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Wedding mistake costs university over $11,000
CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF
A marital mishap at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art in 2010 cost the university more than $11,000 in donor funds. Instead of using the money to buy equipment or fund scholarships, MSU ended up paying to host a wedding. The foul-up, uncovered through state Open Records statutes, shows that ongoing construction at the museum nearly derailed the fall wedding of Elizabeth Gipson, daughter of Nick Gipson, academic adviser and internship coordinator in the Dillard College of Business Administration. Museum officials said they had expected renovation of the main gallery and removal of asbestos to be complete when Gipson and his wife, Linda, booked the October venue for their daughter, putting up a $192 deposit. But as the wedding date approached, it was obvious the work wasn’t going to be finished. By then, about 300 wedding invitations had been mailed out. Complaints were lodged with the university, according to documents, forcing
administrators to scramble for an alternative. MSU ended up renting a 40-by100 foot tent from Taylor’s Rental Equipment Company in Fort Worth, pitching it in the museum parking lot. Broken down, the rental included: • $2,500 for the tent • $60 for sidewalls • $400 for eight lights • $5,400 for flooring • $1,800 for turf • $362 for tables • $45 for extension cords • $400 for other supplies Mary Helen Maskill, events coordinator at the museum, said the reception party used a gallery inside the museum. The museum ended up compensating the family with $11,092 in supplies, along with some of its own tables, chairs and personnel. “It was clear the contractors weren’t going to finish,” said President Dr. Jesse Rogers. “I felt like it was our responsibility to make good. I could not imagine a family having a wedding planned and
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Dept. chair arrested on lewdness charges Garcia, who became chair in 1999, was released from jail after postDr. Adalberto Garcia, chair ing a $1,500 bond. of the Foreign Languages The Harvard graduate department, is facing public has been teaching at Midlewdness charges after he western for 29 years, earnwas found engaging in sexual ing tenure in 1995. activity at Lucy Park Tuesday If he is found guilty, morning. Garcia could be terminat“This is a personnel matter,” ed under policy 3.124 of MSU president Dr. Jesse Rogthe MSU policies and proers said. “However, Dr. Garcia cedures manual for moral has been placed on adminis- Dr. Adalberto Garcia turpitude. trative leave pending our full “We will have a plan investigation on the matter.” set so students aren’t imAccording to police reports, Garcia was observed by an officer having sex in pacted by what has happened,” said Dr. the park bathroom with a man identified Samuel Watson, dean of College of Human and Social Sciences. as Harold Jefferson. BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR
Chris Riley prepares to squat thrust more 600 pounds. Photo by HANNNAH HOFMANN
Graduate assistant makes a name for himself as a powerlifting machine. RUTH FITZGERALD FOR THE WICHITAN
Before the day is over, Chris Riley will have consumed two pounds of red meat and downed one chicken shake. “Yes, I make chicken shakes,” said Riley with a grin. The unappetizing beverage is the daily diet of Riley, a powerlifter who on March 2 deadlifted 705 pounds at The Arnold, an international event held in Columbus, Ohio in honor of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former Mr. Universe and California governor. Contestants from 48 countries took part in powerlifting, weightlifting and strongman competitions. This year, Riley, a 25-year-old graduate assistant working on his master’s in exercise physiology, took second place in the USA Powerlifting Raw Challenge. Riley’s final stats were: bench press, 374 pounds; squat, 661 pounds; and deadlift, 705 pounds. And yes, Schwarzenegger was there to enjoy the show. The win was pretty impressive for someone who has only been lifting weights since late 2008. At that time, Riley was doing Olympic weightlifting, which consists of the events “cleanand-jerk” and “snatch.” Today, at 296 pounds, he competes solely in RAW drug-tested USAPL com-
petitions which do not require the use of bench shirts or squat suits. According to Justin Lascek, Riley’s long-time friend and coach, Riley informed him in 2009 that he wanted to deadlift 600 pounds for five repetitions. Lascek said knew this was a distant goal but had faith that Riley could pull it off. According to Lascek, Riley would always wear the same hole-ridden Arkansas T-shirt whenever he deadlifted. Joking around with Riley, he asked, “Hey man, is that your deadlift shirt?” “Yeah, I’m gonna wear it when I pull 600 for five,” Riley shot back. That became his ritual, Lascek said. Riley would show up for workouts wearing his “ratty-ass” shirt and they kidded around that it would explode off him when he finally pulled up his fifth rep of 600 pounds. According to Riley, the T-shirt survived, but now has even more holes and is paper thin. Lascek not only trains Riley, but owns and operates the website 70sbig. com which tracks Riley’s and other powerlifters’ progress and competition statistics. The site also displays each individual powerlifter’s workout regime affiliated with the site, as well as diet and workout recommendations. A powerlifter’s daily routine, especially what he eats, plays a big role in the dedication of an avid competitor. As unappetizing as a chicken shake may sound, it’s a necessary shot of protein that helps strengthen Riley. He subsidizes his vegetables with V8, drinks 1 1/2 gallons of water and eats
one sweet potato per day. Riley trains four days a week, two to three hours per session, in his makeshift gym he shares with his roommate in their garage. His progress has been tracked over the years on 70sbig.com where one can find videos of Riley during particular training sessions and lifts. Powerlifting isn’t always fun and games, however. Riley got a bloody nose while deadlifting a few times, and admittedly, had an “accident” once while doing a squat, but continued on with his workout. That’s dedication. In the future, Riley hopes to move to a larger city or move out-of-state and become a strength trainer for a D1 university. Right now, he has his eyes set on “strongman” competitions. The winner of the strongman competition at The Arnold took home $45,000. Had Riley won first place in his powerlifting division, he would have walked away with $750. While money is definitely a motivator, it’s the pure love of the sport that drives Riley. It’s his passion, he said. Lascek encourages every one of his trainees to look at Riley and how far he’s come in such a short amount of time “You see him deadlift 705 and think it’s a lot, but he was just an average lifter three years ago,” Lascek said. “He didn’t just all of a sudden squat 661 and deadlift 705. He had to earn it every step of the way.” Riley will compete in the Raw Nationals, held in Killeen, Texas in August.
Provost on the hunt for new two deans BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR
Two of MSU’s six colleges will be deanless next fall. Dr. Rodney Cate, interim dean of the College of Science and Math, and Dr. Barbara Nemecek, dean of the Dillard College of Business, are stepping down. A national search to select permanent deans has already begun, according to Provost Dr. Alicia White. There will be four finalists for each position. “Both searches were expected,” White said. “One search is to replace someone who left to become provost in 2010 so we knew a search had to be conducted to name a permanent replacement. The second search is to replace someone
whose three-year contract is ending (Nemecek). Cate, who has been a professor at MSU since 1978, was made interim dean in July 2010. The dean before him held the position five years. “It’s common to put someone in as interim dean while a search is conducted,” White said. “We cancelled the search last year because of budget uncertainties.” As a tenured full-time professor of chemistry, Cate said he will return to the chemistry program if he is not chosen to remain as dean of the college. Cate said since he has been dean there have been many issues put in front of him.
