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Volume 93

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Issue XVI

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

North, South battle Chinese New Year Korean talks end on ugly terms Students celebrate holiday KRYSTINA MARTINEZ


Staff Writer



opes for reconciliation between North and South Korea were dashed on Feb. 9 when the North Korean delegation walked out on the �irst of�icial talks with South Korea since the Yeonpyeong island bombing in November. The two countries had met in Panmunjon to discuss the possibility of future highermilitary discussions. Many hoped that the outcome of the discussions would ease the tension between the two nations. However, neither side could come to a consensus on an agenda for future talks. “South Korea argued the highlevel talks should focus on two attacks against it last year, while the North Koreans demanded discussion of other military issues as well”, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said in a statement to Fox News. The North Korean military retaliated in a statement of their own, saying: “the army and people of [North Korea] do not feel any need to deal with the group of traitors any longer now that they

Courtesy of Dr. Butler Cain (2009). The blue buildings of the Joint Security Area straddle the border between North and South Korea inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The building in the background is in North Korea.


Courtesy of Dr. Butler Cain (2009). A South Korean soldier, foreground, stares at a North Korean soldier across the border at the Joint Security Area near Panmunjom, which is inside the Demilitarized Zone.

do not wish to see the North-South relations improve but totally reject the dialogue itself.” The South demanded that North Korea apologize for the sinking of the Cheonan warship in March, an incident that the North has denied involvement in. Nations such as the U.S. are scrambling to get the two sides back to the negotiating table, fearing the capabilities of the North’s weapons program. “The North has been accused of �inancing terrorism and producing yellow cake uranium,” Dr. Dwight Vick, assistant professor of political science and criminal justice, said. According to Vick, the �ive countries that are particularly worried about the weapons issue are Russia, China, South Korea, Japan and the U.S., due to their close trajectories to the communist nation.

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n Feb. 18, the Chinese Student Organization will host a Chinese New Year’s Party at the Wesley Foundation. “In China, we have the separate Chinese year,” Gavin Xie, freshman engineering major, said. “Family and friends gather.” The celebration lasts for 15 days, beginning with the new moon on the first day of the New Year and ending on the full moon 15 days later. “We are celebrating the festival which is the first day of lunar year,” Ami Wang, senior accounting major said. “It is actually Feb. 2, but we delayed it to Feb. 18 because of class.” Wang explained that this year is the year of the rabbit. “In China, [there are] 12 animals symbolizing 12 years that go around,” she said. “We are born and have a symbol animal. If this is your year, you have to wear red against the bad luck.” Wang also said that the 12 animals come from a traditional Chinese story which narrates a race between many animals. The animals represented in the Chinese years are the ones that arrived first in this race. The lunar festival is the biggest in China. Wang, as well as other Chinese students at WTAMU, want to celebrate this occasion like they would in their country. “[The Chinese New Year’s Party] makes me feel at home,” Harry Pan, finance and economics

graduate student, said. Wang explained that one of the reasons they decided to host this party is because they do not want to forget their culture. “We want to keep traditions,” she said. “We [have] about 50 Chinese students in WT, with Taiwanese [students] we are like 80.” The party will include several Chinese folklore, gifts and traditions. “We are going to sing some songs, have folk dance and Tai Chi, which is like a Chinese Kung Fu,” Pan said. Students are invited to join the festivities on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The Chinese New Year’s Party will be hosted at the Wesley Foundation.

