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An MSU winterguard director was charged March 6 for engaging in organized criminal activity theft of $22,695. Michael Deshun Christian, who has also worked for Bright Ideas Charter School and Rider High School, has not been indicted on the charge yet. Even though Christian is listed on the MSU website as the guard director, Dianne Weakley, director of human resources, said he was never an MSU employee. “We do background checks on all employees, except students,” Weakley said. “(Christian) has been paid though the

business office as a vendor.” Five separate theft incidents were reported to the Wichita Falls Police Department. According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, Christian faxed purchase orders to five businesses in the marching or guard industry, stating it was for Hamilton School, an institution that does not exist. Christian listed the contact people for these purchases as Andrea Pearle and Gregory Lucas. Police are still trying to determine if these people actually exist.

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Castro’s daughter talks about dictator BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR

As a young Cuban girl, Alina Fernandez didn’t know who her father really was. It would be 10 years before she realized that man leading the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, was her estranged father. Fernandez spoke at MSU March 1 about growing up in Cuba under Castro’s rule. During the discussion, she explained what caused her to be estranged from her father. “I was born a little bit before the

revolution and then for me everything changed,” Fernandez said. “That is part of the experience I try to explain to students, and a little bit of gossip.” Her mother and Castro were both married to other people when she was born. Until she found out about Castro, Fernandez thought her mother’s husband, a doctor, was her father. It wasn’t until 1989 that she publicly defied her father’s policies. “It is not exactly I am against his be-

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Mass communication major Kyle Egan prepares a hibiscus and caterpillar sushi roll Monday night.

Peyton White rides a longboard Tuesday. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN


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raving a California roll? According to Kyle Egan, coowner of Sakura Sushi Bar, such a request is a dead giveaway that you’re a “beginner” in the sushi world. At age 23, the MSU junior has spent the better part of a decade honing his sushi skills. Step into his eating establishment and you enter another dimension of exotic cuisine, crafted in the blink of an eye, and so beautiful that one must see to believe. Watching Egan cook while he makes small talk is like watching a bonfire – mesmerizing. But what looks easy can be surprisingly deceptive.

“You can’t just start making sushi,” says Egan. “The rice itself takes some chefs a year to learn.” Sushi is defined as cooked, cold rice, which is shaped by hand. Sometimes it is rolled with seaweed, or topped with some sort of raw or cooked fish, vegetable or egg. According to Egan, a common misconception is that all sushi is served raw, which is not the case. A master sushi chef has a plethora of ingredients, techniques, presentations and flavors at his disposal and he uses them all. Egan’s transition into the culinary arts wasn’t an easy one. He initially hated the restaurant business because it consumed so much of his mother’s and his own time. Egan’s mother,

Hye Chong, a native Korean, holds a unique status in her own right because someone taught her the art in the first place. “In Korea, it’s very uncommon for women to be taught the art of sushimaking,” says Egan. “In Japan, it’s almost unheard of.” Egan picked up a whirlwind of experience in three different sushi bars across Texas. At Blue Fish in Dallas, he learned to prepare sushi appetizers. He toned up his sushi-rolling abilities at Imperial Café in Corpus Christi and finally perfected his skills under his mom’s guidance. Egan can pretty much

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Many students at MSU have schedules that take them all over campus. With only 10 minutes to get from one class to the next, it can be difficult to make it there on time. Kelsey Shaffer, exercise physiology junior, wants there to be an easier way for students to commute between their daily classes. “I hate the thought of wasting gas or being late for class because I don’t have enough time to get from one end of campus to another,” said Shaffer. Shaffer wrote a bill that, if passed, would repeal the anti-skateboarding

policy on campus. If repealed, students would be allowed to use a skateboard as a mean of transportation on campus. “I feel it would be really enjoyable, especially in the spring, to just hop on your board to get where you need to go,” she said. Over 50 students signed her petition to legalize the use of skateboards on campus. The bill was presented to the Student Government Association at their meeting on Tuesday by Alpha Phi’s Jennifer Rutledge, sponsoring senator for Shaffer’s bill.

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Lawmakers wage war on women pigs do. “I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Deliv“The war on women” is a hot ering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks topic issue in politics right now. our hearts to see those animals not Democrats are attacking Republimake it,” said England. cans for attacking women’s rights, In Tennessee, Republicans are proand Republican women are attackposing to violate the HIPAA act by ing Democrats, calling them “abpublishing women’s health records. surd” and “ridiculous.” Take, for example, The Life DeSo what’s the real issue? Is there fense Act of 2012, which was sponreally a war on women? sored by state Rep. Matthew Hill In many aspects, yes. (R-Jonesborough). Republicans are proposing fundIt will mandate that the Tennessee ing cuts to many public services, Department of Health make demoincluding a $733 million cut to WIC graphic information about every (Women, Infants, and Children). woman who has an abortion availNot only will this cut be affecting able to the public. women, but it will also be affecting This will include her age, race, the children these women would be county, marital status, education forced to birth if their right to have level, number of children, the locaan abortion is repealed. tion of the procedure and how many No low-cost birth control. No times she has been pregnant. abortions. Little or no support to Each report would also include feed the influx of infants. State Rep. Terry England (R-Geor- the name of the doctor who pergia), proposed women carry stillborn formed the procedure. Essentially this practice (the vote fetuses to term–just like cows and will take place Wednesday) will our view

