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MSU police investigate 3 assault charges CHRIS COLLINS EDITOR IN CHIEF MSU police are investigating three sexual assault cases occurring within one week on campus. The first case involves two female students who say they were sexually assaulted in Sundance Apartments Sept. 18. The second case involves another coed who says she was sexually as-
saulted in Killingsworth Sept. 24. MSU police were alerted to the assault after WFPD officers took the victim to United Regional Hospital. In the Sept. 18 case, the victims approached campus police about 6 p.m. to report the alleged assault. They were later treated at a hospital. Dan Williams, chief of police, said police currently have a person of interest in the case but no suspects. Students were informed of one of the ongoing investigations Friday af-
ternoon in a campus-wide email sent by MSU police. According to the email, the person of interest in the Sept. 18 case may have used Rohypnol, a date rape drug, on the victims. Though police said they haven’t found evidence confirming these drugs were used, one of victims had the usual symptoms, Williams said. “In one case, the victim reported symptoms consistent with the use of these substances: a rapid onset of intoxication out of proportion to what they
may have had to drink and reported memory loss,” the email said. Both victims in the Sept. 18 case said the alleged assaults occurred in the same room at the same time. “The phenomenon of drugs being used to facilitate sexual assault has been widely reported across the country,” the email said. “Although no confirmed cases have previously been reported on campus, the MSU Police Department urge the campus community to be alert to the possibility and take steps to pro-
Speakers talk on technology
BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR
Theatre department reinvents a story
The MSU Theatre department will open its Fall season with The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. It is a revisiting of the original play, The Laramie Project, which MSU produced JAMIE MONROE in March 2003 to sold-out crowds. FOR THE WICHITAN “When we did the first one, that was one of the most satisfying, enlightening, uplifting experiences I’ve had in my 27 years of teaching,” said Professor Laura Jefferson, head of the MSU Theatre Department, who has directed both plays. “That play changed people’s lives.” The Laramie Project is a play created by the Tectonic Theater Project that draws upon hundreds of interviews, news articles and personal journals to chronicle the community reaction in Laramie, Wy. after the brutal murder of Mathew Shepard. Shepard, an openly gay student who attended the University of Wyoming, was lured by two men out into a remote area east of Laramie, tied to a fence, beaten and left to die. He was found by a bicyclist 18 hours later, and died five days afterward.
tect themselves.” Some common date rape drugs are Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine. They often have no color, smell or taste, which can make them dangerous. Some symptoms are dizziness, rapid intoxication and memory loss. “In this condition, anyone can be extremely vulnerable to sexual assault,” police said. In March, a female reported to MSU police that she had been sexually assaulted, but later dropped the charges.
Technology offers students a lot of great opportunities – but those opportunities come with danger. W. Scott Lewis, JD, spoke to students and faculty Wednesday as part of the Student Success Series with the program MyFace, Spacebook and Other Issues of Technology for Students. The event gave students some insight into the pros and cons of technology at a university. Lewis is a partner with the National Center of Higher Risk Management and has 15 years of experience in higher education. Lewis not only told students the harsh reality of technology but displayed how the Internet can be used to their advantage. Students can find a balance by using technology to connect to people and by sharing appropriate information, Lewis said. “Students should try and be mindful of the amount of time they spend on social networking,” Lewis said. “It can be
frustrating for a professor, and rightfully so to hear from a student how they didn’t have time to complete assignments, when their Facebook page is full of posts. Especially posts about all the social activities they engaged in.” Even though social networking websites like Facebook are a great way to connect with people who have the same interests and a way to stay in touch with distant friends and family, Lewis said they can also be potential time-eaters. “Sharing information that is inappropriate such as pictures, messages or groups or unsafe content like addresses and phone numbers are major cons,” Lewis said. During the presentation, Lewis surprised students by explaining how and why employers check future employees Myspace, Facebook and Twitter accounts before hiring. “They generally don’t use (this method) as a preclusion for hiring, but it allows pg. 3 them to ask
Profs examine wealth gap, declining economy BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR Students are obviously interested in the economy – 100 students attended The Wealth Gap in America presentation Wednesday, hosted by Multicultural Services. Dr. Michael Preda, professor of political science, and Dr. Yoshi Fukasawa, economics chair, covered the political and economical aspects of the wealth gap, respectively. “I enjoyed the opportunity to share my thoughts on an important social issue such as a widening gap in wealth with so many students and community members,” Fukasawa said. “I hope that students saw how the widening wealth gap can be analyzed by two distinct disciplines such as economics and political science and how they are related.” The presentation discussed the national debt issues, how the United States can reduce its debt and the consequences of reducing the national economy. “This is a very important issue, not only for this particular generation but also the future generations to come,” Fukasawa said. The national debt is a cumulative
sum of a long-running deficit. Debt comes from the country spending more than it takes in annually. “Problem is, when the economy is growing fast, we should cut back but don’t,” Fukasawa said. “That is why we continue to have a deficit.” Reduce the national debt, a country has two options: cut back on spending or raise taxes. “There is no question that we have a national debt but the question is how undesirable is a debt,” Fukasawa said. “To reduce a debt, you have to create a surplus for the country. Then the question becomes, ‘what should we do?’ Now that depends on political inclination.” Fukasawa then asked, “Should we cut back on the spending when the economy is not doing well? Or should we raise taxes?” “If we were to raise taxes, whose taxes should we raise?” Fukasawa said. “Some would say raise it on the rich while other say middle class should bear the increase in taxes.” War and potential conflict cost money, which has affected the U.S. economy. “If you look at the last 10 years of the deficit, I would say more than 60 percent of it is really a result of our involvement in the war,” Fukasawa said.
