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hough we may be biased for saying so, The Chronicle is made up of a bunch of sexy people. Why deny it? Why go on living sheltered, unsexy lives? The sex issue is our time to shine. There’s nothing like a week of writing about sex to find out who your co-workers really are. We discovered who was most willing to strip down for our cover photo shoot (some a little too eager), swapped tales—good and bad— of personal sex-capades and got a little too comfortable with constantly shouting sex-ridden puns across the office. We are writers, after all. As college students, we know what’s really on everybody’s mind. And with all the sexiness Columbia has to offer, we can

only imagine those thoughts are constantly multiplying. Our writers have been up day and night banging out stories we hope will stimulate your senses and arouse your curiosity. Because if there’s a sexy thought on your mind, we’ve thought about it too, and we are here to write about it. While we make our stories from week to week as sexy as possible, this issue gave us the chance to really hone in on the sexiest of topics. From vegan condoms to lady porn to sexy myth busting, like always, we’ve got you covered.

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Yours in sexiness, The staff of The Columbia Chronicle, the newspaper that always likes to be on top.

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Management Brianna Wellen Editor-in-Chief Sam Charles Managing Editor Luke Wilusz Managing Editor Ren Lahvic Ad & Business Manager Erik Rodriguez Art Director Copy Amber Meade Copy Chief Brian Dukerschein Copy Editor Lauryn Smith Copy Editor Photo Sara Mays Senior Photo Editor Tiela Halpin Photo Editor Ting Shen Photo Editor Brent Lewis Photo Editor/ Multimedia Editor Graphics Zach Stemerick Senior Graphic Designer Edward Kang Graphic Designer Damaly Keo Graphic Designer Heidi Unkefer Graphic Designer

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Advertising Sean Campbell Senior Ad Account Executive Sylvia Leak Ad Account Executive Nicholas Lobberecht Ad Account Executive Writers Trevor Ballanger Sophia Coleman Brian Dukerschein Aviva Einhorn Emily Fasold Tiela Halpin Aspyn Jones Alexandra Kukulka Amanda Murphy Joel Pompea Gabrielle Rosas Lisa Schulz Senior Staff Chris Richert General Manager Jeff Lyon Faculty Adviser Stephanie Goldberg Assistant Faculty Adviser

The Chronicle is a student-produced publication of Columbia College Chicago and does not necessarily represent, in whole or in part, the views of college administrators, faculty or students. All text, photos and graphics are the property of The Chronicle and may not be reproduced or published without written permission. Views expressed in this publication are those of the writer and are not the opinions of The Chronicle, Columbia’s Journalism Department or Columbia College Chicago.

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Q &AA:

Sex with the student body

by Trevor Ballanger Assistant Arts & Culture Editor and Sophia Coleman Assistant Arts & Culture Editor * Some of the names have been changed in the interests of privacy

The Chronicle: Have you ever used any foods or toys in bed? How did it go?

The Chronicle: Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex?

Ice cubes. Is that a food? Anyway, it was awesome. –Alex

On a plane. Everybody knew it was going on. It was with my boyfriend at the time. We were planning it the whole trip. It was a little awkward [deplaining]. There was turbulence, [and] I was convinced I caused [it]. –Courtney

Nutella. It doesn’t work. It was used on the chest. It doesn’t clean off very well, it’s too oil based. Nothing sexual came out of it. It’s better on toast. –Matt It depends on the situation. It happened three times. If you use a banana, that’s fine because you can take the skin off. With the cucumber, it’s like, OK, I can kind of do what I please with it because you can cook it. With a pear, no, absolutely not because it’s something that you do not cook. –Brandon I used Nutella once. I was like “Well, we are here, the Nutella is here, [so] might as well use it.” I put it on myself [on top] and he licked it off. Putting it anywhere on the bottom would be messy. –Alex #2 Melted chocolate. The chocolate you put on ice cream. You put it on his genitals so it tastes nice. –Ava An ex-boyfriend completely surprised me with a vibrating cock-ring. It blew my mind. I was like, ‘We’re probably going to have to use that a lot.’ –Shannon

The Chronicle: What’s the most embarrassing—but funny—situation involving sex that you can think of? The Iron Horse. This needs a demonstration. It’s something that when my ex was going out with another dude she used to date a long time ago—their sex life got very boring—so they devised a test of faith with a sex act called the Iron Horse. What you need to do is have a bed with a headboard, a football helmet with a receiver and a lot of room, about 50 to 75 yards. –Brandon

Mall restroom. It was a family restroom. It was weird. Not my idea. I don’t like to discuss it. –Adam [It was on the] roof of a school. My boyfriend always used to go up there. It was at night, kind of romantic.–Danielle I have a list: In a lake, on a boat and in a tent. –Jennifer Airplane. It’s not very comfortable and it’s not even sexy. We just did it because it’s cool. We did it twice actually. First time was a total failure. Second time he got a happy ending, at least. –Ava My boyfriend was housesitting and we stayed there for like four days or something. We did it in like every room of their house. We did clean up afterwards. –Shannon

The Chronicle: What’s an embarrassing story involving sex that you don’t mind sharing? Have you seen American Psycho? You know how he’s having sex with this girl and he looks at himself in the mirror? That happened to me. –Danielle I had sex in a church once. The janitor walked in and was like “What’s going on in there?” It was embarrassing. I really wanted to have sex in a church, and it was only a couple blocks away from my house, so I did it. –Courtney

It was actually my first sexual encounter at the time. And we’re in the back of my car messing around as most high school kids do, and I’m getting a hand job. And I just belted out laughing, and obviously that embarrasses the girl. She’s like, ‘Brian, why are you laughing?’ And I said, ‘It feels like you’re milking me!’ –Brian

The Chronicle: What’s your number of sexual partners? Yesterday, me and my friend made a list for memory’s sake. I think it’s about seven.–Jennifer Twenty maybe? I don’t really want to think about how many, but let’s say 20. –Ava 23? It’s more than 20. –Josh

The Chronicle: Have you ever been in a group sex situation? Yes and no. A friend and I kind of shared someone at a party. It was kind of back and forth. One second he was on me, and the next second he was on him. I guess that’s a threesome. We were kind of like a taking turns kind of thing. –Josh

The Chronicle: What’s your favorite position? I’m more of an ass-man. I’d say ‘doggy.” I just enjoy it more. –Tim Riding, because I like to look down on him and then I feel kind of superior. –Ava

The Chronicle: Have you ever had an audience? One girl, a girl was watching. She was a close friend of ours. It wasn’t that she wanted to. We didn’t really stop it from happening. We were all super drunk, we were all out on my patio. It just kind of kept happening while our female friend watched. –Josh

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music A 4 play List The xx – “Stars” Album: xx - 2009

The bass intro, the sultry vocals of Oliver Sim and the intricately layered instruments all create an incredibly sexy sound, perfect for naughty time. Lyrics like , "And I can draw the line on the first date, I'll let you cross it, Let you take every line I've got," instantly gets something going on in your knickers. And hey, it doesn’t hurt that the song is actually about having sex.

Marvin Gaye – “Lets get it on” Album: Let’s Get It On - 1973 I can picture it now: Trails of loosely tossed rose petals lead to my down pillows, sensual cinnamon candles highlight my bedroom’s edges with spontaneous flickers of warm light, my maroon bath robe covers only the essentials, a freshly lit tobacco pipe excretes the scent of peaches—a faint train of its smoke billows toward the mirror-covered ceiling, and the stimulating vibrato of Marvin Gaye echoes beneath the crack of my bedroom door. It doesn’t get any sexier than 70s funk.

Cazwell – “All Over my Face-” Album: Get Into It - 2006 While I’ve never played music during my lovemaking, if I were to choose a song I’d have to go with this cheeky number from the rapper Cazwell. With lyrics like, “Your exact words were ‘rock me’ and so I did some bukake, don’t stop me,” one cannot help but feel inspired.


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our sweetheart of four years is finally ready to have sex with you. She agrees that Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to solidify your love. You take her upstairs after a romantic dinner and lead her to a bedroom covered in roses. With both of you in your next-to-nothings, she asks if you have a condom. When she asks you this question, be thankful that you have the opportunity to buy condoms because not every man can. Sir Richard’s Condom Company has launched an envoy program to teach college students about a global shortage of condoms and spread the message of safety and responsibility when it comes to sex. The program was launched in February, the same month the American Social Health Association (ASHA), an organization that teaches Americans about sexually transmitted infections and prevention, declared National Condom Month. Condoms come in different shapes and sizes, but Sir Richard’s has created vegan condoms, which are free of the dairy product casein, according to Jordan Byrnes, public relations representative at Sir Richard’s. The vegan condom reaches out to a specific demographic and helps vegans continue their chosen lifestyle in every way, he adds. Byrnes describes the company as the Toms Shoes of condoms. “Sir Richard’s is ‘a buy one, get one’ company,” he says. “For every condom purchased, [the company] donates to people in developing countries. The first drop will be later this spring in Haiti.” To become part of the envoy program, students have to register online and fill out a questionnaire. After reviewing each student’s answers, Sir Richard’s will PHOTOS BY SARA MAYS interview that individual

via Skype to complete the process of becoming an envoy, according to Byrnes. “The company will supply each envoy with condom samples to pass out [and] educational materials that they can take to campus events or concerts, just to spread the message of safety and sexual health,” he says. There are 20 universities with student envoys enrolled, including San Francisco State University, Simmons College in Massachusetts and Ohio Wesleyan University, Byrnes says. Abigail Godfrey is an envoy at Ohio Wesleyan who stumbled upon the website and thought the program was interesting, so she emailed the company to learn more. Godfrey became an envoy in Spring 2011, before the launch of the program. Since then, she has attended campus functions such as a Slut Walk and LGBT speaker events and sets up a Sir Richard’s table to pass out free condoms and pamphlets. “Some people are just really uncomfortable talking about condoms, and they will just see that there are condoms on my table, look at them and

ease Control and Prevention, the benefits of providing free condoms on college campuses include the increase in condom use, an increase in condom preparedness, and a reduction in transmission of STIs. “Having an envoy on a campus is a really great opportunity for kids to have a resource [for condoms],” says Godfrey. Another resource for students to learn about safe sex is the ASHA. Since the late 1970s, the organization has named Valentine’s Day National Condom Day, according to Fred Wyand, director of communications at ASHA. In the 1980s as a response to the AIDS epidemic, the organization extended National Condom Day into a week and later into a month. The purpose is to spread the safe sex message. Wyand agrees that the developing world is seeing a decrease in condom supply, but he believes this shortage can be linked to the limited number of facilities that offer them in that region. Both Sir Richard’s and ASHA believe their message does not encourage

