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Tuition set aside impacts students, university Brittany Norman Editor in Chief

For the past eight years, state law has mandated that a portion of each resident undergraduate student’s designated tuition be set aside to fund need-based financial aid programs. Dr. Jesse Rogers, along with other Texas state university presidents, is asking legislators to remove this restriction and allow each university to utilize its tuition in a way that best fits the institution’s needs. The set aside originated in 2003, when Texas legislators

Breaking down the tuition set aside

MSU students are charged $96.55 per semester credit hour for university designated tuition. The state sets aside $10.11 per credit hour from each in-state undergraduate student’s designated tuition to fund need-based financial aid programs. If a student takes 15 hours, $151.65 is set aside. At current tuition rates, a student completing a 120-hour degree program will have paid $1,213.20 into financial assistance programs. In 2010-2011, MSU students received over $2.2 million in institutional needbased financial aid. Of the approximately $1.25 million MSU set aside this year, over $950,000 went toward financial aid for needy students. voted to deregulate tuition at state universities, allowing them to set their own designated tu-

ition levels. At the time, all state universities had a designated tuition of $46 per credit hour.

To ease the burden of future tuition increases, the legislature required that each school

put aside 15 percent of in-state students’ designated tuition in excess of $46 per credit hour to subsidize need-based financial aid, such as scholarships, grants and work-study programs. Another 5 percent was earmarked to fund the B-On-Time Loan program, which provides needy students with no-interest loans and forgives their debt if they graduate within four years with a grade point average of at least 3.0. At MSU, students affected by the set aside currently pay $146.55 per semester credit hour in tuition – $50 in statemandated tuition and $96.55 in

university designated tuition. Of that designated tuition, $10.11 – roughly 10 cents of every dollar – goes to fund financial aid programs. At current tuition rates, a student taking 15 hours has $151.65 set aside. If tuition rates remain steady, by the time the same student completes a 120-hour degree, $1,213.20 of their total tuition would have been funneled into financial aid. In June 2009, new legislation was enacted that requires universities to inform students that a portion of their tuition will

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Plane and Simple Finding new sources of energy may become more important as gas prices soar in the U.S. (Photo by Hannah Hoffmann)

Engineering prof speaks on energy Chris Collins Managing Editor

A mechanical engineering student throws a paper plane in a competition for celebratory week (Photo by Kassie Bruton)

Students celebrate National Engineering Week with contests Brittney Cottingham Features editor

Zach Skelton, president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), describes himself as a problem solver. In his eyes, engineers are problem solvers who not only think outside the box, but also designed the box itself.

This week, ASME and Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) are contributing to National Engineering Week. The purpose is to acknowledge the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science and technical skills. The event includes three competitions: building a pop-

sicle/craft stick bridge, a paper airplane contest and a weeklong scavenger hunt. All MSU students are eligible to take part, and all entrants have the chance to win various prizes. ASME, with more than 50 student members, represents all student mechanical engineers. ESW is a special interest group of students, faculty and professionals interested in building a

more sustainable world. According to the ESW faculty advisor Dale McDonald, many of his students hold memberships in both student organizations and numbers have increased over the years due to participation in national contests. Idir Azzouz, ASME faculty adviser, described this week’s

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Anxiety workshop draws big crowd Chris Collins Managing Editor

Your heart is racing. Your palms are sweaty. You can’t catch your breath and you can feel butterflies buzzing around in your stomach. No, it’s not your first date. You have test anxiety. Test anxiety is a widespread problem that affects many different kinds of students, according to Vikki Chaviers, licensed professional counselor for the MSU counseling center. She and other counseling center staff held a test anxiety workshop Monday in Dillard. Counselors discussed common problems with taking tests and

offered students some solutions. “Some people have a meltdown right in the middle of class,” Chaviers said. “Sometimes anxiety comes out in some sort of physiological way. It can be on our subconscious level.” Since testing anxiety is sometimes held in the subconscious, a student suffering from it may only feel the physical symptoms. He or she may not realize the bigger problem causing the sweaty palms and racing heart, she said. Dr. Pam Midgett, director of the counseling center, started the program by posing a question to the room packed with audience members. “We have an image of ourselves as academic people. Is

that image that we are smart and we can do the work or is it that we struggle?” She asked audience members to write down what they had heard about their academic skills when they were young. Midgett said the responses ranged from people feeling inadequate compared to a sibling to people being told they were very smart. Audience members were then ask to reevaluate what they were told when they were young to see if those things were still true. In the next section of the workshop, Chaviers offered time-management tools for students to use when they need to cover a lot of material in a hurry. She said many students find

themselves in situations where they need to cram for a test and don’t have much time to do it. “You need to spend 75 percent of your time just drilling yourself on the information over and over and over,” Chaviers said. “In other words, try to memorize as much of it as you can.” The other 25 percent of cram time should be spent actually trying to gain some understanding of the material. She said a good strategy for organizing study time is to break it up into 15- or 20-minute segments, separated by 5 minutes of down time. “Rule of thumb – try to sit down and study for about 15 minutes or until you’re no lon-

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Dr. Salim Azzouz discussed the use of alternative energy sources with students and faculty Wednesday evening in Clark Student Center. His talk focused on the efficiency of various energy mediums to produce electricity. Nuclear power rang in as the most efficient, while coal was the most wasteful. Evaluating the effectiveness of energy sources becomes more important as population grows, he said. World population could reach nine billion by the year 2050. Asia and Africa are expected to grow particularly quickly.

“The demand for energy is going to grow and grow,” Azzouz said. “That means there will be competition for energy. We cannot escape from that.” The average American household uses 11,000 kilowatts per hour in a year. Today, the United States is faced with three energy challenges, Azzouz told audience members. First, it needs to have a reliable supply of energy. Second, it needs to cut down on emissions of greenhouse gases – the country has set a goal of cutting these emissions 20 percent by 2020, and 80 percent by 2050. Third, it needs to improve technology to maximize the ef-

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Spring enrollment sets new record Chris Collins Managing Editor

MSU enrollment rose by .58 percent to 6,091 students this semester, setting a new record for spring. About 67 percent, or 4,080 students, are enrolled full-time, according to the university website. There are 38 first-time freshman, 840 freshmen, 1,145 sophomores, 1,341 juniors, 2,011 seniors, 76 post-baccalaureates and 640 graduate students. Spring 2011 lagged behind Spring 2010 in first-time freshmen, freshmen, sophomores and post-baccalaureates. But juniors, seniors and graduate students were on the rise, making up for losses in the other classifications. Seniors were up by 101 students, juniors by 58, graduate students by 5. “Midwestern is where it wants to be,” said Barbara Merkle, director of admissions.

