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Speaker Straus talks higher education, Romney Community leaders invite Texas Speaker of the House to MSU By BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
In less than one hundred days, the Texas legislators will begin a new session in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Texas Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, was invited by community leaders to speak at MSU where high education, water and the state budget were the main topics of discussion. “I do travel a lot and I like to get out to local communities with the representatives from around the state,” Straus said. This also gave the speaker an opportunity to meet with, who he referred to as representativeselect, James Frank, candidate for state house representative for the 69th district and Drew Springer, who is running for state representative in the 68th district.
“It is good to be in the community and hear local concerns,” Straus said. When Straus spoke of funding public universities, he said public support of public universities is a subsidy, but it is his responsibility. Even though he said he believes in finding as many venues as possible to fund public education, the current economy makes that process more difficult for legislators. “The money has to come from somewhere because education isn’t free,” he said. After the bomb scares on the University of Texas and the debate on allowing guns on campus, Straus said the bill that allows guns on campus is currently off the table. “The higher education community came out very strongly opposing that bill in the last session,” he said. “I don’t think it ever got as far along as it appeared to.” Straus said it does not necessar-
ily mean it would not reappear. “It also doesn’t mean that there might be some ways to find a compromise,” he said. The San Antonio native, who was elected speaker of the Texas house in 2009, attended the Republican National Convention earlier this month. He said Gov. Mitt Romney needs to be very clear and forceful about his programs for the future of this country if he wants to be elected this November. “I think he will do that and I have every confidence that he is a good communicator,” he said. Last week, Romney raised eyebrows at a private Florida fundraiser when he was recorded saying that there are 47 percent of people who will vote for President Obama and it was not his job to worry about those people. “I’ll never convince them,” Romney said in the video. “They should take personal responsibility and care of their lives.” Straus said sometimes things are taken out of context or delib-
Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus speaking on Thursday at MSU. Photo by NICOLE BARRON
erately quoted in a way that does not make a particular candidate look very positive. “The whole discussion about dependency on government is
an important conversation for Romney to have,” Straus said. “People who believe as I do, as all of us do, that there should be a safety net for people that are hav-
ing a hard time.” He clarified it shouldn’t be con-
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$1M loss due to enrollment drop 4.3 percent decline in student attendance By BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
TWITTER MADNESS Controversial twitter account condemned by Faculty Senate
[Editor’s note: The names of some of the students in this story indicated with an asterisk (*) are fictitious in an effort to keep the sources anonymous at their request.] By BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
A new Twitter account, an outlet for students to voice their frustration, concern and problem with the university, has students in a frenzy. The MWSU Problems Twitter account launched over the summer and has been a place for students to speak out via social media about parking, tuition costs and troubles with the campus Internet. With close to 400 followers, the people behind the Twitter kept their identity unknown. The Wichitan reached out to the founder of the Twitter account, asking him to explain the purpose of the account and to
address the controversial tweets directed at Caribbean students. Dustin*, a MSU senior who wishes to remain anonymous, said the mystery behind the account is the reason why he doesn’t want to release his name. “It makes you think who is behind this genius Twitter account,” Dustin said. “So it’s better to remain anonymous. Who knows, maybe I’ll reveal myself when I graduate.” Dustin described sitting around his house one summer day and coming across different “problem” Twitter pages. “So, I thought to myself Midwestern has a lot of problems,” he said. “What a good way to get the problems out there by creating a Twitter page dedicated to it.” He said the account was originally created for students to vent and to voice their opinions. “That’s what makes America great — freedom of speech,” he said. With the success of the Twitter account, Dustin said he believes the student voice is start-
ing to be heard. “By expressing our opinions, we show the high-horse administrators what the actual problems are,” he said. “They’re starting to come around to listen to students.” Dustin said the administrators said they are working on improvements, but actions speak louder than words. “Parking still sucks,” he said. “We still have no baseball team. The bookstore has outrageous prices. Campus police still park at Stripes at 1 a.m. and chill there for hours. I’ll believe it when I see it.” Along with the complaints about university issues, slowly came outbursts against the university Caribbean student community including one student’s negative comments about Caribbean students that was often retweeted. Shortly after that tweet, other students joined in with tweets of their own. These comments affect Caribbean students like Raisa Charles, who wrote a Letter to the Editor published in the Sept. 19 issue of the Wichitan.
“I wrote [the letter] because I was upset by what I reading on the Twitter,” Charles said. “I wanted the administrators to know about it and to do something.” President Jesse Rogers invited Charles to meet with him Tuesday because he admitted to being embarrassed by what he witnessed on Twitter. “Dr. Rogers said he wanted me to know that most students on campus don’t feel that way and that most of the faculty doesn’t feel that way either,” Charles said. Charles said she believes many students have a misconception about Caribbean students and their culture. “People see Caribbean students and don’t really get to know them outside of the classroom because we do live off campus,” Charles said. “I can see where the disconnect comes from and I wish there was a way to resolve it.” Dustin said the comments
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President Jesse Rogers said enrollment is probably the university’s greatest priority at this time. Due to the decline in enrollment, the university fell short of its budget by $1 million in tuition for this fiscal year. The administrators are currently evaluating how to make up for the loss. “This is my greatest concern at this time and may be so for the next few years,” Rogers said. Midwestern took another hit by the state of Texas due to the university’s low enrollment. The state made budget cuts for higher education 2.3 million per year.
There was also an increase in tuition waivers required by the Hazelwood Act. “Since students pay approximately 40 percent of the cost of our academic program, we must increase our enrollment to make up for the nearly $4 million decrease in revenue over the past two years,” he said. According to Rogers, the university is down approximately $7 million per year. Enrollment is down 266 students since fall 2011. The university saw an overall decrease in every classification, expect new first-time freshmen, which rose 0.8 percent. The university welcomed 606 full-time new first time freshmen this semester.
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MSU to expand health sciences By ERIN WRINKLE STAFF WRITER
At the August Board of Regents meeting, the Board agreed to filing a Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) to request funding for upcoming projects for the fiscal years of 2014 and 2015. One of the items being requested included funding $2.9 million to expand health sciences: nursing, radiologic science and dental hygiene. “Midwestern is committed to addressing shortages in health related disciplines to meet the needs of Texas communities,” provost Betty Stewart said.
