Page 1

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘Great Day of Service’ sends students, faculty and staff into the community for a day of volunteerism

npage 4

Wednesday n April 13, 2011

LET ME HEAR YOU SCREAM: The Ghostface Killer returns to the silver screen in the newest edition of the slaher series, ‘Scream 4’

npage 6


your university n your voice

Faulty sprinkler head floods Killingsworth Chris Collins Managing Editor

Residents of Killingsworth residence hall were evacuated Monday afternoon after a malfunctioning sprinkler head flooded the second floor of the building. As a result, three residents were put up in Fairfield Hotel

Monday night, at a cost of $255 to MSU. The sprinkler head, which is located in the second floor maintenance room, started spraying water everywhere to prevent a fire – the problem was that there was no fire. “One of the girls on the first floor started hearing leaking through the walls,” said Kelly

Raymond, resident assistant in Killingsworth. “Tiles started falling and they turned off all the lights.” Residents helped maintenance workers move pieces of furniture away from walls to protect them from water damage. Everyone was ushered out of the building, and after it was determined the building was safe,

the girls who live on floors three through six were allowed to go back to their rooms, Raymond said. When officials entered the dorm to assess the damage, they found only four rooms that had been affected by the water. One was the maintenance closet in which the leak started and the

See FLOOD on page 4 Damaged ceiling tiles in Killingsworth. (Photo by Chris Collins)

Reliving the nightmare

Daytime doc remembers time at MSU Brittney Cottingham Features Editor

Junior Caleb Carmichael wears a scar across his throat, a daily reminder of a brutal attack he barely survived. (Photos by Hannah Hofmann)

MSU student reflects on near-death experience, prepares to face attacker at trial Josh Hayter For the Wichitan Lying in a pool of his own blood, Caleb Carmichael had never felt more at peace. After fighting for his own life and saving the life of his attacker, he laid on the floor, exhausted, waiting to die. Expecting to die. It was late in the morning on April 27, 2009. Carmichael, an MSU freshman at the time, had been nap-

ping between classes at a friend’s home on Joy Court in Wichita Falls. He was jarred awake by a knock at the front door. Shuffling down the stairs to answer the door, he looked and saw a man with a familiar face staring up at him from the entryway. It was the face of Cody Welsh, whom Carmichael had not seen for some time. Excited about the unexpected visit from his childhood friend, Carmi-

chael embraced him and invited him in. As they caught up, they watched TV and played a game of pool. A solid, thunderous crack exploded throughout the room as the balls flew in all directions. Welsh asked for a drink and followed Carmichael into the kitchen while the sound coming from the TV slowly faded away. Carmichael opened the pantry and knelt down but before he could

grab a drink, Welsh jumped on his back, grabbed his head and pulled a blade across his neck digging deep into the muscles. “I didn’t realize what was going on at first,” Carmichael said. “I thought he was just putting me in a headlock. It didn’t hurt immediately.” The blood came instantly and he realized it was no choke hold. Welsh

See CARMICHAEL on page 3

In 1975, 24-year-old Phillip McGraw walked across campus at Midwestern State Unviersity for the last time before graduation. Twenty-seven years later, millions of viewers nationwide would tune in daily to watch him on his TV show, “Dr. Phil.” As a student, he was a member of the Psi Chi, the National Honor Dr. Phil. (Photo courSociety for Psychol- tesy: CBS Television ogy, where he served as Distribution/Robert Trachtenberg) president. He enjoyed his time with the Baptist Student Union and played tennis on scholarship. The Oklahoma native, whose hometown population was no larger than MSU’s, had his career goals already in place. He intended to earn his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas. He also planned to establish himself in the North Texas area in psychology. Even though he accomplished both objectives, multiple York Times Best Sellers and a top-rated nationally syndicated television show were not even on his radar. The Wichitan had the opportunity to speak with McGraw via e-mail about his experiences at MSU and how the university helped lead him to the success he enjoys today. McGraw chose Midwestern to complete his undergraduate degree because he was interested in starting a career in the North Texas area. McGraw said MSU offered an excellent and quality program in Psychology, his chosen field. “As strange as it may sound, I was also attracted to MSU because of the architecture and community feel of the university,” McGraw said. “It offers a tremendous university experience without being too large. I enjoyed campus life.” Professor Dr. John Hensley, who is now retired, was a remarkable influence on McGraw while he was at Midwestern. He described Hensley as an excellent researcher and very accomplished in the field of statistical analysis. McGraw graduated from Midwestern in 1975

See DR. PHIL on page 3

MSU students to gather and raise cancer awareness at Relay for Life Hannah Hofmann Photo Editor

MSU will host its third annual Relay for Life Friday. The American Cancer Society event allows people in the community to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones who have lost the fight and take an active stand against the disease. Midwestern has currently 19 teams consisting of 225 participants. Together they have raised $8,159 via different fundraising events. One of the events includes

selling luminaria candles to “light the way” to a cure for cancer. The candles will be lit during the Relay For Life at 10 p.m. at the Quad. Senior Brittany Walsh, president of Colleges Against Cancer and chair of Relay for Life at MSU, is determined to spread the word about event and make sure that people know how to participate and make a difference in the community. “I didn’t want anybody not knowing about Relay for Life,” she said. “I wanted everybody on this campus to know what Relay for

Life is and what it’s about.” Walsh lost her father to cancer when she was 4 years old and was eager to get involved when she found out about the opportunity to join Relay for Life. Even though she wasn’t sure if she was ready to step up in the leadership position of a team captain, she thought to herself, “This is something near and dear to my heart and I think its something really good that I could do.” She became team captain for

See RELAY on page 3

Relay for Life Chair Brittany Walsh and Public Relations Chair Candyce Parish will be promoting the fight against cancer in Clark Student Center for the rest of the week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

2 n The Wichitan



nour view

Grants should be selective

Last week, the Texas Senate passed legislation that would give students with strong academic records first crack at TEXAS Grants, need-based financial aid currently awarded on a first-come, firstserved basis. The new criteria would force institutions to consider class rank, rigorous coursework and GPA when awarding TEXAS Grants. While this criteria is imperfect, it is a step in the right direction. Legislators hope that this measure, if it is passed, will increase graduation rates and subsidize the educations of students who will graduate on time – or at least within six years. Every dollar spent subsidizing the education of a student who never graduates is a dollar wasted,

but currently there are no academic requirements for grant recipients to live up to. Retention and graduation rates for students receiving TEXAS Grants are notably low. Giving priority to students with proven academic potential would increase graduation rates and help ensure that the taxpayer money that funds these financial aid programs would go to better use. Instead of prioritizing GPA and class rank, however, students should be evaluated based upon the institution they plan to attend. If they meet or exceed the criteria for admissions and do not require any remedial coursework, they should be eligible for TEXAS Grants. Students should also be required to maintain certain aca-

April 13, 2011

3410 Taft Blvd. Box 14 n Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 News Desk: (940) 397-4704 n Ads: (940) 397-4705 Fax (940) 397-4025 n E-mail

demic standards in order to renew their grants each semester. Holding students accountable will help ensure that they don’t fall through the cracks, get behind, and eventually drop out as a result. Excluding anyone from financial aid is undesirable. Many students depend upon state-funded grants to pay tuition and fees every semester, and no qualified student should be excluded from pursuing a college education because of economic difficulties. However, budget cuts for education are a harsh reality. Rather than cutting state financial aid entirely, it makes sense to give the limited funds left for the TEXAS Grant in the 2012-13 budget plan to students who are likely to obtain a degree.