Along with the economy, the widening wealth gap in the U.S. was another focus of discussion. America is experiencing the biggest wealth gap since the 1920s. Preda defined wealth as the net assets that a family has in the United States. The median wealth among white households declined 16 percent from $134,000 to $113,000. African-American households declined from $12,000 to $5,500, a 53 percent drop. The biggest drop was among Hispanic households with 66 percent, from $18,000 to $6,000. Whites have 20 times more net worth than Hispanics and African Americans. “Declining house values were the principal cause of the erosion of household wealth among all groups,” Preda said. Due to a weakness in the economy and the exportation of jobs to overseas countries, the working middle class has shrunk. Lack of education has also hurt lower-income Americans, Preda said. “Job opportunities for unskilled laborers continue to be fewer each year,” Preda said. “Without proper education and training, some lower-income Americans may not find well-paying jobs in
Hannah Hofmann Dr. Yoshi Fukasawa explains the American debt crisis. the future.” Students should be concerned about many economic issues when planning to vote in the next elections, Preda said. According to Preda, the wealth gap affects everyone. Evidence suggests that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
“Due to the nature of the divide in our economy, students can beat the odds and be successful in their career endeavors by graduating from Midwestern,” Preda said. “College graduates are employed at twice the rate than those without a college degree.”
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Reasonable doubt? Troy Davis should not have been executed. The 42-year-old Savanna, Georgia resident was put to death by lethal injection Sept. 21. Davis spent 22 years in a Georgia penitentiary after being convicted of killing an off-duty police officer in 1989. Most of the evidence that tied the noose around Davis’ neck was based on eyewitness testimony. Some ammunition casings also helped link Davis to the crimes, but were considered circumstantial evidence. The real nail in the coffin was the witnesses’ testimonies. The problem is that seven of the witnesses who told police they had seen Davis kill the cop have either recanted or changed their testimonies since the trial in 1991. Witnesses said they felt like they
were pressured by police to say Davis was the perpetrator of the crime. One of the witnesses who recanted her statement, Dorothy Ferrell, said she was “pretty sure” Davis was the person who had shot the man. In 2000 she said she never saw Davis shoot the policeman. So, did he commit the heinous crime he was convicted of? Who knows. In the United States, criminals are only supposed to be convicted if they are guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” But there is definitely some doubt regarding his guilt. That’s the real problem. Before Davis was executed, hundreds of people gathered around the prison, holding signs protesting his death. Davis was given four stays of ex-
ecution during his time in prison and appealed his case to the United States Supreme Court multiple times. The justices refused to hear the case while Davis was alive. In November, however, the Court will make a ruling on the reliability of eyewitness testimony in court with the case Perry v. New Hampshire. It will be the first time the Court has ruled on this issue in 34 years. Whatever the ruling it, it won’t help Davis. In New Jersey, lawmakers have passed legislation requiring judges to explain to juries the flaws of eyewitness testimony. It should be noted that the state abolished the death penalty in 2007. A Maryland law requires that prosecutors have DNA evidence against suspects to seek the death penalty.
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Hate crime classification needs work REVEREND RUBICON FOR THE WICHITAN
The horrible brutal murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998 sent shockwaves throughout the country. Immediately, the media pounced on the angle that “hate crimes” against minorities and homosexuals was an epidemic sweeping the nation. The Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990 defines a hate crime as one motivated by bias against a particular race, religion, ethnicity/origin, disability or sexual orientation. According to the FBI’s Hate Crimes Statistics Report for 1999, 17 of the 12,658 murders that year were “hate crimes,” including three that were attributed to “sexual orientation bias.” A tragedy? Yes. An epidemic? Hardly. The off-Broadway play, The Laramie Project, which depicted the cirucumstances surrounding the murder of Shepard, eventually made its way to the stage at Midwestern State University in March 2004.
The production stirred up many conversations about tolerance, diversity, and the acceptance of other lifestyles. This September, the MSU Theatre Department will bring to the stage, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, in a effort to once again bring “awareness” of “hate crimes.” According to the play’s synopsis, the original theatre company “revisited Laramie, Wyoming, to create a sequel examining how attitudes and feelings may or may not have changed.” I plan on attending the sequel in the hopes that it does indeed promote the types of discussions that it aims to do. Chances are, however, as was the case seven years ago, the circumstances of another “hate crime” victim, Daphne Sulk, will never be a topic for discussion. Daphne was only 15 years old when she was stabbed 17 times by her boyfriend, 28-year-old Kevin Robinson, and left to bleed to death. Her pregnant, frozen body was discovered 11 days later in the snow covered hills of --wait for it-Laramie, Wyoming.
This was less than a year before the world would know about Matthew Shepard. Robinson confessed that he killed Daphne because she wouldn’t have an abortion. Depsite the numerous stories about anti-abortion Christian zealots who threaten or even kill abortion doctors, the story of this pro-abortion rapist and cold-blooded killer somehow skipped the newswires. There were no pro-choice activists taking the airwaves in disgust over Daphne’s murder. Could it be that Daphne’s “choice” failed to meet their ideological definition? Can you imagine if Robinson killed Daphne because she chose to have an abortion instead? That’s a “hate crime” you most certainly would have heard about. For Daphne, there was no off-Broadway play or sequel, no national discussion, no magazine feature and, of course, no outcry for tolerance for prolife teens impregnated by their adult boyfriends. There was also no demand for “sen-
Your happiness lies within
KAJA BANAS-SALSMAN OP-ED EDITOR Life is full of let downs, disappointments, struggles and worries. But throughout all the negative bumps in the road, most everyone is pursuing happiness. Happiness is relative, however, it’s almost guaranteed that you won’t achieve a state of happiness without taking a few risks, making a few mistakes, and being afraid every once in a while. Happiness is not only a place, but also a journey. This journey takes you to places that you may not expect. But the journey to happiness is filled with bumps, challenges and trials. Many people never truly find happiness because they are afraid of risking something, afraid of jumping into something different, afraid of trying something they’ve never tried before.
