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Tuesday December 7, 2010
VOLUME 124, ISSUE 70
Six fewer football citations in 2010 BY JOSH COOPER STAFF WRITER
All other crimes were about even except for drug offenses, which showed a significant increase in 2010. Roberts said the UPD will evaluate this year’s football crime rates and see what new precautions need to be taken for next year. “We’ll sit down, and evaluate not just the crime but what may happen between now and then,” Roberts said.
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Change from 2009 to 2010
Liquor Law Violations
15 fewer violations
2 fewer violations
2 fewer violations
5 more violations
Destruction of Property
1 more violation
5 more violations
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This year’s amount of crime at home football games at West Virginia University dropped slightly since last year, according to the University Police Department’s incident summary reports. In 2010, there were a total of 82 reported issues and citations, while there were 88 in 2009. The major decrease occurred in the amount of liquor law violations such as underage drinking
citations, which dropped from 61 in 2009 to 46 in 2010. These statistics do not account for the game against Rutgers, for which the incident summary report was unavailable by press time. “It (crime at football games) kind of goes in cycles,” said University Police Chief Bob Roberts. “We have a lot of students we work with on crime prevention. They seem to work harder on keeping their doors locked, which helps us out a lot.”
Event focuses on Last home football game of season awareness of coal mining dangers by nick ashley staff writer
The fourth annual Miner’s Day at West Virginia University showcased the importance of coal mining to West Virginia. A National Miner’s Day event was held in the Mountainlair on Monday and featured speakers involved with the coal mining industry and an exhibition on its history. Miner’s Day was made a national commemorative holiday last December. The Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, which killed 29 miners last April, had an effect on this year’s Miner’s Day. “These events are very real and sometimes have dangerous outcomes for families. We want to get the awareness out of the many dangers of coal mining and negative effects it has,” said Sonja Wilson, senior program coordinator for the Mountainlair. Fred Powers, a retired coal miner and school teacher, said he speaks to various communities about the work coal miners go through. “I hopefully can still influ-
ence people to go into coal mining,” he said. Powers is a third-generation coal miner and mined for 20 years. He said the main reason he was interested in mining was the pay benefits, despite the threat of danger. Powers experienced a cave injury during his career. “I was caught underneath a metal block. I had seconds to live, and I said a prayer, and my friend Slim came up to rescue me right before I died,” Powers said. Powers said the leading cause of death for miners is a roof falling in, but explosions, methane gas, dust and working with heavy machinery also pose dangers for miners. “Safety standards are more important now than before, but the laws have gotten stricter to help decrease the amount of deaths in the country,” Powers said. “You can’t cut any corners in this business.” Powers said he thinks Miner’s Day should be a holi-
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Student wins national award for women in aerospace engineering By Codi Yeager Staff Writer
For the past seven years, West Virginia University student Kerri Phillips has stayed true to her goal of becoming an aerospace engineer. “It is something I have been interested in since I was a kid,” Phillips said, who will graduate in May with a doctorate in aerospace engineering. “(At first) I didn’t really know what an engineer did, but I knew I was interested in airplanes and space.” This fall, Phillips received the Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International. The fellowship is worth $10,000 for women who are pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering, according to the Zonta Interna-
tional website. It is awarded to 35 women from around the world each year. “Kerri really embodies the spirit of the award,” said Marcello Napolitano, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Phillips’ research adviser. “She symbolizes what women in engineering and technology should be. She is very motivated herself, and she motivates other people.” After completing her undergraduate studies in mechanical and aerospace engineering at WVU, Phillips joined Napolitano’s team for her graduate research. “I was really interested in (Napolitano’s) research, and I knew he had a good team,” Phillips said. “I wanted to be a
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Mountaineer mascot Brock Burwell gives fans high-fives after the Mountaineer’s win against Pitt Nov. 27.
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Burwell to apply for Mountaineer Mascot position again next year by melanie hoffman
male finalists for the position and took over for Rebecca Durst, the second female mascot to have ever been selected. He also appeared as the “Little Mountaineer” when his uncle, Rock Wilson, donned the buckskins in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Though football season is Chelsi Baker/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM now over, Burwell will still attend basketball games and University president James Clements takes a photograph of freshman engineering major Josh Thomas, left, and Mountaineer mascot Brock Burwell, right. other sporting events. “I’m more of a football guy, but I love Mountaineer basketball,” he said. He also set a personal goal of attending one game for every sporting event this year, which he said he is on track to meet. However, Burwell said his schedule has never been busier – balancing school and traveling to cheer with Mountaineer fans. “I love interacting with the fans, and when I put on the buckskins, I kind of go into character,” he said. He attends at least one event melanie hoffman/the daily athenaeum Mountaineer Mascot Brock Burwell looks at the crowd while leading them to cheer on the Mountaineers at Saturday’s game against Rutgers. see mascot on PAGE 2
There were no hard feelings or worries for Mountaineer Mascot Brock Burwell on Saturday. The first-year graduate student in athletic coaching at West Virginia University led Milan Puskar Stadium in cheering on the Mountaineers in their 35-10 win over Rutgers University at the last home football game of the season. With four months left in his term, he has no plans of stopping anytime soon – his goal is to try out again for the 20112012 season. “I’ve always been a Mountaineer fan. WVU was the only school I applied to,” he said. “I think being the mascot of the team they love is every fan’s ultimate dream.” Burwell’s dream came true last March when he was chosen as the Mountaineer after serving as an alternate for two years. The 23-year-old Harrisville, W.Va., native beat three other
Alumni, United Way collect books for children BY EMILY SPICKLER CORRESPONDENT
Making sure every child has access to a good book is the goal of the Alumni Association of West Virginia University’s College of Human Resources and Education and the United Way’s book drive running until Dec. 20. The two groups joined together to accept new or gently used books for prekindergarten through middle school-aged children at various drop off boxes around Morgantown.
“The Alumni Association wanted to do something special around the holidays for disadvantaged children,” said Kaye McCrory, officer in the College of Human Resources and Education Alumni Association. “Last year, we had a very small collection of books donated by the alumni within the college, but this year we decided to take it a step further and invite the community to donate to the book drive.” Drop-off bins will be located at the Morgantown Mall, the Giant Eagle information
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desk at University Town Centre, the Dean’s Office at 802 Allen Hall on WVU Evansdale Campus and at all Morgantown BB&T banks. In the past, the drive was limited to books donated by alumni within the college. This is the first year the drive has been open to the public, said Janey Cink, director of communications and external relations for the College of Human Resources and Education. Last year’s proceeds benefited the Shack Neighborhood House. This year, however, the
donated books are going to three different organizations: CASA for Kids, the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club and Christian Help. After Dec. 20, the Alumni Association will collect the donated books and present them to the United Way to be distributed to the various agencies, McCrory said. “We would love to see more than 100 books received, but we plan to continue this. We’re just excited that it’s growing this year,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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part of that team.” The research that Phillips is doing involves flight controls. “We are basically modeling aircraft behavior in the case of a primary control surface failure,” she said. The goal is to detect, accommodate and control failures, which could include the failure of an airplane’s rudder, used to turn the plane from side to side, or its elevator, used to move the airplane’s nose up or down, Phillips said. Phillips is working on flight controls for unmanned aircraft, she said.
Continued from page 1 Morgantown Police reported similar findings in this year’s football crime rates. “Overall, it was a pretty average year,” said Lt. Harold Sperringer of the MPD. No significant crimes really “jumped out and indicated it was much different than last year.” The number of tailgating citations issued also decreased, said Morgantown Police Chief Phil Scott Nov. 30 at City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting. During the past two home football games, more than 114
Continued from page 1 day to honor all of those who work dangerous jobs, not just the coal mining industry. Dec. 6 was chosen as Miner’s Day because of the 1907 Monongah Mine disaster. Royce J. Watts, associate
Continued from page 1 daily, which ranges from athletic events to fundraisers to visiting local elementary and middle schools. So far, he has attended more than 180 events. Burwell acknowledged that
“We want to make it so the onboard computer can maintain flight (in case of a failure),” she said. In addition to her research work, Phillips is involved in the Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration, a student organization she co-founded with seven other students in 2008 that helps students find internships and research opportunities, she said. “She has made it a big part of her life to help young people,” Napolitano said. “She does a lot of mentoring of younger students to help them approach the tough field of engineering, and she has been a reference point for young females in engineering.”
Phillips is currently the only woman in her research lab, but she said that gender has not been an issue at WVU. “I heard horror stories from people who had gone to different universities, where girls had felt discriminated against,” she said. “But at WVU, I couldn’t tell the difference. I was always treated fairly by other students and my professors.” It was one of those professors, Wade Huebsch, who encouraged her to apply for the Zonta fellowship. “I never would have applied if Dr. Huebsch had not pushed me to,” Phillips said. “He definitely supported me.”
citations were given at hightraffic tailgating locations for breaking laws such as public intoxication, carrying an open container and urinating in public, Scott said. The lowered numbers had a lot to do with the games being held earlier in the day, he said. The areas with the most tailgates include lots on Van Voorhis Road, Windsor Avenue and Inglewood Boulevard. The highest crime rate of any football game occurred at this year’s game against the University of South Florida, which was an evening game. The game had more underage violations than any other game in the last two years.
With 20 underage citations issued by University Police, it accounted for almost half of 2010’s total football crime. The lowest amount of crime of any of the games in the last two years was at this year’s game against Cincinnati, which had one citation total that was given for public intoxication, according to the incident summary reports. University Police generally work the student sections and the east side of Milan Puskar Stadium, while Morgantown Police patrol the west side. West Virginia State Police patrol the entire stadium.
dean for administration at WVU, presented a portion of an exhibition of West Virginia history of mining and rescue at the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum. “The purpose for it was to help promote and preserve the social, cultural and technological history of coal, oil and gas,” Watts said.
Danielle Petrac, museum coordinator and curator, encouraged students to visit the museum. “Coal mining is important to the state and the Appalachian region, and people should be aware of the history and importance of coal miners,” she said.
he was recognized across campus and said he became more popular on Facebook, too. With a little more than 800 Facebook friends prior to his selection, the number is now 2,356. The Mountaineer Mascot Selection Committee, which consists of five students, two faculty or staff members and two
athletic officials, chooses the Mountaineer each year, judging candidates on three levels – applications and five essay questions, interviews and a cheeroff. The categories are weighted 20 percent, 40 percent and 40 percent, respectively.
