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Skills-based courses removed from core curriculum n Aug. 18, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board denied the inclusion of all elementary and intermediate courses of French, German and Spanish into the core curriculum. They remain approved for the 2017-18 year, but will potentially be removed from the core in 2019. Other skills courses, including Ceramics for Non-Art Majors, Website Design and Acting for NonMajors, are were also denied from the core. “The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board oversees the core curriculum and course offerings in the state,” James Johnston, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said. “In this case, their rule, which comes from the legislature, means we are not allowed to have skills courses in the core.” France Flag Jeffrey Oxford, chair of foreign languages, found out about this decision on Aug. 21. “They [the Coordinating Board] consider foreign languages to be skills-based,” Oxford said. “In my opinion, English is a strictly skillsbased course. Why should that be allowed and not foreign languages?” Because MSU is part of the Council of Liberal Arts Colleges, this limitation on core curriculum can be problematic. “Of course it’s always worrisome to us when we’re so restricted in what we offer, particularly in a liberal arts university like MSU. Our core is particularly important to us in providing a foundation for our students,” Johnston said. “To have that so restricted is sometimes a challenge, but I think they have some very good ideas and solutions.” Oxford has submitted three different pro-

posals for new foreign language courses: Hispanic World, France World and German World. They have been approved all the way up through the university, but not through the Coordinating Board. At least two Texas universities — UNTDallas and Austin Community College — got their proposals approved, but MSU has not. “What we’re trying to do now is find a solution that allows us Spain Flag to continue to teach world languages,” Johnston said. “We know the importance and the value of those courses in our core and offerings to our students, but we still have to comply with the Coordinating Board rules.” Oxford said he has 30 days to appeal the decision and restructure the proposal to resubmit. “We just have to see where it goes and keep doing it until we get it right,” Oxford said. “Northlake College has already seen a ‘dramatic drop in enrollment’ of foreign language classes because of this, so we are addressing the issue as quickly as possible.” If the proposals are not approved by fall 2019, Johnston said he has other means of making German Flag things work until they get everything sorted. “We have to find some solution or some approach to meet the criteria regardless of the rules,” Johnston said. “I do have the ability to substitute a course for a student until we come

up with a solution. That’s not something I do regularly, but I would do that to allow students to graduate without being penalized.” Other department heads across the board have started the proposal process too, according to Johnston. “Dr. Camacho [dean of Fain Fine Arts] has been working with theater, art and mass communication professors to come up with proposals as well,” Johnston said. “These things always seems to fall at the most inopportune times, but they [faculty] rise to the occasion and go the extra mile so we’re able to offer the core that we need to offer for our students.” According to Oxford, 19 percent of people in Wichita Falls don’t speak English at home, so keeping these classes as a required part of the core curriculum is crucial. “The foreign language classes are not just about learning the language, it’s about learning the culture,” Oxford said. “It’s much more than just skills. It’s learning a way of life, learning comparisons between America and France, Germany and Hispanic countries.” Oxford also said that given the state of world politics right now, learning foreign languages is more important than ever. “People are smarter than politicians, so we realize the importance of foreign languages,” Oxford said. “Removing them from the core curriculum shows a disregard for a culture and people different than us.”

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‘IT’ Spooks


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The remake of Stephens King novel to movie scares audiences and movie reviewers.

College Food

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Learn new ramen recipes and which Chinese restaurant in Wichita Falls is best for students.

Soccer Take Down

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The women’s soccer team cleans off the Dustdevils with a 4-0 win.

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Weekend dining needs improvement OUR VIEW: More than just Mesquite Dining Hall should be open on weekends.


hen students signed up for a meal plan, there’s no indication of the times that the various dining spots on campus are actually open. Students think they can go anywhere, anytime — but that isn’t the case. Chick Fil A, Einstein’s, Burrito Bowl, Grill Nation, Maverick’s Corner and Starbucks are closed on weekends (with only one brief exception being Starbucks, since it is open from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays only). These places are about 10 times more popular than the Mesquite Dining Hall, so we feel that they should have at least some weekend hours for the students who don’t want what the caf is serving. The most popular dining areas on campus are easily Chick Fil A and Einstein’s — the lines are almost always down the halls (unless you somehow manage to get there right as it opens). The university would make more money having both places open on weekends, because residents with or without meal plans would gladly spend their money on some waffle fries or a bagel than whatever the caf is serving. It’s a benefit for the students and the university to open our six additional dining areas on the weekends. Plus, it’ll help students from gaining the freshman 15 and breaking our banks on eating out.



