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Tuesday October 29, 2013

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Professor talks ‘party school culture’ by sam bosserman correspondent @dailyathenaeum

Extreme alcohol consumption, high levels of property damage and drugs were some of the topics covered at last night’s meeting of the Social Science Cafe at the Black Bear Evansdale. The group, which regularly comes together to discuss social science is-

sues, played host to West Virginia University associate professor Karen Weiss. Weiss recently published “Party School: Campus, Cr ime and Community,” which looks at a case example of a school similar to WVU, that experiences relatively high levels of partying and party-related crime. Weiss said a major focus of the book was to explain why otherwise

deviant behavior is considered normal at certain “party schools.” These schools tend to be larger institutions with deep-rooted commitments to sports and Greek life, according to Weiss. “Partying behavior is not unique to these ‘party schools’… . However, students at these schools take partying to a level where it becomes excessive and begins to define a part

WVU students to ‘Light the World’ By Meghan Bonomo Staff Writer @dailyAthenaeum

Students at West Virginia University are working to improve the lives of an Ethiopian village as a part of the Light the World Campaign. Chris Haddox, instructor for Designing for Energy Efficiency in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is leading a fundraising team to help implement clean water and artificial lighting in the home village of a WVU student. Haddox and a team of others created sustainable light kits for an orphanage in Kenya last year. WVU mechanical engineering Ph.D. student, Belachew Amare said he read about the project and decided to contact Haddox about doing a similar project in his home village. “Our project centers on improving the health of residents of a small farming village in Ethiopia by providing each of the 10 families in the village with a safe, non-polluting solar powered light for their

homes and a high-capacity, cleanable, long-life water filter,” Haddox said. Haddox has already raised 45 percent of the money needed to reach the goal. Before the project, the village had no electricity, and the only source of light was kerosene lanterns. The water in the village is not treated or filtered in any way, leaving it susceptible to contamination. “The families of Belachew’s village are part of the nearly two billion people who do not have access to safe night-time illumination,” Haddox said. “Many of those people burn kerosene lanterns for light – a practice that is costly, creates fire hazards and (is) associated with severe respiratory and visual problems from the fumes and smoke.” Solar lighting has been recognized by the United Nations as an effective source of lighting that will resolve the issues associated with kerosene lamps. “Our team will raise $2,000 for the light and water filter kits, (which is) 10

of the school’s culture,” Weiss said. “This partying culture becomes so pervasive that partying-related deviant behaviors become normalized.” These party cultures tend to lead to situations where many students may become uncomfortable with their environment. “Even those who do not party at all can feel the ripple effects… such as people vomiting on the

streets and urinating in public,” Weiss said. “For the book, I talked to one non-student resident who described a feeling of being held hostage in their own town by students who feel they are entitled to party.” Weiss said her research suggested many ‘heavy partiers’ make light of their habits. “Certain ‘heavy partiers’ hold positive views of their crazy nights out,

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Most students attend college in the hope of building a better future and securing their dream career. The Student Government Association is working with the West Virginia University Career Services Center to assist in building students’ dreams through a mentorship. Unlike other programs currently available in certain colleges on the WVU campus, this new program will be open to all undergraduate students from every area of study, no matter their class rank. Board of Governors member Joy Wang is spearheading this new mentorship program. During her campaign for office, Wang ran on this mentorship platform.

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Linda Martin helps Leah Hornbeck, a sophomore advertising student, purchase a handmade purse in front of the Mountainlair Monday.

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Wang said she feels the goal of the mentorship program must be to help students attain success beyond their years at WVU. “We want to ensure students not only succeed here at WVU but make sure they hit the ground running after they graduate,” Wang said. The first step in developing the program has already begun. Many undergraduate students were sent an email from Wang last week, containing a survey to gauge interest from the student body. Sophomore philosophy and psychology student Zach Paitsel completed the survey and said she feels the program will be a promising outlet for students. “I think it is a decent idea; I filled out the survey to see where it went from

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even when they come back home with injuries,” Weiss said. “In the partying culture, these stories make the individual something of a hero.” After giving a speech about the book, Weiss turned the floor to the audience. During that discussion, Weiss told the audience that some critics suggest the partying culture is tolerated by

For the second time this year, West Virginia University students have the opportunity to own a small piece of another culture. Outside of the Mountainlair, students and locals can find a tent housing sweaters, hats, mittens, purses and scarves, all with a unique story. The tent, sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition, is run by Matt and Linda Martin. The couple has spent many years traveling, and their trips around the world led them to begin to design clothing to be manufactured in countries such as Nepal and Brazil. Linda described how she and her husband design and produce the pieces they offer. Their annual journey will begin right after the new year, when the couple will make their trip to Nepal to visit people they have worked with before. “After we show them our designs, we’ll wait around for a month or so, go trekking or exploring or something like that,” Linda said. “Then we’ll come back, get our stuff, put it on a slow boat and then wait until spring for it to arrive.” Their unique lifestyle and job is partially a result of Matt’s childhood as part of a military family, and living in many different places. After the couple met, their journey began when they decided to drive to Mexico and Guatemala. “We didn’t really intend to make it a business, but we went back and our friends liked them,” Linda said. “Then, we bought some weavings with the intention to sell them, and we’ve been traveling ever since.” The pieces available for sale are a variety of designs and inspirations from the places they see and people they meet. “We go places that use a lot of different techniques, like Ikat weaving, dyeing and different types of cultural things,” Matt said. “We see those and we think, Kyle Monroe/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

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Graduate student Jian Cheng tries on a winter hat front of the Mountainlair.

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The sale of unique clothing and accessories in front of the Mountainlair is sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition.

Italian vintners look abroad as home sales slump TORANO NUOVO, Italy (AP) — It’s harvest season at the family-run vintner Emidio Pepe in central Italy and workers are wading into the vineyards, hand-picking grapes and pressing them under their boots in giant wooden vats. The seasonal ritual has brought together generations of rural communities. But the final product, the highlyrated Pecorino white, is now more likely to be enjoyed in New York or Beijing than in the local village of Torano Nuovo, in the Abruzzo region. That’s because wine-drinking in Italy, one of the world’s biggest producers, is hitting record lows, forcing many vintners to seek buyers abroad. Consumption is at its weakest since Italy was unified as a country in 1861, according to Coldiretti, the main farmers’ association. The most immediate cause has been the economic downturn, which has pinched incomes. But that has just accelerated what has been a decades-long slide in consumption. Italians are expected to drink 40 liters (10.6 gallons) a head this year, down from 45 liters (11.9 gallons) before the financial crisis began in 2007 and just about a third of

the 110 liters (29 gallons) seen in the 1970s, according to Assoenologi, the main enologists’ association. In the past 25 years, wine “has become a hedonistic product, which is not part of Italians’ basic diet anymore,” said Michele Fino, law professor and wine expert from the University of Gastronomic Studies in Pollenzo. That leaves it more exposed to short-term fluctuations in economic conditions. The two-year recession was like “the flu that arrives when one’s defenses are already low,” Fino said. Italians’ change of attitude is going hand in hand with the increasing popularity of other, more casual alcoholic drinks — above all, beer, particularly among the young. While the average Italian’s consumption of wine is only a third of what it was in the 1970s, beer drinking has doubled. “We like beer because it’s more refreshing, lively, soft and lighter,” said Francesco Rizzo, a 30-year-old hanging out with friends one night in Campo de’ Fiori, one of Rome’s nightlife hotspots where beer is a top choice.

‘How can we adapt those forms to the kinds of things that people in the states like to buy?’ “It’s more of a mixture things – a hybrid – that is so inspiring.” Abdullah Alsharari, a sophomore computer engineering student at WVU, said he was drawn to the tent by the diverse colors and styles of clothing offered. He said he purchased a sweater for his mother. “It looks more like clothes we use in my country,” Alsharari said. “The clothes have more cultural colors, and they’re made and feel differently.” It’s not too late to purchase a piece of wearable artwork from the Martins and support the Sierra Club Coalition. The tent will be set up until at least Wednesday, depending on the weather. For more information about supporting the Sierra Club Coalition, visit http://sierra.studentorgs.wvu.edu. Kyle Monroe/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

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Among the items for sale to students were wool headbands in many different colors and designs.

