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MSU senior Hermion Chiddick chronicles her life of love, and incarceration in the tell-all memoir, I Did it for Love.

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The men’s basketball team coasts past A&M-Commerce, but falls short against Tarleton State, losing 79-75.

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Physics major to be eliminated by 2018 Low enrollment leads Higher Ed Coordinating Board to axe program BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

In November, the Texas High Education Coordinating Board unanimously voted to eliminate the MSU’s physics department. The decision was for the sake of logistics after THECB flagged the department as being a “low-producing” degree program. Starting in the Fall of 2011, physics, chemistry and geosciences were combined into one department. The physics department will be supported until August 13, 2018. The minor in physics will still be offered, said Dr. Randal Hallford, interim chair for the

new department. However, the change will have no financial impact on the university, according to President Dr. Jesse Rogers. “The university will not save one dollar,” Rogers said. The decision, said Hallford, won’t affect physics majors who were declared in the fall of 2011 from completing their degrees. Students will have this sevenyear interval to complete their degree. The summer graduation date for the last students with a bachelor of science in physics degree will have to be before August 13, 2018. Traditionally, physics is one the majors, which has a low enrollment as, compared to other programs across campus, said Dr. Rodney Cate, interim dean for the College of Science and Math-

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Speaker says money key to world peace CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF

Dr. Salim Azzouz surrounded by engineering students on Monday afternoon. Photo by HANNNAH HOFMANN

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Arab Spring protests allow MSU professor to vote in Tunisia election RACHEL FREEZE FOR THE WICHITAN

In late October, the people of Tunisia were able to publicly vote their concerns and disagreements with the government without fear of persecution for the very first time. This meant a lot to Dr. Salim Azzouz, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MSU. Azzouz is a citizen of Tunisia, a country which has recently been in political turmoil after months of protests. Until now, Azzouz has never had the opportunity to vote in a Tunisian election. But last semester, Azzouz drove more than 370 miles, about eight hours, to the Arab American Center in Houston with his family to legitimately vote for the first time in his life. “It was a long drive, but a very good one,” Azzouz said. He voted to elect members of the

National Assembly, members who will write the new constitution. He celebrated the moment by spending time with his family at the NASA Johnson Space Center. “I traveled to Houston because I felt this was an important moment for Tunisia and I wanted to be a part of that. I took my family to take a stand,” Azzouz said with his hands over his heart. “It’s a historical moment because the people of Tunisia can now speak their minds and elect who they want. We can now elect clean people, those without blood on their hands.” Azzouz has lived in the United States for 13 years. Five of those years have been spent teaching at MSU. “I planned to move back to Tunisia after my schooling to teach there, but I was seduced by this country, and then I met my wife, so I stayed,” Azzouz said. “I grew up in the small town of La Marsa so I feel really comfortable here in Wichita Falls.” In Tunisia, the only books available for the public are technical in nature – math or science texts, he said. No humanities-related books are available. The government has banned them

all. “The reason people from that region are in the math or science fields is because those are the only books they can read,” said Azzouz. “Walking into a bookstore, I’m amazed at the amount of books available here. That’s what I like about America.” Though this was the first time for Azzouz to vote legitimately, he had voted before when he was 12 years old. He was asked by his El Omrane (Boy Scout) leader along with other boys his age to vote in the upcoming election for the National Assembly. He voted in the place of a 62-year-old man. “When I handed the card to the man he looked at me, then at the card, and stamped it,” Azzouz said. Azzouz was told to take the red piece of paper and put it in the envelope. Instead he put it in his pocket. “Even then I knew there was something wrong with what they were saying to do,” Azzouz said. Now he can speak out against the

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In 2010, the United States budgeted $663 billion to the Department of Defense. This is about half of what the entire world spends on its military, meaning that the U.S. spends roughly as much on defense as the rest of the world combined. The reason, according to Dr. Lloyd J. Dumas, political economics professor at the University of Texas in Dallas, is that people feel more secure when their country has a strong military. Dumas will be speaking at 7 p.m. in Akin Auditorium on the global economy and how it can be used as a tool to keep peace in the world. His book, The Peacekeeping Economy, was released about four months ago. “A lot of people have gotten used to the idea that security lies mainly in military strength,” he said. “They think military strength and national security are almost identical. In fact, security depends mainly on relationships. You don’t have to worry about those with which you have good relationships.” Dumas recalled the Cold War, when the U.S. was wary of Russia because of its nuclear capabilities. Britain and

France both had nukes, too, but neither country was drawn into the conflict – the reason, Dumas said, is that the U.S. had good trade relationships with these countries. “We had a hostile relationship with the Soviet Union,” he said. “We had a very positive relationship with Great Britain and France.” Dumas’ main goal of the presentation is to change people’s perceptions of the military. “I’m trying to shift our focus from thinking about national security primarily as military strength, to think about possibilities for building relationships. In particular, I’m talking about economic relationships that provide real security by tying countries together through mutual benefit.” The author said people should take a few lessons from the Iraq War, a conflict that has cost the U.S. about $1 trillion and the benefits of it are still being argued by the American people. It may have also been fought under false pretenses – the armed forces unearthed no weapons of mass destruction in the

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Psychology clinic seeks new student clientele BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

