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Tuesday September 28, 2010
VOLUME 124, ISSUE 27
Faculty Senate discusses time system by jessica leppar correspondent
Representatives from Administration and Finance for West Virginia University met with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee on Monday to discuss a new time management system for WVU employees. The new system, called My Access, will make it simpler for users, supervisors and everyone who records their working hours at the University, said Dan Durbin, senior associate vice president of Administration and Finance
for WVU. The current time keeping systems at WVU are too old to meet modern business needs and regulatory requirements, he said. “We have to do something about this, because we have 10,000 to 11,000 people that we are responsible for on the leave side (sick days, vacations, etc.) and many more than that on the payroll side,” Durbin said. Members of Administration and Finance have been working over the last several months to develop the system by having business offi-
cers, supervisors and employees test the new system in a lab, Durbin said. The system passed in the lab but just began being tested throughout the University last week, Durbin said. Members of Administration and Finance hope to have the system running fully between November and December, he said. University President James P. Clements said the former system is running parallel with the new system while it is being tested. “There are two systems to run through to make sure
that the current system will be ready when it goes live,” Clements said. However, several concerns were brought up by faculty committee members during the meeting. The first issue, brought up by executive committee member Ruth Kershner, concerned how the new system will work with overtime pay for employees. “Nonexempt employees are not exempt from overtime. If they work over 40 hours per week, they must receive overtime. It’s the law, its black and white,” Durbin said.
“Exempt employees are exempt from overtime. They can work 60 hours per week, and we are not obligated to pay them,” he said. Another issue, brought up by executive committee member Graham Peace, is that adjunct faculty members cannot work outside of normal working hours with this new system. Currently, a faculty member who used to each a night class outside his normal working hours cannot do so anymore with the new system, Peace said. “He’s nonexempt and has
done a great job,” he said. “His evaluations are terrific and he loves the course, but he just can’t do it anymore.” Adjunct faculty members can work outside normal working hours, but it requires planning and management, said Margaret Phillips, vice president of Human Resources. Also, several faculty members felt that a major problem with the new system is that they were not involved in the decision making process.
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Pres. Obama and Clements plan to increase retention
Festival of Ideas
BY TRAVIS CRUM CITY EDITOR
President Barack Obama outlined his goals Monday for strengthening America’s higher education by making college affordable and increasing enrollment and retention rates. Addressing college students during a phone conference, Obama said he wants America to have the highest college graduation rates in the world by 2020. America has fallen from first to 12th in college graduation rates, he said. Increasing retention and enrollment rates, as well as making college more affordable would address this, Obama said. “We’ve done OK in terms of college enrollment rates, but more than a third of America’s college students
and more than half of our minority students don’t earn a degree, even after six years,” Obama said. “That’s a waste of potential, particularly if folks are racking up big debt and then they don’t even get the degree at the end – they still have to pay back that debt, but they’re not in a stronger position to be able to service it.” West Virginia University President James P. Clements said during the State of the University address last October that he had similar ideas to increase retention. “We must make a serious effort to put in place the support systems and structures to help improve retention through the sophomore, junior and senior years. We
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Rebecca Skloot, left, reads excerpts from her book to a packed Mountainlair ballroom.
Annual lecture series begins with scientific, research discussion By Erin Fitzwilliams Staff Writer
The fate of Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to the medical field was revealed to an audience of 900 people Tuesday night at the David C. Hardesty Festival of Ideas at West Virginia University. Rebecca Skloot, science fiction writer and author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” began the Festival with a lecture on her book and research on the truth of Henrietta Lacks. Lacks and her cells were instrumental in several medical developments and continue to be studied today. Lacks gave birth to one of her children in the 1950s, at the time she had no medi-
cal problems. Within three months, Lacks developed a tumor, which was deemed cervical cancer, Skloot said. The doctors that were to remove her tumor took a sample of it during the procedure and found that her cancer cells had spread rapidly and multiplied, she said. At the time, scientists had not been able to grow cells for very long outside the body, Skloot said. “Her cells never died. They are still growing today, rapidly,” Skloot said. The cells, known as HeLa cells, were then sent to labs all over the world to be studied and are commonly used within the medical community, she said. They have helped in the development of the polio vaccine,
cancer treatments, viruses and many more medical ailments, Skloot said. Skloot has had an obsession with HeLa cells since she was 16 and her teacher taught her the origin of HeLa cells. Originally, HeLa cells were believed to have originated from Helen Lane and books often pictured her as a white woman, which is incorrect, she said. “It was very rare for (anyone) to know Henrietta Lacks’ name and that she was a black woman,” Skloot said. Skloot later spent more than a year gaining the trust of Lacks’ descendents before they gave her any information about Lacks’ life. “I called the family with updates when I found something,” Skloot said.
“I encouraged Debra (Lacks’ daughter) to come with me to see her mother’s cells.” Hardesty said his wife was very interested in the story of Henrietta Lacks and has read Skloot’s book several times. This type of lecture was why he began the series during the 1966-67 academic year when issues like the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War were prevalent. “This campus has the same kind of lectures as other, bigger universities,” Hardesty said. “It exposes these types of ideas to students.” James Gunn, an Isaac Asimov expert, is the next speaker for the Festival of Ideas on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. firstname.lastname@example.org
Two West Virginia University students hope to see their class project finished by spring 2011 by literally building it from the ground up. “The House that WVU Built” was the idea of Caitlin Carrigan, a senior interior design major, and Heather Preston, a 2009 design studies graduate, for an interior
design class. The idea of the project is to work with the Monongalia County Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a needy family in Morgantown. “The purpose is to come together as a student body, including faculty members, to raise $60,000 through donations,” Carrigan said. So far, they have raised approximately $10,000 in cash and assets, such as donated windows and doors, as well as
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free land excavation, she said. However, they must get closer to raising the $60,000 before they can start construction and choose a family, Carrigan said. That is why they are reaching out to the Morgantown community and other student organizations on campus. This Thursday, they will work with the American Society of Interior Designers to hold an event titled, “Make a Mark.”
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. students who donate money to the project will be able to paint a part of canvas that will hang in the home. “Students can stop by and make their mark on the ‘House that WVU Built,’” said Barbara Lingle, assistant professor of the Professional Practice Design and Merchandising class, who is overseeing the project.
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Black student groups debate use of ‘n-word’ BY MELISSA CANDOLFI STAFF WRITER
Students to build house for local needy family By Samantha Cossick and MELISsA CANDOLFI
President Barack Obama, who conference called with college students Monday, wants to increase the nation’s universities’ retention and enrollment rates.
INSIDE TODAY’S EDITION How will conditioning play a factor in the West Virginia women’s soccer team takes on Pittsburgh at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium? SPORTS PAGE 5
West Virginia University’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Association of Black Journalists paired up to hold a debate about the “n-word.” The debate was divided in two teams, with team No. 1 opposed to the term and team No. 2 argued that only people within the black community should use the word. The teams formed their debates around questions such as the history behind their stance, what specifically is their stance and why and how has pop culture influenced their stance.
This is the first year the debate was held. Nearly 40 people attended. Each team had two members, one from the NAACP and one from ABJ. Chelsea Fuller, president of WVU ABJ, said the teams were mixed to show that one organization doesn’t stand for this and the other that. “The purpose of the two teams are to give a stance on the argument,” Fuller said. “Not argue against each other,” Fuller said the true meaning of the debate is to encourage people to do further educational research so they are educated before forming
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WVU TRIES TO MOVE ON The West Virginia football team lost to LSU Saturday, and the Mountaineers have two weeks before they play again. How is WVU trying to move on? SPORTS PAGE 5
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have room for improvement in our retention and graduation rates,” Clements said. Examining the role of admissions, advising and assessments would strengthen retention, he said. This year, Clements asked the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs to work together in order to increase retention and enrollment rates at WVU. Obama also announced a plan to create a “college access and completion fund,” which would develop, implement and evaluate new approaches to improving college success and completion, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Allowing more students to have access to money would
Continued from page 1 their own opinion on the use of the term. “People will walk out of here and understand where we are coming from as an organization,” said Dayvon Addison, vice president of WVU’s NAACP. “We want them to enjoy the debate and learn the true understanding on controversial topics and non-controversial topics in America.” Debbie Robinson, president of the Tri-County NAACP Branch, said holding the event as a debate gives it a controlled environment. “It is ongoing issue,” Robinson said. “It has been around for years and it is never going away.”
Continued from page 1 Faculty was never involved in the new system, it was imposed on them, Peace said. “A lot of times, it comes down and hits the department. It causes more work on our end although it may be less work higher up because there is no physical entry now,” said James Harner,
Continued from page 1 “It makes me feel terrific to see the students want to make a difference,” she said. Carrigan said they hope to have all the necessary funds by the end of the year. “If we don’t, that doesn’t mean we are going to stop,” she said. They may reach out to the
ensure that they could easily finish college, he said. He discussed a recent policy that would raise the value of Federal Pell Grants to keep up with inflation. Pell Grants provide needbased grants to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to college education, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The passage of the Affordable Care Act and how it can benefit students was also discussed. Under the act, college students can stay on their parents’ health plans until the student turns 26 years old, Obama said. “That obviously provides relief to a lot of young people who are looking maybe at their first job not providing health insurance,” he said. Obama also discussed lim-
iting spending by universities as a way to make college more affordable. “When I go to some colleges and universities, public colleges and universities, and I look at the athletic facilities that exist these days or the food courts or the other things that have to do with the quality of life at universities, it’s sure a lot nicer than it was when I was going to college,” he said. “Somebody has to pay for that.” Making sure universities and colleges are structuring their courses properly and encouraging their teachers should be the goals of a university, he said. If all the amenities of a public university start jacking up the cost of tuition significantly, that’s a problem, he added.
It is important people know what is right or wrong, she added. “With the students holding the debate, there are different perspectives on the topic rather than an adult like myself speaking, because people may look at it like I’m from a different time,” she said. Robinson said holding the debate will allow people to think before speaking next time. “If you or a person use the term in a negative way and they come in here with an open mind and listen to how people feel about it,” she said. “It may give them an idea of actually how it is affecting people.” Addison believes that a huge reason the “n-word” is tossed around so freely is
due to the fact that is so commonly used in pop culture. “People hear it in the media, pop culture, everyday life,” Addison said. “They think it’s OK because it is in our music and in our newspapers, but it’s not.” Because they think they aren’t using it in such a derogatory way that it is OK, Addison added. Isiah Taylor, freshman biology major, said attending the debate taught him the proper use of the term and the history behind it. “A lot of people use the word ignorantly. While not knowing what they are saying,” Taylor said. “I personally think people should know what they are talking about even if it something so simple as one word.”
professor and chairman of the Department of Statistics. “Now I have to implement a system of checks and balances,” he said. There is still time for adjustments since the system has not been fully implemented, Clements said. “One team has learned some issues that maybe we weren’t quite aware of if we didn’t have an opportunity to tweak this system or get it better before it goes live, we
now have that opportunity,” he said. Clements suggested that a group of faculty meet as a follow up to determine what they can do to modify the system. “We still have six weeks of parallel testing, so let’s see where we are,” Clement said. “If there are immediate issues, we can see what we can do about that.”
Student Government Association and Panhellenic as well, she said. The whole project came as a result of Carrigan and Preston taking Lingle’s class in fall 2009. “For the project assignment, students were to select a philanthropic charity where they can make a difference,” Lingle said. “This was the one selected by the class.” The project has received a
lot of positive feedback from other student organizations: the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, as well as University President James P. Clements, Carrigan said. “I’m hoping it’s a reality. I’m hoping this house will be built,” Lingle said. “We need the money and muscle to get this off the ground.”
