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License to steal


Itʼs OK to be irresponsible. At least thatʼs what the MSU administration seems to be implying. Moffett Library accumulated $75,000 in fines last year yet nothing is being done to collect most of that outstanding debt. Why? Because the fines donʼt necessarily have to be paid off. People are legally getting away with stealing. In its infinite wisdom, the administration will no longer let the library put holds on students who have failed to return books or pay fines. Did you know that as an undergraduate, you are allowed to carry up to $250 in debt, which can come from library fines or parking tickets? That tidbit was revealed in Sundayʼs Times Record News. Technically, youʼll never have to pay it off. That is, unless you want to graduate or get a transcript. Granted, most of us are in college to get out with a degree. But letʼs face it. Not everyone graduates. And many times dropping out is due to a lack of responsibility on the part of the student. So why is the administration continuing to let dropouts get away with being irresponsible? Last year, the MSU freshman dropout rate approached 40 percent. Now, imagine that each of those people making up that percentage had fines of $250 that they didnʼt have to pay. If you do the math, thatʼs roughly $200,000. Thatʼs a lot of money for MSU to lose. When fines were $19,985 in 2005, the library – with its power to put holds on students – collected $18,609. After the administration neutered the library, fines shot up to $74,728 in twelve months. Today, itʼs nearly $55,000 in the hole. Since when is it OK to walk off with state property? Whatʼs the point of having library fines or parking regulations if theyʼre not enforced? The big question is the reasoning behind this $250 debt system. Some say it is for the studentsʼ convenience. The administration argues that students donʼt want to be held back from registering because of a little fine here and there. But letʼs be serious about this. If you are going to college and attending class and doing your homework and passing tests, donʼt you think youʼd also own the maturity and responsibility to pay off your parking ticket or return your library book before you register for your next set of classes? Any respectable student will tell you that, of course, he or she would pay the fines. Itʼs all part of keeping this university functioning like a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately students have gotten away with stealing and theyʼll continue to get away with it because itʼs more important to the college that irresponsible students continue to register so they may pay their thousands of dollars in tuition money. Whatʼs a measly $250 compared to $2,000 for a full class load? What does it matter if the library is missing a rare, hard-to-find book because someone wonʼt return it? What does it matter that students can park wherever they want and not have to pay off their tickets? As long as that tuition money keeps pouring in, everythingʼs fine, right? Itʼs not right. The solution is simple: Reinstate the old policy. Donʼt fix things if theyʼre not broken.

Profs wise to bugouts on Fridays



If you drive on campus you notice just how hard it is to find a parking space at the beginning of the week. But you also notice how easy it is to find a parking space at the end of the week, especially Friday. To those who consider allowed absences vacation days, professors may be on to you. “Friday is the most missed day of the week, but students tend to miss the day before a holiday, or the day after a major exam,” said economic professor John Martinez. According to Martinez, being sick is the most often used reason for being absent. Each professor sets his or her own attendance policy. Some are strict and some are not. Martinez said he usually drops on average two to three students a semester for excessive absences. Martinez is not the only professor who has noticed a trend of an empty classroom on Fridays. Dr. Steve Garrison, interim chair of the political science department, also noticed the echo in his room on Fridays. Garrison thinks students are absent on Friday due to weekends and people traveling. Garrison finds some of the excuses entertaining. “Those that claim to have been in jail, I rarely inquire further,” Garrison said. The standard excuses are work, travel with parents, death in the family and “family emergency.” “In my experience the ones with the excuses are usually the good students with a valid excuse. They usually bring documentation such as an ill child or illness,” said Garrison. Garrison doesnʼt drop students with excessive absences unless they are receiving financial aid. “College and students have to learn accountability and responsibility somewhere,” Garrison said. Students are expected to attend

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN Chad Rickett, guard, takes a shot during the game on Friday. For more pictures, see page 7. For related story, see page 6.

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MSU guest house rolls out welcome mat ASHLEY JACKSON FOR THE WICHITAN

MSU visitors now have a place to stay located just off campus. The MSU Guest House, at 2518 Hampstead Lane, provides guests with a unique option for spending the night in Wichita Falls. The university owns five houses on Hampstead Lane. The guest house was purchased in late 2005. “We took the house that was in the best shape and made it into the guest house,” said Michael Mills, assistant director of housing at MSU. The cost of renting one bedroom is $50 per night. The cost of renting the entire house is $100 per night. The house has four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and is approximately 2,100 square feet. The newly decorated house comes with high-speed Internet, cable television, a furnished kitchen, a washer and a dryer. The master bedroom has a private bathroom, dressing room telephone and cable television. The second and third bedrooms also have a telephone and cable television. Each bedroom has its own lock and key. The house has two living rooms. The formal living room offers a view of Hampstead Lane from an oversized window. The informal living room, just off the kitchen

area, has access to a sunroom with a view of the back yard. The guest house has custodial service available Monday through Friday and can also be cleaned at the guestʼs request. Any special guest at the university is allowed to stay at the guest house, Mills said. This includes speakers, visiting professors, professors being interviewed for possible employment and MSU alumni. According to Mills, the MSU housing department set the nightly rates. “We felt our prices were competitive with higher end hotelsʼ prices,” Mills said. “The good thing about the guest house is that we allow guests to rent out either one bedroom or the entire house.” Because of the anticipated high demand for this property, reservations may not be confirmed for more than 30 days prior to the date of occupancy. The MSU Office of Housing and Residence Life asks that a guestʼs stay not exceed 14 days. Back-up arrangements should be made until reservation confirmation is given, he said. Students are not yet allowed to use the house for functions or meetings. “It may be something looked into in the future,” Mills said. According to the MSU Faculty

LAUREN MILLER | THE WICHITAN The master bedroom in the new MSU guest house offers restful evenings and peaceful sleep.