Between these different departments in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services Dr. Stewart said there is no priority to the expansion. “The health sciences are a vital part of the university’s academic program and much needed resource for the community,” Stewart said. According to the Board, the dental hygiene department needs new equipment, while the radiologic science department is wanting more faculty and equipment. The nursing department is
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Enrollment continues to drop The numbers are in and enrollment has dropped 4.3 percent since last spring, resulting in a $1 million loss in tuition. This problem is going to take a large toll on students if administrators do not get a grip and find out why students are choosing to go elsewhere. According President Jesse Rogers, enrolment is the university’s greatest priority. “Since students pay approximately 40% of the cost of our academic program we must increase our enrollment to make up for a nearly $4 million decrease in revenue over the past two years,” Rogers said. To add insult to injury, the state of Texas has cut $2.3 million per year in higher education budget. Students are going to stop applying to Midwestern if tuition keeps increasing. Students are going to choose to go to bigger schools like University of Texas or Baylor. Last Thursday, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus addressed the budget for higher education while visiting the university. His response, “The money has to come from somewhere because
education is not free.” We understand education is not free, but we should not be held responsible to make up for the shortfall. Students enrolled to MSU because the cost was much less than other universities are being priced out of attending college all together. Since 2007, Midwestern has boasted about being the number one best value in public college and universities according to the Consumers Digest. This university prides itself on being so cost friendly, but students have taken quite a spanking the last few semesters. Administrator’s answer to the budget shortfall might be to increase tuition. Yet have poured money into multiple new projects all over the university. Last week the Artist Lecture Series hosted Discovery Channel reality star Captain Sig Hansen. His presentation was less than impressive and disrespectful to onlookers. He even found time to drop the notorious “F bomb”, even after faculty asked him not to.
Not only did he swear like a sailor, no pun intended, but indulged in a pre-event smoke outside of the Hardin Administration building. Why are student fees paying for smut? The administrators standing with him did not seem to mind he was smoking, even though this is a smoke free campus. Last year, Keith Lamb was promoted to vice president of student affairs and enrollment management and Matthew Park, previously director of student development and orientation, was promoted to associate vice president of Lamb’s department. All this in an effort to find a better solution to the enrollment problem. You all know the saying, “You have to spend money to make money,” but where is this money for promotions coming from? If tuition is expected to rise to make up for the lack of students, what approach will Lamb and Park use to entice new students to come to MSU? Many big universities use a positive athletic following as enrollment incentive yet we cannot capitalize
on our successful sports teams. Last year the football team was number one in the nation according to D2football.com and administratior’s have not pushed that aspect in recruiting. We are all familiar with the Robin Hood affect, rob from the rich to give to the poor. Have administrators thought about taking money from somewhere else and beefing up incentives to encourage students to choose our university rather than taking a junior college approach or taking a big school approach. The university has so many great things to offer its students. If the powers that be at Midwestern better advertised what makes this university the best option for college, low enrollment would be the least of our troubles. This year MSU has taken a huge leap in the right direction to making this happen with a large social media presence. It will be interesting to see what programs will be put in place to keep Midwestern relevant. The Wichitan is excited to see what the Lamb-Park powerhouse has in store for us.
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Students soak up political knowledge and opinions BY MADISON STANFILL COLUMNIST
Students who have a Facebook account have probably noticed the recent trend that floods their newsfeed. No, I am not talking about the start of football season, or the posts full of lingering wishes for summertime. I’m not even referring to the overflow of back to school updates or the check-ins at local nightclubs during college night. I am talking about the political
posts that come with the presidential election. With the upcoming election on the horizon, it seems that everyone is ready to voice their opinion of the candidates and the parties. Though we most often hear the opinions of friends, classmates or even co-workers, we never question just how someone’s opinion was formed. Do college students derive their own views based on their parents’ opinions? Perhaps from their peers or
from another source entirely? I decided to conduct a survey to determine what factors help shape students’ political views. Steve Garrison, the chair of the political science department, allowed me to survey one of his classes. There were a 38 participants in the survey, 19 were male and 19 were female. Out of these participants, 25 students said they were registered to vote, while 13 students said they were unregistered. Only three of these students
were still under the legal age to vote. When asked where the students first heard political opinions from, 53 percent of students said that they first heard political opinions from their parents. The second highest source that students used to base their opinion was the media (such as television and the newspaper) with 40 percent of the students citing it. School and social media (such as Facebook and Twitter) tied at 5 percent, with peers being the least cited source at only 2 per-
cent. Interestingly, students cited the inverse information when asked where they got their main source of political information: 60 percent of students said that the media was their first source of information, with parents trailing in second at 20 percent. Social media, such as Facebook, was the third most popular source of information, with 10 percent of the students claiming that as their political resource. Based upon the results of the survey, it appears students first
gain an opinion about politics from home, and then go on to expand their opinion based on media outlet information. Despite the belief of some, it is obvious that many student actually pay attention to what is going on in the national news. They might get the news in different ways, but at least they are informing themselves. Knowledge is power so with the election almost a month away it is important for all students to not only have a voice, but use it responsibly!
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Disability access lacking on campus
BY TALOR KINDIG STAFF WRITER
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Correction from September 19, 2012 $30 million planned for Moffett Library remodel A picture was published on page 4 referring to the man standing in the media library as Chris Henderson, elctronic access media librarian. That information is incorrect. The man in the picture was Ryan Samuelson, Government Publications/Information Literacy Librarian at the Moffett Library. The Wichitan apologizes for the error.
That tiny curb that you walk up every day, do you ever think about how difficult that is for a student with a disability? The accessibility for students with disabilities on campus is an issue that needs to be addressed and soon. Disabilities is not just a hearing aid or wheelchair. It is the person on crutches for a month or the left handed student that sits next to you in class. Whether it is a permanent disability or not, it is very difficult to move around campus. The Fain Fine Arts building for example, mass communication professor Sandra Grant said, “they built the building more for style than accessibility.” Fain is difficult to move around in and has some rooms that cannot be accessed by wheelchairs. Grant, who has difficulties moving around, can see how hard it is for these students to go through campus. And, did you know that there are two floors Fain? Even though the second floor of Fain only has one office, which It can only be accessed by a
set of stairs. it can be difficult to move between offices and classrooms. According to the American Disabilities Act, a university is supposed to provide “reasonable accommodations” for students with disabilities. But what might be reasonable to the university could be burdensome to the students. The Hardin administration building was constructed in 1937 and has one elevator. The elevator is located on one side of the building, so what about the offices on the other side? What about the heavy doors that don’t have automated buttons in Fain? And the bathrooms that don’t have handicap stalls, or the classroom with no left-handed desks? This is not reasonable and places unneeded stress on students with disabilities and can often embarrass them as well. Imagine having to squeeze into a tiny classroom in Fain while the class stares at you and having no desk that is comfortable for you to write on. In section 504 of the Rehabilitation act is says that “buildings constructed or altered before June 3,1977 need not be made
accessible if the college or school can ensure that its students with disabilities enjoy the full range of its programs.” Key word “enjoy,” something that students with disabilities are not getting. Now take a step back and just look at our campus, compared to Tarleton State University many say Tarleton is ahead in disability access. According to Trina Geye, the Director of Student Disability Services at Tarleton, she is “not aware of issues on campus where their buildings are in violation of code.” Currently Fain Fine Arts is the only building on the MSU campus not up to current code. Since the building was constructed under different guidelines, in 1977 the building is not technically out of code. Technically that doesn’t make it any less difficult for students with disabilities. When you are walking around campus just look around and imagine how hard it is for students with disabilities. Remember, that tiny curb for you, can be Mount Everest for them.