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Trump takes away dreams from the deferred action for childhood arrivals “I am Mexican, I not an alien. I may was only three years license. It made me come out of old when my father the shadows and live without fear decided to migrate for once, since I stepped into this to the U.S. and follow country. I got to travel around the ‘American Dream’. without fear. It made my dream Just like many immiof becoming a physical therapist grants, he risked his life a possibility. My dreams have crossing the border to now been crushed in a matter of Ana give us a better life. He seconds. DACA was making my Lopez worked hard to send us dreams come true. money to Mexico and better himself. Some people call us illegals, He made a big sacrifice by not seeing us aliens, wetbacks, or criminals like grow up. Seven years went by before I President Trump says. We like to got to see my father again. call ourselves dreamers because . When my father decided to bring us that’s what we are. We are not ANA LOPEZ with him, I was nine years old and all aliens. We are humans. We get EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY ALUMNA I knew was that I was finally going to many opportunities taken away see my father again. I didn’t know I was from us, and close doors for us, coming to a country where I was not wanted. I was a kid but nobody can take our dreams away. We have fought and so naïve about things. People looked different to to get where we are and we will continue to fight. We me and spoke a language I didn’t know. The thought of have gotten far, and we are not stopping here. Our going to school and not be able to make friends because dreams are high and nothing will stop us. of the language was very scary. I managed to learn EngI am Mexican, not an alien. I may have not been lish and make good grades in school. born in U.S., but I am an American in my heart, and I My dream as a kid was to go to college, become deserve the same rights as any American. This country someone important, and make my parents proud by saw me grow and become the person I am today. This showing them that their hard work was not a waste. I country is what I call my home. I am not a criminal, I saw that my dreams were possible when cross country am a “DREAMER.” I don’t take anybody’s jobs, I earn coaches told me I was good enough to get a scholarship. them. I’ve worked hard for what I have. Nothing has At the same time, I saw it impossible due to my legal sta- been handed to me for free. I have earned every piece. tus. Even though all of that was in the back of my mind, Nobody gave me a degree, I earned it by spending sleepI never gave up on my dream. I kept working hard, and less nights studying and working hard. found great people around me who saw potential in me I now tell President Trump, “I am not a Criminal, I and worked very hard to make me better in everything. am a dreamer, I am a fighter.” This is not the end for us. I am one of the 800,000 dreamers who became We will not give up. We will continue to fight. We are protected by DACA and gave us wings to follow our “DREAMERS” dreams. DACA gave me an opportunity to find a job, Ana Lopez is a exercise physiology alumna. continue school, open bank accounts and get a driver’s

have not been born in U.S., but I am an American in my heart, and I deserve the same rights as any American ”

EDITOR: Kara McIntyre VISUALS EDITOR: Justin Marquart FEATURES EDITOR: Cortney Wood BUSINESS MANAGER: Brendan Wynne COPY EDITOR: Leah Bryce ISSUE STAFF: Kara McIntyre, Ana Lopez, Halie Aldridge, Tyler Manning, Judelle Tyson, Chloe Phillips, Shea James, Cortney Wood, Mia Heck, Makayla Scheck PHOTOGRAPHERS: Shea James, Justin Marquart, Izziel Latour, Cortney Wood, Harlie David ADVISER: Bradley Wilson

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Students gather at The Bridge on Sept. 5.

