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Student allocations doles out funds BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR The Student Allocations Committee has increased the recommended budget for Student Services in the 2011-2012 school year by $263,441. This brings the estimated income to $2,415,765. Each student pays a Student Service Fee of $15.50 per semester credit hour, with a maximum charge of $250 for one semester. These fees provide funding for various student service programs including recreational sports, the music department and The Wichitan. Every year the Student Allocations Committee considers requests by various departments and allocates funds based upon the demands and the amount of funds available. The fairness lies within the structure of the process, said Dr. Keith Lamb, associate vice president of student affairs. The Vinson Health Center asked for an increase of $126,557, the largest recommended this year, for a total budget of $516,218.

“We had money granted to add a parttime physician and expand hours,” said Peggy Boomer, Vinson Health Center director. But according to Boomer, the increased amount was ultimately not given.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club was allocated $2,000. Last year it did not request funds. “In the past, this committee has provided funding to different club sports at MSU, such as the Rugby Club,” Lamb said. “Most student organizations,

EDITOR IN CHIEF Enrollment at MSU is down by 244 students since Fall 2010, according to the office of admissions. Administrators are toying with some theories about what caused the shortfall in enrollment. Among the potential answers are higher admissions standards, a struggling national economy, and an inability to seal the deal with potential students. New first-time freshmen took the hardest hit, going from 739 last year to 607 this year. Freshmen moved from 560 to 502, a loss of 58 students. Sophomores went from 1,175 to 1,123, shedding 52 students. Juniors lost the fewest students, moving from 1,328 to 1,278. It was a loss of 50 students. Seniors actually gained 45 students and post-baccalaureates added 7 students, putting them at 1,955 and 80 students, respectively. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness plans to analyze the shortfall in enrollment. Some conclusions should be reached by the end of September, said Dr. Robert Clark, vice president of institutional effectiveness. “I don’t know what we’re going to find,” Clark said. “The economy has got to play a role in this.” He said home foreclosures, along with the availability of community colleges, probably displaced some of MSU’s potential student base. Higher admission standards also probably contributed to the problem. In 2007, the Texas Legislature created a Uniform Admission Policy (UAP) for universities, said Barbara Merkle, director of admissions. It required senior institutions to seek new admission criteria. Historically, Texas high schools have offered three diploma types: minimum, recommended and distinguished. The UAP says that MSU cannot admit students who do not graduate or who graduate under the minimum plan. Benchmark tests, however, could be used to admit a student who previ-

to $11,000. Voices requested $10,500. Disability Student Services was granted a $29,865 increase from last year’s budget of $163,111.



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ously didn’t meet admission criteria. “We knew that would change the applicant pool,” Merkle said. “We aggressively went after students who met those criteria.” More than 1,400 potential students met the standards for enrolling in MSU, but only 607 students actually registered for classes. Along with figuring out why potential students didn’t attend MSU, the study will research where those potential students ended up. “The students listened to our recruitment speech and were enticed to take a look at Midwestern,” Merkle said. “They followed through the application process and we admitted them. What did we not do? That’s what we’re going to be looking at.” Merkle said it’s common for prospective college freshmen to apply to numerous institutions before they ultimately decide where they want to attend. “It’s a comparison,” she said. Students look at how affordable attending an institution will be, which includes scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Only after researching numerous schools do many students make a final decision about where they want to enroll. “It’s been the trend for years,” Merkle said. “The high-echelon students, the ones who we want, who have the intellectual vitality to stay in college, everybody wants them. It’s very competitive.” One thing that gives MSU an advantage, she said, is its physical campus. Once students actually visit the school, they’re more inclined to enroll. She said academic research on this subject has not been done yet. Merkle explained the drop in sophomore and juniors by saying that some of these students may be sitting out for a semester. She refers to them as “stop and go” students. “They can only afford to come every other semester, so they might come every spring,” she said. “But if they drop out for a semester they may miss a sequence of classes they need to complete their degrees.”

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The women carefully pull their hot pink and black-striped tights over their knees. Sliding their feet into their neon quad skates, they feel a rush of emotions. This is their night – This rink. These girls. This game. Their laces seem to tie themselves as the adrenaline pumps through their bodies. They swiftly glide toward the roller rink. Stop. Exhale. Go! “When people think of roller derby, they think of crazy chicks on skates beating the tar out of each other,” Skater Kelly Soerens said. “But it is far more of a sport than people realize. This is not the banked-track, blood-and-guts WWF-on-skates as it was in past decades. There are rules and athletic ability involved.” Roller derby began in the 1930s, but it has been modernized in the early 2000s. The revival took place in Austin and has quickly grown in popularity. People in Wichita Falls can now say they have hopped on the bandwagon with the Wichita Falls Derby Dames. The women have been practicing for a little more than a month, but they can already see improvement.


