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Mad Chad, a juggler throwing knives and chainsaws, entertained the crowd with his dangerous antics.
The volleyball team suffered two major losses during Homecoming weekend.
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Faculty Senate rejects proposed salary cuts Faculty Salary Enhancement Plan criticized by faculty Brittney cottingham editor-in-chief
On Thursday, in a roll-call vote, the Faculty Senate unanimously rejected the Faculty Salary Enhancement Plan with 23 negative votes and one abstention. The Senate held a meeting open to the MSU community to address the Faculty Salary Enhancement Plan presented by University President Jesse Rogers and other senior administrators on Oct. 8.
Vice-chair Kathleen Roberts made the motion to endorse the Faculty Salary Enhancement Plan, which led to the panel discussion. Chair James Owen invited members of the audience to address their concerns to the Faculty Senate. According to the Senate minutes, some faculty stated some summer faculty would not teach if the compensation package is not adequate. Others said the math given in Rogers’ proposal on Monday did not add up. “How can $500,000 be split among six colleges and cover a 4
percent raise,” one faculty member asked during the discussion. The senators themselves did discuss the plan – some said the Faculty Salary Enhancement Plan was “a shell game with a lot of smokes and mirrors.” Other commentary from the Senate on the Enhancement Plan included an overall lack of faith that the administrators can take the required steps to make the 4 percent pool. At the meeting, many eligible faculty for the Voluntary Separation Program said they felt unappreciated and they were being pushed out. The Senate then voted in favor
of the following position statement: “While the Faculty Senate rejects the Faculty Salary Enhancement Plan as written, the Faculty Senate acknowledges the financial needs of the university and wishes to participate in developing alternative plans to meet these needs.” Rogers said he acknowledged the recommendation of the Faculty Senate. “I am pleased that the Faculty Senate clearly recognizes that we need a short-term and long-term financial plan,” he said. “I am pleased they want to work with us on developing it.”
With an open discussion with faculty members, many voiced their concern about the Enhancement Plan, especially involving capping of summer faculty pay. With the $1.7 million deficit this year that must be fixed before November, the senior administrators proposed a professor pay cut for next summer in order to increase the nine-month faculty salary. Many members of the Senate and professors who spoke at Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting were outraged by this suggestion. “I told the faculty that the plan was a draft,” Rogers said. “In fact,
it was recommended by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the deans that meet with the entire faculty to begin discussion of the draft plan.” Rogers said the administration separately intend to visit each college as soon as they can schedule it and then they would work with the Faculty Senate to finalize the plan. “Of course we considered possible backlash from the proposed capping of faculty summer salaries,” Rogers said. “However, I made it clear that we were doing
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Paint the town maroon Photo by HANWOOL LEE
From the lip sync competition to celebrating the sixth birthday of Maverick T. Mustang, the 2012 Homecoming week showcased campus-wide school spirit. The Homecoming Torchlight parade brought students together from various student organizations from Gamma Phi Beta to the men’s soccer team to participate in the annual bonfire – scorching the t-shirts of rival universities.
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Photo by KERRI CARTER
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Campus gets connected Fraud controversy overshadows Hannah Hofmann Editor-In-Chief
The campus wireless network has been shut down the week of Oct. 15–19 to make Internet available across campus. Information Technology started phase one of the project on Monday, which focuses on upgrading the network core hardware. The hardware controls all the wireless access points around campus, approximately 110 access points, according to Michael Dye, chief information officer. During phase one 10 access points will be added to to campus. Dye said he is hoping by the fall of 2013 the campus will be 100 percent covered, with 225
access points. “You come outside to the courtyard by the fountain, and you go over to Clark Student Center and maybe you have to go over to the Wellness Center and you have a continuous signal all the way through and across that,” Dye said. Dye said the hard part of this process was not having students log-in and out of the wireless Internet network, just because they changed campus locations. “When you left one location and went over to south-campus for instance, you don’t have to put your username and password in again. It’s still going to remember, ‘oh yeah, you’re on.’”
To achieve this goal, the project is still waiting for approval of additional funding for phase two of $250,000 by the Board of Regent, according to Dye. Phase one is also upgrading the Network Access Control. “This is to help prevent somebody from gaining access to that network that really shouldn’t have or doesn’t have authorization to be on that network,” said Dye. To accommodate the lack of wireless signal, the computer lab in the student center is open an additional two hours.
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Homecoming election outcome Hannah Hofmann Editor-In-Chief
Seniors Lacy Talley and Zach Davis were crowned Homecoming Queen and King Saturday, but by Monday the win was tainted by controversy. Since last week, there had been whispers about if students were using other Mustang ID-numbers to increase the amount of votes for certain candidates. “Obviously it would be very concerning for a student giving out information, where people would have access to their Mnumber and password,” said Keith Lamb, vice president of stu-
dent affairs and enrollment management. But it is possible, he said. Renee DuBois, mass communication senior and Gamma Phi Beta alumna, started to raise awareness about the number swapping. DuBois was on the ballot for Homecoming Queen. “People were just talking to me about it, ‘Hey, have you heard, these people are getting M-numbers,’” she said. “Then I was concerned. I thought winning was a matter of fact that (Sigma Kappa) were cheating, because this was even before we
knew who won or not.” Lacy Talley, a Sigma Kappa, won the election with a total of 254 votes, 104 more than her runner-up. Talley refused to comment on the situation. “Unfortunately I’m not allowed to do interviews per our national policy without a national representative,” she said. Alyssa Parham, MSU Sigma Kappa president, also declined to give a statement. The Sigma Kappa headquarters refused to give an official state-
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Did the election scandal ruin Homecoming? our View An overwhelming amount of support was shown this week during Homecoming. Yet, the weekend did not end without a slew of controversy as many claimed the online ballots for Homecoming elections were tampered with. Students are now coming forward stating they were aware of people asking for other students M-numbers to cast online votes. The Wichitan has heard numerous stories from students, who wished to not go on the record, about seeing fellow students asking friends for their student ID numbers through text messages and even during class. Are people that desperate for their organization, friends or even themselves to win that they would go against their core values? We would like to be optimistic and think this situation would never happen at MSU, but that would be naive. The Wichitan has evidence
Homecoming election system needs fixing It seems like every year the homecoming elections are a fraud because students just go out and ask for other student's id numbers. This year Lacy Talley won the homecoming queen and there are a lot of students who are upset with the fact that she cheated
Electronic cigarettes not tobacco products I just had a comment about the ‘Up in Smoke’ article. In the article, it states that the smoking ban on campus includes the use of electronic cigarettes. I’m trying to wrap my head around this as the ban is on tobacco products. An electronic cigarette is NOT a tobacco product. It contains nicotine and either vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol or a mixture of both. There have been studies done that say that the use of an e-cigarette is much safer than smok-
that can be seen on page three that at least one student sent a mass text to their contacts asking for student ID numbers to vote for Homecoming. If this person didn’t actually end up going through with casting the votes, the fact that a student would even think about cheating ruins what Homecoming is all about. The entire nature of what Homecoming stands for has been compromised. Students have taken this healthy competitive activity and turned it into something disgusting. This year, tradition and the integrity of what it is to be homecoming royalty has been tainted. It is sad when something divides students so personally. Based on personal actions, this institution and the history it holds has been destroyed. Furthermore, why would personal values even be risked to win, when the prize is something so insignificant that no one will remember who won it 20
to win! What will be done to ensure this won't happen again? When will an investigation take place? I think this is not just a question of who won the election but rather the greater issue of student conduct and ethics actually being practiced. What are we teaching all of the students who go to MSU if the administration chooses not to do anything with this? - Andrew Davis ing tobacco and they have been supported by groups such as the American Association of Public Health Physicians as a possible way to save the lives of millions of smokers. My husband, George, started using an e-cigarette almost 3 years ago and has not touched a cigarette since. He was a smoker for 14 years prior. Why ban the use of a device that is safe and has helped many people quit smoking? All it does is produce vapor that is harmless to the user and those around them. - Ashley Tipton
years down the line? Then we went a little deeper and asked members of campus Greek organizations why winning Homecoming would be so important to someone that they would cheat? The answer was simple. It can be used as a selling point when it comes to recruitment. Saying to rushees that your sorority or fraternity won Homecoming King or Queen the previous year just might be that extra push they need to want to join a chapter. Also, it is obvious that winning Homecoming gives major bragging rights. With all of the drama and speculation about the cheating scandal, many students took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their opinions. “The amount of disrespect I’ve seen between organizations on MSU’s campus this semester makes my stomach hurt,” one student wrote on Twitter. Let the Facebook and Twitter wars begin. Through the Wichitan twit-
ter account, we witnessed some back and forth between members of Greek organizations that can only be described as catty and unnecessary. Are people aware that everyone can see what is shared via social media? Everybody should think twice before hitting the send button. Then again, everyone should also think twice before supposedly participating in questionable activity that may or may not have involved cheating. What’s done in the dark always comes to light, as they say. It will be interesting what kind of modifications we will see in the future. The Student Government Association should investigate the claims made by students and we hope they do this in a timely and honest manner. Whether or not cheating went on during the election, without evidence the title of Homecoming King and Queen should stay with Zach Davis and Lacy Talley.
