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cent,” he said. Any more that’s left over, he said, needs to go to faculty and staff raises. “We’re getting to the point where the decisions we have to make will be very difficult,” Rogers said. “We need to see what happens in the spring.” Currently, the state funds about 20 percent of MSU’s operation. Though comptrollers have told university administrators not to expect any new money, they haven’t said the state will be paying out any less, either. In past years, the story was a little bit different. “We had already been told, ‘don’t

be surprised if you have to send more money back during this coming biennium,’” Rogers said. But if funding from the state stays around 20 percent, it’s better than previous years. It also means MSU won’t have to send any more money back to the state. “I’m relieved by that,” he said. “If we don’t have to cut any more state appropriations in four years, that’s a better deal. I hope that’s the way it turns out.” Rogers will meet with the Board of Regents in May to decide how to best manage the university’s funds.

Low enrollment may spur tuition hike CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF A four percent drop in enrollment this semester has cost MSU about $500,000. In addition, state comptrollers have told administrators not to expect an increased payout from the state for at least four years. MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers continues to scrutinize how the university manages its funds. His solution: to raise tuition next year. “We need to take a hard look, once again, at where we’re spending our money,” Rogers said.

“We need to take a hard look at our budget.” The university operates on an approximately $50 million budget. Over the past four years, about $12 million in expenses has been sliced from the budget. More budget cuts are inevitable, Rogers said. “We’ll look and see where money was left over last year,” Rogers said. “We’re going to look at every one of our auxiliary services, academic programs, everything. Everything needs to be looked at.” Rogers said the university has money in reserve, but he would rather find

other sources of funding before using it. “We set back some reserves, but I don’t want to go into them,” Rogers said. Instead, he foresees a tuition hike. “It will be modest,” he said. “The students are not going to bear the brunt of our economic difficulties. We’re all in it together, and I think we’ve done a good job of holding off our cost and not putting it off on the students.” Last year, tuition and fees rose by four percent. The next increase should be about the same, Rogers said. “We’re going to stay below five per-

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Law mandates student shots DONACE WILKINSON FOR THE WICHITAN Starting spring 2012, all students who enroll at MSU will have to get health shots. A state mandate effective Jan. 1 will make Texas the first U.S. state to require all new and transfer students younger than 30 years old to be immunized against meningococcal meningitis. The new law is an extension of the Jamie Schanbaum Act of 2009. Schanbaum, a University of Texas student, contracted meningitis in 2008. Nicolis Williams, a former Texas A&M freshman, died of the disease in February. Dr. Keith Williamson, university physician, said meningococcal meningitis is “pretty rare, but outbreaks happen. When it happens it can kill many people.” About 1,400 to 3,000 Americans get the disease annually. About 10 percent of those cases result in death. The disease is caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering

the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningococcal meningitis can be fatal and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, college students who live in group homes are among the people most at risk of becoming infected. “College students’ risks double that of the rest of the population,” Williamson said. In previous years, immunization was pushed for students who lived in the dorms. Now it applies for all students. “We cannot let them enroll unless they have been immunized,” Williamson said. Dr. Karen Polvado, chair of the Wilson School of Nursing, said nursing students never had a choice in the matter. “All nursing students have to be vaccinated. It’s important to have immunizations being up-to-date, when you think about all the things nurses are pg. 4


Political columnist to speak at MSU BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR Syndicated columnist and political analyst Mark Shields will speak in Akin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss his experiences in American politics and journalism. Shields is the second guest in this year’s Artist Lecture Series. The Massachusetts native will give his viewpoint on today’s national headlines, the Obama Administration and the 2012 presidential election. Called the “wittiest political journalist in America” by The Wall Street Journal, Shields has covered the administrations of nine U.S. presidents. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he was an aide to Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire. For 11 years, Shields help managed state

and local political campaigns as a poltical director and other leadership positions. He worked for Robert F. Kennedy during his 1968 presidential campaign. In 1979, he served as an editorial writer for The Washington Post. In 1988, he provided weekly political commentary for the award-winning PBS News Hour with David Gergen of The New York Times. He still appears weekly on the program. After spending 17 years as a moderator on CNN’s Capital Gang, he is now a panelist on weekly public affairs show Inside Washington, which airs on both ABC and PBS. Tickets are free to MSU students, staff and faculty. The event will cost $18 for MSU alumni, active-duty military and senior citizens. It will be $20 for the general public. Tickets are available at the Information Desk in Clark Student Center.


Sigma Kappa ‘flocks’ to community homes, raising money for Alzheimer’s research

BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR You’ve been flocked! This is the greeting some Wichita Falls residences received last week when the ladies of the Sigma Kappa Sorority flocked their yards with pink and purple flamingos to raise funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association. By donating, residents were able to have the flamingos removed and given the opportunity to flock someone else’s yard. Sigma Kappa, which was Midwestern’s first sorority on campus in 1959, has raised more than $400 so far with the fundraiser ending Sunday night. All the money raised goes back to the Sigma Kappa Foundation, which is the sorority’s national philanthropy headquarters. At headquarters, they disperse all donations to their national philanthropies, including the Alzheimer’s Association. Sigma Kappa is the largest and longestterm supporter of the National Alzheimer’s Association, sorority adviser Connie Cannedy said. Laura Clark, public relaitons chair for Sigma Kappa, doesn’t think a lot of people realize how prominent Alzheimer’s is in America with it being the sixth leading cause of death in the country. “People are affected by Alzheimer’s every day, whether it be taking care pg. 3 of a loved one


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The U.S. economy is looking more and more bleak as the weeks pass. The closer we come to 2012, the worse our situation looks. Unemployment numbers aren’t actively improving, jobs aren’t paying anything extra, and inflation is really hitting us in all the wrong spots. The Occupy Wall Street movement is making waves across the country. Thousands of protesters are lining up on Wall Street in New York, all over Washington, D.C., and in other large metropolitan cities across the nation. What are they protesting? • The widening gap between the rich and the poor. • The inappropriate influence corporations wield in politics. • That power needs to be restored to ordinary people instead of it being sold to the highest corporate bidder. • And many other economic problems.

Though the protesters mean well, they do not have a clearly-stated action plan, and many protests have been getting out of hand. Protesters in New York City flooded the streets and chanted slogans at officers, such as: “Who are you protecting?!” and “Our tax dollars pay your salaries, not Wall Street! Fight the corporate stronghold!” The sudden onset of thousands of people blockading NYC streets, restricting traffic and causing commotion left police with little choice but to constrain the protesters to a designated area. The protesters, refusing to be silenced, retaliated against police, who reacted forcefully. They not only arrested a good number of protesters, but injured a handful of them in the process. When a protester was asked what the group’s message was, he stated that they are attempting to “denounce

the systems and institutions that support endless war and unrestrained corporate greed.” The problem is the lack of cohesion in their message causes problems such as potential rioting, as well as confusing onlookers about what they actually are supporting. Their movement is being overshadowed by an incidental revolution against police. What started as a peaceful protest quickly turned into hysteria. Claims of censorship abounded every time a person was arrested for ignoring police orders. The situation is exasperated as women scream when young men are arrested. There is nothing wrong with protesting the power of corporations, but there is a problem when protesters don’t know why they’re protesting.