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Spare a penny for a millionaire?

Most politicians would rather not discuss their incomes in public. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), however, let MSNBC interviewer Chris Jansing know he brings in $600,000 annually. In reality, Fleming has an income of about $6 million. “The amount that I have to reinvest in my business and feed my family is more like $600,000 of that $6.3 million,” said Fleming. “So by the time I feed my family I have, maybe, $400,000 left over to invest in new locations, upgrade my locations, buy more equipment.” Fleming believes taxes on the wealthy should be lowered, not raised. He stated he cannot afford a tax hike, as President Obama is recommending. It’s hard to be sympathetic for a politician who rakes in more money than 98 percent of the U.S. population.

In Fleming’s district, the median annual income is $31,000. Compared to his $600,000, $31,000 is measly. If Congress were to repeal the Bush tax cuts, Fleming would pay 4.6 percent more annually. This would leave Fleming with only $572,400. Taking into account the $200,000 Fleming requires to feed his family, he would net $372,400. Obviously, repealing the tax cuts would greatly handicap Fleming and his family. Who is he kidding? $372,400 is definitely enough money for investments and rainy days. Fleming stated repealing the tax cuts would not create new jobs and would not help the economic situation. Before the Bush tax cuts were signed into law, Americans created 22 million new jobs and enjoyed a sustained period of economic suc-


For the Labor Day weekend, I decided to go home and visit my family in Dallas. It had been a long while since I’d last seen them. The summer had rewarded me in many ways, but only after a great deal of work and frustration, and I could use the R&R. I’d eaten very poorly throughout the entire summer thanks to fast food restaurants and my own amateur cooking, and I couldn’t wait for a good home-cooked meal! That Friday started off very well. I woke up early and made it to class on time, and I felt that I’d done well on my first test for Interpersonal Communication. As soon as we were dismissed from class, I was practically in my car and ready to head home. My tank was full, and I had a great playlist ready on my iPod. I’d spent some time the night before filling it with great rock and roll songs specifically suited for driving. All the essentials were there. Van Halen, AC/DC, Sammy Hagar, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Bob Seger, and plenty of others. I set it on shuffle, and let my own personal radio station surprise me with what came up next. Overall the drive went very well. My fellow drivers on the road weren’t too stupid or unreasonable; I didn’t pass too many skunks; and thankfully, the highway troopers completely ignored my expired inspection sticker in favor of chasing the bigger lawbreakers and speed demons! Although those horrible road obstacles passed me by, the biggest monster of them all did not. Before I could arrive home, I had to face one of the most horrible, repulsive, and infuriating things the modern world had to offer: Traffic! Not just any traffic, mind you, but I-35 West Traffic! Then I-820 after that, which is even worse! Driving down either of those two roads is like playing bumper cars in a river of half-frozen molasses! In retrospect, I might have

been able to advance a few levels in Angry Birds while sitting there! (I didn’t try that, nor do I recommend you to.) Of course, nothing in the modern world will ruin a good mood faster than bad traffic. As soon as that long line of cars came into view, I began to scowl. Then my iPod decided to adopt a rather evil sense of humor! Out of nowhere, it started to play the best songs on the driving play list at the most inconvenient and ironic time. “Highway to Hell?” More like slow boat to Hell! Metallica’s “Fuel?” Well, I was certainly wasting it! “I Can’t Drive 55?” Yes, but for all the wrong reasons! All my favorite speedingticket songs were playing, and I could not do them justice! Then Ozzy Osbourne’s signature song, “Crazy Train,” came on. At first, this did nothing at all to me. But then, with nothing better to do, I listened to the lyrics. “Crazy, but that’s how it goes / Millions of people living as foes. / Maybe it’s not too late / to learn how to love and forget how to hate.” With those last few phrases in my mind, I couldn’t help but feel a little foolish. I was stuck in a traffic jam. So what? At least I had a car that I could drive home to see my family with! Life wasn’t that bad, and my destination wasn’t any more important than anyone else’s. Life in America has gotten a lot faster over the years, but we don’t need to let it turn us into jerks. We can take little things like bad traffic. It was only a few minutes later when I realized what had happened to me. I said aloud to my empty car, “Wait a minute! Did I just find Inner Peace from OZZY OSBOURNE?! The Prince of Darkness? The guy who bit the head off of a bat?! That guy calmed me down?!” The only response I could give myself was laughter, and I didn’t stop until I rolled into my driveway!

cess stories. Fleming fancies himself as an amazing, job-creating patriot who is victimized by “class warfare.” It’s a little disheartening to hear a multi-million-dollar congressman complain about his taxes being hiked a little bit. Although no one likes to pay taxes, the truth is taxes support the very infrastructure that keeps this country afloat. Fleming owns many business ventures, including Subway restaurants and UPS stores. We aren’t attacking Fleming’s success. His virtue is none of our business, but creating jobs is part of his. Fleming needs to step up to the plate and accept a tax hike that will create jobs and help the economy. Other congressmen should follow suit.

