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Regents approve ‘concept’ of master plan Administrators, Regents clash over projects CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF

MSU Board of Regents members – for more than an hour – scrutinized a master construction plan proposed by administrators last week. Ultimately, the Board agreed to OK the “concept” of the plan, but with some reservations. None of the Regents saw eye-to-eye with administrators about specific projects. Architects from Harper Perkins, who helped create the 5-year master plan,

explained it to Regents Thursday afternoon. The plan included renovations to Christ Academy, tearing down McGaha and Vinson, building a new police station and adding more parking spots. “What we try to do is go through everything with the administration and staff to see their needs and how these things are going to be funded,” one architect said. One of the main points of contention between Regents and administrators was how far down on the priority list adding new on-campus parking was. As outlined by architects, the Christ Academy renovations take top priority. Second is the clearing of old buildings and third is constructing a new police station. Adding new parking and a new residence hall placed near the bottom of the list. “I appreciate the plan, but I’m a little

bothered,” said Regent Dr. Lynnwood Givens. One of the major problems with MSU, according to students, he said, is parking. “Yet that’s in year three or four as a master plan. I’m not very comfortable with that part of it. Let’s see parking in year one somewhere.” The current plan will add 148 additional commuter spaces. About 295 residential spots will be made. The spaces would mainly be contained in the northwest corner of campus, where the Biology House and police station now stand. “I think a really top-notch architecture firm could see a way to get the parking earlier on,” Givens said half-jokingly. Provost Dr. Alisa White defended the Christ Academy project’s top spot on the

LAST KING STANDING Students revive chess program at university MOLLIE COLLINS COPY EDITOR

Nick La Mere scrutinizes the chessboard in front of him as he ponders his next move. His hand hovers above one piece, almost drawing down on it. Not so fast – he thinks again. A grin begins to emerge on his face. Now he has the perfect move. Knight to a6. Checkmate. La Mere is president of MSU’s Chess Club, which was revived almost two years ago. The club was started by La Mere and Tin Phan, who is the club’s vice president. La Mere said he became interested in chess at a young age. He continued to learn the game and its competitive side. “The way the pieces can move and work together to create beautiful combinations makes it a creative and artistic game,” said La Mere. “The science comes in all the stats, theories, and openings that have been tested and retested over centuries of playing.” Linh Vo, club secretary, and Phan said they both enjoy meeting people who are new to the game and teaching them the basics of chess. Midwestern’s Chess Club has been restarted multiple times, but struggled to survive because there were not enough members regularly attending. La Mere said that this time it’s going to be different. “We have a great group of core members with an average attendance of around 10 to 14 weekly,” he said. Professor Richard Simpson of computer science is the club’s adviser. He generously provided the chess club with several tournament chess sets and some books about the game. La Mere said that there are currently no plans of the club playing at a collegiate level because

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master list. “One of the reasons Christ Academy is so important to the academic side is we are making curricular changes that will necessitate realignment of space in mass comm.,” she said. “They are changing the curriculum to have a converged media curriculum as opposed to print and broadcasting.” Regent Michael Bernhardt then addressed his concerns about how far down the list the new residence hall was. “I guess I have, kind of like Dr. Givens, concerns. Maybe we should consider accelerating that up a little bit because that would help our growth,” Bernhardt said. Givens proposed that the new dorm and parking both be placed above Christ Academy. Dr. Keith Lamb, vice president of en-

rollment management and student affairs, said present housing demand isn’t high enough. “We’re talking about 400 to 450 beds,” Lamb said. “Based on the models that we’ve run, we just don’t have that kind of demand.” He said the university may want to reevaluate demand for housing. Regent Jane Spears also questioned the low priority of the new residence hall. Planning, design and construction of the dorm is set for the fourth year of the master plan. It would be functional by the fifth or sixth year, according to the architects. “This timing bothers me,” MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers admitted. “My

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Provost nominated for UT-Tyler job CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF

Provost Dr. Alisa White is being considered for the provost position at the University of Texas-Tyler. She came to MSU in 2010 from UTTyler, where she served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She said she is considering taking the job if she is selected. “I haven’t considered any opportunities outside of MSU other than UT Tyler,” she said. “I was nominated by someone and asked if I would allow my name to be run,” she said. “I was also nominated last year when the former provost left in March, but declined to keep my name in the pool at that time.” She said a leading factor in her decision is to be with her husband, who still lives in Tyler. “What’s changed is that it has become clear that my husband will not be able to move his business to Wichita Falls and we live four hours apart,” she said. “The original plan was for my husband to move his jewelry store here, but the Wichita Falls economy isn’t such that it would be easy for a new store to enter the market.” White said her decision has nothing to do with personnel at MSU. She gets

along with everyone, she said. The provost said she has spent a lot of time making academics jell with budgetary concerns. “I’ve spent a lot of time on budget issues, and with my team, saved a lot of money by delaying hires and reorganizing some units,” White said. “Assessment continues to be a big issue, and Dr. (Robert) Clark and I worked together to tweak the assessment process, particularly in terms of core curriculum assessment.” She has also worked with Dr. Rodney Cate, interim dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, on a proposal for a new interdisciplinary engineering degree. She helped write a proposal to find money to support the program. In addition, she has worked on clarifying policies. “I asked the Academic Appeals Committee to review the academic dishonesty policy, and the committee has proposed some changes,” she said. “I’ve asked Student Affairs to give input. I’m hoping to reduce ambiguity in some of the policies.” She said she is continually trying to improve the university and herself. “I want to learn more, serve more, and do more, and expect that to be a career-long goal,” she said.