Midwestern’s psychology clinic is seeking new clients. There is no charge for students, staff, faculty and immediate family. Services available vary from stress management to anxiety disorders and mild depression. This program is not only beneficial to students and the community, but also gives real-life experiences to psychology graduate students. “It was my first time having someone come in who was going to tell me very intimate, but very private thoughts and knowing that they were trusting me to listen, keep it confidential and help them, it was scary,” graduate student Susan Gross said. Dr. Laura Spiller is the new director of the psychology clinic and said it is essen-

tial for graduate students to have handson experience in the psychology field. “They received a high level of training,” Spiller said. “Our students are not going to see clients until they are well prepared. Our graduate students learn a tremendous amount with that handson experience and they get to see many different clients including more severe mental illness type cases where they do case management and learn how to interact with clients.” When students see clients in the clinic, the faculty provides supervision and oversees all the clinical care provided in the psychology clinic through individual meeting with the students and group meetings. There are three students staffing the clinic every semester and they carry

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A strong economy for peace our view

The United States has been regarded as one of the most powerful countries since World War II. This powerful world prowess has been held due to successful trading relationships and a prosperous economy. But recently, with skyrocketing federal spending, more than $1 trillion spent on the Iraq War, and economic troubles, the United States’ world influence has been dwindling. Currently, the United States accounts for 44 percent of the world total of military spending. The military has been sent to all corners of the world trying to establish and keep democracy. Dr. Lloyd J. Dumas, author of The Peacekeeping Economy, believes that America could become the most highly respected superpower once

again by using the right foreign policy plans. Dumas wants Americans to think about war differnetly. He wants us to think about it as a last resort. The first resort, he says, should be building strong economic ties to other nations. Since the beginning of time, national security has been synonymous with military strength. This just shouldn’t be, he said. “Military actions are very costly and often very ineffective in terms of building security for us,” Dumas said. In short, protecting our country using peace methods is a better idea than using military force to ward away possible threats. On one hand, having a powerful military is important in a world with so much destructive technology. On the other, using all the manpower

having too large a military makes a country look hostile toward potential international relationships. Unfortunately, we Americans have used our “last resorts” pretty regularly. After World War II, we fought battles with Korea, Russia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. The use of force since the beginning of the first Desert Storm has taken an enormous chunk of stability from the United States, both relationship-wise and in regard to the economy. The economy is in shambles, jobs are scarce and the federal government is sluggish when it comes tackling foreign policy issues. Sometimes war is the solution. It sure was when Hitler was tromping through Europe with no one to stop him. But it isn’t the solution right now, not for Pakistan, Afghanistan or anyone.

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Religion continues to divide itself at Midwestern State

KAJA SALSMAN OP-ED EDITOR

The United States of America was built on the idea of every person having religious freedom. But as more time passes, the more it seems, that politicians as well as other social leaders are trying to convince society that American values are actually Christian values. So what has happened to the religious freedoms Americans were promised? Equal religious opportunity has been diminished.

Granted, religious tolerance has increased. Does this increased tolerance excuse the nation from leaving people feeling like Christian values are what the country should lean on? This “Christianity rules” trend is obvious at MSU. Currently there are 16 registered religious organizations on campus. -Baptist Student Ministry -Campus Crusade for Christ -Catholic Campus Ministry -Fellowship of Christian Athletes -Great Awakening Ministry -Lutheran Student Association -Mustangs for Christ -Pagan Student Union -Portico -Sigma Phi Lambda -Student Nurses Christian Fellowship (Nurses4Christ) -Wesley Foundation -Young Life -Colonial Student Organization -SGI Student Buddhist Association -Mentors on a Mission -Cru (Christ Centered Laborers)

Of these organizations, only two are unrelated to Christianity: the Pagan Student Union and The Student Buddhist Association. What does this say about the MSU campus? To me it says that either a) students outside of the Christian faith are few and far between, or b) the students who are not Christians are too hesitant to stand up and start their own organizations. Students with religions based outside the roots of Christianity may be practicing their faith off-campus, but are they being oppressed by the overwhelming amount of Christian support services and Christian tendencies on campus? There is a Jewish community in Wichita Falls, but there is not a Jewish organization on campus. There is an Islamic Society in Wichita Falls, yet nothing on campus. As universities are places to grow and develop, it would only be right if the students who do not practice Christianity began organizations to let other students of the same faith know they are not alone in their beliefs.

In the MSU student handbook, 13 religious organizations are listed. The Student Buddhist Association is not listed. Does this give new students a chance, especially if they are far from home, to stay true to their faith and feel welcome? Seeing that the faith a student has been practicing his or her entire life is unrecognized by other students at the school can leave new students feeling isolated, alone and sometimes, for strong believers, can make him or her feel lost in a new and unknown environment. Instead of feeling welcomed, they may experience a feeling of oppression because their faith is not openly practiced. MSU is located in the “Bible Belt”, the region the United States deeply associated with Christianity. To outsiders, MSU looks like a state school should; unbiased, religiously unaffiliated, and definitely not leaning toward the right. But to the students who actually go here, the look is much different.

Sure, there aren’t Christian organizations at every corner ambushing students to convert or join their group, but there are definitely Christians present all over campus. Instead of using religion as a bonding and growing technique between students of different faiths, MSU has a unspoken rule that religions unaffiliated with each other should stay that way instead of learning and working with each other. The University of Southern California has an office of religious life where students of all religions are able to gather and able to learn about other group’s values. At Midwestern each organization is its own entity, competing and hiding from others, trying to convert as many people as they can and recruiting to become larger than other groups. It’s time that MSU brings religious student organizations together and lets students grow in their faith and learn from the faith of others as well.

