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Caribfest ‘09 took place in Sunwatcher Plaza on Friday. The annual celebration gives the MSU community a chance to taste – literally, if you count the cuisine – the island culture that many of the MSU students come from. Money made through ticket sales and other fundraising activities went to several local charities. – Photos by Julia Raymond

Photo by Julia Raymond Reverend Al Sharpton spoke as part of the Artist Lecture series on Wednesday.

Equality still far from reality Brittany Norman Editor-In-Chief

When Rev. Al Sharpton came to campus Wednesday, the atmosphere in Akin Auditorium was noticeably different from past Artist Lecture performances. The place was jam-packed. Half an hour before the controversial Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke, the line of ticket holders snaked from the auditorium’s main entrance onto Council Drive. A black SUV, its stern-looking driver with an earpiece, sat sentry in front of the stage door. Those who didn’t have tickets formed a separate line, hoping for no-shows. Students and community members crowded around tables set up in the aisles, jotting down questions for Sharpton. There wasn’t an empty seat when he took the stage. Sharpton, known for his sharp tongue, tossed out barbs and made political thrusts aimed at both democrats and republicans. One target was the actions in the Middle East. Sharpton said he is skeptical about the conflict in Iran. He said the U.S. should exercise caution in dealing with the threat of nuclear weapons to avoid another situation like Iraq. “Are we getting better information or just the same kind of misinformation?” he asked. “I was one that never bought the justification for war in Iraq. I re-

alize I’m in Texas, but it never made sense to me. If we were attacked by Osama bin Laden, why were we going after Saddam Hussein?” He said he came by this logic “growing up in the hood.” “If someone broke into my house, I wouldn’t call the police and tell them, ‘let’s go get that guy that insulted my daddy 20 years ago,’” Sharpton said. “We must defend America against real threats, not perceived threats.” He said the most unpatriotic thing a country can do is risk the lives of soldiers based on flawed intelligence. He stressed that the president is right to engage different parts of the world when necessary, but that he needs to be absolutely certain of his information before he sends the country to war. Sharpton said the U.S. needs to focus on problems at home. “May of this year was the 55th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education,” he said. “Fifty-five years later, the achievement gap is almost the same as it was then. There is all of this talk of a postracial generation, but according to the Department of Education, black and Latino students are an average of four years behind their white counterparts.” He also cited the high dropout rate for blacks compared with white students as proof that the race gap is still very much a fixSee SHARPTON page 3

H1N1 confirmed on campus, but hysteria is unnecessary Chris Collins Managing Editor Swine flu is sweeping MSU, causing some students to return home and others to quarantine themselves in dorm rooms. But this new viral strain looks a lot like its seasonal counterpart, and MSU is gearing up to handle the situation accordingly. Last week, seven students tested positive for H1N1, or the North American Human Influenza virus. No more have been confirmed, MSU physician Dr. Keith Williamson said, because he has stopped testing for it. “Every physician in town is seeing a lot of illness, most likely flu,” Williamson said. “I have only had positive tests on 7 indi-

viduals, then I stopped using the test.” He said one reason for discontinuing testing is that public health officials have not asked the Vinson Health Center to submit specimens of swine flu. This is in sharp contrast to demands of physicians by public health last spring, when it was still unknown how contagious and dangerous the virus was, he said. Williamson said another reason he has postponed tests is inaccuracy of the tool used to detect the type A flu virus, called the Rapid Diagnostic Test. “The test accurately identifies influenza, but will produce a high number of false negatives in the setting of large numbers of flu cases,” Williamson said.

“Once it is established that flu is widespread, clinical opinion of a physician has better predictive value than a lab test.” To put the swine on a timeline, the virus – now defined as a pandemic – emerged worldwide in April. Since almost nobody had developed an immunity to the strain, it created a global hysteria. Egyptian health officials confiscated 400,000 pigs from rural farmers in May as a result of swine panic, never mind that the virus is passed mainly by human-to-human contact. At the same time, Russia placed a ban on all pork imports from Spain and Canada during the hysteria’s heyday. San Diego State University almost closed down temporarily

in April after one student tested positive for H1N1. Every syllabus at the University of Southern Florida provided that classes would be suspended – perhaps held via Internet – if there were an outbreak there. Closer to home, Southern Hills Elementary in Wichita Falls closed in late April after a handful of students were suspected of being infected with the virus. Some of the flu fright abated this summer, but the illness was back in the news Oct. 2 when it claimed the life of a UT-Austin worker with diabetes. MSU understands that the virus isn’t as deadly as it was made out to be earlier this year, but is still approaching the issue proac-

tively, according to Keith Lamb, associate vice president for student affairs. Lamb said the CDC recommended last semester that MSU close if it suffered an H1N1 outbreak, but now its advice has changed. Now, he said, the only way the school will close due to virus is if 20 or 30 percent of the faculty gets sick. “If we get to that point where there is such high absenteeism that the school can’t operate efficiently, upon consultation with the president, we would close the school for one week,” Lamb said. He maintained that although the swine flu is far more contagious than the seasonal variety, it isn’t any more deadly. He allud-

ed to Washington State University, which had 2,500 students out with flu – many of them H1N1 – recently. No classes were cancelled because of the massive outbreak. “They carried on as normal,” Lamb said. Though seven students have tested positive for the virus on campus so far, Lamb estimates that many more are ill than students and faculty know about. In fact, he thinks that the virus will infect two times more people every day than it did the previous day. The World Health Organization estimated that over two billion people will be infected worldwide before the pandemic See H1N1 page 4

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Editor’s guide to group projects We all dread it, and yet we all must deal with it at some point in our educational career - the dreaded group assignment. When that fateful day comes when the names are matched and the groups are assigned, some students are left wondering what to expect, and how to fit in. With deadlines, grades, and a degree on the line, being the model group member is sometimes hard, especially when surrounded by several other not-so-ideal accomplices. To prepare all you strapping, ideal group members for the inevitable, be warned that every other group member falls into one of three categories: 1. The Overbearing Dictator: this group member is the control freak. No other member is allowed to have any say in the matter. If you don’t agree, you get a shot to the face with a fist. 2. The Perpetual Procrastinator: although all this group member’s contributions will be completed, it won’t be until five minutes before the presentation, causing unnecessary frustration, and becoming a burden to every other group member. 3. The Phantom: this group member does not exist in relation to the project. They are simply a name on a page. They do not show up to meetings, do not contribute, and hand their work off to everyone else. If you do not fall into one of these categories, consider yourself a hot commodity for groups everywhere. If you do, however, here are a few steps to becoming an ideal group member. Realize you aren’t the only member of the group and get over yourself. The group won’t crumble if you don’t have complete control. Allow others to contribute and share the burden of the project. Meet your freaking deadlines. Procrastiation is becoming easier and easier, thanks to Facebook, Failblog, FML, TFLN, and God knows what else is to come. RESIST THE URGE! Keep these two simple facts in mind, and becoming an ideal group member will be within your grasp.

