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WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2009
Twins come as a matched pair, but are individuals at heart Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor
When freshman Cassie Hermann moved into her dorm room in August, she unpacked her clothes and organized her belongings. Something,
she felt, was missing. She gazed around the room. Her brown eyes scanned her wall of photos until they landed on a familiar picture. A blonde haired, browneyed girl smiled back at her. Cassie realized what she was missing: her twin sister, Corrie. Corrie was not in another dorm room or at MSU at all. Corrie was 200 miles away, settling into her
own room at Texas A&M Commerce. These 18-year-old twins have never been separated, until now. They have chosen to take different paths and explore their college adventures without each other by their sides. However, 18-year-old twins Julia and Kelly Raymond, as well as senior twins Susie and Nadia Hassan, have chosen to share another thing in common: their university.
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(From top left) Cassie and Corrie Hermann (photo courtesy), Julia and Kelly Raymond and Susie and Nadia Hassan. (Photos by Brittany Norman)
Residence hall horror Chris Collins Managing Editor
Photo by Julia Raymond Carrilonneur Jim Quashnock demonstrates the intricacies of MSU’s carrilon, which was renovated in 2002.
For whom the bell tolls Chris Collins Managing Editor
It’s late Monday afternoon and the autumn wind is blowing hard over Hardin lawn at MSU. Seventy-three-year-old Don Owens pushes against the southbound gust as he crosses the parking lot of the administration building. He stalls for a moment before pushing open the double doors, resisting the gale. His head tilts back slightly. His eyes close almost meditatively for a moment. He’s listening to something. A song, swept through the grey sky like dead brown leaves in the wind, has caught his attention. He affixes his gaze to a structure peeking out from the top of Hardin: the bell tower. It’s where Owens is headed. “That’s where the magic hap-
pens,” Owens said, pointing up- listed in the Army. He was first ward. stationed in the U.S., then, Ger The music is coming from the many, then Vietnam, where he carillon bells in the tower, a fix- said he saw a little bit of action. ture of the university since the After he retired from the Army, 1950s. Owens returned to Wichita Falls. He follows the sound up He said he saw it as a chance to winding staircases and ladders practice one of his favorite hoband arrives at his destination five bies: playing music. flights above the ground floor of In the early 1990s he began Hardin, just like he does every playing the bells again. Monday. “I moved back here and was The endpoint of his journey: living within walking distance,” a tiny space tucked in between Owens said, “I got Dr. (Howard) maintenance rooms and control Farrell’s permission and started switches. putting it back together as much It’s where the carillon bells as I could.” are kept and played. The original MSU carillon, Owens started playing the car- which was installed in 1952, was illon bells in the 1950s. A mem- cast by the Royal Petit & Fritsen ber of the MSU graduating class Bell Foundry of Aarle Rixtel, of 1959, he was working to earn The Netherlands. It consisted of a bachelor’s in organ when he 35 tuned bells, ranging in weight learned to play the bells. from 640 pounds to 24, Owens But before he could put his organ talent to use, Owens en- See “CARRILON” on pg. 4
MSU freshman Anastasia Reed wants to scare you. That’s why she, along with the Residence Hall Association and the University Programming Board, are setting up the first haunted house in MSU history. It will be open Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Reed said. Attendees will have to spook up $3 per person, $5 per couple and $7 per family. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, all proceeds will be donated to aid in breast cancer research. The Haunted House will be held in McCullough Hall, but was originally supposed to be in Marchman. Reed said this was a no-go because the Fire Marshall deemed the building unsafe. But that didn’t scare her off, she said. “That did kind of put us behind,” Reed said. “It just gave us less time to decorate, but it’ll be fine.” A team of about 30 people, including RAs and members of the UPB, dedicated their time to transforming the old engineering building into a house of horror. Reed said the idea came from an observation of one staff member that Marchman Hall was creepy. Reed and Anna Brogan, also an RA, masterminded the project. “It’s really cheap because we wanted to aim it towards students,” Reed said. “That way they don’t have to come out and spend a lot of money to go to a haunted house. We want to com-
Photos by Julia Raymond The Residence Hall Association and University Programming Board are collaborating to put on a haunted house in McCullough Hall. It will run on Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
pete with other haunted houses in Wichita Falls.” Reed said zombie students, crazed professors and even an amputee are going to be frightening students Thursday. Most of the parts will be played by RAs, she said. The Haunted House will
be open for only one day. The reason, Reed said, is so that it doesn’t conflict with Hallo-Bash and other MSU Halloween festivities. “You should come because you’ll have a good time, and it’s a lot of fun for a cheap price,” Reed said.
Keep your germs to yourself Fall is in the air! Temperatures are dropping, jackets are on backs, and scarves are around necks. In light of the cold weather, many MSU students find themselves somewhat sickly. From the common cold to full-fledged bronchitis, sickness tends to spread like wildfire this time of year. Despite the common myth that cold weather spawns these sicknesses, human contact is actually the catalyst to their spread. Colder weather means more students are keeping themselves indoors, in closer quarters with classmates, roommates, and random passersby. MSU has gone the extra mile, making hand sanitizer readily available in many common locations on campus. However, an occasional hand sanitization is not enough. Germs are still spreading, and innocent bystanders are still getting sick. The spread of illness can be dramatically reduced if students who become infected with the cold or the flu or whatever other possible ailment would simply stay home when sick. I know this time of year is hectic. Midterms here.. Quizzes there... Papers, lectures, group projects... It’s easy to get behind. Nevertheless, grades can be made up. Notes can be borrowed. Take one of your three absences and rest! By doing so, you can save some random stranger the angst of having to suffer the same thing you’re suffering. If you’re sick, do your fellow classmates and peers a favor, and keep your germs off campus. It’s better for you and for everyone else. Get to feeling better and resume the hustle and bustle of college. Until then, STAY HOME!