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Letter to the editor To Reverend Rubicon, You provided the definition of hate crime in your article, and yet you seem confused that the term does not apply to Sulk. She was not a victim of a crime “motivated by bias against a particular race, religion, ethnicity/origin, disability, or sexual orientation.” Yes, she was a victim of a hateful and abhorrent crime. This does not, however, make it a hate crime. You asked why Shepard’s torture and murder is more worthy of attention than Sulk’s. Well, I respond to your story of Sulk with the story of another murder. On an early morning in August 1955 in Money, Mississippi, a 14-year-old African-American boy named Emmett Till was kidnapped, brutally beaten, shot in the head, wrapped with barbed wire to a cotton ginning fan, and thrown in the river. His murderers, two white men, were arrested, tried and then acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury. Two and a half months later, the story of Emmett Till motivated one Rosa Parks, on December 1, 1955, to refuse to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. When Parks was asked why she would not give up her seat, she said, “I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back.” Till’s murder, like Shepard’s, was a hate crime. Like Till’s murder, Shepard’s murder has become an allegory for the social injustice suffered by a minority group--in Till’s case, it was African-Americans in the civil rights era, in Shepard’s, it is the LGBT community in the late 20th and now 21st century. The murder of another woman and her unborn child DID make national news--Laci Peterson. Your argument that a girl and her unborn child are brutally murdered and no one cares does not really hold water. The purpose of hate crime legislation is not to create “victim groups” but to punish the perpetrators, raise awareness and promote tolerance. Your editorial came across as nothing more than a rant against those who pursue civil equality for all regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion or creed.

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Letter to the editor Are any MSU students unhappy with the Vinson Health Center? Maybe I should rephrase the question: Who is happy with the Vinson Health Center? I’ve been at Midwestern for over four years now (first Bachelors, now Masters), and I haven’t had one good experience with the Vinson Health Center. Here’s why: • They seem to not want you to get an appointment with the doctor. • The nurses have no clue what they are talking about. • They have no regard for your privacy. First, when you make a phone call to the Vinson Health Center, you want (hope) to get an appointment with the doctor. The receptionist begins to ask you a million questions, not starting with your symptoms. Of course she wants to update your address. Important, eh? God forbid you don’t have a valid ad-

dress. You know, just in case the doctor wants to show up at your doorstep to check up on you. Yeah, right. When the receptionist finally gets around to talking about your symptoms, she says, “Well, that doesn’t sound too serious, I would suggest you wait a couple of days and then call back if you don’t feel better.” Really?! Isn’t it our right, as students, to see the university doctor if we feel like it? So, if you persist, she says, “Ok, you’ll first need to talk to the nurse before I can make you an appointment, but she is unavailable right now, so you will have to call back.” Fine. You call back, and after some back and forth, you get the nurse on the phone. In my case, I told her my symptoms, and added, “I think it’s (disease/ sickness has been changed) a stomach infection.”

“Well, do you feel this and this and this (she suggests some symptoms).” I answer, “No.” “Then it cannot be a stomach infection.” Ok, but can I still see the doctor? So, finally, I get an appointment. I get to the office and the receptionist asks for my student I.D. Well, I just happen to feel like I’ve been run over by a bus, so no, I don’t have my student I.D., but I do have a valid I.D. That’s not good enough. I have to have a student I.D. Can they not check in the computer if you are a current student?! No. You have to physically prove that you possess a valid MSU I.D. So, I had to go home, find my student I.D., and head back to the Vinson Health Center. So I get back, and, again, she wants to update my address. “But, you just did that a couple of days ago on

the phone, remember?” “I need to do it again.” Fine. After she is done with her pointless updating, she asks me for my symptoms. You should know, there are about four other students sitting about three feet away from the reception desk. The receptionist obviously does not care about my privacy, and she continues staring at me, waiting for an answer. “But, I just gave you those a couple of days ago on the phone, remember?” Apparently, she needs them again, because she didn’t record them. So, I finally see the doctor. He does his checks, asks a couple of questions, and proceeds to say, “You have a stomach infection.” Anonymous


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Pushing Back the Flames Fund raiser 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunwatcher Plaza and The Quad.


Caribfest 4 p.m. Sunwatcher Plaza. Tickets are available at the MSU bookstore or at the door at the event. Glow Fete 9 p.m. OEC-Sikes Lake Center. $5 entry free required.

Monday Hannah Hofmann Chelsea Behrle, Rebecca Russell and Stephanie Ferguson gather supplies for the flocking fund raiser.

Hannah Hofmann Rebecca Russell and Stephanie Ferguson plant pink and purple flamingos on a home near Ardath Street.

FLOCK continued from page 1 who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or losing someone close to them from the disease,” Clark said. Sigma Kappa wants to spread the word as much as possible to raise awareness and promote taking steps to end Alzheimer’s, Clark said. Clark admits, since Greek Life is a small population of students at Midwestern, getting the word out about their philanthropy efforts proves to be extremely challenging. “The most rewarding aspect of it all is the satisfaction we get from helping others,” Clark said. “While it is fun flocking some-

one’s yard with a dozen pink and purple flamingos with the chapter, the best part is knowing that we are actively helping to raise money for this cause.” Although flocking yards with pink and purple flamingos is similar to going door to door asking for donations, Clark said it’s all about having fun with the fund raiser. “Donating money to a philanthropy shouldn’t include a ritual sigh and grabbing of the checkbook,” Clark said. “(With this fund raiser) people can expand their boundaries and realize that we’re not just asking for money. We’re trying to raise

awareness and accept donations for this awesome cause.” Sigma Kappa is based on four core values including friendship and personal growth. Vice president of Philanthropic Services Chelsea Behrle, who has been a member of the sorority for three years, said service is one of Sigma Kappa’s core values. “People don’t realize how much giving back to our community as well as our national philanthropies means to us,” Behrle said. “Each member is dedicated to all of our values, but I would say service is the most rewarding for us on a per-

sonal level as well as a chapter.” Cannedy said by learning to balance scholastic, service, work and normal college life, the members of the Sigma Kappa sorority leave college better trained to be successful in their careers and lives after college. “It is extremely important for young women of today to learn to give back,” Cannedy said. “They will know the responsibilities of being good citizens and will also know the rewards of giving of one’s self to others in need of our assistance.”