New name for Portico: The Bridge HALIE ALDRIDGE REPORTER


ortico became a well-known name on campus last semester, but this fall, it disappeared. Andrew Reilly, pastor, decided to change the name of Portico — it’s now called The Bridge. “The Bridge meaning is us one side, sin the middle, God is on the other side and Jesus is guiding us across the bridge,” Reilly said. Reilly earned his undergrad in mass communication and is pursuing his master’s degree in apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jared Sanders, education junior, has been working with Reilly for three years. He’s part of the board, table group leaders and Sundays’ life group, and was also part of The Bridge when it was still called Portico. “He [Reilly] wanted something different, and the easiest way to build excitement is to change the name. I loved it, I thought it was really cool,” Sanders said. “Since it’s been announced it been great.” Both Sanders and Reilly said they want to see students grow in their faith and relationship with God. “The main goal is to bring people to Christ and friendship. We want to see people grow in Christ and make their faith their own,” Sanders said. Gabby Solis, psychology junior, said she went to The Bridge meetings all summer. When she found out the name changed, the direction of the ministry changed. “The change of Reilly leading them is a great change,” Solis said. “It has grown in numbers,  and he talks to them like people. I like  the way he communicates his message and treats them [students].” The Bridge meetings are every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at 1300 8th Street.

Pennywise played by Bill Skarsgård from “It” remake. The film grossed $123 million in its opening weekend. Photo by Brooke Palmer

‘IT’ remake: a safe yet good film TYLER MANNING FILM CRITIC


will be the first to admit that I was not rooting for “It.” After hearing about the original director (Cary Fukunaga) leaving the project due to creative differences with the studio, I had doubts about the direction of the project. Fukunaga is responsible for directing the beautiful film, Beasts of Tyler Manning No Nation,  and creating the critically acclaimed television show, True Detective. He is someone that I trust and admire as a storyteller, and I would have loved to see his take on this concept. Even though I held my reservations, I still went into the film with a fresh mind wanting to judge it on its own merits. I will admit that I have not read the original novel that the movie was based upon. To put it concisely, “It” took an incredibly safe approach, which is not necessarily a bad thing. For what it is worth, the film has a good, solid structure with great performances. Unfortunately, the horror elements are actually my least favorite parts of the movie. For the most part, it is standard for what a mass audience looks for in a conventional horror film-jump-scares and creepy clown imagery. There is almost no subtlety in the way this movie attempts to scare its audience, again making me wonder how a more capable, artistic director (Fukunaga) would have handled the material. The components that really elevates this movie are the performances and the film’s structure. Every actor in this film does a fantastic job. The best moments were watching the main protagonists interact with one another. It is difficult to pick out some of my favorites because every single actor does a phenomenal job. The teenagers in the movie feel like real people. A good actor only elevates good dialogue and the writing in this film is well-executed. Conversations between each of the protagonists feels genuine to what a teenager would say and the chemistry between the actors really sells the idea that they are good friends. For a horror movie there is a surprising amount of levity in the

film. Finn Wolfhard, from the wonderful Netflix series a “Stranger Things,” is a shining beacon of comedic presence in the film. He often takes over a scene with witty one-liners and gratuitous jokes. All exchanges between his character (Richie Tozier) and Jack Dylan Grazer’s character (Eddie Kaspbrak) are a thrill to watch. If you do not find the premise of the film all that interesting, at least go to watch these two interact. I promise, you will not regret it. Bill Skarsgård also is well cast in this film as Pennywise. I personally do not find his character too scary, but that is out of his control, and he does a fine job with the material that he was given. “It” benefits from using a simple, effective narrative structure. The film keeps focus directed toward what is important: characters working toward their goals. It does not introduce ideas that are inconsequential to the main theme of the movie. The film keeps focus by establishing compelling characters with easily-identifiable motivations. Many of the characters in modern scary movies are just cannon fodder to the threat. Sure, I like gore as much as the next person, but to be invested in the chaos, you need someone to root for. In a good story you need a character who has a clear, achievable goal and a moral or physical flaw that she needs to overcome to achieve that goal. After the hero overcomes her own weaknesses and betters herself as a person, she learns a lesson about life, which is usually the film’s main theme. In the case of a clown that preys off the fear of children, it makes sense that all our protagonists weaknesses are their own personal fears. This is an example of solid film writing. Overall, I am glad to have seen this movie. Though I still wonder what would have been if the previously signed director actually made the film, it is nowhere near a bad movie. Rather, it ended up being solidly entertaining with enough character and narrative to make up for the weaker horror elements. Please watch “It” in theaters. The environment enhances the entertainment value tremendously. Comment below and let us know what you think of the movie. Rating: 7/10 Still out in local theaters Tyler Manning is a mass communication junior.

