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Oct. 18, 2017 | Midwestern State University | thewichitan.com | Your Campus. Your News. | Vol. 82 No. 8 2015 FILE PHOTOS BY FRANCISCO MARTINEZ AND RACHEL JOHNSON | THE WICHITAN

Kent Ogawa, marketing junior, walks with other MSU students during the Torchlight Parade, where a fiery stampede of MSU students make their way to the Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire, led by the MSU Cheerleaders and Golden Thunder Band. It started on the Comanche Trail by the Daniel Building Parking Lot and ended at the parking lot by the practice fields on Oct. 29, 2015. Nicole Longo, psychology sophomore, takes a selfie with Alexis Ruger, biology freshman, Veronica Balderas, accounting freshman and Sandra Cruz, art freshman, with their torches at the end of the Torchlight Parade, Oct. 29, 2015.

We didn’t torch torchlight DEVIN FIELD REPORTER

After the events in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, officials at University of Texas at Austin cancelled the torchlight parade on their campus. After both of these events, MSU officials debated whether to keep the MSU homecoming tradition. “One of the main responses on why we are doing it is the tradition here,” Ruby Arriaga, activities coordinator, said. “The parade and the bonfire are things the students look forward to every year.” A survey went out to some students, administration and organizations asking if the

torchlight parade should still continue. “The main question was with the situation that happened in Charlottesville. We felt it was necessary and appropriate to put out a survey, we felt that it could possibly reflect badly on the university if something is not said or done beforehand,” Mario Ramirez, student involvement director, said. “This tradition has been around since 1985. We wanted to make sure that the students were comfortable in continuing it.” A task force was also put together, consisting of student organizations, the survey and polling for the purpose of finding information and to come up with a solution to con-

tinue it or not. “The task force was tasked on finding out certain things. First was to find out why we do the bonfire. Second was why we should continue it and the third one was the history of torchlight parades,” Ramirez said. The student’s response rate was really high as far as how many people said yes we should continue it. “We should still have the torchlight parade because we are not using it for a protest,” Keyana Williams, kinesiology freshman, said. “We are using it for a fun cause, homecoming of all things.” Torchlight parade is an event that could

possibly injure someone there will be extra staffing, but they are not changing security because of the event in Charlottesville. “During this parade we always have staff members help out, I am putting staff members in places around the parade to make sure everyone is doing okay,” Arriaga said. Housing, RAs, MSU police, fire department and staff will be helping to make sure students stay safe. “Because of the magnitude of the amount of people that show up we always have to have staffing,” Ramirez said. “We are moving forward with it.”

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Torchlight parade sparks community, ignites campus passion OUR VIEW: Despite the climate in the wake of violent Charlottesville protest, we hold true to our campus ethics and support the torch lighting ceremony for homecoming.


ampuses across the country have ended events like the torch lighting ceremony after the protest in Charlottesville; however, our tradition is meant to connect our community and outweighs the violent and racially-charged atmosphere. Homecoming centralizes on students and faculty coming together to celebrate every aspect of the campus. From our award-winning Golden Thunder marching band to our Division 1 cycling team, homecoming is meant to encourage everyone to celebrate one another’s accomplishments. There is legitimate and valid concerns with a large group of people together, however after everything the student body has gone through this semester alone, we choose to be unified in this divisive time instead of crumbling. Strength is founded as a response to hardships, and we will not be reduced to internal conflict. As ridiculous as it sounds, the Tiki company apologized in a Facebook post following the violence, so while it seems like a stretch to apply this to our campus, it’s not such a long shot to think something like the torchlight parade and bonfire could turn sour quickly.



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I don’t want to be a real housewife


was told by teachers, parents and role models to dream big, taught to set goals and that I can be whatever I want to be. At least that is the mindset for most young women going through high school. We declare our major and, for a majority, we have what we want to do in mind. Then we Devin set off for college, and some lifestyle Field choices change. I’m not saying that being a housewife is wrong. A couple of my friends say that is their dream “job.” But after college, I want more. I want to make a life for myself before I make a life with anyone else. I want time before I start a family, and yes I do want children, but I want a career first. My dream isn’t so easy either. I don’t want a simple job where I find a place and I’m settled. I want to be an ESPN sideline reporter and it’s not so easy getting there. I would be starting off small and growing, mov-

ing from place to place, jumping from station to station. Although I do want a family, hopefully in my late 20s, I still want to be a working mother. My mom is a housewife, and she was a stay-athome mom while I was growing up, but my mother had big dreams too. She wanted to write for fashion magazines. But then she met my dad coming out of college and she later on had me. I wouldn’t want my life any other way but I want to reach my goals like my mother never did. And if I do find the man I want to be with before I reach my goals, I hope he’s accepting of my lifestyle and my choice to explore before settling. I can’t wait to be a mom and to have my own family, but I can’t sit around and wonder if I would be happier had I pursed my goals. It’s all about the risk and taking chances. For some, being a housewife is something girls want as a lifestyle, but it’s okay to be selfish and to strive for things that make yourself happy first. Devin Field is a mass communication freshman.

Never battle depression alone


o exercise.” “Toughen up.” “Pray it away.” I have been told all of these things when I was at my lowest points, but those are things I cannot just do. I am under water trying to move, but not getting anywhere. Yet, at the Kalynn same time, I’m not wanting to either. I Jackson can feel my lungs flooding with water, but I’m in such a place where getting out of the water is much harder than just letting myself drown. I feel so empty yet heavy at the same time. There is a numb feeling that starts in the pit of my stomach that works its way out to the tip of my toes and fingers. Depression for me is about so much more than feeling sad it’s about having no desire to move, to do anything — even the things I love. Depression is a constant battle, whether it’s trying to get out of the worst of it or trying to stay on top of it. I try and handle my depression by constantly talking to my parents and friends, but when that doesn’t work, I seek help from a professional counselor. But falling into the lows of it is so gradual that I sometimes do not even notice until it is too late, and I need serious help.