Tuesday December 7, 2010
Massey Energy shares rise on CEO Blankenship news CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Investors cheered the abrupt retirement of Massey Energy Co.’s chief executive Monday. Massey’s shares outpaced most major U.S. coal stocks, before backing off to close up $1.21, or 2.4 percent, at $51.63. The troubled Richmond, Va.based coal company announced Friday that longtime chief Don Blankenship intends to retire Dec. 31, giving investors a full weekend to ponder the news. “It may increase the chances that Massey could be merged or acquired,” said Michael Dudas, an analyst with Jefferies & Company. “Now they’re moving on with an acquisition. The stock has reacted very favorably.” Massey announced last month that it was reviewing options for increasing shareholder value. Typically, that’s interpreted as an effort to sell a company, but Blankenship was considered by some an impediment to striking a deal. Former director Daniel Loeb, founder of New York hedge fund Third Point, claimed in his letter of resignation in 2007 that Massey’s board declined a proposed merger because the deal would have required Blankenship to leave. Sen. Joe Manchin said he hopes Massey finds a U.S. buyer that will help retain jobs in West Virginia. “Massey has an awful lot of good, quality workers throughout the state, and I hope they’re able to continue their employment. So, we’re kind of watching and monitoring that. I’m understanding that there are quite a few companies that are looking at it,” Manchin said. “I’ve been very hopeful that one of our domestic companies are able to continue that, or become in-
In this July 22 photo, Chairman and chief executive officer of Massey Energy Company Don Blankenship speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. Blankenship announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the month, finishing a nearly 30-year career that included big profits for the company but also fights with labor and federal regulators and a recent mine explosion that killed 29 people. volved in that process.” The turnover comes as Massey struggles to recover from the April 5 explosion that killed 29 miners at its Upper Big Branch mine some 50 miles south of Charleston. The blast was the deadliest in the U.S. coal industry since 1970, and is the subject of criminal and civil investigations. Massey and Blankenship have not responded to requests for an interview. However, he told television station WCHS that he just thought it was time to retire and he’s not worried about the Upper Big Branch investigation. “I pretty well think I know what happened and what the outcome will be, so I’m not concerned anymore about the investigation. I think it’s pretty much behind us,” he said. Government investigators have not completed their investigation, but have discounted Blankenship’s theory that the explosion was caused by a massive influx of natural gas that overwhelmed required safety
equipment. Richmond, Va.-based Massey has struggled with two moneylosing quarters since the explosion, which prompted a regulatory crackdown that the company blames for cutting production. Massey’s board named Baxter F. Phillips Jr. to replace Blankenship as chief executive. Phillips has been with Massey since 1981 and was promoted to president in November 2008. Blankenship maintained a high profile, engaging in public spats with the likes of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. over global warming, lavishing millions on conservative political candidates in West Virginia, and accusing the head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration of lying to Congress, among other things. Phillips operates largely out of the public’s eye. Since his promotion, Phillips has regularly spoken to securities analysts during quarterly conference calls.
combat, because it would be a hard transition for them,” Manchin said. “So, if someone’s trying to push that through with a vote quicker, it might not be prudent. I’m not sure if the votes would be there to do that.” Manchin, who took office Nov. 15, said he’s also concerned whether a repeal would increase costs amid efforts to trim defense spending. He referred as well to the letter from 65 retired military chaplains urging President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to keep the ban known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” “Do the clergy believe that this makes (it) harder for them to do the mission that they believe in, which is preaching the Gospel and the Bible as they believe, or does it kind of give them a pause, if you will,” Manchin said. Manchin was elected to the seat held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a fellow Democrat who supported a repeal before his death in June. The freshman senator said he sees reasons for and against a repeal. Asking for the views of voters back home, he also said it may be inevitable, based on testimony from top Pentagon officials.
“In listening to them, they all believe it will happen sooner or later, or is moving in that direction,” he said. During the wide-ranging conference call with reporters, Manchin said he supports the Senate version of a a measure to expand first responders’ collective bargaining rights. But he remains undecided about legislation offering illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship by going to college or serving in the military. Manchin also stood by his vote to allow tax cuts to expire on incomes over $1 million. Manchin, elected to the Senate midway through his second term as governor, said only around 571 West Virginia filers would have been affected by that unsuccessful amendment. “We didn’t jeopardize one job. Not one small business would be caught,” Manchin said of that approach. Manchin shrugged off calls for his 2012 defeat by his GOP colleagues with the Senate Conservatives Fund. He and three other Democrats up that year were targeted in a fundraising message following their vote against a ban on earmarks in spending and authorization measures.
W.Va. Sen. Joe Manchin cites concerns over repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin questioned Monday whether Congress could or should move soon to repeal the federal ban on gays serving openly in the military. Telling reporters during a conference that he remains undecided, the West Virginia Democrat cited the chiefs of the Army and Marines who are opposed at least while troops are fighting in Afghanistan. “They don’t believe that it should be invoked at a point of time when they’re engaged in The Daily Athenaeum USPS 141-980, is published daily fall and spring school terms on Monday thru Friday mornings and weekly on Wednesday during the summer terms, except school holidays and scheduled examination periods by the West Virginia University Committee for Student Publications at 284 Prospect St., Morgantown, WV, 26506 Second class postage is paid at Morgantown, WV 26506. Annual subscription price is $20.00 per semester out-of-state. Students are charged an annual fee of $20.00 for The Daily Athenaeum. Postmaster: Please send address changes, from 3579, to The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University, PO Box 6427, Morgantown, WV 26506-6427. Alan R. Waters is general manager. Editors are responsible for all news policies. Opinions expressed herein are not purported to be those of the student body, faculty, University or its Higher Education Governing Board. Views expressed in columns, cartoons and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Athenaeum. Business office telephone is 304/ 293-4141 Editorial office telephone is 304/ 293-5092.
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US, Japan, South Korea standing against N. Korea WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of unity, the U.S., Japan and South Korea on Monday said they would not resume nuclear negotiations with North Korea until it stops its “provocative and belligerent” behavior and takes concrete steps to roll back its nuclear arms program. “They need to demonstrate a seriousness of purpose in ending their provocations and let the world know they are now ready to come to the table and fulfill the commitments they have already made,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters after meeting Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan. Clinton’s meeting was intended to demonstrate a serious response to recent North Korean actions, including its deadly shelling of a South Korean island last month and its announced expansion of a uranium enrichment capability that the U.S. and others see as a defiant and dangerous step. “All agree that North Korea’s provocative and belligerent behavior jeopardizes peace and stability in Asia,” Clinton said. Conspicuous in their absence, however, were representatives of the two other countries that have worked with the U.S., Japan and South Korea on the North Korean problem:
China and Russia. Together with North Korea, they are members of what has become known as the six-party talks. Asked about China’s absence, Clinton said Monday’s meeting was specifically intended to coordinate with U.S. treaty allies – Japan and South Korea – rather than convene a larger group. “We look forward to China playing a vital role in regional diplomacy,” she said. “They have a unique relationship with North Korea, and we would hope that China would work with us to send a clear, unmistakable message to North Korea that they have to demonstrate a seriousness of purpose.” China, a traditional supporter of North Korea, has called for an emergency session of the socalled six-party talks – with the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Russia and China in negotiations with North Korea. But Clinton made clear that Washington, Tokyo and Seoul view a resumption of talks as tantamount to rewarding North Korea for behaving badly. The North has established a pattern of taking provocative actions, such as testing a nuclear device and launching ballistic missiles, and then seeking through negotiations to gain concessions from the U.S. and its partners. A part of Clinton’s message Monday was that the Obama
administration will not go down that path, although she also reiterated that under the right conditions the U.S. is willing to talk to the North. “North Korea first needs to take concrete steps to demonstrate a change of behavior,” Clinton said. In a joint written statement, the three officials condemned North Korea’s construction of a new uranium enrichment facility. They said it violates U.N. Security Council resolutions as well as the North’s commitments in a September 2005 agreement with the other parties to the six-party talks. “Resumption of the six-party talks will require the (North) to make sincere efforts to improve relations with the (South) as well as taking concrete steps to demonstrate a genuine commitment to complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization,” the U.S.-Japan-South Korea statement said. Standing beside Clinton and mirroring her somber expression and tone, Maehara of Japan and Kim of South Korea both said they want China to do more to constrain North Korea. They also echoed Clinton’s assertion that North Korea is in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions passed in 2006 and 2009 in response to North Korea tests of nuclear devices.
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US officials say WikiLeaks release gives hit list to al-Qaida WASHINGTON (AP) — In a disclosure of some of the most sensitive information yet revealed by WikiLeaks, the website has put out a secret cable listing sites worldwide that the U.S. considers critical to its national security. U.S. officials said the leak amounts to giving a hit list to terrorists. Among the locations cited in the diplomatic cable from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are undersea communications lines, mines, antivenin factories and suppliers of food and manufacturing materials. The Pentagon declined to comment Monday on the details of what it called “stolen” documents containing classified information. But a spokesman, Col. David Lapan, called the disclosure “damaging” and said it gives valuable information to adversaries. The State Department echoed the Pentagon’s statement. “Releasing such information amounts to giving a targeting list to groups like al-Qaida,” agency spokesman P.J. Crowley said. British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the disclosure, telling the BBC it was a “reprehensible” act committed “without regard to wider concerns of security, the security of millions of people.” WikiLeaks released the 2009 Clinton cable on Sunday.
In the message, marked “secret,” Clinton asked U.S. diplomatic posts to help update a list of sites around the world “which, if destroyed, disrupted or exploited, would likely have an immediate and deleterious effect on the United States.” The list was considered so confidential that the contributors were advised to come up with the information on their own: Posts are “not being asked to consult with host governments in respect to this request,” Clinton wrote. Attached to Clinton’s message was a rundown of sites included in the 2008 “Critical Foreign Dependencies Initiative” list. Some of the sites, such as border crossings, hydroelectric dams and shipping lanes, could hardly be considered secret. But other locations, such as mines, manufacturers of components used in weapons systems, and vaccine and antivenin sources, probably were not widely known. The Associated Press has decided against publishing their names due to the sensitive nature of the information. The release came as WikiLeaks faced more pressure to end its release of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, which started last week. The BBC was the first to report on the U.S. cable detailing the secret sites, and linked
its story to the full cable on the WikiLeaks site. The BBC did not respond to questions about its decision to do so. WikiLeaks had been working with a select group of international media, but has been offering its cable revelations to new media partners in recent days. The Swiss postal system on Monday shut a bank account held by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, leaving him and his website with few options left for raising money. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks’ Swedish servers again came under suspected attack. Assange’s attorney has been in contact with British police to discuss the Swedish arrest warrant for Assange on rape and sexual molestation charges. His British-based lawyer, Mark Stephens, said he was arranging for Assange to meet police so he could be questioned. Assange has denied the allegations. Also Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder again condemned the leaks and said the espionage act is just one of the laws the U.S. could use to prosecute those involved in the WikiLeaks releases. Holder declined to say which other laws might come into play. Possibilities include charges such as the theft of government property or receipt of stolen government property.