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MSHA unveils screening process for mines CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal regulators have implemented new measures for identifying the nation’s most dangerous mines, replacing what U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis had called a “badly broken” process. The Mine Health and Safety Administration said Monday the screening criteria give the agency more enforcement backbone at mines with a history of violating safety standards. The change is designed to identify mines that have been subject to closure orders, including those where compliance has not been sufficiently improved. “We have known for some time that the current system is broken and needs to be fixed,” said MSHA director Joe Main. “This new screening process improves upon the old one, which cast too broad a net and did not distinguish mines with the highest levels of elevated enforcement. “This new system will let MSHA focus its attention on those mines that are putting miners at greatest risk.” The process fell under scrutiny following an April explosion that killed 29 at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine, owner by Massey Energy. A computer error had allowed the mine to evade the screening process. The Labor Department inspector general’s office had said that between 2007 and 2009, MSHA removed 21 mines from the screening process meant to flag those showing a “pattern of violations” of safety and health rules. Both Solis’ office and con-
gressional Democrats had slammed the screening process, developed in 2007, as a flawed product of the prior administration. A spokesman for Virginiabased Massey didn’t immediately return a telephone message Monday. The new criteria use health and safety data from the most recent 12-month period available to determine if a potential pattern of violations exists. While it can’t correct issues that require legislation or changes to existing regulations, “this is a stopgap measure until reform can occur,” Main said. “We are aggressively pursuing both regulatory and legislative reforms, but in the meantime this new policy improves our ability to identify problem mines.” Also Monday, West Virginia’s mine safety chief said the state will hire eight people and create a laboratory to test whether underground coal mine operators are complying with regulations designed to prevent explosions. At least some of the people will be hired and undergo training by the end of October, said Ron Wooten, director of the state Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training. The operation should be up and running by mid-November, Wooten said. “I want to have it up and going even if we don’t have all the people.” The testing program is part of the state’s response to the Upper Big Branch explosion. The blast was the deadliest at a U.S. coal mine since 1970 and investigators suspect dust con-
tributed to the explosion. Gov. Joe Manchin ordered Wooten’s agency to start testing coal dust just days after the explosion. The governor also ordered mines to increase the amount of pulverized stone or other inert material they use to dilute coal dust in air intake tunnels to 80 percent, the same amount already required in return tunnels. Currently intakes need just 65 percent. Wooten defended the seven-month lag since Manchin’s order, noting that it took more than two years to create additional mine rescue teams mandated after the deadly Sago Mine explosion and Aracoma Alma No. 1 Mine fire in 2006. “We have been doing everything we can,” Wooten said. “We’re starting from scratch.” The state mine office diverted funds for the dust sampling program until lawmakers approved $411,000 in funding during a special legislative session in July, Wooten said. The money includes the new positions, which Wooten said are intended to prevent adding duties to jobs already done by state mine inspectors. Last Tuesday, MSHA announced an emergency rule adopting the 80 percent standard as well. West Virginia, however, won’t begin holding its 172 underground mines to the higher standard pending action by the Legislature or the West Virginia Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety. Wooten said the state Attorney General’s office has determined that Manchin’s executive order doesn’t make the new standard enforceable.
W.Va. couple use home as pasta factory ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Pasta, in all of its shapes and colors, has been a mainstay in kitchens for millennia. Made from simple ingredients – eggs, milk and semolina flour – spaghetti, macaroni and others are not made in a simple process. However, in the home of one local couple, the process is one that has swept them up for a journey that has led to awards and recognition far beyond the city limits of Elkins. After making the decision to retire, Jim and Eileen Penn of Fairmont wanted to make sure their home-based business was sold to the right people. Kathy Hitchcock, who grew up with Italian relatives who were always in the kitchen, was their favorite choice. So in 2006, Hitchcock and her husband, Hugh, bought the businesses and made Biselli Pasta part of their family. When dealing with large batches of pasta dough, counter space is key. Also, the Hitchcocks needed to make sure the place devoted to pasta preparation was compliant with all of the rigor-
ous standards sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its West Virginia counterpart. This was accomplished by converting the garage of their Elkins home into a commercial kitchen. Once the pasta has spent hours drying on 6-foot-tall racks, it is bagged and stored in the room formerly occupied by the Hitchcocks’ daughter. Now, the room is climate controlled and filled with pasta, pasta chips, sauces and sauce and meatball mixes offered by Biselli Pasta. The room, where the air conditioner runs 24/7 yearround, is also where the supplies for gift baskets are kept and prepared. “We do specialty baskets for any occasion,” Kathy Hitchcock said, “using Biselli products along with additional Italian products.” The Hitchcocks are not the only ones who spend their time producing a quality product in a sometimes sweltering pasta kitchen. Neighbors and friends help when they can or when a large order comes in, which, according to Kathy Hitchcock, happens frequently.
Aside from the traditional pastas, angel hair, fettuccine and spaghetti, Biselli offers unique specialty pastas from roasted red pepper and tomato basil to orange, wild mushroom and gnocchi. The Hitchcocks also have jarred sauce and dry sauce mixes. One of the most unique products are the pasta chips, pasta dough deep fried. Two varieties of pasta chips are created in the converted garage. The garlic chips are created from pieces of plain tomato basil, spinach and garlic dough whereas the chocolate chips are made from chocolate and orange pasta pieces then drizzled with white chocolate. “I never get tired of it,” Kathy Hitchcock said. “I’ve never regretted it.” Biselli Pasta can be found across the state: Mid-Atlantic Market and Slight Indulgence in Morgantown, Rider Pharmacy in Fairmont, Tamarack in Beckley, Blue Smoke in Anstead, West Virginia Living Marketplace at Snowshoe, Hometown Market in Buckhannon, MountainMade in Thomas, Good Energy Foods in Elkins and others.
Environmental Protect Agency calls on 5 states to strengthen bay plans BALTIMORE (AP) — Chesapeake Bay watershed states must toughen their bay restoration plans or face tighter federal regulation, the EPA announced Friday as it prepared to release its “pollution diet” for the ailing waterway. Plans filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia represent a strong start, but those of the five other bay watershed states have gaps the EPA said are reducing its confidence that they can cut pollution enough to meet restoration goals. The other states are Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. In response, the federal agency said its bay plan includes tightening of permits for pollution sources such as wastewater treatment plants, storm water systems and animal feeding operations. However, EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said in the statement the agency hoped the states would strengthen their plans to provide greater assurance restoration goals would be met.
“EPA strongly prefers to achieve the necessary pollution reductions through the state plans rather than federal actions because the states have more flexibility and can achieve reductions from a wider range of sources than EPA,” Garvin said. The EPA planned to release its plan for the waterway on Friday, less than a month after six Chesapeake watershed states filed bay restoration plans, saying its plan will require sweeping action by the states. The plans are part of a restoration effort mandated by presidential order that has been met with resistance. Virginia filed its plan late, drawing criticism from environmentalists, and Virginia officials have expressed concerns about the costs and science behind the strategy, which will require sharp pollution cuts by farmers, sewage plant operators and others. The presidential order followed decades of state-led efforts that have failed to restore the bay, the nation’s larg-
est estuary. The six states are all at least partly in the bay’s watershed. Pollution that flows into many of their rivers and streams makes its way to the Chesapeake, where nitrogen and phosphorous that fuel oxygenrobbing algae blooms and sediment runoff kill vital underwater grasses. Pollution and habitat loss have been major factors in sharp declines of the bay’s two main commercial fisheries, oysters and crabs, although strict harvest cuts have helped the crab population rebound. Much of the attention and restoration efforts have focused on farms and animal feeding operations, but EPA officials have said suburban and urban storm water runoff from such sources as lawns, roads, and rooftops is the only still-expanding pollution source. Experts, meanwhile, have noted runoff is so poorly controlled that yearly weather is one of the key factors in how much pollution washes into the bay.
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Andy Berman of Minneapolis, center, and other protesters hold signs during a demonstration to protest the recent FBI raid at the homes of anti-war activists, Monday in Minneapolis.
Hundreds protest FBI raids on anti-war activists MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters gathered outside FBI offices in Minneapolis and Chicago on Monday, bearing signs and shouting chants condemning the agency’s recent searches of homes and offices of anti-war activists in both cities. About 150 people protested in Minneapolis, with signs reading: “Stop FBI harassment. Opposing war is not a crime.” Roughly 120 people marched in Chicago, chanting, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! FBI raids have got to go!” Search warrants had indicated investigators were looking for connections between the activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East. Activists interviewed by The Associated Press scoffed at the suggestion that they might have provided material support to terrorism, and denied contributing money to terrorists. One of the homes searched was that of Jess Sundin of the Minnesota Anti-War Committee. She told protesters that she knows of 13 people who have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago next month. Sundin and two other Minnesotans who were searched – Mick Kelly, and Meredith Aby – acknowledged in interviews Monday that they’ve had ties to activist groups and have traveled in the Middle East and-or Colombia. But they all denied contributing any money to terrorist groups. “We have provided no material support,” Kelly said. “I can’t stress that long enough or loud enough, and honestly I don’t believe that’s why we’re facing this scrutiny.” The FBI had searched five homes of anti-war activists in Minneapolis on Friday, plus the offices of the Minnesota Anti-War Committee. They
also searched two homes of activists in Chicago. Agents confiscated computers, cell phones, large amounts of papers and financial records, the subjects and their attorneys said. Agents were seeking “evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism,” the FBI said. Chicago FBI spokesman Ross Rice declined on Monday to discuss what agents were looking for, citing an “ongoing criminal investigation.” There have been no arrests. Search warrants and subpoenas indicate authorities are looking for connections between the activists and groups including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Hezbollah. The U.S. government considers those groups to be terrorist organizations. Among the speakers in Chicago were two activists whose home was raided, Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner. “We will not be intimidated,” Iosbaker told the crowd, with people cheering in response. Iosbaker told the crowd FBI agents had gone through everything in their home, including their music collection and their sons’ school notebooks. He said the agents also found more than 20 boxes containing family papers and mementos dating back decades. “What they learned is that we are packrats,” he said, laughing. All of these searched in Minnesota were involved in organizing a mass anti-war march at the start of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. The subpoena delivered to Kelly ordered him to produce records he might have relating to the Middle East and Co-
lombia, along with “all records of any payment provided directly or indirectly to Hatem Abudayyeh.” The searches in Chicago also targeted Abudayyeh, a Palestinian-American and executive director of the Arab American Action Network, which has been fighting anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment following the Sept. 11 attacks. Abudayyeh’s attorney, Jim Fennerty, said agents took a laptop and any documents containing the word “Palestine” during Friday’s search. Fennerty said Abudayyeh doesn’t have ties to terrorist groups. Abudayyeh has not responded to multiple requests for comment; voicemail boxes for his cell and work phones were full on Monday. Fennerty said Abudayyeh is with his hospitalized mother. Sundin said Monday she met FARC rebels when she visited Colombia in 2000, but noted that the Colombian government was holding peace talks at the time with the rebels, who held public forums where she met them. She said she has had no contacts with FARC since. Kelly and Sundin acknowledged they’re active in the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, a group named in several warrants that openly supports FARC and PFLP and shares their Marxist ideologies. Two groups use the name after a 1999 split. They said their Freedom Road is a small group, but that they weren’t sure how many supporters it has. Kelly edits its newspaper. An anti-war activist in Durham, N.C., also said his home was searched Friday. Kosta Harlan said FBI agents tried to question him about an ongoing terrorism investigation, but he refused to answer questions. He would not say what the agents asked.
California Gov. Schwarzenegger delays execution to allow review of appeals SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s first execution in nearly five years was pushed back almost two days Monday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to allow courts more time to consider the condemned inmate’s appeals. Brown is now scheduled to die by lethal injection at 9 p.m. Thursday, said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Brown initially was scheduled for execution at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Brown’s attorneys have filed simultaneous appeals in federal and state courts, claiming California improperly adopted its new lethal injection procedures. They also allege that execution under the new regulations would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. The 45-hour reprieve pushes the execution to within hours of the Friday expiration date on the state’s supply of sodium thiopental, one of the drugs used in the lethal injection process. Hospira, the only company in the country that makes the drug, said it has production problems and can’t deliver any new shipments until early next year. Several other states have rescheduled executions because of the drug shortage. The company has also told prison officials across the country, “we do not support the use of any of our products in capital
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punishment procedures.” The California attorney general’s office said Monday it would recommend not scheduling any more executions after Thursday until the state can secure a fresh supply of the drug, an anesthetic that renders condemned inmates unconscious before lethal drugs are injected. Lawyers in the attorney general’s office said in August that execution dates would be aggressively pursued for four other inmates who, like Brown, had completed the federal and state trial appeals process. But that was before the California shortage was disclosed in a court filing Saturday. Already, prosecutors have canceled a planned Sept. 14 court hearing to set an execution date for Michael Morales, who came within two hours of execution in February 2006 before prison officials canceled his lethal injection and moved to comply with a federal judge’s order to overhaul the state’s capital punishment system. Three other death row inmates – Kevin Cooper, David Raley and Mitchell Sims – may have also benefited from the shortage because they were on the short list of execution candidates. Sodium thiopental would be the first drug administered to Brown, who is to receive two shots each of 1.5 grams of the
sedative. If the warden determines Brown is still awake, he would receive two more shots of 1.5 grams, according to the state’s regulations. Once he’s unconsciousness, Brown would be injected with pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, which should prove fatal. Brown’s attorneys argue that the process puts the inmate at risk of suffering extreme pain. They also argue the regulations were drafted improperly and ignored the many public comments warning about the perils of the three-drug cocktail. On Monday, Brown asked Marin County Superior Court Judge Verna Adams to halt his execution until a lawsuit he filed with another death row inmate is resolved. The suit challenges the lethal injection regulations California deputy attorney general Jay Goldman told the judge the regulations were adopted legally after a lengthy process that included public input. Adams said she would not halt Brown’s execution. “Mr. Brown cannot prove that he will suffer pain if he is executed under the current regulations,” Adams said. Corrections officials revised the procedures after a federal judge halted the death penalty in California in 2006 amid concerns that its method of lethal injection was a form of cruel and unusual punishment.
