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The Lady Mustangs won Friday 2-1 against Texas Woman’s and Sunday 3-0 against Texas A&M Commerce.

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After 9 weeks of practice the University Singers and Midwestern Singers showcased their talent during the fall concert.


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Pitch Perfect — your campus / your news

Higher standards cause lower enrollment University to improve communication with students by December cody parish staff writer

In the wake of recent criticism regarding declining enrollment and retention numbers, President Jesse Rogers said he came to put all concerns at ease at the meeting with SGA on Oct. 16. According to Rogers, enrollment dipped due to an increase in the number of students graduating and the university adjusting recruitment efforts to higher admission standards.

“The reality is two things: mainly they [students] are leaving because they’re graduating,” Rogers explained. “Additionally, we have not had to aggressively recruit students.” To defend his statement about aggressive recruitment, Rogers said previous students have generally found MSU on their own. Furthermore, he said MSU does not want to be a big university because “we want to maintain our mission.” Rogers was most likely referencing, in addition to other university characteristics, the ability for students to engage in more personal communication with

professors due to the low student to teacher ratio held at MSU. The Mission Statement on the MSU website vaguely touches upon this aspect, stating that “through an emphasis upon teaching, augmented by the opportunity for students to engage in research and creative activities alongside faculty, Midwestern State prepares its graduates to embark upon their careers or pursue advanced study.” To help maintain the small size of the university, Midwestern increased admission standards two times in the last eight years. Rogers proceeded to provide a brief history of recent hikes in ad-

mission standards and the effects of those hikes. According to Rogers, the university raised admission standards after surveys in 2005 revealed that 40 percent of freshmen were taking one or more remedial classes. Because many of the freshmen taking more than one remedial class did not finish the year, the university decided to raise admission standards to eliminate the need to provide the extra courses. In turn, the university also hoped that the higher standards would increase the graduation rate.



Congressman Mac Thornberry addresses security and Romney BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Cybersecurity and terrorism are continuing threats to national security according to 13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry. On Monday, the congressman spoke with students during a luncheon about current U.S. issues and then discussed the U.S. defense policy as part of the Prof. Edwards Discussions in Politics Series. Thornberry said the current administration is too reactive when it comes to national security. “As a whole, we just react to events too much,” Thornberry said. “We wait until a problem happens, like people flying airplanes into buildings for example, and then go deal with it.” Thornberry said the country is going to have to be better about predicting and planning ahead for threats to national security. “You can never predict the future, but you can see trends,” he said. “Cybersecurity is a trend. We should have seen terrorism as a trend.” Thornberry recently spoke out against the Obama administration for the terrorist attack in Libya. “There are two questions

about Libya,” he said. “One is what did we know before the attacks and what should have been done to prevent it. The second question is what was done after the attack.” Thornberry sits on the House Intelligence Committee and said he was briefed by the CIA right after the incident. “They were absolutely adamant that it was just caused by the video and a mob that just got out of hand and our ambassador was killed,” he said. “It turns out they had other information about the attack and knew it was a terrorist attack.” Thornberry said it concerns him not knowing whether the administration did not know the reason behind the attacks or if they were using it as political spin. “It is a trend of this administration,” he said. “They have been talking too much for political purpose about national security and that bothers me a lot.” Thornberry is also concerned about cybersecurity, which he has called a direct threat to our economy and job creation, as well as the country’s national security. The government is behind when it comes to developing technology to combat attacks, Thornberry said. “The House passed bills, which was basi-

cally a catch up measure, but the trick is we have so much more work to do,” he said. “In the next two years, I’ll be having lots of meetings with my sub-committee about the Department of Defense’s role in defending security in cyberspace.” Getting the ball rolling on cybersecurity is one of Thornberry’s goals for next session. “In the bigger picture, this country really is at a crossroads on the economics,” Thornberry said. “Getting the economy going again and holding down spending is the centerpiece of what the whole Congress and White House works on regardless of how the election turns out.” The lack of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill was another issue Thornberry tackled during his discussion with students as he described how he has had no problem working with the other side of the aisle. “We are so focused on hearing information that agrees with what we already believe,” Thornberry said. “It is really hard to sort through whether something is accurate or not. I do think that contributes to the bipartisanship in Washington.” On Nov. 6, Thornberry will be fighting for this 13th District Congressman seat against Liber-


ing class in Midwestern’s history. “That small class gave us fewer freshmen, more graduates, and what happens? Enrollment goes down,” said Rogers. At this point, President Rogers brought in aggressive recruiting as a solution to the enrollment concerns. “We’re going to continue to have the same standards, but we’re going to start recruiting aggressively,” Rogers said decisively. “Our hopes are to raise enrollment to 7,000 students.”

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Congressman Mac Thornberry.

The university accepted fewer students the next year, and graduation rates began to rise. This led to another increase in admission standards in 2011. “We took a smaller class in, and we turned away about 400 applications,” Rogers said. “That worked so well that we raised tuition standards again in 2011.” Rogers provided statistics supporting the graduation rate increase, saying Midwestern graduated approximately 900 students in 2004. Last year the university graduated 1,339 students, and this year the university is on pace to have the second highest graduat-

Texas has not had a Democratic senator since 1994, but despite the odds, former congressman and democratic candidate Paul Sadler is campaigning against tea party Republican candidate Ted Cruz. On Oct. 18, Sadler came to Midwestern to discuss health care, education and the economy. “I ran because we deserve an effective government,” Sadler said. “I have the qualification and experience. Right now we have an obstructionist government and a Congress than can’t agree to do anything. That’s hurting every single one of us.” Sadler is known for being fiercely independent and not letting this party define him. At a rather impromptu meeting in the Atrium with only 20 or so people, Sadler said his track record proves that he can do bipartisanship. Sadler, who was chairman of the Texas Public Education Committee for eight years, said the most important thing he can do

to keep university tuition down is to maintain the Department of Education on a federal level. “We must maintain the Department of Education on a federal level to have a real balanced student loan program to help with the cost and keep down interest rates,” Sadler said. Cruz defended a policy to abolish the departments of education, commerce and energy. “The most effective thing I can do is making it an effective loan program with low interest rates and any program that can help students deal with the high price of tuition,” he said. Sadler said from the protection of Social Security to women’s health rights, he differs from Cruz on almost every issue. “I’m for allowing women to make that decision themselves and he wants to take it away from women,” he said. “He has what I view as a very extreme view of the world – a very different view of the world. He has a real tea party and extreme views.” Sadler said marriage equality is another issue where it greatly disagrees with Cruz. Sadler said marriage equality is a matter of discrimination and non-discrimination. “A marriage license is issued by the state,” he said. “Religion

Paul Sadler, democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Photo by KERRI CARTER

may choose to bless a marriage or not, but the policy of the state should be non-discriminatory.” Sadler said current laws discriminate against people based upon sexual preference or sexual orientation. “I’m not asking anyone to change their faith or religious beliefs, but it’s a matter of should we as a government discriminatory or not and I don’t think we should be,” he said. When it comes to the economy, Sadler said everything is in place for the United States to have a great economic recovery if only the Congress would act. “What the business community wants more than anything is stability and predictability,” he said. “They want stable tax policy and to be able to predict where [the economy] is going.” Sadler said uncertainty by business owners is one way to explain the current job market. “We have an unprecedented amount of capitol in corporate America today, but it is not being unleashed because of the uncertainty,” Sadler said. “We simply put those two things in place, we’d see this economy continue to rebound. All of this has to happen to create a larger job market.”