treat women as though they are criminals. It can be argued that Republicans are trying to “equalize” the rights of men and women, but it is obvious that men who undergo penis enlargements or elect for vasectomies are not being threatened with public embarrassment. Viagra is being pushed by old white men in government to be covered by health insurance. Politicians, however, aren’t fighting for women’s sexual rights in regard to their libido. Women aren’t forced to have abortions. They also aren’t forced to take birth control. Not every woman who walks into Planned Parenthood is leaving with one less fetus in her uterus. Actually, far from it. Most use the service to obtain other types of birth control. Each woman should decide for herself whether or not an abortion is right for her. It’s no one else’s decision.

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Conservatives: here’s a handy, ‘left-y’ pocket guide WINSTON SMITH FOR THE WICHITAN

Now that we are reaching the conclusion of the primary season, and after 591 GOP debates, it is time for the annual Liberal Glossary update. This year will not only bring about the end of the world (as prophesied by Mayan peasants high as hell on peyote) but also the next presidential election. This, of course, means that Americans will be exposed to Leftist talking points. This list is here to assist you during the campaign, to help you decipher just what in the world the Left is trying to tell us. Print this list up, fold it, and put in your pocket to retrieve in the event any of the following occur: • You are sitting at home, and while flipping through channels, God plays a mean trick on you and the batteries in your remote quit working, leaving you stuck on MSNBC. While suffering through Dante’s fifth level of hell (aka, Hardball with Chris Matthews) you hear words and clichés that you are unsure about being uttered by the sycophantic zombies in suits. • You are waiting in line at Starbucks and overhear Sasha, the multipierced bohemian, and her shorter, skinnier male “friend” Sebastian complaining about the 1% owning everything. You smell hypocrisy in the air but you are not sure why. • Your sister has returned from college after one semester of indoctrination from a Marxist professor(s) and believes she has been called by Gaia itself to re-educate you and your entire family on how things “ought to be.”

• You are in the mood to agitate or have been told that you suffer from “white privilege.” Here’s your glossary, comrades: RACIST- 1) Word used to describe a conservative who is winning a debate. 2) A domestic terrorist who loves Tebowing in public. 3) Any conservative who opposes the government doing anything it is currently doing. 4) Any conservative that only believes in the enumerated powers in the Constitution. STUPID- 1) Word used to describe a conservative who is winning a debate and “racist” didn’t make them shut up. 2) Word to describe ANY conservative politician, especially presidents. 3) A leftist, intellectual retort. 4) Most effective when used in tandem with “racist.” MIDDLE AMERICA- An under-developed, third world country believed to be near Canada. MIDDLE-AMERICANS- 1) Citizens of the country Middle America. 2) Bible-toting, Pistol-shooting, extremist sect of Christianity. 3) Uneducated people that believe being “progressive” means having car insurance. 4) Soldiers of the Wal-Mart Empire. TEA-PARTY- 1) A collection of racist and stupid Middle Americans living in Middle America that wish for the return of Jim Crow, slavery, plantations, and the invasion of all non-white countries. 2) A cuter name for the KKK.

1%’ER- 1) Anyone who makes more money than a socialist. 2) Does not include anyone that makes more money than a socialist and votes for Democrats. 3) Distrusts the government because Obama is black. 4) Distrusts the government because Obama is half-black. 99%’ER- 1) Anti-Capitalists who use iPhones, MacBooks, Twitter, and Facebook to spread their message. 2) Most outspoken constituency of Democrat Party. 3) Own either a t-shirt or a poster that says “Free Weezy” or “Free Mumia.” 4) Probably earn more through government handouts than you do through actually working. SOCIALISM- 1) An ideology with no definable tenets, making it impossible to connect to any Democrat. 2) An ideology that strangely is dominated by Democrats anyway. 3) The ideology of Jesus, thus making us all equally the Son of God. PRO-CHOICE- 1) Pertains only to those wanting to destroy a fetus. 2) Does not apply to those wanting to own a gun. FETUS- 1) A life-threatening tumor that must be removed immediately before it causes the mother and father to act responsibly. 2) Potential worker to raise taxes on. 3) A collection of cells that will never have the opportunity to decide if it is pro-choice or not. HIV/AIDS- 1) A heterosexual disease that occasionally infects homosexuals and drug addicts due to lack of

conservative empathy and understanding. 2) Created by Ronald Reagan in an effort to kill minorities and gays. ABSTINENCE- 1) A myth propagated by the religious right that makes the absurd notion that not having sex prevents teen pregnancy and the spread of STD’s. 2) Conservative oppression of those wanting to ride dirty. 3) Occasionally practiced by politicians in bathroom stalls in public places. RACIAL PROFILING- 1) Something that occurs whenever a minority gets pulled over by the police. 2) Acceptable only when considering minority college applications. PORNOGRAPHY- 1) The artistic expression of the human spirit that embodies the magnificence of the physical being and the longing for interaction in a caring, mutual, and respectful environment of love and affection. 2) Third grade sex-ed. HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE- 1) An outdated social contract that doesn’t work. 2) Legalized female prostitution. 3) A dangerous obstacle that prevents the full implementation of the Democrat Party platform of entitlement DIVERSITY- 1) People of different colors, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations gathered in one place but thinking exactly the same. 2) A religion practiced by ACLU lawyers.

