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WEDNESDAY, november 5, 2008
Obama claims victory in historic election Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, swept to victory by an anxious country eager to change course at home and abroad. Obama, 47, becomes the first African-American in U.S. history to win the presidency and the first from the generation that came of age after the turbulence of the 1960s. He built his campaign on a mastery of the Internet as an organizing tool that will change the way presidential campaigns are run forever. His biracial background reflects the changing de-
mographics of America in the 21st century. And his victories in formerly Republican states in the South, Midwest and West reflect a changing political order in the making. After an epic struggle, the firstterm Democratic senator from Illinois defeated Republican John McCain, 72, a hero of the Vietnam War and a four-term senator from Arizona. Obama was at the vanguard of Democratic gains across the country that promised him a solid working majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Eager for a popular mandate to
Photo by Patrick Johnston Junior Victoria Andres views the big screen in CSC during the election watch party as Obama is announced as President Elect.
reshape the government, Obama appeared well on his way late Tuesday night to become the first
Democrat to take a majority of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter eked out 50.1 percent in 1976.
Obama sealed his victory by holding all the states that went Democratic in 2004, then picking off Republican states including Iowa, New Mexico and Ohio. Ohio was particularly important: No Republican has ever won the presidency without Ohio. No Democrat had won the White House without it since John Kennedy. There as everywhere, the faltering economy dominated voters’ minds and tilted the political landscape solidly against the Republicans as the party of power _ and responsibility _ in the White House. Interest was intense.
More than 40 million Americans already had voted by Tuesday morning, and total turnout was expected to top 130 million. The turnout rate was likely to rival the modern record of 67 percent set in 1960, the highest since women were granted the right to vote in 1920. The Democratic wins came at a moment of history when the country was unusually anxious, as eight years of a Republican presidency are ending with an economy sinking into recession, markets in turmoil and U.S. troops at war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Pledge recounts near-fatal night with fraternity
group of pledges were taken outside. “They pulled us off in a circle Freshman Nicholas Aycock to ask us why we wanted to be said he would have died from al- in KA,” he said. “We were bored cohol poisoning if fellow Kappa (waiting), so that’s why we had Alpha members had not gotten more beer.” him to the hospital in time afA “ceremony” followed, in ter pledge activities got out of which family groups within the hand. fraterniT h e ty shared evening alcohol My blood alcohol level of Oct. 3 amongst began a themwas .48. At .4, you’re few miles selves. outside of “ M y supposed to be dead. Nocona ‘fam-Nicholas Aycock on Cotily’ was tonwood drinking Creek Southern Rd. AyComfort cock said that whiskey,” Aycock said. he and about “There were three dif20 other people ferent families. In my were present. family, there were four Some were active or five people drinking members of the with us.” fraternity, some He said within the alumni and around groups there were ac13 pledges. tives and pledges. Aycock estimated “No one forced that “at least 14” anyone to drink,” he of these individuals said. were under the age of “What happened 21. is we were just “We were drinking trying to drink out of a keg,” he said. the liquor,” he “I had drank about 10 said. “Each peror 11 solo cups, but I son takes a drink was just fine. No big and passes it on. deal.” Takes a drink As the night went on, and passes it on. however, Aycock said he You just want to drank more and more. drink as fast as “I probably had 15 or you can.” 16 cups, plus two beers He did say, however, that he outside of the keg,” he said. was “definitely not drinking out Next, Aycock was offered a of a funnel.” bottle of vodka. He said he was the third or “I took a big chug of McCor- fourth person in his group to get mick,” Aycock said. “Probably the bottle. two or three shots.” “There was probably a little At that point, Aycock said he more than half of a handle left,” was still all right. Aycock said. “It was a lot. I start“I love to dance,” he said. ed chugging it until it was gone. “Someone flashed a flashlight The last thing I remember, it was on me. They were strobing and I my turn, trying to drink.” started dancing. Then I fell. But He said someone told him I got up, I was okay then.” See FRATERNITY page 3 Aycock said after that, the Brittany Norman Editor In Chief
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Photo by Patrick Johnson Sophomore Jeff Williams (back) prays with his teammates after a game at Memorial Stadium. Williams suffered serious injuries after a car accident last February that left him in a coma.
He stands on the sidelines during MSU football games wearing his number 95 maroon and gold jersey. Jeff Williams cheers on his teammates while he hopes for the chance to be back in the game again one day. Feb. 22, 2008 is a day that will stay with Williams forever. Too bad he can’t remember much about the incident that changed his life. It was a Friday night when Williams, a redshirt freshman, and his friend, Brett Davis, were involved in a two-car accident at the intersection of Maplewood and Southwest Parkway. “We were just going to pick something up,” Williams said. “It was so routine, something you don’t even think about.” Williams, driving a 2002 Ford Mustang Convertible, collided with a pickup driven by 22-year-old Albert Gee. Both Williams and Davis were rushed by ambulance to United Regional Hospital. Although Davis suffered only a concussion, Williams was in much worse shape. He had broken his wrist and pelvis and suffered from brain injuries that left him in a coma. Williams had to be hooked up to two breathing tubes after his lungs showed up white on a CAT-scan. “I was dead to the doctors,” Williams said. He was moved to the Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas for further testing. An MRI revealed much of the same information Williams’ family had been given when they were in Wichita Falls. Williams’ family prayed and held on to the hope he would soon wake up out of his coma, but it took two weeks. Williams opened his right eye and seemed to understand his grandmother, who was staying with him while his parents had returned to See COMEBACK page 3
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Time for a change... in pace The election is finally over, which means one thing. Okay, besides the fact that it means we have a new leader of our nation. It also means that the constant election talk is finally over. For about two years now, the presidential race has taken over the media and it was staring to go overboard covering topics as far out as the cost of wardrobes. Yes, when the talk of what each candidate’s stance on health care becomes old news, we move on to the price tag on their suits. The typical news channels weren’t the only ones covering the election constantly, though. Every day, MTV played clips of P. Diddy, Pink and other various celebrities telling us to go out and vote. Even social networking sites joined the madness by offering virtual campaign pins in support of your candidate of choice. It’s a relief to know that the race is finally over, not only because we finally know who the next president is, but also because we will finally hear some new information for the first time in way too long.
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Showing support for Greek organizations Kenny Bergstrom For the Wichitan
Anyone who read last week’s front page story about the Kappa Alpha’s alleged hazing incident probably has a negative perspective on fraternities now. Stereotyping Greek organizations has been around since Greek organizations themselves. First, let me get something straight – what happened to the Kappa Alpha pledges was wrong. Second, I’m a member of the Greek community myself. Kappa Alpha made a huge mistake and has no choice but to live with its actions. What’s sad is this incident has hurt the Greek community
as a whole. We get stereotyped everyday for being in social organizations. Whether it’s paying for our friends, drinking too much or throwing out-of-control parties, we hear it all the time. Now that this latest incident happened we have to prove to everyone why Greeks are special. All fraternities have specific philanthropies they support and donate money to. Some people forget this. I’m not going to tell you Greeks don’t throw parties and do some of the things that end up on TV because that would be a lie. But it’s the other things that go unnoticed. Are you awake at eight in the
morning on Saturday to play basketball with Special Olympics? One of MSU’s Greek organizations is. Or did you know that the proceeds of those parties you see advertised around school get donated to special causes around town? Greeks also sponsor canned food drives to help families around the holidays. It’s these things that slide under the radar and cause people to only see the negative. I like to think being a part of a fraternity gives me an edge when it comes to getting along in the real world. It’s much like running a small business with your closest friends. Problems will occur and we work together
to find a solution. That’s how life works, or so I’ve been told. We deal with all kinds of problems such as: financial, publicity or recruitment. These are the same problems small businesses face. We will find a solution as a whole to move past this incident and let people know who Greeks truly are. All fraternities are different from each other, but we are looked at as a whole community. I ask students who are not Greek to look at what we stand for. Kappa Alpha made a mistake and will have to face their actions, but the Greek community will continue to stand strong.
get any better. What else could Stephanie Meyer possibly have left to tell me about Edward? It just kept getting better and better. I am now fairly convinced that if I move somewhere that stays cold and dark most of the time that there will be an amazingly gorgeous vampire living there, waiting to find me and fall in love with me. Oh, and apparently I’ll know it’s my vampire by the amazingly nice, expensive car. My favorite part of this book would have to be when Bella is all the way across the parking lot and sees Edward for just a minute. When she looks away she almost gets taken out by Tyler’s van and Edward is miraculously able to save her. I was literally on the edge of my bed waiting to see what was going to happen after each page. I also liked all of Edward’s brothers and sisters, but I guess I won’t understand Rosalie’s problem until I move further into the series. Even after it was
clear that Bella was completely in love with Edward and just wanted what was best for all of them, Rosalie still wouldn’t let up. Maybe she has a thing against us “non immortals” or maybe she is just constantly cranky. Either way it was clear that she was not fond of Bella or her relationship with Edward. Before I even began reading the book, I witnessed Facebook applications morph into places for people to state whether they were on “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob.” I don’t know if this division is a development that comes in the next book, but Jacob is third on my list of favorite characters, right after Edward and Bella, duh. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s obviously in love with Bella (again, if I move I expect an overly-protective friend who is in love with me) but he seems like a genuinely nice guy. Last, but not least, the villain in this story is excellent. He isn’t just some mindless idiot who
only wants to kill people. He is incredibly manipulative and smart, so it keeps the suspense going when you don’t know exactly what he has planned next. It brings a sense of reality to the book and keeps you thinking about how it could possibly end. The movie “Twilight” is coming out Nov. 21 and I can’t wait to see it. I have been watching the movie trailers and I am so excited because I think that they are actually going to stick pretty close to the real story line of the book. There is nothing worse than reading an amazing book and when you go to see the movie it is nothing like what you read. More exciting, however, is the fact that I have three more of these amazing books to go. Three more chances to sit on the edge of my bed in suspense. And most importantly, three more chances to read about the amazingly attractive Edward Cullen.
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Confessions of a new Twilight obsessee Amber Price For the Wichitan
I just recently finished the most amazing book in the entire world, “Twilight.” It has a little bit of everything: action, adventure, suspense, and of course, romance. Seriously, this book is one of the best tragic love stories that I have ever read. I am personally in love with Edward Cullen, the main character in the novel, along with about 50,000 other girls, I’m sure. He is a good guy with just the right amount of bad to go with it. His dangerous side is what makes him so attractive and the fact that he is constantly fighting his inner demons to do what he knows is right, which makes him even more attractive. I was able to finish this 498page book in about a week and a half because I could not put it down. From the moment you open this book you are hooked! I just kept reading and thinking that there is no way this can
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Bookstore writes chapter in student lives Chris Collins Managing Editor The College Bookstore is giving student-workers more than discounts on textbooks – it’s offering up careers. The Bestseller’s program, a Barnes and Noble promotional effort, began about 8 years ago. Lori Dodi, a 2006 MSU graduate, completed the program in 2005. It was an amazing experience, she said. “I loved working for the company and thought, ‘Why not?’” Dodi said. The alumna began working at the bookstore in 2001. She transferred to the store at Sam Houston State University after she earned an MSU psychology degree. She’ll return to MSU in January to assume the post of assistant manager. It will have been two years since she worked at the store. “I’m really excited about coming back,” Dodi said. “It was sad when I left. Really bittersweet.” Dodi received $2,000 from
Barnes and Noble for participating in the program. The company also paid for her move to Huntsville, Texas, where Sam Houston State is located. “Barnes and Noble knows how to treat its employees,” Dodi said. “They get you where you need to go.” Brandy Navarrette, a senior English and psychology major, will complete the program in May. She joined Bestseller’s last fall. “It’s worked out really well,” she said. Navarrette said being part of the program isn’t too different from her normal work duties. “I was learning stuff like that before I actually said, ‘Okay, I’ll start the program,’” she said. Her duties include customer service, merchandising and running the registers, among other things. “I’m all over the store,” she said. Though she likes working in retail, Navarette doesn’t plan on turning it into a career. After graduation, she wants to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. “I think I could make a great
general merchandise manager, but I just hate delegating,” she said. Working at the bookstore can be stressful, Navarrette said. “I’ve been running back and forth today,” she said. “I get really tired.” Jenny Denning is the manager of the College Bookstore. She has held the post since 1998. Denning graduated from MSU in 1978 with a degree in physical education. She decided to work in retail instead of education because she had grown up around it, she said. “I spent my life in retail and I dearly love retail,” Denning said. “I just found that I could work with the big people better than the little people.” Denning’s advice to potential applicants for the program is simple: just start working at the store. Students will learn quickly if the environment is for them, she said. “It’s not for everyone,” Denning said. “It’s not a desk job.” Applicants should be able to multitask and work efficiently, she said. They should also display qualities of leadership and self-
motivation. “If they’ve got business or retail experience, that fits in great,” Denning said. Management, budgeting and human resources skills all come into play, too. “I don’t think students could find a better business to work for than Barnes and Noble bookstores,” Denning said. “We’re constantly needing more people work in these book stores.” All employees are students except Denning and a bookkeeper. The store employs about 13 people total. Ten percent of the bookstore’s revenue is returned to MSU, Denning said. “My main focus is that those checks we send to Midwestern State University are bigger every year because that money goes back to y’all,” she said. That money goes to scholarships, the Student Government Association, the University Programming Board and other organizations. The bookstore also awards 10 textbook scholarships every year.
COMEBACK................................................................................................. continued from pg. 1 Lufkin, Williams’ hometown. Williams’ mother, Jewel Randle, heard the news and rushed to Dallas. Williams had not only opened his right eye, but the left as well. It was a big thing. “He even tracked me across the room a bit,” Randle recalled. “It meant the world to me to see my son’s big brown eyes.” Even though he was still unable to speak, the medical staff began to reduce his pain medication to allow him to be less sedated and, hopefully, more responsive. In time Williams was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and into a pod room, where he was monitored closely. “Since this was a head injury, they want to be able to watch him closely,” Randle said. Williams started responding to people’s voices on a cell phone and recognized himself in old photos. And it wasn’t long until he was slowly returning to his old self. He even began to mimic his mother. “He is able to smile and laugh now,” Randle said. “Miracles happen everyday and we just witnessed one.” Throughout Williams entire hospital stay, Rich Renner stayed in close contact with the family. “Jeff’s family never panicked
or questioned whether Jeff would be okay,” the MSU defensive coordinator said. “They stayed positive through the whole thing.” Only once did Renner see their spirits dip. That was right after they had spoken with the neurosurgeon. “The doctor told them that Jeff would never play again,” Renner said. “It crushed Jeff’s family because they thought his dream of being a football player was taken away from him.” Soon after, Williams began the rehabilitation process. It was a long and frustrating journey for him. “Half of the doctors told me I would never play again,” Williams said. “But they don’t know. Every case is different.” Normally it would be extremely difficult for someone to come back from this type of injury, but Williams was determined more than most. Since his body was in shape from football, it made the process much easier. “Doctors said that football saved my life since I was in shape,” Williams said. “But deep down I know that God really saved me. I’m still here for a reason.” In April, Williams was discharged from the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation and traveled to
Tyler, Texas for further in-patient rehab at the University of Texas Health Science Center. “They wanted to work on finetuning and getting him ready to return to life,” Randle said. “They told us it could be four weeks to four months.” On June 8, Williams was released from the UT Health and Science Center and, finally, after almost six extensive and stressful months, was able to return to Lufkin. His mother still thought he needed more work, so she sent him to the Wilson-McKewen Rehabilitation Center in Lufkin in the beginning of July. “I was there for one day and the doctors told my mom that I didn’t need to be there,” Williams said. “They said there was nothing they could do for me, I was all better.” Williams spent the rest of his summer working out in the weight room at his high school twice a day. “I take it easy, I don’t push myself,” Williams said. “I want to work into it gradually so I don’t reinjure myself.” While in the hospital and rehabilitation, Williams had support from MSU, the Wichita Falls community and his hometown. On April 12, MSU held its annual Spring Football game, but
this year there was a twist to it. The school threw “Jeff Williams Day” to help raise money for Williams and his family. More than $2,000 was raised in order to help the family with all the medical expenses. “When I heard about all the stuff MSU was doing for me, like Jeff Williams Day and selling bracelets and T-shirts, I felt honored,” Williams said. “At the time, I was only a freshman and to see a school go crazy like that means that this is a special school with special people who really care.” After everything he endured, Williams said the worst part was the time away from football workouts. “That’s 108 days I could have been getting better, but wasn’t able to,” Williams said. Williams returned to MSU in August to take classes for the fall semester and to rejoin his team. “During two-a-days I filmed practices, but now I just help set up equipment for practice,” Williams said with a smile. “I do whatever I can to be a part of the team. “These guys are my family. I would never want to see anything bad happen to them, I want them to know that I am behind them 100 percent.”
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Campus briefs •
Texas Association of
College Teachers; CSC Kiowa; Wed. 12:15 p.m. - 2 p.m. • Artist Lecture Series: Three’s a Crowd jazz trio; Akin Auditorium; 7 p.m.; Students free, general public $15 •
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU; video replays, coach updates; Thurs. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; cost $6 • Native American Heritage Month: Building a Tipi; Sunwatcher Plaza; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. • Education Career Fair; Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU; Thurs. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Foreign film: Bloody Sunday; Kemp Center for the Arts; Thurs. 7 p.m. •
Children’s Health and
Safety Fair; Northwest Boys and Girls Club; Sat. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. •
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American Issues; CSC Kiowa; Mon. 11:30 a.m. •
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Evans Lansing Smith; CSC Shawnee; Tues. 7 p.m. Williams, an undecided major, is currently enrolled in 14 hours. He is back in the weight room and has recently started jogging. “I will definitely be out on the field next season, I have to,” Williams said. “I have to do it for the
people who look up to me. I don’t want them to think that if this ever happened to them, that they couldn’t return. I want to prove it to everyone, including myself.”
FRATERNITY............................................................................................................................................................................. continued from pg. 1 as soon as he finished the bottle, he went down, face first into the ground. “At first they thought I was fine,” he said. “Then they started shaking me and telling me to move my arm or to blink, but I wouldn’t do anything. That’s when somebody took my pulse and saw it was running real low. They tried to make me throw up, put their fingers down my throat, but my jaw was clenched shut.” He said when they finally got his
mouth open, they couldn’t get him to vomit. “I’ve never really thrown up from drinking,” he said. Aycock said it was probably 30 or 40 minutes later when they decided to take him to the hospital. “It took us forever to get there out on those country roads,” he said. When he arrived at Nocona General, his respiration rate was only three breaths per minute. “They put me on a ventilator,”
he said. “They pumped my stomach. I was unresponsive for like 12 hours, until like 1:30 the next afternoon.” He said three Kappa Alpha actives waited for him in the hospital. “My blood alcohol level was .48 in the hospital,” Aycock said. “But it took awhile for me to get there, so it was probably over .50 to start with. At .4 you’re supposed to be dead. If you make it out, you’re supposed to have brain damage.”
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He said that as far as he knows, he has no lasting damage. “I had no idea what had happened when I woke up,” Aycock said. Aycock said that several of his friends took him back home. “I felt really drunk still,” he said. “I didn’t have a hangover until like 11:00 that night. That was the worst I’d ever felt.” While Aycock didn’t have any legal repercussions from the incident, his parents took his car away. Another freshman, 18-year-old Matthew Connor Cain was issued a ticket for public intoxication after a Nocona patrol sergeant found him sitting in a truck outside Nocona General Hospital. He was also admitted and treated for alcohol poisoning. The university is investigating the incident. “Right now they (Kappa Alpha)
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have been temporarily suspended,” said Keith Lamb, Vice President of University Advancement and Student Affairs. According to Lamb, this means the fraternity can have no chapter functions or activities until the investigation is complete. “They cease to function,” Lamb said. Lamb said that the Kappa Alpha national office is looking into the situation as well, but they are not involved with the university’s investigation. “They are parallel investigations,” Lamb said. “Both are scheduled to finish this week.” Larry Weise, executive director of Kappa Alpha at the national level, confirmed that an investigation is underway. “We are in the process of wrapping up the investigation,” Weise said. “It’s very close to being completed. We want to wrap some things up with the university.” Weise said a decision should be made late Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred on Oct. 4, but university officials were not notified until later in the week, when a parent called.
“We learned about it from university police when parents of one of the students called,” Lamb said. “We started looking into it.” University police are aiding in the university’s investigation as well. “We’re currently trying to collect statements from people who were there that night,” MSU Police Chief Michael Hagy said. “We can’t compel anyone to talk.” Hagy said MSU police currently don’t even know how many people were present at the property when the incident took place. Once they have gathered all the information they can, Hagy said the police will report back to the administration with their findings. They have to be careful, however, to get statements from people who were actually present at the event to avoid reporting hearsay. Montague Country District Attorney Jack McGaughey said that he has not received a report on the incident, and if any official legal investigation takes place, it will probably be taken on by the Sheriff’s department. He said if someone believes that hazing laws have been violated, they should report it to the authorities. Regardless of how any investigations turn out, Aycock will have the memories of that night for a long time. “I kept my hospital bracelet on for like two weeks after that to help remind me not to do something like that again,” Aycock said. “I was just drunk. I wasn’t thinking. It wasn’t because of anyone else. Just me.”
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Influential ‘Role Models’ set to hit theaters Friday Lauren Wood For The Wichitan
Two comical geniuses are brought together in a film about a pair of grown men who are forced to sign up to be ‘Big Brothers’ when one of their sex and beer escapades goes south, leaving them to do community service. Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd will be back on the big screen this Friday in “Role Models.” Seann William Scott made his big screen debut with his infamous role in the teenage sex comedy, “American Pie,” in 1999 as Stifler, a crude senior who makes a goal with his friends to lose their virginity before graduation. The next year Scott returned to theaters with his portrayal of class clown in the high school thriller “Final Destination.” He adds humor to the story about a class escaping a plane crash which leads to death chasing him and his fellow classmates. That same year he co-starred in “Road Trip,” as a college student who rides with his friends from New York to Texas in attempt to get back an explicit videotape. Next he joined Hollywood star
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Bobb’e J. Thompson
Ashton Kutcher in the comedy “Dude, Where’s My Car” and then returned as Stifler in the sequel “American Pie 2” and was one of the main characters in the third of the series “American Wedding” in 2003. Scott attempted to be an action hero with Chow Yun Fat
in “Bulletproof Monk,” which combined action with a bit of comedy as they try to protect a powerful ancient scroll. He makes a cameo in the hit “Old School” and co-stars with The Rock in another action comedy, “The Rundown.” Scott was teamed with “Jack-
ass’s” own Johnny Knoxville to play a modern day Bo and Luke Duke in the 2005 version of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The actors also got to work with Jessica Simpson, who stole the spotlight of the film. He also starred in “Mr. Woodcock” with Billy Bob Thornton
and Susan Sarandon as a bestselling author of a self-help book about letting go of the past. But he returns home to learn that his mother is engaged to his old sadistic gym teacher. Scott is paired with actor Paul Rudd, who has made his name on the screen. Rudd has appeared in many television roles, namely as Phoebe’s husband on “Friends.” Rudd finally hit the screen in the hit comedy “Clueless” playing Alicia Silverstone’s college step-brother in 1995. That year he was also cast in “Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers and then played Paris in the updated version of “William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet” a year later. Rudd played a gay man involved with Jennifer Aniston in “The Object of My Affection.” The following year he was on Broadway alongside Helen Hunt in “Twelfth Night.” Moving back to the big screen, he co-starred as a World War II pilot in “The Cider House Rules” and then starred opposite Andie MacDowell in “Reaching Normal.” Rudd also took a role in the comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy” with Will
Ferrell. Rudd played reporter in the 1970s-era who encourages Farrell’s attempts to freeze out their station’s first female on-air reporter. Rudd landed a role in the comedy “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” starring Steve Carell. Rudd costarred as one of the supportive co-workers of Carell who were trying to help him lose his virginity. After appearing in the Comedy Central’s hit “Reno 911:Miami” in 2007, Rudd starred in “Knocked Up.” Rudd plays Katherine Heigl’s brother-in-law who turns out to be a lousy parental role model to Seth Rogen. Both actors, proven to be comedic wonders, star in “Role Models” as Danny and Wheeler who are two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender. When arrested, they are given two options: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentorship program. The two learn that they are probably the world’s worst role models as they try to make it through probation without getting thrown in jail. It is rated R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity.
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Guru Alan Moore discusses the world of comic books Tirdad Derakhshani MCT
tation of his most-celebrated piece, “Watchmen,” due in March. (Vylenz said Moore has refused to accept payment for “Watchmen.”) Lee, by contrast, says he loves to see his work on the silver screen. “There will always be high-concept (superhero) films. People love that sort of thing,” said Lee, who turns 86 in December. “Iron Man” is set in Afghanistan, where the U.S. military’s mission is compromised by international terrorists. Even though the film touches on hot-button issues such as the military-industrial complex and the war on terror, the filmmakers avoid politicking. It’s a hallmark of the blockbuster, which must not upset a single person in the world, lest it lose money. “John (Favreau) told us he didn’t want a movie that would make a statement,” says Ostby. “’Everyone knows war is bad,’” he said. For Moore, this is what’s wrong with the entertainment industry. “My feeling is that my audience probably needs waking up or reconnecting to a more authentic appreciation of the world,” said Moore. “We have experience fed to us now by the media in pretty much the same manner a mother bird will feed regurgitated worms to the babies. The babies just have to open their beaks and do nothing,” Moore said. He maintains that like traditional myths, most comics reaffirm the status quo. If that’s the case, then
Our world is hurtling into the abyss, propelled by wars, genocide, terrorism, environmental disaster, and the global financial meltdown ... But never fear, the superhero is here! Not since Captain America and Superman were socking it to the Nazis (Pow! Splat! Thooom!) in the ‘40s has American culture been so inundated with tales of caped men The Hulk and masked women with superhuman powers. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby agree. The comics explosion has even “The fight used to be so clear in reached academe: The University of World War II. ... There were good Pennsylvania has mounted a masguys and bad guys,” says Fergus. sive year-long celebration of comics, “Look around now, wwand we don’t including exhibits of comic art at the know who is what.” Institute of Contemporary Arts. What divides Moore from Lee, But most of all, superheroes are a who has helped adapt a number of boon for Hollywood: No other genre his comics for film, including the so consistently produces megahits, Spider-Man series, X-Men, Fantastic including the new Batman series, Four, and Hulk, is that Lee embraces “Spider-Man” 1-3 and “The Incredthis nostalgia while Moore rejects it ible Hulk.” as a distraction from real problems. Director Jon Favreau’s adaptaMoore, who spoke on the phone tion of “Iron Man,” by comic legfrom his native Northampton, northend Stan Lee, is no exception. The west of London, says the industry is film, recently released on DVD, stars too quick to market palaver as seriRobert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a ous art. smarter-than-God weapons manu“I think a big misconception of the facturer who does his hero thing in 1980s was that comics were growa super-duper, electronic-age metal ing up. ... Instead, it was the culture aqualung. (which) was being infantilized,” he The movie grossed $318 million said. theatrically, making it the 21st highMoore has repudiated every film est grossing American film of all adapted from his work, including time. “From Hell,” “League of ExtraorIt’s not so hard to account for our dinary Gentlemen,” “Constantine” yearning for superheroes, says British and “V for Vendetta.” He is wary of comics guru Alan Moore, the icono“300” director Zack Snyder’s adapclastic author of “Watchmen,” “V for Vendetta” and “From Hell.” 1400 Borton Lane “There’s a side of American Wichita Falls, TX 76305 culture that’s very uncomfortable with confrontation unless it Rev. Angus Thompson, has ... superior power” over its Pastor “A Church That Will Make enemy, “say, help from a man You Feel at Home” who rocketed here from KrypCome Worship With Other ton,” says Moore, who is the MSU Students. Lively music and subject of director DeZ Vylenz’s down home magisterial documentary, “The Sunday School 9:30 A.M. preaching and Mindscape of Alan Moore.” Morning Worship 10:45 A.M. “Iron Man” screenwriters Bible Study Wednesday Evening 7:00 P.M. teachings.
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Moore’s comics subvert the accepted world-view and challenge us to think differently. Moore’s method uses the conventions of the superhero story to deconstruct the genre. His heroes are revolutionaries who have no superhuman abilities – and sometimes no virtues. The comic asks that we watch the watchmen we’ve allowed to rule us, whether they be government, police, or the educational system. Moore said he still marvels at the prevalence of superheroes in American comics. “It strikes me that it might be largely an expression of a culture of impunity ... of being untouchable,” theorizes Moore, who said the superhero helps us to avoid facing the effects of Sept. 11. “Instead of repairing a battered self-image,” Americans have become fixated “on the idea of superhuman invincibility ... and I think it might be this concept that is leading to so many problems around the world.”
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The Rocket Summer
Battle of the one-man band
Courtney Foreman Entertainment Editor
s winter approaches, it always seems to be more evident that music listeners of all types are more likely to be drawn towards slower, softer types of melodies. Instead of being bogged down with loud noise and static melodies, it just seems more appropriate to embrace the season and go for the mellow instead. Both these bands below have similar emo-friendly sounds and provide listen-
ers with the perfect amount of meaningful lyrics and catchy tunes. Also, both Secondhand Serenade and The Rocket Summer are one-man bands. Each talented artist creates, sings, and performs to their own brand of music by himself and has proven to be making major strides in the music industry today. The music played by each band allows listeners to get those warm fuzzies while listening but also balances the sound with the perfect amount of energy to keep your toes tapping to the music.
Straight from Colleyville, Texas, the 22-year-old singer/songwriter Bryce Avary is the man behind the sound that encompasses The Rocket Summer. This hard working multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer have truly set Avaryâ€™s music project aside from the crowd and truly embodies a multi-threat artist. Since the age of 14, this performer has been dedicated with making music, recording albums, and touring all over the world. His debut album Calendar Days was released in 2004 and has since released two additional albums. It has been reported that Avaryâ€™s concerts consist of being, â€œbreath taking,â€? and â€œfull of energy.â€? His unique sound combined with likeable lyrics truly gives fans something new to love this fall.
Much like TRS, this musical project is made up of one man named John Vesely. It wasnâ€™t until he decided to switch from bass to acoustic guitar that he found his fix in making music. He has a soft approach to the classic â€œemoâ€? sounding music and has begun to truly make a name for himself. You might have heard the song â€œFall For Youâ€? being played on the radio, but his journey did not just begin. The release of the acoustic album Awake in 2005 allowed people to hear his distinct talent and lay the groundwork for the beginning of his career. Instead of being clouded with overpowering sounds, Vesely allows his voice and guitar to get the message across to anyone in the market for a new band to love. Secondhand Serenadeâ€™s album A Twist In My Story is in stores now.
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No. 1 Mustangs continue domination over opponents Bobby Morris Sports Editor
Nothing seems to be getting in the way of the Midwestern State men’s soccer team on its way toward another national championship game appearance. The No. 1 Mustangs extended their winning streak to 14 over the weekend as they pitched three shutouts in their last three home matches of the regular season to improve to 16-1 on the season and 6-0 in Southwest Soccer Conference competition. Freshman Craig Sutherland and junior Bryan Sajjadi both notched hat tricks over the three-game home stand as the Mustangs defeated St. Mary’s (Texas) 3-0 on Wednesday, Missouri Southern State 9-0 on Friday and Northeastern State 4-0 on Sunday. The defense has dominated all season long but especially when competing under the home lights at the MSU Soccer Field. These games were also the eighth, ninth and tenth shutouts on the season for MSU. The Mustangs finished 8-0
on their home field for the season, while outscoring opponents 26-0. Nick Auditore opened the scoring for the Mustangs during the 18th minute on Wednesday against the St. Mary’s Rattlers but it was stellar play from the defense and goalkeepers Shawn Carr and William Freeman that sparked the 3-0 victory. “Our defense held strong,” MSU head coach Doug Elder said. “It was a good shutout for our keeper and for our defense.” The Rattlers were able to get a shot on goal during the 23rd minute as Bryon Plagge headed a pass directly to Carr. That was the only shot that the Rattlers could get off for the entire match, though, as the defense completely clamped down. Sajjadi extended the Mustangs’ lead to 2-0 just 44 seconds into the second half, while twice-consecutive SSC Defensive Player of the Week Robert Swann scored his third goal of the season and extended the lead
to 3-0 in the 62nd minute. The Missouri Southern Lions were the next team to visit the MSU Soccer Field for a Halloween night showdown. Sajjadi and Sutherland both notched hat tricks in the match as MSU pounced on the Lions early, eventually extending the score to 9-0 in the victory. “We scored some nice goals and buried some great opportunities,” Elder said. “We’ll take the win because it puts us one step closer to a conference championship.” The 9-0 whipping marked the largest margin of victory and most points scored by MSU in conference play since entering NCAA Division II competition in 1997. Senior Ahmad Ihmeidan knocked in his fifth goal of the season to go along with his 11th assist that he gained earlier in the match. Chad Salyor scored his first goal as a Mustang in the 32nd minute, before Nick Auditore netted his sixth goal of the year during the 57th minute.
Estevao Alexandre played a great match for MSU Sunday afternoon, as he sparked the offense with two goals in the first 20 minutes as the Mustangs took the 4-0 win over Northeastern State in their home finale. “It was our last home game of the regular season,” Alexandre said. “It was fun to score, but it’s even greater to be at MSU because we are a family and we play for each other.” Junior defender Tyler Murphy was honored Thursday by ESPN The Magazine as a part of the Academic All-District 6 Team. The Canada native is a biology major and was honored with the distinction due to his 3.95 GPA. MSU closes its regular season with a pair of road matches this week against Eastern New Mexico on Friday and against longtime rival West Texas A&M, Sunday afternoon. The No. 1 Mustangs have the opportunity to clinch their thirdstraight conference championship with a win over ENMU Friday.
Patrick Johnston | The Wichitan Estevao Alexandre (22) attempting to clear a pass over the middle of the field past a Northeasten State defender on Sunday afternoon. Alexandre sparked the 4-0 victory with two goals in the opening 20 minutes of play.
game-high 41 points in the second half to lead the Flyers to a 93-91 exhibition win over the Mustangs. “We were shown where we need to improve both offensively and defensively,” MSU coach Noel Johnson said. “We’ve got to play better defense and have better positioning in our post defense.” Araujo needed just 20 minutes of court time to pace the Mus-
tangs with 26 points and added 10 rebounds. The 6-4 senior post came on strong to score 18 points after intermission. Bryant added 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. “Bryant had a great night and we have two with double-doubles which is pretty solid,” Johnson said. Junior guard Andrea Buben knocked down four 3-point-
ers and finished with 14 points, while junior forward Katiya Jackson added 10 points and seven boards. The Mustangs bolted out to a 14-2 lead sparked by treys from Buben and freshman point guard Sunny Satery MSU maintained the same margin with Breeanna Brown hitting the back end of two-shot foul with 5:41 to play before half.
The Flyers rattled off an 11-0 run to tie the game at 33-33 when Emily Jaskowiak hit a layup with 1:16 to go. The teams battled through 10 ties and 11 lead changes in the second half before the Flyers went on a 9-3 run to take an 87-82 lead after former East Central standout Lacey Goldwire canned a pair of free throws. The Oklahoma Flyers are a conglomeration of former col-
him garner Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. The onslaught began in the first quarter when Eskridge hit wideout Mookie Davis for a 14-yard score. And the Mustangs never looked back. Eskridge found Armahd Lewis for a 36-yard pitch-andcatch later in the quarter, before hitting running back BeeJay Mathis for a 15-yard score with less than a minute left in the first quarter. Jose Martinez was able to extend the MSU lead to 24-0 with a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter, before the Greyhounds attempted a comeback, scoring nine-straight points midway through the quarter. But with nine seconds left before halftime Eskridge dropped back to attempt an apparent Hail Mary from their own 42-yard line.
Instead, he found David Little in the middle of the field as he rolled outside the pocket. Little caught the pass and was able to cut through the Greyhounds’ defense before diving over the pylon for the 58-yard touchdown reception. It was the longest pass play of the season for the Mustangs and served to dull any comeback effort ENMU might have been trying to muster going into the half. On their third play out of the half, running back Marcus Mathis cut a run play to the outside and ran 56 yards to paydirt for his fifth rushing score of the season. With the score 38-9, the Mustangs continued to apply the offensive pressure with an 8-yard touchdown toss from Eskridge to tight end JJ Ford, that tied the previous-school record of five touchdown passes by Phil-
lip Boggs in 2002. But with 10:19 left in regulation, Eskridge put his name at the top of the record book with a 3-yard scoring toss to tight end Sasan Faradineh. With the win the Mustangs improved to 6-3 on the season and 3-2 in LSC competition and kept their postseason hopes alive, climbing back into the Super Regional Four rankings at No. 10. The top six teams from the Super Regional Four move on to compete in the NCAA Division II postseason. MSU closes the season on the road against the No. 2 Abilene Christian Wildcats as they look to stop Harlon Hill-candidate Bernard Scott. Defeating ACU would give MSU their only chance at getting invited for postseason competition. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
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Midwestern State’s Regiane Araujo and Brittany Bryant each recorded double-doubles Sunday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. But it wasn’t enough to offset the efforts of former Oklahoma City University standout Kesha Watson. Watson dropped in 30 of her
legiate players with ties to the State of Oklahoma. “We improved a lot from our scrimmage and we have come along as far as executing and playing together,” Johnson said. “I was proud of how hard the girls played how they responded to adjustments.” The Mustangs play host to Howard Payne (Texas) in an exhibition contest on Nov. 11 at D.L. Coliseum.
Eskridge sets school record; leads MSU over Greyhounds, 59-16 Bobby Morris Sports Editor
Sophomore transfer Zack Eskridge came into this season attempting to fill the quarterbacking void left by the incomparable All-American Daniel Polk. While Polk’s name might forever be scattered throughout the record books, Eskridge is starting to make his own assault on the MSU record books after the Mustangs blew out the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds 59-16 in their final game at Memorial Stadium this season. Eskridge threw for a schoolrecord six touchdown passes as MSU racked up season-highs in offensive yards (542) and scoring. All of his scoring tosses found different receivers as he finished 22-for-29 with 295 yards through the air to go along with the half-dozen scores, helping
Quarterback Zack Eskridge (18) broke a schol record that was set six seasons ago by tossing six touchdown passes in the 59-16 blowout of the Eastern New Mexico State Greyhounds. Eskridge broke Phillip Boggs’s record of five TDs set in 2002 and also tied the LSC record of six scoring throws. The passing game propelled the Mustangs to their best offensive output of the season as they look to salvage their season.
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MSU caps off ‘great regular season’ and prepares for postseason run Bobby Morris Sports Editor
Patrick Johnston | The Wichitan Junior Brittany O’Neal (5) gathers in a loose ball over the middle of the field in Sunday’s 6-0 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State. O’Neal was one of five different players to score a goal in the match as the Mustangs clinched a No. 3 seed in the LSC Postseason Tourney.
After reeling off sevenstraight victories to close the regular season, the Midwestern State women’s soccer team will be making their 13th-straight trip to the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament. “I’m happy with the way the girls played,” MSU head coach Jeff Trimble said. “They played with a lot of energy and for us to get to 13 wins is nice. It was a great regular season.” The Mustangs closed their regular season with a pair of home matches against Central Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State. On Wednesday, MSU hosted UCO and ended eight years of frustrating losses. During a six-minute span midway through the first half,
Kendra Clemons scored a goal and freshman standout Kelsey Hill scored two more goals to provide the Mustangs with a 3-0 advantage that they held onto for the entire match. MSU hasn’t won a match against UCO since 1999, including 12-straight losses. “UCO is a very, very good soccer team,” Trimble said. “We got in a situation where we were able to pressure them and put several goals in a short period.” Then, in a clinching conference game, the Mustangs routed the SWOSU Bulldogs 6-0. The victory secured the No. 3 seed for the Mustangs in the LSC Postseason Tournament. LSC Offensive Player of the Week Kari Bristow opened the scoring for MSU with a goal in the 11th miute of the match. Heidi Avila joined in with
a goal later in the half to give Trimble and the Mustangs a 2-0 lead heading into intermission. Four other Mustangs all got into the scoring act after half, as Hill, Clemons, Megan Hanlon and Brittany O’Neal all hit the back of the net with a shot on goal. “I really like the way we attacked today and we finished really strong,” Trimble said. The No. 3 seed pairs them with Northeastern State in the first round of the Tournament beginning this Thursday. The Mustangs look to expand on their 3-0 win that they dealt NESU at their home field earlier in October. The game is set to kickoff at noon. The winner of the match will face the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions on Friday at noon.
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Mustangs fall into third-place tie after first home loss Oklahoma earlier in the day, dropped into a four-way tie for third-place with ACU, Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Womans’ University with two matches to play. MSU closes the regular season on the road next week with matches at TWU Thursday in Denton and at Texas A&MCommerce on Saturday. The top eight teams advanced to the postseason which will be held at the site of the first-place team in two weeks. Erin Curry, Jennie Hutt and Jordan Schilling combined for 33 of ACU’s 47 kills as the Wildcats hit a solid .298 as a team to improve to 21-8 on the
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Patrick Johnston | The Wichitan Seniors Allison Schreiber, Whitney Maxwell, Jessica Ransom and Shay Velasquez huddle with Alysha Pritt, Miranda Byrd and Sesley Graves as they get ready for their Senior Day match against Abilene Christian on Sunday afternoon.
Abilene Christian spoiled Midwestern State’s bid for a perfect home season Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum as the Wildcats came away with a 32-30, 25-18, 25-12 Lone Star Conference wins. The Mustangs, who fell to 23-8 and 7-4, were unable to overcome a sluggish night on the attack as the Mustangs committed 23 errors and hit a paltry .148. MSU, who is assured of a spot in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament in two weeks after Texas A&MCommerce defeated Central
season and 7-4 in the Lone Star Conference. MSU also struggled defensively as the Mustangs recorded just two team blocks after turning in 13 in a five-set win over Angelo State on Thursday. The Mustangs were led offensively by junior middle blocker Alysha Pritt, who finished with 10 kills, while senior outside hitter Jessica Ransom added nine and senior right-side hitter Whitney Maxwell added nine. Senior setter Allison Schreiber finished with 36 assists, while Shay Velasquez and Katie Guehler led the back row effort with 17 and 10 digs, respectively.
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On Deck this week... Wednesday November 5
Mens Hoops @ Oklahoma City (exhibition)
Thursday November 6 Volleyball @ Texas Woman’s
Friday November 7 Mens Soccer @ Eastern New Mexico
Saturday November 8 Mens Hoops Science & Arts of Okla. (exhibition) at 7 p.m. Volleyball @ Texas A&MCommerce Football @ Abilene Christian Rugby @ Angelo State
Sunday November 9 Mens Soccer @ West Texas A&M Cross Country @ NCAA Division II Regionals
Tuesday November 11 Womens Hoops Howard Payne (exhibition) at 7 p.m. Home Events are Bold
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