She said she isn’t quite sure what caused the leap in enrollment, but she plans to find out. She plans on looking into enrollees who have been previously denied admission in previous semesters but are attending in the spring. “There’s been a stronger interest in repeat applications,” Merkle said. “Inquiries are up. Applications are up. Now we just need them to show up,” she said. MSU plans to raise its admission requirements in the fall. “I was initially apprehensive, because when we normally raise admission criteria we lose numbers,” she said. “But I’m encouraged by the number of students we’ve already admitted.” Merkle said enrollment for the fall is already neck-and-neck with numbers for the previous fall. The deadline for students to apply for Fall 2011 is in August. “I’m excited about this class,” she said.

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Grammys are not about our tastes

Ah, the Grammys. The illustrious occasion is yet another award ceremony where millionaires are congratulated for doing their jobs and showered with even more prestige. Still, the night has its artistic appeals. Music executive Steve Stoute wrote a full page letter criticizing the Grammys. He scolded them for not awarding Eminem Album of the Year (the award was taken home by Arcade Fire) or Song of the Year (which went to Lady Antebellum). One of Stoute’s main points was that these artists are very popular and reflect our culture better than the bands that beat them out. Music resonates with people. Elvis and the Beatles were big because they filled a gap in people’s desires, emotions, and gave them legitimate grounds to ‘shake it.’ The Grammys

do more than simply reflect popular opinion. Eminem should have beat out Steely Dan for album of the year in 2001 if sheer popularity was all that mattered. If popular opinion is all that matters, we don’t really need award ceremonies, anyway. Artists would just be recognized and given trophies when their albums went platinum. The Grammys (and other award shows like the Emmys, Oscars, and Tonys) serve as a way for experts in an industry and other artists to determine who was the best at their craft over the past year. That doesn’t always happen. The Dark Knight, besides being incredibly profitable, was a fantastically well-done movie, and it didn’t even get a nomination for Best Picture in 2009. Award ceremonies are designed

to recognize quality over popularity. Popularity can sometimes be a good indication of quality, but sometimes the masses can be stupid. Stoute was also angry that Justin Bieber did not win New Artist of the Year. However, most of us sighed with relief and were able to sleep soundly, knowing that there was some sanity left in the world. Award shows shouldn’t always celebrate the artists with the biggest fanbase. They exist to judge quality. If popularity is all that matters, we should all be forced to celebrate the cast of Glee, which has accumulated the most top 100 singles of all time, as the greatest band ever. And no one wants to do that.

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Gun battle heats up nSocietal Floss

A Texas governor, Rick Perry, with potential presidential aspirations sits in Austin, working with a Republican legislature that has never been stronger. The conservative government is in the process of passing a bill that would allow guns in Texas where there had previously been none. Some objected in the past, saying that the wild culture of Texas would result in shootouts at every intersection and that Texans would try to be heroes with their guns and end up causing more violence. Yet, in 1995, then Governor George W. Bush and the Texas legislature passed a bill allowing citizens 21 years and older to obtain concealed handgun licenses. Within five years violent crimes and gun crimes have dropped drastically across Texas. No crossroad duels have occurred, either. Sixteen years later, legislators in Austin are debating whether or not guns should be allowed on college campuses. A bill originally submitted by Garland Representative Joe Driver in 2009 would have allowed students with concealed hangun licenses to carry them around Texas universities. The bill cleared the Senate, but failed to pass the House. Now, two years later, the Texas House is more conservative than ever with more than half of its members already committed to cosponsoring the bill. Perry has expressed support for it and most people expect to see it passed in the very near future. There is one new clause that separates this version of the bill apart from its 2009 counterpart. This version currently gives each private university the right to opt-out if they consult with their students and faculties. Private universities are now much more likely to temper their opposition to the bill. That still leaves Midwestern students in a position of having to deal with these changes. Despite the heavily conservative culture of Wichita Falls, there still remains a division among students over the bill. Last April saw an empty holster protest on campus from students demanding the right to car-

Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor ry guns on campus. It was done in conjunction with a national protest that is held every spring. While there is one planned for this April, it is likely it will not be needed in Texas. On the other side of the issue are those students who are totally opposed to guns being allowed on campus. A protest against the bill is planned for March 4th in the quad. Many people who are opposed to the bill argue that it is dangerous for angry undergraduates to be armed. Professors will feel unsafe giving out bad grades (or students would feel unsafe from stressed-out professors), taking tests next to someone who is packing heat would make the unarmed test-taker nervous, and that the college lifestyle of partying would lead to drunken shootouts. The U.S. and Texas Constitutions (and recent Supreme Court rulings) make it clear that the right to personally posses a gun is one of the inalienable rights of a person. Carrying a gun is one way a person can secure his or her own life. Being able to protect yourself is fundamental to a person’s liberty. Relying on the campus police to protect us in case of an armed maniac (who would care less about gun laws) is dangerously irresponsible, even if the police force here is good. It took the police during the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings three minutes to reach the crime scene and another five to break into the locked building. A person being able to secure their own liberty is far more important than how comfort-