sitivity training” or “multi-cultural seminars” to assist college students in becoming “aware” of the likes of Kevin Robinson. Why is that? What happened to Daphne was not a “hate crime.” After all, she was a member of the “oppressor” class and could not, therefore, be a victim of hate. Hate crimes legislation, by its very nature, creates victim groups and sends the message that one life is more valuable than another. Instead of helping to create a color and class blind society, it creates a separist and racist message. That message is this: “Be careful minorities and homosexuals.The dangerous white heterosexual male is lurking in the shadows, waiting for the chance to do you bodily harm because he hates you. They are unable to control their hate and their innate longing to rid the world of those unlike themselves. In order to protect you from these barbarians, their violent acts shall now be referred to as ‘hate crimes,’ unless their crimes are committed against one of their fellow whites.
In that case, it’s just a bummer.” Ask yourself: When was the last time the dreaded white heterosexal male was a victim of a “hate crime?” Better yet, explain to Daphne’s mother that her daughter was not a victim of hate. Of course, the underlying question here is, “Should the severity of a crime be linked at all to the victim’s sexual preference, or, for that matter, by the color of his or her skin?” If this is to be the litmus test for determining what is and what is not a “hate crime,” then what is to be said about the fact that, according to the Department of Justice, 85 percent of interracial violent crimes that occur involve blacks committing violent acts against whites? The murderers of Matthew Shepard were sentenced to life in prison without parole while Kevin Robinson was sentenced to just over 20 years. Which crime was worse? Or, more succinctly, which crime was more “hateful?” Now, if Daphne would have only been a lesbian...
Happiness takes bravery. Many opportunities come along in life that people are just too scared to take. Instead of thinking about the positive “what ifs” they think instead of the possible repercussions, the possibility of failing, the possibility of it not turning out perfectly. And that scares them away. They don’t step up to the plate because they don’t think they are brave enough. But bravery comes from within, it’s deep down inside your soul. Every person possesses bravery and, no matter how small, tall, lean, muscular or stout, is able to reach within themselves and use their bravery to help them acheive their goals. Being afraid is not anything to be ashamed of. Every one is afraid at one point or another. But it’s those who are afraid yet still carry on with their task that make it the furthest and acheive the most happiness. To you, happiness may be financial stability, it may be a life filled with family and children, or your happiness may be traveling the world and helping people. Whatever your ideal happiness may be, it‘ll take courage to achieve. Believing in your ability, and knowing that you have the courage within you will help you overcome the obstacles that you will face on your journey. Even when you find your happiness and possess it, life and fault will always be there to try and screw it up. But you can do it. Believe it.
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Freedom to read Students speak out for Banned Book Week BRITTNEY COTTINGHAM MANAGING EDITOR
Sophomore Hannah Swysgood reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Hannah Hofmann
Derek Baker seen Tuesday afternoon reading from the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Hannah Hofmann
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of Breanne Sill’s favorite books. Her favorite novel is also on the Banned and Challenged books according to the American Library Association (ALA). Tuesday began the annual Book Banning and Censorship Protest at Sunwatcher Plaza, sponsored by the Literary Society, Sigma Tau Delta and English Honor Society. Students were able to read out passages from their favorite banned books along with explaining why the book should not be on the list. Yearly, books get banned for language, explicit content, religious or anti-religious messages, and the author’s personal life. Even though Sill understands why To Kill a Mockingbird’s was banned, she said no book deserves to be banned. “(The novel) teaches an important lesson about the past problem of racism and equality in this country from a child’s perspective,” Sill said. “There are hard lessons to learn and accept, and they are still relevant today.” Language is the reason the novel by Harper Lee is on the banned book list. “To Kill a Mockingbird is an important addition to literature education,” Sill said. “Teachers can use the novel to teach children the harms of lies, bullying, corruption, racism and the importance of equality, integrity, and justice while introducing their students to profound metaphors and symbolism.” Banning classics not only bans a part of history, but also bans humanity, Sill said. “Most books that tend to be banned happen to be classic literature that conveys an idea that transcends the time it was written and is still considered relevant to today’s audiences,” Sill said. “Books have important moralistic value that can help readers look at the world with new eyes and help them grow in appreciation for things that they may not have otherwise cared about.” The banning of Stephanie Myer’s best seller, Twilight, is on the top-ten list. Sill argues banning contemporary litera-
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ture hinders young readers from ever picking up a book outside of TACT the classroom. 12:15 p.m. Dillard 189. Session on “One book can turn a child into an avid reader,” Sill said. “Reading campus safety. is such a necessary skill. Students who read frequently have better analytical and writing skills than Annual Book Banning and Censorship children who only read for class asProtest signments. No matter the quality of 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. CSC Atrium and the literature, children and young adults need to read so they are betSunwatcher Plaza ter prepared for life.” Literary Society Advisor Kirsten Lodge said banning books leads to The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later the persecution of writers, and in 7:30 p.m. Bea Woods Studio. Tickets some cases to their imprisonment required. (7 - 8 dollars). Will be showand even death. “It is evident that the struggle ing Wednesday through Sunday. against censorship is a struggle both for human rights and for world culture, and there is no better reason to get involved to end censorship Filing Deadline for December Graduates today,” Lodge said. “Even Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the For more information, call: (940) 397Rye have been banned. No one has 4321 the right to decide what we should and should not read.” Lodge’s favorite banned works include the poetry of Russian modernists writing between the 1890s and the 1920s. These works were banned from the 30s and the 60s. “When they were finally permitted to appear in print, they had an incredible impact on Russian literature,” Lodge said. “Young people discovered a whole world they never knew existed. This revitalized Russian literature, if only for a time, until the censors cracked down once again.” Dr. Peter Fields is the advisor of Sigma Tau Delta and enjoyed the performance aspect of the book ban readings. “Censorship at best is absurd as in the case of anyone who would censor a book in the Twilight series, which is exceptionally and notably chaste,” Fields said. “Censorship, more seriously, distorts history as with those who want to clean up the language of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Finally, censorship at its worst robs us of something provocative and profound.” The goal is not simply to read aloud from a book but to connect dynamically with the masses. “Students should care about censorship issues for the same reasons they should care about their right of free speech,” Sill said. “Books are a form of expression. They can give a lot of detail about a human behavior, a specific culture, or time period that can be missed from just reading a history book. Banning that expression is like banning a part of history.” During the event Tuesday afternoon, three protesters also used their first amendment rights, holding up posters with statements such as, “True Christians only touch a Harry Potter book when they are throwing it onto a fire.” The Harry Potter books were banned in 2001 and 2002. Students will continue to read their favorite banned books Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunwatcher Plaza.
