had to redesign and then condense and make decisions,” Hughes said. “It made it harder.”

Nov. 2

MSU Police took a report of harassment where the suspect makes continuous unwanted telephone communication with the complainant.

A former MSU student reported to MSU Police that her vehicle had been involved in a hit and run accident while it was located on MSU property.

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MSU Police initiated a traffic stop in which the vehicle fled ending in a single vehicle crash. SOURCE:


Jim Hughes explains about his train show on Nov 8. at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art. Fifteen trains, including Hughes’ first train he got in 1941, rolled on 540 feet of track. Hughes said, “We would like to invite all the public out, this is my family’s gift to the community at Christmas time. And we hope everyone will come out and enjoy the trains and have a fun time.”

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John Dement, professor in theatre, enjoys the opening reception of Art Express on Nov. 8 at Museum of Art at MSU with his wife, Nikke and his children, Cline, Everett and Wyatt.

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Associate Professor of Theater John Dement said he brought his family because his three sons are avid fans of “Thomas the Tank Engine” television show. “All three of the boys grew up watching ‘Thomas’ and liking trains,” Dement said. “The youngest is completely fanatical about them.” Francine Carraro, director of the museum, said she and her staff simply provide the space for the exhibit while Hughes and his family do all of the setup. “It takes an enormous amount of expertise to figure this out,” Carraro said. “There’s a lot of engineering that goes into it. I wouldn’t even know how to start. The trains go, the traffic lights go. Every little business and house lights up. There’s a lot going on.” Danny Bills, museum curator, said that while the model trains and buildings are manufactured, a lot of scenery is created on the spot by Hughes and his family. “The grass is a powder in the back that has to be put out so all the little rocks, all those things, have to be created and the composition has to be created each time,” Bills said. Bills said the exhibit brings a lot of people into the museum who wouldn’t normally go. “It addresses a community need that often doesn’t get addressed otherwise,” Bills said. “It cuts across age groups really well.” “I’m amazed at the artistry that has to go in to produce that,” Carraro said. “We’re happy to put it on, and happy to have the space to do it.”

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Students line up in the student center atrium Nov. 11 for International Food Tasting. Student development and orientation multicultural services coordinator Shontesa Jones set up the event for international edcuation week. Jones said,”It is easier for some people to open up to new cultures by trying their food. This is also a chance for the cultural organizations to exhibit their events.”

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Sequoyah Survia, senior in social work, eats peleau and seasoned rice. Peleau is a Caribbean dish made of stewed chicken. Survia said,”The taste and the seasonings are good. It’s like there is a lot of flavor bursting in my mouth.”


Michael Lamberti, freshman in mechanical engineering, shows off his plate of Spanish and Caribbean food. Lamberti said,”I haven’t tried them all yet but the peleau is good. It’s unique tasting.”


CJ Frizzell, sophomore in marketing, shows a plate of food at the International Food Tasting event. Frizzell’s favorite dish was the green beans the Caribbean Student Organization was serving. “I liked the flavor of the green beans. It was different,” Frizzell said.


At the International Food Tasting event, Michael Phillip, sophomore in nursing, eats the peleau and seasoned rice dish made by the Caribbean Student Organization. Phillip is from Grenada and enjoyed having a meal that he is used to.

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Chizi Tere, sophomore in pre-med, and Blossom Odemudia, senior in pre-med, work on birthday cards as part of the World Kindness Day event hosted by the Counseling Center in CSC Cheyenne. Students were invited to make greeting cards to send to a special someone. “My mom’s birthday is coming up and it’s like an inexpensive thing to do,” Tere said.

