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ombies are scheduled to attack campus-wide on March 28 through April 1. “Humans vs. Zombies,” sponsored by RHA, is returning for a second year, largely in part to its great success last year. “Over 250 people played last year,” Nicole Moore, RHA president, said. “We had a lot of really positive feedback and everyone had a really good time.” The Humans vs. Zombies committee

is expecting an increase of players this year. “We think the game will be a lot bigger this year,” Moore said. “We’re expecting at least 300 players.” Moore said the more players there are, the more fun the game will be and she insists that it’s not “just a boy’s game.” Chance Autry, committee member and former zombie, can attest to the enjoyment and social networking of the game. “I loved the game last year,” Autry said. “I got to make a lot of new friends

that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.” which will be used to stun the zombies, A mandatory preliminary meeting to the meeting for approval. will take place at 8 p.m. on March 20 and Autry brought his previous zombie 21 in the Virgil Henson Activity Center experience to the table to help with Ballroom. planning this year’s event. If a student is unable to make either “My experiences from last year of the mandatory meetings, he or she helped us come up with ways to make can make arrangements to meet with an the game more fun for everyone,” Autry RHA officer to get registered. said. “Since I was a zombie, I knew what During the meeting, players will they liked and disliked about the game, be registered online, receive their so I brought that before the committee.” bandanas that were made specifically While registering, a player can opt for this year’s game and informed of to be the “original zombie,” who will be all rules. Players must be a WT student hand-selected by the committee. and should bring their Nerfblasters, Zombie Invasion continued on p. 5

Professor, graduate presented lecture on feminism

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he Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum hosted a lecture on March 10 at the Hazlewood Lecture Hall called “Feminist Perspectives: Past and Present.” The two lecturers included WTAMU Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Amy Von Lintel and recent WT graduate Sara Davis, who discussed the role of feminism in society and art. After being introduced by Becky Livingston, the museum’s special projects coordinator, Von Lintel gave a brief description about the history of

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feminism and she keyed in on some of the main components in art history. She reviewed some of the issues women have

had including unequal rights, not being respected, not being accepted in the workplace and not getting paid equally.

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After Von Lintel, Davis started with a brief history of who she is and how she got to the point she is at today. Davis started attending classes at Amarillo College, but then dropped out to get married and start a family. She said she did not want to spend time telling her sob story, but basically found herself in an abusive relationship. Her family helped her and her son leave that life behind, and her father pushed her to go back to school. After getting her associate’s degree at Amarillo College, she transferred to WT to get her bachelor’s degree in studio art. She said she did not feel beautiful so she spent a lot of

time working on vaginal forms of art. She thought if she could take the ugliest part of her and make it beautiful, she could feel beautiful. “I was trying to deal with my feelings of hate and anger,” Davis said. “It felt like something I needed to get out.” When Von Lintel started teaching at WT, Davis was drawn to her. Davis told her, “I want to know everything you know about feminism and feminism and art.” Von Lintel helped her in her journey to learn as much as she could about feminism and the art associated with it.

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Davis received the Kilgore Research Grant, which she used to research feminism in the Panhandle. She interviewed 13 different women. She found women of different ages, races, social levels and income levels. After talking to all of these women, she studied the video interviews to analyze everything about them including their mannerisms, the way the spoke and the clothes they were wearing. With this information, she created performance art by reenacting all of the videos to create one where she represented all of the women. The video is called “The Research of Identity: The Surveyor and the Surveyed.” “It made me realize we are all very different, but so much alike,” Davis said. “Being each woman I had to empathize in order to be her.” Davis then showed the video and made a couple of interruptions throughout to discuss some of the questions she was asking. She asked the interviewees questions about who they are, their role in society, other people’s perspectives of them, how they viewed themselves and others, their definition of feminism and how they felt the area was an influence in any of these factors. The answers varied, but many interviewees believed feminism is still alive and is important, many believed themselves to be strong and confident women, many still feel an inequality between men and women, many felt confined and more judged in this area and many liked themselves, but had things they would change. “I thought it was a good video,” Emily Lee, junior Emergency Management major, said. “I thought she well represented the people she interviewed.” When questioned about not showing an obvious physical difference in races, she said she did not want the

