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Tuition rises while positions get cut LIANA BAYNE news editor At the same time tuition for Virginia Tech students will rise 11.1 percent in the 2010-11 school year, around 200 faculty and staff positions will be cut. The Board of Visitors officially approved raising tuition of in-state undergraduates by $854 at its meeting on Monday, June 7. The tuition rates for the next school year are generally set at the BOV’s spring meeting, which occurred in March. However, the board was waiting on a then-undetermined amount of federal stimulus money. Fees were set in late April by the BOV’s executive committee and were presented to the full BOV during Monday’s meeting Overall tuition and fees will rise to $9,589. In-state students will, however, have those costs dropped by $130 after the fact, thanks to federal stimulus money. The percentage of money provided to the university’s general fund by the state will decrease from 31.5 percent in the 2009-10 school year to 28.9 percent in the 2010-11 school year. Tuition and fees constituted $306,635,000

of the educational and general portion of the budget last year. This year, they will bring $337,694,000 to the university. This $31,059,000 increase in total tuition and student fees reflects a decrease in state support. Documentation provided by the BOV states that the policy of the state is to provide 67 percent of the cost of education of each Virginia resident. However, the document stated, “in 2010-11, the State will provide approximately 40 percent of this cost.” To service the $1.1 billion budget that includes significant construction and expansion projects both in Blacksburg and beyond to areas such as Roanoke, Hampton and Wake Forest, in-state students living on campus can expect to see their overall costs rise from $14,599 in 2009-10 to $15,879 in 2010-11. Out-of-state students living on campus will foot a similar increase, as their costs will rise from $27,702 to $29,507. Coming with the increased tuition is a rise in student fees, including an increased price for parking. Student parking fees will now be set to $189 for the 2010-11 year, up from this year’s price of $136. Faculty parking fees will rise from $179 in 2009-10 to $220 in 2010-11. The student activity fee will see a $48 increase to $373 and the ath-


letic fee will rise to $257, up from $232. However, raising tuition is only one portion of the university’s answer to the current budget crisis and reduction of state funding. Tech President Charles Steger gave a short report during the June 7 BOV meeting summarizing additional cost-saving efforts that utilized an “alternative severance option” with faculty and staff.

“We met our target reduction of well over 200 people taking the ASO,” Steger said. The alternative severance option essentially allows the university to lay off staff and nontenured instructors and faculty. It also offers tenured faculty the option of voluntarily giving up their tenure so that their employment can be terminated in the same manner as staff. see TUITION / page two

Baseball team strikes out at NCAAs Candidates for W diversity officer to visit campus

ith the Hokies up 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning and threatening to score, the Virginia Tech baseball team appeared to be on its way to a needed victory in the Columbia, S.C. regional final against the University of South Carolina. While “Sir Big Spur,” USC’s live gamecock, sat on a perch behind the first base line stands and began to crow, fans took notice. Carolina Stadium started buzzing with chatter after each of “Sir Big Spur’s” three crows, and the Gamecock faithful were convinced it was a sign that the tide would turn in their favor — and they were right. USC pitcher Jose Mata entered the game to relieve starter Jay Brown to get the Gamecocks out of the jam, and the Hokies only mustered two hits for the rest of the game. The Gamecocks then scored a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to pull within one, and they broke open the game with a six run six outs. Tech could not stop the bleeding in subsequent innings, and the Cocks went on to a 210 victory over the Hokies to advance to the super regional round. Entering the game, the Hokies were already in an incredibly difficult position to win the regional. After a loss in the first game against The Citadel with junior ace Justin Wright on the mound, the Hokies had to battle through the loser’s bracket to even make it to the finals.

CLAIRE SANDERSON managing editor


Junior Austin Wates connects with a pitch last year against North Carolina. Wates led the Hokies’ offensive attack at the NCAAs. In its first elimination game against the Bucknell Bison, a nearly two hour long rain delay forced Tech to take out No. 2 starter Mathew Price after just one inning of work and 17

total pitches. When play resumed, the Hokies were up 5-0 and tacked on another four runs before they were retired. see HOKIES / page ten

As the search for a new vice president of diversity and inclusion narrows, the three finalists will visit the campus at separate times this summer to attend open forums. The first of these is today at 4:30 p.m. in the Holtzman Alumni Center, where applicant Antonio Farias will be answering questions. The forum is open to all members of Virginia Tech and the surrounding community. “Everyone will get to see each of the candidates respond to questions. After, there will be an online feedback system where people can give their opinions of the candidates,” said Ed Spencer, vice president of student affairs. Spencer is chairing the search committee. “The reason you have these forums is so you can be inclusive to the entire community,” said university spokesman Mark Owczarski. “They provide a very important mechanism for the candidate learning about the community and the community learning about the candidate.” The vice president of diversity

and inclusion is the top diversity officer at the university, answering directly to the president. “This person leads all our programs in diversity, works with admission in seeking a more diverse group of students, and with hiring faculty in seeking a more diverse group of applicants,” Spencer said. “This is the person who helps us facilitate and enhance our efforts in diversity.” The search began when previous vice president for diversity and inclusion Kevin McDonald stepped down in January after taking a job as the as chief diversity officer at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since his departure, Karen Sanders has been serving as the interim vice president. “I knew that it would be a challenge I knew I would have a learning curve,” said Sanders of taking on the role. “But I also knew that I was very familiar with the projects and initiatives that the office of diversity and inclusion was working on. Six months later, I feel completely comfortable with my decision.” After McDonald left, Sanders see SEARCH / page two

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continued work on the Institutional Diversity Strategic Plan, which affirms Tech’s commitment to diversity. Sanders presented the plan to at the Board of Visitors meeting in March, where it was unanimously approved. After a new vice president is chosen, Sanders will return to her original position as assistant vice president for academic support. According to Spencer, the university was notified in November that McDonald was leaving, which meant the search for a new candidate needed to begin immediately. “We hired the firm Williams Elman Executive Search, and they helped us find a really strong pool of applicants. In the end, we had 83 applicants,”