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A zombie slayer’s guide to weapons
Josh Hoggard Zombie Expert
There is a dangerous time creeping around the corner. It often isn’t 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. Final in a series So, you’ve built your fortress, assembled your team, and have all the facts about zombies committed to memory. So, you’re ready to sit out the zombie apocalypse, right? Wrong. True, these things should be considered your highest priority. However, it would be foolish to assume you will never come in contact with the undead. Fortresses crumble, team members fall or become infected, and, inevitably, you will come face to face with a fleshhungry zombie. Remember, these things won’t stop until they eat you or their heads are destroyed. So, you better know how to defend yourself one-on-one against the undead. As a seasoned zombie killer, I would like to chime in and give as many pointers on this subject as I can. As we said, the only way to kill a zombie is to remove the head or destroy the brain. Can’t do that too well without a weapon. Try it. I dare you. It won’t get you too far. Selecting a weapon is crucial to survival. Life and death are in the simple swing of an axe or pull of a trigger. It has been said before, but it bears repeating. Your most important and critical weapon is your body. Your brain and your physical fitness are the single most crucial commodities when fighting the undead. Upkeep of psychological, mental, and physical fitness should be your
top priority. With that being said, an inanimate weapon is so vital, you can think of it as an extension of your physical body. And as such, constant training and sharpening of your skills with any weapon and upkeep and care of said weapon are a must. A .45 caliber pistol is great, but if its rusty and you don’t know how to shoot it, it’s about as useful as male nipples. As a zombie-killing juggernaut, I’d like to make a few recommendations of good ideas and bad ideas. A powerful firearm is probably the first thing you’re going to want to grab. Do it. A gun is a great primary weapon. One direct shot from virtually any high-powered firearm to the head will obliterate a zombie. However, some guns are more ideal than others. Fully automatic assault rifles are a Godsend in the case of a zombie breech. When a hoard of zombies infiltrate a dwelling or fortress, single-shot semi-automatics may not do the job fast enough. However, it is critical to save ammunition. Ammo should be considered a precious commodity. In nearly any other case, when facing one to about ten zombies, a semi-automatic rifle should do the trick. They’re more accurate and save you more precious ammo. Handguns and pistols are great as well. Not only are they considerably accurate and ammo savers, but also they’re compact. In addition to a primary semiautomatic or fully automatic rifle, a pistol as a secondary gun is a great idea that might just give you the extra skull blasting shot you need to escape a zombie hoard. Try and steer clear of shotguns. Their most attractive feature is also their biggest drawback: bullet-spreading shells. The spread shot is extremely effective because it hits an enemy in several places. Against zombies, who only
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need to be shot directly in the brain, a shotgun seems almost more of a hassle than a blessing. And, with minimal ammunition space, constant reloading becomes necessary. Also, avoid big bulky weapons. They’ll only slow you down and are far less accurate. Select a weapon with interchangeable and reloadable magazines for quick reloading capabilities. A quick reload is the difference between life or death. Lightweight, semi- or fully automatic rifles, with a backup pistol should do the trick. In addition to a primary or secondary firearm, a firm, sturdy blade can be an invaluable tool. Guns are machines and can jam, lock, or fail completely, ammo can run out, and guns can be rendered completely useless. Swords and knifes don’t need to be reloaded. When selecting a blade, check for three things, in this order: 1. Sturdiness – a weak blade won’t remove a head and is subject to break. A blade used for zombie slaughter MUST be strong. 2. Length – anywhere from about 18 inches to 3 or 4 feet are usually good parameters, depending on height and wingspan of the wielder. Any shorter and you’re a sitting duck; any longer and you’re carelessly flailing a blade around. 3. Weight – with the previous two in consideration, the lighter, the better. A lighter blade allows the wielder to be more agile and quick. However, stronger wielders can be accurate with heavier blades. Base weight off of your own personal strength and skill. Once you have selected your blade, like with any firearm, TRAIN! Practice! Get used to the blades weight. The more you train with the blade, the more it will become like a part of you, making it a far more effective weapon against the undead. Guns and swords are all well and good, but what if those are
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not readily available at the time of breach? When selecting a household item as a weapon, ask yourself the following questions: • Can it crush the skull and/or destroy the brain in a single blow? • If not, can it decapitate in a single blow? • Is it easy to handle? • Is it light? • Is it durable? A variety of weapons meet these criteria, including some non-traditional ones. Baseball bats, kitchen knives, golf clubs, crowbars, and several other items of the sort make fairly good weapons when guns and blades are in absence. Keep up your morale. Think of creative ways to eliminate these blood thirsty zombies. While keeping this “Zombie Kill of the Week” type attitude may be a great coping mechanism, don’t go overboard. Sledgehammers, chainsaws, flamethrowers, power tools, hedge clippers, all those big, awesome weapons that you see in the movies... Just don’t. You’ll waste your energy using oversized weapons doing a job something much smaller can do. And, you might very well end up undead. Finally, I’ll leave you with a few tips and reminders. Zombies are slow moving creatures. Even a slow jog can outrun most zombies. Sometimes, your best bet is to just flee the scene. Zombies have no cognitive reasoning skills. All they know is they want to eat you. That’s it. You can outsmart them pretty easily. Use that to your advantage! When you wound a zombie, be sure it’s brain is detached or destroyed. The last thing you want is to feel secure in victory and have a zombie you thought was done for eat you. With these tips, I wish you the best in your zombie survival journey. I will be fighting the undead right along side you. Take heed to my advice, and I can assure you... you will survive.
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Keeping access open to all should be top media priority Edward Wasserman MCT
The idea that “content is king” is a favorite slogan among media people, since it’s comforting to think that the industry is ruled by its creative side. Comforting, but fictional. Who does rule the media kingdom? Not the content creators, but the people who control their physical access to the public, that’s who. Sooner or later, channels trump content. That’s why people who care about freedom of expression have to start by caring about the freedom of the channels over
which expression flows. Hence the importance of the simmering controversy over socalled net neutrality - a policy that is intended to keep the companies that rent us access to the Internet from playing favorites among Web services, information exchanges, content providers of all kinds. Why does that matter? Because the pace and direction of media development have been historically set by the people who controlled the contact points with the public: The film industry was the creature not of moviemakers,
but of early 20th-century theater-owners who wanted to fill their seats. They fled the East Coast for Southern California to escape the Edison Trust monopoly over supplies of film stock a stranglehold broken up by the government in 1917. Freeing up those channels made Hollywood possible. The Hollywood studio system that arose rested first and foremost not on content deals with stars and directors, but on ownership of movie theaters, which froze out independent producers. In 1948 the government forced the studios to give up the
cinemas - and a new Hollywood was born. The story goes on. FM radio languished for decades, despite its inherent superiority over AM, until regulators forced radio owners to stop squatting on FM as a secondary outlet for their AM Top-40 rubbish and populate it with content of its own. That wasn’t until the 1960s, and the result was a robust appetite for sounds to fill high-fidelity channels _ the ideal midwife for the birth of alternative rock-nroll. Channels rule content. It’s the promise of assured access to
watching - it looks a little bit like that plastic shopping bag flitting about in “American Beauty” but we’re hypnotized. Now the caption says, “BOY MAY BE TRAPPED ABOARD BALLOON,” so we’ll want to hear from experts on boys, experts on balloons and maybe someone who’s been confined in a small space. A specialist in childhood trauma says this experience will likely haunt the balloon boy for the rest of his life, assuming he is actually aboard the balloon. Expert No. 2, a veteran balloonist, says it’s virtually impossible that this is the case. No way a weather balloon like the one we’re watching could bear a 50pound boy to its current altitude. Which means it’s time to go to reporters at the scene for ... Act III: The surprise twist The balloon is drifting gently to the ground ... easy ... it’s down! And the boy is ... nowhere to be found! The only reasonable conclusion is he has tumbled out of the
balloon en route. We’ll need experts in wide-area searches and someone who’s survived a big fall. Anyone got a number for Humpty-Dumpty? Meanwhile, let’s go to Denver, where our correspondent is ... What? Really? Inside a box? Act IV: The happy ending He’s alive! Little Falcon (What were the odds his real name would turn out to be even better than “Balloon Boy”?) has been hiding in his parents’ garage, the scamp! Cue the cheering neighbors, the tearful parents! Just imagine their relief! Imagine how relieved you would feel if you thought your child had been borne away by your weather balloon and ... What’s that? You can’t imagine being that negligent? Act V: The recriminations This is my favorite part. Where to begin? How about with the enormous resources squandered on this totally unnecessary search? Let’s start with the hourly
salaries of everyone involved - sheriff’s deputies, air traffic controllers, military pilots, etc. (Would they all have stayed home Thursday if little Falcon had remained in plain view?) Throw in the cost of helicopter fuel, delayed flights and the lost productivity of millions of workers who spent their afternoon glued to CNN, and we’re into the trillions of dollars. No wonder we can’t afford health care! And what kind of parents let their kid play with a weather balloon? The same kind, it turns out, who make guest appearances on “Wife Swap.” Do you suppose these nutballs just made the whole thing up? Let’s ask the boy, whose parents have thoughtfully made him available (yet again) to the press. What do you say, Falcon? Was it all a hoax? What the . . . did you just barf? On camera? Geez, son, how about a little self-control? This is live TV.