able a person who does not like guns feels. As Representative Jeff Wentworth put it “I don’t ever want to see repeated on a Texas college campus what happened at Virginia Tech, where some deranged, suicidal madman goes into a building and is able to pick off totally defenseless kids like sitting ducks.” The critics of this law also seem to forget that the only people who would be allowed to carry guns on campus have to be 21 and already licensed by the state. We will not see crazy freshmen without firearm experience armed to the teeth. Of course, the two states that allow guns on college campuses (Utah and Colorado) have never had an incident of a college campus shooting and are perfectly safe. Besides valuing liberty and security as reasons to allow guns on campus, precedent on other campuses goes a long way in demonstrating the effectiveness of this potential law. Murderers prefer unarmed victims. And the students in Colorado and Utah are not unarmed, nor would they be victims. The administration of Midwestern needs to start looking at this not as something that might happen, but as something that will happen. MSU needs to being figuring out a way to pragmatically allow this shift to occur, particularly in terms of weapon storage; the law allows universities to regulate how guns are stored in dorms. Students, even if they have no interest in carrying a gun would benefit by becoming familiar with guns. That is a service the recently founded MSU Gun Club provides. The MSU Gun Club, founded in part to teach students how to responsibly handle firearms, is making a point of familiarizing students with guns to help alleviate those worries. In 1995 there were a lot of worries about violent crime skyrocketing throughout Texas as a result of the new concealed carry law. It did not happen and crime went down. Worries about gun violence erupting throughout Texas universities will be demonstrated to be just as unfounded.

nLETTER TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: In response to Cameron Shaffer’s 16 February editorial: I never once suggested, nor would I ever suggest, that Mosab Hassan Yousef should not be  permitted to speak on campus. My point was only that Hassan Yousef is a bigot. While open and honest  dialogue obviously  trumps narrow-minded and dogmatic insistence on tolerance for the sake of tolerance, the  opposite is also true:  as an institution of higher learning we gain  nothing  from offering

equal air-time to flat-earthers, Nazis, Klansmen, and Islamophobes like Hassan Yousef simply for the sake of promoting diversity of opinion. Some issues are serious and deserve to be discussed by serious people even in the midst of passionate disagreement. Then there are those opinions which are so ludicrous and appalling that we discredit ourselves and our public institutions  if we lend  them so much as a modicum of credibility. The sorts of opinions Mosab Hassan Yousef routinely propounds are unworthy of serious

consideration and are morally reprehensible to boot. Yes, he has a right to proclaim them--even at Midwestern State University, if we are foolish enough to provide him with an audience. But as a university, our business is the cultivation of wisdom, not foolishness. That was my point. Sincerely, Nathan Jun Assistant Professor of Philosophy  

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Counseling center brings awareness to eating disorders and obsession Brittney Cottingham Features Editor

tend to discuss this topic more but men are also “I had to be the skinnest. impacted. “As a result of seeIn honor of National Eating DisI had to be the prettiest. ing the film I hope that orders Awareness Week, the Counselstudents will see that we ing Center has taken an intense look I had to have the whitest teeth. have to be careful with the at America’s obsession with beauty. I had to be the tannest.” messages that the media It’s not all pretty. sends to us about beauty Monday night, the Counsel-Freshman Jasmine Grybowski and fitness,” Midgett ing Center screened a documentary, said. “While it is normal America The Beautiful, where director to want to be physically Daryl Roberts examined this country’s fascination with physical perfec- people who discussed physical ap- spent her childhood traveling around attractive, one also wants tion. pearance. Some left students like se- the country participating in pageants. to develop relationships, Counseling center director, Dr. nior Mary Rush extremely disturbed. Now, she can reflect on how that en- a keen mind, a spiritual Pam Midgett acknowledges while “There was a point in the film where vironment shaped her negative view life and a connectedness to the community. many MSU students do not have dis- an magazine editor said that their on her body. The counseling center ordered eating behaviors, all students publication doesn’t put ugly people on “I had to be the skinniest,” Gryneed to know about healthy eating the cover of their magazines because bowski said. “I had to be the prettiest. will host a week of proand dieting. it wouldn’t sale,” Rush said. “Listen- I had to have the whitest teeth. I had grams the week before “Most people want to look as ing to the way she said ‘ugly people’ to be the tannest. It was an obsession Spring Break designed healthy as they can but some might made my stomach flip. I understand that my mother engraved in me that to help students make take that desire too far,” Midgett said. it’s a business but the reality of it says I am still dealing with. I definitely healthy and legal choices “We want to help our students have a lot about our country.” believe America, in particular, has an about drugs and alcohol. a realistic self-perception, positive Midgett described a shocking mo- obsession with perfection and it needs Also, in April the center will host an event to raise attainable expectations along with ment in the film where the mother to be addressed more often. healthy self-esteem” of a 12 year old girl who desperately Another element of the film Midg- awareness of depression The twenty-five students in atten- wanted her daughter to be a model ett hopes hit a nerve with students is and suicide in college dance witnessed interviews with for- seemed to be projecting her own per- how men notice what the media says students. All dates are mer models, magazine editors, enter- sonal desires on her daughter. about male bodies and what makes a tentative. tainment correspondences and young Freshmen Jasmine Grybowski man attractive. The film says women

National Engineering Week tivities until Thursday

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n tHURSDAY: Spaghetti Dinner. Sikes Lake Center at 5 p.m. Principals Panel: Clark Student Center at 6 p.m. n FRIDAY: External Funding Workshop: Dillard 101 & 189. 1:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. n Monday: Resumania Days: Clark Student Center at 1 p.m. n tuesday: Resumania Days: Clark Student Center at 1 p.m Faculty Forum Series: CSC Shawnee Theatre at 7 p.m.

ENGINEER...................................................................................................................................................................... events as a recruiting tool for undecided majors. He also said that it would be a more efficient recruiting took if students from local high schools participates in the events as well. “The main obstacle is the lack of an adequate budget to cover the cost of expanding the event to other schools,” Azzouz said.

“For this to happen, the officers must devote a great deal of efforts to college money.” The next part of this week’s activities will see discussion on the state of the engineering job market. The market is currently down for a few disciplines, such as manufacturing engineering, Az-

zouz said. Conversely, the markets for mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering are still looking promising. “Currently, the U.S. is suffering from a huge shortage of engineers,” Azzouz said. “In my opinion, this is the best period of time to choose engineering as a

major. Mechanical engineering is almost a sure way of securing a job upon graduation.” Dr. Sheldon Wang, McCoy School of Engineering chair, predicted that in two to five years the shortage will grow to 200,000 engineers. The week will end with a banquet, where engineering majors

can interact with people in the industry and build a network of contacts. Azzouz said this is very important for students searching for jobs in the field. “Mechanical engineering is by far the most versatile field of engineering,” Shelton said. “I’ve always heard even non-engineering companies will hire you

because of the way we have been trained to think.” National Engineering Week continues this weekend with a popsicle and craft stick bridge contest in room 125 at 5 p.m. Also, the weeklong scavenger hunts continues through Thursday.

