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Despite news headlines of war, threats and protest, the Middle East remains a mystery to most Americans.

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Three-alarm fire damages French Quarter BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

Senior Moody Ihmedian came close to losing everything he owned when a fire broke out at French Quarter Apartments Sunday. “It could have been worse,” Ihmedian said. “The firemen did their job and ensured no one got hurt. It was scary.” Eight other MSU students weren’t so lucky. The fire was reported at 9:13 p.m. Firemen arrived on the scene four minutes later, according to Assistant Fire Marshall Antoinette Hastings. About nine students and two families were driven out by a three-alarm fire, which was extinguished by 11:07 p.m. The fire started in a chimney flue

above Ihmedian’s apartment. “We had just got done watching the Super Bowl when we heard about the fire,” Ihmedian said. “It was an unbelievable experience. What went through my mind was trying to get everything I own out of my apartment.” Hastings said investigators ruled the fire an accident. “The fire was contained in the attic area, but the apartments were damaged by smoke and water,” Hasting said. The Red Cross arranged for displaced students to be put up in motel rooms. The agency also helped to provide clothing and food for the victims.

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MSU students are missing out when it comes to planning for their future. That’s the consensus of the Career Management Center staff, who host four major career-related events each year. The staff also conducts resume workshops and preps seniors for life after graduation. Students, however, aren’t showing up in droves. Last fall, an average of 184 students came to CMC-sponsored events. The high point was when 340 students attended the Part-Time Job & Volunteer Fair. The low: only 66 students showed

up at the Graduate and Professional School Fair, according to Dirk Welch, CMC Director. The attendees make up about 3 percent of MSU’s 6,182 students. The lack of student participation in events has left Welch puzzled. “During difficult job market times, where competition for available jobs is fierce, it would seem that more involvement in utilizing all available opportunities to network and interface with employers and organizations would be happening,” he said. The drop in attendance is not new,

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Joel Smith passes a Frisbee to Mark Olgvin during Ultimate Frisbee practice Monday. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN

Students go airborne with new game CORA KUYKENDALL FOR THE WICHITAN

Whizz! With a flick of the wrist, Mark Campbell fires a Frisbee to teammate Rachael Krygsman. She leaps, grabbing it out of the air above her head with one hand. Score. This isn’t just any game they’re playing – this is the ultimate game. Its name: Ultimate Frisbee, a quintessential college phenomenon. Ultimate Frisbee is played on many college campuses and continues to

grow in popularity as people learn more about the new sport. But those who think Ultimate Frisbee is just a silly game haven’t seen how MSU’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Cavalry, plays. A game of Ultimate Frisbee can last up to two hours. It has rules, policies and referees just like any other sport. “People don’t understand how competitive college Ultimate is,” said Mark Campbell, Cavalry’s team manager. “They view it as non-athletic people tossing a Frisbee back and forth. Ultimate is a high-paced game with tons

of intensity.” Former Team President Samantha Hassell and Cavalry Team Captain Joel Smith, with a handful of other students, had the idea to put team together. A year and a half later, that dream has become a reality. The team held tryouts last month. Eighteen players were up to snuff for the newly-formed team. In the fall, students can come to the


UGROW aids students, faculty in campus-wide research projects CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF

UGROW program helps students, faculty develop research skills Zach Evett, a mechanical engineering student at MSU, is a changed man. He used to study his major in a vacuum – he had no idea that mechanical engineering could be applied other academic disciplines.

But then he agreed to participate in UGROW. UGROW, or Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshops, gives undergraduate students the chance to do research with other students and faculty, according to faculty speakers at a presentation on the program Tuesday night. The program, which was established in 2004, tends to take students out of

their comfort zones. This was certainly the case with Evett, he said. “I am a much more mature and educated person now.” Last summer, Evett began to build mechanical “puppets” for an MSU theatre production, Bandersnatch. These weren’t your grandpa’s puppets, though – they were full of wires and switches. Creating them took a little bit of Calculus-level math, to say the least.

Evett worked with three theatre student on the projects. Students, he noted at the presentation, who had no prior experience in the field of mechanical engineering. His teammates, though unfamiliar with about engineering, were dedicated and vastly creative, he said. “Those people work. Like 14 hours a day work,” Evett said. He said he even learned work ethic from his teammates.

“I worked with them,” he said. “I worked hard with them.” He told the audience in Shawnee Theatre that the university should be implementing UGROW-type programs all over campus. He remarked on all the possibilities that program could create “I feel like this has been one of the

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Komen needed the pressure Parenthood message since her appointment in 2011. The health of women should not Last week, women across the nabe a political issue. tion were outraged when the Susan But Handel made the issue poG. Komen for the Cure Foundation litical when she stated, “I do not pulled funding from Planned Parentsupport the mission of Planned hood. Parenthood” and pledged to elimiPlanned Parenthood, an organizanate funding for breast and cervical tion committed to helping undercancer screenings. privileged and financially unstable Over the past five years, Komen women in their sexual health, has has funded 170,000 clinical breast received funding from Komen for exams and 6,400 mammogram five years. referrals. Both Planned Parenthood and KoWithout this funding, hundreds men are interested in the health and of thousands of women would not wellness of women and are strongly have been able to receive screeninvolved in preventing breast cancer ings. and urging women to get screenings Women’s health and abortion are often. not one in the same, nor should Unfortunately, Komen’s former senior vice president, Karen Handel, they be treated as if they were. Yes, Planned Parenthood employs has been opposed to the Planned clinics that perform abortions. our view

