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Keeping memories in modern fashion Wai-Kun yearbook transitions from paper to online version Chris Collins Managing Editor
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Professor encourages students to think freely and express openly Chris Collins Managing Editor Ever since he was a kid, Dr. Nathan Jun has been very curious. He wanted to know how the world worked, if there was a God and what it all meant. Now the MSU philosophy professor is still questioning everything, but not necessarily arriving at many conclusions. But that’s okay with him – his students, who seem to multiply every semester, have picked up on his interrogative personality. As the sole philosophy instructor at MSU, Jun is enjoying himself, although he said he’s overworked. He said he hopes his success spurs MSU administration into expanding his de-
partment. “When kids are little they constantly ask, ‘Why?’ Jun said. “And I guess I’m just one of those people who never stopped asking why. I never settled on a comfortable dogma or truth, the way some people do. They’re like okay, I found my thing. I never did that, so I guess that’s why I’m doing what I do. I’m still just searching around – the only difference being that now I get paid to do that and I teach other people to do that.” This semester Jun is teaching four classes: primary concerns of philosophy, ethics, 19th century philosophy, and Eastern philosophy. He said he uses a problem-based approach to teach his ‘primary concerns’ course, while some of his other cours-
es focus on the history of philosophy. He also said some of the main points brought up in his classes are what he refers to as ‘perennial philosophical issues:’ the meaning of life, the existence of God, the nature of reality. Jun tries to keep a maximum of 30 students enrolled in his ‘primary concerns’ class, but only allows about 20 to attend his upper-level classes. Altogether he is teaching about 100 students this semester. “Last year, when I was a little less savvy about such things, I didn’t have any caps on my enrollment,” Jun said. “They would come into my office and ask for an override and I would let them in. That got rather ungainly very See JUN page 4
MSU’s yearbook, The Wai-Kun is going digital next year. The decision, which was discussed at Student Government Association and Student Allocations meetings last semester, was finally made this semester. The reason, Director of Student Development and Orientation Matthew Park said, was because the Wai-Kun was making almost no money. He said the yearbook sold about 250 copies in one of its most profitable year of the decade. One of the most expensive aspects of the project, Park said, is printing. “Production spending was a large part of the fees,” Park said. “The costs were hefty.” A digital yearbook will incur no production cost, Park said. The savings won’t start right away, he said, since the staff still has to produce this year’s book. The savings will begin in two years, he said. The Wai-Kun will be accessible to students from the MSU
Web site, and should be downloadable onto disc or jump drive, he said. “It’ll be much more modern,” Park said. “Digitizing yearbooks is a trend being seen across the nation, especially in Lone Star schools.” Wai-Kun Editor-in-Chief Loren Eggenschwiler said going digital is probably a good idea. “I like having the physical paper, but it’s a lot different than it was in high school,” she said. “We have a much smaller staff than I had in high school, too.” Eggenschwiler said that her minimal staff of three people makes working on the book difficult at times. Relying on photos from academic departments instead of taking most of their own complicates things as well, she said. This year’s annual will be 106 pages, she said. New books will cost about $20. “Everything is going digital these days,” Eggenschwiler said. “Everybody has a Facebook and a Twitter. It’ll be easier since everybody’s online now.”
Everything is going digital these days. Everybody has a Facebook and a Twitter. It’ll be easier since everybody is online. -Loren Eggenschwiler
Fashion your seat belts It’s about that time of year again... Fall. The winds of new seasons are bringing out the jackets, the scarves, and unfortunately, the Ugg boots. Dressing to fit the seasons is imperative in our material culture. Some people, however, obviously don’t care. Or, go overboard and break every rule possible in an attempt to be “cute”. Some days, on a brisk fall morning, people look at you as the most chic and fashionable person in all your new fall outfits. Other days, however, people just wonder what the balls you were thinking when you got out of bed. With temperatures dropping and the leaves changing, we at the Wichitan would like to guide you on your Fall Fashion selections as best we know how. 1. Everything has its place. When properly put together, some outfit and accessory combinations can really wow onlookers. A scarf with a nice jacket is always a winner. Ugg boots combined with Nike running shorts... Not so much. 2. Dress appropriately. There’s no way some of you girls can honestly tell me you aren’t cold in your tank top and short skirt in 30 degree weather. Cover yourselves. You can still look cute and be fully clothed. Trust me, ladies. Modest is hottest. 3. Embrace the sweats; don’t let them embrace you. Sweats often get shunned. Don’t deny the warmth and comfort of a good pair of sweats! However, that little skin-tight number that shows off all your junk... Guys and girls alike... No. Don’t do that. Fashion is meant to be made your own. Individuality is the key to shocking and aweing casual passersby. Do your own thing. But, don’t be stupid. You want people to look in interest. Not disgust.
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The best offense against zombies
Josh Hoggard Zombie Expert
There is a dangerous time creeping around the corner. It isn’t often talked about, and is brushed under the table like some sort of folklore. Since people pass this looming tragedy off as myth, they will find themselves unprepared on that fateful day. I’m talking, of course, about the zombie apocalypse. Second in a series Last week, we dispelled some common rumors about zombies. I trust you did your zombie homework and reviewed and memorized the facts we discussed last week. After all, your mind is your most valuable weapon when slaughtering herds of the undead. If you haven’t committed those facts to memory, shame on you. If you didn’t get a chance to, shame on you. But, there is still hope. Pick up last week’s issue. Remember, zombies are dead, zombies have no cognitive abilities, and the only way to kill them is to remove the head or destroy the brain. Once “remove the head or destroy the brain” was mentioned, I bet a few of your hearts skipped a beat. I know a lot of you faithful believers are ready to hear about effective zombie killing strategies and weapon suggestions. Like any veteran zombie-massacring sensei, I
know how fun it can be to go on a Left 4 Dead style zombie killing rampage and annihilate every zombie in your path. However, I must insist on refraining from being a hero. The best offense against the undead is a good defense. A good attack strategy, however entertaining and awesomely destructive as it may be, should be considered secondary to a good defensive game plan against the undead. The first step to a good defense against a slew of zombies is fortification. Ideally, constructing your own fort is your best option. Fifteen-foot high concrete walls surrounding, sniper towers, an emergency underground escape... High ceilings, a vacant first floor with a roll-down ladder, a basement for storage... But, lets be honest here. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, that kind of fortification is simply out of the question. Despite past predictions, zombie infections have happened suddenly and without much public warning. By the time you are preparing to take on the undead, it’s probably too late to think about building a fort. More than likely, you’ll be in your home or workplace or school when this tragedy occurs. Knowing what to do within a moments notice may be the difference of life and death. So, in the event of a sudden outbreak, here are a few key
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things to keep in mind: • Find all the non-perishable items you can and put them in a safe place. The last way you want to die is starvation. • Get as high as you can and destroy the staircase. Zombies may be able to bite, but they can’t climb anything beyond stairs. • Know your way out of any building you enter into. In the event of becoming trapped, you HAVE to have a way of escape. Otherwise, you become an entree. • There is strength in numbers. Grab as many noninfected, able bodied friends as you can. If you happen to run into myself, Grace Johnson, or Alexis Tate, get one of us on your team. We are experts. • Be ready to move. If your makeshift fortress becomes overrun with the undead, you’re going to have to get out as fast as you can. Once your pseudo-fort has been assembled, making it more defendable is a must. Set up a perimeter. Zombies cannot climb, or think, for that matter. If at all possible, set up as sturdy and strong of a perimeter as you can. Re-enforced wood or concrete are your best bet. Chain-link and barbed wire are certainly better than nothing, but the risk of breech increases as the sturdiness of the perimeter decreases. Set up some sort of sniper
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type tower. Killing the zombies before they can attempt to breech your perimeter is the absolute best idea. Remember, aim for the head. In that sniper tower, have someone keeping watch at all times. Constant awareness is key in determining how to go about defending the fort against a full-scale zombie breech. Keep yourself entertained when not on guard. As previously mentioned, you MUST keep your mind sharp when taking on the undead. The same thing goes with your body. Keep yourself in physical shape. Get around an hour of exercise a day. When you run out of supplies or your fortress is breached, you might have to relocate or find supplies. Traveling on your feet is your best bet. It keeps you stealth, and against the slow zombies, speed is a non-factor. Plus, a car can attract the undead and reveal your location. Always keep close to your team. NEVER travel alone. Keep all angles under watch. Zombie sneak attacks are the second-biggest infectionspreading bites, next only to being overrun. Of course, defense isn’t the only offense. At one point in time, you’ll have to kill a zombie. Next week, we’ll talk about weapons. I know, I’m salivating at the thought too. Survive until then...