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Mars is still untouchable our view
After the space exploration program was shut down last year, it was unclear how the private multibillion dollar industry was going to continue. NASA’s 30-year shuttle program ended last July with the voyage of Atlantis. The space shuttle Discovery has become a museum piece, turned over by NASA in mid-April to the Smithsonian Institution. Private space exploration companies have decided they are going to try and keep on shuttling, even if it is at a much slower pace than in the past. United Technologies Corp. has announced it will sharply scale back its role in space exploration by selling Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a
manufacturer of rocket engines and liquid-propulsion systems that it has owned for seven years. The space exploration cut was strategic for financial reasons. But in the hearts of Americans it was just another blow to the ego. How can America be one of the most influential and powerful nations in the world without a national desire to for humans explore outside of our world? The NASA Constellation program was a huge hope for Americans. Exploring the moon and Mars have been a topic of discussion for generations, but alas, these missions have been put on hold, at least for now. NASA plans to drop nearly $310 million from the budget for its Planetary Science division in 2013, a 20 percent cut that affects future missions to Mars, lunar science, and the
study of the outer planets. Yes, the United States isn’t in a financially perfect situation, but is cutting the exploration programs further each year really going to solve the problem? The morale of citizens isn’t at its highest, unemployment rates are still at horrifying lows, and people just want to see a positive change. It shouldn’t be up to private companies to explore space. But since the U.S. passed the exploration baton to China and India, it seems all those 8-year-old astronauts should put their dreams on hold, and the rest of America should too. And, unfortunately, Newt Gingrich is bowing out of the presidential race on Wednesday so we can’t even dream about making the moon the newest state in the union.
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KAJA SALSMAN OP-ED EDITOR
I’ve heard, from multiple sources, that everyone in the Wichitan hates everyone else and is out to drag all organization names through the mud. To be honest, that’s all a little exaggerated. No, we don’t hate everyone. Yes, we report quite a bit of negative news. But, which news sources (you know, the ones that get the most website hits, the tabloids, US Weekly, etc.) don’t run negative stories?
Negative stories are what sell. Nobody cares to read about how Chi Omega raised another $6,000 doing Swishes for Wishes...just like they did last year and the year before that and probably the year before that too. Sure, it’s feel good stuff. But since when does feel-good stuff make the news unless it’s astounding and not the same-old, same-old? I will be the first to admit that I am hypocritical as well as judgemental. And if you don’t think you are then you had better re-evaluate yourself or you might as well start a new religion... because you just may be the new Messiah. But seriously, why is it that because negative stories are printed (stories of fact or opinion, for that matter), people throw fits and think that they were printed as a personal attack. News is not a personal attack. New is news. Dr. Rogers has made quite a few mistakes and spent quite a bit of money in the past few years. Why should The Wichitan NOT re-
port those types of stories? How would things be if the stories weren’t reported? There would be no news. Would anyone read US Weekly if it were just stories about how Angelina raises her 7,000 children? No. Is the New York Times one of the most respected news papers because it only prints positive stories on everyone? Does President Obama think the New York Times is out to get him because they wrote about his errors? Of course not. News is news and public figures, as well as organizations, are in the limelight and when mistakes are made, there will be a reporter to write about it. Shouldn’t each negative news story or piece be motivation to improve, to stop making the same errors? Instead of taking the story like a personal attack, the smart thing to do would be to look at it objectively and realize that facts were reported. The facts
were taken from information given. Just because something is outlandish or negative doesn’t mean it is “slander”. What other information are reporters supposed to obtain other than the facts that are available and given? Dr. Rogers is a public figure and his actions are in the public eye. His spending habits are matters of the public. As for Greek life, the philanthropy of the Greeks is obvious to the public, the lower-than-average median GPA of the Greeks is also public knowledge. Why should it not be reported? Quotes are quotes and people will backtrack on what they say. Unfortunately bad things happen and mistakes are made. But news papers, including The Wichitan, are there to report the mistakes, as well as the important victories. What would the campus be like if The Wichitan didn’t exist? There were out cries like “why does the Wichitan exist again?” and other things such as “what a worthless paper”.
Now, think about it, who on campus would report the news...even the bad things? Would you? Would you step up to the plate and take the good, the bad and the ugly and put it down on paper for the world (or community) to see? If you would then why aren’t you doing it? Without the paper reporting the negative stories would you ever know about things that go on around campus, or went on? Would you even care about the mistakes Dr. Rogers has made? If you don’t care about the mistakes, what does that show about your interest in the university? Sure, you want your degree. Want to get in and get out. But, everyone who attends MSU is an important part of the community. And why shouldn’t the community members be informed? So no, we don’t hate everyone. But, personally, I think everyone has room to improve. Including me.
Olympics: no Facebook! KAJA SALSMAN OP-ED EDITOR
The 2012 summer Olympics, held in London, England, are fast approaching. There has been much uproar about the logo for the games, which was accused of looking first like the word “Zion” and then the word “Nazi”...and now apparently looks like the swastika symbol. The logo hasn’t been the only problem the organizers are facing; there has been much backlash about photo, video and social network rules set forth by the organizers. On event tickets it states, “Images, video and sound recordings of the Games taken by a Ticket Holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes and a Ticket Holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites and the internet more generally…” This, to most people would mean “do not take pictures with your phone or camera unless you’re just going to print them and put them in a family album.” But London is backpedaling and stating that is not what the clause is referring to. The Olympic committee’s internet guidelines say “Participants and other accredited persons can post still photographs taken within Olympic Venues for personal use. It is not permitted to commercialize, sell or otherwise distribute
these photographs.” So, which is it, London? Are photographs allowed on Facebook? Or will the 14 year old who posted a picture of a runner be arrested for sharing his excitement? London is trying to run a totalitarian type of games this summer, so what does this show about the unity of our world? The Olympics is supposed to be a symbol of world unity. Instead London is making it seem like a prison event which is only to be attended by the well-behaved inmates. Not only that, but an event that is supposed to promote unity and athletics is boasting McDonald’s as one of it’s primary sponsors. The largest ever McDonald’s will be open around the Olympic grounds- seating 1,500 people. How is London attempting to have people perceive them? The obesity loving, anti-social network Nazi’s? Because, honestly, this games doesn’t look like it will be a favorite. London has hosted the Olympics two times in the past; 1908 and 1948, and it doesn’t seem the backlash was and buzz about their rules has ever been this big. People who attend the Olympics as spectators remember their experiences for the rest of their lives. But it seems those going to London won’t be able to relive those memories through pictures...only through their new-found obesity.
May 2, 2012
Student athletic fees pay for championship rings CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF
MSU has spent $75,248 on championship rings for student athletes over the past five years, more than a quarter of it – $20,358 – coming from the student body at large. In most cases, donor money financed the purchases of rings for sports teams, but administrators dipped into athletic fees paid by students twice in 2007 and three times in 2011. The Wichitan obtained records about spending on rings through state open records statutes this semester. Charlie Carr, athletic director, expressed surprise when told that athletic fee money was used to buy rings. He said the money was “never intended” to be used like that. “The intent is that the money comes from donors,” Carr said. He said that athletic fee money used was probably replaced later on with donor funds. There is, however, no record of this.
“I wouldn’t have a problem with it if the funds were available,” Carr said. “But they’re not.” But Juan Sandoval, vice president of business affairs and finance, held the opposite view. He said he prefers to use athletic fee money as opposed to donor funds or tuition to purchase the rings. “The use of athletic fee funds is great if you have it,” he said. Athletic fee money was treated differently when it was used to buy rings in 2007. In 2008, the student body voted to make the athletic fee a freestanding fee. Before that it was contained within the Student Services fee. In most cases, though, athletic fee money hasn’t been available. Private gifts have bought the majority of sports rings since 2007. If private money weren’t available, Sandoval said, he would be forced to use designated tuition for the purchases. “Are the rings necessary? I think so,” he said. An invoice shows MSU paid Graduate Sales at 906 Denver St. in Wichita
Falls $5,694 for 26 championship rings on Aug. 28, 2007. Each ring cost $219. The same company billed $4,100 for 25 championship rings for the girl’s softball team that same year. Each ring cost $164. In 2011, JLewis Small Company in Elwood, Ind. charged $1,668 for 12 white alloy rings, each valued at $139. Thirty-two men’s and 32 women’s soccer championship rings cost $8,896. Each ring was valued at $139. A team must win the Lone Star Conference to be awarded a ring. A team that wins the Super Regional wins a different type of ring than a team that wins a national championship. “That’s their reward,” said President Dr. Jesse Rogers. Donors of the President’s Excellence Circle, who contribute at least $1,000 to the university, gave $30,516 since 2007 for rings. “Many people who belong to the PEC give significant money to athletics,” Rogers said.
