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Thursday November 11, 2010
VOLUME 124, ISSUE 58
Woodburn not to be lit for holidays Chitwood, Martin Halls to showcase holiday lights BY SARAH o’ROURKE STAFF WRITER
Woodburn Hall will not have its lights turned on this year because of renovations to the 125-year-old building. Instead of lighting the exterior of Woodburn Hall, Mar-
tin and Chitwood Halls will have electric candle lights lit in every window facing Woodburn Circle on Dec. 2, said Gretchen Hoover, senior special events coordinator for University Events. The lighting event is going to follow how it has traditionally been carried out over the past 23 years, Hoover said, but Martin and Chitwood halls will be lit instead. “I hope that students and the community understand that (Woodburn) is the second-oldest building on cam-
pus and renovations need to be done to maintain it, to have it exist for years to come,” Hoover said. “Things will be different, but it won’t be anything less than what people have seen in the past.” A $3.2 million renovation on Woodburn began during the beginning of this past summer. Joe Patten, director of WVU design and construction, said the University knew Woodburn would not be lit this year because of the renovation. The renovations are on
schedule with the May completion goal, he said. Next year, Woodburn Hall will have brand new architectural lighting installed, she said. The new way of lighting will be more “green” by using LED lights, which use less electricity than the former lights used to light the building, she said. Hoover said the event will light the entire Woodburn Circle next year. Martin and Chitwood will be lit by the electric candles and Woodburn will be lit by the new energy-
efficient lights. “I’m sure the community is disappointed that Woodburn couldn’t be lit up this year,” she said. “This is an old tradition, and it’s good to be adding new elements and upgrading to new things.” However, a new element has been added to the event this year, Hoover said. University Events has joined the Department of Theatre and Dance to produce a light and music show. The show will last a few minutes long and will be the
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Beard Growing Contest winner Matt Cree, right, accepts his award from WVAQ radio host Kevin Connelly, left, Mountaineer mascot Brock Burwell, left center, and former mascot Rebecca Durst, right center, in the Mountainlair Wednesday.
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A panel of judges selected the best beard in the West Virginia University Mountaineer Week Beard-Growing Competition Wednesday. Matthew Cree, a junior athletic coaching education major, won the contest despite “a lot of good competition,” said Brock Burwell, emcee of the competition and Mountaineer mascot. Cree credits his friend for helping him throughout the competition. “He was like my trainer throughout the competition. Any time I wanted to shave my beard, he would always remind me that there was a bigger prize ahead, and I thank him for keeping me focused,” Cree said. Cree received $100 and a plaque for placing first. The five contestants with the thickest beards were finalists, and the top three selected were awarded with plaques and cash prizes. “I really didn’t think that I
was going to win,” Cree said. Cree was in the Army Special Forces Training team and previously participated in a mustache growing competition. He hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2008 from Maine to Georgia, a 2,175 mile trail. That six-month hike was the longest amount of time Cree had grown out his beard, he said. Burwell said in an e-mail that if he was a judge, he would look for a full beard. “I don’t care about neatness or how nice it looks. I would simply look for a big, burly beard,” he said. The Beard-Growing Competition is a chance for students to grow out their beards like traditional Mountaineers, Burwell said. “I love the Beard-Growing Competition because it gives the students an opportunity to showcase their school spirit,” he said. Cree said he will not compete next year in the com-
Members of West Virginia University’s Alpha Phi Omega fraternity are running to Pittsburgh for their annual “We Are Going to Pitt” autism awareness event. On Nov. 27, the day after the WVU-University of Pittsburgh game, APO, other WVU students and members of APO in Pittsburgh will relay run from Morgantown to Pittsburgh to raise money and promote awareness for autism. “WVU and Pitt coming together for an important cause
shows we can put the backyard brawl behind us and work together,” said Melissa McGee, APO publicity chair and a junior general studies major. The run will feature three runners at a time who will go an eighth of a mile and then rotate with three more runners who follow in a car, she said. Although the event has been going on for 41 years, this is the first year it is open to non-fraternity students, McGee said. The fraternity opened the event up to all students to give others an opportunity to get involved, she said. “There are other valid orga-
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nizations on campus,” McGee said. “We wanted to join up with them and show them what we are about and give them a chance to help a great cause.” Opening the run up allows those who feel strongly about autism to express their feelings, said Brett Clark, a sophomore biology major and APO member who is organizing the run. “We provide an outlet for their desire to help the cause,” he said. When the event began, people didn’t know as much about autism, Clark said, adding that APO starting the event shows how strongly they believed in
the cause. “People talk about it a lot more now than they did 40 years ago,” he said. “The fact that we have been doing this for so long shows we see that it is a main issue.” All of the money raised goes toward Autism Speaks, a charity that increases autism awareness and funds research for causes, prevention and treatments. Each runner has to pay a $50 fee to participate, but some runners are sponsored by businesses that donate more, McGee said. In previous years, they
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Barbara Watkins, an employee of Main Street Morgantown, judges contestants’ beards during the Beard Growing Contest finals in the Mountainlair Wednesday afternoon.
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Freshmen from a University 101 class spoke to members of the Student Government Association at West Virginia University Wednesday night about campus issues they want to see resolved. Six groups from Hillar Klandorf’s class were required to give presentations to the Board of Governors on topics such as the need to pick up trash on campus, implementing a fall break and changing student seating at WVU football games. One group asked the BOG to encourage the University to add more trash bins and ashtrays on the Evansdale campus. “Naturally, I would like my school to look and feel the best it possibly can. However, lately I’ve noticed an excessive amount of garbage and cigarette butts strewed around campus,” said Devin Kearns, a freshman parks and recreations major.
“Not only is it unattractive and unsanitary, it also casts our school in a negative light ... especially to first-time visitors.” Kearns and his group suggested the University add about 25 trash cans and ashtrays in high-traffic areas such as the Rec Center or Towers. The trash cans would cost approximately $100 each, said Deidre Smith, a freshman general studies major. The group also proposed creating a work-study program to have students pick up trash and change trash bags. Gov. Olivia Audia, whose platform is sustainability, said she would like to work with the group on the issue. Another group gave a presentation on implementing a fall break after midterms. The group proposed removing two days from Thanksgiving break to put toward a longer weekend. SGA President Chris
The Warner Theatre stands amidst construction in August.
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featured portion of the event, Hoover said. “This new show should be a lot of fun,” she said. “The Department of Theatre and Dance is using a lot of new technology to design and produce it.” Hoover said the new lights in the circle will continue until Jan. 18, 2011. A cocoa reception with Santa will follow the event in the Mountainlair, Hoover said.
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Although the Warner Theatre has closed, members of the Historic Landmark Commission have drafted a resolution supporting its continued use. Councilor Charlie Byrer proposed the resolution to Morgantown City Council at the Oct. 19 meeting. The Warner closed Sept. 6 after 79 years, and the Commission wants the council to help find a suitor to purchase and renovate the theater to make it a historical landmark, Byrer said. The building has been listed for sale at $1.2 million or for lease, said Susan Riddle, vicechairman and chief operating officer of the Round Table Corporation, which owns the Warner Theatre. The Warner is currently located in a historical district, but
there are no plans to renovate the theatre or re-open it at this time, Riddle said. The resolution supports the value of the theatre in some form, expressing interest in the front arcade part, Byrer said. But the Commission and Council have no control over who buys the building, he said. “We were thinking of making it a children’s museum or keeping a theater screen and playing classic movies, even Don Knotts movies,” Byrer said. A Don Knotts museum was an idea also mentioned, but plans depend upon money. “We want to support the preservation of this historic building,” Byrer said. Byrer said the council does not have an opinion at this time. But Council would possibly be interested in keeping it a historic, public space
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Champion of the Mountaineer Push-up Competition Carolyn Nelson smiles at the crowd before the final round of competition Wednesday afternoon in the Mountainlair.