As for now I am going back on antidepressants and speaking with a counselor regularly. While this is a hard season of life I am going through, I know something good will come out of it. I can recognize my own symptoms in someone else, be an ear for someone to talk to because I am there myself and encourage others to get help and not be embarrassed by it. Get help. Get help by talking with someone you trust, and if that doesn’t work, speak with a counselor. Counselors will get you the help you need by talking to you and if it is where they feel you more intervention, they will provide those resources for you. Don’t let yourself drown. Do something. While people try to help, pressing them to do to do something you think will help can make people with depression feel worse. Don’t belittle it. Depression has a wide range of severities, and no two people with depression are exactly alike. Find out what works for you or whoever you know, no matter how long it takes. Having a support system is the number one thing for healing. Kalynn Jackson is an applied arts and science junior.

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U P C O M ING EVENTS Maverick’s 11th Birthday Party

Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Maverick is turning 11! Come celebrate with an all school picnic located at Sunwatcher Plaza. Cost is $5 per person or free when using your meal plan.

Lunch with the Mustangs

Oct. 18 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Come eat lunch with the Mustangs at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. Cost is $5 for MAC members and $6 for non members.

Faculty Forum Series

Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. | Tiffany Ziegler, assistant professor of history, presents Practice Hospitality and entertain God Himself: The Medieval Municipal Hospital of Saint John in Brussels at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU.

Nuts & Bolts of Writing and Submitting EURECA Proposals

Oct. 19 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.| Feel free to bring your own lunch to Dillard room 189.

Film Screening; “Crossing Borders”

Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. | Borders and Bridges Learning Community invites you to a film screening of Crossing Borders, a film by And Watcher. Pizza and drinks will be served in Prothro-Yeager Hall room 200.

St. Edward’s (Texas) vs. Mustangs (Men’s Soccer)

Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. | Come support the men’s soccer team as they taken on St. Edwards at Stand Park located across from the Fain Fine Arts building.

Preparing Effective Oral & Poster Presentations

Oct. 20 at 12 p.m. | Please join as in Dillard room 189 as we learn how to prepare effective oral and poster presentations. Feel free to bring your own lunch.

West Texas A&M vs. Mustangs (Women’s Volleyball)

Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. | Come support your women’s volleyball team as they take on West Texas A&M at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. | Create something spooky or festive in this art class located in the CSC Rec Room.

MSU celebrates

Juanita Harvey Art Gallery Opening Reception: Hasan Elahi, Conceptual Artist |


Halloween Deco Art Class

Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. | Come and view the art work of Hasan Elahi located at the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery in the Fain Fine Arts Center.

Newman (Kan.) vs Mustangs

Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. | Come support your women’s volleyball team as they take on Newman at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

UT Permian Basin vs Mustangs (Women’s Volleyball )

Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. | Come support your women’s volleyball team as they take on UT Permian Basin at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

C R IME LOG Alcohol: Minor in Possession

Sept. 30 at 4:20 p.m. | Minor observed possessing alcoholic beverages at football game at Memorial Stadium.

Theft – Misdemeanor

Oct. 1 at 9:20 a.m. | Report of theft at Sun Watcher Village

Burglary: Habitation

Oct. 1 at 9:10 p.m. | RP reported someone entered his dorm room without permission and took $1,700 cash out of a suitcase.


Oct 3. at 6:10 p.m. | Victim feels she is being harassed by a male suspect who is also a student.


Students serve their plates at the Noche de la Estrellas Gala in the Comanche Suites in Clark Student Center on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Theft – Misdemeanor

Oct. 3 at 9:10 p.m. | RP left his phone on a treadmill. When he returned 20 minutes later it had been stolen.

Theft – Misdemeanor

Oct. 6 at 2:10 p.m. | Student at Pierce Hall, placed his laundry into the dryer in the first floor laundry room at 10 p.m. Thursday evening. When we returned at 2 a.m. clothing was missing.

Sexual Assault – Felony

Oct. 11 at 3:10 p.m. | A CSA reported having been notified by a hall resident of a sexual assault having occurred in the resident’s room late the previous date. The complainant wished to remain anonymous and declined to file a police report. Report made for documentation purposes.