WEDDING from pg. 1 not offer anything.” Rogers denied meeting with the family on the issue but both Gipson and Maskill said the situation was resolved in Rogers’ office. This story shouldn’t discourage other families from booking receptions at the museum, Rogers said. “Wedding receptions are going to be a big part of the income of that museum.” Museum officials were unable to come up with records showing how much it would have charged the Gipsons for the rental.
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DEANS from pg. 1 “The maintenance of leadership continuity throughout this transition period was my initial goal,” Cate said. “One large component was the continuance and development of assessment needs as directed for not only our college, but the entire campus.” He said another continuing endeavor he has contributed as dean is the growth of several of the college programs. In 2009, administrators pulled Nemecek out of retirement to be the dean of the Dillard College on a term contract that ends this summer. White said she was hired specifically because of her experience with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). “She worked with the college faculty on accreditation,” she said. “She did a great job with that and now its time to find a permanent dean.”
Nemecek served as dean at two other universities. “The best accomplishment in the past three years has been completing the AACSB accrediation and moving the Dillard College to a new level of quality,” Nemecek said. “I would like to be known for helping the college in this accomplishment.” Two committees, made up of faculty, have been created to manage the dean searches. White said each committee sends her a list of strengths and weakness of each acceptable candidate. The provost then will make an offer after obtaining input from stakeholders and in consultations with MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers. White said administrators hope to have both positions in place by next semester.
Greg Abbot to speak at MSU graduation ELIZABETH LUNN FOR THE WICHITAN
The Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will deliver the commencement address at MSU’s graduation ceremony on May 12. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Approximately 674 undergraduate and graduate students are walking the stage this semester. This is a jump up from December’s graduating class of 504, and last May’s 617 graduates. “I think he’ll [Abbott] give a very good speech and I’m excited to hear what he has to say,” graduating senior Leah Thomas said. Abbott’s career in public service began in Houston, where he served as a highly rated state trial judge in the 129th District Court for three years. The Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists named him “Trial Judge of the
Year.” Abbott was then appointed to the Texas Supreme Court where he earned several awards including “Jurist of the Year” from the Texas Review of Law & Politics and Appellate Specialists, and “Appellate Judge of the Year” from the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. “I think anytime a high authority figure is able to speak on campus, it has a powerful effect on the students,” graduating senior Curtis Lester said. For some students, graduation means more than just receiving a diploma and moving forward in life. “It gives family and friends a chance to celebrate with you and you receive recognition for all of your hard work,” Thomas said. “Also, it’s cool to graduate with all of your classmates that have gone through the whole experience with you.”
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changing the venue. MSU is liable.” Rogers said Gipson’s status as a faculty member had nothing to do with the decision. “That was not done because he had any relationship with the university at all. If it had been someone I’d never heard of we would have handled it the same way,” he said. However, had the Gipsons not made a fuss, they may never have gotten the money to change the reception venue. “If you’re a customer and you don’t complain, you think I’m going to give you anything?” Sandoval said, adding that without the complaint, “We would
finding out the place they had it planned for was not available to them.” The flub, according to Juan Sandoval, vice president of business affairs and finance, may have been caused by a change in leadership at the museum near that time period. That year, Director Cohn Drennan stepped down and was replaced by Professor of Art Richard Ash. A voucher submitted to MSU for payment by the Fort Worth business carried the notation by Sandoval: “Museum was not able to host this event and the customer submitted a complaint to the president for the cost they incurred by
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UNCHARTED Alum flies MSU flag in frigid Antarctica ERIN WRINKLE FOR THE WICHITAN
If you thought Wichita Falls was lacking entertainment, then how would you like to live in Antarctica? Antarctica only has two bars. Now doesn’t that make Wichita Falls look like a big city? MSU graduate Clinton Kidwell knows all too well what living in Antarctica is like. “Antarctica is known as the coldest, windiest, driest place on the planet,” Kidwell said. “No one actually lives in Antarctica,” said the former grad. “But there are normally about 1,200 sciKidwell represents his alma mater proudly at the South Pole. entists and support personnel who are working there case we are ever caught out in open.” the temperature was between -30 to during the summer, and about 100 of Luckily the base camp is fully heat- -40 degrees. the employees stay during the winter,” ed and insulated. The McMurdo has Kidwell said it was a very special said Kidwell. its own water and power plant, mak- time for him to be there because 2012 With that many people around it’s ing it the Taj Mahal of Antarctica. marked the 100th year anniversary of hard to get lonely, but the 57-year-old Since it’s daylight 24 hours a day the conquest of the South Pole. said he does get homesick. during summer, employees literally He put MSU on the map during his Kidwell spends most of the year in work around the clock. adventure by displaying a banner from Antarctica working for Scientific ReAfter working as a civilian control- his alma mater at the South Pole. search Corporation (SCIRES), a corpoler for the FAA for twenty-four years, Besides enjoying the beautiful landration that controls air traffic. Kidwell retired. “I now work for a scapes of Antarctica, Kidwell said he “They are always looking for expericouple of independent contractors,” enjoys reading, exploring when the enced personnel,” said Kidwell about he said. weather is good, taking lots of picSCIRES. “I applied for the job and was With the temperature between five tures, and playing chess, backgammon accepted based on my experience.” to twenty degrees Fahrenheit, it’s not and cribbage tournaments. SCIRES employees work during the surprising that their food and other Sadly no visitors are allowed on months of August through February, necessities must come from other lo- base so he has to keep in touch with which is known as the austral sumcations. The employees are cared for his family via internet, phone calls and mer. by aircrafts. Food, supplies and other snail mail. Kidwell recalled the scariest part amenities are carried and shipped Kidwell wants to go back to Antarcof his excursion to Antarctica as the many times before reaching the final tica and work at the McMurdo Station flight because once you are around the destination. camp a few more times, but not this icy desert, there is nowhere to land if The temperature can drop to below coming season. the plane has engine trouble. 20 degrees at the main base camp if a “I loved working in Antarctica. It He travels on plane from Austin to cold front comes through. was an incredible adventure that few San Francisco to Christchurch, New The main base camp is the McMur- get to experience,” he said. Zealand then finally to McMurdo Stado Station, which is a former Navy Kidwell graduated from MSU with tion, Antarctica. base along the Antarctic coast. Now a BA in Journalism in 1981. “We fly commercial to Christchurch the camp is managed by the National The Quanah native is married to then on a C-17 military transport to Science Foundation. his best friend Barbara and has two McMurdo Station.” This past January, Kidwell was able daughter and two step-daughters. Although the weather is harsh, to travel to the South Pole station and Kidwell wasn’t scared to embrace the stay there for two days. coldness. During his time at the South Pole, “We go through survival training in
Feds review online marketing of alcohol MICHAEL DOYLE MCT
Twitter didn’t exist the last time the Federal Trade Commission examined alcohol advertising, back in the last decade. Now hundreds of millions of tweets fly daily across the micro-messaging site, including an increasing number from wine, beer and liquor companies seeking market buzz. It’s part of a new media frontier, one that federal regulators are about to explore. In an ambitious venture, the Federal Trade Commission is requiring 14 major alcoholic beverage producers to release information about their Internet and digital marketing efforts. The parent companies for storied wineries including Kendall-Jackson, Robert Mondavi and Beaulieu Vineyard, as well as the likes of Anheuser-Busch and Bacardi, are all being tapped for precious data likely to shape future advertising rules. “The industry is innovating quickly,” Johns Hopkins University public health specialist David Jernigan said in an interview Tuesday, while “the pace of regulation and monitoring” has lagged. Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, Jernigan said the new study “can shine a bright light” on industry marketing that’s rapidly evolving to exploit new technologies. Once completed, probably next year, the study will guide Federal Trade Commission recommendations on how the alcohol industry should regulate itself both on- and offline. “We as an industry have always been upfront about our practices,” Larry Kass, director of corporate communications for the Kentucky-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, said Tuesday. The last study of this kind, completed in 2008, compiled alcohol marketing
data for 2005. That year, 42 percent of the surveyed companies’ $3.3 billion in marketing expenditures went for traditional media such as television, radio, print and outdoor billboards. Only 1.9 percent covered Internet efforts. It was a different time, though. In 2005, Twitter was still months away from being launched. YouTube had just debuted, and Facebook was barely a year old. Since then, some companies have really bellied up to the social media bar. “They’re everywhere. They’re blanketing online,” said Sarah Mart, research director for the San Rafael, Calif.-based group Alcohol Justice, an advocacy group that criticizes what it calls the alcohol industry’s “negative practices.” The makers of Southern Comfort, for one, several years ago diverted most of their marketing efforts to social media and away from traditional advertising. Bacardi, Jernigan’s research found, has at least seven Facebook pages that together claim some 1.7 million fans. Captain Morgan Rum promotes a video game app for iPhones. “Fearless adventurers battle friends and rivals in the true spirit of the legendary Captain Henry Morgan,” the game’s introduction states, adding that one should “raise your glass, always in moderation.” Other companies are still finding their virtual way. Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co., for instance, is one of the firms being surveyed by the trade commission. But though it has had a Twitter account for 13 months, the @mhl Twitter address has trickled out only about 140 tweets for a scant 77 followers as of Tuesday. Other companies, meanwhile, can sound so excruciatingly straight-arrow that boosting sales seems secondary to seeming responsible.