BILL OF RIGHTS- 1) A collection of outdated ideas written by a bunch of old white farts. 2) Highly subjective list of suggestions that only liberal judges can determine the intent of. HATE SPEECH- 1) Any word or collection of words that refutes liberal ideology. 2) The Gospels. 3) This glossary. SEX- 1) Except for drugs, the most important aspect of one’s life. 2) Used to expand the significance of a TV sitcom. 3) The number one reason Democrats hire interns. GLOBAL WARMING- 1) Symbolized by the three tenets: Too much rain, not enough rain, average amount of rain. 2) Believed by conservatives to be the reason we are no longer in an ice age. THE RICH- Republicans that make more than $40,000 a year. THE JUDICIARY- 1) A collection of higher beings used to turn liberal ideas into settled law. 2) Final authority of progressive thought. OBAMA- 1) God. 2) Someone that causes tingling sensations to run down your leg. 3) asdfghkjhhh. 4) Sorry, I just fainted. 5) Your banker. 6) Your healthcare provider. 7) Your car dealer. 8) Your home owner. 9) Your everything.

ENTITLEMENT- 1) Similar to the conservative definition of a “job”.


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SUSHI from pg. 1 tell you everything you need to know about the art of making sushi. Surprisingly, it only took Egan about one month at Imperial Café to learn how to properly roll sushi. According to Egan, it takes most people years before they are designated “rollers.” Knife flashing, Egan shows how it takes only minutes to whip out beautiful arrangements of edible art. Egan attributes much of his success in the sushi business to those stern, older Asian men under whom he trained. “Never leave a kernel of rice on the cutting board, or it’s over,” Egan says with a chuckle. Nigiri (pronounced nig-a-di) is the method of carefully cupping sushi rice into a ball, then draping a delicately sliced piece of fish over the top of the rice. “Keeping the rice fluffy while forming it into a ball is key because then the portion will melt in the person’s mouth,” explains Egan. “If you like raw fish, then this (Nigiri) is the way to go.” Sashimi might be considered a more sophisticated sushi-eater’s choice because it is simply a dish of beautifully sliced raw fish without any rice. Terrifying to some, this elegant presentation often has even the most wary of diners’ mouths watering, he says. Sushi rolls, which can either be insideout or regular, are what most Americans think of when salivating for a slice of the Far East. “The rice can be placed on the inside or the outside of the seaweed,” says Egan. “Think of your standard inside-out California Roll. The seaweed is very sensitive and applying the rice can be tricky.”

Fried rolls use the simplest of ingredients, but isn’t so simple to prepare, he says. Unlike regular or inside-out sushi rolls, the seaweed is always placed on the outside of a fried roll. Fried sushi rolls are served either breaded or tempura-style. Tempura-style rolls give a smoother batter on the outside after they’ve been fried. On a breaded roll, the crust will appear jagged and will give a crispier bite. If the sushi roll happens to be insideout, and a customer requests it to be tempura-style or breaded, most sushi chefs will simply follow the same steps as a regular roll. But the batter will be exposed on the top instead of frying the entire roll. “In America, this is the most popular style,” Egan says. According to Egan, fresh fish is paramount. Sakura’s Sushi Bar has fresh fish delivered to the restaurant every two days. A tell-tale sign of fresh fish is its color, says Egan. “The brighter the fish, the better.” Certain items, such as eel, however, must always be cooked. “I think that probably 40 percent of our menu is actually raw,” says Egan. “Sushi in America has been ‘Americanized’ and we (Sakura) have done this as well. Our highest selling rolls, in fact, are completely cooked or have a combination of cooked and raw items.” Egan delicately slices each piece of fish to an almost-transparent thinness, always cutting at an angle.

“When cutting the roll, I hold the roll with my left hand and cut close to where I am applying pressure to keep all the contents of the roll together,” Egan explains as he knocks out another sushi roll. “Frequently, I will place items on top of the roll to increase its artistic and taste value,” Egan continues, “and I spread a thin layer of cream cheese to hold the toppings in place. Afterwards, I place a roller over everything and squeeze tightly to make sure that when I cut the roll, it won’t all fall apart.” Although Egan is proficient in Korean and Thai cuisine, he prefers preparing sushi. “I think the biggest thing right next to flavor is presentation,” he says. “Everything on my plate is going to be symmetrical. For example, if there are three rolls, the most complex and interesting roll will go in the center. If there are four rolls, I will put them on a special plate where I can place the rolls diagonally.” The presentation is facilitated by the use of specific sauces and root spices, almost always nestled on the plate along with a roll of sushi. “The sauces are perfect for design work,” says Egan. “Even the ginger and wasabi I can use for design.” Ginger and wasabi go into the soy sauce for dipping sushi. The wasabi can easily be shaped into leaves or flowers, and the ginger formed into roses. In the spring time, Egan actually places real roses in the wasabi for an additional artistic touch.