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NASA faces budget cuts in FY 2011

Congress leaves Bush, Obama programs at odds JES ROSKENS Staff Writer


n the middle of starting a new vehicle that will someday take astronauts to Mars and beyond, NASA �inds itself in �inancial limbo as Congress debates the federal budget. “It is important to realize that there are no basic physical unknowns about travelling around our solar system,” WT professor Dr. Dave Craig said. “It’s just very expensive.” In 2010 President Obama signed into law the NASA authorization act of 2011, which detailed the end the Bush Constellation program and any future space shuttles being developed. Instead, the act called for NASA to build a heavy launch vehicle dubbed the Space Launch System (SLS) by 2016 with a budget of $19 billion a year. The plan was to use this vehicle to take astronauts into deep space beyond the moon

“Those defending NASA point to all the technologies that have come as a result of the space program.”

by 2025 and pass low-orbit Earth launches on to commercial space-�light companies, such as California’s SpaceX. “The more delay, and the less money, the longer it will take,” Henry Hertzfeld, a professor of space policy and international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., said to MSNBC. Instead of looking at a budget increase

The Sun rises over Earth in a shot taken from space.

for NASA, Congress could be looking at a decrease to 2008 levels ($17 billion). A spending reduction act proposed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) would make this change. Many experts say this proposal is going to make the deep-space goals more dif�icult. Even more troubling for NASA, as pointed out by NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin in a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Ralph Hall (R-TX), until Congress gives the go ahead, NASA cannot start work on the SLS, but also cannot stop working on the Ares rockets from the cancelled Constellation project. “Due to restrictive language in NASA’s �iscal year (FY) 2010 appropriation (the Constellation program NASA is continuing to spend approximately $200 million each month on the Constellation Program,” General Martin said. “Aspects of [the Constellation Program that] both NASA and Congress have agreed not to build.” Those defending NASA point to all the technologies that have come as a result of the space program or have been made possible, such as cell phones, computers, email and other advancements that have come to be vital in how the world functions today. “What would today be like without the NASA of yesterday?” Dr. Matt Jackson, assistant proffesor of engineering and computer science, said. “What will tomorrow be like without the NASA of today?” Until Congress decides what course to take the future of NASA and the United States in space travel remains a mystery.

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The Prairie Editorial Staff 2010-2011 Editor- Maria Molina Assistant Editor- Katelyn Garrity Managing Editor- Randi Hudson Copywriter- Krystina Martinez Web Editor - Georgia Romig Faculty Adviser- Butler Cain The Prairie is a student-operated publication at West Texas A&M University. It functions to inform, educate, and entertain readers accurately and responsibly. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the administration, faculty or students. The editorials that appear on these pages represent the opinion of the Prairie editorial board. The views expressed by other columinsts are the writers’ opinions and do not necessarily reflect the board’s views. Advertising rates are available upon request at (806) 651- 2410 or at WTAMU Box 60754, Canyon, Texas 79016. The Prairie has a circulation of 1,500 and is printed by the Amarillo Globe-News. Korea Continued from p. 1 Humanitarian talks may be in jeopardy as well. South Korea’s uni�ication ministry told BBC News that “a date and venue for talks mediated by the Red Cross would be set after the preliminary talks had ended.” Since the North walked out on the preliminary discussions, issues such as restarting reunions for families separated by the Korean war may not be addressed. “For the South Koreans, the split is huge,” said Vick, who got to witness the tensions �irsthand when he lived in South Korea. “Part of the problem is that the Korean peninsula hasn’t been uni�ied since World War II.” Analysts in Seoul believe that North

Korea will eventually resume dialogue with the South, but only if the communist country can put pressure on Seoul to make concessions. “North Korea is sending the message that [they want] to take the initiative and doesn’t want to be dragged along by South Korea,” Baek SeungJoo, analyst with the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, told Yahoo News. “It’s not the �irst time they’ve done this.” “I’m not particularly worried about [the talks failing],” Vick said. “This has been happening for years. South Korea has grown to accept it; the Red Cross and the UN are also accustomed to it.”


