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Christ Academy project delayed by two years New choir rooms, converged newsroom set plans for Academy BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

New choir room, aesthetically pleasing spaces for group counseling and a converge newsroom for the university’s student media are just a few of the features that will be present in the new Christ Academy building. Since February, the Christ Academy renovations, which includes the Counseling Center and the mass communication and music department, has been top priority for the university. The Board of Regents approved new plans for the Christ Academy project that saved the university a

million dollars. University President Jesse Rogers said rather than renovating the Counseling Center first, that project is being delayed so the entire project can be done at the same time. “We got to thinking why in the world we were in such a hurry to tear those buildings down,” Rogers said. “It’s not going to change the date that we start or finish the academic portion. It is just going to be that we do all [construction] at the same time.” Construction will begin in 2014. About five years ago, Ron Fischli, dean of the College of Fain Fine Arts, had the idea to move the college. “What has happen in the Fine Arts Center is that music depart-

University receives $5 million donation brittney cottingham editor-in-chief

Two academic colleges will be expanded thanks to a $5 million pledge from Carol and Robert D. Gunn. The gift will go toward the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and the College of Science and Mathematics. “Midwestern State is certainly dear to my heart and my family’s,” Carol said. “Beyond that, our university is the single most important influence on the Wichita Falls’ community, as well as the entire area.” The Gunns’ said their intention for the gift was to enable as many as five new faculty positions in the health sciences to increase capacity for more student. They made no restriction on the gift. Considering the synergy of these institutions, this gift primarily focused on the health sci-

ment is partly sandwiched in here and in Akin,” he said. Mass communication, the largest program in fine arts, also got crammed into the building. “So even though the building from the outside looks like it has a lot of space, it doesn’t, especially with the theatre, so I knew there was that need,” Fischli said. “The committment is there to the building and the initital planning has been done.” Kyle Owen, associate vice president for facilities services, said the project will be delayed for at least two years. There is a lot of pre-planning when it comes to a major construction project, Owens said. “In the case of the Christ Academy renovation, it involved the creation of a short-term master

plan, which required six months of discussions and meeting relation to planning for the future,” he said. Once the layout was agreed upon, the architectural firm began their detailed design, Owen said. “Facilities services coordinates the activities of the architect and using departments to make sure needs are met and the project stays within budget,” he said. Owen said it was very time consuming and requires much attention to detail during the planning portion to ensure the project runs smoothly. Christ Academy does not come without problems. Owen said the building has many issues including not being Americans with Disabilities Act

approved with any hardware or restrooms. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the eastern half of the building is circa 1960s and needs to be replaced, Owen said. “The electrical systems in the eastern half of the building are lifed-out and need to be replaced,” he said. “There are asbestos abatement needs with the floor tile, the interiors have not been updated in over 20 years and need to be renovated.” Roofs need to be repaired and all windows and doors also need to be replaced. “The building does not show any significant signs of structural or slab issues, which is a big plus considering its age,” Owen said. “Its location adjacent to the

campus is an obvious advantage and warrants developing it. It is significantly less expensive to renovate the existing structure instead of tearing it down and building new.” Pam Midgett, counseling center director, said she has had positive interactions with the architects in creating the ideal space for their office. “I have visited other university counseling centers to tour their counseling center facilities and discussed with their directors the spaces they utilize,” Midgett said. The architects have involved her in every step of their planning, Midgett said.


ences. “Our decision is in light of the increasing demand for medical care as the U.S. population ages and a shortage of medical care professionals becomes apparent,” Robert Gunn said. Robert said the need is ever greater for highly educated professionals such as registered nurses, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists and other health science professionals. Having practiced geology for 66 years and founder of Gunn Oil Company in Wichita Falls, Robert said he need not explain his commitment to the field of science and mathematics. “Carol’s and my gift is intended to increase capacity in this area to admit additional deserving students,” he said. “In the process, this should also increase

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Housing policies adjusted by Board

Jillian Poole’s “Watercolor Mono” depicts a human brain and its nervous system. Courtesy Photo


The housing policy was modified last week at the Board of Regents meeting. Two out of six clauses were updated for clarity purposes. Michael Mills, resident hall director, said the changing these rules for campus housing will better for students in the long run. These clarifying updates will provide students with the typical college living experience. “We just want to make sure students are getting the full experience of why campus housing was created in the first place,” he said. The first update of the policy states that a student must live no more than 60 miles from the MSU campus to be considered tfor off campus housing. Mills said this keeps students from saying they commute 100 miles when they really just want to live off campus as a freshman.

“Now the university has a set limit on what a reasonable distance for commuting is,” Mills said. In the university’s previous policy, it stated anyone who is living at home with their parents or legal guardians, and commuting to class, is exempt from the housing policy. Mills said the problem was there was no way for the housing department to determine how far someone could commute and still be at class daily. Regents said 60 miles was the most reasonable distance that a student could commute from on a daily basis. Mills also said the housing office would work with students who wanted to commute from a further distance if they only had class once or twice a week. The second change was focused on the amount of hours a

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Sharing a vision Exhibition displays variety of work by senior art majors orlando flores, jr. a&e editor

The Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts will present their B.F.A. Senior Exhibition for Kaegan Engstrom-Garner and Jillian Leigh Poole from Dec. 7 through Jan. 11 in the Foyer Gallery of the Fain Fine Arts building. The opening reception for the two graduating seniors will be held on Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is free of charge and open to the public, and will present Garner’s and Poole’s

compilations of their photography, sculpture and printmaking work. In addition, Lawrence McFarland’s “Dodge City to Shiprock” will continue to be on display in the main gallery. Garner, a native of Flower Mound, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in photography and a minor in sculpture. During her time at MSU, Garner received the Robert and Gene Roth Fine Art Scholarship, as well as being a member of the Eta Epsilon chapter of the Kappa


Kaegan Engstrom-Garner’s “Deer.” Courtesy Photo

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Upgrades consolidated to better benefit university our View MSU purchased the 29,984 square foot Christ Academy building adjacent to the campus in 2009 to offer additional space for the music department, student media, including the Wichitan, and the Counseling Center. The building has been unoccupied since its purchase. The interior portions of the building are not suited for higher education needs and are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will require major renovation. The university has chosen to attack the project all at once, rather than in phases. This will reduce cost by $1 million, according to university President Jesse Rogers, and will give all parties an opportunity to input their needs more appropriately. The Wichitan is glad to see the university is finally taking the time to tend to less glamorous programs on campus. While the university prides itself on the ­Dillard College of Business Administration or the McCoy Engineering College, students in the College of Fine Arts are feeling less important than their peers. Since August, only two colleges have not received substantial alumni donations: education and fine arts. There are certainly alumni out there that would love to support the fine arts, but the administrators as well faculty and staff need to actively seek these donations.

When it comes to enrollment, Fain is by far the smallest college at the university and there are definitely reasons behind it. The Wichitan is located at the heart of the Fain Fine Arts building so we see first hand the downfalls of being in this building, a building that can barely accommodate the students it has, much less an increasing number of students. If you have ever had a class in Fain you will understand what that means. The computer lab, B105, is the definition of claustrophobic, inefficient and ancient. Cramming 21 students into a closet-size classroom that should only fill 18 is unacceptable. This building has also been criticized for not being accessible to students with disabilities. There is no elevator for students to access the costume shop. Even the regular classrooms have to be adjusted to just accommodate students in wheelchairs. The classrooms themselves are outdated. Unlike the fancy classrooms in Dillard, most of our classrooms still have chalkboard. Yes, you heard right – chalkboards. Let’s not get started about the broken chairs. It has been impossible to recruit potential students to the college based on out-of-date equipment. The mass communication department, much like media outlets, is slowly dying — rather committing suicide — with the equipment it has. Students in broadcast and new media programs cannot continue to work with equipment from the 1970s. MSU-TV2 (Campus Watch) as

well as all the broadcast classes including the capstone project class tape their weekly broadcast and coursework on physical tapes that have been passed down from year to year. Further, Al Gore ‘invented’ the Internet more than 15 years ago, so why is the mass communication building the worst when it comes to Wi-Fi. Fain is the darkest of the black holes on campus. This is shameful in a department that replies on access to new media and a new media environment, the same new media environment the faculty is supposed to be training students in which to work. Equipment — state-of-the-art equipment and regular upgrades — for not only mass communication and music should be included in the overall cost of the project. This much-needed upgrade will level the playing field for students facing a fiercely competitive workforce. Rather than solely targeting science or business students, fine arts can finally reach a larger audience of potential students. It is important all students feel they are a priority. The same can be said for the Counseling Center. The university has focused so much on physical health that mental health has been less than a priority. Both are important to the overall well-being of students. The Wichitan thinks it is a great step in the right direction in offering a more comfortable setting for students seeking counseling, but music and student media also need to be included in the university’s priorities.

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’Tis the season to shop smart and safely this holiday By RUTH BLACK STAFF WRITER

Shoppers this holiday season are on the lookout for the best bargains around town. But it’s not just bargain-hunters that are looking forward to the hustleand-bustle of Christmas shopping. Other groups are on the prowl as well—burglars, pickpockets, and all manner of opportunistic predators. Sadly, these criminals are around every corner of the shopping malls, parking lots, and apartment complexes, just waiting for the chance to catch you slipping. Most of us have already heeded the many warnings from our families, friends and local law enforcement about protecting ourselves and our property during the holiday shopping season. However, we seem to think that it just cannot happen to us. After the onslaught of Black Friday (from which I thankfully

chose to abstain), a acquaintance of mine had her purse stolen from her vehicle while parked in an apartment complex. While a semi-intelligent crook might take the undeserved fruits of his exploits and either sell or give them away, in the age of social media, that same crook’s exuberance for victimization has now spilled over to the very public medium of Facebook—next time, he might want to make that post “private” instead of “public.” The investigation into the stolen purse is still ongoing, however, the boldness of thieves seems to show its ugly face in the blatant bragging about such occurrences in a venue where even the least competent of society usually understands that most of what you can read on a Facebook wall, can and will be accessed by those other than members of your friends list. Even scarier, the person in

question who made the Facebook post about the ease of access to other people’s belongings was not a destitute individual— his photos show him at work in what appears to be a familiar setting. In fact, the unforgiving Facebook post states that “it’s even funnier to watch people (who have been pick-pocketed) reach the front of the line, only to discover that all their money is gone.” Such a bold remark might imply that the individual isn’t even stealing out of necessity, but for the thrill of the hunt. Obviously, this speaks to the fact that there exist inherently cruel, inconsiderate predators out there that will show no regard for the single mother who has pinched each paycheck for the last six months in order to buy her kids exactly what they asked for this Christmas. Thieves do not care if they take

Case of the graduation blues By SARAH LONG OP-ED EDITOR

In eighteen days the December 2012 graduates will be walking the stage, myself included. I can’t speak for everyone, but personally, I am terrified. I feel like I have been more than prepared to face the world post grad yet find myself numb and totally unprepared for a real job in my field. This is no fault of my professors or my education I received at MSU, just a fear of the unknown. Like some of you I am from the Dallas area, a place I thought I’d like to return after college, but while searching for jobs in the area I was taken back by an overwhelming amount of jobs needing to be filled and questioning my qualifications. No I don’t have five years experience in the field. The whole process is making me question things I already know I am great at. My regret is I did not start this process earlier. I spent my entire time in school getting involved in multiple student organizations and leadership roles in an effort to fill my resume and learn new skills I could bring to the workforce. I became so consumed with activities I never saw how fast graduation was approaching. This week I spent several days

handing off duties and titles I have held during my time at MSU. A bittersweet moment. College can be drama for some people totally ready to get out of this place. I’ll admit I’ve had my share of drama, but not enough to taint my time here. As kids we always told our parents we couldn’t wait to grow up and live by our own rules. I am regretting that statement now. As I brave this cold harsh world, a very fitting description since its 38 degrees outside, I wish I could have cherished each day a little more. As much as I complain about how hectic my schedule is, I can’t imagine what I am going to do without the chaos of my everyday life. The best way I can describe college is a safe and confined space where everything can be forgiven and most everything can wrapped up by saying, “Oh, they are still students. They are still learning and they didn’t know any better.” All those excuses are soon to be a thing of the past. The reality is life is about to get real. We’ve all dreamed of a big time job right out of college. We can sit and say we are aware of the economy and understand it’s going to be tough getting a job, but I don’t think I prepared myself for the tedious process. I know exactly what I want to

do after college and chances are it’s going to take a while to make that a reality. The sooner I realize that, the less stressful my job search should go. This election season, education was such a hot topic. Romney wanted to cut higher education grants and Obama’s idea of creating jobs included retail and wait staffing jobs. Don’t be surprised when this recent graduate is a little nervous about what’s to come after I walk the stage. I might be overreacting or overly cautious, but this end of the year wrap up has been on my mind as graduation date approaches. I’d like to point out for all you December graduates; the world is expected to be ending soon. I find it very suspicious and oddly relative. Our lives are changing majorly, essentially closing a chapter of our lives. For me, graduation is nothing more than a doomsday. In actuality, that isn’t totally how I feel, but making that leap from student to full-time employee is horrifying. My advice for future graduates, whether December, May or two years down the road, make post graduation a priority early. Don’t be in the same boat I am right now, terrified and frozen at the reality of life after college. Good luck, we’re all going to need it.

your very last pennies from your pocket that you have worked so diligently to obtain. They will not give a second thought to the elderly person who is on a fixed income—they will target those with limited faculties for which to protect themselves first. Don’t be a victim. In light of all of my previous statements, there are a few ways you can protect yourself this holiday season while keeping yourself and your belongings safely intact. The LAPD Crime Prevention Section has listed a few brief points of advice to protect yourself, your belongings and your loved ones so that you can enjoy another year free of devastation, loss of funds or property. Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. Dress casually and comfort-

ably. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Always carry your driver’s license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use. Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible. Keep cash in your front pocket. Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.

Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. The moral of the story is to protect yourself and your loved ones while holiday shopping this season. Be extremely aware of your surroundings. Do not shop alone, if possible. Do not make yourself an easy target to opportunistic scumbags. If you see someone displaying suspicious behavior in a shopping center, store parking lot, apartment complex or neighborhood, report it. You might not only be saving someone else’s possessions, but your own as well. With that in mind, let’s all try to love and respect one another a little more this holiday season.

This week in words Down: 1: What Angus T. Jones called his own show “ Two and a Half Men” 3: Musical phenomenon to the big screen on Christmas Day 4: Brad Pitt plays mob enforcer in this upcoming movie 5: Lindsay Lohan plays this actress in new Lifetime movie drama 6: Sparkling vampires still on top at the Box Office 9: Nintendo’s hot new 2012 Christmas gift 10: Bin Laden manhunt film 11: Black Friday is to stores as _____ Monday is to the internet 12: Song currently #1 on Billboard 100 by Rhianna 17: Beyonce to direct documentary on what network? 18: Hot Christmas toy back from the 90’s 21: New copyright law hoax on which social website? 22: No Shave November leaves guys feeling a little.... 24: RIP childhood dessert 25: Top Cyber Monday site for the best deals

Across: 2: Popular site tumbles into Top 10 most-trafficked websites in the U.S. 7: Classic rock group makes reunion comeback in London 8: Bilbo Baggins unexpected journey in... 9: Popular AMC show that airs on Sunday evenings 13: ‘80’s Young Adult book series to be released on e-reader 14: North Korea invades USA in this new release 15: Black Friday has been compared to a zombie.... 16: Episode VII- Disney to return “____” to the big screen in 2015 19: Top video game for Christmas 2012 20: “Trapped in the Closet” musical minimovie on the small screen by.... 23: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, $1,000 box set for die-hard fans 26: Purchased George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion 27: Film adaptation of Yann Martel’s 2001 novel 28: Named Best Picture Frontrunner for Oscars 2013 29: What sensible guys will be doing Dec. 1?


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The deadline came and went, yet no one applied to represent the students as a member of the Board of Regents, the university’s highest governing body. Applications were due by 5 p.m., Monday. Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, said this has happened before and that the deadline will be extended, meaning that any student interested in the position should complete and submit an application as soon as possible. The student regent is the highest position a student can hold while enrolled in a Texas public university or institution. The position is appointed annually by the governor for a one year term. The student regent is a nonvoting member on the board but acts as the collective voice of the undergraduate and graduate students at MSU. Lamb said having a student voice on the board is critical. “The Board of Regents is the highest level of decision-making at the institution,” Lamb said, “So if the institution is for the students and of the students, then they [students] need a voice on that board.” Current Student Regent, Holly Allsup, has been that voice since June 1. She applied last year for the position in order to have a chance to show her appreciation for the university. “MSU has been such an integral part of my life and personal development that I really felt like I had to give back,” Allsup said.

Lamb explained the application process consists of two packets, one for Midwestern and one for the Governor’s Office. After all the applications are submitted, the student government will select five candidates for University President Jesse Rogers to review. Rogers will interview the students and then narrow those five down to two candidates’ applications, which will be sent to Gov. Rick Perry, who will then interview and select the one Student Regent for the upcoming school year. Allsup discussed some of the responsibilities of being the student regent, such as connecting with students, attending events, volunteering and staying involved with organizations. Additionally, there is an approximately 150 page binder that is given to each regent, the student regent included, before the two-day, quarterly meetings that the regents must review and understand for Board discussions. Despite its high level of responsibility, the position can be very rewarding. As previously mentioned, the student regent is the voice of Midwestern’s student body at the meetings. Skeptics may say that the student’s opinion won’t really be accessed. However, the Board of Regents wants to hear the student regent’s opinion, giving them the feeling of importance. “The regents have been very interested in what the students think about various issues on the agenda,” Allsup said. “During our discussions, they make a point to

POLICY from pg. 1 student had acquired before they came to MSU. According to the housing website, a student had to accumulate 45 semester hours of academic credit prior to the first day of classes for the housing contract period, before they could move off campus. Mills said some incoming freshman were coming in with as many as 30 hours, which meant that logically after one semester they were allowed to move. Now the policy states a student should have 45 semester hours of college academic credit as a post-high school student prior to the first day of classes for the housing agreement period. It is also made clear hours gained in high school will not be counted towards this policy. “Now students may need to spend at least three or more semesters in on campus living,” Mill said. Mills said he believes this will enhance the students’ experiences they have in college. These updates will be put into action starting fall of 2013. “Any new students in the fall of 2013 will be affected by the new changes.” Luckily these updates will not affect current MSU students.





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ask me about the students’ point of view if I haven’t spoken up yet.” Furthermore, the student regent not only has the opportunity to personally get to know each member of the Board, but the meetings provide this student with an extensive view of the inner-workings of Midwestern. For Allsup, both of these aspects have been highlights of the position. “MSU is like its own city in a way,” explained Allsup. “There are residential buildings, administrative services, the library, post office, police station, stores and dining facilities; the amount of behind-the-scenes work has been very eye opening.” Another perk of the position is that the student regent gets the chance to meet Perry. Of Perry, Allsup said that he is definitely one of the most down to earth people she’s met. “Our conversations were very engaging. He really took the time to talk to us [student regents] and gave some inspirational advice.” Those students wanting to apply will be expected to have certain qualifications, primarily involvement on campus and a connection with the students. According to Lamb, the person selected as the student regent should be well-rounded, someone involved on campus and knows the pulse of the campus, is able to get feedback from the students and represent that feedback on the Board. “We want someone who can articulate accurately and correctly the student voice,” Lamb said. Allsup echoed the need for

the future student regent to be involved on campus, as well as to have an understanding of the university and administration operations. “Being involved is paramount,” claimed Allsup. “Student regents need to understand the university on an intimate level in order to serve their [students] interests best. It’s also very important to understand how the administration operates, creates budgets, and makes decisions.” Although the qualifications seem stringent, and the position is demanding, Allsup fully believes that MSU has plenty of high-caliber students to fill the position. “We have so many talented and passionate students at MSU, so I’m very confident that whoever serves next term will do great” For students still on the fence about completing an application, Lamb emphasized the unique status of MSU’s student regent compared with student regents at other universities. Each college is appointed one student regent. For bigger schools and their affiliate universities, there is only one student regent. MSU has its one student regent as well, but the position is all the more accessible to applicants because of MSU’s smaller student population. Lamb urged students to take advantage of the open position, especially since there has yet to be an application returned. “It’s a great opportunity,” said Lamb. The student regent spot is open to undergraduate and grad-

Current student regent Holly Allsup. File photo by HANNAH HOFMANN

uate students. Undergraduate applicants must be of a sophomore class standing by spring 2013 and all applicants must be in good standing with the university. Additionally, students do not need letters of recommendation.

The person chosen will be notified by the first of June, and will undergo summer training in preparation for next August when they start their term.

ACADEMY from pg. 1 “The goal is to have a contemporary space where counselors can provide individual and group counseling, career testing, relation and stress management and other services needed by students.” Midgett said the current location of the Counseling Center, which off Hampstead Street directly behind the Bridwell building, provides a peaceful and confidential setting away from he hustle and bustle of campus. “We will create that same peaceful and confidential setting in the new location,” she said. “The current location is also decorated in a contemporary fashion with the hopes of appealing to college students. We will bring that style to our new location.” Midgett said although the current counseling center is old and somewhat inefficient, she is looking forward to having more rooms for group counseling in the new location. “We also will have some extra space to accommodate graduate students in their training to become counselors,” she said. The counseling center is looking forward to students having a newly created space that is aesthetically pleasing, centrally

located, conducive to confidentiality, and user friendly, Midgett said. Fischli said the goal for the fain fine arts portion of Christ Academy is for all programs in fine arts to be respectively housed for the next 20 years. “[This project] will open up space here and over there as well,” he said. “The up side is that we will mix more. We’ve gotten a lot better at what I call social relations as people from music, theatre and mass communication mingle with each other and the students work together occasionally.” When Mass Communication Chair Jim Sernoe was approached about moving his department to Christ Academy he said he was glad that they would have more space, which he said the department needs. In Fain Fine Arts building, the mass communication department only has five rooms that are used for classes: two designated classrooms, a computer lab, the TV-2 studio and a conference room. “With that, I’m glad we will have better class rooms because we need that, crowding 20 people into a conference room built for 14 for example,” Sernoe said.

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One of the designated classrooms, which holds 22 students, has recently had handicap access problems. Like Midgett, Sernoe said he also feels very involved in the construction planning process for the mass communication department. “What we are planning is where the gym is now will be divided into a TV studio and a choir rehearsal room for music,” he said. Fischli said he had also discussed with university president Jesse Rogers about the need for a better space for the campus broadcast station MSU-TV2 – “Campus Watch.” The gymnasium in Christ Academy is the perfect antidote. The gym will be split between a rehearsal choir room and the TV studio. The new television studio will have 50 to 75 percent more space, Fischli said. The department currently has a control room and editing bays, but Sernoe said in the new building there will just be more room for everything. The mass communication side of Christ Academy will also have a new broadcast lab, storage area for equipment, more office spaces, conference room and the converged newsroom. “The way media is going these days we need to have a converged

newsroom,” Sernoe said. “Reality is people are moving away from saying ‘newspapers’ or ‘TV stations.’ Everyone is just a news producing organization.” As the news media for the university, the public service is still the inform the university, Sernoe said. “Regardless of what anyone says about ‘oh, it’s just student media,’ people take it seriously and when something important happens we still have our niche,” he said. Fischli said this project is very near and dear to his heart and involves himself in the decision making process. “You don’t wait until somebody comes to discuss this to tell them what you want,” he said. “Be ahead of the game always.” What is next for the project for Fischli is to identity what spaces will be occupied by what. “The street side of the building will be occupied by music, while the rear of the building will be mass communication,” he said. Additional practice rooms, which will help accreditation, class rooms, music studios, lounge area, office space and a music resource room will all be part of the music department “I’m thinking [of this project] as a complex – the fine arts complex,” he said.

GUNNS from pg. 1 income to the university, fill shortages in our area for alliedhealth profesionls thus impacting our community.” However, the pledge does come with a five-year commitment. According to the press release The first four years will expand the size and quality of programs in nursing, radiologic science, respiratory care and dential hygiene. The press release also states that the final year of th epledge will establish an endowmen for the College of Scinece and Mathematics.

Carol is a MSU graduate, who also served on the Board of Regents and is currently a member of the MSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the Dillard College of Business Administration Community Advisory Board. “Bob is a graudate of the University of Minnesota and we invest there as well,” she said. “However, Wichita Falls is our community, thus Midwestern State University is our passion.”


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Fraternity suffers from fundraiser shutdown ORLANDO FLORES, JR. A&E EDITOR

The Kappa Sigma fraternity’s annual Box-A-Thon philanthropic event raised more than $2200 for The Fisher House, an organization that benefits military veterans and wounded soldiers. While the event has been going on for more than 20 years, this is the third year that it has benefited The Fisher House. The Faith Mission was the previous benefactor of the philanthropic event. Their help and contributions to the homeless population of Wichita Falls was the basis of the creation of the Box-A-Thon event, a weekend where the members of the fraternity would live like homeless people in boxes and take donations. “We changed to The Fisher House because the fraternity’s national headquarters became a sponsor for [them],” Kappa Sigma president Mark Stephens said. “One of our chapter requirements is that we have to donate at least $1000 to the organization to be eligible for national awards. We decided that our chapter would fulfill this requirement by donating all the proceeds from Box-AThon to them.” From Nov. 16 to Nov. 18 active members of Kappa Sigma, as well as a few alumni members, stood on the corner of Hampstead and Taft collecting money from traffic passing through the entire weekend, including at night. “We always made sure we had someone out there at all times,” Stephens said. “Some of the guys slept out on the corner all week- — your campus / your news

end.” The event didn’t go down without a few obstacles, though. The Box-A-Thon was originally scheduled to happen over Veterans Day Weekend, Kappa Sigma was shut down midway through their first day by Greek Life coordinator Kevin Bazner. “A few hours into the event, Bazner came out and said he was going to shut us down because we’re not allowed to have any events while on suspension,” Stephens said. “He told us that we had to leave the premises or he was going to get the cops out there to escort us off.” According to Bazner, the event was stopped because the fraternity was on an interim suspension due to reports of alcohol being at one of their events, as well as Kappa Sigma never fully registering the event. “Apparently we were on a suspension from previous accusations of having alcohol at a non-alcohol approved event during our annual Toga Party,” Stephens said. “We’ve denied these claims, but there are nine people that have made statements Daniel Basham and several other members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity sat outside of campus on the corner of about seeing trashcan punch at Hampstead and Taft collecting money for The Fisher House from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18. The Fisher House is a national the party, which we didn’t have. foundation that benefits wounded soldiers and veterans. We haven’t heard anything about Photo by KERRI CARTER the investigation in over a month and a half.” about not being allowed to do the event,” Bazner said. “But of that rule, but Matthew Parks setback hurt the final amount of Amanda Snodgrass, Special it. It’s not like we just went out they had to do it properly. Once reapproved us on the spot and money they were able to donate Events Coordinator for the Clark there and decided to do it any- they came in and got their event agreed to let us come out the fol- to The Fisher House, noting that Student Center, approved the way. We were under the impres- reapproved, we were okay with lowing weekend to have the Box- they raised $3600 last year on event before the suspension and sion we could still do it because it.” A-Thon.” Veterans Day Weekend. investigation and placed it on the it was a previously approved phiStephens added that the deciStephens also said he believes “We had already raised close Greek calendar near the begin- lanthropy event.” sion to reapprove the event was that Parks realized the intent of to 700 dollars alone in the few ning of the semester. Bazner said the fraternity’s almost instantaneous. the event was philanthropic and hours that we originally had the “We had confirmation of the major infraction was not getting “They said we were supposed didn’t want to cancel it, but he Box-A-Thon,” Stephens said. “So event through an e-mail from their event properly reapproved to have the event reapproved also didn’t want to undermine I think the event being moved [Snodgrass], but we didn’t have after the notice of suspension since we got suspended after it Bazner’s previous decision. to the following weekend really it on us at the time we were be- was sent and received by Kappa had already been set,” Stephens Despite the event carrying on hurt the size of the contribution ing shut down,” Stephens said. Sigma on Oct. 1st. said. “No one in the fraternity, the next weekend, Stephens and we could have made.” “Nothing was ever said to us “We still wanted them to have myself included, had ever heard the fraternity believe that the

Club to recycle electronics to reduce waste Geosciences club to host electronic recycling event Dec. 1 Makayla mckinney staff writer

In an effort to reduce the amount of environmental wastes being improperly disposed of the Geosciences Club will host an electronic recycling event in the Bolin Hall parking lot Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. “It’s an opportunity for club members to provide a service for the community and aid our local environment,” faculty adviser Jonathan Price said. “This event seemed to fill a local need for ewaste management and fit to the club’s mission towards environmental service.” Geosciences Club Vice President Jennifer McDaniel said as geologist and environmental scientists, they understand the impact thousands of pounds of ewaste has on the enviornment. “We are doing our part for the environment, and for our community,” McDaniels said. We hope that the turn out will be even better than last year and that we can continue to do this for years to come.” President of the Geosciences Club Roman Reyes has helped with the electronic recycling event for two years. Last year, the drive collected just less than 6,000 pounds of recycled electronic material. Sims Recycling Solutions sponsors the event free and donates $0.02 per pound to the Geosciences Club for hosting the recycling drive. “The Geosciences Club at MSU in association with Sims Recycling Solutions offer this as a free service to Wichita Falls and the surrounding communities. This is our second annual event,

we expect to continue this as a staple program of the MSU Geosciences Club,” Reyes said. Price said it is important to keep heavy metals out of the landfills that may penetrate groundwater. “Our purpose is a service to the community, both in the short term by collecting potentially hazardous materials and the long term by passing along a sense of personal environmental responsibility.” By recycling these rare earth materials found in electronics, it reduces the need to mine for new raw elements. “Modern electronic devices typically contain a small volume of heavy metals and other potential environmental contaminants that are best kept out of the landfill. Recycling also provides an opportunity to reutilize the materials in obsolete electronics,” Price said. Devices turned in endure a multi-stage recycling process where pre-existing data on the electronics cannot be recovered ensuring legal compliance and complete erasure of the data. “The recycling process does not pick-and-choose certain equipment to be refurbished or sold on the secondary market. Every item from cell phones to computers and hard drives are crushed and shredded in a multi-stage recycling process. All devices are fully dismantled and processed from recoverable metals and base materials. No data can be recovered,” Reyes said. Even with data security, Price encourages participants to wipe hard drives and devices before the recycling process. “The best security is that implemented by the user – removing and wiping any and all information prior to recycling is always a good idea,” Price said. Bringing a recycling center to Wichita Falls allows for students

and the community to properly dispose of unwanted electronics. Club Vice President Jennifer McDaniel said this provides a service for the community that normally is not available, and benefits the Geosciences Club. “The real benefit to the club and the community is being able to provide a service not normally available in Wichita Falls. There are a lot of people who want to dispose of their used electronics in the right way, but have no where to bring them short of driving to Dallas,” McDaniel said. Reyes said environmentally, students have all benefitted from this event already. “We know that there are 6,000 pounds of heavy metals and other consumer goods not decaying in local landfill and introducing potentially harmful materials into our local atmosphere and water supply.” Financially, the club benefits from the donation made by Sims based on the total collection, Reyes said. “Intrinsically, the club and its members and associate faculty benefit from knowing they’ve had a genuine and measureable positive impact on local and regional environmentalism,” he said.

Any computer, keyboard, mouse, display or other electronic devices will be accepted by the Geosciences Club as part of their second annual electronics recycling drive. Old electronics will be collected at MSU in the Bolin Hall parking lot, and transferred over to Sims Recycling Solutions to be recycled. Photo by HANNAH HOFMANN


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EXHIBIT from pg. 1 of the Eta Epsilon chapter of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity. Garner also took part in several art exhibitions associated with Kappa Pi and the Juried Student Exhibitions, winning the Painting Award in 2009, and the Juanita Harvey Excellence in the Arts Award this year. Garner’s work exhibited centers on her love of animals and nature. In her artist statement, Garner described being surrounded by animals while growing up. “I rode horses, cared for cats and dogs and even had a pet rat named Bergy,” Garner said. “I was comfortable with earth’s creatures and they became my friends, creating a love for nature.” This love for nature has gone on to inspire Garner’s work, por-

traits of her friends and family matched up with their spirit animals. Garner says she drew from Kiki Smith’s sculpture “Born” as inspiration, a piece that depicts a female deer giving birth to a fully mature woman. “Like Smith, my work is the characteristic connections between human and animals,” she said. “The portraits are a blending of the people I love and their spirit embodiment.” Garner used her photography skills to create her pieces, and combined her skill as a painter and sculptor as well. “Painterly strokes of acrylic are brushed onto the photograph’s surface, resulting in a seamless photographic depiction of their spiritual connection,” she said. “The process of the masks begins with a material called moulage.

Poole’s “Mom” portrays her mother before her death. Courtesy Photo

Garner’s pieces “Eagle” and “Wolf” demonstrate her connection of nature with the people in her every-

day life in a blended photograph.

Dentists use it to create a replica of a patient’s teeth; I used it to create a life cast of my model’s face.” The final result of Garner’s arduous work is a plaster animal mask that fit the models perfectly for the desired effect when taking the photograph. “These processes allows me to pair my love of animals with the people in my every day life, and represent them in a spiritual way,” she said. While Garner is using the exhibition to demonstrate her love of nature and the connection she has with it, Poole is using this stage as a way to remember the life of a family member. Poole, a native of Allen, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in printmaking and a minor in ceramics and photography. She is a transfer from Collin College in Plano where she received an Associate of Art before transferring to MSU in 2008. Poole was also a member of the Eta Epsilon chapter of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art

with those feelings. “Through my work, I am allowing the healing process to come naturally,” she said. “This is cathartic and healthy, finding

Fraternity, and received The Fain Foundation Scholarship and The Kemp Center for the Arts Scholarship, as well as taking part in several Kappa Pi and Juried Student Exhibitions during her time at MSU. Poole’s artwork for the exhibition focuses on her mother’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis. “In July, I lost my mother to Multiple Sclerosis,” Poole said in her artist statement. “This exhibition of prints is a record of my journey.” Poole’s work portrays the nervous system as the villain, and combines her love for printmaking with her mother’s love of sewing. Her piece “Possession by Force” features hand-stitched red thread that weaves in and out of the muscles, while “Living with MS” features delicate crosshatching to construct a reproduction of a CT scan. Poole demonstrates the difficult feelings and emotions she faced watching her mother struggle through her work. She said the exhibition helped her cope

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beauty and inspiration in this struggle, resulting in strength to heal.”

Poole’s “Exposed” will also be on display. Courtesy Photo

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of abuse and murder Hannah Hofmann Editor-In-Chief

Patricia Pulley lived a happy and peaceful life with loving family surrounding her. A happy life, that is, until the death of her husband turned everything upside down, leaving her struggling to replace the lost love, in a constant battle with abuse and ending with her murder. “She didn’t really have an idea how to reconnect socially and, you know, find herself in a new relationship. A good, positive relationship,” said Jim Pulley, author of the novel Love, Loneliness, Abuse, and Murder, a book he will be signing at the MSU bookstore on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pulley, owner of the Pulley Insurance Agency in Wichita Falls, decided to put his mother’s life story into writing after a client who was dealing with the death of her husband stirred about old emotions in him. “My client was actually a writer,” Pulley said. “She shared a novel she was working on and I told her, well I think I have a story to tell and I told her what had happened and she looked at me and said, ‘You better start writing your book now.’” The title, Love, Loneliness, Abuse, and Murder, represents the stages in his mother’s life, Pulley said. Pulley started transcribing the story in the spring of 2009 in hopes of helping others. One of his goals is to raise awareness to victims of domestic violence and abuse. “As I put it, this stuff doesn’t go away. In other words, if you have been through a bad situation it doesn’t necessarily have to be abusive, but don’t hold bad feelings inside, because they will have a negative effect on everything that you do,” Pulley said. He stresses that there is not one specific person that will fit

into the category of the victim. “I feel like, the sooner a young lady realizes that this situation is real, it doesn’t apply to any race, it doesn’t apply to social status. This stuff goes on in the country club and it goes on in section eight housing and all points in between,” Pulley said. While domestic abuse is more common in women, he also clarified that it can Patricia Pulley, age 54, just six years happen to men. It was stress- before her death. ful and emotion- Photo Courtesy by JIM PULLEY. ally upsetting to relieve some of those memories while writing ter in the area between Oklahoma City and Dallas. So far Pulley the novel, Pulley said. “After mom was killed, we donated $3,180. “I’d like to add a couple zeros found a day planner that she had to it,” Pulley said. written in every day for about The cost of the book at events six months while she was in the varies by how much a person middle on an abusive relationwould like to donate. When purship. And just reading her words, chased via the Internet, it is at a you know, Chapter 7 is every bit set price between $11 and $12. of what she wrote,” Pulley said. Pulley said most people donate Part of the research included $20, but considering it’s a stulooking through several case files dent event, he is expecting to see that were associated with Patricia more $10 bills. Pulley’s murder. Those files were The bookstore set up the obtained through the Freedom of signing through a contact in adInformation Act. ministration, Christina Caston, “Going back through the poassistant manager at the MSU lice reports was not easy,” Pulley bookstore, said. said. “There’s a huge social network Along with the novel, Pulley here on campus, because we created a website providing inforhave so many faculty authors,” mation about abuse and violence. Caston said. Visitors can also find out more in“So, a lot of times it’s just a formation about the book, as well mention [when setting up a signas his mother. ing]. An administrator or faculty A portion of the proceeds from will come to us and will let us the sale of the book are being doknow that there is a local author nated to Faith Refuge in Wichita or someone coming to town.“ Falls, the only all-women’s shel-


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Counting down the year’s best albums A look back at this year’s best albums: 20 through 11 Orlando Flores Jr. A&E Editor

20. Title Fight: Floral Green As the old saying goes, “punk’s not dead.” Well, this may not exactly be “punk”, but it definitely is a return to the post-hardcore punk of the early 2000s that made bands like Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and The Early November permanent staples of any high school mixtape. Title Fight has not only managed to revive a dying genre, they’ve crafted possibly one of the best albums the genre has ever seen in its decade-plus run. Standout tracks like “Numb, But I Still Feel It”, “Leaf” and “Lefty” will make even the most stable person remember all their teenage angst. 19. Bear in Heaven: I Love You, It’s Cool The critic in me will tell you that this album is far from perfect, but out of every great album on this list, this is one of the few that made me sit back and think how cool this album sounded. I Love You, It’s Cool finds Bear in Heaven in a more mature state of mind.

The album sounds more cohesive and a lot cleaner than their debut effort Beast Rest Forth Mouth. Tracks like “Idle Heart” “Sinful Nature” and “Cool Light” are the standout tracks of this album. 18. Lotus Plaza: Spooky Action at a Distance Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt steps out of Bradford Cox’s shadow and into his own as a frontman with Lotus Plaza’s second album. Spooky Action at a Distance will sound vaguely familiar to Deerhunter fans of the track “Desire Lines” off their 2010 release, Halycon Digest, but that’s because it was the first time Pundt was allowed full control of a Deerhunter song, including singing duties. Pundt continues to explore similar dream-pop landscapes with his second album, while pondering topics like how the world would be without religion or politics. “Strangers”, “Monoliths” and “Dusty Rhodes” are definite must-listens. 17. Frankie Rose: Interstellar Frankie Rose got her big break during the fuzz rock revival of 2009-2010, playing in bands like Crystal Stilts, The Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls before set-

ting out on her own venture with Frankie Rose and The Outs. Now without The Outs, Rose’s debut solo album is equal parts indie rock as much as it is a throwback to the 80s new wave sound while sounding completely original. “Know Me” and “Night Swim” are the best tracks on this album. 16. Rick Ross: Rich Forever If Rozay would have been smart, he would have released this as God Forgives, I Don’t. Rich Forever saw The Boss at the height of his run started by 2010’s Teflon Don. Not only did every beat on this mixtape knock it out of the park, it’s clear that Ross has stepped up his lyrical game immensely and fully embraced the Mafioso boss mentality. Where God Forgives, I Don’t fell short, this mixtape kept the momentum going in Ross’ favor with tracks like “Holy Ghost”, “High Definition”, “F*** Em”, “Triple Beam Dreams”, “Off the Boat” “Stay Schemin’” and the title track “Rich Forever”. Clearly, having this many album quality tracks on a mixtape should have clued him in that most of this should have been saved for the album. 15. Sarah Jaffe: The Body Wins All the way from Denton, TX,


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January to excite all television fanatic Brittney cottingham editor-in-chief

When the holidays are over and the reruns of It’s A Wonderful Life stop, the winter TV season will begin with some

heavy hitters. February will bring shows like USA’s Psych back on the fair, while NBC’s Glee-like phenomum Smash will hit airwaves with some cast changes, including the additional of Academy-Award winner Jennifer Hudson. Game of Thrones returns in

at the end of March and the Donald Trump reality show The Celebrity Appreictent will as well. Who doesn’t love has-been celebrities agruging with the Donald. Yet, after the New Year, viewers will be enjoying a few TV favorites starting in January.

American Idol FOX - Jan. 16 Lets face it – people are going to watch this show to see Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj battle each other to see who is the bigger diva. Sure, it will be nice to hear Randy Jackson said “dawg” a few times and see Ryan Seacreast frosted tips, but the ladies on the panel this year will be the show-stealers. Plus, who doesn’t love Keith Urban? GIRLS HBO - Jan. 13 Lena Dunham is a genius. Call her the next Tina Fey, but viewers cannot deny the success of her quirky hit-show GIRLS. Audiences and critics fell in love with this 2012 Sex and the City-like story of four girls juggling jobs, love, sex and the Big Apple. This is a smart show so fans who have a sharp sense of humor are sure to fall in love. There is no doubt that the second season will be as successful as the last. Pretty Little Liars ABC Family - Jan. 8 Who else is on Team A? The list of contenders gets longer and longer every season. This ABC family show has a loyal fandom who are constantly on Twitter and Tumblr debating the endless amount of positiblites with this teen drama-thriller. Following Spencer, Hanna, Emily and Aria as they try to figure out who exactly is framing them in the murder of their best friend is just good TV for girls and guys for that matter. Photo Courtesy

Sarah Jaffe has been making a name for herself for the past few years with her moody and melancholy songs, but The Body Wins, her third full-length release, could very well be the album that ends up being her big break. Jaffe’s big voice booms over every jazz-like arrangement on this album, reminiscent of a young Fiona Apple working with Jon Brion. Be sure to check this entire album out and support Texas artists, especially title track “The Body Wins”, lead single “Mannequin Woman”, and the wonderful “The Way Sound Leaves a Room”. 14. Mac Demarco: 2 Mac Demarco burst onto the scene earlier this summer with his Rock and Roll Night Club 12”, and he follows it up with 2, a guitar-driven rock album that quickly recalls the sounds of Pavement and Stephen Malkmus’ solo material. His form of classic and bluesrock with an indie rock-twist is sure to be a crowd pleaser for young and old listeners alike. Tracks to look for are “Cooking Up Something Good”, “Freaking Out the Neighborhood”, “My Kind of Woman” and lead single “Ode to Viceroy”, which really brings on the Pavement comparisons.

13. The Men: Open Your Heart Last year, Sacred Bones Records’ The Men came out yelling and snarling for 30 straight minutes on Leave Home, leading many to believe it was the return of hardcore music to the indie scene. With Open Your Heart, though, The Men have mellowed their sound down and started singing instead of yelling, focusing more on melody than loud noises. The end result is a great album that could either be classified as a traditional punk album, or simply indie rock, depending on your view of either genre. Good examples of the band’s new take are lead single “Open Your Heart”, “Candy”, “Please Don’t Go Away” and “ExDreams”. If you buy the album on iTunes, it comes with the great bonus track “A Minor”, otherwise you’ll have to find the Sacred Bones Record Store Day Sampler from this past year. 12. Sleigh Bells: Reign of Terror On the opposite end of the spectrum, Sleigh Bells did nothing but bring more noise on Reign of Terror compared to their debut album Treats. The bloodstained Keds on the album cover should be warning enough that you’re in for 30-plus

minutes of pure, unadulterated rage as Derek Miller shreds harder and faster, and supplies more booming bass than before for Alexis Krauss to lay her whispery, cheer-like vocals over. Reign of Terror is a definite improvement upon the Sleight Bells formula, and has the band sounding a lot more cohesive than when they debuted. Tracks like “Born to Lose”, “Leader of the Pack” and “Comeback Kid” are sure to get any party going. 11. Cloud Nothings: Attack on Memory After a decent garage-rock, selftitled debut, Dylan Baldi’s second release as Cloud Nothings takes a more professional approach with Attack on Memory, mostly due to legendary producer Steve Albini’s production work. Baldi’s punk sound combined with Albini’s oversight allows the albm to be equal parts chaos and control, making for a completely enjoyable punk album from start to finish. Album opener “No Future/ No Past” sets the tone for the album, while standout tracks like “Wasted Days”, “Fall In”, “Stay Useless”, “Our Plan” and “Cut You” makes for an excellent sophomore-slum-avoiding album that barely misses the top 10.

Comic book corner Deadpool offers tons of action, laughs in new series If there were ever a time to be a comic book fan, that time is now. Super heroes have never been more accepted in the mainstream than ever before. Marvel Comics’ and Detective Comics’ success at the box office has led to both companies attempting to gain new readers, a feat they have both pulled off within the last year DC started the trend last September by launching their “New 52” initiative, where they did like the movies and rebooted, reimagined and retooled every major character in their repertoire to put both novice and expert comic book readers on the same page. One year later, and DC readership has never been stronger, increasing sales of flagship characters like Batman and Superman as well as creating exciting, new characters like Talon. Marvel has also jumped on the rebooting bandwagon within the last year, launching the “Marvel Now” initiative. Whether you want to keep up with the latest adventures of Batman (it’s getting really crazy in the Death of the Family crossover), or you’re anticipating Captain America’s journey through Dimension Z (introduced this month in Captain America #1), one comic you should look into that’s just now starting is the newest Deadpool series from the team of Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan.

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Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, is an anti-hero known as the “Merc with a Mouth”, for his mentally unstable nature as a mercenary, and his talkative nature during battle. One of his trademarks is his tendency to break the fourth wall and interact with (and sometimes tease) his readers. While his origin and back story can vary from writer to writer, for this new series, all you would need to know about Deadpool is his regenerative healing ability as his super power due to lab experiments, and what he desires most is the respect and accolades of the normal super heroes like Captain America and the rest of the Avengers. Deadpool #1 quickly sets the action of this series into motion, as an old, scraggily S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is seen in a graveyard in a crazed state ranting about the current state of America and its lack of clear leadership. His idea to bring America back to its former glory is to revive all the former leaders, including George Washington, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. and Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, among every other formerly liv-

ing president. To the agents surprise, the black magic he used to revive the presidents taints their once good nature, causing a path of destruction by the presidents in an attempt to destroy America and start over again. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents apprehend the madman, but it’s too late. FDR has already begun attacking New York City’s subway system and terrorizing its citizens. Rather than bring in Captain America or Iron Man to battle the former founding fathers and great leaders of our nation, S.H.I.E.L.D. calls Deadpool for his services, knowing that it won’t affect his public image if he’s seen killing off the former patriots. Hilarity soon ensues, capped off by witty wordplay from the dead presidents to Deadpool’s usual mouthiness. The true gem throughout all this chaos may be the use of Benjamin Franklin as Deadpool’s invisible sidekick since he was never actually elected president (this may or may not be a figment of Deadpool’s own imagination). While this story arc may seem offensive or plain crazy to some, it is characters like Deadpool and stories such as this one that keep the comic world fresh and can offer some well needed comic relief. Be sure to catch up on the latest adventures of Deadpool as he attempts to take down the presidents in Deadpool #1 and #2, on sale now, and be on the lookout for Deadpool #3, where Deadpool takes on Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon, on sale Dec. 5.

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MSU stretches unbeaten record DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

The women’s basketball team stretched its unbeaten run to four after thrashing Oklahoma Panhandle State University 78-59 on Nov. 25. Despite the positive result and record, head women’s basketball coach Noel Johnson said she believes the team could have displayed a better performance. “I feel like we went in with a great mentality and executed well but we should have scored better,” she said. Kirsti Degelia continued her fine form as she put in 17 points, five assists and four defensive rebounds. “Kirsti played a very good game and scored a lot of points,” Johnson said. “She’s starting to take a leadership role.” While playing for 18 minutes, Andrea Carter was able to make 11 points, four steals and seven rebounds. Carter also maintained a 100 percent free-throw record against the Aggies thus Johnson’s admiration of the forward was no surprise. “Andrea played a good game for the amount of time I put her in,” Johnson said. “She is a consistent player.” Lisa Hampton got 12 points on the scoreboard. Skyler Warrick had seven points and seven rebounds. Dianna Jones had seven points coupled with six rebounds, Shatoia Gober made seven points as well as three rebounds, Taylor Dowd put in six points and made three rebounds and Marqui Hodges settled for five points and three rebounds. Whitley Coca was able to get by the Lady Mustangs’ defense as she scored the game-high 23 points. Johnson said her team needs to work on its defense. “We need to sharpen our defense,” she said. “We plan on working on our defense this week before we meet our next opponents.” Incarnate Word will host MSU this Thursday. The Cardinals eliminated MSU from the Lone Star Conference tournament last season. “We intend to speed this game up,” Johnson said. “They knocked us out of the tournament last season and they play well at home.”

Sophomore guard Shatoia Gober scored nine points for the Lady Mustangs Sunday, as well as grabbing three rebounds. File photo by HANWOOL LEE

Premier League Update


Match week 13 of the English Premier League featured top-class football as well as controversies from the 20 clubs that play in the world’s finest league. West Bromwich Albion continues to astound football fans with its remarkable performance this season. The Baggies thrashed Sunderland 4-2 as they visited the latter at the Stadium of Light. It took half an hour for Zoltan Gera to give West Brom the lead with a remarkable 20-yard strike to the top corner. Shane Long doubled the lead in the 44th minute as a result of Simon Mignolet’s carelessness with the ball. Craig Gardner scored in the 74th minute from a free kick in attempt to initiate a comeback. However, Romelu Lukaku sent the ball past fellow Belgian Mignolet when referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot. Stephane Sessegnon tucked in another for the Black Cats to

make it 3-2 with three minutes left on the clock. The visitors finished the game with a counter attack then led to Marc-Antoine Fortune’s goal in injury time. This victory leaves West Brom third at the Premier League table. Meanwhile, 168 miles away, Everton was hosting Norwich in an interesting fixture that ended 1-1. Steven Naismith scored in the 12th minute for the home side, who held on to the lead till the 90th minute. Sebastien Bassong scored a header from a wellplaced free kick to deny David Moyes’ side a victory. Stoke City faced Fulham at the Britannia Stadium where Charlie Adam goal sent Martin Jol’s side home with no point. Wigan Athletic played an entertaining match with Reading and rewarded its chairman, Dave Whelan, with a 3-2 victory for a 76th birthday treat. Sean Morrison scored his first premiership goal in the 35th minute with a fine header past Ali Al-Habsi to give the Royals the lead. Jordi Gomez equalized in the 57th before granting Wigan the lead 11 minutes later. Al-Habsi then got on the scoreboard with an unpleasant own-goal, but Gomez rescued his team and completed his hat trick with barely seconds left with a terrific strike. Aston Villa hosted Arsenal in a fixture that ended in an agonizing goalless draw. Liverpool visited Swansea for a similar result just Chelsea and Manchester City were unable to score at Stamford Bridge.

Rafa Benitez kicked of his Chelsea career with a 0-0 score line against the Citizens. The home fans did not make his first day on the job easy as they booed, chanted “Rafa Out” as well as held anti-Rafa banners. The Saints were delighted with their 2-0 home victory over Newcastle United. Adam Lallana scored in the 35th minute while Gaston Ramirez doubled the lead at the hour mark. Queens Park Rangers played its since firing Mark Hughes at Old Trafford against league leaders Manchester United. After a goalless first half, QPR drew first blood courtesy of clumsiness in the United defense. Jamie Mackie’s 52nd minute goal gave QPR a little hope before the Red Devils recuperated offensively. United was able to put three goals past QPR within eight minutes. Jonny Evans scored a header in the 64th minute to level things up after Wayne Rooney’s fine corner kick. Four minutes later, Darren Fletcher scored his first Premier League goal of the season on his first appearance all season. United’s wonder kid Javier Hernandez then completed the victory in the 72nd minute. Manchester United was a point clear at the top of the table while QPR, who is yet to win a game, are at the bottom with four points. Keep in touch with the best football league on Sky Sports, BBC and Fox Soccer.


e thwichitan 8 Men’s basketball loses to Ouachita Baptist Wednesday — November 28, 2012


The Mustangs lost 81-77 in a match that could have gone either way against Ouachita Baptist University Saturday evening. The OBU Tigers dominated the first half of the game and were leading MSU 51-29 when the teams headed to the locker room for the break. An improved Midwestern State basketball team came out

and took control of the second half, however. Still, the guests’ effort was not enough to fulfill a full comeback. Monzaigo Williams lead the Mustangs with 13 points, coupled with 10 assists, four rebounds and four steals. Thomas Corbin, Keith Spellman and Kevin Grayer made 12 points apiece to make significant contribution to the Mustangs’ offense. — your campus / your news

Eddie D’haiti’s 10 points proved important to his team just like his rebounds did. Derrell Gibbs made nine points, five steals and three beounds, while Cam Adderley scored five points and grabbed three rebounds. The Mustangs play their first Lone Star Conference match Thursday night at Incarnate Word, after which they will visit Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday.

Senior forward Corbin Thomas hangs on to the rim after a monster dunk against two Ouachita Baptist defenders Saturday on the road.

Junior guard Monzaigo Williams drives to the hoop amidst Ouachita Baptist defenders. Williams dropped in 13 points in the Mustangs’ loss.

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Sports Around Campus

File photo by KERRI CARTER

After defeating LeTourneau University 46-8, the Midwestern State rugby team will travel to Southern Methodist University this Saturday for its final game of the semester. The Mustangs have to win this game to secure a playoff spot in the spring. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m.


The football team's season came to an end Nov. 17 when it lost 31-17 to the Greyhounds of the University of Indianapolis. The Mustangs finished the season with a with a 9-2 record.

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