2010 Challenged Books 10. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer 9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie 8. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich 7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones 6. Lush, by Natasha Friend 5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins 4. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins 3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie 1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
TECH continued from page 1 questions that most applicants would rather not have to answer,” Lewis said. “One student said, ‘They have no right to be in your personal business,’ but students don’t understand they make it public when they post it. No matter how private you may think your Facebook page is, your 50 to 5,000 friends make it public in their eyes.” Lewis advised students during the lecture to keep their social networking accounts very innocuous. Don’t put up any posting on a wall or pictures in an album that wouldn’t be acceptable on a public website, Lewis said. “A lot of companies have an image or ethos they wish to project such as family-friendly and safe,” Lewis said. “When you join groups, have postings or have pictures that are inconsistent with their expectations, businesses have the right to ask about them.” Cyber-bullying and cyber stalking have been on the rise in recent years and the young peoples constant need for technology has intensified the issue.
On Facebook it is easier to avoid these issues because you can just block or unfriend the user, Lewis said. “We are always surprised when a student complains about being harassed via Facebook or the phone, but will not unfriend the perpetrator or block their number. It is more difficult on sites where the user can remain anonymous and post horrific things about someone. It is still possible for the victim to not visit those sites.” Lewis gave students five tips on how they can best use the Internet and technology to their advantage including not to text or instant message anything they wouldn’t say to someone out in public. It provides a transcript of the conversation, Lewis said. “Think about how someone might use information you post that may be harmful to you,” Lewis said. “For example, by posting on your Facebook you are out of town or running alone in your neighborhood park aren’t protecting yourself. Be safe and smart.”
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Families and friends of Midwestern State students enjoyed the 2011 Family Day with activities such as riding bulls, painting faces, singing along and attempting to break the Guinness World Records in blowing the most gum bubbles at the same time Saturday. Hannah Hofmann and Loren Eggenschwiller
MSU draws students’ relatives to Family Day JOSH HAYTER STAFF WRITER Smiling faces, children jumping on bouncy castles, the smell of hot dogs and fries filled the air Saturday afternoon at The Quad. More than 2,000 family members attended MSU’s annual Family Day festivities. The message on the back of this year’s Family Day t-shirt summed up the day. It’s all in the family. Family Day allows relatives to reunite with students after a few weeks of school. It gives them an opportunity to see the campus and appreciate the MSU spirit. Freshman Patrick Moore’s parents made the trip from Bonham, Texas for
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is, in a sense, an epilogue to the first play, and picks up ten years later with follow-up interviews with the original residents featured in the play. It also features interviews with two characters not in the original: Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, the two men convicted of Shepard’s murder. Both plays deal with the aftermath in a small town: issues of homophobia, sexuality, hate crime and LGBT rights. However each play is a standalone piece. The backstory will be explained at the beginning of the play, so the audience won’t need to have seen the first play or know Shepard’s story to feel the impact of this week’s production. Jefferson calls the production “more of an idea play” in that it doesn’t follow a traditional play format. The story is told through interviews rather than a linear storyline, and instead of having principal or lead actors, uses an ensemble cast. While the play calls for four men and four women, Jefferson added additional characters, totaling seven men and eight women, because student interest in the play was so high.
their first Family Day. They enjoyed the day and said they look forward to coming next year. Moore’s mom, Amy, said it is important that students know their families are involved and interested. It was a fun-filled day with live music, food and activities scattered across The Quad. This year, MSU may even have set a world record. The record for the most people simultaneously blowing a bubble with chewing gum was 303 before Saturday. MSU broke the record with 380 participants, but will have to wait for Guinness World Records officials to respond. The Kiowa Kooks, an MSU alumni organization, provided a free hot dog lunch with fresh homemade fries to all Family Day participants.