NEW YORK (AP) — Secondgraders who can’t tie shoes or zip jackets. Four-year-olds in Pull-Ups diapers. Five-yearolds in strollers. Teens and preteens befuddled by can openers and ice-cube trays. College kids who’ve never done laundry, taken a bus alone or addressed an envelope. Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? And do we have only ourselves to blame? Or are some of these things simply the result of kids growing up with push-button technology in an era when mechanical devices are gradually being replaced by electronics? Susan Maushart, a mother of three, says her teenage daughter “literally does not know how to use a can opener. Most cans come with pull-tops these days. I see her reaching for a can that requires a can opener, and her shoulders slump and she goes for something else.” Teenagers are so accustomed to either throwing their clothes on the floor or hanging them on hooks that Maushart says her “kids actually struggle with the mechanics of a clothes hanger.” Many kids never learn to do ordinary household tasks. They have no chores. Take-out and drive-through meals have replaced home cooking. And busy families who can afford it often outsource house-cleaning and lawn care. “It’s so all laid out for them,” said Maushart, author of the forthcoming book “The Winter of Our Disconnect,” about her efforts to wean her family from its dependence on technology. “Having so much comfort and ease is what has led to this situation – the Velcro sneakers, the Pull-Ups generation. You can pee in your pants and we’ll take care of it for you!” The issue hit home for me when a visiting 12-year-old took an ice-cube tray out of my freezer, then stared at it helplessly. Raised in a world where refrigerators have push-button ice-makers, he’d never had to get cubes out of a tray – in the same way that kids growing up with pull-tab cans don’t understand can openers. But his passivity was what bothered me most. Come on, kid! If your life depended on it, couldn’t you wrestle that icecube tray to the ground? It’s not that complicated! Mark Bauerlein, author of
the best-selling book “The Dumbest Generation,” which contends that cyberculture is turning young people into know-nothings, says “the absence of technology” confuses kids faced with simple mechanical tasks. But Bauerlein says there’s a second factor: “a loss of independence and a loss of initiative.” He says that growing up with cell phones and Google means kids don’t have to figure things out or solve problems any more. They can look up what they need online or call mom or dad for step-bystep instructions. And today’s helicopter parents are more than happy to oblige, whether their kids are 12 or 22. “It’s the dependence factor, the unimaginability of life without the new technology, that is making kids less entrepreneurial, less initiative-oriented, less independent,” Bauerlein said. Teachers in kindergarten have always had to show patience with children learning to tie shoes and zip jackets, but thanks to Velcro closures, today’s kids often don’t develop those skills until they are older. Sure, harried parents are grateful for Velcro when they’re trying to get a kid dressed and out the door, and children learn to tie shoes eventually unless they have a real disability. But if they’re capable of learning to tie their shoes before they learn to read, shouldn’t we encourage them? Some skills, of course, are no longer useful. Kids don’t need to know how to add Roman numerals, write cursive or look things up in a paperbound thesaurus. But is snailmail already so outmoded that teenagers don’t need to know how to address an envelope or put the stamp in the right spot? Ask a 15-year-old to prepare an envelope some time; you might be shocked at the result. Lenore Skenazy, who writes a popular blog called FreeRange Kids, based on her book by the same name, has a different take. Skenazy, whose approach to parenting is decidedly anti-helicopter, agrees that we are partly to blame for our children’s apparent incompetence, starting when they are infants. “There is an onslaught of stuff being sold to us from the second they come out of the
womb trying to convince us that they are nincompoops,” she said. “They need to go to Gymboree or they will never hum and clap! To teach them how to walk, you’re supposed to turn your child into a marionette by strapping this thing on them that holds them up because it helps them balance more naturally than 30,000 years of evolution!” Despite all this, Skenazy thinks today’s kids are way smarter than we give them credit for: “They know how to change a photo caption on a digital photo and send it to a friend. They can add the smiley face without the colon and parentheses! They never took typing but they can type faster than I can!” Had I not been there to help that 12-year-old with the icecube tray, she added, the kid surely would have “whipped out his iPhone and clicked on his ice cube app to get a little video animated by a 6-yearold that explained how you get ice cubes out of a tray.” Friends playing devil’s advocate say I’m wrong to indict a whole generation for the decline of skills they don’t need. After all, we no longer have to grow crops, shoot deer, prime a pump or milk a cow to make dinner, but it was just a couple of generations ago that you couldn’t survive in many places without that knowledge. Others say this is simply the last gasp of the analog era as we move once and for all to the digital age. In 10 years, there won’t be any ice cube trays; every fridge will have push-button ice. But Bauerlein, a professor at Emory University who has studied culture and American life, defends my right to rail against the ignorance of youth. “That’s our job as we get old,” he said. “A healthy society is healthy only if it has some degree of tension between older and younger generations. It’s up to us old folks to remind teenagers: ‘The world didn’t begin on your 13th birthday!’ And it’s good for kids to resent that and to argue back. We want to criticize and provoke them. It’s not healthy for the older generation to say, ‘Kids are kids, they’ll grow up.’ “They won’t grow up,” he added, “unless you do your job by knocking down their hubris.”
Rutgers University encourages New Jersians to be more kind MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) — Yo, Jersey: Be nice. Rutgers University, the flagship university in a state known for ruthless mob bosses, petulant reality show stars and cutthroat drivers, is launching a two-year project to get people – at least those on campus – to behave better. Students, faculty and other employees are encouraged to attend a series of lectures, presentations and discussions on civility that start Wednesday. Residents in the community won’t be turned away if there’s space. Kathleen Hull, one of the school officials running the project, says Rutgers has some civility problems, but it’s no different from other schools. It’s as civil as the world around it, she says. But Hull realizes that some New Jerseyans relish a “rough-and-tumble” reputation. “We could come up with a new slogan: ‘Project Civility: You got a problem with that?’” she said. Student government President Yousef Saleh, a senior from Jersey City, said he sees some examples of people being civil – sharing umbrellas, for instance – but some problems, too. “One person closes their book five seconds before the end of class, and then it’s like a waterfall, everybody closes their book,” he said. “It’s disrespectful to the professor.”
And don’t get him started on the nastiness than can infuse student government politics. He doesn’t blame New Jersey. “It’s because we’re college students and we’re paying for services and we all feel entitled to have a seat on a bus, we feel there should be short lines at takeout,” he said. “We’re paying the professor so we should be able to leave class whenever we feel like it.” The project includes a series of lectures and programs, exploring such topics as how cell phones, iPods and other gadgets affect civility, and sportsmanship for athletes and fans. The first session is a presentation by P.M. Forni, author of “Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct” and founder of The Civility Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He said he’ll tell students that civility isn’t just about manners. Rather, it’s a form of the enlightened self-interest. Forni said research is finding that social intelligence – how to get along with others – is a better indicator of success than the kind of intelligence measured by IQ tests. “If you accept that life is relational, you must accept that the quality of our lives depends on the quality of our relationships,” he said. In other words: You get
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Small business stimulus will boost economy Not a day too soon, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will provide $42 billion in aid to small businesses across the nation. The stimulus money will create jobs through small business tax credits and increased lending opportunities across the nation. Our country’s small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, and putting money into the hands of individual business owners is perhaps the best way to reduce our na-
tion’s unemployment. Small business owners are always strapped for capital to expand their operations. Providing easier access to funds will help facilitate growth and get our nation’s economy back on the right track. “At this difficult time in our country, it’s essential that we keep up the fight for every job, for every new business, for every opportunity to strengthen this economy,” Obama said upon signing the bill. He also noted the difficult
battle and months of negotiations between the two parties to get the bill approved by both chambers. Even then, only two Republican senators crossed party lines to support the bill; House members voted almost exclusively with their party affiliates. Unfortunately, many Congressional Republicans used this bill – which was meant to help small business owners and boost the economy – as an opportunity to score po-
litical points in the days and weeks leading up to the November elections. “This bill does nothing to help end the uncertainty that is crippling job creation and hurting small businesses,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters last week. “Instead it puts taxpayers on the hook for even more bailouts.” It’s one thing to disapprove of massive stimulus packages, bailouts and national health care reform. Those totaled in
the trillions of dollars. It’s quite another to block legislation meant specifically to help small business owners who provide more than half of all private sector employment and 99.7 percent of U.S. firms, according to statistics provided by the Small Business Administration. It’s time to set aside political sides and do what’s best for the economy, regardless of the November elections.
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Middle East peace impossible so long as injustice remains michael levy correspondent
A few weeks ago, President Barack Obama brought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House for a new round of peace talks. For the moment at least, the talks continue. No one expected even the beginnings of a comprehensive agreement to emerge from this round of talks. Just getting the leaders at the same table was seen as an accomplishment. There are many reasons that the Israelis and Palestinians are so far from an agreement, but one stands head and shoulders above the others. And it came to the fore on Monday. Israel resumed the building of settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. To understand the significance of Israel’s building in the
West Bank and what it means for peace prospects, we must set the context of the current state of affairs. In 1947, Arabs made up the vast majority of the population of Palestine. For decades though, Jews, having suffered centuries of persecution in Europe, had been establishing settlements in Palestine under the banner of Zionism. Following the Nazi Holocaust, as the British Empire withdrew from the region, the UN partitioned Palestine into two states. 56 percent of the land area was granted to the Jews to become Israel; 46 percent remained Arab Palestine; and Jerusalem – a city held sacred by both people – was to be administered by the UN. Fighting broke out immediately between Jewish and Palestinian militias. Under threat of rape and pillage, many Palestinians were forced to flee to neighboring states. They became the refugees that now number more than 5 million and who are still unable
to return to their homes. As the British withdrew, the State of Israel was declared and promptly attacked by the surrounding nations. At the end of fighting, in 1949, Israel’s borders were drawn at what is known as the Green Line. 78 percent of historic Palestine was now Israel. East of Jerusalem, the West Bank was occupied by Jordan, and on the Mediterranean Sea, the tiny Gaza Strip was occupied by Egypt. And Palestinians were left without a place of their own. Every year, the UN reaffirms that the Green Line is the basis of the boundary between Israel and the future Palestine. In 1967, the Six-Day War led to Israel occupying the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the ensuing 43 years, Israel has retained control of both territories and maintained an active military occupation of the West Bank. The eastern third of the West Bank – the Jordan Valley – is a vast Israeli military zone and is,
with the exception of the town of Jericho, completely off limits to Palestinians. If a Palestinian wants to leave the West Bank, say to travel to neighboring Jordan to visit family living there as refugees or attend university, the Israeli military may or may not grant them clearance to do so. Even to travel between Palestinian towns within the West Bank, a Palestinian must pass through Israeli checkpoints that require leaving one’s car, being searched, questioned, and sometimes turned back for no reason. In addition to checkpoints, there are roadblocks that are nothing more than interruptions in Palestinian roads such that a car cannot travel from one town to the next. You can imagine what that does for commerce. Israeli goods and people have a separate set of roads – no checkpoints or roadblocks – that look more like our interstates. Those Israeli-only roads are there to connect Israeli settle-
ments to each other, to military bases, and to Israel-proper. More than 300,000 Israelis live in settlements the West Bank. Many of them do so because the Israeli Government offers financial incentives to do so. Most of the settler population is in and around East Jerusalem – the cultural, political, and economic capital of Palestine. Settlements form a ring around East Jerusalem, cutting it off from the neighboring Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem. Israeli’s separation barrier – a 40-foot-tall concrete wall – snakes across the Green Land and into the West Bank to encircle settlements, de facto stealing that land from Palestinians. Buffers around settlements prevent Palestinians from accessing lands their families have used for generations to graze sheep and gather olives. Groves of olive trees hundreds of years old are routinely bulldozed to make way for settlement construction.
In summary, the construction of settlements is theft of land from an occupied people. The activities surrounding the construction and maintenance of settlements furthers the impoverishment and suffering of millions of innocent Palestinians. President Obama has been admirably vocal in his opposition to resumed settlement building. Now he needs to match his words with actions. Israel maintains its occupation of Palestine only with the continued diplomatic, military, and economic support of the United States. If Obama’s goal genuinely is a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, he needs to show Israeli that it cannot do whatever it wants without repercussions. That would take tremendous political courage. But without it, business as usual will continue in Occupied Palestine, which means the continuation of injustice and suffering.