Televised hearing on constitutionality of Cold weather blasts through South gay marriage attracts national audience SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The legal fight over California’s gay marriage ban went before a federal appeals court Monday in a hearing that reached a nationwide TV audience anxious for a final decision on whether the measure violates the U.S. Constitution. The hearing before a threejudge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also focused on whether supporters of voter-approved Proposition 8 have legal standing to challenge a lower court ruling that the ban was unconstitutional. The judges did not issue an immediate ruling and no timetable has been set. C-SPAN piped the nearly three-hour hearing into law schools, courthouses, community centers and elsewhere across the country, giving the public outside the 9th Circuit headquarters in San Francisco its first – and possibly last – direct look at the debate raging in the landmark challenge that could impact gay marriage bans in other states. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a district court judge in San Francisco from broadcasting the full trial. The Supreme Court has a blanket ban on televising its own proceedings, meaning future hearings will be blacked out if the gay marriage case reaches the high court, as many legal experts and lawyers on both sides think it might. Matt Walker, 60, of Los Angeles watched the hearing with about 20 other people at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in West Hollywood, saying the lives of many of his friends would be affected by the final decision. He found the hearing fascinating. “Nobody from either side was getting a pass. The judges asked very probing questions,” he said. Only a few people gathered at the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center to watch the hearing that was broadcast at multiple locations in the city. “I feel like it’s our civil rights
issue of today,” said Jubilee Menzies, a 33-year-old who recently passed the state bar exam. Roberto Isaac Ordenana, a spokesman for the center, was pleased the hearing was broadcast so “more people have access to the reality of countless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their communities.” Viewers watched attorney Charles Cooper, who represents sponsors of the ban, argue that the state can treat same-sex couples differently when it comes to marriage without running afoul of the Constitution because “sexual relationships between men and women naturally produce children.” “Society has no particular interest in a platonic relationship between a man and a woman no matter how close it might be, or emotional relationships between other people as well, but when the relationship becomes a sexual one, society has a considerable interest in that,” Cooper told the judges. “It’s vital interests are actually threatened by the possibility of an unintentional and unwanted pregnancy.” Judge Stephen Reinhardt replied: “That sounds like a good argument for prohibiting divorce. But how does it relate to having two males and two females marry each other and raise children as they can in California and form a family unit where children have a happy, healthy home?” The issue of legal standing surfaced after outgoing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown both refused to challenge the ruling that overturned the ban. Cooper contended the coalition of religious and conservative groups that sponsored Proposition 8 should be allowed to appeal because of the moves by Brown and Schwarzenegger. However, his claim met skepticism by Judge N. Randy Smith. “There is no question the at-
torney general has a duty to defend all the causes the state or any state official is a party in,” Smith said. “Did you ever seek an injunction or an order or anything suggesting the attorney general should appeal and appeal?” The panel appeared dubious about whether the ban’s supporters were qualified to appeal but also seemed worried about allowing the governor and attorney general to effectively kill Proposition 8 by refusing to defend it. “If the state does not defend it, it’s just tossing in the towel,” Judge Reinhardt said. “The governor is not allowed to veto this measure, but he can in effect veto it.” Opponents of Proposition 8 contend it violates the due process and equal protection rights of gays and lesbians under the U.S. Constitution by denying them the right to marry the person of their choice and by singling them out for disparate treatment without a legitimate rationale. Supporters of the ban succeeded in keeping the full trial earlier this year from being televised, saying they feared broadcasts could prompt violent extremists who support gay marriage to attack lawyers and witnesses who would be identified on TV. The U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the broadcasts with a 5-4 ruling. The unsigned opinion also said U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker attempted to change the local court’s rules barring broadcasts “at the eleventh hour to treat this case differently than other trials.” University of Pittsburgh law professor Arthur Hellman, who watched Monday’s hearing in his office, said he understood the reluctance of the U.S. Supreme Court to allow television from its hearings. The temptation for media to distort images or comments becomes greater with the high court than with lower courts that don’t attract as much public attention, he said.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Canadian high pressure system pushed a blast of winter weather through the Southeast on Monday, leaving people shivering as far south as Florida. Strawberry growers there tried to salvage delicate blooms, schools in at least eight North Carolina counties closed because of snow, and cold weather shelters opened in Pascagoula, Miss. Though temperatures were below normal for the first week of December, the South does get frigid weather from time to time, said Christopher Hedge, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said the coldest temperatures would likely be Monday and Tuesday nights before a midweek warm-up. Such cold is so unusual that Florida officials issued a statement reminding people to dress warmly and bring their pets inside. Broward County on the southeast coast and Lee County in the southwest opened coldweather shelters. Temperatures in the Sunshine State were expected to dip into the upper 30s, but with wind chill, the real feel will be lower, even in normally balmy Fort Lauderdale. The National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning has been issued from Monday night through Tuesday morning for southeast Alabama, southwest and south central Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. Monday’s cold weather forced cancellation of schools in eight North Carolina counties, where 6 inches of snow
Workers help clear a parking lot at the visitors center on Interstate 26 in Madison County, N.C. on Monday near Asheville. fell on Mount Mitchell and 1 to 3 inches was reported in Asheville. Frigid weather was forecast statewide and a snow advisory was issued for the mountains. Snow also piled up in the mountains of far western Maryland, where The Wisp, the state’s only ski resort, opened over the weekend. In Tennessee, Newfound Gap in the Smokies was under eight inches of snow on Monday and Mt. LeConte (leh-KONT’) had 13 inches on the ground. In Terra Alta, W.Va., which had about 300 inches of snow last winter, travelers appeared unaffected by the 8 inches that had fallen by late afternoon Monday. They bought gas and stopped at the convenience store near a Dairy Queen that owner Cecil Royce was repainting. “It’s not enough to stop anyone. We don’t even stop in Terra Alta when there’s 4
feet of now,” said Royce, 65. “When we can’t get out in the car and we can’t get out in the four-wheel drive, we grab the snowmobiles and take off.” In Florida, farmers were on alert for below-freezing weather that could harm delicate winter crops. Ted Campbell, the executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, said the light frost expected in the mornings this week isn’t catastrophic for the nation’s biggest region for winter strawberries, but farmers will need to be careful. “The cold snap is slowing the maturing fruit,” said Campbell. “It’s not exactly ideal, but it’s not a disaster, either.” He added that in some areas where there is a hard freeze – temperatures below freezing for several hours – farmers may have turning on sprinklers to create a layer of ice to insulate the berries.
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Blankenship says goodbye to Massey Energy Don Blankenship, the Chief Executive Officer of Massey Energy, announced he will retire at the end of this month. Massey Energy owns the Upper Big Branch mine near Montcoal, W.Va, which was the site of an explosion killing 29 people in April 2010. The company has been under strict scrutiny from the Mine Safety and Health Administration and has resulted in two money-losing quarters since the explosion.
Blankenship’s retirement raises questions on the fate of the company and the future of the coal giant’s presence in West Virginia. Since his retirement announcement over the weekend, stockholders have seen a 2.4 percent rise in shares and heard rumors of a sale or merger. Sen. Joe Manchin said he hopes they find a buyer who will retain jobs in West Virginia. Along with the hopes of
keeping or possibly adding jobs in West Virginia, we also hope the jobs are going to be safer than in the past. Massey, even before the explosion in April, which was the worst mining disaster since 1970, its been sited repeatedly for disregarding federal regulations. After the disaster Gov. Manchin appointed J. Davitt McAteer to conduct a separate investigation, in which McAteer has said cooperation to date
has been “less than ideal.” But Blankenship still is expected to testify on Dec. 14 about the spring disaster. Blankenship said last month the explosion was caused by MSHAordered changes made to the ventilation system at the mine. MSHA said a buildup of methane and coal dust might have contributed. The families of the miners killed deserve to know what happened. McAteer said Blankenship’s
departure will improve cooperation between investigators and Massey. Blankenship’s criticism of the way MSHA regulates has been a problem for the investigation thus far. No matter what happens after Blankenship leaves Massey Energy, our only concerns are the jobs in West Virginia. Hopefully we will retain jobs and, more than anything, make them safer.
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, center, flanked by Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, left, and FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, speaks during a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010.