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Azzouz said that coal, hydroelectric, nuclear and natural gas are a few sources of power that produce electricity. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

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ficiency of storing and supplying energy. The United States currently consumes approximately 3.6 trillion liters of oil per year, a quarter of the world supply. “The oil we consume is basically consumed in transportation,” Azzouz said. Approximately 70 percent of U.S. oil is used in transportation. Industrial factories consume another 23 percent, leaving 7 percent for residential and 1 percent for producing electricity. About 63 percent of U.S. oil is imported. “We don’t even have enough oil here to power our cars,” he said. “The U.S. imports a large portion of its crude oil.” Plus, the demand for crude oil is rising, especially in China and India. “We are wasting energy and we are wasting money,” he said. “That’s why some people, specifically environmental people, are saying, ‘Let’s have electric cars.’” Approximately half of U.S. electricity is produced by burning coal. Natural gas produces about 23 percent, nuclear power 20 percent. The use of hydroelectric power to churn out electricity is on the rise, but it’s still only responsible for 6 percent of production. Most of Azzouz’s lecture was spent discussing pros and cons of using various forms of energy to produce electricity. One analogy he carried through the talk was how much energy it would take from various mediums to power a 60-watt light bulb for one year. Here’s what he came up with: n Coal – 450 lbs n Natural gas – 293 lbs n Nuclear – 70 mg n Hydroelectric – 2,143 tons of water dropped from 100 meters Coal is cheap and can produce a lot of energy – it’s

not very efficient but it is plentiful. “We have enough supplies to last us for 250 or 300 more years,” he said. Azzouz mentioned two cons of using coal to produce electricity: fly ash and the toxic clouds power plants spit into the atmosphere, in some cases causing acid rain. Fly ash, the remnant of burned coal, can contain arsenic, mercury and uranium. “It’s going to contaminate the air and the community around the power plants,” he said. “And if you dissolve it in ponds, there’s a possibility you could contaminate ground water.” Natural gas, or underground gas consisting primarily of methane, is a big player today in powering homes, Azzouz said. “Natural gas is really used heavily to produce electricity. Plus, it is very abundant in the oceans.” He said the earth currently holds about 250 years worth of natural gas. Biogas, a gas produced by the breakdown of organic matter, is another solution for the world’s energy concerns. Azzouz said he is working with other MSU professors to identify bacteria that would assist in food decomposition and energy production. “We hope one day we can use the waste from the cafeteria to produce electricity and run the power plant here,” he said. “It’s a viable solution for an institution like ours.” Another source of electricity production is nuclear power. Currently 103 nuclear reactions operate in the country. About 437 exist worldwide. Fifty-five plants are being constructed and almost half of them are in China. Only two are being constructed in the U.S. One is in Georgia, one is in North Carolina. “If we look at the energy contained, it’s huge,” Az-

zouz said. “Only 70 milligrams of nuclear power can run a light bulb for a year, and that’s a very, very big concentration of energy. It makes using nuclear material attractive.” Nuclear power is relatively cheap and clean, producing very little carbon dioxide when burned, a leading contributor of greenhouse gases. One problem with using nuclear power, however, is that the energy source is non-renewable. Another is that it produces nuclear waste that has to be stored away from people. “No one wants those toxic wastes in their backyard,” Azzouz said. “There’s controversy about this.” Hydroelectric power is a viable solution for producing electricity. Thomas Edison created the first hydroelectric power plant on the Fox River in New York in 1882. To date, about 80,000 dams have been constructed in the U.S. Only a fraction of them, 2,400, are used in cultivating electricity. Dams that wall up lakes and rivers up, impeding their natural flow, can have negative effects on the environment, he said. A better design is one that works with the natural flow of a river to produce power. Hydroelectric plants are very efficient, but aren’t capable of producing much power through water pressure. Also, fish sometimes are chopped up in turbine blades when water is brought into the structures. Dams can be especially detrimental to fauna when hydroelectric plants sucking up lots of water change water pressure and oxygen levels in lakes. Commonly fish die because of changes in pressure and temperature of their habitats due to dams. “When you release the water, it may really kill fish,” he said. Azzouz also discussed using geothermal, wind, solar and tidal power to produce electricity.

ger focused,” she said. Students should come back to the material and see how much they remember after taking a fiveminute break. “If you can remember quite a bit of it, move on. Then study another 15 minutes, take a break, and see how much you remember,” she said. “This is a much more effective way to study. It’s one of the ways people keep their test anxiety down.” Chaviers said this technique has been very useful to students who come to her office with problems of test anxiety. When she asked the audience if they had ever studied like that, no one raised a hand. Lori Arnold, a licensed professional counselor at the counseling center, said she liked this approach when she was still in school. “This way of studying is pretty good,” she said. “I would set up little rewards for myself, like I’ll study for 15 – 20 minutes and then I’ll let myself check my email or I’ll get up and get a drink.” Chaviers and Arnold gave a few more study tips: n Take a brisk walk to class before the test n Eat protein, not sweets n Don’t switch up your daily routine too much n Study in a classroom scenario n Study in groups n Study in different places n Cover material from first to last, then last to first, then start in the middle n Jot down everything you remember right before the test starts n Make up mnemonics n Teach others n Review material for a few minutes before each class meeting n Show up to class early n Be calm, collected and confident Arnold said some students freak out when they are faced with a question they don’t know they answer to on a test. One thing leads to another and soon their anxiety is overwhelming. “There’s one question you don’t know, and instead of thinking, ‘Oh, there’s a question I don’t know, but I know a lot of the other stuff,’ it’s, ‘Oh, crap. I don’t know it. I’m not going to know anything else. I’m probably going to fail the test, which means I’m going to fail the semester and I’m not going to graduate. I won’t be able to be a nurse anymore and I’m going to have to move back home from Wichita Falls with my parents and I have to break up with my boyfriend because they don’t know we’re together…” “Just from looking at question one your life is ruined!” Chaviers said. Arnold said tests are much more manageable when you look at them from this perspective: “This is just one test in one class in my college career.”