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The science of dreams Josh Hoggard Op-Ed Editor

Dreams are pretty crazy things, huh? I can remember, as a child, I had the most vivid and ridiculous dreams of any child I have ever met. I don’t think hallucinogenic drugs can cause these kinds of visions. The most wild and random dream, I can remember exactly as it happened. In my dream, I woke up to find a giant Daddy Long Leg spider crawling up my body. I tried to scream, but no sound came out. And then, after nearly making it to my head, it vanished. After the spider vanished, I looked over to find my room had been transformed from an average six year old’s room into an Old Town Saloon. Old timey piano, a barrel of Ale, a bar, the works. Only, rather than stereotypical cowboys occupying this space, the cowboys were all Hobbitsized with enormous handlebar moustaches. They were laughing and hollering and clanking their glasses together and having a good time. I tried to talk to them, but alas, my lack of voice somewhat hindered me from doing so. Then, my bedroom door opens, and in walks my mother. Every cowboy, every ale glass, even the piano vanished

in to thin air. My mom walks to my bedside and picks me up. I am completely aware that this woman removing me from my bed is my mother. However, she has the head of a moose. I do a double take to see what the heck is going on, and upon a second glance, she has the head of a cardinal. Then, I wake up, and have no idea what the heck is going on. I remember another random dream I had upon falling asleep in the third grade. All I can remember is dancing with a purple monster that resembled Cookie Monster. The process of dreaming actually occurs during a time in the sleep cycle called REM sleep, or rapid eye movement sleep. On average, the human brain experiences 2 hours of dreams a night, each individual dream lasting between 5 to 20 minutes in length. The human brain is a pretty interesting mechanism, isn’t it? Interesting facts about dreams; they can relay with feelings of anxiety, fear, and pain, as well as feelings of happiness and joy. Psychologist Sigmund Freud suggested bad dreams are an effective way of helping people cope with emotion felt during a traumatic experi-

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ence. The most interesting fact that I’ve found is this; Although most dreams occur only once, around 67% of people report having recurring dreams. Yet, as many dreams as we have, an average of 6-10 a night, most days, we don’t remember having a single dream. The most incredible thing about dreams is that we spend so much time doing it, yet we hardly ever remember having any. Beyond actual tangible dreams that occur during sleep, several people I know have dreams of their own. Dreams of becoming famous, or becoming the next Bill Gates, or of making all kinds of money or of being a father or mother. We’re taught from a young age to “dream big” and “reach for the stars”, yet, just like our physical dreams, we let our emotional and internal dreams fade away and become forgotten. Have you ever wondered what would happen if your dreams came true? Sure, if my wild dreams as a child came true, my room would be a midget cowboy bar, but that’s not what I’m talking about. If I had followed my dreams and goals from childhood, I’d be floating around in space

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right now, and that would be cool as all get out. Yes, my dreams have changed since then, and yes, I am following them to the best of my ability, but lets face it, so many of us let these things just slip right through our fingers. There are so many people who waste their lives pursuing things that don’t ever truly satisfy their dreams and goals and aspirations. As a result, these people become hollow shells. Tragically, we see it happen all the time, but what’s all the more tragic is that we allow it. I don’t want my life to be wasted. I don’t want to let time slip by me without an accomplished goal to show for it. Start pursuing your dreams. The time to do that is now! It isn’t too late. As long as you have breath in your body, it isn’t too late! Dreams are made to be followed. Sure, they come with a price, but the benefits far exceed the costs. Dream big. It’s scary, and its risky. But, life would be boring, empty, and completely pointless without risks. And, heck, my life wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining without my weird, crazy dreams. Follow your dreams! You have them for a reason.


Campus briefs Wednesday • Counseling Center: Grief Support Group in Apache at 3:30 • Academic Recovery Group in CSC 108 at 4 p.m. • From Sweats to Suits: Landing a Job for MSU students at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday • Library: ELSUG Conference in CSC Comanche at 8 a.m. • CMC: Career and Grad School Fair for MSU students, alumni at D.L. Ligon at 11 a.m. • Athletic Luncheon and Update at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU at noon • CMC: Graduate School Strategy Session, Admissions Planning in the CSC Shawnee at 2 p.m. • Afternoon Conversations: Art of Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter in the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery at 4 p.m. • Theatre: And the Rain Came

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Speaker pushes for bystander intervention Cassie Bricker For the Wichitan

Americans, Brett Sokolow believes, have taken their sense of rugged individualism way too far. They’re hurting one another by standing on the sidelines and watching bad things happen. It’s time, he says, for bystander intervention. This was the subject of his talk Tuesday night to some 200 MSU students. Sokolow is managing partner of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Mangement. He journeys to campuses across America to promote hazing prevention programs, risk management work, revise student codes of conduct, and keep administrators up to date on changes in legislation. In many ways things have not changed over the years. “The same issues come in year in and year out,” he said. “They sometimes take on different forms. When I first started doing this we had issues with students who would sexually harass other students. Now we have issues with students who sexually harass other students over IM and Facebook. We’re

still sexually harassing, it’s just that we have new and more powerful, lightning-quick ways to do it. So, I think in some ways that the issues don’t change so much as the delivery mechanism or the collateral aspects.” This also applies to alcohol, he noted. “Students drank when I went into this field 12 years ago. They drink today, they’re gonna drink 12 years from now. The core issues remain the same.” He’s been coming to the MSU campus for six years. Sokolow didn’t plan on becoming an expert in risk management. Two circumstances in his life drove him there. “I had a girlfriend in college who was sexually assaulted and it got me very interested in questioning how colleges and universities respond to sexual violence, how they actively try and prevent it,” he explained. The other occurred shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. As he was sitting in an airport terminal waiting to board his flight, he saw a suspicious man. The man was smoking a cigarette in the terminal, which struck Sokolow as odd, but he didn't say anything. At one point the man got close enough that Sokolow noticed

he was staggering and soaking wet. Sakolow could smell sweat and alcohol. Sokolow said he remembers thinking, "I really hope he's not getting on my plane." When it came time for Sokolow to get his boarding pass, the staggering drunk went up to get his boarding pass as well. Sokolow's next thought, "I hope I don't have to sit next to him." Sokolow thought someone would say something to the man but the line kept moving. No one said anything to him. Finally, a man sitting next to Sokolow got up and approached the man. When he did Sokolow and three other people did the same. The five men stood around him until security arrived. The men watched as security uncovered what appeared to be a bomb strapped to the man's chest. Sokolow acknowledged that had the man sitting next to him not done anything, he wouldn't have either. The “bomb” turned out to be a fake but Sokolow learned a valuable lesson. One man's actions could have saved the lives of all those who were going to be on that plane. Sokolow said his inaction could have had disastrous results.