Students get advice on safe sex practices BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

Sex can change your life. Unprotected sex can turn your life upside down. Elaine Pasqua who has spoken across college campus for 15 years said she has seen it radically change students’ lives. “I have seen many students who have altered their life direction because they did not make responsible choices,” she said. She quoted one stargazing statistic: “25 percent of all people under the age of 21 in the U.S. are infected with a sexually transmitted infection,” she said. Pasqua spoke candidly with students in a program titled, “Sex and Excess: Surviving the Party.” This interactive lecture challenged students to tackle their own behavior

choices involving alcohol abuse and unprotected sex. Pasqua effectively outlined the consequences of safe sex and the relationship between high-risk drinking and sexual assault. “I believe that some students are aware of the risk of their behaviors, but many are not,” she said. Pasqua’s goal was to teach students that one inconsequential decision could change their life directions and goals. “I want to teach (students) to party responsibly and with respect for one another,” Pasqua said. “I combine the topics of high-risk drinking and sexual responsibility because they do tend to go hand-in-hand.”

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Better safe than sexless Does all common sense go out the window when we close the door to the bedroom? It seems American youth has a American society as a whole may “know-it-all” attitude about them, be partially to blame. Instead of sex included. pushing the importance of condoms, On Jan. 16, the MSU student politicians and educators are pushsuccess series presented “Sex and ing abstinence. Excess: Surviving the Party” with In a perfect world, abstinence Elaine Pasqua. would be plausible. But this is not a Pasqua presented ideas and alterperfect world – it is a highly sexualnate solutions to situations students ized society. would encounter at parties or other Religion pushes for abstinence, establishments providing alcohol. and parents push for their children Students who attended the interto realize the gravity of having a active lecture enjoyed themselves sexual relationship. and commented that they were goA clear understanding of sex and ing to use the tips, tricks and pointits dangers needs to be engendered ers Pasqua presented. About 25 percent of people young- in today’s youth. And “wait until you’re married” er than 21 years old carry a sexually just isn’t a good enough lesson to be transmitted disease. What does this say about the intel- teaching. Advertisements, television, magaligence used when it comes to sex? zines and even music is sexualized. our view

The plausible solution – using condoms and other forms of contraception – isn’t being pushed into the spotlight like it should be. In Europe, condom advertisements are on billboards, in magazines, on television and on the radio. In the U.S. there is less and less publicity when it comes to this plausible and safer option. Making safe sex a taboo subject isn’t helping the situation. Instead, it is leaving youth to believe that having unprotected sex is okay. The importance of using a condom has been overlooked, replaced by the political debate about religion, healthcare. If teenagers and young adults are surrounded by reminders of safe sex practices, they would be more likely to employ them. So to wrap it up, just wrap it up.

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GOP presidential hopefuls lack knowledge on higher ed

BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich opposes everything President Obama has

done with the economy. Ron Paul, US Congressman, believes in the traditional concept of marriage between a man and a woman. Repealing the health care reform bill campaigned by Obama is what former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has planned if elected in November. The former Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum prides himself on being the son of a legal immigrant and has voted in favor of building additional fences along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out undocumented immigrants. Going into Wednesday’s CNN Arizona republican presidential debate, these are the issues the candidates are firm on, but their stances on higher education are

lacking enthusiasm. Do they have plans to lower tuition cost? Creating more scholarship opportunities? Dropping the interest rate for student loans? These questions are important to college students and aren’t being answered. To say that Santorum has a hard time relating to college students would be an understatement. In New Hampshire a crowd of mostly college-aged students booed him off stage after comparing gay marriage to polygamy. In January, the GOP presidential hopeful accused Obama of “elitist snobbery” for wanting all U.S. children to receive a college education.

“It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go to college,” Santorum said at a rally in Florida on January 26. “The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the Left holding and maintaining power.” He also encouraged people not to give their money to universities that spread left-wing beliefs. It is well known that college is not for everyone. This country needs firefighters, police officers, mechanics and electricians, which are all occupations that do not require a college degree. But to call Obama a snob for encouraging young people to attend college? The ultimate purpose of higher education is to build a stronger economy. Instead of fixing the problem with high tuition, Gingrich simply suggested students should work and graduate with no debt. Sadly, Gingrich, it isn’t that easy. The Washington Post reported in a recent speech Gingrich said that college students are “coddled” with “luxury dorms and lavish extras, such as lobster nights in their dining halls.” I am not sure what dorm rooms Gingrich has seen, but I can guarantee the MSU dorms are far from luxurious. Where are lobster nights in our dining halls? “Students take fewer classes per semester. They take more years to get through. Why? Because they have free money,” Gingrich said in a speech to local Republicans in Florida, according to the Washington Post. “I would tell students: ‘get through as quick as you can. Borrow as little as you can. Have a parttime job.’ But that’s very different from the culture that has grown up in the last 20 years.” Gingrich should’ve thought twice be-

