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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University

Wednesday Nov. 14, 2007

MSU pitches $10 per hour athletic fee to SGA BRITTANY NORMAN MANAGING EDITOR A proposed athletics fee could be tacked on to tuition bills by 2009 if the Student Government Association votes in favor of it. “In a nutshell what’s being looked at is a fee of $10 a credit hour with a maximum of $120 a semester,” said Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Lamb. The fee has been pitched to the SGA, Lamb said. If they vote to pass it with a simple majority, it will be put to a referendum of the student body, which would require a two-thirds majority vote. Following that, it would be passed to the Board of Regents and

then the Texas State Legislature. Lamb said that if approved, the fee would take effect in fall 2009. “It would generate about $1.2 million (per year),” Lamb said. “Right now student service fees generate about $2 million a year that funds areas like the counseling center, UPB, disability services, some music programs, some club athletic programs, SGA and the Vinson Health Center.” About $500,000, a quarter of the available funds, are currently used to fund athletics. Lamb said if the fund is instated, that money will remain in the student services budget to be possibly redistributed. Lamb said some of the possible uses for the extra student services

money include extended hours at the Vinson Health Center, increased funding for organizations, and increased hours in areas like the coun-

seling center or wellness center. Lamb says the athletics program and the university as a whole would benefit from this fee.

The Importance of Being Earnest

“What we have at MSU is flat enrollment of about 6,000 students and an increasing residential population,” Lamb said. “The larger the residential population, the more demand there is on services offered through student affairs.” Yet Lamb says the budgets remain flat at best, and keeping $500,000 in the student services budget is very attractive. He also believes that the boost to athletics will benefit the university. “We have a very competitive athletics program right now,” Lamb said. “Right or wrong, a lot of students who don’t play athletics do look at an athletics program when choosing an institution. Athletics very much helps us achieve a critical mass of students

Grad school seminar set for Saturday MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN

PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN Shannon Dietz as Lady Bracknell and Matt Griffin as Jack Worthing rehearse a scene from the MSU Theatre’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The play is scheduled to be shown Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. MSU students get in free. General admission is $7.

that we need to operate the level of student services that we have, never mind what we need.” As for the athletics program, the fee would aid in the possible addition of more sports teams. “I know because of Title IX and gender equity issues we’ll be adding about three new sports in the coming years,” Lamb said. “To stay in the Lone Star Conference the number of teams will be increasing, and we have to make sure we’re doing it on an equitable basis.” The soccer field could also receive better lighting to replace what the facility currently has. Lamb said the lighting on the field barely meets NCAA standards to play nighttime games.

The Career Management Center will host its second annual “Getting into Graduate/Professional School Seminar” on Saturday. The day will start off with a practice exam from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Prothro-Yeager Hall. The GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT and PCAT will be offered at no charge. After the test, a graduate and professional school seminar will be held in the Clark Student Center Kiowa Ex-Students Room. The seminar will last from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free pizza will be provided. The seminar will be presented by Joshua Harris who is in his first year working for Kaplan as a marketing coordinator in Fort Worth. The CMC is hoping it will have a better turnout this year than last year, college coordinator Melissa Yip said. Last year the CMC split the seminar into two different sessions, one in the evening and the other at night. “We combined both seminars

this year, because we didn’t want the speaker to have to come back twice,” Yip said. Yip plans to hold the seminar before the test next year. “I feel it would be better to have the seminar before the test. There are so many tests people get done at different times and they just might leave when they’re done and not come back,” she said. The CMC encourages any student interested in graduate or professional school to attend the seminar. She encourages anyone who is interested to come out, because it’s never too late no matter what your classification is. Harris will distribute various handouts and packets that will include helpful hints and tips for getting into graduate or professional school. Some of the information that will be included in those handouts will be admission requirements for various institutions. Many of those requirements include letters of recommendation, work or professional experience, GRE, GMAT, or LSAT or scores.

Money management skills key to success Credit card debt crushes college aspirations for many MINNA GILLIAM FOR THE WICHITAN


On average, 50 percent of college students have maxed out their credit cards, with a 17.8 percent interest rate, within the first year. Statistically, more students leave college because of financial debt than for academic reasons. The startling statements were made by Brandon Marshall of Making It Count, a national firm that advises students on money and other matters. Marshall, part of the Student Success Series, addressed the topic of “Ultimate Money Skills: Scholars, Dollars, Budgets, and Bills” Tuesday night in the Clark Student Center. “The average college student has $2,700 in credit card debt,” Mar-

shall said. “The average interest rate for student credit cards is 17.8 percent. This means the average college student pays $480.60 per year in interest.” Marshall provided tips for creating wealth in college. The first step, he said, is to avoid debt. Students should try to find a way to make money while going to school, whether they work at a local business or provide tutoring services to other students. The second step is to avoid the fifth year of college, he said. Some students decide to take a lighter semester as they near graduation. This could cost up to $50,000, according to Marshall. Marshall justified this number by saying the average student spends about $20,000 during one year in

college. He combined that amount with $30,000, the average annual income of a college graduate. The third step is to get good grades, he noted. Students can receive scholarships and land jobs based on their grade point averages. Marshall offered ways to help college students stick to their budgets such as buying used books from or the half price book store. He advised young people to buy a coffee maker or eat at home rather than going out, to use coupons, and never go grocery shopping when you are hungry. When planning the next trip home, consider catching a ride with other students from the same area, he said. “Minimal savings can be achieved

by anyone but college students need to start doing it now,” Marshall said. “It’s actually very easy to do. If you were to take $4.30, which is what the average coffee or fast food order cost and put it into a secret place or an account four times a week each month until you retire, you should have over $100,000.” The program was chosen to empower students to develop smart money management skills and ultimately achieve financial independence. Students were also given advice on how to effectively evaluate credit cards and manage credit card debt, how to create and maintain a budget, choose a bank or financial institution, save money for the future, understand their spending habits and avoid identity theft.


Johnny Depp

Volleyball gallops on

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can’t stop laughing.

To have a career like Depp’s, you need serious charm.

MSU makes it to playoffs despite conference tournament loss.