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Senior supports university president My name is Joshua Robert Scribner (and I feel it important to include that, because I believe in standing behind your words), and I am a graduating senior this semester. I felt it important to send you this, because I know that it seems like the morale is so low around here and there’s been nothing but negative news all around. I would like to first say that [with] your leadership, this university has my 100 percent support. I think that you and your administration do a magnificent job at what you do. I know that a vast majority of the decisions that you have to make as it pertains to MSU are not easy. It is however, really easy to sit back and throw stones and use 20/20 hindsight to criticize. We have students (only one of whom I have seen put a name to their words) that have done things from setting up a MWSU Problems Twitter page and again submitting anonymous comments (managing to be racist in the process also), all the way to emailing you, seemingly not showing you and your office the proper respect. Protest, protest and more protest, but not offering any solutions and not accomplishing much, but making this university look like a bunch of sailors committing a mutiny against the captain. This isn’t productive for any of the parties involved. I am an American and appreciate the right to protest peacefully, but it feels like this is point-
less complaining with no real solutions. I am sending this letter not only to you, Dr. Rogers, but to the Wichitan as well, I am asking that they run this letter so that some other students may see it and lets all try to make some headway towards solutions together. I love this university. A house divided will fall and I feel that MSU is headed that way. I feel as though one of the biggest issues troubling MSU is of course the decline in enrollment. I think I know a solution to this. I think one of the biggest issues is the disconnect that is felt by this university to the city of Wichita Falls. I think that’s what makes the students feel so isolated that a vast majority don’t even stay in town on the weekends (even during football season!) I think that’s what separates us from places like (and I’m throwing up in my mouth as I say this) WT or even Tarleton. When you go to Canyon, you feel a sense of community with WT, everywhere you go on game day is maroon and everyone’s still in town. You feel this in Stephenville (and if you haven’t been, I don’t blame you), everywhere is purple and supporting the Texans. But here, it feels as though the community at large doesn’t support MSU as much as they could. At games, it sometimes feels like a graveyard. These things count for people
wanting to come here. As big as football is in Texas, wanting to be a part of a special crowd culture makes people want to go. This works at UT, A&M and even Tech, with both the latter two also being out in the middle of nowhere. I think that if we could get a better relationship with the city, it would lead to more enrollment, with a better sense of community. That’s one of the things that originally made me pick MSU as my college of choice. I think that it’s something that’s been ignored in large part recently. I believe that this would be a viable way to increase enrollment. Secondly, we have access to the greatest resources of all – the students! If a problem is not getting people in the local schools to stay in town for college, who better to try and recruit for MSU than the students of MSU? Why don’t we sponsor alumni days at Rider, Old High, and Hirchshi? Or even the surrounding towns like Burk, Henrietta, Archer, and the like? Send people that are here at MSU to talk to their former classmates and get them to come? Same of course goes for those of us here from the metroplex. MSU would have a bigger presence there if we promoted it to those in our high schools. This would help us reel in some undecided students from the surrounding areas. I’d be willing to do it for my school, and I don’t want to speak
for anyone else, but I’m sure there’d be some people willing to do it. Spirit Days are good and all, but they don’t do much for us if we don’t promote them to the youth coming behind us. The bottom line is that this letter isn’t meant to skewer anybody, it’s not meant to make anyone feel bad or get upset. This letter is meant to offer solutions for everyone to help. This letter isn’t meant to make light of the situation or make fun of anyone. It is a plea from a fellow student (especially one about to graduate) to make this university be the greatest it can be. Rather than complaining about the administration and staff, why don’t we make some time to work with them, to make the university better? It has been really easy up until to regurgitate that slogan that MSU is “my university,” because we haven’t had to do as much work to keep that creed alive. Now that the going is getting tough, we need to do more to protect that solution. For those that are here now, for those that have gone on, for those Mustangs that are yet to be. For all of our sakes. I want this place to be as great as it can be, so my degree means the most it can. I love this place, and I know most students do too. Please. Lets all work together to make this the best MSU it can be. Sincerely yours, Joshua R. Scribner
And the Greeks win again. Who called it? Sarah Long OP-Ed Editor
COMIC BY JOHNNY BLEVINS
I don’t think anyone was surprised when the Greeks dominated the Homecoming ballot this year, but Sigma Kappa took it took a whole new level when they swept every single category this homecoming. Mean Girls said it best: “Raise your hand if you have ever felt victimized by…” Some are insinuating one queen nominee was doing just that. I think we can all agree, homecoming got a little messy. A full-blown war among the homecoming court: threats, ballot stuffing, slander. While everyone investigates
this pretty public battle, my question still remains: how can a regular person even compete with Greeks, let alone Greeks who are being investigated for cheating their way to the win? This year, only 10 percent of the entire student body voted for the homecoming court. 10 percent, really? And a little interesting fact, 6 percent of the university belong to one Greek organization or another. I would bet money, 99 percent of all those Greek students voted this year, if not all of them. I am challenging any Greek student to prove otherwise. I don’t know how many stu-
dents actually went to the game Saturday, but Greeks were loud and proud for their nominees. The non-Greek queen nominee trailed the next closest person by more than a hundred votes. This university is being ripped in a thousand different directions and the Greek community is dealing with possible repercussions for their questionable behavior, so with all that being said: could the common student finally have a fighting chance at the crown next year? “I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school... I wish I could bake a
cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy...” Get real, this popularity contest is ridiculous! Middle school is correct. Does a regular student have a chance at homecoming royalty next year? After a year like this...yeah, probably not. This behavior is embarrassing. School spirit should not just mean Greek spirit. Greek spirit should have high enough standards to fight fair. Let’s all have a little more class, and keep in mind, it’s not just yourself that you represent, but also this university.