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son stresses, “These are not ‘gay plays.’ This is about basic human rights. The constitution did not guarantee rights for all men except gays, blacks, women.” She says the play poses two questions: Was this truly a hate crime and how have things changed- and if so, how do you measure change in a community? Those questions will be open for discussion at the conclusion of each play. Several professors from across the university will serve as panelists for a talkback with the audience. Their disciplines include mass communication, criminal justice, history, sociology and psychology, and different professors will engage the discussion each night. “These are the kind of plays we should be doing at a COPLAC [Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges] university, bringing professors in from oth-
“We had 45 people at auditions,” Jef- ple, this is what someone actually said. ferson said. “We chose to add characters, I’ve been on them about keeping their cast more so that more students would lines word-perfect,” Jefferson said. have the opportunity.” Visual projecThough many of the play’s themes intions and titles were also brought in to volve gender and sexual identity, Jefferadd to the play. Because the play focuses on real STIMULATE YOUR SAVINGS people and true events, it has been a different expeAT rience for the cast. “They are representing real peo-
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John Rush, also known as the Human iPod, entertained the crowd with his acoustic guitar and his voice. Later, participants packed out Akin Auditorium to see hypnotist C.J. Johnson hypnotize friends and families. Families watched Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Shawnee Theater. Freshman Theatre Major Collin Parker’s parents made the trip from Flower Mound, Texas. His mom, Kelly Herring, was glad to see how friendly people are at MSU. “We see what a great school it is,” she said. Families gathered for one final event at Memorial Stadium where the Mustangs took on Texas A&M – Kingsville, and won 44-38—the perfect end to a great day.
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er disciplines.” Jefferson said she hopes that people will take away something positive from the play. “If everybody would just stop and think every single day of their lives, before they say something hate-filled.” “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” opens tonight at 7:30 in the Bea Woods Studio and will run through Saturday, October 1. A matinee performance will take place Sunday, October 2 at 2:30. Seating is very limited, and tickets guarantee admittance but do not reserve any particular seat. All seating is on a first-come, firstserve basis. Doors open an hour before each show.
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Album reviews: returns and redemption JOSEPH CHREMON FOR THE WICHITAN
the sexual double-entendras and penis jokes, I encourage you to give the album more listens than one. More than likely it’ll grow on you. The initial drum pattern and guitar lick that begin “Ghost on the Dance Floor,” will send a huge rush of nostalgia and disbelief through fans, though gritty and fast-paced guitar is replaced by clean high energy riffs for most of the album. Surprising enough, Mark Hoppus isn’t featured very much on this record, but when he is, his signature deep vocals compliment Delonge’s more midrange vocals. On the intimate “After Midnight,” both Delonge and Hoppus deliver top notch vocal performance and a sharp catchy chorus. From the La di dah’s of “Wishing Well,” to the faster paced “MH 4.18.2011,” and the “TOYPAJ” sounding album closer, “Even If She Falls,” fans will love this album. Though there a few weak tracks on it, the stronger ones make the album worth the money and the wait. Blink-182 is now back, with elements of maturity that may not take you back to your childhood but definitely show the wisecracking band’s maturity.
even after all she has been through, optimism is still her weapon of choice. Notable tracks: All Night Long, Skyscraper, My Love Is Like A Star, For the Love of a Daughter 7 Spins out of 10
Demi Lovato – Unbroken “Demi’s Redemption” Demi Lovato most recognized for her Disney Channel fame is not afraid to separate herself from the pack in her Blink 182 – Neighborhoods new versatile album “Unbroken”. “Blink’s Respectable Return” Rather than playing it safe and going It has been nearly a decade since to her accomplished friend and Disney Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Traco-star Selena Gomez, Demi includes vis Barker released an album together Jason Derulo, Timbaland and Missy Elas Blink-182. liot. In their new album “Neighborhoods” With such a diverse and talented team the influence of DeLonge & Hoppus’ of writers and producers, Ms. Lovato’s band’s Angels & Airwaves and +44 are newest piece of work can’t help but be apparent. unconventional. Blink has not drastically reinvented Musically, the album ranges from themselves after so much time apart. reggae and pop-rock to R&B and elecThe bands chemistry on record says tronic. they’re back like never before while the Demi has definitely grown into her maturity in subject matter in comparivoice and developed the strength to son to albums such as “Enema of the show vulnerability. State” and songs like “Whats My Age “Unbroken” not only marks her return Notable Tracks: Hearts All Gone, Again?” conveys that the band who MH 4.18.2011, Natives, Up All Night, to the stage after beating her “unhealthy never took themselves too seriously has addiction to food” but her maturity and After Midnight indeed grown up. retort to all the gossip surrounding her 8 Spins out of 10 For die-hard Blink fans who miss recent issues. Laced with victorious anthems (Skyscraper), poetic confessional ballads (For the ORLANDO FLORES, JR. Love of a Daughter) and plenty of radioFOR THE WICHITAN ready dance tracks, “Unbroken” keeps it upbeat using this album as another Domo Genesis Under the Influence vehicle to prove that
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J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story “Make Way for the Chosen One” After releasing three solid, critically acclaimed mixtapes between 2007 and 2010 each increasing expectations and anticipation for his polished retail debut, the sometimes elusive Jermaine Cole has finally delivered on his promise to his hard-core fans. The Jay-Z protégé and first signed to the Roc-Nation label shows that he’s learned plenty about the business and refined his craft in the two years since his signing. Cole delivers this heartfelt album with a genuine juxtaposition of veteran stride and freshman sincerity…but that’s what happens when you’re track list couples tweaked songs you recorded prior to the fame and acclaim with others finished a week before the final mastering process. With that being said, Cole World: The Sideline Story, does capture a wide range of vibes although Cole has his