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Students, law firm have ‘beef’ with Taco Bell

Resturant chain under fire for grade of meat served



aco Bell is on the defensive after Beasley Allen, an Alabama law �irm, �iled a FRANKIE SANCHEZ lawsuit against them claiming Canyon’s local Taco Bell located on 23rd street. Beasley Allen law �irm, said. that their beef products contain The USDA categorizes ground only 36 percent beef and does beef and taco �illing as two not meet USDA requirements. different products that have These claims were made on speci�ic regulations. According behalf of California resident Amanda Obney. Taco Bell adver- to the USDA website, “Ground beef can have seasonings, but tisements use the term “beef,” no water, phosphates, extendbut Obney wants a court order to require the advertisements to ers, or binders added,” and “a use the words “taco meat �illing.” maximum of 30 percent fat is allowed.” “This product does not USDA’s labeling policy book qualify to be considered ‘ground states that taco �illing must conbeef’ and many of the ‘seasontain a minimum of 40 percent ing’ ingredients are in fact beef. binders, �illers and coloring,” The Taco Bell Corporation Dee Miles, an attorney with the

has denied the claims and even went as far as to say “thank you for suing us” in an advertisement running in some large scale newspapers such as USA Today. Taco Bell has also dedicated a page of their website to denying these claims by posting a YouTube video and statements from corporation president and chief concept of�icer Greg Creed. The page also includes a link to a list of product ingredients for customers to view. “Our seasoned beef recipe contains 88 percent quality USDA-inspected beef and 12 percent seasonings, spices, water and other ingredients that provide taste, texture and moisture,” Creed said in a statement released on Taco Bell’s website. “The lawyers got their facts wrong. We take this attack on

our quality very seriously and plan to take legal action against them for making false statements about our products.” Taco Bell executives have yet to make any decisions on the matter of legal action, but with or without it, the corporation is continuing a strong advertising campaign in defense against the lawsuit. On Feb. 8, Taco Bell announced a new promotion in which they would give away ten million coupons for free tacos to those who “like” their Facebook page. The coupon allows each person one free crunchy seasoned beef taco. “[The promotion] kind of sounds like a bribe,” WTAMU student, Amanda Ebell, said. West Texas A&M students share differing opinions on how the matter affects their eat-

ing habits and whether or not Taco Bell needs to change their advertising. “I know most of the Taco Bells west of Mississippi [are] supplied by a local beef packing plant so all their ground beef is real beef,” WT student and Taco Bell customer Tara Butler, said. Butler believes it is possible this could be an isolated incident if Taco Bells across the United States use different distributors, and �inds it unnecessary to change the advertising. However, not all students agree that Taco Bell can continue with its advertising without making changes. “Until I know what’s in the beef, I’m probably not going to be eating there,” Ebell said. “If they are going to say it’s beef, then it needs to be beef.”

Looking Forward, Looking Back in Comm Department

Communication week commences Feb. 14 with a date DAVID MERAZ Staff Writer


ooking Forward, Looking Back” is the theme for this year’s Communication Week, a series of events that the Communication Department puts together annually. The idea for the theme came last fall when the Communication Committee met and talked about celebrating WTAMU’s Centennial. “We wanted to look at the way communication has changed,” Dr. Trudy Hanson, Department Head of Communication, said. Communication Week will kicked off Feb. 14 with the “Dating Game.” Senior broadcasting majors Imelda Saavedra and Tyler Sweeney will be hosting. “We have chosen one boy and one girl as our main contestants,” Sweeney said. “Then when people come into the Recital Hall, we will choose three more single guys and girls to play.” The main contestants will ask their potential dates communication and media-related questions. The winning couples will receive movie tickets and gift certi�icate to Napolis. On Feb. 15, author, �ilmmaker and educator Jean Kilbourne will be talking to students about the world of advertising and gender. “Her lecture, The Naked Truth, is based on her research on ‘Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women’,” Hanson said. “The thing about Dr. Kilbourne is that she is very engaging, she gets her audience involved.”