editorial board

nEditor in Chief: Brittany Norman nManaging Editor: Chris Collins n FEATURES/ A&E Editor: Brittney Cottingham nOp-Ed Editor: Cameron Shaffer nSports Editor: Andre Gonzalez nPhoto Editor: Hannah Hofmann nAdvertising manager: Rachel Bingham nCopy editor: Kaja Salsman nadviser: Randy Pruitt nReporters: Orlando Flores, Caitlin Ruth nPhotographers: Kassie Bruton, Damian Atamenwan

Copyright © 2011. The Wichitan is a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. The Wichitan reserves the right to edit any material submitted for publication. Opinions expressed in The Wichitan do not necessarily reflect those of the students, staff, faculty, administration or Board of Regents of Midwestern State University. The Wichitan welcomes letters of opinion from students, faculty and staff submitted by the Friday before intended publication. Letters should be brief (350 words or less) and without abusive language or personal attacks. Letters must be typed and signed by the writer and include a telephone number and address for verification purposes. The editor retains the right to edit letters.

nSocietal Floss

Nanny government reflects dependent people “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” – Thomas Jefferson Something is seriously wrong with out country. Last week Congress and the President nearly sent the federal government into a shutdown over a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the federal budget. $38 billion in cuts were made in an intense eightday negotiating period in which our national debt increased by $54 billion. This is far from a conservative solution for the Republicans and merely a simple annoyance for the Democrats. But that is not the biggest problem with what was happening in Washington. The budget in Washington needs to be cut. The debt needs to be dealt with. Democrats and Republicans alike can agree on that. While politicians are hesitant to cut Defense spending (we are in three wars at the moment and neither side really brought the topic up last week), the discussion has been framed not in terms of entitlements like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, but in terms of government provided services. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, and Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, both condemned where the cuts were going. After a meeting between Reid, President Obama, and House Majority Leader John Boehner on Friday, Reid insisted the problem in reaching an agreement was in $350 million dollars the Republicans did not want to send to Planned Parenthood. While Republicans claimed they were just hung up on total spending number (Planned Parenthood received the money in the end), Reid argued that the Republicans were assaulting women’s health. Other Democrats accused the Republicans of wanting to send children out into the streets because the government would not be there for them. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter from New York has claimed that the incoming Republican freshman Congressmen have the goal of killing women (I guess that in-

Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor cludes the eight new Republican Congresswomen that were elected in 2010?) and compared them to Nazis for their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and other “health care” service providers. Part of the spending cuts would cut back on government meals provided to senior citizens. Pelosi stated, “I don’t think the American people want any one of those six million people to lose their meals or the children who are being thrown off of Head Start and the rest of it.” In other words, without the government and its money the people will starve. Without the federal government’s money children will become uneducated and antisocial. Without the government and its funding women’s health is under direct assault. Without the government society fails to function and people will die. These are not claims for the areas of crime or foreign conflicts, but in all walks of everyday life. The problem in America lies not so much in the comments of Congressional leaders like Pelosi and Slaughter but the reaction to those comments from the public. Which was none. It is said that if you can frame the debate, you win. And the debate has not been framed in terms of debts and deficits, but in the language of government assistance and subsidies to ordinary citizens. Thomas Jefferson, king of the anti-federalists said, “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control

with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.” In 1776 our nation was founded upon the principle that individuals are best suited for making their decisions, for forging their own way forward. Liberty is a two-sided coin; you have freedom from the government’s restrictions on your life and freedom from the well-meaning parenting of the state. Adulthood and human independence have slowly eroded into dependence on the state for assistance. America as a society should never be in such a plight that it takes the government to ensure that six million seniors are getting meals. And it never has. The progressive lie that has been sold to Americans is that it takes government to solve our problems. John Gresham Machen, one of the last of the great Princeton Theologians pointed out in 1923, “A public-school system, if it means the providing of free education for those who desire it, is a noteworthy and beneficent achievement of modern times; but when once it becomes monopolistic it is the most perfect instrument of tyranny which has yet been devised” “…Place the lives of children in their formative years…under the intimate control of experts appointed by the state, force them to attend schools where the higher aspirations of humanity are crushed out, and where the mind is filled with the materialism of the day, and it is difficult to see how even the remnants of liberty can subsist.” From an early age Americans are trained to depend upon and trust the government. When a cultural weaning process fails to occur we get the deafening silence heard last week. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” plan and budget for 2012, while lacking in some areas, has as part of its goal, the intention of fighting “gradual moral-political decline as dependency and passivity weaken the nation’s character.” The Republicans can fight against gross government spending all they want, but until Americans stop wanting the government to hand them everything, the GOP will lose.

Procrastination has consequences About three weeks before the end of each semester, schoolwork seems to multiply. Seemingly overnight, once-manageable homework loads morph into intimidating mountains. For those of us who fit into the “perfectionist” category, late nights in the library replace any semblance of a social life. Vending machine peanut butter crackers and caffeinated beverages become a staple in all three meals every day. Circles under our eyes get so dark and puffy that they begin to resemble bruises. Every year, I try to remind myself that it’s okay to get a ‘B’ or two, and every year I still manage to get sucked into an unhealthy, overwhelming cycle of sleepless nights reading, studying and typing essay after essay. I have always put this kind of pressure on myself. No one ever pushed me to push myself – I did it on my own. Most of my overachiever friends say the same thing. Some students are just wired to be too hard on themselves. Unfortunately, I’m not great

Brittany Norman Editor in Chief at planning, organization and multitasking. My desire for a perfect score is juxtaposed with an undeniable impulse to procrastinate. I watch the assignments pile up, realize that the due dates are drawing near, and still I wait as if maybe, just maybe, the overwhelming workload will vanish. Last year, Facebook was my vice. This year, I discovered Netflix, and found that having thousands of TV shows and movies available at the click of a mouse to be just a tiny bit distracting.

When I finally stared down the prospect of completing my assignments, finishing everything seemed impossible. I haven’t watched TV in weeks. My friends text message me, and I will forget to respond for days (if I respond at all). If anyone asks me to go out, the response is “sorry, I have to go to the library – again.” In eight semesters, I haven’t managed to change my study habits. I still work hard and get the job done, but I don’t do myself any favors. When it’s crunch time, I can study endlessly. If I try to get ahead of the curve, I’m vulnerable to distractions. Maybe someday I’ll grow up and develop “adult” study habits. It won’t happen before graduation – if I squint beyond the mountain of coursework, I can actually see graduation. Maybe in graduate school, though, I can learn how to manage my time more effectively and resist the lure of electronic distractions. Or maybe I’ll finally be able to accept that an ‘A’ isn’t the only acceptable outcome.