fore criticizing today’s students about their spending habits. Since these remarks have been made, numerous news outlets have resurfaced a 1995 Vanity Fair interview with Gingrich where he recalled asking his parents for financial help during his college years. “I do not want to work. I want all my time for my studies,” Gingrich’s mother recalled his son saying in the Vanity Fair interview. Hypocrite, much? All you need to know about Gov. Romney is that he believes in for-profit colleges. He said they “will bring innovation and healthy competition to higher education.” According to a poll on USA Today, 92 percent of college students who attend for-profit college take out student loans, while only 27 percent of students at public college take out loans. Then there is Congressman Ron Paul. Sure he can seem radical at times and he really has no chance of winning the Republican nomination, let alone defeat Obama. With all that said, Paul is the best republican presidential contender when it comes to higher education. If elected, Paul would kill federal student loans, calling it a failed program that has put students $1 trillion in debt. “I want to help our students, but I believe we will assist them the most by eventually transitioning student aid away from the inefficient and ineffective federal government and back to local governments and private market-based solutions — which simply work better,” Paul wrote in an op-ed in USA Today. It seems the Republican candidates need to get their priorities in order. Once they do that they should probably come up with some plausible solutions to the problems they need to address first, instead of arguing like children about who should marry whom.

Letter to the editor

JOHNNY BLEVINS

I just read the article “MTV, Jersey Shore, and Teen Mom are rotting your brain,” and while I agree about the comments made about Jersey Shore, I disagree about the parts about Teen Mom. Have you actually sat down and watched an episode of this show? Because it seems like you are taking what is said about the show and adding in your own negative comments. I watch the show periodically, and you said that the show “subliminally tells kids that being pregnant so young is totally okay and natural.” False. After watching this show the LAST thing I want to do is have a baby. The show does highlight the positive aspects of these girls’ lives, but such events are vastly overshadowed by the pain and hardships in their lives.

None of the girls are well off financially, and only a few are still with the boys that fathered their children. One girl is dealing with her baby having multiple MRI’s done because of problems with her baby’s brain, while others are faced with having to apply for child support alone. The only reason this show is on the air is because unplanned pregnancy of underage girls is one of the biggest issues in America. We have to realize that this is what our society is like these days and accept the fact that the things on TV change vastly just like our own culture. Maybe you should see what kind of struggles these girls go through before passing off your judgement. Emily Clements


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Clearing the air after ‘Puck Furple’ column

ANASTASIA REED A&E EDITOR

One would think that a story about tuition being raised or MSU possibly going through a name change would cause an uproar. Last week, those front page stories were completely disregarded by most. For some strange reason, the column I wrote about my “Puck Furple” sign being taken away at a basketball game unleashed comments which were a lot more vulgar than my innocent sign. After almost 1,700 clicks on The Wichitan Online, the meaning of my column has been lost, twisted and distorted. After almost 50 website comments, I think it’s only fair that I clear the air. I had no intention of causing a war against anyone, but I am not going to let someone walk over me. I know my rights and every American should. If you are uneducated on the First Amendment, I suggest you pick up a copy of the Constitution. There were many people who were upset on what was said in my column. I made a false statement regarding study hall that offended many athletes and coaches. I stated that athletes were allowed to skip study hall to attend the basketball game. Actually, athletes didn’t skip study hall. They attended study hall at an earlier time so they could skip the usual time and attend the required basketball game. Hope that clears things up.

There were also athletes offended by me stating that they don’t attend any games but their own. I am actually shocked because most of them don’t. I would love for athletes to prove me wrong. It would be interesting to see if each team got the support the Men’s Basketball team received when they competed against Tarleton State University. The athletic department should know the column was not about athletes. The purpose of the column was to expose an administrator who didn’t think twice about infringing on student’s First Amendment rights. He obviously doesn’t care about what he did or said to me. Too often those with authority believe they can enforce rules without anyone questioning their actions. Not everyone with a title is always right. I’ve been asked by many people if I regret writing my column last week. No, I don’t. Whether or not people support or hate my column, I’m glad people found something they care about. Unfortunately, the comments from this article brought to light interesting views from students and students athletes. The argument of students athletes believing they are busier than “regular” students. I’m going to assume most athletes don’t feel this way. Those who do are ignorant to what us “regular” students do. Trust me athletes, you don’t want to raise a war about how you believe you’re busier then the rest of us. You think no one attends your games now? I would think twice before questioning those who do attend your games. It has been an amazing site seeing so many people reading The Wichitan this past week. Maybe this week students will not only take the time to read a controversial column, but articles that really matter.