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Ways to make a colleg


Some of the ingredients for the Healthy-To-Go ramen recipe.

Beef flavored ramen noodle soup packet for Eat Your Veggies out ramen recipe.

Ramen recipes to shake up your taste buds SHEA JAMES REPORTER


etween cramming for tests, doing extra credit assignments and working 20 hours a week, students have to figure out a way to feed themselves. Face it — students are all broke, and the college go-to food has always been Ramen noodles. While most people just add water to the package and eat it plain, here are some easy recipes to spice up the broke-college-student-Ramen life. Enjoy. Not Your Mama’s Chicken Noodle Soup For a good, home-cooked meal, this is the soup to try. It’s cheap and has that comfort feel when homesickness hits hard.

Ingredients: Cooked chicken Cabbage Carrots Ramen noodles Poor the Ramen noodles into

a pot of boiling water, add the cooked chicken, cabbage and carrots. Let it cook for three minutes. Enjoy. For an Asian-inspired kicked to the chicken soup, add ginger shavings and a splash of soy sauce. Healthy-To-Go Salad This is the perfect meal after a workout when hunger strikes and class starts in 15 minutes. This meal is affordable and gives students a healthy alternative.

Ingredients: 1 (8 ounce) bag coleslaw mix (half of a 16-ounce bag) 1 package Ramen noodles, raw & crushed ½ cup sunflower seeds (dry roasted) ½ cup oil ¼ cup cider vinegar ¼ cup sugar Pour the bag of coleslaw mix into a big mixing bowl, then add the packet of crushed Ramen. Next mix in sunflower

seeds, oil, vinegar and sugar. Toss the ingredients until evenly mixed. Enjoy. Eat Your Veggies This might be nice on those colder winter nights when students want to get cozy after a long day of classes. It’s filling and provides key nutrients.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 cup beef broth, divided 1 package beef Ramen noodles ½ pound boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 (15 ounce) can baby corn, drained and rinsed 1 cup fresh broccoli florets ½ cup diced sweet red pepper ½ cup grated carrot 2 green onions cut into 1-inch pieces ¼ cup peanuts First, get a small bowl and mix together the cornstarch and broth. Cook noodles according to package directions. Then, stir-fry

beef in oil with a skillet. Add soy sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain the noodles, then add to the beef. Mix in the corn, broccoli, red pepper, carrot and onions. Sprinkle seasoning packet over all of it. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture into skillet. Bring to a boil, then cook and stir for two minutes. Lastly, sprinkle the top with peanuts. Enjoy. Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey This is the perfect quick breakfast to get the morning started. It provides all good breakfast items in one bowl — plus, it’s cheap.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ yellow onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, grated 1 inch piece peeled fresh ginger, grated 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1½ cups vegetable stock 1½ cups whole milk 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded American cheese add Kosher salt 2 packages instant ramen, flavor packets discarded 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped 2 soft-boiled eggs, sliced in half 4 scallions, chopped Heat the butter on medium heat, then add onion and Kosher salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes, then add garlic and ginger. Cook for one minute — make sure to stir constantly. Mix in flour, then whisk vegetable stock and whole milk until mixture is combined with no clumps. Simmer until thickened (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in cheeses until melted. Sprinkle with Kosher salt. While it’s simmering, cook Ramen noodles according to package directions. Strain the noodles. Sprinkle the chopped bacon, boiled eggs and scallions. These are just a few easy Ramen recipes to change up such a plain dish.




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ge food budget stretch Rating:

Panda Kitchen | 8/10 Panda Express | 6/10 PHOTOS BY JUSTIN MARQUART | THE WICHITAN

Small orange chicken at Panda Kitchen that comes with orange chicken, fried rice, egg roll and fortune cookie. | Orange chicken plate with fried rice at Panda Express on Sept. 6.