hand in nearly 90 percent of the production. Where it sonically lacks the cohesion of an instant classic it finds its appeal to a wider range of audiences than just hip-hop fans (dub step influence is apparent). Cole doesn’t fit into your stereotypes of street-credited or conscious rappers. Never leaning too far to either side of the spectrum, J. Cole who’s logo includes both horns and a halo over the letters of his name vents truthfully throughout the album. He acknowledged his own as well as mankind’s paradoxes, reminding us that even champions have demons. Sure “Sideline Story’s” undertone is a heavy one but in the meantime Cole provides jams that listeners can nod their heads, boast along and sweet talk their woman to. Though initially reluctant to include features, Jermaine recruited an impressive list of guest for his first effort. The first up is Trey Songz on the hook of Cole’s own “Big Pimpin,” reiteration “Can’t Get Enough,” next, Jay-Z assists his protégé in plenty of flash talk and chest beating on “Mr. Nice Watch.” Following that, Drake fits well into his R&B element on the sultry “In The Morning” and Missy Elliot even shows up as a pleasant surprise to sing the chorus on the grooving Timbaland inspired track, “Nobody’s Perfect”. Overall, Cole World: The Sideline Story is an outstanding piece of work. It has a high replay value to be the first in this 26-year-old saga and is a collection of his best material to date. Notable tracks: Can’t Get Enough, Sideline Story, Lost Ones, Nobody’s Perfect, Breakdown 8.5 Spins out of 10
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Mastodon The Hunter Ferocious guitar riffs, booming choruses and a stripped down approach aid in making The Hunter an excellent example of prog-metal at its finest. The Verdict: 90%
Drumroll, please...it’s finally Fall! There’s something about this season that makes me want to re-vamp my makeup wardrobe. Maybe it’s the beautiful color changes on treetops, or possibly it’s the weather cooling down to reasonable temperatures, but Fall makeup is the best! Now is the time for rich lip colors, metallic eye shadows, colorful mascara and ohso-flattering bronze eyeliners. I’ve been playing around with these copper and bronze tones, so here are my current Fall obsessions.
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JAMIE MONROE FOR THE WICHITAN Maybe the easiest way to describe a movie like Moneyball is, first, to describe what it is not. Moneyball is, obviously, a movie about baseball. However, it’s a different kind of movie about baseball, because it doesn’t fit the mold of the standard feel-good sports movie. While there are plenty of feel-good, stick it to the system moments, this is no Cinderella story, no underdog team that comes up from behind to sweep the season. There’s no Queen at the end blaring We Are the Champions, no slow-motion trophy waving scene that ends on a triumphant freeze-frame. But I think that’s what I liked best about this movie. Moneyball is based on the 2003 novel by Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art
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of Winning an Unfair Game. The story follows the 2002 season of the Oakland Athletics, under the management of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). After the A’s are eliminated in the first round of the 2001 playoffs and the team’s best players scalped by teams with bigger bankrolls, Beane decides to take a different approach to baseball: a new concept called moneyball. Rather than attempt to replace his big-name players with one of the smallest payrolls in baseball, he hires Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) a consultant who uses his Yale economics degree to crunch the most minute baseball stats. The idea is that by using statistics and complex formulas, Beane can recruit players that are (theoretically) just as valuable to his team as big-name free agents. But because they are overlooked by other teams, he can actually afford them. The end result? Beane recruits a rag tag bunch of
players for the 2002 season. Among them: a pitcher that throws funny, a first baseman with nerve damage in his elbow who can’t throw a ball and a batter pushing 40, close to aging out of the Major League Baseball system entirely. Beane is considered crazy by most of the MLB, and out of the gate, his team performs dismally. His own scouts and managers aren’t behind him; The A’s Manager, Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman) stalwartly refuses to play the team following Beane’s methods until Beane starts trading away players and leaves him with no other choice. Once the team starts playing on the field the way it’s been designed to play on paper, the season turns around. Brad Pitt carries most of the film, sometimes without saying anything at all. There are several scenes of him anxiously watching his team play on a tiny TV screen, or anxiously listening on his
truck radio, or just generally being anxious. While watching a brooding Brad Pitt isn’t painful by any means, he really shines when he’s acting with other people. He portrays Beane as a savvy, slightly arrogant, quick-witted manager with a likable swagger. Jonah Hill, while not in his normal comedic roles, has fantastic timing, and also accounts for some of the film’s funniest moments and best lines. The pair, while unlikely, have great chemistry and are enjoyable to watch. Philip Seymour Hoffman is usually great in anything he does, and here takes on the role of the film’s oldschool sometimes-villian as Manager Art Howe admirably. The pacing of the film is easy, edging on slow. Subplots about Beane’s failed professional baseball career, divorce and his sincere worries that he might lose his job keep a sort of melancholy drizzle
over the film. There are plenty of sweet moments, like the scene where one of the players, considered by the rest of baseball to be “defective,” sincerely thanks Beane for giving him another shot. And of course, the original footage of the A’s record-shattering 20 game winning streak provides that thrill of victory for the audience to share- maybe even more rewarding, because those moments are real. Ultimately, though, the film doesn’t rewrite history. The A’s didn’t win the World Series in 2002, but that’s not what this movie is about. Moneyball is a story about a team that changed the way the game of baseball is played- not just on the field, but in the clubhouses as well. While there’s a lot for baseball fans to enjoy, there’s a strong enough story that everyone else can enjoy it, too.
