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West Run Apartments to be sold today BY TRAVIS CRUM and ERIN FITZWILLIAMS DA STAFF

The West Run Apartments are being sold at auction today after its lender ordered a foreclosure earlier this week. The auction is set for 9 a.m. on the Monongalia County Courthouse steps. The lender for the complex directed the property to be foreclosed and sold to the highest bidder, said Steven Prunty, partner with Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love

LLP. Prunty was not at liberty to say whether the owners of the complex, West Run Student Housing Associates, either failed to pay back a loan or violated the terms of a mortgage. The lender, Huntington National Bank, sued the complex’s owners in October 2010, for failure to pay back a loan of more than $40 million, according to documents filed in the Monongalia Circuit Court. The bank claimed West Run Student Housing Associates failed or refused to make

a mandatory principal reduction payment in the amount of $15 million. Huntington National Bank and West Run Student Housing Associates entered into a contract in which the bank agreed to make a construction loan in the amount of $39 million, according to a complaint filed on Oct. 13 in the Monongalia Circuit Court. Prunty said he is not sure who will show up to buy the complex, but he believes it will be a company within the student housing business.

Theoretically, the new owners could alter the current tenants’ leases, but he said it was unlikely that would happen. “Whoever buys it is going to want to rent to students, and whatever they spend they are going to hope to make it back on student rentals,” Prunty said. “The last thing they want to do is to clear it out by raising fees.” Matt Bates, a physical therapy graduate student at West Virginia University, said he is waiting to see how effective the new management is be-

fore signing a lease for next year. He has lived in the complex for almost two years. “I need a one-semester lease because I got an internship,” Bates said. “If I can get a one semester lease, I will.” He said he doesn’t mind if the rent goes up as long as there is a maintenance staff put into place. “I’m not optimistic things will be good, but I bet you it will be an improvement,” he said. “I’ve had trouble with a window broken for six

months. The problem is West Run is out of Morgantown city limits, so there is no enforcement of anything unless you want to go to court.” Joseph Widmeyer, a resident of West Run, said he is glad West Run Apartments are undergoing new management, because he’s experienced problems not resolved at the complex. He said snow and ice removal has been an issue, and garbage in dumpsters has

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Hammers, nails and construction Council prepares vote-by-mail public pamphlet By Devon Unger Staff Writer

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A student enters Woodburn Hall Tuesday evening through a tunnel created under the scaffolding.

Woodburn Hall construction to continue through May by nick ashley staff writer

Woodburn Hall at West Virginia University has been undergoing renovation and will be finished by May 2011. Dan Batson, associate director for design and construction at WVU, said construction on Woodburn Hall started in June 2010 and will be finished by the end of spring semester. The exterior replacement of the building has been the main focus of this renovation. Improvements include repairing the slate roof, repainting the trim, repairing or placing old brickwork and installing new copper gutters, said Joseph Patten, director of design and construction. The budget is still on target for the renovation and is costing Kristen Basham/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM approximately $3.2 million. The Woodburn Hall’s bell tower rises above scaffolding as the building remains under state required Facilities Management to go on a public bid construction.

process for construction companies to work on the building, and they take the lowest response for the job, Patten said. Research was done on what materials would be better alternatives. For example, Spanish cedar wood was used because it will last longer than other types, Batson said. Painting for the building and trim work will complete construction, he said. The building renovations have not impacted classes for students or faculty this year. “This building makes the University,” Patten said. “It’s the heart of the campus and started Woodburn Circle.” According to Batson, the 125-year-old building had the interior remodeled in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The current restoration for the exterior has been planned for nearly a

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WVU libraries to add more e-books to catalogue BY MIKE ATKINSON CORRESPONDENT

The West Virginia University Libraries recently improved its online catalog by adding new e-books that can be read online or by mobile phone for free. They also added a feature to return books via cell phone. According to Penny Pugh, head of the reference department for WVU Libraries, the general purpose behind updating these features is to make the information more

accessible to students and faculty. “Everything is electronic these day,” Pugh said. “Now no matter where you are, you can get online access to these features.” A few years ago, WVU Libraries began to use an online database called MountainLynx, with which students could view general reading materials, such as encyclopedias in the form of e-books. The change is important

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The Morgantown city clerk, Linda Little, has prepared an educational pamphlet for the vote-by-mail pilot program to be used in April’s City Council elections. The program will take the place of traditional polls, and voters will use ballots similar to absentee ballots, which can be mailed in or dropped at ballot collection locations throughout the city. The pamphlet was created in cooperation with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office to inform Morgantown residents about how the new program will be used and what the voters must do to vote. “We are going to try to get it out to some locations, all the neighborhood associations, the county voter registration, over to the malls and the Mountainlair,” Little said. She said the pamphlet would also be distributed to several other locations throughout the city, and a copy will be included with the ballots mailed to each voter. Councilor Marti Shamberger also suggested pamphlets should be given to schools so students may take

them home to their parents. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in Morgantown on April 8. Residents will have until April 26 to mail in their ballot or drop it off at one of the drop-off locations in the city. Ballot drop-off locations include City Hall, Wiles Hill Senior Community Center, Mountaineer Mall and Marilla Center. Drop-off boxes will be available at City Hall on weekdays and Saturdays, from April 8 to April 25, and at all other locations from April 21 to 25. “We will also have a booth. City Hall is the only place that will have a booth,” Little said. “If you have a question about your ballot, and you would rather come vote in the City Clerk’s office with the booth, we will have that.” Vote-by-mail is expected to increase voter participation and decrease election costs. Morgantown was selected for the pilot program in the state because the city originally approached the Secretary of State’s Office with the idea. The last day to register to vote is April 5. Anyone wishing to receive a pamphlet or to find out more information can

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WVU student group advocates for housing, tenant-landlord bills by Charles young Staff Writer

Members of the Student Advocates for Legislative Advancement at West Virginia University traveled to Charleston to participate during WVU Day at the Legislature on Tuesday. While at the capital, members of SALA attended meetings with approximately 40 state legislators to advocate on behalf of two pieces of proposed legislation the group supports. The two bills are House Bill 3030 and the Tenant-Landlord Bill. House Bill 3030 would allow Morgantown to be included in the home rule pilot program, which allows cities to draft their own legislation on issues without going through the state legislature. The Tenant-Landlord Bill would require landlords to return security deposits within 30 days with an itemized list of deductions. “This bill (Tenant-Landlord) just gives students a

base line, it’s something to stand on in court,” said Daniel Brummage, SGA chief of staff. During the meetings, members of SALA spoke with legislature about how, if passed, the bills would benefit not just students, but citizens statewide. “Today has been hectic, busy and hard to keep up with,” said Isabelle Shepherd, SGA intern. “We’ve been getting things done.” Ron Cheng, Student Government Association vice president, said he considered the day a great success. Cheng said he was going to follow up with legislators and solidify relationships made during the day, and members of the group will be sending thank you cards, e-mails and letters. Members of the group were also given the opportunity to tour the Capitol as well as the adjacent Cultural Center Museum. The group was also allowed to witness admissions

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O-LINE COACH LIKES HOME West Virginia’s new offensive line coach, Bill Bedenbaugh, had a tough decision to make between staying at Arizona or coming to WVU. SPORTS PAGE 10


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Tomblin proposes West Virginia Marcellus Shale task force

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia would harness the ongoing boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling to bolster its ailing chemical and manufacturing industries, under an administration plan unveiled Tuesday. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order creating a Marcellus to Manufacturing Task Force, composed largely of key industry leaders. Its main goal: find ways to attract and encourage employers that convert ethane, a compound removed from natural gas during the refining process, into the widely used chemical compound ethylene. “This, in effect, gives West Virginia a double resource and a double opportunity,� Tomblin said at a Capitol press conference Tuesday. “We could explore the possibility of reinvigorating our manufacturing sector.� The task force also would seek to lure or aid existing in-

state businesses that manufacture products with ethylene. For its mission, the task force would weigh the cost of thermal or steam cracking, the process used to convert these chemicals. It would also assess the state’s existing infrastructure – pipelines, storage tanks, suitable plant facilities – for developing this industry. Several corporate chief executives have agreed to serve on the task force, Tomblin said. They include Greg Babe of Bayer Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of chemical giant Bayer AG; Henry Harmon of Triana Energy; Jack Lafield of Caiman Energy; and Michael John of Northeast Natural Energy. Scott Rotruck, a vice president at Chesapeake Energy, is also on the task force along with Steve Perdue, government affairs manager of energy producer EQT. Other members include the head of the state’s Chemical Alliance Zone, an official with

the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute, and representatives from the West Virginia Environmental Council and the state’s Affiliated Construction Trades. State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette and Kurt Dettinger, Tomblin’s general counsel, will serve on the 12-member task force as well. Task force members will hold three-year terms. The executive order calls for a wideranging action plan for exploiting Marcellus drilling for manufacturing. It sets no deadline, but would require at least semiannual reports from the task force. The Marcellus shale field is a vast, mile-deep natural gas reserve stretching from southern New York through Pennsylvania, western Maryland, eastern Ohio and West Virginia. The industry estimates it holds trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. But extracting the gas requires a horizontal

drilling method that fractures the rock with a high-pressure, high-volume mix of water, chemicals and sand. The Legislature is considering several bills that would regulate Marcellus development. The measures would also address environmental concerns stemming from the hydraulic fracturing process and the wear and tear on roads from heavy truck traffic, among other areas. Lawmakers are weighing separate proposals that aim to encourage Marcellus development, and to reap financial benefits for the state. One Senate bill introduced Monday would create a “West Virginia Future Fund,� to reserve a portion of tax revenues from Marcellus gas extraction. After investing fund proceeds for 20 years, the state could tap it for such purposes as tax relief, aiding schools and bringing diversity to West Virginia’s economy.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Count U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin among the congressional critics of President Barack Obama’s new budget proposal.

Manchin said Tuesday that the president’s $3.73 trillion spending plan is not what the U.S. needs or expects. He questioned the plan’s priorities. He says it includes spending $53 billion

on a high-speed rail network while cutting home heating assistance for the elderly. Rockefeller says he supports cutting waste, fraud and abuse in government programs.

But he says American families shouldn’t bear the full cost of reducing the national deficit. He says the wealthy and multinational corporations must pay their fair share.

W.Va. senators criticize Obama budget plan national

Obama defends his new budget of ‘tough choices’ WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending his new budget as one of “tough choices,� President Barack Obama said Tuesday that more difficult decisions about the nation’s biggest expenses – Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – will have to be tackled by Democrats and Republicans acting together, not by White House dictates. “This is not a matter of, ‘you go first, I go first,’� he said. “It’s a matter of everybody having a serious conversation about where we want to go and then ultimately getting in that boat at the same time so it doesn’t tip over.� The president pitched his

$3.73 trillion budget as a balance of spending on needed programs and significant reductions that would cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion over 10 years. The budget includes a mix of spending freezes on domestic programs, pay hike suspensions for federal civilian workers and new revenues from increased taxes on the wealthy and on oil and gas producers. But Obama’s deficit relief is far more modest than that detailed by his fiscal commission, which in December proposed measures that would mop up four times as much red ink. Unlike his blue-ribbon group, the administra-

tion’s budget does not address structural changes in Social Security or Medicare, the two largest items in the federal budget. “Look at the history of how these deals get done,� Obama said Tuesday. “Typically it’s not because there’s an Obama plan out there. It’s because Democrats and Republicans are committed to tackling this in a serious way.� The commission’s bipartisan report included politically difficult recommendation such as increasing the Social Security retirement age and reducing future increases in benefits. And while Obama has promised to overhaul the

corporate tax system, he stops short of commission recommendations that would lower rates but generate additional revenue at the same. Obama has called for “revenue neutral� fixes to corporate taxes, meaning they would neither cost more money nor add money to the treasury. “I’m not suggesting we don’t have to do more,� the president said. At times defensive, Obama used his news conference to offer his own tutorial on how Washington works. He voiced exasperation at what he said was the capital’s impatient culture and its insistence on immediate results.

Stocks fall after surprisingly weak retail sales NEW YORK (AP) — A surprisingly weak retail sales report drove stocks lower on Tuesday, giving the Dow Jones industrial average its second straight day of losses. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that retail sales rose just 0.3 percent in January, the smallest increase since June and half of what economists had predicted. Kim Caughey Forrest, equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group, said higher

prices for gasoline and raw materials are beginning to be passed along to consumers. That’s hurting retail sales and spending, she said. “Without wage gains,� she said, “people are going to buy less.� Energy companies led the way down. Exxon Mobil Corp. lost 2.3 percent, the largest drop among the 30 large companies that make up the Dow. Exxon Mobil said it added 3.5 billion barrels of oil and gas

last year to the company’s massive reserves, more than twice what Exxon produced in 2010. The Dow fell 41.55, or 0.3 percent, to close at 12,226.64. That’s only the third day this month the Dow has closed lower. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 4.31, or 0.3 percent, to 1,328.01. The Nasdaq composite index fell 12.83, or 0.5 percent, to 2,804.35. The parent company of the

New York Stock Exchange agreed to combine with the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse AG, creating the world’s largest financial markets company. Shares of both companies fell after the deal was announced. NYSE Euronext’s shares lost 3.4 percent in New York, while Deutsche Boerse’s lost 2.4 percent in Frankfurt. One of NYSE’s biggest competitors, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc., fell 4.6 percent.

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because an e-book reader, such as Amazon’s Kindle, is not required to view these ebooks, she said. The books can be downloaded and read on a web browser or any mobile phone. When asked if students will take advantage of this new feature, Pugh responded, “They already are. Thousands of students are already accessing it.� While it may be convenient, this feature is very expensive for the libraries. “Publishers know that libraries will share the book with many other people,� Pugh said. She elaborated by saying there are two options the library takes when purchasing these books. The first option is to purchase a large collection of ebooks as a package, which the library then owns forever. The other option is to sub-

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Continued from page 1 contact the City Clerk’s office at 304-284-7439. In other news: zz Councilor Ron Bane raised concerns about a proposed stoplight on 705 by Applebee’s and Mountaineer Station. Bane is concerned traffic is already too congested on 705, and the original purpose of the road, as a bypass to Morgantown, is no longer served. “It’s just amazing to me. Why don’t we just finish this and go ahead and ask them to put a light at Suburban Lanes, and Krepps Park, and go ahead and do every intersection that is on this route,� Bane said. “Are we going to have the city of lights and speed humps? Is that what we’re doing?�

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not often been removed in a timely manner. Widmeyer plans to stay at West Run for another year to see how the new management will be. “I’d like to stay and see if the new management changes and improves things,� he said. “I’d also like to see more guest parking spaces.� He also wanted to see a change in certain amenities. “I’d also like to see the pool more accessible,� he said. “I’m a big swimmer, and over the summer, upkeep of the pool wasn’t very good.� Andrea Sauer, a senior

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decade. “Woodburn was the original building on campus,� Batson said. “It represents our history well, and we take pride in the importance of the building.� The wood and copper from the clock tower was beginning to deteriorate from the gutters

scribe annually to a publisher and only own the e-books temporarily. Pugh said she thinks it is worth the cost. “Buying in electronic form gives everyone access (to the book), not just the one student who checked it out,� said Linda Blake, electronic journals coordinator and science librarian. Another feature of the ebooks is they are broken down by chapter, with a search tool that allows students or faculty to search for a keyword. “These books are not typically ones that will be read cover to cover,� Blake said. The libraries are constantly looking for ways to improve the features. According to Blake, before buying the books, the library runs a trial period to gauge the interest of the selected books on trial. If they attract enough attention, they are purchased. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

The construction of the light is likely to move forward whether approved by council or not because the roadway is the responsibility of the West Virginia Division of Highways. The DOH has asked the city to provide the light with power and perform minor maintenance on the light. The council approved the light by a vote of 4 to 3 with councilors Bane, John Gaddis, and Charlie Byrer casting the dissenting votes. zz City Manager Terrence Moore also provided council with his proposed budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The head of each city department will be presenting their aspects of the budget at next week’s committee of the whole meeting. devon.unger@mail.wvu.edu

broadcast journalism major, said she was surprised at the possible management change but was aware of some of the residents’ complaints. Sauer has lived at West Run for two years but will not be living there next year because she is graduating. “They were mostly issues with maintenance. For example our refrigerator didn’t work, and it took a while for them to fix it,� Sauer said. The complex is located on West Run Road between Stewartstown Road and Point Marion Road and has more than 900 bedrooms, according to its website. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

due to age, Patten said, and they wanted to restore them back to new. “This iconic building has a very traditional atmosphere about it. When you see the building, people know they are at the University,� Batson said. “We feel that students will be excited next fall of what we’re able to accomplish.� nicholas.ashley@mail.wvu.edu

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to the Supreme Court. University President James P. Clements, Mountaineer Mascot Brock Burwell and other faculty also attended the day at the legislature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This day is incredible. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity for us to brag about what the institution is doing across the state, and there are so many things to be proud of. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thrilled to be here,â&#x20AC;? Clements said. charles.young@mail.wvu.edu


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WVU grad preps season 2 of gameshow by jake potts A&E writer

While other students in his senior class at West Virginia University were polishing their resumes, Alex Davis was developing a game show. The 2010 journalism graduate from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism wanted to create something for himself while others looked for work. “Instead of just waiting to find a job, I decided to go out and start something for myself,” he said. His company, 5Hole, features a roster of scripted and unscripted shows. Some of its output is currently being considered by networks across the world. Its first project was “Double Cross,” a game show that now exists as a podcast online. “If you’re not living in Los Angeles, it’s hard to start a tele-

vision show,” he said. “I didn’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a video production, so we decided to run the game show on a podcast.” The first episode of “Double Cross” debuted April 12, 2010. Its first season ran for six episodes, running for 30 minutes each episode. The show pits contestants against each other with offthe-wall questions. Even if a contestant has no idea what the answer is, they are encouraged to come up with an answer – even if it is as bizarre as the original question. “The goal is for the two contestants to try to come up with an answer. If they can’t, they can just lie a lot to get points,” Davis said. The questions used in the game are different than the stereotypical questions of normal game shows.

Rather than trivia questions, these ones are a bit more difficult and vary in topic. “The questions we ask are slightly askew and strange. It just helps to engage the audience a little more,” Davis said. The response of the first season was better than Davis had expected. “We came into this not expecting much. You know, something like this had never been tried before,” Davis said. Within the first season, “Double Cross” received between 20,000 and 25,000 downloads – a number that shocked the production team of this show, including Davis. “I say this without a trace of irony that I didn’t think it was that great, and it was just a weird idea,” he said. “But we got production companies saying how good it was, people said how great I was, people said they loved the con-

Podcast game show ‘Doube Cross’ is available for download on iTunes. cept and it was fun and funny to listen to. It exceeded all expectations.” Among the prizes awarded to winners included iTunes gift cards and free copies of applications for iPod touch or iPhone users. Now, as Davis prepares a new season, he also brings a few new changes and a new mantra: “Bigger, Faster,

Evil-er.” “We’re lowering it to two players and making it more like poker where people will have to bet against each other on each question,” he said. “We’re also embracing our weirdness and making it more sarcastic and funny. We also have a surprise celebrity guest for the final show.” The show will also see im-

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proved prizes thanks to backing from the Game Show Network. “I’m very excited for it to start back up,” he said. “We’ve got a crew of about ten people who are shocked at how popular it got, and we can’t be happier about forcing people to lie for prizes.” jakob.potts@mail.wvu.edu

Bonnaroo celebrates 10 years with Grammy-studded lineup Lil Wayne, Eminem, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys to play Bonnaroo 2011 by mackenzie mays associate a&e editor

The Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup, released Tuesday, proved the music festival has peaked at its evolving diversity as it celebrates its 10 year anniversary – combining mainstream and underground headliners to appeal to a variety of music enthusiasts. The four-day, multi-stage concert based on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., every June offers this generation the closest experience they’ll get to Woodstock. It will host acts from rap sensations Eminem and Lil Wayne and artists The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons. Other notable artists include the 2011 Grammy Award winners for Album of the Year: Arcade Fire, along with The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Florence and the Machine, Bassnectar, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Cold War Kids. Wiz Khalifa, Girl Talk, Old

Crow Medicine Show and Big Boi, all artists who have performed at West Virginia University in the past or are scheduled to perform soon, will also play this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Roxanne Singhisen, senior art history and sculpture major at WVU, said she appreciates the multi-genred lineup the festival has to offer this year. “The lineup is really wellrounded this year. There’s music to dance to like STS9 and Bassnectar, and some Grammy nominees and winners like Eminem, Arcade Fire and Florence and The Machine,” Singhisen said. “There’s some old names and, of course, The Sword and the modern day, lady form of Johnny Cash, Jessica Lea Mayfield. However, I’m sad to see Blitzen Trapper won’t be there.” Singhisen said it’s good to see the music festival is appealing to a broader audience after a decade of entertainment. “I’m much more excited about the lineup this year than

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The crowd gathered at the Which Stage to watch Weezer perform at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. I was last year. There’s a band for almost everyone. I might actually attempt to brave the heat again for this,” Singhisen said. Junior television journalism major Paige Carver said she’s been anticipating the lineup announcement for months and is satisfied with the concert. “I knew the lineup would be

really awesome because it’s the tenth anniversary of the festival. I’ve had the website set as my home page for weeks waiting to buy tickets,” Carver said. Carver said she’s most excited to see Lil Wayne and The Black Keys, but she planned to attend the event no matter who was scheduled to play due to

her appreciation of the art festival’s showcasing of indie artists. “I would go regardless of who’s playing, because I love and appreciate all kinds of music. I’m definitely looking forward to my first ‘Roo’ with friends,” Carver added. Tickets for Bonnaroo 2011 go on sale Saturday. Prices range

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Budget cuts are unpopular, but necessary Cuts. It’s a word nobody wants to hear. As we head out of the worst global recession in history, the reality of our situation has hit us hard: We, as a nation, must make cuts. For the last few years, American families have had to make do with less, cope with crippling unemployment and shrinking loans. Now our government must also tighten its belt and begin to trim away much of the excess that led us into a spiralling na-

tional debt. President Barack Obama released his 2011 budget Tuesday, which he said will cut $1.1 trillion from the deficit over 10 years. Among those cuts are a fiveyear discretionary spending spree. According to CNN, twothirds of the budget’s reductions are from spending cuts, and another third are from raising taxes. This has already drawn the ire of the Republicans, and rightly so. Raising taxes is always an un-

popular move, and questioning the decision to raise taxes at a moment of light economic growth is entirely appropriate. The problem with any attempt to cut spending in Washington is everyone, no matter the party, has interests. Nobody wants their projects cut or their budget affected, no matter the greater cause. We as college students can breathe a sigh of relief – the Federal Pell Grant, a major boost for many attending college or attempting to – will remain relatively unchanged.

It’s almost cliche now to dub these “tough economic times,” but that is our reality. Obama always faced an uphill challenge with this budget with 9 percent unemployment and a $14 trillion national debt. There isn’t going to be a perfect solution or a budget everyone can get behind. Higher taxes are inevitable – the government needs money to keep it going. Federal programs we all take for granted will be faced under tough scrutiny. What we can agree on, how-

ever, is a call for civil dialogue to produce a smart and intelligent compromise. “... Ultimately, what we need is a reasonable, responsible and initially, probably, somewhat quiet and toned-down conversation about ... where can we compromise and get something done,” Obama said Tuesday. Our national debt is a growing concern for all Americans. The road to better times will be bumpy, but it is absolutely necessary. daperspectives@mail.wvu.edu

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Social networks have changed the way we communicate Ashley Burris correspondent

How long have you been using social networks? Do you use them as a means just to communicate with people across the world? Do you use them to keep tabs, or “creep,” on people somewhat legally? What can you really use a social network for? These are just a few questions people ask if they are not aware or into the world of social networking, whether it be on their personal mobile devices or by using a computer. The great part of social networking is its ever changing with technology so it will essentially always be up to date. Many would question whether or not social networks have the power to change the world. If we really consider this idea, almost anyone can agree, yes, they definitely can. Let’s analyze a few known social sites and how they’ve changed over the years, whether with the site itself or popularity. Beginning with BlackPlanet. com, this site was launched in the fall of 1999 and is particularly targeted for the AfricanAmerican community. In 2007, it grew to be the fourth highest trafficked social networking site, according to the internet monitoring site, Hitwise. It took some time to grow, but it could not battle with the popularity of more thriving sites like Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn and Friendster in the process of its growth. That is not to say the previously mentioned sites caused BlackPlanet to completely flop. It just lost its popularity as other sites were created and launched. To some individuals’ surprise, BlackPlanet is still thriving and used by many different age groups. According to digitaltrends. com, social networking really took off with the launch of Friendster in 2002. Friendster used a degree of separation to show what

friends were in particular friend circles. Think of it like a Sprint calling plan: The people you contact on a continuous basis. Friendster released the idea that “a rich online community” could only exist “between people who truly have common bonds.” Jump ahead to 2003, when LinkedIn and Myspace were launched. LinkedIn takes a more serious route with its site focusing more on being a networking tool for businesspeople who want to connect with other professionals. LinkedIn is so professional the contacts are called connections, not friends like on Facebook. Myspace is considered more social because it tempts the young adult populations with music, artists and a cool creative feature-filled environment. To many users this site seems and looks more hip than Friendster, so it automatically grew in popularity. Considering all of these amazing sites, it’s astonishing how Facebook leads the global social networking world. This networking site even has a movie about how it came to be. Created in 2004, Facebook was used as a Harvard-exclusive exercise and remained on that campus for two full years before being introduced to the general public in 2006. It simply is a site for individuals to manage and create friendships across the world. Facebook grew more wildly once it was open to the general public. It even boasts phrases like, “I need to Facebook that.” Some contribute the success of Facebook to how easy it is to use, how it opens you up to many different types of people and mostly because of its catchy expressive name. Bottom line, regardless of the sites, the cool games, features or the ease of use, social networks are like the wheels on a vehicle: In order to progress from one location to another, you need them to go forward. They are here to stay, most likely for a while to come. So let’s educate ourselves about A Facebook page is seen on a computer on Friday, Feb. 11. them. Let’s get social, folks.

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Pixar’s success is attributed to personal effort and continuous quality cara dickason daily trojan uwire

There’s something about Pixar that just works. Since the Academy created the Best Animated Feature category in 2001, Pixar has taken five of those nine Oscars, and every one of their films released in the last 10 years has been nominated. Before that, Pixar had never released a feature film that wasn’t nominated for at least one Oscar. “Up” and “Toy Story 3” are two of only three animated films ever nominated for Best Picture (Beauty and the Beast was the third). There might not be a single production company that consistently makes such com-

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mercially successful and critically acclaimed films. What’s the secret to Pixar’s impeccable record? According to Pixar’s corporate statement, its objective is simply “to combine proprietary technology and worldclass creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.” That sounds easy enough, and Pixar’s certainly managed to accomplish such a goal with each of its films. Its incredible box office record is proof of these films’ mass appeal. “Toy Story 3” was the highest grossing film of 2010, pulling in a whopping $920 million. That kind of money isn’t just kids’ stuff. But Pixar’s corporate objective doesn’t capture what

makes it special. All movies ought to strive for memorable characters, and heartwarming endings generally fall within the territory of family fare. Of course, Pixar is not the only company that makes excellent animated films. It just inexplicably does it the best. Last year, five of the highest grossing films were animated. Dreamworks is generally considered Pixar’s biggest competition in terms of quality animated movies, and the former’s “How to Train Your Dragon” was highly praised. It is arguably the secondbest reviewed among those top-grossing films, following only “Toy Story 3,” whose 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes just barely outdoes “Dragon’s” 98 percent. Pixar’s and Dreamworks’ animation domination hasn’t

stopped others from getting into the fray, but those who try rarely live up to the absurdly high bar Pixar has set. Last weekend’s release of “Gnomeo and Juliet,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in which the main characters are lawn gnomes, is the first of many family releases set for 2011. It’s reception has been lukewarm at best. New York Times’ critic Stephen Holden writes that the “Gnomeo and Juliet” characters have “little emotional resonance.” Granted, Woody and Buzz have had more than 10 years to work their way into our hearts, but the emotional resonance of characters like lovesick robot “WALL-E” and “Up’s” crotchety old Carl is undeniable. Variety, on the other hand, gives the gnome romance a generally positive review, but

specifically notes that it “never quite plumbs the existential depths of (the “Toy Story”) franchise.” Pixar’s stories delve into issues such as love, loss, death, growing up and what it means to be a family. Many of the best films – animated or live action – simply don’t achieve the complexity and sophistication Pixar somehow manages to pull off every time. So is there a secret to Pixar’s unheard-of consistency? When Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, visited USC in 2009, he didn’t provide any easy formula for the studio’s success. Pixar seems to just always assemble incredible teams to tell great stories. “We realized having lower standards for something is bad for your soul,” Catmull said.

The fact that Catmull cares about his team’s collective soul already sets Pixar miles apart from the major studios and countless production companies, such as those willing to produce “Saw XI,” to make a quick buck. The people at Pixar care. They care about the quality of their product, and they care about telling good, original stories. Even when the characters are monsters, cars or toys, there is something deeply human in every story Pixar tells. The originality and genuine heart of Pixar features are a breath of fresh air among all of the meaningless dreck that is released by studios every week. “Toy Story 3” might not win Best Picture in a few weeks, but Pixar has created something better than award bait. It made something that is good for the soul.

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Fans of the pop sensation explain what makes them Beliebers by jesse tabit A&E writer

With the recent debut of his film “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” it might seem as if the 16-year-old pop sensation has the world in the palm of his hand. The 3-D film – part biopic, part concert – grossed $29.5 million in its opening this past weekend, just in time for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. Though it may come as a surprise to many that Bieber went home empty-handed, his fanbase still seems to be going strong. “I like him because he can dance, and he’s adorable,” said Maria Finoli, a West Virginia University sophomore speech pathology major, who

said she likes his upbeat, fun and catchy music. “I think it’s awesome that he’s so young and he has come as far as he has,” she said. Throughout his childhood and early teen years, Justin Bieber, a musically inspired native of Ontario, Canada, taught himself to play various instruments (piano, guitar and trumpet). At age 12, Bieber sang NeYo’s “So Sick” in a local competition, and his mother recorded the performance and posted the video on YouTube. From then, his mother continued uploading videos, and the singer’s popularity increased. Bridgette Boyd, a sophomore political science ma-

jor, considers herself an avid Bieber follower. “He has worked so hard to get where he is now, unlike a lot of the other musical prodigies who had their stardom handed to them,” Boyd said. “The movie (“Never Say Never”) was amazing, and he is an inspiration to the youth with his ambitious dreams,” Boyd said. In 2007, a 13-year-old Justin Bieber was unintentionally discovered by a former marketing executive who was initially searching for a different artist. The impressed executive tracked Bieber down and flew him to Atlanta, where the teen sang for Usher, a popular R&B singer/songwriter. Soon thereafter, Bieber was

BIEBER BY THE NUMBERS 7.4 million Twitter followers $30 million opening weekend for his debut movie 1 million bottles of Bieberbranded nail polish sold Millions of CDs, singles and downloads.

signed to Usher’s joint venture record label. The teen released his first single, “One Time” in July 2009 and, well, the rest is history. “I think he’s musically and

instrumentally talented,” said Julia Mitchell, a senior fashion merchandising major. After seeing “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” Mitchell and her friends compared the singer to similar, past pop sensations such as ’NSync and Backstreet Boys. It took those bands years to make it big and Justin Bieber, being one person, has made amazing progress in just two years, Mitchell said. Mitchell added she follows Bieber on “Twitter” and says he is happy to communicate with all his fans by updating them with pictures and posts. Bieber’s 2010 single “Baby” became the teen’s biggest hit so far, hitting the charts at No. 5 in the U.S. and reaching a top 10 spot in seven other

countries. His most recent album, “My World 2.0,” reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums published weekly by Billboard Magazine. This feat made him the youngest solo performer to top the list since Stevie Wonder in 1963. “I think Justin Bieber’s music is good because it’s personal,” said Meghan McAlister, a freshman public relations major. McAlister added that his music is upbeat and it makes her happy. “I also appreciate that he is young, successful and keeping himself grounded,” he said. jesse.tabit@mail.wvu.edu

With crude humor and excellent design, ‘Stacked’ a great download JAMES CARBONE CAMPUS CALENDAR EDITOR

Time and time again, I’ve discussed my love for Double Fine Productions. “Psychonauts” is easily one of the greatest games to ever exist and, while their latest releases had a few problems, overall, “Costume Quest” and “Brutal Legend” were both incredibly enjoyable games. I am proud to say its latest release, “Stacking,” is a game that everyone can enjoy. The game tells the story of Charlie Blackmore, the youngest of the Blackmore family, who lives during an industrial age where being a chimney sweep is still a popular profession and child labor runs rampant. However, things change when the evil Baron kidnaps Charlie’s father and siblings, forcing the smallest Blackmore to step up and save the day. Oh, and every single living thing in the game is a matryoshka doll, or Russian stacking doll. Now, Charlie must hop into larger dolls and use their special skills to foil the Baron’s evil plans, end child labor and save

his family. The gameplay is all puzzlebased, with Charlie having to jump into different dolls of different sizes, each having a different ability, such as an infectious sneeze, a devastating uppercut or fixing items that are broken for one reason or another. Frequently, Charlie will have to use multiple dolls to solve each problem, such as starting a fight with a large wrestler doll, then, once that doll has beaten up Charlie’s current controller, jumping into the wrestler and using him to literally wedge a door open. This game is rampant with those kinds of ridiculous and hilarious situations, a Double Fine trademark their fans have come to love. Each challenge also has multiple ways to be solved, granting players rewards such as statues and a more beautiful hideout for thinking outside of the box. Once all puzzles in a level have been solved, there is still more for players to do, such as various hijinks they can get into with each level and unique stacking dolls for them to find and collect. Such unique stacking dolls include a bear, a foreign diplomat and a woman who secretes potpourri.

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Characters from the game ‘Stacking.’ The game is available to download on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. The humor may be a bit crass, but that doesn’t make it any less lovable. The character design is also noteworthy because each character is beautifully painted and their special abilities don’t distract or change from the stacking doll shape they are known for. One of the most charming aspects of the game is cutscenes which are each played out as silent films, keeping with the era in which the game is supposed to take place.

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Even with a lack of dialogue, characters still make noises such as grunts or laughs, similar to what gamers might hear in “The Sims,” allowing them to more easily connect with the characters. The music flows well with the 1920s theme, showing just how much of Double Fine’s attention was focused on the game’s detail. The only complaint I have is the game’s length but, considering it is a downloadable title,

I really shouldn’t complain, especially for all it allows players to do. Thank you, Double Fine, for again releasing a game I will love for the rest of my days. I owe you one. “Stacking” is available now on the Playstation Network for $15 and Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points.

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BORN TODAY This year, you often swing back and forth on issues. You might even feel like a glow rock with your feelings. Know that you are a pendulum, and ultimately, everything will even out. Define your boundaries more clearly. If you are single, you will draw a lot of excitement and emotions with your choice of sweetie. If you are attached, you could be very confusing to your significant other. Share your thoughts more often, and clarity will result. LEO is passionate.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Stay sensitive to a situation right now. What you see going on can only add to your financial security ultimately. Push to complete a project, even if you need to take the lead. More is going on than meets the eye. Tonight: Your treat.

A R I E S ( M A R C H 21- A P R I L 19) HHHHH Others cannot help but smile when interacting with you. You are energized, excited and vibrant. Good ideas pop up from out of nowhere. Others seem unusually receptive and more than willing to pitch in. Take advantage of the turn of the tide. Tonight: Only what you want. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH You might feel pushed by a seemingly unchangeable situation. Understand what is going on with a family member. Being more open and vulnerable works wonders and bonds the relationship even closer. Maintain a low profile in general. Tonight: Make a favorite meal. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH Keep communication flowing. If someone hasn’t returned your call, don’t stand on ceremony. In the long run, you will be a lot happier. A meeting flourishes because of your willingness to express what you feel. Tonight: Talk-

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHHH Reach out for what you want. Don’t give up on a concept. Listen to your instincts. Understanding by detaching allows greater give-and-take. You know which path is the right path. Tonight: Let your mind wander. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHH Dealing with an issue comes naturally if you kick back. Come to an understanding, knowing when enough is enough. Listen and share, even if you feel more vulnerable than usual. Your audience needs to be limited to only those you trust. Tonight: Be with a favorite person. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH You might see a situation differently after a meeting or a discussion. You might feel like you have a lot of ground to cover. At least you know that you are heading down the path. Your supporters rally around a key idea. Tonight: Midweekbreak time. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH You make an impression wherever you go. Others assume you know more. Consider being more open about where you feel a lack. Others would be happy to support you. Teamwork

brings success to a project. Tonight: A force to be dealt with. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH Handle a matter directly. Your ability to see the big picture helps clarify a problem. Spontaneity works. Your fiery nature opens up many more possibilities. Impulsiveness differs from spontaneity. Knowing the difference can empower you. Tonight: Let your imagination play out one more time. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH Explain to a trusted associate, partner or loved one your need to back out or at least to become a silent partner. Let someone else step into your shoes for a while. He or she might understand a lot more. Tonight: Talk over dinner. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH You might want to deal with others instead of trying to handle some solitary work. Flying solo would be bucking the trend, trying to do the impossible. You cannot go off and ignore others. Instead, go with the flow, lessening tension. Tonight: So many invitations! PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH Allow yourself the luxury of work and only work. Quite possibly, if you are retired, you might enjoy throwing yourself into a project without interruption. Stress seems to be eliminated through this process. Curb wild spending. Tonight: Enjoy what you do. Choose accordingly. BORN TODAY Actor LeVar Burton (1957), politician Sonny Bono (1935), ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (1903)

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QUESTIONABLE CALLS Who is the most underrated athlete at WVU?

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When a West Virginia fan thinks of the No. 1 WVU rifle program, a few names likely come to mind. Of course there’s head coach Jon Hammond, who led the team to a national championship in 2009. Then there’s Italian Olympian Nicco Campriani and new shooting sensation Petra Zublasing. If you go back, you could even say the likes of former coach Marsha Beasley or NCAA champions like Ann Marie-Pfiffner or Web Wright. But, behind all of those people is one of the most consistent members of the rifle team in school history – senior Tommy Santelli. The Prosperity, Pa., native is a five-time all-American and helped the team to a national championship in 2009 – a time when Campriani and Zublasing weren’t yet on the roster. Earlier this season while Campriani was shooting for the Italian National Team and Zublasing had yet to join the Mountaineers, Santelli led WVU in a close loss to defending national champions TCU. As a freshman, he posted second-place finishes in the Great American Rifle Conference and NCAA Championships in smallbore and air rifle. In addition to those accomplishments, Santelli is also an Eagle Scout and a talented bagpipe player. Talk about versatility. The WVU rifle team, which isn’t fully funded by the Athletic Department, is the most underrated team at West Virginia. It only makes sense that one of that team’s most underrated shooters deserves some more credit. He could get just that if he helps WVU to another national championship in the middle of March.

Quick – name what sport Chelsea Carrier competes in. If you don’t know, you should. Carrier is an all-America everything for the West Virginia track and field team. She’s a school record holder, a Big East Conference champion, and one of the best track and field athletes in the country. She’s the most underrated athlete at WVU, competing for one of the school’s most underrated programs. Carrier is undoubtedly the best female athlete currently at West Virginia and could be considered one of the best WVU female athletes of the past decade. She competes in the pentathlon, which is made up of the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump, the long jump, the shot put and the 800-meter run. She’s also a part of the heptathlon – the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the long jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash, the javelin throw and the 800-meter run. She finished fourth in the country in the pentathlon last season and ended sixth in the 60-meter hurdles. She claimed two Big East Championships, multiple ECAC Championships and was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year. Carrier is currently having one of the best seasons one could ask for, and she has her sights set on the Olympics trials later this year. There’s no reason one shouldn’t know the name of Carrier. She’s the most dominating athlete the University has.

For the past three seasons, he’s been a staple on the West Virginia football team’s defense. Yet, he never seems to get quite the attention he deserves. He’s Julian Miller, and he’s the most underrated athlete at West Virginia. In 2010, much of the praise went to newcomer Bruce Irvin when it came to sacking the quarterback, but Miller was just as good, finishing with 9.5 for the year. He also made 54 tackles in 2010. Currently, his 21.5 sacks in his career is good for fourth in school history and puts him in the same company as some of the school’s all-time greats like Canute Curtis, Gary Stills and Renaldo Turnbull. Twice in his career, he’s finished a game with three sacks and was tied for the team lead this season in tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Obviously people know about Miller because of these stats, but even with being tied for fourth after finishing the Big East Conference in sacks this year, Miller was snubbed when the all-Big East teams came out at the end of the year. This happened even though his stats lined up pretty well with Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Sheard finished 2010 with 52 tackles and nine sacks, both lower than Miller’s numbers in each category. Even though he clearly isn’t a no-name player, Julian Miller has quietly become one of the best defensive linemen this school has ever had while, unfortunately, not getting the recognition he deserves for everything he’s done.

There are plenty of underrated athletes at West Virginia University, and part of that is because many do not receive the attention they deserve. When trying to make my decision, it came down to two players from the men’s soccer team. Defenders Ray Gaddis and Eric Schoenle may form one of the best backline duos in the country, but without the latter, the Mountaineers would be a far less effective defending team. Gaddis, who will be entering his senior season, may be one of the fastest players in the country, let alone the Big East Conference. He routinely uses his speed and agility to blow past opposing defenders while moving the ball upfield as well as when he is defending the ball. Futhermore, Gaddis’ speed allows him to recover in the event that he does make a mistake. Schoenele, who will be a junior next season, possesses much of the same skill set that Gaddis brings to the table, but there are some clear differences. The 6-foot-2 defender is a more physical presence on the field than Gaddis, but much of that is attributed to the 5-inch height difference Schoenle owns over Gaddis. Another dimension Schoenle brings to his game is his ability to put the ball in the back of the net. In his freshman campaign, Schoenle did not score any goals. But during the 2010 season, the Yardley, Pa., native added a goal-scoring touch to his resume with five markers.

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The West Virginia swimming and diving teams sent 41 participants to Louisville, Ky., for the Big East Conference Championships. The diving portion of the championship was held last weekend in Louisville, with the swimming portion set to begin tonight. Riggs The Mountaineers have 16 representatives in the women’s meet and 23 swimming on the men’s side. Seventeen men are on the Mountaineers’ “scoring team,” which will be counted toward

the team’s overall score. Six are on the developmental squad. “We’ve got a couple kids that are in a position to make finals and a couple that could be top three in their event,” said head coach Vic Riggs. “If we have some girls and some guys making it to the NCAA (Championships), then we’ll feel pretty good about our season.” The first events of the swimming championships, the 800-meter freestyle relay and the 200-meter medley relay, are slated to start tonight at 6. Relays have been a key for the Mountaineers throughout the season, and Riggs said he doesn’t expect this meet to be any different. “The bottom line is that we need to get off on a good note with two strong relays,” Riggs

said. “We shouldn’t be lower than third in any relay, and these first two are important to get us going.” Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature individual races, with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m., and the finals of those events at 6 p.m. Each day will be headlined by a relay race, which will take place after the finals of individual events. “Our divers put us in a good spot on the men’s side,” Riggs said. “Not having any divers on the women’s side means that our relays will be even more important to make up those points. Our men will be pretty competitive, and our women have quite a challenge in front of them.” ethan.rohrbaugh@mail.wvu.edu

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make position changes before the start of the season but will be limited as to when those changes will occur due to the injuries of Don Barclay and Jeff Braun, who will miss spring practice due to off-season surgery. With Barclay and Braun out for spring camp, Bedenbaugh said he will only have eight scholarship linemen and three walk-ons to work with. “There’s some guys that we’re going to look at playing some different positions, but it’s going to be hard to move guys around with the limited depth that we have,” Bedenbaugh said. “If Braun and Barclay were there, then there would be things we could do. It’s going to limit some of the moving around and some of the stuff I’d like to tinker around with this spring.” Like former WVU offensive line coach Dave Johnson, Bedenbaugh said he will continue to have players learn different positions. Opposite of what Johnson has brought to West Virginia in the past, however, Bedenbaugh prefers bigger linemen, similar to 6-foot6, 280-pound signee Russell Haughton-James. brian.gawthrop@mail.wvu.edu

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When competing with a rival, there is always a little extra electricity in the air. The West Virginia tennis team (1-5) will try to use that electricity to its advantage today when it takes on Pittsburgh in its version of the Backyard Brawl. “Anytime you take on a rival, things are a little more intense,” said head coach Tina Samara. “The girls on the team know a little more about the rivalry than I do, having competed in it before. Winning is always the goal, but it’s a little sweeter when it’s a rival you beat.” The match will begin at 11 a.m. at the Ridgeview Racquet Club. The Mountaineers are coming off a 12-day layoff, which Samara feels has helped the team work on its weak points while getting some valuable rest. “We had a few injuries and weren’t in the best shape we could have been,” she said.

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Continued from page 10 rebounded from a loss the previous day to Kentucky to become the first collegiate team to break the 4,700 barrier. The team showed its resiliency, and although Hammond would never admit it, the Kentucky loss may have been the wake-up call the Mountaineers needed heading into the Great America Rifle Conference and NCAA Championships. West Virginia made a statement following the loss, and its 4,704- 4,607 victory over No. 11 Columbus State proved it will, in fact, be on the hunt for its 15th national title. On Saturday, the team punched its ticket to the NCAA Championship, putting another exclamation point on its score in the 4,704-4,596 defeat of No. 9 Nebraska. The team is click-

“We’ve had some time to work on our skills and really focus in on the task ahead of us.” Samara also said she has seen great improvement in her group over the past 12 days. “Improvements are starting to show in everyone’s game,” the first-year head coach said. “And I think a lot of the girls are starting to realize that. It’s important not to taper off now and continue to play hard with a purpose and to keep focus.” According to Samara, she is expecting to see a lot of intensity. “We just need to come out and play hard like we did against Marshall,” she said. “We played really well, so if we can play like that, or better, things will work out for us. It’s important not to give up easy points, and we need to capitalize on our opponent’s mistakes.” The Panthers are 2-3 this season, coming off a win against Bucknell. derek.denneny@mail.wvu.edu

ing on all cylinders, and aside from Campriani – who has continued his pace to go down in history as the greatest collegiate shooter of all time, a wide variety of shooters have helped make this season another memorable one. Junior Justin Pentz has come to form at the perfect time, shooting a personal-best 595 in air rifle on Saturday. Hammond’s newest Italian gem, sophomore Petra Zublasing, has been a key addition, contributing an aggregate average of 1,178. West Virginia’s rifle team is making history for the sport and has shown its determination in the past few weeks. As the Mountaineers prepare to defend its 2010 GARC Championship title next weekend, it will have the ultimate prize of a national title in its sights. brad.joyal@mail.wvu.edu


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Furfari elected to USBWA Hall of Fame Former co-sports editor at The Daily Athenaeum in 1946-47 and five-time West Virginia Sports Writer of the Year Mickey Furfari was elected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame Monday. Furfari has covered West Virginia athletics for 65 years, through the basketball eras of “Hot Rod” Hundley, Jerry West, Rod Thorn and Fred Schaus. At 87, he is retired after 40 years as a daily sportswriter for the Dominion Post, but he still writes columns for a syndicate of several West Virginia newspapers. Furfari will be formally inducted in the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame during the afternoon prior to the NCAA Tournament final game on April 4 in Houston. Furfari has covered West Virginia athletics since he entered WVU as a student in the 1940s. The state’s dean of sportswriting “retired” on Aug. 1, 1989, and is le-

gally blind but continues to write a column for a syndicate of West Virginia newspapers. He recently completed the book “Mickey’s Mountaineer Memories.” In the introduction, West called Furfari “a state treasure.” “There simply aren’t enough Mickey Furfari’s around,” West once said. “And none that I see on the horizon.” In addition to his work with The Daily Athenaeum and the Dominion Post, Furfari worked for the Associated Press in Huntington, W.Va., before serving in the U.S. Army in World War II from 194346. He was the assistant sports editor at the Charleston Gazette in 1948. Fellow sports writers Bill Connors and Art Spander join Furfari in this year’s hall of fame class. Furfari is one of 56 writers across America to be honored as a hall of famer by the USBWA since 1988.

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Wednesday February 16, 2011

BRAD JOYAL SPORTS WRITER

Rifle has national title in its sights

If the New York Yankees claim the title as the “Evil Empire” in Major League Baseball, the No. 1 ranked West Virginia rifle team may as well be known as the “American Dream.” Similar to the Yankees, WVU’s rifle program has become the premier destination for those who dominate the sport. Head coach Jon Hammond has done an admirable job bringing in the top shooters worldwide, making the Mountaineers serious title contenders each year. After not competing for a national championship in over a decade, much in part to the program’s dismissal, Hammond put his team in position to win its nation-best 14th national title in 2009. The coach recruited Florence, Italy, native Nicco Campriani to join the program as a junior. Campriani has become one of the most superior international shooters in the sport, and, after being forced to sit out the first semester of last season, made a splash in his first collegiate match by shooting a school-best combined score of 1,180. The senior has since rewritten the record books. In his senior season, Campriani finished the regular season with two unblemished scores of 600 in air rifle – an accomplishment comparable to a pitcher throwing two perfect games in one month. In his last regular season match, Campriani shot a school-record aggregate score of 1,192. This season, personal-best and season-best scores have come regularly for the Mountaineers, and in each of the team’s last matches, WVU scored 4,704. In its final regular season match, the team

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Decision to leave Arizona for WVU wasn’t simple for Bedenbaugh BY BRIAN GAWTHROP ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

It was one of the toughest dilemmas Bill Bedenbaugh said he has ever had. On one hand, Bedenbaugh had an offer to reunite with Dana Holgorsen, a former teammate and a friend of nearly 20 years, at West Virginia, where Holgorsen had been named the head coach-in-waiting. If he accepted, he would leave behind four years of work at Arizona, where he was the offensive line coach for three years before adding co-offensive coordinator to his resume in 2010. More importantly, according to Bedenbaugh, he would abandon the relationships he formed with his players and his coaching staff. “I’m a loyal person, so it was tough to do,” Bedenbaugh said. “I knew (coming to WVU) was the best thing to do, but, then again, when you develop those relationships and go through tough times like we did, it’s tough to leave.” Before leading the Wildcats to three-straight bowl games, including coordinating the most productive offense in school history a season ago, Bedenbaugh and the rest of the staff was “on the verge of getting fired” after their first season. But, in the end, he decided to leave himself and join West Virginia as offensive line coach. “I knew I wanted to do it,” Bedenbaugh said. “I knew that here there’s a better opportunity to win a championship and for me to advance my career. Ultimately, I had to do what was best for my family and myself.” Holgorsen didn’t officially offer Bedenbaugh the position

with the Mountaineers until after Holgorsen’s Oklahoma State team beat Bedenbaugh’s Arizona squad 36-10 in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. Admittedly, it took Bedenbaugh time to decide which direction would be best. “Everyone thought it was a done deal (before the bowl game),” he said. “But we hadn’t even talked about it until after the game.” Bedenbaugh was the second coach Holgorsen officially hired at WVU. His deal was announced Jan. 3, after the hiring of inside receivers coach Shannon Dawson. Bedenbaugh played with Holgorsen at Iowa Wesleyan College, where he was a fouryear starter at offensive line. After stops at Ferris State, Central Michigan, Valdosta State and Oklahoma Panhandle State, Bedenbaugh reunited with Holgorsen at Texas Tech. The pair spent six years together under former Red Raiders head coach Mike Leach. Bedenbaugh has already made an impact with the Mountaineers. Despite having just one month to recruit, the coach secured three offensive linemen, not including Justin Johnson, who was already committed to the Mountaineers. “It’s not easy to get four linemen,” Holgorsen said. Bedenbaugh said he has spent most of his time reviewing tape of West Virginia’s games last season to get a feel of the line’s returners. But during the two-hour per week allotment coaches are permitted to spend with players, he has shown those players tape of last year’s Arizona and Oklahoma State offensive lines. The coach said he will

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Newly hired West Virginia offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh coaches on the sidelines during Arizona’s game against Iowa last season. Bedenbaugh spent four seasons with the Wildcats who, in 2010, recorded the highest offensive totals in school history.

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Van Zant is not worried about Buckner, leadership BY ETHAN ROHRBOUGH SPORTS WRITER

Influencing a team to adapt a certain outlook on the season is usually easier said than done. West Virginia head baseball coach Greg Van Zant knows better than to treat each season as a “four-month marathon” rather than a sprint. The Mountaineers’ 2011 season begins Friday when WVU faces Iowa in Clearwater, Fla. The season opener will kick off the Big East/Big Ten Baseball Challenge in which WVU will also face Penn State and Illinois. The veteran coach isn’t expecting to have any troubles of having his team adjust to the attitude, as this year’s version is made up of experienced players. The team has 11 seniors on its roster. “We have a core group of about 15 or 20 guys that really get it,” he said. “They’re a veteran bunch of guys, and they know what we’re doing. “My immediate goal is to have a great practice tomor-

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West Virginia baseball player Grant Buckner makes a throw during a game last season against Louisville. row and for them to give maximum preparation and maximum effort. If they’re able to do that and take it one day at a time, then you’ve done all you can do.” While the team doesn’t name formal captains, Van Zant says natural captains will emerge on a team. One of those will undoubtedly be redshirt senior Grant Buckner. Buckner made the move from third base to shortstop

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during the offseason to replace the departed Jedd Gyorko and said he’s already comfortable with his new spot on the diamond. Buckner played shortstop at Herbert Hoover High School (W.Va.) which has helped with the change, he said. While defensively he will be taking over for Gyorko, he is expected to fill the offensive void the current San Diego Padres prospect left. “I’m definitely going to by relied upon to drive some runs in that he produced last year. That’s my job,” Buckner said. “I just want to have another solid year at the plate and produce a lot of runs.” Gyorko batted a team-high .381 last season with 19 home runs and 57 RBI. Behind him in all those categories was Buckner, who finished his junior season with a .363 average with eight home runs and 50 RBI. “You’re not going to replace Jedd Gyorko with one guy. That kind of guy comes around once every 20 years,” Van Zant said. “But Grant’s been in our program for five years, and he’s an excellent leader.” Buckner finished last season third or better on the team in average on-base percentage, base hits, RBI, home runs, total bases and walks. He is tied for eighth in school history with 44 career doubles and has already won a slew of honors for being one of the nation’s top sluggers. Despite taking over a position Van Zant was most worried about entering the offseason, Buckner has already lived up to lofty expectations. “Grant has really stepped up and (shortstop) is now the most solidified spot in the infield,” Van Zant said. “I have a lot of confidence that he can do a really solid job.” ethan.rohrbough@mail.wvu.edu

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