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Creation Explanation: Was Adam just an atom?
Chris Collins Managing Editor
Being the first actual column in this series, I thought there was no more fitting place to begin than creation. Each religion has its own creation story, outlandish tales about worldswallowing whales, knowledge-bearing trees and mile-high warriors. These stories capture the imagination as much as try to explain humankind’s origin, though it’s possible we’re just God’s EZ Bake Oven mistake. Some people get too wrapped up in creation stories because they forget what they are: stories. And the funny thing is that when you get to reading these various tales, you start to realize they’re remarkably similar. Think about it this way: Nightmare on Elm Street was a tight movie. It was scary as hell, at least when it came out in theatres. But then Craven made another one. And another one. And another. Pretty soon Freddy had kids and an evil family and it got all effed up. This is basically how I feel about creation stories: at first, it’s very powerful; it hits you right at the center of your being. But once you start to get wrapped up in all the details, it just gets absurd. We have to ask ourselves: should we rely on the literal or symbolic meaning of these stories? Is it really important to find an explanation – however plausible – for how we originated? Did we all come from the same mother god? If so, from whence vag were we pushed? For the sake of clarity, we should briefly review the creation story most of us are familiar with, Genesis 1. This is the ‘mature’ version, so to speak. God: Wow, talking to yourself sure does get old. And I’m tired of watching Golden Girls reruns. I need to get this universe poppin’. Adam: Woah, what’s up, Yahweh. That was a brutal nap I just woke up from. Where’s the rest of the party? God: You’re the first one here. There’s some animals and plants and shit around here. Get to work, bro. Adam: This is dullsville. I need a friend to play hackey-sack with. Ouch, that smarts! Did you just rip out my rib? Eve: Hey Adam, I’m Eve. That sure is a big tree. Add me on Facebook later. Snake: This apple is totally legit. If you eat it you’ll be as smart as Stephen Hawking and you’ll still be able to walk. Eve: I think they said on Iron Chef we weren’t supposed to eat this. Are you sure it won’t fry my brain like keyboard duster? Oh well, I guess you talked me into it. Adam: Wow, this is effing tasty. But what’s that weird thing in between my legs? Eve, do you wanna hook up? Though most of us know the Genesis story, many other creation myths are almost exactly the same. I jacked this next section from ‘The Power of Myth’ by American mythologist Joseph Campbell. Look for the similarities in both events and phrasing in these stories. Genesis 1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Story from the Pima Indians of Arizona: “In the beginning there was only darkness everywhere – darkness and water. And the darkness gathered in thick places, crowding together and then separating, crowding and separating.” Genesis 1: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’” From a legend of the West African Bassari people: “Unumbotte made a human being. Its name was Man. Unumbotte next made an antelope, named Antelope. Unumbotte next made a snake, named Snake. And Unumbotte said to them, ‘The earth has not yet been pounded. You must pound the ground smooth where you are sitting.’ Unumbotte gave them seeds of all kinds, and said, ‘Go plant these.’ Genesis: “‘Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man
said, ‘The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me the fruit of the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done? The woman said, ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.’ The Bassari legend: “One day Snake said, ‘We too should eat these fruits. Why must we go hungry?’ Antelope said, ‘But we don’t know anything about this fruit.’ Then Man and his wife took the fruit and ate it. Unumbotte came down from the sky and asked, ‘Who ate the fruit?’ They answered, ‘We did.’ Unumbotte asked, ‘Who told you you could eat the fruit?’ They replied, ‘Snake did.’ If you haven’t gotten it yet, most creation stories are the same, whether they’re from Arizona or Mesopotamia or Africa. I could use three examples or three hundred. The only thing that would change is the cultural inflection of the story, not the story itself. “What human beings have in common is revealed in myths,” Campbell said later in his book. “Myths are stories of our search through the ages for truth, meaning and significance. They are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.” Campbell also felt that people should study other religions than their own, so they could get a better world perspective on these stories. “Read other people’s myths, not those of your own religion,” he said. “The reason is because you tend to interpret your own religion in terms of facts – but if you read the other ones, you begin to get a message.” In Genesis, Adam and Eve’s path to the Tree of Life is blockaded by a flaming sword, signifying that they can never put back the fruit they stole, that they can never return to that perfect state of unity and oblivion. In that vein, the Norse account of creation also includes a flaming sword. Instead of barring a sinful couple from the Tree, though, the sword is weilded by Surt, guardian of the land of heat and brightness, called Muspell. When the heat from Muspell met the frozen land of Ginnungagap, the ice melted and thickened into the shape of a man. It was Ymir, a frost giant. Like Cain, the first son of Adam, Ymir was bad-tempered and violent. He was eventually killed by the three children of Bor, one of whom was Odin, the most powerful Norse God. The slain Ymir’s body bled so much it caused a massive flood that drowned all the frost giants except one. The last giant survived only by building an arc for himself (see Noah). Ymir’s blood became the sea, his bones the rocks and his hair the trees. Probably the zaniest creation tale in the world is that of the scientologists. It reads like a cross between a bad Star Trek episode and a J.D. Salvatore novel. Basically the scientologist genesis tale goes like this: Approximately 75 million years ago the galactic overlord Xenu saved mankind from the overpopulated Galactic Federation (I’m not making this up). Xenu gathered up all the people, froze their souls and threw them in a volcano. The volcanoes were exploded by a huge nuclear blast after members of the Galactic Federation forced Xenu into a mountain trap in a strange world. The frozen souls – which at this point were on thaw like raw chicken – were the origin of human bodies. The reason this story reads like science fiction is because it is. Scientology founder Lafayette Hubbard was an American science fiction author in the 1950s when he penned the mythology. I try to be tolerant of all religious beliefs, but this is a bigger hoax than Balloon Boy. The Church of Scientology maintains eight Celebrity Centers, the biggest of which is in L.A. These centers, although they have a few other functions, cater only to the organization’s celebrity members. And the member list has some unlikely folks on it - John Travolta, Kirstie Allie, Beck, Issac Hayes and Chick Corea are all on the center’s hot list. Hubbard’s hotly contested brainchild is really just a glorified potluck of other world religions that have been around longer than 60 measly years. He borrows heavily from Daoism, Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as Freudian and
Jungian ideology. But Hubbard bastardizes as much as he proselytizes. He uses karmic elements from eastern philosophies as a pretense for exorcising malevolent thetans (past spirits living in one’s body). He also campaigned for use of hypnotism –which should be debunked as a quack therapy – and dismissed psychology as a pseudoscience. What a prick! The biggest problem with creation stories, however, isn’t taking advantage of people’s imagination like Hubbard did. It’s people who take the allegorical tales and translate them literally or historically. Some people even think the Biblical account of Genesis trumps the evolutionary theory produced by Wallace and Darwin in the 19th century. Let me precede the remainder of the column with this: I do not think intelligent design is bullshit. But I do think teaching it in our schools is. Creationism is not a theory, it’s a belief. And the field of science has no place in the realm of belief. Sorry, evangelist a-wads. Creation science, also known as intelligent design, makes the assumption that there is a creator God. This is a problem because science assumes nothing. Only the most proven scientific assertions – like gravity or Newton’s three laws of motion – have enough street cred that basically no scientist would oppose them. Other than those few exceptions, science takes nothing for granted. Everything is testable. Everything is arguable. Most of the people who campaign for teaching creationism alongside evolution in classroom – which is like turning higher education into Sunday school – are basically proponents of the Christian creation story and no one else’s. I guess at some point they realized this was pretty conspicuous, so they started calling it ‘intelligent design.’ But most of the proponents of this theory, too, are Christian crusaders hiding underneath another religion’s robes. This is a quote from Dr. Ken Ham, president of creationist organization Answers in Genesis. He doesn’t believe in evolution. “The intelligent design movement is not a Christian movement,” he said. “They’re not all about the Bible; they don’t tell you who this intelligence is. The intelligence could easily be directed to a Muslim god or a Hindu god or a New Age god or whatever.” I wonder if the Hindus would think their answers to creation were in the book of Genesis, your pretenciousness. This asshole Ham and other assholes like him aren’t campaigning for intelligent design because they’re trying to be fair to other faiths; they’re trying to make their stream of bullshit seem less subjective. But I’m not unfair. I can see both sides of the argument. See, I’ll prove it. Arguments for evolution: • Opposable thumbs • Science • Everything else Arguments against evolution: • The WNBA • The band Nickleback • Any Abercrombie and Fitch retail store
Another good argument against evolution – or natural selection, at least – is the David Letterman scandal. Get this: Letterman is 60-plus-years-old and probably has to pop like 15 Cialis just to get a stiffy. But he’s slammin’ on hoes a third of his age while cheating on his wife. Baller! Darwin should have had a clause in his theory about being rich as hell. Point of interest: according to a recent Pew Research Center poll, four out of 10 Americans believe in a creator God. Some creationists argue that the only reason we rational people accept Darwin’s theory is because we’ve been spoon-fed it our whole lives. Others say that we go with the flow because we haven’t yet found any better explanation.
