A LONG TIME COMING: MSU football team topples Tarleton for first time in decade and wows families, alums in stunning 31-26 Homecoming victory.
Wednesday n November 3, 2010
HOMEWARD BOUND: Past and present students converge on MSU to show their school spirit during Homecoming 2010 activities.
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University mansion expected to go on the market Alyssa Johnston For The Wichitan
MSU could place its $1.1 million mansion at 2708 Hamilton up for sale, abandoning the idea that the donated property would someday replace The Sikes House as the presidential residence. President Dr. Jesse Rogers said Tuesday he will make that recommendation to the Board of Regents when it holds its regular meeting Thursday and Friday. Since the former home of the Frank Harvey family was gifted to the university in 2009, MSU has spent nearly $300,000 on the 8,718-square-foot mansion in Country Club,
including $94,460 for interior decorating. MSU also spent $155,077 for materials and labor on the sprawling estate, known as “The Harvey House.” The sum does not include separate university work orders, which total more than $30,000. Over the summer, Rogers said he wasn’t sure if the university would keep or sell the gifted property. However, records obtained by The Wichitan show the decorator had already been working inside for 11 months at the time he made the statement. She began work on the house in September 2009, but didn’t sign a contract until Dec. 22, 2009. Rogers hired interior decorator Lynn Moran as a “sole source/emergency.” Her contract calls
for a 20-percent commission above the cost of purchased items. In addition, she billed the university for “consultation” services at the rate of $150 per hour, an arrangement not outlined in her contract. According to Texas Government Code, “Consulting Services are services that involve studying or advising a state agency under a contract that does not involve the traditional relationship of employer and employee. Major Consulting Services Contracts ($15,000 or greater) require a finding of fact from the Governor’s Office of Budget, Planning and Policy and publication in the Texas Register prior to contract execution.
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Harvey House (Photo by Chris Collins)
Condoleezza Rice (Photo by MCT)
MSU Instructors take precautions when it comes to social networking
Brittney Cottingham, Features Editor, wrote this.
National news stories about teachers behaving badly online have sparked debate on whether or not educators should rein in their use of social networking sites. MSU has not yet taken an official stance regarding professor-student interaction on sites like Facebook, but administrators are aware of the potential for trouble. “If you work for the government or the state, which [MSU employees] do, we have to (consider) conflicts of interest,” said Alisa White, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “So, you just can’t participate in something that would be a conflict of interest.” Janus Buss, director of public information and marketing, said there has not been a centralized effort to examine social networking on campus. White believes it is important for members of the MSU community to take note of the sticky situations other educators have gotten themselves into. In New York, three high school teachers were fired over the last six months for having “inappropriate dealings” with students on Facebook. MSU Freshman Bruce Cormier said he heard about the incident and said that he wasn’t surprised. “Facebook is not just for college students anymore,” Cormier said. “Teachers shouldn’t be surprised if this incident in
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Hillary Sommerhauser, a first-year English graduate assistant, “friended” some of her professors on Facebook while she was an undergraduate. She believes private profile settings will help keep her social networking activities appropriate for school. Photo by Hannah Hofmann
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I don’t think teachers should... add students on Facebook. Considering their authority, they’d be the first to receive a slap on the hand for any inappropriate behavior or relationships. – Sophomore Abbey Vogt
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Rice’s lecture open for business, closed to public Alyssa Johnston For The Wichitan
Unless you’re a business student, you won’t be in the audience for Tuesday’s presentation by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State. Rice has visited other colleges recently, talking about her life and time spent serving as head of the U.S. Department of State during President George W. Bush’s second term in office. She is also promoting her recently-published book, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. A private donor is footing the bill for 500 Dillard College of Business Administration students to attend Rice’s 4 p.m. lecture. Following the speech, Rice will hold a question and answer session. According to Dr. Barbara Nemecek, dean of the Dillard College of Business Administration, the tickets are being issued solely to DCOBA students, and other students will have no opportunity to obtain them. In a Sept. 23 article, Nemecek told the Times Record News that Rice’s visit “is primarily aimed at students, but is open to the community.” The article also stated that Rice’s talk would take place either in Akin Auditorium or D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Nemecek said that because of the limited number of seats available in Akin Auditorium, she wanted to ensure that business students would have the opportunity to attend. “(Five hundred tickets) doesn’t even cover half of our students,” she said. However, at other colleges where she has spoken, there have been more than 5,000 students at one event. Nemecek confirmed that Rice would also attend a dinner at 6 p.m. with 200 selected DCOBA supporters, by invitation only. Rice will also hold a question and answer segment after the dinner. The Wichitan will be permitted to attend the question and answer session, but no media will be allowed at the 4 p.m. lecture.
New accreditation standards put pressure on university Chris Collins Managing Editor
Along with mounting financial woes, university department heads will have another concern on their plates this year. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which accredits and in part funds MSU, will visit with university officials December 2013 to make sure they’re playing by a new set
of rules. MSU passed its last accreditation assessment from SACS in 2002. If the university doesn’t gain reaffirmation, the consequences could be dire. The problem is that SACS recently changed its standards regarding the information it expects MSU to supply it with. “SACS has revamped the way you have to do things,” said Dr. Samuel Watson, dean of the College of Hu-
manities and Social Sciences. The accrediting body has asked universities to provide more proof that students are actually learning what they need to. The new requirements – mostly in the form of department self-assessments – will take some adjusting to. Watson links the new emphasis on accountability to rising education costs. “With colleges and universities, the price tag is going up,” Watson said. “Parents, students, legislators and other
external outlets want to see that quality is being delivered. The focus is on student learning.” The repercussions for losing SACS accreditation could be severe, Watson said. “The stick that they wield is that they then report to Congress and Congress can cut off our federal loan money,” Watson said. “Any federal money coming to this school could potentially be lost if we lose this accreditation.”
MSU follows the standards set by SACS when it comes to evaluating student learning outcomes. “You play by the rules,” Watson said. “We have a say, but you have to follow the rules coming from SACS.” Being asked to evaluate education at MSU isn’t unreasonable, he said. Accountability is a good thing, but it comes at a cost.
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Exclusive lecture is a missed opportunity Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of the biggest-name speakers visiting MSU this year, but unless you’re a student in the Dillard College of Business, you won’t have a seat in the audience for her Nov. 9 lecture. Instead, Rice’s visit, sponsored by a private donor, will be an exclusive affair. We can understand giving preference to a certain group of students. Since Rice is a faculty member in the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, it is reasonable to give business students preference when it comes to tickets. But Dean of Business Dr. Barbara Nemecek shouldn’t hang a “sold out” sign on the metaphorical box office without at least entertaining the idea of alternative venues. Akin Auditorium can only hold approximately 500 people. In a Sept. 23 article, the Times Record News reported that D.L. Ligon Coliseum was a possible alternative venue for Rice’s talk.
Why choose to exclude the majority of the student body rather than move the event across campus? Business students aren’t the only ones who could gain something from Rice’s lecture. She may currently be a business professor, but political science majors in particular would probably be interested to hear about her experiences as Secretary of State during George W. Bush’s second term in office. In fact, such an influential political figure might draw interested audience members from all departments on campus. Business majors could still get preference if the lecture moved to the coliseum. A “reserved” area can be cordoned off for the 500 business majors who have reserved their tickets. It would also be easy enough to restrict questions during the Q&A session to DCOBA students. As it stands, the students who will be shut out from the lecture will miss out on on more than just a lecture. Guest speakers provide a unique
opportunity for students to learn from influential individuals. True, many students only attend events like Rice’s speech, the Artist Lecture Series or Speakers and Issues events because professors promise extra credit. Regardless of their motivations for attending, students learn from these events. Considerably more than 500 people crowded into Akin Auditorium last night to hear Biologist E.O. Wilson’s lecture on evolution and biodiversity. Many of the students would not have attended if their instructors hadn’t “bribed” them. But when the audience was filing out the door, even the people who had come only to boost a low test grade were talking about what they had learned.
