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Rogers testifies before Senate finance committee Brittany Norman Editor in Chief

Every department at MSU will face budget cuts if the Texas legislature slashes general appropriations for the 2012-2013 biennium, President Dr. Jesse Rogers told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday. MSU stands to lose up to $5.4 million for 2012-2013, or just over 14 percent of its current budget. When combined

with cuts made during 2010-2011, the university could be forced to deal with a 19-percent decrease in funding. To offset a predicted state budget shortfall of up to $27 billion, the Texas House of Representatives and Senate each released preliminary budget proposals that cut deeply from higher education. “In order to achieve those reductions, we have reduced our projects,” Rogers said. “We have cut down on our de-

ferred maintenance. Every department on campus is going to feel some cut in their operating budget, including travel.” Rogers testified that the largest cost savings will stem from implementing hiring restrictions. A number of open faculty and staff positions will remain unfilled for the time being, he said. “We’re going to hold a marker on those (positions), hoping that the economy can improve and we can move back

to the state we are now,” Rogers said. Rogers said faculty workloads and class sizes would likely increase in order to provide greater efficiency and reduce the use of overload pay and adjunct faculty. In written testimony provided to the committee, Rogers said Spectrum, the university’s summer program for gifted high school students, and the university employee dependent tuition program, will be discontinued or reduced.

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At last week’s MSU Board of Regents meeting, Rogers said it is likely that tuition and fees will increase for 2011. However, any increase will not exceed the 5 percent limit set by the MSU Promise. Rogers asked the committee to consider maintaining existing formula funding guidelines, which determine base funding levels for each state college and university.

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MSU defends expenditures in state report Chris Collins Managing Editor

Five anonymous complaints triggered the State Auditor’s Office to look into expenditures on the Harvey Home at 2518 Hamilton. MSU General Council Barry Macha and Internal Auditor David Spencer provided a written response to the complaints, which were submitted via the SAO’s hotline. They addressed concerns about perceived overspending on decorations, contracts and more. The Harvey family donated the mansion to MSU in Fall 2008. The family intended for the university to use the property as a future presidential home. However, the Board of Regents decided to sell the home in their November 2010 meeting after decorating, repair and maintenance costs became prohibitive. The home’s appraised value is approximately $1.1million. MSU has it listed for sale by owner at an asking price of $1.3 million. “Although expenses related to the repair, renovation, and maintenance of the property were greater than we had anticipated, we believe that they were necessary,” Spencer wrote in a letter to SAO Audit Manager Verma Elliot. “These have been accounted for in a transparent and open manner. No State or Designated funds were used to purchase furnishings.”

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Internships Fluffy white stuff leaves professors, students playing catch-up give job seekers competitive edge Winter storms dusted campus with snow and ice during the first two weeks of February, causing dangerous road conditions that kept MSU

Chris Collins Managing Editor

Snow day! Inclement weather caused five school days to be cancelled during the last two weeks, bringing class meetings to a screeching halt. A rumor spread quickly on campus that students may have to make up those cancelled days at the end of the semester.

closed for five class days. The unexpected break has left many courses behind schedule. (Photo by Brittany Norman)

Dr. Alisa White, provost, is dispelling that myth. She said the university community won’t have to attend make-up days, but students and teachers may have to work a bit harder to cover the things they missed. “It would be really unusual to have to make up those days,” White said. She said that usually instructors and students can work together to make sure the material gets covered.

“Making up the time is not as important as making up the work,” she said. White said the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board doesn’t have a policy for adding school days to an academic calendar. “Thankfully, the closing occurred early enough that it should be possible to adapt course plans to cover required material in the remaining sched-

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Simulation center to be funded by fossil fuel Chris Collins Managing Editor

Health Sciences students won’t have to foot the bill for their Simulation Center alone, according to MSU Regent Sean Hessing. Instead, they can let oil take on some of the bills for them. It was revealed in the February Board of Regents meeting that the $60,000 needed to make the center operational will be funded by “unanticipated mineral income,” Hessing said. In addition, $10,500 in designated tuition that was to be used for the project will be returned to the pool. The SimCenter, which was purchased by MSU in 2010 for $450,000, is used by nursing students to practice laboratory experiments on lifelike manikins, according to Dr. Karen Polvado, chair and graduate coordinator of nursing. The land in the Permian Basin was do-

nated to the university. A drilling company leased the land from MSU for $250 per acre, plus 25 percent of any production. It will yield $73,200 during the current fiscal year, according to Debbie Barrow, director of board and government relations. “We got a very nice offer,” University President Dr. Jesse Rogers said. “It was consistent with what that land’s going for out there. Rogers said the money will be used as a one-time check to pay for a one-time expense. In November, Board members decided to increase course fees in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, generating an extra $60,000 and making the SimCenter functional. Later that month, it was decided that the fee increase would be deferred until Fall 2011 instead of Spring 2011. Nursing students check the vitals on a manikin in the simuThis delay did not prevent the SimCenter lation center. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann) from becoming operational this semester.