April 13, 2011

CARMICHAEL..........................................................................................................................continued from page 1 was trying to kill him. Carmichael grabbed the knife and threw Welsh over his shoulder. That’s when the pain hit and he began to scream. “It was the most intense pain I’ve ever felt in my life,” Carmichael said. “Like someone took a piece of white-hot metal and stuck it right on my neck. It just burned.” The house cleaner, hearing the commotion, came rushing into the room and screamed in horror at what she saw. Welsh took off to another room in the house. Carmichael staggered to his feet, one hand going reflexively to his neck. “I reached my hand up and my fingers actually went inside of my throat,” he said. Stumbling around the corner, he found himself face to face with a mirror on a wall. Blood gushed from the gaping gash. His jugulars were exposed. “I took my shirt off (and) tied it around my neck to try to slow down the bleeding,”

he said. But the nightmare wasn’t over. Welsh had found a .22 caliber handgun and once again, he was facing Carmichael. With a haunting stare, Welsh looked him dead in the eyes before walking toward him. “He’s coming at me with the gun and I’m trying to get the gun away from him. He finally just stopped,” Carmichael said. “I think he realized what he had just done.” However, rather than laying the gun down, Welsh turned it on himself. He repeatedly told Carmichael he was going to kill himself. Astonishingly, Carmichael, bleeding profusely and losing strength by the minute, talked him out of it, telling him to drop the gun. “He was one of my best friends growing up,” Carmichael said. “I was sitting there, waiting to die and I didn’t want him to die with me. I thought, ‘There’s no reason for him to go too.’” Put the gun down, Cody. Put the gun down, he re-

peated. Welsh lowered the gun to his side. For a moment, all was still. Sirens, however, interrupted the silence. The maid had called 911. Welsh, with the gun, locked himself in the bathroom leaving Carmichael on the floor to die. “It was the most peaceful time in my life right then. Those few minutes between calling the cops and the time they showed up…I never felt a peace like that. Even though I was gonna die, it was going to be alright,” he said. It’s been nearly two years since that day. Welsh was charged with aggravated assault. His trial is tentatively set for May 9 and Carmichael plans to testify in court. He’ll be face-to-face with Welsh for the first time since that horrific day. “I’m nervous,” he said, tracing his fingers along the 8-inch scar that stretches across his neck. “I’m ready for it to be over with. I don’t know how I’m going to react.”

The scar is a constant reminder of the nightmarish day. “Some of it’s always on my mind,” he said. “Something about it’s always there.” The sheets of muscle in his neck and both minor jugulars were severed, leaving the major ones completely exposed. It took several hours of surgery and hundreds of stitches to close the gash. Despite losing 40 percent of his blood, Carmichael remained conscious throughout the entire ordeal. To this day, he can’t explain how he had the strength to stay alive in any other way except, “It’s all God. It wasn’t me. If (Welsh) would have gone even a millimeter deeper, I would have died in two minutes,” he said. “(Doctors) said I shouldn’t be alive. I don’t know how I’m still here other than God was looking out for me.” Carmichael, who is now a junior business management major and a member of MSU’s fishing team, said he has forgiven Welsh for

RELAY.........................................................................continued from page 1 mass communications team in 2010 and was asked this year by adviser Jammie Wilbanks to become chair for Relay for Life. Walsh said she hopes the event will set a foundation for the future and will gradually grow larger. Junior Anastasia Reed stepped in Walsh’s shoes and became captain for the mass communication team The

Walkie Talkies in spring 2011. She had to face the task of fundraising and recruiting new team members. “It is hard to recruit people, especially college students, because there is a $10 commitment fee and sometimes college students usually don’t have a lot of money,” she said. “But I try to talk it up in my classes and I got a lot of help from my

professors.” Both Walsh and Reed are hoping for a good number of people to attend the event Friday night at 7 p.m. Dr. Phil Good and other bands will play Friday. Hot 103.9 will host a live broadcast and donate prizes. Asked what students should be expecting Walsh’s face lit up and she said, “Just a lot of fun.”

‘Qdoba’ and ‘Qdoba Mexican Grill’ are registered trademarksof the Qdoba Restaurant Corporation ©2010.

what he did. “It’s just reminding myself that God’s forgiven me for everything that I’ve done wrong in my life,” he said. “If I can’t forgive someone for something they’ve done to me, why should God forgive me?” After nearly losing his life and enduring months of rehab, Carmichael has gained a new perspective on living. He says he no longer takes things for granted. “I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff, because it’s really not worth it,” he said. “When you have a bad day, you realize that, at the end of the day, it’s not that bad of a day.” Though he has forgiven Welsh, he continues to be haunted by the nightmares. “It’s not reliving it, but he’s always,” he said, pausing and then shaking his head, “every time, always trying to kill me with that same look in his eyes.” Another pause. “Man… his eyes.”

The Wichitan n 3

campus briefs n today: Depression Awareness Day: I Think Well, I feel Well, I Am Well. in CSC Cheyenne Faculty Forum Series: Dr Salim Azzouz. CSC Shawnee at 7 p.m. n tHURSDAY: MSU Jazz Ensemble: Spring Concert. Akin Auditorium. 7 p.m. n FRIDAY: Literature Review Workshop: Dillard 189. noon. MSU Relay for Life. The Quad. 7 p.m. n Saturday: Autism Conference of Texoma: Breakout Sessions in Dillard. 8 a.m. GRE and LSAT Prep Course: In Clark. 9 a.m. n tuesday: Classic Film Series: A Serious Man. The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. 7 p.m.

dr. phil.......................................................................continued from page 1 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. It wasn’t long before he found himself back on the MSU campus. “When I moved onto my doctoral program at North Texas State University, I came back during the summer and did additional postgraduate work with Dr. Hensley in the field of research, design and statistics,” McGraw said. “The skills I learned under his tutelage have served me well over the years.” The talk show host feels very much like the education he received at Midwestern prepared him to be competitive in his field and his professional endeavors.

“I always had a strategy of marketing my education in non-traditional ways, a strategy I have pursued until this day,” McGraw said. Even if he resides in Los Angeles, where he’s doing double duty hosting Ask Oprah’s All Stars as well as his own creation, Dr. Phil, Wichita Falls and Midwestern State University still give him that feeling of home. “I was back in North Texas not too long ago and took a moment to drive through campus and had the same feeling now, some forty years later,” McGraw said.

4 n


The Wichitan

April 13, 2011

Students give back on one Great Day

Far left: Alexandra Odell-Michels holds a special needs child at the Whispers of Hope Horse Farm. Far right: Students from Cameroon rake leaves off a campus property. Top middle: Students write a to-do list at The Autism House. Bottom left: A student repairs wiring at Whispers of Hope. Bottom right: A student paints at The Humane Society. (Photos by Hannah Hofmann)

Great Day of Service draws almost 600 volunteers, helps organizations Chris Collins Managing Editor

At 8 a.m. Saturday, most MSU students were probably sleeping in their beds, dreaming of an early graduation and fighting off hangovers. But a few – well, 580 of them – were in the Clark Student Center Atrium, signing their names on lists for the charity they would be volunteering at for the day. It was the morning of the MSU Great Day of Service, one of the largest volunteer efforts at MSU. Students signed up to do work for all kinds of charities such as Faith Mission, Campfire, Riverbend Natureworks, Goodwill Thrift Store and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. About 13 elderly, disabled individuals were also helped. The non-profits that drew the most volunteers were Habitat

for Humanity, Faith Mission and Whispers of Hope Horse Farm, according to Candice Fulton, assistant professor of chemistry. For example, about 70 volunteers traveled to a rural area just outside Wichita Falls to help at Whispers of Hope. They did everything from run wire across poles to shoveling horse poop into buckets. Fulton said more people might have wanted to volunteer at the farm because of their love for animals, but also to learn about special needs children. “It went really well,” Fulton said. “Amazing things can happen when you get outside your comfort zone and help somebody else.” Five non-profit organizations, some students and one individual in the community have already expressed their support of the program to Fulton, she said. “People are pleased. Everything is really positive.”