And they’re totally right. But that’s the nature of science. Unlike the creation stories of the Bible that could never change, science is like a living, breathing organism unto itself, constantly shifting and progressing. Science is a system of accumulation of knowledge, and we go with the best answer we have at the time because that’s what we have to do. Duh! Dan Lietha is a creationist cartoonist and illustrator with a hard-on for dinosaurs. He’s also a crony of that asshole Ham. Lietha says he draws his dinosaurs from the “Biblical point-of-view,” whatever that means. Shit! I guess I missed the part in Genesis when the Almighty created the first dinos. “And God looked upon the T-Rex he had made, and saw that it was good…” Give me a break. Here is a comic that Dan probably thinks is hilarious. But that’s just because he wrote it. It actually sucks.
And here’s one that Dan won’t like, because it’s actually funny.
If creationists were truly concerned about subscribers to their belief system, they should have worked on the plotline a little bit more. Evolutionist paleontologists tell us a grandiose tale about toothy, bloodthirsty lizards getting whacked with a flaming comet right before the world basically ended. Talk about a summer blockbuster. Genesis gave us a garden, a snake and a flood. Weak! I wonder how much they would have had to pay to get Guy Ritchie to pep the story up a bit. But seriously, the moral of the column is that when you believe one religious story is right, you are saying another is wrong. In reality, they are all equally right and important. They’re all the same story about the same things. Don’t get wrapped up in the details. That’s it for this week. As Journey would say, “Don’t stop believing!” Peace out girl scouts.
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JUN..................................................................................................................................................................................continued from page 1 quickly.” Jun had 50 students in his ethics class last spring. He had 40 students in two more of his classes, too. “You can do the math on that one,” he said. “It’s quite a few more than I was teaching this semester. So that’s just the long way of saying, ‘apparently philosophy classes are pretty popular.’ This semester, with the enrollment caps, I’ve had to turn a lot of students away. It’s not something I like doing, but I have to so I don’t lose my mind.” He said allowing high numbers of students into his courses was a test to see how much he could do. He won’t make that mistake again. Jun believes his high enrollment numbers refute the misconception that people in North Texas aren’t interested in philosophy or religion. “High enrollment numbers totally puts the lie to that idea,” he said. “Clearly people are interested or they wouldn’t be taking classes in the numbers that they are. And I have to mention at some point that this is clear evidence the university ought to consider expanding the philosophy program. So far there has been absolutely no indication that they intend to do that, which is disheartening to me.” Jun said he thinks one reason students are enrolling in his classes is that the emergence of new ideas, possibilities, and avenues of thought excite them. “It very seldom manifests itself in class discussion, because I think that people are shy to discuss these things openly because of the nature of these issues,” Jun said. “But I can’t emphasize how often they are divulged in personal reflection papers, midterms and exams.” Jun said philosophy is important because it teaches people how to think. “It ought to play an incredibly important role in anyone’s college education, because the kind of critical thinking skills one acquires in philosophy coursework will prove consistently important in all other coursework,” Jun said. “Especially in a university that calls itself a public liberal arts university, I think that every MSU student owes it to him-
self or herself to take at least one philosophy course, if not more than one. That’s just part of a liberal arts education. You’re selling yourself short if you don’t avail yourself of that opportunity. You should get that foundation for whatever else you’re studying because it’s worth its weight in gold.” Jun said he’s amazed by the difficulty some students have in trying to overcome their personal religious beliefs to learn about another culture. However, he continued, that struggle is another reason they’re taking a philosophy class. “Some elements within our culture frown upon having open and honest discussions about religious differences, so I think a lot of p e o ple are taught that it’s just not polite to have discussions about t h e s e s u b jects,” Jun said. “Whereas I try to tell my students that this is the substance of philosophy. Initially, a lot of students have difficulty speaking honestly, openly, rationally and respectfully about, for example, the existence of God. It’s never occurred to some of them that this is something you can talk about. But this has to be done in the spirit of mutual respect and with a shared goal, which is the acquisition of truth.” Jun said many students, even the meek ones, warm up to the idea of discussing religion and philosophy throughout the semester. “You just have to get used to the idea of philosophizing, which most students have never encountered before,” Jun said. “And that’s fine – it’s why they’re in college. There seems to be a natural occasion for philosophy around this time in our lives because that’s the first time in one’s life when you’re on your own. It’s one of the first times when
you get to have a stake in your own ideas. You have much more opportunity to create your own sense of self.” Jun said that his intro course is probably, at least for many of his students, their first introduction to other religions. He said he tends to allude to nonChristian religious traditions in the class, mainly because he finds that many beginning students are fundamentally ignorant about other religions. “This is through no fault of their own, obviously,” Jun said. “But they don’t even know much about religions that are historically cognate to Christianity, such as Judaism. It’s astounding to me that a Christian doesn’t know what Torah is, for example. But on
When he entered college, Jun said he wanted to pursue a career in creative writing. “I wanted to be a poet or a novelist until about my junior year,” Jun said. “But I was despairing of the possibility of not having any money, because no one can just write anymore, unless you do the Stephen King thing.” Since he doubled-majored in English and philosophy at Loyola, he decided to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy. But he still hadn’t let go of his aspirations of writing professionally. “I thought I would get a degree in philosophy and teach as a back-up, you know?” Jun said. “I’ll write short stories and poems and do this phi-
this tension: one between big business and big government. “Anarchism just claims it’s possible to reconcile those two competing tensions by creating a stateless, socialist society in which you have a system of federate communes in which everybody owns everything in common,” Jun said. Jun said he’s interested in the subject for two reasons. First, because historians haven’t paid enough attention to the movement. “It’s an incredibly important story historically that hasn’t been studied nearly enough,” he said. “There’s a lot of really interesting work that needs to be done, but nobody’s doing it. So I’m one of the people who’s doing it.” B u t second, and more importantly, he’s interested in the social system because he truly believes in it. “ I think it’s right,” Jun said. “I’ve looked at all the arguments for and against it, and there’s all these competing views about how we should organize ourselves socially, but this one strikes me as being correct.” He said he hasn’t become complacent just because he has figured out what he wants to do for a living. Now he just has more questions – he’ll just have to keep searching for what makes him happy. Jun said the main problem with anarchism is implementation. Though theoretically anarchism is sound, it may be unfeasible practically in modern American society. “It probably won’t happen in my lifetime,” Jun said. “I have hope that one day people could. I tend to be an optimist, but I think things would have to get very, very bad before they could get better. You would have to have smallscale societies for anarchism to work, and people would have to radically rethink their
“I thought I would get a degree in philosophy and teach as a back-up, you know? I’ll write short stories and poems and do this philosophy thing until I hit it big and win a Pulitzer Prize. In retrospect, what the hell was I thinking?” –Dr. Nathan Jun the other hand, I’m not so surprised, because Christianity in the U.S. is so insular. I think we can make a general point that many students don’t know about any other culture but their own.” Jun said his employment at MSU came from necessity more than anything else. The job opportunities for wet-behind-the-ears philosophy professors are slim, he said. “I didn’t have much of a choice,” Jun said. “The academic job market is perpetually tight and Midwestern was basically the school that offered me a job.” The other jobs offered to him, he said, were sub-optimal compared to MSU. Jun earned his bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Loyola University in 2001, his master’s in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and his doctorate in philosophy and literature from Purdue University in 2008.
