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University spends 104K on marketing campaign Brittney Cottingham Editor-In-Chief
The university is paying $104,000 this year to a higher education consulting company, Noel-Levitz, in hopes of increasing enrollment. The Board of Regents decided in May for the first time in five years to use a new marketing campaign with Noel-Levitz to reach out to high school seniors with a direct marketing campaign and a recruiting plan. The funds for their services were received from the MSU Foundation. “The university will breakeven on the cost of the service if it realizes 17 additional students through these efforts,” said Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management.
Lamb said MSU would find this service to be of considerable value. Abilene Christian University, Tarleton State University and the University of Incarnate Word have all used the services of NoelLevitz. “A direct marketing campaign is one where you purchase lists of potential students and send them information about the school,” Lamb said. “I am sure every student at MSU received information from colleges during their junior and senior years of high school.” Lamb said hiring a marketing company is fairly standard in recruiting and is where an institution generates most of its prospect. Three direct marketing campaigns are being developed
for Midwestern. One list is of 10,000 seniors, who received high scores on a predictive model of likelihood to enroll. According to Lamb, this week high school seniors will receive a hard copy letter, followed by 15 e-mails with different subjects. The second campaign is to 10,000 seniors not on the above list, that meet certain characteristics. The last campaign will be a spring campaign targeting high school juniors. “We want them to be familiar with MSU before they receive information their senior year,” Lamb said. “We feel the three campaigns is an aggressive first step for an institution that has not participated in direct market-
Enrollment changes from fall 2011 to fall 2012 at Texas universities. MSU suffered the greatest decrease with 4.3 percent, while Tarleton State gained 3.87 percent in enrolled students. Graph by HANNNAH HOFMANN
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Scholarship funds on the rise Cody Parish Staff Writer
The balloon artist interacts with a child during Family Day.
MSU provides family fun
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Cristina Martinez Staff writer
What was supposed to be a bright, sunny day in the quad filled with inflatables, live music, and 2,003 students and their family members did not go according to plan. A rainy day replaced the expected sunshine and the quad that sits between Martin Hall and the Hardin Administration Building was traded for the Clark Student Center. Kevin Bazner, assistant director of student development and orientation, was in charge of Family Day. “Noon on Friday is when we made the call to have everything indoors and they started setting
everything up in the student center Friday afternoon,” Bazner said. Bazner said the transition to Clark Student Center was not as bad as it could have been because they had an alternative plan from the beginning. However, some activities were compromised because of the rain, Bazner said. “The biggest thing we had to let go was the inflatables, but luckily the company that we worked with was very flexible. They even called us at the last minute to see if the rain was going to hold off,” Bazner said. Bazner and the Office of Student Development and Orientation were not alone in mak-
ing sure that Family Day went smoothly in spite of the rain. Bazner had the help of more than 40 volunteers from the student ambassadors and the rugby team. “The rugby team was a big help,” he said. “They helped us tear everything down on campus and make the transition out to the stadium for the football game. Basically whenever we needed extra help, they were there for us.” There are 6,182 students enrolled this fall representing 41 states in the U.S. as well as 47 foreign countries. Bazner said even though many family members
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Family day visitors enjoying a laugh at the comedy show with Daniel Martin. Photo by SHANICE GLOVER
A more competitive approach to recruitment and retention also means an increase in the number of scholarships offered, according to Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management. Funded by MSU Foundation, the scholarships would include scholarships for student housing and for students involved in campus activities. “The reason for offering scholarships to students involved in campus activities is engagement,” Lamb said. “A student who is engaged in campus life is more likely to persist and graduate. This lends itself to retention.” Lamb said university sponsored co-curricular programs would be
considered for scholarships. “The only new program for which we offered this type of scholarship was the all-female cheer team,” Lamb said. “We may expand this concept as we move forward.” Students who are connected to university-sponsored, co-curricular activities persist towards a degree at a greater percentage than those who don’t, Lamb said. “In theory, it can help with retention,” he said. The university is also considering increasing housing scholarships. “Students in housing tend to persist and graduate at a greater rate than students who are not in housing,” Lamb said. “There is an extensive body of literature on the importance of housing to
student success.” Lamb said it seems reasonable to offer scholarships in an area that plays a major role in student success. New academic scholarships would be geared toward attracting high school valedictorians, salutatorians, and students who earn minimum 1150 SAT scores or 25 ACT scores, regardless of class rank. “With out increased admission standards, our pool of potential students has declined,” Lamb said. “It is important, then, to be aggressive with the students who do met our admissions profile.” Increase awards to the President’s Distinguished Scholars and
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Area high school seniors encouraged to choose MSU Ruth fitzgerald-black Staff Writer
Local high school seniors will receive mail letters within the week, encouraging them to make Midwestern their university. This is one of many marketing strategies Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, has developed to attract freshman. Lamb said MSU plans to address the 4.9 percent enrollment drop by recruiting more students from the Metroplex as well as the Oklahoma City area. He said there are also plans to expand the availability of online classes to cater to distance education students. Area high school counselors have explained the reasons why students from the surrounding region are turning to other universities other than MSU that are not so close to home. According to Burkburnett High School counselor Susie Nix, some students simply want a change of scenery, which means moving away from the Wichita Falls area to expand their horizons. “In some cases, [high school seniors] either want to get away from certain people or situations that they have grown up with,”
Nix said. “Occasionally, it is because they have family elsewhere or they have been raised to attend the university the family has attended.” Skyler Warrick, 20, is a junior from Wellington, Texas. Warrick said students from small towns tend to want to escape from the small-town mentality and hone their skills at larger universities. Similarly, many students wish to be farther away from their parents and the people they grew up with. In addition, larger universities usually entail larger cities with exponentially greater opportunities. “Most of my graduating class actually chose to attend West Texas A&M,” Warrick said. “The main reason I chose MSU, is because I am on a basketball scholarship.” Had Warrick not received her basketball scholarship, she would have been more likely to attend a D1 university out-of-state, she said. “If students want to attend MSU in order to obtain a broadcasting degree, one must actually graduate with a major in mass communication, with a minor in broadcasting.”
