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DECISIVE VICTORY: Mustang men’s tennis outplayed Cowley County 7-2 Saturday at the MSU Tennis Center
your university n your voice
Cost of decals, parking tickets could increase Chris Collins Managing Editor
Students, employees voice their opinions on paying more for parking
Vehicle registration and parking ticket fees for the entire campus community are expected to rise for the fall semester. Currently, the vehicle registration fee (a parking decal) is $32. The minimum ticket you may be given by a police officer is $10. MSU Chief of Police Dan Williams is proposing an increase in ticket prices and registration fees. His proposal will go before the Board of Regents in May. If it passes, decals will cost $50 and parking fines will double. “Unfortunately, with the way state and federal governments are starting to
Kasi Bailey, sophomore “I guess it’s okay to double (fines). A lot of people write tickets off because they’re only $10. cut funds to universities, the cost gets passed on to the student,” Williams said. He decided to advise the administra-
Alex Eseyin, sophomore “Increasing ticket costs won’t actually stop the crime.”
tion to raise ticket prices after he met with a handful of parents at MSU Spirit Days. “When we talked about parking rules
Donald Bales, custodian “Fifty dollars isn’t that bad (for a parking decal), but I’m not going to pay to come to work.” and talked about getting young adults to comply, a number of the parents suggested raising the parking fines,” Williams said. “They didn’t feel like $10 was
Linda Hollabaugh, professor “I would be willing to pay (for a parking decal) if I knew I had an assigned space.” (Photos by Hannah Hofmann)
a deterrent to the kids. Most of them are spending mom and dad’s money and $10 is nothing to them. They spend $6
See PARKING on page 3
Lawmakers aim to allow guns on college campuses Brittney Cottingham Features Editor Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow licensed individuals to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. The legislation, which has been co-signed by more than half of the members in the state House of Representatives, has incited debate at MSU. Senior Joshua Ibarra and other MSU students organized a protest rally, which was held today in the Quad. They hope
to let their elected officials know that they don’t support concealed carry on campus. “This is an important issue that needs to be brought to the forefront and debated to an end,” Ibarra said. He believes firearms should only be used as a final, extreme option when confronted with life-threatening situations, and fears that allowing guns on campus could turn the university into a “wild west saloon.” “(The university) should be
See GUNS on page 3
Speaker discusses impacts of bailout Chris Collins Managing Editor
Robert Forrester, MSU alum and president of Four Stars Auto Ranch in Henrietta, never bailed out. The company he works for, however, did. The MSU assistant professor of management spoke to an audience in Dillard Monday about how the General Motors bailout in 2009 affected the company, and how it has recovered since. “That bothered me a great deal and for the last two years I’ve actually avoided discussing it. I had my life’s investment rolled up into a company. And then, all of the sudden, we were waiting on a letter to tell us if we were still in business.” Forrester said Four Stars Auto
Ranch actually did very well during the time of the bailout. He, however, was in the minority. For the most part, GM dealers and manufacturers were in hot water. “We made some plans, we took some steps,” he said. “We took care of business.” In November 2010, General Motors accepted $50 billion in taxpayer funds to get its feet back on the ground after declaring bankruptcy. The federal government now owns 61 percent of GM’s stock. “It was actually a joke that GM stood for Government Motors,” he quipped. Forrester cited ‘legacy costs,’ pensions for retired GM workers, as one of the leading factors that dragged the company down to financial failure.
Work-study program faces 40 percent cut Chris Collins Managing Editor
Robert Forrester (Photo by Chris Collins)
“They weren’t able to take the steps to get those costs reduced,” he said. “They didn’t make the tough decisions. They didn’t plan like they needed to.” One of the tough decisions, he said, would have been for GM to borrow a substantial amount
of money, along with using its products as leverage to ride out the hard economic times. The company’s monetary downturn hurt its relationship with suppliers, Forrester said.
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Competitiveness grant and the SMART grant. Currently the work-study proThe national economic down- gram receives $150,000 from the turn could lead to a 40 percent federal government and $45,000 cut in work-studies programs - $50,000 from the state. About 70 MSU students are across the country. The program, which provides employed as part of the propart-time employment to eligi- gram. ble students in order to help with The program allows eligible college expenses, is a mainstay of students to work on campus, labor for MSU and of financial Pennartz said. Students emassistance for needy students. ployed under work-studies are But this program isn’t alone in paid 25 percent of their wages. being slashed by the Feds. The rest counts toward their fi“Overall, the whole financial nancial aid. aid program is being reduced,” “It saves them money, in the said Kathy Pennartz, director of long run, on their budget.” financial aid at MSU. “It’s part of Whether a students is eligible the overall national debt. They’re for the program or not is depenlooking at every level, state and dent on his or her FAFSA apnational.” plication. The federal government has “They have to have the need already eliminated two grant for financial assistance,” she said. programs for the 2011 – 2012 academic year: the Academic See WORK-STUDY on pg 4
Time for tough decisions
By chipping away at already-sparse state funding for Texas colleges and universities while simultaneously demanding increased efficiency, lawmakers threaten to “streamline” higher ed. until no real education remains. Texas colleges and universities suffer across the board from faltering four-year graduation rates, struggle to help underprepared freshmen cope with the challenges of collegiate work, and scrape the bottoms of overextended budgets to stay abreast of ever-changing technology. Students’ out of pocket expenses are soaring, and more students are struggling to balance full-time academic calendars with demanding work schedules. The state legislature suggest that – somehow – institutions must improve across the board despite state-level budget cuts. With one hand, these lawmakers offer administrators supportive platitudes. With the other, they slash funding. Institutions are left with few options, and none of them are attractive. Operating on a diminished budget comes at a cost. The cuts have to come from somewhere, and the impact of downsizing could be felt all over campus.
