THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University
NPR talk show host to speak tonight
Some people make a living from their knowledge in certain areas while some make a living from a talent. For Diane Rehm, her voice has carried her through a 25-year radio career. The nationally syndicated talk show host will be visiting MSU as part Rehm of the Artist Lecture Series today at 7 p.m. in the Akin Auditorium. Rehm, a native from Washington D.C., began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer on WAMU’s The
LAUREN WILLIAMS | THE WICHITAN From left to right: Carlan Thomas, Jelana Folkes, Camica Humphrey and Deidra Augustin pose for a photo Friday during Caribfest 2007.
Island festival marks 10 years
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MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN
New athletic director hired
If you were looking for great food, an excellent time and fantastic music then the Caribbean Student Organization’s 10th annual Caribfest is where you wanted to be. The event kicked off with a parade that started at about 5:15 p.m. at Sunwatcher Plaza. A variety of bands were involved in the parade such as, the Jab Jab Band, shortnee’s, sensai’s, ﬂagwavers, pussycat dolls, a group from the Boys and Girls Club, and the alumni had a section as well. The Jab Jab Band stood out from the rest of the parade as they were the ones covered in the black paint. The shortnee’s wore very extravagant costumes with bells on them. The sensai’s gave the parade a different look with their scary masks. The ﬂag-wavers were at the front of the parade. The pussycat dolls wore netted stockings, tails, and hats with ears on them. The Boys and Girls Club were dressed as the Pirates of the Caribbean.
BRITTANY NORMAN MANAGING EDITOR When President Dr. Jesse Rogers introduced Charlie Carr as MSU’s new athletic director, he said he’d found what he was looking for in a nationwide search. Experience. Carr has spent the last 12 years as the senior associate athletics director at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He has 30 years experience in sports administration. “We are very pleased that we were able to attract a candidate of Mr. Carr’s experience to MSU,” Rogers said. “He has excellent ideas and is real understanding of Division II and the importance of intercollegiate athletics to our university’s alumni, faculty and students.” Carr will assume duties next week to take over for Ed Harris, who announced his retirement in August.
“The alumni section brought back the 60’s look with the big hair,” said senior marketing major and CSO’s Public Relations Ofﬁcer Nefer McIntyre. The Caribbean students worked very hard to prepare the food that was served at Caribfest. Delicious food such as curried goat, jerk chicken, pineapple chicken and calypso rice were served. “We prepared food for about 1,200 people,” McIntyre said. The food preparation for the event started about a week in advance. The actual preparation of the food started at about 6 p.m. the evening before and didn’t get done until 6 a.m. the next morning. “We still worked on the food up until the actual event started,” McIntyre said. “The food began being served at around 5:20 p.m.,” McIntyre said. The food was served until 6 p.m., but the people who were in the parade didn’t get a chance to eat until the parade was over. The parade ended at 6:15 p.m. back in Sunwatcher plaza where it
began. “It was a good experience seeing how different the Caribbean students’ culture is from ours,” said junior art major Jonathon Thompson. The evening ended with the cultural performances. The performances started off with an ensemble by the steel pan group. The CSO choir sang some folk songs from their homeland. The last event of the cultural performances involved the participants in the parade giving a brief history of the costumes they wore. “I enjoyed the food and music. I had a fantastic time,” said kinesiology major Dimaio Goree. CSO sold all of their T-shirts at the event. “I was really impressed that we were able to sell all of our shirts at the event,” McIntyre said. This was a really special Caribfest for the students because it was the 10th anniversary for the event. The day was concluded with a “Glow” after party that took
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Ground broken for new Wellness Center CHRIS COLLINS STAFF REPORTER
The south part of campus, which used to be home to little more than joggers, indoor cyclists and noisy birds, is now a hot spot of activity – and also a hard hat area. The stretch of land just south of the intersection of Louis J. Rodriguez and Midwestern Parkway has undergone some serious changes in the past two months: ground was broken near Sikes Lake on August 15 of this year, and since then the lake has been a relative beehive of activity for construction workers, project managers, and all sorts of machinery. It’s also been a frequent place of interest for Dr. Joey Greenwood, who is the Director of Recreational Sports and the not-yet-built Student Health and Wellness Center, a $13.4 million project that’s responsible for
Mold empties Martin Hall JESSICA WELLS FOR THE WICHITAN
KRYSTLE CAREY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
all the hubbub near the lake. “It’s a one-stop shop for ﬁtness, recreation and health,” said Greenwood, who’s been a part of the center since its infancy a year ago. “It’s a more holistic approach to wellness than we have now.” One could certainly call MSU’s current approach to wellness (a term that loosely holds physical and mental wellness as well as physical ﬁtness) a bit fragmented – the health center is on the northwest side of campus, while the wellness center and gymnasium are on opposite sides of D.L. Ligon. A Recreation Center in Clark and an Outdoor Recreation Center past Sikes Lake make things “a bit spread out,” as Greenwood put it. Also, many students hoping to access weight lifting equipment, basketball courts and other campus equipment currently have a hard time doing so because of kinesiol-
ogy classes and organized athletic workouts. “There will be no for-credit classes or organized athletic workouts in the new center,” said Greenwood when asked about the purpose of the new center. He draws a distinction, though: “People have misquoted me when I say there will be no athletic workouts in the center. If athletes want to work out here, they’re paying for it, and they should take advantage of that. But a coach can’t bring his team down here to do a workout.” The center, which is being built to relatively large dimensions, will be two stories tall and 55 to 58,000 sq. feet, not including the parking lot. It’ll include an indoor elevated walking track, basketball courts, an outdoor pool, state-of-the-art weight lifting and cardio equipment, Spinning indoor bicycles, and multi-purpose rooms for kick-