Spencer said. “We did video interview with eight. From looking at the credentials and the video interviews we pared it down to three.” The three finalists are Farias, William Lewis and Melva “Cookie” Newsom. Farias is the chief diversity officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Prior to that, he was an associate director of the McNair Scholars program, a federally funded program that helps prepare underrepresented students for doctoral programs. He was also a professor in ethnic studies at Hunter College in New York. Lewis is the director of the office of institutional diversity at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, a position he founded there. He was also a founding director of diversity initia-

tives at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He has worked as a home based counselor and a race relations coordinator for the YMCA. The forum with Lewis will be held on July 1, 2010. Newsom works at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as the director of diversity education and assessment. The many positions she has held include a Library of Congress research fellow, director or student retention at Clark State College in Ohio, and a classroom teacher for 18 years in Xenia, Ohio. Newsom’s forum will be held on June 29, 2010. “It’s very interesting, because Dr. Newsom is the most senior in terms of years of experience; another, Dr. Lewis, is rather young but has founded

successful programs at the universities where he has worked. Antonio Farias is well into his career and has the unique experience of working with the Coast Guard Academy,” Spencer said. Sanders said that she and other members of the office of diversity and inclusion will attend the forums and also have a chance to meet with the candidates privately. “What I’m looking for is a visionary organizer, a social justice focused leader who can help Virginia Tech to be known as a place that is inclusive to all, no matter what their background.” After the forums, the search committee will decide between the three candidates and aims to have a decision by this fall.

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Alternative severance can be helpful to staff or faculty who were considering retiring in the near future, as it can help increase their pension payments under the Virginia state retirement system. Tech began examining the option of cutting faculty and staff positions as a cost-saving method in October when Steger sent a university-wide memo stating that senior resource managers would begin investigating alternate severance options for the upcoming months. At that time, many in the university felt that cutting faculty and staff positions was the next logical step, as more than $60 million in state funding had been cut since 2007 and many departments had already taken extreme cost-cutting measures outside of examining faculty and staff positions. However, cutting 200 faculty and staff positions is sure to have some type of impact on the students paying 11 percent more to attend Tech in the coming school year. Gary Long, the faculty senate representative to the BOV, expressed his constituents’ disappointment in the university’s use of the alternative severance option. Long said in his report to the BOV that he was aware of at least 70 teaching faculty positions that had been cut. Steger conceded during his brief statement to the BOV that cutting that many faculty and staff positions would strain university operations. “It puts more pressure on the rest of the organization and affects your service level,” he said. However, university spokesman Mark Owczarski said after the meeting that the tuition increase would help to reduce adverse effects on that service level. “We have to increase tuition to maintain our level of quality,” he said. Owczarski said he expected the increased tuition levels to lead to “significantly increasing” financial aid to students. BOV documentation indicated “undergraduate student financial aid will increase by $1.2 million in fiscal year 2011.” “To help those who will be affected by the increase,” Owczarski said. “The two go hand in hand.” He stressed the importance of private donations to the university, as did members of the BOV during Monday’s meeting. “If state support drops, we need some kind of financial support,” Owczarski said.

Candidate Antonio Farias talks with the CT managing editor Antonio Farias is one of three candidates for vice president of the office of diversity and inclusion. COLLEGIATE TIMES: What background experience do you bring to this position? ANTONIO FARIAS: I’ve been the chief diversity officer in the Coast Guard Academy for the last five years. Previous to that, I was an associate director for something called the McNair Scholars program, which is federally funded program that gets first generation (college attending) kids and minorities into PhD programs, primarily STEM, and before that I was an instructor in ethnic studies down in New York City, and before that I was one of these grad students, trying to find his way. CT: Why did you decide to apply? FARIAS: I wasn’t actively looking. I love what I do here at the Academy, and I think this is an incredible FARIAS place. In one 24-hour period I received three different people send me a suggestion that I might be interested in this. And it was sort of serendipitous, and at the same time, Virginia Tech’s always been on my radar, and I think the stuff that is going on down there is incredible, in terms of diversity. So I’d been of curious about what’s going on down there. And the Academy is a very STEM, engineering, and science focused place, and VT resonates that. A couple of things resonate, the STEM part resonates, and also the concept of service. The Academy is called on service to the whole nation and to humanity. And I love the motto, “That I may Serve,” and that just resonated with me that it might be something that I might be interested in pursuing.

CT: What do you feel is Tech’s biggest problem with diversity? FARIAS: I don’t know yet. For me as an outsider, I’m doing a drive-by, and I see a really pretty window display. If you came by our organization, and you were to be introduced to us, you would see the same thing, the glossy, the beautiful. If I was really going to understand what is Tech’s biggest diversity problem, then it would take me probably the first hundred days, the first six months to really understand, to really get in and find out what’s going on. CT: What do you think Tech’s biggest strength is in terms of diversity? FARIAS: I would say that its biggest strength is that it looks like it has support from the very top of the organization. From what I’m reading in your strategy plans and in some of the internal dialogues is that your Board of Visitors is on board — that’s critical. Your president is on board, and he looks like he has a track record. The Principles of Community I think are huge, that that happened under his watch is critical. I think Virginia Tech has strived to really be innovative in its diversity. I think the flak that you received from some outside organizations about how diversity was going to be used in the faculty in terms of promotions — I think what happened is you went on the positive on that. Whatever happened in that dialogue, I wasn’t privy to it, but what it showed is that you were really willing to lean forward, as opposed to being very