Hiring freezes, salary cuts, layoffs, furloughs, larger class sizes, fewer course offerings, shorter hours of operation, elimination of services – these terms sound clinical and sanitized, but their consequences would have a very real impact on individuals and the university as a whole. Raising funds to offset the cuts presents its own set of problems. Tuition and fees are a college or university’s primary source of income. Raising the cost of an education puts an additional strain on students, many of whom are already struggling to pay for classes. That burden will be magnified even further if financial aid programs like the TEXAS Grant fall victim to budget cuts as well. Hard decisions are inevitable. Legislators must balance the state’s budget, no easy task with a floundering economy and an estimated shortfall for 2012-2013 as high as $27 billion. But the state should consider alternatives to chipping billions of dollars away from programs that are often underfunded already. The Republican legislature doesn’t want to offend its constituents by suggesting tax increases or dipping into
It is a boy’s world and has been for decades for now. Somewhere along the line the appeal of us boys becoming our dads faded away and was replaced with a burning desire to remain forever young. But this eternal quest for youth is different than the expeditions undertaken by Juan Ponce de León or Jack Sparrow. Those scallywags searched for a path to immortality whereas the last several generations, particularly our own, have moved forward with the intentions of hanging onto to childish things. An admiration for the adult world has faded in our cultural and been replaced by a glorification of a prepubescent and adolescent lifestyle. The world of men is now dominated by a distinct boyishness. That is not the same as saying that adults enjoy things that are typically associated with children. Video games are a prime example. But playing games that originally had a market focus towards kids is not the same thing as being kiddish. Neither is enjoying a style of humor that you can find on websites like collegehumor.com. Those are more of generational trappings than they are reflections of cultural maturity. And it is not about women having a larger economic and academic presence than in past generations; women are currently earning 60% of undergraduate degrees, are earning more masters and doctorates than men, and as of 2010, make up more of the American workforce than men. Women’s equality is far from the cause of the demise of man. A glorification of boyhood and being a child is pervasive in our culture. Just look at where the rock stars of the 60s, 70s, and 80s are today. The veneration of childlike attitudes is prevalent on television, from the embracing of the man-child (think ‘Scrubs’) to guy who hardly works and thinks of people/women as objects (e.g. ‘Two and a Half Men’). Responsibility and hard work have been cast off in favor of perpetual searching for yourself and half-baked efforts at working a job. Video games may be trappings of our generation, but the addiction to them is certainly a self-inflicted curse. John
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the state’s $9.4 billion “rainy day fund,” so they trim the budgets further, slicing staggering amounts from education (from pre-kindergarten through university level) in a time when our state needs more educated individuals to fill crucial vacancies and stimulate the economy in coming years. Belligerent refusal to even consider alternatives is irresponsible and shortsighted. Low taxes and fiscal responsibility make great election-year talking points, but the consequences of cutting funding for education will be felt long after the next campaign cycle. Instead of problem solving with blinders on, blocking out any option that conflicts with right-wing political principles, legislators should deliberate all available options and consider them holistically. Rather than ensuring their political futures, lawmakers should do what we elected them to do – make decisions that best serve the people of Texas.
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Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor Wayne is surely turning over in his grave. True masculinity is not the crass, chauvinist personality that serves as fodder for cheap comedies and composes drunken parties. It is not the personality that over the past decade has made pornography a business with revenues equal to the music and movies industries. Where fulfilling the desire to shirk duties and embracing laziness run rampant, so does moral degradation. True masculinity that embraces the mantle of manhood leads to not only a sense of accomplishment, but also of honor, respect, and leadership. Not all of history’s men have been honorable, of course, but the likelihood of dignity shrinks the more a guy takes on the personhood of a child. This issue is something that is going to be addressed, at least in part, following spring break by the Pierce Hall RAs. In a program spearheaded by Hall Director Wayne Schields and Baptist Student Ministry director Ben Edfeldt, “Man versus Dude” is making its way into the guy’s dorm. The RAs will be making an effort to talk with the guys in the dorm about what it means to be a man, to be a leader, how to handle relationships, and how to overcome inevitable shortcomings, such as addiction and exposure to pornography. Far from every guy in our country is a sissy, wistfull, or full of machismo. But the guys here at MSU can make an effort to learn from other men and take one more step in the effort to reclaim masculinity.
Bargain hunter shares spring fashion tips Anatasia Reed For The Wichitan
Being fashionable this spring season is a must for many college students. In the midst of upcoming spring break vacations, parties and end-of-the-year banquets, an updated wardrobe will probably be in your near future. Unfortunately, finding affordable spring pieces to add to your wardrobe will be difficult this year due to tough global economic times. The price of cotton is increasing – this means you may be surprised the next time you look at a price tag while shopping at your favorite retail store. These unfortunate circumstances, however, shouldn’t affect your spring wardrobe. Finding trendy spring looks doesn’t have to put a strain on your bank account if you know where to look. What’s my secret to get-
ting great looks for next to nothing? Two words: thrift stores. Although some people may be freaked out by the idea of walking into a store filled with pre-worn clothes, a lot of great steals can be found in thrift stores. My friend Stephanie and I took a trip to Value Village Thrift, which is conveniently located about five miles away from campus at 717 Indiana Ave. Our mission was to find fashionable and affordable items for a spring wardrobe. Value Village did not disappoint. The first item we found was a black, appliqué, sleeveless, scoop neck dress with peach floral prints. Scoop necks are a must-have for spring and floral prints will accentuate any item of spring clothing. A similar Bisou Bisou dress is currently on the racks at JCPenny for $29.98. This barely
worn Value Village dress is currently being sold for $2.98. The next item we came across was a bright-colored, scoop neck, three-quartered top. This versatile top is perfect for a day lounging on the beach, or a date night with your spring fling. Macy’s is currently selling a similar XOXO top for $49.00. This shirt can be yours for a whopping $3.98. The last item we came across was a black and white chain-printed sleeveless top. This fitted top is perfect for going out and it can easily be accessorized to give you a high fashion look. Dillard’s presently has an almost identical top by TanJay for $28.00. Value Village has this top priced at $1.98. Although we found fashionable and affordable items at Value Village, there are a few thrift store shopping tips that are essential to making shopping at a thrift store successful.