Balloon Boy drama comes back to mama Brian Dickerson MCT
Remember when we had to wait months to see the made-forTV movie? No more! Now breaking news and dramatic license have merged in a single stew of live video, expert commentary and rank speculation. What’s odd is how formulaic this new form has become - as predictable in its narrative arc as any dramatization “based on real events” (as TV producers used to say when they still acknowledged the distinction between real events and made-up ones). Act I: The set-up Look! Up in the sky! It’s a flying saucer! Or maybe the cover from someone’s gas grill. No, wait _ it’s a weather balloon! With a terrified 6-year-old on board! Really? Do we know that? Who cares? We’ve got live video! Act II: The suspense builds We’re still not sure what we’re
the public that inspires and emboldens content creators. During a 20-year period starting in the 1970s, when the three major TV networks were barred from monopolizing the downstream syndication channels for programs they produced, independent TV programming flourished and in the aftermath three new TV networks emerged. Demonopolizing channel control was pivotal. And so to net neutrality. It’s now the subject of a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission formalizing a policy outlined in 2005, and it’s being written into congressional legis-
lation that seems to have strong support. The basic question is whether the companies that control the channels through which you access the Internet - generally big telecoms such as Comcast and AT&T - should be allowed to favor some content providers over others. Will they be free to decide which content will flow easily and which content will go slowly? Will they be allowed to charge more for Web services that compete with companies they own?
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CARILLON..................................................................................................................................................................................continued from pg. 1 said. He said that although the bells were well made, weather elements took their toll on the playing mechanisms. He didn’t know how long it had been since somebody had played the instrument, he said. “The system was crude,” Owens said. “It kept falling apart. It needed a complete overhaul.” Owens said he was searching for a donor while he was repairing the instrument in the 1990s. In 2001, he found one. Thanks to a donation from MSU alumnus Bruce Redwine in 2001, the entire system was refurbished to the tune of $200,000. The renovation included a new climatecontrolled playing cabin, a new bell frame, keyboard and clappers. Though Quashnock said Owens basically rebuilt the old instrument, Owens wouldn’t admit to all the hard work. “I just patched it up,” he said. He and Quashnock have to keep the humidity in the cabin where the keyboards are kept at a constant level. Otherwise, the wood the instruments are made of might warp, they said. Since about 1990, Owens has played the carillon bells about once a week. Quashnock has played with about the same regularity since he picked up the trade. Though Quashnock said he’s an apprentice to Owens, Owens seemed to modest to admit it. “He’s already graduated,” Owens said. “I’m just going to take care of the administrative while Jim takes care of the playing.” Neither of the men is paid to play, they said. They also receive very little recognition for their services, which is okay with them. Both said most people think the music they hear is automated. “A lot of people aren’t aware it’s actually a person playing up here at 5:30 in the afternoon,” Owens said. “It’s not a computer chip – it’s a person.” The Westminster chimes, which most people associate with the bells, sound every quarter hour. These bells, unlike the carillon music, are computer-generated, the two said. Whether people hear the bell music or not really depends on where they are on campus, Quashnock said. The wind also plays an important role in the sound, he said. “It depends on which side of the building you’re on and how the wind’s blowing,” Quashnock said. “My wife works right here in the chemistry building and she can’t hear it half the time when she gets in the car.” They said the fact that few people pay attention to the bells can be a good thing, though. “Sometimes you get halfway through a piece you haven’t played before and you have to pull the plug because it’s really difficult,” Quashnock said. “And you’re like, ‘I hope no one was listening.’ “Hopefully enough publicity will get out there so that when people hear it they’ll know it’s an actual person,” Quashnock said. “It’s a bit disheartening when I look out
at night to see if anyone is listening, but no one is. Maybe the soccer players are.” Owens said one of the reasons the carillons are important is because they’re located in Hardin Tower. “The tower is the logo of MSU,” Owens said. “And a bell tower with no bell would be kind of silly.” “But you go to Holland and they have one in every dinky little town,” Owens said. Owens mentioned that Baylor and Texas Tech have caril-
lon systems, but couldn’t think of any other Texas schools that did. He has played the keyboard at Texas Tech, he said. “Tech had theirs redone recently, but it’s still not as nice as ours,” Owens said jokingly. “Their tower is a lot smaller than our tower.” Quashnock noted that few American universities – or cities, for that matter – have working carillon bells. He said there were probably about 150 bell systems set up
in the country. Quashnock, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biology, plays organ as a hobby. He also fixes and refurbishes them, he said. In fact, he built the organ he plays Sundays at Sacred Heart Church. He said the learning curve for the carillon wasn’t very steep, but that may have been because of his background in music. “I’ve been reading organ music for 44 years, so I’m already about 90 percent there,”
he said. “It has a lot to do with spatial orientation. If you play the piano you sit in front of middle C, here you’re in front of F#. But it is becoming more natural.” The two plan to host summer carillon concerts next June or July, they said. They hope to invite foreign players – since Europeans are more interested in playing the bells – to jam for MSU. The duo are hoping to find a candidate to play the carillons in the future, even though
Quashnock just started. “The biggest problem is finding someone who’s committed,” Quashnock said. “Every Monday after work I come here and play until I get tired. I play for about an hour, which is actually a tremendously long time to play.” But the time spent is worth it, he said. Just being allowed to play the instrument is a privilege. “The girl that cleans the second floor loves it,” Quashnock said.
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Shiver me timbers! Mustangs show school spirit in homecoming parade
Photos by Loren Eggenschwiler (Left) The Cycling Team headed up the floats at the homecoming parade with a pirate ship, captained by Jack Sparrow, who was portrayed by Jason Short. (Above) The MSU Cheerleaders and Maverick the Mustang led the parade celebrating homecoming.
COMING SOON TO A CAMPUS NEAR YOU… Tuesday, Oct. 27 5:00pm, CSC Shawnee
University Programming Board (UPB) Meeting Help plan programs and events for your fellow students.