LMFAO at the haters KAJA SALSMAN OP-ED EDITOR

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I’ve come to the conclusion that people who hate techno, electronic or house music really have no idea what they are talking about. I’ve especially realized that they really have no idea what they’re talking about after I hear them listening to Rihanna, LMFAO or La Roux. What really irks me the most about these types of people is the fact that they deny the facts and claim that the roots of these songs are not techno or trance music. To be fair, not all of Rihanna’s songs are rooted in techno music. It just so happens that her recent music has really been leaning towards that type of sound. The actual term for the techno music of 2011/2012 is Synthpop, Electropop or Technopop. It is undeniable to anyone who has an ear that the beats, rhythms and melodies of songs like Party Rock Anthem and Sexy and I know It are definitely not hiphop or R&B inspired. The quick-paced beats and rhythms are clearly rooted in techno music. So why is it that nearly every time I point out that someone is listening to technopop or house music, they become defensive and go into pure denial? “It’s played on 92.9 NIN! That means it’s not techno! They’d never play techno on such a mainstream station!”

News flash, person in denial, they are. Techno-based music has gone mainstream and is back with a vengeance. The energizing music isn’t just for rave kids anymore. You don’t need to wear “kandy” and pop ecstasy to be able to enjoy the upbeat tempo and headbopping beats. So why is techno music so shunned. It’s obviously good music. There is obviously a market for it. Was it swept under the rug and deemed to be inappropriate and underground because of the drug everyone related it to? Hip hop and rap weren’t shunned and shushed, yet both of those genres use heavy references to illegal drugs; many much more harmful than E. It seems cocaine mixed with large amounts of alcohol didn’t have as many people with their panties in a wad as ecstasy did. Rock ‘n’ roll went through the drug uproar too, but it stayed strong and lasted through generations. So what exactly is it about techno that makes it so shameful? Perhaps it isn’t the music that’s shameful, but the teenagers who decided they were too cool to listen to something that didn’t allow them to grind on the dance floor. Well, surprise! Techno is back and all that teenage angst the deniers have, should just let it go and embrace the energy techno music can provide.


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Speaker lures MSU students to the dark side JOSH HAYTER FOR THE WICHITAN

Students have no idea what’s going on in the economy. Downtown distractions and diligent studies keep them from seeing what’s going on in the real world. And according to Bloomberg economist Richard Yamarone, the real world is scary. Yamarone is an economist with more than two decades of experience forecasting U.S. economic statistics and trends. He is the author of “The Trader’s Guide to Key Economic Indicators” and is the creator of the Bloomberg Orange Book, which is a collection of comments CEOs and CFOs made on quarterly conference call transcripts. He addressed over 200 students and faculty Thursday afternoon at the 30th Anniversary Streich Lecture in Dillard. His objective: bring as many members of the audience as possible to the “dark side.” “How many people here actually believe we’re headed for a recession by year’s end?” he asked. Silence from the audience. Not one hand was raised. “I’ve been sent from Lord Vader to bring you to the dark side,” Yamarone joked. “Clearly too much happiness going on here. Too much disbelief. Too much optimism. We don’t like that on the dark side.” Yamarone gives the same speech concerning economics in 88 cities and there are only three places where he doesn’t get people to raise their hands to come to the “dark side.” Texas is one of those places because oil is doing well and both the energy and drilling sectors are booming. But for the country overall, things aren’t looking good. “You’re all taught that when GDP falls negative, below zero, the economy’s in

Economist Richard Yamarone speaks at the 30th Anniversary Streich Lecture about his book The Trader’s Guide to Key Economic Indicators. Photo by DAMIAN ATAMENWAN

recession. That is true,” he said. “However, I’m here to tell you it only has to get below two percent.” America has been sub-two percent for three quarters in a row now. It may not happen in the next three quarters, but by the fourth quarter the country will find itself in a recession, Yamarone said. It’s happened that way every time since 1948. How does Yamarone identify a recession? “By looking at employment the only thing that matters is whether you have a job or not and if that job can support your family,” he said. “That’s what we want to do. We want

to work hard.” Jobs are the most important economic indicator there is, he said. “There’s nothing more powerful than when you’re in a society that’s identified by what you do,” Yamarone said. “You go to a bar and the first thing you ask someone is ‘What’s your name? The second thing is ‘What do you do?’ That’s just the way it is.” With unemployment around 14 percent today, it’s easy to see why many Americans live in fear. Though firing has stabilized, people are being hired at a fraction of the pace they once were. On average, unemployment lasts eight months and the length of unem-

ployment benefits continues to climb. “We’re led to believe (by the me dia) that this is just people sitting at home watching Oprah eating bonbons on the couch cashing checks. It’s not that way,” he said. “It’s a lot worse than that.” It means someone’s out of work not making payments on the bills. For the first nine recessions after WWII, it took an average of 11 months for the recession to end and 20 months to get the jobs back. In those days, manufacturers would fire up idle plants and factories, hire up workers and bring them back. “That was when we used to make things,” he said. Today, it takes eight months to restore the economy but 40 months to get jobs back, Yamarone said. That’s because America is more of a services oriented economy. “We invent, design, develop, engineer and create,” he said. “We’re the brains.” Then we send it off for another country to manufacture because they can do it for cheap. Factories aren’t running and people are not employed. That’s a problem. Not bringing home an income is more than an economic problem. There are also psychological socio-economic consequences, Yamarone said. Self-worth and feel-good are hurt. Suicide and murder rates both go up and depression is notorious when the economy is down. Many find that when they do get a job, they’re not getting paid as much as they were in a previous job. It can be very discouraging. Both the housing and auto industry are trending lower. There are over 15 million vacant homes on the market. The internet is wreaking havoc on the retail sector. People don’t have to buy