MSU Police | (940) 397-4239

Noche de las Estrellas

“There are always people that want to know about my culture, so I know there always a community befraction of a second before the roaring applause hind me,” Hubbard said. “There are posters, signs and erupted, Velia Lozano’s, custodian and facility postmasters all around campus, so if you don’t pay atservices member, let out a delighted squeal in tention to what’s going on around them, they miss the suite. The crowd turned to her, smiles blinding, what’s going on and that’s a shame.” Lozano was nominated by faculty members. and cheered for the powerhouse as she wiped tears About 100 people attended the gala as Hispanic away from her eyes in gratitude. As she made her way Heritage Month comes to a to the stage, the crowd gave a close. Maria Peña, Student standing ovation to the womGovernment Association en who was nominated for president, opened the gala her dedication to the univerand introduced Robles, sity and the students. Hispanic community adTo celebrate Hispanic stuvocate. After working in dents and faculty members the Wichita Falls Indepenfrom the Organization of Hisdent School District, Robles panic Students held the first spoke about her endurance annual Noche de Las Estrellas CYNTHIA HUBBARD in the teaching and admingala Oct. 15. MARKETING SOPHOMORE istrative positions despite Along with the key note being labeled by her activspeaker Stephanie Robles, assistant principal at Barwise Middle School, students ism in the Hispanic community. According to Robles, the theme encouraged people and faculty received awards based off nominations to be brave, be bright, be bold and more than anything from peers. “Because we stress that this is a diverse campus be active in the university and encourage campus wide and a liberal arts university, it’s great we are able to involvement. “Being a star requires you to speak up when other celebrate all cultures,” Leia De La Garza, criminal justice junior and Rising Latina award winner, said. “We will not,” Robles said. “More than anything, it requires should host more events like this that bring everyone you to have strong leadership and move in the right direction. I challenge you all to come together at events together.” Lozano, who received the only faculty award of the like this, not just to dress up in pretty dresses, but to night, was speechless when her name was announced, celebrate our culture and celebrate each other through community by speaking up for those who don’t have and could barely compose herself after she won. “It was a big surprise for me, and I feel big emo- a voice.” After moving to several different schools to help tion,” Lozano said. “I love my people, I love the students, I love job, I love my building, I love MSU and I with predominately Hispanic-speaking schools failing feel very grateful. This is my second family, so it’s very to meet either state or national requirements, Robles said each person in the community has the responsispecial to me.” Following the event, music blasted through the bility to help one another by any means. “The general idea of America is the melting pot of Comanche Suites and attendees danced well into the night. As a dance circle formed, Lozano found herself cultures, and at a liberal arts college, it doesn’t matter what color you are, what religion you worship, all of right in the middle, enjoying the rest of the night. According to Cynthia Hubbard, marketing sopho- that is combined,” Hubbard said. “Going into Midmore and  OHS secretary, students are surrounded by western, you know it’s a liberal arts college, and you opportunities to invest and learn about other cultures should be accepting of everyone around you.” and participate in fun events.


“At a liberal arts college, it doesn’t matter what color you are, what religion you worship, all of that is combined”

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Lip sync top three to battle at bonfire on Oct. 19



s the focus drew down to the the top three, the crowd became restless. After each performance, cheers erupted from the audience, and the night had been filled with nostalgia and excitement, however, the performers and the audience waited to hear the finalists announced. Treston Lacy, mass communication senior and emcee for the event, walked out on stage, hands clutching the mic. The coliseum was packed with students, and everyone was focused on Lacy, eager to hear the results. “MSU cheer,” Lacy said into the microphone followed by the roar of the audience. “Alpha Psi Omega,” he said and the tension built as all the groups waited to see if they made it to the finals. “Caribbean Students Organization,” he said, and with that, the top three lip sync groups now prep for the lip sync finals at the bonfire on Oct. 19 at 9:15 p.m. As a part of Homecoming week, lip sync has one of the highest attendance rates. Last year, CSO won first place, but APO has yet to take part in the finals.

“This is the first time Alpha Psi Omega, and we did it to get our name out and show our face,” Julia Lucas, education junior and Alpha Psi Omega member, said. “We went for nostalgia, and we wanted people to sing along with us. We put a lot of work practicing.” Hard work and effort are required to land in the top three, cheer captain and dental hygiene senior Mark Benoit said, which is something he isn’t foreign to. “This is my fourth year doing lip sync, and I think I am a professional,” Benoit said. “We practiced pretty much everyday; we had a lot of TLC, Spice Girls, Aaliyah, Gwen Stefani and Bell Biv DeVoe. I expect a lot more people, but way more energy for the more people that are going to be there.” Grantley Samuels, mechanical engineer senior and CSO member, said it “feels really great to place,” and they will “execute the same routine” to take home the win. Their routine contains songs like the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song, which excited the crowd. “It was a group effort for the idea for lip sync,” Samuels said. “With hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”


Reese Crosby, sociology freshman, and Riley Carr, nursing junior, dancing together during the Lip Sync competition Oct. 16, 2017.



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your 2017 homecoming court SOPHOMORE DUKE


Kaylee Rhine, nursing and Denton, Texas native, said she feels privileged to be nominated to represent her class. “It’s awesome that being here for a short time, I was still chosen,” Rhine said. “In addition to representing my class, I hope to be a good Kaylee representative for Chi Omega and the RisRhine ing Mustangs organization. I’m a little nervous about walking onto the field in front of everyone — mostly because I’m clumsy — but overall, I’m so excited for this experience. It’ll be one I’ll never forget.”


Kale Hutchins, general business and Wichita Falls native, shared his excitement about be chosen by his classmates. “Knowing that I was chosen as one of top four out of my whole class was an amazing feeling, but being chosen as the number one pick — that is something I will always Kale remember and appreciate,” Hutchins said. Hutchins “I have lived here my whole life and I’ve always seen the homecoming decorations, but I haven’t attended any of the events until this year but I am really looking forward to the game. I’m nervous because I want to make my class proud as well my brothers in the Kappa Sigma fraternity.”


Lauren Gardner, pre-med biology and Wichita Falls native, explained her gratitude about being chosen to represent her class two years in a row. “It’s an honor to have been chosen two years in a row, and I am so thankful for my classmates to have picked me for this title,” Gardner said.  “I Lauren am excited to not only represent my class Garnder twice in a row, but I am also thankful that I get to represent my teammates on the cheer squad, as well as my Alpha Phi sisters.”

Imran Kurani, political science and Wichita Falls native, said he feels honored to walk onto the field in representation of his sophomore class. “It’s definitely a huge honor to be able to represent my class as duke,” Kurani said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to walk on behalf of them. I Imran was nominated by my fraternity and I am Kurani incredibly thankful for them for trusting me with this responsibility. That is why I also want to represent them, Sigma Nu that is, while I’m on the field.”



Homecoming king Clayton Brown and Homecoming queen Shelby Cowman at the homecoming football game at Memorial Stadium on Oct 31, 2015.