losophy thing until I hit it big and win a Pulitzer Prize. In retrospect, what the hell was I thinking?” Jun said graduate school at Purdue helped to develop his interest in philosophy and he realized it was what he should do with his life. As far as Jun’s personal philosophy goes, he’s attracted to anarchism – at least for the time being. Anarchism is a socialist philosophical movement that emerged in 19th century Europe. “In terms of what anarchism means philosophically, it’s simply a commitment to total freedom on the one hand and total equality on the other hand,” Jun said, “Traditionally in Western politics, there’s been a tension between liberals, people who emphasize personal freedom, and socialists, who emphasize equality. Allegedly, those things are in total conflict with each other.” Jun said even in our currentday political spectrum we see
relationships toward each other and the earth. There’s nothing theoretically that could keep it from working, because I don’t believe in some static human nature, that human beings are intrinsically selfish. The problems are practical.” Jun thinks, however, that a socialist-type government –such as anarchism – may be necessary to counteract our global, excessive way of life. “I just hope that there will be a spiritual, mental and political paradigm shift in our thinking, and people will go, ‘Boy, we really fucked up,’ Jun said. Jun said he is committed to helping students become more philosophically aware and tolerant. One way he’ll try to do this is by inviting guest speakers to his classes. This semester Jun asked a Hindu student to speak to his classes about what it’s like being Hindu. A yoga instructor, one of Jun’s friends, also spoke to his classes. At the end of the month, Jun said, a Buddhist group from Sheppard Air Force Base will do a demonstration of Buddhist chant at MSU. Two of the members will speak to his classes. A highly decorated Daoist martial artist is coming to talk to Jun’s classes in November. He’s also trying to get a Tibetan Buddhist monk to travel from Dallas to MSU to speak to students. Jun said that although he’s finally settled into a viable career, he still has a lot of questions. “No philosopher worth his salt presumes to know anything,” Jun said. “Some people think of philosophy and art as being two fundamentally different things, and I don’t really think of it like that. I think of doing philosophy as a creative act. When you write philosophy, it’s no different to me than writing a poem. It’s a different genre, but it’s still a work of art.
News Campus briefs Wednesday • Exploring the World of Art Bus Tour at the Kimbell Art Museum • Student T-Shirt Exchange in the CSC 194 at 8 a.m. • Homecoming All-School Picnic and Maverick’s Birthday in Sunwatcher Plaza at 11:30 a.m. • Counseling Center: Grief Support Group in the CSC Apache at 3:30 • Academic Recovery Group in the CSC 108 at 4 p.m. • Homecoming Banner Judgingin the CSC Atrium at 4 p.m. • Pearl Thurston, jazz pianist in Akin at 7 p.m. • Psychic Entertainers: the Evasons in the CSC Comanche at 8 p.m.
Thursday • Student T-Shirt Exchange in the CSC 194 at 8 a.m. • Homecoming Photo Booth in the CSC Arrowhead at 11 a.m. • Athletic Luncheon and Update at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU at noon. • Homecoming Golf Tournament at Weeks Park Golf Course at noon
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• Tobacco Cessation Course in
Bridwell 109 at 4:30 p.m.
• Homecoming Brunch and Alumni
• Speakers and Issues Series: Is
Awards Ceremony in the CSC Coman-
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• Homecoming Parade at 11:45 a.m.
MSU at 7 p.m.
• Tailgate Party at Memorial Stadium
• Homecoming Torchlight Parade and
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Bonfire in Killingsworth at 9 p.m.
Monday • French Club Film: A Very Long En-
• Sorority Open House at the Fain
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Hall Sorority House at 1 p.m.
• Homecoming Fish Fry at Sikes Lake at 5 p.m. • Cardboard Boat Race at Sikes Lake at 6 p.m. • Opening Receptions for Two Exhibitions: Luke Sides and Art Camp in the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery at 6 p.m. • Class of 1959 Dessert Social at the Alumni House at 7 p.m. • Minority Alumni Mixer in the Sunwatcher Village Clubhouse at 8 p.m. • UPB: Pirate Party in the Don Flatt Gym 101 at 9 p.m.
Saturday • Morning Coffee in the CSC Arrowhead at 7 a.m. • Maroon and Gold Club Buffet in the CSC Mesquite Dining Hall at 7:30 at
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The Wichitan October 21, 2009
Entertainment â€˜Where the Wild Things Areâ€™ Classic childrenâ€™s book comes to life on the big screen
Photo Courtesy The cover of â€œWhere the Wild Things Areâ€? attracted children to read this classic book.
Devan Gill For the Wichitan
For a film thatâ€™s had a lot stacked against it from the get goâ€”being based off of a classicÂ childrenâ€™s book, getting Maurice Sendakâ€™s blessing, various studios passing it up, directors trying and failing to effectively adapt the materialâ€” it wouldÂ seem impossible for â€œWhere the Wild Things Areâ€? to strike common ground in todayâ€™s market. Most of the post-movie chatter has ranged from â€œWhat a masterpieceâ€? to â€œThat was boringâ€? toÂ â€œI donâ€™t get it.â€? Thatâ€™s to be expected. This particular film is either going to strike a deep chord in you or go completely over your head-there is no middle ground. I would only recommend it to a few of my friends and loved ones because I know the rest would mostly fall into the â€œI donâ€™t get itâ€? camp. Before going into â€œWhere the Wild Things Are,â€? I knew offhandedly that I was going to be entertained because I liked what I saw from the outset. What I didnâ€™t realize until the last ten minutes was how vividly the film captured the essence of childhood, or more specifically, what itâ€™s like to be in the head of a rambunctious, misunderstood, highly imaginative nine yearold. Right from theÂ jarringÂ opening sequence, in which Max (the main character)Â viciously gives chase to the family dog and wrestles with it on the floor, I had a big smile on my face. Why? Because Iâ€™ve been there, and Iâ€™m sure a lot of other
20-30 somethingâ€™s have been there too. It brought me back to a time when I chased, ran away from and wrestled with my dogs. As a child, I felt an inexplicable ecstasy that I havenâ€™t felt since becauseÂ stuff like that naturallyÂ goes away with age. AsÂ we get older,Â we tend toÂ compromiseÂ our wild side and look at life in more rational terms, such as realizing that some things mustÂ change and most things are simply out ofÂ our control. Thatâ€™s the major dilemma that the egocentric Max is faced withÂ in this film. When things donâ€™t goÂ his way or his loved ones turn their back on him,Â Max lashes out and destroys things, then feels a great sense of sadness because it didnâ€™t solve anything. I think weâ€™ve all been there too. For those who have read the book, the opening lines state that Max makes mischief, but they never explain why he acts the way he does. Of course,Â Sendakâ€™s bookÂ could only go so deep given the readership he was aiming for. The beauty of Spike Jonzeâ€™s take on the material is thatÂ he reads between the lines and gives them a wholeÂ new meaning. In the book,Â Max simplyÂ acts on his ownÂ impulses and is then banished to his room. In the film,Â Maxâ€™s self-imposed exile is spurred on byÂ the discovery of a new boyfriend that his mother has brought home for dinner. Instead of transporting himself almost instantaneously to the land of the Wild Things as he did in
Photo Courtesy Maurice Sendak was the author of this classic childrenâ€™s book.