But cutting off funding for abortions makes funding for cancer screenings an innocent bystander. It isn’t fair to cut funding provided to women who use Planned Parenthood services to prevent life threatening diseases simply because one high-ranking official decided she doesn’t agree with Roe v. Wade. After much uproar and backlash from not only feminist groups, but also individual women, Komen reinstated funding to Planned Parenthood. Handel resigned on Tuesday as the senior vice president of the organization, stating Planned Parenthood employed “vicious attacks and coercion” against her. Planned Parenthood will continue providing women’s health services, which includes abortions.

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MTV, Jersey Shore and Teen Mom are rotting your brain


I totally understand the “rubbernecking” concept. I get that the woes of others are a sick, twisted, but totally appealing form of entertainment. What I fail to understand is this plague of shows that make the human race look like...dare I say it...baboons. What are these shows? It’s not hard to spot them, or hear about them. There is a plethora of trash television; Teen Mom,16 and Pregnant, and

of course we can’t forget Jersey Shore. I don’t think there can be a show more debasing than Jersey Shore. From what I understand, it resembles a train wreck- you just can’t look away. But seriously, America? What has this nation come to? Teenagers and young adults are glued to their television screens, unable to take their eyes away from the disgusting amounts of alcohol consumed by overprivileged numskulls on the eat coast. Partying, tanning and drama are the pieces that hold the entire show together. There is nothing intellectual about Jersey Shore. The characters are bad influences, awful role models and a shameful piece of society. What ever happened to keen interest in educational programming? The History Channel has drama, confusion, mystery, love and all the fixings. But nobody seems to be scheduling their day around watching documentaries on the lives of influential people. Instead young people insist on mak-

ing it home to see the newest episode of drunken embarrassment on MTV. Entertainment media feeds off of the stupidity and ridiculous lives and ideas of these horrendous people. On Monday, one of the top news stories popping up in Google search results read, “Snooki and JWoww ‘won’t give up on Jersey’ after they are banned from filming spin-off series” Stupid nicknames, orange skin, and glowing white teeth make the headlines weekly. Why is it that people who seemingly have nothing positive to contribute to the world are able to influence millions of young people? “Snooki” and “JWoww” make vulnerable teenage girls believe that it is okay to dress like a whored-out Barbie doll. Needless to say, the whored-out Barbie doll look isn’t all that is influencing young adults these days. The hit reality shows Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant are glamorizing being a young mother, or parent in general. Sure, the shows do address the strug-

gles teenage parents go through, but the shows also subliminally tell kids that being pregnant while so young is totally okay and natural. Not only is it okay and natural, but you could be a TV star too! What child doesn’t dream of fame and stardom? The girls on these shows did nothing commendable (except for keeping their children), yet they become celebrities almost over night. They have their children and whenever they don’t feel “up to it” they just drop their baby off at their mother’s house and go be a teenager again. Unfortunately, instead of the shows dealing with and addressing the struggles, the heartbreak, the sleepless nights and the extreme emotional distress, they concentrate on the drama of the everyday life of a teenager.... Apparently these teenagers make such a better show because they are pregnant. What a shame. It’s a shame what modern television has come to. Americans are glued to their televisions watching brain-rotting shows.

These programs require no imagination, no sense of thought, no demand for intellect. They dumb down society, especially the younger generations. Where is the imagination? What happened to music on MTV instead of the reality meltdown bullcrap? At least when MTV played music the network provided a positive service to society. Now it’s just brain-rotting toxic garbage. A wild imagination is the sign of a healthy and open mind. These shows are just closing off young imaginations, disallowing the mind to be active and able. Ears, eyes and minds are being filled to the brim with disgraceful train-wreck ideas of lives filled with drugs, alcohol and fame. I think it’s time that television, along with parents and intelligent young minds, to get back to imagination and get back to quality entertainment!

Letter to the editor I would like to bring an issue to your attention: I am a grad student and I attend MSU at night for my classes. I work 40-plus hours a week at my job and I don’t always eat dinner between 5 p.m., when I got off work, and 5:30 p.m., when class begins. Last night I had class in the Dillard Building and utilized the coffee/snack bar on the first floor. I was charged $2.80 for a 20 oz Diet Coke and $1.50 for a small bag of potato chips. I don’t know who sets the prices for the items sold to the students, but that is almost a 200 percent markup! It’s bad enough that we are charged numerous fees just for attending MSU, but it is quite another thing to overcharge for snacks or food. I attended Oklahoma State University for my undergraduate degree and I was NEVER overcharged for snacks from the shops inside classroom buildings. The students and teachers of MSU are this shop’s ONLY customers, so why are we being taken advantage of so blatantly? Sincerely,

Mandi Morrison Counseling Grad Student

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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





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Counselors help students kick test anxiety to the curb Taming your Test Anxiety helps students control fears of taking tests and scoring low grades BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