“For every condom purchased, [the company] donates to people in developing countries. The first drop will be later this spring in Haiti.” –Jordan Byrnes immediately look away,” says Godfrey. “But then there are people who are really interested, and I have had people come ask me how they can get involved.” According to her, most college campuses, such as Ohio Wesleyan and Columbia University, have health centers that offer free condoms to students. However, health centers are located far from student housing, and condoms are only available when the center is open. According to the Centers for Dis-

students to have sex. The goal is simply to be a resource and raise awareness. According to Wyand, college kids are surrounded by sex, so they don’t need organizations to promote it. “[ASHA] makes sure that it focuses on as much accurate science as we can about what condoms can and cannot do,” says Wyand. “Actually, if you look at that, [condoms] can do a lot. If you stick to the facts, condoms kind of sell themselves.” akukulka@chroniclemail.com


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porn and your video game in one solid sitting.” Even with the creation of realistic games, there is “clearly a mix” of sexual content in both realistic and fantasy games, says Dowd.Sexual content in video games isn’t extremely prevaby Lisa Schulz Assistant Campus Editor lent, he says, adding that thousands of games are released each year or the past two decades, a the 1980s, mature content appeared in without it. common goal in video games games like the Atari’s banned “Custer’s Excessive sexuality in games like was for the hero to rise up from Revenge,” in which the objective for a “Grand Theft Auto IV,” notorious the role of an everyday plumber and Civil War general was to have sex with for its depiction of violence and save the princess, or at least in titles a tied-up Native American woman. prostitution, can distract from the featuring Mario. How the couple cel- In the text-adventure game “Leisure plot and is unnecessary, ebrated, though, was left to the imagi- Suit Larry,” where a busisays Bridget Struth, freshnation of the gamer. ness man searched for man film and video As genres have expanded beyond a prostitute, accordmajor. arcade-style games, so have the ing to Dowd, who Quality of gamegames’ objectives. Now gameplay worked on “Leisure play and sexual has time for foreplay and sexcapades, Suit Larry: Magna content don’t often targeting a separate and more mature Cum Laude.” correlate, accordaudience, as seen in recently released Since video ing to Dowd. The games “God of War 3,” “Mass Effect 2” g a m e s have “Dead or Alive” and “Fable 3.” been around for franchise is a qualED KANG “You see [sexual content] in the real- decades, people ity fighting game, istic games because they’re trying to tend to forget the but uses “incredibly match an R-rated movie experience median age for sexist” graphics. In the in some cases,” says Tom Dowd, assis- gamers is 30 years old, says Dowd. beach volleyball version of the game tant professor in the Interactive Arts An adult audience is going to want quality graphics over gameplay is “an and Media Department and coordi- mature, relatable content in their excuse to ogle the girls,” he says. nator of the game development con- entertainment, just as there is nudity A video game’s content needs to centration of the game design major or sexual content in film, he says. be depicted on its packaging and in at Columbia. “You can kill two birds with one its description to communicate to conSexuality is not a new concept to the stone,” says Ryan Farmer, a junior film sumers and avoid disappointment or gaming industry, he says. As early as and video major. “You can have your upset, says Laurence Minsky, associate

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professor in the Marketing Communication Department. “I have a lot of concerns with the messaging of video games in terms of the content,” says Minsky. “There’s a lot of misogyny in a lot of the games.” The Entertainment Software Rating Board’s rating is located on the front of the box and needs to be acknowledged to protect consumers and their children, says Dowd. Even with a rating, retailers decide which games to distribute based on their audience. According to Dowd, Wal-mart, which was “shooting themselves in the foot” after banning “Grand Theft Auto IV,” didn’t carry games with extreme sexual contentz but changed their position after controversy and loss of possible revenue. Whether or not violence and sexual content can affect a gamer’s personal life is determined on an individual basis, he says. “There are some people by virtue of all of the other factors in their lives that are more susceptible to be influenced than others,” says Dowd. “It’s not just the video game.” Even without sexual content, some gamers aren’t putting down the controller. “I play video games purely to kill people,” says Farmer. lschulz@chroniclemail.com

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SKYNET, UPLOAD: program love ED KANG

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ith the meteoric rise of dating websites and applications, the Internet gives us plenty of options for finding love. Generating more than $1 billion per year, online dating is in stiff competition with porn to be one of the largest Internet industries. “It is pretty interesting how quickly online dating started and has continued to evolve; I would have never imagined online dating becoming so popular,” says Emerald Smith, a licensed therapist and Chicago resident. “We shop and pay bills online, [so] why not shop for a partner?” We’ve all seen the commercials for Match.com claiming, “One in five relationships now begin on an online dating site.” Whether or not those numbers are completely accurate is debatable, but it is undeniable that many relationships get their start online. In an overscheduled culture, online dating is often the go-to for busy professionals. But it also gives shy, meeker introverts a more comfortable medium through which to get to know someone. “I was new to the city, didn’t know many people and spent the majority of my days in classes with a bunch of women and nights in with my roommate, so I felt like I would never meet men anywhere,” says Smith. “After about 10 first dates though, I was really tired of it … I felt like it was too choreographed and had sucked the fun out of meeting people randomly.” The industry is quickly gaining customers. Match.com alone is home to more than 15 million members. And while the average age for a user in the U. S. is 48 years old, the rise of more specialized and free sites have paved the way for a younger generation to create profiles. “It’s an easy way to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet [and] some people think that it kind of spoils the surprise, but I never would have met most of the people I’ve dated without

the Internet,” says Chicago resident Matthew Pavkov. “If you’re into the person and they are right for you, it has the possibility of lasting no matter if you met them in real life or on the Internet.” It is hard to deny the online dating world’s appeal and addictive nature, according to Iain McFarlin, a Columbia alumnus. “It’s been fun and extremely entertaining,” says McFarlin. “I find myself on the OkCupid app probably just as much as Facebook. The way it’s set up allows for easy refreshing of the ‘news feed’ and ‘match feeds.’” But the question always lingers: What about the mystery of meeting someone randomly? “Everyone dreams of that chance encounter, of meeting someone amazing on the street in some sort of cosmic coincidence or fate, but that doesn’t always happen,” says Pavkov. “I feel like the way you initially make contact with someone doesn’t really matter as long as you feel a kind of connection when you are together.” If anything, online dating is an interesting experiment that lets singles test the waters and discover people who they never thought they’d come in contact with. The industry growth has led to the creation of more niche websites and applications that allow access to other services. With sites like Grindr and Craigslist, people are not limited to just dating. Instead, these online outlets give users the option to find random hookups rather than get involved in a more serious and committed relationship. “The experience can be fun, but of course it depends on the person you’re seeing,” says Trevor Carreon, a Columbia student. “I’ve met awesome guys that I’m very glad to have had in my life, [but] sometimes you can meet a weirdo. You never really know what’s behind the screen.” chronicle@colum.edu

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Lady Porn Day by Sophia Coleman Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

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o longer will ladies’ minds be haunted with images of pizza delivery men knocking on the doors of girls craving a sausage deepdish. A forum has been created where porn is regarded as an art form. Lady Porn Day, developed by Chicago-bred journalist and blogger Rachel Rabbit White, was created in February 2011 as a forum on her blog, RachelRabbitWhite.com, to spark a candid conversation among women about their likes and dislikes in porn and to share some of their favorite clips. “The majority of porn is not made for or by women, and so it’s hard to find porn that you might like,” says White. “Some [women think] that it’s socially not OK to explore porn because there’s this idea that came out of second-wave feminism that porn harms women and exploits them.” White, a Columbia graduate who now lives in New York City, said the spirit of LPD was embracing the mindset of a girl searching for quality porn to use as a tool for masturbation. She had a substantial following from previous blog projects like No Makeup Week and was able to gather a diverse group of women, including porn stars and filmmakers, in order to facilitate a dialogue between producers and consumers. Edmund White, Rachel’s husband and designer of the blog, says he completely understood why main-

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stream porn was unappealing to women, especially since he didn’t see any charm in it himself. “I think women are more interested in the scene being set or a sexual situation with a twist, rather than disembodied genitals just bumping away,” he says. “I would say [women] should not give up on the porn industry in general, [because] it’s not going to change without women’s voices.” White, who considers herself the curator of LPD, 9says this year she will most likely not be hosting it herself. Rather, she hopes another blogger will pick up the project around the week of Feb. 22 and add his or her own personal twist. Through LPD she found that women liked wildly different kinds of porn, from straight women only being able to get off from watching gay porn or watching videos of other women touching themselves. She says overall, women were drawn to lush images, beautiful cinematography, strong storylines or short films with an erotic edge. Erika Lust, a female filmmaker based in Barcelona, was a huge favorite of women on LPD. White says Lust’s films are somewhat of an anomaly in the porn industry because she is one of the few women who writes, directs and films heterosexual porn. White says there is a lot of queer and lesbian porn on the Internet, but straight images involving attractive men are hard to come by.