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hoping to add a new program to their major called an accelerated BSM program for students who currently have a baccalaureate degree, the nursing chair Karen Polvado said. She also stated that this program would only last for 15 months so students can get a job quickly. Polvado thinks this new aspect of the nursing department will benefit MSU as well as students. “An accelerated BSN program will attract recent college graduates who are unable to get jobs, those who are unemployed who
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EXPANISON from pg. 1 have a baccalaureate degree, and those who have a baccalaureate degree who want to change their career,” Polvado said. The dental hygiene program is looking for new equipment to better their students. “The Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic needs approximately $400,000 if technology upgrades,” said Barbara DeBois, dental hygiene chair. These new upgrades would include computer equipment, digital radiology units and dental record keeping software, DeBois said. James Johnson, interim dean
of health sciences, said they were asking for funding for digital imaging and data storage equipment. The upgrades are needed because of the advancement in technology. “The equipment we have is fully functional and meets our students’ basic educational needs,” DeBois said. “The additional technology upgrades would help to make MSU graduates more marketable in the job search.” Compared to other dental hygiene programs, MSU has good facilities and not every school in the state of Texas has gone paper-
number of students and that the department wants to add more courses. “We continually review the curriculums of all 3 programs to be sure that our courses are current and relevant to clinical practice,” Wright said. With the profession continuing to evolve so does the department. Technology is a very important part of medical imaging. “The students need additional computed radiology (CR) plates and a CR reader for the radiographic lab rooms,” Wright said. All these updates could help
students prepare them for what they will encounter in the real world, said Wright. Even if the health sciences department doesn’t receive the funds they need for the expansion James Johnston remains positive. “What makes MSU’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services so good is not about the equipment and the technology but the outstanding faculty.”
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DECLINE from pg. 1 In a press release by Midwestern, Keith Lamb, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, said the fall enrollment numbers show an increase in retention rates, class loads and graduation rates. Lamb was promoted last year to handle all enrollment management and given the primary duty to create programs to increase the university’s enrollment. Former director of student development and orientation, Matthew Park was promoted this semester to associate vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “Matthew Park was elevated in order to take pressure off of Dr. Lamb as he spends much of his time on recruiting trips and developing recruiting plans,” Rogers said. Seniors continue to have the largest enrollment group with 1,923 full-time and part-time enrollments. “With a drop in enrollment comes a corresponding drop in available funding, including student service fees,” Park said.
less. Another branch of the health sciences department is also looking for technological upgrades. “For radiology we are asking for additional imaging and image processing equipment,” said Johnston. “This equipment allows for practice of skills without exposing actual patients to ionizing radiation.” The radiology department is also looking for additional faculty. Donna Lee Wright, the radiologic sciences chair, said they needed faculty because the high
Park said the department is in the process of launching a new early alert and intervention system called MAP-works, which is designed to enhance student success and retention. “Our first year will focus on beginning freshmen,” Park said. “As a result of collaborations across the institution throughout student affairs, academic affairs and enrollment management. We hope to better reach out, connect with and support our students with intention and objectivity.” Rogers said due to the economic downturn and increased admission standards, the university has a smaller beginning class and a larger graduating class. This resulted in the enrollment drop, Rogers said. “A stable enrollment is the goal of everyone at the university,” said Howard Farrell, vice president for university advancement and public affairs. “Our focus on outstanding freshman will increase our retention and assist in our future growth.”
Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus Photo by NICOLE BARRON
for people. “I think he will be very clear that his program and his desire for the future for the country is a
growing sector with jobs and opportunities for people to be able to be self-effect,” Straus said. “As he said himself, though he might not have made the argument in the most heartfelt way, but he will.” Straus said the fact that the discussion of government dependence is on the table would play to Romney’s strengths. “This election, which is a very consequential election for the future of our country,” he said. “This discussion will not only help him, but I think the American people are ready to confront the massive deficits and the strangling debt that this country is in.” Straus said he is very confident Romney will be elected president. “When [Romney] stands on his own in the debates in a couple of weeks and as he gives lengthier speeches, giving more details of his plan for the economy, the prospect of jobs and the future,” Straus said. “He will be very compelling.” If a Romney administration happens in January, Straus said the private sector would feel more comfortable making investments in industries that will create jobs.
“A focus on the private sector where people know they can take risks in this country, risk capital and hire people without hear that the government is going to tax or regulate them to the point that there is no point in taking those risks,” Straus said. It is those beliefs in the free enterprise system and the focus on the private sector that really divides the two candidates, Stratus said. As a father of two college students, Straus said he understands the fear some students have about the job market post-grad. “It is a difficult job environment,” he said. “I know there is apprehension and that’s why young people should be listening to this election, more closely than any election in their lifetime.” According to Straus, people looking for a brighter future with opportunities in the private sector with good jobs and industries that require private sector investments will like what they see in Romney during the last few weeks in the campaign. “Unlike in 2008, the republican candidate will attract more young voters,” he said.
Student Org Spotlight Association for Disability Advocacy Their mission: To promote awareness and acceptance of disabilities to Midwestern State University campus and the Wichita Falls community Who: Anyone can join. When: The next meeting is October 2, 2012 at 3P.M. Where: Cheyenne in CSC room 171 Cost: $5 per semester Upcoming Events: October is National Disability Month Contact: President, Nick Laske Adviser: Debra Higginbotham Email: Corrine.Hamre@mwsu.edu
“People should join ADA if they are interested in learning about and promoting disability awareness.” - Nick Laske, president
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.