He said people should care about what is going on around them and should take action whenever possible. “We’re all connected,” he said. “There’s going to be a time when you’re going to need assistance and someone is going to pass you by and say, ‘I don’t need to help them. I don’t know them.’ No man is an island; no woman is an island. And it really is true when it comes to bystander conversations. For me, it’s about shifts in public consciousness. What we’re trying to do is create a shift in public consciousness toward safety and security, toward health and wellness. The way we do that is by looking out for each other.” Sokolow said intervening does not come without risks. “There’s no activity that you engage in everyday that doesn’t involve risks,” he said. “The point is to challenge students into thoughtful intervention. There may be times when it’s safer not to intervene. I don’t want people to put themselves at risk. It’s about finding ways to more effectively intervene than putting yourself in physical jeopardy.” Afterward, students shared stories of when they passed up an opportunity to help.

SHARPTON................................................................................................continued from page 1 ture in American society. Education, Sharpton said, should be a top priority. Getting rid of lowered expectations should be the first step, he noted. “It’s almost like you are not expected to learn or succeed,” Sharpton said. The “possible” achievement level for nonwhites has been set low, he explained. “Saying ‘it isn’t their fault’ – you’re really saying they aren’t equal.” Sharpton said people – like President Obama – who came from underprivileged backgrounds went on to succeed. There are also people who grew up with “all the benefits” who still wound up failing. To marginalize people is to

put them in categories, he said. “In 1955, it was putting blacks on the back of the bus,” Sharpton said. “In 2009, it’s schools.” Sharpton waded in on the health care debate, saying it is “insensitive and wicked” that the grandmothers are being forced to choose between their prescriptions or their rent each month. He said opponents to President Obama’s proposed reforms want things to stay the same where there is “nothing to reduce the profit margin of pharmaceutical companies.” Sharpton said that any time someone seeks to buck the system, they will be met with resistance. “There has never been a time

in history when people were seeking change that was the ‘right time,’” Sharpton said. “If now is not the time, when did America ever feel it was time?” He cited the Civil Rights movement as an example. “Martin Luther King was too early, Jesse Jackson was too early, Al Sharpton is too late,” Sharpton said. “But look at the facts.” He said the U.S. now has an overall 9 percent unemployment rate but 15 percent of blacks are unemployed. “That’s a race gap,” he snapped. “If the average black is arrested for a crime, he is three times more likely to go to jail and serve more time.”

But he said continuing the fight for equality shouldn’t be the goal. Winning it should be. “The challenge is not to repeat the argument,” Sharpton said. “The challenge is to move beyond it.” He challenged the members of his audience to find a purpose for their lives, something that makes it worth getting up in the mornings. He warned against living for no greater purpose, against becoming irrelevant. “Greatness comes to those who are committed to a purpose bigger than themselves,” Sharpton said. “Everybody here tonight has a funeral scheduled. The question is what will we be able to say your purpose was.”

nization honored the legendary Cesar Chavez by showing a 30-minute documentary of his life. Chavez is a commonly known name in Hispanic culture but the details of his life remain a mystery to most.

Chavez went on to become what some call the Martin Luther King Jr. for the Hispanic race. He peacefully voiced his concern for farm workers in America in their struggle for better wages and health benefits. Chavez’s stance on human rights led him to found the National Farm Workers Association. “I think Cesar Chavez is one of the foremost Hispanic leaders,” said Dr. David Barbosa, adviser of the newly formed BESO. “I think he distinguished himself as someone who was focused on social justice, specifically on advocating for the rights of farm workers.” Chavez came from humble beginnings. Born in Arizona, he started school when he was seven years old, only to drop out after the eighth grade to begin work in the fields. T h i s gave root to his inspiration to stand up for the common man. Chavez sought change through strikes and peaceful demonstrations. BESO showed the documentary in the hopes of informing students and faculty of the many changes Chavez brought to America. According to Barbosa, when it came to choosing the focus of BESO’s presentation, Chavez was first on the list. BESO is a group of students who hope to become elementary bilingual education teachers. About 30 people attended the event. “The showing of the movie is kind of their effort at sponsoring something,” Barbosa said. Future activities for BESO include taking students to the

metro area to participate in conferences for both current bilingual teachers and those who plan to enter the language teaching field. The organization also plans on bringing speakers to MSU to address the need for bilingual education. “I’m sure they’ll be doing some things that focus on what they’re preparing to be, which is bilingual education teachers,” Barbosa said. Senior Eleazar Alarcon, president of BESO, said she got involved with the organization because of her interest in bilingual education and her love for politics. Eleazar and the other members recently participated in the parade in downtown Wichita Falls where various organizations commemorate the Hispanic heritage. Eleazar, who is set to graduate next spring, hopes the club can only grow into becoming a well-known campus organization and continue to inspire and educate students in bilingual studies. Membership is open to all. “We’ll be looking at some activities that we can share with the larger university that probably revolve around creating more awareness of what bilingual education is,” Barbosa said.

BESO meeting honors Cesar Chavez Courtney Foreman For the Wichitan

Chatter in both Spanish and English filled Shawnee Theatre Monday night when the Bilingual Education Student Orga-

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Family fun frenzy Photos by Loren Eggenschwiler and Julia Raymond MSU’s annual Family Day festivities give students the opportunity to let their parents get to know the school they’re sending their money to (brothers, sisters, grandparents and other assorted relatives are welcome to attend, too). Activities included inflatable slides, a rock climbing wall, balloon artists, face painters and a tailgate party before the football game.