New parking lot upsets homeowners TIFFANY TARWATER THE WICHITAN
Jimmy and Deanna Whetsell are slated to become neighbors of a brand new parking lot, courtesy of MSU. The Whetsells bought their home at 2525 Hampstead Lane, next door to the Biology House in 2001. “We always wanted to live in a college town,” said Mrs. Whetsell. “We chose to live near a campus. We didn’t know we would be living on campus.” While not technically true, it may seem that way in a couple of years when both the Biology House and MSU police station are razed to make room for 130 commuter parking slots. In February, the Board of Regents gave the nod to a master plan that includes tearing down both structures. The Whetsells are familiar with the parking situation. Their daughter, Kourtney, a business major, parks in their circular driveway and walks to classes. Despite MSU’s parking woes, the Whetsells wish a parking lot didn’t have to go up next door to their property. The couple is concerned that the location of the concrete lot will alter the lush appearance of the neighborhood. Instead, Mrs. Whetsell would like to see MSU reserve the land as a green
space. “Make it a park,” she said. “Put some benches there for students who have a couple hours to study. Keep the green, keep the trees, and keep the feel of the neighborhood.” One member of the Board of Regents agrees with her. Regent Sam Sanchez opposed the plan at the BOR’s February meeting. “It seems like we’re cutting out a lot of the green space on campus, which is part of the charm of the university,” Sanchez remarked. “We understand that MSU needs more parking, but there are better alternatives,” said Whetsell. The Whetsells would prefer a parking garage as a viable option, if it was centrally located to campus. “I would be willing to buy a parking decal to donate to the idea of a parking garage,” said Mrs. Whetsell. “I would pay $50 for my daughter to have covered parking on campus.” That appears unlikely, however. For now, it remains a few years down the road. Demolition of the campus police station can’t move forward until a new station is built at the location of the current Martin Building. Kyle Owen, associate vice president of Facilities Services, said
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funds to design the station will not be available until the 2014 fiscal year. The project is expected to cost approximately $500,000.
Owen said he doesn’t anticipate city zoning ordinances to impact the project because the university must follow stateregulated policies.
“We’ll just have to make the best of it,” Whetsell said.
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Perry appoints new MSU student regent KYLE EGAN FOR THE WICHITAN
The newly appointed Midwestern Student Regent has her eyes and ears glued to what concerns the student body, including administrative spending. But she stands firms in her beliefs, holding on to her experience in student government. Student Government Vice President Holly Allsup has been appointed to serve as the Midwestern State University Student Regent by Governor Rick Perry. Allsup will serve her term effective June 1, 2012 for one year. She is an intern for the Chamber of Commerce and is currently pursuing a degree in marketing and plans to graduate next fall. “I believe I am the voice of the students and a leader in all areas of my life, and in everything I do, I strive to do better,” she said. “I’m never content. I always want what’s next.” Allsup, 22, born and raised in Wichita Falls, presides as president of the Student Senate. Allsup also serves as the chair of the Traffic Appeals Committee and on the Student Conduct Committee. She is active in several campus organizations including Alpha Phi, American Advertising Federation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. “I like volunteering in any way I can so I can give back,” she said. “I do it because I like helping out. It’s humbling. it pushes me a lot more just to help out as much as I can. Whenever I can volunteer in the community, I do that, because that’s our job to support one another.” Allsup was ecstatic when she found out the news but had a feeling she might be selected. “I love politics and I love doing things on campus,” Allsup said. “I thought about it for a while and decided to apply. Governor Perry asked each of us some questions and then three weeks later I got the phone call. I had a smile on my face the entire day!” Perry is the one who chooses each Student Regent for Texas universities.
Senator Craig Estes, District 30, Wichita Falls, commented on the election of the student regent program. “I thought it was a great idea,” Estes said. “We started this a couple years back and it allows for students to have a voice, but the students don’t get to pick the student regent. I think the students should decide, but I am very happy for Holly and wish her success.” She said her stint in student government has given her great training to be a leader. “I want to be more vocal on what the students on campus want because that it my responsibility,” she said. “As student regent I can give the board the students incite, so my fellow students are happy.” Allsup said she is familiar with the current views by some students and teachers toward the administration but stands her ground of support. “I know there have been concerns about the administration and the use of funds, but being a student at MSU, I pay for my own tuition and being in government I know that the funds are necessary to make our campus better,” she said. “The funds have to come from somewhere. We should be happy to be building an even greater campus.” She doesn’t mind correction and even encourages for others to rate her performance. “I love constructive criticism, anything that someone says to make me a better person or to do a better job, I’ll take it,” she said. Current MSU Student Regent and president of the Criminal Justice Honor Society, Linda Aguilera, term is expiring at the end of May. “When I took the position, friends and family members told me to be slow to speak, even though I am very opinionated,” said Aguilera. “However, I advise the next student regent to speak up.” “I do however think that the term of office is a bit short. Even board members can attest to the fact that the first two years are a learning process,” she said. “My duties were very minor unfortunately. When I took the position I
vowed to be as active as possible, not only with the school but also with the community. I hope that Holly does the same.” Aguilera’s position on the board was to give incite from the student’s perspective. She wished more students had voiced their opinion to her specifically to message to the administration. “As a student Regent, you don’t have the luxury to learn,” said Aguilera. “One must immediately try to understand in order to maximize the effectiveness of one’s term. As a student that is new to the process, it is often difficult to engage.” She placed her picture and information on the OrgSync page in case any students ever wanted to reach out to her, and was never contacted. Allsup believes that she will make a difference. She has no problem voicing her opinion in and out of the boardroom. “I plan on attending the student government meetings next year for the students,” said Allsup. “A student came to me about the banning of skateboards and I suggested writing a bill to reverse the current law. Now it is being pushed all the way to the board of regents. This is one example of how students can make a difference.” To show Allsup’s dedication to the MSU students she created a blog to update students on current events and what is directly happening with the administration. “I need for students to tell me their thoughts,” she said. “Students need an outlet and I’m here for them.” Allsup relayed that the Internet is a great place to share ideas and encourages everyone to log on. “I want everyone to go to my new blog at hollyallsupmsu.wordpress.com to express their concerns and opinions,” Allsup said. “If you cannot reach me there simply address me on my Facebook and add me as a friend.” Holly Allsup.