Brittney Cottingham Features Editor

The Dillard College of Business Administration (DCOBA) Internship Program will be hosting two orientation sessions for students seeking internship opportunities for Summer or Fall 2011. Nick Gipson, the DCOBA Internship Program director, believes student internships give students a competitive edge as they enter the job market. Despite having numerous internship opportunities through the program, Gipson confesses that findng a job in the current economy is a struggle. “The reality is that the job market is very tough and our students need the competitive edge that an internship gives them,” Gipson said. “Internships are very important when it comes to a student’s career pursuits because it shows potential employers that the student has taken the initiative to work in the career area the student is pursuing.” Last fall, the department placed 21 business students, with majors ranging from accounting to marketing. The program works with over 80 businesses, most of which are local, but participating students have found internships in larger cities such as New York City. The program deals with internships that are both paid and unpaid. “Certainly it is a bonus if the opportunity pays, but our objectives in the program are to give the student the opportunity to use his or her scholarly knowledge in a real world setting, gain business experience in his or her major, and obtain important business contacts,” Gipson said. “If the student

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has small dreams for state institutions of higher education. In his State of the State address on Feb. 8, Perry proposed a “bold, Texas-style solution to the challenge” of funding higher education. He tasked colleges and universities with developing bachelor’s degree programs that cost no more than $10,000 from orientation to commencement, textbooks included. He didn’t offer any advice. Instead, he suggested that institutions figure it out for themselves. State mandated tuition alone costs $50 per semester credit hour. A bachelor’s degree will require, at a minimum, 120 hours, meaning a student will pay at least $6,000 for that bachelor’s degree before the university raises a dime of designated tuition. According to The College Board

website, a college student spends, on average, spends over $1,000 per year on books alone. Your $10,000 is gone before you even hit the classroom, and the university has lost its main source of revenue – university designated tuition. But a $10,000 bachelor’s degree would require sacrificing a lot more than tuition. If Texas higher education cuts the cost of a degree down to the bare bones, students are going to miss out on a real education. Throwing out the core curriculum, for example, would cut down on the number of credit hours. Getting rid of facilities like student centers and wellness centers, putting libraries entirely online, and holding virtual classes would cut down on the cost of an education. Doing away with laboratories could slash expenses even more.

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In fairy tales I’ve heard the prince gets the damsel in distress by traveling through forests, fighting dragons, and searching far and wide for his fair maiden. In today’s society all a man has to do to get a women is lay down a couple of sweet lines through Instant Messaging and the girl is his. Mass media has killed romance, and girls everywhere are paying the price. Guys no longer have to workup the nerve to ask out or get to know a girl anymore because it no longer requires any face-to-face interaction. It used to be that when a guy liked a girl he would spend all evening working up the bravery to call her on the phone to ask her out on a date. Then, he had to wait patiently as his shaking fingers pressed the seven-digit number to his fate. Today, most guys just send a girl a quick Facebook message to see what they are up to on Friday night. No voices must be exchanged,

and no face-to-face encounters save a man from risking embarrassment for romance. Let me place a disclaimer here, this may work on some 21st century girls, but not me. I’m going to need something a little better than a few typed words to get my attention. Another way men used to create romance was by writing love letters. There have been countless accounts of men writing letters to the women they loved. They were long letters dripping with romance and chivalry. Now, if a girl receives a text message stating “hey qt, what r u up 2?” They just about jump through the roof and dance around thinking, “He likes me! He likes me!” Well sure he may like you… enough to take about ten seconds out of his day to write a text message. Before these modern times, a man had to work at what he wrote to romance a woman. Now, a quick and thoughtless message is all it takes to do the trick. Men used to have to seek out women, find them in their natu-

ral environment if they wanted to get to know them well enough to ask them out. Now, all they have to do is “friend” them on Facebook, and the girl is almost theirs. If they get the girl’s phone number… about three texts later the boy can most likely have a date. Another way mass media has affected the dating scene, is the actual, tangible date. Some long distance couples have resorted to “Skype dates”, rather than the boy actual getting up the courage to drive to see his girlfriend. Skype can be nice if you’re in really long distance relationship, but it’s no replacement for a guy making an effort to be with a girl. Couples also resort to going to movies rather than thinking up creative and interesting dates. Movies are great, but they’re a lousy excuse for facetime on a date. The world of romance has definitely taken a hit in this new technological millennium.

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But there’s a cost to these potential savings. Measures like these would also destroy the college experience. The governor doesn’t seem to understand that Texas state universities are more than just degree factories. Yes, part of the goal is to graduate qualified, educated individuals who can positively impact the state’s economy. Becoming an educated individual is about more than collecting a marketable skill set and useful knowledge. It’s about studying in the library at midnight, learning by doing in the science lab and attending classes where students interact with an actual professor rather than a computer screen. If Perry’s challenge is for Texas higher education to aspire to mediocrity, he’s on the right track.