Wednesday, Oct. 28 11am-1pm, CSC Atrium
Pumpkin Painting with UPB Decorate some pumpkins before Halloween on Saturday.
Thursday, Oct. 29 8-10pm, McCullough Hall
Campus Haunted House Scare your friends and children with RHA & UPB.
Monday, Nov. 2 6:00pm, Don Flatt Gym
MSU Cheerleading National Tryouts Be a part of this nationally-talented spirit team.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 All Day, Wellness Center
Rec Sports Sign Up Deadline Sign up for Co-Rec Indoor Soccer and Volleyball.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 7:00pm, Bolin 100
Student Government Association Meeting Open to all MSU students.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 7:00pm, CSC Comanche
Hispanic Heritage Celebration Join MSU student organizations and as they celebrate diversity.
Saturday, Nov. 7 8am-1pm, MSU Campus
Mustangs Rally Be on the lookout to help future Mustangs and their families.
Saturday, Nov. 7 1:00pm, Memorial Stadium
MSU Football vs. former #1 Abilene Christian Show your spirit at the last home game of the regular season.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 8:00pm, CSC Shawnee
Ultimate Money Skills: Scholars, Dollars, Budgets & Bills Sponsored by the CMC and Student Success Series.
Friday, Nov. 13 7:00pm, Akin Auditorium
Artist-Lecture Series: Tony McManus Pick up your ticket at the CSC Information Desk.
Has your organization done something worthy of recognition in the Spotlight? Let us know! Call 397-4500 so your organization can be featured in a future issue.
Congratulations to the 2009 Homecoming Court! King and Queen Chance Gibbs & Valerie Flores Senior Duke/Duchess Michael Taylor & Kayla Jackson Junior Duke/Duchess AnTuan Jeffery & Shelly Agee Sophomore Prince/Princess Jeremy French & Caitlin Niemann Freshman Prince/Princess Caroline Renton & Cameron Moore
Homecoming Banner & Cardboard Boat Race Banner Competition Winners: 1st Place = MSU Cheerleaders 2nd Place (tie) = German Club & SPAT Cardboard Boat Race Winners: 1st Place = Radiology Club 2nd Place = ASME 3rd Place = Geosciences Club Titanic Award = Tau Kappa Epsilon Team Spirit Award = Sigma Kappa
Spotlight A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS... -To the MSU Cheerleaders for hosting a free cheerleading clinic for local youth with the Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation Department. -To men of Tau Kappa Epsilon for raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital during the tailgate before the MSU vs. UCO football game. -To the members of the NAACP for hosting a carnival for the Wichita Falls Boys and Girls Club. -To the members of Circle K for sponsoring a canned food project with the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. -To the women of Chi Omega sorority for sponsoring a golf tournament to raise funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Homecoming Lip Sync’ & Tailgate Competition Lip Sync’ Winners: 1st Place = As One Gospel 2nd Place = MSU Cheerleaders 3rd Place (tie) = Sigma Kappa 3rd Place (tie) = Alpha Kappa Alpha Tailgate Competition Winners: Best Food: Alpha Kappa Alpha Best Decorations: Upward Bound Best Attended: Chi Omega Best of Show: MSU Cheerleaders
The Spotlight is brought to you by The Office of Student Development & Orientation Endless Opportunities. Lifelong Connections. Clark Student Center, Room 194 (940) 397-4500 http://activities.mwsu.edu
Look for the next Spotlight on Wednesday, November 11, 2009!
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Blaze of Pride
• Moffet Library 8th Annual Book Plating and Reception at 3 p.m.
• Athletic luncheon at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU at noon. • Haunted House for MSU students, faculty and staff in McCoullough Hall at 8 p.m.
• Priority Application Deadline for Spring
• MSU/SAFB Thanksgiving Food Drive from Monday to Wednesday
• TACT Brown Bag Luncheon in CSC Kiowa at 12:15 p.m. • Faculty Forum Series: Charles Darwin at 200 in CSC Shawnee at 7 p.m.
Photo by Julia Raymond
TWINS........................................................................................................................................................................................continued from pg. 1 Despite being alike in so many ways, these sets of twins couldn’t be more opposite. Cassie and Corrie For Cassie , the decision to go to a different college than her sister was an easy one. She was ready to take on college without her sister, especially after she saw MSU. “My sister got accepted to the honors program at TAMU Commerce. I went down and looked at the campus and decided I couldn’t survive there,” Cassie said. “I found MSU and loved it. Although, once I decided to go here she started considering coming here and I kind of shooed her away from that idea.” “This was my school,” she said with a laugh. While some parents encourage their children to attend the same school, Cassie’s parents left it up to their girls and fully supported their decisions. “Since we were in first grade they put us in separate classes unless it was necessary,” she said. “We got to become our own individuals that way.” Despite the sisters attending separate universities, they have chosen the same major, psychology. “We both took a psychology class in high school and found it interesting,” Cassie recalled. “However, she wants to study adolescent psychology, whereas I am interested in childhood psychology.” In high school, the girls had many of the same friends. Cassie admitted she got tired of it and wanted to become her own per-
son and have her own set of friends in college. However, the path to making new friends isn’t always the easiest. “The first day of (color) guard was very hard,” she recalled. “I didn’t have any friends. But eventually I started to meet people and it just became easier and easier. Now I have found my niche.” If Corrie would have came to MSU, Cassie felt she wouldn’t have gone out and made friends. Despite the three hours distance between them, the sisters manage to stay pretty close by talking on the phone and chatting through Facebook. One topic that makes its way into the conversations is grades. Cassie grinned. “We are extremely competitive when it comes to grades and pretty much everything.” Even though only a few months have passed in the semester, Cassie feels she has become more of an individual without Corrie around her. She has even stopped referring to herself as a twin unless asked. Even though Cassie and Corrie have become independent of each other, they still laugh at instances when people confused them for each other and asked unintelligent questions. On one occasion, their pediatrician tried to set them up with twin boys. Julia and Kelly Kelly, a nursing major, and Julia, who is still deciding on her major, are mirror twins. Mirror twins are identical, but the dominants in their hands and
feet are opposite. Julia is lefthanded, whereas Kelly is dominant in her right hand. “It is actually kind of crazy,” Julia said. “Our dominant eyesight is opposite as well as our wisdom teeth. I only had mine on one side, where she had hers on the other.” Kelly and Julia graduated from Burkburnett High School, but it has been a long journey to get to MSU. Kelly and Julia’s parents were in the Air Force when the girls were born in San Angelo, Texas, but the family wasn’t there for long. They then lived in Florida, Germany, Hawaii and Japan. “We were in Tokyo for three and a half years,” Kelly said. “Out of all the places we have lived, it was my favorite.” “It was like living in a video game,” she said, grinning. “The city is amazing.” Julia, however, favored their residence in Hawaii the most. “It is a beautiful place to live,” she said. “We were there at the best time too. We were ages 10, 11, 12 and 13. At that age you don’t have too much responsibility so you can just roam the city and explore.” Through all the moves and adjusting, Kelly and Julia have always had each other to rely on. After living in Tokyo until the girls were in tenth grade, their father was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Burkburnett, where they have resided for the past two years. But, only a few weeks after Kelly and Julia moved into their dorm rooms, their parents moved again, this
time to Colorado. Even though they have moved from place to place together, the last place the girls wanted to move was into the same room. It didn’t happen but it was a close call. “The Housing office assigned us in room’s right next to each other, which was pretty cool,” Julia said. For these freshmen, Kelly, older by 11 minutes, settled on MSU before Julia had come close to making her decision. “I was already planning on coming here so having her here is just a benefit,” Kelly said. They settled into college life, quickly becoming involved in multiple activities on campus, including regular games ultimate frisbee. “Sometimes people we are playing with will pass the Frisbee to Julia when I’m the one on their team,” Kelly said, laughing. “Even people who have known us for a couple of years will do it, or call us the wrong name.” Even though they share similar interests, these brown-eyed girls are not that competitive except when it comes to sports and fun activities. “When it comes to grades, we are definitely not competitive, but at roller-skating, absolutely,” Julia said, her eyes twinkling with amusement. Susie and Nadia Even though Nadia stands three inches above her sister, Susie entered the world three minutes before her. Despite their similar facial features, including a strong bone
structure, hazel eyes and curly dark brown hair, Susie and Nadia are not identical. Still even after three and a half years at MSU, students and friends still confuse one for the other. “One time I had a conversation with somebody in the student center and they thought I was Susie the whole time,” Nadia recalled. “I thought it was weird because I had no idea who they were. I just thought they were really friendly.” After living in separate rooms for three years, the seniors are living together for the first time because their parents didn’t want to pay two separate rents. “We don’t get along living together,” Susie admitted. “I’ve lived with her for 18 years and the separation made us closer. But even though we live together, I barely ever see her.” When the now 21-year-old sisters were looking at colleges, they both attended a college fair and agreed they liked MSU, but Susie said she applied and got accepted first. “(Nadia) just followed me here,” she said jokingly. Despite their closeness in appearances, these girls couldn’t be more different in interests, as well as majors. Nadia is a management information system major, whereas Susie is pursuing a major in the mass communication field. “We have completely different friends and aren’t really interested in the same things,” Nadia said. However, she believes that since they do not hang out as
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much, their relationship is more mature. “We don’t have any more stupid fights,” she said. “I believe we have grown closer since our freshman year,” Susie said. “We have both been through a lot together in the past four years.” A year ago their mother was diagnosed with esophagus cancer. “It was hard to be away from our mom during that time, but it helped to have Nadia here with me,” Susie said quietly. “We became closer since we had each other while we were away from her.” “We know we’re going to always be there for each other,” Nadia said, smiling at her sister. Friends Forever, Twins for Life Despite their differences, physical and emotional, Kelly and Julia, as well as Nadia and Susie, enjoy sharing one more thing with their sisters. “It is good having my sister here,” Kelly said. “I have a piece of my family here to lean on.” However, after only a half of a semester at MSU, Cassie is happy with her choice to separate from her sister. “I think that twins should separate and go to different colleges because this is when you find yourself and who you want to be,” Cassie said. “And eventually, you will no longer be known just as a twin.”
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For the best of gore, suspense and thrills take your pick from our Halloween classics Lauren Wood Entertainment Editor
On DVD “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” For the ultimate Halloween experience, watch the raunchy musical about a couple who gets lost and stumble into an alien transvestite’s castle. It’s better if you can watch it in a theater, but an at-home viewing will suffice. “The Shining” Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel could quite possibly be one of the scariest films of all time. The bonechilling movie is based in an isolated hotel where Jack Nicholson and his family have moved in as caretakers for the winter. What follows is a ghostly encounter with a former hotel custodian who murdered his wife and two daughters. “The Silence of the Lambs” You will never look at Anthony Hopkins, Dr. Hannibal Lecter the Cannibal, the same. Not for the weak-hearted -- the psychological thriller is a twohour-long hair raiser about FBI agent Clarice Starling, who tries to gain insight into a murderer’s mind by interviewing psychopath Hannibal. “Halloween” A Halloween night turns deadly when a former child murderer escapes from the mental hospital and returns to his small hometown to terrorize a babysitter. Soon her friends start disappearing one by one. “Poltergeist” Watch this before you go haunted house hunting this Halloween. A suburban family is visited by ghosts who play odd tricks on them, and soon the events build up to a frightening climax when the ghosts kidnap the youngest daughter. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” The film that spawned six sequels and made Freddy Krueger into a household monster is still a must-watch horror flick. A
group of teenagers start having dreams about a scarred man with razor fingers and soon they are brutally murdered in their sleep. The remaining teen, Nancy, realizes that she has to stay awake to survive. Sweet dreams after watching this one. “Night of the Living Dead” This black-and-white film can still disturb you. You’ll cross your fingers for the group of people who hide in a farmhouse, trying to avoid being killed by the dead who have come back to life. “The Exorcist” You’ll know why this film is the most bloodcurdling movie ever made when you watch the brutal depiction of a 12-year-old girl possessed by an evil spirit as the exorcist tries to save her. “Seven” Shock, nausea, and utter fright, you’ll feel it all at the pit of your stomach while watching this horror. The intense psychological drama follows two detectives, played by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, as they try to catch a maniac who plans to kill seven people, one for each of the seven deadly sins. “Trick ‘R Treat” The stories revolve around little Sam, a demonic trick ‘r treater who shows up at the scene of each murder and is actually the main character of the story. Four other tales of terror are wrapped around Sam, five if you count the opening short scenes. These woven stories are all twisted together and we see how at the end of the movie.
“Zombieland” Columbus has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their everliving butt. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other. Staring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma
Photo Courtesy If you aren’t going out this Halloween, curl up and watch these creepy Halloween flicks: (Above) “Trick R’ Treat,” “The Shining,” “Halloween,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “The Exorcist.” (Below) Or head to the theaters: “Saw VI,” “The Stepfather,” and “Zombieland.”
Stone, Abigail Breslin and Amber Heard. “Paranormal Activity” A young couple, Kate and Micah, start experiencing strange activity around their home and suspect a ghost. After a psychic checks it out and declares it not a ghost but a demon, the real trouble begins. They record all happenings on a video camera, giving it that “found footage” feel that has been copied so often. Staring Katie Featherstone, Micah Sloat. “The Road” A father transports his son to safety following a nuclear explosion and battles starving stragglers and marauding packs of cannibals in his way. Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy. Starring: Viggo Mortens-
en, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. “The Stepfather” Michael Harding returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side? Staring Sela Ward, Dylan Walsh and Penn Badgley. “The Vampire’s Assistant” 14-year-old Darren and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show and things begin to change inside Darren. That’s the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley turns
him into something bloodthirsty. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. Staring John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Patrick Fugit, Jane Krakowski, Orlando Jones, Selma Hayek and Willem Dafoe. “Saw VI” Oh yeah, there is another one.
This psychological series has yet another gore-fest sequel. Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw’s legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw’s grand scheme is finally understood. Staring Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith.
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Low-budget ‘Paranormal’ scary good Jamie Monroe Advertising Manager
By now, you’ve probably heard the hype about “Paranormal Activity.” If you haven’t, one look at last weekend’s boxoffice numbers should give you a general idea. Sitting up top is “Paranormal,” a movie that was produced for $15,000 and has since grossed over $62.5 million. Part of the film’s success is due to the intense interest generated by fans. When the film was released in only a few theatres scattered across the country, fans took to Twitter and signed web petitions to get the movie distributed in wide release. It worked, and the film began immediately selling out show times. But when you get past the dollar signs and surprise success, there’s one question everyone asks: is it actually scary? The story is relatively simple. A young couple, Katie and Mi-
Photo Courtesy “Paranormal Activity” was produced for $15,000 and has grossed over $62.5 million.
cah, live together in the San Diego suburbs. Katie is a student, Micah works as a day trader. After Katie moved in, the two started experiencing strange activity in the house, so Micah buys a video camera and sound recording equipment in order to capture the paranormal activity on tape. Over the course of three weeks, the camera captures eerie images. Doors open and close on their own, heavy footsteps drag
up the stairs while the couple sleeps. Katie wakes up in the middle of the night, hovers over the bed, and stares over Micah for hours. When she wakes up, she doesn’t remember ever leaving her bed. Katie and Micah enlist the help of a psychic, who tells Katie that the haunting is tied not to the house but to Katie herself, and that he senses a presence of a demon, not a human ghost. He also warns the couple against playing
A Day in the Life of Mr. Freddy Krueger
Photos by Julia Raymond Created for a photo series, freshman Julia Raymond and senior Brent Lamberth ventured around Wichita Falls to show a typical day in the life of Mr. Freddy Krueger.
games and trying to communicate with whatever is haunting them. Inviting the demon in, he says, can turn deadly. However, Micah ignores this advice. He brings an Ouiji board into the house, verbally incites and challenges the demon and spreads baby powder in the floor to try and capture footprints. The paranormal activity grows steadily more terrifying, and soon the couple barely sleeps, psychics refuse to enter the house, and Katie and Micah begin to fear for their lives. This movie, when taken for what it is, can be extremely scary. It just depends on the mindset of the audience. On the one hand, the effects are extremely low-tech. There’s no CG, no string orchestra to announce when something scary is coming up, and no scary monster (that’s visible, anyway.) There’s not even a cameraman- the entire movie is filmed with either Katie or Micah doing the filming, or with the camera propped
up on a tripod while they sleep. Any intelligent audience member could figure out that the film’s scariest moments are easily created: the director stomps up the stairs, flips on a lightswitch, or slams a door. But it’s not so much what you actually see that makes the film scary- it’s what you expect to see. Every time the couple goes to sleep and the camera switches to night-view, there’s a foreboding sense of knowing that something is going to happen, and not quite wanting to know what it is. As the supernatural activity progresses, that quickly turns into “Oh God, what next?” Because honestly, after a girl gets pulled out of bed and dragged screaming down the hall, you have no idea what to expect. The dynamics of the couple are also incredibly realistic. Watching the movie, it never feels like two people acting, it feels like a real life couple living, loving, fighting, and facing
a terrifying entity together. Katie is the girl next door, and Micah is her often-obnoxious boyfriend. Guaranteed, they’ll remind you of a couple you know. And that’s what makes it all the more real. The way the film is shot, it’s unclear whether “Paranormal Activity” is a film or a documentary that actually happened, and that’s its main appeal. If you’re the type of person that likes to be scared, doesn’t nitpick every moment of a film, and gets emotionally involved with what’s happening onscreen, then yes, you’ll definitely have trouble falling asleep after watching this movie. There are haunting moments- running footsteps, inhuman whispersthat stick with you long after the credits roll if you let them. If you enter the theatre expecting to be unimpressed, you probably will be. But people like that aren’t any fun to see movies with anyway.
Lil’ Wayne faces jail time Cora Kuykendall For the Wichitan
It started with T.I., then Chris Brown and now it’s Lil’ Wayne’s turn. If you don’t know who they are, it’s probably because you are living under a rock, or you’re over the age of forty. The rapper, who was reportedly paid $125,000 to rap two verses of the hit “Let it Rock,” had his first number one hit, “Lollipop” at the beginning of 2008. Well, the beginning of 2010 will not be as successful as the past two years have been for the rapper. “I’ll take probation, I don’t want that T.I. and Vick vacation,” is a quote from the song “Ignorant” by Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne. But, Lil’ Wayne obviously did not do a good job keeping his word. Starting in February, he will be starting his year of jail time. Turns out, Lil’ Wayne pleaded guilty for weapon possession for a gun that he had on his tour bus
rest of 2009 he’s laying down as many tracks as possible to keep his fans satisfied and his next two court dates go well. But really, how dumb do you have to be to go to court twice over gun charges. Does he feel that he doesn’t have enough protection already? Iím sure he has plenty of bodyguards to keep him safe. Photo Courtesy Lil’ Wayne pleads guilty to attempt- He doesn’t need a gun. Also, since he is now ed gun possession. taking at least a year out of the limelight and will back in 2007. In previous years, he has not be able to put out new hits, pleaded not guilty for gun charg- his popularity will plummet a es, charges that could have po- significant amount. He will still have his fans, but tentially put him in jail for three within that year so much new and a half years. Let’s just hope he pleads not talent will come out that he will guilty again at his trial in Ari- be somewhat forgotten. Does anyone talk about Chris zona for felony drug possession and weapons charges. If he Brown or T.I. anymore? I have pleads guilty, his jail time would a feeling when he gets released, a new single from him will be lengthen. What would Lil’ Wayne fans playing on the radio and we’ll do without new music for one or all go “oh yeah...I remember Lil’ Wayne...” more years? Let’s just hope that for the
Photos by Julia Raymond Lamberth dressed as Krueger, participating in every day activities including feeding ducks, exercising, shopping for groceries, filling his gas tank and reading to others.
Wichita Falls must-see haunted houses and events Here are a few bone-chilling events going on this Halloween weekend, from the family-friendly, fall-festival affairs to the eerie and creepy haunted houses: Lucy Park Halloween When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday Where: Lucy Park Admission: Free. Etc.: Some activities are free; others require tickets. Not-So-Scary Halloween When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday Where: River Bend, 2200 Third St. Admission: $4 for adults.
Photos by Julia Raymond Lamberth and Raymond traveled to the Wellness Center at MSU, Market Street and a gas station, while trying not to scare young children with his outrageous costume.
Children in costume get in for $1 with a paid adult Kell House Haunted Tours When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday Where: 900 Bluff Admission: $5 per person Chamber of Horrors When: 7:30-11 p.m. Thursday-Saurday Where: Sixth and Broad Tickets: $5 at the door, $4 in advance and $2 for Boys & Girls Club members. Thangs of Fairway When: 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 27-29 and 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 30-31. Where: 3920 Fairway Blvd.
Admission: $5 for the haunted house and $5 for the hayride. Randlett Haunted House and Hayride When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Begins at the fire station Admission: $10 (includes a burger) Sikes Senter Trick-or-Treating When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Where: The mall When: Free
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Cross Country is back-to-back Lone Star Conference Champions MSUMustangs.com For the Wichitan Midwestern State’s Sydnee Cole left the field in her wake as the junior claimed the school’s first individual Lone Star Conference Championship Saturday at the West Texas Horse Center. And the MSU cross country tradition continues to grow as the Mustangs claimed their second-straight conference team title by a mere three points over runner-up Angelo State. “That too, too close,” MSU coach Koby Styles said. “We started a tradition last year and we wanted to build on that this year. We want to be the best in the conference and region and always compete nationally. This is a small stepping stone toward that as build for the future.” Cole, who covered the course in 23:02.5, definitely enhanced the tradition as MSU had much
to recover after routing the field in 2008. “I had never run a 6K before, so I was happy,” she said. “We’re a young team and didn’t have many returners from last year, then one of our returners got hurt, so we brought in a lot of (new) girls. We’ve been coming on strong late in the season and we’re looking forward to regionals.” The repeat was definitely in question all the way up to the announcement of the results, but Kayla Hendrix, Lindsey Pate and Julie Bell each passed an Angelo State runner in the course’s final 600 meters. “That last stretch, everyone was just cryin’ and grittin’ and racing hard,” Styles said. “Everybody ran really, really well. When they finished the race, they had nothing left.” The Mustangs finished with a total of 70 to edge out the Ram-
belles, who finished with 73. Sophomore Kayla Hendrix placed 12th with a time of 24:35.9, while freshman Heather Owens was 14th with a 24:50.80, sophomore Lindsey Pate was 18th with a 25:02.20 and redshirt freshman Julie Bell was 25th to round out MSU’s counters with a time of 25:27.40. “I couldn’t be more proud,” Styles said. “This year we threw time out and they just went out there and raced hard. It was windy, it was a very tough course and the footing was bad.” Freshman Cynthia Carrillo (25:42.90/31st), junior Hassie Sutton (25:45.00/33rd) and freshman Melody Caldwell (27:02.20/57th) also competed for the Mustangs. Midwestern State competes in the NCAA Division II South Central Regionals on Nov. 7 at Nelson Park in Abilene, Texas.
Midwestern State won the Lone Star Confernce Championships last weekend in Canyon. (Photo by Jeremy Enlow/Lone Star Conference)
MSU barely escapes Bulldogs, drops Sunday’s game to UCO Kaitlin Morrison Sports Editor
Lindsay Pritchard scored her seventh goal of the season in Friday’s 1-0 win over Southwestern Oklahoma. (Photo by Patrick Johnston)
Midwestern State traveled to Milam Stadium to take on Southwestern Oklahoma Friday afternoon. In the 84th minute Lindsay Pritchard finished a cross from Katy Lukert to give the Mustangs to 1-0 win. “It was scary,” MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. “Southwestern played with 10 players behind the ball the whole time. They are committed to playing that style and made it frustrating and scary for us.” With the win, MSU improved to 11-2-2 on the season and 5-2 in Lone Star Conference games. The Mustangs dominated the run of play and outshot the Bulldogs 25-7 including a 10-3 edge in shots on goal. But SWOSU goalkeeper Katie Mahoney made
nine saves and kept MSU scoreless in the opening 84 minutes until Lukert took on a defender and found an opening down the right wing to the touch line. “She did a good job of driving the ball past the goal,” Trimble said. “Lindsay caught moving full speed and crushed the ball back to the net. It was a great goal.” The goal was Pritchard’s seventh of the season, while Lukert dished out her fourth assist. MSU also enjoyed a good game from outside midfielder Brittany O’Neal. “Brittany played really well today and was very dangerous,” Trimble said. Southwestern Oklahoma (610-1) had come into match having won three of their last four including results over regionally ranked Abilene Christian and over East Central, who had
handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season earlier in the month. “We’re excited to get the goal and come out with the win,” Trimble said. “They are very structured, don’t give up many goals and are very good.” On Sunday Midwestern State faces a tougher competition in their rival Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos struck early for two goals and MSU could not recover as they fell 2-0 at Wantland Stadium. “UCO played a good, physical game,” MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. “We had some good look, but just hit it right to the keeper. We are generating some really good chances, but just aren’t finishing them right now.” The win pushed UCO to 125-1 on the season and 6-2 in LSC play, while the Mustangs suffered their third loss in five
matches to fall to 11-3-2 and 5-3 in conference. The Bronchos made Midwestern pay on missed clearing attempts with the first coming in the fourth minute when UCO’s Alli Miller served a cross in the box which deflected off of an MSU defender awkwardly to a wide open Katelyn Cropp, who deposited her seventh goal of the season to give Central Oklahoma an early 1-0 lead. “It was very unlikely,” Trimble said. “The ball just deflected to one of their players that was free in the box.” The Bronchos struck again after MSU senior center back Kat Bernick appeared to make a nice play on a run, but her clearing hit off of the back of another Mustangs defender directly to UCO sophomore forward Beth Helm who found the open net to put the lead at 2-0 in the 32nd min-
ute. Central Oklahoma, who scored on two of their first three shots, opted to pack it on the defensive end which allowed the Mustangs to outshoot the Bronchos 9-7 as MSU placed four shots on goal all of which were saved by UCO goalkeeper Megan Riley who posted her eighth shutout of the season. MSU freshman Mallory Whitworth suffered her first collegiate loss between the posts. The Mustangs close the regular season with a pair matches at the MSU Soccer Field next weekend. Midwestern State hosts Abilene Christian Friday afternoon at 5:30 before closing against Angelo State Sunday afternoon at 3.
Midwestern State picks up homecoming win over UCO 43-16 MSUMustangs.com For the Wichitan
Mustangs get ready to take the field against UCO on Saturday night. (Photo by Patrick Johnston)
Zack Eskridge passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 17 Midwestern State to a 43-16 Lone Star Conference Crossover win over Central Oklahoma Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. When Eskridge found time, Mustangs’ receivers found space behind the Central Oklahoma defense as he struck for a 71yard score to Ethan Rosales in the first quarter then hit Andy Tanner with a 70-yard strike in the third. The Bronchos (2-7) struck back for a pair of scores after the Mustangs jumped out to a 14-0 lead when Micah Hill returned an interception 31 yards for a score a little over four minutes into the game.
UCO’s Brandon Noohi hit Daniel Morrell for a 22-yard strike at the 6:37 mark of the first quarter, before Jason Palmer plunged in from a yard out in the final minute of the opening stanza to knot the game at 14-14. But it was all Midwestern from that point on as Eskridge connected with Tanner four times for 118 yards and two scores and Neal Carr and Brandon Kelsey had rushing TDs of 5 and 48 yards, respectively. Noohi completed 20-of41 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown, while Morrell finished with seven receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. Midwestern State (7-2) faces Eastern New Mexico next Saturday at Blackwater Draw, while Central Oklahoma plays at East Central.
Zack Eskridge passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 17 Midwestern State to a 43-16 Lone Star Conference Crossover win over Central Oklahoma Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Patrick Johnston)
Volleyball drops two more Lone Star Conference matches Kaitlin Morrison Sports Editor Midwestern State couldn’t handle Shawna Hines’ 14 kills and eight blocks as Abilene Christian defeated the Mustangs in three sets last Thursday at Moody Coliseum. Hines was errorless in 21 attacks to lift the Wildcats to their ninth-straight win at home. MSU suffered a sweep for the third-straight time- 25-21, 25-19, 25-17, to fall to 9-20 on the season and 5-3 in Lone Star Conference play.
Junior middle blocker Sesley Graves and sophomore outside hitter Hillary White led the Mustangs with six kills each, while middle blocker Lauren Bayer and outside hitter Miranda Byrd had five kills apiece. MSU continued to struggle with the attack with 28 kills while committing 22 errors to hit .046 as a team after falling to a dismal .033 kill rate in Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss at Dallas Baptist. Sophomore libero Kiara Jordan led the back row effort with 18 digs and White added 11, while Bayer posted three blocks
at the net. Jordan Schilling had a double-double for ACU with 12 kills and 17 digs, while Ijeoma Moronu had 38 set assists and 14 digs. ACU improved to 21-5 and 7-1 in conference. On Saturday afternoon the Mustangs continued their road trip and took on Angelo State at Junell Center. MSU was defeated in three sets 25-16, 25-19, 25-21. This was the fourth-straight loss for the Mustangs as they fell to 9-21 and 5-4 in the LSC. Freshman oustide hitter Shel-
bi Stewart led Midwestern State with eight kills and committed only three errors for a .236 hitting percentage, while Hillary White had seven kills and hit .174. But the Mustangs struggled to find any other options as sophomore outside hitter Miranda Byrd had seven kills, but also committed as many errors, while senior middle blocker Sesley Graves notched six kills, but had seven errors. Midwestern committed 24 errors as a team and mustered just a .098 team attack percentage as
the Mustangs only led in one of the three sets. Junior middle blocker Lauren Bayer had three total blocks as MSU finished with five total team blocks. Jordan had 14 digs to lead the backrow. Alaina Sivells and Katie Coleman had 10 kills each to lead ASU. Coleman also posted nine total blocks for the Rambelles as they improved to 14-13 overall and 6-3 in conference play. Midwestern State returns to D.L. Ligon Coliseum for its final two home matches of the sea-
son beginning with Texas A&M Commerce Thursday at 7 p.m. before playing host to Texas Woman’s University for Senior Night on Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. Midwestern State will only graduate one senior this season. Sesley Graves started her career at MSU in the fall of 2006. The Wichita Falls native finished with 29 total blocks in 2006 season. In 2007 she was named to the All-Lone Star Conference first team and AVCA All-Southwest Region.
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On Deck this week... Thursday October 29 Volleyball
vs. Texas A&M Commerce 7 p.m. Friday October 30 Women’s Soccer vs. Abilene Christian 5:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. St. Thomas 7:30 p.m. Saturday October 31 Volleyball vs. Texas Woman’s 6 p.m. Football @ Eastern New Mexico 8 p.m. Sunday October 25 Men’s Soccer vs. Northeastern State 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Angelo State 3 p.m.
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MSU draws another 1-1 tie with West Texas A&M Kaitlin morrison Sports Editor No. 11 Midwestern State picked up a 2-0 win over Eastern New Mexico Friday afternoon at the ENMU Soccer Field. The win matched the Mustangs longest winning streak of the season at five games. The streak started when MSU battled Texas A&M International to a scoreless draw on Sept. 25 at the MSU Soccer Field. The Mustangs are now 11-1-2 on the season. Craig Sutherland sent a through ball to Paulo Teixeira to give MSU a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute before Dean Lovegrove one-touched Teixeira’s cross from the left wing in the 48th minute to put the match away.
Raul Herrera faced just four shots and didn’t have to make a save while posting his 10th shutout of the season to set the single-season standard for shutouts by a Midwestern State goalkeeper since the Mustangs became an NCAA Division II member in 1995. MSU outshot the Greyhounds 33-4 and placed 10 shots on goal. On Sunday, MSU traveled to Canyon to take on their nemesis, West Texas A&M. This season the two teams have battled 220 minutes and still nothing has been decided as the Mustangs and Buffs finished with a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at The Pitch. “It’s really difficult to come up here and get a win especially
with the field conditions,” MSU coach Doug Elder said. “The guys played hard and we created some good chances. We were the better soccer team today.” The last time these two teams met was back on Sept. 18 when they finished with a 1-1 draw. With the wing whipping, the conditions at The Pitch weren’t ideal for the teams. “It had to be blowing at 30 miles per hour,” Elder said. “It was ridiculous.” The Mustangs used to wind to their advantage in the opening half when Brian Martinez served a through ball to sophomore Craig Sutherland who chested the ball, settled it and shot a laser past WT goalkeeper Sebastian Furness to give MSU the 1-0 lead in the third minute
of play. In the second half, with some help from the wind, West Texas A&M evened the score in the 53 minute. After the Mustangs cleared the corner kick, the Buffs served the ball to the right wing before Freddy Dominguez seemed to misjudge a cross. “He shanked it from the corner and the wind caught it,” Elder said. “It looked like it was going out, but it hit the cross bar and went in. It wasn’t even a shot, but it counted. It really gave them a shot of life and they stepped up the pressure.” The Buffs peppered the Mustangs for 18 shots forcing MSU junior goalkeeper Raul Herrera to make seven saves. “Raul only had to come to his
line a couple of times and probably made about two saves,” Elder said. “All of their chances came off of throw-ins and corners. They couldn’t do much in the run of play.” The tie snapped an eightmatch winning streak for WT, who are now 11-1-2 on the season and 2-0-2 in LSC play. The Mustangs move to 11-1-3 and 3-0-2 in LSC. They are unbeaten in their last 14 matches dating back to a 1-0 loss to Incarnate Word in the season opener. MSU can clinch at least a share of its fifth-straight conference championship with a win over Northeastern State Sunday afternoon at the MSU soccer field after the Mustangs host NAIA St. Thomas Friday night at 7:30.
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Football Midwestern State surged ahead four spots to No. 13 in the latest American Football Coaches’ Association Division II Poll released Monday afternoon. The ranking is the highest since MSU obtained its best national NCAA Division II ranking on Oct. 2, 2007 when the Mustangs were 12th. Midwestern State’s Zack Eskridge garnered D2Football. com Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday (Oct. 19) when the Web publisher released its weekly awards. Eskridge broke a 33-year-old NCAA Division II record for highest percentage of passes completed in a game with a minimum of 20 completions to lead the Mustangs to a 38-7 win over No. 7 Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
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