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Nov. 14, 2007

Staff Editorial

New security When is comes to technology the sky is no longer the limit. Creative, brilliant human minds can now think up anything and bring it into existence, First color televisions, then rockets on the moon, and now we can clone body parts and put homing devices in pets. Scientists and inventors have created microchips the size of a grain of rice to implant into human beings

Meth, suicide and realization hit home

with information such as your blood type, social security numbers and even credit card information. With these microchips you may someday soon be able to open your car and even your house. In theory, these chips are supposed to make life easier. They can also help solve crime. If a child is abducted, then he or she could be easily found. But let’s look at the downside of this new, “helpful” technology. First off, the same brilliant minds that create these chips create devices to pull the information off the chips. If identity theft is such a big problem now, imagine how easy it would be for someone to just walk by you and gather all your information just by scanning your wrist. Secondly, let’s say you get your information implanted in your forehead and six years from now, scientists find out that it causes brain tumors. Fantastic! All because it’s easier than carrying a debit card in your wallet. Many Christian groups consider these chips a step toward the mark of the beast – since the implants are in the hands and forehead. And the scariest part of all? Some people already have these devices implanted in their bodies. So, before you go and have your life put on a chip and implanted into your body, weigh the consequences. Is making your life “easier” really worth it?

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A few y e a r s b ack , my cousin, my brother, my best friend c o m mitted CHRISTIAN s uicide, MCPHATE locked within the confines of jail. He was only 23. And he was a meth addict. The tragedy ripped through my family in a variety of different ways from denial to the destruction of loved ones’ souls. The tormenting questions of “why did you do this, why did you take the misconceived ‘easy way out’ and was your life that bad?” repeated in my mind as I tried to rationalize the decision behind his irrational action. But it was too late. He was silent. God was silent. And I was without an answer. The addiction of Methamphet-

amines had run its devastating course through the later part of his young life. Meth is psycho-stimulant drug that induces a euphoria-like emotion that triggers a release of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. The speed addict receives an over-amped amount of artificial stimulation that forces the brain to stop making the necessary levels of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. A chain reaction of repetitive tasks explode out of the addict such as cleaning, hand-washing, arm picking, scratching their heads and carpet fishing (an activity consisting of an endless amount of hours spent searching for droppings of their beloved crank or ice on the floor of their apartment, house, trailer house, RV and cardboard box). After the rush of speed fades, the user goes through excessive sleeping for days at a time and becomes prone to explosive mood swings, paranoia and depression as well as over-amped feelings of schizophrenia. The drug transforms the minds

of the abusers and family members into mental health clients. The desires of escape and despair helped fuel the fires of my cousin’s addiction, and it ended with the destruction of his ambitions, desires, hopes and dreams. The police arrested him for his mental addiction. And then he took his life. And he is not the only one trapped in this cycle of schizophrenic abuse. The circle of dope addiction sucks citizens throughout the state of Texas and across the nation into a whirlwind of drug chaos that destroys families and shatters lives. And with the disbanding of the North Texas Drug Task Force, the cycle of crank continues to go unchecked, and now children as young as 10 are doing the hated drug. Of course, the government has tried to implement regulations by forcing citizens to purchase their cold medicines (a main ingredient in the manufacturing of meth) behind the counters of Wal-Mart and the local pharmacies. But this has not stopped the prob-

lem from spreading from the rural communities to infect the rest of the nation. The addicts just get their addicted family members and friends to help purchase the sinus medicine. They team up and hit the local grocery stores, purchasing two boxes here and two boxes there… until they have enough to cook their beloved drug. In fact, the speed abusers use the powers of their chaotic minds to invent new ways to cook the drug with the implementation of mobile cooking labs stored in the trunk of their cars. It is amazing what an addict will do to fool law enforcement officials. We as concerned citizens need to help elected officials (or elect officials to) come up with a plan that includes common sense, humane treatment and rehabilitation. We need to force our politicians to hear the cries of the children and stop this cycle of abuse from destroying their lives as well as our own.

While d r i v ing from point A to point B yesterday I came to the realization that I CARLY BURRES FOR THE WICHITAN had either aloud or in my head called several people douche bags. Upon realizing this I thought to myself “hmmm, what/who defines a douche bag exactly?” And I decided that if I want to know, then my readers might want to know. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary states that the slang definition of a douche bag is “an unattractive or offensive person.” But I feel as though there is more to it than that. So here I lay out for you, in numbered form of course, the “definition” of a douche bag, according to Carly. Douche bag definition numero uno: A douche bag can be described as someone who at some point in their life was taught about manners and being polite, but still refuses to follow the guidelines. Example: I have a manager who believes that his gold name badge puts him above holding open the door for one of his employees who happens to have her

arms full of stuff. Same goes for men at the bar. Being drunk isn’t an excuse to not hold the door open for a lady. And by lady, I mean any female. Douche bag definition numero dos: A douche bag can be described as a customer who makes you do a return because the product rang up five cents more than the tag said. Example: I had a customer who bought a seasonal item. The tag said it was on sale for $5.79 but it rang up $5.84. Oh my goodness. What will she ever do? Douche bag definition numero tres: A douche bag can also be described as the manager who doesn’t care about a customer’s five-cent return. Example: My manager replied to the previously spoken of customer with this, “Excuse me Ma’am. But if you really care that much about five cents then I will give you five cents from my pocket. But don’t waste my time. Have a good day.” Douche bag definition numero quatro: A douche bag can be described as the customer service person on the call hotline that is supposed to help you fix whatever you need fixing, but just can’t seem to do it for some reason. Example: I was recently at my internship at a local advertising agency, and they had to buy a new piece of computer equipment. This new piece of equipment kept shutting off

for no reason at all. When my boss called the hotline the first question the man on the phone asked was “Is it plugged in?” Of course, douche bag. And last but not least, douche bag numero cinco: A super douche can be defined as the drunken idiot at the bar/house party who either says or does something totally uncalled for or idiotic. Example Number 1: I was at the beloved Old Town the other night and I was waiting on my friends to get their drinks. This guy walks up to me and tells me I’m awesome. Then he asks me if I need help pouring my beer. While he may have thought he was being nice, or maybe he thought that was a pick-up line, I found it offensive that this super douche didn’t think I could pour my own beer even though he just stood there and watched me do it. Example Number 2: It is inappropriate (unless the person okays it first) to grab the private parts of someone in the bar. The man that walked up to me while I was trying to enjoy my Mavs game on Thursday obviously felt that it was appropriate to grab my chest. I, of course, felt very different about this. So I politely said, “Super douche, don’t touch my boobs. They aren’t for you.” Example number 3: When at a