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nEditor in Chief: Brittany Norman nManaging Editor: Chris Collins n FEATURES/ A&E Editor: Brittney Cottingham nOp-Ed Editor: Cameron Shaffer nSports Editor: Andre Gonzales nPhoto Editor: Hannah Hofmann nAdvertising manager: Rachel Bingham nCopy editors: Alyssa Johnston nadviser: Randy Pruitt nReporters: Orlando Flores, Caitlin Ruth nPhotographers: Kassie Bruton, Damian Atamenwan

Copyright © 2011. The Wichitan is a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. The Wichitan reserves the right to edit any material submitted for publication. Opinions expressed in The Wichitan do not necessarily reflect those of the students, staff, faculty, administration or Board of Regents of Midwestern State University. The Wichitan welcomes letters of opinion from students, faculty and staff submitted by the Friday before intended publication. Letters should be brief (350 words or less) and without abusive language or personal attacks. Letters must be typed and signed by the writer and include a telephone number and address for verification purposes. The editor retains the right to edit letters.

nLETTER TO THE EDITOR I am writing this in response to your Opinion Editor’s article regarding abortion. In his article, Mr. Shaffer addresses the horrific practices of abortion “doctors” who can hardly be called doctors. What bothers me about Mr. Shaffer’s article is that he neglects to mention the small percentage of abortions that--as I and many others believe--are justified, such as the case of a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape. I agree that there are far too many abortions in this country. Abortion is not birth control-it is a terrible choice to have to make regarding what will become a human life. In the case of a woman who is raped by a stranger, or a young girl raped by her own father, step-father, uncle, or brother, should that female then be forced to give birth to a child conceived from violent and/or incestuous assault?

The answer to that question from many people would be no. That child, in many of those cases, would not be wanted by the mother, as in a case where the mother is a 12-year-old girl and the father is her own. Why should a female who is still a child herself be forced to endure the emotional and physical changes and trauma associated with rape and then also with giving birth when she had no choice in the matter? Any woman would suffer severe emotional trauma from the assault, additional trauma enduring pregnancy, and still more trauma and conflicting emotion when giving that child up for adoption. Abortion should not be used as birth control. Late-term abortion is a horrific thing, and many abortion clinics and doctors are guilty of atrocities, but the answer is not to remove the option entirely--it is to better regulate the practice. Abigail Scott

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“BIGOTRY CANNOT BE TOLERATED: Any expression of hatred or prejudice is inconsistent with the purposes of higher education in a free society. So long as bigotry exists in any form in the larger society, it will be an issue on the college campus. There must be a commitment by the institution to create conditions where bigotry is forthrightly confronted.” So reads one of the four bullet points of MSU’s troubled Human Dignity Statement. The much more laudable first point reads, “FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: Freedom of discussion, inquiry, and expression is fostered by an environment in which the privileges of citizenship are protected and the obligations of citizenship are understood.” Besides the obvious objection that these two points are contradictory, it is puzzling that MSU would want advocate free expression, and then include an

Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor “except when expressing these opinions:” clause. At least on the surface. The people who run our fine university are merely reflecting the move our culture has made as a whole and the community members (faculty, staff, and students alike) of Midwestern have made in particular. First, the broad picture. Over the past decade hate speech laws

have become less uncommon in America and have become the new normal in Canada and the United Kingdom, our closest cultural cousins. While in the U.S. hate crimes have been limited to crimes where a person’s criminal motive is based around the victim’s status (i.e. race, religion, sexual orientation) the same cannot be said for Canada and the U.K. Canada and the U.K. both have laws on the books from recent years that restrict speech that is considered incendiary or hateful and have been enforced. This usually means that anti-homosexual speech is forbidden. The 1st Amendment protects Americans from such overreaction, but the politically correct cultures from beyond our borders have certainly seeped into the American mindset. People protest vehemently when anyone suggests that something that is politically incorrect or says something deemed of-

fensive by certain demographics. Being opposed to Barack Obama’s campaign for President or becoming a member of the Tea Party gets someone labeled a racist, while someone protesting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is generally met with silence or cultural approval. Now, the local picture. When Al Sharpton came and spoke on campus in 2009 there were many people upset, demanding that he be cancelled, censored, or funding for future speakers be placed under stricter supervision from the college community to prevent speakers with his views from coming again. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gringrich’s visit last fall elicited many protests and angry accusations of MSU possessing a politically conservative bent and that Gringrich’s views were too extreme to be tolerated. Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas, spoke in Akin Auditorium last month and suffered

from accusations of being hateful and intolerant, and therefore incompatible with the goals of an institution of higher education. While Sharpton may be a moron and Gringrich a babbling fool (who can forget him talking about our inalienable rights one minute, and then demanding the assassination of people who exercise those rights at his inconvenience?) but their right to be heard should not be questioned. Labeling any speech that criticizes in a way that offends some people as “inconsistent with the purposes of higher education in a free society” because it expresses “bigotry” is gateway for intolerance on our campus. It is sheer foolishness to let other people determine which elements of free speech are truly free and give them the power to determine what qualifies as bigotry. But if bigotry and prejudice are to be confronted on our campus (i.e. not allowed or the perpetra-

tors of that kind of speech punished) that means that tolerance no longer exists. True intolerance is not allowing someone to exercise their liberties, not someone believing that someone should not do something. It is more intolerant to say someone like Yousef should not be allowed to speak on campus again because he believes there is no such thing as moderate Islam than it is for Yousef to believe there is no such thing as moderate Islam. Intolerance leads to all expression of opinions being disallowed that do not mirror the opinions of those who determine what bigotry is. This squelches the free flow of ideas and knowledge, no matter how brilliant or boneheaded they are. Such a restriction is what is truly inconsistent with the higher education of MSU and should be forthrightly confronted.


