MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: Students rally to open up the lines of communication between students and administrators to avoid
WOMEN’S WASHOUT: Women’s basketball team falls to 1-3 with 80-71 loss to Southeastern Oklahoma
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Former felon pens tale of rebirth and reform Chris Collins Managing Editor
Roger Hinesh is a man with a sordid past – and he wants to share it with you. Conceived after his mother was raped, Hinesh was shuffled from orphanage to orphanage as a boy. Later, he’d plunge into alcoholism, drug addiction and crime. He wound up spending 13 years in federal prison. At one point he was too strung out on heroin to even hold a cup of coffee. That’s the bad. Here’s the good: in between he taught Elvis Presley how to dance and appeared with him in the movie Jailhouse Rock. He also became a go-to
guy for Hollywood music producers and a friend of Father Edward Flanagan, founder of Boy’s Town orphange. He eventually ended up working as a custodian at MSU. Here he met Dr. Emily LaBeff, professor of sociology, and Gary Goldberg, professor of photography, who would eventually help him author a book about his eventful life. The autobiography is titled simply, Roger. Hinesh will be signing copies of the book Dec. 5 at the Museum of North Texas History. “This book helps to remind me that I’ve overcome a lot,” he said. “It’s my purpose.” The Texas prison system purchased 100 copies of Hinesh’s book. One
copy will be distributed to every prison library in the state. In fact, Hinesh is traveling to New York State Wednesday to speak to inmates at Attica Correctional Facility about his life. Right now, he has no idea what he’s going to tell the prisoners. “I’m just gonna wing it,” Hinesh said. “They’ll ask questions and I’ll answer them to the best of my ability. I’m trying to motivate them to give them some idea about my past life.” He anticipates that the convicts will be wondering how he stayed out of prison for so long. His answer: “One day at a time.” “I’m going to put forth the effort because I made a deal with God,”
Hinesh said. “I said, ‘If you help to get me out of this, I’m going to try to make a difference in people’s lives.’” Now, Hinesh (called Rockin’ Roger by the people who really know him) is off drugs and alcohol for good. He’s been clean for 37 years. He spends his time speaking at schools and prisons. He said he wants to make a difference in people’s lives. “I’m wanted – but not by the police anymore,” he quipped. Hinesh started working at MSU in 1985, doing everything from maintenance to operating soundboards during concerts and graduation ceremonies. He retired in 2000. Hinesh has been adopted six
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Gingrich, Fox News come to campus
Roger Hinesh (Photo courtesy)
Board defers fee increases Chris Collins Managing Editor
Newt Gingrich spoke Tuesday night in the Fain Fine Arts Center Theatre during the final Artist Lecture Series event of the semester. Following his speech, the former Speaker of the House signed
copies of his books for fans before filming an interview for Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren live from the Ralph and Juanita Harvey Art Gallery. (Photo by Brittany Norman)
In response to student complaints about rising fees, the MSU Board of Regents voted Monday to delay proposed course fee increases for health science disciplines until Fall 2011. When the Board met Nov. 5, President Dr. Jesse Rogers recommended course fee hikes for athletic training, dental hygiene, nursing, respiratory therapy and radiologic science (undergraduate) classes. Regents voted unanimously to approve an increase of $20 per semester credit hour for athletic training courses, $40 per semester credit hour for dental hygiene, $20 per semester credit hour for nursing, and $24 per semester credit hour for radiologic sciences and respiratory care courses. These increases were to be instituted in the Spring 2011 semester. When Rogers spoke to the Student Government Association earlier this month regarding the Harvey House, students voiced concerns about the rising fees. “The students made their point in a very articulated way,” Rogers said. “Their objections weren’t specifically the increase of fees, but the timing.” He said students criticized administration for saddling them with fees in the middle of the spring and fall semesters. Normally these types of increases are proposed in May. “We have raised fees mid-year before, but we’ve not raised fees in November for the next spring semester,” Rogers said. He told the Board that some students who had registered for classes early wouldn’t have known about the rising costs before they enrolled for courses. “The fair warning of something coming up is neces-
Wellness Center could cut back on operating Kaja Banas For the Wichitan
MSU may cut operating hours in the Bruce and Graciela Redwine Student Wellness Center for the spring semester. The Wellness Center is currently open from 5:30 a.m. until midnight Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. “It (the hour cut) would be based on usage and the budget that we work with,” said Joey Greenwood, Dean of University Wellness. About 700-1000 students use the Budget cuts could lead to shorter operating hours in the wellness center. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann) Wellness Center daily. However, some parts of the center are not used as of- per hour, as well as one or two life“The issue of reducing hours for ten as others, such as the pool. guards at the pool. student employees came up in regards “The aquatics area is a big bit of the The budget for student wages is to looking at the budget,” Greenwood budget. The pool is open at 10 a.m. $225,000 annually, and the wellness said. “Obviously we want the students currently, but students don’t really center has a current overall budget of to have a very clean and safe facility, start using it until around noon and $209,000. so we have monitored usage over the more in the afternoon. The pool alBy reducing operating hours, the past year and we will reduce hours ways has to have a lifeguard manning amount spent on student employment when usage is slower (early in the it when it is open,” Greenwood said. wages would also decrease. mornings) and keep the hours where The center employs 52 students. Students would not lose jobs, just more patrons are here so that those Four students work inside the center working hours. student (employees) can be cleaning
during heavier usage times.” Students will not see a reduction in the $120 per semester Recreation Center Fee even if cutbacks are made. The hour reduction would be to accommodate the current budget that the center runs on. “Hearing about this hour cut makes me mad,” said sophomore Whitney Salas. “The Wellness Center is one of the only places students can go to re-
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lieve stress almost all of the time. If they reduce the operating hours it will leave students as well as the staff with nowhere to relieve their stress if they finish class or work late.” Sophomore Jonathan Elliot supports the hour cut, as long as the saved money goes to a good use. “The negative effect of it would be that it would be more crowded during the times it would be open,” he said. Catherine Rudy, academic adviser for the College of Health Sciences & Human Services, is worried about the hours being cut during the weekend. “I’m not an early morning person, so them opening later wouldn’t concern me as much as cutting back on weekend hours. On weekends I have more time to go as long as they’re open.” The potential hour reduction would reduce the number of fitness classes offered throughout the day, but Greenwood said no classes will be cut out entirely. According to Greenwood, a final decision will be made today regarding hours of operation.