U.S. Federal Reserve releases secret data to appease critics tomas engle columnist
One of the big news stories that had fallen through the cracks in the aftermath of the recent elections was the Nov. 3 announcement by the Federal Reserve of a second round of quantitative easing (QE2). And now another event, the Wikileaks info dump, is overshadowing yet another intriguing Fed event: the release of documents detailing who in the financial industry received some $3.3 trillion in aid in 2008. For some background, the first quantitative easing began back in 2008 at the start of the financial crisis, when the Federal Reserve (the central bank of the United States) bought $1.25 trillion of mortgage-
backed bonds. Along with lowering interest rates, this measure was intended to bolster the faltering housing industry. Also included was $3.3 trillion in aid to the financial industry, where this money then had been a total mystery until now. Due to a lawsuit from “Bloomberg News” and continual pressure from Fed critics in Congress, the Fed released the documents from the 21,000 transactions on Dec. 1. The raw documents can be dug up on the Fed’s website, but a more digestible version can be found on the Huffington Post blog. The documents reveal that not only was the Fed the lender of last resort for the American financial industry but also the world. Data reveals two foreign banks, UBS AG and Barclays PLC, were the two largest recipients, with aid to them totaling $74.5 billion and $47.9 billion, respectively. To answer the question
of where the Fed gets all this money to loan to the world would be enough for a book, let alone an article. So for those interested in that topic, look no further than Murray N. Rothbard’s “The Case Against the Fed”, available for check-out at the WVU Law Library. But to get back to what this means for everyday Americans – besides more joke fodder for late-night comedians – it means there has been an almost doubling of the money supply since 2008. While official data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the Consumer Price Index, a formula calculated with “baskets” of goods to estimate inflation, has been low and relatively stable at 1.2 percent, the CPI calculated according to the previous 1990’s formula is at around 4.25 percent. That means, on average, what took $100 to purchase last year now costs $104.25 this year. Numerous
presidents, from Carter to Clinton, have finagled with the calculation of unemployment and inflation data to suit their own political needs. John Williams, founder of alternative government statistics calculation site www.ShadowStats.com, defined the CPI calculation change as follows: “The argument was that when steak got too expensive, the consumer would substitute hamburger for the steak, and that the inflation measure should reflect the costs tied to buying hamburger versus steak, instead of steak versus steak. Of course, replacing hamburger for steak in the calculations would reduce the inflation rate, but it represented the rate of inflation in terms of maintaining a declining standard of living. Cost of living was being replaced by the cost of survival. The old system told you how
much you had to increase your income in order to keep buying steak. The new system promised you hamburger, and then dog food, perhaps, after that.” This brings us back to the aptly named QE2, which also shares its nickname with the now retired but one of the largest constructed cruise liners, the “RMS Queen Elizabeth 2.” The Fed’s QE2 is a suggested infusion of another $600 billion in Treasury bond-purchases, which is essentially fancy Fedspeak for creating money out of thin air. Along with interest rates hovering at 0 percent, which if you factor in inflation actually creates negative interest rates, making borrowing more profitable than lending money, a further expansion in the money supply is the last thing our economy needs. Saving, not spending, is the backbone of every strong economy. The only other alternative
is a Ponzi scheme based on funny money, where resources are misallocated because of the overabundance of credit, and consumers fight to spend money as fast they can to avoid losing its original value. Now the only thing more unfortunate than repeating the past’s mistakes is looking to the same people who got you into the mess in the first place for advice and leadership. If price inflation is only caused by an increase in the money supply, and not simply an increase in the price of goods (like some economists claim, mixing up cause and effect), then those who increase the money supply are the only source of inflation. Not surprisingly, “fighting inflation” is one of the Fed’s major stated goals when it’s not creating it. No wonder the sentiment behind “End the Fed” is catching on.
Latner has a good argument, but Israel isn’t as innocent as he claims michael levy columnist
A viral e-mail has been making its way from inbox to inbox lately. In it, a very clever law student flips a Cambridge University debate on its head and in doing so has attracted quite a bit of attention. Gabriel Latner, a second year law student, was assigned the position of supporting the resolution, “Israel is a rogue state.” To convince the audience of the statement’s truth, he says “rogue” simply means “anomalous”, and goes on to articulate five positive ways in which Israel is different from other nations. He’s wrong about the definition of rogue. Merriam Webster gives this definition: “of or being a nation whose leaders defy international law or norms of international behavior.” Nevertheless, I’d like to take this opportunity to look
more deeply into Latner’s five arguments. Spoiler alert: as long as Israel continues to treat Palestinians like sub-class human beings, none of these particulars matter. The statistical anomaly. Latner says there are 195 countries in the world, and that only one of them is Jewish. This means there is a 0.0051 percent chance of a nation being Jewish; therefore, Israel is statistically anomalous. Besides being mathematically incorrect (the actual number is 0.51 percent), he’s calculating the wrong number. Total world Jewish population is around 13.5 million. Of the 6.8 billion people on the planet, that’s 0.2 percent. So, in fact, Jews are overrepresented in terms of nations. Israel’s humanitarianism. In Latner’s words, his second argument “concerns Israel’s humanitarianism, in particular, Israel’s response to a refugee crisis. Not the Pales-
tinian refugee crisis – for I am sure that the other speakers will cover that – but the issue of Darfurian refugees.” Since Latner doesn’t want to talk about the Palestinian refugee crisis, let’s go ahead and cover it here. When Zionist troops waged war on the indigenous Arabs of Palestine from 1947 to 1949, 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes for neighboring countries. Now, the Palestinian refugees and their descendents number 6 million, and for the last 62 years, Israel has prevented them from returning to their homes. Many live in refugee camps in the occupied territories, Lebanon or Jordan, and some wander from country to country without being citizens of any. The responsibility for that humanitarian crisis falls squarely on Israel’s shoulders. As for Darfurian refugees, Latner says refugees from Darfur’s genocide who cross Egypt and make it to Israel are greeted by Israeli troops who are there to save them
from dehydration and heat exhaustion. It is true that Israel granted asylum to 500 refugees from Darfur. After those 500, however, Israel said no more and expelled more than 1,500 with no concern for their fate. As an Egyptian foreign minister described, Israel sought no assurances about the future of the refugees. Latner says Israel is unique among nations because it is willing to sit down at the table with terrorists. When rhetoricians use the word “terrorist,” I cringe. If there is any meaningful definition of terrorism, it is the use of violence to scare people into changing their policies or behaviors. That’s roughly the CIA’s definition. Why, then, would Israel (and many other nations, including ours) not be defined as terrorist states? I struggle to choose examples of Israel’s infliction of terror because there are so many. The Sabra-Shatila massacre of 1982, cluster bombs in Beirut in 2006 and shelling children
on the beach in Gaza in 2008 oners at Guantanamo is unjust and reflects poorly on the are just a few. government. Iranian President MahHuman rights. Latner rightly points out moud Ahmadinejad has been when the NGO Freedom clamoring for a public debate House rates countries as “free, with American presidents for partly free or not free” based years. Does his desire to pubon political freedoms, Israel licly air the issues make him is the only country in the Mid- the good guy? Hardly. dle East that earns the rating It’s all sleight of hand. of “free.” OK, but saying “they do The magician’s most basic better on human rights than tool is to get the audience to Saudi Arabia or Libya,” is a lot look anywhere but where the like saying “I can run faster trick is taking place. And that’s than that caterpillar.” exactly what arguments like Latner’s do. Willingness to debate. Israel has been stealing Latner points out that Israel land from Palestinians since allowed a fairly senior repre- 1948, and continues to do so sentative of their government today via settlements in the to participate in the Cam- West Bank and surrounding bridge debate about Israel’s East Jerusalem. character, and claims no other Israel denies the right of recountry would do the same. turn to some 6 million PalesAs an example, he (cor- tinian refugees. And Israel maintains one of rectly) points out that an American diplomat would the longest-running military never be allowed to de- occupations on the planet. Until those three things bate the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. change, Israel will, and But that’s true precisely be- should, be judged primarily cause the treatment of pris- upon them.
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Dec. 10 THE WVU CREATIVE ROLE PLAYING CLUB will meet at 7 p.m. in the Bluestone Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, visit www.morgantownrp. com. Meetings are open to the public.
Every Tuesday MOUNTAINEERS FOR CHRIST, a student Christian organization, hosts free supper and Bible study at its Christian Student Center. Supper is at 8:15 p.m., and Bible study begins at 9 p.m. All students are welcome. For more information, call 304-599-6151 or visit www.mountaineersforchrist.org. WVU SWING DANCE CLUB meets at 7:45 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center. No partner needed. Advanced and beginners are welcome. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. SIERRA STUDENT COALITION meets at 7 p.m. in the Blackwater Room of the Mountainlair. The group is a grassroots environmental organization striving for tangible change in our campus and community. For more information, contact Kayla at kmedina2@mix. wvu.edu. FEMINIST MAJORITY LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE meets in the Women’s Studies Lounge of Eiesland Hall at 6 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com. ECUMENICAL BIBLE STUDY AND CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING is held at 7 p.m. at the Potter’s Cellar of Newman Hall. All are welcome. For more information, call 304-2880817 or 304-879-5752. MCM is hosted at 7:37 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Center at 293 Willey St. All are welcome. BCM meets at 8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on High Street. THE CARRUTH CENTER offers a grief support group for students struggling from a significant personal loss from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Student Services Building. AMIZADE has representatives in the common area of the Mountainlair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions for those interested in studying abroad. WVU WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE meets from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Shell Building. No experience is necessary. For more information, e-mail Sarah Lemanski at firstname.lastname@example.org. THE CONDOM CARAVAN, a project of WELL WVU Student Wellness and Health Promotion, will be in the Mountainlair from noon to 2
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p.m. The Caravan sells condoms for 25 cents or five for $1. PI SIGMA SIMGA PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES HONORARY meets at 5:15 p.m. at Woodburn Hall. BRING YOUR OWN BIBLE STUDY AND PIZZA NIGHT is at 6 p.m. at Newman Hall. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WVU CHAPTER meets at 7 p.m. in Room 106 of Woodburn Hall.
Continual MON GENERAL HOSPITAL needs volunteers for the information desk, pre-admission testing, hospitality cart, mail delivery and gift shop. For more information, call Christina Brown at 304-598-1324. WELLNESS PROGRAMS on topics such as nutrition, sexual health and healthy living are provided for interested student groups, organizations or classes by WELL WVU Student Wellness and Health Promotion. For more information, visit www.well.wvu.edu/wellness. WELL WVU STUDENT HEALTH is paid for by tuition and fees and is confidential. For appointments or more information, call 304-2932311 or visit www.well.edu.wvu/ medical. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets nightly in the Morgantown and Fairmont areas. For more information, call the helpline at 800-7664442 or visit www.mrscna.org. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets daily. For help or a schedule, call 304-291-7918. For more information, visit www.aawv.org. CARITAS HOUSE, a local nonprofit organization serving West Virginians with HIV/AIDS, needs donations of food and personal care items and volunteers to support all aspects of the organization’s activities. For more information, call 304-985-0021. CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING SERVICES are provided for free by the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. A walk-in clinic is offered weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples and group counseling. Please visit www.well.wvu.edu to find out more information. SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT HOUSE, a local outreach organization, needs volunteers for daily programs and special events. For more information or to volunteer, contact Adrienne Hines at vc_srsh@ hotmail.com or 304-599-5020. WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN needs volunteers. WIC provides education, supplemental foods and immunizations for pregnant women and children under 5 years of age. This is an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for class requirements. For more information, contact Michelle Prudnick at 304598-5180 or 304-598-5185. FREE RAPID HIV TESTING is available on the first Monday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Caritas House office located at 391 Scott Ave. Test results are available in 20 minutes and are confidential. To make an appointment, call 304293-4117. For more information, visit www.caritashouse.net. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, a United Way agency, is looking for volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its one-onone community-based and schoolbased mentoring programs. To
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volunteer, contact Sylvia at 304983-2823, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email 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 allvolunteer 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, email Daniel at email@example.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, e-mail amy.keesee@mail. wvu.edu. 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’ll be exposed to many new opportunities. Some of your choices might test your value of the status quo and traditional thought. You must make a decision. Can you walk down the untrodden path? Honor who you are, and let go of what doesn’t work. If you are single, new doors open, especially after the new year. Realize that no commitment is appropriate until you get to know each other. A second person could enter your life out of the blue. If you are attached, a new aspect to your bond arises, adding Super Glue and excitement. Flow with changes. CAPRICORN’s opinions on finance might not be right for you. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Get a grip on a situation before you need to make a major change. By catching this problem at the seedling stage, you’ll prevent a big headache, for you and for others. If you’re feeling limited, don’t blame others. It is the value you put on their opinions. Tonight: Burning the candle at both ends. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH Challenges can be interesting, as long as you use them to exercise your creativity and intelligence. The only limitation you could experience is from yourself. Fatigue marks the late day. Tonight: Let your body relax to a good movie or music. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Dealing with a partner, associate or loved one takes all the energy you have. You not only think this is no fun, but you
are concerned with the long-term ramifications. You are clearly off and cannot change the immediate situation. Tonight: Forget today; rest.