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CASTRO from pg. 1 relate to the experiences of all of the Cubans of her generation. “(My generation) was the subject of all of the experiments to create this new type of human being who was supposed to be revolutionized.” In the ‘90s Cuba transitioned from a socialist republic to the communist party. Fernandez said this affected Cuba in a very negative way. “(Cuba) wasn’t seeking help anymore and Cuba was a very difficult place to live,” she said. This shift in politics became one of her main reasons to leave the country. Disguised as a Spanish tourist in 1993, she escaped Alica Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro. to the U.S. with her Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN daughter and has never looked back. liefs,” she said. “I am mostly against the “I had to escape because in Cuba you results of what happened to the country aren’t allowed to leave the country freeand its citizens. It is complicated because ly,” she said. “In 1993, the situation (in I think politically (my father) is one of Cuba) was very tough and the purpose the most important people in the 20th was to get my daughter out of the councentury.” try, which I accomplished.” Fernandez said her experiences easily

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Since she has left Cuba, her father has stepped down as president, being replaced by Fernandez’s uncle, Raul Castro. Fernandez has no contact with her father or any of Castro family. “One of the tragedies of fleeing from Cuba is once you don’t think the same way they think you become an enemy and they treat you likewise,” she said. The memories of the revolution and her upbringing still haunt her and have heavily affected the person she is today. “I never really adapted to what was going on around me,” she said. “I always had a feeling that something was wrong and I still have that feeling because of the decisions that have made that changed my life totally.” She said she never saw herself becoming public speaker. “At that time I felt like it was somehow my duty to explain people who didn’t know what my culture was about and give them a little more detail,” Fernandez said. It still surprises her how little Americans know about Cuba, even though it is 90 miles away. “I think there have been a lot of misconceptions lately because of a lot of information gets through with the Internet,” she said.

MSU winter guard members told The Wichitan that they were shocked and hurt when they heard the news of Christian’s arrest. “We don’t know about the team’s status for next year,” said a guard member who asked to remain anonymous. “That is up to the university, but we really hope the program doesn’t get shut down.” In 2010, Christian became an inde-

pendent contractor for MSU for $2,000 a year. Dr. Juan Sandoval, vice president of business affairs and finance, said Christian dictated his own timetable. “He did an excellent job of working with our guard,” said Alan Black, associate director of bands. “We are all as shocked as everyone else that these things have happened.”

SKATE from pg. 1 The current anti-skateboarding policy states that students are not allowed to skate on campus whatsoever. If caught riding on campus, the student may be ticketed or have their board confiscated by the campus police. Shaffer had a personal experience with campus police enforcing the policy. “I was at Sikes Lake holding my board and talking on the phone,” she said. “One of the campus police came to tell me that I couldn’t have my skateboard. I wasn’t even on it.” This made Shaffer interested in researching the policy and writing the bill. There was no documentation found regarding the origin of the anti-skateboarding policy, however, Shaffer be-

lieves that it was put in place because of the property damage that skateboards were causing to campus. There is also the concern of public safety and endangering pedestrians. Shaffer has been long boarding for about a month now and hopes that she and other students will be able to use their boards to commute from class to class. If the bill is passed and skateboarding is once again allowed on campus, the campus police would use their own discretion to ensure public safety and the protection of campus property. The SGA voted to pass the bill, which will now be presented to the administrative council at MSU.

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Housing rates increase for 2012-2013 Director of Housing Michael Mills says cost of living will go up at MSU to cover laundry CORA KUYKENDALL INSIDE LAYOUT

New housing rates will change the way students living in the dorms do laundry. “Two of the things that we have heard most from students is they want better laundry and wireless Internet,” said Michael Mills, director of housing. This change will probably put a little more strain on students’ wallets. Those who live in Pierce, Killingsworth and McCullough-Trigg Hall will have to pay more in housing costs. Semi-private rooms in Pierce and Killingsworth will now cost $1,675 a semester, a five percent hike from last year. The biggest increase of 6.4 percent will be for students living in a semi-private room in Mcullough-Trigg. What Mills has built into the budget is for students to have $50 a semester for laundry instead of having to keep up with an additional card and pay out of pocket. There are small increases Bridwell Courts, Sunwatcher Village, and Sun-

dance Court. Residents living in the apartments will not pay the additional laundry fee. In order to do laundry in the dorms, a student has to purchase and put money on a laundry card, then pay 75 cents per load to wash and dry. “Our laundry contract is up in 2011 so we have sent that out for bid,” Mills said. “The students were in favor of having laundry rates built into the rent. Students said instead of paying out of pocket, just make it all one deal.” Killingsworth resident Debroah Rouclox said she would be willing be pay more money in housing fees to have laundry. “I think it’s awesome,” Rouclox said. “I like It cost almost ten dollars to do laundry every time and you have to reload your card. It gets annoying.” However, not all residents are for the all-in-one deal. Most local residents just go home to do laundry so they don’t think it would be fair to make all residents pay a laundry fee. “It’s a bad luck of the draw,” resident Brent Deeb said. “My parents live ten minutes away so I just do laundry there. It’s a waste of money for me.” All residents will pay the additional fee to have wireless internet in their rooms.