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It has been nearly a month since The Wichitan reported on the Harvey House expenditures, and we still have more questions than answers. Unlike the Times Record News, the university did not contact us to schedule a sit-down meeting with administrators and regents. Instead, after a regent contacted The Wichitan on Nov. 11 to schedule a meeting regarding the Harvey House, we provided a list of times when we would be available to meet to hear their side of the story and ask questions of our own. We never heard back. After The Wichitan reported spending on the property at 3311 Taft, we received an e-mail from Regent Shawn Hessing and Board Chairperson Dr. Carol Gunn informing us that our article was “incomplete and misleading” despite the fact that the article contained only information from work orders and invoices obtained through Freedom of Information Requests and quotes from President Dr. Jesse Rogers himself. Hessing pointed out that “rent-free” housing for faculty members and administrators, “as described in the article, is not free rent.” He explained that faculty members living in university-owned housing are taxed on the value of the home. The Wichitan’s Nov. 17 article clearly reported that Dean of Business Dr. Barbara Nemecek is “taxed on the appropriate value” of the home. In summary, we received a one-page e-mail in which we were accused of irresponsible reporting, and the TRN was invited for a 2-hour talk with MSU officials.
The student newspaper was excluded from this meeting just like the student body is excluded from the university’s decision making process as a whole. Unfortunately, we can only report information we have access to. University officials have publicly accused us of unfair and biased reporting. If regents and administrators want “their side” illuminated, they should volunteer the information. Let us know what facts we’ve overlooked. The public would like to hear your side as well. No one at this newspaper is accusing the university of illegal or corrupt activity. Instead of reacting defensively and blaming the media for the public backlash, why don’t officials lay the truth out for everyone to see? When the TRN’s Lynn Walker suggested such transparency, urging officials to make information about university foundations easily accessible to the public, former Regent Chairman Mac Cannedy countered by saying university funding is “very complicated.” Give it a try. You might be surprised what students can understand when given the chance. In a literal parallel of the behind-closed-doors dealings that have incited outrage, the Harvey House itself remains locked to the media. While speaking to the SGA on Nov. 16, Rogers said he felt justified using university personnel to work on the house because the home is university property and therefore property of the state. Public property. And yet the doors remain closed. As far as we can tell, the public isn’t angry be-
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cause MSU spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to furnish and maintain a gifted property. The now-infamous $2,020 cricket table, while it seems extravagant, is more palatable than officials’ habit of dancing around the issue and deflecting blame. Yes, the university might turn a profit when the house is sold. It’ll be great for MSU if this potential profit can benefit the university and its students. That’s not the point. This situation has illuminated a major problem – a fundamental failure to communicate. As MSU students, we feel ignored, as though our contributions to the university are so insignificant that we don’t deserve access to information, much less an active role in the decision making process. It would be even better if the administration took the first step and allowed students to become informed and empowered citizens of the MSU community. A genuine move toward true transparency would do more to repair students’ damaged trust than the establishment of another endowment whose funds will be spent “in the best interest of the university” as determined by administrators and regents. Student tuition and fees are largely responsible for funding the day-to-day operations at the university. As a result, students deserve representation, however complicated and inconvenient it might be to involve them.
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Let students manage the money
It’s clear that nothing will change in who runs our university in the near future. It appears Dr. Jesse Rogers is here to stay for some time with the Board of Regents solidly supporting him. Less than a month ago a solid third of the student body thought Dr. Rogers should resign. That number seems to have declined. The percentage may have dropped, but anger over how the administration has handled things has not. Students do not care who is running the university as long as they are being looked after adequately (they have not been). Spending $600,000 on two offcampus houses while tuition and fees are skyrocketing tends to demonstrate more concern for the prestige of Midwestern State than the students who attend it. So what should be done? What can students do to make positive changes to an administration that has been impervious to student outrage? The importance of the Student Government cannot be understated. The SGA serves as the formal and official voice of the entire student body. Protests and rallies are nice, but without real and
Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor practical solutions, they accomplish nothing. The SGA is the only student group in an effective position to do that. Here are some things Dr. Rogers should consider. SGA President Chris Stolarzyk and several senators have suggested that the proceeds of the sale of the Harvey House – on the tax rolls for more than $1 million – should be, in part, controlled by the SGA. Allowing the SGA to spend the money in the form of grants, scholarships and plugging holes in parts of the budget that concern students most would be an excellent first
step in regaining lost student trust. The student regent is a current MSU student who sits on the Board of Regents, but has no voting power. That’s not good. He’s no more than a token. The SGA should be put directly in charge of the Student Regent nominations that are sent to the Governor’s office. The Board of Regents should request that state legislature give the student regent voting powers. Neither of these things will happen without a formal resolution from the SGA and that will not come about unless students actually attend SGA meetings. Students can have an impact but it will take time and hard work. But who are we kidding? The greatest amount of change has to come directly from Dr. Rogers. Dr. Rogers courted $83,000 from donors for the Harvey House. The SGA should formally request that Dr. Rogers attempt to use future donor funds for things other than $2,020 cricket tables. If Dr. Rogers does that it will go a long in rebuilding student trust.