It is important to know what you are looking for before you go. Thrift stores can be overwhelming and it is easy to waste money on items you don’t need. Upholding the “know before you go” rule will also save you a lot of time. That said, only shop at thrift stores when you have ample time. Thrift stores are usually unorganized, so setting aside a couple of hours to shop would be sufficient. The last, and probably most important, tip is this: inspect, inspect, and inspect again. There are usually no returns at thrift stores so it is important to check for broken zippers, missing buttons, and fabric stains. Thrift stores can be goldmines, especially with soaring prices of clothes at retailers. Remember: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Happy bargain hunting!
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PARKING...................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 or $7 at Starbucks for a cup of coffee.” He also said the minimum ticket fine when he was an MSU police officer about 20 years ago was $5. “There hasn’t been much of an increase.” Williams said he arrived at the new ticket and decal amounts by researching what comparable Texas schools charge. Officials at West Texas A&M, Tarleton, Abilene Christian, A&M Kingsville and Stephen F. Austin were contacted as part of the survey. MSU will still have one of the lowest decal prices of these schools even if it’s increased to $50. In the same survey, Williams discovered MSU was one of the only schools in which faculty and staff didn’t pay for parking. Alongside his proposal to raise ticket and decal charges, Williams is proposing that faculty and staff be required to pay for on-campus parking. Employees with ‘special’ parking placards, such as the president, vice presidents or deans, will be required to pay $150 to park. “If they want to use that parking instead of just using the regular ‘reserved,’ they will have to pay the $150,” Williams said. There are some exceptions, however – workers at the print shop may not need to pay since it’s necessary they use the building’s loading zones. Also, Board of Regents members won’t be charged for special parking. Williams said charging hiked up prices for special parking wasn’t his idea. It came from the office of Dr. Howard Farrell, vice president for university affairs and student advancement. “I’m assuming most of them are comfortable with it or they wouldn’t have suggested it,” Williams said. “Right now, students pay for parking and faculty don’t, which is extremely unusual in higher ed.,” Farrell said. Williams backed this statement up.
recent statewide budget cutting has hurt morale at the university, and n today: asking faculty and staff to pay a veResumania Days: Clark Student hicle registration fee just makes it Center at 10 a.m. worse. “This is just one more thing that I think can lower morale,” Hollabaugh n tHURSDAY: said. “You’re adding one more finanForeign Film Series: Dead cial burden to the faculty by requirSnow: The Kemp Center for the ing that. It’s getting tiresome.” Arts. 7 p.m. An average of 8,200 – 8,500 tickets have been written by MSU police annually in the past few years. n FRIDAY: Career Expo: In Clark Student Campus police wrote 5,700 citations Center at 10 a.m. between September and December 2010. Opening Reception: Scottie The cost of parking tickets could increase next fall. “Our tickets are up from last year Parsons: “From the Ceramics (Photo by Hannah Hofmann) – we have stepped up enforcement. Studio III” in the Juanita Harvey You hate to reap benefits out of that, “99.9 percent of schools charge faculty and Art Gallery ay 6 p.m. but that’s how the police department is fundstaff for parking,” he said. Williams has been trying to figure out the best ed. Decal sales and tickets,” Williams said. He said spring is the slow period for tick- n Saturday: way to charge faculty and staff for parking. Graduate and Professional eting – usually ticket handouts reach much “There’s been discussion of a $50 flat fee for higher numbers in the fall. School Practice Exam: in faculty and staff, but there’s also discussion of a “The fall is much busier than the spring, beDillard from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. multi-tiered system,” Williams said. cause in the spring most of the students have Since some faculty and staff are paid so much more than others, he argued, it may not be fair to been around and they don’t do the same viola- n tuesday: tions,” he said. “But we’re still seeing a ton of charge everyone the same rate for parking. Imagine Graduation: in CSC “Some are on the bottom end, others are on the violations every day.” Atrium until Wednesday. Each day MSU police average 50 – 100 upper end,” Williams said. Student Success Series: In a university advancement meeting a couple tickets handed out daily. “And honestly, that’s not even trying. If I “Eat Right, Feel Good, Look of weeks ago, however, Farrell noted that develsent officers out there eight hours solid writGreat!”: in CSC Shawnee at oping a parking payment rate for each individual ing tickets, we could write 200 each day, easy,” 7 p.m. employee could be a logistical nightmare. Dr. Linda Hollabaugh, associate professor of Williams said. MSU police is funded in large part by Spanish, said she would be okay with paying for little bit for people to get a handle on and get charging for decals and parking infractions. vehicle registration – with a few conditions. used to it.” “I would be willing to pay if I knew I had an They’ll need the extra revenue that raising costs Williams has also applied for a $27,000 grant assigned space,” she said. “Otherwise, I don’t will produce, too – last week, Williams had to re- from non-profit organization the Wichita Falls place three dispatchers at the station. think so.” “A couple of them left and one was helped out 100 Club to upgrade radios and communications She said she could foresee faculty and staff systems. raising a fuss by being asked to pay to park. The the door,” he said. “Sometimes that job takes a
GUNS............................................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 concerned with fostering an environment where potential violence can be identified early and dealt with nonviolently,” Ibarra said. “Keeping firearms
out should be the priority, not allowing more in. Introducing weapons to an environment as a means to promote peace and nonviolence doesn’t really scream
common sense to me.” Dr. Jesse Rogers, MSU president, has great concerns about allowing concealed weapons on a college campus.