probably is. Understanding evolves to a new dimension. A child or new friend could be full of surprises. Tonight: Out and about.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Others are determined to have their way. Listen to what is being shared. If you want a high peace factor, you will go along with the request. Otherwise, be ready for a battle of wills, where no one really wins. Tonight: Take suggestions, but do what you want.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH Examine any offers or risks with care. An unforeseen element lies within. Frustration builds in a meeting, which could involve an older person or someone you consider a stick in the mud. Tonight: In the thick of things.
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Keep your intent clear, but others still might react. Understand that what triggers one person might not even bother another. Don’t wonder so much about the situation. Recognize your frustration and fatigue. Tonight: Take care of yourself first. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH The unexpected carries a kick, which isn’t surprising. In some ways, a key partner or associate has the ability to debilitate you. Understanding evolves, but you might have to look past a feeling of insecurity and/or financial tightness. Tonight: Let go of your worries. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH Is it possible that you are making a situation a lot harder than necessary? If this is the case, loosen up and see what happens. Sometimes you only get wound tighter and tighter, causing yourself an abundance of problems. Tonight: Head home. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH Communication makes a difference. What seems like it’s too good to be true
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH You could be more in touch with the goals of a project than someone who has a more vested interest. You cannot change this person, so do as much as you can on your own. A surprise communication heads your way. Tonight: Only what you want. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HH Moaning and groaning won’t change the state of affairs, but it might be necessary for you. Listen to a wild scheme that involves an innate gift or finances. Decide if you really can walk this path. Tonight: Go where you feel good. Talk to a responsive pal. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH You might want to venture forward and try another approach. Your unexpected actions could send many into a tizzy, especially a boss or associate. Understanding evolves as a discussion occurs. Tonight: Leave a grumpy person alone. BORN TODAY Political activist Noam Chomsky (1928), actress Ellen Burstyn (1832), basketball player Larry Bird (1956)
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When: Tonight at 7 Where: Morgantown, W.Va. (WVU Coliseum, 14,000) TV: FSN Pittsburgh, MASN Radio: 101.9 FM WVAQ Series: West Virginia leads 18-2 What to bring: Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game will receive a coupon for free admission to an upcoming women’s basketball game. Coverage: Follow @DailyAthenaeum on Twitter for live updates. A full recap and additional stories will be in Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper.
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The West Virginia men’s basketball team is in unfamiliar territory following last weekend’s loss to Miami. The Mountaineers have two losses in the first seven games of the season for the first time under head coach Bob Huggins. “We have a bad taste in our mouth,” said point guard Truck Bryant. “To lose two games kind of early is devastating. We’ve got to get back on track.” In addition to those losses, West Virginia has been defeated because of second-half letdowns on the defensive end and late-shooting struggles – two keys to the Mountaineers’ Final Four run a season ago. Without a go-to scorer like former forward Da’Sean Butler, WVU was unable to even get a final shot off against Miami, as guards Jonnie West and Casey Mitchell had trouble communicating on a pass with less than five seconds to play. “Our execution particularly on the offensive end has not been very good, and we haven’t done a very good job on team defense,” Huggins
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SCOUTING THE COLONIALS
– Robert Morris is led by star guard Karon Abraham, who is returning from a fourgame suspension after being charged with four alcohol-related charges, including two for driving under the influence, in late November. He missed the team’s last four games – three of which have been losses. Abraham is second on the team in scoring with 14 points per game. He averaged 13.6 points per game as a freshman. – RMU is led by the youngest coach in college basketball, Andrew Toole. He is 30 years old but was on the staff of previous Colonials’ head coach and current Rutgers coach Mike Rice. – The Colonials made the NCAA Tournament last season and almost upset No. 2 seed Villanova in the first round. They actually took the Wildcats to overtime before calling 73-70.
WVU G Truck Bryant – Jr., 6-foot-2, 195 lbs G Casey Mitchell – Sr., 6-foot-4, 220 F John Flowers – Sr., 6-foot-7, 215 F Kevin Jones – Jr., 6-foot-8, 260 F Deniz Kilicli – Soph., 6-foot-9, 270
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West Virginia sophomore point guard Truck Bryant falls down, yet still attempts and makes a basket during a game against Oakland earlier this season.
RMU G Karon Abraham – Soph., 5-foot-9, 150 G Velton Jones – Soph., 6-foot, 170 G Anthony Myers – Fr., 5-foot-11, 170 F Yann Charles – Fr., 6-foot-5, 220 F Russell Johnson – Soph., 6-foot-6, 180
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West Virginia slot receiver Tavon Austin runs past Rutgers defensive back Khaseem Greene on the way to the end zone during the second half of the Mountaineers’ victory over the Scarlet Knights Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.
WVU offense finally overcomes turnovers BY BRIAN GAWTHROP ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
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West Virginia senior linebacker J.T. Thomas runs onto the field during Senior Day festivities at Milan Puskar Stadium. Thomas wore his father’s No. 41 jersey out onto the field.
When ‘Thanks’ just isn’t good enough for Thomas brian gawthrop associate sports editor
No matter the sport or the level of competition, one’s final home game is always deemed to be “special.” At least, that’s what we want to believe. We want to believe that every player isn’t ready to graduate and get on with his nonfootball life. Outsiders assume that every senior tears up when he runs onto the field for the last time, takes in every sight and sound to store forever in his memory and walks off the field at game’s end knowing playing the game of football is something he is truly going to miss. In all honesty, that isn’t the case for everyone. J.T. Thomas, though, made it a day he’ll remember for the rest of his life. Likely, too, will others in attendance Saturday at Mountaineer Field – especially one in particular. By now, most know the story about Thomas’ father, also named J.T. Thomas. The elder Thomas played two seasons as a linebacker for
the Mountaineers in 1994 and 1995. He led the team in tackles in 1995 and was named the Carquest Bowl Defensive Player of the Game that same season. The Carquest Bowl was the final game of Thomas’ career, as he left to play arena football in 1996. Shortly after the game, the father gave his son the jersey from the bowl game. Fifteen years later, the jersey returned to Mountaineer Field. The younger J.T. Thomas wore it as he ran onto the field during senior introductions. It wasn’t his usual No. 30, but, instead, a No. 41. And no, it didn’t have the Nike logo or the Old Gold stripes down the side. But the meaning behind it was the only thing that mattered. “He had no idea I was going to wear it,” Thomas said. “He probably didn’t even think I still had it.” Thomas had kept the jersey in his room of his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it stayed until this week. That’s when he called his mother, who would be making the trip to Morgantown to see her
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Members of the West Virginia offense said before the season the only thing that could slow them down would be themselves. Now that the regular season has finished, the Mountaineers’ three losses prove that statement was true. WVU committed a combined nine turnovers in its three losses to LSU, Syracuse and Connecticut including a season-high four mistakes against the Huskies, a loss that essentially cost it an outright Big East Conference Championship. Saturday against Rutgers, the team fumbled four times and lost three, all of which occurred in the red zone. But the result was different. The Mountaineers were able to overcome the mistakes and end their regular season with a 35-14 win over Rutgers. “It says a tremendous amount (about our players,” said WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen. “And I think it says a lot about our head football coach and the job he’s done over the entire season. When you see a team get better, that’s a pretty good indication of guys doing things right. “I’m very proud of our staff and even more so our football
team because the fact that they were able to face adversity, take ownership of it and then get better from it.” The team lost fumbles on two of its first three possessions. Ryan Clarke, whose fumble in overtime against Connecticut cost WVU a chance at a win, committed a fumble on the Rutgers 8-yard line on a first-and-goal. After a 19-yard Tavon Austin receiving touchdown, Jock Sanders lost a ball on the Rutgers 13-yard line with 1:42 left in the first quarter. Both fumbles spoiled 60yard WVU drives, but unlike in previous games, the West Virginia defense didn’t allow Rutgers to take advantage of the offense’s mistakes. In fact, the Scarlet Knights failed to gain a first down following a Mountaineer turnover. “Through (the team’s fourgame winning streak), our biggest thing is that we didn’t turn the ball over. Obviously, today we came out and did a terrible job of that,” said quarterback Geno Smith. “But we didn’t get frustrated. We didn’t get down on ourselves. And it helps that the defense was out there playing the way they were and the other team wasn’t capitalizing on those turnovers.” Smith also fumbled with
5:27 left in the third quarter. While trying to cap off a 9-yard run, the sophomore quarterback stretched for the end zone but lost the ball. “I can stand over there and scream and yell, ‘Don’t fumble.’ But I can’t fault youngsters when I see fumbles,” said WVU head coach Bill Stewart. “Is it a mental lapse? Is it a physical thing? Is he not strong enough? Is he not disciplined? Or, is it a guy just trying to make a play? From what I saw, it looked like we were trying to stretch. We just have to take care of the ball. “I hate turnovers. It kills
your football team. But we had enough resolve to come back.” West Virginia finished with 523 yards of total offense in the game, the most since Stewart took over as head coach. But Mullen said the team “fumbled too much to enjoy it.” The Mountaineers will have plenty of time to correct those mistakes before their Dec. 28 Champs Sports Bowl matchup against North Carolina State. “Like Coach Mullen always tells us,” said WVU receiver Tavon Austin, “if we don’t turn the ball over, we don’t lose.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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GameDay Predictions Each week, The DA sports staff will select 15 categories for the week’s upcoming game. You will answer those questions and return it to us. Leaderboard: 1. Kevin Knepp (35) 2. Jake Engle (26) 3. Nicole Katz (22) 4. Taylor Morehead (21) 5. Mark Nesselroad (12) 6. Zach Smith (9) 7. Patrick McDermott (6) 8. Ryan Ruben (5) 9. Kevin Corey (4) 9. Aaron Howell (4) 9. Matt Allevato (4) 11. Tyler Colton (2) 12. Mark Zinn (1) Congratulations to Nicole Katz for earning the most points last week (6). Kevin Knepp earned an extra bonus point for correctly guessing the game’s score (WVU by 21 points). *Completed responses must be numbered and answered in order and include your name and e-mail address. If not done correctly, it will not be counted.