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Dorm dwellers Families find a home in campus housing By ruth fitzgerald-black staff writer
In 2007, Wayne Schields was offered the position of assistant housing director. Then he had to explain to family and friends where his wife and him would live: a freshman, all male residence hall. According to Schields, when Housing Director Michael Mills approached him about applying for the position, Schields was adamantly against it. Schields said friends thought Schields and his wife were crazy to move into a residence hall. Despite naysayers, the couple moved into Pierce Hall in 2007. Schields credits his wife for making the decision to transition into dorm life. He said his family had to adjust to scaling-down their living arrangements, which meant leaving their four-bedroom home in Wichita Falls, and settling into life submerged in campus life. “It required a lengthy adjustment period, but now it is simply where we live,” Schields said. Two years later the couple had a baby girl. According to Schields, his toddler is enjoying her time living and campus and always looks forward to playing with who she calls “the big kids.” “I enjoy the energy and campus environment that the stu-
dents bring and the close proximity to everything on campus is definitely a plus,” he said. Although he still rents out his home in Wichita Falls, Schields admits that he still periodically misses his home. “The main frustration I had [in the beginning] was never really being able to be ‘off work,’” he said, “Sometimes, by the end of the semester, I’m ready to see the students leave, quickly!” However, once the new semester approaches, he said he actually starts to miss the residents and eagerly awaits their return. Schields will graduate with his Masters in Political Science this December and plans to start a doctoral program next fall. Similarly, Angie Reay and her family reside on campus. Reay began her work as a student employee for Housing from 2005-2007 and became Killingsworth Hall director in 2007. In her sixth year with MSU, she has moved up the ranks from complex coordinator to assistant housing director. Reay graduated from MSU in 2007 with an undergraduate degree in early childhood, and received her master’s in education in 2009. Reay’s husband, Christopher, is also an MSU master’s graduate and in his third year as the women’s basketball assistant coach. The Reay’s were married in 2008 and their daughter arrived on October 2011. Reay resides in Sunwatcher Tower with her family, and has
been there for about two and a half years. “Living on campus is great because we are right in the center of town. We are really close to everything,” she said. Reay oversees the supervision and training of new hall directors and resident assistant staff. She also oversees programming staff selection and various administrative duties in the housing office. “I love feeling connected to the campus,” she said. “The obvious perks are the short commute to anywhere she needs to be on campus.” Living in such proximity to students has its ups and downs, Reay said. “Like some residents, noise is sometimes an issue,” she said. “But I have lived on campus since 2002, so I’m used to it.” Reay said she hopes to stay on campus for a while because she loves the people she works with and really enjoys being able to work with college students. Schields and Reay live on campus as a required part of their job, Mills said. “Nationwide, it is very common in university housing settings that hall director staff live in the facilities they manage,” Mills continued. They do not have the option to live on or off campus and their place of residence is assigned to them based on which job they have been hired to do, he said.
Angie and Christopher Reay playing with their 11-month old daughter Allison Monday afternoon. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN
Political activism on the rise By Cody parish staff writer
With November local, state and national elections fast-approaching, students have assembled on MSU’s campus to support their political parties. The College Republicans, MSU Democrats, and Students for Liberty (Libertarians) have each formed within the past year, making it possible for students to get more involved in the political process. “We try to give the students the opportunity to decipher and figure out where they stand, and put themselves in positions they wouldn’t normally be in,” said Zach Davis, vice-president of the College Republicans. In previous years, campus groups representing each party were either not active or nonexistent, leading students to form their own organizations beginning in January. Students for Liberty, which meets at 6:30 pm in PY 209 every Monday, was formed at the end of the spring 2012 semester. This is the first time in MSU’s history that a Libertarian organization has existed on campus. “I was here for three semesters and realized that nobody here has the same political leanings as I do,” said Brandi Rhoads, president of the Students for Liberty. Brad Stein, vice-president of Students for Liberty, said that, he, Brandi and a group of other likeminded students then wanted to make students aware of another political ideology. “A lot of people don’t understand what the Libertarian party is.” Rhoads said. “It’s financially conservative, part of that being the anti-war issue, but also socially liberal.” Unlike the Students for Liberty, the College Republicans, which meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Wichita I and II, is not the first Republican organization on campus. The group has only been an official organization for two semesters; previously, the MSU Republicans had represented this party. When the MSU Republicans became inactive, the College Republicans took the torch.
“We used to have the MSU Republicans, but they’re different from us,” said Davis. “We encourage students to become involved in the political process.” The MSU Democrats, which meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in PY 100 and Thursdays at 4:30 pm in PY 102 of each month, had only to pick up where the previous Democratic organization left off. MSU Democrats became an official organization this month. “For the last year, I had thought, ‘Why have there been no MSU campus Democrats?’” said Leeann Andrews, president of the MSU Democrats. “Once I found out that there was a previous organization, I just updated the constitution and got it approved by MSU.” These organizations have seen quick growth in membership in a very short time. The MSU Democrats, alone, have gained 38 members in the last month. The organizations intend to use the current election year enthusiasm for politics as a way to carry out common goals of each group, which include advertising each party’s platforms and raising voter awareness on campus. “We want to get students more involved in political campaigns and the political process,” said Davis. “This gives [students] a way to connect with the party, the candidates, so they can have an active role in the political process.” “Our biggest challenge is educating people,” Adams said. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, with early voting October 23-30. Citizens must be registered to vote by October 6 to go to the polls in November, which is why there has been a big push on campus to register. The campus groups participated in the voter registration drives to combat political apathy and to ensure as many MSU students as eligible can, and will, vote in the elections. “If we don’t get out there and vote, then the politicians won’t try to court us,” Rhoads said. To vote on campus in November, residential students from outside of Wichita Falls should
change their living address to their campus address so they can vote at the poll that will be set up in the Hardin Administration Building. Out-of-town students who live in apartments off campus should also change their living address to their Wichita Falls address. Otherwise, those students will have to vote in the county in which they are registered, which is not feasible for students who live more than a few hours away. In addition to registration drives, the campus political organizations have planned other means to raise awareness for their organizations and keep students politically knowledgeable and active. Both the MSU Democrats and the College Republicans plan to host debates and viewing parties for all interested students to attend. Andrews said that the MSU Democrats will host a debate showing on October 3 in Shawnee Theater at 8:00 pm. Tickets will be sold for donated prizes to be raffled off at the end of the night. Additionally, the organizations are inviting local and state politicians to come to the MSU campus. The MSU Democrats will host U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Paul Sadler at MSU on October 15. In regard to the November elections, the College Republicans and MSU Democrats are making a push for candidates, but are taking different approaches. The College Republicans plan to advertise directly for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. “We do support Mitt. We’ve talked about making t-shirts to sell,” Davis said. The MSU Democrats, on the other hand, plan to post fact sheets and write pertinent information about both candidates in chalk around campus. “We’re trying to lay out the facts for both parties,” Adams stated. She said that she hopes it will be easier for students to decide who to vote for once they see factual details about each candi-
date. Members of all three organizations encourage students to dig for information about each candidate. Stein, of the Students for Liberty, recommended Readit.com and the British news channel BBC, while Adams and Andrews of the MSU Democrats recommended Obama Truth Team on Twitter or Facebook and the League of Women’s Voters website. Davis, of the College Republicans, advised looking at a broad spectrum of political news sources to form an accurate opinion of each candidate. In the past, the campus political groups have lost steam after the presidential elections and eventually became inactive. For that reason, each of the current organizations is making plans to stay involved and active once the November elections are over. “One reason the MSU Democrats never survived on campus before is because it’s been focused on the big presidential elections,” Andrews explained. The organizations plan to make phone calls and advertise for local and state politicians. They will also invite these politicians to speak to MSU students at events hosted by one of the groups. When looking toward the immediate future, all of the campus political organizations expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming elections. “We’re thrilled!” Davis said. “It’s a great chance to get people to talk about politics, to get people excited about politics. We’re really grateful for this opportunity.”
