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MSU kicks up digital dust on campaign trail Chris Collins Managing Editor

Mass communication students at MSU are ushering presidential campaign coverage into the digital age., a non-partisan, web 2.0 political magazine, launched Oct. 1. MSU, along with mass communication departments at Florida A&M University, the University of Texas and Michigan State University, will be providing weekly material for the online magazine. The project will last until Election Day in about four weeks. “This is the first time this has been done,” said Mitzi Lewis, instructor of mass communication at MSU. Her ‘Internet and

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Society’ class of eight students is representing Midwestern on TubetheVote. Lewis learned of the political magazine at the New Media Academic Summit in June 2008. One of the presenters was Michael Maier, co-founder of TubetheVote. Maier proposed the idea of consolidating campaign coverage from several media sites into one easy-to-navigate online platform. Lewis thought the idea was a hit. She talked about Maier’s idea with a mass communication instructor at Florida A&M University, the first college to participate in the project. Soon MSU was the second.

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A CNN special correspondent, a former NFL player, a noted biologist and herpetologist, a paleoanthropologist, and a jazz trio will make up this year’s Artist Lecture Series. Dr. Tyrone Hayes, biologist and herpetologist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will kick off the annual series Monday night at 7 p.m. in Akin Auditorium. Hays grew up with a fascination of amphibians and reptiles. That fascination led to an undergraduate degree in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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One of his chief discoveries included Reed frogs. He found they could be used to detect chemicals and toxins in water used by people for bathing and cooking. He observed that male See ARTIST p. 3

Students helping to clear cold cases Chris Collins Managing Editor

Wichita Falls police are asking MSU students to be criminals for a day. The MSU Correctional Counselors Association, in cooperation with other academic disciplines, will volunteer to reenact cold case murder files this semester. The reenactments will air on Channel 6 during Cold Case Files programming. “We’re looking forward to people joining and getting involved,” said Ricky Spradlin, Vice President of the Correctional Counselors Association. The CCA, which is organizing the project with police, wants to get the whole school involved. “We’re trying to make this

a school-wide idea,” Spradlin said. The psychology department will help volunteers understand the mindset of criminals, while mass communications personnel will help write scripts for the scenes. Volunteers and Wichita Falls police will meet with Channel 6 personnel Wednesday to discuss writing and shooting the scenes, said Harold McClure, a Wichita Falls police officer. “We appreciate these guys participating,” McClure said. “It’s the actors that are going to help us out a lot.” There will be about 20 reenactments in all, spanning from the mid-1980s to the current day. All the crimes took place in Wichita Falls. Acting and scripts should coSee COLD CASE p. 3

Adam Shepard graduated from co­llege in Massachusetts and set off to live the American Dream. All he had were the clothes on his back and $25 in his pocket. He took up residence in a homeless shelter in Charleston, South Carolina. His goal was to prove that the American Dream was still alive and well, that success could be attained with hard work and determination. He believed that rock bottom could be a starting point rather than the end of the road. Ten months later, he returned home to write a book about his experiences. Shepard was at MSU this week discussing his book S­ cratch Beginnings: Me, $25 and the Search for the American

Dream. Homelessness didn’t seem to be in the cards for the graduate of Merrimack College, a private school with tuition of about $30,000 a year. “I was surrounded by a group of kids that was, for lack of a better word, spoiled,” Shepard said. “I just saw a group of people who didn’t appreciate the American Dream.”

He got the idea for his experiment from a book called Nickel and Dimed. He read it the summer after his freshman year. The author, Barbara Ehrenreich, wrote that the American Dream was a thing of the past, unattainable. “That book kind of got under my skin,” Shepard said. “I decided to put together this philosophy that you can do it. I had a great opportunity because after I graduated, I was broke anyway.” He graduated with a major in business management. His long-term plan wasn’t comprehensive, but he had an idea of what he wanted to do. “Eventually I wanted to be an entrepreneur and I wasn’t sure what way I wanted to go with it,” Shepard said. For the moment, though, he planned to be a See DREAM p. 3

Senator explains necessity of bailout Brittany Norman Editor in Chief

U.S. Senator John Cornyn said that while he hates the federal bailout bill, passing it through Congress saved America a great deal of hardship. Cornyn made the statement on a campaign stop in Wichita Falls Saturday. “I sort of felt like a firefighter who got a call that somebody accidentally lit their house on fire,” Cornyn said. “You have two choices. One is to put out the fire, two is to let it burn to the ground.”

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.)

He likened that burning house to Wall Street. “The problem was this was not just limited to Wall Street,” he said. “This would be like let-

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ting the house burn down and taking the whole neighborhood with it.” Cornyn said that if the bill had done nothing but bail Wall

Street out of a financial mess he would have voted against it. “We were successful in improving the bill quite a bit,” he said. “Some people said this is tantamount to socialism and the federal government taking over. But I think rather than a failure of the free market, what this really showed was what happens when the federal government tries to influence business decisions.” He said that government pressure on companies like Freddie Mac and Fannie May to provide See CORNYN p. 3

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Value of alertness

Get your cell phones and email accounts prepared for the newest application available: MSU Alert. MSU Alert is a notification system that the school adopted to send mass messages about urgent or emergency situations. The system is free and available to all students, staff and faculty who register for the program through the university Web site. The system, run off-site by E2Campus, allows university officials to create critical messages and quickly send them on a large scale to subscribers either by text message or email. The program was created as a result of recent nationwide events such as school shootings and severe weather alerts. With this system in hand, officials will have the capability to spread the word about any threat before students can be harmed. Keeping past events in mind, it’s great MSU has adopted a plan to forewarn students of any possible danger, but the system isn’t quite perfect. The method has a few kinks. For instance, most professors prohibit texting and checking email during a lecture. To get around this, a system that doesn’t force students to defy the rules should be considered. A universal warning device, visible and/or audible to everyone, could be put in place. Students would feel safe and it wouldn’t distract from the learning environment. MSU is doing the right thing by taking this step on behalf of students’ safety. It would behoove the adminstration to come up with a way send emergency messages without forcing students to violate classroom policy and sneak a look at their cell phones.