Counseling Center hosts card making workshop COURTNEY BETTS REPORTER


lthough several people around the world celebrated World Kindness Day today, the staff at the Counseling Center hosted their own event yesterday at Clark Student Center to help students share their compassion for others. “We were interested in this particular day because in the Counseling Center, we like to help people with their self-esteem and it can be enhanced by doing acts of kindness and giving,” Counseling Center director Pam Midgett said. This day was originally introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement and is also celebrated by 22 other countries outside of the United States including Japan, Australia and Canada. “I did not know about World Kindness Day, but I would donate to a charity if I could,” April Tulagan, junior in nursing, said. World Kindness Day was created to highlight the good in the community and to focus on the positives of everyday life. The World Kindness Movement is making approaches to the United Nations to make World Kindness Day be recognized as an official day. “I actually did know about world kindness day because of my speech teacher,” Nathan Craig, sophomore in criminal justice, said. “I don’t have any plans for it except probably doing stuff I already do, like greeting people and holding doors open.” The staff at the Counseling Center created a poster to feature the various ways that kindness can be shown to one another. Students were able to put kind words and sayings in the cards they made. If the student addressed the envelope, the Counseling Center mailed it for them.

“Making a card to send to another person stuck out to me because it’s low-cost and students like to participate in making things and crafting with their hands,” Midgett said. “Activities like this can develop self-awareness and self-esteem.” This was the first time the university has participated in World Kindness Day by hosting an event. An estimated 50 students participated in the Counseling Center’s event. “The person you send it to feels appreciated. You feel like you’ve helped and you feel good about yourself,” Midgett said. The counselors at the Counseling Center plan on participating in this event again next year. “Something I have always wanted to do is pay for a family’s groceries when I can tell they need help,” Danielle Hubbard, senior in mathematics, said. “That is something I see a lot working at United Supermarkets. I want to do that someday when I have the funds.” On Nov. 18 the Counseling Center staff will also host an alcohol awareness event. The idea of this event is to show students how much alcohol they are really consuming when they play popular drinking games. “They will play the games, but there won’t be any alcohol of course,” Midgett said. The Random Act of Kindness Foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to promote everyday kindness in the community. In a study done by members of this organization it was found that there is a clear cause-and-effect relationship between helping others and good health. “Overall, people feel good when they do kind things for others,” Midgett said. “People with any type of hobby like crafting, golf or anything else have good self-esteem, mental health and self-confidence.”


Director of the office of admissions, Valerie Martinez, explains how to apply to MSU to Melissa Henry at CSC Comanche Suites on Nov. 9. Henry said, “I will be transferring to Midwestern State from Collin College in Dallas, Texas to obtain my BSN for nursing. The tour was breathtaking. Everything about the campus was beautiful. It was great to meet such awesome and sincere people. The staff and students were so welcoming. I look forward to joining such a wonderful organization. I enjoyed all of the tour. My tour guide Lindsay was a delight to be around. She was so sincere and passionate about her experience at Midwestern State. I cannot wait to be a part of the nursing program.”

Mustangs Rally gives students, faculty recruitment opportunity ETHAN METCALF EDITOR


ver 300 high school students registered for the fall Mustangs Rally held last Saturday afternoon. Students were given tours of the university and the residence halls, and a college fair allowed representatives from each college to give prospective students a closer look at the academic side of the university. Keith Lamb, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, said his staff sent about 50,000 postcards to prospective students in order to inform them about MSU and the Mustangs Rally. “When you’re deciding where to go to college, for so many students, it’s like shopping,” Lamb said. “So we want to make sure that there’s a day where they can come to our campus and look at us.” Lamb said the rally is designed to give students a preview of multiple aspects of campus life from academics, to clubs and residence halls. “It allows them to meet with our faculty, allows them to see different programs on campus in one mass setting,” Lamb said. At last Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting, Lamb said enrollment will be up to 7,000 by 2017, a claim he defended at the rally.

