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Australia’s Dog Leg Farm perseveres after bushfire devastation

Bushfire aftermath

Bridget Reilly, Photography Editor

January 20, 2020

Australia's historic town of Braidwood and the land of Yuin Country, located just over an hour from the Australian Capital Territory, was surrounded by a bushfire in late Nov. 2019. As the fire closed in around the community, residents were told they couldn't leave and they needed to take shelter and...

739 students awarded at fall graduation 2019

Wide shot of graduates

Kristin Silva and Brendan Wynne

December 14, 2019

Through the many years of tears, stress and constant studying, 739 MSU Texas students lined up to receive their degrees in various majors. They wait, clothed in graduation caps and gowns, listening for their names to be called so they can walk across the stage, receive their diplomas and finally call th...

Life behind entrepreneurship: Takaylan Smith

Khirstia Sheffield, Reporter

December 4, 2019

Takaylan Tyray Smith, psychology senior, is not your average college student. He has dedicated his life to being both a full-time student and an entrepreneur. After more than a year of preparation and creative thinking, Smith has produced an original business called the Counterculture, built upon the...

Campus lacks vegan options

vegan options

Stephanie Robledo, Reporter

December 3, 2019

Midwestern State University, like most universities, requires its on-campus residents to buy a meal plan to ensure that all students eat and stay healthy. Students are given a variety of meal options that caters to all the different diets, but there has been several students that feel that MSU does not pro...

Students continuously leave scholarship money on the table

Elijah Lee, Reporter

December 3, 2019

Depending on the institution and any given student’s situation, college tuition can require a serious financial sacrifice. Proactive students find ways of retrieving money to help lessen the magnitude of their sacrifice, which usually come in the form of grants and scholarships. However, others struggle...

The other cheerleaders

band

Amos Perkins, Sports Reporter

December 3, 2019

What the pep band lacks in pom-poms and megaphones, they make up for with cheers, jeers and energy. When fans enter the Colosseum for a maroon and gold basketball game, they know the players on the court won't be the only ones putting on a show for them. The band is active throughout the entire contest,...

December graduates reflect on college experiences

Micah Wilson, Reporter

December 3, 2019

December is here! For some students that means cold weather, Christmas lights and hot cocoa. For seniors, December means graduation, an exciting time filled with bittersweet endings and exciting beginnings. With a total of 512 December graduates this semester, seniors will be ceremoniously completing...

Administration offers follow-up statements regarding the fascist on campus

Suzanne Shipley

Brendan Wynne, Reporter and Wai-Kun co-editor

December 2, 2019

In the wake of an ill-received statement addressing tweets that identified a fascist sympathizer on campus, the MSU Texas administration has collaborated with student leaders to issue another statement that’s “more transparent, and less formulaic.” “By Friday, we were aware that [the tweets...

Issues transgender students face on campus

Reese Beasley, Reporter

November 21, 2019

For transgender and non-binary students, life on campus and almost anywhere can be difficult. “I feel kind of safe, but it makes me nervous that there are people that would rather eradicate me and other trans people from this campus. Even when I’m minding my own business, I notice how people look...

Paw and claws up for adoption

dog

Javier Contreras, Reporter

November 13, 2019

Students lined up as soon as the Humane Society van pulled up at Patterson Honda on Saturday. Only the sound of paws and claws could be heard on the other side of the metal doors. On Nov. 2, Patterson Honda held an offsite adoption event for the Humane Society of Wichita Falls. Each dog was av...

The girl behind the fire

Baton Twirler

Khirstia Sheffield, Reporter

November 13, 2019

As her sparkling outfit catches the light from the sun and shines across the field, she slowly steps out onto her stage with her head held high and her body completely still. The music played by the band fills the stadium with vibrations, and the audience gradually gazes toward her direction. She gracefully...

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