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to rude to or mockingly portray anybody. “I am being these women as myself,” Davis said. By doing the research and creating the video, Davis came to the conclusion that everyone has to be strong and confident about their perceptions and she could no longer question herself. “I thought it was a very interesting artistic expression, very creative,” WT Associate Professor of History Jean Stuntz said. Davis said she could define feminism in three

Photo by Lisa Hellier Dr. Amy Von Lintel speaking about the history of feminism.

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words, which included movement, community and connectivity. She said feminism is about everybody and it is about perception and community. “You don’t have to believe the same thing, but you have to stand together,” Davis said. Davis is now working for a museum in New Mexico and hopes to expand her research by creating performance videos about feminism in other areas of the country.

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ircle K will be raising money for tetanus vaccines through an event called ‘The Race to Eliminate,’ which will take place on March 24. “It’s a disease that is present in third world countries that kills a child every nine seconds,” said Abby Walker, President of Circle K. “The vaccinations are provided for people in the United States, but those in third world countries do not have this privilege.”

It costs $1.80 to provide a mother with three doses of the vaccination which will give her and her children a safe living environment. Kwanzaa International, the organization which houses Circle K, is planning to raise $115 million by 2015. “Circle K is trying to get the community and campus involved with the 5K run or one mile walk,” said Walker. “We want students to be involved and spread awareness to which all funds will go to the Elimination project. Anybody can sign to run or walk and even give a

donation.” Another goal of the project besides raising funds is to raise awareness. “We want to get the name of the project out there,” said Logan Edigar, Department Chair of Marketing for Circle K. “The amount of money we raise will depend on how many people show up. If we have 200 people show, that could supply 1,900 mothers with the vaccinations which will protect the lives of all their children.” Getting students and the community involved is important for Circle K. 5K runners from around the area have

decided to get involved to help this cause. Will Walker, committee chair of Circle K, is involved with a group called Friends In Training [FIT]. “We have run multiple 5K’s and enjoy running for a good cause. The Race to Eliminate is something our group is really interested in,” said Walker. A table will be in the JBK to sign up for the race on March 21. Prizes will be given away for groups who have the most participants and first place finishers.

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tudents for Global Connections will have a booth in the JBK to raise awareness and help raise funds for UNICEF Tap Project March 19-25. President Olivia Trabysh said they will be recruiting restaurants such as the Big Texan, Sakura, Macaroni Joe’s and El Patio in Canyon and many more. “Students will have to go to restaurants that we are recruiting and order a glass of water,”

said Trabysh. “The restaurants will then proceed to donate either water or money.” This is the first time Student for Global Connections is helping out UNICEF and it is the first group in the Panhandle to be associated with the organization. “Vietnam and Cameroon will revive money for water,” said Trabysh. “The panhandle is very sheltered so this is a way to raise awareness and help out.” Trabysh said UNICEF is the main premise of the event and they plan to do this project next year as well.

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“We also are planning to do other projects UNICEF has every few months,” she said. “And we will definitely try to do the big projects.” History major Tori Trela is part of Students for Global Connections and said something as little as a dollar can help the cause. “We as Americans have concerns about health because we can do something about curing diseases,” said Trela. “But these countries can’t and something as clean water can be beneficial to them.” Trela added that she will speak to her friend who owns a restaurant to see if they would want to help out and what other restaurants could help as well. “It’s a great opportunity to help out if you’re in one of the restaurants,” said Trela. “It’s a simple idea yet monumental.” Text “TAP” to 864-233 to make a one-time donation of $10 or visit one of the many restaurants that will be listed when the organization’s table is set up in the JBK.

