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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University

Wednesday April 25, 2007

Fish in fountains? Welcome to Pierce Hall soft drinks, making them difficult or unappealing to drink from. Custodians paint an even grimmer picture. Housing Director Danny Reddick finds all of it frustrating. “There is something about getting guys together. They just want to wreck things,” he said. “I took part in the construction of the building, so itʼs painful for me to walk through it every week and see it get worse and worse. “I guess girls just take better care of their things than guys do.” Reddick said the most damaged buildings on campus are housing but there is no way to put a monetary figure on repairs at Pierce. “No amount of damage can be tallied because the janitors and maintenance fix the problems right

KENNY BERGSTROM FOR THE WICHITAN Smashed windows. Stinky toilets. Dead minnows floating in water fountains. How do Pierce Hall residents live with this mess? Pierce Hall underwent a $3 million renovation in the fall of 2005. Less than two years later, itʼs on its way to becoming what it was once known as – the campus eyesore. The MSU Housing Department no longer raves about the threestory structure that houses mainly freshman. Hallways have broken or missing ceiling tiles. Some water fountains have been doused with

away,” he explained. Michael Mills, assistant housing director, said heʼs seen holes punched through doors. “The sheetrock can be cracked but students canʼt punch through it cause it has a protective layer that is ʻpunch proof,ʼ” he said. “If they tried to punch through it they might break their hand.” Walls sport holes from doors being slammed backward into the drywall. At times, trash is strewn everywhere. According to Mills, those caught throwing trash bags in the hall face a $25 fine. Some have had to pay it, he said. Restrooms have been a problem since Pierce was built. Stealing all the toilet paper can be chalked up to dorm life but residents act as if they

can trash a stall and not worry about going in that particular unit again. The worst problem with the bathrooms is the improper use of toilets. Students often forget to flush them. “I wish that the resident assistants would require certain students to use certain restrooms. If we had that then we could keep a close eye on who is trashing them,” said freshman Adam Wright. “Every day I walk in there I hope that it was just cleaned.” Wright thinks a timesheet would be effective to make sure bathrooms get serviced during the day. Custodians labor hard to keep Pierce clean just to see it dirty the next day. “The janitors do a good job but itʼs not enough,” said Wright. “The students think they can do whatever

they want and get away with it. For the most part they do.” Jesus Trejo has been a janitor in Pierce Hall for 10 years and sees no improvement in the way residents treat the building. No matter how bad the residents trash the building he realizes that itʼs still his job to try and keep the place in the best shape he can. He doesnʼt blame every resident in the building, because he knows only certain ones cause the huge messes. “I canʼt get mad at all the residents that live here, because itʼs not everyoneʼs fault,” he said. The second floor of Pierce has become severely stained. Trejo said carpet stains usually come from residents taking out their trash and the

contents of the trash bag leaking out onto the carpet. He has also known students to pour unfinished drinks onto the floor, which over time have contributed to the carpet stains. Several bathrooms on the second floor have holes in the walls behind the door from students slamming the doors backward. Trejo said every morning they fill the bathrooms with toilet tissue, only to have residents come in and take them for their own personal use. The bathrooms have been a major issue for the custodian staff, because they tend to be the dirtiest part of the residence halls. “I have come in bathrooms where

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Calhoun sweeps SGA election in 248-101 win CARRIE SULLIVAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN

Working hard for the money MSU student balances school and 12-hour workdays MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN Having a job while in college can be overwhelming. MSU sophomore Xzarche Stegall juggles two jobs. Stegall, a 21-year-old criminal justice major, works on two shows at a radio station from 5 – 8 p.m. Saturdays she works as a DJ from 3 – 7 p.m. Sundays she goes in to help make station IDs, where the celebrities say things like, “Youʼre listening to Hot 103.9” She also works as a waitress at Cheddarʼs. Though she is a part-time student, school is

like a third job for her. “Iʼm taking 13 hours right now. I get Mondays off and Iʼm working 12-hour days with a 45-minute break on the weekends,” she said. She said sheʼs just a determined person. “Thatʼs why I am able to work and maintain school,” she said. “Working in college teaches responsibility for the real world.” Her bills are also a large reason for why she works so much. “The bills are overwhelming at times,” she said. She has her own apartment, car and

school tuition to pay for. “Iʼm working on achieving my goal and thatʼs to graduate from college,” she said. As she rises out of bed every morning, she always knows she is in for another long day. Even though she is in school part-time, she still keeps long hours studying for any tests she may have for the week. “I was always told it is before pleasure, and I remember that every time I set foot in the classroom or workplace,” she said. Sometimes she feels like she is working to support a whole family. “I work this much See Work page 8

Survival MSU champion wins $1,000 ASHLEY JACKSON & CHRISTIAN MCPHATE FOR THE WICHITAN

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Erik Sheldon was pronounced the champion of MSUʼs second annual Survival MSU Friday. The University Programming Board (UPB) held the contest from April 13 to 20 at Sikes Lake. The competition began with 18 students and ended with Sheldon winning $1,000. Sheldon, a senior business major, canoed his way to the finish line of the final challenge after diving into a pool full of 600 plastic Easter eggs filled with paper clips and five keys, with only one unlocking the box of immunities to win the chal-

Erik Sheldon

lenge and the event. “I found it fairly quickly,” Sheldon said. “But I kind of got scared when I accidentally dropped the egg with the key.” Sheldon said he had plans for his prize money. “But Iʼm not going to be a total

tightwad,” he said. “I am going to get something nice.” The competitors were divided into teams, and each team had to complete two challenges every day of the event. The first was a reward challenge while the second was an immunity challenge. “I spent most of my time with the blue team,” Sheldon said. “I got along with them, which was part of my strategy.” The tribal council met at 10 p.m. every night and two people were voted off. Sheldon said the most difficult challenge was the eating contest where the competitors had to consume a mixture of sauerkraut, jalapenos and sardines. “I couldnʼt do it,” he said. “I

couldnʼt get past the sauerkraut.” The champ ended up puking. Esteban Burgos, chair of UPB, said the Survival series is having a positive effect at MSU. “I have never seen so much school spirit at a university,” Burgos said. “This is also bringing offices together that do not usually work together.” Other competing students were Angelica Alvaredo, Matt Hulme, Brittany Ostermann, Ronrick Pemberton, Lauren Savoy, Sam Shelley, Sara Spence, Amanda Veitenheimer, Brian Vestal, James Walker, Tony Carracedo, Dwight Fontenelle, Jarred Gilker, Brenna Goldman, Rachel Kurtz, Cody Magana and Calvin Presley.

Dominique Calhoun won the SGA presidential election Friday. Calhoun, a junior pre-med major, is currently the president of the NAACP and vice president of the Black Student Union. He will serve as SGA president for the 2007-2008 school year. He said he was happy to hear the news of his 248 to 101 victory against opponent Jason York. “I was a little elated in the sense that everything was over with,” he said. Though campaigning was hard work, he said he and opponent Jason York did not do as much to promote themselves as much as the candidates did last year. Calhoun said the reason for the lack of campaigning was that he was dealing with the issue of a best friend who had recently gotten into a car wreck. “Granted, the support was there,” he said. “I just personally didnʼt have as much time.” Calhoun said his main focus as president will be unity on campus. “Bringing about school spirit, bringing about everything,” he said. He said one of the biggest problems with school spirit is students donʼt go to ball games, football in particular. Part of the reason is studentsʼ lack of transportation. “Some students want to go to the game, they just donʼt have a ride,”

he said. He will be working on a way to transport students, using shuttles for those who want to attend home games. “It creates a more homey environment,” he said, of having more people at sports events.