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Wednesday — October 24, 2012 — your campus / your news

Do students only care about national politics? our View With less than two weeks left, the election is the topic dominating social media news feeds. With the final presidential debate over, are students really going to go to the polls and vote? Or are we simply vocal while writing 140 characters or less tweets? Sometimes we forget that on November 6, we won’t just be voting between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. In the last seven days, the university hosted two Texas political representatives. The event with Congressman Mac Thornberry was very successful with student attendance, but the reason behind that high attendance was shown very quickly. At the end of the Thornberry’s speech, most of the audience ran to their respective professor to sign in for extra credit. Students could’ve cared less about what was being said on stage, because the majority spent the hour-long event starring at their

mobile devices. The attendance at the other event with Paul Sadler, the democratic candidate for Senate, was even less impressive. Faculty, staff and administrators weren’t there – just members of the community. Excluding student media, no students bothered to show up. Some of the blame has to be put on the organizer’s of the Sadler event who didn’t decide to promote his appearance until the day of. The location of Sadler’s discussion was sad as well. They had a former congressman speak in the Atrium of Clark Student Center where he was interrupted several times by students walking in and out of the student center. That is not the Midwestern State University welcome a potential senator needs to have. Despite the lack of promotion and the event itself, why didn’t students bother to show up? Why is it that most students don’t seem to care? If students attended, they would’ve heard that Sadler’s republican challenger isn’t for marriage

equality for all or that he wants to abolish the Department of Education. If the federal Department of Education ceases to exist, students should prepare for tuition rates to skyrocket. If students attended, they would’ve listen to Thornberry discuss the trend of cybersecurity attacks from our country’s enemies. Some students seem to be more excited about the release of Taylor Swift’s new album than getting to spend time with their local representative. Education, the economy and the current job market are issues both candidates discussed and are at the center of what college students should be voting for. Many students have not thought about what trials await them postgrad and it raises the question what students on this campus really know about the election. The three political organizations on campus, the MSU Democrats, College Republicans and Students of Liberty have all tried to interact with the student body by hosting debates.

This university has often struggled to find a commonality among students. Students should be bonding by talking politics and the issues that relate to all students, faculty and staff. The Wichitan understands the importance of this election, not just for the students of this university, but for our country as a whole. Tonight the Collage Republicans and the MSU Democrats will come together to discuss the election relevant to students. We are asking the readers to not only support the MSU Democrats and the College Republicans by attending the debate on campus, we are asking you to be an active voice in the direction this country is going. It is important to give students a platform to share their thoughts with others. The first step to understanding an issue is asking questions about it. Voters should not just vote for the party associated with the candidate, but much rather vote for the believes the candidate stands.

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Anti-bullying month tainted by hate speech Last week the newspaper took quite a beating after reporting on possible homecoming tampering allegations. Students took to social media and in a hostile and aggressive way to express how they felt about their reporting. This is not directed at everyone, so please do not think this is just a general attack based on my affiliation, but for those who took the time out of their day to bully, demean and attack other people. And not just the Wichitan as a newspaper, but personal attacks on the people who contributed to the information being exposed. Are you serious? I understand sometimes people don’t agree with things that are printed, and that’s fine, but what gives anyone the right to say such hateful things to anyone? I don’t care who you are, some of the things I read were not only embarrassing, but I also found

myself sad that this kind of intolerance and disrespect is going on right here, at a campus I love, a place I have been proud to SARAH LONG call my univerOP-ED EDITOR sity. I have been at MSU four years, and I don’t think I have ever seen such a slam on anyone in my entire time here. October is anti-bullying month. A month we recognize and remember the serious affects bullying has on people. Based on the reactions I have read it seems some have forgotten this. Which to be honest, is a little weird for me, since October is also Halloween, a time for anyone to be anything they want to be. So out of every month, this

month should be the least likely to have a bullyfest. Rant over. Last week my column could be taken a little childish based on my multiple “Mean Girl” references, for that I am sorry, but the message remains the same. The behavior is sending such a horrible message to students. If you voice opposition against a big enough organization, you will be targeted and hated by everyone, so keep in place. MSU prides itself on “It’s My University” but how can that be true if students can’t even voice how they feel about something to other students or fight for something they truly believe in if they are going to be destroyed by peers for doing just that? Renee spoke up for something she believed in, whether that is something you agree with or not, she should not be attacked for doing that. Sigma Kappa also experienced bullying this week. Just because


Correction from October 17, 2012

There was an error in the article, “Faculty Senate’s rejects proposed salary cuts.” No professor present at the meeting who is eligible for Voluntary Separation Program actually stated that he or she felt unappreciated and was being forced out under this offer. ViceChair Kathleen Roberts stated that an unintended consequence of the Voluntary Separation Program might be that professors eligible for this program could get the feeling that they were unappreciated or were being forced out.

it was directed at more than just a single person doesn’t make it any less hurtful. This month, take a step back and try and remember what terrible things have come from bullying and ask yourselves what good

will come from saying something hateful. Last Friday I wore purple to show I support a world without bullying. Today I still stand by that message. And hope people will take the time and think be-

fore they post or comment something. Sticks and stones my break your bones, but in actuality, words do too. So think before you speak, text or tweet.

Dear Miss E

Your friends give you the advice you want to hear. I give the advice you should hear. Finding a good partner is hard enough without wondering what he or she is thinking! If you think you are the only one dealing with your problems, you are wrong. Asking these questions helps all of us while we are on our journey finding the man or woman of our dreams! My friends are always asking me for advice, and I haven’t been to lunch with a friend without hearing what Mr. or Mrs. Wrong did this time. I am ready to share my thoughts. I have sure had enough of my own problems in the past I can relate to. If you want to share your relationship problems with me and read my response in the next issue email me at: wichitan@ Where do you meet attractive guys in Wichita Falls that’s not in a bar scene? Good question lonely girl! I have been asking myself the same question. Let me give you a few places where I have actually seen an attractive man in Wichita Falls. First of all, the Wellness Center during the mid-day (I assume because they are getting their beauty rest early in the morning). Second, I have spotted a few waiters at some popular restaurants around town. Hopefully you can get them as your waiter. You can tell if they are hard workers and you can see how good a listener he is when he takes your order. WIN!! Lastly I’ve met attractive men in my core classes. Also take note that these attractive ones are usually on the football team.

GO MSU FOOTBALL! Also please do not meet guys at a bar that you want to seriously date. Every confident woman knows that guys go to bars not to find the love of their life, but to smash and trash. If you are looking for Mr. Right in Wichita Falls, good luck lonely girl, because your guess is as good as mine. When is the right time to stay over at a guys for the first time? I actually have three examples for your question delivery girl. My first example is of a girl who went home with a guy at a bar and slept over. They smashed and she was trashed (literally and physically). He took her number the next morning when she left. Good news right? Wrong! You are officially his go-to late-night take-out order. He will call, but only when he didn’t meet another girl that night. Example two, the girl goes over the guys house and sleeps with him, then she gets up, gets dressed, and gets out before he even has time to get out of the bathroom. BOOM! She just blew this guy’s mind. She just smashed and trashed him. The results of this situation are better than the first example. The girl ended up hearing from the guy and they dated for a few months, but it wasn’t serious. She had already given “it” up, there was nothing left for the guy to get. My third example isn’t the advice we always follow but its good.

Example three is the girl that doesn’t sleep with her guy until they are both ready. Until that really epic moment, (and you will know when that is) when you both want “it.” Never sleep with a guy on the first night for sure. That almost never works out! Now if you don’t like the guy or you are just rebounding, example one and two will work. I just suggest example two because guy’s rooms aren’t the cleanest places in the world. A guy will hook up with me when I go out but not hook up with me when we are sober, why? Dear Drunken Hookup, did you sleep with him on the first night? Does he text you after 9 p.m. to “hang out” at his place? Do you always go to his place to “hang out”? If you answered yes to these questions you need to stop catering to him! If you want any chance of having a relationship that doesn’t involve drunken hook ups, you have to revamp yourself and get it together! Stop sleeping with him when he texts you! Delete his number, block him on Facebook and delete him from your mind. You doing these things will get him wondering about you and why you aren’t talking to him anymore. If he likes you as more than a hook up then he will let you know! You are better than this and you deserve better than this! You are smart, nice, and beautiful. A guy that deserves you will want to see you more than just between the hours of 9 p.m.-2 a.m. You go girl!