Colbert’s Congressional testimony well-placed in modern politics tomas engle correspondent
Stephen Colbert took time out of his busy schedule Friday, made even more hectic with his planned “March to Keep Fear Alive” in October, to testify in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security. For those under a rock, Colbert recently accepted a challenge from the United Farm Workers “Take Our Jobs” campaign, in which he worked as a farm laborer in upstate New York for a day picking beans and packing corn. The union’s campaign is essentially an offer to the antiimmigration crowd to follow through on their beliefs and work the jobs that illegal im-
migrants supposedly steal from American citizens. It is armed with this recent experience that Colbert testified before the subcommittee by invitation of its chairwoman, Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). While celebrities have testified before on Capitol Hill (Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and of course Michael J. Fox spring to mind) on their experiences with a certain political issue, none has ever appeared in “character.” One would think that, as a party that defines itself by a retired Hollywood actor that as governor gave amnesty to illegal aliens, Republicans would welcome the nostalgia of a faux conservative celebrity on the Hill. The reaction, though, was quite different. Just a few quotes regarding the hearing: “Colbert is making a mockery of this hearing.” “Colbert’s testimony made a
mockery of Congress.” “A congressional chairman made a joke of her committee today.” It was also described as “the most amazing public stunt before Congress” and “a waste of taxpayer’s money.” Talk about a bunch of humorless conservatives, right? Well you would be wrong. Only the last two quotes are even from conservative news outfits (National Review and America’s News, respectively), the other three are from left to mainstream news sources (ABC News, Mother Jones, Washington Post and The Hill, respectively). The conservative Republican reaction is predictable to a certain extent, but the mainstream’s and the left’s are puzzling. If Colbert coming to Congress is a liberal Democrat’s plot to poke fun at conservative Republicans, then why were so many liberals embarrassed by
his testimony? Why would a member of Rep. Lofgren’s own party, Rep. John Conyers (DMich.), try to dismiss Colbert from testifying after he gave the committee free publicity? The only answer is that those in power, Republican and Democrat alike, are afraid that Colbert’s humor will finish the job that they started: public realization that their authority is illegitimate. I recently spoke with Colbert Report follower and University 101 instructor, John Cleary, about C-SPAN receiving the coveted “Colbert bump.” Cleary dissented from the surprise in the media that Colbert stayed in character saying, “If any congressmen expected Colbert to come into this committee not in character, they are more foolish than Colbert made them look.” When asked if this appearance will affect how Colbert
followers view their own government’s legitimacy, Cleary responded, “I think that the fact that the congress had to use Colbert’s status shows just how little interest people have in their own governments. (Colbert) can’t do a worse job at it than (Congress) has already done.” I can’t help but agree with Cleary here. How can Colbert make a mockery of something when it has already been done through the actions of its members? How are Congress and the other branches of government not just cheap jokes at this point? The past decade has seen an enormous growth in the scope of government, despite every combination of party control in the White House and in Congress. We need to face the truth that political reform has been around as long as Confucius
and worked just as poorly each and every time it has been attempted since. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. What has worked, though, is the combination of satire and the will of the people. Well-placed humor can skewer those in power enough to be embarrassed by their actions (and resign or reform) or wake enough people up that the authority of the government just isn’t recognized as legitimate. Stephen Colbert has shown us in the tradition of Mark Twain and many others, the real answer to a government acting outside the will of the people. Don’t get out the vote, don’t rise up and act against the government, just sit back (maybe with some Comedy Central in the background) laugh at the government and go about your life, it will drive the power elite nuts.
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WVU moves on after LSU loss
Where WVU stands now We’re already four weeks into the college football season. Now, with the West Virginia football team approaching its first bye week of the year, it’s a time of reflection for the Mountaineers. What are the team’s strengths, its weaknesses and its areas of uncertainty? Now is the time, with the Big East Conference portion of the schedule just two weeks away, to solidify the positives and correct those flaws. Sure, a couple of worrisome aspects of the team showed up in the Mountaineers’ first three games of the season, but in the team’s loss to LSU, those problems were made more evident. Here’s just a couple of thoughts on where the team stands thus far: In order for this offense to succeed, Tavon Austin must get his share The Mountaineers’ game against LSU showed what their offense could be like when Tavon Austin gets frequent touches, and what it would be like when WVU fails to get the ball in the sophomore’s hands. Austin, who entered the game leading the Big East Conference in receptions and receiving yards, caught only three passes against the Tigers. Two of those receptions went for at least 13 yards, including a 17-yard reception on WVU’s first possession of the second half that set up a Mountaineer touchdown. It wasn’t that West Virginia wasn’t trying to go to Austin. WVU quarterback Geno Smith attempted nine passes to Austin, including twice on the team’s final possession. Austin dropped two of the six
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West Virginia running back Noel Devine, right, dives to the ground as five LSU defenders try to tackle him during the teams’ game Saturday. The Mountaineers’ running back rushed for just 37 yards in the 20-14 loss.
Mountaineers have two weeks to learn from loss before they play UNLV By Tony Dobies Sports Editor
West Virginia head football coach Bill West Virginia walked out of Stewart gives an update on running “Death Valley” with a bruised back Noel Devine’s injury on page 8. ego. The Mountaineers felt like they let a win slip away. After starting the season 3-0, the Mountaineers stumbled in their fourth game against now No. 10 LSU in a 20-14 loss. Because of that, West Virginia fell out of the top 25 polls for the first time this season. “We’re not the type of guys that dwell on the past,”
After physical stretch, Mountaineers relying on their conditioning By Ben Gaughan Sports writer
All the conditioning, weight lifting and drills a team puts in during the offseason could have a significant effect by the middle of the season. The West Virginia women’s soccer is finding that out now. After three straight physical games against Virginia, Marquette and South Florida, the Mountaineers are preparing to head into the meat of their Big East Conference schedule. “Any game you go into, you know teams are going to bring that physical aspect,” said sophomore midfielder Caroline Szwed. “So, you need to go into the game ready and knowing that’s what they’re going to bring, and you’re going to have to bring more.” The Mountaineers know having an effective strength and conditioning program can go a long way to staying competitive throughout a season, especially in the Big East. West Virginia head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has confidence in the way her team has prepared all season, and said the team is ready for what is yet to come. “Now, it’s all about mental toughness, and it’s all about what you do in the weight room and how you’re going to finish a game,” Izzo-Brown said. “I thought the girls, there’s two different speeds, and I think (assistant strength and conditioning coach) Jerry Handley is one of the best strength coaches in the country and obviously it helped us (against South Florida).” At the end of the South Florida game Sunday, several players on both teams were lying on the ground, bruised and battered. There was one counter attack after another – particularly in the second half – causing the players to become even more
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said WVU quarterback Geno Smith, who had his worst statistical game as a starter in the loss to LSU. “We’re just going to look at the film and see how we can get better.” The Mountaineers will get a longer look at the tape this week and could allow the loss to sink in a little deeper than normal, as West Virginia will have two weeks before it plays
another game. The Mountaineers don’t play this weekend, but they do play Oct. 9 against UNLV. “We have to regroup, and we have a week to get healed up to get ready to play UNLV at home,” said WVU head coach Bill Stewart after the game. West Virginia was mixed on whether having a week off would be beneficial to the team. On one hand, redshirt freshman Stedman Bailey said the off week will provide some of his teammates the
rest they need to head into Big East Conference play in three weeks at full strength. “It’s a learning experience. We’ll just learn from this, regroup and head forward,” he said. “(The bye week) gives us time to regroup and figure out all the kinks. I kind of wish we had a game so we could stay in our groove and keep flowing. I guess it will be alright.” Among those injured this season is starting running back Noel Devine, who was injured after an LSU player hit him out of bounds. While Devine sat out a ma-
jority of the first half in the loss to LSU with what was called a bruise to a toe on his right foot. He returned to the game, and Stewart said Monday that Devine is sore and would receive treatments later in the day. “He is sore as can be right now,” Stewart said. “Hopefully it can heal up in a couple of weeks.” Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen said he would rather play this weekend instead of having a week off before the
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When: Tonight at 7 Where: Morgantown (Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium) WVU coach: Nikki Izzo-Brown (15th year, 206-86-32) Pitt coach: Sue-Moy Chin (eighth year, 44-66-17)
exhausted in the final minutes. Life is not going to get any easier for the Mountaineers, as they take on Pittsburgh in a rescheduled match tonight at 7 at Dick Dlesk Stadium. Szwed said the team has to bring intensity day in and day out, just like the opposing team will do. If the Mountaineers are able to do that, Szwed knows the team will have worked as hard as possible. “Strength and conditioning is huge, because that’s where we get our physicality,” the sophomore said. “That’s how we shield the ball. That’s how we play tough. Without strength and conditioning, we wouldn’t be able to compete and with the program that Jerry and our coaching staff established, I think that it really helps us in the games.” Because of the confidence the team has in its training and the amount it progresses on the practice field every day, it knows it can only play as hard as possible and play to its advantages in order to come out on top. All of the sweat and pain the Mountaineers have gone through keeps them going through Big East play. “Every day is gameday, so we have to be ready whenever the game is,” Szwed said. “Pitt is that much bigger of a game for us. So, we have to come out with a win on Pitt and nothing less.” email@example.com
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For more information, e-mail wvu@ firstbook.org. CYCLING CLUB meets at 8 p.m. A POLISH EVENING will be in the Bluestone Room of the hosted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mountainlair. For more information, Mountainlair Ballrooms as part of the visit www.WVUcycling.com. Cultural Attaches Series. For more inTHE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASformation, e-mail vivien.exartier@ SOCIATION meets at 7:30 p.m. at Hatmail.wvu.edu or visit http://stufields in the Mountainlair. For more dentlife.wvu.edu/multiculturalproinformation, stop by the SGA or SOS grams.html. offices in the Mountainlair. WVU ULTIMATE CLUB/TEAM meets at 5 p.m. at the WVU Intramural Fields and is always looking for Sept. 29 new participants. Experience playWVU SKI TEAM/CLUB meets at 6 ing ultimate frisbee isn’t necessary. p.m. in the Conference Room of the For more information, e-mail Zach Student Recreation Center. No ski ex- at email@example.com or visit perience is necessary. 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For profit organization serving West more information, call 304-288-0817 Virginians with HIV/AIDS, needs donations of food and personal care or 304-879-5752. MCM is hosted at 7:37 p.m. in the items and volunteers to support all Campus Ministry Center at 293 Wil- aspects of the organization’s activities. For more information, call ley St. All are welcome. BCM meets at 8:30 p.m. at the 304-985-0021. CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING First Baptist Church on High Street. THE CARRUTH CENTER offers a SERVICES are provided for free by grief support group for students the Carruth Center for Psychologistruggling from a significant per- cal and Psychiatric Services. A walksonal loss from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in clinic is offered weekdays from 9 on the third floor of the Student Ser- a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples vices Building. AMIZADE has representa- and group counseling. 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BORN TODAY This year, tap into your mind more often than your feelings, unless you have been successful at blending both. Your first idea, your knee-jerk reaction, will be right-on most of the time. Don’t minimize the importance of following through. If you are attached, your partner seems to be transforming right in front of you. Don’t push or demand. Where you have manipulated will backfire sooner rather than later. If you are single, you intensely want a relationship. Go for the person who is very different from your past choices. GEMINI provokes thought.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHH Keep your thoughts and feelings out of the mix with people right now. You are moody, and what irked you one day might not even be a blip on your radar the next. Tonight: Just for you.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHHH A discussion reveals your level of commitment to a key project. You need to honor another’s needs and the ability to change and transform. What might have worked originally might not any longer. Tonight: Hang out with a pal.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Take a stand and move forward toward a better idea through a brainstorming session. No one can have all the ideas all the time. Your willingness to encourage other views helps make friends and associates feel valued. Tonight: A must appearance.
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH You could be awestruck by what can be completed and handled. Finances flutter up and down, personally or professionally. Finally, you see the opening through which you will be able to walk and feel good about the choice. Tonight: Do for a loved one. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH After feeling so tired and pressured, you bloom and resonate with whatever calls your name. A partner has attempted to make adjustment after adjustment. Stop and take a complete, caring and empathetic look at this person. He or she needs your time. Tonight: Whatever feels
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHHH Bring people together in a meeting. The power of a group cannot be denied in succeeding on a project. Though you need to make several adjustments to keep the troops together, it is worth it. Screen your calls; a friend might be very needy. Tonight: Where the action is.
LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH Reach out for more information. Perhaps you have given some time and thought to taking a workshop or expanding your knowledge in your chosen field. If you are questioning information, do your own research or find an expert. Tonight: Choose a different type of happening. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH Your directness will be appreciated by those you speak to. Be aware that several people in your life might need a touch of diplomacy. Listen to a totally different viewpoint. Tonight: Finally, some quality time!
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH Sometimes you get so wound up you cannot see past the immediate. If you find yourself in a self-propelled whirlwind, stop. Defer to others. Listen to their ideas. Give up being a force for at least one day. Meanwhile, try to center yourself. Tonight: The only answer is “yes.” CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH Keep focusing, despite the chaotic activity that surrounds you. Your attitude finally wears off on others. Clear out a task that has felt like a burden. Be open to a new path, thought or approach. Tonight: Remember to get some exercise. Walk the dog after dinner. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHHH Your mind might be overactive. Cut the judgments and overthinking. Creativity can flow once you allow the spice to turn on. Sometimes you interfere with yourself! Note how flirtatious a key person might be. Are you going to respond? Tonight: Think less about work and more about fun. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH You could be dragging from the moment you wake up. If you can, take some time off and indulge yourself. Recharging your batteries is a wise choice. You cannot be effective without paying a little more attention to your well-being. Tonight: Close to home. BORN TODAY Actress Brigitte Bardot (1934), actress Hilary Duff (1987), actress Naomi Watts (1968)
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Mountaineers rebound after loss to Irish Coach Samara BY Sebouh Majarian Sports Correspondent
The senior trio of Abby Norman, Bonnie West and Lauren Evans helped the West Virginia volleyball team (11-6, 1-1) bounce back from a loss to Notre Dame and earn its first Big East Conference win over DePaul in Chicago Sunday. After being swept by the Fighting Irish (9-5, 2-0) in South Bend Friday, The Mountaineers recovered nicely with a 3-0 (33-31, 25-21, 25-16) sweep over the Blue Demons. Against DePaul, Norman and Evans combined for 31 kills and a .480 hitting average. Norman led the team with 16 kills, while Evans recorded 15 of her own. Captain Bonnie West set the tone defensively for the Mountaineers as she recorded 23 digs. First-year head coach Jill Kramer was satisfied to win her first Big East Conference match, but recognizes that it’s only the team’s second conference game, and there are plenty of matches remaining on the schedule. “We’ve been talking about how every match is one step closer to where we want to be, and that’s the Big East Tournament,” Kramer said. “We just have to take it match by match, and if we stay focused on only the match ahead, then we’ll be fine.” The Mountaineers won a tightly contested first set against the Blue Demons with the help of six kills apiece from Norman, Evans and Illinois native Michelle Kopecky. Most of those kills were set up by setter Kari Post as she recorded 19 assists in the set. West Virginia executed its offense almost flawlessly in the final two sets, as WVU recorded 36 team kills with only three attacking errors. “We can be very effective when we pass and set each other up like that,” Kramer said. “Kari (Post) did a great job
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putting up consistent balls for whomever she was setting.” Post continued her strong play this weekend. The junior recorded her sixth double-double of the year against Notre Dame with 25 assists and 10 digs and posted 48 assists and seven digs against DePaul. West Virginia dropped its road opener Friday, 3-0 (25-10, 2-19, 28-26) in front of nearly 4,100 fans at Notre Dame’s Purcell Pavillion. The Fighting Irish dominated the first two sets as they went on two big runs to take the momentum behind their crowd. With the Mountaineers trailing 12-9, the Irish went on the 13-1 run to claim the first set. The second set featured more of the same as the Irish never trailed. With a 12-6 lead, Notre Dame went on a 6-0 run to take a comfortable lead. The Mountaineers didn’t quit as they responded with a 5-0 of their own, but it was too late as Notre Dame won the set on a kill by freshman Andrea McHugh. “We made a string of errors and it was hard for us to climb out of it,” Kramer said. WVU led for almost the entire third set and even had the match at set point with a 24-19 lead before Notre Dame went on a 5-0 run to tie it. With two consecutive kills from junior Kristen Dealy, the Irish went on to win the set and match. Serinna Russo led the Mountaineers with 17 digs while West added 14 more digs to her school record. Russo fell one kill short of a double-double against DePaul as she tallied nine kills and 19 digs. WVU now trails in the series 15-3 against the Irish. The Mountaineers now shift their focus to their upcoming matches against Seton Hall and Rutgers this weekend. email@example.com
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West Virginia junior setter Kari Post finished her team’s weekend matches against Notre Dame and DePaul with 73 assists and 17 digs.
First-year West Virginia tennis head coach Tina Samara led the Mountaineers to a pair of runner-up finishes in singles competition at the Eastern Championships in New York. It was the first time Samara, who took over the program Sept. 15, was able to see her Mountaineers competitively for the first time. She said she came away impressed with the talent the team showed. “It was good for me to see them play, and I saw a lot of good things done by them this weekend,” Samara said in a statement. West Virginia sophomore Emily Mathis came out on top of a third-set tiebreaker to qualify for the flight “B” finals, and freshman Melis Tanik made it to her second finals match of the fall, as she represented WVU in the flight “D” finale. Both came up short in the finals, however, as Mathis fell 6-3, 6-4 to Massachusetts’ Julia Comas. Tanik lost her match with UMASS’s Jessica Podlofsky, 7-5, 6-0. West Virginia junior Veronica Cardenas played into the semifinal stages of flight “C,” while the Mountaineers’ new-look doubles tandem of junior Catie Wickline and freshman Anna Rodionova was downed in the consolation finals match by Fordham’s Monika Chao and Bethany Boyle. The pair beat Providence’s Courtney Fuller and Christina Troy earlier in the day. “We did pretty well this weekend having two girls make it to the finals out of the four brackets we were in,” Samara said in the release. “They all fought hard, and, with the right work, I think we’re going to do really well this year.” — Staff
Buffalo releases quarterback Trent Edwards Man convicted of murder in Adenhart death ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)— Chan Gailey needed to see Ryan Fitzpatrick put some life into Buffalo’s anemic offense just once before deciding Trent Edwards was expendable. “After the way that Fitz played yesterday, I feel very confident about the direction we’re going,” Buffalo’s first-year coach said Monday, a day after the Bills (03) were beaten 38-30 by the New England Patriots. “Trent did the best he could, and he’s a great young man and I wish him the best.” The Bills waived Edwards in a surprising move Monday, a few weeks after Gailey said he saw “light at the end of the tunnel” with Edwards as his starter. With Fitzpatrick the starter, Brian Brohm moves into the backup role. Although the Bills lost Sunday, Fitzpatrick picked up the offense with 247 yards passing and 374 total yards – producing more offense in one game than Edwards managed in his two starts to open the season. Edwards was in his fourth season after being selected by the team in the third round of the 2007 draft and eventually replaced J.P. Losman midway through his rookie season. He went 14-18 as a starter. Edwards was benched the day after going 11 of 18 for 102 yards and two interceptions in a 34-7 loss at Green Bay on Sept. 19. He showed little improvement a week after going 18 of 34 for 139 yards and a touchdown in a 15-10 loss to Miami. It marked the second time he lost the starting job to Fitzpatrick in consecutive seasons. Gailey wouldn’t place all the credit for the offensive improvement on the quarterback change, but noted the unit was more effective under Fitzpatrick. “It wasn’t just one thing, but I think that Fitz did go in and play fairly well,” Gailey said even though Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions. Players were caught by surprise, many learning of Edwards’ release as it was broadcast in the locker room on a TV sportscast before team meetings. “He was our starting quarterback two weeks ago, and something like this happens, it’s got to be a shock to everybody,” receiver Roscoe Parrish said. “We have to move on. We can’t dwell on that.” Fitzpatrick was informed of the decision by Gailey, but that didn’t make it any less surprising. “I think it caught everybody off-guard. Trent’s a well-respected and well-liked guy in the locker room,” Fitzpatrick said. “Personally for me, this one’s tough because we spent so much time together. He’ll rebound and move on from this. And we’ve got to move forward.” Edwards was spotted briefly outside the locker room shaking
hands with several players. Edwards then went into the nearby equipment room and did not comment on his release. Edwards’ release marks a sudden reversal for a player who earned Gailey’s confidence by beating out Fitzpatrick and Brohm in an offseason competition. Edwards failed to build on that trust by reverting to his familiar hesitant form which, a year ago, led Bills fans to label him as “Trent-ative” and “Captain Checkdown.” Gailey acknowledged he is open to second-guessing after how quickly Edwards went from starter to being cut. “I can see where people would look at that and wonder what’s going on,” he said. “I felt that as we looked and evaluated everything that we had seen up to this point that this was the direction for the future of our football team.” The Bills plays the New York Jets (2-1) on Sunday. San Francisco fires offensive coordinator Their offense in a funk, the winless San Francisco 49ers fired coordinator Jimmy Raye on Monday. Raye was dismissed one day after San Francisco lost 31-10 at Kansas City to fall to 0-3. The 49ers have scored 38 points, second fewest in the NFL behind Carolina. Mike Johnson will move from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Offensive assistant Jason Michael will take over as quarterbacks coach. Coach Mike Singletary said he made the decision after spending the night looking at game film. “One thing I want you to understand is if I make a decision, it’s my decision,” he said. “The thing that I have control over is the 53-man staff, the 53man roster and the staff, who is on my coaching staff. That is my decision.” The 49ers were considered a favorite in the NFC West this year, but their offense has stalled, plagued by turnovers and a weak running game. “I just felt that for the overall scheme of things, where we are, I just felt that right now that Mike Johnson would do a good job,” Singletary said. “I think Mike will do a good job of bringing the staff together. “I think Mike is a great communicator. I think Mike is a great teacher. I think he’s a visionary. I think he understands what we’re trying to accomplish and I think the players will embrace him.” Singletary denied any knowledge that the Chiefs knew the 49ers’ offensive signals, saying he hadn’t heard anything about it. Raye was in his second season with the 49ers. He has spent more than 30 years in coaching,
including a previous stint with San Francisco as wide receivers coach in 1977. Raye and Singletary often disagreed on how to get the offense rolling. Quarterback Alex Smith has been inconsistent, as have the receivers, with only running back Frank Gore a steady contributor. After the 49ers’ 31-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the opener, Raye took the blame for the team’s problems on offense. “I bear all the responsibility for the way we operate on offense,” Raye said then. “I’m the leader. It’s my watch.” Not any longer. But Singletary wasn’t having any of that blame-sharing, anyway. “I would put all of it on my shoulders,” Singletary said. Raiders’ Hall of Fame QB George Blanda dies at 83 George Blanda, who played longer than anyone in pro football history and racked up the most points in a career that spanned four decades, mostly with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, died Monday. He was 83. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of the great George Blanda,” the Raiders said Monday in confirming his death. “George was a brave Raider and a close personal friend of Raiders owner Al Davis.” The Pro Football Hall of Fame said on its website that Blanda died Monday after a brief illness. Blanda retired a month shy of his 49th birthday before the 1976 season. He spent 10 seasons with the Bears, part of one with the Baltimore Colts, seven with the Houston Oilers and his final nine with the Raiders. He held the pro scoring record when he retired, with 2,002 points. He kicked 335 field goals and 943 extra points, running for nine touchdowns and throwing for 236 more. He also threw for 26,920 yards in his career and held the pro football record with 277 interceptions until Brett Favre passed him in 2007. His points record stood until it was topped by several players in recent years. “It certainly doesn’t bother me,” Blanda said about losing the scoring record. “The one record I was happy to get rid of was the one for the most interceptions, when Brett Favre got that one.” It was a five-game stretch for Oakland in 1970 that is the lasting imprint of his career. As a 43-year-old, Blanda led the Raiders to four wins and one tie with late touchdown passes or field goals. Later that season, he became the oldest quarterback to play in a championship game, throwing two touchdown passes and kicking a field goal in Oakland’s 27-
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A jury convicted a drunken driver of murder Monday in the deaths of promising rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends. Andrew Gallo, 23, held white rosary beads and occasionally looked up at jurors as they returned convictions on three counts of second-degree murder and single counts of drunken driving, hit-and-run driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. Gallo, who had a previous DUI conviction, was led away in handcuffs and briefly looked over his shoulder at sobbing relatives of the victims who had gathered in the Orange County courtroom. “What this case has shown is that the accelerator, the gas pedal on an automobile in the wrong hands is as dangerous as the trigger on a gun,” Nigel Pearson, the father of 25-yearold victim Henry Pearson, said outside court. “And in the wrong hands, it can devastate
the lives of many, many people.” Gallo faces 50 years to life in state prison at his scheduled sentencing on Dec. 10. His attorney Jacqueline Goodman said Gallo would appeal. “I think it’s tragic,” she told reporters. “I think there’s been a miscarriage of justice.” Prosecutors said they charged the case as a seconddegree murder instead of the lesser charge of manslaughter because Gallo had a previous DUI conviction, had specific knowledge of the dangers of drinking and driving from his own experience, and had signed a court form from the earlier case saying he understood he could be charged with murder if he drove drunk again and killed someone. To win a murder conviction, prosecutors had to show Gallo acted with implied malice, intentionally drove drunk, acted with a conscious disregard for human life, and knew from his personal experience that he could kill someone. Adenhart, 22, died just hours
after pitching six scoreless innings in his season debut. Pearson and Courtney Stewart, 20, also died in the April 9, 2009, collision in Fullerton. Passenger Jon Wilhite was severely injured. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said it was the 11th DUI-related murder conviction in the county since 2008. “People are dying here,” Rackauckas told reporters. “We want to get the message out there as well as we can that people will be prosecuted for murder when they engage in this type of conduct.” Jurors, who began deliberations Thursday, said they had intense discussions and were well-aware that Gallo had not only ruined the lives of the victims’ families but also his own. “It was emotional,” juror Beth Smith said after leaving the courtroom. “I think a lot of us lost sleep over this.” Her eyes welling with tears, Stewart’s mother said she felt relieved to finally have a verdict.