Panda Kitchen reigns supreme in Wichita Falls



ike most broke college students, we usually get hungry, especially when the dining alls are closed. This rang true for me on Labor Day. Mesquite Dining Hall was the only on campus resaurant open, and the food did not ook appetizing. Thanks to my love f food, especially of the Asian vaiety, I set out on a food adventure. Originally, I was only going to write review solely on Panda Express. hen Justin Marquart, art sophomore, said Panda Kitchen was better. d never heard of Panda Kitchen beore, due to it being a family-owned

business and I’m new to this town. In contrast, Panda Express is a huge restaurant chain that recently arrived to Wichita Falls in June. For comparison, I ordered orange chicken, fried rice and an egg roll at both restaurants. Panda Express First stop: Panda Express. The Chinese food chain is located on 3164 Lawrence Rd. The restaurant gives off a modern feel with a mostly wooden interior. The seating includes cloth booths, traditional tables and long, raw, wood-like tables with individual bar stools. My order total came to $10.95 plus tax ($1.90 medium drink, $1.95 egg roll, $7.10

“After trying both places, it took a while to choose a winner. Panda Kitchen ranks 8/10” CHLOE PHILLIPS REPORTER

plate with two entrees). The customer service was great, but the food was served at room temperature. I did not eat all of my orange chicken due to the temperature, but ate the rice

because it was served warmer. The chicken egg roll I ordered was good, too. Unlike Panda Kitchen, Panda Express does not have its own delivery service. However, it’s possible to order through the MenuRunners app for a delivery fee of $4.99. Panda Kitchen Last, but not least, I arrived to Panda Kitchen. They are located on 4020 Kemp Blvd. Unlike Panda Express, the restaurant the dining area was not modern looking and a bit smaller, yet it was incredibly clean and the workers were friendly. Another contrast, the meal was served hot, and they served larger portions. Panda Kitchen’s take on the orange

chicken dish was slightly different. Their sauce color is a deep red instead of Panda Express’ brown, and there were orange slices in the orange chicken that looked pretty fresh. There was also an option to order the orange chicken spicy. My order total was $10.38 ($6.39 for the small portion, $3.99 milk tea). The food is also prepared in house instead of it being reheated and under a hot lamp. After trying both places, it took a while to choose a winner. I regularly frequent Panda Express in my hometown in Houston but, after mulling it over, Panda Kitchen is the winner. Panda Kitchen’s food was served hot,

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UP C O M I N G E V E NT S Faculty Senate

Sept. 14 at 3:00 p.m. | Dillard 189 | The Faculty Senate will meet to discuss events, for faculty, but open to the public.

Moffett Library Workshop

Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. | Moffett Library | Work with tutors to learn ‘How do I start: Beginning a Research Project’

Science Cafe

Danielle Dowe, biology senior, at the Caribfest parade on Oct. 4, 2016.


Caribfest to begin this month



he Caribbean Students Organization gave attendees a taste of what to expect for its upcoming annual Caribfest activities. The official launch of the festival took place on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Comanche Suites. The annual event is entering its 20th anniversary on this campus. The event featured a mixture of Caribbean music, dance, modeling of costumes and the launch of the Mr. and Ms. Caribfest contestants. Although the pageant is a part of the annual activities, this year will be the first time males will be included. Head organizer and pre-med sophomore Charlene Hood said this year they hope to get more non-Caribbean people involved, making great strides to market themselves to different groups in the Wichita Falls community. “A lot of persons in Wichita Falls still don’t know about CSO or have not the slightest idea of Caribbean culture. From our logo design to our parade troupes, they all have been carefully designed to appeal to everyone,” Hood said. “Our aim is not to ‘outdo’ or ‘outshine’ anything that was done in the previous years, but more so to tighten up any loose ends and build on this great event that was started 20 years ago. Hopefully, five years from now, the word about Caribfest will be spread all throughout the world.” The three-day event consist of a mixture