H1N1.......................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 subsides. Some people on campus are scared about H1N1. But many more, who see little difference between this and the other flu, aren’t stocking up on surgical gloves and masks just yet. Elizabeth Ibey, a sophomore nursing major, thinks people are more worried about the virus than they should be. “There’s no point of being scared of it,” she said. “The seasonal flu kills more than the swine flu.” She said she thinks people who are overly concerned about the virus are a little paranoid. A student who wore a surgical mask to classes, she said, would be laughed at. “It’s their own personal thing, but that’s over-exaggerated,” she said. For the most part, H1N1 leaves the same calling card as its seasonal contemporary – cough, fever, malaise and body aches, Williamson said. When it comes to handling the outbreak, Williamson and the Vinson Health Center are playing by the book. “Our recommendations are in accord with the Center for Disease Control; there is no reason

MSU physical plant workers install hand sanitizers in Fain. Photo by Julia Raymond

for uncomplicated colds or influenza to be seen by a physician, as they are self-limited conditions,” Williamson said. “Nonetheless, patients are not always able to comfortably self assess the gravity of their illness; those who make an appointment to be seen are evaluated. Unfortunately, there is always the potential for a patient with an uncomplicated illness to take time away from a more seriously ill patient.” Williamson said the CDC also instructs employers and schools not to request absentee notes from flu patients returning back to school or work, as this might unnecessarily infect other

patients. “I met with all the deans of all the colleges to request them to advise their faculty to modify their note policies for the flu season,” Williamson said. Students who live in the dorms are advised to either go home or quarantine themselves in their rooms, according to Wayne Schields, assistant director of housing. He said three residents were sick last week, but all of them are feeling better now. If a resident has the flu, RAs can help, Schields said. Some students just need to go to the doctor, others need to stay in their rooms for a few days, and

others just need to leave. No residents are forced to take any action when they are sick, Schields said, but the housing department is there to help. “We prefer that if they stay here that they quarantine,” Schields said. “But that’s just a recommendation. This is very controllable. As with any flu, people just need to be aware of it.” Schields said housing is working with Aramark to deliver food to sick students who have chosen to quarantine themselves. He also said other universities may be watching MSU to see how it reacts with this flu outbreak. In Killingsworth, Hall Director Angie Reay said illness has forced three students to return home. McCullough-Trigg Hall Director Wes Taliaferro said two or three residents left the dorms for flu-like symptoms, but all of them are back now after one weekend. Athletics was hit especially hard by H1N1, said Charlie Carr, athletic director. He estimates that at least 10 athletes have been sidelined by the vi-

rus, mostly in volleyball and football. When the department discovers that an athlete is sick, he or she is sent immediately to the health center to receive attention, he said. Many go home or are quarantined to avoid infected other athletes, Carr said. Two volleyball players have returned, he said. Two football players are expected back to play this weekend. “It doesn’t matter who you are, you have to isolate yourself until there is no fever,” Carr said. Though MSU has ordered over 7,000 vaccines, there is no information regarding when the school will receive them, Williamson said. The U.S. government has spent $2 billion to purchase 250 million doses of the Flu Mist nasal spray, but health care workers in Indiana and Tennessee are the only ones to have received vaccine, according to the Washington Post. “The H1N1 vaccine is made in the same way that the seasonal flu vaccine is made, and should have a side effect profile similar to the seasonal vaccine,” Williamson said.

He recalled a scare in 1976 when people were afraid the flu vaccine would make them sick. It’s relevant because just like then, some people think the vaccination will make them ill. In 1976, this fear wasn’t purely imagined: there was a statistically significant association between Guillain Barre syndrome and the vaccine, Williamson said. But the flu never materialized in ’76, meaning the risks of the vaccination outweighed the benefit. “The current H1N1 pandemic is quite real, and extensive vaccination with the H1N1 vaccine will save lives,” Williamson said. The health center distributed 700 doses of seasonal flu vaccine in the last week of September, Williamson said. The Vinson Health Center Web site has flu information, a self-assessment for those with flu-like symptoms, and vaccine information. Also, student Services and the physical plant installed over one hundred hand sanitizer dispensers on campus last week. “We are doing our best to keep the community informed,” Williamson said.


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El Mejicano serves it up authentic Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor

I had heard about the Mexican buffet in town, but had never ventured to try it. (The Pancho’s Mexican Buffet jingle always came to mind.) But finally, my friends and I decided to give El Mejicano Restaurant & Cantina a try. El Mejicano is the first and only “all you can eat” Mexican buffet in the city of Wichita Falls, which opened in 1983. If you are driving from MSU, get on US-82 E, then bear left onto I-44 E. Exit on Missile Road and turn right at the stop sign and it is located in the shopping center on the right. (It is about a ten minute drive from campus.) When we arrived at the restaurant we were surprised how big it was. The tall ceilings alone were a sight to see. It had a nice and comfortable atmosphere, but didn’t make you

Photo Courtesy El Mejicano offers a variety of Mexican cuisine including quesadillas, burritos and fajitas.

feel too out of place, like you were dining in a different country or anything too exotic. We were seated promptly and asked if we were ordering from the menu or if we were having the buffet. Our stomachs growled and all of us chose the buffet. After the waiter took our drink orders, we were off to the stacks of plates and steaming food.

However, due to the current flu concerns there were strategically placed hand sanitizer dispensers by the buffet counters. My friends and I got a few pumps and were ready to load up our plates. There are two islands of steaming hot, Mexican dishes. We piled our plates full of enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas and

burritos. You can also choose from refried or borracho beans, rice and carne guisada. They also allow you to make your own tacos. They have flour tortillas and taco shells along with seasoned ground beef. A small island stands in corner supplying the hungry guests with taco toppings including lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and even sour cream packets. After we sat back down with our loaded plates, the waiter had brought us our drinks as well as a basket of tortilla chips and small bowls of salsa and queso. I tend to fill up on chips and salsa before my food gets to the table and other Mexican restaurants, so I was grateful I could snack on the chips while enjoying my Mexican cuisine. The restaurant had a great selection of food and tasted more authentic than the usual Tex-Mex you get at a lot of Mexican restaurants. One of the best things

about this buffet (and all buffets) is you can try things without having to order a full meal and then find out you do or don’t like something. I tried the chicken enchiladas and they were very tasty, a bit on the spicy side, but delicious. The fajita meat was tender and juicy and the beans and rice were complimentary with the entrees. Another great quirk about the restaurant is if you order an iced tea or water, they leave the pitcher on the table. That’s right, you can refill your own drink! That is very beneficial for those camels that inhale their drink after two seconds of it arriving at the table. If you just want a meal and not the buffet, you can always order from their menu. They have a large selection of appetizers, lunch specials, entrees and desserts, including sopapillas, fried ice cream, chocolate cheesecake and flaun.