club or bar, if a man wants to get the attention of a female who is passing by, the appropriate and polite thing to do is NOT to grab her by the waist, arm, butt or any other body part or item that might be on her being. This is very rude and offensive. And doing this automatically puts you into the super douche range. We are not these little dolls that you can pull on whenever you feel like it. Our clothes are there to cover us, not to act as some kind of reel for you to yank on when you want us. And just because you pull a girl into when you want to dance with her doesn’t mean that she is going to want to dance with you. At some point in everyone’s life, we have all been called a douche, douche bag, super douche, douche’o’rama and whatever else you creative funky monkeys come up with. It’s a fact of life. I have been a douche at some point, you have been a douche, my best friends and roommates have all been douches. But the point I am trying to make is follow the advice of pointsincase. com staff writer, Mike Forest, when he said: “Don’t be a douchebag. Everything else will be fine if you can remember that.”

The power of douche bags infests society

THE WICHITAN Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Krystle Carey Managing Editor Brittany Norman Entertainment Editor Konnie Sewell Op-Ed Editor Christian McPhate Sports Editor Josh Mujica Photo Editor Patrick Johnston

Reporters Richard Carter Courtney Foreman Photographers Joel Abeyta Lauren Williams Graphic Artist Robert Redmon

Advertising Manager Rebecca Ferguson

Copy Editor Haley Cunningham Adviser Randy Pruitt


Turkey throwdown

When a veteran expert gets lured into a trap, she remains unflappable ROBIN MATHER JENKINS MCCLATCHY TRIBUNE Renee Ferguson was thrilled when the Food Network contacted her about helping them film a show to air near Thanksgiving. The Geneva, Ill., resident, author of “Talk Turkey to Me,” squired the television crew around a few weeks ago and was undaunted when the network told her it had arranged for her to do a cooking demonstration at Kendall College. After 14 years of thinking on her feet while working the Butterball Turkey Talk-line and fielding questions from confused consumers, Ferguson thought the audience of Kendall culinary students couldn’t phase her. The producer, who wouldn’t tell us his name, told the kids that the Food Network was taping the show and explained that he would, from time to time, ask them to applaud. “It might not make sense to you,” he said, “but it might be because we need to go into a commercial break with some energy. And when I ask you to applaud, I want you to go crazy. Let’s see what you can do.” The students responded raucously, with whistles, hoots, arm pumping and extended, deafening applause. The producer called the students out of their seats and asked them to crowd ‘round the counter to watch Ferguson work. He en-

couraged them to call out questions, which they seemed happy to do. Ferguson, meanwhile, began to explain about the sausage-apple stuffing she planned to make. “I think whether you call it stuffing or dressing is kind of a regional thing,” Ferguson said as she plopped a pound of bulk sweet Italian sausage into a skillet to brown. “Down South, a woman once told me, `We don’t stuff our turkeys, honey, we dress them!’ But purists say: If it goes into the bird, it’s stuffing; if it’s baked alongside, it’s dressing.” Next, Ferguson talked about the apples she was using. “Granny Smiths, because they stay firm and they’re a little tart, and ...” “Big applause,” said the producer. The students obliged. As Ferguson waited, the applause grew louder, with more insistent hoots and lots of yelling. And there, pushing a cart laden with ingredients, was Food Network star Bobby Flay. Ferguson’s eyebrows shot skyward, her hands clapped to her cheeks. The roar of applause went on and on as Flay, natty in a knit argyle vest over an eggplant-colored shirt, came around to face her over the counter. Ferguson clearly realized what was happening: She’d been tricked into an episode of “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” the Food Network series in which Flay challenges an acknowledged expert to an unanticipated cookoff.

“I’m here to challenge you to a turkey throwdown,” Flay said, when the applause finally dwindled. “Do you accept?” Flay was taken aback, perhaps, by Ferguson’s robust riposte: “I’ll be happy to show you where to put your stuffing!” Over the next 90 minutes, the two worked side by side. Ferguson’s turkey with apricot sauce featured the dressing she had demonstrated, while Flay made a dressing of intentionally overcooked wild rice (“so it blossoms,” he said), pomegranate seeds, chorizo and goat cheese. While Ferguson worked along steadily, looking confident and calm, Flay paced back and forth behind the counter, looking for ingredients, checking a pot’s progress. Later, Ferguson confessed that she was nowhere near as confident and calm as she appeared. “Talk about pressure cooking!” she said. “I almost forgot to put the sausage in the dressing! I would have forgotten, if Bobby hadn’t whispered to me. But what an honor!” As the two worked, the students called out questions. “Hey, Bobby, what are you serving for Thanksgiving dessert this year?” (Pumpkin-bread pudding, he said.) “Hey, Bobby, is there more pressure on `Throwdown’ or on `Iron Chef’?” (“Iron Chef,” he said.) By 2 p.m., the pair were dishing up samples for the audience. Onlookers were encouraged to taste both, because they would be interviewed later, the producer said. By and by, judges Chris Koetke, dean of the culinary school, and Matt McMillan, a Kendall alum who’s vice president of culinary matters for Big Bowl restaurants, arrived. The judges were seated at a table, with Ferguson and Flay standing behind them. A Kendall student in a bizarre plush hat resembling a whole turkey with its legs in the air stood between Ferguson and Flay. The judges conferred. They whispered to one another. They jotted comments. They whispered some more. They shook their heads in disagreement. They nodded in agreement. And finally, finally, they were ready to announce their decision. “It’s tough,” said Koetke. “One is very traditional and the other is very experimental, very unusual. But we have decided that the winner is ...” Sorry. Can’t tell you. Food Network swore me to secrecy.