The highly-anticipated Project Runway will be back on Feb. 16. Communication faculty members will participate as runway models, wearing out�its from different decades designed by student teams. The contestants are Butler Cain, representing the future; Kris Drumheller, representing the 1990’s; Jessica Mallard, representing the 1960’s; Connie McKee, representing the 1920’s; Lori Westermann, representing the 1980’s; and returning champion Kim Bruce will represent the 1940’s. Dr. James Hallmark will be judging the competition. On Feb 17, anchor and reporter Andy Justus from KAMR NBC4; Kristy Wilkerson, Branch Manager of Juvenile for Diabetes Foundation in Amarillo and Dr. Joseph Robertson will be featured in an Alumni Panel for students to attend. Eva Harder will interview the panel. They will talk to students about their experiences in media. Concluding the week of events on Feb. 18 is the Communciation Showcase, taking place in the FAC Recital Hall. The different concentrations of Communication Studies and Mass Communication will showcase their work. Presentations will include Blake Boone, Steve Wolf, the Advertising and Public Relations Society, the Prairie and audio projections from Randy Ray’s basic audio class. 91.1 F.M., The One radio station will broadcast the event. Students who attend all �ive events will have their name put into a drawing for an Apple 32GB iTouch. Students who attend the showcase on Friday will also be eligible to win faculty coupons which include 5 points added to a midterm exam, 1 excused absence, 10 points added onto a writing assignment and 5 points on a �inal exam.

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Lady Buffs make Angelo State see pink Take over second place in LSC S outh D ivision

EVAN GRICE Staff Writer


o say that the Feb. 12 matchup between the WTAMU Lady Buffs and the Angelo State Rambelles at the First United Bank Center was an important game for both teams is an understatement. It was a battle for second place in the LSC South Division as well as WBCA Pink Zone night. WT used a strong �irst half to propel them to a 71-56 victory over ASU. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak by Angelo State they held coming into the contest. The Rambelles made life dif�icult very early for the Lady Buffs as they held an early 8-2 lead at the 16:23 mark of the �irst half. WT

stormed back and took a 12-10 lead with 14:05 remaining in the �irst half. Both teams seemed fairly equal throughout most of the half as there were multiple lead changes and ties. It wasn’t until the 4:50 mark of the �irst half with the Lady Buffs leading 27-26 that the game got blown wide open. A 14-3 run by WT gave them a commanding 41-29 lead going into the locker room for the half. After the break, the momentum stayed with the Lady Buffs as they opened with a 7-2 run to give them a 48-31 lead with 16:43 left in regulation. The closest ASU got in the second half was 11 points at 51-40. WT led by as many as 20 points in the second half as they came away with a 71-56 victory over the Rambelles. The victory is WT’s 14 straight over the Rambelles dating back to 2005.

Leading the scoring on the night for the Lady Buffs was junior Jamie Simmons with 19 points followed by freshman Ariel Robertson with 18 points. Freshman Casey Land scored 10 points on the evening. Angelo State was paced by senior Camille Perkins who led all scorers on the night with 23 points followed by junior Paige Weishuhn with 13 points. Sophomore Lindsay Mahone scored 10 points on the evening. WT’s overall record now stands at 14-9 with a 7-3 record in conference play. ASU falls to 13-9 overall and 6-4 in LSC play. The Lady Buffs will now prepare for a showdown with division leading Tarleton State on Feb. 16. Tipoff from Wisdom Gym in Stephenville is set for 6 p.m.

Buffs make statement against Rams WT men’s overall record stands at 19-4 this season EVAN GRICE Staff Writer


t’s become clear that the LSC South men’s division has some quality teams. The WTAMU men’s basketball team is considered to be among those teams and they looked to prove it against Angelo State on Feb. 12 at the First United Bank Center in Canyon. WT put on one of their best shooting performances of the year as they shot a season-high 63 percent from the field en route to an 81-61 victory over the Rams. Both teams came out shooting cold in the first half. In fact the first basket wasn’t scored until the 17:38 mark when WT took a 2-0 lead. ASU took their first lead of the game at 7-6 with 14:42 left in the first half. Angelo State only led one other time in the entire game. WT broke proceedings wide open at the 3:02 mark when they held a 32-21 lead and applied the pressure the rest of the half on the Rams. Going into the locker room for halftime the Buffs were in complete