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moving restrictions on the 20 percent set aside would free up approximately $1.25 million in designated tuition revenue per year at MSU. Of that amount, Rogers said

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know this is very controversial. I have difficulties with it myself. But if we (provide funding) for students who have proven a reasonable ability for collegiate work, it would be money well spent.” Existing legislation doesn’t allow for such restrictions. Rogers said there is a political side to the argument, as well. Legislators have heard complaints from students who don’t believe that 20 percent of their tuition should be used to subsidize another student’s education. Some of the set aside’s opponents are students who are ineligible for need-based aid, V er y but must take out loans to cover C l osetheir own college expenses. to S A F “I want the state to turn us loose to devise our own financial aid and other programs,” Rogers EVERY NIGHT WednesdayKARAOKE is College Night said. “I want them to leave it to College Night Wednesdays at Krankit the university’s faculty, adminis$2 Domestic Beer $2 Well Drinks $5 Pitcherstration and students to discuss $2 Domestic Beer Happy $2Free WellDrinks Drinks $5 Pitchers 1/2 Price Hourfor8-11pm Wed &how we want to handle an extra Minors No Cover 21+ KaraokeWed Contest $25 Prize No Cover & -Thur, 21 & Up $1.25 million.” College Corner ofKaraoke S heppard AcContest ces s R oad & Old I owa Park R oad ( Exit 1D off I - 44) Since 2010, MSU has had All major credit cards 221761.CRTR

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‘Unknown’ wins box-office shootout “He just seems to be getting stronger and stronger at the box office, and this certainly shows that like he did with ‘Taken,’ in Bruce Willis might want to the right vehicle, he’s certainly a watch his back. major movie star and can open After Liam Neeson’s latest up a film,” Fellman said. film, “Unknown,” far exceeded Warner Bros. is hoping the pre-release expectations at the film follows in the footsteps box office over Presidents Day of “Taken,” which opened to a weekend, the 58-year-old Irish similar $24.7 million over a Suactor is emerging as Hollywood’s per Bowl weekend and ended up latest unlikely action hero. with an impressive $145 million “Unknown,” in which Neeson domestically. And considering plays a man trying to reclaim his that “Unknown” cost producer stolen identity, brought in $25.6 Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entermillion in ticket sales over the tainment a little more than $30 four-day holiday weekend, ac- million to make, it’s already off cording to an estimate from dis- to a healthy start. The strong tributor Warner Bros. Moviego- opening is welcome relief for ers established with the success Dark Castle, which is coming off of Neeson’s 2008 hit film “Taken” several flops, including last year’s that they enjoy watching the ac- “The Losers” and 2009’s “Whitor beat up European bad guys. teout.” “Unknown” is now the “I Am Number Four,” an adap- company’s best opening since it tation of a popular young-adult started financing its own movies novel, had been poised to be No. in 2008. 1 upon its opening in theaters Heading into the weekend, “I but instead came in with a soft Am Number Four” had stirred $22.6 million in ticket sales. The up lots of buzz not only because weekend’s other new release, the of its fresh-faced young British Martin Lawrence comedy sequel star Alex Pettyfer, but also be“Big Mommas: Like Father, Like cause it was the first release from Son,” trailed behind and grossed DreamWorks since the Steven a modest $19 million. Spielberg- and Stacey SniderDan Fellman, president of do- led studio separated from Paramestic distribution for Warner mount Pictures, signed a disBros, said “Unknown’s” surpris- tribution agreement with Walt ingly strong performance was Disney Pictures and raised new proof of Neeson’s newfound financing. The film cost Dreambox-office clout. Works about $59 million to proAmy Kaufman MCT

duce, according to a person close to the production, although a person close to Disney said the budget was actually closer to $50 million. “It wasn’t as skewed young as I would have thought,” said Chuck Viane, president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios, who said that half of the film’s audience was more than 35 years old. “We always play to win. The number’s nice, but I still will have preferred to be number one.” “Big Mommas,” the third movie in the series featuring Lawrence impersonating a middle-age mother, fell well behind the openings of 2006’s “Big Momma’s House 2” and 2000’s “Big Momma’s House,” which debuted to $27.7 million and $25.7 million, respectively, on three-day weekends. Still, the critically lambasted film only cost New Regency Productions $32 million to make, slightly less than the budgets of the two previous films, which were both more than $35 million. Bert Livingston, Fox’s senior vice president of domestic distribution, said he had expected the film would gross more on Sunday, but was hurt by competition from the NBA All-Star game airing on television. One film that excelled on Presidents Day weekend, however, was “Gnomeo & Juliet.” In

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its second week of release, the 3-D animated film grossed $24.8 million. From Friday to Sunday, the film was only down 23.5 percent from last weekend, benefiting from the lack of new movies competing for families with young children. Sony Pictures’ “Just Go With It,” the romantic comedy that was No. 1 over Valentine’s Day weekend, also maintained a good hold over the holiday weekend. The film starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston dropped only 40 percent on a three-day basis and collected $21.7 million through Monday. Pint-sized pop star Justin Bieber again defied box-office projections, as his 3-D concert documentary “Never Say Never” dropped only 55 percent on its second weekend and took in $16.2 million over the four days. That’s a significantly smaller drop than similar music films have experienced. 2008’s “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds” dropped 67 percent in its second weekend. Still, it seems that not as many moviegoers overseas have been stricken with Bieber fever. The movie opened to a soft $1.3 million in Britain and Ireland — a solid number when compared with the paltry $5.4 million the Cyrus film ended up with

abroad. The four-day holiday tallies fell far short

of last year’s grosses, marking the 15th consecutive weekend that box office has been lower than in the previous year. Although both the Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day

