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$30 million planned for Moffett Librar y remodel Technology upgrades, coffee bar goals for upgraded library By ERIN WRINKLE STAFF WRITER
Over the next few years, President Jesse Rogers has hopes of giving Moffett Library a more modern look, thanks to a Tuition Revenue Bond from the state of Texas. Rogers submitted a request to pay for the remodeling of the out-of-date library at the August 9 Board of Regents meeting. “The project will cost at least $30 million,” Rogers said. “A project of this size can only be done with a state of Texas appropriation.” Although Rogers knows the funding is unlikely because the state is currently in a large deficit situation, he said the library re-
model is a necessity and priority. “The current library was built in 1965 and remodeled and expanded in 1986, a time that we could not imagine the abundance of information available to us over the internet or via the power of today’s very small communication devices,” he said. Andrea Williams, Associate University Librarian of Public Services, said some of the furnishings are reflective of the 80’s era. “Buildings of that era never were expected to handle major Internet access or heavy use of computers for personal computing,” Williams said. Not only is the building being remodeled because of current technology updates but also according to university librarian, Clara Latham, the building isn’t even up to Americans with Disabilities Act code. ADA expects libraries to have
ramps, visible signs, braille listing all rooms, and sufficient parking for handicap students. Other problems of the library include not enough power outlets, a limited amount of study areas, and dim lighting. “The language lab needs to be updated to CDs rather than tapes,” Latham said. She said if the funds are granted for a new library, some of the improvements will include updated technology, larger study rooms and even a coffee bar. Latham, who has been university librarian since 2002, also hopes the library update will include the enlarging of all the library’s current labs. Cornty Bates, serial and electronic resourses librarian, said the inside of Moffett needs a facelift.
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New SGA president goals include parking expansion By stefan atanassov staff writer
Student Government Association has a new president and this senior kinesiology major has goals to get students more involved in campus-related events. Anthony Gallina, 22, said his chief priorities are to expand parking. “The main goal of our association is to take the concerns of students and to pass them to the faculty,” Gallina said. “We are also trying to get student input and general attention in Student Government.” Unlike many former SGA presidents, Gallina was never involved with SGA before being elected president. Through his heavy involvement in Greek Life and being a student ambassador, peer counselor and a manager of rec sports, Gallina said he wanted more of a leadership position.
“I figured running for SGA president was a perfect challenge to prepare me for life after college,” he said. Gallina, who gets a monthly salary of $500, said he wants students to get more involved, but understands why students don’t participate in campus activities. “It is hard for students to get involved because as a freshman, you can feel overwhelmed with classes and the college social life,” Gallina said. “If a student starts out not being too active as a freshman, there is a good chance they will keep doing what is comfortable to them and not venture out and break free of their comfort zone.” Gallina is also involved in MSU’s plans for a new parking lot where the Biology House is. “Everybody knows parking is one of the hot topics on campus,” he said. “In turn, the decision was made to add additional parking
so that more off campus student would be able to park and make it to class on time more easily.” The construction is scheduled to start this semester. Gallina was also on the committee that viewed the academic appeal statements and the student readmission letters. Academic appeal statements are students’ complaints for unfair grades. Gallina worked on three such cases and voted whether the complaint was reasonable or not. Readmission letters are sent by students who have been suspended for low GPA. Gallina helped determine the legibility of about 24 students to reapply to MSU. The Karum-native is also the vice president of his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE).
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Celebrating creativity Art gallery opening shows faculty artistry By ruth fitzgerald-black staff writer
The art department faculty and staff displayed their multifaceted talents in various mediums of art Friday evening at the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery. Each display was visually stimulating and unique in its own right, and each had its own
special story attached as well. Assistant professor Jennifer Yucus spent three weeks of her summer, teaching a high school art class in Kisoro, Uganda, a city with high levels of poverty and AIDS/HIV cases. Her display showcased the talents of her young students through color drawings they created. Each piece depicted the everyday life of each student. The pictures revealed a plethora of scenes including a visit to grandma’s house, the hopes and
dreams of what each desired to become in the future, and even what one child hunted after he completed his studies for the day. Yucus also displayed her own talent for photography and her book blog design. In March, Yucus will co-host a show with her mentor, Jorge Montero, explaining her new body of works based on her experiences in Uganda.
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University addresses parking complaints By cody parish STAFF WRITER
Circling the Bolin parking lot 10 minutes before a 9 a.m. class, waiting to swoop into any empty space, or nearly being rear-ended by drivers while backing out are some of the hassles students deal with daily and continue to voice their frustrations. The Wichitan has received many complaints via social media from students claiming the university has more students than parking spots. The complaints have not gone unnoticed by the university. Using private money and Texas Higher Education Assistance Funds (HEAF), the Board of Regents has given the go-ahead to new projects that will pave parking lots in the northwest side of
campus, replacing the Old Band Hall, the police station, and the Biology House. If construction goes as planned, the new parking lots will add 186 spaces by the end of spring 2013, at an estimated cost of $890,000, provided through HEAF and private gifts. According to projected estimates by the Board, 51 spaces will be added by demolishing the Old Band Hall and resurfacing the McCoy School of Engineering parking lot. Taking down the Old Band Hall, which is planned for later this semester, will cost an estimated $60,000 through private funds. To create a parking lot at the Old Band Hall and resurface the McCoy lot, it will cost $260,000
through private funds. This project is scheduled to begin spring 2013. One hundred and thirty six spaces will be created through HEAF allocations by tearing down the Police Station and the Biology House. Fifteen thousand dollars of private funds will be spent moving the Police Station to the Alumni House. The Board of Regents’ master plan states that $100,000 will be needed to tear down the Police Station and Biology House. It will cost an additional $470,000 to pave a parking lot in their place. This will also be funded by HEAF allocation. Despite the plans of improvement, Student Development and Orientation released their own
analysis of Midwestern’s parking situation. The letter, addressed to students, listed the positive aspects of campus parking. The letter defended change in parking costs, comparing it to larger universities such as Texas Tech University and the University of Texas, who charge students over a hundred dollars a year for parking. However, the enrollment at these universities is at least six times the size of Midwestern. Tarleton State University, which averages close to 10,000 students a year, charges only $25 a year for parking. Adela Martinez said she is not happy with the cost increase. “You want us [students] to pay that much, but I still have to
search for a parking spot,” Martinez said. Kristen Ashlock said she wouldn’t mind paying higher cost if MSU had a parking garage. President Jesse Rogers proposed building a parking garage at a Board of Regents meeting last February. The idea was debated by regents who didn’t believe funds could cover the costs. According to Julie Gaynor, director of public information and marketing, there are approximately 3,073 total parking spaces, of which 2,354 are for students. Based of the 2012 spring enrollment numbers those parking spaces only cover 41.2 percent of the student body. In the letter from Student De-
velopment and Orientation, the officials outlined the perceived responsibilities of the students when it comes to parking. “Each semester in college is filled with new responsibilities,” the letter stated. “Time management is one of the skills you should develop. Being in class ‘on time’ means that you cannot wait until the last minute to go to class.” The letter advises students to plan ahead and to give themselves around 20 minutes to find a parking spot. “It takes longer for the people that circle the one parking lot and find one there than it is to go to
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MSU gets connected to save lives The University of Texas, Louisiana State University, and North Dakota State University experienced bomb threats within the last week, something every university fears, and something we hope MSU never experiences. University officials ordered evacuations of their campuses by sending a mass text message, similar to the system MSU uses for weatherrelated updates and emergencies. The University of Texas emergency alert stated, “UT ALERT: Immediately evacuate all buildings on campus get as far away from the buildings as possible. Further information to come.” This university has roughly 10 percent of the student population of the University of Texas. MSU officials have stated, under the same circumstances, similar procedures would be followed. In recent years, college security has been breached on more than one occasion, not just with bomb threats, but actual instances of students being physically harmed. Virginia Tech has been a source of two scares within the last few years.