control leading 38-26. When the teams came out for the second half, the Buffs didn’t miss a step as they maintained their double-digit lead. Angelo State managed to close to within eight points at 63-55 with 8:28 left in regulation. However, that was as close as the Rams managed to get in the second half. From that moment on it was all Buffs as they came away with an 81-61 blowout victory. Leading the scoring on the night for the Buffs was senior Jacquiese Holcomb with a team-high 18 points followed by junior Rod Little with 13 points. Sophomore Mason White scored 10 points on the evening. Angelo State was paced by senior Richard Thomas with 25 points followed by junior LaDonn Huckaby who had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Redshirt Senior Steven Moore scored 10 points on the evening as well. WT’s overall record now stands at 19-4 with a 6-4 record in conference play. Angelo State falls to 10-12 overall with an

identical 6-4 record in LSC play. The Buffs will now prepare for a matchup against Tarleton State on Feb. 16. Tip-off from Wisdom Gym is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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Buffs take two out of three from Bronchos President celebrates opening of Buffalo Sports Complex EVAN GRICE Staff Writer

A player runs toward home base.

A player throws a pitch toaward home.

Frankie Sanchez

Frankie Sanchez


uffs take two out of three from Bronchos Improve to 4-1 on the season.The WTAMU baseball team �inally got to open up LSC play on Feb. 12-13 against Central Oklahoma at Wilder Park in Canyon. Before the �irst game of the series got underway, WTAMU President Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien and David Wilder threw out the �irst pitch to of�icially celebrate the opening of the new baseball park at the Buffalo Sports Complex. WT used the momentum of the occasion to blowout the Bronchos in seven innings 19-6. UCO took a 5-0 lead in the top of the third before the Buffs reclaimed the lead in the bottom half at 6-5. The Buffs scored 13 runs over the next three innings to put the game out of reach and claim their �irst conference victory of the season. Junior Justin Kuks picked up his second victory of the season (2-0) on the mound for the Buffs going �ive innings giving up six runs on eight hits while striking out �ive batters. Fellow junior Zach Walker �inished the game in relief allowing no runs on three hits with one

strikeout. Feb. 13 saw the Buffs and Bronchos play a doubleheader. In the �irst game of the day the Buffs claimed a 3-2 victory thanks to a double off the left �ield wall by senior Trey Horn in the bottom of the seventh inning. Horn also led the way for the Buffs offense on the day going 2 for 3 with two RBI. Junior Irving Camacho picked up the victory on the mound for the Buffs giving up two runs on three hits while striking out seven to pick up the complete game win. WT wasn’t so fortunate in the second game as the Bronchos bats got hot early as they handed the Buffs their �irst defeat of the season with a 13-2 defeat. Junior Jordan Easom went 1 for 3 on the day for the Buffs with an RBI double. Fellow junior Casey Lish was tagged for the loss giving up six runs on six hits in just 0.2 innings of work. WT’s overall record now stands at 4-1 with a 2-1 record in LSC play. The Buffs will now take a break from conference action to play a rescheduled doubleheader against University of the Southwest on Feb. 15. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. from Hobbs, New Mexico.

#6 Lady Buffs Softball go 3-1 in Abilene Cockrell throws no-hitter game against ACU EVAN GRICE Staff Writer


he #6 ranked WTAMU Lady Buff Softball team �inally got to open the 2011 season at the ACU Whitten Inn Softball Classic on Feb. 12-13. In the �irst game of the tournament the Lady Buffs took on LSC South rival Texas Woman’s University. TWU struck early in the top of the �irst inning with two quick runs to put WT behind 2-0. Things got worse in the top of the third inning as four Lady Buff errors led to three runs for the Pioneers. But, the Lady Buffs responded in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 5-5. WT took their �irst lead of the contest in the bottom of the fourth with three runs to give them an 8-5 lead. TWU couldn’t contain the offensive attack as the Lady Buffs came away with an impressive 10-6 victory. Senior right-�ielder Kasey Henderson, junior center�ielder Kimberley LeComte, junior catcher Meghan Brown and junior third-basemen Samantha Watson all