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Editor in Chief: Chris Collins Managing Editor: Brittney Cottingham A&E Editor: Anastasia Reed Op-Ed Editor: Kaja Banas-Salsman Sports Editor: Damian Atamenwan Web/ Photo Editor: Hannah Hofmann Advertising manager: Rachel Bingham Copy editor: Kristina Davidson adviser: Randy Pruitt contributors: Orlando Flores, Josh Hayter, Doance Wilkinson, Tolu Agunbiade, Andre Gonzalez Staff Photographer: Kassie Bruton

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Letter to the editor Wichitan Staff, I’m disappointed that the cartoon on page 2 of the September 7th edition was passed as printable. It is sexist, obnoxious, irrelevant, and witless. Any cartoon submitted by this artist should be carefully inspected to avoid disgrace to your publication. If this paper continues to print such derogatory nonsense, perhaps it should be a member of the “dying breed.” Regards, Hillary Coenen

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On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, the Mustangs football team played a game at the famous Cowboys Stadium. Unfortunately, MSU did not do the greatest job in advertising or communicating to the student body about this rather exciting event. Walking around campus last week, I didn’t see any flyers, posters, pamphlets, or announcements about MSU playing at the prestigious stadium. As many know, going to a Cowboys game at their stadium

can be quite pricey. Having the opportunity to see MSU students play football in the massive structure is not only exciting, but a huge event for football players and students alike. Who wouldn’t want to be able to say, “My Alma Mater’s football team played at Cowboys Stadium when I was going to school.”? It seems MSU didn’t even make an attempt to inform the majority of the student body about this fantastic event.

Luckily word-of-mouth really helped the Mustangs out this time around. The turnout for the game was impressive, despite the poor advertising on the school’s side. If MSU were to play at Cowboys Stadium in the future I would hope that the administration would make a bigger effort to reach the majority of the student body about the upcoming event. Now, if we only had as big of a turnout for games at Memorial Stadium...



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The Derby Dames at practice. Kassie Bruton “You get your sea legs back pretty quickly,” Nursing Student Lauren Shelton said. “If you skated as a kid, and if you put skates back on, it takes about 30 minutes to get your sea legs back and about a week to get your footwork back.” While footwork can come back quickly, many of the women aged 21 to 45 years old have difficulty hitting the brakes. While some of the teammates are still adjusting to quad skates, as opposed to blades, the other women are frightened that stopping will injure them. “It’s scary, because if I get hurt, that’s going to affect my job,” Aerobic Instructor Anna Jentsch said. “Thank God for the pads. But we’re all there to help each other. Nobody

laughs – we all fall and we’re all learning together.” Shelton recently injured herself while skating for fun. In her opinion, most of the injuries are conditioning problems. The team needs to work on strengthening their muscles to be able to withstand physical contact. The team is also working together in another aspect – every woman is a part of a committee, and many of them have referred to it as a second full-time job. “It’s not for everybody,” Skater Larissa Loyd said. “It does require a lot of time. It’s skater-owned, skater-operated…so we have to be very dedicated to that. But I like that aspect. Everybody is working together.”

At practice, the girls have been working on technique. During a “bout,” the girls must skate while squatting. This has proved to be challenging, but the women recognize that it does help with stability. “The snake drill (is my favorite part),” Graduate Teaching Assistant Rachel Rex said. “You have to weave in and out between girls without falling or colliding with the other girls. In the process, you must tell the girls whether you are going to the inside or outside of the line that moves at a brisk pace.” Rex has also embraced the roller derby style with a new name – Sanchosaurus Rex. This is something that every teammate will do before bouts begin in January.

