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GIRL TALK Successful women discuss their careers Chris Collins Managing Editor

It’s a small world

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Local surgeon to speak at MSU on international charity work Chris Collins Managing Editor In war-torn 1960s Palestine, a boy was born with a congenital birth defect known as a cleft lip. As a young man, he was treated by an American surgeon who fixed it to where it was hardly noticeable. The man grew up, married and had children. His children had more children. His granddaughter was also born with a cleft lip, as the condition is hereditary. When the man decided to enlist the help of a plastic surgeon in Palestine to repair the child’s lip, he unknowingly went to the same doctor that had helped him years ago. The doctor was Eid B. Mustafa, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has a practice in Wichita Falls. Mustafa will speak Thursday at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU on his international volunteer work. For 23 years, the Palestinianborn American doctor has made annual trips to Palestine and other

countries, offering his services to the needy as part of the nonprofit organization Physicians for Peace. Back in Palestine, the man with the cleft lip did not recognize Mustafa, but Mustafa recognized him. For almost 20 years, the doctor had carried a photograph of that longago patient with him everywhere he went – he was one of the first people Mustafa helped as part of the program. “Having carried around that guy’s picture, I got his attention when I told him his name and the town he came from,” he said. “The world really is a small place.” This is just one unique experience Mustafa has collected in his travels around the world. He has met a former president of the United States, has been held at gunpoint by Israeli militants and has treated many severely burned and disfigured people – some from accidents, many from war. “It’s worth it,” he said. The doctor takes frequent medi-

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(Top) Dr. Eid Mustafa helping a child on a medical mission. (Below) Mustafa sits in the office of his Wichita Falls practice. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

Dominique Calhoun, director of multicultural services at MSU, knows firsthand how powerful women can be – he was brought up by a single mother who raised him while working a full-time job. So it’s no surprise that Calhoun hosted ‘It’s a Man’s World,’ a panel discussion that served as a tribute to professional women in Wichita Falls, last week. The event, which was part of Women’s History Month, was held in Clark Student Center Shawnee Theatre. Calhoun asked four successful women in the city to speak as part of the program March 29. MSU Provost Dr. Alisa White, Assistant Director of Student Development and Orientation Cammie Dean, Assitant professor of Counseling, Kinesiolog y and Special Education Dr. Julie Wood and United Regional CEO Phyllis Cowling. Each woman shared experiences in their professional careers that either Provost Alisa White. (Photo by challenged or Chris Collins) empowered them. Cammie Dean was the first African-American elected official in the county of Dubuque in Iowa. She said that when she ran for a seat on the school board, she never actually expected to win. Much to her surprise, she won the election over an incumbent and made history in the process. “When we talk about women’s history month it’s important to acknowledge that we have come a long way,” Dean said. “But it’s still difficult to make inroads.” The United States’ women’s rights is currently rated no. 90 in the world. “Women need to be stepping up to the table and making a stand,” she said. Dean stressed that the process of creating equal opportunities for men and women starts with students in a university setting. “This is where you cut your teeth and learn leadership skills,” she said. “It’s not enough to just go to class. There are all sorts of opportunities on this campus for you to develop the skills you need. Dr. Alisa White said that while she’s grateful for her administrative position with the university, ascending through the ranks was never easy. In fact, statistics show that it’s even hard for women to receive the title of full professor. Since the 1970s, women promoted to full pro-

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Variety entertainer has more than a few tricks up his sleeve Brittney Cottigingham Feautures Editor

The University Programming Board (UPB) brought in all-round entertainer, Brandon Styles, who amazed MSU students Tuesday night. There is one big difference between Brandon Styles, the performer, and Brandon Kraneberg, the man. Brandon Styles wows audiences with his “one-of-akind -show” a great blend of comedy, dance, impressions and award-winning magic. Brandon Kraneberg is the smart businessman behind the tricks and laughter, booking gig after gig around the country. Styles and Kraneberg are

one man trying to make his dreams of becoming a regular Las Vegas regular performer come true. Unique, variety and enjoyable are three words Styles said described his act. He is currently on tour performing at various colleges around the nation. “I like that students can be wild,” Styles said. “When they are interactive, I myself as the performer enjoy performing more. Younger ages sometimes don’t respect the talent as much as older ages; this is the only hard part.” From Grand Rapids, Mich., Styles has been performing on stage since the second grade, his first being impersonating Michael Jackson in full costume, moonwalk included. For this en-

tertainer, who has mastered more than 60 impressions, it is all about making people laugh and smile. “Singing impressions is a rare talent,” Styles said. “It’s not how many impression you can do it’s how many you can do well. I do love being a well-respected magician also, but my voice I think of as a magic trick itself.” The Michael Jackson impression took years to prefect, Styles said. That impression along with Janis Joplin is his favorites to perform. Jim Carrey, Chris Farley, Napoleon Dynamite and other stupid humor are what make Styles laugh. Sophomore Leslie Majors has seen Styles perform in the past and calls him “surprisingly

hilarious.” “It was totally not what I was expecting,” Majors said. “He surprises you because you see him on stage and you think ‘this kid won’t be funny’ and he is. These impressions are on point and I hope to see him again at Midwestern.” For students interested in careers in comedy, Styles advises them to be unique and the make all material original. “Don’t think you know it all,” Styles said. “Study the business and find good people who have been there and done it.” University Programming Board’s next event will be Game Night Thursday in the Clark Student Center at 7 p.m.