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Tuesday September 28, 2010
Stewart: Devine will heal in ‘a couple weeks’ by matthew peaslee sports writer
West Virginia running back Noel Devine, after injuring a toe on his right foot in Saturday’s 20-14 loss to LSU, has received treatment for the injury and should be healed “in a couple weeks.” “He had two treatments (today),” Stewart said. “He’s sore as can be.” The Mountaineers’ senior running back was injured on the team’s second offensive drive when LSU’s reserve linebacker Lamin Barrow tackled Devine out of bounds forcing a late-hit, personal-foul penalty. He would attempt to fight through the pain, but was
largely ineffective, averaging a miniscule and uncharacteristic 2.6 yards on 14 carriers. The Mountaineers were equally as ineffective on offense. WVU had 177 yards of total offense against LSU – the fewest amount since 2003. Stewart said the injury changed the outcome of the game Saturday. “I sure would have liked to have had him,” Stewart said. “But, just pick up the saber and go with the next one. Would have loved to him in the complete game, would have loved to have him healthy.” Devine finished with 14 carries for 37 yards against the Tigers. That was his lowest output since he was named a
starter his sophomore season in 2008. Devine and the rest of the Mountaineers will have a week off to heal up any injuries before they take on UNLV Oct. 9. Notes zz After watching tape from his team’s loss to LSU, Stewart was able to find some positives. Stewart praised his team’s effort in the contest. He said his team played “hard, physical and emotional.” Stewart was also proud that his team was in a position to win despite the odds against the Mountaineers. “We had the ball, firstand-10, at the 30-yard line with about 12 minutes to go and to take the lead,” Stewart said.
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“We played them toe-to-toe.” Stewart said there is still a long season to go. “We’re 3-1, and we’ll just have to see how this turns out,” Stewart said. “(We’ll) hold people accountable, press on and continue to have a good year.” zz Stewart said the Mountaineers will use this week to prepare for the future. Several WVU coaches flew out of Louisiana en route to different parts of the country on recruiting trips. zz This was the first week of the season that no WVU player was listed on the Big East Conference’s players of the week and weekly honor roll. firstname.lastname@example.org
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West Virginia running back Noel Devine is tackled out of bounds by LSU defender Lamin Barrow.
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Robinson expected to play for Michigan Saturday vs. Indiana ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Denard Robinson’s injury was more scare than serious. Robinson hurt his left knee in the first quarter against Bowling Green and didn’t return, but said after Saturday’s game he was OK and two days later his coach concurred. “Denard should be fine,” said Michigan head coahc Rich Rodriguez. “He’s got a bruise.” Rodriguez planned to limit Robinson’s activity Monday before letting him practice Tuesday to prepare to start for the 19th-ranked Wolverines (4-0) in the Big Ten opener Saturday at Indiana (3-0). Clearly, Robinson improves Michigan’s chances of staying undefeated. He’s averaging a nation-high 172 yards rushing and is second with nearly 355 yards of offense, with six rushing touchdowns and four TD passes. Michigan’s backups, Devin Gardner and Tate Forcier, moved the ball well enough to help Michigan beat Bowling Green 65-21. “Other guys can run the offense – Denard is special,” Rodriguez said. “He’s got the ability to break every play himself, he’s so explosive as a runner.” Rodriguez, though, has no plans to alter his offense that calls for Robinson to often carry the ball himself. “This is a physical game, quarterbacks get hit,” he said. “Sometimes they get hit when they’re running. A lot of times they get hit when they’re dropback passers. You see that every day in the college and the NFL.” Rodriguez does plan to lessen the load on Robinson during practice by having him hand off and pass more than usual, but Robinson isn’t going to just hang out and watch all week before to stay fresh for the Hoosiers. “The quarterback especially has to stay in there to stay sharp,” Rodriguez said. “You
Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, 12, and teammates look on as medical personnel tend to Pitt linebacker Dan Mason in the third quarter against Miami in Pittsburgh, Thursday. Miami won 31-3.
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Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, 16, is pulled down by Bowling Green defensive back Cameron Truss, 30, during the first quarter of the two teams’ game Saturday. don’t have to run him as much. You blow the whistle after he gets 5 yards downfield instead of running 40. Denard is pretty fast. He gets down there 40 yards pretty quick. You just have to blow a quick whistle.”
supervision from a 2009 arrest for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. Thornton is due in court Oct. 13. Rietz said he could be sentenced to up to a year in jail for the earlier misdemeanor offense. Illinois lineman arrested The 19-year-old Thornton CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — An did not respond to an e-mail Illinois football spokesman says seeking comment. coach Ron Zook has not decided whether offensive lineGeorgia, Oregon cancel man Hugh Thornton will play series against Ohio State after the ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georplayer’s arrest. gia and Oregon have agreed Illinois spokesman Kent to cancel plans for a two-game Brown said Monday that Thorn- series in 2015 and 2016. ton is practicing following his Georgia announced on Monarrest Sunday after a fight in a day that the games at Orecampus bar. gon in 2015 and at Georgia in Champaign County State’s 2016 were canceled by mutual Attorney Julia Rietz said Thorn- agreement of the schools. ton was not charged in the The contract for the homefight. But after allegedly admit- and-home series was signed ting he used someone else’s ID in 2006. to get in the bar she has filed No reason was given for canpaperwork to revoke his court celing the games.
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incompletions. Then again, trying to catch a pass while being defended against by Patrick Peterson isn’t the easiest thing to do. Health could be this team’s ultimate demise At one point in the game, West Virginia was without Noel Devine, Jock Sanders and Josh Jenkins on offense. At another point, Pat Lazear, Julian Miller and Will Clarke were off the field on defense while Robert Sands continued to play hurt. It’s been an ongoing dilemma for the team this season. At no point this year has the entire WVU starting defensive lineup been on the field at the same time – a scary thought considering the unit’s success thus far. The injuries on offense have been rare up to this point, but now the unit’s best player has to heal a foot injury and a key cog in the offensive line is nursing a leg injury. While the Mountaineers said the upcoming bye week isn’t going to be enjoyable with the bad taste in their mouth from the LSU loss, the break does give the
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nobody can accuse Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt of panicking following the Panthers’ worst loss at home in nine seasons. Wannstedt decided against making major changes despite the 31-3 defeat to No. 16 Miami, and that means the unproductive quarterback Tino Sunseri remains the starter and all 11 defensive starters will stay in the lineup Saturday against winless Florida International (0-3). Wannstedt’s message to his players: It’s no time to panic, especially since the first Big East game isn’t until Oct. 16. With a 1-2 record that includes losses to the ranked Hurricanes and No. 13 Utah, Pitt is off to its worst start under Wannstedt since opening 0-3 during his first season in 2005. The one lineup change is Lucas Nix shifting from right tackle to right guard and 315-pound junior Jordan Gibbs starting at right tackle. Going to the bench is Greg Gaskins, who had trouble blocking during Pitt’s worst loss at Heinz Field since a 42-10 defeat to Syracuse in 2001. Wannstedt hopes the alterations create more running room for Dion Lewis, who has been held to 158 yards and a
team an opportunity to get rest with the Big East Conference schedule quickly approaching. This especially holds true in Lazear’s case. The linebacker can heal his knee this week and likely play little against a weak UNLV squad. This gives him two more weeks to mend before WVU faces South Florida on Oct. 14. Whether or not the team gets healthy and remains healthy could be the difference between winning a Big East Conference Championship. Special Teams is nowhere near where it needs to be The Mountaineers’ special teams play against LSU was a reminder that WVU hasn’t fully recovered from its special teams woes from a season ago. West Virginia gave up a 60yard punt return for a touchdown while punter Gregg Pugnetti averaged 40 yards per punt. More importantly, LSU’s average starting field position was on its own 42yard line. More noticeably, the opponent’s ability to break through the line on field goal attempts is the most disappointing aspect of WVU’s special teams unit this season. Kicker Tyler Bitancurt has already missed
3.0 yards per carry average. Last season, Lewis ran for 398 yards in his first three college games en route to a 1,799-yard season. “I hate to make a change in one position when we’re struggling as a group,” Wannstedt said Monday. “When you don’t win a game, when you get beat like we did on Thursday, as a coach you have the tendency to look at everything under the microscope a lot closer after a loss than you do after a win.” One problem is that Wannstedt lacks the flexibility to make substantial changes at numerous positions. While Sunseri looked overmatched at times during his first three college starts, the only experienced backup is junior Pat Bostick. He has been unable to win the job despite leading Pitt to road wins against Notre Dame (2008) and West Virginia (2007) in his last two starts. Sunseri’s inability to consistently get the ball downfield is making it even harder for Lewis to find running room. While backup Ray Graham had a pair of 100-yard games, Lewis gained only 27 yards against New Hampshire and 41 against Miami. “I think that until we start becoming more consistent in the
three field goals this season, including two against LSU, although only one of those could be completely blamed on him. He only missed two field goal attempts a season ago. West Virginia isn’t good enough yet to make up for a lackluster special teams unit.
passing game, they’re going to overplay the run,” Wannstedt said. “I think that as we become more consistent in the passing game that will force people to back out of there a little bit.” Sunseri is 48 of 77 for 520 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, and was 8 of 15 for 61 yards while often looking confused against a fast and aggressive Miami defense. “We’re going through some growing pains with the quarterback now; (we’re) looking at what he can do, what he can’t do,” Wannstedt said. “We have played two pretty good defenses in Utah and Miami, where you didn’t have a couple of cushion games to build your confidence. ... We have to get a lot better there. Tino Sunseri knows it, we’re addressing it and we’re trying to do some things to help that situation.” Pitt will be without sophomore linebacker Dan Mason (dislocated right kneecap) for the rest of the season. He also has ligament damage and will undergo surgery later this week. Mason is eligible to be redshirted. Florida International was competitive in losses against Rutgers (19-14) and Texas A&M (27-20) before losing to Maryland 42-28 on Saturday.
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The Mountaineers are still the clear favorite to win the Big East The loss hurts for WVU. They all do. But in reality, it did nothing more than knock the Mountaineers out of the top 25 and put a loss on their record – neither factor into what West Virginia can still accomplish this season. WVU showed Saturday that it could hang with a legitimate SEC opponent in a hostile environment. No other team in the Big East could have done what the Mountaineers were able to do, even with the loss. West Virginia has the most talent in the Big East, and when they put it all together, the Big East Championship is the Mountaineers’ to lose. Whether it corrects the first three factors will play a large part in whether or not that belief becomes reality.
team takes on UNLV. “You never like going into (the bye week) with a loss,” Mullen said. Either way, all of the players and coaches who spoke with the media after the game Saturday evening said the LSU game will give the team added experience for the rest of the season. “The speed is different. Those guys were flying around and all over the place,” Bailey said. “This loss will help us focus and get back on what we need to do.” The pressure is now centered on the Mountaineers’ senior class to move West Virginia forward from the loss to LSU and keep its focus toward its ultimate goal of a Big East title. “We’ve got to pick it up from here,” said WVU nose tackle Chris Neild. “We have a bye week before UNLV comes to our house. But, we’ve got to bounce back from this. “A loss is never a good thing, but you learn from a loss. Things that we will learn from this loss will really help us out a lot for the rest of the season.”
