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KRYSTLE CAREY MANAGING EDITOR Some students get their thrills playing the latest video game or picking out yet another new outfit to cram into their closet. Haley Cunningham finds that dull. When Cunningham wants to get her blood pumping, she goes ghost hunting. The 19-year-old mass communication junior has been fascinated with the paranormal since kindergarten. Nothing can make her day – or night – better than to prowl through abandoned houses or read spooky stories. “All things creepy” have always appealed to the 5-foot-1-inch girl. “I don’t think you could really call me a psychic, but I do think I am a bit sensitive to things that most people aren’t,” Cunningham said. The intrigue induced her to get a video camera. Even if it meant doing it alone, she began traipsing about all kinds of shadowy places with her equipment. In December 2002, she said she recorded a fullbodied apparition, an image she still has on video. She said this is what really got her started on

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Abandoned hotel has tales to tell HALEY CUNNINGHAM FOR THE WICHITAN What makes a building significant? Is it the fact that if walls could actually talk, they would tell stories so fascinating that they could only involve the Holly-

wood starlets and silver screen stars of the past? Would they tell tales of building a town, then holding it together; legends of ghosts, murder and suicide that linger in abandoned hallways and once lavish courtyards? If these things

are truly what make a building significant, the Baker Hotel is just a story waiting to be told. Nov. 22, 1929, two weeks after the great stock market crash, a soirée will begin at a newly built hotel in downtown Mineral Wells, Texas. Gas is

12 cents a gallon and the first ever Academy Awards were named a success. The Baker Hotelʼs opening sparked a moment in Texas history that R. Burt Orndoff, vice president of the Baker Hotel Company and the hotelʼs manager, stated as “the most

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brilliant ever held in this section of the state.” Despite its grandeur, its scale and its significance in the past, the Baker Hotel now sits in despair, rotting, waiting for someone to restore it

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The Barnes and Noble bookstore in the MSU Clark Student Center is getting a well-needed facelift within the next three weeks, according to Jenny Duncan, bookstore manager. Changes include a new color scheme, casual seating and moving Aramarkʼs Java City into the bookstore. “The bookstore hasnʼt been remodeled since the mid-80s and we want a more updated look,” Duncan said. Normal operations were adjusted for staff and customers during the second week of October. Items were moved from the front of the store to the back, and a new entrance was made using the loading and unloading dock. For students such as junior Darrinique Johnson, it looked as though the store had closed. “I heard rumors of changes, but wasnʼt exactly sure about what was going to happen,” she said. As a result of remodeling, asbestos had to be removed from the store first. Wichita Falls company Lambert and Associates directed abatements for the bookstore. The company has done abatements for Midwestern. According to Keith Lamb, assistant vice president for student affairs, changes to the bookstore will make it more like Barnes and Noble stores, especially by including the coffee shop in the bookstore. Lamb said it will make the bookstore more comfortable and also free up space in the Clark Student Center. “Iʼm excited. It will be the new hangout,” Senior marketing major Minerva Bediako said. Mass communication major Megan Pruitt agreed. “The school needs to be updated and the bookstore is a good start,” she said. According to Lamb, the opportunity to remodel the bookstore arose

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Student takes byte out of computer hackers CRYSTAL LAND FOR THE WICHITAN

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It was 2:29 a.m. and silence reigned in Bolin Science Hall. One minute later that quiet was shattered by the electronic beep of a wristwatch. Sean Wynn sat up slowly, his sleep interrupted. He staggered the few short steps to his computer. He glanced at the monitor, shook his head, and made his way back to the couch for another 30 minutes of rest. Catching a few winks of sleep between study sessions isnʼt unusual for college students, but Wynn, a computer science major, wasnʼt there to study. Wynn, also a university employee, was fighting off a hacker on the MSU network. “Hackers are always trying to get in,” Wynn said. “I see hundreds of attacks every time I check the nightly log files.” Wynn had gone to work the day before thinking that it would be just another ordinary day in his office, but he was in for a surprise. Almost immediately after Wynnʼs arrival, his supervisor, computer science instructor Terry Griffin, told Wynn that there had been a major hacker attack the night before. Griffin told him to wipe the hard drive and in-

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stall a new server as soon as possible. He didnʼt have all the details yet, but Wynn already knew that he had a long and daunting task ahead of him. “The majority of the attacks are innocuous,” Griffin said. “In fact, 99.9 percent of the attacks are not threatening. The only threatening attacks are the ones that make it through the firewall and actually gain access to a computer.” Wynn said the task took longer than he hoped, even though he was

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expecting some difficulty. He began the job at roughly 11 a.m., going through the computerʼs logs and directories to see what the hacker had been up to and preparing for the clean-up procedure. Wynn was left to make the decision on what to install on the servers. He stayed late so that he could begin the hard drive compression as soon as possible. The compression process ended up taking 48 hours. Wynn never went home. He hadnʼt brought his supper or any money with him since he hadnʼt expected to be stuck on campus, so he went without food that night. A battered old couch stands at the far end of Wynnʼs office and he made use of it. The couch, probably older than Wynn himself, originally belonged to Richard Simpson, an assistant professor in the computer science department, when he was young. The upholstery is rough and scratches the skin. Not even the most generous describer could call its two matching throw pillows as fluffy. The sub-par resting conditions didnʼt make much of a difference to Wynn since watching over the computer negated the option of sleeping for long. “Iʼd set the alarm on my watch for 30 minutes, then sleep on the couch. My watch would beep and

Iʼd wake up, check on the compression, then go back to sleep when it wasnʼt done yet,” Wynn said, scratching at the light stubble of his beard. Wynn repeated this process throughout the night. His girlfriend, Amanda Alsup, brought him breakfast the next morning: scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon and wheat toast. Alsup was surprised to hear that Wynn had stayed at the school all night this time. The food helped Wynn focus on what he needed to do, but it was several hours before he could go home. The trouble wasnʼt over yet. Far from it. When he tried to move the compressed file into the external hard drive heʼd been given, Wynn discovered that the file was still too large and wouldnʼt fit. Griffin had to leave campus and purchase a larger external hard drive with his own money–the university would reimburse him later–before he could properly transfer and store the information. Wynn still wasnʼt done working. He estimated that he eventually spent between 100 and 200 hours repairing the hard drive and server. Fortunately for Wynn and the university, hacker attacks are rarely

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Fantasy zombies Videogames used to be limited to fairly simple formats and plots. Games such as Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and PacMan were the rave in the 70s. People played them but hardly got addicted. They were a fun pastime and a nice way to spend an hour at the arcade. But now the face of videogames has changed. Now graphics, player involvement, never-ending plotline and the overall allure of “living” in a false reality have gotten many a weak-willed human hooked. Take for example “Jane” and “Tom.” Jane got so distraught with her situation that she wrote about it and posted it on the Internet in hopes of getting some advice. In her blog, she said she and Tom have been living together, engaged, for several years now. During this time, Jane has been the one who held the steady job and paid for rent, electricity, water, food, clothes, the Internet, etc. What has Tom been doing all this time when he should have been working, you ask? Tom has been playing World of Warcraft, a computer game designed to interact with other players via the Internet. Warcraft, like games such as Everquest, has been proven to addict many a boy (and some girls) to the point that it takes top priority and consumes their lives. Players create characters and thrive in a fantasy world that tends to keep them away from what should be top priority, such as paying rent. But being of unequal financial responsibility isnʼt Janeʼs only problem. She and her boyfriend havenʼt had sex in four months. When she asks Tom for some alone time or even simply a walk in the park, he accuses her of being too needy, that he is who he is and she should accept it with absolutely no nagging, or leave. Why doesnʼt she kick his butt to the curb? Because she loves him. And she no-doubt sees the man he could and should be but is too stubborn to do so. Itʼs true—Jane is part of the problem. She is enabling Tom to continue on with his ways. But shouldnʼt a grown man like Tom know that what he is doing is wrong? Living in a null-and-void reality has become a big issue in America. Fantasy is a huge market. Movies, books, video games—all take people away from the humdrum side of life. Enjoying fantasy is an absolutely healthy way of unwinding from stress when done in balance with real-life responsibilities. However, when it takes priority, when it consumes the vast majority of peopleʼs time and places them out of reality constantly, the obsessed people arenʼt really living their lives, are they? Theyʼre living a lie. Theyʼre living fantasy. And it hurts. It hurts the people doing it, and it hurts those around them. It ruins relationships and keeps the fantasy addict in chains he isnʼt even aware of. If itʼs all about you and your own little world, thereʼs no room for anyone else. So turn off the computer. Recognize, before itʼs too late, that your responsibilities and the people you love should always, always take top priority. Because no matter how much you may love the fantasy, it can never love you back.