All-around entertainer Branson Styles shows off one of his unique magic tricks. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

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House budget leaves room for improvement Late Sunday night, the Texas House of Representatives voted 98-49 to approve House Bill 1 (HB1), a budget plan for 2012-13 that many have described as a “worst-case scenario” means of coping with a projected statewide deficit as high as $27 billion. This proposed budget for the next biennium would amount to $23 billion less than the current budget (2010-11). Most state agencies, including social services, public education and higher education would endure deep – if not devastating – funding cuts if HB1 becomes law. According to transcripts from the debates on HB1, many representatives were aware that their proposed budget could cripple crucial state-funded programs. Unfortunately, these lawmakers failed to come up with any viable alternative plans. The Texas House has only itself to blame. Lawmakers tied their own hands from the outset by stipulating that the

budget must be balanced without resorting to tax increases or dipping into the state’s rainy day fund. The same lawmakers don’t hesitate to urge state agencies to draw from their own surplus funds in an attempt to partially offset the House’s proposed budget cuts. Opponents of the bill argue that the budget plan fails to plan for (or even acknowledge) expected growth. If expectations are realized, more Texans will attend public schools, move into nursing homes, and apply for state-funded financial aid programs in 2012-13 than in the past biennium. HB1 doesn’t make allowances for growth. It just makes cuts. Balancing the budget is crucial and difficult task. Each proposed cut will obviously be met with opposition by those who will be impacted most. None of these decisions will be easy – none of them should be. These cuts represent more than just amounts on a bal-

ance sheet. Every bit of funding that is pulled has a real, human impact. But instead of addressing these concerns, representatives seemed to throw up their hands and admit defeat as they passed HB1 Sunday night. Thankfully, the process is far from over. Before a budget can become law, the Senate must pass its own budget proposal, any differences between the two must be ironed out in Conference Committee Hearings, a finalized bill must be passed in the House and Senate, and the governor must either sign it into law or veto it. In other words, there is a chance that the outlook for 2012-13 could improve before it’s all said and done. As Representative Harold Dutton (D-Houston) said, “Thank God for the Senate.” Maybe Senators can find a way to bridge the gap without unreasonably undermining crucia programs in the process.

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Texas legislature fails to reform education when it’s needed most

Congress should strengthen rules concerning for-profit colleges McClatchy-Tribune News Service MCT

For-profit colleges have successfully marketed a compelling story in which they star front and center as benevolent purveyors of the American dream through education and gainful employment. The reality is the complete opposite. Former students testified before a U.S. Senate oversight committee this month about exorbitant tuition costs and unfulfilled promises of good jobs. One student spoke of completing a program in videogame design and ending up in the video games section of a Toys R Us. Solutions include tougher gainful-employment rules crafted by the federal Department of Education. The long-awaited standards would ensure career and vocational programs adequately

prepare students for employment. A key part of the rules requires colleges to consider whether students will actually earn enough to repay their loans. For-profit career colleges enroll about 10 percent of all students but account for 25 percent of federal student aid and 48 percent of all federal student loan defaults. Huge profits are made on federal aid; student success is secondary. The new rules have run into trouble. The House passed a bill preventing the Education Department from enforcing the rules. Similar legislation is in the Senate. Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell must be part of the effort blocking the legislation, an unabashed end run around accountability measures. Federal rules already require career education programs receiving federal student aid to

prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” But enforcement was based on an honor system, in which institutions checked a box. The new rules add clarity and structure, but they aren’t as tough as career colleges are proclaiming. They would deem a career program ineligible for federal student aid only if less than 35 percent of students are repaying their loans. Plus, students would have to have a debt burden of at least 12 percent of their total income. Programs falling on the wrong side of these rules deserve to be dinged. For-profit institutions have dispatched scores of lobbyists to Congress to gin up sympathy for their argument that tougher rules decrease educational choices. No, just the toxic ones.

Texas is trying to close a gap in the budget of nearly $27 billion. A budget of $164.5 billion (a $23 billion cut) passed the Texas House on Sunday and is making its way to the Texas Senate. The budget debate has focused strongly around one particular area, and that is education. The highest estimates say that the new budget being passed by the legislature in Austin will cost around 100,000 school district jobs over the next two years. Students at Midwestern State should pay attention, not just because of the belt tightening that is happening at the university itself, but because of the 700 or so students enrolled in the West College of Education. Education in the United States, and Texas in particular, has been on a downward slope for some time and it does not look like it is going to be getting any better. From 1995 to 2008 the United States went from number 2 in the world for college graduation rates to number 13. U.S. scores from the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment, the main tool used to evaluate the academic levels of different nations, was bleak. Among 15 year olds from 34 developed countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math. The city of Shanghai in China, with an average income and GDP far below the U.S., outscored Americans in every category by leaps and bounds. Money is not everything, or anything, in education. Texas’s population is 51st (the 50 states plus Washington D.C.) in the country in terms of possessing a high school diploma, with 79.6% of the population having one. Part of those sad numbers is the amount of immigrants who move to Texas as adults without possessing a high school diploma. Not all adult immigrants are interested in not working and going back to school. But even with that caveat, and noting that the entire country deals with immigration, it is pretty pathetic to see Texas in that light. Texas is ranked 43rd in the nation in high school graduation rates, with 61.3% of stu-

Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor dents who enroll in 9th grade graduating. More than a third of Texan 9th graders will not earn their high school diploma. And it is not like the situation is getting any better - the amount of students graduating has been decreasing rapidly over the past decade, where Texas started out at 35th. That goes beyond pathetic to tragic. The problem is not funding. Funding on nearly all levels has been going through the roof since the establishment of the Department of Education in 1979. In 2008-2009 Texas spent $11,084 per pupil, up from $5,857 in 1998-1999. If that number had grown according to inflation the figure would be $7,545; however, only $4,831 of that $11,084 went to anything that the Texas Education Agency defines as instructional expenses. Money is clearly not the solution for the educational woes of Texas. The legislature in Austin is not handling this the right way, and that is not because they are slashing funding. It is because they are focused only the funding. Competition breeds success. That is the cornerstone of capitalism and by default, the United States. The same is true for education. Maybe not from a student’s perspective, but certainly from an administrator’s or educator’s position. The legislature should seriously consider completely rethinking the way education is done in Texas. If something is not changed drastically Texas will become one of the least educated regions in the free world.