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MSU student turns strangers into friends Tanner Colley goes on mission trip and experiences a whole new lifestyle
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Students give time back to the community ELIZABETH LUNN FOR THE WICHITAN
While some students go home after classes and have their weekends free, others are giving their time to needy causes. Students are involving themselves in volunteer opportunities all around Wichita Falls. Junior Cori Bobbett has put school aside to lend a hand on many occasions. “I’ve done The Great Day of Service, canned food drives, trips to the Humane Society, packing and passing out meals at elementary schools for the weekends
for the kids whose parents can’t afford much,” she said. She’s also sorted food at the Food Bank and served meals at Faith Mission. According to Dominique Calhoun, coordinator of Multicultural Services, , volunteer work can help fill the gaps on a resume. “Many future employers and graduate schools look for the work that students do outside of the classroom,” he said. Volunteer organizations teach the specific skills needed for the work students will be doing. Therefore, no prior train-
ing is needed. These organizations are also willing to work around students’ schedules to make sure student-volunteers don’t become overwhelmed. Bobbett managed to take a full course load of classes, be involved in her sorority, and rack up many volunteer hours. However, her sorority’s 10-hour volunteer minimum isn’t the only thing motivating her to give back to others. “If I weren’t in a sorority, I’d be a part of some other group that does community service as well,” Bobbett said. “One thing I’ve always wanted to do is go on
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MSU’s first computer science professor retires ERIN WRINKLE FOR THE WICHITAN
Hacking into computers. Programming top-secret software. Developing intelligent technology. No, this isn’t a James Bond movie – these are things MSU Computer Science majors are trained to do. Dr. Stewart Carpenter, professor of computer science, has been integral in helping students develop these unique skills. In fact, Carpenter founded the program 34 years ago. Now Computer Science claims 100 majors. Though the Computer Science program will continue at the university, Carpenter will not. This semester, he’s handing in his resignation. The 71-yearold Texan native said it’s time to leave his legacy behind. “It’s time for me to go,” Carpenter said. As far as after-retirement plans go, he
said nothing is set in stone. “I’m going to take it easy for a while and then I’ll find something to do,” said an upbeat Carpenter. “He (Carpenter) is a super nice guy – well-spoken and intelligent,” said Keith Enloe, a former graduate student of the computer science professor. “He always answered my questions academically and helped me solve my problems.” To many students, Carpenter was someone they could come to when they just needed to talk, Enloe said. “He would help anyone with anything, even if it wasn’t about computer science,” he continued. “I have never heard anyone say anything bad about him.” Carpenter said he will miss his students. “I have enjoyed being here and I have really enjoyed the people I have worked with. I couldn’t have asked for a better faculty.” Carpenter earned his bachelor’s de-
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Student presence is fading at the MSU library. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN
Students not browsing library stacks GRACE HOLLOWAY FOR THE WICHITAN
According to the circulation statistics of Moffett Library, fewer students, faculty and area card users utilized its facility in 2011 than in 2010. Last year, 9,878 fewer people walked into the library. Fewer people means fewer books, audio equipment, projectors and like items were checked out and renewed. A total of 1,731 fewer items were checked out and 479 fewer items were renewed. Jason Brezina, circulation department manager, said more students are going to the library just to study or to use the
computers to surf the web. “You don’t even have to physically be here to use this library,” said Brezina. Through the MSU website’s databases, anyone can access Net Library, which has 50,000 eBooks, and eLibrary, where you can search magazine and newspaper articles as well as books. Both programs are integrated with the MSU’s library catalog. Net Library allows the user to have a free account to read eBooks. Cindy Seegers, psychology major, said that she has never checked out a book from the MSU library because everything
she needs to look up is online. “I would rather be in the comfort of my own home doing research on my laptop than be in the library doing it,” Seegers said. However, she has been there at least 30 times this semester to study for exams. “It’s the only place I can study for five hours straight,” she said. When she is studying, she brings her own laptop and books, and only uses the library’s computers when she needs to print something. Josh Hernandez, biology major, is like
Seegers because he goes to the library at least twice a week only tostudy. “No one goes to the library to get books because it’s all on the net,” Hernandez said. Brezina said old magazines and journals are being thrown out because nobody uses them anymore. “Magazines used to be bound into books, now they’re made into microfiche slides,” Brezina said. A microfiche is a four by five inch piece of photographic film, containing printed information in a size too small to be seen by the naked eye.
Statistics show that January through March of last year compared to the same months of this year, 204 fewer people have gone to the library. This decreasing statistic seems to be trending, but that doesn’t have Brezina worried. He said that the budget for the library stays the same no matter how many people go. “We’re always going to need a library,” Breniza explained. “We’ll always need someone to catalog the information and also archive it. One has to be able to control that information.”
Marijuana increases on campus, chief says GILLIAN JONES FOR THE WICHITAN
The student told MSU Housing he was only growing organic mushrooms. It turned out to be more than that after police arrived. Officers found marijuana, rolling papers, a wooden pipe and syringes. The occupant told officers he didn’t know the marijuana was in the closet. Upon questioning, he admitted smoking it, but only for “pain relief.” The story continued to unravel as he rattled on about how his experiment with the mushrooms had gone awry. The student ended up being banned from housing. In addition, he had to undergo counseling. It’s a wilder tale than most, but one common thread runs through it: marijuana. It’s not uncommon for housing to find it in students’ rooms or apartments. From fall 2009 to fall 2011, 59 situations involving marijuana have arisen in campus housing. Wayne Schields, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life, said the drug is a fairly common problem, one he deals with on a regular basis.
“Each case varies depending on the amount of marijuana, or if there had been a previous incident,” he said. “The punishment can range from removal of housing to community service or taking an online class.” Over the years all kinds of punishment have been meted out, ranging from a verbal reprimand to even expulsion from college. “All students make mistakes,” Schields said. “It’s important that they learn from them.” Schields said that the drug policy starts with the RAs. “After the RAs notify me, the police are summoned, and we fill out an incident report,” he said. “The students can choose to have a hearing with me or the Dean of Students.” Campus police is notified each time drugs are found. According to Housing, documents obtained through Open Records requests, most cases involve marijuana. “Basically anything more than a stem or seed we notify the police, “Schields said. “The police take the drugs along with any other paraphernalia.” Police utilize a test kit. A liquid turns blue if it is marijuana.
Police Chief Dan Williams said he has noticed an increase in marijuana in the dorms over the past year. “We usually don’t have to go great lengths to find it,” he said. “Sometimes we walk in ready to search the whole dorm, but the marijuana or paraphernalia is sitting on top of a desk or inside of a drawer. We usually find very minute amounts, nothing to ruin a student’s life.” Once, two males were caught smoking pot on the roof. A resident assistant locked a window that gave them access to the rooftop and summoned police. Records show one was given one year probation and ordered to take a “marijuana 101 online class.” Punishment varies. One student was given two years probation, ordered to be screened at the Counseling Center, assigned a five-page paper and directed to meet with Schields weekly. Some are told, “Any further violation can/will result in removal from Housing.” Sometimes students end up getting expelled from the university. “It is possible for a student to be expelled,” Schields said. “The Dean of Students has that authority.”