TWITTER from pg. 1 toward Caribbean students began as a joke. “We noticed a lot of students tweeted about the Caribbean students so we went with it,” he said. “We may have went a little too far, but we meant no harm. I’m sure some foreign students crack jokes about American students. They need to calm down. We’re all students here.” On Sept. 12, the owners of the MWSU Problems account wrote a formal apology to all affected by the negative tweets. “What brought on the apology was excessive hate tweets from foreign students and several students unfollowed us,” Dustin said. “We decided to go back to what we originally created the account for.” Dustin said despite what some might believe, he doesn’t see himself as a racist. “This is America,” he said. “You have the right to your own opinion and thought. It’s a free country. If making a few jokes makes someone a racist, then I guess we’re all a little racist.” Since the start of this Twitter account, Dustin said he has learned that you can’t please everyone. “No matter what you do or say, someone is always going to disagree and that’s why America is great,” he said. Despite the free speech issues, Rogers said the university’s general counsel will look into using university images on social media. “I will comment that the price we pay for free speech is, at times, hard to accept, but necessary to our basic national beliefs,” Rogers said. Rogers called the tweets displaying racism “disgusting” and wants to assure international students that they are valued at this university. Nathan Jun, philosophy coordinator and assistant professor, also did not take the tweets lightly. A Caribbean student brought the Twitter account to his attention and he said he was outraged. “Everyone that I talked to about this pretty much agreed that this is a serious issue,” Jun
said. “One of the problems here is that no one knows who is behind this.” Even though Jun agreed a apology was necessary, he said he still found the apology disturbing. After seeing the letter to the editor in the Wichitan, Jun met with Beverly Stiles, sociology chair, to create a resolution condemning racism, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of bigotry. The Faculty Senate passed the resolution Thursday. “When we brought it to the attention of the Faculty Senate, surprisingly most of the faculty had no idea this was going on, but they were absolutely scandalized,” he said. Jun said the Senate agreed it was appropriate to condemn this behavior, while also expressing solidarity with Caribbean students. The resolution states that the Faculty Senate “urges relevant parties in the university administration to investigate and, if necessary and appropriate, pursue disciplinary action for the attacks in question.” “We want the administration to take this seriously and not just sweep it under the rug,” Jun said. “[The resolution] also states that we want to university community at large to take this seriously and that we think our ways as a university community to be proactive on preventing this sort of thing from happening.” Jun said it is important that people not take this [Twitter account] as an isolated incident. “Free speech always entails the right of reply,” Jun said. “We’re not trying to silence the people who did this. We are doing is expressing our view as a faculty body that the speech on display here is morally repugnant.” Members of the Faculty Senate urge students to exercise their right to free speech, through social media or other venues, responsibly, Jun said. “Just because you have the right to express yourself doesn’t mean you should exercise the right with absolute impurity,” Jun said.
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‘The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.’ Apple’s latest iPhone has new features, fresh design By Rachel Bingham and Orlando flores, Jr. staff writers
The iPhone 5 is one third of an inch taller than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 5 has finally made its debut. Apple reported two million phones were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours of release on Sept. 14. A week later, Apple released the phone to the masses, and more than 5 million were shipped and sold out. The latest installment of the iPhone boasts new updates, but does it live up to the hype that’s surrounded it over the past year? The two of us were able to get our hands on one to test it out. Apple’s new phone is the “smallest, thinnest and fastest” it’s ever released with its 7.6 millimeters thin, 112 gram, 3.31 square inches measurements, sleek new design, and new 4 inches Retina display. It also has made the power plug-in 80 percent smaller with the new Lightning connector, requiring iPhone5 users to buy new adapters for all their Apple devices. The elongated screen gives users much more to work with on a single window while still fitting nicely in the palm of hand. The light, fragile feel of the phone is intimidating at first and requires a proper case and handling. Apple took its time designing this masterpiece of a phone. According to Apple’s website, “iPhone 5 is made with a level of precision you’d expect from a finely crafted watch – not a smartphone.”
This is the first smartphone that truly looks worth the manufacturer’s price, $199 $399. The glass and aluminum body, made with the same materials as Apple notebooks, brings a phone to the table that is unlike any other in the market. Another material worth noting is the sapphire crystal that lays itself over the newly improved iSight camera. The enhancements include Panorama, 40 percent faster photo capture, better low-light performance, noise reduction, 1080p HD video recording and 720p HD FaceTime. This is possibly one of the greatest upgrades made to the iPhone. The picture quality is on par with traditional digital cameras on the market, and FaceTime’s ability to connect over a cellular network further improves the product that they created a few years ago. Users not on a data plan that allows massive traffic, can still connect to FaceTime over a Wi-Fi signal. Apple's new A6 chip processor is twice as fast as the A5 chip, previously installed in the Apple iPhone 4S. According to the
website, it provides eight hours of LTE browsing time, eight hours of talk time or 10 hours of video playback time. 4G LTE is extremely fast – users can download faster than on a Wi-Fi signal and browse the internet without hesitation. While LTE is not always available in Wichita Falls, depending on the users carrier, he or she can use this new feature in bigger markets. iOS 6 is something that Apple fanatics have raved about since it was released last week. Its biggest feature is the brand new map app. Apple created this in-house to replace Google's map app. It takes advantage of Siri to give turn-byturn spoken navigation that offers real-time traffic information to calculate ETA and alternative routes in case of traffic. It also gives a 3D view and contains a new Flyover feature, in which you can “explore cities in high resolution as you zoom, pan, tilt and rotate.” Siri has also gotten a makeover. She is able to post to Facebook and Twitter, show movie reviews, give live score updates and book a table at a larger city restaurant.