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Head over heels in my ‘JoBromance’ Alyssa Edson Opinion Editor

Seriously, it was one of the best nights of my life. I stood directly behind a row of 6-yearolds who fell asleep just 30 minutes into it. Yes, I’m talking about the Jonas Brothers concert in all of its glory. And not just the Jonas Brothers concert, the Jonas Brothers concert in sixth row. Close enough to notice that the boys probably had to have their pants sewn on them, but more importantly, close enough to get a decent cell phone background picture. It’s not that I’m out of tune with the teenage stuff. I love music by Chris Brown, OneRepublic, Colbie Caillat and tons of other “now” stuff but my love for the Disney band is completely different. Going to see Maroon Five in concert was awesome, but for some reason nothing beats standing behind rows of people no taller than four feet and going totally crazy for the same boy

band they are screaming for. This so-called obsession started last year when my friends and I decided to go see what our younger siblings and neighbors were in awe of and use our high school’s provided free passes to go to the state fair. When we reached Big Tex an hour before the performance was scheduled to begin, we were sure we’d be in the front row. We were horribly, horribly mistaken. The crowd to see the boys was lined past the designated concert area with thousands of people crammed into a space that was evidently not expecting to hold so many. Even though we ended up standing closer to a fried food convention than to the stage, we immediately fell in love with the music and the fun of it. Within lines of the first song, we were all singing and jumping along. Soon, we were on a quest to see the boys (and hear their music) every chance we had. This ranged from us skipping

first block to see a live performance at Kiss FM to sitting in below-freezing weather for more than five hours to get concert tickets in the first 20 rows. For the magical day of my first Jonas Brothers concert, my friends and I painted the car, we left at a ridiculously early time, we danced our way into the theatre and we had the time of our lives. Now fast forward a year. I’m a freshman in college, a mass communication major, an active student on campus and completely loving this entirely new stage of my life. One part of my life seems to have survived my transition from high school to college; my obsession with the JoBros. Yes, I am a proud college student who is still slightly infatuated with a Disney channel band. I came to college equipped with all the regular necessities, plus my own personal required objects – poster of the exceedingly attractive boys on the cover

of the Rolling Stones magazine along with their newest album, already scratched from setting my car stereo on “replay.” I constantly am talking about the band to fellow obsessees, or embarrassingly enough, catching their summer movie on Disney Channel. This all might sound a little crazy to those who haven’t heard the Jonas Brothers, or even to those who have (although I couldn’t imagine why), but for me the band’s music and the silliness of it all seems to be a break from the imminent fact that from here on out, all I have ahead of me are years of maturity. Why not let my inner child out now? All I know is that even though they are considered to be geared toward, well, not a college crowd, I can’t wait till the next time they’re in town and I can scream for the same band a row of first graders who stayed up past their bedtimes came to see.

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“DREAM”...........................................................................................................................continued from pg.1 pro basketball player in Europe. He gave it a try. “My career lasted about a day and a half,” he said without elaborating. Until then, he admitted he’d never really thought much beyond basketball. All his friends were working for IBM and other big companies. That didn’t appeal to Shepard. He yearned for “life experience.” He chose to begin his journey in Charleston, South Carolina. “I think from the beginning there wasn’t a whole lot going through my head,” he recollected. “I was more naïve than anything. It wasn’t like I’d thought far enough in advance that I should be scared. I thought I’d get to Charleston, find a job and start saving some money.” That didn’t happen. “It was scary the first night,” he said. He found Rivers Avenue in Charleston a dark and dreary area. His original plan had been to find a bridge to sleep under. Suddenly, that didn’t seem like a good idea. “I made my way to the (homeless) shelter,” he said. “There wasn’t a whole lot registering in my head initially beyond ‘this is what you have to do to succeed.’ “I’ve always had an appreciation for life and what I had, but it really hit home that first night. I really grew to appreciate the life I had. I think that’s one thing that I really recognized.” The goal was to make it out of the homeless shelter and into an apartment. In order to do that, Shepard needed a job. “The one moment that sticks out in my memory for sure is when I was passing

applications all around town, trying to get a job,” he said. “After about 10 or 12 days, I still didn’t have a job and I was pretty frustrated.” He described the shelter as a mix of old, fat, bearded guys and healthy young men who had just hit a bump in the road. “We were all sitting around and I was complaining that I couldn’t get a job. There was a guy, Phil Coleman. He just kind of bumped right in and gave his opinion on the matter.” “He said, ‘These managers aren’t going to call the shelter and say great, we get to hire a homeless guy. You have to go to these managers and say you’re the greatest worker they’re going to find. If they take you, they take you. And if they don’t, go to the next place. Filling out applications isn’t going to work,’” Shepard said. “That really hit home for me. Here I was, the king of the American Dream 10 days into my project and I’m failing. I’m down. I don’t know what I’m going to do. And here is this homeless dude giving me advice.” The next day Shepard went to a moving company where he’d previously applied. “I’d called the guy twice and nothing. And I went in there and I gave him the speech. I said ‘Yo, I’m Adam Shepard and I’m the greatest mover you’re going to find. Let me work a day for free and I’ll prove it.’” Shepard got the job and eventually his own apartment and “a very used pickup.” The people that Shepard associated with during his project did not know he was living in a homeless shelter by choice.