Martin Hall will soon be evacuated and undergo a renovation to remove mold and asbestos. Mold invaded Martin Hall, which houses the Social Work and Pre-Law departments, in late May due to the extensive ﬂooding that overran parts of North Texas. These rains caused the humidity levels in Martin Hall to rise, which in turn caused the old air-conditioning pipes to sweat. The water then saturated many ceiling tiles. One area of the ceiling was wet enough to soak through the ceiling tiles onto the carpet. The high humidity caused some of the edges of desktops in one classroom to peel and curl up. According to The California Department of Health, when furniture or building materials are damp it can take only 48 hours for mold to develop, which is exactly what happened in the Martin Hall. Martin Hall, which was originally the Martin Library, was built in 1946 and is the second oldest building on campus. No visible mold was found, except on some professors’ leather and clothbound books, according to Allen Goldapp, Physical Plant Director. Although a putrid smell has permeated the entire building, Goldapp describes the mold situation as minor. Goldapp said he and his staff have been working all summer to contain and resolve the problem. Twenty dehumidiﬁers were placed in Martin Hall at a cost of $30,000. The labor expense to begin the evacuation process by the custodial staff ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 according to Goldapp. Current tests can only identify allergies to less than 10 of the hundreds of mold that have the ability to grow indoors, according to The California Department of Health, so there is no need to identify the type of mold that has invaded the building. Although the type of mold is unidentiﬁed, precautions are already being taken. Martin Hall is having a full evacuation of the building. Students and faculty have already begun the move into the Dillard
Building. Since the beginning of the fall semester, students have not had classes in the building, but the faculty ofﬁces have remained. Goldapp hopes to have to building fully evacuated in by mid-October. A complete removal of the all carpet in the building is scheduled which will not only help expel Martin Hall of mold, but will also help rid the building of the lingering smell, Goldapp said. Goldapp also plans to rid the building of asbestos in the glue that ﬁxes the carpet to the ﬂoor. Goldapp, who has 30 years of experience in environmental sanitation, stressed that the asbestos in the glue is not of high concern because it is not friable, meaning that is cannot be easily reduced to tiny particles which can be inhaled. “If you are going to ﬁx a problem, you may as well ﬁx all the problems all at once,” he said. The cost of replacing the carpet has yet to be deter-
mined. Bid for the projects will be taking place
soon. Martin Hall will undergo a thorough inspection to determine exactly the extensiveness of the mold. Holes will be drilled in the walls to make sure that the mold has not inﬁltrated the walls. The building will undergo a full sanitation, including faculty books and processions that may have been contaminated by the mold. These books and processions will be stored until the faculty is settled. Paneling in one ofﬁce is to be completely removed. The walls are to be scoured with a 10-to-1 bleach solution to kill the mold and prevent it from spreading. A professional sanitation will also take place. New ceiling tiles are to be installed. Goldapp said he is fairly conﬁdent that the building will be completely sanitized and back in working condition by the spring semester. Estimations for upgrading
boxing, yoga, pilates, etc. Presented two years ago by the Student Government Association, the idea to consolidate MSU’s many wellness and ﬁtness attractions into one building was voted on through MSU’s website. The vote garnered an 82 percent favorable result. “I think it’ll be really nice when it’s done,” said Christina Schutte, sophomore, an international student from Venezuela. “Also, it’ll bring more jobs to international students. Students like Schutte, who can’t work in Wichita Falls or in the surrounding area for lack of a social security card, depend on their jobs at MSU to make money. MSU currently staffs 15 student workers throughout its campus. “We’re hoping to double that with the new wellness center,” said Dr. Greenwood. An extended-hour (or possibly
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Construction of the new MSU Student Health & Wellness Center has begun at the intersection of Louis J. Rodriguez and Midwestern Parkway. The $13.4 million project is set to open in the fall of 2008.
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First loss of season
“Emma” is a beautifully drawn manga and anime with wonderful characters.
The Caribbean Student Organization celebrates its 10-year anniversary of the annual festival. page 6
The Mustangs’ perfect season is trampled by the Buffs.
Wednesday Oct. 10, 2007
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Oct. 10, 2007
MSU prides itself on its new business building. The university strives to search for and hire the best professors it can. Meanwhile, it pushes itself to be on the cutting edge of technology, constantly updating computers and software. All this is nice but when it comes to accommodating speakers and the public at the Artist Lecture Series, MSU remains in the dark ages. “What?” you ask. MSU takes great pride in its
Hunting through past writings for real self
Artist Lecture Series, which was established in 1964. “What?” is exactly what the people who put this wonderful program together each year should be asking themselves. Here’s why: A speaker winds up his or her presentation then opens the ﬂoor to questions. Someone on the front row of the crowded auditorium asks something. “What?” Most of the audience probably won’t hear the question. If they don’t hear the question then very often the answer may not make much sense. You won’t have a clue to the exchange that’s going on. You’ll be missing out on something. “What?” It’s the 21st century but we’re suddenly back in a caveman world. There are a number of solutions. • Shout out your question at the top of your lungs (Not too civilized, we’ll grant you, but you will be heard.) • Install headsets like at the U.N. (Expensive but think of how chic it will make us Texans look.) • Hand out hearing aids at the door. (Something other than an iPod to stick in your ears.) Seriously, how much trouble would it be for a couple of facilitators to stand in the aisles with cordless mikes that could be passed down to questioners? Better still, how about passing out pieces of paper prior to speeches so questions can be jotted down and handed to facilitators after talks. A designated party could then read them aloud into a microphone so everyone can hear? This method would encourage even shy people to participate. Education is a dialogue we all can, or at least should, be able to participate in. Questions need to be asked and answered. Until this audio problem in the 455seat Akin Auditorium is solved we’ll all continue to strain our ears.