Homecoming queen, Alexus Moore, sociology senior and homecoming king, Charles Frazier, athletic training senior at the homecoming football game. Oct. 29. 2016.


Sarah Wood, marketing and Conroe, Texas native, shared her shock about getting to represent her class. “I was honestly shocked to find out that I was even nominated for the homecoming court. It makes me incredibly happy knowing that Sarah so many of my classmates chose me as the Wood junior representative. I am so excited to be a part of this experience,” Wood said. “I am a little nervous about walking onto the field in heels, because I am not the most graceful person, and I’d much rather be in Converse, but I am overjoyed to be able to represent my class, as well as the Redwine Honors Program and my fellow resident assistants.”


Jeffrey Hamon, exercise physiology and Whitesboro, Texas native, explained why he was shocked when he learned that he had been chosen as his class’ representative. “I was nominated last year but I didn’t expect to win, and that proved true. So, this year when I was nominated again, I Jeffrey Hamon expected to lose again but I am so thankful that I didn’t,” Hamon said. “I am extremely blessed and grateful to be representing the junior class. In addition to representing my class, I hope to be a good rep for my other organizations such as National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key National Honor Society, and the Alpha Chi National Honors Society.”

Homecoming king and queen will be announced Saturday, Oct. 21.


Shane Jones, undecided sophomore, and Destiny Zynda, exercise physiology junior, are the first to finish the MSU Cardboard Boat Race, where students and organizations build a boat out of cardboard, and duck tape and race across Sikes Lake, Oct. 30, 2015.

Homecoming dance to be held Oct. 18 SARAH GRAVES REPORTER


he third annual Homecoming dance will be held on Oct. 18 in Legacy Hall beginning at 8:30 p.m as a part of the Homecoming week festivities. Norma Ramirez, assistant director of residence life and housing, said the dance will go along with the university’s Homecoming theme — rewind to the ‘90s. Members of residence life partnered with Residence Hall Association for the event and Ramirez said they are hoping to have door prizes

and giveaways. “It will be really fun. We are planning on decorating and a lot of it is ‘90s themed or ‘90s focused,” Ramirez said. “We’re working with the DJ, and he’s supposed to play ‘90s music. Not everything will be ‘90s, but most will.” According to Ramirez, the Residence Life and Housing Office budgeted $250 for the event and will accept donations and volunteers for the event. Though the numbers have varied from year to year, with all the events happening during Homecoming week, Ramirez said she hopes there will be around 100 students in atten-

dance. Although this is a part of Homecoming week, Garrett Morris, psychology senior, said it has gone under the radar. He said he had not heard about the dance and won’t be able to attend. “I wasn’t aware that there even was a Homecoming dance. I have to work Wednesday night though, so I won’t be there,” Morris said. Caitlin Taylor, radiology freshman, said she hopes to attend the event with her friends. “It looks like fun, so I really hope I can make it,” Taylor said. “I heard some friends talking about the dance.”

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Homecoming parade to be held Friday TYLER MANNING REPORTER


oud music roars through campus. The mighty stomps of marching band members boom throughout the halls. Community members, students and families stand on the floats they worked hours making. The cavalry is here. This is what is to come Oct. 20 when the Student Involvement Office hosts this year’s homecoming parade, a part of this year’s homecoming week, a week filled with festivities geared toward bettering the campus’ sense of community and school spirit, starting in the Akin parking lot at 4 p.m. And the tradition, originally hosted in the spring semester, has a rich history. Ruby Arriaga, coordinator of student activities, said “We always had homecoming in the spring, it was America’s Greatest College Week. It was also a time when they invited alumni back, that is what the term ‘homecoming’ referred to. However, when football came back, I believe in the 80s, it switched from spring to the fall.” Arriaga said all organizations should take part in the parade. “It is for everyone who wants to do it,” Arriaga said, noting that  organization leaders have to turn in their parade entry sketch by 5 p.m. on Oct. 19. The homecoming parade is an opportunity to see the creativity of students and community members. Arriaga said, “It is awesome to be an administrator in charge of the homecoming parade. It is great and really fun. I like being a part and coordinating the event. It is fun seeing all of the students being creative with


Luke Allen, 2017 spring graduate in political science, Maria Pena, political science senior, and Jacob Warren, economics junior, follow behind other students holding the sign for the Organization of Hispanic Students in the 2016 homecoming parade. their designs and ideas.” Around 25 organizations are signed up to create a float to perform in the parade. Of those 25 organizations, 10-15 of them are student-lead organizations, while the rest consist of city, non-profit organizations and off-campus entities. Historically, the parade was held on Saturday morning. However, recently to get more students to attend the event, the parade was rescheduled to Friday afternoon. This is the second year the parade has been held on a

Friday and there has been an increase in the number of students attending the event, according to Ramirez. Mario Ramirez, intern director for student involvement, said, “We have seen way bigger crowds this last year than we have in the past. When it was on a Saturday we did have people in attendance though there were around 3040 people. Last year, we saw that there were people all around the parade route.” Jesse Brown, coordinator of student organizations and leadership programs, talks of

how he and other leaders involved with hosting the parade aim to further the tradition. “It is an honor to be involved in this tradition here on campus and be able to move that tradition forward in a positive way,” Brown said. “It is a time where we as an MSU family can come together and celebrate unity and our culture here on campus. Parades throughout history, especially in the United States, are events where you come out and support your community. And that is what MSU is doing here.” With the heightened sense of school spirit, Brown said he hopes that the parade will motivate the football players. “Hopefully the parade sets the tone that we are going to go out on the football field and win. It sets the tone for excitement and hopefully we are going to win this game,” Brown said. Lauren Gardener, pre-med biology sophomore, also said how she thinks the parade will effect the upcoming football game. Gardner said, “It helps get the school more geared up for the game, and if the fans are more geared up for the game, it makes the team play better. And hopefully we can pull out a win for the game against West Texas A&M.” Students involved in other campus organizations said they are eager to participate in the event. Sydney Jongewaard, president of Gamma Phi Beta, said, “As a student it is a great way to be a part of such a big event and as an organization it gives us the sense of unity with the rest of the students. It teaches us to work together and reminds us that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.”