Winner of female pushup contest does 174 by samantha cossick associate city editor
West Virginia University females showed their spirit and strength in the first ever Mountaineer Week Pushup competition Wednesday. Nineteen females competed in the competition organized by Rebecca Durst, former Mountaineer Mascot and chair of the Mountaineer Week Committee. Durst said she got the idea after she received criticism as a female mascot because she couldn’t do pushups at football games. “I wanted to give the ladies something to show their spirit and strength,” Durst said. Carolyn Nelson, a senior psychology major, won the competition with 174 pushups. She received an iPod for first place. She joined the competition because it was cool and sounded like fun, Nelson said. “I’m really tired,” said Brooke Turner, a freshman pre-nursing major who came in second place. Turner had 154 pushups and was representing her sorority Delta Gamma. Jamie Chapman, a sophomore pre-political science major, came in third with a total of 113 pushups representing Student Government Association. Mountaineer Week has the Beard Growing competition for men but nothing for women,
Continued from page 1 developed through nonprofit and private funding, he said. Condition of the building, film business operations and the limited options for the 16,000-square-foot building was shared at the meeting, Riddle said. The discussion was tabled until early 2011 to look at potential options and interests, she said.
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Left to right: Sophomore political science major Jamie Chapman, freshman pre-nursing major Brooke Turner and senior psychology major Carolyn Nelson hold their plaques for third, second and first place after the push-up competition Wednesday afternoon. Durst said. “There’s always been times when different girls have said ‘You have something for the guys, why not the girls,’” said Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week adviser. The idea of a female push up competition coincides with this year’s underlying theme of “Women in Appalachia,” Wilson said. “We just thought it was something fun for the girls to do,” she said. “It kind of shows the strength and endurance of women as the years go by.” Brenna Metzler, a junior exercise physiology major, joined the competition to represent Delta Gamma and earn Mountaineer Week points.
Representing Chi Omega, Adrianna Lindsay, a freshman exercise fitness major, completed 28 pushups in the first round. “It was a lot harder than I thought it would be,” she said. Durst said she was excited the competition was well received and participants had friends come out to support them. She hopes the competition continues and possibly expand to men. “It’s important to really enthuse everybody about the Mountaineers and have everybody participating in something,” she said.
Riddle said people have made inquiries about whether the building could re-open as a movie theater, but she said there were no financially feasible plans at this time. “Closing the Warner was an extremely difficult decision that Round Table Corporation struggled with for several years and frankly did not want to make,” she said. Round Table will continue to rent the retail storefront space in the Warner building and explore options for the property,
Riddle said. Carvel Ice Cream currently resides in the storefront place in the Warner building. Round Table acquired the building in 2004 and has also aided in development with the Neville House and the Historic Clarion Hotel Morgan. Byrer asked for the resolution to be discussed at the Council’s next Committee of the Whole meeting and then placed on the agenda.
Thursday November 11, 2010
Law student fights for rights to sunken treasure by Alex Dufour correspondent
Grant Bayerle, a third-year West Virginia University law student, stood before the District Court of Massachusetts Wednesday along with his father, Martin Bayerle, in the longest running maritime law case in U.S. history. The Bayerles own Martha’s Vineyard Scuba Headquarters and discovered the White Star RMS Republic ocean liner in 1981. The case, last filed July 19, 2005, asks the court to grant the Bayerles exclusive salvage rights of the shipwrecked vessel and to issue a preliminary injunction against interference by other opportunistic interlopers. They were granted the rights in 2005 but are still fighting to figure out the amount of money they’ll receive. The ship contained gold destined for Europe and a treasure that experts say could be worth anywhere between $200 million to up to $2.4 billion dollars, said Brian Caudill, communications director for the WVU College of Law, in an e-mail.
“We’re going to make them put up or shut up.” Grant Bayerle
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This ship is a 585-foot ocean passenger liner that fell 270 feet to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1909 approximately 50 miles off the coast of Nantucket, Mass. Six people died, but 1,500 passengers were rescued. “My first thought was that this is big, really big, and I have actually gotten to the point now that I’m good at picking apart research based on facts,” Grant said. “It brings me to the conclusion that there is a substantial amount of gold on board the ship.” It is the second largest ship to ever sink, with the Titanic surpassing it. “It’s exciting being a part of something on that big of a scale, and hopefully it will wind down and reach a conclusion here in a couple years,” Grant said. Capt. Martin Bayerle’s last
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Tom Wilson, who teaches geophysics at WVU, will incorporate the new software into his classes and research. “The software recently donated to the department is used primarily in the energy industry,” Wilson said. The software from Landmark can be used to make visual models of these underground storage spaces, including their shape and how they might change or leak over time, he said. They will also be able to detect any faults or fractures that could affect the storage, Wilson said. Similar models can be applied to help understand underground reservoirs of gas or oil and how to safely extract them, he said. “As hydrocarbons (gas and oil) are withdrawn, or as water or CO2 are injected, the physical properties of the reservoir change,” Wilson said. “Four-D visualization helps us see where those changes are occurring,
what parts of the reservoir are being flooded or depleted.” Wilson and his students are currently working on projects dealing with data from the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico, the Rocky Mountains of central Wyoming, the central Appalachians of West Virginia and the Michigan Basin, he said, and they will use the new software in their work. “Access to these new software tools provides challenges and opportunities to students and faculty alike, opportunities that would not be there without this kind of industry support,” Wilson said. WVU students graduate well ahead of other students who do not have an opportunity to work with industry software, Kite said. “(Recruiters) told me, ‘We really love your students, because they come out ready to hit the ground right off the bat with minimal training,’” he said.
long the break is, he said. Changing the student seating at WVU Football games was also suggested by one of the groups. Moving the seating to be closer to the field would encourage students to stay the entire time, the group said. Lewallen said the location where the group wanted to place the seating would conflict with
reserved boxes for WVU donors. Other groups presented the issues of fixing the PRT’s reliability, lessening the quiet hours of residence halls and changing the visitation policy for residence halls to accommodate overnight guests of the opposite sex.
ing and football, she said. “We are putting it out there that there are students who do care,” she said. “They are putraised up to $4,000. ting in their time and service to Holding events like this also the community.” shows the public that WVU Autism is a disease many ordoesn’t just care about party- ganizations at WVU don’t focus
on, so they want to get everyone involved, Clark said. “Seeing students willing to do something that takes a lot of effort to help raise awareness is great,” he said.
Landmark Graphics Corporation awarded $11.8 million worth of software to the West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography to aid in energy research. The software will help prepare students for careers in the industry, said Steve Kite, chair of the WVU Department of Geology and Geography. “The great advantage of a software donation like this is that it allows our students to be trained on state-of-the-art (equipment),” he said. Kite said the geology department receives grants such as this because it maintains an active research interest in energy geology. “For a while there wasn’t as much demand for oil and petroleum geology, but we kept a research focus in that area,” he said. “That puts us in a better position (for grants) than other programs.”
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major effort to retrieve the gold took place in 1987, and he was close but not successful, Caudill’s e-mail read. “We ended up in the wrong part of the wreck, a mere 15feet away from the ship’s actual treasure chamber, the Republic’s ‘Specie Room,’” Martin said through Caudill’s e-mail. However, Grant and his father plan to locate the gold this summer. “We’re very excited, and we actually think we’ll be successful, because we found a guy in Great Britain that actually has the ship’s plans where all the rooms are located,” Grant said, “whose will surely help to make a safer salvage operation.” Grant and his father are not the only ones trying to gain rights to the ship. Paribas Bank, one of the largest banks in Europe, filed a claim on the gold, along with the U.S. Government. But the Bayerles are still confident they will inherit a large sum of money. “Were going to make them put up or shut up,” Grant said.
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Meet the Idols Each day this week, The Daily Athenaeum profiles the final three contestants of the West Virginia University singing competition.
For Amanda Hughart, the chance to sing in Idol gives a welcome break from studies BY jesse tabit a&e writer
Amanda Hughart has two dreams. One of them, which she is in the process of accomplishing, is to become a dentist. Hughart is a first year dentistry student at West Virginia University. The other dream is to be a singer. “I always decided whichever came first,” Hughart said. “Right now, it’s dental school, but you never know.” The dentistry student said if she had the opportunity to make a career out of music, she wouldn’t turn it down. Hughart will be competing against senior wildlife and fisheries resources major Dan Whiteman and freshman general studies major Chelsea Malone in the final round of Mountaineer Idol Sunday. “The competition has been really nice to have something to focus on outside of my studies,” Hughart said. A native of Big Chimney, W.V.a., Hughart has been singing since she was old enough to speak and made it into the
all-state children’s choir at age 9. She said her favorite genre of music is difficult to pinpoint but admires artists like John Mayer, Brian McKnight and Whitney Houston. Hughart said she has not really been in a competition like this before, but she enjoys singing in front of an audience. “I’m looking forward to performing again,” Hughart said. “It’s been so much fun to be in front of an audience.” So far in the competition, Hughart has given renditions of “Foolish Games” by Jewel, “Borderline” by Madonna, “Downtown” by Petula Clark, “Is It Over Yet” by Wynona Judd, “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.” Hughart said Broadway has been her favorite because it’s full of emotion. Throughout the competition, Hughart has learned to improve her stage performance and gain the attention of the audience. “I’ve learned that no mat-
ter what I do, if I stay confident and believe in myself, it comes across that way,” Hugart said. “I get nervous before I go onstage, and people have been telling me I look so confident,” Hughart said. “It’s nice to know that the techniques I’m trying are working.” The winner of the competition, sponsored by “American Idol” and Coca-Cola, will receive $1,000 and a spot to sing the national anthem at a WVU men’s basketball game. “It would be an honor to sing at the game,” Hughart said. “I would be nervous for preparation, but once it starts, I think it would be a lot of fun.” She added that if she were to win the grand prize, she would put the money toward supplies for dental school. The final elimination round will be Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Hughart will be singing “I Dreamed a Dream” for the second time, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack and “Grace” by The Martins.