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I remember lying on the ﬂoor of my b e d ro o m running my hands over my REBECCA FERGUSON hip bones, ribs, feelAD MANAGER ing the concave curve of my stomach. I remember wanting to disappear when people looked at me from the side. I remember being at my cousin’s wedding in the hotel room bathroom debating whether or not to throw up that night’s dinner. I remember sitting at my computer with my hands and feet going numb but being in to position that they should be asleep. I remember looking at pro-ana websites, which told me the tingling sensation in my hands and feet were a normal side affect of anorexia. Food was my enemy, as was the scale; pro-ana web sites and trigger pictures were my new best friends. Whether I actually was anorexic
or not, I don’t know, but I do know I had a problem with something. Being afraid of food isn’t normal. It isn’t healthy. Like most people, for me, it was all about control. I felt like everything in my life was a mess and always out of control. But the one thing I could always rely on was my food intake, or lack thereof. At ﬁrst I think it started out as a punishment to myself: I would get in a ﬁght with my mom or a friend, I would starve myself; I would have a bad day at ballet, I wouldn’t eat dinner when I got home; I would binge over the weekend and would just snack on something small during lunch for the whole week. I felt as if my life revolved around the quote “I eat because I’m depressed, I’m depressed because I eat.” There where a lot of factors contributing to my intense fear of food, depression being one of them. If I overindulged I would run up to my room and cry, stare at my “fat” in the mirror, cut my arms, ankles, hips, anything to help mask the pain, embarrassment, disappointment in myself for eating so much. Let’s face it, I was depressed and
not eating appeared to be my only solution to the problem because it was the only in my life I could control. And no one could take that feeling of control away from me. I needed to hide myself, my imperfections and I did so by just simply eliminating them, by shedding pounds. I eventually snapped out of whatever funk I was in, and I’m not really sure why or how, or even if someone helped me. You might say I’m better now. But in all honesty I’m not. I still have “nothing tastes as good as thin feels” engraved in my brain, but now it’s a matter of not paying attention to when it starts to creep out of hiding. It’s still there, taunting me. Now, it takes all the control in the world to not slip back into my old ways. It’s still there. A lot of things blew up in my face this weekend. Ironically enough, it all seemed to play right into the article I wrote last week. After conversations with four of my friends (some close, some just acquaintances) I decided to hunt
through all of the past things I’ve written just to see if I was even true to myself when I wrote. I stumbled across this particular column I had written for my high school paper a few years ago. It’s not that I wish to broadcast this side of myself to the entire campus, but I want to show not only those four people, but everyone else who read my last column, that I do have a “real” side to me. I’ve said this so many times before and I’ve never gone through with it, but after getting my ass chewed out for something that is no longer in my control and crying in front of people who never should have seen me cry, I am starting over and making things right. I’m in a new place, with new people I’ve never met before. I think this is the perfect time for me to do so. Some people may think I’m wasting my time and that there’s “nothing wrong with me” or whatever, but it is my life and I have the power to chose what I do. With all of this being said: Hi, my name is Rebecca, and honestly, it’s very nice to meet you.
T w o weekends ago, I lost my flipping mind. E v eryone is familiar with those CARLY BURRES people FOR THE WICHITAN that get all attached to someone that they hooked up with once. You have a “one-night stand” and then the girl or the guy gets a little bit nuts when they realize that they are never going to see that person again. They wonder how they could have been that stupid, they think about what they are going to miss out on by not getting to know that person, and blah blah blah. Everyone knows what I’m talking about. It’s the person that thinks a kiss makes you boyfriend and girlfriend. (I call them the “get over it psycho” people.) But two weekends ago, I became that person. I went insane. I’m going to refer to it as “the weekend the aliens took over my body.” What happened? A few weeks prior to that weekend we met a couple of cuties at the bar. After talking for a bit we decided that we wanted to go see Johnny Cooper play at Oldtown. So we leave the cuties thinking
that we would never ever see them again. But we were wrong! For we went back to our humble little home of Toby’s and there they were. It was a joyous moment. I celebrated in my head. Well automatically I become “that girl.” I attached myself to this boy, whom we shall nickname Cali (because I think that’s where they were from.) I was the girl who was leaning on his chest, we were holding hands, and we would whisper sweet nothings that I really don’t remember in each other’s ears. Cali was there with his friend, Florida. (They might have also been from Florida.) So Cali and Florida ventured to Whataburger with me and my friend who shall remain nameless. And then we took our food back to mi casa and they ate while I dealt with other drama. Eventually the almighty question arises. Cali asked me if they were staying the night and of course I said yes. And Florida slept on the couch and well, Cali slept in my room. We talked, laughed, slept and well, we will just stop there. The next morning after just a couple of hours of sleep I got my wasted butt out of bed to shower and get ready for work. Before leaving for work I said bye to the boys and told them to stay as long as they needed.
For all of you who are gasping that I would leave boys in my apartment, my roommates were home so they weren’t left completely alone. Also before I left, I left Cali my phone number and told him to call me if he wanted to hang out before he left town. Small detail that I left out, they were leaving that week. Which meant, I couldn’t have him and I couldn’t get attached. This was the ﬁrst big problem. Human nature makes a lot of people want what they can’t have so the second I knew I couldn’t have him, I wanted him. Stupid human nature. So I left my number and went to work. I was all smiles because I had a great night and that made me happy, especially after having a week of loathing and self-doubt. I got sent home from work a few hours early because I was being so unproductive and my manager was tired of ﬁnding me sleeping all over the store. The ﬁrst thing I did when I got home was look to see if he took my number, and he did. At least it looked like he did. I was ecstatic. As the day went on I kept telling myself maybe he would call. But no call ever came. So that night we went out and made our way back to Toby’s where I hoped to have a runin. But Cali and Florida were not there and I was sad. The next day it hit me that I would probably never see him again
and even though he warned me of this, I was slightly devastated. Ok, I was a mess. Who I became after that, I do not know. I went to Toby’s every night I possibly could for the next week, I super Myspace stalked and tried to ﬁnd Cali or Florida some where on there. I analyzed the picture we had to see if there was a clue that I could ﬁnd to help me ﬁnd him. I went insane. Looking back I’m not sure why my friends didn’t send me up to Red River. I even made a deal with God. I said “God, if you bring him back, I’ll stop drinking.” (Between you and me I’m glad he didn’t because I’m not sure I could have held up to my side of the bargain.) But after looking through waaaayyyyy too many people on Myspace and complaining to my closest friends about how I might have lost the love of my life, it hit me. I was nuts. I was that crazy person who sits on the street twirling her hair mumbling nonsense about some boy from California or Florida or Idaho. Who even knows where they were from. And on my drive back to Wichita Falls this weekend, I decided that I would be that girl no more. I never want to be that crazy, psychotic girl who tries to super-stalk someone that I met just a couple of times.