Booed to death by Halloween pranks “ T h e Phantom Ghost has come to town. To leave the goodies you have found. If you TIFFANY MERCER do not wish STAFF REPORTER a curse to fall, Y o u must continue this ghostly call…” YOU HAVE BEEN BOOED! This October, there is a new Halloween trend in town. Neighbors are opening their doors to find no one there: only treats, a miniature ghost and a note are waiting for them at the door. The note gives further instructions: “First post the ghost where it can be seen, And leave it there till Halloween. This will scare other visiting

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for children, but some parents are concerned about having their children wandering around the neighborhood on Halloween night. Others donʼt want their children eating all the candy collected while trick-or-treating. Either that or they dont want to be tempted to devour the candy themselves, every day, all day, for the whole month of November. So in a time when the spirit of Halloween is fading away, why not find a new way to enjoy the holiday. Yes, I just made a rhyme of my own. I canʼt help it; Iʼm just in a Halloween mood. I miss dressing up for Halloween and running door to door with my plastic-pumpkin bucket. I miss talking bad about the neighbors that gave us the cheap candy. Iʼm too old for trick-or-treating, and Iʼve grown tired of the freakishcollege Halloween parties where girls are dressed as half-naked angels or devils, and they seem to be

wearing less clothing as the night goes on. Yeah, you guys know what Iʼm talking about. So start a new tradition this year. You will love it. Your kids will love YOU for it. And your friends will secretly despise you for giving it. But hey, thatʼs what friends are for, right? But with Halloween less than a week away, time is running out. Go home tonight and get your “Got Booed” treats together. And just to let all my friends know, the Phantom Ghost hasnʼt made it to my house yet… For other creative Halloween alternatives or complete rules of “Getting Booed,” check out www. creativekids.com. “And last but not least, enjoy the season. Donʼt worry; be happy, for all the right reasons. Be cool, have fun and remember, not to be seen, and... To share in the spirit of Halloween!”

Halloween brings back sweet memories

M o s t people consider holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving to be the holidays that bring their families together. CARLY BURRES Y o u FOR THE WICHITAN know how it goes. Everyone gathers around the big table for a family feast and lots of laughing and joyous conversation. Well, my family is slightly different. While Thanksgiving and Christmas do bring my family together, they never brought my family together in the way that Halloween did. I do realize that this sounds odd, but itʼs oh so very true. I always felt that Halloween brought my family together in a more peaceful and loving way than any other holiday possibly could. Let me explain myself here. My parentʼs divorce was final when I was barely a year old. Donʼt feel sorry for me. Itʼs better this way. But because of the divorce, during all of the other holidays, I went to my momʼs, and then I went to my dadʼs.

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ghosts away. Be sure to participate, donʼt delay…” “Getting Booed” involves making a Halloween gift bag and leaving it anonymously on a neighborʼs door step with a sign “You Got Booed.” That person then, makes up another gift bag and plays the trick on someone else in the neighborhood who doesnʼt have a ghost or sign hanging on their door. The note intructs you to make two treats, two notes and two ghosts of your own. Then you must deliver it to two different neighbors or friends that might have been missed. “Donʼt let them see you, be sneaky, no doubt. And make sure they put their Booed Ghosts out!” Leave the stuff you made at the house of your choice. Then ring the doorbell and run. Like all chain letters, there is a time limit. You have only one day to act after you “got booed.” Halloween is supposed to be fun

It was a stressful time, and I was only a little kid. But Halloween was a time that forced my parents to get along. This was because it was the “kidʼs holiday.” This was a time that was meant for no stress, all fun and candy-getting. There was no big dinner to be had, no presents to worry about and no meddling family members to get in the way. This was the one time of year that my mom and my dad could come together and collaborate rather peacefully (most of the time) in order to make the night special for my brother and me. My parents even came up with a Halloween costume system because each of them wanted to buy our costumes. One parent would buy my costume one year, and then the next year, the other parent would buy the costume. Of course as I got older this little custom faded away. But one year I remember my mom wouldnʼt tell me what my costume was that my dad was bringing because he was so excited about it. The costume turned out being this incredible princess costume that I looked absolutely stunning in. Well, as stunning as a five-yearold could look anyway.

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I was absolutely thrilled when the costume was “revealed” to me. So I put it on and was as careful as I could be not to get it dirty or ruin it. But of course, Iʼm the clumsiest person in the world sometimes and as soon as I walked out the door, I snagged it on that stupid little screw that holds the license plate on the front of the car. But that wasnʼt going to stop my night of fun, family and candy. Sometimes I think my mom and my dad looked forward to Halloween more than I did. My mom would spend all this money on candy to pass out to the other children. She would spend time planning what time we were going to leave, she would clean our orange pumpkin-face buckets and she would do my hair. My dad would drive up from Dallas after he got off work for the day. He would usually get there right before dark hit. So the parents really didnʼt have time to argue about whether or not guns should be allowed in the house or whatever other stupid stuff they were arguing about. So my dad would get to our house and then put on his costume. Which didnʼt change in at least six years. He always wore the same Friar

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Tuck costume, which fit because my dad is this big man who is bald and has glasses. He looked like the Friar Tuck from the cartoon version of Robin Hood. And he carried this big wooden stick around to top the costume off. My dad, and sometimes my mom, would walk my brother and I around the neighborhood to collect our tons and tons of candy. Then they would take us up to the hospital so that we could send our candy through the x-ray machine to make sure that there were no needles or drugs in it. That was the coolest part of the night…besides the costume part. Then we would go home and eat lots of candy that we shouldnʼt be eating. My dad would leave, and we would go to bed. Usually I was still in my Halloween costume of course. But it was always a fun night. I donʼt remember one bad Halloween, while I do remember lots of things that have gone wrong with Christmas and I really donʼt even celebrate Thanksgiving anymore. So everyone have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN Tuesday because Iʼm still going to be dressed up in a princess costume, drinking my “candy” and hanging out with my college “family.”