One option that needs to be considered is a total restructuring of the way that local schools are funded and who controls that funding. Of the estimated $37.8 in education funding in Texas, about half is directly from local taxes and none of it currently comes from general revenue. Texas should consider applying a voucher system similar to what is used in Cleveland and Milwaukee. In these cities parents can choose to take their property tax payments and apply to a private school instead of the local independent district. Essentially, if a family wants to use private education they do not get taxed twice for it. Private education in the United States has always been leaps and bounds above public education, and a lot of that comes down to funding and economic background. If the parents have the money to send their kids to school on top of their regular property taxes they are not going to let their kids fail. Where public education high school graduates tend to go to college at a 6065% rate, it is closer to 90-95% for private education. Taking property taxes and allowing parents to apply those funds to a better educational institution erases the income gap problem that private education presents. By giving parents the money to fund direct competition to the failing public education system in Texas both systems will improve. Besides putting funding into the educational sector where it previously was not (and therefore creating jobs for those who are losing their jobs to a balanced budget), the voucher program takes money away from the public sector when it is performing inadequately, which is exactly the situation now. A drive to provide a better education and regain previous funding will inevitably arise in the public sector. And a drive to keep the newfound funding will be a key incentive for the private sector to educate children better. Texas education is in a sinkhole and the current budget battle is not the problem. But it is not even close to the solution.