The meals are about average prices and the buffet is a bit pricey at a little over $10, including a drink, but for the amount of food you get, it is a good deal. El Mejicano is a great place for large groups because everyone can choose what they want and not have to wait forever to get their food, but is also great for families and friends. It has a great, friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. So if you are looking for good, authentic Mexican food that doesn’t stretch your wallet too thin, El Mejicano is the place to try. El Mejicano is open Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

‘Whip It’ rolls into theaters, but not into hearts Rene Rodriguez MCT

The kind of movie that makes the term “formulaic crowdpleaser” seem like a good thing, “Whip It” is completely predictable from the first frame. It also is ridiculously, utterly entertaining. Drew Barrymore’s smashing directorial debut harkens back to an era in which Hollywood studio pictures could still move and enthrall the audience while plying in hoary clichés. Although the setting of “Whip It” is fresh territory for movies, the independent women’s roller-derby circuit, pretty much everything that happens in the film can be traced back to other pictures, from “The Karate Kid” and “The Bad News Bears” to “Saturday Night Fever.” That comparison may sound like a dreary mishmash, but Barrymore, working from a screenplay by Shauna Cross (who adapted her novel, “Derby Girl”), has crafted a spirited and ingratiating coming-of-age tale by focusing on the basics: character, performance and an unflagging energy that makes the almost two-hour film seem to flit by in half the time. Ellen Page (“Juno”) stars as Bliss, a 17-year-old in a dirtspeck Texas town who is resigned to living out the dreams of her parents (Marcia Gay Harden and Daniel Stern) by competing in regional beauty pageants that celebrate conformity and tradition. Intrigued by a flier adver-

Photo Courtesy Director and actress Drew Barrymore, from left, actress Ellen Page and actress Kristen Wiig star in “Whip It.”

tising a roller-derby competition in nearby Austin, Bliss and her best friend Pash (Alia Shawkat) sneak out to catch one of the raucous, booze-soaked games, lying about their age to get inside the warehouse. Bliss is instantly smitten by the camaraderie and abandon of the skaters, who sport such names as “Maggie Mayhem” and “Bloody Polly” and seem to be having the time of their lives smacking the hell out of each other. Although tiny and frail looking, Bliss is inspired to attend the open tryouts for the Hurl Scouts team. After she makes the cut, she begins to lead a double life, telling her parents she’s taking

SAT prep courses while actually learning the rough-and-tumble ways of a roller-derby girl. Barrymore, who also appears as one of the Hurl Scouts’ most injury-prone skaters, treats the sport with the same carefree attitude the athletes do: this isn’t the Super Bowl or the World Series but simply something recreational for the girls to do outside of their normal lives as wives, mothers and career women. Only the team’s exasperated coach, amusingly played by Andrew Wilson, seems really to care about winning. A terrific ensemble cast, which includes “Saturday Night Live’s” Kristen Wiig, stuntwom-

an Zoe Bell, the singer Eve and a re-energized Juliette Lewis, conveys the allure and sheer fun of the sport. The aura of sisterhood created by the actors is so effective that even when Barrymore resorts to one of the corniest clichés imaginable - a food fight the result is exhilarating. “Whip It” also finds room to give Bliss a romantic interest in the form of a low-key singer (Landon Pigg) who may or may not be as straightforward and honest as he seems. But Barrymore’s main focus is the emergence of Bliss’ individuality in an atmosphere that doesn’t exactly condone out-of-the-box originality.



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Photo Courtesy Ellen Page stars as Bliss in “Whip It,” a film which introduces the independent women’s roller-derby to film audiences.

Page, even more likable here than she was in “Juno,” is at her most effective in scenes opposite her well-intentioned but oppressive parents, who only intend the best for their daughter but can’t differentiate between their own dreams and those of their child. Barrymore infuses “Whip It” with her natural, effusive personality, and although the roller-derby sequences are choreographed more for fun and

laughs than sportsmanship, she also pulls off the occasional visually striking sequence (such as a lovely scene in which Page and Pigg make out underwater). “Whip It” doesn’t reinvent the cinematic wheel, but it does remind you how much fun riding that wheel can be when it’s given just the right kind of spin. “Whip It” is Rated PG-13 for vulgar language, sexual situations, adult themes.


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Bart Crow Band expected to round up crowd Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor

Grab your cowboy hats and tug on your boots, the Bart Crow Band will headline Friday at the Neon Spur at 9:30 p.m. Over the last two years the Bart Crow Band has risen to the upper echelon of the music industry with two stellar record releases, which garnered him four Top 10 hits on the Texas Music Chart, according to a press release. His first record “Finally,� which was released in 2005, ranked the best selling record on for 5 straight months and was nominated for Album of the Year at the My Texas Music Awards. Bart Crow’s much anticipated new record “Heartworn Tragedy� will release on Oct. 27. “I bared it all on this record. I opened my heart, exposed my

Photo Courtesy The Bart Crow Band will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Neon Spur in Wichita Falls.

family’s tragedies, and when it was done, I had nothing else to give,� Crow said. The record’s first single “Saying Goodbye� hit radio on Sept. 29 with the expectation of joining Crow’s impressive list of Texas Music Chart Top 10 hits and the single quickly drew at-

tention to the band. The album is Bart Crow’s latest chapter in a story that bodes the finest quality of the human spirit - resilience, according to a press release. These 10 superlative tracks plod a course through a landscape of heartbreak, fear, anger,

faith, forgiveness, love and the miracle of surrender. The title track breaks the seal coming in with a meaty bass line and stinging guitars. There are plenty of tunes on this record that wear emotional armor in an attempt to cordon off the sounds of heartache you know are sure

to come, but in order to fully understand the brilliance of this record you have to “Surrender.� This song is a direct result of the Crow family struggle and stands as the final word that represents the sentiment of this record.

collage of sound known as “Embryonic�—announces to the world that the Lips are here to stay, albeit on their own terms. To some, the Lips’ slight return to rougher pastures is a salivating prospect. After all, this band has been around for the better part of twenty years, and there’s no way they would be content with one style for too long. From the Photo Courtesy stabbing notes of the first track to the plodThe Flaming Lips new album is set to release to shelves Oct. 13. ding cacophony of the last, “Embryonic� is an fallen into. The result—a loud, sprawling album that will earn its

fair share of detractors. If you’re expecting another “Do You Realize??� to explode from the speakers, get ready for a lot of lengthy, aimless excursions into sound and the incessant manipulations thereof. Unlike previous outings like “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots�, the moments of melodic brilliance aren’t confined to a specific track, but are rather buried in a dense wash of bleeps, laser blasts, obscure samples, and skewed guitars. There is no consistency at any given moment; all of the traditional instrumentation, particularly the drums, is chaotic more often than not. On top of that, Wayne Coyne’s

vocals are reduced to a faraway, strung-out echo—an effect that contributes tenfold to the hazy, disorienting mood of “Embryonic�. In spite of the major shift the Lips have taken with this recording, there are still plenty of brilliant moments that rear their head when you least expect them to. “Evil� and “If� are beautiful, quiet songs with a lot of interesting effects springing up in the background. “I Can Be a Frog� is the kind of innocent, weird track one would expect from The Flaming Lips, but these guys actually manage to bring in Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to

Photo Courtesy The Bart Crow Band will release their third album Oct. 27.