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Ballard discusses oceanography and shipwreck discovery Shelby davis staff writer
Robert Ballard is best known for his discoveries of the R.M.S. Titanic and the sites of the Bismark, Lusitania, Battle of Guadalcanal and the USS Yorktown. However, deep-sea explorer brought tales of extraordinary exploration to the table when he spoke during the Artist-Lecture Series on Oct. 9. “I look at the world as a living creation,” Ballard said. He gave the audience insight on why he chose to become
an oceanographer as well as on other issues that are important in understanding his success in this career. The scientist emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has conducted more than 120 deep-sea missions. Ballard said ever since he visited his first submarine, he has been obsessed with the ocean. “I fell in love with the bottom of the ocean,” he said. One of the world’s largest features, the ridge that lies deep in the ocean, was not discovered until after the United States sent a man to the moon, Ballard said. .
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Only one-tenth of one percent of the ocean has been explored. He said one feature that makes Earth different from other planets is the plates which lie under the ocean floor that are either moving to, away or against one another. Ballard went on a mission and discovered deep in the bottom of the sea, where sunlight never reaches, there were still living creatures. Around black smokers, under water geysers, lived 10-foot worms, a species that resembled a clam, and other living organisms. After this discovery, the 70year-old realized, because of his
daily commute from the top to the bottom of the ocean, he only spent about three hours underwater a day. “It took me two-and-a-half hours to get to work and twoand-a-half hours to get home,” he said. He started to design models for a computerized robot that could take the place of a human body having to be underwater. He wanted to be able to make discoveries in the ocean while still being able to live a regular life. Eventually, a robot was built that could stay under water 24/7.
The robot is dropped to the bottom of the ocean and is controlled and monitored around the clock by oceanographers. This advancement led to the discovery of the Titanic and many of the discoveries that followed. It also allows for some of the greatest minds to analyze information from virtually anywhere the moment a new discovery is made, he said. “We do not know what we will find because our ocean land has not ever been explored,” he said. The famed oceanographer is also passionate about the lack of teaching of oceanographic mate-
rials in the United States. “The United States spends more money on childhood education than any other country, but we do not see the results.” He said it is his goal to take children whose jaws drop when hearing about his discoveries and to turn them into scientists. Ballard is part of the Jason Projects and he helps to implement programs into schools and Boys and Girls Clubs that create a pyramid of learning so that students go from learning to becoming a part of a team that he hopes will fuel the future of oceanic discovery.
SCANDAL from pg. 1 ment regarding the incident or to show the policy Talley referred to. Members of the Sigma Kappa sorority won every other category, from freshman princess to senior duchess. Voting participation ranged from 111 votes to 586 per category. Overall 616 students, 10.42 percent of students enrolled, voted in the election. “Not only is it crap that they cheated, but also it’s really fishy, how only Sigma Kappas won the ballot,“ DuBois, also MSU 2 Campus Watch producer, said. DuBois said she talked to Michael Mills, Student Government Association adviser, about the issue on Tuesday. Mills said if voter fraud was in fact committed, a formal protest would have had to be filed in accordance to the SGA bylaws. Finding evidence proved to be difficult, Dubois said. She spent hours on her phone, talking to people across campus, to see if anyone had something she could show. “One person had a text message, and she was like ‘Lacy Talley is my really good friend and I don’t want to get my name in trouble for giving you the text message,’” DuBois said. She offered to submit the message anonymously, but the evidence was deleted shortly after the conversation. A text message was turned into Mills later that week, but the message did not reveal spe-
cific details. “It did not identify who they were recruiting for and it didn’t even say ‘Hey I’m going to vote for the homecoming election.’ It just said ‘Hey, what’s your Mnumber?,’” Mills said. However, the Wichitan obtained the questioned text message, sent Oct. 8 at 1:15 p.m., which states, “Can I have your M-numbers so I can vote for homecoming.” After receiving that evidence, Mills said he contacted DuBois and asked her if she wanted to file a formal protest. She declined, he said. DuBois, however, said she had been under the impression it was already too late to file the protest. The SGA bylaws state that a protest has to be made in writing by 5 p.m. on the next school day following the election. It is not clear if that means after the election closes or after the results are announced. “Without a formal protest, that was pretty much the end of the discussion,” Mills said. SGA President Anthony Gallina said he heard about rumors, but chose not to be involved since he was part of the elections and did not want to be accused of favoring anyone. A different student, who wishes to remain anonymous, confirmed that text messages did exist and had been sent to students. Another source, which also wishes to remain anonymous,
stated that women from the Sigma Kappa sorority were asking people in classes for M-numbers and saving them to their phones. “If there is evidence of wrongdoing, an appeal should be filed with the Elections Board,” Lamb said. The situation turned into a social battlefield via Facebook. DuBois posted a status about the alleged cheating right after the homecoming game. The status received more than 90 likes and several comments, both positive and negative. Unrelated to this controversy, Mills said the voting system will be updated in the fall of 2013. Elections and student voting will take place behind the university portal system, more than likely through OrgSync, Mills said. “The portal will involve more personal information about each student, so in turn, if someone asks for a students log-in information for the portal system, there is a significantly less chance that they will give that number out,” Gallina said.
The image on the right shows the text message that was given to the Student Government Association last week. The person who received the message wishes to remain anonymous.
Disability awareness key goal for student org ADA supports and encourages students with disabilities MADISON STANFILL staff writer
The Association for Disability Advocacy is bringing attention to student disabilities. Although the original organization dissolved for a few years, the ADA was revamped in fall of 2011 and is ready to serve the needs of the university and its students. “Last year I worked closely with several students to get it re-activated,” said Debra Higginbotham, the ADA’s advisor. “Basically, the feel was we have so many students on campus with a disability (and/or close family members with disabilities) and this was a way to put a ‘face’ on the issue.” Higginbotham, director of the disability support services, said she works to give all students equality and acceptance while trying to keep students informed of all disabilities. One of the students that Higginbotham worked with was Nicholas Laske, the president of
the ADA. Laske first became interested in the group out of his own experiences with the learning disability center on campus. “The disability services on campus help me so much,” said Laske. “I jumped at the chance to help start this organization.” Though the main goal of the ADA is to help raise awareness on campus, Laske said the secondary goal is to provide a place for students to gather and support each other and their friends that may have disabilities or that are interesting in learning more about different disabilities. “The importance of promoting disability awareness to this campus is to help people understand that everybody is made differently,” said Laske. Another key component of the ADA is to help fix mechanical problems that occur on the campus that affect disabled students. One example of the problems that affect disabled students are automatic doors that do not fully operate, which causes difficulty for some students. The group also hopes to increase their membership
through various events, such as organizing fundraisers for local children who have physical, mental or learning disabilities. Laske said ADA is not only reaching out to the community, but they are also reaching out to the campus. “We are supposed to be putting on an event this month where students can simulate a disability and try to perform a task to show how hard some tasks are and the learning curve involved in overcoming them,” Timothy Fullagar, ADA treasurer, said. The ADA’s presence on campus will help all students to fully grasp what it means to be disabled and how disabled students, though faced with challenges that others may not have, are like any other person. “We want to show people with disabilities that it’s not something to be ashamed of, but something to be embraced,” Laske said.