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SNOW.......................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 uled time,” White said in an email to faculty. She told teachers that they could try using PowerPoint slides, BlackBoard, online activities or takehome assignments in lieu of playing catch-up during class time. “Please plan ahead in the event that we have additional weather problems later in the semester.” The process of cancelling school on account of ice and snow starts at about 4 a.m., said Dr. Howard Farrell, vice president of student affairs and university advancement. He said he wakes up early and drives around campus to see how icy the roads are. “I try and make a quick decision,” he said. “The quicker the decision is, the better it is for everybody.” He usually has made his call by about 5 a.m. “99.9 percent of the time, it’s an easy call,” he said. After he makes a decision, he reports to President Jesse Rogers, who ultimately makes the call of whether to cancel classes. He said his tendency is to play it safe – he would rather cancel class than risk anyone getting hurt trying to attend school. Police Chief Dan Williams starts his morning much like Farrell on bad weather days. He confers with late-shift officers at MSU before getting up early and scouting on nearby roads, bridges and overpasses. He gets in touch with Farrell,

campus briefs n today: Movie Showing: For Colored Girls. CSC Shawnee at noon at 3 p.m. Faculty Forum Series: Dr Salim Azzouz. CSC Shawnee at 7 p.m. n tHURSDAY: Exploring the World of Art Bus Tour. The Kemp Center for the Arts. 7:45 p.m. n FRIDAY: External Funding Workshop: Dillard 101 & 189. 1:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. n Saturday: 3 v 3: MSU Soccer/Rec Sports Practice Fields. Sat. through Sun. n Monday: Last Day for May grads to file National Engineering Week: On Campus from Mon. through Fri. American Red Cross Blood Drive: Clrak Student Center. 10 a.m.

Students were “snowed out” of MSU for five days this month due to winter storms. Norman)

along with the National Weather Service in Norman and WFISD. He said most accidents occur when people drive hazardously on snow and ice. “Some people, even good driv-

ers, aren’t adapted to maneuvering their cars on the snow,” he said. “People tend to get overconfident in snow.” Once it’s determined school has been cancelled, Williams noti-

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fies the university community via MSU Alert. He reported Tuesday that about 700 more people subscribed to the alert system in the past couple weeks.

n tuesday: Athletic Luncheon: Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. Noon. Classic Film Series: The Big Chill. Wichita Museum of Art at MSU. 7 p.m.

REPORT......................................................................continued from page 1 In responses to individual complaints, Spencer and Macha sought to justify $57,417 in maintenance and operating costs, $110,095 in major repairs and renovations and approximately $85,000 in decorating expenditures. The report also defended the administration’s choice to hire consultant Lynn Moran to decorate the home without a contract. She began work at the property before signing a contract. According to the report, “The contract was justified as a sole source/emergency contract due to the timing necessary to get the house ready in time for planned events and the specialized knowledge required to locate and obtain the necessary furnishings.” Another complainant accused the university of siphoning money from other projects to fund the decoration of the Harvey Home. “The university has funds included in the budget that are approved by the Board for the operations and maintenance of all university properties. As it became apparent extensive repairs were going to be needed, money was allocated out of these funds. These expenses were not missed, siphoned or laundered and all are accounted for,” they wrote. In addition to responding to the complaints, Macha and Spencer composed a timeline of spending at the home. Board members requested that the two “prepare a timeline spreadsheet of costs and activities on the property and residence located at 2708 Hamilton Boulevard. The description of activity should include non-cost items such as donations, board actions, etc. for the fullness of disclosure.” Constructing the timeline didn’t take Macha and Spencer too long – for Macha, composing the review has been an ongoing process. It only took Spencer a few days to get the spreadsheets together and add up spending totals. In an interview Tuesday, Macha said he thinks the Board was satisfied with the report. He also wanted to make it clear that the SAO is not conducting an audit of spending on the Harvey Home.

“They haven’t indicated that they want an audit or anything like that,” he said. The timeline was a month-by-month account of spending on the home from November 2008 to January 2011. The report categorized spending as two types: those from a maintenance fund (a combination of designated tuition and state appropriations) and those from a gift fund (money generated by donors). Macha said newspaper accounts might have unintentionally spread misinformation about spending. This was another reason for composing comprehensive report on the subject. He cited a Nov. 3 article in The Wichitan, along with articles in the Times Record News, in which it was stated that approximately $300,000 had been spent on the property. According to the timeline, he argued, only $248,466.15 had been spent at that point. “I don’t mean that to bad-mouth anybody,” he said. “I’m just saying that sometimes that happens and it’s not intentional.” He said a possible reason for the apparent misconception could have been an early estimate of $302,195 total cost given by Juan Sandoval, vice president for administration and finance, at an April Board of Regents meeting. “We question the way expenditures were portrayed in the articles,” Spencer and Macha wrote to the SAO. “Renovations/repairs and furnishing the house should be considered separately. Combining these expenditures the way they did created a false perception that all of the expenses were unexpected and excessive.” Macha is heading up the project of selling the Harvey Home. He announced an open house of the property Jan. 5 to the Wichita Falls Association of Realtors. The report said more than 250 realtors are members of the association. About 40 realtors attended the preview on Jan. 11. They were offered a 2.5 percent commission for selling the property. Macha reported to the Board Thursday that an offer had been made on the property, but the price was too low. No other offers have been made, he said.

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Students present research at Texas State Capitol Brittany Norman Editor in Chief

MSU Biology students Ashley Gravelle and Jae Cho presented posters Monday at the Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Eighty-three undergraduate students from public and private universities across Texas showcased their research during the event. Each institution was permitted to send up to two participants. Cho’s research focused on the production of biogas, or gas produced when organic matter breaks down in the absence of oxygen. Biogas, according to Cho’s abstract, “is an area of active research in the search for alternative energy sources.” The junior Biology major was advised by Drs. James Masuoka, Salim Azzouz and Dale McDonald. Gravelle’s research focused on the gravitropic response of maize roots to brassinolide, a steroidal type of hormone. Gravitropism is a plant or fungus’ response to changes in gravity. Gravelle found that brassinolide induces a gravit-

ropic response (or a change in the direction of a root’s growth) in maize. The senior Biology major’s research was funded by a grant from NASA and by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Magaly Rincón-Zachary. The Undergraduate Research Day is intended to showcase

the work of Texas students and highlight the positive impact their research has on the state. The event’s theme was “Transforming Texas Through Undergraduate Research.” The Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas coordinated the event.

Rogers also asked the group to consider funding enrollment growth using the existing distribution formula. That measure, he believes, ensures a fair and equitable distribution of general revenue funds for all institutions. In addition, Rogers requested the continuation of performance-based incentive funds, which are based upon the number of graduates and weighted for high-risk students and graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. “(Incentive funding) is straightforward, fair and results in universities working toward the graduation of students most needed in our economy,” Rogers said. “We have benefitted from it greatly at Midwestern. We’re going to lose about $900,000 if it is not continued.” Rogers addressed the proposed cuts to the TEXAS Grant program, the largest state-funded source of student financial aid. He recommended that the program be funded to the greatest extent possible, but suggested that the legislature determine students’ eligibility for grants based upon previous academic performance. If the TEXAS Grant program is discontinued, as many as 200 incoming MSU freshmen could be affected, he not-

ed. In 2009-2010, 68 percent of MSU students received some type of financial aid. Debbie Barrow, director of government and board relations, said 192 beginning freshmen currently receive aid through the TEXAS Grant program, but only 230 nonfreshmen are receiving funds. There are currently no academic performance requirements for incoming freshmen seeking a TEXAS Grant. Students must meet certain academic standards to continue receiving aid, and many initial recipients become ineligible after they begin at MSU. Rogers assured the committee that regardless of budget cuts or the elimination of the TEXAS Grant program, the university fully intends to continue offering the Mustangs Guarantee Tuition Program, which ensures academically eligible students from families with a household income of $50,000 or less pay nothing in tuition and fees. In Fall 2010, 33 freshman met program requirements but only two were unable to find enough grants, scholarships and exemptions to cover their tuition and fees. Paying the difference for those two students cost the university $2,708. Rogers’ written testimony explained that the university

will pick up any part of an eligible student’s bill that Pell Grants, TEXAS Grants and other scholarships do not cover. This university-initiated aid program is funded by contributions to MSU endowments dedicated to scholarships. Rogers asked for the committee to consider providing funds for two special items: the Autism Support Program and the nursing simulation center. “For four years, this university has had an Autism Support Program for high-performing Autistic students,” Rogers said. “Our program is different from

achieves those objectives, the internship experience more than pays off for the student – whether it is paying or not.” Businesses that participate in the program are not necessarily looking to fill a position with their firm, but businesses will occasionally hire MSU students after an internship. “All the businesses that we have dealt with in the internship program have been enthusiastic and very supportive of the program’s mission,” Gipson said. Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of the many businesses that work with the department. Vice President Carla Bolin encourages all students to do internships because college is about finding out what you don’t want to do as well as what you will want to do. “Students have new fresh ideas with lots of new tech training built in,” Bolin said. “Young (students) are great because they haven’t been bitten by failure yet and the energy is there.” Training new employees is very expensive for a company, Bolin explained, so a student who has previously interned is always a good choice. “An internship gives context to the text work taking place on campus,” Bolin said. “Understanding information theoretically and placing useful information within time, place and occasion are different. The opportunity shows students how much importance is place on deadlines, troubleshooting, promptness and readiness to work as a team.” Lydia Randle, recruiter for the Internal Rev-

enue Service (IRS) will have an information table in the Dillard building from 9 a.m – 12:30 p.m. with an information session from 2 – 3 p.m. on Thursday about the IRS Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) paid internships. “The opportunity will allow the student to roll right into a full time position in area without completing for the job as long as they complete the 640 working for IRS and graduate as long as they are fully successful in the program,” Randle said. As a recruiter, Randle meets with hundreds of students, but says those who are confident, have good communication skills and are part of other activities outside of the classroom always stick out to her. “This internship opportunity can take the burden off students worrying about a job after graduation, which will allow them to concentrate on their academic students,” Randle said. “SCEP provides (students) with training and experience. (They) will be assigned an inventory of cases, which provides the opportunity to work varied situations with different types of taxpayers. For the revenue officer, no two days will be alike.” During the orientation sessions, students will learn about the requirements to participate in the DCOBA Internship Program and procedures involved in successfully completing an internship. The sessions will be on Wednesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 in Dillard 121.

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(Top) Jae Cho and (above) Ashley Gravelle presented posters Monday at the Texas Undergraduate Research Day in Austin (Photos by Brittany Norman)

Students from various organizations gathered in Clark Student Center Monday to sell baked goods. The profits from the sale benefitted the causes their organizations support. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

SENATE.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 any other university’s in that students live independently with a counselor and we prepare them to move into the dorms and live independently there. We would like to continue the funding received last session.” Six students are currently participating in the program. According to Rogers, the university will continue the Autism Support Program even if the state cannot provide funding. However, it will no longer be able to provide the residential component now offered.

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Rogers also asked the committee to consider providing special item funding in the amount of $950,000 to defray the costs of relocating the nursing simulation center. In order to purchase the vacant surgical center that now houses the facility, the university had to borrow from its local reserves. In recent years, MSU developed the nursing simulation laboratory, which was initially funded by a grant, and hired seven new nursing faculty. As a result, the nursing program increased its number of graduates from 31 in 2003 to

116 in 2010. Finally, Rogers asked the committee to reconsider a current state policy that requires 20 percent of designated tuition be set aside for use in state financial aid programs. “We would like to have the option of maintaining that 20 percent set-aside and putting it into our Academic Support Center and other kinds of counseling programs that we think would help our graduation rate as opposed to having it set aside for financial aid programs.”

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Music’s biggest night -2011 Grammy’s

Arcade Fire (Album of the Year) and Lady Antebellum (Song and Record of the Year) snagged top honors at the 2011 Grammy Awards while Eminem (Best Rap Album) and Lady Gaga (Best Pop Album) won in their respective genres. Heartthrob Justin Bieber performed for the first time at the star studded event but surprisingly went home with no golden statue. (Photo Courtesy)

Orlando Flores, Jr For the Wichitan Sunday’s telecast of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards had something for both the music purist, casual listener and everything in between. The absence of a host proved to benefit the overall quality of the show - allowing the focus to be solely on the music, and more specifically, the numerous musical performance. The evening started with a wonderfully executed tribute to Aretha Franklin. A lineup consisting of Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine) rolled through a hit list of Franklin’s songs with a fierceness only the queen herself could have topped. Jaw dropping vocals were on display as Aguilera made up for her super bowl mistake. Hudson reminded us why many people thought she should have won American Idol and Welch made a great case for her right as Best New Artist (though she ultimately lost). Other notable performances followed with Miranda Lambert’s heartfelt rendition of her hit “The House That Built Me”

as photographs of past Grammy winners past as children were displayed on the screen behind her. Lambert went on to win Best Country Female Vocal Performance in a field that she clearly stood superior over. The trio of B.O.B., Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae melded their talents together where not one, but all three talents shined bright to display pop’s promising future. Other highlights from the night included Cee-Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow ripping through “The Song Otherwise Known As “Forget You”” while surrounded by a group of muppet musicians . Cee-Lo was decked out in a bird costume that would make Toucan Sam jealous; as well as a rousing performance from Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers who were later joined by the father of folk music, Bob Dylan, to perform as his backing band for “Maggie’s Farm.” Surprises were plentiful throughout the night. The most surprising being Katy Perry’s outstanding performance. I must admit that I’m not Mrs. Russell Brand’s biggest fan, but that doesn’t deny the fact that she has talent. For every 10 songs she churns out like “California Gurls”, there’s always one song

she puts out that reminds me (and the rest of the world) that she is as big as she is for a reason. That song was “Just Like the Movies” and the film of her and her hubby’s wedding capped off the sentimental feeling of that song. Also surprising, yet awesome, was the impromptu performance of “Jolene” from the trio of John Mayer, Keith Urban and the better-than-ever Norah Jones. On the rather disappointing side of the show came with the constant distractions in most of the performances. Whoever thought that revolutionaries being fought off by police during an already lackluster performance from the usually consistent Muse, or the random BMX riders ruining Arcade Fire’s roaring, and otherwise great, performance of “Month of May” should be heavily considered before being in charge of staging next year’s show. More disappointment (or relief as some saw it) came with Justin Bieber’s performance being overshadowed by an Usher circa 2004 performance of his hit O.M.G. Despite the top billing of Bieber Fever, his mentor stole the show and proved he still has some gas left in his tank.

The biggest disappointment of the night by far came with the much hyped Lady Gaga performance of “Born This Way.” It seems that Gaga has taken the Madonna comparisons a little too far by blatantly ripping one of her songs for the basis of the track (see “Express Yourself ”) and by creating a dance performance a little too similar to “Vogue.” If there is one thing very apparent of her performance, it’s that the hype machine she’s lived off of and her shock value can only take her so far before she becomes irrelevant. Although Gaga did revitalize pop music and has become an icon of the 21st century in the fashion that Madonna was for the 90s, it’s time that she capitalize on her success and show us what she’s really made of, not how much she can copy her idols. And let’s not forget the awards. While some were more than deserving of their honors (Lambert, Gaga, Train), others were not. As much of a hip-hop force Eminem is, Recovery was a weak album that in no way shined above any of his peers other than record sales. Also, the fact that no one had heard of the best new artist before last night in a field full of stars (Mumford, Florence

and Drake) speaks volumes on the validity of their choice. Most alarming was the near sweep of Lady Antebellum. Maybe it is just me, but I don’t see how that song won over the likes of Cee-Lo, Eminem and Gaga. However, the biggest award went to its rightful owners in Arcade Fire’s surprising upset victory for Album of the Year. And then again, how could any other album have one. Win Butler and co. crafted an album comparable to their critically acclaimed debut Funeral with The Suburbs, an album dealing with the struggles of everyday living during an economic crisis that can hit close to home to just about anyone. To cap off the night, Arcade Fire delivered a fiery encore performance of “Ready to Start” because, as Butler said, “We love music!” After all, isn’t that what the point of this show is anyone? Other big winners below: MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR - BARBRA STREISAND BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE - BRUNO MARS / “JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” BEST DANCE RECORD-


Pop divas walked the red carpet at the 64th annual Grammy Awards with every intention to shock and awe. (Left) Grammy nominee Katy Perry sported candy colors and angel wings on her walk down the carpet. (Middle) Lady Gaga was escorted on Sunday night while in a gigantic womb, which she hatched out of during her performance. (Right) Before taking home a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, Rihanna surprised photographers with her racy see through dress with circles of white ruffles leaving little to the imagination. (Photo Courtesy)

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Tolu Agunbidae For the Wichitan There is more of a martial arts scene in Wichita Falls than many realize. There is actually quite a bit of talent in the area. Jason Maxwell is a professional mixed martial artist who gives private lessons in town. His professional MMA record is 14-7-0. He’s fought known names such as Duane Ludwig and Nam Phan. Nam Phan was the semi-finalist on the last season of The Ultimate Fighter on SpikeTV. Maxwell also has a win over Jens Pulver on his resume, via KO in the first round. Pulver was the very first Lightweight Champion in the UFC. Bubba McDaniel, 16-7-0 is another successful fighter with roots to Wichita Falls. He’s fought upper level fighters such as UFC fighter Gerald Harris. Griffin Phillips is the instructor at Texhoma Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is exclusively a grappling school.

Griffin earned his blue belt from Rafael Lovato Jr, a well known grappler across the country.

 Gant Grimes is the instructor at Texoma Judo/Jujitsu Academy. He exclusively teaches Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Gant received his black belt in Judo from Roy Hash, a well known Judo instructor. Last Saturday, Feb. 12, a seminar/tournament was held by the academy in attempt to further the cause of Grappler’s for Christ. GFC is an organization that spreads the word of God through submission grappling. Jared Dopp, a chemistry major at MSU and a member of the Fallz Town Fighter’s Club, competed in the tournament. “Overall it was a good day and those in attendance walked away with a lot of knowledge and experience,” he said. “I was lucky enough to walk away the winner, representing Vicious Athletics and networking with other schools in the area.” Dopp is 2nd degree black belt in Goju karate and received a blue belt in BJJ from Renato Tavares.
 Reggie Demps, Vicious Athletics promoter and instuctor at FTFC, has strong feelings about his gym. “Vicious Athletics is a movement that is all encompassing,” he said. “We are the gym to defend the line of the Red River. We are the only competing gym in town. I believe the more our gym performs others take notice of the fighting spirit in Wichita Falls.” Demps has an MMA record of 5-1-0.

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Athlete Spotlight Michael Loyd Basketball

• Scored a season high 25 points against Incarnate Word. • Plays alongside brother, Kevin, his teammate. • Undecided major from Las Vegas, Nevada

Courtney Bingham Softball

• Was named MVP in Texas A&M-Kingsville Invitational Tournament. • Composite Science major from Arlington, Texas

MSU Softball Results-Texas A&M-Kingsville Invitational Win against Texas A&M International 4-0 Win against Southeastern Oklahoma 8-0 Win against Texas A&M International 9-1 Loss against Texas A&M-Kingsville 1-0 Win against Southern Arkansas 8-0 Win against Texas A&M-Kingsville 7-2

Rugby leaps over Longhorns Damian Atamenwan For the Wichitan

MSU kept up with momentum with a thumping 55-5 defeat against UT Austin III. The Longhorns kicked off to MSU who kept the ball possession for a long period of time. The first try of the game was recorded when second-row Matt Cobb picked up a loose ball and shot through UT’s defense. MSU’s forwards were ballhungry and got another try by Tyler Schmidt, which put the Mustangs 10-0 up. Scrum-half Zach Henson made the highlight of the first half, after running 23-yards and giving the stiff-arm to whoever was in his path. Henson scored the third try of the game. Schmidt claimed his second

try from a 15-yard dash and Aaron Alvarez made two conversions, which put MSU up 24 -0. The Longhorns were able to muster a try late in the first half to avoid a shut-out. The score was 24-5 at halftime. The second half started well for MSU. Simba Soopy Musarurwa got his team a try just a few minutes into the half. The try was converted for a 31-5 advantage. MSU kept its defense tighter and flanker Sammerr Al-Badani made a couple of tries saving tackles. Simba Michael Madzima intelligently picked up the ball from a scrum and dived in the try zone for five points. Alvarez’s try came a few min-

utes after which he made a conversion, to put MSU at a 43-5 lead. With 15 minutes left on the clock, substitute Aziat Azim bagged in another try for the team. Musarurwa ended the series of scoring by fighting his way through the defenders to secure a victory. Schmidt and Musarurwa played outstanding games. Both have scored three and four tries respectively in two games. Head coach Rod Puentes thought the match was more of a victory for the players than for himself. “I savor the win as we dominated a lesser team, however we are still not playing as a team at the moment,” he said.

Junior inside center Bo Williams tackles a UT defender. MSU hooked victory against the Longhorns, 55-5. (Photo by Damian Atamenwan)

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February 16, 2011

Mustangs pull 40th win at D.L. Ligon Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor

The Midwestern State Mustangs rolled over the Greyhounds of Eastern New Mexico last Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena in Portales. In the 40 minutes of game play, MSU dominated with an overall score of 81-79. Senior guard Chris Hagan put forth a game high of 33 points along with four assists in his 31 minutes on the court. “We found a way to win and he (Hagan) had his first great game since he got hurt, Head coach Grant McCasland boasted. In his time, Hagan marked

five three-pointers out of the teams total of 10 three-pointers. Junior David Terrell finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, a double dose of steals, and a single block and steal. Terrell connected 9-of-14 in his shots, including two slam dunks. “Our guys played well though, they guarded when Eastern New Mexico did a great job on offense,” Segler said. The Greyhounds started to take charge halfway through the first half, but MSU soon took back the lead towards the end thanks to a couple of threepointers laid down by junior guard Kevin Loyd and senior guard Adrian Van Buren. Other notable performances included,

junior guard Michael Loyd who rallied in seven points, four assists, and two steals. The Greyhounds fell to an overall record of 9-11 and 4-4 in LSC South Division play. Next, MSU battled Incarnate Word the following Saturday night on the home court. The Mustangs had the last word against the Cardinals who dealt them their fourth straight loss with an overall score of 81-71. This win marked the 40th straight win at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Loyd performed his season best in 23 minutes of game time with a total of 25 points, along with three assists and three rebounds. The two teams were

neck and neck with 12:19 left in the second half after a dunk by UIW’s Chris Johnson, tying the game at 46-46. “Incarnate Word is a crafty bunch of guys, they’ve got a lot of those basketball skills that you kind of can’t teach,” Segler said. However, the Mustangs soon regained the lead to push the Cardinals to the 5th spot in LSC South ranks, while the Mustangs proudly hold the 2nd slot. Next, the Mustangs take on Texas A&M-Kingsville on the home court at 8 p.m. Then on Saturday against West Texas A&M in Canyon. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Above: Junior forward Darrick Thomas shows off by slam dunking for Saturday night’s crowd, where MSU defeated Incarnate Word 81-71. Left: Mustang basketball players look onto the game and strategize. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

Lady Mustangs push record to 4-5 in LSC South Division Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor

The Lady Mustangs pulled through for a victory last Wednesday night against the Zias of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. The match was close however. Towards the end of the second half, ENMU’s Vanessa O’Neal brought the Zias to trail behind MSU by just two points with 27 seconds remaining in the game.

However, junior guard Karissa Lang brought the Lady Mustangs ahead another point as she successfully made a freethrow basket with just five seconds left. The single point was just enough for MSU to take the victory as the Zias tried to make a comeback from their fault as O’Neal swooshed a layup. The attempt wasn’t enough though as the game ended in MSU’s favor, 68-67. “We stuck to the game plan

and we relieved double digits most of the game,” junior forward Jazman Patterson said. “We just pulled it out.” The loss for ENMU pushed their overall record to 4-16 and 3-5 in the Lone Star Conference South Division. The win marked the Lady Mustangs’ first road victory. “We played really intense and aggressive against them, which is something we’ve been trying to get to,” freshman guard Kirsti Degalia said.

MSU connected 56.3 percent of their shots before the arc, but just 37.5 percent in three’s. Senior forward Nolisha Markham scored the game high of 19 points along with her eight rebounds and single block. Junior forward Cierra Thompson punched in a total of 14 points. The Llano native also put forth six total rebounds, a double dose of steals and a single assist. “We thought about what we could do by executing and run-

ning the ball and just playing team defense,” Degalia said. Lang finished the feat with eight total points. “Our coach has been telling us a lot about execution and rebounding lately,” Patterson said. “She’s really pushing it on us.” The game also proved to be rough as Degalia and freshman guard Rebekah Cluley were knocked out due to concussions. The following Saturday night the Lady Mustangs looked pretty in pink for breast cancer awareness as they short handedly faced off against Incarnate Word at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. “We came out on fire and just really wanted to get them back for losing at their place,” Patterson said. Markham notched 13 points out of her game high of 17 points all in the first half before UIW soon caught up to the Lady Mustangs, 35-29, at the end of the half, MSU still in the lead. The Lady Cardinals couldn’t catch up as senior guard Katiya Jackson sealed the deal with two successful freethrows with just seconds remaining, ending the game with an overall score of 71-60.

Thompson ended the game with an overall 14 points, and nine total rebounds. Jackson finished with 13 points going along with her six total rebounds and a double dose of assists and steals. Junior forward Savannah Carver put forth 12 points. Carver also had five assists, three total rebounds and a two steals. “We had a home court advantage, but we were also down two guards,” Patterson added. “We were just trying to fill in for them.” Even though Degalia was succumbed to the bench due to a head injury at ENMU, she felt her team played best, nonetheless. “They came out intense and didn’t stress when Incarnate made their runs,” she said. “They did what they needed to do to put them away.” The Lady Mustangs improved 8-13 in their overall record, and 4-5 in LSC South. MSU will play host to Texas A&M-Kingsville at 6 p.m. tonight on the Gerald Stockton Court. Then on the road against West Texas A&M this Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

The Lady Mustangs proudly celebrate their victory against the Lady Cardinals of Incarnate Word Saturday night. The game also marked breast cancer awareness night where MSU proudly displayed pink uniforms in support. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

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