The iPhone 5 is available in white and black. One built-in app is Passbook. This little gem is able to hold airline tickets, hotel reservations, gift cards, and more. It’s also time and location based, so users can stop in for a quick cup of coffee and receive a gift card. Finally, Apple released its
The new Lightning connector and headphone location compared to the 4S.
EarPods. These newly designed headphones have improved on the traditional earbuds Apple made famous, by not just improving their comfort level, but also the sound quality; they allow the user to hear deeper and richer bass tones and better acoustics. With these upgrades, Apple has more than improved on the previous iPhone and has made its first cell phone that seems to have lastability beyond the one year gap usually given between phone upgrades and improvements. The iPhone 5 will be the new benchmark for how smartphones are designed and function, and also how they will service the customer. Photos by BRANDI STROUD
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Anticipated October CD releases By broke draper A&E Editor
The month of October is usually known for Halloween and Midwestern States homecoming. This year, added to the excitement is the release of very unique and promising albums this Fall. From rock, hip hop, to techno, the music industry is offering a lot to fans who are ready to hear something new. October 2 - Miguel Born Oct. 23, R&B artist Miguel will have a lot to celebrate this month with the release of his new album “Kaleidoscope Dream” produced by RCA Records. This will be Miguel’s second album and has many wondering if it will be more successful than his last, “All I Want Is You.” So far one of the albums tracks “Adorn” has received pretty good reception being placed at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Adorn” is Miguel’s third number-one on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs. October 9 - All Time Low Punk rock music fans now have something to be excited about as the band All Time Low is set to release their new album
“Don’t Panic.” Although the band just released an album mid 2011, they still are continuing to produce awesome music to keep you moving. The band’s fifth studio album “Don’t Panic” is set to be released next month by Hopeless Records, who the band recently signed with. Ellie Goulding If indie pop, electric pop, or folktronica is the type of music you like, then Ellie Goulding has just what you’re looking for. “Halcyon” is Goulding’s second studio album since first appearing on the scene in 2010. The West England singer has spent the past year working on her new album, trying to make it into a journey for all who experience it. Released in March 2011, Goulding’s single “Lights” had millions across the globe moving in a whole new way. The song spent a little over a year on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually moved to No. 2 in August 2012. If you enjoyed “Lights” then you should enjoy her new album. October 16 - Brandy The once Moesha Star is back, adding a little of her 90’s old school to a bit of this year’s new
style. The 33-year-old singer/ actress Brandy is releasing her sixth studio album with RCA Records. The album “Two Eleven” is derived from the singer’s birthday as well as the death day of godmother and friend, entertainer Whitney Houston. The album will include artists such as Drake, Chris Brown, and Frank Ocean. Single “Put it down” has already hit the airways and has made it to the US Hot R&B/ Hip Hop songs chart. With Brandy’s acting career still in motion, many would have never guessed a comeback album. “Two Eleven” is sure to be a great album. October 22 - Kendrick Lamar At the age of 16, Kendrick Lamar dropped his first mix tape “Youngest Head Nigga In Charge.” The tape became pretty popular and helped the young artist launch his first record deal. Ten years later with numerous successful mix tapes behind him, Lamar is now releasing his first studio album called “Good Kid, m.A.A.d city.” The album is to reflect the life of young Lamar growing up in the city of Compton. The album is to feature artists such as Dr. Dre, Drake, Lady Gaga, Black Hippy members and
Josh Abbott Band draws in crowd By cora kuykendall A&E Editor
Its Thursday night and the line of Josh Abbott Band fans waiting at Denim & Diamonds goes out the club and in the street. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago Josh and band member Jedd were just fraternity brothers. Three albums later, the Josh Abbott Band is packing the house and stealing the hearts of girls all over the country. The band performed their hit singles like “Oh Tonight,” “She’s Like Texas,” “Taste,” “My Texas” and “Touch.” There wasn’t a single person at Denim and Diamonds not enjoying the music. The band started in the 2000’s at the Phi Delta Theta House at Texas Tech. Josh, the lead singer, and Jedd (who dropped out), were playing shows and recording some singles. Its Wednesday afternoon and Preston Waits is leaving the fiddle shop when he calls for an interview. Waits says he has been playing the fiddle since he was 5-years-old when his dad, who had a family band, needed a fiddle player. He starts to laugh because he used to think that playing the fid-
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dle was pretty un-cool, until he saw Charlie Daniels, his musical inspiration, in concert. He said he remembers thinking how cool Daniels looked with that fiddle, and he wanted to be like that. Waits joined Josh Abbott a few years ago when Abbott and ex-band member needed a fiddle player for some recordings. Once Waits was on board, he hired several of his friends and the band was complete. Ever since then, the band has released three albums, their most recent one being Small Town Family Dreams, which was released last May. Lead singer Josh writes most of the lyrics, but the band collaborates along with him during the process. Most of their songs are upbeat and about Texas. Thursday at Denim and Diamonds almost every person in the audience was dancing. Waits says the best songs to play are these songs because of the audience interaction, which is why the band hates playing at venues with seating. The favorite places Waits has ever performed was the Grand Ole Opry and Billy Bob’s Texas. But the best audiences are always in college towns with tons of stu-
dents in the audience The band loves playing in college towns because of the positive vibes from the crowd. Waits said how its indescribable how involved, energetic, and loud college students are at their shows. Even though most of their songs seem to be about Texas, that doesn’t stop them from having fans all over the country. As Waits put it “there are misplaced Texans everywhere that tell their non-Texan friends about us” Maybe part of the reason why college students are so involved is because girls love men with instruments. The band members have all kinds of funny interactions with their fans. The guitarist was once told “oh, that’s why you’re called awkward guitar player”, and one girl asked Waits for a song lyric written in his handwriting so that she could have his handwriting used in her tattoo. But girl fans aren’t the only ones that ask things of the band. The band has had several instances where males will ask permission to use their show as part of their proposal. The most memorable one for Waits was when a guy put together a slideshow of their love story to be played during one of their ballads. The girl of course said yes. Something that sets Josh Abbott Band apart from other bands is how much they are involved with their fans. They are very active on Twitter and are wellknown to respond to fans tweets and direct messages. Something that I find to be very cool is the contests they do with fans. Last fall the band held a contest for sororities across the country. Whichever sorority had the most “Josh Abbott spirit” won an acoustic show and meet and greet with the band. Surprisingly, one of Midwestern’s small chapters beat out other huge sorority chapters and won the contest! Over the next 10 years Waits hopes to see the band still together and performing. He hopes that the band continues to grow a fan base and that they can slowly start performing in larger theaters and outside venues so that they don’t have to turn away fans from their shows. The band is in the progress of figuring out what their next single will be and filming their next music video, so look for it in a couple of months!