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When you think there is nothing else strange, creative or absolutely nuts that Thom Yorke and Radiohead could do, they always find a way to surprise you. While everyone was making the last minute rush to the grocery store Feb. 14 to buy gifts, Radiohead had a big announcement to make – it was releasing its follow-up to In Rainbows the coming Saturday, Feb. 19. The King of Limbs was announced almost exactly like its predecessor was four years before, very briefly with very little warning and almost no evidence to prove that an album was being recorded. Unlike In Rainbows, though,

you could not set your own price; rather, Radiohead have once again shaken up the music industry by delivering the “world’s first news paper album,” as they’ve put it. The physical album, which contains over 625 pieces of companion artwork, a CD, two 10” vinyl albums and plenty of other ridiculous collectibles will not be available until late March, while a digital copy of the album was available Saturday as promised and had begun to stream on KCRW’s website Friday afternoon along with a strange video for the single “Lotus Flower” which featured Thom Yorke dancing alone in an empty room in black-andwhite. The album clocks in at a little

over 30 minutes (side note: rumors have already begun that this is simply part one of a twopart album), and although it feels more like an EP quickly thrown together at first, after a few listens it’s very apparent the spastic feel of the album is intended. Much like the transition from 1997’s OK Computer to 2000’s Kid A, Radiohead has switched gears from 2007’s In Rainbows traditional instrument compositions to an album with a dark and menacing electronic feel. This with the quickness and rapid delivery of each track gives The King of Limbs the same atmosphere of Kid A, one filled with ordered chaos and an anxious feeling of not knowing what’s going on. However, where

Kid A was a new direction for the band it also allowed them to branch out and try new things, getting better with each album. Now eleven years later, the band has taken this similar formula and their veteran skill to produce some of the most natural and flowing tracks of their career. A prime example is the single “Lotus Flower.” Driven by a monstrous synth and bass line, Yorke’s voice has never sounded better as he gracefully glides across the track while making his unearthly falsetto sound strangely human. Other standout tracks include the album opener “Bloom” and its chopped up piano line similar to Yorke’s “The Eraser” from his solo album of the same name.

“Morning Mr. Magpie” has been around the Internet for a few years now in the form of a live acoustic performance when the band was trying out new material, but appears here as a relentlessly fast-paced electronic song of revenge. Overall, The King of Limbs does not fail to disappoint. With another new way of marketing their music, Radiohead continues to push the boundaries of not just their music, but also how they get it out to the public and making it something worth having (deluxe packaging, special ordering, etc). While The King of Limbs is no OK Computer or Kid A, it is an important en-

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New on DVD: From the director of “Old School” and “The Hangover,” funny man Zach Galifianakis stars for the first time with Robert Downey Jr. in this anti-buddy comedy. Peter Highman (Downey) is rushing to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be with his wife as she prepares to give birth to their first child. Through unfortunate events, he meets struggling actor Ethan Tremlay (Galifianakis) and the duo embarks on a cross-country road journey to Los Angeles, hopefully arriving in time for the birth of Peter’s first child. This film showcases Zach Galifianakis’ outstanding comedic charm that makes him one of the funniest actors in Hollywood. The DVD includes: - Gag Reel - Outakes - Deleted scenes


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James Franco and Anne Hathaway join the elite group of the best (and the worst) Oscars hosts Steven Rea MCT Will James Franco pull a poem out of his tux, or read an excerpt from one of his short stories? Will Anne Hathaway break into song? Will the two of them, virgin cohosts of the 83d Academy Awards, dazzle the Kodak Theatre crowd Sunday night – and more important, dazzle the millions of viewers around the globe? Or will the untested duo drown in a pool of commingled flop sweat? Franco, 32, and Hathaway, 28, are joining a small club of men and women who have hosted the Academy Awards ceremony since its inception in 1929, when the first Oscar ceremony – untelevised, obviously, but also unradioized – took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Douglas Fairbanks and William C. deMille worked the room that night. Lionel Barrymore, Will Rogers and director Frank Capra were among those who took turns in those early years. And in 1940, the ski-nosed comic actor Bob Hope hosted for the first time (“Gone With the Wind” won best picture). Hope, of course, went on to front 17 more Oscarfests, ending his marathon run in 1978 (“Annie Hall” took home the best picture prize). His signature shtick was to bemoan the academy’s complete lack of recognition when it came to his own screen performances. “Welcome to the Academy Awards, or as it’s known at my house, Passover!” Hope quipped at the opening of the 1969 show. “Hosting the Oscars is a very difficult job, because everybody sees you,” says Gil Cates, who produced a record 14 Academy Award telecasts – and handpicked Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart to preside over those Hollywood lovefests. “It’s not like making a lousy movie, where it just dies. Not only do your colleagues see you, but the agents, the elevator man in your building, the guy who parks your car – everyone sees you. “If you’re the host, you can’t escape that scrutiny, and you need a really strong constitution to do it.” And because of that, Cates says, he has found that standup comedians folks who have spent years in the field, dodging rotten fruit, overcoming assorted humiliations, thinking fast on their feet – are the breed best suited. “They are used to the unexpected, they’re used to carrying the


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insider, she says. Neither Letterman nor Stewart went down especially well with the betuxed and begowned A-listers when the New York-based (and New York-acerbic) talk-show guys made their respective bows on the Oscar stage. “Some of the edgier hosts, like Jon Stewart or David Letterman, did not get well-received by people in the room,” says Matt McDaniel, managing editor of Yahoo Movies. “Even though I personally, as a viewer, really enjoyed both of them, it seemed like they were playing to hostile crowds sometimes, because they didn’t seem deferential.” That shouldn’t be a problem for Franco – nominated, by the way, for best actor for his role in “127 Hours” – or for Hathaway. After all, they’re working actors, and they’d like to work again. Dissing the big-time producers and directors in the audience isn’t going to help. But then again, they might be able to get away with stuff that Letterman and Stewart could not. “By having actors – movie stars, really – in the roles of host, the crowd might be a little more forgiving,” says McDaniel. “Because, if they poke fun at the Oscars, they are insiders. They’re part of the community.”