Dominique Calhoun

He said he also plans to start speaking to Aramark about extending cafeteria hours. Since many students have to work, it is essential that they be able to eat during the free time they have available. “A lot of students donʼt get a chance to eat by five to seven or twelve to two,” he said. He also seeks to lengthen library hours, despite the small extension made last year. “We appreciate the work that was done beforehand, but most students still feel it wasnʼt enough,” he said. Calhoun said that during his term, whatever the students want to work toward is what he will strive for. “This presidency is the face of the student body,” he said.

In Memorium

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN Dr. Howard Farrell receives a candle in the candlelight memorial service last Wednesday to honor those who died at Virginia Tech.

‘Vacancy’

‘Survival MSU’

Mustang Park

Anticipated thriller is not so scary.

Group of students endure blood, sweat and tears for $1,000 prize.

New softball field is ready for players.

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Staff Editorial

Relay for Life Cancer doesnʼt sleep. Neither do participants in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life – an event where community-based teams raise funds and come together for an evening of celebration and enthusiasm for the fight for a cure for cancer. It is a time to remember those lost to cancer and celebrate those who have survived. The Wichita Falls Relay for Life is scheduled for June 1, at McNeil Junior High Schoolʼs track. Midwestern State University students and faculty need to get involved in this yearʼs relay. It takes dozens of volunteers to have a successful Relay for

Moving on after shocking heartbreak

including team members, event planners, entertainers and manpower for numerous other tasks. Teams decorate campsites; they walk or run laps in support of cancer survivors or in memory of cancer victims; play games; eat food from the many booths available; and participate in a myriad of events throughout the night. The Relay opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with a lap around the track by cancer survivors. At dark, a luminaria service will be held. Luminaria bags are lit in honor or memory of cancer victims and may be purchased with a donation to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Cancer has no respect. It strikes the young and the

Every dollar raised makes a difference to people in

graduation. Ouch. That hurt. The man I had devoted my life to, and the man I had been planning to devote the rest of my life to, was gone in an instant. Five years of hard work wasted. My first instinct was to call my best friend, Sarah.

and hit the road. Halfway to the tiny town of Monticello, Ark., I got tired of crying as my motherʼs words began playing through my head. I decided to quit blubbering and give my mother a call. When I told her, she was astonished.

The man I had devoted my life to ... was gone in an instant.

I called her at 6:30 a.m. and asked her if I could come over. She hesitantly said yes. Her nervousness probably stemmed from the fact that she lived eight hours away. I threw a weekʼs worth of clothes in a bag, grabbed my toothbrush

My ex-fiancé had, after all, been part of my family. After her initial shock wore off, she apologized for him putting me through this. Then came the commands. “This happens every day to many women and they get through it,” she

their face in disgust. Most of the nose pickers try to hide the fact that they are picking their nose by turning away and looking at an interesting poster on the wall or by hanging their head so that no one can see past the curtain of hair.

terʼs jeans outside of Books-AMillion. The sister was not pleased at all. Another awkward behavior in public is excessive public displays of affection, and Iʼm not talking about holding hands or a

said. “At least you found out now before the marriage. You know you donʼt need him.” Those words were exactly what I needed to hear. After I hung up the phone, I suddenly had a revelation. I glanced at my left hand and quickly discovered that the diamond ring I threw at my ex that morning (big mistake, because I should have pawned it) had felt more like a chain. Then it hit me—I was free. I began thinking of all the things I could do in my life now that he wasnʼt in it. I could go to law school like I always wanted to. I didnʼt need to have children— something he always wanted but I never desired. I could move outside of Texas, which was a dream I gave up years ago because of his need to be close to family. When I made it to Arkansas, my best friend was surprised to see that I was ecstatic.

Nostril pickers, beware of nosey onlookers

the community whose lives are touched by cancer. The American Cancer Society has contributed to almost every major discovery in cancer research. Millions of lives have been saved as a result. For those people and countless others, the research the society has funded is resulting in better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. This is your chance to do something to find a cure for cancer. Organize a team, donate a luminaria bag, volunteer your time or attend the Relay for Life in your community and give financial as well as moral support. Do something. Get involved. Your efforts can make a difference.

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You take a quick l o o k around, making sure that no one is watching. CAITLIN HURLEY SlowFOR THE WICHITAN ly, so as not to attract anyoneʼs attention, you lift your hand and … You pick your nose. Yes, everybody does it during one point in their life, along with an assortment of other, sometimes embarrassing behaviors in public and think they wonʼt be seen. Sorry to tell you, but most likely someone has seen you do something that youʼd rather nobody saw. Out of all of the embarrassing public behaviors, nose picking has to be the most infamous because it can make everyone from two to 60 either laugh or scrunch

Sorry to tell you, but most likely someone has seen you do something that youʼd rather nobody saw.

Now that theyʼve picked their nose, they have to get rid of the evidence. Some wipe the boogie on their clothes or on furniture. Others might just flick it onto the wall or floor. I remember once a little boy, probably no older than four, brushing his off on his older sis-

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old, the married and the single, the rich and the poor.

Many women fail to listen to their mother ʼs advice. Iʼm here to tell you thatʼs not a good ASHLEY JACKSON idea. FOR THE WICHITAN G r o wing up, I heard a series of commands from my mother: “Always be independent. You canʼt trust anyone but yourself. Donʼt ever depend on a man for anything.” I never knew the importance of those words until Jan. 8, 2007. After a 5-year relationship, my fiancé and I broke up. Actually, he broke up with me. Well, honestly, he left me for another woman. Really, he left me for another girl, because sheʼs in high school. Heʼs 23 and nearing his college

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quick peck. The other day I was rounding a corner in the liberal arts building and I wanted to cover my eyes and run away. There were two people full-out snogging in the middle of a somewhat isolated hallway on the second floor. The girl was very embarrassed

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to say the least and apologized several times as I left. The question is, why do people do things in public that make them uncomfortable when somebody catches them in the act? I honestly donʼt know. But when in public it might help to follow these simple rules if you are easily embarrassed: 1. Always assume that when you are not at home with all the curtains drawn, most likely someone or something is watching you. So, if you donʼt want people seeing you pick a wedgy, out go somewhere private. 2. If it makes you squeamish when you see somebody do it at a restaurant, donʼt do it where people can see you. 3. Please, keep it PG. 4. Always, always carry tissues or a handkerchief with you so that you wonʼt be that person in the car next to you with a finger up their nose trying to catch that elusive booger.