contributed to the offensive attack on the day for the Lady Buffs with 2 RBI’s apiece. Junior Marci Womack picked up the victory on the mound for the Lady Buffs giving up six runs on �ive hits while pitching six innings improving her record to 1-0 on the season. Junior Shelbey Cockrell picked up her �irst save of the season for the Lady Buffs. Game two saw Cockrell steal the show against host Abilene Christian as she threw only the third no-hitter in Lady Buff softball history and the second of her career. WT made quick work of the Lady Wildcats winning 11-0 in �ive innings. Junior second-basemen Kristina Myles led the offense for the Lady Buffs going 3-for-3 with 5 RBI on the night. Cockrell struck out �ive Lady Wildcats in �ive innings of work to pick up the complete-game no hit victory. On day two of the tournament, WT faced off against Cameron University in their �irst matchup of the session. The Lady Aggies gave WT plenty of �its as they kept things close throughout, but it was the Lady Buffs who eventually came away with a hard fought 7-4 victory.

Once again for the Lady Buffs it was senior Kasey Henderson leading the Lady Buff offense with two RBI along with sophomore �irst-basemen Brooke Webster with two RBI as well. Junior Marci Womack picked up her second victory of the season (2-0) working four innings while giving up four runs on eight hits. Junior Shelby Cockrell picked up her second save of the season working two innings and not giving up any hits or runs. The �inal contest of the tournament saw the Lady Buffs take on St. Mary’s. An early �irst inning de�icit was too much to overcome as the Lady Buffs fell to the Lady Rattlers 7-4. Junior Shelby Cockrell was tagged with the loss as she pitched three innings giving up seven runs on eight hits. WT’s overall record now stands at 3-1 on the season. The Lady Buffs will be back in action Feb. 18-19 as they host the �irst WTAMU Triangular at Lady Buff Yard. Feb. 18 will see the Lady Buffs take on Oklahoma Panhandle State University at 11:00 a.m. Followed by Western New Mexico at 4:00 p.m. Feb. 19 will see WT face WNM at 1:30 p.m. followed by OPSU at 4:00 p.m.


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Google, Bing duel over search results Search engines battle over who is copying whose algorithms GEORGIA ROMIG Staff Writer


f you type “Bing vs. Google” into either search engine, you will get the same search suggestions in both. Google’s lawyers say these searching similarities are no coincidence. Launched by Microsoft on June 3, 2009, the Bing engine has emerged as a real rival to Google. Google, which owns 65percent of the U.S. search market, has become synonymous of searching. However, Bing is surging in popularity, thanks in part to recent deal with Yahoo!. “This is about two smart search engine algorithms,” Dr. Rajan Alex, associate professor of engineering and computer science at WTAMU, said. And then allegations surfaced that Microsoft had stolen some of Google’s algorithms. As Amit Singhal, a software engineer at Google told National Public Radio on Feb. 2, employees got suspicious when they noticed

Bing began adding search suggestions to their engines weeks after they appeared on Google. Singhal and his team began experimenting by creating made-up words and generating fake results related for those words. “Microsoft’s Bing started showing the same arti�icial result for the same synthetic query,” Singhal said to NPR. “And this was just conclusive to us at that point.” But Microsoft tells a different tale about Bing. Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Bing, told NPR, “We do not copy their results. Period. Full stop.” In other words, Microsoft claims that Google is stirring up controversy because it wants to harm its rival’s reputation. According to the Department of Computer Information & Decision Management Department Head at WT, Dr. Amjad Abdullat, there may be some truth to this. “The new computing platforms are changing,” Abdullat said. “Google is becoming of a multimedia and search engine company.” The company is also focusing on mobile and

wireless. In his opinion, Bing is an attempt by Microsoft to move into this market and it has been somewhat successful. Bing has been much better received than Microsoft’s old MSN search engine. When it comes to toppling the king, though, experts agree Microsoft made its move too late. “I think Microsoft came late [to search engines],” Abdullat said. “Google had already established themselves.” “There is some question about whether it [Bing] had been a success compared to Google,” Alex agreed. Business politics aside, the questions of plagiarism remain unanswered, and may for some time. “When it comes to copyright issues, only the court will determine that,” Abdullat said. According to Abdullat, however, legalities are more important than image. “I think Google’s making a mistake, accusing Microsoft of something that is hard to prove,” Abdullat said.

