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Students, faculty and staff crammed themselves into the coliseum Monday night for the basketball games against Tarleton.

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MSU caps overload hours for faculty New rule puts provost at odds with professors CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF KYLE EGAN FOR THE WICHITAN

A new university edict capping teaching loads at 15 hours has some professors and students fuming. The rule was implemented by Provost Dr. Alisa White a month shy of the spring 2012 semester, sending some department chairs scrambling to implement the changes. Although the directive is campus wide, the departments of social work, criminal justice, radiological sciences and respiratory therapy have felt the greatest impact. Students, especially those in the so-

cial work program, have cried foul and faculty members in criminal justice are seeking outside work to compensate for the lost income. In an email dated Dec. 19, White asked Dr. Patti Hamilton, interim dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, to adjust teaching loads so that “no one is teaching more than five 3-credit courses.” Hamilton, in turn, altered the chairs in a Dec. 20 email. “If you have anyone (including yourself) who is on the spring schedule to teach more than the 15-hour equivalent please take the necessary action to correct the situation,” Hamilton wrote. “That action may be to hire more adjuncts or as a last resort to cancel classes.” Hamilton is on vacation this week and could not be reached for comment. White hedged on calling the 15-hour cap a “policy” because it isn’t listed in

the MSU Policies and Procedures Manual. Regardless, it is a new rule she’s asking faculty to follow. “As a manager, I have asked a dean not to schedule more than 15 hours.” She said the new rule was instituted to promote efficiency within departments and stay in step with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation requirements. Meanwhile, one class has been cancelled and another one was delayed for weeks. Some students bought textbooks for the cancelled class that they can’t return. Barry Shaw said he enrolled in Social Welfare Policy with the understanding that it would be taught in person by a full-time faculty member. “At the last moment, they changed it to an online course,” the junior said. Shaw said he was informed that the professor for the course lived in Ala-

bama, eliminating any face-to-face meetings. Two weeks into the class, Shaw still hadn’t seen the syllabus. “Through the ninth day of class I checked and still nothing was posted,” he said. “On the eleventh and twelfth day, we were not able to get into the syllabus. On day 13 I was still being denied the syllabus.” Shaw dropped the class. He then discovered that the book he had initially been told to buy wasn’t the right one for the course. The MSU Bookstore agreed to refund $96 to students who bought the wrong book. “I had gotten mine through the bookstore, luckily,” he said. Shaw said he had planned on taking 19 hours this semester. But another social work course was cancelled. That left him with only 13 hours. “I am now out of six hours that I had planned to take this semester,” he said.

Jan Shain, a BAAS student, is still enrolled in the Social Welfare Policy class. Things haven’t gotten much better, she said. “Only one assignment has been presented and the deadline has been extended,” she said. “It is so unorganized. It is such a mess.” Both Shain and Shaw said they enrolled in the class because Dr. Gary Fashimpar was listed to teach it. “I wanted Fashimpar because he’s a good teacher with a lot of experience,” she said. Fashimpar has also been at odds with administration since the change went into effect. He said he was contracted to teach 21 hours this semester, but is now down to 12. Fashimpar believes his contract was breached.

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MSU convergence talks in the works BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

“Midwestern State University” may cease to exist if left to people who want it to join a state university system. Currently four institutions, including Midwestern, remain as freestanding institutions with their own individual board of regents. There are now four primary university systems in the state: the University of Texas system, the Texas A&M system, the University of Houston system and the Texas State University system. Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas also has two ad-

2010 2011 Tuition at MSU has risen steadily in the past few years.

ditional smaller systems. The Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Texas State systems have expressed interest in MSU joining their associations. MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers said the likelihood of MSU finally joining a university system is higher than it has ever been before. “Considering how large the system has gotten and considering that we are one of the four schools that are outside of the system, nothing more than tidiness of universities make some people think we should be in a system.”

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Tuition may rise 3.9% in fall Half of revenue will benefit faculty, staff


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MSU will recommend a 3.9 percent tuition increase at the Board of Regents meeting Thursday. President Dr. Jesse Rogers said half of the $1.26 million that will be raised from the tuition hike will be given to faculty and staff members in the form of pay increases. “We must give our faculty and staff some kind of increase in pay,” he said. The last time faculty and staff members were given raises was 18 months ago, he said. This raise will be two percent of an employee’s salary, or $500, whichever is more. “I want to keep our faculty here,” he said. “It really is only fair that we try to do what we can for them. I wish I could do more.” Rogers said the university can’t keep recommending tuition increases of five percent, which it has in the past. This recommendation is notable, Rogers said, because it’s the shallowest increase at MSU since the state deregulated tuition in 2003. “We can’t just keep compounding

Three-Peat: $100 to $150 PCH Excessive Semester Credit Hours: assessed at $150 Distance Education: $32 to $50 PCH International Student: $75 to $90 PCH Non-resident Tuition: $30 to $65 PCH Remote student teaching: assessed at $500 PCH

a five percent tuition increase every year,” he said. The university is, however, in a serious money crunch. Whereas it received 80 percent of its funding from the state 20 years ago, only 20 percent of revenue now comes from Austin. And he doesn’t see any reason that trend is likely to change. “I don’t believe states are going to walk back in and say, ‘We’re going to increase your funding. I don’t think the money’s there. But because of lack of state funding, and for various reasons, we’re passing the cost on to you, your parents, grants and scholarships.” Rogers doesn’t agree with passing on the cost of education to students and parents.