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Senior infielder McKenzie Sickler lets out her glove in hopes to out an Eastern New Mexico player at the MSU Invitational tournament. The Lady Mustangs remain in the No. 12 slot on the National Fast-pitch Coaches’ Association Division II poll. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

Softball team rolls over four opponents For the Wichitan No. 12 Midwestern State showed its dominant form both at the plate and in the circle, rolling to wins over Missouri Southern and Drury (Mo.) Sunday afternoon at Mustangs Park. The Mustangs battered Missouri Southern 13-0 in five in-

nings before senior pitcher Kristina Gutierrez 1-hit Drury in a 5-0 victory as MSU extended its most recent winning streak to six games to improve to 15-1 on the season. Gutierrez didn’t allow a hit until Drury’s Brittany Smith lined a single to left field with one out in the top of the seventh as she came within two outs of recorded her second straight no-hitter.

The right-hander from Pearland matched a season-high with 14 strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter while improving to 7-0 on the season. The Mustangs left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings in the finale against Drury starter Caitlin Krebs, who delivered a solid outing allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings to fall to 0-3. MSU finally took control

in the fourth as Amanda Potysman drew a one-out walk before she was lifted for pinch runner Megan Chartier, who was immediately sacrificed to second base. Elena Bennett then extended to her hitting streak to 13 games with an infield single to move Chartier to third. The duo then combined on a perfectly executed delayed double steal for the first run of

the game. After Nick Duff drew a walk and stole second, sophomore outfielder Courtney Bingham drilled a two-run single to right field to push the advantage to 3-0. The Mustangs would add two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Duff and McKenzie Sickler. MSU didn’t take as long to get the offense started in the

opener as Bingham and Potysman each blasted two-run shots in the first two innings before the Mustangs erupted for nine more runs in the third which included a two-run double by Bingham and 2-run and 3-run homers by Mallory Mooney to highlight the frame. Tanner allowed three hits and struck out seven to improve to 8-1 on the campaign.

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and went into the break with a 38-0 advantage. Winger Damian Atamenwan and Alvarez both had two tries while Tyler Schmidt and Bo Williams had single touchdowns for the first half. Coming back from the break, MSU dominated possession and scrumhalf Zach Henson extended the lead after an 11-yard run. North Texas’ eighth man was finally able enough to register a try for his team after sighting a breach in MSU’s defense. Still the visitors were up 43-7. The Mustangs kept up the momentum by converting a handful scoring opportunities.

Soopy Musarurwa marked his fifth try of the semester right after Henson set him up from a penalty. Atamenwan completed his hat-trick after retrieving his pop-kick and touching it down for MSU’s ninth of the afternoon. Simba Madzima then rounded up the scoring bonanza for MSU with 10 minutes left. The Eagles were able to muster a consolation try just moments before the final whistle. MSU won the game 60-12, granting the team a ticket to the semifinals against the University of Houston.

Rugby makes semifinals after weekend victory against UNT

MSU made it to the semifinals after a Sunday afternoon victory at the University of North Texas. UNT kicked off to MSU to start the game The Mustangs played offensively, scoring seven tries as well as defensively by shutting out their opponents in the first half. Fly-half Aaron Alvarez grabbed an eighth minute try as well as the extra points for the start of what would be an entertaining first half. MSU scored several more tries

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‘Qdoba’ and ‘Qdoba Mexican Grill’ are registered trademarksof the Qdoba Restaurant Corporation ©2010. For the Wichitan For the second time this weekend, junior Lindsey Holcomb came through in the clutch to lift Midwestern State to victory with a 5-4 decision over Southeastern Oklahoma State in Lone Star Conference play Saturday afternoon at the SOSU Tennis Courts. Meanwhile, the men steam rolled the Savage Storm in straight sets all the way through the order to move to 3-0. Holcomb, who battled to a split set win in Friday’s season opener against Arkansas-Fort Smith, dominated Southeastern’s Andrea Georgescu 6-1, 6-0 for the clincher as the Mustangs improved to 2-1 on the season. But MSU, which is playing with just five players and giving up a default at a singles and doubles’ position, overcame more adversity as Savage

Junior Lindsey Holcomb pushed MSU to victory after a split set win in the season opener. (Photo Courtesy)

Storm claimed a No. 2 doubles win and then owned a 4-1 lead when the first singles’ match came off of the courts.

The Mustangs then claimed straight-set victories at Nos. 1-3 singles as Rozike Janzen van Rensburg beat CassandraLeigh Kleber 6-3, 6-0, Leah Roberts dumped Marie Liwuslili 6-2, 6-2 and Abbie Lewis breezed past Mayra Leal 6-3, 6-1 before Holcomb notched the clincher. Meanwhile, the men were unchallenged with only Vjekoslav Stipanic and Jarod Liston surviving mild challenges at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions, respectively. Stipanic answered SOSU’s Alejandro Argumedo’s challenge 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 while Liston closed out Felipe Pimenta 7-5, 6-3 at No. 3 The MSU men’s and women’s tennis teams play host to East Central in the Mustangs’ home opener Thursday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is slated for 2 p.m.

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Above: Monday night’s game against Tarleton State University brought close to 4000 people in attendance. Both teams strived to come out on top, but Tarleton brought out the victory over the Mustangs, 49-47. Right: Senior guard Chris Hagan dribbles past a Texan defender. Hagan ranked in a total of six points in his 34 minutes of game time. (Photos by Hannah Hofmann and Andre Gonzalez)

Mustangs pull one victory, get trampled twice Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor The Mustangs pulled through for their third straight win last Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. They battled and defeated A&M-Kingsville, 77-61. The victory marked the 41st straight win at Ligon. MSU took off with the lead halfway into the first half when senior guard Adrian Van Buren landed a three-pointer to give MSU an 11-point lead. The Mustangs would lead by as much as 21 points during the game. The cherry on top was a free throw landed by junior forward Keonte Logan with 11:19 left to play. MSU was led by senior guard Chris Hagan. The Houston native notched in a total of 26 points for the Mustangs, including five assists

in his 32 minutes of play. Junior forward David Terrell put in 12 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 on the field. Terrell also put in five rebounds. Junior guard Michael Loyd and junior forward Darrick Thomas both pitched in nine and seven points, respectively. The following Saturday night, the Mustangs fell to No. 23 West Texas A&M at the First United Bank Center in Canyon. By the time the ball stopped bouncing and the buzzer whined, the scoreboard gave a disappointing report: 68-56. “It was a tough environment,” assistant coach Nelson Haggerty said. “They always play really well over there.” The Mustangs were 8-of-19 from the free throw line, which helped to dig the team’s grave during the loss.

Going into halftime, the Buffs were one up on MSU with 27-26 on the scoreboard, and then stretched their lead by 15 points thanks to a dunk done by WTAMU’s Courtney Carr at 6:59 left to play.

The Mustangs brought the game as close as six points late in the second half when Loyd slammed in one of his four threepointers, and Hagan swooshed in a free throw with 1:52 on the clock. Hagan finished with a game high of 20 points, including two assists and a single steal. Loyd pitched in 16 points along with his single assist and steal. Van Buren brought forth eight points and a double dose of steals. In his 14 minutes of game time, senior forward Charlie Logan forked six points, snagged three rebounds, dished a single assist and scored one steal. Monday night, the Mustangs went on to face Tarleton State in a heated battle that resulted in a loss for MSU, 49-47. Losing this heated match pushed MSU’s record to an

overall 19-7 and 7-5 in Lone Star Conference South Division play. “They had a couple guys that made some big plays for them,” Haggerty said. “It was a tough defensive battle.” The Mustangs home-winning streak was also halted at 41 games. It was the first loss that had been inflicted on the Mustags team since it was defeated at home in the 2008-2009 season by Dallas Baptist. At intermission, TSU was ahead by a single point as Hagan put up a jump shot right at the buzzer, bringing the score to 2625. At one point during the second half, MSU was ahead by by eight points when Thomas went for a tip-in with 13:58 remaining. But the Mustangs were dead-

locked with the Texans with just over a minute remaining in the match. TSU’s Corin Henry broke the tie by landing a slick jumpshot with just 19 seconds left. The Mustangs were never able to recover from the last-minute strike. Loyd led the corral with a game-high of 20 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Terrell put forth nine points along with his six rebounds, while Hagan poured in six points. “These last two games we’ve played two of the toughest teams, probably in the country,” Haggerty said. “As far as toughand defensive-minded teams.” Next, the Mustangs finish their regular season against Angelo State today at 8 p.m. at D.L. Ligon Coliseum, then on the road against Abilene Christian. Tipoff for the match is set for 4 p.m.

“We turned the ball over and created some opportunities for West Texas to take the lead and keep it,” Johnson said. WTAMU was up by as much as 16 points in the first half, then advanced that lead to 19 in the second half. With 17:42 left to play, the Lady Mustangs trailed by 10 points, the deficit lessened a bit by a jump shot put in by Markham. It was not, however, enough to put Midwestern in a winning position. “West Texas is very disciplined and a ball-smart team,” assistant coach Chris Reay said. “They execute all their offenses and are very well coached.” Junior forward Jazman Patterson set the team high with nine

points and five rebounds. Carver and Markham pitched in eight points each. Monday night’s game against No. 19 Tarleton determined whether the Lady Mustangs would go onto the Lone Star Conference Championships in Bartlesville, Okla. They did not advance. MSU kept up with the TexAnns in a neck and neck contest, but it would be TSU that came out on top, beating the Lady Mustangs 67-59. “We didn’t want them to overlook us, that’s for sure,” Johnson said. “They’re the South Division champions this year, I felt that they were overlooking us a little bit, and we wanted to make sure they knew we were for real.”

The Lady Mustangs were ahead by four points at halftime, 32-28, after Jackson rimmed in a jump shot with 43 seconds remaining in the first half. Junior forward Karissa Lang brought the Lady Mustangs to trail by three points with a free throw with 16:46 left on the clock. The California native tallied a career high of 13 points, including two three-pointers. Lang also pitched in four rebounds and four assists in her 31 minutes of game play. “I think it’s the best basketball we’ve played all year,” Johnson said. Markham pushed for 14 points and four rebounds to go with her double dose of assists.

Thompson also shined when she poured 10 of her 12 points all in the first half. Jackson finished with six points as well as six rebounds. The loss marked the 12th straight win TSU has had over the Lady Mustangs. Currently, the Lady Mustangs have the best record since 2004, -15 and 5-7 in LSC South. “We want to break 2003’s record as well, so we’re going to do whatever we can to do that,” Johnson said. Next, MSU will finish their regular season this week. First, they take on Angelo State on the home curt tonight at 6 p.m. then on the road against Abilene Christian Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

Michael Loyd

Midwestern State loses opportunity for LSC playoffs Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor

The Javelinas of Texas A&MKingsville were no match up for the Midwestern State University Lady Mustangs last Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. MSU came out on top of TAMUK, 63-52. In the first half, the Lady Mustangs slightly trailed behind TAMUK, but they took the lead after junior forward Savannah Carver slammed in a threepointer with 6:13 to go. MSU strongly held onto the lead as senior forward Nolisha Markham put forth the team high with 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Katiya Jackson

pitched in 12 total points, along with 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Carver finished overall with 11 points, five rebounds, and a game high of four steals. During her 31 minutes of game play, junior forward Cierra Thompson stomped in 10 points, six rebounds, and a single assist. As the weekend progressed, MSU went on the road to face West Texas A&M. The Lady Buffs rolled over MSU, 75-59. “We didn’t play our best ball game. Especially on the road, you got to play good on the road,” head coach Noel Johnson said. The lost battle was caused by the Lady Mustangs’ 22 total turnovers.

Athlete Spotlight Taylor Klutts - Golf • Fired an 8-over-80 putting the Mustangs ahead for 6th place at Lady Rattler Roundup. • Business Management major from Lake Kiowa, Texas.

Antonio Herran - Golf • Led the Mustangs to fifth place at Lions Classic with two-round total of 146 (+6) • Psychology major from Medellin, Colombia

February 23, 2011