Director of Public Information, Julie Gaynor, said, “We have the MSU alert system set up to notify students and faculty. We would place an emergency alert on the front page of the school’s web site, and we would do everything we could to get everyone off campus as quickly as possible.” Students should sign up for the emergency alerts. This will help to better inform people on what is going on around campus in the event of an emergency. It is great that the university has procedures in place to help reduce panic in the event something like this ever happened. But, still more must be done to ensure safety. Last week, we reported on a man exposing himself at Sikes Lake. An alert went out to students, faculty, and staff after the instance had already been dealt with. The alert system would be more affective if students were informed in a more timely manner. The same can be said for alerts regarding school cancellations. The university sends updates for university closings at six or seven in the morning.
Students who commute to school from different cities need more notice than an hour before classes. The university needs to make the alert system a more reliable source for students. The only way this can be done is doing things in a more timely manner. Based on a lack of communication to students, a similar bomb threat to our university could be very unorganized. In an event of an actual bomb, the results could be devastating. Both the administration and students need to be on the same page. Officials need to ensure every single student is on the alert system. Both an e-mail and a text message goes out on the emergency alert system. The problem is not everyone checks e-mail or even has it attached to their phones. Phone numbers are often out of date. If that documentation is updated, students are protecting themselves from potential danger. Our staff at the Wichitan will do our best to update our readers with information as we find out about it live from our social media accounts. For up to date information
about what is going on not only on campus, but current events happening all over. The Police Chief Dan Williams along with the Human Resources Department will be hosting an informative presentation on how to stay safe in the event of a shooting. “Shots Fired,” Responding to an Active Shooter in the Workplace” Multiple presentations will be held in Shawnee Theatre in CSC on Sept. 20, 25, and 27. Each day will have a morning and afternoon session, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This year, university officials have pushed social media, and are doing a great job updating students via Twitter and Facebook. The same urgency is needed with the emergency alert system. The Wichitan suggests each student subscribes to the text message and e-mail updates from the university. It will be worth the 2 minutes to do it.
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Get your rain boots ready, flood season is here As we reach mid- September the air has cooled faster than usual, and the summer drought appears to be over. The rain has been coming down sporadically this past week in Wichita Falls and we have begun the transition into a cool crisp fall. You will never find a person who loves autumn as much as this girl, but even I cringe when I think about what is about to come on the MSU campus. And I'm not talking about the pumpkin coffee at the bookstore. That’s right, I am talking flooding! And I’m not talking about a few puddles after a slight rain. I mean flooding so bad your knees will be underwater. If this is not your first semester at MSU, you know how bad the flooding can get all across campus.
SARAH LONG OP-ED EDITOR
As you continue reading, you will be reliving some of your own personal memories that left you face down in a puddle feeling the same way I’m feeling right now. Enraged! Let’s take a minute and remember all the footwear fallen to the MSU flooding. You laugh, but more people are affected by
this horrible devastation than one would think. For those who are just starting out here, you need to invest in some rain boots. It is one of the most important things you will need to buy this fall. I cannot tell you how many pairs of shoes I have said goodbye to due to the aftermath of rain during my time at MSU. This campus is notorious for flooding. The streets, the sidewalks, and even the buildings. It is no joke. Many of you have noticed the new green space between Clark Student Center and Killingsworth. It is currently guarded off to keep students from tracking across the grass and destroying the universities hefty new investment. The previously paved area was surrounded by some of the worst flooding across campus.