“I believe that if we do (allow weapons on campus), we will create a very unsafe environment for our students, faculty and staff,” Rogers said. “The use of handguns by anyone other than trained policemen will create more problems than it can possibly solve.” If the bill passes, public colleges and universities will be prohibited from making any rules to stop license-holders from carrying guns on campus. In order to obtain a concealed handgun license, an individual must be 21 years of age, complete a 10 to 15 hour training course and pass a criminal background check. MSU Chief of Police Dan Williams believes that campus police will have a much harder job if this bill becomes law. Williams is a supporter of gun rights, but said there are certain places, like college campuses, where the average citizen shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon. “We have not seen a major reduction in crime because of the concealed handgun laws out there,” Williams said. “I think it would be more harmful than helpful (to allow) guns on a college campus.” An MSU faculty member who
wishes to remain anonymous doesn’t believe his constitutional right to bear arms should stop when he pulls onto campus. “That doesn’t mean I would go out, purchase a handgun and carry it on campus,” he said. “But the choice should be left up to me and me only.” Arguments that this bill would result in old western-style shootouts are grossly misleading, according to this faculty member. He thinks that the overwhelming majority of students will choose not to carry weapons. Many who support concealed carry on campus believe that licensed individuals could prevent another tragedy like the Virginia Tech massacre. “Could an armed student in one of those classrooms have stopped the slaughter?” the faculty member asked. “My guess is that these tragedies could have been minimized, if not averted, by a licensed gun owner. Someone with evil intent has more of a dilemma if he or she knows that they may be walking into a classroom with armed students (inside).” Senior Jeff Garrison would like to allow students to keep firearms in their vehicles while parked on campus, which is per-
mitted under state law, but is against MSU policy. “I definitely do not trust everyone in my classrooms with firearms, but most of those I don’t trust wouldn’t take the time or money to get the license,” Garrison said. Williams said that if someone opened fire on a campus where concealed handguns are allowed, law enforcement would have a tough time distinguishing between the shooter and a lawabiding, licensed gun owner. “An officer has just split seconds to (decide) who’s who,” Williams said. “I can forsee law enforcement (officials) having to kill an innocent citizen.” Students like Ibarra won’t feel safe at Midwestern unless the law only allows campus police or other security personnel to carry firearms. “A deadly weapon on the hip of some layman doesn’t really do much for my peace of mind,” Ibarra said. “I am all for gun ownership as long as it’s confined to those few (individuals) who have been trained to understand the consequences and culpability involved with carrying around a device designed to kill.”
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How to make a perfect resume *results may vary
Brittney Cottingham Features Editor
Before the MSU Career Fair, Friday March 4 in Clark Student Center, the Career Management helped 50 students prepare their rough draft resume through Resumania Days.
CMC College Coordinators Heidi Hakimi-Hood and Derek Crawford provided resume critiques to help students to get them just right. “Creating a resume can be so difficult if you have no idea what you are doing,” junior Bridget Williams said. Williams is in the process of
looking for an internship. She is now well aware that a mistake on a resume can make or break her chances. “One time I went in for an interview and I had misspelled the name of one of my past employers, (which) is well known, and the man interviewing me
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pointed it out,” Williams said. “It was completely embarrassing and from that point on I realized how important having a flawless resume can be.” Williams wasn’t offered the position she was interviewing for. But she is looking forward to
making a better first impression a the Career Fair this week. Forty to fifty employers will be present at the event. Both college coordinators want students to come prepared with resumes and to be ready to network. “At my former college, they
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never provided students with career fairs, so I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity on Friday,” Williams said. Below are steps to make a resume that future employers would find perfect, courtesy of the Career Management Center.
“From early on, a lot of students are told to be humble and don’t brag on yourself, but your resume is your time to shine.” - Derek Crawford, college coordinator
Basic Resume Content Areas: Objective, Education, Relevant Coursework, Internships, Experience, Activities, Honors, Personal Associations or Memberships
•Be confident! •Stress your accomplishments, not your responsibilities. • List non-traditional experiences such as going to school while working and raising a family. This kind of information tells a lot to prospective employers. •Student athletics prove valuable leadership experience.
•Relevant class work should be included, such as class or senior projects that would be beneficial to the job you are applying for. •Put important information on top of your resume •Acknowledge community and campus group involvement
Tips for references...
Professors, past employers or organization leaders are good choices for potential references.
•Always ask the individuals if they would be willing to serve as your reference. • For each reference, you must include their name, title, company, address, phone number and e-mail. •Keep your references professional. Those individuals that are in your chosen field are ideal choices. • Remember that references belong on a separate sheet of paper with your name and contact information on top.
Contact the Career Management Center! Clark Student Center - Room 108 Phone: (940) 397 – HIRE (4473) email@example.com www.MustangsHIRE.org www.mwsu.edu/career
Facebook: Midwestern State University Career Management Center Twitter: MSU_CMC
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Most common mistakes students make are...
•Make sure E-mail addresses are professional. Hint - they should include your name! •The phone number listed on resume should be a working number with appropriate voice mail or callback tones. •Buy resume paper! Special paper cam add that extra spark to your resume.
Career Fair - 03/04/11 - 10:00 AM - Clark Student Center Explore internship or job opportunities at the MSU job fair. Dress well, have a quality resume and prepare for typical interview questions. Education Career Fair - 3/24/11 - 10:00 AM - D.L. Ligon Coliseum Teaching opportunities will be plentiful with over twenty school districts in attendance to discuss their opportunities with you. Bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally.