Non-business students won’t have the opportunity to accidentally learn something from Condoleezza Rice, and that seems like a waste.
November 3, 2010
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Who you gonna call? John Murphy!
News flash: ghosts are among us. It could be your dead granny, the former resident of the house you know live in, or just some pissed-off, disembodied spirit who won’t give up the ghost (pun intended). If you don’t believe in them, you’re dumb. Because they definitely believe in you. And they’re here to haunt you, dudes! Pretty scary, huh? John Michael Murphy, an international ghost hunter, visited MSU last Tuesday to tell us how to detect ghosts and how to talk to them. Chris Collins He shared his own harrowing tales Paranormal Specialist about experiences with the paranormal and informed the rest of us poor souls on how to interact with the ghastly apparations. First off, you need to know how to woo your post-mortem pals. It’s kind of like dating. Tips for romancing ghosts: o Be passionate o Be patient o Don’t lie o Keep an open-minded Skepticism is key in contacting the supernatural, Murphy said. That’s why any supposed ghostly encounters need to be “investigated.” There are three parts to any investigation into the world of the already dead. First: you gotta find a super spooky place where ghosts are running amok. Second: you gotta roll into said place with all kinds of expensive equipment (like flashlights). Third: some super creepy stuff has to go down. Yeah, it sounds like a bad re-run of a Scooby Doo episode. But Murphy and his team aren’t a group of nosey kids with a precocious pup. And there’s no heinous villain trying to run snooping strangers away from a gold mine or petroleum reserve. These guys are pros! And they, like, can talk to spirits. Sure, there’s basically no proof that ghosts exist. But evidence should be saved for science fairs and courtrooms. After all, this is an investigation, damnit! It should be noted that Murphy isn’t the first person to believe in the supernatural. It was totally the ‘in’ thing to believe in both ghosts and witches in the 1850s. Ghosts have held strong, even in the present day. Witches, not so much. But we burned most of them. Also, some pretty smart bros throughout history have subscribed to belief in ghosts. On the all-star roster: Albert Einsten, Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare and Thomas Edison. Edison started to develop a ‘ghost communication machine,’ during his inventing career, but quit part-way through the project. The end assessment: ghost communication machine not quite as successful as electricity. You don’t have to know much to be a ghost hunter, Murphy told the audience. He even admitted that he barely can use a camera and sometimes his crew lets him hold the thermometer. But he does have a master’s degree in theatrical stage directing. If this guy can track down ghosts, anyone can. Even you.
Action needed for tobacco-free MSU nSocietal Floss
For the first time in nearly 20 months we have a student government that can actually get work done. When the SGA sent the Clark Student Center Fee referendum to the student body (a vote that ends this evening) on October 19th, it was the first time since April 2009 that a vote was held on anything other than parliamentary procedure. That April 2009 vote was on the campus tobacco policy. Unlike the current referendum, the tobacco policy was never sent to the student body for a vote. Instead it went through the SGA and a handful of other campus committees up to the Board of Regents, who approved the ban over the summer. The policy went into effect January 1st of this year. The ban was intended to do two things: to curb smoking on campus and to clean the campus of discarded cigarettes. The policy states, “the use of tobacco products, including smoke and smokeless tobacco, and the advertising, sale, free distribution, and discarding of tobacco products shall be prohibited…” The policy recognizes that it is the responsibility of the faculty, staff, and students to inform violators of the ban that they are breaking the rules. Peer enforcement in other words. When the ban was first passed there were two groups of people who opposed it. The first group argued that the policy infringed
Cameron Shaffer Opinion Editor on student liberties and rights. The second group thought that the policy did not accomplish anything since there was no way to truly enforce it. The first group should not have worried. Nearly a year into the ban, smoking has not decreased at all on campus. Sometimes it appears to have increased. The previous policy banned smoking 20 feet from any building entrance and could be enforced by the MSU police. With that policy gone (though it was only minimally enforced in the first place) and peer “enforcement” as the only deterrent, smokers have had no problem lighting up in doorways. The signs the welcome people onto Midwestern’s campus,
proudly announcing that we are a tobacco free campus, now appear to have a double meaning students are free to use tobacco. It seems that the ban failed to achieve its first objective of curbing smoking on campus pretty miserably. But what about the second goal? Is the campus more cleaned up? If the area between Pierce and Killingsworth Halls is any indication, no, it is not cleaner. Walking between the two dorms is like walking across a sea of used cigarettes. Discarded cigarettes are littered around all the buildings and parking lots. And there are more cigarettes littered than before. Why? Because the policy says that you cannot discard tobacco products. The writers of the policy, who thought that the same human nature that would be restrained by self-enforcement would also abhor the idea of littering, seemed convinced that students who had no alternative to properly disposing of cigarettes would just not smoke. So, the university did the logical thing and removed all the ashtrays. Well, that sure cleaned up that mess. Smokers have continued smoking, the police can no longer enforce the policy, and the campus is messier than before. Not only did the ban disappointingly miss its objectives, it is an abject failure that worked to make the
situation worse. The SGA has proven that they can tackle problems this year and they should try to tackle this one. The main problem with the previous policy was that it was not being enforced. Chief Hagy was not interested in having the police department enforce a smoking policy, but he has since retired. The SGA should consider reimplementing the old policy and requiring the police to enforce it. Adding a fine, similar in cost to the smaller parking tickets, would work well as a deterrent to students and as an incentive to the police department. Requiring violators to do an hour of community service cleaning up trash on campus would do more to meet the current policy’s goal better than the current policy. Putting the ashtrays back would probably help clean the campus. Something needs to happen. It is clear that the smoking situation on campus is not going to improve without a change of the rules. Any change that does not actually have consequences for breaking the rules will be completely ineffective. Waiting on other groups or administrators to make decisions is not the responsible thing to do. The student government needs to lead and take charge. They have already done it once this semester – they can do it again.
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HOUSE...........................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 “A state agency may contract with a consultant only if: (1) there is a substantial need for the consulting services; and (2) the agency cannot adequately perform the services with its own personnel or obtain the consulting services through a contract with a state governmental entity. The governor may grant a state agency a limited waiver from the requirements of the consulting statute because of an unforeseen emergency. An ‘unforeseen emergency’ means a situation that suddenly and unexpectedly causes the agency to need the services of a consultant and there is insufficient time to comply with the statute’s requirements, e.g., the issuance of a court order, new legislation, or a natural disaster.” Rogers, in e-mails acquired by The Wichitan, refers to Moran as a “consultant.” In addition, Moran uses the word “consultation” on her invoices. The Wichitan obtained documents on the Harvey House through the state Open Records Act. MSU billed the newspaper $621.50 for the material despite The Wichitan’s request that fees be waived because it felt the records were in the public interest. The Wichitan paid the bill, which was later rescinded after it was determined MSU violated a provision in Texas State Administrative Code, which requires that requestors receive advance notification of charges exceeding $40. Rogers said determining what to do with the home has been an evolutionary process, due to changes in Board of Regents membership and a tightening university budget. “As we tried to use the home, I knew last summer that this board was going to want to sell the home,” Rogers said. “They made no decision; they didn’t vote, but I could tell then they were going to want to go ahead and sell the home. Since that time, I have decided that we cannot put it to good enough use that would justify the expense of maintaining it.” Maintaining the home and grounds has proven to be costly. Mowing, tree stump removal and lawn fertilizing costs totaled $21,791. Water bills from May 2009 to August 2010 hit $15,122. The highest individual water bill was $2,136 for the month of August 2009. Electric bills ran $7,039 from April 2009 to September 2010. Gas bills totaled $2,399 from April 2009 to August 2010. Although records show no one occupied the residence, cable television and home phone services have been kept active. Cable bills totaled $850 from June 2009 to July 2010. Phone bills were $2,817 from June 2009 to August 2010.
campus briefs n tHURSDAY: Athletics Luncheon: Wichita falls Museum of Art at MSU
at noon Foreign Film Series: In the Name of the Father: Kemp Center for the Arts at 7 p.m.
n FRIDAY: Don Reitz and Student Selections: Juanita harvey Art Gallery at 6 p.m. n Saturday: Mustangs Rally n tuesday: Journey of Hope Greif Support Group: Counseling Center Group Room at noon
Harvey House (Photo by Chris Collins)
According to Rogers, phone and cable connections were kept active for the Harveys’ son and daughter, who spent time on weekends at the mansion retrieving furniture and personal belongings. Rogers said cable was cut off as of Sept. 1. He also said he has “no idea” why the phone bills were so high. An initial building inspection report dated Jan. 2009 cited no major problems. The originator of the report is not listed so it is unknown who conducted the inspection. The report appears to have come from MSU. The inspection detected no gas or plumbing leaks and reported the pool was in good condition. The abstract portion of the report listed total expenses estimated for maintainence and improvements at $66,380. Of that amount, $29,310 were deemed as critical. But problems began to crop up, and outside firms were called in. Wiring and other electrical work cost $5,384; gas leaks, $4,890; air-conditioning, $9,568; air duct cleaning, $6,095; asbestos survey, $6,600; asbestos cleaning, $11,100; pest control, $965; sinks and toilets, $2,322; roof repairs, $1,050; home security, $2,744; rental and purchase of lawn maintenance equipment, $8,153. Campus work orders on jobs performed by various maintenance crews listed $7,792 for painting, $1,449 for a locksmith to re-key the house and
grounds, $7,350 for electrical repairs, $862 for custodial work, $6,440 for carpentry and $4,364 for plumbing. Corian countertops from Breegle’s were also added for $10,103. Costs for maintaining the pool totaled $7,948, including a $4,500 pool cover and regular cleaning and filling of the pool. Rugs cleaned before a party by a Dallas business, Armen’s, cost $2,387. Lighting costs totaled $2,410. Interior decorator expenses added approximately one-third to the total costs. Decorator costs include: nDining room table and chairs, including reupholstering chairs and consultation, $36,303 nLampshades, $622 nFabrics, $4,713 nVaisselier for dining room, $7,968 nReweaving of Aubusson rug, $4,450, by Armen’s nPair of majalaca planters, $900 nPair of Barbatine lamps, $3,300 nPair of Barbatine vases, $1,200 nDining room lamps, $850 nOyster plates, $375 nPlates, $500 n8 crystal knobs for powder room, $160 nPair of cloisonné planters for den mantel, $1,500 nOval china planter for den, $600 nSmall cache pot for den, $375 nCocktail ottoman, $2,194 nAccessories for the cocktail otto-
by the administration, the majority of money spent on the house came from “gift funds.” Records show only one donor, former regent Munir Lalani, specified that his $5,000 contriman, $2,343. That amount included $839 for a 12-volume bution go toward the Harvey House. set of Waverly novels, $604 for Cowp- Funding of $8,000 is coming from the er’s poems and $584 for candlesticks, a MSU Foundation and $25,000 from the Fain Foundation. Rogers said there dish and a bowl. are additional pledges for the house of nCricket table, $2,020 A French settee and two chairs, that $45,000. The total of all specific and were originally purchased for $1,600, non-specific funds totals $83,000. Alcost $7,435 after $745 was spent refin- most $200,000 are unaccounted for afishing the items, and 13 yards of fabric ter these donations. “We have undesignated, private were purchased to cover them at a cost funds that are held by the foundation of $2,340. Labor on the three pieces of and the trust for us to use for benefit to furniture came to $1,550 in addition to the university. Those funds have been a consulting charge of $1,200. in there years, and what we do is we Receipts show Moran spent $825 on take the yield off of them, and I have plants, grasses and baskets from Selby the authority to spend that,” Rogers Greenhouses in Denton. She charged said. $1,200 for finding and transporting Some employees have raised eyethe plants. Moran also charged MSU $225 to brows over the focus on the Harvey take two MSU regents on a tour of the House, but they are reluctant to speak out. Harvey House Aug. 4. “I would say if this is being spent in Rogers defended the decorating exthe pursuit of university goals, I would penses. He said the home did not do like to know how that fits in,” said well the last time it was placed on the one worker. “How is that money betmarket, where it failed to sell for 520 ter spent in these ways rather than, say, days. buying equipment for science or com“The home wouldn’t sell before but puter labs that would have a direct corit hadn’t been occupied in five years,” relation to an educational goal as far as he said. “It was absolutely packed with the student body.” things and it’s much more attractive Rogers said he thought the house now.” would attract buyers even though it is Rogers said some of the furniture out of most people’s price range. will go with the home when it sells. “Whatever we get for it is going to Other pieces, he said, will probably go be a real good profit and piece of monto the Wichita Falls Museum of Art. ey for us,” Rogers said. According to documents provided
FACEBOOK...................................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 New York doesn’t start schools paying closer attention to their Facebook pages.” Hillary Sommerhauser is a firstyear English graduate assistant who as an undergraduate friended some of her professors on Facebook. She has privacy settings on her Facebook and didn’t make any changes to her page when she became an MSU employee. She also doesn’t feel it is inappropriate to have students as Facebook friends. “I didn’t feel that any of my pictures were inappropriate and it was already set to private,” Sommerhauser said. “I probably should have deleted some friends, but the privacy setting saves me the trouble of worrying too much about that.” Sophomore Abbey Vogt has friended a teacher in the past on Facebook but she said that it was after she graduated from high school. “I don’t think teachers should go looking to add students on Facebook because it would look bad on their part,” Vogt said. “Considering their authority, they’d be the
first to receive a slap on the hand for any inappropriate behavior or relationships.” Cormier believes that there is a difference between communicating with teachers in high school versus college. He said that professors should embrace Facebook but should be aware of the thin line between right and wrong. White acknowledges that social networking can be nice because it provides an opportunity for people who are experts in their fields to get some visibility and to take part in discussions students may be a part of as well. “I know at some institutions I’ve been previously some faculty had Facebook sites and they interact with their students but they interact with their students about things that happen in class or about issues in their discipline or career opportunities,” White said. “But the same kind of attitudes about faculty and student interaction that are in place personally, would also be place in a social networking site.” White admits that it is not easy
deciding whether it is appropriate or inappropriate. “Students are not in a role of power in a class,” White said. “I think it’s very important that we, in the classroom, understand that we shouldn’t be encroaching on our students’ time personally. Students should be respectful of the professor and the professor should be respectful of the student.” Even though Vogt says it can be appropriate as long as any interaction is on a professional basis, she thinks that it is inappropriate when a student is currently enrolled in a course. “It doesn’t seem professional to ask for assistance on an online social networking site,” Vogt said. “There’s a reason they have personal e-mail account through the university. So that students can contact them at any time.” In high school, junior Meghan Heshiser friended a teacher during the school year and says that they are still friends today but agrees that there should be limitations even in college. Heshiser said that
if Midwestern does decide to make a policy that it would definitely take away rights from professors. “Considering recent controversies, I feel that all individuals in professional positions should maintain a professional persona on social networking sites,” Sommerhauser said. “I don’t think MSU should regulate it; individual employees should maintain appropriate decorum.” Ultimately, until a policy is established the responsibility will fall on the faculty to separate their personal and professional lives. “[Employees should ask] are you involved personally or are you involved professionally,” White said. “If it’s a professional site that is representing the university then [they] need to make sure that it has gone through an approval process because they are representing the university. It’s really important to separate the their personal opinion from their professional role.”
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November 3, 2010
Revealing Mexico’s identity
MSU hosts event remembering the Mexican Revolution Brittney Cottingham Features Editor In 1910, Mexico was searching for its identity as a nation. Now 100 years later, Midwestern is hosting a two day event, “The Centennial of the Mexican Revolution: a Quest for Identity since 1910” at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU on November 10 and 11th. “Texas and Mexico have a long, complicated and intertwined history that continues to this day,” Dr. Robert Clark, vice president of the office of Institutional Effectiveness said. Clark said that it is important to understand the underpinnings of that history and how that contributes to our current perspective. Dr. Claudia Montoya and Dr. Harry Hewitt, Spanish and History professors respectively, want this event to be more than just a show of the festive side of Mexican culture. They also want to give the campus community an inside look on what Mexico is through its history, art and culture. Provost Dr. Alisa White is one of the sponsors for the event. She says that she wants to support any event that sparks intellectual inquiry. The roundtable discussion on the Centennial of Mexican Revolution will center on a topic important to
Texas. “The history of our state and country is tied to the history of Mexico. We have a lot of other ties that deal with the economy, the polticial and social movements.” The Mexican and U.S. border is one of the most active in the world. According to Montoya, it is more than commerially speaking. “Mexico is one of our main business partners,” Montoya said. “So why not get to know that culture. Plus, we are in Texas as well , so there are many reasons (for this event).” Hewitt will speak at the event, giving an overview of the Mexican Revolution. There will also be speakers from the University of North Texas, the University of Texas in Arlington. and Midwestern State University. Samuel Manickam, the assistant professor of Spanish at University of North Texas. “I feel that it is important to publicly recognize, celebrate and educate outselves about this important milestone in Mexico’s history in Wichita Falls,” Manickam said. History, art, literature and philosophy departments will discuss the importance of the Revolution in the context of Mexican society. “As students, it is important to be well informed about historical events to better understand some
of the events we have experienced today or will experience in the near future,” Spanish Club president, Linda Aguilera said. Aguilera believes that when people are well informed about other cultures and ideas, they tend to accept and be more tolerant of differences. The cultural side of Mexico will be shown on the second day with a film called Old Gringo based on the novel by Mexican writer Carlos Fuente. Following the movie, there will be a performance by a Mariachi band from Dallas, along with Mexican food, which will include rice and tamales. As a sponspor, the Spanish Club will be preparing tostadas, a traditional Mexican dish. They will also help with serving food and ushering the event. “We all know that the United States has two major neighbors: Canada and Mexico; for this reason, it is important to get to know some of the most crucial events in Mexico’s history,” Aguilera said. “Through this event, everyone will learn a little more about Mexico’s origins and roots and will point out a major historical event of Mexico.” For this event students must get a ticket at the CSC information desk, the admission is free, but a ticket will be required for entrance. “The Struggle of the Classes” - Diego Rivera (Photo by: MCT)
ACCREDITATION.........................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 “I think the demands are increasing,” Watson said. “It requires more time and attention than it used to. There are only so many hours in the day. That takes away from research. That takes away from meeting with students.” Most of the information SACS representatives will look at involves course assessments, said Cassie Slaybaugh, director of Institutional Research and Planning. Her department works as a go-between for SACS and the university. Although she isn’t familiar with how SACS accreditation standards worked in the past, she said they appear to be different. “I’m really only familiar with how they are now,” she said. “But from what I can tell, they’ve changed pretty dramatically. This self-assessment is one of the areas that it’s really changed.” This is a departure from the norm in how SACS dishes out accreditation grades. In the past, the accrediting body gauged university success by how many books were in the library and how many classes were offered in a major, for example. Now they’re trying to accurately measure how much students actually learn. “In the last 10 years, there’s been a push to focus more on student learning than how big classrooms are,” Watson said. Each of the six colleges was responsible for reporting to the Office of Institutional Research and Planning by Monday. In the report, department leaders outlined student-learning outcomes and indentified strategies for measuring them. Every department undergoes this process each year, Watson said. Based on the previous year’s report, each department revamps its goals for the coming year. This is not an entirely new idea for the humanities department. Political science majors take entry- and exit-level tests, along with surveys, to measure how much they learned. Spanish majors participate in capstone projects, while history majors also do testing. “We’ve been doing this,”
Watson said. “We may not have been packaging it the way we’re now asked to. We’ve been doing the assessments all along. As far as keeping the documents and reporting out, those things are going to be a little bit different.” Watson is chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan, a new provision for SACS accreditation. It’s a committee comprised of various administrative and academic leaders at MSU. “We’re tasked with figuring out an area of student learning that the university as a whole can enhance,” Watson said. The Plan is in its beginning stages right now. Committee members are trying to get a feel of what problems students are struggling with. They’re looking for input from students, faculty, staff and alumni to make decisions. Watson said that once the problem area is identified, the committee will address how to fix it. “It could be to improve reading skills, writing skills, to improve online education,” Watson said. “Different schools have done different things. We’re sort of in the search process for what our theme is going to be.” Once a plan to improve academics is drafted, the improvement process should span about five years. Watson confesses that there are more accountability demands on university leaders now than in the past. “Professors and administrators are asked to produce reporting that you used to not have to do,” Watson said. “But if you’re funded in part by the legislature and you’re accredited by SACS, then you kind of have to do it.” Graduating seniors in the mass communication department will have a new requirement to fulfill before they walk across the stage, said Jim Sernoe, chair of mass communication. They’ll need to prove their proficiency in the written and spoken word, as well as visually. They’ll need three proofs of each category for their “senior portfolio.” “When we say one of our goals is proficiency in the written word, we have to be able to
measure that,” said Sernoe, who teaching teamwork skills. is also a member of the Qual“What we want to work for ity Enhancement Plan. “(The is to make sure we’re assessing portfolio requirement) is really things that are very important a good assessment tool.” Although the new requirement should be beneficial to students, Sernoe does draw issue with the way department heads are being asked to package the data. “It can be very subjective,” he said. “I agree with the idea of assessment, but my experience in this department is we’re constantly assessing in a more informal way.” Sernoe’s thoughts on the matter closely resemble Watson’s – forcing students and instructors to format evaluations in a more specific way might prove to be overly cumbersome. “It turns out to be a lot of hoop-jumping,” he said. The Dillard School of Business, on the other hand, won’t have to change very much to meet SACS requirements, said Dr. Laura Martin, assessment coordinator for the college. Martin got a healthy head start on meeting self-assessment standards when the business school went through the accreditation process with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in April. It’s a process similar to the one that SACS requires. “If we are satisfying the requirements for one, we are for the other as well,” Martin said. “They do both have their differences. But that’s a big advantage for us not having to worry about the SACS changes.” This means that while students in other departments might be scrambling to meet new degree requirements, business students shouldn’t be able to tell. “Our students will never know,” Martin said. But this doesn’t mean the college isn’t constantly evaluating learning outcomes. In assessing business students last year, Martin found many were weak in teamwork skills. This was brought to her attention in part by employers who had hired MSU graduates and reported back to her. The college’s solution: to create a new class dedicated to
and things we think are lacking in our students,” Martin said. “If there are deficiencies, we need to go back and make changes.”
Martin has already arranged a meeting between business school higher-ups to discuss weaknesses in the program.
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Swift’s new album ‘Speak Now’ not loud enough Orlando Flores, Jr For the Wichitan
I am probably one of the few people in the U.S. that does not like Taylor Swift. I do not consider her “America’s Sweetheart.” I have not fallen head-overheels for her good looks; in fact I don’t consider her attractive at all. Her brand of country mixed with pop does not sit well with me. She always seems to sound off-key (especially live). And her songwriting seems immature and repetitive. Admittedly, I did think her debut album had promise when she was 16. However, when she was 19 writing songs about being 15 – major regression in my book. She didn’t deserve Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. It made no sense that she beat out Beyonce in this category, yet Beyonce took home Video of the Year. She definitely did not deserve the Grammy for Album of the Year, especially after being shutout at the CMT Awards (Maybe Nashville didn’t want the Grammy she brought home after all). When Kanye West ran on stage and disrupted her speech, I was shocked. Not so much at what he said, he’s known for making crazy statements, but more so that no one had bother to point out to Taylor that she isn’t as talented as everyone makes her out to be. I didn’t want to hate “Speak
Unfortunately, “Back to December” was where this new Taylor left and the old re-hashed songs came back in. There are plenty of songs full of romantic idealization of love and living happily ever after together that was prevalent in “Love Story,” “Tim McGraw” and “Our Song.” Taylor is still mad at boys; those that broke her heart (“Dear John”), those that can’t seem to see how perfect they are together (“Speak Now”), and most importantly the one who stole her
What happens when you put “The Incredibles” and “Unbreakable” into a blender and press puree? Not much, as the uninspired new animated comedy “Megamind” illustrates. The movie starts out cute enough: Two aliens - one dashingly handsome and popular; the other a blue-skined, egg-headed outcast - are dispatched to Earth by their families. They grow up as lifelong rivals and eventually become warring superheroes. Metro Man (voice by Brad Pitt) keeps peace in Metro City, while Megamind (Will Ferrell) tries - and repeatedly fails - to foil him. But when Megamind kidnaps the local newscaster Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey) and unexpectedly succeeds in destroying his rival, the balance of power is thrown off. What good is a super-villain without a superhero with whom to wage battle? The problem here is that di-
not great. Maybe Taylor hasn’t reached her full potential. She’s shown small signs of maturity with the songwriting on “Speak Now,” but it’s hard to not hear the similarities to just about every song on “Fearless” or her debut album. Hopefully with age and experience she’ll record an album that truly defines her and who she is, and not just the events of her life. The Verdict: 2/4 - Questionable
Orlando Flores, Jr For the Wichitan
The best way to discover what’s new in music. Taylor Swift’s newest album released to shelves October 25. (Photo Courtesy)
Now.” In fact, I’d love nothing more than to have listened to this album and be utterly floored by Swift’s growth as an artist and songwriter. Sadly, this was not the case…entirely. First, let’s focus on the positives. The album is without-adoubt catchy, with just about every track having radio/single potential. “Fearless” was the exact same way, Swift has remained consistent when it’s come to crafting her albums. Radio friendly songs and the catchiness hower, do not equal a good album, but rather one you wouldn’t mind listening to a few
times until the next one comes out. A pleasant surprise came three tracks in with “Back to December.” For once Swift was not the victim of hopeless love gone wrong, rather the abuser – apologizing for a break-up she caused. For me, this was the highlight of the album. It showed a new side to Swift, one that found fault with herself and had to muster up every ounce of courage to repent rather than being hurt or angry at her ex. As “great” of a songwriter Swift is, this showing of new depth might be her best.
Not much was released in the last week, so this week The Feed will showcase some of the more favorable albums you may have (or have not) missed during this past semester. Consider this a possible preview to our best of the year list.
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Bradford Cox & Co. put forth their most ambitious and best work to date, ditching the distorted sounds of Microcastle for dreampop melodies. The Verdict: 4/4 – Must Have
Flying Lotus Pattern + Grid World
When the left overs from your four-month-old critically-acclaimed album are hailed just as groundbreaking, you know you’re on to something. The Verdict: 3.5/4 – Don’t Sleep on This One
‘Megamind’ doesn’t stand up to recent animation films Christopher Kelly MCT
moment. While most saw “Innocent” as a heartfelt acceptance of apology, at points it comes across as rubbing the incident in West’s face. In the chorus she assures him “who you are is not where you’ve been,” but towards the end tells him “today is never too late to be brand new,” and that “32 is still growing up now.” It seems to me that Taylor still isn’t fully accepting of Kanye’s grievance. All things considered, “Speak Now” isn’t horrible, it’s just
How to Dress Well Love Remains
An electronic lo-fi Bon Iver influenced by 90s bump-n-grind R&B. Soulful and stirring, R. Kelly would be proud of his cover of “I Wish”. The Verdict: 3/4 – Deserves a Listen
Released: November 5, 2010 Genres: Comedy, Action/Adventure, Kids/ Family, Animations Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes Rating: PG for violence, crude humor Voices of: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill rector Tom McGrath and writers Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons have taken a fairly belabored premise - the anxiety-ridden inner-lives of superheroes _ and done nothing new with it. You can predict virtually every beat of the story, including Megamind’s crisis of conscience (why has he been living a life of evil when there is so much good to be done), and the emergence of an even more tedious secondary villain ( Jonah Hill, whose character is mysteriously animated to look exactly like the real-life Jonah Hill). There’s not enough humor here, either. A couple of the jokes
Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being
Lil Wayne and Drake solidify themselves as rap’s new dynamic duo. A nice hold-over until Weezy (and hopefully Tha Carter IV) are released. The Verdict: 3/4 – Deserves a Listen
are clever, including a running gag about Megamind’s mispronunciations (he calls it “Metrocity” instead of “Metro City”). But mostly the filmmakers seem to be indulging themselves: At one point, Megamind transforms into a cartoon version of Marlon Brando in “Superman” a gag that the kids won’t get and the adults won’t find especially funny. In a year with so much strong animation -“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Despicable Me” and especially “Toy Story 3” - you have to do a lot better than that to stand out.
Neon Indian Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed
2009’s “Summer of Chillwave” gets revisited and remixed in an expanded release of the Austin native’s debut album. Great relaxation music. The Verdict: 3/4 – Deserves a Listen
No Age Everything In Between
Los Angeles’ favorite noise rockers return matured and focused, letting their tracks breathe a little while, keeping their energy level high. The Verdict: 4/4 – Must Have
The Tallest Man on Earth Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird EP
Meet the Bob Dylan of our generation. This rising singer-songwriter returns with another strong EP full of raw emotion and deep lyrics. The Verdict: 3.5/4 – Don’t Sleep on This One
Kanye West G.O.O.D. Friday Series
The most hated man in America gives us a careerdefining albums worth of material for FREE while still releasing an album later this month. The Verdict: 4/4 – Must Have
Will Ferrell voices “Megamind” in the newest animation creation. Tina Fey voices Roxanne Ritchi in the film. (Photo Courtesy)
November 3, 2010
Getting hairy for cancer ‘Movember’ fundraiser raises awareness on prostate and testicular cancer Kimberly White MCT About 20 “Mo Bros” at Fire Station 2 in Felton, Calif., have been deep in thought over the last couple weeks, pondering the types of mustaches they’ll grow during the month of “Movember.” “Movember” - a combination of “Mo,” an Australian slang term for mustache, and November - is a month-long event aimed at putting a face, so to speak, on prostate and testicular cancers, as well as raise funds for research. It’s a simple concept: Start out clean-shaven on Nov. 1 and grow mustaches for the next 30 days. Movember started in Australia in 2003, when some men gathered over some beers and discussed bringing moustaches back into vogue, while at the same time raising awareness about men’s health issues. The idea started out as a joke, and no money was raised that year. But in 2004, more than 400 “Mo Bros” in Australia participated, raising the equivalent of $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia in the process, according to www. Movember.com. The idea has spread to the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and
New Zealand. In the United really a common thing on young States, funds are donated to the adults. Especially ones that can’t Prostate Cancer Foundation and grow one very well.” Much like the pink ribbons Lance Armstrong Foundation. In 2009, about 255,700 that symbolize Breast Cancer participants around the world Awareness Month in October, raised $42 million for the cause. organizers say, the mustaches Over the last couple of weeks, the Felton station volunteers have been sending e-mails to everyone on their contact lists, as well as firefighters at other stations to get more men involved. “The biggest thing is what you’re growing on your lip,” volunteer firefighter Aaron Whiting said. “ Yo u ’ r e walking around (and people ask), ‘What’s going on.’ Obviously random people aren’t going to just come up to you, it’s usually friends or family, and it’s kind of the conversation starter because Movember Foundation promotes the month a mustache isn’t through flyers like these. (Photo Courtesy)
New on DVD: ‘Toy Story 3’ Woody and Buzz had accepted that their owner Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody and Buzz to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. The toy-box gang joins Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to plan their great escape. The first “Toy Story” released in 1995 and four years after the sequel worked its way into children’s hearts. Now, over ten years later, Pixar introduces America’s favorite toys to a new generation. Extras on the DVD: - Beyond The Toy Box: An Alternative Commentary Track - Paths To Pixar: Editorial 3 Studio Stories “Day & Night” Theatrical Short
DVD released: November 2, 2010 Genres: Comedy, Sequel, Action/Adventure, Kids/Family, Animations Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes Rating: G Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles
“Toy Story 3” is the third installment in the “Toy Story” series, releasing over ten years after the original. (Photo Courtesy)
- Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science Of Adventure - Toy Story Trivia Dash -Interactive Game Cine-Explore With Director Lee Unkrich & Producer Darla Anderson
Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion - Bonnie’s Playtime -- A Story Roundtable With Director Lee Unkrich - Roundin’ Up A Western Opening
symbolize prostate cancer. Women who support the men, and help by raising funds, are known as “Mo Sistas.” The American Mustache Institute, founded in the mid1960s to promote the growth, care and culture of the mustache, and to fight discrimination
against men who have them, lists about a dozen different moustache styles that men can sport, from the pencil and walrus to the handlebar and fu manchu.
HOW TO HELP About 217,700 men have been or are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010; of those, about 32,000 will die, according to the National Cancer Institute. To make a donation, visit http:// us.movember.com
Celebrity gossip no surprise Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor
Major drama has reached Hollywood, and I’m not talking about on the big screen. These past few weeks have been full of celebrity gossip about who has been cheating, who has been trash talking and who just needs to shut up. 1. Justin Timberlake cheated on Jessica Biel (as reported in US Magazine, and many sleazy gossip magazines). Who did that come of a shock to? Not many celebrities are satisfied with just one beautiful girlfriend these days. 2. Moving from one sleezeball to the next, David Arquette. After being married for 11 years to Courtney Cox Arquette, the couple is separated because he cheated on her with a couple of other women. Though that is not the acclaimed reason, (apparently it’s what’s best for their family right now) David has no problem running his mouth on talk shows about the other women including a waitress and an Australian woman. 3. We all knew that Kanye West was the rudest and most obnoxious person in show business, so it came as no surprise to learn he’s also the most ignorant. He told “Access Hollywood” that he didn’t think Ray Charles deserved his latest Grammy. So apparently he’s escalated from insulting teenage country superstars to music legends. Careful Kanye, how are you going to top that? 4. Charlie Sheen trashed a hotel room; and drugs and a porn star were involved. Like that was a surprise. Now the porn star is suing Sheen for her 15 minutes of fame. On top of that, his wife, Brooke Miller filed for a divorce Monday. Sheen is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their twins. That’s a scary thought. 5. Even Disney stars are in the drama circuit lately. Singer Demi Lovato has reportedly pulled out of her “Camp Rock 2” tour with the Jonas Brothers and has checked herself into rehab. Apparently she is seeking medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has been dealing with for some time. Well I guess being an 18-yearold super star does take a toll on people. Lovato won’t likely be updating her fans on her progress anytime soon because the teenager deleted her Twitter account. What will we do for entertainment?
Top: Charlie Sheen and Brooke Miller are splitting. Middle: Courtney Cox and David Arquette are separated. Bottom: Demi Lovato checked herself into rehab this week. (Photo Courtesy)
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Lady Mustangs win again Women’s soccer score two wins before championship Junior forward Lindsey Pritchard put her tenth goal of the season during the 68th minute. Freshman forward Mickey The women’s soccer team Brown kicked in the last goal notched off a double dose of vic- of the game at the 78th minute, tories this past weekend. both goals went unassisted. Now, they will advance onto Then on Sunday, the Musthe Lone Star Conference cham- tangs beat Texas A&M-Compionship tournament. merce, 2-0. This is their first Lone Star In the first several minutes Conference regular season title of the game, senior midfieldsince 1998. ers Brandy O’Neal and Brittany The wins from the weekend Subia worked together to put in helped the Mustangs bump up the first goal of the game. a couple spots to a No. 19 rank Subia kicked an assist ball in the National Soccer Coaches’ from the corner to the top left of Association Top 25. the goal to O’Neal. This past Friday afternoon, Later in the 66th minute, a MSU faced off against Texas combo assist by senior midfieldWomen’s University and pulled er Kendra Clemons and junior a 3-0 win. forward Kelsey Hill to Subia for Senior midfielder Jordan the final goal of the game. Smith went unassisted in the So the Mustangs won both 28th minute to put the first goal of their weekend games, no big of the game on the scoreboard deal, but now they face a tougher for MSU’s favor. Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor
File photo from women’s soccer practice. The Mustangs hold a 15-2 record and will play for the title of Lone Star Conference Champions this weekend against heavy competitors. The tournament begins on Thursday at noon at the MSU soccer field. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)
fight as they battle for the title of Lone Star Conference champions. The tournament will be held at the MSU soccer field this weekend. Since MSU has earned the title of regular season champions, they will receive a bye onto the second round. Angelo State will face off against Texas A&M-Commerce at noon on Thursday then Incarnate Word and Central Oklahoma will play at 2:30 that afternoon. Then on Friday, Game one’s winner will compete against Abilene Christian at 5 p.m. Game two’s winner will play MSU at 7:30 that night. Last, the winners from the secound round will play against each other on Sunday at 1 p.m. Good luck to the MSU women’s soccer team!
Men’s soccer remains undefeated with 14 straight wins Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor
Homecoming weekend did good things for the MSU men’s soccer team as their undefeated record was bumped up to 14-0, giving them the title of Lone Star Conference champions. First, the Mustangs dominated against the Northeastern State Riverhawks with a blowout score of 10-0. “It was just one of those games where everything we shot was going in,” head soccer coach Doug Elder said. Goals were made in just the first several minutes of the game. Junior midfielder Nathan Fitzgerald put in his fourth goal for the season after receiving a double header kick from junior midfielder Casey Hibbs and freshman forward Chad Caldwell. The next goal came by junior midfielder David Freeland when Caldwell and senior midfielder Paulo Teixeira put up a combo assist.
Nearly 20 minutes later, junior forward Tex McCullough kicked in a goal after catching an assist from Fitzgerald. Then in the 39th minute, senior forward Bryce Taylor assisted a through ball to junior
forward Chris Dwyer, wrapping up the scoring for the first half. “When you get a team down early on our home field, it’s good for them,” Elder said. The second half was just as fortunate for MSU as the
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notched in six more goals. Freeland put in another goal in the 51st minute after receiving an assist by junior defender Ryan Spence, which gave him his 7th goal of the season. Teixeira then assisted for senior midfielder Sam Broadbent to latch another goal, putting MSU up 7-0 at the 60th minute. Minutes later sophomore midfielder Mahmoud ‘Moody’ Ihmeidan gave an assist to freshman forward VcMor Eligwe. Then Eligwe went at it again in the 90th minute, unassisted, for his 7th and 8th goals of the season. Between Eligwe’s scores, McCullough captured his 6th goal of the season when freshman midfielder B.A. Catney put up an assist to him. Sunday, the Mustangs battled off against the St. Thomas Celts in a hard fought game that MSU came out on top of. Although, they earned it in an overtime segment. “I think we were emotionally drained, it was a non-conference
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and non-regional match,” Elder said. “I don’t think we played bad, we were just tired.” After neither teams scored in both halves, junior midfielder Dean Lovegrove put in a penalty kick during the 97th minute, putting the Mustangs 1-0
against the Celts. MSU dominated in shots against St. Thomas, putting in 22, while the Celts only notched in five. Now, MSU must work harder to defend their undefeated title. “These are two important road
games, and we just need to play them one game at a time,” Elder said. The Mustangs face off against Eastern New Mexico this Friday and West Texas A&M on Sunday. Games are set to kickoff at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Volleyball faces victory and defeat Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor
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(Top) Forward Chris Dwyer battles for the ball against a St. Thomas player Sunday afternoon. (Left inset) Midfielder Paulo Teixeira kicking it for the team. (Photos by Hannah Hofmann)
A mix of wins and losses have stirred up the MSU volleyball team. They lost a match against Southwestern Oklahoma this past Thursday night, and won against Central Oklahoma. First, MSU fell to the SWOSU Bulldogs 3-2 (16-25, 25-18, 27-25, 7-25, 15-13). The win against MSU ended a losing streak for SWOSU, who improved 9-19 on the season and 2-9 in Lone Star Conference play. MSU had one block over the Bulldogs with eight, while SWOSU only put in seven. Sophomore outside hitter Shelbi Stewart led the game in kills, totaling in at 17. She also gave 10 digs to total for a .306 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Miranda Byrd trailed behind Stewart in kills as she put in 15. Senior middle blocker Lauren Bayer gave two stuffs alone and three block assists to help MSU put SWOSU into 12 errors in the first set.
Junior outside hitter Hillary White displayed an outstanding performance with 11 kills and 17 digs to account for a .250 hitting percentage. Although it was sophomore libero Taylor Parker who led the Mustangs in digs, totaling in at 19. Fortunately Saturday afternoon had a better outlook for MSU when they defeated Central Oklahoma 3-1 (24-26, 2523, 25-19, 25-20) Most notable was that the Mustangs finished the game with a season high of 114 digs. Leading those digs was Parker with 24. Trailing behind her was White with 22, then Byrd with 20, and senior opposite hitter Karolina Damjanovic who put in 15. Stewart and junior setter Taryn Westerman both notched in 10.
Stewart led the pack in kills with 14, while Damjanovic and White both totaled in 12. MSU finished the game with a .222 hitting percentage with thanks to Westerman and sophomore setter Kimberly Jeffrey who put up 29 and 25 assists, respectively.
Tuesday, MSU played against Cameron University. They won 3-1.The end of their regular season will be against Tarleton State on Thursday night.
Junior outside hitter Hillary White punches in the ball to a SWOSU defender. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)
November 3, 2010
Bittersweet Rangers season Ranger’s first world series ends with loss against Giants
Edgar Renteria ripped a 2-0 pitch that Lee put right over the heart of the plate for a three-run homer. The Rangers could not proThe greatest Rangers seaduce clutch hits like that, not afson ever will be remembered ter Mitch Moreland’s three-run with claws-and-antlers T-shirts home run early in Game 3 lifted hanging in closets and with Texas to its only Series win. World Series memorabilia disAfter rookie Madison Bumplayed on walls and desk tops. It garner and closer Brian Wilson will be celebrated in the form of tickets purchased for the rapidly blanked the Rangers on Sunday night, Lincecum and Wilson approaching 2011 season. But the final chapter was far did likewise, except for Nelson more bittersweet than anything Cruz’s solo home run in the sevRangers fans have been known enth which merely cut the defito endure. First-round playoff cit to 3-1. In the final two defeats here, losses to the Yankees in the ‘90s the Rangers with runners in never gave anyone a sense that scoring position were, yikes, the Rangers were truly close to 0-for-1. a title. The Series numbers for a The 2010 season ended at team that outbombed the Bronx Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Bombers in the ALCS, scoring on Monday night with a crowd 38 runs against New York in six of 52,045 watching the San games, were staggering. Francisco Giants celebrate a 3-1 The Rangers hit .190 against World Series-clinching victory the Giants. Hitter after hitter that continued their display of who made this special season total dominance over the Rangpossible failed to produce. ers. The batting averages for this Statistically the weakest ofteam’s recent All-Stars: Cruz, fensive team to reach the post.200; Kinsler, .188; Josh Hamseason, the Giants outscored the Rangers in the five games, ilton, .100; Vladimir Guerrero, 29-12, and made Texas the first .071. Michael Young managed a team since the ‘66 Dodgers to .250 average but it was soft with be blanked twice in a World Se- no extra-base hits. So much for claws. As for the ries. antlers? “They shut us down,” second The Rangers’ running game baseman Ian Kinsler said. “Obwhich hounded the Yankees viously, we got a little cold. But throughout the ALCS, stealwe expect more of ourselves. Not ing 15 bases, never materialized much worked.” against San Francisco. For six innings, Giants ace The Rangers stole two bases Tim Lincecum and the Rangers’ in the World Series and were Cliff Lee locked up in a classic caught twice. World Series pitchers’ duel. But This shouldn’t be the case, but the scoreless tie was broken in rookie Moreland, the No. 9 hitthe seventh when Series MVP MCT For The Wichitan
I beat him by unanimous decision in a boxing match last month, and now we’ll test our skills in the cage. There, we won’t be limited with the padding of 16 oz. gloves, and the exclusive use of our fists. This will be a true test of who is the more skilled fighter. We’ll have more knock out power with smaller 4 oz. gloves. A chance to use our knees as weapons. Freedom to throw, slam, bend limbs and choke. This is serious business. I have a picture of him as my background on my laptop, and watch the video of our fight daily. You can find the fight on Youtube by typing our names in the search engine. I study his bad habits, his strengths, my mistakes and areas of effectiveness. This helps me visualize what I have to do to finish this fight. I’ve been training hard for this. I want to leave as little room for error as possible. I’ve been work-
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Tolu Agunbiade For the Wichitan I have a cage fight Nov. 11, Veterans Day, in Altus Okla. My opponent is Albert ‘Squeeze’ Walters, 6’2”, with an athletic build, and an MMA record of 1-0. We are to both weigh in at 175lb the day of the fight.
ing on my striking, grappling, cardio and endurance. My motivation is the thought that he is training hard as well, possibly harder. The consensus, in my training camp, is he’s going to try to take me to the ground, since I got the better of him on the striking in our boxing match. If this happens, I would love to catch him with a Peruvian Necktie, aka Lion Choke. This is a great move to lock on your opponent when he tries to grab your legs for a takedown. First, you “sprawl”, which helps you get your legs out of reach, and then you trap and submit him with the choke. The choke is pictured. It’s a blood choke. My legs keep him trapped while my right forearm digs into his neck pinching his carotid artery. This cuts off the circulation of blood to his brain leaving him unconscious in just a few seconds.
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ter, was the Rangers’ top hitter in the World Series. He continued to grind for quality at-bats even in defeat the last two nights while the team’s stars swung at first pitches and went quietly. “We couldn’t get the guys on base and the rallies going in this Series,” Moreland said. “And that’s one of our main things. We score runs.” Not against Lincecum and not against Bumgarner and not against Matt Cain. “You know, they beat us soundly,” manager Ron Washington said. “They deserve it. Good pitching stops hitting, and in this Series, their pitching stood up and that was the difference right there.” With the Rangers, it has been customary to talk about the “long off-season” after the final out. But not this time. Not when the final out comes on the day after Halloween in this city’s first World Series. “This was a tremendous experience,” Kinsler said. “In a lot of ways, this was the pinnacle of all the things you try to do as a ballplayer. We were one of two teams still playing on Nov. 1.” The greatest season came up one step short. Yes, the Rangers were still playing on Nov. 1, but it was the Giants partying on the infield to the delight of a few hundred of their fans an hour after the World Series had ended. In a matter of weeks, when the Cliff Lee negotiations top the list of off-season stories, we will learn whether the end of something great for the Rangers perhaps signaled the start of something even greater.
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tHURSDAY: nov. 4 soccer: women’s lsc pionship tournament
Homecoming Victory After ten years, Mustangs pull a win over Tarleton cham-
soccer field. first round
angelo state vs. texas a&m commerce. noon.
incarnate word vs. central okla.
throughout weekend volleyball: vs. tarleton
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Andre Gonzalez Sports Editor Students, faculty, and fans of all shapes and sizes were ‘marooned out’ for Homecoming this past Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Not only did they watch No. 19 Midwestern State defeat the Tarleton State Texans 31-26, but they also witnessed Mustang football history being made. It was the first time MSU had won over TSU in 10 years, after the Mustangs had lost the past seven seasonal games to them. Even though the Mustangs won, head football coach Bill Maskill was unsatisfied with his team’s performance. “We didn’t play our best Cornerback P.J. Grundy looks onto his team on the field ball game, but we did come as they play Tarleton. (Photo by Kassie Bruton) away with a win against a team that we haven’t beat in 10 years,” he said. “That was real positive.” The game came underway as TSU’s Blake Wiest kicked a 23-yard field goal during the middle of the first quarter. Then with 10 seconds left in the quarter, junior wide receiver Desmond Ratliff landed a touchdown after receiving a one-yard pass from senior quarterback Zack Eskridge. Eskridge, who played his last homecoming game for MSU that night, felt that Football crew gathers for game talk during a timeout. even though the odds weren’t (Photo by Kassie Bruton) put up as usual on defense,
was happy his team came out with the win. “It was a little shaky, but a win’s a win,” he said. “That was the important thing.” Maskill felt that the crowd in the stands wasn’t as large as usual. “I don’t want to sound negative, but it seems like we’ve had larger and louder crowds before,” he said. “I know we had a lot to do with it because we didn’t play as well as we can.” Early in the second quarter, Wiest kicked another field goal for the Texans, but MSU fired through minutes later when freshman running back Keidrick Jackson took a 17-yard run to cop a touchdown for the Mustangs. Next, TSU’s Jeken Frye received a 34-yard pass from Nick Stephens to score for the Texans and end the first half at 14-13, MSU in the lead. The Mustangs then dominated all the third quarter. Jackson was at it again as he jacked up the score for MSU to 21 points when he took a 16-yard run for another touchdown notched onto his record. Then, with just a single second left in the quarter, junior running back Lester Bush put in another touchdown for the Mustangs on a one yard run to put the score in MSU’s favor, 28-13. In the final quarter of the
game, senior placekicker Jose Martinez kicked in a 27-yard field goal with 12:06 remaining on the scoreboard. The Texans swatted in two more touchdowns from Jerome Regal on his 30-yard and seven yard runs. Although it wasn’t enough to bring TSU over the top as they were trampled under the Mustangs’s hooves. More notable performances were displayed by MSU players. Freshman defensive back Neiko Conway made six tackles, blocked a field goal, and returned an interception at 99 yards in the third quarter that helped Bush whck off his touchdown. Also, MSU was ranked sixth in the Super Region 4 rankings by the NCAA Division II Football Committee. The top six teams will advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs, so hopefully the Mustangs can capture more victories to boost their rank spot. MSU is trailed behind Abilene Christian (No. 1), Central Missouri (No. 2), Texas A&M-Kingsville (No. 3), Northwest Missouri (No. 4), and West Texas A&M (No.5). Next, the Mustangs play a crucial game this Saurday against Texas A&M-Kingsville at Kingsville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Rugby team loses at home SEU proves team needs a lot more commitment Damian Atamenwan For The Wichitan
MSU rugby hosted its first home game of the season against St. Edwards University (SEU) out of Austin. MSU beat St. Edwards pretty handily last year 28-0, but knew it would be different this time around, as five starters were out with injuries and some key substitutes would not be available for this match. The match was played at Kirby Junior High school practice football fields on a great day for rugby. SEU brought 30 players to the match and out numbered MSU in the substitution department, which would affect MSU later in the game. SEU is coming off a 60-0 win over the University of Texas-division III rugby team last weekend, so they had some momentum going for them as well as a lot of support. MSU took the wind in the first half hoping to use it to their advantage. The wind was no factor as SEU quickly moved the ball at kickoff and stayed in MSU’s end of the field the entire first half. MSU gave SEU too many penalties early and eventually two penalty kicks (field goals) and a converted try (touchdown) for a 13-0 SEU lead at the end of the half. “They are a much improved team from last year,” MSU rugby coach Rod Puentes said. “They moved the ball quick and supported each other well.” The second half started well for MSU as winger, Devyn Sutton, took the ball away from a SEU runner and out ran everyone 75 yards for MSU’s first score. SEU added another score and lead 20-7. MSU used its bigger forwards and kept the game physical on its next possession for a well-earned try by Luis Banda. Aaron Alvarez kicked the conversion closing the score to
20-12, SEU still leading. With 20 minutes left in the game, the lack of substitutes began to show as SEU racked up two unanswered tries against a very tired MSU team. MSU rallied back to get another try (Zach Henson) and conversion to get a little bit closer, but SEU pulled further away with another try late in the game to finally seal a win for them, 34-19. This loss makes MSU 1- 1 in the Texas north collegiate division. SEU is 2-0. “We will have to win our next
matches against UNT and UT to have a shot at the Texas championship and a ticket to the regional national Championship Division III championship at Wayne State (Nebraska ) in April,” said Puentes. “This match showed us the need for more commitment from our players. Some new players, Matt Potysman and Tommy Ferrise got some valuable game time which will help down the road”. MSU will face Dallas RFC on November 13th at Los Colinas Polo Fields.
The MSU rugby team fought out hard against St. Edwards, but it was them who came out on top. (Photo by Loren Eggenschwiler)
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