products at the store any longer because they can get what they want online. Mall vacancies are at an all-time high. Workers and services are being slashed. “The internet is changing the landscape of the economy,” Yamarone said. The Misery Index or the combination of inflation and unemployment, is higher than anytime since 1983. After paying bills, people have no real income left. “The real disposable personal income used to be at 3.7 percent. Now we’re at zero,” Yamarone said. “You can’t spend what you don’t have.” There are no perfect Holy Grail economic indicators, but Yaramone gave what he called these “Fab Five” to look for. People don’t dine out as much during hard times. If they do, they choose McDonald’s rather than the steakhouse. They buy less jewelry and cut down on cosmetics and perfumes. They don’t go casino gambling as often. Not when times are tough, he said. But, the greatest economic indicator, he said, is women’s dresses. “There’s no greater self-purchase of a woman than a dress,” Yamorone said. “The woman is the CEO of the household traditionally (and) when things get tight around the house, (she) postpones a self-purchase. Watching women’s spending habits will tell you everything about the economy.” “So what can we as college students do now?” one audience member asked. “What can we do to learn more about the economy?” “You’re not gonna learn it here,” Yamarone said. “You have to read the papers. Go to bloomberg.com. Keep up with current events. See if you disagree with things that are going on and be in tune with those things. You should care about where the economy is going.”

FIRE from pg. 1 “We will help them until they get on their feet,” Red Cross volunteer Mike Dow said. “If students would like to help, they can donate to the Red Cross, which will also help future fire victims.” The university also assisted students affected by the fires by contributing scrubs, books and supplies.

“We encourage them to come in and get help so we can determine what their needs are,” said Debbie Coughran, assistant to the dean of students. The university has already assisted two students through book loans and three-day meal plans. They also provided counseling services.

“It is simply the right thing to do,” Dean of Students Dail Neely said. “The goal in this case was to substantially decrease the mitigating factors that would prevent a student from being successful.” Ihmedian said the hardest part of this experience would be recovering from the situation.

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“It’s going to take about a week to get the smell off my clothes and belongings,” Ihmedian said. “French Quarter is doing their best, but they can’t take care of personal belongings lost. That’s why it’s important to have renter’s insurance.”

Blood is flowing throug the streets of Syria from attacks against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The attacks are a result of Syrians no longer want to be under their current leader: from CNN A Norweigan court concluded that Anders Behring Brelvik, who was charged with killing 77 people last July (he claims he deserves a medal of honor) can legally be kept in custody until his trial in April. Brelvik’s mental health is still an issue.

UGROW from pg. 1 best opportunities I have ever had. I wish everyone got to do that,” Evett said. “We’re supposed to allow students to see a whole lot of things. They want us to have a very nice education here. I feel like I can really diversify myself.” Brandon Smith, Assistant Professor of Theatre, also worked with Evett on the project. “This is by far the most rewarding project I have worked on in my career,” he said. Smith said one of the reasons he liked working on the project so much

was because he got to work with a student who wasn’t “part of my normal demographic.” Also, the students involved developed a unique sense of community. Put simply, Smith said, doing this project just felt good. “When I think about what’s wrong in the world and what’s right in the world – this just feels right to me.” Five professors and five students took part in the UGROW panel discussion.

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MSU senior writes book, restores faith In Florida, Chiddick says she hung out with the wrong crowd. She dated and slept with a lot of men for money. At that time, Chiddick says she found it difficult to get a grip on reality. In a chapter called, “Living in Denial,” she writes, ‘I was living in sin. I was living in a fantasy world. I was living in denial.’ In 2007, Chiddick landed in jail because of a relationship with a married man. “It was an obsession,” Chiddick says. “He obsessed over me. I obsessed over him. We had a dispute and I went to his place of business. I attempted to throw something at him and I got arrested. I’m

Student author learns about love and faith the hard way after being thrown in jail BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

Four years ago, MSU senior Hermion Chiddick, 32, was locked in a jail in Orlando, Fla. She still remembers the foul smell of her cell, the coldness of the concrete floors and the hardness of her bed. Crack addicts, jailbirds and murders surrounded her. She spent two and half months behind bars where her goal was to figure out how she got there. In her autobiography I Did It for Love, Chiddick calls that time period her spiritual turning point. Chiddick’s book was released last semester and chronicles her upbringing in the Caribbean to being homeless to dating men for money. Born and raised in Grenada, Chiddick is the last of 10 children and the only to attend secondary school. When Chiddick was a little girl, her mom became a prostitute in order to put food on the table. Chiddick describes herself as someone who has overcome a lot of obstacles in life and trying to elevate herself from poverty. Her dad abandoned her family when she was 9 years old, leaving her family in a one-bedroom house with no electricity. “I remember throughout my entire high school life being ashamed of where I lived,” Chiddick says. “I slept on a chair for my entire six years in high school. I don’t even remember owning a toothbrush. I brushed my teeth with peas leaf. We were poor and it affected some of the choices I made.” In I Did It for Love, Chiddick writes

I was living in sin. I was living in a fantasy world. I was living in denial. Senior Hermion Chiddick reads her autobiography, I did it for Love. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN

how she had no sense of direction growing up and that her mom never showed any form of affection toward her. Chiddick left her small Caribbean island for America in 2000. But as an adult, she carried around the baggage of her tough upbringing. She refused to go back to her poverty-stricken life. Chiddick says the reason she dated guys for money directly related to her childhood. “(I left) because I was just tired and I wanted a better life,” Chiddick says. “I decided to venture out. I then lived in Florida for ten years.” Chiddick writes in her memoir that while in Florida she was homeless, sleeping in her car with nothing to eat. There are points in the memoir where Chiddick describes waking up in her car with nowhere to go and having to juggle college as well. I Did It for Love also depicts many of Chiddick’s trials and tribulations, including getting an abortion when she was 26 years old.