nLetters to the editor On Nov. 17 the Office of Multicultural Services, in partnership with the Sociology Department and the student organization ‘In and Out,’ held a forum on gay issues, a topic that does not receive much attention on campus. As a gay student, I know how difficult it can be for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students to find positive venues to discuss gay-related issues and I am excited that we were able to hold an event that discussed these issues and helped bring greater understanding to the rest of the university and the Wichita Falls community. Since most people are not gay, it’s only natural that they would have questions, confusion, and incorrect assumptions about gay people. Having events like ‘Let’s Talk about Sex’ is a great way to allow people to ask questions, no matter how silly or serious they may seem. It has always been my philosophy that you never know unless you ask.
Personally, I enjoy answering questions about being gay. Not because I want to talk about homosexuality; I wish I didn’t need to. I enjoy answering these questions because I have faith that in answering questions I can help inform people and that eventually we can come to a time where gay people don’t have to be afraid. I know far too many people who have been afraid of who they are and who have tried for far too long to change themselves. Seeing the recent events on the news where numerous teens and 20-somethings have taken their lives gives me enormous sadness. I have never known a single gay person who considered killing themselves because of their sexuality. Some LGBT people want to kill themselves because some elements in society tell us that we are worthless, that we can change if we wanted, and that we need to be committed. Above everything else this is
what I would change and having events like “Let’s Talk about Sex” is a great start to ending false assertions and suicides. Perhaps with time people will realize that gay people are simply people. We don’t have a hidden agenda; we just want to live our lives free of interruption and denial. Please remember that what you do and what you say truly have an impact on people. I would like to thank Dominique Calhoun of Multicultural Services for organizing “Let’s Talk About Sex” and for allowing me and the other panelist the opportunity to express our opinions and experiences in an effort to educate others about what it means to be gay. I would also like to thank the audience who came to listen you. I loved your questions and you are the reason that this event was a success. Timothy Holland, President In and Out/ Gay Straight Alliance
Why we should care about Ecuador
Ecuador is nation with a GDP slightly higher than Kansas and the military muscle to match, which is to say, negligible. But this South American nation with a territory smaller than Nevada has just defied the world’s two greatest powers. Wikileaks started gaining international attention last spring with the release of a video called “Collateral Murder,” showing U.S. military forces firing upon and killing civilians in Iraq. Wikileaks’ prominence for exposing governments has only grown in recent months, and has recently culminated in the release of hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables. Founded in part by Chinese dissidents and run by an Australian-born hacker named Julian Assange, Wikileaks has enraged everyone from Russia to China to the United States. This latest release of classified documents has only increased international pressure on Wikileaks. China has long censored the website and Australia has begun a criminal investigation into Assange. U.S. Attorney General
Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor
Eric Holder has called this recent information dump a criminal act and Congressman Peter King from New York declared that it is worse than a physical terrorist attack. Many are arguing that Assange violated the 1917 Espionage Act, which forbids assisting enemies of the U.S. during wartime with the publication of government documents. Others suggest that Wikileaks is just using free speech and is helping to keep governments open and accountable. What does this have to do with Ecuador? The country of Ecuador has offered Assange, who is constantly moving and on the run, permanent residency and sanctuary. While China, the U.S., and other nations are debating what to do with this rogue site and its administrator, a minor South American country is stepping in. If the released diplomatic cables made international relations a little awkward, Ecuador is throwing gasoline on the fire.
Meanwhile, Americans are up in arms over airport scannings. People who opt-out of backscatter imagers are being put through a pat-down that gets a little too intimate for some. The backscatter machines produce images akin to pornography and the pat-downs have often crossed the line of what is considered sexual assault, except for the fact that a government employee is doing the groping. The Obama administration stands by the new procedures, even as complaints about privacy rights and the Constitution’s restrictions on the government’s ability to search people grow. Americans need to ponder the implications of a government that feels it is acceptable to strip its citizens bare on the threat of legal action. At the same time it criminalizes the actions of an organization that strips the government bare to the public eye. Americans need to consider what happened to our liberty when it takes Ecuador elbowing its way onto the world stage to protect a man who makes public the doings of a government ostensibly of, and for, the people.