It will be interesting to see if the problem was resolved during construction. Only after a hellacious storm will we be able to see if any of the low zones previously known to flood have been fixed or will this area continue to be a swampland. Lucky for you, I know all the places you are definitely going to want to avoid. The sidewalk to Dillard along the Martin Library will leave you swimming to class. The picnic area between Killingsworth and Piece Hall, heading toward the parking lot designated for both halls and McCullough-Trigg has a wet history. Another place to look out for is right across from Pierce Hall directly in front of the CSC by the cafeteria, it has had a way of ruining a day or two in the past
I’ve tried to write this letter many times, and each time I closed my word processor in disgust at the atrocities being leveled towards me. I told myself to ignore it, not to bother myself with the ignorance of others and to rise above it, but I can no longer do so in good conscience. In 2009 I left my small island home to come to Wichita Falls soley for the purpose of attending Midwestern State University. Before I left I was warned that Texas was a red state, full of rednecks, cowboys and racism. However, I chalked it all up to stereotyping and ignored it. To my pleasure I had never been confronted with any open issues of racism on MSU’s campus or in Wichita Falls for that matter. That was until the summer of 2012. What started as just another day of idle chatter on Twitter gave me a glimpse of exactly how some students at MSU view their international student population. There’s an account on Twitter dubbed @MWSUproblems for students to vent their frustrations about the school and college life in general. The initial concept intrigued me so I followed the account, but my enthusiasm quickly faded. Amid issues about parking and the police officers’ new vehicles, some students seem to be quite perturbed by their Caribbean population or ‘the Caribs’ as we’re so fondly called. It started with an offhand, albeit offensive comment about one particular student’s penchant for dressing up like a cowboy and spiraled into
complaints about undeserved grades and other charges. The topic even spurned its own hashtag, #blametheCaribs. Apparently, some of the people I share a classroom with as intellectual equals think my fellow Caribbean students and I need to be ‘put in our place.’ (something @Marty_Party465 claims to have done.) And according to @NathanDubose, even the admissions department has grown tired of our presence. Is this what administrators think of its Caribbean population? Would they prefer not to have international students at all, or just not ones from the Caribbean? This incident also speaks to a wider issue of ignorance on campus. Ignorance of other cultures, and an unwillingness to learn. I always thought that education was about broadening one’s horizons and learning about a world outside of your own, as opposed to merely getting a degree. But I suppose that must be a Caribbean thing. I for one, would be interested to know what our administrators think of @mwsuproblems and whether or not the account was sanctioned to use the school’s acronym and a picture of Hardin tower. Perhaps the Office of Student Development would be interested in holding a panel discussion on the way Americans view other cultures, modern-day racism, or ethnocentrism on a whole. Signed, Raisa S.N. Charles PROUD Caribbean Student
And because parking is so competitive on this campus, some students are walking from one end of the university to the opposite end, fearful if they drive to their next class there will not be any parking spots anyway. Students living on campus have it even worse. That long walk from Sundance all the way to Dillard in the rain can almost feel criminal. Two questions they could ask themselves, should I risk the ticket or trek the long journey? It wouldn’t be such an issue if not for the intense flooding all over campus. Make your voice heard, rock some stylish rain boots, and avoid the worst puddles on campus and you should be fine this rainy season. You will thank me later. Down
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as a result of high floodwaters. Regardless, if you avoid those locations I assure you, many more unavoidable spots are out there waiting for you. In recent years, many projects have been going on all around campus, yet flooding, time and time again has been deemed a low priority. Nothing is worst than wet feet all day because you were drenched on your way to class, except maybe wet feet when it is 35 degrees outside. Be prepared for this cold wet winter. But more than just rain boots, make it known to administration how impossible the walk across campus can be in the cold, wet months. Students do not have the luxury of a reserved front row parking spot at their building.
2 The Democratic National Convention was held? 3 The Republican National Convention theme 5 The Libertarian party’s candidate this year 7 The name of the current U.S vice president 8 The current president of the United States 10 Venue of Democratic National Convention 16 Barack Obama is a candidate for this party 18 Republican vice presidential nominee 20 A person’s choice of leader is their
Across 1 She is the current president’s wife 4 The political journey to election day 6 On election day, place your votes here 9 Third party often seen wearing purple 11 This paper is used to cast your vote 12 Presidential Republican candidate 13 Ralph Nadar was a part of this colorful party
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GALLERY from pg. 1 periences in Uganda. The art of Suguru Hiraide, associate professor of art and sculptor, explained his critical point of view towards the reaction of businesses after the 2011 earthquake that rocked Japan. His metalwork sculptures both had “OPEN” signs attached to them, one simulating an earthquake by shaking back and forth, causing the neon sign to shut off. “In Japan, after the earthquake hit, this was the reaction from most businesses,” he said. “Everything was closed.” However, not everyone closed their doors for business. According to Hiraide, “pachinko” gambling casinos, the Japanese version of American pinball and slot machines, never even winced after the quake. Pachinko is a multi-billion dollar business drawing 20 million visitors per year, and the pachinko culture was used as a basis for Hiraide’s second metal sculpture where its “OPEN” sign was surrounded by a constantly moving stream of pachinko balls, signifying that they were not closing for business under any circumstances. Gary Goldberg, professor of art since 1983, has spent the last 25 years teaching an art class in London. For the past four years, Goldberg has documented the immense demolition and restructuring of the area of London that hosted the Olympics. Goldberg said he was amazed with his photographs captured the inspiring moments in preparation and anticipation of the Olympics. One photograph included in his piece was a panoramic view of Olympic Park and the surrounding area. “I took the photographs from
the 17th story of an apartment building,” Goldberg said. “The panoramic view is actually a merging of three photographs I took and edited in Photoshop.” Goldberg plans to return to London this summer to document the aftermath of the Olympics and to encompass the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games. Elizabeth A. Yarosz-Ash, professor of art and 1991 Hardin Foundation Distinguished professor, displayed her talent in merging science and nature within her paintings. DNA strands, animals, and geometrical design all make an appearance within her intricate works. According to Yarosz-Ash, it is all about visual balance and harmony. In one of her displays, dehydrated and flattened flowers were lined up to represent the prime numbers 1-71 with each prime number standing out distinctly in gold leaf. Each flower gradually grows in size as the numbers increase. Yarosz-Ash is currently working on some new projects, she said, but wishes to keep it a secret for now. Steve Hilton, assistant professor of art, showed his fascination with nature and its artistic effects in his ceramic display. Laid out on the floor was a captivating model of a geographic region with mountain islands and bodies of land carefully separated by the flow of water, similar to looking at a large-scale 3D map. Hilton had a little help from his students and his wife in molding 10,000 ceramic balls that were to form his display. “The original display actually consisted of 20,000 ceramic balls that were all recycled from another exhibition,” Hilton said. “I like to go green.”
When asked what he had named his display, Hilton shot back with a chuckle, “I call it 12,947…12,948…12,949…” Hilton has a long list of credentials that also include geologist, and clay artist. He has also taught courses in English, math, history and astronomy. Catherine Prose, associate professor of art and gallery director, has been with MSU for seven years and chose a unique underlying theme for her fascinating artwork—endangered animals. Prose even has the color-code of a particular animal’s threat level of becoming extinct worked into her paintings in the form of evenly dispersed geometric circles. “For example, if you see the color red within the circles, it means the animal is critically endangered,” she said.