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happy it happened. I know that might sound crazy, but it was that moment behind bars that I was able to connect with who I really was. I made the decision that this wasn’t the life for me.” Chiddick says that was the lowest point of her life because she did not have anyone visit her while she was incarcerated. “I had a lot of friends,” Chiddick says. “I was very popular once. I had men giving me money. I had a nice car, nice clothes and I was traveling. During that moment I had a lot of friends, but the minute I hit rock bottom and I got arrested everyone disappeared. Just being there and not having any visitors was a low point for me.” In I Did It for Love, Chiddick writes how jail made her very empathetic toward others. She was in jail for two and a half months. Going to jail was a blessing and a curse for Chiddick. Jail is where she

found herself. “I just felt a sense of peace in my heart and I knew at that point I can do anything,” Chiddick says. After being released from jail, Chiddick says she turned her life completely around and started developing a relationship with God. She writes in her book how her faith rescued her from a life characterized by sin and shame. She came to Texas and Midwestern in 2010. Chiddick is now majoring in sociology in hopes of being a clinical or counseling psychologist. After all of her hardships, Chiddick knew she wanted to write a book, but the struggle of getting that book published was just another obstacle. “A voice in me said to write about my life and help women, help people so I wrote down things I had been through,” Chiddick says. It took her two weeks to write the book and Chiddick says everything flowed very naturally. “It was a hard decision to put myself out there, but I am a very spiritual person and I think I was led by the Holy Spirit to write this book,” Chiddick says. “It was a hard book to write, especially having to expose imitate details of my life. Talking about men I’ve slept with, how God has really intervene and being in jail, those are certain things people don’t want to disclose.” Chiddick first tried to get her book published through CrossBook publishing but they rejected her proposal. “They rejected me because they said my content was too much for them and in my opinion they couldn’t deal with me being a Christian and lived that kind of life,” Chiddick says. “So they thought it was too colorful for them. I didn’t give up with that rejection so I tried another publishing company.” West Bow Press accepted her book and published it in 2011. “When I found out I was getting published it was happiest moment for me,”

I’ve learned that you don’t go after love. Love comes after you. Hermion Chiddick Chiddick says. “It was a good moment.” Chiddick makes it clear that the purpose of her novel is to not capitalize on her wrongdoing but instead to emphasize that there is hope for the future. Each short chapter of I Did It for Love has one central theme of Chiddick’s newfound appreciation for her faith and how her life was transformed because of it. “I had this determination that I need to succeed,” Chiddick says. “It’s a book to empower not only women, but men. This is a very courageous book. It will bring tears to a lot of people’s eyes. It’s sad, but it also shows strength.” Chiddick dedicates her biography to all the broken women all over the world. “Most people who have gone through what I have, they don’t disclose it to people,” Chiddick says. “I think a lot of people express themselves through writing. Me being a writer can help me and other people by identifying with my story, especially if their problem has been similar to mine.” Presently, Chiddick is saving herself for marriage and believes her faith has given her the strength to live again. She says she doesn’t want to sabotage that by having sex outside of marriage again. “I’ve learned that you don’t go after love,” Chiddick says. “Love comes after you. You don’t sell yourself short. Money cannot buy happiness and if someone truly loves and respects you, you won’t have to compromise your dignity. You have to accept yourself for someone else to love you.” She is planning a book tour around the country as well as her home country of Grenada. I Did It for Love is being sold locally at Mardel and online wherever books are sold.

Students sign up for alternative Spring Break Volunteers opt cleanup of Gulf Coast instead of partying all week STEFAN ATANASSOV FOR THE WICHITAN

Most students will spend their Spring Breaks drinking, partying and hanging out with friends. This isn’t the case, however, for 20 MSU students who will spend the holiday cleaning up the Gulf Coast area in Biloxi, Miss. The students will participate in the event, which is sponsored by the United Way Worldwide, from March 11 - March

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17. The event was announced in a presentation last Tuesday by Dominique Calhoun, director of multicultural services at MSU. “Alternative Spring Break is basically providing service to a community,” Calhoun said. “Students will clean up the Gulf Coast and help with park maintenance.” He said students interested in the program will need to pay a $250 participation fee, which will include full accommodation, three meals a day, transportation and all program fees. “We offered a limited number of scholarships up to $125 that students could qualify for,” Calhoun said. The university has roughly $1,000 to spend on scholarships. The money will be provided by student service fees. Some of the funds will cover transportation costs. The rest will be split into scholarships. Twenty students have shown inter-

Student volunteers will be picking up trash on the beach instead of partying on the beach this Spring Break. MCT CAMPUS

est in the program already, and three of them have applied for scholarships, Calhoun said. He said the program is appropriate for students who want to visit a culturally rich location and meet new people — students from all over the US will be able