the book, Maxâ€™s journey to the island isÂ a very treacherous one in the film.Â The fact that Max spends an indefinite amount of time on the island blursÂ theÂ issue regardingÂ whether or not he actually made the journey, butÂ since the film never tells the audience, it just makes things more enthralling. Jonze succeeds in immersing the audience in a storybook atmosphere, complete withÂ exotic locations (sand dunes, beaches, forests), bizarre constructsÂ and even aÂ giant dog (which makes no sense at all but isÂ amusing nonetheless). More importantly, the Wild Things themselvesÂ are faithful translations of their illustrated counterparts. WhereasÂ readers couldÂ only exhibit a passing interest in the Wild Things, we areÂ given a motley crew of monsters that are funny, charming, intense and very flawed. Jonze doesnâ€™t obscure the fact that these creatures are extensions of Maxâ€™s personality, with Carol (James Gandolfini) being the most direct representation of Maxâ€™s primal fear. This is where the movie de-
stroys any pretensions about the audience itâ€™s aiming for. Kids may delight in the funny moments, which there are plenty of, but the film takes some lengthy detours into dark places--some subtle, some not so subtle. Theyâ€™re not happy all the time, and they donâ€™t offer comfort when Max needs it the most. Some of them are defiant, passive,Â and bitter--andÂ when they get angry, they donâ€™t pull any punches. Thatâ€™s because theyâ€™re more human than monster, and again, this film examines what it means to be human on a deeper levelÂ than any Pixar film has attempted in the past. Again, Jonze gets the book and makes the material his own without butchering the themes that made it such a timeless classic.Â Jonzeâ€™s approachÂ to theÂ filmÂ was terrific and perhaps
his most accessible directorial effort Photo Courtesy Max Records stars as to date. He opted for a lot of handheld shots t o the main character in â€œWhere Wild Things Are,â€? which fully embody Maxâ€™s energy the was released to theaters Oct. and point-of-view, givingÂ the 16. rest of the filmÂ a very loose, arthouse feel. ing since most child actors forThe creature effectsÂ were amaz- get how to act like, you know, ing because they werenâ€™tÂ 100 children. The voice talent was percent CGI concoctions but top-notch,Â particularly that of rather oversized suits (courtesy James Gandolfini and Catherine of the Jim Henson Creature Oâ€™Hara. Shop) that had beenÂ augmented In conclusion, â€œWhere the with CGI. Wild Things Areâ€? isnâ€™t going to ThisÂ gave the Wild Things a be regarded as the best film of lot of presence, but most impor- the year by many, and itÂ probtantly, it made themÂ more per- ably wonâ€™tÂ win any Oscars (even sonable. though it should). Karen Oâ€™s indieÂ scoreÂ compliWhat it may have lacked in unimented theÂ various moods being versal appeal it more than made played out on screen without up forÂ with a lot ofÂ heart,Â style missing a beat.Â Max Records, and gumption. Any movie that who plays Max, delivered a has those qualities is a masterstrong andÂ touching perfor- piece in my book.Â mance, which was very refresh-
â€˜Law Abiding Citizenâ€™ serves justice and suspense Courtney Foreman For the Wichitan
You would never think the gorgeous face of Gerard Butler could be so heartless in this seasonâ€™s must-see thriller, â€œLaw Abiding Citizen.â€? The gist of the movie revolves around an attack on Clyde Sheltonâ€™s (Butler) family that leaves his wife and daughter brutally murdered. Instead of seeing his
familyâ€™s two killers get the justice they deserved, the man least responsible for the murder was given the death penalty and the man most deserving of punishment gets off with third degree murder, five years in jail. After seeing this injustice in the legal system, Shelton decides to take matters into his own hands by coming back 10 years later to grant justice where he sees fit, starting with the man
who got away with murder, Clarence Darby. Once the back story is set in the movie, the real adventure begins. Butlerâ€™s character in this film turns from devastated father and husband, to deranged revengeseeking killer. After Darby winds up dead, Shelton is arrested and taken to jail for his murder. The tricky part is, when assis-
tant DA Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), who was originally assigned to Clydeâ€™s familyâ€™s case 10 years ago, begins to talk with Shelton about the recent murder, Shelton only hints at confessing he was the one who did it. Confused yet? Well, thatâ€™s Sheltonâ€™s entire goal by this point. He begins to threaten Rice and tells him that he needs to fix the system that so wrongly allowed a killer to walk free and his familyâ€™s deaths go unjustified or he will find justice by his own means. From his jail cell, Clyde begins to use his former skills as a brilliant inventor to plan systematic events that slowly but surely knock off anyone and everyone who was involved in the case that failed to provide appropriate punishment to the two men who took his family from him. The phrase â€œkeeps you guessingâ€? is an understatement when it comes to this film. The plans of attack made by Butlerâ€™s character are well-or-
Photo Courtesy Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler star in the new thriller, â€œLaw Abiding Citizen.â€?
chestrated and incredibly fascinating to watch play out. The way the justice system fails him in this movie has you rooting for Shelton instead of the â€œgood guysâ€? and really makes you question how the whole legal procedure is run. There were a few scenes that are hard to watch if your squea-
mish about blood and torture, but on the other hand, seeing Butlerâ€™s back side and all its glory, makes up for it in my opinion. Overall, if youâ€™re interested in seeing a movie that actually has a plot line worth watching and that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I highly recommend â€œLaw Abiding Citizen.â€?
