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Cardboard boats sink the competition

Cardboard boats sink the competition

Jeri Moore, Reporter

October 21, 2019

Sweat, tears, cardboard and a whole lot of tape provided the stage for students to flex their engineering and designing muscles Oct. 18. A crowd of around 80 spectators and their dogs assembled on the banks of Sikes lake as the ducks and geese relocated themselves to the unoccupied areas of the bank. As...

Social Workers all together hosted Bingo Night at Brookdale

Social Workers all together hosted Bingo Night at Brookdale

Joseph Rader, Reporter

March 14, 2019

Social Workers all together had a successful day of bingo at the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility on March 13. "I thought they did a great job, everyone was friendly and nice to talk to. I had a lovely time," Orma Jones from Brookdale said. After playing multiple games of regular bingo everyo...

Sikes Lake needs dredging

Sikes Lake needs dredging

Jake Clancy, Reporter

November 25, 2018

The water glows with a golden hue as the Texas sun sets on Sikes Lake. The soft wind pushes the water along, the waves creating an image that looks like a painting. The wildlife goes to rest while the stars begin to shine. Moonlight is the only light allowing the joggers to see. MSU established Sikes...

Sikes Lake gets colorful makeover for 5Kolor Run

Sikes Lake gets colorful makeover for 5Kolor Run

Chloe Phillips, Reporter

April 20, 2018

"3... 2... 1... Let's go! Takeoff. Good luck be safe," Angie Reay, director of the wellness center, said over the mic to commence the race. To raise funds for the Famine Faith Refuge, staff from the wellness center and the Office of Residence Life hosted the 5Kolor run event April 20. “It...

Working hard to keep Sikes Lake clean

Working hard to keep Sikes Lake clean

Jeanette Perry

September 14, 2016

Trash and debris lined the shore of Sikes Lake as people arrived for the annual cleanup Sept. 10, as part of an opportunity for students to help make the lake an enjoyable place to visit.Terry McKee, president of the Texas Master Naturalist Rolling Plains Chapter, helped organize Saturday’s event, on...

About 100 participate in Turkey Trot

About 100 participate in Turkey Trot

Patrick German

November 18, 2015

The runners, most of them at least, didn't seem to be serious. Maybe they were at Sikes Lake for the T-shirt. Maybe they were there to win a turkey. Or maybe they were just there to get some exercise walking or jogging the 1.1-mile trail — twice. But most of the 100 or so people who participat...

Record rainfall causes problems for Sikes Lake

Record rainfall causes problems for Sikes Lake

Lane Riggs

September 28, 2015

From May 4 to June 22, Wichita Falls set a record for the amount of rain in May, ending the drought and filling the lakes, but causing some problems as well. Sikes Lake, which runs alongside the school’s Wellness Center, received an influx of silting and formed an “island” in the northern ...

Sikes Lake ‘cleans up’ its act

Sikes Lake ‘cleans up’ its act

Mekala Conway

September 14, 2015

More than 160 volunteers met and picked up 500 pounds of trash at Sikes Lake, Sept. 12 along the lake’s shores and pathways, the 10th year of the cleanup. Activities Committee Chairperson for the Rolling Plains Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists Terry McKee said she was proud of the tur...

Sikes Lake Cleanup Saturday

Sikes Lake Cleanup Saturday

Mekala Conway

September 8, 2015

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m., Sept. 12 on the east side of Sikes Lake to begin part of an annual tradition — the Sikes Lake Cleanup Jim Hensley, president of the Rolling Plains Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists said the event is an “opportunity for groups to participate and help clean up o...

Students race homemade boats in homecoming tradition

Students race homemade boats in homecoming tradition

miguel jaime

October 30, 2014

The inexperienced sailors pushed their small boat into the glistening lake and jumped in. Seconds later they fell into the cold murky water as their boat tipped over. Kicking and splashing they tried to jump back in, but it was too late. The water already filled most of their vessel and it began to...

More than 100 students clean Sikes Lake; leaders call it a “success”

More than 100 students clean Sikes Lake; leaders call it a “success”

Mandi Elrod

September 9, 2014

More than 100 students and community members came together early Sept. 6 for the Sikes Lake Cleanup. The Rolling Plains Chapter Naturalists organized the event and have kept it running for more than eight years. Many volunteers said they participated to fulfill an honors requirement, but freshma...

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