CLINIC from pg. 1 SUNDAY Jan. 22 A small quantity of marijuana was found while RAs were conducting room checks in Sunwatcher Village. TUESDAY Jan. 24 MSU Police were called into a dorm room in Pierce Hall after marijuana was found by Housing and Residence Life employees. THURSDAY Jan. 26 An MSU resident reported to police that her Nook Tablet had been stolen out of the common living room area of her Sunwatcher Apartment. THURSDAY Jan. 26 An MSU resident reported that her bike had been stolen out of the parking lot.

case loads up to six or seven clients apiece. “The clinic is the first place our students see clients,” Spiller said. “After spending a year and a half in course work and then a semester in the clinic, then students may work in other places.” The psychology clinic differs from the MSU counseling center because they see not only MSU students, but members of the community as well. “Our clinic is really one of the few options for clients who don’t have insurance or another way to pay for the rates of psychotherapy, which are at least $65 to $150 an hour,” Spiller said. “We are one of the few places in the community that provide free and low-cost services.” For the community there is a sliding scale fee from $5 to $12. Spiller said there is a lot of flexibility in terms of adjusting the fee based on client’s income. The money goes right back into the clinic to assist with maintenance and psychological assessment materials, such as questionnaires used to rate clients’ psychological functioning at every session. Spiller said the department referrals from a variety of sources including local

pastors, other mental health professionals, and Helen Farabee MHMR Center. These clients are referred when they can not afford other service providers. “Typically, we see everything from relationship problems to grief to depression and anxiety,” Spiller said. The clinic also does family and couples therapy as well. All of the sessions are taped and cameras are in every room on the graduate student. Those tapes go to their supervisors and are discussed in group meetings. “I am not a licensed therapist now, but I have three or four professors standing behind me and I have individual supervision,” graduate student Susan Gross said. “It’s not just one person our clients are getting. They are getting an entire team of professionals who are advising and recommending.” The clinic does not see patients who need around the clock or crisis care, such as anyone with a recent history of suicidal behavior or a recent psychiatric hospitalization. The clinic does not have a referral program for those with more serious needs.

to participate. “There are 72 available slots for students from the U.S.,” Calhoun said. “It is United Way’s decision who those will be. We can’t guarantee that MSU applicants will be accepted.” The deadline for this program has al-

CAMPUS BRIEFS WEDNESDAY Feb. 1 Looking for a free good meal? The Baptist Student Ministry (located across the street from the library on Taft) hosts two free lunches at noon and 1 p.m. for MSU Students. WEDNESDAY Feb. 2 Interested in going Greek? All four Panhellenic sororities in Fain Hall are hosting an open house to the public from 12 to 1 p.m. THURSDAY Feb. 2 The Dillard College of Business presents the 30th anniversary of the Streich Lecture Series

ready passed, but MSU is currently looking for other options for students who are interested, Calhoun said. “We are in the process of organizing more events both in and outside of Wichita Falls,” he said. “Students who don’t get selected for Biloxi will have the opportunity to participate in other programs.” Calhoun said this is the second annual Spring Break alternative MSU has offered. The previous year, about 75 students participated in 3 different programs — two in Wichita Falls and one in Fort Worth. “After carrying out a student survey, MSU found out that students are willing to spend between $100 and $250,” Calhoun said. “Based on that, we chose Biloxi as an interesting and affordable destination. Students will be able to get some cultural information, as well as contribute to a community.”

on Free Enterprise at 2 p.m. in Dillard 101. Richard Yamarone, a senior economist with Bloomberg will present “What Economic Indicators to Watch for in Recession/Recovery.” Admission is free. THURSDAY Feb. 2 As One Gospel is having an interest meeting in Fain C117. If you love God and like to sing, dance, mime, speak, advertise or play any instrument, come and join our fellowship of believers. FRIDAY Feb. 3 UPB is showing the movie Immortals at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the student center. There will be free popcorn!

FRIDAY Feb. 3 Join the lovely ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Rho Nu Chapter and the NATION by wearing red to help raise awareness about heart disease on Friday SUNDAY Feb. 5 Food...Prizes...Football! Join UPB for their Superbowl party in the student center at 5 p.m. TUESDAY Feb. 18 The PROTECT YOUR BALLS Dodgeball tournament that benefits Relay for Life has been postponed from its original date. The tournament will be at 6 p.m. in the Don Flatt Gymnasium.


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The Middle East, one of the most diverse and dangerous areas in the world, is an alien land to most Americans