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Wolfman, myth or imagination? “Even a man who is pure of heart can change into a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms.” – Madam Eva, “The CHRISTIAN MCPHATE Wolfman.” OPINIONS EDITOR

On Sept. 10, 2006, the English Pravdaʼs website reported that Leonid Kliuchevskiy, a police officer in the Perm Krai region, a federal subject (kind of like a state) of Russia, announced that he belonged to an ancient clan of werewolves. Do what? There is more. He believes that gray fur sprouts over his body and a green birthmark appears on all the men in his familyʼs cheeks when the light of the full moon blooms. “It is hard to describe my experience,” Kliuchevskiy explained. “Right before the full moon, I get terrible headaches and feel aggressive and anxious. My facial features sharpen and my body becomes covered in light gray fuzz.” And the sad thing is that he is not alone in his belief. Through the centuries, werewolfism or lycanthropy, as it is known in modern science, has afflicted individuals, communities, the church and the law with its infected bite, bringing death, destruction and fear to the masses. Many European countries have stories, telling about the caninedisease ridden individuals: France (loup-garou), Greece (lycanthropos), Spain (hombre lobo), Bulgaria (varkolak, vulkodlak,), Scotland (werewolf, wulver), Ireland (faoladh or conriocht) and well, all of them. The Greek term lykánthropos [lýkos (wolf) + ánthrōpos (man)] is the belief in a transformation process that affects the human body

and/or mind (Kliuchevskiyʼs gray fur problem) and usually goes hand in hand with werewolves as well as other “shapeshifters” of Pulp culture, religious and New Age beliefs. In Greek mythology, the story of King Lycaon of Arcadia is one of the earliest examples of lycanthropy. According to Ovidʼs Metamorphoses, Zeus transformed Lycaon into a wolf for eating and trying to serve the flesh of his own son to the god in an effort to refute Zeusʼs divinity. In the Histories, historian Herodotus wrote about the Neuri, a tribe of people located in the north east of Scythia who annually turned into a wolf for a few days. During the dark to middle ages, a black shroud of ignorance and superstition encompassed the walls of society, festering within the minds of the citizens, clergy and monarchy, which eventually led to the Inquisition. The witchcraft trials of the royaln-church escapade was a crusade where witches, sorcerers, shamans, druids, werewolves and any other unfortunate soul that made a pact with the devil and exhibited unusual physical or social characteristics (like not believing in their god) were excommunicated in a spiritual and physical sense. A veil of fear retardation settled over the illiterate populace of Europe in those ages of middle and resulted in a number of werewolf sightings—30,000 by sum estimations. In 1591, a few of the local citizens cornered a large wolf in the German countryside of Bedburg. After setting their dogs loose on the beast and stabbing the creature a couple of times, the wolf stood up on two legs and transformed into a middle-aged man by the name of Peter Stubbe. The citizens strapped him on a wagon wheel and tortured him by stripping his skin off with a pair of

hot tongs and breaking his legs with a sledge-like hammer. Needless to say, he confessed to killing 16 people, including two pregnant women and 13 children. His torture and eventual beheading was so popular that the populace created a woodcut of the episode, “Nurnbera.” Did the man really change into wolf and murder all these people? Yes. According to Wikipedia, clinical lycanthropy is a rare psychiatric syndrome that involves a delusional belief that the affected person, is, or has, transformed into an animal, and researchers from the McLean Hospital implemented diagnostic criteria to locate people afflicted with the werewolf disease. For instance, if a patient looks back and sometimes feels as an animal or has felt like one, then the person of less fortune than the rest of us is a lycanthrope. If a patient behaves in a manner that resembles an animalʼs behavior in the form of crying, grumbling or creeping, then the unfortunate soul is a werewolf or a were-whatever animal type they are acting out like a werecow, werepig, wereraven, werebear, weredolphin or wereshark. This would explain the werewolf police officer, but what about the country bumpkins near the sixteenth century town of Bedburg, Germany? A recent theory, which was probably proposed by a vampire in Transylvania, states that ergot, a fungus that infects certain-types of grain in wet growing seasons after a extremely cold winter, poisoned the poorer areas of town and resulted in hallucinations and paranoia. In addition, back-lab scientists of the 60s cultivated the LSD properties of the fungus. However, the intellectual members of the rational thought community have rejected this controversial theory.

There a r e plenty of horror flicks out there for us to gaze upon. Most of toJASON KIMBRO ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR d a y ʼ s youth, however, have no real idea of what horror truly is in the realm of cinema. They have been subjected to one PG-13 piece of crap after another, never truly experiencing what the genre really can offer. Lately a few flicks of voluptuous gore have graced the screens, but most of them have lacked any true value or density. A few being remakes and some others very loosely based upon actual events, these gorefests provide some visual tantalization for the sick-minded, leaving most of us looking for a great horror-film experience. For those of you actually yearning for a good fright flick experience, I have listed some of my personal favorites (in no particular order) that I am sure you will enjoy. Some are obvious classics and some are lesser known to the status quo of MSU, but all are sure to please anyone interested in a good, scary, night of cinema. First I would like to talk about a couple of John Carpenterʼs films. This horror genius is better known for his horror classic “Halloween,” which set a standard for slasher flicks in the late 70s and early 80s. But that aside, Carpenter has done some ingenious films that most usually push aside. One such movie is 1987ʼs “Prince of Darkness.” Filled with an im-

mense degree of originality, some decent gore and a lovely religious undertone involving the rule of Satan over earth, this film provides a grand scale of escapist enjoyment for those willing to search this film out. Another Carpenter film sure to please, that is if you can get past the ill-fated ending and generally hopeless feeling throughout the entire movie, is Carpenterʼs entry in 1995, “In the Mouth of Madness.” An intensely produced film, it takes its viewers to a world not unlike our own, yet twisted to a degree that may help some understand exactly how warped a writer like Stephen King truly is. Either that or confuse the hell out of ya, either way this movie is a lot of fun. The next film I would like to suggest is the 1979 classic “Phantasm.” Made famous thanks to the help of imaginative narrative and a cool silver, flying ball of death, this demonic thriller will make you think twice the next time you decide to play with your balls–the large silver ones that fly around that is. Growing up, my parents let me watch the first two minutes of a film, then made me go to bed in order to keep from getting any ideas. That movie was “Children of the Corn.” Now this movie has a lot of unintentional comedic relief and most people get really upset at the fact you donʼt get to see “He who walks behind the…” whatever it is, but there is a lot of fun to be had anyhow. There are several movies that have many sequels. One may ask, which of these dozens of sequels are worth my while? Well, I will tell you of one that would be worth taking a gander or two. The first is the best of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series,

“Wes Cravenʼs New Nightmare.” This installment of the Freddy Kreuger flicks takes place in the “real world” as actors from previous NMOES movies and Wes Craven all play themselves. Even Robert Englund makes an appearance. This flick was genuinely scary, very much so compared to the other eight films. Next I would like to express my joy for one of my greatest guilty pleasures. And that is my love for the three “Final Destination” movies. Back in the 70s, a little movie called “The Omen” was released and it began a whole new sub-subsub-genre of films in which the writers would attempt to come up with the most inventive and elaborate deaths possible. The “Final Destination” films are the crowning achievement of these type of movies. From one extremely gory death to another, these flicks provide an awesome amount of entertainment and shocks guaranteed to leave you yearning for more. Thank God each of their DVDs come with awesome extras. Finally I would like to finish up by talking about one of the weirdest horror flicks you will probably ever see. That movie is called “Xtro.” It isnʼt often you see a movie about vampirish aliens attacking earth, impregnating our women, turning toy soldiers into life-sized killing machines and making the women they impregnate give birth to full-grown men. And this is just half the carnage this movie has in store. Though a bit dated (understatement), this is indeed one of the most fun movies you will find this side of the graveyard. Well, I hope this list serves you well, and I hope you can actually find some of these films, for some can be difficult to get your hands on (including “Xtro.” The rental places only seem to have their paltry sequels). And if you canʼt enjoy a good horror flick such as these and youʼre just looking for a good time, then stop by and see the best gosh-darn bartender in town, Augie over at Tobyʼs. He might not be scary, but he sure is entertaining (perks please!).

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Q: Do you believe in ghosts? “Yes, because Iʼve had occasions where it seemed like they were there. Iʼve had objects fall and land on the other side of the room.” – Sam Hellinger, 20, junior, criminal justice major

“Yes and no. No because itʼs like a fairytale, and yes because you believe in angels, so why wouldnʼt you believe in ghosts.” – Ola Muhammad, 23, senior, criminal justice major

“I believe in spirits, but I donʼt know about ghosts. I donʼt know if theyʼre the same or not. Iʼve never witnessed it, but I believe this because my church believes it.” – Emanual Bagley, 19, sophomore, mass communication major

“I donʼt believe in ghosts. I donʼt think any of itʼs real. I think it is all for the media.” – Ivy Itty, 22, junior, nursing major

“Not really. Every now and then when Halloween comes around I watch the “Exorcist” and “Exorcism of Emily Rose,” those shows are scary, I might believe in ghosts when I watch those kinds of movies.” – Jay Whaley, 22, senior, arts and science major


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A temporary entrance was made for the campus bookstore due to new renovations.

Bookstore___________________________________continued from page 1 when the universityʼs contract was going to expire. “(Contract) conditions were made with Barnes and Noble, and they never hesitated to agree with our conditions. Had they not, we would have gone out to bid.” Lamb said. The contract was renewed for seven years. “We extended our contract, and Barnes and Noble agreed to

the renovation at no cost to the university with the exception of the asbestos abatement,” he said. But with Java City relocating, what happens with the area it currently occupies? “We have had many ideas,” Lamb said, “but weʼre unsure about what to do with the space.” According to Lamb, a convenience store, national brand, or a Rock Creamery are but a few

ideas being tossed around. Although the bookstore is open during remodeling, plans for a grand re-opening are in the works. “We are hoping for the reopening to be sometime after Thanksgiving break,” Tina English, a management trainee for the bookstore said.

ghost hunting. “Iʼm not saying I see dead people,” she said, “but I have had, by far, more luck capturing any type of paranormal evidence than most ʻprofessionals.ʼ Itʼs like I get a feeling for these types of things.” She spent a lot of time at the 14story Baker Hotel in her hometown of Mineral Wells. Tales ran rampant of its many ghostly occupants. Cunningham, however, was more interested in facts than legend. “I took it upon myself to single handedly find every ghost in that building,” she said. At night, sheʼd squirrel away a tape recorder inside the abandoned building to try and pick up audio evidence. On one occasion, she said she recorded a man talking to a screaming woman. The first time Cunningham became aware she was “sensitive” to the paranormal world was in church. She was about 5 years old, she recalled. She remembers seeing a bright, transparent light floating from the back of the church through the doors and up to the altar. Her mom, noticing her daughter was preoccupied, asked what she was looking at. She remembers telling her mother in a matter-of-fact fashion that she saw an angel. “Kids are more in tune to spirituality through innocence,” she said, “so I just knew thatʼs what it was.” For two and a half years, Cunninghamʼs family lived in a house in Mineral Wells that she considered haunted. During her sophomore through senior years of high school,

she experienced some paranormal activity in their home, which was built in 1923. “A lot of little things would happen every now and then, but only to me,” she said. “Everyone else in my house thought I was crazy.” She remembers instances of hearing things, seeing movement out of the corner of her eye, having tricks pulled on her all the time and once, having a lemon thrown at her. Eventually, unexplained events started happening to the rest of her family, but not with the same frequently as they did with her. Sometimes the whole family would hear deep, raspy breathing throughout the house. The backdoor would always be open when the family returned home, even when they all knew they had shut and locked it before leaving. “There were times when I would be in the room, and you would hear the doorknob turn or the lock click and it would open,” she said. “I even got that on film once.” She said she saw something in the house on several occasions, sometimes in a light charcoal color or sometimes in gray. “I thought I saw my little brother run in my closet out of the corner of my eye,” she said, “but then I saw my ʻrealʼ brother in his room, far away from my closet.” She said she turned quickly back to look into her closet and saw the hangers moving as if someone had brushed past them. Some people may not know the difference between experiencing

Hotel________________________________________________________________________________________________continued from page 1 to its past splendor. Just what is the future for this architectural remnant of the past, and do observers really understand its history? In order to value the true importance of the Baker Hotel, the history of the town must be understood as well. In 1877 James A. Lynch settled in a valley 45 miles west of Fort Worth, that was soon to become Mineral Wells, known until 1954 as “Ednaville.” Upon digging water wells in his establishment, James Lynch soon discovered the water, despite its odd taste, cured his wifeʼs rheumatism. This well and its water was famed for its mineral healing powers and was named the “crazy woman well,” eventually shortened to “crazy water.” Soon people came from miles around to experience this magical healing water. Many hotels and drinking pavilions were built for guests to enjoy, including the Hexagon, the Oxford, the Period, and the Piedmont Hotel. The Crazy Water Hotel was the Bakerʼs predecessor, built in 1927 by Carr Collins. The hotel featured the cityʼs famous crazy water, 200 guest rooms, a spacious lobby and the Crazy Water Pavilion. Shortly thereafter, the Crazy Water—labeled “fireproof”—will burn to the ground, and the Baker Hotel will be built. The luxury of pavilions and boarding would be taken to a new level, 14 stories to be exact.

Mike Fiedler is the designer of the official Baker Hotel Web site, www.bakerhotel.tk. He and his wife, Karen are responsible for documenting the history of the hotel and keeping the site up to date. “When the Collins Brothers bought rights to the Crazy Water, they didnʼt want ʻforeignersʼ or ʻout-of -townersʼ to drink the water,” Says Mrs. Fiedler “so, they got T.B. to build the Baker.” Theodore Brasher Baker was a well-known hotel operator from the Midwest. He had designed many top-of-the-line hotels around the state, including The Menger, a Sterling Hotel in San Antonio and the Hotel Galvez in Galveston. The Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells is fourteen stories high and has 450 rooms. It was also the first skyscraper ever built in Texas that was not in a metropolitan area. “There is 12 miles of carpet in the building,” Jayne Catrett the building manager said, “complete with second level baths, spas and it was the first hotel in Texas to have a swimming pool.” The grand opening for the Baker was an extravagant party complete with an elaborate banquet and music provided by Hal Pratt and his Orchestra. Six hundred guests from New Mexico to Louisiana and Amarillo to Houston attended. The Baker was centered on the famous mineral “crazy” water and featured a drinking pavilion and

many water treatments. Therapy applied through trained hydrotherapists and water treatments was supposed to cure every known ailment. The entire second story was dedicated to the “baths.” Along with trained attendants, the Baker featured tubs, Vita-A-Bath Steam Cabinets, steam rooms, hot rooms, hot packs, salt glow, soap rubs, needle showers, infra ray and ultra violet light, Jacuzzi whirlpool baths, facials, body massages and the everpopular colonic treatments. The Baker hosted many stars of the silver screen including the infamous Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, Curly and Moe Howard, Ronald Reagan, Lucille Ball and Jack Dempsey. Due to slim profits Earl Baker, the beneficiary of the Baker, swore that on his 70th birthday he would close the Baker for good. Sure enough, the Baker closed on April 30, 1963, putting 250 people out of jobs. “Is the Baker haunted? I believe there is some entity in here that does little things, protects people,” Catrett said. “There were many deaths here. There was one murder here.” The one known murder is that of a man by the last name of Mitchell. He was shot and killed in the lobby area of the Baker by a man named M.R. Williams. The dispute was over a private parking spot. “Williams was tried in 1932, and

his sentence was suspended due to good behavior. The guards said he acted like a perfect gentleman.” Catrett said. There were numerous deaths sickly and quarantined guests at the hotel. Those who sometimes traveled long distances to find cures their ailments would check in, but never check out. There were also many rumors of suicide and murder that, although were very popular, are not accounted for in documentation. Whether these rumors are true is a mystery; however the stories of ghosts and conspiracy have entertained Mineral Wells citizens for generations. One story of the ghosts of the hotel is that of a young bell hop, Douglas Moore, who died in an accident in 1948. Mrs. Fiedler said, “According to his friend, they were just running like kids do, running to the elevator to see who could get there first, when one boy tripped the other and Douglas went to jump into the elevator and was crushed.” Douglas, who was just a 15-yearold at the time, lived for about 15 minutes after the incident. Rumor has it that his ghost haunts the basement, due to the conspiracy behind his death that is speculated to not just be an accident. There is rumor that Moore was involved in an illegal prostitution ring at the hotel. The activity was discovered by the sheriff and soon