more. Taylor Swift Taylor Swift wrote one of the year’s best break up anthems, “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” making millions realize why they did not want to get back with their exes. Now, adding more fuel to the fire, are more songs from Swift stemming off of her new album “Red” by Big Machine Records. Swift still a true artist as it has been said that she had written several of the albums songs on her own. The red lipstick wearing artist told Google+Hangout users off a web chat the reason for calling her album Red. “Because all of the emotions spanning from intense love, intense frustration, and confusion are all red. There is nothing beige about any of those feelings”, said swift. Get ready for a darker more mysterious version of Taylor Swift. October 29 - Calvin Harris With only two in studio albums and numerous collaborations, Calvin Harris is ready to take another stab at it to continue making a name for himself. As house DJ for the recent 2012 VMA’s, Harris will be releasing
his third album “18 months” by Fly Eye and Columbia Records. The album gives artists and fans a chance to enter the world of electro house and nu-disco music. The album will have 15 songs featuring artists such as Rihanna, Kelis, Ellie Goulding, and Ne-Yo. October 30 - Meek Mill Meek Mill will be answering the prayers of many hip hop fans this month by releasing his first
studio album “Dreams & Nightmares” with hit song “Amen” by Maybach Music Group and Warner Brother Records. This past summer Meek Mill did an interview with MTV talking about his album and letting viewers know what to expect. “Aint gonna be all over the place like the mixtapes.” Featured artist include Drake, Nas, Big Sean, and even Kirko Bangz.
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ROYGBIV - it’s not that simple. There are many colors available out there, and the makeup industry has spun out probably 5 products per shade of every color known to man. So how on earth do you know what to wear and what would look good on you? It’s the color wheel to the rescue! So let’s step back into art class for a second. The color wheel is made up of primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Primary colors include red, blue and yellow. Mixing the primaries creates secondary colors. Blue + red = violet, blue + yellow = green, and red + yellow = orange. Tertiary colors are those with names such as “blue-violet” and “red-orange.” Adding black to a color creates a shade, and adding white makes a tint.
So how do you use the color wheel while doing makeup? Complementary colors, or those across from each other on the color wheel, don’t tend to blend well together as eye shadows. However, if you are going for a bold statement, try out putting opposite colors on different areas of your face. For example, you could wear turquoise eyeliner with a gold shimmer lipgloss. Colors next to each other on the color wheel are called analogous colors. They tend to go well together in eye shadows. You can often run across an eye palette with blue and purple or green and gold tones together. Blending these tones can create light and depth on your lids, and it’s typical to do a sort of “ombre” – start with a light shade on the inner corner and slowly get darker as you get to the outer corner. Warm tones and cool tones also play a big factor in makeup. Warm tones are shades such as yellow, red and brown. Cool tones have undertones of black,
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blue and gray. These colors can either complement or clash with your natural tones. For example, if you have yellow undertones in your skin, deep brown eyes and your hair is a dark brunette or golden blonde, warm makeup colors will look great on you! But if you have a pale, pink skin tone, your eyes are a sparkling blue, and your hair is an ashy brown or gray-blonde, you’ll look fantastic in blues, blacks, silvers, and pinks. Makeup shades also go along with your eye color. Blue eyes pop with warm brown eye shadow, brown eyes look amazing with purple and blue shades, and green eyes shimmer next to coppers and golds. So grab the wheel, play around with your makeup shades, and test out these color tricks!
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Volleyball ladies earn first LSC win ORLANDO FLORES JR. Staff writer
The Midwestern State Lady Mustangs fought their way back to a fifth set victory Saturday afternoon against the Texas A&MKingsville Lady Javelinas, 3-2 (2225, 25-22, 26-28, 25-21, 15-10). Strong play from the Lady Mustangs contributed to the win almost as much as errors from Kingsville did. The Lady Mustangs (3-9, 1-3) had four players with double digit kills. Beatriz Villalba (16 digs) and Michelle Blount both had 11 kills, while Caitlin Wallace and Shelbi Stewart (23 digs) each had 10. Courtney Haney led MSU with 33 assists. After four tough sets that went back and forth, the Lady Mustangs were able to start the final set 4-2 after Wallace and Kasey Decker combined to block Kelsee Felux’s attempted kill at the net. The Lady Javelinas fought their way back to a 7-6 defecit. After a kill from Haney off of an assist from Kristan Aduddell, and a couple of Kingsville attack errors, the Lady Mustangs found themselves with a 10-6 lead. The Lady Mustangs never looked back; forcing two more Kingsville attack errors and notching three kills to end the match, including a game-winning kill from Caitlin Wallace. The Lady Mustangs match did not get off to a great start, though; after leading the Lady Javelinas 19-14 in the first set, Kingsville’s Stephanie Johns sparked a 8-0 run that allowed the Lady Javelinas to take a 22-19 lead. A kill from MSU’s Decker and two errors from Kingsville allowed
the Lady Mustangs to even the set up. Despite MSU’s hot run, though, attack errors from the Lady Mustangs on the following three points allowed Kingsville to take the first set. MSU came back strong in the second set, turning a 9-9 split into a 25-22 set victory. The Lady Mustangs earned 11 of their last 16 points off of kills or service aces. The third set proved to be the most grueling of the match, as each team wasn’t able to get the upper hand on the other for most of the match. A kill by Wallace sparked a short 5-1 run for the Lady Mustangs that gave them a 21-16 lead. The Lady Javelinas fought their way back into the set, but the Lady Mustangs were able to push their lead to a 24-22 lead with the set almost in their grasp. Felux scored a kill for Kingsville that was followed by two MSU attack errors to give the Lady Javelinas a 25-24 lead. Despite the Lady Mustangs’ best effort, the Lady Javelinas ran away with the set 28-26 thanks to play from Dedra Brown and Johns. A reinvigorated MSU team came out for the fourth set, determined not to let another late set comeback take away their victory. After an early 10-10 tie, the Lady Mustangs began to pull away off of a 10-6 run to lead 20-16, before a Kingsville timeout. The Lady Mustangs held their lead and never looked back, ending the set with a 25-21 win that would lead to the eventual match-winning fifth set for the Lady Mustangs.