Field Day competitions debut this evening TRÉ JONES REPORTER


tudent Government Association members are holding Field Day non-competitive events today at the Quad at beginning at 5 p.m. with competitions starting at 6 p.m. Jacob Warren, SGA publicity chair and economics senior, said, “Field Day is part SGA’s initiative to be more involved with the students and trying to retain them. A lot of the students complain that there’s just not enough events going on. I took that personally, so I was trying to make events that way students would have something to do. Our biggest purpose is to inform the students that there is an SGA and that we do care about the student body. This is just one of those steps to prove that.” This is the first time that the university will be having Field Day during homecoming week. It was a new idea that Warren proposed last spring. There will be different competitions throughout the day, with both non-competitive and competitive portions. Warren said, “The non-competitive events are going to be open to the public not in an organization, and they will feature tug-of-war, three-legged race, a sack race and tricycle

“I like to get involved in homecoming week because it’s really fun.” MATHEW HOWARD RADIOLOGY SCIENCE JUNIOR

relays. The competitive portion will have those same events on top of the egg and spoon relay, water balloon tosses and a balloon body pop.” This will all be new to the Student Government Association, according to Warren. With it being a new event day added to the homecoming schedule, there is not a big expectation for the non-competitive portion of the event because there is no prize for that portion. “The idea is to have cash prizes for the winners in the competitive portion of Field Day,” Warren said. “First place will receive $80, second place is $55 and third place will receive $35.” Mathew Howard, radiologic science junior, who will be competing with the Radiology Club, said, “It’s kind of cool that we will get the Radiology Club out there because we see a

lot of class time together, but we don’t get to be socially active with each other. Really there’s nothing better than looking like a bunch of goobers.” Howard is excited to get out there with his fellow club members and see what this event will be like. “We heard about this event through SGA, and it’s the first time the Radiology Club will be in a competition like this,” Howard said. Other student competitors are feeling optimistic about Field Day as well. Hannah Schulte-Bisping, radiology senior, said, “I like to get involved in homecoming week because it’s really fun. I’ve never participated in Field Day since they’ve never had it before, so I’m excited for it.” She said she tried to get her sorority sisters to sign up and compete to get a little friendly competition. Warren said any organization who wants to participate in the competitive portion of the event would have to approach it like they were signing up for a league sport on campus. Anyone who wants to participate in the non-competitive portion of Field Day can just show up at the Quad and compete.

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Critical conversation encourages Marketing class partners with community first generation students to donate bikes T CHLOE PHILLIPS REPORTER



ackie Hoegger, adjunct faculty of marketing, has partnered her marketing and promotions class with Red River Best Chevy dealers, the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Texoma and the city of Houston for Operation Santa Claus: Bikes 4 Kids. “Operation Santa Claus’ mission is to bring smiles on Christmas morning to less fortunate kids in our Texoma community and those affected by Hurricane Harvey by providing bikes for them to have on Christmas morning,” Hoegger said. Hoegger’s class project allows juniors and seniors to experience what it’s really like in the marketing world. “In class we have a personal goal of getting 33 bikes per person. There are 24 of us in class so that’s roughly 800 bikes,” Madison Salvatore, marketing senior, said. The ongoing project has always had a goal of 800 bikes, or $40,000 in donations. This year, the goal has been doubled to help children and adult victims of Hurricane Harvey. “We are raising one bike for our backyard and one bike for Houston,” Hoegger said. The goal for Houston is to help victims of Hurricane Harvey that have lost everything. “We are even thinking of adults who don’t have transportation. These bikes may become their new mode of transportation,” Christy Carruth, marketing senior, said. Operation Santa Claus is accepting monetary donations as well as bike donations. The bikes will be distributed by the Firefighters of Texoma and the Firefighters of Houston. “The bikes will be distributed to Houston on Dec. 4 but we will continue to take donations after that so the firefighters can continue to distribute the bikes,” Tricia Golding, media buyer and event coordinator for Hoegger Communication, said. All of the proceeds will go to Operation Santa Claus, and Chevy’s Best Dealers is going to match the proceeds received by Hoegger’s class. “Our goal is to reach as many people as possible,” Rebecca Aronhalt, marketing senior, said.

o create an open dialogue of experiences and awareness of first generation college students, Critical Conversation Series #2: #Gen1MSU was held on Oct. 16 at the Legacy Multipurpose Room. Hosted by the office of equity, inclusion, and multicultural affairs, Syreeta Green notified the audience that #Gen1MSU, the topic’s official title, was a real hashtag with a purpose. “If you hear something that catches your attention, go ahead tweet it out, instagram it, whatever you want to use,” Syreeta Green, the director of equity, inclusion and multicultural affairs, said. By using social media as a device to transfer ideas, Green also wants the hashtag to be used beyond the one hour program. “Make sure to retweet, repost and add the hashtag if you are doing something special for first generation college students or think it is a good resource for them,” she said. While the definition of a first generation college student varies, Green used the definition given by the department of education: a student whose parents did not earn a bachelor’s degree. According to Lisa Estrada-Hamby, director of student support services, the definition included students whose parents were in the process of earning a bachelors degree. “So even if your parent may be in school,” Estrada-Hamby said, “you can still be considered a first generation student and participate in programs like Priddy scholars.” Due to poor resources, Estrada-Hamby was unaware of FAFSA and had to work her way through school. If she had known about FAFSA, paying for college would have been less stressful. “I knew I would have qualified, my family was low income,” she said. Kristen Garrison, associate vice president of undergraduate educa-