Technology, Apple rumors continue

iPhone 5, Verizon Wireless talk about future KATI WATSON Staff Writer


pple is slowly taking over the phone market. Apple has recently launched its ad campaign for the iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network. Apple has also hinted to the possibility of an iPhone 5 as well as an iPad 2. Verizon Wireless is getting the iPhone 4. This is both good news and bad news. The good news, Verizon Wireless customers can finally have the much-wanted iPhone. The bad news, there are rumors that the iPhone 5 will soon be released. “ I want to get the new iPhone 4, but I would hate to buy it two months before the iPhone 5 comes out,” Ben Johnson, a WTAMU student, said.

This seems to be a dilemma most iPhone customers are facing. Apple has said that both, the Verizon Wireless and AT&T iPhones, will be combatible as far as face time, and apps like iShareFiles, which lets you share contacts and photos with other iPhones. If your cell phone provider is Verizon Wireless and you’re interested in getting an iPhone 4, here is the information you have been looking for. Apple and Verizon no longer have pre-order open for the iPhone 4 so you will have to wait until Feb. 9 in order to order your new iPhone online. If you are not in to the whole online ordering thing then you can get your iPhone at a Verizon Wireless store starting at 7 a.m. on Feb. 10. The Verizon iPhone is currently priced at 199.99 for the 16GB

model. Some Verizon customers might want to wait to buy an iPhone 4 because there is speculation that Apple will release its iPhone 5 in late June or early July. It is not clear yet as to whether or not Verizon will be getting the iPhone 5 as soon as it comes out for AT&T. There are several rumors floating around about the iPhone 5 and what new things it will be able to do. With the iPhone 4 costumers saw the first phone to ever have face time communication. With the iPhone 5 there has been talk of a digital wallet being built in with the phone. This digital wallet would allow for the user to pay with things directly from their phones. The digital wallet will hold your credit card information,

your bank information, as well as any gift cards you choose to put in to your digital wallet. To use the digital wallet you will simply select on your phone how you want to pay for a purchase and swipe the phone over a terminal that records the transaction. This is being seen as a banking revolution. “I’m not sure how much I trust the digital wallet,” Carl Martin, WT student, said. “It has the potential to be an awesome innovation but I fell like a lot of things could go wrong with it. “ Other then the digital wallet, Apple has not leaked much more about the new iPhone 5. Apple is changing the world and quickly. What ever the iPhone 5 throws at the world is sure to be something new and exciting.

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Video game violence under attack Jes Roskens Staff Writer


ox News has once again decided to run an anti-gaming article, attacking a shooting game called Bulletstorm as hazardous to children. “Parents had better beware: There’s a Bulletstorm on the horizon.” John Brandon wrote as the beginning of the article. If that opening statement does not explain how one-sided the article is then take into account that �ive of the seven sources listed are against Bulletstorm and video games at large. Also, when the anti-gaming sources say something inaccurate, Fox News did not see �it to correct them in the article. Take this gem from Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist and author: “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,” Lieberman said.

First of all, all violent crimes, rape included, have been going down according surveys done by the Federal Bureau of Investigations; secondly, there is no rape in ‘Bulletstorm’. This not a rant against Fox News however, as for years now several media outlets have been unfairly representing video games with supposed ‘experts’. For example, CNN used to quote Jack Thompson, a lawyer, as an expert on video games and on the effects video games have on children. In actuality, he is a now permanently disbarred Florida lawyer, who has never played a game and has no experience in psychology. That hasn’t stopped him from blaming video games for the Columbine shootings, the Northern Illinois shootings, Virginia Tech shootings, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks with no evidence to back up his claims. “There is going to be a Columbine-times-10 inci-