Michelle Blount (7) spikes the ball in the Lady Mustangs’ Saturday encounter with Texas A&M Kingsville. Photo by KRISTEN CASKEY
MSU shocks Tigers DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
The Mustangs prepare to defend an Incarnate Word throw-in. Photo by KRISTEN CASKEY
The Midwestern State soccer team witnessed their first home defeat since 2007 when the Cardinals of Incarnate Word snuck in an extra time winner. This disappointing loss wasn’t what the Mustangs expected after drawing two games a week before. Head Men’s Soccer coach Doug Elder was upset with the loss but praised the quality of the Incarnate Word team. “They are the best team we have played so far,” he said. “They have good players with good speed and their attack was good but their defense was not as good.” Len Smith opened the scoring for MSU with a fine cross from VcMor Eligwe but Incarnate Word’s Vincent Bailey replied in a matter of seconds with a similar goal. Smith scored again in the second period, which prompted the Mustangs to play defensively to hold the lead. However, the persistent Bailey dented the Mustangs’ hope of victory with an 89th minute goal. Bailey took
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chances with the forwards anxious to score goals. Bryan Santiago scored the opener before Eligwe scored the second and the third. David Freeland finally scored his first goal of the season, Aaron Douthit, his second, while Taylor Brown scored his first collegiate goal. Elder and his team plan on practicing all week in preparation for their trip to Oklahoma where they will be hosted by Adams State University. The Mustangs have not battled Adams State in previous fixtures, but look forward to a challenge. “We expect a good game,” said Elder. “Adams State struggled in their league last year, but they are ten times better.”
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Tennis duo wins championship DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
Head Tennis Coach Scott Linn is pleased with the performance of the Mustangs as they dominated the MSU Invitational last weekend. “The tournament went great and their progress is a great test of physically where they are at,” said Linn. Linn expressed how confident he was of his players, who make his job worthwhile. “I’ve been proud that our players battle through stuff,” he said. “It’s quite obvious that we have great people in the program and
it’s fun to coach always.” Linn was especially pleased with Jarrod Liston and Kyle Davidson, who took complete control of the Men’s Doubles when they defeated Collins College’s Brady Nohrnstedt and Donovan McSeveney 8-3 in the finals. “What a fantastic effort by Davidson and Liston,” he said. “They have played better as the tournament went and have done a fantastic job.” Surprisingly enough, Davidson and Liston had never teamed up before the MSU Invitational. “They are willing to work for each other, set each other up all
day and are willing to stay positive throughout the entire match even when they miss a shot,” said Linn. “They stayed focused and did a fantastic job of playing maturely and that’s why they won the championship.” Liston admired the impressive contribution he received from his teammate. “Kyle is great. For a freshman, he really stood up today,” said Liston. “We started training together Tuesday and for him to step up and play real big tennis in the final was good.” According to the freshman, his early college achievement helped
his confidence. Davidson was pleased he got to play with Liston and hopes they would partner up in the near future. “Playing with Jarrod was a really fun experience as we complemented each others game,” he said. “I just hope I’ll have the opportunity to play with him more this year.” According to Liston, it was a great experience playing with Davidson, who turned out to be the perfect partner to compete with. “We can communicate well, we both can fade off each other’s energy,” he said. “He keeps me
calm and this is a big thing.” The Liston-Davidson duo strategically brought down the gentlemen from Collins College when they noticed fatigue setting in. “They both had single finals today so you could tell that they were tired,” Liston Said. “We knew we had to get on top of them mentally, which we did and we kept it rolling.” MSU is looking forward to and preparing for the ITA South Central Regional in Abilene. “We’ll get after the ITA regional,” said Linn. “Strength training in the mornings and a couple practices this week and then we’ll
head to Abilene” After a well-deserved break on Sunday, Liston intends to train all week in preparation for the tournament in Abilene. “I will train through Thursday and see what happens when we get there,” he said. “It’s been a big two days with eight or nine matches each so we’ll have to relax.” The junior also expects good competition in the regionals at Abilene as Cameron University will also be there. “It will be great to go out there and play new people and just compete,” he said.
Mustangs trample Kingsville, 45-28 ORLANDO FLORES JR. STAFF WRITER
The No. 15 Midwestern State Mustangs continued their winning ways Saturday evening, as they rolled over the Texas A&MKingsville Javelinas en route to a 45-28 victory. The Mustangs got off to an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but it was a 35-7 second quarter that ensured the win for MSU. While the Mustangs were outscored 2110 in the second half, it was not enough for the Javelinas to steal the victory. “We played a good first half,” Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill said. “We came out in the second half and didn’t do as much, but we made plays when we needed to. As a whole, we got better and made improvements.” MSU improved to 2-1 on the season, while Kingsville dropped their second game in a row to even out at 2-2. The Mustangs played an outstanding overall game, but it was their 421 rushing yards that truly opened the game up for them. Kiedrick Jackson led the Mustangs running game with 156 yards and 4 touchdowns off of 18 carries. Jimmy Pipkin also broke the 100-yard mark, gaining 117 yards and one touchdown on nine carries. “The rushing game was much better this game, even compared to the last game,” Maskill said. “Our line and our receivers did a better job blocking, and our backs ran hard. Our success on the run also made the play action game more productive. This
Sophomore Running Back Jimmy Pipkin (center) a touchdown with nine carries against Texas A&M Kingsville Saturday Night. File photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
was also done against one of the better defenses we’ve played this season.” Brandon Kelsey’s 194 passing yards tallied up the remainder of the Mustangs’ 615 total offensive yards, as he completed 11-outof-21 passes and completed 1 touchdown to reception leader Jared Freeman (4 catches, 71 yards).
While the Mustangs’ offense had a good day, it was a bit of a struggle on the defensive side of the ball to hold on to their lead. The Mustangs’ defense proved to be too tough for the Javelinas’ running game, allowing only 58 yards on 30 carries and no touchdowns. The Javelinas were able to counteract MSU’s stingy defense through the air, though.
Kingsville quarterback Bryan Erlich may have been sacked twice and intercepted once, but the pressure from the Mustangs didn’t stop him from completing 28-of-55 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns. Kingsville receiver Sherman Batiste tore up the Mustangs secondary to the tune of 8 catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
“Our defense came out and put some pretty good pressure on their QB in the first half,” Maskill said. “But there were two plays in the second half were our coverage just blew it. We’ll be improving on that.” The Mustangs will finally get the chance to have the home crowd on their side on Sept. 29, as they host Incarnate Word at
Memorial Stadium during MSU’s Family Day festivities. “We like to play in front of our home crowd,” Maskill said. “There will be no added pressure than what we put on ourselves. Every game is a different challenge and it’s always a battle. You have to play well to have success.”