Nobody at the shelter knew about his experiment until he one day returned with the book and said, “Hey, I did this.” “They weren’t impressed at all,” he recollected. “This was a life that they had been living since they were born. They had come from scratch beginnings and I thought it was so cool that they didn’t even really care what I had been doing.” Shepard said he proved that the American Dream could be achieved, at least in his experience. The idea of a book had been in Shepard’s mind all along, but it wasn’t a sure thing. “This wasn’t something where I went down to Charleston with an agent and a publisher,” he said. He gave 4,000 copies of the first edition to high schools, prisons and homeless shelters, to those who could use it but maybe not afford it. The book has received mixed reactions. “Generally people love the story,” Shepard said. “But there is certainly a controversial aspect that a young, healthy guy proves that the American Dream is alive. I’ve come from two loving parents and have been educated along the way. If you’re 55 and a single mother, you can’t go move furniture. That’s the biggest criticism – that I’m one small demographic.” Shepard believes that while the criticism is fair, everyone has talents and advantages they can use.” The book will come out next Tuesday under the HarperCollins imprint. For the next four months Shepard will be promot-

ing it on tour. “After that, I think that there are a bunch of different directions I could go,” he said. “I think there’s a market for high school and college kids that don’t understand the role that personal finance plays in their life. We’re so bad with money, our generation. It’s scary because social security is going to be bankrupt by the time we retire and I think our values are in the wrong place.” With the economy in such dire straits, Shepard believes that everyone, including students, should take personal responsibility for their money to ensuring their own success. “Pay yourself first,” he said. “Always put a little bit of money away whether it’s $50 a month, whatever you can spare.” He believes that education has a lot to do with the fiscal irresponsibility of the college-age population. “I don’t think we place enough value on education,” Shepard said. “We have people who come out of high school proficient in physics and algebra, but they aren’t ready for the decisions that need to be made in today’s society.” With a recession on the horizon, he thinks that now is the perfect time to look at what matters. “This economy is very exciting because it gives our generation a chance to look at what’s truly valuable,” he said. “Maybe what’s really valuable isn’t a big house we can’t afford. Maybe what’s truly valuable is loving your fellow man, respect and character.”

“COLD CASE”.....................................................................................................................continued from pg.1 incide with the time period, McClure said. Actors of different ethnicities, ages and sexes will be needed for each shooting. “It needs to be as realistic as possible,” McClure said. “The leads are drying up. We’re hoping to trigger that something and find the missing link to solve this.” The goal of the reenactments is to bring closure to the families and victims and to

bring justice to offenders, the officer said. The reenactments are going to be produced as realistically as possible so viewers will pay attention, McClure said. “This needs to be something people want to turn on and see,” McClure said. “More viewers can lead to the information we need.” Sandra Grant, mass communications

instructor, is helping to write scripts and coordinate actors for the project. She thinks the project is a true community service. “Unsolved murders make people uncomfortable,” Grant said. “It’s nice to know that someone out there cares enough to keep looking.” She said the project would be worth it if

just one case were solved. “Maybe there’s someone who didn’t want to say anything in the 1980s, but they want to come forward now,” Grant said. “Some of these cases are fresh on people’s minds.” Grant is currently meeting with students who are interested in participating.

“TUBE”..............................................................................................................................continued from pg.1 “It seems like a great chance for students to take something they learn theoretically and practice it in real life,” Lewis said. “It will give them more experience.” Each school takes responsibility for submitting content on a given day. MSU provides material for the magazine on Thursdays. Students scour YouTube, Twitter and other media sites for presidential campaign coverage and compile the information on TubetheVote. The project integrates ideas that students learn on the Internet and in

society, Lewis said. “This is a chance to extend the classroom one step further,” she said. Students prepare drafts for submittal to the site every Wednesday. Lewis looks over the copy and provides feedback before the pages are sent to an editor at the magazine. The site is organized into seven distinct sections. Some pages are more work than others. Lewis said the easiest section to complete is probably the Twitter section, which highlights popular

campaign topics. Sleeping with the Enemy, which is dedicated to party officials speaking out against their own affiliation, may be the most difficult. Other sections are Top or Flop, 100 % Biased, Best Parody, Quote Quiz and User Videos. Some students were opposed to the project at first, but Lewis thinks most have warmed up to it now. “It seems like you hear about the election all the time, so it’s like information overload,” she said. “But I think they’re enjoying doing

something of this scope. You don’t get to do this in every class.” Lewis hopes the project will help students have fun while learning, as well as giving them an opportunity to participate in their own fates. “The decisions the nation will be making will affect their futures more than mine,” she said. Sophomore Jaleesa Bealom contributed to the 100 % Bias section of the site Thursday. She said it’s her favorite. “It allows you to be totally creative and forces you to be current in the

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• Maverick’s Birthday party and Picnic; Sunwatcher Plaza; Wed. 11:30 a.m - 1 p.m.; cost $2 • How Mustangs Round Up A’s and B’s Part Two; Dillard 336; Wed. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. • Christopher Carter ESP Show; CSC Comanche; Wed. 8 p.m.; no cost • Banner Competition and Judging; CSC Atrium; Wed. 4 p.m. •

Oct. 9

Legacy Walk Induction; Gates of Hercules; Thurs. 3 p.m. • Foreign Film Series: “Away From Her;” Kemp Center for the Arts; Thurs. 7 p.m. • Torchlight parade followed by Bonfire; CSC; Thurs. 9 p.m. • Theatre production: “Doubt;” Fain Fine Arts Theatre; Thurs., Oct. 9 - Sat., Oct. 11; 7:30 p.m.; purchase tickets in Fain Fine Arts Hall

Oct. 10

Ex-Letterman’s Coffee and Breakfast; Arrowhead Lounge; Sat. 7 a.m.; pay at door • Homecoming parade; all campus; Sat. 11:45 a.m.; entry forms in CSC 194 • Tailgate party; Memorial Stadium; sat. 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 13

Artist Lecture Series: Dr. Tyrone Hayes; Akin Auditorium; Mon. 7 p.m.

