THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University
Honors course relives the ’60s
Wednesday Dec. 5, 2007
Graduating stressful for many DEON NEWSOM FOR THE WICHITAN
CHRIS COLLINS STAFF REPORTER About 10 a.m. on a Monday morning, students ﬁle into Dillard 131, some by themselves, others in groups of two or three. Most can hear music drifting from the classroom’s speakers before they enter. Some take notice of the tune and hum along as they shufﬂe up the aisles to their seats. Some talk quietly over the din. The song – cult ’60’s rockers The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Daydream” – casts an interesting soundtrack over the beginning of another day in Dr. Mark Farris’ Honors Introductory Seminar. This semester the course dealt with every aspect of the 1960s, from music to mental health. The sunny lyrics and feel-good vibes from the 1960s have seen students to their seats every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Watching the students ﬁle into the classroom, Farris sits silently behind his desk at the front of the room, wordlessly enjoying the juxtaposition of a decade long past and the decade that is. A subtle comparison between an age of idealism and a culture of apathy. Over the course of the semester, Honors students have been subjected to a wide array of speakers from many academic disciplines at MSU. Professors representing the geosciences, psychology, mass communications, history, English and education departments have spoken on how the decade affected their respective ﬁelds of expertise. Freshman Meagan White
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eace rallies, anti-war protests and union marches. These all sound like scenes from a 1960s movie. Who would have thought they all occurred on MSU’s campus 40 years ago? Events that today’s students only imagine happening at colleges like Berkeley in California and Columbia University in New York. Well, it happened. Here. Hidden stories and treasures have been unearthed, thanks to MSU alumus, the late John Saxon. Saxon was a student at Midwestern State during the late ’60s and early ’70s. He collected a set of underground newspapers that were being distributed in the parking lots of MSU and has saved them for nearly four decades. Among the turmoil of the Vietnam War, racism and the women’s movement,
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“They will neglect to tell you that in the past our Board of Regents has allowed itself to be swayed, in matters concerning YOUR academic freedom, by groups of local businessmen who have no connections with the University.”
students at MSU did their part to make their voices heard. Back then, several self-proclaimed “hippies” set out to get their beliefs and opinions out to the public. The Word and The Third Eye were two underground newspapers printed and distributed across campus. They covered topics from the draft to students’ rights. By conservative MSU standards of the day, the content was shocking. Headlines such as ”Where Do You Stand? Twenty Questions on Civil Liberties” and “Up Against the Wall, Commies” jump out from these once-banned papers. Explicit phrases such as “Fuck The Draft” are scattered throughout almost every issue of both The Word and The Third Eye. A common tie between MSU students of that time and the today’s students is war. 1969 found the United States in the middle of the controversial Vietnam War. Thirty-eight
“They will neglect to tell you that there is an OffCampus Speaker Policy here that denies the right to speak on the campus to anyone who ever has or PROBABLY would advocate the breaking of a law or the overthrow of the government. Under this policy neither Thomas Jefferson, nor Martin Luther King nor even George Washington would have allowed to speak here.”
years later the U.S. is once again in the midst of a dubious military operation. Only this time around, those students who are against the war protest quietly, if at all. On Dec. 24, 1969, the Student Mobilization Committee and other MSU students took their opinions to the public by holding a peace rally and marching in downtown Wichita Falls. Sound like a scene from some hippie ﬂick? Well, it happened here. When there’s talk of racism, hatred is often assigned to the South. What may shock many is that hate crimes occurred right outside of the safe MSU community. On Sept. 11, 1969, three black students from Hirschi High School were arrested for allegedly assaulting a white teacher. There was talk of a lynching. The trial drew the attention of the NAACP. The controversy led to a public rally in support of the
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“The existing Student constitution at Midwestern, although it provides the students with many grandiose phrases, does absolutely nothing in the way of allowing any actual student participation.” – THE THIRD EYE Sept. 16, 1969
Graduation. It’s the time when decisions have to be made. The question of what to do next or where to go keeps many new grads looking into a crystal ball, trying to ﬁgure out an unsure future. “The ﬁrst year out of college is a big year for young adults,” MSU Counseling Center Director Pam Midgett said. “Many experience anxiety about job interviews, graduate school applications, moving to a different city, beginning to support themselves, a number of issues.” According to Midgett, students should feel hopeful and positive about a new beginning. “Often times, people hear the statement, ‘College is the best four years of your life.’ Those years are great but expect great things in the future, too,” Midgett said. “In many ways you have your whole life ahead of you.” Of course, to the majority of graduates, career comes ﬁrst. “A career offers the opportunity to have ﬁnancial freedom and independence,” Career Management Director Dirk Welch said. Welch said one of the biggest mistakes graduates make is putting off the job search. “It’s very easy to lose sight of preparing early when the end is two or three months away,” Welch said. “Obtaining employment can take a long time. It involves a lot of work, energy and effort.” Welch encourages recent grads to be realistic. “The more realistic graduates are about entry level positions, salaries and work environments the less apt they will be to have unmet expectations. It helps to alleviate dissatisfaction and disappointment,” Welch said. Welch said graduates can expect to feel uncomfortable at their new place of employment during the ﬁrst few months. “You may feel like you’re under a microscope,” Welch said. “Coworkers will be paying close attention to your performance. It can be kind of intimidating.” Welch said having a positive attitude, being a team player and taking initiative will help ensure a successful launch. “You have a clean slate, so to speak,” Welch said. “This is the time you get to showcase your skills and talent in a whole new arena. Although jobs and careers are the main focus for those ﬁnishing college, other concerns also come into play when it’s time to pack up. Losing a well-established social
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Fantasy of Lights shines on DAVID BROTT FOR THE WICHITAN
The children, who had previously been chasing and swatting at the soap bubbles exhaled from the brightly lit robot suddenly redirect their attentions. The smell of freshly baked gingerbread has wafted past their red, frost biten noses. It’s Christmas time, 1963. Mrs. Lillian Burns emerges from her home on the corner of Clarindra and Harrison, a home most Wichitians call a mansion. She is carrying a platter heaped with treats for the children.
Christmas time is the kindly woman’s greatest joy. Surrounding her home is a colorful fantasyland of Christmas and holiday displays. Surrounding her yard is an endless stream of people on foot and whole families in their Studebakers and Hudson sedans driving past slowly. More children’s faces ﬁll the rear windows as tiny hands busily try to keep the breath-fogged glass clear. Even the adults are smiling, enjoying the wonderful holiday diversion, momentarily pushing aside thoughts of the young president assassinated only two weeks before. December’s cold bites at her
cheeks but the hot cookie platter warms Mrs. Burns arthritic ﬁngers. She is no longer the young bride, who in the early years of the Depression, set up a Christmas tree with a single blue bulb on the front porch of her modest home on 10th Street to share a little holiday spirit with those that could not afford such luxuries. And she continued sharing. Over the years, the oil business had been very good to her and her husband, L.T. The mansion on Clarindra was his gift to her and together they gave Wichita Falls the gift of the Christmas spirit. And each year
PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN Santa’s Workshop is one of the many exhibits at the Burn’s Fantasy of Lights. The Fantasy of Lights kicks off Friday at 6 p.m.
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Dec. 5, 2007
Attention holiday shoppers The checkout lines seem to go on for miles. People seem to be losing their patience easier than usual. All the popular items seem to ﬂy off the shelves in a matter of seconds. Merry Christmas! As usual, everyone is scrambling to purchase all their gifts for loved ones. For some, this is a time of happiness and cheer, for others, it’s a time of stress and worry.
Words of incompetent wisdom from Pope
Most people forget about this time of year being about giving and kindness. They just want to get what they need and not worry about who they knock down in the process. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, gave a glimpse into the dark side of human nature. Shoving fellow shoppers and making crude remarks has apparently become the norm. The holiday season has morphed from happy giving to greediness. Instead of having shopper’s rage, everyone needs to step back and reevaluate his or her holiday-shopping habits. Here are some tips: •
If you know you’re going to be shopping at various stores, make a list of what items you need and the stores you’ll need to visit.
Make sure you are fully hydrated and have eaten. You never know just how long those lines can be.
Remember that everyone is going through the same stresses of holiday shopping as you are. Try to keep that in mind when you feel like biting someone’s head off for taking the last toy (or whatever) on the shelf.
Don’t be a showoff. Keep expensive, outlandish gifts to a minimum. It will save you many headaches and much money.
Remember that you will have to go through this all again next year. Try to make it as enjoyable as you can because all the stress will be worth it when you see smiles on the faces of the ones you love.
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Over t h e Thanksgiving holiday, I was sitting at my inl a w s house CHRISTIAN MCPHATE enjoying OP-ED EDITOR the dead, carved turkey and ham with my family when news ﬂashes blinked across the screen, announcing the troubles that televangelists were facing—again. According to the reports on CNN and the rest of the news networks, the son of Oral Roberts, a famous preacher stationed in the sprawling, tornado-infested city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, had been taking money from the Oral Roberts University and using the funds to give his family a extravagant lifestyle straight out of a Republican’s dream. In fact, Mr. Roberts, who was the president of the university, spent so much money, like a gluttonous pig lost in the heaven of McDonald’s and Wendy’s, that the Senate created
a special committee to investigate these abusers of the tax system. However, the leaders of Christianity have taken a nosedive into the oceans of incompetence since the death of Christ and continue to swim deeper into the shit-infested waters. For instance, over the summer, Pope Ratizinger, leader of the Catholic Religion, released a declaration, stating other churches of Christianity were “ecclesial communities” and not true churches. The announcement came a few days after the reintroduction of Latin Mass. And yet, this was not the ﬁrst time the Pope took this stance. His idea that Protestants could not lay claims to the title of church were ﬁrst released seven years ago when then Cardinal Ratizinger announced: “It is nevertheless difﬁcult to see how the title of Church could possibly be attributed to [Protestant communities], given that they do not accept the theological notion of the Church in the Catholic sense and that they lack elements considered essential to the Catholic Church.” Ofﬁcials of the Church of England stated, “This is a serious docu-
ment, teaching on important ecclesiological matters and of signiﬁcance to the churches’ commitment to the full, visible unity to the one church of Jesus Christ.” The reason the Pope believes that the Catholic Church is the one true church of Christ dates back to around the fourth century when Emperor Theodosius 1 (379 to 395) stated the Roman Catholic religion, which was delivered to the Romans by the divine Apostle Peter, was the true church of Christ and “as for the others (non-Catholic believers of Christ), since in our judgment they are foolish madmen, we decree that they shall be branded with the ignominious name of heretics and shall not presume to give their conventicles the name of churches.” This belief became law and was included in Book 16 of Codex Theodosianus, establishing Catholicism as the ofﬁcial religion of the Romans. And yet, nowhere in the Bible, a book studied and revered by Catholics, Protestants, Mormons and other branches of Christianity too numerous to name, does the holy prophets acknowledge the absolute truth of
the Roman Catholic Church. In John 3:16-17 from the King James Version of the Bible, Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” It does not state that for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosever knelt down before a Catholic Priest and repent… only then will enter the kingdom of heaven. So this Christmas season as we sit down to enjoy the holiday season of Santa Clause and the birth of Christ, let us try to forget the way churches have weaved and twisted the words of Jesus to ﬁt their own political agendas and ﬁll their pockets with our hard-earned money and remember the truth of Christ’s words when he said: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
After four and a half years, 16 roommates, four majors and one apartment… I’m gradCARLY BURRES FOR THE WICHITAN uating college. I’ve managed to survive the changing of the roomies, the helter skelter of classes, the many drunken nights spent contemplating the meaning of life…or at least why beer and liquor don’t mix that great, long drives and road trips and two huge ﬁghts. I have become a brand new person. And just when I was ﬁnally sure of myself, I’m being spit out into this new giant world to start all over again. Leaving high school was a little sad and scary but it couldn’t even begin to compare to the emotions that have played through me this semester as I prepared to leave my comfort zone. Throughout the course of this semester I have been in denial that I was graduating in December. I’ve also been excited, scared, terriﬁed, frightened, happy, sad and back to denial.
Two weeks before graduation I am ﬁnally starting to realize that I actually need to job and apartment hunt and I have even set up job interviews. I’m still not accepting that I have to pack my stuff and leave my apartment but I will get there when I feel ready. I thought it would be hard to pack up four and a half years of my life but I just didn’t realize how hard. The thought of having to leave my “home” is almost as hard as trying to sort out my thoughts well enough to write this column. For instance, I keep thinking about the ﬁrst time I went out with my current roommate Sabrina Maguire. Three and a half years ago she moved in and we were getting ready to go out. At this point she decided I was her doll. So she dressed me, put make-up on me, and told me how to act. Thanks to her (my boulder) and our late night talks about everything from the bathroom to boys to sex to God, I am a more open person. And without my Daniel I would have been lost like a million pieces scattered over Sike’s Lake. Not only would I be lost. Daniel became my shrink, putting all my stupid little problems and issues into perspective. While he may have thought that I never listened to him or did what he said, the truth is that his words resonated through my head
more than anyone’s. The college deﬁning moments keep popping into my memory as well. Like the time I came home to a party in my apartment. I had to play the catch-up to everyone else game. And thanks to my friends parrot bay, goldshlager and vodka…I won that game. I also tried to work-out only to pass out on the clubhouse gym equipment for 30 minutes, stole toilet paper, tried to do dishes while ﬁghting with my friend who didn’t want me doing his dishes for some reason and passed out at the picnic table at the church center next door for an hour. I would also like to thank MSU for supplying our apartment with six rolls of toilet paper. I would pay you back but I’m pretty sure you just got near $70,000 from me already. I realize that my toilet paper thievery might cause an uproar but hey, college is about learning AND rebelling. If you come to college and don’t break some rules then life is just being wasted. I love my mass comm. girls. It is with them that all rights to be stupid and crazy come into play. Lucy Goose, Amanda, Bonnie and Konnie know oh so very well about the truth about Carly and her alter ego Carlita Lolita. And without Tara and Kim B.
I would have no one to keep me grounded and focused when all the other girls are trying to tempt me into a world of evil. And without my senior documentary group I would be lost. And not graduating. My sophomore year of college I said to one of my friends “who ever said high school was the best years of your life must have never made it to college.” And to this day I hold true to that statement. College has been one hell of a ride. I have laughed, I have cried. I have been angry. I have been hurt. And in the end, I am a much better, stronger and happier person for it. I have made new friends of all sorts. I have my spring break buddies Josh and Lanabeans. My newest friends Cole, Denny, George, Rumble and Bethany. Everyone has taught me something about myself and without my friends I would be incomplete. Tomorrow I will go job interview and get ready for the real world. December 15th, I will walk across that stage with a piece of paper. And December 17th, I will move out of my four and a half year home. I might be kicking and screaming, but I will move. But I will never, ever forget. Enjoy your college years. They go fast.
Saying goodbye to years of joy at MSU
THE WICHITAN Editorial Board
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THE WICHITAN Dec. 5, 2007
DVD box sets make great gift
Rockers release year’s most important album
You’d have to be incredibly cynical about rock’s potential to change the world not to buy into the urgency and passion that kicks off the new Against Me! album. At once bleeding-hearted but mostly apolitical, and apathetic but hopeful, the song “New Wave” is the opening track to the Florida punk band’s new record of the same name – one of the best rock albums of the year, and maybe the most important. Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel, 27, knows he’s not rewriting the book on trying to shake up his generation. “You hope sometimes you can shock people and really do something surprising and meaningful,” Gabel said, sounding a little cynical himself. “But everything has been done before.” The most surprising thing Against Me! has done was signing to Sire/ Warner Bros. Records last year, after a decade climbing through
America’s indie-punk ranks. It was a bold move: The band could bring substance and meaning to a corporate rock world dominated by ﬂuffy-haired emo bands. But the punk world notoriously eats its own whenever a group like this joins the mainstream. Even more pierced eyebrows were raised when Against Me! recorded “New Wave” with big-name producer Butch Vig, the guy who helped bring Nirvana and Sonic Youth up from the underground. But for every punk purist who cries “sellout,” there might be a hundred Fall Out Boy or Boys Like Girls fans who ﬁnd something deeper in Against Me! Likewise, older punk fans who think rock’s meaningful spirit died with Joe Strummer might also see the light again. Make any highfalutin suggestions like these to Gabel, though, and he’ll probably just shrug them off. “I don’t really think in those
terms,” the singer/guitarist said, repeating that comment in one form or another several times throughout a phone interview last week. One of those instances came after he mentioned seeing Bruce Springsteen in concert a night earlier. Q: Did any of the politics in Springsteen’s new songs resonate with you? Gabel: Nah, not really. I just think he’s a great performer. It happened again when he was asked about the opening acts on the tour – Rhode Island indie-rapper Sage Francis and New York’s cabaret-punk band World Inferno Friendship Society, both of which have albums laced with ironic political diatribes. Q: Is this tour anything of a meeting of the political minds? Gabel: No. We’re just fans of their music. We mix it up and want the show to be interesting for us, since we have to see the show every night.
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The holidays are a time for diehard television fans to think inside the box – the box set, that is. But fair warning: Most of the offerings we herald here are not for wimps. They’re deluxe, king-sized extravaganzas that challenge their recipients to hunker down for hours and hours of programming served up on silver platters. It’s an undertaking for only the heartiest of sofa spuds. Also, some of the sets will fetch a big chunk of change. Just be aware, however, that these are suggested retail prices. If you do some searching, you can pay much less much through discount outlets and online sources. “Seinfeld: The Complete Series” ($284): You truly can be the master of your domain with this 32-disc monstrosity that contains all the usual bonus goodies, including deleted scenes, commentaries, bloopers, documentaries and yada, yada, yada. The real treats, however, are two items not included with the individual season sets: a 226-page souvenir book called “The Ofﬁcial Coffee Table Book” and a freewheeling “roundtable” discussion among the show’s main foursome – Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards – along with co-creator Larry David. The former is packed with color photos, trivia and recaps of all 180 episodes. The latter has the gang reminiscing about their incredible nine years of working on a show about “nothing” that turned out to be really something. “Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete Series” ($279.99): For the ﬁrst time ever, all 210 episodes of “Raymond” can be found under one roof – literally. Yes, the 44 discs that make up this set come neatly encased in a cardboard house that has the smiling Barones peering out the windows. It’s either very sweet or kind of creepy, depending on your point of view. “Raymond” was never as hip as “Seinfeld,” but it enjoyed an equally long run (nine seasons) and its cast (Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle) was just as cohesive. Most signiﬁcantly, the show succeeded where so many family sitcoms failed – by being consistently hilarious. The extras in this set don’t go much beyond the norm, but there is a reproduced script of the series ﬁnale autographed by the show’s writers. “The War” ($129.99): Ken Burns’ 15-hour masterpiece deserves all the raves it has garnered. Dispensing with the conventional textbook formula that relies on world leaders and generals, it takes a “bottom-up” approach to examine World War II through the eyes of common Americans who experienced ﬁrsthand the “greatest cataclysm in history.” The result is an incredibly intimate, emotionally powerful ﬁlm that will stay with you long after you view it. Extras in the six-disc set include a behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of the ﬁlm, commentary by Burns and producing partner Lynn Novick, deleted scenes, additional interviews with many of the ﬁlm’s principals and then-and-now “biographies” of the four towns that served as the spine of the series. “Twin Peaks: Deﬁnitive Gold Box Edition” ($108.99): Serve up the hot coffee and cherry pie. We ﬁnally have Seasons 1 and 2 of David Lynch’s surreal small-town murder mystery in one sleek package, including the show’s pilot episode and its international version. The 10-disc set contains all 30 episodes, which have been lovingly remastered under Lynch’s supervision, and they unfold, as one character puts it, “like a beautiful dream and terrible nightmare all at once.” Among the extras are a compelling feature-length documentary on the series, a half-hour discussion among Lynch and some cast members, and an interactive map that points out where some of the key events of the spooky story took place. “Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series” ($258): Here’s a set for fans who just can never have enough of quaint and quirky Stars Hollow. It comes packed in an adorable padded vinyl doll box, which is sturdy enough to hold 42 discs and more than 110 hours of Lorelai-and-Rory memories. The bonus treats the usual documentaries, deleted scenes and trivia. But the highlight is a 60-page glossary of “Gilmorisms” to help you keep up with all the witty pop-cultural references on which the show prided itself. “My So-Called Life: The Complete Series” ($69.99): The series that launched Claire Danes’ career lasted for only 19 episodes over a 6-month period in 1994, but has gone on to attain legendary status among television buffs. It set a standard for teen dramas that few have attained. The bonus material in this six-disc set includes a “My So-Called Life Story” featurette, commentaries, interviews and a 40-page booklet in which such people as Joss Whedon and Janeane Garofalo pay loving tribute to the series.
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THE WICHITAN Dec. 5, 2007
Artistic indulgence on display
This year the MSU Art Department says good bye to six students. But before hey leave they would like you to “Indulge” in their senior art work. The exhibit will be held at the Fain Fine Arts Foyer Gallery. This exhibit will be launched with an opening reception Dec. 7, 2007 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. The exhibit will run till Jan. 10, 2008. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a. m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p. m. Seniors that will be presenting their works of art are Gharon Burton, Casey Cooper, Alyssa Gaines, Maggie Johnson, Catie Lerew and Casey Meurer.
I grew up on the small Caribbean island of Dominica. The culture is celebratory, relaxed and free from the stress of large cities. Our celebrations include carnival, African Liberation Day, and independence festivals. My oil paintings are about celebrations of life in different places. These painting portray people having fun with life. My sculptures consist of geometric shapes, repetition of form and are mostly large scale. These works have a demanding presence. Contrast is a common theme with the use of light and dark, rough and smooth surfaces and organic and synthetic materials.
Casey D. Cooper I am interested in building and exploring the creative process through trial and error. Sculpture satisﬁes my interest and allows for me to create three-dimensional pieces that demonstrate both traditional and contemporary techniques. I have constructed cofﬁns that tackle all aspects of sculpture, from mold making to kinetics. Understanding that death is a serious and sometimes sensitive subject, I have removed thoughts of sorrow or sadness and replaced them with humor. This group of work is currently exploring the idea that art has life of its own.
Alyssa Gaines Using mixed-media sculptures and painting, I create varied sizes of junk food that are infested with insects. These works suggest the seductive nature that provokes impulsive behavior, while warning the viewers of the destructive consequences that follow. The result is a playful but emphatic reminder of the obvious and subliminal duplicity that is projected through commercialism. Throughout Western Society, self-indulgence makes its home in the hearts of numerous consumers. We can never have enough, whether it’s power, wealth, possessions, sex, or even food.
I explore the hidden meaning of clothing styles and fabric patterns while juxtaposing masculine and feminine imagery. These watercolor paintings and digital collages deal themes such as gender, identity, human relationships, and how our manner of dress shapes the way in which others perceive us. Whether painted or digitally assembled, each piece presents an amalgamation of layered images, colors, and meanings. These works originated as playful self-portraits, and have evolved to explore the subtleties of human interaction while reﬂecting my person interest in fashion. They are composed of elements culled from separate realities, combined to create a surreal context.
Catie C. Lerew My black and white photos are an exploration of the contrast between light and dark on the female form. I choose to use black and white for the simple elegance it portrays. By excluding the faces of the models, I feel that I am placing more emphasis on women in general and less emphasis on one speciﬁc woman. My work focuses on domestic routine done in the home. When in the critical eye of society a woman uses clothing, cosmetics, and accessories in order to create an image that she hopes others will admire. My photographs represent a conﬁdent woman who is secure in her body as well as her environment.
Casey Meurer Legs bear the weight of the body, so without them another support system must be put into place. In my metal work, I fabricate chairs on a small scale to suggest stability. At the same time reliability can be questioned because of their lightweight construction and lack of sturdiness. Restraint and control create protection but also form barriers. For example, a nest of barbed wire poses as an ironic threat while cradling the shell of a real egg. The chair serves as a foundation and the egg demonstrates how fragile and vulnerable life can be. After cooking in a café for the past seven summers, my love for baking has become an innate inﬂuence in my painting.
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Underground newspapers surfaced at MSU in the ’60s Newspaper_____con’t. from page 1 students. MSU’s NAACP chapter held fund-raising events to help aid the cost of the legal funds, and the staff of The Third Eye publicly announced its support of the Eastside Community. Sound like a scene from some antiracism themed motion picture? Well, it happened here. It would be hard to imagine picking up a school newspaper today to ﬁnd political cartoons attacking the government or anti-war slogans salted with profanity. An edition of The Third Eye featured a sketch of a ﬂower, stabbed by a knife, with the caption “War is harmful to children and other growing things.” The Oct. 15, 1968 issue showcased a drawing of the deceased Ralph “Sonny” Barger, the president of Hell’s Angels. MSU students paying tribute to a Hell’s Angel? That’s right, folks. It happened here. The Sept. 16, 1969 edition of The Third Eye was dedicated to
incoming freshmen. The newspaper staff sought to edu-
cate newcomers about what they perceived to
Honors___________________________________________continued from page 1 said she enjoyed the multidiscipline aspect of the course. “We got to hear a different views on the 1960s,” White said. “It’s just nice to have a class that’s not the same as every other class.” Enacted in 1964, the Honors Program has historically offered the university’s most apt students small, intimate classroom settings, more peer-to-peer study opportunities and a better chance of a fouryear graduation. “Students who take this course generally have a better chance of graduating in four years than those who don’t,” Farris said. That may be due to the fact, however, that students who enroll in Honors courses are required to have a 3.25 GPA and must actively participate in out-of-class seminars, lectures and activities. Though a $1,500 scholarship is available to those who apply, Farris cautions prospective Honors students that the class may possibly involve more coursework and outside writing than other classes. Simply put, it isn’t a course for academic pushovers. But the students are deﬁnitely interested in the class, Farris said. The 1960s, in some ways mirror the current time. “I learned about key people, events and the feminism of the ’60s,” said sophomore Daniel Cervera. He noted the contrast between
today and the Age of Idealism, both in ideology and in an unfavorable war. “How do you reach a generation that thinks with its eyes and sees with its feelings?” the sophomore asked. “We live in a culture of apathy.” Cervera, however, is anything but apathetic. Today, he could be ﬁghting a war in the sands of Iraq instead of attending college classes. “I was in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. I could have been stationed within 120 miles of the Iraqi border.” Dr. Emily LaBeff, a child of the 1960s, likens the situation to her brother’s draft eligibility during the Vietnam War. “People were truly, truly scared,” said the sociology chair. “We were romantic idealists,” recalled LaBeff of her generation, the baby boomers. “Americans have become much more individualistic.” LaBeff said she doesn’t understand why more college student don’t actively involve themselves in civil rights, politics or social change. “It makes me very, very sad,” she said. Dr. Jim Sernoe, chair of MSU’s mass communications department, spoke to the Honors class for a week about the ’60s. “Students, in general, are shamefully uninvolved,” Sernoe said.
“They’re caught up in their own lives. But I don’t exempt myself from that.” Sernoe, who participated with other MSU faculty in Wichita Falls’ march to protest the Iraq War, mentioned that he didn’t see a single young person in the rally, despite the fact that many students oppose the war. “They just don’t think they can make a difference,” he said. “Numbers speak. If hundreds of students at hundreds of campuses marched in the streets, the government would take notice. But that just isn’t happening.” Maybe students are just tuning in and dropping out. It’s possible that course speaker for the history department, Dr. Sharon Arnoult, summarized the ’60’s best. “Important things happened,” she said. “We felt like we could change the world. There has been progress, but I don’t think we did that.” Farris will be offering the Honors course next semester. Students can apply immediately, he said. Though a decision hasn’t been reached yet, the professor is considering offering the ’60’s as the course topic again. “I’ve enjoyed the course a lot,” said student Steven Taylor. “The music interests me because I’m a musician. I really like that style of music.”
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each year the displays became a little more elaborate than the year before. Mr. Burns passed away in 1954. Mrs. Burns followed him in May of 1971. And the wonderful display known only as the Burns lights was discontinued, much to the relief of some of her neighbors in the well-heeled neighborhood who had grown weary of the annual monthlong trafﬁc jam. Santa and his life-sized reindeer, the bubble blowing robot, and Raggedy Ann and Andy’s carousel were all unceremoniously stacked and warehoused. For three years, it felt like the Mean Ol’ Mister Grinch had carried the city’s Christmas spirit away in his grimy bag. In 1974, the Burns collection was offered to Midwestern State University to become part of the school’s two-year-old “Fantasy of Lights” that outlined campus buildings facing Taft Street in over 20,000 col-
ored Christmas lights. The offer had two stipulations; the display must remain free to the public and it must honor the Burnses. The non-proﬁt Fantasy of Lights committee was formed and thousands of dollars were raised for repair and restoration. Hundreds of volunteers as diverse as the MSU students and faculty, Sheppard Air Force base airmen, electricians from IBEW local 681 and ofﬁcers of the Wichita Falls Police department answered the call to revive the lost tradition. On December 4, 1974 while the carillon bells rang, the master switch was thrown and the MSUBurns Fantasy of Lights was a reality an estimated 200,000 people and 75,000 cars visited the magniﬁcent display in its inaugural season. Don Henschel, professor of theatre at MSU has been a part of the Fantasy of Lights for more than 20 years. He designs and constructs
new displays including The Three Little Pigs (1985), Peter Pan’s Pirate Ship (1994) and The Christmas Carol (1999). He restores the treasured legacy displays from the old Burns collection, and makes repairs when needed. “One year, when we were setting up (the display) Humpty Dumpty rolled off the trailer. He rolled across six lanes of Southwest Parkway and exploded against a light pole,” Henchel recalled, “And I had to do what the all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t.” Old newspapers, part of the original papermache construction, dated Dumpty’s birth year as 1948. He is ﬁberglass now. Although Henschel remains mum about any new display that might premiere at this year’s event, the 33 animated scenes and the 20,000 bulb-lit MSU campus will be illuminated the ﬁrst Friday of December and remain lit through Jan. 1.
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network is another factor former students face. Growing up and out of college means leaving behind old relationships for new ones. Midget recommends keeping in touch with friends through e-mail and phone calls until a support system is in place. “Give yourself some time to make the transition,” Midgett said. “It’s nice to have people who are experiencing the same things you are.” Danielle Gines, a May graduate, said she had to make a number of adjustments in her new position as
administrative assistant. “I was never on time for class,” Gines said. “Here it’s a really big deal. I provide a service and if I’m not here then the whole ofﬁce is compromised.” Gines, who works in the MSU Student Development ofﬁce, said she needed to trade her jeans and Tshirts for a more polished look. “I had to go shopping and invest in a new wardrobe,” Gines said. “Taking the time to look professional is important.”
Midgett and Gines both recommend that those ﬁnding themselves in college hereafter enjoy the ride. “It’s not as scary as it sounds,” Gines said. “There will never be another moment like this one,” Midgett said. “Enjoy it, make a contribution to the world, relate to others and ﬁnd what gives meaning to your life.” The commencement for December graduates will take place on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. in the D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Doors will open at 9 a.m.
be the true world of MSU. It addressed the power of Student
Government (or lack thereof), the use (or the waste) of tuition
money and the inﬂuence local businesses on university decisions. Hints for registration were also listed, including advice such as “Arrive at the Science Building early” and “Try to get the courses required by everyone ﬁrst.” One article in this ‘welcome packet’ focused on the fact that the campus police carried loaded .38caliber revolvers. Sound like a scene from a wacky college-days movie? Well, it happened here. It has been said that history repeats itself. It has also been said that people must learn from the actions of those in the past. So what lessons can be learned from MSU’s Sixties alumni? What part of MSU’s past will repeat itself? What is going to happen here next? It is up to the students of MSU to decide.
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Mustangs start season slowly BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER Call it early-season woes, call it bad luck, or like men’s basketball coach Jeff Ray did, call it a lack of toughness. No matter what you call it, the Mustangs have a 2-4 record to open up the 2007-08 regular season. To put it into perspective though, all of their losses have been lost by 16 points, combined. That’s tough to swallow, when three of your four losses are by four points or less. “We’re not tough enough to ﬁnish basketball games right now. That’s our problem,” Ray said. “We’re just not getting tough right now. I love our kids and I love our team, but until we get tough, we’re going to be disappointed.” The regular season opened up a little more than two weeks ago down in San Antonio, TX as they participated in the St. Edwards’ Shootout. They dropped their opening game to the host, St. Edwards, 79-76 as turnovers late in the game sealed their fate. Then, in their ﬁnal game of the Shootout, MSU dropped its secondstraight contest, this time in overtime against Texas A&M – International. The Dustdevils proved clutch by knocking in all 6 attempted freethrows in OT to give TAMI the 7066 overtime victory. It was time for the Mustangs to get off of the snide and ﬁnally place
the ﬁrst win on the books. Coming back to D.L. Ligon Coliseum was just what they needed to get back on track, too. Two weeks ago, MSU took on University of Texas- Permian Basin in a game dominated by the Mustangs. Led by three ﬁrst half scoring runs, the Mustangs would take a twenty point lead into half and wouldn’t look back, taking the game, 89-61. After the one-game home stand, the Mustangs hit the road again, this time to take on No.23 Emporia State in Emporia, Kansas. Chris Davis came up huge for the Mustangs putting in a career-high 33 points on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. The spectacular showing from Davis didn’t prove to be enough though, as Emporia State took the game late with free-throws to claw out the 85-83 victory over MSU. The loss dropped MSU to 1-3 on the season, while losing all of the games by a combined 9 points. The next two games that MSU played took place in D.L. Ligon Coliseum, both being against regional rivals, No. 17 Southwestern Oklahoma State and Cameron University. Last Thursday MSU hosted an unbelievably tight contest against the SWOSU Bulldogs. With less than six minutes left in the game the Mustangs seemed poised to take their second win of the season while leading 59-50. A 13-4 run by the Bulldogs to end regulation sent the game into overtime with the momentum squarely
in the Bulldogs’ corner. The Bulldogs came out in OT on ﬁre, going on an 11-2 run to open the period, eventually giving SWOSU the game at 78-71. MSU was led by Trajinski Grigsby who recorded a double-double with 17 points and game-high 12 boards. Davis also had a strong outing, putting up 15 points, while Nolan Richardson IV added 13 points. Finally, this past weekend MSU took on a long-time regional rival the Cameron Aggies. The ball-hawking defense of the Mustangs proved to be the story on the night as they forced the Aggies to miss their ﬁrst 8 shots and ﬁnish the ﬁrst half shooting under 20 percent from the ﬁeld. The offense came out strong as well, capitalizing on the swarming D and giving MSU a 27-point advantage entering intermission. The Mustangs put it on cruise control for the second half, wearing down the Aggies and giving the home fans a dominating performance to be excited about. Richardson IV ﬁnished with a game-high 21 points as the Mustangs got their second win of the season in a 91-68 beating of the Cameron Aggies. It’s still early in the season, and the performance on Saturday was very impressive, but if the Mustangs have hopes for post-season action then they must ail what’s hurting them soon, and start building a resume for the NCAA Division II Tournament Selection Committee.
combined results that included track, mountain bike, cyclocross and road national championships. The Mustangs recorded their best ﬁnish in at least six years at the road national championships this past May, ﬁnishing fourth in the nation in Division 1. The ﬁnish was fueled by Alex
Boyd’s national championship in the men’s road race and Natalie Klemko’s national championship in the women’s criterium. The women’s time trial team also earned a fourth-place medal. Midwestern also earned points with its ninth-place ﬁnish with a two-rider squad at cyclocross
nationals last December in Rhode Island and its 11th place ﬁnish with a three-rider squad at the September 2006 track nationals in Indianapolis. Midwestern recorded two individual national championships on the track with Aaron Kacala’s wins in the kilometer time trial and the
match sprint. MSU does not ﬁeld a mountain bike team and collected no points from that event. “Our overall ﬁnish speaks highly of the well-rounded athletes on our team,” MSU cycling coach Gary Achterberg said. Achterberg noted that the 2007
cyclocross national championships are coming up in just a few weeks in Kansas City, Mo. Midwestern again plans to send a team of two riders, Mike Lalla and Francis Hamre. MSU never competed at cyclocross nationals before 2006.
NCAA Division II Southwest Regional Tournament. Miranda Byrd, Hillary White, Carmyn Wingrove, and Kiara Jordan have committed to play for MSU coach Venera Flores-Stafford next fall adding a lot of depth to the roster. “This is a very talented class that brings a mix of abilities as each plays a different position,” FloresStafford said. Byrd, from Atlanta, TX, is a 6’1” middle blocker who started for four years at Atlanta High School earning District 16-3A Most Valuable Player last season and ﬁrst-team alldistrict the last three seasons. White is from North Richland Hills High School and is a 5’11” outside hitter who started for three years and earned ﬁrst-team District 5-5A as a junior and a senior. Wingrove is a setter from Holly Lake, TX who lead Harmony High School to two Class 2A State semiﬁnalist ﬁnishes and a 72-9 two-year record. She was honored at Texas Girls Coaches’ Association all-state honorable mention last season and was district setter of the year and MVP. Jordan is a defensive specialist from Gilmer High School who led her team to the regional tournament in each of the last three seasons.
She earned District 15-3A MVP and honorable mention all-state as a junior and senior and helped her team to a two-year record of 63-11. The Lady Mustangs volleyball team is now set to improve after a great season. As for the MSU softball program, the Lady Mustangs gave themselves a promising future on as they signed three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2008-2009 season. Courtney Bingham, Nicki Duff and Mallory Mooney revealed their intentions to play for MSU which adds more weapons to a team that has won the last two Lone Star Conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional its last four seasons. Although the trio still has to play their ﬁnal seasons of high school ball this spring, MSU coach Brady Tigert is excited about what they will bring to the Mustang herd. Bingham, who plays at Arlington High School, was named District 7-5A MVP as a junior after hitting better than .400 for the third season in a row. “Courtney is a natural athlete with all the necessary tools to be a big time player at this level,” Tigert said.
Duff, set to play in her last year at Plano East Senior High this spring, made All-District 9-5A last season after hitting a .321 for Texas Glory, one of the best gold teams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Duff posted stolen 15 bases while playing with collegiate opponents and competition from New Jersey, Colorado and California. Tigert likes Duff’s experience most of all. “Nicki possesses the ability to be a leader on and off the ﬁeld,” Tigert said. Mooney earned ﬁrst-team all-district honors last season after batting a .420 totaling 35 extra base hits in 88 at bats.
Mooney hails from John Horn High School in Mesquite and has Division I potential according to Tigert. “She has tons of potential to be a top level player for us,” Tigert said. With these three added to the roster, the Lady Mustangs maintain that they are and still will be a force to be reckoned with in upcoming years. The Midwestern State softball team opens its 2008 season on Feb. 1 at the St. Mary’s Tournament. The MSU golf team even putted in a commitment. Chad Bryant, from Newcastle, Okla. has signed on to play golf next fall for the Mustangs.
Bryant ﬁnished ninth overall in the state of Oklahoma last season and came in ﬁfth in the United States Golf Association Junior Boys’ Amateur. He also placed eighth in the USGA Public Links tour. “Chad has the ability to maintain rounds because of his short game,” MSU coach Jeff Ray said. “I expect him to contribute immediately.” The Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals last season and will open their second championship season this spring. Midwestern State is now set to continue its outstanding play in the LSC.
PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Trajinski Grigsby, 21, looks to score against defenders from the University of TexasPermian Basin on Nov. 20 in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The Mustangs dominated the game earning their ﬁrst win of the season, 89-61. MSU is off to a slow start with a 2-4 record.
MSU cycling team ﬁnishes sixth in the nation in combined competitions FOR THE WICHITAN The MSU cycling team has ﬁnished sixth in the nation in a combined tally of all collegiate national cycling competitions in the 2006-07 school year. USA Cycling recently released
Midwestern State signs eight athletes to National Letters of Intent JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR
The MSU athletic department has been busy this past year with inviting high school athletes to view the beneﬁts of a quality education at Midwestern State and displaying to them what it means to be a Mustang. On Monday, coaches and staff began to see the fruits of their labor as eight athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play for the maroon and gold. The MSU volleyball program announced the signing of four prep standouts ready to contribute to a team coming off its best season in school history with a 27-6 mark and its ﬁrst-ever appearance in the
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LOREN EGGENSCHWILER | THE WICHITAN Senior Ahmad Ihmeidan reﬂects on the Mustangs victory over Sonoma State, which propelled them to the Final Four. MSU fell to Franklin Pierce in the semiﬁnals in penalty kicks.
Mustangs give all in Final Four tourney but fall, 4-2 BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER
Going into the NCAA Division II Final Four last weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama, the Mustangs had to like their chances. They’ve been on a roll for most of the season, hence their 18-3 record, but when West Texas A&M dealt them a loss to take the Southwest Soccer Conference two weeks ago, it could have all unraveled from there. Sparked by senior Daniel Brown’s play and the stellar play of the Mustangs’ defense, MSU reeled off three straight wins to vault themselves into the national semiﬁnals. Two of those wins came in the Midwest Regional against No. 7 Metro State and the home-team West Texas A&M Buffs. The last of their victories going into the Final Four came against No. 11 Sonoma State in the national quarterﬁnals, where MSU advanced off of a 5-4 penalty shot victory. There was a crowd gathered last Tuesday to send them off to Alabama. By then the Mustangs knew they’d be facing off against No. 4 Franklin
Pierce Ravens (N.H.), but what they had just found out is that soccerratings.com had rated the Mustangs No. 1 in the nation. So, according to some sources, MSU was the favorite to bring home the hardware for NCAA Division II Soccer. Not bad for the teams ﬁrst trip to the Final Four since rejoining back in 1997, huh? Heading into the game Midwestern was preparing to take on possibly the most dynamic offensive duo in the nation, with All-American strikers David Clifton and Henning Come of Franklin Pierce combining for 40 goals on the season. Their All-American goalkeeper, James Thorpe, had to be towards the top of the list, too, as Franklin Pierce has only allowed .69 goals per game on the season. All the preparation that the Mustangs put in to shutting down the dynamic strikers and to putting the ball on net as much as possible, paid off in an absolutely dominating game in regulation from MSU. The Mustangs had plenty of chances to capitalize on goals in regulation,
even as early as the seventh minute of the game. Sophomore Kyle Kmiec made a spectacular play on the ball, heading it off of the crossbar and then seeing it roll down the touch line, eventually spinning away from the Ravens’ goal. Then, Brown got into the act, putting a shot on goal on a crisp, one-timer from the left wing. The shot glanced off of the right post, costing the Mustangs their second goal-opportunity in the ﬁrst 22 minutes of play. Turner played a great ﬁrst half as well, stopping all three shots on goal that Franklin Pierce tried. Thorpe proved he was worthy of his All-American tag in the second half and into the overtime periods, however, making six crucial saves to stop any chance of a win for the Mustangs. The plays that Thorpe came up with were big-time plays that kept his team in the game. MSU locked down Franklin Pierce and worked the ball on offense to ﬁnd the open man and the best possible shot on goal. Most evident when three minutes
into the second half Brown had another prime one-timer glance off of the crossbar. It proved to be the Mustangs best shot on goal in the second half and also sent the game into overtime. “I don’t think we were ever frustrated,” Brown said. “We kept getting chances. Panic didn’t set in because we thought we were going to score.” After ﬁghting through two hardfought overtime periods it was evident that the game was going to be decided by penalty kicks. After over 110 minutes of play last Friday, the game had been locked at 0-0. The defense was so stellar and the preparation so evident in the play in regulation for the Mustangs that the strikers for the Ravens might as well had not shown up. Clifton and Come weren’t even able to get one shot off for the entire regulation game. Going into the penalty kicks it was clear that the Ravens were going to beneﬁt from ﬁnally being able to take shots on goal. They did take advantage of this, as they connected on their ﬁnal four
shots after the initial shot was blocked by MSU keeper Shawn Carr. As the Ravens were getting momentum after 4 back-to-back goals, MSU couldn’t seem to get anything after Kmiec’s initial penalty kick went in the back of the net. MSU would eventually lose the double-OT game in penalty kicks, 42. “When you get into PKs, it’s like ﬂipping a coin. You win some, you lose some,” MSU coach Doug Elder said. “Obviously we’re very disappointed with the result.” The loss put a disappointing ending to a very uplifting year for the MSU men’s soccer team. The Mustangs will lose four seniors in the off-season, including keeper Turner, defender Danny Kastelic, mid-ﬁelder Obed Becerra, and one of the leading goal scorers in MSU history, mid-ﬁelder Brown. Following the championship game on Sunday, MSU sophomore midﬁelder Brian Martinez was the only Mustang named to the NCAA Division II Championship All-Tournament Team.
Lady Mustangs throw off Aggies, 71-60 IGGY CRUZ STAFF REPORTER The Lady Mustangs showed poise in crunch-time Saturday night, running away with a 71-60 overtime victory against Cameron University in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. With four seconds remaining in the contest, Cameron’s Keindra Scott dropped in a bucket to knot the game at 57, forcing an extra period. The Aggies opened overtime with the ﬁrst two-points before Rosy Ofoegbu responded with a bucket
of her own to spark a 9-0 MSU run and help the team to its second consecutive win of the season. The victory improves MSU to 2-3 as four Lady Mustangs ﬁnished in double-ﬁgures, led by Brandy Moore’s 20 points and Ofoegbu’s 15 and nine rebounds. Kaylon Hodge added 11 points and four steals, while Brittni Morrison registered 12 points and pulled down nine boards. MSU shot 42 percent from the ﬁeld and got 19 points off Cameron turnovers for the game. The Lady Mustangs muscled the Aggies inside the paint as well, out-
rebounding Cameron, 41-39, and outscoring them in the paint, 36-20. The loss drops Cameron to 1-5. On Monday, Morrison was named the Lone Star Conference South Division Player of the Week following her stellar performance this past weekend. The senior from Archer City, Texas averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and four assists, while hitting on 14-of-24 ﬁeld goals during the week. The Lady Mustangs will be on the road this Saturday to take on Texas A&M-Commerce. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
Notice of Student Referendum The Midwestern State University Student Government Association has approved a student referendum on the establishment of an Intercollegiate Athletics Fee. Speciﬁcally, the student referendum is for the establishment of a fee of $10 per credit hour (not to exceed $120 in any given semester), to begin in the fall 2009 semester. Online voting will be from 8:00 AM on January 21, 2008, to 12:00 noon on January 25, 2008. Online voting may be accessed via an icon on the MSU homepage.
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