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Limbo waits for unbaptized

F o r centuries, Roman Catholic theologians h a v e debated whether unbapCHRISTIAN MCPHATE t i z e d STAFF REPORTER children, as well as people who lacked the will of reason, went to “the limbo of children” after their death. If heaven is a place of ultimate happiness, and hell is a place of ultimate torment, then limbo is the place in between, kind of like earth for humanity. The church divided the plain of waiting (the souls are waiting for the return of Christ and the taking/ abduction of the faithful) into two sections, the “Limbo of Fathers” and the “Limbo of Children.” In the fathersʼ waiting room, ancient righteous people who lived before the birth of Christ loitered among the grassy knolls of the smoky abyss. St. Augustine, an early church writer, thought unbaptized infants did not make it to the kingdom of heaven, but instead the innocent children went to the smoky green plains of limbo. He believed babies are incapable of professing faith or doing “Christian charity” and according to previous doctrine, the only known means of salvation is through the “grace of justification,” a declaration of a sinnerʼs belief in Christʼs words that transforms him or her into a righteous being before the all-seeing eye of God. Since unbaptized babies did not receive the cleansing waters of Christ (baptism), could not profess their faith in Christ and the taint of humankindʼs original sin still marked their tiny bodies, then innocents became entrapped to the plain of non-torment/non-paradise. In 1439, prominent bishops and other ecclesiastics of the Eastern participants of the Roman Catholic Church held a council in Florence (known as the Council of Florence) for the reform of some hotly debated laws. The faithful believed the laws

of the church affected the rules of heaven because of a proclamation of Jesus to his disciples before his death, so the bills drafted held not only the life of a peasant, but their soul as well. However, unlike previous gatherings, where the members were separated into “nations,” the holy leaders separated into four large deputations (committees) with one concerning themselves on questions of faith, another on negotiations for peace, while the third one focused on reform, and the last one was concerned with “common concerns.” During the gathering, the religious leaders came to an agreement on the Western doctrine of purgatory (limbo) and a return to preSchism of the papacy. Patriarch Joseph II of Constantinople and all the Eastern bishops, except one, signed the bill. The Schism was a rebellion of the people who were dissatisfied with the monarchial rule of the church and wanted a more democratic process with certain aspects of the Canon law, a set of rules that dates back to the Council of Jerusalem (1 B.C.), and governs the machine of the church. And the reason for the first council? According to the Jewish Antiquities, the apostle Paul had a disagreement with the Judaean Christians because they believed that a soul must have their penis circumcised “in the manner of Moses” to enter the kingdom of heaven. With the fall of Constantinople, the Schism of the Catholic Church ended and the belief of purgatory became ingrained into the flocksʼ mind and with works such as Danteʼs “The Divine Comedy,” the church hammered away the belief into the minds of the faithful. Through the following centuries, theologians racked their brains to come up with a way for unbaptized babies to enter the kingdom of heaven before the return of the king of kings. For instance, Cajetan, a 16th century theologian, believed infants who died in the womb of their mothers could reach the kingdom of heaven as long as the mother wished for the baptism of her baby.

As the 18th and 19th centuries floated on by, a number of theologians (Bianchi, 1768; H. Klee, 1835; Caron, 1855 and H. Schell, 1893) continued to create theories and hypotheses on the entry of unbaptized infants into the pearly gates. In the 20th century, Ludwig Ott, another theologian, stepped over the boundaries of earlier doctrines and began openly teaching that unbaptized children could possibly enter heaven. Joseph Ratzinger (the Pope), then Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, stated in the early ʼ80s that he believed unbaptized children could attain salvation from the lands of limbo. On April 22, 2007, the churchʼs International Theological Commission released “The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized,” which stated limbo reflected “unduly restrictive view of salvation” and “serious theological and liturgical grounds for hope that unbaptized infants who die will be saved and enjoy the beatific vision (the divine body of God).” In addition, the commission also stressed “these are reasons for prayerful hope, rather than grounds for sure knowledge.” And yet, Pope Benedict XVI did away with Limbo because he believed that the waiting plain was “only a theological hypothesis” and “never a defined truth of faith.” However, does not the faithful, a gathering of people with similar held perspectives on theories and beliefs, use theological hypotheses to explain their unified perspective on truth? So what happens to the millions of souls in the land of fathersʼ limbo? What happens to the unbaptized dalai lamas? What about the unborn babies (abortions) whose mothers were unaware of the “wish clause?” What about the Buddhist monks living away from society, practicing peace of the inner-self and meditating on the progression of the soul through the divine spiral? What about Virgil, the guide for the poet Dante? Do they all just go straight to hell?

G r o wing up, children are taught general manners: U s e “thank you” when someone KRYSTLE CAREY does someMANAGING EDITOR thing for you. Give a “youʼre welcome” if someone thanks you. Say “excuse me” when you interrupt someone. Also, always say “please” if you are asking for something. These are all general phrases we are taught when we are children, right? Our parents would scold us if we did not follow these manner rules, and our grandparents would roll over in their graves if they knew we were not abiding them. However, why does it seem many people today are lacking on the use of manners? Our society seems to be turning into a fast-paced, selfish entity. Instead of giving a simple “thanks” when a door is held open, most people just briskly walk through the doors and do not even acknowledge the person who was kind enough to let you in first. Many times I have gone through a check-out line and noticed how the cashier does not even seem to care there is someone on the other side of the register. Some seem to just throw the bags and receipt at a customer and continue on with the next. I know they have probably had a long and tiring day, but could they at least TRY and act like they care? I remember being a cashier and having some of the rudest customers known to man. However, not once was I ever rude to them or not say “have a nice day” with a big smile.

This is not only limited to the cashier, however. I have also seen many customers who do not answer a cashierʼs “how are you today?” When they are given their bags and the receipt, they seem to just grab them and go. What happened to a “thank you” or “have a nice day?” Are we so barbaric that those simple little phrases cannot be mustered out of our mouths to acknowledge someone else? How about an “excuse me” when someone bumps into you? You will be looking at an item on the shelf, minding your own business, when some person comes and walks right into you. Of course, they were on their cell phone and not paying attention to where they were going. Many times you just get an evil stare from the counterpart who seems to think it was YOU who bumped them in the first place. Sorry, I guess my body was blocking your path. I am sure many of you have done something for a friend, as well, and not gotten a short but appreciative “thank you” for your generosity. “Thank you” and “please” are not the only ways of using good manners. Common courtesy of keeping oneʼs word is also a great example. Also, being on time when you have given a promise to be there. The saddest part is that our lack of good manners does not seem to be limited to only strangers but also to family and friends. I have noticed a big trend in people not having the courtesy to let a friend know they cannot make it to the movies or dinner. Or even better, they give the old, “Well, Iʼll let you know if I can make it. Weʼll just play it by ear.” Imagine this: A friend mentions going out to eat one Friday night and tells you they will let you know when, later.

You get ready, sit by the phone and wait to get the call with a “yea” or a “nay.” As the time passes, you start to try and occupy yourself with the television, computer or anything you can think of while you wait. Six oʼclock comes and nothing. Okay, there is still time. No worries. Seven oʼclock hits and your family is about to eat dinner, but you cannot possibly eat with them because you would not want to disappoint your friend when they call. Eight oʼclock comes and still nothing. You start to wonder if they will even be able to go eat today. But, why have they not at least called to say so? It is not that big a deal, you would just like to know so you can go eat something to get your stomach to stop growling. It is now 10 oʼclock, and you never received one measly phone call. You tell yourself, “I would have at LEAST given THEM a call to say I could not make it today. Why could they not do the same?” If you mention doing something with a friend, please have the courtesy to at least call them to say you will not be able to make it. It is really not that hard to dial a few numbers and say, “Sorry, maybe some other time.” Are friends not even worth some simple courtesy these days? These things all sound so easy, yet people do not seem to care any more. Those general manners taught to us while growing up have slowly diminished into non-existence and turned into people being rude and not meaning what they say. So, the next time someone holds the door open for you or gives you that shopping receipt, try to be courteous and give them a simple “thank you.” A bit of kindness can go a long way.

Campus Voices Q: How many hours do you work in a week?

“I work 40 hours a week with two jobs not because I want to, but because I have to.” – Ernel Eddins, 20, sophomore mass communications major

Common courtesy lost forever?