SENATE from pg. 1 this to move the funds into the base contract of the faculty. I thought this would be mitigating.” Some faculty members suggested at Thursday’s meeting that there should be a pay cut for faculty, staff and administrators. Rogers said he doesn’t like the idea of an across-the-board reduction in salaries. “The plan is to increase faculty salaries, which is a top priority,” he said. “We must balance the budget, but cutting faculty salaries would be a very poor way of accomplishing this.” Rogers said there was a misconception that disturbed him. Despite the belief of some faculty members and the anonymous e-mail to faculty sent out last Wednesday, Rogers said he and other administrators were not confirmed prior to the meeting. “Dr. Stewart and I would have been present if it had been made clear to us that we were to be there,” Rogers said. “A couple of Senators indicated to me that it might be best that we not attend so that the faculty would feel free
to speak openly. Rogers said he will begin to work with the Faculty Senate after meeting with each individual college to discuss the Faculty Salary Enhancement Plan. Dale McDonald, Faculty Senate member, was the only one to not participate in the roll call. During the meeting, McDonald said he wanted to meet with his colleagues before making a decision. “I personally am very much in the information gathering stage in my role representing the College Science and Mathematics on the Faculty Senate,” McDonald said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to listen further to the thoughts and ideas of President Rogers, Provost Stewart and Vice President Fowle in the discussion with the faculty.” Foreign language instructor Sarah Butler said faculty morale is low. “Many feel helpless against the trends of education in our state,” Butler said. “It seems that faculty and administration are often working at cross purposes.”
At the Faculty Senate meeting, Butler voiced her opinion on the university not fully focusing on academics. “Having a voice on campus is important for everyone, including the faculty,” she said. “The Faculty Senate is an effective body for making that voice heard. It is the faculty’s responsibility to communicate with its representatives on the Senate about issues of concern.” Rogers said he is pleased that the Faculty Senate stated their recognition of the need to balance our current budget. “We are going to propose that Dr. Stewart and Dr. Fowle and I worked with six faculty members from each college to redraft the proposal and propose more cuts.” Rogers said he will then bring that redraft to the Senate. “I want everyone to know that we have been refining the draft plan for our future discussions,” he said.
ACCESS from pg. 1 During this week it closes at 2 a.m. instead of midnight. “There is not a good time to do any kind of updates,” Dye said, but he assured that the wireless
network should not be down again in the near future. Students can find log-in instructions and where the campus hot-spots are located on the infor-
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HOMECOMING IMPRESSIONS from pg. 1
Students light torches during for the parade that led to the bonfire on Thursday.
Despite efforts, some students didn’t make it very far during the cardboard boat race. Photo by BEKAH TIMM
Photo by KIRSTEN CASKEY
The women’s soccer team celebrates accomplishments during the bonfire rally Thursday night. Photo by NICOLE BARRON
Radiology club member preforms skit for students at the bonfire rally. Photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
mystery mustang Freshman connects with campus life through secret identity Makayla Kinney STAFF WRITER
Maverick the Mustang at Saturday’s Homecoming game. Photo by HANWOOL LEE
Mascot life is not all about football games and pep rallies. On Oct. 16, the university celebrated Maverick’s sixth birthday. The man behind the horse getup takes his role as a symbol of the university very seriously. “He’s always involved in something on campus,” said Lynzee Jordan, sophomore coed cheerleader. “He is really big on school spirit. He is so random, but he is hilarious.” Jordan said Maverick is one of the best mascots she has ever worked with. She said he is eager to be involved in campus activities and excited about participating at events he is not required to attend. Sophomore co-ed cheerleader Lauren Statham said she works with Maverick all the time. She said he comes to cheerleading practices even though he is not required. She said when he first became the mascot, he decided he wanted to start tumbling with the cheerleaders. “He goes places he doesn’t have to be,” Statham said. “He goes just to support. He’s very whole-hearted in everything he does. He’s very passionate about the team. He brings up
the spirits on the team.” Freshman all-girl cheerleader Cammil McClellan said she agrees Maverick is one of the best mascots she has ever seen. McClellan said Maverick does everything he can to be the best mascot possible and he goes above and beyond to better himself. “He lightens the mood in practice and is always happy,” McClellan said. “He wants to be the best mascot possible and do things no other mascot does. Any time the squad tumbled, he participated. I can definitely say everyone appreciate his positive attitude on the squad. He loves MSU and it shows.” Maverick met with the Wichitan at his birthday celebration to explain the pros and cons of being the university mascot. What made you decide to be MSU’s mascot? MM: I did not really have a choice in becoming the mascot. The cheerleaders convinced me to be Maverick the Mustang. At Spirit Days this summer, I danced on the stage. I went up there, busted it and that’s how it all went down. I am really goofy and out there. I always wanted to be the mascot throughout high school. It has always been in the back of my mind. Why did you choose MSU? MM: I grew up here with my family. I lived here until I was eight and then moved be-
cause I had a military family. What are some activities you enjoy outside of school? MM: I’m a big music person. I can actually play six instruments including guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, ukulele, mandolin and trumpet. I started playing piano when I was younger, and I played for four years. I was in the band in middle school. The summer before my freshman year in high school, I taught myself to play guitar. What is your favorite part of being Maverick the Mustang? MM: I enjoy working with people and making them smile. I’ve always been good with kids. Being the mascot, you have to be good with kids. The best thing for me is playing with the kids and seeing them happy. Is being Maverick the Mustang a hard secret to keep? MM: It’s really hard being a secret. Sometimes people see me in cheerleading shirts going to practice or just around campus and wonder why they haven’t seen me cheer. Once one person finds out, they get excited and want to tell everyone.