Prose uses nature as a metaphor to reflect and comment on morals, values and humankind. Perhaps the most intriguing story came behind the work of Carlos Aleman. Aleman is a graduate of MSU’s art department and is currently the gallery exhibition xreparator and technical assistant. His artwork consisted of a series of octopi drawings, inspired by both his complex duties within the art department and his 6-year-old son. “My son is a huge Beatles fan,” he said, “and his favorite song is ‘Octopus’s Garden.’” Aleman’s wife and son were also there to enjoy the exhibition and to show dad some support. For three years, Aleman has been an employee of MSU, and is a man of many talents. It took
him and a couple other helpers, including Art Department Secretary Jesika Fisher, roughly three days to complete the setup of the exhibition. The atmosphere was extremely sophisticated and relaxed. Everything from the arrangement of the individual exhibits to the warm, inviting floor-lights that were particularly adjusted to bring out the minute details of each piece was done masterfully. The gallery itself was a captivating piece of artwork. MSU has now been accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). NASAD is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities that has approximately 322 accredited institutional members. In Texas, there are 100 universities, and only 10% make the
cut, MSU being one. The department has made a name for itself and has now brushed shoulders with larger accredited universities like Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Austin, and University of North Texas. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. At the event, Ronald Fischli, dean of the college of fine arts, also welcomed the new chair of the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts, associate professor and art historian Ann Marie Leimer. The MSU Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition will be on display in the Fain Fine Arts building Monday through Friday from 8:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. until Oct. 19.
Assistant Professor Jennifer Yucus Photo by KERRI CARTER
PARKING from pg. 1 am off campus.” At the May Board of Regents meeting, Keith Lamb, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said current parking surveys indicate that MSU parking “There’s enough parking lots are only 88 spots for commuters, just percent full, even not right where you need at times of heavito go.” est traffic flow. But since May, the university has Katie Bruner eliminated around MSU student 30 parking spaces to put in “green space” between Clark Student Center and Killing, parking is not that bad.” Bruner, who has previously ingsworth Resident Hall. “If [the parking survey] is talklived on campus, said there is less ing parking as a whole, then yes, parking for housing students. “There’s enough parking spots I could believe their findings,” for commuters just not right Bruner said. “If they mean an where you need to go,” she said. individual parking lot at a peak “I had trouble when I was on time, then no, I don’t believe campus and trouble now that I that survey.” than it is for those who go to another parking lot and walk,” Katie Bruner said. “If students can accept the fact that they aren’t going to be close to their build-
The survey takes into account the parking areas with less student traffic, such as the Wellness Center and the parking lot next to Christ Academy. “Midwestern’s administration recognizes the parking problems on campus and is working on some rather large projects to expand parking capacity,” the letter stated. “This process might be a little slow, but it’s better than not being able to have a car. Other universities across the nation do not allow freshmen to have cars on campus.” Martinez, Ashlock and Bruner all said that despite the difficulty it poses, they have always found a parking spot.
Estimated cost for parking lot expansion
The parking lot expansions will add a total of 186 parking spaces. Graph by HANNAH HOFMANN
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Sig Hansen seen at the Artist Lecture Series on Tuesday.
Richie Bates playing Thursday night during the Live at the Lake event.
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LIBRARY from pg. 1 “I strongly believe in atmosphere,” Bates said. “The furniture is outdated and dingy. The walls needed painting. The carpet is atrocious.” Bates said the optimal speed and access of wireless internet is also a Moffett Library problem. “This is obviously pretty frustrating for students, faculty and staff who have come to rely heavily on wireless access almost everywhere,” Bates said. With being more updated and more user friendly, Bates said the library has already made improvements with the additon of Primo, which made searching through its catalog easier to use. “We have some of the most knowledgeable and helpful staff of any university library out there,” Bates said. “I’m afraid that some people
see how outdated and unattractive the inside of Moffett is and it keeps them from using all of our amazing resources.” “The remodel will take about one year,” Latham said, “but students won’t be affected by the remodel because certain parts of the library will remain open.” “The language lab needs to be updated to CDs rather than tapes,” Latham said. Even though the funds haven’t been granted and a start date hasn’t been finalized, Latham and Rogers seem excited for the new updates. “The library must be redesigned for our new world of communication and information storage and exchange,” Rogers said.
Chris Henderson, electronic access media librarian, standing by the Moffett DVD collection. Photo by NICOLE BARRON
Student Org Spotlight Midwestern State University Freethought Alliance Their mission: The purpose of the Freethought Alliance is to promote critical thinking, free speech, the free exchange of ideas, reason and scientific inquiry. Further, its purpose is to provide an organization for people of non-belief to gather to discuss cultural and political issues, improve the quality of life for the non-religious, the nonbeliever, agnostic, freethinker or atheist, and to promote dialogue and cooperation between the religious and non-religious. The Freethought Alliance supports the separation of church and state, and seeks to educate its members and others by advancing the cause of secular humanism, science and rational philosophical discussion. Who: Anyone When: Meeting Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 6:30 PM Where: Fine Arts Center, Music Wing, C117C Cost: None at this time Contact: Dr. Tim Justus Advisors: Dr. Tim Justus, Elizabeth Lewandowski, Dr. Nathan Jun
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 940-397-4502 Every week, the Wichitan will feature a student organization that is active on campus. If your organization would like to be featured please email Wichitan@MWSU.edu with the subject OrgSpotlight.
SGA from pg. 1 “Greek Life has been the single greatest influence on my college career,” he said. Greek life isn’t all about what people see in movies, Gallina said. Being a member of a fraternity has also helped Gallina master time management. “Without being able to get a strong hold on time management, there is no way that I would be able to be president of SGA, vice president of TKE, treasurer of Order of Omega, a student ambassador, peer counselor, and manager of rec sports,” he said. “On top of that I am still able to keep up my grades and have a social life.” Group organizations are one of Gallina’s area of focus. “We are trying to make group organizations to cooperate,” Gallina said. Group organizations are one of Gallina’s area of focus. “We are trying to make group organizations cooperate,” Gallina
SGA president Anthony Gallina. Photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
said. The SGA president says he believes this will build awareness and get more students involved.
After he graduates, Gallina plans to teach high school basketball, history, or computer science.
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You have waited all summer and now they are back. The ground breaking television shows of fall 2012 are here! Some shows may have already kicked off, but you still have a chance to join in or even begin viewing some of your favorite shows of this season. Shows coming back from the fall 2011 season include: American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy (FX), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), Modern Family (ABC), X Factor and Glee (Fox), The Office (The final season) and The Voice (NBC), Gossip Girl (Final season on The CW). This year’s line-up is what many critics are saying are the “must see shows” for fall.