Weekend ﬂing sends reporter to asylum
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Kashmir, empty tranquility
Why is it that the governments of the world never s e e m to get CHRISTIAN MCPHATE anything OP-ED EDITOR done? On July 27, 2007, the two-day International Kashmir Peace Conference concluded in Washington D.C. with little accomplishment, but a list of promises that will soon be broken. It was the seventh conference held for the war-torn country. The round table discussion took place on Capitol Hill with numerous speakers presenting creative ways to reach the long-sought goal of the Kashmir people—peace. The Kashmir conﬂict is a territorial dispute between China, India and Pakistan. The countries are arguing over the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent with India laying claims to the Dogra Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan has contested this claim, for the dictatorial-ruled country controls a third of Kashmir. There have been three wars between Pakistan and India over the rich, natural resources and trade routes of the Led Zeppelin country. Several resolutions were presented at the conference with each politician making promises to bring peace to the war-torn country. For instance, Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan offered to provide jobs to professionals on both sides of the cease-ﬁre line while Deputy Ambassador Muhammad Aslam Khan declared that Pakistan would never betray the trust of Jammu and Kashmir. And the list goes on with various constructive but shallow promises
thrown out for the people of Kashmir, ranging from the use of water resources as a bargaining chip to the nuclear-free zone and a committee of civil society actors who want to develop a vision of future Kashmir. The resolution draft included nine points: 1. The process of reconciliation and peace building between India and Pakistan be expedited and the people of Jammu and Kashmir be acknowledged as integral partners of the process and acknowledged as its primary stake holders. The parties should determine the parameters of the process and deﬁne a time frame for its implementation. 2. Free movement across Jammu and Kashmir be reinstated, all traditional routes across the cease-ﬁre line may be reopened and made operational. 3. The fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of Jammu and Kashmir be ensured and the various draconian laws be withdrawn. The expeditious release of all detainees and prisoners be ensured and cases against them and those already released be withdrawn. Information may be made available about the conditions and fate of approximately 10,000 disappeared persons. 4. The return, rehabilitation and resettlement of all internally and externally displaced persons, including Kashmiri Pandits and those from the border areas and cease-ﬁre line, be facilitated with dignity and honor. 5. For comprehensive and lasting peace in South Asia, and a politically secure and democratic future, the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir be recognized and respected. 6. All cycles of violence in Jammu and Kashmir should end and a space be created for the conclusive settlement of the dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of all the people. 7. Demilitarization is a necessary step for ensuring peace in the region.
8. India and Pakistan should negotiate a treaty to create a nuclear weapons-free zone in all of Jammu and Kashmir. 9. Trade and tourism across the cease-ﬁre line be prompted and inﬂow of tourists from India and Pakistan to both sides of Jammu and Kashmir be allowed and encouraged. And what was our government’s input on the issue of Kashmir, a country where the citizens must wake each day to the horrors of humanitarian violations, including torture, rape and murder? Congressman Dan Burton, Danny Davis, Clarke, Rahall, Moran, Pascrell, Tom Davis, Rohrabacher, Honda and McDermott emphasized that a solution was needed for establishing peace and all parties needed to navigate a settlement to end the agony of the Kashmiri people. And President Bush’s ofﬁce released a statement that “he [Bush] sincerely appreciates your thoughtfulness in writing and sends his best wishes.” How is the country of Kashmir going to ﬁnd a resolution without an overseer mediating the process of peace? India and Pakistan are too ingrained with their own agendas to truly bring about a democratic peace settlement with the Kashmiri people: The country of Pakistan is disintegrating underneath the media’s watchful eyes while dictator Musharraf weaves his tales of lies in an attempt to solidify his powers over people who do not respect or want his rule – despite the rigged election turnouts. Of course, with President Bush’s constant abuse of his powers, his partnership with dictators like Musharraf and his lack of foresight with the blood feud between the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds in Iraq, what does the world expect? His agendas lie outside the realms of humanitarian.
Concerning the cover story associated with sexual assault occurring off-campus, I am a sophomore on the cycling team at MSU and have seen the jest of parties, from Greek to geek, and I have observed and participated in them all. I think the cover story of Oct. 3, 2007, concerning sexual assault gives a twisted image of parties in general, speciﬁcally Greek parties.
games and minors present.” While this may be true, the sentence brings focus onto a speciﬁc Greek organization rather than the sexual assault case as a whole. Likewise, the article stated that the victim had been to “several locations before arriving,” but the Greek party was the only one mentioned. I think Greeks are the easy-way out when ﬁnding something to put a blame on and that is unfortunate when college students need community most, for better or worse.
In your breakdown by ethnicity, you indicate that MSU has 12.6 percent African-Americans. In fact, there are far more black students at MSU than this 12.6 percent ﬁgure suggests because the number fails to include black students who aren’t Americans, e.g., black African and black Caribbean students. If those students are considered, the percentage of black students at MSU is actually closer to 20 percent. In other words, American black students are counted as black; international black students are counted as “nonresident aliens.”
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Given that I am not a member of any Greek organization and never wish to be, I still hold somewhat of a respect for these organizations for promoting community on and off campus. The article stated that, “The victim had gone to several locations before arriving at an unregistered Sigma Nu party, where there was hard liquor, drinking
– Brian Vestal Your MSU enrollment statistics (“Enrollment Rate Remains Relatively Stable,” Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007) were interesting but misleading.
– Race being such a touchy issue these days, I must decline to sign this letter.
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Tickets for Rockin the Falls are on sale now!
Tickets are $8 at pre-sale price and for MSU students; $10 at the door. Eleven bands will play at the Sikes Lake Center at MSU on Saturday, Oct. 13 starting at 12 p.m. Drawings for door prizes will be done between set times. Beneﬁts for the event will go to Wichita Falls families who were affected by the summer ﬂoods.
THE WICHITAN Oct. 10, 2007
Today’s birthday (10-10-07): God sent me a message for you:Your friends are becoming annoying – ignore them. Try going out with the ones you hate this weekend. You will be surprised at the outcome. Loved ones will try and give you positive advice on Friday –ignore them as well. They never give good advice. Aries (March 21-April 19): You ﬁnd yourself lost in the throes of drama – enjoy the ride. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You are loved, and you really do not feel like being an ass this week (unusual for you). Try to take it all in stride. Take your new ﬂing to a horror movie or a haunted house. You will be surprised at what can happen in the dark with ghosts moaning all around you. Gemini (May 21-June 21): You are hated... enjoy! Cancer (June 22-July 22): Avoid being an ass this week. In fact, try being nice to your exs for once in your life. Agree to everything that they ask you. Wash their car for them. Make a romantic dinner for their new ﬂames. If you do this, then you just might stay the hand of the Blair Bitch. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Sorry, but your week sucks again. Try to avoid haunted houses this weekend. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This week avoid all tests like the plague, including babie tests, school tests, STD tests, Cosmo’s tests, driving tests and anything else with a test before it or after it... just avoid hearing the word all together. I would vanish for the week. Go on vacation to Witch’s Gate with a Libra. It will be a positive experience. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Try to avoid drama this week. Enjoy your weekend with the ones you love. Go to the local churches with a turban on your head and scare some Christians. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Over the next couple of days, classmates are going to become more annoying with their constant texting and bickering. Grab a hammer and a shovel... be prepared. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Try to make important money decisions this week. After Thursday, expect to receive some news that will change the course of your life for the next couple of weeks in a negative light. Try and enjoy this new found darkness. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It is time to change your alliances this week. Become a bad guy... impersonate George W. Bush. You will be hated, alone, and the rest of the country might think you are crazy, but least you will make some powerful friends and you will never run out of tacos. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You are easily irritated by your loved ones, friends and just about anyone else you run into over the next seven days. You can pretend that you are not angry, but you would be better off locking yourself in a padded cell. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Darkness looms on your horizon. It is time to reevaluate those old contracts with the university. Try reading the ﬁne print for once and you just might save yourself from Satan (not really.... you are doomed).