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institutions and cities because it fuels an important industry surrounding the sale of alcohol. Allie Ojjeh, a socio l o g y g ra d u ate stu dent, said she felt Weiss’ research was very intriguing. “I agree that excessive partying has a lot to do with the culture of the school,” Ojjeh said. “These schools do have a certain stigma around partying, negative or positive, and it leads to a situation that is self-perpetuating.” Weiss ended the session by saying there is little external forces, such as the city government or university administration, can do to change students’ partying behavior. We i s s said any change would have to come from within the student population itself.

kits at $200 delivered cost,” Haddox said. “Of course, any additional funds raised will supply more kits to other families in the area.” Artificial lighting is needed to increase safety and productivity. According to the campaign’s website, without artificial light, children cannot do their homework, businesses cannot stay open and medical clinics must close at sunset. Family members in the village risk their lives walking in the dark due to falls, predatory animals and personal assaults. Women and children are the most vulnerable to these dangers. To donate to the Light the World campaign or to learn more about the project, visit http://www. ministrysync.com/event/ website/?m=1522489#0, or contact Haddox at chris. haddox@mail.wvu.edu.

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Continued from page 1 there,” Paitsel said. “I was thinking about what would happen if they institutionalized the process of finding a mentor. “Many students already have a teacher or professor who is their go to mentor, but maybe some kids need someone outside of that.” With more than 370 students expressing interest in the mentorship program thus far, Wang said she was excited and surprised by the responses they have received. Now that Wang’s team has gauged interest, Wang said they will begin working on the next phase of the program by finding mentors for students who have responded to the survey. When matching students with a mentor, the program takes into account the student’s area of study as well as what each student stated their goals for the future are. Due to the response from the survey, the program is set to begin operating on a rolling basis; once all of the students in one group are matched, the next group will start. Students who have re-

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sponded to the survey but are not a part of the first group should not be discouraged, according to Wang. The program will continue to work and match each student who has responded. After finding a match, the student will be able to gain networking experience as well as first-hand advice from someone who is in the position they one day hopeto be in. It is also a goal of the program for the student to network in their field. Wang said she has worked with individuals such as Sarah Glenn and Rachel Conrad within the Career Services Center to find positive role models in all fields of study to serve as mentors to the students of WVU. “A mentor has been in our shoes, and now they are active professionals with hands on experience,” Wang said. “They know what to do (and) what to expect; it’s kind of like having an older sibling to guide you.” Students who are interested in the program can stop by the Career Service Center in the Mountainlair or contact Joy Wang at jwang6@mix.wvu.edu. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu


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Johnny Knoxville’s ‘Bad Grandpa’ meets ‘Jackass’ fans’ expectations Tiffany Benson correspondent @dailyathenaeum

If you were a fan of the “Jackass” movies, then you’ve had your calendar’s marked for Johnny Knoxville’s next creation, “Bad Grandpa,” for months. Released on Friday, it did not come as a surprise that this movie was funnier than the previews and lived up to the expectations provided by his previous prankster films. “Bad Grandpa” is different from Knoxville’s other work because it has actual characters. Most of Knoxville’s fans were unsure how you could compare to the insanity already brought by his previous works, but the

hilarity has continued to another level. The 86-year-old Irving Zisman (Knoxville) is the crazy and raunchy grandfather of the 8-yearold Billy (Jackson Nicholl). Irving is left to take care of the child after his wife passes away and Billy’s mom tosses him to his grandfather. Comical within the first minutes, “Bad Grandpa,” is laughing when his wife dies because he’s finally free. “I died laughing. He was so happy that his wife had passed away,” said occupational therapy student Marlee Stout. “It was really dark but at the same time you couldn’t help but laugh along with it.” Irving’s only concern

is how the kid is going to cramp his style, which is crazy and crude. The rest of the movie continues as Irving takes Billy back to his dad. “Irving was saying the most crazy things. He was doing whatever he wanted the whole time,” Stout said. “My friends and I were laughing so much just at the things he was saying more than most of the pranks.” The true comedy was with the young Nicholl. He has already been in a few movies including “The Fighter,” “Fun Size” and “Arthur.” He makes one of the most unforgettable parts of the film when he pretends to be a girl and participates in a beauty pageant. You will never listen to “Cherry Pie” and not

think of the movie. “When that little kid got on stage I already started laughing. He was dressed ridiculously,” Stout said. “I don’t know how they thought he was a girl and then he started dancing. I lost it.” Knoxville keeps to his original makes-you-gag jokes and hilarious pranks. The end explains the shenanigans, and they tell all of the people involved at the funeral homes, strip clubs, restaurants, stores and beauty pageants. Everyone is fine with it because they know they will be a part of Knoxville’s movie. Even if it is embarrassing, everyone loves that they get 15 minutes of fame. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

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Grandpa Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) drinks a few beers while Billy (Jackson Nicoll) pushes him in a shopping cart.

Album Reviews

Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ expected to top charts Protest the Hero releases fourth album Josh Ewers A&E WRiter @dailyathenaeum

Katy Perry, who is seen on set of the ‘Roar’ music video above, released her third album this week.

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Katy Perry released her third album with Capital Records, “PRISM,” this past week. The new album’s star is the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Roar.” The song has been on the top of the list for two weeks and has been downloaded 3.24 million times. If this is any indication of how the rest of the album will do, she has another winner approaching. “PRISM” shows a different side of Perry fans haven’t seen. She’s stepping away from the childish “teenage dreams” and moving on to a more serious and adultlike role in the music industry. Perry’s new album follows her already charttopping, award-winning albums “One of the Boys” and “Teenage Dream.” “One of the Boys” was Perry‘s first album after she tried a gospel career. It gained success thanks to the songs “I Kissed A Girl” and “Hot ‘N’ Cold.”

Her album “Teenage Dream” is famous for being the first album by a female artist to have five No. 1 singles, including “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night.” “Teenage Dream” debuted at No. 1 with 192,000 sales after its release and went 57 weeks in the top 40 of the Billboard charts. The album has sold 2.8 million copies in the U.S., and sales of “PRISM” look to exceed that number. Perry was recently featured on the cover of Billboard magazine and was said to be “roaring” back to the top. She is known for being the only singer to have 69 back-to-back weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100 charts. “PRISM’s” first released single, “Roar,” has taken over YouTube, the Billboard charts and iTunes top downloads. The song lyrics are made to empower its listeners. It’s an uplifting, powerful pop song. The second single, “Unconditionally,” discusses loving something without conditions. The

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song shows the extent of the register of Perry’s voice and is the album’s only ballad. The sincerity in her voice conveys the idea of her no longer living in a “teenage dream” and understanding real love. “Walking on Air” is a song about having a great night with someone. It’s about being in a place of euphoria. Her lyrics, “This is pure paradise/ Even heaven is jealous of our love/Yes, we make angels cry/Raining down on earth from up above,” says it all. Another track on the album, “Dark Horse,” features former Three 6 Mafia member, Juicy J. Even with sub-par rapping, Perry makes the entire song with her hard-hitting final chorus. “PRISM” is another album from the fun-loving pop singer that shows her graduating into adulthood. She’s still fun but with a more serious twist. The first listing of how many copies sold this week will be an indication of its upcoming success. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