MSU Lions Club

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Johnny Depp makes movie roles his own

New Releases

MUSIC: “Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA,” Boyz II Men; “Ire Works,” Dillinger Escape Plan; “Taking Chances,” Celine Dion; “Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 – The Singles,” Goo Goo Dolls; “The Black and White Album,” The Hives; “45:33,” LCD Soundsystem; “Mothership,” Led Zeppelin; “As I Am,” Alicia Keys; “Sawdust,” The Killers; “Take Cover,” Queensryche; “Greatest Hits,” Spice Girls; “Dig for Fire: A Pixies Tribute,” various artists; “Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love,” Trisha Yearwood DVD: “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Shrek the Third,” “La Vie En Rose,” “Amazing Grace,” “Paris, Je T’aime,” “This Is England,” “Your Mommy Kills Animals,” “Avenging Angel,” “Cut Sleeve Boys,” “Drunken Angel,” “The Ritchie Boys,” “Sawdust and Tinsel,” “Golden Boy,” “Andy Kaufman: I’m From Hollywood” BOOKS: “Double Cross,” James Patterson; “Confessor: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 3,” Terry Goodkind; “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier,” Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill; “Snakehead,” Anthony Horowitz; “A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932” John Richardson; “Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will,” L. Brent Bozell, Tim Graham; “Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True,” Gay Hendricks, Neale Donald Walsch; “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton,” Kathleen Willey; “The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack,” Ronald Kessler VIDEO GAMES: “Super Mario Galaxy,” Wii; “Assassin’s Creed,” X360, PS3; “Crysis,” PC; “WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008,” X360, PS2, Wii, PS3, PSP, DS; “BlackSite: Area 51,” X360, PC; “Need for Speed ProStreet,” PC, X360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS; “Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3,” PS2; “Kane & Lynch: Dead Men,” X360, PS3, PC; “Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles,” Wii; “SimCity Societies,” PC; “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem,” PSP; “Beowulf,” X360, PC, PS3; “Soldier of Fortune: Payback,” X360, PC; “Rayman Raving Rabbids 2,” Wii, DS; “Medal of Honor Heroes 2,” Wii, PSP


Ludacris has nice guy spirit

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can’t stop laughing. A rapper with a powerful vocal delivery, he keeps envisioning his big head on a little person’s body, going toe-to-toe with Vince Vaughn in his new film “Fred Claus,” which opened Friday. The image recalls one of his first music videos, featuring his head on a tiny body that danced and gyrated in front of a camera, rapping and cracking up just about anybody who watched the clip. “The movie company and the director came to me about the role as the DJ in the North Pole,” he said, chuckling. “And it was funny because I had the video ‘Roll Out,’ where my head was a lot bigger than the body, so that’s exactly what they did in this movie. Technology these days, man. It was a little person’s body and a big head. I was in front of a green screen with my role trying to coordinate the neck and head movements.” This is the first time the rapper – largely known for delivering vocally powerful tongue-in-cheek, almost cartoonish rap lyrics – was able to do a comedy. Before, he’s been able to play up this trumped up caricature of what a rapper is, a stereotypical take on a guy who may have had a criminal past. “Fred Claus” was his chance to create an all-ages comedy and throw his critics – especially those who have cast his work off largely as flash-in-the-pan, offensive rap – a curveball. It also was a chance, he said, to drive home a point that’s close to his heart. “You walk away from this film,” he said of the film that taps the Christmas spirit, “with a sense of

giving back.” He doesn’t exactly broadcast it, but his mother, Roberta Shields, said that since he was a kid he’s been quite the little philanthropist, a role that plays out on a much bigger stage today. “It’s not like we started one day. This is something that we’ve always done. The fact that he’s able to do it on a larger scale than most is great. In (Emerson) Middle School right here in Oak Park (Ill.), he was in a program with the older generation where he did the shopping and the banking for the older people,” Shields said. “So this is not something that’s new to him. It’s true to who we are. But as he’s grown in celebrity, his ability to give more broadly has grown. This is second nature. For him, this is what he’s supposed to do.” In 2001 – a year after he signed with major label Def Jam – he started the Ludacris Foundation, an organization that teaches children how to help themselves. The kids learn how to eat healthier, to be leaders. There’s a back-to-school program in Atlanta and a similar program is in the works for Chicago next year. The foundation also has donated more than $500,000 to various grass-roots organizations, including The Little Black Pearl, a non-profit group on Chicago’s South Side that teaches young people and adults about the business of the arts. The non-profit Ludacris Foundation, based in Atlanta, has scored a number of accolades, most recently the 2007 Spirit of Youth Award from the Chicago-based National Runaway Switchboard, which he accepted the week before last at the Drake Hotel.

To have a career like Johnny Depp’s, you need serious charm, killer good looks and the ability to score key movie rolls that turn ordinary people into major movie stars. Depp is quite possibly one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood today. With movie roles that vary between teen flicks, suspenseful thrillers and all around classics, Depp truly defines the art of acting. Depp was born in 1963 and made his film debut in the movie “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984. Depp has been romantically linked to many actresses in Hollywood including Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. Currently, Depp is living with his longtime girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children. Aside from his personal agenda, today Depp is most recognized as the witty, somewhat deranged pirate in the summer blockbuster hits, “Pirates Of The Caribbean.” But what other movies roles have catapulted this major movie star onto the A-list in Hollywood? This list includes just five of Depp’s most memorable, and possibly most influential, movies in his highly successful career. “Edward Sissorhands” (1990) This movie is just as the title explains it. An unfinished creation (Depp) has scissors for hands and has to cope with society around him. With Edward’s dangerous handicap, the audience learns through his trials that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes

to Edward Sissorhands. “Sleepy Hollow” (1999) Tim Burton is at it again with this fresh twist on an eerie classic. Depp plays a reporter sent to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a chain of supernatural murders. This story is filled with romance, suspense, and tons of drama. “Blow” (2001) A true story is depicted on film as Depp takes on the real life character George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s. The story follows a family through the trials of selling, buying and basking in all the glory of the cocaine market we once knew.

Ultimately ending in tragedy, this story truly portrays the truth behind the life of a cocaine dealer. “Pirates Of The Caribbean” (2003) The original in this threepart series follows the life of a slightly unhinged pirate, Capitan Jack Sparrow. This story includes captivating romance, non-stop action and all the excitement you can handle. “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” (2005) One of the most bizarre candy makers in the world invites a few lucky kids to share in the experience of making the world’s best candy bars. Depp takes on the infamous Willy Wonka in this story that lets you explore your imagination and find the inner kid in you.

How to get a well-paying job with no headset and no cubicle.

