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Student loan default rates on the rise

(Hannah Hofmann)

The Wichitan

October 12, 2011

 By Donance Wilkinson Student loan default rates of MSU students hit 7.1 percent in 2009, brought on by borrowers’ struggles with unemployment in the weak economy. The default rates for fiscal year 2009—the most recent data released by the Department of Education – show national student loan default rates at a high of 8.8 percent. The last...

And the winner is…

And the winner is...

The Wichitan

October 12, 2011

Anastasia Reed - Mass Communication Senior Why are you running for homecoming? Homecoming is a tradition I never experienced in high school. I attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Homecoming and football games were things I never experienced until I came to MSU...

Where’s the lime?

Where's the lime?

The Wichitan

October 12, 2011

The lime (or the party, as Americans say) was at Sunwatcher Plaza Friday. Hundreds gathered for Caribfest, an annual event full of food, fun and dancing. Photos by Kerde Severin More Photos will be uploaded by Friday. ...

OrgSync streamlines event posting

Photo illiustration

The Wichitan

October 4, 2011

 By Olivia Whitley   Registered student organizations now have a new method of communication with the social networking platform, OrgSync. The social media site launched this semester. According the Matthew Park, director of Student Development and Orientation, the student allocatio...

Law mandates student shots

A new law will mandate students to get meningoccoal meningitis shots. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

The Wichitan

October 4, 2011

 By Donace Wilkinson Starting spring 2012, all students who enroll at MSU will have to get health shots. A state mandate effective Jan. 1 will make Texas the first U.S. state to require all new and transfer students younger than 30 years old to be immunized against meningococcal meningitis. The new law is an extension of the Jamie Schanbaum Act of 2009...

Yucha auf dem Oktoberfest mit MSU Studenten

The Texanischer Schuhplatter Verein from Dallas performing a traditional folk dance Saturday night. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

Brittney Cottingham

October 4, 2011

The German air force and the German population at Sheppard Air Force Base brought the mini version of Munich’s Oktoberfest to Wichita Falls on Saturday night at J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center. “I probably won’t ever get to go to Germany,” Junior Clark Anderson said. “So this cele...

Grad TX gives non-traditonal students a new start

Brittney Cottingham

October 4, 2011

In order to assist adults who have college hours but never finished their degrees, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently launched a bachelor degree completion program called Grad Texas. Midwestern State University was one of eight institutions chosen to participate in this program. Now...

Talent show draws more than 200 attendees

Ashley Kittle performs her original song ‘Human Display’ during MSU Has Talent Friday evening.  (Photo by Kassie Bruton)

Brittney Cottingham

October 4, 2011

NBC’s hit show American’s Got Talent was localized Friday night when As One Gospel had a talent competition, entitled MSU Has Talent, in Akin Auditorium. The event showcased abilities of 15 students with each contestant being judged on creativity, technicality, stage presence, crowd participatio...

Flock Party

Flock Party

Brittney Cottingham

October 4, 2011

You’ve been flocked! This is the greeting some Wichita Falls residences received last week when the ladies of the Sigma Kappa Sorority flocked their yards with pink and purple flamingos to raise funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association. By donating, residents were able to have the flaming...

Political columnist to speak at MSU

Mark Shields. (Photo courtesy)

Brittney Cottingham

October 4, 2011

Syndicated columnist and political analyst Mark Shields will speak in Akin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss his experiences in American politics and journalism. Shields is the second guest in this year’s Artist Lecture Series. The Massachusetts native will give his viewpoint on toda...

Low enrollment may spur tuition hike

Low enrollment may spur tuition hike

Chris Collins

October 4, 2011

A four percent drop in enrollment this semester has cost MSU about $500,000. In addition, state comptrollers have told administrators not to expect an increased payout from the state for at least four years. MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers continues to scrutinize how the university manages its funds....

MSU draws students’ relatives to Family Day

Family Day 2011. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

The Wichitan

September 27, 2011

By Josh Hayter Smiling faces, children jumping on bouncy castles, the smell of hot dogs and fries filled the air Saturday afternoon at The Quad. More than 2,000 family members attended MSU’s annual Family Day festivities. The message on the back of this year’s Family Day t-shirt summed up the day. It...

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