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Diamond-in-the-rough Local musician shares her talent at Sakura Sushi Bar Ruth Fitzgerald-Black Staff Writer
The musical styling of Ayrian Boyd, 21, will keep listeners captivated with her talents as a pianist and vocalist right in the heart of Wichita Falls. Boyd showcases her talent in the evenings at Sakura Sushi Bar, located at 2617 Plaza Parkway, on Monday and Saturday at 6 p.m. This relaxed environment fully welcomes her mellow sound that almost dances on the brink of perfection. While enjoying a sushi dinner, one can enjoy Boydâ€™s soothing pianistic style and a voice that has a mouth-dropping range of sound while keeping in perfect pitch, having complete control of her voice. In fact, if one didnâ€™t realize there was a live artist snuggly tucked in the corner of the sushi bar, one might actually think a professionally-produced track is playing in the backgroundâ€”sheâ€™s that good. Boyd has masterfully harnessed her voice to accommodate any type of musical genre without her volume level overpowering any light conversation the diners around her might be having. Boyd began her journey into the music world by singing with her dad at their church at age four. She was an instant sensation and has been singing in church ever since. She didnâ€™t actually start playing piano until she was 9 years old. She was encouraged by her parents, in that it would be extremely beneficial should she de-
cide to pursue a music career. â€œAt first, I really hated it,â€? Boyd said, â€œBut when I was 15, my dad began pastoring at a church and we had no musicians for worship service, so I started playing church music. That was probably when playing really took hold of me and I began to enjoy it.â€? According to Boyd, she only knew about three songs in her early days as a pianist in her fatherâ€™s church, so they would just play those three songs until she learned more. She admits the process was frustrating, but at some point everything just clicked and she loved it. When she entered McNiel Junior High, she hesitantly joined choir. Boyd thought they would only cover extremely stuffy music, and she was more accustomed to gospel music at that time. â€œI have to say that it changed my life,â€? Boyd said. â€œI bonded so much with classical music that itâ€™s what I based my future on.â€? Boyd went on to make the AllState Womenâ€™s Choir two years in a row (2008-2009) at Rider High School. She really wanted some scholarship money for college and was an average student, academically, so she threw herself into practicing her music at school. â€œIt was really stressful, but I was so proud of myself when I made it,â€? she said. â€œIt helped me to get a music scholarship at MSU.â€? Her parents supported her every step of the way. Her mom would attend auditions with snacks and provided special teas for her throat if she wasnâ€™t feeling well. According to Boyd, both of her parents never missed any of her concerts, and maintain that
level of support to this day. Not surprisingly, Boydâ€™s talent runs in the family. Her father, Doug Boyd, is an excellent vocalist and bassist and currently plays bass in the popular local band, James Cook and the Audacity. Boydâ€™s 16-year-old little brother, Daniel, is also a musician. He began playing drums at 10- years-old and then he learned how to play both the acoustic and electric guitar. Daniel plays along with his sister on Mondays and Saturdays at Sakura Sushi Bar. According to Boyd, she really enjoys that, because adding a little guitar or percussion can bring in a whole new element that allows for more contemporary styles that the piano alone cannot accommodate. â€œHe covers some solo stuff like Bob Marley and Jason Mraz,â€? she said. â€œHeâ€™s just an awesome musician.â€? Boyd draws her musical inspiration from a whirlwind of styles ranging from gospel to indie. Vocally, she patterns herself after Sara Bareilles. â€œShe is so smooth,â€? Boyd said. â€œWhile she can really sing from her gut, she also gets pretty mellow. I like how versatile she is.â€? Surprisingly, Boydâ€™s true passion for music lies in teaching. A music education major, Boyd hopes to find a teaching job as soon as she graduates in May. â€œThe music industry is so fickle,â€? she said. â€œI just donâ€™t see myself as someone who gets famous. Iâ€™d rather teach music more than anything.â€? Boyd further explained that she really isnâ€™t very interested in performing as a means for a career. â€œI perform at Sakura because itâ€™s light entertainment and Iâ€™m
not all up in the spotlight,â€? she said. â€œMy favorite place to sing is at church. Secular music can be fun, but to me, it just doesnâ€™t have the depth and meaning that gospel music has.â€? However, if she could dabble in a different genre of music, she would try her hand at more â€œbluesy,â€? Janis Joplin-styled music, she said. Boyd said she can play the blues a bit since she grew up singing gospel music, but she would really enjoy letting-loose with a more grainy style like Joplinâ€™s. Boyd further explained she has written her own music and lyrics for gospel music and has even been able to perform her original work at church. Those songs are extremely personal to her, and since they are so close to her heart, are even more fulfilling to get to perform in front of the congregation. â€œThe songs I play at Sakura are usually all covers of artists that I really like,â€? she said. â€œIâ€™ve done Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michealson, Prescilla Ahn, Bon Iver, Coldplay and Wildchild. Most of it is pretty mellow, but they all throw some fun stuff in their music.â€? She also covers a few oldies, such as â€˜Dock of the Bayâ€™, â€˜Georgiaâ€™ and â€˜The Way You Look Tonightâ€™ because she said people tend to know them by heart. â€œPeople know and love these songsâ€Śand they tip for them!â€? she said. When asked about her preference in music that she listens to, Boyd said that she loves Texas, but just canâ€™t seem to get into the country music route. Her roommate loves it, she said, so she is surrounded by it all the time, but not by choice. â€œIt all sounds the same to me,â€?
The crowd voted enthusiastically for a folding chair, which was juggled with a ten-pound steel shotput and a raw egg. Another potentially dangerous trick included juggling knives and an apple while balancing on a unicycle. Any time the crowd yelled, â€œEat it!â€? Mad Chad would take a bite out of the apple while continuing to juggle the three items. Though he fell off the unicycle toward the end, Chad managed to finish the juggling successfully. Despite the wide range of items used in the act, it was no surprise that students like sophomore Mechanical Engineering major Eduardo Juarez came out mainly to watch Mad Chad toss around some chainsaws. Starting with one chainsaw and two pink rubber balls, Mad Chad gradually added two more chainsaws while taking out the rubber balls until he juggled three running chainsaws. To prove that the chainsaws
were unaltered and very dangerous, Chad took out pieces of wooden two-by-fours and cut chunks out of them with each chainsaw. At the end of the show, Mad Chad first juggled a chainsaw and the two rubber pink balls blindfolded, and then performed the same trick without the blindfold while balancing on an upsidedown skateboard that was on top of a rolling blue cylinder. For Juarez, the coolest trick executed by Mad Chad was the juggling of the three running chainsaws. â€œIt was crazy!â€? Juarez said with satisfaction. Mad Chad Taylor has been performing his act on stages around the country for more than 20 years. He was born in Seattle, WA, and moved to Los Angeles when he was young. His father was a cameraman and wanted to move to L.A. because he knew more job opportunities lay in that area. Subsequently, that environment helped to build Chadâ€™s future career as a live performer.
â€œI learned to juggle when I was 13 years old,â€? Chad said reminiscently. â€œI got a book for Christmas called Juggling for Idiots. There were three bean bags and an instructional book on how to juggle.â€? Chad said he had so much fun juggling that he entered a high school talent show and, from there, evolved into a performer. After high school, Chad began performing street shows in Los Angeles and then moved his talents to Venice Beach. â€œIn Venice Beach, you donâ€™t have to audition. It was first come, first serve,â€? Chad said. â€œYou get a spot, and if youâ€™re entertaining enough, then people will watch. Itâ€™s a very good thing.â€? According to Mad Chad, the people of Venice Beach loved dangerous stunts. Chad used knives and torches to please the crowds early on; however, the chainsaws that are now the staple of Mad Chadâ€™s routine didnâ€™t appear until the late 1990â€™s. â€œFor a beer commercial, of all things, they asked if I could juggle one chainsaw with two balls,â€? Chad explained. â€œI learned the trick for the commercial, and I knew everyone in Venice Beach would want to see it, so I started performing the trick right away.â€? Chad said that in the beginning, juggling the chainsaws was very scary. He pointed out that chainsaws,
Ayrian and Daniel Boyd playing for the crowd at Sakura Sushi Bar. Photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
she said. â€œI appreciate the talent, but Iâ€™d rather not have to endure the sound.â€? While Boyd has a special musical talent by nature, she has worked her entire life to achieve being one of the most impressive acts in Wichita Falls. In addition to her musical talents, Boyd divulged to the Wichitan a secret talent that the gen-
eral public might not know about her. â€œI make really awesome velociraptor noises,â€? she said with a grin. â€œI can also make extremely convincing goat noises, but they arenâ€™t half as cool.â€?