Senate March 2006 minutes, the guest house has been open since February 2006. Mills does not know if MSU plans on buying any other residential property near Hampstead Lane. There are only three houses between

Glenwood and Milby avenues, located perpendicular to Hampstead Lane, that MSU does not own. More information may be found at the MSU Office of Housing and Residence Life at 3410 Taft Blvd., (940) 397-4217.

‘Science of Sleep’

‘Wild Hogs’

Ladies beat #9 team

Michel Gondry offers up a dreamy movie starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

Four middle-aged men take the hilarious roadtrip of a lifetime in “Wild Hogs.”

The Mustangs softball team won against the Broncos in a double header with 5-1 and 5-3.

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March 7, 2007

Staff Editorial

Grow up and go Just go to class. Yes, itʼs hard sometimes to drag yourselves out of bed, especially if you have had one of those crazy weekends of excessive partying and only got two hours of sleep. But really. Grow up and just go. MSU professors agree that college students have a problem with absences. The most-missed days are Fridays or days before and after a holiday. And no, itʼs not okay. Imagine what would happen if every college professor decided to skip class Friday or didnʼt bother to show up the day after Spring Break? How would you feel if you got up for your 8 a.m. course and your professor decided to sleep in and come in at 10 a.m. instead, with the excuse of “My alarm clock didnʼt go off?” Youʼd be angry. You got up, got dressed, gathered your materials and turned your brain on. How dare the professor not show up! Itʼs a double standard, isnʼt it? University teachers must feel more than irritated after spending time on lesson plans and getting up bright and early themselves in order to fill your heads with knowledge, only to find that you did not bother to come that day. Realize that professors only buy the “My car wouldnʼt start” or “I was sick” excuses so many times. They know what youʼre really up to. The bottom line is students who miss day after day of class shouldnʼt be enrolled in college. Laziness has become more than a little issue among todayʼs college students. Many students have the audacity to bring up this argument: “I pay big money to go to school here, so why should I have to attend every stupid lesson?” Ponder this stand point for a moment. You say youʼre paying big money to attend a university? Why? The goal of attending a university is to become a scholar, an expert in your field. And yes, the point is also to gain a decent understanding of the other classes not of your major that make you a well-rounded person. How in the world can one achieve this if he is not present in class to learn? People donʼt soak in knowledge through their bedcovers as they sleep in or absorb it through sun rays as they skip town for a day. They learn by being in the classroom with seasoned professionals who have chosen to dedicate their lives to teaching people about the topics they love. We have forgotten the reason why we decided to take the road of scholars. It is not to get a diploma. What is a diploma? Itʼs a meaningless piece of paper. But what a diploma should represent is the fact that a person has dedicated an average of four years to learning. The only way we can learn is if we attend the weekly sessions of learning that we pay for. The answer is simple. Just go to class.

Game addicts sucked into familiar world I was lost this weekend in a world in which an endless amount of politician-like creatures CHRISTIAN MCPHATE h o u n d e d STAFF REPORTER me for hours on end to join their political groups and join in a quest for the ultimate profit. That is after we slay all of their enemies. No, the political parties of Jackasses and Dumbos did not approach me. It was the parties of the Horde and the Alliance, an online gaming faction virtually living and breeding in a world of ultimate chaos similar to our own world, the “World of Warcraft.” After several hours of braindumbing redundancy, my virtualmind could not take anymore, and I killed my virtual-self in a suicidelike bomber way—I blew myself up with a keg of oil inside one of the

many strongholds of the Horde. Alas, to my disheartened mind, I reappeared in a virtual-world cemetery where a giant flying woman with swan-like wings hovered over me, frowning at my virtual-spiritual form like the archangel Michael reprimanding good olʼ Black Tom during the Christiansʼ version of the creation of evil. God, would this ever end? I thought as my virtual ghost traveled back to the place of my death. Thirty minutes later, my virtual spirit joined with my virtual body, and I continued trudging along the forest. As I moved through the woodland, the virtual sun crested over the trees and hid behind a large mountain range. I turned and looked around the darkening forest, listening to the grunts, growls, howls and moans of the monsters of the dark. Well, what better way to end ones life, I thought, than in a glorious battle protecting the freedom of area farmers (at least that was what the military recruiters told me when I inquired about enlistment before the squirrel of rationality hit me in the back of the head).

After a glorious battle with a couple of bullmen and heiferwomen, I died. Too my disdain, my virtualspiritual body returned again to the glowing swan woman and the long walk back toward my corpse. I was upset, to say the least. And no matter how hard I tried to kill my virtual-self – a 40-foot jump off a cliff, a suicidal run into an old mine filled with giant spiders or making rude gestures toward a gang of virtual players – I continued to find my virtual-spiritual self in front of the glowing swan woman and another monotonous jog back to the area of my demise to “rejoin” with my body. Would this evil repetitiveness never end? I felt like a drug addict who just could not reach that level of drug-induced utopia. And according to Dr. Maressa Hecht Orzack, director of the Computer Addiction Study Center at McLean Hospital, I am not alone in this feeling of addiction. Orzarck said she hears from six to seven gamers a day seeking treatment for gaming addictions that have torn apart marriages and bro-

ken up friendships as well as losing jobs and dropping out of school. “Look at the fact that ʻWorld of Warcraftʼ now has eight million people playing it. Even if there are just five or 10 percent who canʼt stop, thatʼs a large percentage,” she said, “and I hear from a lot of them.” This “multiplayer addiction” is a phenomenon that is garnering attention from medical professionals around the world. The Smith & Jones addiction consultancy in the Netherlands compares the withdrawal symptoms of gamers to reforming drug addicts. The institute has created a 12-step detox program (similar to the AA program) that requires gaming addicts to go through a series of “reallife” activities intended to substitute the excitement of playing “World of Warcraft.” Now, if we could just come up with a detox program for the oil, war and the spreading of capitalistic democracy addicts, then maybe we could end this phenomenon of 8 million people trying to escape the redundancy of the real world with the redundancy of a virtual one.