Comments from The Wichitan Online “It’s nice to hear someone that shares some of the same views as I do. Unfortunately, I doubt we’ll ever see a day when there’s a section blocked off for excelling in academics. We can keep our fingers crossed though!” -Anastasia

“I am sorry for stating wrong information about study hall. No one is blaming you for your reserved seats. The problem was with administration.” -Anastasia

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Solar panels lead way for energy projects Preparations made to build an alternative energy facility to cut down on emissions STEFAN ATTANASSOV FOR THE WICHITAN

MSU plans to build a scientific research facility powered only by alternative energy sources and students are going to be a big part of it. Already, two solar panels are operating on campus, both installed by students as part of an engineering design course. The campus solar panels will serve as a prototype for the Dalquest Research

Site in the Big Bend region of south Texas near Marfa. MSU, which owns the property, plans to construct a research station that runs solely on solar energy. “We have a lot of sun energy in that region so we just have to start using it,” said Dr. Idir Azouz, project adviser and engineering professor at MSU. Jim McCoy, a notable donor to the university, has provided $47,000 to fund the project. To date, approximately $4,000 has been spent on the campus solar panels located between Daniel Building and McCoy School of Engineering. Seniors Nick Moore, Aaron Smith, Tony Burson, Daru Anto and Phillip Ray constructed the devices as part of their Intro to Design course.

The solar panels are outside the McCoy Building for aesthetic reasons and because it is a well-heated spot on campus. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN

The panels will cost $250, but they will end up saving the university a dollar every two or three days

“The Dalquest Research Site has attracted scientific interest because of its biologically rich characteristics,” said Dr. Norman Horner, the Director of Natural Laboratories for the College of Science and Mathematics. “We had students from all over Texas, from New Mexico University and Yale University.” Part of the preparation for the Dalquest project are the solar panels on campus. The panels cost about $250 each, BP Solar donated them to MSU. The panels cover an area of approximately 15 sq. ft. They are connected to an underground water pump and produce roughly 1.7 kwh a day. “That means we are saving a dollar every two or three days,” said Dr. Sheldon Wang, engineering professor at MSU. “But within a year, it will be about $200 saved from solar energy.” The solar panel project took one year to finish and then another semester to move the construction from the Bridwell building to McCoy building. “We had to both fit with the campus landscape and find a well-heated location,” Wang said. “We moved the construction for aesthetic reasons.” The purpose of the solar panels was to gather information about the efficiency of the solar construction and its possible application at the Dalquest project. “Based on the information we got, we determined the project is feasible and we plan to start fall 2013,” Wang said. “For now, we hope the solar panels on campus will inspire the students to learn more about the possibilities of alternative energy.” MSU has plans on other alternative energy projects as well.

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The school recently ordered “Labvolt” training equipment for $20,000, provided by state funding. The equipment will educate MSU students about alternative power sources. Another idea MSU is planning is the Green Roof project. “This means growing plants on roof tops,” said Dr. Rebecca Dodge, associate professor of geosciences. “Because of their specific location, the plants will absorb the heat off the building and cut down on cooling energy.” The Green Roof project is scheduled to start in the summer. Dodge and MSU students will examine the insulation of the buildings on campus to pick the most suitable locations. “The sun and the wind are the two most reliable alternative energy sources in Texas,” said Dodge. “MSU is preparing a wind turbine project as well.” The wind turbine project is in the planning stage.

So far, there is no budget for the project. Another idea is to use alternative energy for the Legacy Park. The park was built by MSU students for the 75th anniversary of the school. Now, the McCoy School of Engineering plans to install solar panels there. They will provide decorative light for the park at night. The parking lot in front of McCoy will also serve for an alternative energy project. “The parking is a large wide-open area,” Wang said. “We want to build a solarpanel rooftop and use the sun energy.” MSU has no budget for this project yet. The professors from the Engineering School consider sponsoring it out of their own wallets, Wang said. “For now, all these projects will serve mainly educational purposes,” Wang said. “ In the future we hope alternative energy will make up for a substantial amount of the energy at MSU.”

SGA funds project for hydration stations BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

Less plastic and more eco-friendly. This is what the Student Government Association is hoping to see more on campus next semester. SGA has put in a bid to get hydration stations installed on campus, including the Wellness Center. Dr. Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and employment, said they will begin with five stations costing over $12,147 and if the program is successful, the university can add additional stations. The equipment alone has a price tag of $7,147. This includes three cooler combos, three retro fit, an in-wall unit and a surface mount. SGA is partnering with the Wellness

Center and Student Affairs on this project, contributing $2,000 from the SGA budget. Lamb presented the idea to SGA after seeing that other schools had implemented a similar program. “Students, faculty and staff will now be able to access purified drinking water without disposing a large number of plastic water bottles into our landfills,” Lamb said. “They will no longer need to purchase bottled water, as purified drinking water will not be available on campus for free. All one needs is their own reusable container.” Lamb said the stations are environmental, healthy and inexpensive. “It promotes health and environmental concerns and is a benefit for the campus,” SGA president Kyle Christian said. “This is something we can brag about

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CHESS from pg. 1 they are more focused on teaching chess instead of competing. Freshman nursing major Kim Sims joined the chess club this semester. “I learned about the club from OrgSync,” said Sims. “It was something new to learn and is different from what I do every day.” Sophomore mathematics major Natalie Nduku brings a lot of experience to the club. Nduku was chess captain at her high school and even travelled to Turkey for an international chess tournament. “Chess is not just a game,” Nduku said.