“I think it’s awesome. I like it. It cost almost 10 dollars to laundry every time and you have to reload your card. It gets annoying,”

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NASA scientist to speak at engineering conference KYLE EGAN FOR THE WICHITAN

Student engineering and computer science projects from Texas and Oklahoma colleges will be showcased Saturday when MSU hosts the 16th annual North Texas Area Student Conference (NTASC). The one-day conference in Bolin Hall will feature computer and engineering projects by undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Steven Carpenter, chairman of MSU’s computer science department, was at the first event 15 years ago. “Our first event only had 50 attendees,” he recalled. Carpenter said the conference gives students an opportunity to see one another’s potential. Participation and attendance jump each year, he said. Last year 130 students attended the conference. This year more than 150 students are expected. “It’s a unique opportunity to observe the latest technology and current advances,” Carpenter said. Keynote speaker for the event will be Thomas Morrow, external agreements

manager for NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and engineering directorate. Morrow attended the University of Maryland in College Park for aerospace engineering. He received his master’s of business administration at Pepperdine University and earned a law degree from the University of Houston. “My speech will uplifting to the students,” he said in a phone interview. “I want students to walk away pumped up.” Morrow has designed many tools that astronauts use in space today, as well as one design currently orbiting the earth. Morrow has worked for NASA for six years. Prior to that he worked for Boeing for 18 years in conjunction with NASA projects. Morrow said he will tell about overcoming obstacles, a subject he feels everyone can relate to. “For instance, suppose you’re in mission evaluation room at NASA’s training center and your computer tells you six lives will be in danger if you don’t handle the problem correctly.” Morrow and his colleagues have been confronted with just these kinds of situations.

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“When you have a problem, what do you do to reach that Zen state to solve it?” he asked. Morrow said he decided to get into aerospace technology in 1969. “I remember waking up and my parents saying, ‘look, son, they’ve landed on the moon.’ Ever since then I have changed.” In college, Morrow worked as a cook but after graduation was hired by Boeing. The reward for good work is more work, Morrow said. Keep a positive attitude. It sounds cliché but is very valuable. His advice to young people: Find a mentor and keep a mentor. Don’t be lazy. Take advantage. Hell you’re in college. Find yourself. Students will make 15-minute presentations followed by a five-minute question and answer session. Participating institutions are Abilene Christian University, Cameron University, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington and students from Rider, Hirschi and Iowa Park high schools.

CAMPUS BRIEFS WEDNESDAY March 21 Beginning Wednesday, March 21, through Friday, March 30, the Office of Student Development & Orientation will sponsor a Pet Food and Toy Drive to support the Humane Society of Wichita County. WEDNESDAY March 21 Watch the MSU Mustangs men’s basketball team on their quest to a national championship. Live streaming video and audio on the big screen! WEDNESDAY March 21 UPB will be having a Stars & Stripes NASCAR simulator in the Sunwatcher from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. THURSDAY March 22 Wesley Foundation provides free lunch for MSU students, staff and faculty at the University United Methodish Church Cafeteria from 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m. THURSDAY March 22 “Forks Over Knives” is being shown in CSC Shawnee at 7 p.m. “Forks” traces the personal journey of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. FRIDAY March 23 At 4 p.m. the Caribbean Student Or-

ganization (CSO), in conjunction with the MSU Kinesiology Department and the Office of Student Development & Orientation, will lead a discussion on the Evolution of Cricket. SATURDAY March 24 Chi Omega Sorority is hosting their annual Swishes for Wishes basketball tournament at the Wellness Center at 10 a.m. They will be selling neon sunglasses for $3, proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. SATURDAY March 24 As One Gospel is hosting the Festival of Praise at 7 p.m. in Akin Auditorium SATURDAY March 31 Kappa Delta Pi at Sikes Lake Center at 8 a.m. Book drive and 5k. FRIDAY April 13 Mass Comm’s Public Relations Campaigns class is hosting a benefit concert at the Neon Spur from 6 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds benefit Relay for life. Tickets are sold at the information desk in the student center. MONDAY March 26 Come see Karen Blessen at 2-4 p.m in Fain C115F. Blessen is an award winning free lance artist and write based in Dallas, TX. In 1989, she was the first graphic artist to be named as a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism.


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What are you looking forward to the most this Spring?

“I am looking forward to performing in my first MSU Spring Band Concert.” Taylor Lasseter Music Education Freshman

“I am excited for Greek Week!” Holly Tran Psychology/Sociology Sophomore

“I am looking forward to being one year closer to graduation! Finally.....” Wes Hart Math Education Senior

“I am looking forward to competing in Greek Week!” Cory Lewis Biology Senior

“I am looking forward to participating in Relay for Life” Lizette Prieto Criminal justice Sophomore We’ll be in the student center every Tuesday this semester finding answers to the issues you care about.