To quote “Family Guy,” Versel Rushʼs column from the Feb. 27 edition of the Times Record News really grinds

the movies?)” Well, yes. I did. Versel should realize (preferably before she writes another “potpourri” column) that just because she hasnʼt seen a certain movie doesnʼt mean itʼs not a great film or that it doesnʼt deserve recognition. Iʼve always liked the montages the Academy throws together during the telecast. Some of them are so stirring and inspirational. The montages salute various aspects of American society through film, letting the art speak for itself. Movies can inspire us through a characterʼs courage or kindness (hello, Atticus Finch), or by pulling back the layers of a villain (Shelley Winters in “A Patch of Blue”). Films can make us think, break our hearts and connect us as human beings. Much of our cultural heritage would be lost without these films. Also, film has been around since at least 1888, when the worldʼs oldest surviving motion picture, “Roundhay Garden Scene,” was created. In an age when MTV has whittled our attention spans down to an average of three seconds, the montages allow several types of overlooked genres, including silent films, classic westerns and film noir, to take their place in cultural history. But Versel is so obtuse she doesnʼt recognize the significance of the montages. Nor does she recognize

the significance of foreign films. “If they were that good, why werenʼt they made in America?” she wrote. I have never heard of anything more insulting or ignorant in my entire life. Hollywood would not be where it is today without the influence of foreign filmmakers. American films are on the whole not nearly as good as they could be. Most American filmmakers are more interested in what will get audiences into the theater as opposed to making art. From France, we owe a lot to Georges Mélièsʼ “A Trip to the Moon,” not to mention the work of Jean Renoir and New-Wavers JeanLuc Godard and Francois Truffaut. Film itself is indebted to the Lumière brothers. From Germany, we were given German Expressionism (“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and “Nosferatu”). George Lucas pretty much owes the entire Star Wars franchise to one film: Fritz Langʼs “Metropolis.” Hailing from Italy, Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni are considered some of the most influential and important directors of all time. The United Kingdom is home to several great filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, and Stanley Kubrick. Some of the

greatest comedies ever created, including “Tom Jones” and the Monty Python movies, are from the UK. Asian filmmakers are some of the most passionate in the world, from their cult horror and suave mobster films to the beautifully choreographed action films to the lush animation of Miyazaki. (“The Departed,” which won the award for Best Picture, is an Americanization of Hong Kongʼs “Infernal Affairs.”) So donʼt tell me the only great movies are the ones made in America. Finally, Versel wrote: “What the heck did Celine Dionʼs ʻworld premiereʼ song have to do with anything?” Well, Versel, let me school you. Ennio Morricone has created scores for several movies but has never won an Oscar; he was given an honorary one during this yearʼs ceremony. The song “I Knew I Loved You,” written by Morricone, originally had no lyrics. But Celine Dion will release a version of it with lyrics on her new CD, and she sung Morriconeʼs own song to him as a tribute. Surely, Versel, you know what a tribute is. Hopefully the next time Versel has a bad weekend, she wonʼt tell us about it. Maybe the TRN will get wise and replace her next “potpourri” column with something more intelligent — though they do hire just anybody there.

Intelligence not required for Falls news


my gears. She starts out the column by saying, “Itʼs been a while since one of my potpourri columns, so I figured today is as good as any.” To Versel, “potpourri” is code for “I was bored off my ass but I had to get something turned in.” It basically amounts to a lame attempt at appearing relevant. Versel goes on and on about what a bad weekend she had, even though everybody has bad weekends. We just donʼt get paid to gripe about it like she does. (I guess the TRN will hire just about anybody.) Eventually, after all the “potpourri” turmoil, turns out olʼ Versel needed a glass of wine to get through this yearʼs Oscar ceremony. She wrote: “Even with the speeches, the nominations, and the clips, they could still find time to have at least four overblown, overlong montages honoring ʻAmerican cinematic historyʼ (did you recognize even half

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One last chance to study abroad in London KONNIE SEWELL COPY EDITOR Students who wish to study abroad in London this summer but did not attend the two informational seminars in early February may still have a chance. These students must make an appointment with the International Studies Office as soon as possible and hand in their $250 deposit, especially if they are looking to obtain financial aid. Recruitment for the British Studies Program is finalized by Spring Break. Larry Williams, director and professor of International Studies, said some students start preparing for trips abroad as early as a year in advance. “They do that because of finances or because of curriculum, the way the course fits into their degree plan,” he said. “Some of them have summer plans: Theyʼre gone on vacation or theyʼre having their weddings or theyʼre taking classes they can only take at a certain time.” According to Williams, the first matter brought up at the meetings was financial aid. “Probably about 90 percent of all our students go on financial aid,” he said. “And weʼre very, very fortunate in that the director of financial aid here comes to these seminars. Sheʼs a strong supporter of the program. What she does is answer the basic questions one time in front of a large audience, rather than trying to do that on an individual basis. It helps everyone.” The classes students can take in London were also discussed. “We talk about where theyʼre going to be living, we talk about their personal spending, and give them as much basic background info as we can about what studying in London means,” Williams said. “The first week in May, we have a formal orientation for all students who are going.” Williams stressed that students who attended one seminar were not expected to attend both. The meetings lasted for about an hour, and students were more than welcome to bring along a parent or friend. A question and answer session followed. “We urge them to bring their questions, take notes, so they can be sure this is what they want to do,” Williams said. “We donʼt ask them to do much, but of the things we do ask, we ask them to shoulder their part of the responsibility.” Part of this responsibility is making a serious commitment to the program. “I think that they learn at the informational meetings this is first and foremost an academic program,” Williams said. “Donʼt get me wrong, theyʼre gonna have a great time, but we have some rather strict class attendance policies. We canʼt and wonʼt be labeled as a tour. Students have to understand that they are expected to get up and go to class, to participate in all class discussions.”


