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Tuition increase to come

Girl Talk


ʻThe Vagina Monologuesʼ discusses women empowerment, individuality. ADRIAN MCCANDLESS PHOTO EDITOR


agina. Some may be uncomfortable saying the word and some may call it a different name. Nonetheless, itʼs making its way to MSU. The MSU Theatre will present Eve Enslerʼs play The Vagina Monologues beginning Feb.15 in the Fain Fine Arts Theatre. The Vagina Monologues is based on real womenʼs stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery. The play depicts the liberation of women becoming sexual beings. “She [Ensler] spent two years interviewing hundreds of women of all nationalities, occupations, including everyone from prostitutes to professors,” theatre professor and director of the play Laura Jefferson said. “The monologues are compiled from several different womenʼs stories, or sometimes it is one womanʼs story.” The stories are usually about a defining moment in a womanʼs life, Jefferson said. Jefferson insists this is not a “male

bashing” play, but a play about enlightening peopleʼs perceptions of women everywhere. “Itʼs a play about celebration. It celebrates womenʼs health, sexuality and empowerment,” she said. The Vagina Monologues contains adult situations, includes profanity and is not suited for junior high students or younger. It is recommended for high school students who will have to have parental consent to view the play. Haley Moore, a 19-year-old sophomore, acts as a tour guide throughout the play for the audience. She said her role is more of a public speaker rather than an actress in the play. “Usually thereʼs a fourth wall with the audience, but this is a change,” she said. Moore said she was worried at first about some of the things she had to say during the play, but also said she is a warm person and hopes the audience does not feel as if she is being rude or male bashing the entire time. “It was kind of funny, the people I told about it. My dad didnʼt like the play. I told my mom I was going to be in it and she was like, ʻIs it rated X? Are you going to be naked?ʼ” she said.

Wednesday Feb. 7, 2007

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN Sydney Stockton expresses anguish in “The Vagina Monologues” as Haley Moore (left) and Carrie Sheets look on.

“Iʼd gone to Barnes and Noble to buy the play and the saleslady looked at me funny for saying the word ʻvaginaʼ out loud. But itʼs an important play for

both men and women. It incorporates the experiences weʼve all had, ones

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MSU will raise tuition this fall, President Dr. Jesse Rogers said Tuesday night. Rogers made the announcement at a Student Government Association meeting, which had also been billed around campus as a public hearing. No firm figures were given but Rogers said tuition would need to be increased a minimum of $12 per credit hour. Students are currently paying a board set tuition of $66 per credit hour. A state-set tuition fee of $52 per credit hour is added to this amount, he explained. Rogers blamed the hike on a lack of state funding and said many other Texas schools are shooting for about $80 per credit hour in designated tuition. Rogers said MSU would ask for a $12-per-tuition-hour increase with the authority to go to $18. “My hope is we wonʼt have to do that,” he said. Rogers said he plans to present a plan to the Board of Regents to cap enrollment. He said he would also propose that tuition for entering freshmen be regulated so it only rises a limited amount over a fouryear period. Rogers said tuition is low in Texas compared to other states. Rogers said MSUʼs budget would be balanced by cuts and some reor-

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Police cite illegal salesmen RACHEL TOMPKINS FOR THE WICHITAN Two men were cited for selling without a permit on campus at the Sunwatcher Village Wednesday afternoon. The pair told police they were working for United Subscriptions Agency in Florida. They were going door-to-door trying to sell magazines for the company. Matthew Rowley, 26, and Michael Palmer, 20, were given a ci-

tation for selling without a permit. Rowley had a driverʼs license from Minnesota. Palmer was also arrested for outstanding city warrants. He had a suspended driverʼs license from Virginia. Police talked to a 19-year-old resident of Sunwatcher Village. She agreed to buy some magazines from the men, but changed her mind when the men wanted cash for the order. According to police, the men refused to leave until she gave them

the money. She finally gave the two men some money so they would leave her alone, police said. “This happens every year: These guys come on campus and they sell magazines to people that give them cash, and never get the magazine,” Police Chief Michael Hagy said. The girl then called police and filed a report. Officer Albert Jimenes found the two men and explained that they had to return the money to the student. Jimenes said the money was refunded.

times more, conversations with her residents. Their favorite subject… “Boys! Guys are so stupid,” Guse said. With memories of their first year fresh in their minds, sophomore RAʼs can find themselves in a perfect position to help their residents. “Iʼm able to see their perspective,” said business management Cody Magana, an RA in Pierce Hall. “I was in their shoes just a year ago.” Magana said he enjoys the job. “I like it a lot. I am basically there to make sure people have a good time,” he said. Though many RAs in freshmen and sophomore housing are only sophomores themselves, juniors and seniors are on the staff. Working with these seasoned pros has its rewards. “Those guys know what theyʼre doing,” Guse said. “Itʼs easy to go to them and ask questions.” Other RAs agree. “The returners are cool. They offer advice and share how they handle things,” elementary education

major Michael McCall said. McCall, a transfer from Western Oklahoma State College, said he thought being an RA would be a good opportunity to meet new people. “I found out about the position on the MSU Web site,” McCall said. “I called and they sent me an application in the mail.” Pierce Hall Director Richard Whatcott appreciates the novices. “Sixty percent of my staff is new,” Whatcott said. “I think that is the perfect amount. They inject new ideas and bring a new level of creativity.” After endless hall meetings and all the new information of orientation week, the new RAs are now beginning to understand how important their job may be. Magana said he has recently had to help one of his residents who was contemplating dropping out. “I wake up at seven every morning so we can study together. I donʼt mind. I would want someone to do the same for me,” he said.

RAs show love to residents DEON NEWSOM FOR THE WICHITAN



Acclaimed poet Sekou, “tha misfit,” expressed himself on Feb. 1 in the Comanche Suites during the Poetry Slam.

‘The Messengers’ This horror flick leaves everyone a bit disappointed, well, except for the tweens. page 4

Barely a year after their own wide-eyed arrival, many sophomores are now resident assistants. Despite hours of training and a few weeks on the job, the newfound authority can take some getting used to. “It was a little strange at first because now I have that title, but I donʼt feel any different from any other student at MSU,” elementary education major Jordan Guse said. For Guse, an RA in Killingsworth Hall, it was her experience with her own RA that inspired her to apply for the job. “I wanted to do a better job than she did,” Guse said. “She never invested time in us. I got the feeling she didnʼt really care.” Guse believes building relationships with her residents is vital. “If a resident needs to talk, I am always willing to listen,” she said. And that she does. Guse said she has held two-hour, and some-

Restaurant might please Little things compete with good food at the new Atlanta Bread Company restaurant. page 4

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Four seconds to go The Lady Mustangs take the win against Angelo State University, 53-51, with only four seconds left in the game. page 7

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Staff Editorial

Keep or kill? Almost every third baby conceived in America is killed by abortion, according to AbortionFacts. com. That means that 1.8 million mothers murder their own children every year just in the United States. All women have their excuses for doing it: Theyʼre too young. They have to finish school. Theyʼre unmarried. Whatever happened to adoption? The abortion of an unborn baby is just plain selfish. Forty-five percent of all abortions in the U.S. are actually repeats, according to the Center for Disease Control. Unfortunately women use abortions as a method of birth control instead of using condoms. Most women do not find out they are pregnant until they are a month along. In the first month after conception, the babyʼs heart begins to beat and foundations of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system are made. Most women undergo an abortion after the first month of gestation. Almost every time an abortion is performed, a heart stops beating. If a woman is in her first trimester, the doctor cuts the placenta and baby into pieces and scrape them out into a basin. During the second trimester, the cervix is stretched open and a long plier-like instrument is inserted into the uterus. The baby is too large to fit through the cervix so the doctor grabs hold of the babyʼs leg or arm and twists until it is torn from the body. This is repeated limb by limb until the baby is ripped apart. The spine also must be snapped and the skull crushed. In the third trimester when the baby can live outside the womb, a partial birth abortion is performed. The doctor inserts forceps into the cervix and turns the baby into breech position. Except for the head, which remains in the birth canal, the doctor pulls the baby out. The baby is alive and moving. The doctor inserts scissors into the base of the skill. A tube is inserted into the wound and the brain is sucked out. The dead infant is then pulled out. The gruesome details of abortions are just one part of the pain abortions cause. The mothers of the murdered, unborn children can suffer from severe emotional distress from killing their babies. When a woman takes her childʼs life, her scars never heal. Congress should outlaw abortion. No good has come out of killing unborn children. With abortion readily available, less people choose to give up their children for adoption. But if the horrendous, murdering act becomes illegal, every innocent human soul has a better chance for surviving.

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Academy needs reviewer with good taste

In just a few short weeks Ellen Degeneres will be hosting the Academy Awards. Several of those little bald golden JASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR men will be handed out and millions of Americans will be bored senseless through what is likely to be another overly-long awards ceremony. I used to dream of the days that I would become a famous actor/ screenwriter/director/producer/ editor/grip/gaffer/craft service provider and bring home one of those coveted trophies. Of course, back then I thought they were filled with chocolate, but as I have recently noticed in the past 10 years they are actually filled with crap. There have been a truckload of films that have constantly been overlooked by the academy and some actors get nods for the wrong films (i.e., Leonardo DiCaprio being nominated for “Blood Diamond” instead of “The Departed”). I am using my voice in this highly circulated piece of foldable media

to express my interest in becoming a member of the Academy. I know the big-wigs in Hollywood and elsewhere are enjoying their lentils with rye crackers at their cherry wood desks, reading our fine paper while trying to figure out who to invite next year, mistakenly passing over my fine film critiques. Let me take a moment to try and convince you all why I should be a voting member, thus with high hopes and of course very high standards obtain the ability to campaign for the little films that many of us never get the opportunity to see. First, I have been writing my fine film reviews for well over a dozen years They have only been published in this paper since 2003 (minus my one year hiatus but we wonʼt be discussing that) but thatʼs only because I didnʼt have my foot in the door. My film reviews have always been of the highest caliber and quality, ranging from provocative and evocative ideals about what the films should be to graceful and witty dialogue such as using the term “baboon-butt drivel” to describe the film “Radio” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. Or the politically correct expression “deaf Sioux dude” in explaining the tragedy at Wounded Knee portrayed in the beginning of the

film “Hidalgo.” My track record remains untarnished when it comes to my deadon critiques and my ingeniously devised scoring system made up of the four grading criteria and a GPA. I mean, isnʼt that just TOO cute? Getting back to my track record, giving great reviews to films such as “Team America: World Police” and “Broken Lizardʼs Club Dread” really show the depth of my gratitude for the art of filmmaking. My range in genre has really been that of the utmost peachy keenest as well. Almost as peachy keen as my extensive range in vocabulary discussed above and obviously seen within the words of this wondrous column. I am such a genius. When it comes to genre variety, in the past 10 newspapers I must have done at least five horror films and five action films, give or take a few. I like to throw an attempt at sophomoric comedy in there now and again as well. Yes, I truly am a master film connoisseur. Ebert and Roper should worship me. Siskel should rise from the grave just to kiss my white ass. Ann Coulter should just shut the hell up already and finally realize that she and Rita Cosby were meant for each other. And some columnists need to realize that randomness isnʼt always the best way to

go. Those small-budget masterpieces that we only get to see on video for they would never be shown in the theaters here. Theyʼre just too commercial, not unlike our radio stations. But now Iʼm rambling. In case I never do get to become a rallying member of the Academy for those tiny, beautiful, provocative films, I would like to now take this chance, in a not-so-nationally read newspaper, to give a shout out to them all. To “Pirates in a Caribbean,” your women had the best jubblies of them all. To “Cum on Eileen,” your soundtrack was awesome! To “A F*)@! at the Museum,” I donʼt know if those were supposed to be special effects or not, but all I can really say is, WHOA! And finally to “Happy Teet,” you really showed a sense of bravery with those damn penguins. Or were those really little people in tuxedos? Anyway, I hope you take this column into consideration and find me worthy of your acceptance into the Academy. I figure that if the new Academy sporting goods place opening up wouldnʼt hire me, then at least you guys should be able to find me a spot.

Usually once parents have a child they begin to plan out all the things they will need to do to take care of them. KRYSTLE CAREY Whether MANAGING EDITOR it be rearranging their schedule to take their kid to soccer practice or taking a sick day off work because the little one has a fever. Although this is what most responsible parents do, some parents are not so dependable. Instead of revolving their life around their childʼs needs, some like to toss them to the grandparents. It seems that this is becoming a rising trend among young parents. Instead of taking responsibility for getting pregnant, they decide to hand their children over to the grandparents who they know will gladly take them.

Some parents even try to make the grandparents feel bad by telling them they donʼt love their grandchildren if they do not take them off their hands. Is this really the case if a grandparent does not want to take care of their grandchild at that moment? No. According to the 2000 Census from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 5.8 million grandparents were living with grandchildren. About 2.4 million were responsible for grandchildren. Once parents have raised their children, I believe it should be their own “me” time. Parents spend at least 18 years, depending on how many children they have, brushing aside their needs to take care of their children. Once their children move out of the nest, I think they have paid their dues. It is not fair for their children to slack off on their own responsibilities and push their children onto their parents. The grandparents already did this with their children; they should not have to do it for

someone elseʼs. Some may say the grandparents are partly to blame for this issue. However, if a parent does not raise a child to take responsibility for themselves, it more than likely will become a problem for the rest of that childʼs life. When a parent tells their child to clean their room and ends up just cleaning it themselves, that is not going to teach the children any responsibilities, just laziness. Handing their children off to grandma and grandpa seems to be a bigger trend with parents that are still children themselves. A teenage mother would be more inclined to leave their child with grandma to go to a party or hangout with friends. If the teenager was willing to partake in the “fun part” of getting pregnant, then she is more than capable of stepping it up and taking responsibility for that child. Now, not every teenage mother or parent is this irresponsible. I have come across plenty of them that will do whatever it takes to

make sure their child is given everything he or she needs and doing all this without the grandparentʼs help. I have great respect for these individuals because they could just as easily toss them over to grandma and grandpa like all the other millions of irresponsible parents. As I mentioned in my previous column, I do not make it a habit to judge other people. However, when the action of one person affects someone else, I tend to be irked a little. Children are brought into the world as innocent beings that just need a home and the love of their parents. If they are being given to the grandparents every chance their parents get, it doesnʼt seem to give that child the sense of being loved. So, for those young parents out there that think their lives are a bit more important than their precious childʼs, think about who brought that child into the world. It definitely was not the grandparents who were rolling around in that bed.

Lazy parents avoid mature responsibilities

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

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

Advertising Manager Christian McPhate Copy Editor Konnie Sewell Cartoonist David Stephenson

Adviser Randy Pruitt


New Orleans: Murder capital

A h ! New Orleans, a city watered down with a rich history of names— the home of Mardi CHRISTIAN MCPHATE Gras and the “reSTAFF REPORTER formed and non-violent” Ku Klux Klan, hurricane city and murder capital of the world. Thatʼs right. In 2006, a record number of 161 homicides occurred in the Crescent City, shooting the devastated metropolis to the top of the murder charts—Americaʼs Iraq right in our own backyard. But wait, thereʼs more. About two-thirds of the slayings remain unsolved in the Big Easy while the gas mask of bafflement blinds the police with the fumes of excuses. “Without witness testimony, weʼve got nothing,” Deputy Chief Anthony Cannatella said. Hello, forensics anyone? Law enforcement officials claim the killers are still walking the streets, released because of a lack of evidence, and itʼs not their fault. And with the finger of blame, the uniformed soldiers point their weapons of accusations toward another branch of the judicial system: The prosecutors. “We canʼt be as successful fighting crime as we would like to be until the rest of the criminal justice system works like itʼs supposed to

work,” the police superintendent, Warren J. Riley, said. Police tried to stop the flood of violence by placing 3,100 druggies and dealers behind bars last year— only to release them because of a missed deadline with filing charges and dodging subpoenas to testify against the accused. In January, law enforcement officials released a record number of 500 criminals back onto the streets of the chaotic city. The problem has spiraled so far out of control, the neighborhoods of New Orleans are creating charges like “misdemeanor murders” or “60-day murders,” the length of time before the bloody arms of freedom accept them back into the fold. Of course, District Attorney Eddie Jordan, and a few judicial members have retaliated with fingers of blame and pointed to the long history of police brutality that alienates “a good number of witnesses,” a departmental focus on minor offenses instead of major ones and the “social dysfunction” of Hurricane Katrina. Yet, anyone who knows anything about the ghetto knows there are no eyewitnesses. As my cousin Mike, a former resident of Stop Six (one of the many ghettos in Fort Worth), would say, “No one in thʼ projects sides with no police because thʼ law donʼt give a shit about thʼ hood!” And the social dysfunction splattered across the pages of The New York Times? Well, the problem was there long before the hurricane. In the ʼ80s, the “city that America forgot” ranked in the top five

cities for violent crimes based on per capita for murder. The hood life is all they know. When the dealers are shelling out a grand a pop to stash the merchandise to kids who are obsessed with materialism from the repetitive commercials and reality shows of MTV, what does one expect? When the oil-obsessed federal government cares more about the freedom of fanatics than freeing a nation of our own citizens going through a restraint on their freedom of safety, life and happiness, what does one expect? Why must we make things so complicated? Do I need to draw a How to Act Toward Your Fellow Human Being poster and staple it across the neighborhoods of not only the hood, but suburbia as well? Let us take the initiative from the federal government! Let us start subliminally forcing some basic human respect down studentsʼ throats instead of the same old bullshit of “look out for yourself, waste all of your money and the planetʼs natural resources while leaving behind your fallen siblings or friends because they were not smart enough to play by the rules and keep up.” At least then we could up with some cool names like the BHRTO (Basic Human Response to Others) test or the SMSROIBYA (Show Me Some Respect or Iʼll Beat Your Ass) test instead of the boring old TAAS, TAKS, TEKS or the whatever-the-hell-you-call-it test. For once, let us focus on completing the problems in our own country before we try to finish someone elseʼs.

O n e of my troops on duty had just switched on CNN news to witness reports of another link in the chain

a generation. He could care less about whatʼs happening in the Eastern hemisphere, as long as his supply of beer and other diversions arenʼt mitigated. “I know that my case has brought a lot of attention and scrutiny on me by my superiors,” Watada said. “Iʼm probably very unpopular, if not the most unpopular person on Fort Lewis. But I know out there are people who believe in what Iʼm saying.” Warren shifted uncomfortably in his seat. “This isnʼt right,” Warren said. “Heʼs already going to go to jail for this! Why do they have to report on this stuff?” Warren, like all men and women who wear the uniform, understand well that the image of a soldier, airman, Navy seaman or Marine can be a powerful one when speaking on some volatile issue. This is why the U.S. military maintains stringent policies against a U.S. service member using his or her identity when speaking publicly on any issue of political importance. That image is placed in the hands of each branchʼs public affairs office to manage. Service members are trained constantly to refer all public inquiries to the unit of affairs. Such policies, of course, are no different than one may expect to find in a large civilian corporation. Yet violating this rule during wartime in the military is considered a federal offense under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Warrenʼs point is that not only does Watadaʼs refusal to obey orders subject him to serious punishment. The widespread media coverage of his refusal, though sympathetic, will only serve to make things even worse. After seven years in the Air Force, Iʼve learned enough to understand that military regulations provide a commander all the means necessary to rule virtually every aspect of oneʼs life. In fact, the military life can at times run perfectly parallel to living under an authoritarian rule, though such terms are temporary and voluntarily accepted by the service member. Despite such power, seldom will a commander use the full extent of his authority to exact maximum punishment allowable under the UCMJ for an offense. They instead prefer the local of-

ficials to handle the matter on an individual basis. With rare exception, the leverage of power will always be in the advantage of the commanding authorities, and never in the defendantʼs. The system, after all, is designed to ensure this is the case. However, as the military is said to be an incidental extension of political ends, commanders are never fully exempt from having to consider the political fallout their choices could have in delicate situations. Watadaʼs stand shows how true this can be in domestic situations as well as in foreign affairs. Though Watadaʼs bold maneuvering may be initially seen as reckless, it may well be his best chance at escaping severe consequences. Should he face a court of military jurisdiction alone, he will most certainly lose. However, by throwing his case before the court of public opinion, political leverage may shift closer to his advantage. Military authorities will have to evaluate whether the benefits of prosecuting this one dissenter is going outweigh the risk of facing the negative reaction of an already unsettled public as well as discouraging potential recruits who might have otherwise taken his place. Watadaʼs aversion to the war is already seen as having a negative influence on the morale of both his troops and those among the militaryʼs sister branches. Seeing military authorities throwing a fellow brother-in-arms into a federal penitentiary probably will not do much to aid in its improvement. This week, Watada stands before a military panel, facing charges of violating UCMJ Articles 87 (missing movement) and 133 (conduct unbecoming an officer). If convicted on all counts, he could face a dishonorable discharge and four years in prison. Watada, however, pled not guilty in Mondayʼs proceedings. Unfolding developments since then forecast a difficult legal battle ahead for both him and his defense team. Whether or not Watadaʼs case will succeed remains to be seen. However, even if he should overcome the odds, heʼll still be left to awaken each morning pondering the same question the rest of us who chose instead to don the uniform and report for duty: “Will history remember me as a hero or as unfortunate accessory to an unworthy partisan effort?”

of violence in Iraq. This has prompted inquiry among multitudes across the nation over whether continuing the war effort can be justified. Is it even a legal one? “No,” said Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada. In June 2006, Watada made national headlines when he made his public refusal to deploy to Iraq. “We have violated American law. We canʼt break laws in order to fight terrorism,” he said. Watching this next to me is airman Warren, the definitive article of

Feb. 7, 2007


Campus Voices

Q:What do you think about campus health services?

“I know some people who tried to go to the clinic this summer. They werenʼt full-time students because some of the classes they needed werenʼt being offered. The clinic wouldnʼt help them because they werenʼt full time, which isnʼt fair at all.” – Sabrina Maguire, 23, senior special education major

“Honestly, I donʼt think itʼs readily available. Thereʼs always time conflictions with the hours and student schedules.” – Susan Mathews, 23, senior social work major

Soldiers, use care when speaking



“The campus health services are pretty good. They give you everything you need, like flu shots and meningitis shots. Itʼs not hard to get an appointment.” – Shelton Hawkins, 25, senior mass communication major

“I donʼt really go. I have no need to go because I hardly ever get sick. I didnʼt even know we had that until about three weeks ago.” – Elizabeth Quan, 19, sophomore theater and marketing major

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Across Campus German Club Kaffee and Kuchen The MSU German Club is hosting Kaffee and Kuchen Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Clark Student Center Arrowhead Lounge. Interested students and faculty are invited to come enjoy coffee and cakes while socializing with German students and visitors. The cost is free. For more information, contact Brianne Jamison at brianne. jamison.1127@students.

ArtistLecture Artist-Lecture Series presents Dr. Roland Fryer at 7 p.m. Friday in Akin Auditorium. A rising star in the academic world, Fryer is combining the disparate fields of economics and African-American studies to produce groundbreaking work that is attracting the attention of not just academics, but of anyone interested in what it means to be black in America today. Fryer is currently an assistant professor of economics at Harvard University. Tickets are available for faculty and staff at the Clark Student Center Information Desk.

Dining Etiquette Seminar The Career Management Center is hosting a Dining Etiquette Seminar Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. in the Clark Student Centerʼs Kiowa Exstudents room. Enjoy a fabulous fourcourse meal for free, and learn about food faux pas and helpful fine dining tips. Seating is limited and a refundable deposit of $10 is required to attend. To make a reservation or for more information, call 397-4473.

Student Club/ Organization Fair The Office of Student Development will present the annual showcase of student clubs and organizations from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Clark Student Center Atrium. Reservations for table space are required by Friday through the Student Development Office. For more information and reservation forms, call ext. 4898.

New sandwich restaurant delivers on taste KONNIE SEWELL COPY EDITOR

It takes a lot to turn me off from a sandwich shop. Seriously, Iʼm not that hard to please. As long as they donʼt serve peanut butter and jelly, Iʼm cool. My aunt always likes to tease me. She hates Subway, but itʼs one of my favorite places to grab a bite. So one night, when we were feeling adventurous and wanting to try something new (and sandwichy, of course), we took a trip to the Atlanta Bread Company. I honestly knew nothing about the restaurant before I actually entered it. I was under the impression it was only a baking store (or company, or something), but my aunt had a fun time explaining how itʼs much more than that. In fact, the restaurant serves soup, pasta, coffee, bagels, chili, salads, gourmet pizzas and omelettes. And sandwiches (!). Located at 2801 Midwestern Parkway, itʼs right between campus and the mall. The restaurant doesnʼt look that large from the outside, but itʼs actually downright spacious. The first thing I noticed upon entering was that it was so airy inside and there was so much room to move around in. The booths and tables were spacious and inviting. I bet during the day thereʼs a lot of sunlight shining in through the large glass windows, but it was night

when we made out visit. The dining area had a rich, ambient brown hue to it. As for wall decorations and the like, there wasnʼt much of it. McAlisterʼs wins for décor. And for background music. Thereʼs always a good, fun song playing in McAlisterʼs, but all there is inside the Atlanta Bread Company is elevator music. Anyway. There was a stack of menus waiting for us near the door when we arrived. Maybe calling it considerate is too much, but I liked having a menu with me before I walked up to the line to place my order. It keeps me from holding up the line, head back and eyes squinted at the large wall menu, stressing out because I donʼt know what I want while the impatient employee gives me a really mean look and the pissy people behind me grunt and sigh in their annoyance. Because my aunt and I are losers, we ordered the same thing: A bella basil chicken sandwich. For $6.39, it combines chargrilled chicken strips with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and a red onion and basil pesto spread served on a sun-dried tomato and rosemary focaccia. (We both asked for no tomato.) The girl who took our order was really nice, although I asked for lemonade and she said they didnʼt have any. They actually do, but you have to get it from the fountain, not in a bottle. My aunt asked for wa-

ter, and she was given a small, disposable plastic cup you can buy at Wal-Mart or any other store on the planet. It came off as being horribly cheap. My aunt talked with the manager for a little bit, asking about catering, which they do. Then she took her cup to the refreshment and condiment table. Itʼs near the huge hole in the wall where the kitchen is. I donʼt know what the point of having the kitchen so visible is, except for maybe the diners to see how clean it is back there. And indeed it was, which is always refreshing. There were your basic drinks available: Coke, Dr Pepper, water, fruit punch, LEMONADE. Lots of

teas and coffees too, if thatʼs what you like, but theyʼve never been my thing. The restaurant was sort of empty that Saturday night, but I suppose thatʼs due to the shop still being fairly new, officially opening up for business in the middle of December. I didnʼt see many older people there. There was even a couple MySpacing it up with wireless Internet. Still, the atmosphere remained friendly, never distant or too-hip-for-thou. I guess we spent so much time scoping out where everything was and talking with the manager that our waiter brought us our food before weʼd even found a seat. We took the first booth we found, which had some bread crumbs left in it. It bothered my aunt more than it bothered me. Hey, as long as itʼs just bread crumbs, I can get up and brush them off. Trust me, Iʼve sat in worse. Our sandwiches were really good, just the way we ordered them. They were really cold, and I like cold sandwiches, but my aunt prefers warm sandwiches. (There was no warning of what the temperature would be in the menu.) The only complaint I had was that there wasnʼt enough pesto on it. There was enough to where I could just barely detect a faint basil spicing, but that was it. I wanted to slather it in mayo or something. The sandwiches came with a

pickle, of course, and a bag of chips. But we didnʼt get to pick what chips we wanted. We were given the basic Lays potato chips, which I detest. What, no options? At least Subway gives you options, my aunt had to admit that. The total cost of the meal came to about $15, and you could do a lot worse money-wise. Everything on the menu is anywhere from $5 to $6 in price, basically. Thereʼs a kidʼs menu and you can get half a sandwich and half a salad or soup if you are so inclined. Itʼs basic deli stuff here: Chicken, turkey, ham, tuna ... And that was pretty much it. No flying trapeze artists, no confetti falling from the ceiling. It was a basic restaurant experience. There were little flaws, but I could overlook them. Except for the lemonade. Because, seriously, you canʼt keep a girl away from her lemonade. The bathrooms were clean (the ladiesʼ room was, anyway. I didnʼt think to check the menʼs room at all – sorry) and thatʼs always a deal breaker for me. The baked goods they donʼt sell at the end of the day are given to charity. Theyʼre open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Give the Atlanta Bread Company a chance. I liked it. But find out for yourself, kids. Like I said, Iʼm so easy to please I like almost anything.

ʻMessengersʼ turns out to be scary for tweens only JASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

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It truly is amazing what you can learn from movies these days. For instance, in the newest edition to the long line of PG-13 ghost flicks, “The Messengers,” we find the best way to fix a broken down old tractor is to put the key into the ignition and just keep turning it over and over. Eventually, the tractor will start. Another tidbit we learn from this film for the credulous is that the best way to fend off an entire flock of violent crows picking at your face is to keep trying to punch them in the beak until some local redneck comes along out of nowhere and shoots his gun up into the air. These are obviously just two of the many examples why “The Messengers” is probably one of the most ridiculous and badly written horror films this decade, though not nearly as awful as “The Grudge 2” or “Dark Water.” Hereʼs the gist:

Roy and Denise are your average sunflower farmers (miscast horribly with Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller, respectively) and after having some failed attempts at this occupation in the city (yes, the city) they decide to give it a go out in the country. They find this little farmhouse that looks like something straight out of a Fangoria sketchbook of scary places and begin their new provincial life of hard work and self-servitude. Their daughter Jess (Kristen Stewart) has had some troubles of her own back in the city and mom and dad hope that this will be a better experience for her and her toddler-age brother Ben as well. It doesnʼt take long before Ben begins to acting strangely. Ben has been silent for a while now, ever since he and his sister got into an accident back in the city. The shock has apparently turned him into a temporary mute. His mouth may not be going but his fingers are, pointing this way and that, staring at strange white figures that crawl around like crabs on the ceilings. Jess is the only one that really notices Benʼs strange behaviors and things begin to get freaky for her as well. Along the way a burly drifter named Burwell (John Corbett) comes along and saves daddy from the hoard of crows that seem to blanket the entire farm and its land. Roy decides to hire him on to help bring in the harvest right on the spot. Strange hairy men with shotguns are always great choices to have hanging around your beautiful


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teenage daughter and Hollywoodcute toddler son. One fateful night, the creepy white apparitions try to drag Jess down into the basement while she and Ben are left alone at home. Jess calls the police and by the time her parents get home, all the officers have already come to the conclusion Jess was pulling everybodyʼs leg. Roy and Denise show high levels of disappointment and in true Hollywood fashion choose not to believe Jess and her silly ghost stories until it is almost too late. This fiasco goes on far too long for a half-hour television series, much less an hour and a half film until its pithy attempt at a twisted ending.

There were a few scenes that caused a jump or two in the audience, but mainly for the tweens that somehow made it into the theater without adult supervision. Everybody else was either annoyed by the kids in the theater or by the child-like film upon the screen. It did have its few unintentional moments of hilarity. The filmmakers tried too hard to make the scenery look scary and foreboding and this ultimately leads to a failure in plot and logic. For instance, the house looked far too dilapidated on the outside for anyone to be able to look upon it with pride. The addition of crows made things a bit nonsensical as well. Performances were a bit sloppy as well with mostly under-devel-

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oped characterizations and allaround poor casting choices, other than perhaps the casting of Stewart as Jess, who will definitely be a shining star in Hollywood some day, but not with this film. Thereʼs no need to discuss the quality of this flickʼs story and plot beyond that it belongs in B-movie hell along with every other boring horror reel that fails to provide logic. Usually if a horror film is boring, itʼs because the filmmakers tried too hard to make it “real.” This film canʼt seem to balance itself on either end of the spectrum. Again we have ourselves another film that I have decided to torture myself with. My choice of reviewing a film like “The Messengers” should be apparent for those of you who know me or have followed along through my years as a film critic. My only other film choice this week would have been “Because I Said So” and I really have no desire to gaze upon Mandy Moore. Well, not in that type of genre at least. The next few weeks, however, seem to hold some potential for enjoyable cinematic fare within the realms of mainstream cinema. Valentineʼs week used to be a horrid dumping ground for nothing but insipid romantic comedies and poorly budgeted action flicks. Thankfully this trend seems to be changing. Although I have my fears and truly do believe it will most likely receive poor reviews, I am eagerly looking forward to the release of “Ghost Rider.” Nicolas Cage may be misused in this role but I figure, what the hell, at least he wonʼt be a crow-punching sunflower farmer, I hope.


Worthwhile DVDs from 2006 fit for any collection RICHARD CARTER FOR THE WICHITAN As anyone who haunts video stores will tell you, the independent releases for DVDs last year were something of a mixed bag. There were some excellent reissues of long-lost films which just debuted on DVD along with some intriguing year-old television programs hitting DVD. Newer independent movies, on the other hand, seemed more on the weak side, with several exceptions. Maybe that’s why Cinemark and Carmike keep showing the same dusty old movies for months on end. Here are ten worthwhile DVDs from 2006: “The Proposition” Set in the Australian boonies, this extremely violent film looks at a war between a gang of unlike-minded criminals and a hard-as-nails policeman. Guy Pearce is superb as a young criminal (with definite Jesus Christ overtones) determined to protect his younger brother at all costs. Written by Aussie goth rocker Nick Cave, this dusty treat is not light fare. “A History of Violence” My favorite film of the year disappeared after a short area stay and

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has long been married. Some very good cameos. “Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season” After a brilliant first season, high

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enough to be interesting. “Delicatessen” Made imaginatively on a shoestring budget, this is French director Jean Jeunet’s first film. He is best known for the marvelous “Amelie,” “A Very Long Engagement” and “The City of Lost Children.” “Delicatessen” is an excellent black comedy. Watch for his recurrent cast of oddball actors, eccentric sets and storytelling techniques. “Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5” This cable sci-fi program took the old ’70s clunker TV show and remade it into something compelling, conceptually smart and politically relevant. These mostly fantastic season two episodes (ten eps) prove the first couple of runs were no fluke. Is that Cylon villain hot or what? “Season 2.0” features the first ten episodes of this season. “Masculin Feminin” Set in the swinging ’60s streets of Paris, Swiss director Jean Luc Godard’s 1966 film explores what happens when a disillusioned soldier/ revolutionary falls in love with a pop star (Chantal Goya). Great shots of Paris mixed with a politically and musically charged storyline. Superb French pop music soundtrack. I will be showing this film at the Kemp sometime in February. Stay posted. “The Double Life of Veronique” There are not three films more gorgeous than the first Frenchfinanced film of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski. Set in Poland and Paris, the film explores the artistic lives of two women who could be twins. Finally available on DVD, the visual clarity of this treat was well worth waiting for. “Short Films of David Lynch” This new DVD features shorts by the odd American surrealist painter turned filmmaker. In the longest, a surreal bit, a cowboy and a Frenchman meet on the prairie with cowgirls, songs, dances and culinary dishes. In the less-than-a-minutelong “Lumiere,” Lynch used an oldschool camera to make the eerie scifi and horror-based short. “Sigur Ros Video EP” Included with the Icelandic band’s Saeglopur EP, these three extended videos are cinematic treats. Shot in Iceland, “Saeglopur” uncovers an underwater wonder world, while “Glosoli” shows senior citizens joyfully being kids again, playing pranks and roaming the streets. Set in picturesque hills, mountains and shores, “Hoppipolk” features a group of colorfully clad kids discovering the magic of belief. “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” When a 30-year-old metalhead and anthropologist interviews numerous metal musicians (and academics) from L.A. to Norway, the results are hilarious. Attempting to define metal stereotypes, a member of Mayhem spews f-bombs while Norwegian black-metal types defend burning churches and Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil explains why dressing in drag is masculine. Rob Zombie and Dee Snider actually come off as the voice of reason. Great stuff!

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Internet blog, the new diary JESSICA COODY FOR THE WICHITAN The days of the diary are dead. No more locks to pick on those hardback little notebooks, full of secrets and wonder. No more hiding keys under mattresses and inside jewelry boxes. The days of beating up your little siblings for snooping through your personal life are over. Welcome to the days of blogging. Today, tech-savvy students are choosing to put it all out in the open with the push of a button. It seems that secrecy has gone out the window. Although the concept of blogging was first introduced over 10 years ago, it has gained extreme popularity over the last few years. And it isnʼt just a forum for students. Many celebrities have joined the blogging craze. Musicians such as John Mayer and Panic! at the Disco are logging on and sharing the details of life on the road. NBC even has a star from the hit show “The Office” writing blogs as his character, Dwight. So what is it about these online journals that are so appealing? Is it the ability to share your life with millions of people worldwide from the comfort of your living room? Is it a place for artistic expression? Or is it just a way to cure boredom? MSU students like Ashley Lawson and Courtney Waldsmith blog on a regular basis, and for much of the same reasons. Lawson, a senior psychology major, explains her reason for blogging as a release. “For me, itʼs often a sort of therapy,” she said. “It gets my worries or frustrations and other stress out of my mind.” Lawson began writing blogs in 2004, mostly because her friends had gotten into it and she thought it would be fun. While she blogs on a regular basis, she admits she doesnʼt read all her friendsʼ blogs. Not all things are meant to be read by all, either. So how do students feel about putting information about their lives out there for all to see? Some have found that it isnʼt always such a good idea, while others like Lawson donʼt worry about the candidness of the Internet. “I donʼt agree with censorship, and I donʼt write things that arenʼt true,” Lawson said. “If people get hurt or offended by what I have

Living in the halls with other sophomores and sometimes even with their friends, RAs find themselves faced with many challenges. Few want to be perceived as over-bearing or inaccessible. “Itʼs definitely a fine line. You have to find the proper balance. You want to be their friend but have them respect you too,” McCall said. “You are automatically blamed

for everything,” Guse said. “They automatically assume itʼs your fault, whether it be the Internet not working or the laundry card machine down.” Yet they still wouldnʼt trade the experience. “I couldnʼt see myself doing any other thing right now,” Magana said. Guse seconded the opinion. “I absolutely love it,” she said.

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written, itʼs only the truth and not my problem.” MSU junior Waldsmith, a clinical laboratory science major, also blogs to get things off her mind and out into the open. She began blogging after a move from Missouri to Texas and a breakup with a boyfriend shook up her life. “I was bored and had a lot going on. [Blogging] helped with the stress,” she said. Her blogging is more for her own benefit rather than anyone elseʼs. “Things that may be important in my life arenʼt always important to other people. I have nothing to hide from anyone, so I usually write how I feel,” she said. Using this new form of expression as a way to cope with everyday struggles isnʼt an uncommon idea. Recently, New York-based

psychologist Bonnie Jacobson appeared on “Good Morning America” and explained the theory of blogging as therapy. She stated that part of the standard treatment for depression is group therapy, and blogging has become the new generationʼs format of group discussion. Whether students blog for recreation or for therapy, it is important that they keep in mind what they write is exhibited in a very public format, and that the advice and comments they may receive are also public. When professional help is needed, there is no substitute for the real thing. Diaries are dead. Those tiny lock-and-key notebooks are ancient. Welcome to the world of blogging. But proceed with caution.

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ganization in addition to the tuition increase. “The continuing reticence of this state to spend money on our education is a problem,” Rogers said. Rogers said $12 billion of $14 billion in the state treasury has already been earmarked to lower property taxes. That leaves approximately $1 billion a year for state-wide budget increases. “Now that sounds like a lot of money, but that money has to go to prisons, social services, parks, higher education and other services.” he said. He said state social services are in poor shape.

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“The economy is good, slowing down some, but so much has been committed in the way of property tax relief that the state finds itself in a fairly tight situation that consequently has great bearing on universities such as Midwestern State University,” he said. In the last biennium MSU has been cut about $300,000 in its appropriation per year. By biennium, he said he means this past school year and the current school year. MSUʼs educational budget is about $30 million a year, but costs, including equipment that needs to be replaced, utility expenses and fringe benefits of faculty and staff, go up

about $2 million dollars a year no matter what, Rogers explained. “We set aside $1 million in our reserve from last school year for this school year to give our faculty and staff just a cost-of-living raise, three percent,” he said. Rogers said the money set aside for raises in faculty and staff has been spent. “We raised our standard of living $2.2 million for the university without knowing that weʼd have a source of income to cover it,” he said. “Itʼs like taking money out of the bank and raising your standard of living but not raising your salary. We did it in anticipation that the

state would raise the appropriation to Midwestern State University.” Rogers said the state is expected to appropriate about $700,000 in new money to MSU. Rogers said he believes faculty and staff deserve a 3 to 4 percent raise. “I can cut budgets. Iʼve had to do it many times. But if weʼre going to have the best equipment, to hire the best faculty and compete with other universities, I know no other way of keeping the quality of this institution up without having the funds to do it,” he said. He said lower quality is unacceptable.

MSU is currently in the early stages of an $11 million Wellness Center construction project, which will be completed by the 2008 fall semester. The new Wellness Center will be built on the south of campus near Sikes Lake, according to Dr. Howard Farrell, MSU vice president of university advancement and student affairs. “We are currently in the ʻdivine and priceʼ phase,” Keith Lamb, associate vice president of student affairs, said. “We are trying to decide what layout we want with the architects, and the architects are working out the price [of the project] with the contractors.” Brinkley & Sargent Architects, based in Dallas, is working on the plan. Electra Construction Company, Inc., in Electra, will be doing the construction, while Moody & Nolan, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, is doing the interior sports layout for the center. Representatives of Moody & Nolan said they could not comment on the project because they are in the early stages and do not want to release any information. Brinkley & Sargent and Electra Construction also were contacted for this story but were unavailable for comment. Site work is set to start in March 2007, according to Lamb. The site will involve moving Louis. J. Rodriguez Drive on the south campus. The road will be moved to the east of where it currently is. Lamb said the new road will run immediately next to the soccer

fields and behind the restrooms on the south campus. “They will have to remove the sand volleyball courts that are there on south campus in order to build the road,” Lamb said, “but [the volleyball courts] will be replaced at the new Wellness Center.” In addition to the volleyball courts, Lamb said the new Wellness Center will have an outdoor aquatics area, two indoor basketball courts that can be divided into six individual courts, an indoor rock climbing wall and an indoor weight room. Construction is set to start in April or May after the roadwork is finished, according to Lamb. Lamb and Farrell said that the idea of having a walkway over Midwestern Parkway was brought up. They said they had talked to other schools that had walkway bridges, and the schools said students usually take the quickest route to a location, so “having the bridge would be a waste of $500,000 in construction.” Rather than build the walkway, caution lights will be placed in the area for the studentsʼ safety, Farrell said. A new parking lot will not be built for the Wellness Center, Lamb said. He said students can use the current parking lot between the soccer fields and the Alumni House at the south of campus, or they can use the other parking lots north of campus and walk across the street. Overall, the new Wellness Center will be a good addition to the campus, according to Farrell. “I think it will enrich our studentsʼ lives,” he said.

Monologues_____________________________________continued from page 1 ones that have happened to me. Itʼs all about being confident and showing men what we go through. Itʼs really eye-opening.” Carrie Sheets, a 22-year-old sophomore, performs a monologue titled ʻMy Angry Vagina.ʼ “The other characters in the play are actual ʻcharacters.ʼ Me, Iʼm just up there ranting, basically, for all the women in the audience to hear. I get to stand up and say, ʻHey, tampons and exams suck,ʼ” Sheets said. “We all go through it and itʼs a chance for all of us to sort of bond over it, as well as enlighten the men in the audience.” Preparing for this role wasnʼt difficult for Sheets. She said being a woman prepared her. Even though the play may spark controversy, Sheets insists it is worth seeing. “Itʼs an important play because itʼs so funny. As for the controversy, we tell the audience beforehand that there will be explicit language,” she

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said. “Itʼs funny how people are completely comfortable with saying ʻmotherfucker,ʼ which I have to say in the play, but then they freak out a little when I have to say ʻcuntʼ as well. I mean, Egyptian queens used to be called cunts.” Sheets said the play gave her freedom to talk naturally about its content. “The language is intense. People who donʼt understand walk into that language and think thatʼs degrading women or that itʼs a put-down,” Jefferson said. Shannon Dietz, a 19-year-old sophomore, performs a monologue titled, ʻBecause He Liked To Look At It.ʼ “My character doesnʼt have a confessional in the play. She found herself with a man,” she said. “I spent a lot of time thinking about myself in preparation for the play. I drew a lot from personal experience.” Dietz said the play deals with a

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lot of common issues that are not talked about too often. “When I first read the script, I understood what the characters were talking about, like, all these things Iʼd always thought but never knew other women thought about as well,” she said. “Itʼs a way to connect.” All MSU staff, faculty and students with a valid ID will have free admission. General admission is $7 and $6 for senior citizens, military personnel, high school students, college students other than MSU and Ex-Students Association members. Performances will run: Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. A question and answer session will be held after every show and will take place in the Fain Fine Arts Center Theatre. For more information, call 397-4399.


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Midwestern State Universityʼs all-time leading rusher Dominic Rhodes became a Super Bowl champion Sunday night as he helped lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI in Miami. Rhodes, who holds the MSU career rushing record with 2,541

yards from 1999-2000, led all running backs in the game by rushing for 113 yards on 21 carries. He scored on a one-yard touchdown run that gave the Colts the lead for good with 6:09 to play in the second quarter. He also caught one pass for eight yards. Rhodes, the first former MSU player to play in the Super Bowl, now becomes the first to win a Super Bowl ring. Rhodes was one of four former

Lone Star Conference stars, all members of the LSCʼs 75th Anniversary Team, to play in the NFLʼs premier event. The Colts beat the Bears which featured former Abilene Christian defensive back Danieal Manning and former Texas A&M-Kingsville offensive guard Roberto Garza in the starting lineup and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, a former quarterback for East Texas State (now Texas A&M-Commerce).

into history as the first black coach to win a Super Bowl. Everything about the rugged elements seemed to favor the run-first, defense-oriented and supposedly more physical Bears, the team that thrives through bitter winters at Soldier Field. The wetter it stayed and the muddier it got, the less underdog Chicago seemed like an underdog at all as the NFLʼs colossus event finally drew near _ and especially after former UM lightning bolt Devin Hester shifted and sped 92 yards with the gameʼs opening kickoff to electrify a rain-slickered crowd dominated by Bears fans. “No panic whatsoever,” Manning said. The weather was a South Florida organizing committee nightmare after an otherwise well-received week as host. But it was weather Bears coach Lovie Smith might have conjured in a pregame daydream, elements that might have worked to neutralize Manning. “Purple Rain,” indeed. Yet, through the relentlessness of it, Colts reign. Unmistakably. Impressively. It was Indianapolisʼ first major championship in sports since the Pacers of the old ABA days, this one overwhelming that one. It elevates Manning to Johnny Unitasʼ plane, among men who have worn the horseshoe helmet. Smashmouth was not a game Indy was supposed to win Sunday night. But Indy did. With the weather limiting Man-

ning, the pass-first Colts in turn beat up Chicago for 191 yards rushing. Perceptions and stigmas were peeling away and disappearing all night, by degrees, as the rain fell and fell and Indianapolis lifted and lifted. “We were a team that canʼt win outside the dome, a team that canʼt win in the postseason,” Dungy said of Colts reputations now erased. “We got to show what weʼre all about. How mentally tough we are. How physical we could be.” Manning overcame an immediate deficit, his own early interception, the weather and a defense most considered the NFLʼs best. In doing so, he overcame the one burden that weighed heaviest, the one only a championship would make disappear. What Dungy overcame might have been an even greater stigma, because it was about race, about prejudice. “Iʼm proud. It means a lot to our country,” he said of a black head coach reaching the summit of Americaʼs most popular sport for the first time. Dungy was typically demure, exuding class, mentioning others who came before him, “great coaches who could have done it if they had the opportunity.” And Dungy, deeply religious, always with a perspective uncommon in his profession. “Itʼs not the biggest thing in the world,” he said of winning a Super Bowl, even as he held the trophy, “but it feels great.”

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The rain never let up. Neither did the Colts. The rain only got stronger. So did the Colts. That was what impressed you most about Indianapolis raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl XLI champion after a Sunday night as historic as it was sodden. It was Bears weather that Peyton Manning and coach Tony Dungyʼs Colts overcame. It was conditions that didnʼt suit the Colts through which Manning erased all of the harping about his inability to win a championship, and through which Dungy was carried off the field on shoulders and

Cartoonist, Columnists and Sports Writers Needed! Call The Wichitan at 397-4704 and leave a message. ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Eric Dawson, 1, blocks a shot attempt by an Angelo State player Saturday night at D.L. Coliseum. The Mustangs won 107-96 and Dawson claimed LSC South Player of the Week.


The Mustangs traveled to Abilene Thursday to face the Wildcats at Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs were led by seniors Eric Dawson and Drew Coffman. MSU would get the game started with a seven point lead before ACU got their heads in the game to tie the game at 11. The entire first half would be a hard-fought battle between the teams until ACU pulled away with 10:10 to play in the first half. The Wildcats continued to play, poised with a 32-27 lead with 7:16 left to play in the first half. But it was not until Jeremy Ford drained a three-pointer that ignited

a Mustangs 14-3 run. The Wildcats would never recover from the run as MSU would head to the locker room with a 4940 lead. Starting the second half, the Mustangs continued to put up some impressive numbers. Dawson collected 24 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Christopher Reay had 13 points and 10 rebounds to add on to his three double-doubles of the year. MSU had positive play from their starters as well as their bench with 23 of the 93 points to earn a 93-75 victory over the Wildcats. On Saturday the Mustangs returned home to play the Rams of Angelo State. Dawson would be a key in the

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success of MSU dominating game play against ASU. Angelo State had an early start getting up on the Mustangs by 13 points. The Mustangs would counter back with a 9-2 run, shrinking the 13 point deficit. The Mustangs would continue to play well, having a 14-3 run to end the half with a 54-49 lead. The Mustangs lead was cut down to one in the second half but Chris Franscois sunk a three-pointer that reved up an 11-6 run. Drew Coffman and Chad Rickett hit all six of the MSU free throws down stretch to claim a 107-96 victory. Dawson was named Lone Star Conference South Player of the Week.

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Ladies win IGGY CRUZ

STAFF REPORTER After blowing an early 13-point second half lead against Angelo State Saturday night, senior Sonya Calhoun-Courtney came through for the Mustangs with four seconds remaining by converting a layup to lift MSU over the Rambelles 5351. ASU (12-8, 4-4) held the Mustangs (10-10, 3-5) scoreless for 12 minutes, outscoring MSU 20-7 in the process to knot the game up at 51 with 31 seconds left in regulation. As the clock ticked down, Stacey Staten hit Calhoun-Courtney with an assist for the game-winner. Kaylon Hodge led MSU with 11 points and six rebounds while Brittni Burks chipped in 10. Staten finished with nine points and Calhoun-Courtney added eight. The Mustangs struggled in the second half after leading at intermission 32-25. MSU shot 24 percent from the field in the second after posting a 46 percentage in the first, while shooting a woeful 14 percent from behind the arc. The ASU bench also outscored the Mustangs 32-13. Freshman Lindsey Leatherman had a game-high 12 points and five rebounds for ASU, while Ashley King posted nine points in the loss. The Mustangs will host Abilene Christian tonight at 6 p.m. in a Lone Star Conference South Divisional game.

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS| THE WICHITAN MSU’s Andrea Buben goes in for a layup Saturday against Angelo State. The Lady Mustangs won 53-51.


THE WICHITAN Feb. 7, 2007

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