The Bart Crow Band is Paul Russell (vocals, electric guitar), Matt Slagle (bass), David Fralin (keyboards, organ, electric guitar, percussion, and vocals), Brian Smith (drums) and Bart Crow (vocals, electric guitar).

The Flaming Lips album, ‘Embryonic,’ pretty spacey Devan Gill For the Wichitan

Leave it up to The Flaming Lips to unleash an album cover that features a young woman being stuffed into‌God knows what. The native Oklahomans’ most devout listeners have rejoiced in everything they have done leading up to this point, from big balloons and confetti showers to elaborate light shows and Teletubbie marriages (I’m not kidding about that last part). Fortunately, after releasing four albums that have pushed the sonic envelope from 1997 onward, Wayne Coyne has decided to shatter any semblance of comfort that the Lips may have

laugh and make animal sounds, thus making it weirder. “The Impulseâ€? (one of my personal favorites) exhibits a touch of Miles Davis, while “Silver Trembling Handsâ€? is full-blown Suicide circa-“Frankie Teardropâ€?. There’s so much to dissect in this mess of an album that one may say there’s more enjoyment to be found in “Embryonicâ€? than the Lips’ previous albums combined. Those who don’t like intense, in-your-face space rock, look elsewhere. If you’re a fan, put on your funny hats and whip out your laser pens; it’s time to party!Â

Letterman apologizes on ‘Late Show’ for naughty actions Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor

In case you hadn’t heard, David Letterman has gotten himself into a bit of a pickle. The late-night host acknowledged on his show last Thursday that he had sexual relationships with female employees. Then someone tried to extort $2 million from him over the affairs.   A top CBS news producer, Robert Halderman, was busted for threatening to expose Letterman’s affairs with the several female staffers in a movie and book. Letterman told his story during the show, mixing in jokes to an audience that seemed confused about what it was. He explained that Halderman, a 51-year-old Emmy Awardwinning producer, found out he was sleeping with several staff members and threatened to expose Letterman unless he forked over $2 million. Halderman, who was being held on attempted grand larceny charges, has directed dozens of “48 Hours� documentaries, from the Winter Olympics to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Letterman mixed in jokes while telling the story, keeping his audience off guard. “I know what you’re saying,� he said. “I’ll be darned, Dave

had sex.� It was not immediately clear when the relationships took place, but he said they were in the past and are not currently happening. Although he joked about the scandal, Letterman was extremely serious when discussing how the extortion attempt has affected Lasko. He said she had been hurt by his behavior and he is trying to fix it. Letterman and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko married in March 2009. The couple began dating in 1986 and have a son who was born in November 2003. Letterman also apologized to female “Late Show� staffers, who have been forced to field “nasty� questions after he admitted publicly to having had sex with some of them. However, Letterman also said he didn’t regret breaking the news about the attempted blackmail the way he did. Despite this scandal, Letterman bounded out onstage to more applause Monday and quickly got the audience laughing. Letterman joked that he could be “the first talk show host impeached.� But his smile quickly faded as he described the chill that has

fallen on his household since the scandal broke. “It’s fall here in New York City, and I just spent the whole weekend raking my hate mail,� he said. “It’s chilly outside my house. It’s chilly inside my house.� A bit later on Monday’s show, guest Steve Martin gave Letterman his kidding consolation: “It proves that you’re a human being. And we weren’t really that sure before.� Martin Short, making an unannounced appearance, playfully plopped himself in Martin’s lap. “You spend one more minute on his lap, you’re gonna get blackmailed,� Letterman responded to his guests behavior. Some late night show hosts such as Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno all cracked jokes about the situation, but only for a couple of minutes. Other hosts defended Letterman. After nearly 15 years in second place to NBC’s Jay Leno in the ratings, Letterman took over the top spot this summer after Conan O’Brien became “Tonight� show host. Letterman’s CBS “Late Show� has been on the air since 1993 and before that, he had a late-night show on NBC from 1982 to 1993.



Photo Courtesy Martin Short, left, and Steve Martin joke with David Letterman, right, during a taping of “The Late Show with David Letterman,� on Monday in New York.

Jon and Kate money dispute Lisa Gutierrez MCT

Kate Gosselin went on NBC’s “Today� show again on Monday to tell her side of the latest development in her very public fight with husband Jon. News reports over the last few days claimed Jon took more than $200,000 out of a joint bank account, leaving Kate with just $1,000 to pay the family bills. Kate confirmed it on Monday. “I need that money to provide for them,� she said, referring to her eight children. “We were in the position after our sextuplets were born that we could not pay our bills. We did the show to provide a better life for them. Never did I think I’d be back in the same position.� She also said the kids were

Photo Courtesy Kate Gosselin appeared on the “Today� show Monday.

“wailing and sobbing� when she told them that the TLC camera crews wouldn’t be around anymore. Jon has banned TLC from the family’s home in Pennsylvania

after having a so-called “epiphany� about the harm the TV show is doing to his kids. The epiphany came after he made $1 million off the show last year.