“On average I work 20 hours a week. I work at Lite Pan, an Asian cuisine place in Burk. Iʼm a cashier and a driver and I basically live off my tips. Iʼve gotten two scholarships, but everything I make from work goes toward college.” – Jeremy Goreczny, 18, freshman computer science major/ROTC

“I donʼt work at all now, but when I did it was about 40 hours a week. I was taking 16 hours at school, and with two kids and gas prices the way they are, it was too much.” – Amy Morrison, 29, senior special education major

“I work six hours a week. Iʼve been an RA for almost a year and itʼs just right for me. Room and board is free and the financial aid I get is a major help.” – Becca Bullion, 20, junior biology major


April 25, 2007

Across Campus Student Success Series The Student Success Series and Career Management Center present “Life After College” with Andy Masters at 7 p.m. April 26 in Clark Student Center Comanche Suites. For more information call ext. 4500.

Foreign Film Continuing Education presents “A Very Long Engagement.” This extraordinary love story set against the background of World War I at 7p.m. May 3 at the Kemp Center for the Arts. Convicted of self-mutilation in order to escape military service during World War I, five soldiers are condemned to face certain death in the no manʼs land between the French and German trench lines. It appears all of them were killed in a subsequent battle, but the fiancee of one of the soldiers refuses to give up hope and begins to uncover clues as to what actually took place on the battlefield. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For more information call ext. 4756.

Student Art Exhibitions The art department opens the Senior Student Exhibition and the Student All-Media Exhibitions with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 in the Fain Fine Arts galleries. In the Foyer Gallery will be the works of seniors Kim Bartel, Katy Blackwood, Johanna Krantz and Jim Thomason. On exhibit in the main gallery will be all-media student artwork. Both run through Aug.. 24. For more information call ext. 4264.

Spring Choir Concert The music department presents a Combined Choirs Concert at 3 p.m. May 6 at First Presbyterian Church on Taft Blvd. The University Singers and Oratorio Chorus will perform music ranging from a Mozart opera chorus to Irving Berlin vocal jazz to an African-American spiritual. For more information call ext. 4267.

MSU Bookstore April is poetry month as well as sexual assault awareness month. Titles for both are on sale at the MSU Bookstore. These titles will be 20 percent off the list. Clearance sale: Clothing racks are another 25 percent off through the end of April. Bargain Books: The selection is good. For more information visit the bookstore or call ext. 4225.

Entertainment

ʻVacancyʼ provides scares with little blood JASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Not since “Psycho” has a roach motel been so horrifying. Well, probably not in the way you are thinking, but “Vacancy” does indeed have its horrible moments. What can you expect from a movie directed by someone named Nimrod? Yes, the directorʼs name is Nimrod, but apparently that is a somewhat common name overseas and such so I will stop there before I become politically incorrect yet again. Despite the name, Nimrod Antal has done one other film that was quite well-recieved and entertaining, with a lovely set of quirky characters in a subway station. This film is called “Kontroll” and is a definite recommendation, but his sophomore attempt has much less to be desired, with a very short running time and a complete lack of violence for such a subject. Hereʼs the gist: Amy and David Fox (Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson) are your typical bickering couple on the verge of divorce. The one thing that makes them atypical and somewhat depressing is their young son died recently and even though David seems to be handling the tragedy just fine, Amy keeps hoarding the guilt, blaming herself for the boyʼs death, the manner of which is never completely explained. They are heading toward Amyʼs parentʼs house to celebrate their anniversary and David, being the typical man he is, decided to take a “short cut” when the interstate began to back up due to an accident. Of course, the short cut gets them lost and before they know it, David has screwed up the carʼs engine trying to avoid some of the local

Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale stare at the roaches in their hotel room in “Vacancy.”

wildlife (he says racoon, she says squirrel). They just so happen upon a gas station and a motel out in the middle of nowhere. Itʼs nearly 2 a.m. and lucky them. The gas station attendant (Ethan Embry) wasnʼt quite closed yet for the night. He informs them that they should be able to make it to the next town just fine since it was just a bent fan blade so they head off toward to next town. A mile or two down the road, after a little more bickering, the car dies and they now must walk back to the station for help, except that the attendant has gone for the night.

After some strange convo with the motel manager next door they decide to stay there for the night in their far-from-luxurious honeymoon suite, pushed on them by the manager (Frank Whaley). It isnʼt long before someone begins banging on the door and walls of their room. David goes to complain and the manager explains that they are the only ones in the entire facility and that, at times, college students break into the rooms. Not to worry, though, heʼll take care of it. David returns to the room and decides to try and watch television. The TV cannot pick up any channels so he then decides to watch some of

the grungy-looking video cassettes next to the VCR. What starts out to look like snuff films turns out to be real murders taking place inside their room. Once this realization is made, the banging returns and the lights begin to flicker off and on. The couple begin to freak out and decide to make a run for it, but their attempts are cut short by two masked men with knives. So the entire night becomes a motel of horrors for the couple that, at times, proves to be a truly scary experience for the audience, but this critic cannot get passed the ineptitude of the scripting and the poor play upon the screen.

This film is able to bring back some classic jumps and scares of yore but one gets annoyed when the two heroes of the film are able to get away with things when they are supposedly being watched. The realism of the film is fairly surprising for the first half of the film but with the annoying Hollywood ending and the bad scripting of the second half, most will become bored or annoyed, or maybe even confused at what kind of film they are watching. If youʼre going to have a realistic portrayal, keep it realistic throughout the film. My last complaint would be the lack of violence. With films like “Hostel” and “Grindhouse” bringing us over-the-top cringers it would be nice to have a truly scary film that is able to calm it down a little, but if this move kept out the “F” words and half-second glimpses of nipple, then this would have been a very light PG-13 film. Next week will be the last paper of the semester so i am hoping i can leave you with a better review than this one. But hey! At least this wasnʼt another “Flyboy” flying its way out of the arse of Hollywood again! Adios!

Entertainment Value: C Artistic Crap: C Plot/Script: D Performances: C Overall GPA: 1.75 SunKyu Yoo-Norris

Hitchhiking musician faces trials, tribulations

CARLY BURRESS FOR THE WICHITAN Itʼs early in the morning, around 5 a.m. Dean Strickland wakes up, gathers his three scuffed bags and his sticker-covered guitar case. He walks to the front of the building that he had slept behind that night. After taking a deep breath to shake his nerves, he walks down the street towards I-35. Strickland reaches the highway and begins his journey along the shoulder of the road. Traffic is not very busy because it is still early in the morning. The sun is still rising and so is the temperature. A car pulls over on the side of the road about 200 feet in front of Strickland. A man is standing behind the little car with the trunk open. He asks Strickland if he would like a ride. Strickland says yes, puts his things in the trunk and walks to the passenger side of the car. The driver flips on his left blinker and pulls

back into the growing traffic. Strickland, 39, took the phrase “start on street level” literally when he began hitchhiking from town to town in Texas booking gigs and sleeping behind buildings. Strickland was born in Vicksburg, Miss., but at the age of five he was moved to Ft.. Worth when his dad took a job transfer. At the age of six, his dad began to teach Strickland how to sing and play the guitar. After graduating high school, Strickland worked for the city of Forrest Hill reading water meters. During this time he bought a house, a new truck, and was even engaged. After living with his girlfriend for six months, she asked Strickland to give up playing the guitar for her. He decided this was impossible and the relationship ended. Shortly after, Strickland decided he was unhappy with his job and wanted to pursue music as a career. The first step in this process was going to college. Strickland studied voice and guitar at Tarrant County Junior College from spring 1996 to spring 1997. In 1997 he transferred to the college of music at UNT where he remained for the next four years. After graduating from UNT Strickland sold his house and truck and relocated to Hollywood to attend the Musicians Institute. He received journeymanʼs certificates from the recording artists program,

the guitar institute of technology and the voice institute of technology. After the spring of 2004, Strickland took a greyhound bus back to Texas and found a cheap apartment in downtown Dallas. It was not long before he had a gig at a coffee house, which only fueled his desire to play more gigs. Stricklandʼs brother advised him to go to Austin and take advantage of the huge music scene. In order to do this, Strickland had to devise a plan to get to Austin because he sold his truck before moving to Hollywood and he barely had a cent to his name. The plan soon became to play at the coffee house and try to make enough in tips to buy a greyhound bus ticket to Austin. Then once in Austin he would do a live audition at a couple of places and get gigs. Then he would take the money from these gigs and use that to get back to Dallas a couple of days later. July 2005, Strickland performed his coffee house gig and then jumped on a greyhound and made his way to Austin for a couple of days. While there, he stayed with a friend from Hollywood. He went to at least 20 different places looking for a live audition because he didnʼt have a demo. No one would listen to him play, which meant that he was making no money. Strickland had to find some place to play so he could make enough tips to get back to Dallas in time for