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• Texas Associanews,” Beasom said. tion of College Teachers Event; Beasom, a CSC Kiowa; Tues. 12:15 p.m. - 2 Democrat, had a hard time p.m. representing both sides of political arguments at first, she said. Though she was initially The project has helped her become unenthusiastic about the project, Beasom said she is more interested more objective. “It’s a well-rounded aspect instead now. of one view,” she said. “It’s a little “At first I hated it,” she said. “I difficult because it forces you to see was in political fatigue, but I’m both sides even though you may not warming up.” want to.”

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frogs changed their natural color and looked more like the female frogs from toxins in the water. Dr. Richard Leakey, who will speak Oct. 20, was raised by wellknown anthropologists Louis B. and Mary Leakey. He followed in his parents’ footsteps to become an accredited paleoanthropologist, political advisor, and environmentalist. He has discovered some of the most significant fossils in history such as the “Black Skull” which caused

paleontologists’ ideas of the human family tree to change. He was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Minds of the 20th Century. The jazz trio Three’s a Crowd will perform Nov. 5 at Akin Auditorium. Shaunette Hildabrand, Bernd Lhotzky and Frank Roberscheuten found each other when Echoes of Swing Orchestra, an eight-member group, was formed. The three broke off to form their unique sound of predominately jazz mixed with a hint of clas-

sicicism. Billed as “An Evening With Soledad O’Brien: Her Life Stories,” the CNN correspondent will speak Feb. 23. She started her career as an associate producer and news writer for Boston’s WBZ-TV, previously an NBC affiliate. She worked her way up to the Today Show and NBC Nightly News, and later joined CNN. Even at the height of a professional football career that would some-

day merit his inclusion in the Hall of Fame, Alan Page knew he had to plan for the rest of his life. The former defensive lineman – a member of the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears – earned a law degree while still an active player so that, after retiring from the game, he could move directly into a full-time career as an attorney. In 1993 Page became an associate justice on the Minnesota State Supreme Court, making him the first

African American elected to office in that state. Page is also the first person of color to sit on the high court in Minnesota. He will speak March 25. The process to decide which speakers will participate in the series comes from meetings that take place in the spring by students on the Artist Lecture Series committee, said Treva Clifton, assistant to the associate vice president of student affairs. They decide on a list of po-

tential speakers, check the speakers’ schedules, and figure out the costs. Keith Lamb, associate vice president of student affairs and adviser to the Artist Lecture Series committee, said the most expensive lecturer this year is O’Brien at $30,000 and the least expensive is Three’s a Crowd at $3,000. The total comes to $70,600. This marks the 44th year of the Artist Lecture Series. All lectures and performances will be at 7 p.m. in Akin Auditorium.

“CORNYN”..................................................................................................................................................................................continued from pg. 1 loans regardless of the borrower’s ability to pay the money back is partially responsible for the financial mess. As a result, he doesn’t see this as a failure of the private market, but an example of how government intervention in the private sector can cause disastrous results.

“I won’t be satisfied until the people who got us into this mess are held accountable,” Cornyn said. He likened the situation to Enron, where those involved were prosecuted. “There needs to be a grand jury convened; there needs to be an investigation; there need to

be indictments and prosecution. Only then can we say that we’ve done that part of it, held the people responsible.” Cornyn is not only campaigning for his own reelection, he’s also promoting John McCain. “This election is going to be up and down between now and

November,” he said. “It sounds like a short period of time, but it can be an eternity in politics. There are going to be a lot of twists and turns between now and election day.” He thinks the choice between the candidates is a very distinct one. “I’ve never seen an election where the choices were more clear,”

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One-on-one with Anberlin Lead singer Stephen Christian talks fans, the tour, and rising to the top Courtney Foreman Entertainment Editor

Joeseph Milligan, Deon Rexroat, Stephen Christian, Christian McAlhaney, Nathan Young to depict an egocentric point of view. New Surrender in Christian’s words was almost a post trilogy of the “man vs.” series. He felt like this record put all that aside and he noted for this album he wanted to, “write a record for everyone else.” As for overall song writing and composition goes, “90% of music is written by Joey or Christian; they write the majority of music and then every thing else is on my shoulders,” says Stephen about creating the melodies and writing the music. When it comes to touring, hard work is something that is not being taken lightly to the members of Anberlin. “We know we don’t have the luxury to take two years off to write a record,” Christian says when it comes to their work ethic thus far. Luckily, the attitudes about touring of those in the band are quite positive. When it comes to being on the

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road for long periods of time, “for us it’s what we love to do,” says Christian. Plus, he points out a great truth and knows, “it’s a slow and steady build,” and no one gets to the top overnight.

Christian continues his thoughts about being pushed in to a certain stereotype by stating, “the only thing that kind of urks me a little bit is when people don’t give you a chance Just

why is every single thing on the radio sound the same?

In the past, the band has had a bit of confusion as to what exact genre they fall into. Some critics have classified Anberlin as a Christian Rock band due to the signing with Tooth & Nail recording label in 2003. However, Stephen disagrees and tries to break away from the trademark name that they have been given in the past. “I don’t care for titles period. People are going to label you whatever their going to label you.” Christian said.

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Anberlin truly embodies a band with determination and steadfast passion about what they do. Combined with unique melodies and expressive lyrics, this band has finally brought true creativity to the table. Anberlin officially began their Journey in the world of alternative rock in 2003 with their release of their first full-length album. Since then, this hard working band has released five albums, four full-lengths, including New Surrender that just dropped last Tuesday. The band includes guitarist Joseph Milligan, bassist Deon Rexroat, drummer Nathan Young, and the newest addition to the band, Christian McAlhaney—former Acceptance guitarist. Over the past six years, Anberlin has toured not only crosscountry, but also around the world working hard to make a name for themselves. Recently, the band has kicked off their six-month tour and even made an appearance on late night with Jimmy Kimmel. Anberlin are no longer the new kids on the block, and I had to the pleasure of talking with lead vocalist Stephen Christian about some of the struggles, triumphs, and over all messages he hopes to get across to his listeners and fans alike. When it comes to their latest released album New Surrender, Stephen felt that, “this theme is the most motivational we’ve ever tried to be.” Ideas such as fighting homelessness and getting priorities straight in your life before its too late are what is conveyed in this deeply inspiring album. “Almost like a motivational speech built into thirty minutes of music,” says Christian about the overall concept he had in mind while completing the album. Compared to past albums like Blueprints For The Black Market, the message there was more focused towards a “man vs. world” stance; being as they were completely naïve about the industry at that time. Along with the album Cities, the CD had been described as “man vs. self.” Christian felt he was very much eternalized throughout that album and tried

because that’s your label. I think people are ripping themselves off, and they’re not listening to music outside their religion.” He pointed out that once people label you as a certain type of music genre, they end up not taking a closer look. He feels that, “It’s Just sad that Christians always get blamed for being closed minded and I just feel like in this instance, its turned the other way around.” Apart from titles and genres, when the subject of illegally downloading music was brought to the table, Stephen shared with

me a very different point of view of the topic. He didn’t answer the question one of the two ways musicians usually answer which include either, “don’t do it because it rips off the artist,” or, “I don’t care, if the fans like the music they’ll buy tickets to our show.” Christian had a different approach and came at the subject hard by saying, “you as the burner are solely responsible for killing creativity in the music world, and your children will not hear creativity.” He states that not only are the music Corporations dying, the music labels are now forced into signing what they know works, “and what they know works is rap, country, Jonas Brothers, boy bands and Disney.” Christian continues by saying, “if you want a band that you would to listen to in 10 years, and you want to still find new and exciting bands and not Just be listening to “top 40” all day on every radio station, then you got to get out there and support

the bands that are fighting for creativity.” He stressed that, “people can come up with any excuse about money, or down with corporations, or inconvenience or whatever the case may be, but the fact is your only hurting yourself in the long run,” when it comes to illegally obtaining music. The idea of getting music for free might sound like a great arrangement at the moment, but Stephen reminds us that when “the complaints on the blog are ‘why is every single thing on the radio sound the same?’ The reason is because of you, you did it,” by taking the creativity from the band at the get go. Aside from all the drama and politics that comes with being in the music industry today, the main focus should be concentrated on Anberlin’s latest album New Surrender. This motivational album includes their new single, “Feel Good Drag” which is a catchy track that will have you singing along with the lyrics. New Surrender is also filled with great songs including, “Disappear” which asks the tough question of anyone whose ever felt “forgotten, lost, & left alone.” Another great track is “The Resistance,” which grabs your attention within the first few seconds of playing the song and keeps your interest the entire way through. Some slower melodies like “Retrace” and “Breath” provide the perefect balance to the rock album and leaves you feeling inspired and motivated. Overall, Anberlin is a hard working and extremely creative band that works together to provide listeners with songs of hope and motivation, whatever the case may be. I highly recommend buying, not burning, a copy of their latest album New Surrender. Be sure to be listening for their latest single “Feel Good Drag” on radio stations now and don’t miss Anberlin on tour this fall.

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Lone Star Conference releases pre-season basketball rankings Men predicted sixth in conference For The Wichitan

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Midwestern State will not make the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament for the second season in a row according to the league’s annual preseason poll released Wednesday afternoon. The Mustangs were picked to finish sixth out of seven teams in the LSC’s South Division. “It doesn’t surprise me,” MSU coach Jeff said. “We won 13 games last year and this usually follows how you finish in the previous year.” The Mustangs, who finished 13-13 last season, return four seniors in second-team All-LSC South performer Nolan Richardson IV, 6-8 forward Trajinski Grigsby and guards Marcus Anderson and Earl Rabb. MSU has bounced back well

in Ray’s 11-year tenure when it misses the postseason as Midwestern has claimed conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Regionals in 1999 and 2006. Tarleton State is the favorite to claim the LSC South title as the Texans collected 12 of the 18 first-place votes for 115 points followed by West Texas A&M, which had three firstplace votes and 89 points. Abilene Christian is picked to finish third (one first-place vote, 79 points) followed by Texas A&M-Kingsville (71 points), Angelo State (one first-place vote, 71 points), MSU (one firstplace vote, 64 points) and Eastern New Mexico (20 points). Abilene Christian’s Dejan Sencanski was named the division’s preseason player of the year.

Women picked to finish fifth For The Wichitan

The women’s Lone Star Conference Championships is scheduled for March 4-6 in Bartlesville, Okla. The men are also scheduled to compete in Bartlesville from March 6-9.

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. Midwestern State was picked to finish fifth in the Lone Star Conference’s South Division Wednesday afternoon by the league’s coaches, sports information directors and selected media. The Mustangs begin the Noel Johnson era with three returning players including senior forward Rosy Ofoegbu and junior guards Andrea Buben and Brittny Smith. “We have 13 new faces, so it’s going to be a huge learning experience for this team,” she said. “Our expectations are to learn and grow with each game. We want to establish a foundation for years to come.”

West Texas A&M was picked to win the division for the fourth-straight year. The Lady Buffs garnered 14 of the 18 first-place votes for a total of 116 points. Abilene Christian was picked to finish second (three first-place votes, 106 points) followed by Angelo State (one first-place vote, 89 points), Tarleton State (75 points), MSU (53 points), Texas A&M-Kingsville (36 points) and Eastern New Mexico (29 points). West Texas A&M senior guard Emily Brister is the league’s preseason player of the year selection for the thirdstraight season. The three-time player of the year is on pace to become the LSC’s all-time scoring leader.

Washburn Lady Blues Fall Classic hands Mustangs first losses Josh Mujica Staff Reporter

TOPEKA, Kan. – The MSU volleyball team is trying to recover from a rough weekend after going 1-3 in the Washburn Lady Blues Fall Classic in Topeka, Kan. After a program-best 18 wins in a row, the Mustangs now are 19-3 on the season. All three losses came at the hands of nationally-ranked schools. MSU remains No. 21 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches’ Association Top 25 Poll despite dropping three games in two days. On Saturday afternoon, the Mustangs took on the No. 12 Truman State Bulldogs. MSU held the Bulldogs to a .187 hitting percentage but were ultimately defeated, 25-23, 27-25, 25-18. The Mustangs racked up 11 total blocks for the game including five by junior Sesley Graves. Senior Shay Velasquez pro-

duced 13 digs from the back row for MSU and outside hitter Jessica Ransom had 10 kills. Freshman Miranda Byrd had a .300 hitting percentage with eight kills while only committing two errors. Earlier in the day, MSU head coach Venera Flores-Stafford won her 100th game as leader for the Mustangs as the team handled Missouri Western in three sets. Flores-Stafford took over MSU’s program in 2004 and now has 208 career wins after accumulating 108 at the University of Dallas from 1998-2004. “It was an overall good match for us,” Flores-Stafford said. The Mustangs had a total of 13 blocks led by Graves’ five. Whitney Maxwell, Allison Schreiber and Byrd added four each. Ransom contributed 13 kills in 19 attempts as she worked to for .632 hitting percentage. Schreiber had 36 assists to go along with six digs and three service aces, while leading

MSU to an overall .357 hitting percentage. On Friday, the Mustangs got big games from Graves and Velasquez but fell to No. 8 Washburn, 24-26, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21. Velasquez had a season-high 31 digs to keep the Lady Blues to a .213 hitting percentage with 169 attacks. Graves had a season-high nine blocks. Maxwell had 12 kills and six blocks. “There are learning experiences from everything,” FloresStafford said. “We don’t like to lose, but we need to carry the lessons forward.” Prior to losing to Washburn, No. 11 Emporia State gave MSU its first loss of the season. The Hornets totaled 46 kills and stung the Mustangs, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21. The loss was the first in 20 regular season matches dating back to last season. Ransom and Maxwell led the way with seven kills each. Velasquez had 14 digs to lead

the defense. Schreiber had 26 assists with 9 digs. No. 11 Emporia State forced MSU to 10 errors and a seasonlow .121 hitting percentage. Ransom and Velasquez garnered LSC Player of the Week honors Tuesday when the league announced its weekly awards. Ransom earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for his play at the Washburn Lady Blues Fall Classic, while Velasquez was awarded for her stellar defensive play with Defensive Player of the Week honors. MSU is set to take on East Central in Ada, Okla. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, before battling on the road against Southeastern Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

rounds of golf to finish second in individual medalist play of the Texoma Championship played at the Par-72, 7,085-yard Chickasaw Pointe Golf Resort at Lake Texoma. Klutts delivered three rounds even-Par rounds of 72 to finish with a total of 216 to finish three stroke behind tournament winner Fergal Raffety of Sam Houston State. “Travis is just solid,” MSU coach Jeff Ray said. “He does a great job even when he’s not hitting the ball real well.

With his short game, he can get the ball around and he really knows how to score.” Klutts Klutts led a quartet of Mustangs in the 70s as MSU logged a 303 total team score in the third round for a overall total of 904. The score was good enough for an overall second-place finish behind Sam Houston State, which also fired a 303 in the final round

but finished with a three-round total of 880. “The kids played great today,” Ray said. “The winds were blowing at 30 miles an hour out of the north. So 303 was a great golf score today.” Freshman Chad Bryant fought through the conditions for a final round 78 (+6), but finished 15th with a threeround total of 229. Junior Andrew Ludlow carded a 76 (+4) in the final round and 18th with a total of 230, while junior Mitch Molen re-

corded a third-round 77 (+5) and was 25th overall with a three-round total of 233. “We have a really good chance to be a great golf team,” Ray said. “This course is really tight and not an easy course to begin with. We’ve been talking a lot about course management and trying not to take as many risky shots.” Sophomore Brett Perry, who was disqualified in the second round Monday, fired an 82 (+10) in the final round, while junior Eric Thompson, who

was competing as an individual medalist carded a final round 81 (+9) and was 25th with a three-round total of 236. Sophomore Logan Waldrip was also disqualified in the final round after carding rounds of 79 and 71 on Monday. Midwestern will compete in its final competition of the fall next weekend. The Mustangs travel to Bluffton, S.C. to take part in the Queens University of Charlotte Invitational at Pine Crest Golf Course.

The Mustangs, who remained ranked No. 5 in the South Central Region after their Pate showing, combined for 143 points, 72 points behind first-place Butler (Kan.) Community College. Pate finished eighth overall at the 5K course with a time of 19:20, while Stepp, a junior transfer from Alabama-

Birmingham, finished 11th overall with a 19:33 finish. Junior Andrea Borgman finished 29th with a time of 20:06, as freshman Brittany Barrington (20:09) and junior Hassie Sutton (20:52) finished out the scoring for MSU. Freshmen Kourtney Aylor and Malory Ammerman finished with a 21:04 and 21:32, respectively, to complete the day for the MSU runners. The Mustangs stayed ranked at No. 5, after finishing ahead of No. 9 Incarnate Word and No. 10 West Texas A&M that

raced in the same division. Other South Central Region squads, No. 1 Missouri Southern, No. 4 Central Missouri and No. 8 Abilene Christian, all competed in the 6K university division. MSU will take this weekend to heal up and prepare for the 6K Chili Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville on Oct. 18. The Chili Pepper Festival will be the Mustangs’ final tune-up before competing in the LSC Championships on Oct. 25.

Jessica Ransom (13) attacks the net in a September match against Dallas Baptist. Ransom shined at the Washburn Lady Blues Falls Classic gaining her Offenseive Player of the Week honors.

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Klutts’ consistent play leads golf team to second-place finish For The Wichitan

KINGSTON, Okla. – Midwestern State’s Travis Klutts turned in three consistent

Mustangs finish second at OSU Jamboree Bobby Morris Sports Editor

Lindsey Pate and Katie Stepp sparked a second-place showing in the college division Saturday at the Oklahoma State Jamboree, despite the loss of Kayla Hendrix. “The girls really stepped up and ran a solid race today,” MSU head coach Koby Styles said. “We were without Kayla Hendrix. I was really proud of the girls for competing at a high level without one of our top runners.”


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Final Tune-up

No. 2 Mustangs defense shines in pair of conference warm-up shutouts Bobby Morris Sports Editor

The No. 2 Mustangs squeezed out a 1-0 decision against No. 16 St. Edward’s before snapping a 10-year winless streak against Incarnate Word with a 2-0 victory last weekend in their final tune-ups before Southwest Soccer Conference competition. Coming off of a huge, road win over West Texas A&M, Incarnate Word traveled to the MSU Soccer Field to compete against the Mustangs. Rob Humphrey blasted in two goals for MSU as senior goalkeeper Shawn Carr and the Mustangs defense combine for their second-straight shutout and fourth shutout of the season to take the win 2-0. “This was a big win for us,� Humphrey said. “We considered each game this weekend as a playoff game. We went in with the mindset we had to win.� The Mustangs controlled the tempo for most of the match, outshooting the Cardinals 18-6, including 10-2 shots on goal but it was Humphrey’s first goal in the 25th minute that gave MSU the early advantage. Humphrey redirected a shot by Nick Auditore for the goal before capitalizing on redshirt freshman Craig Sutherland’s assist in the 43rd minute for his second goal to close out the

match’s scoring. “I just ended up at the right place at the right time,� Humphrey said. The game marked the Mustangs’ first victory over the Cardinals at the MSU Soccer Field since 1998. The Mustangs have gone 0-3-3 over the past nine seasons but snapped the streak and extended their winning streak to six as they gear up for SSC play. Earlier in the weekend MSU hosted a ranked-tout between the No. 2 Mustangs and No. 16 St. Edward’s. Sutherland continued his offensive explosion with his team-high sixth goal of the season in the 57th minute to lift the Mustangs to the 1-0 victory Friday night. “We knew it would be a tight game and they came in ready to play,� MSU head coach Doug Elder said. “This is what MSU soccer is all about – grinding out the tough results.� The Mustangs overcame a game littered with fouls, eventually compiling 21 total fouls, while gutting out the defensive victory. Sutherland’s goal off of a quick combination from Estevao Alexandre and Ahmad Ihmeidan provided enough cushion for the MSU defense to put away, as they continued their stellar execution. Entering conference compe-

tition, the Mustangs will begin at the top of the South Central Region Rankings. The NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Committee released its initial 2008 regional rankings Tuesday afternoon. MSU is ranked No. 1 in the South Central Region over No. 2 St. Edward’s, No. 3 Incarnate Word and No. 4 West Texas A&M. The Mustangs will be on the road for their first two SSC games this weekend. MSU will take on Northeastern State Friday afternoon before traveling to compete against Missouri Southern State Sunday afternoon.

(Left) Rob Humphrey (6) attempting to clear a ball in the first half of Sunday afternoon’s match against Incarnate Word. Humphrey scored both of MSU’s goals to secure the 2-0 victory. The win gave MSU their first home victory over the Cardinals since 1998. (Bottom) Ahmad Ihmeidan (10) takes control of a cntering pass in Sunday afternoon’s contest. Ihmeidan assisted on his team-high seventh goal of the season on Humphrey’s first goal in the first half of MSU’s win over Incarnate Word.

Subia, Mustangs hang on to win another game in final minute Bobby Morris Sports Editor

(Top) Jordan Smith (11) getting set to strike the ball in a game earlier in September against Southern Nazarene University. Smith scored her first goal of the season in the final minute of the 1-0 victory over Abilene Christian Sunday afternoon.

Midwestern State continued on their eight-game road trip this weekend, coming back to grab a last-second victory after “unlucky� plays cost them their opening conference game on the third and fourth games of the extended road stay. Eerily similar to last Sunday’s match, Brittany Subia played a key role in sparking a goal in the final minute of regulation to steal the 1-0 win over the Abilene Christian Wildcats at the ACU Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon. “I was concerned about us starting to believe we couldn’t finish,� MSU head coach Jeff Trimble said. “We are struggling with that, but we are playing better.� Last week, Subia scored the deciding goal against Colorado-Colorado Springs in the final minute but this time Subia worked the ball down the right side before setting Jordan Smith for her first goal of the season in the final minute of Sunday’s contest. Subia’s cross to the far post set up the lone goal of the afternoon that improved the Mus-

tangs record to 6-4 overall, but more importantly evened their Lone Star conference record at 1-1. MSU dominated for most of the match, outshooting ACU 24-11, including a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal. But Wildcats’ goalkeeper Crissy Lawson played well, recording seven saves on the afternoon to keep MSU scoreless until the 90th minute. “None of the league games are going to be easy,� Trimble said. “They will all be close and that’s why it was important for us to find a way to win today.� MSU opened LSC play Friday afternoon traveling to take on the San Angelo Rambelles at the Angelo State Soccer Field. While the Mustangs continually attacked and outshot the Rambelles, including an 8-3 shot advantage in the second half, it was an “unlucky� bounce that gave ASU to 1-0 win. One minute before intermission, Kristen Boister’s cross deflected off of the post and eventually found its way into the back of the net. “It really bounced up, hit the

cross bar and went in,� Trimble said. “It was unlucky for us and I can’t believe it went in. “We kept creating shots and opportunities, but they played good, solid team defense against us. It’s just frustrating. This is a really good soccer team we have and just gets frustrating to not score.� The Mustangs travel to their fifth- and sixth-straight road contests this weekend as they will face LSC rival Texas A&M-Commerce on Friday night and Texas Woman’s on Sunday afternoon.

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No. 22 Mustangs suffer first loss of season, 42-14 35-yard pitch-and-catch to Martin late in the third quarter to extend the lead to 35-14 entering the final quarter. Null finished with 447 yards through the air on 34-of-50 passing including five touchdowns as the Buffs rolled over a previously-dominant MSU defense. The Buffs jumped out to the quick 14-0 lead just five seconds into the second quarter off of two touchdown passes by Null. Then, quarterback Zack Eskridge struck for a 51-yard run that set up a Marcus Mathis touchdown scamper from the WTAMU 13-yardline on the next play from scrimmage. After yet another touchdown pass from Null after a twominute drive, the Mustangs

Bobby Morris Sports Editor

CANYON, Texas – The No. 22 Mustangs got a heavy dose of West Texas A&M receiver Charly Martin as the No. 4 Buffaloes dealt MSU a wake-up call with a 42-14 whipping Saturday night at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. Martin finished with seven receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns but it was his last two scores that proved to be the finishing blow to MSU, thwarting any second-half comeback effort MSU had planned. Quarterback Keith Null connected with Martin on a 65-yard touchdown pass early in the second half to extend the lead to 28-14, before completing a

were able to piece together a 13-play, 68-yard drive that spanned 7:50 and seemingly took the air out of the Buffs. Eskridge Eskridge ended the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, cutting the deficit to just a touchdown while heading into intermission. However, the longest drive the Mustangs could piece together in the second half was 3:00, which provided Null, Martin and the rest of the WTAMU offense with plenty of time to pick apart a winded MSU defense. Eskridge ended the game

with 54 yards on the ground on seven carries, while completing 11-of-25 passes for 127 yards, including one interception. Seven other Mustangs combined for 84 rushing yards, while the Buffs stuffed many big plays forcing MSU into just 3.4 yards per carry. Receiver Tyron Morrison led the receiving core with three catches for 28 yards. Punt return specialist BeeJay Mathis improved on his program-best mark in punt return yardage with a 33-yard return. This was the first game of the season, actually the past five games dating back to last season, that Herman “Winky” Walker didn’t intercept a pass. West Texas A&M improved to

6-0 on the season and headlined the NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings for the Super Regional Four that was released Monday afternoon. If the season ended today, MSU would sneak into the playoffs with the sixth and final spot. WTAMU and Abilene Christian would receive first-round byes to the Super Regional Four and MSU would have to compete at Northwest Missouri State. Homecoming hits the MSU campus and Memorial Stadium this Saturday night when the No. 22 Mustangs (4-1 (1-1)) will be hosting the Tarleton State Texans. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Football North W-L Central Okla. (2-4) 2-0 SE Oklahoma (2-4) 1-0 East Central (1-5) 1-0 Texas A&M-Comm (3-3) 1-1 SW Oklahoma (1-5) 0-1 Northeastern State (0-6) 0-2 South W-L #5 WTAMU (6-0) 2-0 #4 ACU (5-0) 1-0 #17 MSU (4-1) 1-1 TAMU-Kingsville (4-2) 1-1 Angelo State (3-3) 1-1 #13 Tarleton State (5-1) 0-1 Eastern NM (1-5) 0-2 Volleyball

W-L #20 MSU (19-3) 3-0 #3 WTAMU (18-3) 2-0 Tarleton State (13-6) 4-1 Texas Woman’s (13-7) 3-1 TAMU-Comm (11-6) 3-1 Central Okla. (10-13) 3-1 Abilene Christian (14-6) 2-2 Angelo State (13-10) 2-2 Cameron (9-7) 1-2 SW Oklahoma (7-11) 1-3 East Central (6-14) 1-3 TAMU-Kingsville (5-12) 1-4 Eastern NM (6-15) 0-2 SE Oklahoma (12-8) 0-4


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Men’s Soccer W-L-T #12 WTAMU (7-3) 2-0 Eastern NM (3-4-2) 1-0-1 NE State (2-8) 1-2 MO Southern (0-10-1) 0-2-1 #2 MSU (8-1) 0-0 Women’s Soccer W-L-T WTAMU (9-1-1) 3-0 Central Okla. (7-2-2) 2-0 Angelo St (8-3-1) 2-0 NE State (2-5-2) 1-1-1 TAMU-Comm (7-2-1) 1-1 MSU (6-4) 1-1 TWU (6-4) 1-1 Eastern NM (7-5) 1-2 East Central (4-5-2) 0-2-1 ACU (4-5-1) 0-2 SW Oklahoma (2-9) 0-2


On Deck this week... Thursday October 9 Volleyball @ East Central

Friday October 10 Womens Soccer @ Northeastern State Mens Soccer @ Texas A&MCommerce

Saturday October 11 Volleyball @ Southeastern Oklahoma State

Football Tarleton State 7 p.m. Golf @ Queens University of Charlotte Invitational (S.C.)

Sunday October 12 Womens Soccer @ Texas Woman’s Mens Soccer @ Missouri Southern State Golf Texoma Cup @ Southeastern Oklahoma

Monday October 13 Volleyball @ Dallas Baptist Home Events are Bolded

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