Classic ‘Jane Eyre’ still good LAUREN WOOD STAFF REPORTER

Instead of doing a review on a new and recent book, I wanted to share my thoughts on a book I believe everyone, young and old, should read: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. A classic that many have heard of, but few have actually read, “Jane Eyre” is a novel about an orphan who is determined to rise above poverty and her lowly station in Victorian society. It follows her throughout her childhood as she becomes a governess, where she succeeds in finding independence and love. However, there is a twist when she learns of the dark secret her lover, who also happens to be her employer, has kept from her. You know, I have always been taught not to date your boss, for it ends badly. No, I’m not going to tell you the end, so read it yourself, but keep that bit of advice your mother always gave but you never followed in the back of your mind. First off, I am a sap. No question

about that. I love romance, mushygushy stuff and especially novels that make me sigh with content. “Jane Eyre” is one of those books that you can curl up on a couch with a blanket and a bag of some fattening, sugary snack and read for hours, not wanting to put it down. Granted, there are a few chapters that start to lose your attention. They seem to babble on and on, when really you just want to get to the good parts. But bear through it and it is worth it in the end. Bronte’s writing is brilliant in that she allows you to connect with the characters and when a love interest arises … well, I at least couldn’t put the book down and I eagerly read to find out what would happen between the lovers. But it is not just a love story. It shows you that you can become something from nothing and women can definitely relate to Jane, a plain and penniless young woman, but who is also full of courage and spirit. It is definitely one of those “feel good” novels. Don’t just read the current novels, but give the old classics a shot, too.

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BY KATHLEEN PURVIS McClatchy Newspapers

f you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you have plenty on your plate. There are groceries to buy, linens to iron and dishes to prepare. We offer a planning guide to help you with the holiday. We’ve included turkey cooking times, food safety tips, schedules to get you through the day and more.

HOW TO HANDLE A TURKEY What size: Figure 1 to 11/2 pounds per person to allow for plenty of leftovers. Turkeys smaller than 12 pounds often don’t have much meat on their bones. Turkeys larger than 16 pounds are difficult to handle, so consider switching to two smaller birds. What kind: You have a lot of choices. Fresh turkeys are common in supermarkets now, along with the full array of frozen birds. Free-range turkeys are available from some stores, although they usually have to be specially ordered. Thawing: The safest way is in the refrigerator. Figure 24 hours for every 4 pounds of weight. If you need to thaw it faster, put the wrapped turkey in a sink filled with cold water. Check the water every 30 minutes to make sure it stays cold. Figure 30 minutes per pound.

Stuffed turkeys take longer to cook than unstuffed ones, and the center of the stuffing should reach at least 165 degrees.


T. O R T E G A G A I N E S / M C C L AT C H Y N E W S PA P E R S


(of the week before Thanksgiving)

Finish the guest list. If anyone is bringing a dish, get a commitment on what it will be. Choose the menu, including appetizers, beverages and turkey size. Figure on 1 to 11/2 pounds uncooked turkey per person, to allow leftovers. Make a copy of this checklist and hang it in a handy place. Assign cleaning chores to your spouse and children.

THURSDAY Clean out the refrigerator, freezer and cupboard. Clear off the kitchen counters. Put away appliances you won’t need this week. Make a shopping list in two parts: Things you need right away, and perishables. Include paper goods such as napkins and cups, cleaning supplies, and bags and wraps for leftovers.

FRIDAY Get out the serving pieces. Match them against your menu and make sure you have a container and serving spoon for every dish. Label the bottoms with tape or Post-it notes. Count glasses, plates and chairs and make a list of anything you need to rent or borrow.

Get out your pots and pans and do a mental run-through of the menu. Do you have a roaster that will hold a 20-pound turkey? (Use a sack of potatoes as a rough guide.) Will it fit in your oven? Polish servers and silverware if needed. Get out table linens, check for stains and iron them if needed.

SATURDAY Go shopping for nonperishable items. If you’re buying a frozen turkey, get it now so it will have time to thaw. If you are ordering a fresh turkey or floral arrangement, do it by today. Start the housecleaning, or check on chores assigned to family members.

SUNDAY If you’re using a frozen turkey that is larger than 16 pounds, put it on a pan to catch drips and move it into the refrigerator. If you’re using a fresh turkey, you can get it today. If you’re serving a green salad, core and wash the lettuce. Wrap it in paper towels, place in a resealable bag, press out the air and refrigerate. Finish the housecleaning and rearrange any furniture if needed. Thin out your coat closet to make room for guests’ wraps.

MONDAY If you’re using a frozen turkey that is less than 16 pounds, place it on a pan to catch drips and move to the refrigerator. Make cranberry sauce and refrigerate it. If you’re making an appetizer such as a cheese ball or toasted nuts, make it today.


A measuring cup can help degrease pan juices.

TUESDAY Sweep the front walk and porch if needed. Make up drinks, such as iced tea or mulled cider, and refrigerate them. Make a final trip to the store for perishables if needed. Pick up a couple of bags of ice if you can store them.

WEDNESDAY Set the table and arrange the centerpiece. Make mashed potatoes. Refrigerate. Cut and toast the bread for the dressing. Bake the sweet potatoes, peel and mash, if desired. Cover and refrigerate. If you’re brining the turkey, make the brine. Unwrap the turkey, remove the giblet bag and the neck from the cavities. Place turkey in brine and keep cold in refrigerator or cooler filled with ice. If you’re not brining, check to make sure the turkey is thawed. Prepare any desserts and refrigerate.

9 a.m.: If the turkey is 16 to 20 pounds, pre2:30 p.m.: Remove turkey from oven and heat the oven. If the turkey has been brined, tent loosely with foil. Drain drippings if you rinse it well. If you’re stuffing, spoon dressing plan to make gravy. Put the bread in the oven. loosely into body cavity and neck. Place on rack Ask a volunteer to pour drinks. in roasting pan. Place in the oven. Refrigerate 2:40 p.m.: Make gravy. remaining dressing. 2:50 p.m.: Carve 10:30 a.m.: If the the turkey. Remove turkey is 12 pounds or the mashed potatoes, under, preheat the dressing and bread oven and start it now. from the oven and Noon: Finish settake them to the table. ting the table. Make Put the sweet potatoes sure salt and pepper in serving dishes and shakers are full, put take them to the table. out serving spoons 2:55 p.m.: Start and get the butter dish the coffee pot. Get ready. Get sweet potadessert from refrigeratoes out of the refrigBOB FILA/CHICAGO TRIBUNE tor. erator and let them Let the turkey sit about 20 minutes before 3 p.m.: Sit down, come to room temper- carving. relax and enjoy your ature. dinner. 1:45 p.m.: Put mashed potatoes in the oven 4 p.m.: Don’t let the turkey sit out longer to reheat. If you didn’t stuff the turkey, cover than this. Trim off leftover meat. Wrap meat for dressing with lid or foil and place in the oven. sandwiches and refrigerate up to 3 days. Cut up Wrap fresh bread or rolls with foil and set aside. extra meat, wrap well and freeze. Wrap the car2 p.m.: Get the cranberry sauce out of the cass and refrigerate for soup. Put away other refrigerator and put in a serving dish. Remove leftovers and plan to use within 3 days. the covers from the dressing and add broth if it 4:30 p.m.: Take a walk and enjoy yourself. seems dry.

