Priority registration for academics, not athletics

OUR VIEW: Priority registration should solely be based on academic standing, not athletic rosters. A proposal from Greg Giddings, faculty athletic representative, states athletes should receive priority scheduling like seniors and honors students and argues this will allow student athletes to … [Read more...]

Let’s recommit to environmentalism

There are many issues on campus that are worthy of concern, but there is one that remains ever-present: the environment. A few weeks back, officials sent a survey to evaluate the recycling program as well as the general environmental enthusiasm on campus. This survey, penned by the Student … [Read more...]

Coach apologizes for use of profanity

After a football player said "f**k" twice on the microphone on stage at the pep rally Oct. 19 and head football coach Bill Maskill himself chanted a cheer including the word "h*ll," Maskill submitted this letter Friday, Oct. 20. MSU Students, Faculty, Staff and Wichita Falls Community, We would … [Read more...]

Torchlight parade sparks community, ignites campus passion

OUR VIEW: Despite the climate in the wake of violent Charlottesville protest, we hold true to our campus ethics and support the torch lighting ceremony for homecoming. Campuses across the country have ended events like the torch lighting ceremony after the protest in Charlottesville; however, our … [Read more...]

‘If you’re from Africa, why are you white?’

I am proud to say "I am African," and those around me can feel my sense of pride when I tell them my identity comes from the heart of Africa. I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa — the rainbow nation. We have cheetahs, lions and zebras in our backyard. Mountains and safaris replace the bumpy … [Read more...]

Cultural appreciation defines college experience

OUR VIEW: Our campus is a cultural melting pot, and we all need to appreciate everyone's cultures. It doesn't take Caribfest and Hispanic Heritage Month to realize it's important year round for all of us to recognize our fellow classmates' varying cultures. Students can celebrate one culture … [Read more...]

‘A violent minority does not equate a violent majority’

"Do you know any cartel members?" "I heard it’s like, really dangerous there." "Aren’t you scared to visit?" These are only a few of the reactions I’ve received when I tell people I’m Mexican-American. A few would think I’m ashamed to say where my family and roots come from, but in reality … [Read more...]

Enrollment matters more than we think

OUR VIEW: Recruitment and retention efforts need to be a top priority for everyone on campus, not just upper level administration. Every semester, the talk of enrollment increase or decrease buzzes around campus, but most students don't understand how enrollment actually affects them. When … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Carnival junkie

For Caribbean students (like myself) who departed our homeland for educational purposes, Carnival, which is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions, is a pilgrimage. We look forward to our island's festivals every year, and being away from home would mean that we would miss out. Caribfest is … [Read more...]

When Germany meets Texas

There are people who you meet who, in the moment, you don’t realize will be in your life forever. A stranger can turn into a sister without you even realizing it’s happening. I met Jenny when I was 15 years old. I remember the day so clearly. I was in volleyball practice at my high school and my … [Read more...]