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A bone to pick

A bone to pick

The Wichitan

February 29, 2012

By Erin Wrinkel Baby armadillos float motionless in jars of greenish fluid. Nearby lie the broken bones of almost every imaginable animal. In another room, eyeless bats lay interred in a pull-out drawer. No, this isn’t Frankenstein’s laboratory. It’s the fossil collection tucked away on the second floor of B...

New leaders head Annual Fund, Charitable Trust

The Wichitan

February 29, 2012

By Sarah Long Wichita Falls resturanteur Steve Shipp and attorney Erwin Davenport have been appointed by the Board of Regents to run the Annual Fund and Charitable Trust, respectively. In recent years MSU has taken quite a beating when it comes to the budget. The university has received les...

Thornberry prods students to balance budget

Thornberry prods students to balance budget

Brittney Cottingham

February 29, 2012

Last Wednesday, MSU students had some very important decisions to make. They were charged with the task of balancing the federal budget. Their choices: eliminate the dollar bill, increase the gas tax by 25 cents or repeal the 2010 health care reform legislation. U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, along with the Concord Coalition, led ...

MSU to add new academic program

MSU to add new academic program

Brittney Cottingham

February 28, 2012

Engineering chair Dr. Sheldon Wang wants his graduates to be the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the engineering industry. To assist students in their career goals post-grad, the McCoy School of Engineering is expanding its program by adding a new undergraduate interdisciplinary engineering ...

SGA funds project for hydration stations

Brittney Cottingham

February 22, 2012

Less plastic and more eco-friendly. This is what the Student Government Association is hoping to see more on campus next semester. SGA has put in a bid to get hydration stations installed on campus, including the Wellness Center. Dr. Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and employment,...

Solar panels lead way for energy projects

Solar panels lead way for energy projects

The Wichitan

February 22, 2012

By Stefan Attanassov MSU plans to build a scientific research facility powered only by alternative energy sources and students are going to be a big part of it. Already, two solar panels are operating on campus, both installed by students as part of an engineering design course. The campus solar p...

Students get advice on safe sex practices

Students get advice on safe sex practices

Brittney Cottingham

February 22, 2012

Sex can change your life. Unprotected sex can turn your life upside down. Elaine Pasqua who has spoken across college campus for 15 years said she has seen it radically change students’ lives. “I have seen many students who have altered their life direction because they did not make respo...

Provost nominated for UT-Tyler job

Provost nominated for UT-Tyler job

Chris Collins

February 22, 2012

Provost Dr. Alisa White is being considered for the provost position at the University of Texas-Tyler. She came to MSU in 2010 from UT-Tyler, where she served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She said she is considering taking the job if she is selected. “I haven’t considered...

Regents approve ‘concept’ of master plan

Regents approve ‘concept’ of master plan

Chris Collins

February 22, 2012

MSU Board of Regents members – for more than an hour – scrutinized a master construction plan proposed by administrators last week. Ultimately, the Board agreed to OK the “concept” of the plan, but with some reservations. None of the Regents saw eye-to-eye with administrators about specific...

MSU convergence talks in the works

MSU convergence talks in the works

Brittney Cottingham

February 15, 2012

“Midwestern State University” may cease to exist if left to people who want it to join a state university system. Currently four institutions, including Midwestern, remain as freestanding institutions with their own individual board of regents. There are now four primary university systems...

Tuition may rise 3.9% in fall

Tuition may rise 3.9% in fall

The Wichitan

February 15, 2012

MSU will recommend a 3.9 percent tuition increase at the Board of Regents meeting Thursday. President Dr. Jesse Rogers said half of the $1.26 million that will be raised from the tuition hike will be given to faculty and staff members in the form of pay increases. “We must give our faculty and staff some kind of incr...

Poop – MSU is for the birds this winter

Poop – MSU is for the birds this winter

Brittney Cottingham

February 15, 2012

Birds have been wreaking havoc on sophomore Karen McClain’s campus life all week. It’s also costing her money. “I’ve gotten my car washed three times this week,” McClain said. “When I go to my car after class, it is covered in white. This isn’t like Angry Birds. It’s beginning to become a problem.” ...

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