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MUSTAFA..................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 cal missions to his native counthe end of your lifetime and realize try of Palestine, but he has also you really haven’t done much. You done volunteer work in Syria, haven’t left a legacy.” Lebanon and Morocco, among Mustafa has never been paid to other nations. His team has permake philanthropy trips as part of formed 1,462 free medical proPhysicians for Peace. In fact, he pays cedures and has made 6,400 conhis own way for every mission. He sultations. also shuts down his practice for a When Mustafa was growweek, which sometimes costs him ing up in 1940s Palestine, docclients. Physicians for Peace has estors were few and far between. timated the value of the services his He said Israelis increasingly enteam has contributed to the needy croached on Palestinian farmat $4.92 million. It has also donated land, causing the Palestinians to $4.8 million of in-kind supplies. But actively pursue education instead it’s all worth it to Mustafa. of agriculture. Since Palestine did “I see value in it,” he said. “There not have a medical school at the is a joy in feeling like you’re helptime, Mustafa moved to Egypt to ing a fellow human being. It’s very study medicine. rewarding. I call it ‘psychic income.’ “A country (Palestine) with And that psychic income is not barely any water and no natural something you can put a dollar value resources lost its farmland,” he to.” said. “It could hardly create an Mustafa said that he has been existence for its people. People frustrated by mission trips before, were struggling to make a life for but he hasn’t ever considered haltthemselves. When you have a lot ing his participation in the organiof energy, but no assets, all you zation. Sometimes the pace of work Mustafa holding a discussion with other doctors on one of his medical is too slow, and sometimes Mustafa have to offer are your services.” And so Mustafa struck out to missions to Palestine. (Photo courtesy) has been harassed by guards at roadcultivate the only service he had to blocks or in airports. The travel has a something you need. You learn to to cancel a couple overseas trips be- tendency to wear him out, too. offer – surgery. cause of fighting in the region. After obtaining his medical de- adjust to the situation.” “Traveling overseas is very physiSome of the people Mustafa treats “I came across very uncomfort- cally tiring, because you get over gree in Egypt, Mustafa began to perform general surgical procedures overseas are born with deformities. able situations many times at check- there and hit the road running,” he in Washington, D.C., at D.C. Gen- Others are scarred by accidents. Then points and stuff,” he said. “Ver- said. “Then you get back and you eral Hospital. At the time, he said, there are those who are victims of bal abuse is just taken for granted. really have to work hard because the hospital was known as “the knife the seemingly immortal skirmishing Physical abuse can happen at the things stack up on your desk.” and gun club” because the area was between the two factions vying for drop of a hat.” But this is a labor of love for Muscontrol over Palestine. Mustafa recalled one trip where tafa – he wouldn’t practice medivery dangerous. “There are people with facial he was driving on a side street to cine without volunteering. He had After working there for four years, burns or who have been paralyzed avoid conflicts on the main Pales- planned on participating in mission Mustafa was admitted to Brown in wars,” he said. “People who have tinian roads. University in Rhode Island, where trips in conjunction with practicing had their nerves shot, their hands “The soldiers were everywhere. surgery all along. he earned his license to practice plastic surgery. After his two-year deformed or totally disfigured and They were trying to grab anybody to “I’ve maintained that as part of beat them up.” stint at Brown, he opened his prac- made functionless.” my practice from day one,” he said. Mustafa’s medical missions have His car pulled up in front of a tice in Wichita Falls in 1982. Mustafa said that once he retires, attempted to help heal the wounds roadblock guarded by Israeli sol- he plans to volunteer full time at He’s been here ever since. “In those days, if you wanted to – physical and otherwise – in his diers. They were forcing Palestin- Physicians for Peace. ians to clean up dirt and trash in the establish yourself, you would go to embattled homeland. He said conflict between the Isstreet at gunpoint. the Mecca of medicine,” he said. raelis and the Palestinians is a lead“They wanted to take me out of “That was the United States.” ing factor in the violence that erupts my car to pick up trash in Mustafa said he couldn’t recall in the nation’s streets daily. In large the street, which I didn’t any traumatic event he experienced part, religion and clashing ideolowant to have anything to in childhood that played a role in gies fuel this fire. do with,” he said. “I tried his decision to become a surgeon. Mustafa said he is not religious. to reason with them, tell He had no heartwarming anecdote “That’s where the problem is – in them I’m a medical visitor, to offer. It was a choice he made bereligious or extremist people that but no, no, no. They didn’t cause it made the most sense. turn the area into flames,” he said. listen to any of that. ‘You “I don’t remember having a medi“It’s going to take some people who do it or you get shot.’” they cal experience that propelled me into put nationalism and religion aside told him. medicine. And I don’t remember A group of children any family members who got really and deal with each other on the level of a human being to a human being. started throwing stones sick so that I had the impetus to do When they reach that understandat the guards, trying to so,” he said. “But it was something ing, I believe there will be a soludistract them. The guards everybody was trying to do in those tion.” chased off after them and days. You got into medicine if you Mustafa said the mission he reMustafa jumped back into were competitive enough – it was a profession that was very highly members the most vividly was the his car and sped away respected and badly needed. If you first one he went on in 1988. It was quickly. “Many, many things were a doctor, you were seen as the the year the first uprising broke out in the West Bank, a landlocked relike that have happened,” leader of the community, not just a gion of the Palestinian territories. he said. healer. ” “By the time we were about The doctor said that When Mustafa began volunteerto head there, the area was up in the world is smaller than ing his services internationally, he flames,” he said. “There were hardly many people may think followed the lead of a Virginia docany people on the street. There were it is. One thing Mustafa’s tor named Charles Horton. armed soldiers roaming around evinternational work has “The guy was training physicians erywhere.” taught him is this: what from all over the world,” he said. “He He said children as young as 10 happens in one disparate was getting Israeli doctors, Palestinyears old were fighting a very socorner of the planet can ian doctors, Judean doctors. Doctors phisticated Israeli military force by and will impact people who, over there, don’t talk to each on the other side of the other. They come here, in the medi- throwing stones at them. “It was a symbolic act of resisglobe. cal environment, and they’re coltance – they didn’t have any guns,” “You’re living in Wichleagues. They even become friends.” he said. “Many of them were shot. I ita Falls, but what’s hapThis is how Horton came up with saw a young man shot in the heart. pening in Libya will affect the idea to organize Physicians for I’ve seen soldiers march into the opyour way of life,” he said. Peace in the late 1980s. He died in erating room and try to take a pa“It affects the cost of the 2006. tient off the bed.” food you eat, the cost of Mustafa said he worked with One man who was shot, a Palesrunning your car. If it gets Horton on the project from the betinian, was rushed to the hospital bad, you might end up ginning and accompanied him on Mustafa was volunteering at, but getting drafted, God fortheir first mission to Palestine. He died upon arrival. It wasn’t the docbid.” has been leading the missions ever tor’s first encounter with death, but But there’s more to it since. it was one of the most memorable. than just thinking globPhysicians for Peace has blos“Have I seen death in my surally. Mustafa pleaded that somed with hundreds of doctors gery training? Yes. I’ve seen plenty,” people think about more serving in more than 50 countries. Rain Date April 30th 2011 he said. “But I think about it every than just their own dayThey take on 45 -55 missions annuday.” to-day existences – that ally. Door Prizes He said he wasn’t afraid when he they sacrifice their own “We have ongoing programs in many parts of the world,” he said, was caught in the uprising, although time and energy for the Concessions Available sake of others. “and we can’t even accommodate all he probably should have been. “When you’re in the middle of “It does require, for the of the potential volunteers.” things like that, there’s so many world to have any stabilMustafa said that although medithings going on that being scared ity, that people are there cine is universal, the circumstances Proceeds To Benefit isn’t as prominent in your thinking to lend a helping hand,” of treatment are as ever-changing as as trying to get the job done. When Mustafa said. “To do a 2011 FCC Youth Mission Trip the volatile politics of Palestine. “Whether you treat a patient in you look at it from the outside, you gesture for which they For More Information Contact Wichita Falls, Egypt, Morocco, or start thinking, ‘Wow, that wasn’t a don’t expect anything in fun place to be.’” return. I think life withJames Blasi @ 940-733-5125 Nicaragua, medicine is medicine For the most part, Mustafa doesn’t out a purpose is not necwherever you go, but the setup is Scott James @ 940-704-3365 different,” he said. “Here, you have put himself in dangerous situa- essarily worth living. You everything you could possibly ask tions during medical missions. But spend your life eating and for. Over there, you’re lucky to find running into trouble in Palestine is drinking and shopping sometimes unavoidable. He has had and then you look back at

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MSU, Sheppard Air Force Base and First Step Inc. presented the 10th Annual Speak Up Speak Out! conference Tuesday. Debra Higginbotham, director of Disability Services, started the event originally to encourage students to “speak up and speak out” against sexual assault and domestic violence. “This event is to educate students on these issues because knowledge is power. It can also reinforce ideas they already know,” Higginbotham said. Laura Woods Fidelie, criminal justice professor, presented the legal issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. “The most common mistake