THE WICHITAN Oct. 10, 2007
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The area surrounding the new Wellness Center construction site gives warning to passers-by.
Wellness_________________________________continued from page 1 24-hour) schedule for the center is being considered for the center presently, which should make even more jobs for international students in the form of lifeguards, custodial staff and others. Another beneﬁt of the center that some may not be aware of is the relocation of the current Vinson Health Center to the new building site. The new Vinson Health Center will have newer facilities and extended hours – though 24-hour and weekend service are still in the air – along with a new student physician. Dr. Greenwood explains why this is important, especially to international students: “Your average student may have had the same family physician for 18 years, depending on how old they are. But some of our international students view MSU health care as their
primary physicians. Right now, the only choices for students who get sick after 4:45 p.m. – the Health Centerʼs current closing time – or on the weekend is Clinicare or a hospital. “Weʼre hoping to alleviate a lot of those frustrations,” Greenwood said. But whether youʼre a math major or not, $13.4 million is a lot of money, and an extra $120 per semester in student costs may dissuade some students from enrolling at MSU. Raised student costs to pay for a 20year contract seem even more daunting. Some, like Brandy Navarette, junior, have yet to decide whether they think building the centerʼs a good decision or not. “I guess I probably wonʼt have an opinion until itʼs done and I see it,” Navarette said. To alleviate some of the cost of the building, student focus
groups were used to analyze which features were important and which werenʼt. Among the ideas in the discard pile were a rock climbing wall and a racquetball court, though “space has been left to build things that have been left out,” Greenwood said. Students should note that a temporary concrete road will be used to access the south side of campus during construction, and that in two to three weeks the bridge connecting the east and west sides of Sikes Lake will be blocked off due to construction raising the bridge to prevent future ﬂooding. The center, barring major dealy, should be open and running in the fall of 2008. It is being built by Moody/Nolan Architects (Ohio), Brinkley/ Sargent Architects (Dallas) and Electra Construction.
Rehm____________________________________________continued from page 1 Home Show. She went on to take over the morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, on WAMU in 1979. The show was later renamed The Diane Rehm Show. Through her career, Rehm has interviewed well-known people, such as Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, Fred Rogers (Mister Rogersʼ Neighborhood) and many others. The award-winning program has been offered through NPR World-
Director_______________continued from page 1 “The last year under Ed Harris has been a tremendous asset to MSU athletics,” Carr said. “I can see what he did, the tracks he laid and what an asset he was to the program.” Carr will be the ﬁfth athletics director hired at the university since 1997, but says he intends to hold the position and make it his “last stop.” Coming from a background of Division I programs will present a different set of challenges and beneﬁts, Carr believes. “Iʼve enjoyed a tremendous experience in my roles in Division I athletics,” Carr said. “It might have taken me 25 years to ﬁgure our that maybe this (Division II) is where I can be more effective because it deals with student athletes and coaches and I really enjoy that.” Carr said even his daughter, a 22-year-old Florida State University student, questioned his decision to take the position at Midwestern. “It has taken me a long time to ﬁgure out that the higher I went in (Division I), the less opportunity I had to do the things I really enjoy most,” Carr said.
The students are his top priority, he said. “(MSU is) small enough that I can relate, that I can hopefully make a difference in these young peopleʼs lives, and I really didnʼt have that opportunity at a large institution,” Carr said. “Much of what we did was driven by the bottom line. It becomes more of a business and a professional kind of thing.” When it comes to representing the university, Carr said heʼll do it right or not at all. “Itʼs really apparent we have an opportunity to be the model D-2 community,” Carr said. “We have the support of a great president, outstanding coaches already in place and the opportunity to make solid community connections in Wichita Falls.” Rogers said that the standards Carr is setting might be a “reach,” but that reaching is a good thing. “Iʼm not here to be second,” Carr said. “Iʼm here to be ﬁrst. Thatʼs what I will spend all my waking hours to produce, and with the help of a lot of people weʼll get there and hopefully look back and be very proud of what has taken place.”
wide in Europe and Japan since 1996 via direct broadcast satellite. It can also be heard via Armed Forces Radio around the world. Her career took a turn after being diagnosed in 1998 with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological condition that causes strained, difﬁcult speech. However, this didnʼt stop the journalist. She went on to publish two autobiographical books and produced a program about her disorder,
which resulted in receiving a Media Award from the Maryland SpeechHearing-Language Association. Throughout the years, Rehm has been honored with other awards, including Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. She was also inducted into the Class of 2004 Hall of Fame from the Society of Professional Journalists.
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a “Glow” after party that took place in the Outdoor Education Building. McIntyre said she feels the past Caribfests were great, but she thinks this one was very special. “This Caribfest was personally the best one for me,” she said. McIntyre feels this event wouldnʼt have been possible with the help from the students, faculty, community and alumni. All the proceeds that came from Caribfest went towards the Lunce Foundation, ﬂood victims of Wichita Falls and Child Advocates.
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New Releases MUSIC: “Family,” LeAnn Rimes; “Brave,” Jennifer Lopez; “Heroes and Thieves,” Vanessa Carlton; “Famous,” Puddle of Mudd; “Rock and Roll Jesus,” Kid Rock and the Twisted Brown Trucker Band; “The Chain,” Deana Carter; “Cʼmon,” Keith Anderson; “This Is Forever,” She Wants Revenge; “Necessary Evil,” Deborah Harry; “My Kind of Country,” Van Zant; “Blackbird,” Alter Bridge; “Americaʼs Mexican,” George Lopez; “Complete Clapton,” Eric Clapton DVD: “28 Weeks Later,” “Evan Almighty,” “Reign Over Me,” “Surfʼs Up,” “In the Land of Women,” “You Kill Me,” “12:08 East of Bucharest,” “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” “Rise: Blood Hunter,” “Wrong Turn 2,” “CSI: New York, Season 3,” “Girlfriends, Season 2,” “Everybody Hates Chris, Season 2,” “Stargate SG1: The Complete Series” BOOKS: “I Am America (And So Can You!),” Stephen Colbert; “Clapton: The Autobiography,” Eric Clapton; “World Without End,” Ken Follet; “The Year of Living Biblically: One Manʼs Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible,” A.J. Jacobs; “Journals,” Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.; “Celebrity Detox,” Rosie OʼDonnell; “A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book,” Frank Warren; “Fatal Revenant,” Stephen R. Donaldson VIDEO GAMES: “The Orange Box,” X360, PC; “Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions,” PSP; “FIFA Soccer 08,” PS2, PS3, X360, PC, Wii; “Folklore,” PS3; “Bleach: Shattered Blade,” Wii; “Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer,” PC; “Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron,” PSP; “Team Fortress 2,” PC; “Half-Life 2: Episode Two,” PC
Mustangs for Christ Local musician Jay Burnam will perform Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Mustangs for Christ building at 8 p.m. The Mustangs for Christ building houses a theater room with a large ﬂat-screen TV, top-of-the-line cappuccino machine, pool table, ping pong and foosball tables, and was recently remodeled. For more information, contact Ryan Franklin at email@example.com.
YouTube-inʼ It Ever wonder what pop music would sound like if Mozart or Chopin got hold of it? No? Well, lovemusic177 on YouTube did. Sheʼs out to “immortalize” various pop songs by presenting them in classical forms of music. Sheʼs uploaded her covers of several chart-topping songs, including Fergieʼs “Big Girls Donʼt Cry,” Gwen Stefaniʼs “Sweet Escape,” Timbalandʼs “The Way I Are” and “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White Tʼs.
Power to the People Is “Halo 3” the best game in the series? Does Stephen Colbertʼs humor transfer well into print? Did you recently see a band in concert that sucked? As the student voice of MSU, The Wichitan wants to know what you think! Send your thoughts or minireviews on any new release or entertainment experience to wichitan@mwsu. edu (attn: Konnie) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, age and classiﬁcation.
ʻEmmaʼ makes Victorian London its own KONNIE SEWELL ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Thereʼs not much anime that interests me these days. Save for a few tried and true favorites (“Cowboy Bebop,” “Vision of Escaﬂowne”), Iʼm not the most avid anime fan around. But every now and then a series pops up that is truly entertaining and I canʼt stop talking or thinking about it. “Emma – A Victorian Romance” is just such a series. “Emma” takes place in Victorian London near the end of the 19th century. Emma is a maid working for Kelly Stowner, a former governess. Though Emma is a maid, sheʼs in actuality more of a surrogate daughter to Kelly (who taught Emma to read and write). Emma may be a little plain and mild-mannered but she has an intelligent mind and a good heart, despite some less-than-ideal events from her past. One of Kellyʼs former pupils, William Jones, comes to visit her one day. Emma accidentally whacks him in the face when she opens the door for him, and heʼs instantly smitten with her. Heʼs so taken with her, in fact, Kelly has to shoo him away so she can attend to some other business. William “forgets” one of his gloves, and when Kelly (who can see the sparks) sends Emma to return it to him, the two are soon in deep conversation with one another. From that moment on, William is determined to see more of Emma and spend more time with her. However, their budding romance is complicated by the fact that William is a member of the gentry. His father, Richard, is a proud man who has worked hard to get his family a place in society. Richard also has a complex about being “new money,” earned through business success. His family is rich, but not noble, and he fears this will always hold them back. He has an obsession with William, the oldest Jones child, marrying up in the world. The rest of Williamʼs family are equally against his romance with Emma, except his sister Grace. Grace has romantic problems of her own, and as the eldest girl in the family, she often acts like a mother to them all. After Emma and Williamʼs ﬁrst meeting, the plot is pretty much straightforward from then on: balls, invitations, surprise meetings, secret meetings, romantic rivals. Young Eleanor Campbellʼs father wants her to marry William for his money. Williamʼs father wants them
to marry for the Campbellʼs status. Poor Eleanor, who is very naïve and likeable – not a Wicked Witch of the Ball by any means – just wants to be with William. And, truly, itʼs the characters and not the plot that makes “Emma” worth watching. Emma and William are interesting and have undeniable chemistry with each other. It takes Emma a while to open up to him, usually just nodding along to his enthusiastic conversation. And William, for all his polished modernity (he loves scientiﬁc gadgets), canʼt stand up to his father without being reminded that his and Emmaʼs relationship might tear his family apart. Itʼs a treat to watch them fall in love, and thankfully the series doesnʼt drag the romance out at a slow pace. The many supporting characters contribute to the seriesʼ charm. Williamʼs best friend from Eton, Prince Hakim Atawari, is unresponsive to the restrictions and rules of London society. Heʼs impulsive (riding into town on an elephant with his harem) and an incorrigible ﬂirt. But heʼs also a caring friend, becoming exasperated with William when he hesitations about his feelings for Emma. Throughout the series, Emma meets several other servants and members of the upper class (including Eleanorʼs fatherʼs prostitute, whoʼs probably up to no good), each adding a little something to the series in their own unique ways. The characters are the heart of this series, but the presentation is lovely too. The manga is drawn beautifully in a cross-hatch style and the anime itself is bright and beautiful. The creator of the series is a self-confessed Anglophile, and every effort has been made to recreate Victorian London as accurately as possible. Not just in the background, but the costumes, hairstyles, transportation, mannerisms, speech, gestures – everything. This is unique for a manga/anime series made in Japan but it comes off effortless. And thatʼs another reason to watch. The plot may be everything youʼve ever read in a Dickens novel, but to see it all brought to life with exquisite animation is a real treat. Itʼs almost like watching a dream. Probably the only complaint I have is that the ending of both the anime and the manga feels rushed. Thereʼs no word yet as to when (or if) “Emma – A Victorian Romance” will be dubbed into English or released on DVD. But letʼs hope it makes its way Stateside soon and captures even more hearts with its charming cast and classic story.