Williams said classes are small, with about 10 students in each. He stressed that class attendance is mandatory for every session, which generally runs five to six hours a day. “If theyʼre on a field experience, that may run double that,” he said. “I think theyʼre also surprised that their professor, whomever that will be, will only lecture about one-third of the class time. Guest lecturers

will lecture for a third, and then site visits will count for that last third. Everything they talk about in class, theyʼll see, theyʼll experience.” Professors who will be teaching in London were also present at the meetings. They already had their syllabi posted on MSUʼs international Web site, but they took this opportunity to chat with students about what they will be doing in class. Williams said the students who attend the meetings, and then actually go to London in the summer, are a diverse group. “Weʼve got some students that are married, some students that are non-traditional,” he said. “And then, all majors across the spectrum are represented while studying abroad.” Several students will be taking their second trip abroad, he said. “Students who went the first time and took a course in their major, then go a second time and take a course in their minor,” Williams said. Williams said the biggest concern for all students is financial aid. “I think certainly finances have to be of major concern,” he said. “One of the things most students are really not aware of is how much money they spend while theyʼre in school.” He said many students think of college expenses as simply paying tuition, room and board. However, Williams said heʼs seen figures that show just how much an average MSU student spends in a semester. “Itʼs astounding,” he said, “because they talk about gas for their car, or clothes, or going to a concert, or shopping at the mall, or going out to eat. They think thatʼs not college, but the answer is yes, yes it is. Anything that you spend while youʼre in college is a college expense. What weʼve tried to do is come close to the overall expenses of a student.” According to Williams, it costs a student about $3,000 more to attend summer school in London than it would to remain in the States. When students fill out an application for the program, they must make a $250 deposit. “Thatʼs what we base all of our logistics on: Our transportation, airfare, rooms—we have to pay for all these things up front, so thatʼs why we require a deposit,” Williams said. The deposit enables organizers to reserve rooms, plane seats and busses in London a year in advance. “What weʼve done is basically set up another university in London,” he said. “If youʼre going to take a class and put it in your deposit, then that holds your seat on the plane and reserves your room for you.” But what happens if one student decides not to go and his or her class doesnʼt have enough students? “People say one student canʼt make a difference, but in our program they can.” Williams said he realizes things happen to force a student to pull out of the program, but he said only one person had to cancel last summer. “We took over 60 students from four universities, about 30 of whom were from MSU,” he said. “What do we do with that plane reservation? What do we do with that room reservation? It costs us, so we have to be very, very certain that students are going to go and be committed.”

Frats band together, tutor elementary students MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN Sam Houston Elementary in Wichita Falls has opened its doors to the students of MSU. The NAACP, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Delta Phi, Sigma Lambda Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta are among the groups participating in the mentoring program. The program was started last November by the NAACP as part of their community service. NAACP President Dominique Calhoun extended the offer to the other organizations in hopes of getting every organization on campus involved. “I wanted to let the community know we care about the younger kids because they are part of our future,” Calhoun said. Students from each organiza-

tion dedicate an hour of their time each week to attend the elementary school in which they are assigned a specific child to tutor in the subject they need the most help in. MSU students can either tutor or play with them. Students from second to sixth grade who are desperately in need of help in reading, mathematics or science are assigned a student mentor. Second grade studentsʼ primary focus is reading because they are still in the process of learning how to read. There is an after-school reading program in which all second and third grade students participate. The program lasts from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the MSU students help the elementary students finish reading their library books. Sam Houston is a lower-end el-

ementary school in which many of the children are underprivileged and need guidance in their lives. The school is predominately a minority school with most of the population being Hispanic and African-American. Many of these children come from single-parent households. Many MSU students show up during the physical education period. This is a time when they can sit down and get to know the child and what his or her needs are. There is no gym at the school. “We take the kids outside and play basketball with them or football, just to let them know we care,” Calhoun said. Calhoun said he feels college students should want to give back to younger kids so they can get to the point where we are.

He also feels MSU students and the elementary students will benefit from the program greatly. “For college students I feel it gives them a sense of purpose knowing that through their efforts they have the ability to influence young kids in a positive manner,” he said. As for the children, he said he believes they have become very open to sharing their feelings and life experiences. This is essential to what makes the program positive. More than 25 MSU students from different student organizations participate in the program. “I commend the members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Lambda Alpha and ultimately the NAACP because without these individuals giving their time and commitment, this

program would not be as successful as it is,” Calhoun said. Junior art major Jonathon Thompson, a member of the NAACP, feels this is a great opportunity for him to help younger children grow into better people, and for him to mature into a better man. “Iʼm excited that I actually get to help someone develop into a better student and person,” he said. Even though the students are required to mentor an hour a week, they are able to attend as many times as they want. When a student is assigned to a child he or she is encouraged to attend one hour a week because the child depends on them. Senior business major Myron Cooper feels mentoring kids helps build his leadership skills. “This program will help me build my leadership skills because men-

toring a child is a huge responsibility and you have to be dedicated,” he said. At the end of the semester the NAACP plans on giving the kids a pizza party for their hard work once the program is over. “I want us to treat the kids for a job well done once we are done with the program for the semester,” Calhoun said. The NAACP is also planning on giving the children a field day this month. The field day is to help the students relax and take their minds off of the pressure of school. It will include events such as races, tug-ofwar, basketball and soccer. It will take place at the MSU soccer field. Calhoun said he wants this whole program to be fun for every individual participating in it.