Moore was laid off at the hotel. Upon returning to gather his things, Moore was mysteriously killed. This is not documented. Perhaps the most famous story of the ghosts of the hotel is that of Virginia Brown, Bakerʼs mistress. As the stories go, Brown was feeling guilty about her affair with Baker and decided, after a great amount of drinking, she would go up to the ball room on the 12th floor to think. Legend has it she thought it would be a good idea to jump from the 14th floor balcony into the pool. Her fate was well assumed. Stories say Brown can be felt on the seventh floor, perfume can be smelled, and sometimes a woman can be seen in a white dress. However, there is no record of any event similar to this occurring on the premises. Brown died from old age in San Antonio. Workers and visitors of the Baker have had many encounters of their own. Ms. Catrett said, “I was cleaning in the second level, and I said out loud that I was about to stop cleaning the floor because it was too hot,” Ms. Catrett said. “All of the sudden, the air conditioner started blowing, and there is no electricity up there. “I donʼt say anything unless I have proof, so I very carefully put my hand up to make sure that it was blowing, and I sure enough found it was. I donʼt believe in ghosts but I donʼt know what that was. It wasnʼt my imagination.”

real paranormal activity and just paranoia, but Cunningham said if something happens more than once, you might be experiencing some type of phenomena. “If physical things happen, and happen more than once,” she said, “I would have to say that you should look into possibly having a ghost friend.” If this indeed is the case, she said the person should start doing a little digging to see if there is any evidence to back up his or her belief. First, find out if anyone has died on the property and, if so, take a tape recorder and disposable camera and record various places on the property. “Hold the tape recorder and say, ʻIs there anyone else in the room besides me,ʼ and wait for a response,” she said. What you may find is an Electronic Voice Phenomenon, EVPs, recorded on the tape. This term is used to describe the sounds recorded on a tape that are not human. The human voice range is recorded between 300 hertz to 3000 hertz, both being the extremes. The EVPs are recorded between 0 hertz to 300 hertz, proving they are not from a human. These ranges can be found through any audio editing software, Cunningham said. Having ventured into many abandoned buildings to get such evidence, some may wonder how Cunningham stays so calm. She gives only one explanation. “I guess some people are born brave.”

Hacker__from page 1 so damaging and time-consuming. Most of the attempts are so minor, in fact that the public would never even guess that an attack was occurring. MSU students and faculty donʼt see the effects of a hacking attempt unless the school network or server slows down as a result, or if the hacker changes or replaces a page on the universityʼs Web site. It would be highly inconvenient if users did notice anything wrong, as hackers make frequent attacks on Midwestern. “Hackers attack every major network on a daily basis,” Griffin said. The impressive and intimidating quantity of attacks does not mean that there are people out there who do nothing but sit at their desks and try furiously to get into MSUʼs system. Instead, hackers use automated programs to carry out their attacks. The most obvious sign of a hacker attack is when an MSU web page is replaced with something else; such as the hackerʼs own homepage. Other signs that are easily spotted are drastically increased activity on the network, lab or server computer slowdown, and strange login files. Wynn also utilizes a program that adds the binary numbers contained within the network and comes up with one large sum. The number is compared to the previous dayʼs number. Any difference between the two indicates that intruders have modified something. A computer that attempts a hack leaves behind proof of its own actions. “Any time you use a computer to attack another computer, the network traffic leaving the compromised machine makes it stand out,” Griffin said. “Obviously, a machine with a bunch of new files like porn, music and movies is easy to spot.” The big remaining question, then, is what level of risk all this puts MSU students and faculty at on a daily basis. Griffin insisted that the risk to users is “very, very low.” “We have one of the most secure networks, compared to other state institutions.”

Happy Homecoming Week!


Entertainment

Oct. 25, 2006

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ʻThe Prestigeʼ delivers engrossing fare

Across Campus

RICHARD CARTER WICHITAN DANCE CRITIC

Homecoming Homecoming is this week. Donʼt forget to join the tailgate party at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 then attend the football game at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. Come and cheer for your MSU Mustangs!

MSU Winterguard Auditions Auditions for the 2007 MSU Winterguard will take place on Oct. 29 in the Holliday High School old gymnasium from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Flags will be provided, but participants should bring their rifle or saber and dress comfortably. The audition fee is one roll of white electrical tape. For more information, call Alan Black, associate director of bands, at 397-4186 or by e-mail at alan.black@mwsu. edu. Director of the group, Penny Seigler, can also be reached at ppools2@hotmail. com.

Foreign Film Series Continuing Education presents The Motorcycle Diaries on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Kemp Center for the Arts. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he and his best friend, Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s. Admission for the event is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 397-4756.

Artist-Lecture Series Artist-Lecture Series presents Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, an internationally acclaimed author, media critic, and humanist, at 7 p.m. in Akin Auditorium on Nov. 6. A Pittsburgh native and former CBS news consultant on Middle East affiars, Shaheen addressees stereotypical images of racial and ethnic groups. For ticket information, call 397-4291.

Illusion goes hand in hand with the very real “irreality” of motion pictures. That fabulous notion of marrying art, story and illusion is getting a serious workout this year in two films set in the dawn of the motion picture development era. The worthwhile “The Illusionist,” set in Austria and starring Ed Norton, is playing at Parker Square. The newly opened “The Prestige” is the topic for this brief review, though. Based on an obsessive battle between two English illusionists to be the very best, the suspenseful film thrives on their one-upmanship to the death. Directed by Christopher Nolan (the brilliant “Momento”), itʼs hard to choose a good guy between the two protagonists. That is, until the end. Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) is an upper middle class showman par excellence, while the more blunt D. H. Lawrence-esque Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) is the better magician. The two men study under an elder master illusionist named Cutter (Michael Caine), until the death of Angierʼs wife, Julia (Piper Perabo), an assistant in the act. Whether Juliaʼs death was an ac-

cident or not, Borden tied her hands in such a way that she was unable to free herself and she drowns. And so begins an ever-escalating battle between the men. Angier interrupts one of Bordenʼs bullet catching tricks and shoots him causing the man to lose parts of two fingers. The illusionists routinely show up (sometimes humorously) at the otherʼs shows to mess up the performance. The intrigue worsens when Angier sends his comely assistant, Olivia (Scarlett Johansson), to spy on Bordenʼs new show stopping illusion. When that ruse fails, he kidnaps Bordenʼs assistant and buries him until Borden gives him the key code to a magical diary that Olivia stole. That diary leads Angier to meet with then American electronics genius Nikola Tesla (David Bowie). The inventor develops a sci-fi machine for the illusionist that allows Angier to perform Bordenʼs new trick better than Borden. In this back and forth battle, both illusionists are willing to risk and to lose everything in the obsessive service of their craft. On the surface itʼs frightening. But itʼs only in the filmʼs last 20 minutes, that we discover how truly horrifying the implications are. Like “Momento,” “The Prestige” is told out of order, but not perfectly

Hugh Jackman impresses Christian Bale with his invisible wand trick in “The Prestige”

backwards like the earlier film . The movie begins with the death of Borden, recalls the illusionistsʼ early careers, their burgeoning battles and the true implications of this war. Nothing is as it seems, until the end. And thatʼs when the real horror sinks in. Anyone familiar with “Momen-

to” will appreciate walking away from the theater with a palpable feeling of moral darkness. Film is always a make-believe thing, and some movies are more effective than others in developing a fictional world thatʼs worth a viewerʼs investing him or herself for two hours.

“The Prestige” works because of a deep plot, some excellent performances, real suspense, a lot of red herrings (that donʼt stink) and some cool period scenery. Besides, any movie with Bowie playing misunderstood electronics genius Tesla is worth checking out. The Prestige receives an A-.

The Terms erupts on the scene with fresh new lyrics

CARLY BURRES FOR THE WICHITAN Baton Rouge is currently being put on the maps by a group of five guys who call themselves The Terms. If you havenʼt heard of them then itʼs about time that you did. The group randomly began to take form in 2003 when the lead singer Ben Labat met lead guitarist Clyde Hargrove and percussionist Blake Oliver. During this time the guys called themselves The Sidewalks. The acoustically driven trio then began to play at local college bars surrounding Louisiana State University where they were attending school. Eventually two fellow students, drummer Scott Lasseigne and bassist Brandon Young, joined the group and low and behold The Terms developed. The band continuously packed houses all over Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas and they began to branch out and play in areas around Texas as well. Currently the band has played all over from Los Angeles to New York. In December of 2004 Grammywinning producer Greg Ladanyi signed the band to his Maple Jam label going as far as to fly the boys out to LA for a couple of weeks to record their album at the Capital Record recording studios. The CD, which is titled Small Town Computer Crash, officially released in the spring of 2006 even though the band previously had their unsigned CD available on Itunes. Small Town Computer Crash has twelve incredible and extremely original tracks that are destined for great things. The song “Big City Concrete Wildflowers” has proven itself wor-

thy in the eyes of thousands of people and is currently being played on about 80 radio stations around the country. Many say this band from the South can be compared to the sounds of an early U2 and even some what resemble that of The Doors while the lyrics are often compared to that of Johnny Cash. One of the best things about this band is how they have managed to incorporate a little bit of country, a little bit of pop, and an insane amount of rockʼnʼroll. It is possible that almost anyone who listens to this CD will be able to find a song that appeals to them. The Terms are able to put their creative talents together in order to come up with innovative songs with perfectly fresh melodies. Songs such as “Welcome to the Now ʻEvo Devoʼ” and “Small Town Computer Crash” contain lyrics and melodies that could blow anyoneʼs mind away. The lyrics force the listener to think more intently about what is going on. At first it sounds like just random talking but Labat prefers to write songs that arenʼt so blatant. He likes to innovate thought and succeeds at that. In a 2005 interview with Alt Music Labat said, “I think people write about feelings too much, and they donʼt elaborate on those enough. If youʼre too straightforward the song can lose its edge. You can say ʻsmall town girl,ʼ or ʻsheʼs like a computer crash.ʼ But why not say ʻsmall town computer crash?ʼ” The band copies this same style of writing in all of their songs mak-

having to do with computers, rainbows from hell, martinis, vampires and the beaches of Mars. While the band has come to a slight slowdown in their career due to a bad car crash on the way to a show last month, it is definite that they will do great things musically. So put down that crappy Justin Timberlake CD and start listening to something with substance and innovation.

The Terms perform one of their lyrical masterpieces

ing this one of the most lyrically creative albums that I have come across in my 22 years of living. The song “Heartstorm Rescue” is the only track that was added to the album in 2006. This song, along with “Big City Concrete Walls,” shows the bandʼs more sensitive and emotional side in a more obvious manner. The song had just been written when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Even though the song was not originally intended to be for the victims of Katrina it had more meaning to the boys and resembled what was going on at the time. The thing that makes this album so wonderful is that every song is worth listening to. All twelve tracks are so different and so creative that you canʼt help but to love every single one of them for a different reason. “Love of Lies” is a popish tune that makes you want to dance just

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a little bit in your seat. And “Vampyreʼs Ball” makes a person want to dance just a little bit as well but this song is great because it has such an old vibe to it. Plus this song is so attracting because it is lyrically the most imaginative song on the album. “Ugly,” “Gulf of Tonkin” and “Langlonglen (Fairytale Life)” are slower songs that have the ability to relax a person and help to paint a picture of imagery that most people only dream of being able to create. Together these five men are capable of opening up a whole new world that could help to define a whole new genre within a genre. The band has managed to pull off singing things like love, heartbreak and jealousy while using metaphors

The Entertainment Staff at The Wichitan wish you a safe and scary halloween!! BOO!!!!! and stuff


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Sports

THE WICHITAN Oct. 25, 2006

Texas Longhorn feeds football experience to Mustangs IGGY CRUZ

STAFF REPORTER Fresh out of MSU football practice, he emerges wearing a black long sleeved T-shirt with maroon mesh shorts. Soon, you see a short grinning man, sunburned from standing in blazing temperatures, walk swiftly through the Clark Student Center. He sits down in the food court lounge, tipping his worn ball cap above his head. At that moment, you notice the front of an exotic hairstyle sprawl from underneath. “Itʼs the Mohawk, but the front part,” he explained. “Itʼs called a ʻFohawk.ʼ Itʼs a forward Mohawk.” For David Pino, a first-year MSU graduate assistant football coach and former University of Texas kicker, the “Fohawk” symbolizes more than just a trendy look. It represents a motivational tool that aided him and his teammates at UT to a national championship last season. It represents a symbol of playfulness and confidence he hopes will translate over to the kicking unit this season. “I had it all of last year. The (UT) coaches didnʼt like it necessarily, but I had to put the stereotype on them of kickers being the weird people,” he said jokingly. “I decided to keep it into this year and so far weʼve been winning.” The hairstyle is just one of many unique ways the 24-yearold Wichita Falls native is injecting confidence and comradery into the 2006 football team. “Just because Iʼm a kicker doesnʼt mean I canʼt influence other positions on the team,” Pino said. “I see so much in common between the players Iʼm meeting here with players I played with at

ADRIAN MCCANDLESS | THE WICHITAN David Pino displays his Big 12 Championship and National Championship rings he earned with the 2005 Texas Longhorns. Pino was kicker for the Longhorns as they became the best college football team in the country. He is now a graduate assistant football coach with the Mustangs.

Texas.” In case you are not an avid college football fan, Pino and his UT Longhorns played one of the most exciting title games in recent memory last season. Trailing twotime defending national champion Southern California 34-38 with 19

seconds left, ʻHorns quarterback Vince Young waltzed into the end zone on fourth-and-five for the game-clinching victory. Besides the thrilling conclusion to the game, the victory served a valuable lesson for Pino and has since then passed on to MSU

kicker Kristian Foster. “Youʼre only as good as the last time you went out,” Pino said. “Thatʼs something that Iʼve imparted on Kristian.” In the title game, Pino nailed field goals of 34 and 46 yards, but also missed an extra point attempt

in the first quarter and a field goal attempt in the fourth. Instead of crumbling under pressure, he used the words of wisdom given to him by Mike Tolleson, UT defensive tackle coach/special team coordinator, and applied in the game to supplant his previous mistakes. “I mentioned to him (Kristian) if you go out there and miss a kick, one thing you have to know and realize is that the kick is gone and you canʼt take it back,” Pino said. “You have to shake it off and move on to the next one.” Foster was an erratic 6-for-12 in field goal attempts last season while playing through nagging injuries, but Pino said he has set the bar very high for Foster this year. “Heʼs probably a better kicker than I am,” Pino said. “Heʼs very smooth and has great technique. The only thing heʼs had to work on and weʼve been working on is his mental game.” The inconsistent kicking cost the Mustangs several games in ʼ05, but Pino said Foster and the entire team is due for a breakout season. The teamʼs early success so far is a testament to Pinoʼs bold predictions. “Iʼm able to take what Iʼve learned my five years at Texas and transition it here and let the team know what it takes to be a champion,” he said. “Theyʼve asked to see my rings, which I do. I do that because I want the guys to see a national championship ring because we are going to win one here.” Besides occasional winks from star struck females, Pino laughingly said his experience at MSU has been pleasant. However, his presence on the coaching staff is something that happened by

coincidence. “This past summer I was supposed to be in Dallas doing personal training, but I decided not to,” he said. “I just graduated from Texas this past May and I was just wanting to relax, so I came back here.” Pinoʼs father, the late Guillermo “Willy” Anton Pino, who served as the team medical physician at the time, put in word with head coach Bill Maskill of possibly having his son as a graduate assistant. After some talks and test assessments, Pino enrolled in graduate school at MSU and is now working on his masterʼs degree in kinesiology. “I didnʼt really expect to go into coaching, but it happened,” he said. “It was sort of a spur of the moment thing.” Pino is also instructing courses in soccer, jogging, and golf this semester. He attributes his love for soccer and golf as key elements that helped hone his skills as a kicker. Pino said he was offered a soccer scholarship by MSU coming out of Rider High School, but felt football would take him further career-wise. A possibility that still exists. “As far as NFL goes, Iʼve had a tryout with the Houston Texans,” Pino said. “Coming up thereʼs some arena stuff that I might try out for. If it happens, hopefully it will happen at the end of the season.” Until then, Pino will continue to preach enjoyment of the game to his players. “Iʼve influenced my guys to celebrate and have fun. Football is supposed to be fun,” he said. “If youʼre not having fun then why are you even out there?”

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Sports

THE WICHITAN Oct. 25, 2006

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Mustangs outrun Lions KONNIE SEWELL STAFF REPORTER

MSU menʼs soccer player Danny Kastelic was the Southwest Soccer Conference defensive player of the week last week. Kastelic is the third straight MSU player rewarded this year for his work on the defensive end. Not only was he a key element in MSUʼs defeating St. Edwardʼs but he also played an important role in helping the team keep No. 11 Incarnate Word at one goal. In team news, the men defeated Missouri Southernʼs Lions Friday in SSC action. The final score was 4-0. After this win MSU clinched a share of the SSC title, setting up a chance to take the title with a win or tie against Northeastern Oklahoma State that Sunday. During the first half of the game, Daniel Brown picked up a goal off a corner kick from Brandeon Swartzendruber. With 13 minutes left in the half, Sun Potter got a pass from Swartzendruber. During the second half, Ahmad

Ihmeidan scored off a penalty kick. Then with just 10 minutes to play Tyler Murphy scored and MSUʼs win was assured. Missouri Southern was out shot by MSU a whopping 21-6. Goal keeper Jeremy Turner saved two of the six shots he faced in this game. Then, the menʼs next game was against NSU in Tahlequah, Okla., which they won 3-0. This game became MSUʼs 11th straight victory. With this win MSU now has the honor of hosting the 2006 SSC Tournament Thursday and Saturday. In the game against NSU, SSC scoring leader Swartzendruber scored two of the goals and assisted the third. Junior Daniel Brown gave MSU an early lead with a 20-yard shot in the ninth minute. Then Swartzendruber followed with an assist off Potter a mere six minutes after. The last goal of the game (made during the 66th minute) was also Swartzendruberʼs. The NSU Redmen were outshot 15-5.

Turner got a save on the only NSU shot in the match, making this his fifth shutout of the season and the 10th shutout of the year for the team. Since this game the team has moved up three spots (to No. 10) in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Division II Top 25 poll. They remain in second place in the Midwest Regional Top 10. The team is to be congratulated for this achievement, as well as winning the title of SSC regular season champs and hosting the 2006 SSC Tournament. Semifinal games will be played Thursday at the MSU soccer field. Second seed Northeastern Oklahoma State will face off against third seed West Texas A&M at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. This game will be immediately followed by MSU going up against fourth seed Eastern New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. The championship game between the semifinalist winners will be Saturday, at noon.

Women earn postseason spot HERSHEL SELF | THE WICHITAN A MSU rugby player stiff arms a TCU opponent as he runs with the ball Saturday afternoon. Midwestern won their Division II Texas Rugby Western Division opener against the Horned Frogs, 20-18. MSU will travel to San Angelo this Saturday to take on Angelo State at 2 p.m.

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Well on their way to becoming a staple of strength and consistency, the MSU Rugby Team won their Division II Texas Rugby Western Division opener against TCU Saturday. MSU manhandled TCU in route to a 20-18 victory after losing the last three times the two teams tangled, dating back to 2003. MSU set the tempo immediately and jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after flanker Tige Wells scored from two meters out. The two-point conversion attempt failed. In a bangers game MSU set the pace by overpowering TCU and setting a physical tone early to establish their style of play.

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The second score was similar to the first, just the names changed. Winger William Milton scored from five meters out after receiving a lateral from Phil Alexander who got an assist from team co-captain Robert Sweeney. TCU answered by way of a dropkick off of a penalty to bring the tally to 10-3. TCU then scored again on a try to bring it to 10-8, but failed on the conversion. Wells had his second short scamper of the game just before the end of the first half to give MSU the lead 15-8 going into the break. About 10 minutes into the second half TCU scored, but failed on another conversion to make the score 15-13 MSU. Then eight-man (end man on their front line), Brad Sample, re-

turned the ensuing kickoff, which ended up in a two-man maul, with he and co-captain Jeremy Stewart overpowering their foes to give MSU the lead for good. They failed on the conversion to leave the score 20-13. TCU came back with a score of their own to threaten 20-18, but MSU held true on the conversion attempt to leave it that way. After a promising first half of limited mistakes, the second was a bit sloppy forcing MSU into about 15 scrums (team vs. team lockups), which makes for a slower-paced match. This was a good test for MSU in their conference opener, but the true gage of their conference status will be this week against Angelo State, in San Angelo, and later this season against Baylor.

The MSU womenʼs soccer team beat Southwestern Oklahoma State Friday. The game went into overtime and the winning goal was scored by freshman Kari Bristow. The final score was 1-0. With this win, the MSU women won a spot in the Lone Star Conference post-season tournament. The women improved to 9-6-1, 5-2-1 and out shot Southwestern 17-6. Goal keeper Heather Primavera saved three out of the six shots she faced. With her second straight shut out, Primavera improved to 8-5-1. Next up for the women was a game against No. 17 Central Oklahoma Sunday. This was their final regular season game, and unfortunately the score didnʼt turn out as planned. The women lost 4-1. This makes MSUʼs record 9-7-1, 5-3-1 and they are now fifth seed in next weekʼs Lone Star Conference soccer championship tournament. The tournament starts Thursday in Edmond, Okla. The only goal MSU scored during the game came on a penalty

Butler and Ulysses Odoms upon the Javs (3-5 overall, 0-3 LSC South) as the duo finished with 133 and 105 yards rushing respectively. Butler ran 35 yards into the end zone at the top of the second quarter to give MSU the first touchdown of the game, while Odoms contributed scoring jaunts of 18, 23, and 41 yards in the blowout win. The victory snaps a two-game skid for the 25th-ranked Mustangs, who must now win their remaining divisional schedule, which includes a season-finale showdown with topranked Abilene Christian, in order

to make the postseason. The Mustangs begin their march towards the playoffs by hosting Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Homecoming Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Mustang defense suffocated the run all night, holding TAMUK to 12 net yards rushing on 23 carries and to 165 total yards for the game. The Javs converted nine first-downs compared to the Mustangs 23 as MSU finished with 537 total yards, 456 of which came via the ground. Sophomore defensive back Herman Walker got MSU on the score board first after blocking a TAMUK punt for a safety on the third possession of the second quarter. Walker

also recorded the lone interception for the team and was rewarded for his efforts by being named this weekʼs Lone Star Conference special teams player of the week. The Mustangs then punched in touchdown runs from Butler and Odoms to take a 16-3 lead at halftime. The Mustang defense wiped out errors made by the offense in the first half by shutting out the Javs from end zone. MSU turned the ball over on two interceptions and a fumble before intermission, giving the team a total of four fumbles and three interceptions on the night. Mustang linebacker Jarrell Warren led the stout defense with six

Rugby team squishes Horned Frogs JAMES PIERCE

KONNIE SEWELL

HERSHEL SELF | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Brittany Burney, 3, looks to pass the ball in a game at the MSU Soccer Field this past week. The Lady Mustangs have a record of 9-6-1 for the year.

kick in the second half from Bristow. This was her fifth goal of the season. Another goal keeper (Ashley Meek) was used for this game,

though both gave up two goals to the Broncos. Primavera saved three out of seven; Meek saved four out of 10.

tackles, followed by five from Donial Arps and Devon Campbell. Arps also had sack and Lance Moss registered four tackles, one forced fumble, and a pass deflection, while the team had six total deflections. MSU turned up the intensity in the second half, dropping 21 points in the third quarter alone. Odoms ignited the fireworks with 9:55 remaining in the third by getting loose for a 23-yard touchdown to put the team up 23-3. Then on the ensuing Javelina possession, Moss laid a hit on Kingsville running back Raymorris Miller for the fumble and Todd Zoglmann recovery, setting up a 29-yard touchdown from Polk to senior receiver Keith

Flanagan. Trailing 37-3 in the top of the fourth, Kingsville got the ball rolling when quarterback Jeremy Heatley and Frank Allen hooked up for a 7-yard touchdown. But the Javs only managed to move the chains 16 yards before Walker stepped up and picked of Heatleyʼs pass at the MSU 30-yard line to set up another Mustang score and 44-10 lead. TAMUK would finally close out the scoring as Tauron Thomas took in a muffed punt return from Moss in the end zone for a 44-17 final. The win keeps MSU ranked eighth in the NCAA Division II Southwest Regional rankings.

Mustangs trample Javelinas to end two-game losing streak IGGY CRUZ

STAFF REPORTER Daniel Polk ran like a possessed man Saturday night in Kingsville, galloping through the Javelina rush defense for 172 yards and a touchdown while throwing for another score in a 44-17 whipping of Texas A&M-Kingsville. But the duel-threat quarterback was not the only player in the Mustang backfield to hit the century mark rushing. MSU (6-2 overall, 2-2 LSC South) unleashed tailbackʼs Adrion

Rhodes, Boggs join LSC elite FOR THE WICHITAN

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Midwestern State University greats Dominic Rhodes and Phillip Boggs have been named among the greatest to play in the Lone Star Conference the league announced this week. The MSU duo was named to the list of the top 75 football players and coaches of the first 75 years of the Lone Star Conference, as part of the year-long celebration of the conferenceʼs 75th anniversary. The LSC, known to be the oldest collegiate athletic conference in the southwestern United States, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a tribute to the outstanding teams and great sports personal-

ities. An NCAA Division II conference with 15 member institutions in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas, the LSC was founded on April 25, 1931. The 1931-32 athletic seasons were the first for the league. Rhodes, who was a running back for MSU in the 1999 and 2000 seasons, set MSU records with 2,541 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns. He now is a starter for the Indianapolis Colts. Boggs, an MSU quarterback from 1999-to-2003, holds nearly all of the Midwestern passing records. He finished his career with 5,466 passing yards, hitting 433-of-732 passes with 41 touchdowns. The pair join an impressive compilation of well-known names throughout both college and pro-

fessional football, with eight of the selections - Johnny Bailey, Rodney Cason, Darrell Green, Pierce Holt, Wilbert Montgomery, Dwayne Nix, Richard Ritchie and Gil Steinke – having been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Monday, October 23 8 a.m. 7 p.m.

Homecoming T-Shirt Exchange Begins Artist-Lecture Series presents Wes Craven

Wednesday, October 25 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 26 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 9 p.m. 9:15 p.m. 10 p.m.

Friday, October 27 8:30 a.m.

5 - 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 10 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Saturday, October 28 7:30 a.m. 10-11:30a.m. 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 29 10 a.m.

Mechanical Bull, Rock Climbing Wall, Band O’Rama First Down and Cajun Candy All School Picnic – $2 per person if not on meal plan Dale K, Comedy Hypnotist

Student Activities Office Akin Auditorium Sunwatcher Plaza/CSC Atrium Sunwatcher Plaza CSC Comanche Suites

3D Flip Photos and Make Your Own Dog Tags Banner Competition and Judging Legacy Walk Induction T-Shirt Exchange Closes Volleyball vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State Torchlight Parade Homecoming Bonfire Dessert Reception

CSC Atrium CSC Atrium Gates of Hercules Student Activities Office D.L. Ligon Coliseum Begins at Killingsworth Hall South Campus Sikes Lake Center

Homecoming Golf Tournament Four-person scramble $75 per person includes green fee, golf cart and food Fish Fry (fish, hamburgers and trimmings) $8 per person if not on meal plan MSU Cardboard Boat Race Dessert Social honoring Class of 1956 Dude... It’s a Dance Off! – Homecoming Dance Marathon

River Creek Golf Course

Sikes Lake Alumni House Don Flatt Gym

Ex-Lettermen’s Breakfast (buffet style) Homecoming Brunch & Alumni Awards Tailgate Party & Competition (entertainment provided) MSU Mustangs vs Southeastern Oklahoma State

CSC Mesquite Dining Room CSC Comanche Suites Memorial Stadium Memorial Stadium

Mass — Catholic Campus Center 20th Anniversary Breakfast following, provided by the Knights of Columbus

Catholic Campus Center

Sikes Lake Center

Dude ... It’s a Dance Off! Join us for the first ever Homecoming dance marathon where students will compete for prizes and the title of Dance Champion. Register for the marathon by Monday, Oct. 23, in the Office of Student Activities and Orientation if you wish to compete. Everyone else — be sure to stop in to see the entertainment, enjoy some free food, support your friends, and bust a move!

Homecoming T-shirts Purchase your 2006 Homecoming T-shirt from the MSU Bookstore or from the Office of Student Activities and Orientation. Hurry in because supplies are limited. Banner Competition All student organizations and MSU departments are invited to enter the banner competition. Banners will be displayed in the CSC Atrium, and the top three banners will receive awards. Blank banners may be picked up from the Office of Student Activities and Orientation through Friday, Oct. 20. Tailgate Competition Join us for a great tailgate party before the game on Saturday. All student organizations are invited to participate. Register your tailgate with the Office of Student Activities and Orientation by Friday, Oct. 27. Plenty of awards and entertainment provided. T-shirt Exchange Want a one-of-a-kind MSU Homecoming T-shirt? Bring a T-shirt from another university to the Office of Student Activities and Orientation and exchange it for your new Mustangs T-shirt. Any T-shirts collected from other colleges will be appropriately disposed of at the homecoming bonfire.


Oct 25, 2006