Roller derby has brought many of the women together – which was unexpected by some of them. “Derby seems to bring the renegades together – the women who ‘didn’t really hang out with the girls,’” Catherine Deem said. “We were the ones who were the tomboys, the loners, and playing sports. I really love that I’ve found other women with like-minds who I can hang out and be competitive with.” Other teammates said they are getting what they bargained for. “I have followed roller derby since I was a kid in the 70s,” Jennifer Lewis said. “I liked how the girls were powerful, and ever since then I wanted to do derby.” Practice is somewhat of a girls’ night for some of the women. Whether they are full-time students, mothers, or work long hours, time at derby practice is personal time. “I really wanted to do something that was for me,” Jenn Neal said. “I have kids that are very active and most of my time is devoted to them. I wanted to remember what it felt like to be devoted to something for me.” The entire league is currently on a 90-day probation while they prepare to split into teams. Every player must meet certain requirements set by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. During this preparation, the women are strengthening and improving their skills daily. “You never know what you’re capable of until you push yourself,” Deem said. “And derby is definitely pushing me. I find out more about myself at every practice.” The women agree that roller derby is for everyone. Whether you play, watch or support, everyone can enjoy it.


CAMPUS BRIEFS Wednesday The Wealth Gap in America 1:30 p.m. CSC Shawnee. Student Success Series: MyFace, Spacebook, and Other Issues of Technology for Students 7 p.m. CSC Comanche Suites.


Speakers and Issues: Exploring the Edges of Texas 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Museum of Art at MSU. Admission is free, donations are welcome.


MSU Family Day Noon


Annual Book Banning and Censorship Protest 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. CSC Atrium and Sunwatcher Plaza.


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Blood donations needed in Southwest region More than 70 students contribute in American Red Cross Blood Drive to increase blood supply BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR For freshman Valerie Campbell, donating blood at Tuesday’s American Red Cross Blood Drive was not simply just to help out a good cause. It was to return the favor. Campbell was born she had five blood transfusions. That is at least five pints of blood that people donated that kept her alive. After her mother gave birth to her

older brother in Spain, doctors didn’t give her a shot for being a negative blood type. “When I was born, my mom’s red and white blood cells attacked my red and while blood cells and it drained me of blood,” Campbell said. “It saw me as an infection because I am A positive and I am A negative. They do not mix.” As of result of her multiple transfusions, Campbell has anemia, which means she has less than the normal amount of red blood cells. That also means she does not have enough iron in

MSU junior Katherine McDaniel seen donating blood Tuesday afternoon. McDaniel has donated blood more than 15 times. Hannah Hofmann

her blood streams, which does make it difficult each time she donates blood. Ultimately, Campbell was not able to give blood at Tuesday’s blood drive due to her iron level. Campbell was one of the over fifty students who played a part in the Red Cross that took red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Platelets go to cancer victims while plasma goes to blood victims. According to Kelly Carlin, donor recruitment representative of the southwest region, the Red Cross is in incredible need right now because their blood supply is extremely low. “(The blood supply) is very low to where they are taking about the hospitals possibly cancelling surgeries due

this,” Carlin said. To get more students involved, the Red Cross conducted a drawing giving away ten $100 gift cards to lucky donors. Over the course of two days, 73 students collected 44 units of blood, which has the potential of saving up to 132 lives. “Even though he is afraid of needles, sophomore Mark Broomfield has donated blood two times prior of this blood drive and said contributing is easy to do and anyone can participate. “(When you donate) always come with a friend, it really helps with nerves and it gets easier as it goes along,” Broomfield said. “But the process isn’t painful at all, just a little prick.”

Donor Katerine McDaniel has donated blood more than fifeteen times. McDaniel also believes the pricking of the finger tip is the most painful part of the giving blood experience. “It of course feels uncofortamble but I feel good about helping others,” McDaniel said. Sophomore Konor Swedberg has given blood four times. Swedberg gives blood simply to “help out” a great cause. The American Red Cross has plans on coming back to MSU in November 4th in the Student Clark Center in the Comanche Room in hopes of increasing their blood supply.

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Students gathering outside the blood-mobile Tuesday afternoon.

ALLOCATIONS continued from page 1 “We requested more because DSS has continually had problems on the budget allotted,” said Debra Higginbotham, director of Disability Student Services. “It has stayed pretty low but the population hand the services have grown substantially.” The extra money is needed to cover the expenses of personal services provided by contract labor, mainly sign language interpreters that the university is mandated to provide, Higginbotham said. It will also provide additional services for students who need assistance in performing and assessing classroom requirements. Clark Student Center was allocated the second highest recommended budget with an increase of $51,183 from last year. They only requested $445,866, which is an over $8,000 decrease from 2010 to 2011. From 2010 to 2011, Student Development received $136,915 from student services. This year they were granted $165,915, a $29,000 boost. The first initiative behind the increased requested was to further en-

hance the amount of financial support available to registered student organizations on campus available through the Student Organization Fund, Matthew Park, director of student development and orientation, said. The department also wanted to provide leadership development programs along with other resources for students and student organization such as workshops, conferences and travel opportunities. Both of these initiatives stemmed from commitments made to the student body during the passage of the student athlete fee, Park said. “The final justification for the increased requested was to provide additional student assistant hours to help coordinate and deliver the new services and programs in the areas of student leadership development, student organization support, and co-curricular organization management,” Park said. Student wages in Student Development were increased by $15,000 from last year’s wages of $10,400. Recreational Sports received ex-

actly what they requested for its operation budget for the academic year in $155,296. Over half of that budget, $78,192, is being used as administrative salaries for assistant director, Randy Canivel, and dean of University Wellness, Dr. Joey Greenwood. With a $6,000 increase, the Counseling Center was also granted what they requested in the amount of $299,996.

The Artist-Lecture series got $81,700, Career Management Center was allocated $150,000, the cheerleaders received $59,485 and the Wai-Kun got $10,500 all the same as last year’s budgets. Athletics budget was cut completely losing $100,000. “Our students voted to assess themselves money to go to the athletic department,” said vice president of university advancement and student

affairs, Dr. Howard Farrell. “Between $550,000 to $600,000 previous went to athletics. So students voted a fee (to be set) that would go directly to athletics and we would not longer take athletics from the student services.” The Wichitan was allocated $28,500 for the 2011 to 2012 school year. This is a $3,500 increase from last years.





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Lights,” which this year wrapped up five critically acclaimed but perilously low-rated seasons, first on NBC and then on DirecTV. Chandler’s competition included three multiple Emmy nominees who have never won: Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” Hugh Laurie of Fox’s “House” and Michael C. Hall of Showtime’s “Dexter.” “I did not write anything and now I’m starting to worry,” Chandler said with a smile during his speech. Other first-time winners included best supporting actor, drama, Peter Dinklage, who stands 4-foot-5, for his part as “the Imp,” a crafty and debauched member of the ruling family in “Game of Thrones”; and best supporting actress, drama, Margo Martindale, for her role as an unlikely crime boss in FX’s “Justified.” Dinklage summed up the unpredictable nature of the evening by saluting his rivals for the best supporting dramatic actor category, including John Slattery of “Mad Men” and Alan Cumming of “The Good Wife.” “Wow, I followed Martin Scorsese,” Dinklage marveled.

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BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR It’s been three long months for Glee fans who missed seeing Mr. Schuester’s curly locks, hearing their beloved Mercedes hit notes they didn’t know were possible and witnessing the adorableness that is Kurt and Blaine. Gleeks weren’t completely abandoned by the show’s hiatus as rumors and controversy surrounded it all summer. For those who missed it - Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang) and Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson) were promoted to the regular cast. But it was the scandal involving newbie Chord Overstreet, played Sam Evans, who kept fans wondering. Even though he had plenty of story lines during season two, Overstreet was left as a guest star. After much speculation, Overstreet decided to leave the show that made him famous to pursue a solo music career. Fans were disappointed again when

producer, Ryan Murphy, revealed some fan favorites would be graduating at the end of season three. Murphy also said that any plans of a possible spin-off with the graduating cast were put on hold. Now with some of the summer questions answered, the Emmy nominated show returned Tuesday with its premiere episode, “The Purple Piano Project.” The episode began with Glee’s answer to “Gossip Girl,” Jabor Ben Israel, who within the first five minutes layed out which McKinley kids would be graduating. Mike, Finn, Kurt, Rachel, Santana and Brittany are seniors and planning for college, some more than others. It is also revealed that Artie along with Tina are juniors. Merecedes does update Gleeks on her relationship status. She’s got a new man and it is not Sam Evans! Her relationship with Sam is “so last June” since he moved out of state for his dad’s job. Merecedes introduced fans to her new massive linebacker beau, Marcus.

Santana and Brittany are back in their Cheerios uniforms. Lauren Zizes has quit the glee club and broken up with Puck. In the beginning of the episode, Quinn is MIA. Emma and Will are finally back together, even making each other lunches. Will is obviously taking things seriously this time around with Emma. He even hints at a possible marriage. Another glee wedding, anyone? Speaking of Mr. Schue, he has major plans this year on keeping the New Direction on track after a failed attempt at Nationals. To start, the group developed a plan to get new members by placing three purple pianos randomly around McKinley. This leads the gang to the first number of the night, an 80’s classic “We Got the Beat” by the Go-Go’s that ended in a food fight. The season premiere also established a new Will versus Sue Sylvester war, unfortunately. But the writers are shaking things up a bit this year with having Will’s arch

nemesis running for Congress. Sue’s platform is getting rid of all arts programs not only in Ohio but across the nation. With pink hair, nose ring and a fresh Ryan Seacrest tattoo, Miss Quinn Farbary has “found herself.” She quit the New Directions and the cheer squad, breaks up the unholy trinity and has found a new group of friends called the shanks. Her new attitude adds so much to her character who last season appeared dry. Vanessa Legies joined Glee this season as bad girl Sugar Motta, who thinks she can save the glee club. Turns out she really can’t sing, leaving Mr. Schue for the first time to reject someone from glee club. New BFF’s Kurt and Rachel set their sights on college in the Big Apple. To get a head start on the competition, Kurt and Rachel attend a pre-college meeting for New York Academy of Arts with students they assumed would be rejects. Instead they walk into a crazy room full of Kurts and Rachels, questioning their talents.

In the room is “The Glee Project” favorite, Lindsay Pearce, who gives one of the best performances of the night with a mash-up for “Anything Goes/ Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better.” Finally, Blaine Anderson has officially been de-Warblerized. Blaine couldn’t stay away from McKinley or Kurt for that matter. In true Glee fashion, he introduced himself by doing an outstanding solo performance of “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones, which ended with a fire, as a cigarette sent one of the purple pianos up in flames in the courtyard. The most shocking moment of the episode was when Mr. Schue banned Santana from the Glee club after finding out she’s the one that set the piano on fire under Sue’s command. The episode ended with the glee club “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray” all decked out in purple. Next episode entitled, “I am Unicorn” will feature auditions for the school musical of “West Side Story.” Gleeks won’t be disappointed.

Spoiler alert: The X factor JONATHAN STORM MCT I’m not supposed to spoil your viewing experience by telling you what happens on the first two-hour episode of the TV season’s biggest new series, “The X Factor,” which airs at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday on Fox. But even Simon Cowell would like you to believe it’s totally different from “American Idol.” Eighty jillion people line up to be the next big star. A few of them make it through to be seen by the four judges who try to inject some of their personality into the equation. Some of the performers are ridiculous, some are pretty good, and one or two rip your heart out of your chest and make you cry. By now, you know if you have what it takes to sit through hours every week of the caterwauling, the frequently forced judges’ bickering, the overblown sound and visuals, the audience’s enigmatic voting patterns, and the annoying host’s hype to get to those powerful moments. About 50 million people a week still do, if you add the viewership for the show’s two nights, making “Idol” TV’s No. 1 show eight years in a row. “The X Factor” is different as follows: The contestants can be as young as 12, and there is no up-

per age limit; additionally, there’s a category for groups. Auditions, which make up the show’s first four hours this week, take place before big audiences in big arenas in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, N.J., and Seattle. About 90 winners go to a “boot camp,” where they train and perform under the tutelage of the judges, as the field is winnowed. Eventually, there’s a series of live competitions, just like “Idol,” and the TV audience narrows the field until there is one winner. And instead of having big Coca-Cola cups from which to drink their sodas while the grueling judging drags on and on, Cowell, Abdul, big-time record exec L.A. Reid and former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger will sip from Pepsi cups. The winner will perform in a Pepsi ad in the Super Bowl and snag a $5 million recording contract. “The winner is guaranteed to walk away with $5 million in cash,” Cowell told TV critics at their annual meeting in Los Angeles this summer. In a medium where people rarely have a clue what will succeed or fail, “X Factor” is perhaps the most obvious TV hit ever developed. Las Vegas would go broke offering gambles like that. There’s another “X Factor” certainty: For the next three months, the only way to avoid the blaring discussion of the show and its judges and contestants (some in Wednesday’s two-hour premiere are truly marvelous) is to move out of the United States. But be careful where you land. “The X Factor” is already a hit in more than 30 countries from Australia to Kazakstan.

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MSU improves to 3-1-1 on the season DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR The No. 22 Midwestern women’s soccer team trailed Angelo State Friday night but bounced back Sunday afternoon to shutout Incarnate Word. The first half was filled with opportunities which the Mustangs were unable to convert. Mid-fielder Maddie Fraser supplied textbook passes to the forwards but still no goals. MSU did a good job playing from the wings to the box but goals never came. The second half started with the Mustangs playing with a greater momentum. Senior Forward Lindsey Pritchard made an attempt on goal in the 53rd minute that was cleared off by the Angelo State’s Goalkeeper Taylor Carinald. Pritchard also tried to pick out Kelsey Hill with a cross near the 6-yard box but slightly missed. Then the 62nd minute goal came. The Rambelles’ Maggie Schaffer fired a shot into the upper-right corner beyond Mallory Whitworth’s reach. Despite the opener, Whitworth played a superb game frustrating

the Angelo State attack. The highlight of the game was definitely Whitworth’s penalty save in the 66th minute. Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jeff Trimble was disappointed with the result Friday. “I felt like we could have played much better,” he said “Angelo State is a good team but we have to be smarter around the goal.” Overall, Angelo State did a good enough job preventing the Mustangs from getting on the scoreboard. After Friday night’s loss, the Mustangs were ready to get back to business against the University of Incarnate Word. MSU went ahead in the 10th minute when Fraser picked out Pritchard who slid the ball past UIW’s Goalkeeper Tori Puentes. The Mustangs had to wait for the second half to extend their lead. Sophomore Emily Saville marked her third goal of the season from a deflected Prichard cross in the 52nd minute. Apparently the Cardinals’ tactic of dropping defenders did no good because the Mustangs kept scoring. MSU kept the vibe going and was rewarded with another goal

within three minutes. Hill was thankful for a through ball from Callie Briesno which she tucked in for the 3-0 lead. Then with assists from Berklee Dressler and Katy Catney,

the winning goal came to be. Sophomore Forward Mickey Brown ended the scoring spree in the 80th minute with a phenomenal ball placement. “Sunday we played much bet-

ter in the offensive third of the field and it forced Incarnate to have to get out of their defensive scheme,” Trimble said. “It was a great result,” he added. “Especially coming off of

Friday’s difficult loss.” Midwestern State will be hosted by West Texas A & M on Friday and then Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.

Senior Forward Kelsey Hill’s breakthrough led to Midwestern State’s third goal against the University of Incarnate Word.

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Nathan Fitzgerald had a few shots on goal against the University of Incarnate Word.

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MSU men’s soccer lost to Incarnate Word but fought back to defeat St. Edwards in their series of road games. The Mustangs experienced a disappointing loss to Incarnate Word. MSU had several chances and shot on goals which resulted in nothing. UIW, on the other hand, were able to claim a goal after their first shot. MSU Forwards VcMor Eligwe and Nathan Fitzgerald tested Incarnate Word’s keeper with successive shots which were blocked. Forward David Freeland, who had just returned from injury, had a good offensive game as well. Eligwe felt the team completed only half of its mission. “Friday’s loss got us players fired up for the upcoming games,” he said. Senior Kelly Gill played an impressive defense at the backline and contributed intensely in preventing the Cardinals from extending their lead. “Friday’s game was a good battle between two experienced teams,” said Head Soccer

Coach Doug Elder. “ Both teams played hard and MSU came up with good chances too,” he added. With Friday night’s disappointment aside, the Mustangs were prepared to outclass St. Edwards University. MSU got an advantage when SEU’s Bryan Booth got ejected for tackling Senior Midfielder Dean Lovegrove Eligwe played an impeccable last 15 minutes and came to be the only goal scorer. According to the striker, the primary role of a forward is to score. “I went four games without scoring and that frustrated me a lot,” he said. “But with the reassurance of my teammates and coaches I was able to break through the slump and fulfill what my role requires.” The opening goal came in the 75th minute off an assist from Freeland. He supplied Eligwe a top-notch pass and the latter took plaudits for a display of clinical finish. “VcMor finally scored,” added Elder. “He did well coming off a weak position to score.” Then Eligwe broke away for his second in the 86th minute. He beat an SEU player to the ball and dribbled around the goalkeeper. The Mustangs are set to play Texas-Permian Basin on Friday at 7 p.m.

Team Arrow takes bronze in Indianapolis LOREN EGGENSCHWILER FOR THE WICHITAN The MSU Cycling Team traveled north to Indianapolis last week for Collegiate Track nationals held at the Major Taylor Velodrome. Races began Thursday morning with the 3 kilometer Pursuit for the women, a timed individual event. MSU’s Jessica Prinner was able to get a time of 4:21.8 for ninth place. The men followed with their 4 kilometer pursuit where MSU’s Jason Short was able to take 19th. The morning session ran through lunch straight into the afternoon session that began with the men’s 1 kilometer time trial. MSU’s Danny Robertson took fifth with 1:10.2.   The women then followed with the 500m time trial where Claire Routledge was able to take seventh. Day two in Indianapolis began with the men’s 200m time trial. MSU’s Robertson and Matt

Fox were able to qualify for the final sprints in the afternoon. The co-ed sprint qualifications followed. Routledge, Prinner, Erick Goytia, Fox, Short and Robertson qualified for the finals later in the afternoon as well. The women’s Team Pursuit followed after a few rounds of sprints. Loren Eggenschwiler, Prinner, Routledge, and Ashley Weaver took fourth. The co-ed sprint team raced for the finals after lunch. The race took a shaky start when the timing clock stopped working. After some adjustments the team was able to recollect, taking second place for the co-ed sprints. Robertson and Fox continued to battle opponents as they worked their way through the rounds of finals. Routledge and Prinner raced the 20k points race. This race was 60 laps with points for the first four for every six laps. Prinner took off the front a few times earning enough points for fifth. Routledge came in 12th.