The Wichitan October 21, 2009
Sunday, bloody awesome Sunday
Audience found what it was looking for at U2 concert
Brittany Norman Editor-in-Chief
David Bowie’s “Ground Control to Major Tom” played as haze from what seemed like dozens of fog machines billowed out from underneath and around the stage, reminiscent of a UFO. The audience roared with shouts and applause as the members of U2 came onto the stage one by one. The scene created was one of a space ship lifting off, all of us in tow. For all anyone enjoying the show from inside University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium, the stage and everyone around it might as well have been in another world. U2’s 360º tour, in the words of someone who attended the Oct. 12 show in Arlington, is “a spiritual experience.” From the larger-than-life stage that looks like something straight out of another galaxy to the colorful light show to the unmistakable star quality of the performers, it’s difficult to find any reason to complain. It doesn’t’ matter how much the tickets cost, U2 is an act worth shelling out the dough for. Considering the last time U2 made a stop in Oklahoma was in 1983, Bono was right when he announced to the crowd that the time to get from that venue, a mile down the road from Memorial Stadium, to the show on Sunday was definitely slow going. Still, the rock group proved that sometimes, 26 years isn’t too long to wait for an
encore. They even played a song from the album they had released that very year, a version of “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” set to heartwrenching scenes on the 360 degree LCD screen of scenes from protests over the disputed election in Iran. It was a show of solidarity toward the oppressed — something Bono and the rest of the band are famous for – as well as a reminder of just how long U2 has been lighting stadiums on fire. Twenty-six year encompassed the release of 23 albums, including live and compilation releases, one box set, 49 singles, seven of which hit number one on the U.S. charts, a Hall of Fame induction and 23 Grammy awards, tied with Stevie Wonder for most Grammys won by a musical act. For a good hour before the
show, everyone simply stared at the stage and tried to figure out what everything was. It was a lot of metal, a lot of color, and a lot of lights. When the show started, the stage itself seemed to disappear and become part of the atmosphere, and it truly did make the concert an all-encompassing experience. When the stage takes up over half the length of the football field, it certainly serves to Photo Courtesy make an enormous U2 has been traveling the world on their 360º tour, performing stadium venue seem songs from their latest album, “No Line on the Horizon.” smaller and more inthe new album, “No Line on the They’re classics, and even timate. the youngest members of That’s always a feat when Horizon,” called “Breathe.” Other “No Line” songs played the audience (ten years old tens of thousands of people are Photo by Brittany Norman crowded into a space trying to including “Get On Your Boots,” and younger) were singing The last time U2 had been in “Magnificent,” “No Line on the along to songs that were Oklahoma was 26 years ago. get the full concert experience. more than twice their age. The Black Eyed Peas provid- Horizon,” and “I’ll Go Crazy.” “Unknown Caller” made an Many of the audi“the last of the rock stars.” ed the first surprise of the night U2 might very well be it. See(at least for me), in that Fergie appearance in the setlist, and it ence members were apparently could actually sing. Who would was the only song that wasn’t strangers to U2 concerts. When ing Bono, The Edge and the rest have thought? Expecting a lip- entirely enjoyable. It just seems the band left the stage the first of the crew up on that enormous synched performance with a that a band with proven lyri- time, people began packing their stage is a reminder of just how bunch of booty popping while cal chops would choose a bet- T-shirts and other band memo- much they are larger-than-life. will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap. ter track to put the lyrics up on rabilia up to start the walk back Other rock bands come and go, rapped the opening set away. the big screen for a sing-along. to the parking lot, only to be but they don’t have the staying Surprise, surprise, Fergie’s mic (If you’ve heard the song, you stopped by Bono’s return to the power and the wide appeal that U2 managed to grab. They’ve was actually turned on and she know what I mean. “Force quit stage. and move to trash,” really? We He sang “Amazing Grace” af- been around since the late 1970’s, could sing. They worked their way all love our Mac computers but ter a performance of “One,” and up there in longevity with The finished out the five-song, two- Rolling Stones. Their singles through the hits, from “Let’s that’s taking it a little too far). A comment was made during part encore with touring staples still make a dent in the Billboard Get it Started” to “Boom Boom Pow,” all the while dancing in the concert, after they played “Where The Streets Have No charts after all this time, when space-age costumes while danc- “Elevation,” that the focus Name” and “With Or Without the children of their first fans are grown now and having children ers dressed as robots or wear- seemed to be on newer music. You.” A twenty-four song set list by of their own. ing strange monochromatic Only, “All That You Can’t Leave They played the song “In a bodysuits joined them on the Behind” was released in 2001, U2 seemed to pass by in no time stage for added effect. Fergie eight years ago. A band has defi- at all, and ending on a slow note Little While” after Bono remistole the show with her spar- nitely proven staying power if with “Moment of Surrender” nisced how long it had been since they’d come to Oklahoma. kly dress, dance moves and singles going on a decade old are hardly seemed fitting. still considered new. Concerts like the one U2 put Maybe in the real world, 26 vocals. Truly old favorites like “I Still on are a reminder of what real years is “a little while.” The crowd was more than In the music business, howevPhoto warmed up despite the chilly Haven’t Found What I’m Look- rock stars are. There aren’t many Courtesy weather when U2 finally came ing For” and “The Unforgettable of them left. In the song “Kite” er, the fact that they’re still fillU2 performed Sunday night at on to kick off their two and a Fire” got as much response from from “All That You Can’t Leave ing up football stadiums means The University of Oklahoma. half hour set with a track from the audience as the newer hits. Behind,” Bono sings a line about something bigger.
Jackson and Swift lead AMA nominations Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor
The nominees for the 2009 American Music Awards were announced on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Having already received multiple nominations for the Grammys, CMAs and MTV VMAs, Taylor Swift can now add a few more accolades to her collection. Last Tuesday the 19 yearold country star received five American Music Awards nominations, including favorite female country music artist, favorite female pop artist and artist of the year. Michael Jackson was another top nominee, with five nominations, followed by rapper Eminem who nabbed four. Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon and T.I. each received three. Also, for the first time in the show’s 37-year history, fans will be able to determine the final four nominees of the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award by voting on ABC. com. Among those considered for the category are Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Gloriana, the Zac Brown Band, Keri Hilson and Jermiah. The AMA’s will premiere live at the Los Angeles’s
Ones” Soundtracks Favorite Album “Hannah Montana: The Movie” “Hannah Montana 3” “Twilight Soundtrack”
Photo Courtesy Eminem is in the running against Michael Jackson and T.I. for Favorite Male Artist.
Alternative Rock Favorite Artist Green Day Kings of Leon Shinedown
Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Here is a complete list of AMA Nominations 2009: Pop/Rock Favorite Male Artist Eminem Michael Jackson T.I. Favorite Female Artist Beyonce Lady Gaga Taylor Swift Favorite Band, Duo or Group Black Eyed Peas Kings of Leon Nickelback Favorite Album Lady Gaga “Fame” Michael Jackson “Number Ones” Taylor Swift “Fearless” Country Music Favorite Male Artist Jason Aldean Darius Rucker Keith Urban
Photo Courtesy Michael Jackson is in the running for five AMAs. Photo Courtesy Above: Taylor Swift is nominated for five awards at this years AMAs. Left: Beyonce is up for three awards.
Favorite Female Artist Reba McEntire Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood Favorite Band, Duo or Group Rascal Flatts Sugarland Zac Brown Band
Favorite Album Rascal Flatts “Unstoppable” Taylor Swift “Fearless” Zac Brown Band “Foundation” Rap/Hip-hop Favorite Male Artist Eminem Jay-Z T. I. Favorite Album Eminem “Relapse”
Jay-Z “Blueprint 3” T.I. “Paper Trail” Soul/R&B Favorite Male Artist Jamie Foxx Michael Jackson Maxwell Favorite Female Artist Beyonce Keyshia Cole Keri Hilson Favorite Band, Duo or Group Black Eyed Peas Day26 Mary Mary Favorite Album Beyonce “I Am Sasha Fierce” Black Eyed Peas “The E.N.D. Michael Jackson “Number
Adult Contemporary Favorite Artist Daughtry Jason Mraz Taylor Swift ARTIST OF THE YEAR Alternative: Kings of Leon Country: Taylor Swift Pop/Rock: Lady Gaga Rap/Hip-Hop: Eminem Soul/R&B: Michael Jackson T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Pop/Rock Breakthrough Artist: Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga Country Breakthrough Artist: Gloriana, Zac Brown Band Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist: Keri Hilson, Jermiah Rap/Hip-Hop Breakthrough Artist: Drake, Kid Cudi
The Wichitan October 21, 2009
Midwestern State stampedes over No. 7 Javelinas 38-7 MSUMustangs.com For the Wichitan
Zack Eskridge was nearly perfect and No. 22 Midwestern State continued to be a nightmare for No. 7 Texas A&M-Kingsville as the Mustangs rolled to a 38-7 win Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Eskridge, the national pass efficiency leader, completed 24-of25 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another. The Mustangs also grounded out a season-high 212 yards and accounted for three rushing touchdowns including a 14-yarder by Eskridge while Neal Carr added two more form 7 and 3 yards out. BeeJay Mathis finished with a season-high 100 yards on 22 carries, while Carr added 66 yards on 15 totes. Eskridge completed his first 18 passes and hooked up for TDs with on a 15-yard toss to David
Little and a 10-yard pitch-andcatch to Jared Freeman as the Mustangs rolled up 457 yards of total offense. Andy Tanner paced the Mustangs’ receiving corps with 81 yards on four receptions, while Sheldon Galloway had a season-high nine receptions for 75 yards. Texas A&M-Kingsville, which was limited to 286 yards of total offense, was led by Fred Winborn, who rushed for 108 yards on 11 carries. Javelinas quarterback Billy Garza was limited to 163 yards on 14-of-30 passes and threw one interceptions. Midwestern State, who improved to 6-2 on the season and 2-2 in the LSC South, plays host to Central Oklahoma next week, while Texas A&M-Kingsville (7-1, 3-1) faces Eastern New Mexico next week at Javelina Stadium.