Luckily, Spears and Lovato are comfortable telling perfect strangers the ugly truth. On Tuesday night’s episode of X Factor, Britney took on the role of Simon Cowell and let one 50-year-old wanna be artist, Shawn Armenta, have it when he sang a self-made song titled “Cotton Candy Girls.” When Armenta accused Lovato for auto-tunning her voice, Spears then hit back saying, “Who let you on stage?” The Voice, however, does not have any judges on the judging panel. Hopefully the entertainment of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Country singer Blake Shelton’s constant bickering can be enough to keep the audience’s attention. Blind auditions for The Voice will air again Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. and auditions for X Factor will air Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
X Factor and The Voice The music fun has already begun with a two night premiere of X Factor and one night season premiere of The Voice. These pop star hopefuls aren’t the only new talent to grace the small screen this season. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have joined the judging panel on the X Factor. Hopefully, these ladies do not disappoint, as many viewers previously felt they would not be opinionated or outspoken.
American Horror Story In the spirit of Halloween, FX is bringing paranormal and unexplainable things to your living room. The returning hit horrordrama series American Horror Story is back on FX to give you a little more scare. Last year’s season of Horror Story revolved around a suburban family living in a haunted mansion in Los Angeles. With a ghostly maid, a demonic baby, and a suicidal teenage daughter, the show kept viewers on their
toes. Last year, the show was nominated by the Saturn Award as Best Syndicated Cable Television series. This season will take place in a mental ward, which will be starring The Voice judge, Adam Levine. The show will not air until October, but the show has had continuous buzzing and trending topics in the Twitter and Tumblr realm. If you like twisted minds and dark humor, then Horror Story’s mental asylum may be just the place for you this fall. The
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sode in the drama history on FX. If you have not already done so, hop on the bandwagon and let these boys take you for a ride. Pretty Little Liars For the girls who need that little extra drama in your life, ABC Family and other stations are stepping up to the plate to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Pretty Little Liars ended with “A” finally revealing himself to the audience. This left millions wondering what was to happen next. Fortunately, the show will be airing a special Halloween episode on Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.
“Asylum” premiere will air Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. Sons of Anarchy FX also has another show that has already aired which had rave reviews the first season. Sons of Anarchy premiered Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. and showed fans what they were missing out on all summer long. According to insidetv.ew.com the season premiere had 5.357 million viewers and made Sons of Anarchy the most watched epi-
Glee Adding to the drama and dropping hints of melodies is the one and only Glee. A lot has changed on Glee and you don’t want to miss it. This year the high school seniors have graduated, but are expected to still show their faces at school, which are keeping emotions flying high. You never know what to expect from Glee, but what you can expect is rocking music and perfect harmonies. Glee aired at its new time last week, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. Gossip Girl Last but not least, the original book turned television series,
Gossip Girl, has completed seven seasons and will be tying up all the loose ends with their last season. The show will air Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. on the CW. Modern Family Sometimes a family friendly show is what we need to help us make it through the semester and keep us from being homesick. ABC’s Modern Family premieres Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. The show has been recognized for its honesty and realness to what families are like now-a-days. This is a definite must see family friendly show that will be sure to have your sides splitting by the end of the hour. The Office Providing huge laughs for the last time is one show that will never be forgotten for its unscripted humor and raw talent. NBC’s The Office will be showing its farewell season. The show is expected to introduce two new characters and possibly create a spin off with the awkwardly funny character Dwight. No premiere date has been set yet. Many will be tuning in to enjoy one last season with the show that gave everyone something to talk about at work the next day. Don’t miss out on the finale season premiere Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.
Surprises and upsets: Emmy predictions By Brittney Cottingham editor-in-chief
With a mixture of television newcomers and veterans, the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are sure to be full of surprises as fan-favorites fight for the gold statuette. Hosted by semi-funny man Jimmy Kimmel, the award show is less than a week away and who is likely to win the major awards in most cases is truly a battle of old school versus new school. Outstanding Host For A Reality or RealityCompetition Program Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) v. Betty White (Betty White’s Off Their Rockers) It is no secret that since her hilarious performance in the 2009 film, The Proposal, the world fell in love for the second time with Miss Betty White. The last surviving “Golden Girl” has captured the hearts of the older and younger generations through her hilarious Snickers commercials and award-winning TV Land show Hot in Cleveland. Her NBC prank show - think of it as Punk’d for your grandparents - is a rating
hit, but White has some tough competition against the man of a thousand jobs, American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest. The man known for his frosted tips earlier this year signed a $30 million deal to continue as host of A.I. for another two years, making him the highest paid reality television host to date. Predicted winner: Betty White (Betty White’s Off Their Rockers) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bryan Cranston as Walter White (Breaking Bad) v. Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody (Homeland) This will be one of the toughest categories of the night as outstanding men like Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) are both deserving of a win, but it is the performances of Cranston and Lewis that has people talking this TV season. Portraying the drug dealer Walter White, Cranston has won every year in this category since Breaking Bad premiered in 2008. It is no lie that he is fantastic in this show,
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television show is being recognized. The British television series Downton Abbey has a cult following of fans and one of the most talked about shows of the year. There is a reason this show was nominated, possibly to pull a major upset over industry favorite Breaking Bad. Yet, unless you are a gambler, the AMC hit-show is sure to get another victory. Predicted winner: Breaking Bad (AMC) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Louis C.K. as Louie (Louie) v. Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) The year’s Emmy’s could be a night of surprises and upsets and this category is a perfect example. Men like Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and John Cryer (Two And A Half Men) are safe choices every year. They are funny, but very predictable. Louis C.K. has a great chance of pulling a major upset if he takes this award. Added bonus? Just imagine how funny his acceptance speech will be! Louie is another indie show with a cult following, but the Emmy voters might not understand the brillance of this show. If that’s the case, Parsons’ ever so nerdy role as Sheldon Cooper is a shoo-in. Predicted winner: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation) v. Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer (Veep) Sorry fans of annoyingly quirky Zooey Deschanel, but there is no chance she is winning this award for her role in New Girl. And despite the fact Girls’ star Lena Dunham may be the new Tina Fey, it is unlikely the Emmy voters understand her sense of humor. This category is behind two different underdogs. Veep may be one of the shows that is either you get it or you don’t. Lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is thanking the television gods she finally found a hit after her ironic role on Elaine Benes of Seinfeld.The fact that Amy Poehler has yet to win an Emmy is similar to the feeling angry fans have about Leonardo DiCaprio not winning an Academy Award. This is Poehler’s year and if she doesn’t have that gold statue in her hands by the end of the night, Emmy voters should
prepare for some backlash. The easy choice of Emmy voters is always 30 Rock’s Tina Fey, but let’s face it - Poehler outshined her this year on Parks and Rec. Predicted winner: Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation) Outstanding Comedy Series Modern Family (ABC) v. Girls (HBO) Modern Family has become the new 30 Rock. It has been an Emmy favorite for the last few years. The show is hilarious and racy, while having some of the best ratings of any TV show. It is a critic favorite, but if you really get into HBO’s Girls, it is obvious who the true winner is. Girls has off beat humor and an amazing cast who is funnier than half the actors on Modern Family. Yet like with Louie, the humor might go over the Emmy voters’ heads, not giving Girls a real chance. Predicted winner: Modern Family (ABC)
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Summer blockbusters take action to a new level This is a summary of some Summer 2012 blockbusters. By Regan benabides staff writer
This summer’s long list of blockbusters kept the season entertaining with an interesting array of films. I can’t say that I have taken the time to see every movie that has hit the big screen, but I have strong feelings about those that have made my “must see” list.