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ing like what their original fans had come to love in the ﬁrst place. They, like many bands, were molded into the fresh-faced pop-punkers the newly-targeted fan base wanted to hear, instead of sticking to the bandʼs original sound. Bands such as Boys Like Girls, Paramore, Cartel and many others might fall in the footsteps of the bands that have come before them and “sold out,” but only time will tell. Donʼt get me wrong. Making it “big” in the music industry is usually the goal of the band in the ﬁrst place. But when the group loses track of their real fans in hopes of ﬁnding something greater, they miss out on the point of making music in the ﬁrst place. When a band makes a genuine connection with their fans, who love some silly piece of music they have created, just to be traded in for a fat paycheck and a new reputation ... that is what a true fan hates the most.
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If youʼre the type of person who can make a real connection with the music you listen to, then you know ﬁrst hand how it feels when the band you love gets their big break and is all of a sudden the most popular thing to listen to. Itʼs almost a sense of betrayal when you hear that song being played on MTV and a 12-year-old walks up, singing the lyrics they probably donʼt even known the meaning of. When “Hey There Delilah” started getting serious airtime on the radio, few people knew the song was actually written and released two years before anyone even knew about the band or had heard the song. These “brand new” bands most people come to love are typically not brand new. Most of them were around years before they were offered a contract and had their music videos play all over the Internet and TV. Take, for example, the band Fall Out Boy. This band got their big break with the hit song “Sugar, Weʼre Goinʼ Down” off their 2005 album, “From Under The Cork Tree.” Their hit song was released from not their ﬁrst album, but their fourth and was publicized like there was no tomorrow. Before you knew it, they were headlining tours, making appearances on talk shows and getting their name in the press as much as they could. Before too long, they released a ﬁfth album, “Inﬁnity on High,” and lead single “This Ainʼt a Scene, Itʼs an Arms Race” sounded noth-
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MSU tumbles, 25-20 JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR
The MSU football team is no longer undefeated. Unable to get the offense into it’s usual rhythm, the Mustangs were beaten Saturday night, 25-20, at the hands of now 6-0 West Texas A&M University in front of a crowd of 13,025 at Memorial Stadium. The offense struggled most of the night as MSU star quarterback Daniel Polk was pressured from all angles on a constant basis. Polk was sacked three times and rushed out of pocket six other times. He was held to 213 yards on 20of-38 passing and was limited to 30 yards rushing on 17 carries. Polk got the scoring started with 9:45 left in the ﬁrst quarter on a 6yard touchdown run to put the Mustangs up, 6-0. Jose Martinez tapped in the PAT and was relied upon heavily in the game. After WT tied the game at seven apiece, Martinez connected on a 27-yard ﬁeld goal to put MSU up, 10-7. The Buffs struck again with a touchdown to go ahead, 14-10, going into halftime. Since the offensive unit couldn’t
ﬁnd the endzone, Martinez answered again with a 41-yard ﬁeld goal in the third with 5:15 left in the quarter to pull the Mustangs close, 14-13. WT responded with a ﬁeld goal of it’s own and quarterback Keith Null drilled a 55-yard touchdown to B.J. Vickers with 9:12 left in the game to put the Buffs ahead by two scores. MSU pulled close on a 3-yard run by Steven Harper with 2:11 to play to change the scoreboard to 25-20, but were unable to get the onside kick to give themselves a chance to win the game. Defensive standouts for the Mustangs were Patrick Roberts and Jacob Martin with ﬁve solo tackles each, Herman Walker with four and Cody Thompson with three. Joe Chapman was the leading rusher for the No. 16 Mustangs with 89 yards on 10 carries. On Monday, MSU was at No. 5 on the Southwest Region’s ﬁrst ranking of the season. The poll, which is determined by a committee of coaches, is the deciding factor for the NCAA Division II playoffs and only six teams advance out of each region. The ﬁnal poll is schedued to be released on Nov. 11. The 5-1 Mustangs now travel to Stephenville to battle Tarleton State Saturday at 7 p.m.
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MSU played host to the 2007 Lone Star Conference Individual Tennis Championship this past weekend. The men played at Weeks Park and the women competed at Hamilton Park. In women’s action, Cristina Oliveria reached both the singles and doubles ﬁnals. In the No. 2 singles championship match, Oliveria fell to Abilene Christian’s Meagan Brown, 6-2, 64. In No. 1 doubles play, Oliveria and partner, Faye D’Hamecourt fell to the ACU’s top pair of Irene Squilaci and Aina Rafolo, 6-2, 6-2. MSU gave ACU all they could handle but the Wildcat’s No. 3 doubles team of Dina Pavlin and Lauren White beat Desre Tarr and Ann-Sophie Indehederge, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the semiﬁnals. With only three returning players
from last year’s team, the MSU men put up a good ﬁght against schools with more experienced players. At the No. 1 singles spot, ACU’s J.J. Nunez, last year’s No. 48 in the nation in Division II, edged past MSU junior Karim Belhadj, 7-5, 62. From positions one through ﬁve MSU fell to the ACU men in the ﬁrst round of competition. In the No. 6 position, MSU freshman Chip Threadgill was defeated by Cameron’s Saman Samii, 6-1, 6-4. In men’s doubles, MSU’s No. 1 team of Travis Stegner and Fernando Villarreal lost to ACU’s Nunez and Ryan Hudson, 6-4, 6-3. The Wildcats ran away with 12 out of 18 possible titles in the tournament including all nine of the women’s titles. The men’s team will continue practicing but is done competing for the fall while the women will compete this weekend in a Division I tournament hosted by the University of North Texas in Denton.
Golf team putts in seventh FOR THE WICHITAN Midwestern State freshman Travis Klutts ﬁred a 74 at the Par-72, 7,085-yard Chickasaw Pointe Golf Resort in Tuesday’s ﬁnal round of the Choctaw Nation Texoma Championship. Klutts ﬁnished the tournament tied for fourth as the freshman from Lake Kiowa, Texas with a two-round total of 147 (+3) and was just two shots out of second and six shots behind top medalist Jeff Howard of St. Edward’s, who ﬁred rounds of 72 and 70 to ﬁnish with a 2-under 142. Unfortunately, Klutts’ score didn’t count towards Midwestern State’s team total as the Mustangs
Volleyball Oct. 13 vs. Southeastern Oklahoma 2 p.m. Men’s Soccer Oct. 11 at St. Edwards 4 p.m. Football Oct. 13 at Tarleton State 7 p.m. PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Brandon Jones, 68, prepares to take on a blitzing player from West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium as quarterback Daniel Polk, 5, looks upﬁeld to see whether he should hand the ball off or keep it himself. The Mustangs perfect 5-0 record was demolished as WT beat MSU, 25-20.