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Big movies to hit the big screen this summer MORIA MACDONALD MCT
Here’s a sampling of what will be turning up on screens this summer. The summer blockbusters kick off with a team of superheroes: “The Avengers 3D” features Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo; wait, Mark Ruffalo?). “Battleship,” based on the game that involved sticking pegs into holes but presumably a little more exciting (let’s hope), arrives May 18; “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” inspired by those handsome dolls, opens June 29. “Prometheus,” Ridley Scott’s sort-of-prequel to “Alien,” arrives June 8 and stars Noomi Rapace (the original Girl with a Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. In the sequels-and-remakes department, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones team up again for “Men in Black 3” (May 25), whether you wanted them to or not, and Jeremy Renner stars as a spy who isn’t Jason Bourne in “The Bourne Legacy”(Aug. 3). And, if you’ve ever looked at Colin Farrell and thought, “That guy reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger,” then you might understand the casting of the “Total Recall” remake (Aug. 3), with Farrell taking over the Schwarzenegger role, alongside Bryan Cranston. Based on ... Johnny Depp dons fangs for “Dark Shadows” (May 11), the Tim Burton film based on the ‘60s vampire soap opera. Snow White turns up on screen in her second incarnation this year (following “Mirror Mirror”), this time played by Kristen “Bella” Stewart, in “Snow White and the Huntsman” (June 1). “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (June 22) goes from page to screen. Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna” (July 20), starring Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”), is a version of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” set in contemporary
India. “Sparkle” (Aug. 17), inspired by the 1976 movie, features American Idol Jordin Sparks and the final screen appearance of Whitney Houston. And the year’s most unlikely adaptation has to be “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (May 18), based on the popular how-to-be-pregnant book and transformed, somehow, into a romantic comedy. Are we laughing yet? Sacha Baron Cohen returns as “The Dictator” (May 16) _ that character he was portraying on the Oscar red carpet earlier this year, when he tossed fake ashes on Ryan Seacrest. Will this start a trend? In “Ted” (July 13), Mark Wahlberg’s teddy bear comes to life; in “That’s My Boy” (June 15), Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg play father and son; in “Neighborhood Watch” (July 27), Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn defend their suburb against alien invasion, and sometimes it feels like I’m making all of this stuff up, doesn’t it? Meanwhile, Tyler Perry returns with “Madea’s Witness Protection” (June 29), starring Perry and Eugene Levy as unexpected housemates, and Bobcat Goldthwaite directs “God Bless America” (June 29), in which a man goes on a rampage to rid the country of its most repellent citizens. (Why does no one do that for movies?) Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy star in “Hysteria” (June 15), a proper little Victorian comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Channing Tatum plays a stripper in Steven Soderberg’s “Magic Mike” (June 29), and Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play unlikely political rivals in “The Campaign” (Aug. 10). In “Lola Versus” (June date TBD), Greta Gerwig plays a young woman dumped by her fiancee. For the kids Pixar, bouncing back (let’s hope) from the disappointing “Cars 2,” presents “Brave” (June 22), with Kelly Macdonald voicing a Scottish princess who must overcome a curse. “ParaNorman”(Aug.
17), a stop-motion-animation tale of a boy who faces off against ghosts and goblins to overcome (yet another) curse, features the voices of Anna Kendrick, John Goodman and Casey Affleck. And it wouldn’t be summer without a host of kid-friendly sequels: “Madagascar 3” (June 8), “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (July 13), and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” (Aug. 3). Thrill me A group of tourists visits the former site of a nuclear reactor, for some reason, in the thriller “Chernobyl Diaries” (May 25). “Twilight” vamp Ashley Greene stars in the ghost story “The Apparition” (Aug. 24); Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick turn up in another supernatural tale, “The Possession” (Aug. 31); and more ghosts haunt the airborne thriller “7500” (Aug. 31). The psychological thriller “Sound of My Voice” (May 4), starring and cowritten by Brit Marling (“Another Earth”), features two investigative journalists who infiltrate a cultlike group. Shall we dance? Toes will be twinkling with three dance-themed movies this summer: “Step Up: Revolution” (July 27), featuring plenty of dance-crew moves, and the documentaries “First Position” (May 18), about an international youth ballet competition, and “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance” (June 1), about the groundbreaking dance company founded by Robert Joffrey. They’ll mention this in the trailer A handful of Oscar-winning actors turns up in movies this summer_including the currently reigning Best Actress, Meryl Streep. She reunites with her “Devil Wears Prada” director, David Frankel, for “Hope Springs” (Aug. 10), in which a middle-age couple (Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) attempts marriage counseling. Jane Fonda (who won an Oscar 40 years ago for “Klute”) turns up in the comedy “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” (June 8) playing Catherine
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Don’t sweat it: waterproof makeup for summer Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($19 at Ulta)
It happens every day in Texas. You apply your makeup perfectly, grab your things, step out the door and...sweat it all off. Ugh! It’s extremely frustrating, and some girls even give up and don’t wear it at all in those hot summer months.
A good sunblock should always be applied under your makeup if you plan to be outside for an extended period of time. Neutrogena Clear Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 30 ($10 at Walgreens) -------------------------------------------------------Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30 ($31 at sephora.com)
Your foundation is the base creating a perfect face, and you don’t have to go without it just because of the heat and humidity. Avon ExtraLasting Cream-to-Powder Foundation SPF 15 ($9.99 at avon. com) -------------------------------------------------------Make Up For Ever Face & Body Liquid Makeup ($40 at sephora.com)
Every girl needs a touch of bronzer, whether or not you’ve been tanning. It gives an instant healthy glow. Hard Candy Bronzer + Highlighter Duo Face Stick ($7 at Walmart) -------------------------------------------------------Charlotte Ronson 2 X A Charm Double-Ended Blush & Bronzer Cream Stick ($26 at sephora.com)
Of course blush is also a factor in giving you that glowing look - a pinch of color on the apples of your cheeks will pull any face together. Hard Candy Blush Cheek Tint Duo ($7 at Walmart) --------------------------------------------------------
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It’s called “Peace, Love & Lipgloss,” right? So naturally there’s going to be at least some mention of lip products in this column. For this specific topic, let’s go over some nice lip stains. Sephora Collection Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain ($12 at sephora.com) -------------------------------------------------------Laura Mercier Lip Stain ($20 at sephora.com)
A good cream eye shadow that glides on easily and stays all day will leave you fresh-faced until sunset. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow ($5.84 at Walmart) -------------------------------------------------------TARTE Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow ($19 at Ulta) -------------------------------------------------------Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eye Shadow ($24 at sephora.com)
Eyeliner adds definition and can make your eyes appear larger if applies properly. Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder Bronzer ($9.99 at Target) --------------------------------------------------------
Mascara is an absolute must, but many girls go without it in the hot summer months to avoid fallout or smudging. A good waterproof mascara can get you through all of the sweat and pools. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara ($5.04 at Target) -------------------------------------------------------Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Luxurious Mascara ($30 at sephora.com)
An extension of beauty that all girls need to be concerned about for summer is their hair. With the use of a good hair serum, you can prevent frizz from the terrible humidity. Organix Ever-Straight Brazilian Keratine Therapy Anti-Breakage Hair Serum ($7.99 at Target) -------------------------------------------------------Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid ($26 at aveda.com)
Finally, always carry a pack of face blotters in your purse. If you begin to feel greasy, simply use one sheet to lightly pat away the oil. Sephora Collection Matte Blotting Papers ($8 at sephora.com) -------------------------------------------------------Boscia Blotting Linens ($10 at sephora.com) So stock up on these waterproof, sweat-proof makeup products and you’ll be set for the summer heat!