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Mustangs lash Texas-Permian Basin DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR The MSU soccer team visited TexasPermian Basin on Friday night and left them with a 5-0 thumping. The Mustangs had a sluggish start but still managed to clinch an opener in the first half. Texas-Permian Basin, on the other hand, had a couple of shots that were either brilliantly denied by Goalkeeper Michael Wood or sailed out of target. It took 31 minutes for MSU to get on the scoreboard but the wonder goal was worth the wait. Junior Striker David Freeland, who was vital in the previous game’s attack, scored the first of the game and his first of the season. MSU also tested the Falcon’s Goalkeeper Craig Branum a number of times before sealing the intended finishing. The opener resulted from a B.A Catney through pass in the 31st minute. Freeland faked a shot then carefully tucked in the goal after the keeper had fallen for his trick. Freeland’s trademark scoring technique was pulled off well. But there was more scoring in the first half. Senior Chris Dwyer bagged a 43rd minute goal with great combination and footwork from Freeland and Senior Midfielder Dean Lovegrove. The team felt relieved going into the
break with a 2-0 advantage. Head Soccer Coach Doug Elder expressed his view of the game. “It was not a great first half,” Elder said, “but the team didn’t relax after the 2-0 lead.” Then Dwyer, again, slotted home the 52nd minute penalty kick after Junior Forward Zack Funk was brought down in the box. The Falcons, then, lacked urgency and inspiration, so conceding goals was no surprise. Funk played remarkably by assisting Dwyer in completing his 63rd minute hat-trick and then Bret Helm for the 74th minute winner. Dwyer’s third of the game came of a short cross from Funk while Helm’s first of the season was headed into the lower left corner. “Chris scored a hat-trick which was good for him as well as the team,” added Elder. With a 5-0 lead secured, the Mustangs tried to get more goals in and kept the Falcons on their toes. MSU’s Casey Hibbs, VcMor Eligwe and Funk made goal attempts within the last few minutes of the game. Elder also accoladed the performace of Catney, Funk and Freeland. After five straight road games, MSU will finally host two teams this weekend. The Mustangs will play Texas A&M International at 7 p.m. Friday and Chase Robertson, VcMor Eligwe and Sam Broadbent (left to right) working on techniques at a practice session. St. Mary’s (Texas) 3 p.m. Sunday at the Damian Atamenwan Mustangs’ soccer field.
Lady Mustangs lose and tie in road games DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR The MSU women’s soccer team lost to West Texas A&M and settled for a tie to Eastern New Mexico in road games that went into overtime. WTAMU hosted the Mustangs Friday in a game that ended 2-1 in the Lady Buffs’ favor. The Mustangs were able to strike in the 18th minute to get an
early lead. Senior Forward Kelsey Hill was unassisted and bounced the ball past the keeper for the opener. Hill recorded her fourth goal of the season. Three minutes later, WTAMU showed some toughness as Heather Terbush took an on target shot but Goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth dealt with the attempt comfortably.
WTAMU’s Leslie Briggs fired a 30th minute shot but was denied by Whitworth again. Then Lady Buff’s Jessie Thomas scored the equalizer in the 36th minute. With the game still tied, the players headed into the dressing room for half time. Freshman Katy Catney had an attempt on goal in the 68th minute. She hit the woodwork just right after she got substituted
back on the field. The normal period ended with nothing to separate the teams. WTAMU made more attempts on goal and was finally rewarded with a second overtime goal. Mellissa Carnero scored a close goal in the 103rd minute for the game winner. The Lady Mustangs traveled to Eastern New Mexico hoping to make up for their loss. MSU’s Lindsay Pritchard and
Alyssa Cooper had first half goal scoring opportunities but yielded no goals. ENMU’s Sierra Cardenas also blocked Haley Crandal’s 44th minute shot. Then ENMU’s Kimberly Luna opened the scoring in the 51st minute. Whitworth had saved Luna’s shot earlier but the curler was beyond the keeper’s reach. MSU fought back 13 minutes
later for an equalizer. Megan Barnhart assisted Pritchard for her third goal of the season. The Mustangs played even harder but had no luck in getting the ball behind the goal. The game went into overtime and ended in a 1-1 draw. MSU will face Texas A&M Commerce this Friday and then Texas Women’s University on Sunday at the MSU soccer field.
MSU falls to Angelo State DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
MSU kicked off the new rugby season with a scrimmage against Angelo State at San Angelo Saturday. The match did not start very well as mistakes cost MSU in the red zone of the field resulting in an unconverted try for ASU. MSU defense held on and were only down 0-5 after the first period. Fullback Matt Davis played good defensively as well as offensively in the first period. Davis was able to retrieve kicks and pull the offense with him while doing so. MSU was disappointed to lose Davis to injury in the first half. The second period proved to be worse as MSU gave up two soft tries again due to mistakes both on the defense and offense. The Mustangs also lost Center Chris Dewbre to a knee injury. ASU pulled away for a final score of Sophomore Scrum-half Jair Lazano gets tackled by Angelo State defenders in an intense rugby friendly at San Angelo. 0-26. “We are missing some key play Whiney Harris ers that were not able to travel this
weekend and this made us look rusty,” commented Head Coach Rod Puentes. “We have a good core of players who have returned this season but some key skill positions such as scrum half and fly half are needing to be filled.” Some of MSU’s new players played with great athleticism and got a lot of game time. Michael Katey showed potential with superb ball handling skills and defense. Katey played his first match and made some great tackles. Flanker Luis Banda and Senior Lock Tyler Schmidt had some good break-away runs that almost resulted in scores. “Overall as a coach, I got to see what I wanted to see,” added Puentes. “ASU is a good team and is a good standard to compare our team with.” The Mustangs are set to play a collegiate tournament in Fort Worth which include Division I and Division II schools. MSU, who is in the Collegiate Division III, competes well against the higher divisions.