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Mustangs snap losing skid to West Texas, defeat Buffs 31-19

give MSU a 24-19 lead late in the third quarter. The Mustangs put the game

away early in the fourth quarter when Eskridge connected with Tanner on an 8-yard scoring strike three minutes into the fourth quarter. Tanner was named the Lone Star Conference Offense Player of the Week announced by the league on Monday afternoon. He tied a pair of school records with his performance on Saturday night. He became the first MSU receiver since former NFL’er Bryan Gilmore (1998) to notch three-straight 100-yard receiving games. His 11 receptions matched former Midwestern State standout Kendrick Gibson’s program record for catches in a game. Pat Gardner was named the LSC Special Teams Player of the Week. The redshirt freshman linebacker from Houston’s Kingwood High blocked Tim Cowdrey’s punt. It was MSU’s eighth blocked kick of the season (seven

punts, one field goal) which has led directly to 52 points (seven touchdowns, one field goal) this season. With the win, the Mustangs jumped to No. 18 in the American Football Coaches’ Association Division II Poll. Midwestern State opened the Super Region Four rankings at No. 9 Monday when the NCAA Division II National Football Committee released its first rankings for the 2009 season. Three other LSC teams are ranked in the Top 10. Abilene Christian is ranked first, Texas A&M Kingsville is sixth and Angelo State is seventh. Midwestern State takes on Tarleton State next Saturday in Stephenville, while the Buffs battle Eastern New Mexico in the Wagon Wheel game in Canyon. Tarleton State lost its first game of the season to Texas A&M Kingsville 34-20 last Saturday. For The Wichitan Midwestern State struggled to a final round 339 to take a sixthplace finish Tuesday afternoon in the Lady Buff Stampede at the Par-71, 5,947-yard La Paloma Golf Course. “It was a tough day, but our kids just hung in there,” MSU coach Jeff Ray said. “We finished sixth out of 16 teams. That’s not bad in our first tournament. I am very proud of the girls.” Freshman Taylor Klutts gave the Mustangs their best round of the day, carding an 8-over 79 which was a nine-stroke improvement over her opening round as the Lake Kiowa native finished 24th with a total of 167

(+25). Kendra Whittley fired steady rounds of 81 and 82 to close as MSU’s top individual finisher with a 21-over total of 163 to close 17th, while her sister Kyle Whittley completed rounds of 77 and 88 for a total of 165 (+23) to finish 20th. Freshman Lindsay Burkhart had two countable rounds of 78 and 90 for a 26th place total of 168 (+26), while freshman Lauren Romines turned in rounds of 90 and 92 for a total of 182 (+40). Freshman Megan Richardson and sophomore Kari Goen competed as individual medalist finishing 52nd and 75th with totals of 181 (+39) and 203 (+61), respectively.

The Mustangs, who had a tworound team total of 663 (+94), trailed tournament winning Tarleton State by 28 strokes as the TexAnns finished with 67-over 635 followed by Central Oklahoma (640), Angelo State (649), Newman (Kan.) (654) and West Texas A&M (656). Midwestern finished fifth out of eight Lone Star Conference teams competing at the Lady Buff Stampede. Tarleton State’s Jacqueline Lau (76-80) and Newman’s Linzi Allen (72-84) shared top individual medalists honors with two-round totals of 156 (+14). The Mustangs compete in the Central Oklahoma Broncho Classic next week at the KickingBird Golf Course in Edmond.

Mexico Junior College (83 points), Cowley (Kan.) College (132) and Kansas Wesleyan (152), but ahead of South Central Region competitors Incarnate Word (6th/222), East Central (9th/240), West Texas A&M (10th/254), Central Oklahoma (12th/271), Eastern New Mexico (15th/329), Newman (16th/346), Southwestern Oklahoma (20th/460) and Oklahoma Panhandle State (26th/785). Junior Sydnee Cole turned in another strong outing and finished overall with a time of 19:00.00, but was well behind the meet winner as Caroline Jeplting of New Mexico Junior College finished the course in a blazing 16:54.00. Sophomore Lindsay Pate closed the 5K course in 19:49.00

to place 26th, while freshman Heather Owens logged a 20:22.00 for 44th and sophomore Kayla Hendrix finished in 20:26.00 for 49th. Junior Hassie Sutton was the Mustangs’ last counter, taking a 74th-place finish with a time of 21:03.00 to give the Mustangs a two-minute gap time. “If we want to accomplish any of our goals, we’re going to have to improve on that gap time or we’ll be eaten alive,” Styles said. Redshirt freshman Julie Bell and freshman Melody Caldwell finished 98th and 102nd with times of 21:31.00 and 21:40.00, respectively. Midwestern competes in the ACU Naimadu Pre-Region Meet next Saturday in Abilene. For the Wichitan Andy Tanner tied a school record with 11 receptions including a pair of touchdowns to lead No. 23 Midwestern State to a 31-19 win over West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The win snapped MSU’s fourgame skid to the Buffaloes as the Mustangs improved to 5-1 on the season and evened their conference mark at 1-1. Midwestern quarterback Zack Eskridge passed for 235 yards with both of his touchdowns going to Tanner, who finished with 140 yards with touchdowns of 10 and eight yards. West Texas A&M surged to a 19-10 lead with 11:40 to go in the third quarter when Kelvin Thompson scampered in from four yards out. Thompson tallied 156 all-purpose yards including 79 rushing and 77 receiving. The Mustangs would score the

Senior wideout Andy Tanner tied a school record with 11 receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Mustangs to a 41-19 win over West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Patrick Johnston)

final 21 points of the contest. Eskridge rumbled in from five yards out before Pat Gardner

blocked MSU’s seventh punt of the season to set up an 18-yard TD run by Marcus Mathis to

Women’s soccer extends regular Golf looks strong in first showing season unbeaten streak to 17 Defeat Texas Woman’s and Texas A&M Commerce

Kaitlin Morrison Sports Editor No. 10 Midwestern State looked to extend their winning last weekend as they faced two tough competitors. On Friday, the Mustangs took on Texas Woman’s University in the Lone Star Conference opener at the MSU Soccer Field. It only took one goal for the Mustangs to collect their seventh win of the season. In the 63rd minute, senior Megan Hanlon banged in a cross from Kari Bristow to score the lone goal of the game. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Meek and freshman Mallory Whitworth combined to make two saves for the Mustangs’ seventh shutout of the season. The Mustangs have not allowed a goal in the last 557:49 of clock time and notched a program record with their fifthstraight shutout Midwestern State outshot TWU 12-10 including a 4-2 edge in shots on goal. With the loss, the Pioneers dropped to 2-7 and 0-2 in LSC play. On Sunday, MSU played a pivotal contest against Texas A&M Commerce at the MSU Soccer Field and came out with their eighth victory of the season with a 1-0 overtime win. The solo goal of the game came from Lindsay Pritchard in

the 96th minute after she collected a carom to the left corner and banged in the game winner. “I’m proud of the girls,” head coach Jeff Trimble said. “That was the best we’ve played this year. Both teams had quality chances. It was just a matter of who was going to convert one of them.” Fortunately, it was the Mustangs on a situation created by the hustle of junior midfielder Brandy O’Neal, who raced into the box to beat Texas A&MCommerce keeper Taylor Jordan to a through ball. The ball glanced off of Jordan’s and appeared to be heading out by the touch line. Pritchard beat the defender to the ball and scored her teamleading fifth goal of the season and second game winner of the campaign. MSU received a strong defensive play that allowed the Mustangs to extend the match into the extra period. “We played a strong first half, but they (Texas A&M-Commerce) really dictated play in the second half,” Trimble said. “Kat (Bernick) and Jaime (Pompey) really stepped and played well.” MSU got another exceptional performance from the goalkeeping duo of Ashley Meek and Mallory Whitworth to clinch a school-record sixth-straight shutout. The duo combined for seven

saves, including a Whitworth’s athletic save of Lion midfielder Devon Herrman’s header in the 61st minute while scrambling backwards off a scrum in the box. Herrman was Texas A&M Commerce’s most active player taking 11 shots and putting five on goals. Texas A&M-Commerce, who advanced the NCAA Division South Central Region finals last season, fell to 6-4 and 1-1. Pritchard and O’Neal combined on a serve to sophomore Kelsey Hill to give the Mustangs their best chance in regulation on a counter attack in the 83rd minute, but Jordan was up to the task for one of her seven saves. MSU has now won 11-straight home matches dating back to a 1-0 loss to Incarnate Word early in the 2008 season. Midwestern State moved to 8-0-2 and 2-0 in Lone Star Conference play. The Mustangs are ranked first in the NSCAA/adidas Regional Rankings.. They are one of five teams in the LSC ranked in the top ten. Incarnate Word is ranked third, West Texas A&M is fourth, University of Central Oklahoma is sixth and Abilene Christian is seventh. MSU plays host to Northeastern Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

CC finishes fourth at OSU Jamboree For the Wichitan

A heavy training workload and the rolling hills at the Oklahoma State Cross Country course weren’t a great mixture for Midwestern State at Saturday’s OSU Cowboy Jamboree. The Mustangs fought through it all to finish fourth overall in the small college/junior college, ahead of all NCAA Division II competitors in the 26-team field. “It was perfect weather and we couldn’t ask for a better day,” MSU coach Koby Styles said. “We were running on dead legs, but we will continue to train through next week’s meet to prepare for conference, regionals and nationals.” MSU finished behind New

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On Deck this week... Thursday October 8 Volleyball


@ Tarleton State 7 p.m. Friday October 9 Men’s Soccer @Northeastern State 3 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Northeastern State 5 p.m. Saturday October 10 Cross Country @ACU Naimadu Pre-Regional Meet Volleyball @Texas A&M Kingsville 2 p.m. Football @ Tarleton State 7 p.m. Sunday September 20 Men’s Golf @Queens Invitational Women’s Golf @Oklahoma Intercollegiate Women’s Soccer vs. East Central 1 p.m.

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Men’s soccer sets school record with seven shutouts Kaitlin Morrison Sports Editor

Midwestern State wanted revenge on the team that has handed them their only loss of the season. In front of over 1,000 fans, MSU defeated a dangerous Incarnate Word 1-0 Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Senior forward Kyle Kmiec knocked a shot from 15 yards out off of IWU goalkeeper Ryan Eschenburg in the second minute of the match and the ball squeezed through to the sliding Nick Auditore to give the Mustangs the early lead. Five minutes later, Kmiec earned back-to-back cards and MSU went the final 84 minutes of regulation a man down.

“We had a great crowd tonight and it helped the guys playing a man down for as long as we did,” MSU coach Doug Elder said. “Incarnate Word is a great and well-coached team. We feel pretty good to get the result.” The defense took over once again lead by center backs Ryan Spence and Allen Thomson and limited the Cardinals to eight shots with just two of them on goal. “Spence was a key player for us tonight,” Elder said. “He always found himself in position and made the smart play. And he won a lot of balls in the air.” MSU’s goalkeeper Raul Herrera notched two saves and earned his seventh shutout of the season. The shutout was also the Mus-

tangs’ seventh-straight which tied a school record set during the 1990 season. “Our defense was phenomenal,” Elder said. “I’m very proud of the defense.” Although MSU’s shutout streak ended in the eighth minute of Sunday afternoon’s game against St. Edward’s, that doesn’t mean they were going to shut down. In fact, it was the exact opposite. During the final 72 minutes, it was all Midwestern State as they went on to beat the Hilltoppers 4-1. “The most important thing today is we were down 1-0 and responded,” MSU coach Doug Elder said. “After an emotional and hard-fought game on Friday,

it was good to respond.” SEU forward Josh Nannen appeared to touch the ball down to his feet when making a move down the right wing before drawing Midwestern goalkeeper Raul Herrera to the top of the box before serving a cross to Strickland for the shot into the open net. The goal snapped a schoolrecord streak of seven-straight shutouts as the Mustangs had not let in a goal in more than 747 minutes of clock time, and it allowed the Hilltoppers to load the defensive third. MSU’s Craig Sutherland appeared to get in on a through ball in the 25th minute and was taken down in the middle of the box before Paulo Teixiera converted the resulting penalty to knot the game 1-1.

The momentum continued to change in the Mustangs’ favor as Sutherland played a Ryan Spence serve to create a one-on-one, breakaway chance for Bryan Sajjadi in the 36th minute. Sajjadi beat SEU keeper Matt Moore on a low shot to the far post to give MSU the 2-1 advantage. Teixiera notched his second goal on another penalty kick in the 59th minute and Jack Robertson scored on a ricochet off the post for the final score of the game in the 80th minute. With the two wins, MSU moves to 7-1-2 on the season. The Mustangs face Northeastern State Friday afternoon in Tahlequah. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

Mustangs to watch... Football MSU’s Andy Tanner and Pat Garnder earned Lone Star Confernce South Division Player of the Week honors announced by the league on Monday. Tanner garnered Offensive Player of the Week after he tied a pair of school records as he finished the game with 11 receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Gardner earned Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking his second punt of the season in Midwestern’s 31-19 win over West Texas A&M Saturday night.

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Men’s tennis Midwestern State’s Vjekoslav Stipanic and Bo Ziputovic claimed the 2009 Wilson/ITA South Central Men’s Doubles’ Championship Sunday afternoon at Eager Tennis Center. Stipanic and Ziputovic, who improved to 9-0 during fall doubles’ play, rallied from a 7-6 deficit to win four-straight points to claim a 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 finalround victory over Incarnate Word’s Max Moreau and Alex Wieland. The duo rolled through the 32-team, 64-player tournament with four straight-set decisions before battling to a tiebreaker in the championship round. Stipanic and Ziputovic one of only eight teams from across NCAA Division II to advance to the ITA National Small College Championships Presented by USTA from Oct. 14-16 at Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

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