BAILOUT........................................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 “Many of the suppliers didn’t get paid. They broke contracts in order to renegotiate new contracts,” he said. The workers union also suffered. “They had to take massive concessions, layoffs and buyouts in order to reduce the overhead.” Government officials needed to make sure GM could continue to operate if they injected funds into the company. Forrester said the company is showing that it can – numbers are up and they’re on the rise. GM shows $4.7 billion in earnings for 2010. This includes one of the most profitable quarters for the company in the last 11 years. But it’s not all good news – Forrester said 900 GM dealers had closed up
shop by the time the dust settled in late 2009. A company that was comprised of 8 brands now only has 4: Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac. Hummer, Saturn, Pontiac and Saab were all dropped. Another problem the company faced was that their product was spread to too many dealerships. “They had too many dealers,” he said. “They had to take some dealerships that had been owned by families for a hundred years and close them down.” There was a light at the end of the tunnel, though – it appears as if letting go of Hummer and other popular brands has actually helped GM survive. “Sales with half as many brands rose
12 percent,” Forrester said. After the bailout, GM needed to improve individual accountability within the company, as well as decision making, Forrester said. “It seemed like the problems were all delegated,” he said. “They were put off to other people and so no one was really accountable for the problem, even the CEOs.” The company has received a boost in sales from an unlikely source: foreign nations. GM executives have been noting a new trend in sales: 70 percent of profit is being made from sales outside the U.S. Brazil, Russia, India and China. “They’ve experienced quite a bit of
growth with GM products,” he said. International profit increases for GM by brand: n Chevrolet – 16 percent n Buick – 52 percent n GMC – 29 percent n Cadillac – 35 percent GM sales in China, at a 28 percent increase, are growing faster than any other country. That’s 2.35 million vehicles. Brazil sold 65,000 vehicles last year. “Usually in the car business we look for a one or two percent profit margin increase,” he said. “That’s tremendous growth.” These sales have helped GM restore or create 12,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada.
The company is also trying to improve customer relations, he said. “They’re going on Facebook, Twitter and different blogs, talking directly to the customers,” Forrester said. “They have a customer service center were people are going there and looking for dissatisfied customers. If they find somebody who’s dissatisfied with the product, they go in and they try to correct the problem. Instead of waiting for the customers to come to them, they’re being proactive.” GM has recently doubled the size of its customer service department. “It’s actually more economical to do that than to buy another customer,” he said.
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Once in the program, workers must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Dean of Students Dail Neely learned about the issue when he was attended a meeting in Austin this semester. He warned an MSU committee about it at a
university advancement meeting a couple weeks ago. “Half my student worker budget is based on work study,” Neely said in the meeting. “That could be a huge chunk to look at when you’re looking at reducing
budgets.” Work-studies students often work in the Dean of Students office, Clark Student Center, the Wellness Center, the Financial Aid office and Moffett Library, among others.
Since the jobs are all on campus, the work is convenient for students who don’t have access to a vehicle. “They can walk to their jobs,” Pennartz said. As a bonus, work-studies
doesn’t factor into financial aid, meaning participants in the program can still receive other forms of financial aid. For the most part, the students are good workers. Pennartz said that about 10 percent of them
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All hail ‘The King’s Speech’!
Academy Awards showcase a king, a fighter, an Fbomb and the worst Oscar hosts ever?
Christan Bale and Colin Firth won their first Academy Award on Sunday while Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress at what critcics are calling the worst Oscars ever, hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. (Photos Courtesy)
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man thanked the film’s financiers for daring to invest in a period drama about elocution. “It’s not,” The monarch may have stam- Sherman said, “an obvious film mered terribly, but Oscar voters to back.” But apparently, it was an easy spoke loudly and clearly Sunone to vote for. day night, handing “The King’s At every turn, “The King’s Speech” four Academy Awards, Speech” enjoyed extraordinary including best picture, best difortune: British filmmaker Tom rector and best original screenHooper, who directed the movie, play. discovered the tale only after his The come-from-behind mother attended an unrehearsed “King’s Speech” coup concluded a providential journey for reading of a play about the king the drama about Britain’s King at a tiny theater outside London. George VI (played by Colin Rush got involved only after a Firth, who won the lead actor producer’s assistant dropped off Oscar) and his unconventional the script at the actor’s front speech therapist, Lionel Logue door. Screenwriter David Seidler, (played by Geoffrey Rush). The 73, who had promised the Queen film beat out “The Social NetMother he wouldn’t write about work,” which had been considher stuttering husband in her ered the likely choice for best lifetime, waited 25 years before picture for much of the fall and moving ahead with his project. early winter, but ended up with Hooper, 38, whose bestthree Oscars despite many critiknown work heretofore was the cal plaudits. HBO mini-series “John Adams,” “What an incredible, incredible honor,” said “King’s Speech” thanked Firth and Rush — “I’m producer Iain Canning, picking only here because of you guys,” up the top trophy from the Acad- he said — and gave credit to his emy of Motion Picture Arts and mother for seeing the play and Sciences. Producer Emile Sher- suggesting it should be his next movie. “The moral of the story,”
Hooper said, “is listen to your mother.” Firth, who had been nominated in the actor category last year for “A Single Man” but lost, accepted his award and quipped, “I have a feeling my career’s just peaked.” Even though “The King’s Speech” won the top prize, no single film dominated the 83rd Academy Awards, emceed by actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway, two of the youngest hosts in recent memory. The duo joked about trying to attract younger viewers to the broadcast, though the show featured multiple homages to Hollywood history – including a surprise appearance by 94-year-old Kirk Douglas. The ceremony marked the second year that 10 films were competing for the best picture prize, up from five previously. The academy expanded the category in a bid to include more popular favorites, and this year, most of the films crossed the $100 million mark at the box office. Writer-director Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thriller “Inception” took home trophies
for cinematography and in three technical categories. “True Grit,” the Western that came into the evening with 10 nominations (second only to the dozen for “The King’s Speech”), left the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with none. Natalie Portman, who trained for a year to play an obsessed ballerina in “Black Swan,” won the lead actress Academy Award, fending off strong competition from Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right.” “This is insane,” a visibly moved Portman said. The boxing drama “The Fighter” dominated the supporting actor categories as predicted, taking trophies for Christian Bale, who played the film’s washedup, drug-addled pugilist Dicky Eklund, and Melissa Leo, who co-starred as the domineering matriarch. Bale appeared humble in his win despite being a heavy favorite for the prize. Leo said she was “shakin’ in her boots,” which may have explained why she dropped an expletive into her acceptance speech. The swear word was censored by ABC, but nevertheless
became a running joke throughout the rest of the ceremony. The writing wins also went as expected. Seidler, who had been working in television until “The King’s Speech” (his last film credit came 12 years ago), got a bit lost trying to find the microphone after his name was called for the original screenplay award. But his momentary confusion didn’t stop him from delivering a charming speech. “My father always said I’d be a late bloomer,” said Seidler, who was inspired to write the script because he himself stuttered – as a child he had listened to King George VI on the radio, knowing that the monarch had overcome a speech impediment. “This is to all the stutterers,” Seidler said. “We have a voice and we have been heard, thanks to the academy.” Aaron Sorkin won the adapted screenplay award for “The Social Network,” based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires.” Sorkin, best known for writing television’s “The West Wing,” said the prize “will be a source of pride for me every day for the rest of my life.”