Some students think college tests are too hard. Others have a habit of falling asleep while reading from a textbook. But many students at the Counseling Center’s Taming Your Test Anxiety workshop said simply going blank when the test is given out was the sole problem. “By doing workshops, we can provide this information to a large group of students in just a few hours,” Licensed Professional Counselor Lori Arnold said. “Workshops are one way the Counseling Center can serve the student body.” According to the Counseling Center, 20 percent of college students may suffer from nervousness. “I don’t know what is about multiple



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choice tests, but every time I look at a scantron I go blank,” freshman Stefanie Houston said. “It’s insane that no matter how much I study, when the test is in front of me everything I’ve learned leaves me.” Vikki Chaviers, Counseling Center licensed professional counselor, described anxiety as an uneasiness of the mind caused by fear. This academic workshop dealt with students fear and anxiety surrounding academic performance. Chaviers told students stories from her undergraduate experience where she also suffered from test anxiety. “I had a professor who told me, ‘when you go in and take a test and your mind goes blank, just sign your name on the test, hand it in and walk out of the door. Then you will remember everything,” Chaviers said. Chaviers said going blank before a test is one of the many excuses students make to explain their test anxiety. “Stress and fear take a lot of energy,” Chaviers said. “Whatever our thoughts take us, that’s how we are going to feel emotionally, physically and mentally.” Anxiety comes up before tests have even been handed out because of negative self talk and worry, Chaviers said. In her presentation, Chaviers explained the learning pyramid and said the average retention rate after 24 hours increases to 50 percent when students have study groups. Students thinking college tests are too hard or that they’ve never been very good students are other justifications students make to ex-

According to the MSU Counseling Center, one of the biggest problems students have with test taking is they don’t know what to take notes on in class. Photo by CHRIS COLLINS

plain their lack of test taking skills. “High school teachers make sure you get assignments done and are prepared for tests,” Chaviers said. “College professors throw (the information) out there and leave the rest all up to the students.” Houston said the main reason why she struggled her first semester at Midwestern was that she was used to getting a test review from her high school teachers before every test. Chaviers said many students get frustrated when questions from a test re-

anxiety at some point in their academic career. The same skills needed to reduce test anxiety can be used to reduce anxiety in other areas of life.” Chaviers advises students with test anxiety issues to contact the Counseling Center and make an appointment with a therapist. The Counseling Center also deals with other academic difficulties including stress and time management, study and test-taking skills and attention and concentration problems.

CAREER from pg. 1 he noted. Oddly enough, the drop in attendance began about the time the economy started to deteriorate. Jobhunting, always difficult for most college graduates, became even more of a challenge. Welch said total expenses average $600 per fair or expo. These costs include marketing and promotion costs, printing and supply costs, food and hospitality. Randi Roanhaus, employer relations coordinator for CMC, said one employer asked why more students weren’t present. “In this instance, when they asked why students aren’t coming, I really don’t have an answer,” Roanhaus said. “Sometimes it is a lack of interest in graduate schools or finance issues.” In a tight job market, attendance size often impacts whether employers will select MSU as a recruiting destination, Welch said. “Midwestern is not A&M, Texas Tech or some of the bigger names,” said Roanhaus. “So we aren’t the first school on the radar for some of these companies.” Roanhaus said the location of MSU is also a disadvantage for possible employers. “We are four hours away from Canyon and the Lubbock area, where they get a lot of Colorado businesses. And we are two hours from the Metroplex area,” Roanhaus said. “MSU is also a briefcase school, so students go home on the weekends, which is a good thing because stu-

dents have the advantage of attending career expos in both areas.” Roanhaus said student attendance at such events is essential. “I think students forget to plan for the future and let these career fairs slip by them,” she said. However, career events are posted throughout campus on the MustangsHIRE boards, Roanhaus said. On the other hand, Roanhaus said the Part-Time Volunteer Fair was well attended in the fall. “The Career Expo last year had a new time in the afternoon and evening,” Roanhaus said. “We worked around students’ schedules to the best of our ability.” A total of 110 students were present at the Career Expo, which cost the university about $1,200. Roanhaus graduated from MSU in 2008 and started working for the Career Management Center last year. “When I started in this department, I connected with other universities our size and that we are in competition like West Texas and Tarleton,” Roanhaus said. “The number of employers we have attend fairs and expos are astronomically competitive with those schools. But it is the student attendance at some fairs that are low compared to theirs. We are always hoping for more students to attend because the opportunities are endless for them.” Students might be less likely to attend fairs and expos if they don’t recognize company names, but Roanhaus said this shouldn’t keep students from using their services.

CAMPUS BRIEFS THURSDAY Feb. 9 The multicultural service is hosting From Soulful Music to Hip Hop in Shawnee Theater from noon to 1 p.m.

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THURSDAY Feb. 9 If you are interested in becoming a Relay for Life Team Captain, come to the meeting in CSC Wichita I and II at 6 p.m.

We’ll be in the student center every Tuesday this semester finding answers to the issues you care about.

THURSDAY Feb. 9 UPB is hosting a homemade bath salt party! As a gift or just for person. Choose your scent, your color and mix your way to relaxation! UPB will be in the atrium from 9 to 2:30 p.m.