“The game comes to life for me and I feel good when I play.” The MSU chess club meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sundance Food Court. Whether you’re a pro at the game or have never seen a chessboard before, La Mere encourages everyone to join the club. “It provides a fun and open environment to learn the game and play against others of similar skill level. People should look to join the chess club if they play chess, have fun playing chess, or even if they just want to learn the game.”

MSU Chess Club meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sundance Food Court. Anyone is welcome to learn how to play! Photo by KASSIE BRUTON

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(CNN): The International Red Cross has settled in Syria, distributing help to the hungry, frightened and injured civilians.

What’s your opinion on MSU joining a school system like UT or A&M?

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(MSNBC): In South Africa where most of the last remaining rhinos on the planet live, conservationists, reserve owners and security forces are fighting a losing battle against poachers, who kill the rhinos for their horns.

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“I think it will be a good thing because it will bring students to MSU, which will in time mean more funding and lower tuition. Emily Fuller Criminal Justice Freshman

“The interactive exercises are extremely important and I am known for these exercises,” she said. “They get students out of the seats moving around and it puts them in real-life situations. Many have told me that they remembered me because of these exercises and that they did have an impact on them.” Even though high-risk behaviors can interfere with having a successful college education, understanding the impact can create a safe campus, she said. “Students can reduce the high-risk drinking. You can also teach students how to look out for one another, how to

keep each other safe and also when to call for medical attention,” Pasqua said. Instead of telling students not to party or drink at all, Pasqua provided options for safe alcohol consumption. “I am a realist,” she said. “I know what college students do and I know what I did in college. You’re not going to make a difference when you tell somebody don’t do it, but if you tell them how to do it safely and how to look out for one another, you can have a much more positive impact.” Sometimes students get caught up in the moment while partying and forget

about the consequences to the choices they are making, Pasqua said. Students after the event praised Pasqua for her non-judgmental approach to a rather sensitive topic. “I was worried about going to this event because I didn’t want to feel uncomfortable, but Elaine did a great job making all of us feel comfortable,” junior Linda Redmon said. “It was a really eye-opening and fun event. It is possible to engage in drinking and still be successful in college.”

(Fox News): The Hondurans government says a dropped cigarette is the cause for the prison fire that killed over 300 people in the city of Comayagua.

(Fox News): The Eurozone reached an agreement early Tuesday to hand Greece $170 billion bailout to save it from a potentially disastrous default next month. The bailout was set to the backdrop of harsh austerity measures by the Grecian government.

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“I don’t want to change. Midwestern State University is unique” Alex Leary Kinesiology Junior

“We aren’t the University of Texas or Texas A&M. We are Midwestern State University, we are unique. There is no other Midwestern anywhere other than Wichita Falls, we shouldn’t change that ” Summer Weger Psychology Freshman

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hope is that it can all be pushed together earlier than this. We can’t wait that long. We probably won’t have to.” He mentioned that opportunities to complete the project more quickly may present themselves, but did not elaborate. “I don’t mean to tease or anything, and I think it’s premature for us to talk about some of the new ideas we have about housing that we desperately need.” Rogers also said that some of the projects could be completed simultaneously. “We could be working on the engineering building while we’re working on the dormitory. The thing is, on a campus, we can just be doing so much at any one time.” Another project listed in the master plan was to turn certain roadways – specifically the one separating McCulloughTrigg and Clark – into “green spaces,” or grassy areas. Regent Sam Sanchez voiced concern about how this would affect traffic patterns. Conversely, he drew issue with another part of the plan that would create large parking lots in already existing green space. “It seems like we’re cutting out a lot of the green space on campus, which is part of the charm of the university,” Sanchez said. “So how do we compensate for that?”

Rogers proposed a solution: to build a parking garage. “Sam, I think we’re going to have to deal with, just like every other university has, whether or not we want to build a parking garage,” Rogers said. Lamb argued that the proposed plan didn’t eliminate much green space at all. Most of the space adjoins buildings or already existing lots. “We’re actually creating more usable green space than we have right now,” he said. Regent Charles Engelmann attacked the plan for a different reason. He didn’t think enough money was set aside for maintenance of new projects. “If you’re going to build a building that costs $1 million, you’d better have $1 million invested to cover the maintenance,” Engelmann said. “We’re talking about spending $38 million. We need a 5 percent annual growth in our enrollment to cover that.” Juan Sandoval, vice president of business affairs and finance, argued that eliminating the Vinson building, the police station and other old buildings would free up money already used for maintenance. “So by razing those buildings, when we build these other facilities, it’s going to help us in deferred maintenance. It’s going to save us some money in the long

run,” he said. “I think Charlie (Engelmann) is on to something here,” Regent Sean Hessing said. “I would ask that as we develop this plan, we discuss this issue that he has brought up. It’s something you can’t ignore.” Funding for big projects will be paid for with private gifts and on-hand Higher Education Assistance Funds (HEAF), Rogers said. Housing income will be used in 2017. Other projects not largely discussed by the Board were renovations for the Dalquest Research Center, Akin Auditorium, the Writing Center and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. The projects are to be financed with private gifts and maintenance funds. A $2.5 million gift given to the university last week by several donors will kickstart the plan, said Rogers. The money will be used to pay off the remaining debt incurred by the Dillard building. Last semester, Kay Dillard gave about $2 million to the university and challenged administrators to match the donation. That’s exactly what happened. Some of the gifts, Rogers said, will be given over a period of several years.