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In this March 23, 1998 file photo, actress Gloria Stuart arrives at the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Stuart was nominated for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in the film “Titanic.”
‘Titanic’ star Gloria Stuart dies at 100 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gloria Stuart, the 1930s Hollywood beauty who gave up acting for 30 years and later became the oldest Academy Award acting nominee as the spunky survivor in “Titanic,” has died. She was 100. Stuart died of respiratory failure Sunday night at her Los Angeles home, her daughter, Sylvia Thompson, said Monday. The actress had been diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago and had beaten breast cancer about 20 years ago, Thompson said. “She did not believe in illness. She paid no attention to it, and it served her well,” Thompson said. “She had a great life. I’m not sad. I’m happy for her.” In her youth, Stuart was a blond beauty who starred in B pictures as well as some higherprofile ones such as “The Invisible Man,” Busby Berkeley’s “Gold Diggers of 1935” and two Shirley Temple movies, “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.” But by the mid-1940s she had retired. She resumed acting in the 1970s, doing occasional television and film work, including Peter O’Toole’s 1982 comedy “My Favorite Year.” But Stuart’s later career would have remained largely a footnote if James Cameron had not chosen her for his 1997 epic about the doomed luxury liner that struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. Stuart co-starred as Rose Calvert, the 101-year-old survivor played by Kate Winslet as a young woman. Both earned Oscar nominations, Winslet as best actress and Stuart as supporting actress. “I am so saddened to hear of the loss of this remarkable woman,” Winslet said. “I feel blessed to have met her, known her and to have acted alongside her. Anyone who spent time in her presence will know what an extraordinary shining light she truly was. She will be deeply missed.” Cameron wanted an actress who was “still viable, not alcoholic, rheumatic or falling
down,” Stuart once said. Then in her mid-80s, Stuart endured hours in the makeup chair so she could look 15 years older, and she traveled to the Atlantic location, where the wreck of the real Titanic was photographed. “Titanic” took in $1.8 billion worldwide to become the biggest modern blockbuster, a position it held until Cameron’s “Avatar” came along last year and passed it on the box-office chart. It was the first time in Oscar history that two performers were nominated for playing the same character in the same film, and it made the 87-yearold Stuart the oldest acting nominee in history. “Anchors aweigh!” Stuart said when nominations were announced in February 1998. The film’s release was preceded by delays and speculation that it could turn into a colossal flop. Of the film’s doubters, Stuart said: “They were dissing it all around. That happens in Hollywood.” Stuart was thought by many to be the sentimental favorite for the supporting-actress prize, but the award went to Kim Basinger for “L.A. Confidential.” But she capitalized on her renewed fame by writing a memoir, “I Just Kept Hoping,” which raised eyebrows because of its sexual frankness, including reflections on free love and a statement that Stuart was devoted to masturbation. Shortly after her 100th birthday on July 4, Stuart was honored with a tribute at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “She talked with a thousand or so people as if they were in her living room,” Stuart’s daughter said. “She was just the ultimate hostess.” The best known of her early film work came in two of the celebrated series of horror films by director James Whale. In 1932’s “The Old Dark House,” Stuart plays one of the travelers who take refuge in a spooky home peopled with strange characters, one played
by Boris Karloff, fresh off his star-making turn in Whale’s “Frankenstein.” In 1933’s “The Invisible Man,” Stuart is the love interest for the scientist (Claude Rains) who makes himself invisible. Among her other films were the Eddie Cantor comedy “Roman Scandals,” John Ford’s “The Prisoner of Shark Island” and a string of dramas. She said she quit the business because she was tired of playing “girl detective, girl reporter and Shirley Temple’s friend.” A founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, Stuart said in an interview with The Associated Press last summer that she realized she would not achieve the level of success of Hollywood’s top stars. “I didn’t get to be Greta Garbo,” Stuart said. “Terrible. A terrible blow. It took me a long time to get over that. But I’m over that.” Still, Stuart brought spirit and intelligence to many routine plots. “The Girl on the Front Page” is typical of such films. Made in 1936, it tells the story of a socialite who inherits a newspaper when her father dies suddenly. Stuart’s character decides to learn the business by working anonymously as a reporter, and after some sparring with the tough editor, she winds up helping him solve a murder-blackmail plot. In her later years, she took an occasional role in television, but before doing “Titanic,” she had not worked in several years. She also became an acclaimed painter, holding exhibitions of her work, and took up fine book printing, for which she did her own artwork. Stuart was born in 1910 in Santa Monica, Calif., and began acting while in college. She soon signed with Universal Studios, which was responsible for “The Old Dark House” and many other horror classics of the 1930s. Stuart is survived by a daughter, Sylvia Vaughn Thompson, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The company that gave us the BlackBerry - still the dominant phone in corporate circles thinks its business customers will have room in their briefcases for at least one more device: the PlayBook. Research in Motion Ltd. showed off the tablet for the first time Monday and is set to launch it early 2011, with an international rollout later in the year. With it RIM is betting on a smaller, lighter device than Apple Inc.’s iPad, which kicked-started the tablet market when it launched in April. The PlayBook will have a 7-inch screen, making it half the size of the iPad, and weigh about to the iPad’s. And unlike the iPad, it will have two cameras, front and back. RIM didn’t say what it would cost, but said it would be in the same range as the iPad, which starts at $499. The PlayBook will be able to act as a second, larger screen for a BlackBerry phone, through a secure short-range wireless link. When the connection is severed - perhaps because the user walks away with the phone - no sensitive data like company e-mails are left on the tablet. Outside of Wi-Fi range, it will be able to pick up cellular service to access the Web by linking to a BlackBerry. But the tablet will also work as a standalone device. RIM co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie said its goal is to present the full Web experience of a computer, including the ability to display Flash, Adobe Systems
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ray Charles has joined the likes of past presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan with his own namesake library in Southern California. The Ray Charles Memorial Library officially opened its doors Thursday night. Housed in the studio and office building Charles built in South Los Angeles in the early 1960s, the library features interactive exhibits about the musician’s life and career. Charles’ friends and colleagues – including Quincy Jones, B.B. King, producer Jimmy Jam and filmmaker Taylor Hackford – welcome visitors via video to each section of the library, which is more like an interactive museum. Touch screens invite guests to explore Charles’ most memorable recordings, while exhibits feature some of his Grammy awards, stage costumes, old contracts and ever-present sunglasses. Charles’ fans can see his personal piano and saxophone, his collection of microphones and letters he received from Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Johnny
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NEW YORK (AP) — A representative for hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean (WY’-klef zhahn) says he has been hospitalized at an undisclosed location. The 37-year-old Grammy Award winner checked into a hospital over the weekend. His representative Marian Salzman says he’s “suffering from stress
and fatigue based on the grueling eight weeks he’s had.” Jean announced a bid for Haiti’s presidency in August but ended it last week. No official reasons were given for Jean’s exclusion although he’s presumed not to have met constitutional requirements, including living in Haiti.
Jean was born on the outskirts of Haiti’s capital, Portau-Prince (port-oh-PRIHNS’). He grew up in New York and lives in New Jersey. His rep says he “plans to take it easy” and will be released from the hospital this week. Jean also is planning to release a new album.
ware Systems, which it took over earlier this year, to harness the power of the tablet, but Balsillie said it will run existing apps for BlackBerry phones. IDC predicts that the corporate market for tablet computers will grow as a portion of overall sales over the next few years. The firm forecasts that roughly 11 percent of overall tablet shipments, or 6.5 million units, will be to businesses, government agencies or schools by 2014. That would be up from just 2 percent, or 300,000 units, this year. And that figure doesn’t count those who buy tablet computers on their own and use them for work. RIM doesn’t want the PlayBook to be just for work - the company invited video game maker Electronic Arts to help introduce the Playbook at an event in San Francisco on Monday - but it’s clear that its advantages will lie in the work arena. Amazon.com Inc. announced it would make its Kindle e-book reading software available for the tablet. The iPad has prompted a wave of competitors, so RIM won’t be alone going after the tablet market. Computer maker Dell Inc. came out with its own tablet computer in August called the Streak. Samsung Electronics Co. plans to launch the Galaxy Tab next month and has already lined up all four major U.S. carriers to sell it and provide wireless service for it. Cisco Systems Inc. is also going after business customers with a tablet called the Cius early next year.
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In this Aug. 18 file photo, Haiti’s presidential candidate and hip hop singer Wyclef Jean, speaks during an interview at his mother’s house in Croix de Bouquets, Haiti.
Inc.’s format for video and interactive material on the Web. That means the tablet will be less dependent on third-party applications or “apps,” Balsillie said. “I don’t need to download a YouTube app if I’ve got YouTube on the Web,” said Balsillie, who leads the company along with co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has resisted allowing Flash on any of the company’s mobile gadgets, arguing the software has too many bugs and sucks too much battery life. “Much of the market has been defined in terms of how you fit the Web to mobility,” Balsillie said. “What we’re launching is really the first mobile product that is designed to give full Web fidelity.” In part, the PlayBook is a move by RIM to protect its position as the top provider of mobile gadgets for the business set. Balsillie says he has had briefings with company chief information officers and “this is hands-down, slamdunk what they’re looking for.” Analysts agree that RIM’s close relationship with its corporate clients could help the company establish a comfortable niche in the tablet market despite Apple’s early lead. “We do think that RIM has a play with enterprise customers because it has established relationships with so many businesses, and its technology is so deeply integrated with their IT departments,” IDC analyst Susan Kevorkian said. RIM is using a new operating system, built by QNX Soft-
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Cash. The library also includes a mixing station, where visitors can compose their own mixes of Charles’ classic rhythms and melodies, and a karaoke room, where they can sing along with Charles and the Raelettes. “Ray spent more time in this building than any other in the world,” said Tony Gumina, head of the Ray Charles Marketing Group. “In this building, Ray Charles had 20-20 vision.” His recording studio and a closet full of his clothes remain on the second floor of the building, which was declared a cultural and historic landmark by the city in 2004. When Charles lost his sight as a child, his ears became his eyes, he said, and he dedicated himself to music, eventually blending genres and breaking down barriers both social and musical. Willie Nelson said Charles “caused country music to leap ahead – maybe 50 years – because he’d done the impossible: He’d crossed over the other way.” A collection of previously unreleased Charles recordings, including a country collaboration with Cash, is due out next month.
Hackford, who directed the 2004 biopic “Ray,” called Charles “one of the greatest musicians this country has ever produced.” Hackford and former Raelette Mable John were among those celebrating the library’s grand opening. The facility is a product of Charles’ charitable foundation, which he established in 1986 to serve the hearing impaired. Though Charles was blind, he felt that not being able to hear music would be a true handicap. When he died in 2004 at age 73, he left all of his intellectual property and $50 million in cash to continue the foundation’s efforts. The Ray Charles Foundation also provides grants to support hearing disorder and educational causes. The library’s main aim is to educate and inspire disenfranchised children who have seen arts education cut from their school curricula, said library and foundation president Valerie Ervin. The library will be open exclusively to school children by invitation only. Officials plan to extend access to the general public sometime next year.
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Castmembers of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” sing “I Am Not Dead Yet” during a performance of “Spamalot” at the Creative Arts Center.
feeling of the songs themselves and even makes a reference to Lady Gaga. The cast’s ability to stay in tune with the audience was definitely one of the production’s strong points. From incorporating the audience into their jokes by asking questions throughout the show and slipping in a few Mountaineer references, the “Spamalot” cast is an interactive one to say the least. King Arthur’s arrogant, yet oblivious, attitude came into display as he and his helper, Patsy become stranded in the middle of the forest. After completing a few tasks, the group is reunited and they continue their quest. Making a mockery of the expected and predictable endings of today’s productions, the group has to find love, which is found in some pretty bizarre places; defeat the
evil creature which is unexpectedly a rabbit; and finally achieve their goal of finding the Holy Grail, which is found in a place not so expected – under an audience member’s seat. At the end of the performance, the cast took the stage and was greeted with a standing ovation. The performance was a hilarious one, only flawed by a few faulty prop errors unChelsi Baker/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM noticeable to most of the Castmembers of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” perform at the Creative Arts Center Monday evening. audience. The cast overcame these flaws and delivered a performance that brought laughter from each corner of the room. Performing a production full of laughs was an easy task with a cast of so many solid performers. “Spamalot” is a performance that will have the audience laughing, singing and celebrating to the final bow of the cast. Overall, this is a production that is definitely Chelsi Baker/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM worth seeing. King Arthur, right, and Patsy, left, pretend to ride horses as Patsy claps coconuts email@example.com gether during a scene of “Spamalot.”