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his coffee house gig. His friend suggested going to 6th Street, and told him that if he didnʼt make enough money there then he might be able to help him get back to Dallas. After spending seven hours on 6th Street, Strickland walked away with $12. The friend said that he wouldnʼt be able to assist him after all and suggested hitchhiking, which angered Strickland. After pacing for a while, he left without saying goodbye to his friend and began to walk north on I-35 and accepted several rides. Strickland arrived back in Dallas in time to play at the coffee house. After playing that night, he called his friend to let him know he made it back to Dallas safely. His friend explained that he had only been joking when he said that he couldnʼt help him get back to Dallas and that he had intended on helping him all along. But because Strickland had just left without saying goodbye, he never got a chance to explain. It wasnʼt long before Strickland figured out that money was not as necessary as perceived to be in order to travel. While hitchhiking wasnʼt always the safest mode of transportation, it still was a convenient and cheap way for him to get from gig to gig. He began by building a network with an editor in Lubbock who eventually printed a small article claiming that Strickland should receive an award for determination. Strickland then took that article to other newspapers in towns he performed in to try to get them to write stories about him too. His determination paid off and he has currently booked 24 cities in Texas and even a seminar in L.A. In May 2006, Strickland hitchhiked his way to Wichita Falls, where he spent three days sleeping behind buildings. He was eventually able to get a live audition at Old Town where he has graced the stage with his presence on multiple occasions.

Strickland is one of the few who can claim they have accepted rides from 625 to 650 people. With all these rides accumulating, it is amazing that he has only had two bad experiences. The experiences were both in Oak Cliff and might have been the same couple each time. Because Strickland didnʼt get a good look at their faces the first time, it is hard to tell. While he was walking on South I-35 around 1:30 a.m., a small silver car pulled up along side the road. The man got out and opened the trunk for Strickland to put his things in. Strickland did so and then climbed in the back seat of the car. The couple in the car began to ask him where he was from and where he was going. The man then asked Strickland if he had gas money and when Strickland said no the man pulled over to let him out of the car. He popped the trunk and when Strickland ran to the back to get his things, the man began to peel out. Strickland held onto the back of the trunk in an attempt to not lose his most valuable assets. He was dragged for a short distance but eventually jumped into the trunk. The couple pulled over to fill up the gas tank and to see what had been left in the trunk. The man was very surprised when Strickland jumped out at him. He held onto his guitar and said, “Iʼm sorry, sir, but I canʼt let you take my guitar. Itʼs my life.” The man stepped aside and let him leave. While Strickland has had his bad experiences, he has also had a few really good ones. Once while on the way to Austin he was picked up by a man who worked for a radio station. The man told Strickland that if he was ever back in town to call him and he would set up an on-air interview. Stricklandʼs plan is to get a circuit of 50 cities together so he doesnʼt have to hitchhike so far from town to town. Stricklandʼs only goal isnʼt just to build a 50-city circuit. He also wants to write enough songs while hitchhiking to fill an album. He currently has nine out of 12 songs. All of the songs he performs are written by him and are copyrighted.


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Adult gamers justify pastime MCCLATCHEY TRIBUNE

My name is Alex Goldfayn, and I am an adult who plays videogames. I have a wife, a job, a mortgage and an exceptionally good Madden season going on my Xbox 360. With two games to go, my Bears are the best team in the league, Rex Grossman has not thrown a single interception and Cedric Benson hasnʼt even come close to getting hurt. Still, my life is filled with bills and responsibilities, and a nearly insatiable need to get a quick game of FIFA soccer in. Itʼs incredibly fun and, in high definition, itʼs a glorious 3D experience. Iʼm on the field sprinting after the ball, lofting the perfect corner kick and magically heading it just past the diving goalkeeper. Problem is, I do this from the couch, with my thumbs. Which is kind of embarrassing. Once I did it while airborne, in first class. This will never happen again. You see, my wife got me a Playstation Portable for my birthday. The perfect gift, right? Well, I took it with me on a recent flight. Playing Madden, my Bears were in a tight one against the hated Packers. Grossman threw a wicked long one to Bernard Berrian, who scored easily. “What a pass,” John Madden exclaimed into my earphones. “Yes!” I yelled, fist in the air. And the entire section turned to stare. Some of them were awakened. The guy next to me broke up laughing. I was mortified. An adult playing a childʼs game. This public display of videogaming (PDV?), a first for me, was the last straw. I had reached a personal gaming low. It was time for a change. I called the Entertainment Software Association for help. Iʼm way

older than the average videogamer, right? Nope. The average gamer is 33 and has been playing for 12 years. The average videogame buyer is 40. A whopping 93 percent of computer gamers are older than 18. Eighty-three percent of console gamers can vote. “You shouldnʼt feel bad,” the ESA spokesman told me. “Youʼre the norm.” I felt better. But then I ran these numbers by Iowa State University professor Douglas Gentile, a psychologist who is also a top researcher of video gamesʼ effects on children. “Itʼs a study on how to lie with statistics,” Gentile said. “That (average) age includes your grandfather who plays solitaire. What they fail to recognize is the portion of kids who play is far greater than the portion of adults who play.” I felt worse. So I shared Gentileʼs thoughts with the ESA, which did not agree. “It is widely established that adults make up a large percentage of the game-playing population,” ESA Senior Vice President Carolyn Rauch wrote in an e-mail. “Thirty-one percent of gamers are under 18 years old, 44 percent of gamers are 18 to 49 years old and 25 percent are 50 or older.” Cool! Better again. What a roller coaster. Digging deeper on the ESAʼs Web site (www.theesa.com), I discovered the average adult plays about 7.5 hours per week (far more than me). And 79 percent of all videogamers, including kids, report exercising and playing sports an average of 20 hours per month (also far more than me). But enough statistics. I took my super-conflicted, adult-playing-a-childʼs-game dilemma to the people. I called Michael McCann, 34.

Heʼs the Lincolnshire, Ill., community services manager of the Sedgebrook retirement community, where the Nintendo Wii rules the recreation area. McCann explained that among the communityʼs 280 total residents, 30 to 40 retirees regularly play Wiiʼs motion-sensing bowling game. Average age of the gamers? McCann guessed late 70s to early 80s. McCann himself games it up when thereʼs time. Heʼs a World of Warcraft junkie, a PC-based game with an online community of millions of players. He also plays first-person shooters and sports games on his Xbox 360 (my man!). All in all, heʼs only gaming an hour or two per week, “but my fiance hates it,” he said. “I tell her itʼs good for our relationship because then Iʼm not being a clown around her.” McCannʼs advice to me: “I wouldnʼt be embarrassed by your playing. If you enjoy doing it, why would you want to give it up?” Good point. Next, I turned to one of Sedgebrookʼs resident Wii bowling champions, 65-year-old Ginger Kotz. She recently bowled a 206 on the game. “Iʼm proud of that,” she said. “But I donʼt even know what it means. There was a time when I had four strikes in a row. I thought, ʻOh, my goodness!ʼ It was an accident I think.” She only plays with a group, never by herself. Conversely, I only play by myself, which makes my habit worse than hers. But Kotz was supportive. “What else would you be doing, be out drinking?” Well, no. “Itʼs a relaxing thing for you,” she concluded. “It releases tension. I think thatʼs good.” How can I argue with that logic?