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people make are trying to work around the legal system rather than within it,” Fidelie said. Fidelie is also an attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, with experience in sexual assault and domestic violence with the family court system. “I have dealt with these issues many times, particularly as they pertain to child custody and child support decisions,” Fidelie said. Junior Melissa Brookstone is a victim of sexual assault who attended the ‘How Offenders Operate’ session. She now wishes she would’ve been taught these characteristic before she was assaulted. Michael Riley from Praesidum, Inc., an abuse risk man-

agement organization in Arlington, presented a session on the common behavior of sexual offenders. “When he said that 4.5 million school children are bused in a school setting I was completely shocked,” Brookstone said. “As an education major, that statistic is just a portion of what I am up against.” Access, privacy and control (APC) are how adult offenders operate, Riley said. There are also three types of adolescent offenders: preference for children, sexual response to a non-sexual problem, and sexual curiosity. “This is a great opportunity to educate students about sexual assault and domestic violence issues and the way that these

problems can be handled and prevented,” Fidelie said. “This is also a great opportunity to bring other professionals from the local community to the MSU campus.” Speak Up, Speak Out continues Wednesday with some of the following events: 8:00 AM - Mind of the Sexual Predator - Camche Suites 9:30 AM - Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (Caution: Graphic Material) - Wichita I & II 11:00 AM - Predator Protection: Exploring Dangers of Online Communities 1:30 PM - Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault - Camanche Suites 3:00 PM - Sexually Transmitted Disease - Wichita I & II

(Left) Officer Jason Jones from the Wichita Falls Police Dept. explained the Wichita Falls sex offender breakdown at the Speak Up, Speak Out conference Tuesday. According to the Wichita Falls Police department, 200 registered sex offenders currently living in the city of 105,000. (Right) MSU student participate in several martial arts disciplines in the ‘Target Intervention Course for Women’ class taught by licensed target hardening self-dense instructors from Sheppard Air Force Base. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann and Chris Collins)

Facts about sexual assault, domestic violence and bullying.... These statistics were presented from United Regional Sexual Assault Nurse Examines and the Speak Up Speak Out! conference in the ‘Legal Issues of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence,’ ‘Sex Offenders and Law Enforcement’ and ‘Bullying, Gay Youth, and Suicide’ sessions. Sexual assault is the most rapidly growing violent crime in American.

10% of the violence deaths in America are strangulation - most commonly used in family violence cases

Wichita Falls has an average 13 reported sexual assaults every month

Only 11lbs of pressure, weight to pull a trigger, is needed in strangulation to cause unconsciousness or death

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students are 3 times more likely to feel school is unsafe

In Wichita Falls, there are 117 reported victims, under the age of 17, of sexual assault. 60 of them are with relatives while 41 are with friends.

WOMAN......................................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 fessor has only risen 14 percent, from 10 percent to 24 percent. “It shows that men are disproportionately promoted to full professor over women,” White said. White said that trying to

balance her family life – she has one son and a husband – with her professional life sometimes poses problems. “It’s kind of a cycle of which fire’s burning at the moment,” she said. Before she finished speak-

ing, White left the audience with some advice: “We have to empower ourselves,” she said. “I’m the queer dyke on campus,” said Dr. Julie Wood to begin her section of the discussion.

She said she and some of her friends in rural Iowa started women’s sports, such as tennis, track and volleyball, at their high school. “You have women’s scholarships today because of my friends,” she said.

Phyllis Cowling said she has a male mentor to thank for her success. He gave her a chance to run a company, at the same time giving her a chance to succeed in the business world. “My CEO saw something

in me that I didn’t even see in myself,” she said. “He have me the opportunity for leadership. Don’t disregard the idea of male mentorship as well.”

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‘Romeo & Juliet’ The Midwestern State University Theatre will present their latest production, “Romeo & Juliet,” Thursday through Sunday. The Bard’s tale of star-crossed lovers has been told many times but MSU treatricans have given it their own unique spin. The play will be performed Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a matinée showing on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Fain Fine Arts Center Theatre. Admission is free for MSU students, staff and faculty with valid ID. It is $8 for general admission and $7 for reduced admission, which includeshigh school and elementary students, millitary personnel and senior citizen (55 and older) .

The Kills Blood Pressures

After Alison Mosshart’s successful run with the Dead Weather, The kill reunite and deliver a superb album that shows a new lyrical maturity. The Verdict: 4/4 – A Must Have

Dirty Beaches Badlands

Chinese-American Alex Zhang Hungtai has generated quite a buzz with his nostalgic EP filled with lo-fi basement rock inspired by ‘50s cool. The Verdict: 3/4 - Deserves a Listen

Peter Bjorn and John Gimme Some

Sweden’s PB&J once again alter their sound, leaning more towards the indie-pop friendliness of Writer’s Block with a punk rock edge. The Verdict: 3/4 – Deserves a Listen

Anna Spivey (Mercutio) and Devon Farnsworth (Tybalt) in “Romeo & Juliet.” Purchase your tickets at the MSU theatre box office or receive your ticket at the door. (Photo courtesy)

Couric expected to leave ‘CBS Evening News’