Alternative rockers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross took home the prize for best score for “The Social Network,” beating out favorite Alexandre Desplat, who composed the score for “The King’s Speech.” “Toy Story 3,” which director Lee Unkrich described as a film about “talking toys that had something very human to say,” won for animated feature. “Toy Story 3,” the highest-grossing film of 2010, also won for best song, “We Belong Together,” by Randy Newman. Director Charles Ferguson and producer Audrey Marrs took home the Oscar for their documentary “Inside Job.” Two of the year’s biggest blockbusters, “Inception” and “Alice in Wonderland,” dominated the technical categories, with “Inception” winning for sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects in addition to cinematography. “Alice” walked away with two Oscars, for art direction and costume. “In a Better World,” from Danish director Susanne Bier, won the best foreign language prize.
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Continued success and an outstanding debut top The Feed this week. March will prove to be a good month for music with numerous upcoming releases.
March 2, 2011
New on DVD:
After months of Oscar buzz, what some are calling James Franco’s best work to date, 127 Hours finally is available to own. This film based on true events follows the adventurous Aron Ralston (Franco) finds himself between a rock and a hard place, literally, in a remote Utah canyon. Ralston spends five days trapped in a cave, forcing himself to examine his life and memories. The DVD includes: - Commentary by Director/Co-screenwriter Danny Boyle, Producer Christian Colson and CoScreenwriter Simon Beaufoy - Deleted scenes - Search & Rescue: actual events that aided the search of rescue of Aron Ralston 127 Hours: An extraordinary view // A unique collaboration between the director and actor
DVD released: March 1, 2011 Genres: Drama, Adventure, Biography Starring: James Franco Rating: R for language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
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Waka Flocka Flame Salute Me
The Dupree’s releases their first album in four years filled with darker sounds, but the same beautiful melodies and lyrics they’re known for.
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After a successful 2010, Dum Dum Girls start the new year by branching out into new territory, proving they’re more than a noisy, lo-fi band.
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Raucous at some points, yet melodic and clam, this London band releases an impressive debut comparable to Dinosaur Jr. of the 90s. The Verdict: 4/4 - A Must Have
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‘Two and a Half Men’ star continues rant on network Melissa Maerz Scott Collins MCT
The Charlie Sheen saga took several more turns toward the sad and strange Monday as the troubled star of “Two and a Half Men” went on an all-day media blitz in which he compared himself to “a warlock,” ratcheted up legal threats against his employers, and saw his longtime publicist quit. During an exhaustive series of interviews that included “Good Morning America,” “The Today
Show,” the E! network, CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” and the celebrity gossip site TMZ, the 45-year-old actor displayed more of the bizarre behavior that led to last week’s suspension of the season’s remaining eight episodes. Overshadowing the networks’ morning-after Oscar coverage, Sheen headlined on programs that aired from morning until night, explaining that his body runs on “tiger blood,” that he’s survived “banging seven-gram rocks,” and that he wanted to start a new line of cologne. He also continued attacking
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for your show runner (Lorre) being criticized.” The letter threatens the companies with a lawsuit if Sheen isn’t paid the full amount for his deal that expires in May 2012. Sheen – whose entry into rehab forced the series into hiatus last month – last week called Lorre “a clown.” Singer wrote that his client was simply responding to Lorre’s own putdowns. “Mr. Lorre has repeatedly made negative and derogatory comments about our client and harassed Mr. Sheen on the set,” Singer wrote. Spokesmen for Warner Bros. and CBS confirmed that they received the letter but declined to comment further. During his media spree, Sheen blamed the “psychological distress” he’d suffered at the
hands of CBS for his admittedly less than normal appearance and tone. He even demanded an apology from the network – “a big one, publicly, while licking my feet.” If CBS wanted him back, Sheen said, they’d have to raise his salary from roughly $2 million to $3 million per episode. “I’m underpaid right now,” he told NBC’s Jeff Rossen. “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special. I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bitchin’, a total ... rock star from Mars.” (During the Piers Morgan interview Monday evening, however, Sheen backed off the monetary demand and said it was all “negotiable.”) Despite the tirades, Sheen insisted he was sober. Monday’s tirades from Sheen
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March 2, 2011
Mustangs head for Bartlesville
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Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor The Mustangs sent the Rams of Angelo State home last Wednesday night with some hurt feelings as MSU defeated them 83-59. Senior guard Chris Hagan poured in a game high of 36 points. Hagan also grabbed three steals and three assists to add to his overall record. “I thought it was our best defensive effort of the year,” Head Coach Grant McCasland said. The Mustangs forced themselves ahead by as much as 14 points early in the first half. Hagan dropped one of his nine three-pointers to give MSU the lead, 16-2. ASU soon redeemed themselves. LaDonn Huckaby brought the game to a tie with a free throw basket with 7:19 left to play in the first half. The free point didn’t matter, however – the Mustangs led by 16 points at the halftime mark. During the second half, MSU put themselves up by 20 points with 4:33 left in the contest. Then senior guard Adrian Van Buren swooshed in a jump shot. Charlie Logan set the point gap by 26 points with a three-pointer at the 1:15 mark. Logan finished with a season-high of 16 points, including six rebounds and two steals. “I was just really happy, it being the last game in front of my home crowd,” Logan said. The forward senior said the team has supported him throughout the years so he gave this game his all for his teammates. Junior forwards Darrick Thomas and David Terrell put in 10 and nine points, respectively. Thomas grabbed five rebounds, while Terrell finished with seven. The following Saturday afternoon, the Mustangs took care of business on the road against Abilene Christian University, defeating them 82-73. The Wildcats stood their ground in the first several minutes, leaving MSU to trail up to 11 points. That was until junior forward Keonte Logan brought the contest to a 17-17 tie with a three point shot with 9:56 left in the first half.
Logan finished with 12 points including three treys. The game’s shining star, however, was Loyd. He dripped in a game high of 23 points, including five three-pointers all in 18 minutes of action. “We didn’t play our best game defensively, Mike and Darrick really came through, however, and that’s what being a good basketball team’s about,” McCasland said. At the 6:18 mark, Loyd brought the game to a tie, 7070. Thomas also ruled the court as he paced the Mustangs with 20 points. This included nine rebounds in his 31 minutes of play. MSU finished with nine points ahead of the Wildcats with Hagan knocking in consecutive freethrow Senior forward Jon Trilli sets up a jumpshot against an Angelo State Deshots with seconds fender Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. (Photo by Andre Gonzalez) left. The first round of the Lone Star Conference Hagan rounded out with nine points and three Championship tournament this Thursday at the rebounds. Bruin Fieldhouse in Bartlesville, Okla. Tipoff is “We’re really trying to work on getting betset for 6 p.m. ter and getting ready for the LSC tournament,” “It’s going to be a tough game for us, so we’re reHagan said. ally going to have to come in and outwork them,” Now, the Mustangs will go onto face Texas Hagan said. A&M-Commerce as the No. 3 spot.
Vjekoslav Stipanic Tennis
• Stipanic won in both doubles and singles against Cowley County Saturday afternoon. • Downed East Central in doubles, 8-4, Thursday afternoon. • Mechanical Engineering major from Tivat, Montenegro
Rugby aims for championship Damian Atamenwan For the Wichitan MSU is through to the Texas Division III championship after putting up with the University of Houston’s stern challenge in a game that ended 22-18. The first half started with UH’s kickoff alongside both teams’ awareness of a very tough match. MSU had stronger desire to win the ball and maintain possession. Their struggle paid off 15 minutes into the game. Center Bo Williams cleverly
slotted a try after fly-half Aaron Alvarez’s 17th minute pass as the visitors took the lead. Alvarez went ahead to make the conversion to put MSU up 7-0. Alvarez extended MSU’s lead to 10 points with a penalty after UH was found guilty of infringements in the scrum. The Houston scrum-half put his team on the scoreboard six minutes before the break. UH failed to convert, leaving the score at 10-5. The Mustangs pressed at the start of the second half and were rewarded for their endeavor when lock Tyler Schmidt scored
off a maul. Scrum-half Zach Henson scored MSU’s third try after a strong drive through UH’s defense. Alvarez made the conversion which increased the lead to 225. MSU captain Mo Aboukar came close to scoring but was held up in the end zone. The Cougars scored two tries which threatened MSU’s chances of maintaining the lead. MSU was penalized for indiscipline in the ruck which led to a free kick. The score was 22-18 with UH trailing. UH came close to a comeback but MSU’s defense wouldn’t let up. Full-back Benedikt Kling made a fine cover tackle on the UH winger and denied the hosts a scoring opportunity. MSU will meet St. Edwards University March 5 in Austin for the Texas Division III championship. Flanker Jimmy Miller and inside center Bo Williams tackle a Cougar defender. MSU Rugby pushed ahead for a 22-18 victory, earning a spot in the division III championships. (Photo by Damian Atamenwan )
March 2, 2011
mustangs dominate the net Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams’ morale must be as high as the ball they serve after successfully taking down the East Central University Tigers, who weren’t all that GREEEAT! ECU’s 27th ranked men proved to be no match against the 29th Mustangs as they swatted the Tigers, 8-1, at the MSU Tennis Center. MSU took victory over all three doubles matches and all but one of the singles. Going into the doubles, MSU’s Luke Joyce and Vjekoslav Stipanic defeated Andres Nunez and Stefan Stein in an 8-4 result. Coming in with the same 8-4 contest answer was Mario Urban and Bo Zaputovic who defeated Carlos Muro and Julian Caminos to give the Mustangs another leg up. Ending with an 8-3 result was
Jarrod Liston and Chad Meeks over ECU’s Andrew Cabato and Ignacio Lucero. Nunez claimed a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Stipanic, giving the Tigers their only point, and coming in at no. 1 in the singles. MSU led the rest of the way as Urban defeated Stein for the no. 2 slot, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Joyce rejoiced with a victory over Muro in a result of 6-2, 6-0, for no. 3. At the no. 4 slot was Zaputovic who defeated Caminos, 6-1, 7-5. Rounding out the scoring for MSU was Liston and Octavian Dinuta who finished in the no. 5 and no. 6 spots, respectively. Liston defeated Chad Morgan, 6-3, 6-3, while Dinuta rolled over Cabato, 6-1, 6-3. Moving onto the women’s doubles, Leah Roberts and Abbie Lewis took down Marta Valles and Nilsa Ramirez with an 8-6 victory for MSU. Rozike van Rensburg and Alex Odell-Michels proved to be one step ahead with an 8-1