“By 2017 we’ll be in the neighborhood of 7,000,” Lamb said. “I don’t know which side of 7,000 but we should be in that neighborhood.” Lamb cited this fall’s record freshman class as a positive sign for the university’s future. “The main positive was the size of this year’s freshman class,” Lamb said. “If we can replicate that for two or three more years, actually just every year, that should help.” Michael Mills, director of housing and dining services, said tours of the residence halls are one of the biggest draws for prospective students to come to Mustangs Rally. “We get a lot of questions at Mustangs Rally,” Mills said. “Students choose institutions for the academics and for the majors, but they also want to know where they’re going to be living, so we want to be sure to answer their questions.” Mills said housing and admissions maintain a good relationship in order to aid in recruitment. “Even when admissions is just doing regular campus tours with one student or ten students or a group of students they usually incorporate housing into that tour because it’s something that students want to know where they’re going to live if they choose to go to Midwestern,” Mills said.

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SETBACKS pg. 3 working for almost four weeks. I had to get my lines down, and I am mostly off book now, in a week,” Houston Pokorny, sophomore in theatre, said. “It’s been very challenging, especially coming in with everyone knowing their blocking and I felt like I was the total ‘new guy.’” Coming on set so late in the game, Pokorny had to learn to work well with the other actors. “From an actor standpoint, the other actors in the show have commented on how interesting and fun it is to do the same show working off of two different leads,” Dement said. The other actors and Pokorny had to work together to make the change work. “The other actors are doing wonderful adjusting to me,” Pokorny said, “and I greatly appreciate it because it’s a lot of work.” Two separate actors playing the same role may seem challenging, but Dement seems hopeful. “It’s fascinating that each of their interpretations of the character is so different, but they’re both right. They’re very different in their approaches to the character, but both of them are equally as good,” Dement said. “Being able to alternate those two actors will really benefit the show because they’ll be able to come in much fresher. In either case, we’re in really good shape.” As the rehearsals progress, Pokorny works toward making the character his own and accepting the differences between he and Binx. “We’re both two different roles, but it works perfectly for both of us. It is very hard,


LEFT Dianna Jones, junior in physical therapy, makes the contested goal. BELOW Kirsti Degelia, senior in mathematics, looks for an open passing lane Nov. 12 in D.L. Ligon Coliseum.


very challenging, but I’m honored to do it,” Pokorny said. Another challenge arose when a soundboard broke during the fourth week of rehearsals. “The other issue that we’re having with the show now, is that we’re having some issues with our lighting system. We identified what had broken, we overnighted it to the company that made it, they repaired it, and we will get it back on Wednesday,” Dement said. Despite all these obstacles, the show will open Nov. 21 and end Nov. 24.


MSU lost to Texas A&M International 75-84. Janae McJunkins, undecided junior, attempts a shot on Nov. 12 in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The next game is Friday against Southeastern Oklahoma in D.L. Ligon Coliseum at 5 p.m. for the Comfort Inn presents Ashbrook Classic. The second game for the classic will be against Southern Nazarene Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Football prepares for final home game Postseason chances slim CODY SAMPLES REPORTER


n Saturday afternoon, 12th-ranked MSU traveled to Blackwater Draw to play Eastern New Mexico. The Mustangs were on the losing end, 40-21, giving up 281 yards rushing and 428 yards of total offense. The 281 yards rushing the Mustangs gave up, were the second most gained by an opponent this year, with only Angelo State gaining more on the ground. “We probably didn’t deserve to win today. They outcoached and they outplayed us today. We didn’t make our opportunities to put the ball in the end zone,” head coach Bill Maskill said in a press release. “We don’t play hard and we didn’t play inspired but they might have had something to do with it. They played very well today.” Keidrick Jackson rushed for 87 yards and became the first running back in school history to have three 1,000 yard seasons. He is the program’s alltime leading rusher with 3,872 yards. The team finishes the regular season at home against West Texas A&M on Nov. 16. To make the playoffs, the Mustangs need help from a few teams. First, they must win, along with losses by Tarleton State and Chadron State, two of the teams ahead of them in the rankings. The top six teams in each super region make the playoffs and the Mustangs are number nine at the moment.


LEFT Mark Strange, junior in criminal justice, catches a pass during practice on the practice field on Nov. 12. BELOW Shavodrick Beaver, senior in criminal justice, leaves the pocket during practice. The final home football game is military appreciation day on Saturday against West Texas A&M at 1 p.m.

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