cautious and conservative about the way you moved ahead. You’re talking about increasing numbers very openly and that’s critical. Diversity is great but if at the end of the day you’re not also talking about numbers, then we’re just having a conversation that’s not going to go anywhere. I think it’s also critical that you have infrastructure. You have this position, the chief diversity officer, that reports directly to the president — that’s absolutely vital, to have something like that. The fact that there’s already in different offices there’s an example in the student affairs, but also in academics in the provost’s office, you have different task forces on diversity, and I think that’s critical. That you have LGBT caucuses, Latino caucuses, African American caucuses, I think those are awesome. You have all the change agents on board right now. So that is definitely something I’m seeing — that you are moving very much in the right direction. CT: How will you make diversity initiatives relevant to the students here? FARIAS: Well first of all, I need to find out what the students need, what has been their experience. And it’s really about asking them. I went through the University of California, and that was 15 or 20 years ago. So my reality as a student is very different. I can look back and remember these were my important things. But this is generation Y. Your things are completely different than ours. So for me it’s listening. It goes back to the fact that in order to

lead, you have to listen, and you have to allow yourself to be influenced by the people that are speaking to you. And then it’s about accountability. It’s to know what is going on on the ground. And I see consistency among different groups and what they need and how they haven’t been serviced, and it’s getting them to understand that I’m an advocate for them. At the end of the day, an administrator’s role is to serve the student. Everybody at Virginia Tech at the end of the day is there because of the students. CT: What attracted you personally to a career in working with diversity? What made you interested in that? FARIAS: Well, I didn’t start out thinking I wanted to be an administrator. I don’t think anyone really begins and says, “I want to be an administrator.” When I started I went to college at UC Berkeley and I did Comparative Literature as an undergrad. And I did Comp. Lit. because it allowed me to do Spanish literature, it allowed me to do English literature, and history, so I wasn’t pigeonholed into doing just one or the other. I found that a lot of things made sense and a lot of things didn’t make sense about my previous education. Higher education expanded my mind, and it also made me question a lot of things about history and the way history is told to us as a nation. And I met a lot of professors who really sort of took me under their wing and helped me along, in terms of challenging me to

really think things through. And they were really in the department of ethnic studies and African American studies. And from there, they really planted the seed in my mind that I might want to be a professor. And that’s where it all evolved. It wasn’t, “what is your concept of diversity?” but it was talking about the different culture in a nation. So for me personally, the question, which is never fully answered and can’t be, is “what does it mean to be Latino?” So if I go back to that one question that sparked everything, it was about identity, and belonging, and home. What does it mean for me, as a Latino, at the beginning of the 21st century, to live in the United States and to be a citizen and to serve the nation? And now that I’m a dad, it’s even more critical, because it’s not just about me, it’s about my daughter. What does it mean for her? What’s the world that she’s going to inhabit in 10 years when she becomes a college student, and how am I preparing the way for her? So that was the impetus and that is the drive. It’s not a job. It’s something that I feel and it’s also something that I feel an obligation to those that helped me get to where I am. For all of us that, for women, for people of color, for all of us that are outside the mainstream, we all owe a debt to the civil rights generation, because they broke a lot of barriers. And a lot of people lost their lives, and a lot of people lost careers and sacrificed a lot, in order for me to be where I am right now. And this is my way for paying back and June 10, 2010

CT: Describe how you would have the office interact with other campus groups and organizations? FARIAS:Well the number one thing is listening. I believe in order to get trust and in order to get buy-in, you have to build up listening skills... I listen to more than just what I want to hear. I have a certain rationale about diversity and what it means to me and what it means to the organization, but I’m really critical about myself in my own thinking in the sense of, “am I really getting the full picture?” So therefore, I’ll go to the people who are the nay-sayers, the people that are having concerns, the people that are raising issues, and really hear them out and get them to be part of the solution. How I do that and how I’ve done that in the past is creating what I call crossfunctional teams. Organizations like

Virginia Tech or the Academy or higher education ... do some awesome things, they do them incredibly creatively, but they do it in their own sort of world. And sometimes that world can be conscious to the perimeter around your navel. So for anything as all-encompassing as diversity, which crosses all people’s lives here, and all these functions, it’s an academic issue, it’s a student, it’s a religious issue, it’s a community issue, because Blacksburg is part of this concept, believe it or not. So it’s getting all of the team players involved, and then really cascading that down. So it’s creating a bureaucracy, but it’s a lot of getting people to say, “I’m comfortable with this,” or “I’m uncomfortable with this,” because unless people have the opportunity to voice, then they are going to feel like this is just not fair. And if this is really going to work and if this is really going to be about inventing the future of Virginia Tech and its culture, it’s going to be slow — because that’s the reality, nothing changes overnight — and we have to understand that the people who are going to do this are not necessarily going to be the leaders, it’s the people that are there for 20 or 30 years. If they are not part of the solution, if they are not given a voice, then we are not going to move forward. So a lot of it is going to depend on the creating those cross-functional teams which get information up to the top, and also on the top that push information back down to the stream.








France leaves lasting impact June 10, 2010


irginia Tech in the fall and spring is a heaven to those students who like to run. For some, nothing can beat that early morning jog or afternoon dash. And then there are those whose choose to do the opposite. Not run. I am the latter. While I occasionally enjoy a brisk stroll, running is not something that I live to do. More often, I would prefer to watch others run, like my roommates at Tech. If I ever I run for fun anywhere, for me, it’s the grocery store “run.” While I was studying abroad in France this past year, I made that grocery store “run” about twice a week. By this I mean I would walk to the bus top, catch the bus to the tram, and finally take the tram to the grocery store. The return trip was the same, only backwards. One day, I was wearing my normal grocery store attire: my large — and ever so French — lime green backpacking backpack. I had done some heavy shopping that day, and my back was packed to the limit. It was painfully heavy, but I was almost home, and as soon as I got off at the stop it was only a short walk to my apartment. My friend Brandon had joined me that day for the grocery run. He and I were starving and ready to eat. Finally, the bus arrived at my stop. Brandon stepped off the bus onto the sidewalk and then into the street. I was right behind him but never made it quite that far. I took one step of the bus, but before my other foot touched the ground, I was gone. for


A few steps in front of me, all Brandon heard was a thud followed by a “whoosh!” He quickly turned around to see what had happened, however, I was nowhere in sight. I had been blindly attacked by a rouge jogger. The jogger had been running next to the bus just as I stepped off. Our timing was perfect. With his momentum, he slammed into my unbalanced torso and we went as one into the bus stop ten feet down the road. Everything happened so fast. No one — not me, nor the runner, nor Brandon — knew what had happened. The runner managed to steady me so I was upright, apologized, and then kept running. The whole incident was over in less than 10 seconds. Before I knew it, the rouge runner was gone, and Brandon and I were left shaking our heads in confusion. Those French are quick; what can I say. He may have even beat Tech’s Jess Trapeni’s 4:58 mile. Runners, let this be a lesson. Always use caution when running next to the BT. You never know when unsuspecting passengers may feel the need to get off the bus.