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view aren’t on the test or when a professor doesn’t give out a review at all. “When I was an undergrad, test reviews didn’t exist,” Chaviers said. “That meant you were responsible for everything.” Arnold said some professors use test banks from a textbook instead of creating their own tests. “I think test anxiety is a common problem among students are Midwestern,” Arnold said. “I think it is fair to say that most students have struggled with test

“We don’t have Google, Yahoo or Facebook coming to our fairs,” Roanhaus said. “But students think there isn’t an industry for them. That is such a falsity. Everyone is going to start out predominantly in an entrylevel job. Students don’t know what opportunities are going to open.” Despite low student attendance, Roanhaus said the department receives compliments from employers on how well dressed and prepared MSU students are. “Instead of building a foundation with employers we have, we are constantly recruiting for new ones,” Roanhaus said. “We must always show interest to employers so they will show interest in our students. This is a way we build relationships.” The Career Management Center advertises events through print, web and electronic formats. The department also hangs banners in visible locations and incorporates yard signs into its marketing approach. “It is always our hope and desire that as many students as possible will take advantage of the services and resources that the Career Management Center offers,” Welch said. “It is common practice for the Career Management Center to evaluate our events, services, and resources with the aim of identifying the things that are working well and any changes that could be made further strengthen the offering.” The evaluation process has shaped and further refined the department’s events, Welch said. Welch has been the director of the

Center since 2003. The CMC today offers a much wider array of services to MSU students and alumni than it did then. “Our visibility on campus has increased,” Welch said. “We have evolved in our use of technology and software in the delivery, evaluation and promotion of our services and resources.” Much of the programmatic growth has occurred in the areas of part-time job, volunteerism, interview preparation services and professional development opportunities. “The Career Management Center has spoken to colleagues in career services at other institutions across Texas and the nation. Like MSU, others have reported experiencing a decrease in student and alumni attendance at career fairs and expos.” Welch said. Since 2003, the CMC has seen a dramatic increase in its outreach efforts across campus. According to Welch, presentations have increased by 375 percent and student and alumni use of the Center’s resources and services have grown by 415 percent. For the 2010-2011 academic year, more than half of the Center’s student contacts have been seniors. Students from Dillard College and the College of Health Sciences and Human Services utilize the CMC services the most with 32 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

THURSDAY Feb. 9 The Texas Learning and Resource Center is hosting a wine and cheese event in Dillard 189 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

MONDAY Feb. 13 Meet for Monday Night Cru in the Atrium for fellowship and bible study. Fellowship begins at 9 p.m.

THURSDAY Feb. 9 Dr. Lloyd Jeff Dumas is presenting on his latest book The Peacekeeping Economy. The presentation is 7 to 8 p.m. in Akin Auditorium.

MONDAY Feb. 13 Sigma Lambda Alpha sorority is hosting a Valentine’s Day fundraiser all day in the Student Center.

SATURDAY Feb. 11 The Rock & Worship Tour hits Wichita Falls. Head to an early dinner at Fuzzy’s at 3 p.m. to get in line at Kay Yeager before the doors open for the concert at 4:30. The concert is from 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door gets you in to see Disciple, Tenth Avenue North, Lecrae, Hawk Nelson & SideWalk Prophets.

WEDNESDAY Feb. 15 The NAACP is hosting event to educate the student body on segregation. Student volunteers will be performing a skit reenacting the Jim Crow Laws and how it was the start of segregation. Come watch at the Atrium from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.


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SYRIA POP: 22,505,000

TURKEY POP: 22,505,000


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

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

KUWAIT POP: 3,100,000

IRAN POP: 73,973,000

IRAQ POP: 31,000,000

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

SAUDI ARABIA POP: 23,513,000


OMAN POP: 3,200,000

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YEMEN POP: 23,701,000

More than 350 million people live in the Middle East.

Qatar has one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world

A brief timeline of Middle Eastern events

Jesus of Nazareth is born in Jerusalem

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


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

Israelites conquer Canaan King David overtakes Jerusalem

Pottery emerges in Mesopotamia

Egyptian citizens overthrown dictator Hosni Mubarak

First hieroglyphs appear in Egypt

Photos courtesy Graph, photo illustration, design by Chris Collins


Domestication of sheep begins in Western Asia

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

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

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

democracy. German authorities arrested two men, one from Syria and one from Lebanon. They have been accused of spying on opponents of Syria’s president.

