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HE WICHITAN T Sophomore sexually assaulted off campus The Student Voice of Midwestern State University

Wednesday Oct. 3, 2007

REBECCA FERGUSON & ASHLEY CAMPANA FOR THE WICHITAN An MSU sophomore was beaten and sexually assaulted Sept. 21 at an unknown location, according to MSU police. MSU police chief Michael Hagy said campus police asked to assist with the case because Wichita Falls city police would have taken a longer time to assign

the case to somebody. Police, he said, wanted to investigate the victim’s car. Police are also attempting to backtrack the victim’s steps to gather more information but said they have run into problems with student cooperation. “We ask questions and 40 people say, ‘I was in the bathroom,’” Hagy said. “We need to maintain what we know and what we don’t know and separate fact from fiction and truth from hearsay.”

Details remain sketchy. Mothers of students have called the police department concerned with what they’ve heard about the case. Some have asked if they should arm their daughters with tasors. “This story has really been bent out of control,” Hagy said. Police said the victim had gone to several locations before arriving at an unregistered Sigma Nu party, where there was hard liquor, drinking games, and minors present.

According to Keith Lamb, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, the national organization for Sigma Nu is coming to MSU to investigate what transpired at the party. Police are not certain if the party is directly related to the sexual assault. However Sigma Nu has been put under social suspension until further notice, Lamb said. Although the time of the sexual

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Date Rape Prevention Tips From “Date Rape – A Violent Crime” What to do if you are raped: -Get to a safe place -Don’t shower -Go to a hospital or emergency room -Tell the police or sheriff -Get counseling

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Consumers Digest rates MSU best value MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN


David Henne, right, as Vince taunts Bradley, played by Matt Griffin, with his prosthetic leg. Bradley is an amputee who lost his leg from a chainsaw accident.

Dramatic Dysfunction

‘Buried Child’ depicts a family torn apart by a dark secret BRITTANY NORMAN MANAGING EDITOR The MSU Theatre department’s fall production will paint a family’s dysfunction and dark secrets across the stage. The play is Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prizewinning play “Buried Child.” It opens on Oct. 11 and runs through Oct. 14. The production is set in a farmhouse occupied by a family whose lives are marred by long-suppressed violence and unshakable misery. Each person portrayed in the script seems to carry his or her own afflictions, and the character Vince, after a long separation

from his family, walks back into a home he scarcely recognizes. “Vince walks in expecting it to be like Norman Rockwell, like it was when he was a child,” said Laura Jefferson, director and theatre department chair. “You know, big hugs, family dinner, everyone together. But he walks in and it’s dark and decaying and grandpa’s on the couch drinking, grandma’s off with the preacher who she’s having an affair with, and daddy walks in.” And no one recognizes him. The dynamics of the play created some unique challenges for the cast and crew. “There’s (a character) who comes in

that accidentally chopped off his leg with a chainsaw 20 years earlier,” Jefferson said. That character, who also seems to be a sociopath, has a scene where he’s crawling around on the floor without his artificial leg. The actor and director had to devise a way that this would look realistic, but Jefferson isn’t giving away the secret. Also during the play, bottles have to be thrown and broken. “We had to figure out how to do that safely for the actors and for the audience,” Jefferson said.

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MSU has been ranked #1 by the Consumers Digest Magazine as the best value among public universities and it’s not going to be shy about tooting its own horn. The university plans to capitalize on that rating and is shelling out $20,000 to promote itself. The June edition of the magazine listed the Top-50 best values based the schools’ academics factored against the annual cost of tuition and room-and-board. Consumers Digest has been published monthly since 1936 by the non-profit consumer’s union. The magazine features test results for cars, computers, appliance, and other brand-name products, as well as practical advice on health and financial services. MSU was one of two Texas schools that made the Top-50 list. Texas A&M in College Station was listed at #45. Janus Buss, director of public information, said MSU has purchased 10 billboards in the area, as well as in Decatur to promote the rating. The university also bought advertising space in several local high school newspapers. Postcards promoting the rating were sent out to incoming students and alumni earlier this summer. Buss said that copies of the actual page in the magazine displaying the rating, called “slicks,” were copied and sent to area businesses with a letter thanking them for their support. The university obtained the rating by going onto the Web site and gathering the necessary information to compare it to other public universities. “Usually Consumers Digest requests that a survey be filled in order for them to research or obtain any information from a Web site,” Buss said. She said the publication went onto each school’s website without them knowing and obtained the needed information.

“It came as a surprise to our university,” Buss said. She feels the rating that MSU received from Consumers Digest will be a plus for alumni, donors, and the Wichita Falls community. “I want alumni to be proud of their Alma Matta,” Buss said. The categories involved in the ratings included academic excellence of first-time freshmen, standardized test scores, high school rank, grade point average of entering freshmen. Other categories were student-to-faculty ratio, the 4- to 6-year graduation rate and the percentage of faculty holding a Ph.D. or other terminal degrees. All of these factors determined each university’s “value-index score.” The rankings were based on information from the 2005-2006 school year. Buss feels that the rating will be a plus for the school’s all-around advancement. “Anytime your school is first in a positive light it is an attention getter,” she said. She feels the rating will help get people’s attention that MSU is offering a quality education for a reasonable price. “MSU wants families to know that their children are going to get the best education for their dollar,” she said. The ranking came out a little late to help recruitment for this fall, she said, but she hopes it will have an effect on the enrollment for next fall. Not only were public colleges rated, but also private universities as well and liberal arts colleges. They chose the top 25 private schools and the top 25 liberal arts colleges. Among some of those private institutions were Notre Dame, SMU, and the University of Tulsa. Some notable liberal arts schools were Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and Dennison University in Ohio. Rounding out the top five colleges behind MSU were Stony

