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Satire: The Gooseman of Sikes Lake


Soma Snikrep, esteemed journalist

October 16, 2020

As the days of October dwindle, the students of MSU have turned their attention to Halloween. Unbeknownst to many of the young Mustangs preparing for spooky season, a true terror lies at the bottom of the duck-infested waters of Sikes Lake: the Gooseman of Sikes Lake.  We asked Mary Jane Marley, ...

After 40 years, computer science professor says goodbye to MSU

retiring professor

Khirstia Sheffield, Feature Editor

October 16, 2020

In 1973, she was a wide-eyed student in the field of mathematics who was dedicated to her studies. In 1976, her dedication and continuous desire to learn earned her a graduate teaching assistant position for the department of mathematics. Although she had always been passionate about teaching, she never...

Hispanic Heritage Month: A visual commemoration


Khirstia Sheffield, Feature Editor

October 9, 2020

As we slowly transition into a new season, Americans across the nation commemorate the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Inspired by their culture, two students, Sapphire Vasquez, fine arts senior, and Sarah Griego, fine...

Geology professor receives grant to conduct research collaboration with Uganda


Khirstia Sheffield, Feature Editor

October 1, 2020

Growing up in Uganda, he watched his father’s face fill with excitement as he told the stories of a mine in a coalfield. Strapped for money, his father was dedicated to making a better life for himself and he did just that. Discovering one gold nugget changed his life, his family’s life, and molded...

Fall sports to resume 2020 season via Zoom

Amos Perkins, Managing Editor

September 17, 2020

For heartbroken Mustangs fans, your anguish has come to an end as the NCAA Division II committee announced that Fall 2020 sports will be returning, albeit with a social distancing twist. Collegiate athletes will not be returning to the field or the court, instead they will be showing off their athletic...

Bradley Wilson honored as 2020 David Adams Educator of the Year

Bradley Wilson

Khirstia Sheffield, Feature Editor

September 8, 2020

After graduating from college in 1989, Bradley Wilson, associate professor of mass communication, was at a crossroads.  Freshly graduated Wilson had to choose between six different job offers that revolved around newspaper and education. The first job he was offered was as a managing editor; although...

College Students who refused to vote baffled as to why their candidate didn’t win


September 1, 2020

*The following article was written after the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and was sent backwards to the present staff of The Wichitan through a reverse time capsule* College students across the United States who refused to take part in the 2020 presidential elections as a "polit...

Styles steps down as head cross country and track coach

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Wichitan Staff

August 22, 2020

Koby Styles stepped down as head cross country and track coach Friday, Aug. 21. In a press release, Midwestern State University stated they are searching for an interim coach to take over the reins for this upcoming season. At the end of the 2020 cross country season, a national survey to permanently...

New Women’s Basketball Head Coach: Christopher Reay

Chris Reay

Colin Stevenson, Chief Photographer

June 30, 2020

Athletic Director Kyle Williams announced Christopher Reay as the new head coach of women’s basketball, succeeding Noel Johnson, on June 22. Reay is the 11th coach to take on this position and will be leading the Mustangs into the 2020-2021 season. “I am extremely honored to be given this opportunity,”...

In memory of coach Noel Johnson

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The Wichitan Staff

June 9, 2020

Women's basketball head coach Noel Johnson has passed away Tuesday, June 9 following her 14-month battle with stage four ovarian cancer. Johnson begin her fight to defeat the disease on April 19, 2019, starting with the first of six rounds of chemotherapy. Throughout her journey, constant and consistent messages of love and support po...

A day in the life: Kayla Khan and her battle with cancer

Hardin building. April 21.

Khirstia Sheffield, Reporter

June 3, 2020

On Nov. 27, 2019 her life changed. She walked into UT Southwestern Dallas hopeful, and walked out uncertain of her destiny. A life that was once centered around freedom, invincibility and youth drastically transitioned into a life tied to constant doctor’s visits, fear and depression. Kayla Khan, psychology...

The new sports on the block

Taylor Anderson

June 3, 2020

The Wellness Center administration hired a new team member, Cody Ford, as the Assistant Director. Ford started his journey at MSU in 2014 where he received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in sports administration. Starting as a rec sports player in his freshman year, th...

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