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HInESH..........................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 times. Mostly, he was used as a form of cheap labor instead of being loved as a child. “When I went out for an adoption all I was basically hired to do was to work as a farm hand,” he said. “Help bring in the crops. Gather the eggs. Slop the hogs. I went back to the orphanage after the crops came in.” When Hinesh was 13 years old, he was finally accepted into the Boy’s Town, a now-famous orphanage. He said it was a blessing compared to the other temporary homes he was pushed into. But the reprieve from his hard life was short lived, a brief recess in the warmth before he was kicked back out into the cold. Hinesh worked for a brief stint in Hollywood as a dancer and soundboard operator in the 1950s. Soon after, he turned to a life of crime, despite becoming a personal friend of Elvis (who, by the way, did not know how to dance until Hinesh and other performers taught him). Years later, after Hinesh ran into trouble with the law, the famous singer approached him, wondering why he hadn’t asked for help. “I said, ‘Well, I would have had better luck getting in touch with the president of the United States than you.’” Despite his considerable dancing skill, Hinesh’s feet moved from the wooden floor of the theatre to the concrete floor of a jail cell. “I was a very good dancer,” he said. “But a couple years later, I’d be dancin’ in the prison system.” Hinesh was jailed when he was 23 years old for robbing a restaurant. It was two years after he had started drinking alcohol and using drugs. “That was when I ended up in the Nebraska prison system,” he said. He would be incarcerated twice more, both times in Texas, before he decided to change his life. This meant putting down the bottle for a Bible. In 1974, Hinesh witnessed a group
you, you’re in deep,” he said. “You’re in deep until you deal with what made you drink in the first place.” Hinesh contemplated suicide many times. He’s even tried to kill himself more than once. “At one point, every year in January, I was wishing to Hell that I was dead,” he said. “I didn’t want to live this life anymore. I was wishing I’d be found dead in a ditch or a vacant building. Freezing to death. Wishing to get this misery over with. Let me die. But He had other plans.” Hinesh opened his book to point to a picture of the cell where he was housed in 1974. “That’s where Old Roger died. And that’s where New Roger was born,” he said. Elvis Presley was a personal friend of Hinesh Since then, Hinesh has (Photo courtesy) tried to serve God every day. of inmates kidnap four schoolteachers “When I wake up in the morning, in an escape attempt. He said this was I look up at a sign in my room that the turning point in his life. says, ‘Good morning God, here I am “We were locked down,” Hinesh again,’” he said. “It means, ‘What can said. “No hot meals. No mail. That’s I do for you today?’ Help me to try to when I finally said, ‘No mas, no mas.’ make a difference in somebody’s life.” I gotta change. I don’t wanna end up Hinesh said he felt like he was drivdyin’ in prison.” en to drink because he was lonely. A friend of his in the penitentiary, “I wasn’t loved,” he said. “When I who was serving a sentence of 349 would go out and see these families years, said, “You wanna change? Well, with their kids, I thought, ‘I never had sit down and take a look at yourself.” that opportunity.’” “That’s when I said, ‘It’s an inside In 1979, Hinesh met his mother for job, baby.’” the first time. He was almost 40 years Hinesh, after being a ward of the old. He drove to Omaha from Wichita state for more than a decade, said he Falls to visit her at Christmas. never dealt with his alcoholism until He had never spent one Christmas that moment. Day with his mother. He decided he needed God to keep When he arrived, she made it clear him on the right track. that he never would. After driving 12 “Once that alcohol gets a hold of hours, Hinesh said his mother told
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him to get lost – she had other plans. “I got there and she said, ‘What are you doing here?’ n tHURSDAY: Finals Frenzy I said, ‘I came to spend Chrsitmas with you.’ She Student Success Series: An said, ‘My boyfriend’s about Appointment with the Dating to come over and pick me Doctor: CSC Comanche at 8 up.’ I said, ‘I can’t come in?’ p.m. She said, no. So I loaded up and headed back.” Even though he was never n FRIDAY: able to spend Christmas Day Last Day of Classes with his mom, Hinesh conFantasy of Lights Opening tinued to drive to Nebraska Ceremony: Hardin lawn at 6 every December in hopes p.m. that she would change her Opening Reception: Senior mind. She never did. Art Exhibition: Juanita Har“I always wanted to spend Christmas with Momma. I vey Art Gallery at 6 p.m. guess it just wasn’t meant to Marching Band Christmas be,” Hinesh said. “Momma Concert: Akin at 7 p.m. had a tough time. The family wanted her to have an system over the years and uses it to abortion. I’m kinda glad she host dances for organizations such as didn’t.” His mother died in 1991. Hinesh Alcoholics Anonymous and the Assosaid he was notified three weeks after ciation of Retarded Citizens. “They said, ‘By God, I didn’t know the burial. “I didn’t get to go to the funeral,” we could have fun dancin’ sober!” he said. “You can have fun sober. You he said. He said former university president don’t have to go to a bar.” Hinesh said he was pursuing a Louis J. Rodriguez helped him gather funds to return home to visit his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from MSU during the 1980s, but had mother’s grave. “Dr. Rodriguez came to my house,” to quit because he was in debt. He was he said. “Arrangements were made for only 30 hours away from obtaining his degree. me fly there.” He hasn’t yet considered going to Rodriguez, along with other faculty and staff at MSU, were positive influ- back to school. “I just don’t have the funds,” he ences in Hinesh’s life. “I had some good people in my life,” said. Now the majority of Hinesh’s earnhe said. “Most of them were teachings come from caring for people’s ers.” Now Hinesh spends every Christ- lawns in Wichita Falls. It helps him mas with a family that adopts children. pay for gasoline so he can continue to visit prisons and tell his story. His job is to play Santa. “It’s therapeutic,” he said. “When I “They don’t want no publicity over it, they’re just that kinda people,” he walk into these places, they’re so glad to see me. I wanna let the inmates said. Hinesh has acquired a sizable sound know, ‘There’s a guy who made it.’”
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A group of students gathered outside the Hardin building to join together in a protest against the lack of communication between MSU administration and students. (Photos by Hannah Hofmann)
Students make their voices heard over broken promises Brittney Cottingham Feature Editor
Students who are angry over the increasing tuition and student fees, the administration’s decision to take away the Mustang Promise and their lack of communication with students rallied in the Quad on Tuesday afternoon. “Administration isn’t doing a damn thing,” junior Dimery Michaels said. “Some students don’t know and don’t care. Others didn’t know but became enraged once they found out how our president was spending money.” When reached for comment, President Jesse Rogers said he supports the student’s right to express their concerns and that their viewpoints are important to him. “Recently I met with the Student Government and heard their ideas and concerns, and as a result, I recommended to the MSU Board of Regents that the university postpone the increase in health science course fees until Fall 2011,” Rogers said. “The Student Government has asked
that I meet with them more frequently, and I plan to do so.” Four students organized this event and used word of mouth and Facebook to get students informed and encouraged them to participate in the protest. The protesters held up varies signs some saying, “We want communication,” “Dr. Rogers State University,” and “My opinion counts...not just my money.” “I understand raising fees but at the same time if you do it without communicating with your students and do things as if nobody else cares then (the administration) will continue to do stuff like this,” sophomore Abigail Demery said. “When you protest, it proves that we care because we are out here and we want to be heard.” Freshmen Brittany Salvesen found out about the Harvey House incidence through a link on Facebook. “I think it’s disgusting how MSU has been spending the money,” Salvesen said. “It seems so wasteful to me. The table is almost as expensive as a student’s whole undergraduate de-
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Dr. Rogers meets with protesters outside his office. (Photo by Kassie Bruton)
According to protester Kassie Bruton, in the middle of the rally, Rogers came out and spoke to the students while listening to their concerns. Salvesen wants administrations to bring back the MSU Promise and advises they give the students a heads up before they rain tuition and other fees. Salvesen also calls for the administration to sell some of the
houses the university owns. “Why haven’t they (sold the houses) already?” Salvesen said. “It would take some time for the administration to gain trust back but they will just have to work for it.” Senior Debora Teixeira is graduating in two weeks but says she is ashamed of how her university is being portrayed. Lack of communication is why
Teixera believes this situation has resulted in a protest. “All of us (at the protest) want an apology and not just him saying that he had our best intentions but a real heart felt apology because all of the expenses in raising tuition and fees is really hurting the students and the school’s image,” Teixeira said.
Fees.......................................................................................................................continued from page 1 sary and fair,” Rogers said. Some students would have to make new agreements with families about course loads or scramble to complete Pell grants if the increases had been instituted this spring.
Rogers said. But administrators still believe course fee increases will improve the educational experience. “Course fees can be used to support particular types of programs, in terms of student success,” Provost Dr. Alisa White V er y said. C l ose to S A F These fees can be used for laboratory equipment, supplies, software or technology. EVERY NIGHT WednesdayKARAOKE is College Night “They also can be used to support instruction,” she said. College Night Wednesdays at Krankit Course fees might be used to $2 Domestic Beer $2 Well Drinks $5 Pitchers $2 Domestic Beer Happy $2Free WellDrinks Drinks $5 Pitchers 1/2 Price Hourfor8-11pm Wed & Minors provide supplemental instrucNoCover Cover 21+ Karaoke Contest $25 Prize No Wed & -Thur, 21 & Up tion for courses with a high College Corner ofKaraoke S heppard AcContest ces s R oad & Old I owa Park R oad “wash-out” rate, such as anat( Exit 1D off I - 44) All major credit cards 940-761-9099 All major credit cards 940-761-9099 omy and physiology or calculus. 221761.CRTR
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gree.” Salvesen was more upset when the MSU promise was taken away, stating it was one of the top reasons she chose MSU in the first place. “Then I found out the Dean of Dillard gets her house paid for (I was upset),” Salvesen said. “Have you seen my dorm? I can’t have wireless Internet in the dorm but a dean gets her house paid for! It just didn’t balance out in my mind.” Salvesen describes her family as middle-class with one income, which is split between her family of six. She is practically paying for her tuition on a part-time minimum-wage job. “I know I will be in thousands of dollars in debt when I graduate and I don’t want it to be any higher than it already is,” Salvesen said. “A promise is a promise no matter how small.” Rogers said, in terms of the Mustangs Promise, it was already set to expire in 2012. “It would have been shortsighted of the MSU Board of Regents to tie its hands in the future until the economic forecast for the State of Texas has been determined,” Rogers said.
For others, student loans were already determined based on this semester’s tuition and fees, and it was too late to borrow more before classes start in January. “This timing is not good,”
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An Artistic Passion for Music Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor
This semester Tyler Taliaferro, a graduating art major, will showcase his artwork at the Juanita and Harvey School of Visual Arts foyer gallery at MSU. The exhibit will run from December 3, 2010 until January 14, 2011. Reception for the exhibition opening will be held on Friday, December 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Graduating senior to display work at Juanita Harvey Gallery
Taliaferro is a painting major and sculpture minor. The artwork in this show is a combination of his two passions art and music. He pays tribute to musicans who have influenced him with works that reflect the designs of vintage concert posters. Taliaferro explained in his artist statement, “My love for listening to and performing music has fueled my obsession
with music memorabilia, especially the concert posters and handbills produced in the 60’s and early 70’s by “Bill Graham Presents” and “Family Dog Productions.” “I’m attracted to the bright, heady designs of these advertisements. Artists like Wes Wilson used colorful, stretched out, distorted text and Art Nouveau inspired illustrations to create images
that look like something seen through a kaleidoscope. “Grace,” a recent work of mine, illustrates the merging of my loose painting style with these trippy designs. “Bright colorful skin tones are applied first. Then, a paisley pattern on her dress was painted to mimic the folds and wrinkles. Finally, the background is filled with wavy, psychedelic gold text
reading ‘sing out, it might feel good, you might like it.’ “My pieces are carefully treated to fool the eye of the viewer into thinking they are looking at a vintage concert poster. Tearing, sanding and puncturing the artworks are the first steps. This creates the appearance that they have been posted, ripped down, folded and kept as a keepsake.
“The finishing touch is soaking each piece in a hot bath consisting of looseleaf teas and coffee, which generate the illusion of foxing and mildew damage. “Looking at these posters, I can recall the excitement and rush of being at a concert. They are also a mergence of the two things I enjoy the most, music and art.”
New Kanye West album a dark, twisted delight Orlando Flores, Jr For the Wichitan
Nearly seven minutes into his new album, Kanye West perfectly sums up the idea behind its conception, “…This is more than just my road to redemption.” Aptly titled “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” West takes us on a dark, hedonistic journey through his mind that displays where he has been throughout the last year and puts his ego under the spotlight. With this album, West has somehow seemed to do the impossible, that is, getting himself past the events of last year’s Video Music Awards, but also ascending himself to a level that no rapper, or musical artist for that matter, has reached before – both musically and personally. The last series of traumatic events that West suffered through, the death of his mother, Donda West, and the end of his engagement to designer Alexis Phifer, resulted in the creation of his fourth album “808s and Heartbreaks.” On that album, West took a more emotional and vulnerable approach to his music which resulted with a less braggadocios and more sincere outlook. With “My Beautiful Dark
Twisted Fantasy,” West approaches his latest “traumatic” events and public backlash in a completely opposite manner; however, despite the ego-centric demeanor taking away from West’s album it only adds greater depth to the strength of his character in dealing with his mistakes. West truly is regretful (to an extent) for his constant outbursts and the hate that’s been directed at him for it. Small hints are seen in ”Gorgeous” in the chorus line, “I will never, ever let you live this down,” a line that at first comes off as a constant reminder, and secondly almost self-loathing. But rather than sit and wallow in self-pity, West lets this be the only real sign of regret and uses the rest of the album to mount his comeback. The album opener, “Dark Fantasy,” starts out with a strange monologue from Nicki Minaj in her Roman Zolanski alter-ego, then starts with the line, “Can we get much higher?” as if West is challenging himself to reach new heights from the very beginning. He comes out in impressive fashion, displaying an even bigger side to his ego with clever lines like, “how you say broke in Spanish – me no hablo” and “me found bravery in my bravado.” West continues the return of his ego with
the album’s first single, “Power,” where he not only gives reason for the way that he acts (stop trippin’, I’m trippin’ off the power), but gives reason for why it really doesn’t matter and he’s still on top of the world (at the end of the day…I’m killin’ this ***, I know damn well y’all feelin’ this ****). West doesn’t make “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” about him only. A nice digression from the dark atmosphere of the album comes right after “Power” with “All of the Lights,” a semi-dedication to Michael Jackson that has Rihanna living up to her singing potential on the hook, and also has Kanye somehow relating his ridiculous lifestyle to real-life situations that the common man could find relatable. Two stand-out tracks follow right off with “Monster” and “So Appalled.” With these tracks, Kanye demonstrates the incredible improvements he’s made as a lyricist, but also allows members of his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, such as Pusha T and Cy-Hi the Prince, to display their own lyrical prowess, but also rap’s hottest up-and-coming talent Nicki Minaj to leave her mark on hip-hop history – delivering a show-stopping verse at the end of “Monster” that even the most veteran of MCs ( Jay-Z) could not outshine,
ending in a monstrous wail. The album reaches its climax in the nine-minute-long epic “Runaway,” the second single from the album. Kanye comes off at his most vulnerable with this track, describing a relationship gone wrong due to his own arrogance and ego, and offers a toast to the very things that people say he is – a douchebag, scumbag, jerk off, etc. But even when attempting to be sincere and remorseful, Kanye finds a way to counter himself in the form of Pusha T’s guest verse. Where Kanye apologizes and attempts a reconciliation (And I don’t know how I’ma manage, if one day you just up and leave), Pusha T brushes the concerns of his lover off and tells her to deal with the situation (Every bag, every blouse, every bracelet comes with a price tag, baby, face it. You should leave if you can’t accept the basics). From this point on, the album begins to wind down. “Hell of a Life” has Kanye as his traditional self – rapping about his vices. “Blame Game” is groundbreaking with the inclusion of a sampled “Avril 14th” loop from British electronic act Aphex Twin. The final track, “Lost in the World,” samples Bon Iver’s auto-tuned ballad “Woods” and finds Kanye at the top of his production game – assembling his hip-hop roots
with the electronic styles found on “808s and Heartbreaks.” By album’s end, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” lives up to all the hype and reestablishes Kanye West to the top of his game and the top of world where he once stood, and establishes itself as Kanye’s masterpiece – his own Mona Lisa. Through all the drama and ridicule he endured (even after bringing it onto himself ), Kanye has somehow done the impossible and risen from the ashes just as his phoenix did in the companion short-film for “Runaway.” All the emotion and energy put into the production of this album truly warrants the title of Album of the Year.
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15. Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record
The Canadian super group wholly reunites to produce an album of epic proportions as close to “You Forgot it in People” as they could get. 14. The National High Violet
The National continue their win streak with another masterpiece record full of the same arena rock anthems that they’re known for creating. 13. MGMT Congratulations
As the album artwork suggests, MGMT’s sophomore effort is quite strange. Despite having no catchy hooks or radio friendly singles, it works. 12. Joanna Newsom Have One on Me
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Rozay beats the “Officer Ricky” accusations by crafting an album full of tracks so exaggerated and flossed out you can’t deny him.
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Brothers team players on, off the court Brittney Cottingham Features Editor MSU’s men’s basketball team is a family. On Tuesday night, this family won with the score 75-41 against Southwestern Christian University at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. But what fans might not know is that the team really is filled with brotherly love. Senior Charlie Logan and his brother, junior, Keonte have a strong bond off the basketball court as well. The Logan brothers grew up enjoying sports and playing basketball. Charlie remembers his mother having the force him and his brother off the court at night for dinner. “When we were younger we split the majority of the games (wins) 50/50, he always had the height advantage,” Keonte said. “Now he doesn’t stand a chance.” Both say their personal relationship doesn’t affect what happens on game day. “As brothers we have grown closer throughout our last five years,” Charlie said. “We have grown out of fights and arguing, but if we do we don’t let it affect us on the court. We will play through the fighting and go our separate ways and the arguments will just drop off. As a teammate he is a real team player.” Keonte agrees they have matured and don’t allow private disputes to influence their game. He gives his older brother
Men’s basketball team players and brothers Kevin and Mike Loyd and Charlie and Keonte Logan. (Photo by: Hannah Hofmann)
credit when it comes to his basketball skills acknowledging Charlie as an athletic “big man” when it comes to the sport. “He really causes problems for other teams when they have to guard him,” Keonte said. “We are similar in the fact that we both will give it our all in order for our team to success. We work hard and fight for every loose ball or rebound.” A hardnosed defender is how Charlie describes his younger brother.
Even though they play different positions, they both bring energy to the team, Charlie said. “He is an outstanding athlete,” Charlie said. “On the offensive end he will shoot open three pointers but looks to make plays for others most of the time. I don’t score real often but I know what my role is on the team.” Grant McCasland, men’s basketball’s head coach, has never had a team that consistent of brothers before. He hasn’t noticed a major dif-
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ference in the team dynamic but declares there is no favoritism toward siblings on the team but causes them to more competitive. “The Loyd’s are both combo guards that can play the point and wing positions, while the Logan’s are bigger and play more forward than guard positions,” McCasland said. “Each one brings an unique role to our basketball team.” The brothers from Las Vegas, Kevin and Michael (Mike) Loyd
have a deep family legacy at the collegiate level with their father also being a basketball player. “It became a family affair because we were blessed with God given talent,” Mike said. “Our parents wanted us to work hard.” They have been playing since they could walk according to Kevin. “(Our) teammates are like brothers,” Kevin said. “Sometimes you might forget that there are two sets of brothers on the
team but having a blood brother with you that you can talk a little differently and more personally.” Off the court, Kevin says Mike is more laid-back. On the court, he says, his brother is focused and has passion for the game he loves. “(Kevin) runs the show and makes you pay for mistakes,” Mike said. “On the court, he is solid and has an assassins mentality to put (opponents) away.” When asked who would win in a one-on-one game, Kevin admits when they were younger his brother took most of the wins due to a height difference. While Mike simply said he is fortunate enough to be king of the court. “Charlie and Mike are very talented and capable of highlight real type plays offensively,” McCasland said. “Kevin and Keonte are solid and do all the things that help win basketball games.” The Logan’s and Loyd’s have high goals for the freshly started basketball season. McCasland couldn’t help but agree more with the idea that if they win every game the champions will come. “There is nothing better than having your family on the team that knows everything about you, can see if you are mad, when you’re ready to play or someone to push you harder each day,” Charlie said. Men’s basketball team will face off against East Central University on December 2 at 8 p.m. in D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
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soccer: men’s ncaa division ii Midwestern State hit the ofchampionship @ louisville, ky. fensive glass with a vengance as vs. rollins (fla.) 4 p.m. Cierra Thompson and Savannah
Carver combined for 43 points Tuesday night in Lone Star Conference crossover play at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Southeastern Oklahoma outmen’s vs. east central (okla). scored the Mustangs 20-12 over 8 p.m. the final 5:54 of the game to come away with an 80-71 victory. The Savage Storm improved Saturday: dec. 4 to 4-1, while MSU dropped to 1-3. cross country: ncaa division ii Thompson, a junior forward basketball: women’s vs. east central (okla). 6 p.m.
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from Llano, delivered a career high in the second straight game finishing with a game-high 23 points and added eight rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes. Carver, a junior forward from Amarillo, poured in 20 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes, while junior forward Jazman Patterson grabbed a career best 16 rebounds and completed the double-double with 13 points. Patterson, who corralled nine offensive rebounds, led a solid MSU effort on the glass as the Mustangs turned 23 offensive rebounds into a 23-2 edge in second-chance points.
Still, the Mustangs trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half before MSU used an extended 19-9 run to close to 60-59 on Thompson’s lay-up with 5:54 to play. Southeastern pulled away from that point on. Bailey Welch led a trio of Savage Storm players in double figures with 15 points and 11 assists while Nikki Nester and Christin Nichols notched 12 points each. Midwestern State continues crossover play Thursday night against East Central (Okla.) at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff for the doubleheader is set for 6 p.m.
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Next, MSU takes on East Central this Thursday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Junior forward Jazman Patterson scores. (Photo by Andre Gonzalez)
Cross country and men’s soccer sent off with a bang! Soccer record 19-0
Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor
The Mustang’s soccer team will be making their second appearance at the NCAA Division II Final Four against Rollins (Fla.) at the Owsley B. Frazier Stadium on the Bellarmine University campus in Louisville, Ky. Thursday at 4 p.m. Before MSU pulled through for the chance at a national championship title, they took care of business against Chico State (Calif.) at Chico, Calif. The Mustangs left with a 5-0 victory, which pushed their overall record to 19-0-2. “I’m proud of what our kids accomplished in Chico,” soccer coach Doug Elder said. “Coming back with a victory against a top ranked team is special.” Junior midfielder David Freeland put in three of MSU’s five goals, pushing his individual goal record into double digits. “We beat them to the box really fast,” Lovegrove said. “Freeland kept it going for us.” Then in the 8th minute, he took his second goal after outrunning Chico State’s defense
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around the left flank to receive an assist from senior midfielder Bryce Taylor. Lovegrove said from then on it was just an onslaught. The Mustangs bumped the score to 3-0 during the 28th minute after junior midfielder Chris Dwyer went unassisted for his 3rd goal of the season. Afterwards, Freeland took his 11th seasonal goal at the 48th minute after receiving an assist from freshman forward Chad Caldwell. Freshman forward VcMor Eligwe also made his 11th goal of the season at the 82nd minute, ending the game in MSU’s favor. Now, the No. 2 Mustangs face the No. 5 Tars of Rollins College (11-3-3) in the Final Four showdown. “They’re no easy games, but we’ve pretty much proved we can beat the best of teams,” Lovegrove said. On the other side of the Final Four are the Dowling Golden Lions (N.Y.), who hold an 111-5 record; and the Northern Kentucky Norse (15-2-3). Those teams will play against each other Thursday as well, at 8 p.m.
Runners race to Kentucky for championship chance Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor
Soccer coach Doug Elder fist pumps for victory. (Photo by Chris
Cross Country girls enjoying their moment in the spotlight. (Photo by Chris Collins)
The Mustangs cross country team may not have brought home first place at the NCAA Division II South Central Regional meet held at the Keith Memorial Golf Course in Warrensburg, Mo., but they proved that silver was just as sweet as they garnered runner-up in the race, which was enough to take them to the NCAA Division II national meet this Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Two Mustang runners finished in the top 10 of the 6K race (3.75 miles), junior Brissia Montalvo (7th/ 22:42.15) and senior Sydnee Cole (8th/ 22:44.57). Sophomore Melody Caldwell was satisfied with the meet as well as MSU’s fellow opponents. “We knew we had a lot of tough competition. We were just hoping to get 2nd or 3rd,” she said. “I think we ran the hardest that we’ve ran all season.” MSU will be making their second trip to the national meet within three years. They finished at the 15th slot back in 2008 at Slippery Rock, Pa. Freshman Ashley Flores came
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in 3rd for MSU and 16th overall at a time of 23:06.99, barely missing all-region accolades. The rough terrain trail might have been the challenge. “When we were actually racing it, the pace was pretty fast and there were a lot rolling hills, making it very hard,” Caldwell said. Freshman Janel Campbell and Junior Lindsey Pate finished next to each other at places and times of (38th/24:03.05) and (39th/24:06.02), respectively. Finishing up the pack of Mustang runners were freshman Cara Mack (60th/24:39.38) and Caldwell (112th/26:08.94). Head cross country coach Koby Styles was satisfied with the girls’ performance nonetheless. “Everyone stepped up and did their job and ran,” he said. “We had one of our best races of the year.” Placing first in the race was Pittsburg State with 66 total points, while MSU gathered 108 points for the 2nd place title. Running in after the Mustangs were Missouri Southern at 3rd place with 130 points, Truman State and Northwest Missouri rounded out the top five at 4th and 5th places with 162 and 189 points, respectively. The race has bumped MSU to the No. 14 spot on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association NCAA Division II Top 25 poll. The Mustangs remain at No. 16 on the NCAA charts. Now they will fight for NCAA gold this weekend against 23 other teams. “Heading into nationals, we feel like a lot of pressure is already off our shoulders,” Styles said. “The goal was to get here (nationals). Now we can kind of relax and go run and enjoy the meet.” MSU will be running up against some heavy competitors, such as Adams State (Colo.), Grand Valley State (Mich.), and Western State (Colo.). “This team’s very young, so we have to take baby steps to get where we want to,”Styles said.
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