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Students to showcase research talent FAIN FINE ARTS DEPT. NEWS RELEASE

A kaleidoscope of student research and creative activities will be on display at Midwestern State University’s Third Annual Scholarship Colloquium on Friday, April 13, in the Clark Student Center. Providing an opportunity for members of the campus and Wichita Falls communi-


ties to witness and encourage students’ noteworthy research and creative endeavors, the colloquium will begin at 10 a.m., with podium presentations in the Wichita I and II rooms. Poster presentations and demonstrations will follow from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Atrium and Comanche Suites. The colloquium is a

celebration of the scholarly inquiry that MSU, one of 26 members of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, prides itself on cultivating its students. A substantial portion of the scholarly projects are pursued in collaboration with faculty researchers and creative artists. Students actors Anna Spivey and Heather Berryhill breathe life into the Jub Jub Bird. PHOTO COURTESY

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Some memorable quotes from the lecture: “Will Smith is not coming.” “Those people used $70 million to recreate what I did with nothin’. That’s just amazing to me.”

(CNN): A new Israeli law now bans “too-skinny” models to be used in ads. The legislation, known as the “Photoshop Law,” also requires that agencies tell their audience if they’ve digitally altered pictures to make models look thinner.

“This whole thing happened because I reluctantly agreed to do one interview with Barbara Walters.” On Will Smith playing him in movie: “I was totally not feelin’ it.” But then his daughter told him, “If he can play Mohammed Ali, he can play you.”

(CNN): An earthquake felt by residents in Southern Mexico resort towns Tuesday was reported to have a magnitude of 7.4. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. (Fox): A Palestinian woman who has refused food for the past month to protest her imprisonment by Israel without formal charges is in grave danger of dying. (MSNBC): At least 52 people were killed and 250 wounded as car and roadside bombs exploded in at least 12 cities and towns across Iraq Tuesday, police and hospital sources said, extending a spate of violence ahead of next week’s Arab League summit in Baghdad. (Fox): Estonia is the only European Union country without a law about human trafficking, but legislators are expected to change that Wednesday in a vote largely prompted by concerns expressed by the United States.

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Sakura is a local sushi bar that will fulfil more than your sense of taste. HANNAH HOFMANN PHOTO/WEB EDITOR

When dining at the Sakura Sushi Bar, the idea is to get out of Wichita Falls for a little while, said Kyle Egan, sushi chef at the restaurant. Once you enter the small dining area with a seating capacity of 22 people, you achieve just that. The room is decorated with Asian pa-

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per lanterns and candlelight which sets the mood for a relaxing dining experience. Soothing music is catching the airwaves, making it hard to think about the stressful day one just went through. The staff at Sakura makes you feel welcomed, transforming your relationship to more than just customer and host, but rather greeting you like an old friend. All the sushi is prepared in front of the guests, making it possible to witness the art behind this cuisine. I tried the Hibiscus, Hallelujah and Caterpillar sushi rolls.

The sushi is served skillfully decorated, appealing to not just your taste buds, but also the eye. The Hibiscus roll is filled with a crabstick, avocado, tamago (which is a form of cooked egg), blackened tuna and topped with caviar. This roll has a smoky flavor from the blackened tuna. The Hallelujah roll is filled with a crabstick, avocado and cream cheese on the inside. Then the entire roll is dipped into an egg mixture and breading, deep-frying the outside to a crunchy perfection.

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Once the roll has cooled and is cut into pieces, it is topped with fresh tuna tar tar, bringing all the flavors together, making it definitely my favorite out of the three. The Caterpillar roll was the most simplistic one, filled with shrimp and topped with tuna, avocado, and sweet sauce. But even though it is simplistic, the taste definitely doesn’t come short. All three different rolls tasted fresh and delicious, leaving your body full and satisfied. With the meal I was served the home style Thai Tea, which is a mixture of thai-

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MARATHON BROTHERS Styles siblings dominate Cowtown Marathon, and Ultra Marathon CAROLYN POIROT FORT WORTH BUSINESS PRESS

Koby and Kolin Styles show off their trophies after the races. PHOTO COURTESY

Koby Styles hadn’t planned to run at all in the Cowtown Marathon, much less win the 50K ultra marathon. He had never tried an ultra marathon, hadn’t trained for it, didn’t sign up until 4:30 p.m. the day before the big race. But, at the last minute, his younger brother, Kolin Styles dared Koby - double dog dared him, taunted that he was out of shape and too scared to run the Cowtown. Then, according to both brothers, their father joined the friendly family feud by offering to pay Koby Styles entry fee “just to watch him suffer.” Koby didn’t suffer. He won the men’s ultra in 3:18:18 and did a cartwheel across the finish line just because he was feeling so good about it - almost as good as he felt when he learned that his younger brother had just won the men’s marathon in 2:37:53. Styles, 27, was in the media room doing post-race interviews when he learned that the only runner who finished the men’s marathon ahead of his younger brother had just been disqualified because he was not officially registered. Koby Styles yelled with joy and took off to tell Kolin Styles, 25, the news and bring him back to share the interviews. “I’ll take it,” Kolin Styles said of his win. “I wanted to finish in 2:35, but the headwinds and the hills were a big factor. I really want to go to Boston or New York in the fall, so I’m happy.” The first place overall male and female winner of the Cowtown Marathon