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Imagine Graduation 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CSC Comanche. Artist Lecture Series: Mark Shields 7 p.m. Akin Auditorium. Tickets are $20 to general public. $18 for senior citizens, active-duty military, and MSU alumni. Free to MSU students with ID. Two free tickets to staff/faculty. Tickets are available at the Information Desk at Clark Student Center.

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Ashley Kittle performs her original song ‘Human Display’ during MSU Has Talent Friday evening.

Talent show draws more than 200 attendees As One Gospel showcases student talent in music, spoken word and dance

BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR NBC’s hit show American’s Got Talent was localized Friday night when As One Gospel had a talent competition, entitled MSU Has Talent, in Akin Auditorium. The event showcased abilities of 15 students with each contestant being judged on creativity, technicality, stage presence, crowd participation and overall performance. The judges consisted of MSU Professor Judy Braddy, Vocal and Piano Teacher, Rachel Kapelski, and Dance Instructor Adreina Lawerence. As One Gospel member Cornileus Roberson, who is overjoyed about how the event turned out, solely funded the talent show. With spending over $300, Roberson said it was worth the sacrifice. “It is a small price to pay for the development of our student life,” Roberson said. “I believe in this university and its success is very important to me.” The purpose of the talent competitions was to provide an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to showcase their talents and cultures, Roberson said. MSU students Erin Wrinkle and TJ Dotson played MC to the event. With their offbeat chemistry, Wrinkle and Dotson took the role of hosting very seriously, even having three costume changes. The second performance of the night was a favorite for country music fans in the crowd as As One Gospel member Alexis Goodman sang “Contemporary Home” by Carrie Underwood. Even though she didn’t win the competition, she said this talent show is a good example that Midwestern is more than just a school but a community and a family. Songwriter Ashley Kittle received one of the biggest applause of the night with just

her voice and guitar as she sang her original song, “Human Display.” The As One Gospel group added their talents to the event as well in between performances. The As On Gospel mime routine was a crowd favorite. With their white faces and matching gloves, the three members were animated and it was a breath of fresh air for freshmen Monica Ross. “I have never been exposed to that type of culture before,” Ross said. “I love how they were able to combine the word of gospel, dance, with a hint of humor.” UK singer Adele was a stable in the talent show with two performers, Laurie Durrand and Cody Thomas covering her. While Durrand serenaded the crowd with a more soulful rendition “Someone Like You”, MSU cheerleader Thomas belted out a melody of the same song with Adele’s other hit, “Rolling in the Deep.” Durrand and Thomas’ talents were recognized by the judges as they both placed in the top three. Thomas in third, winning $50. Durrand in second, winning $75. It was the surprise performance the band Those Four Dudes who took the top prize, a trophy and $100. The band with a bass, drum, guitar and Jamaica steel drum got the judges foot tapping during the song, “Mr. Magic.” “Its a true testament to their talent when a band can beat out all of the great singers who performed,” sophomore William Brown said. “Those Four Dudes were definitely the best of the night. They deserved to win.” As One Gospel is always looking for new members, Roberson said. The organization has something for every student from choir, dance, mime, step, spoken word and band.

they even go to [work at] a hospital, we make them get immunized. We don’t let them in until they do.” “College students in a dorm setting should really get immunized,” Polvado said, “because students live together and share things like cigarettes and food.” The modes of transmission include the exchange of saliva through activities such as kissing, sharing drinking containers or utensils, smoking, brushing your teeth, or being coughed or sneezed on. “Certain conditions need to be present for you to get sick,” Polvado said. Stress and a poor diet are two leading factors in contracting the disease. “Are college students stressed? Yes. Do they eat healthy? No.” she said. “People who are under great amounts of stress have weakened immune systems and are more susceptible,” Polvado said. “If you exercise and eat well, your body may be in a better condition to fight the infection.” The symptoms of meningococcal meningitis include a stiff neck, drowsiness, nausea, seizures, high fever, rashes or purple patches on the skin, hemorrhage, light sensitivity, confusion, and severe headaches. The CDC says symptoms can appear quickly but typically develop within three to seven days after exposure. Williamson said because some symptoms are flu-like, the disease may be hard to recognize before it is too late. She stated a carrier of the disease may not have the symptoms but can still spread the disease. In severe cases, death may occur within eight to 24 hours of experiencing the symptoms. In non-fatal cases, long-term disabilities such as kidney failure, hearing loss, limb damage or loss, gangrene, convulsions, coma,

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SHOTS continued from page 1 and/or brain damage may result. Students age 29 and younger are encouraged to get immunized. The vaccine is considered to be safe and effective. There are no side effects except for a little soreness of the muscle from having gotten the shot. The cut-off age for immunization is 30. Polvado said the older you are, the higher chances you have of being immune, having developed antibodies to fight off the infection.


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OrgSync streamlines event posting OLIVIA WHITLEY FOR THE WICHITAN Registered student organizations now have a new method of communication with the social networking platform, OrgSync. The social media site launched this semester. According the Matthew Park, director of Student Development and Orientation, the student allocations committee approved the networking system this year. It costs $7,441 annually. Park said the student organization management system gives campus organizations a way to manage themselves. Everything that an organization needs is now just a click away. “Combining the logistics of an organization with what’s going on with social media and sharing right now, it is modernizing the way that universities and student groups network,” Park said. This web-based application will be easy to access for students and provides the university a new outlet to interact with student groups. “It gives the university a way to manage and communicate with organizations in ways that we had to rely on paper and email in the past,” Park said. Years ago, groups filled out

stacks of mandatory paperwork that had to be kept current in order to remain an official organization. OrgSync grants direct contact between groups and administrators at any time. Ultimately, this makes it easier for campus organizations to request funds, reserve meeting spaces and booths, and to stay in touch with advisors and administration. With OrgSync, students can stay up-to-date with university regulations and requirements. All this information is available with the click of a button or even the tap of a screen on a smart phone. The OrgSync database will also let students text fellow members, have discussion forums, create and share events, as well as correspond with the administration about funds and other group-related issues. The University Programming Board (UPB) was one of the first campus organization to reap the benefits of the software. “OrgSync makes interaction with our members super easy,” said Cammie Dean, UPB advisor. “ It consolidates what would normally take six or seven different emails and websites all into one.” The ability to share items on OrgSync to students via Twit-

ter or Facebook eliminates the need to create several posts and events to reach fellow members who may use different social networking platforms to communicate, Dean said. “This is the ultimate in communication and data tracking for your organization,” Dean said. All of the recognized on-campus organizations, academic or social, can be found in the MSU community on the website. A unique feature to the program is that it allows for interorganization communication. Now, different student groups have better approach to collaborate on events and projects. The office of Student Development and Orientation is holding resources and training OrgSync session for student organizations through the fall semester. The MSU OrgSync training workshops are given every Friday at 3 p.m. in the Dillard 335 computer lab. Virtual on-site training webinars are also offered by Orgsync every Tuesday through Nov. 22 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and every Friday through Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. For students who would like individual organization training are told to contact the Office of Student Developement and Orientation to arrange a special traning workshop.

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Getting started: creating your account 1. Go to 2. Select “Log in Here.” 3. Select “Not a Member? Register Now.” 4. Enter your basic account information (name, email address, and password). NOTE – If you receive the message “Username has already been taken”, do not panic. MSU was proactive and built all currently enrolled students a basic/ shell OrgSync account using their first/last name and preferred email address in WebWorld. Login to your preferred email account and look for an email dated

Thursday, Sept. 22 that reads: “Welcome to OrgSync.” In that message should be a temporary password for you to access OrgSync. Still having trouble logging in? Stop by the Office of Student Development and Orientation in CSC 194 or call (940) 397-4500 so a trained professional staff member can assist you. 5. After you log in, complete your personal profile and start browsing/joining MSU organizations! 6. If you have a Facebook account, be sure to “Connect with Facebook” at the login screen during your next log in.

Grad TX gives non-traditonal students a new start BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR In order to assist adults who have college hours but never finished their degrees, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently launched a bachelor degree completion program called Grad Texas. Midwestern State University was one of eight institutions chosen to participate in this program. Now through the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program, returning students will be offered a more personalized degree plan with on-campus and online classes. “It is an honor to be chosen by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as one of the programs to participate in Grad TX,” BAAS Assistant Director Delores Jackson said.

Midwestern State University was selected because of the quality of our Applied Arts and Science Program,” she said. “We do a great job throughout Texas at educating those adults and helping them finish or complete their degrees,” Jackson said. “I believe that’s been recognized throughout the state of Texas.” Starting a family, working or the joining the military are frequently motives for adults leaving college before earning their degrees. “When many of our adult students attended college years back, for whatever reason they did not finish, life happened,” Jackson said. “When they decide to return to school it is difficult to reconnect to their original major so coming back (to college) has a lot of obstacles.”

For adults with other primary responsibilities, returning to school can be problematic, Jackson said. Family obligations and challenges such as lack of funds, time or work schedules can make it tricky to return back to school in the traditional mode. Grad TX puts emphasis on flexibility to accommodate for non-traditional students’ lifestyles. Sometimes the program gives credit hours for personal experience. Work-experience credited hours are evaluated on an individual basis. “We’re looking for substance and quality,” Jackson said. “An individual who has been in an occupation for five or ten years has an occupational specialty. We’re able to recognize that, or also recognize vocational and technical hours in that area.”

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With this alternative way to get an education, prospective students can have up to 91 transferable hours from a four-year institution. They may have no more than 69 transferable hours from a two-year college. Students are also required to have a minimum 2.0 GPA on transfer work. “In some cases we’re able to award work credit for some of their job experiences, and allow them to participate in internships,” Jackson said. “We are able to use college hours that maybe have been earned years back. The hours begin to gel and allow the individual to clearly see degree completion in their near future.” The announcement of the program already has students calling to see if Grad TX can be an option. “We’ve had a great response so

The Texas Assocation of College Teachers met Wednesday where they honored Running Back Peter Smith for his accomplishments on and off the football field. TACT presented Smith with a framed article of the A&M commerece game at Cowboys Stadium. MSU Professor of English Dr. Tom Hoffman said Smith was instrumental in the victory against A&M-Commerce.

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far,” Jackson said. “We are hearing from students in this area who maybe have previously attended MSU, perhaps back ten years or so, who are calling us, gathering information and wondering if this is a program that would work for them.” The initial eligibility for the BAAS program it is not always compatible with the traditional MSU student. Interested students must have vocational, technical, or excessive elective hours to be eligible. Additionally, current students in a major must have at least a 2.75 GPA to change into the BAAS program. Advisors in the BAAS program can evaluate transcripts and determine eligibility, and help students decide if this program would meet their unique needs.


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Yucha auf dem Oktoberfest mit MSU Studenten German contingent at Sheppard Air Force Base celebrates Oktoberfest with German culture BRITTNEY COTTINHAM MANAGING EDITOR The German air force and the German population at Sheppard Air Force Base brought the mini version of Munich’s Oktoberfest to Wichita Falls on Saturday night at J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center. “I probably won’t ever get to go to

Germany,” Junior Clark Anderson said. “So this celebration might be the closest I ever get. It’s really cool to get an inside look on how German people actually live.” The night began with the mayor of Wichita Falls Glen Barham opening the first keg of beer, an Oktoberfest tradition. This years Oktoberfest had authentic German cuisine including bratwursts,

styled potatoes, pretzel and sauerkraut along with beer made in Germany. “Trying all of the different beers was an adventure within itself,” Senior Roger Charles said. Bavarian dance was also explored at the event with the Taxanisher Schuhplatter Verein from Dallas. The dancers wore period costumes from the Allgäu region in southwestern Baveria.

The Texanischer Schuhplatter Verein from Dallas performing a traditional folk dance Saturday night. Hannah Hofmann

All day Deshay JOSEPH CHRETEIN FOR THE WICHITAN After releasing four free mixtapes (including his opus Two: For The Show) BrandUn DeShay has finally unleashed his long awaited debut album “All Day DeShay: AM.” When MTV’s artist of the year, Tyler, The Creator took a disrespectful jab at DeShay on his breakout single “Yonkers,” many of Tyler’s cult followers blindly followed in Tyler’s hate for BrandUn, while others became curious about what the name dropped artist had to offer. “All Day DeShay’s” quality in beats and sophistication in content suit it as a poised retort

to BrandUn’s new slew of naysayers. The Chi-town producer behind beats for Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Danny Brown, Casey Veggies and plenty more showcases his mastered craft in production as well as his progression in skill on the mic. Running at only 40 minutes “A.D.D.” can’t technically be considered an L.P. but proves to be his most condensed and potent piece of work to date. Throughout the album BrandUn makes pop culture references to Pokemon and Adventure Time, shows his imaginative side during an interlude in which Shel Silverstein’s poem “If the World Were Crazy” is read, and touches on the complications that social networking brings to

relationships on “Take It Back!” rapping, “Relationships were so much easier in the 80’s”. BrandUn mostly keeps it local in the feature department with included verses from Chicago residents Rockie Fresh as well as Vic Mensa of the unique collective “Kids These Days” and finally Raz Fresco hailing from Toronto. Overall DeShay’s newest effort will surely be a breath of fresh air for those tired of stale Hip-Hop trends. Download the album “All Day DeShay:AM” now for FREE at his website http:// Notable Tracks: World Famous, Canopy, FTW!, Ur Fresh, 1Up 8 Spins Out of 10

The women’s tracht were styled in the classic gray skirt, a while trachten blouse, a green apron and black Allgäuer trachten shoes. For fest occasions, the male dancers wear a single red flower in their Allgäuer hat with Gamsbart, a large brush-like ornament worn on the right side. “Oktoberfest was really one big party that the whole city was invited to,” senior Jessica Shelton said. “With the

dancing, the music and the food, it was an eye opening experience.” Midwestern’s Rugby team was one of the hundreds of volunteers that work the German festival. Seniors Selena Houston and Reed Jones both said they learned a few German words at the event. “If I ever go to Germany, I’ll know how to say hello, goodbye and I’ll have another beer,” Houston said.

MSU Rugby team members Matt Davis and Simba Musrurwa volunteer at Wichita Falls Oktoberfest. Hannah Hofmann

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Panda Bear wows Dallas crowd ORLANDO FLORES JR. FOR THE WICHITAN I, the city of Dallas and to some extent the southern part of the United States, experienced a rare treat Tuesday, September 27. Electronic musician Panda Bear, real name Noah Lennox, was brought in by Dallas’ very own Gorilla Vs. Bear music blog to perform a one-night concert at the Granada Theater in the Lower Greenville neighborhood. While most have never heard of Panda Bear, he’s actually a pretty big figure in the indie music scene. The irony in this is that despite the level of fame he has, he rarely ever ventures out on the road to perform live. When he does tour, he spends most of his time in Europe, while setting aside a few dates in the US to perform in bigger cities like Los Angeles and New York City. For this trek, Lennox chose those two cities, along with a stop in Philadelphia and lastly in Dallas. Despite these facts, Lennox continues to rule the blogosphere, and can turn a small Tuesday night midweek show into a full-blown event. So there I was, not knowing what to expect from my first electronic concert. I pulled up to the parking lot behind the Granada roughly an hour late for the opening act, Botany (I spent my first hour at Dallas’ local record shop, Good Records.) I looked up at the Granada’s marquee to see names like Cody Canada, Blondie, Blind Pilot and Portugal. The Man advertised as upcoming concerts, but no Panda Bear in sight. After getting inside, the wall was filled with previous and upcoming posters advertisements for bands that have or have yet to play the venue, but still no Panda Bear. This was either supposed to be a secret show, in which only die-hard fans were supposed to be in attendance, or somehow the venue’s operators forgot to advertise arguably their biggest concert of the year. Since this was Panda Bear’s only show in the southern part of the US, people came from all over Texas and the surrounding states to take part in what was building up to be a concert of a lifetime. Walking into the actual theater and making my way to the balcony for a better view, I couldn’t help but notice a large mass of people gathered around the center of the

lower floor. I looked up at the big screen they had projecting people’s tweets about the concert to realize just how big this concert actually was. Wayne Coyne, lead singer and founder of the Oklahoma City rock group The Flaming Lips, was in attendance, and audience members knew about it. By this time, the mid-card act had finished setting up and was about to begin their set. The mid-card act, Silent Diane, had been building up a buzz after being signed to True Panther Sounds and releasing their first single, “Lights.” I had never heard of Silent Diane until this night, and honestly didn’t expect much from them. When the curtain opened and they broke into their first song, a small pop erupted from the front of the stage. As to why, I’m not sure. Silent Diane didn’t seem to be anything special, just a guy-girl duo producing drone-like repetitive beats while inaudibly singing over them. Their set picked up when their third song hit, a booming, sinister bass drum pattern that slyly transformed into a groove-able beat reminiscent of electronic acts like The Knife and Fever Ray. From that point, Silent Diane began to get on a roll and actually started to get people in the crowd (myself included) to bob their heads and dance a little. The high point of their set did come when they played “Lights,” which was recognized by a few. It seemed like Silent Diane made up for their rather awful first impression, until their set suddenly ended 10 minutes early due to “hearing a lot of feedback” on stage and cutting their song short. Sadly enough, no one would have noticed had they not said anything and continued to play. As their set came to a close, you could feel the room fill up with anticipation. The lower floor began to overflow with people, causing many to come up to the balcony for a better view and more room. As soon as the lights dimmed down and Lennox began to play, the crowd roared with approval. Accompanied by Spaceman 3 member Sonic Boom behind the mixing boards, Lennox ripped through the entirety of his latest album, Tomboy, with his unique, yet smooth, falsetto and rhythmic guitar riffs. Each song was met with thunderous applause at its conclusion, especially singles like “You Can Count On Me”, “Tomboy”, Slow Motion” and “Last Night at the Jetty.” Not once did Lennox acknowledge the crowd, but rather stood on stage and played. The strength of Lennox’s music

as Panda Bear lies in the texturing of his songs. Melodies and lyrics tend to blend together to produce a hazy, ethereal sound that is as enjoyable as it is intoxicating. It’s almost what you’d expect the soundtrack to a dream to be like. However, with his live performance, Lennox brought a whole new energy to Tomboy - one that is more awake and lively than dormant and brooding. His falsetto could be heard at full force, and I was surprised to find out he sounded better live than he does on record. Not many artists can do that. While Lennox and Sonic Boom were the only two musicians on stage, the third member of the band was definitely the light show and visual aid. The entire set was accompanied by a film projected on to the back of the stage onto Lennox and Sonic Boom. It had no real plot, but was rather a collage of images that really had nothing to do with the music other than to further send the audience on a strange trip. It was like someone’s home movies warped and manipulated. Along with the film was the light show, mainly the four stage strobe lights that bounced and glowed with each bass hit, and blindingly flashed the entire room with each sustained guitar note. If the strange film playing in the background didn’t send the audience into an altered state along with the music, the strobe light definitely did. At the conclusion of Tomboy, Lennox finally addressed the audience with one statement, “Thank you, Dallas. Thank you for coming out and supporting us, we love you.” And that was that, or so we thought. Due to a thunderous applause and overwhelming demand for an encore, Lennox and Sonic Boom returned to the stage and performed three tracks from Lennox’s highly acclaimed 2007 album Person Pitch. Hit singles “Ponytail”, “Comfy in Nautica”, and “Bros” were played in order to the audience’s delight. When the 12-minute-long Bros’ first hit with the opening hoot of an owl, you could hear the entire Granada Theater gasp with anticipation. When the acoustic guitar loop that followed began to play, that gasp turned into a loud shout of joy that nearly seemed like it would blow the roof off the building as people danced and sang to the song in a euphoric state. Noah Lennox definitely fulfilled on his side of giving a great performance worth driving two hours for that night. Along with the high energy the audience had, it made for one of the best, if not the best, concert experience I’ve had.

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Up close and personal: Preston Pugmire

Q: I agree. The imagery in your

JOSEPH CHRETIEN FOR THE WICHITAN Traveling musician, singer and songwriter Preston Pugmire put on an intimate performance at MSU Thursday night. The concert was held in the Clark Student Center. The event was hosted by the University Programming Board. Although there was an audience of about 35 students, he gave an excellent performance. As lights dimmed and the small crowd gathered closer to the stage, the one man show put on a live presentation worth attending. Within an hour long set, Preston utilized his audio gear to manipulate his voice and pitch of his guitar. He danced with his audience and even crooned love songs through a megaphone as he stood on chairs. He did all of this to make his event not only a concert but also to build a connection with those who came to see him. After the show we chopped it up about his performance, his travels, music, love and more.

Q: You covered artist like Janet Jackson and Justin Bieber, who are some of your biggest influences?

A: Fiest, Phoenix, One Republic, Ra-

diohead, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, its all about the melody for me man.

Q: On stage you said you were from Idaho, how’d you end up per-

songs was reminiscent of some other great love songs. How long have you been writing for yourself?

A: Since I can remember.

I’ve always had a hand in music, I’ve been in 5 or 6 different bands since I was 15, including an adult contemporary band with my dad. The first time I saw Radiohead’s video for the song “Just” in ’95 I thought if I could make people feel the way I did when I heard that or just make that one instant connection with someone through song its all worth it.

Q: Chris Collins Preston Pugmire performs in Commanche for MSU students in the Clark Student Center Thursday

forming here at Midwestern?


Right now I’m on a college tour which is great since my demographic is college students. I’m doing about 70 shows a semester, my next stop is S.F.A. in Nacogdoches.

ent angles, everyone is either in love or wants to be in love. So in that sense it’s a relatable subject across the board. Or you could just say it makes the song writing process easy. (laughs)

Q: You spoke about your wife Q: Just listening to your music, sub-

during an interlude in your performance, would you say your music Q: A lot of songs you covered and helped you out in your love life? those from your self titled album were about love. Why would you A: (laughs)Definitely man.I was in say you emit so much love in your love with her and didn’t know how to tell her. music?


The majority of this album was recorded during a time in my life that was full of love. I like to write from a lot of differ-

So that’s the formula if you want to get married. Just write a song for the girl you love three years before you want to get married and you’re good. Its foolproof.

She came to a show in Idaho where I performed a song called “Soundtrack” which she figured out was written for her. Three years later we got married.

ject matter and delivery I’m assuming [Lauryn Hill’s album] “Miseducation” is an inspiration as well?

A: Yeah it is, and I’m glad you men-

tioned that. That album covers so many different types of love. There are few albums that I think are perfect from beginning to end but that album is absolutely perfect.

Part of the reason your live performance was so entertaining was because you created loops and incorporated studio voice effects on the spot. How long did it take you to master this unique live performance?

A: I’ve been experimenting with loops

for many years now but to tell the truth I just got this style of live performance down last year. I use the Boss50 to route everything through and my foot pedals have different effects that allow me to do things like record patterns, drop the pitch an octave and add reverb all while I’m on stage.

Q: How can people hear more about and your music?


Check out which leads to my band camp, you can listen to the album there before you buy it. Other than that I try to reply to fans, so feel free add me as a friend on Facebook.

Feist finds dark side with 2011’s Metals ORLANDO FLORES JR. FOR THE WICHITAN

A lot has changed for Leslie Feist in the last four years. After the release of 2007’s excellent The Reminder, Feist began a whirlwind ride to the top of the charts, selling out concerts worldwide. She gained various award nominations and sold more than 1,000,000 copies worldwide (761,000 in the United States). She even appeared on Sesame Street with Elmo. Feist became a bona fide star, all thanks to one catchy tune and an iPod commercial. The difference between The Reminder and her newly released Metals doesn’t just lie in the subject matter, but in the overall sound and tone of the two records. The Reminder itself was a big transition from Feist’s previous effort. Let it Die (2005) was more of a showcase for Feist’s promising talent, touting singer-songwriter-like acoustic tracks. With The Reminder, Feist broadened her range to the overly poppy “1234,” the textbook alternative “Past in Present,” the experimental “Honey, Honey,” and of course the acoustic singer-songwriter “Intuition.” With Metals, Feist instead focuses on a cohesive, dark, outrageously well-produced art-rock sound rather than an eclectic bag of goodies as before. While some would attribute this to growth as a musician, the proof may also be in the recording conditions. Metals was written and recorded in a small cabin by the Pacific Ocean in California in February as evidenced by a note and drawing Feist, herself, left on her website. While the road can be a lonely place, which is what most of the subject matter of The Reminder pertains to, it is very spacious and there is a lot of room to breathe. Much like the recording atmosphere, The Reminder allowed Feist to breathe and open herself up to new sounds. Her loneliness resonated and expanded over each song and gave it an airy atmosphere. But there is a lot of difference between the open road and a small cabin. The emotions pouring out of Metals seem secluded in a small space with just herself and her music. Where life on the road allowed her to learn and see new things, Feist exiling herself to the small cabin, allowed her to be alone with her thoughts

and focus all energy into dark and brooding arrangements for the album. Tracks like “The Bad in Each Other,” “Caught in a Long Wind” and “Undiscovered First,” are good examples of this new sound. Metals is not the depressing album that The Reminder was, it is in your face brute honesty that does not hide behind a mask. What you are hearing is what you are getting; and with this newfound honesty, we see Feist at not just the highest point of her musical career, but also her most personal. Lyrically, Metals falls somewhere between Let it Die and The Reminder – not in quality, but in content and context. Let it Die was essentially a breakup record, as evidenced by the title. The Reminder somewhat followed the same suite, telling tales of lost love, breakups and then recollection and remembrance of the affair (This is well illustrated in its closing moment, “Intuition.”). Metals is a little more abstract. Most of the album seems to deal with the conflicted feeings of not sure when something should end. This is evidenced on the track “The Circle Married the Line,” with lines like “It’s as much as it is / as what it is not,” and speaking of a constant search for clarity pointing to the end. The album’s single “How Come You Never Go There” ups the ante by stating “It’s true enough we’re not at peace / but peace is never what it seems / our love is not the light it was / when I walk inside the dark I’m clam,” and also, “We’re living proof we gotta let go.” Lastly, the heartbreaking and haiku-filled “Comfort Me” spells the cracks in the relationship more clearly with the bitter “When you comfort me / it doesn’t bring me comfort / actually.” Based of this, it’s safe to say the title is a metaphor; while a metal is nice and shiny on the outside, inside it is hard and cold, much like a dead relationship. It’s also safe to say that although this is the best album of Feist’s career to date, it is nowhere near as accessible as The Reminder. While some will applaud the cohesive, avant-garde pop nature of the album, others will feel alienated by it – especially those who were first introduced to Feist in her sparkling blue body suit singing and dancing in an empty warehouse to “1234.” However, an excellent body of work should not go unrewarded. Expect this album to make many year-end lists and be nominated for numerous awards come next year. The Verdict: 91%

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MSU wins double conference matches DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

Junior Midfielder Maddie Fraser shields the ball from her opposite number (TWU).

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After a winless weekend away at road games, the Mustangs hosted and defeated Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman’s University. MSU played Texas A&MCommerce on Friday and settled for a 4-1 victory over the Lions. Junior Midfielder Haley Crandall deflected a Kelsey Hill shot for the eighth-minute opener for the Mustangs. That first goal might have given MSU the urge for more as the Mustangs continued to test Goalkeeper Randi Hafele with multiple shots. Despite the attempts in the first period, the players headed into the dressing room for the break with the score at 1-0. The Mustangs must have had a terrific pep talk from the coach as they scored two goals within ten minutes of second half play. Hill clinched her second and third assists of the night in the 50th and 54th minute. She sent a pass to Alyssa Cooper to double lead while Cradall’s second goal came of a deflected save on the corner.

TAMUC worked hard to get on the scoreboard and their endeavor paid off in the 67th minute. Brionna Minde scored her third of the season off a Samantha Huston corner kick. But two minutes later, MSU cancelled the only goal that the visitors were able to muster. Junior Midfielder Maddie Fraser supplied a well-taken corner kick to Hill to head in for her fifth of the season. The Mustangs ended the game 4-1 then took Saturday off to prepare for Texas Woman’s University. The Pioneers of TWU were a tougher opponent but the Mustangs edged past them regardless. Hill made the first attempt on goal in the second with a header that went agonizingly wide. Lindsay Pritchard then followed suit with a clever shot that Goalkeeper Beatrice Soto was quick to block. The frantic early pace of the game yielded no goal until the 27th minute when the deadlock was broken. Hill delivered Pritchard a topnotch pass and later tucked in her left footed shot beautifully

behind the goal. Freshman Midfielder Katy Catney had a near-goal experience but the ball unfortunately went high. The Mustangs had to wait for the second half to double the lead. Fraser assisted Hill for her sixth of the season. The Pioneer’s defense at that time was ponderous; hence scoring was no problem for MSU. It took 10 minutes for TWU to respond to the second goal. TWU Brittany Martin bagged her number three for the season a with header. But it was only a consolation goal as the Mustangs fought hard to protect their lead. Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jeff Trimble was pleased with the result. “It is important to win two conference games in a row,” he said. “It feels like an accomplishment.” The Mustangs will host two teams they already visited this season at the MSU soccer fields. MSU will face West Texas A&M on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Eastern New Mexico on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Volleyball thrashes St. Mary’s and Missouri Southern University DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR The Midwestern State volleyball team competed in the Pittsburg State Regional Challenge and came out victorious against St. Mary’s (Texas) and Missouri Southern Saturday afternoon. MSU played St. Mary’s in their opening game and served them a loss with scores of 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 af-

ter four games. Freshman Setter Kristan Abduddell led the ten service aces with four, followed by Junior Setter Kimberly Jeffery making three aces while Hillary White, Katie Bertling and Kiara Jordan had one each. Jordan led the Mustangs defensively with a total of 24 digs. Brandi Flores and White followed with 12 and ten digs respectively while Abdudell was close with six digs to her name. The Mustangs offense was triggered

by great effort from Senior Middle Blocker Miranda Byrd with 11 kills. Junior Outside Hitter Shelbi Stewart had ten kills and Sophomore Middle Blocker Caitlin Wallace had nine kills towards the Rattlers. Byrd also led the scoring with 15.0 points. Wallace, Stewart and White followed with 11.0, 10.5 and 9.5 points which contributed greatly to the Mustangs overall 66.0 points against St. Mary’s. Karlie Ortega led the Rattlers with

a total of 13 digs, 12 kills and 13.5 points. The Mustangs then crushed Missouri Southern University in three games with a score of 27-25, 25-18, and 25-22. White had the most kills and points against Missouri Southern with 13 each. Byrd, Flores and Wallace were also among the Mustang’s top offensive players with 8, 7 and 8 kills then 9.5, 8.5 and 10.0 points respectively. Together the four led MSU’s 55 point victory.

Jordan, at a great defensive mood, had the most digs on the court. She recorded 23 digs and three aces. Head Volleyball Coach Venera Flores-Stafford expressed her view of the games. “These wins feel good going into a hard week of conference competition,” she said. “We hope to see many students supporting us in the stands this week.” The Mustangs will play Abilene Christian University Thursday then face Angelo State on Saturday.

United 2, Norwich 0

DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR Manchester United defeated Norwich City 2-0, with goals from youngsters, to hold on to their top position at the Premier League table. Winning is to Manchester United just as flying is to birds. Talking about birds, the Canaries proved stubborn in the Saturday afternoon game but the Red devils put them in their cage. United was willing to bounce back from the previous draw-filled week. They had tied with Stoke City 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium and settled 3-3 with Basel in the Champions League at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team had to wake up from that slumber and the return of Wayne Rooney helped matters. Manchester United has had a terrific record this season before its encounter at the Britannia Stadium. With a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham, 8-2 against the Gunners, 5-0 shutout at Bolton and 3-1 victory over Chelsea, why do small teams give the champions trouble? Rooney, who has scored in almost every Manchester United game, including back-to-back hat tricks, had the first shot on goal in the third minute. But the Englishman had no goal to his name in that fixture. It was Midfielder Oliveira Ander-

son and Forward Danny Welbeck that made sure United secured three more points. Javier Hernandez went off for Welbeck and Luis Nani got substituted for Ryan Giggs. The 64th minute substitutes were important in United’s two-goal win. It took three headers for first goal to get past the keeper. Giggs crossed an outswinging corner kick that bounced off Phil Jones head onto Rooney’s. Anderson headed a close-range goal in to give the Red devils the advantage. Of course Rooney, an outstanding play maker, was there to give the final assist the 68th minute opener. The Canaries actually created multiple chances especially from counter attacks. Anthony Pilkington’s shot came close to leveling the score but was deflected by Anderson into the hands of Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. Then four minutes later, Rooney tries his luck from deep inside the area but it was a wasted effort. Norwich pushed players forward as a tactic to create opportunities and eventually a goal. But instead, that technique impaired the Canaries’ defense, giving the Red devils an opportunity which they took advantage of gratefully. It wasn’t until the 88th minute that Welbeck finally sealed United’s Victory. Center Midfielder Ji Sung Park tapped the ball to the forward who tucked in the winner with ease. United had six minutes to defend a 2-0 lead. Poor Norwich played a great game considering the fact that it played the best team in the country. Manchester United will travel to Liverpool on Oct. 15 for the next Premiership match, then FC Otelul Galati for a Champions League group stage match.


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Spence scores golden goal in double-OT DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR

Hannah Hofmann Junior Forward David Freeland attempts for a shot on goal against St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.

Midwestern State soccer edged past Texas A&M International and outshone St. Mary’s to extend its unbeaten home record to 35. The Mustangs fought hard to secure a 1-0 victory in a frenetic match against the Dustdevils of TAMIU on Friday night. Both teams played hard during the opening minutes of the game, trying to get on the score board early. TAMIU Arturo Guiterrez sent a third-minute shot to MSU but Goalkeeper Michael Wood brandished a fine save that disappointed the forward. Then Zack Funk launched a shot on the visitors’ goal for Goalkeeper Jesus Cisneros to block. The early part of the half was filled with great opportunities as well as spectacular goalkeeping. Halftime approached as the players had endured a goalless first half. The second half was not much different from the first with forwards from both ends barraging the opposite goalkeepers with succession of shots. TAMUI Gutierrez seemed consistent in attack while Dean Lovegrove was threatening for the Mustangs.

Lovegrove’s 56th and 71st minute shots were blocked by TAMIU Cisneros who refused the hosts from scoring in the ordinary time. The Mustangs had to take the game to overtime where things got more interesting. Senior Captain Ryan Spence was tactically pushed forward for the rest of the match. Wood made the most remarkable save of the evening when he leaped to prevent Joan Vallejo’s header that had goal written all over it. “Its always nice for us to keep a clean sheet, but more importantly we got the win which is more important,” Wood said. “It was nice to be able to make such an important save, but I felt like I was just doing my job.” Less than a minute after Wood’s brilliant save, Spence stole the thunder by scoring a well-deserved winner. The skipper’s third goal of the season came off a Nathan Fitzgerald pass from a counter attack. “The goal on Friday was intense. I have never been in a position like that,” Spence said. “I’m normally the one sprinting after the goal scorer.” MSU then went ahead to demolish St. Mary’s University 4-0 on Sunday afternoon. Junior Midfielder Fernando Garza registered the first goal

with just seven minutes of play. Garza worked his way around the box then chipped the ball over the keeper to the right corner. Casey Hibbs tried a shot on goal but was denied by St. Mary’s Patrick Kasperitis. MSU won a corner kick, which Lovegrove neatly took for Spence to flick, but a defender on the goal line blocked the latter.Both players then worked together for the second goal. Lovegrove made a short pass to Spence who doubled the lead and claimed his fourth goal of the season. Playing as a defender, Spence had more goal chances than usual therefore putting pressure on both ends of the field. The Mustangs had a slower second half but eventually scored in the 75th minute. Chase Robertson clipped the bar but VcMor Eligwe was well positioned to tuck the rebound in for his third of the season. Then Eligwe returned the favor and assisted an unmarked Robertson for the game winner. With the score at 4-0, MSU continued to test the palms of St. Mary’s goalkeeper in attempt to extend the lead. After both victories, MSU advanced to a 7-1 for the season. The Mustangs visits Eastern New Mexico Friday then West Texas A&M on Sunday.

MSU football team stands undefeated

Lester Bush ran it in with just a tick under ten minutes left in the second quarter. This put the Mustangs up three touchdowns by halftime. Wasting little time after the half, David Little caught his second TD pass of the day, a 19 yard strike from Kelsey. And just two and a half minutes after that, Kelsey ran it in from 24 yards out to put the Mustangs up 35-0 with 8:39 left in the third quarter. Incarnate Word finally answered with 1:20 left in the third when quarterback Paden lynch completed a pass to Caleb Kocain for a 21-yard touchdown. After a Mustangs field goal, Cardinals Running back Melvin Anderson ran it in for another Incarnate Word score in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 38-14. And, just to drive the nail in the coffin, Peter Smith ran it in from a yard out with less than two minutes in the game to put the Mustangs up 45-14, Kassie Bruton which proved to be the final score. With another monstrous win, the Running back Lester Bush scored a rushing touchdown in the Mustangs visit to the Cardinals of Incarnate Word. Mustangs continue their undefeated season, improving their record to 4-0. Back-up Quarterbacks Jake Glover and The Mustangs put up 586 total yards vid Little caught a seven-yard pass from They moved in rank from no. 22 to Joe Sanders both saw some playing time. of offense on Saturday, compared to the Brandon Kelsey seven minutes into the no. 18 this week, and are undefeated in Glover went five for five with 46 yards 352 put up by Incarnate Word. first quarter. conference play. Incarnate Word fell to and Sanders went three for five with 40 The Mustangs defense held the CardiBarely four minutes later, Kelsey 1-4. yards. nals to only two scores and a measly 40 made his second touchdown pass, this The Mustangs take the field against All three QBs had plenty of time yards rushing. time to Sheldon Galloway for 15 yards. Tarleton State at home in Memorial Stato throw, as the offensive line put on a The Mustangs defense also racked up The Mustangs were on top of the Car- dium this Saturday night. mighty performance Saturday. two sacks and four tackles for loss. dinals, 14-0 at the end of the first quarKick-off is set for 7 p.m. The linemen allowed only one sack. Midwestern scored early when Da- ter.


The Midwestern State Mustangs (4-0) rolled into Benson Stadium in San Antonio last Saturday and took no prisoners, flooring the Cardinals of Incarnate Word 45-14. Leading the charge for the Mustangs was quarterback Brandon Kelsey, who threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 118 yards and a touchdown on the ground. But Kelsey wasn’t the only Mustang to score on the ground. Running backs Lester Bush and Peter Smith each scored a rushing touchdown for the Mustangs. Bush finished the day with 103 yards, Smith with 78. That makes three weeks in a row the Mustangs have managed to put up more than 290 yards on the ground. The Mustangs ran the ball 43 times on Saturday for a total of 317 yards. That’s not the only way the Mustangs are cruising by their competition – MSU continues to find success through the air as well. Eight different receivers caught passes in Saturday’s contest. David Little led the herd with seven receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Jared Freeman was targeted three times for 47 yards. Sheldon Galloway was only targeted once, but it was for a 15-yard touchdown.

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