Attendance for the program rose by 80 people this spring, from 500 to 580. This number includes about 20 faculty/staff members. Fulton gave credit for this to KFDX-News Channel 3, BOB FM 100.9, The Wichitan and the Times Record News for running advance stories about the events. Also, the program has been making a reputation for itself. After all, this is the fourth time Fulton has headed it up. “Now people come up to me, like ‘Hey, when is Great Day, is that in April?’” she said. “We’ve just got to build it from there.” Lt. George Robinson, who has worked as an officer at the Wichita County Sheriff ’s Office for 21 years, helped at Whispers of Hope Special Olympics Saturday. “We need to encourage the youth to participate in this,” Robinson said. He also said that volunteer-

the organization, totaling about $1,500. Helping Hands & Hearts is an organization set out to help families and individuals in crisis. The organization helps people who cannot help themselves. It provides clothes, dishes, linens and other household needs for families and individuals who are in need. Helping Hands & Hearts has a thrift shop located at 714-B Brook Ave in Wichita Falls. A Walk In My Shoes asked participants to bring a new pair of shoes to donate in exchange

for a discounted entry fee. The event featured a raffle, cotton candy, face painting, a shoe toss and popcorn. Three participants won the raffle, each prize having a value of over $100. Raffle tickets were sold for $1 a piece. The raffle raised $110 for the organization. “Helping Hands & Hearts helps the unforuntate get back on their feet and that is very honorable,” junior Jillian Farrell said. Helping Hands & Hearts hopes to hold a similar event next year.

ing for this program can become addictive. “If they volunteered one time – they’d be hooked,” he said. “Once you start, you don’t want to quit.” Robinson said that many people may be turned off from helping at Whispers of Hope because they are either unfamiliar with the ranch animals or the special needs children. “They’re scared of the unknown.” But there’s really nothing to be afraid of, he said. “All these folks want is your attention,” Robinson said. “They touch you just by them being them.” Juniors Jake Contreras and Allan Hor cleaned off equipment and supervised volunteer parking at the horse farm Saturday. “It sends a lot of people out to places that wouldn’t get a lot of help,” Contreras said. “I like that it gives someone a

helping hand,” Hor said. Angela McNally, whose son Alex participated in the competition Saturday, said she was happy that MSU students helped with the Special Olympics. “We’re very thankful,” McNally said. “These children are special and they need the extra attention. Plus, it allows the parents to stand back and watch.” Dr Patti Hamilton, dean of the MSU graduate school, participated in Great Day of Service for the first time at The Wichita County Humane Society. She and her graduate students painted an office building/kennel before they walked dogs later in the day. “This helps the students and faculty at MSU just as much as the people we help,” she said. “We meet people who we might not get to meet earlier.” She said she would definitely return here to volunteer for the program next year.

Volunteers from the MSU Cameroon Students Association did yard work at the Autism House early in the day. Some people also helped with household chores inside the home. “Many people like to work inside, so we thought we’d work outside to make a difference,” said junior Donald Fru. He spent his day raking and bagging leaves. “I was pleasantly surprised,” said Jessica Dunn, MSU graduate and original resident mentor at the home. “I’ve been working so hard to raise awareness on campus – and bam! Here’s the fruits of that,” Dunn said. Fulton gave away 100 T-Shirts for the first volunteers to arrive at Clark Student Center that morning. Target, United Supermarkets and Sigma Phi Lambda donated $350 for the breakfast Saturday morning.

Individuals lend helping hand to benefit families in crisis Kaja Salsman Copy Editor

A Walk In My Shoes, a 5k walk/run benefiting the nonprofit organization Helping Hands & Hearts, was held this past Saturday, April 9. The event was organized by Professor Minden’s PR campaigns class and was held at Barwise Junior High School. The walk/run raised $530 for Helping Hands & Hearts. The event’s main sponsor was Dillard’s Department Store; which donated 32 pairs of new shoes to

A Mass Commnications class raised more than $500 for Helping Hands and Hearts, a non-profit that helps individuals and families in crisis. (Photo by Kaja Salsman)

FLOOD...........................................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1

other three were dorm rooms on the north side of the second floor. Raymond’s own room, which is also on the second floor, was not damaged. “They reacted pretty quickly,”

she said. MSU workers jumped on the problem within 4 or 5 minutes, said Housing Director Michael Mills. Marvin Hanbrook, maintenance technician for housing,

Hiring at Camp Fire USA Camp Fire Day Camp Counselors (Archery & Sports specialists needed)

has rarely gone on vacation in his 16 years on the job. He happened to be on vacation Monday when the leak happened. He was back at work Tuesday – the vacation had to wait. “One thing we’re sure of – if we have a fire here, we’re safe,” Hanbrook said. Though a formal estimate of damage to the building hasn’t been made yet, it shouldn’t be

Apply 2414 Ninth Street. No Phone Calls. Hours 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

KARAOKE EVERY NIGHT WICHITA #1Night NIGHT CLUB Wednesday is FALLS’ College College Night Wednesdays atKARAOKE Krankit EVERY NIGHT


Children of counselors attend for free Must be 18 years of age or older

when it happened, but was called by a friend. At first, she said, she was worried that all her possessions – especially her laptop and textbooks – would be ruined. “Luckily, we didn’t have a lot of stuff on the floor,” Mack said. “I was really worried I was going to lose everything.” About $200 of her art supplies was ruined in the accident, she

V er y C l ose to S A F

Certified Lifeguards & WSIs for Camp Fire Swimming Pool $150 per week with a bonus for those who work all three sessions from June 6 - June 24

too much, he said. That is, unless Hancock’s power tools were ruined by the water. About 30 ceiling tiles were ruined in the accident. They cost approximately $3 a piece. The carpet, which is still soggy but mostly dry, should be salvageable. Cara Mack is one of the unlucky girls whose room flooded Monday. She wasn’t at the dorm

$2 Domestic Beer $2 Well Drinks $5 Pitchers

$2 Domestic Beer Happy $2Free WellDrinks Drinks $5 Pitchers 1/2 Price Hourfor8-11pm Wed & Minors NoCover Cover 21+ Karaoke Contest $25 Prize No Wed & -Thur, 21 & Up College Corner ofKaraoke S heppard AcContest ces s R oad & Old I owa Park R oad ( Exit 1D off I - 44)

All major credit All cards major credit cards

940-761-9099 940-761-9099

We Welcome Students

said. She was under the impression she would not be reimbursed by housing for the supplies. Mills said residents are encouraged to pay for renter’s insurance while living in dorms. Some students, however, are covered on their parents’ insurance. “If it’s something that’s our fault, we want to do something about it,” Mills said.


April 13, 2011

The Wichitan n 5

A royal, ‘I do...’ American media prepares for royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton Phil Rosenthal MCT Never has so much attention been paid by so many to just two. The April 29 wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton will be watched by about 2 billion people worldwide, according to an estimate a few days ago from British Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The secretary may prove correct, though the figure seems a tad high at first blush, even allowing for fly-by channel surfers and those who might stumble upon newscast accounts. Not everyone on this planet of not-quite 7 billion people speaks English, has access to broadcast and/or digital media, grows up with princess fairy tales or has any interest in watching other people’s wedding videos. It’s a better bet, however, than the generous estimates tossed around for the Academy Awards that claim at least 1 billion people watch the annual telecast. Just because the Oscars show is available all around the world does not automatically compel the citizens of Montenegro, Suriname and Sri Lanka to rearrange their lives to see who wins best picture or what Annette Bening is wearing. We in the former colonies have long been fascinated with the British royal family, one of the world’s great long-running multigenerational soap operas. We watched Prince Harry’s parents marry 30 years ago, and