Absence___________________________________________________________________continued from page 1 all classes, but in general students are graded according to intellectual performance as opposed to absences. However, professors design their own attendance policy. They may lower your grade according

to absences or even drop you from the class with either a W or an F. The professor must inform students about the attendance policy in writing at the beginning of the semester. A professor cannot drop a stu-


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dent for excessive absences unless they keep attendance on a daily basis. Sharon Arnoult, assistant history professor, has a favorite excuse for missing class comes from when she taught at Texas State-San Marcos.

“Having missed a week of class, a young man informed me it was because his grandmother had been in the hospital with ʻprostate trouble,ʼ” Arnoult said. “A very good argument for paying attention in high school biology.”

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Across Campus ʻWhoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf?ʼ MSU Theatre presents “Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The play is a dissection of an American marriage gone sour - a marriage tainted by delusions and disillusionment. The play depicts sexual situations and contains profanity and is not recommended for junior high or younger students. For high school students, parental knowledge and consent is recommended. “Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will take place in MSUʼs Bea Wood Studio Theatre on Thursday, March 29 through Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free with MSU ID. For more information call 397-4399.

Open mic night University Programming Board (UPB) presents Open Mic Night featuring Bridget Gray at 8 p.m. on Thursday in the Clark Student Center Atrium. Gray is a video girl turned slam poet. She has been featured in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and Madonnaʼs “Music” video. She has also been a guest on ABCʼs “The District” and Disneyʼs “The Magic Jersey.” Since she began slam poetry, Gray has opened for the Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone and Eryka Badu. Admission is free, and the UPB encourages anyone who is interested to bring poetry, readings, songs and any other form of spoken word or expression.

Diane Rehm talk scheduled for March 26 Nationally syndicated talk show host Diane Rehm will come to campus March 26 as part of the Artist Lecture Series. Rehm offers her listeners compelling conversations with the worldʼs most interesting and important people. Her award-winning program has been broadcast to stations across the nation, Europe and Japan. She has been honored as a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists, the highest honor the society bestows on a journalist.

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Alfredoʼs sure to please Tex-Mex fans but I would suspect they will be around for at least a little while longer, if only because the food is good as is the service and décor. The eatery is close enough to some other cool places for a date or just a night out with the homies. And while they didnʼt play any songs by Los Abandoned, I decided to just order the CD from Hastings and bring it in on my iPod the next time for lunch or dinner. Alfredoʼs also has good lunch specials, accepts major credit cards, serves good food and the wait staff are nice to boot. Iʼd say give them a shout out and a shot. With love, the Siskel of this reviewing duo, despite the fact that heʼs dead. Letʼs hope it wasnʼt dysentery.


This week, a couple of The Wichitanʼs critics decided to do a double take on one of our cityʼs newest restaurants. We decided upon Alfredoʼs. This was originally decided upon on by Kimbro due to the fact that we seem to have an abundance of Mexican restaurants from which to choose and most of our cityʼs folk may have a hard time deciding which would be the best to get their munch on. As you will read in the following two sections of this dualistic review, Alfredoʼs would definitely be a safe bet, if not a wise one. So without any further ado, here are the takes: Carterʼs take: While they werenʼt playing any tracks from my newest fave record by Los Abandoned, four fab Hispanic rockers from Van Nuys, I still enjoyed my dinner at Alfredoʼs. Centrally located in the city on Maplewood, about a mile from MSU and two blocks north of Southwest Parkway, the Mexican eatery has been open now for about a year. Sure, itʼs already like the third restaurant or more in this location, but the owners seem to have gotten the food, service and atmosphere right. With an upscale décor, without coming off as too stuffy, the main dining room of Alfredoʼs is comfortable without being shabby. The chairs are nice to look at (and sit in) along with the fixtures and the decorations. A waitress seats you at either a spacious table or a roomy booth. Chips, queso and apparently homemade salsa are brought to the table along with a drink order. Kimbro loved the queso, and no one knows cheese better than him, so I defer to his expertise. I liked the chips and the fresh salsa, although they were a little on the thin and less

hot side. Make the chips warm and thick and the salsa hot as hell and I am happiest. The waitress was pleasant and efficient. There was one minor issue with the order, and she handled it quickly and nicely without arguing. I hate it when the staff argues. I ordered the dinner version of the beef enchilada plate with double rice. The service was so quick, that we didnʼt run out of chips or salsa or queso or nothing, although we were getting a little low on the soft drinks. Anywho, my plate was steaming hot and according to the guy at the Health Department, thatʼs a good sign. In fact, after having just written an extensive story on restaurants and the health department, the appearance and service at Alfredoʼs was most reassuring. The fresh enchiladas were drenched in chili and looked good and were yummy as well. They

tasted like they were home made, and my fork went deliciously right through them. I also enjoyed the Spanish rice, and it was amazing how quickly the whole dinner disappeared, punctuated of course with sips of coke and the occasional chip dipped in salsa. By the time the waitress came around for desert suggestions I was stuffed and was happy with my eating experience. Now there are lots of Mexican restaurants in Wichita Falls beginning with Casa Manana and ending with Jalapeno Tree by way of El Chicoʼs and so forth. We recently lost Ruby Tequilaʼs but I doubt anyoneʼs actually missing that place. Let those Tequila people complain all they want. The food wasnʼt great, and thatʼs why theyʼre not ʼround any more. The other reasons why restaurants go belly-up is too much overhead and not enough capital. I donʼt know the financials about Alfredoʼs