Large glass measuring cup: Preferably 4- to 6-cup capacity, although 2-cup is also fine, for measuring and degreasing pan juices for gravy. Fat-separating cup: A glass measuring cup will work, but these cups with offset spouts save a lot of mess. Roasting pan: A goodquality, heavy pan distributes heat more evenly and is safer and more convenient to handle than a disposable pan. Turkey lifter: It’s not indispensable, but if you’re cooking a very large turkey, it’s handy. Roasting rack: There are many styles, including flat racks and V-shaped versions that are often adjustable. Whichever kind you choose, make sure it will fit in your roasting pan. Bulb baster: These are handy for basting dressing and turkeys and removing juices from the pan. Make sure it’s heat-resistant. Kitchen string: For tying legs (many turkeys now come with slits in the skin or metal or plastic clips for this). Brining bags: If you’re brining, these disposable bags make things easier. Meat thermometer: Don’t trust the pop-up timers in turkeys. They’re unreliable. Instant-read thermometer: Indispensable, for checking the temperature at the center of stuffing or dressing, and for checking to make sure leftovers have been thoroughly reheated. Carving knife and meat fork: A sharpened chef’s knife will work fine. Whisk: For gravy (a fork will also work).

Where to call or get information when the bird isn’t baking like you planned.


� Unwrap the turkey. � Remove giblets and neck from the body and neck cavity. Reserve for making stock for gravy. � Wash well, inside and out, with cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. � Prepare turkey according to your recipe, including brining, rubbing skin with oil, butter and herbs, or placing onions and celery in the cavity. � Tie legs if desired, or use the clip provided with the turkey, or tuck legs into slit in skin. Hold each wing by the thickest section and bend the tip so you can push it under the back. � Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the inner thigh, near the breast, angling to make sure it doesn’t touch bone. � If you don’t have a meat thermometer, use an instant-read thermometer to periodically take a reading at the same spot. (Don’t leave the instant-read thermometer in the bird while it’s in the oven.) � Place in a roasting pan, preferably on a rack. � Wash your hands with hot, soapy water and dry them with paper towels after handling raw turkey.

STUFFING VS. NOT STUFFING A stuffed bird takes several minutes per pound longer to cook, and you must make sure the center of the stuffing reaches at least 165 degrees. Use an instant-read thermometer to check it. Don’t combine stuffing and eggs until just before using and don’t stuff the turkey in advance. Spoon stuffing loosely into the turkey cavity; it will expand as it cooks. Remove stuffing as soon as it comes out of the oven.

TURKEY ROASTING TIMES Recommended cooking times at 325 degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adjust if you’re following a recipe that calls for a higher temperature or for starting the turkey at higher temperature and reducing the heat later in the cooking time. Never use a method that cooks turkey at less than 325 degrees.) Weight 8 to 12 pounds 12 to 14 pounds 14 to 18 pounds 18 to 20 pounds

Roasting Time 3 to 31/2 hours stuffed, 3 hours unstuffed 4 hours stuffed, 31/2 hours unstuffed 4 to 41/2 hours stuffed, 33/4 to 41/4 hours unstuffed 41/4 hours stuffed, 41/4 to 41/2 hours unstuffed

HANDLING LEFTOVERS � Keep hot foods hot and keep cold foods cold. Hot food shouldn’t be below 140 degrees for more than 2 hours. Cold foods shouldn’t be above 40 degrees for more than 2 hours. � Avoid cross-contamination. Wash your hands with hot, soapy water after handling raw meat. Wipe up spilled meat juices with paper towels. � Watch the clock. Refrigerate cooked turkey and perishable foods within 2 hours. � Chill cooked turkey efficiently. Remove stuffing from the cavity as soon as possible. Cut meat off the bones; refrigerate or freeze. Transfer other leftovers to containers. Wrap carcass and refrigerate until ready to use for soup or stock. Reheat turkey, gravy and all side dishes to at least 165 degrees.

LEFTOVER TIMES FOR REFRIGERATED FOODS Food Cooked turkey Frozen cooked turkey Stuffing or dressing and gravy Other cooked side dishes

Time food will keep refrigerated Up to 4 days 4 to 6 months 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 days

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PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Cody Thompson, 42, grabs ACU running back Bernard Scott’s (3) ankle as Ryan Craven, 30, rushes in to bring down the Harlon Hill candidate on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Mustangs lost a commanding lead and fell to the Wildcats, 42-41, to end the season at 8-3.

Mustangs end season in heartbreaker, 42-41 BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER If we’ve seen it once, we’ve seen it a thousand times. Daniel Polk shines in yet another great football game played at Memorial Stadium. His record-setting performance wasn’t enough for the No. 19 Mustangs to get the win last Saturday. MSU dropped the season finale to No. 17 Abilene Christian, and with the loss came the disappearance of any post-season hopes. Midwestern owned the first half of the game, converting each of its first four possessions into touchdowns. They galloped out to an early 28-7 lead mostly by the play of Polk and the MSU defense. While the defense made ACU punt the ball and turn it over on downs on two of its first three possessions, Polk was busy scoring

points on the ground on each of their first three possessions. Scoring on runs of 14, 28, and 16 yards, respectively, Polk was well on his way to posting yet another top rushing performance for MSU. A short touchdown run by Steven Harper in the early minutes of the second quarter gave MSU their biggest lead of the day, 28-7. ACU rallied to score two touchdowns before halftime to tighten up the score at 31-21. Following Harper’s second 1yard touchdown run at the beginning of the second half to put MSU up 38-21, it turned into Bernard Scott night at Memorial Stadium. The running back from Vernon, Texas, scored with seconds remaining in the third quarter to claw the Wildcats back to only a 10 point deficit. Then, following Polk’s only interception of the night, Scott