Flirting with disaster Mad Chad excites MSU students with his daring talent Cody Parish Staff Writer
As part of Homecoming Week festivities, the University Programming Board juggled their resources and brought in Mad Chad, the Chainsaw Juggler, to entertain students with his oneof-a-kind show on Oct. 10. His hour-long routine consisted of innovative, and often dangerous, juggling tricks with plenty of humor and crowd participation thrown in the mix. Any and all items were fair game to juggle for Mad Chad, who progressed from tennis balls, to silicon breast implants (with a hilarious story about an ex-girlfriend and tax write-offs), to 100,000 volt stun guns. At one point later in the show, Mad Chad let the audience choose any item they wanted for him to juggle.
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especially in the 1990â€™s, were heavy, loud, and hard to grip due to the strong vibrations running through their handles. Chad started out using one chainsaw for the beer commercial and eventually got comfortable enough to add two more. Though he has had plenty of time to get comfortable juggling the chainsaws, Chad admits to getting extremely nervous during some of his performances. â€œWhen Iâ€™ve been on television shows with super bright lights that blind you, Iâ€™d get nervous all over again.â€? Currently, Chad performs 80 to 90 days of the year, mostly on college campuses. He also does shows on cruise ships, comedy tours, corporate parties and sports halftime
shows. The rest of his work is in the L.A. area so he can spend time with his wife and two children. â€œIâ€™ve got a website called sixtysecondtv.com,â€? said Chad. â€œI go and try to film up-and-coming performers and get their permission to put it on my website.â€? He also shot a documentary called Buskers about street performers around the world, which has made its way onto Netflix. Although Chad enjoys filming other street entertainers performing for crowds, he prefers to be the one on stage entertaining. â€œMy favorite part about performing is that itâ€™s so fun when you get on the stage,â€? said Chad. â€œItâ€™s just you and the audience. Itâ€™s nothing but fun.â€?
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The Tellyfile The bad, the ugly and the plain awful of the fall TV lineup brittney cottingham editor-in-chief
Primetime heavyweights like How I Met Your Mother, Glee and Parks and Recreation do not have anything to worry about when it comes to ratings. These shows have a loyal fandoms that watch, comment and even tweet all at the same time every week in record numbers. Comedy newcomers like The
New Normal and The Mindy Project started the fall television season with enough momentum and star power that the success and the laughs came very quickly. Yet, not all TV shows are so lucky. Some were doomed from the start due to bad show titles, awkward casting or played out plots. Others start off with so much promise and Emmy buzz, but end up pulling a Pan Am and become a major disappointment. It seems like half-hour series
are the worst this year with comedy after comedy being an epic fail. ABC better give thanks to its golden ticket Modern Family because if it wasn’t on the lineup, the fall comedy shows on the network would be embarrassing. Watch the following shows at your own risk. Prepare for bad 90s humor, awkward audience laughing tracks and acting that makes Kristen Stewart look like Meryl Streep.
666 Park Avenue ABC - Sundays @ 9 p.m. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? Well, if this show was supposed to be ABC’s answer to “American Horror Story,” then they should go back to the drawing board. It is sad that after the success of Ugly Betty, Vanessa Williams has attached herself to this train wreck. Despite the “666” title, this show is not scary. It is a far cry from The Walking Dead or even The Twilight Zone. Partners CBS - Mondays @ 7:30 p.m. Another Ugly Betty star fell victim of being linked to a horrible show. Michael Urie plays a Jack-like character from Will & Grace fame, who is best friends and business “partners” with a heterosexual male. The dry gay-straight humor begins! Partners is not like The New Normal. This show would have maybe been funny in the 90s, but in 2012 the jokes are ridiculous and the chemistry between the cast is lacking. Emily Owens, M.D. CW - Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. The CW is on life support and has been for a couple years. The demographics, and most importantly the ratings, just aren’t there anymore. The network is surviving solely because of the intense love of Gossip Girl, which is on its series finale, and Vampire Diaries. This show stars an unknown Mamie Gummer who plays Emily, a firstyear medical intern who is trying to find her way in a medical hospital that the show portrays to be exactly like high school. This medical drama won’t be the new Grey’s Anatomy. Give this show a few weeks and it’ll be another show on the long list of cancelled flops. Ben & Kate FOX - Tuesdays @ 7:30 p.m. Why? Why? Why must this show be such a disappointment? It had such a promising pilot episode. It was funny and refreshing. Now, as the season goes on and the hype over the show decreases, it leaves fans wondering if it will get better. This brother–sister comedy had so much potential, but the laughs and charm of the show just isn’t transferring. It does have the ideal time slot of FOX’s comedy Tuesday with Raising Hope, The Mindy Project and the show that shouldn’t be on air, New Girl. Here’s to hoping this show makes a 2007 Britney Spears-like comeback! Nashville ABC - Wednesdays @ 9 p.m. Dear ABC, thank you for creating a TV version of “Country Strong.” – said no one. Not only has Hayden Panettiere not been relevant for anything other than her good looks since Remember the Titans (sorry, but who remembers Heroes?), but this Reba McEntire-type singer versus a Taylor Swift-type singer didn’t work for Gwyneth Paltrow and it’s not working in this show. Get it off my TV screen STAT!
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Junior criminal justice and english major Matthew Morales delivers his poem. Photo by NICOLE BARRON
Waxing poetic Students share poetry at local taco shop Erin Wrinkle Staff Writer
On Thursday, MSU students, faculty and alumni gathered at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop for the semesterly event Poetry Slam by the MSU writing center. Dawn Bond, a teacher assistant in the English Department, opened up the night with an open mic for anyone willing to share their poems. “Whoever wants to read their poems can,” Bond said. “We set up a calm and relaxed environment.” Although a few students came to the poetry slam just because some teachers offered extra credit, many more came for the en-
joyment of reading and listening to the great poems. The Fuzzy’s party room was standing room only. One sophomore student, Jonathan Lyne, read his poem titled “My Ideal Girl” so he could get extra credit for his class. His poem was all about a famous rapper. “I just don’t want to marry Nikki Minaj.” Lyne said the poem took him about 45 minutes to write, so he had been writing poetry for about 45 minutes. MSU graduate Charis Thomas also shared her poem, “Imprisoned,” which was about a bad break up she experienced. “Poetry is my thing. I like it and when I heard about it I just had to come,” Thomas said. “I have been writing a really long
time but I really started taking it seriously when I was about 15.” If you’re interested in writing poetry, the Writing Lab has 12 tutors with Kristen Garrison serving as the advisor. The Writing Center helps students with problems they have, English graduate student Rosalie Saenz said. English graduate student Sarah Leeth said the writing center helps students find patterns of problems to help them become better writers instead of just fixing papers. The Writing Center plans to put on more functions including NaNoWRIMO November 1st for National Writing Month. The Writing Center is also open to help all MSU students in Bea Wood 224 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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Eyebrows. They add definition, character and expression to your face. Everyone’s brows are shaped differently, and colorations vary drastically. This is yet another feature that makes every single person unique. Brows have the potential to be a great trait on your face, but many people don’t think much of them. They’re either not groomed, too light, filled in with a copious amount of pencil, or plucked nearly bare. So how do you make your eyebrows stand out – in a good way? There are multiple outlets to fill them in, groom them properly or just keep them in place.