Kimbroʼs take: It was a dark and not-so-stormy evening when one Richard Carter and myself decided to take on one of Wichita Fallsʼ newest eating establishments, Alfredoʼs. I just got off work later than scheduled and was definitely looking forward to a nice authentic TexMex meal. I would not be disappointed. Carter picked me up and we went just a few minutes down the road to the convenient locale (though somewhat seen as cursed since at least four other eating establishments have been there before and went belly-up) and we were seated promptly. Inside we were welcomed to a beautiful ambience of wood-carved tables and chairs as well as a plentiful amount of what seemed to be a pattern of decoration straight out of the northern reaches of Mexico. We sat down and the server took our drink orders and we were quickly served our sips as well as some salsa, queso and chips. The salsa was fresh and flavorful, though lacking a bit of spice, and the queso was top-notch compared

to the variety of free quesos offered at the many local restaurants. The appetizer menu only consisted of a variety of nachos but the core menu selection was very nice and varied. I ordered the Pecinaʼs Special which consists of a choice of soft or crispy taco (chicken or beef), a choice of enchilada, a grilled chicken breast smothered in onions, peppers and cheese and the Tex-Mex staples of refried beans and rice. I initially asked for no lettuce on the taco but when the item came to the table, the lettuce was on there. I simply notified the waitress and the mistake was fixed very quickly. The food was awesome to say the least with a wonderful taste and a lovely robust chili upon the enchilada. The temperature of the food was nice and hot, but not too hot as to burn oneʼs tongue. Drink fill-ups were a bit slow, but not too annoying as to cause complaint. All-in-all it was a wonderful meal. We were both too full for dessert but we felt comfortable to remain a few extra minutes beyond our meal to converse, which is a good thing since Carter is such a great conversationalist. I get saddened when I drive by Alfredoʼs and see the parking lot virtually empty. The place deserves much more business than it is getting. I suppose it is because the market is beyond full when it comes to the Tex-Mex genre of eateries. In my opinion, if any of the aforementioned type of restaurants needs to close, it should not be Alfredoʼs. At least things went in the right direction when Ruby Tequilaʼs shut down, an establishment that simply lacked good food and service. So tell all your friends and take a trip passed Schlotzkyʼs and a few more yards beyond Hunanʼs and give Alfredoʼs a try, you will definitely not regret it. Alfredoʼs receives a passing grade of A-.

Gondryʼs ʻScience of Sleepʼ offers great, arty wonders

RICHARD CARTER FOR THE WICHITAN Michel Gondryʼs “Science of Sleep,” a semi-surreal affair set mostly in the mind of a childish adult dreamer (Gael Garcia Bernal), is not for viewers who insist on realistic, straightforward tales. However, people who appreciate bittersweet romances, with an arty dose of special effects and unique storytelling, could well be enthralled. Best known for his thinking outside the box videos for Bjork and the White Stripes, Gondry has a well-developed sense of visual whimsy and eclectic knack for unusual storytelling. The movie revolves around an artist named Stephane (Bernal) who seems more comfortable living in a

dream world than in the Parisian apartment of his widowed mother. The story opens after he returns to France to accept a job working on a calendar. Stephane believes that he will be artistic director. Instead, the bland company employees show him that he will basically be cut and pasting images. The socially awkward artist frequently retreats to his dreams that mostly depict him as a television star on a small made-up set playing music and interviewing people such as his mother, fellow employees and his new neighbor, Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). At the heart of “Science of Sleep” is the relationship between Stephanie and Stephane, two creative people who naturally become good friends and artistic allies. Whether the two can be lovers or not is the storyline that the film entertains. The chemistry between Stepha-

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ne and the withdrawn Stephanie is wonderful. He quickly falls in love with her, but seems to be more interested in being with her in his dream world than in the real world.

Most of the film switches back and forth between the everyday reality and Stephaneʼs dreams and the odd instances when the two worlds intersect. There is an effectively magical sequence where Stephane plays an out of tune piano and gravity is temporarily suspended. Or another scene where the artist creates a camera-like machine that causes time to jump back for a second or two. What Gondry does so well in “Science of Sleep” is to make view-

ers appreciate the magical power of dreams. However, the darker side of the film shows that there is a price to be paid for living in the world of the Sandman. Bernal is likable as a somewhat disassociated character looking for happiness. Gainsbourg is also excellent as a plain Jane character enthralled by magic. Both are likely way too imaginative to appreciate the possibilities that the real world can afford them. “Science of Sleep” can be all over the place, with its non-traditional story and dream-like logic. But for more arty audiences, the film will likely serve as an addictive treat from a talented director with a passion for exploring the possibilities of film in envisioning the lives of creative and dreamy people. A copy of the DVD was loaned by Hastings Entertainment for this review. The store is at 2801 Southwest Parkway. (940) 696-8029.

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ʻWild Hogsʼ: Laugh riot with plenty of sight gags

Travolta shows his gang how to get off on a motorcycle in the often hilarious “Wild Hogs.”

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JASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR I am often aware of the lack of originality seen in movies these days. One of the few unfortunate things about the movie “Wild Hogs” is that it doesnʼt have too much going for it in the way of originality. With this aside, whatever else it has to offer, this film is able to pull out a plentiful array of great laughs and an overall completely enjoyable film. Mainstream cinema should take a lesson from this flick, showing that the mainstay formula of most films of this caliber can be pulled off if the prank falls, gay jokes and mismatched camaraderie is executed and timed precisely. Not that I am a fan of excessively used gay jokes, as they seem to be these days (I feel if youʼre gonna target a certain group of individuals, be sure not to overdo it) but the ones in this film were just so well-played (especially by “Scrubsʼ” John C. McGinley). Hereʼs the gist: Doug (Tim Allen), Woody (John Travolta), Bobby (Martin Lawrence) and Dudley (William H. Macy) are your typical middle-aged men with issues abounding. Doug is beginning to feel a bit lame and boring, Woody was a suc-