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SYRIA POP: 22,505,000

TURKEY POP: 22,505,000

CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF

JORDAN POP: 6,407,000 PALESTINE POP: 2,235,000 ISRAEL POP: 7,465,000

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians waited with bated breath for the announcement in mid-February 2011. Hosni Mubarak, the brutal Egyptian president, announced Feb. 11 that he would step down from his 30-year post. He resigned his power to the military. It was a sign of the times. In the following year, the citizens of Syria, Libya, Morocco and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa followed Egypt’s lead. This mass uprising against the powers-that-be has been spectated through most of the world. In some instances, revolt has led to revolution, as in Tunisia. In other cases, however, it has led to extended periods of military retribution against its own citizens. Hundreds of protesters in Homs, Syria, have been killed by national forces. But this isn’t the first time this part of the world has made headlines – this is the birthplace of man, of the great religions, of vast wars. It would appear, though, that some Americans aren’t familiar with the Middle East and couldn’t identify most of the countries on a world map. But this is an area that Westerners would do well to familiarize themselves with. Here are a few things most Americans might find interesting: 1. Iran recently has been accused by the United States, Israel and other countries of attempting to produce nuclear weapons. 2. The Middle East is in control of most of the world’s proven oil reserves (about 61%). 3. Oil-rich Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world per capita. American media has turned its gaze, for now, on Syria. The U.N. last week was unable to agree on how to deal with the Syrian uprising, with China and Russia going voting against condemning the Syrian military’s actions. Violence and uprisings aside, Middle Eastern countries have a rich and diverse culture. Though Islam is the dominant religion of the area, Arab Christians also live in parts of Lebanon, Syria and other countries. The region is home to a multitude of different languages, from Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Persian and others. One thing is certain – the Middle East is sure to remain an interesting place through the ages. And hopefully Westerners can continue to pay attention to it.

KUWAIT POP: 3,100,000

IRAN POP: 73,973,000

IRAQ POP: 31,000,000

QATAR POP: 793,000 EGYPT POP: 77,487,000

SAUDI ARABIA POP: 23,513,000

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES POP: 5,342,000

OMAN POP: 3,200,000

Population stats: Wikipedia, mideastweb.org, worldatlas.com

YEMEN POP: 23,701,000

More than 350 million people live in the Middle East.

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A brief timeline of Middle Eastern events

Jesus of Nazareth is born in Jerusalem

Roman Empire rises to power Mongol invaders destroy Islamic civilization Islamic faith emerges Alexander the Great conquers Persia

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Israel enters into Six Day War with Egypt, Syria, Jordan

Israelites conquer Canaan King David overtakes Jerusalem

Pottery emerges in Mesopotamia

Egyptian citizens overthrown dictator Hosni Mubarak

First hieroglyphs appear in Egypt

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Domestication of sheep begins in Western Asia

The Middle East has made big headlines this year with sweeping political protests in Syria, Libya and Egypt.

Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria, told his citizens Wednesday he was dedicated to ending military violence in the country. The Iran Parliament has summoned President Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad for questioning, the first time it has done so since 1979. Bahrain released two jailed human rights activists Wednesday. They were jailed for supporting

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Members of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc. at the pancake festival.Photo by KAJA SALSMAN

Member of the Kiwanis Club served pancakes to thousands of people Saturday.

Thousands of people attended the 56th annual pancake festival. ANASTASIA REED A&E EDITOR

Sticky fingers and buttery hot cakes filled J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center last Saturday for the University Kiwanis Club’s annual Pancake Festival. The aroma of pancake batter was overflowing and could be smelled throughout the center.

Thousands of hungry tummies from all ages and walks of life came out to stuff their faces. For only $7, Wichitans and visitors from surrounding areas were able to enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausages. Orange juice and milk were provided to wash down the thick and fluffy cakes. Midwestern State University students and faculty were also in attendance. Of course, the children (or children at heart) were not left out. The Kiwanis served Mickey Mouse-

shaped pancakes which put smiles on many faces. The event could not have been possible without the help from volunteers. Hundreds of people assisted with the event to make sure everything ran smoothly. MSU junior Linh Vo took some time off from grubbing to volunteer with her sorority Sigma Lambda Alpha at the event. From 7 to 10 a.m., Vo helped pass out maple syrup and made sure sticky syrup place mats were changed out for the next person.

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This was Vo’s first time to attend the event. “It was nothing like I expected. I enjoyed it. There’s good music and you get the chance to sit with people you don’t know.” Vo enjoyed the music and thought the pancakes were delicious! Professor Duff of the Political Science Department at MSU was also in attendance. For the past four years Duff and his family have attended the event and this year was no different. “It’s a great family event and we al-

ways end up meeting with friends from the community. Duff plans to attend the event for years to come as long as he’s in town. Not only were guests able to have a great meal but the proceeds from pancake sales also support a good cause. The money raised at the event is used to buy shoes for students in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. The shoes will be purchased during Christmas. Over 12,000 people attended this year’s event which is slightly more than last year’s total.

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Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s day is just around the corner. If you’re like most people, January’s paycheck is going back to paying off credit card bills from those gifts you couldn’t afford for Christmas. To make matters worse, Valentine’s Day is during the middle of the month and money may be tight around the 14th. Men, don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone to please your lady. Woman love when a lot of thought is put into making her feel special. Ladies, don’t expect diamonds and expensive gifts. Appreciate the time and effort your man put into making Valentine’s day special. Despite money struggles, there is no reason why you can’t make that special person in your life feel incred-

Homemade gifts may sound a little cheesy, but don’t disregard them. A thoughtful homemade gift can mean more to someone than a storebought gift. Decorated picture frames are cheap and easy to make. Framing a special moment freezes time so that you can always relive that special moment. No-sew blankets make a great gift. All you have to do is purchase fleece. Having the blanket embroidered adds a special touch and it’s very inexpensive.