of music, Caribbean cuisine and costumes, concluding with a soca show, parade and glow fete. While the event mainly consists of Caribbean people, participation from those not from the Caribbean is encouraged and welcomed. “This year, expect to see a diversified crowd. Yes, it’s put on by Caribbean people, but our events are open to persons of every creed, color and race. We have reached out to groups in and out of school, out of Wichita Falls and even outside of Texas,” Hood said. The event is the largest fundraising event spearheaded by CSO and is funded mainly by food sales, the selling of Caribfest T-shirt packages and donations from businesses in the community. Treasurer of CSO and accounting senior Akeem Shaw said Caribfest is all about giving the Wichita Falls community a taste of the islands. “Through our festival, we are able to offer the community a taste of Caribbean culture, island mass, different foods, dances and simply put, just a taste of our culture,” Shaw said. This year’s Caribfest will be one for the books, according to co-organizer and mechanical engineering junior Grantley Samuels. “People can expect the showcase of rich culture, good food and quality entertainment. It will be 20 years of Caribfest and the organization, along with MSU, is planning to make it a special one.”

Sept. 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. | Frank & Joe’s Coffee House | Hosted by College of Science and Mathematics, MSU faculty, staff and students are invited to the inaugural Science Café this week at Frank & Joe’s Coffee House. Enjoy coffee and conversation with some of the faculty from the College of Science and Mathematics, organized by Dr. Preet Sharma, Assistant Professor of Physics. | This month’s topics and speakers include: COSM Introduction: Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, “Quantum Effects in Molecular Materials” Dr. Randall Hallford, Associate Professor of Chemistry, “Algorithms: Recipes for Science” Dr. Jeffrey Hood, Associate Professor of Mathematics, “Hot rocks: origin stories written in volcanic materials” Dr. Jonathan Price, Prothro Distinguished Associate Professor of Geological Science

Texas A&M-Kingsville vs. Mustangs

Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. | Memorial Stadium| Come out and watach the Mustangs play against Texas A&MKingsville

Critical Conversations | SB4: What It Means for MSU

Sept. 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. | Legacy Multipurpose Room | Join us for a critical conversation about Texas’ legislation that prohibits “Sanctuary Cities,” and its impact on MSU’s students, campus, and the Wichita Falls community. Critical Conversations Series targets MSU faculty and staff, but is open to the entire MSU community. Attendees will engage in important conversations regarding race, ethnicity, sexuality, systems of oppression and other topics that influence the delivery of present-day collegiate education. The series utilizes a number of formats including speakers, panels, and film for attendees to participate in critical thinking and dialogue that is constructive and applicable to a range of professions within academia and that encourages a variety of ways to support today’s college student.

iLEAD Fall Leadership 2017 James Hoggard Reading Series Conference Sept. 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. | CSC | “Leadership training Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. | Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU | Sri Lankan author SJ Sindu will be the first guest for the Fall 2017 James Hoggard Reading Series at MSU.

Viva MSU

Sept. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Legacy Courtyard | Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with a Fiesta! Free food, games, music, and more!

Continuing Education: Stained Glass Workshop

Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Sikes Lake Center | Suitable for all levels of students wanting to learn the age old Tiffany Copper Foil method of creating stained glass projects. Instructor Cindy Cummings has over 13 years experience creating glass windows and teaching classes. We will have several projects to choose from. The cost of the class includes all supplies and equipment necessary to make a beginner project. Students must be at least 15 and all under 18 must be accompanied by an adult taking the class. Cost $100.

Gran Jamaica

Sept. 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m. | Our Lady of Guadalupe Church | Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month within the community with food, games, and dance.

for current and future leaders and advisors.” The iLEAD Conference will combine workshops for MSU students to both develop personal leadership skills and maximize their organization’s potential. This conference is open to MSU students who are current student organization leaders as well as those who desire to be more involved or expand their personal leadership abilities.

UPB Meeting

Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. | CSC Wichita 1&2 | Join the University Programming Board for our General Member Meeting! All are welcomed to come enjoy games and fun while we go over the events we plan to coordinate throughout the academic year!

“We Day”

Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | CSC Atrium | All aspects of Caribfest culture inclusive of food, geography, sports, and cultural arts will be on display.

Movie “Selena”

Sept 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. | Market Street Learning Commons Multipurpose | “Anything for Selena!” The true life story of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a Texasborn Tejano singer.

CRIME LOG Drugs: Possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia

Aug. 18 at 10:57 p.m. | Sunwatcher Village | An RA making rounds smelled marijuana and called police. Individual was found in possession of paraphernalia and a citation was issued.