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Will ʻHairsprayʼ gag viewers? MCCLATCHEY TRIBUNE

It just doesnʼt seem right. Oh sure, all the creative forces seem to be in proper alignment, and thereʼs a Great White Way full of good will banking on the fact that it will work. But with the memory of John Watersʼ brilliant original still fresh in oneʼs mind, itʼs hard to fathom how a big-screen musical version of “Hairspray” will actually succeed. And before you scoff at such a suggestion, hereʼs a couple of words for you to contemplate: “The Producers.” Mel Brooksʼ Broadway smash, winner of more Tonys than any other show in theater history, was positioned to be the song and dance delight of 2005. It too also had its foundation in a much-loved comic masterpiece. But somewhere between the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd, the film adaptation tanked. Guaranteed Oscar bait magically transformed into a clear critical condemnation. Initially, it doesnʼt seem like “Hairspray” will suffer from a similar fate. “The Producers” problem had more to do with translating the showʼs over the top manic spirit into a medium not known for its looseness and frivolity. What stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick did on the NY stage exceeded theater. They were recreating a humor masterpiece while tossing in a few novelty numbers for good measure. But film is a cruel mistress, especially to the musical. Remove the artificiality of the stage setting, and people breaking into song seems odd, even antithetical to four decades of post-modern cinema. Thatʼs why Watersʼ original film was so perfect. It celebrated youth, dance, Baltimore and the rise of `60s (with all its social pros and cons) while never once forgetting the concept of fun. But the new version, crafted by the award-winning combination of Thomas Meehan (“Annie,” “The Producers” and “Hairspray”), Mark OʼDonnell (“Hairspray”) and Marc Shaiman, seems to have cast aside all the nostalgia to create a more PC version of Tracy Turnbladʼs coming of age. From what we can see of the film in the new trailer (recently released to the Web), the civil rights angle is being amplified, while the “American Bandstand”-esque “Corny Collins Show” is barely even featured. Part of the fun in Watersʼ movie was watching prototypical teens master such classic sock hop favorites as “The Madison,” “The Mashed Potato” and “The Pony.” One assumes that material is still part of this new story. But in the first “Hairspray,” it was the filmʼs reason for being.

Here it seems like puffery surrounding the musicalʼs main purpose. Anyone familiar with the infamous Pope of Puke knows that Waters is not a wholly political filmmaker. While his movies are often filled with nonconformist approaches and counterculture ideals, his is an avant-garde ideal forged out of personal, not agenda-based, beliefs. His “Hairspray” wasnʼt out to right the wrongs of 50s racism. Instead, he was acknowledging the power rock and roll had in bringing black and white together. Over the last 40-plus years, sociologists have confirmed that the meshing of R&B with country, hillbilly with soul, did more to break down ethnic barriers and change the popular culture than a dozen demonstrations. While it may not have been a question of Constitutional rights and duties, the kids got it. Dancing was dancing, no matter the color of your skin. Waters captured this perfectly in his “Hairspray.” He let his Tracy Turnblad, the magnificent Ricki Lake, become the surrogate for all the suffering going on. As a fat girl in a situation made up of standard concepts of beauty, the character became a litmus test for the narrowminded among the members of the “Corny Collins Showʼs” Council. Some mocked her size, while others embraced its novelty. Once we saw what a great dancer Tracy was (and how open she was to the experience of being with people of different backgrounds and heritages) the subtle third-act move to the race riot at a local amusement park didnʼt seem shocking. In fact, it seemed inevitable. More importantly, the issue grew organically out of the situation. Tracy and her best friend Penny liked the black kids they hung out with, and couldnʼt understand how their parents and the city could be so narrow-minded and misguided. Itʼs all a question of perception. Watersʼ “Hairspray” seems convinced that, like the era it is set in, music will set the audience free. And for the most part, it does, proving that heʼs one of the great directors of dance in modern moviemaking, And itʼs upon this realization that the new filmʼs flaw rests. In general, musicals succeed because of memorable melodies mixed with clear entertainment transcendence. Like Effieʼs proud declaration of intent “And I Am Telling You” in “Dreamgirls” or Audreyʼs lovely lament about leaving “Little Shop of Horrorsʼ” heinous Skid Row to live “Somewhere Thatʼs Green,” a great song in a solid storyline will take the audience out of the narrative and place them in a

kind of elative limbo. We accept both the sentiment and the situation as they seamlessly meld together into a facet of pure potency. Itʼs what separates the classic shows from the fly-by-night flops. The new “Hairsprayʼs” score is impressive, and Shaiman has a wonderful way with scene-stealing stances. But Tracyʼs story is now one aspect of a multi-leveled look at life circa 1962, and itʼs more verbal than visual. On a low budget, with very little studio support, Waters captured the look and feel of his childhood exquisitely. The records he chose to highlight, the dances he used as divining rods, spoke the volumes of information the movie needed to get across. And since characters like Motormouth Mabel and Velma Von Tussle have been expanded, made massively more important to the segregation storyline that anchors the entire plotline, the focus becomes confused. In Watersʼ world, Tracyʼs spirit lifted her locale out of the bigoted dark ages, if only for one day, on one minor TV dance party showcase. Now, sheʼs a catalyst to bigger change, and even larger pronouncements regarding equality. And then there is the musicalʼs main gimmick, that is, following the original “Hairsprayʼs” casting design and allowing a man to play the role of Tracyʼs mother, Edna. Of course, Waters did this out of necessity and purposeful design. To this day, no other actor, straight or gay, stag or drag has been able to recapture what Glen “Divine” Milstead could do in an oversized print dress and a bad washwomanʼs wig. One of those rare talents whose abilities are missed more and more as the years go by, Divine, is the other reason Watersʼ movie works so well. Call it the “X” factor, or just the sign of a sensational performer at the top of his/her game, but when Edna Turnblad goes from laundry lady to her daughterʼs determined agent, fielding offers and fending off the Von Tussleʼs insults, she becomes the storyʼs spitfire soul. In a brilliant bit of casting, Harvey Fierstein played the part, and earned a Tony for same. Similar to Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the theatrical version of their show, Fierstein was allowed to vamp and rave for audiences, turning on his gay-laced charms to speck the show with moments of campy cleverness. As brilliant as the casting of John Travolta is, it has the feeling of being a genius stroke thatʼs already turning tedious. After seeing the macho man encased in a fat suit, strutting around like a pig in pastels, one instantly misses the glam-sham guys who came before.

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Sam Shelley and Brittany Ostermann paddle back to shore after competing in a challenge. Both teams had to row their canoe around the lake and pick up floating buckets with brick letters inside. The goal was to retrieve the bricks the fastest so two other group members on shore could put the letters in order to create a word. Shelley and Ostermann’s group were unlucky in this challenge and the Blue Team won by a landslide.