“I think it’s bad policy. I understand why it’s happened, but it’s poor policy.” Administration will also recommend an increase in various fees at the meeting, Rogers said. Here are the proposed changes: the Three-Peat fee will move from $100 to $150; Excessive Semester Credit Hours fee will be assessed at $150 per credit hour; the Distance Education fee will move from $32 to $50 per credit hour; the International Student fee will move from $75 to $90 per credit hour; Nonresident tuition fee will move from $30 to $65 per credit hour. The increase in fees should give MSU $500,000 in additional revenue. Also, the university will ask to reduce the technology fee by $3 and add it to tuition. “To you it’s invisible. To us, it puts money in the right place.” Part of the money raised from fee increases will be used for a new telephone switch and to get new “portal technology.” It will also be used to contribute to the faculty/staff raises.

Birds having been pooping on everything close to the Fain building. Photo by CHRIS COLLINS



Birds have been wreaking havoc on sophomore Karen McClain’s campus life all week. It’s also costing her money. “I’ve gotten my car washed three times this week,” McClain said. “When I go to my car after class, it is covered in white. This isn’t like Angry Birds. It’s beginning to become a problem.” Students like McClain have seen no shortage of feathered “friends” over the last few months. The birds are usually known to fly north this time of year, but Dr. Frederick Stangl, MSU biology professor, said the mild winter might be the reason for the

increasing amount of birds students have seen flocking on campus. “As with other places, we have pronounced seasonal differences, regardless of weather severity, in the types and numbers of birds as some of our birds fly south for the winter, others from up north winter down here,” Stangl said. Some prominent changes during winter months are the visiting sharp-shinned and Cooper’s hawks in town from up north, he said. “Some resident bird species that are more noticeable when they flock together at this time, such as starlings, blackbirds and grackles,” Stangl said. “Then

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extra money has been stunted. It’s hard to argue whether a cap like this should be imposed. The university’s new cap on teachOn one hand, some professors ing loads is doing exactly the oppoprobably are working too hard. On site of what it intended to do. the other, a lot of them need the The edict, which was handed extra money. down from Provost Dr. Alisa White Regardless, a sweeping new rule in late December, limited teaching this needs to be implemented over loads to 15 credit hours. time and with transparency. Professors in some departments Even if this was a good idea, it have lost considerable pay because wasn’t a good idea to push it onto of the decision. faculty at the end of December. The reason for the rule, White This hasty implementation has said, was that teachers were workresulted in cancelled and delayed ing too hard. Plus, the university classes. needed to stay in line with the In Dr. Gary Fashimpar’s (professor Southern Association of Colleges of social work) case, it has resulted and Schools accreditation standards. in a nullified contract for three But some professors are indignant “overload” courses. about the change – in the past, The way the changes were made when they worked extra, they were has definitely cost MSU money, at paid extra. least so far as revenue from canNow their opportunity to earn celled classes and students who

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have dropped from other classes. Plus, the sneaky, in-the-back-door approach that was used hasn’t engendered faculty trust. If anything, faculty members and students are wary of the cap because it was rushed into existence. Here’s a tip: if administrators want to increase transparency (which they’re so very vocal about), they should practice some. This means not springing major policy changes on faculty at the last minute. At face value, it looks like an underhanded attempt to take money away from faculty. Who knows if this was the real impetus for the new rule? It probably wasn’t. But if that’s what the faculty think, it might as well be. Administrators should work hard to earn the trust of their faculty. This isn’t how you do it.

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Letter to the editor First and foremost I would like to state that I do not think I, or any of my brothers and sisters in Christ, are better than anyone else; we are simply forgiven. Christianity is founded on loving God above all else, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Of course we are going to stand bold in our faith, and incorporate it into our daily conversations. Based off of the American Constitution, it is simply freedom of religion; based off of our faith, it is our calling. Sharing our faith is not to oppress others. It is simply our way of giving the greatest news we know, and expressing love to everyone we talk to. Critics have been voicing their opinion against religion, especially the “oppressive religion of Christianity,” and I’m seeing a lot finger pointing that I feel called to defend. Out of 17 religious student unions on campus 2 are not Christian based. This makes 88% of the religious student unions Christian and the remaining 12% not. The religious census shows that in America over 78% of the citizens “claim” to be Christian. Less than 4.6% of Americans claim to be of any other religion. Demographically, MSU has a higher percentage of student unions for other religions than the population. We live in a Christian saturated area where a church is on every corner. Why wouldn’t our college resemble that? Several of the Christian student unions can be quoted as saying that they desire to hear from others of different faith. We welcome them in any time they want. I personally talk with people of the Hindu and Bahia faith weekly about their religion, and I get to talk to them about mine. Can that be deemed as oppressive that I share my faith with them? As stated earlier, Christianity is relationship based and is about love, and love includes embracing others. I am solid in the beliefs I have, but that does not mean that Christian student unions and I are not trying to reach out to anyone and everyone. Why is Christianity getting singled out? Why are Christians continually tagged as “oppressors”? How often are Christians being denied their rights because it’s deemed, “imposing,” or “oppressive?” More than we think. June 28, 2006, Obama declared, “We are no longer a Christian nation,” disregarding that 78% claim to be of the Christian faith. September 11, 2011, at the ceremony honoring the devastating attacks on our country, Muslim, Hindu, and other religions were allowed to have guest speakers. No evangelical Christian leaders were allowed to speak at the 9/11 ceremony. Why is a predominantly Christian nation silencing its Christian leaders and saying nothing about it? On February 2, in New York City, 43 pastors and laypersons were arrested by holding a prayer protest over the recent ban on Christian’s use of public worship service. Police were ordered to arrest them all immediately once the peaceful protest began. Apparently New York has a zero tolerance policy if you kneel and pray in public and are a Christian, but if you are a secular anarchist, then you will go unmolested by the Police for weeks and weeks, while the media rages in protest on their behalf if any of them are arrested for their disruptive and violent behavior. If you’re a Muslim then you will be allowed to pray in the streets facing Mecca while blocking traffic all to bring attention to your protest in America.