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Keener’s hippie mother. Woody Allen’s new comedy, “To Rome with Love” (July 6), features Penelope Cruz (who won an Oscar in another Allen film, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) and Roberto Benigni (“Life Is Beautiful”). And Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) and Frances McDormand (“Fargo”) star in Wes Anderson’s latest, “Moonrise Kingdom” (May 25), set in 1960s New England. Well, that was fast Those seeking action films sans superheroes this summer might watch for “Premium Rush” (Aug. 24), with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger pursued by a cop; “The Expendables 2” (Aug. 17), with Sylvester Stallone leading a crew of tough guys; and “Hit & Run” (Aug. 24), with Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell chased by both the Feds and a gang. (Which sounds unfortunate.) Against the law Oliver Stone’s latest, “Savages” (July 6), pits a pair of pot growers (say that three times fast) against a Mexican drug cartel. And “Lawless” (Aug. 31) is the tale of a Depression-era bootlegging gang, starring Tom Hardy, Shia LeBoeuf and Guy Pearce. But I always wanted to write A novelist creates his ideal woman in “Ruby Sparks” (July date TBD), directed by the “Little Miss Sunshine” team of Jonathan Dayton a n d Valerie Faris. I n
the French thriller “Nobody Else But You” (May 11), a popular crime novelist investigates the murder of a Marilyn Monroe look-alike. Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”) plays a writer, also French, investigating college-student prostitution in “Elles” (May 4). Play the music Music-related documentaries this summer include the concert films “Neil Young Journeys” (July 13) and “Katy Perry: Part of Me” (July 5). Tuneful fictional films include the musical “Rock of Ages” (June 15), starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin; “Tonight You’re Mine” (June 1), a British comedy in which two rock stars are handcuffed together at a music festival; and “Restless City” (May 4), a drama about an immigrant musician in N e w York.
WEDNESDAY May 2 The 2011-2012 Midwestern State University Student Government Association annual Tree Planting Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. South of the University Press Building. THURSDAY May 3 Relieve your stress before finals and attend Finals Frenzy from 7 p.m till 10:30 p.m. FRIDAY May 4 Senior design and directing students will collaborate to put their theatrical creativity on the line for audiences to experience. Senior One-Act Plays will run April 27 and 28, as well as May 4 and 5. For ticket information, call: 397-4399 or 397-4393. General admission is $3 for all faculty, staff, students and guests. SUNDAY May 1 The combined choirs will showcase their vocal abilities in a concert in Akin Auditorium at 3 p.m. MONDAY May 4 The ceramics area of the Juanita and Ralph School of Visual Arts will be having their sixth Annual Mother’s Day Sale, benefiting the ceramics area. The sale will be from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 3-5 in the ceramics studio.
May 2, 2012
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Team chemistr y keeps MSU in form MARK CAMPBELL FOR THE WICHITAN
Whether it’s a touchdown, a goal or a home run, Midwestern State always is one of the top Division-II schools in the nation. What makes MSU the 2nd most winningest team in the history of The Lone Star Conference? How can Midwestern State be an elite school every year, while Division-I schools tend to cycle through years that they’re good and years they’re bad? “I don’t know why MSU is always good at sports. Good recruits, I guess?” Christopher Portillo, a freshman fan, said. “Good recruits” is an understatement. More like good recruiting. According to the MSU website, 72 athletes played together in high school, which currently play together at MSU. Two on the men’s basketball team, 39 on the football team, eight on the men’s soccer team, two on the women’s basketball team, five on the cross country team, and 16 on the women’s soccer team. Since MSU has 12 sports total, these numbers are equivalent to having six people on each sports team, already possessing prior experience playing together. This doesn’t even account for the amount of athletes who played together on club team sports. According to West Texas A&M and Incarnate Word’s websites, they average about 3.5 athletes per team, almost half of MSU’s amount. So what does this even mean? So we have about three more athletes per team with prior experience, does this really matter? “I think the biggest advantage of having girls that played together in high school is they’re built in togetherness,” Heather Primavera, assistant girls soccer coach, said. “It is important to have a team get along and work well together.” Having the three extra people who already possess experience playing together in high school makes it so there are less people who need to build chemistry with one another. Chemistry is detrimental to any sports team. Take the Miami Heat, for example. They took a few of the best basketball players, who had never played together, and expected them to do great things their first year as a team. Well, they lost in the NBA finals. Most critics said the loss came from being too inexperienced as a team and they lacked chemistry. If Miami had better team chemistry, you can bet they might have started the 2012 season by raising a banner. “The advantage with already playing with
them is you know their style of play,” Callie Briseno, freshman soccer player, said. Briseno came to MSU knowing her old teammate at Amarillo High, Alyssa Cooper, and also her older sister, Leisha Briseno. “Being a freshman this year and having them [Alyssa and Leisha] here helped me get to know the other girls a lot quicker than most of the other incoming freshmen,” Briseno said. “Most of us have actually been playing with or against each other for years through club and high school that we already know each other.” Establishing an early relationship with her team helped Briseno start in 16 games as a freshman. VcMor Eligwe, junior soccer player, used to play with Zach Funk at McKinney High School. He said he benefits from this experience together because of the chemistry they’ve developed. Funk played on several teams before he settled into MSU. Eligwe noted that because of Funk’s experience from playing on a wide variety of teams, he has a developed a sense of leadership on the field. “It worked out because I think we both got a lot of experience playing with other forwards, so now we both have improved our style of play,” Eligwe said. “It’s made us better players individually.” Eligwe and Briseno are grateful for the relationships that were already established before having the opportunity to play collegiately with their old teammates. They both believe that the bond made prior to MSU has helped their college athletic career. Recognizing that chemistry is important to any sports team, and noticing that the MSU teams start off each season by skipping the “name-game” step really opens up more time for practice, rather than meeting and greeting. Obviously, the more you practice, the better you become. In the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 sports matchups against our rival Incarnate Word, we had 12 wins and four losses. “It’s not that we necessarily have the better team, but from what I’ve witnessed, we have more chemistry than they do on the field,” Eligwe said. Midwestern State athletics is ranked 319 of the 1,004 colleges that are ranked on CollegeProwler.com. Incarnate Word is 458th, and West Texas A&M is 566th. Midwestern’s teams seem to have a special bond within them. MSU’s recruitment process of staying local and getting athletes who know each other already is golden.
Junior striker VcMor Eligwe juggles a ball at the free play fields. Photo by DAMIAN ATAMENWAN
Team Arrow, above the competition
Evan Bybee and Jason Short racing at the Green Wave Classic. File Photo by LOREN EGGENSCHWILER MARK CAMPBELL FOR THE WICHITAN
There are reasons why “Team Arrow” cycling team has always been above the competition. It could be because MSU has a coach who was a former Junior National Champion who has worked with professional riders. It could be because MSU is located in a very pro-cycling community. It could even be because MSU cycling has
great athletes from around the world. But the biggest reason for success may be that MSU is the only school in conference that offers cycling scholarships. Scholarships give MSU a huge leg up competition-wise. Team Arrow is a part of The South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference (SCCCC). This conference consists of college teams from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Of the 350 cycling clubs in America,
MSU is one of 11 colleges recognized as having a varsity team. A few things distinguish varsity teams from club teams. Not only do they have a USA Cycling licensed coach, but they receive a greater degree of school funding. To be known as a varsity team, one of the requirements is that the team must award at least $10,000 in scholarships yearly. “The scholarships count for international students as well as out-of-state students and is therefore another attract-
ing force for MSU’s cycling team,” rider Claire Routledge, junior, said. This lets MSU attract cream-of-thecrop racers. The recruitment process goes both ways between the coach and the athlete. Typically junior athletes are the prime recruits. Junior athletes are recognized as cyclists under the age of 18 who race competitively. The first scholarship was awarded in 1992 due to a large amount of financial support from the Wichita Falls cycling community. The spark started from Wichita Falls’ Hotter’N Hell Hundred. The Hotter’N Hell Hundred is Wichita Falls’ own annual cycling race. The members of the community suggested a cycling scholarship fund to get better racers to come cycle at MSU. The Hotter’N Hell Hundred jumped on board and scholarships have been around ever since. It was estimated by the Wichita Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau that an economic impact of $8.3 million was raised from The 2012 Hotter’N Hell Hundred. “The Hotter’N Hell Hundred is the biggest touring race in the nation, maybe even in the world,” Coach Julie Carter said. Typically, students who show an interest in the cycling team begin as walkons. As they progress as an athlete, they are awarded scholarships down the road. About half of Team Arrow’s 27 current riders are on some sort of scholarship. “We give away $16,000 each year in scholarships,” Robert Clark, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, said. “The awards are split in half each semester. If Person A gets $1400 total, they would receive $700 in the fall semester and $700 in the spring semester.”