tion and assessment, was not a first generation college student, but she has experienced student success gaps in the classroom, and shared an example during her time as an adjunct professor. “I hand out the syllabus, talked a little bit about myself, what my interests are and very brief mention regarding my office hours.” Garrison said. “After class, a student came up and said, ‘what are office hours? and she was a first generation college student.” According to Garrison, that knowing terms like office hours or syllabus have been taken for granted. “From a faculty perspective we just incorrectly assume that our students know those things and it’s one of those things Dr. Green said, to be transparent, we have to decode that for our students” Kristen Garrison, associate vice president of undergraduate education and assessment. Shelbi Stogdill, political science and history freshman, was chosen to speak on behalf of Priddy Scholars, a new program created this fall to serve first generation college students. She likes how the participants in the program are exposed to more opportunities, like more resources we get to know about all of them. “I think it’s really good that first generation students learn more about how to get involved and how to utilize their resources to be more successful in college.”

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Hannah King, psychology junior, wraps ribbon around a tree in Sunwatcher Plaza. Bria Taylor, radiology, sophomore, Angelica Symonette, exercise physiology, junior, Troynisha Lewis, biology, sophomore help decorate for homecoming at Sunwatcher Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. “We volunteered because homecoming is what everyone looks forward to all week. We are helping wrap trees in maroon and gold for school spirit,” Lewis said.

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Oktoberfest comes to MSU

diverse backgrounds. We have people from the United States, the Caribbean and Asia.” Emma Cabedis, ELAR 8-12 certification junior, erman Club members organized an Oktoberfest celebration in the Comanche said Oktoberfest was fun and the food was enjoyroom of Clark Student Center on Oct. 13. able. “It was a lot of fun,” Cabedis said. “There was Yvonne Frank, assistant professor of German, explained the history of Oktoberfest dates back to a lot of good food. A lot of it was homemade and even I made some. It was a lot of fun to have some the Kingdom of Bavaria. “The original Oktoberfest is located in Munich authentic German food and talking to all my and it has originally been celebrating and a wed- friends.” Nahye Byun, piano performance senior, said ding of King Ludwig,” Frank said. “He made it a public event and he invited everybody to come her favorite part of Oktoberfest was getting to know people and eating German food. Her favorand celebrate and drink beer.” Frank said that her favorite part of Oktober- ite German food was schnitzel. “I haven’t tried German food in my life,” Byun fest in Germany was getting together with many people from around the world. She also said Okto- said. “My favorite food was the schnitzel that berfest encourages students of different academic Emma made. She said that it’s a family recipe. It was really good.” disciplines to get together. Byun also explained the dish she brought to “I like the getting together of people without borders because it is people from different social Oktoberfest. “I made pretzel rolls this afternoon and it was classes from the past,” Frank said. “Nowadays, it is people from different areas of Germany and made out of whole wheat,” Byun said. “It tasted good.” around the world. Here Byun also said that on our campus, it brings she plans on visiting students from all differGermany in order to fulent colleges and discifill her academic graduplines together as well.” ate career. Frank explained the “My degree for graddifferent ways Oktouate school requires berfest is celebrated in that I take a foreign lanBavaria, Germany. This guage,” Byun said. “And includes drinking beer, I either want to take wearing traditional BaGerman or French. So I varian clothing and ridreally hope to visit Gering roller coasters. many one day.” “You have varies and Chappell Whyms, really large beer tents,” president of the German Frank said. “People are Club, said Oktoberfest sitting together on a long CHAPPELL WHYMS was a success. The most table where they eat and PRESIDENT OF GERMAN CLUB successful aspect of it drink. Many visitors are was the different variety wearing traditional Bavarian clothing. They display certain traditions of food and the friendly atmosphere. “We try our best to have good food,” Whyms of Bavaria, whether they are from Bavaria or not. It’s like a fair as well, so there are a lot of different said. “Also, the personalities of the members interacting with people and trying to be as friendly things you can do.” Frank also described the celebration of Okto- and welcoming as possible.” However, Whyms said he wished that he was berfest at MSU. This included playing German assigned a smaller room — the larger Comanche games and eating different German cuisines. “We are obviously just a small club and want- room made Oktoberfest seem smaller than it reed to have a little bit of fun together,” Frank said. ally was. “I didn’t like the open space,” Whyms said. “A “We had a great variety of German food. We had German mac and cheese and street food with sau- smaller room would have encouraged people to sage and cheese. We had pretzel rolls and strudel interact with each other. I would also prefer for for dessert. Also, a lot of students were also work- us to have a few more games. We will prepare for ing on bringing their own dishes as well. We also more games next time.” Whyms also explained the German Club is a played a lot of games.” Frank said that Oktoberfest was a great oppor- group of people who have strong interests in Gertunity for students and faculty to socialize and re- man language and culture that meets every Monday at 4 p.m. in Prothro-Yeager. lieve themselves of mid-semester stress. “We like to be a welcoming group for anybody “A lot of students are struggling with midterm exams,” Frank said. “We just want a little getaway that is looking for a place to go and for people to right here on campus that doesn’t cost anything meet and hang out with and relax,” Whyms said. and allows us to take a break from writing papers “We also try to be as knowledgeable about the and studying. You will also get in touch with stu- German culture as possible by finding out new dents from different cultures and different disci- things. [We also] keep up with current events in plines. In our German Club, students have very both Germany and the United States.”