receives air transportation to the next Boston or New York Marathon (winner’s choice) and $300 in expense money. Koby Styles, Midwestern State University’s cross-country track coach, was in Fort Worth to offer moral support to his younger brother, who was running the marathon with a group of mutual friends from Luke’s Locker, where both brothers have worked. He decided on the ultra at the last minute, mostly because, he says, he doesn’t really like competing directly with his younger brother and their friends, and the ultra was the only race none of the others were doing. “I didn’t want to get beat by him, and I had not been training, but I can’t back down from a challenge,” Koby Styles said immediately after the Cowtown’s longest race. “If there’s a challenge, you got to step up. I can’t let little brother give me a hard time and outdo me. I had to show him I can still run a little.” While the farthest he has run in the last year or so was about 12 miles, Koby Styles said he felt really good the whole way Sunday, and when he started counting down the miles to go, it just seemed to get easier. “I surprised myself with how fast I was going,” he said. “I was hoping for a seven- minute (per mile) pace the whole time, and I saw that I was getting some sixes, even one under six _ a lot under six,” Koby Styles said. “I felt really good the first half, but then I got to ‘no-man’s land’ with all the wind, and my hamstring started tightening up. I’m crossing the finish line cramping, and he’s doing a cartwheel,” said Kolin Styles, a graduate student at Tarleton State who works at Luke’s Locker in Fort Worth.

SPORTS AROUND THE WORLD Football: Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has signed a $95m five-year contract with the Denver Broncos. Soccer: The Red Devils of Manchester United are four points clear off Manchester City, after defeating Wolverhampton 5-0. Lionel Messi broke Barcelona’s 60-year goal-scoring record Tuesday after scoring a hat-trick against Granada. Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is recovering from cardiac arrest after collapsing during an FA Cup match against Tottenham. Basketball: No. 2 seed Mizzou fell to No. 15 Norfolk State 86-84 in the NCAA college basketball tournament last Friday. Tennis: Roger Federer capped his semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal by defeating John Isner and claimed his fourth Indian Wells title. Hockey: The Florida Panthers maintains lead in Southeast Division after victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Baseball may make comeback at MSU ERIN WRINKLE FOR THE WICHITAN

MSU has always been known for having a successful athletic department, but in the 70s and 80s MSU was known for its baseball team. “There was a lengthy period where Midwestern did have a baseball team,” Athletic Director Charlie Carr said. “I think it lost its coach and funding.” Carr has been at MSU for more than four years, and ever since he started here there has been talk of starting up the baseball team again. But two years ago the state starting cracking down on expenses and dreams of baseball started to fade. “We felt like it wasn’t a good time, and I don’t know when a good time would be,” Carr said. Although acquiring a baseball team doesn’t seem probable, because of financial problems, talk is still floating around. President Dr. Jesse Rogers stated that he has always considered the baseball program and is often reminded by parents and others who have interest. “It is difficult for me to walk anywhere in this community without meeting a mom or dad asking me when Midwestern State University is going to start playing baseball,” he said. MSU is also the only school in the district that doesn’t have a team so lack of play would not be problem. Also with baseball’s popularity among Texans, especially in the North Texas area, it is almost unheard of not to have a baseball team. “MSU is one of the few highly accredited Lone Star Conference schools that do not play baseball,” said Rogers. There is a lot of interest in starting a team, not just on campus and around the community but for potential students who want to play baseball at MSU. Several of the players from the 70s and 80s teams are starting to send their kids to college, and they want them to go to their Alma Mater. According to Carr, the students, the community and most importantly the

board of regents have shown interest, but the interest has to be first and foremost financial. Baseball is an expensive sport to take on. MSU would need to acquire more trainers, which there is already a limited amount of, they would need more coaches, equipment, uniforms, scholarship funding, travel expenses, and that’s not even mentioning a facility, and its upkeep. However how expensive it is to start a baseball team, the program is expected to fund itself in the long run. “It is not an inexpensive proposition,” said Rogers “If we do this, the program will more than pay for itself with the number of new students it will bring in.” Because Carr is also concerned for other sports on campus and their treatment, the money used for baseball will not be taken out of any other funds. “I don’t want to rob something that we already have in order to play baseball,” Carr said. “That is really what it would have been a few years ago.” Carr has also assured all the student athletes and faculty that baseball wouldn’t take away from their funding. If anything, the money will come from another source, like a donation. But are there enough people interested in funding a baseball program as well as a facility? “If desire was the only element, MSU would have a team put together soon,” said Carr. On a positive note, an architect has already come out and looked at where a baseball field could go. Luckily there are more than a couple of places that it could go. But with so much support, maybe in a couple of years students at MSU will get their peanuts and cracker jacks. The notion that Carr and Rogers are making plans to introduce this great sport into the Midwestern State Athletics is a significant start to the process. “Baseball is one of America’s greatest sports,” said Rogers. “I would love to have it on our campus.”