The scholarship money awards vary from year to year. Similarly, riders on the team do not all receive the same amount. The sizes of the scholarships are decided by a seven-member board. Clark said the highest amount he’s seen given out was $1,800 in a single semester. Bailey Hess, sophomore rider, says she’s awarded $150 each semester. The scholarships seem to be paying off. MSU, a Division II school, is ranked 8th in the nation. MSU is ranked above schools such as The University of Florida, Texas A&M, and Iowa State, according to USACycling.org. Since MSU is the only school in Texas to offer scholarships, some bitterness from competing schools exists. “MSU has a stranglehold on the conference,” said Texas A&M racer Shane Haga. He said other schools despise the MSU cycling team because of its status as a varsity team, as opposed to being a club sport like most other schools. “It’s their choice to go to a school with cycling scholarships, or without cycling scholarships,” Carter said. “I don’t know why other schools don’t invest money into their cycling teams, it really pays off.” Clark said the reason why most schools don’t give out scholarships and invest into their team is because they lack dedication. “It takes a lot of dedication to coach a team, do recruitments, and organize races. Thankfully, we have a very supportive cycling community,” Clark said. Overall, the MSU Cycling Team benefits from its privileges. It shows in the record books, and in the national rankings. Team Arrow continues to zoom past the competition with its superior athletes.
May 2, 2012
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Lady Mustangs fall to Incarnate Word DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
The end of the season came early for the Lady Mustangs who were eliminated from the Lone Star Conference Postseason semifinals by Incarnate Word Saturday. But before seeing its demise, Midwestern State saw a sensational 9-8 victory over Tarleton State University in the opening round of the tournament. The Lady Mustangs were in prolific form thus their ability to overcome the TexAnns’ style of play was no surprise. After both teams had endured an agonizing first inning with no runs, Tarleton got three points in with the help of Courtney Vroman and Kelsey Latta. However, the Lady Mustangs dominated the third and fourth with three runs apiece. Elena Bennett, Courtney Bingham and Kim Jerrick were responsible for the runs at the top of the third while Jerrick scored a homerun to give way for runs from Courtney Ford and Elena Bennett. Katie Welborn then took the liberty of narrowing the lead as she scored another run in favor of the TexAnns. The Lady Mustangs benefited from the hard work of Bennett, who scored her third, and Duff as she awarded the MSU its eighth point. Kelley Schaefer homered at the top of the seventh to round up the nine points put together by Midwestern. Nevertheless, the match became captivating when Arianna Rodriguez scored a homerun to introduce subsequent runs from Latta, Amber Sotelo and Alexandria
Orf. Still, Tarleton was unable to make a comeback to the delight of the Lady Mustangs. “I was very excited to beat Tarleton at a different complex,” said Bingham. “It showed who was the better team and we were.” Evidently, Lady Mustangs’ encounter with Incarnate Word was not as remarkable for the former as their previous competition. “I wasvery proud of how we ended,” said Bingham. “It’s not how you start, its’ how you finish.” The Cardinals split their total six points evenly between the bottom of the first and third while MSU was able to muster in three runs at the top of the seventh. Melanie Padilla, Ashley Freeman and Sarah O’Brien were architects of the Cardinals’ first inning triumph while Lea Padilla, Whitney Waltrip and Monica Acuna doubled the lead by the bottom of the third. Finally after three innings with no runs, Kallie Noble, Megan Chartier and Carey Campbell added excitement to the game as well as three runs to the Lady Mustangs’ repertoire. But their effort was too little too late as the Lady Mustangs were unable to strike a comeback. “We made it to the post season tournament and some teams can’t say they did,” continued Bingham. “It’s not exactly how we wanted it to end but it will be our driving force next year.” Midwestern State thus ended the season with a 26-25 record.
SPORTS AROUND THE WORLD
Amini Silatolu, a former Midwestern State University football player, was selected by the Carolina Panthers as the 40th overall pick in 2012 NFL draft.
Manchester City defeated Manchester United 1-0 as the local rivals
Freshman pitcher Lindsi Glenn throws the ball to the catcher. File Photo by Hannah Hofmann met for the third time this season. West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is on the verge of being England’s next head coach after an interview with Football Association. German and Cologne striker Lucas Podolski will move to Arsenal this summer for an undisclosed fee.
Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo is facing a two-game suspension as a consequence of bumping into a referee in his team’s defeat against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday.
sustained in game one of the first round against the 76ers.
Rafael Nadal defeated David Ferrar to claim his seventh Barcelona Open title.
Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose is out for the season due to a torn ACL he
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With the final day of the season nearing, most teams are taking games seriously while others are a bit indifferent about their current situation. Chelsea took credit for the most impressive result of the weekend after defeating Queens Park Rangers 6-1 with three goals from Fernando Torres. Daniel Sturridge got the Blues on the scoreboard with a decent curler after just 47 seconds of play whereas John Terry doubled the lead with a terrific header from a corner kick. Torres then slotted in the third, fourth and fifth goals to give Chelsea a 5-0 advantage before Florent Malouda made six with a precise strike in the 18-yard box. Djibril Cisse finally rolled in a late goal to give QPR a consolatory departure from Stamford Bridge. While we’re talking about hat tricks, Luis Suarez was able to net all three goals as Liverpool shutout Norwich at Carrow road. The Uruguayan took advantage of a defensive blunder while sending in the opener after a fine pass from Steven Gerrad. Suarez was quick to capitalize on another defensive error as he fired a terrific shot past John Ruddy. Norwich found space to test the palms of Pepe Reina but the Spanish goalkeeper saved The Cannaries’ effort comfortably. Suarez exploited the Canaries’ third costly defensive mistake as he chipped a 45-yard shot over Ruddy in the 84th minute. Meanwhile, Arsenal was not enjoy-
ing its visit to Stoke City. The hosts got on the scoreboard first with a welltimed header by Peter Crouch in the 10th minute. However, Robin Van Persie cancelled the opener with a superb shot in the 15th minute. Despite subsequent attempts to take the lead, the Gunners had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Fellow Londoners, Tottenham Hotspurs, had a better fixture Sunday as they thrashed Blackburn Rovers 2-0. Rafael Van Der Vaat opened scoring with a close range shot in the 22nd minute while Kyle Walker rounded up the game with a remarkable curling free kick in the 75th minute. Everton registered a captivating 4-0 victory over Fulham with goals from Nikica Jelavic, Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill. Jelavic was awarded a penalty kick in the sixth minute after his free kick was thwarted by a handball. The Croatian sent Mark Schwarzer the wrong way to give the Toffees a 1-0 advantage. Fellaini instilled satisfaction in the minds of the Goodison fans when he leaped high to head in Everton’s second of the match. But there was still more to come in the first half as Jelavic’s clever footwork earned him his eight goal of the season. Eventually, Cahill put the nail in the Cottagers’ coffin after receiving timely lob-pass from Steven Pienaar. Wigan followed suit with an identical score line humiliating Newcastle at the DW Stadium. Victor Moses netted two outstanding goals within 15 minutes while Shaun Maloney drove through the Magpies defense to give Wigan a 3-0 advantage. Sure enough, the game came to an end before the break when Franco Di Santo lobbed Steve Harper to make it 4-0. Still, the most interesting game of the weekend was the Manchester Derby, which featured an unfortunate loss by the Red Devils. Vincent Kompany’s 45th minute header was pretty much game-decisive as City continued to pull off defensive tactics at the Etihad. Get more updates on the English Premier League on FOX Soccer and the EPL website.