then as happily ever after unraveled for Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Certainly, in this country, even those who haven’t a clue about “The King’s Speech” might well be curious about whether the kids are all right. So this wedding will draw a crowd in anticipation of drawing an audience, even in predawn parts of America. One estimate has 8,000 TV and radio reporters and support staff from around the world in London covering the nuptials. CNN alone is said to be sending 50 U.S. staffers to complement 75 from its London bureau. It’s bound to be better television than the federal government’s budget negotiations. In any case, it provides a momentary diversion from the Middle East, Japan and whatever the next crisis turns out to be. “There are a lot of other more important stories going on in the world. That’s clear,” said Jon Banner, the executive producer of “ABC World News.” “But it’s nice every once in a while to cover a story where nobody gets hurt. It’s a celebration.” It will also be hard to miss in this country between the broadcast networks, cable networks, websites and special smartphone apps dedicated the event. Even the Weather Channel is planning some special wedding programming. What makes this remarkable is that there will be a good deal of pool coverage shared by everyone. Others will supplement with their own graphics, commentary

and peripheral coverage from their own people and cameras, but it is the BBC that will have more than 30 cameras inside Westminster Abbey, and ITN and British Sky cameras will dot the procession route. Just as “Today,” “Good Morning America” and “The Early Show” all tackle the same headlines in their own way, and “NBC Nightly News,” “ABC World News” and “CBS Evening News” all try to take stock of the same day at the same time, everybody and every outlet will try to make this shared experience distinctly their own. As the prince and future princess exchange vows, the hope for each media outlet is that it can parlay the day’s romance into a long-term relationship with new viewers, while cementing its marriage with the audience it already has. Katie Couric, still officially CBS’ lead anchor, is leading its coverage in London, putting her back in the morning time period she used to dominate. Her old “Today” show, led by Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales and Al Roker, will front NBC’s coverage. “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, the longtime “GMA” co-host who calls the wedding “a holiday,” will be paired on ABC with Barbara Walters of “The View.” “She and I have already been talking,” Sawyer said. “She is an entire Google search engine of the royals, and I love the fact I can say, ‘Keyword: Prince Philip,’ and she’s going to know

‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’

The DVD includes: - Exclusive sneak peek of an opening scene from the final film - Maximum Movie Mode: Cast mates and Crew unravel the mysteries of Dark Lord’s past and discover the keys to his defeat before it’s too late - Focus points: Hagrid’s Motorbike, creating Dobby and Kreacher, Godric’s Hollow, and the Return of Griphoook - The Seven Harry’s - Additional Scenes - WaterTower Music: Behind the Soundtrack

whom happen to be Prince Philip, the groom’s grandfather. These newscasters get paid to distinguish and brand their respective outlet’s coverage, helping convince viewers to choose one version of the day over an-

other. When they fail to do so, they are replaced. They are U.S. TV royalty, but ultimately this is a democracy, and they’re subject to a vote of our remotes.

Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Photo Courtesy)

Peace, Love & LipGloss

New on DVD: Potterheads rejoice with the first part of the epic fantasy film, ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,’ being released to DVD. Harry (Radcliffe) races against time and he that shall not be named to destroy the Horcruxes with his partner’s in crime Ron (Grint) and Haromine (Watson.)

everything.” None of these high-priced TV stars are where they are because of how much they know about the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip Mountbatten or Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, all of

DVD released: April 15, 2011 Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy Starring: Daniel Racliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality Running Time: 2 hours 26 minutes

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson in “Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows: Part 1.’ (Photo Courtesy)

Bold Cheeks and Punchy Lips

Sunrays have begun beating into our pores, flowers are blooming their magnificent colors and we’ve replaced our thick sweaters with tank tops and open-toe wedges. It’s officially spring! And if you haven’t noticed, the big trend for spring is bright color. We can follow this trend, not only in our clothing and accessories, but in our makeup, too! All of the beauty magazines and catalogs are saying that this season is all about soft eyes, bold cheeks and punchy lips, and the hottest colors are orange-coral and powerful pink. Your lips can make a big statement with the right shade of lipstick. Flirt! Chickstick Smooth & Shiny Lipcolor – Energy ($12 at Kohl’s) gives you tangy orange lips without looking like you just ate a popsicle. Clinique Different Lipstick – Glazed Berry ($14.50 at Dillard’s) is a luminous punchy pink that goes well with many of the season’s popular colors. You can also achieve this daring look with shiny lipglosses.

Rachel Bingham Advertising Manager Lorac Multiplex 3D Lipglposs – Cliché and Untamed ($22 each at Ulta) are both great options. Cliché is a hot pink that stains and shines your lips for hours. Untamed is a gorgeous shimmering coral shade that will go great with bronze eye shadows and coral blush. Your cheeks should be bold, but also go along with your lips. Benefit Bella Bamba ($28 at Ulta) is a sparkling mixture of hot pink and gold that will give you a “3-dimensional” pop of color. Benefit CORALista ($28 at Ulta) will blend well with your Flirt! Energy Lipcolor if you decide to go the orangey-

coral route. Keep your eyes simple with neutral shades from Urban Decay Feminine Eye shadow Palette ($34 at Ulta). Thinly line your eyes with Ulta Automatic Eye Liner – Black/Brown ($7 at Ulta). Add a finishing touch with two mascaras: Maybelline Falsies Volum’ Express – Black Drama ($5.94 at Target) will lengthen and plump your upper lashes, and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10) will enhance your little lashes while keeping black smudges off your skin. If you are the type of person who likes to buy their makeup in palettes or kits, Bare Escentuals Naturally Luminous Color Collection ($38 at Ulta) is a set of mint green and chocolate eye shadows, fuchsia cheek color, bright pink lip gloss and bronze eyeliner. It will save a bit of money, and it is a great collection for spring and summer! Either way you go, you will look gorgeous in your new spring look! What beauty tips would you like to hear about? E-mail ideas to

FedEx Ground is Hiring! Starting Salary: $9/hour Tuition Assistance Consern Education Loan Program Career Advancement Opportunities

Part-Time AM Package Handlers 4 a.m. - 8 a.m. Shift Tues. - Sat.

To schedule an observation, call (940) 766-1204 FedEx Ground is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (M/F/D/V) committed to a diverse workforce.

Three pay increases within the first 6 months of employment! Must pass background check, be able to load, unload, and sort packages, and perform other related duties.

Your Party Headquarters for: Domestic and Specialty Beers Liquor Wine Kegs Cigars Lottery Holiday, Holida y,

Catering for Hospitality Ca tering for Hospitality Suites, Suites, Graduation and other other large parties Gradua tion and large parties

TM on AATM onsite! site!

*Bud Ziegenbock &&Keystone 1/21/2Barrel - $74.82 plus tax!* *BUDSelect, SELECT , ZIEGENBOCK KEYSTONE LIGHT BARRELL KEGS - $81plus PLUS T AX!* *Bud Select and Ziegenbock 1/2Light Barrel kegs -Kegs $74.82 tax!*

6 n


The Wichitan

April 13, 2011

‘Scream’ franchise thrills again with fourth installment Kevin C. Johnson MCT

Horror movie fans haven’t had much to scream about lately, but that may be about to change. With “Scream 4,” which opens Friday, director Wes Craven pumps fresh blood into his landmark horror franchise set in the

not-so-sleepy town of Woodsboro, Calif. Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, veterans of the three previous “Scream” movies, return along with original writer Kevin Williamson, whose presence was notably absent in “Scream 3.” The tongue-in-cheek series

helped change how we view horror movies, poking fun at “Prom Night,” “Friday the 13th,” “Halloween” and other slasher classics. Savvy characters in the “Scream” films talked about cliches in the genre: a big-busted woman runs up the stairs when she should be running out the

door; only virgins can outlive the killer; a bad guy presumed to be dead pops up for one last hurrah; sequels have a higher body count than the originals. “In the ‘Scream’ series, whenever rules are stated, it’s us as filmmakers saying these are the cliches, and we immediately break the rules, send up the cli-

ches,” Craven says. The original “Scream” grossed $103 million, followed by $101 million for “Scream 2.” Even the poorly reviewed “Scream 3” grossed $89 million in 2000. Veteran horror-film director Craven (“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Last House on the Left,” “The Hills Have Eyes”)

wasn’t initially sure a fourth installment was in order. They discussed how to best bring back young heroine Sidney Prescott (Campbell), hungry TV newswoman Gail Weathers (Cox) and Deputy Dewey Riley (Arquette), and what the secret twist should be.