The Dark Knight Rises Aside from the chaos and disappointment that rose from the tragedy of its opening night, I have to say that “The Dark Knight Rises” was the hit of the summer.
The film had a satisfying finish to the popular trilogy. I don’t know if it was the gut-wrenching action scenes, the heart-breaking twist, or the mind-boggling ending, but the film was amazing! It was everything I had been anticipating for months before the film was released. Yet of course, like any good film, it left you wanting more.
With an outstanding cast and a fluid story line, “The Avengers” held its ground against its superhero contender “The Dark Knight Rises.” Many would say that “The Avengers” would top the list, but in my opinion the film was not as memorable. Not that it did not grab my attention or keep me entertained, but the film just did not leave that lasting impression you
long for in a great film. But don’t get me wrong, the film is a definite “must see.”
Snow White and the Huntsman As an avid fairy tale fan, “Snow White and the Huntsman” hit my “must see” list as soon as the idea was tossed into the public eye. Once the trailer hit mainstream media, it had me hooked, but the hype of the trailer was only degraded by the film itself. By the time it hit theaters, I felt as if I had already seen more than half of the movie. Maybe it was just that I had seen the half that actually kept my attention. If you can’t resist judging the film for yourself, I seriously recommend you do it on your own time.
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BB Cream originated in Germany where a dermatologist created it for patients to cover imperfections after laser procedures or surgery. It then grew enormously in South Korea and Japan, where healthy and natural-looking skin is extremely important. Now that it has been introduced to the western hemisphere, its popularity has grown rapidly. So what is BB Cream? It stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm, which is a magical creamy potion that moisturizes, primes, protects, and conceals all in one step. You can wear it alone, along with a little extra concealer as needed, or layered with setting powder. It’s a better alternative to foundation, and it creates a natural, dewy look and feel. In addition to covering your imperfections, it treats them. BB Cream can improve acne, sun spots and age spots, and it often contains anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Just like foundation, each brand of BB Cream is a little different, so it’s important to look at the benefits of all of them before deciding on which one to purchase. Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 PA++ ($34 at www. sephora.com) is my personal fa-
vorite. It has medium coverage, as opposed to many BB Creams, especially inexpensive ones, that look more like tinted moisturizer. It creates a fresh, dewy complexion that brings out your natural radiance. According to sephora. com, its “water-based, hydrating formula instantly soothes, cools, and retains healthy moisture.” Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 ($39 at Ulta) is another one on the hot list right now. This one’s main stand-out benefit is oil control. Smashbox states that it “keeps skin shine free while maintaining moisture, improving skin hydration by as much as 22% with continued use, and also significantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after only four weeks of use.” It is also labeled as cruelty free, so no animals were tested in the process of making this product. Boscia BB Cream SPF 27 PA++ ($38 at Ulta) comes from an extremely underrated brand. While high-end makeup fanatics out there know about it, many people haven’t even heard of it. Boscia describes that their BB Cream “helps diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone while providing long-wearing natural coverage that conceals imperfections.” Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 ($37 at Dillard’s) won the Real Beauty 2011 Gold Star Award for one of the best makeup products from 2011. According to Clinique, it’s a cult-
tural favorite in Asia. Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 ($32 at Ulta) is marketed as an “ideal balance of exceptional, buildable color, sheer texture, and light diffusion.” It contains oil-free moisturizers, chamomile extract, antioxidant vitamins, and non-chemical SPF 20 UVA/ UVB multi-mineral sunscreen. Haut Minerals Vegan BB Cream Souffles ($39.95 at www. hautminerals.com) is a great option for a cruelty-free product that contains no animal products. According to Haut Minerals, it contains their “potent antioxidant lift - ‘superfoods’ for the skin to nourish and nurture.” L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream ($7.99 at Target or $10.99 at Ulta) is an inexpensive option to try out this amazing product. This version goes on lighter than the other brands. If you want more natural coverage, this one will work for you. It comes out as a white cream with tiny black beads. The beads contain the tinted color, so when they burst, the color blends into your skin. BB Creams are magical. They bring out your natural, dewy radiance while actually helping your skin. What other products can truly claim to do that?
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motivation to turn the president into a movie star By aziza lake staff writer
Because it is an election year, a successful documentary, Obama 2016, seeks to add its opinion into the fray as how important the upcoming election is for voters. The film, by author/filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, can be considered part of a series in regards to the subject matter of his recent work. Obama 2016 follows in the same vein as his books, The Roots of Obama’s Rage and Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream. After watching the film, it comes across as a propaganda piece as it does not provide a balanced, unbiased analysis of President Obama. It is clear that D’Souza has an agenda and uses far-reaching claims to satisfy this agenda.
The basis of the documentary is the idea that Obama’s estranged father had a greater influence on his son than the distance between them implied. D’Souza uses passages from the President’s book “Dreams from My Father” and a psychologist whose never treated Obama as a way to explore this influence. Obama is portrayed as being shaped by his father’s anti-capitalist, anti-American, anti-Christian world views, and that these views were allegedly further cemented by mentors late in life. These ‘founding fathers,’ as he calls them, are the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Frank Marshall Davis, Edward Said, Bill Ayers, and Roberto Unger. D’Souza paints the President of the United States as anti-American due to his influences and that the worst thing that American voters could do is re-elect him. There is also an interview with a half-brother that does not reveal anything that can be remotely tied into the thesis of the documentary. It could have been edited from the movie, for it was pointless.