Scott Pelley, from “60 Minutes,” or Harry Smith or someone else certainly could fill the When offered the chance to role, if drafted by new CBS make history, Katie Couric took News boss Jeff Fager, who doubles as the executive producer of it. “60 Minutes.” The money was easy. In the meantime, amid all the Being everything CBS News talk of Couric’s fate, The New needed was anything but. York Times reported she was The expectations heaped upon preparing to leave Tuesday for Couric as the first solo female a long-planned reporting trip to anchor of a U.S. broadcast netIraq. work newscast were exceeded If the CBS anchor job is less only by the hype. than it once was, Couric, 54, is Both were amplified and unnot necessarily the reason. It was done by the Hollywood superRather who ceded the No. 1 spot star-size paycheck CBS had in the ratings, and that was in given her, and almost none of it 1989 after 22 years. seemed rooted in reality. And it was Rather’s “memoLooking back, the only thing gate” scandal that hurt morale in, “The CBS Evening News with and greased his exit from, a news Katie Couric” truly reinvented division already diminished by was the launch playbook going years of budget cuts when inherforward: Never again will the ited by Couric. debut of any newscast or newsAlthough collectively evecaster be promoted like the latning news audiences continue to est cinematic gem from Jennifer shrink, they remain formidable, Aniston, a PR campaign that can especially compared with cable fuel a strong opening but almost news outlets. ensures a fast fade. Still, it’s hard to imagine a It is presumed historic Coureturn to the days when Rathric, whose five-year contract to er, ABC’s Peter Jennings and front “The CBS Evening News” NBC’s Tom Brokaw each led expires in June, will leave the their respective networks’ news vaunted anchor desk of Douglas departments over two decades Edwards, Walter Cronkite, Dan like a media Mount Rushmore. Rather and Bob Schieffer.





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The Raveonettes Raven in the Grave

This Danish duo attempt to graner more accalim stateside by adding a lighter touch to the same fuzzed-out, surf-inspired rock they’re known for. The Verdict: 3/4 - Deserves a Listen

Whatever transition there is at CBS likely will be occasioned by little fanfare, like Diane Sawyer’s late 2009 replacement of ABC’s Charles Gibson, who fronted “World News” for only 3 1/2 years. NBC, led by Brian Williams, continues to be No. 1, but it took Brokaw, his predecessor, 14 years to gain that top spot. Most informed speculation of late — and it will remain speculation until someone actually announces something on letterhead or at least with their names attached — has Couric leaving “Evening News” to host her own syndicated daytime program in tandem with some other position somewhere. If she were to stay with CBS, for example, she might remain a presence on “60 Minutes.” But there have been talks with others, including ABC, NBC and CNN. The syndication effort is expected to launch in the fall of 2012, giving a one-year head start to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and everyone else hoping to fill the void left by Oprah Winfrey retiring her daytime juggernaut. A daytime show would enable Couric to draw on the very strengths that made her so powerful on “Today,” including the ability to shift from serious to soft in the time it takes to turn from one camera to another, and her skills as an interviewer. These assets were briefly incorporated in her CBS news-


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casts, but they never really fit. They were discarded with all of CBS boss Leslie Moonves’ rhetoric of remaking the nightly news for a new generation that seems to get its headlines from media that didn’t exist when the network newscasts were in their heyday. Couric’s famous CBS interview of 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was reminiscent of her best “Today” work, showing that behind that warm smile were teeth capable of leaving a mark. But save for a ratings surge that greeted Couric’s muchpromoted debut as successor to Schieffer in September 2006, “The CBS Evening News” has been ceding ground ever since, despite honors such as the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2008 and again in 2009. Tuesday is the fifth anniversary of Couric’s announcement that she planned to leave the gilded cage of “Today” after a decade and a half as co-host. The following April, just seven months after her 2006 CBS debut, the Philadelphia Inquirer called her “an expensive, unfixable mistake” and, citing unnamed sources, reported Couric might “leave ‘CBS Evening News,’ probably after the 2008 presidential elections, to assume another role at the network.” In April 2008, The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed

sources, reported that “after two years of record-low ratings” she was “likely to leave the network well before her contract expires in 2011 — possibly soon after the presidential inauguration in” early 2009. These “Couric is leaving CBS” reports have practically been a

rite of spring, like the northern migration of birds, turning the clocks forward and watching your NCAA basketball officepool entry go bust. Some April it was bound to be true.

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New on DVD:

‘Country Strong’

Before Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltow was guest starring on Glee and performing with Cee-Lo at this year’s Grammy Awards, she was portraying an unstable Nashville star, Kelly Canter, in ‘Country Strong.’ This drama is centered on a rising country music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with Carter. Together, they hit the road on her comeback tour, which leads to romantic conflicts involving her husband/ manager (McGraw) and beauty-queen- turned-singer (Meester). The DVD includes: - Deleted scenes - “Shake That Thing” Extended Performance - Original Ending - “Country Strong” by Gwyneth Paltrow - Music Video

DVD released: April, 12 2011 Genres: Drama, Music Starring: Gwyneth Paltow, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content Running Time: 1 hours 52 minutes

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April 6, 2011

Going barefoot for a cause Hannah Hofmann Photo Editor

How does it feel to walk without shoes? This is an experience many children in Third World countries have to go through every day. The company TOMS Shoes decided to dedicate April 5 to raising awareness and called upon thousands of people to go a day without shoes. Brandi Stroud, a senior mass communication major, participated in the event and walked barefoot all across campus. “People don’t think about something so basic,” Stroud said. “Here in America everyone has a pair of shoes. Going a day without shoes builds empathy and helps raise awareness.” She added that many people stopped her, won-

dering why she wasn’t wearing any shoes. Stroud felt encouraged that her participation in this event was able to get people’s attention, and said she was glad to explain the background of the TOMS movement as well as the no-shoes challenge. “I’m not saying that not wearing shoes is going to save all these children, but by doing this small part it helps raise awareness and helps to start a chain reaction,” she said. Stroud first heard about the no-shoes challenge during last year’s event via a blog on YouTube. Stroud explained that she has definitely noticed a change in the number of people wearing TOMS over the past year, supporting its cause. The company donates a pair of shoes to a child in a Third World country for Brandi Stroud went barefoot on April 5. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann) every shoe sold.