Enrollment rate remains relatively stable DEON NEWSOM FOR THE WICHITAN


MSU’s total enrollment dipped slightly this fall but remained steady at approximately 6,000 students. University officials said 15 fewer students registered for classes compared to last year. Of 6,027 students enrolled, 5,350 were undergraduates. A total of 500 new freshmen enrolled in the campus this year--up six students from last fall. Admissions Director Barbara

Merkle said the campus has sought to keep enrollment balanced. “In the grand scheme of things, that’s pretty good,” Merkle said. She said officials want to keep the campus accessible to top students but limit large increases that could compromise educational quality as the campus confronts budget cuts. “We’ve taken some criticism for raising our standards because numbers went down but with the new students we’re attracting, more plan on staying at MSU.” Merkle said MSU begins its

recruitment campaign in September visiting high schools, community colleges and fairs nationwide. With MSU being recognized as a Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) member and as the number one best value in the nation among public universities, marketing is easier, she said. “Name recognition is certainly less of a problem,” she said. Enrollment data showed that 72.5 percent of last year’s freshmen returned to the campus and 58 percent of the student popula-

tion were women. The number of Hispanic and American Indian students declined slightly. Hispanic students comprise 8.3 percent of the student body, a decrease of 27 students. American Indian students were 0.7 percent of the student population, compared with 1 percent last fall. African Americans were up 0.3 percent from last year at 12.6 percent, and Asian students received the greatest gain with an increase of 26 students.

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Staff Editorial

Violence frenzy On Monday, another student was shot and killed on an American college campus. Taylor Bradford, a 21-year-old University of Memphis football player, is one of a string of victims targeted in incidences of on-campus violence since last year’s tragedy at Virginia Tech. Last week at St. John’s University, a student allegedly appeared on campus carrying a loaded rifle and wearing a cartoon mask. Less than two weeks ago, two students were shot at Delaware State University and survived. The first morning of classes at the University of Colorado began with bloodshed when a former employee with a history of mental illness slashed a freshman’s throat. With the trend toward violence showing no signs of letting up, schools are doing what they can to keep students safe. Methods are improving, too. Since the Virginia Tech shootings, colleges are focusing on the importance of relaying information to the school community. The University of Colorado, St. John’s University, and University of Memphis used a mass text messaging system to contact students after the incidents occurred. Last week, someone overheard a man talking on his cell phone on the MSU campus. He claimed to have a .38. The conversation was reported and he was arrested for public intoxication and criminal trespassing. No gun was found, but he faces up to 30 days in jail and/ or a fine of $2,000. Administrators at MSU are looking into refining the dated crisis-management plan that is currently in place, but all changes are still in the planning stage. A lack of swift student and faculty notification was cited as a major reason that the death toll climbed so high that April morning at Virginia Tech. A lack of swift change to the MSU security plan could put students, faculty, and staff at greater risk should campus violence hit home. The unthinkable might never happen here. But if it does, preparedness could save lives.

Fake people grab the attention of America Just the other day my Intro to Sociology class was talking about frontstage and backstage REBECCA FERGUSON behavior, AD MANAGER frontstage behavior being the act you put on while around others and backstage behavior being your true self that no one else sees. Our in-class discussion made me think about a lot of things, mainly the way people in our society are fake in the way they act and in the way they present themselves to others. I’ve been told that I’m a pretty straightforward and honest person and that it’s a quality people like about me. In all honesty though, I’m a pretty fake person when presenting myself to someone. To quote Chris Crocker: “personality is merely presentation… personality is just a disguise.” I have to agree with him. We present ourselves in a way that we want people to see us and

not necessarily how they should see us. Obviously we act differently given certain social situations, but I think there’s a difference between accepting normal social behavior and completely changing your personality because you’re afraid of what someone might think of you. Not to sound cynical, but you’re not out there to please everyone and to make everyone like you. You have to have a sense of balance in making a true name for yourself, establishing your own credibility, before you can expect people get to know the “real” you. I can openly admit that only one of my friends is even remotely close in knowing the real me, but even I sometimes question how “real” I’m being with her. I obviously know that she’s not going to judge me (she hasn’t for thirteen years, so I doubt she’ll start now), but there are times where I feel like I can’t tell her some things that I have no problem saying to someone else. I’m sure she feels the same way sometimes too, so I’m not too worried. Maybe I’m taking this a step too far, but it makes me wonder how often people wear a mask to not only

shield them from others, but from their own accusing eyes. We are all living these double and triple lives that makes it impossible for us to know what’s true anymore. I found a quote once that went something along the lines of “I change my hair color often because it’s easier than changing myself.” I think that statement, or any variation of it, is true for most people. We’re afraid to open our eyes and see the truth and not some fake, plastered on smile that the rest of the world sees. While I’m on the subject of truth, I took the liberty to see just how my good friend Mr. Webster defines “truth” and “lie.” Truth: the true or actual state of a matter. Lie: A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood. Everyone passes lies off as the truth, and the sad thing is, most people believe everything they’re told and don’t second-guess a single thing. I hate to admit it, but I’m very guilty of doing that – ask any of my friends. I don’t want to accuse people of living a lie, per say, but most people

have to admit that we are lying to ourselves every single day when we step out from behind closed doors. I know I’m not perfect. I’m way far from being perfect. I say that I am, but if you know me, that’s how I act. I put on a front of full-fledged confidence and superiority in a feeble attempt to hide all of my insecurities and imperfections. The truth of the matter is there is no truth. There is no normal. There is no perfect. I think we’ve distorted everything to fit some preconceived notion that is so far from fitting anything even remotely believable. We are a society that focuses on truth, but more often than not, we can’t handle it. We soften the edges and blur the lines so much, it’s impossible to tell what’s true and what’s not. Until we can stop Botoxing and Liposuctioning ourselves to death and can learn to accept ourselves for who we really are, nothing will change. We will all be living in some multi-faceted world with only a glimmering sliver of truth to our names.

I have it pretty good. I look at the many individuals in the world who have to drink water straight JASON KIMBRO from mudFOR THE WICHITAN dy creeks, children who go days without food, and adults who read Ann Coulter. My life is lacking these horrid conditions. Some say it is best for us to give to those less fortunate. That is why I am taking to the time to counsel the youth, feed the poor, place hits out on insidious media personnel, curing epidemic diseases spread by the Chihuahuas of the rich and famous. I must take a break now and then, though, and that is why I like to sit back and enjoy a nice tall glass of amaretto and milk whilst listening to the ambient tunes of Spiritualized or Neutral Milk Hotel. Everybody should have their own special way to relax.

Too many of us more fortunate souls lead pell-mell lives and often forget about taking a moment or two out of each day to chill. The ending result is death. And that really doesn’t sound like fun to me. Now I’m not telling you to go out on the town and have a drink or two for this act is far from relaxing. The bars fill up with regurgitated preppies from the High Schools of yore that somehow survived to their 21st birthdays (especially on weekends). Clubs are full of dancecrazed drunks looking for their next one-night stand. No, I mean take a relaxing night off. Take a bath, if you are one of the lucky ones to have a bathtub large enough, or if you are small enough to fit. Lather up some bubbles, sit back, relax, turn through the pages of a playboy magazine (for the articles, yeah, the articles) and enjoy some time to yourself. If that isn’t your thing, find an easy-going film. Now most of the time I push for high-octane, or intense emotional roller coasters, but for times of re-

laxation it is best to find something simple and lightly comical. A nice James L. Brooks film would suffice (Spanglish, Terms of Endearment). Of course, if you’re like me, the best thing to do for relaxation is to find someone willing to cater to your every desire, from making you a lovely homemade meal to giving you a massage, to other things better left unmentioned. Relaxation is a lost art. Well, not really an art, more like a lost practice. I know I lost it a couple years ago. Children tend to do that to ya. But now I strive to find MY time. I strive to make sure the people who mean the world to me find THEIR time. That, my friends, is why I write. Because you all mean the world to me. You truly do. I love you all. Buy me beer. The other day I was talking to one of my coworkers and she pronounced that she never has time to do anything but work, deal with her

kids and husband, and go to school. Next thing I know she is talking about the greatness of each episode of “Heroes.” She continued by exclaiming her joy for “The Biggest Loser,” “Survivor: China,” “Bionic Woman,” “30 Rock,” the list goes on. I slapped her across the face and told her to stop watching so much Christ-lovin’ television and take some time away from all of that hullabaloo. I was then fired and escorted off the premises by hulking men. But I truly feel I got through to her. Maybe this week she’ll take a nice bath instead of watching must see TV. Finally I would like to push one more ideal involving the world of relaxation. Forget about all I said before. Look to what makes you happy, discover the good stressors of your world, embrace those ideals and live life to the fullest. I will now go sit on the couch with my son and watch the Steve Wilkos show and laugh at the idiots who went on there to begin with, including Steve Wilkos himself. Adios!

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Relax and feed the poor, a lifetime of fun

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War profiteers eat the almighty

Finally, Democ r a t s have quit smoking the joint of incompetence and initiCHRISTIAN MCPHATE ated a new OP-ED EDITOR law that will allow the hands of justice to tighten the reins on the puppet masters behind the continuation of the war in Iraq—the war profiteers. In the Senate, congressional leaders passed a $627 defense policy that requires the government to release reports on its addiction of security contractors. In addition, the government must establish a new bipartisan commission to investigate the abuse of wartime contracts. And it is about time lawmakers tried to close the loophole that left the contractors immune to prosecution, but it may be a little late. Democrats passed the joint of incompetence after the FBI announced it was going to investigate Blackwater USA, a military contractor, for the September 16 brain fart where security employees of the company participated in a shoot-out in Baghdad that killed 11 Iraqis. Sadly, most Americans have missed the mechanics of the war profiteers because they were busy running in circles, worrying about threats of nuclear war, communists and now terrorists. The war profiteers have been preaching the gospel of privatization since the dawn of the Vietnam War. And several entities incorporate their round table of discontent: The private contractors CACI and Titan intelligence agencies; Bechtel, a San Francisco-based construction and engineering giant; Aegis Defense Services, a company that provides “corporate warriors” (mercenaries); General Dynamics, defense contractor; Nour USA Ltd., a contracting firm; the oil mongers Chevron, ExxonMobil and Halliburton. In 2005, the Washington Post reported that CIA officials stated that 50 percent of their intelligence was outsourced to CACI and Titan at a cost of over $40 billion. However, the Center for Constitutional Rights is suing the companies because the companies’ employees “engaged in a conspiracy to torture and abuse detainees, and did

so to make more money.” Becthel received the largest nonbid contract of $2.4 billion to rebuild Iraq. And yet, the company has been plagued with problems ranging from shoddy school repairs to an overwhelming over-budget cost of $70 million to $90 million for the reconstruction of the Basra Children’s Hospital Project. Aegis Defense Services has over 48,000 private security and military contractors (PMCs) fighting the War on Terror, and industry observers state that the PMCs is growing business that will profit over $200 billion by 2010. However, the company’s CEO, Tim Spicer, was accused of breaking an arms embargo in Sierra Leone, and an industry-insider stated that the company was given a $293 million contract despite lower bids from other American contractors. General Dynamics is the largest military supplier to the war in Iraq, providing the military with everything from bullets to wheeled lightarmored vehicles. The company’s earnings have tripled since 9/11 with a little help from a former top aide to the Army Chief of Staff, David K. Heebner, who before General Dynamics hired him had initiated a plan for the Army to start using wheeled light-armored vehicles; a month after Heebner was hired, the company won a multi-billion dollar contract to produce the vehicles. Nour USA Ltd. was incorporated after the war began and has acquired over $400 million in Iraqi contracts. The company was rewarded an $80 million contract to provide oil pipeline security – despite the fact that the company has absolutely no experience in this field of expertise, and the man who help them acquire the contract, Ahmed Chalabi, is a fugitive from Jordan law enforcement officials and accused of passing classified information to a member of the Axis of Evil, Iran. The “petro-imperialists,” ExxonMobil and Chevron, have just about solidify their control of the Iraq oilfield with the upcoming implementation of the new oil law in Iraq’s constitution that will privatize the Iraqi National Oil Company. The new law will allow the oil mongers access to Oil Ministry officials and geological data as well as provisions in the law that will lock

the government in long-term commitment contracts (50 years). And Halliburton, a company with commercial ties to terrorist states? Well, it is the biggest profiteer of all and with a little help from their Connecticut Cowboy president and his band of merry rednecks, the government paid the company $37 million to build prison camps in Guantanamo Bay, $100 million to build a new embassy in Kabul, $7 billion to restore Iraq’s oil industry to prewar status. Republicans awarded the oil monger an unclassified amount of money for constructing new oil wells and the supporting of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Djibouti, the Republic of Georgia and Iraq with their numerous firms that provide laundry, food and other basic needs at 300 percent inflation rate. It is about time that the competent members of the government put a restraint on these abusers of justice, these slayers of humanity, these addicts of the almighty green. And yet, it is all for naught. It is almost impossible to secure an Iraq contract from the government that has over $20 billion set aside for the Iraqi relief and $5 billion set aside in the Development Fund for Iraq—especially with executives like Dick Cheney who has his hands so far entrenched in the machine of money war that fellow contractors have stated: “Anything that has to do with Iraq policy, Cheney’s the man to see. He’s running it the way that L.B.J ran the space program.” And new start-up companies like Free Market Global, an international company that trades in gas, petroleum and other resources, have members on their advisory boards like Gen. Tommy Franks, commanded the invasion of Iraq last year. How exactly will a government so corrupt stop the machine of evil with a law that will be judged upon by Supreme Court justices appointed by the mastermind’s puppet? Will someone please put the joint down for the love of almighty Jehova, Allah, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Satan and any other diety involved in the mechanics of war and money. Let us take a breath of fresh air before the war profiteers suck all the profit out of the almighty green.

In the same way, residents are fined for parking in commuter lots. It seems to me that each student’s parking reflects the money that they pay to the school. Residents pay most of their money for housing so they are given the closest parking to the buildings they live in. As a commuter, all of my money goes towards my actual education. I am rightly given the closest parking to university buildings. The only problem I see with residents is who come in at late hours and expect a parking spot right next to the doors of their buildings. I realize the mercantile

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Christian’s Horrorscopes

Today’s birthday (10-03-07): Confidence seems to come naturally for you, but really it doesn’t. You need a little dash of creativity to boost your self esteem, but the elusive muse seems to avoid you like the plague. Try hitting it over the head with a hammer. You might have a twisted view of the world afterwards, but at least your confidence will return. Aries (March 21-April 19): You are wrapped in your work, lost within the ravenous veins of capitalism. Your friends want to join and help, but their offer of help only annoys you. Try ignoring them. Your friends will eventually get the hint, and you will succeed in your goals and feed the machine. Taurus (April 20-May 20): It is a shame. The almighty green has tapped you for corruption. Try feeding the machine and just maybe you will keep your sanity for just a little bit longer. Gemini (May 21-June 21): You like to gossip and a whole world of drama is going to fall into your lap. You can try and keep your mouth shut, but we both know this is impossible for you. Just go with the flow and let the gossip gods enlighten you – only then will you realize your true talk show host destiny. Cancer (June 22-July 22): The week has been hectic, and it seems that a little relaxation is in the forecast. Just kidding! You live and breathe the chaos of the machine. Why deny your true self? You do not need to relax. The darkside of capitalism has inserted its finger of OCD into your mind. Get rid of the xanax. It is futile to resist. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Hopefully, after last weeks forecast, you have avoided all contact with humanity. If so, your awareness has kicked into overdrive. However, your luck has not improved. Stay hidden for another week. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your financial outlook sucks for this week. It is time to cry. Your gold card is maxed out. It is time to go to your local foodstamp office and enter the world of the poor. It is not pretty, but at least it will be a “free” ride for a while until you can figure something else out – try hooking up with Cancer. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Past difficulties are trying to get you down. Let it. It is good to relive mistakes – maybe then the door of opportunity will finally swing open or hit you in the ass, depending on your prescription levels at the time.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You have had a hard time keeping your life together. However, your day to shine is right around the corner, and the almighty dollar has turned its sights on you. Join the insanity of Taurus, and just maybe you will survive the building seems far, and onslaught – either way... it will be one hell of a ride. maybe dark and scary at 2 o’clock in the morning. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The eyes of love have almost But there are steps be- stopped looking for you. Tonight, connect with a true artist of ing taken to put lights in the street – try tattoo therapy. It is good for the mind, body and soul. the darker parking lots. I don’t think 2-3 minutes of walking is too Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Midterms are just around the corner, and you are beginning to panic because the jerk in the back much to ask. And really, I don’t mind of the class will not quit texting in the middle of class.Unleash the if a resident returning to darkside within you. Break their cell phone. their room past midnight parks in a commuter lot, like the one in front of Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Your friends are trying to change Prothro-Yeager, over- your mind. Ignore them. night if they need to. But in the morning, be- Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Try to stay out of your friends’ fore classes, they need business. Open your eyes to something that truly matters – your to respect commuters life. It will be an awe-inspiring awakening that may change the enough to move their car. course of history... at least in your mind.

- Letter to the editor Parking spaces, or lack thereof, have been a hot topic since school started but the students have heard almost exclusively from residents. As a commuter, here is what I think. I realize that residents pay more money than I do. However, that extra cost goes towards room and board, not anything to do with actual class fees. In return, they are given two moderately sized parking lots (Killingsworth/Pierce, and between Sunwatcher and the Church of Christ building) that are exclusive to them. Commuters are not allowed to park there, and they are fined if they do.


-A commuter student

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Think you’re a movie buff? Prove it by matching these quotes with the iconic ’80s, ’90s and ’00s movies they came from.

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4. “Great balls of fire!” 5. “Rollin’ with the homies...”

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11. “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”

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Novelʼs dramatis personae beleaguer KONNIE SEWELL ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Iʼm open-minded and always willing to try something I would usually find unappealing, like Civil War fiction. “The Curse of Cain” begins when Confederate military policeman Jack Tanner learns that a renegade rebel congressman has hired Basil Tarleton, a cold-blooded professional killer, to murder Abraham Lincoln. President Jefferson Davis is worried that if Tarleton succeeds, it would undermine the Confederacyʼs cause for independence. He orders Tanner to track down Tarleton to Washington and use any means necessary to keep him from murdering Lincoln. Along the way to Washington Tarleton is always one step ahead of Tanner. Once in Washington, Tarleton happens to meet John Wilkes Booth, the famous thespian, and falls in with his plot to kidnap Lincoln. Of course, Tarleton has designs to take it much further than a simple kidnapping. Jack, meantime, takes on a job he believes will lead him to clues about Tarletonʼs whereabouts, and eventually it does: he meets Kate St. Claire, an undercover Confederate intelligence agent who decides to help him. “The Curse of Cain” isnʼt a rewrite of history: Lincoln is still shot at Fordʼs Theater. All the authors want to do is give history a twist. What else is good about it is that chapters alternate between Jackʼs doings and Tarletonʼs doings, so the suspense is palpable. However, there are many plot holes. Tarleton seems to be accept-


THE WICHITAN Oct. 3, 2007

Banned Books Week Sept. 29 – Oct. 6

“Every burned book enlightens the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. The most challenged book for the past year was Justin Richardsonʼs “And Tango Makes Three.” Rounding out the list are:

ed by Booth and his cronies almost immediately, and how exactly does Kate, a woman, become an expert at espionage and manage to accumulate that much responsibility? And donʼt get me started on the love story. The love story between Jack and Kate (seriously, did you not see that coming?) is ridiculous in its brevity and its seriousness. The fact the authors felt compelled to include a love story at all is a little pathetic and a lot cliche. Also, who wants to watch as two people with the personalities of wood fall in love? Thatʼs another serious problem with “The Curse of Cain.” No one in this novel except Tarleton has any kind of personality whatsoever. These people are hard to love and even harder to connect with. Theyʼre like cows chewing grass out in a field – thatʼs how interesting they are. The novel also doesnʼt address any of the deeper issues of the war. Jefferson Davis makes a big to-do about saving Lincolnʼs life, but what about all the soldiers dying in battle? The authors make no mention about the ethics and morality of risking almost everything to save one manʼs life (even if he is the leader of the country) when countless others are being butchered daily. And Jack, assigned to save the enemy leaderʼs life, has no qualms whatsoever about his mission. Oh well. At least itʼd (probably) make a decent movie.

“Gossip Girl” by Cecily Von Ziegesar Phyllis Reynolds Naylorʼs “Alice” series “The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler “The Bluest Eye” and “Beloved” by Toni Morrison “Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky “The Scary Stories” by Alvin Schwartz “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier Fore more information, check out the ALAʼs Web site at or check out the groups the ALA has set up on Facebook and MySpace.

Frequently challenged and banned books:

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis “Animal Farm” by George Orwell “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo A. Anaya “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley “Candide” by Voltaire “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker “A Day No Pigs Would Die” by Robert Newton Peck “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding “The Manchurian Candidate” by Richard Condon “1984” by George Orwell “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison “Sons and Lovers” by D.H. Lawrence “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee “Tropic of Cancer” by Henry Miller “Ulysses” by James Joyce “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harvey simply impresses

RICHARD CARTER FOR THE WICHITAN The enjoyable thing about writing about music is listening to the artists and imagining how they might trace back through the history of so many different art forms. More experimental musicians have always want to do something new. And sometimes, in rare instances, they are able to push the musical envelope into creating something new. If the real “new” is something that is probably unattainable in music anymore, the “new” can still sometimes be made. Let me suggest the newest CD by PJ Harvey, her eighth release. Titled “White Chalk,” the 11 songs run a little over 33 minutes and sound outwardly like nothing like the English rocker has yet released. Putting away her Telecaster guitar and Marshall amp, Harvey has taken up the piano as her primary instrument for an album that is more Victorian in temperament and mood.

Other musical differences are that Harvey sings primarily in a higher pitch, without quite reaching falsetto. Also, there is almost nothing outwardly rock-oriented about her new album. The songs are still developed on strong melodies, with the key word in the arrangements being simplicity. Itʼs nice to know that intriguing songs can still be based on little more than a voice and a piano. That combination of vocal and musical instruments can be sometimes textured with occasional keyboards, acoustic and bass guitars and a fiddle, a harp or a banjo. The key to Harveyʼs new record being able to break with her past and also for it to work is that it had to be honest — to her and then to her discerning listeners. That means no pandering to her past or to what listeners might expect from her. “White Chalk” sounds to me like a labor of love from a singer, songwriter and performer who wants to break new musical ground — for herself and for listeners who care to follow.


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The album sounds like Harvey brought her past melodic sensibilities to a more piano- and folkishlybased music. She also introduces seemingly true events from her life into a much larger story mix, like an episodic 19th century novelist might have done. Her lyrics possess an emotional gravity, but they are not insulated nor do they become too general so that they end up losing their impact. Either way, they are not self-indulgently opaque. It is an album that breaks free of any past musical constraints that Harvey might have inadvertently developed for herself. Unlike the repetitious albums that so many “artists” including Harvey on several occasions have put out, “White Chalk” must have been an act of self-discovery for her to make. For that matter, itʼs an equally enjoyable gathering of songs for a listener to discover. The good thing is that a copy of the CD can be found locally. Good luck finding anything on par.

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New Releases MUSIC: “The Hits,” Faith Hill; “Exile on Mainstream,” Matchbox Twenty; “Cowboy Town,” Brooks & Dunn; “The Shade of Poison Trees,” Dashboard Confessional; “Iʼm Only a Man,” Emery; “Revival,” John Fogerty; “Songs of Mass Destruction,” Annie Lennox; “The Very Best of Mick Jagger,” Mick Jagger; “Bend to the Breaks,” Five OʼClock Heroes; “We Are the Pipettes,” the Pipettes; “White Chalk,” PJ Harvey; “Born Into This,” the Cult; “No Really, Iʼm Fine,” the Spill Canvas; “Mantaray,” Siouxsie; “Dylan,” Bob Dylan; “Warchest,” Megadeath DVD: “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” “1408,” “Civic Duty,” “Bram Stokerʼs Dracula,” “Criminal Minds, Season Two,” “Entourage, Season Three, Part Two,” “How I Met Your Mother, Season Two,” “Jericho, Season One,” “Jindabyne,” “The Jungle Book,” “Metalocalypse, Season One,” “Shark, Season One,” “The Unseen Beatles,” “The War: A Ken Burns Film” BOOKS: “If Democrats Had Any Brains, Theyʼd Be Republicans,” Ann Coulter; “The Day of the Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 19431944,” Rick Atkinson; “The Secret of Letting Go,” Guy Finley; “Signs of Life: Back to the Basics of Authentic Christianity,” David Jeremiah; “Dark of the Moon,” John Sandford; “Anaʼs Story: A Journey of Hope,” Jenna Bush; “Mine Till Midnight,” Lisa Kleypas; “Halting State,” Charles Stross VIDEO GAMES: “The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass,” DS; “Enemy Territory: Quake Wars,” PC; “Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels,” Wii; “Project Gotham Racing 4,” X-box 360; “NBA 2K8,” X-box 360, PS3, PS2; “Loki: Heroes of Mythology,” PC; “SpiderMan: Friend or Foe,” X-box 360, PS2, PC, Wii, PSP, DS; “MLB Power Pros,” Wii, PS2; “Crash of the Titans,” X-box 360, Wii, PS2, DS; “Syphon Filter: Loganʼs Shadow,” PSP; “Hour of Victory,” PC; “The Chosen – Well of Souls,” PC

Lady Sings the Blues Itʼs a sad day when ghetto gold-digger extraordinaire Kevin Federline is seen as the better parent. Britney Spears, 25, will have to give up custody of her children, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, following a court ruling Monday. Federline, 29, is to have custody of the children by noon today. He will retain custody “until further order of the court.” The ruling came in part by the testimony of Spearsʼ former body guard, who said that Spears had a substance abuse problem.

For the Fans Radioheadʼs new album, “In Rainbows,” will be released Oct. 10 and will be available only through digital download (at first) from the bandʼs Web site, www. They will sell tracks directly from their site and ask fans to pay what they think the album is worth instead of charging a set price. No record label or online distribution service like iTunes will be able to dictate the price or get a piece of the profits. Seven years ago, their album “Kid A” was leaked onto the old free-music version of Napster three months before its official release and still managed to hit number one on the U.S. charts its first week.


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LAUREN WILLIAMS | THE WICHITAN Shelly (Lynnlee Stewart), Dodge (Chris Shoemake), and Bradley (Matt Griffin), watch on as Halie (Sydney Stockton) flirting with the Father Dewis (Trinton Williams). Halie and Dewis are having an affair.

Dysfunction_______________________________continued from page 1 That situation was complicated by the performance space. The play is in the Bea Wood Studio Theatre, which allows the audience to be closer to the action. Students also took initiative on the technical part of the production. The position of costume designer, usually held by professor Elizabeth Lewandowski, was taken over by student Blake Walker. Walker was also in charge of costume design for last year’s production of “The Importance of Being Ernest.” According to Jefferson, the play has been entered as an Associate Production in the Region VI American College Theatre Festival. “A critic is coming to view a production,” Jefferson said. “We don’t know what night he or she is coming, but they’ll give a critique of the play to the actors. “

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assault is unknown, the victim arrived at United Regional Hospital around 1:15 p.m. Sept. 22, police said. The hospital confirmed that a sexual assault did occur, Hagy said. Evidence has been reserved and will be sent to a lab for testing. Police are actively running down possible leads, Hagy said. They are maintaining confidentiality in order to protect the victim. Currently police have no suspects. MSU police have posted crime prevention tips around campus for student awareness.



Tickets for Rockin the Falls are on sale now!

Tickets are $8 at pre-sale price and for MSU students; $10 at the door. Tickets will be on sale this Saturday and Sunday at Hastings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 11 bands will play at the Sikes Lake Center at MSU on Saturday, Oct. 13 starting at 12 p.m. Drawings for door prizes will be done between set times. Benefits for the event will go to Wichita Falls families who were affected by the summer floods.

MSU Theatre has entered plays in the festival before, but the company has always traveled to perform for a critic. This is the first time a judge will travel to view a play on campus. Jefferson believes that students will truly be able to relate to the subject matter of Shepard’s play. “People always say that (if it’s dark), then it’s not funny,” Jefferson said. “But it is humorous. It’s like that dark humor, like the Cohen brothers do in their films, or kind of like Tim Burton. Some of his films aren’t exactly ha-ha funny, but they’re darkly humorous.” The play also deals with issues common in the nation today. “Thematically, the play is about the disintegration of the American family and the American dream,” Jefferson said. “But it’s not completely pessimistic.

There is hope at the end. It’s also about our prejudices and our hypocrisies.” Students in many different departments could gain something from the play, according to Jefferson, who believes that students can relate to the dynamics reflected in the characters’ interactions. “I think students of English, social work, psychology, and criminal justice will benefit,” Jefferson said. “It’s also a murder mystery.” Performances are Oct. 11—13 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. Due to depiction of sexual situation and the use of profanity, the play is not recommended to students in junior high or younger. Parental consent for high school students is recommended, and no children under the age of six will be admitted.



The Lady Mustangs pranced to their fifth-straight victory on Monday as they bouldered over College of the Southwest in three sets at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. MSU totally dominated Southwest, an NAIA institution from Hobbs, N.M. 30-11, 30-18, 30-14 and extended the program’s best start in history to 19-3. Sophomore Sesly Graves recorded 10 kills out of MSU’s 41 on the night. Jessica Ransom contributed seven, while sophomore Alysha Pritt and freshman Lauren Hubbard had five each. Senior Krissa Johnson added four kills of her own to MSU’s arsenal of attacks and Shay Velasquez helped out with 14 digs. The offense was controlled by Lone Star Conference Setter of the Week, Allison Schreiber who posted 33 assists on the night. Schreiber, a Windthorst native, earned her fourth LSC honor of the season after becoming MSU’s all-time career assists leader last Saturday as the Lady Mustangs beat down Texas A&M International 3-1 in Goodwell, Okla.

The 5-10 junior currently has 3,956 assists in 329 games. Schreiber crushed Shayna Buxton’s assist total of 3,825 in 456 games from 1996-1999. Pritt was crowned LSC Defensive Player of the Week for her allaround outstanding play. The 6-0 middle blocker worked for an average of 1.18 blocks and 1.55 digs per game. She had 13 total blocks and also compiled four service aces for the Lady Mustangs. For the week, Pritt averaged 3.73 kills while hitting .364 to contribute 4.82 points per game. Against College of the Southwest, the Lady Mustangs galloped away with a stellar .347 hitting percentage and have now won 17 of their last 18 matches. MSU’s previous loss came at the hands of Central Oklahoma on Sept. 20 when the Broncos bucked the Midwestern in three sets to break a 12-game winning streak. The Lady Mustangs will now rest their hooves as they take a 12-day break before resuming LSC play on Oct. 13 as they are scheduled to take on Southeastern Oklahoma State in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. That match is set to begin at 2 p.m.

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PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Alysha Pritt, top, goes for the ball as teammate Sesley Graves, bottom, stands prepared against College of the Southwest on Monday in D.L. Coliseum. The Lady Mustangs dominated in three sets, 30-11, 30-18, 30-14 to win their fifth straight game.

Mustangs cruise by ASU, 44-16 IGGY CRUZ STAFF REPORTER

Senior quarterback Daniel Polk combined for 329 total yards of offense and three touchdowns Saturday night to lead the 12th-ranked Mustangs past Angelo State, 44-16, in a Lone Star Conference match. Polk ran for 130 yards and two scores and threw for another 199, including a 72-yard touchdown pass to DelJuan Lee on the third play of the opening drive. Lee finished the night with four receptions for 102 yards. Polk’s offensive output was eight yards more than what ASU (1-3, 0-1 LSC) totaled for the game. MSU (5-0, 1-0 LSC) racked up 368 yards rushing on the night as six Mustangs registered at least three carries. Joe Chatman followed Polk with 96 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while B.J. Mathis added 70 yards on 13 carries. After Lee put MSU up 7-0 in the

top of the first quarter, ASU drove 62 yards on eight plays only to settle for a field goal. The Mustangs held the Rams to 321 total yards as the defense recorded two sacks and an interception. Jacob Martin and freshman Ryan Craven spearheaded the defense with eight tackles apiece. A holding penalty by MSU at the end of the first quarter cost the Mustangs an interception by Martin at the ASU 3-yard line, but Jarrell Warren would make up for it two plays later to open the second. Warren would sack ASU quarterback Josh Neiswander, causing a fumble to give MSU possession after Craven recovered. The defensive effort would spark back-to-back touchdown runs by Polk as the Mustangs took a 20-3 halftime lead. Daniel Thomas and the Rams came out swinging to open up the second half. Thomas took the second snap of the third quarter and darted 64-yards to give ASU it’s first touchdown of

the game. Thomas would tack on another touchdown in the top of the fourth quarter to finish with 166 yards on 23 carries. Chatman followed with consecutive goal-line scoring runs and Jose Martinez added a 23-yard field goal to put the Mustangs up 37-9 heading into the final quarter. Chatman would again find the end zone, capping off a four-play drive with a 4-yard touchdown to close the Mustangs scoring at the 11:47 mark. MSU punter Ben White also earned LSC South Special Team Player of the Week after averaging 41.7 yard on three punts against ASU. The Mustangs will host No. 11 West Texas A&M Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The game will be nationally webcast on as MSU looks to avenge last season’s 29-27 loss to the Buffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

and we’re in the hardest phase of our workout cycle.” Sophomore Hassie Sutton paced the Mustangs in the their final 5K event of the season by finishing the Oklahoma State Cross Country Course in 20:17. Sophomore Andrea Borgman finished in 20:39, while junior Mindy Briones clocked a 22:54, sophomore Jenna Felderhoff finished in 23:52 and freshman Chloe Lander

turned in a 24:49. “The times are a little down, but we’re not down because we’re right where we expected to be,” Styles said. The Mustangs will take a week off before competing in the Chile Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas in preparation for the Lone Star Conference Championships a week later at Texas A&MCommerce.

PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN MSU’s Jake Landon, in white, blocks out a University of Texas-Permian Basin player from on the ball last Wednesday at The MSU Soccer Field. MSU won, 7-0.

Cross country team sprints to 20th Midwestern moves up in the polls FOR THE WICHITAN Midwestern State’s times were a little off Saturday as the Mustangs finished 20th in the college division at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree, but that was no surprise to coach Koby Styles. “I told the girls to not be flustered if they ran a slower time this week,” Style said. “It was a tough course


Midwestern State moved up seven spots in the latest NSCAA/ Adidas national poll released last Wednesday as the Mustangs have matched the highest NCAA Division II ranking in school history at No. 5.

The Mustangs, who improved to 9-1 with a 7-0 win over Texas-Permian Basin last week, have now outscored its last six opponents 24-1 in claiming sixstraight wins. Midwestern State also claimed a No.5 ranking after claiming its first five wins in 2005 season before finishing the season 13-3-2.

The Mustangs also took over top billing in the NSCAA/Adidas Midwest Region rankings and are followed by Metropolitan State (Colo.) and Fort Lewis (Colo.). Midwestern State travels to Golden, Colo. this weekend to take on Fort Lewis Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Colorado School of Mines Sunday at 2 p.m.


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