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Mustangs move up to No. 2 JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR
PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Chip Threadgill strikes a ball in his singles match against Cameron’s Saman Samii on Friday. Threadgill lost, 61, 6-4. MSU’s Cristina Oliveria stretches for the ball Saturday morning in her singles championship game of the LSC Individual Championship. Oliveria was defeated, 6-2,6-4.
The MSU men’s soccer team claimed its highest ranking ever yesterday as the Mustangs were announced as the No. 2 squad on the NSCAA/Adidas National Poll. Riding a seven game win streak, Midwestern tacked on another victory after battling tremendous adversity Sunday afternoon and overcoming the Orediggers of the Colorado School of Mines, 2-1, in Midwest Region action. As the visiting team, the Mustangs faced a hostile crowd and a tough referee but were able to maintain their composure. MSU received outstanding play from senior striker Daniel Brown who posted two ﬁrst-half goals to give him 14 on the season. “Brownie was incredible today,” head coach Doug Elder said. Brown gave MSU a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute as he netted an indirect kick into the box. The ball was kicked to his right knee but Brown displayed his athleticism by sliding to reach and ricochet it off the post for the score. Colorado Mines coach Frank Kohlenstein was ejected because of an arguement about the play. In the 39th minute, Brown struck again as ran down a ball on the wing
and booted it past Colorado Mines’ goalkeeper Denver Williams to put the Mustangs ahead, 2-0. MSU had to play a man down for the last 50 minutes of the second half because forward Eddie Lett was ejected after making an aggressive slide tackle just ﬁve minutes after coming into the game. The Orediggers were able to capitalize but could only chisel one point on the scoreboard even with a man up. Elder praised the play of the defense including junior Brannon Calvert who had a monster of a game on the defensive end. “Once we got that ejection, the tide turned a little bit, but our defense held very, very strong,” Elder said. MSU improves to 11-1 on the season and more importantly stays ahead of West Texas A&M, who moved to 9-1 on the season with a 2-1 victory over Fort Lewis earlier in the day. “We showed a lot of heart and character this weekend,” Elder said. “But there’s still a lot of soccer to play.” The Mustangs will travel to face St. Edward’s at 4 p.m. on Friday before zooming to San Antonio to battle nemesis Incarnate Word, the only team to beat MSU this season, on Sunday at 1 p.m.
MSU basketball ranked JOSH MUJICA SPORTS EDITOR
RECREATIONAL SPORTS WEEK OF 10/01 FLAG FOOTBALL MEN TKE DEF. KA, 23-7 HEAD BUSTAS DEF. GQ ASSASSINS, 30-18 I GUYS DEF. OFF IN THE SHOWER, 26-12 SHOWTIME DEF. DOMINATORS, 68-24 PHI SIGMA KAPPA DEF. KA, 27-0 HEAD BUSTAS DEF. A-TEAM, 27-6
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claimed a seventh-place result after carding a two-round 615 (+39). Sophomore Mitch Molen, who ﬁnished eighth individually, carded the top team score for the tournament with a 4-over par 148, while senior Brady Jones had a 153 (+5). Senior Gordon Quebodeaux scored a 156 (+8), Eric Thompson carded a 158 (+10) and Micheal Uhles had a 159 (+11) also for the Mustangs. Sophomore Brandon Bradshaw ﬁnished with a 164 (+16) in medalist competition. St. Edward’s claimed the team championship with a 5-over 581, which was 21 strokes better than second-place Abilene Christian, which ﬁred a 602 (+26).
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The 2007-2008 Midwestern basketball teams were both exceptionally ranked last week as a panel of Lone Star Conference coaches, sports information directors and selected as the league distributed its annual preseason polls. The men’s team is picked to ﬁnish fourth overall in the LSC but third in the LSC South Division. The Lady Mustangs are slated to ﬁnish ninth overall in the LSC but ﬁfth in the LSC South Division. The men’s team returns two starters from last season’s South Division championship team that went 24-7 and advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional. Seniors Chris Davis (9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds) and Christopher Reay (6.9 points, 5.9 rebounds) lead the Mustangs as they try to ﬁll the shoes of Eric Dawson (17.4 points), Drew Coffman (17.2 points), and Chad Rickett (16.7) who all completed their eligibility at the end of last season. MSU also welcomes back Jeremy Ford (6.5 points), Kevin Brandsma (1.7 points), Russell Button (2.8 points), Jordan Coffman and Michael Godwin.
Forwards Trajinski Grigsby and Marcus Anderson, guard Nolan Richardson IV, and former Wichita Falls High School star Charlie Logan headline the Mustangs rotation. The men open their season on Nov. 16 and 17 in Austin in the St. Edward’s Classic. The women’s team returns four starters from a 12-14 squad that topped out in ﬁfth in the LSC South Division last season. Seniors Stacey Staten (8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists), Kaylon Hodge (8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds) and Brittni Burks (7.7 points, 4.3 rebounds return to lead the Lady Mustang stampede. Sophomore Andrea Buben also comes back for Midwestern. As a freshman, Buben averaged 8.1 points and three rebounds last season. Tiffany Cook, a transfer from Texas State last year, returns to the squad after playing just 15 minutes for MSU. Duo Brandy Moore and Rosy Ofoegbu are the top newcomers for Midwestern as they transfer this season from Temple College. The Lady Mustangs will open their season at the Courtyard by Marriot Tip-off Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Nov. 16 and 17.
Women earn 24th on soccer poll FOR THE WICHITAN
Midwestern State checked into the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings for the ﬁrst time in school history at No. 24 when the poll was
released Tuesday afternoon. The Mustangs have improved to 7-2-2 on the season after winning four of their last ﬁve matches. MSU plays host to Texas A&MCommerce on Friday.
THE WICHITAN Oct. 10, 2007