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Wednesday — October 24, 2012

Professor shares breast cancer experience SHELBY DAVIS staff writer

Anne-Marie Williamson, assistant nursing professor, said she found a mass one day in her breast. She immediately made an appointment with her doctor. When she made it to her surgeon she was told that the mass was not cancerous, however doctors were concerned that it might develop into cancer. Williamson said, “it is so important for women, if they find a mass or change, they shouldn’t have a wait –and- see attitude.” For more than two months she was under the assumption that she did not have cancer. Williamson’s surgeon suggested that she get a second opinion from another surgeon. She said she was reluctant but she made the appointment. This surgeon decided that the lump needed to be taken out so it could be further investigated. “At the same time they told me it was cancer they said they did not have it all,” Williamson said. They checked her lymph nodes, a system in the body that collects fluid and debris outside of the bloodstream that can help with the spread of cancer, and discovered that some of them

needed to be removed. She said knowing that they needed to be taken out was harder for her then the initial diagnosis. She then underwent chemotherapy, a treatment that uses chemicals to attack cancer cells. “I was sick as a dog with chemo. I lost all of my hair and had 20 hours of surgery,” Williamson said. An estimated 226,870 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,190 cases among men in the U.S. this year and many of them will share a similar story to Williamson. For a female at age 20, the chances of developing breast cancer are one in every 1,681 women. In her lifetime, the statistics show that breast cancer develops in one of every eight women. Even with extensive research by many organizations, scientist do not know what the cause of breast cancer is. “That is the $50 million dollar question,” Anne-Marie Williamson said. Scientists, however, know that body cells are programmed to divide and kill themselves off. When mutated cells continue to multiply uncontrollable they become a cancer that is often inherited through genes such as BRCA1, breast cancer type 1, or

BRCA2, breast cancer type 2. BRCA1, a tumor suppressor found in breast and other tissues, repairs and destroys damaged DNA cells. The BRCA2 gene provides instructions on making the protein involved in the repair of damaged genetic material. According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, when a woman carries these genes she has a 60 to 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer before the age 70. However, inheriting the gene for breast cancer is not the only factor that determines the development of breast cancer. “The greatest risk is being a women and getting older,” Sue Myers said, Wichita Falls Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Race Chair and administrator at the Breast Center of Texoma. Other factors include family history of breast cancer, a high breast density, current or recent use of birth control pills, having a menstrual period before age 12. “Risks are only increased by 15 percent if your mother has breast cancer,” Myers said. Still, factors are not what determine the development of cancer. Even people with all the factors may not develop breast cancer. Regardless of the risk factors, experts still say regular self-examinations are important. Signs

of breast cancer are not the same for all women. “The best method is early detection,” Myers said. Some things that should be reported to a doctor if noticed are lumps in the breast or underarms, swelling, warmth or redness, changes in size or shape to the breast, dimpling or puckering of the skin and any other new pain that does not go away. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure website suggests that college age women undergo clinical breast exams every three years and that women older than 40 have clinical breast exams and a mammogram once a year. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that can find cancer when it is small and easier to treat. The National Cancer Institute says women between 40 and 70 should have a mammogram every one or two years. “Most guidelines use age as the determining factor in when, and how often, a woman should get a mammogram,” Steve Cummings said, MD, of the San Francisco Coordinating Center at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, When women are consistent about where they get their mammograms done it makes it easier to doctors to compare changes on

the breast, which can help in the detection of cancer. “One of the important things is for women to be consistent on where they get mammograms,” Williamson said. Even when doctors detect cancer on a mammogram, women have choices regarding the treatment including surgical removal of the cancer cells or the breast and radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of both to attack cancer cells in the body. “It’s a complicated decision depending of the aggressiveness of the cancer,” Williamson said. “One of the big problems with treating cancer is that the treatment does not know the difference in healthy and damaged cells.” The Susan G. Komen foundation is trying to help women realize their options and to fund cancer research. Also, they help people get treatment that otherwise could not afford it. “Almost all advancements have been funded or partially funded by Komen,” Meyers said. Locally, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Wichita Falls helps raise money for people in the community who need help. Last year, 600 women from the community received help from the affiliation. MSU nursing stu-

dents as well as athletes on the golf team, volleyball team and women’s basketball team all volunteered on race day, Oct. 13. “We would love to get them even more involved,” Myers said. Marketing students have teamed up with Red River Best Chevy Dealer to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society by using a pink Chevy Spark to attract potential donors. “We set the ticket price so that anyone could come,” Demi Baird, senior marketing major, said. Ticket price was $12 and they sold 100 more tickets than they had hoped for. They still are working on a marketing plan to promote the car for the rest of the semester. “Our main goal was to promote the care and raise awareness for breast cancer,” Baird said. And raise awareness they did. For people like Williamson, the awareness is just the beginning, the beginning of a race for her life. “Crossing the finish line was a moment I was not prepared for, it was like I was crossing a finish line in life,” Williamson said, of the moment she finished Race for the Cure after she finished chemotherapy.

SGA from pg. 1 Rogers did not provide a date as to when this enrollment goal was to be reached. After discussing enrollment, Rogers discussed university plans and issues concerning students. This year, MSU is preparing to remodel the Bolin science building and Christ Academy, and expand the College of Health Sciences and McCoy engineering building. Renovations on Christ Academy include new roofs, air conditioners and heaters. After recent state higher education funding cuts, students may wonder where the university is getting the money to finance these projects. Rogers explained that some donations and funds by the state are made available specifically for construction and remodeling. The recent $4 million gift from McCoy to the engineering building was donated purely to expand the college. Rogers made it clear that the university was not using money allocated elsewhere for these plans. For the following year, Rogers said MSU will start a biochemistry program, add a petroleum engineering option to the mechanical engineering program and add a petroleum geologist to the geology department. Rogers then discussed university plans to change course fees. “We collect a fee from you right now, called a course fee,” Rogers said. “We have analyzed the course fees and found that they are unequally distributed.” According to Rogers, some course fees are too low, like hu-

manities, and others are too high, such as the health sciences. The fees are coming up with deficits for some courses, and surpluses for others. Since the course fee must be used on that course alone, the university cannot use the surplus money from particular courses to offset the deficits of other courses. If it is approved in November, he said that the university plans to restructure the course fees to adjust for those that are too low and those that are too high. The course fee name will also be changed so that the fees obtained from the course can be used to fund the entire department, and not just the course. “You may see a dollar or two this semester, or a dollar or two the next semester,” Rogers said. “It’s just a movement from one area to another: it should cost you nothing.” While on the topic of future costs to the students, Rogers assured the SGA crowd that tuition would be set in February and would be way below the 5 percent increase restriction that the university guarantees students. Rogers concluded the updates on university plans by discussing the new portal system that should come in December. “We’re going to change the way we communicate with you come December. With the new portal system it’s going to be a lot easier for the university, your professors, for me and for the administration to communicate with you.”

Jesse Rogers speaking to students attending the SGA meeting. Photo by HANWOOL LEE

At a cost of approximately $1 million, this portal will have a single sign-on that allows stu-

dents to access their Webworld and Blackboard. It will consolidate all forms of communica-

tion, send updates to the student, provide another method for the student to pay fines and fees, and

send emergency updates.

thought the problems we had in the past was because George W. Bush’s personality or he didn’t try and be nice enough. Well, that’s not the way it works in the world.” While discussing the United States’ interest overseas, Thornberry said the decisions that the government make affect younger people far longer than anyone else. Art major Samantha Nichols encouraged Thornberry to participate in a luncheon with 50 students to discuss their concerns about the state of the country. “A lot of the [political] opinions I hear aren’t necessary uneducated, it’s just people aren’t informed,” Nichols said. “I just

really wanted to emphasize informed voting.” Nichols said students rarely get the chance to meet and speak to the people who are presenting them. “A lot of people are thinking about this election in two weeks as just the presidential election, but a lot of the decisions that are going to be made aren’t the presidential votes,” she said. “They are your congressman and your senator. They are votes that hit a lot closer to home that ultimately affect you more.”