Lust says she got into adult filmmaking because she wanted to convey what real sex was like. She felt it was her job to assert what the “woman experience” means so society can come to a well-rounded definition of modern sexuality. She says despite the prevalence of pornographic imagery, female sexuality continues to be repressed and is still viewed through the lens of male sexuality. “In a certain way, mainstream porn has no soul,” says Lust. “The problem is all those horrible clichés: the always-willing ladies who are so pleased to provide a blowjob to some ugly guy, men represented as sex heroes, impossible settings such as mafia houses. That’s not real sex at all.” Lust says one of her favorite films she made is “Handcuffs,” which involves a woman in a bar who sees a mysterious couple. She realizes the woman is handcuffed, and as the couple becomes more and more irresistible, her curiosity leads her to an intense sexual encounter. “I’m inspired by the touch of the skin, the real sound of sex, a realistic situation with real people, like you and me

or anyone out there who ever has a sexual desire,” says Lust. “We don’t want to see pimps, Lolita lookalikes, horny nurses or extreme high heels anymore.” To get involved in Lady Porn Day, visit Rachel Rabbit White’s website at RachelRabbitWhite.com. Go to LustCinema.com/video/Handcuffs to see a short film directed by Erika Lust, or visit her site LustCinema.com for more content. scoleman@chroniclemail.com


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D o i n g it h ers elf by Aspyn Jones Contributing Writer

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panking the monkey, choking the chicken, having a wank, beating your meat, beating off, jerking off, jacking off, tossing off, fapping and many other colorful euphemisms all mean the same thing: masturbation. It’s the personal touch that sends shockwaves of orgasmic pleasure through the body, a euphorialaden experience that can be achieved without the assistance of a partner. The plethora of terms denotes the fondness guys have for self-gratification. But what about girls? “We learn that guys are out-ofcontrol animals who just can’t help themselves, and nice girls still don’t masturbate,” says Amy Steinhauer, a licensed clinical social worker and sex therapist. “I think these sex-negative stereotypes serve no one.” Steinhauer notes that there are a few reasons as to why female masturbation is largely ignored and says the first issue comes from women viewing masturbation as a “last resort,” rather than something that is a normal part of human sexuality. “I agree that there seems to be an additional layer of taboo and shame for women,” says Steinhauer. “We seem still to hold a lot of ambivalence about women’s pleasure.” According to a 2010 report published by The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction,males during the past year ages 18-19 masturbated at a rate of 80,6 percent while those who were 20-24 masturbated at a rate of 82.7 percent. However, females aged 18–19 only pleasured themselves 60 percent of the time, a number that increased to 64.3 percent between ages 20–24. “I just think girls are more uncomfortable to be more open about it,” says Laura Karcz, senior radio major, explaining the discrepancy between men and women. “I definitely think there’s a taboo about it. I don’t know why. It’s a part of human nature, you know?” Liz Aldrich, a licensed clinical social worker, says another problem with the masturbation stigma is the fact that society is still getting comfortable with the idea of an independently sexual woman. “Some women find it difficult to be that woman,” says Aldrich.

“They struggle to put themselves and their pleasure first and may feel that masturbating is somehow secondbest to sex with a partner.” Despite the divergence between the genders, there are ways for women to become more at ease with self-exploration. According to “A Guide to Masturbation” by Dennis Thompson Jr. on Everydayhealth.com, the practice is not something to fear and is actually beneficial tool for the human body. Thompson states that masturbation can aid sleep, increase metabolism and can be used “as an outlet for people abstaining from sexual intercourse.” Psychologist Shirley Baron stresses the importance of normalizing the act instead of treating it as something completely foreign. “As a sexual being, it’s common and normal to masturbate … it’s true for women and men,” says Baron. “That’s the one approach that I think would be helpful, but I think just sort of normalizing it, that this is part of being human, is important.”

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Aldrich pointed out that ease of access is also an issue. While male genitalia are external, the female counterpart are not, so pleasure for women “takes a little more time and education” to navigate, she says. But according to Steinhauer, part of the solution comes from one of the very basic steps of knowledge:

sexual education. “Honestly, I think we need to start early [and] have frank, age-appropriate conversations with our children about sexual issues,” she says. “An ongoing discussion rather than passing them a book or sitting down for a one-time talk.”  chronicle@colum.edu


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L E T ’ S G E T K I N K Y. . . Can you handle it?

by Brian Dukerschein Copy Editor

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here’s nothing wrong with exploring your kinky side, but it’s important to do so safely. If done improperly, many sex acts can have serious and long-term medical consequences. To find information on six sexual practices, The Chronicle spoke to William Bradley, psychotherapist and conductor of Columbia’s Human Sexuality Seminar and perused the stories on ExperienceProject.org, a website where people around the world share their life experiences. We also consulted with Dr. Robert Noven, an internist at Michigan Avenue Immediate Care, 180 N. Michigan Ave., who discussed the medical risks associated with each sex act and precautions that can be taken to make them safer.

Sounds play THIS PRACTICE involves the insertion of a sound, a medical device used to treat urological ailments, into the penis to increase sexual stimulation. “Sounds have been around since the ancient Egyptians,” says Bradley. “They were used to treat blocked urethras and swollen prostates, so I have my suspicion that some people got turned on by that.”

Experience Project User: “I love the feeling of sounds and catheters going slowly into my penis. Especially love a foley going into my bladder and that special feeling as it slides past the prostate and makes bladder entry. Much fun to enjoy.”

Dr. Noven: The urethra is a fragile structure, and inserting objects into it repeatedly increases the likelihood of bacterial infection and developing urethritis, an inflammation of the urethra, says Noven. “My suggestion would be to use sterile techniques and be sure to use an adequate size catheter, and that you do adequate lubrication so you don’t traumatize the area,” he says.

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FISTING IS the insertion of a hand or forearm into the rectum or vagina. According to Bradley, there are references to fisting dating back to ancient Greece, and he has seen photographic evidence of it in pornography from the 1930s. Although fisting is popularly associated with gay sexual culture, Bradley says that’s not always the case. “I’ve discovered in the last 10 years of working with couples in talking about sexual issues or sexual problems, gay and straight, a number of straight couples where wives or girlfriends have been working on anal pleasure and even fist-


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Electronic stimulation LIKE SOUNDS play, e-stim began as a medical technique and eventually was used as a source of sexual stimulation, according to Bradley. Today, people often use TENS units, low-voltage medical devices used to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes, and violet wands, high-voltage devices more commonly used in BDSM. Some individuals have reportedly used household electronic devices, such as radios and kitchen appliances, to give themselves electric shocks.

Experience Project User: “The feeling of e-stim is so difficult to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it … Except to say it’s completely

Breath Play amazing and I can’t get enough.”

Dr. Noven: Noven says a TENS unit is unlikely to carry enough voltage to cause any damage when used properly, but he cautions against using any nonmedical devices. “If you jerry-rig some device so you can get electrical stimulation to [an erogenous zone], you’re potentially going to increase your risk for electrical shock, which could create secondand third-degree burns and could create neurological deficits,” says Noven.

ASPHYXIAPHILIA IS the practice of cutting off the supply of oxygen to the brain to create a light-headed state called hypoxia. Enthusiasts use plastic bags, simulate hanging, wear specially designed hoods, or physically choke their partner. “It’s clearly a power issue,” says Bradley. “I’ve run into it with a few straight couples, but most of the breath play I’ve seen has been with gay men.”

Experience Project User: “My sessions can last even 3 hours. A good part is dedicated to relaxation. Before and after climax. The first sensation I feel when I am bagged is [relaxation], excitement, [happiness]. Every bad [thing] is wiped from my mind.”

Dr. Noven

“There really is no safe way to become hypoxic for a period of time,” Noven says. “I don’t see any safe way to do this where you don’t increase the risk for brain damage, arrhythmia or cardiac arrest.”

ing their boyfriends,” he says. “It’s certainly not limited to same-sex couples.”

Experience Project User: “A moment later, her hand was fully inside me, wrist-deep. When she moved her fingers, it was the most intense, strange, erotic experience I’d ever had. I never wanted it to end.”

Dr. Noven: Noven describes fisting as a dangerous activity that carries the risk of potentially damaging the rectum and sphincter. Fisting can also cause microtrauma to the rectum, leaving both parties at a higher risk of transmitting HIV and sexually transmitted infections if it is followed by unprotected sex. “I’m not sure if [fisting] can ever be done completely safely,” says Noven. “But if you’re really going to do it, lubricate properly and work towards it. Use some device that can dilate the rectum a little bit until you can actually get to the point where you can possibly do it safely just at the rectal area.”