The day ended with the finals in the men’s sprints. Robertson took fourth and Fox took seventh in the final sprints. The third and final day of Collegiate Nationals began with the women’s 200m time trials to qualify for the final sprints. Routledge was able to make it through to the finals. The men’s Team Pursuit followed the time trial. Short, Erick Goytia, Sean Brown and Robertson took eighth. After a few more rounds of the women’s sprints, Short was able to qualify for the men’s points race held in the afternoon. The afternoon session began with the women’s sprint semifinals. Short then raced the 30k points race where he was able to take 20th. Routledge took seventh in the final sprints. MSU’s Cycling Team was able to take the bronze in the team omnium (overall). This is based off of the points collected from all various individual and team events through- Danny Robertson leads teammates Erick Goytia and Jason Short in the Men’s Team pursuit. out the week. Loren Eggenschwiler

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MSU Head Football Coach Bill Maskill congratulates his team after the big win.

The MSU Mustangs football team demolished the A&M-Commerce Lions 63-17 Saturday afternoon at Cowboys Stadium in the first game of the LSC Lone Star Football Festival. The Lions couldn’t stop the MSU run game and only got sloppier in tackling as the game progressed. “We wore them down,” Maskill said. “Our defense did a good job.” Interestingly, Maskill said the play that stands out in his head the most is a missed fourth and one attempt his team didn’t convert. He said this might make him a “perfectionist.” Regardless, he admitted that the Mustangs are in good shape and played good football. They played especially well, he said, considering how young the team is. This is doubly true with the offensive line, a group that claims only two seniors. “We’re growing and maturing,” he said. Running Back Keidrick Jackson credited the young offensive line with the success he had in the standout performance. “I give all the credit to my linemen,” he said. “I just kept running and getting back to the basics.” Jackson ran the ball 15 times for 62 yards and four TDs. Commerce drew first blood in the match with a 73-yard drive ending in a touchdown. The TD probably could have been avoided by MSU, had Defensive Back Romie Blaylock not drawn a pass interference flag on the goal line. The Lions eventually snuck into he end zone, despite the Mustangs plugging up the Commerce run game on first and second down. Adorian Arthur caught the TD pass for the Lions to push them ahead of MSU, 7-0. After a sloppy throw by MSU Quarterback Brandon Kelsey on first down of the next possession, Running Back Lester Bush plowed through the Lion defense for a first down. Bush would end the game with 63 yards and 2 TDs. The Lions helped MSU march downfield by committing a holding penalty and then getting flagged for an illegal substitution. MSU Running Back Keidrick Jackson punished the opposing defense, making it work for every tackle it made. Jackson ended the 71-yard drive with a 6-yard rush into the Lion end zone. The Lions were incapable of dealing with the onslaught of Bush, Keidrick and Running Back Peter Smith all afternoon. The MSU running game accounted for 392 yards of the 592 total offense. MSU Defensive Tackle K.K. Francis and Linebacker Matt Ellerbrock gave the Lion defense hell on the next drive. The ferocious Mustang defense held the Commerce ground game to less than 100 yards for the day. MSU forced a Lion punt, but gave it away on a flubbed return. A 15-yard sack by Ty Duncan was damage control, forcing Commerce to punt. The Mustangs messed up on another special teams play soon after, thanks to a bad snap on a punt attempt. This time Commerce capitalized on the mistake, putting a 19-yard field goal through the uprights. It would be the last time the Lions scored until the fourth quarter. It was also be the last time they were in the lead. MSU, on the other hand, kept putting points on the scoreboard while Commerce fans could do nothing but wince in the stands. By the time the dust had settled, Brandon Kelsey had thrown 14 for 20 and 163 yards. The Mustangs defense had held the Lions to very little yardage and few points. It was a decisive victory for MSU.

MSU Cheerleaders celebrating the Mustangs victory.

Assistant Football Coach Brian Natkin gives players a pep talk.

The MSU marching band played at halftime.

MSU supporters fixated on every play at the Cowboys stadium.

Midwestern State Football team celebrates the Saturday afternoon victory.

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