It’s tough to groom your brows perfectly. Waxing has the potential to be hazardous if you don’t go to a salon, but pulling out the tweezers at home can have you plucking away hairs until they’re all gone, baby, gone. The best thing to do in this department is to have a good salon wax them and then you can save money by keeping up with them at home – just be careful with your tweezers! Benefit Brow Bar (located at counters in Ulta and brand stores around the country) will give you a free eyebrow waxing on your birthday. Pretty cool, right? But if your anniversary of entering the world isn’t just around the corner, your hair stylist most likely does it. Just make sure your beautician’s brows are thicker than a millimeter before allowing her to rip out your precious brow hairs! After a while, your little hairs
will begin to poke out again. Once they’re to the point that your Tweezerman Slant Tweezers (SALE - $19.80 at Ulta) can grab them, just pull the short hairs that are obviously growing back in.
This is the part that people have trouble doing. Pencils are the most common way of achieving a fuller brow, and there are many brands out there with shades for all. Benefit Cosmetics Instant Brow Pencil ($20 at Ulta) is a creamy powder texture that glides on smoothly for a natural look. If that’s out of your budget, Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer ($5.79 at Target) blends in well and helps to create a natural brow while filling in sparse hair areas or lighter brows. While pencils are the typical way to go, you can also fill in your brows with a liquid pen, which works like a felt-tip liquid eyeliner. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen ($21 at Ulta) gives you clean lines with a precise, polished look. A cheaper route
to a brow pen is Milani Brow Tint Pen ($5.99 at Walgreens).
At the end of it, there are always those stubborn little hairs that never stay in place. That’s where it’s brow gel to the rescue! Anastasia Brow Gel ($21 at Ulta) comes in clear or tinted colors. The clear gel works well to use over brows that have already been filled in with a pencil or pen. If you simply have lighter eyebrow hairs or just want to add a little definition, a tinted brow gel can work wonders. Sonia Kashuk Brow Gel ($5.99 at Target) is another great option, but it is only available in clear. It may seem like a lot to have to take care of your eyebrows, but it will begin to come naturally and it won’t take long at all once you get the hang of it!
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Wednesday — October 17, 2012
Lady Mustangs face tough losses at Homecoming games ORLANDO FLORES JR. A&E EDITOR
Michelle Blount tips the ball over the net. Photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
The Lady Mustangs had a tough time hosting two teams over Homecoming weekend when they faced off with Angelo State on Oct. 12 and Tarleton State on Oct. 13. The volleyball team was blanked in both matches, dropping Angelo State 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 and Tarleton State 25-18, 25-15, 25-24. Friday’s match with Angelo State started out well for the Lady Mustangs. Both teams were able to trade points with each other at six points a piece in the first set, until a service ace from Alex Woolsey sparked a 7-3 run for the Lady Rams to give them a 13-9 lead. The Lady Mustangs tried fighting their way back into the set, but the Lady Rams stayed one step ahead of them. Angelo State was in clear control in the second set, starting
with a 7-4 lead, as the Lady Mustangs tried to claw their way back into the match. After a 24-17 set point for Angelo State, the Lady Mustangs’ last attempt to get back in the set was sparked by a an attack error from ASU’s Shelbi Goode. Brandi Flores and Shelbi Stewart came up with one kill each, and another error from Goode brought the Mustangs within three points. A service error on the following play, however, allowed Angelo State to secure the set win. The third set saw the Lady Mustangs hold their first substantial two-point lead and they were able to keep it up until a 6-0 run late in the set allowed Angelo State to pull ahead and seal the victory. The Lady Mustangs’ standout performers for the match were Stewart (12 kills, 1 ace, 1 block), Caitlin Wallace (11 kills, 1 ace, 1 block), Kristan Aduddell (20 as-
sists, 11 digs) and Casey Fletcher (13 digs). The second day of play did not go as well for the Lady Mustangs. The first two sets of the Tarleton State game were littered with errors from the Lady Mustangs that allowed the TexAnns to take commanding set wins over MSU, beating the Lady Mustangs by margins of seven and 10 points. The final set, Tarleton again came out and took a commanding 11-6 lead, but a series of attack errors allowed the Lady Mustangs to go on an 8-1 run and take a 14-12 lead over Tarleton State. As soon as the run started, however, Tarleton State bounced back with 6-0 run of their own with four of the points coming off of MSU errors. The remainder of the set went back and forth. The Lady Mustangs were inches away from a set victory at 24-23, but Tarleton
was able to make the full comeback with a 26-24 victory. Wallace again led the Lady Mustangs in kills with nine, while Aduddell also led in assists with 17. Casey Fletcher aided the Lady Mustangs effort with 18 digs. The Lady Mustangs now stand at 4-17 on the season with a 2-9 record in Lone Star Conference play. MSU will continue conference play on the road this weekend, taking on Texas A&M – Kingsville on Friday and Incarnate Word on Saturday. The following week, the Lady Mustangs will continue their away trip with stops at Texas Woman’s University (Oct. 26) and Texas A&M – Commerce (Oct. 27) before making a final home stand from Nov. 2 through 10 to wrap up the season before the LSC Postseason Tournament.
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Emily Saville strikes the ball past ASU goalkeeper Danielle Edwards Sunday afternoon. Photo by KERRI CARTER
MSU defeats Angelo State University DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
The Midwestern State women’s soccer team was unhappy Friday evening after losing 2-1 to Incarnate Word in extra time. MSU took the lead in the 55th minute when Ashley Cottrell converted Payton Fookes’ free kick for her fifth goal of the season. However, the Lady Mustangs’
joy was taken away a few seconds later when the Cardinals’ Sarah Johnson struck an 18-yard shot towards the goal. With nothing to separate both teams at the end of 90 minutes, the game continued in extra time. Amber Guenther scored the golden goal and her seventh of the season barely 10 minutes into
overtime. Nevertheless, the Lady Mustangs were able to recover Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Angelo State University. “It was a great win based on the fact we had a heart breaker on Friday,” said Jeff Trimble, head women’s soccer coach. Emily Saville slid in her first goal of the season in the 32nd minute and was grateful to Katy Catney’s assist.