A recap of the ‘Scream’ series

Neve Campbell in ‘Scream 4’. (Photo Courtesy)

the feed Orlando Flores, Jr For the Wichitan

This edition of The Feed features new releases from big names from mainstream and underground alike in time for Record Store Day (April 16). Crystal Stills In Love With Oblivion

Brooklyn band continues to experiment with lofidelity psych-rock, crafting a cleaner, tighter and more focused album than their debut.. The Verdict: 3.5/4 - For Diehard Fans

Foo Fighters Wasting Light

Dave Grohl reconnects with his former Nirvana producer and band mates to release his band’s most energetic, raw and masterful album to date. The Verdict: 4/4 - A Must Have

Panda Bear Tomboy

Four years after the success of Person Pitch, Noah Lennox again finds a way to turn strange, experimental beats into catchy, popsounding songs. The Verdict: 4/4 – A Must Have

TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light

The Brooklyn quintet return after a two year hiatus to deliver another album flushing soul, hip-hop, indie rock and electronic music into a blissful experience. The Verdict: 4/4 - A Must Have (Photo Courtesy)

“Scream” (1996) opened with the gruesome murder of high school student Casey (Drew Barrymore in a cameo appearance). The city of Woodsboro and the students at her school are rocked by her murder, including Sidney Prescott, who begins receiving phone calls from the killer, dubbed Ghostface. TV reporter Gail Weathers looks for the scoop, and

dopey Deputy Dewey Riley tries to solve the crimes. Spoiler alert — The murders are committed by Sidney’s boyfriend, Billy (Skeet Ulrich), and his buddy, Stu (Matthew Lillard). “Scream 2” (1997) begins with the premiere of the movie “Stab,” based on Gail’s best-selling book about the Woodsboro killings.

A double killing at the premiere restarts the murders, and Sidney and those around her are again targets. Spoiler alert — This time the killers are Billy’s mother (Laurie Metcalf) and one of Sidney’s classmates (Timothy Olyphant). “Scream 3” (2000) is mostly a movie-within-a movie, with the stars of “Stab 3” falling victim in

the order they die in the script. Sidney, now a crisis counselor, finds herself back in the mix after she starts getting calls again. Gail and Dewey are back, too, in this overly plotted installment. Spoiler alert — The killer is the “Stab 3” director (Scott Foley) who turns out to be Sidney’s half-brother.

It’s Brand vs. Brand at the box-office Russell Brand scores the top two spots at the movies with ‘Hop’ and ‘Arthur’ the weekend, giving it an Aminus. Older moviegoers, who made up 64 percent of the weekend audience, did not like the With his remake of “Arthur,” film as much, perhaps because Russell Brand set out to prove they were comparing it with the that he can play a leading man. original version. But over the weekend, movie“I think the older audience goers seemed to prefer him as a was a little taken aback by the cartoon. change in tone from the origi“Hop,” in which the comedi- nal,” acknowledged Dan Fellan voices a computer-animated man, president of domestic disbunny, grabbed the No. 1 spot tribution for Warner Bros. at the box office for the second Brand has yet to prove that consecutive weekend with $21.7 he can successfully open a livemillion, according to an esti- action movie. “Get Him to the mate from distributor Universal Greek,” in which he played an Pictures. Brand’s new picture, a over-the-top rock star, opened fresh take on the 1981 comedy last summer to a decent $17.6 “Arthur,” debuted to a soft $12.6 million and went on to gross million and was nearly topped by $91.4 million worldwide. But the action film “Hanna,” which Brand was not the marquee collected $12.3 million. name in that movie, which also “Soul Surfer,” about a teenage featured Jonah Hill. surfer whose arm is bitten off by “I think that Russell is a mova shark, got off to a good start ie star. It’s only a matter of time with $11.1 million. The week- until he breaks through, and it’s end’s biggest disappointment just a question of what the big was “Your Highness,” a stoner one will be,” he said. comedy set in medieval times, The earlier “Arthur,” which which grossed only $9.5 million. earned lead actor Dudley Moore “Hop” continued to domi- an Oscar nomination, was a nate the competition, dropping sleeper hit 30 years ago, when only 42 percent from last week- it made $95.5 million domestiend. But “Arthur,” which was cally. Based on the new version’s produced by Warner Bros. for poor opening, it seems unlikely around $40 million, came in be- that the film will end up grossing low industry expectations. Those anywhere close to that amount. who did show up to see the film Meanwhile, “Hanna,” which about the booze-loving million- stars Saoirse Ronan as a teenage aire gave it an average grade of girl raised in the wilderness and B, according to market research trained to be an assassin, drew a firm CinemaScore. To improve younger audience, 64 percent of the film’s financial prospects in which was younger than 35. But the coming weeks, the studio is the 80 percent female audience hoping to capture the interest of who turned up for “Soul Surfer” the under-18 crowd who indi- seemed enamored with the movcated they enjoyed the film over ie, giving it a rare A-plus. The Amy Kaufman MCT


Liquor.Beer.Wine Bar & Club Supplies

Happy Hour 10% Off 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Liters of Liquor & ALL Wines

KEGS Carry Out $81 plus deposit Bud Select Keystone Light Miller High Life Ziegenbock

Wine & Liquor Tasting Saturdays 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Owners: Victor Kocks & John Kocks 4505 Kemp Blvd. Wichita Falls, TX (940) 696-9229 Fax (940) 322-3872 Like Our Fan Page On Facebook

movie, which is being distributed by Sony Pictures’ TriStar and marketed by the studio’s faithbased division Affirm Films and FilmDistrict, was made for $18 million. Because the movie has strong religious themes, much of the advertising campaign was aimed at Christian audiences in conservative parts of the country including the South. Rory Bruer, Sony

Highness,” flopped. Universal Pictures spent around $50 million to produce the movie starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman. The film was aimed at young males - and though they made up most of the film’s audience, the movie still received a poor average grade of C-plus.

Russell Brand in ‘Arthur’. (Photo Courtesy)

STIMULATE Pictures’ distribution president,YOUR SAVINGS attributed the film’s success toAT its targeted push as well as positive feedback from 350 advance screenings. This weekend’s other comedy, the R-rated raunch-fest “Your CALL OR COME BY FOR DETAILS!




(940) 692-1731 M-F 8:00-5:00



April 13, 2011

The Wichitan n 7

On Deck This Week n

friday: April. 15 softball: vs. central 3 p.m. tennis: men’s


4 p.m.



st. edward’s

Saturday: april. 16 softball: vs. central okla. 1 p.m.