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Amanda Hughart performs Oct. 29
Soundvizion to hold multigenre music competition at 123 Pleasant Street tonight by jake potts A&E writer
123 Pleasant Street will be hosting a music competition hosted by Soundvizion for the public, tonight starting at 10 p.m. “We’ve done beat battles which have become very popular,” said DJ Monstalung, who helped organize the event. “We’ve never had an open competition like this before.” The competition is open to all styles of music from anyone willing to compete. “I’m looking forward to see all the styles of music,” Monstalung said. “That’s the big catch for me.” From rap artists to country singers, metal to funk, all types of music will be accepted for the competition. “It will be great to see all of the artists coming together with their different styles,”
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SEE THE SHOW WHAT: Soundvizion Hip Hop singing competition. WHERE: 123 Pleasant Street WHEN: Tonight at 10 p.m. WHO: Open to the public, all entries and contestants are welcome. Monstalung said. “The collaboration and mix of music will be an awesome thing to experience.” Morgantown rapper B Hyphen, who co-hosts the U92 show “DJ Monstalung In The Mix,” plans to participate in the competition and win the $200 prize.
“I have a great shot at that (prize),” B Hyphen said. He’ll be performing mostly original music for the piece to “switch things up a bit” to help his chances. Soundvizion chose 123 Pleasant for the competition due to its reputation as a great venue for live music. “Other places downtown are good for dancing and a lot of people,” Lung said. “Something about 123 makes it an awesome place to experience live music. With a great stage and an awesome sound system, it’s the perfect place.” Soundvizion is one of many musical groups that have chosen 123 to expose the public to their musical styles. “It’s a place that feels like home to us,” Lung said. “The vibe there is always great, and it’s a place where all types of music are shared with the crowds.” The competition will be held in the style of “American
Idol.” The performers will carry out their songs before a panel of judges and an audience, and the winners will be selected after all performers have finished. The panel of judges will be different emcees from radio stations and some members of the group Soundvizion. Because the competition is open to all who wish to participate, the first 10 applicants will be the only ones accepted. The sign-ups will open at 10 p.m. and close after the tenth applicant signs up. The winner of the competition will receive a $200 cash prize. “The competition is an awesome way to get musicians to come out and show everyone what they’re made of. And, $200 isn’t such a bad incentive either,” Lung said. email@example.com
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Warner Theatre could be a great investment The Warner Theatre served the students of West Virginia University and residents of Morgantown for 79 years, and now it is time to return the favor. The building has been a landmark in the downtown area, and it would be a shame to allow its demise. City officials are making efforts to save the building and heard from the Historical Landmark Commission a solution that would put the Warner to good use.
Currently the establishment is owned by the Roundtable Corporation and is on the market to be sold at $1.2 million. The building is not only a historical site, but the location of the theatre is considered a prime business location. Ideas are flowing from city officials on how they could revive the life of the establishment. Talks of making it a children’s museum or even a Don Knotts museum have been mentioned.
But nothing will come of the place if a buyer doesn’t show some interest before the building deteriorates and has to be demolished. Not many business owners are going to sink over $1.2 million (with costs of needed repairs) unless some lucrative function is proposed for the Warner Theatre. This is a college town, and the ideas for the Warner Theatre must suit college students’ needs. If the city wants to save the historical site, they
have to entice business owners with ideas that bring in revenue. With the three screen rooms inside, the building could be used in multiple ways. zz Since the building already has excellent acoustics, it could be converted into a venue that features musical acts, national and local. zz The theatre prided itself on showcasing independent films, and whoever opens the doors again could still keep
that vibe alive in the form of arts. zz Comedy shows, DJ nights and various other nightlife activities could be successful considering the location and layout of the building. Regardless of what becomes of the building, all that matters is that it is restored and not torn down. It is a landmark of Morgantown and must be saved.
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Student orgs need more support from WVU administration josh peters coLUMNIST
As a residence hall adviser, I attend weekly Residence Hall Association meetings with the Hall Council Executive Board. For those who don’t know, RHA is an organization comprised of the hall councils from every residence hall on campus. Every Monday, this group meets under the direction of an executive board elected by WVU students to discuss issues affecting dorm life.
RHA has worked on various fundraisers and are organizing trips for students. So, in that regard, they have been quite successful. However, it seems the organization has been stalling recently. Board members have attempted to tackle bigger issues within the University at large, but many of them haven’t garnered the type of support they need from University administration or the individual residence halls. At last week’s meeting, we were asked to discuss how RHA could be more effective. During that discussion( which was very open and honest),
the other adviser from my hall asked “Do we have any real power?” After much discussion, I realized the organization lacks the necessary power to achieve anything within this University and much of the fault lies with RHA. There has been a lack of passion from individual halls in regards to the organization. Without enthusiasm about what you are doing, nobody is going to take you seriously. Halls can’t even produce a minimum of three people to attend weekly meetings. The leadership is failing to realize that these organizations are incredibly important.
They are the conduit for ideas. Without an organization like this, issues that affect the lives of residents here at WVU would never see the light of day. The life of a dorm student is so inefficient, it is a wonder anything can get done. If dorm residents on campus don’t like something, they have two options: The first one is to do nothing and let things go on the way they are. The second option is simple; change what they don’t like. I hear from residents all the time about how unfair the
overnight guest visitation policy is. However, none of them have done a single thing to address the situation. Feeling that your voice matters in society is important, but here at WVU, students don’t feel they have a voice. This is partly because university administration does not take the views of student organizations into consideration. If WVU truly wants students to be more involved, they need to actually let them become involved. For example, the executive board of RHA sent e-mails to multiple members of WVU administration requesting
someone to come speak with RHA about ideas on how to better the lives of residents. After three months, still no reply. I am laying down a challenge for dorm residents and WVU administration and that’s to come to RHA. Give this organization and others like it the ability to do something great. Only with the participation from above and below can the goals of student organizations be realized. The ball is now in your court. As a representative of RHA, I speak for us all in welcoming you to a spirited dialogue.
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Letters to the editor International students supported by numerous campus groups I greatly appreciate Ahmad Alashi’s editorial on new international students at West Virginia University and the work being accomplished on their behalf by various campus organizations, such as the Office of International Students and Scholars and the International Student Organization. I would like to add, however, that our international student community is supported by numerous community groups as well, such as the English as a Second Language classes offered through the auspices of the Morgantown Technical Education Center (MTEC), tel. 304-293-4121, and the Literacy Volunteers of Monongalia and Preston Counties, tel. 304-296-3400, affiliated with United Way. All of these services are free of charge and available to anyone in need of them. The Literacy Volunteers have been operating in Monongalia and Preston Counties since 1983. In support of the international community, Literacy Volunteers provide free ESL one-on-one tutoring and augments the work of the student organization, Friends of Literacy, in conducting an English dialogue table every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Blue Moose Cafe in downtown Morgantown and also provides United States citizenship preparation
classes in the Morgantown library. Literacy Volunteers have also worked closely with Grace Atebe at the International Student Organization, the local Islamic Center and Muslim Students Association on various projects. In addition, Literacy Volunteers partner from time-totime with WVU organizations in outreach programs aimed at bettering the lives of international students during their stay in the Morgantown area, making them feel comfortable and secure in their new home among the Mountaineers. Raymond Keller Ph.D. student, history
Possible solutions for the parking problem at the Coliseum Last Friday, many students were aggravated due to the parking situation at the Coliseum. The current rule states, on basketball game days students are not allowed to park their cars in the Coliseum lot. Since this is a free lot, many students rely on this parking option to attend classes on Evansdale or to access the Evansdale PRT/Bus Stop. Refusal would result in students parking in permit lots. If a student does this, a $20 ticket can be almost guaranteed. The student may also park
in a paid lot if there are any spaces available. The problem with this is that a student parking at the Coliseum does not want to spend the money for personal reasons and would now be forced to. Also, this is not a walking campus, so if a student does not live near the PRT, bus line or cannot afford a parking permit, having this lot shut down for a day creates problems. A consequence of this could be that students are late for class, or they don’t show up at all because getting to campus is too much of a hassle. This year, there will be nine more times when this parking lot would be shut down for students. If this new rule is going to be permanent, West Virginia University should offer frequent shuttle service, during weekday home basketball games, from the paid lots suggested to the Evansdale campus since this is the destination for most of the students who park at the Coliseum on a regular basis. Also, on game days, paid lots should be free of charge. Another solution would be to limit the hours of parking at the Coliseum. Since games aren’t until evening, students could park there until about 3:30p.m. or 4 p.m. without charge and not affect the game crowd. Ultimately, WVU needs to focus on students’ needs and accessibility to campus. A solution needs to be set in place and a widespread announcement needs occur before the next weekday home basketball game. Karen Collier Senior, Industrial Engineering
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | 5
Five video games to play as a couple
A screenshot from the XBOX 360 version of ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops.’