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MM NBC ‘smashes’ FOX’s Glee MM NBC debuts a new show full of great performances and stellar acting. CHRISTOPHER CARTER FOR THE WICHITAN

Lights, camera, Smash! Last night NBC debuted the new television show Smash. NBC is trying to mooch off of the success of FOX’s Glee. The crazy thing about this is, Smash might be considerably better. Instead of weekly episodes that put you in the mind of High School Musical, Smash details the life of aspiring actresses and their pursuit of the role of Marilyn Monroe in the fictional theater play Marilyn. The show begins with American Idol alum, Katherine McPhee as Karen Cartwright, belting the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on a beautiful stage with bright lights. McPhee sings every note effortlessly as she channels her inner Jennifer Hudson. It is revealed that McPhee is actually auditioning for a part, when a producer’s ringing phone abruptly interrupts her. As McPhee is rudely rushed out of the room, musical theater sensation Megan Hilty, as Ivy Lynn, introduces herself to

the world. Hilty immediately captures viewers with her sex appeal that is a complete 180 from McPhee’s shy and sweet demeanor. The characters Karen Cartwright and Ivy Lynn are about as different from each other as Taylor Swift and Shakira. After Karen and Ivy’s auditions, Will and Grace star Debra Messing as playwright Julia Houston, and actor Christian Borle as the flamboyant play and songwriter Tom Levitt, are seen discussing their past theater failures. When Tom’s assistant, Jaime Cepero as Ellis Tancharoen, brings up the idea of a play about the great Marilyn Monroe, his idea is immediately shut down. Julia is taking a “break” from playwriting. Tom and Julia had previously created a playwright of the late Marilyn Monroe, but it commercially “flopped.” While the idea of “Marilyn” is shot down, Julia’s creative juices are starting to bubble with ideas, including a baseball number. After an intense divorce mediation between Academy Award winner Anjelica Hutson as producer Eileen Rand and her husband, Tom and Julia are seen working on a demo recording for “Marilyn” with Ivy. Ivy is working on one of Tom’s plays but is feeling unfulfilled.

The part of Marilyn in a big theater production would be a dream for her. As Ivy records the song for Marilyn, she embodies everything Marilyn was. She has the sex appeal but has a voice Marilyn Monroe only dreamed of having. Her performance is one of the highlights of the premiere. Apparently Tom’s assistant Ellis felt the same way because it is revealed that he taped the recording and posted it on the Internet. While Julia is furious, the song receives outstanding reviews and catches the eye of producer Eileen Rand. After a meeting between Eileen, Tom, Julia and the fired but rehired Ellis, the production of “Marilyn” is under-way. The only problem is the arrogant, womanizing director Jack Davenport as Derek Willis. Tom and Derek have a past filled with negative experiences so Tom expresses his dislike of Derek and his disapproval of him as the director. Conflict arises when Derek choreographs an amazing dance and performance of Tom’s baseball themed song causing him to concede and ultimately hire him. The baseball-themed song was another highlight of the show. The dancing, singing, and acting were one-of-a-kind.

Megan Hilty’s performance as Marilyn was flawless. She shows why she is a highly regarded musical theater actress. Unfortunately, Derek doesn’t think so and opens up a casting call for the role of Marilyn. In comes McPhee’s Karen Cartwright. Karen had been portrayed as a sweet and humble young woman with a loving and supportive boyfriend Raza Jaffrey as Dev Sundaram. Her parents are very loving but her dad believes Karen’s dream of being a star is childish. All the while her mom is telling her to marry her loving boyfriend. The next day, Karen wows Tom, Julia, Anjelica, and Derek with her vocal ability and physical appearance. Derek thoroughly enjoys the performance, eventually texting Karen in the middle of the night to come by his apartment to read for the play.

While Karen believes she is only reading for a part, Derek has alternative motives. He sees Karen and believes he can manipulate her into doing what he wants. Karen gets the last laugh when she goes to the bathroom and comes back out with undergarments and one of his button up shirts. She teases him and shows how “sexy” she really is only to ultimately mess with his mind and leave him wanting more. The next day, Karen and Ivy are called back for the role of Marilyn and battle in different auditions. This scene sets the table for a season of drama and great performances. The new NBC television musical has the potential to be a commercial and critical success for years to come. The musical drama returns Monday at 9 p.m. Central on NBC. Smash will prove to be just that, a smash.


Peace, Love & Lipgloss Romantic Valentine’s Day eyes

It’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you are going out on a date with your love or attending a single’s awareness party, glamorous makeup will give you confidence and beauty for both. Pigment eye shadow gives gorgeous shimmer with potentially powerful color. MAC Cosmetics has put together pigment stacks, which contain four containers of velvety smooth, rich shades that last for quite a while. For Valentine’s date makeup, a beautiful option is MAC Dazzlesphere! Berry Ornament ($32.50 at This is actually from their holiday 2011 collection, but these colors are perfect for spring as well. The trick to using crushed metallic pigments is to press the shadow onto the lid, as opposed to sweeping it across. This will prevent fall-out and build the layers so that the color appears more opaque. You may also wet your shadow brush at any time to enhance the color and make application easier. Start out by applying eye shadow primer over your entire lid - lash to brow. Urban Decay Primer Potion ($18 at Ulta) is a great option. Then pull out the lightest shade of your pigment stack, Pearl (Champagne),


and a flat eye shadow brush. Sephora Collection I.T. Concealer Brush ($28 at actually works really well when applying loose pigments. Insert the brush into the pigment and transfer it to the cap. Then press the shadow into the brush and tap it against the side to get rid of excess. In small movements, press the color into the inner corner and upper brow bone of your lid. This will highlight and brighten your eyes to make them appear larger. Wipe the brush clean and use the same steps listed above to grab the second color, Rose Light (Shimmering Salmon Pink). Swirl this pigment over the entire lid, focusing on the lower one. You can double up on the color by layering it in quick, small movements.