win over ECU’s Kristen Clubb and Rhiannon Mecanovic. Finishing up the doubles, Lindsey Holcomb and Ashley Huse handled Kendra Coltrain and Adisha Waghmarae, giving the Mustangs an 8-0 win. Rensburg shocked the singles coming in at no. 1, beating Valles, 6-2, 6-1. Filling the no. 2 slot was Roberts who defeated Mecanovic, but not without taking a hit in the first set, 4-6, then made a comeback in the second and third sets, 7-5, 10-5. Odell-Michels went on to beat Ramirez in a 6-1, 6-0 contest, putting her at no. 3. Next, Lewis took MSU up another notch for no. 3 by defeating Coltrain, 6-1, 6-1. In a 6-0, 6-0 win, Holcomb clubbed Clubb for the no. 5 position. Last, Huse blew a fuse to defeat Waghmarae, 6-3, 6-1. Saturday afternoon, the men’s tennis team continued to rule the net as they took down Cowley County Community College
back at the MSU Tennis Center, 7-2. Stipanic and Joyce proved to be no.1 in the doubles after defeating Nei Dos Santos and Joan Valls, 8-5. Stipanic also came in no. 1 for the singles after defeating Valls, 6-1, 6-3. CCCC’s Dave Chera and Zack Evenden ruled over Zaputovic and Urban, 9-8. Coming in the no. 3 spot, Liston and Meeks dominated Tom Gibaud and John Ward, 8-3. In the remaining singles, Urban rolled over Santos, 6-0, 6-0. Joyce held back Gibaud, 6-2, 6-1, to put the Mustangs up another point and Dinuta mastered Bates Baldwin, 6-1, 6-4, for the no. 3 and 5 spots, respectively. Evenden ruled over Liston, 6-4, 6-1, to claim the no. 4 slot. Last, Meeks trampled Connor Tebow on the net to bring MSU another victory in the no. 6 spot, 6-4, 6-4. Next, the Mustangs take on McMurry this Saturday at the MSU Tennis center.
Above left: Mario Urban swats an underhand against Cowley County. Above right: Vjekoslav Stipanic prepares to return the ball. Above: Rozike Janzen van Rensburg sets herself in play against East Central. (Photos by Brittany Norman and Hannah Hofmann)
Women’s basketball closes the book on 2010-11 season Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor
Lady Mustangs defend against Angelo State. (Photo by Andre Gonzalez)
In their last week of collegiate basketball for the 2010-2011 season, the Lady Mustangs fought a hard battle against the Rambelles of Angelo State University, only to come short in the last minute as Camille Perkins brought ASU in a loss for MSU, 65-60. “Defensively we allowed some threes that we noramlly don’t give up,” head coach Noel Johnson said. Senior forward Nolisha Markham brought the Lady Mustangs close with a career high of 27 points on her 11-for-14 shots, including a pair
of three-pointers. MSU led the game by three points at intermission, 29-26. However, the Rambelles started to catch up early in the second half as both teams were neck and neck the remainder of the contest. The match was tied with 6:18 left to play, 50-50. At the 6:07 mark, junior forward Jazman Patterson put up a layup to advance the lady Mustangs two extra points. MSU continued their leading reign until the Rambelles answered with a three-pointer shot in by Lindsey Youngblood, with less than two minutes remaining, tying the two teams again, 59-59.
Ultimately, ASU proved victorious over the Lady Mustangs as Perkins brought the Rambelles to a win. Saturday afternoon the Lady Mustangs claimed their first win in Abilene since 1992 against Abilene Christian University, putting an end to a 15 game loss on the Lady Wildcat’s court, 90-78. “I’m proud of these girls. They’ve made some huge strides,” Johnson said. “We look forward to the future, and the great talent we have on this team. We’re looking forward to going to the conference tournament next year, if not further.” The Lady Mustangs finished their season with an overall record of 1016, and 6-8 in LSC South Division.
Cycling gets good results at University of Texas Loren Eggenschwiler For The Wichitan
It was a great turnout for the first South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference race held by University of Texas. There was an estimated 250 racers of all levels coming not only from Texas but also Louisiana and Oklahoma. MSU sent 21 racers for the first race weekend. The races began Saturday morning with a long distance road race. The men’s A category began with eight riding for MSU. Jason Short was able to get off the front of the group after a few attempts and came in for 1st place. Tony Baca took second. Alexi Martinez came in 4th. Bryan Goins took 6th. The men’s B and Women’s A category were combined.
Sean Brown was able to roll of the front and stay off for the win. MSU took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Fidel Goytia in 2nd. Matt Fox in 3rd. Claire Routledge was able to stay with the men and took 1st for the women. The women’s B category had MSU’s Ashley Weaver take 7th with Teammate Brissia Montalvo in 9th. Time Trials continued races Saturday. This was a timed event of about 12 miles. MSU’s Josh Carter, Baca and Martinez took 1st in the A category. Francis Hamre, Sebastian Wichterich and Brown came in 3rd place. The women’s A Team Natalie Klemko, Loren Eggenschwiler and Routledge took 1st.
The Women’s B team, Weaver, Montalvo, Bailey Hess and Sam Casson. Sunday was the criterium. The women’s B Weaver took 8th and Montalvo took 9th. The men’s B and women’s A were combined again. Brown took 1st for the men. Klemko took 1st for the women. The day ended with the men’s A category. Short was able to take 1st again, even after getting taken down in a crash. Danny Robertson came in 3rd. Following Robertson was Baca and Martinez, respectfully. It was a good weekend at The University of Texas for Midwestern State. The team will be heading to College Station next weekend for more races.
Jason Short riding off the front during the criterium. (Photo by Loren Eggenschwiler)