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eginning this Friday and continuing for the next month, countless members of the Virginia Tech community will be on a “soccer” high — or as the rest of the world calls, it a “football” high — watching the World Cup matches. It will be a time when we will see a variety of soccer jerseys emblazoned with the respective colors of the countries involved. Whether it is the light blue and white of Argentina, the green, red and yellow of Cameroon, or the red and white from Japan, I suspect that you will be aware of the matches’ outcomes just based on the wearers’ facial expressions. While soccer doesn’t have quite the popularity in the United States as does baseball or American style football, the World Cup is clearly a global event. As I write this column from London, I can share that English St. George Cross flags are everywhere you go as the excitement builds for this Saturday’s match between the English Lions and the United States team. While the Olympics are also a major global sporting event and most people will root for their home country, it is the World Cup that galvanizes things on a broader global stage. Being all one sport, the World Cup brings it all together under one umbrella.

When Pierre De Coubertin first created the modern Olympic movement in 1894, it was to bring the global community together through sports. The World Cup, since its official inception in 1930, has done so through soccer. The tournament has grown tremendously, and is one of the most coveted and exclusive titles to win. Only seven countries have ever won a world cup title. The World Cup also illustrates the growing interconnectedness of society in this modern age. I can remember my first World Cup experience watching the tournament on TV in 1982, not really knowing what was taking place. Now that I have grown, I can better appreciate it. Sports are a way for different groups around the world to come together for a friendly competition on the field. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There have been instances of fan violence that have led to deaths and fights because of stampedes and other events. Just this past year, the team from the African nation of Togo had their bus attacked while traveling to a tournament and some team officials were killed. In other cases, political factors interfere, such as when a wrestler from Iran

refused to compete with an individual from Israel. But for the most part, sports help expose members of a community to individuals from other areas or learn about a particular country. This passive awareness and exposure just through watching a soccer match for example can have a huge impact. Tech has used this concept of sports to help build bridges between groups. For the past three years, the Cranwell International Center, the Council for International Student Organizations and the men’s soccer team have sponsored a VT World Cup soccer tournament that is held in late April and early May, that brings teams from Tech and other schools together for a weekend of soccer. It allows the students to show their national pride through friendly competition. It also is designed to show the power of coming together around an activity and includes different educational experiences. Earlier this year, as part of the Hokies Helping Haiti Day in April, a barefoot soccer tournament was held to honor the victims of the Haitian earthquake. It was an opportunity to come together with Haitian students and enjoy one of their national pastimes. It is through

soccer, (or any other sport) that time seems to stand still, and the pressing issues of the moment are put away for the time being. Amid all of the challenges that we are facing from the BP Oil Disaster and the ongoing financial crisis, perhaps this World Cup will allow us to become distracted from these things just for a little bit. As I travel Europe with my students this summer, we are seeing first-hand the impact and interest in the World Cup whether it is in London, Paris, Madrid, Rome or Germany. It is a sense of pride for these countries that can help them in these difficult times. Enjoy the next month of football and hopefully you can gain a better appreciation for its true meaning and impact. The World Cup will definitely have an impact on members of our Virginia Tech community.

RAY PLAZA -regular columnist -director of diversity initiatives

Finding inspiration in our community R

ecently I attended the Senior Program for the class of 2010 from Blacksburg High School, and the speaker, Mr. Eric Thomas, a history teacher at BHS, spoke about inspiration. Drawing upon his discipline, he told stories about a wide range of people he believed were inspirational, among them, in chronological order, were Jesus Christ, Martin Luther, Mary Wollstencraft, Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, Mohandus K. Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. By focusing on individuals who had, often when facing tremendous odds and powerful enemies, taken stands based on strong convictions, and, in so doing, became catalysts for change, he drew a map of the concept for the audience. Rather than walk away with only a vague notion about inspiration, everyone heard specific examples of how individuals chose to enact what they espouse. Mr. Thomas hoped that at least one story might offer some clarity as the soon-to-graduate seniors contemplated their future and its many paths. For me, the stories brought to mind a conversation I had earlier in the day about the many paths of service. I was talking with a colleague in Career Services about how to help students understand and articulate their gifts and determine whether, and if so how, they might use those gifts in service of others. One method we discussed was offering examples of people who dedicate

their lives to service, either as volunteers or as part of their day-to-day work. One such example is Michael Guggenheim, a twelve-year-old with dysgraphia, which is a physical condition that prevents him from writing clearly. Often people with this condition have difficulty processing sequential/rational information; they may not even, as is the case with Michael, be able to accomplish simple tasks such as tying their shoes. Michael, however, was fortunate, and he received help for his condition. However, he did not simply stop there and move down a path toward his own success. Instead, when Michael discovered that a laptop was useful in helping him overcome his own physical difficulties, he decided to help others by sharing what he learned. He formed a non-profit: Showing People Learning and Technology. Now Michael’s energy and enthusiasm helps those in less fortunate socio-economic conditions gain access to technology. Another example is the story of John Welch, a recent Tech graduate who helped found Teach for Madame in Blacksburg. John’s “inspiration” was his French teacher, Jocelyne M. CoutureNowak, who was an instructor of French in the department of foreign languages and literature before she was killed in the shooting tragedy of April 16, 2007. When VT-ENGAGE, a program in the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships, challenged