“We like to be a welcoming group for anybody that is looking for a place to go and for people to meet and hang out with and relax. We also try to be as knowledgeable about the German culture as possible by finding out new things. ”


Customers eat their food at Firehouse Subs, which opened fall 2017.

Firehouse Subs sets taste buds ablaze JERI MOORE REPORTER


alking through the doors and into the bright yet cozy sandwich shop, potential customers will be greeted with a murmur of conversations ranging from astrophysics to car modifications. A chorus of energetic voices will rise above all others. “Welcome to Firehouse!”, the Firehouse Subs employees said cheerfully. The lines moved quickly as the skilled personnel satisfies each person’s request with a smile that never wavered. The cashier handed the cups out as customers placed their orders. The shop sported its own CocaCola Freestyle, a touch-screen custom drink machine capable of making a menagerie of unique Coke product soft drinks available on tap. The food was delivered straight to the tables in less than 10 minutes and every order was correct. The bread was crisp, the meat was still warm while the vegetables remained cool and crisp. “I like this place better than other sandwich shops,” said Josiah Ware, customer, and M1 lineman. “I save some money eating here and Firehouse has some really great food. I’m a big fan of the bread.” Every problem was solved while

displaying a high standard of customer service standards. When employees were informed that the sauce tray had run out of a popular sauce, Virginia Bourbon #6, the staff located another bottle and quickly brought it to the table whereas they typically have customers dispense the sauce in individual-serving-size plastic cups. In 1994 Firehouse Subs was founded in Jacksonville, Florida and has since then opened 1050 restaurants across 44 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. And now they have come to Wichita Falls. In 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse gives its customers the ability to dine with a cause and live up to their mission statement, “To carry on our commitment to and passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service, and public safety.” Thirteen percent of each purchase will be sent to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and will assist in a minimum donation of $1 million. To date, they have donated more than $24 million to provide equipment and training to first-responders and public safety organizations.

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Kendall Nelms, psychology junior, Abigail Gentry, finance junior, Dalton Roehling, criminal justice sophomore, and Madison Scogin, composite science senior, participate at 90s Trivia Night in the Legacy Multipurpose Room on Oct. 17, 2017. Samantha Cardwell, education junior, Madelyn Williams, undecided freshman, Leslie Alvarado, education junior, and Naomi Waggoner, social work sophomore, raise their hands to participate in the hula hooping contest.

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Information desk caters to quirks SHARI SMITH REPORTER


t was a busy afternoon at the information desk — telephone ringing, students approaching the desk and student IDs printing. However, Shamberia Thomas, biology senior, was not ready for what happened that day. She was sitting at the desk when a student suddenly approached her with a shiny object in her hand. “The student asked if we had a lost and found then gave me a quarter because she believed someone lost it,” Thomas said. “I thought this was very funny because most people would’ve left it on the ground or kept it.” But that’s only a fraction of what the information desk sees on a daily basis. According to the desk workers, students continuously have strange questions and requests. “The student came to purchase an ID about three times in less than two hours,” Newton said. “After the second time, he told me this would be the last time.” Clorissa Callendar, computer science senior, experience a similar situation. “There was this student whose ID was not working on a Friday, so we replaced it for free which was his 10th replacement,” Callendar said. “He came back on a Monday morning and said he needed a new one because it flew through his friend’s car window over the weekend.” Students get lost around campus and go to the information desk to find their way around. Jonathon Granger, mechanical engineering sophomore, said a student came to the infor-

mation desk to ask where Clark Student Center was located, which he found “very funny.” While Thomas said the information desk workers are wellversed in the campus to answer most questions, she sometimes gets thrown off by questions. “One student did come to me [at the information desk] to ask me where the information desk was and I was very stunned,” Thomas said. The student assistants at the information desk get asked questions they may not know the answer to, like Krishna Watson, geosciences senior, but help students figure out solutions to their problems. “I was working my shift one night and a student called to ask how to turn off the light in their dorm,” Watson said. Other interesting events at the information desk as perceived by desk workers include: • From Eli Sheppard, nursing senior: Students applying make-up and posing for student ID pictures • From Brian Blair, mechanical engineering senior: Individuals calling to speak to their friends • From Jessica Green, psychology senior: “Someone asked me, ‘Where is the Mustangs shuttle?’ I was very confused because there is no possible way I would know the exact location of the bus while sitting at the desk.” • From Blandine Kanyambo, nursing senior: Asking for free folders because they didn’t want to pay for one at the bookstore


Blandine Kanyambo, nursing sophomore, works at the information desk on Oct. 16.

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oom 193 of Clark Student Center was alive with the laughter and chatter of members of the Spanish Club who held their second meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12. A total of 13 of the club’s 15 members attended and planned the events for rest of the semester. “We set up three projects so far, with the help of volunteers, and they were successful,” Selena Moreno, marketing and Spanish junior and president of the club, said. The meeting commenced promptly and, after the reviewing of minutes, collecting of dues and the approval of the agenda, Moreno started to list the new projects for the rest of the semester. A majority of the events centered around charity, such as donations to the food bank and the food insecure. Moreno also stated that the club aims to bring together members of the Hispanic community and anyone who might be interested in learning about Hispanic culture. “We are definitely more active this semester. Our goal is to teach students about Spanish culture and have fun,” Moreno said. Valencia Tamper, assistant professor of

Spanish and the advisor to the club, agreed with Moreno’s statements. “The students here are motivated to learn the Spanish language and culture,” Tamper said. “It’s not just about learning the language. It’s about the music and color and food as well. We would like to invite anyone who has an appreciation for Spanish culture.” Moreno and Tamper also mentioned upcoming events that the students could take part in as a group, which included Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration. Members also spoke about fundraising. Norma Castro, Spanish major and vice president of the club, said her time with the club has been a good experience. “I was really shy. But the club is more than just learning the language. It’s more fun. We try to help each other and work as a group,” Castro said. Tanner Flores, special education freshman, said although he initially joined the club to further his Spanish, he wound up learning about the culture as well. “It’s a lot more intensive. It’s filled with people who speak different dialect of Spanish, so it’s a more thorough experience,” Flores said.