Sunday: april. 17 tennis: men’s and women’s @ texas lutheran 3:30 p.m.

n n

monday: april. 18 golf: men’s and women’s lsc championships @ san antonio

tuesday: april. 19 golf: men’s and women’s lsc championships @ san antonio

The MSU women’s soccer team hosted their annual Alumni Game Saturday night at the MSU Soccer Field. The alumni lost to the current players with a score of 1-0. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

Young stars take aim at veteran golfers during Masters Garry Smits MCT

Tigers Woods. (Photo Courtesy)

As the recent PGA Tour promo ads state, there comes a time when one generation has to battle the next. That’s been especially true in the past five major championships. But the identity of the youngsters who are shoving aside veterans such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera has been somewhat of a surprise. Instead of American stars with high expectations such as Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson, it’s been the youth among international players who have taken charge. When Charl Schwartzel of South Africa birdied the last four holes Sunday to win the Masters by two shots over Adam Scott and Jason Day, he became the third consecutive international player in his 20s to win a major. U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland won at Pebble Beach last year at

the age of 30. Schwartzel is 26. Martin Kaymer of Germany won the PGA last year at the age of 25 and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa won the British Open at the age of 27. International players have now won the last four majors, five of the last six and eight of the last 10 since Woods won his last major at the 2008 U.S. Open. Translation: younger players have lost their fear of Woods, and they’re coming at him from all corners of the globe. “The talent of the players coming through these days is amazing,” Day said. Then, there’s the nature of the leaderboard Schartzel topped with his 14-under-par 274, and a closing 66 at Augusta National: Scott (30), Day (23), Geoff Ogilvy (33), Justin Rose (30) and Edoardo Molinari (30) were among the players in the top 15. Rory McIlroy, who had a share of the lead with nine holes to play and had dominated the first three rounds, is 21. Schwartzel won the Masters in only his second start at Au-

gusta. McIlroy had a four-shot lead through three rounds in his third start. Day set the 72-hole scoring record (12-under 276) for a firsttime player at Augusta, beating the previous record by two shots and going four lower than Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 when he became the only first-time player to win the tournament. What happened to that Augusta National learning curve? Well, an 18-hole playing lesson from six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus last year might have helped Schwartzel. Then a putting tip for fast greens from Nick Price helped calm Schwartzel’s nerves on the speedy Augusta greens. The result: four closing birdies -- a first at the Masters -- and the nerves of a veteran when he split every fairway and hit every green on the second nine. Woods working the galleries into a lather with his Sunday run wasn’t enough to intimidate the youngsters. In his prime, Woods would cause contenders to melt away by his presence.

Not these kids. Indeed, they almost talked as if they were fans and happy to be a part of the frenzied day, rather than let Woods’ rally create any fear. “I kind of figured out where Tiger’s position was on the course and heard the roars,” Scott said. “You can just tell what’s going on out there.” “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard,” Schwartzel said. “But sometimes I would look at it and not register. I think that sort of helped.” Here’s the best evidence that Woods didn’t scare them: Despite the four-time Masters champion posting a 10-under number that was the clubhouse lead, Schwartzel, Scott and Day never made a bogey on the second nine. shooting a combined 11-under par. “It must have looked great on TV,” Day said. “It was exciting stuff. It really was.” The trend is on with the 20somethings from other countries winning majors. It’s now up to the Americans in the same age bracket to join the party.

Spring has students excited for baseball and softball season Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor

The spring season has students excited for softball season. (File photo by Hannah Hofmann)

Spring, and softballs, are in the air. Spring is here and that means a couple of things: the swimming pool is open at the wellness center, the weather is so awesome that people don’t want to go to class, and finals are rapidly approaching along with the heat of the Texas summer. But spring also means baseball season is here and for Texans that’s a very good thing. Granted, Houston Astros fans have got to be feeling sad, just like they do every year that isn’t 2005 (as of Tuesday morning the Astros are 2-8), but for the rest of Texas, the Rangers have just continued to play as well, if not better, than they did last season when they went to the World Series. On Tuesday morning the Rangers were 9-1, the best record in Major League Baseball, and they don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Take that, Yankees! Baseball is the chess of athletics and is as American as apple pie and contested elections. Forget March Madness, opening day is the biggest event of the spring. America’s past time ceded its position as the most popular American sport to the National Football League in the late 80s, but with a lock-

out looming between players and owners in the NFL, baseball has the opportunity to claim a new generation of unoccupied sports fans. College is a time for students to train up and educate themselves in their field of study. It’s designed to look at the “real world” and emulate or improve upon the professionalism there. That’s part of the purpose of college sports. Students who have athletic talent and take part in collegiate sports are in many ways striving to the athletic standards set by professional athletes. Spring means Texas Rangers’ baseball, but it also means Midwestern State Softball. The Texas Rangers’ season may look like it’s going to have a great success this year, but Midwestern’s softball team has had a brilliantly successful year. We’re a division two school so sometimes it’s hard to get school spirit going for our athletic programs, even if they’re highly successful. Our men’s basketball program has been highly successful the past couple of years, but there still isn’t a lot energy on campus for the games. Our men’s soccer team and our tennis programs have also been successful, but once again, school spirit in those areas is lacking. Our football team plays hard and the team’s past two seasons have been great. However, a huge amount of emphasis has been placed on the accomplishments of the basketball and football teams instead a lot of our other

sports. It may be a lot harder to celebrate or watch cross-country, but our team kicked butt this past fall. Not very many people seemed to care. Granted, our student body doesn’t always seem to get excited about sports, but for softball the campus should be. Maybe the campus wasn’t getting excited about those other teams because those teams weren’t ranked number one. Well, that excuse won’t fly anymore. Our softball team is ranked number one in the South Central Region with a record of 35-4. Right now Midwestern has arguably the best division two softball team in the country. While not all the conferences have the exact same standard of competitiveness or have played the same number of games, Midwestern still has the best record out of any softball team in NCAA Division II. The championship series takes place in Salem, Virginia, so it may be a difficult for the Mustangs to go to the games to watch, but students of Midwestern should not only be proud of our sports teams, but also go to the home games. Spring is in the air and that means more baseball (and with an NFL lockout on the horizon, that means more emphasis on baseball in the fall, too) as finals approach, but also Mustangs softball.

8 n


The Wichitan

April 13, 2011


collection to what it is today. He now owns about 90,000 unsigned baseball cards and continues to grow his collection constantly. For one MSU student, being a Texas Littleton does not just stop at buying the Rangers fan isn’t just going to a couple games cards, though. He also has about 2,500 autoa year. It is a way of life. graphs on cards, T-shirts, hats, baseball tickArron Littleton, a junior mass communi- ets, and bats. cation major, was raised on baseball. When “I love meeting the players and getting auhe was young, his mom played softball and tographs,” Littleton said. he played baseball through his eighth grade “Out of the 2,500 autographs I have right year, so he was always immersed in America’s now, about 800 of those are Texas Rangers favorite past time. players,” Littleton said. “I was pretty much raised at the ballpark,” Littleton’s favorite Texas Rangers baseball Littleton said. player is Nelson Cruz, but he mostly collects When Littleton was growing up he always Josh Hamilton memorabilia. enjoyed collecting baseball cards, but never “When I decided I wanted to collect a really focused on the Texas Rangers until certain Rangers player, I decided to collect he went to a Rangers game when he was 12 Josh Hamilton because I already had a lot of years old. After that game, he was hooked. his cards, and he is a big deal around here,” “I loved everything about it and I have Littleton said. worn a Rangers hat every day for the past 10 His favorite Texas Rangers autograph is years,” Littleton said. an autographed Josh Hamilton card that has Littleton stopped collecting cards for a a small piece of Josh Hamilton’s jersey in the couple of years before he went to his first card. Rangers game, but that game sparked a fire Littleton had a goal to get 1,000 autoin him to start collecting again. graphs just last year and he was almost there. “I collected baseball cards until I was 10 He ended with exactly 930 autographs. years old and then quit collecting them until He picked up many autographs when he the Rangers gave me a reason to start col- went to the Texas Rangers spring training lecting again,” Littleton said. camp this past spring in Arizona. Since Littleton was 12 years old, he has Littleton tries to arrive at a game four worked very hard at getting his baseball card Leland Wetzel For The Wichitan