Survival MSU 2007

Starting clockwise from top left, Erik Sheldon carries a sponge to his opponent’s bucket, hoping to beat out all the other competitors in Wednesday night’s challenge. Brain Vestal carries a jug of water through an obstacle course Wednesday. The remaining participants walk back to their tent after Thursday’s challenge. Sam Shelley falls to the ground in exhaustion after paddling a canoe around Sikes Lake.

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Student-Directed One Acts

COURTESY PHOTO Freshman Matt Griffin and sophomore Haley Moore perform in “W.A.S.P.” as part of the Festival of One Act Plays April 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bea Wood Studio Theatre in the Fain Fine Arts building. For more information, call 397-4399.

Charity replaces exams in MSU business course CARLY BURRES FOR THE WICHITAN

Many classes require students to put in long, grueling hours studying or doing homework. But Dr. Miguel Carillo has designed his Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management class so students are not required to take tests. Instead, they must become involved in multiple projects throughout the semester. One of the main projects this semester is not only beneficial to student learning, but it also helps a charity. Students are divided into 10 groups. Each group is required to design, make and market three Tshirts that will be auctioned off in a silent auction. This year 30 T-shirts were auctioned off, raising $400 for the Childrenʼs Aid Society, which houses abused and neglected or orphaned children. The only requirements for the T-shirt designs were that they be thematic. Instead of making three separate T-shirts, it is as though the groups are each creating a miniature T-shirt line. Each group was given a budget of $20, which students in the group were required pay. Because each group has four people, each person only needed to contribute $5. The $20 was used to purchase the three T-shirts, conduct marketing and buy other needed supplies. In order for Carillo to make sure students were not going over budget, receipts had to be turned in for everything.

This helped to teach the students how real marketing companies and businesses work with budgets. The group then decided on how they wished to market their finished products and hold the auction. “Weʼre doing the same thing any business would do,” business major Lindy Brumfield said. Brumfieldʼs group focused mainly on word-of-mouth advertising. They took pictures of the shirts, put them on flyers and told people about the event in hopes that word would spread. The more people who know about the auction, the more people were likely to make bids. The project was not for an actual grade, however. Instead, it was a bonus project. Each group did not get bonus points just for participating. The group that brought in the most money won first place and got five bonus points added onto each studentʼs final grade. The second place team earned three bonus points and the third place team received two points. This encouraged each group to devise a marketing plan that is better than the other groups to bring more people out to bid. Brumfield pointed out that working with a team in a competitive situation can be hard at times. Everyone has ideas that must be molded into the project. “As in every group situation there are challenges and trials that you must overcome,” Brumfield said. The majority of the marketing was done during the week of April 13-20.

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so I can pay for school because I do not get financial aid.” She wants to work in law enforcement when she graduates. If that doesnʼt work out for her she wants to pursue a singing career and go to performance school. Aching bones and fatigue do no hold her back. She rarely calls in sick or asks for any days off. “Being tired is a mental thing to me,” she said. “I think more people work hours like I do than people know about. Lots of people at Cheddarʼs go to school at MSU. I know a waitress who took 19 hours last semester and now sheʼs taking 19 hours this semester as well.” Stegall, originally from Dallas, doesnʼt get to go home very often. “Itʼs hard not being able to go home and see my mom very often because Iʼm stuck up here working,” she said. “I usually get about four hours of sleep a night.”

students have vomited and didnʼt bother to clean it up,” he said. Residents on the second floor leave their sweaty sneakers in front of their doors to let them air out, after washing them. Trejo said one resident sees others leaving their shoes out then it dominoes and nearly everyone does it. Pierce Hall has a recreation room on the second floor, which has three pool tables and a television. The recreation room is located near the center of the dormitory by the courtyard. Trejo said some students will dump their trash out the window into the courtyard because they do not feel like walking it to the dumpster. “I feel certain residents do these types of things, because they know

After she gets off work, she stays up late studying homework. She feels she is a responsible person and can keep this routine up for a while. She has been working two full-time jobs for the last two years. She wishes she didnʼt have to work nearly as much because it takes away from her social life. “I still go out and try to have a good time when Iʼm not tired,” she said. “Eating sometimes is a concern because I donʼt have enough time in the day to cook all three meals.” While she is at work or on break, she will do her homework to get ahead before she goes home at night. “My friends get upset sometimes because they donʼt see me that much,” she said. Stegall said she wants to get to a point where she doesnʼt have to work as much so she can relieve

some of her stress. It has been a struggle for her since she began college. “I had to take a semester off because of financial reasons,” she said. During her semester off she was able to work and save her money so she could enroll in school. One day when she has kids of her own, she wants to be able to tell them how hard she worked to stay in school and get an education. Her family was not able to help her out financially so she had to work to get herself into school. She was the oldest child growing up and had the most responsibilities. She has a little brother and sister she had to watch over and take care of. She felt those times made her the person that she has become. She got her first job when she was 14 years old, working at a Tom Thumb grocery store and has been working ever since.

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they are not the ones that have to clean it up,” he said. Trejo said he and other custodians find beer bottles, food and lots of trash in the courtyard from day to day.

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Study rooms on the third floor of Pierce were originally furnished with chairs and tables. Over the course of the semester residents have taken the furniture out of the rooms. “I kind of feel bad for the residents that are clean and have to live in these conditions,” Trejo said. Students who are causing damage

are eligible for an informal hearing with Reagan Foster, assistant director for judicial affairs. If the student is found guilty he must pay for the damage plus $20-an-hour labor for the maintenance crew to repair it. “We are catching students but itʼs impossible to catch everyone,” Mills said. If fines are not paid, then holds will be placed on a studentʼs registration or transcripts. Reddick remains hopeful that things will change. “We will keep the same system for right now and change it if we need to,” he said. “Other campuses use a system where they see damages in one | THE WICHITAN area and divide it between those students in that particular wing.” Reddick said he hopes it doesnʼt come to that here. “We want to develop a relationship between the janitors and the students so the residents will want to keep the dorm clean so the janitors donʼt have to clean it,” he said.

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Congratulations to the Student Leadership Banquet Nominees * Finalists ** Winners

OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN MAN Frank Jeffers Antuan Dupree Jeffery Phillip Isaiah Ray Robert Travis Stegner **

OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN WOMAN Angelica Grimaldo Alvarado * Camilla Caneta Charles Jennifer Ann Gaylor Ashley Marie Keiber Tiffany Lyntal Liburd Andrea Meagan Munoz * Lindsey Ann Patterson ** Lacey Dawnell Reneau Emerald Faye Ritter Suzanne Elizabeth Wallace

OUTSTANDING SOPHOMORE MAN Jason R. Baugh Bodie Emerson Choate Sean Douglas Evans Jarred Victor Gilker Austin Ross Howard ** Daryll Royden Lloyd * Jeffery Clay McCarthy Phi Hoang Nguyen Robert Marvin Paul Jr. * Anthony Michael Rennhack James Thomas Whitmore

Haley Shea Lain ** Antonia B. Laurent-Goodman Alicia Dawn McFerrin Julie Michelle Roberson Anika Gloria Royer Erin Kathleen Short * Sandra Smith Desiree Andrea Taylor Shanell Kisha Telemaque * Yvette Louise Villareal

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Ladies get bucked MELISSA DOS PRAZERES-SILVA STAFF REPORTER

MSU womenʼs tennis team fell to Tarleton State University 5-3 in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament held in Oklahoma City this past weekend. The 26th-ranked Lady Mustangs had a slow start that gave the TSU TexAnns a 3-0 lead after the doubles. Regardless, MSU fought back in the singles competition to even the score at 3-3. Faye dʼHamecourt comfortably

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picked up a win, 6-0, 6-4 while freshman Collean Kinser defeated TexAnn Jade Charlot 7-5, 6-2. Junior Melissa dos Prazeres-Silva beat Evgeniva Prokofeva 6-3, 6-4. MSUʼs comeback was short-lived as TSU claimed two more points at the number two and three singles positions. The womenʼs tennis team will be up against St. Edwards University at the Regional Tournament on May 35. The tourney will be hosted by LSC womenʼs finalist Abilene Christian University in Abilene.