Warrick said this is not the case at larger universities in Texas, which tend to have more specific degree plans, she said. Ryan McKelvy, 22, a first-year history graduate, grew up in Wichita Falls, but attended high school in Rockwall, half an hour away from the Metroplex area. McKelvy said most students from Rockwall choose Midwestern, because they want to be more than a short drive away from their hometowns and parents. “Sure, there are closer universities to Rockwall than Wichita Falls, but MSU is just the right amount of distance away from their parents, without being too far away or out-of-state,” McKelvy said. Barbara Merkle, director of admissions, said area students use a vast number of search engines, including social media outlets, when shopping for a college that is right for them. “For the fall 2012 semester, we received 3208 applications from beginning freshmen, and we admitted 1532,” she said. MSU tries to go above and beyond in order to encourage stu-
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New scholarships to entice students our View In an effort to increase enrollment, the university has created additional scholarships for current and potential students. The goal is to entice new students to come to MSU and also to retain the students currently attending classes. The new scholarships will be designated for students involved with university-sponsored activities. But what does that mean? According to Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, students who are more involved and engaged in campus life are more likely to graduate. The focus is to motivate students wanting to get more involved around campus by offering a financial incentive. Don’t jump off the couch just yet. This does not include all student organizations. These new scholarships are reserved for universitysponsored programs. This year, an additional cheerleading squad, an all-girl pom squad, is one example of an organization that will benefit from the new funds. MSU has 120 registered student organizations on campus, yet the university only recognizes certain organizations as university sponsored? It is insulting how these scholarships are
prioritized. By limiting scholarship money to people involved in specific MSU organizations, fewer people will get involved with programs they are truly interested in. It is unfair for the university to require all groups to register as student organization, if according to the universities own logic, they are not technically part of the university at all. The Wichitan is curious to see how this will affect student involvement. Will this impact how successful student-run organizations operate? Student Development and Orientation does offer student organizations an opportunity to apply for funds in an effort to alleviate financial pressure. Unfortunately, students cannot take advantage of this for their own personal gain, which leaves little incentive for people to join. Lamb said two potential challengers come to mind when it comes to awarding scholarships. “The first is how the university discern among the several potential activities,” said Lamb. Another issue the university faces is the fear that students who are extremely involved in campus life will show a decrease in class work, and ultimately grade point average. There are many students on campus involved in organizations not on this list. What makes those students less deserving of those scholarships? Could this incentive ultimately backfire on
administration because students will feel discriminated against for not being involved in the right organization? And how will they combat this issue from happening? The university has been struggling with enrollment in recent semesters. It will be interesting to see if additional scholarships will be enough to bring in new students, while maintaining students already attending MSU. The Wichitan would like to see more consistency from administration regarding the new scholarships, but we are confident that with additional modifications, it could be a good recruiting tool for the university. Students who have previously been overlooked for scholarships now have an opportunity to take advantage of relief. Not every person is a 4.0 student and this finally gives the average student a fighting chance. There are three types of students who should be considered for scholarships. Students with high grade point averages, students with both high grade point average and campus involvement and students who are strongly involved, but are not thriving academically. Each category deserves a fair amount of scholarships awarded annually. Don’t favor one of them, because it is diversity that makes this university great.
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Breast cancer is not the only cancer
Pink products are dominating the shelves and that can only mean one thing. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here. But did you know that October is also Liver Cancer Awareness Month? Most people don’t. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has done an outstanding job raising awareness for breast cancer, but often we get caught up in the cause. Resources at www.breastcancer.org claim about one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and an astonishing one in ten men will experience breast cancer in his. These are high numbers, don’t get me wrong, but breast cancer is much less fatal than it used to be, yet continues to be the primary face of cancer. Comic by JOHNNY BLEVINS
January Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Letter to the Editor How is bringing international people into Wichita a problem? Not being a Twitter user this is the first I have heard about MWSU Problems Twitter account, which in general seems harmless enough. I guess I get the idea behind the account; having a place to air out frustrations, what I don’t get is that what are they expecting the outcome to be? Are they expecting changes to be made based on people’s postings on this Twitter page? I doubt very seriously that will happen. What truly frustrates me is the reaction to the Caribbean population at MSU, #blametheCaribs is absolutely offensive to me. I could not imagine how offensive it is to Caribbean students who see it. The founder of the page claims that the comments were jokes, well “Dustin” jokes or not these comments make not only MSU students but Wichita Falls look uneducated, racists, unwelcoming and just plain ignorant. You say your hiding your identity because “It makes you think who is behind this genius Twitter account,” is that the truth? Or is it because you know some people are going to have some strong opinions for you that you don’t want to deal with? We are lucky as Americans to have freedom of speech but it should go without saying that
we need to use our brains and think about the things we say and do. Using a picture of a MSU building and MWSU in the account name would lead me to believe that this account is coming from the school, an administrator or someone appointed from the student government not a random person who hides behind the site. It should be clear to everyone that this is in no way connected to MSU itself just the random students who wish to be a part of it. I for one would like to express a sincere apology to everyone these comments offended and let them know that this is not the voice of everyone, just an ignorant few who have nothing better to do than make us all look bad. I think Raisa Charles deserves to be noticed for taking a stand and actually writing in to the Wichitan expressing her concern and getting people to pay attention to the issue. I would also like to thank the ones who participated in this slander furthering the stereotype that we are “full of rednecks, cowboys and racism.” Last I would like to commend President Jesse Rogers for meeting with Raisa Charles and letting her know how untrue and offensive this information was to most. Jessica Williams
February National Cancer Prevention Month March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month
SARAH LONG OP-ED EDITOR
Since detection has greatly reduced breast cancer-related casualties, more needs to be done to inform people of the other types of cancers out there. According to www.pancreatic. org, an estimated 44,030 Americans will be diagnosed with April Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month Testicular Cancer Awareness Month May Brain Cancer Awareness Month Melanoma & Skin Cancer Awareness June National Cancer Survivors Day
pancreatic cancer in the U.S. More than 37,660 will die from the disease and it is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Those numbers are unbelievable. As a culture, we sensationalize the human body, breast in particular. We often forget about the pain and suffering people are going through if we can’t see it directly. Lung cancer is diagnosed every day, but it is not quite as “in your face” as a woman who has undergone a double mastectomy. The reality is millions of dollars are going directly to breast cancer powerhouse Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Meanwhile, the American Cancer Society and Stand-Up to Cancer are dividing their proceeds to an array of different can-
cer research projects. I am not trying to minimize the important effort to eliminate cancer, however, would like people to open their eyes to more than just a popular charity. More corporations are refusing to get involved in other cancer venues because of lack of publicity for their group or organization. This university had a less than impressive Relay for Life back in April but always go all out for to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I can almost guarantee we will see the football team rocking some pink socks and ankle tape at games during the month of October. Please acknowledge all cancer this month and every month.
July Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Liver Cancer Awareness Month
September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness Leukemia Awareness Month Lymphoma Awareness Month
Fall 2012 Prime Time TV Shows Across 3 Sin City 5 Team Blake or Team Adam 7 This Friend is moving along 10 XOXO 11 Multiple poor chicks 12 Not just a baby daddy 13 ABC Family mix-up madness 15 Modern day fairy tale 22 ABC Sunday Night for someone looking to get even 23 Claire Danes seems a little paranoid 24 A new modern family 25 Sofia Vergara looks stunning in this show 26 Simon, Britney, Demi, L.A. 27 Papa Roach song Down 1 Sheldon, Penny, Howard 2 HBO serial killer 4 This New Girls sister and Angel make quite a team 6 FBI profilers 8 Most famous zip code in history 9 Seattle Grace 14 Kelly Kapoor gets a new gig 16 Country Strong 17 Farewell Season, Good-bye Jim &Pam, 18 CBS takes a spin on Sherlock 19 Don’t mistake TGS for SNL 20 Season 2 for this recent gal 21 Excited or joy
November Lung Cancer Awareness Month Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month
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HELP from pg. 1 ing in the last several years.” A consultant from Noel-Levitz with extensive enrollment management has already experience has visited our campus. “One of these items on which we need to improve is our communication plan with prospective students and applicants,” Lamb said. “Our recent foray into social media is a step in the right direction, however, there is much work that remains in this area.” With last week’s announcement of a 4.3 percent enrollment drop, Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, said he was cer-
tainly disappointed, but not entirely surprised by the results. “The size of our freshman class has been steadily decreasing, and our senior class has been steadily increasing,” Lamb said. Lamb said there is no magic bullet when it comes to university enrollment. This past academic year, Midwestern graduated 1339 students, which is more than the university’s ten-year average. Yet even with a high graduation rate, the university did not place the graduates at a 1:1 ratio. “While there are a number of reasons we did not replace at a
1:1 ratio, such as a declining traditional age population based in the area from which 40 percent of our students come from, the bottom line is we must do a better job attracting and cultivating new students.” Lamb said he is focusing on recruitment and retention this academic year. For the first time in five years, the university is looking for outside help to assist with enrollment woes. Lamb said he expects a major impact on enrollment to come from domestic students. Two weeks ago, Lamb and Randy
Glean, director of international services, spent time in China in hopes of recruiting students. “China has the world’s largest population and one of the world’s fastest growing economies,” Lamb said. “If we expect our students to operate in a global economy, it is important for them to have this interaction.” The university international student population is just under 10 percent of the total student population, with students coming from over 57 countries. “A comprehensive university should expose its students to the world,” he said. “The United
FAMILY from pg. 1 weren’t able to visit the campus for Family Day, those students were still catered to. “Family Day isn’t just for family as far as parents and siblings go, but it’s also a time to really just have fun with your MSU family,” Bazner said. Samantha Forester, a junior majoring in mass communication and president of Kappa Delta Chi said her chapter was not phased by the rain. Forester said the chapter’s original plan of hosting an academic award ceremony and meet and greet with its family members was enhanced by Family Day. “The families liked that we paired our events with Family Day so they would have more to do,” Forester said. “One of the girl’s grandmothers said this year’s meet and greet was the best yet and it was because Family Day gave us so many more activities to take part in.” Forester’s parents also attended
Family Day. Forester said her parents got the opportunity to meet some of her professors and walk around her classrooms. “It was great for my parents to see what I do on campus,” Forester said. “It’s been a big jump from high school when they were so involved in my life to now when they don’t really get an opportunity to be.” Leanne Henry, a junior majoring in chemistry and a pledge for Kappa Delta Chi is far from home. Henry’s family did not get the chance to visit campus for Family Day because her home is 2,717 miles away in Saint Lucia. Henry said she did not expect her family to attend the events on campus when she sent them the invitation. “It’s hard to go to Family Day with no family here,” Henry said. “But joining Kappa Delta Chi is like the process of adoption. They have really become my segregate family.”
Henry said she misses her family back in Saint Lucia, but she also enjoys going to school here. Henry said this year’s Family Day was the first she attended. She said since joining a sorority, she has experienced campus life more because her sisters have opened her up to new experiences. Henry said the reason she attended Family Day was because of Kappa Delta Chi’s coinciding activities. Bazner said he has started thinking about what the future might hold for Family Day. “I would really love to see us extend it from a day-long event to a weekend. We have a lot of things going on throughout the entire weekend and having Friday night and Saturday night would give the families more time with their students,” Bazner said. “Also, it would give the families that are truly visiting a chance to see what Wichita Falls has to offer as well as increase the
States is where the world meets, more specifically, universities in the United States are where the world meets.” Midwestern is advertised heavily in other countries such as billboards in South Africa and Zimbabwe, radio broadcasts and television commercials in the Caribbean and newspaper advertisements in Nigeria, India and Sri Lanka. “At one time Midwestern had an exchange program with Mexico, Morocco and Japan,” said Kerrie Cale, associate director of international services. “The university works closely
with other representative agents in other countries to promote Midwestern,” said Gidget Pattibon, international immigration specialist. Despite all of the efforts for international recruitment, Pattibon said a lot of the U.S. embassies have not been granting as many visas to international students than in past years. When recruiting students to Midwestern, the size of the institution, quality of the faculty, competitive cost and quality of life are the selling points Lamb said he makes.
REASONS from pg. 1 economic impact Family Day has on the local area.” Bazner said his plate is once again full because even though Family Day is over, homecoming is right around the corner on the week of Oct. 7. “We are gearing up for a great week of activities for homecoming,” Bazner said. “We are putting some finishing touches on some of the events and we will see how we can make it bigger and better than last year.” Bazner said homecoming is another way for students to get involved with the events that happen on campus. Events such as the annual t-shirt exchange, torchlight parade, bonfire, and Mad Chad the chain saw juggler will be highlights of homecoming week. There is still a chance for student organizations to register for various homecoming competitions by visiting www.mwsu. edu, Bazner said.
dents to enroll, Merkle said. “We never discourage students from attending our university and those who aren’t admissible are shown the proper steps to make them become admissible,” she said. For many reasons, some freshmen and sophomores still choose to either withdraw completely or transfer to another university, despite the valiant efforts of MSU to retain those students. “There are so many variables. Sometimes its grades – families struggling with the economy may not want a student on academic probation to return. Sometimes its personal reasons, or work or health-related,” she said. Nonetheless, Rider High School Counselor Julie Johnson believes that there is a misconception amongst high school
seniors that entrance to MSU is a simple application process where the student can “settle” for a Wichita Falls university. “I think a lot of high school seniors in Wichita Falls just assume they can always go to MSU and they are surprised when they do not meet admissions qualifications,” Johnson said. Johnson said when she thinks of MSU, she thinks of a beautiful campus, smaller classes, and good academics. However, according to Johnson, the number one reason she believes enrollment at MSU is declining is simply the declining economy. “I think many more are beginning at Vernon College and then plan to transfer,” she said.