Top left: MSU Captains take the field. Middle Left: Zack Eskridge looks for a receiver. Bottom Left: Coach Bill Maskill talks to his team after a big win over No. 7 Texas A&M Kingsville. Top Right: Mustangs’ offensive line gets ready for a play. Middle Right: Senior BeeJay Mathis finished with a season-high 100 yards. Bottom Right: Fans cheer on the Mustangs. Bottom center: Players pose after a big win. (Photos by Patrick Johnston.)
Soccer drops second game of the season and out of the rankings Kaitlin Morrison Sports Editor
It took one shot for No. 22 Midwestern State to pick up another Lone Star Conference win over Eastern New Mexico Friday at the ENMU Soccer Field. In the 55th minute Kendra Clemons ripped a shot over the head of the ENMU goalkeeper Sierra Cardenas to lift the Mustangs to a 1-0 win. “This is a tough place to play,” MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. “They picked it up in the second half and put some pressure on us.î It was sophomore Lindsay Pritchard’s pressure on a throwin on the MSU offensive half of the field which led to a turnover in the 55th minute.
Pritchard served the ball ahead to Clemons, who beat an ENMU defender near the top of the box and ripped her first goal of the season to provide the difference in the match. The MSU defense, led by senior Megan Hanlon and freshman Brittany Martinez, limited the Zia attack to five total shots with just one of those on goal. “Megan played her best game of the year. She attacked out the back and played defense very well,” Trimble said. “Brittany made her first start and did a great job in the back for us.” Senior Ashley Meek and freshman Mallory Whitworth combined for the Mustangs’ ninth shutout this season. Eastern New Mexico slipped to 7-8 overall and to 2-4 in the
LSC. On Sunday, Midwestern faced a stiffer competition when they traveled to Canyon to take on No. 13 West Texas A&M at The Pitch. The Lady Buffs buried two goals in the opening 20 minutes and held off Midwestern State’s attacks to pick up the LSC win 3-1. West Texas A&M’s Miriam Dominguez blasted a shot in from the top of the 18-yard box in the 9th minute past MSU starting keeper Ashley Meek to give the Lady Buffs a 1-0 advantage. Dominguez then threaded a through ball to Lindsay McHorse, who converted a one-onone chance past Meek to give WT a commanding 2-0 advantage in the 20th minute.
The Mustangs clawed back to within a goal when Kelsey Hill scored on a cross from Brittany O’Neal to make the score 2-1 in the 59th minute, but MSU was unable to score the equalizer. West Texas A&M put the match away with a McHorse’s second goal of the game to beat MSU reserve keeper Mallory Whitworth in the 87th minute. The goal was the first allowed by Whitworth since New Mexico Highlands’ Jessica Heninger scored in the 65th minute on Sep. 5 - a span of 584:18 of field time for the true freshman from McKinney. With the split, the Mustangs dropped to 10-2-1 on the season and 4-2 in Lone Star Conference play, while West Texas A&M improved to 10-2-1, 4-2 on the
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season. The Mustangs, who have lost two of three after opening the season on an 11-match unbeaten streak, are on the road this week with matches against Southwestern Oklahoma on Friday afternoon and University of Central Oklahoma on Sunday. With the loss, Midwestern State fell out of the NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division II Coaches’ Poll Tuesday afternoon, but are still receiving votes in the weekly ranking. The Mustangs are one of four teams in the rugged South Central Region to receiving votes in the national poll joining No. 7 St. Edward’s (Texas), No. 16 Incarnate Word and No. 19 West Texas A&M. Midwestern spent the last six
weeks in the poll spending two week at No. 10 which is the highest ranking in program history. Midwestern State and West Texas A&M are tied for first in the Lone Star Conference standings. Eastern New Mexico sits in third with a record of 10-3-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Northeasten State holds the fourth place spot with a 6-6 overall record. Their LSC record is 0-3. After their roadtrip this weekend, the Mustangs return home for their last two home games of the season. They will take on Abilene Christian on Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m., before playing their Senior Day game on Nov. 1 against Angelo State. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
The Wichitan October 21, 2009
Doubles team takes seventh at nationals MSUmustangs.com For the Wichitan
Vjekoslav Stipanic and Bozo Zaputovic split a pair of matches to claim seventh place at the ITA National Small College Championships. The teammates both come from Montenegro, where Zaputovic said they played against and alongside each other since
childhood. Stipanic and Zaputovic fell to Southern Indiana’s Diego Gimenez and Joseph Boesing 6-2, 5-7, 10-7 in the consolation semifinals before rallying to defeat Metro State’s Scott Bradley and Georgie Perez 6-2, 6-4. They completed the fall season with an 11-3 mark as doubles partners.
Photos by Brittany Norman Zaputovic and Stipanic traveled to Alabama to compete in the ITA National Small College Championships. They took seventh overall.
MSU athlete hangs up cleats and takes on new role
dents at Arlington High School. They shared a love of soccer, and each other. Tonia was an AllState soccer player two years in
a row in high school. Joe, also an avid soccer player, graduated one year before Tonia and walked on to the men’s soccer team at the University of North Texas. Before he finished his first year as a starting forward for UNT in 1986, Tonia discovered she was pregnant with his child. Tonia had just graduated high school. Joe had to quit his soccer career to support his new family. Heather Primavera was born on March 22. 1987. Although her parents were young and inexperienced, they soon had a good idea of what their blueeyes, freckled face little girl was capable of. Joe coached Heather’s recreational soccer teams until she was 10 years old. She played for five club soccer teams during the next eight years. She attended Mansfield High School where
she was a member of the junior varsity squad her freshman year. She made the varsity team as a sophomore and played as the goalkeeper through her senior year. She won All-District 4-5A accolades two years in a row. She was a two-time all-region pick while tying the Mansfield High School single season shutout record with 13. At MSU, Heather was a threeyear starter for Coach Jeff Trimble. Heather won her first collegiate start on October 19, 2005 against Northeastern State. In 2006, she started 17 matches and compiled a 9-7-1 record with six shutouts. In her second year, she led the Lone Star Conference with a 0.83 goals against average and was ranked 35th in the NCAA Division II rankings. She was also
named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Her senior year she was named to the All-Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention team after posting a 12-6 record with three shutouts. Heather graduated from Midwestern State in May with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. She planned to stay in Wichita Falls so she could work on getting her teaching certificate to become a high school soccer coach. Grad school occupied her mind until the day Jeff Trimble, head women’s soccer coach, offered her a job. “At first I thought it would be kind of weird because I’ve played with most of them (players on the team) for the last three years,” Heather said. “But it’s not at all.”
Heather’s roles on the team include filing and keeping up with all the new, incoming freshman recruits and handling all the travel arrangements for out of town games. She must also organize and file statistics from all games, including information from the opposing teams. “Coach (Trimble) loves having me around because I’m a girl and I can deal with all the girl stuff,” Heather said with a laugh. “Girls come in crying and he doesn’t know what to do sometimes.” Heather is currently working on her master’s degree in Kinesiology. She will continue coaching at MSU for as long as she can. Her main goal is to become the head women’s soccer coach at the collegiate level. “My love for soccer will never end,” Heather said.
MSU turned up the pressure after the intermission and found the back of the net after Kyle Hyden served a cross into the box from the left corner. Hyden’s serve initiated a three-header combo in the middle of the box as Craig Sutherland redirected to Jake Landon who sent it to the far post to Nick Auditore, who deposited his team-leading eighth score of
the season to push the lead to 2-0 in the 59th minute. Midwestern pressured St. Mary throughout the game, outshooting the Rattlers 31-3 including 13-0 edge in shots on goal. Senior forward Bryan Sajjadi helped to put the game away by playing a part in the last three goals scored by Midwestern in the last 22 minutes of the game.