Add depth to your eyes with sweeping Spicy Smoke (Deep Burgundy) into your crease. This color can be quite powerful, so be careful not to use too much; the red tones can potentially make your lids look irritated. Add the final touch of color with Roasted Chesnut (Dark Bronze) in a small sideways “v” shape in the outer corner of your eye. You can bring the look together by smudging a thin line of Spicy Smoke or Roasted Chesnut beneath your eyes. Then line along your upper lashes with a dark brown liner, such as NYX Slide On Eye Pencil – Brown Perfection ($7.99 at Ulta). Finally, glam out your eyes with volumizing mascara. If you feel like splurging, try out Dior DiorShow Mascara ($25 at A less expensive option is Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara ($5.94 at Target). And Voila! You’re gorgeous, doll face!

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Name: Steve Hilton, assistant professor at the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts What is your focus in art? “Ceramics. I teach Ceramics 1 through 5 and Art Education.” How long have you been doing ceramics? “I actually started out as a science teacher. A friend introduced me to ceramics. I have been doing ceramics for 13 years.” Professor Hilton will speak in Thailand this summer. He has recently been featured on the cover of a Thai ceramics magazine.


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Lady Mustangs outplay Rambelles Savannah Carver and Kirsti Degalia were key players in the Lady Mustangs’ victory over Angelo State. DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

The Midwestern State women’s basketball team whizzed past the Rambelles of Angelo State Saturday night, leaving an 83-70 score line behind. Kirsti Degalia and Savannah Carver led the stampede by putting together the majority of the points to secure a Lone Star Conference win at the D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Degalia scored 24 easy points, Carver followed with 20 while Jazman Patterson finished with 12 points. Patterson saw it as one of her responsibilities as a senior player to bring consistency to the game. According to the forward, the Rambelles came out with fine tactics but MSU was on the lookout. “I have great respect for the ASU post players,” she said. “They did a good job but we were able to exploit their switches.” ASU had controlled the tempo on the court for the first few minutes before MSU instigated an early comeback. The Lady Mustangs played a remarkable offensive game which resulted in high scoring especially with a large margin. Patterson also commended the efforts of her teammate, Degalia, whose points contributed to the difference between

Junior guard Karissa Lang goes for a layup against Angelo State Saturday afternoon. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN

both sides. “Kirsti had an amazing night,” she said. “I was very proud of her for getting her career high points.” Degalia must have truly had an amazing night as Head Women’s Basketball Coach Noel Johnson gave her due plaudits for a job well done. “Degalia did great especially by atacking the glass consistently,” she said. “She played an outstanding game in the second half.” The hosts were also able to rebound 33 times with great contributions from Karissa Lang and Patterson. Meanwhile, Paige Weishuhn led the Rambelles and rounded-up with 21 points leaving Morgan Youngblood and Ashley James with 11 points apiece to facilitate the visitors final of 70. Carver made the last two points in the second half to round up Midwestern State’s triumph. Although Angelo State put in great effort, the Lady Mustangs countered them with ease. “ASU is a great team with good defense,” Johnson said. “We did a splendid job adjusting to their defense.” The Lady Mustangs improved to 16-4 on the season and moved to 12-2 in league play, while Angelo State fell to 11-9 and 9-5. The 83 points MSU scored represented the most Angelo State has conceded this season. “I am extremely proud of the girls, how they played and the intensity the put,” said Johnson. The Lady Mustangs will travel to Texas A&M University-Kingsville this Saturday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

FRISBEE from pg. 1 practice sessions to learn about the sport. Team members are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA and must attend twice-weekly practices. Anyone is allowed to play the noncompetitive pick-up games that are played every Tuesday and Thursday in the Quad at 3:30 p.m. The team hangs out even when they’re not on the playing field. But right now Cavalry’s priorities are to go to school, make grades, then Frisbee. Last spring, the univeristy allocated $2,000 to the team. The funding was used for registration fees, new jerseys and travel. Each team member also paid $25 and helped with a fundraiser at Sonic. Instead of spending hundreds of

dollars on hotels when they travel, the team tries to stay wherever they are welcome. Family members who live in the area of the tournament take in the team for the weekend to lighten the cost. According to Campbell, the best way for MSU to support Cavalry is to get involved and help out. “If students came to watch us play, that’d be awesome,” he said. “Let us stay at your house for tournaments. Go ahead and have a plate of food ready for us to eat.” Cavalry’s biggest goal for 2012 is to be a contender at the sectional tournament. Since the team is still young, Smith wants to compete to get Cavalry’s name out. The tournament is held April 14 and 15. If the team places in

the top 3, they will continue to compete in regional tournament and may even qualify for the national competition in Boulder, Colo. “We didn’t hear about the sectional tournament last year until it was too late, so this year will be our first year to compete,” said Smith. “Some schools still don’t know about us because we are a young club, so I want to show up and compete.” The team’s biggest competitors are Sam Houston State University, Rice, UT Arlington, and Baylor. Since Calvary is still a newer team, many of its opponents underestimate their abilities. However, Cavalry surprised everyone (including themselves) by placing seventh out of 16 last spring in a Nick La Mere throws a frisbee during a practice session Thursday afternoon. tournament. Photo by DAMIAN ATAMENWAN