Bart Crow plans album release party at Iron Horse Pub

Brittney Cottingham Entertainment Editor “ Yeah, I waste my time and I waste my money on a broken dream ‘cause you wouldn’t wear my ring. Baby, give me back my ring.” Those lyrics are known by many MSU students fans of Red Dirt music. Texas music star Bart Crow will be having an album release party on Friday night at Iron Horse Pub. Crow, who has been called a “college crowd favorite,” new album Brewster Street Live was released March 1st.

The army veteran turned musician recorded this live record at the historic Corpus Christi venue Brewster Street, which he is the only artist to ever do so. With over 30,000 albums sold independently and over 30,00 digital downloads, Crow is known for showcasing a unique style of country rock. Crow will be performing at the album release party as well Brazon Stone. The album release party starts at 9:30 PM at Iron Horse Pub on Friday, April 8th.

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Brewster Street Live 1. Driftin’ In The Wind 2. She’s The Only Reason 3. Run With The Devil 4. Understand 5. Hollywood 6. Broken 7. Trade It All For Love 8. Tami 9. All I Need. 10. Change 11. Say’n Goodbye 12. Some Days I Don’t 13. I Still Think About Her 14. Wear My Ring (Little Angel With The Bottle) 15. Backdown 16. Not Going Crazy

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Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor The MSU tennis teams caused a racket this past weekend when they successfully swiped victories onto their records. First, the women took down Northeastern State, this first time since 2000, with a score of 6-3. The Lady Mustangs were strong in their efforts in the singles. They took the first four spots, allowing Northeastern to claim 5th and 6th. Rozike van Rensburg defeated Michaela Romanova for the no. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-4. Coming in at no. 2, Alex Odell-Michels nitched Karolina Chichon, 6-1, 6-3. Leah Roberts filled the no. 3 position as she took down Agata Skorupska with scores of 6-3 and 6-2. In the no. 4 spot, Abbie Lewis rolled over Houda Bellamine, 6-4, 6-0. Drilling into the doubles, the Lady Mustangs, took honors in the no.1 and 3 positions, allowing Northeastern to have no. 2. Odell-Michels teamed with van Rensburg to take down Romanova and Bellamine, 8-6. Northeastern’s Belejova and Mallem took down Roberts and Lewis for the no. 2 slot, 8-6. Huse and Holcomb teamed together to do damage against Cichon and Skorupska, 8-3. The next day, the men’s and women’s teams stayed on the homecourt to knock out St. Mary’s. First, the women’s team picked up their 5th straight victory with a score of 5-0. Only two singles matches were held, Holcomb beat down Anita Qureshi, 6-2, 6-0. Then Huse popped a fuse to take the

win against Rachel Gutierrez, 6-0, 6-0. St. Mary’s decided to call off the rest of the singles matches unfinished. Into the doubles, Odell-Michels and ven Rensburg teamed up to do work upon Mimi Soy and Erica Carmona for the no. 1 spot, 8-0. Huse and Holcomb gained honors at no. 2 with a score of 8-2, beating Kelly Cooper and Huong Huynh. Finishing up at no. 2 was Roberts and Lewis who defeated Qureshi and Gutierrez, 8-0. Onto the men’s rounds, the Mustangs couldn’t feel the sting of the Rattler’s bite as they took down St. Mary’s, 9-0. In the singles matches, Mario Urban and Vjekoslac Stipanic won automatically as St. Mary’s Marcin Marczewski and Andrej Klipa were succumbed to injuries. At no. 3, Luke Joyce took down Guy Rutten 6-2, 6-1. Then Bo Zaputovic claimed the no. 4 position with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Nestor Moreno. Austraila’s own Rory de Boer defeated Jake Williams to give MSU the no. 5 advantage but not without having a tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-2, 10-3. Jarrod Liston finished up the pack at no. 6 with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Carlos Olea. In the doubles, Stipanic and Joyce took no. 1 honors, taking down Marczewiski and Rutten, 8-5. Meeks and Liston claimed no. 2 with an 8-5 victory over Williams and Klipa. Rounding up the doubles at no. 3 was Urban and de Boer beating Moreno and Nicholas Moreno, 8-0. Next, both teams take on Incarnate Word this Thursday at the MSU Tennis courts. First serve is set for noon.

Fly-half Aaron Alvarez. (Photo by Bobby Johnstonbaugh)

Rugby wins last game at home, 52-5 Damian Atamenwan For the Wichitan

MSU rugby ended the semester with a win against the University of Dallas in a friendly game on Saturday. Early tactical plays allowed fly-half Aaron Alvarez to set Devyn Sutton up for a fifth minute try. Hooker Royse Lee scored off a penalty to increase MSU’s advantage. Alvarez converted making the score 14-0. MSU took advantage of breaches in UD’s defense as Soopy Musarurwa scored a double before the break. Alvarez converted both, giving MSU a 28-5 lead at halftime.

The second half started well for MSU who had multiple scoring chances. Team captain Mo Aboukar registered the first score of the half after picking the ball from a maul and making a 12-yard run. The first try came off a pass from Musarurwa while a textbook backhand pass from eightman Samba Madzima instigated the second. With little time on the clock, the score was 52-5. Scrum-half Zach Henson made a strong drive down to the 10-yard line and set full-back Damian Atamenwan for the touchdown that sealed the victory.

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All hail the Huskies! Shannon Ryan MCT Since arriving in Texas last week, Kemba Walker had visions. Snipping nets. Hearing “One Shining Moment.” Confetti floating around him. While the scene is an annual tradition, Walker accurately imagined himself and his Huskies teammates in the sea of red, white and blue streamers that drifted onto the Reliant Stadium court Monday night after a 53-41 victory over Butler in a game that was more slugfest than slamfest. “I feel like I’m dreaming,” said Walker, who scored 16 points and won the most outstanding player award in front of 70,376 fans. It was hard for anyone to envision, harder still for many to watch. It was the lowest-scoring championship game since 1949.

Butler forward Gordon Hayward’s halfcourt shot clanging off the rim to lose a heartbreaker to Duke was the lasting memory from 2010’s championship. This season’s title game for the Bulldogs featured a number of misses — 52 to be exact — for Butler fans to stew over until fall. The Bulldogs shot a recordlow 18.8 percent, struggling against Connecticut’s defensive length and taking shots that appeared aimed at Hinkle Fieldhouse. “(Coach Jim Calhoun) just told us we’d have to outwill and outwork (Butler),” said Connecticut center Alex Oriakhi, who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He helped Connecticut outscore Butler 26-2 in the paint. The Bulldogs joined Michigan’s Fab Five squads in 1992 and ‘93 and Houston in 1983 and ‘84 to lose consecutive

championship games. The victory places Calhoun in an elite group of coaches who have won three championships, joining Adolph Rupp, John Wooden, Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. That might balance his legacy after being involved in an NCAA investigation that will see him suspended three games next season — if he chooses to return for a 40th season. “I love my coaching, I love my team,” he said. Calhoun’s Huskies made Butler work for every basket — all 12 out of 64 attempts. Connecticut’s 19 points after halftime, when it trailed by three, were the fewest by a team since 1960. Calhoun said he told his players in the locker room, “You’re too good for this.” The Huskies found their stroke, hitting 41.7 percent after halftime. Butler shot blindfolded, going just 6 of 37 afterward. Guard Shelvin Mack scored

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Conference championship in 2010. “We’ve built a mindset to win each game and have all the tools here to be highly competitive at the national level,” Haggerty said. “From the supThe consensus is clear. It’s high time for the Nelson Haggerty era to port of Dr. ( Jesse W.) Rogers, Charlie Carr and the great people in this community. We have the begin at Midwestern State University. “There is no question Nelson can lead us to support to win.” Success is nothing new to Haggerty whose a national chamfingerprints were all over successful campaigns in pionship,” MSU stops as an assistant coach at Hutchinson ComAthletic Direcmunity College, North Shore High School, Pittstor Charlie Carr burg State and finally Central Missouri. said. “It is a treHaggerty served an assistant for a year under mendous asset Tim Jankovich - the current head man at Illinois to be able to find State - at Hutchinson as he helped the Dragons the best man for to a 20-win campaign and a No. 4 national rankthe job already in ing in 1998-99 before returning to Texas to purplace.” sue his undergraduate degree from Baylor. As MSU’s While continuing his education, he remained ninth men’s basactive as an assistant coach at North Shore High ketball coach, in Houston while helping the Mustangs to a 28-3 Haggerty will be mark in 2001-02 before receiving a call from forput to the task of mer Baylor coach Gene Iba to join the Pittsburg building on a legState staff as a graduate assistant. acy he has worked There, he helped the Gorillas to a 48-38 record Haggerty to construct over including an NCAA Division II tournament apthe past two seasons as the top assistant under Grant McCasland, who pearance before moving on to take a full-time asaccepted the same position at Abilene Christian sistant position under Kim Anderson at Central Missouri. last week. That’s where the success really began to take “My goal in coming here was to win a national championship. We’ve been so close over the past form as the Mules notched to 30-win campaigns two years and now we plan on finishing the job,” and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2007 and 2009 Haggerty said. “I can’t think of a better group of while compiling a stellar 79-19 mark before he guys to go into this with than the nine we have again returned to Texas with MSU. Haggerty is joined by his wife, Krissie, and returning.” The Mustangs posted a 56-12 mark over the three children including son - Darien (9) - and past two season which included two NCAA Di- two daughters - Avya (3) and Aniya (4 weeks). vision II Elite Eight appearances and a Lone Star

MSU cycling gains honors at home race

The MSU cycling team earned a variety of awards in the home race, the team stands at 1st place nationally. (Photo by Loren Eggenschwiler)

13 points on 4 of 15 shooting. Forward Matt Howard was just 1 of 13 from the floor for seven points. Connecticut freshman guard Jeremy Lamb lifted the Huskies when they needed it, scoring all 12 of his points after halftime. When the buzzer sounded, Walker ran to a corner of the court to soak up adoring fans’ cheers, while Butler walked in a daze toward the sideline. It was almost just as Walker pictured it. But who could have predicted the Huskies’ dizzying season that included an unranked preseason start, a Maui Invitational championship, a regular-season meltdown and a Big East tournament title with five wins in five days? And now another banner to take home.

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MSU softball takes 1st at LSC Crossover! Win over Angelo State, 8-0 Win over Abilene Christian. 9-2 Win over Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2-0 Win over West Texas A&M, 2-0 Win over Texas Women’s, 11-1 Loss to Tarleton State, 2-1

April 6, 2011  

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April 6, 2011  

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