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MSU earns trip to Division II Elite Eight DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

Chris Buttermore dunks two of his 15 points against St. Mary. Photo by KASSIE BRUTON

Words could not describe the delight of the Midwestern State basketball team after securing a spot in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the third consecutive time. Head Basketball Coach Nelson Haggerty appreciated the Mustangs’ accomplishment as it made his first season as head coach interesting. “It’s huge to me, but it has been about the seniors,” he said. “I am just doing all that I can as a staff so the team is in the best position to win the national championship.” This remarkable achievement was preceded by an impressive regular season as well as impeccable conference and regional tournaments. The Mustangs dominated St. Mary 62-54 in their first regional match with immense contribution from David Terrell, JaMichael Rivers, Thomas Colbert and Chris Buttermore. “A lot of guys have made sacrifices in their individual games for the betterment of the team,” said Haggerty. Terrell paced MSU with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Buttermore followed with 13 points. Colbert and Rivers finished with 12 and 10 points respectively. However, the Rattlers were not completely silent in the fixture. Kevin Kotzur’s 17 points and Lamb Autrey’s 14 points were consolatory but contributive to guests’ total points. Subsequent to the Mustangs triumph over St. Mary, the tournament hosts washed down Washburn University’s hopes with a 72-63 victory. Michael Loyd pulled off a remarkable performance against the Ichabods by leading Midwestern State with 21 points. Loyd, who has been eager for the Elite Eight, was impressed with the outcome of the regionals. “It’s what we’ve been waiting for and it is definitely something we are ready for,” said Loyd. “I want to play the way I have this season. I want to play the best I can.” Kevin Grayer followed Loyd’s example with 10 points while Thomas Darrick put in nine points.

Will McNeil, on the other hand, led the contest with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Martin Mitchell scored 10 for the visitors. Their effort, however, was not enough to stop the Mustangs gallop. With yet another victory, the Mustangs improved to 28-3 on the season and advanced to compete with Arkansas Tech in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championship. The Mustangs thrashed the Wonder Boys 73-58 to claim their 18th consecutive home victory. The 16-point victory was made possible by the consistency of certain MSU forwards. Loyd, Rivers and Grayer stood out for Midwestern State with 19, 16 and 13 points respectively. Senior guard Keonte’ Logan has been consistent in the Midwestern lineup and scored four points against Arkansas Tech. Logan, who competed in the previous Elite Eight, hopes to make this year different.

“The first time was nice and a good experience,” he said. “This time is more about business instead of enjoyment.” Johnnie Davis scored 19 for the Wonder Boys and was backed-up by Will Haney’s 12 points. The Mustangs feel positive about the nationals and are eager to win it all. “I hope to win it all,” said Logan. “I’m going to do everything I can on every aspect of the game.” After a superb performance in the regional final, the Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Highland Heights, Kentucky at the Bank of Kentucky Center. “It is amazing that we are here for the third time,” said senior guard Melvin Clark. “A lot of teams don’t even get here once.” MSU will face West Washington at 1:30 p.m. on March 21. “We have some guys who have been here before so we will be ready,” said Haggerty.

Senior guard Keonte’ Logan sends a pass to Thomas Colbert. Photo by KASSIE BRUTON

Mustangs succeed in first collegiate race LOREN EGGENSCHWILER FOR THE WICHITAN

MSU’s Cycling Team headed down to College Station to Race Tunis Roubaix hosted by the A&M Aggies. The weekend began on a rugged course outside College Station. Though there were many flats, MSU was able to have a few finished at the top. Caden Burross took 3rd in the men’s C category. Ashley Weaver took 1st place in the final sprint for the Women’s B category. MSU’s Fidel Goytia and Aldo Curiel flatted, but Erick Goytia was able to stay in and take 2nd. Evan Bybee sprinted against A&Ms Cody Foster for 1st, but was later relegated to 3rd for a mechanical that forced Foster out of the lane. Sean Brown came in 5th with Tony Baca in 6th and Alexi Martinez in 9th. The remaining three men’s As for MSU flatted out on the gravel section of the course. For the women’s As Jessica Prinner was able to finish flat free in 1st. Teammates Claire Routledge and Loren Eggenschwiler both received flats, but were able to finish 4th and 5th, respectively. After repairing flats and getting a quick lunch, it was back to the course for the Team Time Trials. This course was a 10 mile timed course. MSU’s A categories both did well. The women; Prinner, Routledge and Eggenschwiler took 1st with 30:12.47 against UT’s 32:42.13 2nd place. The men’s A team had two separate teams, one of them, Jason Short, Ricky Randall, Baca and Bybee, taking 2nd with 25:19.49 just behind A&Ms 25:14.54. Sunday was a day of the criterium in Research Park on the A&M Campus. Burross was able to take 2nd in the sprint for the Men’s C category. Ashley Weaver took 5th in a confusing finish, due to a shorter race, for the women’s B category. The Men’s B came back with Curiel in 1st and Erick Goytia and Fidel Goytia

Midwestern State Evan Bybee races against Texas A&M’s Cody Foster in the criterium at College Station. PHOTO COURTESY. taking 5th and 6th respectively. The Men’s A race got a bit intense when Randall and Baca went down in a corner. Randall was taken to the hospital for his injuries. However, he was later picked up by the team when x-rays showed no breaks. The women’s A cate-

gory took a slow start as Randall was still being loaded into an ambulance located on the course. MSU finished with Short in 3rd, followed by Brown and Bybee. After several attacks by the MSU women, Prinner was able to take off the front with Tulane

in tow for 1st place. Eggenschwiler was close behind for 3rd and Routledge took 5th. Weaver raced her second race of the day in a different category and still took a strong 6th. After a successful first collegiate race in the books, MSU headed back to Wich-

ita Falls. They will hit the road once again for OU this weekend, followed by Tulane University in New Orleans next weekend. To find race and results check out

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