MSU tennis experiences bittersweet season opener Rory de Boer and the MSU tennis team shutout Temple Junior College but fell to St. Edwards. DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

The Midwestern State men’s tennis team began its season last weekend with a 9-0 victory over Temple Junior College then suffered a 7-2 loss to the Hilltoppers of St. Edwards. Mario Urban combined forces with

Colby Meeks to defeat Temple Junior College, who featured Tom Greer-Smith and Robin Hochguertel. The Mustangs dual served the Leopards with an 8-2 score line. Jarrod Liston and Tomas Grejtak appeared in the No. 2 doubles to beat Justin Delgado and Dimitar Komov 8-1. Rory de Boer and Kacper Boborykin followed up to thrashed Andrew Fuelleman and Justin Petty 8-1 in No. 3 doubles. Boer went ahead to face Hochguertel in three sets of No. 1 singles that ended in scores of 6-2,6-7 and 10-5. Boer expressed his view of the season

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opener against Temple Junior College. “We were expected to win the game even though we didn’t play our best,” he said, “But it is always good to win.” According to the sophomore, it felt great to finally play the first game of the season after working hard since the fall semester. A shutout was a good start for the Mustangs who had no idea what St. Edwards had waiting for them. “It was pretty disappointing but we took positives out of it,” said Boer. St. Edwards stole the doubles points, before going ahead to snatch four out of

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strup 6-4, 6-3 but found a silver lining in the cloud. “It was a promising start and we know where we have to be halfway through the season,” he added. The Hilltoppers won the other two doubles points 8-4, with the No. 1 combinations of Urban and Meeks falling to Boone and Bencke, and the No. 3 team of de Boer and Boborykin lossing to Bueno and Wiggins. Midwestern State will travel to San Antonio this Friday to play Laredo Community College before facing Incarnate Word on Saturday.

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MSU takes Rams by the horns Anthony Harris converted two freethrows in the last few minutes of Saturday’s game as the Mustangs slid past Angelo State. DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

Air time: Junior forward Anthony Harris dunks against Angelo State. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN

The Midwestern State basketball team disappointed Angelo State by making a dramatic comeback to defeat the Rams 62-61 at the D.L. Ligon Coliseum. It was a tough game for MSU who did not only squander 22 free throws but also watched an eightpoint lead slip away. This posed temporal danger to the Mustangs’ offense. With the immediate help of Michael Loyd’s three-pointer and David Terrell’s layup, the Mustangs went ahead to lead 58-53. The Rams were obstinate indeed as they went for an 8-0 run to put the score at 61-58 while the Mustangs got ready to fight back. Even Head Basketball Coach Nelson Haggerty praised the effort ASU put in the match. “Angelo State came here to play good basketball,” he said. Haggerty also stressed how poorly the first period had gone for the Mustangs. “We had too many offensive fouls and missed free-throws in the first half,” he said. “I felt we could have played better.”

Finally, Kevin Loyd threw Terrell a fine pass that qualified for a dunk and two points. Then Harris ended the contest by completing two free-throws to give the Mustangs a 62-61 victory. The Mustangs had an unfortunate first half but were keen on coming back. “Anthony Harris really carried us offensively,” added Haggerty. “He didn’t shy away from taking the ball.” Michael Loyd gathered 13 points against ASU to lead the Midwestern State scorers while LaDonn Huckaby and Keenen Coleman guided the Rams with 13 points each. Still, there were other players who got their names heard. Terrel and Harris made 12 points apiece and were huge contributors to the Mustangs’ 62 points. Terrel and Harris also had seven and eight rebounds respectively while Huckaby paced the competition with nine. “I like where we are right now,” Haggerty said. “We are 18 and two on the season right and that is a good place to be.” While Midwestern improved to 18-2 on the season and to 11-2 in league play, the Rams fell to 9-13 and 2-10. “Offensively we’re getting better,” Haggerty added. “We played our best offensive game against ASU last weekend. Wejust have to take it one game at a time.” The Mustangs will visit Texas A&M University-Kingsville this Saturday. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.

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SPORTS AROUND THE WORLD Soccer: Manchester United came from three goals down to tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. John Evans opened with an owngoal then David Luiz and Juan Mata made it three for Chelsea. Wayne Rooney instigated the comeback with two converted penalty kicks before Javier Hernandez ended the game with a one-time header. After being stripped of England’s captaincy, John Terry will face trial in July over racist comments against QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Cycling: Tour de France champion Alberto Contador had to give up his 2010 title after sports’ highest court doubted his story that contaminated meat made him fail a drug test. Contador was also given a two-year drug ban. Basketball: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is facing suspension for two games for driving his foot into the upper body and face of Houston Rockets’ Luis Scola. Rugby: England defeated Scotland 13-6 in the 6 Nations Rugby tournament. Hockey: The Washington Capitals secured first place in the Southeast Division with after a 4-0 humiliation of Florida Tuesday night.