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he Herdsmen Hearts are putting on a cross-dressing fashion show to raise money for Relay for Life. The event will take place on March 20 at 6 p.m. in the JBK commons. There will be a maximum of 20 male contestants in the show, each required to pay a $10 entry fee to be donated to the cause. Each contestant is responsible for trying to get as many of his friends to support him by donating money for Relay for Life. “[We] set it up in a way so you could eat your dinner while watching the fun,” Herdsman Hearts Public Relations Official Madelyn Melchoirs said. This is to be the Herdsmen Hearts’ spring philanthropy event.

“We’re hoping this is going to be a lot of fun for people to watch and want to participate in,” said Melchoirs. There will be an evening dress, sports wear, and group dance round. “It would be really fun to go to and watch. Plus who doesn’t like helping to find a cure for cancer?” Jo Ann Ross, English, philosophy and modern languages secretary, asked. Not many students know the event will be going on, as there was a “mix up on the flyers” with the wrong date, Melchiors said. One of these students is JBK staffer Rochelle Parchment. “A drag show? No, never heard of it,” she said. “We’re hoping that people will read the table tents when they get back from spring break,” said Melchoirs.

The Prairie will be giving out free popcorn with each newspaper April 30 in the JBK starting at 11:30.


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arch is here, finally. There are not many months that bring back memories of such excitement and frustration as the third month of the year. This year is no different. This year may be just a little crazier. For those who don’t know, I am talking about the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The 68-team mosh pit of a tournament that takes place every March has many nicknames: “The Big Dance,” “The Tourney” or “March Madness.” I, like many, filled out my bracket. Also, like many, my bracket has more missed picks than right ones. If you printed out and stacked all the possible bracket combinations, then you couldn’t fit the stacks of paper in the universe. I’m no math major, but those seem like pretty slim odds of guessing the whole thing right. What would it be worth to guess the bracket right? You may get $1 million dollars or a new car, but would it really be worth it? I don’t think so. To me, March Madness would not be fun if there wasn’t an element of surprise. Not many people predicted Virginia Commonwealth making it all the way to the Final Four last season and it looks as if there may be another mid-major crashing the party. It wouldn’t be nearly as fun to be able to predict the whole bracket. There needs to be frustration and despair for missing picks. The best part about March Madness is the exhibition of sport in its purest form. It is door-die time for every team in the tournament. Each round you move on, the higher the stakes become and the better the competition gets. This brings out the best in teams. It’s no wonder why many memorable moments from season-to-season all come from this tournament. But after it is all said and done, the biggest question remains: who will triumph over 67 other teams? My pick: Kentucky.

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he Lady Buffs traveled to Topeka, Kansas on March 9 to take on Washburn in the first round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship. The Lady Buffs started the game out strong, pacing Washburn in the first four minutes of the contest, but WU shook off WTAMU with an 8-0 run to lead 12-4 with 12 minutes left in the half. The Lady Buffs made multiple comebacks in the first, but went to the locker room down by 14 with a score of 32-18. Coming back in for the second half,

WU extended their leads to 22 points in the first three minutes before the Lady Buffs could get two on the board with successful free throws. Washburn would hold WT to only 12 points in the first 10 minutes of the half while scoring 20 points. Washburn continued their run through the rest of the half, scoring 16 points while only allowing WT to score six points. Devin Griffin scored the last of the Lady Buffs’ points with a three-pointer 17 minutes into the second. As the buzzer sounded, WT was eliminated from the tournament by a score of 68-36. Griffin and Ashley Leven led the Lady Buffs with eight points each. Griffin also led the team with seven

rebounds, while Joni Unruh joined her on the leaderboard with seven rebounds as well as four steals. “I was very proud of the girls this season and how far they came,” Head Coach Krista Gerlich said. “We really matured in many ways and when our back was against a wall, they fought extremely hard and won 10 games straight to get themselves back in the Regional Tournament. Although the last game didn’t go as we wanted it, the girls still fought until the end and did all they could to represent WT in a classy manner.” The Lady Buffs ended the season with a record of 19-10 overall and a conference record of 16-4 with 11 wins at home.