(Fox News): Police in Moscow have arrested about 20 people protesting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s government.The protesters shouted, “Down with the police state” and “Russia without Putin,” outside the Central Election Commission to demand a free vote.

(CNN): The U.S. mobile phone industry is running out of airwaves needed to provide voice, text and Internet services to its customers.

(Aljazeera): The International Atomic Energy Agency was told by Iranian officials Wednesday that it did not have persmission to inspect its nuclear weapons facility.

(Gawker): The Manhattan Supreme Court ruled that unmarried homeless people do not have to prove they have no other housing before being taken into a shelter.

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Del Ray attempts to salvage career Del Ray shows off her smooth and sultry voice in new albulm. ORLANDO FLORES, JR. FOR THE WICHITAN

If you haven’t heard of Elizabeth Grant, a.k.a. Lana Del Rey, by now you must be living under a rock. Whether you’ve been following her since she exploded onto the pop music scene this last summer when she posted “Video Games” to YouTube, or you’re like the rest of America who has come to know her as “that girl that screwed up on SNL, receiving plenty of flack from critics, celebrities and even a baffled Brian Williams for receiving as many see it, “too much too soon.” While it’s true that Born to Die is Del Rey’s debut album following an appearance on SNL after only releasing one official single, one performance cannot deny the amount of raw talent that she does possess. Del Rey’s “gimmick” thus far has been relying on the nostalgic feeling her music has. She went as far as self-describing herself as a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra.” This description couldn’t hit the nail more on the head when it comes to Del Rey. Sinatra is in fact the daughter of Frank, but she was well known for her own celebrity, being a successful singer, actress and model. Del Rey has molded herself into a modern day Sinatra with a hip-hop edge, obsessing with fame and love over beautifully produced orchestral pieces with big hip-hop bass in the background. Along with her smooth and sultry

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voice, it’s the perfect match made in Heaven and she finds a way to pull this off well. While Del Rey never openly expresses the want to die in any one track, her longing for, and despair due to, relationships makes Born to Die play out like some sort of elongated suicide note – going as far as accompanying the liner notes with fake blood splatter. Based off of her first full effort (as Lana Del Rey) alone, it seems that the most important thing in Del Rey’s life next to fame is love and the trouble that comes with it. In fact the opening words to the album on “Born to Die” is “Feet don’t fail me now/ Take me to the finish line/ Oh my heart it breaks every step that I take/ But I’m hoping at the gates, they’ll tell me that you’re mine.” Internet sensations “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” both have similar tales

of Del Rey longing to be wanted by her male counterpart and in one way or the other, getting rejected. While “Video Games” has Del Rey singing her heart out about doing anything in her power to please her man and get him to notice her, “Blue Jeans” is the perfect combination of nostalgic meets modern. In a mere three-and-a-half minutes, Del Rey paints a picture of encountering a James Dean-like rebel whom she falls in love with instantly, but is forced to let go of him as he goes on to “chase paper.” In “Diet Mountain Dew”, Del Rey deals with more bad boys she’s strangely attracted to and lays down the clever line, “Let’s take Jesus off the dashboard/ Got enough on his mind/ We both know just what we’re here for/ Saved too many times.”

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Aside from these gems, the rest of Born to Die sticks to a somewhat similar formula. Overproduced orchestral beats coupled with Del Rey pining over a certain male (“Off to the Races”), wanting what she can’t (“Million Dollar Man” or shouldn’t (“Dark Paradise”, “Radio”) have, and ultimately lusting for eternal love (“Summertime Sadness”). Fame takes the spotlight as the album progresses. In “National Anthem”, Del Rey stars off with “Money is the anthem of success” as she is whisked away by a male lover on an expensive getaway. But deeper into the song, more references to fame are made, including one to the infamous Page Six of The New York Post’s celebrity coverage saying “It’s a love story for the new age/ For the sixth page/ We’re on a quick, sick rampage/

wining and dining, drinking and driving/ Excessive buying overdose and dying/ On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage.” In the album’s darkest moment, Del Rey’s character opens up about the troubles of fame on “Carmen” expressing “You don’t want to be like me/ don’t want to see all the things I’ve seen…/ You don’t want to get this way/ famous and dumb at an early age…” Del Rey closes the album by cementing the marriage of love and fame to Born to Die in “Without You” with “Everything I want, I have/ Money, notoriety and rivieras/ I even think I found God in the flashbulbs of your pretty cameras,” and “I can be your china doll if you want to see me fall/ Boy you’re so dope, your love is deadly…/ They all think I have it all/ I have nothing without you/ All my dreams and all the lights mean/ nothing without you.” Plain and simple, Born to Die is a well done nod to nostalgic pop of the 60s and 70s, while mixing it with modern hiphop tones. Each track is masterfully produced, a little too overproduced in some places; and despite the shallow depth of the album’s lyrical content, the character and world that Del Rey has created to go along with the music fits perfectly. While the album is in no way considered a perfect album, it should definitely be enough to silent Del Rey’s critics for the time being. With experience in maturity, Lana Del Rey could be a force to reckon with in the Pop world for years to come. Grade: 76%