The film has the title 2016 because it predicts that President Obama serving again would result in the creation of a superpower, the “United States of Islam” in the Middle East. While the United States is tethering on the brink of economic collapse and another “Obama is portrayed as being shaped by his father’s anti capitalist, anti-American, and anti-Christian world views....” Aziza Lake
World War. Just to set the mood, there is ominous music and dark clouds. If I were Roger Ebert, I’d give it two thumbs down. It just seemed like an extended political commercial about President Obama’s hatred of America and a prime example of ‘preaching to the choir.’ The intended audience have already formulated their opinion.
What to do in the Falls Here is a day-by-day agenda of fun things to do! By Cora kuykendall art & entertainment Editor
I remember what it was like to be a freshman and to have just moved here. I remember thinking, “where do I eat?” and, “where do I go to have fun?” Well luckily for you, I’ve done my research and I will tell you the top 5 places to go!
It’s a universal truth that Mondays suck, so I suggest that after a long day of school and studying that you and your friends head to The Spot for some late night pizza! It’s locally owned and there is always something going on there, so check it out!
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: If you’re looking for a place to stuff your face with good Mexican food, go here! This is the place to go on Tuesdays for some good tacos! Every Tuesday from 5pm-close, Fuzzy’s has buy one taco get one free!
For good, clean fun head on down to The Plex where for one low price you can get an “unlimited wristband.” The wristband includes an unlimited supply of GoKarts, Bumper Boats, and Mini Golf.
On days when there ISN’T a football game, support our local minor league hockey team, The Wildcats! There are weekly games from September until March.
If you don’t go to one of the many great Sunday schools and church services around town, just treat yourself to a day of relaxation at great places such as Lucy Park, the Wichita Falls (yes, they exist) and prepare for another week of school!
If you want to find your inner Texan, go to Denim and Diamonds for some two stepping and dancing! Plus, every Wednesday from 8-11, ladies get in for free! If getting drunk and going to Stage West Club isn’t your thing, Village Bowl bowling alley is a great alternative. They always have cheap discounts if you bring your student ID!
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The cycling team, with the leadership of its new cycling director, will compete and co-host the 2012 Championships this weekend in Frisco. Photo by NICOLE BARRON
Team Arrow embraces new director Cycling team prepare to host collegiate track national championship Tolu Agunbiade Staff Writer
Midwestern State University has some northern influence this semester. Next semester, Steven Charles Zamastil, 27, was named the new director for Team Arrow. He grew up in Illinois and spent the last five years in Philadelphia as the assistant coach and director of performance services at Breakaway Bikes and Fitness. “People here are so much more friendly than anywhere else I’ve ever been,” he said. “They have a genuine concern about other people. I really appreciate that. You don’t get a lot of that in Philly.” He graduated magna cum laude from Augustana College in Rock Island with degrees in philosophy and history. And is close
to completion of his doctorate in philosophy at Temple University in Philadelphia. Zamastil is an accomplished and nationally ranked cyclist. He rode in the Hotter ’N Hell Hundred shortly after his arrival and is currently preparing his team for the annual USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships. The cycling team of 19 members is pleased with their new director and share his optimism about the future. “He’s a cool guy with fresh ideas, who is willing to help the team and take us to victory,” said Antonio Baca. “Charlie has been doing a great job as the new director and coach,” Caden Burross said. “He is a rider himself, so he came into the program with a very specific vision of how he wanted to develop the team’s riders, both on and off the bikes. Burross said under Zamastil each rider has been offered a per-
sonal training plan. “A new direction has been taken in team marketing, and team bonding exercises have already increased,” Burross said. “Everyone on the team is really happy with his arrival. He is leading the team like a pro leads the peloton.” Team Arrow has been active on social media, launching their Twitter account over the summer. With over one hundred followers on Twitter, the team takes advantage of social media by discussing cycling events and even communication with students. The team appreciates the fact that Zamastil knows what is going on in the cycling world and feel it will help the communication between them and sponsors. “He’s really organized and seems to understand what our riders need for sponsorship as well as how to communicate to our board,” said team member, Danny Robertson, a mass com-
munications major in his senior year. Zamastil believes MSU is entering a great time in cycling. With the open of the Cycling Testing Center on campus, a more scientific approach is being taken towards training. “We should do pretty well as a team because we’ve been getting results year after year and this year we have a better dynamic as a team.” Robertson said his goal was to best his personal best from the last event - one and half minutes in an 1K. “I am trying to get in the top 3 of every event I enter,” he said. “I’m getting better and last faster than last year.” Training harder and practicing smarter is how Roberston is improving his game. “I’m getting smarter on what my weaknessness are and understanding my strengths,” he said. Team member, Sean Brown, a senior majoring in exercise physi-
ology was an intern at the center last spring. “It’s equipped with five computrainers ,which simulate roadlike conditions, indoors and you can compete against other people on the same program, he said. “There is also a new metabolic cart which measures VO2 capacity.” VO2 is a measurement of the athletes’ maximal oxygen intake and usage. It shows how efficiently they are using oxygen, which is very important in cycling. Another new development is the chance for students to minor in cycling. Team member, Jessica Prinner, a junior majoring in business finance is taking advantage of the new minor. “I think it’s a great opportunity and I feel it will mix well with my business degree. It’ll make my credentials look good in the area of cycling for my future career,” she said. Her goal at the moment is to get a top three at Collegiate Track
Nationals. She, like the many of her teammates feel Zamastil is going to do a good job promoting the team. Zamastil’s experience and the fact he rides with them has gained the respect of the team. He likes it here at MSU. “It’s nice. It’s very small, just like my undergrad. It’s nice to be able to run into your friends and catch up, and keep track of what your athletes are doing,” he said. “Parking is a nightmare, but I think that should encourage more people to ride bikes.” The 2012 Championships will take place from September 20-22 at the Superdome in Frisco, Texas and is being sponsored by MSU. “We have one of the strongest teams in the nation and that’ll be evident soon,” he said. “The team will bring home medals from the Collegiate Track Nationals.” You can follow Zamastil and the progress of the cycling team on twitter @charliezamastil and @msucyclingteam.
Soccer teams witness bittersweet weekend The Mustangs see first draw while Lady Mustangs earn first win. DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
Both Midwestern State soccer teams had an interesting weekend. The men’s team endured two draws and the women’s team came home with its first win and a well-deserved draw. After defeating Texas A&M International in the season opener, the Midwestern State soccer team had to settle for a draw in a road game between both teams Friday night. Both teams fought hard, but MSU seemed more ball hungry with 11 shots on goal, compared to the Dustdevils’ four. B.A. Catney and Andrew Power led the Mustang attack with two and four shots on goal respectively. In spite of the Mustangs’ effort, not even two periods of extra time could separate them from their hosts. It did not get any better when the Mustangs visited St. Edwards
Sunday morning. Both teams endured a distressing 90 minutes of goal-less draw. This score line was identical to the previous meeting between both teams in 2011. Assistant Men’s soccer coach, Michael Wood, commended the efforts of goalkeeper Ray Clark and his back line. “Ray Clark had two solid performances as did the back four and they earned the shutouts,” he said. “But we must score goals if we expect to win.” The Mustangs will play the University of Incarnate Word this Friday at 7 p.m. followed by Ouachita Baptist Sunday at 3 p.m. On the other hand, the Lady Mustangs had a slightly better pair of games. The Midwestern State women’s soccer team saw a slight improvement in their performance after 1-1 tie against Angelo State University. Lauren Carnes had the first attempt on goal, which followed a Mallory Whitworth save in the seventh minute. Maddie Fraser could have given the Lady Mus-
tangs a 19th minute advantage but the ball went high to the relief of the goalkeeper and to the disappointment of the former. Whitworth’s palms were tested again when Hanna Horeis fired a shot as an effort to get on the board early. Eventually, the first goal came as a result of a corner kick conceded by the Lady Mustangs. Jordan Benfield floated a corner kick, which went off Kara Edwards’ head before Ashley Exford took the goal-scoring opportunity in the 40th minute. After the break, MSU worked tirelessly hoping to notch an equalizer but that would take the entire second half. Ashley Cottrell made things level in the 90th minute when the Lady Mustangs had only a second to spare. Head Women’s soccer coach Jeff Trimble was impressed with the wonder goal. “I knew we were getting close and creating a lot of good chances in the second half of the Angelo game but I never expected to score with one second left,” he said. “It was amazing.”
Cottrell’s terrific equalizer was an automatic ticket to overtime where both teams failed to score. The Lady Mustangs then visited the University of Incarnate Word Sunday afternoon where they claimed their first victory of the season. Payton Fookes defined incredible with a well-taken free kick in the 34th minute. Fookes placed the ball from outside the box to the top left corner of the Cardinals’ goal. “This win was really important, not only because it was a conference game, but also because we are playing much better,” said Trimble. The Cardinals fought hard to make something out of their home fixture but the Lady Mustangs had a stubborn defense and wouldn’t concede. MSU will challenge West Texas A&M this Friday at the Mustangs soccer field. The match is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Andrew Power fired four shots against Texas A&M International. Photo by BEKAH TIMM
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Team responds to first loss by destroying Lions in Arlington By Orlando Flores Jr. Staff Writer
quarter. In the second quarter, the Mustangs scored on a 7-yard pass and on a 37-yard field goal for a total of 10 points. Before the first three minutes had ticked off the clock of the second half, the Mustangs defense continued its onslaught on the Lions, coming up with two interceptions, one that resulted in a 32-yard return from Neiko
Five days after a 20-17 loss to Tarleton State, the No. 16 Midwestern State Mustangs were faced with the task of rebounding from that loss, and reminding the rest of the Lone Star Conference that “[MSU] is the class they were not to be taken lightly. football team in The Mustangs our conference this response to this year. They are the ended up bebenchmark, as far as ing the 65-14 thrashing of the I’m concerned, in this Texas A&M – league.” Commerce Lions at Cowboys Guy Morris Stadium in ArHead coach lington during Texas A&M - Commerce the annual LSC Football Festival on Sept. 13. “The worst thing that could have happened Conway. The other allowed the to us was Tarleton sneaking up offense to score a 9-yard rush on MSU and beating them last from Jimmy Pipkin. week,” Commerce coach Guy “To be able to get the two Morriss said. “They turned it quick scores within a few minaround and took it out on us.” utes coming out of halftime just MSU coach Bill Maskill said ignited us and turned the mothe main difference between mentum,” Maskill said. the Mustangs’ season opener “I was impressed with how against Tarleton and the game we were able to shovel a lot against Commerce was the of people in and out. We were team’s mental preparation. concerned with what our health “We focused well going into and physical condition would the game and were well-pre- be, and I think our kids handled pared,” Maskill said. “But we it outstandingly. I feel like we played sluggish, flat, and unemo- accepted a challenge to keep tional. I had to do a better job of pounding the nail in and play getting our team mentally and two more quarters, and we did emotionally prepared. We were that.” flat at the end of warm-ups and The Mustangs’ running game even in the locker room when was a thorn in the Lions’ paw. we were up 10-7 at halftime.” The players ran for a total of 376 After the opening game loss, yards and five touchdowns en the main focus for the Mus- route to their 51 point victory, tangs was not the way they four of them coming in the third played, but the mental state of quarter. the team. The very next day, Chauncey Harris was the Maskill said the priority for the front runner for the Mustangs’ Mustangs was to come back running game with 148 yards mentally from the loss. on four carries and two touch“I told them that if [the loss] downs (each being 50+ rushdoesn’t hurt, then it doesn’t es). mean anything,” Maskill said. “As well as we ran the ball, “The seniors made up their I think we can run it even betmind that it wasn’t going to hap- ter,” Maskill said. “We will conpen again. That attitude trickled tinue to be a team that improves down to the rest of the team at from week-to-week; and as the that moment.” season goes on, the competition In Arlington, however, the will also get better.” players stormed their way on to The Mustangs (1-1) resume the field and immediately made conference play against the Textheir presence known, scoring as A&M – Kingsville Javelinas in a field goal on their first drive Kingsville on Sept. 22. down the field. “[MSU] is the class football While the Mustangs held a team in our conference this year, 23-0 lead at the end of the first again,” Morriss said. “They are the benchmark, as far as I’m concerned, in this “I was impressed with league.” how we were able to
shovel a lot of people in and out. We were concerned with what our health and physical condition would be, and I think our kids handled it outstandingly.” Bill Maskill Head coach Midwestern State
Left: Bradley Dittmar, a junior tight end from Fredericksburg. Photos by MEGHAN MYRACLE, BEKAH TIMM, KIRSTEN CASKEY Layout by HANNAH HOFMANN