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MSU tames TAMU-C Lions with a fierce 69-50 victor y Mustangs trample TAMUC Lions at D.L. Ligon but hit a roadblock in Stephenville. DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

After double victories against rivals Cameron University, the Mustangs dominated Texas A&M University-Commerce as they won their tenth straight home game. Keonte Logan made the first three points for Midwestern State then Darrick Thomas made it 5-0 with two freethrows. As the visitors were yet to make a point, JaMichael Rivers slam dunked which felt like a slap to the Lions’ faces. TAMU-C must have turned the other cheek as MSU went up to 15 points before finally conceding Desmond King’s lay-up. However, the Mustangs stayed in front and led the Lions with 20 points at the end of the first half. Rivers played an outstanding first period with eight points to his name as well as topping the scoreboard. Michael Loyd was remarkable as well, claiming seven points before the break. The players had barely got out of the dressing room when Logan sneaked in another smooth three-pointer to bring the second half to a start. Logan then assisted Rivers for his three-pointer as the Mustangs extended their lead to 22. Esteban Arriola stirred momentum in the TAMU-C offense as he came up with five quick points to narrow the Mustangs’ lead. Nevertheless, MSU fought back ev-

ery time the Lions made an effort. Although MSU dominated TAMU-C with a relatively large margin, the hosts still managed to score more points than the Mustangs in the second half. Midwestern had led the first half 36 -16 but concluded the second with a 33-34 score line. Rivers and Loyd contributed most to the Mustangs 69 points with 18 and 12 respectively. King, on the other hand, led his team with ten points while teammate Andrew Davis was up close with nine. After sending TAMU-C home with a 19-point defeat, the Mustangs made their way to Stephenville, Texas for a thrilling encounter with Tarleton State University. The game turned out more interesting for the Texans who were able to muster a four-point win. It was tough to play against the no. 4 team in the country but MSU Anthony Harris came out of nowhere to notch 20 points on the scoreboard as Loyd, who has been on top of his game this season, registered 17 for the Mustangs. Unfortunately, the Mustangs’ high scoring was countered by three consistent Texans who ensured a 79-75 victory. Shedrick Haynes led the contest with 26 total points while Chris Harrel and Fabian Wilson scored 19 and 18 correspondingly. “The main difference between both games was that Tarleton State went to the free-throw line a lot,” said Head Basketball Coach Nelson Haggerty. The Mustangs will host Angelo State University this Saturday at the D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

SPORTS AROUND CAMPUS The rugby team defeated Southern Methodist University 49-0 Saturday. The team will travel this weekend to battle the Fort Worth Alliance men’s side. Randy Canivel admitted that the recreational sports kick-off was a success. Eight teams and 100 players were involved in Monday night’s basketball games. The no. 4 Midwestern softball team will hold its season opener at Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas. The women’s basketball team beat Texas A&M University-Commerce 74-58 at home then lost 77-62 to Tarleton State University. Both the men and women’s basketball teams will play Angelo State University at the D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The men’s tennis team will visit Temple Junior College this Friday for its first game of the semester. The women’s tennis team will play their first game of the semester this Friday at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

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Last week they received the most firstplace votes from the Lone Star Conference annual preseason poll. They have won more games over the last two seasons than any other NCAA program. The coaches were named the coaching staff of the year for the second consecutive year by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Division II South Central Region. They made their first ever NCAA Division II national championship appearance. To say the least, the MSU softball team is prepared for another killer year. “(Last year) I learned that trust is a big part of the game,” junior Carey Campbell said. “As a player you have to trust your teammates, coaches and especially yourself.” The team has a few fresh faces including two new freshman pitchers. Head Coach Brady Tigert said every year the team loses players to graduation and go after freshman. “Every year we lose players to graduation, thus we have to add more and we go after freshman a lot,” Tigert said. “This way we can train them early our way. I hope they add personal confidence. Without confidence they cannot play at a high level.” With only two seniors left on the team, senior Mallory Mooney finds that being a leader is key. “I try to give (the newer girls) encourage-

ment so they get the feeling that they have just as much influence on the field as I do,” Mooney said. Junior Elena Bennett sees the senior players as natural leaders. “Mallory’s performance on the field speaks for itself and Nicki is constantly trying to keep us sane,” Bennett said. “The team wouldn’t be the same without them.” The team’s strength is hitting, Tigert said, while there weakness is pitching. “We have a lot of good hitters and we tell them not to press and attack our pitchers,” Tiger said. “Our pitchers are freshman so they have a lot to learn. They will learn by being thrown in the fire.” The outfielders strengths are that they are all returning players, junior Megan Chartier said. “We all know what is expected out of us and what it’s like to get the job done,” Chartier said. “We need to work on a lot of footwork.” Bennett said mechanics are crucial in softball as well as the mental aspect. “This is a new team, and there are some high expectations set for this team,” Bennett said. “I expect us to perform well. There will be plenty of pressure on everyone to execute.” This will be Tigert’s ninth season as head softball coach and uses a lot of different techniques with practice on how the team fields or hits.

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“The players know what we want out of them, so all we have to do is demand their best every day,” Tigert said. This season also had the addition of Midwestern State’s first full time assistant softball coach, Kasi Carrroll. “Coach Carroll brings a lot of energy and knowledge to the field on a daily practice,” Tigert said. “I cannot concentrate on certain aspects of the team while she has the other.” Midwestern State softball team kicks off the 2012 season against Ouachita Baptist University at Arkansas. Tigert admits the team knows nothing about their opponent. “They are a private school that does not give a lot of money to their program,” Tigert said. “They are up and down each year. We need to play our game individually and as a team.” Expectations of the first game is to come out with a win, Chartier said. In order to get a victory, we are just going to have to make sure we do the small things correctly, such as fielding the ball cleanly or not leaving base runners on.” Mooney has high hopes for her senior year on the softball field and said she wants to go out with a bang. “I want to give it my all and hold nothing back,” Mooney said. “I want to be able to look back at my senior year knowing that I did everything I could to make this team successful.”

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