who shoots them the bird, and the dive full of gritty bikers heads out to get them. With all the fuel lines cut, they are unable to get anywhere. On top of that, one of them throws down a lit cigarette, and then the entire place explodes. Woody notices the explosion and realizes that he and his group are pretty much dead. Miles down the road, the four decide to stop in a small town called Madrid. Within town Dudley meets the beautiful Maggie (Marisa Tomei) and all is happy, that is until the gritty gang finds their location. What will our four heros do to get out of this ordeal? Will they die? Will they forever hide while Madrid is torn apart? Or will Hollywood cook up some silly ending that will seem to satisfy most who watch this film? I guess youʼll have to watch to find out. This film was indeed a laugh riot with many sight-gags and jokes to keep movie-goers laughing through the end credits. The story was a bit thin but it didnʼt need to be too complicated or involved for a film like this to work. Travolta and Macy steal the show with their performances as Woody and Dudley. Tim Allen takes on the sappy Disney-esque character (something tells me this might have been originally slated as a Disney film since it was released by Touchstone). The soundtrack was something typical of a comedic biker film with some staple biker songs thus contributing to the mainstream atmosphere. Otherwise, it adds to the enjoyment and lightness of the film, regardless of the brutal fights involved. Suspend your disbelief with this one, folks. If someone underwent the torture and pain these guys go through, they would be dead halfway through the film, but it is still fun to watch. Not too many people can fall off a bike a dozen times.



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cessful man who lost it all, Bobby is afraid of his wife (among other things), and Dudley is just your typical spaz. For years the four men have been getting together on a weekly basis to have drinks and ride their motorcycles to the nearest excuse for a biker bar. One day Woody gets the idea to go on a road trip with no plan or map, with the intention to head west to the Pacific and have a rootinʼtootinʼ good time with his friends. After some cajoling, the four head out into the unknown. Along the way they get mixed up with a homosexual cop who wants to “join the team,” burn down their tent and sleeping bags and have a lovely time skinny dipping with an ill-fated family of four. One of their stops takes them to a dive of a biker bar set in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico. The bar regulars peg them as “posers” from the get-go and give the four men hell. The leader of the pack, Jack (Ray Liotta), talks the credulous Dudley into trading bikes. What Jack fails to mention is that the bike he is giving him is a piece of junk lacking everything but the seat. Now stuck in a sidecar attached to Woodyʼs bike, Dudley is without wheels. Woody is infuriated and decides not to stand for this. He wants to go back and get the bike for Dudley, but the other three want nothing to do with this dangerous proposition. Woody walks back to the bar and instead of trying to talk to the bikers, he sneaks around and cuts all of their fuel lines, then rides off on Dudʼs cycle. The foursome rejoice in Woodyʼs triumph as he tells a lie about standing up to the pack of devils. Next thing we see, the four are driving by the bar waving their hands in supposed friendship, except for Woody


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Mustangs round up Lonestar Conference championship IGGY CRUZ

STAFF REPORTER The 24th-ranked menʼs basketball team capped off a wild tournament ride Saturday night in D.L. Ligon Coliseum by turning a season goal into a reality: Earn the right to be called Lone Star Conference Champions. MSU (23-6) claimed its third conference championship in team history, disposing of No. 9 Southeastern Oklahoma State (25-4) 89-80 infront of 4,328 fans, while punching a ticket to Warrenburg, Mo., site of the regional quarterfinal game in the

South Central Region of the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Mustangs are seeded No. 3 and will play sixth-seeded West Texas A&M (19-9) for the second time in three weeks and third time overall this season. Tip-off is set for noon on Saturday. MSU had plenty of help against SEOSU as six players scored in double-figures led by Chris Davis with 19 points and eight boards. LSC Tournament Most Valuable Player Eric Dawson finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Drew Coffman, Chris Francois and

Chad Rickett added 14 points each. Coffman and Rickett also joined Dawson in being selected to the AllTournament team. Head Coach Jeff Ray said the “difference” in the game was the play of Dawson followed by his senior playmakers in the backcourt, Coffman and Rickett. “Drew and Chad have a unique ability,” Ray said. “Everything kind of slows down.” The Mustangs built an 11-point lead halfway through the first half before SEOSU answered back with an 11-4 run to knot the game up and go into halftime tied up at 41.

Francois went 2-for-2 from the 3-point line in the half, 3-for-3 overall, as MSU shot 50 percent (6-12) from beyond the arc and the floor, while the bench outscored the Savage Storm 17-6. SEOSU never led in the game and the closest the Savage Storm would get came in the second half at the 13:53 mark, when both teams were tied at 52. MSU then went on a 6-0 run to pull away, holding SEOSU through the remainder of the game. “I have confidence,” Dawson said. “We went with our heads up and just played.”

The team finished with a 53 overall shooting percentage on the night while the Savage Storm shot 47 percent from the field. Jason Stampley paced SEOSU with 22 points and seven rebounds followed by Eric Babers with 19 points. Matt White chipped in 15 points and Stephen Harrel added 10 in the loss. The winner of the MSU -WT game will go against the winner of the Southeastern-Emporia State game on Sunday in one of two semi-final games. The championship game will be held Tuesday.

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The MSU womenʼs tennis team added two more wins to their record with punishing victories on Friday at the Eastern New Mexico State Quadrangular Invitational in Portales, N.M. The Lady Mustangs dropped only two points and delivered a 72 beating to Western New Mexico State in their first match of the day.

Due to limited availability of courts the ladies began with the singles round and won comfortably in positions three to six. MSUʼs Ann-Sophie Indeherberge managed to edge out WNMUʼs Tereza Pilatova with a 7-6, 7-5 victory. Janell Hetherington and Collean Kinserʼs 8-3 win at number three doubles and WNMUʼs default at number two secured the overall win. The ladies went on to upset the hosts, 8-1, later in the afternoon.