There are few bands out there whose sound can’t be nailed down by describing a few of their most prominent influences. One of these select few is a stellar band from north of the border called Protest the Hero. The group will release their fourth studio album, “Volition,” today. Ever since 2008’s critically heralded “Fortress,” these guys have been steadily ascending the ranks. All metalheads, radio rock stalwarts and pop-punk aficionados need to hear this five-piece outfit, if not just to know that these types of records exist. “Volition” is a thick, incredibly dense listening experience that may take a few listens to completely wrap your mind around. It’s an album of constant movement and resolution. Not only is it complex, but it’s as fast as your favorite thrash album and as epic in scope as an orchestral symphony. In simplest terms, they’ve taken a hardcore-punk backdrop and abstractly painted it with an expansive palate of progressive colors and shaded in the rest with darkened metal tendencies. It’s the kind of album that’s chock full of those moments that make you start drumming on the steering wheel or putting on a sold out concert for no one in your room. Their progressive forces light up speakers with white hot swirling guitar lines that resolve in all the right places and groove at all the right times. This isn’t your mother and father’s funky groove, mind you, as they’re on a palm mute and solo plastered Rage Against the Machine level of bounciness that refuses to be denied even by the dullest stick in the mud. Despite all this, the most impressive thing about the group may not even be their musical prowess, but rather their demeanor. Many bands with this level of talent are self-absorbed, or kidding themselves. This is not the case with Protest the Hero, who are constantly making hilariously themed videos and even poke fun at themselves in a few of their songs. Their singer, Roddy Walker, goes by Chody – enough said. Vocally, the album is a big

‘Vengeance Falls’ on its face: Trivium’s newest album displeases fans Hunter Homistek A&E WRITER @hunterahomistek

Oh, Trivium. What happened? Once considered one of metal’s most promising young outfits on the strength of critically acclaimed releases like “Ascendency” and “Shogun,” Trivium has since churned out two absolute duds, showing a dramatic devolution of the group’s sound and overall musicianship. Their latest effort (or lack thereof), “Vengeance Falls,” sees the Florida metalheads slip into a hole of mediocrity atop the backs of poppy vocal melodies and uninspired guitar riffs – a huge disappoint-

ment from the group known for producing works of metal perfection like “Rain” and “Throes of Perdition.” For fans of chugging, triplet-laden, undeniably metal licks, “Vengeance Falls” will leave you unsatisfied. There are certainly moments of greatness, which remind us of Trivium’s potential, but these moments are brief, and they are diluted in the sea of nothingness which surrounds them. Most notably, Matt Heafy’s vocals have become more poppy than ever. His choruses are clearly constructed for radio play, and he loses some of his aggressive grit that separated him from other modern vocalists in doing so. On a positive note, his

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screams are as fantastically brutal as ever. While “Vengeance Falls” does contain a fair amount of heavy, screamed verses and bridges, they are overshadowed by the awkward transitions into the Nickelback-esque choruses that plague the album at every turn. The songwriting on “Vengeance Falls” is particularly disappointing because, if not for the horrendous song structure, the album would sound amazing. The bass is punchy and clear; the guitars are crunchy and searing, and Heafy’s vocals sit perfectly in the mix. From a production standpoint, “Vengeance Falls” is everything one would want in a metal album.

Unfortunately, music is not all logic and protocols (despite what some dubstep artists may have you think), and Heafy and company forgot the most important aspect of a fully developed album: good songs. If you are typically drawn to heavier audio-rock bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch, by all means, go buy “Vengeance Falls” right now. You will love it. However, if you consider yourself a Trivium fan from the “good old days,” prepare to be disappointed.

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step up from their previous releases in terms of versatility. Never shy about showing his high register range, Walker sings like a banshee who has a vendetta against household glass products. This album also sees him grow as a heavy music front man with the addition of many more throaty low growls that are fairly surprising when they are slotted in next to one of Walker’s soaring clean vocal lines. But for those who are not fans of that type of thing, don’t write them off just yet. Ever since Walker took over lyrical duties from bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi, there has been a major shift in lyrical content. Now the lyrics are much more literal in nature and easier to comprehend. There’s even a song, “A Life Embossed”, that is quite literally about standing against pit bull legislation rather than your standard brooding metal fare. Also, “Mist” is pretty much about a Canadian lov-

ing his homeland. Undoubtedly, Roddy’s vocals, which are vaguely reminiscent of mid 2000’s pop punk in terms of texture, will turn some metal heads off and yet still hold others’ attention. However, those same metal fans will be glad to hear the album benefits greatly from the presence of studio drummer Chris Adler of Lamb of God renown, who gives the album a decided metallic hardcore edge. This edge is more prominent on “Volition” than on anything they’ve previously released. However, Adler mercifully seems to know he’s not playing with Lamb of God and varies his dynamics adequately. For people who want to check out the band, I recommend listening to this one or their masterpiece, “Fortress,” which is a concept album about Genghis Khan. Seriously.

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The cons of a party school reputation With the recent lists and car tipping that has landed West Virginia University in the headlines across the nation, it’s no wonder our party reputation still holds strong. Many students claim they come to WVU for the parties, with some prospective students using “I’m Shmacked,” as a basis for their decision, some undergrads are beginning to feel a little insecure in their choice of a party school to get the degree that will hopefully land them the job of their dreams.

The acceptance of this party school mentality was recently brought to light when Karen Weiss, author of “Party School: Campus, Crime and Community” paid a visit to the Social Science Cafe to discuss the repercussions of perpetuating this stereotype WVU can’t seem to shake. Maintaining that many larger, party-hearty schools tend to have a heavy hand in Greek life and sports, WVU seems to fit well into the mold of the stereotypical party school. Although WVU has been defined by this reputation for decades

now, in recent years a fear has begun to surface that our legitimacy as a University is in question. In response, and to give students an option to keep off the streets during weekends, WVU does its part to provide plenty of other opportunities on a given Friday night. Beyond WVUp All Night, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and, yes, bars that offer more than a drink and some greasy pizza. Often there are local bands to check out, karaoke and poetry readings to pass the time away.

Even the Creative Arts Center routinely showcases students in musical and theatrical majors, as well as plays host to a variety of famous comedians and musicians, not to mention the plays and musicals performed there throughout the school year. Many athletic events, even beyond football, play their games on weekends and weeknights, as well. Often clubs will host events in the Mountainlair throughout the week, and beyond learning a thing or two about a certain subject they offer a great op-

portunity to scope out the variety of extracurricular options afforded by the University. Plus, there’s often food. Drinking can often seem like the tried and true way to have fun on a weekend, but that doesn’t mean our school’s reputation has to be reflective of this. It’s not that WVU doesn’t offer other activities to entertain us – just check out the Arts and Entertainment section for day-today information on activities around campus. It’s certain antics, like burning couches and riots, that

have placed us squarely in a negative light that the University has trouble digging itself out of. Although our school’s reputation may not seem like a concern, at the end of your four (or more) years here you will walk away with a degree. Whether you partied hard or hit the books in your spare time, the goal is to walk away with the resources and connections you need to form your career. And, party school or not, WVU does a great job of that. daperspectives@mail.wvu.edu

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Understanding, avoiding the dangers of ATVs emily torbett guest columnist

Growing up in the mostly rural state of West Virginia, I saw my fair share of ATVs. Although I have never actually driven one, as per my parents’ orders, I have several friends who own ATVs and use them recreationally on a regular basis. Many of them don’t give a second thought to hopping on one without putting on a helmet or buckling their safety belt. I’ve recently realized just how dangerous this neglect of safety can truly be. Last weekend, while visiting a family member in the hospital, a team of emergency medical technicians and nurses brought another patient into the room’s empty bed. As they wheeled her in on a stretcher, I caught a glimpse of her and realized she must have been my age. She looked to be in serious condition, and I immediately sympathized with her. Later, after the doctors and nurses attending to her had gotten her settled in, I spoke to her family. I learned that she was a 19-year-old college student who had been in an ATV accident around this time last year. She had been driving a vehicle known as a side-byside, which I later found out looks similar to a car and has two seats, a steering wheel and “roll cage” on top. While driving on a hill, the vehicle rolled suddenly and violently, ejecting her

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According to MSNBC, 700 people die from ATV incidents each year. through the front of the cage. The large vehicle had then rolled over her, crushing her pelvis and legs. After the initial injuries were sustained, she suffered many complications. She was always in pain and unable to walk or lift anything. Her prescribed pain medication had caused ulcers to develop in her stomach, making her sick most of the time. She had been admitted on this particular evening for what appeared to be renal failure. Since the accident, she has not been

able to return to college and will likely not be able to for a long time. Although her story was saddening, the most shocking part came at the end when her father happened to mention that his daughter’s friend had been in the passenger seat of the vehicle, but because she was wearing her safety belt, she escaped the incident with only bumps and bruises. Injuries resulting from ATV accidents account for more than 100,000 emergency room visits ever year

in the U.S. It is estimated that as many as 1,000 ATV accidents result in fatalities each year. These numbers are expected to increase in future reports. Although the use of ATVs for recreation can be enjoyable, safety must be paramount. The ATV Safety Institute recommends the following simple tips that can help make your experience safer: 1. Always wear a DOTcompliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and

gloves. 2. Never ride on paved roads except to cross safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway. 3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people. 5. Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.