Manning lifts the New York Giants into super rare air JEFF MCLANE MCT

The New York Giants now can say their stunning victory over the New England Patriots four years ago was not a fluke. Eli Manning now can say he did not get lucky the first time around. And Tom Coughlin now can be called a coach every bit as great as Bill Belichick, whom he has beaten twice in the Super Bowl. The Giants, who squeaked into the NFL playoffs, put a stamp on another miracle run through the postseason with a 21-17 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. With the victory, the Giants became the first team that went 9-7 in the regular season to emerge as Super Bowl champion. And at 65, Coughlin passed Dick Vermeil (63) as the oldest coach to win the Super Bowl. The Patriots could not avenge their loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, when Manning pulled off the upset of the century with a game-winning drive that ruined New England’s shot at a perfect season. In winning the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player award Sunday, Manning upstaged Tom Brady, who was denied a fourth ring that would have tied him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks to win that many. Manning, who won on the field his brother Peyton called home, became the 11th quarterback to start and win multiple Super Bowls. He also became the fifth player to win multiple MVP awards, joining Montana, Bradshaw, Brady, and Bart Starr. “This isn’t about one guy,” Manning said. “This is about the team coming together and getting this win.” Brady will have to settle for being Manning’s equal on this night, although his team wasn’t. At 31, it isn’t beyond reason to suggest that Peyton’s little brother will be back on this stage with a chance at ring No. 3. Manning was magnificent. He completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown. He did not toss an interception and completed passes to nine receivers. He ended the season in much the same way he played it, by driving the Giants to a fourth-quarter comeback victory. And he did it again in the Super Bowl. Manning and the Giants got the ball back

late, trailing, and again they put together a drive for the ages. “We’ve won so many games like this, though, at the end of the game, the fourth quarter,” Coughlin said. “We talk about finishing all the time and winning the fourth quarter, being the stronger team, making the plays in the fourth quarter. It happened again tonight.” The comeback drive got off to a splendid start when Manning pitched a 38-yard strike to wide receiver Mario Manningham (5 catches, 73 yards), who managed to get both feet in at the sideline. “They were in Cover 2,” Manning said. “Usually that is not your matchup. They had us covered pretty well to the right. I looked that way. I saw I had the safety cheated in a little bit and threw it down the sideline. Great catch by (Manningham), keeping both feet in.” Two plays later, the pair hooked up again for 16 yards, and the Giants were in field-goal range at the New England 34. But the Giants didn’t sit on the ball. Manning hit receiver Hakeem Nicks (10 catches, 109 yards) for 14 yards. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw motored 7 yards to the 11. And then three plays later, on second and goal at the 6, the Patriots let Bradshaw walk into the end zone with 57 seconds to go. The running back realized what was happening just before he crossed the goal line, but it was too late and he awkwardly fell in for the score. The Giants failed on the two-point conversion, but they led, 21-17. The drive _ nine plays for 88 yards in 2 minutes, 49 seconds _ mirrored the 12 plays for 83 yards in 2:07 from four years earlier. In that game-winning drive, though, New York, trailing by four, needed a touchdown and got one when Manning completed a 13-yard pass to Plaxico Burress. Sunday, in a quarterback battle for the ages, Manning once again outdueled Brady. Brady made the first mistake of the second half when he heaved an ill-advised bomb to tight end Rob Gronkowski on the second play of the fourth quarter. The quarterback scrambled out of a sack and had time to throw, but he threw a jump ball and Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn came down with the interception at the Giants 8. The Giants gobbled up nearly five minutes on the ensuing series, and once again crossed the 50, advancing as far as

Giants Quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Photo Courtesy

the New England 38. But the Patriots held again and forced a punt. New England, starting from its own 8, again zoomed down the field and crossed midfield. The Patriots looked as if they would at least get a field goal out of the possession when Brady found a wide-open Wes Welker. But the ball was thrown slightly high and behind the receiver, and he dropped it at about the 20. The Patriots punted, the Giants got the ball back with 3:46 to go, and the rest will be etched in the minds of those who witnessed it. The Patriots had the ball with 57 seconds left, and Brady got them to midfield, but his Hail Mary pass wasn’t caught as time expired. Buoyed by an end-of-the-first-half drive, the Patriots took a 17-9 lead in

the third quarter with an eight-play, 79yard drive. This one was near effortless. New England faced only one third down _ a short 1-yarder _ and scored from 12 yards out when Brady connected with tight end Aaron Hernandez. All last week there was talk of the Patriots offensive line’s having its hands full stopping the Giants’ fierce pass rush. But the New England front five _ more like seven with Belichick substituting at two positions _ did a masterful job protecting No. 12. The Giants were not cowed by the Patriots, though. First, they narrowed the lead to five when Lawrence Tynes booted a 38-yard field goal. Then, after New England went three and out, they trimmed it to 17-15 just before the fourth quarter began when Tynes kicked a 33-yarder.

But the Giants were settling for field goals while the Patriots were capitalizing on their red-zone possessions. When the first half ended and the Patriots were leading, 10-9, it didn’t matter that the Giants had been the crisper team for much of the first 30 minutes or that they had outgained New England, 177-69, in total yards through the first 25. Brady needed just a shade less than four minutes to remind everyone that he could deliver in a big game. Backed up against their own 2, the Patriots moved upfield _ with Brady the picture of precision. He gave them a lead after the first half, but couldn’t do the same at the end.

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