‘Call of Duty,’ other games can cause relationship woes by mackenzie mays associate a&E Editor
As video game fans are celebrating the recent release of the much anticipated “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” girlfriends everywhere are bracing themselves for the subsequent neglect to come. Whether it’s sharing, or altogether losing, the attention of your significant other to animated soldiers and gore or the fact that your boyfriend now talks to fellow gamers on Xbox LIVE more than he does to you, most girlfriends don’t appreciate the seemingly addictive war game. From experience, falling asleep to the sounds of gunfire and explosions is an unwelcome change and makes you question your boyfriend’s list of priorities and where exactly you fall on it these days. For most of us, the more disturbing part isn’t the violence
or the blood and guts, it’s the fact that something “fake” to us can play such a large role in someone’s life who you’ve voluntarily chosen to be in a relationship with. It’s scary to see just how quick your boyfriend’s immaturity can increase when cussing out a TV screen and attempting to intimidate competitors in who are more than likely half his age in game chat. Not to mention the oh-socharming head set. Autumn Lonon, a junior broadcast journalism major, said she doesn’t mind games like NCAA Football but just can’t get into the “Call of Duty” series and doesn’t understand the obsession with the game. “It’s pretty grotesque if you ask me. I don’t get a thrill out of blowing things up,” Lonon said. “My ex paid more attention to the game than me. I would walk in and he wouldn’t even notice. It’s just a game.
And that’s the last thing that should be distracting guys from their girlfriends.” Amy Gannett, a sophomore English major, said though she’s been with her boyfriend for two years now, his obsession with video games has caused plenty of fights and even contributed to her decision to move out. “We never even got to talk. Nothing got done around the apartment, and it was constantly a mess because he wouldn’t stop playing,” Gannett said. “I like to play video games myself, but when it’s all the time and interferes with actual human interactions, it’s ridiculous.” Gannett said she’s learned to deal with balancing the game time by planning “date nights” ahead of time and working with her boyfriend’s schedule. Elizabeth Jarvis, a junior human nutrition and foods ma-
jor, said she deals with the same experiences since the release of “Call of Duty: Black Ops” this week, despite the fact she is in a long distance relationship. “I always know when he’s playing the game because his texts are fewer and shorter,” Jarvis said. “But he says he hides in the game so he doesn’t get killed in order to text me. So that’s nice, I guess.” So, for those who share the same interests in gaming or are willing to give the “Co-op” level a try and attempt to get into something important to their significant other (even if it’s not so important to them) – then that’s great. But for the rest of us, we’re still trying to figure out how it’s possible to forget an anniversary but manage to have the latest “Call of Duty” game pre-ordered.
Playing video games doesn’t always have to be an isolated experience. Here’s five games that lend themselves to having fun together without needing hours of previous experience and gameplay. “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” – This side-scroller’s use of sprite-based design and catchy music can suck just about anyone in. Plus, it allows for up to four players so it can be a double date game. “Mario Party” – The board game mentality coupled with the massive amount of mini-games can lead to a lot fun. Just be careful, as this can also cause squabbles. “Rock Band” – Really, any of the music games out there can allow for boyfriend-girlfriend gameplay. With the wide array of difficulty levels offered, even a beginner can easily become a pro. “Lego Batman” – Again, any Lego game allows for this, but they are built around having two players active at once. There is also “Lego Harry Potter” and “Lego Star Wars,” all sorts of iconic sagas to pull from. “Super Mario Galaxy” – While only one player can play as Mario, another can use a second Wii remote to collect bits of stars and help or hurt the first player. It works even better if you switch off roles. — jac
Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum off to fast start at CMAs NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert and good friends Lady Antebellum were off to a fast start at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, winning early awards for their hits “The House That Built Me” and “Need You Now.” Miranda’s personal tale about growing up with hard times written by Tom Douglas and Allan Shamblin won song of the year and video of the year, kicking off her 27th birthday in style, while crossover sensations Lady A won single of the year for their breakthrough “Need You Now.” “Thank you to my brother Josh Kelley for making me to move to Nashville six years ago, I love you,” Lady A vocalist Charles Kelley said. Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood joined Keith Urban to kick off the show with “Songs Like This” before the hosts returned to poke lighthearted fun at the stars and current events. “Nashville had a flood and it barely made news,” they sang. “While up through the gulf came a bubbling crude.” They also poked fun at Tiger Woods and Brett Favre, singing, “She caught Tiger with some tail it’s plain to see, and Brett Favre has taken up photography.” Paisley could finally win the CMA’s coveted entertainer of the year trophy Wednesday night – but he’ll have to best another veteran and three relative upstart acts to make it happen. Paisley has been nominated for the award every year since 2005. Though he’s won 13 CMAs since first being nominated in 2000, he’s never won the biggest award. Paisley is a favorite to win. But he faces tough competition from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and former winner Keith Urban. Lambert will be partying hard with fiance Blake Shelton, who also got off to a fast start with a win in the musical event category for “Hillbilly Bone” with Trace Adkins. “That’s how I like to start the night,” Shelton said. “Now I can get drunk and relax.” The entertainer of the year category underwent something of a makeover this year as the CMA membership installed a new wave of performers in key categories, acknowledging a crossover trend that is bringing country music to more new ears than ever. The list of omissions in that category is long and includes
Underwood, last year’s winner Taylor Swift and several highly successful acts long considered contenders. Still, there’s no questioning the impact Lady A, Zac Brown Band and Lambert had on the industry over the past year. “I got to make country music history, which is what everybody hope’s for when they’re in this industry, because I had the most nominations out of any female ever, so ... I’m having a great day already,” she said, wearing a pink gown by Sherri Hill as she walked the black carpet. “It’s my 27th birthday, so I’m hoping the best birthday would to take home obviously a CMA.” The hoopla for the awards started in the afternoon before the ceremony as the “black carpet” opened and stars including Julianne Hough, singer Josh Kelley and actress-wife Kathryn Heigl, and Jason Aldean made their way to the arena. Singer and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Hough was looking forward to a celebratory evening. “I get to see all my friends, its like back to school,” she said. “Taylor’s a good friend of mine so I get to see new music from her.” Lambert, who rode the popularity of her acclaimed platinum album “Revolution” to a
record for the most nominations for a woman in the 44year history of the CMAs and the second most overall. Both of her No. 1 hits, the sassy “White Liar” and the moving “The House That Built Me,” were nominated in two categories, song and single of the year. Lambert and BFF Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, up for five awards, were nominated together in several categories. The one that likely means the most to both is album of the year. Lambert won that trophy at The Academy of Country Music Awards in April and it means a lot to her. At the time, Lady A was cheering her on over their own entry, the trio’s self-titled debut. They released “Need You Now” in January, though, and it’s sold about 3 million copies so far this year. It has produced three No. 1 hits, and they’re proud of it. Cheering for Lambert this time? Not so much. “We definitely want to win it but if we can’t we’re definitely not going to be upset if Miranda runs away with it,” said singer Charles Kelley. “I mean Dave (Haywood) and I even have a song that we wrote with Miranda and Blake on that record (“Love Song”). We would still feel some kind of pride in that.” Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the 43rd Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Wednesday.
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edu. TRADITIONAL KARATE CLASS FOR SELF-DEFENSE meets at 9 p.m. in MulTHE WVU CREATIVE ROLE tipurpose Room A of the Student RecPLAYING CLUB will meet at 7 reation Center. p.m. in the Bluestone Room of INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGAthe Mountainlair. For more inNIZATION meets at 8 p.m. at the Interformation, visit www.morgannational House on Spruce Street. townrp.com. Meetings are open FREE ARABIC/ISLAM CLASSES to the public. is hosted by the Muslim Students’ Association from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room of the Today Mountainlair. to register, e-mail BROWN BAG LUNCH FILM & DIS- email@example.com. CUSSION SERIES will show “Deep BISEXUAL, GAY, LESBIAN AND Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal TRANSGENDER MOUNTAINEERS Country“ at 11:30 a.m. in the Gluck meets at 8 p.m. in the Laurel Room of Theatre in the Mountainlair. Pizza the Mountainlair. For more informawill be provided on a first-come, first- tion, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. served basis. For more information, visit www.studentlife.wvu.edu/mp- Continual programs.html#bblfds. MON GENERAL HOSPITAL needs volunteers for the information desk, Nov. 12 pre-admission testing, hospitalTOMCHIN PLANETARIUM will ity cart, mail delivery and gift shop. present “Origins of Life” at 7 p.m. and For more information, call Christina “Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity” Brown at 304-598-1324. at 8 p.m. in Room 425 of Hodges Hall. WELLNESS PROGRAMS on topics Admission is free, but reservations are such as nutrition, sexual health and required and can be made by calling healthy living are provided for inter304-293-3422, ext. 1443. Tomchin Ob- ested student groups, organizations servatory will be open at 7:30 p.m. for or classes by WELL WVU Student Wellpublic viewing on the same night but ness and Health Promotion. For more requires no reservations. information, visit www.well.wvu.edu/ DOWNTOWN MORGANTOWN wellness. TOASTMASTERS will meet for those WELL WVU STUDENT HEALTH is looking to enhance their communica- paid for by tuition and fees and is contion and leadership skills. For time and fidential. For appointments or more location, e-mail Michael.dougherty@ information, call 304-293-2311 or visit mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-2559 . www.well.edu.wvu/medical. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets Every Thursday nightly in the Morgantown and FairCO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS, a mont areas. For more information, call 12-step program to assist participants the helpline at 800-766-4442 or visit in developing healthier relationships www.mrscna.org. of all kinds, meets at 7 p.m. in the conALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets ference room of Chestnut Ridge Hos- daily. For help or a schedule, call 304pital. For more information, call Mary 291-7918. For more information, visit at 304-296-3748. www.aawv.org. LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE CARITAS HOUSE, a local nonprofit COLLEGIATE CORPS meets at the Lu- organization serving West Virgintheran Chapel at 8 p.m. The LDRCC re- ians with HIV/AIDS, needs donations sponds to regional and national disas- of food and personal care items and ters. No experience is necessary. For volunteers to support all aspects of more information, e-mail Stephanie at the organization’s activities. For more email@example.com or visit www.lu- information, call 304-985-0021. CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING theranmountaineer.org/disaster. MUSLIM STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SERVICES are provided for free by hosts a weekly Islam and Arabic class the Carruth Center for Psychologiat 6:30 p.m. in the Monongahela Room cal and Psychiatric Services. A walkof the Mountainlair. For more informa- in clinic is offered weekdays from 9 tion, contact Sohail Chaudhry at 304- a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include edu906-8183 or firstname.lastname@example.org. cational, career, individual, couples THE MORGANTOWN CHESS CLUB and group counseling. Please visit meets from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the www.well.wvu.edu to find out more basement of the First Christian Church information. SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT at 100 Cobun Ave. Meetings will not be held the last Thursday of every month. HOUSE, a local outreach organizaFor more information, visit www.mor- tion, needs volunteers for daily programs and special events. For more gantownchess.org. CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST information or to volunteer, contact holds its weekly CRU meetings at 9 Adrienne Hines at vc_srsh@hotmail. p.m. in Room G24 of Eiesland Hall. Peo- com or 304-599-5020. WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN ple can join others for live music, skits and relevant messages. For more infor- needs volunteers. WIC provides edumation, e-mail email@example.com or cation, supplemental foods and immunizations for pregnant women and visit www.wvucru.com. UNITED METHODIST STUDENT children under 5 years of age. This is MOVEMENT meets at 7 p.m. at the an opportunity to earn volunteer Campus Ministry Center on the corner hours for class requirements. For more of Price and Willey streets. For more information, contact Michelle Prudinformation, e-mail wvumethodist@ nick at 304-598-5180 or 304-598-5185. FREE RAPID HIV TESTING is availcomcast.net. WVU CLUB TENNIS practices from able on the first Monday of every 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Ridgeview Rac- month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the quet Club. For carpooling, call 304- Caritas House office located at 391 906-4427. New members are always Scott Ave. Test results are available in 20 minutes and are confidential. welcome. THE WVU YOUNG DEMOCRATS To make an appointment, call 304meets at 7 p.m. in the Blackwater 293-4117. 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United Way agency, is looking for volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its one-on-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs. To volunteer, contact Sylvia at 304-983-2823, ext. 104 or e-mail email@example.com. ROSENBAUM FAMILY HOUSE, which provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU, is looking for service organizations to provide dinner for 20 to 40 Family House guests. For more information, call 304-598-6094 or e-mail rfh@ wvuh.com. LITERACY VOLUNTEERS is seeking volunteers for one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and English as a second language. Volunteer tutors will complete tutor training, meet weekly with their adult learners, report volunteer hours quarterly, attend at least two in-service trainings per year, and help with one fundraising event. For more information, call 304-296-3400 or e-mail MCLV2@ comcast.net. CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. MOUNTAINEER SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is an all-volunteer nonprofit that promotes spay/ neuter to reduce the number of homeless pets that are euthanized every year. M-SNAP needs new members to help its cause, as does ReTails, a thrift shop located in the Morgantown Mall. For more information, go to www.m-snap.org. THE CONDOM CARAVAN will be in Room G304 of the Health Sciences Center on Mondays and the Mountainlair on Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. The caravan sells condoms for 25 cents or five for $1. INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP is an interdenominational student-led organization that meets weekly on campus. Everyone is welcome to attend events. For more information, e-mail Daniel at ivcfwvu@ yahoo.com or visit the IVCF website at www.wvuiv.org.edu. THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of every month at noon at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. All students and faculty are invited. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. THE CHEMISTRY LEARNING CENTER, located on the ground floor of the Chemistry Research Laboratories, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. THE M-TOWN MPOWERMENT PROJECT, a community-building program run by and geared toward young gay or bisexual men 18 to 29, is creating an environment in the Morgantown community where young men can feel empowered to make a difference in their lives. Mpowerment also focuses on HIV and STD prevention education. For more information, call 304-319-1803. THE MORGANTOWN FUN FACTORY, a nonprofit organization, is looking for volunteers to work at the Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia. For more information, go to www.thefunfactory.org or e-mail CDMofWV@gmail.com. CHRISTIAN HELP, a nonprofit that offers free resources to the less fortunate, is in need of volunteers to assist with its programs. For more information, call 304-296-0221.
HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year, you open up to a very different style and way of approaching matters. Keep conversations moving at an even clip, and don’t get bogged down in the details. Observe a tendency not to express your depth and feelings. Understand that perhaps this type of withholding impacts your relationships. If you are single, you easily could meet two people of interest simultaneously. One could be more exciting than the other, who will be more stable and secure. Take your time deciding if you want to make any type of commitment and to whom! If you are attached, the two of you become more deeply united on goals and key pastimes. Re-create your first date or your first few encounters. Let romance build. AQUARIUS can be challenging. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Opportunities emerge if you follow your intuition, especially when dealing with others. A sudden insight tosses you into thought. Take your time, as all this could be changing your plans and your perspective. Tonight: Burning the midnight oil. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH It might take quite a bit of perspective to understand what is going on. You could be overwhelmed by everything that drops on your plate and the unpredictability of others. Learn to flex and wave goodbye to rigidity. Tonight: Take in new vistas. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH One-on-one relating could bring forth
some startling insights that might encourage thinking through a community or professional matter. Be willing to listen more to a close friend or loved one. Tonight: A cozy get-together where there is music. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHHH You discover how difficult it can be to juggle many different interests. Expert opinions, as well as news from a distance, could be quite startling. Defer to others who might have a stronger sense of direction. Tonight: Accept an invitation. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Others seem to be the source of energy and plans. Though you might not feel like you can put your feet up, you certainly don’t need to push so hard. Your ability to synthesize ideas needs to come into play. Tonight: Consider starting your weekend early. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHHH Your creativity pinnacles, as does the ability to intrigue others. Use this combo to increase your audience and pull with a key matter. A child or new friend could play a significant role in your day. Let go of being meticulous. Tonight: Head home. Everyone needs some quiet time. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH If you can lie back or work from home, all the better. You will have the energy to flex with some surprising events or news. You have a soft and caring manner that intrigues a loved one. This person cannot get enough of you! Tonight: Get into weekend mode. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH
Keep communication going, even if you have a moment of feeling shocked and without words. This situation will encourage greater ingenuity and creativity. Make calls; encourage opinions. Be open, and respect different ideas. Tonight: Make it early. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH Curb a need to possess at this moment. You really don’t need to live like the Joneses. Opportunity strikes out of the blue. A friendship could take an interesting turn. Tonight: Strut on out the door. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHHH Though you might need to negotiate an insight or event, you radiate with happiness and directness. Someone you care a lot about demonstrates that his or her feelings are mutual. Learn to relax a little more. Tonight: Your treat. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHH Take your time dealing with a personal matter, especially as it is interfering with your daily routine. Your instincts could be unusually correct regarding a money matter. Still, curb wild risking! Tonight: You are coming into your own element. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHHH Note that at present you are best among groups of people. How you push your agenda and the choices you make might be guided by your entourage more than you realize. A meeting could evolve into a social happening. Tonight: Only as you like it. BORN TODAY World War II commander George Patton (1885), comedian, actor Jonathan Winters (1925), actress Demi Moore (1962)
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PUZZLES DIFFICULTY LEVEL MEDIUM
Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk.
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Thursday November 11, 2010
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Upperclassmen want to go out with a bang By Ben Gaughan sports writer
All of the West Virginia women’s soccer players know how special this season has been. For the seniors team, it could be even more special with a few more wins in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The motivation for goalkeeper Kerri Butler, forward Megan Mischler, and the rest of the upperclassmen on the team is clear: Go out with a bang. “A Big East (Conference) Championship is something we stress in the beginning of the season,” Mischler said after hearing about hosting the first and possibly second round of the NCAA Tournament at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. “But, ultimately it’s that NCAA Championship, and that’s what we want to focus on now.” All of the seniors on this year’s team were on the 2007
squad that went to the Elite Eight before falling to then-No. 9 USC, 1-0. Those players know the expectations that are in front of them and are looking to achieve them in the postseason. “When we were out there, and we lost to the national champions that year, (the current seniors) had a real understanding of the magnitude of the Elite Eight and the emotion behind it,” said West Virginia head coach Nikki IzzoBrown. “I’m going to lean on them to make sure they’re sharing their experience and maybe their disappointment but also their excitement of being in an Elite Eight. “We had close to 5,000 people at that game. It was unbelievable, the electricity, but also it was unbelievable to not get to a Final Four.” One thing is for sure – the Mountaineers will be prepared
West Virginia (16-4-1)
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When: Friday at 6 p.m. Where: Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium With a win: The Mountaineers will play the winner of the Penn State-Penn matchup in Morgantown Sunday. Parking: Spectators attending the games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium will be allowed to park for free in the Natatorium parking lot but must leave at the conclusion of the game. Those attending the soccer games who wish to stay for the men’s basketball game will be charged $20 to park.
come Friday. They’ve gotten their chance to celebrate a conference championship, but Izzo-Brown stressed that the team must refocus. “I just told them we’re not done yet,” Izzo-Brown said. “We’ve got six wins to go now.” The Mountaineers are winners of 12 straight games and
haven’t lost since Sept. 23 at Marquette. Izzo-Brown said the streak is proof the team has the confidence to focus on anything it wants. “We were the best team in the Big East Conference, and now we want to be the best team in the country,” IzzoBrown said. “When you have a special team that can do special things, at the end of the year you want to be No. 1 in the nation.” Defender Meghan Lewis said making a run deep into the NCAA Tournament would accomplish a goal the Mountaineers have had since their first practice of the season. “Our main goal is the Sweet 16, but of course we want to go further,” Lewis said. “We know we can do it. We just have to work hard like we’ve been doing and just buckle down.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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West Virginia women’s soccer players celebrate advancing in the Big East Conference Tournament earlier this season. WVU won the Big East Tournament.
WVU travels to Ole Miss, Army NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals next up for the Mountaineers BY BRAD JOYAL SPORTS WRITER
The No. 1 West Virginia rifle team will travel for its first road test of the season this weekend for matches against two Great America Rifle Conference opponents. The Mountaineers (3-1) will take on Ole Miss Saturday and Army Sunday. The team has had success at home against top competition, but head coach Jon Hammond is excited for his team to have its first road test of this year. “It’s definitely a challenge,” Hammond said. “Shooting away from home, our comfort zone, makes things a little bit different. Most of our team has shot
at West Point, so there is some familiarity. We’re excited to go on the road and have a road trip.” Last season, the Mountaineers posted a perfect record of 5-0 in matches away from the West Virginia rifle range. This weekend marks the first of two away weekends for the team. West Point, N.Y., will host this weekend’s matches, while the team will travel to Lexington, Ky., for matches against Kentucky and Columbus State later this season. Ole Miss has been strong this season, posting a 2-1 record, with wins over GARC foe North Carolina State (4,625-4,536) and Nevada and UTEP (4,637-4,611). The team’s lone loss was at the hands of Jacksonville State.
After taking part in the NCAA Championships last season, Army has been struggling to find its stride this year. The Black Knights are 1-3 heading into this weekend, but Hammond knows the importance of his team focusing on the task at hand, no matter the opponent. “We have to look after ourselves,” Hammond said. “We want to go out and get two solid scores this weekend. The scores of our away matches will be important for the NCAA qualifications, so it’s important to at least get one solid score out of this weekend, but we’re hoping for two wins over conference opponents.” email@example.com
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Women face Rutgers this weekend By Ethan Rohrbaugh Sports Writer
The West Virginia women’s swimming and diving team will play host to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday, as the Mountaineers (1-3, 0-2 Big East Conference) look to capture their first conference win of the season. WVU came up short in both of its Big East bouts thus far, losing to Louisville and Cincinnati last weekend in consecutive days away from Morgantown.
Sophomores have provided the bulk of West Virginia’s scoring this year, as Kata Fodor, Rachael Burnett, Mandie Nugent, and Breanna McCann have combined for 16 first-place finishes. Burnett and Nugent lead the team with five first-place performances, while Fodor and senior Lyn Ann Nelson each have four. Head coach Vic Riggs said the Mountaineers’ biggest challenge this weekend will be creating energy and supporting one another.
“It’s important that we get out of the gates fast and off to a positive start,” Riggs said. While the men’s team won’t be competing on Saturday, Riggs said it will be in the Natatorium “cheering, supporting and helping to create that energy.” The Scarlet Knights (1-2, 1-2) topped Georgetown but were beaten handily by Connecticut and Villanova in a quad meet held at the RU Aquatic Center earlier this season. firstname.lastname@example.org
Team finishes fall season in Philadelphia by derek denneny sports writer
The West Virginia rowing team will return to Philadelphia this weekend to close out its fall season. The Mountaineers will continue to switch the lineups around as they’ve done all fall, according to head coach Jimmy King. “Although lineups have yet to be determined, we’ve raced dif-
ferent lineups at every competition so far this fall, and I expect we’ll continue to change things up this weekend,” King said.” WVU will get an opportunity to race against its spring competition this weekend, with teams including Temple, Drexel and George Mason. With this in mind, King said he is looking for his team to compete with more aggression. “This race is intended to be a fun way to cap off the fall rac-
ing season,” he said. “It gets the teams excited for spring racing as well as to give the novice crews a glimpse of the type of racing they’ll do in the spring.” The Mountaineers raced this same course just two weeks ago but faced adverse weather conditions. The weather looks favorable for the weekend, so rough waters should not be an issue. email@example.com
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The West Virginia cross country team will travel to State College, Pa., this weekend to compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals. “We appear to be in a very good place going into this weekend,” said coach Sean Cleary. “We want to go in, run the best possible race that we can and let the chips fall where they do. This group has been getting better all year, and I feel that we have one more jump in us. Should we do this, we will be happy with the results.”
The Moutaineers are now down to their last seven runners. Senior Maria Dalzot will be running in her final Regional event. Sophomore Katie Gillespie and sophomore Sarah-Anne Brault will look to pace WVU, but Cleary said he is looking for a different trio to really help the Mountaineers. “The trio of Portner, Moskal and Martinelli have been coming on very strong,” he said. “These three fed off of each other very well at the Big East Championships. I am very excited to see how they respond to this race.”
Cleary is confident his group has what it takes to be successful if it can execute its plans for the race. “This is the NCAA Regionals, so the competition will be at the highest of levels,” he said. “I am looking for a performance that falls about 15 seconds per girl better than their best race of the year. Fifteen seconds is simply one second per quarter mile.” WVU finished in sixth place Oct. 16 on the same course, and Cleary said the team will look to use this familiarity with the course to its advantage. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from page 10 BILL STEWART QUOTE OF THE WEEK “He can marry my sister, but I’d take him out back and punch him in the nose.”
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CINCINNATI vs. WEST VIRGINIA PITTSBURGH vs. CONNECTICUT MIAMI vs. GEORGIA TECH IOWA vs. NORTHWESTERN SOUTH FLORIDA vs. LOUISVILLE KANSAS STATE vs. MISSOURI GEORGIA vs. AUBURN VIRGINIA TECH vs. NORTH CAROLINA SYRACUSE vs. RUTGERS PENN STATE vs. OHIO STATE TEXAS TECH vs. OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA vs. FLORIDA MISSISSIPPI STATE vs. ALABAMA USC vs. ARIZONA OKLAHOMA STATE vs. TEXAS LAST WEEK SEASON RECORD
Chizik declines to address report on Newton AUBURN, Ala. (AP)—All Auburn coach Gene Chizik would say Wednesday about Cam Newton is that the star quarterback will start for the second-ranked Tigers against Georgia on Saturday after the latest round of accusations. Newton’s friend Joe Haden and brother, meanwhile, rose to his defense. Chizik declined to answer questions about an ESPN report that Newton told a Mississippi State recruiter that his father wanted him to go to Auburn because “the money was too much.” Citing unidentified sources, ESPN reported late Tuesday that Newton and his father, Cecil, each had a phone
conversation with a Mississippi State recruiter and acknowledged a pay-for-play arrangement. According to the report, one of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take “more than a scholarship” for his son to attend Mississippi State. In a statement, Mississippi State’s athletic department said Wednesday that it first contacted the Southeastern Conference regarding “an issue relating to its recruitment of Cam Newton.” The statement said the SEC asked for specific information including interviews with university staffers. Mississippi State didn’t provide
more information until July, citing “time-consuming eligibility issues” related to other sports, presumably those involving basketball players Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost. The statement said Mississippi State has “cooperated fully” with NCAA investigators. Chizik offered a passionate defense of Newton on Tuesday, calling an earlier report about academic cheating accusations when Newton was at Florida “pure garbage.” But he would only field questions related to Saturday’s game with Georgia in Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference media teleconference.
Puskar Stadium so tough, Jones pointed to the unique passion and culture that the state has for football. “People grow up being Mountaineer fans from birth because it is the only thing in that state – it is a culture,” Jones said. “Their fans, win or lose, are there every game. It is a college town and a prideful state.” The culture Jones described is one that even affected his son’s little league football team when his family were residents. “My son played little league football there, and they wouldn’t have their game on that WVU gamedays, because they wanted everyone at the West Virginia games,” Jones said. “It is different, and we want to establish that here at Cincinnati.” One key component to getting a win in for Jones in his homecoming will be quarterback Zach Collaros. The junior quarterback missed the Bearcats’ last game due to a left knee injury, and will most likely start for the second year in a row against WVU. “We are looking for a num-
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losses under their belts, WVU faces Cincinnati at home, Louisville on the road, Pittsburgh on the road and Rutgers at home to close out the season. An undefeated run would leave the Mountaineers with an outside chance to win the Big East and a chance for a 10win season, but anything less may cost some people their jobs. zz Currently sitting atop that list is offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen, who has come under intense scrutiny this season for his play calling. Some say Mullen has taken his idea of balance too far by stretching WVU’s play selection, while in other games, he has taken heat for being too conservative. Head coach Bill Stewart is
Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros, above, missed the Bearcats’ last game with an injury, but UC head coach Butch Jones said the redshirt junior will likely play Saturday against West Virginia. ber of things in practice this laros responds in redevelopweek,” Jones said. “It is about ing timing with his receivers mobility, moving the pocket Saturday. and being able to escape pres“He hasn’t shown any rust,” sure. We need to see those Jones said. “He has been able things, because we know to throw, but everything is West Virginia is going to bring about timing. We want to see how he can step up and do the pressure.” Thus far, Jones has seen all things that come with playing of those in practice, but the quarterback.” last and most important aspect will be seeing how Colbrian,email@example.com in a close second behind Mullen, but secondary changes may precede a removal of the head coach by Athletic Director Oliver Luck. zz WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has been coaching on the collegiate level since 1981 with stops at Walsh, Akron, Cincinnati and Kansas State. In those years, there is no doubt Huggins has coached up teams with far inferior talent to achieve greatness, but this season may rank as one of Huggins’ best coaching jobs. After losing Da’Sean Butler, Devin Ebanks and Wellington Smith, the Mountaineers are on the outside looking in as far as national discussion. WVU is not a national championship contender right now, but it is a long season. If this team blends together as Huggins would like it to, it could make some noise come tournament time.
zz Over a month ago, the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy were Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Oregon running back LaMichael James, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore and Alabama running back Mark Ingram. As it stands now, only James is still on that list from ridiculously early projections. Furthermore, many believe the award for collegiate football’s best player will be given to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, but in the wake of a NCAA investigation, things could change. Although it would be unfair to Newton and the rest of the college game, one would suspect some Heisman voters might be swayed by the allegations to not vote for the talented quarterback. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pennington named Miami’s starting QB DAVIE, Fla. (AP)—A text message Chad Pennington received at home provided the first hint of a promotion. “Can you stop by please,” read the message from Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano. “That ‘please’ kind of threw me,” Pennington said later. Starting quarterbacks enjoy deferential treatment, and Pennington is again No. 1. Sparano announced the change Wednesday, pulling the plug on the Chad Henne experiment in favor of a 34-year-old coming off the latest operation on his right shoulder. “They both have strengths, and certainly weaknesses,” Sparano said. “At this particular time, my decision is Chad Pennington’s strengths might be suited a little bit more for where we need to be.” The Dolphins (4-4) play host to Tennessee on Sunday, when Pennington will make his first start since his season-ending shoulder injury in Week 3 last year. He contemplated retirement but re-signed with Miami, where he has won praise as Henne’s mentor.
The two are good friends, and they met for an hour Tuesday after being informed of the lineup change. “We got teary-eyed, because we have a really good relationship,” Pennington said. “The good thing about this situation is he’s on the front end of his career, and I’m on the back end of mine. So we’re not two dogs fighting over the same piece of meat.” Henne agreed that his bond with Pennington remains strong. “I’m going to stick by him and help him out as much as I can, and we’re in it together,” Henne said. “We’re in it to win a championship.” The Dolphins began the season believing they were set for years to come with Henne. He became the starter in his second NFL season last year and threw for 2,878 yards, and he was on pace for 3,800 this year. But the offense has scored only 11 touchdowns, which ties for second-worst in the NFL. “The quarterbacks a lot of times are the ones put on the cross if things aren’t going
well,” running back Ronnie Brown(notes) said. “They get the brunt of the backlash. But we’re all responsible for what we’re supposed to do.” In 21 career starts, Henne has topped 300 yards five times, which is more than any passer in the Dolphins’ 45-year history except Dan Marino. But Henne threw 23 interceptions and only 20 touchdown passes while leading Miami to a record of 11-10. “There are obviously things that I can want back,” Henne said. “Turnovers glare at you, and some of the decision-making.” The offseason addition of Brandon Marshall(notes) gave Henne a Pro Bowl target, but they hooked up for only one score. Henne has 10 interceptions this year, including three in Sunday’s loss at Baltimore, and only eight scoring passes. The switch caught Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher by surprise. Henne threw for 349 yards but also had three interceptions in an overtime loss against Tennessee last year. “We’ll have to shift gears a little bit,” Fisher said. “I personally didn’t feel like Chad Henne was playing that bad. I’ve always been a Henne fan.” If Miami’s productivity fails to improve under Pennington, Henne might be back in the lineup soon. Asked if the quarterback situation is now a week-to-week decision, Sparano said: “Chad Pennington is the quarterback right now.”
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brian kuppelweiser SPORTS WRITER
Nobody asked Cincinnati head coach was former WVU assistant from 2005-06 By Brian kuppelweiser me, but ... sports Writer
Over the past three weeks or so, since my last column of this nature, there have been many issues in both West Virginia sports as well as nationally. So, without further ado, let’s delve into those matters. Nobody asked me, but … zz The time is rolling around for the NCAA soccer tournaments in both the men’s and women’s game. On the women’s side, WVU has a team that just won the Big East Conference Tournament and enters the dance as a No. 3 seed. The Mountaineers have won 12-straight games and are, undoubtedly, playing their best soccer of the year. Keep an eye out for this team, and most importantly, go out and support them in person. On the other side, the men’s team must sit and wait until Nov. 15 for its fate as to whether it will make the tournament. With a 10-7-2 record and a ranking of No. 27 in the RPI, the Mountaineers should be in, but there is reason to be worried if they get there. At home, the men have a record of 9-1-0, but on the road, the word struggling does not begin to describe them. They hold a 1-5-2 mark, with their lone win against Old Dominion Sept. 12. zz Has there ever been a bigger four-game stretch for the West Virginia football program? After a 5-1 start, the Mountaineers were the favorite to win the Big East, and their play looked to be rounding into shape somewhat. Now, with two-straight
Last season, the Cincinnati football team experienced its best season in school history. The Bearcats finished with a 12-1 record overall and with a No. 8 final ranking. After the season, head coach Brian Kelly took over at Notre Dame, and now, former West Virginia assistant coach Butch Jones is at the helm for Cincinnati. This Saturday, Jones will return to the Mountain State for the first time as a visitor, and he acknowledges it brings back a lot of great memories. “It will be a little bit different, because I will be riding in on a bus going through the fans,” Jones said. “It will be a different opportunity to run out in the visiting tunnel, but it is a great chance for our football team.” Jones, who was the wide receivers coach under former Mountaineer head coach Rich Rodriguez, said it has been nice to see players he recruited such as receiver Jock Sanders, linebacker J.T. Thomas and nose tackle Chris Neild to mature. “A lot of the players on that team, I had a hand in recruiting,” Jones said. “From Jock Sanders to J.T. Thomas, it is great to see them mature, especially Chris Neild, who is one of the best nose tackles in the country after he went through all his struggles freshman year.” Having said that, Jones did talk about what winning a game in Morgantown would mean for his team. “We have found out that anything can happen in this Big East race,” Jones said. “We want to get back and compete.” The challenge, though, will be tough in walking away with a victory in Jones’ eyes. “When they play at home, there is a reason that they are 33-5 in Morgantown at Mountaineer Field, so we know we are going to get their best,” Jones said. When asked what makes the challenge of getting a victory at Milan
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Quarterbacks Redshirt junior Zach Collaros, who saw a large amount of action last season while filling in for injured starter Tony Pike, is one of the top quarterbacks in the Big East. The redshirt junior is a threat through the air as well as on the ground, but a left knee injury caused him to miss the Bearcats’ last game. If Collaros is out, Chazz Anderson takes over. Grade: B Running Backs Last season, Isaiah Pead torched WVU for 175 yards on 18 carries, including a 52-yard dash in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The junior is an all-purpose athlete who has great speed, making him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Grade: B Receivers UC lost star Mardy Gilyard to graduation, but returns Armon Binns –the team’s leading receiver with NFL potential. Former WVU commit D.J. Woods is also a sure-handed target. Grade: B+ Offensive Line The Bearcats offensive line produced four AllBig East selections in 2009, but returned just two this season. The offensive line has been atrocious thus far in 2010, having allowed an average of three sacks per game, ranking 108th in the nation. Grade: C Defensive Line Cincinnati moved to a four-man front under head coach Butch Jones, and Dan Giordano and Derek Wolfe have led the unit. Giordano has been the most consistent, racking up eight tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Grade: BLinebackers The Bearcats lost a leader in Andre Revels, but return junior J.K. Schaffer to fill the void. Along with Shaffer, Maalik Bomar is a vastly undersized linebacker at 6-foot-2, 213-pounds, but he plays with great athleticism and speed. Grade: C+ Secondary Cincinnati’s passing defense has struggled greatly this season, having allowed an average of 244.4 yards-per-game though the air. The team has just two interceptions from players in its secondary. Grade: C
Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones, above, was a wide receivers coach assistant under former WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez from 2005-06.
Special Teams If there has been one bright spot on the Bearcats this season, it has been the kicking game. Place kicker Jacob Rogers is 8-for-10 on field goal attempts with a long of 48 yards. Punter Pat O’Donnell is averaging 42.6 yards with a long of 61 yards. Grade: B — Compiled by Brian Kuppelweiser
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West Virginia women’s basketball head coach Mike Carey knows who will fill in after five of his seniors graduate at the end of the 2010-11 season. The Mountaineers signed four players Wednesday. Akilah Bethel, Averee Fields, Crystal Leary and Linda Stepney make up the 2011 signing class. “We’re very happy with who we brought in, and we think they’ll do a great job for us,” Carey said. “There’s a possibility next year we may be starting some freshmen.” West Virginia signed two guards and two forwards. Carey said the biggest difficulty in recruiting is getting recruits to visit Morgantown. “We’re being bad-mouthed out there, because of the state of West Virginia,” Carey said. “If we can get them here to see our facilities and meet people, then we have a chance.” Bethel, a 6-foot guard from Randallstown, Md., averaged 10.6 points per game as a junior. She was ranked by All-Star Girls Report as the No. 144-best player in the country. Fields, a native of Hazel, Ky., was ranked the 80th-best player by ESPN HoopGurlz.
The 6-foot forward averaged 24.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. She was also named a 2010 AAU all-American. Leary, a 6-foot-2 forward, and Stepney, a 5-foot-7 guard, have been playing basketball against each other since they were 11 years old. Both led Lake Taylor high school to a No. 1 ranking in AAA by the Associated Press in Virginia and a No. 22 national ranking by USA Today. Leary is ranked the 77thbest player in the country by the Blue Star Basketball Report. She averaged 12.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a junior. Stepney is the 56th-best player in the country. She averaged 13.9 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game last season. Men’s basketball signs five players West Virginia head basketball coach Bob Huggins announced the signing of Aaron Brown, Pat Forsythe, Jabarie Hinds, Tommie McCune and Keaton Miles to national letters of intent Wednesday. Brown, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wing, averaged 18.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and is considered the best player in Delaware County, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
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He is ranked as the 27th-best small forward by Scout.com, the 29th-best small forward by ESPN.com and is a Rivals three-star. Forsythe, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound center, averaged five points, seven rebounds and nearly three blocks a game as a junior despite playing 12 games while recovering from a fractured vertebrae. Forsythe is rated as a Rivals three-star and is ranked as the 54th-best center by ESPN.com. Hinds, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound guard, averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 steals and 4.0 assists last season as a junior. He has scored more than 1,000 points in his Mount Vernon High career. Scout.com has Hinds at No. 13 among players at his position while Rivals.com lists Hinds at No. 26. He is ranked No. 13 at his position by ESPN. com and 73rd overall in the 2011 class. McCune, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward, is ranked No. 20 at his position by Rivals. com and No. 100 overall in the 2011 class. Scout.com has McCune as the 26th-best power forward while ESPN.com has him ranked No. 24. McCune is also listed as a Rivals four-star. Last year as a junior, McCune averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots for Saginaw High. He played AAU basketball for Team Pride, where he averaged 44 points and 20 rebounds in July. Miles, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward, averaged 13.5 points and 12 rebounds per game in helping Lincoln to a 28-4 record and a trip to the third round of the UIL Class 4A playoffs. He played AAU basketball with the Dallas Mustangs. Miles is listed as the 39thbest player at his position by ESPN.com and the 34th-best at his position by Rivals.com. He is ranked No. 17 in the state by TexasHoops.com.
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