pounded in another short-yardage touchdown to get his team within a field-goal with 11 minutes left in regulation. The Mustangs’ offense did what they had to do in the next drive. They ate up a lot of the clock, sustaining an 11-play, seven minute drive, but they just couldn’t get into the end zone. Place-kicker Jose Martinez knocked in the 30-yard field goal with four minutes left on the clock, giving the Mustangs a 41-35 lead. When ACU got the ball, quarterback Billy Malone methodically moved the ball down the field. First down after first down, the Wildcats went straight down the length of the field, eventually capitalizing on Scott’s third rushing touchdown in the final 15:03 of the game. They scored with only :43 left on the game clock, taking a 1-point lead, 42-41, and there was no last-

minute magic from the Mustangs. Polk finished the day with a school record for rushing yards in a single game with 290. He also threw for 187 more yards on 14 of 22 passing. DelJuan Lee was his leading receiver, yet again, finishing with six receptions for 78 yards. The Mustang offense rang up over 600 total yards for the fourth time this season, finishing with the second most rushing yards in school history, 467. B.J. Mathis ran for 101 yards on 13 carries, and Marcus Mathis ran the ball 11 times for 74 yards, to help Polk on the ground. Scott finished his impressive performance with 269 all-purpose yards to go along with his three late touchdowns. Both Scott and Polk were both later named LSC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for their play. With this loss it was going to be

tough for MSU to gain a berth into the 24-team field for the rights to play for a national championship. As the bracket was announced Sunday, it became evident that Saturday was not only the last game of the year for this team, but also the last time Mustangs fans would see Polk play for MSU. Polk’s enormous list of accomplishments are clearly evident in the MSU record books. During his career, Polk amassed the most rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, total offensive yards, and total touchdowns accounted for, than any other Mustang. He also finished second in career pass completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and pass completion percentage. Polk was also the only quarterback in all of college football this season to throw for over 2,000 yards while surpassing 1,000 yards on the ground, as well.

As the season is finishing up and post-season awards are being dealt out, many feature Polk on them. He has been announced to be in the Harlon Hill final 24 candidates. The Harlon Hill Trophy is the Division II equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in Division I football. The LSC also announced their post-season awards this past Tuesday, naming 19 Mustangs on its first team, second team, and honorable mention. Polk and center Tony Burson were named to the first team offense, while cornerback Patrick Roberts and outside linebacker Frank Brown were named to the first team defense. Polk was named D2Football. com National Player of the Week. Burson was named to the ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-District 6 second team, while punter Ben White was awarded with a first team selection.

Men’s basketball team goes 1-1 in exhibition BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER The Mustangs opened up their new season last Saturday, as they played host to last year’s NAIA Division I national champions, Oklahoma City University. Led by their new transfer, Ollie Bailey from Rutgers, the Stars led from the tip-off and eventually grinded out the five point victory. MSU pieced together some decent runs, even cutting the lead to one point twice in the second half, but they could never gain the advantage. OKCU controlled the tempo for most of the game, dominating the rebound battle, 40-27. The Mustangs came out of the gate slowly, finding themselves in a

44-35 hole with less than two minutes to go in the first half. Then came the spark MSU needed to go into the half with. Chris Davis took the team on his shoulders as he went on a personal 8-2 run. Davis put back an offensive rebound for a score, then followed with two 3-pointers, the last one barely beating out the buzzer. MSU was still trailing 46-43 entering halftime, but the run gave them the momentum to push them into the second half. MSU tried to capitalize on this momentum, pushing the defending champs to the limit at multiple times during the second half. Bailey and the Stars just wouldn’t let go of the lead, though, as they secured the victory late, 83-78. Trajinski Grigsby put in 17 points

while snatching up five boards to lead the Mustangs. Senior Christopher Reay also contributed with 11 points and four rebounds of his own. On Tuesday, MSU hosted Wayland Baptist to close out its exhibition schedule. After a slow start, Reay turned it on in the second half, scoring 10

points and going 3-for-5 from the field. Nolan Richardson IV dominated with 15 points, six assists, two blocks and two steals as MSU beat the Pioneers, 68-64. Midwestern will open up the regular season this Friday in San Antonio, taking on St. Edward’s in the St. Edward’s Classic at 8 p.m.



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Name: Sesley Graves Sport: Volleyball Position: Middle Blocker Number: 4 Major: Psychology, Spanish Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX 1. Do you have any nicknames? “I don’t really have any. I sometimes go by my middle name, Simone.” 2. What is your toughest class? Why? “Psychological Statistics, because it involves relating math to pshchology and that’s kinda tough.” 3. What is your favorite song right now? Why? “Glory by Kanye West, because I like Kanye’s confidence and he’s political. He raps about things that matter.”


BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER The MSU men’s soccer team will play in the Elite Eight for the third time in the 12 years they’ve been a part of NCAA Division II. The Mustangs’ heart-breaking 10 loss to West Texas last week gave the Buffs a share of the Southwest Soccer Conference championship and granted Canyon, Texas, to be the host for the regional tournament. The Mustangs were determined to play another game in front of their home fans though. This was their motivation. In their first regional game last Thursday against Metro State, MSU came out blazing, leaving Metro State in an insurmountable 3-0 hole. That was just in the first 13 minutes of play. Daniel Brown’s free kick was converted by midfielder Obed Becerra in the third minute of the match, and from there, the Mustangs didn’t look back. Later, in the 10th minute, Robert Swann converted a penalty kick to put MSU up 2-0. Then Brown struck again, this time knocking in an easy breakaway goal himself in the 13th minute. “We had four shots on goal early and scored three of them to put the other team in the hole,” said MSU

Coach Doug Elder. “It was great to get off to a good start.” To add insult to injury, Metro State’s Brad Gorham took down Kyle Kmiec in the box in the 29th minute and was ejected. Kmiec capitalized on the opportunity, putting MSU up 4-0 on the following penalty kick. Metro State tried to climb out of the deficit playing the rest of the game a man down. Needless to say, MSU took care of business, eventually extending their first half lead to 6-0. Danny Kastelic, Eddie Lett and Jeremy Elder all got in the mix, scoring goals for MSU, before allowing Metro State to put one on the board in the 83rd minute. MSU claimed the 8-1 victory and turned their attention squarely to the home team. In order to move on, the Mustangs would have to beat West Texas A&M on their home turf. On Saturday MSU pieced together another dominating performance against the Buffs. Playing stellar defense and relying on timely saves from goalkeeper Jeremy Turner, they would eventually grind out a tremendous victory, 1-0. Tyler Murphy took the ball down the right wing before finding Ahmad Ihmeidan for a 1-timer in the seventh minute of the match. WTAMU had some good looks at goals in the second half, but MSU

6. Who is your favorite athlete? Why? “My mom, Alice Taylor. She played basketball for MSU in the 80s. I get happy when I see successful minorites and she’s my hero. Plus she was a badass when she played here.”

9. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for? “I’m going to Dallas to spend time with my mom. I’m thankful for family and just being blessed. It sounds corny but so many other people have it worse.” 10. Where do you see yourself in ten years? “Living in Austin with two kids, a nice house and a good job.”

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PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Krissa Johnson, left, reaches for the ball and tries to get it over two Dallas Baptist defenders in a match earlier this season at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.


PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Brannon Calvert, 17, and Jeremy Elder, 3, leave the ground to get a ball against West Texas A&M goalie Shane Taylor, 0, and players Freddy Montes, 4, and Kenneth Christensen, 6, while Ahmad Ihmeidan, 10,on Nov. 4 at The MSU Soccer Field. MSU lost 1-0 but have been on a roll since.

MSU Soccer Field. Midwestern will play host to Sonoma State University (California) in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight this Saturday at 7 p.m. “We’re excited to stay home,” Elder said. “We’ll be able to play an

Elite Eight game on our home field. We are looking forward to playing in front of a packed house.” The winner of the match will advance to NCAA Division II semifinals at the City of Orange Beach Sportsplex in Alabama.

Entering the Lone Star Conference tournament, MSU was looking to solidify their ranking and show the NCAA selection committee that they belonged in the annual tournament. It’s tough to do that when you lose your first game though. The third-seeded Mustangs came out strong against the sixth-seeded Aggies of Cameron University, taking the first game of the match, 3025. A tough second game loss added to a dominating 7-0 run by Cameron late in the third game sealed Midwestern’s fate; 30-25, 30-28, 30-20. The Mustangs fell to 27-5 on the season, and had to wait to see if the selection committee would grant them a pass despite their disappointing defeat. Their school-record season could have been without a post-season game if the committee didn’t choose to invite them. The seniors of the squad led the way in the tight match.

Outside hitter Krissa Johnson chipped in 15 kills as Rachel Gilmore contributed eight digs to go along with three kills of her own. After falling in the first game, the Aggies rallied to steal the second game from MSU. Trailing 27-28, Cameron scored three straight points to give them the game, 30-28. From that point on MSU seemingly tightened up, and didn’t put up much of a fight in the final game as Cameron pulled off a 11-1 streak to win the match, 30-20. Whitney Maxwell played a good match, putting up 13 kills and hitting with a team-high .550 attack percentage. Setter Allison Schreiber also played a stellar all-around match despite the loss, notching 50 assists to go along with 10 digs and five kills. So, all the Mustangs could do was sit, wait, and hope that their magnificent regular season would be enough to propel them into their first ever NCAA Division II Tournament. MSU received news early on Monday that they would be invited to its

first NCAA Division II Tournament in program history. They were given a berth into the Southwest Regional tournament at the Health and Sports Center in Kearney, Neb. MSU will fittingly open up the tournament against archrival West Texas A&M. They will attempt to avenge the 3-game sweep dealt to the them by the Lady Buffs on Oct. 25th. The game is set to begin at 2:30pm on Friday. “We played awful at the LSC tournament.” MSU Coach Venera Flores-Stafford said. “We’ll get a chance to redeem ourselves in the national tournament. I am really happy for the seniors because you never want to finish your career with that kind of loss.” Gilmore was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 6 third team last Thursday. The early childhood major, from Arlington, Texas, has competed in every one of the Mustangs’ 32 matches this season, averaging .96 kills and 2.15 digs per match.

for Carr’s choice to come to MSU. “I love the people here.” “This was a challenge,…a chance to do something I’ve never done before.”

Carr thought a move from Division I to Division II wouldn’t be too bad either. “I wanted to get back close to coaches and athletes,…D1 really

didn’t give me that privilege.” Carr says he thinks the way things are being done here is fine, but he plans to improve the women’s sports program, improve community involvement, both financially and physically, and increase attendance to sports events.

held them to only eight shots for the afternoon. MSU did what they had to do to regain home-field advantage. Following other regional action, the Mustangs got what they wanted: a another chance to play at The

Lady Mustangs trot on to regionals BOBBY MORRIS STAFF REPORTER

5. Why did you choose MSU? “It is close to home and cheaper. I like the smallness of the campus and I knew a lot of people coming here.”

8. What is your favorite movie? Why? “Pulp Fiction, Samuel L. Jackson is hilarious and Uma Thurman is cool. She’s like 6’0”. Shout-out to all my tall people!”

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4. What is a non-athletic talent you have? “I like to sing. I sing at Bethleham Missionary Baptist Church. I’m pretty good.”

7. If you could play another sport in college, what would you play? “Basketball. I got skills.”


Carr travels long road to Midwestern, set to drive MSU in right direction NICHOL PHILLIP FOR THE WICHITAN Have you met Charlie Carr? Carr comes to MSU from Florida State University, where he served as Assistant Athletic Director for 13 years. Carr is our new Athletic Director here at MSU. Carr obtained his bachelor’s degree in history from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then spent two and a half years playing minor league baseball for the New York Mets. He then decided to go back to

UNC to gain his master’s degree in education. Carr said a chance to be a graduate assistant and an assistant coach for the football team were his motivations for going back to college. Carr was in the process of moving when MSU got its hands on him. The University of Arizona had offered him a position of Assistant Athletic Director, which he had accepted. Carr’s plans quickly changed when he heard of position opening at MSU. “It just felt right,” Carr said. There are a multitude of reasons

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