The Lady Mustangs will host Texas Woman’s University this Friday at 7 p.m. and Texas A&M Commerce this Sunday at 1 p.m. “I like how we are playing. We have to watch Texas Woman’s speed and be physical with Texas A&M Commerce,” Trimble said. “I love our speed at outside midfield and that should really help us. We have already improved but just need to finish.”
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With about 85 weeks left to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, virtually every football (soccer) league took an international break this past week as players focused on representing their countries in the qualifying round. Spain, Germany and England found the back of the net multiple times as each team took a step closer to Brazil 2014. After respective 4-0, 6-1 and 5-0 victories over Belarus, The Republic of Ireland and San Marino, there is no doubt that these European giants mean business. It has been a little more than two years since Spain won its first World Cup after an extraordinary display in South Africa. This continually growing team surprises and entertains some football fans with an impeccable style of play as illustrated in its previous fixture. Jordi Alba scored in the 12th minute after a fine pass from Pedro Rodriguez and an impressive footwork from the former. Rodriguez was able to double the lead eight minutes later with a cheeky
lob over Belarus’ shot stopper Sergei Veremko. Rodriguez scored his second in the 69th minute with yet another lob over Veremko before completing his hat trick three minutes later. Meanwhile, Germany was enjoying its luck with half a dozen goals against the Irish. Marco Reus scored the first two goals within eight minutes to underline the German’s dominance in that fixture. The Die Mannschafts continued their scoring galore with Mesut Özil’s penalty kick making it 3-0 and Miroslav Klose’s beautiful goal doubling the halftime score line. Toni Kroos summed up the annihilation of the Irish defense with a volley for the fifth goal and a 20-yarder for the sixth. Ireland’s consolatory goal was scored by Andy Keogh in the 92nd minute. England was able to get past San Marino easily, courtesy of Manchester United and Arsenal forwards. Wayne Rooney scored from the spot in the 35th minute while Danny Welbeck flicked in the second goal two minutes later. Rooney continued his fine form and was able to curl in his second from the 18-yard line in the 70th minute. Welbeck followed suite again, two minutes later, with an assist from his Manchester United teammate Thomas Cleverly. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain satisfied the fans’ expectations with a fine chip over the goalkeeper thanks to Cleverly’s assist. Stay in touch with the World Cup qualifiers on Sky Sport, Fox Soccer and BBC.
Wednesday — October 17, 2012
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Homecoming Kings Mustangs rumble with Angelo State at Homecoming Mark Stephens Staff Writer
Place kicker Greg Saladino Photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
The No. 11 Midwestern State Mustangs' defensive line fourthquarter stand allowed a lastminute 35-28 victory over the Angelo State Rams Saturday at Homecoming. After penalties and interceptions plagued the Mustangs' offense to the tune of a 28-21 Rams' lead at the start of the fourth, Brandon Kelsey set up a drive that resulted in a 10-yard Kelsey run to tie the game up at 28-28. The following defensive stand forced an Angelo State three-andout that resulted in a punt from the Rams' 40 yard line. Blowing up the play, the Mus-
tangs special teams were able to push an Angelo State blocker into the way of a punt, causing it to go the wrong way and allowing the Mustangs to recover it on the Ram's 10 yard line. The following play, Keidrick Jackson blasted through the Rams' defense and into the end zone to allow the Mustangs to come away with the victory. The Mustangs recorded their fifth straight win for this season putting them at 5-1 for the year and 4-1 in Lone Star Conference play. The Mustangs focused on the running game as they ran for 283 yards on 45 carries for 4 touchdowns. Kelsey led the way with 156 yards and two touchdowns, while Jackson added another 90 yards and two touchdowns. The Mustangs were able to pull it out at the end, but the win did not come easy. The two teams went back and forth throughout
the entire game. In fact, this may have been one of the toughest defenses the Mustangs faced this season. ASU struck first with a field goal from Jarred Martin in the first quarter, but MSU was able to get a 19-yard touchdown run by Kelsey at the end of the first quarter to take the lead. The Rams answered back in the second quarter with a 66yard pass to CJ Akins from Blake Hamblin to retake the lead, and added another Martin field goal later in the quarter to have a 13-7 lead over the Mustangs. However, the Mustangs were able to get a 1-yard touchdown run out Jackson to take the lead 14-13 into the half. The Mustangs did not waste any time in the second half by scoring on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Kelsey to a diving Jared Freeman on their first drive. Penalities and offensive mis-
haps by the Mustangs’ allowed the Rams to take advantage and scoring a 2-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter. That touchdown was followed by a 41-yard touchdown pass to Dakarai Pecikonis. Time expired in the quarter to give the Rams the 28-21 lead they held before Kelsey's score and the botched punt. This was the first time the Mustangs had trailed in the fourth quarter since the game against Tarleton State – their only loss of the season. The Mustangs’ defense then held tough as they kept the Rams from scoring in the final minute of the game, despite getting down to the MSU 32-yard line. The Mustangs look to continue winning as they face Abilene Christian University in Abilene at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20.
Quarterback Brandon Kelsey scores a touchdown against Angelo State University. Photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE
Mustangs thrash Houston-Victoria Jaguars DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
David Freeland dribbles past a defender. Photo by BEKAH TIMM
Thanks to a combination of team determination and home advantage, the Midwestern State soccer team showed off an exquisite display by defeating the University of Houston-Victoria 4-1 Friday. “Everybody came here and played their hardest,” said Head Men’s Soccer Coach Doug Elder. “Houston-Victoria did really well and didn’t quit till the end but we were able to finish our chances.” Len Smith marked his seventh goal of the season in the opening minutes of the game. The Mustangs held on to the early lead for 11 minutes before UHV’s Allan Bell’s superb finishing made it level in the 15th minute. Nonetheless, Ben Clarvis helped the Mustangs regain the lead by heading in Andrew Power’s 22nd minute corner kick. VcMor Eligwe extended the lead in the 38th minute with an intelligent back heel after Power had set him up with a cross. “We had five shots on goal in the first half which resulted in three goals,” Elder said. “You can’t beat that.” David Freeland was tackled illegally in-box in the 77th minute thus the referee pointed to
Ben Clarvis scored the second goal against the Jaguars Friday. Photo by BEKAH TIMM
the spot. Aaron Douthit sent the goalkeeper the wrong way for the Mustangs fourth goal of the night. “It’s good that we went 3-1 up and held on to the lead,” Elder said. “We’ve given up some leads in the past.” Even though the Mustangs humiliated the Jaguars, Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach Michael Wood felt the team could have done a little better.
“It’s good to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s disappointment,” said Michael Wood, assistant soccer coach. “But we didn’t play up to our potential. We have a lot to work on, and a tough few weeks of soccer left.” After a successful home game, the Mustangs traveled to Arkansas where they defeated Ouachita Baptist 3-1. Eligwe, Smith and Douthit
scored one goal a piece to mark their second in two games. Fernando Garza’s pass made Eligwe’s goal possible while Clarvis assisted Smith. Douthit’s took advantage of a rebound off a Ouachita Baptist player to score the 89th-minute winner. Elder’s team will visit Eastern New Mexico Friday and West Texas A&M on Sunday.