THORNBERRY from pg. 1 tarian candidate John Robert Deek and Keith F. Houston from the Green Party. However, Thornberry said he not familiar with his challengers. “I am fortunate that I have had several weeks to go around and visit with people and not really had to campaign,” he said. “I can talk about issues without having to campaign with a lot of ‘vote for me.’” While traveling around the state, Thornberry said Texans from this area didn’t suffer a deeper recession than the rest of the country. “People from our area also probably didn’t have as big of a boom before [the recession] as the rest of the country,” he said.

“Agriculture and energy productions has been pretty good so the economy has been better in general here than in the rest of the country.” Although, there is a general concern with small and larger Texas businesses, Thornberry said. “Nearly all of them are worried about where we are [economically] and what it is going to mean,” Thornberry said. “From the businesses I’ve talked to here at home to looking at industries nationwide, people are reluctant to stick their necks out to hire an extra person or to invest in an expansion because they don’t know what’s going on.” This is one of the reasons

Thornberry thinks Gov. Mitt Romney is the clear choice in the presidential race. “You always hear that ‘this is the most important election we’ve ever seen,’ yet if I had to say one way or another, I do think this may be the most important election since I’ve been paying attention,” Thornberry said. “This is partly because I think the choice is so clear between the presidential candidates.” Thornberry said when he last met with Romney a few months ago that his ideas were clicking with him. “If you look at the economic situation the country is in, Gov. Romney is very qualified by virtue of his background to discuss

those issues,” he said. Before Tuesday’s third presidential debate, Thornberry said the momentum was in Romney’s favor. “[Romney’s] field of expertise is in economics and some people, including me, believe that the number one national security problem we’ve got is the economy,” he said. The life-long Republican said Romney comes from a more realistic standpoint about the importance of strength and power in world affairs. “President Obama came into office wanting to be better liked,” Thornberry said. “He went to Cairo and gave a speech and tried to reset relations with Russia. He



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Wednesday — October 24, 2012 — your campus / your news

Students Imagine graduation Ruth Black-Fitzgerald Staff writer

According to Counseling Center representative, Vikki Chaviers, the Imagine Graduation Fair is perfect for students who wish to visit with an experienced staff about certain graduation issues in a comfortable and confidential environment. “We understand it’s a very happy, yet stressful time for graduates,” Chaviers said. “We are here to show graduating seniors what to expect in the real world. Most importantly, we want students to know that we will be here for you until the day you walk across the stage.” There are 721 students that have applied for December graduation. 592 of those are undergraduates and 129 graduate students, according to Cathy Ficzner, administrative assistant in the Office of the Registrar. Vendors at the fair yesterday and today offer graduating seniors assistance in various departments such as ordering caps and gowns through the MSU Bookstore, checking your graduation status, and clearing holds to graduate. Officials at the fair will help students fine-tune their resumes and give important job-seeking advice for when students decide to venture out into the workforce. Some students might not realize that something as simple as having a fine from the library will prevent them from graduating. The library has a booth set up specifically to tend to those issues. Students who don’t have time to

take care of fines at the booth can clear any library holds later. Officials from the Financial Aid Office will offer exit counseling sessions. Financial Aid will print out a report of a student’s final amount of student loans and fees. Students who wish to continue their academic career after graduation will be able to pick up information about the graduate program application process. Students can also pick up information about respective graduate programs and find out when application deadlines are due.

Cap and Gown

Christina Caston, assistant manager of the Bookstore, has a table set up where students can order their caps and gowns. While faculty may rent their graduation day items through the Bookstore, sponsored by Herff Jones, students still must purchase their items. “One of the featured items we want students to be aware of are the ‘thank you’ stoles,” Caston said. “For $30, you can purchase a stole that helps recognize a special mentor or family member that encouraged you along the way.” According to the legend of the “thank you” stole, traditionally, the student wears the stole as he or she walks across the stage, and after the ceremony, gives it to the selected mentor or family member, sometimes with written words of appreciation in permanent marker on the back. “It’s important that students

recognize those professors and mentors who went above and beyond to further a student’s academic career,” said Caston. The bookstore officials are also offering package deals with everything for graduation. The bachelor’s packet costs $41.50 and includes a cap, gown and tassel. Masters’ graduate bundles include the same items as the bachelors’ packets and start at $44.50, but the more expensive package ($76.10) includes the masters’ hood. The bookstore also keeps Alpha Chi cords in stock.


Herff Jones representatives offers assistance with sending out graduation announcements. Packages start at $88.94 and peak at $190.86. Students may also purchase individual items such as address labels, envelope seals and tissue inserts starting at $9.98.

Class rings

Balfour, students class rings provider, has a table where students can pick up information about styles, sizes and prices.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association invites past graduates to take part in a free one-year membership. The membership includes discounts to local sporting events, continued library access and a special rate to use the Wellness Center at $270 per year. Students who need assistance with fine-tuning their resumes or

Traci Yeckley (left), accounting senior, and Brittany Martinez, general business senior, seen Tuesday at Imagine Graduation. Photo by NICOLE BARRON

gathering information on how to update their outdated job information can get assistance from the Career Management Center. However, Elene Paryag, Career Management Representative, said in her experience, students are showing up to the fair

impressively prepared for life in the workforce. In fact, she said, no one is waiting until the last minute to take care of preparations after graduation. “Professors are more actively engaged with their students’ success,” Paryag said, “and most of

them are taking their own initiative to better prepare themselves for the workforce. It’s an extremely competitive world out there, and I think most students are becoming more aware of this.”

Choir show requires ‘intense’ rehearsal Orlando Flores Jr. A&E Editor

The University Singers and Midwestern Singers performed a variety of sacred and secular songs in different languages Oct. 24. Ayrian Boyd, a senior music education major, has been in University Singers for four years and in MIdwestern Singers for two. “University Singers is the bigger, more traditional choir, while Midwestern Singers is a smaller a cappella group that allows for more jazzy numbers with different movements,” Boyd said. Boyd sang a solo in the piece “Et Misericordia” due to the high nature of her voice. Her favorite piece of the night, however, was “Choose Something Like a Star”, a piece inspired by the Robert Frost poem. “I wasn’t too crazy about [the piece] at first,” Boyd said. “But there’s a high level of musicality to it. The phrasing and composition is very dynamic, and the more time I spent with it, I realized how flawless and beautiful it was.” The two choirs’ variety of pieces included performances of Joseph Flummerfelt’s “Danny Boy”, to Aguilar’s “Salmo 150”, Mac Huff’s “It Don’t Mean a Think if it Ain’t Got That Swing” and a rousing rendition of Moses Hogan’s “Ride on King Jesus.” The men’s section also accompanied the University Singers on two pieces, Bortniansky’s “Cherubim Song” and Richard Wagner’s “The Pilgrim’s Chorus” from the opera Tannhäuser. There were not any student compositions in this concert, but James Schuppener, choir director, said whenever a students does write a piece, they like to work it into their concerts. “We have included [student compositions] in the past,” Schuppener said. “It takes time for the students to write them, and then we have to give them a hearing,

The choir warms up before their fall concert on Tuesday in Akin Auditorium. Photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE

but when everything is ready for one we try to program it.” According to Schuppener, preparation for this concert required a substantial commitment for the 37 people involved. “We’ve rehearsed four hours a week since the beginning of school,” Schuppener said. “[Rehearsals] can be strenuous at times, and some of the music we sing can be extremely challenging.” Boyd agreed with Schuppener on the high demands of a big production such as the fall concert, restating the amount of time spent in class rehearsing, but also the outside work. “While most of the rehearsals

are during class hours, it’s still four hours a week,” she said. “There’s no down time during those rehearsals and it can get pretty intense.” Midwestern Singers meet even less than University Singers do only two hours a week. “We have to come with all of our music memorized to save time. It’s a lot of work outside of class. I don’t think people understand how much goes on during a concert,” she said. “There’s a lot of multi-tasking to be done when singing. There’s a lot of brainpower involved, and it can get real tiring.” Overall, Boyd said she hopes

the one thing that people took away from the evening’s concert was a new respect for choral music, and appreciation for the choir’s talents. “We have an amazing choir this year,” she said. “There is so much variety and beauty in these

pieces we’ve performed that I think there’s something in several of them for people to take with them. At the very least, I hope they can appreciate the talent and dedication of our choir.” Schuppener said he believes his department to be a vital pro-

gram to the university’s culture, and hopes that students and staff alike will come out and support future concerts put on by the music department.