Dawson earns MVP JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR

MSUʼs Eric Dawson scored 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead his team to a 120-114 win in the first-ever Collegiate Basketball Invitational AllStar Game held in Wadsworth, Ohio. Dawson was named as the West All-Star Most Valuable Player in front of Dawson a live ESPNU audience. He dominated on both ends of the floor as he added four blocks and five steals. John Davis of Tarleton State University, who is regularly an opponent to Dawson, played his partner in crime on this night as he added 19

points and eight rebounds to the West win over the East. Damien Lolar of West Texas A&M contributed 18 points to the win as Eddie Smith of the University of Illinois-Springfield added 17 of his own. Melvin Council of Robert Morris University in Illinois added 10 points for the West. The East All-Stars were led by Montevalloʼs Greg Brown with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Dawson was selected by Basketball Times to the All-American Division II Second Team this past season as he led MSU to itʼs first Lone Star Conference championship since 1999-2000. He averaged 17.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game for the Mustangs. Dawson led all menʼs collegiate divisions in double-doubles as he posted 23 for the season.

Tennis team falls short MELISSA DOS PRAZERES-SILVA STAFF REPORTER

After taking out 14th ranked Cameron University 5-1 in the semi-finals the MSU menʼs tennis team fell one point short of becoming Lone Star Conference Champions by losing 5-4 to Abilene Christian University in the LSC finals Saturday morning. MSUʼs All-American number one doubles team of Brett Emerson and Zac Dillard claimed the only doubles point for the Mustangs as they defeated ACUʼs George Carstens and Bryce Hicks, 8-6. In the singles competition Em-

erson, Dillard and freshman Travis Stegner picked up wins for the Mustangs. Emerson defeated J.J. Nunez, 6-3, 6-1 at the number one spot while Dillard also made quick work of his opponent, winning at number four 6-2, 6-2. Stegner breezed past ACUʼs Hicks 6-0, 6-3 at the number six position. Despite MSUʼs hard effort the ACU Wildcats edged past 5-4 to claim the LSC title. The Mustangs will be competing in the Regional Tournament May 3-5 which is hosted by St. Edwards University in Austin.

Softball pitcher honored JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR

Katie Peterson was named LSC North Pitcher of the Week for her play last week. Peterson was a key part in helping the Lady Mustangs go 40 last week in LSC North play against Northeastern State Peterson University. She had a no-hiter in six and two-

thirds innings on Sunday against the Lady Reds. She finished the week with a 2-0 record. Peterson posted a 0.00 Earned Run Average with 20 strikeouts. She had two complete game shutouts allowing just five hits at the plate. MSU is currently tied for the LSC North lead with Central Oklahoma University. The Lady Mustangs have a 36-15 overall record and 15-5 conference record with one week left in the regular season.

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN The newly constructed Mustang Park will officially open on Saturday as the Lady Mustangs take on Southwestern Oklahoma State University in a doubleheader scheduled for 3 p.m.

New field offers chance for grand-slam opening

JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR The Lady Mustang softball team will break in their newly constructed softball field this Saturday as they take on Southwestern Oklahoma State University in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Mustang Park, as it will be called, is located on the corner of Louis J. Rodriguez and Midwestern Parkway because of the campusʼs land-locked status. According to Director of the Physical Plant Allen Goldapp, the location was the best spot for the facility for two reasons. “Visibility and access to the field for fans, and because it was on a piece of land with the right sun orientation,” Goldapp said. Goldapp added that the project was tackled by Landscapes Unlimited, a major contractor of sports fields, and has been under construction since Jan. 8. The softball team was originally supposed to play on their

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The Midwestern State rugby team will be taking a tour to Colorado Thursday-Sunday. The team will arrive in Colorado Springs tomorrow and hold a joint practice.

The Mustangs will follow the practice with a short game against the the Colorado College Tigers at 7 p.m. On Friday MSU will visit the U.S. Air Force Academy and play its first full match against the Falconsʼ Division II squad at 4 p.m. The rugby tour will end on Saturday with a match against the Denver

University Pioneers scheduled for 3 p.m. All three MSU opponents are members of the Eastern Rockies Rugby Union as Division II clubs. USAFA is the only school that has both a Division I and Division II rugby program. The MSU rugby team is currently 5-5 in the 2006-2007 season.

Menʼs soccer team scores new assistant JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR The MSU menʼs soccer team announced that Rob Cummings of Bethel College in Tennessee will be the new assistant soccer coach this upcoming season. Cummings brings on board 10 years of coaching experience to the Mustangs squad that ended last sea-

son with an 18-2-2 record. He had coaching stints at Rockhurst College, Miss., and St. Josephʼs College before leading the Wildcats of Bethel to back to back NAIA regional tournaments. He led his 2006 team to the best season in school history with a 154-2 record in which he was named NAIA Region XI Coach of the Year. When he was at St. Josephʼs

he got his men to the highest ever ranking in the top 25 along with the programs best ranking in the region at number three. “We are excited to have a coach like Rob in our soccer program,” head coach Doug Elder said. Cummings will take Lance Thompsonʼs place, who took the head menʼs and womenʼs coaching job at Division II Notre Dame de Namur.

new home turf on April 6 but weather delays forced the grand opening to be moved to Saturday. The field is not completely finished because the press box has yet to be delivered. On Feb. 9 the Board of Regents approved a budget of $400,000 for the construction of the field, which has three sections of bleachers that hold 180 people each. There was a rumor the field was 20 feet short but that was just a rumor. Head coach Brady Tigert was heavily involved in designing the field, which measures 212 feet in diameter. Standard size college fields are 190-225 feet. Students concerned that the location of the field will affect traffic and that their windshields will be broken by foul balls shouldnʼt fret because more netting is scheduled to be added to protect vehicles. The field has many features, which include a student section that has a fence short enough for fans to bring a chair and watch a game from behind the

outfield without interference. “Iʼm personally partial to the quality of the playing surface which, for the players, is an important part of the game,” Goldapp said. Sports Information Director Bill Powers is extremely excited about the fields potential for MSU. “This field will give our softball team a home field advantage,” Powers said. “It will give students an area to go without leaving campus and more of them will have an opportunity to see what kind of softball team we have here at MSU.” For the past four years the Lady Mustangs have practiced and played home games at the Sunrise Optimist Fields located beside Memorial Stadium on Southwest Parkway, taking students about a 10-minute drive to check out a game. Since the fields are located on land owned by the Wichita Falls Independent School District, MSU has to share with high school and Sunrise Optimist Club tournaments.

High schools were a top priority. “Womenʼs softball has been growing and it was beginning to get difficult to schedule practice and games,” Powers said. “Our program has grown to a point in which it needs its own field.” Powers added that the Lady Mustangs needed their own facility because of the teamʼs need to be as competitive as possible, especially considering the teamʼs latest success. Midwestern had its own softball team in the early ʼ80s but the program died out after two years because of lack of funding. Mustang Park will make the program visible to those who donʼt ever get to see the team because of the inconvenience of having to travel to watch the team at home. MSU is currently 36-15 and tied for first place in the LSC North with Central Oklahoma. The Lady Mustangs will take on Southwestern Oklahoma State University in a double header tomorrow in Weather-


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