Watersports ACCORDING TO Bradley, urine has been used throughout history for health care, beauty and dental care, so he is not surprised that it is also used erotically. “As far as the sexual aspect of it, you’re going to find some people peeing on each other, in each other, urine enemas, drinking it,” says Bradley. “While it was probably talked about more in the gay community, I’ve certainly—over the last four years—dealt with plenty of straight couples where this was part and parcel of their sexual behavior.”

Experience Project User: “It is a truly enjoyable experience for me also to open my mouth wide for someone to empty their bladder into … I love watching it leave him or her and flowing into my mouth. I love the taste, I love to swallow it. It is an overall awesome thing to be a toilet.”

Dr. Noven:

Blood play “THE BUSINESS with blood play is watching somebody bleed or using blood as a paint or sometimes sucking it, playing vampires and so on,” says Bradley. “I find it horrifying because it’s such an easy way to transmit hepatitis or HIV. I think it’s a behavior that’s really inappropriate. It’s one of the very few I’d be willing to say, ‘Uh uh, don’t do it.’”

Experience Project User: “Blood: the mere thought of it excites me … I enjoy the taste and smell of it. I have never used it in a sexual encounter, but it is def. a sexual stimulant for me. My partner is not into blood play (although I wish that he was into it).”

“[Safety] depends on a couple things,” says Noven. “If you’re talking about urinating on someone’s body, potentially that’s pretty low risk. If you’re talking about doing it in people’s mucosal membranes, like their eyes or their mouth, you could potentially increase some transmission [of STIs].” He adds that the risk of transmitting HIV through urine is low, but not impossible, and that anyone with active skin lesions or cuts should avoid the practice.

Dr. Noven:

“From a purely medical perspective, you’re talking about one of the potentially highest-risk [activities],” says Noven. “In terms of hepatitis, in terms of HIV, it’s really stupid.” bdukerschein@chroniclemail.com


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ondoms are the bane of a satisfying sexual experience. Too often they slip, slide and generally aggravate until the last thing anyone wants to do is get down. The most fun any couple could possibly get from condoms is mixing and matching colors and flavors, a practice that reminds me of choosing rubber bands for my braces when I was a kid. Braces weren’t fun and neither are condoms, as crude as the comparison might be. But condoms are also an innovative invention that can protect both men and women from sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. For that reason alone, everyone should use them when having sexual intercourse. However, wearing one or not is a choice; one that should be allowed to all, even porn stars. A new ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council requires porn actors shooting within city limits to wear condoms on set, a move that has the porn industry in an uproar. But porn stars and directors shouldn’t get their panties in a bunch. The ordi-

nance, which wrongly injects government intervention into the content of pornographic films, will not be enough to bring down the multibillion-dollar porn industry. Though it has been the porn industry’s production hub for years, the San Fernando Valley will be seriously compromised as an industry headquarters

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Florida and Nevada offer an ample number of production facilities as well as the warm weather actors enjoy while filming. Already Simi Valley has foreseen the spread of the industry and reacted, perhaps a little too quickly. But if the law’s intent is to stifle the lucrative industry, then the LA City Council is trying to work outside

“A new ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council requires porn actors shooting within city limits to wear condoms on set.” thanks to the new ordinance. Even nearby Simi Valley’s City Council supported the measure and has shown interest in adopting it. But a booming industry like porn demands growth, for better or worse. If LA won’t house porn’s practices, then business will simply continue elsewhere. Diane Duke, executive director of the industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition, told Reuters that

its jurisdiction. The law gives government the ability to overreach its powers into a private industry, as well as the sexual behavior of consenting adults. A condom requirement for porn actors negatively affects revenue, according to legendary porn star Ron Jeremy. “Performers don’t mind wearing rubbers, but viewers don’t want to

see it,” Jeremy told the New York Daily News. “It ruins the fantasy.” If the porn industry were publicly funded, it would make sense for LA legislators to impose this regulation, but city taxes clearly aren’t going to the porn industry. The ordinance was passed as a way to keep STDs from spreading—a noble cause prompted by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. But porn is a business, and like any other business it will find ways around the ordinance if it means earning an extra dollar. As much as I urge every industry to adopt health-conscious policies, telling consenting adults how to have sex is not the answer. Sexual practices are an individual’s choice. Whether people decide to make informed, safe decisions or not is none of the government’s concern. Besides, the idea of our beloved Mayor Rahm Emanuel telling all of us to wear condoms could only manifest itself as pure comedy. grosas@chroniclemail.com


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the refrigerator for approximately eight hours or overnight. This allows the flavors to blend and intensify. After the mixture has chilled, peel and slice the avocados and stir them in just before serving. Accompany with tortilla chips, pita bread, carrot sticks or a side of your choice. Last but not least, light the candles, put on some music and let the dish work its magic. Ph ot o

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by Amanda Murphy Arts & Culture Editor

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e all know them. You know what I’m talking about. Those fornication fables that always start out with something like, “My best friend’s cousin knows someone who …” and continue with something completely asinine and usually disgusting.

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Myth: A penis can “break” Answer: True Sorry, dudes. Although it contains no bones, a penis can indeed fracture in a way that permanently bends it. According to Isadora Alman, a board-certified sex therapist, the muscles that make up the penis can bend in unnatural ways if enough force is placed. “If you hear something snap or it suddenly goes off on an angle, get medical attention,” Alman says. Myth: The size of a man’s foot or hand can determine the size of his penis Answer: False There’s no way to determine just how big a man is with his clothes on. The perk? Well, you’re just going to have to strip him down and get him excited to really judge. Like the old saying goes, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” You also can’t judge a penis size by its podiatric counterpart. Myth: The Gräfenberg Spot, aka The g-Spot, does not exist Answer: Undetermined You may have heard it discredited in the news recently, but it really comes down to the fact that no man or woman is alike, and in the instance of the g-spot, it’s on a caseby-case basis. Alman says if a woman claims that it feels good to stimulate that area in the vagina, you should keep doing it. Whether or not it’s the g-spot as we know it, it’s still a place of heightened sensitivity and can be orgasm-inducing for some women. Myth: Men hit their sexual peak in their 20s and women in their 30s Answer: False As with the g-spot, this one is really depends on the individual. “There are men who don’t hit their stride until their 40s, and there are women who come out of the gate running,” says Alman. She adds that the myth was probably bolstered by the fact it takes more time for women to get in touch with who they are and what they like sexually. You hear that ladies? There are years ahead of you to further discover your sexual needs and wants. Better start exploring.

scientific sexual world. Researchers are still trying to determine the makeup of the liquid that comes out, but the speculation is it’s either urine, a woman’s natural lubricant or a mix of both. Whatever it is, it sure puts a new spin on the term “watersports.” Myth: The quick removal of the penis from the anus can cause uncontrollable defecation Answer: True This is good to note for those inexperienced anal sexers out there. Alman says if those participating didn’t engage in the appropriate preparation, which can sometimes include enamas or anal irrigation, an excrementeliminating impulse could occur. So basically, be smart and clean out your nether area before engaging in anal sex. Embarrassment aside, no one wants to clean up that mess. Myth: People put gerbils up their bum Answer: Probably Did you ever hear that story about the man who comes into the hospital complaining about stomach pains and ends up having a gerbil up his derriere? Whether it’s true or not, Alman says that given the long sexual history of the human race, she wouldn’t be surprised if someone somewhere tried it at some time. “If it’s possible, most likely someone has done it,” says Alman. Doesn’t that just open your mind to a weird world of sexual experimentation? However, we don’t condone the harm of innocent animals. Myth: If there is semen in a body of water or on a toilet seat, you can get pregnant Answer: False It sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how gullible young kids can be these days. The truth is, if there’s semen floating around in a pool or on a toilet seat, there’s no way it can make its way up your birth canal to inseminate an egg. Ladies, you can swim and sit on toilet seats worry-free. Myth: Women can get pregnant from anal sex. Answer: True It seems extremely unlikely, but Alman says it is possible for semen to make its way from the anus to the vagina. As rare as this instance is, it’s good to know to be aware and safe if you’re having anal sex, or you might get one big surprise in the form of a blue plus sign. chronicle@colum.edu

Myth: A woman can “squirt” Answer: True Just as women’s sexual needs and wants vary, so does their ability to do this. Alman says “squirting,” or the female equivalent of ejaculation, is a fairly new discovery in the

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‘JUST GET TO A BOWL GAME’ West Virginia re-evaluating goals after fourth straight loss against Oklahoma State BY MICHAEL CARVELLI SPORTS EDITOR

Following a win against Texas in early October, things couldn’t have been going much better for the West Virginia football team. The Mountaineers were 5-0, armed with an unstoppable offense and had dreams of making a possible trip to the BCS National Championship Game. But after its fourthstraight Big 12 Conference loss Saturday against Oklahoma State, the team’s goals heading into the final three games of the season have changed drastically. “We just want to make sure we get to a bowl game,” said redshirt junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey. “It’d be very disappointing if we weren’t (in a bowl game), and we won’t let that happen. That’s our goal now; just get to a bowl game.” Since their win against Texas, the Mountaineers have been outscored by opponents 198-100 and have lost three games by 20

or more points. It’s the first time they’ve lost that many games by that margin in a single season since 2001. And its four-game losing streak in Big 12 Conference play is the first four-game conference losing streak in program history. “It just seems like we can’t find a way to win. We’re finding ways to lose,” said senior quarterback Geno Smith. “We’ve just got to figure it out. Somehow, someway, we’ve got to bounce back. “We’ve got three weeks left. We’ve got to pick ourselves up and get off the mat and get back to work.” Smith was considered the Heisman frontrunner after that Texas game. Since throwing for more than 300 yards in each of the first five games of the year, Smith surpassed that number for the first time in WVU’s four losses with his 364-yard output against Oklahoma State, but is averaging just 261 yards per game with seven touchdowns during the slide. “It’s heartbreaking. That’s the only way to sum

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it up,” Smith said. “I’ve got to figure out a way to play better, obviously, and get our offense to score enough points to win the game.” Following the loss to the Cowboys, the players said they could start to see frustration building among the team, and the Mountaineers weren’t playing together with the cohesion they saw at the beginning of the season when things were going well. “Whatever it is, something’s got to change. Everybody’s got to play as a unit ; everybody’s got to play for each other,” said redshirt freshman linebacker Isaiah Bruce. “We’ve got to play for fun. It’s like we’re not having fun anymore. “With how the last couple of weeks have been going, it’s just not what it used to be, and we’ve got to get it back.” Seeing how quickly things have dropped off in the matter of four games has been difficult for the Mountaineers to handle. But it’s tougher for seniors like Smith who know this was their last chance to make their mark on WVU football. And the senior signal caller has noticed it’s bothering some people a little more than others. “I don’t think it means as much to every one of us as it means to some of us,” Smith said. “It’s hard because this is my last time playing with these guys. It’s my last time suiting up in the West Virginia gear. I wanted to win them all. “I wanted to win a national championship, but that’s all down the tubes now, and it’s hard.” MATT SUNDAY/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM james.carvelli@mail.wvu.edu

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Healthy running game necessary for WVU BY CODY SCHULER MANAGING EDITOR

To avoid losing its fifth consecutive game, West Virginia is looking to get back to basics on offense and return to the level of balance the Mountaineers displayed in the first half of the season. Lately, the passing game has taken precedence over the running game – something offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said is exactly what an opposing defense wants. “(The defense’s) goal is to make offenses one dimensional; they feel like if they can get you one dimensional, they have you where they want you, so running the ball is important,” he said. “Throwing the ball is a lot easier when you have an effective running game.” Though the offense performed better in the Oklahoma State game, head coach Dana Holgorsen was troubled with how the team performed in shortyardage situations. “It is a huge issue, and we are going to work hard on it this week. We did a poor job of establishing the line of scrimmage. Look at all our third-and-shorts. We have no push. We had none,” he said.

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Sophomore Andrew Buie leads the West Virginia football team with 646 yards and five touchdowns this season.

“We were garbage on third-and-short (and) fourth-and-short when we handed the ball off. That is (a) combination of just not controlling the line of scrimmage up front and not having good enough running backs to be able to get the yards that we need,” he said. Part of the running struggles are a direct result of health issues, as senior Shawne Alston is still recovering from a deep thigh bruise, and sophomore Dustin Garrison is still not back to 100 percent following his knee injury last season. Though Holgorsen was reluctant to admit it, he said that the injuries have taken a toll on the Mountaineers’ rushing attack. “You can blame it on what you want to. Shawne (Alston) is hurt. It is not what people want to hear, but he is hurt. That is why he is not playing,” he said. “Dustin is still six months out from being where he was last year, which means we put it in the hands of (sophomore) Andrew Buie, who is averaging almost five yards a rush, but if you give it to him 20 times a game he is going to wear down.” Buie, who is currently sixth in the Big 12 in rush-

ing, has averaged a robust 4.6 yards per carry this season. Though he had difficulty staying healthy last season, Buie has yet to succumb to the injury bug despite carrying the ball more than 15 times per game. “I feel good; I feel fine. That was a big thing for me during the offseason: getting my body to the point where I could last for a whole season,” Buie said. “I feel like I’m holding up pretty well right now. I do more stretching and get into the cold tub more often this year to keep taking care and treating my body.” To improve, Buie said he is looking to become more of a playmaker; his longest rush this season went for 30 yards, and it’s plays like that he said he hopes to make more frequently. “I need to start making more (big) plays within the offense to give us some breathing room (and) help the offense out,” he said. “I just have to continue to work and prepare myself to be able to make those runs.” If the Mountaineers hope to upset No. 12 Oklahoma Saturday, they will need exactly that from not only Buie, but the rest of the running backs. charles.schuler@mail.wvu.edu

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Sooners’ man coverage a different challenge for WVU BY NICK ARTHUR

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Sitting back in zone coverage and forcing the opposing quarterback to make tight throws has been the game plan for many of West Virginia’s recent opponents. Not many blitzes have been dialed up on Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith, not many oneon-one opportunities have been available to West Virginia wide receivers, and ultimately, not much offensive success has come about in these aforementioned outings. But when the Mountaineers take the field against No. 12 Oklahoma Saturday night, the Sooners will be presenting a different look for Smith and the WVU offense. “They’re not complicated defensively. It’s cat coverage. You know, I got that cat; you got that cat,” said West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson about the Sooners’ man coverage. “When people play man,

it comes down to matchups. We have to throw and catch.” This style of play has been very effective for the Oklahoma defense, which is allowing less than 20 points per game. The Sooners are very talented and may be the best defensive unit the West Virginia offense has faced this season. However, the different style OU plays could work to the Mountaineers’ advantage. “I think it’s more fun when someone plays man, because you really have to work plays and try to work your route to get open,” said West Virginia junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey. “It’s basically like you’re out there doing one-on-one, and you just have to make it work.” Bailey’s senior quarterback and former high school teammate Smith said last season against LSU was probably the last time a team played as much man coverage as expected from the visitors Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.

In the game against LSU last season, Smith threw for more than 460 yards and two touchdowns. He is hoping for a similar outing Saturday. “It’s a good opportunity for our wide outs to have some one-onone matchups. Go out there, and it’s pretty much you versus him,” Smith said. “It’s up to me to (put) the ball in the right spot so those guys can come down with it. “Teams haven’t played it really all year … It’s one of those things where they’re talented and they believe in their guys. I know we’re going to be up for the challenge.” Dawson said he doesn’t want his quarterback to be too confident entering the matchup against the Sooners. The change of pace doesn’t mean it will be easy for the Mountaineers. “Oklahoma has been good this year on defense like they have in the past. It’s not going to be easy,” Dawson said. “It really doesn’t matter (what they play). It just presents a little different

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Redshirt junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey catches a touchdown in WVU’s loss to Oklahoma State. challenge.” Some Mountaineers could not care less what style of defense they will face this weekend; they’re just looking forward to getting a chance to end the first four-game conference losing streak in school history.

“We’re just looking forward to playing, period,” said sophomore running back Andrew Buie. “We’re just ready to get a win and get something positive going for our program again.” nicholas.arthur@mail.wvu.edu

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The West Virginia coaching staff insists it’s not the schemes or plays. The fact the Mountaineers have lost four consecutive conference games for the first time in program history has nothing to do with play-calling or defensive philosophy. What, then, is behind one of college football’s most epic collapses this season? The high-flying Mountaineers were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country and had pundits drooling over the play of Heisman favorite senior quarterback Geno Smith. It’s a different vibe in Morgantown now as the Mountaineers, with a roster stocked with 20 seniors, are

fighting just to secure a sixth win – and a once all-but-assured postseason bowl berth. After the departure of two former starting wide receivers (freshman Travares Copeland and junior Ivan McCartney), it’s become even more evident the root of West Virginia’s problems truly doesn’t have anything to do with playing football. Maybe the Xs and Os really aren’t the problem. After the game, head coach Dana Holgorsen called the Mountaineers’ mistakes “very simple” and “juniorhigh mistakes.” These players have been playing football for more than a decade and are used to carrying out requests that require a simple, routine action without even thinking twice. But Saturday, those routine plays cost West Virginia the game. Senior inside receiver Ta-

von Austin is, in my mind, the best player on this football team. He’s been a legitimate superstar and the only constant source of production for West Virginia this season. Yet, because of a simple mental lapse following a fortuitous bounce on an Oklahoma State punt, the Cowboys cashed in an easy touchdown that stymied the Mountaineers’ momentum and gave Oklahoma State a two-touchdown second-half lead. Again, it was a great bounce for Oklahoma State, but it’s a play that could have been avoided with a little more discipline and awareness – just like the muffed kickoff return Oklahoma State recovered in the second quarter. Sophomore running back Andrew Buie saw a kickoff bounce off his helmet and into the hands of an Okla-

homa State player deep inside West Virginia territory. The Cowboys only got a field goal out of the sequence, but that play should have never happened. Every now and then, an electric kickoff returner will burn you, and that happened Saturday. If you watch the replay, though, the Cowboys’ Justin Gilbert had an easy path to the end zone – which reeks of West Virginia defenders being out of position. Those schemes and ideas are not new or complicated; however, they happened again and again Saturday and turned a close game into a blowout. Holgorsen and defensive coordinator Joe DeForest have both been quoted saying the schemes are fine and the players are in the right position to make plays but aren’t making them. Is that the players’ fault?

To an extent, maybe, but ultimately, the coaches are responsible for putting a disciplined team out on the field that is getting beaten because the opponent is making the right moves – not because of silly, mental, self-inflicted errors. Amid all of these issues, there has yet to be a player or coach to truly step up, recognize these problem and promise resolution. Every week, the players swear practice is more intense, and the team is continuing to grow together as a unit. It’s simply not true. After a 2008 loss to Ole Miss, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow took the podium and gave an honest, spirited promise to reporters about how the Gators were going to change and work harder than ever before. What was important

about that speech was Tebow owned the faults and shortcomings of his team and grouped everyone under the same umbrella, not that he did it in front of a room full of reporters. When is someone going to step up and do that for this team and really mean it – be it in the locker room, outside of practice or somewhere else? After the game, Smith commented on the team’s willpower: “I don’t think it means as much to every one of us as it does to some of us.” Until that changes and everyone is on the same page both mentally and physically, the Mountaineers will continue to underperform. Making a bowl game is the last of this team’s worries right now. charles.schuler@mail.wvu.edu


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West Virginia right tackle Curtis Feigt did not have the typical development that most Division I football players have as they wait for their turn to play. Feigt, a redshirt junior and native of Berlin, has taken an unorthodox path to becoming WVU’s starting right tackle. When most Americans think about German or even German-American culture, they think of a tall glass of dark wheat beer during Oktoberfest or perhaps chomping on a bratwurst. Most people would never think of Germany as a breeding ground for American football. “When I first started they used to have NFL Europe. Two years into playing football, one of the main recruiters from the team that played in my hometown, the Berlin Thunder, came up to me and basically recruited me,” Feigt said. “He just invited me every couple weeks to see how I improved position-wise, strength-wise and all that.” The Berlin Thunder had fed the NFL some notable players like Brian Waters, Lance Moore and David Akers, so Feigt knew he could get better by being around and learning the game from the team. Unfortunately for Feigt, NFL Europe ended June 29, 2007. “Once they closed NFL Europe, (the recruiter) actually came up with the idea to send me over to America to play for a couple of years in high school when I was 16,” Feigt said. At that point Feigt was instructed to go through the USA Football Program, where international students who also played football could apply to come to America to play at one of the high schools that participated in the program. Feigt agreed, applied and was accepted. Feigt was sent a list of schools he could choose to

attend, and he selected the Mercersburg Academy in south central Pennsylvania, which is located 75 miles southwest of Harrisburg. “The plan was to just stay there for a year,” he said. “But my head coach (Dan Walker) found a way to talk to people so I could get a little more financial aid for the next year, so I was able to come back.” With his size, the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Feigt thought he could play college football. Despite problems with the language and homesickness, Feigt was able to make it to the point where he wanted to continue pursuing his dream of playing at the next level. But there was another roadblock in the way for Feigt: Mercersburg Academy wasn’t exactly a recruiting hotbed for major college football. Once Feigt started attending showcase camps during the summer to get his name out there, his dream started to look more and more like a reality. Former defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich invited Feigt to come to Morgantown for Junior Day. “I guess I did pretty well because Kirelawich offered me a position right on the spot,” Feigt said. “It didn’t take very long for me to decide where I wanted to go because I was one of the very first commits for my recruiting class.” Feigt selected West Virginia over Boston College, Penn State and Rutgers. He was redshirted his first

season and didn’t start receiving significant playing time until last season. Feigt earned his first career start in the Backyard Brawl against Pittsburgh. This season, Feigt hasn’t had the easiest time breaking into the Mountaineers’ starting lineup. He was trapped behind Pat Eger and Nick Kindler on the depth chart until he got word that he was going to start at right tackle against TCU – much to his surprise. “I didn’t really see it coming at all,” Feigt said. “We were just in a meeting room before the game, and I had two weeks to prepare and Coach Bedenbaugh was like ‘Feigt we’re going to give you a shot.’” In the TCU game, Feigt played all 90 snaps and recorded multiple knockdowns. Feigt continued to play well against Oklahoma State, and until he does not play well, the starting spot is still his. “He’ll be the starter until he proves he can’t handle it,” said WVU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. “He’s getting better and continues to get better and works hard.” Bedenbaugh said he believes Feigt really cares about the game and puts forth his best effort. “It’s just learning the little things, and the only way to learn the little things as offensive linemen is to being on the field and doing it,” he said. dasports@mail.wvu.edu

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Freshman wide receiver Travares Copeland, left, and junior Ivan McCartney, right, both left the WVU football team since last week.

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In the midst of West Virginia’s four-game losing streak, the Mountaineers have now lost two talented wide receivers after freshman Travares Copeland and junior Ivan McCartney both left the team this past week for “personal reasons.” “They had their reasons for why they wanted to leave,” said senior starting receiver Tavon Austin. “I like both of them, and I don’t question it at all. But we’ve got to come in and do it with the people we’ve got.” Copeland’s departure

was officially announced in a press release distributed by the team Thursday afternoon before the Oklahoma State game. McCartney surprised many with his absence on the sideline Saturday. In fact, it was only revealed after the game the junior didn’t even make the trip with the team to Stillwater, there had been no prior formal announcement. Copeland has since hinted at the possibility of family problems as his reason for leaving the team via his personal Twitter account and, also used the social media site to comment on his departure from the team around the time the

press release was initially distributed Thursday, with a tweet that simply read, “A New chapter has started, The Rebirth of Travares Copeland #ThereWillBe #BrighterDays.” The former WVU freshman receiver also thanked numerous well-wishers, within the Mountaineers fan base via Twitter. But there are a few more questions surrounding McCartney’s somewhat sudden departure. The junior caught 49 passes for 585 yards and three touchdowns in 2011, but his production waned this season, only catching nine balls for 112 total yards without a score.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, his assistant coaches and even McCartney’s ex-teammates have all insinuated at some point during the last week that it was more or less a problem with McCartney’s attitude and his commitment to the team. “Why are you worried about it?” Holgorsen asked a reporter following the loss to Oklahoma State. “I’m worried about the guys (who) are here, wanting to play. There’s a whole lot more important things to talk about than one person.” Starting junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey, who attended the same high school as McCartney, fol-

lowed suit. “Everybody that’s still here are the guys that want to be here,” Bailey said Tuesday. “And we’re going to do all that we can to finish the season strong and win out in these last three games. Like I said, everybody who’s still here are guys who want to win, and who want to do everything they can to help us win. So we’ll take what we’ve got and keep moving.” One aspect that may ease the Mountaineers’ transition in their final three regular-season games without Copeland and McCartney is the play of two backup receivers, redshirt senior Ryan Nehlen and Connor

Arlia, a sophomore walkon. The two combined for seven catches and 51 yards against Oklahoma State. A modest start, but a start nonetheless. Nehlen also hauled in his first touchdown reception of the season. “They’ve been guys that have always been out there walking hard, and I appreciate that,” Bailey said. “Those are guys that want to be here, so you don’t necessarily have to tell them much, because they’ve been waiting on their moment for a long time. They’re ready to get out there and make some plays.” dasports@mail.wvu.edu


BOWL BY GREG MADIA MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

As the college football season prepares to heads into its final stretch, No. 1 Kansas State controls its destiny to represent the Big 12 Conference in the BCS National Championship Game. Two other conference teams, No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 15 Texas, could earn at-large BCS berths with a solid finish. Let’s take a look at how this week’s bowl projections are shaping up: BCS National Championship Game: Kansas State (10-0, 7-0) vs. BCS No. 2 Bill Snyder is taking the “business as usual” approach with his Wildcats since they landed at No. 1 in the BCS standings for the first time in school history and in any poll since 1998. As long as K-State continues to win, they will get to play for the national title. The Wildcats lead the nation in turnover margin and are the least penalized team in the country. That, coupled with having a marquee player and Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback in Collin Klein, sets the Wildcats up for a

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Maybe the most exciting young team in the Big 12, the TCU Horned Frogs surprised a lot of people by overcoming all the adversity they had this season. What with the drug scandal during the spring, changing conferences and the Casey Pachall situation, TCU deserves to go to a nice bowl game. Gary Patterson’s squad gets a trip to the Holiday Bowl to take on either Oregon State, USC or UCLA. Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Bowl: West Virginia (5-4, 2-4) vs. Big Ten No. 6 If WVU can get two more wins in the final three games, it will at least go to Car Care Bowl of Texas. Geno Smith and company have dropped four games in a row but can still do damage and affect the bowl process by winning out. If WVU beats Oklahoma this weekend, they could cost the conference a ton of money eliminating OU from a BCS bowl game. Right now, if WVU goes 2-1 to end the season, the Mountaineers could wind up anywhere between the Alamo Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

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When the new BCS Standings came out this weekend, Kansas State became the new No. 1. Having gone unbeaten through 10 games, Kansas State is two wins away from locking up a spot in the national championship. The Wildcats are No. 1 in the BCS for the first time in school history and No. 1 in any poll since 1998. “You know I’m honored and pleased to be where we are, but things aren’t any different,” said Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder. “It isn’t anything that we are paying a lot of attention to, and we’re just honored to be there.” Kansas State is the nation’s leader in turnover margin at plus-20. The Wildcats have forced 24 turnovers that have resulted in an astounding 114 points off turnovers compared to just seven points off turnovers from opponents. This week Kansas State travels to Waco, Texas, to take on Baylor.

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Gundy Pleased With Cowboys’ Effort Oklahoma State has come a long way since surrendering 15 penalties against Arizona back in September or giving up too many yards against Texas. The Cowboys have won four of their last five games and are in position to finish as high as No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference. “Our guys are really giving us really good effort and playing hard. Unfortunately, in college football you have years where guys get hurt. Certain things happen, but you have to fall back on the system and what you’ve put into it for eight years, and other players have to step up,” said head coach Mike Gundy. Other players like thirdstring quarterback Clint Chelf have stepped into

their roles and performed well. Against West Virginia Saturday, Chelf threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Efforts by players like Chelf are what makes Gundy happy. “We’re pleased with the effort and attitude of our football team, and that’s really the only two things they can control based on who they are and what their talent level is. We have to maximize their effort and attitude and move forward from that point,” Gundy said. Tuberville Addresses Incident During the third quarter of Texas Tech’s game against Kansas Saturday, the Red Raider offense was penalized for having too many men on the field. At that time, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville proceeded to slap graduate assistant coach Kevin Oliver. The hand motion Tuberville made then knocked off the headset on Oliver’s head. Tuberville didn’t address the subject on the Big 12 teleconference but did during his weekly news conference. “After watching the film when I got home, it was obvious what a lot of people were upset about. It upset me, too. You don’t do things like that, and it was obvious I reached up, grabbed his headset and pulled on it,” Tuberville told local media. The incident came when Texas Tech had a 21-17 lead on Kansas. “Heat of the battle, some things happen, and sometimes you’d like to take back,” Tuberville said. “We’re fighting hard. I’ve apologized to Kevin. We talked. Of course, we talked 30 seconds after that for the rest of the game, because I talk to him more on the headset than I do anybody else because he helps me chart special teams.” dasports@mail.wvu.eduMa


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THE 7 DEADLY Rules of Living with a Roommate By Bree Ungar bungar@smu.edu

Though you may not be sharing your cubicle-sized room in Boaz anymore you more than likely will still be sharing an apartment with a roommate. Believe it or not, this can even be a greater challenge. Sharing an apartment is a lot like sharing a child -- you each have your own opinions on how it should be raised -- or in this case, treated and cared for. Though I cannot promise that this will lead to the perfect harmonious living situation, these simple quick tips can prevent WWIII in your new home.

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next nine months and it is necessary to know who is living on the other side of the wall. To prevent making snap judgements enter into the arrangement with an open mind. Try to plan a coffee date to get to know them in a neutral location.

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Get those pet peeves out in the open. If you tell her you cannot stand

it when people eat your food or wear your clothes, tell her! It will prevent that awkward talk down the road after she’s done it.

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Setting boundaries with your roommate will save you the hassle of a disagreement later on. Tell her whether or not you want people in your room, if they can borrow your clothes, and anything else you can think of. Also, both of you should write these out as a reminder to the other roommate.

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Respect your roommate. If she has an exam the next day, do not decide that it is time to go all “Animal House” on her and throw a party at your place. That is rude and she will probably do the same to you as revenge.

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Create a schedule -- include chores, when you are going out of town and when rent and utilities are due. This will prevent you from incurring late fees and keep the flow of the house running smoothly.

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Last but not least, be flexible. This is a whole new world for both of you and though there will be ups and downs remember to just be open. Do not allow issues to fester and boil over, keep your cool and just sit down and chat. Most of the time people do not know they are bothering you unless you share it with them.


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Finally you've escaped! That cubicle you lived in that resembled an insane asylum more than a dorm room is now a thing of the past. However, living on your own the first time — as exciting as it may seem originally— requires a lot of work prior to officially calling your place “home”. You want that safe haven to be a place of escape and comfort, but most of all you want it to represent you. Making a place represent you is similar to baking a cake, by following these simple steps you can truly say you have a home sweet home.

The basic ingredients

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budget but the most important. Be thrifty, talk to family and friends to see if someone has anything extra laying around. Even if it is a bit outdated buying a slip cover for your furniture is easy and cheap. Also, if anything is spilled on it, you can easily get these dry cleaned. The best places to check out are flea markets, vintage shops, clearance centers like Cort Furniture Clearance Center, church and garage sales. However, going online can also be easy and land you the best deals too. You can find goods on sites like Urban Outfitters, Ikea, Craigslist and Ebay. Make sure you keep in mind that there may be shipping cost.

Mixing the ingredients Like any cake, you want to make sure you properly measure out the ingredients to make sure the cake turns out delicious. Same with your room. By having clutter and mismanaging your room size, your rooms may appear smaller than they actually are.

This can be combated by investing in proper storage equipment, so keep those plastic bins from your dorm days. Sufficient storage will help keep your place as orderly as possible and make your room seem bigger without clutter. Also, investing in mirrors can add depth to any room and even give the illusion of a bigger space.

The frosting Painting a room can reflect a mood, emotion, or personality, but more importantly the proper paint colors can make your room grow! Using creams and lighter hues can expand a room and give an airy open feeling. However, a darker color absorbs the light creating a smaller, more intimate feel.

The decoration The décor of the room shows the true you — from the Grateful Dead poster to the

photographs of last spring break. This allows you to show the true you. Find fun wacky stuff at Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, Amazon or other online web sites.

The candles Lighting may be the most important item in a room. It can make a room seem bigger, smaller, intimate, open – it simply sets whatever mood you want. The cheapest lighting is natural light. However, this is the also the most difficult lighting to control, so you also need to consider blinds and curtains. If you do not have large open windows, you can always open the room up by strategically placing lamps around the room. Consider placing a lamp in a dark corner or – if available – install an overhead light to brighten any place right up!


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Be thrifty: Check out vintage shops, Goodwill, church and garage sales and charity-run thrift stores. Many of these stores have changes in their merchandise daily or weekly. These are great places to pick up little knick-knacks, pots, silverware, and potentially even furniture. Since you are also getting huge savings on these items you now can expand your budget on say a bigger TV.

Make a list: Remember you are now living in a bigger space and those items that were originally provided to you in a dorm room are no longer there. Make a list of the bare essentials when furnishing your place, consider how long you will be living there, and use your best judgment on what you truly need.

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Houston provides launch pad for careers close to home Chrystal Grant GRAD GUIDE Even with a competitive job market and economy, UH graduates have a reason to be optimistic. “If I were a college graduate looking for a job in Houston — depending on my degree, experience and career goals — I would look at healthcare, software development, sales, financial planning and manufacturing career fields,” said executive director of the University Career Services David Small. Small said the population is aging and people are more health conscious. There are many career opportunities for cutting edge research and start-up companies in the health fields of bio-engineering and genetics, as well as the more traditional fields. “I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate at the University of Houston,” said health administration senior Samuel Fanta. “My plans are to take an internship in the health field

while continuing to earn my Master’s degree. I think in this time, graduate degrees are becoming more important in the job market.” According to the Houston Chronicle, Mattress Firm was ranked one of the top mid-size companies to work for in Houston. The company promotes from within and the employees start their career in retail sales for the company’s bedding products. “The sales market is always receptive to people who can increase the bottom line, and that means sales,” Small said. “The degree is important, but not as much as the interpersonal/communication skills of the job candidate. The job leaves a lot of opportunity for growth within the company.” The oil and gas industry is another demanding field, with Noah Consulting being ranked in the top 20 of 100 places to work, according to the Houston Business Journal. The company is seeking candidates with data management

background and industry experience in oil and gas or energy. There will also be a tremendous transfer of wealth from one generation to another within the next 25 years for financial planners, Small said. Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 people per day and there are 74 million of them. Job candidates must be skilled at estate planning, wills, annuities and investments in general, Small said. “Earning a degree in finance has helped me to understand the operation of a business, in general,” said business and finance senior Treshaun Meredith. “Although I plan to attend law school in the next year, I will continue to educate myself in the finance field. I might have my own firm someday and being educated in finance will be a plus.” According to Small, more than 50 percent of new college David Delgado/Grad Guide

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Reaching Even Higher Congratulations on your graduation from Tier One University of Houston. You have passed a milestone on your journey and you have been well prepared for future achievements by a nationally recognized university dedicated to student success.

This year, for the first time, UH is included as one of the 377 Best Colleges in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. That accolade is the latest on our own journey to excellence, as we continue to strengthen the legacy we share with you. We hope you will stay involved with your university. Your accomplishments today and in the future inspire us to reach higher year after year.

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Graduate programs offer reasons to stay in school Julie Heffler GRAD GUIDE Education does not end for all college students on graduation day. Some to pursue graduate school before entering the job market. UH has highly ranked graduate programs, with social work, pharmacy, math and law all in the top 60 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 rankings. According to UH’s website, the Graduate Program in Creative Writing was ranked one of the top three in the nation in 2008. Kevin Prufer, professor of English and director of Graduate Studies, confirms that the general creative writing program is one of the prestigious of its kind in the U.S., citing its focus on academics and not just workshops. “I think we’re highly ranked because of the academic requirements. It’s very important for us that the students that come through this program are not just

taking a lot of poetry and fiction workshops, but also gaining a strong sense of the historical context of their writing and a good sense of the writers who have come before them,” Prufer said. “It has a reputation of being an academically strong program as well as a program that has extensive contact with creative writers.” The diversity of UH is wellknown as it had a rank within the top 10 schools in that category by U.S. News in 2009. Prufer said diversity plays a large role in keepi ng his program so highly ranked. “I think a lot of that has to do with having a large and diverse faculty,” Prufer said. “It’s one of the best programs in the U.S. I would certainly encourage (UH) students to try and stay.” While admission to this program may be difficult — accepting five or six applicants — the quality of education and the kind of environment make schools like the Graduate Program in Creative Writing so desirable, Prufer said. “I would say creative writing

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programs come in personalities and I’d say the one here is very, very nice,” he said. “It’s a program where all 11 faculty members get along and work enthusiastically with the graduate students.” The C.T. Bauer School of Busi-

ness is also highly ranked with its part-time Master’s of Business Administration reaching the top 30, according to the U.S. News in 2012. This success is, in part, because of UH’s location and its ability to attract both academic

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Trading diplomas for dollars Demetrious Mahone GRAD GUIDE Recent UH grads are in a good position to start carving out their place in the work force. According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, the economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent. Graduating English senior Zeinab Kachmar is excited to get started in career post graduation. “I am looking forward to the fact that I hopefully won’t have to take my work home with me,” Kachmar said. The promise of a good career lures most students to college. A college graduate will make nearly $1 million more than a person who only graduated high school in their lifetime, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. On average, a college gradu-

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ate will make $45,000 a year, while a person with only a high school diploma can expect around $21,000, according to

the report. Emily Holley, a journalism major graduating in December, isn’t sold on statistics for her

career. “Realistically, I know to expect something from $26,000 to $30,000 when I graduate, but that will go up with time and experience,” Holley said. The U.S. Census Bureau statistics vary by degree. A student with a degree in engineering can expect to make $80,000, while a student with a degree in English can expect $30,000. “I feel like although some majors claim that they will be able to offer financial stability, there is nothing guaranteed in life, which is why you should learn about something that interests you rather than something that will make you money,” Kachmar said. “Although I worry about what exactly I can do with my English degree, I would rather be working very hard and content than rich and miserable.” Most graduating UH seniors are reflecting on their past while looking forward to the future.

“I went to college for myself, and no one can take that away from me,” said psychology senior Jacee Labuff. “A degree gives your potential for growth. I can make good money in the future instead of bartending like I was before.” Being a college graduate does not only mean you will make more than a person who doesn’t have a degree, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the jobs will be more white collar and less manual labor intensive. There are many other advantages of obtaining a degree that cannot be quantified. Media production senior Sean Ploch points out a few of those advantages. “Regardless of my salary after I graduate, this has all been worth it,” Ploch said. “It has been beneficial to learn how to interact with people.” “It has all been a series of baby steps closer to being in the real world.”


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How to manage your financial expenditures Joshua Mann GRAD GUIDE College graduates need to learn to manage their finances in the real world. Many will have to deal with things like rent, taxes, and in six months, student loan payments. “It’s an important topic. It’s a transition, and it is coming,” said John C. Lopez, a clinical assistant professor who teaches personal finance planning in the Bauer College of Business. “When you step into the real world, you’ve got some commitments coming up, like expectations from employers. Your time is no longer your own.” On the financial side, students

are thrust into a world in which they are responsible for taking care of themselves, Lopez said. “Up to this point, someone typically is providing your transportation, your housing, your support — your parents, or some kind of scholarship or grant. But now the responsibility falls to the graduate.” Students can prepare for this transition by keeping themselves out of unnecessary debts, Lopez said. “You have a lot of control over where your money goes if you stay out of debt. When the money comes in, if you are in debt, it belongs to somebody else. It belongs to the lenders,” Lopez said. Staying out of debt lets gradu-

ates spend their money on what Lopez called required expenditures. “Things like rent, things like insurance, utilities, food, transportation, those kind of things are required,” he said. But graduates have a lot more flexibility in things like entertainment and travel, Lopez said. In order to keep these kinds of expenses from getting out of hand — and getting graduates in debt — he said it’s important to have a spending plan. “I’m trying to get away from the word ‘budget’ — that has the same connotation as ‘I’m on a diet.’ Nobody likes to be on a budget or on a diet, so I call it a

spending plan,” Lopez said. “You are telling your money where you want it to go: this much for rent, this much for utilities, this much for entertainment, this much for eating out.” Another responsibility graduates face is filing their taxes. “For students, taxation is not very complicated. They’re just coming out of school, they typically don’t have mortgages,” Lopez said. “They don’t have any highlevel investments or things that could complicate tax situations. So it sounds intimidating, but it’s really not once you understand what’s going on.” Lopez said he recommends that graduates use a tax software,

like Turbotax or Quicken, which will walk them through the process of filing their taxes. “Because students get intimidated, they just don’t do it,” Lopez said. “That’s the worst thing you could possibly do. Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away, it just makes it worse.” Lopez also said it’s important to maintain an emergency savings. “Once you have an emergency fund, emergencies quit happening. The car breaks down, ‘O.K., $750? I can cover that, that’s not an emergency any longer.’ As opposed to not having that fund, the car breaks down, ‘$750. Oh my God, what do I do now? Put it on my credit card.’”

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research — the main part of their job is research and teaching; research in peer-reviewed journals,” Currie said. “Beside them we have a lot of people who have worked 25 to 30 years in industry. Many of them still have Ph.D.s, but they have a lot of industry experience. We have a lot of those in the college, too, so you get a nice blend of people with deep expertise in

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their subject areas through study and research, and people with deep expertise in their subject areas through doing it. That results in a really powerful product.” Students should not limit themselves professionally or academically, Currie said. Potential corporate employers will not care if an applicant has degrees from the same school. He said they care more about work experience, which the part-time MBA allows. “I really don’t think that, in the business world, having two degrees from one institution is a negative. What’s important is that they have a good undergrad degree to build on, that they have some good work experience if they can get it, even internships, because an MBA is a generalist degree,” Currie said. “We have an evening program if they have their first job or a full-time job. We have a full-time program for those that can be full-time.” The sentiment that two degrees from one school is not a negative is carried in UH’s Law Center, said Craig Joyce, senior co-director in the Institute for

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A new career may bring out-of-state move Students should weigh options with job offers Zachary Burton GRAD GUIDE With the end of the semester, a new wave of students will graduate and set out to become part of a bustling work force. With this milestone many questions are presented, including whether to take an out-ofstate job offer. “Only consider places you are willing to live,” said Julia Bab-

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cock, co-director of the Center for Couples Therapy. “I applied for 18 jobs, got two interviews and one job offer right out of grad school.” Students looking to move for work have to look at many of the externalities that come with a change in location. Babcock received her Ph.D. at the University of Washington and addressed necessary questions before the move herself. “Is it a place you are willing to live? Do you have family nearby? Do you care if you have family nearby? If you are not willing to move, don’t apply out-of-state,”

Babcock said. The loss of a familiar surrounding can have adverse affects on some students and potential employees, but to some the ideal job is enough to pack and move. ”UH was an ideal job; ideal on a lot of different fronts — not every front, but it was a really good job offer. It became impossible to say no,” said Director of Developmental Psychology and the Laboratory for Neural Bases of Bilingualism Arturo Hernandez. “There are a lot of things about Houston and (the University) that helped.” Hernandez urges those

interested in other states to pay attention to the benefits and risks, but also to consider taking the gut approach. “The most important thing is for it to feel right. If it feels right, you need to take the offer,” Hernandez said. “You just have a feeling that is the right place. I think that really is the best metric.” In some cases students find themselves drawn from Houston for reasons beyond their work and family. ”I would move,” said pharmacy freshman Karina Tverbakk. “I’ve lived here my whole life. It isn’t

exciting at all. I just don’t feel as though I belong in Texas.” Besides gut feelings and surroundings, graduates have to be sure to find a place that permits their work. “I looked for a place that would allow me to do my work well; that had all the things that I needed,” Hernandez said. The opportunity to live in what may be a drastically different location in the U.S. or out of the country gives one a taste of a new culture, which is something people should experience, Hernandez said.

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“The average amount of debt for a new grad now exceeds $25,000. Not a pretty picture,” Small said. “However, much of the problem can be attributed to structural unemployment, that is, there are employers begging for job canidates but there are

not enough candidates with the necessary skills.” The top three career goals for UH graduates should be security and stability, work and life balance and an employer with a social conscience, Small said. The Houston area has performed better than various job

markets during the recession and the population continues to grow. “I definitely plan to finish my graduate education in Houston,” Meredith said. “The job market in Houston is phenomenal and allows me to sustain stability.”

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First-generation graduate seeks bright future Chloe Morris GRAD GUIDE Jaleesa Denise Wade started her freshman year at UH in Fall 2008 with plans of getting the prerequisites out of the way for nursing school — she never came with the intent on getting her degree. Now, she’s the first in her family to graduate from college. Wade studied human development and family studies with a minor in health and graduated with a 3.3 GPA. Wade now has her sights on nursing school in Fall 2013. She said she hopes to attend UT Health Science Center in the Texas Medical Center. Wade says the highlights of her years at UH were meeting lifelong friends and having the opportunity to discover her inner self. She still has fond memories of September 2011, when UH played Texas Tech in football. “UH had won by one point and I remember everyone rushed the

field, including me,” Wade said. Compared to being a freshman, she says she can feel a difference in the toll that the semester takes on her now. She remembers how young and wide-eyed it was to be new on campus. “You don’t really care about your grades.You aren’t used to classes and you don’t think about paying for consequences later. You don’t take it serious,” Wade said. Although beginning with a tough start, Wade isn’t a stranger to hard work. She took 12 hours a semester and completed 300 hours of an internship with Health Bridge Children’s Hospital. She also maintained two jobs — on campus at the UH Children’s Learning Center and at Textbook Solutions. With all the stress and worry, there are still things she will miss about UH. “The beautiful campus, Cougar Red Fridays, Student

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Programming Board events, living on campus, meeting new people, the parties and UH traditions, such as Finals Mania, are the things I’m going to miss most,” Wade said.

With no plans to return home to El Paso in the immediate future, she hopes to find a job in her field and further her education with a master’s degree. “I’m excited; I can’t believe it’s

almost over,” Wade said. “Sometimes it doesn’t feel real and I think I have to sign up for classes, but when the day finally gets here, I think it will be real to me.”


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