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1. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro set a record in 2010 for most RBIs in a major-league debut. How many did he have? 2. In 2011, Atlanta's Brian McCann became the second person in majorleague history to have a pinch-hit, game-tying homer in the ninth and followed with a game-winning home

3. Who was the last coach of the Houston Oilers before Jeff Fisher took over in 1994 and the team eventually moved to Tennessee? 4. Entering the 2011-12 season, Kentucky was the No. 1 team for total victories in Division I college basketball (2,052). Name three of the next five schools.

Answers 1. Six. 2. Jeff Heath of the Boston Braves in 1949. 3. Jack Pardee (1990-94). 4. Kansas (2,038 wins), North Carolina (2,033), Duke (1,944), Syracuse (1,800) and Temple (1,766). 5. Just one, Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin, with 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists). 6. Vasily Alekseyev. 7. Karrie Webb, in 2000-01.

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6. Name the Russian superheavyweight Olympic weightlifter who won two gold medals and had a nine-year unbeaten streak (1970-78). 7. Who was the last LPGA golfer before Yani Tseng (2010-11) to capture two women's majors in consecutive years.


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Top pop, country singles and albums for March 19 Top 10 Pop Singles

1. fun feat. Janelle Monae No. 3 “We Are Young” 2. Kelly Clarkson No. 1 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” 3. Adele No. 2 “Set Fire to the Rain” 4. The Wanted No. 5 “Glad You Came” 5. Katy Perry No. 4 “Part Of Me” 6. Nicki Minaj No. 10 “Starships” 7. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars No. 9 “Young, Wild & Free” 8. David Guetta feat Micki Minaj No. 8 “Turn Me On” 9. Gotye feat. Kimbra No. 16 “Somebody That I Used To Know” 10. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris No. 6 “We Found Love”

Top 10 Albums 1. Adele No. 1 “21”

Photo courtacy of King Features Janelle Monae at the top of the pop singles list.

2. Whitney Houston No. 2 “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” 3. WZRD new entry “WZRD” 4. Various Artists No. 5 “NOW 41” 5. Whitney Houston No. 6 “The Bodyguard” 6. Tyga No 4 “Careless World Rise of the Last King” 7. Adele No. 7 “19” 8. Drake No. 13 “Take Care” 9. Rihanna No. 14 “Talk That Talk” 10. Whitney Houston No. 9 “Whitney Houston” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Zombie Invasion continued from p. 1

“There is one original zombie who poses as a human and tags people secretively,” Moore said. She explained that the goal of the zombies is to change all humans into zombies and the goal of the humans is to complete the final mission. “The game revolves around an original story plot that the committee came up with,” Moore said. “The plot has changed and the missions are different.” Missions, ranging from easy to hard, are relayed via email about an hour prior to when the mission takes place. Zombies are emailed hints about the missions, such as the location. “Part of the fun is the missions,” Moore said. “Not participating in the missions won’t give players the full experience of the game.” Some missions offer rewards, such as extra blasters or grenades, and some are

just for the fun of the game. All academic buildings, parking lots and streets are off limits and play is limited to campus. However, residence halls are fair game and the game can be played at all hours of the night. RHA will moderate and referee the game and all players must be wearing the designated bandana while playing. Autry encourages involvement in the game because it gives students a chance to meet new people. “If you want to meet new people and have fun doing it, this game is for you,“ Autry said. “You get to make new friends and shoot your old ones.” Shirts will be available for $5 and can be ordered through Residential Living.

Top 10 Country Singles

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1. Kenny Chesney No. 2 “Reality”

2. Dierks Bentley No. 3 “Home” 3. Jake Owen No. 5 “Alone With You” 4. Keith Urban No. 1 “You Gonna Fly” 5. Taylor Swift No. 6 “Ours” 6. George Strait No. 9 “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” 7. Blade Shelton No. 11 “Drink On It” 8. Martina McBride No. 4 “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” 9. Chris Young No. 7 “You” 10. Lady Antebellum No. 12 “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”


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