The Lady Mustangs breezed past the Eastern New Mexico Ziaʼs in singles spots three to six. At number two Berkeley Peeples bounced back after dropping the second set to pull off a tight 6-3, 46, 13-11 win. Number two and three doubles secured identical 8-4 wins against the ENMU pairs. The Lady Mustangs will now take on Tampa, Fla. in Dallas today. Start time is set for 3:30 p.m.

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ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Kelli Shaw, right, slides for a base in game one against the University of Central Oklahoma yesterday at the Sunrise Optimist Fields. MSU won the doubleheader 5-1 and 5-3.

Lady Mustangs buck Broncos JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR

The MSU softball team faced off against the No. 9 University of Central Oklahoma Broncos yesterday in a doubleheader at the Sunrise Optimist Fields. The Lady Mustangs were swept by the UCO in last Wednesdayʼs doubleheader, so MSU was looking for revenge. After a slow beginning by both teams junior Tara Staten made sure she put MSU in a position to win as she belted her first homerun of the season to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the sixth MSU erupted with four runs which started with Lindsey Voigtʼs RBI triple scoring Kris-

tin Stonecipher. Kelli Shaw then hit an RBI single to score Voigt. Staten came up to bat next and was intentionally walked bringing Lauren Craig to the plate. Craig didnʼt disappoint as she hit an RBI double to score Shaw and Staten to put MSU up 5-0 at the top of the seventh. UCO tried to spark a comeback but were only able to rack up one point in the last inning. MSU won 5-1 and pitcher Katie Peterson improved her record to 9-7 on the year after pitching five perfect innings and not giving up a hit until the top of the sixth. She finished with four hits, striking out three and allowing one eared run.

In game two, MSU managed to score five times in the bottom of the second inning to secure another victory. Pitcher Ashley Kuchenski improved her record to 9-1 allowing only nine hits. The Lady Mustangs were led at the plate by Chayanne Paschalʼs 3-4 hitting and double RBI. Jessica Rodriguez went 2-3 with two RBIs. Midwestern stayed perfect with an 8-0 home record and picked up two important Lone Star Conference North Division wins. The Lady Mustangs, 18-8, will now host a doubleheader against East Central University on Friday. Game one is set for 2 p.m.



Midwestern State Universityʼs Eric Dawson and Drew Coffman were named members of the 2007 Daktronics, Inc. All-South Central Region Team announced Tuesday. Dawson, the 6-9 senior center from San Antonio/Sam Houston, was chosen first-team and will advance to the national ballot. Coffman, the 6-2 senior guard from Midland/Lee was selected to the second team. The team is selected by the sports information directors of the Division II schools in the South Central Region and sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. Dawson leads NCAA Division II with 11.4 rebounds a game and is fourth in the nation in blocked shots with 3.3 per contest. He leads the South Central region

in both categories. He scores 16.9 points per game and shoots 61.6 percent from the floor to go with his 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals a game. Coffman leads MSU in scoring with 17.0 points a game, while ranking second in the LSC and region in assists with 5.28 per game. He shoots 45.9 percent from the three-point arc, ranking 14th nationally. Heʼs connected on 84.7 percent of his free throws to rank second in the region. Southeastern Oklahoma Stateʼs Eric Babers and West Texas A&Mʼs Damien Lolar shared the teamʼs Regional Player of the Year honors and joined Dawson on the first team with John Davis of Tarleton State, Hunter Henry of Northwest Missouri State and Zach Wright of Central Missouri. Coffman heads the second team, joined by Jason Stampley of Southeastern Oklahoma, Donta Watson of Emporia State (Kan.), Anthony Brown of Central Oklahoma and

Marcus Hubbard of Angelo State. Of the 11 players (due to ties) on the squad, only three will not play in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional in Warrensburg, Mo., starting this Saturday.

MSU came out strong with great forward play and some tactical kicking by Robert Sweeney. Brad Sample got the first score for MSU on a 20-meter run after breaking free from a would-be tackler. The conversion kick was missed, making it 5-0. MSU kept pressure on the Reds by forcing them to make bad passes and stripping the ball constantly. In one series an MSU player picked up a loose ball and ran it 15 meters before getting tripped up by one of the Dallas defenders. Sweeney was there in support to scoop up the ball and outrun the Dallas defense up the sideline taking it 40 meters for the second score of the game. The conversion was missed and the score remained 10-0. Dallas was able to use great

passes tie the game, 10-10 at halftime. In the second half Dallas got the first scoring started with a quick pick-and-go by one of their forwards inside the 10 meter line. The conversion was made which put Dallas on top 17-10. MSU struck back shortly after Dallas committed a penalty and Sweeney took a quick tap and ran 30 meters for the his second score. Dallas would have the final word as they broke to the outside a few minutes later to seal the win and go up 22-15. MSU had 2 chances to score inside the Dallas 10 meter line but two dropped balls cost them scores. The rugby team will now take a break from games and will regroup after spring break in preparation for a tournament in Nebraska March 24-25.

2007 Daktronics, Inc., All-South Central Region Menʼs Basketball Team First Team

Eric Babers, F, Sr, SEOSU (Co-Player of the Year) Damien Lolar, F, Sr, WTA&M (CoPlayer of the Year) John Davis, F, Sr, Tarleton State Eric Dawson, C, Sr, MSU Hunter Henry, F, So, Northwest Missouri State Zach Wright, G, Sr, Central Missouri

Second Team

Anthony Brown, F, Sr, UCO Drew Coffman, G, Sr, MSU Marcus Hubbard, F, Jr, Angelo State Jason Stampley, G, Sr, SEOSU Donta Watson, G, Sr, Emporia State (Kan.)

Old Boys whip MSU rubgy team, 22-15 FOR



The MSU rugby team traveled to Lake Highland Park this past weekend to play a friendly match against the over 35-year-old Dallas Reds Old Boys. Since Midwestern was short of players Dallas granted them 2 extra players to make it a 14 vs. 14 match.

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