dent, and everyone will �inally get it,” Thompson said in an upcoming documentary called Moral Kombat. This anti-gaming attitude is not limited to the U.S. Russian news network, Russia Today, blamed the bombing of the Domodedovo International Airport on a game called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 because it has a level where the player takes part in a shooting at a �ictional Russian airport. While this may, one has to keep in mind just because something seems logical that does not mean there is a direct correlation. Again, there is no evidence to back up this claim. Russia Today just makes the claim that a �ictional shooting inspired a bombing, instead of several real terrorist attacks that used suitcase bombs. Violence, real or fictional, can have an effect on people, particularly children. However, people need to remember that environment and the distinction of “right” and “wrong” plays a bigger role more than anything.

I hate Valentine’s Day: No really, I do KATI WATSON Staff Writer


hate Valentines Day almost as much as I hate Christmas and my birthday. I guess it is safe to say I’m a holiday hater. Now I do need to explain that this hate I harbor for speci�ic holidays is not because of the meaning of the holidays but the way people have warped the meaning and celebrations. There is nothing worse than stale candy, expensive dates, and useless gifts. Ladies, the meaning of Valentines Day is not about how great of a gift you get. Valentines Day is about love, as corny as it sounds. I say ladies because this holiday has become a day about women. Women sadly have warped this holiday from a day of love between two people into a day of men slaving to please their woman. Valentines Day is one of the most important days of the year for women everywhere. As a fellow woman, I stand by a different viewpoint. I love my boyfriend and enjoy being with him, but I don’t expect him to buy me some super expensive gift just because it is Valentines Day. My boyfriend lives in Alaska and for Valentines Day I am sending him a box with a dustpan, broom, Nerf gun bullets, cleaning

supplies, a movie or two, along with some other random things. My sweet boyfriend will not be sending me �lowers or �lying down from Alaska to take me out to dinner, instead he will be calling me and we will chat on the phone just like any other night of the week. I don’t understand the point of Valentines Day; it’s just like any other day of the year. The only difference between Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 is that Feb. 14 is Valentines Day and Feb. 15 is National Gumdrop Day. I can go on a romantic date any day of the year, so why do I need to celebrate my love with the masses? I don’t just love my boyfriend for one day of the year so why should I just show it one day of the year? For all the singles of the world, this is the most pointless and slightly depressing holiday of the year. I have been single for Valentines Day before and it was awful. All I could do was think of past Valentine Days. I also made the mistake of going out to dinner with my friends. Not a good idea. First, we had to wait about forty-�ive minutes at Chili’s. Also, seeing all the couples together enjoying their date night was not easy to stomach. Valentines day seems to be a

woman’s holiday; I don’t really see many men chomping at the bit for Valentines Day. Most men are not romantic and the best they can do for Valentines Day is making reservations at Olive Garden. I can understand a mans’ frustration on this holiday. It has to be hard to try and get a girl that perfect gift, as well as plan that perfect dinner, without blowing your budget. I’m sure there are quite a few men out there who will agree with me that we should just get rid of this silly holiday. Even if they don’t say it to your face, ladies, some men understand just how pointless Valentines Day is. I have only ever had one good Valentines Day and my date was my mom. Back in third grade, I came home from a tiring day at school. Instead of the usually post-school snack of butter crackers, carrots, and lemonade. My mother had a surprise set up on the kitchen table for my little brother and I. The kitchen table was all decked out in red and pink! My mother made us heart-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pink heart-shaped jello, pink Kool-Aid with heart-shaped ice cubes and heart-shaped cookies. It was the best Valentines Day surprise I have ever had! It was my mother’s way of showing my brother and I how much

FRANKIE SANCHEZ Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day.

she loved us. If I believed in Valentines Day and wished to celebrate it, I would want it to be like the one I had with my mom back when I was eight. I plan on treating every day like it is Valentines Day, and plan on loving my boyfriend just the same every day. I suggest that you try to love your signi�icant other the same every day and don’t fall in to the Valentines Day hype.

The Prairie Issue XVI  
The Prairie Issue XVI  

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