Sajjadi touched a give-and-go which resulted in Fitzgerald’s second goal of the season in the 79th minute, then threaded a cross to Tex McCullough for another assist in the 82nd minute. Sajjadi finally scored after converting a penalty kick in the 90th minute. “We played more consistent for a 90-minute period without a lot of letdown,” Elder said.
The Mustangs defense allowed goalkeeper Raul Herrera to record his ninth shutout of the season, without having to make a save. With the shutout, Herrera tied former MSU standout David Stockton with the most shutouts in a season since Midwestern became a member of NCAA Division II in 1995, but needs two more to match Jeff Henscheid (1980) and Kevin Payne (1986). The Mustangs, who improved to 10-1-2, extended their unbeaten streak to 12-straight matches while stretching their home unbeaten string to 19. With the loss, St. Mary’s dropped to 4-8-1 on the season. Midwestern State moved ahead seven spots to No. 11 in the latest National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America/adidas national poll released Tuesday afternoon. Midwestern State is one of six teams in the South Central/Midwest Region to receive a national ranking joining No. 4 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 6 West Texas A&M, No. 16 Colorado Mines, No. 17 Truman (Mo.) and No. 25 Metro State (Colo.). The Mustangs have carried a ranking in the last 41 national polls dating back to the 2006 season. Midwestern faces a pair of critical regional and Lone Star Conference matches this weekend as the Mustangs take on Eastern New Mexico Friday in Portales before battling West Texas A&M Sunday in Canyon. The Mustangs have faced these two teams earlier in the season. On Sept. 18, it took two
overtimes, but the game ended in a 0-0 tie with West Texas A&M, and two days later, MSU picked up a 5-0 win over Eastern New Mexico. Both games were played at the MSU Soccer Field. With the win, Midwestern State moved up a spot to No. 2 in the South Central Region Tuesday when the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Committee released its weekly rankings. The Mustangs (10-1-2), who are currently riding a 12-match unbeaten streak, moved into the top two when Truman dropped a match to Lewis (Ill.) last week. MSU trails top-ranked West Texas A&M (11-1-1), but are ahead of No. 3 Truman (Mo.) (10-2-1) and Incarnate Word (Texas) (6-4-3) in the South Central Region. Fort Lewis (Colo.) tops the Central Region followed by Colorado Mines (11-2-3), Metro State (Colo.) (9-4-2) and Regis (Colo.) (7-3-4). Top-ranked teams advance to the NCAA Division II postseason when the final regular season rankings are published Nov. 3. Championships selection is set for Monday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. on NCAA.com. The top two teams from the South Central Region and top two sides from the Central Region will meet at the site of the Central Region’s top team on the weekend of Nov. 13. The winner will then advance to the NCAA II national quarterfinals the following weekend against the West Region winner for the right to compete in the Final Four.
Vanessa Vick For the Wichitan
Heather Primavera knew she was destined to become a soccer player by her fifth birthday. Heather’s mother and father, Joe and Tonia Primavera, enrolled her in recreational soccer at the age of five. From that day on, Heather’s life revolved around her love of the game. She played throughout grade school, junior high and high school. Heather was recruited to play for MSU in 2005. She spent four years on the women’s soccer team, leading the girls to many victories as captain and goalkeeper. Today, Heather Primavera is the first assistant women’s soccer coach at MSU. It’s only natural. Soccer runs in the family. Joe and Tonia first met as stu-
Heather Primavera, former goalkeeper for MSU, is now the Assistant Coach for the women’s soccer team. Photo by Patrick Johnston)
Mustangs pound St. Mary’s 5-0, move to No. 11 in natonal rankings Kaitlin Morrson Sports Editor
Midwestern State took the lead early in the first half of Sunday’s game against St. Mary’s (Texas) at the MSU Soccer Field and never looked back. Tyler Murphy scored his first goal of the season off a header from Nathan Fitzgerald in the third minute of the match.
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On Deck this week... Thursday October 22 Volleyball
@ Abilene Christian 7 p.m.
Friday October 23 Men’s Soccer @Eastern New Mexico Noon Women’s Soccer @ Southwestern Oklahoma 3 p.m. Saturday October 24 Cross Country @Lone Star Conference Championships (Canyon, TX) Volleyball @Angelo State 2 p.m.
Volleyball drops to 5-2 in Lone Star Conference play Kaitlin Morrison Sports Editor
Midwestern State used a very well played offensive and nearly flawless defensive game to pick up an easy Lone Star Conference win over Eastern New Mexico Thursday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. It only took three sets, 25-14, 25-9, 25-14, for the Mustangs to improve to 9-17 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. Junior middle blocker Lauren Bayer had seven kills and helped the Mustangs to 10 total team blocks, notching four solos of her own. Six MSU players recorded multiple blocks including Sesley Graves (4), Kari Damjanovic (3), Hillary White (2), Miranda
Byrd (2) and Shelbi Stewart (2). Byrd paced the Mustangs with eight kills and three service aces while hitting .429, while Damjanovic and Graves added fives kills each. Kiara Jordan led a stellar back row performance as she finished the night with 17 digs, while White added 14 more. MSU limited Eastern New Mexico to a season-low -.010 team attack percentage as the Zias finished with only 22 kills and committed 23 attack errors in 98 total attempts, while falling to 5-17 and 0-7 on the season. It was a little different story on Saturday when the Mustangs took the court at D.L. Ligon Coliseum for the Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness game against West Texas A&M.
Natalie Johnson and Melissa Harper combined for 22 kills to lift the No. 6 Lady Buffs to a 3-0 win. MSU fought back from a 14-8 deficit in the opening set to claim and 23-21 lead after forcing WT into consecutive attack errors, but the Lady Buffs responded after a timeout to close the set by taking four of the final points to claim a 25-23 win. Sophomore outside hitter Hillary White led the Mustangs attack with six kills and added 12 digs and two blocks. Freshman Shelbi Stewart added six kills as well, while Sesley Graves, Lauren Bayer and Miranda Byrd all finished with five kills. Bayer paced MSU at the net with three blocks while Kiara
Jordan led the back row efforts with 14 digs. The Mustangs dropped to 9-18 on the season and 5-2 in conference play, while West Texas A&M improved to 22-3 and 8-0 after claiming its 58th-straight win against a Lone Star Conference opponent. On Tuesday, the Mustangs traveled to Dallas to play a nonconference match against Dallas Baptist. The Patriots got the best of MSU, winning in three sets- 2513, 25-18, 25-23. Sesley Graves led the offensive attack with 10 kills. Miranda Byrd added five, while Lauren Bayer had four. Hillary White led the Mustang defense with 22 digs, while sophomore libero Kiara Jordan
finished the match with 12. Midwestern had a total of seven team blocks. Karolina Damjanovic, Bayer and Graves all had one block each. The setting duo of Dimery Michaels and Kimberly Jeffrey finished with 22 set assists. Michaels had 14, while Jeffrey had eight. The loss dropped the Mustangs to 9-19 on the season. The Mustangs hit the road for two Lone Star Conference matches. On Thursday, they will take on Abilene Christian at Moody Coliseum at 7 p.m. On Saturday they will take on Angelo State at the Junell Center at 2 p.m.
Mustangs to watch... Men’s Soccer Midwestern State moved ahead seven spots to No. 11 in the latest National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America/adidas national poll released Tuesday afternoon. Midwestern State is one of six teams in the South Central/Midwest Region to receive a national ranking joining No. 4 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 6 West Texas A&M, No. 16 Colorado Mines, No. 17 Truman (Mo.) and No. 25 Metro State (Colo.).
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Cross Country Midwestern State remained at eighth in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tuesday afternoon when the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association released its weekly rankings. MSU was idle last week as the Mustangs prepare to defend their Lone Star Conference championship Saturday morning in Canyon, Texas. MSU will compete in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional meet on Nov. 7 in Abilene.
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