all members of our community to be part of the 300,000 hours of service, John decided to use his language skills to help primary school children learn French. John believes that his decision is an appropriate way to honor his teacher, use his talents and gifts, and give back to others who do not have the same advantages he has. John’s efforts inspired others, such as Betsy Potter, who began a similar program called Teach for Jamie, to honor Jamie Bishop, a German instructor who was also killed in the shooting tragedy. Both John and Betsy exemplify a principle we in CSECP hold dear — servant leadership. As director of CSECP, I am continually amazed by the many and diverse acts of service in our community. Seldom does a day pass without my learning of some student, staff, faculty or community member who, through a selfless act of service and leadership, has helped define the concept of inspiration. To try to document and share just a few of these acts, we in CSECP have just published a booklet titled “Virginia Tech Answers the Call to Service: Stories of Engagement.” In it, you’ll find stories of first-year students and deans of colleges; you’ll learn of local, global and “glocal” (local work with a global focus) acts of service, which, as John Dooley, vice president of outreach and international affairs said “are shining examples of the spirit of Ut Prosim and Virginia Tech.” If you are interested in learning more about these stories, feel free to request a copy of our booklet from the center.

If you want to share a story and help us with our next volume, please call or email one of us at CSECP. You can find us on the web at One of my principal joys as director is learning about our university and region’s inspiring stories of service. In the future, one of our goals at CSECP is to share more of them, for just like Mr. Thomas, we too believe that one of the most powerful ways to inspire people to serve is to tell stories about people serving others, and, in so doing, learning more about themselves and their place in the world. As Wendell Berry said, such stories are not just about principle — they are about character, something we are prepared for by our whole lives. He then said, “persons of character are not public products. They are made by local cultures, local responsibilities.” I believe at Tech and in the New River Valley at large, we have a culture that focuses on service, and all of us at CSECP hope you’ll continue to follow our column this summer and learn more about our university and region’s long-standing tradition of service and how it has helped shape “persons of character.”

JIM DUBINSKY -guest columnist -CSECP director June 10, 2010

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Wine festival raises scholarships, spirits DEBRA HOUCHINS features editor The New River Valley Alumni Association will celebrate its second annual Wine Festival this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holtzman Alumni Center terrace, complete with live music and good food. With the purchase of a ticket, attendees will receive a glass with which to sample the various featured wines from across the state. The event will cost $25 at the door and $20 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or at South Main Kroger, Vintage Cellar or the Inn at Virginia Tech. However, tickets are only $5 for designated drivers and for any non-wine-drinkers over 18. “I think through word of mouth, more people are excited about it,” said Jacqueline L. Nottingham, treasurer of the NRV chapter of the Alumni Association. “It’s going to be a bit different environment from Fork and Cork; it’s a more intimate environment.” All proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships for New River Valley high school students attending Virginia Tech next

year. Seven Virginia wineries will participate in the festival, as well as several new local vendors who will give information on their products. “We’re looking forward to being there again and talking to all the nice people,” said Shirly Archer of Bright Meadows Farm Vineyard and Winery in Nathalie, Virginia. Archer is a repeat attendee. Craft vendors will be selling everything from jewelry to furniture. Food will be provided by Bull and Bones, The Inn at Virginia Tech, Sal’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, and the South Main Street Kroger. Live entertainment will be provided by Surrender Dorothy, a band hailing from Indiana that plays a wide range of music from oldies and classic rock hits to band originals. There’s also the option to buy a table for the night, which will come with a complimentary basket of bread, cheese and grapes. A six-person table costs $200 while an eightperson table will cost $250. Tickets are included with the purchase of a table. The festival will go on rain or shine.

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Vistors to Mish-Mish’s gallery on June 4 view black-and-white photographs by Elisha Ornes, a Radford University art student. daniel lin, spps

Naturaleza festival combines Mexican culture and nature DEBRA HOUCHINS features editor Virginia Tech Service Learning Center and Seek Education, Explore, DiScover (SEEDS) will celebrate both Mexican culture and environmental activism at the Price House Nature

Center on 107 Wharton St. this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. SevenstudentsfromTecdeMonterrey and one Virginia Tech student are organizing the free event as a project for the Community Service and Volunteerism class they are in. The students are part of a bilateral exchange program called Global Citizen Partners. “We’re planning on having a little Mexican fair,” said Erica Perez, an international business major participating in the program. The students have prepared several stations with different activities that encompass both the themes of Mexico and the environment, complete with

Mexican bingo to teach native flora and fauna. There will also be a table for making recycled paper. The students will prepare food and drinks and there will even be a piñata made from recycled paper. “We’re doing many different things binding the nature idea with recycling and Mexican culture,” said Carlos Garcia, a mechanical engineering major. As far as their experiences so far at Tech, both Garcia and Perez spoke positively. “The classes are demanding but a lot of fun, Garcia said. “Type of life, I’d say it’s a good one.”


he wait is over. Saturday, the United States men’s soccer team will finally take the field at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa for its much-awaited first contest against England. The match, which was announced months ago when Cup groups were set, has been one of the most anticipated sporting events since. After the Americans made their name known at the Confederations Cup last year, finishing as the unexpected runner-up following a huge semifinals win over then-top-ranked Spain, its fans have wanted nothing more than to see the team perform on the world’s biggest stage. That time has come and the stage is set. The United States joins England, Algeria and Slovenia in Group C, one of eight four-team groups in South Africa,

to kickoff World Cup play. The Americans will play one game against each nation in its grouping, and after each team has played three games, the top two teams from the group will advance. While the U.S. failed to make it past round one in 2006, its fans expect a different result this year. Expectations are high, and deservingly so. The Americans enter play this year not only with a more talented roster, but with a much more fortunate draw than they had in 2006. Four years ago in Germany, the U.S. fell into a group with Italy, Ghana and the Czech Republic. Italy, of course, ended up winning the 2006 World Cup and Ghana and the Czechs proved to be no slouches themselves, both defeating the U.S. in their first round matchups. This year, however, the Americans’ stellar international play prior to the

tournament secured the team a more manageable grouping. Other than England, the two other teams the Americans will face in round one are unproven and relatively untested. Slovenia enters the World Cup as the smallest country in the field and the second youngest nation in this year’s tournament, having just gained its independence in 1993. Algeria, on the other hand, may be the weakest African team in the field, making its first appearance at the World Cup in 24 years. But anything can happen at the World Cup. One point or one mistake can mean the difference between a nation advancing or packing its bags, leaving its one chance in four years empty-handed and disappointed.

The Lyric Theater and the New River United Soccer Association will team up this Saturday to host a soccer block party celebrating the opening of the World Cup. Though the party lasts all day, its main event will be the U.S. vs. England match screened at the Lyric. The party will be on College Avenue from Main Street to Draper Avenue this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s way to create awareness about the sport and club,” said Flavio Carvalho, general manager of The Lyric. The Lyric will be screening the U.S. team’s first match which will be against England. There will be assorted games, offered on the street, including a dunk tank and human foosball.

There will also be a raffle for a weeklong stay at a Myrtle Beach condominium. Pantastic, a steel drum group, will be performing. “This is our first run at a block party, so we’re excited that it falls on a summer that the world cup falls on,” said Logan Hull, director of development at NRUSA. To participate in the events, attendees must purchase one of three passes. The Team Pass is $20 on site, and includes access to The Lyric, a USA fan scarf, and ten activity vouches; the Fan Pass is $15 and includes the scarf and 5 activity vouches; and the Event Pass is $15 for ten activities. If purchased online, the passes are ten percent off.

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World Cup fever Lyric, soccer club host strikes Blacksburg US team block party


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DIY: Get a kick out of this soccer ball cake


The decorative process from left to right: heaping on icing between the cakes, tracing a pattern with icing using zigzags, filling in the pattern and the final product.



WHAT YOU’LL NEED 1 box cake mix (usually calls for 3 eggs, water and oil) 2-16 ounce containers of icing 1 can or tube of chocolate decorative icing picture of a soccer ball to use as a model knife to trace with Start with a box of your favorite cake mix. Just follow the simple directions on the box to mix the batter. Preheat your oxen and pull out two 8 inch circular baking pans. Grease the pans thoroughly and pour the cake in evenly. Pop the pans into the oven and set your timer for 25 minutes. The cakes will probably need closer to 30 minutes, but it’s best to check them a little earlier just to be safe. You don’t want them to become burn victims. After pulling the cakes out, let them cool for few minutes before easing them out of the pans. Let the cakes cool completely before heaping on the frosting. Being somewhat inexperienced with premade icing, I found it easier to just dump the entire plastic cylinder into a bowl and mix it a bit so it was more spreadable. The rest is common sense. Spread a thick layer of frosting on the top of one cake, the drop the second on top of it. Cover the

Why does it matter? If you try to do each pentagon, you’ll end up needing to adjust yourself and the cake midway through. You’ll have to stop, spin the cake some, adjust your position and keep going. There’s a lot of room for error here, trust me. Make your life easier by just taking it a few lines at a time. Once the pattern is finished, you need to fill in the smaller pentagons. Fill them in without piling too much frosting on top. You just need a thin layer for color and a bit of texture. Finally, run the icing around the top of edge of the cake. The best part of this cake is that it looks more impressive than what it is. It takes no time and no artistic or culinary talent to make, just a box mix and some pre-made frosting. For me, the cake cost a little over five dollars and made a lot of people happy. So for your favorite team’s big match or your little soccer star’s next birthday, take an hour to throw together this super cute cake.

DEBRA HOUCHINS -features editor -senior -English and psychology major June 10, 2010

ake Boss takes up a ridiculous amount of my time. I imagine myself as a great pastry chef who makes life sized tree cakes and intricately crafted edible flowers. Though I’m no boss, I make a mean cake. I’m a firm believer in cooking from scratch. The general rule is if it comes in a box, it’s not allowed in my kitchen. There are always exceptions, though, and today’s DIY is one of them. Imagine the scene: You’re happily preparing for the next world cup match, popping yourself some popcorn and breaking out the Dr. Pepper. Suddenly, you receive a phone call from your roommate announcing that everyone will be coming over to your place after the game for a post-game celebration. Even worse, you forgot it was your roommate’s birthday and he asks you for a cake last minute. What can you possibly do? OK, I’ll admit this scenario isn’t particularly likely to happen to anyone, so what if you just want to make an impressive but super simple cake for your friends on game day? In the spirit of the World Cup, here’s a quick and easy DIY soccer ball cake that will impress pretty much anyone, no matter culinary challenged you are.

next one with frosting and then frost the sides. Now the real creativity begins: turning this humble mix cake into a cup-worthy soccer ball. Using a knife, trace the pattern onto the cake. Don’t worry too much if you mess up, you can easily spread out any flaws and retrace the lines in the frosting. Note that soccer balls have both pentagons (typically in black) and hexagons (typically in white). Don’t worry about that too much. I used all pentagons, and just made the ones that would typically be black a little smaller to keep it looking proportional. Next came my decorating dilemma: Should I use my frosting tips and a pastry bag or do I go the easy route and buy a can of frosting with a nozzle already on it? I settled on a can because sometimes bags can get a little hard to handle and the most important part of decorating any cake is keeping a steady hand. Start with the bottom of the cake. Use one hand for the icing and the other hand to spin the dish your cake is sitting out so that the bottom of the cake is lined evenly with icing. The icing at the bottom is an important touch for aesthetics. Once that’s finished, the hard part begins. The trick to tracing the pattern is not doing it in individual pentagons, but in zigzags. Ice one line, then move straight to another on a new pentagon entirely, then another. Three or four lines are probably all that you should do in at one time.





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What: Wine Festival at Virginia Tech Where: Holtzman Alumni Center terrace When: 12 - 5 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the gate, $5 for non-wine-tasting guests 18 and over. Tickets available at the Vintage Cellar, Kroger (South Main Street), and at the Inn at Virginia Tech. What: 6th Annual Garden Gala: Tropical Paradise Where: Hahn Horticulture Garden When: 5:30 - 9 p.m. Cost: $50. To purchase tickets call 540-231-5970 with your information and credit card number. What: RE:Fill @ The Rivermill Where: Rivermill Bar & Grill When: 9 p.m. Cost: Free 21+

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Blacksburg’s Christian Burton works for possession against a Waynesboro player during his team’s 4-1 victory Tuesday. BHS will face Broad Run in the AA semifinals on Friday at 2 p.m in Radford. June 10, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since its formation, Big 12 football teams have won three national championships. Only the Southeastern Conference has more. It has captured NCAA championships in 15 different sports, including men’s and women’s basketball and baseball. It’s delivered nearly $1.3 billion in revenue to its members with the prospect of greater funding. Somehow the Big 12 doesn’t work? To some members, yes, and that’s why conference faces an uncertain future as it finishes its 14th year of competition. In a sense, the uncertainty was predictable, and it goes back to the conference’s roots. “There were some rough edges going, I was probably one of the rough edges myself,” Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said. He was, and so were many others. Byrne was Nebraska’s athletic director then. Two others, Texas’ DeLoss Dodds and Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione, were athletic bosses then with Castiglione presiding at Missouri. They were part of something different in modern college athletics, a new conference that brought together historically successful programs. Remember, during the mad conference scramble of the early 1990s, the SEC added two teams, Arkansas and South Carolina, to reach 12. The Big Ten added only Penn State, the ACC only Florida State. Those moves were tweaks compared to the Big 12, which blew up the Southwest Conference and reinvented the Big Eight. These schools came together not as conferences once did — to bind universities in close proximity that agreed on playing and eligibility rules — but for one real purpose. The Big 12 formed to maximize its schools’ collective television contract negotiating power, a pure business arrangement. “The Big Eight had about seven percent of the nation’s television markets and Texas had seven,” said Steve Hatchell, the conference’s first commissioner. “They couldn’t survive separately in that environment.” The Big 12 was the first conference to become established for the purpose of negotiating media contracts. The guidelines and principles followed, and although it can be argued that the more established Big Ten and Pac-10 might be tempting alternatives to Big 12 schools under any circumstance, disagreements from the start prevented a strong sense of unity that commissioner Dan Beebe wanted to establish at the league’s annual meetings in Kansas City this week. As in any shotgun marriage, there were disagreements from the beginning.

“We got together, then we got to know each other,” Castiglione said. But trusting each other became difficult as some decisions seemed to be made along party lines. Commissioner: Hatchell, the commissioner of the Southwest Conference, or Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick. League office: Dallas or Kansas City. When Hatchell and Dallas were the choices, some of the Big Eight old guard popped off. Former Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams suggested the new league be called the “Big Texas.” But some less visible decisions had greater impact. Academic requirements pitted the national football kingpin at the time, Nebraska, against Texas. The Cornhuskers wanted to keep the Big Eight standard of accepting an unlimited number of partial qualifiers. Texas did not. The Longhorns won. In the evolution of the Big 12, Nebraska peaked early then faded. Texas was down and has become a consistent national power. But to the Cornhuskers, what hasn’t changed are decisions involving football that favor Texas. On Friday, the Big 12 announced the football championship game will continue in Arlington, Texas, through 2013. Two months ago, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne was the only nay in an 11-1 decision for keeping the game at Cowboys Stadium in a vote of sentiment. Osborne, the Cornhuskers’ football coach when the league started, said his school gets along fine in the conference. “We like the Big 12,” he said at the meetings. “We aren’t looking to leave.” But Nebraska and Missouri remain a strong part of the Big Ten expansion speculation swirl. The Tigers have voiced other concerns about the Big 12. The revenue sharing formula didn’t receive much public attention when the conference was formed. But with the two most financially healthy leagues, the Big Ten and SEC, sharing revenue equally among its members, Mizzou had joined others in criticizing the policy. In the Big 12, half the television money is shared equally. The other half is based on appearances. The idea was to encourage teams to play competitive schedules that would be attractive to television networks. “It’s not discriminatory,” Beebe said. “Any institution that raises its program to a level where it gets more TV exposure will have a chance to get more revenue.” But as the conference progressed, smaller budget schools believed the system favored the larger schools. The system won’t change, Beebe said. “My focus is on growing the pie even larger,” he said. Castiglione shakes his head when he considers college sports without the Big

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Big 12: To stay or go from page nine

12. “Six months ago this wasn’t an issue for the Big 12 to talk about,” he said. “It’s bubbled up in other conferences and created a life of its own.” He can quote chapter and verse on how the Big 12 has been ideal for his school “and you can say the same for the 11 other institutions. I’m constantly reminded of why the Big 12 is strong, and what we’ve achieved over time is continued validation.” The Big 12 stands to benefit financially by staying together. No exact figures have been revealed, but there are whispers of future television contracts that could produce as much revenue per school as the current SEC take of $17.3 million each. If that’s not enough, Beebe warns those who relocate of the great

unknown. “Anybody would be risking a lot by going to another place where they’ll be outsiders for a long time,” Beebe said. But clearly something’s amiss when a report identifying six Big 12 schools — the Sooners, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Colorado — as Pac-10 expansion targets doesn’t get knocked down. Or that officials from Iowa State use the term “vulnerable” and Kansas State “uncomfortable” when describing some of the expansion scenarios. Does the Big 12 survive? If it doesn’t, the seeds for dissolution can be traced back to a time before the first ball was put in play.

Hokies: Disappointed, yet hopeful for future from page one

Entering the bottom half of the second inning, Tech head coach Pete Hughes went to some lesserused bullpen arms and saved his best pitchers for Sunday, winning 167. Still, the Hokies faced an uphill battle, needing to win twice on Sunday and again on Monday to advance, and the baseball Gods were not with them. On Sunday afternoon, Tech started junior right-hander Jesse Hahn, and he dominated the Bulldogs through three innings while the Hokies’ hitters produced a 3-0 lead. When Hahn took the mound in the fourth, though, he attempted to continue pitching but was pulled from the game before the inning started because of a forearm strain. Hahn had been battling the strain since the middle of April, and this was the best he had pitched since coming back for the Hokies. This forced the Hokies to go with freshman Joe Mantiply, who Hughes had intended to save for USC, to win the game. He got hit early, but Mantiply and senior reliever Ben Rowen pitched well enough to win the game, 4-3. Using Mantiply against The Citadel wasn’t the only blow the Hokies took, as redshirt junior shortstop Tim Smalling popped his left shoulder out of place in the eighth inning while diving for a ball. Remarkably, Smalling got the shoulder popped back in while in the dugout and finished the game, but he could not play against the Gamecocks. Ultimately, Price came back to pitch against South Carolina on short rest, and while he pitched well, it was not enough. However, the entire body of work for the Hokies over the weekend — grinding through rain delays, facing adversity in pitching plans, and playing with heart under difficult circumstances was indicative of what kind of team Hughes has put together since coming to Blacksburg. The Hokies went through three years of getting beaten up by superior programs with superior talent while playing with a young squad, but this team worked hard, grew and produced arguably the best season in Tech baseball history, fight-


Tech junior pitcher Jesse Hahn delivers a pitch against Duke on May 16 at English Field. Hahn struggled to stay healthy at the NCAAs. ing to the end together like a Bud Foster-coached defense would on fall Saturdays. Obviously, the Hokies will be disappointed they didn’t reach Omaha, but this group of ballplayers can take solace in the fact that they have brought a program back from the dead and completely abolished the losing culture surrounding the team and its fans, which was Hughes’ primary goal when he first came to Tech. With the seniors moving on and the Major League Baseball draft, the Hokies that lost on Sunday could be much different from the 2011 Hokies.

However, the impact they made in propelling Tech baseball to another level will be felt for years to come, as long as Hughes is there to keep Tech moving forward and competing, just like a couple guys named Beamer and Greenberg did with their teams when given the chance.

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World Cup: Americans hope for strong start from page seven

That thought is one that makes Saturday’s matchup against England that much more important for the Americans. A United States win over England puts the Americans in the drivers seat with a clear path to the second round of 16. A loss to England, however, makes

the Americans’ final two games against Algeria and Slovenia much more important than they would be, turning the pressure up considerably and leaving little room for mistakes. That’s the type of scenario this American team does not need. In its friendly’s leading up to the World Cup, it was obvious the Americans were still working out the

kinks, as head coach Bob Bradley fiddled with the roster during games and the U.S. looked hot sometimes, and ice cold at other times. This team isn’t the same team that won the Confederations Cup. After star U.S. forward Charlie Davies was nearly killed in a car accident in October, the Americans have been in the process of revamping its

attack throughout the months leading up to the Cup. Without Davies, the Americans lack the talent they need to line up in the 44-2 formation that earned them such great success last year, and now enter the Cup relying on Jozy Altidore as the team’s lone reliable striker. On top of its struggles up front, the U.S. has had a hard time finding consistency in the back as well. Star defender Oguchi Onyewu anchored the Americans’ back line throughout the Confederations Cup, but three months later ruptured his left patellar tendon. It wasn’t until less than two weeks ago in the American’s friendly against the Czech Republic when Onyewu returned to the U.S. lineup, looking still a little rusty, days before the Cup. The United States’ team is a talented team, but one with question marks nonetheless. That’s why it’s so important for the red, white, and blue to get off to a good start. Momentum will be huge for an American team that is still searching for the chemistry that helped them beat Spain and jump out to an early 2-0 lead against Brazil at the Confederations Cup final. If the Americans can at the very least, compete and keep it close with England through the first 90 minutes of World Cup play, it will benefit the U.S. greatly down the stretch. If England and star forward Wayne Rooney, along star midfielder Frank Lampard jump out to an early lead, however, taking care of the Americans with relative ease, panic mode will quickly set in across the States. While the Americans clearly outmatch Algeria and Slovenia on paper, the United States’ final two games in group C will be much tougher if their backs are against the wall after

an 0-1 start. Not only would an early loss to England open up the door for the early winner of Algeria-Slovenia to make a run at the top two spots but the U.S. squad can ill-afford a poor start, when its fans, and its players have little to be confident about until the new group wins a game of importance. It will be vital for the U.S. to be strong where its strengths are and solid where they aren’t if they want to succeed and advance past the first round. First and foremost, that means that U.S. starting goalkeeper Tim Howard must hold his own between the posts. England’s Rooney can send balls past even the finest keepers at will, and Milivoje Novakovic is a monster striker with skill, standing at six-footfour on Slovenia’s front line. The Americans must also consistently control the ball. With inexperience along the front-line and a backline still trying to mesh, midfielders DeMarcus Beasley, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan need to help both sides in the process. With the loss of Davies, Donovan and Dempsey especially must play at a high-level throughout the opening round, as they will handle more offensive duties than originally planned. Controlling the ball and more specifically, controlling where Rooney and Lampard are around the ball near midfield will be crucial in the American’s first game. ‘Lampard to Rooney’ is a call no American should want to hear during Saturday’s game. Finally, the American’s only proven striker, Jozy Altidore, must perform. Without Davies, the Americans have three other forwards on their roster with just 13 appearances for their country combined. Herculez Gomez, Edson Buddle and Robbie Findley have done nothing in a United States kit in comparison to the 20-year-old Altidore’s resume and for that, he will be held accountable for the performance of the U.S. attack. The culture of American soccer took a hit when the Americans finished last in their grouping in 2006, failing to compete on the world’s biggest stage. Four years later, the U.S. hopes to start a new legacy with one of its most talented squads in decades – but it’s going to take some work. The Americans will open up play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. Then, the U.S. will meet with Slovenia on June 18 and round out group-play on June 23 against Algeria.

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