Evading Arrest

Aug. 27 at 5:28 a.m. | Parking Lot # 6 | Burglary of a vehicle leads in pursuit.


Aug. 27 at 5:48 a.m. | Parking Lot # 6 | Burglary of a vehicle leads in pursuit.

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Faculty percussion recital held at Akin Auditorium CHLOE PHILLIPS REPORTER



During his presentation on plate tectonics, richard Hanson, geology, energy and environment professor from Texas Christian University, discusses his time in Zambia, Africa working on field geology

Scientists justify field at colloquium series CORTNEY WOOD FEATURES EDITOR


he hum from the projection screen retracting filled the lecture hall as 50 pairs of feet exited the presentation. After his 40-minute presentation over tectonic evolution, Richard Hanson, school of geology, energy and environment at Texas Christian University, finished off his water with a swig and began packing up his notes. The Geoscience and Environmental Colloquium series kicked off Sept. 7, and as the first speaker, Hanson said he hopes  people get interested in field geology and appreciate the science beyond capitalism. “There is a lot of movement in this country to go against science and, without getting political, a lot of scientific advice is ignored. That’s a major problem,” Hanson said. “I am trying show that there is a wealth of information out there, and people working on these projects all the time. The kind of work we do, people sometimes say ‘Why should we pay you to do this? What good does it do?’ I am always trying to emphasize here is a point to pure science.” The  Geoscience and Environmental Colloquium Series connects students to networking opportunities throughout the science community as well as engages students with the practical application for science. According to Rebecca Dodge, associate professor of environmental science, Presi-

dent Trump’s plans for the Environmental Protection Agency policies as well as with the U.S. Geological Survey or the National Geographic and Ocean Administration have caused a lot of the experienced credible scientists to retire early, because they “don’t like the atmosphere.” “A lot of the environmental regulations are getting rolled back, and a lot of the stuff we are teaching is being attacked,” Dodge said. “People are saying scientists don’t know what they are talking about, so having these highly qualified people come on campus, we hope people will say ‘that makes sense, and I can believe that.’” According to Hanson, most geology students plan to go into oil and gas and read the science reports for the geological framework to do what they do; however, Hanson said his focus lays with the excitement geology offers through the human desire to discover. After living in Zambia, Africa for three years, Hanson said it “wasn’t because we are rocket scientists” that he found success, but instead through his willingness to enter into a relatively unexplored field to uncover something new instead of the same dusty routes. “It’s a lot of living in tents, so it’s the kind of job if you love the outdoors,” he said. “If you don’t mind being uncomfortable and stuff, it can be a lot of fun.” The last two lectures will be held on Oct. 12 and Nov. 9 in Bolin Room 100 at 5 p.m.

“I want to bring keyboard elements, melodic elements, as well as rhythmic and really anything I can do to expand people’s horizon of what is possible with percussion music.”

puts on. According to Hicken, there are numerous opportunities to attend performances throughout the school year.

o crescendo the faculty recitals for the semester, Gordon Hicken, professor of music and associate director • University Wind Ensemble of bands, Andrew J. Allen and University Orchestra on and Tim Justus, assistant Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. professors of music, performed at Akin Audito• Music Series at Akin:  The rium on Sept. 11. Escher Quartet on Oct. 24 at “I want to bring key7:30 p.m. board elements, melodic • Faculty Recital: Dr. Andrew elements, as well as rhythAllen at 7:30 p.m. mic and really anything I can do to expand people’s • Clarinet on Oct. 26 at 7:30 horizon of what is possible p.m. with percussion music,” GORDON HICKEN Hicken said. “I tried to PROFESSOR OF MUSIC AND ASSOCI- • Oratorio Chorus Oct. 29 at represent different percusATE DIRECTOR OF BANDS 3:00 p.m. sion instruments because percussion encompasses • Octuba Fest on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. anything you can hit, shake, or strike.” According to Hicken, his closing piece The • Woodwind Chamber Ensemble on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics by Ben Wahlund, is his favorite piece he performed that evening. It featured a snare drum and digital playback of particle collisions and machinery at a lab. “It’s cool because you get to interact with audio tracts but, also feature my own skill blend with the sound,” he said. Sharon Mucker, vocal performance senior, enjoyed the variety of the pieces and the contrast between the fun pieces and song-like pieces. According to Mucker, some of the songs were able to bring tears to your eyes while others were very intricate.  “It’s not only important to study music and perform, but to support your peers, your professors, your colleagues as much as possible,” she said. According to Mucker, she tries to attend every meeting or recital the music department

