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Regaliaʼs rhymes and reasons LAUREN BERGER FOR THE WICHITAN


o better understand why students are required to wear a cap and gown for graduation, itʼs important to understand the history and the meaning of each part of the ceremonial dress. Although students and faculty alike

donʼt prefer this attire there is a certain honor and regard to a cap and gown. Itʼs important for us to uphold this tradition in order to preserve the traditions of our ancestors. “I feel proud to wear the cap and gown because it means that I have earned the credits, completed 16 years of school, and have accomplished a dream of mine,” said Radiology major Paige Hansen. The cap and gown tradition started

many years ago in some of the earliest Universities in Europe. In as early as the 12th century, it had become a staple of Western Civilization graduations. They were originally designed to uniform the students and to get away from excess in apparel that was not appropriate for such a prestigious ceremony. The long gowns were worn for warmth as were the caps, in the cool and unheated buildings in Europe. American Universities adopted this style in the

Wednesday Dec. 6, 2006

Etiquette key to success

19th century and continue to follow it. Caps should only be made of cotton, poplin, broadcloth, rayon or silk, to match the gown with which they are to be used. Velvet may only be used for a doctorʼs degree. The style of the sleeve of the gown represents the level of the studentʼs completion. The pointed sleeves and no hood indicate a bachelorʼs degree graduate. Masterʼs degree graduate has long closed sleeves with arm slits and a narrow hood. And a doctorʼs degree has bell-shaped sleeves and a drape with a wide hood. The color of the hood indicates the college where the degree was given. For example, Harvard is crimson, Temple is cherry and white and Cornell is purple and white. Other than the lining the hood must be black. (www. Midwestern State University uses a few different colors for their hoods, although the primary color is maroon. It wasnʼt until the late 1800ʼs that colors were assigned to signify certain areas of study for schools in the United States. Today, tassel colors traditionally indicate what college students are graduating from. The colors are as follows: White-College of Arts and Science, Brown-School of Fine Arts, Drab-College of Business and Public Administration and Accounting, Light BlueCollege of Education, Orange-College of Engineering, Green and Gold-College of Nursing and Crimson-School of Journalism. Although this sometimes varies from school to school, it is the basic rule of thumb for graduation. Tassels are worn accordingly depending on the type of graduation. For example, in a basic college graduation and most high school graduations, the tassels are worn on the right and then they are flipped to the left upon receiving the degree. Normally the “flip” occurs after the handshake and the degree is handed over. However, as always, there is an exception to the rule. In the case of a Masterʼs degree, the tassel starts on the left and is flipped to the right upon receiving the degree. One of the more exciting aspects of the graduation is the tossing of the caps. After the completion of the ceremony, caps are tossed into the air in celebration of an accomplishment. Sadly, some schools are starting to move away from this tradition, and most area high schools have already banned the act from taking place. Just as a part of other ceremonies it is important for us to keep these different traditions alive. Also traditions uphold the seriousness and importance of the different occasions. So the next time you earn the right to be in a cap and gown or around those who are, remember the hard work and long hours it took to earn that standing.

CHRISTIAN MCPHATE OPINIONS EDITOR You walk into your first job interiview. Your resume is in shambles. Your attire is sloppy. Your interviewer thanks you for coming, but does not conduct the interview. Suddenly the realization sinks in. Youʼve done something wrong. This was no real fault of yours. You simply were not prepared for the job market before receiving your college diploma. This is where Sally Perkins, adjunct instructor of general business, steps in. She enlightens college students on the proper dos and donʼts of the business world. “Usually within the first two or three minutes, interviewers will know if they are going to hire you or not,” Perkins explained. “First impressions make that much difference. How you look, your posture and pose may offset anything you might have to say because they

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Vehicle works as billboard LAUREN BERGER FOR THE WICHITAN

A local business wants to dress its fleet in MSU colors. City Concrete is off to a good start. The firm has made a rolling, spinning billboard on the side of one of its cement mixers. The company wants MSU to know it supports the college. Paul Foley, owner City Concrete, and his two sons Tim and Jim run the family company. Tim attended MSU from 1992-1995 and Jim graduated from MSU in 1998. Tim said he really enjoyed attending MSU especially because of the atmosphere around the campus. But he also wanted the community to know that he cared about the local athletics teams and he wanted to show some pride in his alma mater. The family has always been a Texas A&M fan and when they were in College Station they noticed the support the entire town gave that school. From the faces of the fans

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Lots learned from day of begging LOIS MARSHALL FOR THE WICHITAN


The scorching August sun pounded down on the skinny beggar girl on the corner. Perspiration soaked her ragged, bleach-stained red sweatshirt. She sat on the sidewalk, wearing a strange smile. Her rolled up, muddied jeans were her only means of air conditioning. Her nappy copper curls glistened as she nodded to passersby. Within 30 minutes, strangers dropped over $150 in crumpled bills, coins and other pocket refuse into her white shopping bag. This college freshman had found an easy summer job. This college girl was me. Guilt never ventured into my thoughts during those minutes. I was scorned, pitied and rewarded.

It was beautiful. It was wrong. I scammed innocent strangers. It was summer 2002. I was visiting an aunt in Brooklyn. I was stuffed in her $1,300-a-month matchbox of a studio. There was no cable, no internet, and no nonChristian books or movies, except for that one Cosmo accidentally delivered to her, resting in the trash. Bored, I looked out the window. I saw a little boy walking by, examining the ground near the bus stop. I figured he was looking for money. Then it struck me—why don’t I pretend to be a beggar? People always picture New York, especially places like Brooklyn, as dangerous and tough. It’s a place where people bump into each other without saying “sorry,” or simple things as “hi.” It never dawned on me that this venture would have

funded a splurge at the Gucci and Gap stores in Manhattan the following day. I found that the Bible pounders gave the least, and the disgruntled businessmen gave the most. Kids were darling, whereas teenagers and the over-worked were mean. One man in a navy blue pinstriped suit charged by. Without even looking he chucked a $10 bill into my bag. I tried to say thanks, but he glared and continued on his march. Another overloaded with Starbucks, folders and a briefcase, dished out a stick of wrinkled Winter Fresh gum and a whole $20. I tried not to do a victory dance, but I was amazed. I did not have a jingle or a cheaply decorated piece of water-stained cardboard. My line was “change please.” It was simple yet suffi-

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Fantasy of Lights

Classic holiday films

Annual Christmas display continues to bring joy to locals’ faces.

A number of movies help to capture the spirit of the season.

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Dec. 6, 2006

Staff Editorial

Peace out

Be careful what decorations you choose to display for Christmas. Lisa Jensen, a Pagosa Springs, Colo. resident, decided to hang a different kind of Christmas wreath on her house this year. The classically green-colored wreath, equipped with a red bow on it, has been made to look like a peace sign. The Loma Linda Homeowners Association is now fining her $25 a day for every day that she keeps it hanging. Wait a minute. A peace sign? Yes. Some residents in Jensenʼs neighborhood complained that her international symbol of peace is actually an anti-Iraq war protest. Others voiced that it was a sign of Satan. But Jensen insists that neither Iraq nor Satan were the reasons why she hung the wreath. “Peace is way bigger than not being at war,” she said. “This is a spiritual thing.” Jensen has no intentions of taking the wreath down. She estimates the fines will total about $1,000. Whatʼs next? No heart with an arrow through it on Valentineʼs Day because it promotes violence? Come on. If you want to get right down to the facts, the peace sign was not designed as an anti-war protest or a sign of Satan. It was originally created in 1958 by British professional artist Gerald Holtom as the logo for the Campaign of Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Holtom worked on a Norfolk farm during WWII and conscientiously objected the use of nuclear weapons. He originally considered using the Christian cross symbol within a circle for his design, but several priests he approached with the idea disliked it. He ended up settling on the design you see today. “I was in despair,” Holtom said in a letter to Hugh Brock, editor of Peace News. “Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goyaʼs peasant before the firing squad. I formalized the drawing into a line and put a circle round it.” The symbol has been used on civil rights marches, during anti-Vietnam War marches, appeared on the walls of Prague during the Soviet invasion, on the graves of the victims of military dictators and on the Berlin Wall. The symbol has never been copyrighted, though the CND does ask that commercial users make a donation if they use it. All money goes toward CNDʼs peace education and information work. So whatʼs wrong with using it in the form of a Christmas wreath? You might be wondering why, in a free country, a woman is being fined money because she chose to decorate her house this holiday season in a creative manner that promotes peace. You might be wondering what has happened to the notion of freedom of expression. You might be wondering what horrible communists are stifling the rights and privileges of Americans. Ironically, you might find the answer a little too close to home.

Video Santa asks girl for holiday help

As if it isnʼt obvious, the holiday season is here. This is my favorite time of the year. Stores KRYSTLE CAREY and homes MANAGING EDITOR are decorated with lights, Christmas songs stream through the radio airwaves and holiday movies can be found on almost every channel. One of my favorite things is the cold-air, wood-burning, crisp-leaf smell. It makes all the difference in getting me in the holiday mood. Some of you may be thinking, “This girl is getting a little carried away,” but true holiday lovers know what Iʼm talking about. One special Christmas always comes to mind. When I was 5 years old, my dad worked the night shift. He happened to be working that Christmas Eve. I got scared at night, so I liked to sleep with my mom while dad was at work. I was awakened by the sounds of

jingling bells. My eyes darted toward the doorway. My heart raced, and I thought of what I should do – rush into the living room to see the white-bearded, jolly old man or stay in bed? As much as I wanted to peek in the living room so I could tell my friends at daycare that I saw Santa, I remembered mom telling me that Santa Claus would not leave you presents if you saw him. So, I sucked in my excitement and shut my eyes. Well, I left one eye open just in case he happened to walk past the bedroom door. Gradually, my open eye began to close, and I fell back asleep. When I awoke again it dawned on me that it was Christmas morning. With a jolt I sprang up and started bouncing on the bed to wake mom up. “Merry Christmas, Mommy! Itʼs time to open presents,” I shouted. I started getting a little bummed when I thought about the nightʼs events. I figured it must have all been a dream. Then mom asked if I had heard the bells during the night. My eyes opened wide, but not as

wide as my mouth. “You heard it, too,” I gasped. She nodded and smiled. When I ran into the living room I saw the presents under the tree. My groggy dad made his way around the corner to see what the commotion was all about. He had come home about an hour earlier and slept in my bed since I had occupied his. There was a fuzzy, pink kid sofachair parked next to a pink Barbie Corvette. And yes, it was the kind that I could actually ride in. Next to the two pink items was a videocassette with a paper cutout of a golden key, which is what caught my eye. My head tilted in curiosity at the cassette. “Put it in,” mom said. I slid the tape into the VCR and sat in my new fuzzy chair, eyes glued to the TV screen. Two elves in Santaʼs workshop appeared, quarreling over who would go on the nightʼs sleigh ride with Santa. The red-cheeked boss walked into the room, a worried look on his face. He told the elves that since they did not have a Christmas tree he might not be able to take presents to all the little boys and girls of the world. He asked

them if they could go out into the woods and bring back the biggest, prettiest tree they could find. He then turned to look into the television screen and say, “Krystle, these elves need your help, and only you can help them with your golden key.” My mouth dropped open at the realization that Santa was actually talking to me. I looked around at my parents to get their reassurance that I heard what I thought. They just smiled and nodded their heads. Well, the elves found a tree, which happened to be the littlest and least attractive tree in the forest. But, they did it with big hearts because they knew no one else would have taken that tree home with them. That Christmas – where I helped Santa – was, by far, the best I have ever had. Although I was pretty young, I will never forget it. So, this Christmas Eve, when all the lights are out and you are snuggled in your warm and cozy bed, be sure to leave some cookies and a glass of milk out for Santa. You never know when he might just stop by. That is if youʼve been good this year. Happy Holidays!

F o r every beginning there is an end. I just didnʼt think the end would be here so fast. F o r TIFFANY MERCER years I have been countSTAFF REPORTER ing down my time left in school. Now, I graduate in less than two weeks, and I canʼt believe it. College has been everything I expected and then some. I have been to hell and back these past few years; break-ups, bad grades, hangovers, sibling fights, moving in and moving out, getting pregnant, making and losing friends. And still, I would not change a minute of it. I never heard of Midwestern State University before I came here. I followed a friend here when I had no clue where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. I only planned to stay for two years. But then I met him.

We have definitely had our ups and downs, but itʼs been almost four years, and I love him more than ever. My sophomore year I became close with another mass communication student. The first half of the semester, we were silent, but once we started talking, we never shut up. I was sad to see her leave two summers ago when she decided to transfer to another university. I am happy for her though. She did what she wanted to, and now she is happy. She sends me cards all the time reminding me what a great friendship we still have. And I would have never met her if I didnʼt decide to come to MSU. My mom has done everything in her power to make my life great. When Iʼm down, she picks me up. When Iʼm broke, she goes to the bank. When Iʼm sad, she cheers me up. When I mess up, she fixes me. It just took a week of her ignoring me to help me realize how great she is. My mom has a tough job, something I couldnʼt understand until I

had a son of my own. It kills me to think that at one time I thought my little Tyler was the biggest mistake I have ever made. I could have not been any more wrong. Tyler made me work harder. I wanted to make good grades so I could graduate, get a great job and become successful. I want to give him everything like my mom has done for me. My big mistake turned out to be an even bigger blessing. Things happen for a reason. Moving out here and going to MSU has taught me more than I ever imagined. My adviser helped me out more than he probably knows. The entire time I was pregnant and frantic about trying to get through school, he always encouraged me to keep on. And my professor, Carla, was always telling me how good I could be. She was always making me want to be a better student and a better person. I will miss writing for this paper. I will always remember staying up at the school until 2 a.m. working on The Wichitan. I will miss opening the paper on Wednesday after-

noons, checking out how good of a job we did on it. I will miss writing my sports columns. Itʼs not very often a girl has the opportunity to voice her opinions on sports. I will miss arguing my republican points of view with The Wichitan staff. And yes, I am proud to say that I love George W. Bush. Most of all, I will miss writing for you, the readers. Nothing is better than having fellow students tell me how much they enjoyed my story. I will definitely miss that feeling the most. Well, this chapter of my life is coming to an end. I am still unsure about what is up next for me, but I am ready to find out. I will always have my memories from college. MSU has changed my life more than I had ever imagined. I came to the university as a spoiled 18-year-old girl with nothing but an attitude and a need to party. Now I am leaving here as a mother with a college degree. Crazy things have happened, but I have no regrets. Life couldnʼt be any better.

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Senior writer bids farewell to college life

THE WICHITAN Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Carrie Sullivan Managing Editor Krystle Carey Entertainment Editor Jason Kimbro Sports Editor Josh Mujica Opinions Editor Christian McPhate Photo Editor Adrian McCandless

Reporters Matt Hulme Richard Carter Christian McPhate LaTia Banks Tiffany Mercer Photographers Hershel Self Graphic Artist SunKyu Yoo-Norris

Advertising Manager Josh Leal Cartoonist David Stephenson

Adviser Randy Pruitt

OP-ED Faiths offer shocking parallels

“ Y e have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but I say unto you, ye CHRISTIAN MCPHATE that resist not OPINIONS EDITOR evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:38, 39 KJV) Christ was refuting the doctrine of an “eye for an eye,” an Old Testament proverb set forth by the prophet Moses, to a gathering of followers. However, the origins of the prophetic words are much older than most Christians realize. In fact, according to religions older than the biblical beliefs, some of the Bibleʼs laws, rituals, and heavenly host existed long before many of the biblical recordings. The first king of Babylon, Hammurabi, originally thought and implemented the “eye for an eye” law. He predated the prophet Moses by centuries. During his 42 year rule of the great city of Babylon from 1792 BC to 1750 BC, he constructed 282 godgiven laws, dealing with family, labor, real estate, trade and property, onto an 8-foot tall stone tablet. Sound familiar? The grand old king of Babylonia did not worship Jehovah, God or Allah. Hammurabi was a polytheist (the belief of many deities). He worshipped the gods Anu, Bel and Marduk the moon god. And much like the “splitter of the Red Sea,” he believed that Shamash, a sun god, blessed him with the knowledge of the code of laws.

Moses plagiarized him. However, this was not the only story borrowed from other religions by the prophets of Biblical times. Many Pagan religions of old found their beliefs lifted from their rituals, tomes and histories by the fledgling religion. “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jesus Christ (John 6: 53-54 KJV) Mithraism, a pagan religion dating back to the third century AD, used ritualistic methods like baptism, a “rebirth” ritual found in the Christian bible, to initiate their new followers into their heathen belief. An inscription to the god Mithras reads, “He who will not eat of my body and drink of my blood, so that he will be made on with me and I with him, the same shall not know salvation.” According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Celsus, a Platonist and polemical writer who lived in the late second century AD, went against the conformity of Christianity, stating, “This recent religion was only a pale reflection of Pagan belief.” Celsus pointed out that “[Christian] ideas concerning the origin of the universe, etc., are common to all peoples and to the wise men of antiquity.” Early church writers—Irenaeus, the Bishop of Lyons, Justin Martyr, a Christian apologist and Tertullian, a Christian theologian—concluded that the Pagan and Christian similarities were Satanʼs endeavor to create “diabolical mimicry.” They believed that the Devil “plagiarized by anticipation.” The writers of the early church reasoned that Sammael or Lucifer (as heʼs know in the Christiansʼ bible) was initiating a premeditative

strike against the Bible before the birth of Christ. Old Black Tomʼs reasoning? He wanted to confuse mankind into believing that the one-third god, Jesus (one-third of the trinity), was merely a copy of a previous half-god, Horus. In Central Mexico, giant pyramids pierce the heavens with their triangular walls of overgrowth. The temples are similar to the pyramids of Egypt. Archaeologists believe that there is no link between the two countries. They stated that in ancient times, the only way to build a solid, large structure capable of holding an innumerable amount of worshippers, treasures, histories and laws was to stack stone blocks on top of each other in a triangular shaped structure, the pyramid. Religions are similar to the pyramids. The parallels between the Pagans and Christians are testimonies that compel the truth seeker to travel the cratered highway of enlightenment. With the revealing of the supernatural components flowing through the Christian gospels of Pagan origin (the virgin birth, resurrections, divine healings, demonic exorcisms, transfigurations, the crucifixion and ascension of Jesus and the judgment of humanity), the seeker of knowledge is bombarded with the disturbing question: “What is truth?” However, despite the similarities and the plagiarisms between Christianity and Paganism, once you wedge away the miraculous and mystical events of the gospels, you are still left with a story about a Jewish carpenter who traveled the lands, teaching parables, proverbs, and anecdotes to the masses by living and applying the actions of his own words to his life.

Tidings of joy and gifts for me

Itʼs the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say. All I know is that I never seem to get what I want. JASON KIMBRO Nobody ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR ever complies with my demanding lists of desires, mainly because they think Iʼm kidding. Well, Iʼm not! So I figured I would try this one more time. The following is a list of things I would like to obtain, achieve, or come true as part of that Christmas magic of giving, and of course, receiving: First of all, I would like to meet my real mother. She hasnʼt been around since a couple of months before I was born, and n o body seems to want to tell me where she is. They all try to play it cool by saying things like “What the hell are you talking about?” and “Jason, I am your mother.” But I know better. If you happen to know the whereabouts of my real mum, please contact me as soon as possible. I would also like to get one of those wicked monkey paws from which one can make wishes come true in the most twisted of fashions. My wishes would vary but would mostly be used to inflict pain upon others, fooling the silly paw into thinking that they are my loved ones. Stupid monkeys. Next, I would like to receive an autographed picture of Mel Gibson, but instead of it being signed by Gibson himself, I would like it to be signed by Steven Spielberg. Iʼll let that one mull around in your heads a little bit. Hey, at least I didnʼt ask for one of Michael Richards signed by George Lopez and Richard Pryor. I would like to see David Letterman and Jay Leno to join forces and bring us the worst nighttime show in history, so they can get out of the way and let Conan finally get his chance to dominate. I would really enjoy one of those candy canes that resemble a led pipe, not unlike one that would be used to kill someone with a colorful name in the library or observatory.

Of course I wouldnʼt be killing anyone in any library or observaory, the loading dock behind the Clark Student Center would suffice. I would like someone to donate $150 for a sex determining sonogram of my next kid. This would really help get the “family” off my back. “Girl this…” “Girl that…” It really is getting old. Iʼve been pumping my old lady with all kinds of weird chemicals in hopes of getting a hermaphrodite just to throw the family and their “moral” values off teeter a bit. I would name it Jasona of Fallstown, lord lady of the drip! Then when people ask where I came up with the name, I would say I got it from the Bible and revel in their bewilderment. Next on my list of easily attainable gifts for moi would be a cell phone made entirely of gold and endangered elephant ivory produced in some Asian country by nine-yearold kids who get paid in dry lentils. There wouldnʼt be a cell phone in the world that could top that one. Well, except for my brotherʼs unique yellow phone made from the beaks of bald eagles in a fluffy cell phone case composed of silverback gorilla fur. It somehow has a mileage rating of 4 gpm highway, 3 gpm city. He takes it to work whenever his quartet of slave children is too weak to carry him. Heʼs my favorite sibling. Next, I would like to receive my M.A. in human resource development a full two years early so I can get started on actually being able to afford my little baby factory back at home, as well as the incessant demand for video games, frozen pizza, baby clothes, feminine hygiene products, hairspray, microwaveable meals that have instructions which proclaim “for best results cook in conventional oven,” pacifiers to shut the babies up when they cry and boxes of pre-fab meals that never get cooked. I would really appreciate it if someone had a fake commercial driverʼs license made for me. Iʼve always wanted to be a truck driver like my biological pop, but my vision has kept me from being able to pass the test. I know that it would probably be somewhat dangerous to have me out on the road driving around in a big rig, risking the lives of me and

everyone else in a 1,000 mile radius, but I figure that if I didʼt drive while intoxicated like most truckers are apt to do (wooooo I love generalizations) then it would make up for what I otherwise lack – kind of like my reasoning behind wearing baggy pants. Next on this list of debauchery and defamation, I would like to express my interest in mail-order brides. Not for myself, of course, but for my beagle, Darwin. He gets awfully lonely when left home alone, and a nice wife would do him some good. I know what youʼre thinking, there are laws against most forms of beastiality, but do not fret for Darwin is neutered. Near the top of my list would be a whole night of free drinks at Tobyʼs. Okay, I am pretty sure you have figured out by now that I get a few perks here and there for mentioing Tobyʼs as well as its exemplary staff: Augie, Audrey, Jenny Craig, Ashley, that one hot chick with the nice tush, and so forth, but can ya really blame me? All I need now is a completely free evening that isnʼt my birthday and doesnʼt end up in porcelin (or tabletop) suspense. Oh, and no tequila please. Cheese. Need I say more? I can never get enough cheese. Find the weirdest cheese you can find, and you can bet I would probably love it, other than that chocolate cheese made from goatʼs milk. Bleh! Finally I would like one of those hardbound editions of the Bible. (I know what youʼre thinking, what blasphemous, sacrilegious thing is he going to say next about my beloved Christianity? Well, youʼre wrong. I have nothing horrid to say within this parenthetical statement). That way I can finally have a book worthy to kindle my campfires as well as provide an uneasy excursion involving some of the most boring horror stories ever written. Even that picture Bible reminds me of some poor attempt at a period comic book series. I really do hope you all have a great Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Pearl Harbor Day, New Yearʼs Eve, random Canadian holiday or whatever. Iʼll be expecting those gifts come the 25, so get to hoppin! Iʼll see you all next year!

THE WICHITAN Dec. 6, 2006


Campus Voices

Q: How are you going to spend your holiday break?

“Catching up with cleaning house and unpacking boxes from a major move.” – Marianne Sims, 47, junior, nursing major

“Going home to Austin, spending time with friends and working at a scrapbook store.” – Rachel Ford, 18, freshman, music major

“Staying in boring ass Pierce to work over at Sunwatcher.” – Daniel Basham, 18, freshman, computer science major

“I will be going back home to spend time with my family and traveling to New York to see family as well.” – Eddie Carpio, 19, freshman, finance major

“I am graduating and will be going on a ski trip with my dad and brother, and later, I will cruise with my mom before starting work at a investment bank.” – Chris McDonald, 23, senior, finance major

“Spending time in Italy with the greatest boyfriend ever, Andrew, who is in the army serving our country.” – Shay Velasquez, 19, junior, spanish major


THE WICHITAN Dec. 6, 2006


Childrenʼs laughter mixed with an array of Christmas carols fills the crisp December air. Cars packed with awed passengers slowly creep by gazing at the astonishing sight. This is the 32nd year the Fantasy of Lights has been displayed on campus. Santa, Snoopy and Snow White and the seven dwarfs are among the 34 scenes displayed on campus. The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights opening ceremony kicked off last Friday. The sleet and snow did not stop the crowds from flocking to the MSU. “There was a bigger turn out than you would expect,” said Carmen Thacker, Fantasy of Lights coordinator. Thacker said she knows several people who start their Christmas season by coming


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out to view the Fantasy of Lights. Despite the rich history the Fantasy of Lights has on campus, MSU was not its original home. The Fantasy of Lights originated on the front lawn of a newlywed couple in the late 1920ʼs. Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Burns began their decorating by setting out a Christmas tree on their front porch and adorning it with one blue bulb. Year after year the display grew in size. In 1954, Mr. Burns passed away but Mrs. Burns kept their tradition going in memory of her late husband until 1970. After Mrs. Burns passed away in May of 1971, the display was discontinued. She left her display of Christmas cheer to the near-by town of Archer City. The monstrous exhibit sat in storage four years until Mrs. Burnsʼs son died and

Archer City offered the display to MSU with the stipulation that it would be free of charge to all who wanted to view it. MSU did not have the funds to maintain such a huge exhibit and set up a nonprofit Fantasy of Lights committee. The group raised money to buy paint and other materials needed to keep the display in shape. Thacker, who has coordinated the Fantasy of Lights, for four years, said donations are vital to the survival of the tradition. “It is what keeps the Fantasy of Lights going,” she said. “If we donʼt have donations there is no way we can do it.” The upkeep of the Fantasy of Lights usually cost between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. “We get a lot of money that way. The rest we get from the

community,” she said. “We have volunteers come out from the community to collect money and then we have the boxes.” When a new display is added to the fantasy of lights the funds needed for the year double. “It cost about $30,000 to do a new display so we have to raise that money as well as everything else,” she said. “I am hoping in the next year or two to have a new display.” Not only does Fantasy of Lights cost a lot of money but takes many hours making repairs to the displays by numerous volunteers. The volunteers began working in the warehouse the first week of October, she said. “I had probably 200 kids come out to the building where we store the stuff to do painting and cleaning,” Thacker said.

The money and time are not in vain. It is estimated that 200,000 peoples come out to view the Fantasy of Lights every year. David Perez, 51, has been going to see the Fantasy of Lights ever since he was a little boy. Perez said it is a tradition in his family. “I started coming to Fantasy of Lights when Mrs. Burns did it,” he said. “Now I bring my grandkids to see it.” His 3-year-old grandson Joel has already picked his favorite display. “He likes the choochoo train,” he said. The displays and 20,000 Christmas lights are lit every evening at sundown, and stay lit until 10:00 p.m. on weeknights and 11:00 p.m. on weekends. The display is open until New Yearʼs Day.

Photos by:

Adrian McCandless and Hershel Self

Bottom left: Scott Josephson and his 5-year-old son Zach went to the Fantasy of Lights Tuesday night. Zach places his letter to Santa in the mailbox with hopes it reaches Santa in time. Bottom right: Cars line up for blocks to make their way through the Fantasy of Lights display in front of the Hardin Building.


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Across Critic manages to Campus find five more bits

of fun in Fallstown

Finals Finals will be held during the week of Dec. 9 through Dec. 15. Donʼt forget to buy your scantrons, pencils and blue books from the campus bookstore. Study hard. Good Luck, and have a great break!

Voices Voices submissions are due by Dec. 15. E-mail material to along with a cover sheet, which can be found on MSUʼs Web site. Guidelines can also be found on the site. Winners will be posted in March 2007. The selected students will receive copies of the issue of Voices in which their work appears.

Finals Frenzy Students can enjoy events scheduled from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the Clark Student Center to help relieve finals stress. Events range from Pictures with Santa and Celebrities, Aqua Massage, Jingle Bell Bingo, Late night Breakfast, Kickboxing with Klaus, Freestyle Dance Competition, Speed Dating and more. Santaʼs Secret Swap Meet will also take place in the Arrowhead Lounge between 9 p.m. through 11 p.m. Be sure to bring shirts, CDs/DVDs, decor, etc to trade or give away. The movie “Click” will be shown in the Shawnee Theater at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. A drawing for a free I-Pod will take place at 10:30 p.m. in the Atrium.

RICHARD CARTER WICHITAN DANCE CRITIC Thereʼs nothing like a weekend in the Falls to make someone appreciate just how good people have it in larger cities. Okay, maybe itʼs not all that bad driving up and down Kemp Street looking for some kind of epic adventure. All told, I found all of about five fun filled things to do in town last weekend. In no certain order, they are as follows: Patrice Pike at the Iron Horse Pub: Or should I say hanging out with the positively gorgeous Patrice Pike before her super high energy show at the Pub. Sure, sheʼs a television rock star now with her very cool appearance in CBSʼs “Rock Star Supernova.” And yes, Butch Walker (sometimes producer and co-writer with Bowling for Soup) was her favorite person in the show. And, oh yeah, her Falls performance Saturday night was really good with her bluesy voice, stage presence and fun band. Finding cool jazz music on Yeah, I know. Only a real schlub would spend significant time digging through Emusic.comʼs extensive jazz catalogue to find and download their apportioned 90 tracks each month. But, that said, there are some amazing Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans and Albert Ayler and Sun Ra tracks available for about 22 cents a piece. And some of those Sun Ra tracks can go along for up to 28 minutes or so. A considerately smart proposition for people with loads of musical taste and nothing else much better to do. And yes, they have alternative music.

Sleeping in Sunday: Of course, anyone can sleep in on Sundays, and do little but eat chicken noodle soup, sip café au lait, listen to cool jazz and watch a DVD or two on the television. But there is something to be said for doing exactly those little nothings. In a world of tension, stress and extreme angst, sleeping in on Sunday can be a propitious and prudent choice. In fact, if there were more people who went along with the sleeping in option, then perhaps the world might be a better place. Or maybe not. Colleen “Colleen et Les Boites a Musique.” Normally I would download this disc to my iPod and walk Sikes Lake late at night. Of course, it was way too cold last weekend and I was in no mood to risk pneumonia. That said, Colleenʼs newest EP takes shards of music box tunes and employs various DJ and studio techniques to play with the various musical patterns and rings of these old school music makers. A beguiling CD (and idea) that becomes more interesting with each listen. Amelie Nothomb “The Life of Hunger.” Haruki Murakami and Nothomb are my favorite novelists. Autobiographical, in a twistful way, the Belgian writer recounts tales of her fantastic and epic life growing up as a diplomatʼs daughter in Tokyo, Peking, Manhattan, Bangladesh, Burma and Laos. Wildly entertaining with a wistful, sort of melancholic as well as acerbic air, her stories recount many worlds and lifetimes of stories that read plausibly but never come off as really probable enough to seem boring.

The Entertainment staff of The Wichitan wish you all a safe and happy holiday season! Watch out for rabid reindeer! These parts be thick with ‘em!

See and Hear

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Graduation The MSU commencement ceremony for Fall 2006 graduates will be held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in the D.L. Coliseum. The doors will open at 9 a.m. and degree candidates will be lined up in the eastside (Taft Blvd.) hall of the south wing. Signs will indicate where the graduates will line up. The ceremony is anticipate to last about two hours. After the recessional, graduates will proceed outside onto the lawn to meet family and guests.

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ʻCCRʼ returns to their Okie roots in new album

JESSICA COODY FOR THE WICHITAN The Boys from Oklahoma are back and louder than ever. The Red-Dirt musicians “Cross Canadian Ragweed” has released its newest album, “Back To Tulsa: Live and Loud at Cainʼs Ballroom.” The album, which was recorded at the legendary Cainʼs Ballroom in Tulsa, couldnʼt have come at a better time. Fans of the Red Dirt/Texas Country scene have begun to wonder if the boys, known by the fans as “CCR,” were going to abandon their roots and hit the mainstream. And although true music buffs know that Credence Clearwater Revival is the only band rightfully referred to as CCR, the two groups share the common thread of southern rock and down-home lyrics that

are recognizable and understood by the listeners. With the release of their previous album, Garage, Cross Canadian Ragweed somewhat disappointed its fans. The hard-hitting, beer drinking anthems had disappeared only to leave softer tunes and ʻremember whenʼ prose. It is with the release of the newest double-album that the boys get back to their roots and give the listeners what they want: the Cross Canadian Ragweed they remember. With a mix of both older and newer songs, the band revives its ability to connect with the audience, something it had lost since it started playing as opening acts to larger names in much larger venues. Tracks like “Alabama” and “Anywhere but Here” stimulate both the ears and the memories of

fans who long for the chance to once again hear the band up close and personal. Songs like “Late Last Night” and “Final Curtain” give fans the opportunity to hear Cross Canadian Ragweedʼs newer tracks in their best light: live. Fellow musicians and friends such as Wade Bowen and Stoney Larue join the band for the twonight jam session, and lend their vocals to a couple of the tracks. The recordings heard on the album have not been dubbed or altered. All the listener hears is live, raw Cross Canadian Ragweed. Complete with bits of conversation from front man Cody Canada, this album is a true must-have for any Cross Canadian Ragweed fan.

Cross Canadian Ragweed gather around a car wondering why they roll their joints all wrong.

A lovely little scratch for those itching for a joyous holiday film JASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR It should be painstakingly obvious by now that the holiday season is in full swing. Macyʼs had its parade, Rockefeller had its tree, and every other major city is jealous for lacking such traditional moments of tissing the season to be merry. Some non-living entities (oxymoron?) are experiencing a bit of jealousy too: holiday films that we as a society have chosen to ignore over the years. Some of these treasures are truly wondrous works of art and others are just plain stupid but fun to watch nonetheless, thus deserve an audience. I thought I would take time from my busy schedule to bring you a few of these films, along with some time-honored cinematic traditions that most either hate to enjoy, or enjoy to hate. Letʼs start off with some of the more well-known pieces of film that express holiday joy (and torture) in the finest sense. Many of you had to have seen the classic film “A Christmas Story” about a dozen times, thanks to Ted Turnerʼs repititious networks. Definitely considered one of the most beloved holiday films of all time (and hated by many as well) this films follows the trials and tribulations of poor young Ralphie as he goes on a campaign to receive the ultimate Christmas gift, a Red Rider BB Gun. If you are one of the few individuals who have been absent in the past twenty years and have never seen this film, it is highly suggested by many that you run out and rent, NAY, purchase this film. Either that or wait for the yearly 24-hour-long marathon on TNT. Another modern classic in holiday cinema is the exceedingly hilarious “National Lampoonʼs Christmas Vacation.” The Griswolds are back and ready to destroy another family event as the head of the household,

Ralphie and friends from “A Christmas Story” teach us in this classic scene that tongues belong in designated areas only.

Clark, takes on the task of hosting an old fashioned family Christmas. Things go from funny to backbreaking outrageous after he finally gets all 20,000 lights lit on his home and his provincial relative Eddie shows up to contribute to the chaos. Itʼs nipply outside but things couldnʼt get any hotter inside the Griswold home as tensions rise and things begin to explode, literally. This is another must see for all of those who somehow missed this wondrous bit of slapstick cinema. On a more serious side, Frank Carpaʼs “Itʼs A Wonderful Life” warmed the worldʼs heart many

years ago with its enduring story and tear-jerking ending. This used to be what “A Christmas Story” had become, showing about a million times each season, but when certain major corporations bought the sole rights of the film, it has become one that is hard to catch during the season for giving. As we all know, George Bailey is living a somewhat successful life, growing up, courting his high school sweetheart, doing what he can to make his little town survive hard times. George himself finds that hard times can be somewhat cumbersome as he wishes he was never

born. Parodied in over a hundred sitcoms, cartoons, and even movies, Georgeʼs guardian angel appears and shows him what the world would be like if he had never been born. Of course he redeems himself and it turns out to be a wonderful life after all. Awww. I still cry whenever I see the end of that film. If I were to give out a few honorable mentions they would have to be: “Scrooged,” “A Christmas Carol” (take your pick, just not the silly musical one with Albert Finney), “Miracle on 34th Street” (the original), and of course “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.”

Now onto some lesser known holilday films that you may enjoy. In 1985, the film “One Magic Christmas” was released which took a different look at the “Itʼs a Wonderful Life” concept. An angel shows a depressed woman just how bad it would be if she werenʼt around, but this time we get a sprinkling of both religious idealogy (angels and such) and secular traditions (Santa Claus and magic). Though a bit silly and boring at times (especially for a film from the mid-80ʼs) this can be a joyous family treat to take oneʼs mind of the hustle and bustle of the holiday sea-

son. The films stars Ted Dansonʼs old lady, Mary Steenburgen, and can be found at most video stores. About eight years ago, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was reveling in his fame from “Home Improvement.” Amidst this over-extended fifteen minutes, Thomas starred in a quirky and fun family film called “Iʼll Be Home for Christmas.” The premise is beyond ridiculous as Thomas plays a college freshman trying to make a cross-country trek home for the holidays. The hitch though is that some college bullies decided to pull a prank and glue a santa costume upon his body. I wish I knew where to find this glue that makes it virtually impossible to remove from skin, yet at the same time does not cause any damage. The movie does have its moments though, with much of the film taking place in a desert setting and such, it can be quite refreshing from the over abundance of white, as if we get a lot of snow here. For those whose interests are aimed more toward that good ʻol black and white fare, 1949ʼs “Holiiday Affair” could be the ticket for you. Starring Robert Mitchum, who isnʼt typically known for playing a heartwarming character, and Janet Leigh, this sweet film portrays a wish coming true for a young child who desires to board a train with a destination for Christmas. Sounds kind of weird, but it isnʼt. This is classic holiday joy. Before I get to the nasty flicks we all should avoid I thought I better give a few more shout outs in order to avoid backlash from: The Goths: “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The Kulkinites: “Home Alone.” The musically inclined: too many to list, but specifically “White Christmas.” The classic animation buffs: take almost every Christmas song you know and there is bound to be an annimated feature short named after it. I would like to take another moment of disclaimer to apologize for the lack of movies involving other holidays of the season, such as Chanukah and Kwanzaa. There just arenʼt too many films of particular enjoyment about these holidays, other than perhaps Adam Sandlerʼs “8 Crazy Nights” which would normally be placed in the crap file. For those interested in Pearl Harbor Day, on the other hand, let me recommend “Tora! Tora! Tora!” over Michael Bayʼs “Pearl Harbor..” I will now finish up with films to avoid this and every holiday season. In no particular order they are: “Surviving Christmas,” “Jingle All the Way” (no matter what Ah-nuld may say), and the worst of them all, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsonʼs “The Case of the Christmas Caper.”

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Beggar_________________continued from page 1 cient. The closest I came to being rebuked was by a little, hunched, greyhaired Italian woman. She carried a Bible and a huge vintage bag, probably on her way home from church or confession. When I looked up to deliver my line, I was interrupted by a scripture verse, a little Italian, and some advice. “God helps those who help themselves, you vagabond,” she said. “Go wash dishes somewhere. ‘Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. A wise youth works hard all summer; a youth who sleeps away the hour of opportunity brings shame.’ Proverbs 10:4-5.” I stifled my crackle as she walked away. The rest of the time went quickly as people dropped money and walked away, no questions asked. About a month ago, I was at the bus stop on Southwest and Taft. A woman named Helen stopped to ask for bus fare. I offered to pay her fare if she waited with me. She said she was in a rush, so I whipped out a five. As I watched the dirty, beaten woman walk down the street, I felt good. I had just helped out someone less fortune than myself. A weekend later, I saw Helen in Cheddars, sitting with friends, surrounded by expensive appetizers,

and a sea of strawberry margaritas. I thought I was mistaken. I decided to approach the table. “Hello, Helen,” I said. “Hi, who are you?” she replied, looking a little startled. I asked her how things were going, and if she remembered me. She said she vaguely remembered me and she was doing quite fine. I was mad, but hurt. I wanted a charity refund. “Karma’s a bitch, isn’t it,” my dining companion said when I filled her in. A few days later, a friend decided to give a Mexican vagrant a gardening job. He worked for two weeks at $8 an hour—cash! That was way more than my flimsy $6 at JC Penney. She gave him food and clothes. But he suddenly disappeared with her lawn-mower and bags of fertilizer. A month later, she saw him cruising through a Wal-Mart parking lot in a new white Honda Accord. Was this merely bad luck or are more catching on to this fast paying job? But it answers a question. Scams work. Begging seems to now be a growing profession. I should never be mad at Helen or be disappointed in that Mexican, for I am just as guilty as they are.

Good luck on finals!


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Celebration of the century

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN Alpha Phi Alpha celebrates 100 years as a fraternity. They have been recognised on MSU since 1987. Pictured from left: Senior President Clifford Jingles, alumni Andre Kelsick, senior Robert Potts, senior Charles Steward and junior Benjamin McPhereson.


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Keep on trucking


Concrete____________________________________________________________continued from page 1 to the McDonaldʼs restaurants, everything was painted maroon and white. “I just wanted to bring some of that support back home to Wichita Falls.” Tim said. The concrete truck has been painted in maroon and gold for three years. Two huge MSU emblems are emblazoned on the side of the drum that continually spins.

Don Olsee, a local sign painter, is responsible for that. “This truck gets a lot of special attention.” Tim said. The truck drivers enjoy driving the truck all over the area from Iowa Park to Burkburnett to Henrietta and even to the Dallas-Ft Worth area at times. Tim said that on

larger jobs such as the new highway addition at Kell and HWY 287, contractors use the MSU truck as a marker to know how many trucks have come out to the job. The contractors know by the MSU truck that they have received 10 truckloads of concrete. This truck is just a rolling billboard for MSU.

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make up their mind so quickly.” In her Business Communications class, Perkins instructs the students on the proper ways to build not only a resume, but also a grammatically correct and persuasive one. “It is a resume that when employers get it, they say, ʻGee, I want to hire this person,ʼ” she said. However, persuasive resume building is not the only benefit imparted on the students in her class. Business luncheon etiquette is also an important part of the course. It is an important skill for the students entering the professional world. “I always start out telling them, and I donʼt mean it in a derogatory way, but most of my students only have nice meals on holidays,” she said. “You are the generation that grew up eating out of paper sacks and Styrofoam and when you are in a business setting, you need to know how to conduct yourself.” She explained that this skill of professionalism is taught to the students on several different levels, including proper dress, image, order of introductions and where nametags are to be placed. “Well, I know I always put it on my left because Iʼm right handed,” Perkins said. “But you wear your name tag on the right-hand side because that is the shoulder or the arm you use to shake hands with.” Another important asset for future job seekers resides in the understanding of the importance of repeating names. “We talk about that if you repeat a personʼs name, you are more likely to remember it because we have all had that experience of meeting people and immediately forgetting their names, which is embarrassing,” she said. Perkins is a strong believer in a hands-on type of training system when it comes to the proper utensil placement and use skill. During the business etiquette lunch, she teaches students how to use them “I bring up a box of good china, silver and crystal,” she said, “and I always pick on a couple of the guys because I figure they are the ones who are not going to know how to set up a table.” She said people use their silverware from the outside in, so if you have coffee, then you would set your silverware for the beverage at the farthest right. “This morning I was at Pioneer restaurant and some old fogy was blowing his nose in his napkin,” she said. “Who wants to hear somebody blowing their nose in a napkin or pick up that napkin after some-

bodyʼs done that?” This leads into another important part of the luncheon skill: the proper ways of using and placing the multifacet napkin. “I instruct the students that when they get up to place their napkin on the chair and when you finish your meal,” she said, “you place the napkin nicely folded to the left of your silverware.” Of course, one cannot impart the knowledge of business etiquette without instructing the students on the proper ways of purchasing food when at a luncheon. “The guiding rule that I give to students,” she explained, “is to always follow the lead of your host in everything you do.” She said it is best just to price your meals at the same range or below what your host suggests is a good item from the menu. Do not order appetizers and do not order alcoholic beverages unless your host suggests it. “Serious gamblers donʼt drink when they gamble and people who are serious about conducting business donʼt drink three martinis at lunch,” Perkins said. “When you are trying to make an impression on an employer, that would not be the way to do it. You donʼt get sloshed.” A gender-free business world is another topic of importance taught to the students. “I appreciate chivalry, but in the business world, gender doesnʼt really matter,” she said. “You never know what will offend people and you donʼt want to give the impression that women are unequal.” So what is a student of the professional field to do? “The basic rule is a combination of common sense and good manners,” she said, “and good manners should always take precedence over any rules.” Before the release of MSUʼs 2006 catalogue of courses, junior and senior business majors were required to take the Business Communications course. However, the university has changed this educational requirement for the future CEOs to a business ethics course, dropping the class to an elective. Perkins strongly recommends students take the course, as the skills learned in it are extremely valuable in the professional world. She also said the dean of the business department is trying to utilize the Career Management Center. She said if you take a rough resume to the people working there, then they will work with you one-on-one to create a proper resume together.

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L.L. Bean. “But theyʼve crossed the line into an indoor/outdoor shoe.” Curran, whoʼs based in Maine, said he noticed people wearing them outdoors in early October. “Iʼve seen a few people at Starbucks with them on. And one person at the supermarket.” So far the flip-flops are available only for women, with no plans to expand the line to men. “Weʼre not sure if the core L.L. Bean guys are ready for that,” Curran said.





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Senior art exhibition full of ‘Secrets’ “Secrets” wonʼt be a secret after Friday when five art majors unveil their senior projects at a 6 p.m. receiption in the Fain Fine Art Center foyer gallery. The exhibit will run until Jan. 11. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Seniors represented are Jori Brewer, Michelle Emerson, Ashley Gremillion, Julie Stormer and Meegan Weaver.

Julie Stormer Room with a View My interest in the natural world carries over into my photographs. My compositions focus on interiors of abandoned buildings being consumed by unrestricted vegetation. These structures are falling apart, torn and broken. Spaces are being overtaken by grasses, trees, vines, animals, vagrants. The environment is reclaiming what was taken from it. Itʼs unsettling to compare the way these places must have looked years ago to the way they look now. I grew up in a rural area. Before kindergarten I could name every wildflower on my land. My growing interest in plant life led me to also produce a body of ceramic work based on varieties of carnivorous plants. These are also in the exhibit.

Ashley Gremillion Hot Stuff I love to people-watch. Iʼve developed satiric characters based on those observations and compiled them into comic-like images over the past two years. Graphic solar plate intaglio prints and small acrylic paintings on paper comprise this exhibition. The theme of these works is based on fallacies, weaknesses and laughable inconsistencies I observe in other people and project upon imaginary characters. The artwork deals with people on the fringes of society, such as the angry computer-nerd/aspiring anarchist, the punk-rock human fashion plate and other youthful archetypes. I create characters by lumping such personality traits together and exaggerating them. Self-expression through humor is irreverent and freeing.

Michelle Emerson Marilyn Monroe My particular focus is 20th century dress and its evolution. My influences are the fashion spreads and print ads of W, Vogue and Harperʼs Bazaar. Movies also influence and inspire ideas for my artwork. For each piece I scan a photograph and use a computer program to emphasize the contour lines of the body in which I apply areas of broad color. The background is a flat field of color to isolate the image. Each piece has a contemporary and commercial appearance. These women are the epitome of style, dress, beauty and personality, indicactive of their era. These women are fashion ideals.

Meegan Weaver In the Garden As a young girl I remember craving attention from my father by asking, “Do I look pretty, daddy?” I was always seeking affirmation from someone other than myself. The pressures placed on by my freinds, teen magazines and advertisements to look a specific way resulted in feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. My models are selected according to their shape, size, skin tone, age and willingness to express diversity. Their features are not altered or fixed in order to reveal the natural beauty as opposed to how magazines romanticize and alter models. Flowers such as tulips and calla lilies parallel the diversity of females while symbolizing creation and the demure aspect of a woman.

Jori Brewer Self and the Affair Ralph Waldo Emerson states, “It is easy to live for others; everybody does. I call for you to live for yourself.” Emerson explains that to discover self without the element of othersʼ influence is the true challenge of life. In every day situations I play many roles: student, daughter, sister, friend, employee and girlfriend. But who am I when there is no one to define my role? My series “Self and the Affair” explores the person I am when I am not simply responding to a certain individual. The subject matter of these images centers around the fantasy of carrying out a romantic relationship with an exact double of myself. The works create a sense of tension and impossibility, which by combining two images in a digital environment, is presented as a truth. And while it is physically impossible to have a liaison with a clone of myself the underlying tones of narcissism, lust and infedelity are personality traits. When alone, I am self-critical, vain, selfish, determined, prideful and brave.


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Bearcats claw Mustangs out of playoffs JESSIE LEWIS STAFF REPORTER

As many hit the road to go home for the Thanksgiving break the Midwestern State football team hit the field. For the first time in MSU history the football team advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs. Junior quarterback Daniel Polk threw two touchdown passes to DelJuan Lee in the last 3:41 to lead the No. 18 Mustangs to a 2826 come from behind victory over No. 15 Missouri Western State University in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Football Cham-

Women lose HERSHEL SELF | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Chad Rickett, 22, shoots a three as a SOSU defender tries to keep up in action Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The Mustangs lost 92-70.

Storm blows away MSU FOR THE WICHITAN

Despite a 20-20 game from Midwestern State University senior Eric Dawson the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm snapped the Mustangs three-game winning streak with a 92-70 victory in Lone Star Conference divisional crossover play Saturday night at Gerald Stockton Court in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. MSU (3-1) jumped out to a fivepoint lead in the first four minutes only to see Southeastern go on a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to grab a lead it would never relinquish. The Mustangs shot only 24 percent in the first half as SOSU built a 17-point 40-23 halftime lead. MSU trimmed the Savage Storm lead to 10 with a 9-4 run to start the second half, but SOSU answered the call and never let the Mustangs back in the contest.

Dawson, the 6-9 senior from San Antonio/Sam Houston, collected 23 points with 20 rebounds for the first 20-20 game in recent memory for the Mustangs. Dawsonʼs 20 boards was the most since Justin James recorded 20 boards against West Texas A&M on Feb. 17, 2005. Dawson also blocked eight shots, setting a new MSU school record in the process. He held the old mark with seven swats against Ouachita Baptist in Hawaii and Eastern New Mexico, both last season. Junior Chris Davis also chalked up a double-double for MSU, with 19 points and 10 boards, the only other MSU player to score in double figures. MSUʼs next scheduled action is Thursday when the Mustangs travel to Southwestern Oklahoma State. Tip-off is set at 8 p.m.

pionships Saturday Nov. 18 at Memorial Stadium. Thanksgiving weekend proved to be another big game for the Mustang as they faced the No. 2 Northwest Missouri Bearcats. The Bearcats played in the National Championship last year against Grand Valley and were hungry to reach it to Florence, Ala. this year. The Mustang offense had a great drive to start the game off but failed to get the ball in the endzone. Coach Bill Maskill elected to kick a field goal only to have Kristian Foster miss a 32-yard field goal wide right. It was the first field goal attempt of the season that Foster had missed

and the first kick that wasnʼt blocked that was no good. Northwestern Missouri came out and capitalized off the missed field goal with a field goal of their own making the score 3-0. MSU would get the ball back but was unable to get anything started as the Mustangs went three-andout. NWMSU had the momentum until a missed hand-off to Kendall Wright was scooped up by MSUʼs Doinal Arps. Arps returned the ball for 20 yards before pitching it back to safety Darius Bortters. Bortters raced with the ball and took it down to the Bearcats 15 yard line.

Coach Mel Tjeerdsma of NWMSU challenged the referee in the middle of the field and after more than five minutes the officials determined that the play was an incomplete shovel pass. The Mustangs could never catch a break. NWMSU blocked a field goal along with the missed field goal the Mustangs tried earlier in the game. NWMSU won 27-0 to end the Mustangs great season. This marked the second time in MSU history that the Mustnags were held scoreless the entire game. The 2006 Mustangs place their names in the history book by tying the most games won in a season with 10.


The Midwestern State University womenʼs basketball team lost their third straight game of the season, 84-65 to Southeastern Oklahoma State Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. After trailing 32-39 at the half the Mustangs shot only 21 percent in the second half but stayed in the game by making 21 of 28 freethrow shots. Sonya Calhoun-Courtney, Kaylon Hodge, and Stacy Staten, all scored 14 points for Midwestern in the loss. Brittni Burks led MSU (2-3) in rebounding with eight to go along with her nine points. SOSU was lead by the hot shooting of Roni Morrow and Cassie Watson. Morrow was 7-12 from the field for 18 points. Watson finished with 16 points, including 3-5 shooting from behind the three point line and seven rebounds. The Mustangs travel to Oklahoma to face Southwestern Oklahoma State Thursday as part of a menʼs and womenʼs doubleheader. Tip-off for the women is set for 6 p.m. in Weatherford.

HERSHEL SELF | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Stacey Staten elevates for a jump shot over Southeastern Oklahoma State defenders in D.L. Ligon Coliseum last Saturday night. Staten swooshed in 14 points as the Lady Mustangs lost, 84-65.

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THE WICHITAN Dec. 6, 2006


Two Mustangs of the same breed hope to earn victories IGGY CRUZ

STAFF REPORTER One-half of the sibling stands at six-foot-two, 190 pounds with shaggy hair drooping from underneath his backwards black-fitted hat. Drew Coffman is cool and reserved, radiating wisdom and maturity when he speaks. By contrast, Jordan, the younger half of his flesh and blood is a cleancut 6-foot, 185 pound “team clown” oozing with energy. Not only that, he confidently claims to be “the best looking guy on the team.” One is an offensive minded shooter with a trigger for a finger, while the other is a defensive hustler who thrives on his own energetic play. So when you hear the last name “Coffman” thunderously echo from the press table microphone in Gerald Stockton Court this basketball season, donʼt be surprised to see

two Coffmanʼs storm the court at once wearing the Mustang maroon. The menʼs hoops team welcomes the addition of the Coffman brothers to its roster this year after landing the two guards from Texas Tech University and Midland Junior College respectively. The Midland natives are also the latest in a bloodline of family members to attend MSU. Their dad and high school coach at Lee High, Mark Coffman, graduated from the institution as an Indian, while their aunt, Mindy Myers, played basketball under head coach Jeff Ray. “Weʼve had a lot of family come through here,” Jordan said. The brothers even reminisced about attending Rayʼs basketball camps. So when Drew departed from the Texas Tech basketball team last season, Ray and the Mustangs made sense to him. “When I made the decision I wasnʼt going to go back to [Texas]

Bears maul rugby team FOR THE WICHITAN The Midwestern State rugby team faced off against the Baylor Bears last Saturday at the MSU practice football fields. MSU came into the game needing to win their fourth and final cup match of the Western Conference to secure an outright playoff berth into the Texas Collegiate Division II playoffs which start in February. The Bears scored three times before half to go up 19-0. The second half saw a more stingy MSU rugby team. The Mustangs used the wind to kick down field to place Baylor back into their own territory.

MSU was able to stay in the game and not allow Baylor to score by kicking. The Bears had numerous penalties in the second half allowing the Mustangs to kick down field for touch. MSUʼs lone score came off an intercepted pass by inside center TJ Roese, who raced 60 meters for the try. Brad Sample converted the extra point to make the score 19-7. MSU was unable to get another score as Baylor stole the ball in the final minute and ran the ball out of bounds to end the game. The Mustangs will open the spring with a round robin on Jan. 20 against Texas A&Mʼs 2nd side and the Dallas Diablos.

Tech, I figured I would just quit basketball all together,” Drew said. “But then I got calls from coaches to play at their school. I didnʼt enjoy sitting out and thought I would always regret not playing.” Drew, a 22-year-old graduate kinesiology major, transferred to the Mustangs last spring, while making headlines in several newspapers and web sites for being one of two players to leave the Red Raiders under famed coach Bob Knight. “It was a bad situation for me really,” Drew said. “Coach Knightʼs style has worked for many players. I always played basketball for fun. For me, he took it out.” Knightʼs rough coaching style has also gotten him under the watch of NCAA and Texas Tech university officials. His latest incident involved a jab thrown under the chin of sophomore forward Michael Prince after lowering his head as Knight tried to talk to him during a time-out on November, 14, 2006. ESPN and

several web sites posted the video. Drew said he respects Knight as a coach, but has moved on to a healthier situation at MSU. “Itʼs a lot different here than it is there. Division 1 offers more than they do here, but at the same time this school offers stuff Tech doesnʼt. Itʼs been good for me. Iʼve really enjoyed it.” Jordan on the other hand, turned down the University of TexasPermian Basin and settled on the Mustangs after Ray offered him a walk-on spot on the team. The 20-year-old said familiarity with the area and Ray made the transition easy. Jordanʼs personality on and off the court is also an asset Drew cherishes. “I admire Jordan because no matter what happens, heʼs always going to make someone feel good. Heʼs very enjoyable to be around,” Drew said. “I get to the point where I donʼt want to go to practice so I have to talk to him for energy and

his excitement about doing it makes me want to do it.” The pair also live together and said they both “have their moments” when it comes to cleaning around the place and the occasional brotherly spats. “We tell each other everything, so we really donʼt hide that much. Weʼve had more arguments than fighting,” Drew said. “Weʼve never had any huge arguments. We get along pretty good.” “And I beat him up every once in a while,” Jordan added jokingly. The brothers also help each other out as family and teammates when it comes to giving advice. “After the game he [Jordan] pointed out little things the other night I did that I need to improve on,” Drew said. “During practice I do the same with him.” Drew said itʼs special having an opportunity to finish his collegiate career playing alongside his brother, even though they bring different elements to the game.

“Our playing styles are somewhat the same but different,” Drew said. “Weʼre both pretty good passers and have a high knowledge of the game, but he [Jordan] is a better defender than I am and has more hustle plays. I would take his energy. Iʼd be a high energy guy. He brings energy all the time.” Jordan said he respects Drew for his work ethic and if he could take a part of his game it would be his ability to take over a game with his shooting or passing. The Coffman brothers are also hoping to deliver more than last years 16-11 season. “I went to two NCAA tournaments and been part of a winner. I hope I can take some of the stuff I learned and bring it here,” Drew said. “Hopefully weʼll get some wins. A lot of them,” Jordan added.

A MSU rugby player rushes up the field with the ball as Baylor defenders swarm around him. Midwestern faced Baylor last Saturday and lost to the Bears, 19-7. The only score for MSU came on an intercepted pass by TJ Roese. The rugby team will now face Texas A&M on Jan. 20.



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