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Perfecting liquid eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner has become a staple look, but many people don’t follow the trend simply because they don’t know how to apply it. Pencil eyeliner seems so much simpler to line your eyes with, but liquid eyeliner is honestly quite easy to use once you get the hang of it. The “cat eye” is an elegant look that anyone can create in under one minute. So if you’re running late in the morning, draw on your eyeliner, sweep on a few coats of mascara, and dab on a colored gloss. You’ll be surprised at how quickly and easily you can look put together. So read over these steps, practice a few times when you’re not going anywhere, and you’ll be ready to rock the “cat eye” in no time. With your felt tip liquid eyeliner or angled eyeliner brush, begin at the inner corner of your eye. Barely press the tip at the innermost part and bring it out at a moderate speed to the middle of your eye, gradually making the line slightly thicker. It should only raise about one to two millimeters. Next, carefully place a piece of tape along the natural angle of your bottom lash line. Wing your liner out against the tape, and then fill in the remaining space between the center of your lid and the outer corner. Allow the liner to dry for roughly ten seconds before removing the tape. Note: not everyone needs to use tape when using liquid eyeliner. If you have a steady hand and you can eyeball it, try using liquid eyeliner without the tape. Once both eyes are evenly lined,

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complete your eyes with two to three coats of dramatic black mascara. If you like to curl your lashes before mascara application, get the metal warm with your blow dryer for about fifteen seconds. Let it cool slightly before putting it on your lashes. The warm metal will make your lashes curl to extreme lengths! Your lips can be either subtle or bold – both looks will go with a cat eye. Consider that a red lip with liquid liner is a classic look, but a sweet pink shade will make your eyes stand out more.

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Bronfman Bronfan is a Grammy and Gramophone winner. He will showcase his talent on Feb. 23. General admission tickets are $25 for each performance, or $40 for season tickets. Bronfman’s performance will include selections from Brahms, Liszt and Prokofiev. Tickets for senior citizens (60 and older) and active duty military are $22.50 for each performance, or $36 for season tickets. Prices for MSU students are $10 for each performance and $15 for both. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at MSU’s Akin Auditorium.

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Racket power

STEFAN ATANASOV FOR THE WICHITAN

Being part of the MSU tennis team is much more than hitting up the tennis court everyday. The Wichitan took the chance to speak to the men early in this season to learn about their hobbies, favorite movies and post-graduation plans. The MSU tennis team is playing against Cowley County Community College this Saturday. So far this season the Mustangs have a 2-2 statistic.

Mario Urban Age: 26 From: Burgau, Germany Favorite movie: Moneyball Favorite quote: “Sometimes you lose, sometimes the others win.” Favorite tennis player: Fernando Gonzalez

Colby Meeks Age: 21 From: San Angelo, Texas Favorite quote: “If you shoot for the stars, just shoot me.” Favorite movie: P.S.: I love you Post-grad plans: Wants to save the planet from global warming

Jarrod Liston Age: 20 From: Albury, Australia Favorite food: Thai Favorite movie: Remember the Titans Post-grad plans: Become a physiotherapist

Kacper Boborykin Age: 20 From: Kielce, Poland Favorite poet: Boris Jelzin Post-grad plans: Become a businessman Favorite movie: Forest Gump

Luke Joyce Age: 21 From: Johannesburg, South Africa Hobbies: scuba diving, riding his motorcycle. Post-grad plans: Study genetics at grad school

Rory de Boer Age: 20 From: Launceston, Australia Hobbies: Hunting bobcats Favorite quote: “Be good or be good at it.” Dream: Wants to join the TV show “Wild Hogging”

Tomas Grejtak Age: 21 From: Poprad, Slovakia Hobbies: Calculating Favorite quote: Do pichi Favorite tennis player: Jennifer Aniston

Jay Henton Age: 21 From: Austin, Texas Hobbies: Music Favorite quote: Make ‘em earn it. Post-grad plans: Work for a marketing company

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Chase Curry Age: 19 From: Wichita Falls, Texas Favorite movie: Anchorman Favorite quote: “When I’m sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” Post-grad plans: Wants to live a successful life


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Mustangs outrun Bronchos Midwestern State gets closer to the Lone Star Conference championship after thrashing UCO. DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

Darrick Thomas goes for two of his 19 points in Saturday’s win over Central Oklahoma. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN

The Midwestern State basketball team stunningly sent the Bronchos of Central Oklahoma home with a 69-48 defeat Saturday night at the D.L Ligon Coliseum. Senior forward Darrick Thomas was deemed a real threat to the Bronchos when he finished off with 19 points and nine rebounds. Thomas announced his presence by scoring seven out of the Mustangs first ten points. Michael Loyd scored 13 while JaMichael Rivers put in ten to secure Midwestern State’s 21 point lead. Loyd, who has been quite consistent in the Mustangs’ offense, voiced his opinion about the game. “It was a good game, it seemed like our offense was clicking,” he said. “We knew what we were looking for and we played good defense as well.” However, Spencer Smith was able to stand out from the Oklahoman crowd with 17 points to his name. Brent Friday also supported UCO with nine points, which wasn’t enough to bother the Mustangs stampede. The Mustangs’ apparent victory got great contribution from David Terrell, who scored six points and rebounded eight, as well as Keonte’ Logan who also scored six and made three rebounds. Derrell Gibbs and DeJuan Plummer were able to notch four points and make two rebounds apiece for Midwestern State. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Nelson Haggerty sees the Mustangs’ victory as a great achievement. “It was a big win for us regionally. To

play a good team like that and hold them is a testament to how hard our guys worked defensively,” he said. “We really did a great job shutting them down.” Haggerty went on to appreciate the efforts of Thomas and Loyd, who displayed remarkable performances. “Darrick Thomas had a great game, one of the best of his career,” he said. “Michael Loyd was solid for us. He played tough underneath the basket, scoring and rebounding.” With Saturday night’s win, it is quite obvious that MSU is having a terrific season. According to senior guard Melvin Clark, the Mustangs have a good chance of winning it all. “Our goal for the year was to compete for conference championship, host the regionals and be considered for the national championship,” he said. “Right now we’re on all three paths.” Midwestern State has a better chance of snatching the Lone Star Coference championship after Tarleton State suffered a 62-53 loss Saturday night at West Texas A&M. The Mustangs have to win their next two games to achieve this goal. After thrashing Central Oklahoma, the Mustangs improved to 22-2 on the season while the Bronchos fell to 14-11. With this victory, MSU can see the light at the end of the tunnel which is the Lone Star Conference championship. The No. 2 Mustangs have to win their next games to get a shot at hosting the regionals. “Tarleton got a loss from West Texas so we have to handle business in the next two games,” said Loyd. “If we win conference, that would put us in a good feeling going into the regionals.” The Mustangs will host the Greyhounds of Eastern New Mexico this Saturday to close their regular season. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.

SPORTS AROUND THE WORLD Basketball: Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo is facing a two-game suspension after throwing a ball at an official during Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons. ESPN fired one of its employee over a racist headline towards Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks. Soccer: Italian football club Napoli made a comeback to defeat Chelsea 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League. Lionel Messi bagged four goals as Barcelona defeated Valencia 5-1 Sunday. Tennis: Roger Federer defeated Juan Martin del Potro in Rotterdam to win the World Tennis Tournament. Rugby: The Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France has been rescheduled for March 4, causing frustration for both teams. Formula 1: Mercedes launched the F1 W03 as their 2012 car Tuesday morning. Cricket: England defeated Pakistan 2-0 after 2nd One Day Invitational.

MSU settles for loss against Pioneers Lady Mustangs fall to TWU despite double figures from Jazman Patterson, Savannah Carver and Cierra Thompson. DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

The Midwestern State women’s basketball team visited Texas Women’s University Saturday and encountered a 5954 loss to the Pioneers. After falling to Tarleton State, the Lady Mustangs were looking to bounce back but the Pioneers denied them the opportunity. MSU didn’t have a good game from the onset, trailing by ten points at the break and up to 14 in the second half. In spite of that, three Lady Mustangs were able to get consolatory high scores on the board. Jazman Patterson got a career-high 17 points as well as nine rebounds to take plaudits for a terrific game and lead the Lady Mustangs’ scoring. “That was a very good feeling,” said Patterson. “I had my family supporting me so I really wanted to show them some of my skills.” Savannah Carver marked 15 points coupled with three rebounds while Cierra Thompson made 12 points and five

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT The athlete spotlight is where we recognize outstanding players in all university sports. Darrick Thomas scored the majority of the Mustangs last weekend while Cierra Thompson played an outstanding offensive game.

rebounds. “I was proud of Jaz and her offensive presence,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach Noel Johnson. “Savannah had a good offensive game and created shots.” The Pioneers, on the other hand, got 17 points and six rebounds from Jessica Hanna. TWU also got great contributions from Crystal Atwood, who slotted 12 points, and Brittney Nuzum, who sent in ten points. Kirsti Degelia put in seven points while Andrea Carter tallied three to complete the Lady Mustangs’ score of 54. “When you go on the road you have to take chances,” said Johnson. “That was the big difference in Saturday’s game.” The Pioneers finished the game with a pair of free throws from Toree Mason, who scored five points against MSU. TWU was able to muster five out of eight free throws in the last 29 seconds of the game. “Last week was rough,” said Patterson. “We had our first two-streak loss since a couple months.” Patterson believes the team is ready to get back in action. “We had a really good practice on Monday,” she added. “I think we are back on track to beat West Texas and get that second place spot.” Midwestern State will travel to West Texas A&M this Wednesday for another Lone Star Conference game. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Junior guard Ashley Rush made two rebounds against Texas Women’s University Saturday. File Photo by DAMIAN ATAMENWAN

Darrick Thomas lead the Mustangs in demolishing Central Oklahoma Saturday with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Cierra Thompson played remarkably by scoring 12 points and making five rebounds against Texas Women’s University Saturday.

Stats from previous game: 19 points 9 rebounds

Stats from previous game: 12 points 5 rebounds


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