• Guest Recital: Alan Bowers, tenor on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. • University Wind Ensemble- Fantasy of Lights on Nov. 20 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. • University Wind Ensemble Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. • University Jazz Ensemble on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. • University Choir, Oratorio Chorus, and Midwestern Singers on Dec. 3 at 3:00-5:00 p.m. • Percussion Ensemble on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. • Music Department Faculty Recital on Dec. 7 at 7:30p.m.

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Destinee Williamson, criminal justice senior, leans in as she gets ready to kick the ball down the field during the women’s soccer game against Colorado State-Pueblo on Sep. 8.

Women’s soccer rises

hard on our defense and learning new spots on the he women’s soccer field,” Burnette said. “I think team “dusted” the we now have a good setup Dustdevils with a that works for us. It definitely 4-0 win against against showed that the women Texas A&M International worked hard to earn their win.” University on Sept. 10. By the second half, the The first half of the game was slow paced, with only communication and energy one goal made at the 19:02 on the field remarkably increased, mark by Destinee according to Wi l l i a m s o n , Damian Clarke, forward and head coach. criminal justice Three shots were senior.  made in the “In our next second half to game, we need bring the score to start off with to 4-0. Hanna the energy right COURTNEY BURNETTE Mattinson, off the bat,” NURSING AND SPANISH SENIOR forward and Williamson said. marketing “I think that’s why we were getting beat as sophomore, made the last much as we were in the first goal of the game. “The communication in half. Luckily they didn’t score the first half was poor and we on us.” Throughout the game, could have done more work,” goalkeeper Courtney Clarke said. “ This changed in Burnette, nursing and the second half as the players Spanish senior, managed to showed more depth and stop 13 attempted shots. This communication.” The Mustangs will return gave the Mustangs the 4-0 shutout they were striving to Stangs Park on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. against Oklahoma for. “We have been working Baptist University. MAKAYLA SCHECK REPORTER


Adrian Seales, criminal justice junior, runs with the ball at the first home game at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31.

Football to play Texas A&M MIA HECK REPORTER


he football players bring their optimism about Saturday’s game to campus to help promote attendance at Memorial Stadium and support for their upcoming game that is scheduled for September 16. This football game is much anticipated because it is the first conference game of their 2017 season. “Everyone on the team is hungry for a win this weekend because we missed the opportunity last week in Central Florida, due to the violent weather conditions they were facing,” Alex Morgan-Anderson, punter and general business freshman, said. “Kingsville has always been a good challenge for our team because they develop a lot of really great football

players who know how to play hard. The opportunity always drives our team’s eagerness for a win.” Texas A&M University-Kingsville finished the 2016 season with 9-3 record, while the Mustangs ended the 2016 season with an 8-3 record. The 8-3 record left the team second in the Lone Star Conference. “MSU has always had a huge turnout for student attendance when it comes to football season, but this year, we really hope that our student, and community, attendance grows because our team has such great potential this season,” Jaron Imbriani, kicker and sports and leisure studies sophomore, said. “The team we have now is younger, yet gives so much more effort than the team last season.” The football team spends about

four hours per day practicing plays and prepping for the games. Robert Carper, nursing sophomore, shared his excitement about this weekend’s game. “I’m excited to watch the upcoming game against Kingsville because I really enjoy watching all the effort those guys give, resulting in a great game and hopefully a victory,” Carper said. “And because the hotdogs are usually pretty tasty too.” Morgan-Anderson said he and his teammates want as many fans as possible to come to Memorial Stadium for the game. “Having a by week this last week really gives our team an edge to win by giving our boys some fresh legs. It is not a game I suggest you miss,” Morgan-Anderson said.

“It definitely showed that the women worked hard to earn their win.”

September 13, 2017  

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