hours before it starts in order to walk around and receive autographs. Many times, he will stand next to the tunnel that leads to the player’s parking lot and he will collect a lot of autographs there. Sometimes he will even send cards through mail to the players in order to get their autograph. “Towards the end of the Rangers season I was only getting three or four autographs a game because they just got tired of signing for me, but I think I will achieve my goal by the end of the year,” Littleton said. Littleton has attended 40 Rangers organization games this year. He went to two Frisco Rough Riders games, which is the Texas Rangers AA team, 10 Oklahoma City Redhawks games, which is the Texas Rangers AAA team, and 28 Texas Rangers games. Those games included every post season and World Series game that was held at the Texas Rangers ballpark in Arlington. Littleton’s favorite memorabilia is a gold ball from the 2008 Home Run Derby with Josh Hamilton’s autograph and a gold ball from the 2009 Home Run Derby with Nelson Cruz’s autograph. Littleton has worked hard and put many hours into filling his room with his baseball collection. His collection is estimated to be worth over $100,000 and is still growing. Arron Littleton shows off just a portion of his baseball memorabilia. He is especially fond of the Texas Rangers – He has 2,500 autographs on things from cards, hats, and bats. 800 of those are autographs from Texas Rangers players. Littleton’s collection is valued at over $100,000. (Photos by Hannah Hofmann)

Tennis rackets win, then come down on weekend loss Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor

The Mustangs tennis teams came out with both wins and losses this past weekend both on the home court and on the road. First, both teams did damage against Incarnate Word, with men beating out the Cardinals, 6-3 and women, 5-4. In their final regular season match of the year, MSU dominated in doubles with Vjekoslav Stipanic and Luke Joyce playing no. 1 Leury Arias and Chris Lawson, 9-7. At no. 2, Incarnate Word’s David Ballenger and Luke Trautmann defeated Jarrod Liston and Chad Meeks, 8-6. Mario Urban and Rory de Boer finished with a score of 9-7, taking down Carlos Olvera and Aiden DeLeon. In singles, the Cardinals claimed no. 1 as Arias took down Urban, 6-4, 6-2. Stipanic defeated Lawson at no.2, 6-2, 6-2. Joyce playing at no. 3, took down Olvera in three sets, 2-6,

6-3, 6-1. Bo Zaputovic claimed another win for MSU as he stomped Ballenger for a no. 4 victory, 6-4, 6-3. MSU’s Tiago Vilarinho wrapped up the score with a win against Nicholas Mikulcic. In the women’s match, Incarnate Word won two of the three doubles. Audrey Hernandez and Maggae Doney took down MSU’s Rozike van Rensburg and Alex Odell-Michels, 9-7. MSU had their only doubles win with Abbie Lewis and Leah Roberts taking down Alex Adams and Casey Bulls, 8-3. The Cardinals took their other doubles win as Brianda Navarro and Lorena Rebolledo defeated Lindsey Holcomb and Ashley Huse, 8-4. In singles, van Rensburg claimed no. 1 with a win against Hernandez, 6-3, 4-6, and a 7-6 tiebreaker. Odell-Michels beat Navarro for no. 2, 6-4, 6-1. At the no. 3 spot, Bulls beat Roberts in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 decision.

Lewis and Adams fought on the green concrete with Lewis coming out victorious for the Mustangs at no. 4, 6-1, 6-1. The following Friday, the Mustangs lost their matches against Oklahoma Christian, a nationally ranked team. The men ending with a 6-3 loss, and the women a 5-4 loss. In men’s doubles, Stipanic and Joyce reigned over Pier Pieracciani and Martin Poboril at no. 1 with an 8-4 victory. Urban and Zaputovic defeated Thomas Van Cauter and Bruno Tiberti at no. 2 with a 9-7 victory. At no. 3, Meeks and Liston were one leg up on Esteban Flores and Andre Guzman, 9-7. In the singles, the Eagles took all six rounds, leaving the Mustangs with a loss. Van Cauter took down Stipanic with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win at no. 1. Poboril claimed no. 2, defeating Urban, 6-4, 6-2, while Tiberti won no. 3 as he ruled out Joyce, 6-3, 6-3. At no. 4, Pieracciani beat Zaputovic for a victory with a

score of 6-4, 6-2. The ladies’ doubles were in MSU’s favor as they claimed two wins. Van Rensburg and Odell-Michels defeated Hermon Brhane and Lucie Sipkova with a 9-7 victory and claiming no.1 for the doubles. Lewis and Roberts defeated Maryfer Abreu Roman and Marta Contel Miranzo at no. 2 with an 8-2 victory. The Eagles claimed no. 3 with Mackenzie Miller and A. Constantinescu defeating Holcomb and Huse. Singles, Brhane took no. 1 as she took down van Rensburg, 6-2, 6-2. Sipkova defeated Odell-Michels in a tiebreaker that resulted in a 1-6, 7-6, 6-0 at no. 2. At no. 3 Lewis defeated Constantinescu, 6-3, 6-2. Roberts defeated Roman at no. 4, 6-2, 6-3. Next, the men take on St. Edward’s on the road at 4 p.m. Then both teams come together at Texas Lutheran. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m.

Abbie Lewis hits a solid backhand. (Photo by Brittany Norman)

Footballers limber up with practice game For The Wichitan

The Midwestern State Maroon squad scored on its opening possession and never looked back in winning the annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game 24-7 on Saturday at the MSU Practice Field. The Maroon dominated offensively and took advantage of turnovers to add to the scoreboard. Brandon Kelsey, the number one quarterback for the Maroon, completed 10 of 13 passes for 90 yards, but did not make a touchdown. But he did rush for 10 yards and a touchdown. Chauncey Harris rushed 16 times

for 103 yards, including a 30-yard romp. Keidrick Jackson rushed for 46 yards on 14 carries with the game’s first touchdown. Kelsey led the Maroon on two touchdown drives. The first was the game-opening 75-yard, 13-play drive that ended on Jackson’s one-yard plunge. The second came on the second possession of the third quarter after the Maroon defense stopped the Gold after crossing midfield. That possession was also a 13-play drive for 87-yards that ended on Kelsey’s four-yard run. The Gold made it a game near the end of the first half, when starting quarterback Jake Glover directed Gold on a nine-play, 93-yard drive.

Glover connected on four of five passes in the drive to move from the Gold 9 to move inside the red zone. Then following a sack, found Sheldon Galloway wide open in the end zone for a 23-yard scoring strike. But the Gold was also doomed by turnovers, accounting for 10 of the 24 Maroon points. A fumble by Gold number two signal caller Boy Humphrey allowed Maroon a short field that came up with a Brendan Grimley 26-yard field goal. The Maroon iced the game, leading 17-7 in the fourth quarter when Humphrey’s pass from the spread formation was battled then intercepted in the end zone by Corey Wright for the game’s final score.

Gold had one last opportunity, Aldo Quiroga marched the Gold from his own 20 to the Maroon 1. But Lester Bush was dropped for a yard loss and Quiroga’s pass on third down was intercepted by Ty Duncan to effectively end the game. The Gold’s Glover led the quarterbacks with 142 yards passing on 13 of 17 with the 23-yard TD. Quiroga was 8 of 12 for 88 yards before the interception. Gold’s Thomas Carper led all receivers with five catches for 68 yards, while Maroon’s Jared Freeman grabbed eight balls for 42 yards. MSU wraps up its spring practice this week.

thewichitan Have a voice. Take a stand. Make a difference. Phone: 397-4704 Ads: 397-4705 email: website:

your university n your voice

April 13, 2011  

Wichitan Issue

April 13, 2011  

Wichitan Issue