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Student organization promotes free thought SKYE HERA staff writer
Tim Justus, chair of the music department, said he likes to refer to himself as a “freethinker” rather than an atheist for a more positive perception. Like many freethinkers, Justus battles with the misconceptions that come with being an atheist and he said those misinterpretations lead him to start the MSU Freethought Alliance. “I do not hate anybody or worship the devil,” Justus said. “A secular humanist or freethinker, which is what I am, is someone who believes in promoting the welfare of the entire human race. Therefore, this organization is a very positive thing.” Justus said, “the organization is a group of people who are just like everybody else, but don’t allow religious superstition to influence our thoughts.” He grew up in a religious household and actively participated in church along with his family. When he was 20, he started to question what he was taught during the majority of his upbringing, despite his grandfather being a minister. “I believe that where and how people are raised, their upbringing, is the strongest thing that leads them to religion,” he said. “People fear and they have to believe in something.” He also taught Sunday school. However, for almost 40 years, Justus questioned his faith because of the oppression he thought was put upon him by organized religion. Justus was discriminated against after he had a music performance for a church and shortly after, the minister talked about atheists and how they are “dark.” However, though this surprised him, he wanted to be the bigger person. So, he chose not to make a case of defense. “Why start a fuss? According to statistics, atheists are the most hated group in America,” Justus said. He also had to hide his new non-beliefs from certain loved ones, like his father, to not cause any ill feelings, yet the whole idea behind freethought is to be able to express personal thoughts without fear of judgments. “The time to be happy is now. If you can release that fear, then you will be happy now. A lot of times, people won’t talk in a hostile territory,” Justus said. “There is no group in Wichita County for non-believers.” This is why he hopes students will ask the question, “Where can I go to find people who can relate?” “I feel that this organization will bring awareness to people so they will want to ask questions because that is the way we learn,” Justus said. Critical thinking is one of the core goals for the university. “I hope to involve the group members in it because if they’re not critically thinking, they’re not making decisions in life the right way based upon facts and not perceptions. Atheists have to excel at critical thinking. Each has come to a point in life where scientific inquiry has led them to the idea that natural selection, evolution, and life on the planet has arisen because of natural processes,” Justus said. However, he wants to take more of a “backseat” approach in regards to the involvement and discussions that take place in this future organization. His role is to advise the students if necessary and to sign any official documents. Justus said he wants the organization to become well known, but also wants the officers and other group members to actively participate by “freeing their
minds,” and “do it for themselves.” But this was not an issue for the members. “All the members collaborated, everybody was involved and had ideas. The students make me happy from their own excitement and willingness to participate,” Justus said. Before the first meeting was held, a Facebook group was made to publicize the new organization. To get word out about the meetings, people took photos of the flyers that were placed all over campus, and posted them to the Facebook website. Also, art students in the group are making posters and accountants are running the money. Though it is in the process of becoming an official university group, the Freethought Alliance had 12 members in its first meeting.
She developed an “internal desire” to learn, and gets to do that in the Freethought Alliance because it gives people insight about different perspectives. Everybody has experienced some form of discrimination. Bradford, who works at an accounting firm, went to her boss to discuss personal things she was struggling with, thinking that she would understand. However, her boss assumed that she was already a Christian and proceeded to tell Bradford to look at Bible verses that have helped her, thinking they may help Bradford. “I feel like I can’t tell my boss about my non-beliefs and I can’t be myself around her. I think that if I do tell her, she would find a way to make sure I didn’t work there anymore,” Bradford said. This is one reason why freethinkers are a closeted group in America. Bradford gets a sense of
“I do not hate anybody, or worship the devil. A secular humanist or freethinker, which is what I am, is someone who believes in promoting the welfare of the entire human race.” Tim Justus Music department chair
Two weeks ago, the organization’s officers were nominated and elected. Cansu Bradford, vice president, junior and accounting major, said she wants to “educate people about what it means to be an atheist or freethinker,” while also “changing most people’s view.” “This organization gives students that have questions an opportunity to ask them without being ridiculed or criticized. Also, it will provide discussions of philosophy and outer space, while challenging long-standing beliefs. I saw this club as an opportunity to do something amazing for the university by bettering it,” Bradford said. Although the majority of people in the organization grew up with Christian influences, Bradford was one of the few who did not have a strong religious background. Because her mother is of Turkish descent, she did not grow up with a sense of what Christianity was. Therefore, Bradford did not know much about it or any other religion until she was older. “I was raised to believe whatever I wanted to. In elementary school, I didn’t care to go to church or believe in anything,” Bradford said. “I know every major religion has its own great lessons, but if you don’t question the parts about your beliefs that don’t stay in line with science and reality, you’re ignorant.” After elementary school, when she was a few years older, her peers were involved in Christian activities like YoungLife. Bradford went to the meetings because of her parent’s divorce. “I was giving Jesus a shot,” Bradford said. She said she wanted to be a part of something and they accepted her. However, her attendance to the meetings only lasted for a summer because she learned so much in college and in her own research. Her pursuit for answers provoked her to research scientific and historical facts. “I was able to open my mind and think clearly,” Bradford said. “My favorite way to learn is through documentaries. But my main philosophy is that the world becomes incredibly less complicated, and everything makes sense when you see things through a scientific perspective.”
“freeing relief” from the up-andcoming organization. “It’s so important to have this group because people don’t get to be themselves and express themselves in other environments; including me, and it gives like -minded people a chance to be together in diversity,” Bradford said. “The group is a very diverse, fun bunch. There is even a Christian member, and we are so glad to have him! I am so proud to be vice president of a group of such amazing people.” Leaders in the club said they keep things positive, and even if it does not become an accredited organization, the people involved “will still be a group” within themselves. “It is extremely gratifying when people ask questions, especially after engaging in group discussions. The goal is not to convert people, but if Christians ask “why,” it shows that they’re attempting to think,” Bradford said. One of the plans for the group is to get involved in the community by starting activities that students and the community can participate in. For instance, the officers are thinking about the possibility of setting up a table in Clark Student Center where the theme would be: “Ask an atheist,” to put a face to the idea of non-belief so people can accept it and know more about it by having students ask any question to the members at the table. While the officers hope to start these kinds of activities before Thanksgiving, there is also talk about possible volunteer work around the community to not only help, but also show the “Bible Belt” demographic that some opinions and perceptions about what freethinkers appear to be are misconceptions of who they really are. “This town tends to only accept Christians who are very conservative. This is why it’s taken so long for an organization like this to happen. It’s the only thing of its kind and everything else is censored,” Bradford said. Although 60 percent of the students in the group are atheists, Edgar Shockley, a sophomore history major and secretary for the Freethought Alliance, is not. However, he is still a freethinker and considers himself a
“deist” as he is indifferent to an existence of God, but believes in the divine, or that there could be a higher power. “It is not important to who I am as an individual,” Shockley said. He also grew up with a huge Christian influence. Shockley’s father was a Baptist Chaplin and exposed him to different types of Christianity such as Christian Science, Catholicism, and Southern Baptism while he went to a Catholic school for a year. However, Shockley began to have doubts about his faith when he was seven and stopped calling himself a Christian when he was 12. Although he said he still thinks that there are contradictions in the religion, he is still fascinated with the history and ideas behind it because it has shaped our society. “I had heard from other members in the group that the flyers posted for the organization had been thrown in the trash and defaced. Those responsible could be people who do not understand what the group is about, and it shows a sign of insecurity of whoever took them down,” Shockley said. The group believes taking down the flyers goes against the free exchange of ideas and thoughts. Shockley said however, “I don’t feel discriminated against because they didn’t stop the meeting and they didn’t stop the free exchange of ideas completely. This is happening no matter how many flyers get torn down.”
Cansu Bradford, vice president of the MSU Freethought Alliance. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN
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Midwestern Music Advocates Their mission: We have all come together for the common cause of promoting excellence in and awareness of all musical arts within our department, school, community, and nation. We will continue on this endeavor and fulfill each day, each meeting, each event and each service project with the goal of enriching our lives and the lives of those around us with music. As the campus-level governing body of both the Music Educators National Conference and the Texas Music Educations Association at MSU, and as representatives of MSU, we should take pride and honor in holding the positions put forth to us. We are not only ambassadors to MSU, but to the world, and this shall hold true and be visible in all meetings and publics appearances. Who can join: To be an active member of MMA: Be enrolled Attend MMA meetings Pay dues Be actively involved in MMA activities Cost: $15 a semester When: Every other Thursday at noon Where: Fine Arts Center, Music Wing, C117C Upcoming Events: Homecoming Concert Oct. 12 @ 9:00pm in Sunwatcher Plaza - Free Trip to Meers Burger Oct. 27 @ 10:30 pm Meet at Fain An Evening in Italy Nov. 4 @ 7:00 - cost $20 (buy tickets in music office) Contact: President, Cory Roberson @ (469) 442-7674 or firstname.lastname@example.org Advisers: Dr. Tim Justus, Dr. Susan Harvey Facebook: Midwestern Music Advocates “If you love music then we want you. We are looking for singers, instrumentalists, teachers, music lovers, concert goers and music planners to be a part of the premier music-planning group on campus. We love all types of music. We do not take a lot of your time, nor money, just come and have fun.”
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Each year, between 200 and 300 people gather to witness the opening ceremonies of the MSUBurns Fantasy of Lights. The cool December air gathers loved ones and creates lasting memories that are difficult to forget. However, when the displays open, people often do not realize volunteers have worked all year long to prepare. â€œWhen the switch is thrown and the lights come on, kids oh and aw, thatâ€™s as good as it gets,â€? said Don Henschel Jr., Fantasy of Lights display builder and board member. â€œI like to stand across the street until the speeches are over and the lights have come on, then walk around quietly and listen to the kidsâ€™ reactions.â€? MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights is the only display in the United States with a storybook type theme, using fairy tales and childrenâ€™s book characters as a base. More than 200,000 people visit the displays each holiday season to reminisce on old memories or to create new ones. â€œItâ€™s not the holiday season in Wichita Falls without the Fantasy of Lights,â€? said Randy Canivel, second year coordinator and rec-
reational sport and wellness center assistant director. What started as a Christmas tree lit with a single blue bulb on Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Burnsâ€™ front porch on 10th Street in the 1920â€™s, has now grown to display more than 20,000 lights and 34lighted and animated scenes. In 1974, Archer City officials turned the displays over to MSU so that the community could enjoy the displays that the Burnsâ€™ had left behind. To ensure that the displays would be presented to the community, volunteers refurbished and rebuilt them. This marked the first year that volunteers worked countless hours on the Fantasy of Lights event. Now, volunteers labor over the displays for almost 1,500 hours each year. â€œI donâ€™t see how it would happen without the volunteers,â€? Henschel said. The Fantasy of Lights work day invites Wichita Falls and members of the surrounding communities to be a part of the tradition. Volunteers clean, paint, and use any of their special talents to get the Fantasy of Lights displays ready. This yearâ€™s Fantasy of Lights
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work day will be held on Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fantasy of Lights workshop, located just off of Highway 79. On the Border has donated lunch for up to 200 volunteers. â€œWe wonâ€™t turn anyone down. You never know what talents you will find,â€? said Armando Muniz, MSU grounds superintendent and longtime Wichita Falls community member. Last year between 200 and 300 people volunteered for the Fantasy of Lights workday. Students, faculty and staff, city government officials, residents of Sheppard Air Force Base and members of the surrounding communities volunteer each year. â€œI want to get the community more involved so they can have ownership,â€? Muniz said. Each year, members of the Greek life community, art students and other student organizations volunteer their time on the Fantasy of Lights workday. Students help keep the event up and running. Now even more students are getting involved. Canivel said this year he hopes more than 200 students will volunteer. â€œOver the last two years, students have made a strong showing,â€? Muniz said.
Taking part in the workday, then visiting the lights and seeing the work that has been done provides a unique experience for those involved. Henschel experiences this first hand, as he spends countless hours each summer working on various displays so that other families can enjoy them in the same way that his has. Henschel said his kids chased bubbles from the same display he works on now. â€œMy favorite part is opening night and the whole month of December with everyone coming out,â€? Canivel said. â€œI just like seeing families out and enjoying it all.â€? This past summer, Canivel worked on six of the major displays such as Peter Pan, Cinderella and the Christmas Carol. While there is no major talk of adding any new displays to the Fantasy of Lights, Henschel said if given the opportunity, he would like to build one or two more. Even though there are not going to be any new displays this year, almost all of the displays are going to have work done before the first week of December, when the lights come on for everyone to see. Not only will the displays be
retouched, they might also be arranged in a new way so that visitors are given a new perspective while making the journey through the different setups. â€œHopefully, all displays will be looking brand new,â€? Canivel said. â€œPeople will see a new look in the MSU-Burns Fantasy of lights.â€? Volunteering does not stop with the workday. It is carried out through the beginning of January when it is time for the lights to be turned off. From Dec. 7 until Jan. 1, up to five volunteers are needed each night to collect donations. This year, they have already received confirmation that 92.9 KNIN, University Kiowaâ€™s Club, SAFB, Hirschi High School, KAUZ News Channel 6 and First Presbyterian Church provide the 130 volunteers. Canivel said the success of the Fantasy of Lights â€œshows the commitment that the townâ€™s people have to keeping the tradition alive.â€? Volunteering, donations and sponsorships are a major part of what makes this $40,000 event happen. The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights is a non-profit organization. They receive financial support
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L.O.Nelson III Photo by HANWOOL LEE
On Thursday, the Dillard College of Business Administration hosted a ceremony to honor one of the ground-breaking businessmen of Wichita Falls â€“ L.O. Nelson III. Nelson, who served both the Wichita Falls community as a businessman and as a supportive aid, is retiring from his role as a member of the Small Business Development Center. Nelson has played different roles in the business field. After graduating college, he went to work for the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University, where he remained for 16 years before starting his own private computer consulting business. Though the business was successful, Nelson returned to Wich-
ita Falls due to his fatherâ€™s failing health, where he continued to run the family business, L.O. Nelson Office Supplies. Nelson worked at the center for 16 years and acted first as a small business analysis before becoming the assistant director in 1999. Nelson said he has always been in the business side of things. From the littlest tasks, such as sweeping to learning what made the business successful, these are the lessons Nelson said he learned as a young man working in his familyâ€™s office supply store. His grandfather, L.O. Nelson I, opened the office supply business in Wichita Falls in 1939, where it remained a trademark in the community until it closed in 1994. Even after the family business closed, Nelson continued to act as a cornerstone of the Wichita Falls
business community by training others and offering advice about how to run a small business. It was only natural for him to come to the Small Business Development Center to help others. â€œL.O. Nelson has contributed greatly to our Small Business Development Center and our local economy,â€? said Terry Patton, dean of the college of business administration. Patton said she believes Nelsonâ€™s role in the Small Business Development Center has not only made an impact in the center, but also in the lives of many small business owners. â€œPersonally, I am honored to have had the opportunity to know him,â€? Patton said.
Administrators are looking for numerous outlets to help fund studentâ€™s education including recently extended the Mustang Guarantee Program to transfer students. The program is a financial aid package available to incoming freshmen and undergraduate transfer students who meet certain criteria. MCP will cover the remaining balance of any tuition and mandatory fees that are not covered by other grant or scholarship money. This program does not cover room, board, books and any miscellaneous charges a student might owe. Lamb called this program an important benefit for low-income students. â€œA number of students being at community colleges due to cost and it seems reasonable that we can attract some of these students in transfer with the Mustangs Guarantee program.â€? To be eligible, a student must be a Texas resident, Pell Grant eligible and have a combined annual family adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less. â€œIt is fundamentally fair to offer the same program to our transfer students as we do to our beginning freshmen,â€? Lamb said. MSU also mandates that these students complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid application, enroll in at least 15 hours per semester and maintain
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from Wells Fargo, United Supermarket, First Bank, Burns family and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Donations from individuals can be dropped in a boot while driving or walking through the Fantasy of Lights or given through the Fantasy of Lights website. Last year, because of the donations that were given, the event made $11,000 to be used for security, insurance, meals and the upkeep of the displays. Family and friends walk through the lights, chase bubbles from the robot and drop letters to Santa in the big mailbox, making the holiday season even more meaningful. As a member of the community, Muniz gets to bring his children to the lights each year and watch their faces light up as they pass through some of their favorite displays. None of this would be possible without the volunteers. â€œWe couldnâ€™t make Fantasy of Lights possible without the community,â€? Canivel said.
a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in fall and spring semesters to receive the benefits. Financial Aid Director Kathy Pennartz said 314 beginning freshmen and transfer students were flagged as candidates for MGP for Fall 2012 semester. Of these students, 123 failed to register for classes, 82 enrolled in less than 15 hours, and 83 received other forms of financial aid which covered their tuition and mandatory fees. Of the remaining 26 students, 19 of which transferred to MSU, received a combined $41,790 from MGP. Pennartz said students do not have to inquire about MGP to receive the aid. The system automatically flags qualifying students. â€œStudents are automatically identified as MGP-eligible when/if they meet the criteria,â€? said Pennartz. â€œThe student isnâ€™t required to tell us that they want the MGP.â€? Just as MSU has set up a system to identify all MGP-eligible students, the university also ensures students do not abuse the program via FAFSA verification and individual student confirmation. â€œSince the student must complete the FAFSA financial aid application, all information is verified in accordance with current federal regulations to determine Pell eligibility,â€? Pennartz explained. â€œAfter Pell eligibility is determined, I am responsible for confirming the student MGP eligibility.â€? MGP-eligible students can receive the benefits for up to four years as long as they continue to meet FAFSA application, enrollment, and cumulative GPA criteria.
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The Friday night portion of Falls Fest 2012 turned out to be a great kickoff to the annual event. There were plenty of activities located in and around Lucy Park for attendees to do, including a rock wall climb, a mini carnival, various food vendors from the area such as Fuzzy’s Tacos, Golden Chick and Ghengis Grill and plenty of beer and alcoholic beverages for the over-21 crowd at the beer tent. The majority of the night was dedicated to music, with headliner Kevin Fowler set to cap off the evening. Local favorites Shantell kicked the night off at 7 p.m. with their mix of country and classic rock ‘n’ roll. The band played through their crowd-favorite covers of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Def Leopard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and Trick Pony’s “Pour Me,” as well as their original songs “The Legacy You Left Behind,” a song about a friend who died too young, and “The Hate Song.” The crowd reacted well to Shantell’s stage presence and the band put on a great opening set. Unfortunately, some technical difficulties disrupted the band’s last song, but they continued to play through it. Once Shantell’s set was over, another local favorite took the stage. The Tyler Rushing Band came out at 8 p.m. and played through a strong set of their brand of Texas Country. Rushing’s band has grown quite a following in the last few years due to his constant touring around the area and radio play on 94.9 The Outlaw.
Their set consisted mostly of songs off their debut album, Highway 82, but Rushing did throw in a few covers from Old Crowe Medicine Show and Waylon Jennings as well. Rushing did his best to get the crowd warmed up for the final act, but the highlight of the set wasn’t any particular song he and his band played, but rather the impromptu proposal to his longtime girlfriend in the middle of the stage. Around 9:30 p.m., Kevin Fowler finally took the stage to bring the night to a close after his roadies safely secured his musical equipment from getting damaged by the rain that was starting to come down at this point. Fowler kicked his set off welcoming everyone to “The Church of Hank Williams” and ripped through a rousing rendition of his hit “The Lord Loves a Drinkin’ Man.” High energy and nostalgic song choices such as “Don’t Touch My Willie,” “The Best Mistake I Ever Made,” “Long Line of Losers” and “Hard Man to Love” filled Fowler’s set with much approval from the audience. By the end of Fowler’s set, the rain began to pour with full force, but that didn’t stop his diehard fans from sticking around and having a good time. Fowler and his band definitely made staying out in the storm worth every bit of it. While Friday-goers braved through the storm of Falls Fest 2012, Saturday wasn’t so lucky, as more rain and weather problems forced the event to call it quits earlier than expected, around 6 p.m. Nonetheless, this year’s Falls Fest delivered on the promise of good times with good friends and good music.
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Fraser scores as MSU frustrates ACU DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
After trailing 1-0 to Abilene Christian University, the women’s soccer team was relieved when Maddie Fraser responded quickly with a well-struck volley. The goal was as a result of a faulty clearance by the Wildcats after Katy Catney took the 65th minute free kick. Fraser chose the right spot and time to strike the ball for the welldeserved equalizer. The Lady Mustangs outplayed ACU, but were unable to convert the majority of their chances. However, Fraser’s goal was something to be grateful for. “We were all really excited because we definitely outplayed Abilene Christian and worked hard for that goal,” Fraser said. “We had so many chances and deserved to win. We played so well as a team Wednesday night.” MSU beat their guests at almost every challenge. The home side fought hard to get a victory. The Lady Mustangs finished the game with 24 shots on goal, which was greater than their opponents by 10. This was a great improvement from previous games. “We beat them to almost every ball, but we just couldn’t seem to find the net,” Fraser said. “We have been struggling to finish our chances, but we are working hard and continuing to get better every single game.” Fraser has received praise for her top-drawer skills for the past few years that she has played with the Lady Mustangs. The senior forward has been the architect of the team’s offense since and has led Midwestern
Payton Fookes scored the winning goal against Texas A&M Commerce.
Maddie Fraser scored the equalizer against Abilene Christian University. Photo by KERRI CARTER
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State to a few championships. “I’ve been so proud of us the past couple of years,” she said. “We had two conference championships and two NCAA appearances and have certainly earned respect in our region.” Fraser said MSU is still the one
of the most feared teams, despite recent setbacks. “Even though we aren’t getting the results we would like, we are still the team to beat and we fight hard every game,” she said. With many new players on team, Fraser said she hopes they
would learn from the senior players as the team continues to flourish. “I see this year as a building season,” she said. “We have so many new players and are still trying to adjust so we can start playing together as a team.”
The Lady Mustangs improved last weekend with a 1-0 defeat against Texas A&M Commerce after a double overtime. MSU’s Payton Fookes’ 25-yard goal separated both teams after 109 minutes. Nevertheless, MSU was un-
able to score, even after two periods of extra time, in its Sunday fixture against Texas Woman’s University. The Lady Mustangs will visit Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M Friday and Sunday.
Goodell to blame for NFL replacement ref drama Unless you have been living under a rock for the last three weeks, you most likely know of the controversy surrounding the Sept. 24 Monday Night Football game involving the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. I’m not going to get into the specifics of “Goldengate,” or any argument for that matter. It would be pointless, considering the NFL backed the original decision and the “W” will forever go to the Seahawks. What irks me the most isn’t the catch, the poor officiating throughout that game or the past three weeks from the replacement referees. What bothers me the most are
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the actions of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and how we, the fans and spectators, have seemingly allowed him to walk away without a scratch from this situation that put the entire season in
jeopardy. While I understand that ultimately, the owners did not want to pay whatever amount of money the referees were looking to get out of this new bargaining agreement, Goodell was by no means an innocent bystander in this situation. In the last few weeks, Goodell has single-handedly tarnished the reputation of the entire NFL, while placing the blame on the real referees, as well as the coaches, players and management of all 32 teams. Goodell sat back and watched his “experiment” turn the league into a chaotic mess on the brink of anarchy with each telecast. It was clear that these replacement officials were not up to the level of officiating an NFL-speed game, and that’s not on them. You can’t expect people that
couldn’t even make it in the Lingerie Football League to miraculously call a professional game by the book. You also can’t blame them for being easily swayed by a home crowd’s reaction as to which way they made a call. In my eyes, they are innocent in all of this. Goodell, however, backed them up a little too much, mostly because the league’s wallet was involved. It’s one thing to let a bad call slip. But there were repeatedly missed calls, calls made the wrong way and the ridiculousness of one referee signaling a touchdown while the other signaled a touchback. There is an issue, and it’s not with the players and coaches overreacting and getting physical with the referees.
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Bottom line, Goodell saw the havoc happening on the field the first three weeks and sat back and did absolutely nothing. But we let him get away with it? Let’s back track a little. Last year around this time, another situation involving a league commissioner was getting national attention. David Stern simply spoke for the coaches of the NBA (and unreasonably vetoed a trade that would have made the Lakers a super team, which they still ended up becoming this offseason anyway) on their reasons for not allowing a bigger portion of basketball-related income to go to the players during the negotiations of their new collective bargaining agreement. When the league officially locked out a few weeks later, all of a sudden Stern was the bad guy for allowing this to happen, at least in the eyes of the fans and the media. It was Stern’s fault the owners weren’t budging. It was Stern’s fault the players wanted more and wouldn’t agree to the CBA terms. All the blame was placed on Stern. Analysts and fans started open-
ly calling for his head on a stake when there was nothing he could legally do to stop this. Goodell, on the other hand, was heavily involved with the referee lockout and continually suggested that everyone needed to just ignore it and enjoy the game. Where was the outcry when this happened? Where were the analysts raising their pitchforks calling for Goodell to step down? Where were the players claiming that they just didn’t understand him? It seems as if we were so relieved to get the “real” referees back, we would accept any explanation and compromise to get it. While I won’t say that this one incident should call for Goodell’s resignation, I will say that he’s being watched closely. I do not believe that he has the integrity and tradition of the great American sport in his best interest. His actions over the last month have proved that. For now, let’s just hope that with the real league officials in place, the game can be played the way it is supposed to be and without controversy.
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Cardinal defensive players tackle running back Kendrick Jackson at the Sept. 29 home game. Photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
Mustangs dominate scoreboard ORLANDO FLORES JR. STAFF WRITER
The No. 14 Midwestern State Mustangs continued their onslaught of the Lone Star Conference Saturday as they rolled over the Incarnate Word Cardinals 34-7. Both teams traded scores in the first quarter, but the Mustangs’ defense held tough and kept the Cardinals offense from scoring for the remainder of the game. The offense continued scoring
to bring on the points. The Mustangs’ defense gave up 148 yards to the Cardinals running game, but their defense against the passing game significantly improved since their last victory against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Incarnate Word gained only 146 yards and one touchdown with their passing game, while the Mustangs came up with five combined sacks over both Incarnate Word quarterbacks.
Elijah Winston and Neiko Conway led the defensive slaughter of the Cardinals. Winston had six total tackles with four for a loss and three sacks, while Conway again came up with an interception for the Mustangs. While the Mustangs dominated the scoreboard, their offensive output was shortened due to a tough Cardinals’ defense that forced a 1-for-9 third-down conversion rate for MSU.
The Mustangs chalked up 423 offensive yards, with a 6.4 yards per play average to counteract the Cardinals. The running game was again the catalyst to the Mustangs’ victory, with 260 yards coming on the ground. Keidrick Jackson made up most of the groundwork for the Mustangs, totaling 173 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Quarterback Brandon Kelsey also got in on the run action, tak-
ing 10 snaps for 66 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown rush to get the Mustangs on the board first in the opening quarter. Kelsey also completed 11 of his 20 passes for 163 yards, including a fourth quarter 23-yard touchdown pass to Joe Sanders (4 receptions, 55 yards). The Cardinals’ defense was tough on MSU’s passing game as well, sacking Kelsey twice and picking off one of his passes. Another bright spot for the
Mustangs was the performance of kicker Greg Saladino. Saladino scored two field goals for the Mustangs, a 47-yard conversion in the second quarter. He also scored a 30-yard conversion in the third that helped extend the Mustangs lead. The Mustangs now sit at 3-1 while Incarnate Word falls to 1-4. MSU’s next game will be Thursday, as they travel to Livingston, AL to take on West Alabama.
MSU earns first Lone Star Conference victor y ORLANDO FLORES JR. STAFF WRITER
After picking up their first Lone Star Conference victory on Sept. 22 against Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Midwestern State Lady Mustangs volleyball team had a run of bad luck. The ladies dropped their last three games to No. 5 West Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman’s University. The Lady Mustangs now stand at 3-12 for the season and 1-6 in the Lonestar Conference. Head Volleyball coach Venera Flores-Stafford was impressed with the effort her team put together. “The Kingsville match felt good,” she said. “At that point we had only had our full line up for the second time so we are still trying to find our chemistry.” On Sept. 28, the Lady Mustangs traveled to Canyon and were swept by West Texas A&M in three straight sets, 25-20, 2518, 25-16. The Lady Mustangs struggled against West Texas A&M’s front lines, as the Lady Buffs picked up eight blocks, and MSU had 30 kills to 21 attack errors. Shelbi Stewart led the Lady Mustangs with eight kills, along with Beatriz Villalba’s five kills, two aces and one block. Villabla led the Mustangs on a big 7-0 run in the second set that gave the Lady Mustangs a 13-6 lead
Midwestern’s Brandi Flores (12) denies Josie Santos (2) of TWU. Photo by NOVELLE WILLIAMS
over the Lady Buffs, but a 19-5 run sealed the set for West Texas A&M and any chance of an MSU comeback. Courtney Haney led the Lady Mustangs in assists with 14, and Casey Fletcher led digs with nine.
Sept. 28 saw the Lady Mustangs return home to take on the Texas A&M-Commerce Lady Lions. The Lady Mustangs started off hot with a 25-16 victory, but were unable to transfer that to a match victory as the Lady Lions went on to win the following
three sets 26-24, 25-22, 25-16. Stewart again led the Lady Mustangs with 14 kills, five of which came in the first set. The Lady Mustangs hammered in 13 kills in the first set and forced 10 errors from the Lady Lions. The second set began in similar fash-
ion for the Lady Mustangs, but after failing to secure a set point, the Lady Lions were able to make a last minute three-point run to secure the 26-24 set win that turned the tides of the match. Haney aided the Lady Mustangs efforts against the Lady
Lions with 10 kills and one ace. Kristan Aduddell notched 29 assists and Fletcher got 15 digs. “The girls at one point or another have impressed me,” said Flores-Stafford. “We have a good group and I look forward to seeing how they will step up to the challenge.” The Lady Mustangs latest defeat came at the hands of Texas Woman’s University on Saturday during MSU’s Family Day. The Lady Mustangs were again swept in three straight sets, 25-19, 2519, 25-11. The Lady Mustangs were outpowered by the duo of Josie Santos & Viktorija Jablonska, who led the Lady Pioneers to victory with 12 kills, 11 digs and 10 set-assists respectively. The Lady Mustangs were led by Caitlin Wallace with eight kills and three blocks, Courtney Haney and Kristan Aduddell with 12 assists each and Shelbi Stewart with 11 digs. Flores-Stafford said she believes the team needs confidence to tackle upcoming matches. “I feel we still have the chance to make a strong push at the end if we can gain some confidence,” she said. The Lady Mustangs will look to improve their record as they take on Abilene Christian University and Texas-Permian Basin on Oct. 5.