Cross country surpasses West Texas A&M in dual meet DAMIAN ATAMENWAN SPORTS EDITOR
The No. 13 MSU cross country team overcame West Texas A&M in a dual meet at the for-
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mer Hawk Ridge Golf Course. Before this meet, many of the Mustangs had not experienced competitive meets since the season opener in September. Also, the Missouri Southern Stampede was canceled as a result of bad weather. Sophomore Ashley Flores emerged top individual finisher in the 5k course with a time of 19:06.3. Following Flores were Senior Captain Brissia Montalvo, who finished second in 19:08, Sophomore Janel Campbell (19:27.1) with fifth posi-
tion. Freshman Michelle Krezonoski who came in seventh with a time of 19:58.50 and Kim Krezonoski, right behind her twin, with a time of 20:01.50. Senior Lindsay Pate (20:10.50), Freshman Sara Cuba (20:17.40) and Junior Heather Owens (20:44.40) came ninth, 11th and 15th respectively to round up the Mustangs’ scoring at 58 points. Other MSU runners included Junior Melody Caldwell (20:55.20), Freshmen Erin Will-
eford (23:48.70), Erin Dombkowski (24:16.40) and Ashley Mims (28:53.9) concluded the MSU runners. West Texas A&M top runners included Elizabeth Beltran (19:09/3rd), Amber Moore (19:21.10/4th) and Aries Bazaldua (19:31.80/6th). The Lady Buffs scored a total of 79 points. The Lady Mustangs are scheduled to have their next meet at Rogue Running/University Texas Open on Friday, Sept. 30 in Austin.
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The no. 22 Mustang’s first home game took place this weekend against the no. 16 team, Texas A&M-Kingsville. MSU took down the Javelinas, 44-38. In the opening half, MSU made a 23-0 lead and bounced with a total of 512 yards in offense. Sophomore Keidrick Jackson drew first blood for MSU after receiving a 45 yards pass from Junior Brandon Kelsey. Sophomore Greg Saladino landed a successful field goal kick at the start of the second quarter, which was just the beginning of more points to come for MSU. Senior Lester Bush executed back-to-back touchdowns. One was on a 13 yard run then another came off a single yard run with 8:26 left in the first half. Not a second later, TAMUK’s Kerry Wheatfall returned a blocked PAT kick for a mere two points. With just a minute left before half-time, the Javelinas notched seven more points after Christian Taylor caught a five yard pass from TAMUK Quarterback Nate Poppell. Into the beginning of the second half, TAMUK’s Rockeem Collins grasped a 49 yard interception return for a touchdown in favor for the Javelinas. Jackson responded for MSU with a 77 yard run score, while TAMUK’s Derek Tesch popped a five yard pass from Poppell. In the final quarter, Randall Toney scored on a 30 yard run, landing another touchdown for the Javelinas, bringing both teams nearly neck-andneck, 30-28, Mustangs still in the lead.
Kassie Bruton Midwestern State University’s attack drives towards Texas A&M University Kingsville’s defense to gain field positioning in last weekend’s victory against the Javelinas. At the 9:11 mark, Jackson made another appearance at the end zone with a two yard run touchdown. TAMUK responded when Matt Stoll clocked off a 28 yard field goal. Jackson
shortly made one last effort with another two yard run with 2:13 remaining. In the final seconds, TAMUK’s Robert Armstrong snatched another touchdown for his team on a 14 yard pass
from Daniel Ramirez. Although none of the Javelina’s efforts were good enough as the Mustangs came out on top, 44-38. Jackson ended the game with four
receptions for 68 yards while Bush finished with 92 yards on 20 carries. Next, MSU take on the Cardinals of Incarnate Word this Saturday in San Antonio. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Volleyball loses in game 5 ANDRE GONZALEZ FOR THE WICHITAN
Midwestern State’s Caitlin Wallace goes for a hit which contributed to her 15.5 points for the Mustangs.
The MSU volleyball team took on the Tarleton State TexAnns Saturday afternoon. The game took place at the MSU home court for Family Day. Sadly, the Mustangs suffered another loss as TSU took them down, 3-2. 25-18, 14-25, 14-25, 27-25, 15-10. The loss brought MSU down 6-6 on the season and 2-5 in Lone Star Conference play. The Mustangs were superb offensively in winning the second and third sets. Head Volleyball Coach Venera Flores-Stafford commented on the players’ effort. “The team fought hard and really translated what we worked on during the week,” said FloresStafford. The Mustangs didn’t go without a fight however.
In the second and third sets, MSU handled attacks very well, putting down nine kills to just a single error in the second set. MSU then recorded 11 kills to one error in the third set. In the opening of the fourth set, Sophomore Caitlin Wallace brought the Mustangs to a near match point after laying down her ninth kill. Wallace’s kill gave MSU the edge of 24-23. The TexAnns didn’t sweat it though when Wallace was called for going over the net to deflect her opponent’s spike, evening the score at 24-24. Tarleton soon took three extra points, winning the set. “I couldn’t have asked for a harder effort,” Flores-Stafford said. “They came out there and laid it out on the court,” she added. Wallace ended the game with 14 kills, while Senior Miranda
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Scored a hat-trick that helped the Mustangs dominate Texas-Permian Basin
Scored her fourth goal of the season and her 38th career goal last weekend against West Texas A&M.
Byrd notched in 11. The TexAnns were relieved when Wallace was whistled for coming over the net to block Jessie Hartman’s set. Hartman’s set would have made the score even at 24-24. Senior Kiara Jordan led the back row with 40 digs, while Senior Hillary White took 20. Overall, Wallace had the most points with 15.5 while Byrd scored 12.5. TSU’s Flynn Harrell generated 20.5 points which was more than any players scored. Midwestern State will participate in the Pittsburg State Classic this weekend in Pittsburg, Kansas. The Mustangs are set to play Northwest Missouri State University and Newman University on Friday, then St. Mary’s (Texas) and Missouri Southern on Sunday.