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Kevin Teems, junior, hits the shot during the MSU Invitational Golf Tournament at the Wichita Falls Country Club on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

Trip Hobson, business senior, hits the shot while being in the lead during the tournament.

Simon Ospina, undecided sophomore, hits the shot. “It’s a mental game and I have to be able to overcome difficulties during the course while staying calm.”

Men’s golf team win first at invitational CORTNEY WOOD FEATURES EDITOR


s he loaded his golf clubs, Trip Hobson, marketing senior, smiled with confidence. His first win as a Mustang was in the books after a “tough personal season,” he

said. More than 12 hours of play over the course of Oct. 16-17, Hobson won the Midwestern State Invitational for individuals and helped drive the team win which will move the team up several spots in the district. According to Hobson, the fall season has been busy with traveling to Colorado but the team has pushed through to earn their ranking as 15th in their district. Hobson now has 10 par-or-better scores in 33 rounds at MSU.

“I’ve not been able to pull anything out lately, but it was finally paid off today,” Hobson said. “With this win we will move up quite a few spots, and I will advance individually.” Growing up near a nine hole course, Hobson said he spent most of his childhood on the green as well as his teenage years. Because golf is primarily a mental game, Hobson said it’s unlike any other sport. “The mental grind is as important as the physical,” he said. “Anybody can swing a club to hit the ball, but it takes somebody who really puts in enough mental focus to pull out a win in golf. It’s great to play it collegiately.” Teammate Chance Craig, mechanical engineering junior, finished 15th out of 84 in the tournament, and said along with mental diligence, the team is a driving force for him.

“Many people say golf is an individual sport, but I would argue that it is really a matter of who your team is,” Craig said. “If you have a group of guys that you get along with really well, it makes the trips and tournaments that much better. You can enjoy more.” According to Craig, the Cameron tournament is going to be challenging because depending on the course determines a level of difficulty. There is “someone will be more demanding” of the tee-box because there are more hazard area, but play smart, play safe and conservative because we will make the shots other people won’t by playing smart. “Hopefully next week we will stay focused and get another way to secure our spot in regionals and in the conference,” Craig said.


Excitement builds for homecoming game, tailgate BRITTNI VILANDRE REPORTER


or head football coach Bill Maskill, this week’s game is more than just a chance for the team to win. With a team ranked No. 5 in the American Football Coaches’ Association Top 25 and with an overall 42.2 game point average for the season, he needs to encourage the players while keeping them focused. “Homecoming is just an added deal to the game,” Maskill said. “What we’ve got to do is improve upon where we were last week and get better this week. Our absolute goal is just to win the game but to win the game we’ve got to get better.” Maskill said he hopes to remind the players and keep them focused on preparing. “Preparation is a never ending process,” Maskill said. “[It’s important to] focus on adjustments, whether it’s during the game, after

the game or before the game.” He said he believes you should always focus on adjustments, whether it is during the game, after the game or before the game. With previous players planning on attending the game, Maskill said he wants the team to make the football alumni proud. “One day that is going to be them,” Maskill said. With all of the activities going on this week, Maskill said he hopes to see the team focus more on the game while still enjoying Homecoming. In preparation for this week’s game, the players will be wearing pink socks in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Maskill said he feels tailgates energize the audience’s environment before each game. “When our players come up to the stadium and there are tents, music, people playing frisbee and playing ball — it’s just an aura that

excites them,” Maskill said. Among some of the game attendees and tailgaters are members of the Greek community. Kappa Sigma fraternity members will be grilling out, playing corn hole and having their traditional football toss game set up just for Homecoming. The tailgate will also be enjoyed by many alumni. “The tailgates this year have been small,” John Oleon, Kappa Sigma social chairman, said. He also said he hopes to see a bigger turnout and more participation on Saturday than any other tailgate so far. “The past Homecoming tailgates have gone down since I was a freshman,” Oleon said. “More rules have been set in stone, so to improve we just have to adjust to the rules and try to make the best of it.” Kappa Sigma will be teaming up with members of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and have been working together for the past two

weeks to spread Homecoming spirit. Noah Mclarty, Kappa Sigma assistant social chair, said, “It’s something that freshman can jump in and become part of the fraternity in a way. It is a great way to have fun, meet a lot of people and be as safe as possible.” Oleon said he encourages students to go to the tailgate who are still debating on attending. “It’s a good place to meet people that have gone to school here in the past, have fun, visit different groups and organizations and bring families,” Oleon said. At the beginning of every tailgate, the team has what they call the “Mustang Walk” and the players walk from the press box to the locker room with fans lining the sidewalk and cheering on the team. “We want all those tailgaters to come up and form a tunnel and have a tunnel back to our locker room,” Maskill said.


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WOMEN’S SOCCER Micah Wilson, mass communication freshman, runs towards the ball.


Hannah Mattinson, marketing sophomore, charges the ball against Texas Women University on the stang park on Sunday, Oct. 15. Madison Davis, criminal justice sophomore, leans into the ball hoping to secure it from her opponent on the stang park on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Taylor Robinson, exercise physiology junior, anticipates her opponents move during the game against Texas Women’s University at stang park on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

Mallory Ledoux, social work, Spanish sophomore, runs toward the ball.

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