Characters, plot fail rom-com ‘You Again’ US to seek making
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by jamie carbone
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I expected better from Kristen Bell. Her work in the cult television show “Veronica Mars” and her role as the titular character in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” are both fine examples of the acting skills she has. So, of course, she had to go and ruin everything by making “You Again.” Directed by Andy Fickman, “You Again” is about Marni (Kristen Bell), a former high school reject who has gone on to greatness in a Californiabased public relations firm. When she returns home for her brother’s wedding, though, she finds out he is engaged to Joanna (Odette Yustman), the girl who used to bully her during their school days, and has also been accepted wholeheartedly by Marni’s family. Meanwhile, Marni’s mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver), are former high school friends who had a falling out their senior year. Now, each girl must deal with their rivals in their own way, from playing stupid to the whole experience, to tricking them into getting pulled over by a police officer. This movie lacks in a lot of areas – the main being characterization. Joanna’s character, for example, switches between a girl who wants to repent to a greaterthan-thou she-devil at a drop of a hat. Also, the relationship be-
Jamie Lee Curtis, back left, Kristen Bell, center, and Betty White, front right, star in ‘You Again.’ tween Gail and Ramona switches between one of playing it off like it was no big deal to ruining each other’s lives. The whole beginning of the movie is hard to get into, as well. It’s easy to feel bad for the Marni character, but she is so completely unable to stand up for herself or ask for help in her life that it seems like she is a glutton for punishment. It really just portrays women as selfish creatures unable to forgive and forget; everyone is just far too petty. Thankfully, the movie gets better near the end, but this is definitely one of the weaker scripts out there.The acting is acceptable though. Bell brings all her talents to the screen and does what she
can with the very limited role. The same goes for veteran actresses Weaver and Curtis, who don’t receive enough screen time, but when they do it is usually entertaining. The best performance in the movie though goes to actor Kyle Bornheimer in the role of Tim, Joanna’s ex-boyfriend. Tim hasn’t been able to get over the relationship, for good reason, and the sense of desperation and loneliness presented by the character allows for a good combination of comedy and pity – one of the few moments of comedy in the film, as this is not much of a funny movie. Betty White is also featured in the role of Grandma Bunny, but the role is so
small it seems that they only cast the actress in it to say that she was in the movie. She isn’t the only actor who gets that treatment. “Family Matters” patriarch Reginald VelJohnson shows up for what roughly amounts to three lines, as does “Dallas” and “Step by Step” star Patrick Duffy. It was kind of like a miniature reunion of ABC’s TGIF dads. “You Again” is not a movie people should spend money on to see in theaters. Instead, wait for the rerun on cable TV, and only if nothing else is on.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pushing to make it easier for the government to tap into internet and e-mail communications. But the plan has already drawn condemnation from privacy groups and communications firms may be wary of its costs and scope. Frustrated by sophisticated and often encrypted phone and e-mail technologies, U.S. officials say that law enforcement needs to improve its ability to eavesdrop on conversations involving terrorism, crimes or other public safety issues. Critics worry the changes are an unnecessary invasion of privacy and would only make citizens and businesses more vulnerable to identity theft and espionage. The new regulations that would be sent to Congress next year would affect American and foreign companies that provide communications services inside the U.S. It would require service providers to make the plain text of encrypted conversations – over the phone, computer or email – readily available to law enforcement, according to federal officials and analysts. The mandate would likely require companies to add backdoors or other changes to the systems that would allow a wiretap to capture an unscrambled version of a conversation. Those affected by the changes would include online services and networking sites such as Facebook and Skype, as well as phone systems that deliver encrypted e-mail such as BlackBerry. “The way we communicate has changed dramatically since 1994, but telecommunications law has not kept up. This gap between reality and the law has created a significant national security and public safety problem,” said Valerie E. Caproni, the FBI’s General Counsel. She said the changes would not expand law enforcement authority and would involve legally authorized intercepts on calls or e-mails sent by terrorists or other criminals. The changes would allow companies to respond quickly to wiretap requests from local, state and federal authorities. The New York Times first reported Monday about White House plans to submit the new bill next year. “In the old days, the technology was simple to wiretap,” said cybersecurity expert James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “As technologies have gotten better and faster and bigger, it’s harder and harder for law enforcement to intercept communications.” Lewis said law enforcement officials have long been pushing for the expanded access. He said the technology is available to make the changes and allow authorities to tap into conversations encrypted by communications compa-
nies as they move from one person to another. Communications companies, he said, may have concerns about the costs of modifying their systems or software to allow the intercepts. The government may have to provide some funding aid. Companies may also balk if the government tries to tell them how to alter their systems. But Lewis said many companies are already providing similar capabilities to law enforcement in other countries in Europe and the Middle East. Wiretapping is vital for law enforcement agencies, said Lewis, because “it provides crucial evidence that wins a lot of their convictions. As technology changes, as the Internet changes, they have to keep up or they’ll lose an important tool in their arsenal.” Civil rights and privacy groups were quick to condemn the plan, warning that the administration faces an uphill battle. “This is a shortsighted and ill-conceived power grab by some in the administration,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center. “The balance has swung radically toward enhanced law enforcement powers. For them to argue that it’s still not enough is just unbelievable. It’s breathtaking in its hubris.” He said that over the past 15 years – particularly since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks – the standards for warrants have been lowered. And he said law enforcement has many new technologies, ranging from biometric tracking to DNA databases, to enhance it’s information gathering. Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said that mandating that all communications software be accessible to the government is a “huge privacy invasion.” “Under the guise of a technical fix, the government looks to be taking one more step toward conducting easy dragnet collection of Americans’ most private communications,” said Calabrese. “This proposal will create even more security risks by mandating that our communications have a ‘backdoor’ for government use and will make our online interactions even more vulnerable.” One senior law enforcement official said it is premature to conclude that the changes would erode computer security or enable identity theft. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss ongoing deliberations, said it would depend on how communications companies enact the requirements, if approved. The official added that while law enforcement agencies have many tools to battle crime, there often is no substitute for capturing an actual conversation between two terrorists or criminals.
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Students guess Victoria’s Secret concert lineup Company will reveal special guest online via Facebook today by mackenzie mays associate A&E editor
Victoria’s Secret will host its PINK Nation Gold and Blue Bash Oct. 7 at St. Francis Field to reward West Virginia University for its success in the Collegiate Showdown
held last April. The event will feature a free live concert. The headlining artist will be announced today on the concert’s Facebook event page. WVU students discussed rumors they’ve heard about the upcoming performance and which artists they hope to see. “I think that they’ll have a female performer like Carrie Underwood or someone more alternative,” said Autumn Lonon, a junior broad-
FOR MORE INFORMATION The announcement will be made via the PINK Nation WVU Gold & Blue Bash event page. Visit our website at www. thedaonline.com for the story. cast journalism major. “But I hope they have someone like Pink, who has great energy and stands for the empowerment of women.” Rumors have circulated
of the artist to be rapper Kid Cudi. “I heard Kid Cudi was coming, and I wouldn’t be disappointed if it were him. I like his music, and it’s easy to chill to,” said Liz Marshall, a junior child development and family studies major. “I heard Kid Cudi is coming, and I’m pretty stoked about that and hope it actually comes through,” said Andrew McDonald, a junior broadcast journalism major. “I’m hoping for Wiz Khalifa too.”
Many WVU students have also speculated pop sensation Lady Gaga will perform at the event. “I feel like there’s been so many rumors going around about this. I’ve heard it’s Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi or Usher,” said Jackie Campo, a senior child development and family studies major. “I’m really hoping for Gaga, but I doubt it – she’s just too big.” Though PINK has yet to release any information, Victoria’s Secret PINK Spokesperson, Sarah Sylvester, hinted
around as to who the guest artist is. “The artist just recently performed at MTV’s Video Music Awards and has had multiple top hits,” Sylvester said. A WVU Student ID or printed invitation must be presented upon entry. You must be a member of PINK Nation to download an invite. Invites are available today at www.vspink.com/ pinknation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ brings silliness to the CAC An interactive cast performs a high-energy show full of laughs, puts a modern spin on a timeless classic by jake potts correspondent
Monty Python’s “Spamalot” made its debut Monday night at the Creative Arts Center and delivered laughs for an audience of all ages. Performing for a full house, the cast of “Spamalot” delivered a seemingly flawless show. The play is a spin-off of the ‘70s British comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The story is centered around King Arthur, played by Steve McCoy, and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on a quest to locate the Holy Grail. The trip is not an easy one for the men as they encounter flying cows, killer rabbits and ruthless Frenchmen along the way.
As King Arthur makes his way across the land, he stumbles across a cold-hearted, sarcastic young man named Dennis Galahad, played by Jacob L. Smith. King Arthur takes advantage of Galahad’s mockery and tricks the young man into becoming the first knight of his army. After encountering the Lady of the Lake, played by Caroline Bowman, and her “Laker” girls, Sir Galahad is transformed from a zero into a hero and rides off with King Arthur as the search for more knights continues. More knights are acquired, and the group receives a message from God – quite literally, as “God’s” legs are exposed on stage, and he orders the knights to “quit looking up my skirt.”
The knights are to find the Holy Grail and return it to God. This will be their first and most important quest. With a light-hearted feel about the dialogue, the play dares to take humor where it isn’t typically found. From laughing at Sir Lancelot’s newly found homosexuality to searching ever so keenly for a “Jew” to be in their musical, the play doesn’t shy away from cracking jokes on any situation or demographic. The cast almost seems to make a mockery of their own musical. However, by doing so, it delivers something unique and captures the one-of-akind show that is “Spamalot.” For instance, the Lady of the Lake sings many songs about the dullness and cliche
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The cast of Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ performs at the Creative Art Center Monday evening.
West Virginia University 2010 Fall Parents Weekend
Thousands of Student Family members have been invited to campus for this year’s
Fall Parent’s Weekend October 1-3, 2010
Over 10,000 Parents will be in town for this very special weekend. This edition will be inserted into The Daily Athenaeum on October 1st and will feature the schedule for all events and will give families an idea of where to eat and what to do while in Morgantown. It will be a MUST READ for all Family Members coming to Morgantown! Inserted on Friday, October 1 Ad Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 28
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Mountaineer Idol raises money for Jessi’s Pals by jesse tabit
Mountaineer Idol gives back to the West Virginia University community this weekend. For Friday’s third round of the campus singing competition, Mountaineer Idol and Coca-Cola are helping to support a fundraising group called Jessi’s Pals. Event coordinator Sonja Wilson worked with founder of the fundraiser and Iraq War veteran and prisoner of war Jessica Lynch. Lynch started the program in 2007. “We are encouraging everyone who plans on coming out to bring new or unused stuffed animals,” Wilson said. “A child would really appreciate it.” The fundraiser helps to ensure the happiness of children in the WVU Children’s Hospital by giving them stuffed animals. For the past three years, Jessi’s Pals has donated more than 2,000 stuffed animals to the hospital through Mountaineer Idol. There will also be a silent auction before the round starts, and audience members will be able to continue bidding throughout the round. Wilson said there will be at least 10 prizes, including a Nintendo DS Lite and a football autographed by WVU head football coach Bill Stewart. All of the money gathered at the silent auction will go to Jessi’s Pals. Any contestant or participant can donate stuffed animals to help support the foundation.
Host Molly Hott thinks Jessi’s Pals is an effective fundraiser. “I think it’s a great idea,” Hott said. Participants can also bring in empty Coca-Cola products, and Coca-Cola will send $5 per can or bottle to WVU Children’s Hospital. Host Dave Slusarick believes Jessi’s Pals is a worthwhile and fitting fundraiser to go along with the competition. Slusarick said a lot of the Mountaineer Idol contestants are giving in nature. “Giving is a part of the Mountaineer spirit, and it is an important component of the competition,” Slusarick said. The third elimination round of the student singing competition will once again take place in the Mountainlair Ballrooms and will be “oldies” themed. “Hopefully Jessi’s Pals will inspire the audience to be as giving as possible,” Slusarick said. Judges for this round include local rap star 6’6’ 240, Morgantown Mayor Bill Byrne, former WVU first lady Susan Hardesty, 2009 Mountaineer Idol winner AJ Warne, Academic Affairs Administrative Assistant Shirley Robinson and WVU Children’s Hospital representative Andrea Parsons. Out of the nine students left, two more will be eliminated during this round. The winner of Mountaineer Idol will receive $1,000 and a spot to sing the National Anthem at a WVU men’s basketball game. Runner-up will receive $750, while third place will take home $250. email@example.com
The September 28 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper