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Monday February 7, 2011

Volume 124, Issue 94

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Clements’ contract sent for approval WVU president must have contract renewed by HEPC BY TRAVIS CRUm CITY EDITOR

A new contract for West Virginia University President James P. Clements has been sent to the West Vir-

ginia Higher Education Policy Commission for approval, said Carolyn Long, chair of the Board of Governors. The BOG announced Jan. 13 it was holding meetings to discuss a new contract for Clements five months before his current contract expires on June 30. During Friday’s BOG meeting, Clements gave Long permission to announce his contract was sent to HEPC for approval. Long said she could

not comment on specifics of the contract. “President Clements gave his permission to say it was his contract that was going, anything after that will be inappropriate because it is still a personnel matter,” Long said. “It (the contract) can’t be approved until signed by the president, and before that happens, it has to be signed by HEPC.” Long said the HEPC will hold a meeting to discuss and

approve Clement’s contract. Once the contract is signed and approved, the BOG will release it to the public, Long said. Clements signed a twoyear contract in March 2009 at a salary of $450,000 annually. He took office on June 30, 2009, after previously serving as provost at Towson University in Maryland. Clements’ salary was $150,000 more than Interim President C. Peter Magrath and $195,000

more than his predecessor, Mike Garrison. Clements was not at Friday’s meeting because he was visiting his sick mother, who died Friday. Also during the meeting, the BOG unanimously approved a request for state funds matching more than $7.5 million in gifts from the WVU Research Trust Fund on Friday. The state will match more than $16 million in pledges

and gifts certified by the WVU Foundation. The Research Trust Fund, known as the “Bucks for Brains” program, provides up to $35 million from the state to fund research in energy, nanotechnology, biosciences and biometrics. The funds come from 12 sources, said WVU Provost Michele Wheatly, who presented the gifts and pledges

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Community reacts to crisis in Egypt Homeopathic meds protested during ‘mass overdose’ BY CHARLES YOUNG STAFF WRITER

Community members hold a protest in honor of the troubles in Egypt across from the Mountainlair on Friday afternoon.

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Protesters support Egypt’s fight against its current regime; WVU expert lends knowledge on US involvement in Egypt BY JOEL MORAELS STAFF WRITER

More than 30 people stood outside the Mountainlair at West Virginia University Friday during a peaceful protest supporting Egypt’s fight against its current regime by chanting “Hey Obama, stop supporting the dictator!” The demonstration coincides with Egyptian protests that began on Jan. 25 in Cairo, Suez and Ismailia that have since grown to over 500,000 people in Cairo alone. The protestors in Egypt have taken to the streets to demand President Hosni Mubarak step down from his position. Friday’s protest was lead by the Egyptian Student Association at WVU, said Asem Othman, president of the group. Othman said the demonstration was a peaceful protest for the need for democracy in Egypt. The group held signs and banners to receive support from students and cars passing by the Mountainlair. Mubarak assumed the presidency 29 years ago after the assassination of Anwar El Sadat. He has issued a statement saying he would not seek re-election in September. “We do not want to see Mubarak leave in September,” said a graduate student who wished to remain anonymous. “We want to see him leave right now, and millions of people are in downtown Egypt making sure this happens.” Mubarak claims that his immediate departure will

end in extreme chaos, leaving the Egyptians to fend for themselves. “There has been a great deal of unrest,” said Scott Crichlow, associate professor of political science at WVU and Egyptian expert. “These riots and protests against the regime are the likes of which have never been seen before.” The protests have turned more dangerous as they grew in number, taking more than 100 lives and injuring more than 3,000. The U.S. government has been in constant contact with Egyptian officials, attempting to monitor the situation so that the transition is as smooth as possible. “There have been phone calls from major U.S. political figures to the Egyptian political figures making it clear that they want to see a more democratic Egypt with elections,” Crichlow said. “There has already been a tradition of protest in Egypt because their elections have a history of being, from our point of view, rigged.” The Egyptian people feel like they are being taken advantage of with a false pretence that they have free and fair elections. “Nobody wanted him to be elected,” said one protester. “He was elected because his officials put him there.” Billions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid dollars have supported the Egyptian military in the last 30 years. “The U.S. will be extremely invested,” Crichlow said. “Egypt is usually the number two country in U.S. foreign

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Tim Nelms said “goodbye, cruel world,” just before he and other members of the West Virginia Skeptics group took an overdose of homeopathic medicine at the Blue Moose Cafe Saturday night. The event was part of the “10:23 Campaign,” a protest movement that began in England in response to outdated homeopathic medicines being covered by the national heath care system. Twenty-three cities in 10 countries participated in simultaneous protests, according to the campaign’s website. “Our main goal is to show that there’s nothing in it,” Nelms said. Members of the group took homeopathic remedies for sleep in pill and liquid form, which were 1 million times the strength of a recom-

mended dose. “We are doing this as a show of solidarity with our friends in England who are outraged that they have to pay for this stuff. It has no medical basis whatsoever,” Nelms said. The group filmed the protest and plans to post the video on the campaign’s website. Homeopathy, which was created in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, is considered a pseudoscience. Proponents of homeopathy claim that water retains “the spirt” of herbal substances. By diluting herbs in water hundreds of times, homeopaths claim to be increasing their strength. “One of the common misconceptions with this is that homeopathy and herbal medicine are the same,” said

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The West Virginia Skeptics group take large doses of homeopathic medicines at the Blue Moose Saturday as a protest of the drugs being used to treat illnesses.

WVU professor, students begin prison book project BY Alicia Elkin CORRESPONDENT

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A local woman holds a sign and chants during a protest by community members over the current troubles in Egypt. aid dollars,” Crichlow said. “Egypt is an incredibly important part of the world, and the U.S. has been closely monitoring Egypt for a long time.” Although many U.S. citizens are concerned about what the protests may mean for U.S. military activity, Crichlow does not see military involvement as an issue. “The U.S. won’t have much faith in their ability to secure an outcome that would merit the action,” he said. “I don’t think either side would want the U.S. as their proponent because the mass movement

wants to present itself as the Egyptians.” Crichlow believes military involvement will destroy the Egyptian government’s chance at legitimacy, leading to more distrust between the people of Egypt and their government. “What the future of the Egyptian political organizational landscape is (is) a mystery at this point,” he said. “The world needs to just sit and watch what happens.” danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

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INSIDE THIS EDITION The West Virginia women’s basketball team was defeated by Pittsburgh 60-53 on Saturday. SPORTS PAGE 10

More than 8,000 letters requesting books were submitted to a prison literacy project started by a West Virginia University professor and her students. Kathleen Ryan, associate English professor, taught a graduate class on prison literature during the fall of 2004. While researching about prison authors, former prisoners and people who have imagined the experience of imprisonment, her class discovered West Virginia does not have a prison book project. Fundraising for the project started two years ago to promote literacy for prisoners by providing them books to read. The letters have been sent to the project from prisoners requesting books since 2004 from prisons in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio,

Kentucky and Tennessee. “It was the initiative and drive of those students along with some great colleagues in the English Department that got the project off the ground,” Ryan said. The project has enough money now to begin purchasing requested books for the inmates, helping inmates and sending them the books they requested. “Funding is always a problem,” said Zachary Cromie, president of the Appalachian Prison Book Project. “Certain books, like legal dictionaries, and business books, are difficult to find because they’re asked for so often.” Once APBP receives the letter, it works to fulfill the order even if it sends a similar book to what the inmate requested. “Sometimes it’s clear that they have no more than a

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IT’S TIME TO BRAWL The West Virginia men’s basketball team takes on No. 4 Pittsburgh tonight in the Backyard Brawl at the WVU Coliseum. Check out the game preview. SPORTS PAGE 10


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WVU to host financial aid awareness week West Virginia University’s Financial Aid Office is hosting a week of financial aid awareness from today until Sunday, Feb. 13. An information booth will be set up in the Mountainlair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today through Friday, where students can pick up worksheets for the 2011-12 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Financial aid counselors will also be available in the office, located on the second floor of the Mountainlair to answer questions. Students will also be able to receive information on WVU’s new satisfactory academic progress standards and regulations impacting every student using financial aid. The Student Government Association will also provide information on scholarship opportunities. The primary goal of the week is to encourage students to complete and sub-

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Continued from page 1 for approval Friday. Names of the donors of the three largest gifts and details on these contributions will be announced publicly at a later date. The state created the Research Trust Fund in 2008

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Gerold Turner, member of the group. Medically, there is no benefit to using homeopathic remedies, and there is no risk involved with taking mass doses. Turner said the main goal of group is to examine paranormal and supernatural claims with scientific reason. “We have a book club, a religion of the month club, discussion groups, you name it,” said Butch Campione, group member. “We’re just trying to promote scientific thought.”

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Continued from page 1 third-grade education, and if I can make a difference with that, then I will,” Cromie said. “The first step is giving them some reading material.” When the book is sent to the prisoner, a personalized letter accompanies it requesting the inmate pass APBP’s information along to others so word of the project can spread. Most prisoners learn about

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mit the 2011-12 FAFSA by March 1 in order to meet the requirements for several undergraduate-level financial aid programs. The week will conclude with College Goal Sunday, Feb. 13. During this event, financial aid professionals will offer one-on-one, confidential assistance with completing and filing the FAFSA. This will take place from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair. Participants will need to bring their 2010 federal tax information. If those forms are not available, participants may bring their 2009 federal income tax forms. Students who participate in College Goal Sunday and file the FAFSA online will be entered for a chance to win an Apple iPad. For more information about College Goal Sunday, visit www.cfwv.com or www. finaid.wvu.edu. —tcc

with an initial appropriation of $50 million to leverage public and private investments that will help transform West Virginia’s economy. More than $35 million was reserved for WVU, and $15 million was reserved for Marshall, according to a press release.

Monday February 7, 2011

National

Green Bay wins Superbowl XLV, 31-25 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has turned the Green Bay Packers into Super Bowl champions once again. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Nick Collins returned an interception for another score, leading the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. This was Green Bay’s fourth Super Bowl title. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls with Vince Lombardi coaching Bart Starr, and captured another with Brett Favre in January 1997. The Steelers trailed 21-3 be-

fore halftime. Ben Roethlisberger got them within 28-25 midway through the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass and a nifty 2-point conversion. The Packers answered with a field goal, giving Roethlisberger one last chance. Needing to go 87 yards in 1:59 with one timeout left, Roethlisberger couldn’t make it across midfield. This was only the second time Pittsburgh lost a Super Bowl. The Steelers still have the most wins with six, and are tied for the most appearances with eight. The crowd at Cowboys Sta-

dium was 91,060 paying attendees, or 103,219 counting “credentialed attendees.” It fell short of the record. Rodgers was named MVP. Green Bay led 21-17 after three quarters, but the Packers were without cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Sam Shields and receiver Donald Driver. The Steelers had the momentum, the experience and the crowd – tens of thousands of fans twirling “Terrible Towels” and making things tough for Rodgers to bark out signals at times. But on the first play of the

fourth quarter, with Pittsburgh possibly driving for a go-ahead touchdown, Rashard Mendenhall fumbled on a hit by Clay Matthews Jr. The Packers took over at their own 45. Jennings caught his second TD pass of the game to give the Packers a 28-17 lead with 11:57 to play – their third touchdown following a takeaway. The Packers’ final points came on a 23-yard field goal by mason Crosby with 2:07 left. Christina Aguilera got the game off to a rocky start by flubbing a line in the national anthem. The Steelers didn’t do much better at the outset.

One dead, 11 hurt in Ohio fraternity shooting YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A shooting at a fraternity house killed one student and injured 11 people, including six students, just north of the Youngstown State University campus, authorities said Sunday. The shooting happened during a party early Sunday and no arrests have been made, but police have at least one suspect, Youngstown police Lt. Franklin Palmer said. The Mahoning County coroner’s office identified the dead

student as 25-year-old Jamail E. Johnson. He was shot once in the head and multiple times on his hips and legs, and an autopsy is planned for Monday, said Dr. Joseph Ohr, a forensic pathologist with the coroner’s office. The 11 injured were taken to nearby St. Elizabeth Health Center, and eight of them had been treated and released by early afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Tina Creighton said. She said she could not re-

lease the conditions of the other three. The school in northeast Ohio said in a statement that YSU President Cynthia Anderson met students and their families as the hospital this morning and called it “a sad day for the YSU family.” The shooting happened at a two-story brick house in a neighborhood of once-elegant homes, many of which are now boarded up. No one answered a knock at the door Sunday

afternoon. A neighbor, Rodger Brown, 54, said the house and an adjacent home with Greek lettering indicating a fraternity often have parties on Friday and Saturday nights but had caused no problems in the neighborhood. “It’s a nice, quiet neighborhood,” he said. Brown said men living in the house were friendly to him and once offered him a beer and a ride as he walked home last fall.

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The group is affiliated with the Morgantown Coalition of Reason, which seeks to p ro m o t e logic ov e r superstition. It has recently begun to focus on charitable work around the city such as volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and the Bartlett House. It also helped to clean trash along the Rail Trail. “We do a lot more than just pray for people, I can tell you that,” Campione said. To learn more about the 10:23 Campaign and its mission, visit www.1023.org.uk. AP

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APBP from other inmates and then send letters to the project requesting a book. APBP would like to archive past and future inmates’ letters, but fundraising is still too much of a concern to work to such an immense goal, Cromie said. If interested in learning more on how to contribute or volunteer for APBP, contact Cromie at zcromie@mix.wvu. edu. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

An injured anti-government protester prays with other Egyptians in Tahrir Square, the center of anti-government demonstrations, in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday. A sense of normalcy began to return to the capital of some 18 million people, which has been largely closed since chaos erupted shortly after the protests began on Jan. 25.

Al-Jazeera English correspondent, American citizen, was detained by military in Egypt CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian military detained a correspondent for Al-Jazeera’s English-language news channel in Cairo on Sunday, said the network, which has been targeted repeatedly throughout the unrest in Egypt. Ayman Mohyeldin, an American citizen, was detained near Tahrir Square, where protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak continued for a 13th day. He was released seven hours later, the channel said. Pressure on news media covering the crisis intensified last week, as pro-government mobs armed with

sticks attacked Egyptian and foreign journalists as well as human rights workers and others observing and recording the violent scenes. Dozens have been detained, sometimes for several days. One journalist, an Egyptian reporter, has been killed in the protests, dying Friday of gunshot wounds. The Emmy-nominated Mohyeldin is the station’s Egypt corespondent and has previously covered the Gaza war. On Friday, the Qatar-based network said its offices in Cairo were set ablaze, along with the equipment inside it, and its website hacked. The station announced later that

day that security forces arrested its Cairo bureau chief, Abdel-Fattah Fayed, and c o r re s p o n d e n t A h m e d Youssef. The previous week, AlJazeera said its bureau was forcibly closed, all its journalists had press credentials revoked, and nine journalists were detained. The station has had trouble staying on air, due to high levels of interference in its broadcast signal. Al-Jazeera’s live Arabic-language channel was unreachable on some satellites during the height of some of the protests. The Egyptian government said last week that reports of “an official policy

against international media” were false, and that violence against journalists was unacceptable. “International media have been, and are always, welcome in Egypt,” said the state-run Cairo Press Center, which oversees media accreditation. It said more than 1,000 international journalists were in the country. “Regrettably, international journalists have been endangered by the same conditions that have threatened all Egyptians in areas of the country where there have been major disturbances and a breakdown of security,” the center said.

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Ancient Shores signs with record label by alex mcpherson CORRESPONDENT

“They’re so damn solid now. And signed.” Former bassist Jourdan Aromin can’t deny the success of West Virginia’s local hardcore powerhouse, Ancient Shores. When guitarist Brett Carpenter moved down from Delaware, he had the idea of starting up a hardcore/punk band. He first met up with drummer Evan Devine, and the pieces started falling right into place. They’re now joined by guitarist BJ Rochinich, vocalist Greg Zalenski and bassist Joel Wadsworth. “(Ancient Shores) was definitely Brett’s brainchild from the start,” Devine said. “Either Brett or BJ bring a riff to the table, and it goes from there.”

While writing hardcore songs is one feat, getting newcomers to come out to the shows is a whole other. Folk and country may be bred into many West Virginian’s souls, and pop and hip-hop are more or less mainstays, but how does someone convince a complete stranger to listen to screaming and speed-guitar? “There’s not a lot of hardcore bands in the area, so for a lot of people who come out to something they’re unfamiliar with, (it) is a pretty big task,” Wadsworth said. Ancient Shores’ solution was simple: Give the music to the people. By releasing its album “The Black Engulfs Our Sun” free on its website, the band was able to attract not only fans, but publicity. Several websites offered fea-

tures due to its bold promotion, and the fans responded in kind. “We’d rather have more people hear the music than make them buy it,” Carpenter said. “Some people even showed up to shows cause they’d gotten it for free and really enjoyed it.” Climbing the ladder of East Coast music, Ancient Shores finally attracted the attention of Baltimore Record Label, A389 Recordings. After sending in a tape, it heard back and the label replied with nothing but praise. A389 wanted to help Ancient Shores, a band waiting with new music. “With tons of awesome bands on the label, we’re really excited to share,” Wadsworth said. Backed by A389, “Step to the Edge” will be released in March. The most diverse collection

yet, “Step to the Edge” is a 666 press vinyl, including download code, with its best new music. Also available in a special 250 press bundle pack that features other A389 artists, it’s the band’s most expansive release yet. “We don’t have any one sound (on the album), but it works out,” Devine said. “We like that challenge. We can write what we want, but we have to speak it.” With pre-order already available on A389records.com, look out for Ancient Shores to grace Morgantown with a release party sometime in early March. “I don’t think any of us expected this,” Devine said. “But it’s something that we’re really happy about.” daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

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Firth, Rush shine in emotionally genuine ‘King’s Speech’ DAVID RYAN A&E EDITOR

Typically in Hollywood, movies that are “shelved” or placed on hold are doomed to development hell forever. “The King’s Speech,” however, is a rare exception. Screenwriter David Seidler was not denied by a Hollywood executive as the result of a focus group, but by royal decree. According to Seidler, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II asked him to delay production for some time due to the painful memories the movie brought back. Years after her death, “The King’s Speech” has finally been released, chronicling a time of royal upheaval in the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II, who became reigning monarch not long after the events of the movie,

is believed to have found it “moving.” Royal understatement at its finest. “The King’s Speech” is perhaps one of the most sincerely emotional and rewarding movies in some time. After giving a speech that unsettles his subjects, Prince Albert, Duke of York (Colin Firth, later King George VI), seeks to resolve his longtime stammer. As a potential heir to the throne, Albert cannot continue to be stifled with his supposedly lifelong condition affecting his speech. The prince seeks the help of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Despite some initial concerns, Logue convinces the Prince his stammer is born from some kind of internal conflict. While Logue tries to relieve Albert of some of his personal demons, his world is in a period of turmoil: King George V, his father, has died and his

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter star in ‘The King’s Speech.’ brother, Edward, has assumed the throne. As if things couldn’t get worse, the King must face his greatest foe due to the rise of Nazi Germany – the microphone, delivering his most important speech of his life, conveying it effortlessly

to ensure his worried nation. The interaction with Rush and Firth has to be some of the most engaging on film. Firth’s presentation of a frustrated, now-King George VI is emotionally charged. It would have been easy to

dynamic. At times, the film’s subject matter can become heavy. Rush, thankfully, flows into the lighter moments without seeming condescending or ignorant of his affliction. Helena Bonham Carter, starring as King George’s wife Elizabeth (mother of Elizabeth II), is also worthy of praise. It’s refreshing to see Carter in a role where she can show a more subdued side – this time, the supportive wife to her husband. Though it may have been decades since Seidler wished to see his movie realized, it was worth the wait. Firth and Rush shine as a douWEINSTEIN COMPANY ble act in this historical drama, filling it with genuine moments of emotion and a lasting impresplay a generic stammer with sion that all good movies leave carelessness and little thought behind long after leaving the to those who suffer from the con- theater. dition, but Firth does not. Instead, he shows a man taken prisoner by his own thoughts. Rush, too, provides the muchneeded lighter moments in their david.ryan@mail.wvu.edu

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Yohimbe Sampson, guitarist for Game Rebellion, falls from a fans shoulders where Netic, the band’s lead singer, catches him with his leg.

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Monday February 7, 2011

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Black History Month should be a time of unity The annual celebration of Black History extends farther back than most people realize. In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, along with the other members of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, created the first Black History Week to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and President Abraham Lincoln. After 50 years of petitioning, February was officially deemed Black History Month in 1976. Dr. Woodson and his col-

leagues did not work that long to create Black History Month for it to be a time of segregation; it is supposed to be a time of unity where people of all ethnicities and walks of life collectively remember, celebrate and learn black history in the spirits of unity and equality. Many people seem to think Black History Month is only for black people, but that could not be further from the truth. No culture’s history is completely homogeneous -that would be impossible.

People of all races, genders and religions contributed to black history over the decades, and they too are remembered and honored during Black History Month. Segregation was one of the most detrimental things to occur in American history. There is no reason that we as a nation should ever go back to those times; so we all have to make an effort to come together and support one another at every possible opportunity.

If you think Black History Month or the programs that occur during it don’t affect you, remember that it took efforts from all kinds of different people to make the necessary changes during the Civil Rights Movement. In some way, shape or form, black history affects everyone in this nation, just like the history of Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and the other ethnicities that make up this great nation.

Our society has come a long way, but positive change can’t be made if we are unable to come together for different purposes; including the celebration of black history. Black History Month is a great time to reflect on the mistakes of the past so we can continue to make strides toward a better future. We should all view Black History Month as a time that can unite us, not divide us.

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West Virginia University students cheer on the men’s basketball team vs. Ohio State last January.

Students should be loud, but respectful at Backyard Brawl omar ghabra columnist

With Morgantown set to host the 2011 edition of the men’s basketball Backyard Brawl tonight, it’s important to take a look back at the lessons learned from last year’s showdown. And no, I’m not talking about how either team performed on the court. This time last year, the sixth ranked Mountaineer basketball team throttled the Panthers 70-51. But the team’s stellar performance isn’t what made national headlines the following day. Already under the spotlight after a series of controversial incidents, it was the idiotic fan behavior that garnered all the national media attention. Let’s make this year’s Backyard Brawl memorable for its basketball, not the immature actions of a segment of the student section. The controversy surrounding the behavior of fans last year began after Ohio State visited the Coliseum in late January. Led by then-senior

Da’Sean Butler, the Mountaineers came from behind and picked up a huge win against the Buckeyes. However, this win was tainted by the obscene chanting of fans, which was audible in living rooms all over the country. The vulgar chants were directed at former OSU star Evan Turner after fans were angered by a fancy dunk he performed on a fast break. The following week, Louisville came to town and the Mountaineers pulled off another big come-from-behind victory. Once again, the story after the game wasn’t about the team’s great performance, it was the behavior of the student section. This time, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was the target of the student section’s verbal assault. Pitino had been mired in a personal scandal involving a woman named Karen Sypher, whom he had admitted to having an affair with. Throughout the game, the WVU student section taunted a visibly distressed Pitino with chants of “Karen Sypher.” After this incident, the behavior of the WVU student section became a national

talking point on sports radio and even ESPN, with commentators all over the country insisting that the WVU student section was crossing the line. This set the stage for the Backyard Brawl, which was taking place at the Coliseum later that same week. With all eyes on the WVU student section in another nationally televised game, one would have expected that the fans would have behaved accordingly. As we all know, that wasn’t the case. In what was yet another victory for the basketball team, that was again overshadowed by the behavior of fans, it seemed as if some students in the stands were eager to outdo their antics in the previous two home games and elicit an even more negative reaction from the press. In that, they were successful. As the game got close and the referees made a couple of questionable calls, the angry crowd began to hurl debris onto the court. In what was a truly embarrassing moment for the University, head coach Bob Huggins took the microphone and told the WVU student section that throwing objects onto the

court was “stupid.” Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there. Later in the game, a small metal object hit former Pittsburgh assistant and current Marshall Head coach, Tom Herrion under his left eye, leaving a visible bruise. The national media had a field day with this, and, once again, the main headline wasn’t about the basketball team,which was on the brink of making a historic run to the Final Four. How humiliating, that even after the game was stopped so students could be scolded like school children, someone was physically injured due to the raucous behavior. It is up to the students to ensure that this spectacle is never repeated. Students are expected to come out and enthusiastically support their team. However, there’s a distinction to be made between passionately showing support for your team and acting like a rabid animal. If you want to embarrass yourself by acting like a fool, you have every right to do so. But if you act this way while you are representing your school at a nationally televised event, you are tarnish-

ing the reputation of the entire University, and in doing so, devaluing the degrees of its graduates. We’re not children. We shouldn’t need an e-mail from the Vice President of Student Affairs before every game reminding us that we should act reasonably at these events. We shouldn’t need coach Huggins to tell us that throwing objects onto the court is “stupid” and could physically harm the players or coaches. We’re all adults here, and we should all act that way by taking responsibility for the fan behavior at games. There’s no doubt that the atmosphere at tonight’s Brawl will be intense, just as it should be. Coaches and players of opposing teams should be afraid of coming to the Coliseum. But, this should be because of the loud, passionate fanbase, not because they’re afraid their eye is going to be impaled by someone in the stands. Students must keep in mind that their actions, good or bad, always have a significant impact on the reputation of WVU, especially when they are being broadcast on national TV.

Send your letters and guest columns We want your opinion on the University’s most pressing issues. E-mail your letters and guest columns to daperspectives@mail. wvu.edu. Letters to the editor and guest columns should be no more than 300 and 500 words, respectively. Include a name and title with your submission.

Letter to the editor Believers of Democracy support Egyptian People As a citizen and a believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the Egyptian people. Their efforts are similar to what happened following the election in Iran and the most recent revolution in Tunisia.

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Believe it or not, one thing that trumps capitalism and political correctness in the United States is the right to have one’s voice heard. This is the foundation on which our democracy was built. The Egyptian people should continue to defy President Hosni Mubarak’s powerful security forces so that Egyptian democracy can begin to thrive. It is unfortunate that the

United States compromised one of its most fundamental values in order to protect its economic interests in the Middle East, something that happens all too often domestically, as well. It is not the Egyptian people who are attempting to seize power, but rather it is those currently in power who have engaged in intimidation to prevent the will of the people from being heard.

Why else would they stoop to such underhanded tactics to block various means of communication among the citizens of Egypt? Why is the government in power utilizing political strongarm tactics such as the use of violence? President Mubarak, you have had 30 years to lead Egypt and have failed them by your own choosing. The days of the puppet re-

gime are finally coming to an end as it appears the desire for freedom will continue to sweep among the Arab nations. Accordingly, let the call go forth among all citizens of Egypt that your brothers and sisters of democracy from all over the world are with you during every trial and tribulation you may encounter during this crisis. To the people of Egypt, the

trumpet of freedom beckons you to rise in protest and ensure your voice to preserve your sacred heritage, promote your children’s future and obtain the blessings of liberty we all cherish. As was spoken to an Egyptian pharaoh many years ago by another enslaved people: Let my people go! Joe Bialek is a resident of Cleveland, Ohio .

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THE COMMERCIALS By David Ryan, A&E Editor

The Superbowl is the biggest live sporting event of the year. But let’s face it – the commercials are where the real entertainment is. Below are some of the best commercials of the night.

VOLKSWAGEN

CAREER BUILDER

MARS

A man arrives at work, but his day is ruined when monkeys block him from getting out of his car. Just when he thinks his day can’t get any worse, another monkey crashes its car into the man’s car. Bottom line: Monkeys are funny.

Continuing its “diva” series, popular candy Mars Bar has Richard Lewis and Roseanne Barr as loggers. As celebrities, they’re complaining while ordinary workers soldier on. Lewis is a nice cameo, but Roseanne getting hit provides the laugh-out-loud moment.

BEST BUY

MOTOROLA

BUD LIGHT

Now that he’s a little older, it’s getting easier to joke about Justin Bieber. Best Buy, contrasting the aging rocker Ozzy Osbourne with the adolescent Bieber, highlights technology’s ability to alienate us. It also asks the age-old question, “What’s a Bieber?”

It wasn’t the most creative commercial, but Motorola has some serious gumption going against Apple. In advertising its new tablet, Motorola shows its product as unique among the herd. Though it could be strangely telling if they only sell a few this year.

Foregoing the farting horses and Cedric the Entertainer of years past, Bud Light had some weak commercials this year, except for a cheeky commentary on product placement in Hollywood entertainment regardless of the era movies are set in.

CHRYSLER/DETROIT

HYUNDAI

BRIDGESTONE

Eminem was featured in two commercials Sunday night – an inspirational love letter to Detroit, the other an inspirational message for Lipton Tea. The former, however, showcased the singer’s starting point with cinematography that made you think twice about it.

Wouldn’t it be weird if we lived with only the first generation that technology had to offer? Hyundai, advertising its “evolved” Sonata Hybrid car, shows us a world with brick phones, typewriters and silent movies. Effective, simple and quirky.

A furry woodland creature is caught in the middle of the road in the path of an oncoming vehicle. Its driver swerves, missing him. Six months later, the creature repays the man by stopping him from driving into a watery abyss. All thanks to Bridgestone products.

A child dressed as Darth Vader tries to use the force to control everything from a doll to his dog. After failed attempts, he’s shocked to discover he controlled the lights of his dad’s car. A relatively low-key and gentle ad compared to most.

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FEATURE OF THE DAY ROLAND MARTIN, CNN analyst and national columnist, will speak in the Mountainlair Ballrooms from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is part of WVU’s Black History Month and is free and open to the public.

Every Monday KAPPA PHI, a Christian women’s service organization, meets at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church on the corner of N. High and Willey streets. For more information, e-mail kappaphi_pi@hotmail.com or visit www.freewebs.com/kappaphipi. AIKIDO FOR BEGINNERS is at 6 p.m. at 160 Fayette St. The first class is free, with special rates for WVU students. For more information, e-mail var3@cdc.gov. RESIDENCE HALL ASSOCIATION meets at 7:30 p.m. Any issues pertaining to residence halls can be brought up and discussed at this meeting. For more information, contact Victoria Ball at vball@mix.wvu. edu. RIFLE CLUB meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 311 of the Shell Building. For more information, contact Abbey at aheiskel@mix.wvu.edu or Bob at rdriscol@wvu.edu. FREE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ADVANCED CONVERSATION GROUP meets at 6 p.m. at the Blue Moose Cafe for conversation, friendship and free English conversation lessons. New friends are always welcome. For more information, e-mail Erin at mclv_advanced_conversation@yahoo.com. STUDENTS TAKING ACTION NOW: DARFUR meets at 7 p.m. in the Mountain Room of the Mountainlair. STAND is active in planning events to raise money and awareness on the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. For more information, contact Felicia at fgilber@mix.wvu.edu or 732-674-8357. FEMINIST MAJORITY LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE meets in the Blackwater Room of the Mountainlair at 7:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail rsnyder9@mix.wvu.edu. WVU FENCING CLUB hosts beginners fencing practice from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Stansbury Hall Gym. For more information, e-mail wvufencing@gmail.com or visit www.fencingclub.studentorgs.wvu.edu. WVU CLUB TENNIS practices from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Ridgeview Racquet Club. For carpooling, call 304906-4427. New members are always welcome. CHESS CLUB meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the food court of the Mountainlair. Players of all skill levels are invited to come. For more information, e-mail wvuchess@gmail. com. TRADITIONAL KARATE CLASS FOR SELF-DEFENSE meets at 9 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center. THE WVU EQUESTRIAN TEAM meets in Room 2001 of the Agricultural Sciences Building. The Western Equestrian Team will meet at 7 p.m. and the English Equestrian Team will meet at 8 p.m.

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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 wvuswingdance@ gmail.com. 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.

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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 304-293-2311 or visit www.well.edu.wvu/medical. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets nightly in the Morgantown and Fairmont areas. For more information, call the helpline at 800-766-4442 or visit www.mrscna.org. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets daily. To find a meeting, visit www.aawv.org. For those who need help urgently, call 304-291-7918. 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 walkin 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 Every Tuesday www.caritashouse.net. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, a MOUNTAINEERS FOR CHRIST, a student Christian organization, United Way agency, is looking for hosts free supper and Bible study at volunteers to become Big Broth-

information along with instructions for regular appearance in the Campus Calendar. These announcements must be resubmitted each semester. The editors reserve the right to edit or delete any submission. There is no charge for publication. Questions should be directed to the Campus Calendar Editor at 304-293-5092.

ers and Big Sisters in its one-onone community-based and schoolbased mentoring programs. To volunteer, contact Sylvia at 304-9832823, ext. 104 or e-mail bigs4kids@ yahoo.com. ROSENBAUM FAMILY HOUSE, which provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU, is looking for service organizations to provide dinner for 20 to 40 Family House guests. For more information, call 304-598-6094 or e-mail rfh@wvuh.com. LITERACY VOLUNTEERS is seeking volunteers for one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and English as a second language. Volunteer tutors will complete tutor training, meet weekly with their adult learners, report volunteer hours quarterly, attend at least two in-service trainings per year, and help with one fundraising event. For more information, call 304-296-3400 or e-mail MCLV2@ comcast.net. CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. MOUNTAINEER SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is an all-volunteer nonprofit that promotes spay/ neuter to reduce the number of homeless pets that are euthanized every year. M-SNAP needs new members to help its cause, as does ReTails, a thrift shop located in the Morgantown Mall. For more information, go to www.m-snap.org. THE CONDOM CARAVAN will be in Room G304 of the Health Sciences Center on Mondays and the Mountainlair on Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. The caravan sells condoms for 25 cents or five for $1. INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP is an interdenominational student-led organization that meets weekly on campus. Everyone is welcome to attend events. For more information, e-mail Daniel at ivcfwvu@yahoo.com or visit the IVCF website at www.wvuiv.org.edu. THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of every month at noon at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. All students and faculty are invited. For more information, 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 email 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

Be with the one you want.

BORN TODAY This year, you will communicate your issues and ideas in a dynamic manner so that others hear you loud and clear. This newfound strength funnels into your daily life, adding to your immediate relationships, from neighbors to loved ones. You find the right words. If you are single, you will need to sort through your many admirers with an eye to the type of bond you desire. If you are attached, the two of you discover a newfound appreciation for each other. Your differences become a strong point. ARIES brings out the best in you.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH A must appearance carries a lot of weight. Pressure builds because of a key group of associates and friends taking a stand. You might decide to go it alone. You have a decision to make. Honor your integrity. Tonight: Could be late.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHHH Charging ahead is one of your innate, “I feel good” responses. You are able to communicate your needs in a manner that makes waves. Avoid someone who is determined to have it his or her way and will do nearly anything to assure that outcome. Tonight: You call the shots. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH Make it OK to withdraw and observe. Fatigue marks your decisions and actions. Make it OK to be low-key, and postpone any project that simply feels like too much to do. Change evolves because of your willingness to look within. Tonight: Get extra R and R. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH Zero in on what you want. Meetings help you orchestrate a goal and gain support. Others easily could go to extremes. Decide to stay on your path. A partner clearly masters the control game. The only way to win is not to play. Tonight:

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Keep stretching in order to grasp more of what others think and where they are coming from. Once you can empathize and walk in their shoes, discussions will become easier. An unexpected distraction could force you to deal with more mundane tasks. Tonight: Take in a new place. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Relate to others directly. You’ll gain unusual clarity and support. Understanding evolves between you and those you deal with directly. Your creativity emerges when you don’t like what occurs. You might veer in a different direction. Tonight: Gather your bills. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH You could be making situations far more difficult than need be. How you handle a partner could change, especially as you might feel strongly. Fatigue drains your energy and your good intentions. Pressure builds from out of left field. Tonight: Defer to another person’s desires. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH Your pace could be a little more hectic than you originally visualized. Communication proves to be active, with personal aspects of your life intertwining with the professional side. Adjust your schedule

accordingly, and if you must, screen your calls. Tonight: Get some exercise. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH Your enthusiasm activates even those who are lazy! You not only get the job done and are able to communicate your needs, but you also help others. Be careful with a money matter. There is an inherent risk with finances. Tonight: Acting as if there is no tomorrow. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH You know what to do, and you will do it. Unfortunately, the powers that be might not agree, implying a power struggle of some sort. The only way to win is not to play. Stress revolves around your schedule as well. Tonight: Head home. Stay peaceful. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHHH Keep conversations active and flowing. Don’t allow someone to seduce you into doing less than necessary. Express your ideas; represent who you are. An opinion about a situation could be changing, especially at the present moment. Tonight: Out and about. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH Be careful with funds. You easily could make a mistake that costs you not only in funds, but also that doesn’t allow you to do something that you have long desired. Be careful of pushing a group of associates too far. Tonight: Don’t overindulge. BORN TODAY Comedian Chris Rock (1965), singer Garth Brooks (1962), author Sinclair Lewis (1885)

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SPORTS | 7

WVU men fall to No. 12 Villanova Rejecting Florida Mitchell returns from suspension, FOOTBALL

offer not an easy choice for Gillespie

but Mountaineers struggle to score By Brian Kuppelweiser Sports Writer

During a stretch that saw the West Virginia men’s basketball team win three of four games, the team relied on stout defense and solid rebounding to carry the team. The Mountaineers simply needed a few shots to fall, and they would most likely walk away victorious. However, on Saturday, all facets of WVU’s game failed to work in harmony, as it fell to Villanova, 66-50. Despite getting open looks throughout the game, the Mountaineers shot just 35.8 percent (19 of 53) from the field. “We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities to score,” said forward Kevin Jones. “It got to the point that they were leaving us open and daring us to shoot. You don’t want a team disrespecting you like that. You have to make the shots.” Not only did WVU struggle from the field, but it also had shortcomings at the freethrow line. “We were five of 12 from the foul line,” said head coach Bob Huggins. “You can probably see an eighth grade team make more free throws than that.” After jumping out to a quick 10-4 lead, the Mountaineers began to unravel from the field, and their trademark defense began to falter. The Wildcats went on a

17-4 run, which was fueled by the sharpshooting of guard duo Corey Fisher and Maalik Wayns. “We didn’t defend as well as we normally do,” said forward John Flowers. “They were really good at penetrating and dishing the ball off to the open guy.” With Villanova applying pressure offensively, it to left WVU no choice but to try get back in the game quickly. The Mountaineers, though, could not get a shot to fall and scored just 19 first-half points, which was their lowest first half total of the season. “It is tough,” Jones said. “We had the same kind of game last year, but we overcame it.” The beginning of the second half was a bit more kind to WVU, as it would cut the deficit to as close as five, but then, its defense began to fall apart. Villanova went on a 19-3 run, which bolstered its lead to as high as 21 points with under four minutes remaining in the game. “We were in it for most of the game, but they would make six or eight point runs that really hurt us,” Jones said. Huggins turned to shooters Jonnie West and Casey Mitchell, who was returning from a suspension, to try and ignite the team, but they faltered, as well. “You take arguably our best shooter, and they shoot three for 12 from the field,” Huggins said. “They are normally guys we depend on to make perim-

Holgorsen one of main reasons why he’s still at WVU BY MICHAEL CARVELLI SPORTS WRITER

AP

West Virginia’s John Flowers reacts after he missed a shot against Villanova during Saturday’s loss to the Wildcats. eter shots.” Wayns and Fisher would go on to finish the game with 17 and 16 points, respectively. “They are probably some of the best guards in the Big East,” said point guard Joe Mazzulla. “They were very effective in the way that they played.”

The lone WVU players who were effective in the contest were Jones and fellow forward John Flowers, as they combined for 33 points and shot a hair above 50 percent from the field. brian.kuppelweiser@mail.wvu.edu

wrestling

Pitt upends WVU to gain top EWL spot BY Matthew Peaslee Sports Writer

West Virginia lost its hold on first place of the Eastern Wrestling League with a 2114 loss to Pitt Friday. Both teams entered the match undefeated in league play, although WVU was percentage points ahead of the Panthers. The loss dropped West Virginia to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in the EWL, while Pitt improved to 10-6 including a 3-0 EWL mark. “We lost to a better wrestling team,” said West Virginia head coach Craig Turnbull in

a release. “If we could do it over, I think it could go a different way, but they earned it, and you usually get what you earn.” In uncharacteristic fashion, 125-pound Shane Young began the match with a loss as he was defeated by 20thranked Anthony Zanetta in a 3-5 decision. It was a rematch of the 2010 EWL 125-pound class Championship, which Zanetta won 3-2. One match later, 133-pound Nathan Pennesi tried to pick up the WVU momentum with a 5-2 victory over Shelton Mack for his team-leading

21st win of the season. After a pair of Mountaineer losses and a win from Brandon Rader, Donnie Jones cut the Panther lead to 12-8. But 184-pound wrestler Matt Ryan couldn’t complete the victory over Max Thomusseit after getting three escape points and a takedown point, falling 7-5 and deflating the Mountaineers. Heavyweight Philip Mandzik was replaced by Kyle Rooney in the match, who normally wrestles at 197. Rooney fell to Ryan Tomei, who entered the match ranked fourth in the country and beat West Virginia’s Bran-

don Williamson for the EWL Championship last season. At 197 pounds, Cameron Gallagher wrestled in his third dual meet of the season and won a 2-0 decision over Phil Sorrentino. “They came out on top in the close matches that we needed to win,” Turnbull said in the release. “They did a nice job. Hopefully, we’ll learn from it and be better.” The Mountaineers now return for a three-game homestand in which they host Ohio, Edinboro and Cleveland State. matthew.peaslee@mail.wvu.edu

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Samara stays positive despite 7-0 loss to Marshall BY DEREK DENNENY SPORTS WRITER

The West Virginia tennis team was shutout 7-0 by Marshall Saturday at home. But despite the Mountaineers dropping their fifth match of the spring season, WVU head coach Tina Samara said it wasn’t negative for the team Saturday. “The score really didn’t show how well we played,” Samara said. “There were even times when I think Marshall didn’t even know what was go-

ing to happen next. We really competed hard and looked much improved.” Three of WVU’s singles matches went to three sets while it dropped two of its doubles matches 6-8. West Virginia dropped its No. 1 doubles match of Veronica Cardenas and freshman Mary Chupa along with its No. 3 pair of freshmen Melis Tanik and Ashley Pilsbury. In No. 2 doubles, sophomores Emily Mathis and Liv Pettersson was defeated by Marshall’s Catherine Kellner

and Maria Voscekoova, 8-3. “The way we came out and played hard is how we need to compete every match,” Samara said. “We really looked like we wanted it this weekend and that is how we always have to play.” Samara said she is impressed with how the team has improved this much in a short period of time, despite only having a spring season record of 1-6. The first-year head coach wants the team to understand that it’s a long season and only

one of the many steps it has to take to improve. The team now has a week and a half to prepare for its Feb. 16 home match against Pitt. “We’re starting to figure out everyone’s role on the team with each match. The hard work is starting to, and will, pay off,” Samara said. “If we were playing like this all season, we could probably have four wins instead of one win and five losses.” derek.denneny@mail.wvu.edu

For four seasons, Robert Gillespie was a mainstay in the backfield at the University of Florida. In his time playing for Hall of Fame head coach Steve Spurrier, Gillespie accounted for more than 3,000 yards of offense and scored 20 touchdowns. Just a month after accepting the job as West Virginia’s running game coordinator, the young assistant was faced with the difficult challenge of choosing between his brand new job and a gig at his alma mater. Gillespie was offered a job with the Gators under new head coach Will Muschamp. But the 31-year-old announced on Feb. 2 that he is sticking with his choice to coach at WVU. “I’m a man of my word,” Gillespie said. “I left a good job at Oklahoma State to come here with (offensive coordinator and head coachin-waiting Dana Holgorsen), and I gave him my word that I would help him build this program. “(Florida’s) a place that holds a special place in my heart, but I didn’t make a decision based off of emotions.” Gillespie relied heavily on the advice of his wife, Crystal, who he said was the most supportive of him throughout the process of Florida courting him. “Immediately, I contacted her and we talked about it and prayed about it,” Gillespie said. “We just felt that it wasn’t the right time for me, my career and my goals.” A lot of that decision to stay at West Virginia also came from the great relationship that Gillespie has formed over the past year with Holgorsen. They worked together for the first time last season at Oklahoma State when Gillespie took over as the running backs coach. It was in that year that Gillespie saw the character of the bright offensive mind and that he stands for the same things

Gillespie does on the football field, as well as off of it. “He believes that football is fun,” Gillespie said. “We want to coach these kids hard, but we want them to have fun. “When you look at different teams on the football field on Saturdays, you can tell that that kid’s having fun. That’s what I feel like we have here, and that’s the culture that Dana wants to have around here.” Of the three new position coaches that followed Holgorsen to Morgantown this year, Gillespie is the only one that Holgorsen hadn’t formed a long-time relationship with. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh played with WVU’s newly appointed offensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan before coaching with him at Texas Tech. Holgorsen was the quarterbacks and receivers coach at Wingate when inside receivers coach Shannon Dawson played there in 1999. But even though the rest of the new additions to the staff have already spent quite a few years together, Gillespie doesn’t think it’ll take too long before the group gets accustomed to “the new guy.” “I’m excited that coach Holgorsen wanted me to come join this group of guys that he had been with for a long time,” Gillespie said. “That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come here. I knew I’d be working with a bunch of bright-minded, young offensive coaches that I could grow with.” Holgorsen said he wasn’t surprised by the Florida offer and said he expects Gillespie to receive many more chances to advance his career in the future. “He’s going to have lots of opportunities in the very near future to be able to go to a lot of different places,” Holgorsen said. “His career is extremely, extremely young, so he’s going to have lots of opportunities. (His situation) was tough, but we think we’ve got a pretty good deal here, too.” Gillespie agreed. “Doors open sometimes when you don’t expect them to, and if it’s meant to be, it’ll open back up,” he said. “But right now, I’m a West Virginia Mountaineer, and I’m excited about that.” james.carvelli@mail.wvu.edu

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Sanders, Faulk lead seven into Pro Football Hall of Fame DALLAS (AP) — Deion Sanders always was Prime Time. Now he’s All Time. Sanders and Marshall Faulk led a class of seven voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining them were Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger. As talkative as he was talented, known as much for his celebration dances as his interceptions and kick returns, Sanders was an outstanding cornerback and sometime wide receiver with five teams. He’s a two-time Super Bowl winner and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. Sanders said he’s grateful, but then made sure to explain, “what you feel about me has nothing to do with how I feel about me.” Then he broke into the open field. “Next to the Bible, my favorite book was `The Little Engine That Could.’ I read that story

so many times, I know it by heart,” he said. “And a couple trains passed that engine until he started saying to himself: ‘I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.’ And that’s what I modeled my career after. I mean, it sounds arrogant, it sounds brash, it sounds cocky. But it was real.” Sanders also played major league baseball. But football clearly was his calling. “He was an electrifying performer who put fans on the edge of their seats every time he manned his cornerback position or dropped back to receive a kickoff or field a punt,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. “Deion is, without question, one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL.” The finalists who did not get in were Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson, Cortez Kennedy, Andre Reed and Willie Roaf. Induction ceremonies are Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.

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Continued from page 10 just couldn’t score. I thought we played better the second half, but we just don’t finish.” Pitt, on the other hand, was much more fortunate, shooting 47.5 percent including a 56.3 percent mark in the second half. Guard Taneisha Harrison led the way for the Panthers, scoring a career-high 30 points including five 3-pointers. “My teammates were getting me involved,” Harrison said. “I just tried to shoot with confidence. I just wanted to help my team win.” Harrison hit a 3-point shot with 9:59 remaining in the game to give Pittsburgh a 44-31 lead. It was then, though, that the Mountaineers started their comeback. Started by a guard Liz Repella 3-point shot, WVU went on a 16-3 run to tie the game with six minutes remaining. “I told that group that was in there when we made that comeback. They played with a lot of

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Continued from page 10 Because the way the team is playing right now isn’t going to allow it to achieve its goals. West Virginia head coach Mike Carey said before the season his goal was to win a national championship. Despite the loss to Pitt, by no means is that goal any less attainable now than it was just before playing the Panthers. The same can be said for the Mountaineers’ game Tuesday against No. 2 Connecticut. Prior to the season, Carey even warned everyone that the team might not win as many games this year because of the strength of schedule. That meant, however, that his team would be more prepared to win come NCAA Tournament time. A 16-0 start including victories over ranked opponents at a Thanksgiving tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands has quickly turned into offensive struggles and defensive lapses resulting

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Continued from page 10 just be our team,” she said. “We were kind of in awe looking at the crowd.” West Virginia head coach Mike Carey said he expected a strong start from the Mountaineers after what he called “one of the best warm ups (the team) has had.” But Carey received just the opposite. WVU found itself down by as many as 15 points in the first half. The Mountaineers came back in the second half and took a four-point lead

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heart,” Carey said. Repella and Miles were the catalysts of the WVU run. Repella finished with a team-high 21 points and eight rebounds, while Miles finished with eight points and three assists. “It hurts to lose any time. Especially on your home court when you have a record crowd,” Repella said. “They came here to see you win.” Ali ended with 13 points in just 15 minutes due to foul trouble. The senior picked up two fouls within the first four minutes of the game. Carey said following the game that he is going to start playing players that come out with more energy, even if it means tapping into the freshmen talent on his bench. Carey also said that guard Tonia Williams is no longer part of the team. That announcement comes just five days after he said guard Bianca Jarrett was no longer part of the team. Williams played in nine games this season. john.terry@mail.wvu.edu

in losses. Starting with the team’s loss to Marquette on Jan. 11, West Virginia has surpassed the 70-point mark just twice in eight games. Its NCAA-best defense, that used to allow opponents to score just more than 42 points, has faltered, too. It’s allowed opponents to score more than 52 points six times in the eightgame stretch. It’s not just the Xs and Os, though. Players other than Repella need to realize that holding a lofty top-10 ranking and returning every starter isn’t enough. There needs to be fight. There needs to be emotion. There needs to be some fire. Repella showed that fight in the comeback. She showed the emotion. And, she showed that fire to win. And, it’s just a matter of time until the rest of the team follows. When that happens, things will start to go West Virginia’s way. john.terry@mail.wvu.edu

with 2:40 remaining. “The crowd took us out of it (during the run),” Berenato said. “It was a great crowd. It was a great basketball game.” West Virginia faltered down the stretch by allowing Pitt to end the game on an 11-0 run, ending the Mountaineers’ home court winning streak at 31 games. “We had a great crowd and a great atmosphere,” Carey said. “It’s just a shame that as bad as we played, we had a four-point lead with two minutes to go. It’s just a shame. I’m sick.”

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NEW 3/BR APTS, FOREST AVE. 2 minute walk to campus. W/D, DW, Central heat/air. 304-685-7835. NOW LEASING 1,2,3/BR Apartments for May 2011. No pets. 304-288-6374 or 304-594-3365 NOW RENTING TOP OF FALLING RUN ROAD Morgan Point 1+2/BR $590-$790+ utilities. Semester lease. WD. DW. Parking. NO PETS. Call: 304-290-4834. POSSIBLE SHORT-TERM LEASE: 2/BR. AC. WD. Close to campus. NO PETS. $650/mo. 304-594-3365 or 304-288-6374.

FOUR BEDROOM TOWN HOME behind Mountainlair. W/D, parking, lease/deposit, NO PETS. May 2011 $450/each. 304-692-6549

SHORT TERM LEASE AVAILABLE. 2/BR Stewart St. W/D, No Pets. 304-288-6374 or 304-594-3365

LARGE 2/BR. KITCHEN APPLIANCES furnished. NO PETS. Downtown. Lease and deposit. Call: 304-685-6565.

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3BR HOMES AVAILABLE. CONVENIENT to all campuses. WD/DW. CAC. Off-street parking. Very nice. Lease/deposit. No Pets. Available May 2011. 304-692-6549.

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FURNISHED HOUSES 359 MANSION AVE: 2 BR furnished house cable included. NO PETS $900/month. 304-296-7822 MUST SEE JUST LISTED. 733 CASS ST. 3/BR, 2/BA. Close to Arnold Hall. Excellent condition. DW, WD, AC, Parking. Utilities included. NO PETS. 12/mo lease and deposit. Call 304-288-1572 or 304-296-8491.

UNFURNISHED HOUSES 4 BR Houses. Campus & Jones Ave. Rent includes all basic Util., W/D, parking, more. 304-292-5714 4 BR, Large, Free W/D, South Park. Short walk to Town & Campus. Off street Parking, No Pets. $375/person, Avail May 16th. call 304-290-3347

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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.

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SPORTS WVU shocked by Panthers CONTACT US 304-293-5092 ext. 3 | DAsports@mail.wvu.edu

Monday February 7, 2011

JOHN TERRY

MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Mountaineers Team loses lead need the fight in final minutes

Liz Repella had to hold back tears at the podium following No. 14 West Virginia’s 60-53 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday. For nearly three minutes, she had to answer questions from the media as to why her team just allowed its fierce rival to end a 31-game home winning streak. The reality is, though, she is last that should have to answer those questions. Repella’s 21-point, eight-rebound performance brought the Mountaineers back into the game with the Panthers after trailing for the majority of the game. When West Virginia tied up the game, Repella, the face of the program and senior leader, was firing up her teammates over the loud cheers of the pink-clad 8,025 in attendance. “We need to bring that energy. It hasn’t really been there,” Repella said. “We have to find it and bring it every game, or we’re going to continue to get beat.” Even though it looked like a West Virginia comeback was meant to be after pulling ahead by four with more than two minutes to play, it just didn’t go the Mountaineers’ way. Then again, nothing has been going West Virginia’s way over the past two weeks. It seemed as if the loss to a Pittsburgh team that entered Saturday’s game with a losing record poured salt all over the wounded Mountaineers. There’s a silver lining for this team, though. There is more than a month remaining for this team to fix everything. At least now it seems, following the team’s first home loss since Feb. 24, 2009, the Mountaineers have picked up the wake-up call.

The No. 14 West Virginia women’s basketball team had a 51-49 lead with 3:19 remaining following two free throws by forward Madina Ali. It was the first lead for the Mountaineers since they led 2-0. After an Ali steal on the defensive end, senior guard Sarah Miles hit a jump shot to beat the clock and give the Mountaineers their biggest lead of the day, 53-49, with 2:40 left. Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh, though, showed how quick things can change. The Panthers finished the game on an 11-0 run in the final 2:12 for the 60-53 win to stun the Mountaineers and their third-largest crowd in program history of 8,025. “The crowd took us out of it, and we kind of were in awe listening to the 8,000 people,” said Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato. “There was never a thought in my mind that we were going home with a loss.” The loss snaps a 31-game home court winning streak for West Virginia. Pittsburgh took advantage of a struggling West Virginia offense and jumped out to an early first-half lead. The Mountaineers shot just 30.8 percent from the field for the game, including going a stretch of 8:55 in the first half without a basket. “We couldn’t make it in a lake in the first half,” said West Virginia head coach Mike Carey. “We don’t have a big margin for error, and we

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Mountaineers let down largest crowd of season

By John Terry Multimedia Editor

By Matthew Peaslee Sports Writer

MATT SUNDAY/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

West Virginia’s Vanessa House drives past Pittsburgh’s Taneisha Harrison during the Mountaineers’ 60-53 loss to the Panthers at the WVU Coliseum Saturday. The loss ended WVU’s home court winning streak of 31 games.

The players couldn’t help but take notice. The third-largest crowd in West Virginia women’s basketball history was on hand to watch the No. 14 Mountaineers host rival Pittsburgh Saturday at the WVU Coliseum. The crowd of 8,025 fans made the Coliseum the loudest it has been all season. Some even said it was more intimidating than most WVU men’s basketball games this year. West Virginia’s Vanessa House said she noticed a sign in section 62 of the upper bowl of the Coliseum that read “VANESSA,” which was displayed by a a group of her friends. It was the first time this season where the upper level sections of the Coliseum had fans sitting in them. But when the game was over, the Panthers, who entered the game with a 2-6 Big East Conference record, upset the Mountaineers 60-53, marking WVU’s third loss in its last four games. “They came to see you win,” said West Virginia senior Liz Repella. “It hurts to lose anytime, especially on your home court in front of a record crowd.” The attendance fell just 235 people short of the second highest all-time record. The largest crowd ever to see a women’s basketball game at the Coliseum was 8,307 against DePaul on Feb. 16, 2008. A crowd of 8,628 was on hand when WVU beat Clemson on March 22, 1992 – the second-largest crowd in West Virginia women’s basketball history. Like the Mountaineers’ record-setting day against DePaul in 2008, Saturday’s game was chosen as the fourth annual WBCA Pink Zone Event, where both teams dressed in pink uniforms and pink shoes to help increase breast cancer awareness. Pittsburgh head coach Agnus Berenato said she could see the crowd’s effect on the game. “I thought everybody on the court would get caught up in the crowd. I even said it would not

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Men host No. 4 Pittsburgh BY TONY DOBIES SPORTS EDITOR

West Virginia head men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins likes to tell stories. One in particular describes a 2009 victory on the road against Georgetown, sitting down on the bus and unwrapping a Jimmy John’s sandwich when an assistant coach drops tape of Pittsburgh for the Mountaineers’ game with the Panthers a few days later. “This league is hard,” Huggins said following his team’s loss to Villanova Saturday. “This is the best league in America.” Just two days after getting blown out by No. 12 Villanova, the Mountaineers take a step up in competition when they play No. 4 Pittsburgh tonight at the WVU Coliseum. The game will air nationally on ESPN as part of Big Monday. Tipoff is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Some students were already lined up in tents Sunday afternoon in anticipation of the Backyard Brawl. “We’ve got to look at it as the next game,” said forward Cam Thoroughman. “We’ll get ready for Pitt on (Sunday), and then, hopefully, there will be a big crowd Monday.” A key for the Mountaineers

West Virginia (15-7, 6-4)

No. 4 Pitt (21-2, 9-1)

When: Tonight at 7 Where: Morgantown, W.Va. (WVU Coliseum, 14,000) TV: ESPN Radio: 101.9 FM WVAQ Coverage: Check out The Daily Athenaeum’s Twitter (@dailyathenaeum) for ingame updates. Read Monday’s edition for a full recap of the game.

tonight will be knocking down shots, something that they couldn’t do Saturday against Villanova. In that game, WVU shot just 35.8 percent. “We put too much pressure on our defense, because we weren’t scoring,” said point guard Joe Mazzulla. “We’ve got to forget about it. We know what Pitt does, so we’ve got to have a short memory.” WVU hasn’t been much of a scoring threat over the last four games, as the team is averaging 56.5 points per game. In that span, the team was also without leading scorer Casey Mitchell for the most part. He returned from indefinite suspension against Villanova. Without Mitchell, WVU has slowed down the game, which has allowed opponents to fall asleep on the offensive end at

times. “I don’t think too many people can run that burn offense as good as Notre Dame,” said Pitt guard Brad Wannamaker. “If they do, we’ve got to be ready for it, but I doubt it.” The comparison between Notre Dame and WVU might be fitting for the Mountaineers, as the Fighting Irish beat the Panthers earlier this season with a slow-paced offensive attack. Pitt, though, remembers what happened the last time it traveled to the WVU Coliseum – a quarter-throwing, brawl-type atmosphere ending in a 70-51 Mountaineers win. “We owe them. Last time we went down there, it was really a tough out for us,” said Pitt guard Gilbert Brown. “They just outplayed us in every facet of the game. We really want to go down there, especially the seniors, and finish it off right.” WVU junior forward Kevin Jones said his team will be motivated. “We’re going to have the home crowd behind us. It’s already a rivalry game, so there’s a lot of hype around it,” he said. “We just want to perform well for our fans and our coaches. We can’t let one loss turn into two.”

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