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However, if you’re an “oppressive” American Christian how dare you express your Constitutional right of free exercise; because, if you do, then you will be labeled an “oppressor.” Several student organizations have run into obstacles on campus. Erica Young tells of people, both teachers and students, who complained about the chalk scriptures around campus. “They said it was ‘in the way’ and complained of it ‘just being there.’ Why do I have to look at ads for parties and events two weeks after they happened and yet people can’t stand to see words from our heavenly Father?” Is the American brand of tolerance becoming an oppressor itself? Can the practice of honoring the minority begin to make the majority taboo? Not only are people writing about Christianity and its “evil oppressive habits,” but also are free to write and declare false information. This year’s hot topic with Christianity is the Hell debate. Rob Bell is an upcoming pastor who does not believe in Hell and is part of a sect called Annhilationism. Annhilationism has a trend of becoming popular every 200 years or so and we are in its revival. A question arises though: why doesn’t it ever last? The answer is that in the Christian faith, false doctrines will die out and later be brought back up, usually by someone proclaiming that it fits their own personal feelings better, even if it doesn’t support the true text. The true text being the actual and not twistable word of God, is something that is not mere opinion but based on the truth, not interpretation. Where is Hell at in the Christian bible? Luke 16:19-31 is the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. In this story, Jesus Christ declares a hell and that the rich man was eternally separated from the graces of heaven. God has a perfect heaven, and we, being imperfect, need to be cleansed of our sins. If life was fair, no one would like what they got. The bible has the evidence of why Christianity believes what it believes. I simply quoted where I got my source from. Where is the evidence that Christianity does not believe in separation by hell? It’s not there, but people will take any chance to write as if it’s not. The Christian faith is attacked as an enemy to others and is becoming the norm. People accuse and assume things about us and our faith without asking questions. And unfortunately, the people they do listen to are not credited with speaking the truth. I challenge anyone that has a question or that would just like to talk about life to come to a Christian student union or stop a disciple of Christ. God is, and I hope that my family and I, in Christ, can show everybody that. The glory goes to God.

Andrew Hill

Sophomore, Exercise Physiology Disciples of Christ Midwestern State University


Throughout history music has brought together people of different faiths, ideals, communities and nationalities. True talent used to be recognizable instantly and computers weren’t used to infuse talent into a bland and otherwise unrecognizable voice. Today it seems almost any person can make it into the spotlight, talent or not. I’m not saying there isn’t talent out there. What I’m saying is the talent is so swallowed up by the pathetic excuses for “singers” that it is difficult to sift through the crap to get to the gold. To become a “superstar” one should possess all the qualities of a musically talented public figure: personality, passion, wow factor, public appeal, good looks and talent.

From what I’ve been seeing it has been not so much about talent in the entertainment industry, but the concentration has been more on the wow factor and good looks. The most recent flaw in the entertainment system: Nicki Minaj. She has talent when she raps and even has a decent singing voice. The problem is in the execution of her talent. She doesn’t showcase it. At all. Instead of concentrating on her talent she instead concentrates on her strangely round breasts, barbie-like hair and neon colored lips. Her music videos are a strange mix between Barbies, Disney, Lady Gaga and a burlesque show. Why? What is the point? Am I the only one who notice this and thinks it is totally unnecessary and over the top? I know over the top and “pushing the envelope” have been goals of the music industry for a long time, but clouding talent by these elaborate shows of “who can do it bigger” are not showing well on performers. What happened to the days where talents like Etta James, Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin ruled the airwaves? Instead of voices we expect costumes. That’s not what music is about.

Letter to the editor To Whom It May Concern, In the “Letter to the Editor” section of the February 8, 2012 edition of The Wichitan, there was a letter published regarding the pricing of items at The Dillard Cafe in The Dillard College of Business. The letter stated that the writer was charged “$2.80 for a 20 oz. Diet Coke and $1.50 for a small bag of chips”. I would like to take this opportunity to express a sincere apology if an error was made and would like to refund the difference from our actual prices to the price charged. Our actual price for a 20 oz. Diet Coke is $1.59, and I am assuming that the author purchased a bag of Kettle Brand Potato Chips, for which we charge $1.49 a bag. I would like to also take the opportunity to point out that our prices on these items are the exact same prices that are charged at local convenience stores. We do not have any mark-up hat comes close to 200%, as we realize that the market would not bear such a mark-up and, more importantly, we fully understand that students work very hard to pay for college. As such, we do our best to offer items that you would want at prices that are competitively prices versus convenience stores. Should anyone have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at or call our office at 397-4203.

Sincerely, Michael Clifton

Director of Dining Services Midwestern State University


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Students kept from showing school spirit Sporting events at MSU are nothing like a Division One school, to say the least. M o n d a y night’s men and women’s basketball games were a different story. UnfortunateANASTASIA REED ly, students were A&E EDITOR forced to contain their school spirit due to unexplainable reasons. I was one of those students. Three weeks ago, I attended both MSU basketball games played against Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. TSU’s student section was like any other school. They were loud and disrespectful. MSU students were unable to return the favor when TSU fans trickled in to D.L. Ligon coliseum Monday night. When I arrived to the game I was greeted by signs which blocked off the student section for athletes only. Students who faithfully attend games were forced to move. Athletes who never attend any games, besides their own, had reserved seats. Coincidently, on the night of “Cram the Coliseum” every athletic team was acknowledged at halftime during the men’s game. Therefore, all athletes were allowed to skip study hall because they were required to attend the game. If it weren’t for the athletic department being so gung ho on “cramming the coliseum,” students who regularly attend the games would have had decent seats. Unfortunately, the attendance was not mandatory for the women’s game. Apparently the women’s team isn’t worthy of

a large crowd. Not only were students forced to sit in certain areas, signs were confiscated. Several students, including myself, were asked by basketball players to make “Puck Furple” signs. Little did they know these signs would cause so much controversy. As soon as I took my seat at the game with my ‘puck furple’ sign, I was immediately confronted by an usher. She told me I couldn’t hold up my sign and when I asked her why she became aggravated. She told me that if someone read my poster the wrong way it would be offensive. I questioned her again and she told me she could escort me out of the building. I was completely caught off guard. I was also approached by the Director of Athletics Charlie Carr. He told me he wanted MSU fans to keep it classy because TSU doesn’t have very classy fans. Throughout the game Carr continuously made students control their excitement. News flash Mr. Carr, it’s a basketball game against a rival school. Players curse at each other, fans curse at refs, but students get threatened of getting thrown out for a word that’s not in the English dictionary? I contacted Mr. Carr and asked him if he thought taking the signs violated student’s First Amendment rights. He replied, “Yeah, possibly.” I’m sure Mr. Carr is an educated man and understands the importance of upholding these rights. I’m sure he also understands the legal trouble of infringing upon one’s First Amendment rights. So I forgive you Mr. Carr. And I would like my sign back.


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CAP from pg. 1 taking classes away from him. Nonetheless, he said he’s out two classes he was listed to teach. Fashimpar said he told White he didn’t think the university could find anyone to teach his classes locally. “My reaction was, ‘You’re going to find people to teach my classes. And in a week they’re going to teach my classes better than me?’ I’ve been teaching social work for 33 years. I just don’t think that’s realistic.” He said allowing someone else to teach his classes was a misrepresentation to students. “Some people register for my classes because they like what I offer,” he said. Though adjuncts can be useful, he said, it’s more important that full-time faculty teach courses. “Faculty here have a commitment to MSU and its students. We’re invested in this institution and these students. And it didn’t make sense to me that we can get the same quality of instruction from people at other institutions whose loyalty would be to those institutions.”

The course changes cost Fashimpar $7,500 in pay from his $68,000 salary. Fashimpar considers it ironic that he was asked by the university to teach one overload course last summer. “Now I’m being told, ‘This isn’t the right thing to do.’” He said he feels like he’s caught in the middle of a struggle between the provost and other departments. “There may be some political agenda in the background I’m not aware of,” he said. Fashimpar said he requested a written legal opinion on the issue of his contract from MSU General Counsel Barry Macha. Macha, he said, refused. “I was pretty shocked. I felt disrespected by it,” he said. White declined to comment on whether the university has sought a legal opinion about the new measure. White said she regrets the unfortunate timing of the new cap. “It disadvantaged students. It disadvantaged faculty,” she said. The decision blindsided Dr. Nathan

Moran, chair of the criminal justice and health and public administration departments. “There was no discussion at all,” he said. “There was no preparation work. There was nothing.” Moran said his faculty members depend on teaching overloads. “Faculty members teach overloads to make up for low salaries. They don’t just do it for grins and giggles. It’s extra work. You could be spending that time doing other things.” He said the changes have had another effect, too. “I know that there are a lot of faculty members now who are looking elsewhere to make up for the lost income.” He said professors have gotten accustomed to the extra pay overloads bring. “That’s an expected part of their pay. The university may say not, but I think federal labor laws say that there’s an expectation there.” Moran said he also feels classes were misrepresented to students. “Let’s say you’re going to take a math

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out there for everyone to see, and I’m going to shake the hornet’s nest, I’m going to let everyone know this isn’t me – blame SACS.” Moran said he pays a full-time faculty member $2,000 to $2,500 for teaching an overload class. Adjuncts are paid $2,000. “You can see how that’s a $500 cost saving for the university.” The university also isn’t required to pay adjuncts “fringe benefits,” including health insurance and vacation time. Whatever the reason for the change, Moran said it’s costing MSU its integrity. “The quality of education at MSU is declining because of these decisions,” he said. Dr. Donna Wright, chair of radiologic sciences, said the change also took her by surprise. “When the decision came, it was abrupt,” she said. Wright sympathized with White – overload hours do put extra stress on faculty, she said.


to help them do analysis on picking a it,” Rogers said. Some of MSU’s donors have exsystem that would best fit our needs THURSDAY and would do the most for us,” Rogers pressed lack of interest in the university Feb. 9 being in a system because they want to said. A student reported to campus police that a vehicle caused damage to his No one in government is pressuring know their donations stay right here at vehicle while it was parked on MSU property. Midwestern to join a system, Rogers Midwestern, he said. “The feeling is that this university said. THURSDAY “I don’t believe our board of regents belongs to the donors and it’s their uniFeb. 9 at this time happen to be very keen on versity and we like that,” Rogers said. A MSU resident reported his cell phone was stolen while he was at the Wellmoving into a system,” he said. “The “They are not enthusiastic about givness Center basketball court. truth is I have an open mind. As soon ing money to a university that is just a as I am convinced that being in a sys- piece of an association.” SUNDAY Rogers said the change would affect tem would be an advantage of MidFeb. 12 western State University I would talk him the most. MSU officers stopped a vehicle that was possibly involved in deadly conduct If MSU were to be under a system to our board about doing so.” that occurred off campus. A passenger was detained and the driver fled the When Rogers was vice presi- umbrella, the way professors teach scene. dent of academic affairs under former would not be altered when it comes to President Dr. Louis Rodriquez, he said textbooks required and syllabi. MONDAY Rogers agrees with critics who specuthey both felt there were no significant Feb. 13 advantages to being in a system that late that the freestanding campuses are A resident reported that the tailgate of his vehicle had been stolen while it becoming “dinosaurs” in Texas. would outweigh the disadvantages. was parked in the Sunwatcher Village lot. “I hate to call us a dinosaur, but we “With our own board, which meets four times a year, we can move quickly,” really are because most states have gone Rogers said. “In a system, it might take to systems,” he said. “Many states have us two years to get something done like mandated that every school be in a sysadding a sports team or change admis- tem because they feel that it is more orderly.” sion policies.” there are the pigeons, that have ex- birds as an interesting group and considIf there is a push from anywhere to The one positive aspect of Midwestploded locally in the past few decades er these situations as minor and transient ern being in a system is that the univer- join a university system, it is because and I don’t think anyone knows exactly irritations.” sity would have more political clout in the trend has been out there for the last why.” McClain has hopes that Midwestern 20 years, Rogers said. Austin. From hummingbirds to snowy owls, will do something about the birds. But Rogers has spoken with university there are about 350 species of birds that Stangl said to eliminate the birds in a “As it is, we are in an isolated part of Texas,” Rogers said. “We have one presidents who are apart of systems and have been recorded from north-central safe and animal friendly way may cost senator and one representative. UNT said he has not heard any complaints. Texas. big money. or Texas Woman’s University will have He admitted he has heard negative Stangl said most of those have prob“Different birds require different stratnumerous senators and representatives comments from faculty members who ably occurred in the Wichita Falls area at egies,” Stangl said. “Everything from that are responsible for the schools in are under a system. one time or another, even if only as oc- shooting off canons, using chase dogs to With regards to federal funding, Mid- casional, or rare and accidental visitors. eliminating roosting areas and most are their area. They would have more powestern would get no extra credit hour litical support than we would here.” There is nothing special about MSU also federally protected. This will always MSU gets its backing by keeping the funding and would still be funded by that lures birds to campus, he said. remain a problem to wrestle with.” university in good standings, keeping the number of credit hours the school “We have the lake as a magnet for Another consideration is that any affairs straight and being a good univer- produces. overwintering migratory ducks, coots, problem birds displaced are to quickly Midwestern would actually have to cormorants, and seagulls,” Stangl said. become someone else’s problem, Stangl sity, he said. “The reality is there are times that pay the system office to be a part of its “Maybe the biggest nuisance is the in- said. the state hands out very large pieces of organization, he said. flux in recent years throughout Texas “The funding would come in through and elsewhere of Canada geese, more of money to build, a library for example. We need a new library that is going to administrative support that we could which have decided to settle and breed, cost $40 million,” Rogers said. “We get from having more senators and many as year-long residents.” need all the political pull we can get.” representatives out there supporting Stangl said as long as there are water He thinks the state is more likely to the whole system,” he said. “As far as and trees, there will have birds. give those handouts to colleges under a operational support is considered, the “I think everyone is a bit of a birdsystem wouldn’t give us anything.” university system. watcher,” Stangl said. “Most people Rogers said it has more to do with appreciate “But we weigh that against the fact that we are doing a $25-$30 million why other schools are in a system than STIMULATE YOUR SAVINGS building program right now by raising why MSU is still a freestanding univerour own money locally and we do pret- sity. 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Rogers said the change would be a lengthy process that involves alumni and faculty, but the MSU Board of Regents would make the final decision. The final verdict would have to be taken by the Texas legislature by introducing a bill. MSU has been a freestanding campus since 1961. Depending on the system, the name Midwestern State University may be no more. If MSU were to join the University of Texas system, Rogers said the name would definitely be changed to University of Texas – Wichita Falls. “The name change may seem small, but it would be extremely important because we have worked very hard to get Midwestern State’s name known,” Rogers said. “I would certainly hate to go through that and I wouldn’t want to see it changed.” Texas A&M and the University of Texas would hand Midwestern a new campus policy. In the other systems, they allow universities much more latitudes in setting their own policies, Rogers said. Rogers called the Texas State University system a looser association than the University of Texas system because each school is more independent. Over time, the push for MSU to go into a system will continue to increase, he noted. A discussion of putting Midwestern in a system has been going on for the last 30 years. Senior institutions united with other colleges for various reasons, including assisting smaller universities who were suffering financially. “Midwestern has never fallen into any of those categories,” Rogers said. “Every time we look into it or we hear that action is being taken out there, we find out that there is not really anyone in the legislature who has any interest in doing this.” He said few individuals are pushing this. Rogers has spoken to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and this matter is not high on the board’s priority list, he said. “I think our board would look to me


class. You know a certain math professor you like so you sign-up for that professor. Then the professor’s name is off and ‘STAFF’ is written across it. You may feel that disappointment. That happened.” He said some professors pulled from classes had already taken the time to prepare notes and write syllabi. “You’ve got a lot to do so far as grading, reading and keeping up with day-today activities. There’s a lot of work that goes in beforehand.” While adjunct faculty members are useful for certain courses, Moran said students prefer courses taught by fulltime professors. “Your full-time faculty members are generally going to have more care and concern for that learner than an adjunct faculty member.” Moran said he doubts that the new rule was implemented to stay in line with SACS requirements. “I believe this is purely motivated by a budgetary decision by the university,” he said. “It’s a money-saving issue. If I’m the provost, and I’m putting that policy

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MSU Campus life a week in photos

The Winter Guard dance Monday night during the men’s basketball game halftime show. Photo by KASSIE BRUTON

MSU students make bath salts Thursday night in the Atrium. Photo by JANELLE PATERSON

Students decorate cupcakes in the student center Tuesday. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN

SOUND OFF John and Janie Blocher hang out at the Monday night Cru. Photo by CORA KUYKENDALL

Members of the Kappa Delta Chi sorority pose during rush week on Thursday afternoon. Photo by JAROD GRIGG

NEWS AROUND THE WORLD (CNN): Syrian towns and cities were under attack Monday as the United Nations prepared to vote on a resolution that were strongly against the human rights violations by Syrian authorities. (MSNBC): South Korean police arrested a Christian pastor and his wife for killing their children. The couple allegedly starved and beat their children in an attempt to cast out the demons. (Associated Press): A U.S. envoy will meet with North Korea on its nuclear program in Beijing next week. The purpose of the talks were to restart multinational aid-fordisarmament negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear program. (Fox News): President Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan for 2013 and a 10-year vision that seeks to cut $4 trillion from the overall deficit. He also issued a program that seeks to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year. (Fox News): Documents reveal that Iran has given the Syrian regime more than a billion dollars to help pay off international sanctions charged for the brutal slaughter of its civilians. A popular global hacking group called Anonymous leaked the documents after they hacked Syrian president’s office email server to Haaretz News. (Fox News): Pakistan’s defense minister says their government has temporarily allowed NATO to ship food items to its troops in Afghanistan.

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“I had a girlfriend give me a BuildA-Bear with an NBA Jersey and a basketball. I really like basketball so I thought it was really cool.” Matthew Alexander Exercise Physiology Junior

“I was given a promise ring from an ex-boyfriend” Caroline Okpara Nursing Sophomore

“An ex-boyfriend of mine gave me a mixed Chinese Chihuaha puppy one year” Tobi Balogun Nursing Senior We’ll be in the student center every Tuesday this semester finding answers to the issues you care about.

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‘The Vow’ leaves you wanting more The breathtaking real life tragedy makes for a great new box office smash. CORA KUYKENDALL FOR THE WICHITAN

“The Vow” might have romanced Valentines this year, despite mixed reviews. If you are a sucker for romantic movies, then you will love The Vow. If you are a guy who has a girlfriend who loves romantic movies, you are screwed. Now not only will you have to watch The Notebook, but you’ll have to watch The Vow too. The Vow, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, opened strong this weekend. The movie was #1 at the box office and brought in $41.7 million. It also earned $9.7 million overseas opening weekend. McAdams and Tatum did spectacular jobs in their roles as Paige and Leo. Paige (McAdams) loses her memory after a horrific car accident and can no longer remember the past five years of her life. So she doesn’t remember meeting her husband, falling in love with him, or marrying him. In fact, her last memory she had was asking the waiter at The Macaroni Grill if they had any toasted ravioli. The audience watches Leo (Tatum) as he struggles throughout the film to make his wife fall back in love with him. There are more obstacles (besides the memory loss) that Leo has to endure.

Paige’s father is a wealthy attorney and her mother is the definition of a Stepford wife, but its the skeletons in the closet that add a shocking twist to the movie. If McAdams and Tatum had not been convincing in their roles, the movie would have fallen flat. The entire audience was crying and laughing, which is the perfect combination of emotions for a Valentine’s date-

night movie. I don’t think McAdams has never done a poor job in a role and the same goes for Tatum. The chemistry between the actors was incredible and the two gave a convincing performance. I went with a few of my sorority sisters to the movie, and who all said they hated the movie. They were under the impression that

hard to make the two characters very “hipster”. For example, Tatum wears a ridiculous fedora, the two get married in a museum and get chased by security guards. They both wrote their vows on a coffee shop’s menu. I feel like they went out of their way to put Tatum’s naked butt in the movie. I also feel like the movie ended too soon, and that they needed to show a more clear ending as to what happened The Vow was inspired by the book The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story. I read the book in an hour on Friday evening (I have no life, okay?). Throughout the movie I was disappointed on how different the two stories were. But I shouldn’t have expected the two stories to be similar, especially since the movie was only “inspired” by true events. The movie takes place in a different location, the characters have different names, different life stories, and a majority of the book talks about how the PHOTO COURTESY couple’s relationship with Christ was the glue that kept the two together. this movie would be The Notebook and The only thing that the book and Dear John combined. So they went in movie have in common is the fact that with pretty high expectations. the wife loses her memory and forgets The next day when I saw them again, who her husband is. most of them had realized they set the Even the car crash that caused her to bar pretty high and were claiming to lose her memory is different! have loved it. Even if you disagree with me and On a grade scale, I give the movie a wind up not liking The Vow, I will be B. astonished if this real life story does not It was a little too corny at times for restore your faith in love! me, I felt like the producers tried very


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A cycle a day keeps the doctor away DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

The Bruce and Graciela Student Wellness Center will be putting together a beginner’s class for indoor cycling starting Monday, Feb. 20. This three-day event, which is hosted by University Physician Dr. Keith Williamson and assisted by Director of Recreational Sports Randy Canivel, will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Indoor cycling is one of the most popular wellness programs held at the Student Wellness Center with up to three sessions on weekdays and one on Sundays. According to Canivel, a lot of students attend the spin classes during the start of every semester but others are usually too timid to give it a try. “It can be intimidating to those who have never cycled before,” he said. “Therefore we are putting together this event to get people more involved with indoor cycling because it’s a really good form of cardiovascular exercise.” Canivel emphasized the fact that participants would have one less barrier to incorporating exercise after laying a good foundation in this exceptional form of exercise. As a regular spin instructor, Williamson also noticed introversion as an obstacle to participants who might have intentions to partake. “Whenever I’m teaching spin class I see people duck their head in then leave,” he said. “I’m going to try to get people past the shyness with this orientation class.” Just as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the doctor strongly believes this class

would act as a preventive measure against health problems. “It is far more to prevent a problem than treat it,” said Williamson. “This could help students improve their health for the rest of their life.” With up to 60 potential participants so far, the “Give It a Spin” program anticipates a high turnout even though the cycling room can accommodate just 30 spinners. Williamson looks forward to such a high attendance that it would compel him to refer attendees to a later section. “I will be thrilled if people were so interested in this event that I would have to do multiple sessions,” Williamson said. Williamson plans to organize

this event at the start of every semester (including Summer I &II). Faculty, staff, students and regular wellness center patrons are encouraged to be in attendance. Williamson expects cyclists to pace themselves. “When you’re in spin class, you can go at your own pace,” said Williamson. “It’s better than sitting on the couch and watching TV.” The program would be deemed successful by its organizers if up to 30% of the participants become regulars. “If we can impact the health and habits of a few people, it will be worth it,” he said.

CYCLING FACTS Cycling burns an estimated 8-10 calories a minute. Outdoor cycling and running are more accident prone than indoor cycling. Indoor cycling is a great form of cardiovascular workout. Indoor cycling releases daily stress and tension. Unlike outdoor cycling, bad weather or poor road conditions do not affect indoor cycling.

Dr. Keith Williamson will host the cycling class. Photos by DAMIAN ATAMENWAN

MSU women’s tennis team opens season with double victories. MSU MUSTANGS FOR THE WICHITAN

The 19th ranked Midwestern State women had little trouble in beating the sixth ranked team in the NJCAA as the Mustangs defeated Laredo Community College 7-2 on Friday. The Mustangs (1-2) swept the doubles points and took all but the top two singles matches against LCC.  “We got a great start with our doubles play,” said MSU Coach Scott Linn.  “We built well off of it and got a win.”   The Mustangs team of Rozike van Rensburg and Kendra Casey, ranked 18th in NCAA Division II, played at No. 2 to defeat Calena Redondo and Maria Cordova 8-2.  Lindsey Holcomb and Sarita Adhikary won at No. 1, beating Barbora Bozkova and Jennifer Betancourt 8-6, while the No. 3 team of Taylor Coffman and Lindsey Buegner downed Bianca Gonzalez and Maria Brizuela 8-4.   Coffman helped lead the Mustangs charge at No. 4 singles, as she claimed a three set win over Cordova 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.  Adhikary was a winner at No. 3 singles over Redondo, ranked 35th in the NJCAA, 6-4, 6-4.  Casey also won at No. 5 over Gonzalez 7-5, 6-4, while Buenger beat Brizuela 6-0, 6-0.   The Mustangs fell in the top two spots to nationally ranked singles players in the NJCAA.  Van Rensburg dropped a three setter at No. 1 to second ranked Barbora Bozkova 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.  Holcomb dropped tie breakers in both sets at No. 2 to fall to 18th ranked Betancourt 7-6, 7-6. Strong doubles’ play propelled No. 19 Midwestern State to a 7-2 win over Incarnate Word in its Lone Star Conference opener Saturday at Mabry Tennis Center.   No. 18 doubles’ duo van Rensburg and Casey edged regionally ranked Ivana Katavic and Maggae Doney of Incarnate

Word 9-7 at No. 1 doubles to highlight a doubles’ sweep for the Mustangs. Holcomb and Sarita Adhikary bested Casey Bulls and Malisa Vatanadilok 8-4 at No. 2, while Taylor Coffman and Lindsey Buenger dropped Anid Botha and Francesca Bassoo 8-6 at No. 3.   Midwestern closed out the match with four singles wins as van Rensburg defeated Katavic 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1, Adhikary rolled Bulls 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3, Coffman outlasted Botha 6-4, 6-7, 11-9 at No. 5 and Buenger beat Bassoo 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6.  The Mustangs improved to 2-2 on the season and to 1-0 in league play, while Incarnate Word fell to 1-2 and 0-1.   Midwestern State returns to action with a pair of matches next weekend. The Mustangs play at St. Mary’s (Texas) in San Antonio Friday before continuing to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.

SPORTS ON CAMPUS MSU softball team won four out of five games in the Texas A&M University-Kingsvile Invitational. The Midwestern State rugby club will host UTSA for the Division III semi-finals this Saturday. MSU tennis team defeats Laredo Community College before falling to Incarnate Word.

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MSU thrashes Tarleton in third overtime MSU defeats Incarnate Word and TAMU-K DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

Last Wednesday, hundreds of fans witnessed a remarkable performance displayed by the Midwestern State basketball team in a 77-53 win over the Cardinals of Incarnate Word at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Getting past Incarnate Word wasn’t an easy task but Michael Loyd ignored the strength of the Cardinals and led the Mustangs with 16 points above seven rebounds and five assists. Loyd played incredibly from the onset by making MSU’s first nine points before the guests could even get on the scoreboard. Keonte Logan backed Loyd’s effort with 12 points whereas DeJuan Plummer added to give MSU a vintage day offensively. Loyd’s monumental early achievement triggered the Mustangs to create a reasonable margin between their opposition with up to an eleven-point gap in the first half. Although the Cardinals flew as close as four points from leveling at the break, MSU silenced their efforts by extending the lead yet further. Unsatisfied with getting the last word against the Cardinals, the Mustangs visited Texas A&M University-Kingsville where they disappointed their hosts with a 71-50 victory. David Terrell took the reins of the Mustangs, launching with 15 points past TAMU-K. The forward had a vintage offensive game as he easily found space to make three dunks amidst the Javelinas’ defense. JaMichael Rivers made 11 points while Kevin Grayer scored ten for a significant contribution to the Midwestern State triumph. Ryan Layssard, on the other hand,

Michael Loyd dribbles past a Tarleton State defender. The senior guard put ten points past the Texans. Photo by KASSIE BRUTON snuck in 12 points, four rebounds and four assists to steer the Javelinas. The Mustangs extended their winning spree with a dramatic 80-75 win over Tarleton State. It took three overtimes to finally send the Texans packing.

MSU had lost earlier this month to the Texans and was looking forward to payback their guests. Anthony Harris took the liberty of scoring 20 points for the Mustangs as well as up to eight rebounds. Terrel add-

Supporting the aforementioned Lady Mustangs were Cierra Thompson, snatching nine points and nine rebounds, and Andrea Carter with nine points and ten rebounds. Jazman Patterson finished off the contest with seven points and seven rebounds. “We made the right decision when we had the ball,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach Noel Johnson. After a terrific game against Incarnate Word, the Lady Mustangs extended their winning spree with an 86-64 win over Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The Lady Mustangs were herded by Dianna Jones who drove 16 points past the Javelinas at the Steinke Center. Four other MSU players got double figures on the scoreboard as well; Carter and Degalia tallied 15 points apiece while Patterson and Carver scored 12 and ten respectively.

Johnson was grateful with the outcome of the game. “We played a great game,” she said. “One of the best I’ve seen all year.” For the Javelinas, Inekka Stevenson produced a stern effort but failed to trouble the Midwestern defense. Stevenson supported TAMU-K with 17 points and was assisted by Amanda Haven, who put together 13 points. Unfortunately, the Lady Mustangs fell 66-61 to Tarleton State Monday night at the D.L Ligon Coliseum. Degalia and Carver led MSU with 13 points each while Shelby Adamson was the top scorer for the TexAnns with 15 points. “We played really hard and showed a lot of character,” Johnson said. “I am proud of the girls and how they fought.” The Mustangs will travel to Denton to face Texas Women’s University. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.


The Lady Mustangs were thrilled with their captivating victory over Incarnate Word last Wednesday which followed a gritty win at Texas A&M UniversityKingsville Saturday. After back-to-back victories, MSU fell to Tarleton State at the D.L Ligon Coliseum. The Cardinals didn’t prove too serious for Savannah Carver, who led the contest by scoring 20 points for the third consecutive game. Kirsti Degalia was reliable too as she helped Carver inject the much needed drive in the Mustangs offense with 14 points. However, Katy Cooke directed the Cardinals routine with 19 points while Ashlyn Green and Ifunaya Mora tagged along with 11 and ten points respectively to make up most of Incarnate Word’s 65 points.

Cierra Thompson goes for two out of her seven points against the TexAnns. Photos by HANNAH HOFMANN

ed 11 points to the Mustangs repertoire while Darrick Thomas, Rivers and Loyd contributed 10 each. Although Fabian Wilson (24 points) and Wes Dipprey (19 points) seemed threatful, the Mustangs were able to

overpowere the Texans with great support from the Midwestern State fans. The Mustangs improved to 21-2 on the season. MSU will host Central Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m.

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