6. Supervise riders younger than 16. 7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed. Complying with recommended safety rules while riding an ATV may seem trivial, but if you ever experience an accident, you will thank yourself for doing so. What it comes down to is enjoying the activity while also taking the steps necessary to help preserve your quality of life. daperspectives@mail.wvu.edu

West Virginia University provides entertainment for students austin rempel columnist

Over the course of my on-and-off again relationship with Morgantown, I’ve seen a lot of changes. People come and go; professors retire, move away or are promoted; businesses open, close and change locations. One of the few constants are the students who say “There is nothing to do in Morgantown except drink.” I not only disagree, but I’ll prove it. Last week I wrote about the fun activities provided by WVUp All Night. I attended again and was as pleased with this visit as I was with the first week. I

still strongly recommend students check out Up All Night, but school sponsored events are not the only form of entertainment. High Street alone offers an array of shops, from crafting to outdoor sports. In case you didn’t notice them, they’re the businesses tucked between the clubs and bars. The outlying areas, like the mystical Sabraton or far-away Westover, even have fun things to do. Of course, the people who most complain about Morgantown often don’t even know these areas exist, let alone the more remote places like Cooper’s Rock or Blue Hole, both of which are free apart from the expense of getting there. In addition to the nor-

mal city things like movies, the mall, parks scattered around the community and the odd festival or two, Morgantown offers some things not found in many of our hometowns. There is an ice skating rink, several community theater groups – not to mention performances, both professional and amateur, at the CAC – community sports organizations, bowling and a variety of historical sites. Just a week ago there was a zombie walk along High Street and a tattoo expo. Of course, some things do cost money, to which the eternal pessimist will reply, “Oh, but I’m broke.” The solution is simple: get a job or be more frugal. Cable TV isn’t a requirement,

Internet is free at the library and spending a little bit of cash going out is eternally more fun that having heat in the apartment. My issue with the “I’m so bored” mentality is this mindset doesn’t actually do anything to make the area better. The 24/7 online gaming, online shopping and whatnot doesn’t advance the local area. Sure, you may pay a few more dollars for something at a local shop, but you’re simultaneously benefitting local business and creating an atmosphere that says, “We’re here, and we’re ready to patronize, so bring more activities.” An atmosphere of interest in local business will strengthen and increase local attractions.

What it really seems to come down to is those who say there is nothing to do are often the people who aren’t actively looking for excitement or those who manage their time so poorly they are unable to get out to do anything. So, try something for me. Spend an hour a day with the phone off, working on homework. If you don’t have anything for a class this week, get an early start on next week’s assignment. Last minute work often takes more time than doing it long before it must be submitted. If you have a job, plan to have nothing due on your next day off. Then gather a few friends, and hit the streets. Patronize a few stores, even if you’re just brows-

ing; they’ll appreciate the interest. Maybe even take some pictures around town. Morgantown gets a lot of bad press, but if we, as residents, become more active and involved in the local community, we’ll have more of a chance to clean up its image. Locals use the term “permanent resident” and “students” to describe those in the area, often using “student” to mean someone with no ties to the community. That’s simply inaccurate. As students, we’re part of the lifeblood of Morgantown. Let’s keep her clean, thriving and, as always, classy. daperspectives@mail.wvu.edu

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HOROSCOPE BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you often come up with unusual ideas that seem creative and workable to others. Realize that you are more solemn than you might think you are. Be aware that this attitude could be why others often react strangely to you. If you are single, there is no question that you will attract many people. Look to the person who is interested in getting to know the real you. If you are attached, your sweetie will try his or her best to help you get through life’s bumps and keep you smiling. You sometimes act like newlyweds, which delights those around you. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You will want to meld with others in order to accomplish a particular task. Sometimes this type of interpersonal

cooperation can be difficult, as you are a very independent sign. You still manage to project a leadership profile, even when being docile. Tonight: Work off some tension. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHH Open up to a more dynamic approach to a situation in your life. You might like the idea of this change, but to manifest it will prove to be more difficult. Thinking is important, but you will get nowhere unless you act. You have little to lose. Tonight: So what if it is only Tuesday? GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH You have a desire not to be the town crier. You might be up for playing the role of recluse for a few days. Excuse yourself from commitments, and know where you are heading. Be smart, and refrain from speaking until you are sure of yourself. Tonight: All smiles.

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Program to celebrate culture of Kuwait by nicole curtin a&e writer @dailyathenaeum

West Virginia University’s Cultural Attache Program will be celebrating the culture of Kuwait in the Mountainlair tonight. Students and faculty will have an opportunity to learn about the Kuwaiti culture. Special guests will include Dr. AbdulAzeez S. Al-Omar, cultural coun-

selor and director of the Cultural Office of the Embassy of State of Kuwait; Dr. Parichehr Navai, director of the Graduate Department ; and Noida Ashton, director of the Department of Placement and Authentication. The Cultural Attache Program brings representatives from around the world to inform and educate others about their native culture. They will discuss intercul-

tural awareness and promote understanding of other cultures during the forum. Debbi Pariser, program specialist for the Office of Multicultural Programs, said students have a lot to gain from the event. “It’s our goal to serve diverse students on campus and to educate the University community about multiculturalism, diversity and tolerance,” Pariser said. “By attending

these programs, students will gain an understanding of different cultures, their customs, history and traditions. “All 50 states and more than 100 countries around the world are represented on the WVU campus.” The event will begin in the Gluck Theatre in the Mountainlair at 7:30 p.m. and will include a presentation from Dr. Al-Omar, short films about Kuwaiti culture and traditional

clothing, food, music and artifacts. The WVU Kuwaiti Student Union will also be present with an exhibit. There are approximately 100 students from Kuwait who are attending WVU in the Intensive English Program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Attendees will be able to meet these students and learn about their respective cultures.

The celebration of Kuwait is the only Cultural Attache Program for this semester, and the program is hoping to have two next semester for China and Saudi Arabia. The event is free and will last for approximately two hours. For more information about this event, contact Debbi Pariser at Debbi. Pariser@mail.wvu.edu. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

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It’s that time of year again for Halloween movies to be shown on television. What better way to spend your down time than relaxing in front of the TV watching classic Halloween films? Movies, such as “Halloween,” “Jeepers Creepers” and “Hocus Pocus,” have remained popular throughout the years. If you haven’t seen the following movies, curl up with a blanket, and give these classic films a try.

“Halloween: The Night He Came Home,” with Michael Myers came out in October 1978. This is the first in a series about a psychotic murderer who kills his older sister at the age of six. He continues to find trouble throughout the movie, even after he attempts to cure himself from his murderous desires. Myers murders his family and anyone close to them, with the exception of his baby sister, with the oh-so popular white mask that we can all recognize today. Later, in “Halloween:

Resurrection,” Myers finally gets the chance to cut ties with his baby sister. Tune in this holiday week to catch up on the 9-part series of Michael Myers’“Halloween” saga. This terrifying film has remained popular from its beginnings with its wellknown climactic music, thrilling scenes and building character plot. Another classic film that has made its way to today’s popular list of Halloween movies is “Jeepers Creepers.” Though these movies are a little less scary for the older audience, it is definitely one that will

have you feeling a little creeped out from the very beginning. The first part of the “Jeepers Creepers” series starts out with siblings on spring break whose curiosity gets them into a terrifying situation with a creature that collects body parts. They soon find themselves as the next possible victims of the serial killer. This movie has remained popular because of its original story line, catchy “Jeepers Creepers” music and terror scenes full of gore. “‘Jeepers Creepers’ is one of my favorite Hallow-

een movies,” said junior journalism student Megan Barnes. “Although it’s scary, I can’t help but to watch it every year.” In 1993, “Hocus Pocus” became a film our generation will never forget. Its comical characters, historical story line and dash of magic all come together to make for the perfect Halloween movie. The Sanderson sisters are brought back to life 300 years after being hanged for practicing witchcraft and are out to acquire eternal youth. It is up to Max, his younger sister Dani and their friend Allison, with the help of Binx, a black

cat, to stop the sisters. This family-style movie is perfect for a lighthearted Halloween film and full of good laughs. “‘Hocus Pocus’ is my favorite Halloween movie that I watch probably 10 times leading up to Halloween,” said junior elementary education student Laiken Paugh. “It’s a classic movie that just never gets old.” Make sure to get in the spirit of Halloween by finding some time during this scary holiday season to enjoy some good Halloween movies. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

What are your favorite Halloween movies? “Best Halloween movie is ‘Halloween’ – it plays into everything fun and creepy about the holiday. The sequels are also great.”

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“It’s just a random tattoo,” said Kylie Matics, an occupational therapy student. Logan Snider, a visual journalism student, has a tattoo that combines symbols from ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ which has always been part of his life, and Matics has five birds flying across her chest. ‘The Green Lantern.’ “It’s kind of a nerdy tattoo, but at the same time it has a meaning behind it – willpower,” Snider said.


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WVU running out of time to reach bowl game With four games remaining games on its schedule, the West Virginia football team is quickly running out of time to reach bowl eligibility. At 3-5 (1-4 in Big 12 Conference play), the Mountaineers need three more wins to qualify for a postseason bowl game and bring their record to 6-6. West Virginia hasn’t failed to make a bowl game since 2001, when the team finished 3-8 under Rich Rodriguez. Head coach Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers are in very unfamiliar territory, as Holgorsen himself has never coached a team that failed to reach a bowl game as an assistant, offensive coordinator or head coach. The Mountaineers won the Orange Bowl in 2011 and lost in the Pinstripe Bowl to Syracuse in 2012. “We’re not doing a good job offensively. We’re not scoring, we’re not finishing drives, we’re missing blocks, we’re not making people miss in the open (field) and we’re not catching the ball down the field,” Holgorsen said. “I mean, (the fans) see it, (and) it keeps me up at night. “We’re not playing winning offensive football ... does it look better at times? Yes. Is it good enough to win a Big 12 football game? Absolutely not.” While Holgorsen said he and staff realize the team’s flaws, the clock is ticking to fix those issues. Winning three of the next four games will be tough, especially considering every opponent is from the Big 12. But two of those games are against Kansas and Iowa State, both of whom rank dead last in conference play at 0-4. From there – assuming those games can bring their win total to five – it becomes tougher to figure out. For most of this season, it’s been pretty obvious that Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech have been in the upper echelon of the Big 12. Behind them are West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas, TCU, Iowa State and Kansas – teams that have shown flashes of promise at times but lack consistent talent to compete with the four aforementioned teams. A win against Kansas State could’ve been a huge confidence boost, especially on the road. While the Mountaineers hung around for a while, Kansas State eventually chipped away before going for the kill with a late score that put WVU away. That pretty much sums up the season; this young, inexperienced and uncertain team hasn’t shown the ability to finish games in the Big 12, and it’s closing their small window of opportunity for postseason success. The same questions at the beginning of the season remain unanswered in week 9. The Mountaineers have no identity at quarterback, lack a playmaker at wide receiver, and their defense, while improving consistently, has problems getting other teams off the field on third downs. The Mountaineers take on TCU in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday. West Virginia is 4-6 in their last 10 road games and 2-5 in Big 12 road games. The Horned Frogs are 3-5 on the season and 3-2 at home. From there, the Texas Longhorns come to Morgantown the weekend of Nov. 9 before the Mountaineers finish the season with their two most winnable games. It’s do or die time for the Mountaineers. dasports@mail.wvu.edu

Senior defensive linemen Will Clarke, left, and Shaq Rowell, right, look on from the sideline during West Virginia’s 35-12 loss to Kansas State Saturday.

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Head coach Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia dealing with challenges of Big 12 schedule BY GREG MADIA MULTIMEDIA EDITOR @DAILYATHENAEUM

Throughout his career, whether as a coordinator or head coach, Dana Holgorsen has never had an unsuccessful offense. He has coached quarterbacks like Case Keenum, Graham Harrell and Brandon Weeden, who all rewrote their school record books. The offensive genius has had teams that led the nation in scoring, yards and more. But this year has been different. With inexperience across the field, Holgorsen has dealt with a circus at the quarterback position between playing and starting Clint Trickett, Paul Millard and Ford Childress throughout the season. Additionally, Holgorsen is faced with relying on players who didn’t wear the West Virginia uniform in 2012. Dreamius Smith, Ronald Carswell, Kevin White and Mario Alford

played in junior college, while both Daikiel Shorts and Wendell Smallwood were still in high school. The two potential leaders of this team, Trickett and Charles Sims, played for Florida State and Houston, respectively, a year ago. This puts the thirdyear head coach in a situation he has never been in before. “It’s been challenging. I’ve never dealt with it before,” said Holgorsen during Monday’s Big 12 Teleconference. “I’ve never dealt with this many guys that are new. You got new people at every single spot.” But the inexperience doesn’t stop just at Holgorsen’s players. He is trying to teach his coaches about his offense, as well. New offensive line coach Ron Crook was at Stanford last year, while receivers coach Lonnie Galloway was at Wake Forest and running backs coach JaJuan Seider was at Marshall. Furthermore, offen-

sive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who was the receivers coach in 2012, is now coaching the quarterbacks with the absence of Jake Spavital. “You got a coaching staff that continues to learn how to coach together and game plan together,” Holgorsen added. “It’s still a lot of unknowns. Three guys on the offense haven’t coached this offense before.” So, there are reasons why West Virginia has struggled offensively in 2013, but Holgorsen isn’t using that as an excuse to give up. “Is it winning offensive football? No, it is not winning offensive football. It hasn’t been all year,” he said. “I take full responsibility for that. We need to continue to coach them hard, which they are. Our players need to continue to allow themselves to be coached, which they are. We need to continue to develop young guys and recruit guys that can come in and play winning football

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Head coach Dana Holgorsen walks the sideline during WVU’s loss to Texas Tech. out there on the field.” gorsen said. “The Big 12 Also during Monday’s obviously has some of the teleconference, Holgorsen best football that’s going to was asked about WVU’s be played across the counmove to the Big 12. As ev- try. There are top teams eryone can see, the tran- with facilities, with recruitsition period hasn’t been ing and players – all of that easy for the Mountaineer stuff needs to improve on football program. our end.” “We knew it was going dasports@mail.wvu.edu to be challenging,” Hol-

Adversity strengthening West Virginia BY MEGHAN CARR SPORTS WRITER @DAILYATHENAEUM

The amount of adversity the No. 6 West Virginia University women’s soccer team has faced this season would likely make other teams give up, but for the Mountaineers, it’s given them the spark they needed. After the Mountaineers won their fourth straight conference title Friday night against Oklahoma, head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said this conference championship really sticks out for her. “To win four straight conference championships says a lot, not only about the alumni but also the character of this program and this team,” Izzo-Brown said. “It’s a great feeling to witness this team play again and see how much they have battled for another championship. I’m so excited we get to bring this home because this is a great one.” Senior forward Frances Silva and the other seniors now hold four conference championship rings. “I think it shows the hard work and resiliency of the seniors. Sara had her redshirt year; Caroline has gone through a lot. Every single one of us has kind of gone through something and I think that continuing to be able to contribute to this team in one way or another has helped this team be as successful as it has been,” Silva said. “It says something about Frances and our seniors that have four. It reflects how hard they grind and how focused they are collectively. It reflects that they are here to win championships,” IzzoBrown said. The Mountaineers set

high hopes for their team at the beginning of the season, and it never wavered. The Mountaineers opened their season against Penn State where they played to a 2-2 draw in overtime. They didn’t record a loss until their sixth game of the season against then No. 1 North Carolina in the Duke Nike Classic. They lost 4-2 against the Tar Heels. The Mountaineers lost twice more, once against Kentucky (4-2) and once against No. 7 Texas Tech (2-1). During their 4-0 win over Eastern Kentucky, the Mountaineers lost one of their most experienced players. Senior midfielder Kara Blosser injured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and missed the rest of the season. She was the third player to go down in three weeks for the Mountaineers. On Aug. 30, freshman midfielder Bryce Banuelos also injured her ACL during a match against Central Michigan, causing her to miss the remainder of the season, and on Sept. 6 the Mountaineers lost junior midfielder Ali Connelly after she injured her ACL against Duke. The midfield could have become a weakness for the Mountaineers, but many young players stepped up and filled the roles when they were needed. The unfortunate loss could have many different effects on a team’s chemistry and mental psyche, but Izzo-Brown said she’s proud of the way her team responded to adversity. After the loss of Blosser, the Mountaineers went on a nine-game win streak that lasted until their last game of the season, where they lost

to No. 7 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. “We are carrying those jerseys on our back and just playing as a team. I give a lot of credit to our younger players who have stepped up and are playing at levels that are unexpected for their experience,” Izzo-Brown said. This season the Mountaineers earned their first top-10 ranking in four years. The win against Oklahoma Friday night assured the Mountaineers the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Championship. The bracket for the Big 12 will be released Friday. dasports@mail.wvu.edu

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Johnson’s big day lifts Lions over Bryant, Cowboys DETROIT (AP) — Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions made the most of a few extra seconds. Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards, but like almost everyone else at Ford Field, he was a mere bystander when teammate Matthew Stafford lunged for a 1-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left to give the Lions a 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. “Our team has been resilient through a lot of things and we needed to be today,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. “We certainly didn’t make it easy on ourselves.” Detroit’s final drive was aided by a Dallas penalty. The Cowboys had the ball and were trying to run down the clock when they were called for holding. Although the Lions declined the penalty, bringing up fourth down, the clock stopped because of the flag with just over a minute remaining. Dallas kicked a field goal to take a six-point lead, but the Lions drove 80 yards with no timeouts left. “Even our fans didn’t think we could pull this one out,” Johnson said.

“They were leaving, but we knew we could do it.” Stafford caught seemingly everyone off guard when he scored the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak. It looked like he was ready to spike the ball and set up another play. “I was just as fooled as the defense was,” Lions offensive guard Larry Warford said. Johnson nearly set an NFL record, falling just short of Flipper Anderson’s mark of 336 yards receiving in a 1989 game. Anderson, who played for the Los Angeles Rams, needed overtime to reach that total. Johnson’s spectacular day became even more meaningful when the Lions won. Here are five reasons Detroit came away with a victory in this down-tothe-wire thriller: CALVIN’S CATCHES: Johnson was all but unstoppable from start to finish. His 87-yard catchand-run in the first quarter set up the game’s first touchdown, which he caught himself on fourthand-goal from the 2. He later added a 54-yard catch in the fourth quar-

ter, and his 22-yard catch on the final drive gave the Lions the ball at the 1 before Stafford’s touchdown. Johnson tied Hall of Famer Lance Alworth’s career record with his fifth 200-yard receiving game. STAFFORD’S POISE: Jo h n s o n ’s st ag g e r i ng numbers made this game memorable, but Stafford’s final play shouldn’t be overlooked. The Lions were out of timeouts, so if Stafford had been stopped, they would have been in a rush to line up again and spike the ball before the clock ran out. It was a reasonably risky decision by the Detroit quarterback, but he took advantage of an unsettled situation to score the decisive touchdown. Stafford threw for 488 yards and overcame two interceptions. COSTLY MISTAKE: The Cowboys had the game just about wrapped up, leading 27-24 with just over a minute left. The Lions were out of timeouts when Dallas’ Phillip Tanner ran for a 9-yard gain on third-and-14. The clock would have kept running, but offensive lineman Tyron Smith was called for holding. De-

Calvin Johnson hauls in a touchdown against the Bears Sept. 29. troit declined the penalty, OWED: It was an eventful setting up fourth down, day for Dallas receiver Dez but the clock was stopped Bryant, who caught two at 1:07. touchdown passes and Dan Bailey’s third field was also seen screaming at goal of the day put the teammates on the sideline. Cowboys ahead 30-24, but Of course, his perforthe Lions still had about a mance was nothing comminute to do something. pared to Johnson’s. Bryant “If we don’t get called and Romo could never esfor a penalty, I think they tablish a consistent conprobably had 20 or so sec- nection in this one. onds left,” quarterback “Dez is a very passionTony Romo said. ate player, very competiBRYANT OVERSHAD- tive player,” Dallas coach

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Jason Garrett said. “He gets a lot of attention from the opposing defenses, and he just wanted the football, and we want guys that want the football.” OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES: Dallas did very little on offense until the fourth quarter. The Cowboys almost won thanks to four Detroit turnovers, but they were outgained 623-268 and allowed the Lions to control the ball for 35:11.

Bengals roll over Jets, Dalton throws five touchdowns C I N C I N NAT I ( A P ) — Marvin Jones usually tosses his receiver gloves into the stands on his way to the locker room, a way of letting fans share in the moment. This pair – and this moment – was all his. Jones caught four of Andy Dalton’s career-high five touchdown passes on Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals drubbed the New York Jets 49-9, a dominant performance that will turns heads around the NFL. As Jones ran off the field, he turned down the fans who wanted a keepsake glove. “I’m keeping those,” said Jones, who had career highs with eight catches for 122 yards. “I’ll frame ‘em or whatever. I usually dish them out. Not this game.” The second-year receiver and third-year quarterback went into the

club’s record book as its top touchdown combination. Jones set a Bengals record for touchdown receptions, scoring on catches of 9, 6, 17 and 6 yards. He’s the first NFL receiver with four touchdown catches in a game since Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did it in 2007. Dalton’s five touchdown passes gave him 11 in his last three games, his best such span. He’s the first quarterback to throw for five TDs against the Jets since Dan Marino in 1988. “This is where I want to be,” said Dalton, who was 19 of 30 for 325 yards in little more than three quarters. “This is how I want to be playing. It’s tough to do.” The Bengals (6-2) won their fourth in a row and padded their AFC North lead by taking advantage of New York’s step-slow pass defense and its rookie

quarterback, who had his worst day yet. Geno Smith threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns before heading to the bench early in the fourth quarter. It was Cincinnati’s most lopsided victory during coach Marvin Lewis’ 11 seasons. The Bengals are 2½ games ahead of second-place Baltimore, which had its bye week. “It is a statement,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “This is one of the first games we were able to finish because we jumped on them early. This was just a statement game.” New York (4-4) couldn’t break its pattern of winone, lose-one. The Jets took their most lopsided loss since a 45-3 loss to New England in 2010. “It’s been up-down, updown all year,” said Smith, who was 20 of 30 for 159 yards. “That’s the way it’s

been so far. Sometimes we do it, other times we don’t. That’s a part of developing consistency.” This one slipped away fast. The Bengals got touchdowns on their first two possessions while the Jets managed only 1 net yard in the first quarter – their fewest for a quarter since 2009. The Bengals figured they could take advantage of New York’s man-toman coverage by throwing deep. Dalton’s line gave him plenty of time and he was on target most of the time, setting up a lot of big plays. The biggest came from Jones, a fifth-round draft pick with a lot of speed. In his breakout game, he showed a good pair of hands and a few nifty moves, too. His 30yard catch set up Dalton’s 4-yard touchdown

pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham, who was uncovered in the back of the end zone. A.J. Green also had two catches that went for more than 50 yards each as Dalton showed he can complete the long throw – one of his biggest deficiencies in his first two seasons. “I would say that absolutely surprised me,” coach Rex Ryan said of his defense’s collapse. “We got beat in every coverage known to man. Five touchdown passes? I don’t know how many times that’s happened in my lifetime. Not very often.” Smith showed he’s still got an awful lot to learn. With the Jets trailing 28-6 coming out of halftime, Smith made two more glaring mistakes. Chris Crocker returned his first pass of the second half 32 yards for a touchdown. Early in the fourth

quarter, Adam “Pacman” Jones ran another back 60 yards for a score, sidestepping the diving Smith to reach the end zone. Smith has had three interceptions returned for touchdowns in the last two games. New England’s Logan Ryan ran one back 79 yards for a score during the Jets’ 30-27 overtime victory last week. Notes: Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga was taken off the field on a cart in the first half after hurting his left knee and apparently suffering a concussion while trying to make a tackle. Coach Marvin Lewis said Maualuga wasn’t seriously injured. ... It was the first time the Bengals returned two interceptions for a touchdown since Dec. 16, 1984, against Buffalo. ... Ryan said he benched cornerback Dee Milliner during the game because “he wasn’t getting it done.”

Steelers forced to re-evaluate after crushing loss PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two weeks of momentum vanished in 19 seconds. More than three hours later, the competitive portion of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season likely followed suit. Stung on the first play from scrimmage and stumbling on the last, Pittsburgh’s 21-18 loss to the Oakland Raiders thwarted any progress the Steelers (2-5) made during a brief two-game winning streak that suggested perhaps there was a chance they could somehow dig out of an 0-4 start. Turns out, probably not. The same mistakes that dogged Pittsburgh during a winless September reemerged in the Black Hole. The defense surrendered a record-setting run by Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The offense limped to a miserable start, only reviving itself when things nearly

got out of hand. The running game was abysmal and the special teams even worse. Bad clock management. Questionable decision making. A game plan that dared not stretch the field. Even if the Steelers had somehow found a way to escape with a win, coach Mike Tomlin isn’t sure he would evaluate things any differently. “Had we pulled the game out, I still would have been disappointed in the quality of play in the first half,” he said. Because the Steelers lost, now Tomlin can feel free to lump in the second half too. “I liked the effort, but it’s not effort oriented,” Tomlin said. “It’s result-oriented.” And the results are repeating a well-established pattern, one Pittsburgh has been unable to shake for nearly a year. The Steelers are 4-10

since quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left a 16-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs with a dislocated rib last November. Nearing the season’s midway point, the only team Pittsburgh is ahead of in the AFC standings are the winless and apparently hopeless Jacksonville Jaguars. “We felt like we were doing some good things, and that we were getting better,” Roethlisberger said. “(Sunday) we just weren’t there in all phases. We didn’t block well enough, we didn’t pass well enough, we didn’t catch well enough, we just weren’t good enough.” Something that’s happening with regularity when forced to change their routine. Pittsburgh has lost eight straight games when playing outside the Eastern Time Zone. Nearly every loss has looked like Sunday’s de-

bacle in Oakland. The Steelers have a tendency to fall behind early, which leads to them abandoning the running game and forces Roethlisberger to try and go it alone behind an offensive line that can’t stay healthy or effective. Pittsburgh dressed eight linemen against the Raiders and needed every one of them. Guards Ramon Foster (concussion) and David DeCastro (right ankle) left early. So did backup Guy Whimper (knee). The injuries pushed struggling Mike Adams and little used Cody Wallace onto the field, further complicating a comeback attempt. Roethlisberger absorbed five sacks in all and is on pace to be dropped more than 60 times, if he lasts that long. The line, however, is only a portion of the prob-

lem. The defense spent the days leading up to the game praising Pryor and insisting they would be wary of the quarterback’s blazing speed. Then on the game’s opening snap, Pryor faked a handoff to Darren McFadden, tucked the ball under his arm and headed right. One block from wide receiver Rod Streater is all Pryor needed to race 93 yards to the end zone, the longest run by a quarterback in NFL history. Pryor’s fake was so convincing free safety Ryan Clark didn’t even realize Pryor had the ball until Clark was getting ready to jump on a pile he believed included McFadden. Instead, Clark ended up looking to his left just before assisting on what he thought would be a tackle. By then Pryor was already in the clear and the Steelers were

already in serious trouble. “Obviously we were fooled on the first play,” Clark said. “Everybody floats to McFadden, Terrelle pulls the ball. After that I felt like we settled down.” By then, however, it was too late. A botched punt by struggling Zoltan Mesko, two missed chip-shot field goals by normally reliable Shaun Suisham and a pair of costly drops on what would have been difficult catches by Antonio Brown didn’t help. It led to a long plane ride and the prospect of having to do it again this weekend when the Steelers play at New England (6-2), a place where Pittsburgh has yet to beat Tom Brady. Brady might be the last of the Steelers’ problems. At the moment, they can’t seem to stop beating themselves.

Broncos’ defense bails out Manning, stops Redskins DENVER (AP) — In an unexpected twist, Peyton Manning was the one who needed some bailing out. On a day when the Denver Broncos quarterback threw three interceptions and lost a fumble, Von Miller and the defense stepped up in a 4521 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The much-maligned defensive unit – last in the league against the pass – harassed Robert Griffin III all afternoon. The Broncos (71) forced five turnovers and showed signs of rounding back into form, with Miller recording his first sack since coming back from his sixgame suspension a week ago. As they head into their bye week, Manning and his high-flying offense are having

some issues. Hard to believe for an offense averaging 42.8 points – the most through eight games in NFL history. After the contest, Manning said he felt bad for putting his defense in a bind time after time against Washington (2-5). “We really put our team in a tough spot,” said Manning, who threw for 354 yards and four TDs. “I don’t think frustrated is the word. I think determined is the word, to overcome those mistakes.” The Redskins had a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter. Then, the fun was over for Denver’s ex-coach. “They kind of took control,” Shanahan said. “So, credit Denver for finding a way to play well after they were down 21-7. It’s disappointing

we couldn’t get that rhythm going ourselves.” As the Broncos head into their off week, and the Redskins try to get back on track next week against San Diego, here are five things to keep in mind: PEYTON’S RECORD RUN: Manning is on pace to throw for 5,838 yards and 58 touchdowns, both of which would shatter NFL records. Not bad for a 37-year-old quarterback who missed his first regular-season practice as a Bronco last week with an injured ankle. He didn’t offer much about that ankle after Sunday’s game, other than to say he knows there’s always a lot of speculation when he’s injured. “I’m going to go on the injured report starting now under ‘body,’ and

keep me there all season,” he quipped. RG3 STILL LEARNING: A week after leading the Redskins on a game-winning touchdown drive against Chicago, Griffin showed he’s far from a finished product. He missed open receivers, made poor decisions, threw two interceptions and, finally, left after tweaking his knee, though he said it wasn’t serious. His worst sequence came after Denver tied the game at 21 when he threw three straight incompletions, including one ball thrown behind an open receiver and another that flew about 70 yards in the air – showing off his prodigious arm but coming nowhere close to being complete. VON’S A FACTOR: After

being shut down for the better part of his first seven quarters back from suspension, Miller made a big play. He beat his man and got behind Griffin, getting the sack and forcing a fumble that teammate Derek Wolfe recovered. It led to a short field and the Broncos got a field goal to take a 31-21 lead. ‘D’ SHOWS UP: The Broncos’ defense has been maligned for giving up lots of yards. On Sunday, it changed things around. Only 266 yards allowed, and only 154 passing. This was the league’s lastranked pass defense coming in, but that will probably change. It also debunks the idea, advanced by many in the Denver locker room this season, that teams that score a lot and take big leads are

destined to always give up lots of garbage points and yards. REDSKINS CAN RUN: While the Redskins were taking their two-touchdown lead, they controlled time of possession and field position with the help of running backs Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Those two combined for 104 yards on 22 carries, proving the Redskins can be productive on the ground without depending on Griffin’s legs. But after the Broncos tied the game at 21, the Redskins called passes on five of the next six plays for a total of eight yards and a sack and lost fumble. When that stretch was over, the Redskins were down 10 and had to pretty much abandon the ground game.


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Mountaineers need strong finish to make postseason BY JOE MITCHIN SPORTS WRITER @DAILYATHENAEUM

The clock is ticking on head coach Marlon LeBlanc and the West Virginia men’s soccer team to make a move that will send them

into postseason play. Th e Mou nt a i n e e rs squandered an opportunity to move up the Mid-American Conference standings Saturday night but were held to a 0-0 draw against Western Michigan. WVU’s record sits at 6-6-4

on the season and 1-2-1 in the MAC with two matches to go. The team sits in fifth place in the league and needs to jump into at least fourth to qualify for the conference tournament. West Virginia has two games remaining in the season, both

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Freshman defender Alex Ochoa strikes the ball during West Virginia’s win over Georgia State Oct. 19.

of which are conference matchups. The Mountaineers will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., Friday night before ending the season at home against Bowling Green Nov. 8. As expected, Akron is on top of the MAC standings. The Zips defeated WVU 1-0 in Morgantown Sept. 29. Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Hartwick round out the top four ahead of West Virginia. Saturday’s game against Western Michigan came as the latest disappointment in an ever-growing list of tough games the Mountaineers just couldn’t finish. Despite being outshot 115, the Broncos held WVU scoreless for all 110 minutes of the contest. West Virginia has scored just two goals in the last five matches. The team is 1-1-3 during that time and have secured three consecutive shutouts. To date, five of WVU’s six losses have come by just one goal, and all four of the team’s draws for games the team believed they’ve

had a shot to win. Perhaps the most damaging loss of the season came on Oct. 15 when the Mountaineers were defeated 1-0 by Hartwick. The Hawks were selected to finish last in the conference in the preseason and accumulated just two shots on WVU during the game. The Mountaineers now know they cannot afford another slip-up in their final two games of the season. The team already carries two in-conference losses, and another could end their season. “It’s basically a do or die,” said senior midfielder Craig Stephens. “(It’s a) must-win now.” The good news for WVU is that Buffalo and Bowling Green are both beatable. In fact, West Virginia took down both schools last season by a combined score of 3-0. Two victories should be good enough to get the Mountaineers into the conference tournament. “We’re not in terrible shape,” LeBlanc said.

“There’s still six points out there for us to grab, and I think if there’s anyone capable of doing it, it’s this group.” The Mountaineers’ only real chances of getting back into the NCAA tournament is to win the conference tournament and earn an automatic bid into the big dance. The focus for the club right now is to take care of business for the next two Fridays. West Virginia and Buffalo will kick off Friday at 7:30 p.m in Buffalo. The Mountaineers will close out the season at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. against Bowling Green. dasports@mail.wvu.edu

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WVU looks to bounce back against rival Marshall BY JON FEHRENS SPORTS WRITER @DAILYATHENAEUM

Former Olympic silver medalist Stacy Sykora took some time to address the West Virginia volleyball team before their Big 12 Conference match against No. 1 Texas. Sykora talked to the young team about moving on from past matches and focus on the team right in front them. Even though the Mountaineers dropped the match to the Longhorns, Sykora’s words still stick with the team, especially with sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos. “She reminded us that it doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the net,” Panagiotakopoulos said. “She told us stories about being ranked re-

ally low and taking down number one seeds, and (she) talked about the here and now. It got us really pumped to play, and it’s absolutely something that will stay with me.” Panagiotakopoulos and the rest of the team will now have their focus set on in-state rival Marshall. The Mountaineers will look to end a three-game skid and reclaim the coveted golden volleyball as they welcome the Herd to the WVU Coliseum Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. WVU is a perfect 8-0 when facing a non-conference opponent at home this season and will look to extend that streak by stringing a complete game together. “We need to play every single point, and we have to play good, consis-

tent team volleyball,” said head coach Jill Kramer. “It’s nice to be back into the Coliseum for a couple of home matches. Our team absolutely loved the environment against Texas. Our fans did a great job of engaging in the match, getting on their feet at the end of the match when it counted and really rallying around our team.” West Virginia comes into the match after suffering a three-set loss to Oklahoma, who Kramer said is the best defensive team they have played all season. The Sooners were able to contain the WVU offense to only a total of 27 team kills. Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson led the way for Mountaineers with 16 kills, and sophomore Nikki At-

New York back in NFC East playoff race

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin stands on the sidelines during his team’s win over the Vikings Oct. 21. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two wins do not make a playoff contender, unless you’re in the NFC East. Despite opening the season with six straight losses, the New York Giants (2-6) remarkably are still in the playoff hunt heading into their bye week. The Giants won their second straight game Sunday with a 15-7 decision over the Eagles in Philadelphia. Things only got better after the game when Detroit staged a furious last-minute rally to knock off the division-leading Dallas Cowboys (4-4). The math is simple: New York is two games behind with eight to play. It’s not the best position and the chances that the Giants will make the playoffs are not good unless they run the table. “We won our last couple of games, which is a great thing. Are we back?” safety Antrel Rolle asked Monday, and then answered, “We’ll be back once we reach that postseason. That’s when I’ll say that we’re back. Right now we’re grinding. We’re grinding, we’re fighting extremely hard and, you know, being 0-6, like I said several times before, can do a lot of things to you. I’ve had to dig extremely deep, had to be so mentally tough to overcome it because I’ve

never been in that stage in my life either. “Right now, as a team, we’re grinding. We’re grinding and we’re pushing ahead and more importantly we’re staying together.” The Giants still have a chance because they have corrected some of the errors that led to their worst start since coming out of the gate with a franchise-worst nine straight losses in 1976. In the past two games, Eli Manning and the offense have not turned over the ball. The defense, which has improved since getting middle linebacker Jon Beason in a trade with Carolina, has not allowed a point. The only major mistakes have been by special teams that gave up a punt return for a touchdown against Minnesota – the third one this season – and handed the Eagles a recovery for a TD late in the fourth quarter with a bad snap on a punt. The only turnover in the past two games was a lost fumble on a punt return. If they can avoid the turnovers, get the offense a little more in gear and continue to play good defense, the Giants will be competitive. The problem is the Giants have not been a good team in the second half of the season in recent years, and the schedule is tough even with five home games,

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including three straight out of the bye – Oakland (3-4), Green Bay (5-2) and Dallas. They also have games with the Chargers (4-3), Lions (5-3), Seahawks (6-1 heading into Monday night) and two with Robert Griffin III and the Redskins (2-5). “We haven’t done nothing yet,” said cornerback Terrell Thomas, who made his biggest stride returning from two ACL surgeries by playing every down against Philadelphia. “We’re 2-6. It feels great to have two wins. There are smiles around here and everyone is confident. This team has a makeup to make a run. We’ve been in this position before and we are better when our backs are against the wall.” Coach Tom Coughlin plans to self-scout his team over the bye week and he expects running back Andre Brown, who broke a leg in the preseason, to be ready to return from injured reserve after the bye. “I think there’s some excitement,” said Coughlin, who did an outstanding job keeping his team together after the horrible start. “We’re certainly not blind to the issues that we do have, but by the same token we’re excited about having an opportunity to improve on those areas and excited about the second half of the year.”

tea finished her night with four kills, which was good for second. Tonight’s match against Marshall ends a tough streak for West Virginia. In the last three matches, WVU has played three straight opponents in the RPI top 15. The Herd will travel into Morgantown on a seasonhigh four-match streak. Marshall has found success behind the play of senior outside hitter Laura Der, who has recorded 231 kills, averaging 3.4 per set. Marshall’s junior setter Sammie Bane has also played a major part in the success of this year’s team by recording 939 assists. Bane has been named Conference USA Player of the Week two times already this season for her efforts.

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Sophomore Hannah Sackett prepares to spike the ball during WVU’s loss to Texas. Head coach Mitch Jacobs holds a 9-1 record all-time against the Mountaineers, including a 3-1 victory for the golden ball in 2011. Apart from the battle for the golden ball, tonight’s match will also serve as a food drive. The

food drive, sponsored by Sodexo, will benefit the Mountaineer Food Bank, and fans who donate nonperishable items will receive free popcorn and a complimentary ticket for an upcoming match. dasports@mail.wvu.edu


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