Send your completed responses to WVUGameDayPredictions@mail.wvu.edu by Friday at 5 p.m. to enter. Here are this week’s questions: 1. How many rush yards will the West Virginia defense allow? 2. What will be the score at halftime? 3. Which quarterback will finished with more total yards – Geno Smith or Russell Wilson? 4. What team will receive the opening kickoff? 5. Which team will score the game’s first touchdown? 6. What will be the game-time temperature? 7. Who will be the Champs Sports Defensive Most Valuable Player? 8. Who will be the Champs Sports Offensive Most Valuable Player? 9. Which team will win the turnover battle and what will be the turnover differential? 10. Which player will catch the game’s first touchdown pass? 11. What color jerseys will West Virginia wear in the game (blue, gold, white, pro combat)? 12. Name the player who gets the ball on WVU’s first offensive play from scrimmage? 13. Which quarterback will throw the game’s first interception? 14. How many rushing yards will West Virginia’s Shawne Alston and N.C. State’s Mustafa Greene combine for? 15. What will be the final score?
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The West Virginia women’s basketball team including forward Madina Ali, 44, and center Asya Bussie, 20, huddle during the Mountaineers’ game against Elon Dec. 2.
Carey trying to find right mix of frontcourt players By Matthew Peaslee
fresher playing,” Bussie said. “Whenever I get tired and come out, I can always come back in fresh.” The Mountaineers have needed fresh legs thus far into the season. With five games in 10 days in the past two weeks, Carey says his team has been tired. Bussie, on the other hand, embraces the busy schedule. “From last year, I’m used to it,” she said. “You’re going to have games back-to-back.”
Continued from page 7 said. “But we’ll get better.” The Mountaineers (5-2) will have a solid chance to get back on track with a win over Robert Morris tonight. They take on the Colonials (3-4) at 7 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum. WVU has defeated Robert Morris in 18 of the two teams’ 20 meetings. “It’s important that we have a home game, so we can come out and get back on the right track,” Bryant said. The Colonials are no joke, though. They made it to the NCAA Tournament last season after winning the NEC Tournament. RMU lost in overtime to No. 2 seed Villanova in the first round of the Big Dance. RMU is led by 30-year old coach Andrew Toole. He is in his first year with the program and is the youngest head coach at the Division I level. Tonight will mark the return of RMU’s star guard Karon Abraham, who was charged with four alcohol-related charges, including two for driving under the influence, in late November. He missed the team’s last four games – three of which have been losses.
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West Virginia junior point guard Truck Bryant fights for a ball during a game earlier this season against Oakland. Without Abraham, RMU relied on 6-foot-6 forward Russell Johnson to lead the way. He had a double-double against Pittsburgh earlier this season and has two 20-point games as well. Abraham is second on the team in scoring with 14 points per game. He averaged 13.6 points per game as a freshman. “They’ve got their best player back,” Huggins said. “He’s very important to their team. He’s got experience, he’s got great ball skills, and he can make shots.” Huggins is not worried
about the two losses so far this year, citing the fact there are still 23 regular season games left before the Big East Conference Tournament begins. “They’re all important, but it’s a marathon not a sprint. Everybody wants to make it a sprint, but it’s not,” Huggins said. “It’s a long, long year, and we have a lot of practices to go. We’ve got a lot of games to go. “Our fate will be determined how we approach those on every given day.” email@example.com
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Getting the players to have a strong inside presence isn’t the problem West Virginia head women’s basketball coach Mike Carey is facing. Finding a proper plan of attack with the group is a struggle Carey has yet to figure out. The Mountaineers have five players over 6-foot-1 including three at least 6-foot-3. But outside of senior Madina Ali, who is averaging 15 points and 7.5 rebounds, the Mountaineers’ height hasn’t necessarily translated into production. “Where I haven’t done a good job is finding a good mix,” Carey said. “We need to get (Ayana Dunning) in and even Natalie (Burton). I have to find a better rotation there a little bit.” Ali, along with sophomore Asya Bussie, start for the Mountaineers at the four and five positions. At 6-foot-4, Bussie is averaging 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds through eight games this season. The production is 3.2 points and 0.9 rebounds less compared to the standout season she had as a freshman a year ago. Her decreased statistics may be due to a knee injury she suffered in the preseason and has been continually receiving treatment. Dunning, meanwhile, came into WVU as a heralded 6-foot-3 transfer from LSU. In her limited time on the court, she has grabbed 40 rebounds, third most on the team. But despite making contributions on the boards, Carey thinks the redshirt sophomore is disappointed in her scoring this season. She’s averaging just 4.1 points per game. Carey said he is trying to be reassuring with Dunning,
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as it is likely the opposition’s defense that has hindered the team’s inside scoring. “I keep telling the centers, if you look at it, a majority of the teams we’ve faced so far, they have played zone on us,” he said. “The ones that didn’t doubled down on the post as soon as we caught it (in the paint). We haven’t had many one-on-one situations down low.” Even though Carey has yet to find a cycle that works with his inside players, Bussie admits she has enjoyed some rest on the bench early this season thanks to the team’s increased depth down low. After averaging 29.5 minutes a game last year, she has played just an average of 21.8 minutes in 2010. “Rotating all three centers (has helped this year), making sure we have somebody
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West Virginia backup center Natalie Burton attempts to block a shot of a Duquesne player in the Mountaineers’ game earlier this season.
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son play his final home game, and told her to bring the jersey with her. The rest will go down as one of the most memorable and special senior day actions in the school’s history. “It felt weird putting it on, but I just knew he’d like it,” Thomas said. “I just wanted him to look down and smile. I bet everyone was like, ‘Who is that No. 41?,’ but my dad probably knew exactly who it was.” It was J.T.’s 27th and final game at Mountaineer Field. When he finished with seven
Notes zz Carey touched on recent injuries sustained by point guard Sarah Miles and forward Korrine Campbell, saying both need to get healthy for the Mountaineers to have a successful Big East Conference season. Campbell has played despite nursing a knee injury while Miles will likely be out until January after she hyperextended her knee against Virginia on Nov. 29. zz Liz Repella had a rare quiet night offensively in WVU’s 81-57 win over Elon. The senior tallied just a pair of field goals and was 0-for-1 from behind the arc. She did grab six rebounds and recorded two assists, which caught Carey’s attention. “Liz didn’t score a lot, but she doesn’t worry about that because she worries about the team,” he said. “She does the little things and will still defend and rebound and give the ball up.” zz Madina Ali was named to the Big East weekly honor roll this past week. It his her second time on the list this season. She leads the league in field-goal shooting percentage (66.7 percent) and is third in offensive rebounding (3.9 rpg). firstname.lastname@example.org
tackles, forced a fumble and returned it 12 yards to the Rutgers 9-yard line, he was playing for himself and his father. See, after injuring his neck in WVU’s 17-12 loss at Miami a week earlier, his father didn’t get the opportunity to play in his senior day game against Pittsburgh. “I wanted to pay him a little bit of respect and let him know that I appreciate everything he’s done for me since I’ve been here,” Thomas said. “I wanted to bring him out with me. He got the chance to see his jersey grace that field one last time.” His father was on the field, found his son, and the two shared a hug before kickoff. And, just like that, the J.T. Thomas era of West Virginia football was complete. On a day when the younger Thomas was supposed to be prospering by himself in the spotlight, he didn’t hesitate to share it with the person he loved most. He made it a day that he, and his father, will remember for the rest of their lives. email@example.com
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West Virginia sophomore quarterback Geno Smith attempts to run away from a Rutgers defender in the Mountaineers’ game against the Scarlet Knights last Saturday.
Thomas, Smith, Austin rewarded by Big East with weekly awards West Virginia senior linebacker J.T. Thomas was named the Big East Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Rutgers last Saturday. Thomas led a West Virginia defense that held Rutgers to 203 yards of offense and 14 points in a 35-14 win, helping the Mountaineers to a share of the Big East title. He finished with seven tackles, including a forced fumble and a 12-yard fumble return in the first quarter that set up the Mountaineers’ first touchdown. In addition, West Virginia sophomore quarterback Geno Smith and sophomore slot receiver Tavon Austin were named to the Big East’s Weekly Honor Roll. Smith completed 23 of 28 passes for 352 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 44 yards in a 35-14 win against Rutgers. Austin had six receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown and a 46-yard rushing touchdown on his only carry against Rutgers. Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis was named Offensive Player of the Week. Connecticut kicker Dave Teggart was named Special Teams Player of the Week. The conference is expected to announce all-Big East selections, along with players of the year, later this week.
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No. 9 in the Associated Press poll released Monday. After spending three-straight weeks at No. 10, the Mountaineers (8-0) are at the No. 9 position for the second time in program history. WVU reached No. 7 in the poll last season, its highest ever ranking. The Mountaineers will take on Villanova Thursday to open Big East play. Ali honored by Big East West Virginia senior women’s basketball forward Madina Ali was named to the Big East’s Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season. Ali leads the Big East in shooting with a 66.7 field-goal percentage and holds the third-highest offensive rebounding average (3.9). She leads the Mountaineers in both scoring and rebounding and averaged 16.5 points per game last week on 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) shooting.
Former women’s soccer star signs with WPS team Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) signed former WVU midfielder Carolyn Blank, who will join the organization in 2011. “We are very pleased that Carolyn decided to sign with Sky Blue FC,” said head coach Jim Mitchell earns award Gabarra in a release. West Virginia senior guard “She brings us a nice defenCasey Mitchell was named to the sive presence in the midfield. She Big East’s Weekly Honor Roll after also has a lot of upside, and we his performances last week. are looking forward to working Mitchell averaged 22.5 points with her.” and four rebounds per game Blank was drafted by Saint against American and Miami. Louis Athletica in the 2010 WPS He scored 27 points against Draft and started all six matches American and 18 points against she played there. When the team Miami last week. closed operations, she was signed Mitchell ranks second in the by the Atlanta Beat and went on Big East in scoring. He averages to make eight more starts in 13 21.7 points per game. That is cur- games played. rently 13th-best all-time at WVU. Playing mostly from a holdGeorgetown guard Chris ing position in the midfield, the Wright was the conference’s Big former U.S. Youth National Team East Player of the Week. DePaul player tallied a total of seven guard Brandon Young was named shots in 1358 minutes of play. the Big East Rookie of the Week. In her time at WVU, Blank helped the Mountaineers to the Three from rifle find success at NCAA Tournament in each seaGun Championship son she played in Morgantown, Three West Virginia rifle athreceiving NSCAA All-America acletes enjoyed varied levels of colades after her junior and sesuccess at the 2010 USA Shootnior years. ing Winter Air Gun ChampionShe also holds the program reship, held Dec. 3-5, in Colorado cord with 92 games played, all of Springs, Colo. which were starts. For her college Senior Nicco Campriani fincareer, she totaled 13 goals and ished as the top collegiate seven assists. shooter in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle each day, as the Florence, It— Compiled by Tony Dobies aly, native shot scores of 596, 597 and 596. Sophomore Petra Zublasing finished as the top collegiate shooter in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle with scores of 393, 400 and 398. Freshman Thomas Kyanko took home a medal on the championship’s second day, as he finished second in the Junior Men’s 10m Air Rifle with an aggregate score of 687.7. The Wellsburg, W.Va., native shot 586 in the open relay and 101.7 in the finals. Additionally, he finished 14th Friday with a score of 578, and 18th Sunday with a score of 577. Women’s basketball moves up in polls The West Virginia women’s basketball team has moved up to
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Syracuse’s Long to have surgery for benign tumor SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Senior punter Rob Long of Syracuse will undergo immediate surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, and won’t play for the Orange in the Pinstripe Bowl. Long, a team captain, notified the Syracuse sports medicine staff that he had been experiencing headaches for the past several weeks. An MRI performed Thursday revealed the tumor. Long finishes his Syracuse career ranked second on the school’s career punting average list at 43.3 yards per punt. That ranks ninth among active punters in the Football Bowl Subdivision. This season, Long averaged 43.8 yards, second in the Big East Conference behind Pittsburgh’s Dan Hutchins and third on Syracuse’s single-season record list. Head coach Doug Marrone and the team’s captains conducted a press conference on Friday after Syracuse was selected to play in the bowl game at Yanap kee Stadium on Dec. 30. Long Syracuse punter Rob Long, 47, celebrates was not present. with his teammates after upsetting West Virginia in Morgantown earlier this year. Colorado hires Embree BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Jon This is all part of a plan to Embree believes he’s the right fit band together a bickering Buffs to unite a frayed family. Nation fed up with losing seaA former standout tight end sons and a lack of discipline on and one-time assistant at Colothe field. rado, Embree returns to campus “It’s a family affair, and we to take over a struggling program. He has surrounded himself didn’t want to provide any type with coaches steeped in the Buffs of erosion of that family affair,” said athletic director Mike Bohn, tradition in order to restore the whose school will leave the Big luster as the team starts a new 12 after this season. “That was chapter by joining the soon-tosomething we really worked hard be Pac-12. at. We want to ensure we do evEmbree was officially introerything we can to rally, because duced as the new coach Monthat is the most important thing day after accepting a five-year for us to do. We’ve got to unite deal that’s worth approximately $1 million a season, not counting behind this coach, this staff and this program, and that’s going to incentives. allow us to be successful quicker He steps in for Dan Hawkins, than many people think we can who was fired after going 19-39 during four-plus underachieving be.” seasons in Boulder. Minnesota hires Kill Joining Embree’s staff will be MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joel another former Buffs stalwart, Eric Bieniemy, who will finish out Maturi didn’t get the “Tubby Smith-type” hire that he promthe season as the Minnesota Viised for the Minnesota football kings running backs coach beteam. fore returning as CU’s offensive He settled on Northern Illicoordinator. Brian Cabral, a longtime Colo- nois coach Jerry Kill instead, adrado assistant who served as the mitting that Kill wasn’t his first interim coach following Hawkins’ choice when he began the search departure, also will stay put, tak- 51 days ago. Kill was ready for the question ing his name out of the running for the head coaching position at at his introductory news conference Monday. He says he wasn’t nearby Northern Colorado. his wife’s first choice either, but Not only that but former CU promised to work as hard for the quarterback Darian Hagan said Golden Gophers as he did to conhe plans to be back as an assistant in some capacity, too. Hagan vince his wife, Rebecca, to marry him more than two decades ago. served as the running backs The line got plenty of laughs, coach under Hawkins.
but Kill knows he won’t sell the many skeptics around the program on him until he gets the struggling program to start winning. Kill replaces Tim Brewster, who was fired during the season after four unsuccessful years.
from the musician. “I appreciate everybody’s interest,” Rodriguez said. “I would rather talk about the bowl game.” Did Brandon think it was odd? “It was different,” he said after a chuckle. “The coach elected to do what he did. The banquet is now behind us, and it’s time to SDSU gives extension to Hope focus on a bowl game.” SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Brandon said he doesn’t have State has given football coach a date on his calendar to look Brady Hoke a two-year contract back and ahead with Rodriguez, extension through 2015 that will but plans to do it soon after the include a bump in salary and im- Gator Bowl. provements to practice facilities. That doesn’t mean Brandon’s Financial terms weren’t imevaluation of Rodriguez will be mediately available. Hoke was idle for a few weeks. given a five-year contract worth “There’s a lot of work being $3,525,000 in December 2008 to done,” Brandon said. “One of the replace the fired Chuck Long. things we do, for instance, is our After going 4-8 in his first year, senior interviews. We try to get Hoke led the Aztecs to an 8-4 re- those done this time of year becord this season and a berth in cause after the bowl game, often the hometown Poinsettia Bowl times some of the seniors scatter.” against Navy on Dec. 23. It’s their first winning season and bowl Texas offensive coordinator berth since 1998. resigns Hoke recently was courted by AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Minnesota, which hired Kill. offensive coordinator Greg Davis has resigned and two other asRodriguez wants to know his sistant coaches are retiring after fate, now the Longhorns’ first losing season ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — since 1997. Michigan athletic director Dave Davis, who has been with Brandon says he is very comfort- coach Mack Brown for 13 seasons able waiting until after the bowl at Texas, had been under fire all season to evaluate his coaches. season as Texas finished 5-7 and Rich Rodriguez is not. didn’t qualify for a bowl. It was The embattled coach has to Brown’s first losing season since get the Wolverines ready to play 1989. Mississippi State in the Gator The Longhorns finished last in Bowl on New Year’s Day without the Big 12 South and went 2-5 at knowing if he’ll coach them next home, losing four in a row at one season. point. “It is a unique situation and Offensive line coach Mac Mcyou do with it the best you can,” Whorter and defensive line coach Rodriguez said. “I’m excited and special teams coordinator about coming to work every day.” Mike Tolleson are retiring. On Monday, Rodriguez and “These are three special peohis boss walked by each other at ple who have given a lot of themleast twice without making eye selves and their families to the contact. Brandon insisted he’s not University of Texas and its footworried about Rodriguez feeling ball program,” Brown said in a unsettled about his future with statement. college football’s winningest “They are not only great program. coaches, but men who handled “Rich and I communicate rethemselves with tremendous inally, really well and spend a lot of tegrity, class and dignity on and time together,” Brandon said. “I’m off the field during their time not the least bit concerned about here. I want to say thank you and our relationship or the focus that wish them well because they will Rich has on this game.” be missed,” Brown said. The Wolverines (7-5) will beTexas spokesman John Bianco gin practice Friday for their game said Monday that Brown was not against the 21st-ranked Bulldogs likely to announce replacements (8-4). until after the bowl season. While the coach and athletic Brown and Davis have been director politely answered ques- a coaching team dating back to tions about the speculation swirl- the 1980s at Tulane and at North ing around Rodriguez, neither Carolina in the ‘90s before Brown were interested in saying much brought Davis with him to Texas about last Thursday’s buzz-crebefore the 1998 season. ating banquet in which Rodri“I’ve had a great 13 years here guez quoted the Bible and Josh and enjoyed every minute of it,” Groban, and then played a song Davis said.
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“Elf ” is the most hilarious Christmas movie ever made. Buddy, played by Will Ferrell, delivers comic brilliance. Everything people think of when they think of Christmas is in this movie – snow, candy canes, Christmas music, Christmas trees, laughter and fun. Yet, “Elf” also brings a childish laughter to adulthood. “Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer” is a great movie for all ages, but sometimes adults just want to enjoy a Christmas movie specifically for them. “Elf ” is a great way for adults to feel entertained but also enjoy every aspect of a Christmas movie. Adults can connect with their inner child as they watch. “Elf ” is a great adult movie, but it doesn’t mean this cannot be a family movie. Buddy the Elf is an ordinary man who was raised by elves. He doesn’t know he’s any different from the others, just that he’s taller. However, after overhearing some fellow workers reveal that he’s not one of them, Buddy ventures off to find his real father, Walter (James Caan), in New York City. Buddy, having been raised in the North Pole, where everything revolves around Christmas, doesn’t know how to handle the big city. He acts like a child who doesn’t know right from wrong and his childlike innocence often leads to his problems. Walter, in disbelief of what he sees, rejects him – showing a side of personality Buddy has never experienced before. Despite this, he stays with Walter’s family, bonding with his wife and step-brother, Michael.
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‘Elf’ Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel During the movie, Michael (Daniel Tay), grows to love him, and together they help acclimate him to the busy city. Not only is Buddy loved by a family in New York, but he also stumbles upon a lovely lady, Jovie, (Zooey Deschanel) who falls in love with him. Buddy’s innocence, though it gets them all into trouble at one point or another, is ultimately the catalyst for the saving of Christmas. After Santa’s sleigh is forced to run on all-time lows of Christmas Cheer, Buddy’s influence on the once-embittered New Yorkers saves the day. The movie brings the love of family, significant others, and friends together to create the real meaning of Christmas and the real meaning of love. The way Buddy acts as a child but still maintains real feelings of sadness and joy is the best part of the movie. Buddy truly stands up for his new found family, which is great insight to just what Christmas is about.
LEGAL NOTICES THE NEXT MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS and Board Committees of the West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc. will convene on Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the following times and locations: Friday, December 10 Finance & Planning Committee at 8:30am at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Salon A. Quality & Patient Safety Committee meeting at 8:30am at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Salon B. Saturday, December 11 Compliance & Audit Committee meeting at 8:00am at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Salon A. Strategic Planning Subcommittee meeting at 7:30am at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Salon B. Board of Directors meeting at 9:15am at the Waterfront Place Hotel in the Waterfront Room. *All meetings are open to the public.
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Now Leasing for 2011-2012 Apartments and Houses Close to Campus and South Park Locations All Include Utilities and Washer/Dryer Many Include Parking Pets Considered Rent as low as $415/mo per person Lease and Deposit Campus Area - 3, 4 & 5 Bedroom Apts and Houses South Park - 1, 2, 3 & 4 Bedroom Apts Between Campuses - 4 Bedroom Houses
4/5/6 BEDROOM HOUSES ON BEVERLY Ave. Sunnsyide. $450-550/month per person. Utlities included. No pets. Call 304-680-4522. CLOSE DOWNTOWN, NEXT TO ARNOLD HALL. 3,4,5&6/BR houses. Excellent condition. A/C, W/D, parking and yard. Utilities included. No dogs. 12 month lease. 304-288-1572 or 296-8491 FOURTH STREET 3-5 Students. $395/mo/person. Washer/Dryer. Parking. Utilities, lease & deposit. No Pets. Available May 16. 412-831-6263
UNFURNISHED HOUSES 1/BR. 211 WILLOWDALE. W/D. 1 PET allowed. $600/mo. plus utilities. Showing for May. 304-599-8303. 304-290-6591. 3/BR, 2/BA C/AC. W/D. GAS, HEAT, deck/yard. Near airport. NO PETS. $900/mo plus utilities. 304-291-6533. 304-290-0548. 304-288-2740. APTS AND HOUSES FOR RENT 217, 221, 225, 227 Jones Ave. 617 North Street, 341 Mulberry Street, 1-4/BR. $325-$475 each plus utilities. Free off-street parking. NO PETS. Lease May 15, 2011. E.J. Stour 304-685-3457 AVAILABLE MAY/2011 3 BEDROOM/ 2 bath duplex. 135-B Lorentz Ave. walk to downtown campus. W/D, off street parking, utilities plus secutrity deposit. Call 304-692-5845. AVAILABLE MAY2011 FOUR BEDROOM duplex. 135-A Lorentz Ave. walk to downtown campus. W/D, off street parking, utilities plus security deposit. Call 304-692-5845. AVAILABLE NOW 6 MONTH LEASE with possibility to renew later. 2/BR 2/Master BA. Modern new kitchen, huge living room. 1/2 BA on main floor. CA/C, low utilities. Garage with bonus room. 2/min walk to Med Center/PRT/Stadium. 304-599-9654 AVAILABLE NOW! 2/BR-1.5/BA NORTHRIDGE Townhouse. Conveniently located off of Van Voohris. Completely renovated. Everything is new! W/D included. Short term lease okay. $900/mo. Will consider dogs with deposit. 304-685-4865. COUNTRY LIVING: SMALL HOUSE 11 miles north of Morgantown. OSP. Pets negotiable. $600 utilities included. 293-5348; 293-5121 X5509 Kathleen. HOUSES FOR 2-3-4/PERSONS. WHARF area. $275/mo each includes gas. 304-284-9280.
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Ceramic sale benefits students, program by david ryan
Pieces from the 2009 West Virginia University Department of Ceramics sale shown above.
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More than 2,000 items handcrafted by students and West Virginia University community members will go on sale this weekend. It will be held in the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby of the Creative Arts Center Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The event, held by the Department of Ceramics at the College of Creative Arts, offers students a chance to discuss their items with community members as well as generate income for the program. Chris Brown, research associate for the Department of Ceramics, said the bulk of the items available will be “functional work” by students of the program and also student workers. “We host the show not only
The Department of Ceramics will be holding the sale in the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby of the Creative Arts Center Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call Chris Brown at 304-293-2964. to support the program, but to give the students an opportunity but to interact with the general public,” he said. Serving bowls, dinner ware, and casserole dishes will be available, along with vases and other home decor items. “We typically have enough (items) to sell for three days
between the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. period,” he said. “There’s individual student work and collaborative student work.” Items include $16 coffee mugs to $80 to $90 one-gallon casserole dishes, he said. As much as 80 percent of the items will fit in the $25 to $40 price range, he said. “I try to fit it in the price range so people don’t spend so much money they’re afraid to use it,” he said. “We want gifts that people can buy for somebody and then live with on a day-to-day basis that they come to love.” Some of the pieces are designed by the students, Brown said. Other items include work designed with faculty members as well as his own. Variations to the pieces can be attributed to asking someone “to play a song,” Brown said, with students interpret-
ing the finish of the pieces differently. “We’ll have three quart casseroles and though all of those will be three-quart casseroles, the handles and lids may be different,” he said. “We’re trying to reproduce particular items but the items have room for flexibility. When you look closely, each piece is a unique piece.” Funds raised by the sale go back into the program, Brown said. Money used helps hire student workers to make the program self-sufficient and also to fund its new 2,000-square-foot space at Baker’s Ridge Road. Supporting the artists can also help those looking for a unique gift for friends and family this Holiday. “I think they make very nice gifts for people,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Warrior’s Way’ too cartoonish for a ninja film jesse tabit a&e writer
It isn’t often a ninja movie comes along and floors its audience with intense fight sequences, a gripping storyline and a tender but brutal hero. Sadly, “The Warrior’s Way” is not one of those films. While attempting to manage frantic action with interesting characters and a unique setting, Hollywood’s most recent ninja flick winds up being a total mess. The story follows a powerful assassin named Yang (South Korean actor Donggun Jang), who is forced to hide in a small, post-apocalyptic American town full of out-of-work circus perform-
ers after he refuses to kill the last of an enemy clan; a baby. Yang meets many interesting characters including a sassy, dagger-throwing southerner named Lynne (Kate Bosworth, “Superman Returns”), a drunken, expert marksman (Geoffrey Rush, “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and a bloodthirsty colonel (Danny Huston, “Edge of Darkness”) who is bent on making the lives of the townsfolk a living hell. In addition to these characters, Yang must also battle the clan he abandoned after failing to complete his last mission. Sound like B-movie heaven/ninja-action awesomeness? It’s not. If the production values weren’t so bad and more depth was added to the story plot and characters, this
could have been an enjoyable film, considering its oldschool western setting and unique mix of martial arts. However, what we get is one of the most cartoonish, incoherent movies of the year, that features clowns shooting ninjas, Kate Bosworth with a ridiculous accent and some special effects that pale in comparison to most recent video games. One of the few aspects of the film that is actually notable is the score by Academy Award-nominated composer Javier Navarrete (“Pan’s Labryinth”). The music complements the tone of the film and eases transitions from scene to scene, preparing the viewer for the next ridiculous action romp. Some action sequences are choreographed decently
enough, and it is entertaining to watch the camera whip around as our hero slices and dices, but the poor effects bring down the experience exponentially. I know not all movies have to be taken with an extreme sense of seriousness, so after seeing previews for “The Warrior’s Way,” I went into the theater with an open mind and my heart set to cheesy-movie status. Needless to say, I left the theater disappointed and $7 poorer. Moviegoers looking for a coherent, exciting adventure that offers an intriguing story and interesting characters, please look elsewhere.
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Dong-gun Jang stars as a ninja assassin in ‘The Warrior’s Way.’
Change your Facebook profiles to help raise awareness for my cause dave ryan a&e editor
Ladies and Gentlemen, I need your help. As soon as you’re done reading this, I need you to log in to your social networks and change your profile pictures to a character from the television series “M*A*S*H.” Why, you may ask? Like all good Internet campaigns, I need your profile pictures to help raise awareness of my specific cause: the travesty of women carrying dogs in their purses. Why do I care about such a thing? I don’t, really – I just need a cause to get you to change something about yourself online. Such causes are commonplace and a dime a dozen. For the last week, Facebook and Twitter users have been changing their profile pictures to cartoon characters. Before I knew why, my news feed was inundated with pictures of “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Rugrats.” I chalked it up to nothing more than your average Internet meme – a call to action on the Internet for some funny or bizarre action. I didn’t look much into it before changing my profile to “Wallace and Gromit,” because I’m British, and that’s the best we have. The cartoon character profile pictures are supposed to raise awareness “for the children who suffer from child abuse,” according to one of many Facebook groups about the movement. I’m not exactly sure how this raises awareness of child abuse. Instead, it makes me want to skip classes and lose a day in front of the Nicktoons channel. As with anything on the Internet, there probably were honest intentions behind the movement. Users on Twitter and Facebook are always promoting one cause or another with digital rib-
Rocko is a popular choice amongst Facebookers changing their profile pictures. bons added to profile pictures and pages, but without much organization behind them, it’s just something else to do. As a result, confusion has begun to surround it. Users have been passing on a message claiming the group behind the cartoon character profile pictures are pedophiles – something Facebook has denied, according to Fox News. My movement, I can assure you, is purely honest in its intentions. For too long, women have been carrying their pets in their bags. Genetics and evolution have afforded these animals legs and paws to walk on and muscles that benefit from such exercise. Their relation to characters from “M*A*S*H,” however, is purely comical. My profile picture, Cpl. Maxwell Klinger, has already spurred one follower to join the cause (@CouchPyro, though he is now back to Coach Bill Stewart). While this – and every other profile picture change – may be pointless, a lot of it is harmless fun. It’s been intriguing seeing what cartoons people associate with their childhoods, and it’s been fun seeing them increase every day. If my campaign raises awareness of just one dog being saved the injustice of being shoved inside a Prada bag, I know I’ll have done my job. firstname.lastname@example.org
The December 7 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper