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Wednesday Feb. 28, 2007
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the few and the proud One MSU studentʼs story of service in Iraq IGGY CRUZ FOR THE WICHITAN Three years ago after high school graduation in Vernon, Texas, a confused Eric Mujica made a decision that would forever impact his life. He enlisted in the Marine reserves. Today, the conﬁdent 21-year-old lance
corporal is using military discipline and applying it toward his late-night study sessions as a freshman business major at MSU. Mujica said college never really entered his mind until he visited with his recruiter. “I never looked at a man from head to toe until I saw my recruiter in his deco-
rated uniform,” Mujica said. “He told me the reserves would pay for my college and I would get a chance to see the world at the same time. It got me going because I was getting the chance to better myself with a free education.” Being a reservist, Mujica is property of the Marines for six years and is required to check in with them in Fort Worth for one weekend each month, every month, and two weeks a month during the summer. Mujica recalls the day he was informed of his departure to Iraq, only because it was summed up in a few words. “I got a call from Corporal Bonds and all he said was, ʻHey, Mujica, youʼre going.ʼ End of conversation,” Mujica said. Mujica said his heart dropped. “But it was something you expect to hear,” he said. “I didnʼt tell my parents until two days later. They knew something was wrong because I kept to myself during that time.” Mujica said he spent as much time as possible with his family before deployment. He knew in the end the outcome of this experience would greatly beneﬁt him mentally and ﬁnancially. Mujica took an 18-hour ﬂight from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to Iraq as he chartered foreign territory for the ﬁrst time in his life. Already jet-lagged, Mujica said reality slapped him as soon as he stepped off the plane. Mujica and several other reserves then took C-130s, a military cargo, from Camp Victory in Kuwait to Camp Blue Diamond in Arramadi, Iraq. Images and video he had seen of war were right in front of him. “Itʼs like all the stuff you see on television about war and people dying,” he said. “I started wondering what I got myself into.” Once at Blue Diamond, Mujica said fellow soldiers gathered to inform newbieʼs of unsafe areas around the camp. He said he was shocked to learn many restaurants and hangouts were getting bombed frequently by terrorists. “When they got us there, they were like, ʻDonʼt go here because itʼs been bombed the last two days,ʼ” he said. “It was shocking to me.” At Blue Diamond, Mujica was responsible for setting up satellite and radio equipment for communication and security. One of his duties was to establish entry control points (ECG) to provide safety of incoming citizens. At these control points, marines check identiﬁcation of people entering the area, do a retina eye scan and enter personal information into a government database for future reference. Mujica said life on base was good for some and bad for others. He noted that many had enlisted as a way of a fresh beginning in life, while others were there
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critʼs coming ASHLEY JACKSON FOR THE WICHITAN
The MSU English department is inaugurating a new annual lecture series this year. The Bourland-Hawley Lectures in Comparative Literature and Mythology is scheduled to begin March 7 at 3 p.m. in the Prothro-Yeager Liberal Arts building. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. Dr. Lansing Smith, of the MSU English program, said in the 17 years he has been here, he has never seen a literary critic or literary scholar give a lecture. According to Smith, the time has come for an MSU lecture series involving literature. “This lecture series ﬁlls a gap in our program, especially since we have a graduate program,” Smith said. Dr. Steven Weisenburger, Mossiker chair of humanities and chair of the English Department at Southern Methodist University, will be the ﬁrst speaker. He will lecture about the novels of Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon, an American writer based in New York City, is regarded by many critics as one of the ﬁnest
contemporary authors. Weisenburgerʼs lecture will focus on politics in “Gravityʼs Rainbow,” Pynchonʼs most celebrated novel about post-World War II Europe. The book won the 1974 National Book Award for ﬁction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The book also won the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, although Pynchon declined the award. Weisenburger specializes in American literary and cultural history. His prominent study is in the cultural history of race from 1800 to the present. He also has written a readerʼs guide to “Gravityʼs Rainbow” called “A Gravityʼs Rainbow Companion.” The series is being funded by John and Elizabeth Hawley. Elizabeth Hawley has been a student in the MSU English program for several years and is actively involved in the MSU Literary Society as well as the publication of Voices, a student-governed publication that includes photographs, poetry, ﬁction, essays and art.
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Local artist tapped to make Mustangs CHRISTIAN MCPHATE STAFF REPORTER The university has commissioned local sculptor Jack Stevens to create a 3-mustang sculpture and several smaller tabletop statues that will go on display in two years. According to Dr. Howard Farrell, vice president of university advancement and student affairs, the university did not use tuition or state money to fund the project. An anonymous donor is privately funding the $300,000 for the project honoring the new school mascot. “There are some individuals who feel closer to art or objects that create beauty,” Farrell said, speaking of the contributor. “They feel it is part of the quality of life of a campus.” The expectations are that the statue will be one and one-eighth times the size of real life, he said. Stevens created a wax model of
the mascot that sat on display in the boardroom for a couple of days. The wax piece is rich in detail that is typical of the artistʼs work, Farrell said. Stevens created many of the sculptures around campus, including the Sun Watcher, Hotter ʼN Hell Hundred Bicycle and the Wee-ChiTah near the Wichita River. Stevensʼ working-class cowboy background gives his sculptures a unique, life-like design so one “can feel the dust and sense the smell of horses in the air.” University ofﬁcials have not decided on a speciﬁc location, but some ofﬁcials suggested placing the statue in front of Hardin while others mentioned a more visible spot near the corner of Taft Boulevard and Midwestern Parkway. “We want it very visible,” President Jesse Rogers said. “We think it will add dramatically to the other types of art across the campus.”
OʼDonohoe clinic gets patients psyched ROBERT FOX FOR THE WICHITAN
Follow the yellow laminated signs to the far hallway on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of OʼDonohoe to the psychology clinic. The signs lead to the clinic secretaryʼs door. The windowless door just right of the secretaryʼs door opens into a small waiting room. Graduate students working to earn their ﬁrst set of practicum hours escort their clients from the waiting room to one of the therapy rooms. Therapy generally consists of discussing and reacting to personal problems. Some of the more common initial reasons students go to the clinic are test anxiety, depression from any of several causes and couples counseling. Depression and couplesʼ issues are also common initial complaints among non-students. But the community members who use the clinic
also have post-divorce and midlife issues, as well as bipolar disorder. The secretary, the clinic ofﬁce, the windowless waiting room, the furniture and the audio visual recording room are all relatively new. The clinic received a facelift in 1999 and ﬁnally moved to its present place in 2001. “Iʼve only known the new clinic,” said Dr. Michael Vandehey, director of clinical training. Its location and face may be new, but the clinic itself is much older. In fact, Vandehey said the clinic predates Dr. George M. Diekhoff, chair of the psychology department, who has been teaching at MSU since 1977. The new clinic also has a control room capable of monitoring and recording all ﬁve therapy rooms. This control room is vital to the clinic because the graduate students who are the clinicians must record their sessions for review with instructors.
Right now three clinicians see three or four clients per week. Vandehey said this situation is ideal in that there are enough clinicians that they can and still do take on new clients. He said the current staff could handle as many as 15 clients. “We donʼt want to go to six to eight (clients) per person. We want people getting good experience and not feeling like theyʼre being stretched in multiple directions,” he said. Vandehey said the training clinicʼs mission is to provide the ﬁrst clinical training experience. “Itʼs really nice that we have this local (on campus) facility because it makes it easier for the clinical faculty to monitor performance and to train and shape our students,” he said. Vandehey said community members without insurance covering mental health services pay $5 per session. Currently, the majority of
the cliental comes from the community. Students and faculty, on the other hand, may use the faculty at no cost. “If youʼre associated with the university you can come for free,” he said. The clinic cannot handle people who are actively threatening suicide, actively psychotic (hallucinations/delusions) or are a threat to others. Local facilities with 24-hour phone monitoring and staff are better suited to deal with those problems. “We have nothing to do with medication,” Vandehey said. “Weʼre trying to help people think and feel differently so that they see improvement in their lives.” He said for many people, simply talking about the problem presents ideas of solvable steps to overcome it.
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‘The Number 23’
MSU rolls SWOSU
This gem about interconnected strangers was snubbed at the Oscars.
It’s hard to take Jim Carrey seriously in this seriously unsuspenseful thriller.
The Mustangs beat Southwestern Oklahoma State 90-67 and are advancing to the LSC Semiﬁnals.
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Feb. 28, 2007
Heed the signs! Someone doesnʼt want Midwestern State University students to eat or drink in classrooms. They went so far as to put up signs next to each classroom. Some students may view the polite use of “please” on some of the signs as a request and not a rule. The posting of signs means it is a rule, not a suggestion and not a request. Yet, MSU students are bringing breakfast, chips, candy and snacks into classrooms. They are toting steaming Starbucksʼ cups, bottled water and canned soda into the classrooms. Besides being rude, this is a blatant violation of the rules. The sign says “No food or drink in the classrooms.” This applies to everyone entering the room. It means do not bring food or drink into the classroom. Why are adults still bringing breakfast sandwiches, candy bars and sodas into the classrooms? Do they believe the signs are a joke? Do they think rules are only for other people? When each professor reads his or her syllabus and reiterates the rule, it is difﬁcult to believe that violators donʼt understand it. Students are required to sign the syllabus and return it to the instructors. The acknowledgement of this rule is on record. Some professors reprimand violators. Some professors turn blind eyes to soda cans and croissant sandwiches. Some professors are the violators. MSU has easy access to food and drink for students and faculty. The Clark Student Center offers The Mesquite Café and the Sundance Food Court as well as a commuter lounge with vending machines. The new Dillard Building hosts the Corner Perk Café featuring Starbucks Coffee. Vending machines can be found in each building. A vast number of trash receptacles are situated at strategic places around campus. Students and faculty can have their snack and their drink, and dump the trash without entering classrooms. If a trafﬁc sign says ʻone way,ʼ anyone caught going the other way is subject to a ﬁne. Should the ʻno food, no drinkʼ violators be subjected to ﬁnes? Thatʼs one possibility. Maybe the professor should kick them out of class. Another possibility would be to just grow up and heed the signs.
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Wine: High-class redneckʼs essential
My family is Irish. My family drinks. A lot. Alcohol is one thing we all have in common. We enjoy nothing JESSICA COODY more than FOR THE WICHITAN kicking back with a whiskey and coke or a glass of wine and catching up. Whether it sounds bad or not, drinking is a bonding experience for my relatives. So, upon arriving at my Grannyʼs house for Thanksgiving (on Sunday, of course, since my family never seems to do anything on time), I was greeted with the usual: “There is beer in the cooler outside, whiskey in the kitchen and two boxes of wine in the fridge.” And yes, I said boxes of wine. The high-class redneck essential, no doubt. And for the ﬁrst time in years, I did the unthinkable.
I drank water. I drank sweet tea. I did not drink alcohol. Ordinarily, this lack of consumption would not occur. I am usually the ﬁrst one to pop a top, or to loosen the nozzle on the boxed white zinfandel. However, I was scheduled to be at work that evening, and if being comatose from all the turkey wasnʼt going to be bad enough, adding even one adult beverage to the mix could have been devastating to both me and my customers. So, there I was, watching my family drink and laugh and talk ... I admit, not much was different at ﬁrst. Due to the red plastic cups (another high-class redneck essential), at ﬁrst glance no one could have guessed that I wasnʼt joining the rest of the adults in the fun. That is until the ﬁrst box of wine landed in the trash can and the second 12-pack of beer was opened. Then it became obvious. I was the outsider. Granny began telling her jokes. My aunt began to laugh that “half snorting, half giggling” laugh she
has become famous for. One cousin began talking more than usual. The other cousin began stepping outside for ʻa smokeʼ every 10 minutes ... they were feeling the booze. I was not. Being the optimist that I try to be, I took this time to sit back and really look at my family ... no altered judgment involved. I watched the women, laughing and talking about their latest body ﬂaw. I noticed how none of them seemed to be complaining and ﬁshing for reassurance. They were honest, and laughing about it. “The hell with worrying,” my Granny even said when love handles were mentioned. “Weʼve still got good wine!” I watched the men, standing around the food, talking less than their female counterparts but still somehow saying all they needed to. A nod here, a couple hand gestures there and several chuckles and head shakes at the ladies. They all seemed so conﬁdent, so content.
And so happy that the Sooners made it to the Big XII Championship that nothing could ruin their day. I watched the children, running and playing football in the unseasonably warm sun. With not a care in the world, my little cousins chased the dogs and collected leaves. They rolled in the grass with reckless abandon. Up and down the stairs, banging on the piano, slamming the screen door with each entrance and exit, they are truly the heart of our family, and they donʼt let us forget it. They are far too noisy to forget about. So, I didnʼt partake in the family tradition. I didnʼt join in with the glass clinking and joke telling. I watched. And I learned something about my family. It isnʼt the alcohol that has bonded us all these years. Itʼs the pride and love for each other and the appreciation for traditions, whatever they may be. And the fact that we are all highclass rednecks, no doubt.
My life has always been in a perpetually pellmell state. O n e minute Iʼm living the life of your typical, JASON KIMBRO debauchENTERTAINMENT EDITOR ery-driven bachelor, and the next Iʼm changing diapers on a regular basis. One minute Iʼm pretty much a drunk 24/7, and the next I am clean and sober ... well, at least six days out of the week. Something wholly different is about to happen to me again and though I have had nearly nine months to prepare for this, it is coming out of the left-est of ﬁelds. I am about to be the proud father of a baby girl. Some of my guy friends are calling it karma in its most vengeful of states. They seem to think I have been a manipulator of women all my life, which in actuality couldnʼt be fur-
ther from the truth. I just allowed so many of them to manipulate me. And now I must be a father to one of them, and Iʼm afraid that this little girl will have the easiest time with the manipulation of one Jason Alvie Kimbro. So what can I do to prepare for the next 18 years and beyond? Do I become a sharp, scornful father with an overprotective sense of “knowing what is best for my daughter?” Do I pull a Herbert Hoover and take a laissez faire approach to parenting my daughter and just pray she doesnʼt end up with vaginal cauliﬂower before Guardasil is available to her? How about I tread somewhere in the middle and portray a comedic sense of being a protective father, scaring the hell out of each boy when they ﬁrst come in and then become their best friend? I like to call it the Cosby Show Approach. It is much more complicated than that. My mother has a large number of grandchildren. She has yet to have a biological granddaughter.
Having somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 grandsons and yearning for years to have a little girl to spoil, this places another grand dilemma upon my table. The signiﬁcance of this childʼs sex goes beyond my motherʼs excitement. The entire family seems to either be excited for me or hate me with envious reproach, if that type of feeling can even exist. So now I must ﬁnd ways to balance the plane between my daughter and my two sons, the biological one and the chosen one. (I call him this because I feel I actually got to choose him as my son instead of relying on the mysteries behind birth.) I will not tolerate any favoring between my children. I donʼt even want to hear any sort of nonsense about how some individual in my family may love them both the same, but he or she just likes the other one better right now. Having another child is going to be rough, but now that I know the child is a girl (I know they tell you at the sonogram that the likelihood is only about 75 percent but let me
tell you, it was very obvious), I am more scared than ever. Iʼm going to have to ward off boys like me. Iʼm going to have to make sure my two boys donʼt become little pervs if she has a sleepover in the next 13-18 years. Iʼm going to have to be ready to show her how to use certain feminine hygiene products in case mommy isnʼt around when she has her ﬁrst “womanʼs day” (thatʼs the Cosby Show Approach again). Iʼm going to have to be ready for any kind of torture that will most deﬁnitely be thrown my way: Harder diaper changes, little pink dresses, uncomfortable bathings in the 5- to 7-year-old range, training bras, tampons or pads, safe sex practices, pushy boyfriends, questions of approval from boys (if Iʼm lucky), walking her down the aisle unable to control the ﬂow of tears and the hell of having to let her go. When it all comes down to it, I wouldnʼt miss any of it for the world. Now to get a few things snipped here and there before God really decides to play a joke on us with twins.
Unborn daughter sparks protective nature
THE WICHITAN Editorial Board
Editor-in-Chief Carrie Sullivan Managing Editor Krystle Carey Entertainment Editor Jason Kimbro Sports Editor Josh Mujica Photo Editor Adrian McCandless
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Adviser Randy Pruitt
Rabbit foot no longer for luck
I was playing guitar the other night, singing about a bunny named “IncomCHRISTIAN MCPHATE petence.” STAFF REPORTER I n c o mpetence was a lonely little bunny, so cute, and so fuzzy with long ears and a little white tail. The “wascilly wabbit” loved to bounce around the ofﬁces of the federal and state governments, thumping the heads of congressional leaders with his large feet of stupidity. It was a pretty good song. And while picking out an extremely difﬁcult 3-chord pattern on the acoustic, my mind began to wonder on the different foreheads the bunny of incompetence had visited while hopping through the halls of Congress and the administration. I was not so surprised to see that the bunny has made frequent visits to the administration, for how else could one explain the incompetent decision of ﬁring not one but seven president-appointed US attorneys in the past several months. This compared to the three forced out by previous administrations over the past 25 years. Former US attorney for San Diego Carol Lam obtained a guilty plea from Rep. Randy Cunningham
and sent him to prison for more than eight years on bribery charges involving defense contractors. And she indicted former No. 3 CIA ofﬁcial Kyle Dustin two weeks ago in the defense-contracting scandal that could still reveal more corrupt politicians. Too bad the Bush Justice Department ﬁred the appointed attorney. Thank you, bunny of incompetence. Both parties of donkeys and elephants respected H.E. Cummins III, former US attorney, for his distinguished record, but he was pushed out to allow the election of former Karl Rove deputy J. Timothy Grifﬁn. The problem? Grifﬁn had little legal experience and only qualiﬁed for the job because of work he did for the Republican National Committee, according to a report in The New York Times. The reason? Incompetence did one too many thumps on the foreheads of the puppet masters behind the Republican Party. Thank you, bunny of incompetence. In fact, Incompetenceʼs large feet of stupidity have thumped a majority of our congressional leaders on the forehead. Recently, I visited the congressional directory on Yahoo and found that out of 100 senators and 438 representatives, only ﬁve senators and 27 representatives answered the what-religion-do-they-follow
question correctly with Christian as the stated religion. Eighty-two senators and 368 representatives answered with the church they attend on Sundays, including the President who stated his religion as Methodist. In addition, 13 of the senators were Jewish and 43 representatives were a majority Catholic with two Buddhists and one Muslim. Thank you, bunny of incompetence. The sad reality is that the bunny of incompetence has visited all facets of our society, hopping from town-to-town, city-to-city and stateto-state, thumping the foreheads of many of our leaders. With the disaster in New Orleans, the bunny did a triple thump on federal, state and local governments. On the cracking down of oilmongers, warmongers, moneymongers, Incompetence has done a quadruple thump and is still going. And with global warming, the bunny of incompetence has done a long history of thumping, beginning during the Industrial Age and continuing right on through the Information Age. Throughout our history, the incompetence bunny has left his large footprints of stupidity across the minds of many men and women like Jesus in the poem “Footprints in the Sand” only instead of carrying one when times are tough, the damn bunny thumps on oneʼs forehead a few more times. Will someone just shoot the damn bunny already!
Just who does Geraldo Rivera think he is? T h i s man is a joke. How dare he call himself a KONNIE SEWELL journalist. COPY EDITOR Rivera is shameless and an insult to real journalists — and real journalism students — everywhere. I feel sick just imaging anyone thinking of him as the best our ﬁeld has to offer. Who hired this douchebag? Oh, thatʼs right. Faux News did. Never mind. Riverʼs been tarnishing the profession of Woodstein, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite for years. I donʼt think anyone who used to host a trashy talk show can really call themselves a serious reporter later in life. Itʼs like if Jerry Springer tried reporting during Hurricane Katrina. The man has no integrity. Good investigative reporters are supposed to remain anonymous. Their stories are never about themselves. Thatʼs why this profession exists: So that other people can have their stories told. But Rivera continually ignores this rule. He likes to make everything about himself. He likes to place himself in the story. Heʼs nothing but an attention seeker. Heʼs had plastic surgery on TV and heʼs been very public about his sexual liaisons. He made a huge deal about shaving off his moustache if Michael Jackson was found guilty and then gloated about the verdict for ages. Attention-seekers make the worst
journalists because they canʼt get over how “great” and “brilliant” they are. Theyʼre not so great. Just obvious and egotistical. Geraldo Rivera is an entertainer. He doesnʼt care so much about getting his facts straight as he does giving the people what he thinks they want. He once reported he was in the middle of a friendly ﬁring zone in Afghanistan, when in reality he was some 300 miles away from the zone. He also claimed to have been at the scene of the deaths of American soldiers, but this later turned out to be false. Has the man (or his superiors) never heard of accountability? Real reporters know that the stories theyʼre going to tell might not always be the most exciting, but they have to be told because people need to know about them. Real reporters know they have to get their facts straight, and real reporters know this could mean double-checking several times. Real reporters know if they make a mistake, they have to order up a slice of humble pie and apologize for it. They donʼt just shrug and say, “Whoops. But, anyway, check out my badass moustache! It always stays put, even during the rain and the wind!” Rivera is so full of himself he wonʼt bother to check his facts, or let journalistic ethics and professionalism keep him in check. Why did he draw that map in the sand when he was in Afghanistan in 2003? Because he thought he was just one of the guys, I suppose. Hey, me and my moustache are cool with you guys, right? This put the militaryʼs operation and even the soldiers themselves at risk.
If Rivera believes heʼs well-intentioned, then heʼs stupider than I thought. He puts real war correspondents to shame. More recently, Riveraʼs had a ﬁeld day with the death of Anna Nicole Smith. On TV heʼs referred to her as being talentless and a ﬂoozy. Heʼs called her a whore and has basically disgraced himself with his ugly speech. Letʼs not forget that she was a human being who had faced many hardships during her lifetime. Letʼs not forget that sheʼs deceased and that thereʼs a ﬁne line between poking fun and just being mean-spirited. No oneʼs perfect. And if Rivera is going to call someone out for their moral behavior, letʼs not forget that his current wife is his ﬁfth one. Perhaps worst of all, heʼs outlined how he thinks Howard K. Stern is responsible for Smithʼs death and the death of her son Daniel last September. Iʼll agree that itʼs highly suspicious how Stern claims to be the father of Smithʼs baby girl but refuses to take a DNA test, but Rivera gave no solid evidence for his reasoning. Journalists are not conspiracy theorists. Heʼs blasted Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for “amounting to nothing.” How ironic, considering those two men actually make the country think. We can hardly say the same for dear Geraldo. This man thinks heʼs breaking the next Watergate every single day and he also believes heʼs Godʼs gift to you and me. Hey, pissants, me and my ʼstache are on TV! What have YOU done with YOUR worthless lives lately? Itʼs time someone woke up and ﬁred Rivera. When you get right down to it, he sucks not just at his job, but at life.
THE WICHITAN Feb. 28, 2007
Q: Would you use the psychology clinic on campus? “I probably wouldnʼt go because I commute. I only come to school for class.” – Angela Fortin, 19, junior, undecided
“I have no need to visit it. Iʼm perfectly sane.” – Melissa Baleisis, 24, senior, elementary education major
Geraldo brings shame to journalists
“I wouldnʼt go. I tend to stay away from people like that. Theyʼre crazy. Iʼd take counseling from anyone else. Those people have more problems than the people they treat.” – Shivel Brunett, 22, sophomore, radiology major
“I donʼt think Iʼd go because Iʼm a stable person.” – Alonzo Galan, 20, sophomore, undecided
“Iʼd go because itʼs free.” – Paul McBroom, 19, sophomore, mathematics major
Letter to the Editor
Iʼm responding to a letter sent to the editor in your last edition of The Wichitan on Feb. 14, 2007 I would like to know what exactly the reader was referring to as a “slave auction.” If this is what I think it is, how has MSU allowed this? Secondly, I would like to know what is done about Soﬁa Rodriguezʼs actions or should I say
“non-actions” For the record, I like going to this school but the segregation is really obvious and bafﬂing to me, especially since in my country we donʼt have this issue
Thank you, Michelle Watson
“It depends on what the problem is. I probably would go if the problem was bad enough.” – Dominic Cobb, 20, freshman, mathematics major
Feb. 28, 2007
Across Campus ʻWhoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf?ʼ MSU Theatre presents “Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The play is a dissection of an American marriage gone sour - a marriage tainted by delusions and disillusionment. The play depicts sexual situations and contains profanity and is not recommended for junior high or younger students. For high school students, parental knowledge and consent is recommended. “Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will take place in MSUʼs Bea Wood Studio Theatre on Thursday, March 29 through Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free with MSU ID. For more information call 397-4399.
Foreign Film Series Continuing Education and Richard Carter present the 1966 ﬁlm “Masculin Feminin” at 7 p.m. March 1 in the Kemp Center for the Arts at 1300 Lamar St. Jean-Luc Godard presents a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in 1960s Paris. Admission is free and donations are welcome. For more information, call ext. 4756.
ʻA Wednesday with Matisseʼ The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU and The Kemp Center for the Arts will sponsor “A Wednesday with Matisse” bus trip to Dallas on March 7. The group will leave from the WFMA, #2 Eureka Circle, at 8:30 a.m. and be treated to a continental breakfast and Matisse art orientation with Cathey Drennan. The day includes tours of the Matisse Exhibit at DMA and the Nasher, lunch of your choosing at DMA Atrium Cafe or Seventeen by Wolfgang Puck and free time to either tour Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the DMA or spend more time with Matisse. The bus leaves Dallas at 3:30 p.m. with complimentary wine and cheese. Seating is limited and the price is $45, which includes the bus ride, museum admission, breakfast and refreshments. For reservations and more information, call 767-2787 or 692-0923.
ʻBabelʼ fails to receive its just rewards
RICHARD CARTER FOR THE WICHITAN Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrituʼs newest ﬁlm, “Babel,” got robbed the other night at the Oscars. It was painful to watch, and it just goes to show that awards are no indicator of art. (Please see the Grammys.) Anywho, Inarrituʼs newest ﬁlm is about stories. Like his earlier “21 Grams” and “Amores Perros,” he tells them in fragments, effectively jumping back and forth between the tales and the perspectives of individual characters. On a worldwide canvas, “Babel” takes viewers through a world of heartbreak, fate and injustice with brief moments of humor. Several heart-wrenching moments will cut through viewers. Recently released on DVD, it also conveys messages on a global and personal scale that will stay with audiences. It will make viewers think about what is right and what is wrong, but more importantly, how those absolute terms are rarely applicable in real life. In addition to its ideas, the ﬁlm features excellent performances by a largely unknown international cast. The settings are also no less than impressive. From the desolate mountains of Morocco to the dynamic cityscapes of Tokyo to the rural colors of Tijuana, the landscapes are also pleasing to the eye. The camera work alone - of many disparate scenes and lights and colors - is enough to recommend this DVD. For example, in one scene, a young Japanese student named Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi) attends a rave. The deaf-mute girl is rebelling against her businessman father and is on drugs at a pretty wild club. We see her enveloped in a scene of blaring rave music, lasers, ﬂash-
Pitt’s disappointment shows as he realizes “Babel” didn’t take home the Best Picture Oscar.
ing lights and masses of people. But like the strobe light that quickly goes off and on, we intermittently see the more lonely and scary perspective of that scene, without the music. Throughout the movie, scenes jump around the world from a small dark room in a Moroccan village to the neighboring mountains to gorgeously modern Tokyo and a festive small Mexican marriage scene in Tijuana. As these scenes play out, the
drama ratchets up in the separate stories toward a realization of how the stories come together. There is no huge ﬁnale. Like the name of the ﬁlm suggests, audiences are left with the idea of how cultural and social factors make communication impossible or exceedingly difﬁcult. “Babel” begins with two married American tourists on a bus trip in Morocco. Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) are attempting to reconnect after losing a
child. The second story revolves around a Moroccan goat herder who purchases a riﬂe for his two young songs and instructs them to shoot jackals. Unfortunately for the poor family, boys will be boys. The third story features a Mexican maid named Amelia (Adriana Barraza) who is looking after two children. The day of her sonʼs marriage, she takes the kids with her and her irresponsible nephew (Gael Garcia Bernal) to Tijuana.
The last story looks at Chieko and her attempts to deal with her lost mother and her inability to connect with young men because of her hearing problems. “Babel” was my favorite movie of last year because of its cinematography, ideas, storylines and performances. It may not be for everyone, but for viewers who enjoyed the directorʼs last two ﬁlms or any form of cinema that creatively engages with form and storytelling, “Babel” is a mindful treat.
died during childbirth and her father has done his best to make sure heʼs taught her everything she needs to know about the world. Unfortunately, he views the world only through scientiﬁc glasses and Emilieʼs emotional development is somewhat stiﬂed, though sheʼs got some Romantic rebellion in her. Enter a handsome, dashing stranger with a silver tongue and youʼve got the beginning of something scandalous. Woe was me, then, because this book hardly delivered. There are small glimmers of something possibly enjoyable, but ultimately McMahonʼs major fault is that she doesnʼt know what to do with her sorrowfully two-dimensional characters. Emilie isnʼt the smart heroine I was looking forward to. When I say smart I donʼt necessarily mean book smart. I just want my heroine to be interesting, to have a working mind of her own. I want her to make good
decisions (even if, unbeknownst to her at the time, they really arenʼt) and skewer suitors with her wit. I want a heroine that will see past the charms of the phonies and appreciate what sheʼs got. But, no. Not Emilie. Emilie is a little too willing to let other people live her life for her. Sheʼs weak and insipid and self-centered. Itʼs too bad she narrates the novel — we have to be inside her head the whole time. McMahon tries to show how Emilie suffers when she leaves the only home sheʼs ever know and enters London with the man who seduced her and thrust her into the ton, but itʼs completely unbelievable. Louisa from Charles Dickensʼ “Hard Times” sheʼs not. The man who steals Emilie away is one Robert Aislabie, a no-account dandy who claims to be a merchant. Every single reader out there will know heʼs bad business from the start, so itʼs hard to see why Emilie would let herself be enamored
of him. (Itʼs hard to feel any sympathy for her when he gets her pregnant.) Aislabieʼs foil is clergyman Thomas Shales, who shares Emilieʼs love of natural philosophy and dabbles in botany (could the man be any safer?). Heʼs introduced on page 20 and itʼs at that moment we realize who Emilieʼs meant to be with. But Shales is a quiet man with a tragic past he canʼt quiet seem to get over. How he ever falls in love with a girl like Emilie, who — curiously — hates him, is beyond me. But he makes a quietly stalwart effort to win her over through friendship and kindness, and eventually she comes to depend on him. However, thereʼs no real payoff at the end of the novel regarding their relationship. To have all that buildup and then nothing but a ﬁzzle is just ﬂat-out disappointing. The only other character in the novel worth caring about is Emilieʼs father, who — surprise, surprise! — has kept a secret from Emilie since the day she was born. Thereʼs a poignant scene near the end of the novel where Emilie realizes who she really is and what she really meant to her father. But to be honest, every character in this book is just following the set path that has been laid down for them from the very beginning of storytelling.
The plot is just like any other because the characters are just like any other. And who wants to spend time reading something thatʼs recyclable, something that will pop up yet again in a few years with a different cover? McMahon has no real gift with prose. Her style doesnʼt probe into the depths of logic or emotion despite the fact sheʼs given so many opportunities. Emilie, for instance, is the only woman in attendance at Newtonʼs funeral, but this scene is wasted. The characters act just like theyʼre supposed to, and the plot goes exactly where itʼs supposed to. So, gentle reader, do exactly what youʼre supposed to do when presented with “The Alchemistʼs Daughter”: Pass it over.
ʻAlchemistʼs Daughterʼ is pure disappointment
KONNIE SEWELL COPY EDITOR I was initially drawn to Katharine McMahonʼs novel “The Alchemistʼs Daughter” for two old-fashioned reasons. First, the heroine promised to be smart, and I like smart heroines. Too many heroines today are annoyingly perfect and obnoxiously beautiful Mary-Sues. Where are the real heroines, the heroines who are more than just their looks or family or wealth? Second, the plot seemed promising. From the dust jacket we learn the bare facts of the story: 19-yearold Emilie Selden is the daughter of an Age-of-Reason alchemist who worships Sir Isaac Newton. An only child, Emilieʼs mother
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Jim Carrey shows he can be punky, sexy and even saxophoney in “The Number 23.”
Carreyʼs latest dramatic foray sucks in 23 ways JASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Many actors have tried crossing over from the typical ﬁlm we all grow to love (or hate) them in into genres that seem to be polar opposites. Jim Carrey has attempted this before with the sappy ﬂop of a ﬁlm “The Majestic.” Closer attempts at non-mainstream comedies have been somewhat successful criti-
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cally, but one thing this critic has learned is that Carrey was not cut out for horror or suspense. Not since “Batman Forever” has Carrey been this scary, and that in itself is a comedic proposition on its own. So perhaps this was a comedy after all, just in every unintentional way possible. But believe me when I say this is not a ﬁlm worth laughing at. Hereʼs the gist: Carrey plays Walter Sparrow, an animal control specialist (or dog catcher) who truly loves his job. Throughout this ﬁlm, Walter narrates what is happening on screen and within his mind, discussing matters of fate and destiny. After a failed attempt at catching a scavenging dog behind an Asian eatery, Walter-come-lately meets up with his wife Agatha (Virginia Madsen) at a used book store.
Agatha is thumbing through the pages of a strange, self-published book called “The Number 23.” Just for kicks she decides to buy it for Walter, as a birthday gift. Yay! A used book is what I wish I would get for my birthday! As Walter starts reading through the pages of the book he begins to notice some eerie similarities between the main character, Fingerling, and himself. Fingerling is a character obsessed with the number 23 and fairly soon after Walter becomes obsessed with the number as well. Walter is able to connect the book with a murder and attempts to use the facts behind the case to ﬁnd out exactly what the deal is with the number 23 and why the book is so closely related to his own life. The paranoia becomes psychotic and some stretches are made to make this conspicuous number have signiﬁcance in his life. Some of the ideas behind this ﬁlm are somewhat ridiculous and the attempts to make this number signiﬁcant and evil are either wrong or laughable. For instance, they attempt to express the evil intentions of the number by explaining that two divided by three equals .666. This is false. The actual answer is an inﬁnite number of sixes past the decimal point and if one was to round it to the nearest thousandth then the rules of math would make that number be .667, not .666. The rest of the plot and story are somewhat bland and lack any real excitement. The twist was unexpected but boring as well, falling far short of the mind-blowing amazement we got from ﬁlms like “Fight Club” and “The Prestige.” The dialogue was somewhat unrealistic as well, with some obvious bits of Carrey improv thrown in here and there. Then thereʼs this dog, this annoying representation of fate that
keeps popping up in the ﬁlm, apparently portraying Walterʼs bane of existence as well, acting as some sort of nemesis to the dog-catching character Carrey portrays. It is almost like a darkly unfunny cartoon. The involvement of his son is weak as well within a whole cast of characters who are better left for a bad episode of “The Twilight Zone.” Performances seemed to ﬁzzle as well. Carrey tries his hardest to be a paranoid scary guy but ends up being nothing short of what could have been a failed character from “In Living Color.” Madsen is able to hold her own but she really has nothing to worry about here. It is like sheʼs a beauty queen in a room full of wingmen. The movie had some decent attempts at atmosphere with the foreboding shadows and grainy textures of the bookʼs portrayals. All in all the movie just wasnʼt any fun. It was a dozy snoozer which leaves the viewer running for Starbucks with extra money for the extra shots. The only bit of fun is trying to ﬁnd out how many references to the number 23 slopmeister director Joel Shumacher tries to throw at you through the entirety of the ﬁlm. Twists are hard to come by these days, but true geniuses in moviemaking are still able to make our jaws drop and our minds mangle up in knots. Unfortunately they are just too few and far between. “The Number 23” is 190 proof slop pouring itself down a toilet after a night of bad appetizers from a now-closed Mexican restaurant. And this is being terribly nice. Stay at home this week and hope that next week holds a little something better for our cinematic needs. Or go buy “The Departed” or “The Prestige.” They will at the very least keep your eyes open.
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Visiting prof fuses students to learning RACHEL TOMPKINS FOR THE WICHITAN
On Thursday, they built a bridge on campus. It was a class act. The feat was accomplished by students in Suguru Hiraideʼs sculpture class. Hiraide and visiting artist William Cannings showed students how to ﬁre up their actylene torches that morning and fuse pieced of metal together. By 2 p.m. they were working in three separate groups. The students had to complete the project using no more than 30 feet of cold, rolled steel. The idea of the project was to create the structure
that could support the weight of each group member. It did. In three and a half hours, the 36-inch long structure was placed across the span of two tables. Members of each group had to walk across the bridge-like structure to demonstrate that their weld was strong enough to hold the weight of their group. At some point, as many as three people stood on their new creation. Cannings, an associate professor of art for Texas Tech University, brought examples of the project with him. Cannings said he usually gives his students a week to com-
plete the project. Canning also gave safety tips on the handling of oxygen and acetylene gas. “If a neck breaks off a full bottle youʼve pretty much got a missile, and theyʼll go through several concrete block walls if left unattended.” Cannings warned. The artist held a PowerPoint presentation of his work in C111 of the Fain Fine Arts Center. Cannings and his wife exhibited “Under Pressure” in the main gallery until Friday. The exhibit consisted of his many sculptures and numerous pieces created by his wife, Shannon.
Critic____________________________________________continued from page 1 According to Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Hawley have also provided substantial patronage for scholarships to the MSU English program. Smith hopes that the lecture series will provoke MSU studentsʼ interest in literature. “This lecture series will affect the English program by contributing to awareness of literary scholarship,” Smith said. “It also opens commu-
nication lines to national contacts, and that will particularly impact our graduate program.” Smith said a classroom for the lecture has not been selected. The reception will probably take place in the foyer on the second ﬂoor of the building, he said. The event is free and open to MSU students and the general public. No tickets are required.
Smith wishes to begin the lecture series with one speaker per year and add more speakers as the program grows. Smith anticipates that the new series will affect everyone at MSU, not just students. “This lecture series is a very positive addition to academics at MSU. It will enrich the life of the whole university,” Smith said.
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ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN Guillermo Herrera, 22, provides information about alcohol awareness.
Frat gets MADD KONNIE SEWELL COPY EDITOR
Omega Delta Phi, in association with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission), will hold an alcohol awareness seminar Friday at 8 p.m. in Wichita 1 and 2. The event is free to everyone and refreshments will be served. A major theme of the seminar will be how alcohol affects everyone and the only way to be safe is to be aware. Guillermo Herrera, a 22-year-old respiratory care major, helped organize the event. “We only really started preparing about two or three weeks ago for this,” he said, “but we really wanted to get this seminar out there before spring break and not during midterms.” Herrera said Omega Delta Phi has contact with the national MADD group, from whom they get much support. He went to a conference where he was presented with the idea of a seminar. Omega Delta Phi, he said, is a fraternity that values service over enrollment.
“Itʼs something we hope to instill in all organizations on campus, all fraternities and all sororities,” he said. During the seminar, information will focus on how the brain develops, how various levels of partying affect the brain and state laws. “Some people are so ignorant of Texas laws regarding alcohol,” Herrera said. “People donʼt know whatʼs legal and whatʼs not.” Though Omega Delta Phi has a strong relationship with MADD and is dedicated to service, this is the fraternityʼs ﬁrst alcohol seminar. Herrera said it wouldnʼt be the last. “Weʼre hoping to do this seminar every semester,” he said. “The information will change each time itʼs presented. Thereʼll always be something new to learn.” Also, Herrera noted how he and his brothers hope alcohol awareness doesnʼt stop with just this seminar. “We want it to be a full week of alcohol awareness,” he said. “Weʼre going to be posting ﬂyers and putting red ribbons on cars in all the parking lots.”
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just because no other options were available to them. He said that situation caused some people to be grumpy on base, while others enjoyed their stay. Mujica recalled a story of one homesick Marine who took his own life after his arrival. He said a gunshot late one night woke everyone. Mujica said the person had been depressed since his arrival in Iraq and took his life inside a bathroom on base. Mujicaʼs own life was endangered one afternoon as he was doing guard work on a tower with a friend. “I was working the tower and I grabbed my bag of Gummy Bears to snack on. Right when I opened the bag I heard a loud whistle coming at me and two rockets ﬂew over the tower,” he said. Mujica jokingly said he was very fortunate the guys launching the rockets at them were bad shooters.
Mujica then left to Fallujah for his next mission and said he did not have any problems during his time there. He said the children there were special and it changed his own stereotypes of every Iraq native. “For the most part, they are hardworking citizens trying to make a living,” he said. Mujica now has a sense of appreciation for the cultures he witnessed during his 7-month stay. He said it has helped him think of othersʼ beliefs before making quick judgments. It also gave him a different outlook on life itself. “I now think of the worst that can happen to better prepare myself. It works for some and not for others,” he said. “I now have come to peace with dying someday.” As far as the future and war in Iraq goes, Mujica believes bloodshed and violence will always be there.
“Thereʼs over 150 tribes and beliefs there, so to have everyone there under one democracy is very difﬁcult,” he said. “The good is we ended a violent regime, but the bad is the lives that were lost.” The possibility that Mujica could go back still exists, but it is something he would comply with excitedly. He said the positive experiences outweigh the bad, so a return would be second nature to him. Mujica now has his sights set on another phase in his life with education. He is currently enrolled in 14 hours of school while managing a job on the side. The discipline gained from basic training to his time in Iraq have all fused together to give him a dream that was not available to family members in the past: An opportunity to attend college.
Bathroom to Boardroom Eddie Douglas, 22, struts his stuff at the Bathroom to Boardroom fashion show. The program demonstrated to students how to dress professionally for occasions such as job interviews.
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2007 Softball Team
Midwestern goes 3-1 in softball tournament JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR
The MSU softball team traveled to Kingsville this past weekend to compete in the Javelina Classic hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville. Along with the Lady Mustangs the two day tournament also includ-
ed TAMUK and St. Edwardʼs. On Sunday afternoon MSU (135) handled St. Edwards, 2-1 to complete the tournament with a 3-1 record. St. Edwards got on the board ﬁrst in the 5th inning as Melissa McSheffery stole homebase on an error at third. The Lady Mustangs rebounded in
the 6th as Lindsey Voigt and Kristen Stonecipher scored off a double to left ﬁeld by Kelli Shaw. Freshman pitcher Katie Peterson earned the win as she improved to 7-5 on the season with a 0.98 earned run average. She stuck out 16 batters during the tournament. Earlier in the day MSU took on TAMUK.
The Lady Mustangs wasted no time as they scored two runs in the 1st inning. Jessica Rodriguez scored on an unearned run and Stonecipher scored on a throwing error by TAMUKʼs Sally Lozano. MSU added two more scores and TAMUK was unable to catch up as the Lady Mustangs took a 4-3 win.
Pitcher Ashley Kuchenski stayed perfect on the year as she pushed her record to 6-0. She posts a 1.71 ERA and struck out 14 batters this weekend. On Saturday the Lady Mustangs split games. Midwestern beat SEU in 10 innings, 2-1 and fell to TAMUK, 3-2 later in the day.
Along with Stonecipher and Shaw ﬁrst baseman Amanda Hill was cited for performing well in the tournament with a .357 batting average with ﬁve hits, one double and two RBIs. MSU travels to Edmond, OK tonight to take on Central Oklahoma in a doubleheader. The ﬁrst game is set for 1 p.m.
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Mustangs route SWOSU The 24th-ranked Mustangs rolled Southwestern Oklahoma State 9067 in front of 3,417 rowdy fans Tuesday night in Gerald Stockton Court, advancing to the Lone Star Conference Semiﬁnals Friday night against Central Oklahoma. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Four Mustangs scored in doubleﬁgures, led by the senior trio of All-LSC selections Drew Coffman, Chad Rickett, and Eric Dawson. Coffman, the divisionʼs newcomer of the year, had a game-high 22 points, while LSC South Player of the Week Dawson muscled his way to 16 points, 12 boards and six swats. Rickett added 17 points and ﬁve assists followed by 16 points from Chris Davis. MSU (21-6) opened up the ﬁrst half with runs of 7-2 and 7-0 before the Bulldogs (17-10) slashed the
Mustang lead to 22-18 at the 10:32 mark. Three points would be the closest SWOSU would get to the Mustangs all-night long as MSU wore down the Bulldogs, pulling a late 19-5 run to take a 45-28 advantage at halftime. “We knew they were an up and down tempo team, so we just stuck to them and came out with the win,” Rickett said. “We stepped it up a notch when they ran out of energy.” MSU shot 53 percent for the game while having their way inside the paint against the Bulldogs, outscoring SWOSU 42-22. The Mustangs tight defense also forced a total of 15 turnovers while racking up seven steals, two of which were picked off by Rickett. “I had to step up my game to give us a chance to win,” Rickett said. “Chris Davis challenged me to play defense.” Head Coach Jeff Ray said it was an overall team effort and credited
players like freshman forward Michael Godwin for giving the team momentum throughout the game with his gritty play. “Michael Godwin came in and gave us a spark off the bench,” Ray said. “He has a bright future.” Dawson opened the second half by scoring the ﬁrst seven Mustang points, including a big two-handed jam that brought the crowd to its feet and a three-point play, opening a 52-33 lead. The Bulldogs responded with a 20-9 run to cut the Mustang lead to 63-59 at the 10 minute mark but had no answer for the plethora of MSUʼs ﬁrepower. The Mustangs rallied and never looked back, closing the game on a 20-4 run while holding SWOSU scoreless in ﬁve of the ﬁnal six minutes of regulation. The 67 points were the lowest season output for SWOSU as Clarke Hale led the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Michael Sampson added 13 and nine rebounds.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have no deep and passionate love for any speciﬁc sports team. I love CARLY BURRES the Dallas STAFF REPORTER Mavericks and the UT Longhorns. But I donʼt like to watch the games all the time. There are people who are hardcore fans. They live to watch the games and wear their teamʼs logos. The team is the essence of their being. My roommateʼs boyfriend is one of those people. If the Mavericks are losing by a lot then he canʼt watch the game because it hurts him too much to see his team lose. I have heard endless amounts of stories from another friend of mine about his love for the New Orleans Saints. When all the other children were outside playing, he was inside watching the Saints. These are the people who own hats, bumper stickers, t-shirts and engraved logo traveling mugs with their initials and special quotes.
These are the people that I envy. Year after year, I watch these people cheer on their teams and get all excited and pumped up because their team, the team that is the underdog, is ﬁnally getting justice and is making the playoffs. Or they are once again dominating on the court. My grandfather is such a die-hard Longhorns fan that if they lose, I donʼt call him because I donʼt want to be in his line of ﬁre. There are these people, and then there are the people who could care less about anything that have to do with physical activity. Then there are people like me. I am the person who claims to love the Mavericks and the Longhorns (which I really do) but I canʼt make myself sit down and watch the whole season. I will watch bits and pieces of games here and there while I am ﬂipping channels. Or if the game happens to be on while I am enjoying a nice beverage at Buffalo Wild Wings or Texas Roadhouse, then I will become rather stuck on the game. But just to sit down and watch the game for fun in my apartment? That doesnʼt happen. I am the person who doesnʼt get into the spirit of things until the playoff games have rolled around, until it is down to the wire.
I will watch the last two or three games. I wonʼt even watch the whole game, though. I just watch the last 20 or 30 minutes. Iʼve discovered that this is the time of the game when itʼs the most interesting. Picture this: Itʼs the last 10 minutes of the Mavericks vs. Spurs game. The score is 81-83. Itʼs just a matter of who can stay ahead long enough to make it to the ﬁnal buzzer. Whatʼs more exciting than that? Who cares how they get to that point as long as they are at that point and are going to win. I wish I could have the dedication and passion that so many other people have when it comes to picking a team and watching them and cheering them on all season, but I just donʼt. I love my teams ... but it is just impossible for me to stay focused long enough to watch them all season. I have sports ADD. And for this there is no cure. Go, Mavs, go!
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Groundhogs overshadow MSU FOR
The MSU rugby team played a hard physical game against the University of Dallas Groundhogs on Saturday but were undone by a serious breakdown of discipline resulting in a 37-0 loss. MSU was hurt by many penalties and UD went up 17-0 at halftime. MSU had the wind to its back in the second half back but were unable to secure the ball in the lineouts. UD took advantage and seized
the ball and put it along their backline, scoring numerous tries. Unable to get any continuity in their game, MSU gifted valuable possession and territory to UD. By contrast UD had a running game that sliced apart the MSUʼs defense. UD eventually extended their lead beyond the reach of MSU. MSU will continue their season with a friendly on Saturday against the Dallas Reds Old Boys. Kickoff will be 2 p.m. in Dallas.
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MSU’s Drew Coffman, 5, drives the ball up the court against SWOSU’s Marcus Milleder last night in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Coffman had 22 points. The Mustangs won 90-67.
MSU tennis teams dominate courts MELISSA
Midwestern State tennis sent Colin County Community College packing yesterday afternoon, securing another victory for the menʼs and womenʼs teams. The men dominated the Cougars from Plano with a 5-3 win. They started slowly, falling behind 2-1 with junior Zachary Dillard and senior Brett Emerson winning at number one doubles. Fortunately, it was all uphill from there on as the men dropped only one more point in the singles rounds. Both Emerson, at number one singles, and senior Charles van Swelm, at number three singles, came back to win their third set super tie-break after dropping their
ﬁrst set. Sophomore Stefan McKinney and freshman Fernando Villarrealʼs straight set singles victories secured the teamʼs overall win. “I am very pleased with our win today and I hope we continue in this spirit throughout the season,” van Swelm said. On the womenʼs side, sophomore Brynne Chappell and freshman Ann-Sophie Indeherberge delivered a devastating 8-0 win at number one doubles. Seniors Cilia Muller and Michelle Watson followed suit with an 8-1 blowout at number three, leaving the Lady Mustangs up 2-1 after the doubles round. “The girls were pretty rude, which made the win especially sweet. Itʼs funny when they scream that you suck, but the scoreboard says youʼre up 6-0,” noted Chappell.
In singles, the ladies grabbed four of their six matches, securing a 6-3 win over the Lady Cougars. Sophomore Faye dʼHamecourt played number three, junior Melissa dos Prazeres-Silva played number four, freshman Collean Kinser played number ﬁve and senior Watson played number six. The girls were optimistic about such a decisive win at their ﬁrst home match. “This was the ﬁrst home game of my college career, and it felt good! I think we have a shot at going all the way [to nationals] this year,” Kinser enthused. Both teams will be in competition on Friday and Saturday. The menʼs tennis team will now travel to Lawton to compete in the Cameron Quadrangular. The women will road trip to Portales, N.M., to partake in the Eastern New Mexico Quadrangular.
winning-streak to the Lone Star Conference Tournament next week as top seed in the south division. Kaylon Hodge led MSU (12-14, 5-9) with 17 points and three assists, while senior Sonya CalhounCourtney ended her Mustang career with 16 points and ﬁve rebounds. Stacy Staten also chipped in 16 points. MSU missed their ﬁrst eight attempts from the ﬂoor, before getting back into the game with a 2211 run to tie the contest up at 22. But WTAMU responded with a 21-7 run to close the half and take a commanding 43-29 lead at inter-
mission. The Lady Mustangs shot 33 percent in the ﬁrst and went 0-for7 from beyond the arc, while the Lady Buffs connected on 46 percent of their baskets. The second half did not fare much better for MSU as the Lady Buffs jumped out to 10-1 run in the opening minutes and lead by as many as 26 points. The Lady Mustangs were never able to recover. WTAMU outrebounded MSU 54-23 as the Lady Mustangs ﬁnished the night shooting a low 32 percent from the ﬁeld.
Lady Buffs out-hustle Mustangs IGGY CRUZ
STAFF REPORTER The No. 7 West Texas A&M Lady Buffaloes opened the game on an 11-0 run Saturday night and never looked back, rolling the Lady Mustangs 73-55 at the First United Bank Center in Canyon. Sophomore Courtney Lee collected her ﬁrst double-double of the season for the Lady Buffs (24-3, 14-0), ﬁnishing the night with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while leading scorer Emily Brister added 15 points. WTAMU will ride a 12-game
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Published on Jul 28, 2010
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