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Wednesday — October 24, 2012

Banks, Lamar, Swift release new albums The best and worst of this week’s releases Orlando Flores Jr. A&E Editor

A mysterious frontman made his solo debut this week, a prodigious newcomer (finally) made their major label debt, and a seasoned teen idol released her latest big album to the masses. Along with the release of Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city and Taylor Swift’s Red, another album was quietly released by Paul Banks - his solo debut Banks. Banks has fronted the New York City-based band Interpol since 2002. While unknown to most of the

While it may not be as dark and brooding as the work he’s done with Interpol, fans of his band will be sure to find something they enjoy with his solo release. For the first time, Banks is able to stand out on his own, not behind a fake name or a full band. Because of this, it becomes quite clear just how big of a driving force he is behind Interpol, and the musical brilliance he possesses. After the disappointment that was Interpol’s self-titled comeback album two years ago, standout tracks like “Over My Shoulder”, “Lisbon” and “No Mistakes” have Banks sounding revitalized and ready to make great music again. With this great album under his belt now, hopefully he can carry this momentum over to the next Interpol album and give their fans the album they deserve. Score: 7.5/10 Kendrick Lamar may have five mix tapes and an independent album to his resume, but his major debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city has

music world, Interpol has gained a strong following in their 10 year history due to the major role they played in post-punk revival that included other New York bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and rock gods The Strokes. While this technically isn’t Banks first solo album (he previously released an album in 2009 as his alter ego Julian Plenti) this is the first album that Banks is calling his own. Banks continues with the trend of using electronic instruments that he started with his Julian Plenti album, but they aren’t as prevalent as before. With Banks, Banks releases a true indie-rock album.

had the music world waiting on the edge of their seat for what’s set to be the resurrection of West Coast hip-hop. Back in November, Lamar made an uncredited appearance on Drake’s instant classic Take Care during an interlude. The guest spot couldn’t have been more fitting, seeing as

Lamar’s aesthetic is similar to Drake’s emotion-fueled raps, but with a more gangster edge. This style is the centerpiece of good kid, m.A.A.d. city, as Lamar paints a vivid picture of the tough life he has lived on the streets of Compton. The cover art depicts an old, dated Polaroid picture of a young Lamar surrounded by family with his baby bottle and a 40 oz. in front of him on the table. Scribbled on the border is the album title accompanied by “A Short Film by Kendrick Lamar.” This description fits the album’s atmosphere perfectly. Lamar’s lyrics and storytelling are so on point that you can visualize everything he’s talking. This album strongly plays on every human emotion, as Lamar takes us on a true coming-of-age journey, chronicling his late teens and the troubles he’s faced in his personal life and his neighborhood. What’s most astonishing about Lamar’s debut is the cohesive sound the record has despite being produced by many of today’s top producers such as Dr. Dre, Hit-Boy, Pharrell, Tha Bizness and Just Blaze - all different producers with their own distinct sound. This in itself is an amazing feat, to get so many different personalities to focus on one sound and concept in a time when producers would rather be known for their specific sound than what they can accomplish together. What makes Lamar such a gifted rapper is his ability to make you feel whatever he’s feeling. Whether it’s the joys of West Coast living (“The Recipe”), or the struggles of wanting to do good when others around you aren’t (“The Art of Peer Pressure”, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”). Lamar will make you laugh, cry, cringe and panic during the 68 minutes his album fills. Lamar lets all of his personal side out with this album from the deeply depressed and alco-

hol dependence that runs in his family (“B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”), the playful, juvenile side that aspires to be the greatest rapper alive (“Backseat Freestyle”) and his attitude towards women (“Poetic Justice”, which features Drake returning the Take Care feature). This tearjerker of an album culminates in the gem that is “Sing for Me; I’m Dying of Thirs”, a two-part track that has Lamar speaking from the perspective of people he grew up with explaining their reasons for being products of their environment. With good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar has set the bar high for not only West Coast rappers, but rappers in general. The careful construction of this album and the all-out effort that put it together not only makes a strong album of the year candidate, but also an instant classic to be marvelled at for years down the road. It can be mentioned in the upper echelon that includes The Chronic, Ready to Die and even My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy. Score: 10/10 While Lamar released a strong contender for album of the year with his debut, Taylor Swift did not fair so well with Red. Admittedly, it’s known I’m not T-Swift’s biggest fan.

I will, however, say that with age comes maturity, and Red is

by far Swift’s most mature album to date. On Red, she doesn’t come across as the bratty teenage girl bitter about her breakup, but rather a smarter and wiser person because of what went wrong. The biggest improvement that Swift made between album number three and album number four is accepting what she really is - a pop star. While there are still traces of her country roots (“Red”, “All Too Well” & “I Almost Do” for example) littered throughout the album, it’s clear that Taylor has taken more of a “MTV” approach to her latest effort. Another surprise found here is the collaborations she’s done with male artists. “Everything Has Changed” with Ed Sheeran and “The Last Time” with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody both play off of Swift’s classic formula for crafting sappy love songs. Adding singers like Lightbody and Sheeran allows Swift to harmonize like she did with the Civil Wars this past summer. These singers add the missing element to most of Swift’s songs a male’s perspective or story. Because of this, these tracks standout more than any other love song she’s released in the past such as “Love Story” or “You Belong with Me” Tracks like hit singles “We are Never, Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble”, as well as “22” allow Swift to breathe more and have a little fun over bubbling pop beats that her normal singer-songwriter act did not permit. After the great tracks she put together for The Hunger Games soundtrack, this was the best move for Swift’s career. While the dark and brooding “Safe & Sound” displayed Swift’s full talent and potential, her safe zone (and what sells her albums) is the bubbly, catchy hooks and relationship tales that she’s based

her whole career off of. While I do applaud Swift for making the bold move of moving away from her early country sound and embracing who she really is, this also happens to be my biggest problem with her new album. While I’ll always promote artistic freedom and creativity, I believe it’s important that an artist knows what works well for them and what doesn’t. Swift is a pop star, but she should “never, ever, ever” be associated with dubstep or dance music. While Top 40 listeners may think this is a match made in Heaven, it’s instead something that sounds too awkward and forced for human ears. Though it sounds good on record or on radio or, even in the potential films, television shows and commercials they may soundtrack, the question of how Swift plans to stage and perform these songs live should be asked. Does she plan on having a drum machine or DJ backing up her band now? Or will she simply just pull out a guitar and play an acoustic version of it? Bottom line, I do not see TSwift being an EDM force like Rihanna, and her dabbling with the genre put a big hole in this album for me. All this being said, I’ll give Taylor Swift her due. While this will never be considered a great album, it is a step in the right direction for her career. I was thoroughly surprised by how much of this album I actually enjoyed. Score: 6/10

The three deadliest words in the world Documentary brings attention to global issues Madison Stanfill Staff Writer

Any birth is a cause for rejoicing, or so you would think. However, when the Student Sociologists Association aired the documentary It’s a Girl this past Monday in Shawnee Theater, students were shocked to learn that in some countries, being born a girl was punishable by death. Amy Diehl, the president of the Student Sociologists Association, first saw the documentary’s trailer on YouTube and immedi-

ately knew this was a movie that others needed to see. She brought the documentary to the attention of Dr. Emily LaBeff, a sociology professor and a sponsor of the SSA. “From the title, It's a Girl, a lot of people thought [the film] was just going to be about having babies when it was quite the opposite,” said Diehl. “When the first scene showed the woman talking about killing her eight children simply because they were girls, I think the message became clear this wasn't going to be a "feel-good" film about having babies.” The SSA bought the rights to air the documentary on campus

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in hopes to raise awareness of the global issue of gendercide. Gendercide—or the killing of babies based upon their gender— is more frequent when the child is a girl, and in countries that value men over women. It’s a Girl concentrated on the gendercide in India and China, and gave such horrifying examples of a mother casually demonstrating how she suffocated her baby girl. Another part of the film told the tale of an Indian woman who discovered she was carrying twin baby girls. Her husband repeatedly tried to abort the babies by sneaking something his wife was allergic to in her food. When that didn’t work, he tried pushing her down a flight of stairs - all because her babies were female. Even though the woman is currently trying to fight her husband in a court of law, the Indian government will not listen to her

case because of her gender. These are just two examples given out of the 90 minute documentary, with plenty more shocking instances in the film. Taylor, a student in the audience, expressed her astonishment at the content of the documentary to her friend, who was also amazed by what took place. “Who would have thought that being a girl could be a bad thing?” Taylor said. With the global issues such as gendercide and the treatment of


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women being addressed in the film, the SSA found it important to spread the word of what was occurring world-wide. “This past summer I taught a course on global issues, and the students were quite shocked at how women are treated globally,” said Dr. LaBeff. “We thought it was important to show on campus (outside of our classrooms) so we could reach a wider audience.” The SSA has previously shown two successful documentaries on campus before, but It’s A Girl seemed to generate immediate discussion as soon as the credits rolled. “After the film, a lot of students wanted to talk more about it and expressed how they had no idea this issue of gendercide even existed,” said Diehl. “To me, that speaks volumes and shows the students were engaged.” Although the film was free for everyone, the SSA did have to pay a fee to show It’s A Girl on

campus. However, with the success of the showing and the message that the documentary gives to the audience, both Diehl and Dr. LaBeff thought the cost was worth it. “I think documentaries can capture your attention in ways that giving out a pamphlet or listening to a speaker can't,” said Diehl. “There are a lot of students on campus who never have to step foot in a sociology class, so I think showing films is a great way to get students thinking about topics and issues that they may not have been exposed to before.” With the airing of It’s A Girl, Diehl and the SSA hope to bring more eye-opening documentaries to the Midwestern State student body. “I am certainly excited to show more films and try to get that theater packed again.” Diehl said. “I am always thinking of what films we could show next. Nothing is set in stone yet but there are some ideas in the works!”

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The Tellyfile Reality shows are more than the Shore, housewives and fights brittney cottingham editor-in-chief

The television business is still in mourning over the news that this current season of the MTV masterpiece that is Jersey Shore will be ending this year. No more drunk Snooki meltdowns or hearing “the cabs are here!” or even close-up shots of the Situation’s abs – what is a

reality TV junkie to do. Bravo, TLC and VH1 are now reality shows headquarters, giving fans the opportunity to watch kids in beauty pageants, every housewife show known to man and the ever-so-classy Honey Boo Boo. Then there is E! with its string of television shows all things Kardashian. This time next year, fans will probably be counting the days to see the premiere of Kim & Kanye Take Chicago. Even with all the TV gold

produced by Ryan Seacrest, some viewers find these shows unnecessary and full of a bunch of people who just want to be famous. Maybe that is true. So finding a list of reality TV shows that didn’t have drunk girls fighting each other or ones that chronicle the life of the extremely wealthy was difficult. For those who are looking for television shows with more substance, reality television has little option.

Long Island Medium TLC - Sundays @ 8 p.m. Sadly, long island medium isn’t the hottest new cocktail. This show follows Thersea Caputo – a New York mother who claims to be able to speak to the dead. After five minutes watching this show, fans are hooked as she visits clients with inspiring and remarkable stories. She does this all while trying to juggle her own family, that sometimes doesn’t understand her “gift.” RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race Logo - Mondays @ 8 p.m. This show is unpredictable, interesting and at times, campy. With that said, who wouldn’t love seeing drag queens lip sync for their lives on RuPaul’s hit drag competition show. The best divas from the last four season will strut their stuff on the main stage over the next few weeks until a winner is crowned. For those with an open mind and a sense of humor, give this show a shot.

Big Rich Texas Style - Sundays @ 7 p.m. If there was a Real Housewives of Dallas, this show would be it. Yet unlike the Housewives franchise, this show centers around the lives of five mothers and daughters who are members of an exclusive Dallas country club. Oh, the drama. The mother–daughter bonding is what makes this show great. It is rare that a show on television shares a positive image of the mother and daughter relationship. Sure, this version of the relationship has a little more plastic surgery, but bonding nevertheless. Wonder if a reality show on the Wichita Falls country club would be as interesting. Secret Princes TLC - Friday @ 9 p.m. This show is every girl’s Disney princess fantasy come true! Taking a different approach on a dating show, Secret Princes is refreshingly natural. These real-life princes travel to America in order to find love with an American girl. The series followed four royal men who lived in a house. They date. They fall in love. It really is a romantic comedy in reality TV form. The season finale of this show was last week, but thanks to the power of the Internet and Hulu, finding this won’t be a royal pain.

Married to Jonas E! - Sundays @ 9:30 p.m. Jonas Brothers fans adore this show because they get an inside look into the life of the former Disney star. Kevin and Danielle Jonas let cameras into their lives for the first time as Kevin prepares for the Jonas Brothers comeback album. For non-Jonas fans, the sometimes-quirky couple is fun to watch. This show is exactly what’s needed on a Sunday night after the Kardashians! Photo Courtesy

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‘King’ returns Nov.15 New Elvis musical production coming to area Shanice Glover Staff Writer

The King: Eras of a Legend, a show based on the life and career of Elvis Presley, will tour in Wichita Falls Nov. 15. Wayne Jackson, the music technician, said they plan on giving it a “Vegas Feel” with a lot of multimedia, lights and graphics. “We are going to try to keep the nostalgia, while also giving some modern-day production value,” he said. Charles Stone, a former tour producer for Elvis, is one of the masterminds behind the show. Stone states that after Elvis died, he had no involvement with any Elvis-related material for 20 to 25 years. “I had no interest in it,” Stone said. This all changed when Stone was invited to be a judge at The Hard Rock Café’s Elvis impersonation contest. He said the auditions that day were not that great, but he was encouraged to stay for the main attraction. Reluctantly, he decided to be polite and stay through the end of the show. That was when he met Kraig Parker, a professional Elvis impersonator. “I said whoa! This guy is good!” Stone said. Stone’s wife encouraged him to go talk to Parker after the show,

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and he admits that it has been a ride in heaven ever since. Stone and Parker have collaborated to make this a memorable show for all who attend. “It’s a brand new show and it’s going to rock the world,” Stone said. Part of the success of the show depends on the believability of Parker’s Elvis impersonation. Parker said that he has tried singing in nightclubs and recording his own music but they just weren’t his fit. He believes the reason he sells out arenas and has had such good luck doing this is how well his impersonation of Elvis is, claiming that he’s very similar to The King in real life. “There is a part of me that

comes across as Elvis,” Parker said. Along with his impersonation skills, the respect that Parker and Stone have received from Elvis’ massive amount of fans has also aided the shows success. “We are the only production that has the respect from the Elvis fans in the world,” Stone said. Staying true to who Elvis was, Stone and Parker are going to make tickets affordable for everyone. Tickets are on sale and prices range from $15 to $20. “We want everybody to come and be able to see the show,” Parker said.

Peace, Love & Lipgloss Winterizing your hair and skin routines Rachel Bingham print advertising manager

It may still be warm in Texas, but the weather is already changing. And with the new season comes dry, itchy skin and brittle hair. So how do you help keep them healthy during colder months? Proper moisturizing can go a long way!


Let’s start with hair. There are many hair types, but all variations take a toll when the temperature changes. So avoid a season-long “bad hair day” by first finding the right conditioner. Using a daily conditioner will help to keep your hair soft and healthy without weighing down your strands. Conditioner is not just for dry hair either. Oily hair also needs a good daily conditioner. Adding moisture to your hair will prevent your scalp from overproducing oil to make up for dryness. TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Conditioner ($14.49 at Target) drenches your locks with “comfort food for your hair”. If you need to go the cheaper route, Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner ($5.74 at Walmart) is a great alternative. In addition to conditioning your hair on a regular basis, a deep conditioning treatment can be used once or twice a week to retain moisture. It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask ($18.79 at is one of the best options out there. After soaking your hair in it for five to 15 minutes, your hair will feel like silk! If that’s not in your budget, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($5.97

at Walmart) treats dry, damaged hair with “three naturally derived extracts - olive, meadowform and sweet almond.” TIP: Limit your blow drying minutes to preserve moisture and prevent extra dryness.


Your skin will also be screaming for a drink once the weather turns cooler, and the same rule applies to skin as it does to hair - whether your skin is dry, oily or combination, you need moisturizer! Philosophy Hope in a Jar ($39 at Ulta) gives dry skin the ultimate pump of juice and leaves it feeling soft, healthy and fresh. It is quite high on the price range, but it’s a great face cream to have around for those super-dry days. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($14.99 at Target) is a less expensive option that gives skin in need a natural glow. If your skin is feeling extra dry, a good exfoliating scrub can do wonders. Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash ($25 at Ulta) is a two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator. It scrubs away nasty dead skin cells in thirty seconds flat and it is gentle enough to be

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used on a daily basis. Boots No7 Total Renewal Microdermabrasion Exfoliator ($15.79 at Target) is another product that can help your skin feel smoother and healthier. TIP: Keep your home warm, but not too hot. If the temperature inside is too different from the degrees outside, it can irritate your skin.


Finally, give your lips a sweep of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50 at www.sephora. com). This sweet magic in a tube will give your lips the ultimate royal treatment. Bonus: It comes in a variety of pretty colors! Obviously it’s a little steep in pricing, so another option is EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere ($2.99 at Target). TIP: In order to keep your hair, skin and lips healthy and radiant during winter months, maintain a balanced diet and drink tons of water! Your entire body will thank you.

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Wednesday — October 24, 2012

Lady Mustangs streak continues Orlando Flores Jr. A&E Editor

The volleyball team continued down the slippery slope of defeat this past weekend, dropping a close, five-set match to Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday 3-2, and a four-set match Saturday against Incarnate Word, 3-1 20-25 2520, 25-18, 25-20. The players struggled with errors against both teams, giving up 19 points off of mistakes in their losing sets to the Lady Javelinas, including the deciding point in the fifth set, and 22 points off of mistakes to the Lady Cardinals in losing sets. Each match could have gone either way, and often leaned in favor of the Lady Mustangs until the errors started piling up. In the match against Kingsville, the team battled, winning the first and third sets 25-20 and 25-15. The Kingsville players fought their way back into the match with second and fourth set vic-

Courtney Haney scored 11 points against Incarnate Word Saturday.

tories. That fourth set victory led to their last charge led by Dedra Brown to pick up the 15-6 fifth set victory, but it did not come without a few errors from the Lady Mustangs that included three of the last four points, including the match point. Beatriz Villalba led the Lady Mustangs in their fight against Kingsville with 10 kills, two blocks and two aces. Kasey Decker added nine kills and three blocks of her own, and Kristen Aduddell chipped in 18 assists and 13 digs. The Lady Mustangs’ outing on Saturday against Incarnate Word did not go to five sets, but it seemed like the same story all over again. MSU once again started with a 25-20 first set victory, but could not find a way to follow it up, dropping the following three sets 25-20, 25-18, 25-20. In each of those sets, the Lady Mustangs would hold anywhere from a five to two point lead over

the Lady Cardinals, but errors and great play from Incarnate Word’s Kelci Lind (13 kills, 2 blocks), prevented them from taking another set victory. Courtney Haney played a great game for the Lady Mustangs with eight kills, two aces, two blocks, 13 digs and 25 assists. Beatriz Villalba chipped in eight kills of her own, as well as three blocks. Michelle Blount also had eight kills, and added in five blocks. The Lady Mustangs stand at 4-19 on the season and a 2-11 record in Lone Star Conference Play. The team played Eastern New Mexico on Tuesday and their road trip finishes this weekend as they play Texas Woman’s University Friday and Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday.

Caitlin Wallace (10) spikes to give Mustangs a point.

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After a brief international break, the English Premier League resumed last weekend with a thrilling set of fixtures. The London derby kicked off the weekend with Chelsea thrashing Tottenham 4-2 at White Hart Lane. Gary Cahill scored the opener after 17 minutes to give the Blues the advantage. Nevertheless, William Gallas was able to notch the equalizer two minutes into the second half to give Tottenham some hope before Jermaine Defoe granted the





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home side the lead in the 52nd minute. Juan Mata was the architect of Chelsea’s attacking prowess in the last 30 minutes of the game as he scored in the 66th and 69th minute as well as assisted Daniel Sturridge for the game winner. At West Brom, a first-half red card for James Milner did not thwart Manchester City from winning. Shane Long put the home side ahead in the 67th minute with a well-poached goal after Peter Odemwingie’s shot on goal. Edin Džeko came on late in the second half to cancel out Long’s goal in the 80th minute and then scored the winner in the 90th minute. Džeko’s first goal was a fine header after Carlos Tevez floated in a free kick. Sergio Aguero as-

sisted Džeko for the winner after a counter attack. Liverpool served Reading with a 1-0 defeat at Anfield with Raheem Sterling scoring his first senior goal for the Reds. Similarly, Fulham edged a 1-0 home victory over Aston Villa courtesy of Chris Baird’s late goal. Fellow Londoner, Arsenal, was also a victim of a 1-0 shutout after Grant Holt’s 20th minute goal at Norwich. West Ham United gave Southampton a severe lashing with four goals for the Hammers in the second half. Mark Noble’s 46th minute free kick beat Artur Boruc for the opening goal. Kevin Nolan then gave the Hammers a comfortable lead two minutes later after collecting an excellent pass from Yossi Benayoun.

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Adam Lallana put the Saints back in the struggle as his goal made it 2-1. However, Noble scored from the spot to extend West Ham’s lead before Modibo Maiga curled in the winner with a few minutes to spare. Sunday’s games featured Sunderland hosting Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers at home to Everton. Both games were characterized by early leads, 1-1 results and own-goal equalizers. Yohan Cabaye gave Newcastle the lead in as early as the third minute but his teammate Demba Ba took it away by tucking the ball into his own net in the 85th minute. Likewise, Junior Hoilett got on the scoreboard in the third minute while the ball bounced off Julio César half an hour later for the equalizer. Still, the most interesting match of the weekend was Manchester United’s home fixture against stoke. Wayne Rooney carried on his fine form at the World Cup qualifiers to Old Trafford. Unfortunately, the game did not start well for Rooney, who scored an early own-goal from Charlie Adams’ free kick. The former eventually made amends a quarter of an hour later after heading in Robin Van Persie’s cross. Rooney’s goal instilled a muchneeded momentum in the home side as Van Persie was inspired to slot in the second. The referee had barely blown the whistle for the start of the

second half when Danny Welbeck scored a header off Rooney’s cross. Michael Kightly then found the back of the net in the 58th minute to narrow the Red Devils’ lead over the Potters. But Rooney struck again to make it 4-2 after Van Persie sent a corner kick to the box. Chelsea tops the table with 22 points while Manchester United and Manchester City are second and third with 18 points apiece. The world’s best league resumes this weekend with more entertainment. Chelsea will host Manchester United this Sunday, which will be the game of the week. Interestingly, both teams will face each other three days after for the Capital One League Cup. The Blues will host the Red Devils for this fixture. Also in London Saturday is the London derby between Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers. Liverpool will face local rivals Everton at Anfield for the Liverpool derby. Other Saturday fixtures include Aston Villa at home against Norwich, Wigan hosting Wes Ham, Sunderland visiting Stoke City, Fulham at Reading and Manchester City playing host to Swansea. West Brom will travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle while Southampton will host Tottenham at St. Mary’s Stadium for Sunday’s fixtures. Keep in touch via BBC, Sky Sports and Fox Soccer.



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MSU squeeze by ACU 35-31 Orlando flores jr. A&E editor

A 14-7 third quarter outing for the No. 12 Midwestern State Mustangs proved to be the deciding factor in Saturday’s grueling back-and-forth affair with Abilene Christian, as the Mustangs charged their way to their sixth victory of the season with a 35-31 victory. The team’s running game was again, the focus of their offense, chalking up 389 yards and five touchdowns off of 53 carries. Quarterback Brandon Kelsey led the Mustangs’ offensive output with 141 rushing yards and four touchdowns off of 18 carries. Kelsey also completed 12 of his 16 passing attempts for 121 yards and one interception. Chauncey Harris was Kelsey’s favorite target against ACU, grabbing 4 passes for 57 yards. Keidrick Jackson’s normal touchdown output was limited to just one, an 8-yard run during the Mustangs’ decisive third quarter push, but he more than made up for it by chalking up 197 of the Mustangs’ 389 total rushing yards. Jackson has flourished this season for the Mustangs. “I haven’t looked at my stats throughout the season. For me, I’m just going out there to help get wins and win our conference,” said Jackson. “I’m just taking it opponent by opponent and trying to get the next win.” He has tallied up a total of 869 yards off of 113 carries, and his rushing yards-per-game stat stands at 124.1, only 2 yards short of Dominic Rhodes’ benchmark of 126.1 set in 2000. “Rhodes is a good player,” said Jackson. “It’s a good compliment to be up there with one of the best running backs in Midwestern State history, but I’m more concerned with winning.” If he stays consistent, Jackson is set to at least rush for 1200-

Keidrick Jackson made an eight-yard run for a touchdown against Abilene Christian University Saturday night. File photo by MEGHAN MYRACLE

plus yards this season, a feat that could land him the second or third spot on the Mustangs’ rush yards in a season list. Henry Anders currently holds the number two spot with 1291 yards during the 1991 season, while Dominic Rhodes sits at number one with 1387 yards in 2000. Jackson already holds the 10th spot for last season’s output of 1044 yards. Jackson recorded his 13th touchdown of the season, and

could possibly break the Mustangs’ record of 19 touchdowns in one season, set by Daniel Polk in 2007, with three games left to go in the regular season. Jackson is also tied for second for the most rushing touchdowns in a game with four from his two performances against Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas A&M-Kingsville this season. The Mustangs’ defense did an excellent job defending the run, holding Abilene Christian to 92 yards off of 32 attempts, but their

Achilles’ heel was once again the passing game. ACU quarterback Mitchell Gale aired out 355 yards and three touchdowns off of a 26-for38 completion rate against MSU. Taylor Gabriel tore up the Mustangs’ secondary as Gale’s favored target, pulling in nine receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns. After a 14-14 first quarter, the Mustangs found themselves trailing going into the second half after ACU put three points on the

board behind a 32-yard field goal by Ryan Owens. The Mustangs answered back in the third quarter with touchdowns from Jackson and Kelsey, but ACU once again gained the upper hand in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Gale to tight-end Jamie Walker to lead 31-28 with less than six minutes left in the quarter. A clutch 75-yard drive that culminated in an 11-yard rush from Kelsey with 90 seconds left in the

game, along with airtight defense, secured the Mustangs victory. The Mustangs improve to 6-1 with the victory, and stand at 5-1 in the Lone Star Conference. They return home on Saturday to take on Eastern New Mexico at 7 p.m. for the first of the three remaining regular games. “I think every team wants to win a national championship,” said Jackson. “But our main goal is to win our conference and ultimately do better than we did last year.”

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beautifully. “Ashley is a talented player,” said Trimble. “She stays composed with the ball and finishes well.” The Lady Mustangs put together an even better performance Sunday afternoon by thrashing Texas A&M Commerce 3-0 at home. Haley Crandall scored her first goal of the season by shooting a 16-yarder past the Lioness’ goalkeeper Tracey Rogers. Mickey Brown followed suite a few minutes later by heading in a rebound that resulted from Rogers’ save of an earlier shot. The Lady Mustangs completed the remarkable victory with a superb 70th-minute goal by Payton Fookes. Fookes’ fourth goal of the season resulted from a counter attack. MSU will travel to Abilene this Friday to kick off at 4 p.m. “ACU is starting to play really well and we will have to be ready to play,” said Trimble. “We will need to keep playing good defense and attack their backs out wide a try to get our opportunities.”

Lady Mustangs win back-to-back games

Mickey Brown attempts a shot in the box. Photo by KERRI CARTER

Haley Crandall fights for the ball with a defender. Photo by KERRI CARTER

The women’s soccer team upset the Pioneers of Texas Woman’s University with two dramatic second-half goals. TWU pressured the Lady Mustangs in the first half and was rewarded with a 34th-minute goal. Jillian Fuerman headed in Lauren Smith’s corner to give the Pioneers the lead. MSU, however, was able to play a great game of soccer in the second half and it paid off. Ashley Cottrell displayed the characteristics of a consistent player by granting the Lady Mustangs the equalizer with a wellstruck volley. “I was very impressed with the girls,” said Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jeff Trimble. “I loved the fact that we were able to have a successful weekend for the seniors.” A minute after leveling things up, Cottrell went ahead to break the Pioneers hearts with a wonderful 82nd minute goal. Cottrell headed in Payton Fookes’ corner kick past TWU goalkeeper Lindsey Sisco to wrap up the game

MSU places 2nd at Lone Star Conference championship Damian atamenwan sports editor

The cross country team fell to second place in the Lone Star Conference championship in Lawton, Oklahoma for the first time in five years. West Texas A&M University finished first and was crowned champions of the Lone Star Conference.

“West Texas ran really well,” commented Head Cross Country Coach Koby Styles. “ We just happened to have our worst day of the season.” Janel Campbell led the Mustangs at eighth with a finishing time of 22:51. Ashley Flores was right behind Campbell as she clocked 22:56. Michelle Krezonoski (23:08), Abigail Gonza-

lez (23:26) and Kim Krezonoski (23:37) finished 12th, 16th and 19th. Brittany Adams (23:53) and Tylo Farrar (24:08) finished 24th and 26th to round up the Lady Mustangs top seven runners. MSU had a total running time of 1:55:58 and an average of 23:12. West Texas A&M, on the other hand, clocked a total of 1:53:22

and an average of 22:41. According to Coach Styles, the Lady Buffs were hungrier than the Lady Mustangs were. Styles expressed his concern over the outcome of the race despite high expectation. “I’m not satisfied. We have a better team,” he said. “We didn’t run up to our standard.” MSU has a chance to defend

the regional championship on Nov. 3 in Denver, CO. “It’s not over yet,” Styles said. “We get to live another day.” The Lady Mustangs have to be among the top five in the regional race to qualify for the championship, which is scheduled for Nov. 17 in Joplin, MO. “It’s not going to be easy seeing that the No. 1 and 4 in the

nation are in our region,” Styles said. “Altitude would be a factor as well.” Styles and his team have started making plans to defend their regional title. “We plan on running a little bit tighter as a group,” he said. “If we stick to the plan we will be alright. The girls are motivated and hungry for victory.”

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